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Sports CarMarket 198 Cars Rated By Our Experts B-J Sues the Judge Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Ride, Sally, Ride! '65 Shelby GT350 SC $528k Ferrari PF Coupe Strong At $152k XJS - Don't Walk Away, Run 5 Affordable Daily June 2007 www.sportscarmarket.com


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Sports CarMarket Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends 58 Blown is Better: Supercharged GT350 June 2007 . Volume 19 . Number 6 In-depth Profiles What You Need To Know 44 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Coupe Maranello's stodgy success. John Apen 84 48 1930 Bentley 8-Liter Mayfair Coupe W.O. saves the biggest and best for last. Diane Brandon 52 1936 Panhard X76 Dynamic A center-steering Art Deco gamble. Donald Osborne 54 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300d “Adenauer” Politically correct Mercedes. Carl Bomstead 58 1965 Shelby GT350 “Supercharged” A “one-of-one” that matters. B. Mitchell Carlson 64 1963 Shelby King Cobra Cooper Type 61M The swan song of sideways driving. Thor Thorson Cover and TOC photograph: Don Heiny 98 110 124 134 Global Auction Coverage 198 Cars Examined and Rated at Five Sales 70 Barrett-Jackson, West Palm Beach, FL Barrett-Jackson nets $32m in the Sunshine State. Dave Kinney RM Auctions, Amelia Island, FL Packard, Duesie, and Delahaye score big at this $20m sale. Dave Kinney Artcurial, Paris, France 58% sell-through at the $4.5m Palais des Congrès sale Richard Hudson-Evans RM Auctions, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 339 lots bring $21.2m at this new venue, up $3.2m. Dave Kinney H&H Auctions, Cheltenham, UK H&H's season opener hits $3.7m, Alfa 1750 tops at $970k. Richard Hudson-Evans eBay Motors Porsches of the '70s, brilliant and bastardized. Geoff Archer


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30 Let the Lawsuits Begin 36 Amelia Island Columns 10 Shifting Gears Change or Die: The swap meet challenge Keith Martin 28 Affordable Classic When Jaguar got it Xtra wrong Rob Sass 30 Legal Files We analyze the B-J lawsuit John Draneas 46 Sheehan Speaks Yawn, another Enzo crash Michael Sheehan 50 English Patient Why like trikes? Gary Anderson 56 Porsche Gespräch Defining a collectible Porsche, Part One Jim Schrager 62 Domestic Affairs Muscle cars to live with Colin Comer 138 Motobilia When BS meant Before Starbucks Carl Bomstead 140 Bike Buys Ducati's Monster success Paul Duchene 154 eWatch Packard collectibles and gas gizmos Carl Bomstead Features 32 Collecting Thoughts: The Curse of the Gearhead 36 Island Unto Itself: Why Amelia Works 40 Le Belle Macchine d'Italia: Italy in the Poconos 42 77th Geneval Salon: The Past Meets the Present Departments 12 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 14 The Inside Line 18 You Write, We Read 20 Display Advertisers Index 24 Neat Stuff 26 Our Cars: 1973 Porsche Carrera RS, 2006 Ford Mustang Pony, 1923 Chevrolet 4/90 Speedster 29 20 Year Picture 82 Glovebox Notes: 2007 Ford Fusion SEL, 2007 Mazda CX-7 102 Alfa Bits 114 Museum Spotlight: Blackhawk 135 Fresh Meat: 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage, 2007 BMW Alpina B7, 2007 Mercedes-Benz CL600 136 Automotive Investor: Ferrari Daytona, Bonhams, Currency Trends 142 Mystery Photo 143 Comments with Your Renewal 143 Wagon Ho! 144 Showcase Gallery 147 Crossword Puzzle 148 Resource Directory The seller was hoping for $80,000. On the third bid, the buyer took the price from $105,000 to $200,000 in a single step. Holy @#&*, Batman! —Dave Kinney's report on RM Ft. Lauderdale begins on p. 110.


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin Jurassic Swamp Meet F ifty years from now the Petersen Museum may feature a diorama dedicated to the social gathering once known as an “automotive swap meet.” Young children will tug on their daddy's shirtsleeves and ask, “Thousands of people just showed up and walked around for hours, hoping they might find something?” And Daddy will answer, “Yes, and they called it fun.” If the display is accurate, few of the vendor and shopper manikins will be wearing Armani suits; variations of denim will be the rule. There will be no Weight Watchers or exercise equipment booths visible, although it would appear both offer services that could be of use to the participants. The majority of the vendor spaces will be equipped with propane-fueled barbecue grills, and the aroma of greasy hamburgers and well-done Polish sausages will fill the air. The museum's explanatory note will comment that, “Although private supplies of alcoholic beverages were officially forbidden, copious amounts were consumed from something called long-necks, concealed in artifacts known as coolers.” You might guess that I've just had a less-than- thrilling experience at a swap meet. I spent a day at the “Always in April” event held each year in Portland, Oregon. Billed as “the largest swap meet west of the Mississippi,” it offers around 4,000 vendor spaces, both indoors and out, and reports four-day attendance near 100,000. In years past, I have participated there as a seller; my 1969 383-ci Road Fossilized fun committee if it would be possible to have booths grouped so that foreign cars might be in one section, and American cars in another. “What, and spoil the thrill of the hunt?” was the response. This is not to say that automotive swap meets are about to go away; they are compelling social events, and a mainstay of commerce for a non-Internet generation. They have a future, although one that will slowly dim, as stalwart swappers move to that great meet in the sky. But the future doesn't have to be so bleak, if the meets become more user-friendly. My advice would be to first segregate the booths by make and marque, with another section for “mixed models, U.S.” and one for “mixed models, foreign.” Further, vendors should be able to post some or all of their inventory, or at least the types of inventory they have, on a web site, downloadable as a pdf that could act as a road map for buyers. I'm not expecting that sellers will suddenly start keying in every cracked 1965 Ford Galaxie taillight they have stashed away, or that attending a live event will ever be as time-efficient as searching on the 'Net. I'm just suggesting that it might behoove the organizers of swap meets to pull their heads out of the Jurassic swamp, peer at the changing world, and do what they can to improve the swap meet experience. If they persist in their current patterns, they may find that the ruthless predator that is the Internet has turned them into dinosaurs trundling toward extinction. Runner went away at one, as did my 1953 MG TD. I bought a 1958 Isetta one year, and another year I found a triple-Stromberg carburetor setup for a Devin-bodied something-or-other I was having restored at my shop, Exotics Northwest. (We opened in 1989 just as the market was peaking, and had the pleasure of riding it downwards on the backs of restoration projects that were worth less daily, while labor and material costs continued to mount. Since 1991, I have stuck to pen and ink.) One year, I had a swap meet booth to represent the Alfa Romeo Market Letter, the precursor to Sports Car Market. With a pile of used 1930s Chevrolet differentials being sold to the right of me, and wiring harnesses for International Harvester pickups offered to the left, you can imagine how successful a weekend it was. This year, I wandered around for a few hours, ogled a few '60s muscle cars tagged with last year's hopeful asking prices, bought some vintage shop manuals for the SCM fleet and went home. I could have accomplished the same thing from my desk in a matter of minutes, and saved the parking and entrance fees, along with the time it took to go to and from. Change or Die Over the past decade, the Internet and eBay have changed the rules concerning buying and selling parts and cars. For instance, I am currently looking for a complete ashtray assembly for my 1965 Giulia Spider Veloce; I'll just set up that search on eBay and sooner or later I'll be notified that one is for sale. That process certainly trumps spending all day wandering up and down the aisles of a swap meet, hoping to spot my coveted part somewhere in the jumbled piles of stuff. The number of vendor booths was down noticeably at the Portland swap meet (although I am told a competing, better-organized event at Portland International Raceway next door is still showing growth). Over a decade ago I asked members of the “Always in April” organizing 10 SCM International Speaking of riding the digital wave, the SCM web site (www.sports- carmarket.com) is now available in French, Spanish, German, Japanese, and other languages with the click of a mouse. I can't guarantee the translations won't make linguists cringe in some cases, but it's a start. And I'd like to thank our IT specialist, Bryan Wolfe, for making this happen. Following up on our very successful downloadable Buyer's Guides, with more available every week, digital back issues of SCM are now available online for download in pdf format. They are searchable by keyword, and printable. It's a terrific way to keep a library of our reference information on your home computer and your laptop. Issues from January 2006 to May 2007 are available for just $6 each, twelve for $48, at our web site. More back issues will be available on a regular basis. On to Monterey SCM will be having its sixth annual Insider's Seminar, in conjunction with the Gooding and Company auction, at their tent at the Equestrian Center in Pebble Beach. Held on Saturday, August 18, it will feature a keynote address by noted collector, historian, and proponent of automobile connoisseurship, Miles Collier. His topic will be “No Regrets Collecting.” Other notables, to be announced, will comment on the major challenges facing the hobby, and I will lead a discussion about the market and where it is headed. Then participants will form small groups and, under the tutelage of SCM experts, examine in minute detail some of the cars being offered by Gooding and Company. Our experts will be available to help you with any questions you might have. Space is limited, sign up today. For more information, go to page 99, or www.sportscarmarket.com/seminars.u Sports Car Market John M. Vincent


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Crossing the Block Jim Pickering Deusenberg Tourster at RM's McMullen sale Christie's—Exceptional Motor Cars Where: Greenwich, CT When: June 3 More: www.christies.com Last Year: 31 cars sold / $3.1m Sherman Baldwin Park will once again serve as backdrop for Christie's in this third-annual June event held alongside the 12th annual Greenwich Concours d'Elegance. Rounding out the consignment list this year is a 1963 Triumph TR4 “Surrey Top,” a 1937 Ford Woody wagon, a 1949 Chrysler Town & Country convertible, and a barn-find 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante. Kensington—Hamptons Auto Classic Where: Bridgehampton, NY When: June 8–9 More: www.thehamptonsautoclassic.com Last Year: 27 cars sold / $581k To be held at the Bridgehampton Motoring Club alongside the Hamptons Concours d'Elegance, this 15th annual sale is a good source for quality collector cars in “the most affluent resort community in the country.” Last year saw 68 cars cross the auction block, including a 1955 Jaguar XK 140MC that brought $93k. Leake Auctions— 35th Annual Collector Car Auction Where: Tulsa, OK When: June 8–10 More: www.leakecarauction.com Last Year: 415 cars sold / $12.3m Leake Auctions and Kruse International will team up to offer close to 700 cars this year at the Expo Square, with two rings of vehicles planned to be auctioned simultaneously. Expected consignments include a freshlyrestored 1957 Cadillac Series 62 Eldorado Biarritz convertible, a 1936 Cord 810 Sportsman convertible, a 1928 Ford Model A roadster pickup, and a 1970 Pontiac GTO Ram Air IV 2-door hard top. RM Auctions— The McMullen Collection Where: Lapeer, MI When: June 9 More: www.rmauctions.com Over 80 cars from John McMullen's esteemed collection will be offered at no reserve, including the only Murphybodied 1930 Cadillac V16 in existence—a car that has won Best in Class at Pebble Beach and the Most Significant General Motors award at Meadow Brook. A Pebble Beach Most Elegant-winning 1932 Packard 905 Dual-Cowl phaeton will also be offered, along with a Derhambodied 1931 Duesenberg Model J Tourster bought new by actor and comedian Joe E. Brown, later owned by Howard Hughes, and restored by the late Otis Chandler. Mecum Auctions—Bloomington Gold High Performance Auction Where: St. Charles, IL When: June 15–17 More: www.mecumauction.com Last Year: 192 cars sold / $10.4m Some of the finest and most interesting examples of GM's flagship sports car will be offered at this Corvette-only Mecum staple, including a Bloomington Gold Certified 1967 427-ci 435-hp convertible, a COPO 1968 327-ci convertible, a 1994 custom-built stretch limo, and a collection of six never-titled ZR1s representing each year of production. TR4 at Christie's 12 Bonhams—Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor Cars Where: Northamptonshire, UK When: June 16 More: www.bonhams.com Last Year: 22 cars sold / $1.1m Bonhams will again join the RREC for the 19th edition of this all Rolls and Bentley sale to be held at Kelmarsh Hall. Among the consignments will be a 1961 Bentley S2 Continental with coachwork by H.J. Mulliner. One of 71 right-hand drive examples built, it was recently subjected to a body-off restoration and is expected to fetch upwards of $168k. Silver Auctions—Coeur d'Alene Auction Where: Coeur d'Alene, ID When: June 16 More: www.silverauctions.com Last Year: 61 cars sold / $773k Held alongside the annual Car d'Lane car show and swap meet, this sale at the Coeur d'Alene Resort usually hosts in the neighborhood of 150 consignments. This year, look for a 1961 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible in pearl white and a 1998 Dodge Viper with just 46k on the clock. Bonhams—Collectors' Motor Cars Where: Sussex, UK When: June 22 More: www.bonhams.com Last Year: 43 cars sold / $2.4m A 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider restored by David Black and thought to have competed in the 1933 Mille Miglia will be available at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed, along with a 1904 Panhard-Levassor 35-hp 7.3-liter two-seater that is thought to be the only running example still in existence. A collection of scrapbooks, photographs, and trophies from Sir Henry Seagrave, the first man to hit 200 mph, will also be offered. Sports Car Market


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Kruse International—Topsfield 2007 Where: Topsfield, MA When: June 23 More: www.kruse.com Last Year: 27 cars sold / $290k This Boston-area fixture held at the Topsfield Fairgrounds usually attracts in the neighborhood of 100 cars, most of which sell below $50k, making it a great place to find an inexpensive summertime cruiser or that next project. Among the consignments, expect to see affordable classics including a red 1971 MercedesBenz 280 SL convertible. Mecum Auctions— St. Paul High Performance Auction Where: St. Paul, MN When: June 23 More: www.mecumauction.com Last Year: 121 cars sold / $2.3m Plenty of hot rods, customs, and muscle cars will gather at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds for this annual sale in conjunction with the MSRA. This year, the auction has moved inside the Grand Stand area, which should provide more elbow room for bidders and more floor space for the chopped, channeled, and hotrodded consignments The Worldwide Group— The Sterling McCall Museum Auction Where: Round Top, TX When: June 23 More: www.wwgauctions.com Nearly 100 cars will be sold without reserve at the Sterling McCall Old Car Museum, including a 1930 Pierce Arrow, a 1931 Auburn Salon cabriolet, a 1931 Ford Model A roadster, a 1934 Duesenberg Model J phaeton, a 1967 Toyota 2000GT, and a 1950 Crosley Miniature Fire Truck. Bonhams & Goodman— Collectors' Cars and Collectibles Where: Sydney, AUS When: June 24 More: www.bonhamsandgoodman .com.au This year's June sale in Sydney will include a Dietrichbodied 1934 Packard Standard Eight convertible Victoria expected to fetch between $190k and $230k, a 1921 Vauxhall 30-98 Velox tourer that could bring from $157k and $214k, and a 1972 Holden Torana XU1 GTR valued from $99k to $132k.u Auction Calendar All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm dates and locations before attending any event. Email auction info to: jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com. MAY 5—BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS Half Moon Bay, CA 5—KRUSE Mt. Airy, NC 5—WORLDWIDE Houston, TX 7—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 9—SILVER Spokane, WA 11-12—MIDAMERICA Minneapolis, MN 12—BONHAMS Newport Pagnell, UK 12—H&H Kempton Park, UK 12—ICA Omaha, NE 12—KRUSE Batesville, MS 15—ARTCURIAL Monte Carlo, MON 19—SILVER Reno, NV 20—RM Maranello, IT 21—BONHAMS Monte Carlo, MON 23-28—MECUM Belvidere, IL 31-JUNE 3—KRUSE Auburn, IN Worldwide will offer this 1967 Toyota 2000GT June 2007 JUNE 3—CHRISTIE'S Greenwich, CT 4—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 8—HAMPTONS AUTO CLASSIC Bridgehampton, NY 8-10—LEAKE Tulsa, OK 9—RM Lapeer, MI 15-17—MECUM St. Charles, IL 16—BONHAMS Northamptonshire, UK 16—ICA Hyannis, MA 16—SILVER Coeur d'Alene, ID 18—ARTCURIAL Paris, FR 18-19—BARONS Surrey, UK 19—H&H Buxton, UK 22—BONHAMS Sussex, UK 23—KRUSE Topsfield, MA 23—MECUM St. Paul, MN 23—WORLDWIDE Round Top, TX 24—BONHAMS & GOODMAN Sydney, AUS 13 JULY 7-8—SILVER Jackson Hole, WY 7—PETERSEN Roseburg, OR 7—KRUSE Verona, NY 8—ARTCURIAL Osenat, FR 11—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, UK 14—ICA Iola, WI 14—COYS Blenheim, UK 20—BONHAMS Tattersalls Newmarket, UK 20-21—KRUSE Denver, CO 20-21—SANTIAGO Oklahoma City, OK 21—KRUSE Midland, MI 23—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 25—H&H Kempton Park, UK 27—BONHAMS Silverstone, UK 28—MECUM Des Moines, IA 30-31—BARONS Surrey, UK Seagrave Collection at Bonhams


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IColumn Author nside Line Stefan Lombard Send your news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com. SCM News n The sixth annual SCM Insider's Seminar will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2007 at the Gooding tent in Monterey. Join Keith Martin, Miles Collier, and SCM's experts for a morning of close examination of the collector car market, along with field walks to analyze specific models within the Gooding tent. See the sign-up form on page 99, and visit www.sportscarmarket.com/ seminars for more information. n SCM is pleased to an- nounce the winner of our Amelia Island Griot's Garage/SCM Sweepstakes drawing. Steve Lancaster, of Neptune Beach, Florida, will receive the Ultimate Car Care Package, which includes the Keith Martin On Collecting book series, his Guide to Car Collecting, a one-year SCM subscription plus Gold, SCM gear, and a Griot's Garage Master Car Care Collection, with Best of Show Wax, paint cleaning clay, micro-fiber polish cloths, and more. Lancaster is a longtime Porsche collector, and currently owns a 1980 928, a 1986 928S he resurrected from the dead, and a 1988 Factory slantnose 930 Turbo. News n The Collectors Foundation has secured the consulting services of Dick Dixon, currently the Director of the International Motorsports Alliance in the College of Business and Public Administration at California State University, San Bernardino. Dixon's experience in education and 30-plus years in the automotive industry will help him assist Passing n Robert E. Petersen, publisher, benefactor, and friend, passed away March 23 from neuroendocrine cancer at age 80. Petersen established Hot Rod magazine in 1948 to promote the hot-rodding culture of Southern California, and went on to create the largest special-interest publishing company in America, with Motor Trend, Rod & Custom, Teen, and Guns & Ammo just a few of his titles. With his wife Margie, he endowed $30 million to establish the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, fulfilling a lifelong dream to build an educational museum to celebrate the automobile. Petersen was a noted sportsman and philanthropist, whose gifts and time benefited the Boys and Girls Clubs, the 1984 Summer Olympics, the Los Angeles City Library Commission, the Music Center of Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. “What made him so special was that he gave every ounce of his energy and abilities to his dreams,” said Dick Messer, Director of the Petersen Museum. “He was a quiet man who truly became an American icon. He made his living doing things he loved and he found success at every turn. The way he lived his life, always looking for ways to give back in return for the success he enjoyed, made you proud to count him as a friend. The museum is now his legacy.” 14 Corvettes at Bloomington Gold the Foundation in expanding its outreach and partnerships. www. collectorsfoundation.org. (MI) Events n The Greenwich Concours celebrates its twelfth year June 2–3. Held at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, the automotive event will also include displays of vintage motorcycles, airplanes, and powerboats. Saturday will feature American cars from 1900 to present, while Sunday's highlight will be European cars from 1900 to present. $20 per day, or $30 for both days. Children under 12 free. www.greenwichconcours.com. (CT) n On June 10, the Hamptons Concours d'Elegance returns to Long Island. The annual event will include 16 classes covering cars made from 1896 to 1974, and will benefit Habitat for Humanity. Admission is $25. www.hamptonconcoursdelegance.com. (NY) n Bloomington Gold, the grand supremo of all Corvette events, returns to Pheasant Run Resort from June 14 to 17. Thousands of 'Vettes will be on display in the Gold Field during this long weekend, including the Gold Market swapmeet, Benchmark judging, Survivor judging, and more. Single day tickets are $17, and a four-day GoldPass will set you back $40. www.bloomingtongold.com. (IL)u Event Calendar 1-3 Portland Rose Cup Races (OR) www.rosecup.com 2-3 Greenwich Concours (CT) www.greenwichconcours.com 3 Los Angeles Concours (CA) www.laconcours.com 3 Original British Car Day (MD) www.chesapeakechaptermgtclub.com 8-10 Concours of the East (NY) www.concourseast.org 10 Classy Chassis (TX) www.classychassis.org 10 Hampton Concours (NY) www.hamptonconcoursdelegance.com 14-17 Bloomington Gold (IL) www.bloomingtongold.com 15-17 AACA Central Spring Meet (MN) www.aaca.org 15-17 Blackhawk Vintage Classic XV (IL) www.vscda.org 22-23 Bay Harbor Concours (MI) www.bayharborconcours.com 22-24 All GM Nationals (PA) www.carlisleevents.com 22-24 SoCal Historic Sports Car Fest (CA) www.hsr-westracing.com 24 Palo Alto Concours (CA) www.paconcours.com 28-30 AACA Eastern Spring Meet (NY) www.aaca.org Sports Car Market


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Sports Car Market Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 V.P. Business Development/General Counsel Rob Sass rob.sass@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 214 Art Director Kirsten Onoday kirsten.onoday@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Executive Editor Paul Duchene paul.duchene@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Managing Editor Stefan Lombard stefan.lombard@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Auction Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Copy Editor Yael Abel, Kristen Hall-Geisler, Bill Neill Senior Auction Analysts Dave Kinney, Richard Hudson-Evans (Europe), B. Mitchell Carlson Auction Analysts Daniel Grunwald, John Clucas (Australia), Norm Mort (Canada), Joe Severns Contributing Editors Steve Ahlgrim (Ferrari), Gary Anderson (English), Carl Bomstead (Automobila), Colin Comer (Muscle Cars), John Draneas (Legal), Donald Osborne (Etceterini), Jim Schrager (Porsche), Michael Sheehan (Ferrari), Thor Thorson (Race Cars) Contributors John Apen, Diane Brandon, Miles Collier, Kathy Donohue, Raymond Milo, Steve Serio, Martin Emmison (U.K.) Information Technology/Internet Bryan Wolfe bryan.wolf@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 215 Controller Jimmy Carter jimmy.carter@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 205 Financial Manager Nikki Nalum nikki.nalum@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Strategic Planner Bill Woodard Executive Producer, SCM Television Roger Williams Editorial Assistant Jennifer Davis jennifer.davis@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 209 ADVERTISING Advertising Sales Cindy Meitle cindy.meitle@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605, ext. 262 Cody Wilson cody.wilson@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 ext. 213 Sales and Marketing Coordinator Valarie Huston valarie.huston@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605, ext. 211 SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions Coordinator Nikki Nalum nikki.nalum@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 ext. 207 To order new subscriptions 800.289.2819 Questions about current supscriptions 877.219.2605, ext. 207, service@sportscarmarket.com, fax 503.253.2234 www.sportscarmarket.com CORRESPONDENCE Fax 503.253.2234 General P.O. Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292 FedEx/DHL/UPS 401 NE 19th, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232 The information in Sports Car Market magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy, and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2007 by Sports Car Market, Inc., Automotive Investor Media Group and Automotive In- vestor in this format and any other used by Sports Car Market magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. PRINTED IN USA 16 Sports Car Market


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Morris & Welford, llc InternatIonal SpecIalISt HIStorIc car conSultantS & BrokerS 1931 Bentley 4½ Litre Supercharged 1 of the 50 original Factory built ‘Blower' Bentleys. Long term ownership and sporting Birkin team car-styled open vanden plas coachwork. Recently fully re-commissioned and ready for immediate use. A famed rival to the SSK Mercedes-Benz and one of the ultimate pre-war cars. Other Cars Available 1911 Doriot, Flandrin & Parant (D.F.P.) 1920 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Landaulet by Brewster & Co. 1929 Lagonda Two Litre High Chassis Speed Model 1937 Rolls-Royce 25/30 Drophead Coupe by Windovers 1949 Talbot-Lago Grand Sport T-26 Coupe by Dubos 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 C SS Coupe by Ghia 1956 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupe by Park Ward Please Contact Miles Morris Connecticut Tel: 203 222 3862 Fax: 203 222 3863 Cell: 203 722 3333 E-mail: miles@morrisandwelford.com Mark Donaldson Hampshire, UK Tel: 01252 845818 Fax: 01252 845974 Mobile: 07901 712255 E-mail: mark@morrisandwelford.co.uk www.morrisandwelford.com Malcolm Welford California Tel: 714 434 8562 Fax: 714 434 8155 Cell: 949 500 0585 E-mail: malcolm@morrisandwelford.com


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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 What about widebodies? As I read Jim Schrager's “Porsche Gespräch (March, p. 48), it occurred to me that after all these years I may have come across someone who could help me with my dilemma. Since July 1998, I have owned a triple black Porsche 911 Factory Widebody Convertible, which is all stock. I did not buy the car because I am a Porsche collector, but because I think it is one of the most beautiful automobile designs that I can afford to drive. I also have a 1966 Corvette Coupe about which I feel the same. My quandary is this: Not being well schooled in Porsches, and having been given so much conflicting information when I ask self-described “experts,” I have no idea how rare or valuable this car is, or if it is just another 1998 911 convertible. I do not ask this because I want to sell it. I have no intention of ever selling it, but should the need arise that I would have to put money into the car to enjoy it, I would like to have some idea of when that dollar stops making sense. Any information you could pass on to me or any direction you could give me would be greatly appreciated.—J. Craig Griffis, Sylvania, OH Jim Schrager responds: What you have is simply a very nice used car. There are lots of these around, so they are not rare, but they will always be a great car to drive and enjoy. Will they be collectible? I doubt it; Porsche simply made too many. But maybe in 40 years or so, as with almost any 356, prices will firm. In the meantime, they will fall in value for many more years but will reach a floor, below which they won't fall. That floor today is about $20,000 or so, but it may be higher in nominal dollars 40 years hence. Destructive clones Recently, I took a trip from Las Vegas to southern Florida to see three cars I wanted to inspect, hopefully purchase, and eventually arrange shipping for to bring home. During my long hours in the air crossing the country I took that time to catch up on the last three issues of SCM and I 18 people thought they were building “something” from “nothing,” the opposite is a little closer to the truth. 'Cuda unwound I'm writing because I was the The defaced example might be a sweet little Malibu morphed into a replica Chevelle SS, and in the end that strikes me as very sad have to say “Bravo!” From Keith Martin's reference in the January issue (“Shifting Gears,” p. 10) to the phenomenal book dot.con by John Cassidy to the sound advice of several columns talking about collector car values and the bubble that surely envelopes the clone market, your magazine continues to inform and educate everyone from the seasoned collector to the beginner. There was one commentary I didn't see that I think is worth mentioning. To make a clone you have to alter or destroy another collectible car. The defaced example might be a nice Plymouth Satellite made into an imitation Road Runner, or a sweet little Malibu morphed into a replica Chevelle SS, but my point in both cases is a vehicle that used to be true to itself is gone, and in the end that strikes me as very sad. One of the cars I purchased in Florida was a well restored 1969 Plymouth Satellite—all numbers matching—with a fit and finish that told me there was at least one previous owner along the line who probably spent more than the car was worth. Now I'm home and I find myself practically giddy, and I can't wait for the car to get here. When I agreed on a price and bought the car I felt a little like a buyer on the Plymouth showroom floor in 1969. I'd bought a nice Satellite I could afford instead of the Road Runner that was out of my price range. The best advice I can reiterate to SCMers is to buy good cars—nice examples that are true to themselves, even if they aren't the SS or the Hemi, because in the long run they'll be better off. I have more than a few cars that could have easily been turned into clones over the years, including a 1968 Camaro, a '68 Chevelle, and my new soonto-be-delivered '69 Satellite, and I think they're all great cars in their own right. Oddly enough, last fall I de- cided to sell the one true high-end muscle car I ever owned, a 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle SS convertible with the original 454 under the hood (the sale was profiled on page 98 of the March 2007 issue of SCM). I sold the car because in the end I'm a collector who drives all the classic cars I have in the garage whenever I can, and driving a car that nice and that valuable just made me nervous—even more so when my wife borrowed it.—Doug Shaffer, Las Vegas, NV Keith Martin responds: You make a great point, Doug. It seems that over the last few years, too many people thought they'd found alchemy in muscle cars, and that by dropping a Hemi into the slot that once held a 318, they'd be able to create some auction block gold. It worked for some who got there early enough. But what seems to have gotten lost in the madness is that while high bidder on the red 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, lot 280, at RM's Biltmore sale. It was one of the first Hemi 'Cudas to sell that weekend, and I was quite surprised the owner let it go at a price that after commission would only be about $270,000 net to him. I called Galen Govier, and we went over to the Biltmore on Saturday morning to spend a couple hours inspecting the car. It was purported to have the original engine and transmission and be numbers-matching. What we found was that although the car indeed had just 2,400 miles, it had lost its engine, as it was a drag car. Instead it carried the engine out of a 1968 car. The sellers were nice enough, but someone who had restored the car to that level surely knew the engine was incorrect. Their proof that the engine was original was a sworn affidavit from the original owner stating so. Govier called the original owner and asked him if the engine had ever been out of the car. He said it had been sent to an engine builder in Detroit, but they had “just replaced the pistons.” Needless to say, the sale was rescinded. I have quite the muscle car collection, so I am interested in your take on prices. I really think it is supply and demand. For example, I paid $480,000 for a green Hemi 'Cuda last year at Barrett-Jackson. Obviously I should have waited until this year to get that car, as it is probably only worth $250,000 to $275,000. More cars and less demand equals lower prices. The 'Cuda fiasco above really screwed up my weekend; I was shell-shocked. Before going out to Scottsdale, I had a game plan, but I didn't stick to it. This year there were some really good buys on some great cars, like the white and black 1967 Z/28 from B-J at $110,000. Or the 1968 Yenko Camaro at B-J for under $200,000. I really didn't pay attention to those two cars, as I thought they would be $150,000 and $325,000, respectively. A collector friend


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Best Banc & Co. .............................145 JC Taylor .................................................83 Kensington Motor Group .......................91 Kidston ....................................................25 Kruse International ............................87, 97 Le Belle Macchine D'Italia .....................73 Maserati North America ..........................93 Meguiar's .................................................9 Mid America Motorworks .......................53 Miller's Incorporated ............................153 Morris & Welford, LLC ..........................17 Motorcar Portfolio ..................................95 Motorhead Extraordinaire, Inc. .............141 Park Place Ltd .........................................66 Paul Russell and Company ...................115 Pebble Beach Concours ..........................85 Premier Financial Services ...................155 Pro Team Corvette ................................115 Putnam Leasing .......................................35 Re-Originals ..........................................129 Renaissance Design ..............................153 Richard Grenon .....................................152 RM Auctions .........................4, 23, 39, 127 Ron Tonkin ............................................113 RPM Motorbooks .................................153 Russo and Steele .....................................61 Silver Auctions ........................................81 Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate ...............133 Steve Austin's Great Vacations .............133 Swissvax ...............................................129 Symbolic Motors .......................................3 Vanderbilt Concours ..............................109 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ...................131 Vintage Rallies ......................................125 VintageAutoPosters.com .......................153 Worldwide Group .................................103 XV Motorsports ....................................107 20 of mine bought the 1970 Road Runner 440 Six Pack convertible for $165,000 late Saturday evening. Just after that a 1971 383 4-speed Challenger convertible went across and sold for about $80,000. Another great deal on a low production car. The green $264k 1969 L88 Corvette at B-J was the car I really should have been on, but I let someone talk me out of it because green is an “undesirable color.” In retrospect, I like green, and it was an L88. Is green really that bad, or is it just that someone decided green is bad and we all believed it? A huge mistake. It wasn't all bad, I suppose. I did bring home the Dennis Ferrara/Richie Zul Motion-sponsored 1969 Z/28 from B-J. Next year, however, I think I'll stick to my game plan.—Robert Tyler, Winfield, KS Keith Martin responds: Auction companies find themselves in a no-win situation with cases like this. Having an “affidavit from the seller” in hand would certainly seem to be proof enough that a car has its original engine, and no further investigation would be warranted. And when a sale is unwound, everybody loses, from the auction company (which has invested time and energy and a slot to sell the car, which could otherwise have gone to something else), to the seller, who goes home with his car that may now be devalued due to a cloudy reputation. SCM continues to advocate that sellers be absolutely straight up about any plusses or minuses a car has. In the end, the truth about a car will eventually emerge. And as we live in a litigious society, somebody, somewhere, will have to make the situation right. Kudos to RM for stepping up to the plate and unwinding the deal, brickbats to the sellers for not being more forthcoming. Mix 'n match In his profile on the 1958 BMW Isetta 600 (April, “German Profile,” p. 48), Rob Sass wonders if the front tube bumper on the car is correct. Well Mr. Sass, it is correct for an American-market BMW 600. Only the European BMW 600s had the “sharp-edge” bumper to which you referred. However, the car in question sports five-inch headlamps, which were only available on the The sellers were nice enough, but someone who had restored the car to that level surely knew the engine was incorrect European version. The seven-inch headlamps and tube bumpers were done specifically for the U.S. market, so I can't tell how this U.S.-market car came to acquire its European-market headlamps. Since the headlamp buckets are easy to switch, it is possible they were swapped at some point, or perhaps the car just came into the country this way “somehow.” Regardless, nice background coverage on a model that is fairly obscure.—Jim Janecek, The Vintage Microcar Club, Evanston, IL It's all about the process In reference to Mike Sheehan's April article on pre-purchase inspection and who should pay for deficiencies found (“Sheehan Speaks,” p. 38), I have a formula that we use with success in the marine industry to assign responsibility. As the owner of Cape Fear Marine, we are involved in yacht brokerage as well as custom construction. In each sale process, a marine survey is performed to determine condition, much like a pre-purchase inspection. We assign three areas of findings: Safety; Recommendations; Observations. Safety issues are the responsibility of the seller. Recommendations are items that need to be addressed in a timely manner. And Observations are things that will need to be addressed at some point, but do not affect performance or safety at that moment. Each area is ranked from highest to lowest priority. Typically, the areas of recom- mendations are where the buyer and seller negotiate work to be performed and who pays. This formula takes some of the uncertainty and finger pointing out of what is an emotional purchase, be it yachts or automobiles. The process also provides the buyer a “road map” for future issues that will need to be addressed after purchase. I am fortunate to have been a gearhead most of my life. I grew up across the street from Norman Silver, a wonderful mentor and noted Ferrari collector, had John Clinard, FoMoCo executive and SCM contributor, as a groomsman in my wedding, and have owned, by my wife's count, around 300 cars since our marriage (lost money on 296). But most impressively, I am a former winner of the SCM Mystery Photo Contest. With these credentials, you know my process works.—Paul Ingle, Cape Fear Marine Yacht Group, Wrightsville Beach, NC Reduced Speed ahead As a retired journalist who worked several decades for a major network in television news, I was surprised about the candid comments from a Speed Channel executive that Keith Martin's commentary “doesn't support the market we're broadcasting to.” It would appear Speed is in- terested in helping auction houses sell cars, and if someone's opinion or the truth gets in the way of said auction company's marketing strategy, then that someone can't be on the air. In the name of honesty, Speed needs to run a graphic throughout the several days of Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read coverage with the words, “The program you are watching is paid for by the auction company, which has total editorial control over the comments of its reporters.” The good news is that Speed Channel won't have to interrupt their important marketing meetings to fill out an application for a Peabody Award.—John Motroni, San Francisco, CA Otto vu for me and you I always enjoy seeing articles pertaining to the Fiat 8V Ghia Supersonics. I have owned two of these lovely cars over the years (0041 and 0043), and have done extensive research on the Ghia 8Vs. Your profile in the March issue (“Etceterini Profile,” p. 44) was generally accurate; however, you have given some misinformation about these cars generally and on your feature car specifically (0039) that should be clarified for the record. The “Supersonic” moniker is widely associated with these cars, but was first used in reference to the three Jaguar XK 120 chassis rebodied by Ghia in 1954. It now is the accepted reference for the 8V versions as well but was not used originally. You state that only eight examples were built. There were actually 15 examples built on the 8V chassis between mid-1953 and 1954—s/n 0035, 0036, 0037, 0038, 0039, 0040, 0041, 0043, 0044, 0045, 0049, 0053, 0054, 0055, 0056. Three of these are not presently accounted for. The profiled car is, as you noted, widely known in the 8V enthusiast circle. However, it is not regarded as having had a superb, historically correct restoration. Most of the knowledgeable enthusiasts consider 0039 to be a lovely “Auction Quality” car. From 30 feet away, this car looks terrific. The body fit and paintwork are all very nice. Where 0039 falls short in the quality of the restoration is within the engine compartment and within the interior. Many items and trim pieces are either incorrect or missing. The list is fairly extensive. Considering how these cars seldom surface for sale on the open market and the new owner's desire to acquire one likely explains the strong price paid for this car. That being said, this 22 Where 0039 falls short in the quality of the restoration is within the engine compartment and interior. The list of incorrect or missing pieces is fairly extensive car does now set a benchmark for the pricing of a Supersonic. I would think a correctly restored Supersonic might bring $50k– $75k over the $453k paid for 0039—maybe more.—Erik Nielsen, Sonora, CA Donald Osborne responds: The build dates for the Jaguars may have been after the Fiat production began, but obviously the design pre-dates them. Since the world knows all the cars with this design as “Supersonic” and the Fiats were referred to as such in period, the distinction is not really necessary. Regarding the number produced, you are correct; 15 cars were built. In my final paragraph, I state the car has had “a superb restoration to a very high standard,” not an “historically correct” one. There is a difference. I do not disagree with your price assessment on what an “historically correct” 8V Supersonic might bring over this one, and it has indeed set a benchmark. Sort of all-conquering In your April story of the 1936 Delahaye Type 135 Special (“Etceterini Profile,” p. 44), you refer to the “all-conquering German cars” in the 1930s, giving the reader the impression that this would apply to two-seater sports cars, too. It did not. It only applied to grand prix racing, where the only two non-German wins from 1934 through 1939 came from Alfa Romeo at the 1935 German Grand Prix and Delahaye at the 1938 Pau Grand Prix.—Martin Schroeder, Hannover, Germany Corvair commentary Being an SCM subscriber and a Corvair owner, I appreciated the number of auction reports covering a variety of Corvairs in the April 2007 issue. As usual, B. Mitchell Carlson's sense of humor and accuracy was right on the mark.—Paul Gibson, Rossland, British Columbia, Canada Dare to dream I read Pete Zimmerman's let- ter in the April issue (“You Write, We Read,” p. 16) regarding his puzzlement over the 500horsepower car. Although I do not disagree with Keith Martin's response, I think he missed a FUNdamental fact. The 500-hp car has very little to do with the people who buy the cars, or the fact that of those who do buy them, 99% either cannot drive them as intended or do not visit venues where the cars can be properly exercised. No, my friends, those who build and those who buy are simply supporting those of us who find ourselves part of the most significant subset of the car enthusiast hobby: The Dreamers. I am part of that subset—a 53 year old guy whose brain, when the opportunity presents itself, will dream boyhood fantasies. And one of them, the most time consuming, concerns cars—fast, curved, beautifully chromed, shaved, frenched cars. Zimmerman would be correct to write that there's an awful lot of print about an awfully small batch of cars, if there were no dreamers. But it is the dreamer who supports the market, who has bought enough issues of SCM to help the magazine go from its relatively humble beginnings as the Alfa Romeo Market Letter to a 146-page, full-color extravaganza. I have owned some fun and neat cars—a few Porsches, a couple Ferraris, and an E-type—but honestly, none of them has given me as much pleasure as my dreams. What is the best and most im- portant part of dreaming? It keeps us in touch with the boy inside, the boy who often is forgotten (and sometimes orphaned) as we don our Brooks Brothers and Armani suits, fire up our 500-hp lawyers and 1,000-hp lines of credit, and drive the rat race that consumes so many and conquers the most unfortunate among us. It is turning the pages of SCM, Hemmings, Evo, and other motor mags at kitchen tables, visiting the Petersen Museum and The New York Auto Show with siblings and parents and sons and daughters, and watching NASCAR and Formula 1 (at 1 am from Japan) that keeps the boy fuelled and fun. I will never be able to afford a Pagani Zonda F (my current all-time favorite), but I hope Horatio Pagani continues to build this Fabergé Egg on wheels. That it is only a dream didn't stop me from visiting and wandering about the factory and looking at the lobby showcase with its sample pair of shoes that every Pagani owner receives—shoes made from the same leathers as the interior of the purchaser's car and, I was told, crafted by the Pope's cobbler. I think we should spend less time growing up, and more time growing down. We owe it to the boy inside.—Cliff Ingber, Greenwich, CT ERRATA On p. 82 of the April issue, in the report on the 1932 Auburn 8 100A Speedster, we incorrectly listed the rebody as done by Glenn Prey. The correct spelling is Pray.u Sports Car Market


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Stuff Neat by Stefan Lombard WHAT YOU NEED AND HOW TO GET IT Griot's Professional Random Orbital is a great way to buff out imperfections in the paint of any car, motorcycle, or boat, and it's safe enough to use on the family runner, a concours winner, and everything in between. When used as part of Griot's Machine Polish and Wax kit—Paint Cleaning Clay, Speed Shine, Best of Show Wax, etc.—the tool allows you to polish out swirls, scratches, and oxidized paint. Griot's orbitals come in 3” and 6” sizes. Prices start at $80 for the Professional 3”, $130 for the Professional 6”, and $200 for a complete Machine Polish and Wax Kit. www.griotsgarage.com. Tired of getting grease on your knees every time you walk past your trailer hitch? Sure, you could shove an old tennis ball over it, but where's fun in that? Instead, why not use a Hitch Critter? Simply slip the Hitch Critter of your choice over the ball, plug it in, and entertain the drivers behind you with goofy animated action each time you step on the brakes. Choose from the “Don't Shoot Deer,” the “Wheelie Hog,” the “Whoa! Horsey,” the “Bad Dog,” or Publisher Martin's own favorite, the “Flopping Bass.” By the company's own admission, Hitch Critters are 100% Redneck Approved, which should make them legal in every state. All are $24.99. www.hitchcritters.com. We've all seen the stacks of 1/18-scale diecast cars in the vendor areas of auctions, car shows, and swap meets. But how often do those vendors have your car, the exact model of the car you've got in your garage? Enter John Fox and Custom Diecast Replicas. Fox consid- ers himself a diecast dealer, junkyard, and body shop all in one. Having owned a full-scale body shop for several years, he brings his talents to the small scale, and can customize any 1/18-scale model. He can make your hard top into a rag top (or vice versa), can chop and channel, and can fabricate custom body panels to create the unique look that matches your machine. He uses DuPont ChromaBase paint with both primer and clearcoat to achieve a from-the-factory look for any model. But beyond that, he understands the scale involved and recalculates the formulas so that metalflake made for a full-size car doesn't overwhelm his creations. Prices start as low as $100, average about $400, and can go up to $1,000 depending on the work done. www.customdiecastreplica.com. Satellite radio company XM now offers the CommanderMT, the company's own in-dash receiver. Manufactured by Audiovox, the CommanderMT is an all-in-one package designed to fit into any car's dash and work with all AM/FM stereos, regardless of make, brand, or year. The receiver will tune to any of XM's 170 channels, features a four-line display, direct-channel entry, multiple chanel presets, and TuneSelect, which automatically alerts listeners when a favorite song is playing on any of XM's 170 channels. Get it for $170–$180. www.xmradio.comu 24 Sports Car Market


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SCM Our Cars The Hot Rod, the Company Car, and Some 911 People make a big deal of the RS, but to me it's just another nice 911 2006 Ford Mustang Pony Owner: B. Mitchell Carlson, Auction Analyst Purchase date: November 2006 Price: $21,010 Mileage since purchase: 17,950 Recent work: Swapped out original rear valance for 2006 GT rear valance, custom-built cat-back dual exhaust system. 1973 Porsche Carrera RS Owner: Jim Schrager, Contributing Editor Purchase date: 1996 Price: $27,500 Mileage since purchase: 10,000 Recent work: Reinstalled intake pre-heat system, re-anodized Fuchs alloys to RS specs The car was purchased by a surgeon in 1989 for $75,000, but it wasn't registered and hadn't been driven in five years. While it had a genuine RS serial number, no one knew if it was a fake. The fact that neither an inspection nor test drive were allowed prior to purchase made the owner's opinion fairly clear. I sent my check via overnight courier but heard nothing the next day. Days turned into weeks as the seller's agent—his personal trainer—reported the good doctor “too busy” to deposit my check. I figured he was shopping the deal, and frequently called my bank to see if the check had been presented for payment. After a month I called the surgeon's office directly. He didn't take my call, but I left a brief and friendly message. Later that day his trainer called and told me to pick up the car. I scrambled and found a trucker who would pick it up for twice the going rate. Done. When it arrived it bellowed great plumes of blue smoke and had terminally low oil pressure, but it sat very close to the ground and went like the wind. I was thrilled and scared at the same time. I guess that's part of what makes this hobby so much fun. I was ready to drop the engine to rebuild it when Pete Zimmermann of Red Line Service diagnosed an improper oil pressure relief valve over the phone. He then recited the part numbers needed to make the five-minute fix. Later that week, just as Pete said, it worked. Months later I verified the hidden tub number under the kneepad below the radio to discover it's a real one. I'm not a concours person, but I drove it to two Parades, gave it a wash, and took first and second places in our class. Mostly, I think it's because people like an RS. People make a big deal of it, but to me it's just another nice 911 I enjoy driving. 26 When I realized my 196k-mile 1991 Olds Custom Cruiser wagon had neared the end of its days as the Designated Road Trip Vehicle, I knew something from the Blue Oval would fill its shoes. Having driven both 2004 and 2005 rental Mustangs in the past, I knew the new platform was a better car, but was a little hesitant about getting the V6, as the rentals were obviously saddled with the slushbox automatics. However, driving the Tremec 5-speed manual sold me on the car, as it really makes the 210 ponies come alive when you need them. On the V6 car, the Pony package (new for 2006) is the only way to fly. For all intents and purposes, it's a V6 GT, with that model's wheels and suspension, ABS, traction control, rear spoiler, and the best looking grille on a Mustang since 1968. Almost immediately, I started making cosmetic tweaks. A 1969 Mach 1-style rear tape stripe bought off of eBay greatly improved the rear aesthetics. I also noticed the car didn't say FORD on the front. With some careful measurements off a '67 Mustang I encountered at auction and a repop set of 1967–68 FORD adhesive letters, all looks right to someone who grew up with Mustangs. The most recent project was to convert the exhaust system to duals, which requires you either to replace the rear valance with an aftermarket piece or one from a GT, or to cut out another semi-circle on the opposite side of the existing panel for the other pipe. Prudence made me pop for a 2006 Vista Blue GT take-off from Classic Design. With that in place, I went to my favorite local exhaust shop for a custom-fabricated cat-back system. Now it has the look and the sound of a V8. You could do worse for a “company car” to use for running around to auctions. 1923 Chevrolet 4/90 Speedster Owner: Paul Duchene, Executive Editor Purchase date: May 1999 Price: $5,500 Mileage since purchase: 2,000 Recent work: Back axle, steering damper, exhaust The way I heard it, almost 50 years ago an old man ran a body shop in a town west of Portland, and he wanted a Mercer Raceabout. Since the cost then was proportionally the same as now (think Bugatti Veyron), he decided to build one. The result is the French Blue Speedster I bought from Dale Matthews at Memory Lane Motors eight years ago. Running gear is from a Chevrolet 4/90 (not very creative—it cost $490 new), built from 1916 to 1922 with a 3-liter OHV 4-cylinder, 3-speed transmission, 21-inch Buffalo wire wheels, and rear-wheel brakes. Originally a phone booth coupe, it now sports a monocle windshield, brass headlights, no doors, bucket seats, an oval gas tank, and a solo “mother-in-law seat” at the rear. It looks like a 1908 racer, but the first Chevrolet wasn't built until 1914. I was charmed, and I soon realized the world used to be a much smaller place. People waved as I drove it home, and they still do. Top speed was 45 mph. Oil, water and gasoline were constantly escaping (Seals-All really works), and a horrible front end shimmy was fixed with a Model A steering damper. I fitted a muffler, preferring engine noises over the flatulent exhaust. The Speedster saved its best trick until my daughter Eleanor came to visit from Texas. We were winding up Portland's Broadway Drive into the ritzy West Hills when the back axle seized solid in a turn. The prop shaft had broken and jammed the crown wheel. Traffic backed up while three hefty volunteers lifted the car off the road. “Dad,” said my daughter, “this is just like when I was a kid.”u Sports Car Market


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Affordable Classic Jaguar XJS Jaguar's XecrableJS A bad XJS will rip at your wallet the way an actual Jaguar tears flesh from a gazelle by Rob Sass F ew automakers have had a more unenviable task than that facing Jaguar when it came time to replace the E-type. Instead of taking an evolutionary approach, as Porsche did when replacing the venerable 356 with the 911, Jaguar opted for a clean slate. In so doing, they threw the baby out with the bath water and wiped the slate clean not just of the E-type's difficult ingress and egress and poor ventilation, but of Jaguar's Le Mans-winning heritage and its reputation for producing great sports cars affordably. Arguably, that decision was responsible for the challenging position Jaguar finds itself in now. As a result of its particularly long gestation period, when the XJS debuted in the fall of 1975, it looked decidedly dated. Journalists at the time couldn't get a handle on its looks. Most commented that it looked vaguely Italian, with elements of the Dino 246 in the flying buttresses and Lamborghini 400 GT in the front. Few liked it and nobody thought it looked like god or William Lyons intended a Jaguar should look. Ironically, it was more aerodynamic than the E-type, which was styled by an aerodynamicist. Enter the Prince of Darkness This was the mid-'70s, the decade without qual- ity control, and Jaguar's parent company was the infamous British Leyland. It's no surprise then that Jaguar's complex new GT didn't work very well. By this time Bosch had developed several reliable electronic fuel injection systems. Leyland chose an older Bosch D-Jetronic system with a twist—you guessed it—electronics by the Prince of Darkness, Lucas. But that was just the tip of the iceberg. The original XJS instrument cluster was topped by no less than 18 warning lights—and they got a major workout. Road & Track surveyed XJ6, XJ12, and XJS owners in the late-'70s and found the following as “problem areas” reported by a significant number of owners: air conditioner, alternator, body parts, brakes, cooling system, differential, distributor, electrical system, engine, exhaust system, fuel pump, instruments, power steering, transmission, emission controls, starter, and wheel bearings. It brings to mind the scene from “Raiders of the Lost Ark” when the heroine tries to put the moves on Indy just after he's had the crap kicked out of him. When he protests that it hurts everywhere she tries to touch him, in frustration she asks, “Where doesn't it hurt?” “Here,” he states, pointing to the very tip of his elbow. In other words, with looking, one could probably find a system or two on the XJS that didn't fail with regularity. But only with looking. Predictably, Jaguar did its best to try to improve the car, the most notable effort being the introduction of the HE (“high efficiency”) engine in 1981. Fuel economy improved but quality didn't. It took Ford's purchase of Jaguar in 1989 and their modernizing of the Dickensian Browns Lane factory to do anything positive for the car's reliability. 28 The Ford-era 1990s cars are really the only ones worth considering. But also, consider how scary the notion is that Ford was giving anyone lessons in quality control. It was more indicative of how bad things had gotten under British Leyland than of Ford's prowess in this area. Body styles are confusing Surprisingly, body styles are somewhat confus- ing—there was of course the flying buttress coupe, and it was joined in 1983 by the SC, a two-seat sort of semiconvertible with fixed quarter windows and a targa-style Sports Car Market


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roof. Around 1986, Ohio limousine makers Hess and Eisenhardt started converting coupes into full convertibles. The work was of high quality and some think they look better than the later factory convertibles that were introduced for the 1989 model year. The difference is that the cut cars have tops without headliners and so less protrudes above the deck lid when folded. Later factory convertibles added 2+2 seating. People also forget that the SC model introduced the 3.6-liter “AJ6” engine. In Europe, it was available with a slick Getrag 5-speed. It's rare in the U.S., primarily seen in the few gray-market cars that sneaked in and also in a small number of post-1993 U.S. cars. Under Ford's leadership, in 1991, Jaguar undertook a comprehensive restyling and re-engineering of the XJS. The rear quarter windows were enlarged at the expense of the vents. Bumpers, taillights and interiors were also revamped. The six was enlarged to 4.0 liters, and in 1993, the twelve was punched out to 6.0 liters. Difficultto-service inboard discs were also moved outboard. The XJS was a pleasant enough tourer. To borrow a cliche that while shopworn is quite descriptive, the V12 was turbine-like. Jaguar's trademark compliant ride fit the car's character. Handling was fair enough for a nearly 4000 lb. car, as were the brakes. Steering, however, was not up to BMW or Mercedes standards, as the Adwest rack just didn't offer the same road feel as a ZF unit. Performance of the early cars was decent for the day with 0 to 60 times in the mid-8s. Later V12s 20 Year Picture XJS Details Years produced: 1976–96 Number produced: 136,557 Original list price: $19,000 SCM Valuation: $4,500–$6,000 (1976 coupe) Tune-up cost: $750–$1000 Distributor cap: $79.99 (Lucas) $137.74 (Marelli) Chassis #: A-pillar tag Engine #: Rear of engine above flywheel Club: Jaguar Clubs of North America 234 Buckland Trace Louisville, KY 40245 More: www.xjsdata.com Alternatives: 1978–80 Mercedes 450SLC; 1978–82 BMW 633 CSi; 1978–82 Porsche 928 SCM Investment grade: F chopped about a second and a half off this. Rust is a moot point Early XJSs are only average rusters, although this may simply be a reflection of the fact that it was difficult to keep one on the road long enough for corrosion to be an issue. The later cars have better rust-proofing. It's a moot point anyway; as stated, the pre-1991 cars are relatively hopeless. Post-1991 cars are now just complex, option-laden 15-year-old used cars—a bad one will still rip at your wallet the way an actual Jaguar tears flesh from a gazelle. As the car's 1997 successor, the much better and much prettier XK8, continues to depreciate, there become fewer and fewer reasons to roll the dice with an XJS unless your are just a fan of the controversial styling. And some people are. St. Louis, Missouri, Jaguar guru Fred Garcia has built several that are both bullet-proof and shockingly fast. A specialist like Mr. Garcia is probably key to a happy life with an XJS, as Jaguar dealers are liable to be less than helpful at this point. Any XJS is still a depreciating car. You stand a better chance of finding a buyer and recovering more of your investment with a factory 2+2 convertible than a coupe. The only possible exception is one of the rare U.S. Getrag 5-speed cars. While still not even a C-list collectible, there is at least a market for these cars among the XJS cognescenti.u ROB SASS has been collecting and repairing affordable classic since he was 16. His work has appeared in the New York Times and on businessweek.com. 1978–80 BMW 633CSi $5,000 $10,000 $15,000 $20,000 $25,000 $30,000 1976–81 Jaguar XJS 1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SL 1988 1993 1998 2003 2007 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. June 2007 29


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Legal Files John Draneas Barrett-Jackson Sues the Judge The most likely damage recovery for one complaint would be the cost of cutting the chains off the car. I doubt that would be much of a victory T he fallout from the 2007 Barrett-Jackson Auction continues. In an unprecedented move in March, Barrett- Jackson filed suit in federal court against Judge David Clabuesch, an unhappy consignor at the January auction. Generally, the allegations in the complaint are that Clabuesch's post-auction conduct and statements damaged BarrettJackson's reputation, and its Palm Beach, Florida, auction, by causing potential consignors to decide not to consign their cars. Clabuesch, who serves as a probate judge in Michigan, was the owner of the 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda that was documented as the last-surviving Ramchargers race car. The 'Cuda sold for $300,000 on Saturday afternoon. Clabuesch claims a variety of improprieties in the conduct of the auction. Most notably, he claims the car was short-gavelled; the auctioneer hammered the 'Cuda sold without fair warning, and while bidders were still trying to place their bids. 'Cuda in chains Clabuesch filed a grievance report contesting the validity of the auction. Then, while the 'Cuda was being stored in the public Showcase Pavillion, Clabuesch posted on the car a copy of the grievance and a notice that the auction was void and under protest. He also locked the front wheels with chains and padlocks. It didn't take long for the story to appear on several Internet blogs. Of particular import was an article entitled “Barrett-Jackson in trouble: Barrett-Jackson Westworld Tents Turn-out to be a House of Cards,” which incorporated a number of statements alleged to be false and attributed to Clabuesch. B-J six shooter The Complaint contains six separate counts of liability, and is available for your perusal at www.sportscarmarket.com. Obviously, this is just one side of the story. The final answer will take months to become known. But let's take a look at each of the claims and assess the prospects. 1. Breach of Contract Count One asserts breach of the consignment contract by protesting the sale, posting the notices on the car, and chaining the 'Cuda. In my opinion, it's going to be tough to make out a breach of contract. It seems likely that Clabuesch was asserting that Barrett-Jackson was in breach of the consignment contract. Ordinarily, one does not breach a contract by asserting his rights on account of a belief that the other party has breached the contract. It is unclear if Barrett-Jackson is seeking to recover its purported Palm Beach losses as part of the breach of contract claim. If so, that will be tough sledding. It's hard to imagine that a breach of contract by Clabuesch, by itself, would cause sellers to pull out of the Palm Beach auction. But this is an important allegation, because a breach of contract will entitle the prevailing party to recover its attorney fees. No doubt, that's going to be a big number here. 2. Good Faith and Fair Dealing Under Arizona law, every contract carries an implied duty of good faith 30 and fair dealing, and Count Two alleges these duties were violated by the post-auction conduct of Clabuesch. Though much is often made of these implied contractual provisions, the reality is that the legal meaning of these duties is quite a bit different from the dictionary definitions. I would expect Clabuesch to claim he did no such thing, and that all he was doing was asserting his rights to prevent a breach by Barrett-Jackson. That could very well be a complete defense. 3. Interference with Palm Beach Count Three claims that Clabuesch's actions constituted a tortious interference with Barrett-Jackson's anticipated consignments at its Palm Beach auction. That claim is going to be very tough to establish. It won't be enough to establish that the alleged conduct resulted in sellers' choosing not to consign their cars to the Palm Beach auction. Rather, BarrettJackson will have to establish that the conduct was intended to accomplish that result, and will likely have to establish a more direct interference. For example, no allegation is made that any prospective seller was contacted and advised to stay out of the auction, which is more along the lines of the type of conduct that would ordinarily give rise to such a claim. Proof problems will be very difficult, as Barrett-Jackson would probably have to identify specific sellers who were induced to keep their cars out of Palm Beach. Further, since Barrett-Jackson proclaimed on its web site that their Palm Beach event was “sold out,” it's hard to see how, in the end, they will be able to prove their damages. 4. Conversion With Chains Count Four alleges that the chaining of the 'Cuda improperly inter- fered with Barrett-Jackson's right to possess and control the car after the auction, which is called “conversion.” This claim would seem to depend on the outcome of the expected battle over whether or not Barrett-Jackson breached the consignment agreement. If Clabuesch wins that argument, then there would be no conversion, as it was still his 'Cuda. But if BarrettJackson wins that battle, the chaining of the car might well be a conversion. However, the most likely damage recovery would be the cost of cutting the chains. I doubt that would be much of a victory. 5 and 6. Defamation These claims seem to be the guts of the Complaint, that Clabuesch defamed Barrett-Jackson and damaged its business reputation. Count Five alleges defamation on account of the comments made to the Internet blogger; Count Six deals with the posting of the notices on the 'Cuda at the auction site. Let's address the claim regarding the notices first, as that one seems easier to analyze. The defense I would expect to see here is that Clabuesch was asserting his legal rights, and attempting to protect himself from a breach of contract on the part of Barrett-Jackson. That could make out a privilege; under certain circumstances, the law gives people the privilege to make defamatory statements about others without liability. I would also expect to see the defense that there was nothing defamatory about the postings. A legitimate belief that Barrett-Jackson made errors in the Sports Car Market


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conduct of the sale would not impugn its character or reputation. And, proving damages is going to be tough. Since the alleged defamation was communicated only to persons present in the Showcase Pavilion, it will be hard to demonstrate a specific financial impact. The claim regarding the alleged statements to the Internet blogger is difficult for me to understand. Much of this claim seems directed to the effect the alleged statements had on the blogger himself, asserting that Clabuesch was trying to dissuade the blogger from dealing with BarrettJackson. I've read the blog, and it's very clear to me that the blogger had a very poor impression of Barrett-Jackson before he ever spoke with Clabuesch. Consequently, I don't think Judge Clabuesch has much exposure there. But this count is worded vaguely enough that the point might be that the statements were made to the blogger with the expectation that he would repeat them online, and republish the defamatory comments to the general public. If that is the thrust, it would suggest a legally valid claim. Again, I've read the blog. It is not very complimentary to Barrett- Jackson, but the majority of the comments appear to come from sources other than Judge Clabuesch, and address other areas of complaint. For example, a major portion of the blog expresses support for SCM Publisher Martin, after having been stripped of his media credentials and ejected from the auction site. To hold Clabuesch liable for defamation on this theory, Barrett-Jackson is going to have to establish exactly what he may have said to the blogger, and any defamatory content. The defense I would expect to see here is truth. No matter how damag- ing statements might be to a person's reputation, they are not defamatory if they are true. If Clabuesch made comments to the blogger, but they were all truthful statements, then he would not have any liability to BarrettJackson, no matter how much damage they may have caused. This claim will likely be heavily intertwined with counterclaims we expect to see filed by Clabuesch, alleging deficiencies in the conduct of the auction. Is this smart? The thought certainly crosses one's mind—does filing this lawsuit make good business sense? You have an unhappy seller—a judge no less—who has threatened suit. But he hasn't filed one yet, and he may never file one. Why file first, and essentially force him to retaliate? Obviously, he's no stranger to the courtroom. Further, the Complaint is a public document, and one would expect that it will be widely disseminated. The Complaint alleges damage in the form of potential sellers deciding not to consign their cars to the Palm Beach auction, and no one would say that if it were not true. But doesn't stating that publicly encourage other sellers to stay away? And doesn't that inject uncertainty into the question whether the damages were caused by the alleged untrue statements of Judge Clabuesch, or by the self-generated publicity that comes from the filing of the lawsuit by BarrettJackson? We can only surmise that when the lawsuit was filed, Barrett- Jackson felt that the chances of Palm Beach having a difficult time were becoming substantial, and the decision was made that this course of action would keep the situation from getting worse. But as we have seen, Barrett-Jackson was able to completely fill its roster. Other reasons for filing this lawsuit may become apparent with the passage of time. As mentioned before, the Complaint is simply one side of the story. I contacted Judge Clabuesch for his reaction, and he promises that a substantial counterclaim will be filed soon. Watch SCM for Chapter Two of this saga.u John Draneas is an attorney and car collector in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and no substitute for consultation with an attorney. He can be reached at legalfiles@sportscarmatrket.com June 2007 31


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25 Years of Automotive Meandering Sodium chloride is the state mineral of Missouri and our streets resemble the Great Salt Lake from November to March, so I swore off St. Louis classifieds by Rob Sass T he life of a car collector is a long and winding road, made longer by frequent stops occasioned by “marginal motoring.” I'd like to think that every one of my cars taught me a lesson, beyond visible scars anyway. At Publisher Martin's urging, I have taken a longavoided look back at my automotive meanderings, which represent the joyful squandering of hours, days, weeks, months, and years on irascible, illogical vintage cars. Sass (R) and brother Jeff in the Healey Tetanus abounds 1963 Triumph TR4 Bought: 1981 Paid: $500 Spent: $1,000 Sold: 1982 for $2,500 #1 The car that started it all tried to kill me twice—once by tetanus and once with brake failure on its maiden drive. I bought my first TR4 in high school for $500, and probably overpaid by about $400. It sported “for sale” signs for floorboards and the entire lower third was sculpted from Bondo. My best friend Cliff Pass and I did the best we could with limited skills and hand tools to put myriad problems right. In the process, I nearly sliced my hand off while sawing out the remains of the rusty floorboards. To make matters worse, I forgot to get a tetanus booster. Those being pre-Web MD days, I spent hours looking up the symptoms of tetanus in the World Book Encyclopedia, convinced I was going to develop the worst case of lockjaw since Katharine Hepburn. Cliff and I made several trips to a rural Missouri British car junkyard owned by a nasty old codger, who could have been an extra in “Mississippi Burning.” He wore a squashed porkpie hat, had an appallingly flatulent Doberman named Lucas, and seemed to subsist 32 on Moon Pies and RC Cola. We bought everything from wire wheels to a convertible top frame. After all the bodywork was done, I got the bright idea to take the car for a short spin up the street. I neglected to check the brake master cylinder (empty) and smacked the bumperless nose of the car into my parents' garage wall. Another trip to see the old codger—this time for a new hood. We finished the car with a new interior and fresh paint―the latter being the only thing we farmed out. We primered it in my parents' garage. After we were through, the garage could have doubled for the surface of Mars, with red dust covering lawn furniture, bicycles, and a pool vacuum. I learned both the joys of double clutching in this car and the joy of turning a profit. A grand to a high school kid in 1982 might as well have been a million bucks. Though tempted to blow it on a limousine rental, front row KISS tickets and a lot of White Castle burgers, I bought another car instead. 1965 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III Bought: 1982 Paid: $3,000 Spent: $500 Sold: 1985 for $8,500 #2 Next to an E-type, the Healey was the car I really wanted when I bought the TR4. The lack of funds was solved by the sale of the TR4 and the proceeds from a summer job. Long-time SCMer Robert Pass had traded for several cars, a Pale Primrose Healey among them. My buddy Cliff convinced his dad that he should accept my three grand instead of taking the car to the Kruse Auburn sale. The Healey, with its big six and loud exhaust, could more than hold its own against the anemic late '70s Mustang IIs, Camaros, and Sports Car Market


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Injection conspired to relieve me of my summer job money when the injection pump needed to be rebuilt. The education I was getting benefited me more later than anything my parents were paying for at good old CU. Another summer at home convinced me that a black interior, no sunroof, and no air had no place in Bangkok-like St. Louis. 1973 ½ Porsche 911T coupe Bought: 1986 Paid: $7,000 Spent: $2,000 Sold: 1990 for $13,000 #4 This may have been the best car I will ever own. A low-mileage blue-plate California car, Gemini Blue with black, air, a sunroof, no rust, and an “S” front spoiler. It had less than 50,000 miles, great paint and a perfect interior. It was sold new by Chick Iverson Porsche in Newport Beach, California, and it was on its second owner when my friend Cliff Pass (then working for Rick Cole, the founder of the Monterey auction) found it in the L.A. Times. Class? What class? Firebirds that populated my high school. And, unlike that junk, the top went down. I took it off to college at the University of Colorado―I even chained up and took it skiing a few times. I learned the hard way how little ground clearance a Healey has when I went off-roading trying to find a party at a cabin in the mountains and lost the exhaust from the headpipe back. I replaced it with straight pipes and glass packs. I thought it sounded great―my frat buddies and the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority disagreed and sought an injunction to prevent me from starting it weekdays between the hours of 11 pm and 7 am. In the three years I owned the car, I put tires on it and replaced the clutch―that was it. The lack of a decent heater and its dreadful behavior in the snow made me start looking for something else. Old 911s were a dime a dozen in Colorado in those days. My mechanic told me about one of the baddest from the early '70s―a '72 911S like the one McQueen drove at the beginning of the movie “Le Mans.” I drove it once and a week later, the Healey was gone for a whopping $8,500. I was lucky enough to own the car during the first real wave of appreciation the big Healeys experienced. 1972 Porsche 911S coupe Bought: 1985 Paid: $5,500 Spent: $2,000 Sold: 1986 for $8,500 #3 After two British cars, my first 911 was a revelation. Tight, solid, great brakes, fantastic steering, and real horsepower. With a set of snows, it would go anywhere. And it had a Webasto gas-powered auxiliary heater that worked―although every time I turned it on, I was convinced I'd go up in a ball of fire like a member of the Gambino family marked for execution. My first summer at home with the car, I took the trim off, carefully masked everything and had it delivered to the local Maaco franchise. The car was basically straight and they did a surprisingly decent job of laying on a new coat of white paint. Unable to resist pimping my first Porsche, I added a ducktail, polished 6- and 7-inch Fuchs wheels, and an RS style front bumper. I'd regularly skip class and take the car up Boulder Canyon just to hear the Bursch exhaust echo off the canyon walls. I also learned firsthand the economics of keeping a complex and expensive German sports car on the road. My mechanic, Steven Ruddock and Pacific Fuel June 2007 911T sure beats Ukrainian Lit Cliff pronounced it “wicked” and I flew from Denver to Orange County to pick it up. As I was recovering from partying in L.A. with friends who had graduated the year before, I convinced Cliff to make the trip back to Boulder, where I was enjoying a leisurely final semester of college, taking courses like Ukrainian Literature and something called “Self and Consciousness.” I made it to Riverside before being pulled over for 80 mph in a 55 zone. Cliff took over and I went to sleep. I woke up in Grand Junction, Colorado. Cliff had driven something like 16 hours straight. The car was nearly perfect, and this drove me crazy. It was the first car I'd owned where I replaced or fixed stuff that needed neither. I swapped out the chain tensioners for better ones, re-covered perfectly nice vinyl seats in nice-smelling leather and added an airbox pop-off valve. Besides scheduled maintenance, I did an alternator and that was about it. Long-time SCMer/Porsche collector/shop owner Reid Vann became an acquaintance, as his shop was around the corner from St. Louis University where I was going to law school. His bills were always fair. The CIS T coupe was my daily driver through law school but in my last year, rust bubbles began to appear in the fenders. It was the second Porsche that I didn't want to sell, but I couldn't bear to see it rust away. I fixed the rust and sent it packing for a couple thousand more than I had in it. I took out a loan and replaced it with a galvanized '83 911SC with only 16,000 miles on it. It gave great service and I ultimately put over 90,000 miles on it. I don't include the SC in this ledger because it was a used car and one that I never expected to make money on. 33


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up liking the car―a lot. I sold my TR4 and had the Dart beadblasted, painted and generally spruced up. In the end, I figured that I had about $17,000 in it. SCMer Mark Hyman had always been intrigued by the SP250. In his twenty years in the business, he had never had one. At a show, he mentioned that he had a slightly tatty, but great driving SI E-type convertible. Hyman got the Daimler and $12,000. A decent E-type for a total investment of about $29,000 seems fine to me. Hyman no doubt made out just as well, so it was a case of a happy buyer and seller. But coming up with the $12,000 meant I suffered a loss for the first time on the sale of a collector car. Sass's “in” at SCM 1965 Triumph TR4 Bought: 1999 Paid: $7,800 Spent: $2,000 Sold: 2003 for $15,000 Getting married, buying a house, and having a daughter put my car account on ice for a while. My second TR4 moved me into the SCM community. It was a Portland car that Publisher Martin looked at for me and was the subject of the first story I wrote for SCM back in 2000. Over the course of four years, I replaced the generator, redid the seats in red leather and bought a set of used chrome wire wheels. That was about it. I sold it to finance, later, the restoration of the infamous angry catfish, my Daimler SP250. 1968 MGC roadster Bought: 2003 Paid: $5,400 Spent: $0 Sold: 2003, traded even for a 1962 Daimler SP250 After developing a hearty dislike for rust, I pretty much swore off my local St. Louis classifieds. Sodium chloride is the state mineral of Missouri and our streets resemble the Great Salt Lake from November to March. But one day I was driving down a residential street and saw a chrome-bumper MGC for sale in Tartan Red. Because of my prejudice against local cars, I almost didn't look. I have no idea where the MG grew up, but it wasn't around St. Louis. Not a speck of rust, with fine paint and a decent original interior. The owners had no clue and were asking $5400―I didn't haggle. But I hated the sadistic convertible top, and when a dealer in New Hampshire offered an even trade for a 1962 Daimler SP250, it was gone. 1962 Daimler SP250 Dart Bought: 2003 Paid: Even swap for my 1968 MGC roadster Spent: $11,000 Sold: 2006, traded toward a 1967 Jaguar E-type convertible #7 The angry catfish generated more taunts from Publisher Martin than it deserved. It never let me down on numerous tours, it went like stink and in the end got me into the car I wanted in the first place back in 1981. The Dart was the result of an even trade for the MGC. My plan was to flip it and make a quick five or six grand. Unfortunately, I wound 34 So pretty, so expensive Sports Car Market 1971 BMW 2800CS Bought: 2005 Paid: $11,000 Spent: $4,500 Sold: 2006 for $13,000 #8 Anyone who has read this far will realize that I have yet to make “Shaft's Big Score” on any car. A couple of thousand here and there and a lifetime's worth of enjoyment is about it. I generally buy cars that need little and with a potential upside. I miscalculated on several fronts with the Do catfish really get angry? BMW. First, I thought these things were just going to take off in value, what with them being about one of the prettiest coupes ever built. Second, these things are really expensive to keep on the road. Not much happened with the E9 coupe market last year and I got whacked with some pretty good repair bills. I figure between those bills and shipping the car, I lost about $2,500, which takes me back to where I started. Have I learned anything throughout this process? Well, the typical things, like look at a car before you buy it, buy the best one you can, tools and books and records are a serious bonus, and so on. Far more important, I have had the chance to sample a veritable buffet of automotive experiences, and learned how each culture defines “sporting motoring.” For instance, the Germans value things that work, and the Brits don't seem to care, as long as they work once in awhile. But best of all, I have met a series of terrific people, all of whom suffer from the same “Curse of the Gearhead” that I do. Even today, at the SCM offices, staff meetings will come to a halt as someone spies a mint 1967 Volvo 122 sedan with a “For Sale” sign on it cruising by (yes, we bought it, did you need to ask?). We meet in odd places, to drive odd cars, and secretly enjoy it when they fail to proceed in odd ways. All in all, the winding road has been a good one, and the signs say there are years of curves ahead.u MGC bought for a song


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Events Amelia Island Concours Putting on the Ritz Organizer Bill Warner is an affable car guy who can't believe his luck— that he has ended up directing a concours as his day job by Paul Duchene the event and have to wait behind 18,000 people paying $45 each to get in. It would have been an easy mistake to make this spring, D as the 156-page program for the 12th annual Florida event reads like a really good historic motorsports magazine, wildly different from the pre-packaged, self-congragulatory mass-market Pabulum that serves as content in most concours programs. Derek Bell (the principal honoree in 2007) and other famous drivers like Sir Stirling Moss, John Surtees MBE, Vic Elford, John Fitch, Brian Redman, and Hershel McGriff were featured. They told stories to veteran journalists about races like Le Mans, the Mille Miglia, Targa Florio, La Carrera PanAmericana, Daytona, and Sebring that would have you dropping toast crumbs in your coffee while you read them, open-mouthed. And if you were reading the program on Saturday morning, you might have missed the “Great Road Races” seminar the drivers gave at 10 am, moderated by Sam Posey and David Hobbs, just before the sucessful RM auction (which was a show on its own). This was my first time at Amelia, and the images still burn fresh. Amelia Island can be considered the springtime Pebble Beach. It's held each March, 20 miles from Jacksonville, Florida, in the middle of a lush island rougly ten by four miles big. The event feels much more relaxed than its California cousin. Enthusiasts emerge blinking from winter garages and gradually shuck layers of clothing as the sun comes out. And about 75% of the entrants are SCMers (see list). on't start reading the program to the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance over Sunday breakfast at the Ritz-Carlton hotel, overlooking the beach. If you do, you'll be about an hour late for Derek Bell was delighted to see ten of the cars he once drove Affable organizer Bill Warner is a car guy who attracts car guys and behaves as if he can't believe his luck—that he has ended up directing a concours as his day job (this luck actually represents a lifetime of enthusiasm and hard work). He was torn between Miles Collier's 2.9-liter 8C Alfa Romeo and Chuck Wegner's unrestored 196 SP Ferrari Dino (which finished second twice in the Targo Florio) as the car he'd like to drive home. While he admitted it was a tough choice (he liked Ralph Lauren's Alfa 8C as well), he passed the basic test of all concours attendees. He had fallen in love with his product. Again. Spring starts the blood moving anyway. At 75–80 degrees, the Florida temperature was a multiple of the Midwest mercury and even the evenings were warm enough to dine al fresco, without leaning over the barbecue to stay warm. So pick up your program and elbow your way out of the Ritz-Carlton through the rows of “it's your turn to drive” Maybach sedans (so that's where they all went) displayed at the front of the Ritz, to find 270 concours cars sprawled over 20 acres, shadowed by live oaks, near a big pond, on turf like mouse fur. Amelia cars compete for 125 awards, so the odds of winning one are one in 2.16, which seems appropriate for the effort it takes to prepare a car for the first event of the year. Models in period fashions put the cars nicely in color-coordinated perspective. All the classic names are present: Aston Martin to Talbot-Lago, Bugatti to Pierce-Arrow, Bentley to Duesenberg, and Ferrari to Porsche, and others you don't know. Contestants ranged from Jerry Chase's 1903 Pope-Hartford single cylinder rear-entrance tonneau (which sounded like an irrigation pump) to ten—count 'em—Le Mans, Daytona, Sebring, and F1 race cars driven by Derek Bell. In a tropical tan suit, Bell slipped easily through the crowd, just as he does on a racetrack. He talked about his cars as he watched automotive veterans Pete Brock, William Jeanes, and David E. Davis recording a video birthday card in front of the grandstand for 80-year-old Phil Hill. “I looked around and I saw all my old race cars,” Bell marveled. Enormous striped 1909 Gobron-Brille was found in Australia 36 “And I thought, when will I ever see all these again? So I went to have my photo taken, but there was always somebody's wife in front of me, Sports Car Market


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being photographed.” The Amelia Island Concours is a long day, though you won't notice it until your feet hurt and you realize you're lugging too many freebies. There are dozens of “Amelia moments.” Here are a few: • HOWL'S THAT? The astonishing wail of Bruce Linsmeyer's 1968 McKee Howmet Gas Turbine car, as it whooshed down the fairway to collect the Sebring Trophy. • ART FOR ART'S SAKE The discovery that a more extreme Delahaye exists than Mark Hyman's red and white Figoni et Falaschi, Pebble Beach-winning, 1937 135M roadster. Carol and Ronald Benach's outrageous turquoise 1949 175MS was extravagantly bodied by Saoutchik. Both cars won trophies, but Benach scored People's Choice Award. • HOW LOW CAN YOU GO? In the case of eight Corvair show cars, about three feet to the top of the roof. You could trip over (or fall into) the Fitch Phoenix, Pininfarina concept, Monza GT and SS, and Astro. And to think, Chevrolet considered giving it a flat-8 or flat-10 engine. • JUST FOR KICKS Mike Hailwood's 1979 Ducati 900SS from the Barber Museum was ridden noisily up to the podium to get the Wind In The Face Award… and promptly quit. Kudos to the rider who got it started on the third kick. You don't get many more chances. • A LITTLE BLACK DRESS With seven Delahayes present, including a Saoutchik and two Figoni et Falaschis, who'd think they'd be upstaged by the 1939 Voll and Ruhrbeck Bugatti Type 57 from the Patterson collection? It won a corporate award for the Best Open Car and combined an eye-popping waterfall grille with coal black paint for an effect equaled by only the best cocktail dresses. Shame that body had been replaced by a fake Atalante for years. • THE CLOCK'S RUNNING Derek Bell presented the PCNA trophy for the Most 1939 Voll and Ruhrbeck Bugatti Type 57, the last Bugatti sold in Germany before WWII • THE CIRCUS CAME TO TOWN Best in Class Outstanding Porsche Competition Car to Chris Cox's 1982 956 (one of the five years Bell won Le Mans). As Cox extricated himself from the cramped cockpit, Bell admonished him: “Come on, this is a pit stop, you've only got 23 seconds.” • 1930S LOWRIDER The cartoonish Bucciali TAV 12, which won a French custom coachwork award, must have been a challenge to drive, with its chopped top, six-inch windows, and 30-inch wheels, but it's a memorable sight. Horseless Carriage was an enormous 1909 Gobron Brille, with paintwork striped like a pair of pajamas. Rescued from Australia, its complicated mechanicals were explained (sort of) in a diagram beside the car. • MYSTERY MEAT The Coachcraft Custom cel- ebration was only part of the “one-off” collection, and it was fun to puzzle over unfamiliar shapes like the Victress, Edwards, LaDawrie, Maverick, and Bocar. Design really IS difficult. • BRAVER MEN THAN I Of all the race cars, the most alarming was the Best in Class Carrera Pan Americana, the Ford E Caballo De Hierro, based on a 1927 Ford T Bucket with the biggest motor that could be crammed into it. • WITH ONE FINGER Scotty Boses demonstrated the source of the Most Exceptional Engineering Award for the 1938 Peugeot Eclipse he owns with SCM's Raymond Milo. The four-place retractable hard top is so well counterbalanced it can be raised and lowered with one hand. Overall, the effect was of an endless line of cars that would have been eye-catching alone, but did not detract from each other when they were together. The bar was raised, both in presentation and appreciation, by the audience. A final Amelia moment took place on the way to the truck loading area, two miles away. We were bracketed between Lorenzo Zambrano's 1951 Ferrari 212 Export and David George's 1938 Alfa Romeo Volpi-Monoposto, running noisily in traffic, trying not to foul plugs. Where else could you do that?u PAUL DUCHENE has been an automotive journalist and collector for 40 years. His work has appeared in the New York Times and Chicago Tribune, and he is a judge at the Forest Grove Concours in Oregon. Periscope mirror is highest point on Corvair Astro June 2007 37


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Events Amelia Island Concours SCMers at Amelia Chris MacAllister—Indianapolis, IN 1972 Mirage M6 Dennis Machul—Oak Brook, IL 1952 Allard K2 Sam & Emily Mann—Englewood, NJ 1937 Delage D8 120 SS Bruce & Jolene McCaw—Bellevue, WA 1952 Mercedes W194 1953 Ferrari 375 MM, Best in Show, Concours de Sport Peter & Kacey McCoy—Beverly Hills, CA 1962 Ferrari 400 SuperAmerica, Best in Class John McCrea—Reston, VA 1954 Kaiser Darrin Tom & Megan McGough—Shoreview, MN 1963 ATS 2500 GT, Amelia Award Extravagant 1949 Delahaye 175MS won People's Choice Award Mike Amalfitano—Gilford, NH 1967 Porsche 910 Anatoly & Karen Arutunoff—Tulsa, OK 1963 Lancia Flaminia Sport Zagato C3 Philip Bagley—North Palm Beach, FL 1973 Porsche Carrera RS Bob & Sandra Bahre—Alton, NH 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Henley Roadster Carol & Ronald Benach—Boca Raton, FL 1949 Delahaye 175MS Bill Binnie—Portsmouth, NH 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza Dr. Harry Bopp—Lakeland, FL 1962 Porsche 356B Carrera 2000GS Coupe, Amelia Award Charles Bronson—Camarillo, CA 1957 Maserati 450S Becky & Bill Bryan—Winter Park, FL 1963 AC Cobra 289 Joe Buzzetta—St. James, NY 1964 Porsche 904 James & Marion Caldwell,—Toms River, NJ 1927 Rolls-Royce Playboy Roadster, Best in Class Joseph & Angela Cantore—Oak Brook, IL 1930 Alfa Romeo 1750 Zagato, Amelia Award Wayne Carini—Portland, CT 1954 Hudson Italia 1958 Fiat Viotti Sport Herb Chambers—Old Lyme, CT 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Ele Chesney—Toms River, NJ 1954 Plymouth Belmont Concept Car, Amelia Award Chris Cox—Chapel Hill, NC 1982 Porsche 956 Group C Endurance Racing Car 1957 Ferrari 500 TRC Spider Matthew Drendel—Hickory, NC 1980 Porsche 924 Carrera GT LeMans, Amelia Award Timothy Durham—Indianapolis, IN 1929 Stutz M Walter Eisenstark—Yorktown Heights, NY 1955 Siata 208S, Amelia Award Mitchell Eitel—New Preston, CT 1956 OSCA MT4 TN, Best in Class Paul Emple—Rancho Santa Fe, CA 1930 Minerva AL, Best in Class 38 Mike & Dawn Fisher—Lake Leelanau, MI 1959 Bocar XP-5 2000 Audi S4 Race Car Gary J. Ford—Pipersville, PA 1933 Morgan Aero Super Sports David George—Cochranville, PA 1938 Alfa Romeo Volpi-Monoposto, Best in Class Wm. “Tom” Gerrard—Big Sky, MT 1957 Ford Ranchero Pickup Truck 1960 Chevrolet El Camino Pickup Truck Mark & Connie Gessler—Potomac, MD 1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 Grand Sport TF, Amelia Award Jim Grundy—New Hope, PA 1915 Mercer L-Head Raceabout Gaye & Tom Hanley—Orange Park, FL 1964 Jaguar E-Type Fixed Head Coupe Larry Harvey—Calabasas, CA 1940 Coachcraft Roadster Lee Herrington—Bow, NH 1957 Ferrari 4.9 Superfast Weston & Elona Hook—La Jolla, CA 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Pininfarina Coupe Concept Car, Best in Class George L. Howell—Elmira, NY 1935 Bentley 3 1/2-Liter Drophead Coupe, Amelia Award Neil Huffman—Louisville, KY 1954 Edwards America Mark Hyman—St. Louis, MO 1937 Delahaye 135M Figoni et Falaschi, Amelia Award 1927 Isotta Fraschini 8A Sala Phaeton Craig & Betty Johnson—Ferndale, MD 1965 Griffith 200 Dan & Fred Kanter—Boonton, NJ 1930 Packard John P. Kendall—Marion, MA 1932 Alfa Romeo Mille Miglia Zagato Spyder 1932 Alfa Romeo Series I Monza Chris LaPorte—Beecher, IL 1957 Ferrari 410 SuperAmerica Series II Ed Leerdam—Winter Park, FL 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Sprint Zagato, Amelia Award Jon & Ellen Leimkuehler—Pittsburgh, PA 1927 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom I Regent Larry Ligas & David Hinton—Clearwater, FL 1957 Cozzi Jaguar Don & Diane Meluzio—York, PA 1970 Iso Grifo Targa J.W. Millegan—Lake Oswego, OR 1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III, Amelia Award Raymond Milo—Los Angeles, CA 1938 Peugeot Eclipse Ray Minella—Greenwich, CT 1962 Porsche 356B Roadster, Best in Class Charles Morse—Seattle, WA 1953 Ferrari 342 Coupe Wellington & Janet Morton—Fruit Cove, FL 1912 Cadillac Model 30 Touring Merle & Peter Mullin—Los Angeles, CA 1937 Delahaye Type 145 Gene & Ann Nau—Naples, FL 1932 Lincoln KB Coupe by Judkins Robert Pass—St. Louis, MO 1908 Simplex Model 50 Speedcar Henry Petronis & David George—Cochranville, PA 1960 Lola Mk I, Amelia Award Henry & Gale Petronis—Orlando, PA 1914 Rolls-Royce Tourer Malcolm S. Pray Jr.—Greenwich, CT 1937 Bugatti Type 57C, Amelia Award Marc Richelsoph—Bartlett, TN 1959 Porsche RSK F2 Milton Robson—Gainesville, GA 1953 Cadillac El Dorado Convertible, Best in Class Frank A. Rubino—Pinecrest, FL 1957 Austin Healey 100-6 Roadster Bill Ruger—Newport, NH 1931 Bentley 8-Liter Patrick & Dorothy Ryan—Montgomery, AL 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Scaglietti Coupe Christopher Sanger—New York, NY 1936 Bentley 4 1/4-Liter Sports Coupe, Best in Class Ray Scherr—Westlake Village, CA 1932 Packard Boattail 734 Jim Schmidt—Gainesville, FL 1924 L Type 135 Limousine Ed & Judy Schoenthaler—Naples, FL 1957 Dual Ghia Convertible Steven A. Schultz—Chicago, IL 1930 Packard 745 Brewster Convertible 1936 Auburn 852 Boattail Speedster, Best in Class John & Kathi Schumann—Vero Beach, FL 1968 Ferrari 312 F1, Amelia Award Weldon Scrogham—Waynesboro, VA 1976 Porsche 934 Turbo RSR Scotty Boses demonstrates Peugeot Eclipse top Sports Car Market George R. Shelley—Pompano Beach, FL 1928 Austin Van Blerck Midget Racer 1947 Cisitalia D-46 Jon & Mary Shirley—Medina, WA 1953 Ferrari 340/375MM Berlinetta, Amelia Award Frederick A. Simeone Foundation— Philadelphia, PA 1933 Alfa Romeo Monza Tom Smith—Nashville, TN 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Volante DeNean Stafford—Tifton, GA 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, Amelia Award Joel & Rosa Stein—Ft. Lauderdale, FL 1956 Moretti 1500 Sports Martin & Dottie Stickley—Winter Park FL 1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A Chuck Swimmer—San Diego, CA 1936 3.5-Liter Sedanca Coupe Matthew Sysak—Washington Crossing, PA 1926 Bentley Big Six James W. Taylor—Gloversville, NY 1953 Allard J2X LeMans Jack Thomas—St. Louis, MO 1956 Ferrari 410 SuperAmerica Mark Thomas—Birmingham, MI 1927 Kissel 8-75 Speedster Don Wathne—Grassy Key, FL 1931 Bugatti T-54 Grand Prix Jim & Stacey Weddle—St. Louis, MO 1960 AC Ace Roadster, Amelia Award Charles T. Wegner—West Chicago, IL 1961 Ferrari 196 SP Dino Kirk F. White—New Smyrna Beach, FL 1956 Ford Thunderbird 1957 Ford Thunderbird Henry Wilkinson—Asheville, NC 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, Amelia Award Roger Willbanks—Denver, CO 1947 Ferrari 125S/166-01C/0101 Don Williams (Blackhawk Collection)— Danville, CA 1975 Gulf Mirage GR8/801 Steve Wolf—Boca Raton, FL 1957 Bentley S-1 Continental HJ Mulliner Fastback, Best in Class 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III, Amelia Award Herb Wolfe—Edgewater, NJ 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500SS Corsa John Young—Lake Barrington, IL 1963 Norton M 30 Manx Lorenzo Zambrano—Monterrey, MEX 1951 Ferrari 212 Export, Amelia Award 1953 Ferrari 250 Mille Miglia


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Preview Le Belle Macchine d'Italia Mountaintop Machines The weekend is an intimate opportunity for participants and their guests to display and race the finest Italian machinery by Donald Osborne Collier's 8CTF, one of three S ince 1987, Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains have been home to Le Belle Macchine d'Italia, the largest three-day all-Italian concours in the country. While Saturday's Concorso d'Eleganza is open to the public, the rest of the weekend is an intimate but important opportunity for participants and their guests to both display and race the finest and rarest Italian machinery. The fairways of Skytop Lodge host the static dis- plays, and nearby Pocono International Raceway allows participants to get their vintage Italians up to speed in one of four classes separated by driving experience. Unique to Le Belle Macchine is the Sports Car Market Historic Maserati Reunion, which celebrates the colorful history of the marque. In 2006, some of the most significant vintage Maseratis were brought together for the first and likely only time: all three 8CTF Grand Prix race cars, one of which won the Indianapolis 500 twice; the only closed version of the legendary 450S racer—the Costin Coupe Stirling Moss drove at Le Mans; a 1928 26-B—one of the oldest Maserati Grand Prix cars; and one each of the storied “Birdcage” racers. The 8CTF Maseratis formed the heart of the SCM 40 Reunion, each coming from one of three important collections—one from the Indianapolis Speedway Museum (the “Boyle Special”), one from SCMer Miles Collier (ex-Lucy O'Reilly Schell), and one from the collection of Joel Finn in Connecticut (ex-Count Trossi). Other Italian marques were well represented too, with a large assortment of Maserati street cars, De Tomaso Panteras, Ferraris both vintage and recent, and Lamborghinis ranging from a rare Islero and two LM002 4x4s to the latest Murcielago Spider. A few Isos, a group of Alfas, and one unique 1946 Lancia racing special were among the other delights on hand. The 2007 show, scheduled from June 22 to 25, will celebrate the 450S sports When: June 22–25 Where: Skytop, PA; Pocono International Raceway Eligibility: All Italian cars, motorcycles, and boats Cost: $25 for public entry to Concorso d'Eleganza More: www.italiancarsatpocono.com racer and the 3500 GT, and the SCM Historic Maserati Reunion will honor the 50th anniversary of Maserati's Formula One World Championship. Special guests will include Iso president Piero Rivolta and former Pininfarina and Ghia designer Tom Tjaarda.u Details DONALD OSBORNE is the principal in Appraisers Automotive Valuation Services. His articles on collector cars have appeared in the New York Times. Sports Car Market


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2006 Le Belle SCMers Lawrence Auriana—Greenwich, CT Maserati 300S Maserati Tipo 26B Lamborghini Miura SV Donald Berkowitz—Englewood, NJ Ferrari 456M Louis Bevilacqua—Longboat Key, FL Ferrari 360 Spider There's something about red and Ferraris Ronald Brandman—Norwalk, CT Iso Rivolta GT Carl Canales—Pittsburgh, PA Maserati Biturbo Spyder Dominic Chieffo—Dublin, OH Lancia Zagato Miles Collier—Naples, FL Maserati 8CTF Joe Corbacio—Hershey, PA Maserati Ghibli SS Maserati Mistral Maserati Bora Ferrari Mondial Cab Iso Lele Marlboro Jay Curreri—Mechanicsburg, PA De Tomaso Pantera Manuel Da Silva—Warren, NJ Ferrari 355 Challenge Mike Giambatista—Syracuse, NY Maserati Indy Curt Marsh—Bradfordwoods, PA De Tomaso Pantera Gerry Mehner—Annandale, NJ Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Kirk Meighan—Far Hills, NJ Lamborghini Countach Don Meluzio—York, PA Iso Rivolta GT Auriana's Tipo 26B June 2007 41


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Events Geneva Auto Show Classic Echoes at Geneva Yes, the food is Swiss (nearly sub-German), but the manufacturers always trot out their best stuff on this neutral turf by Norm Mort treatment for the Gran Turismo coupe (no convertible, sorry) while Mazda's excellent SX4 wagon spawned a sedan and a very sharp smaller version—the SX2—that the U.S. won't see until gas hits $5 a gallon, maybe in 2009. As Fiat reintroduces the 500 Bambino, old ones were displayed, including a pale blue example at the Fiat stand; its side mirrors provided a convenient place for the required (at least at Italian car stands) pretty young model to adjust her 'do. The first Fiat 500 (Topolino, or little mouse) was launched in 1936 and powered by a 596-cc, 4-cylinder engine. It lingered until 1957, when the even smaller, air-cooled Nuova 500 appeared. Fiat built 3.5 million of these and must be hoping lightning strikes twice with the Bambino. In the end, if you're bound and deter- mined to go to one first-rate auto show in your time, Geneva should be your choice. Yes, the food is Swiss, which means nearly sub-German, which is hard to believe, but the manufacturers always seem to trot out their ultra-neat stuff, and I guarantee you won't go home disappointed.u See-through Rinspeed T he Geneva Motor Show at the PalExpo facility mixed outrageous modern ideas, like the clear plastic Rinspeed roadster, with vintage classics, including cheerful Fiat 500s, a Ferrari GTO, and a magnificent 1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B Cabriolet. One exhibit promoted the second annual Geneva Classics (October 4–7), which features vintage cars, boats, aircraft, and motorcycles. Star of the booth was a 1936 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante Coupe, with its 3.3-liter, 8-cylinder engine. The oldest car at the show—and a real rarity—was a 1917 Mitsubishi. Meanwhile, Geneva attracted its usual mix of outland- ish new ideas from around the world. One thing about Switzerland, as there is no home team, everybody takes a chance. The Dutch Donkervoort D8 is as odd-looking as its name—imagine a Lotus 7 made out of Legos—while Honda's small hybrid sports concept is surely too pretty to reach production. Bentley put a lid on the Azure convertible to create the 530-hp Brooklands coupe, while Zagato finally gave Spyker the artistic shot in the arm it badly needed. Meanwhile, Bertone celebrated its own 95th birthday with a bizarre Fiat barchetta that will surely have departed generations rolling over in their graves. Back on real-world streets, Maserati got the Pininfarina NORM MORT is a regular writer for the Toronto Sun and a columnist for Old Autos. His market reports appear regularly in SCM. Little Fiat serves all needs 42 Sports Car Market


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Ferrari Profile 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Coupe I don't recall any stories of Porfirio Rubirosa romancing the lady of the week in his PF coupe, and there is little competition history by John Apen Details Years produced: 1958–60 Number produced: 353 Original list price: $12,600 SCM Valuation: $125,000–$175,000 Tune-up cost: $2,000 Distributor cap: 2 @ $400 each Chassis #: Front frame tube Engine #: Right rear engine mount Club: Ferrari Club of America, Box 720597 Atlanta, GA 30358 More: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 1955–58 Mercedes 300Sc coupe, 1962–65 Porsche 356 Carrera 2 GS coupe, 1961–62 Aston Martin DB4 Series V coupe, SCM Investment Grade: C Comps Chassis number: 1617 W hen the 250 GT Europa was launched at the 1954 Paris Salon, it was described as the first series production car for Ferrari. The 3-liter cars were in production for 10 years. The 250 series encompassed a whole range of models catering to everyone from wealthy gentlemen to ambitious racing drivers. The 250 Pinin Farina Coupe introduced at the 1958 Paris show replaced the 250 Europa, also a Pinin Farina design. The coupe was a milestone for Ferrari. Using proven 250 GT components, all 353 Coupes were bodied by Pinin Farina at its new Turin manufacturing facility. The combination of competition-derived engines and chassis with quality bodies made the coupe Ferrari's best seller by 1959. This car, #1617, was delivered in September 1961 as the 241st built. It has had four owners, and in 2004, the car competed in the Liege-Rome Rally. It currently shows 44,000 miles, and when inspected by a Christie's specialist, the bodywork was straight with good panel fit, though a few minor imperfections were evident. The car started “on the button” and performed faultlessly. Although not a concours example, it presents very well, and all mechanical components are reported to be in good working order. The heads were rebuilt around 2004 and the car was serviced 1,600 miles ago. With the majority of components similar to or shared with some of the most valuable and desirable Ferraris, this 44 250 GT provides comfortable, competitive touring and is ideal for a host of European events. The estimate is $120,000–$190,000. SCM Analysis This “notch back” coupe sold for $152,400 at Christie's February 2007 auction at Rétromobile in Paris. The was a higher price than any achieved at recent auctions, and for an average condition PF coupe without major restoration bills or vetting at an important judged event. Two years ago this price would have bought a very nice PF Cabriolet. Donald Osborne, Sports Car Market's man on the scene, observed: “Good paint, shows some sinkage and some orange peel. Variable panel fit, both doors slightly out at rear edge. Good chrome, which has light scratches and pitting on bumpers. Very good seats, slightly soiled, carpets stained in places. Red is not the best color in my opinion, but this car seemed clean and honest, and it presented better than the description above might indicate. These are much better drivers than conventional wisdom states, and values have jumped in the past few years.” Donald's judgment about color corresponds with the factory's perceptions, since 169 cars were painted gray, silver, or white. Only two of the 353 were painted Rosso Corsa (racing red), and one had a silver roof— one of 32 that received two-tone paint. These subdued colors were consistent with the nature of the car. 1972 Maserati Ghibli SS 4.9 Lot# 167, s/n AM115 49 2148 Condition: 2Sold at $45,454 Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/20/2006 SCM# 41922 1963 Porsche 356C Carrera Lot# 323, s/n 121298 Condition: 2- Not sold at $88,000 Bonhams, Brookline MA, 5/6/2006 SCM# 41548 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Lot# 463, s/n 1880146500118 Condition: 3 Sold at $127,600 Hershey Auction, Hershey, PA, 10/5/2005 SCM# 43173 Sports Car Market Photos: Christie's


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sacrificed for parts, they are now somewhat rare. Finally, what's its fun quotient? Well, parts and service are readily available, if not cheap. It would probably be admitted to most of the international driving events, maybe after languishing on the waitlist. It will probably not be Pebble Beach material anytime soon, but most other events would welcome it. And it is a V12, makes all the right sounds, and should impress almost everybody at the local cruise night. So maybe it's a 50–60 percentile car. Is it worth $153,000? The Ferrari Market Letter shows this model to have the highest increase in its Asking Price Index of any Ferrari over the last two years, close to 100%. Are we seeing a “bubble” in prices of second-tier Ferraris, similar to the 1986–90 period? Or is this vindication for the bottom-fishing theory of investing, that buying the cheapest house on a great block is the best way to go? Only time will tell, but meanwhile, it will be a great tour car, and as the prices of all old V12s continues to climb, this may be the new price of entry to the club.u Not meant to be a sporty Ferrari It was never meant to be a low-cut sporty Ferrari, but rather an elegant, conserva- tive GT. Enzo Ferrari reportedly wanted to stabilize his company's finances and asked Pinin Farina to design a practical coupe with proper heating and ventilation that could be built in series. Introduced at a Milan press conference in 1958, Pinin Farina's staid design eschewed fender vents for clean lines and adopted a notchback three-window greenhouse with a panoramic rear window. The oval grille was gone, replaced by a long narrow grille flanked by protruding headlights. Because of its conservative styling, the PF coupe has never been popular with Ferrari collectors and has often been one of the most affordable Ferraris. This meant that by the early '70s, most were in deplorable, neglected condition, and many were parted out to support more desirable 250s or to become the basis for replicas. It is estimated that fewer than half of the original 353 survive. All cars in the series had the classic 3-liter Colombo single overhead cam V12 en- gines, detuned from the competition version. All had the same LWB 102.4-inch tubular steel chassis, almost identical to the chassis used on the competition 250 Ferraris. By 1959, as the coupe continued to sell, some important updates were implemented. Around s/n 1499, after about 200 had been produced, Dunlop disc brakes replaced the traditional drums. A little later, the much improved outside spark plug engine, Tipo 128F, was fitted to s/n 1527 and the cars that followed. The 4-speed transmission was dropped in favor of a 4-speed with electric overdrive. These changes made the later cars much better drivers and stoppers. Using the Thorson collectibility scale, (February,“Race Profile,” p. 65), where does this Ferrari fit? First, was it special when new? Well, it was expensive, at $12,600; it cost as much as a very delectable selection of other Ferraris. It was the same price as an alloy-bodied Tour de France, and more expensive than an LWB California. Even a Testa Rossa was comparably priced and available, if you had the right racing license and a good team. Sort of reminds me of the lucky-unlucky guy who inherited his dad's 365 GTC/4 bought new 35 years before. The father chose it because, while it was more expensive than a Daytona Spyder or even a leftover NART Spyder, it was more civilized. Second, was the PF coupe ever associated with special events or people? I may have missed them, but I don't recall any stories about Rubirosa romancing his lady of the week in his PF coupe, and of course there is little competition history, let alone any victories. So on the second scale, the PF coupe is pretty low in the Ferrari hierarchy. Vast numbers sacrificed for parts Third, rarity. It outsold all other models available in the late '50s and all models preceding it. When the first prototype, s/n 0843, was finished, Ferrari had produced fewer than 800 cars since its founding ten years earlier, so the sale of 353 cars in a little over two years was very significant to Ferrari's cash flow. Because of the vast numbers June 2007 JOHN APEN has owned Ferraris since 1974. In 1994, he drove his 250 TdF from Atlanta to the Monterey Historics, where he won Automobile Magazine's “The Way it Was” Award for embodying the spirit of vintage racing. (Introductory description courtesy of Christie's.) Seat Time Morton's “visual legend” Wellington C. Morton, Jacksonville, FL: I once owned a 330 GTC, which more than one person made the mistake of thinking was a Fiat. The 250 PF coupe, on the other hand, is a visual legend. My 1959 coupe looks and drives all Ferrari, which is to say, beautifully. Many have extolled the great handling of the 330 GTC, but for nostalgic Ferrari motoring, the PF coupe is the way to ride. Martin Emmison, London, UK: Some 20 years ago, I bought a PF coupe from Joe Alphabet in Los Angeles, intended as a donor car to provide parts for the rebuild of my basket case LWB Spyder California, which I bought from him at the same time. The car was a finance repossession from Kansas, all up and together but tired, and I paid $15,000. When we got it back to England, my fixer advised that the chassis and body were very sound, but the drivetrain was not. Since it was the mechanical parts I needed, it seemed a shame to break an otherwise solid 250 GT, so I advertised it for sale. The only immediate buyer was a family of Belgian funeral directors. They arrived very late one winter evening and ate a full dinner with the odd bottle of wine before we set off three-up for a test drive in the PF coupe. Two miles from my home the engine died. The battery was weak, but mercifully, she just wheezed into life, and we staggered home. They didn't buy the car, but an Italian bought it unseen and turned it into a racer which was offered for sale in the last two years. A PF coupe that survived, but only just.u 45


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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan Enzo Crashes: Repeat as Needed This Enzo was a stunt car in the filming of “Redline,” and had unquestionably been used hard and put away wet A s virtually everyone in the car world knows, on March 26 actor Eddie Griffin crashed a Ferrari Enzo at Irwindale Raceway in L.A. while practicing for a promotion for the movie “Redline.” The Enzo was owned by Daniel Sadek, “Redline” executive producer and exotic car collector. Because the crash was captured on video, news shows and the press had a field day, exclaiming that the Enzo was a $1.5 million dollar car, and as one of only 400 Enzos built, was very rare. Moreover, it had been “totaled.” Eddie Griffin's comment that “Undercover Brother's good at karate and all the rest of that, but the Brother can't drive,” referring to both the accident and his 2002 movie, also made for “good press.” Time for a reality check The reality is that the Daniel Sadek Enzo is a high-mile driver. It has been in the local Ferrari authorized body shop twice—that I know of—for lesser repairs and is not without stories. For example, I was doing a test session in a late-model stock car at Irwindale while “Redline” was being filmed, and the Enzo was parked in the back lot. It was left in the parking lot at Irwindale overnight and vandalized when someone threw a large rock through the windshield. It was also used as a stunt car in the filming of “Redline,” and had unquestionably been used hard and put away wet. Bottom line, I sell Enzos for a living and, given the number of “no-questions” Enzos out there, this Enzo was worth some number south of $1 million prior to being crashed by Eddie Griffin. How many did you say? As for being one of 400 built, thanks to historians like Gerald Rough of the Ferrari Market Letter, a well-known member of the serial number swapping group to which I belong, we have confirmed records on 446 Enzos to date, and the list is growing. This is obviously well over the official number of 399 plus 1 used by Ferrari. How can this be? Very simple; Ferrari is a “for profit” organization, and once the development and production costs of the Enzo were paid for, each extra car delivered at $650,000 or so had a very large profit margin built in. Add a lot of wealthy and well-connected owners who were miffed that they were not on the lucky list of 400, and you have a burgeoning market making wealthy clients happy by making “extra” cars. So much for the one of 400 myth…. How do you total a $1 million car? So how DO you total a $1 million car, let alone a $1.5 million car? Having run a Ferrari-only body shop for 25 years, I know that fixing any Ferrari is like fixing any other car except the dollar numbers are much bigger. How expensive are the parts? The parts prices are blocked in the Ferrari dealer's parts computer and the only way to get parts price quotes from Ferrari is for the authorized dealer to supply photos of a crashed car and the serial number of the car. I do know that a single carbon-fiber rear fender was about $60,000 a year ago. At the time of writing, the Sadek car has not made its way to a body shop, but multiple other Enzos have. A quick check with my historians group turned up literally dozens of Enzos that had been wrecked, from Korea to Dubai and all points in between. “Smash” seems more apt What Griffin damaged The video of the Eddie Griffin crash showed that the damaged Enzo was on all four wheels and rolling after the crash, so the majority of the damage was confined to the area in front of the suspension pickup points. A quick phone call to a few authorized Ferrari dealers that have fixed crashed Enzos (and who asked to remain nameless) confirmed that Enzos with damage similar to the Daniel Sadek Enzo were repaired in the $240,000 to $300,000 range by one of six Ferrari authorized repair facilities in the U.S. (who also wanted to remain nameless). Shop owners told me that if there is no damage to Griffin misses the apex 46 Sports Car Market


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Carbon fiber nose Carbon fiber tub Aluminum sub frame Your very own Italian jigsaw puzzle the tub, the cars are fixed in the U.S. The new carbon fiber nose, fenders, and inner panels are ordered from Ferrari and fitted; new aluminum inner structures are fitted as needed, the car is painted, and the Enzo is back on the road. Total time is about six months, most spent waiting for parts. A quick look in the Ferrari parts computer shows that while the Enzo has an F1 or Sports Prototype carbon fiber tub-survival capsule, the tub ends at the foot-box. A large and intricate bolt-on cast aluminum sub-structure supports the suspension, steering, and all underhood accessories in front of the tub. The carbon fiber nose fits well in front of the aluminum structure, forming a crush-zone. The cockpit becomes a survival cell, with the carbon nose acting as a first-level crush zone, the complex aluminum structure as a second crush zone and finally the tub. The rear is also fitted with a similar aluminum structure and carbon fiber rear body-crush zone, protecting those with too much money and too little talent from a violent end. Ask Stefan Eriksson, aka “Deitrich.” For the Erikssons of the world who go beyond a mere 100 mph crash and dam- age the carbon fiber tub, it's time to ship the pieces back to Zanasi in Maranello, the factory's just-down-the-road bodyshop, where the tub can be repaired and the car completely rebuilt, although the bill keeps going up. Only the “look, now I have two pieces” Eriksson car, the Losee car in Utah, other similar crashes in Nice and Milan, plus a few Enzos that burned, might be totals. When insurers decide not to pay Helping to take all the fun out of crashing your Enzo are the insurance companies' bean counters and lawyers, who look for excuses not to pay. Richard Losee, of Utah, who crashed his Enzo at about 150 mph during a rally that raises money for the families of Utah highway patrolmen killed in the line of duty, has now been in a near-one- June 2007 year battle with his insurance company. His insurance was paid up, he crashed his car, and now wants to have things taken care of. The insurance company took the better part of a year to settle. As for conspiracy theories, this is no lack of those who believe that the Eddie Griffin crash was a publicity stunt, a $240,000 to $300,000 crash that would garner nation-wide publicity for “Redline,” due for release only a few weeks later. And with some luck, the insurance company might pay for it. The Enzo is truly this decade's state-of-the-art su- percar, offering performance that not too long ago would have put a driver on the podium at Le Mans. Fortunately, the Enzo's well-engineered crush zones and central survival cell (aka tub) have repeatedly protected those who enjoy life in the fast lane from themselves. Alas, all too often, Enzos end up illustrating what happens when too much money, too much car, and too little talent arrive at the same place at the same time.u MIKE SHEEHAN has been a Ferrari broker and racer for 30 years. He has raced in the Mazda Pro Series and the Trans Am Series as well as IMSA GTO and IMSA Camel-Lites, with three drives in the 24 Hours of Daytona. 47


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English Profile 1930 Bentley 8-Liter Mayfair Coupe To find a vintage Bentley with its original engine and original body is rare indeed—and it's the second-to-last built by Diane Brandon Details Years produced: 1930–31 Number produced: 100 (35 in 12-foot wheelbase, 65 in 13-foot wheelbase) Original Chassis price: £1,850 ($8,810) Original Coupe coachwork price: approx. £2,500 ($11,905) SCM Valuation: $400k to $1.5m Tune-up cost: $1,500 to $2,000 Chassis #: Front cross member, right knuckle of front dumb-iron and firewall Engine #: Lower left side of engine block Club: Bentley Drivers Club, 16 Chearsley Road, Long Crendon, Aylesbury, Bucks HP18 9AW More: www.bdcl.org Alternatives: 1938–40 Lagonda V12 Rapide, 1931–38 Hispano Suiza J12 Type 68 cabriolet, 1936–39 Mercedes-Benz 540K coupe or cabriolet SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: YX5124 I ntroduced at the London Motor Show in 1930, the Bentley 8-liter made an immediate impact. While the engine was an extension of the successful 6.5liter engine that powered Bentleys to numerous race victories, the 8-liter was intended to knock Rolls-Royce from its pedestal. The 8-liter was capable of 100 mph fitted with formal coachwork, while the Rolls-Royce had difficulty attaining 90 mph. It also impressed the automotive scribes of the era, with the Sphere of 1931 describing the new 8liter as “one of the finest examples of British Automobile Engineering that has ever been produced,” while Autocar recounted a 1930 road test in glowing terms. Unfortunately, the 8-liter was launched in the teeth of the Great Depression and Bentley's chief financier, the great Woolf Barnato, cut his losses and withdrew. After only 100 8-liters were built, Bentley ceased production. The majority of 8-liters were fitted with formal, heavy, four-door saloon or limousine coachwork, so it is rare to find one built to the very sporting specification exhibited by YX5124. This short-chassis example is a very handsome two-door fixed-head coupe by the Mayfair Carriage Company, which was an important coachbuilder in the 1930s. Chronicled as the second-to-last 8-liter built, YX5124 has complete history from new. One of only three 8-liter short-chassis fixed-head coupes, its value is enhanced by the fact that one of the three is still locked away in India. YX5124 was first delivered to C.G. Hayward. Its 48 next owner was H.J. Thomas, who was director of the Bristol Aeroplane Company. While in his ownership, the 21-inch wheels were replaced with 19-inch wheels and the fenders and running boards altered to incorporate tool boxes. The Bentley was mothballed during WWII, then found its way to Royal Navy war hero Captain G.C. Blundell in 1957. Blundell had bought his first Bentley as a junior officer in the 1930s and remained true to the marque until his death at age 93 in 1997. Most impressively, the 8-liter remained in his ownership until 1983, when it was purchased by a collector. He immediately commissioned a complete rebuild by a W.O. Bentley specialist restorer in the U.K. The Bentley was painstakingly restored to its original configuration, the bodywork preserved and all mechanical components overhauled. The fenders, running boards, and wheels were all returned to their correct form and a photographic record of the work is included. The Bentley retains its original engine and body and is equipped with a full tool kit and log books dating from 1945. The 8-liter has been expertly maintained and extensively exercised, covering in excess of 250,000 miles during its lifetime. While no longer a 100-point restoration, it remains in outstanding condition. The green leather interior shows minimal wear. Woodwork remains in excellent shape, as do the gauges and headliner. The engine and 1937 Lagonda LG 45 Rapide Lot# 464, s/n 1217R Condition: 1 Sold at $671,000 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/20/2006 SCM# 42760 1936 Hispano-Suiza J12 Victoria Lot# 30, s/n 13033A Condition: 2Sold at $880,000 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/21/2005 SCM# 38903 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Lot# 231, s/n 130913 Condition: 2- Sold at $1,028,500 RM, Phoenix, AZ, 1/21/2007 SCM# 43991 Sports Car Market RM Auctions


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bay are indicative of a well-maintained car. The Bentley's exterior brightwork is impressive and shows only minor flaws, while the paintwork is striking, in British Racing Green and black. When fully opened, the sliding sunroof offers both driver and passenger the benefits of open air motoring with convenient closed comfort. It is a feature unique to this Bentley. With its exceptional provenance, wonderful condition, and rare production, this 8-liter short-chassis fixed-head coupe is a handsome representative of Bentley's most masterful creations. SCM Analysis This car sold for $962,500 at the RM auction at Amelia Island, Florida, on March 10, 2007. The final bid may have been a disappointment to the seller, but it's close to RM's estimate, and SCM Senior Auction Analyst Dave Kinney thought it was (like Goldilocks's third bowl of porridge) “just right.” This car shows honest, normal wear, correct mainte- nance, and best of all, a soulful patina. I would rate it a solid #2, and in my opinion, this car represented strong value for the amount it cost. To find a vintage Bentley with its original engine and original body still in place is very rare indeed… and it's an 8-liter Bentley—the last and greatest Bentley of them all. This particular car appears to be a one-off, and it was the second-to-last produced by W. O. Bentley's motor car company. Shortly after this car was built, Rolls-Royce bought Bentley out of receivership (foiling W.O.'s plan to sell to Napier and keep going) and Bentley himself joined Lagonda. Though respectable Bentley-badged cars con- Which Bentley are you looking at? The radiator badge color determines the model. Here's a quick guide: Blue Most 3-liters (in small badge form) 1931 8-liter 1932 4-liter Red 3-liter Speed model Green Short-wheelbase 100 mph 3-liter Bentley “Works” team cars Racing 4 1/2-liter 6 1/2-liter “Speed Six” Black 4 1/2-liter Some 8-liters Supercharged 4 1/2-liter tinued to be produced by Rolls-Royce in Derby, as “The Silent Sports Car,” there would never be another W. O. Bentley. Speeds in excess of 100 mph Mayfair bodied two 8-liter Bentleys. This fixed- head coupe would have been lighter than most, and therefore much faster, able to sustain speeds in excess of 100 mph. Regardless of expense, no detail was over- looked in these cars. For example, the exhaust pipe was asbestos lagged, encased in aluminum to reduce resonance, then coupled with a 20-gallon trash can-sized silencer. The resulting exhaust note is bliss to the Bentley faithful. The starter was designed to engage with sur- gical precision via a unique solenoid design. It meshes with the flywheel before rotation begins. The above are just two of dozens of examples that distinguish a Bentley from its contemporaries. The cars were engineered to the highest standards. Some car collectors have ignored vintage Bentleys, dismissing them as too agricultural or too bulky. But except for 1931's quirky 4-liter Bentley, they are nimble and responsive. With the growing popularity of new Bentleys like the Continental GT, accompanied by advertising campaigns reminding us of Bentley's rich racing heritage, a wider circle of collectors are starting to become aware of these rolling pieces of automotive history. However, few pre-war marques suffered as many coachwork and engine swaps as the W. O. Bentley cars. The majority of 8-liter Bentleys were originally fitted with formal closed bodies that were eventually tossed aside and replaced with more sporting, open tourers. Sadly, many of these replacement bodies are hideous hulks. The practice of replacing “Aunt Emily” saloon and limousine bodies started in the 1930s, when car owners began to move from the back seat to the front. They no longer wanted to be chauffeur-driven; they wanted to feel the wind in their faces. So a vintage Bentley that has retained its original body—especially an elegant closed design like this one—will always merit a premium price over one with an ungainly replacement. Records available from new Complete records of these cars from new are available, and it's relatively easy to determine which cars are authentic. As values increase, genuine examples will lead the way. That includes this well-maintained car with its original body and original engine. You may have missed this one, but another is sure to appear. So during the interim, do your homework. For example, is the original engine still in the car? With very few exceptions, the engine number is the same as the chassis number. With this car, the engine number is one number up from the chassis number, but we know it's the original, thanks to the late Stanley Sedgwick's booklet All the Pre-War Bentleys—As New. It lists all of these cars by chassis number, engine number, British registration number (license number), delivery date, coachbuilder and body type, and the original owner's name. Once you learn a bit more about vintage Bentleys, you'll want to talk to other Bentley owners. You'll find them to be very opinionated. One will swear that his 3-liter Speed Model is the one to have. Another will argue that only the 6 1/2- and 8-liter are worth owning. Meet as many owners as you can and beg for rides in cars in your price range. Maybe, someone may even allow you to drive his. In the end, buy the one that makes you smile the most.u DIANE BRANDON was the National Director of the Rolls-Royce Owner's Club for eight years and a Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance class judge for Rolls-Royce and Bentley for 22 years. 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English Patient Gary Anderson Three Wheels on My Wagon… The Scootacar was promoted as having room for a driver and groceries, but in practice, it was one or the other be taxed at a flat rate of four pounds a year ($20) like motorcycles, so long as they weighed less than 1,000 pounds and had no reverse gear. This compared with the four-wheel tax of one pound per horsepower, which led to a Rover costing nine pounds a year ($45) to license and a little Austin Seven costing eight pounds ($40). When a London borough employee made four pounds a week, you can see the importance of this loophole. There were two golden eras Parking's no problem for Morgan and Reliant S ometimes I wonder how the British ever managed to produce distinguished automobiles when the government threw so many obstacles in the path of the motor industry. Perhaps the most significant was the motor vehicle tax policy with its quixotic exemptions, arcane methods of calculating horsepower, and arbitrary categorization. The most interesting unintended consequence of these policies was the wide variety of successful and not-so-successful three-wheel automobiles that were produced before and after WWII. Not that three-wheelers don't have lineage—Karl Benz's vehicle, an 1885 invention, was a trike. Three-wheel automobiles have been part of the mainstream transportation system in England since at least 1910, when Morgan began production. The British government may have felt that motorcycles could reduce congestion, but economics played a big part. Before WWI, an automobile cost several years' salary for a working man; a cheap and efficient light car would not be made until the Austin Seven of 1922. Lightweight cyclecars like the Tamplin flourished before and after WWI but were terrifyingly crude, with fabric bodies, wire-and-bobbin steering and pointed noses; perhaps a good idea, as the brakes were practically non-existent. Tax loophole was significant Besides, cyclecars had four wheels. As the 1921 Motor Taxation Act was written, three-wheeled vehicles would 50 in Britain for three-wheeled vehicles. The first was between WWI and WWII, when a car still cost a year's salary, without the addition of the onerous road tax (tags to us). These are mostly known as trikes. There were 28 different three-wheelers made in England in the 1920s and seven of them lasted more than three years. Morgan was the dominant force in the three-wheeled market, but competed with companies such as BSA and Raleigh (best known for bicycles or motorcycles), as well as Sandford, Scott Sociable, Castle Three, LSD, and Coventry-Victor, plus emerging small cars like the Austin Seven and Morris Minor. Weighing less than 1,000 pounds and powered by 1,000-cc engines, Morgan trikes were fast for the period and today are a fixture at many vintage car races, generally with the drivers wearing period leather flying helmets if they aren't required to have a Snell-approved crash hat. In recent years, several kit-car manufacturers such as BRA, JZR, and Jeluli have made reproductions of pre-war Morgans, powered by Honda or Moto Guzzi V-twin engines. These kits are as Spartan as the originals, with minimal weather equipment and a narrow body that requires driver and passenger alike to hang their elbows outside the vehicle (and mind the hot exhaust). Dawn of the microcar age The second three-wheeled era began in the 1950s with microcars and the early days of potato-shaped fiberglass coachwork. Britain was broke after WWII, taxes had increased, and even the cost of petrol had soared. In 1952, Reliant adapted its 1935, three-wheeled commercial van to create the Regal, a small sedan with one wheel up front. Laurie Bond introduced his tiny, aluminum three-wheeler in 1949, powered by a single-cylinder, 192-cc motorcycle engine that turned past 90 degrees with the front wheel, eliminating the need for reverse gear. Starting was by pull cable, like a lawnmower. If the cable broke, the hood could be opened for a direct kick-start. Veteran car maker Auto-Carrier (AC)—which dates back to a three-wheeled deliv- ery van in 1904—was tempted back to the market with the unreliable Petite, modeled on its invalid carriage, provided to disabled drivers by the government. Berkeley made a pint-sized fiberglass sports car which could be picked up and turned around, and Isle of Man manufacturer Peel produced a single-seater Scootacar of only 50 cc displacement. It was promoted as having room for a driver and groceries, but in practice, it was one or the other. Sports Car Market


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Even today, the sight of a fiberglass-bodied three-wheeled car isn't unusual in Britain, especially in smaller towns and villages. Reliant made almost 500,000 cars before its demise in 2002. A brief experiment with the bizarre, wedge-shaped Bond Bug petered out in 1974. Meanwhile, parallel poverty in 1950s Europe produced the relatively sophisticated Heinkel, Isetta, and Messerschmitt bubble cars and their scary Iron Curtain cousins like the slab-sided Fuldamobile, which was tacked together from aluminum panels and a wood frame. The original Mini killed all but the Reliant by about 1963, but the three-wheel dream still reappears periodically. Inventor Clive Sinclair dabbled with a single-seater in England in the early 1980s and a similar idea surfaced recently in the U.S. as the Corbin Sparrow. Showing up in a Meadows Friskysport Enthusiasts seem to divide into two camps: those who enjoy pre-war Morgans and their kin, and the devotees of eccentric 1950s-style microcars. The latter delight in showing up at British car meets in Reliant Robins, Bond Bugs, Peel Tridents, Allard Clippers, Powerpluses, and Meadows Friskysports. Pre-WWII Morgans set the sporting style with a single driven wheel in the rear, powered by a chain from an engine mounted between the two front wheels. Morgan Super Sports used Matchless, JAP, and Blackburne 1,000-cc V-twin engines, controlled by a hand throttle on the steering wheel. Contrarily, the BSA used a watercooled 900-cc 4-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. Morgan finally clattered into the automotive mainstream in 1936 when 4-cylinder, Ford-powered, three-wheelers accompanied the introduction of the first Morgan fourwheeler. After WWII, the company only offered the Ford-powered three-wheelers until giving up the idea altogether in 1950. Postwar British three-wheelers tend to have a single steered wheel in the front, with a small front-mounted engine connected by a driveshaft to the two rear wheels. This creates the maximum passenger space, while the light fiberglass body (a man can lift one side of the car) makes them quite nippy, at the expense of frightening vulnerability and dubious handling, especially in side winds. Today there is a small but highly enthusiastic move- ment to preserve these peculiar cars. If you doubt this, just check out www.3wheelers.com with its links to a plethora of web sites on dozens of makes of threewheeled cars, as well as three-wheeled motorcycles and motorized delivery carts. You'll either be intrigued or sensibly terrified. As English automotive journalist Cecil Clutton wrote in The Vintage Motor Car Pocketbook back in 1959: “Morgan enthusiasts claim they are the safest things on the road. Lesser mortals just think the enthusiasts are very brave.”u GARY ANDERSON is the founder of MC² (www. mc2magazine.com), the magazine for Mini owners, and is also a three-time participant in the Monterey Historic Races. 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 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4. Two owner California car with records back to 1973. Documented 43,313 miles. Time capsule. Mechanically phenomenal with lovely original interior. Full manual pack, jack and bag. $295,000. 1961 Jaguar XK-E, Series I. Beautifully restored example of early welded louver, flat floor model. Matching numbers. Very sharp. Tool kit, manuals, cover. Receipts. $98,000. 1959 Porsche 356 A Convertible D. Colors and numbers match as per Cardex. Super engine. Very nice honest California car. Original tool roll, jack, washer bag and handbook. Fresh quality leather interior and canvas top. Flat Nardi wooden steering wheel. $125,000. June 2007 1962 Lancia Flaminia Super Sport 3C. Two owner car showing 35,000 miles. Sound, well maintained example of the final and best built series of the Flaminia Zagato's. Great to drive and perfect for any tour. Books. $85,000. 51


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1936 Panhard X76 Dynamic To take full advantage of the “panoramic” windows, the driver was moved to the center of the car by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1936–39 Number produced: 3,000 approx. Original list price: 77,000FF ($3,115) SCM Valuation: $70,000 (on this date in Paris, anyway) Chassis #: On plate on right side of firewall Engine #: On right side of block on brass plate Club: Club Panhard & Levassor France 17, rue Pierre Mendès France 60870 Brenouille, France More: www.club-panhard-france.com Alternatives: 1937 Cord 810 Beverly, 1937 Bugatti T57 Galibier, 1937 Bentley 4 ¼-liter Saloon SCM Investment Grade: C Comps 1937 Cord 812 Beverly Lot# 044, s/n 1870S Condition: 3Sold at: $48,400 RM, Amelia Island, FL, 3/12/2005 SCM# 37526 Chassis number: 200128 gine and a gearbox. Levassor and his team worked on increasingly R powerful engines and tested them in races. In 1896, a 4cylinder engine of 8 horsepower was tested on the ParisMarseilles-Paris race, and while three Panhard-Levassor cars finished, Levassor was fatally injured in a crash. At the beginning of the 20th century, the reputation of Panhard-Levassor was at its zenith and the adoption of the Knight sleeve-valve engine further consolidated the fame of the marque. The first valveless engined model was offered to customers in 1910. In 1936, Panhard launched a very original model, moving away from the chassis of the “Panoramiques” of 1934–35. It was the Dynamic, designed by Bionnier. The Art Deco body caused a sensation, and the level of road performance was high. The car presented here, in the colors of ivory and Bordeaux wine, has traveled less than 1,500 km since its restoration. Its interior is of beige cloth, with carpet of light beige. 52 ené Panhard and Emile Levassor obtained an 1888 Daimler patent for a V-twin motor, with the idea of using it in a small car. Two prototypes were built, equipped with a front-mounted en- Factory records indicate that the car was delivered new in August 1936, painted in gray. It won many prizes in concours d'elegance, including first prize at Automobile Poitiers Elegance in 1997 and Sarlat in 1998, as well as first prize in the concours d'etat of the Ramparts of Angoulême in 1999. SCM Analysis This car sold for $70,230 at the Artcurial Paris sale on February 19, 2007. The French have long been known for iconoclas- tic automobile design, and one of the more stunning examples is the Panhard X76 Dynamic. Combining a complex sleeve-valve engine, cutting-edge aerodynamic styling, and a central driving position, it certainly marked a departure for conservative Panhard. One of the pioneers of the automobile, Panhard et Levassor built well-engineered, somewhat stately cars for a very serious and well-to-do clientele. “Inventors” in 1892 of what would become the standard of frontengine, transmission, and rear-wheel drive, by the late 1920s they had fallen behind. In the more challenging marketplace of the early 1937 Bentley 4 1/4-liter Lot# 524, s/n B52KT Condition: 2 Sold at $78,125 Bonhams, Goodwood, UK, 7/7/2006 SCM# 42329 1937 Bugatti Ventoux T57 Lot# 534, s/n 57614 Condition: 3- Not sold at: $250,000 Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 8/18/2006 SCM# 42705 Sports Car Market


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'30s, Panhard began to break out of its earlier mold and introduced the Panoramique models. These featured curved windows at the front corners of the roof where the A-pillar would normally be, for enhanced visibility. Of course, what it actually did was move the blind spot toward the center. As interesting as this was, the company directors felt the need for an even more dramatic statement to hold Panhard's place in a deteriorating market. Part of that statement came in the form of a return to speed contests, and a Panhard roadster was clocked at a record-setting 133 mph in 1934. Another example of the company's determination was the introduction of the Dynamic in 1936. This sedan offered a choice of three 6-cylinder sleeve-valve engines, fully independent suspension with torsion bars, dual-circuit hydraulic brakes, and a central backbone chassis unit body with dramatic streamlining. The steering wheel moves again The Dynamic made the Chrysler Airflow look like a Model A Ford. To take full advantage of the “panoramic” windows, the driver was moved to the center of the car for maximum visibility. It's hard to imagine what the company's wealthy cli- entele thought of this car, as the Depression deepened in Europe and the political situation deteriorated with the rise of Nazism. That only 2,500 were sold in the first year of production and a mere 500 more in the next two years tells you everything you need to know. In the final 1939 examples, the steering wheel was moved back to the left side in an attempt to make the car more appealing, but to no avail. The start of World War II ended the adventure. Panhard survived the 1930s making trucks, buses, and armored military vehicles. Thanks largely to this design, passenger car production became a bit of a sideline. After WWII, the company realized it needed to go downmarket and launched the Dyna, an air-cooled, 2-cylinder, front-wheel-drive model for the masses. This worked for a time, but by the mid-1950s, the company began to be acquired by Citroën, which took full control in 1964. The last Panhard car left the factory in 1967 and the company survives today as an independent maker of light military vehicles. Many paint and chrome issues The car sold by Artcurial was from the first year of production, and was equipped with the mid-range 2.8-liter engine. Although several concours wins in the 1990s were listed for this car, its condition is best described as “decently refurbished,” with many paint and chrome issues to deal with to bring it up to concours standards. At least two SCMer dealers were interested in the car, although neither thought the price realized left room for resale profit—which indicates this Dynamic sold for full retail. Admittedly, this is a very thin market. Support is provided to owners by the French Panhard Club, which has made avail- able some reproduction parts, including rubber and alloy trim. Spares for the sleevevalve engines are also available, if costly. It's also necessary to modify current spark plugs due to their very deep placement in the block. The Dynamic has a small but enthusiastic following around the world and the engi- neering sophistication and performance worthy of such an important marque. Whether you find the styling interesting or frightening, it certainly will provoke conversation in a way in which a contemporary Bugatti sedan will not.u June 2007 53


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German Profile 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300d “Adenauer” For an extra $900, you could have bought a 300SL roadster, which would have been a far better investment by Carl Bomstead Details Years produced: 1957–62 Number produced : 3,077 Original list price: $10,070 SCM Valuation: $20,000–$40,000 Tune-up cost: $350 Distributor cap: $45 Chassis #: Right side of firewall Engine #: Top of right side of block Club: Mercedes-Benz Adenauer 300 Club More: www.3-0-0.org/ Alternatives: 1952–55 R-type Bentley, 1959–61 Jaguar Mk IX, 1958–64 Facel Vega Excellence SCM Investment grade: D Comps Chassis number: 18998012002056 F rom the onset, the 1951 Mercedes-Benz 300 was aimed at the American market. The car's outstanding quality was matched only by its breathtaking price—it cost as much as three Cadillacs. But the price ensured exclusivity, and early customers ranged from renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright to actor Yul Brynner. The 300 was also the choice of royalty and heads of state, including the Shah of Iran and West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, who used six of them and in whose honor the car would come to be referred to as simply “an Adenauer.” From its introduction, Mercedes called it the 300, but comprehensive improvements resulted in the 300b for 1954, followed by the 300c in 1955. In 1956, a virtually brand new 300 emerged, the 300d. A completely new body was designed featuring a wheelbase four inches longer for improved ride and increased rear legroom, and swing-axle rear suspension was introduced. The 300 was geared to the businessman and featured many luxury options including Becker radio, VHF mobile telephone, and dictation machine. Adenauer's cars had a writing desk, sirens, curtains, and a division window. Styling remained conservative, but subtle details brought the design up to date. The 300d's longer hood gave the car a more grace- ful look, while providing room for an updated version of Mercedes-Benz's 3-liter SOHC 6-cylinder engine. Equipped with Bosch mechanical fuel injection, horsepower was increased to 180. All U.S.-delivered cars were fitted with a BorgWarner 3-speed automatic trans- mission. With power steering now standard, the 300d offered a much better driving experience. The example presented here is a highly original 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300d finished in black with red leather interior. It has never been restored, although it was partially repainted some time ago. This 300d, being a commendable running and driving example with 60,000 original miles, may be enjoyed as is, or it would make a fine candidate for a complete restoration. SCM Analysis This car sold for $18,700 at the RM Amelia Island sale on March 10, 2007. Designated model W186, the 300 was the first new model created by Mercedes-Benz after the destruction of industrial Germany during World War II. Most of the Daimler-Benz factory was destroyed and Stuttgart was in ruins after the Allied bombing. Six years later, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the 300 series sedan and four-door cabriolet at the 1951 Paris Auto Show. Its unique appearance, advanced engineering, and luxurious appointments made it extremely popular with heads of state and other moneyed dignitaries. The 300b and “c” models followed in short order with mechanical enhancements such as finned brake drums and a new 3-speed BorgWarner transmission built under license by Detroit Gear. The “d” model, which was produced from August 1957 until March 1953 Bentley R-type Lot#655, s/n B434TN Condition: 3Sold at $40,700 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/2007 SCM# 44044 1961 Jaguar Mk IX Lot# 293, s/n 792405BW Condition: 4 Sold at $20,900 RM, Meadow Brook, MI, 8/5/2006 SCM# 42436 1964 Facel Vega II Lot# 159, s/n NOHK2B159 Condition: 4 Sold at $24,564 Bonhams, Goodwood, UK, 9/3/2004 SCM# 35064 54 Sports Car Market Photos: RM Auctions


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1962, was often referred to as a hard top limousine, as the B-pillar was eliminated and all the side windows, including the frames, could be lowered. The 300s were equipped with white sidewalls, while power steering and Artic-Kar air conditioning were available options. (The auction catalog states that power steering was standard, but other sources state it was an option.) Did this car fall through the cracks? Priced at $10,070 in 1961, the 300d cost the same as two 190SLs. Throw in an extra $900 and you could have bought a 300SL roadster, which in hindsight would have been a far better investment. Fifty years later, the 300SLs are topping $500,000, while this “Adenauer” sold for well under RM's estimate of $30,000–$50,000. At first glance I'd think that the buyer caught this as it fell through the cracks; the SCM value guide and others state that decent examples should sell in the $20,000–$40,000 range. A very nice 1960 300d that was once owned by Al Hirt of New Orleans jazz fame was recently offered for $39,500. It was stated to have new paint, leather interior, and wood, and to be in excellent mechanical condition. As we read the auction description, three key phrases jump out: “partial repaint,” “candidate for restoration,” and “highly original.” These alert us to the fact that a 45-year-old Mercedes does not restore itself, especially if—as the mileage would indicate—this car has been in idle storage. So we are looking at dealing with paint, leather interior, brightwork, and spending some time under the hood. If the new owner can do all that for $20,000 or so, he should be okay. If not, he would have been better off buying the advertised Al Hirt car or a similarly “done” car to avoid the unknown gremlins and expenses lurking in the restoration. On the other hand, for someone with time on his hands who needs an excuse to spend countless hours in the garage, this car could have been just the ticket.u CARL BOMSTEAD has served as a judge at Pebble Beach, Kirkland Concours, and various Classic Car Club of America national events. (Introductory description courtesy of RM.) Dave Olimpi, Middleburg, VA: I owned a 1962 300d sedan in the late 1980s. I purchased it from the estate of the late Roberta Pew, a descendant of the founders of Sun Oil Company (Sunoco). Nineteen sixty-two was the final year of production for this model. My recollection is that Mercedes built two dozen 1962 sedans, plus one four-door cabriolet. Mine was light blue with beige leather, automatic transmission, and factory air conditioning. You started the engine by turning the ignition key to “on” and pushing the column-mounted gear selector forward toward the instrument panel. The turn signals were activated by turning the horn ring on the steering wheel clockwise or counter clockwise. There was a plunger on the floor in the left part of the driver's footwell, similar to a high/low beam headlight switch, which shot lubricant from an underhood reservoir to the chassis. A white light on the dashboard indicated this process. The trunk-mounted air conditioner was a marvel of efficiency. The air was diffused as it entered the car from the rear shelf, and even on a humid August day was more than adequate to make the interior of the car quite cold. The automatic transmission selector displayed a “D” and “L” range. There was a third gear in there that could be engaged by placing the car in Low, accelerating, moving the selector to “D,” then quickly pulling the lever back down to “L” again to obtain second, or middle, gear. Acceleration was leisurely; I think the factory quoted 0–60 in 17 seconds.u Seat Time June 2007 55


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Porsche Gespräch Jim Schrager You Gotta Know When to Hold 'em… One good way to judge when a car becomes collectible is to simply note when its value rises above the original purchase price Porsche Gespräch / Jim Schrager Part I: Defining the Collectible Porsche W hy do some Porsches accelerate quickly in value, while others languish? We can all agree that pedestrian models, such as the 924, will never be worth big money. But how do we identify the interesting Porsche variants that will appreciate modestly, if at all, and separate them from those that rise quickly in value and become “collectible?” Car values follow certain common patterns. Most used cars display a lower value each year, falling eventually to a terminal value as scrap. Luckily for us, many Porsches—even mundane models like the 924—continue to be enjoyable and rarely end up on the scrap heap. However, they still end up with low market values. We call this the “Used Car” pattern, as the value depreciates with years and miles. Dealers can still hope, can't they? There is a second group of Porsches, at least in theory, that display the exact opposite pattern, a concept I call the “Dealer's Dream.” In this trajectory, the value of a new Porsche goes straight up from the first day you buy it. It flies in the face of all reason, and almost never happens. It's important to note that most of the great collectible Porsches, such as the 4-cam 356 Carreras, the 911 Carrera RS, and even the 904 GTS, have not followed this pattern. But the dealers can still hope, can't they? After all, that's the logic behind their advertising centered around a car being an “Instant Collectible.” A third pattern of price behavior starts out with a standard used car, whose price rises after a while. These cars represent “Strong Values.” Examples are a 1972 911E coupe or a 1964 356C coupe. These cars don't display huge gains; you can look forward to gentle, easy upward prices and limited downsides, although in a wild market, values can go down. But collectible cars display a different pat- $250,000 Porsche Pricing, Vintage vs. Current Dealer's Dream (none exist) 924 (Ordinary Used Car) Modern Equivalent MSRP of 924 911E (Strong Values) Modern Equivalent MSRP of 911E 356 Carrera 2 (Collectible Car) Modern Equivalent MSRP of 356 C2 $100,000 911 Turbo Carrera 4 911 Turbo Carrera 4 911 Turbo Carrera 4 $50,000 911 Turbo Boxster 911SC 911S 911S 924 924S 1962 1967 1972 1977 1982 1987 1992 1997 2002 2007 tern. A select group of Porsches enjoy a much greater rate of appreciation and the status of a “Collectible Car.” While there is no set definition here, one objective way to define a true collectible is when its value grows to a point that certifies there is something special about the car. How to set that price? When does a car go from just having strong value to being collectible? One good way to judge when a car becomes collectible is simply to note when its value rises above the original purchase price. That makes the car very special, as it signals people will pay more for a used car than a new one. But inflation changes the value of money, as do floating currency exchange rates and general economic trends. So we need a value that will incorporate the purchasing power of the dollar as it changes. 56 The collectible test Take a 1958 356 Speedster. It cost about $3,500 when new, so it's no great achievement when the used car price passes that barrier 20 years later. It's a sign of strong value, but not the final push into collectiblity, since $3,500 isn't what it used to be. We need a way to adjust 1958 dollars to today's purchasing power. To do that, let's equate a 356 Speedster to the closest car to it in the line of new Porsches. Since the Speedster was the lowest priced Porsche of its day, we'll use a Sports Car Market 944 Boxster Boxster


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Boxster. Since Speedsters today are selling for more than new Boxsters, it's a good bet Speedsters are true collectibles. Being a collectible car is a powerful statement about the desirability of an old car. Most people would rather have the status and trouble-free high performance of a new car than an old one. You'd rarely pay more for an old car, unless it wasn't just an old car. Collectibles have to stand the test of time, and that seasoning is one of the important reasons why cars hold their value once they enter the “collectible” category. Why bother with this distinction of a “col- lectible car” versus one with “strong values?” A collectible car has strikingly higher value, costs more than a similar new car, rises faster in a strong market, and keeps that high value longer in times of market downturns. The difference can be illustrated by debunking of one of the great myths of collecting cars. The decade of the 1980s was the beginning of the modern era of car collecting. It was a onetime move when values exploded. But they didn't explode in an even way. Some cars went stratospheric, others just climbed a bit. When the bust of the 1990s came along, the drop in the market was attributed by some to older collectors dying and values on older cars dropping. But this wasn't actually what happened, and a proper understanding of what did happen sets up the important distinction that defines collectibility. Duesenbergs symbolize collectibility Jay Leno wasn't a teenager when Duesenbergs were the standard of the world, yet he is still attracted to them. And he isn't the only one. Dueseys, Cadillacs, pre-war Mercedes and other “certified collectibles” remain of great interest to enthusiasts of all ages who have spare change to invest $800,000 or more in one of these giant pieces of automotive excellence. Let that price roll around in your mind a minute or two, just to get the feel of it. It's more than almost any Porsche, unless it won at Le Mans. It's a big number, and symbolizes what happens when a car becomes collectible. The old saw that demand will trail off with the passage of time doesn't seem to hold if the car is collectible. Wealthy new entrants in the collector car market are interested in the best machines from every 356B Carrera 2, the collectible era. The best cars have become collectible for a complex set of reasons that bear further analysis. Next month, I'll examine why it takes more than rarity to define a collectible Porsche, and attempt to catalog why some Porsches become collectible and others don't.u JIM SCHRAGER wrote Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Porsche 356 and writes for Excellence Magazine, Porsche Panorama, and the 356 Registry. His latest book on the early 911 will be published in late 2007. An earlier version of this article appeared in Panorama, the magazine of the PCA. 911E, the strong value June 2007 924, the used car 57


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American Profile 1965 Shelby GT350 “Supercharged” The correct blower was reinstalled shortly before the auction, a wise decision on the seller's part by B. Mitchell Carlson Details Years produced: 1965–70 Number produced: 562 (526 Street and 36 Race in 1965) Original list price: $4,547 SCM Valuation: $250,000–$325,000 (non-supercharged) Tune-up cost: $500 Distributor cap: $6.95 (CJ Pony Parts) Chassis #: Left side of front fender unibody structure above wheelwell (pop-riveted tag over the stamped Ford-issued VIN). Engine #: Ford VIN stamped onto pad on block at passenger's side front corner Club: Shelby American Auto Club (SAAC), P.O. Box 788, Sharon, CT 06069 More: www.saac.com Alternatives: 1965 Shelby GT350 R, 1963–63 Shelby Cobra 289, 1967–69 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko S/C SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: SFM5010 U nveiled by Carroll Shelby on January 27, 1965, the GT350 fastback had a fiberglass hood and functional scoop, and a clean-looking grille with a tri-color horse on the driver's side. All 1965 Shelbys were Wimbledon White with a blue GT350 side stripe below the door. Dealer option Le Mans stripes were available, running down the center of the body. The interior was black with a flat wood-rimmed wheel. A special instrument cluster in the center of the dash carried a large tach and oil pressure gauge. A special aluminum intake increased the solid-lifter hi-po 289's horsepower from 271 to 306. Exhaust from the Tri-Y headers exited ahead of the rear wheels. The suspension was extensively reworked, with a large front stabilizer bar, quick steering, lowered upper A-frames, Koni shocks, and traction bars. The front was stiffened with an export brace and Monte Carlo bar. In all, 50 improvements were listed. Shelby delivered competition results. His three team cars dominated SCCA “B” production, and Jerry Titus won the National Championship. Serial number 5010 was designated by Shelby as an “advanced prototype,” supercharged for developmental testing and fitted with T-Bird taillights. It's the first and only 1965 GT350 to have the Paxton supercharger, which was offered as an option in 1966. This GT350 was also used for 1966 research and anal- ysis. It was fitted with 1966 rear brake scoops and seems likely to have been the car in the movie “Red Line 7000” 58 with James Caan, though evidence is circumstantial. However, it has holes from brackets being fitted for head rests, exhaust cut-outs, and the controls and holes from a Mustang console being fitted, which the movie car had. Company records also show that a car was rented to the movie studio just prior to this car's fitment of special taillights and 1966 extras. The Shelby American World Registry also affirms the movie connection. Serial number 5010 was sold by Shelby's own dealership after its promotional career ended, first to J.B. Hunter, then to Joe Flowers, and finally to the present owner in 1988. He has owned the car three times since then, with three other individuals owning it in between. SCM Analysis This 1965 Shelby GT350 SC sold for $528,000 at RM Amelia Island on March 10 2007. Let's see here—a generally original, early produc- tion Shelby used for prototype component testing, with most of the prototype equipment installed, movie history, plus an airtight verifiable history from one of the most easy-to-follow paper trail marque-specific clubs there is. Quite frankly, half a million is cheap. Why? Let me break it down. The early Shelby GT350s are one of the hottest tick- ets in the muscle car market today. They have a more visceral feel to them—a rawness—than each succeed- Sports Car Market 1968 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro Lot# S514, s/n 124878N413680 Condition: 2+ Sold at $367,500 Mecum, Belvidere, IL, 5/25/2006 SCM# 41778 1965 Shelby GT350 R Lot# 80, s/n SFM5R108 Condition: 4 Sold at: $748,000 Gooding, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/20/2006 SCM# 42631 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 Lot# 236, s/n CSX2342 Condition: 2 Sold at $550,000 RM, Phoenix, AZ, 1/19/2007 SCM# 44064 Photos: RM Auctions


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ing year of production. Some of this was due to more hand-fitting and “trial and error” assembly, plus the GT350 was at that time intended for turn-key track racers rather than street performance. Concours examples worth no more This car has not been fully taken apart and rebuilt to trailer queen status. The powertrain rebuild and decade-old repaint are the bulk of the restorative work; the original sheetmetal, glass, and suspension are intact. As Shelbys are born to run, concours examples aren't as desirable as attractive survivors. A “run of the mill” 1965 GT350 street model in this condition tends to trade around $325,000. Throw in another $50,000 as it's the tenth Shelby GT350 built, and that puts us at $375,000. Now for the “advanced prototype” status. Thanks to the previous owner's docu- mentation and its verification by the Shelby American Auto Club (SAAC; see May, “Domestic Affairs,” p. 60), for the most part, #5010 was used as a test mule for various components for future production. While it would be physically easy to add the components if they were separately available, the paper trail confirms that they were on the car in its early existence. Some may be superficial yet difficult to fake, such as the '65 T-Bird sequential taillights. Personally, I rather like them, although I would prefer one less segment on each side, or not running the rally stripe through them. Others, like the consigning SCM Gold subscriber, aren't fond of them. The big ticket item is the Paxton blower. While the car was sold to the public with the blower off, it played a significant part in the car's history. This was the first supercharged Shelby built. Consider it a twist of fate that the seller was able to source an identical setup, including the correct Paxton carburetor bonnet—a nearly unobtainable part. The blower was added shortly before being consigned to RM, a wise decision on the seller's part, and the strong sale verifies that. The blower's worth an extra $100,000 Any Shelby that had a blower bolted onto it stock is worth an extra $50,000; double that if it's still attached. Now we're at $475,000. Even without the blower, the remainder of the induction is the same as it was in 1965. Getting back to its history as a test car, we can look at how well-documented prototypes have fared in the marketplace. Even a prototype Pontiac Tempest topped $40,000 this year (lot 979.1, 1962 Pontiac Monte Carlo, BarrettJackson). If we consider that the prototype factor adds half again to the base car's value—$150,000—we are now at $625,000. Finally, the movie car factor. While it is not the ultimate Mustang movie car (that would be one of the “Bullitt” cars), it doesn't hurt that “Red Line 7,000” would have fallen into obscurity had it not been for Shelby playing a notable role. It is also about the only facet of the June 2007 59


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American Profile Seat Time Bill Hamilton, Camarillo, CA: I purchased a 1966 GT350 Supercharged back in the early 1970s. I had raced another GT350 in the late '60s and always had a soft spot for them. I was living in Chicago at the time and found the supercharged 350 in Reno, Nevada. I flew to Reno and met the owner who, once we had come to an agreement on price, proceeded to take me to one of Nevada's famous “establishments” for a drink! We walked into the bar and before I got my Coke, a woman about six feet tall and wearing next to nothing sat down next to me, smiled, and exhibited a diamond embedded in her front tooth. Frankly, I have never been so scared in the company of a woman. I suggested to the seller that we should be going, and we did. I drove the Shelby back to Chicago without incident and have since rarely had such an extended period of automotive euphoria—alone at night through Nevada in a car that sounded like the lion house at feeding time. God, it was wonderful. The car was such a joy to drive with all its raw-edged performance. When I put my foot in it, the sound was what ripping steel might sound like. The Paxton supercharger was always trouble-free, as was the car. I moved to Los Angeles in 1979 and had the car shipped out. After a few months of SoCal heat and traffic and strange looks by colleagues, I thought I needed a more civilized car, so I traded it in on a Porsche 930. I think they gave me $7,500 for it. It almost makes me cry today to write that. Much like the girl you somehow let get away (the one without the diamond teeth), I think of that car often and hope she's doing well, and that she forgives me for being such a crass idiot. If I found her today, I'd grab her and never let her get away again. Dave Lennartz, Brush Prairie, WA: I own s/n 5S003, the 1965 street prototype GT350. The car is verified by Chuck Cantwell, manager of the '65 GT350 program, and by Pete Brock, who used 003 in photos for two of the first three magazine ads for the GT350. It is also in the National 1965 GT350 Registry, among others. When Don Day restored 003 in about '80–'81, he was under the impression it was a factory race car—missing documentation that it was the street prototype was discovered several years later. car that isn't cast in concrete, as it had not been noted anywhere on paper that #5010 was THE car used in the movie. However, the physical evidence on the car is quite convincing, even if someone in the know can fake a lot of it. It doesn't hurt the value, but only adds about $25,000 to its cachet. In a nutshell, this should be a $650,000 car. But Shelbys are far from raw investments, although they trade in that league. Even more than the baseline collector muscle car, GT350s represent emotion and passion for performance. Indeed, first-year GT350s transcend the “muscle car” genre to pure sports car, more akin to a Cobra than any 'Cuda. Number 5010 is truly in the league of muscle cars that Keith Martin several months earlier predicted would continue to appreciate. I'd call it a bargain; it's one of one.u B. MITCHELL CARLSON is a Market Analyst for Kelley Blue Book and Old Cars Price Guide, and his auction reports appear regularly in SCM. (Introductory description courtesy of RM.) He restored it to R-model specs, and he and two subsequent owners vintage-raced 003 for almost 30 years. The car was slightly “de-race” modified when I bought it: mufflers, cockpit carpeting, passenger seat, “street” tires (well, DOT-legal) had been added, graphics removed. Rear R plexiglass was left in, side glass was left out, fire suppression system and fuel cell were left in. It's a hoot for about 20 or 30 minutes, then it starts to get painful... u Lennartz's 1965 street prototype GT350, s/n 003 60 Sports Car Market


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Domestic Affairs Colin Comer Everyday Muscle Forgo modern conveniences (such as a jack for your iPod and seat heaters), and you can find an old car that will be daily fun with power steering and disc brakes. The best part is that the aftermarket loves these cars, and all kinds of really simple bolt-on upgrades are readily available, from three-point seat belts to overdrive transmissions, suspension and brake kits. With the right tweaks, a good early Mustang can run with a 2007 version, but has a heck of a lot more style. Buy the best '65–'66 fastback “A code” car you can for $35,000 and budget $5,000–$10,000 to make it work as well as it looks. 1967–69 Chevrolet Camaro V8 Another pony car that needs no introduction. My choice would be a 1967 SS 350 convertible with the 295hp V8, factory air, power steering, and power disc brakes. Give me a dorky automatic transmission so I can drop in a late-model 4-speed automatic overdrive conversion and be able to cruise at 75 mph at 2,000 rpm. You can't hurt a mild Chevy small block, and set up right, these cars handle and stop a lot better than people think. The year you pick is based on personal preference; they are all the same underneath. You can damn near build a complete early Camaro from a mail-order catalog for next to nothing, and they are cheap and simple to 1965 Ford Mustang GT fastback S o your Cobra Daytona Coupe is too hot and loud inside, and your Hemi 'Cuda convertible's top leaks when it rains. You'd like something old yet practical as a daily driver, something you might even let your significant other or kids drive once in a while. Anybody with a pulse and a checking account can walk into a Ford dealership today and buy a new Mustang GT, but a vintage “real” muscle car is far more fun. With a little thought and willingness to forgo modern conveniences (such as a jack for your iPod and seat heaters), you can find an old car that will be fun to live with on a daily basis. What follows are five examples of great “all round- ers.” They have ample power, handle, stop, and steer almost as well as a contemporary car—and if not, they can be made to do so with a little help. 1964½–66 Ford Mustang V8 The quintessential pony car, a vintage Ford Mustang can be a great and rewarding car to live with. My favorites are the lean 1964 1/2–1966 versions, but the 1967–1968 and 1969–1970 cars all share the same basic architecture. They just gained a little weight and lost some of their reflexes. The best advice is to keep it simple—an early car with the 289-ci “A code” V8 engine, which is a factory four-barrel motor with hydraulic valve lifters. At 225 hp, these are tough little motors that rarely complain. The enthusiast's choice would be a 4-speed, but the Cruiseo-Matic slushbox is okay. Factory air was available (and easily added, as it looks like aftermarket anyway), along 62 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS 350 maintain. When you are done having your fun, you'll have buyers lined up at your door. Early Camaros never go out of style. For $35,000, you get a really good small-block car, and again, figure another $5,000–$10,000 to dial it in. 1970–71 Plymouth 'Cuda and Dodge Challenger 340 4-bbl These cars lacked a lot of the quality the others came with. The good news is that over the last 36-plus years, the good cars have had these issues ironed out. While it may not wow the Bob's Big Boy crowd like having a Hemi under the hood, my pick for a daily driver is the 340-ci, 4-barrel, 275-hp V8. Sports Car Market


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be my choice, but they also come in open-air versions. Get some wide steel wheels under it and put on stock hubcaps and speed-rated radial whitewall tires. Make sure to tuck up that dual exhaust and try to hide your sinister grin when you go out canyon carving. Buy a stud for $25,000, add in all the crazy stuff for $5,000–$10,000, and go Civic Si hunting. With all of these cars, make sure to do your homework and buy the best. Like every car out of Detroit at the time, all are notorious rusters. You can't build a good daily driver on a patched-up or previously twisted donor. Pick the one you like, seek out an authority on that particular car, and tell him your expectations. These are fun cars to get up to modern standards, and even more fun to live with. They are a heck of a lot more unusual than any modern cookiecutter car, and hold their value well. Remember, when they were new, they were used day-in and day-out. No reason you can't do the same today.u COLIN COMER is president and founder of Colin's Classic Automobiles and an avid collector and enthusiast. 1971 'Cuda 340 This is another incredibly over-built and under-stressed small block. They run cool, and I've even seen them run without oil (although I wouldn't recommend that trick). With the 340 in the nose, the front torsion bar and rear leaf spring chassis are quite well balanced. Modern tweaks such as quick-ratio steering boxes and big brakes can really help. Set up the suspension with AAR 'Cuda or T/A Challenger specs for the best results. Add a good set of radial tires and you are set. Be sure to inspect any prospective purchase carefully, as a good 'Cuda or Challenger may be tough to find. The 1971 'Cudas are the most expensive, and a good one will be $60,000 or better. Shoot for a great 1970 340 'Cuda for around $45,000, or a Challenger for even less. Same rules as the others; keep $5,000–$10,000 to make it reliable. 1968–69 Dodge Dart GTS 340 A car that is really cool because it is so uncool, the Dodge Dart GTS is a lot like the 340 'Cuda and Challenger—just not sexy. Think about it: a lighter car with the same basic motor. No blind spots, high seating position, just a userfriendly car all-around. The best part is these cars really scoot with a 340 under the hood. Get one with a 4-speed. Less performance-oriented than some of the other choices here, these too can be brought up to modern ride and handling levels quite easily. I know one fellow currently building his for a cross- country rally, with good brakes, modern a/c, etc. You can do the same thing. The guy in the new 350Z won't know what hit him when your “Pee-Wee Herman” car blows his doors off. About $35,000 gets you a great one, another $10,000 down the hatch and you'll have a world-class pocket rocket. Want a little wind in your hair? Look for a convertible for another $5,000. 1963–65 Ford Falcon Sprint I've recommended these before, and I am doing it again. This is the chassis upon which Ford built the Mustang, so all that fancy aftermarket Mustang upgrade stuff will bolt on. Talk about stealth. Same famous 260/289 Ford V8, easy to build, fun to drive, hard to kill. A hard top would June 2007 1964 Falcon Sprint 63 1967 Dodge Dart GTS


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Race Car Profile 1963 Shelby King Cobra Cooper Type 61M Film clips show MacDonald almost sideways and he never lifts or moves the wheel as he slides through the turn, lap after lap. It is breathtaking to watch by Thor Thorson Details Years produced: 1963–64 Number produced: 8 Shelby (12 total T61M) Original list price: $12,000 SCM Valuation: $600,000–$900,000 Cost per hour to race: $700 Distributor Cap: $20 Chassis #: Tag on dash Engine #: Ford didn't use them Club: Shelby American Automobile Club P.O. Box 788, Sharon, CT 06069 More: www.saac.com Alternatives: 1965 Genie Mk 10, 1965 McLaren M1A, 1962–63 Lotus 19-V8 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1965 Lotus 30/40 Lot# 238, s/n 30S28 Condition: 3+ Sold at $201,930 Chassis number CM363 I n 1963, Carroll Shelby needed a car to compete in the USAC-sanctioned Fall Series on the West Coast, which evolved later into the SCCA Canadian American Challenge Series, the Can-Am. Shelby's Cobras had already won SCCA's A/Sports Racing title and the USRRC Championship, but the season was almost over. He had time, he had drivers, he needed a car. Shelby's solution was to go back to Europe and buy two mid-engined Cooper Monaco sports racers—CM/1/63 and CM/3/63—and to adapt them to his full-race 289 cubic inch Ford V8s. The cars carried four Weber carburetors and a BMC/Huffaker 4-speed transaxle, soon replaced by a Colotti 4-speed. The first two cars competed in the 1963 Fall Series. CM/1/63 was driven by Dave MacDonald and CM/3/63 by Bob Holbert, until his retirement in 1964. After that it was driven by Dave MacDonald, Ken Miles, Augie Pabst, Skip Scott, Ed Leslie, and Ronnie Bucknum. In 1966 it sold to Alex Budurin with the current ZF 5-speed, but Budurin died and his widow sold it to Dwayne Zinola, who won a national championship with it. Don Ivey owned it next, blew it up, and sold it to Robert Green, who completed a sympathetic restoration in 1991. It now looks as it would have in 1963, and is the only survivor of the first King Cobra season. 64 SCM Analysis This car sold for $935,000 at RM's Amelia Island sale on March 10, 2007. Carroll Shelby has been one of the most talented op- portunists in American automobile racing. With both the AC Cobra and the Shelby Mustang, he demonstrated a remarkable ability to take existing cars and components and recombine, redefine, or reconfigure them to create what have become iconic and immensely successful racing cars. In the summer of 1963, actually-get-paid-for-it professional sports car racing was just getting started in the United States in a series for purpose-built sports racing cars with more or less unlimited engine size. The production-based Cobras wouldn't have much of a chance, but it was an attractive challenge for Shelby. All he needed was a suitable car. It needed to be cheap, available on very short notice, and sturdy enough to handle a 289 Ford V8. Cooper Monaco the car to beat Like the AC Bristol, the Cooper Monaco was at the end of its shelf life when Shelby came knocking. Designed in 1958 for the 1959 season, the Monaco was the first successful mid-engined sports racer built to accept 2-liter and larger engines. The design concept was appropriate to both Cooper and the era, which is to say 1965 McLaren-Chevrolet M1A Lot# 218, s/n 2010 Condition: 2+ Sold at $243,840 Bonhams, Chichester, UK, 9/1/2006 SCM# 43002 Bonhams, Chichester, UK, 9/1/2006 SCM# 43018 1966 McLaren-Elva M1B Lot# 133, s/n 3022 Condition: 3Sold at $82,500 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/18/2000 SCM# 10323 Sports Car Market Photos: American Driver


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pretty agricultural by later standards. It was a derivation of the 1958 Formula 1 design and used four large-diameter tubes in a more or less box-kite arrangement. For the Monaco, the tubes bulged out from the front suspension to the rear cockpit bulkhead to allow two seats inside, then back to a narrow rear suspension pickup. Though the F1 Coopers of the era had wonderfully stiff chassis, the wider Monaco layout was notoriously “interactive,” to use a current euphemism. It was immediately successful, however, and in 1959 and 1960 was the car to beat. As competition arrived on the market (particularly the Lotus 19), the Monaco gained a stiffer frame, upgraded suspension, and improved body design. Through 1962, these were designated Monaco Mk I through IV and were designed for the Climax FPF 2- to 2.5-liter engines that were the dominant English race engine of the time. In late 1962, the concept was redesigned to accept the 1962 F1 suspension and a seriously revised frame design, wrapped with a much more slippery body. The intended power was the 2.7-liter FPF engine developed for Indianapolis, but the engine bay was intentionally built large enough for a V8. Now designated the T61M, it was still called a Monaco. The 1962 prototype was the only T61M to actually get a Climax, as the early 1963 cars were built on spec and sat unsold without engine packages well into the season. Shelby faced a simple choice. The Lotus 19 was an ex- cellent design but consensus was that it just wasn't strong enough to carry an American V8. The Cooper had room for a V8, and several chassis were immediately available. In fact, “available” might be an understatement; by late summer 1963, at most one of the four cars built had been sold, and Cooper was in a bind. Once the first two rolling chassis arrived at Shelby's shop, the team had less than a month to turn them into contending race cars. The chassis were disassembled and strengthened for a 289 Ford engine and Colotti transaxle. Shelby only had one day of testing at Riverside before shipping the cars off to Kent (Seattle), Washington, for their debut on September 29. Set records out of the box The cars were fast out of the box, setting track records at Riverside and Kent, but they were not sorted, and both retired from the actual race. Dave MacDonald won the remaining two races (Riverside and Laguna Seca), but Holbert broke in both. The cars were not the dominant force Shelby would have liked. At the end of 1963, Shelby bought two more chassis, then four more in 1964 for a total of eight “real” Shelby King Cobras. There were four other T61M chassis sold, and they all got V8s, but not through Shelby (and not all Ford, for that matter) to make a total of twelve T61 Monacos built. For the nascent U.S. professional road race series of '63 and '64, it was a successful but by no means dominant car—an old design in a world that was changing fast. In many ways, the T61M marks the transition from the flexible chassis, skinny tire, drive-it-sideways cars of the '50s to the stiff-chassis, real suspension and sticky tire, keep-it-stuck-tothe-track cars that followed. And it was the end of truly flamboyant driving. Check out film clips of MacDonald driving the King Cobra at Riverside. Turn 6 was two 90-degree rights that were really a double-apex 180. Footage shows MacDonald coming into view almost sideways and he never lifts or seems to move the steering wheel as he slides through the whole turn, lap after lap. It is breathtaking to watch. The King Cobra presents a quandary for a vintage racer/collector. It's too new and too fast to run with Scarabs, Maseratis, and Listers of the early '60s, but nowhere near sophisticated enough to be competitive with the McLarens and Chaparrals that followed. It's like a perpetual 17th birthday, stuck between being a kid and an adult. This car has been modified to a later style, which I don't like. It's slammed to the weeds, clearly stiffly sprung, and carries more tire than 1964 ever dreamed was possible. The retrogrouch in me hangs on to the image of the King Cobra leaned way over on its skinny-tired tiptoes with MacDonald doing lurid slides through every corner. Because in many ways this is neither fish nor fowl, setting a value is tough. It's not a Shelby and it's not a Cobra—it's a Cooper that Shelby American bought and raced for a while. Though historically important, it doesn't fit comfortably into any normal race grid, so the owner will be stuck by himself at the track. It's more a car for a Cobra guy who wants to complete his collec- tion than for a vintage racer. Performance-related comps are tough to find, but I'd say they're in the $250,000 to $400,000 range. Go halfway between that and—due to the Shelby-added heritage—the $2m value of a racing Cobra, and you'll hit what this car sold for, so I'd say it was market correct.u THOR THORSON is president of Vintage Racing Motors of Redmond, WA, and is heavily involved with vintage racing and “adrenaline” collector cars. He has been an active vintage racer for 25 years. (Introductory description courtesy of RM.) June 2007 65


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Market Reports Overview Early Spring Sales total $82m RM's decision to move the Boca Raton sale to Fort Lauderdale paid off— to the tune of an additional $3.2m by Jim Pickering F or those of us in the collector car world, the beginning of spring means it's time to open up garage doors, remove car covers, and fire up our machines for that first (and usually still cold) drive of the season. The same is true for the auction world, which awoke with a bang in Scottsdale in January and generally saw promising results throughout February and March. Senior Auction Analyst Richard Sales Totals RM, Amelia Island RM, Boca Raton Artcurial, Paris $20,423,920 Barrett-Jackson, West Palm Beach H&H, Cheltenham $3,734,956 Hudson-Evans made the trip across the English Channel to Paris for Artcurial's Palais Des Congrès sale held alongside Rétromobile on February 19, where he noted solid results from the company's season opener. The high sale of the event went to a 1991 Peugeot 905 Group C racer that had been run in the Le Mans Classic in 2006 after having undergone an extensive restoration by Peugeot Talbot Sport to 1992 specs. It sold at $1,226,742, setting a new record for the marque. A few weeks later and back on home turf, Hudson-Evans found his way to the Cheltenham Racecourse for H&H's first sale of the spring season. Two cars made up the bulk of the $3.7m final take, which included a 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Super Sport roadster that sold at $970,200 and an ex-Jim Clark 1962 Lotus 25 Grand Prix racer that brought $959,420. Although the sales rate didn't change from the 67% real- $31,862,765 ized in late February of 2006, the sale of three more cars added over $1.5m to the day's total. Spring came early for Senior Auction Analyst Dave Kinney, as he made the trip to Fort Lauderdale for RM's Florida Collector Car Auction on February 9. Previously known as the Boca Raton sale, RM chose to change venues this year, which paid off with a $3.2m increase in total sales from last year's $18m. One of the most interesting lots offered was a replica 1966 Batmobile that had been built on a 1979 Lincoln chassis. One bidder was Percentage of Cars Sold 100% 80% 60% 40% 20% RM Amelia Island 68 RM Boca Raton Artcurial Paris Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach H&H Cheltenham Sports Car Market 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 $21,283,053 $4,533,776


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RM Auctions (RMA), Amelia Island, FL, p. 84 Barrett-Jackson (BJ), West Palm Beach, FL, p. 70 determined to own it, and he did just that in one bid that took the price from $105k to over $200k. Kinney noted that the usual problems associated with new sales were not an issue, and that RM had more very good and even excellent consignments on offer here than any other sale has had in recent memory. A month later and a few hundred miles up the beach, Kinney was on the grounds of the Amelia Island RitzCarlton for RM's annual March sale. Perfect weather and excellent consignments drew many bidders and spectators to the sale, but eleven fewer cars sold meant a SCM 1-6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/ perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts RM Auctions (RMFL), Fort Lauderdale, FL, p. 110 H&H Auctions (HH), Cheltenham, UK, p. 124 Artcurial (A), Paris, FR, p. 98 final total of $1.4m less than last year's $21.8m. Nevertheless, it was still a consistent result for RM. An Allard K3 roadster became the talk of the weekend when it sold for $181,500—more than double the low estimate of $75,000. Barrett-Jackson held its Palm Beach sale at the end of March, and after finishing up at RM, Kinney made his way south for the sale. Despite having good attendance, decent weather, and more cars on offer this year than in years past, sales totals fell by over $2m, reflecting a leveled market for American muscle and hot rods. A total of 46 Corvettes were available, which while providing a great selection to choose from, likely also lead to the lower prices realized for each of them. Porsches were Geoff Archer's focus this month in his report on recent eBay activity, where he found some of the best examples. And some that needed a little love.u Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1932 Packard Twin Six Sport phaeton, $1,650,000—RMA, p. 92 2. 1929 Duesenberg J Dual Cowl phaeton, $1,490,400—RMA, p. 92 3. 1939 Delahaye 135MS Grand Sport roadster, $1,347,500—RMA, p. 88 4. 1991 Peugeot 905 racer, $1,226,742—A, p. 104 5. 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Super Sport roadster, $970,200—H&H, p. 132 6. 1932 Bentley 8-Liter Short Chassis coupe, $962,500—RMA, p. 86 7. 1962 Lotus 25 Grand Prix racer, $959,470—H&H, p. 130 8. 1963 Shelby King Cobra Cooper Type 61 Monaco-Ford racer, $935,000—RMA, p. 96 9. 1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Torpedo tourer, $852,500—RMA, p. 86 10. 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 roadster, $702,000—RMFL, p. 118 June 2007 1. 1937 Mercedes-Benz 320 B W142 cabriolet, $156,068—A, p. 104 2. 1957 Elva Mk II Climax racer, $79,772—H&H, p. 130 3. 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder conversion, $198,000— RMA, p. 90 4. 1968 Shelby GT500 KR convertible, $232,200—RMFL, p. 120 5. 1959 Renault Caravelle convertible, $16,500—BJ, p. 74 69 Best Buys


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Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach, FL Column Author Palm Beach 2007 American drop-tops were big sellers this year, and some of the most notable were from Buick Company Barrett-Jackson Date March 29–April 1, 2007 Location West Palm Beach, FL Auctioneer Tom “Spanky” Assiter and Mark Gellman Automotive lots sold / offered 574 / 574 Sales rate 100% Sales total $31,862,765 High sale 2007 Foose Custom coupe, sold at $330,000 Buyer's premium 1953 Skylark changed hands for $220k Report and photos by Dave Kinney Market opinions in italics T o call this year's BarrettJackson Palm Beach event “much anticipated” would be a bit of an understatement, as recent events in the marketplace and at the Scottsdale sale in January remained topics of discussion throughout the collector car world in the weeks leading up to the sale. This year's sale was another no reserve affair, this time with 574 cars available—eleven more than last year's 563. All the drama at this event was concentrated on the block and not the surrounding area. Muscle cars and Corvettes were the talk of the auction, and prices were generally perceived as well off their normal level. Continuing the trend that appeared in Scottsdale, there was not a lot of good news for 1963 to 1967 Corvette sellers here, which could have been due to an astonishing 46 'Vettes present—a full 12.5% of the cars on offer. Three Amphicars crossed the auction block, repre- senting years '66, '67, and '68. All of them were decent or better examples, with the best car bringing a total of $82,500. The cheapest example brought $50,600, and the last of the three cars sold for $67,100, or just over the average selling price for the three—evidence that the world's favorite swimming car has finally settled into a new, more expensive price range. One of the best Ford Pintos I'd seen in years was sold at $12,650, which was by all accounts quite expensive, but was also a lot of fun for the money. Also solidly in 70 the fun category was a 1967 Morris Mini Moke convertible that brought a full $29,700. One of the most interesting lots was a 1959 Renault Caravelle convertible. Rarely seen, it was a very good buy at $16,500. A well-optioned 1970 Plymouth 'Cuda with a 340-ci V8 sold at $41,800, much less than the $64,800 realized for the same car in the 2006 Scottsdale sale. As expected, American drop-tops were big sellers this year, and some of West Palm Beach, FL the most notable were from Buick. An excellent 1953 Skylark convertible with a claimed $250,000 restoration and showing almost no wear went to a new home at $220,000, while a 1958 Limited convertible that sold at McCormick's Palm Springs sale in November '06 for $75,600 brought $161,700 here—a difference of over $86k justified by some minor res- Sales Totals toration work since its last appearance. Along those same lines, a 1960 Le Sabre convertible changed ownership at $48,400, or twice its last sale price at Kruse Scottsdale in January '07. Some deals were present for buyers, but despite agreeable weather and plenty of cars, the final numbers for the sale didn't deliver on the same level as in years past. The result of $31,862,765 was down $2,036,005 from last year's $33,898,770, even though more cars were hammered sold. American muscle has stopped the rapid escalation it enjoyed over the last few years and has started to coast, and even though the Barrett-Jackson frenzy was alive and well for some lots, the same cooling trend seen in Arizona followed Craig Jackson and Co. to Florida.u $20m $25m $30m $35m $15m $10m $5m Sports Car Market 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 8% (included in sold prices)


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Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach, FL Column Author ENGLISH #753-1954 BENTLEY R-TYPE saloon. S/N B104LYD. Silver & gray/claret leather. Odo: 3,462 km. Metal panel sunshine roof. An interesting example in left-hand drive with an odometer that reads in kilometers. Good paint shows some wear and age. Brightwork mostly decent, some slightly scratched. Incorrect leather well fitted, wood dash nice. Cond: 3-. #324.1-1967 MORRIS MINI MOKE con- vertible. S/N MAB1986516. White/blue cloth/ blue vinyl. Odo: 155 miles. Fully and freshly restored, nicer than new. Excellent paint, trim and limited brightwork nearly perfect. Cloth top is a nice touch, as are high-quality dark blue vinyl seats with white piping. Well done. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $29,700. I've driven more but overall, it was not a bad way to show off the classic Morgan lines. If the new owner uses it for a year or two and does not generate any major repair bills, he can expect to sell this one for a profit down the road. #327.1-1960 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD II saloon. S/N LSVB111. Pewter/ red leather. Odo: 83,790 miles. Decent paint, straight sides, good panel gaps. Lower quarters show some bubbling under paint, which hints at some probable rust issues. Nice chrome and glass, clean underhood. Excellent interior SOLD AT $35,200. Unlike most examples I see at auction—worn out, right-hand drive Bondo buckets—this was a tidy car that had quite a few things going for it, not the least of which was the left-hook steering. This looked like a car that had been cared for and not neglected as so many are, and as such, it was a good buy for an end user. #374.2-1957 JAGUAR XK 140MC road- ster. S/N S812306. Red/biscuit leather. Odo: 3 miles. Fresh restoration to a high standard. Heritage Certificate, all numbers match. Fitted luggage, factory tool kit. Some color mismatch, with doors and hood evidently painted while off the car. Light orange peel in factory style with no major modifications. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $35,200. Very well bought. This series of cars can hide rust like almost no other car on earth, but the tin worm looked like it had only recently taken hold, so it still could have been just cosmetic. This showed lots of potential as a driver, and with some refreshing, it might last for many years. #8.1-1967 TRIUMPH TR4A convertible. S/N CT66980L. Green/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 37,641 miles. A tired car with decent paint, a new top, and good chrome. Engine compartment shows a fresh battery, filthy air cleaner elements, and no attempt whatsoever at detailing. Straight body, decent panel gaps, issues throughout. Chrome and trim excellent, windshield unmarked. Inside quite nice, with new and correct leather. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $82,500. This car sold well under the expected level, even with the light mismatch to colors. Where most of the under-$30,000 sports cars seemed to have done well at this sale, those in the upper brackets did not. An excellent buy. #629.1-1959 MORGAN PLUS 4 roadster. S/N 4086. Bright yellow/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 6,983 miles. Decent appearance, but clearly not fresh. Shiny paint shows few issues, brightwork OK. Well detailed under the hood. Interior shows nice wood with a dark stain, seats well fitted in black leather. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $38,500. Worth a bit more, so well bought at this price. The bright yellow was hardly a plus in terms of originality and value, 72 some rubber gaskets brittle. Tidy interior shows nice carpets and wood. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $9,350. The purchaser of this car became the proud new owner of the right to spend a bunch of money on a restoration—or, if he or she can live with it, a decent but largely worn out British sports car from the late 1960s. Either way, expensive for condition. Sports Car Market Interior shows wear to driver's seat and console leather. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $63,800. A non-inspiring example, but it did bring money commensurate with its condition. Six-cylinder E-types remain solid performers on the auction block. #609-1973 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. S/N CF10020U. White/black vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 127 miles. Seller states this is a numbers-matching example. Fully done to show standards underhood, but with modifications like Union Jacks painted on the triple Weber air cleaners. Aluminum fan shroud and radiator installed. Outside is stock, excepting a Union Jack painted over the flat black rear panel. Very clean interior is better fitted than when Mokes than any other Mini in my days; they were the beach transport of choice in my youth. Had I known that one day one would sell for much more than a new one, I'd have taken better care of them. Mokes make great, simpleto-operate summer cars. That said, this was plenty of money... but not stupid money. #656-1968 JAGUAR XKE SI 1/2 convert- ible. S/N 1E16781. Yellow/tan leather. Odo: 25,036 miles. Decent restoration, not perfect anywhere. Very good paint, excellent chrome, panel gaps good enough. Engine compartment clean, wire wheels and Redline tires nice.


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Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach, FL Column Author new. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $36,300. Last seen at Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach in March '06, where it sold at $28,620 (SCM# 41224). So much personalization usually hurts in the dollar department when it comes time to sell, but the restoration was obviously high quality. The new owner couldn't have minded the deviations from stock too much, as this sale price would have been considered lots of money even for an earlier example. #63-1974 JAGUAR XKE SIII convert- ible. S/N UE1S25655. Burgundy/burgundy hard top/biscuit leather. Odo: 98,176 miles. Decent older repaint with some evident touchups, including front hood edge. Clean chrome, good glass and gaskets. Sold with its factory hard top and uninstalled carpets in the trunk. Leather on the seats shows heavy respray for lumpy seatbacks. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $24,200. Bought right for a driver, but the new owner should limit dollars spent to tune-ups and washes, as this car has the potential to cost quite a bit in restoration. An excellent and fun driver at a correct price. in places. Equipped with a/c. Owner claims $23,000 in recent receipts. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $39,600. Worth the money if it runs and drives well. V12s are both underpriced and underloved in today's market, and it's time for the public to wake up to what these cars are. The 6-cyl set thinks of them as bloated versions of what they own, but these cars have a top that goes down, decent handling, and a V12 motor. Not bad for under $40k, right? FRENCH #602-1959 RENAULT CARAVELLE convertible. S/N 0046497. Gold/black vinyl/black & brown vinyl. Odo: 78,810 miles. Very good paint, some panels wavy. Excellent brightwork and trim, glass unmarked. Fuzion HR1 tires are an unusual choice, replacement vinyl to the interior is not correct. Last seen at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale sale in January '07, where it sold for $40,150 (SCM# 44015). Most observers would have given this example a low #1 score, but I held back because of paint issues. Expensive, but duplicating it for this money would be tough. Not for me at this price point, however, as I'm still thinking about other cars I could own in the $30k price range. #747-1964 PORSCHE 356C cabriolet. S/N 159033. White/black cloth/red leather. RHD. Odo: 4,755 miles. A nice older restoration. Excellent paint, good brightwork. Some gaskets are dry and brittle, most still good. Top Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $16,500. Designed for Renault by Frua and Ghia in Italy, the Caravelle had rack-and-pinion steering and four-wheel independent suspension. This was only the second Caravelle I've seen in many, many years, and the first I've seen at auction. Tha sale price was quite reasonable in light of its rare, unusual, and stylish nature—and the convertible bit didn't hurt, either. 74 Interior leather is dry and pulled away in places. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $22,000. Quoting from the car card: “This is a near perfect, garage kept example of a 1987 Porsche 911 cabriolet.” Cheap, but likely still not a great buy, as the same money can get a better example without too much trouble. Making this one right will put the new owner upside-down in a hurry. #326.1-1988 PORSCHE 944 Turbo coupe. S/N WPOAA2953JN151074. White/brown leather. Odo: 54,667 miles. Clean overall, but with some color difference between doors and rear quarters. Front panel shows more orange Sports Car Market #328-1962 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE convertible. S/N 4095883. Light green/black cloth/tan vinyl. Odo: 79,421 miles. Nicely restored, appears quite correct. Well-applied paint could stand a bit more buffing in places. Excellent chrome, Firestone wide whites look good. Newer cloth top, great interior has an alloriginal look. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $28,600. GERMAN #610-1958 PORSCHE 356A coupe. S/N 102387. Eng. # 805272. Red/tan leather. Odo: 28,582 miles. Shiny paint, very good brightwork. Rear driver's side glass shows delamination. Several bodywork issues evident, including a visible weld to the rear quarter. Clean underhood, interior well fitted except appears well fitted. Interior shows nice leather seats, good dash, and clean gauges. Correct Blaupunkt radio. Two left side rear turn signal surrounds used, making one part number visible. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $64,900. The price was a bit high for this car's condition, but perhaps the new owner did his homework before buying. Good examples tend to be hard to come by, and great ones are rarely on offer. This will likely seem cheap in the near future. #913-1985 PORSCHE 928S coupe. S/N WPOJB0922FS861793. Garnet Red Metallic/ brown leather. Odo: 83,767 miles. Paint looks shiny, with no real issues other than use-related scratches and chips. Panel fit to factory. Chromed Porsche rims, excellent glass and gaskets. Interior shows only minor wear to the driver's seat. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $16,500. Stronger than most would advise you to pay, but I liked both the color combination and the fact this one didn't have the dreaded automatic transmission. I wasn't able to see any books or records, but this car looked like it had been well maintained—and many of them were not. Time will tell here, but I'd bet this'll look like a wise buy five years from now. #919-1987 PORSCHE 911 convertible. S/N WPOEB09104S172038. White/blue cloth/ blue leather. Odo: 52,937 miles. Not a nice-appearing example. It's all there, but the paint is tired and the original top shows repair areas. Panel gaps look factory, body panels straight. Underhood has not been cleaned or detailed.


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Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach, FL Column Author change owners at auction, regardless of what the condition is. This one was cheap enough... and personally, I'd throw the wheels on eBay and use the $200 you get towards the purchase of something closer to stock. peel than the balance of the body. Good glass and gaskets, interior shows minor scuffing to the seats. Equipped with a factory sunroof. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,050. With prices like this, there's hope for 944 owners everywhere. Appealing, but far from perfect, this Turbo found a new home for way above retail. I've seen an upward trend on late 944s, but this was a bit of a shocker. Well sold. #366-1991 PORSCHE 911 Turbo coupe. S/N WPOAA2965MS480342. Red/saddle leather. Odo: 58,007 miles. Equipped with a sunroof and whale tail. Cost $99,785 when new, which included limited slip, radio with CD, and supple leather as the only options. Excellent cosmetics, one or two divots to decent paint. Clean trim, minor delamination to scratched. Well-fitted top, interior shows minimal wear and tear. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,800. The owner called this a concours-quality restoration, but that was more than just a stretch, as this appeared to be a car with some recent refreshing. Huge money for any 1986 Spider, including perfect examples. Well sold. #367-1989 FERRARI 328 GTS spyder. S/N ZFFXA20A7K0080126. Yellow/tan leather. Odo: 54,026 miles. Very clean presentation. Excellent paint, unmarked blackout trim, nice glass and gaskets. Paint shows several minor chips, panel gaps and body sound and straight. passenger side of windshield. Slight wear to the leather on both seats. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $51,700. Last seen at Kruse's Ft Lauderdale sale in January '07, where it was a no-sale at $42,500 (SCM# 43865). A decent retail price was achieved here, nothing more or less. I'd rather buy a car like this from a dealer or private owner, but at least two bidders felt otherwise. ITALIAN #368.1-1974 DE TOMASO PANTERA coupe. S/N THPNNC06290. White/black leather. Odo: 5,930 miles. Hideous 19-inch wheels aside, an appealing Pantera. Decent throughout, with very good gaps and excellent paint. Some trim shows age wear. Nice interior is stock except for leather seats. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $41,800. Pantera prices seem to run hot and cold. The low $40s seems to be the trigger point where most of these cars Very nice, but very incorrect. As the former owner of two 1954s, I know enough to state that no '54 ever left the factory with panels and gaps this nice. A quick look under the dash confirmed the car did not receive the complete restoration I had hoped for—it was nice, but it was not nearly the perfection the exterior claimed to be selling. Full tread on Goodyear Eagle F1 tires. Slight wear to the leather, but still nice. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $60,500. This was one of the last 328s built in 1989 before the introduction of the 348, which came out the same year. Relatively rare, but still just a #1 price for a #2 car. No big headline here. AMERICAN #738-1953 PACKARD CAVALIER con- vertible. S/N 26793202. Light yellow/white vinyl/brown vinyl. Odo: 78,752 miles. Paint to a decent standard, body mostly straight, with some small dings on the sides. Most chrome good, some shows pitting and scratches. Top new and well done, with no fit problems. Interior shows well-fitted seats and nice carpets. Plenty of non-original bits installed throughout. Not a restoration, just a fresh repaint, new top, and new vinyl interior. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $33,000. Not to be confused with 76 #680-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N VC56T150409. Black & white/white vinyl/black & white vinyl. Odo: 543 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Six year-old restoration looks the part. Excellent paint and chrome, good gaps, nice fit and finish. Unusual wire wheel hubcaps, nice glass and top. Some use and age-related wear, no problems noted. #923-1986 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER convertible. S/N ZARBA5410G1037386. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 84,478 miles. Offered for sale by the original owner. Excellent original paint, good panel gaps. Most chrome decent, window surrounds pitted and the better known and generally much more expensive Caribbean convertibles, this Cavalier had a quick fluff-and-buff rather than a restoration. A fun driver at the very least, and one of the cheapest American convertibles from the era at this sale. #709-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E54S004060. Red/red vinyl. 235-ci I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Recently restored to a high standard. Very good paint misses excellent because of a few trouble spots to rear deck lid. Excellent brightwork, good fit to the doors, hood, and trunk lid. Interior well done. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $143,000. Last seen at Christie's Monterey sale in August '06, where it didn't sell at $95,000 (SCM# 42535). Interior looks new. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $93,500. Another surprisingly high result. These cars, along with their '57 brethren, can become hot commodities at a big auction. This Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach, FL Column Author one was surprising on two levels: It wasn't the freshest restoration, and it wasn't done in the pastel or bright colors that have become so popular on tri-five Chevys. Still, an excellent example that brought all the money for color and condition. #633-1957 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL CROWN Southampton 2-dr hard top. S/N C5729428. Black/tan leather. Odo: 35,632 miles. 392-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Outstanding throughout. Very good paint over well-executed bodywork, no gap or trim issues. Excellent chrome and tinted glass, good rubber gaskets. Full leather interior well done, with very money, but well spent—as this car had great colors on top of a high-quality restoration. #405.1-1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 008675108126. Blue & white coves/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 20,531 miles. Paint shows chips, cracks, and minor scratches, but is OK for a driver. Panel fit not Seller states miles are original. Protecto-Plate, tank sticker. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $159,500. This was one of the best buys in Corvettes in a sale that had plenty. Not a car for the ownerdriver, this was an investment-quality example that will likely lead the way on any future appreciation. Market-correct for condition. nice dash and gauges. Replacement AM/FM cassette stereo. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $68,200. This was the auction for your Imperial, as they all did well regardless of year. This type of price is normally reserved for Imperial convertibles, so perhaps these personal luxury coupes are catching on. Well bought and sold. #949-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N C57N105552. Mint green/ white/green vinyl. Odo: 1,804 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A nicely restored example with some age-related issues. Excellent paint, great, but likely factory correct. Nice top is illfitted and incorrectly trimmed. Interior so-so, with nice seats and pitted chrome trim. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $66,000. Pardon my yawn... let's call it the result of this snore-fest of a 'Vette. The high horsepower engine helped, but the rest of the car pretty much defined so-so. Well sold. #626-1964 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL convertible. S/N 9243192578. Maroon/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 32,770 miles. 413ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older restoration shows some wavy panels under decent paint. Most brightwork OK, a few areas need help. KelseyHayes-style wires show light pitting, wide whitewall tires a good look. Soft top shows #659-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S113139. Black & teal blue/blue leather. Odo: 137 miles. 427-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Replacement block. Power steering, power windows, F41 suspension, side pipes. Excellent paint with no flubs, largely unmarked brightwork shows a small dent in the rear bumper. Correct and nice interior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $170,500. With a replacement engine, this car should have brought substantially less, especially at an auction where midyear Corvette prices were generally off. There were much better buys on all years of Corvettes here, so this seller should feel fortunate he was able to sell at this price. #728-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE light rust staining is visible beneath some chrome trim. Tinted glass unmarked and complimentary of the body color. Interior shows well-done seats, headliner, and dash. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $46,200. A price just over marketcorrect for a car with some small issues. But some of the flaws here were an easy fix. Heavy detailing will make this car prettier, but it won't increase the value by a whole lot. #717-1958 BUICK LIMITED convert- ible. S/N 8E4014966. White/red vinyl. Odo: 19,822 miles. 364-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of 839 Limited convertibles built in 1958. Very good paint, excellent (and extensive) chrome. Nice glass, good gaskets. Underhood fully restored to factory specs. Interior well done in a correct style. Cond: 1 -. SOLD AT $161,700. Last seen at McCormick's Palm Springs sale in November '06, where it sold at $75,600 (SCM# 43720). Since then, the interior had been restored and wire wheels were installed. Lots of 78 some fit issues. Interior has excellent leather and a great dash. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $55,000. Way over market paid here. When word gets out of this sale, expect to see Imperial owners down at the bank applying for a re-fi using their car as collateral. Finding two in this condition for the same amount of money would not be difficult. #714.1-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S115576. Marina Blue & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 19,209 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. An original car, with only one small repaint area to the hood. Original all the way elsewhere, including underhood, chrome, paint, and top. Inside, all carpets, seats, and dash are factory. coupe. S/N 194377S110370. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 44,237 miles. 427-ci 400-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. NCRS Top Flight, Orlando, FL, January '07. Visually excellent, with only one small divot in paint near the antenna. Excellent chrome, all trim appears new. Inside is just as nice, with well-fitted seats and carpet. Claimed matching numbers, comes with manufacturer's statement of origin showing factory to selling dealer. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $110,000. What's the opposite of irrational exuberance? Perhaps it's rational caution. This car in this condition would have brought many thousands more just a few months ago. There were a number of fac- Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach, FL Column Author tors at work here, not the least of which was the sheer number of mid-year Corvettes on offer at this one event. #951-1968 MERCURY COUGAR XR-7 coupe. S/N 8R93J513646. Gold/black vinyl/ tan vinyl. Odo: 94,499 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent paint, good panel gaps, excellent chrome and stainless trim. Vinyl top is well fitted and shows no problems underneath. Interior shows great seats and carpet, but some paint is scraped on the console and the driver's #734.5-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 19467S120842. Green/tan vinyl. Odo: 26,079 miles. 350-ci 330-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Engine upgraded from original 270-hp to LT1 specs. Very good paint, excellent chrome. Seller claims no accidents or bodywork done and equipped with a matchingnumbers engine. Very clean interior. Good notches. The 4-speed was a help, but overall, I'd be waiting for a better turned-out example. Well sold. #934-1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD coupe. S/N 223379U136181. Blue/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 73,057 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fitted with a/c, tilt wheel, console with wood-style trim, hood-mounted tach. Smooth paint, chrome lightly pitted in places. Unmarked glass, window felts and gaskets door armrest is bulged out. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $19,800. This was too much according to the price guides, but I'd argue it was a good value. Cougars are upscale Mustangs, and the XR-7 is the top luxury trim level. These don't garner as much interest or money as their Ford cousins, but this mostly ready-to-go example had plenty of eyeball and would be a standout at any local show. #694-1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER Hemi 2-dr hard top. S/N RM23J9A284353. Silver/blue vinyl. Odo: 45,734 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Very good paint could be better, but probably not more authentic. Nice chrome, stainless needs to be polished. Stock interior likely original and showing some carpet, seats, dash. Factory a/c, later cast aluminum wheels. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $30,800. Another well-bought Corvette. If the new owner was looking for a local show/occasional use drop-top 'Vette, this one will make a nice keeper. Lose the late model mags and get an original set of wheels, and it's good to go. #1-1976 FORD PINTO coupe. S/N nice. Original interior OK, with some tired spots and cracked trim. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $20,900. The needs on this Firebird were few and of the easy-to-fix variety, so it would make an excellent fix-while-you-enjoy driver. A tad pricey for its condition, but if everyone remains calm, no one will get hurt. #957-1970 PLYMOUTH 'CUDA 2-dr wear. Seller states this car was used to cast the Johnny Lightning HO scale model. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $115,500. Cheap for a Hemi car, but that's the way things appear to be moving unless the condition is #1- or better. I wouldn't want to call this car a bargain, so let's hope it was well bought by someone who was not just catching a falling knife. #964-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Indianapolis Pace Car convertible. S/N 124679N619870. White & orange/orange & black houndstooth cloth & vinyl. Odo: 66,219 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint and brightwork show well, clean top is not new, but has no fit issues. Good trim, stripes well applied and correctly done. Some gaskets old and dry, but not yet in need of replacement. Good seats, console scarred in places. Interior let down by fit and finish issues. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $62,700. One of 3,675 Indy Pace Car replicas built. Expensive for condition, as it will take quite a bit to bring this car up a few 80 hard top. S/N BS23H0B228236. Sublime Green/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 28,141 miles. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Seller claims 100% matching numbers. Paintwork appears well prepped and well finished. Excellent brightwork, except for pitted door handles, all trim is both well placed and looks good. Excellent vinyl top with no rust bubbles or wrinkles. Inside is clean and shows only slight 6X114230429. White/red vinyl/red plaid cloth & vinyl. Odo: 7,094 miles. MPG Model. Miles claimed original, lack of wear to the interior agrees. Excellent factory paint, surprisingly good gaps. Half vinyl roof shows no issues. Inside clean and all original, carpets show some sun fade. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $12,650. Even Pintos are lovable if they are nice, and this was the best example I'd seen in years, with excellent period colors and a plaid interior to boot. In no way was this car cheap (except for the way it was built...), but, on the fun-to-money scale, it was way off the charts. #965-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE wear. Equipped with a/c, bucket seats and console, disc brakes, and dual exhaust. Nice everywhere, but not perfect anywhere. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $41,800. Last seen at BarrettJackson Scottsdale in January '06, where it sold at $64,800 (SCM# 40272). With the ownerclaimed four build sheets and its extensive options, I would have expected stronger money for this car, even in this changing market. The seller likely thought his car to be a #2, but too many little needs added up to a financial loss for him. Silver Anniversary Pace Car coupe. S/N 1787L8S903065. Black & silver/glass/silver leather. Odo: 77 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. As-new outside, with less than 100 miles. Sports Car Market


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Column Author Glovebox Notes A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM stable. HHHHH is best 2007 Ford Fusion Body and paint spotless, panel gaps factory. Some light wear to the blackout trim at the rear window. Inside shows wear to driver seat only. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $38,500. These cars could once be found at almost any large sale, but their numbers are thinning, and they are becoming harder to find. This one had very low miles and an excellent look, and the price paid was market correct for now. #928-1982 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Price as tested: $28,820 Likes: Aggressive, post-RoboCop nose. Snazzy black leather interior with white stitching. Easy-to-understand dash and controls. Crisp 6-speed makes 221-hp V6 seem peppier than it is. Decent suspension. Grown-ups can fit in back seat. Gripes: Overall design caused everyone in office to fall asleep. Optional nav system priced at outrageous $1,895. “No charge for Front License Plate Bracket” listed on window sticker; is that Ford's idea of a bragging point? Fun to drive: HHHH Fun to look at: HH Overall ownership experience: HHH Verdict: Ford has to be the most confused car company on the planet; it can't even decide what to name its own cars. The Fusion's best qualities are that it is not a bad car, just a decent one—until you look at the sticker. Then it becomes a second- or third-tier choice in a crowded field.—Keith Martin 2007 Mazda CX-7 Wagon coupe. S/N 1G1AY8784C5119418. White/red leather. Odo: 11,154 miles. 350-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Miles claimed original. Visually original except for repainted front and rear bumpers. Good trim, excellent glass and gaskets. Engine compartment clean and original, with only minor wear from use noted. Interior clean black cloth/black leather. Very good paint, nice top, unmarked glass. Excellent throughout, with absolutely no visible wear to the interior. As-new in all respects. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $50,600. A new one will cost north of $90k, and this sale price was market correct for a lightly used example. Someone took a healthy hit in the resale department... welcome to the world of new car ownership. #644-2006 CADILLAC CTS Sport sedan. S/N 1G6DP577X60140937. Silver/black. Said to be a one-off CTS Sport, designed to fit between the base CTS and the CTS-V. Originally owned by Sir Paul McCartney. Signed on the with light wear and slight fade to the carpets. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $24,750. Decent buy on a low miles but not perfect example. Another dilemma car.... If you had an '82, you'd likely want to drive it as opposed to making it into a trailer queen. The bad news is any more miles clocked up will hurt the value. The good news? Those miles will only cost you $10,000. #42.1-1987 BUICK REGAL Grand National coupe. S/N 1G4GJ1176HP438548. Black/green cloth. Odo: 6,365 miles. Factory sunroof. Very clean, miles claimed original. Appears to have been well stored, with no age wear visible. Excellent paint and chrome, nice trim. Very clean interior shows nice carpet and seats. Turbocharged, intercooled, and equipped with sequential-port fuel injection. Price: $33,080 Likes: Aggressive 2.3-liter, 244-hp turbo 4cylinder runs like a V6. Six-speed auto has slapstick option. Fast, comfortable, quiet, excellent handling in the twisties. Simple climate controls, heated seats, elegant instrument package, Bose stereo. Gripes: Credit card proximity key a nuisance. Combination stereo/rotating navigation screen is annoyingly counter-intuitive. Highway mileage disappointing at 19 mpg and with premium fuel required. Fun to drive: HHHH Fun to look at: HHH Overall experience:HHH Verdict: Styling should appeal to reluctant crossovers; it's more sports sedan than wagon. Active AWD a bonus.—Paul Duchene u 82 sun visors by McCartney, Jay Leno and Tony Bennett. 100% of proceeds go to a charity. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $66,000. Sold here a year ago for $111k. A pretty good deal, as the new owner got a relatively fresh Cadillac with an interesting story and some celebrity history— and saved $45,000. #428-2007 SHELBY GT500 fastback. S/N 1ZVHT88S575232909. Red & white/black & red leather. A new vehicle with only delivery miles. Still in the shipping wrappers. Gear shift Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $31,900. A market-correct sale of an excellent example. The Grand Nationals bring nowhere near what the GNXs do, but they are still coming on strong. Easy cars to like and drive, they are true American muscle cars from an era devoid of much interesting iron. #632.1-2003 PANOZ ESPERANTE convertible. S/N 1P9PB48373B213007. Yellow/ knob signed by Carroll Shelby. Excellent paint, fit, and finish. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $62,700. Nothing more than a dealer running his car through the auction to see what it would bring on the open market. This was an audience ready to buy anything Shelby, and this sale price likely made the seller a tidy profit. u Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Amelia Island, FL Column Author Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island Shelby's King Cobra Cooper Type 61M Monaco-Ford had my favorite moniker, invoking a racer, a monarch, a snake, a blacksmith, a city, and a car builder Company RM Auctions Date March 10, 2007 Location Amelia Island, FL Auctioneer Peter Bainbridge Automotive lots sold / offered 91 / 102 Sales rate 89% Sales total $20,423,920 High sale 1932 Packard Twin Six Sport phaeton, sold at $1,650,000 Buyer's premium King Cobra sold at $935k and won the name game Report and photos by Dave Kinney Market opinions in italics S unny weather found its way to the shores of Florida in mid-March for RM's yearly spring sale at the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island. Once Amelia Island, FL eclipsed by the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance taking place the same weekend, the sale has become an important event of its own, drawing in collectors and spectators from around the country searching for nice weather, good scenery, and high-quality cars. This year's sale, as usual, consisted of an excellent collection of automobiles. A smattering of Austin-Healey 3000 BJ8 Mk III convertibles were on hand, with examples selling from $49,500 to $96,250. Also on the lawn were five XKEs, from a 1966 coupe racer that sold for $46,200, to an expertly restored 1962 flat-floor example that brought $143,000. A 1953 XK 120 roadster brought $80,300, and even though it needed a little minor sorting, a former Pebble Beach second-in-class-winning 1954 XK 120SE roadster sold for $90,720. The car that generated the most buzz post-sale was a recently restored 1953 Allard K3 roadster. Finished in Royal Blue with a correct left-hand shifter, it sold at a whopping $181,500—a world-record figure for the model. Other crowd-pleasers included a 1932 Bentley 8-Liter short-chassis coupe that found a new home at an impressive $962,500. A 1963 Shelby King Cobra Cooper Type 61M Monaco-Ford had my personal favorite overdone moniker of all time, as it described the car by invoking a racer, a monarch, a snake, a blacksmith, a city, and a car builder. It sold for $935,000, which equaled out to 84 almost $104,000 a word—a trend that will hopefully not catch on. A very nice 1969 MG CGT, a car rarely seen at auction, brought $22,000— big money for the model, but quite reasonable for the specific car. Three Ferrari Daytonas were on hand, including two spyder conversions and one Michelotti styling exercise. All of them sold, at prices ranging from $198,000 to $385,000. An excellent 1969 Camaro Z/28 with under 5,000 miles since its restoration brought $82,500, and a 1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost found new ownership at $852,500, which while expensive, was likely a very good buy. Notable no-sales included a 1958 Chevrolet Impala convertible with only 36,000 miles that failed at a market-correct high bid of $80,000, a 1970 Plymouth Superbird that remained with the seller at $175,000, and a 1967 Corvette convertible with the 435-hp 427 that couldn't bring more than $125,000. The 1981 Porsche 935 IMSA Group 5 racer on offer also didn't sell, despite having excellent history and lots of future potential. A bid of $680,000 wasn't enough to seal the deal, and it went back to the seller's trailer. Last year, RM sold 102 cars for a total of Sales Totals $21.8m. This year, both the number of sales and the final totals were down slightly to 91 cars and $20.4m, respectively. Most of this can be explained by having three fewer cars on offer and eleven fewer cars sold than in '06. Taking that into account, RM's results were right in line with where they'd been in the past, and having blue skies, warm temperatures, and consistent results is just about all anyone in the collector car world can ask for. u $10m $15m $20m $25m $5m Sports Car Market 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 10% (included in sold prices)


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RM Auctions Amelia Island, FL Column Author TOP 10 No. 9 ENGLISH #241-1913 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER GHOST Torpedo tourer. S/N 19MA. Eng. # 101R. White & gray/black cloth/green leather. RHD. Odo: 3,087 miles. Excellent paint and brightwork shows some age wear. Engine cowling and radiator surround show light scratching. Nice glass, older top still looks OK. Fully serviceable interior shows a great patina. A nice presentation of an older word on the lawn was this car was all about mechanical ability and not cosmetics. As an event car, it was a very reasonable ticket into a variety of competitive arenas. If you can live with the cosmetics, which shouldn't be too hard, this was a very solid purchase. restoration. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $852,500. Originally the property of Alfred Vanderbilt, who perished in the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915. The current torpedo tourer body is a replica of an original Portholme tourer, but not of the original Cooper Landaulette that was fitted for Vanderbilt. Sold well above the high estimate of $750,000—expensive, but likely worthwhile on the world market. TOP 10 No. 6 #256-1932 BENTLEY 8-LITER Short Chassis coupe. S/N YX5124. Eng. # YX5125. British Racing Green & black/ green leather. RHD. Odo: 64,625 miles. Coachwork by Mayfair Carriage Co. An excellent visual presentation in what should be the required livery. Excellent paint, brightwork well done with some light wear. Inside shows correct Anyone who has a contact list with notes about a K3 Allard for sale has definitely been making the phone call and snapping one up after this result. The after-sale buzz centered mainly on this car, as it well exceeded twice its low estimate of $75,000. Whether this sale can be duplicated remains to be seen but, like other ground breaking sales, it was a wake-up call to collectors and investors. #289-1953 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. leather with some age, but no questions. Wellfitted wood, nice gauges. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $962,500. This represented an automobile around which you could build a collection, with a show-stopping presence and great colors. Surviving with its original coachwork, this car had not led a pampered life, as its former owners had used it in the way originally intended. As for price, it was just right for the condition. Well bought and sold. See profile, p. 48 #214-1952 ASTON MARTIN DB2 coupe. S/N LML50193. Silver/red leather. RHD. Odo: 26,267 miles. Lots of lumpy-appearing bodywork, some cracks to the paint. Most brightwork has pitting, some gaskets are dry. Set up for eventing, and the present owner has used it for such. Good leather, door pockets stretched. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $56,100. The 86 interior a good look, but not authentic. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $80,300. I'm on the record for hating spats on these cars, so ignoring that, this was a quite well-finished example with lots S/N 672536. British Racing Green/tan cloth/ biscuit & brown leather. Odo: 83,844 miles. Very good quality paintwork over decent panel gaps. Hood fits a bit too high, which should be a simple fix. Nice top, unmarked glass, excellent chrome and trim. Well-fitted two-tone well presented, the “Duke of Earl” has been a regular on the show circuit. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $143,000. This is one of the best overall early E-types I have seen in the past twenty years, and the new owner should be pleased with its quality and history. To have had a first owner whose products are synonymous with both the automotive and California coastal lifestyles is a real bonus. Expensive at over the high estimate of $130,000, but still well bought. #206-1964 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 MK III BJ8 convertible. S/N HBJ8L25913. Mediterranean Blue/black vinyl/light gray leather. Odo: 61,589 miles. Nice presentation overall, with good panel gaps and very nice paint. Excellent brightwork, glass, gaskets, and top. Decent chrome and trim, clean engine compartment shows minor use and some modifacations to enhance usability. Fresh Michelin XZX tires. Well-fitted interior with no com Sports Car Market #263-1953 ALLARD K3 roadster. S/N K33175. Royal Blue/claret leather. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Fresh restoration. Shifter correctly located on the left-hand side. Shiny paint with no visible flaws, excellent brightwork. Well-fitted leather over original three-seater configuration. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $181,500. Seats show light wear, carpets faded with age. Miles claimed original. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $90,720. Took second in class at Pebble Beach in 1972 with twelve fewer miles on the clock. While the history and low mileage were a plus, the paintwork was a definite minus. After it gets fully sorted, I'd call it well bought. #228-1962 JAGUAR XKE SI convert- ible. S/N J62876531. Silver & gray/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 474 miles. Early flat floor model. Originally owned by Robert and Audrey Talbott, California clothiers. Excellent throughout, including paint, chrome, glass, engine compartment, and interior. Six 100-point wins with Jaguar Club of North America. Very of very good attributes... and British Racing Green and biscuit never hurts for most 120 fans. Well done all around. #239-1954 JAGUAR XK 120 SE road- ster. S/N S674498. Eng. # F14108S. Putty Gray/Oxblood leather. Odo: 38,746 miles. Plenty of patina. Older paint dull in places, and although it looks to have been a good quality job, some resprayed areas don't match. Lots of dry gaskets, brightwork faded and dulling.


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RM Auctions Amelia Island, FL Column Author dash and carpets. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $93,500. Last seen at RM's Amelia Island sale in March '05, where it sold for $95,700 (SCM# 37575). The seller of this car was an SCM subscriber who also showed his Aston at the Concours the following day. Nicer than a driver, this car was well bought for the person who wants an occasional show goer that can be used all summer long. A great example of paying more and getting more. Both partners in this transaction were well served. #204-1969 MG CGT coupe. S/N plaints. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $61,600. The catalog featured some of the details on this car that had been changed from original, including improved engine cooling and enhanced ventilation. As a driver, many of those updates would make sense, but the new owner shouldn't plan on winning any Healey show events with it as-presented. Well bought and sold. #222-1966 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 MK III BJ8 convertible. S/N HBJ8L33636. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 156 miles. Excellent paint shows no issues, panel gaps consistent. Chrome and brightwork all very good. Nice glass, all gaskets refitted. Excellent interior is all fresh, with clean and well-fitted shows some fit issues to the driver's seat. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $22,000. Unlike others who thought this car might struggle to reach the low estimate of $15,000, I assumed it would break the $20,000 barrier. Even if you think of these as $15,000 cars, this one clearly had that much or more in recent restoration costs and was worth the price paid. Very well bought. FRENCH wood, seats, and console. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $66,000. A very nice restoration of what must have been a pretty straight car to begin with. The catalog says it has been driven 1,500 miles since its October '06 completion, so all the bugs have likely been sorted. Quite well bought, as its condition made it worthy of at least ten percent more. #213-1967 JAGUAR XKE 4.2 SI convert- ible. S/N 1E13754. Silver metallic gray/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 63,309 miles. Excellent paint, nice panel gaps, very good chrome. Engine compartment looks well done and completely factory. Comes with a large collection of receipts and a full factory tool kit in the trunk. Inside is quite clean, with light wear to the excellently fitted leather. Superb wheelbase makes it look fast sitting still. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $1,347,500. With coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi and with an MS desgination, this car was dripping with performance and style. Although it was in need of some light cosmetic refreshing, the million-plus sales result was appropriate. 88 TOP 10 No. 3 #275-1939 DELAHAYE 135MS Grand Sport roadster. S/N 60158. Eng. # 60158. Dark blue/light brown leather. RHD. Odo: 298 km. Coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi. Very good older paintwork shows some light scuffing. Excellent brightwork, overall a very nice presentation. Pre-selective manual transmission, very clean engine compartment. The short GCD1U8178G. Black/black leather. Odo: 2 miles. Very likable throughout. Decent paint shows some marks and needs some buffing to be great. Excellent chrome needs to be adjusted in places. Some work appears to be of the hurryup nature, including one grille slat that looks to have been bent upon installation. Nice interior draft carbs, 4-wheel disc brakes with Brembo calipers from an early Boxster. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $159,500. Kind of cool stuff, although it's not my cup of tea. At this price, there's a potential home for dozens of old rusted-out Porsches in boy-racer heaven. Expensive, but I'm sure it was equally as expensive to put together. #257-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 220S cabriolet. S/N 180007502075. Black/red leather. Odo: 79,534 km. Excellent paint, very good brightwork. Good glass, tired windshield gaskets. Very straight sides, hood sits high in places. Engine compartment clean and original. Inside shows very good seats with some slight wear. Wood dash cracked, horn button milky. Becker Europa radio. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $85,000. With as many cosmetic needs as GERMAN #299-1955 PORSCHE 356 Special coupe. S/N 54089. Silver/tan leather. Odo: 16 miles. Built from a pre-A bent-window coupe. Equipped with a sunroof and full roll cage. Excellent cosmetics, all paintwork and trim well done. 911 single overhead camshaft motor with five main bearings, Weber 48 IDA down this car presented, it sold for a price above what I would have expected. $100,000 should currently buy a much better example, and the $15,000 difference could be easily absorbed in restoration and repair costs should the new owner decide to take that route. These cars are getting tougher to find, and solid examples tougher still... but they're out there. #226-1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 Super 90 Roadster. S/N 87485. Eng. # 85768. Silver/ black cloth/red leather. Odo: 30,305 miles. An older restoration with some minor use evident. Excellent paint and panel gaps. Very good brightwork is free of imperfections. Nice glass and gaskets, well-fitted top. Inside shows light wear to seats and faded carpets. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $88,000. Last seen at Kruse Scottsdale in January '98, where it was a nosale at $52,500 (SCM# 21872). These cars are Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Amelia Island, FL Column Author SLs of this vintage rarely get cheap enough to justify the cost of restoring them, and the wise buyer pays $20,000 more and gets a car worth much more than that. #259-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE 3.5 cabriolet. S/N 1110271201432. Signal Red/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 84,546 miles. Excellent paint, very good brightwork, decent panel gaps. Well fitted top, unmarked glass, color-matching hubcaps. Engine compartment clean and original. Inside shows correct and well-fitted leather, good wood, decent carpets. quite rare and desirable, and even though this one came in above the $85,000 high estimate, it was still well bought. Good colors, good condition, good price. #301-1965 PORSCHE 356C cabriolet. S/N 161416. Red/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 32,530 miles. Paint shiny and unmarked, panel fit and gaps good. Excellent brightwork, nice glass, well-fitted top. Inside shows correct carpet and Blaupunkt AM/FM radio. Seat tracks have some authentic-looking scratches. Original late-production disc brakes. Cond: 2-. the 330 GT 2+2s. Six months ago, this would have been an extraordinary result; now, it's just a bit above market. Some easy-to-address details could be sorted while the car is being used, and overall, it was a pleasant example. Well bought and sold. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $121,000. Attention originality freaks, before you go apoplectic, this car was said to have been factory Signal Red with tan leather. Many of us would prefer most cars in any color other than red, but this one presented quite well. A dead-on market-correct price. ITALIAN #202-1963 ALFA ROMEO 2600 Sprint SOLD AT $68,750. Last seen at RM's Meadow Brook sale in August '06, where it sold at $51,700 (SCM# 42398). At one time this car was show quality, but here it had some issues which knocked it down to little more than a good driver. A bit on the expensive side, but if you spent your time looking for another “better” example, you likely would have wound up back at this car. #210-1968 MERCEDES-BENZ 250SL roadster. S/N 11304310004502. Tan/brown vinyl. Odo: 30,086 miles. Not a lot of presence here, and the color is no help. Fair quality paint and brightwork, decent glass. Lots of dry gaskets, some show overspray. Inside shows at the same level, with lumpy seats and a crack to coupe. S/N AR823229. Amaretto/red leather. Odo: 21,862 km. Consigned by an SCM subscriber. Decent older respray shows some orange peel. Door fit good, hood and trunk could be better. Most brightwork decent, some scratched. Seats have been reupholstered over original foam, and are now flatter than stock. seen at eBay/Kruse's Taj Mahal sale in Atlantic City in February '02, where it was not sold at a high bid of $400,000 (SCM# 27149). This was the last car Giovanni Michelotti designed, but to me it looked more like a poorly customized Camaro convertible than a one-off Ferrari roadster. Perhaps my reaction will mellow in a few years, but for now, I'm not a fan. If you had to have a one-off Ferrari V12 front-engine Spyder in the worst way, this was it. #282-1971 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Daytona spyder conversion. S/N 13865. Red/black leather. Odo: 31,627 Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $25,850. There was lots of pre-auction activity on this car, so its eventual sale was all but guaranteed. As 2600 Sprints get harder to find, the prices are escalating. This solid-appearing example sold for a touch more than I expected, but at under $30,000, it's still a viable purchase. #209-1966 FERRARI 330 GT 2+2 Series II the dash wood. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $34,100. You can't even call this a good candidate for a restoration, because even though physically it was, it could break your credit cards in half. 90 coupe. S/N 8025. Eng. # 8025. Rosso Corsa/tan leather. Odo: 76,428 km. Single headlight, a/c. Deep dish Borranis are not correct, but look nice. Excellent older respray, good brightwork shows light pitting in places. Well detailed underhood, interior leather has some cracks. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $110,000. There aren't many cars that make more rapid price movements than Sports Car Market km. Shiny paint shows some swirl marks, decent brightwork needs polishing and replating in a few places. Some gaskets dry and close to needing replacement. Seat leather dry and cracked at the seams. Very good console, mouse fur shows age. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $198,000. This was my favorite of the three Daytonas offered at this sale, and the cheapest by far. An honest-appearing older car, assuming the #237-1971 FERRARI 365 GTS/4 Michelotti NART spyder. S/N 16467. Red/tan & brown leather. Odo: 5,790 miles. Michelottibodied show car. Good quality repaint shows several small scratches and some overspray. Trim worn, plenty of fit issues throughout. Nice windshield, wire wheels need polishing. Full custom interior with worn paint on the steering wheel hub and shift gate. '70s colors and surface treatments have not stood the test of time well. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $385,000. Last


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RM Auctions Amelia Island, FL Column Author dishonesty of a cut coupe is something you can bypass. In the current marketplace, this is what passes for a very good buy in a Daytona. #255-1972 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Daytona spyder conversion. S/N 16295. Eng. # 251. Red/black/black leather. Odo: 7,747 km. Converted from original coupe bodywork to current Spyder configuration. Well done paint, most brightwork very good or better. Bumper overrider bar to the front, good glass, clear lenses. Tidy interior shows nice seats excellently restored and had a great look... but one man's dark violet is another's purple. It's one of only two 1932s believed to have survived, and it was given eight pages in the auction catalog, further showing its significance. Expensive, but likely worth it. #276-1941 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY Barrelback Woody wagon. S/N 7706908. Maroon/red leather. Odo: 3,307 miles. Decent older restoration; the paint quality is good, but some finishes could be better. Now showing some chips and light scratches, good chrome. Very nice wood, varnish is thin in some areas. Clean underhood, inside shows quite well, excellent leather, wonderful pearl was more a matter of desire than need, and even though this was a likable Model T in an unusual and fun bodystyle, there was just not much interest here. Well bought. TOP 10 No. 2 and console. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $264,000. One of three Daytonas offered for sale at this venue—two were cut coupes and one a styling exercise. This car was cosmetically the nicest of the two Spyder conversions, and it brought $66,000 more. The price achieved was just a little over market, but no harm done. #264-1974 FERRARI 365 GT4/BB coupe. S/N 17543. Eng. # F102A00098. Blue Ribot/ black & tan leather. Odo: 43,352 km. Very good repaint shows well. Blackout trim, glass, and window gaskets nice. Interior looks good, shows some age wear, exterior wood needs revarnishing. Clean leather interior shows a nice patina. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $1,490,400. This looked to be a car in need of renovation rather than restoration, which could save the new owner a big gob of money, depending on his intentions. This was a solid and respectable amount for a well-documented LeBaron-bodied Duesenberg. but seats are incorrect. Dash redone in original style. Overall, a good presentation. Full tools, no books. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $176,000. An unusual color on this early Boxer sparked some interest here, and it brought $31,000 over the high estimate of $145,000. This market is hotter than many suspected, and here's the proof. AMERICAN #223-1912 FORD MODEL T C-Cab deliv- ery. S/N 93710. Midnight Blue & black/black/ black leather. Restored from an abandoned hulk found in Canada in the '90s. Paint looks decent, but some panels dinged and scratched. Brightwork shows light wear to the brass and could use another show polish in the not-toodistant future. Electric starter from a 1919 Model T fitted. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $38,500. Even with the buyer's commission added, this car came in solidly below its $45,000 low estimate. Like almost any collector car, this 92 TOP 10 No. 1 #261-1932 PACKARD TWIN SIX Sport phaeton. S/N 900382. Dark violet/taupe/taupe leather. Odo: 226 miles. Coachwork by Dietrich. A beautiful and stunning restoration of a model 906. Excellent everywhere, with no paint or brightwork flaws. Engine compartment clean and correct, all glass superb. Interior visually without flaw. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $1,650,000. Former Pebble Beach Most Elegant Award winner. Quite literally the talk of the auction for the old car set, as it was #234-1929 DUESENBERG J Dual Cowl phaeton. S/N 2149. Eng. # J126. Brown & cream/tan cloth/saddle tan leather. Odo: 31,879 miles. Coachwork by LeBaron. Older restoration in dated colors. Paint shows chips around edges and some cracking. Excellent chrome and brightwork, nice wires, unmarked whitewalls. Decent top plastic steering wheel. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $170,500. Pebble Beach Class Winner in 1996. Sold at RM's Monterey sale in August '02 for $132,000 (SCM# 28799), appeared again at the same venue in '06, where it was a no-sale at $165,000 (SCM# 42828). Only 997 of these were built in 1941, so finding an example in any condition is rare. Another car for the serious collector only, as most buyers look for examples with a top that goes down. #229-1947 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. S/N 7H171016. Black/tan cloth/ deep red leather. Odo: 5,664 miles. Older restoration still holding up well. Paint shows several small chips and scratches, chrome OK. Top has some age-related wear. Pleasing interior with very good leather, nice chrome, and decent carpets. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $71,500. This Lincoln's solid aging somehow made it look a bit more distinguished than a recent restoration would have. At under the low estimate of $90k, the marketplace found level ground. Well bought, well sold. #243-1948 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY convertible. S/N 7405530. 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RM Auctions Amelia Island, FL Column Author Interior stock, correct, and showing very light wear. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $167,750. Claimed to be a never registered and never restored example. Almost without a doubt the best unrestored example left, and it deservedly fetched an off-the-chart price. Huge money, but a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a Chrysler collector to have the best. but now a few nicks can be found. Very good wood shows nice varnish. Some small chrome bits dinged, major chrome excellent. Very nice interior is leather and plaid cloth and shows light wear. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $130,000. Last seen at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale sale in January '04, where it sold at $108,000 (SCM# 31964). Top money for a car that is no longer at its zenith, but still a handsome and well fitted example. It's not far enough from restoration that it couldn't be sympathetically refinished, and if the new owner is an enthusiast who intends to use it, more power to him. #218-1950 FORD CUSTOM convertible. S/N B0CS165276. Maroon/tan cloth/brown & tan leather. Odo: 5,523 miles. Very good paint shows some easily addressed minor flaws. Excellent chrome, nice cloth top. Interior is a nice look in two-tone, but needs light cleaning. to the seats, excellent carpets, well-fitted door panels, and an excellent dash. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $69,300. Seriously big money for an Olds with plenty of cutes. Despite an optimistic estimate of between $70,000 and $80,000, this was best-in-the-world money for a solid #2 car. Well sold. #295-1952 BUICK ROADMASTER Rubber mats to the front, carpets to the rear. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $51,700. A friendly-appearing example that could become a 2- with an afternoon's worth of detailing. With some renewed interest in '50 cars, expect prices to firm up on convertibles such as this. Not rare, but well-restored ones are hard to find. #271-1950 CHRYSLER NEWPORT Town & Country 2-dr hard top. S/N 7412042. Black/black & white cloth & leather. Odo: 4,372 miles. Miles claimed to be original. Mirror-smooth paint, excellent wood, decent chrome, nice panel gaps. Underhood is well detailed, with only light age wear to components. Harlow Curtice limousine. S/N 16340056. Dark blue/black vinyl/dark blue leather & light blue cloth. Odo: 53,777 miles. A four-door limo with a divider window and small back glass. Older restoration, paintwork still good, chrome pitted in places. Panel gaps OK, body appears straight and solid. Excellent vinyl fitted seats, fresh carpets, good dash. A claimed numbers-matching example. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $126,500. A multiple award-winning car, including NCRS Gold and Best In Class at the 2006 Palm Beach Concours d'Elegance. A quite respectable price, well in line with today's market. #212-1955 PACKARD CARIBBEAN convertible. S/N 55881220. Packard White, jade & Pearl Gray/tan cloth/blue, white & black leather. Odo: 62,279 miles. Recent restoration looks good, but shows some minor issues. Very good paint, brightwork is excellent as well. Interestingly, both stainless steel strips by the roof, nice glass and window rubber. Interior shows many light needs. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $110,000. Said to have been built for Harlow Curtice, ex-Buick head and eventual Vice President of General Motors. This car has appeared at other collector car auctions, and the current seller took the time to do some needed cosmetics. Very well sold at well over the high estimate of $70,000. #270-1953 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. S/N 536276687. Cream/red & white leather. Odo: 2,935 miles. Well-applied paint shows no flubs. Panel gaps OK, hood to grille gap needs work. Excellent chrome, good 94 rear window have one kink in the same place. Interior excellent, with the exception of dirty carpets. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $88,000. Only 500 Caribbeans were built in 1955. They were designed to be the halo car for Packard. With Sports Car Market #225-1952 OLDSMOBILE SUPER 88 convertible. S/N R178819. Turquoise/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 4,435 miles. Very good paint shows no issues, panel gaps better than factory. Excellent chrome, unmarked glass, all gaskets look fresh. Good-looking top trimmed in incorrect dark red. Inside shows good leather glass, AGP replacement windshield. Leather shows plenty of wear, but still has a good look. Clean original-appearing engine compartment. Excellent carpet, dash, and gauges. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $132,000. Only 532 1953 Eldorado convertibles were built. This example looked nice just about everywhere, although it wasn't even close to being a show car. Huge money for a #1 car, silly money for one in this condition #235-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N 0273609F54YG. Polo White/ Sportsman Red vinyl. Odo: 61,039 miles. Wellapplied paint, unmarked chrome. Door, hood, and trunk gaps expectedly weak, body shows some waviness typical in early Corvettes. Clean, correct engine compartment. Well


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RM Auctions Amelia Island, FL Column Author only a small number built and with a cost of almost $6,000 new, exclusivity was guaranteed. Many prefer the styling of the 1956, and they have the added bonus of having a reversible interior with leather on one side and cloth on the other. The price achieved was both fair and market correct. #250-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR Nomad wagon. S/N VC55L031515. Coral/ gray/coral & gray leather. Odo: 75,467 miles. Smooth paint, excellent chrome, nice stainless. Windshield glass shows some delamination, other glass OK. Original-style interior in leather looks great. Clean and well-done throughout. the hood, chrome and stainless trim excellent. Correct Redline tires on styled steel wheels, nice glass and window rubber. Good vinyl to the Pony seats, console and horn button chrome pitted. Factory a/c. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $49,500. An A-code car brings K-code money—not much of a surprise in this marketplace, as solid Mustangs of this sort are getting harder to find. The purchaser, an SCM subscriber, has a habit of finding cars ahead of the market. Expensive, but let's check in six months later and see what we think then. #252-1965 SHELBY GT350 fastback. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $57,750. The 1955 Nomad was introduced mid-year, and it had the lowest production numbers of the Bel Air line, with only 6,103 produced. The demand for Nomads seems to come and go, and everyone has an opinion on which year they like best. This 1955 in these colors had a great look, and at this price, it was a good buy. TOP 10 No. 8 #242-1963 SHELBY KING COBRA Cooper Type 61 Monaco-Ford racer. S/ N 289. Viking Blue & white/black. RHD. Paint and graphics excellent, all well applied. Good brightwork, quick-filler gas cap is worn and shows pitting. Excellent plexiglass windscreen, nicely fitted racing seats, Simpson race S/N SFM5010. White & blue/black vinyl. Odo: 45,636 miles. 289-ci supercharged V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very nice paintwork, good trim and brightwork. Shelby mags. Original interior with no surprises. Good seats, headliner, and dash. Pod-style tach instead of later soup-can variety. '65 Thunderbird taillights installed at the factory. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $528,000. Represented as being the first supercharged Shelby GT350, also as likely the co-star of “Red Line 7,000” with James Caan. All original drivetrain, and the SAAC says that this serial number equates to the correct Ford serial number of 5R09K165969. Expensive, even for an early Shelby with a supercharger, but likely worth it for the long-term investor. See profile, p. 58. #246-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE belts to driver's side only. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $935,000. Cataloged as a 1963 Shelby King Cobra Cooper Type 61M Monaco-Ford, I think this is what we used to refer to as a Cooper Monaco. A letter from Shelby declared it a Cooper King Cobra, and thus two more surnames were added. Very well sold, but it's event-eligible almost everywhere on the planet. See profile, p. 64. #216-1965 FORD MUSTANG GT fast- back. S/N 5F09A633684. Ivy Green/black vinyl. Odo: 73,796 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Shiny paint shows some lumpiness to 96 convertible. S/N 194677S105004. Rally Red/ factory hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 22,725 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Older repaint still looks good, some wear and light overspray present. Pitted grille, other brightwork very good. Decent panel gaps, nice glass and window rubber. Black stinger hood, side exhaust, factory hard top. Generally decent interior shows split driver's seat vinyl and a cigarette burn to driver's armrest. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $125,000. Those of us who have been attending auctions recently have noticed the weakness in sales of some big block mid-year cars. I think this is more of a supply-has-met-demand issue than a sign of a large market retreat. When a carpet all good. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $225,500. This Shelby broke through its estimate with little problem. In this case, the catalog estimate was actually pessimistic. A big number of Shelby cars have recently been offered at collector car auctions, and buyers have had a decent choice of colors and equipment offered to them. While this one came in over the high estimate of $200,000, it was still a market-correct result. #284-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. S/N 124379N607652. LeMans Blue/ivory vinyl. Odo: 4,668 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent paint has a deep shine, well-fitted chrome bright and unmarked. Spotless glass, original-style Goodyear wide tread tires on original rally wheels. Underhood formerly $75,000 car grows an additional 50% or more in value, many owners are tempted to cash in... and it looks like a few too many did just that in early 2007. #273-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR convert- ible. S/N 8T03R21331104037. Blue/white/ black vinyl. Odo: 45,954 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Not perfect, but better than a driver. Well-applied paint, chrome shiny and unmarked, stainless trim and glass nice. Top decent, but shows age. Underhood well done, but not overdone. Interior fittings, vinyl, and looks fresh and factory. Correct interior clean and showing no issues. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $82,500. An extremely likable example in great period colors, and a solid buy at just over the low estimate of $80,000. Correct 1969 Z/28s are what the market wants, and this car looked completely sorted and had great eyeball.u Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FR Column Author Palais des Congres A dusty 1955 Citroën 11 BL sedan once belonging to the late French writer Albert Camus brought $26,531—twice the $13,100 low estimate Company Artcurial Date February 19, 2007 Location Paris, France Auctioneer Hervé Poulain Automotive lots sold / offered 26 / 45 Sales rate 58% Sales total $4,535,776 High sale 1991 Peugeot 905 Group C Racer sold at $1,226,742 Buyer's premium Citroën of Albert Camus sold at $26,531 Report and photos by Richard Hudson-Evans Market opinions in italics again staged a season opener at their usual Parisian venue of the Palais des Congrès. The firm cancelled its 2006 end-of-year fixture, so the first Artcurial car catalog of the new year certainly benefited from the inclusion of some pre-Christmas consignments that would have crossed the block in mid December. Heading the $4.5m results this year was a 1991 Peugeot O 905 racer, which had been fully rebuilt by Peugeot Talbot Sport to authentic 1992 Sportscar Championship-winning specs and was demonstrated by Eric Helary at the Le Mans Classic in '06. It was knocked down by auctioneer Hervé Poulain in the Grand Auditorium for a marque record $1,226,742. Among several significant Porsche auction prices recorded here, a top estimate $684,072 was forthcoming for a 904 GTS coupe, most unusually fitted with a leather interior from new. The ex-Bob Wollek and 1977 Le Mans Group IV category-winning 1976 Turbo RSR 936 coupe brought a mid-estimate $464,070, and a freshly restored 1963 356B Carrera 2 coupe sold for a within forecast $208,869. Also notable was a more-than-expected $280,736 result for a 1974 Lancia Stratos with period Italian Group IV race history. 98 nly a short distance away from the Porte de Versailles Rétromobile exhibition halls, French fine arts house Artcurial Paris, FR Really unusual French fare to change hands included a 1936 Panhard X76 Dynamic with many eccentric styling cues that sold for a mid-estimate $70,230, and a shapely and lightweight 1937 Peugeot 402L Coach convert- ible that found new ownership at $37,457. A really dusty and all-original 1955 Citroën 11 BL sedan once belonging to the late French writer Albert Camus eventually brought $26,531—a take-home price of twice the $13,100 low estimate. Among the Brits changing hands, a 1956 Morgan Plus 4 roadster wearing a restoration by Lecoq and a recent mechanical makeover by none other than the Morgan factory itself attracted $62,427—$10,000 above its $52,400 high estimate. A 1936 Singer Le Mans roadster also sold at a bullish $54,624, which can be explained by its Le Mans Classic eligibility. Notable no-sales included many of the other competition cars on offer, including a 1964 Le Mans CD-Panhard Prototype that failed to bring over a high bid of $157,200, a 1982 Sauber-BMW SHS C6 Group C that stalled at $262,000, and a 1964 Elva-Porsche Mk VII racer that finished at a less-than-required $196,500. The well-restored Group IV Fiat Abarth 124 driven through the forests on the 1973 RAC Rally by Maurizio Verini failed to hook a friend at the closeto-$100,000 being sought by the seller. Despite competition for auction entries from Christie's with its Saturday night sale at Rétromobile, the Artcurial group of Marc Souvrain, Frederic Stoesser, Wilfrid Prost, and Pierre Lecoutour had consigned plenty of interesting lots for the Monday evening event, where nearly 60% of the lots changed hands and some strong prices were achieved.u $6m $8m $10m $12m $4m $2m Sports Car Market Sales Totals 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 16% on the first $131,000, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices. (1 EUR=$1.3132)


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Artcurial Paris, FR Column Author ENGLISH #10-1931 BENTLEY 4-LITER coupe. S/N VF4018. Black/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 20,309 miles. Coachwork by HJ Mulliner. Bodywork reportedly crafted from sketch penned by first owner. Still quite original, last refurbished in the early '90s. Body paint reasonable, fenders scuffed, radiator surround and headlamp chrome polish-marked. Largely original leather nice and soft, wood bits sound. Engine bay cosmetics nothing special, but everything appears on the button. Cond: 2-. #15-1949 BENTLEY MK VI coupe. S/N B410LFV. Eng. # B205F. Cream & brown/ beige leather. Odo: 17,674 km. Coachwork by Park Ward. Mileage displayed surprisingly low and possibly genuine from new. Appears largely original. Chassis steel looks sound, doors sag slightly when opened. Old repaint is now rather flat with marks, chrome only fair. Ancient leather grubby, driver's door top wood factory check-out, this Plus 4 flew off the shelf to deservedly make $10,000 above its high estimate of $52,400. Still, serious money for a 1956-vintage street Morgan on steels. FRENCH SOLD AT $200,068. Being one of the final Bentley-Bentleys—and therefore quite rare— one might have imagined that this uniquelyshaped example would have raised more than the nearly $36,000 below its low estimate of $235,800. Not the best looking old girl around, but the car was a 2006 Het Loo Concours authenticity prize winner, and because of that, it is likely worth more than this sale price. Well bought. #3-1936 SINGER LE MANS Special Speed roadster. S/N 20928X1. British Racing Green/black canvas/olive green leather. RHD. Odo: 8,662 miles. Last rebuild done to high, if non-concours standard. Now shows a nice patina, with sound chassis, good panel condition and fit, and no stress or shrinkage cracks to paintwork. Chrome clean, dash wood excellent, leather only lightly worn. Badgebar with Lucas flamethrower, twin additional windshields, twin spares on back, electric fan water marked. Engine and bay in working cosmetic condition. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $67,109. Last seen at Christie's Paris in February '05, where it was a no-sale at $51,232 (SCM# 37445). The just-over-mid-estimate valuation for this Bentley was on the money for what was purported to be a fully working, mainly unmolested, low-mileage, coachbuilt example. Well bought and sold. #17-1954 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100/4 BN1 roadster. S/N 1B214591M. Black/black vinyl/ red vinyl. Odo: 65,665 miles. A former U.S. car, likely to have been refurbished at some time. Gearbox and electrical items renewed more recently. Paint, chrome, interior, trunk, and engine bay all in reasonable cosmetic build. Following static service in recent years as a Reole Museum exhibit, only minor wear to paintwork and seats apparent. Fully articulated screen ingenious. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $31,213. The new owner valued this period Edwardian fairly in the middle of its estimate range. With London to Brighton Run eligibility, a De Dion Bouton for five could not only command considerably more, but it'll likely appreciate more strongly than this Torpedo. order, but not perfect. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $37,457. Just across the Channel in the U.K., where there are usually plenty of choices, the just-over-high-estimate price realized here by this unexceptional example of a BN1 would have been strong retail money. Both the auctioneers and the seller should be pleased. #45-1956 MORGAN PLUS 4 roadster. added. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $54,624. A “Nine Le Mans” was once far more chic than it is today—indeed, the Singer marque was overtaken in the fashion stakes by MG a while back. In very good cosmetic condition, and claimed to be in fully working mechanical order, this pre-war Brit did better in France than it would have done at home. The way over U.K. retail performance—and $8,500 over the high estimate of $45,850—can perhaps be explained by Le Mans Classic eligibility. 100 S/N 3557. Eng. # TS12624ME. Blue/black canvas/brown leather. Odo: 95,350 km. Being a post-1954 Morgan, it has much better looking faired-in headlamps and a curved radiator grille. TR2 motor, neolithic Moss box. Lecoq resto 2003, much mechanical work by Morgan factory in 2005. Paintwork and chrome to high standard, interior only lightly worn, engine bay clean and tidy. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $62,427. Having been in receipt not only of a full chassis-up makeover by what is generally regarded in French retromobile circles as one of the leading body shops, but also of a recent #6-1936 PANHARD X76 Dynamic sedan. S/N 200128. Eng. # 200128. Bordeaux & ivory/beige cloth. Odo: 9,882 km. Only minor cosmetic wear to paint and brightwork. Interior super, with nice period feel retained. Lots of eccentric talking point features such as waterfall grilles for radiator and headlamps, and both front and rear wheel arches enclosed. Full three-seater in front, with three windshield #2-1909 DE DION BOUTON BO Torpedo phaeton. S/N 010474. Eng. # 24624. Red, black & orange/tan leather. RHD. Ye olde ID chassis plate and stamped engine numbers still evident, while paint, varnish, brass, and leather have all been in receipt of an older re- Sports Car Market


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Column Alfa Bits Recent Il Biscione sales on eBay by Geoff Archer (All creative English within quotes exactly as presented by sellers on eBay.) #220090682708-1962 ALFA ROMEO 2000 Spider convertible. S/N AR1020401889. White/black/black. Odo: 65,551 miles. 24 photos. Kingston, NY. “'BARN FRESH'. IN STORAGE BY IT'S ORIGINAL OWNER... PURCHASED NEW FROM CONTINENTAL MOTORS IN PLAINSFIELD, NJ.” Opaque description also includes “MOUSE FREE”, “CHROME wiper blades. A-pillars incorporate novel and useful 3/4-front windows. Multiple award winner. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $70,230. Last seen at Christie's Retromobile in February '04, where it didn't sell at $58,553 (SCM# 32531). The mid-estimate price paid valued this Bionnierdesigned 1936 style statement correctly—as it will likely continue to win concours awards at Poitiers, Sarlat, and Angouleme. Well bought. Where would you find another in this condition? See profile, p. 52. #4-1937 PEUGEOT 402L Coach convert- ible sedan. S/N 791547. Light blue/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 29,534 km. In this roll-back top form, such “Coach Decouvrable” versions of the 402 are rare. Front end visually uncluttered with headlamps hidden behind grille. Suicide doors, wind-cheating rear skirts. for this car—not in this condition, nor at this price. The complexity of a Cotal electro-magnetic gear-shift, albeit with fourspeeds, may well have deterred some players. #1-1955 CITROËN 11 BL saloon. S/N 656140. Black/gray cloth. Odo: 82,273 km. Kept by Albert Camus's family since the French writer/philosopher's 1960 fatal automobile accident. Unmolested original, though exceedingly dusty. Appears structurally sound, although is cosmetically shabby and over-ripe for full makeover. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $26,531. Generating LOSS”, and “FREE OF EXCESSIVE DAMAGE.” Factory hardtop apprently “SUPERB,” soft top shows “MINIMAL ‘EXTENSIVE DOWN POSITION DAMAGE.'” 24 bids, sf 840, bf 0. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $16,601. Seller claimed, “I am very reluctant to show the car as this would be unfair to other bidders.” Red flags? Nevertheless, somebody spent #3 money to own it. #120044657579-1963 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA Sprint 1600 Normale coupe. S/N 8525487. Blue & gray primer/black leather. 24 photos. Middleton, NH. Claimed left in barn in 1973. twice the top estimate of $13,100 was some going for a humble Traction Avant. Both Citroen enthusiasts and Camus worshippers would likely be upset if this “Sleeping Beauty” was rudely awakened by a resto shop—especially since any work would likely destroy all traces of originality. Unlikely ever to have been fully restored, although certainly repainted a while back. Hood also renewed, modern flashing indicator lamps added. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $37,457. This good-looking French model first turned Parisan heads pre-war, and it is still a good looker sixty years later. With a 2-liter motor and a light weight chassis and body, it should also be able to mix it with modern cars—all of which can help explain a result over the top estimate of $32,750. #12-1939 DELAGE D6 75 cabriolet. S/N Blue paint over original red, left side is in primer. Needs driver's floor and passenger door bodywork. Engine turns, brakes are frozen. 7 bids, sf 37, bf 102. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $6,900. Unless the buyer actually saw this car in person, and it was nicer than described, he overpaid by a couple thousand dollars. #190091221922-1969 ALFA ROMEO 1750 GTV coupe. S/N AR1530713. White/tan vinyl. Odo: 105,000 km. 24 photos. Arlington, VA. Euro, non-Spica car with dual Webers and a dual mastercylinder. Minor rust in typical places. Hasn't run for at least ten years. 51842. Eng. # 833093. Red & ivory/burgundy fabric/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 16,042 km. Coachwork by Chapron, fender extensions in golden bronze added by first owner. Mileage displayed likely to have been since Alpierre resto in the late '80s. Appears to be sound overall. Repaint shows some chips, replated brightwork clean, original leather in good #29-1964 CD-PANHARD PROTOTYPE racer. S/N 1. Blue metallic/black leather. RHD. 1964 Le Mans car, later used as a test vehicle for Michelin's first slicks. Run in three Le Mans Classics. Panhard flat-twin engine fitted, 850cc race-spec motor included. Modern roll bar, 6-point harnesses, fire extinguisher. Equipped with a heater, but no odometer. Twin tail-finned body likely to be better now than in period. Few marks to paint, interior tidy, engine boring. Road-registered, street legal. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $157,200. Despite being retro-race eligible and likely guaranteed entry into all major French events, this Mulsanne straight special underperformed by $39,000 and had to chug back home unsold. Too eccentric, too underpowered, and far too pricey for most. Needs a complete resto. 27 bids, sf 306, bf 141. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $6,101. Title is “somewhere in my friend's house.” Surprisingly, the market didn't seem to care. Well sold, perhaps due to the rarity of solid Alfa projects in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. u 102 order. Wood trim good, engine bay could benefit from some light detailing. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $144,100. With bidding abandoned well below the minimum being sought, no live bidder at the sale appeared to be in the market #44-1974 CITROËN SM 2-dr sedan. S/N 00SC3494. Silver metallic/black leather. Odo: 76,234 km. First owned by Robert Opron, SM designer and Citroën-stylist from '64–'75, entered by Peugeot family member. Brightwork renewed, paintwork virtually unmarked, original leather nice and soft. Original radio and 8-track intact, crammed engine bay very clean. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $34,335. If you were in the market for an SM, then this was the one Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FR Column Author and below. Panels and fit excellent, paint and chrome umarked, interior leather and wood super, gearshift and handbrake gaiters nicely done. Although not detailed, engine bay spotless. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $156,068. Considering its rarity and fine condition, it was surprising that this dashing pre-war Teuton didn't attract a higher price than the premium-inclusive, below-estimate sum paid. Very well bought by a fortunate new owner. to land. In nice overall condition with super history, $14,000 above the high estimate of $20,200 paid by a fortunate new owner should be no surprise. TOP 10 No. 4 #34-1991 PEUGEOT 905 racer. S/N EV1.5. White w/ multicolor stripes/black cloth. RHD. Factory-built, run by Jean Todt-led works team, some period race history, Philippe Alliot headed 1992 Le Mans qualifying in this car. Fully restored to 1992 World Sportscar Champ EV1-spec by Peugeot Talbot Sport at Velizy, Le Mans Classic 3-lap demo by Eric Helary. Paintwork virtually unmarked, carries “No 1” and “Derek Warwick/Yannick Dalmas” ID, authentic-looking cockpit tidy, #9-1940 BMW 327 cabriolet. S/N 87222. Black & yellow/black canvas/beige leather. Odo: 110 miles. Employing the 326 chassis and 328 engine, 327s like this were built in Munich while WWII was in full swing. Very low mileage displayed clocked up since two-year resto to concours standard. Very sharp cosmetics with super panel quality and fit, paint and chrome unmarked. Interior in receipt of full Cond: 1. SOLD AT $99,884. This was a nice high-quality 190, which explains a result $27,000 above the high estimate of $72,050. As is so often the case with auction cars in such stunning condition, it would have almost certainly cost the buyer considerably more if he were to fund a restoration to this standard... not including the cost of a suitable donor car. #25-1963 PORSCHE 356B Carrera 2 mechanical bits spotless. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,226,742. If you are French, then this mobile celebration of a vintage year in French motor sports would be worth laying down alongside your finest Chateaux bottles. Certainly the new owner must have thought so, as his winning bid has established a new world record price not only for any Peugeot, but also for a French Le Mans car of this period. And judging by the recent high speed run round the Sarthe circuit, this was a fully working example. GERMAN #8-1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 320 B W142 cabriolet. S/N 191635. Eng. # Type M142. Black & gray/black canvas/brown leather. Odo: 124 km. Minimal mileage likely incurred since two-year rebuild. Relatively rare in 2-door, 4-seater cabriolet B form. Virtually mint above original leather aged, but sound, woodwork reasonable, top fabric renewed. Claimed to be fully working. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $109,247. Much less expensive than the pre-war 320 Cabrio B (lot 8), and only costing a little more than the 190SL (lot 22), this 220 Cabriolet A only just sold for low estimate money. Correctly valued as presented, and if the interior had been better, it might have made more. 104 Cond: 1. SOLD AT $208,869. The final evolution of the 356 is the one to have, although at today's prices, they have become much less affordable. In view of the potential performance of the Carrera 2's big four and 4-wheel disc brakes, which work even when descending the Alps in a hurry, it was surprising that this fine example didn't generate much more money. #24-1964 PORSCHE 356SC cabriolet. S/N 161070. Eng. # 821427. Black/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 90,217 km. Fully restored. Panels have good fit, paint shows some chips, brightwork slightly marked. Old leather nice, engine bay sharp. Les Leston period woodrim wheel, original Blaupunkt radio, retro Brantz tripmeter. Brace of high profile tours successfully completed in '03 and '04 indicates it's likely to be on the button for more eventing. Sports Car Market makeover, top fabric new, engine bay well detailed. Knock-off wheel spinners BMWbadged, pleasing period timepiece on passenger side of dash. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $170,735. The $13,500 above high estimate paid by the new owner was entirely justified by the simply stunning condition of this Bavarian beauty. No faults, no excuses, and the new owner should have no explaining to do. #23-1952 MERCEDES-BENZ 220 W187 cabriolet A. S/N 1870120428552. Eng. # Type M180. Gray/black canvas/gray leather. Odo: 29,979 km. A 2-seat Cabriolet A is quite a rarity. Having been treated to a full chassis-up restoration not long ago, this one is in excellent cosmetic order. Panels and fit look good, repaint and rechrome virtually unmarked. Possibly coupe. S/N 122210. Eng. # 97149. Black/black leather. Odo: 5,578 km. Factory-build sheet confirms chrome rims, Becker radio, and Nardi woodrim specified by first Californian owner. Fully restored. Panels sound with perfect fit, repaint and rechrome sharp, fully refurbished interior unmarked, engine bay spotless. Driven to sale all the way from the South of France. #22-1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL roadster. S/N 12104010020221. Eng. # M121. Black/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 176 miles. Minimal mileage displayed likely to have been clocked up since recent ground-up restoration. Excellent panel fit, paint finish perfect, chrome and brightwork unmarked. Leather, door and dash trim, carpets, steering wheel enamel, and top fabric all renewed and blemish-free. Original radio. Reportedly an excellent driver.


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Artcurial Paris, FR Column Author claimed to be original. Six-year-old repaint virtually unmarked. Interior clean and tidy, correctly finished engine bay very workmanlike. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $655,000. This car had lots of period race and hillclimb history on file, and works heritage authority Jurgen Barth has certified it to be the most original privately-owned Carrera 6. However, 906115 failed to attract the around $720,000 minimum required. The high bid was light, and the seller was wise to hang on for now. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $113,929. Despite minor cosmetic wear, this 356 soft top with the benefit of disc brakes all around purported to be structurally sound and mechanically good. A price at just over the high estimate of $111,350 was justified. #30-1964 PORSCHE 904 GTS Carrera coupe. S/N 904061. Eng. # 99045. Silver gray/beige leather. Odo: 18,000 km. Originally supplied to Frankfurt dealer for a Portuguese customer in red with unique leather trim and road exhaust, color-changed to silver at some time. Restored by marque specialist Benoit Couturier. Following two Tour Autos in recent years, current 2-liter, 6-pot, twin ignition, 906 engine fitted. Although requiring rebuild, original 4-pot, 4-cam motor with car. Cosmetically #38-1974 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 2.7 coupe. S/N 9114600026. Eng. # 6640059. White & blue/black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 58,245 km. Post-RS G-series 911. Motor and transmission rebuilt by Terriou in '05, less than 1,000 km since. Brakes upgraded, exhaust renewed in stainless steel. Mild comp prep includes whale tail engine cover, suspension brace bar, Recaro buckets, Heigo 6-point roll cage, Sparco harnesses, Momo wheel, mid-estimate price paid—serious money for any 934—was totally justified for its Le Mans race history, and resultant LM Classic eligibility. The Wollek connection certainly boosted the value of this car in France, where the late sports car ace has national hero status. #33-1982 SAUBER SHS C6 Group C racer. S/N 02. Red w/ white swirling lines/black cloth. RHD. Ex-Stuck and Schlesser 1982 works car, four Le Mans races including 1985 6th C2/23rd overall. U.K.-built monocoque by Thompson. Likely to have been fully rebuilt in recent years. Cosmetically sharp in freshly applied BASF livery, interior particularly authentic. BMW still reasonable, paint old and showing some marks. Leather sound but grubby. Engine and transmission clean. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $684,072. Still highly original looking, this 904 GTS had certainly been given a bullish valuation at a price just above the high estimate of $681,200. This was fair money for a car with no significant competition history and an incorrect power unit fitted, even with the correct (but damaged) original engine included. #31-1966 PORSCHE 906 Carrera 2 racer. S/N 906115. Eng. # 906110. White & red/black cloth. Finished 8th in the '66 Targa Florio, competed in the '67 Monza 1,000 km, '67 and '68 Targa, and '68 Nürburgring 1,000 km. Unraced '77–'85, since when many original engine components were replaced. Bodywork and lightweight carpeting. Recently repainted body and color coordinated Fuchs unmarked, authentic Carrera sidewinders fresh. Interior good, engine bay clean. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $70,230. In Europe, Porsche put the 1973 RS 2.7 injected engine into a limited number of Carrera coupes. This price is a reflection of the growing value of Carrera RS cars. Big money by any standard, but cheap for a car that drives essentially as the original RS. Don't call it an RS; it's a Carrera, but the engines are completely different from U.S.-spec Carreras. #32-1976 PORSCHE 934 Turbo RSR racer. S/N 9306700166. Eng. # 93075. White/ black cloth. '76 and '77 German Champ races top 3 finisher. Porsche chassis ID re-numbered 006 00022 in Kremer Team re-shell. Took first at 1977 Le Mans. Late Bob Wollek's driving of this car celebrated with brass plaque on steering wheel. Presented in livery as raced at Le Mans in '77, paintwork quite marked. Stripped-out interior functional but shabby, M1 Procar six fitted, rather than Ford Cosworth DFL V8 as first used. Mechanical bits at back clean, though dormant for some time. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $262,000. Considering some rather unexceptional race history, which mainly consisted of retirements, the estimate band of $327,500–$366,800 for this Historic Group C was a tad ambitious. Somewhere in the $250,000–$280,000 range might have been correct, but the market is going to have to wait until the next Sauber makes the results list to be certain. ITALIAN #13-1948 ALFA ROMEO 6C 2500 Freccia d'Oro coupe. S/N 916218. Eng. # 926534. Burgundy/gray leather & brown patterned fabric. RHD. Odo: 8,130 miles. Three owners from new, original mileage, unrestored. Bodywork sound, with good door fit and no door sag on either side when open. Paintwork flat and chipped—appears to be very old, if not from 1948. Seats original and preserved floor paint scuffed, engine bay clean but undetailed, trunk packed out with oil and gas tanks. Full and costly Kremer mechanical rebuild in 2006. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $464,070. The near 106 by protective covers. Catalog states engine runs with good oil pressure when hot, and clutch and gears all function correctly. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $82,716. With buying opportunities like this happening more and more infrequently, this was a good purchase. It will be a financially viable project for the new owner, and the sale price of $4,100 over the high esti- Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FR Column Author mate of $78,600 was fully justified... especially considering this car's event eligibility. #36-1970 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe. S/N 13373. Eng. # Type 251. Red/beige & black leather. Odo: 916 miles. Plexiglass headlamp glazing indicates genuine early Daytona, happily with its roof still intact. Mileage displayed likely since last resto. Recent $20,000 expenditure on mechanical items includes new exhaust. Panels straight and rot-free with consistent gaps, old respray well executed, with only a few marks to paint. Functional interior includes a meaty cage, highback buckets, and full harnesses. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $78,600. This car deserved to sell for all of the minimum sought. An Abarth 124 Rally, especially with works history, would make a welcome change from the pack of Ford Escorts and Porsche 911s that dominate Post Historic special stage rally entry lists in the U.K. #28-1974 LANCIA STRATOS Group IV slightly marked, wheel paint clean. Nice leather appears to have been replaced, engine bay clean with evidence of recent maintenance. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $209,600. Even though most Daytonas at auction have recently been gaining value by the sale, this rather average example failed to inspire anybody here to offer anywhere near the circa $250,000 required. The seller was clearly looking for too much. #42-1971 FERRARI 246 GT Dino coupe. S/N 02110. Yellow/black leather. Odo: 24,599 km. Document file indicates total mileage of 124,599 km. Motor rebuilt in 1997, transmission overhauled in 2003. Lights replaced, shock absorbers need to be replaced. Tires new, fresh repaint thick and obvious, alloys only fair, brightwork slightly marked. Seats retrimmed recently, engine bay would benefit from makeover. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $78,600. Even though Dinos have been changing hands at auction for higher and higher values recently, as presented here, this one was simply not sharp enough cosmetically or mechanically to warrant the $100,000 or more sought. #27-1973 FIAT ABARTH 124 Group IV racer. S/N 62332. White, red & black/black cloth. Fiat team entry from '73–'76, Maurizio Verini '73 RAC Rally, Luigino Bellan '76–'78 Italian Champs, several more Montes in period. Rebuilt post-1992. Original 1756-cc TC engine capacity increased to 2.0, Colotti shortratio crash gearbox, low-ratio differential. More recent Coupe des Alpes, Tour Auto, San Remo, and three Historic Montes. Restoration 108 standard. 4-lamp pod, wide rear wheels, Ferrari engine clean. Interior tidy, fire system fitted. Recent Nogaro Technologies check-out. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $280,736. Prices of Strati have been appreciating steadily in recent years, and with their retro race and rally potential, compprepped examples have plenty more growth to come—especially if they have period race history. The $18,000 above the high estimate of $262,000 achieved here will likely convince owners to bring more examples to the market. AMERICAN #14-1947 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY convertible. S/N 7407321. Maroon & varnished wood/beige alpaca/maroon leather. Odo: 6,131 miles. Claimed to be one of only 194 T&C convertible survivors. Current mileage displayed since full cosmetic restoration. Thick repaint clean, though with some minor marks. Rechromed brightwork good, revarnished wood still reasonable. Refurbished interior authentically mimics original alligator hide. 1975 Cadillac engine and transmission. Windshield pillar lights mounted on both sides. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $104,800. Even “Blue Flame” straight-6 with triple carbs clean and tidy. A nice patina overall. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $96,762. We don't see too many early Corvettes on this side of the pond, hence the sale price at nearly double the high estimate of $52,400. A high price to pay, but the new owner got a nicely restored, ready to enjoy example. #21-1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N P5FH224862. Red/black canvas/ red & white leather. Odo: 19,945 km. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Equipped with Continental kit, overdrive, and original radio. Early '90s chassis-up Lecoq resto, engine rebuild, interior retrim, fascia renewal. Brakes and carbs racer. S/N 829ARO1919. Eng. # Type 829A. White & green/black leather. Race-prepped when new by factory-approved tuner Claudio Maglioli. Initially French registered, but mainly raced in Italy. Also French and U.S. raced in period. Giuliani resto in the early '90s, only two Historic rallies and 2,000 km since. Plastic body panels in good order, thick repaint to comp car though an 8.2-liter V8 should have made it perform briskly on the road, the non-original motor and gearbox most probably devalued this car for potential bidders. No one in the room was prepared to meet the $13,000 or so more required to take it home. #19-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E54S002617. Eng. # 0501218F54YO. Sportsman Red/beige vinyl/ red vinyl. Odo: 1,287 miles. Mileage since restoration twelve years ago, and clearly well stored during intervening years. Cosmetically good, with only minor marks to paint, chrome, interior trim, steering wheel enamel, and trunk. refreshed, replacement gearbox fitted. Clearly dry-garaged, with only minor cosmetic wear to paint, chrome, and interior. Engine bay spotless. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $70,230. As with the early Corvette, T-birds, particularly nicely presented ones, are relatively rare in the Eurozone, hence another strong performance at auction. 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RM Auctions Fort Lauderdale, FL Column Author The Florida Collector Car Auction The new owner of the Batmobile bought the car in just one bid, raising the price from $105k to over $200k in one fell swoop Company RM Auctions Date February 9–11, 2007 Location Fort Lauderdale, FL Auctioneers Brent Earlywine and Phil Faulkner Automotive lots sold / offered 339 / 444 Sales rate 76% Sales total $21,283,053 High sale 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 roadster, sold at $702,000 Buyer's premium 10% (included in sold prices) $216k—Holy Hammer Price! Report and photos by Dave Kinney Market opinions in italics A change in venue was the big news for RM's Boca Raton sale, which had expanded, moved to Fort Lauderdale, and changed its name for '07. Normally when a sale changes venue and city, the results tend to be off until consignors and bidders are comfortable with the new surroundings. As the numbers attest, RM did not have that problem here. Of the 444 cars offered, 339 sold, making a 76% sales rate. Total dollar volume was $21,283,053, which handily beat last year's $18,045,821 for 418 cars in Boca Raton. Inside Fort Lauderdale's convention center, logistics were a bit of a problem, as each person had to show photo ID before entering the Port of Fort Lauderdale property. This was taken mostly in a good-natured way by the crowd, even though it slowed entry to a crawl. Once inside, however, the convention center proved to be a first-class facility, with good light and plenty of room. I was not the only one who came to the conclusion that there were more number one and number two cars on offer at this event than any other in recent memory. Even when compared to catalog sales, the quality of cars was on the whole outstanding. No less than 42 Corvettes were present, ranging in years from 1954 through 1996, while sold prices ranged from $15,120 for a 1982 T-top coupe up to $150,000 for a 1967 convertible. In between that range, a 1954 roadster in black brought $85,320—a price 110 that is beginning to sound cheap for Corvette's second year of production. Fun stuff included a 1966 Batmobile replica built on a 1979 Lincoln chas- Fort Lauderdale, FL sis. With great fit and finish, the new owner bought this toy with just one bid, jumping from $105,000 mark to a quick $200k. He took it home for $216,000 when commissions were added. Jimmy Buffet's 1963 Ford Falcon was another car solidly in the fun column. Complete with surfboard rack, it went to a new home for $26,460. A 1965 Shelby Cobra continuation roadster brought $75,600, which can be considered downright cheap for a finished example. The high sale of the weekend was a 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 roadster, which, in ready-to-run condition, cost the new owner a healthy $702,000. A nice 1964 Pontiac GTO with a 389 and Tri-Power failed to bring more than a $32,000 high bid, which was light considering the condition of the car. A 1991 Lotus Elan in driver condition didn't sell at $10,600, and the owner of a Bentley Arnage R took it home after it stalled at $105,000—a result due in part to the unpopularity of black paint in Florida. With totals up $3.2m and a sales percentage up 2% from last year's 74%, it's safe to say that RM's decision to move and expand its Boca Raton sale was not an unfounded one. The normal teething problems associated with new sales were surprisingly nowhere to be found, and if this year's event was any indication of what's to come, RM's Florida sale has the potential to become—if it hasn't already—a real player in the U.S. auction scene.u Sales Totals $10m $15m $20m $25m $5m Sports Car Market 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003


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RM Auctions Fort Lauderdale, FL Column Author ENGLISH #SP49-1953 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N S674128. Dark green/tan cloth/biscuit leather. Odo: 76,391 miles. Fresh restoration finished May 2006. Paintwork well executed, except for one 2-inch long crack in the right rear fender and a few small scratches. Excellent chrome, door gaps decent. Well-fitted top, interior nice. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $98,280. A very, at this indoor venue... It was almost as if Olde English White was made to be viewed under the lights inside this building. I saw a number of people stop to take a look based solely on the presentation, including a few who didn't even know what an Austin-Healey was. Well sold. #NR103-1973 JAGUAR XKE convert- very good buy. Fixing the obvious problems could be done by someone with an entirely different skill set than mine; e.g., the ability to work with paint and materials. Even after addressing these problems, the new owner will be in the car for less than $105,000—not bad for a car with a current value of somewhere between $125,000 and $150,000. #NR101-1960 JAGUAR XK 150S road- ster. S/N 7831517DN. White/black cloth/blue leather. Odo: 1,365 miles. Reportedly recently restored from the ground up to nice driver standard. Well-applied paint, excellent chrome. Top not as clean or well executed as expected. Gaps and fit are an issue and should be better. Passenger side door scraping on fender. Very ible. S/N UD1522340. Red/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 17,426 miles. Nice paintwork, decent chrome. Recently replaced top is not a high quality unit. Underhood is cleaned, but just to used car standards. Decent glass, windshield surround gasket is toasted, but a new one is included. Decent leather, carpets just good. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. Had I been the owner, I would have considered bailing at this point, despite the recent expenditure for the new top. Speaking of new top, many owners are opting for cloth over correct original Everflex—most people think cloth makes the car look better, and it doesn't significantly hurt the value. #617-1991 LOTUS ELAN convertible. S/N SCCGA36B4M4F27649. Blue/black leather. Odo: 63,878 miles. Original paint still good, but nothing special. Nice trim, glass and gaskets decent. Original interior still serviceable, but worn. Overall, just a used car, Period Clarion AM/FM radio, a/c. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $38,800. It's all about the transmission here. Had this car been a shift-it-yourself, we might have seen an additional $15,000 or $20,000. This was cheap money for a lot of car, so it can be considered well bought—assuming the new owner doesn't mind letting the car do the shifting for him. #615-1979 ASTON MARTIN V8 coupe. nice leather, excellent dash and carpets. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $76,680. A decent buy, but this car will need some sorting. No one likes to see a bad fit, and this type of problem can range from an easy fix to a much more complicated repair—and it's tough to tell what it'll need without jumping into the project with both feet. Still, well done all around. #SP50-1967 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 BJ8 roadster. S/N HBJ8L141645. Olde English White/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 80,884 miles. Restored in 2002. Well-applied paint shows no marks. Excellent chrome, good panel gaps, nice top. Underhood not fresh, but clean and functional. Tidy original-style interior shows no issues whatsoever. A good presentation throughout. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $60,480. It's hard to express how well this car showed 112 an Aston Martin V8 I've seen in the past ten years. Many of these cars suffered from “third owner disease...” i.e., a rich guy drove it until the second owner (an enthusiast) took over. The third owner was a bit aspirational and had champagne taste but little money for repairs. This car showed none of those signs. Well bought, even with an automatic. Sports Car Market S/N V81186LCA. Silver/red leather. Odo: 19,548 miles. Appears very clean overall. One or two nicks to very good paint, brightwork excellent. Unmarked glass, some gaskets appear fresh. Interior is all original, excepting some redye to the driver's seat. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $45,360. One of the cleanest examples of #SP119-1988 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE II convertible. S/N SCAZD02A7JCX23434. Masons Black/tan Everflex/tan leather. Odo: 47,480 miles. Paintwork decent but old, brightwork very good. New top with headliner described as a $9,000 undertaking. Backup light lenses discolored, inside shows good patina indicative of mileage displayed. Nice wood to dash. but an interesting one. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $10,600. Lotus makes good cars and Isuzu makes good engines—but together, they are not exactly a match made in heaven. People expected something a little more exotic than what this series of Elans offered, and at a base price of $41,000 in the early '90s, sales were slow. This one was worth more than the high bid offered here, but not bunches more. #628-2003 BENTLEY ARNAGE R 4-dr sedan. S/N SCBLC37F33CX09057. Masons Black/gray leather. Odo: 13,933 miles. Good original paint, excellent chrome, no visible issues seen. Good glass, as-new gaskets. Too much wear to the driver's seat bolsters, very nice wood. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT


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Column Author Museum Spotlight Blackhawk Museum By Jennifer Davis $105,000. In 2003, the Arnage R was the low end of the Bentley pecking order—the T and RL were the more expensive versions. The wear to the driver's seat was troubling on a car with this few miles, and it suggested lots of short trips throughout its life. Apart from that, a decent-appearing car in south Florida's least appealing color. GERMAN #NR102-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 121042109501186. Red/saddle leather. Odo: 24,624 miles. Very nice paint throughout, some minor prep issues evident. Excellent chrome does not have proper M-B blue hue. Good panel gaps, straight body. All gaskets appear to have been replaced at restoration. Interior well done, carpets have an easily addressed fit issue. Well-fitted seats, nice #SP106-1979 BMW M1 coupe. S/N WBS59910004301231. Pearl White, red & blue/ red, black, blue & white leather. Odo: 32,746 miles. Commissioned by the Emir of Qatar at the Styling Garage of Munich, Germany. Very good paint, nice glass, decent gaskets. Huge spoiler, pop-up style sunroof, BBS-style mags. Interior shows well, with some wear to the driver's seat. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $105,840. Not a Procar racer, but a Procar look-alike— just the thing for the person who thinks his BMW M1 might not get noticed in daily traffic. M1s are better cars than most people think, and they rarely appear on anyone's supercar radar. This one certainly had the supercar look, and even with its hide-no-sins white leather interior, it was a decent buy. generations of enthusiasts could access and enjoy the world's great automobiles. Located an hour from San Francisco, the museum displays about 90 cars, many of which come straight from the lawn at Pebble Beach as loans from friends of the museum. The selection changes regularly, which makes every visit a new experience. The museum shares a plaza with Don Williams's Blackhawk Collection, which offers vintage cars for sale. T Unique The Blackhawk Museum has an extensive automobile library, and the staff is happy to assist with research, though appointments are required. The museum is also host to educational lectures and rotating special exhibitions, and right now features a special on Duesenbergs, as well as a display called The Motor Car in Art, which features a Bibendum from 1908 and many early pieces by Stanley Wanlass. Check the web site for more details. Where Blackhawk Museum 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle Danville, CA 94506 925.736.2277 www.blackhawkmuseum.org What 90 cars located in a 70,000-square-foot “jewel box” building, plus two 2,100-squarefoot special display halls. Hours Open Wednesday through Sunday 10 am to 5pm Admission Adults: $8; seniors 65+: $5; students: $5; under 6 and active military personnel: free.u 114 Interior is a high spot, with nice seats and a great smell. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $27,000. Last seen at RM's Meadow Brook sale in August '05, where it sold for $8,800 (SCM# 38771). Since then, it's covered just 37 miles, and the seller made close to $500 for each of them. Just the thing to park next to your $60k Fiat Jolly... Very well sold. he Blackhawk Museum opened in August 1988 with the mission to ensure that future dash, good gauges. Added AM/FM CD. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $45,900. Nowhere near correct, this 190 came off as overdone. For many, that's a problem. It didn't appear to be much of a hindrance here, however. What the buyer got was a moderately incorrect restoration that will only make a difference if he decides to show it at a Mercedes-Benz meet. Market-correct for condition. #NR134-1963 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- PORTER 15-window microbus. S/N 1093302. Two-tone green/green vinyl. Odo: 85,969 miles. Original invoice is laminated and posted in the window. Good paint covers some weak bodywork, with wavy sides. Brightwork appears to have been polished while on vehicle. Most glass good, some slightly delaminating. leather appropriately worn for miles indicated. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $78,300. The long-standing comment about the Queen Mother 365 GTs is that they drive very well but look rather bulbous compared to other Ferraris of the era. While that's true, they're still one of the better buys in V12 Ferraris—and they won't beat you up upon purchase or during use. #NR100-1989 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH 25th Anniversary coupe. S/N ZA9CA05A0KLA12512. Red/black leather. Odo: 14,878. Excellent paint, blackout trim shows no flaws. Very tidy underhood, nice glass and gaskets. Highly polished OZ wheels, interior shows only minimal wear. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $99,900. Last seen at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale sale in January '05, where it sold for $97,200 (SCM# 37151). Finally, these things are becoming hard to find, Sports Car Market ITALIAN #SP122-1970 FERRARI 365 GT 2+2 coupe. S/N 12777. Burgundy/black leather. Odo: 59,372 miles. Very good paint, nice body and panel gaps. Brightwork is a letdown, with some rust on the wire wheel hubs and door vent windows. Decent glass, Pirelli P4000 tires have plenty of life remaining. Clean interior is nice, but not show. Good dash wood, decent


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RM Auctions Fort Lauderdale, FL Column Author among the handful that left the factory in that hue. Just out of the well bought range, with some determined clean-up and light repair, it will seem inexpensive soon. #NR138-1955 CHEVROLET CAMEO and prices for them are starting to go up. This was a current market-correct price, and there is no reason why these cars won't continue to appreciate off their recent low. Well bought. #SP118-1991 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N ZFFSG17A8M0086416. Fly Yellow/black leather. Odo: 13,000 miles. Tenthousand-mile service completed. Comes with two sets of wheels and tires, including stockers and 19-inch HRE three-piece rims. Excellent varnished. Seats have fresh covers, glove box interior is unfinished and the door won't latch. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $20,520. Last seen at RM's Meadow Brook sale in August '06, where it sold at $19,800 (SCM# 42433). A re-do will cost plenty of money and time, so the best bet would be to drive and use this pickup until the new owner can justify making bodywork repairs. Cheap, but for a very good reason. paint, very good blackout trim. Clean interior shows virtually no wear. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $81,540. Just too damn cheap for too damn long, the Testarossas are testing the “rising tide floats all redheads” theory. $81,540 is this year's $70,000 Testarossa price... get used to it. AMERICAN #SP79-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E54S002655. Black/red vinyl. Odo: 61,582 miles. Black paint is rare for 1954 Corvettes, with only four believed to have been built. Decent body shows some sunk-in spots, older paint still looks nice. Unmarked brightwork and glass, Firestone Deluxe Champion tires in wide whites look good. Vinyl to the seats is well-fitted, carpets excellent. Relatively clean gauges could use some #SP52-1957 FORD COURIER sedan delivery. S/N E7RS146914. White & red/red & white vinyl & cloth. Odo: 91 miles. 312-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Factory E-code Thunderbird engine, inside and out much nicer than new. Factory-style a/c, fender-mounted spots. I can't imagine this trucklet rating any less than pickup. S/N H255J005161. White & red/red & white vinyl & cloth. Odo: 85,273 miles. 235-ci straight-6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Lots of money spent here, not much of it successfully. Panel fit fair, decent paint is done in by the flaws. Most of the chrome is excellent, but details are lacking. Bed sides show some dents, wood floors not value depending on who they were attached to and what the circumstances were. Buffett is not known for Falcon ownership, but he is known for the Florida free-spirit lifestyle. Well bought. #409-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 30867S108825. White/black vinyl/saddle vinyl. Odo: 1,227 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fitted with a new GM crate motor, Hurst shifter, aluminum radiator, and dual master cylinder. Also added later-style AM/FM with cassette and knock-offs with Goldline tires. Paint decent but not show, excellent top looks new. Good chrome and glass, trim unmarked. Interior shows well enough for a driver, metal console plate is scarred. Cond: 3 -. NOT SOLD AT $38,000. I'm seeing more and more mid-year Corvettes with owner “improvements,” starting with an aluminum radiator and working up to complete new front suspensions with power steering. This lightly modified car still suffered in the price department, and one could only wonder if it would have been worth more with the original radiator, shifter, and AM/FM radio. A harsh lesson, but if you want a Corvette that drives and performs like a new one, go visit your Chevy dealer. a #1 on anyone's scale. Flawless paint, excellent chrome, superb fit and finish. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $94,500. Not only was this much better than the day it left the factory, it almost undoubtedly had more equipment than when it rolled off the line. If the new owner doesn't care, I don't either, as this was a Fun Ford with two capital Fs. Well bought and sold. attention. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $85,320. Most '54s left the factory in Polo White, so in black they stand out. Few accurate records exist on early Corvette delivery colors, which makes it tough to determine which black cars were 116 #SP152-1963 FORD FALCON Sprint convertible. S/N 3H15P236280. Blue/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 11,842 miles. 260-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Ex-Jimmy Buffett. Fair paint in need of color sanding. Very good chrome, lots of dress-up options including fender skirts, twin antennas, CD player, and satellite radio. Roll bar installed, shoulder belts mounted to it. Front buckets overstuffed, carpets weak. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $26,460. Expensive for condition, but worth it for its history. Celebrity cars bring from zero to many times their retail Sports Car Market #SP13-1964 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr sedan. S/N 824F4435. Turquoise/black vinyl. Odo: 1,934 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Older restoration shows some minor wear. Straight sides, very good paint, light pitting to front bumper chrome. Stainless trim dinged and scratched. Tinted windshield is chipped and pitted. Underhood is clean and well done, but


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foreign coachworks, inc. 1966 Austin Healey 3000 4 Speed with O/D $39,000 1973 Jaguar XKE Roadster V12 4 Speed A/C Silver/Black 9980 Miles from New-Like New $69,000 1962 Austin Healey 3000 Tri-Carb $35,000 Randall Yow 114 E Bragg Street Greensboro NC 27406 Phone 336 273 9336 RYow3@triad.rr.com Too many modifications to list. $100,000 1953 Porsche 356 Outlaw 1987 Porsche 930 Turbo Blue/Blue 66k miles $34,900 Vintage IMSA GTX Porsche/SVRA/HSR Legal-Make Offer 1986 Porsche 1959 Porsche Convertible D Race Car-Fresh Engine & Paint $69,500 1934 Ford 3 Window Coupe Street Beast-350 Chevy Engine AC/PW/Leather/Automatic Trans $39,000 1975 MG Midget Real Group 44 Car Excellent Records $31,500 1963 Cooper Formula 3 1000cc Cosworth engine 4 speed Newland. $38,500 Maroon/Beige $18,000 1972 Porsche 911 Steel Turbo Flares 3.0 911 Engine 1965 MGB Blue/Black Total Restoration $8500 Visit our Web Site at www.foreigncoachworks.com 1969 Zink Formula Vee Cricket Farm Motor $11,500 6.5 Hrs on Engine/Trans Rebuild $26,000 Porsche 914 Race Car 3.3 325 HP Engine 1963 Jaguar XKE Roadster 1959 Porsche 356A Carrera GS Deluxe 1956 Mercedes Benz 300SL 1954 Porsche 550 Spyder 1957 Lancia Aurelia B24S 1959 Porsche 356A Coupe


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RM Auctions Fort Lauderdale, FL Column Author no longer show. Clean and correct interior, excellent carpets, console chrome pitted. Equipped with power steering and brakes, a/c, and a factory tach. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $32,000. Here's one early coupe I would not have minded following me home, as it was just nice enough to be a regional show goer and occasional driver. The seller was right to want more before letting it get away. #NR80-1965 SHELBY COBRA S/C Continuation roadster. S/N CSX4066. Silver/black leather. Odo: 604 miles. 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. 4000 Series Continuation car. These came in both aluminum and fiberglass, and this one appears to be the 'glass version. Excellent paint, great bluing to the side exhaust. Goodyear Eagle Race tires mounted on dirty Halibrand mags. Apart from needing paint, no bodywork issues present. Excellent brightwork, paper clip-style roll bar powdercoated black. Very nice interior, original-appearing seats display lots of character lines and a great patina. Excellent dash and gauges. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $702,000. The good news: anything with a CSX serial number built in period is heading to the stratosphere in the dollar department. The bad news: most of us don't own a car with a CSX prefix built in period. Yes, this result sounds pricey, but I wouldn't want to call it overpriced until a few more sell for less. a vacuum, the interior is very good, showing only light wear to the floor mats. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $75,600. Attention all Cobra Kit Car builders... you missed your chance on this one. Whether you're a purist who thinks no “real” Shelby exists after the 3,000 Series cars or that all Cobras were delivered on skids to your driveway, this car was sold for less than your neighbor spent on his build-it-yourself version. Very well bought—and almost new. #416-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194375S106689. Ermine White/ black. Odo: 57,700 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Factory a/c, power steering and brakes, AM/FM radio. Presented as a survivor with one repaint. Well applied paint, very good brightwork, nice glass and rubber gaskets. Original-style interior just might be original, it so good. This Batmobile was built on a late 1970s Lincoln chassis by an enthusiast who, rumor had it, was hoping to get somewhere north of $80,000 before the sale. This must have made him plenty happy, as the car was bought on the third bid by the new owner who took the price from $105,000 to $200,000 in a single step. Holy @#&*! #SP69-1966 FORD MUSTANG con- but it still looks very good. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $42,750. I love it when cars sell right where they are supposed to, because it makes my job that much easier. This car barely made it from a 3 to a 3+, and the a/c was a huge value add here. No one got hurt, and the new owner has a very good upside. TOP 10 No. 10 118 #SP34-1966 SHELBY COBRA roadster. S/N CSX3271. Black/black leather. Odo: 27,937 miles. 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Shiny vertible. S/N 6R08C106717. White/blue vinyl/white & blue vinyl. Odo: 14,314 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. GT Package, styled steel wheels. A very nicely restored and wellpresented example. Excellent paint, all chrome follows suit. Well equipped, but no a/c. Well fitted Pony interior, full console. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $55,080. Last seen at RM's sale of shows only one slightly misshaped section of piping. Superb console. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $64,800. The aftermarket windshield really stuck out on a car this nice, and the seller may have been better off to search out a correct date-coded replacement instead. More seriously, the rear wheels of the car were close to the bodywork on one side and far away on the other, which can be indicative of a number of possible problems. If the axle was improperly centered at restoration, it's an easy fix. Overall, one of the best Firebirds I've seen at auction in the past three years, and the bidders agreed. Sports Car Market #SP61-1966 BATMOBILE roadster. S/N 9Y81S706130. Black/clear/black vinyl. Full custom. Looks for all the world like an original George Barris Batmobile from the 1960s TV series. Excellent paint and brightwork, first-rate fit and finish. Plexiglass windows and painted trim great. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $216,000. The campy '60s TV show never had the Stackhouse Collection in Ontario, Canada, in September '05, where it sold for $25,239 (SCM# 39377). This was way over the price anyone was expecting, and it would have been expensive at $10,000 less. This was indicative of where the market is moving in well-restored Mustangs with great options, and the buyer paid up to get what they wanted ahead of the market. #NR45-1967 DODGE CORONET R/T Hemi convertible. S/N WS27J77168836. Burgundy/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 30,795 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. An excellent restoration. Paint above factory standards, very straight sides, decent gaps slightly large in places. Good fit to the correct and well-fitted top, excellent glass, including the rear window, which is usually plastic. Chrome top notch and well-polished. Excellent interior shows no fit or quality issues. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $216,000. It was all about the options here, as this was one of only a handfull of 426-ci Hemi, 4-speedequipped 1967 Coronet RT convertibles. For the long-term investor, a solid buy. This is my type of Mopar muscle... good fun and no one gets hurt. #NR85-1967 PONTIAC FIREBIRD 400 convertible. S/N 223677U114918. Gulf Turquoise/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 49,476 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Show quality paint, brightwork close to perfect. Passenger window shows a small scratch, other glass nice. Excellent panel gaps, very good fit to convertible top, aftermarket windshield, decent siliconsectioned rear glass. BF Goodrich Radial T/A tires on Rally II wheels. 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RM Auctions Fort Lauderdale, FL Column Author #SP23-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 19467S102730. Red/red hard top/black vinyl. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Reproduction bolt-on knock-off-style wheels, Redline tires, side exhaust. An older restoration that has been driven and used. Very good paint, excellent chrome, nice glass and gaskets. Clean and correct-style interior Well-fitted top looks new. Nicely detailed underhood, clean interior is very original and well done. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $232,200. I hate to call something this expensive a bargain, but it likely was. This no-reserve sale of a car with plenty going for it looked to have been a lucky buy for a Shelby collector. #420-1968 FORD COUNTRY SQUIRE wagon. S/N 8E75F121681. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 1,816 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Power steering and brakes, AM radio. Roll-up windows and a lack of a/c hurt here, but miles are said to be correct, and it's believable. Very good paint, some of the vinyl wood trim is lifting up. Very good chrome, light scratches on the rear bumper. Excellent interior with no features headrest seats. Original tank sticker and sales brochure included. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $110,700. '67s continue to be the most sought after of the mid-year 'Vettes, and it seems most buyers want a 427 with a 4-speed as well. Still holding up despite having been driven is always a good sign, and this example had the right colors and the right options. Well bought. #SP01-1968 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. S/N 242378P270674. Solar Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 5,244 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Miles claimed original. Fit to the vinyl roof looks factory, paint unmarked and glossy. Brightwork OK, but all needs a light polish. Good glass, Redline tires. Bone stock engine bay now showing light surface rust in several places. F-70-15 Firestone wide ovals fill up the wheelwells. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $59,400. These cars have a growing fan base as well as a continuing buzz. The right colors, good equipment and a great year all added up to make this the Trans Am to have. Well bought. wear evident. The best original I've seen in a while. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $19,440. Wagons Ho! Perhaps this was the SCM Mercury Colony Park wagon's long-lost cousin. Like the SCM ride, it was without air conditioning, but this one had many fewer miles. Station wagons continue to be a hot segment in the collector marketplace, and this almost $20k result should serve as proof. #SP43-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR fast- back. S/N 8T02R21621404445. Highland Green/black vinyl. Odo: 78,994 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Well-done older restoration. Shiny paint shows no issues. Brightwork has some age wear and would benefit from a full polish. Clean and detailed underhood, very nice interior. Correct original 10-spoke wheels on driver's seat. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $25,920. As the market matures, more and more potential owners are looking for automotive alternatives that make sense and go fast, and the AMX certainly fits the bill. This one was well bought—maybe even a big bargain. Even without the Go Pack, this would have been a decent buy. #NR52-1970 BUICK GSX 2-dr hard top. interior shows worn-through piping on driver's seat back. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $65,880. Over the top, but not stratospheric. Someone liked this GTO a little bit more than I did. We've seen these prices on quality cars at different venues, and this example in popular colors and with good options sold as well as could be expected. #NR49-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR convertible. S/N 8T03R21597104202. Highland Green/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 60,773 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Factory a/c, power steering, power brakes, and power top. Excellent paint and brightwork. S/N 446370H293064. White & black/black vinyl. Odo: 30,446 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Hood mounted tach, power steering, power brakes. Paint shows well, but some color sanding or careful buffing could make it a star. Great trim, excellent stripes, very good chrome. Nice glass and rubber gaskets. Inside with Goodyear Polyglas tires. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $135,000. Of the 13 Shelbys at this sale, this is the only one that didn't sell. With the other cars bringing close to their expected ranges, I'm having difficulty discerning why this car brought so little. It was worth more, and perhaps all the Shelby buyers in the house had already picked out the one they wanted. #NR54-1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Trans Am Ram Air III coupe. S/N 223379N109411. Cameo White & blue/black vinyl. Odo: 22,677 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older repaint in good shape, factory style stripes worn at cowl. Poor fit to the passenger door, side mirror is lying in the footwell. Clean interior is correct style, with full console. Once fully detailed 120 looks like it's covered only half of the indicated miles. Overall very clean. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $59,400. A former Year One catalog cover car. A tad over what I might have expected, but likely market correct in the first half of 2007. The clear coddling of the car by its previous owner paid off, as the interiors in GM cars of this era rarely remain this nice. Well bought and sold. Sports Car Market #NR109-1969 AMC AMX coupe. S/N A9M397X200178. Copper/saddle vinyl. Odo: 9,290 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Not an inspired presentation anywhere. Go Pack options. Well-applied paint, good chrome shows minor pitting in places. Nice glass, Redline tires mounted on Magnum 500 wheels. Decent carpet and dash, some stitching loose at piping


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RM Auctions Fort Lauderdale, FL Column Author #SP38-1970 MERCURY COUGAR Eliminator coupe. S/N 0F91M531097. Grabber Blue/white vinyl. Odo: 52,093 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Power steering, disc brakes, tilt wheel, AM/FM. Excellent throughout. Cougars are seldom restored to this level, and this one has first-class paint, bright chrome the removable roof panels off, someone will be sweating to the oldies in Florida this summer. #168-1973 FORD MUSTANG convert- with no issues, and a stock style interior that looks great. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $44,280. Cougars always seem to fly under the radar screen, and when it's an Eliminator, it looks like it can fly real fast. Another car to throw into the bargain column. With its look-at-me colors and excellent condition, this was cheap money. #NR23-1972 CHEVROLET NOVA SS 2- dr sedan. S/N 1X27K2L110039. Orange/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 13,714 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Seller states the car is stock, excepting Torq-thrust wheels and Flowmaster exhaust—kick in the column-mounted Sun tach and I would agree. Uninspired paint, good brightwork, glass is good but dirty. Well-fitted soft top has been repaired in places. Original seats have some bolster wear, and part of the comfort weave center is pulling away. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $20,520. As with most Mustangs, the needs noted would not be tough to do, but having this many on a single car made it a tough sale. Obviously a pleasure cruiser and not a show goer, this car did much better than I would have expected, and the seller is to be congratulated. #434-1976 CADILLAC ELDORADO vinyl top, clean plain-looking interior. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,440. In all fairness, I saw this car before it was cleaned for the sale. Crossing the block, it looked quite a bit better. Once again, it's time for an attitude adjustment—these boxy coupes have changed from also-rans to objects of desire for those in the correct demographic. Unbelievable as it may sound to some, this was a very good buy. #426-1972 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1237K2S503208. Orange/saddle leather. Odo: 74,235 miles. 350-ci 200-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Seller states it's a numbers-matching example. Very good paint and brightwork, nice panel gaps, trim appears correct. Clean interior with some wear showing. Tank sticker, original spare tire, no a/c. Equipped with tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $21,600. Many collectors are now referring to the purity of line of these early '70s coupes. My affinity for purity in a low horsepower 'Vette ends when I find out there's no a/c. Well bought, but even with 122 convertible. S/N 6L67S6Q247497. Mint green/ white vinyl/green leather. Odo: 33,835 miles. Very good paint may be original. Decent panel gaps, body appears straight. Clean top is not new, but still nice. Good chrome shows some light scratches. Interior clean. An all around nice example. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,900. Last ible. S/N 3F03H229625. Copper & black/ black vinyl/saddle vinyl. Odo: 56,567 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Magnum 500 wheels with Mustang centers, Ram Air hood. Good quality paint shows a few flaws, including a possible acid spot on the passenger fender. Nice brightwork and stripes. Underhood is clean, but looks more used car than show. Fair “wrapper” car with 292 actual miles. As-new. Some paint flaws appear to be of the factoryinflicted style. Excessively wide panel gaps can be chalked up to '70s build quality at its worst. Still new with plenty of pre-delivery stickers visible throughout. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $21,600. A great museum piece for anyone looking to collect a Cordoba 300 long after they mattered much. It could also be an interesting show car that you're forced to trailer no matter what. It seems to me that owning this would be more about fulfilling an obligation to Chrysler history than having fun. A pricey result, no matter how you look at it. #618-1981 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1AY8763BS416968. Burgundy/ black leather. Odo: 19,869 miles. 350-ci V8, 4bbl, auto. A one-owner, low miles Vette—and from the wrong year. Nice original paint, one roof panel has been resprayed. Nice trim, clean interior shows light wear commensurate with low mileage displayed. Power windows, locks, antenna, and seat. Original tires, build sheet, and bill of sale. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $25,000. Another good news/bad news scenario all the way through. The '81s are not exactly lighting the collector world on fire—that's the bad part. The good part is the very high bid received—it should have been plenty to let this car go, even with the low miles. More bad news... the seller thought otherwise. #621-1998 PANOZ AIV roadster. S/N 1P9PA1827WB213019. Metallic black/saddle leather. Odo: 16,729 miles. Looks just like a mid-teens miles Panoz should, with no obvious flaws to the paint or brightwork, and good wheels and tires with no scuffing. Very light seen just a month and 300 miles ago down the street at the Kruse Auction, where it sold for $10,368 (SCM# 43887). We often see the same car appear at auctions, but rarely get to do the A/B comparison so easily. The vendor owned the car for just a month, fixed all of the needed cosmetics, and turned a handsome profit. The even better news is that the latest owner didn't overpay for what he got. #NR16-1979 CHRYSLER CORDOBA 300 2-dr hard top. S/N S522L9R238050. White/red leather. Odo: 292 miles. Survivor wear to the interior, as-new under the hood. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $31,320. Sold right about where it was expected to, no headlines here. The AIV is now long out of production, but their high power-to-weight ratio and distinctive looks will keep people interested for many years to come.u Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctions Cheltenham, UK Column Author The Cheltenham Racecourse The Alfa's $970k was a new record price for a U.K.-bodied 6C, and the exClark Lotus 25's $960k established a new world record price for the marque Company H&H Auctions Date March 1, 2007 Location Cheltenham, U.K. Auctioneer Simon Hope Automotive lots sold / offered 49 / 73 Sales rate 67% Sales total $3,734,956 High sale 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C-1750 Super Sport roadster, sold at $970,200 Buyer's premium Ex-Clark Lotus 25 garnered $960k, and much applause Report by Richard Hudson-Evans Market opinions in italics F or the its first sale of the 2007 season, H&H again ventured south for another auction in the spacious Centaur Conference Centre building at Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire, where the traditionally northern-based house broke a number of records. Two cars alone—a 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Super Sport roadster and the ex-Jim Clark 1962 LotusClimax 25 Grand Prix racer—accounted for nearly $2m of the $3.7m total. The Alfa's premium-inclusive $970,200 was a new record price for a U.K.-bodied 6C, and the $959,420 result forthcoming for the Lotus 25 established another new world record price for a Lotus of any kind. The Alfa, which has been club raced by Pilkington family members in recent seasons, will join a significant overseas collection, while the Lotus was acquired by a private collector and will remain in the U.K. Applause erupted from the room as each of these cars was hammered sold. Other market-significant pre-war performances in- cluded the $133,672 premium-inclusive prices paid for an extensively-enjoyed 1930 Alvis Silver Eagle Special and a 1935 Aston Martin Mk II 1.5-liter short chassis roadster with older refurbishment. A 1940 Lagonda V12 drophead coupe sold for a more-than-forecast $101,372, and another Lagonda V12, this one a 1938 Saloon De Ville that had 124 been driven to the auction, made the desired $48,510. Rolls-Royce prices were led by a 1950 Silver Wraith with touring saloon coachwork Cheltenham, UK by H.J. Mulliner, which, unusually, had only been registered to one owner. It sold for a mid-estimate $66,836. A Silver Cloud III saloon with bodywork modified by Park Ward in 1963 to accommodate elongated rear doors and an enlarged rear screen brought a top estimate $51,744. The most expensive Jaguar here was an upgraded 1960 Mk II 3.8 that generated a mighty $77,616, followed by a restored and retail-ready 1950 XK 120 roadster that sold for an above-estimate $71,148. One of the most viewed cars was a still oh-so-aerodynamic Bristol 401 with a nice patina from its restoration in 1991. In excellent overall condition, it made a strong $48,510. Notable no-sales included a 1936 MG PB Supercharged roadster with period Brooklands racing history pre-WWII and later Silverstone and Goodwood provenance. Well restored, it only managed to generate a below-estimate $82,320. Also interesting was a 1936 Bentley 4 1/4-Liter saloon that was once a static display in the Sharpe Collection. Even though it was complete and running, it failed to sell at $35,280. Both this sale and last year's late February event saw a sales rate of 67%, but H&H was able to outdo last year's total by $1.5m due in large part to the Alfa and the Lotus. The company has a recent history of picking the right consignments and generating good sales rates, and this year's sale at the Cheltenham Racecourse furthered that trend. u $3m $4m $2m $1m Sales Totals 2007 2006 10%, included in sold prices (£1=$1.963) Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctions Cheltenham, UK Column Author ENGLISH #65-1926 ALVIS 12/50 TE Wide tourer. S/N 4363. Green & black/black canvas/maroon leather. RHD. Odo: 4,422 miles. In receipt of regular running repairs rather than a full restoration. Engine, gearbox, and steering box rebuilt in recent years, fenders refurbished in 2004. Impressive record of 3 “Le Jog” (Lands End to John O'Groats Rally) finishes. Clearly much enjoyed, panels only fair, flat paint chipped, 1,500 miles ago. Full weather equipment, luggage truck on tail, flashing indicators. Driven to the auction. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $46,354. Thanks to an attractively pitched estimate band and plenty of potential use as a wedding car, this Rolls-Royce 20 hp with open-top accommodation of unknown parentage duly made the desired money for its seller and the auctioneers. #19-1930 MG M-TYPE roadster. S/N interior heavily worn. Used engine bay needs some attention. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $31,262. A total just over the low estimate of $29,400 was forthcoming for this 1920s worker. Even though it was a bit sit-up-and-beg in appearance, it was a seriously campaigned machine which should reward the next intrepid guardian with many more fun outings. As long as it's regularly exposed to events and participants, it's unlikely to go down in value. #66-1926 HUMBER 12/25 tourer. S/N 11972. Maroon & black/black canvas/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 556 miles. Repainted, nickel fittings replated, rewired, and clutch renewed within the last eight years. Retrimmed in 2006, top fabric new. Chassis looks sound and tidy throughout. Body, paint, and brightwork V-shaped windshield, J2-style cutaway doors, MG-branded fasteners, marque-appropriate “MG” licence plates. Royal Aero Club badge, Rotax instrument panel. Engine compartment clean and functional. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,930. A charming, nicely presented, prewar open MG. Even though it's unlikely to be very quick, it was well worth the mid-estimate money paid. #64-1930 ALVIS SILVER EAGLE all show minor marking. Leather and hood excellent, engine bay dirty. Driven to the auction. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,549. This car didn't have nearly as much sporting potential as the Alvis of the same vintage that preceded its crossing the block, but it was correctly valued by all parties involved at mid-estimate money. #47-1928 ROLLS-ROYCE 20 HP Open Four Seat tourer. S/N GFN47. Cream & black/black canvas/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 50,009 miles. Likely a former saloon rebodied before the current seller's acquisition in 1984. Chassis seemingly sound, body tidy with reasonable door fit, paintwork shiny, plating only lightly marked. Interior clean, engine rebuilt 126 roadster. S/N 8731. Green/brown leather. RHD. Much period competition success, first with a 1991-cc motor, then with its current six in 3-liter events. Much recent eventing, likely to be mechanically excellent. Bumpy panels crudely repainted, ancient Vogue Flying Lady mascot, original tools present. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $31,282. Still more than capable of picking up the odd concours pot, this pre-war Humber fully justified the top estimate money paid. As the 12-hp Vogue sales brochure put it: “Born to become a style leader... this chic car marks the perfect union between artist and engineeer.” Sports Car Market 1360. British Racing Green/green canvas/ green leather. RHD. Odo: 3,704 miles. Only 4 changes of ownership over the last 65 years. Older restoration shows a nice patina. Paint slightly marked, fabric bodywork in good order, interior tidy, leather acceptably worn. and worn, leather too modern. Correct-looking engine compartment clean. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $32,340. There has been plenty of choice at auction lately for those seeking pre-war Alvis open-top motoring. With premium, the price paid by the new owner of this car amounted to a mid-estimate valuation, which was more than enough for a converted saloon. #32-1935 HUMBER 12 Vogue drophead coupe. S/N 1220661. Maroon/beige canvas/ beige leather, maroon piping. RHD. Odo: 80,990 miles. Only example known in the Vintage Humber Club, fresh to market after 37 years of single party ownership. Extensive restoration from '93 still very clean everywhere, including chassis. Panels and fit perfect, paint and chrome mint, top fabric unmarked. Interior excellent, engine and bay present well. Correct bucket seat leather well worn. 46 Michael May-won trophies and many spares included with car. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $133,672. Last seen at Sotheby's London sale in July '98, where it sold for $68,199. (SCM# 1604). Even though rather rough in appearance, much period and retro competition history ensured that “The Green Car” achieved a top estimate result in the saleroom. A market-correct price for a racer with such history. #7-1935 ALVIS FIREBIRD roadster. S/N 13437. Green/black canvas/plum leather. RHD. Odo: 78,361 miles. Factory supplied with saloon coachwork, converted to a roadster by a past owner. Chop and body well-done, but rather awkward looking. Cherry wood dash and door caps. Decent paint, chrome scratched


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H&H Auctions Cheltenham, UK #56-1935 ASTON MARTIN MK II 1.5- Column Author Liter Short-Chassis roadster. S/N A5543S. Black/black canvas/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 3,089 miles. One of 166. Last rebuilt during the 1960s, mechanically revived by pre-war Aston specialists Ecurie Bertelli following 15 years of inactivity in 2004, only light use since. Chassis apparently sound, panel fit inconsistent, paintwork chipped, chrome minorly marked. Cockpit looks restored but worn. Ulster-spec engine and ancillaries well presented, but non-concours. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $133,672. A top estimate result for a Mk II in only OK-ish cosmetic order would have been unimaginable not very long ago, but this has become the going rate for this model, which along with most pre-war Astons models, has enjoyed some solid growth in recent years. Well bought and sold. #53-1936 RILEY KESTREL Special Series 66 4-dr fastback saloon. S/N S66K1694. Black & red/red leather. RHD. Odo: 31,451 miles. Thirty-month restoration completed in '99, which included chassis galvanizing, woodwork renewal, inflatable seat in 2000. Repaint shows blemishes, chrome OK. Original-looking still supple old leather sourced from another V12 of same period. Full complement of tools, modern flashing indicators, stainless steel exhaust. Driven to the auction. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $48,510. Seemingly in very good working order, this thoroughbred flagship Lagonda with fully charted ownership history on file from new was well bought at the low estimate money paid. #60-1940 LAGONDA V12 drophead coupe. S/N 16063. Medium blue/medium blue canvas/light gray leather. RHD. Odo: 3,340 miles. Originally saloon bodied, part-built preWWII, completed in 1940 by government sanction, became works demonstrator. Ashframe renewed and rebodied in current Vanden Plas-style during 1990s, when repainted and retrimmed. Cotswold Engineering V12 rebuilt 1992, Jag 4-speed box with overdrive fitted. Appears structurally sound. Paint scratched, original Rolls-Royce guarantee, HJ Mulliner handbook, and owner's manual, this handsome example of what was the last Roller to be sold in chassis form fully justified the high estimate price paid. #36-1950 HUMBER SUPER SNIPE Mk II drophead coupe. S/N 8805869HXO. Black/ black mohair/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 61,984 miles. Fully restored six years ago. 15,000-mile engine fitted twelve months ago when clutch renewed, whitewall tires fresh. Appears structurally sound, with good panel fit and only minor marks to paint and chrome. Original leather cushion renewal, and rewiring. Barrie Gillies engine rebuild with high-compression pistons and twin exhaust cams less than 250 miles ago. Chassis and suspension sorted, panels and fit excellent. Sunroof and windshield both open as intended, paint and chrome unmarked, original leather still nice. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $23,716. Last seen at Bonhams Beaulieu Autojumble in September '05, where it sold at $23,294 (SCM# 40090). A great look, and with its Gillies rebuilt motor, likely to be a brisk performer. By far the best Kestrel encountered at auction in recent years, and it was hardly surprising that it made top estimate money here. #43-1938 LAGONDA V12 saloon de ville. S/N 16018. Eng. # V1238. Black & maroon/ brown leather. RHD. Odo: 73,878 miles. Engine extensively rebuilt in 1997. Rear timberwork inside bodywork renewed, rear doors rebuilt, door panels, headlining, and carpets renewed 128 chipped, and crazed, chrome marked. Interior and engine compartment clean, with only slight wear evident. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $101,372. With still original coachwork claimed from front fender to A-posts and from rear seat to tailpipes, this convincingly converted V12 drophead attracted a just-above-top-estimate valuation, despite being in dire need of a repaint. It was very handsome nonetheless, and having been under-appreciated for years, open Lagonda V12s are likely to appreciate consistently in the years to come. #24-1950 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH saloon. S/N WGC68. Dark blue/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 72,852 miles. Coachwork by HJ Mulliner. Only one registered owner from new, mileage displayed genuine total. Engine rebored 44k miles ago, resprayed more recently. No door drop, paint and chrome only slightly marked. Original leather decent, wood nice, engine bay tidy. Sliding sunroof, rear picnic tables, vanity set, and concealed “mood” lights in headliner all likely to be from new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $66,836. With an impressive single owner history file including excellent, used-looking engine bay tidy. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $28,244. It was surprising that a provisionally logged bid of $9,600 below the low estimate of $35,280 proved to be enough to land this coachbuilt Super Snipe with Mk II faired-in headlamps, rear skirts, and lots of wood and leather inside. This was a lot of car for the money, and the new owner should be pleased. #37-1950 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N 660326. Silver metallic/black canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 1,780 miles. Early-production 120, low mileage since restoration by coachbuilders Coleman Milne before seller's acquisition in '96. Electric fan and 12-volt battery added. Cosmetically still very sharp, with excellent paint and chrome and a well-fitted interior showing only light wear. Clean engine compartment in original style. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $71,148. By being in instantly retailable condition, this 120 attracted plenty of trade interest, and even though the price paid here Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctions Cheltenham, UK Column Author was over the high estimate of $66,640 with premium, the dealer who bought the car was still able to sell it at a modest profit within a few days of the sale. As long as they are realistically priced and ready to enjoy, early XKs rarely fail to sell at U.K. auctions these days. #10-1952 BRISTOL 401 coupe. S/N 4011120. Eng. # 85C2026. Silver/heather leather. RHD. One of 618 very aerodynamic coupes built. In receipt of $92,000 TT Workshops restoration from '79-'91, since when used sparingly. Chassis appears in good order, curvaceous bodywork perfect, paintwork virtually unmarked, leather still like new. Highly polished wood dash, BMW-inspired since $186,902 makeover. Huge list of upgrades includes John Coombs Team Jag-type rear wheelarches, 6.5-inch wide wires, electronic igition, alternator, Getrag 5-speed box, S-type seats, a/c, navigation, modern stereo, keyless entry, and a wood-rim wheel. Totally mint inside and out, engine bay fully detailed. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $77,616. This Jag was not even remotely like any other Mk II 3.8 on the block, as spec and condition—not to mention an astronomical bill—all contributed to make it unique. Many of the upgrades were no doubt abhorrent to the purists, but beauty was in the eye of the beholder here, and one beholder was happy to part with low estimate money to qualify for ownership. motor spotless. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $48,510. A result of nearly $5,400 above the $43,120 high estimate was due to several determined bidders wanting to own this excellent example of what is still a very slippery shape. Bristol-engined Bristols are holding up well, which is more than can be said for most of the Chrysler-powered later models, which appear to depreciating by the sale. Well sold. #61-1957 ELVA MK II Climax racer. S/N 10040. Aluminium/red leather. RHD. No period race history known, though VSCCA retro-raced and last serviced in Boston in 2006. Original chassis plate evident, restoration work to high standard. Painted spaceframe in good order, bare aluminium panels tidy, steering wheel and seat leather acceptably A number of these AC coupes have lost their original Bristol over-valve straight sixes along the way, so finding a Greyhound fitted with a Triumph engine and transmission is not unusual. Although this transplant reportedly works well, a converted car brings fewer dollars, and a sale price of $4,400 below the low estimate of $33,320 was an appropriate valuation for an example in this condition. soiled. Nice patina from recent race exposure gives an authentic look. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $79,772. Although well below the low estimate of $94,080, the provisionally logged bid was accepted by the seller, and the buyer recieved a likely-eligible entrant for the Mille Miglia and Goodwood. An excellent buy at this price. #55-1960 JAGUAR MK II 3.8 saloon. S/N 214320BW. Pale blue metallic/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 5,203 miles. Former Mk II 3.8 auto, minimal mileage displayed accumulated 130 TOP 10 No. 7 #25-1962 LOTUS 25 Grand Prix racer. S/N 25R5. Eng. # FWMV49915. Green & yellow/brown leather. One of seven Type 25s. Driven by Jim Clark to Pau, Imola, and Silverstone victories, and by Trevor Taylor to 6th at Monaco before being wrecked at Spa. Current assemblage represents fruits of three-year project completed in 1987. Goodwood Festival of Speed crash in 1996 necessitated further extensive frontal damage repairs. Several retro race wins since. Hewland Mk5 gearbox fitted, correct ZF box in #46-1961 AC GREYHOUND coupe. S/N BEF2523. Pale green metallic/green leather. RHD. Odo: 16 miles. Rediscovered after 10 years of dereliction and treated to chassis-up restoration. Overhauled Triumph 2.5-liter motor and 4-speed box with overdrive fitted. Project completed in 2002, since when driven only 16 miles, so some sorting is likely still needed. Panels sound, paintwork and chrome well done, interior unused, engine compartment spotless. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $28,890. spares kit. Body panels good, paint unmarked, suspension plating sharp, cockpit tidy. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $959,470. From the starting bid of $352,000 all the way up through the high estimate of $784,000, at least five determined players were in the market for this well known historic reconstruction of Clark's R5. Even so, the eventual take-home price paid—a new world record valuation for any Lotus—was a surprising milestone result. #12-1963 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III saloon. S/N CAL43. Burgundy & pink champagne/beige leather. RHD. One of 207 built with standard steel bodies elongated by Park Ward. Factory supplied with electric-powered division between paid driver and posh folks, as well as picnic tables in rear. Good door fit includes longer rears. Older restoration, repaint still shows well, flanks and front likely resprayed since. Chrome marked, original leather acceptably worn, veneers still look nice. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $51,744. The final evolution of the Cloud is not the prettiest of the series, even though the tin bashers at Park Ward did their very best to accommodate the quad-headlamp setup by lowering the hood line and altering the front fenders with leading-edge side markers. This one was correctly valued at over the high estimate of $50,960. Well bought and sold. #11-1970 FORD CAPRI 3000 E coupe. S/N BBECKT26525. Light green metallic/ black vinyl/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 60,411 miles. Two owners from new. Looks original, likely carefully repainted at some time. Virtually unmarked paint and chrome, polished alloys shine brightly. Interior very tidy, vinyl top well-fitted. Period-correct accessories include bullet wing-top mirrors, four horizontal auxiliary lamps, and badge bar mounted on front bumper. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $20,482. 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H&H Auctions Cheltenham, UK Column Author Frontal stone chips, interior much sat-in. Likely to respond well to a cosmetic makeover. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $12,936. Realistically priced considering its possible rental abuse and rather tired looking appearance. Some minor cosmetic work may bring it up slightly, but not a lot. Fairly valued by all concerned. ITALIAN best provisional bid made here, resulting in a sale price $3,000 below the $23,520 low estimate. Well bought, as ready to race Capris can fetch up to $10,000 more. #9-1976 ASTON MARTIN V8 coupe. S/N V811474RCA. Dark blue/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 64,781 miles. From same hire car source as #8, so although seemingly rot-free above and below, looks much used close up. Paintwork chipped and scratched, brightwork marked. Leather sound, but rather scruffy. Used-looking engine bay needs detailing, GKN alloys sharp. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $24,147. TOP 10 No. 5 #70-1929 ALFA ROMEO 6C 1750 Super Sport roadster. S/N 0312909. Red/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Sparingly bodied in period with open four-seater sports coachwork by Carlton Carriage Co, then driven to 1929 Irish GP victory by Ivanovsky. Engine freshly rebuilt with Carillo-style rods and modern oil filtration. Cosmetically unmodified in ample of a late Model A Victoria fully justified the high-estimate price paid. #15-1936 HUDSON EIGHT Special 4-dr sedan. S/N 642204. Maroon/red leather. RHD. Odo: 71,110 miles. Reputedly unique with coachwork by Coachcraft of London. In storage for several decades, recently treated to a high-dollar restoration by seller. Currently mint in all departments. Panels and fit good, paint and chrome unblemished, totally refurbished interior as-new, engine bay well detailed. Competition between bidders resulted in a sale price $2,500 over the high estimate of $21,560. Cosmetically, this car was nothing special, but it was likely on-the-button mechanically. A V8 can be extraordinary value for not very much money, but quite a few are out there, and being able to tap into your own refinery would be helpful. GERMAN #8-1981 PORSCHE 911SC coupe. S/N WPOZZZ91ZBS101295. Burgundy/tan cloth. RHD. Odo: 154,238 miles. High mileage due to classic car rental firm ownership. Much maintenance claimed, including engine rebuild only three years ago. Appears to be structurally sound, with no bubbling below marked paint. recent years, with matte paintwork in places, stone chips, and shrinkage. Fabric bits wavey, leather much used and weathered, absolutely no detailing to be seen. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $970,200. With its period race history, it was thought this well known on-the-button Alfa would perform strongly at auction, but a final sale price over the high estimate of $882,000 for a non-Zagato/U.K.-bodied Alfa was a milestone result for the collector vehicle market. AMERICAN #16-1931 FORD MODEL A Victoria 2-dr. S/N A4615296. Green & black/fawn cloth. RHD. Odo: 4,952 miles. One of 2,098 RHD Victorias. In receipt of high-quality restoration not too long ago. Paint and chrome unmarked, interior as new, engine and ancillaries present Cond: 1. SOLD AT $67,914. Although this Anglo-American with its distinctive “fencer's mask” grille was one of the most viewed items in the sale, the best offer made and the eventual price paid by the new owner ended up $6,500 below the low estimate of $74,480. In terms of original build quality and impressive current condition, this one-off deserved to fetch more, although Hudson's 87.68 mph for 24-hours at Bonneville in 1936 was a very long time ago. #49-1965 SHELBY GT350 H Replica fast- back. S/N SR09C203876. Black & gold/black vinyl. 289-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Currently not U.K. registered. Authentic-looking recreation of a Hertz GT350, competed as such in U.S. Dyno sheet from there among paperwork, which includes freshly issued FIA HTP papers. Body panels good, paintwork a little marked. well. As clean underneath as on top. Rear window blinds present and working. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $32,340. In nearly perfect condition with absolutely nothing further to do apart from driving and enjoying it, this cheerful ex- 132 Race car interior tidy, original seats included. Comp car engine bay clearly well prepped. Dunlops, extinguisher, and belts all new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $56,056. Eligible for a whole season full of track events, and with a set of the latest HTP papers, this turn-key racer duly generated the necessary minimum required. Not an original Shelby GT350 and never raced in period, but well worth the money paid.u Sports Car Market


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eBay Motors Online Sales Column Author Porsches Around the Web Your choice: Two stock (and appreciating) mid-year 911s, or a “Poseurs R US” wannabe Strosek something-or-other Report by Geoff Archer Market opinions in italics T his month we bring you some of Porsche's best from the '70s, along with some that have received (or need) a little plastic surgery. Condition inferred from seller's descriptions; cars were not physically examined by the author. All quoted material taken from the eBay listings. sf=seller's feedback; bf=buyer's feedback #330095633236-1970 PORSCHE 911E coupe. S/N 9110200423. Ruby Red/black leather & cloth. Odo: 71,328 miles. Very nice hobby restoration by an airline mechanic (aka meticulous). “Bare-metal, glass-out repaint.” Oversized Minilites, 944 seats, and belts. New carpets, rubber, bushings, and tires. Rebuilt the market today. They are high performance, low production cars, made by a Manufacturer dedicated to motor racing, have a build quality second to none, and even after all these years, a well kept example is pure joy to own and drive.” Well bought and sold at a market-correct price. 2.4-liter engine and 5-speed. Seller is moving, and just had a kid. 1 “Buy-It-Now” bid, sf 113, bf 922. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $13,800. The underinformed selection of a terribly low “Buy-It-Now” price resulted in an immediate $5k–$10k loss for the seller. The buyer was quick, as he nabbed this deal before it even saw 200 page views. Ouch. #190087664897-1970 PORSCHE 911T coupe. S/N 9110123201. Gold/brown leather. Odo: 67,141 miles. 24 photos. Los Angeles, CA. 67k documented miles. Sold new (in Conda Green) in Spain. 5-speed, S brakes, 6-inch Fuchs, H1 lights, dealer-installed a/c. “You will not find a nicer example of an early 911T, the body is absolutely rust and accident free, with beautiful shut lines and all it's original panels, the pans and floors are all original, undamaged and rust free.” Painted gold 20 years ago. No smoke, no leaks. 23 bids, sf 19, bf 35. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $18,599. It's scary how well this seller summarized the offering: “These early 911 cars have to represent the absolute best value of any true Classic Car on 134 #140092943200-1970 PORSCHE 914-6 Roadster. S/N 9140432104. Irish Green/black vinyl/Black. Odo: 90,500 miles. 24 photos. Morro Bay, CA. 2,500 miles since $12k engine upgrade with bigger 2.2-liter pistons & barrels. Brakes and suspension rebuilt. “It is dents, paint chips and a tiny bit of rust.” Interior OK. Engine needs rebuild. 55 bids, sf 223, bf 14. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $35,335. Much of the Q & A revolved around the incorrect “Carrera” badge on the engine cover. That, along with the flares and the repaint, seemed to be about a 30-year-old masquerade. Still, the S/N checked out as one of 1,430 final year “long hood” 911S coupes. Steep as it may seem, this is what a mildly molested, #4, '73 911S coupe with a sunroof will bring these days. #270093398517-1974 PORSCHE 911 Carrera RS replica coupe. S/N 9114100702. White & black/black leather. 5 photos. Bethel, CT. “3.6L conversion by Dan Jacobs” using Patrick Motorsports Kit. Front-mounted oil cooler, fiberglass bumpers & tail. H5 headlights, aero mirrors. Two-piece 17-inch Fuchs replicas. Recent “professional” repaint. Fitted with Recaros, RS door pockets, and a roll bar. “Perfect for Street, Track or Drivers ED” 8 #140090262630-1973 PORSCHE 911S coupe. S/N 9113300161. Silver/black. Odo: 80,701 miles. 2 photos. Lansing, MI. Stored for ten years. Equipped with sunroof and Euro bumpers. “After-market installation of flared European rear wheel wells, so it has wide tires.” Solid, “body is mostly in good shape, but as you can see in the pictures, there are some small in amazing condition. It starts easily and runs smoothly through all gears.” 26 bids, sf 182, bf 40. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $24,100. 4-cyl 914s are still on the upswing, and great 914-6s have been changing hands in the low $20s for most of the “W” presidency. Nice example, but not a remarkable price for either side—maybe that's remarkable in itself. bids, sf 31, bf 4. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $29,000. Seller does not specify which 3.6L engine was used (248-hp 964, 270-hp 993, or 282-hp 993). Limited slip and the model of transmission (915 5-speed?) are also omitted. These expensive and important details should have affected the price for what is really just a German hot rod that will never be eligible for a serious “race.” A fair price assuming it had the 964 engine and 915 trans... a bargain if otherwise. Sports Car Market


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Fresh Meat #290044890259-1974 PORSCHE 911 Carrera coupe. S/N 9114400016. Lime Green & black/black leather. Odo: 96,000 miles. 42 photos. Huntington, NY. One of 528 built. Actual Road & Track and Car & Driver cover car from 1974. #137 lime green paint is compromised by nasty rust bubbling through at base of A-pillar and lower half of both doors. Bumper rubber tired, seats splitting. “..currently registered, detailing. 40 bids, sf 299, bf 102. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,000. For the price of two stock (and appreciating) mid-year 911s (one coupe and one Targa perhaps?), you too could roll in a block of Velveeta straight outta “Poseurs R Us.” Well sold, if not well done. and is in drive away condition.” 16 bids, sf 218, bf private. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $17,800. Buyer Walter Dawydiak of carsauto.com already has several brightly-colored '74 Carrera coupes, but wants “the full roll of lifesavers.” I emailed him the link, and were it not for that expensivelooking rust, I would be kicking myself. I'll probably soon be kicking myself anyway, as it's probably safe to drop $20k–$25k restoring this rare specimen. #270069077974-1974 PORSCHE 911 Carrera targa. S/N 9114410079. Orange/ black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 7,016 miles. 36 photos. St. Louis, MO. One of 246 made. Body and engine (not interior) restored 15 years ago at a cost of $55,000, driven 50k since. “Targa top looks good and the weather stripping looks good overall but is older. There is one spot on the underside drivers floor that is showing some rust...” Also rusty under engine cover. 23 #110099891578-1974 PORSCHE 914 Roadster. Ravena Green/black fiberglass/gray & black vinyl. Odo: 89,900 miles. 18 Photos. Dallas, TX. “Daily driver and stock restoration in progress.” Typical one-inch rust hole in the battery box, other bubbling rust confined to opposite corner of engine compartment. Original California car. Needs targa rubber and recently Online sales of recent production cars. 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Date sold: 03/14/2007 eBay auction ID: 230101522077 Seller: Private party Sale Type: Used car with 1,700 miles Details: Mercury Silver with Kestral Tan interior, 19” wheels, premium AM sound with Bluetooth Sale result: $102,200, 11 bids, sf 35, bf 74 MSRP: $113,200 Other current offering: Foreign Cars Italia, Charlotte, NC, www.foreigncarsitalia.com, asking $121,980 for a black car with 408 miles. 2007 BMW Alpina B7 bids, sf 965, bf private. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $15,750. Seller “Motoexotica” describes one ramification of their research: “After talking both to Mr. Rizzo and his wife, I came to the conclusion that she did not know what all this cost, and I apologize to Mr. Rizzo for the effect that this might have when she reads this.” Rizzo's pain aside, this Targa was relisted a couple times before finding a home... one that hopefully won't spend more than $10 cleaning it up. #170057705485-1974 PORSCHE 911 Strosek targa. S/N 9114112402. Yellow/yellow fiberglass/black leather. 24 photos. Santa Maria, CA. Custom work on this Targa includes, “full Strosek style C2/4 Turbo kit with 993 style front lip intergrated into the front spoiler, rounded lower front door egdes, 993 windshield sprayers relocated to the front hood (a la Porsche 993), custom painted gauges with updated Porsche Boxster fonts and Strosek logos (not some cheesy, slap in face plates), 18” rims and tires fit perfectly.” 2.7-liter base engine has 140k miles and a thorough June 2007 One owner. “This particular vehicle has been meticulously maintained.” 22 bids, sf 2, bf 67. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $26,700. Mid-year ('74'77) 911s are hot right now. Absurdly low miles and very desirable colors made for a very high price here, but one that is not over-the-top. u Date sold: 01/18/2007 eBay auction ID: 120073087872 Seller: Mercedes-Benz of Bedford, Bedford, OH, www.bedford.mercedescenter.com Sale Type: New car Details: Black on black with black ash trim. Xenon, nav, Sirius, Distronic, active ventilated seats Sale result: $141,600, 2 bids, sf 14, bf 10 MSRP: $147,575 Other current offering: Mercedes-Benz of Miami, Miami, FL, www.mercedesbenzofmiami.com, asking $149,700 for a black/beige car with 25 miles.u 135 discovered oil leaks repaired. “Original L-Jet FI is solid and sorted.” New Kumhos. 8 bids, sf 99, bf 1. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $3,951. While many folks have been holding out for earlier chrome-bumper examples, the prices of all 4cyl 914s have been rising to foil them. Even with a minor case of 914-typical rust, this solid car in a bilious but period color was a deal by $1k–$2k. #320048109508-1975 PORSCHE 911S Anniversary Edition coupe. S/N 9115200160. Diamond Silver Metallic/black tweed. Odo: 8,491 miles. 9 Photos. Solon, OH. “8491 original miles.” #21 of 750 Anniversary edition cars made. “The production number is on the original plaque on the dash signed by Dr. Porsche.” Date sold: 03/27/2007 eBay auction ID: 150103924701 Seller: BMW of Austin, Austin, TX, www.bmwofaustin.com Sale Type: New car in stock. Details: Black Sapphire over black leather with wood trim, supercharged V8, Harman-Kardon Sale result: $121,695, 1 bid, sf 281, bf 78 MSRP: $125,000 Other current offering: DiFeo BMW, Tenafly, NJ, www.difeobmw.com, asking $124,260 for a similar car. 2007 Mercedes-Benz CL600


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Automotive Investor 365 GTB/4 Daytona They were the bargain of the '90s, available all day at $135,000 T he 365 GTB/4 Daytona represents the ultimate front-engined Ferrari V12. With its abrupt tail, its four menacing exhaust pipes, its long phallic nose, its aggressive “tail up-nose down” stance, 350 horsepower, and a near-iconic V12 shriek, the Daytona also epitomizes the '70s supercar. Beyond the way it looks and sounds, the Daytona will do 60 mph in 1st, 85 in 2nd, 115 in 3rd, 150 in 4th, and there is one gear left for Daytona Sales vs. Average Prices $100k $200k $300k $400k $500k $600k $700k $800k 2002 136 those brave enough to exceed 170 mph in a road car. A few competition models were raced on circuits from Le Mans to Daytona, and added a few more trophies to the Ferrari GT racing cabinet. Ferrari built 1,273 Daytona coupes, so they are not rare. But their status as Maranello's '70s supercar delegate makes them highly soughtafter. They were the bargain of the 1990s, available all day at $135,000. Today a very good one will set you back about $250,000. Conversely, with just 124 Spyders leaving the factory, expect to pay something closer to $750,000. About 150 spyder conversions, or cut cars, exist, but the prime determinant of value here is the firm that did the job. Prices tend to hover about $25,000 above the cost of a coupe. We predict that Daytonas will hit $300,000 by December and then level off, so buying a good one now would be considered a prudent move. u Spyder Conversion Coupe Spyder Auction Sales by Calendar Year Conversion Coupe 2003, 1 car sold for $365,500 2004, 1 car sold for $388,800 2005, 1 car sold for $495,000 2006, 1 car sold for $748,000 2002, 1 car sold for $183,748 2003, 1 car sold for $195,578 2004, 1 car sold for $139,800 2005, 2 cars sold, $179,849 average price 2006, 2 cars sold, $260,283 average price 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2007, 2 cars sold, $231,000 average price 2002, 2 cars sold, S98,239 average price 2003, 6 cars sold, $137,579 average price 2004, 6 cars sold, $138,019 average price 2005, 4 cars sold, $149,385 average price 2006, 9 cars sold, $243,013 average price Sports Car Market Michael Sheehan


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AUCTION HOUSE FOCUS Bonhams ounded in London in 1793 as an auctioneer of fine art and books, Bonhams today is active in over 70 categories of collectibles and conducts more than 700 sales a year. Its International Motoring Department, led by James Knight, has F four fully staffed branches worldwide, including a San Francisco office (Bonhams & Butterfields), a Sydney office (Bonhams & Goodman), a mainland Europe office in Paris, and the London office. The chairman of the Bonhams group of companies is Robert Brooks, who is also an accomplished motorsports competitor. Bonhams charges a Buyer's Premium of 15% on the first £30,000 ($58,800) of the hammer price, 10% thereafter. Bonhams & Butterfields charges 17% on the first $100,000 of the hammer price, 10% thereafter. Bonhams & Goodman charges 13%. In 2006, Bonhams's International Motoring Department sold 708 cars worldwide, for a sales total of $54,102,333. The average sale price was $76,416, and the highest sale was a 1956 Jaguar D-type, sold in Monterey for $2,097,000. Web site: www.bonhams.com Bonhams' Top 10 Sales of 2006 1. $2,097,000, 1956 Jaguar XKD-type , Carmel, CA, 8/18/06 2. $1,712,000, 1938 Delahaye 135 MS Coupe, Carmel, CA, 8/18/06 3. $1,676,167, 1962 Maserati Tipo 151 Berlinetta, Gstaad, CHE, 12/17/06 4. $1,107,000, 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza, Carmel, CA, 8/18/06 5. $819,825, 1935 Maserati 4CS-1100/1500 , Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/20/06 6. $764,188, 1965 Maserati Tipo 65 Race Prototype, Gstaad, CHE, 12/17/06 7. $704,850, 1974-75 Gulf-Mirage Cosworth GR8, Sussex, UK, 9/1/06 8. $694,373, 1963-64 Lola-Chevrolet Mk 6 GT, Sussex, UK, 9/1/06 9. $595,425, 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Comp, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/20/06 10. $583,598, 1961 Maserati Tipo 63 Sports Racing, Gstaad, CHE, 12/17/06 Bonhams Major Sales Year-toYear $15m $12m $9m $6m $3m Carmel Monte Carlo Goodwood Revival Goodwood Festival of Speed Gstaad Bonhams Major Sales Aggregate Totals 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 $5m June 2007 $10m $15m $20m $25m $30m $35m $40m London 80k 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 60k 40k 1992 1997 2002 Cost in Native Currencies Yen Pound 20% 15% 10% 5% 0 -5% -10% -15% -20% 1992 1997 2002 2007 137 Euro 2007 20m Yen 15m I CURRENCY ANALYSIS Dollars, Euros, Pounds, and Yen n February 2002, Christie's sold the 1972 Maserati Boomerang concept car at its Retromobile sale for $627,923. Three years later, the firm sold it again in Paris, this time for $1,000,000. It would appear the seller made out—by $372,000. However, in his May 2005 profile of the Boomerang (“Etceterini,” p.46), Donald Osborne writes, “considering that both sales took place in Paris and were transacted in euros, and that both buyer and seller are European, a different story emerges. In 2002 the final price with buyer's premium was €716,382, while the 2005 sale was for €781,250. Do the math....” Factoring in fees, the price in Euros was a wash. The “math” plays a big part of the collector car marketplace. The ebb and flow of the world's currency can have as much effect on whether or not a car is a good buy as the quality of its restoration. Assuming a fixed U.S. dollar, we wanted to know how much foreign buyers had to spend in their native currencies across the last 15 years to buy a $100k car. We also tracked fluctuations in the the exchange rate during that time. Exchange Rate Pound Euro Dollar Source: Federal Reserve Statistical Release; data measured March 15 in subsequent years 120k 10m $100k Dollar cars cost less cars cost more


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Motobilia Carl Bomstead Future Looks Bright for Lamp Rack If there are any bulbs marked 3003, you hit a home run. Packard guys will pay $40 apiece an open campfire. As far as driving around town with coffee percolating under the dashboard, I doubt if that was very practical. Besides, who could you sue for a billion dollars when you spilled hot coffee in your lap? My suggestion is to hang on to it and haul it out every now and then to amuse your buddies, as the value is unlikely to top $20 if you offered it for sale. Packard bulbs could light the way I found this GE Edison Mazda Strange brew: who do you sue? I have an automotive relic that I found in my dad's attic. He was in the restaurant business, so I assume this was some gimmick he was once given. It's a full coffee kit for your car that includes a percolator that you can plug into the cigar lighter, a metal bracket that attaches to the dash and assorted cups, etc. All is inside a carrying case. I could not find a date on the instructions or anywhere else, but I suspect it is from the '50s. I guess you could think of it as an early predecessor to Starbucks with heated cup holders, etc. However, I doubt it's Bluetooth compatible. Anything special about my attic find?—Bob Kehoe, Hillsboro, OR Bob, you have found one of a myriad weird automotive novelties that were marketed in the '50s. It could have been rather useful if you towed a camp trailer and preferred this device to brewing coffee over Super Auto Light display box at a local flea market in the back of a booth with a bunch of old machine tool parts. It is in very nice condition but needs a good cleaning. The enamel is not chipped and the case is full of old auto light bulbs. This was far and away the most expensive thing in his booth, as he was asking $600. I offe a whole lot less and when showed him a fist full of c he said he would take $45 so I'm an owner. Are you familiar with these display cases and what do you think about what I paid? —Robbie Jacobsen, Concord, MA There are two version of this case, and yours with the yellow is the more desirable, as the other just has two col ors. These hung on the wall in the garage or shop and are usually pretty beat up and battered after years of use and abuse. Finding one in good condition is real luck and your persistence paid off here, as they usually sell for twice what you paid. The deal may get even better depending on the bulbs that are in the case. Check to see if there are any marked 3003, and if so, you hit a major home run; the Packard guys will pay $40 apiece for them. Oarsman steered you wrong on mascot I believe this is some sort of radiator mascot. It is twelve inches tall and the bottom piece upon which the figure is standing is open and 1 1/2 inches in diameter. It appears to be made of sterling silver, as it tarnishes. It has no markings that I have been able to find. I think it was found at an antique show about 25 years Any thoughts? A faithful .—Jim Adleberg, Owings Mills, MD Radiator mascots were manufactured in all shapes and sizes. There are over 5,000 different variations that have been documented, ranging from the ridiculous to the elaborate. The rarest of the R. Lalique glass mascots can cost well into six figures, while at the other end of the spectrum we have oddities such as a plumber attaching a faucet to a radiator cap and calling it collectible. With all that being said, there are a couple of clues that lead me to believe that your oarsman was once part of an award trophy. The vast majority of the elaborate mascots were made of bronze and then plated, while the less expensive ones were pot metal. Sterling silver was not a practical alternative. As you mention, it tarnishes and was relatively expensive. The other thing that points toward this being a trophy is the base. Mascots are either integrated into the radiator cap or have a stud that allows them to be bolted to the cap. Since yours is hollow on the bottom it would be most difficult to attach it to a radiator cap.u CARL BOMSTEAD is a decades-long automobilia expert who lives in the Pacific Northwest. Send your questions to motobilia@sportscarmarket.com. Digital photos at least 3” by 5” at 300 dpi must accompany your queries. Due to the volume of mail we receive, not all questions can be answered. 138 Sports Car Market


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Bike Buys Paul Duchene Ducati's Monster Goes Naked Into the Night Street fighters look like stripped racebikes, crashed by students who threw away the plastic and kept riding by Paul Duchene D ucati's Monster M900 coined a whole new category of motorcycle when it emerged—naked, if you will—from the pen of Argentine designer Miguel Angel Galluzzi in 1993. Today, Monsters account for almost 60% of Ducati's business and decorate bike cafes worldwide. The model can rightfully be called an instant classic and it's certainly an icon. The Monster's “street fighter” style of barebones racebike technology has spawned countless imitations like the Aprilia Tuono, Buell Blast and Triumph Speed Triple. All of them look like stripped sportbikes that were crashed by impoverished students who threw away the plastic and kept riding. When the Monster M900 debuted in 1993, Ducati was in one of its periodic rebounds, enjoying significant success with the 900SS sportbike and having won three World Titles with the 851 and 888 Superbikes. The Monster was a “naked” design, based on an 851 trellis frame with Mikuni car- buretors, Showa forks, Boge rising rate rear suspension and 900SS wheels and brakes. Initially bright red or shiny black, sales really took off in 1994 with the flat black “dark” models. Looking like weapons in a Street Fighter video game, they cemented the model's ties to Gen Y and the “Oughts.” Here, puppy Perfect Ducati Monster owner: Hangs out at Starbucks's competitors Rating (HHHHH is best): Fun to ride: HHHHH Ease of maintenance: HHHH Appreciation potential: HHH Attention getter: HHH Years produced: 1993–2000 Number produced: 3,500 approx. to U.S. Original list price: $9,150 SCM Valuation: $3,500–$7,500 Tuneup: $500–$600, including valve adjust Engine: 904-cc air-cooled, V-twin Transmission: 5-speed Weight: 407 lbs Engine #: Below rear cylinder, left side Frame #: Right side of frame toward front Colors: red/silver, yellow/silver, black/silver, flat black/silver, pink Club: Ducati Monster List More: www.ducatimonster.org SCM Investment Grade: B Ducati began humbly in 1948, with the 48-cc “Cucciolo” (puppy) cyclemotor. The company developed a fine line of small-displacement sportbikes in the 1950s, characterized by 125-cc and 175-cc OHC engines with “desmodromic” valve gear. Designer Fabio Taglioni's use of a cam to close valves as well as open them eliminated valve springs and enabled the engines to rev into five figures. Giuliano Maoggi's win in the Motogiro D'Italia road race in 1956 confirmed the potency of the design, which was successfully applied to 250-cc, 350-cc, and 450-cc racers in the 1960s and the fabulous 750-cc and 900-cc SS V-twins in the 1970s. But complexity made the bevel drive OHC expen- sive to make, and Ducati was struggling financially through the '70s, despite racing successes, including retired champ Mike Hailwood's ride of the century to win the Isle of Man TT on a privateer 900SS in 1978. The answer to reducing cost and increasing perfor- mance arrived in 1980 with Fabio Taglioni's 500-cc belt-driven OHC Pantah. That design is still in use today, with numerous GP World Championships literally “under its belts.” While sportbikes like the 900SS, 916, 999, and now 1098 tempt past, present, and future roadracers, the Monster has attracted a different crowd, many of whom live in an urban environment. As such, they don't 140 care about hitting 160 mph on straightaways (well not so much anyway). They're more worried about looking great, sounding cool, ripping from 40 to 90 mph, and having great handling and brakes. Dark side of the Monster From the original M900, which was made from 1993 to 2000, the Monster expanded to offer a 620-cc, 750-cc, and even 800-cc variant and gained fuel injection in 2000 and water-cooling in 2001. Today there are five models offered, from the 695-cc beginner's bike, which has a lower seat height, to the S4R S Testastretta, with the 130-hp, 998-cc motor. The latest derivation is the Hypermotard, which may raise the bar once again. Early Monsters are hard to find, says Ducati Public Relations Coordinator John Canton, who set out to find an older 620 Dark recently and eventually gave up and bought a new 695-cc model instead. “Nobody ever sells them,” he says. “I think they buy bigger bikes, but keep the old one around for running around town, or getting the wife started.” They don't suffer fools gladly Both Canton and former Ducati dealer John Foyston of Eurosport in Oregon stress that buying a Monster demands careful attention to detail. The bikes are sophisticated and do not suffer fools gladly, either riding or wrenching. “Beware of a lack of service records,” says Canton. “And make sure the electrics are OK,” he said, which will ring a bell with Italian bike aficionados Foyston warns that engines will probably have nig- gling oil leaks and of course the trademark clutch rattle, but the engine should have no knocks. “Valve guide issues were pretty well sorted by then, but head studs can still strip or break,” he says. Both warn to look for crash damage and Foyston recommends checking the steering head for cracks. The Monster arrived at the same time as the carbon fiber boom hit, and many bikes have carbon fiber accessories, as well as loud pipes, like Termignonis. Ducati Performance accessories can be transferred from one bike to another through several model years, but beware of modifications that mean the bike can't be returned to stock, warns Carlton.u Sports Car Market


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Mystery Photo Answers It's a long strange trip from “The Standard of the World” to “Don't come a-knockin when the trailer's a-rockin.” —Jim Bender, Columbus, OH For Cautionary Used Car Purchases: (1) Think twice before buying a car that has a white front wheel with a blackwall tire and a black rear wheel with a whitewall tire. (2) Insist on full documentation whenever considering an RV with bars over its louvered windows.—Norman Vogel, San Francisco, CA For Sale: Official Grateful Undead Substance Coach. Low and very slow miles, small burns in upholstery and carpets. Big fridge. $2k, or will trade for bigger tent and 15,000 watts of Grolux bulbs. Leave note at Mendocino, CA, Wal-Mart.—William Campbell, Newport Beach, CA Publisher Martin reverses the SCM Mobile Media Office up to the 2008 Barrett-Jackson Auction Tent following the predicted collapse of the muscle car market.—Martin E. Button, San Francisco, CA Despite heavy camouflaging, this test mule of the 2010 Escalade- RUNNER-UP: Jethro let out a big whoop when the lawyer told him he was getting both the Caddy and the house.—Tom Kelly, Pasadena, CA Cadi-Shack—Greg Aarssen, Chatham, Ontario, CAN Well honey, no more doublewides for us. Happy Birthday!—Rich Santi, Seattle, WA With his new vinyl siding, Jimmy Bob just knew his Cadillac would be the talk of the town.—Christian Guthrie, Glendale, AZ On eBay it was simply described as “the Cadillac of motor homes.” Of course, it did seem odd there weren't any photos.—Jay Mackro, San Juan Capistrano, CA Elvis, in the summer of '53, after making his first recording at Sun Records: “When I make it big, the first thing I'm goin' do is buy my mamma a house and a Cadillac.”—Daryl Pinter, Algonquin, IL This 1954 Cadillac Hacienda, credited for pioneering luxury SUVs and Section 8 housing, was recently sold at auction for a staggering $4.5 million.—Doug Knight, Haddonfield, NJ This photo ably illustrates two minor axioms of the Martin System USAPPRAISAL This Month's Mystery Photo Response Deadline: May 25, 2007 Our Photo, Your Caption Be the author of the most accurate, creative, or provocative response and receive a sure-to-be-collectible-someday 1/18-scale collector car model, courtesy of USAppraisal. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Fax your response to 503.253.2234; email: mysteryphoto@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. Email photos at 300 dpi in JPEG format. 142 Sports Car Market based Cadillac RV clearly shows strong retro design cues.—Kick Wheeler, New Milford, VT Tired of his “poor white trailer trash” label at home, Bob took his new luxury RV on the road.—Bob O'Neill, Peachtree City, GA When VW introduced the new 21st century Westphalia model, General Motors was quick to respond—Robert Kossel, Mississauga, Ontario, CAN DamnVern! I hear your new bride comes from money.—Steve Anderson, Girard, OH Although never seen on TV, Jed, Jethro, Granny, and Elly May enjoyed frequent trips home to flaunt their newfound wealth.—Dale Pope, Plymouth, IN We knew Mr. Egan had lost it when he cryptically said it was going to be a different kind of Fleetwood.—Erik R. Olson, San Ramon, CA Billy Ray and Bobby Joe could never quite nail a marketing strategy for their Cadillance. It lived, and died, in Bentonville, Arkansas.—Peter Zimmerman, Bakersfield, CA For his thoughtful analysis of Cadillac's roller-coaster history as an elite auto manufacturer, Jim Bender should check his mailbox for a nearpriceless 1:18 scale model courtesy of Dave Kinney's USAppraisal.u


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Comments With Your Renewal Great magazine—R. Freeman, Seattle, WA No more motorcycles. This is a sports CAR magazine.—R. Thompson, Las Vegas, NV How about a separate section every month for bikes, with a feature on Italian, British and Japanese?—Billy Bodega, Williamstown, VA Keep up with the same stuff. I don't mind motorcycle info either. How about Alfa post-war 1946 to 1960? Can't get too much. Thanks.—M. Butler, Reno, NV Great magazine. Don't change a thing. Don't broaden coverage to other cars or sub-markets. You have a winning and unique formula.—B. Veio, Centennial, CO Less on “schmuscle” cars. They were crap then, and they are still nothing. They have vinyl inside, no brakes, no suspension, and were mass produced. Ugh.—P. Katz, St. Paul, MN Keep it up, all of it—A. McAndrew, New York, NY A monthly dose of a dream. One day I will pounce. Thank you for a superb magazine.—M. Brogard, New York, NY The best magazine ever. More info on old Ferraris, Porsches, Corvettes, race cars, classics, and Duesenbergs. You guys do a great job.—J. Brewster, West Monroe, LA. Not too hot. Not too cold… Just right.—J. Kasmer, Sebring, FL Nice mix of cars, but easy on the muscle cars. I don't believe many muscle cars were considered sports cars. Great publication.—D. Molnar, Scottsdale, AZ Great magazine. Keep the American muscle cars coming. Love the occasional articles on AMCs. I know, don't laugh.— B. Escamilla, Oaklawn, IL. Don't forget we have been Pacer owners. Dare to be different, we say.—KM Just plain love it.—D. Noe, Edmond, OK Hands down my favorite read every month. Keep up the great work.—D. Hillman, Willowbrook, IL Keith Martin—good. Craig Jackson—bad.—D. McKenzie, Santa Barbara, CA More features on collector cars in the $15k to $25k price range. And more Corvettes.—V. Dominelli, San Diego, CA Of the nine monthly publications I receive, SCM is the only one I read cover to cover (minus the motorcycle pages).—W. Hockett, Spokane, WA And thanks to all of you for your thoughtful comments and your renewals.—KMu Interested in a turn behind the wheel? Send an email to copyed@sportscarmarket.com. June 2007 143 Wagon Ho! Gonna take a sentimental journey... S CMers are vying to take our pristine wagon on a trip back to childhood. Here are Alan Fessenden's childhood memories. Join in with your recollections, as we plan the summer campaign. “The trip I'd like to recreate in the '68 Mercury Colony Park station wagon is the annual pilgrimage my family took from Long Valley, NJ, to Salisbury Beach, MA, in our '69 and '73 Ford LTD Country Squires. Long Valley is one hour west of New York city, and Salisbury is one hour North of Boston and 15 minutes South of Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant in New Hampshire. In 1969, we traded our 1960 VW bus for a new Country Squire. As far as I know that was the last time the VW started. In that same year we bought our cottage at Salisbury Beach, (long before Seabrook was contemplated.) Every summer we would pack up the Beach Wagon (as New Englanders called them) and head north to the beach, a six-hour drive in those days (before the route 287 connector was completed) loaded with anywhere from two to five kids and luggage for the summer. While both Beach Wagons had air conditioning, my father never used it; he liked the fresh air (he probably preferred the road noise to the kid noise) and boy, could that car get hot on those trips. Some of the most memorable experiences in our Beach Wagons: • A flat tire on the Tappan Zee bridge and a spare with no air—with no cell phone and no emergency call boxes. • Watching our car rolling down the driveway, across the street, and into the ditch—blocking the entire street. While it was understandable that my mother could forget to put the '69 in “Park,” the '73 had an ignition lock and the key couldn't be turned to the off position without the car in being “Park.” I guess that was just a rite of passage in our family. (The parking brake wouldn't have helped at all, it was perpetually worn out from being driven around engaged. I'd like to attribute the lack of noticeable performance loss to the power of the 390 and 400 cid V8's, but it was more likely the distraction of five kids). • Forgetting the bike was strapped to the roof rack and going under a low overhang. I guess my sister had to walk to frat parties that year. • Pre-season trips to the beach with the high school track team to train by running on the beach—in the soft sand, not the hard stuff at low tide. Now, 38 years later, trips to the beach are more civilized, thanks to: • Air conditioning that is actually used. • Cloth seats, versus sweaty hot plastic. • Reclining captain's chairs in the minivan, versus two fixed bench seats. • AM/FM stereo/cassette/CD instead of AM radio with single front speaker and ‘Cousin Brucie' on WABC. • DVD players with headphones, rather than counting license plates. • Cars are also easier to keep on the road: tracking virtually straight, instead of the constant bob of the steering wheel ten degrees either side of center to keep the car in one lane But the upside of those Beach Wagons... • Style. Minivans can't hold a candle to Beach Wagons with simulated wood grain siding, roof rack, and white wall tires. • Power. We'd pass effortlessly on a hill, in- stead of hunting for gears or redlining the puny 3.8-liter V6. • Sleep. Fold down the back seat, push the lug- gage to the side, grab a pillow and try to sleep for the full six hours—that's how to make the time pass. I'd love to take this trip again with my brother and two nieces, and my Godson, if his parents consent. What an opportunity for them to experience first hand what it was like “when I was a kid.” Maybe this trip will be devoid of: • “Don't make me pull this car over!” • “Don't make me come back there!” (full upper body twist, with the hand not on the steering wheel, flailing around in the back seat area only half hoping to make contact). And worst of all: • “One of you get up here now!” Maybe my nieces will behave too. P.S.—If logistically it would be easier to make the hand-off/pickup in Hartford, CT, our family has wonderful memories of annual Thanksgiving trips. We'd meet 16 cousins, six aunts and uncles, all in one house for four days of great times. 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. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snailmail: Showcase, PO Box 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 1950 Jaguar XK 120 and side curtains. Lots of fun, great investment. More photos on web site. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., www.deGarmoLtd.com, 203.852.1670. (CT) 1964 Jaguar XKE Maybe the best original example anywhere. 934 original miles, absolutely flawless throughout. BRG, tan leather, full aluminum coachwork, Ford 5-liter V8, properly serviced. None better. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., www.deGarmoLtd.com, 203.852.1670. (CT) JCNA 99-pt car. Absolutely spectacular, drives flawlessly. Silver, red leather. Matching numbers. Books, tools, fitted luggage. Body-off restored by marque specialist on excellent, rust-free original car. Expensive. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., www.deGarmoLtd. com, 203.852.1670. (CT) 1959 MG A Late-model 3.8 with all-synchro tranny. Virtually all mechanical parts were either replaced or completely repaired and refinished. Interior redone in English Connolly. I have $90,000 in invoices. $75,000. Guy Stewart, gkslaw@bellsouth.net, 531.659.1810. 1965 Jaguar XKE 4.2 coupe French 1950 Talbot-Lago T26 GS Replica, Event, DE Car. The best of everything. Crank fired, twin plugs, Webers, cage, fully streetable with updated a/c. All-steel and no rust. You Just Turn The Key. Anthony Carboni, carboni1@aol.com, 516.848.7315. (NY) Italian 1963 Ferrari GTO Three years in WA. Dry Texas / California car. Well maintained and used regularly. Robert Ewens, 509.447.3344. (WA) 1986 AC Mk IV Euro version, 1991 resto, new 4-speed automatic, rust-free, gorgeous classic at 1/3 the cost of the convertible. Dan Vierra, vestar@sonic.net, 707.632.6320. (CA) 1971 Porsche 911 2.7 RS 1985 Lotus Turbo Esprit 1971 Mercedes-Benz 3.5 Great driver, wins lots of shows. Driven coast to coast twice. Five-speed transmission. Not perfect, but dependable driver. Magazine cover photo for NAMGAR magazine. Roger Dotson, rfdotson@aol .com, 801.361.3508. (UT) 1960 Triumph TR3A Multiple JCNA Best of Show and People's Choice. Complete documentation of restoration on twoowner, low-mileage, rust-free car. Ownership history back to new. All numbers matching. Red, black leather with all factory original books and tools. The best there is, bar none. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd, 203.852.1670. (CT) 1966 Morgan 4/4 Zero miles on just completed ground-up restoration; BRG; beige leather int. All correct; complete, original tool kit; BMIHT certificate. Photos at www .mackaysgarage.com; Daniel Rush, dan@rushlaw .us, 207.985.9850. (ME) 1960 Triumph TR3 Red, black Connolly leather, all weather equipment. A great driver from a private collection. Clean and straight, nice paint, mint interior. Runs and drives without fault. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., www .deGarmoLtd.com, 203.852.1670. (CT) 1980 Triumph TR 8 1600 Super. Numbers-matching coupe in stunning condition. Perfect gaps, all original panels, books, tools. Solid, straight, spotless. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., www.deGarmoLtd.com, 203.852.1670. (CT) 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Stunning 98+ point, LHD example of one of Ferrari's most beautiful designs. Motion Products restoration. All original tools, books, spare wheels, etc. Dobson motorsport, LLC, dominic@dobsonmotorsport.com, 206.660.0399. (WA) Alfa Romeo Giulietta bumpers, eyebrows, taillights, interior chrome, guages, misc. Duetto bumpers, speedo, guages, interior chrome, taillights. Rebuilt 1600 long block, no miles by Alfa Dealer. Richard, 847.498.2783. (IL) 1972 Alfa Romeo GTV Fresh red paint, original mohair interior, 2-liter motor, No rust. Richard, 847.498.2783. (IL) 1981 Alfa Romeo Spider Beautufully restored years ago; now a fantastic driver. All correct, has all weather equiptment. Finished in white, black leather interior, black top, tonneau 144 True TR8. All numbers match. New interior and top. Fresh paint. Many new parts. Runs as great as it looks. Heath Family, heath0777@hotmail.com, 219.326.5502. (IN) Beige with dark brown interior and top. Automatic. Gorgeous car, immaculate cosmetics, perfect mechanicals. Recent documented service by marque expert. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., www.deGarmoLtd .com, 203.852.1670. (CT) Sports Car Market Rare and elegant one-off Franay fastback coupe. Fully restored. Grand Prix-derived chassis and engine. Pre-selector gearbox. Great car with real panache and ideal for any event. Fantasy Junction, chris@fantasyjunction.com, 510.653.7555. (CA) German 1963 Porsche 356C Recreation by Giordanango in Italy. All correct Ferrari components, built on 250 GTE chassis. Perfect mechanicals, flawless aluminum coachwork, ready for track, street, or concours. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., www.deGarmoLtd.com, 203.852.1670. (CT) 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4


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SCM Showcase Gallery 58k original miles, 5-speed, fuel-injected, power windows & mirrors, five new Michelin tires on magnesium alloy Cromodora wheels, Hella headlights. J Brown, 303.514.9900. (CO) 1982 Ferrari 400i Named the Radillac, 500-cu in performance motor, profesional rebuild, drive or show anywhere with pride and confidence. Bernie Aaron, 416.255.8164 (ON) 1946 Chrysler Town and Country 1955 Chevrolet Pickup Truck 1961 Chrysler 300G Factory Air American a/c, reliable Bosch fuel injection and GM 400 Hydramatic with specially calibrated shift point transmission. The V12's four cams are driven by auto tensioning, double roller chain rather than belts. Not perfect, but good for price. Bob, 317.255.2350. (IN) 1985 Maserati Biturbo Near showroom condition. Dealer installed MIE options. $10k, includes intercoolor, lowered suspension, and custom ground cover. ZF transmission, Goti wheels—very fast. Richard, 847.498.2783. (IL) American 1932 Ford Highboy Roadster Very rare late '57 with factory-correct and original four-speed manual. Finished in red with white coves, red interior. Show quality in every detail and mechanically 100% perfect. Fully sorted for spirited driving with complete confidence. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., www.deGarmoLtd.com; 203.852.1670 (CT) Single Seat Roadster, S/B Chev. V-8, Aluminum. Bill Hair, automojo@hughes.net, 805.466.1015 (CA) America's most beautiful roadster. 1978 winner. Recently selected as one of the 75 most significant 32 Deuces in the world. Unrestored and pristine. Hal Morrison, 831.438.6555. (CA) 1946 Cadillac Classic Chevy Platinum Certificate, 993 points. Completely restored, every nut and bolt to factory specifications. Mark Mandelbaum, markmand@pol .net, 828.423.8250. (NC) Fuel-injected 283-hp with matching numbers as verified by Leo Dunn. Excellent driving car with good power. Many options including town and country Wonderbar radio. Two tops. Fantasy Junction, chris@fantasyjunction.com, 510.653.7555. (CA) IS IT REAL OR DIECAST? ONLY THE OWNER KNOWS FOR SURE. Custom Diecast Replicas specializes in duplicating real cars in 1/18 scale diecast. As long as there's a starter car available Custom Diecast Replicas can duplicate most a real car. Using Dupont paints we can match any car any color. From complete repaints to engine swaps, create hoods and spoilers, making convertibles from hardtops, adding vinyl tops, chopping roofs, making sunroofs or t-tops to just doing tire and wheel swaps. The possibilities are endless! We back all our work with a guarantee! Please visit our website for more information or call us direct at 630-424-1700 www.CUSTOMDIECASTREPLICAS.com 146 Sports Car Market Beautiful, fresh, frame-up restoration. Gold Spinner winner. Matching numbers with original equipment including J56 brakes, F41 suspension, M21 suspension, 4.11 posi rear end and hard top. Complete documentation from new and restoration photographs. Fantasy Junction, chris@fantasyjunction .com, 510.653.7555, (CA) 1969 Shelby GT350 1955 Chevrolet BelAir 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Body off restored to Pebble Beach standards. 100% correct and fully documented. Not a finer example anywhere. Correct burgundy with burg/crème interior, burgundy top. Flawless throughout. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., www.deGarmoLtd.com; 203.852.1670 (CT) Alloy Bodied 40s Special “Five-Window” Pickup. Multiple concours winner with complete photo and written documentation of flawless restoration. 100% authentic and correct. Completely sorted mechanically. Show or drive anywhere. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., www.deGarmoLtd .com, 203.852.1670. (CT) 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuelie Chrysler built 330 300Gs with factory air; only 65 remain. This car was completely restored in 2002 and has been driven less than 3,000 miles. 413-ci V8, 375 hp, dual 4-bbl carbs. Jeff Gretz, gretz@omtool .com, 503.628.0629. (OR) 1966 Shelby GT350 Exciting and reliable. Ideal for any event including Tour Auto. Restored to rally spec by P&R Zollikon with R type features. Documentation, notes, and FIA papers. Fantasy Junction, chris@fantasyjunction .com, 510.653.7555. (CA) 1967 Corvette 427/435 White w/black interior, blue stripes, 4-speed w/ factory a/c added. Last owner 14 years, had full rotisserie restoration in 1994; a great car for only $85,000. Craig Brody, craigbrody@investmentmoto rcars.net, 954.646.8819. (FL) 1970 Cadillac Deville Unrestored. Totally original survivor. 22k documented miles. Factory original paint, top, interior, and all trim. Mind as new, best of the best. Has Cadillac historical docs. George Lyons, 814.450.0926. (PA)


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1970 Mustang Boss 302 1 Jaguar Crossword 2 3 4 11 15 Mustang Boss 302 Drag Pack with documentation. Grabber Orange. Stunning restoration. Nicely equipped. 65,000 miles. Lots of pictures available. Steve Linden, 516.524.4102. (NY) 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 26 27 29 Specialty car, GT500 copy, Ford drag pack 460 engine, 3-phase Prescott nitrous system, Boss 302 front clip; Gerry, 250.554.3240. (BC) 1970 Mercury Cougar 41 44 47 48 Competition Blue, rare white interior, 4-speed w/ console, super clean older rotisserie restoration, matching #s, Magnums, gorgeous! Craig Brody, craigbrody@investmentmotorcars.net, 954.646.8819. (FL) 1970 Pontiac GTO 52 57 60 Across Orbit Orange, Sandalwood interior & top, crazy rare 4-speed w/ factory a/c, notchback bench seat, 8-track & hood tach—loaded! Build sheet, PHS paperwork, matching #s, full provenance, $POA. Craig Brody, craigbrody@investmentmotorcars.net, 954.646.8819. (FL) 1977 Ford Bronco Sport 1. Shortened form of Jag's original company name before WW II 7. One of the founders of the company that became Jaguar, William ____ 11. In debt to 12. Channel for mysteries 14. New form 15. She stole an XJ220 nicknamed “Bernadene” in the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds” 19. Many years old 20. Fuel miser Jag, XJS ___ 21. W. Coast airport 23. ___ conditioning 24. Jaguar and BMC merger result, British ____ Holdings Original 40k miles. Perfect, pampered and maintained. Factory ordered medium silver with parchment. Power steering and brakes. Auto trans. Civil #, solid as it left the factory. Joe, 630.202.4979. (IL) 1995 Dodge Viper RT/10 26. Work 28. Springsteen's “Born in the ___” 29. Profit, abbr. 30. Through 31. Slope accoutrement 33. Earliest E-type version ___ 34. Fib 35. Name 37. Coral ____ 40. Nurse, for short 41. Cornering technique, four-wheel ____ 42. Manchester's St. 43. Bentley had a Mk __ so Jaguar never produced one 44. BMH merged with ___ and Rover in 1968 47. Russian ruler 50. Hereditary factor 52. Artificial Intelligence, briefly 53. “Shaguar” driver Austin ____ 56. Jag nickname 57. Veni, vidi, ___ 59. Able to 60. R-D6, C-XF, and R-Coupe are ____ models 61. Engine designer for the 1948 XK 120, Claude ____ Down 1. 1922 company that later became 1 Across and then Jaguar 2. Part of a machine 3. ___ inspiring 4. Top Gear put the 2003 XJ8 number 1 in quality and _____ 5. 2001 addition to Ford's Premier Automotive Group 6. Drink with jam and bread 8. Uno For solution, go to: Air, three tops, polished 5-spoke wheels, stainless headers, big exhaust, original paint, never damaged. Bob Hoeksema, 248.787.7700. (MI)u June 2007 www.sportscarmarket.com/crossword 147 9. Compass pt. 10. 1995 Jaguar XJ6 ______ 13. Low clouds 16. 1963 Roadster (3 words) 17. C-types won here in 1951 and 1953 18. Wedding promise 20. Santa's laugh, once 22. ____-12, Jag's 1990 Le Mans winner 25. ____ drive 27. Hawaiian bird 32. Developmental racer 36. Classic British steering wheel, Moto-____ 38. Adam's counterpart 39. Small dent 43. Veteran's Admin. 44. Zodiac sign 45. Decorative sticker 46. NASCAR's King 48. Spanish yes 49. Makes for wet roads 51. Neck part 53. Apple or cherry 54. Slick 55. Ocean 57. Voiceover, for short 58. To copy on the email 58 61 49 53 54 55 50 56 59 33 36 34 37 38 42 43 45 51 46 39 30 28 31 32 35 40 5 6 12 16 19 21 22 23 24 25 13 17 18 20 7 8 9 10 14


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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.barrettjackson.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.bransonauction.com. (MO) Carlisle Collector Car Auctions. 717.243-7855. 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle, PA 17013. Spring and Fall Auctions. High-line cars cross the block. Hundreds of muscle cars, antique, collector, and special-interest cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Real Cars. Real Prices. www.carlisleauctions.com. (PA) Christie's. 310.385.2600, 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) Sells More Muscle Than Mecum. Nobody. (IL) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick, 760.320.3290, fax 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262. www.classiccarauction.com. (CA) 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) and '60s as well as Mille Miglia-eligible sports cars. Always looking to buy fabulous classic cars. www.hamannclassiccars.com (CT) 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 Collector Automo- biles. 602.252.2697, fax 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th Street, Phoenix AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com; 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) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com; www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Tom Mack Classics. 888.TOM. MACK. PO Box 1766, Indian Trail, NC 28079. Three annual auctions in Charlotte, NC: April, September, and January. Selling Southern muscle, collector, and antique cars with experience and integrity for 24 years. North Carolina auction license 4017. www.tommackclassics .com. (NC) RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, fax 519.351.1337. Our team of highly qualified professionals with over 25 years of experience will perform complete classic car collection appraisals. Your collection will be assessed by superior appraisers who are exceptionally detailed and want you to get the most value from your collection. RM is the world's largest vintage automobile house specializing in vintage automobile restoration, auctions and appraisals. www.rmauctions.com (CAN) USAppraisal. 703.759.9100. Over 25 years experience with collector automobiles, available nationwide. David H. Kinney, ASA (Accredited Senior Appraiser, American Society of Appraisers). dhkinney@usappraisal.com; www.usappraisal.com. (VA) INSPECTIONS 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) 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,” with 38-page list of memorabilia available. singer356@aol.com or www.vintageautoposters.com. (CA) Steve Austin's Automobilia & The Worldwide Group. 866.273.6394. Established by John Kruse and Rod C. Egan, The Worldwide Group—Auctioneers, Appraisers and Brokers—is one of the world's premier auction houses, specializing in the procurement and sale of the world's finest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www.WWGauctions.com. (TX) APPRAISALS Kruse International. 800.968.4444 5540 CR llA Auburn, IN 46706. Largest Collector Car Auction Company, holding over 35 auctions per year. Home of the 480-acre Auction Park in Auburn, IN, where the 37th Annual Labor Day Auction will be held with over 5,000 cars and 150,000 people. www.Kruse.com. (IN) 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 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. On-site 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) California Dream Cars Appraisals . 888.314.3366. Over 30 years experience in Southern California appraising classic, antique, special interest, muscle and custom to current-year models. Specializing in pre-purchase inspections, stated value insurance appraisals, insurance disputes, and expert witness testimony. For more info, visit our web site at www .caldreamcars.net. (CA) Dave Brownell's Vintage Auto Appraisals. 802.362.4719, fax Automobile Inspections LLC. 860.456.4048. 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 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) 2shores International. 49 -5691- 912460, fax 49-5691-912480. Based in Germany, working worldwide. Connecting buyers and sellers of collectible cars in a global market place. International Classic Car Events. Serving our clients with compassion, loyalty, and 15 years of experience. Your trusted partner in Europe! www.2-shores-classics.com. (DE) GMP. 800.536.1637. GMP offers the best value possible in accurately detailed diecast models through exhaustive research and development followed by uncompromising quality control standards in design, modeling, and manufacturing. We are the diecast leaders. Your collection starts here. www.gmpdiecast .com. (GA) Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. Specializing in mostly European vintage race and sports cars, especially classic Ferraris of the '50s 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) Great Vacations. 800.452.8434. European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsautomobilia .com. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations .com (OR) BUY/SELL/GENERAL 148 Sports Car Market


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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) The Carcierge, 561.241.6696, fax 561.241.6613. At The Carcierge, our facility has been designed to provide secure storage at appropriate temperature and humidity levels. We also offer our CarCare program, designed to protect your automobile from the damage that can occur when it is idle. www.TheCarcierge.com. (FL) 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 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) 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) 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 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) Kidston SA. +41 22 740 1939, fax +41 22 740 1945. 7 avenue Pictet-deRochemont, 1207 Geneva Switzerland. Expert advice on all aspects of collecting including finance, insurance, and discreet guidance on selling or help finding the right motor car. Particularly strong contacts in the UK and central Europe, all multilingual and experienced (ex-Bonhams) staff. www.kidston.com. (UK) 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) Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700. North America's premier muscle car center, specialized in restoring and trading the finest and rarest American muscle. Our 55,000 sq. ft facility and 100 car showroom is the ultimate car heaven and the home of Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.” www .legendarymotorcar.com. (ON) 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. Ever-changing 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) 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 Auto Transporting by P.C. Bear. 717.849.1585, 321.289.9368, 973.981.8385. Born 1941, car nut since 1943, transporting since 1994. For answers to all your questions, call the guy that loads and drives the truck. www .pcbeartransport.com. (PA) 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@concourstransport.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 Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6092, fax 978.768.3523. Since 1978, offering restoration and sales of classic European sports and touring models from pre-war through 1960s. Successfully brokering Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar, BMW, Alfa Romeo. Guidance given with emphasis on building long-term relationships. Sales Manager Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell .com; www.paulrussell.com. (MA) ProTeam Corvette. 888.592.5086, fax 419.592.4242. Over 150 Corvettes 1953–2003; also Corvettes wanted. Free catalog. www.proteamcorvette.com; 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-thanperfect 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) COLLECTOR CAR INSURANCE Aon Collector Car Insurance. 877.765.7790. We've protected collector Heacock Classics. 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 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. Grundy Worldwide. 800.338.4005. With 60 years of experience in servicing and preserving the collector vehicle hobby, Grundy provides “The Gold Standard” of insurance, offering the most options to you: Agreed Value, No Model Year Limitation, Unlimited Mileage, and coverage options for Spare Parts, Trip Interruption, Towing and Labor Costs, Inflation Guard, and Auto Show Medical Reimbursement. Fast, immediate quotes: www.grundy.com. (PA) 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 Insurance. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified—J.C. Taylor Insurance will provide dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., even Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. (PA) 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 June 2007 149


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 x204 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. 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 BarrettJackson, 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) MosesLudel.Com, LLC. 775.463.5965. Thirty-eight years of 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. 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) Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700. You may have seen our award winning, show quality restorations on Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.” We will handle every stage of any restoration. Our 55,000 sq ft facility is specialized in extreme high-end restorations of rare America muscle cars. www.legendarymotorcar.com. (ON) SPORTS AND COMPETITION 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, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Duesenberg, Bugatti, and more. Offices on East and West Coasts. www.morrisandwelford .com. (CT) (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 RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, fax 519.351.1337. RM is the world's largest vintage automobile house specializing in vintage automobile restoration, auctions and appraisals; with expertise in sports and competitive classic cars such as Ferrari, Jaguar, Maserati, and Bugatti, as well as other sports and competition automobiles. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) VINTAGE EVENTS Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival. 863.683.1540. October 19–21, 2007. 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) Austin-Healey Club USA. 888.4AH- CUSA, fax 503.528.0533. 8002 NE Hwy 99, Ste B PMB 424, Vancouver, WA 98665-8813. Oldest national AustinHealey 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 sell/consign. If you are buying or selling, please call. Also have Healeys, MGs, Triumphs, etc. (OK) Jaguar Performance Restoration. 440.968.3655. High-quality paint, body, mechanical service. Discreet installation of a/c, cruise control, superchargers. Stock restorations done to exacting standards. Clean, well-equipped shop. Near I-90 since '96. We finish your projects. supercharged@alltel.net. (OH) Vantaaj Restoration & Re- 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) 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 make 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) 150 3rd Annual Muscle Car 1000, 949.838.7076. October 7–12, 2007. This six-day luxury tour of Southern California includes exceptional muscle cars, exclusive activities, exquisite dinners, premium hotels, great friends, and fine wine. We're covering Orange County, San Diego, Palm Desert, Lake Arrowhead, Beverly Hills, and a great deal in between. Reserved for 1964-73 American muscle cars, 1962–68 Cobras, 1955–73 Corvettes. Apply early, as space is limited. www.musclecar1000 .com (CA) William K. Vanderbilt Jr. Concours d'Elegance. July 27–29, 2007, at The Newport Mansions, featuring a Driver's Dinner honoring Sir Stirling Moss and Dan Gurney, Black & White Ball, Tour d'Elegance, and Concours. www.NewportMansions.org (RI) ENGLISH 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. 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/ Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, fax 760.758.0600. Large inventory of Jaguars and other collectible classics. World-class restoration facility creating show winners with superb fit and attention to detail. Where great cars achieve perfection. Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com. www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Doc's Jags. 480.951.0777, fax 480.951.3339, Restoration Center 623.869.8777. 23047 N. 15 Lane, Phoenix, AZ. 85027. The world's BIGGEST and BEST Jaguar Web site. #1 in Jaguars WORLDWIDE. Largest inventory of all models. Ask for “DOC.” Email doc@docsjags.com, www.docsjags.com. 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. 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 Rolls-Royce, 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) 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 Sports Car Market


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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 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) 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.hamannclas- June 2007 siccars.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) 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 ProTeam Corvette. 888.592.5086, 419.592.4242. Box 606, Napoleon, OH 43545. Corvettes—over 150 mostly 1953 to 1967s. World's largest. 90,000 sq. ft. The Holy Grail of Corvette collections. Money back guarantee. Free catalog. NCRS #136, SEMA, AMRO. proteam@proteamcorvette.com. www .proteamcorvette, www.corvetteswanted. com. (OH) 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) Legendary Motorcar Company 905.875.4700. North America's premier muscle car center, specialize in restoring and trading the finest and rarest American muscle cars. We are the home of Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.” We are a professional, discreet, and fair buyer for your quality American Muscle. www .legendarymotorcar.com. (ON) 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) PARTS AND ACCESSORIES Covercraft Industries. 800.4.COVERS (426.8377). World's largest manufacturer of custom vehicle covers. Over 58,000 patterns in our library and we can custom make a cover to your dimensions. Thirteen (13) fabrics for indoor/outdoor protection of your classic or daily driver. Made in USA. www.covercraft.com. (OK) 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) Deltran Battery Tender. 386.736.7900. Our chargers are the most technologically advanced in the world. Microprocessor-controlled fully automatic “smart chip” charging applies the correct logic to extend battery life significantly! Safe, dependable and will not over-charge your car battery! www .batterytender.com. (FL) ANTIQUES Solvang Antique Center. 805.688.6222. California's Premier Antique Collective features 65 extraordinary dealers. Quality 18th and 19th century furniture, decorative accessories, fine art and estate jewelry. One of the finest selections of antique clocks, watches and music boxes in the world. www.solvangantiques.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 Griot's Garage. 800.345.5789. The 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) Steve Austin's Automobilia & 151 ultimate online store for automotive accessories and car care products. www .griotsgarage.com. (WA) HotSeat Chassis Inc. 877.GAME. 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 ultra-realistic 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound between its 6 high-powered speakers. (CT) Rosso Corsa. Modena, Italy. Unique handmade products. Limited-production sport watches, each with its own chassis number. Free engraving / personalization. Car and boat totes, handmade silk ties in racing team colors. Vintage leather jackets in styles from famous racing drivers of the '40s and '50s. www.rossocorsausa .com. (IT) GARAGE/TOOLS Baldhead Cabinet Company. 877.966.2253. Offering a fine selection of quality metal garage cabinets suitable for shop and residential garage applications. SS and custom colors available. Many modules to choose from. Call for a custom quote and drawing. See ad in this issue. www.baldheadcabinets.com. (CA)


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Carl Bomstead Ask the Man Who Wants One Packard toys, a Gilmore gizmo, and a '48 Ford termite farm S cam alert: Want to buy a very nice Bentley S1 Continental for only $7,000? Just send the nice man a deposit for half and when he “returns to the States from his European trip the final arrangements will be made.” The same seller changes eBay handles with each scam (“Bearclaw” was one) and has offered desirable cars on eBay Motors for ridiculous prices, but the listings are quickly removed. He has 35 positive responses but any attempt to dig further sends you to his (temporary) email address, so it appears he has managed to hack into the eBay listing software. I wonder if anyone has been foolish enough to actually send this guy any money. Here are a few other listings that also may be foolish, but at least they are on the up and up. EBAY #270092514696— #5700 SCHUCO PACKARD HAWK CONVERTIBLE W/ BOX. Number of bids: 25. SOLD AT: $970. Date sold: 2/28/2007. This synchromatic (automatic transmission) Packard Hawk was made by Schuco in West Germany between 1958 and 1969. 1958 was the last year of stand-alone Packard production, so this fully functional toy car drew interest from the Packard guys as well as Schuco collectors. It was stated to have only light play wear and the box was a big plus. The toy without the box usually sells for $600 to $700, so the buyer paid a substantial premium for the packaging. EBAY #180095493733— OLD TRUSTY OIL COMPANY GASOLINE GLOBE. Number of bids: 8. SOLD AT: $3,150. Date sold: 3/18/2007. The Old Trusty Oil Company was located in Clay Center, Nebraska. It was founded in 1901 and sold out in 1939. The story goes that the founder named the company after his faithful dog. Not much else is known about the company and any memorabilia from the company is scarce. Gas globe guys pay serious money for the unusual and even though the graphics here are not all that exciting, the rarity opened up the billfolds. EBAY #270096326568—ASSOCIATED OIL COMPANY PORCELAIN RESTROOM SIGN. Number of bids: 21. SOLD AT: $1,777. Date sold: 3/9/2007. Early gas station rest room signs continue to be hot property. This dates from an era when service meant something and gas stations promoted their clean facilities in a variety of ways. This sign was updated every half hour indicating when the rest room was last inspected for cleanliness. These show up infrequently and this example appeared to be in excellent condition. Price paid was not out of line, and this will make a nice touch on the bathroom of some serious collector's toy room. EBAY #120096140516—EARL GILMORE WHISKEY LABEL. Number of bids: 11. SOLD AT: $133.51. Date sold: 3/17/2007. Earl Gilmore was the son of the founder of the Gilmore Oil Company. He was a master of marketing, using the Gilmore lion in many unique advertising programs such as Roscoe Turner flying a lion cub around the West Coast in a bi-plane and the Gilmore traveling circus that regularly appeared in every major city. The Gilmore Stadium in Los Angeles was the center of auto racing in the '40s and '50s. He used this whiskey label, which was based on the Gilmore logo and script, on bottles given to friends as gifts. A unique piece of Gilmore Oil Company history, but my $75 bid was off the mark by a bunch. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market magazine (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and additional entries. Subscription rates are $58 for 12 monthly issues in the US, $78 Canada/Mexico, Europe $88, Asia/Africa/Middle East $98. Subscriptions are payable in advance in US currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 24-hours 800.289.2819, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 154 EBAY #140089322393— 1940 PACKARD DARRIN STYLING MODEL. Number of bids: 16. SOLD AT: $2,607.88. Date sold: 3/4/2007. This plaster Packard model was stated to be “straight from the Packard Design Studio in Detroit” leaving the strong impression that it was of the era. Seller also stated that it had an original price of $4,570, which makes you wonder. A few years ago someone was cranking out styling models in quantity and claiming they were the real deal. A number of knowledgeable collectors were taken in by this scam and a few were even able to get their money back. I'm willing to bet this is yet another of these recent models. Cool piece, but seven decades away from being authentic. EBAY #290091511603— FREEPORT LONG ISLAND AUTO RACING PENNANT. Number of bids: 1. SOLD AT: $19.99. Date sold: 3/14/2007. This felt pennant was a touch over two feet long and appeared to be in excellent condition. The Freeport Stadium was opened in 1931 and midget and stock car racing continued until 1953. This one slipped through the cracks as similar pennants usually go for a couple of hundred bucks. A buddy of mine, whose life is spent on the Internet, was the lucky buyer.u POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market