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Sports Car Market Da 203 Collector Cars Rated / Complete Amelia Island Coverage Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends MIURASV $ 1.m ytona Destroer 7 y · Ferrari 340 Mexico Joins the Big Boys at $4.2m · Insider's View: Best $20k-to-$30k Italian Fling? · Legal Files:Tim Durham—Rags to Riches to Ripoff? DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE! FEATURING VIDEOS OF SELECT VEHICLES CLASSIC CAR MAGAZINE IN THE VOTED THE BEST 2011 WORLD www.about.com


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin Flying in the Star L ocation, location, location. The mantra of real estate agents, it applies equally to concours and vintage tours. Who can deny that a significant part of the appeal of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is its stunning setting, on the 18th Fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Course, with Carmel Bay in the background and seals barking as a soundtrack? While I'm not a golfer—I've always thought that game would be more challenging if the ball moved around while you were trying to strike it—I do thank all the golf enthusiasts for creating such perfect environments for concours. Although there is an inherent contradiction in displaying automobiles, designed to run on asphalt surfaces, on a freshly-mowed grass surface, who can deny that cars look their absolute best in a sylvan setting? As Jay Leno said when I interviewed him at Pebble two years ago, “What do they do with these nice lawns when there isn't a car show going on?” La Jolla Motoring These thoughts bring us to the 7th Annual La Jolla Motor Car Classic at the Cove, and the delightful weekend Wendie and I just spent in that sun-drenched part of the world. I've known restorer Alan Taylor for years, and have always admired the work he turns out. When he called to ask if I would be the emcee and guest of honor of this year's event—and sweetened the pot with an offer to drive Paul Emple's Isotta Fraschini “Flying Star” on the tour—it didn't take long for me to say yes. About a second, as I recall. Emple's Flying Star is an accurate recreation of the one-of-one original, on the correct 135-inch type 8A chassis, with a 7.3-liter torque-monster straight-8 engine. Wendie and I fit comfortably into the spacious cockpit, and Taylor clambered into the rumble seat to be my back-seat coach. Although the gearbox is a 3-speed, second and third were the only gears necessary. We cruised at 60 mph on the freeway, and elicited smiles and high-fives from those who passed us. (Where is the original Flying Star? Rumor has it that Benito Mussolini saw it parked on the street, decided he liked it, commandeered it for himself and his mistress, and was last seen motoring away in it.) The Motor Classic Tour, sponsored by Ferrari and Maserati of San Diego, started at the San Diego Automotive Museum, with its “Glitz and Glam” exhibition featuring luxury cars from the late '20s through the early '40s, including Pierce-Arrows, Cords, Packards, Cadillacs and Lincolns. We then drove to the private collection of Bill Evans, which featured a Packard Twin 6, a 1911 Blitzen Benz, and a 1913 Isotta Fraschini race car—which our Flying Star immediately sidled up to for a short rest. Next stop was Chuck Spielman's private museum, “Only Yesterday,” with cars displayed in a recreated dealership from the '30s. The array of as-new full-size Chevrolets, with one each from 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958 and 1959 was memorable. Next was Bill Allen's private hanger at Gillespie Field and the Allen Airways Flying Museum. It's not often you can admire a collection of Stearman biplanes, all properly restored—except for the bare airframe that served as a decorative centerpiece of the clubhouse—which gives you an idea of the size of that social activities center. The tour ended in front of the Historical Society in La Jolla. I was sorry to part ways with the Flying Star, but glad that my ending was a happier one than that of Mussolini. The event itself is presented by the La Jolla Historical Society, and there was a book signing on Friday night at their offices in downtown La Jolla. 8 Good friend and SCMer Tom Cotter was there, signing copies of The Corvette in the Barn and his newest book, TV Tommy Ivo– Drag Racing's Master Showman. Ivo was a child-star turned drag racer, and his four-engined dragster was recently displayed at the Amelia Island Concours. It makes a great read. A “Bucket List” Event The Southern California The Martins and Flying Star owner Paul Emple weather was perfect; Wendie and I went for a three-mile run along the coast at 6 am on concours day, and we stopped to watch the parade of car haulers and handlers, as their precious cargo was unloaded and moved carefully onto the lawn. There were nearly 200 cars on display, ranging from a diminutive 1965 NSU Wankel Spider roadster to an imposing 1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith limousine. Sports cars from the '50s and '60s were especially well represented, with Alfa Romeo spiders, Jaguar E-types and Morgans lounging casually on the lawn—along with their owners. We spent time chatting with Michael Kunz, head of the Mercedes Classic Center in Irvine, CA, who expressed his dismay that a 427 Cobra had handily beaten a 300SL Gullwing for the first annual SCM National Collector Car Champion (see results online at www.sportscarmarket.com). I told him not to forget that he now had an entire year to lobby his constituents to vote early and often in the next competition. Unique to this event is an “Art of Restoration” Trophy, sponsored by Hagerty Insurance, where the wizards behind the curtains—the restorers and their shops responsible for some of the autos on display—were recognized. The restorers acknowledged were David Cooper, Robert Escalante, Scott Grundfor, John Willhoit and Edouard de Vaucorbeil. Donald Osborne will have a full report in the next issue of SCM, but suffice to say this is well-run, easy-to-enjoy event. The organizers, led by event co-chairs Trip Bennett and Leslie Davis, focus on making things pleasant for participants and attendees alike. Given the spectacular setting and the attractive cars, there's no reason not to put this event on your “bucket list” for concours—especially if you're looking for an excuse to escape to the sunshine next spring. Show and Shine Being at the La Jolla Motor Car Classic concours allowed us to rumi- nate about car shows in general and preservation classes in specific. Car shows are an important part of the automotive community, as they are a chance for exceptional and rare cars to be enjoyed by the public, without hazardous exposure to modern traffic. While there has been a welcome move away from over-restored cars in the past decade, it is still exhilarating to see a car like Peter Mullin's 1928 Lorraine-Dietrich fully prepped for the concours field, with not a speck of dust or dirt anywhere. The SCM jury is still out on the ultimate significance of “preservation classes” that have become in vogue during the past five years; too-often they seem to actually be “barn-find classes” where the more decrepit the vehicle, the more attention it gets. We believe that preservation classes should be for cars that are just that, “preserved,” with decent surfaces in and out, and an ability to be driven. We would lobby that concours move towards presentable cars in their preservation classes—rather than rambling wrecks. That way, the artifacts presented teach us something about the eras in which they were built, rather than simply displaying the patina of decades of neglect. A preserved automobile is a snapshot of history, and it tells a more compelling story than a car with a fresh restoration—or a derelict. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Sports Car Market Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends 44 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico 58 1968 Lola T10 MkIII GT June 2011 . Volume 23 . Number 6 IN-DEPTH PROFILES What You Need To Know FERRARI (VIDEO) 44 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico coupe—$4,290,000/RM Auctions Bidders weren't buying status, beauty or performance—but rather a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own an important piece of automotive history Steve Ahlgrim ENGLISH (VIDEO) 48 1955 Austin-Healey 100S—$632,500/Gooding The 100S cars have been under the radar in the collector car market, with none trading at public auction for almost 20 years. Consequently, some people were surprised by the ease with which this example reached its sale price Gary Anderson ETCETERINI (VIDEO) 50 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Prototype—$1,705,000/ Gooding One of two prototypes is rarer than one of 150 SVs. Simon Kidston GERMAN (VIDEO) 54 1960 Volkswagen Double-Cab Pickup—$70,400/Gooding It seems as though air-cooled VW followers almost always prefer modified over stock, and skillfully executed modifications will make some buyers spend like drunken sailors B. Mitchell Carlson AMERICAN (VIDEO) 56 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible—$247,500/ Worldwide The Biarritz was expensive to build in 1957, and if you want an award-winning car, the same attention to detail and amount of money must be applied today Carl Bomstead RACE (VIDEO) 58 1968 Lola T70 MkIII GT Coupe—$165,000/RM The best examples of these cars, dripping race history and with unquestioned provenance, bring over $1m these days. Our subject car sold for less than one-fifth of that Thor Thorson Cover photograph: Scott Nidermaier © 2010 Courtesy of Gooding & Company GLOBAL AUCTION COVERAGE 203 Cars Examined and Rated at Five Sales RM AUCTIONS 62 Amelia Island, FL: RM's results jump by 25%, with 99 cars bringing $24.3m Carl Bomstead GOODING & COMPANY 78 Amelia Island, FL: Totals rise 11% at Gooding's second Amelia Island auction, with 70 cars making $17.9m Donald Osborne AUCTIONS AMERICA 90 Fort Lauderdale, FL: An unrestored Cobra leads a $17.2m weekend Sam Stockham MCCORMICK 106 Palm Springs, CA: McCormick celebrates 25 years in the business with $5.7m in sales Carl Bomstead H&H AUCTIONS 120 Warwickshire, UK: Race cars take center stage at H&H's $1.8m Race Retro event Paul Hardiman EBAY MOTORS 130 Functional Fire Fighters and Watered-Down Customs Geoff Archer


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34 1964 Porsche 911 COLUMNS 8 Shifting Gears The Isotta Fraschini Flying Star is Martin's ride for the La Jolla Motor Classic weekend Keith Martin 30 Affordable Classic: 1974-76 Bricklin SV-1 If one can get past the kit-car looks and execution of the Bricklin, they aren't completely rotten drivers. Performance was roughly on par with the detoxed Corvettes of the day Rob Sass 32 Legal Files Car collector Tim Durham is accused of stealing $200m to fund a lavish lifestyle, which included Duesenbergs, Ferraris and a Bugatti Veyron John Draneas 46 Sheehan Speaks It took the cumulative impact of three failed sales, four failed inspections and a face-to-face meeting to bring the seller to reality Michael Sheehan 146 eWatch Batman is born—and brings big bucks 72 years later—but you can't beat Barney Oldfield on a bicycle Carl Bomstead FEATURES 34 Collecting Thoughts: A 1964 Porsche 911 brings $225k in Amelia Island. Crazy money or a smart buy? 36 Louwman Museum: Carriages to Ferraris 38 2011 Amelia Island newbie: Was it work or vacation? 40 Insider's View: The $20k-to-$30k Italian Fling: One reader wants to know whether to buy budget Italian or stick with his Porsche—you respond DEPARTMENTS 14 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 18 The Inside Line: SCM's MGB Tour, Greenwich Concours 20 Contributors: Get to know our writers 22 You Write, We Read: Seller writes about his E-type sale 24 Display Advertisers Index 26 Time Pieces: Atmos Clocks 26 Neat Stuff: Gulf on Your Wrist, Car Guys in Italy 28 In Miniature: 1948 Buick Roadmaster coupe 28 Book Review: Real Racers: Formula 1 Racing in the 1950s and 1960s: A Driver's Perspective 116 Glovebox Notes: 2011 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid 128 Fresh Meat: 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S cabriolet; 2012 Nissan GT-R; 2011 Mercedes-Benz E550 Cabriolet 132 Mystery Photo: Ken now wishes that he hadn't jokingly asked the seller, “Does the girl come with the car?” 132 Comments with Your Renewal: “Most auctions you report—no fright pigs anymore? Who are you kidding? Stay real!” 133 SCM Weekly Poll Results: Best buy from Amelia Island 134 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 140 Resource Directory: Meet your car's needs SCM Digital Bonus Additional Seat Time contributions, videos and images are available in this issue's Digital Edition, included with every print subscription. To sign up for your Digital Issue, go to www.sportscarmarket.com/digital or call 503.261.0555 ext. 1


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Crossing the Block Tony Piff 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sports Saloons, with coachwork by Barker. RM—Salon Privé Where: London, UK When: June 23 More: www.rmauctions.com RM Auctions will be the of- ficial auction house of the Salon Privé “Luxury Supercar Event” and Concours d'Elegance. “Quintessentially English” is the theme of the auction, and you can count on a blue-chip selection of Astons, Austin-Healeys, Rolls-Royces, Bentleys, Jags, Triumphs, and MGs. Bonhams Greenwich MotoeXotica—St. Louis Classic & Exotic Car Auction Where: St. Louis, MO When: June 3-4 More: www.motoexotica.com Auction house MotoeXotica has had a great year, with a halfmillion-dollar sale in Springfield in August and a $1.2m sale at their inaugural Phoenix auction in January. The first weekend in June, they will host their third annual hometown sale in St. Louis at the Manheim auction facility. Look for abundant Midwest muscle at a range of price points with some European classics and Italian exotics thrown into the mix. Bonhams—The Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Where: Greenwich, CT When: June 6 More: www.bonhams.com Last year: 52/78 cars sold / $2.8m 2011 marks Bonhams' fourth auction held in conjunction with the Greenwich Concours. Featured early consignments include a 1916 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 phaeton, with coachwork by F.R. Wood & Sons (Bonhams estimate: $190k–$225k); a 1956 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkII coupe ($250k–$300k); a 1959 AC Ace roadster ($165k–$185k); a 1920 Biddle Ormond beach speedster ($150k–$180k); and a 1952 Lazzarino Sports prototype roadster ($100k–$125k). Bonhams & Butterfields—The Wallace “Wally” Lewis Collection Where: Portland, OR When: June 11 14 More: www.bonhams.com In a nondescript warehouse ten minutes north of SCM headquarters lives the lifetime collection of Wallace “Wally” Lewis. Among the 90-plus cars to be offered without reserve are Chevy Bel Air convertibles, coupes, and Nomads from '55–'57; Chevy Impalas from nearly every year of production, including all the best motors, such as 409s, 348 Tri-Powers and a '59 283 Fuelie; and 1936 Ford Model 68s in a variety of body styles. Artcurial—Automobiles Sur Les Champs 2 Where: Paris, FRA When: June 13 More: www.artcurial.com Headlining Artcurial's second big sale of the year is the six-car collection from the estate of M. Serre, untouched since 1973 and just recently discovered. Prime lots include a 1931 Bugatti 46, bodywork by Vanvooren, and two HispanoSuizas: a 1935 K6 cabriolet by Letourneur et Marchand; and a 1937 J12 with coupe Chauffeur coachwork by Franay. The feature car of the “Cabriolets sur les Champs”section is a restored Citroën DS 21 cabriolet. Mecum Auctions—St. Paul Auction Where: St. Paul, MN When: June 17-18 More: www.mecum.com Last year: 146/322 cars sold / $2.5m The 38th annual Minnesota Street Rod Association's “Back to the '50s” event will take place at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, with Mecum handling the collector car auction. 400 vehicles are expected at the two-day sale, featuring American classics, sports cars, muscle cars, and trucks—and street rods, street rods, street rods. Bonhams—Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motorcars Where: Northamptonshire, UK When: June 18 More: www.bonhams.com Last year: 25/38 cars sold / $1m Bonhams returns to Rockingham Castle for its 23rd annual Rolls-Royce and Bentley sale, taking place alongside the annual RREC Rally. The rally is one of the biggest annual events for R-R and Bentley enthusiasts, and the consignment list will include some of the finest examples in the world. Early consignments include two Mecum Auctions—Bloomington Gold Corvette Auction Where: St. Charles, IL When: June 24-25 More: www.mecum.com Last year: 137/303 cars sold / $4.8m Mecum hosts this annual all-Corvette sale at the world's premier Corvette event, Bloomington Gold. Top consignments include a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette coupe 427/400, equipped with a/c and restored to museum condition by Corvette Gold Certification founder David Burroughs; and a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/425 Bloomington Gold Benchmark Survivor, with original side pipes, 3.70 rear end, teak steering wheel, leather interior, and F41 suspension. Barrett-Jackson—Orange County 2011 Where: Costa Mesa, CA When: June 24-26 More: www.barrett-jackson.com Last year: 397/397 cars sold / $15.7m About 400 cars will cross the block without reserve at Barrett- Bloomington Gold —Mecum Auctions Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Tony Piff Jackson's second-annual Orange County sale. The OC Fair & Event grounds hosts the event, which is sure to feature a mix of everything with lots of American muscle and vintage classics at a wide range of price points, with some racers, luxury cars, and European exotics sprinkled throughout. EG Auctions—Dana Point Vintage Automobile Auction Where: Dana Point, CA When: June 25-26 More: www.egauctions.com EG hosts this exclusive auc- tion in association with the Dana Point Concours d'Elegance, hosted at the posh St. Regis Hotel on Monarch Beach. Look for a mix of high-quality domestic and import sports and luxury Auction Calendar Auction Calendar Email auction info to: tony.piff@sportscarmarket.com. JUNE 3-4 —MOTOEXOTICA St. Louis, MO 5—BONHAMS Greenwich, CT 6-7—BARONS Surrey, UK 8—H&H Buxton, UK 10-12—LEAKE Tulsa, OK 11—VANDERBRINK Adams, ND 11—BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS Portland, OR 13—ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA 17-18—MECUM St. Paul, MN 18—SILVER Coeur d'Alene, ID 18—BONHAMS London, UK 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. 18—CHEFFINS Staffordshire, UK 23—RM London, UK 24-25—MECUM St. Charles, IL 24-25—RALEIGH CLASSIC Raleigh, NC 24-26—BARRETTJACKSON Orange County, CA cars, with a focus on the rare and finely restored. Bonhams—Collectors' Motor Cars, Motorcycles, and Automobilia Where: Sydney, AUS When: June 25 More: www.bonhams.com Bonhams took a prolonged hiatus from auctions “down under” after parting ways with auction house Goodman, but 25—SPECIALTY AUTO AUCTION Sioux Falls, SD 25—BONHAMS Sydney, AUS 25-26—EG AUCTIONS Dana Point, CA JULY 1—BONHAMS Sussex, UK 2-3—SILVER Jackson, WY 6-10—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS San Jose, CA 9—PETERSEN Roseburg, OR 9—SILVER Spokane, WA 13—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, UK 15-16—MECUM Des Moines, IA 16—VANDERBRINCK North Bend, NE 16—COYS Oxfordshire, UK 20—H&H Buxton, UK 23—CHEFFINS Cambridge, UK 24—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 25-26—BARONS Surrey, UK 30—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Salt Lake City, UT returned last November with a strong showing, making $1m from 17 cars. Their second Sydney sale will be held at Byron Kennedy Hall. The featured early lot is a 1955 Bentley R-type Continental, with coachwork by H.J. Mulliner, shown at the 1955 Geneva Motor Show and with one owner for the past 40 years. ♦ 30—RM Plymouth, MI 30—VANDERBRINK Elizabeth, IL AUGUST 3-6—EG AUCTIONS Long Beach, CA 5-6—MECUM Walworth, WI 6-8—SPECIALTY AUTO South Lake Tahoe, NV 11-14—SPECIALTY AUTO Reno, NV 13—COYS Nurburgring, GER 13—VICARI Hiawassee, GA 18-19—BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS Carmel, CA 18-20—RUSSO AND STEELE Monterey, CA 18-20—MECUM Monterey, CA 19—VANDERBRINK Corsica, SD 19-20—RM Monterey, CA 20—CHEFFINS Harrogate, UK 20-21—GOODING & CO Pebble Beach, CA 26-28—SILVER Carson City, NV 16 Sports Car Market


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Inside Line Chester Allen Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com. ■ The 16th annual Greenwich Concours on June 4-5 will take an affectionate look at those fabulous cars that combine American V8 power with Italian, French and British bodies. Yes, picture a show field dotted with snarling Panteras, Facel Vegas, Cunninghams, Dual-Ghias, Iso Grifos, Cobras and more. The show will also feature a three-day regatta of classic America's Cup 12-meter yachts. There also will be a display of every model of Triumph Bonneville TT Special racing motorcycles. www.greenwichconcours.com. (CT) ■ The Classy Chassis Goodwood Festival of Speed SCM News ■ SCM's first-ever MGB caravan, “The B Team”—two convertibles and a coupe— to the MG All-Register Meet will hopefully roll into Reno on time and with no breakdowns along the way. The stalwart SCM piloti will be Miles Collier, John Draneas, Donald Osborne, Thor Thorson and Keith and Wendie Martin. The All-Register Meet is from June 13-17, and you'll never see so many MGs in one place at one time. If you see us there—we'll probably be the people with the greasy T-shirts and hollow eyes—say hello. If we ask for mechanical help, it's probably a good idea to run away—quickly. The truly nutso MG owners are driving to Reno from Ocean City, MD. And we thought we were crazy…. www. mg2011.com. (NV) ■ The gala opening of The Allure of the Automobile takes place on Saturday, June 11, at the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon. Curated by SCM contributor Ken Gross, it features 16 exquisite automobiles magnificently displaced in the museum's galleries. For more details, see www.portlandartmuseum.org. (OR) ■ Publisher Martin and the SCM gang return to the allCorvette lovefest, Bloomington Gold, in Pheasant Run, Illinois 18 from June 23 through June 25. Martin is the emcee for the Bloomington Gold certification awards and the induction ceremony into the Bloomington Gold Hall of Fame. SCM's allstar sales team of Cody Wilson and Tom Mann will be there as well, accompanied by Operations Manager Ryan Brinkley; stop by the SCM booth to visit with Wendie Martin and her son Tyler Standish, along with nearly four-year-old Bradley—this will be his third stint of duty at Bloomington, and soon he'll want to be rewarded with his own Corvette for his efforts. www.bloomingtongold.com. (IL) Events ■ We may be jumping the gun a bit here—this is the June issue after all—but the Goodwood Festival of Speed will honor the 50th Anniversary of the Jaguar E-type this year from July 1-3. The E-type drips 1960s cool and was one of the hottest racing cars of the day. E-types are also considered among the most beautiful cars ever made. Goodwood will create a “Central Feature” exhibit to celebrate the legendary car's big birthday. The E-type will go back under the Goodwood spotlight at the Goodwood Revival on September 16-18. We're a little early, but the E-type puts anyone in fast company. www.goodwood. co.uk. (UK) Concours d'Elegance—perhaps the only air-conditioned show of the year—will bring Hot Rods of Distinction and Significant Post-War Sports Cars to Reliant Stadium in Houston on June 11-12. One event—the Ride and Drive, which takes show goers on jaunts in Ferraris, Lamborghinis or Aston Martins for a modest donation—will put you into the heat of Houston, but we promise the thrill beats the humidity. www.classychassis. org. (TX) ■ La Belle Macchine d'Italia roars back into the Poconos—including two track days at Pocono International Raceway—on June 24-27. This is the 25th annual gathering of Italian car owners in the Pocono Mountains. The Concorso d'Eleganza will be at the new Mount Airy Resort and Casino. www.italiancarsatpocono.com. (PA) ■ The 29th Annual Dana Point Concours d'Elegance rolls onto the grounds of the St. Regis Monarch Beach on June 24-26, and this year's classes include Porsche Race Cars, Woodies and Wagons to 1960 and Jaguar E-types. Tours of private automobile collections give participants a look at cars that rarely go on public display. www.danapointconcours.org. (CA) ■ Yes, this is a collector car magazine, but we've noticed that many gearheads also have a scooter or two in their garages. So, in honor of all the split personalities among SCMers, the Los Angeles-based Petersen Automotive Museum is opening “Scooters” on June 18. This exhibit explores different kinds of scooters from around the world—and Scooter culture. If this doesn't spin your wheels, the rest of this car-happy place is there to entertain you for hours. www.petersen.org. (CA) ♦ Event Calendar June 4—26th Annual Huntington Beach Concours (CA) www.hbconcours.org 4-5—Greenwich Concours (CT) www.greenwichconcours.com 4-5—Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival (CA) www.generalracing.com 11-12—Classy Chassis (TX) www.classychassis.org 11-15—Modeno Cento Ore Classic (ITA) www.modenacentooreclassic.it 12—28th Annual Sports Car Show & Concours www.cpco.org 12—34th Annual Ault Park Concours (OH) www.cincyconcours.com 13-17—MG All-Register Meet (NV) www.blueskyz.com 17-19—Portland Rose Cup Races (OR) www.rosecup.com 17-19—Blackhawk Classic (IL) www.vscda.org 19—Rodeo Drive Concours (CA) www.redeodrive-bh.com 23-26—Bloomington Gold (IL) www.bloomingtongold.com 24-27—La Belle Macchine d'Italia (PA) www.italiancarsatpocono.com 24-26—Dana Point Concours (CA) www.danapointconcours.org 26—Palo Alto Concours (CA) www.paconcours.com 26—Survivor Car Show (IL) www.survivorcollectorcar.com Sports Car Market


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SCM Contributors MILES C. COLLIER, SCM Contributor, is a retired business executive, practicing artist, investor, philanthropist, and noted authority on vintage automobiles. He nurtured his interest in art at Yale University, where he received a B.A. in Painting. When family business intervened, he received an MBA from Columbia University. He retired as Managing Partner of Collier Enterprises in 1995 and returned to painting, studying for three years with the noted Graham Nickson at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture. Today, he paints professionally. Collier maintains a private automobile collection in Naples, Florida, and hosts biennial symposiums on automobile connoisseurship. This month, on p. 34, he explains why a 1964 Porsche 911 that sold for $225,500 at Amelia Island was a good deal. SIMONKIDSTON, SCMContributor, hails from an old motor racing family. He began his automotive career in 1988 at Coys and was running the auction department three years later. In 1996, he cofounded and ran Brooks (now Bonhams) Europe in Geneva, staging the annual Les Grandes Marques à Monaco sale in Monte Carlo and creating the Ferrari winter auction in Gstaad. Kidston now operates a consultancy for car collectors based in Geneva. He is the official presenter at the Mille Miglia and Villa d'Este concours, a judge at Pebble Beach, and has hosted motoring shows on Smithsonian Networks. He has recently taken up vintage flying. You'll find his insider's view of the sale of the 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV Prototype on p. 50. DONALDOSBORNE, SCM Contributing Editor, lives for old cars, especially those of the odd European variety. He regularly attends major automotive events around the world, and has been a longtime contributing editor and auction analyst for SCM. His writing on classic cars has also appeared in the New York Times, Hagerty's Magazine, Art & Antiques, BusinessWeek Online and Road & Track. He is a member of many clubs including the American Lancia Club, for whose magazine, Lanciana, he serves as Editor. He appraises and consults on collector vehicles internationally through his company Automotive Valuation Services, and recently relocated to California. On p. 78, he reports on the Gooding & Company Auction at Amelia Island, FL. SAM STOCKHAM, SCM Auction Reporter, has had a passion for automobiles ever since he can remember. Assembling and collecting model cars of his favorite marques as a child morphed into assembling the real thing by age 14. Sam's first car was a partially disassembled 1983 Mustang GT. Working for a local dealership in high school paved the way for working for the Bob Bondurant School by age 21. Sam holds a business degree from Arizona State University and is currently the owner of Only Oldies Classic Auto in Tempe, Arizona, a service center for classic cars and one of the nation's few Coker Tire distributorships. In this issue, he reports on Auctions America's Fort Lauderdale sale on p. 90. Sports Car Market Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Operations Manager Ryan Brinkley ryan.brinkley@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 218 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director Jeff Stites jeff.stites@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Managing Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Auction Editor Tony Piff tony.piff@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Data Analyst Chad Tyson chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Copy Editors Yael Abel, Bill Neill Senior Auction Analysts B. Mitchell Carlson, Carl Bomstead, Paul Hardiman (Europe) Auction Analysts John Clucas (Australia), Daniel Grunwald, Jérôme Hardy (Europe), Chip Lamb, Norm Mort (Canada), Dale Novak, Phil Skinner Contributing Editors Steve Ahlgrim (Ferrari), Gary Anderson (English), Colin Comer (Muscle Cars), John Draneas (Legal), Donald Osborne (Etceterini), Prescott Kelly (Porsche), Michael Sheehan (Ferrari), Thor Thorson (Race Cars) Contributors John Apen, Diane Brandon, Marshall Buck, Miles Collier, Martin Emmison, Paul Hardiman, Alex Hofberg, Simon Kidston, Ed Milich, Rob Sass, Steve Serio, John L. 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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com The owner's perspective To the Editor: I enjoyed Thor Thorson's article on the sale of the Jaguar E-type race car at Gooding's January event in Scottsdale (April 2011 “English Profile,” p. 42), not only because of the detailed FIA historical analysis, but because I was the owner, builder, and consignor. I'm pleased that you recognized the impressive build quality of the car...it was 5 years of dogged effort and decision-making from barn find to completion by a host of top quality Pacific Northwest service, restoration, and race shops that brought this project to fruition. The Bill Terry-built engine is a thing of beauty, and JFC Racing in Auburn, WA put it over the goal line. You also nicely captured the bifurcation of vintage race car objectives: U.S.-based weapons-grade weekend warrior or international FIA-spec parade dilettante. Where your article strayed was in assuming that this car was built for some purpose other than the former. When beginning the project in 2005, the team was well aware of the resources and build criteria for an FIA-spec imitation Lightweight and specification options. It was decided early on that this car had one objective: to run at the pointy end of the Big Bore grid at most West Coast vintage events where the latitude to upgrade and modify a vintage vehicle is recognized and accommodated. The FIA spec was a guide for appearance and homage to Jaguar heritage, but never intended as the end point. The team went into this project with their heads up; there was no illusion that the car would be anything but a high-end, ground-pounding club racer. That point was clarified at auction because it was clearly fuzzy in the accompanying write-up. I hope the new owner will enjoy the car in that fashion. It will be a headturner in the paddock as well as the track—especially with this year's E-Type 50th Anniversary events. But there is tragic disap- pointment in this story as you alluded—just not the one you suggested. It was never intended that the car come to auction inside of the next two decades. It was 22 built to this high standard to be enjoyed by a father and teenage son. One would fulfill a Walter Mitty dream of being a race car driver in the image of Stirling Moss and the other—far more tech savvy and contemporary in his motorsport preferences—was semi-reluctantly dragged along to satisfy his Jones for speed and to hang with his old man. Unfortunately, literally the week of the car's debut at the 2010 PNW Historics, a bitter confluence of events unfolded that made that dream far less tenable. Envision multi-million-dollar Ponzi-scheme victim, subprime portfolio meltdown, throw in a resulting divorce and related family turmoil with truncated early retirement, and you can begin to see how race car driver fantasies needed to be recast. The cautionary tale here is less one of the forks in the road when deciding how to spend money pursuing dreams, but care in selecting who you go to bed with during the pursuit—both figuratively and literally.—Name withheld by request of writer Going the Goodwood way? To the Editor: Murray Smith's guide to vin- tage racing costs (January 2011, “From the Paddock, p. 34) may apply to the Goodwood Revival crowd but not to the great majority of vintage racers in the U.S. Their fields look like the one in the picture with the article: MGs, Triumphs, Sprites, Minis, Formula Fords and Vees, the occasional Elva Courier, Morgan, or Alfa–and at least 80% of the cars would trade hands for under $40k. These are nice cars too: an SVRA-Champion Turner—immaculate, with all the goodies—is currently for sale at $26k (asking). A safe, mid-pack Vee or Spridget might be half that. In the Eastern U.S., I'm describing events of the Vintage Racer's Group and Vintage Drivers Club of America. Lots of low-budget cars also compete with the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association, Historic Sportscar Racing, and the Vintage Sports Car Club of America. If you insist on winning—or want It was never intended that the car come to auction inside of the next two decades. It was built to this high standard to be enjoyed by a father and teenage son. to impress the world with your wealth—of course, there's no limit to what you can spend, but if you just want close racing that puts a grin on your face, a good starter car is a lot cheaper than Murray Smith suggests.—Paul Wilson, Fairfield, VA Chester Allen, SCM Executive Editor, responds: Paul, thanks for your note, and you share lots of good resources for anyone who is interested in taking a shot at racing. I do want to point out that Murray Smith did say that a driver in the United States could start with a Formula Ford for less than $30k—and that an economy-minded racer could get into an Austin-Healey Sprite for about $40k. Yes, some of Murray's cars raced into six figures—or more— but he also showed a way into fairly low-cost racing. Thanks again for reading—and writing. Toly chimes in on Dinos and Stratos To the Editor: Could it be an inside joke as well as a good name? I refer to the “Stratos” hop up kit for the 246 Dino (May 2011 “Ferrari Profile,” p. 42). According to our owner's manuals, thanks to different carbs, manifolds, and cams, our Lancia Stratos was rated at 5 horsepower less than the Dino! I think the tranny ratios were different too. Isn't it fun what factories can do? Also, at the only IMSA race at Talladega, the Stratos was going fine until a cam lobe or two suddenly went away, limiting us to about 115 mph. A pair of quite different and thoroughly enjoyable cars.—Toly Arutunoff, Tulsa, OK A bigger—and cheaper—B Team? To the Editor: As an SCMer and car enthu- siast with very fond memories of the two MGBs I have owned, I was wondering if there are any spots left on The B Team (April 2011 “Shifting Gears,” p. 8). I was also curious if I would be awarded any extra points or credits, as I would have to drive my “B” from Vancouver, BC to Portland, OR to start the rally. I also plan to go way under your $5,000 limit by only spending around a $1,000 (that is what I spent buying the two previous MGBs I've had). I'm hoping to limit my mechanical expenditures to new brakes and used tires. Is there a weighted points system for low-ball entries such as mine?— Bruce Adams, Vancouver, BC Keith Martin responds: Bruce, thanks for the note. Anyone is welcome to join our little caravan to Reno, but you will have to make your own reservations at Crater Lake and in Reno. “Team Participation” probably means an SCM hat, water bottle and magnetic sticker for your car. Big stuff! Stay in touch and see you on the road. Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read Ad Index 24 Artcurial ....................................................... 17 Aston Martin of New England..................... 96 Auctions America......................................... 13 Automobilia Monterey............................... 139 Autosport Designs........................................ 73 Barrett-Jackson ............................................ 31 Bonhams ................................................ 23, 29 Bonhams & Butterfields......................... 25, 27 Boston Mini Cars....................................... 143 Brookside Import Specialties..................... 104 Canepa.......................................................... 91 Chopard........................................................ 37 Chubb Personal Insurance............................ 79 Classic Restoration....................................... 93 Classic Showcase......................................... 74 Classy Chassis............................................ 125 Cobalt Automotive LLC ............................ 147 Collector Studio ......................................... 137 Concorso Italiano......................................... 65 Concours d'Elegance of America .............. 123 Copley Motorcars....................................... 116 Cosdel ........................................................ 133 Dan Kruse Classics .................................... 113 Dana Point Concours d'Elegance .............. 115 Davidoff Zino Platinum ............................. 139 Driversource Houston LLC.................. 76, 105 DrivingXllence............................................. 83 EG Auctions............................................... 101 European Collectibles ................................ 143 Exotic Classics........................................... 117 F40 Motorsports......................................... 118 Fantasy Junction........................................... 94 Ferrari and Maserati of Seattle..................... 87 Forest Grove Concours ................................ 71 General Racing............................................. 77 Gooding & Company..................................... 2 Greenwich Concours D'Elegance................ 81 Grundy Worldwide..................................... 138 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc.......................... 137 H & H Sales Limited.................................... 97 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. ..................... 9 Heacock Classic .......................................... 39 Heritage Classics.......................................... 69 Hollow Brook Associates, LLC. .................. 53 Hyman, LTD ................................................ 75 Intercity Lines .............................................. 33 JC Taylor...................................................... 95 JJ Best Banc & Co ..................................... 135 Kastner & Partners..................................... 110 Kidston........................................................... 7 Mac Neil Automotive Products Ltd........... 103 Marin Sonoma Concours d'Elegance ........ 107 Marlin Goldberg......................................... 128 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca ....................111 Mecum Auction...................................... 19, 21 Meguiar's ............................................... 42, 43 Mercedes Classic Center............................ 108 Mid America Auctions............................... 129 Miller's Mercedes Parts, Inc...................... 133 Moto Exotica, LLC.................................... 121 Motorcar Portfolio ..................................... 145 NW House of Hardtops.............................. 119 Palm Beach Driving Club/Moroso............... 85 Park Place LTD............................................ 63 Paul Russell And Company ....................... 100 Pebble Beach Concours ................................. 6 Petersen Collector Car Auction.................. 143 Poff Transportation .................................... 128 Portland Art Museum................................. 109 Pro-Team Corvettes...................................... 99 Putnam Leasing............................................ 47 Red Hawk Enterprises................................ 118 Reliable Carriers .......................................... 61 RM Auctions................................................ 15 Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo ......................... 139 RPM Autobooks......................................... 138 Russo & Steele LLC .................................... 41 Silver Collector Car Auctions .....................4-5 Specialty Auto Auctions, Inc...................... 141 Sports & Specialist Cars ............................ 141 Sports Car Market........................................ 88 SWISSVAX AG......................................... 127 Symbolic Motor Car Co................................. 3 The Elegance At Hershey............................. 67 The Stable, Ltd............................................. 89 Ulysse Nardin Watches .............................. 148 Universal Autosports.................................. 114 Vintage Rallies............................................. 16 VintageAutoPosters.com............................ 136 Watchworks................................................ 138 Worldwide Group......................................... 11 Zymol......................................................... 112 The Demon Duesie of 1975 To the Editor: I greatly enjoyed Gordon Apker's profile on the Duesenberg Model J (January 2011, p. 50). His observations on these classics, “...the feeling of piloting an unstoppable freight train….” reminded me of a wonderful moment in time experienced by myself and three others 35 years ago. In early September 1975, my wife and I, along with another couple, had spent an enjoyable day at the Auburn, Cord Duesenberg Festival at DeKalb County Fairgrounds in Auburn, IN. Towards late afternoon, after a typically fulfilling but exhausting day at this fantastic show, we had decided that it was about time to pack it in and head back south to our homes in Fairmount, IN. Our decision was hastened by a glance at the western sky, which had, over the last hour, turned a malignant shade of purplish-black, ominously accompanied by a light breeze. It was obvious that we were in store for a late-summer Indiana thunderstorm—an event that can begin with light rain and end in hail and an tornado. I had borrowed my father's new ‘75 Oldsmobile 98 Coupe for the trek to Auburn that day, as neither our Volkswagen Beetle—nor our friend's Fiat 124 Coupe—was conducive to a comfortable 200 mile round trip for four people. This big Olds wrapped us in leather and velour, and was a safe, secure, and reassuring ride that was just the ticket for wafting down I-69 on our way home. As good fortune would have it, the storm held off until we were southbound down the highway. However, in just a couple of miles, the weather let loose in Biblical fashion! Sheet rain was blowing horizontally across the road, propelled by wind that found its way under the big Oldsmobile and give it a pronounced lift, then shove, into the left lane, tempered only by my white-knuckled grip on the steering wheel! Water was beginning to form minor rivers across the road, and though I still had confidence in the Olds, I determined that a safe and prudent speed for myself and my passengers was around 40-45 mph. With the headlights on and At this point, the spray from the big Duesie inundated the Olds, but not before we realized the car to be a massive roadster the wipers on high, we tiptoed towards friendlier climes! With so much going on in front of me, I didn't pay much attention to the rear-view mirrors. After all, in such conditions , who would be motoring up from behind? But a quick glance in the mirror yielded a surprise! Closing the gap to my rear bumper at a rapid rate were two huge, yellowish headlamps, high off the road—but close together. Below these lamps was yet another pair, a little smaller in diameter, yet still closer together. And whatever was coming up behind me was doing so at WELL ABOVE the 55 mph speed limit! I called out this bogy to my passengers, and my friend in the back seat said it must be an 18-wheeler, perhaps driven by the Devil himself! As I watched this phantom in the mirror—still closing rapidly—I observed him moving into the left lane! In what seemed the blink of an eye, he closed the distance to my left rear quarter panel, and he was preparing to pass! At about the same time, we could all hear what seemed to be a ghostly moan, accompanied by the rush of tires slashing through the rain on the road. As I looked apprehensively to my left, the mystery began to reveal itself! A massive chrome bumper slid past my door, followed immediately by two huge driving/fog lamps, then two even larger headlights! Quickly came a towering radiator, and then a whitewall tire that passed at the height of my head. I sat dumbfounded at the wheel of my modern car! HOLY COW! It's a DUESENBERG and he is MOTORING! At this point, the spray from the big Duesie inundated the Olds, but not before we realized the car to be a massive roadster, top up with side-curtains in place, the tiny windshield wipers frantically trying to keep pace with the deluge! We couldn't see the driver, but later joked that we thought we saw two glaring red eyes behind the wheel! As quickly as this magnificent motorcar had closed on us, it now began to pull away. I remember how well the tall, narrow tires seemed to slice through the water. The last clear view that I had of the car was the S-T-O-P on the taillight as this wraith disappeared into the mist! There was a momentary, dumbfounded silence inside our car... and then we all began to talk and laugh at the same time! “Can you BELIEVE THAT? How FAST was he going? INCREDIBLE!! Our friends will never believe us! What an AUTOMOBILE! What a DRIVER!” These many years later, when my wife and I go out to dinner with these same two friends, we often remember the tale of the Phantom Duesie, and we still shake our heads in amazement at what we saw. Mr. Apker, rest assured that there are at least four people who can vouch for your respect for the capabilities of these awesome machines from Indiana. 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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg Mankind's obsession with tracking time has been evident for as A Clock that Runs on Hot and Cold long as humans have gathered together. Another ancient obsession is the pursuit of perpetual motion. These two ideas were brought together very successfully in the late 1920s. In 1928, Swiss engineer Jean-Léon Reutter unveiled a clock that derived its power to drive the gear train from a small change in air temperature. Although the idea seems to have its roots in the 17th Century, Reutter's design was highly accurate and elegantly crafted. The clock's source of power was a sealed spiral tube filled with mercury, whose housing pressed a diaphragm that was attached to the clock's mainspring. Reutter theorized that a small temperature change would force the mercury to expand, thus giving momentum to a finely balanced and jeweled gear train that was governed by a large heavy rotating pendulum that oscillated only twice per minute. This clock is now known as Atmos 0. In 1929, a French company, Compagnie Générale de Radio, began making the Atmos 1, which was the first model sold. Soon after the first Atmos clocks became commercially available they were noticed by the Swiss watchmaking firm of LeCoultre, which won fame for excellence in manufacturing technique and specialization in all manners of horological complications. Recognizing the profit potential of this design—and the genius of it—LeCoultre bought the license to produce Atmos and assisted Reutter in refining and improving his design. Since the introduction of the Atmos series, only a few technical changes have been made to improve the original design. Of greatest significance, the mercury spiral was replaced with one filled with a combination of liquid and gaseous ethyl chloride. The change allowed more effective expansion and contraction—and also allowed the clock Neat Stuff Gulf on Your Wrist Few of us can afford A Car Guy's View of Italy Frank Mandarano, the founder of Concorso Italiano, knows how to live life. We know this because he takes groups of gearheads to Italy to tour some of the most beautiful countryside on the planet, eat great food, and lope around some of the most famous sports car factories, collections and design houses. Maserati, Lamborghini, Borrani, Pagani, Schedoni and the Alfa Romeo Museum a this year's list. The group will also visit Italdesign, Pininfarina, Zagato and Bertone. Trips to world-class restoration shops and car collections are also on the agenda—along with the Monza Formula One Grand Prix. One day is devoted to Maranello and all things Ferrari. The eleven-day fest of Italian culture and cars kicks off on September 11, 2011, on the shores of Lake Como. A single ticket is $5,500, and a couple takes the tour for $7,750. www.carguytour.com. 26 to buy an iconic race car decked out in Gulf blue and orange. Cool—especially cool connected in any possible way with Steve McQueen—is rarely inexpensive. B.R.M.'s new Limited Edition Gulf Racing Watches—yes, they carry Gulf Oil racing colors—are based on their award-winning V-12 Chronograph series. The crown carries the Gulf logo, and the large screws and knobs give the watches the mechanical feel of a weapons-grade race car. The case is made of stainless steel, and the leather band carries Gulf colors. The Limited Edition Gulf Racing V-12 Chronograph carries a sapphire crystal and keeps track of hours, minutes, seconds and the date. Only 100 will be made, which means they aren't cheap, but the $8,450 price tag seems pretty tiny compared to a Ford GT40. www.brm-manufacture.com. Tip: Turn down the sound on your computer before logging on—unless you're at home. ♦ Sports Car Market to gain power from small changes in the ambient temperature around the clock by subtle shifts in air pressure. As Atmos clocks have been produced nearly continuously since they were initially designed, there are a wide range of styles and motifs to consider. The most classic have a simple, 22-karat gold-plated case, with either square or round dials and a skeletonized design with translucent glass or Plexiglas panels. Others vary wildly, from Oriental motifs to nautical themes to the signs of the zodiac and star constellations. During the past 20 years, LeCoultre has made art clocks of precious and semi-precious materials—and elaborate models veneered in exotic woods. Working Atmos clocks can be purchased used for as little as $500, but be aware that repairs can be costly and that the plating on the metal surfaces is easily damaged and very expensive to restore. Ultra-rare models trade up into five figures, and new clocks start around $5,000. One of the most appealing aspects the Atmos of is its maintenance schedule—or lack thereof. In the older brochures, LeCoultre touted a 20-year service interval that they claimed was necessary only because of environmental contaminants. The newer text is a little more modest. Nonetheless, as there is almost no lubrication in the system and so little friction, the clocks seem to run forever. Details Production Date: 1928 to the present Best place to put one: On a solid, level shelf in front of a Da Vinci self-portrait Ratings ( Rarity: Durability: Parts/Service Availability: Cool Factor: Web: www.jaeger-lecoultre.com is best):


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck 1948 Buick Roadmaster Coupe I think I may have found my next family car. I tend to do things in reverse, such as finding a great model first—and then finding the full-sized auto! I like flowing shapes, chrome and almost anything Art Deco or reminiscent of that style. Well, the 1948 Buick Roadmaster Coupe scores a bull'seye on all points. The Roadmasters were always Buick's best-appointed premium model. It looks like The Danbury Mint is mirroring that in 1:24 scale with one of their latest releases. I was impressed when I first saw the photos and read the list of specifica- tions for this scale model. Well, now that I have one in hand, I am even more impressed. Just from an engineering standpoint, the boys at DM should get a round of applause for this one. Yes, it is that great. It is produced in China. This coupe, in Honolulu Blue, was released late last year, and it is the second version they have made of this car. The first, which is no longer available, was produced in 2004-2005 and was offered in a two-tone paint scheme of dark gray over light gray. It looked good, but it just didn't call out to me. Model Details Production date: 2010-2011 Quantity: An estimated 5,000 to 10,000 SCM Five-Star Rating: Overal Quality: Authenticity: Overall Value: Web: www.danburymint.com Well, the blue one has my direct number. Both models have the same details and features, with the only difference being the body color. Both interiors are the same shade of gray. The overall fit and finish of this piece is superb. Speaking of the interior, it is more than com- plete, with very finely scaled textured upholstery, carpeting, headliner, seat backs that tilt forward, and sun visors with blue edging that pivot up and down. The driver's footwell even has the little round high-beam dimmer switch on the floor. The Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Real Racers: Formula 1 Racing in the 1950s and 1960s: A Driver's Perspective By Stuart Codling, Motorbooks, 208 pages, $26.50, Amazon Coming of age in Southern California during the 1960s inevitably led to a love affair with cars, and I had it bad. An agonizingly long segment of those early years of my infatuation had me not behind the wheel—but rather dreaming of racing as I sat astride my trusty Schwinn Stingray. Middle school Saturdays included a ride to the local drugstore, where I hoped for a glimpse of the newest Sports Car Graphic. While friends studied Batman's newest foe, I was poring over the real-life battles for Sebring or European race tracks I couldn't even pronounce. While other kids talked of Mickey Mantle or Roger Maris, I was dreaming of Jimmy Clark, Jackie Stewart and Dan Gurney. Racing images, first and foremost, were my connection to a world I longed for, and they were the visual box scores of my field of dreams. Stuart Codling's Real Racers is a visually compelling take on that era, with page after page of images worth studying at length, built around a generous helping of photographs from the Louis Klemantaski collection. Codling is a journalist with seat time at F1 Racing, Autosport and Autocar, so he is up to date on the current machinations of the Formula 1 soap opera. But for Real Racers he has put together a loving look at the time when the sport began to grow up. In the years covered, Formula 1 went from barely professional to a big business, with star drivers earning big money for the time. He tells the story with images and detailed cutlines, plus the voices of the biggest names of the sport from the era. The book is structured the way a race 28 weekend is, from arrival to the finish—and all that takes place in between, both good and bad. And for me, it was a delicious time machine, taking me back to that news stand at the Thrifty Drug, shuffling from foot to foot as I obsessed over Lorenzo Bandini's fatal crash at Monaco or Jackie Stewart's win there a year earlier. Provenance: Nicely researched and full of detail, the history is in the cutlines as well as the images. They work together to provide a well-told story of racing at the time. The use of many images from the Louis Klemantaski collection sets the book apart, although they are bolstered by so many fine shots from a host of photographers, from Robert Daley to Peter Coltrin. Fit and finish: With so many bland and, frankly, badly designed books in the motor books world, it is a delight to see such a beautifully laid out and typographically interesting book. Reproduction is excellent, and there are many images that demand you spend time with them. Drivability: The images are the star here, but the text works quite well to tell the story, despite starting well down the grid. It is a joy to see so many of the Klemantaski images in one spot as well. Of special note are the lengthy, detailed and well-written cutlines offered with each photograph, which are missing in so many books. And, finally, the quotes from many of the iconic drivers of the era make the book an accessible and rewarding read. It's too bad there isn't a bibliography for all the quotes, as they hint at wonderful interviews in the archives. Codling leaves you wanting more, which defines a great performance. ♦ Sports Car Market rear seat passengers have been looked after too, with hanging grab handles and window cranks. I know that no one smokes anymore, but ashtrays are there as well. Nothing has been overlooked, including the headliner, interior light and little chrome coat hooks. The hood on the real car is unique in that it is hinged on both left and right sides and opens from both, which presents quite a challenge in miniature form. This model has one of the slickest features I have seen in a long time. Grasp the hood on both sides by the chrome side markers and lift up one side (whichever you prefer) and the hood unsnaps from two steel spring hold- ers which also act as hinges. To see the other side, close the hood, snap it back into place and repeat the process for the other side. To keep it open just raise up the centrally located hinged prop rod. Lifting the hood is worth the effort, as the engine and surrounding bay have excellent and thorough detailing. Hoses, fuel lines, metal carb linkage, Delco battery, and so much more are right there. Details are everywhere. The little gas cap door opens, and next to it is the opening trunk, which houses a removable spare tire and an accurately replicated pattern cloth floor mat. Look at the underside of the lid, and there is a simulated latch mechanism and back in the corner is an ohso-tiny black and yellow label for tire changing instructions! Wait, there's more: a fully detailed chassis, metal transmission lines, brake lines including parking brake line with springs, and one of the smoothest functional suspensions to be found on any model, in any scale. Very reasonably priced at only $129. Available from The Danbury Mint.


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Affordable Classic 1974-76 Bricklin SV-1 The Safety Car that Didn't Sell The gullwing doors weighed 100 pounds each, were slow to open and had an annoying habit of trapping occupants inside when they failed by Rob Sass The first cars were built for the 1974 model year and were powered by a 360-ci American Motors V8. 1974 was the only one of the three model years in which a 4-speed manual transmission was available. These 4-speed cars are exceedingly rare. Early cars also tended to overheat with alarming frequency. Later cars were equipped with 351-ci Ford Windsor V8 engines. Although the Bricklin's styling could make onlookers think that the engine resided in the rear or amidships, it was a front-engined car with limited intake for the cooling system. Later cars had more air intakes for the radiator and an uprated radiator is a frequent addition to Bricklins. Never a moneymaker Like John DeLorean's company less than What's keeping these doors open? a sports car that nearly anyone (including killjoy busybodies like Joan Claybrook and Ralph Nader) could feel if not good, at least less bad about. Bricklin managed to talk the Canadian government into providing funding to build B a factory in New Brunswick to alleviate a chronic unemployment problem in the province. Never mind the fact that the province had no car-building experience and was rather remote. The resulting car was known as the SV-1, with the “SV” standing for the other part of Malcolm Bricklin's plan, which was to position the car not as a sports car, but as a “safety vehicle.” At least it did have some credibility as the latter which it most certainly lacked as the former. A beefy steel safety cage, a well-protected gas tank and bumpers capable of withstanding considerably more than the federally mandated 5 mph impact were truly novel for the time. Less so were the problematic electrically powered, hydraulically assisted gullwing doors, which weighed 100 pounds each, were slow to open and had an annoying habit of trapping occupants inside when they failed. Details Molded color, tacky wheels The body construction was a fiberglass-reinforced acrylic with color molded in. The most common color seems to be “Safety Orange” followed by “Safety Green.” Bricklins also came in white, red and an odd beige known as “Suntan,” a shade that only a few cars got—and even fewer survive. Interiors sported gauges and steering wheels that would cause even Manny, Moe and Jack to turn up their noses, as would the cheaplooking alloy wheels which would have looked more at home on a van conversion. Interiors, complete with the odd buttoned-and-tufted faux suede seats, had the distinct hallmarks of casual assembly. 30 Years produced: 1974-76 Number produced: 2,897 Original list price: $9,980 SCM Valuation: $11,000-$18,500 Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $25 Chassis #: Plate on driver's door Engine #: Stamped on the block near the starter motor attachment Club: Bricklin International Owners Club More: www.bricklin.org Alternatives: 1974-76 Chevrolet Corvette, 1981-83 DeLorean SCM Investment Grade: D y 1973, things looked very bad indeed for the types of cars that most of us care about. Fuel shortages, insurance rates, nutty safety and bumper regulations— plus a hearty helping of general gloom and malaise all but killed performance cars. Subaru importer Malcolm Bricklin thought he could exploit a niche for a decade later, Bricklin was not destined to succeed. The relatively unskilled work force was unable to turn out a quality product, and to make matters worse, the company lost money on each car that they built. A political scandal ensued when the provincial government tried to keep the company afloat until the next par- liamentary elections. In the end, Bricklin stuck the Canadian government with over $23 million in debt. The receivers swooped in to sell all they could in late 1975. Cars titled as 1976 Bricklins are reputed to be ones assembled by the liquidators after the original company had failed. If one can get past the kit-car looks and execution of the Bricklin, they aren't completely rotten drivers. Performance was roughly on par with the detoxed Corvettes of the day, and while the details were most certainly rather amateurish, it's hard to characterize the Bricklin as particularly unattractive. An orphan—but still cared for Like most other troubled orphan makes, there are a few dedicated souls who have made it their life's work to supply fixes, upgrades and spares for Malcolm Bricklin's brainchild. These suppliers include Bricklin Parts of Virginia (presumably named to avoid confusion with Bricklin Parts of New Hampshire or Bricklin Parts of Guam), and Bricklin Auto Parts, who can supply air door conversion kits and even body panels. A word of warning: While the body panels won't rust, frames and birdcages of Bricklins can and do rust. Miraculously, specialized Bricklin parts aren't terribly expensive. Mechanical stuff is NAPA material. In terms of investment prospects, Bricklins have been worth $8k-$12k seemingly forever. Top of the market is the mid-teens. And unlike the DeLorean, there is no series of immensely successful films like “Back to the Future” to stoke Boomer demand every time TBS shows one of the films. 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Legal Files John Draneas Tim Durham: From Rags to Riches to Ripoff? He is accused of using over $200m of investor funds to support a lavish lifestyle, including a 70-plus car collection F or the past few years, Tim Durham was a well-known fixture at collector car auctions. Arriving on his private jet—and spending freely—he rapidly amassed a significant collection that included Duesenbergs, Ferraris and a Bugatti Veyron. Durham looked like a real rags-to-riches story. He was the product of small-town Indiana beginnings, but he had big designs to become wealthy. He was quoted as wanting to be as wealthy as Warren Buffett and become the richest man in the world. Durham reportedly made millions through leveraged buyouts, and he was widely regarded as one of the bestknown young millionaires in the United States. But all this came crashing down in a pe- riod of just over a year, starting with investor lawsuits and ending with a federal indictment. Durham now stands accused of using his Fair Financial Services company—and over $200 million of its investor's funds—as his personal piggy bank to support a lavish lifestyle that included a 30,000-square-foot Indiana mansion with a two-story, 30-car garage, a second major home in Los Angeles, a 70-plus car collection, big parties with lots of celebrities, and large donations to local and national politicians. In addition to his cars, Durham owned 75% of Car Collector magazine, and his financial problems were certainly one of the reasons that Car Collector folded. Durham has maintained his innocence and claimed that he will be absolved of wrongdoing when the truth came out. But the Feds didn't agree, and photos of him being led from his house in California—and his cars being seized from his Indiana home—were all over the Internet. The legal allegations In a nutshell, here is what is alleged to have hap- pened: Durham's main holdings were his leveraged buyout firm Obsidian Enterprises, Inc., and Fair Financial Services, both headquartered in Indianapolis, IN. When Durham acquired Fair in a 2002 leveraged buyout, it was a factoring company that purchased accounts receivable from businesses at a discount, profiting when the accounts were paid in full. It financed its operations by selling “investment certificates” to individual investors. According to the indictment, Durham and his cohorts immediately changed Fair's business. Rather than using the $200 million they raised from investors to purchase receivables, they instead loaned the funds to themselves and their various business entities. When the loans went unpaid, Fair turned into a Ponzi scheme—taking money from new investors to pay certificates that came due. Now that the merry-go-round has stopped, it is estimated that over 5,400 parties—many of them small mom-and-pop investors—have lost over $200 million. The legal battles began with claims from dis- gruntled investors. In November 2009, the FBI raided the Obsidian offices in Indianapolis and seized its records. On February 8, 2010, the unpaid investors forced 32 Before the party ended Fair into an involuntary bankruptcy proceeding. Shortly after his appointment, the bankruptcy trustee filed suit seeking to recover the money that had been improperly diverted from Fair. The lawsuit language promises to prove a “fraud of shocking proportions and consequences.” According to the lawsuit, Durham looted Fair at “a stupendous pace.” By 2008 about 90% of the new money coming in was used to repay debts to existing investors. “Insider and related-party loans as a whole grew to $30 million within 15 months and $40 million within two years,” the lawsuit claims. On March 15, 2011, after more than a year of investigation, the Federal government indicted and arrested Durham and two business associates. Charges include wire fraud and securities fraud, and the government is seeking forfeiture of all their gains. Liquidating the collection Most, if not all, of Durham's car collection has been turned over to the bankruptcy trustee, which indicates that the cars were owned by one or more of his companies, and not by Durham. Over 20 of Durham's cars were sold by RM Auctions at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix in January 2011. High sale at $1.23 million was the 1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton that was driven by Elvis Presley in the 1966 movie “Spinout.” Others included a 1929 Auburn 8-90 Speedster, a 2002 Lamborghini Murcielago, a 2006 Bentley Continental Flying Spur and a 2003 Aston Martin Vanquish. The proceeds will be used to finance the bankruptcy proceedings— and perhaps return some money to the investors. Sticky charges Defending the charges against Durham is not going to be an easy task. The gov- ernment spent over a year investigating Durham before seeking an indictment. This lengthy period is commonplace in the case of financial fraud cases, for two very good reasons: First, criminal defendants have a constitutional right to a speedy trial. Since fi- nancial fraud cases always have very complex facts—which the defendant always has ready access to—the short time between indictment and trial could put the government at a proof disadvantage. Taking the time to conduct a thorough investigation and to line up all the proof they need before the indictment solves that problem. Second, once indicted, defendants get access to all the evidence against them. The bigger the mountain of evidence, the more daunting the defense becomes, leading to more guilty pleas and a lighter workload. This has been a very good strategy for the government. According to the U.S. Sports Car Market


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Department of Justice, their conviction rate in these cases is now over 90%. More strikingly, over 90% of their convictions come from guilty pleas. Durham is innocent until he is proven guilty, but the odds don't look very good for him. Where is the defense money coming from? Durham recently hired high-end criminal defense attorney Roy Black of Miami, FL, to represent him. You might remember Black from a while back as the legal commentator on the “Today” show. His high-profile wins include the acquittal of William Kennedy Smith on rape charges, the dismissal of prescription drug charges brought against Rush Limbaugh, and the acquittal of three-time Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves on tax evasion charges. The speculation is that Black's fees will run into seven figures, and many have asked aloud where the defense money is coming from—if not from investors' money. The norm in the criminal defense world is “cash up front.” Durham had to know this was coming, and he must have taken advantage of the year that the government investigated to stuff all the cash he could into lawyers' client trust accounts to finance his defense. If the prosecutors choose to be aggressive, they could actually try to grab the funds held in Black's trust account. If they can show that the funds are the product of illegal activity, they can be seized, leaving Durham to find his own funds to finance his legal talent. But the proof issues here are always difficult, and prosecutors don't often go down this path. How do you defend this? The first defense strategy will probably be quite technical. Close analysis of gov- ernment files could raise questions about such technical matters as probable cause for searches and seizures, reliability of witnesses and informants, and so on. Even if the charges can't be eliminated, they can sometimes be whittled down to a more manageable scope. Once the charges are finalized, the defense will probably focus on intent. Here, the charges center on allegations that Durham used Fair's funds for his own purposes, loaning the funds to related entities with wild abandon. Central to these charges is that Durham and his companies had no reasonable expectation that the loans would ever be repaid. The defense can be expected to try to counter that allegation by establishing that the intercompany loans were all bona fide business transactions with full expecta- tion of repayment with interest. Durham's case follows those of Bernard Madoff and several others having similar fact patterns. Many observers ask the same question—how could these guys keep on doing this stuff when they had to know they would get caught someday? “Legal Files” posed that question to Alan Garten, the Assistant U.S. Attorney for Oregon who handles whitecollar crime. Garten is not familiar with the Durham case and cannot comment on it, but he has successfully prosecuted a number of financial fraud cases. Garten speculates that such culprits often “operate on the premises of self delusion, self deception and delusions of grandeur. They typically either think they are smarter than everyone else, or they believe that they really don't intend to permanently rip people off. They usually think that they will eventually make good on the losses, and they don't see themselves as crooks.” That's an amazing concept—against all odds, and ignoring every objective fact and shred of reality—these people still see themselves as good guys. But, that may actually make some sense as a specialized form of mental illness. Otherwise, how could they keep doing this stuff? If Garten's observations apply to Durham, the likely result could be a guilty plea with Durham forever insisting that he was an innocent victim of jealous prosecutors out to get him. Of course, no matter how it plays out, the real victims here are those who invested their money, often as retirement accounts, with Fair Finance, and chances are that money is now gone forever. ♦ JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney.


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Collecting Thoughts Why Spend $225k on a First-Year 911? Rarity and Restoration Boost 1964 911 The first price factor at play is the extreme scarcity of the original model year of this immensely important, popular and prestigious sports car By Miles Collier 1964 Porsche 911 including buyer's premium, at the RM Auctions sale at Amelia Island, FL, on March 12, 2011. This transaction is informative, as it underscores a number of collecting issues that are worth articulating. It is also noteworthy that, although the price realized was well above high estimate, there were at least two bidders competing for this car, who, by extension, thought this car worth, say, $220,000, all in. So what gives? In the larger scheme of things, when you have an im- B portant series-produced automobile, key points to own for collectors of the series become the beginning and the end: firsts and lasts. The birth of a legend Now, as the seemingly immortal 911 keeps on going from strength to strength, the only end of the continuum that is available to the serious Porschephile is the beginning. It is incontrovertible that the 911 is one of the dominating sports cars of the 20th Century. Given its capabilities at the end of the first decade of the 21st Century, it may well be the single greatest sports car of all time. 34 y any standard, the sale of a standard Porsche 911 for a tick under a quarter of a million dollars is surprising. This 1964 Porsche 911 sold for $225,500, If you are a serious collector of Porsche automobiles—or of sports cars in gen- eral—what better move than to add a first-year-of-production example of this supreme make and model to your collection? Analogously, we can turn to the collectible value of the few extant Model T Fords: the so-called two-pedal cars. Out of the 15 million three-pedal examples ultimately produced, the first 1,000 production cars of 1909 had two foot pedals. The early two-pedal cars sell for a multiple of the prices of subsequent—albeit more evolved and better running—model years, which demonstrates the collectible value of the first of a series. Our subject 911 is just such a case. The original 911 lasted in production through February 1966. Significant improvements were then introduced that lasted until the “A” model succeeded the initial “O” series in July 1967. Of the “O” models, the earliest cars in existence are the 901 prototypes—and only a couple of examples exist. Next in the chronology come the 1964 911 rebadged 901 cars. Most authorities state that no 901 badged cars were ever sold to the public due to the settlement with Peugeot. The early 911s are distinguishable from the later production series by being offered only in one model, the 911, no “S”, “L”, “E”, “T” or 912 variants. Being early in the production, as is wont to happen with any new model, the nascent 911 was prone to a slew of problems and issues that made these cars rather undesirable once later models with corrective running changes were offered in early 1966. Consequently, the survival rate of these pre-1966 911s was extremely poor, as sub- sequent model years were so palpably superior in drivability and reliability. Add to that calculus the fact that we're now talking about a 46-year-old automobile. Give it an 80% chance to have survived until 1975, and factor each year post-1975 with a 90% survival probability. Do the math, and you soon realize that 1964 911s are going to be vanishingly few today. Therefore, the first price factor at play is the extreme scarcity of the original model year of this immensely important, popular and prestigious sports car. Sports Car Market Photo: Darin Schnabel ©2011 Courtesy of RM Auctions


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Rarity enhances value Let's touch on the role of rarity for a moment. Rarity is not a determinant of value. Many rare and unique items have no value. Rather, rarity is an enhancer of value—the value that already exists by means of the inherent desirability of the object that creates demand. For example, it is probably safe to say that 1964 911s exist in fewer numbers than 1967 911Rs. By that standard, the 911 is the rarer car. Few would argue, however, with the fact that the 20 or so surviving 911Rs are vastly more valuable than the rarer 911 due to the 911R's competition orientation and history, the nature of the car as an homologation special, and so on. Let's now consider the general demand for short-wheelbase 911s. In an attempt to come up with a real engineering solution to the early 911's diabolical instability problems—and thereby obviate the need for such temporary kludges as the 50-pound, cast-iron “bumper reinforcements” that increased the car's polar moment—Porsche lengthened the wheelbase in the new-for-1969 “B” series cars. In essence, the engineers merely moved the rear wheels two and a quarter inches towards the rear, running the rear half shafts at greater angulation. This modification, coupled with wider wheels and some other tweaks, was transformative. These first of an almost infinite series of steps—some large, some small—take us to the present-day car's “unspinnable” design. At any rate, some years ago, the twitchy short-wheelbase cars, especially the great 1967 911S, developed a following among hardcore Porsche enthusiasts as being the ultimate collector 911—due to their lightness, simplicity, good power to weight, lovely steering, and, oh yes, that demanding trailing throttle oversteer. If you have the skills, these cars offer a rewarding driver's experience; and are, moreover, the equivalent of a secret handshake among really serious 911 enthusiasts. Over time, the short-wheelbase 1967 911S's desirability spilled over onto other SWB cars due to the relative scarcity of the “S.” Some of that aura of “The True 911 Aficionado's 911” is at work here, potentiating the “first of a series” value driver. A top-notch restoration Third, the restoration on this car is superior. While candor requires me to say that I haven't seen the car myself, certainly the encomiums in the auction catalog stress the quality of the restoration. A no-holds-barred restoration on an early 911 is a pretty unusual thing, given both the scarcity and the acknowledged not-such-a-hot-driver reputation of these early cars. With benchmark cars like this, however, those that are bought for their place in history, it is these very peculiarities that become a major plus in the world of collectibles. Consequently, the floatless Solex 40PI carburetors, the requirement for painstaking precision in front-endsuspension alignment, the prevalence of parts taken from the 356 parts bin, such as the 4½-inch rim width and 165 Section tires, all made the value of this car on this day on the auction block. Immaculate workmanship coupled with a high degree of accuracy in the restoration is the winning combination here. Finally, the car is possessed of a handsome color scheme of white over black. The correct and standard hound's-tooth black-and-white fabric seat inserts only reinforce that appeal. The auction results attest that more than one anxious bidder was seduced by these factors. So, to conclude our discussion, our subject car, while a very rare survivor of its kind, achieved its impressive result as a function of its being the first of the 911 series, its high quality restoration, and its appeal to the committed 911 enthusiast who wants a reference example to complete his collection. Given the cost involved in restoring an obscure—and not well understood—911 to historically correct standards, and given its significance and rarity among all the 911s built since inception of the model, this was a fair deal. Try to find another as good for less. ♦ Interior restored authentically June 2011 35


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Event Louwman Museum A Museum for Every Gearhead's Bucket List The vehicles—along with automobilia—are displayed in installations that rival those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City A four-wheeled Alfa timeline T he Hague is best known for being the home of the so-called World Court, as well as the operational seat of the government of The Netherlands. Few non-gearhead tourists would be likely to pass up free-wheeling Amsterdam for what might be perceived to be Sacramento over San Francisco. But anyone who claims to be a car enthusiast has to put The Hague on their list of “see before I die” locales. Why? Not for the great art galleries, lovely 18th Century buildings and picturesque canals—but for one of the best transportation collections on the planet. The Louwman Museum, opened in 1969, has recently moved into a new home in the city. The dramatic, 185,500-square-foot Michael Graves & Associates purpose-designed building is a temple to the wheeled vehicle. With a 230-vehicle collection ranging from a 1657 carriage to a con- temporary Formula 1 car, the Louwman Museum tracks the progress of vehicle development in a way unmatched by any other collection. It fulfills its goal to show the progression from carriages to the first cars in the late 1800s—and the rapid development of the motor vehicle from there. Not only is the assortment vast Details Where: Louwman Museum Leidestraatweg 57 2594 BB Den Haag The Netherlands Hours: 10 am to 5 pm Cost: 13.5 euros More: www.louwmanmuseum.nl 36 and wide ranging, it's joined by what is believably stated to be the largest private collection of automobilia in the world. Posters, paintings, sculpture, trophies, models and toys are—as the vehicles—displayed in installations which rival those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City for quality and imagination. The collection began with the purchase of a 1914 Dodge Brothers Tourer in 1934 by Piet Louwman, who was then the Dodge importer for The Netherlands. From this astute early buy, he continued to build the collection. The reins of the museum were later taken up by his son Evert, the country's current importer for Toyota and Lexus. Evert Louwman is a keen collector—as well as a vintage rally and race fan—who firmly believes that cars should be used. At a recent museum reception, he stated “A museum should not be a parking place.” And cars from the collection are often seen at leading rally, race and concours events around the world—often in the hands of his two daughters, to whom he has passed his enthusiasm. A special focus of Louwman's collecting has been on unrestored cars, and examples can be seen in cars large and small, exclusive and expensive—and common and economical. Not surprisingly, given the collection's origins, American cars are well represented. In one particular hall one can find a collection of “Yank Tanks” from the 1950s and 1960s, and the walls are covered with the images of rock and roll and pop album covers. In contrast are the rare Italian sports racing and GT cars which entered the collection with the purchase Louwman made a few years ago of Peter Kaus' Rosso Bianco Museum at the time of its closing. Managing Director Ronald Kooyman and his friendly and knowl- edgeable staff are gracious hosts, and their pleasure at working in such an extraordinary environment is clear to see. This short piece can't begin to enumerate the wonders to be found in the Louwman Museum—you'll just have to get to The Hague and see them for yourself.—Donald Osborne. ♦ SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images, and more... Sports Car Market


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Amelia Island Recap First Timer Thoughts Crab Cakes, Car Tours and Winter Sun The frenzy left us wondering where the day—and weekend—really went Report and photo by Chad Tyson and, being the gentleman that he is, didn't interrupt the tour about it. He caught up with Bomstead afterwards to make his point. Friday was a fabulous day. I began by working the SCM booth at the Gooding auction, and we had a non-stop stream of SCMers and new subscribers all day. Publisher Martin was there as well, shooting some TV and web announcements for the Chubb Classic Car Guide iPad app, while Cottam hovered in the background making sure his program was behaving properly. Suddenly the day was over and it time to take down the booth and get ready for the Sunday concours. Vacation? On Saturday, we scoped out the 1955 Bentley R-Type Continental F lorida is a dream vacation destination—especially when you're slogging through the dreary, soggy winter at SCM World Headquarters in Portland, OR. When Publisher Martin assigned me to the Amelia Island auctions and concours trip, I readily accepted—even though I didn't know what to expect. I did expect a lot of fun. I had heard that the Amelia Island trip is one of the easiest SCM trips of the year, and I'd have both ad sales guys with me: Tom Mann and Cody Wilson. They've both been and done, so—sweet! Plus our iPad guru Michael Cottam was along to oversee the launch of our new app. I looked forward to a weekend of lollygagging around and collecting a few names for the SCM newsletter list—a vacation SCM style. We flew into Florida on a Wednesday to cloudy and gray skies. Other than how flat Northeastern Florida is, I could have sworn I had already flown back to Portland. As we drove from Jacksonville toward Amelia Island in our rented black 2010 Ford Explorer, a torrential rainstorm pummeled us as we crossed over the bridge onto Amelia Island. We swiftly took refuge in Barbara Jean's Restaurant—the crab cakes are deli- cious—and we waited for SCM Senior Auction Analyst Carl Bomstead to meet us. Bomstead arrived—he is rarely late for refreshments—and we headed off to settle into lodgings and set up for the week. The secretary for the rental property was overjoyed when we arrived to claim our mountain of boxed magazines, displays and other paraphernalia. As I loaded our stuff into the Explorer, I began to have second thoughts about the laid-back nature of my upcoming “vacation.” Insider's tour One highlight of the week was the SCM Insider's Tour of the Gooding & Company lineup of auction cars. David Gooding joined SCM writers Steve Serio and Carl Bomstead for the hour-long stroll through the tents. It started small, as just six SCMers initially accompanied the three experts, but more SCMers kept joining the as the tour progressed. There were at least three dozen SCMers among the cars when the tour ended at the 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster. SCMer Tom Wright, who consigned his remarkable 1949 Jaguar XK 120 to the Gooding auction, was along for the tour. During the tour, Bomstead claimed that anyone over 5'10” wouldn't be able to comfortably drive the car. Tom is 6'3” or so 38 packed room at RM's auction and immersed ourselves in this wonderful world of beautiful cars, fun people and warm weather. Sunday concours We got up before dawn on Sunday for Hagerty's Dawn Patrol before the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. It turned out that we even beat the Hagerty people to the Ritz Carlton. After helping them unpack, we waited for the sun to rise and the cars to fill the golf course fairways. I stared in amazement at the lines of cars coming from all directions. It was one thing to watch several pricing records set from the prior days' auctions, but an entirely new beast to witness 29 Duesenbergs line up around a pond. A woman working at the nearby concours informa- tion booth told me that all 20,000 event programs were gone by noon. “This is the busiest I've ever seen the booth,” said Cody Wilson, the SCMer with the most Amelia tours of duty under his belt. A constant crowd of four people wide by two people deep keep us happily hopping at the SCM booth from 9:30 am until about 2 pm—and the frenzy left us wondering where the day—and weekend—really went. Martin finished with his judging duties, and he and Wendie stopped by to help out. The concours slowly wound down that afternoon, and we watched the private jets streak through the skies away from the nearby Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport. Florida is a great vacation destination, but I now know it's also pretty good place for a working weekend. And I couldn't help but wonder whether “How was your vacation?” would be the first question I got when I was home. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Insider's View The $20k-to-$30k Italian Fling I still regret passing up the $950, clapped-out, worn-out, rusty GTV6 Balocco Edition when I was 18 years old. For the few minutes I could have had it running, I'm sure it would have been the best driver's car I'd ever had Rod McNae, via email: Within the price range you are looking, I believe Alfa Romeo is your best choice. It's a name with 100 years of history. It's got great Italian styling. There is good parts availability and it will be much less costly to service and maintain than the other Italian marques. And finally, it's the preferred brand of Mrs. Robinson. E. Webb Bassick, via email: I think this is an easy question to answer. I would go for the Ferrari 328. Nothing is a beautiful as a Ferrari—the look, the feel, the sounds, the experience of a Ferrari (especially a 328) just can't be duplicated. The Alfa Romeo GTV is an OK car, but not in the same league as the Ferrari—it wasn't when it was new, and it is not now. The look isn't the same, the feel isn't the A n SCMer wrote us, looking for an Italian car in the $20k to $30k range. He's considering an Alfa Romeo GTV, a Ferrari 308 or 328, or a Maserati from 2002-2006. Or should he just stick with his current 911? Paul McDaniel, Hattiesburg, MS: I bought a new Alfa GTV6 in 1985. The car ran terrible. There was a reason that most Italian car companies were chased from the North American market in the 1980s. I bought a 2004 Maserati Spyder in 2006 with 12,000 miles on it. Now is has over 30,000 miles. While not perfect, it has been a wonderful car. I look forward to buying another Maserati, and I live 500 miles from the nearest dealer! Maserati is on par with Porsche (I have owned three Porsches). For the sake of your sanity, do not buy the Alfa. Mark Mason, via email: In the $20k-$30k range, I don't think our fellow enthusiast can acquire the more desirable (if there is such an animal) of the Ferrari 308/328 series cars— or at least one in reasonable condition. The maintenance would kill him, and he'd have to sport one of those garish Hawaiian shirts every time he drives the car. The Maserati I assume would be a coupe, which I think may be one of my least favorite designs from an Italian maker, and like the Ferrari, the maintenance costs will likely eat him alive on a costto-value basis. My vote is for the Alfa GTV, which is attractive, fun to drive, and fairly easy/cost effective to work on. George Eshaghian, Beverly Hills, CA: If the reader's budget is truly $20k-$30k, then stick with the Porsche. I've owned plenty of 40 Italian and German sports cars, from classics to modern machines. For the money, a Porsche is a tremendous value and a great car. An early 911 can be had at the upper end of the price range, and these cars are beautiful, timeless, eminently drivable, easy to maintain and continue to climb in value. I own a 2005 Maserati QP, and while I love the car, I liken it to being married to a drug-addicted stripper a couple of years past her prime. I also own a Ferrari Mondial (yes, yes, I know) but it does offer mechanicals comparable to a 308 or 328—along with the maintenance costs to match—and for this reason I would steer clear of the Ferraris. I have a pair of GTVs that I bought from my brother after he started a restoration project that I have yet to finish, and I think that they are beautiful cars, but the expertise and parts supply for the Alfas is paltry compared to an early Porsche. Good luck! Jon Stover, via email: If you have to go Italian stick with the Prancing Horse, at least there is some of hope for appreciation. If you own a Porsche, you are probably spoiled by its reliability, which you will never get with any of the three marques you're considering. Even the Prancing Horse requires a very forgiving temperament if you plan to own one. And, since you're not talking 458 or 430 prices, you are best advised to stick with what you have. It will at least start in the morning. same, the sounds aren't the same, and neither is the experience. If the comparison were a BMW 2002—different answer, but not with the Ferrari. Then comes the Maserati. The years chosen here (2002-2006) are part of the “new” Maserati. They are nice looking (although to my mind a bit too short), have a Ferrari engine, and a well-equipped interior. But they are too sterile, they lack the soul of the Ferrari . And I think they have a lot of downside to them in terms of the market. So, my order would be Ferrari, Maserati, and Alfa. Depending on the Porsche, it might be slotted in behind the Ferrari. Rory Murphy, via email: Never once in the 20 years that I have owned my '73 911 has it failed to start—and never once has it given me the mixture of pleasure and mild surprise that I would get from starting my GTV6 or 308QV. Having said that, I never owned an Italian car for two years, much less 20. Nevertheless, every enthusiast needs to experience at least one Italian car while they still possess the internal fortitude to do so. A 1750 GTV has always been on my short list, and enough time has now passed that it safe again for me to wear a Detroit Tiger hat and own a 308 once more. I've never really forgiven Maserati after they let Chrysler talk them into putting an opera window on one of their cars—in spite of their previous contributions—so I can't really include that make in my recommendations. 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Insider's View T.G. Mittler, Santa Fe, NM: I think the important thing at this price point is to find a well-sorted example of a car that exists comfortably within your budget, rather than aspiring to more expensive vehicle that just squeaks into your price parameters—due to having condition or mechanical issues that must be addressed before you begin to enjoy your new car. The Alfa Romeo Duetto roadster would be an excellent option for you to consider. It offers a lot to get excited about: handling, disk brakes, glorious Alfa twin cam, and an iconic and beautiful open top style that is sure to provide lots of smiles per mile. Paul Stabin, via email: Nice problem to have! A few thoughts: The Alfa will have character galore—and feels like nothing else on the road. That said, it will be a nightmare to keep running. The 308 is iconic for a reason. The interior control switches will put a smile on your face every time you climb into your Ferrari, however we are not talking about a particularly fast or comfortable drive. My heart says the Maserati, as you will have something that has all the style and individual panache one could ask for—although it will be a bit more of a challenge to find a good one in this range. Speaking of which, there are now very few 308 or 328s for under $30k to $35k that have all their maintenance current. Most likely none of these will actually drive better than your Porsche, but you are buying style and charm, and an undiluted experience mostly absent in the generally uninvolving cars of today. Thomas Goddard, Providence, RI: Definitely an Alfa Romeo GTV in whatever derivative. The other choices will bleed the reader (who seems to be on a tight budget) dry in short order. Tell him to be sure to avoid a rusty GTV like the plague; also one that “had a little rust but it's all repaired,” which is sometimes described in ads as “rust-free.” I have had a bunch of GTVs and had a blast with all of them, but dealing with the rust on my first one was, well, a “teaching moment.” Al Santoro, Parsippany, NJ: In the price range, I think you could buy a truly wonderful Alfa GTV, Giulia Spider or Montreal as opposed to either a Ferrari or Maserati that may not have been properly serviced. Bargain Ferraris or Maseratis seldom are properly taken care of. I also believe that with Alfa reentering the U.S. market, there will be a big rebound in interest in historic Alfas—with room for appreciation. Of course, there is probably nothing wrong keeping the Porsche either. Good Luck. Dr. George Petito, via email: Any Italian car is going to increase in value, and at those prices, is definitely a great bang for the buck. Porsches are overvalued and overrated in this reader's mind. I have had many with numerous issues. I would choose the Ferraris first, der's View T.G. Mittler, Santa Fe, NM: I think the important thing at this price point is to find a well-sorted example of a car that exists comfortably within your budget, rather than aspiring to more expensive vehicle that just squeaks into your price parameters—due to having condition or mechanical issues that must be addressed before you begin to enjoy your new car. The Alfa Romeo Duetto roadster would be an excellent option for you to consider. It offers a lot to get excited about: handling, disk brakes, glorious Alfa twin cam, and an iconic and beautiful open top style that is sure to provide lots of smiles per mile. Paul Stabin, via email: Nice problem to have! A few thoughts: The Alfa will have character galore—and feels like nothing else on the road. That said, it will be a nightmare to keep running. The 308 is iconic for a reason. The interior control switches will put a smile on your face every time you climb into your Ferrari, how- ever we are not talking about a particularly fast or comfortable drive. My heart says the Maserati, as you will have something that has all the style and indi- vidual panache one could ask for—although it will be a bit more of a challenge to find a good one in this range. Speaking of which, there are now very few 308 or 328s for under $30k to $35k that have all their maintenance current. Most likely none of these will actually drive better than your Porsche, but you are buying style and charm, and an undiluted experience mostly absent in the generally uninvolving cars of today. Thomas Goddard, Providence, RI: Definitely an Alfa Romeo GTV in whatever derivative. The other choices will bleed the reader (who seems to be on a tight budget) dry in short order. Tell him to be sure to avoid a rusty GTV like the plague; also one that “had a little rust but it's all repaired,” which is sometimes described in ads as “rust-free.” I have had a bunch of GTVs and had a blast with all of them, but dealing with the rust on my first one was, well, a “teaching moment.” Al Santoro, Parsippany, NJ: In the price range, I think you could buy a truly wonder- ful Alfa GTV, Giulia Spider or Montreal as opposed to either a Ferrari or Maserati that may not have been properly serviced. Bargain Ferraris or Maseratis seldom are properly taken care of. I also believe that with Alfa reentering the U.S. market, there will be a big rebound in interest in historic Alfas—with room for appreciation. Of course, there is probably nothing wrong keeping the Porsche either. Good Luck. Dr. George Petito, via email: Any Italian car is going to increase in value, and at those prices, is definitely a great bang for the buck. Porsches are overvalued and overrated in this reader's mind. I have had many with numer- ous issues. I would choose the Ferraris first, Alfa Alfa second and Maserati last. David Esch, via email: Go with the GTV. The 308 puts you on the bottom of the Ferrari totem pole—with maintenance bills comparable to something much more expensive. The Maserati would be a good choice as a daily driver, but I doubt that is your intention here—are you trading in the (fill-in-the-blank) to take the new car to Wal-Mart? And you've had your fun with German engineering, so it's OK to leave the Porsche behind in favor of something just slightly more exotic (and spicy), don't you think? My ‘74 GTV delivers on every front. The styling is simply perfect, and when you say so, no one argues. The twin cam will give you every ounce of acceleration you're looking for, and you won't be able to take a corner at speed and not smile. The handling, performance and appearance simply cannot be surpassed at the price. And getting the coupe will draw admiring nods from all the Alfisti you meet cruising around in spiders.... Alex Dearborn, Kittery Point, ME: For a $20k-$30k budget, you can't buy an Italian car that works, so add another $20k-$30k to the fix-it fund. A Porsche owner will not be accustomed to the poor quality and poor availability of Alfa parts. I have scratched the Giulia Spider itch three times, bought the best example I could find each time, then sold each one at a loss after disappointing response from parts suppliers. Now I'm sticking with my 356. Geoffrey Isabelle, Bridgeport, CT: Go with an Alfa Romeo. Please! You can always sell it and get another Porsche if it's not for you, but you have to have at least one Alfa Romeo at some point in your life. I still regret passing up the $950, clapped-out, worn-out, rusty GTV6 Balocco Edition when I was 18 years old. I know now —and I knew then— that it would have been an immense headache, but for the few minutes I could have had it running, it would have been the best driver's car I'd ever had. Same goes with an old GTV—there is just nothing that gives you such a smile when you drive. The controls are so delicate and tactile, the sounds are like nothing else in its class and they look so right. The first perfect cool morning you get, roll the windows down and go warm up that pretty, jewel-like engine and hit the road, you won't regret your decision for a second. Wayne Floyd, via email: Scratch that itch with the Ferrari, or you will always wonder what was on the other side—and regret you didn't climb the last few feet to find out. Paul Hardiman, via email: Porsche deffo. Alfas are lovely, but Porsches look after you forever. Spend $25k now on a Carrera 3.2 with good history because they won't be available at this money for much longer. 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Ferrari Profile 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Coupe Its impeccable provenance following La Carrera and its impressive ownership chain makes it a plum piece for a collector who appreciates quality over flash Profile 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Coupe Its impeccable provenance following La Carrera and its impressive ownership chain makes it a plum piece for a collector who appreciates quality over flash Details Details Year produced: 1952 Number produced: 4 Original list price: $21,000 SCM Valuation: $2.5m-$3.5m Tune-up cost: $3,000 Distributor caps: $500 Chassis #: Left frame rail at third header Engine #: Right rear near magneto drive Club: Ferrari Club of America, P.O. Box 720597, Atlanta, GA, 30358 More: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: La Carrera cars vary from reasonable to outrageous. Try a 1951 Chrysler Saratoga, 1951 flat-head Mercurys, 1952 Mercedes Benz 300SL, 1950 Oldsmobile 88—as well as Lincolns and Cadillacs of the period. SCM Investment Grade: A Comps errari Profile 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Coupe Its impeccable provenance following La Carrera and its impressive ownership chain makes it a plum piece for a collector who appreciates quality over flash Details Year produced: 1952 Number produced: 4 Original list price: $21,000 SCM Valuation: $2.5m-$3.5m Tune-up cost: $3,000 Distributor caps: $500 Chassis #: Left frame rail at third header Engine #: Right rear near magneto drive Club: Ferrari Club of America, P.O. Box 720597, Atlanta, GA, 30358 More: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: La Carrera cars vary from reasonable to outrageous. Try a 1951 Chrysler Saratoga, 1951 flat-head Mercurys, 1952 Mercedes Benz 300SL, 1950 Oldsmobile 88—as well as Lincolns and Cadillacs of the period. SCM Investment Grade: A Comps T T his Ferrari, 0224AT, has had a busy and welldocumented life. Assembled in September 1952, it was test-driven just one month later. Official photos were taken, with temporary Italian license plates BO 16722. It was then sold to Franco Cornacchia's Scuderia Guastalla in Milan and leased to Santiago Ontanon—in Mexico City—for Luigi Chinetti to drive in the 1952 La Carrera Panamericana. Chinetti ran the La Carrera, placing 3rd overall. Following the race, he purchased the car for his New York showroom. He then prepared the car for the Mille Miglia, where driven by Eugenio Castellotti and Ivo Regosa, it failed to finish. In 1954, the car passed through San Francisco and was advertised for sale in Road & Track by Kjell Qvale. Robert Rice subsequently bought 0224AT and showed it at the 5th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. 0224AT passed through several more hands, and in 1965 Carl Bross purchased the car. Bross, a cornerstone of U.S. Ferrari history, was the owner of Orange Blossom Diamond Ring Company and owned a number of significant Ferraris in the 1950s. The car appeared on the cover of Road & Track in May 1969. In 1971, early hot rodder, Bonneville Salt Flat racer, and automotive historian Dean Batchelor purchased the car. 0224AT's travels ended in 1979, when Larry Nicklin purchased the car from an adventurer who sold it to finance an around-the-world sailboat cruise. Mr. Nicklin was no stranger to 340 Mexico ownership, having pre- 44 viously purchased Mexico 0226AT after spotting the distinctive fenders of the car poking out of a garage in Detroit. One of many interesting Nicklin stories occurred when he was pulled over by a state trooper, who clocked him at 85 mph. As his daughter Jennie Anne Nicklin wrote years later for Prancing Horse magazine, “Larry had been on a test-drive with Dave Palmeter, the goal of which was to reach 100 mph.” Fortunately Mr. Nicklin only received a written warning, even though the car was devoid of tags and the necessary documentation wasn't in the car! The car has been displayed in the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn, IN. It has also been featured in Cavallino magazine in July, 1989; it was featured in Lee Beck's book Ferrarissima in 1990; and it was displayed in Ken Behring's Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California. As presented, 0224AT is an extraordinary car, care- fully preserved and still retaining its original engine. For racing and Ferrari enthusiasts, it has all the desirable requirements—successful period racing history, eligibility for the world's most desirable events (Mille Miglia included), well-known provenance, rarity and a light, attractive body combined with a Lampredi-designed V12 that is capable of stunning performance. Perhaps Mr. Nicklin said it best: “It is as much fun as I've ever had in the car collecting world.” 1951 Ferrari 340 America Lot 19, s/n 0140A Condition 1 Sold at $2,530,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/14/10 SCM# 165675 1953 Ferrari 340 MM Lot 222, s/n 0268M Condition 2+ Sold at $3,118,500 RM Auctions, Maranello, IT, 5/20/07 SCM# 45297 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Lot 54, s/n 0226AT Condition 1- Sold at $1,377,500 Christie's, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/28/99 SCM# 13256 Sports Car Market Photos: Shooter.biz


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SCM Digital Bonus SCM Analysis This car, Lot 153, sold for $4,290,000, including buyer's premium, at RM Auctions' Amelia Island sale on March 12, 2011. The early 1950s were formative years for Enzo Ferrari's car company. In just a few short years from the production of his very first self-named automobile, his cars were competing on the world stage and establishing themselves as serious contenders. The arduous Mexican La Carrera Panamericana race had quickly developed a reputation as the toughest race on the world circuit, and if Ferrari was to prove they could run with the big dogs, winning this race would do it. Traversing 2,100 miles across Mexico, the La Carrera race celebrated Mexico's new Panamerica highway. Far from an easy race across a modern highway, La Carrera's difficult stages ran on primitive and non-existent roads crossing deserts and mountains. It was the ultimate punishment any car or driver could face. Serious injury was common, and over 20 contes- tants met their maker in the early years of the race. It was a run-what-you-brung event, with amateurs in hot rods competing with professionals in factory-prepared specials. Competing was the racing equivalent of climbing Everest or running with the bulls. It was guts and luck that separated the winners from the losers. A fictional depiction of the La Carrera can be found in Burt Levy's wonderful book, Montezuma's Ferrari, where an illustration of our subject car, 340 Mexico s/n 0224AT, graces the cover Stronger and lighter Ferrari met the challenge of La Carrera by building four 340 Americas, with a stronger—but lighter—chassis and high-horsepower Lampredi long block engines. These were named a type 340 Mexico and given suffix AT. The bodies were styled by Giovanni Michelotti and built by Vignale coachbuilders. It was a dramatic shape, with fins rising from the rear fenders—and front fenders protruding past the front bumpers. The distinctive Mexico shape was described in Warren Fitzgerald and Richard Merritt's essential Ferrari history book, Ferrari: The Sports and Gran Turismo Cars as “one of the most dramatically handsome Ferrari bodies ever built.” I propose that line could only have been written very late at night after a few glasses of wine. Larry Nicklin, who owned the car from 1979 until its 2011 sale at Amelia Island, is one of the fathers of the American Ferrari hobby. His fascination with all things Ferrari led to a lifetime of collecting and sharing cars, memorabilia, and information. With a small group of Ferrari owners, Nicklin helped found the Ferrari Club of America. The club was an essential networking tool for early Ferrari owners and lives on as an informational and social hub for Ferrari enthusiasts throughout America. Nicklin's ownership of our subject car for 32 years adds a bit more luster to an already sparkling history. One chance to own automotive history RM's $4,290,000 sale of 0224AT will be one of the highlight sales of the year. The car shot past the estimate and joined the rarified air of the most valuable cars on the planet. The Mexico is a distinctive—but rather odd-looking—car with legendary tricky handling. The sale had many experts blowing off the results as a couple of billionaires trying to outdo each other, but that is not the point. All it takes is a lot of money to buy a 250 GTO or a 250 Testa Rossa, but it takes a true appreciation of automobile history to understand a 340 Mexico. While a Mexico will get invited to the best events, the bidders on 0224AT would already have multiple cars in their garages that get invited to the same events. Prospective bidders weren't buying status, beauty, or performance—but rather a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own an important piece of automotive history. The storied history of the La Carrera is unique in the racing world. It's a Hemingway-like tale of man versus nature—with brutal consequences for the loser. The fact the 0224AT finished the Carrera is impressive, and finishing third with Luigi Chinetti behind the wheel makes the car Ferrari royalty. Its impeccable provenance following the race and its impressive ownership chain make it a plum piece for a collector who appreciates quality over flash. It is rare that a Mexico is available for purchase and 0224AT is the best of the series. It was a great return for the seller, but the buyer got a trophy more valuable to him than the money spent. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images, and more... June 2011 45


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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan Avoid Conflicts with Pre-Sale Inspections Going over the car helps bridge the gap between buyers' expectations and the realities of old and expensive cars 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 I 've been selling Enzo-era cars since there were only Enzo-era cars. It is both interesting and telling that the Enzo-era cars (built from 1947 to 1974) closely parallel my age group—the all-too-rapidly aging Baby-Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964). When it comes to age, much like the Baby-Boomers, almost all of the Enzo-era cars are now on the wrong side of the big “4-0.” The daily morning look in the mirror reminds us of the passage of time, from thinning hair to the morning's aches and pains. Alas, many owners of older Ferraris choose to be in denial to similar idiosyncrasies and weaknesses with their cars. To these long-term owners, the Ferrari they have grown old with, for so many years, is a great car, starts right up, will go into second gear if you're very smooth and patient and doesn't leak much oil. Often, owners tend to live with issues, while buyers dream of everything functioning like new. Indeed, long-term owners find joy in the skill necessary to carefully get it to slip into second gear without grinding when cold, while new owners expect Lexus performance with vintage Ferrari looks. What's wrong with this picture? Our job description is to bridge the gap between the seller's denial of deferred maintenance issues versus the buyer's fantasy's of a free platinum-level restoration included with their purchase. I began writing of the need for pre-purchase inspections in SCM back in 2005. Since then I've had to further define the limits of the pre-purchase process in this column every few years. I'm pleased to say that a pre-purchase inspection is now de-rigueur in most exotic cars transactions. Head the problems off at the pass While inherently robust mechanically, by now most Enzo-era Ferraris that have not been properly restored are abject examples of the horrors of improper or lack of regular care by a qualified technician. Even today, it's not unusual to find Dinos and Daytonas that have never had the engines apart or a major restoration—with all the problems and pitfalls that implies. And while the Fiat and Montezemolo-era cars are newer and have fewer miles, most have, at some stage in their lives, been driven hard and put away wet. No one buys 46 a Ferrari because they get good mileage—and all want to see how fast it will really go. As we have seen more age-related problems from all generations of Ferraris, we've begun to insist on a presale evaluation on every Ferrari that graces our doors— even before it's advertised. The daily drama has taught us that it's much easier to resolve problems before the car is listed than to try to explain and negotiate the same problems while we bounce back-and-forth between the buyer, the seller and the shop. Unfortunately I have no lack of examples for this col- umn. This month's poster child for owner intransigence was a Euro model 365 GTB/4 we listed in August, 2009 at $329,500. The seller had no lack of service records and described the car as “needing nothing.” One Ferrari, four shops, many problems We quickly had our first buyer and the car went for its first pre-purchase. The shop put the car on a rack, quickly saw that the front spring pads and shock boots needed replacement and opined the front end needed a rebuild. The buyer wanted a fully-restored “needs nothing” car, so the deal was dead. The seller was inflexible on pricing and replied that the ball joints and tie rod ends were all new. He missed the point. While ball joints and tie rod ends are indeed part of the front suspension, so are the spring pads, shock boots and more. In frustration, we pulled the car from our ads but the seller was soon back at a new and lower price. The car was re-advertised and we had a second buyer. The seller Sports Car Market


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insisted that the first shop had vilified his car, so we had a second shop do the next inspection. That shop took only minutes to point out the starter ring gear was noisy, and there was a “clunk” from the rear suspension. So, deal number two died a quick death. The seller opined that the second shop was just trying to make work and that there were no problems. The seller insisted the car be taken to a third shop of his choice at his expense to validate his car. After the car was inspected, the seller called to tell me that the owner of Shop Three confirmed that Shop Two missed the mark on the car. To confirm, I personally called the third shop owner who agreed that Shop Two might had overstated their case. Shop Three then pointed out that since Shop Two cut their inspection short they had missed damage to the radiator support structure that Shop Three quickly found. We then had a fourth buyer who made an all-cash, no-inspection offer. While the seller was eager to take the offer, we had no desire to assume the seller's liabilities or to sell a Ferrari with known problems. We insisted that both the owner and his Daytona come to a shop near us for yet another inspection that I would attend. The fourth shop owner and I have been selling and/or servicing Daytonas for decades. We had spoken with the owners of all three previous shops and gotten their list of problems. Fortunately, there was another Euro model Daytona in Shop Four, so direct comparisons were easy to make to the doubtful owner. Shop Four took the hours necessary for a detailed pre-purchase inspections—plus a test drive—and found a bad rear axle. During every step of the inspection, the shop owner and I patiently went over the car with the owner and refused to back down as he tried to make excuses. In the end, the owner agreed to pay to have the radiator support structure rebuilt, the front spring pads and shock boots replaced, the starter ring gear replaced and the right rear axle replaced. The total cost was $12k. In an attempt to find closure, the shop owner agreed to a fixed-price repair and I agreed to a partial cut in commission. Heaven forbid that the shop owner or broker might “make money” on the seller's car. Lessons learned There are many morals to this story. From day one, the seller overrated his car— and stayed in deep denial when problems were pointed out. Since the first three shops only did quick inspections, it took the cumulative impact of three failed sales, four failed inspections and a face-to-face meeting to bring the seller to reality. Had the owner spent the $12k before the car was listed, it would have sold months earlier for more than enough to cover his costs. Instead he chased the market down. Many clients think (or want to think) their cars are perfect. So, when their car fails the pre-purchase inspection, they think they are being set up or pushed to do unnecessary work to benefit the buyer. We had to convince the seller that making a car right doesn't mean a free restoration at the seller's expense. But it does means selling a well-sorted car with safety and drivability issues resolved. My mistake was in not personally inspecting the car with the second or third shop—and not having the owner there for any of the inspections. In retrospect, far too much time and mental energy was wasted—although probably all of this was necessary with this most difficult owner. I close with the thought that all of the issues above are not specific to Ferraris. The same lessons apply to any old or high-performance car. Whether a $100,000 Jaguar E-type or a $3.2m McLaren F1, both age and being thrashed by an excited driver can create an entire host of problems that a seller should be aware of so that he might properly represent a car, and a buyer should know so that he is happy with what he ends up with after he spends his money. ♦ June 2011 47


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English Profile 1955 Austin-Healey 100S These cars were almost lost in the limelight of the Jaguars, Aston-Martins, Mercedes-Benzes, and Ferraris that raced in the same grids by Gary Anderson Details Years Produced: 1954-1955 Number produced: 50 production series, five Works development versions Original list price: N/A SCM Valuation: $400,000-$600,000 Tune-up Cost: $250-$500 (same as standard 100) Distributor cap: $14 Chassis #: Stamped on printed plate screwed to firewall in engine compartment (Prefix AHS for production cars, SPL for development cars) Body #: Stamped on metal plate screwed to firewall above car number plate Engine #: Stamped on plate riveted to top right side of engine block Clubs: Austin-Healey Club USA (www. healey.org); Austin-Healey Club America (www.healeyclub.org) Alternatives: 1955-57 Alfa-Romeo 1900 Zagato (SSZ), 1953-55 Aston-Martin DB2/4 Bertone Spider Chassis number: AHS3707 N ot long after the stunning Austin-Healey 100 debuted, Donald Healey began planning a high-performance version of his well-received sports car. Knowing that a competitive racing variant would boost the image of the various production models, several special test cars were created in 1953 and 1954 with various motorsport applications in mind. After a strong showing at Le Mans and a sensational, record-setting run at Bonneville with lightly modified 100 models, Healey's team returned to Warwick to develop a purpose-built version for the 12 Hours of Sebring in March 1954. The prototype 100S (S for Sebring) was thoroughly re-engineered to compete at the height of international racing. To meet international homologation standards, 50 production versions were built at the Healey Cape Works, with the first delivered for the 1955 Sebring race. The 100S engine was based on the Austin A90 powerplant, although larger valves, SU H6 carburetors, alloy pistons, forged-steel connecting rods, a high-lift camshaft, a nitride-hardened crankshaft and a Weslake eight-port alloy cylinder head were specified for torque, reliability and usable power. Driving the 132 horsepower and an astonishing 168 foot-pounds of torque to the rear wheels was a modified, close-ratio C-Series gearbox. The 100S was among the first sports cars to come equipped with Dunlop-supplied 4-wheel disc brakes and had upgraded suspension, twin fuel pumps, a 20-gallon rear tank, a strengthened chassis, Le Mans headlamps and a high-output racing dynamo. The exterior of the car benefited from a redesigned oval radiator grille, louvered hood, Perspex windscreen 48 and external fuel filler—all of which gave the car a distinctive appearance, while the aluminum body, penned by Jerry Coker and constructed at Jensen, contributed to a dry weight of less than 2,000 pounds. Most production examples were finished in a dashing ivory over lobelia blue livery in anticipation of sales in the United States. Available solely in right-hand drive, the cockpit was purposefully equipped, with lightweight seats that had cooling slots, a wood-rimmed steering wheel and a 140mph speedometer. The Austin-Healey 100S compiled an outstanding racing record, with impressive results including a 3rd place overall finish and 1st in Class at Sebring, 1st and 2nd in Class at the Mille Miglia, and 1st in Class at Goodwood. The 100S was also a favorite of both professional racers and amateur drivers in the United States. The 100S presented here, AHS3707, was shipped on April 21, 1955, to Gough Industries in Los Angeles, CA, as one of a group of six delivered in sequence, 3707–3801, to be sold to ambitious local drivers. The first owner is unknown, but in 1957, Richard Lord of Los Angeles purchased 3707 and it remained in his care for three years before Robert Schilling acquired the car for racing purposes. Schilling immediately painted the coves red to differentiate his Healey from the competition. The 100S Register states that he participated in at least four races with 3707. By 1965, 3707 was in the care of Louise Greg-Young and was repainted Healey Blue and equipped with wider wire wheels. Paul Haus of New Jersey acquired 3707 seven years later, owning it for nearly a decade. 1955 Austin-Healey 100S Lot 93, s/n AHS3503 Condition 2 Sold at $161,285 Coys, Silverstone, U.K., 7/30/99 SCM# 10958 Sports Car Market SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1955 Austin-Healey 100S Lot 101, s/n AHS3607 Condition 1- Not sold at $281,600 Christie's, Le Mans, FR, 7/8/06 SCM# 42308 1955 Austin-Healey 100S Lot 159, s/n AHS3707 Condition 2- Not sold at $150,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/16/02 SCM# 28802 Photos: Simon Clay © 2010 Courtesy of Gooding & Company


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SCM Digital Bonus Acquiring the car in 1982, Fred Cohen of Los Angeles enlisted Global Healey to perform a complete restoration, but soon turned the project over to Hill & Vaughn in Santa Monica, CA. Robert Pass of St. Louis, MO, owned the car briefly in the late 1980s, selling it to Mark Smith, the famed East Coast collector who cared for it for twelve years. Most recently it has been a fixture in two prominent collections in the Northeast. Of the limited 100S production run, 3707 is among the minority, having no record of any major repairs and retaining its original matching-numbers engine. Although it has been almost 30 years since it was fully restored, this 100S maintains an outstanding appearance. Given its rarity and the success of these cars in pe- riod, 3707 should be a desired entry for the best driving events in the world, including the Mille Miglia Storica, Le Mans Classic, and Goodwood. A well-prepared 100S can hold its own with almost any production-based sports car of the era, especially on a rough, demanding road. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 58, sold for $632,500, including buyer's premium, at Gooding & Company's Amelia Island auction, on Friday, March 11, 2011. Until recently, except among Austin-Healey enthusiasts, the 100S race cars have not been widely known. They were almost lost in the bright limelight of the Jaguars, Aston-Martins, Mercedes-Benzes, and Ferraris that raced at the front of the same grids at Sebring, Le Mans, and the Mille Miglia in the mid-1950s. It was, in fact, the slower speed of the 100S driven by Lance Macklin at the ill-fated 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans that created the conditions leading to the horrific accident involving Pierre Levegh's 300SLR. Nevertheless, with its lithe beauty, forgiving road manners, and ease of mainte- nance, the 100S has always had a loyal following, which explains why out of only 50 units built (55 if you count the Special Test Cars that served as prototypes for the production run) there are at least 37 surviving examples (41 counting the specials) on the road. Driving under the radar There is even a growing industry of creating 100S replicas using Healey 100 donor chassis. Having driven several of the real cars, I can attest to the pleasure the 100S gives on a challenging road at a reasonable pace. No 100Ss have traded publicly in years. As at first glance they resemble the more common 100-4, which is a $60,000-$100,000 car, so some collectors were surprised by the ease with which this example reached its sale price. Owners of the cars, and they are a fairly tight group who all seem to be able to recite the provenance of every car in the register and knew this one simply as “Fred Cohen's car,” were not at all surprised by the hammer price. I was told of at least half a dozen private sales in the same number of years for approximately the same amount. One current owner notes that he gets two or three offers a year to buy his car in excess of this amount. Given that this car is in excellent condition because of its lack of extensive use and respectable restoration—and has an unquestioned history—the sale was definitely in line with the market. As the front-line exotics from the same period, like the Ferrari TdF, continue to accelerate in value, less expensive cars that are eligible for all of the same events, and have the degree of exclusivity that the 100S has, will continue to gain in value. No one in the 100S fraternity is quite sure who actually bought the car, so I can only express my hope that the new owner took to heart the note about the reception that this car will get at any historic race or rally—and will actually take it out and use it. These are not fragile cars, and can be driven robustly on events like the California Mille and the Colorado Grand. It would be a shame if this great car—well bought—is just tucked away for its assured investment appreciation potential. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding and Company.) SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images, and more... June 2011 49


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Prototype A car, especially at auction, has to have that “wow” factor to excite bidders, and this one really did by Simon Kidston Details Years produced: 1971-1973 Number produced: 150 Original list price: Lire 11,000,000 ($18,000 U.S.) SCM Valuation: $700,000-$937,500 Tune-up cost: $1,000 Distributor cap: $800 (two required) Chassis #: Front crossmember, behind radiator, and chassis plate Engine #: In middle of vee on top of engine Club: Lamborghini Club America, PO Box 649, Orinda, CA, 94563 More: www.lamborghiniclub.com, www.themiuraregister.com Chassis number: 4758 T he Miura presented here is, quite simply, unlike any other. Issued production number 576, this Lamborghini represents the end result of a project undertaken by the factory's chief development engineer and test driver, Bob Wallace, to create the definitive Miura—the SV. As a prototype, this car was equipped with features that made it stand apart from the examples that followed. The treatment of the headlamp surround is different from the production cars, and the interior was fitted with convenience items not found on any other Miura—three separate ashtrays, for example. The SV debuted at the Geneva Salon in March 1971. While a lack of factory records makes it difficult to confirm, it's generally understood that 4758 was the car that introduced the ultimate Miura to the world. On April 6, 1971—after its testing and show duties were fulfilled—4758 was sold, a month before the delivery of the first “production” SV. Subsequent owners were based in Italy, Monte Carlo and Germany before the car came to the U.S. in 2000. In 2008, the Miura was delivered to Wayne Obry's Motion Products Inc. to be prepared for that year's Lamborghini class at Pebble Beach. Foremost Miura specialist Jeff Stephan was brought in for his technical expertise. The SV Prototype was completely disassembled, evaluated and researched. Stephan proclaims that this Miura is “the best properly restored car in existence.” After fine tuning, the SV Prototype produced an estimated 417 horsepower. In all just twelve Lamborghinis participated in the feature display at Pebble Beach, and the SV Prototype was justifiably honored with a class award for its exquisite presentation, historical import and reverence of authenticity. The Miura SV is among the top tier of collector cars. Given its significant prototype status, documented provenance, world-class restoration and intrinsic quality, 4758 must be considered one of the finest Lamborghinis in existence. 50 SCM Analysis This car, Lot 34, sold for $1,705,000, including buyer's premium, at the Gooding auction on March 11, 2011, in Amelia Island, FL. Timing. It's everything, especially in the world of car collecting: Ask the man who sold his Ferrari 250 GTO for $10,000 in 1970. Or the one who bought this Miura for $178,000 less than a decade ago. The headline car for David Gooding's Amelia Island auction, featuring prominently in pre-sale marketing and gracing the catalog cover, this Miura really got “The Full Monty” in terms of buildup. Hats off to David, who did a great job—whatever commission he charged the seller, it was worth every cent. As always, there's more to this story than meets the eye. Let's consider the elements in play to understand why this Miura, on this particular day, set a new auction record for the model. First of all, what is it? The headline description says Miura SV Prototype. By definition that would make it a pre-SV chassis, and its serial number puts it near the end of S production. The S model is far less valuable than the SV, but as most collectors would probably agree, the first and last of anything have special appeal. Catch 22? I called Mr. Miura himself, Bob Wallace, and asked what he remembered about the SV prototype. “We pulled a new yellow S body shell off the produc- tion line and built it up during our spare time,” Wallace said. “The modifications were pretty rudimentary and done by hand before the car went to Bertone to be rationalized for production. It was close to the series version but the rear fender wells, for example, were different.” What about a 400-plus horsepower engine, I ventured? His reply is unprintable. Two prototypes To further the intrigue, there are two yellow Miuras in circulation with factory paperwork supporting their claim to SV prototype status. I know this, as I've auctioned them both—twice. In a telex dated April 6, 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV (SVJ mods) Lot # 150, s/n 4892 Condition: 1 Sold at $1,152,132 RM Auctions, Automobiles of London, U.K., 10/27/2010 SCM# 167924 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Lot # 47, s/n 4926 Condition: 3Sold at $990,000 Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/21/2011 SCM# 168679 Alternatives: 1966-68 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, 1966-68 Bizzarrini 5300GT Strada, 1969-72 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1972 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Lot # 172, s/n 4818 Condition: 1 Sold at $1,115,637 RM Auctions, Automobiles of London, U.K., 10/27/2010 SCM# 167963 Sports Car Market Photos: Scott Nidermaier © 2010, Gooding & Company


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SCM Digital Bonus 1988, Ferruccio Lamborghini's right-hand man, Ubaldo Sgarzi, confirmed the other example to be “one of our SV prototypes” (note the plural). That car, serial number 4856, engine number 30780, had a much earlier production number—266—but a later chassis number, a very late SV engine number and wasn't sold by the factory until 1973.... As you see, early Lamborghini record keeping is somewhat Latin in nature. For the record, 4856 was sold at auction in 1998 for $126,349 (SCM# 5929) and again in 2002 for $157,937 (SCM# 28406). Over a decade ago, when our feature car last changed hands in public at Brooks' 2000 Quail Lodge auction for $84,000 (SCM# 10383), the reporter commented: “Of all the Miuras, the SV is the one to have. Is this an SV or really an S with some SV options? Cheap price for an S and a real bargain if it's an SV.” Given that a late SV (s/n 5038) had sold just 24 lots earlier for $210,000, it appears the auction house didn't succeed in getting the Prototype point across to buyers. The successful bidder, a Los Angeles-based dealer, quickly resold s/n 4758 to a speculator from Southern California for an amount believed to be just into six figures. A quick detailing and one advert in FML later, chassis 4758 was now billed as “first owner for many years, a Monte Carlo based Italian opera singer” and available to “serious parties”—price on application, of course. Ownership history—and minor myths The auction catalog repeats the previous belief that this was possibly the car which launched the SV at the '71 Geneva Salon, and implies it was sold a month before the first production SV, but we now have the Bertone build records identifying the chassis number and (different) color of the show SV, photos of the show stand and the sales records of the dealer who sold the show car 29 days before 4758. To put a minor myth to rest, the Italian “opera singer first owner” in Monte Carlo, who I've just called, is a financier who bought the car in the late 1980s—he couldn't afford a bus fare in '71. And he still can't sing. Next stop: Florida, and a genuine private enthusiast who struggled to document its history, before in 2002 the Miura finally found a long term home for $178,000 with a reclusive big hitter on the East Coast, spending the next nine years in climatecontrolled luxury. I asked what attracted him to this particular SV. “I like firsts,” he said. “I have the first 250 GTO, the first F50 imported to the U.S.A. and so on.” What about the restoration? “Wayne Obry has done six cars for me, each in one year, with the aim of being the best of its kind. This Miura felt very fast, more so than the other SVs I had tested, and a real torque monster compared to the finesse of Ferraris.” Would he own another? “I had the best. Anything now would be a letdown.” The value of history, presentation and timing So bearing in mind all of the above, how do we explain the price? At over $1.7m, it's 70% more than normal SVs have achieved recently at auction and about half the price of real Miura SVJs we've handled privately. Why? First of all, history. It may not be the only claimant, and three ashtrays will stand out about as much as an alloy block on a 300SL, but one of two prototypes is rarer than one of 150 SVs. It's telling that a decade ago buyers discounted this car compared to a regular SV, and it's an encouraging sign that since then they have become more sophisticated in attaching a premium to something with an interesting story. Second—and significantly—presentation. A car, especially at auction, has to have that “wow” factor to excite bidders, and this one really did. Details like the Italian government paper seal reproduced on the cigar lighter, the factory leather document wallet and guarantee certificate were all assembled or recreated by the seller (who previously owned an automobilia business), but they made the car complete. If that didn't impress, the folder of restoration invoices certainly did: all $536,496.27 of them (we checked). Third, provenance. The Pebble Beach award, even if only third in class, means a lot. We've handled the Lamborghinis which came first and second that year, and each set a new record. The seller's status in the collecting community, and the quality of his cars, reinforced the notion that this Miura had already made the grade. Finally—and perhaps most important of all—tim- ing. If you're trying to assemble the world's best Lamborghini collection and want to fill a piece in the puzzle, but when you find yourself up against a young U.S. dealer representing a Middle Eastern buyer and a father and son from Texas who've already bought 150 cars, you either have to step up or give up. Tomorrow could be a completely different scenario, but the auction takes place today. So we followed instructions and bought it. ♦ (Vehicle description courtesy of Gooding & Company.) SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images, Seat Time and more... June 2011 51


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Etceterini & Friends Profile The Cumberford Perspective The value of a Miura—any Miura, in any specification—as an object of art will never decline By Robert Cumberford T he Lamborghini Miura remains one of the most astonishing cars ever produced in series—750-plus made—with its audacious mechanical architecture and exquisite bodywork, which was one of Maestro Marcello Gandini's earliest works for Bertone. The project was under way when he arrived, and there was little time for development. Just as well. The enduring quality of the design may come from its having been done so quickly—an inspired sketch materialized without hesitation. When Walter de'Silva, him- self no mean formgiver, headed Lamborghini design, in the early 2000s, he created a wide-tired “modern” version in homage to the Gandini Miura—40 years after the original appeared. 1 3 7 1 2 4 6 FRONT 3/4 VIEW Ducting radiator air out of It had all the charm of a Las Vegas Marilyn Monroe imitator, as it was recognizably similar, but without the magic. And that magic is what caused hundreds of the originals to be made. From all accounts, there were many dynamic problems with the original Miuras, and few Miuras were ever perfectly sorted. No matter. Those who bought them were happy, knowing that there was nothing better for drifting along the seafront in Monaco—and attracting attention. One strong element of the design composition is the use of black trim pieces for air inlets, outlets, or on the “Venetian B slats covering the backligh was a backroom, unauth skunkworks project, so p the budget couldn't stand a p ing bill. This is one of the eig or ten best designs since the Italian automobile design renaissance began in 1947, and if the number made doubtless ha an investment downside, t value of a Miura—any Mi in any specification—as object of art will never decline. ♦ 52 the hood was quite sophisticated in aerodynamics terms for the period, adding heat energy to airflow over the cabin. 2 Laying the headlamps back into the form was brilliant. The car could be recognized from a distance, but the lamps only intruded during night driving. 3 The curved A pillar allowed the eye to imagine a compoundcurved windshield, but both it and the side glass are flat-wrapped sheets. 4 Ducting for cooling the rear brakes adds visual interest to the simple sills, and of course, provided for a real need. 12 5 As exotic and highly individual as are the Miura's lines and volumes, these lamps are quite likely mass-produced parts from quite ordinary cars. 6 A true master of form, Marcello Gandini made nose and tail undersides integral parts of the design, leading you to imagine a full belly pan. REAR 3/4 & SIDE VIEW Beautifully sinuous fender 7 profile has never been surpassed, although many have tried. 8 Indisputable American influ- ence here. The 1962 Corvair Monza GT concept had backlight slats first, but not with the Miura's formal elegance. 7 9 Slicing the back at an angle added visual length and lightened the volumetric mass. Clever. 10 Another clever trick is the diverging cut lines, giving the impression of a solid base tapering upward. 11More Americana? The wheels look very much like first Indy Halibrands—passed through a jeweler's hands. 12 In this view there seems to be an abrupt change of direction, but the volume of the windshield erases that impression from other angles. 5 8 9 5 11 10 6 Sports Car Market


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German Profile 1960 Volkswagen Double-Cab Pickup No such critter like this was available new from Volkswagen—no matter how many option boxes were checked off by B. Mitchell Carlson Details Years produced: 1958-1967 (first generation) Number produced (all Type 2s): 515,218 (in 1960) Original list price: $2,330 (1960) SCM Valuation: Stock, restored: $25,000$35,000 Tune-up cost: $100 Distributor cap: $10 Chassis number: On serial number plate riveted to bulkhead, upper right side in engine bay Engine number: Stamped on crankcase generator support boss Clubs: Vintage Volkswagen Club, P.O. Box 1016 Springdale, AR 72765 www.vvwca.com Alternatives: 1961-64 Chevrolet Corvair 95, 1961-67 Ford Falcon Econoline pickup, 1964-67 Dodge A-100 pickup SCM Investment Grade: C Comps 1964 Volkswagen 21-Window Samba Bus Lot 55, s/n 1283044 Condition 1Sold at $38,517 Chassis number: 703002 I ntroduced in 1950, the Volkswagen Type 2 effectively doubled the product line of the thriving German car company. Utilizing the same rear-engine air-cooled format as the overwhelmingly successful Beetle, the various Type 2 models featured new dimensions of passenger and cargo space in an ingeniously designed lightweight structure. Single- and double-cab versions were sold in stag- gering numbers in Europe, but U.S. President Lyndon Johnson placed a heavy tariff on the importation of European vehicles that could be classified as light trucks, leaving very few of these models available in the U.S., and that's why they're such a rare sight today. This beautifully restored 1960 Double-Cab Pickup is the work of a well-known Southern California VW enthusiast who for years had a special project in mind: the faithful creation of a Volkswagen model never offered by the factory. The completed truck has been the subject of numerous print articles which chronicle the year-long restoration and the realization of the owner's dream: a Double-Cab Type 2 bedecked in a deluxe trim that had only been available for the Samba passenger van. One article states that, after an exhaustive search, this 54 rare 1960 Double Cab was purchased at a VW swapmeet in 2003 and preparations for a full restoration were begun. The transporter was disassembled and catalogued, and sections of rust in the floors and substructure were carefully removed and replaced with correct body sections. The owner restored the major components at his home shop, while the body was finished by Leonardo's Body Shop in Garden Grove, CA, in the VW color combination of Chestnut Brown over Sealing Wax Red. The interior, in the style of a deluxe original, was trimmed by Kustom 1 Upholstery in Orange, CA. The stock bumpers have been carefully polished, chrome plated and finished with rare factory corner guards, providing a custom-tailored look. A deluxe, color-keyed aluminum molding encircles the body just above the paint division line and a custom wood-slatted rack adorns the roof. For extra power, the engine was upgraded to a 1,600-cc unit, yet the engine bay retains a stock appearance with period engine shrouds and an original oilbath air filter. Large logo wheel covers and Samba-style hinged front and rear windows were added to complete the deluxe package. This strikingly beautiful, one-of-a-kind commercial H&H, Buxton, U.K., 4/16/09 SCM# 119986 1954 Volkswagen Camper Kombi Lot 22, s/n 20086661 Condition 3Sold at $25,850 Christie's, Monterey, CA, 8/17/06 SCM# 42493 1967 Volkswagen Single-Cab Pickup Lot 49, s/n 267022891 Condition 3+ Not sold at $11,500 Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 10/19/02 SCM# 29152 Sports Car Market Photos: Alejandro Rodriguez © 2011 Courtesy of Gooding & Company


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SCM Digital Bonus Volkswagen wears the hard-to-find tiny trim pieces that set a restoration apart and would be a wonderful accent to any collection. A show car in its own right, it is also a highly useful and capable machine. SCM Analysis This truck, Lot 9, sold for $70,400, including buyer's premium, at Gooding and Company's Amelia Island auction on March 11, 2011. Volkswagen's second sensation—the Type 2 vans—got off to a rudimentary start as a Beetle-powered flatbed parts mover in the Wolfsburg plant in the late 1940s. It took Ben Pon, the Dutch marketing genius who eventually made Volkswagen an American household word, to get it into production—initially as a van. It took the van a few years to catch on in the U.S.—although they were immediately popular in Europe—but by the late 1950s they were a force in the market. While a pickup truck version was first available from the factory in 1952 (the factory was then the newly built Hanover plant designed exclusively for Type 2 production), that was a traditional style with a single bench seat—which Type 2 fans now call a Single Cab. A version with two rows of seating—some would call this a crew cab, but within the air-cooled VW Community, this is a Double Cab—was available as a postVW conversion option. From 1955 to 1959, Binz & Company did the conversion work to make a single cab into a Double Cab. While it was not a runaway success, it did well enough that VW elected to build them in-house starting in 1959. Oddly enough, the Binz conversions were mostly exported to the U.S., and are most easily identified from the later VW-built examples by the use of a single, rear-hinged “suicide” rear door. VW-built Double Cabs have a more traditional forward-hinged door While the Double Cabs started to catch on globally as a standard VW offering in the 1960s, they also continued to be mildly popular in the U.S. By 1963, Ford and Chevrolet had van-based pickups. While neither one had a crew-cab version, the air-cooled, rear-engine Chevrolet Corvair 95 was available in two configurations: the Rampside (with a drop-down curbside ramp wide enough to cart typical appliances into the cargo bed) and the all-but-useless-except-as-a-washtub Loadside. On the other hand, the Falcon-derived Ford Econoline was only available as a single offering. The water-cooled front engine design was excessively nose heavy—to the point of Ford installing counterweights in the rear to keep it from going face first into the pavement on a sudden stop. Yet, the Ford ended up winning the sales race in this segment. Heavily taxed, in more ways than one Just when it looked like the anemic—but well-liked—VW Type 2 pickups were start- ing to hit their stride, they became the victims of an international political squabble. In the early 1960s, France and West Germany imposed a tariff on processed chicken from the U.S., followed by agricultural price fixing by the European Common Market. At the time, it was cheaper to import chicken from the vast U.S. poultry industry than to raise it locally, which undercut European chicken farming. In response, the Johnson Administration fired back by imposing a 25-percent tariff on imported potato starch, dextrin, brandy—and with some prodding from the Big Three automakers and the UAW—light-duty trucks. UAW president Walter Reuther wanted the administration to do something to curtail import of the Volkswagens, which were gulping market share from U.S. automakers. Johnson, who wanted to solidify the union vote for the 1964 elections and get their support for his civil rights platform, therefore included light trucks from Europe. Overnight, the Single- and Double-Cab Type 2s were priced out of the U.S. market, which made it impossible for them to compete with U.S.-made trucks. The tariff didn't apply to passenger cars, which in- cluded the Kombis and Campmobiles, as they had seating for passengers in the rear. Also, the passenger van versions of the Econoline and Corvair 95—the Falcon Station Bus and Greenbrier respectively—were actively marketed as cars; that was one fight that the Big Three wasn't going to take to Wolfsburg or Hanover. While the other commodities were eventually re- leased from the tariff, the “chicken tax” on trucks is still in effect today—47 years later—and this explains why all automotive manufacturers do final assembly of their U.S.-market light trucks in the United States. It also explains why every single Ford Transit Connect SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images and more... June 2011 55 comes here from Turkey with a rear seat, rear seat belts, and side windows—even though they are designed to be urban delivery vehicles. Big bucks for one of none While it was nicely redone, the fact remains that our featured truck really wasn't restored in the true sense of taking a vehicle back to its original, as-new state. Our subject vehicle is fitted with a later engine, ex- terior trim from a Deluxe van, high-gloss wood varnish on the non-stock bed floor skids and aftermarket roof rack—plus upholstery along the lines of a Deluxe van. No such critter was available new from Volkswagen—no matter how well it was optioned. The strong price for our subject vehicle during the current state of flux for collector car values seems a bit out of line—mostly because so darn little is stock. As we've said for decades in these pages, once you deviate from stock, you are on your own. However, as the changes to this Double-Cab Pickup look stock, the sellers seemed to have hit the jackpot on this one. While we have seen some cooling in Generation 1 Type 2 values, they now regularly knock the Type I Beetles out of the park. We also see very strong prices on the best condition cars of all types—stock or modified—with trucks being no exception. Indeed, recent auction sales show that the highest-priced U.S.-made pickups tend to teeter away from bone stock. No self-respecting work truck in the early 1960s had extra chrome accessories, leather seating, and whitewall tires. As this truck is, at best, someone's fantasy of what a deluxe Double-Cab Samba may have been, we'll call all bets off for a specific value. That said, it seems as though air-cooled VW followers almost always prefer modified over stock. While this is still not the hot rod crowd, tactful and skillfully executed modifications will make bidders awash with dot.com or daddy's trust fund money spend like drunken sailors for oddball Type 2 variants. While one can pretty much claim that it would take this kind of money to build or restore a Double Cab to this level, we say this is still a lot of chicken feed to put out for what came home to roost. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding and Company.)


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American Car Collector Profile 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible Without side rails there was no lateral-impact protection, but safety was not a major concern in the 1950s by Carl Bomstead Details Years built: 1957-1958 Number built: 4,765 (1,800 in 1957 model year) Original list price: $7,750 SCM Valuation: $80,000-$150,000 Tune-up cost: $125 Chassis #: Lubrication plate on left front door Engine #: Right front face of engine block Club: Cadillac LaSalle Club More: www.Cadillaclasalleclub.org Alternatives: 1957 Buick Super Riviera Convertible, 1956 Packard Caribbean Convertible, 1957 Oldsmobile Starfire J-2 Convertible SCM Investment Grade: C Comps I n 1953, General Motors wowed the automotive world with the introduction of a 50th Anniversary Buick, the Skylark, as well as the Oldsmobile Fiesta, the Cadillac Eldorado and a fiberglass sports car called the Corvette. All four cars were successful, but it was the mighty Cadillac that retained the most star power. Today, 1950s-era Cadillacs are considered to be the icons of American styling for the period and are highly collectible. Arguably, the great granddaddy of them all is the 1957 Eldorado Biarritz convertible. The current owner purchased this example in the late 1990s and spared no expense in its restoration in the early 2000s. Every receipt from day one in the refurbishment process was saved and comes with the car as part of its provenance. The quality of the paint is matched by the underlying bodywork, which leaves nothing to be desired; the enormous panels are all straight and true, with gaps to match. The same dedication to perfection can be seen in the way the Elysian Green convertible top is fitted with lines up to the window. This Cadillac had won the AACA First Junior and Senior awards, Grand National First at the Cadillac LaSalle meet in Rhode Island and Best in Class at Amelia Island in 2000. The car won Grand National Best of Show Postwar in 2001 with 99.25 points and has been looked after with the utmost care and remains in award-winning condition. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 40, sold for $247,500, including buyer's premium, at The Worldwide Group Atlantic City, N.J., auction on Friday, February 18, 2011. The Cadillac Eldorado was introduced in 1953, with much fanfare, as part of General Motors' 50th 56 Anniversary. The Eldorado was part of a trio of luxury cars that showcased their trendsetting designs and luxurious appointments. Priced at $7,750, the Eldorado found just 532 buyers in its debut model year. Sales volume, however, soon increased, and Cadillac was soon offering a premium-priced car that, while selling in limited numbers, was profitable. In 1956 Cadillac introduced a pair of Eldorados: a new Seville hard top and the Biarritz convertible that was named after the Basque resort town. Cadillac completely redesigned the Biarritz for 1957, with a new X-member chassis that provided structural rigidity as well as a three-inch-lower profile. Without side rails there was, of course, no lateral-impact protection, but safety was not a major concern in the 1950s. Ron Hill, who was a 22-year-old designer at the time, is credited with the distinctive sloped rear deck that is flanked with sharply pointed fins. The hood ornament was eliminated, and the rear wheel opening remained skinless with “chipmunk cheek” rear quarter panels. The 300-horsepower, 325-ci V8 was now standard fare for the Biarritz, and the twin-pot 325 with the famed “batwing” air cleaner was installed as an option. Only 1,800 were produced, although the WWG catalog listed the number as 1,600. Gadgets and gremlins The Biarritz was loaded with gidgets and gadgets, such as a foot–pedal radio control, six-way power seats, power-release and closing-assist trunk—and the evertroublesome hydraulic air bag suspension. Imagine the frustration of opening the garage door and seeing your Eldorado listing to port because of an air bag leak. Cadillac actually released a kit to convert 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Lot 65, s/n 5762069835 Condition 1 Sold at $363,000 Worldwide, Auburn, IN, 9/10/10 SCM# 166348 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Lot 672, s/n 5662094656 Condition 2+ Sold at $110,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/1/10 SCM# 160374 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Lot 260, s/n 5762053757 Condition 1Sold at $375,500 RM Auctions, Lapeer, MI, 6/9/07 SCM# 45615 Sports Car Market Photos: Worldwide Auctioneers


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SCM Digital Bonus the car back to coil springs, but the evil culprit was usually the small valve that was not unlike a standard tire stem valve. A more substantial valve from a tractor tire would often solve the problem. Another gremlin lived inside the two-cylinder pump that attached to the rear of the generator and controlled the whole operation. High prices for proper restorations The 1957 Cadillac Biarritz was expensive in its day. A fuel-injected Chevy Bel Air convertible would cost you a little over three grand, but the Biarritz was closer to eight. Prices for properly restored examples were in the $125,000-$150,000 range a few years back, but RM sold a splendid example from the McMullen collection in June of 2007 for $357,500, and The Worldwide Group sold an equally spectacular example at their 2010 Auburn, IN, sale for $363,000. Lesser examples still sell in the aforementioned range, with the quality of restoration the determining factor. Restoring these cars is a time-consuming project, and time equals money when paying the man. The Biarritz was expensive to build in 1957, and if you want an award-winning car, the same attention to detail must be applied today. This example was restored in early 2000, and today shows only minor signs of use. With a long list of awards—albeit a few years back—and based on the two other sales of high-point examples, we feel our auction reporter at the Atlantic City auction was right-on when he declared this well bought—and well sold. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Worldwide Group.) SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images and more... June 2011 57


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Race Car Profile 1968 Lola T70 Mk III GT Coupe There are a lot more T70 coupes out there than ever left the Lola workshop in Slough by Thor Thorson Details Years built: 1967-1969 Number built: 30 coupes Original list price: Unknown SCM Valuation: Bitsa: $150,000-$200,000, Authenticated: $850,000-$1,250,000 Cost per hour to race: $1,000 Chassis #: Tag on tub in engine bay Engine #: On block at right front Club: Lola Cars Club International More: lolacarsclub.com Alternatives: 1964-69 Ford GT40, 1969 McLaren M6 coupe, 1964-65 Ferrari 250LM SCM Investment Grade: B Comps The T70 was produced in open Mk II Spyder and Mk III Coupe forms until 1968. Although eclipsed by the Ferrari 512 and Porsche 917, the race-proven Lola T70 demonstrated its reliability and speed when Mark Donohue and Chuck Parsons won the 1969 24 Hours of Daytona in a Roger Penske-entered, Chevrolet-powered Mk IIIB Coupe. The T70 was driven by a veritable “who's who” of 1960s motor racing stars on both sides of the Atlantic. Documenting the history of racing cars can fre- E quently prove to be a difficult task. Many are subject to hard use, crashes, modifications, or uprating, which only makes the task of substantiating provenance more challenging. Although it cannot be documented conclusively, chassis 73-135, the car offered here, may very well be one of about five Mk III road cars built up with tubular space frames by famed car designer Franco Sbarro from parts and components he acquired. There is also a possibility that it may even be one of the 16 original T70 Mk III GT coupes originally built by Lola, but it should be noted that the chassis number does not correspond with any known examples. Still others believe that this was the car used and crashed in the making of the Steve McQueen film “Le Mans” and subsequently rebuilt in France. Fresh from a three-year, no-expense-spared profes- sional restoration and finished in bright yellow with a polished aluminum tub, it features a mid-mounted 355-ci Chevrolet engine that produces about 600 horsepower. Equipped with a correct Hewland gearbox, Vertex magneto, proper Lola brakes, Lola uprights and authentic period gauges, it also has the correct 15-inch Lola wheels 58 ric Broadley's Lola project, the legendary T70, debuted in 1965 and quickly demonstrated its prowess in the hands of John Surtees, who won the inaugural Can-Am Championship in 1966. shod with new racing slicks. Impressively restored, this car is ideally suited for various historic track events around the country. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 137, sold for $165,000, including buyer's premium, at RM Auctions' Amelia Island auction on March 12, 2011. You could argue that this whole thing started when Enzo Ferrari told Henry Ford to get lost when he wanted to buy the Italian marque. Eric Broadley was struggling along while building small-bore racing cars under the Lola banner, but he could see that the advancing technology in chassis, transaxle, and tire design was making a mid-engined racer that utilized American V8 power in a monocoque chassis designed for the new, wider tires that were becoming available a viable possibility. At the Olympia (London) Racing Car Show in January 1963, Lola introduced their Lola Mk 6 GT (profiled in SCM, December 2006), which, although cobbled together and barely operational, caught the racing world's imagination. It was a stunningly beautiful little coupe that used a Ford V8 and it happened along just at the moment when Ford was looking for an English race car manufacturer to buy in order to go beat Ferrari. Lola looked to be just the ticket, and by mid-1963, Ford had bought Lola (renamed Ford Advanced Vehicles) and embarked on what was to become the GT40. However, Broadley's honeymoon was very short. Disagreements quickly erupted, particularly over Ford's insistence that the new car's chassis monocoque be constructed of steel, which was absolute anathema to a committed racing car constructor like Broadley. Ford's intent was reasonable, as they wanted to produce a car useable on the street instead of a pure racer, but the incompatibility was apparent. The result Sports Car Market 1966 Lola T70 Spyder Lot 336, s/n SL 71/45 Condition 1 Not sold at $406,640 Bonhams,Sussex, U.K., 9/17/10 SCM# 166194 1967 Lola T70 Mk III Coupe Lot 258, s/n unknown Condition 2 Not sold at $596,124 RM Auctions, London, U.K.,10/28/09 SCM# 152211 1969 Lola-Chevrolet T70 Mk IIIB Lot 232, s/n SL 71/37 Condition 2+ Sold at $233,363 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 9/1/06 SCM# 43013 Photos: Josh Voss © Courtesy of RM Auctions


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SCM Digital Bonus was that within a year Ford and Lola had split the sheets in an amicable arrangement, and Broadley had gone back to producing pure racers under the Lola name. An immediate winner Unsurprisingly, after dabbling with a few single-seaters, the first two-seater the reconstituted Lola chose to produce was the car Broadley thought Ford should have let him build. The car was an evolution of the Mk 6 and GT40 designs, but with an aluminum monocoque chassis, and pure racing intentions. The new T70 Lola was introduced in January 1965. In deference to his friends at Ford it was not designed to compete in the world championship GT arena, but it was instead a spyder aimed at the burgeoning American—and U.K.—market barred, V8-powered sports racers (FIA Group 7). The T70 Spyder was immediately successful, with a strong showing in the 1965 USRRC series followed by winning the First Can-Am Championship in 1966. For the 1967 season, the time seemed right to expand the concept and introduce a sportsprototype coupe version of the T70 for European endurance racing. The now-iconic T70 Coupe made its debut. It is useful to note that Ford, Ferrari, and Porsche—the dominant championship contenders of this period— were racing factory teams for corporate and national glory. In contrast, Lola was a manufacturer in the business of selling racing cars to privateers. That is one reason why T70s tended to fill out the grids and the finishing order at the big races—not dominate them. My count shows 30 T70 coupes originally built out of roughly 104 total T70s, so they were never really common. Gorgeous, glorious weapons Although they weren't the dominant race cars of their era, T70 coupes are ab- solutely gorgeous things, very user-friendly to race and with their share of historic glory. All of this has endeared them to a generation of vintage car racers. This has given them substantial value as weapons-grade racers, and more recently, has allowed the best of them to make the transition to seriously collectible status. However, there is a collectibility issue. Because these cars were constructed in a workshop out of fabricated or subcon- tracted parts rather than in a manufacturer's factory with internal casting, machining, and forging capacity—such as Ford, Ferrari and Porsche—Lola T70s have proven very easy to replicate. I don't think anyone knows how many replicas are zooming around, but there are a lot more T70 coupes out there than ever left the Lola workshop in Slough, England. As is evident in the catalog description above, the subject car may or may not have any claim to being an original Lola, but it was effectively presented and sold as a replica. for no-holds- No pretense to fame, no foul There has been a substantial change in attitudes toward the use of non-original cars in vintage racing over the past few years. Whether it is for better or worse fills endless late-night conversations in our world, but the end result is that there are certain categories of cars that are no longer expected to prove their provenance to gain entry in most events (the “big” events are still very careful). For international events, the FIA no longer attempts to address whether a racing car is “real” and only certifies that it meets the technical standards required to participate, while the subjective side is left to the race promoter. The situation is similar in the U.S., with few or- ganizers asking questions if a car is correct and wellpresented. It seems to me that the line in the sand for acceptability has to do with a replica not pretending to be a famous car. Ferrari GTOs and Corvette Grand Sports, for example, are considered so important that a fake one is an insult at an event, while more recent Lolas, Chevrons, Lotus and the like are sufficiently generic that nobody notices or seems to care. The world's best Lola T70 Mk IIIB coupes, dripping race history and with unquestioned provenance, bring well over a million dollars these days, while our subject car sold for less than a fifth of that. Both cars will give a driver a very similar driving ex- perience and lap times, and at 80% of the racing events in the world will be equally acceptable (not equally revered, but welcome to participate). This gives us an excellent opportunity to look at what creates value. I have long contended that the maximum “weapons grade” value for any vintage racing car in the U.S. is about $200,000. To go above that, you need to look to collector factors. This sale supports my observation. If this car had any collector values, the market chose not to include them in the price. In the case of this car, the cost of the parts alone probably exceeded the final bid, but that is frequently the fate of weapons in a collector's auction world. As a useable racer, I'd say this car was very well bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images and more... June 2011 59


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Market Reports Overview February and March Sales Make $67m The market continued to see upward movement through early spring, with higher average prices and final totals in most locations by Jim Pickering T he first half of 2011 has shown the market to be on the upswing, starting in Scottsdale and Phoenix in January and trending through Rétromobile in Paris in February. Auctions saw a healthier group- ing of high-end lots on offer than we observed during this time in 2010, and it seemed that with more first-tier consignments available, a greater number of bidders were willing to part with large sums of their money. So it was no surprise to see the same results from auctions taking place in late February and early March—especially at Amelia Island and Fort Lauderdale, which have both traditionally been high achievers in terms of grand totals. Here, in the order that they occurred, is a rundown of the market from late February through mid March. McCormick celebrated 25 years in the business at its 50th auction, held in Palm Springs in late February. And they had good reason to celebrate, as this year's sale was the most successful February event in the company's history, with 342 of 484 cars selling for a combined total of $5.7m—well above last year's previous high water mark of $4.8m. Bomstead noted the typical odd mix of consignments here, as well as a wide variety of Corvettes and muscle cars. H&H returned to Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire in late February for its annual sale held alongside Race Retro, and this year, 43 of 69 lots traded hands for $1.8m. Senior Auction Analyst Paul Hardiman was again onsite to study the racing hardware on offer, including the 1950 Healey Silverstone that made high sale honors on the block at $195k and an Allard J2X that sold post block for $241,354. RM's traditional Fort Lauderdale sale in early March flew under the Auctions America flag this year, bringing 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 60 Sales Totals $24,313,850 RM Auctions, Amelia Island, FL Gooding, Amelia Island, FL Auctions America, Ft. Lauderdale, FL McCormick, Palm Springs, CA H&H, Warwickshire, U.K. $5,753,213 $1,842,671 to market a good collection of American muscle and classics with average prices in the $75k and up range. Auction Analyst Sam Stockham also found a good selection of under-$20k offerings as well, all of which combined to total nearly $17.2m over the course of the weekend. The high sale of the event was a 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster, which was completely unrestored and sold at $467,500. Gooding & Company returned to Amelia Island for the second time in mid-March, again setting up shop at the Amelia Island Plantation Resort. Totals were up here too, with 70 of 85 lots selling for $17.9m—an 11% increase over last year's $16.1m total. Contributing Editor Donald Osborne noted a good mix of consignments this year, along with more American cars, and of the cars on offer, four broke the million dollar mark. The high sale of the event was a 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Vignale cabriolet at $1.9m, followed by the 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV prototype at $1.7m. RM returned to Amelia Island for its 13th annual sale held alongside the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in mid-March, and Senior Auction Analyst Carl Bomstead was there to record 99 of 103 lots sold for a combined $24.3m in sales. Compared to 2010, that's a 25% increase, with the average price per car jumping from $194k last year to $245k this year. Bomstead noted that a number of lots went well past their presale estimates here, including the high seller of the event, a 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico coupe that brought $4.3m against a high estimate of $3.5m. Finally, if you've ever wanted to be a fireman, this month's collection of recent eBay Motors sales should have just the equipment you need to complete the look. ♦ Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico coupe, $4,290,000—RM, p. 66 2. 1951 Ferrari 212 Export convertible, $1,870,000—G&C, p. 84 3. 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV prototype coupe, $1,705,000—G&C, p. 86 4. 1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona spyder, $1,320,000—G&C, p. 86 5. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 coupe, $1,155,000— G&C, p. 86 6. 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS spider, $990,000—RM, p. 66 7. 1933 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Victoria, $979,000—RM, p. 70 8. 1930 Duesenberg Model J convertible coupe, $962,500—RM, p. 70 9. 1968 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 coupe, $935,000—RM, p. 68 10. 1955 Bentley R-Type Continental fastback, $770,000—G&C, p. 80 Best Buys 1. 1953 Ferrari 212 Inter coupe, $660,000—RM, p. 68 2. 1957 Austin-Healey 100-6 racer, $88,710—H&H, p. 122 3. 1960 Nash Metropolitan, $11,025—MC, p. 108 4. 1960 Chrysler Imperial Crown coupe, $46,200—G&C, p. 88 5. 1962 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 convertible, $46,000—AA, p. 98 Sports Car Market $17,879,550 17,188,385


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RM Auctions Amelia Island, FL Automobiles of Amelia Island Revenues were a touch over $5m higher this year, thanks in part to Nicklin's 330 Ferrari Mexico selling for $4.3m—far in excess of its $3.5m high estimate Company RM Auctions Date March 12, 2011 Location Amelia Island, Florida Auctioneer Max Girardo Automotive lots sold / offered 99/103 Sales rate 96% Sales total $24,313,850 High sale 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Coupe, sold at $4,290,000 Buyer's premium 1912 Packard Model 1-48 custom runabout—$407,000 Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics T o call RM's 2011 Amelia Island event a success would be a colossal understatement. This was RM's 13th auction held alongside the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, and again, the company offered just over 100 rare machines to its high-end clientele. Auctioneer Max Girardo seems to raise his game to a higher level with each outing, and at this event, he was extremely effective in cajoling an additional bid where necessary—and he did it all alone, with no color-man to assist. His efforts deserve the auctioneer's Iron Man award! Over the course of the afternoon, RM shifted 99 of its 103 lots for a final total of $24.3m. At the end of the evening, the company had sold the same number of lots as last year's event. But revenues were a touch over $5m higher, thanks in part to Larry Nicklin's 330 Ferrari Mexico Coupe far exceeding its high estimate of $3.5m, selling for just under $4.3m (see the profile, p. 44). Other Ferrari sales included a 1968 275 GTB/4 berlinetta at $935,000, a 1967 330 GTS at $770,000, and a 1953 212 Inter coupe at $660,000. One of the handful of no-sales was the radical 1955 Ford “Beatnik” Bubbletop custom built by Gary “Chopit” Fioto. This award-winning “Beatnik” was finished with a number of unique touches and caught John O'Quinn's eye at RM's Monterey sale in 2006. He stepped up to the sum of $396,000 then, but there wasn't as much interest for it in the room this time around. Bidding lingered at $140,000 while the car was on the block, but that price represented too much of a haircut 62 for the estate, so the car did not sell. Duesenberg was a featured marque at this year's Amelia Island Concours, so it was fitting that RM offered four Duesenbergs at this year's sale. But of the four, one was a recreated Indianapolis roadster and another was a “bitsa” that was built from a pile of “mostly” Duesenberg parts. A delightful 1930 Model J roadster with coachwork by Murphy realized $962,500 and a 1933 Model J Torpedo Victoria by Rollston that had been once owned by Hopalong Cassidy was hammered sold at $979,000. RM offered about two dozen CCCA Full Classics at Amelia, and the prices achieved proved that those who predicted the demise of classic market segment were way off base. Among the group were a 1935 Auburn 851 SC boattail speedster that realized $412,500, a 1933 Chrysler CL Imperial Dual Cowl phaeton that made $352,000, and a 1934 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan which sold for $352,000—hardly indications of a declining market. Other notable sales included a 1969 Fiat Jolly that found new ownership for an astonishing $82,500, a 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Spider that made $990,000, and a 1964 Porsche 911 that was restored to perfection for $225,500. This year's event represented a 25% in- crease in final totals over last year's $19.2m sale. Add to that the fact that the same number of cars sold in both 2010 and 2011, and you get a substantial increase in the average price per car. That, along with solid results out of Phoenix in January, is good evidence that the collector car market is still gaining steam. And it's great timing, as Monterey is just around the corner. ♦ $5m $10m $15m $20m $25m 0 Sports Car Market Sales Totals 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 10%, included in sold prices


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RM Auctions Amelia Island, FL ENGLISH #134-1911 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER GHOST 40/50hp Open Drive Landaulette. S/N 1797. Maroon/black vinyl/black leather & tan fabric. RHD. A very formal Silver Ghost with coachwork by E.R. Wood from New York, body originally on a Thomas Flyer. Best in Class at Pebble Beach in 1993, older restoration now showing age with numerous paint original Oldsmobile engine was a big plus. Last seen at RM in Rochester, MI, on July 24, 2010, where it was a $90,000 no-sale (SCM# 166165), so the seller's patience was rewarded. Still, I think RM's $120k-$130k estimate was a bit light for an Allard of this quality. Buyer got it for well under the money, but seller is probably pleased to see it gone. #186-1952 MORGAN PLUS 4 drophead cracks. Passenger's compartment elegantly finished in Bedford cloth and braided trim. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $506,000. Offered at Christie's New York auction in 2002, where it was a no-sale at $320,000 (SCM# 28453), subsequently acquired by John O'Quinn. Price at the high end of the scale, but not silly money by any means. A delightful Silver Ghost. #118-1934 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II Continental Drophead Sedanca Coupe. S/N 147RY. Light blue/white vinyl/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 94,947 miles. Discovered in a barn in 1964 and driven 400 miles home. Refurbished since, with new blue leather seating and blue carpets. Fenders flow together in unbroken line, accenting the 150-inch wheelbase. coupe. S/N P2281. Oxford Blue & Obsidian/dark blue fabric/blue leather. Odo: 1,071 miles. Documented low miles. Recommissioned in 2004 with respray and new Bridge-of-Weir leather. Numerous Best of Show/Class awards. Chassis Record Certificate signed by Peter Morgan. The 34th of only 117 or so thought to exist today. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $522,500. Purchased by John O'Quinn at Bonhams' August 2009 Quail Lodge sale for $770,000 (SCM# 142093), so the estate took a hit here. A number of errors noted by Darl'mat experts, but still an attention-getter wherever it appears. #180-1954 TALBOT-LAGO GRAND SPORT coupe. S/N 1110006. Maroon/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 74,164 km. A 25-year-old restoration in need of a respray and most everything else. Paint badly cracked, leather dry and cracking. Based on the Talbot-Lago Grand Prix cars that were first and second at Le Mans in 1950. Equipped with Wilson pre-select “Flat Rad” drophead coupes built, and just 30 thought to remain today. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $66,000. A very rare, properly restored, noquestions “Flat Rad” Morgan that will be a hit at the next All British Field Meet. Doubt if you could restore one for the price paid here, and the low miles were an added plus. #194-1961 JAGUAR XKE Series 1 convertible. S/N 875053. Blue/tan fabric/tan Decent paint, but not my favorite color for a Rolls. One of 156 right-hand-drive Continental PIIs built. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $341,000. The exciting styling appealed to at least two determined bidders, resulting in an over-the-topprice. Just hope the new owner has a few dollars left for a respray. #188-1951 ALLARD K2 roadster. S/N 1808. Red/tan leather. Odo: 65,262 miles. Very nice paint with some minor chips around trunk area. Tan interior shows little wear. Presented with original 1951 OHV V8 that was bored out to 330 cubic inches. Fitted with Edmunds dual 2-barrel intake manifold. Mercury 3-speed 64 leather. Odo: 54,200 miles. An excellent example of an early “external bonnet latch” 3.8 Series 1, assembled, trimmed, and sorted by RM Restorations, with just the most minor of nits. New chrome wires with knockoffs. Flat transmission. Thought to be one of only eight examples left. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $154,000. Rare T26 Grand Sport coupe. A 1955 sold at RM's Monte Carlo sale in May 2010 for $227k (SCM# 162031), so the age-old question: Can you do the paint, chrome and interior for $73k? If so, this was a decent buy. floor. The 53rd E-type produced, and perhaps the first exported to Canada. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $154,000. The Series 1s are arguably the #106-1958 VESPA 400 JOLLY beach car. S/N 09575. Red/red & white surrey/wicker. Odo: 57,404 miles. Vespa converted in 2010 into a one-of-a-kind Jolly, with wicker seats and cut-down doors. Won the Palmetto Award at Hilton Head. Top speed of 50 mph, which would be scary. Very well done but not as cute as a real Jolly. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $41,250. Sold for a surprising amount, considering it was the figment of someone else's vivid imagination. In the long run, the builder would have Sports Car Market transmission, chrome knockoffs, Brooklandsstyle Aero Screens. $121,000. One of only 119 K2s built, and the Cond: 2. SOLD AT most desirable of the E-types, and early examples even more so. This was an excellent presentation in the right livery. E-types are riding the upward curve, so buyer did not pay too much, but instead just bought a little early. Strong money for a strong car. FRENCH #136-1938 PEUGEOT 402 DARL'MAT LÉGÈRE Special Sport roadster. S/N 705516 Eng. # 445597. Two-tone yelow/brown alligator. Odo: 798 km. Striking design by Georges Paulin. Restored and shown extensively by Chuck Swimmer. Alligator interior. Only about 54 Darl'mat roadsters built and 30


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RM Auctions Amelia Island, FL and called it an absolute bargain (SCM# 119204). Seller walked away with $150k, less fees, etc., so not a bad ride for two years of fun driving. Even so, hope the new owner enjoys the ride, too. #112-1957 BMW ISETTA 300 coupe. S/N 500678. Light yellow/gray plaid fabric. Odo: 20,704 miles. Comprehensive restoration completed in 2009 with body removed from frame. Sliding sunroof and refrigerator front door. Original-style plaid been money ahead to buy a Fiat, rather than try to make one. GERMAN #174-1953 EMW 327/2 convertible. S/N 87459. Blue & white/blue fabric/tan leather. Odo: 71,468 km. Built at Eisenacher Motorenwerk in Russian-occupied East Germany but for some reason is badged “BMW.” Restored in Germany in 2005 with complete engine rebuild, including new engine block. Has participated in numerous rallies and events. Minor signs of use. Delightful interior. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $220,000. This was interior. A properly completely and thoroughly restored to an impeccable standard in 2008. One of only 232 built in '64 and only 45 thought to survive. Numbers-matching engine, transmission, and body. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $225,500. Big money from the mythical first production run of the iconic 911, but this is the price of rarity. Market-correct for one of the truly collectible early 911 cars in the exceptionally bland but classic first run colors of refrigerator white with black vinyl. Very similar to the 1966 cars that followed, which are available at 75% less money. But the market speaks with its wallet. See Collecting Thoughts p. 34. ITALIAN TOP 10 No. 6 #165-1930 ALFA ROMEO 6C 1750 GS Spider. S/N 8513064. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 2,968 km. Exceptional condition with a few minor paint issues. Disappearing top. Engine rebuilt by Phil Reilly and Co. and upgraded to 1,861 cc. Three Mille presented example of the “Rolling Egg.” Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $33,000. Every now and then one of these sells in $50k range, but those usually have the bubble window. Price paid here was on-the-money. Restoration is not cheap, so it'll be hard to make any money at this price. #152-1961 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL roadster. S/N 9804210002869. Silver/blue leather. Odo: 13,919 miles. A well maintained example that has been modified with a few creature comforts such as air and a modern radio. Participated in a number of rallies without issue. Complete with all books and records. Top fit off a bit and stained. A wonderful driver. presented in unrestored condition at BarrettJackson's June 2002 sale in Los Angeles, where it was a no-sale at $33,000. This Russian version of a BMW 327 was stated then to have been in the collection of L.A. dealer and collector Vasel Polak. Now restored, it was sold here for a hair below the $225k high estimate. #161-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Gullwing coupe. S/N 1980405500088. Red/tan leather. Odo: 35,879 miles. Featured in forthcoming movie “Father of Invention,” starring Kevin Spacey. A well maintained example with gorgeous brown leather interior and fitted luggage. Paint exceptional. Engine overhauled Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $627,000. This was last seen at RM's 2010 Monterey sale, where it sold for $522,500 (SCM# 165622). Driven less than 600 miles since. After fees, transport, etc., the seller still realized a tidy profit. These continue to set the gold standard for collector cars, and there is no end in sight. Money in the bank. #195-1964 PORSCHE 911 coupe. S/N 300221. Ivory White/black leather & houndstooth. Odo: 1,861 km. One of the first 911s, in 2006. Ready for all the exciting tours. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $627,000. We watched this 300SL sell at RM's Monterey 2009 sale for $467,500 66 Cond: 2. SOLD AT $4,290,000. This had it all: rarity, period racing history, eligibility for all the events, provenance, and stunning performance. How much would be too much? Bidding was spirited as it blew past the $3m high estimate, but I was standing with SCM Ferrari expert John Apen when this crossed the block, and he predicted $4.5 million. Pretty darn close. See profile p. 44. Sports Car Market at the wheel, early history unknown. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $990,000. Sold at Gooding's Pebble Beach sale in August 2008 for $1,265,000 (SCM# 117604) and at RM's May 2010 Monte Carlo sale for $1,193,074 (SCM# 162409). Has everything going for it (except the price curve). TOP 10 No. 1 #153-1952 FERRARI 340 MEXICO coupe. S/N 0224AT Eng. # 0224AT. Red/brown leather & tan fabric. RHD. One of only four 340 Mexico coupes built, most successful of the 1952 Panamericana Ferrari team cars. Known history from new. Owned for past 30 years by FCA co-founder Larry Nicklin. Driven by Luigi Chinetti and Jean Lucas at 1953 La Carrera Panamericana. Miglias, participated in Historics at Laguna Seca in 1985 with Phil Hill


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RM Auctions Amelia Island, FL #171-1952 LANCIA AURELIA B53 coupe. S/N B53 1008. Light blue/dark blue/blue leather & tan fabric. RHD. Odo: 2,824 km. Recent restoration to high standard. Body laser-straight with good brightwork. far from rare and as such show up from time to time. Values have been edging up, but the price paid here blew the doors off anything we have seen. A grand slam for the seller, who is probably wondering what the heck happened. #107-1967 FIAT 600D 2-dr sedan. S/N 2303310. Light blue/red & white vinyl. Odo: 43,162 km. Original interior with an acceptable respray. With a wheelbase of just 80 inches, rear-engine design affords a surprising amount of leg room. Over 2.6 million manufactured Engine clean and tidy. Elegant styling. Hood and doors in aluminum. A one-off show car for the 1953 Turing Motor Show. SOLD AT $99,000. Just the ticket for the Rodeo Drive Concours, which will Cond: 2+. feature “The Art of Italian Motoring.” Bought for well under the $125k low estimate, and as such, very well bought. Reasonble money for a most elegant coupe. BEST BUY #154-1953 FERRARI 212 INTER coupe. S/N 0267EU Eng. # 0267EU. Black/black leather. Odo: 23,295 miles. Repainted in original black with green roof in 1979 and untouched since. Numbersmatching, history from new. Owned by Ferrari Club of America co-founder Larry Nicklin for past 30 years. One of only 80 212 Inter Ferraris manufactured. Displayed at 1953 Turin Motor Show. Equipped with Colombo-designed from 1955 to 1969. Cute as heck. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $23,100. Not a lot of money, but a whole lot of fun. It won't run with the big dogs, so best to stay off the freeways. Just the thing to show up in at the next Bocci Ball tournament. TOP 10 No. 9 #166-1968 FERRARI 275 GTB/4 coupe. S/N 10813 Eng. # 10813. Red/black leather. Odo: 64,538 miles. Owned by Derek Bell during filming of “Le Mans” with Steve McQueen. Later owned by Greg Norman, of golfing fame. Engine stated to have been rebuilt, but may have been V12 engine. An odd-number road car. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $660,000. A documented piece of Ferrari history. Issue for the new owner will be what to do with it: leave as is, sort it out and enjoy, or total restoration. I'll bet he goes the whole nine yards. Expensive, but worth every penny. #108-1960 FIAT JOLLY beach car. S/N 078851. Coral/coral & white fabric/tan wicker. Odo: 5,300 miles. An original U.S.-delivery example. Restored in 2009 to high standard in correct Coral. Wicker in excellent condition. Known as “La Spiaggina” which means “beach-ette.” Produced from 1958 to 1966. Just replaced and re-stamped. Ignition upgraded with dual MSD systems with rev limiting. One of the most elegant Ferraris produced. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $935,000. A striking example. Derek Bell ownership not documented before catalog printing. Loaded with history, but engine concern held back the activity here. AMERICAN the thing to use as your estate car or yacht tender. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $82,500. These are 68 #124-1912 PACKARD MODEL 1-48 custom runabout. S/N 23698 Eng. # 23684. Soft Ivory/black canvas/red leather. RHD. A one-ofa-kind Packard runabout built for Packard director Frederick Alger and used as a promotional vehicle. Restored in 1969, when rear trunk and left fender set were added. Equipped with 45-gallon tank, used as tour car, and shows the resulting wear and tear. Has wonderful brass drum runningboard light. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $407,000. A fantastic tour the Hedstrom F-head V-twin engine. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $52,250. A-grade motorcycles have been selling extremely well, while the others continue to languish. Over 21,000 of these were manufactured, so they're not all that hard to find. As such, price paid was about right. racer. S/N L333. Yellow/black vinyl. MHD. A re-creation #142-1925 DUESENBERG SPEEDWAY of Peter De Paolo's 1925 Indianapolis 500-winning “Banana Wagon,” powered by what is thought to be the only surviving 3-liter Duesenberg straight-eight engine. Project carried out with painstaking attention to car that should be welcomed at most any event. The market for the big early Brass Era cars continues to rise with no end in slight. Not long ago, many said it was a dying market. Oh, how wrong they were. #105-1915 INDIAN BIG TWIN motor- cycle. S/N 75G527. Maroon/brown leather. MHD. Odo: 8,893 miles. Restored in the early 1990s and still shows well. Incorrect 1913 engine replaced by correct 74G527 engine. Luggage rack only offered during 1914 and 1915. First year for the three-speed manual transmission, last year Indians used detail. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $352,000. A bunch of money for a re-creation, but the engine alone is worth a ton. Bidding was spirited and determined. 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500, so hope the new owner proudly presents his car. Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Amelia Island, FL #125-1930 CADILLAC V16 452 sport phaeton. S/N 700802. Maroon & black/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 1,672 miles. An impressive CCCA Full Classic with Cadillac's new V16 featuring overhead valves. Restored in the '60s and numerous awards followed, driven 60,000 miles since. Still very presentable, but would now be classified as a driver. Senior badge many years back and a Premier in 1989. Now showing signs of age with numerous paint blemishes and scratch on hood. Brightwork tarnished in places. Leather interior in good order. Attractive styling. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $209,000. These are handsome cars and delightful to look at, until you get behind the wheel—not my first choice for a 1,000-mile tour. Considering that it needed a bit of freshening, have to think the price was a bit aggressive. Well sold. TOP 10 No. 8 #144-1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J convertible coupe. S/N 2347 Eng. # J331. Light & dark blue/blue canvas/black leather. Odo: 61,613 miles. Older restoration is showing signs of age. Has a few paint issues, brightwork losing some luster. Attractive Murphy styling, extensive wood trim on side panels, non-disappearing top, Pilot A roadster on a 148-inch wheelbase. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $506,000. Cadillac V16s are quiet and powerful, the epitome of Full Classic styling and performance. An impressive Cadillac at an impressive price, but still a driver that will need a lot of recommissioning before going back on the show field. #160-1930 CHRYSLER CL IMPERIAL Dual Cowl phaeton. S/N 7803651. Tan/tan Haartz cloth/brown leather. Odo: 383 miles. Impressive CCCA Full Classic. Restored in the early '90s and a podium showing at Pebble Beach in 2004. Recent recommissioning by Stone Barn, with little to fault. One of 36 updated LeBaron bodies Chrysler used in 1933. Rays and dual whitewalls. Correct drum instruments. Documented ownership from new. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $962,500. A very desirable Duesenberg that will need a bit of freshening to win any serious awards. Considering the well documented, no-stories history, the price paid was in line. From the O'Quinn estate. Dual Cowl phaeton. S/N N/A Eng. # J237. Red & maroon/tan fabric/tan #123-1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J leather. Odo: 60,265 miles. Replica body in the style of LeBaron. Bell housing from J237, rest from a bag of mostly Duesenberg parts. Newly constructed chassis, thus no number. Workmanship very acceptable but now showing signs of age 17 said to remain. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $352,000. Those that have been predicting the demise of the big Full Classic market are out on a lonely limb. Values continue to hold, and as seen here, the good stuff still brings the money. This was actually a touch under the $375k–$475k estimate, so I'd call it well bought. #146-1930 CORD L-29 phaeton. S/N 2927039. Two-tone red/tan canvas/maroon leather. Odo: 48,231 miles. An older restoration of a front-wheel-drive L-29, which was offered in four body styles. Awarded a CCCA and use. Not eligible for ACD certification. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $363,000. This was stated to have been assembled from mostly Duesenberg parts. I have to wonder where the others came from. I also have to wonder about the price paid, which seemed like a bunch for a Duesenberg that was neither fish nor fowl. #135-1930 PACKARD 734 boattail speedster. S/N 184029. Light & dark blue/beige fabric/dark blue leather. An AACA National First in 1988, older restoration now showing signs of age. Only 113 examples built with three body styles, this one wearing a very accurate replica body. Unique to the 734, the twin-throat carburetor and finned exhaust 70 William Boyd, better known as Hopalong Cassidy. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $979,000. Last seen at Bonhams' Quail Lodge sale in August 2009, where it was sold to the O'Quinn Collection for $1,437,000 (SCM# 142044). Sports Car Market rear windscreen, cigar lighter. On period blackwalls. From the O'Quinn Collection. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $170,500. A striking phaeton that looked very authentic, thanks in no small part to the blackwall tires. It had the right look, and it brought the right price. Black/red leather. Odo: 158 miles. Restored by RM in 1996. Original engine was replaced, but J384 was located by RM and installed. Well maintained since restoration and shows extremely well. Controversial coachwork by Rollston. Once owned by TOP 10 No. 7 #149-1933 DUESENBERG MODEL J Torpedo victoria. S/N 2535. manifold produce 125 horsepower. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $181,500. Last offered at Worldwide's Keels & Wheels event in May 2010, where it was a no-sale at $220,000 (SCM# 162424). That was a costly decision. The replica body closes the door on a lot of events, so high bid was about correct. Real examples trade in the $400k range. #133-1930 PACKARD CUSTOM EIGHT 740 phaeton. S/N 186689. Black/tan fabric/brown leather. Odo: 144 miles. An older restoration by Don Summers, won Best in Class at 2006 Auburn Concours d'Elegance. Well maintained but a few scratches and blemishes here and there. Dual sidemounts with full metal covers, Senior Trippe lights, stone guard,


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RM Auctions Amelia Island, FL Previous reporter called the rear end styling “dumpy,” and I didn't disagree. #131-1934 BUICK SERIES 90 club sedan. S/N 2714839. Brown & black/brown leather. Odo: 172 miles. Restored a few years back, earned a third-in-class win at 2008 Pebble here, but price paid was still under the money. Think the buyer did just fine if he intends to drive and enjoy. #192-1938 FORD DELUXE coupe. S/N 42628566. Blue/tan leather. Odo: 607 miles. Impressive twelve-year-old restoration still shows extremely well—AACA Ford Award on 1999 means it was the best in the nation. All factory markings in place. Deluxe models had all-new sheet metal for 1938, plus dual a new top and respray today. Price was reasonable for an unusual sport phaeton, and seller took a huge hit for his aggressive bidding back then. #147-1935 AUBURN 851 SC boattail Beach. Equipped with Senior Trippe lights and horns, so lots going on up front. Has clock but no radio. A quality restoration that will do well at the next Grand Classic. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $110,000. A full CCCA Classic. Not that long ago, club sedans were a dime a dozen but collectors are realizing what comfortable tour cars they make. Hey, CCCA members are getting older and want to travel in comfort. A very strong Buick 90 at a reasonable price. #138-1934 PACKARD TWELVE 1107 convertible sedan. S/N 902424. Cream & beige/tan fabric/tan leather. Odo: 66 miles. An impressive V12 convertible sedan finished in attractive two-tone paint with orange wheels. Older restoration has been properly maintained. Would need a bit to do well on the show field, Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $412,500. Strong money for a very desirable 851 SC boattail. The engine change was not evidently a concern, as the price was in line with other infrequent sales. An iconic design with a powerful supercharged engine. #164-1936 PACKARD EIGHT 1402 however. From the O'Quinn estate. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $352,000. A '34 Packard Twelve stands at the head of the class, and many consider them the ultimate classic-era vehicle. No argument here. Price paid was strong, but so was the car. Ready for touring, or freshen up a bit and head for the show field. A fair deal all around. Cowl sport phaeton. S/N 378984. White & gray/black #143-1934 PACKARD EIGHT Dual fabric/red leather. Odo: 78,068 miles. An older restorations that needs a bit of attention. Doors bulging a bit at the bottom. Equipped with dual side mounts, horns, and rear luggage rack. One of just 40 Packard Eight sport phaetons built in 1934. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $154,000. An entry-level Packard Eight but on a 138-inch wheelbase. The Packard Eight lags light years behind the Twelve in value, but is still a quality, classic-era car that will get you in at all the CCCA events. This sport phaeton was sold at RM's 2007 Hershey auction for $187,000 (SCM# 47375) and was wearing 72 phaeton. S/N 394365 Eng. # 394365. Green/tan canvas/green leather. Odo: 343 miles. The only known 1402 Packard Eight with phaeton body, comprehensive restoration completed in 2008. (These were all “factory” customs with Dietrich body tags.) Horn button red, rather than normal brown. History known since new, 57k miles on clock before odometer was reset during speedster. S/N 32923E Eng. # GH5022. Light cream/burgundy leather. Odo: 13,338 miles. Showing signs of age, but has timeless oftencopied styling. Restored in late 1990s, including a complete engine rebuild. Best in Class at Meadow Brook in 1998. Dash plaque shows the speed at which Schwitzer-Cummins the car supercharger was tested. with Columbia rear end. Engine changed in 1957 or '58, as noted in ACD certification documents. windshield wipers, “banjo” steering wheel, and locking glove compartment with factory clock. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $60,500. This restoration had aged gracefully and would still score well in national competition. Price paid was reasonable, considering the quality presented. All should be happy here. #114-1948 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY 4-dr sedan. S/N 71003143. Newport Blue/blue & red plaid. Odo: 79,999 miles. 6-cylinder Windsor T&C sedan. The New Yorkers were more desirable, but only 7 were manufactured, so good luck. Paint scratched, spotlight pitted, grille replated. Wood mostly original, faded, and cracked. Original wood roof rack intact. Equipped with Fluid Drive. One of 1,176. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $88,000. A desirable T&C that needed some TLC. New owner now has a decision to make: restore and get upside-down instantly, or drive and enjoy as-is. Third option would be to pick away at things and enjoy the car during the process. That's what I would do. #130-1953 BUICK SKYLARK convert- restoration. Has been used as tour car without issue. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $143,000. An excellent tour car, but the '36 phaeton was Packard's last open car without side windows. The fact that it is the “only” one left added a bit ible. S/N 16762137. Reef Blue/white vinyl/blue & white leather. Odo: 52,135 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recently restored from the ground up, including rebuilt “Nailhead” OHV V8 and Twin-Turbine Dynaflow automatic transmission. Brightwork redone at considerable expense. New Jenkins leather interior. Restored original Kelsey-Hayes 40-spoke wires. Only issue is uneven panel fit. Otherwise, stunning. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $101,750. These are time-consuming and expensive to restore, and Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Amelia Island, FL mark and on occasion bring even more. Price paid here was well over the top, but except for the minor issues noted, this was an excellent example. Not out of line, considering the quality of restoration. roadster. S/N I doubt if there was any money left on the table selling at this price. Values have been plummeting of late, so much cheaper to buy than to build. Well bought. #150-1954 KAISER-DARRIN MODEL KF-161 roadster. S/N 161001020. White/red vinyl/red leather. Odo: 44,150 miles. 161-ci I6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Recent restoration at a stated cost of $200k. Excellent interior finished in red leather. Correct date-coded engine. Incorrect hubcaps. Filler cap should be body color, rather #113-1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE VE55S001156. Pennant Blue/beige/tan vinyl. Odo: 337 miles. 265-ci 195-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. From the collection of Bill Warner, founder of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. Recent restoration, won AACA National First Junior at 2010 Hershey meet. One of 700 built in 1955 and only 45 in Pennant Blue, but no records were kept to plans or drawings, using 1960 Chrysler taillights and 1958 Cadillac bumper on a modified 1988 Lincoln Town Car chassis. Numerous awards, including the $20,000 Grand Prize at the 2006 National Rod and Custom Show in Tulsa. An extremely creative custom finished to high standard. than chrome. Unique sliding doors and beltline dip. The 20th Kaiser-Darrin built, one of 435 in 1954. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $170,500. These appear at auction on a regular basis, so prices are easy to compare. Most push the six-figure document which cars those were. Excellent panel fit exceeds factory spec. First year for V8, which was a separate order number from the base-level 6-cylinder. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $104,500. Price paid was on-the-money for an example in this condition. Only issue with car is possible over-restoration, and we'll let the NCRS boys work that out. A very attractive offering. #162-1955 FORD BEATNIK BUBBLETOP custom. S/N U5UG116632. $140,000. Customs can be a hard sell, especially if they have been to all the dances. John O'Quinn bought this at RM's 2006 Monterey sale for $396,000 (SCM# 42694), and the estate was not willing to take the $250k hit today. #141-1956 CADILLAC ELDORADO BROUGHAM prototype town car. S/N SO2491. Black/black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 5 miles. 365-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Show car for Motorama and Paris Salon. Built from fiberglass and only 55.5 inches high. Gold-trimmed passenger compartment. Destined to be destroyed, but rescued by Joe Bortz in 1989. Engine added when restored by RM, but Lavender/white pearl vinyl. Odo: 208 miles. Huge bubble top said to be the largest ever constructed. Created by Gary Fioto without Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT


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RM Auctions Amelia Island, FL Firearrow. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $247,500. Purchased from the Wayne Davis Collection at RM's April sale in Dallas, TX, where it realized $319,000 (SCM# 116505). These were built in limited numbers, but one shows up at most every major auction, so the current market is pretty easy to peg. Price paid here was about right, and the seller took the expected hit. #132-1959 EDSEL CORSAIR convert- not road-worthy. Now showing minor signs of age but still very presentable. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $460,000. Will be a hit at the next Cad-LaSalle meet, but the high bid was a heck of a lot of money for a non-running display piece. A unique piece of Cadillac history. #126-1957 DUAL-GHIA convertible. S/N 158. White/black fabric/red & white leather. Odo: 3,198 miles. 315-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A quality older restoration that is still very presentable. Dual Motors Company sent modified Dodge chassis to Ghia for aluminum bodies then back to Detroit for D-500 Hemi engines. ible. S/N W9UR7311836. Snow White & Aqua/white vinyl/Aqua & white vinyl. Odo: 1,401 miles. 361-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored in 1996, AACA National Junior and Senior Awards in 1999. Well maintained but restoration showing signs of age and fatigue. Equipped with Lever-Temp heater, a/c, with power windows, brakes, and steering. White valve covers right for an older restoration. No worries on either side. #177-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S111204. Marina Blue & black/black vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 883 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Thorough restoration documented with photos. New top and interior. L71 engine rebuilt, balanced, and blueprinted. Equipped with side exhaust. Bolt-on mag wheels appear to be original. Also equipped with unusual speed warning indicator, which was a ten-dollar option and was ordered on only 10% of '67s. Priced at $7,646 when new, one of about 117 built. A Rat Pack favorite, based on the Dodge and air cleaner. One of only 1,343 built in 1959. The Corsair was the top of the line for Edsel in 1959. Production ceased in November of that year, with Ford taking a $400 million hit. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $63,250. The troublesome Teletouch transmission was not installed here. Factory air was a big plus and added about $7,500 to the package. Price paid was about Original tank sticker. A well restored and documented big-block Corvette. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $121,000. Considering the long list of unique options, the quality of restoration, and the original tank sticker, this was well bought. The speed warning indicator adds about a grand to the package and the mags about five. Documented options add up and increase price in a hurry. © 76 Sports Car Market


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Gooding & Co. Amelia Island, FL The Amelia Island Auction Four cars sold in the million-plus club, including the stunning 1951 Ferrari 212 Export cabriolet with coachwork by Vignale that made a record $1.87m Company Gooding & Company Date March 11, 2011 Location Amelia Island, Florida Auctioneer Charlie Ross Automotive lots sold / offered 70/85 Sales rate 82% Sales total $17,879,550 High sale 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Vignale cabriolet, sold at $1,870,000 Buyer's premium 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Vignale cabriolet—$1,870,000 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Donald Osborne Market opinions in italics This year's sale can certainly be judged another success, but not quite the hit it might have been. An interesting mix of consignments saw a few more American cars added to the assortment, but the real strength and interest at the sale remained European sports and GT cars. The star of the runway was a stunning 1951 Ferrari G 212 Export cabriolet with coachwork by Vignale. Sold at a record $1.87m, it blasted through the $1.1m high estimate with very active bidding in the room and on no fewer than seven phone bidding lines. Expensively restored a while back, it had some details which were not quite correct, but the overall impression was breathtaking. Equally impressive was the 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 in the sale, which went to a new home at $1.7m (Profile on pg. 50.) With documentation indicating it was the prototype for the ultimate SV model, it had been restored to a spectacular level and was hard to fault, setting a new record for the model at auction. Also record-setting was the extraordinary $154,000 achieved by a 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale. Pundits galore, including this one, have long 78 ooding & Company returned to the Amelia Island Plantation Resort for the second time following their winning debut in the venue last year. been prognosticating the arrival of the $100k SS. And when it arrived, no one was more surprised than I. This was a very nice car, but not a top example. It seems that a nice, but not perfect, car presented well at the perfect venue breaks the logjam of under-appreciation for a model and punches above its weight class in doing so. Nevertheless, surely the market took a jump on this day. Last year, Gooding sold three cars over the magic $1m mark, one of them approaching $3m. Below that, we saw sales at $900k, $814k, $750k and three in the $600k range. This year, there were actually four cars in the ‘million plus' club, but prices seemed to drop off fairly sharply under them, with one at $770k and three in the $600k area. With consignments up by 20% over 2010 and the sales rate steady at 82%, the average sold price declined by 8%, from $278,353 in 2010 to $255,422 this year. However, there was a stout dollar volume increase of $1.7m, 11% over last year. One thing which must be said is that Ross and Gooding seemed to be working very hard on the podium to motivate the room. The job became more difficult as the sale passed the halfway point, as the competition from other events on Friday evening at Amelia began to exert itself. While you don't need a full room to sell cars well, it certainly helps the energy. Perhaps an earlier start time next year would ameliorate, if you will, the situation. ♦ $5m $10m $15m $20m $25m 0 Sports Car Market Sales Totals 2011 2010


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Gooding & Co. Amelia Island, FL ENGLISH #51-1925 BENTLEY 3 LITRE tourer. S/N 930 Eng. # 914. Green & bare alloy/tan canvas/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 1,316 miles. Shiny paint shows some touch-ups and small nicks. Good bright trim has a few dings on head- and side-light pods. Nice patina on seats, slightly dry dashboard wood. A CCCA 1st you into thinking they'd be easy to live with as everyday drivers. Ha. A good deal was had here given the level of restoration—but not all Allard fanatics embrace the K1. #58-1955 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100S road- National award-winner. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $236,500. This Bentley tourer wasn't the sexiest but had an overall good feel and had clearly been well used, as a vintage Bentley should be. Bought by an SCMer who is a Bentley nut, so it will find a good home either with him or a customer soon. Price was on the market. #36-1949 JAGUAR XK 120 Alloy Super Sport roadster. S/N 670005. Blue Sheen/dark blue canvas/dark blue & light blue leather. Odo: 961 miles. A stunning restoration on top and underneath. Excellent panel fit and paint. Very good chrome shows a few light scratches, right headlight bezel slightly misaligned. Very good interior with light soiling on center seat cushion. The first XK120 sent to the U.S., and apparently correct restoration in great colors. Said to have been ordered with steel doors when new. Offered by RM Auctions in Monterey, CA, in August 2002, where it was a no-sale at $150,000 (SCM# 28802). I'd say it's proven to be a pretty good investment, but it's a shame that only 823 miles have been added since. A very big price, but here's the market. See the profile, p. 48. one of the first 240 alloy-bodied cars. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $385,000. In addition to the fantastic restoration and unique blue color, the car also had won the JCNA national slalom competition, meaning it goes as well as it looks. Price was big, but a bargain in my mind, and another $75k wouldn't have been too much. Well bought, but the seller did fine too. #74-1950 ALLARD K1 roadster. S/N 91K1703 Eng. # 1738891. Silver blue/blue leather. Odo: 420 miles. Very good panel fit, excellent paint and chrome. Nice interior has slightly dirty gauges, good dashboard wood. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $165,000. The bold bodywork of the K1 is not to everyone's taste, but I find it a wonderful period look. These hairychested cars are their most well-behaved in the K1 and Palm Beach models, and they fool 80 TOP 10 No. 10 #64-1955 BENTLEY R-TYPE Continental fastback. S/N BC16LD. Gray/gray & red leather. Good panel fit. Older paint dull and flaking in numerous spots, revealing original color underneath. Most chrome shows light pitting, but radiator shell is good. Interior has great patina, with still-supple with very good dashboard. Radio. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,050. A trans-Atlantic cross-cultural exchange, the Metropolitan should have done better commercially, but it was the right car at the wrong time. They've sat at the edge of collectible for some time, with most interest focused on convertibles, so it was nice to see this well executed hard top. Basically a very nice driver; high bid was #1 money, so well sold. Sports Car Market and door cap wood trim and instruments. A few scuffs visible on door panels. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $110,000. Handsome hard top variant of the Ace, equipped with the last of the AC straight-six engines. This car had a great feel about it—attractive but clearly used, and ready for vintage rallying. One of my favorite cars in the sale. Sold fairly, good for seller and buyer alike. #3-1959 NASH METROPOLITAN 1500 coupe. S/N E55906. Berkshire Green & white/black pattern cloth & white vinyl. Odo: 306 miles. OK panel fit exceeds factory standard. Shiny paint shows orange peel in areas and a few small chips. Pitted door handles and trunk hinges, other chrome good. Nice interior ster. S/N AHS3707 Eng. # 1B222731. White & dark blue/blue & white leather. RHD. Odo: 39,726 miles. Excellent panel fit, except trunk lid is high. Nice chrome, very good alloy trim. Very good interior, with some scuffing on driver's seat bolster. $632,500. The most desirable Healey of them all. One of 51 built, two thirds of which are thought to survive. A very high quality and seats which lack much padding. Dashboard wood is good, carpet ravaged by mice, but there's no smell inside. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $770,000. Said to be one of 43 left-hand-drive R-type Continentals, with desirable 4.9-liter engine, sport bucket seats, and center gearshift. Out of long-term ownership and dead storage, now needs recommissioning. Not really a preservation car, but a great restoration candidate. Bought by an SCMer as a 70th birthday gift for himself—now, that's a happy birthday. Well done. #84-1957 AC ACECA coupe. S/N AEX607 Eng. # CL2337ENWT. Navy blue/gray leather. Odo: 31,409 miles. Very good hood and rear hatch fit, both doors slightly out at rear edge. 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Gooding & Co. Amelia Island, FL IV coupe. S/N DB4827L Eng. # 370863. Caribbean Pearl/blue #25-1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series leather. Odo: 39,264 miles. Very good panel fit, except top edge gap on trunk slightly wide. Paint is evenly dull, which suggests it would clean up well. Chrome surprisingly good, with only a few spots of surface rust. Interior very good, with decent Henning, who began this restoration. Finished to an outrageous standard by his widow and shaken down by Redman; a superb piece. If only Hethel had turned them out like this. Well sold, but a bargain for the buyer as well. #61-2003 ASTON MARTIN DB AR1 carpets and still supple seats showing a nice patina. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $440,000. A true preservation piece, not a derelict used-up barn find. One-family ownership, under 40k miles from new. Quite wonderful and very hard to replicate. Worth every penny paid, especially in the light of recent prices for restored Astons. #19-1961 JAGUAR XKE 3.8 Series I convertible. S/N 875333 Eng. # R14809. Sherwood Green/green canvas/green leather. Odo: 2,330 miles. Great panel fit. Very good paint shows light polish scratches. Decent chrome, missing rear bumper guard. Some top trim screws missing. Good interior shows some scuffing on console metal trim. 5-speed gearbox and wider tires fitted as upgrades, original which had enjoyed a “remuddling” a few decades ago. Nothing to save or savor here, simply a restoration project. And as it was Further proof of the fallacy of the “instant collectible.” The AR1 seems to be a car that people buy, keep for a bit, and then realize they really can't use. One day, it might be an important car, but then again, maybe not. Prices have sort of hovered and drifted about the $170k–$185k range for years, with no obvious trend. Marketpriced. FRENCH Moss box comes with car. Blaupunkt AM radio, hard top. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $162,250. An early E-type in a stunningly beautiful color. The performance modifications indicated this cat was built for running, which helped to explain some of the cosmetic challenges, though it could easily be brought up to show condition. Huge price, very well sold, wonderful to look at and will be wonderful to drive. #66-1963 LOTUS 23 B racer. S/N 23580. Green & yellow/red leather. RHD. Excellent panel fit and fiberglass body panels. Very good paint shows a few light polish scratches. Excellent interior has light evidence of use. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $203,500. The 23 was one of Colin Chapman's most successful designs, adaptable to many racing classes and successful in them all. A great racer in period and now in vintage. This car was sold by Brian Redman and Bob Snodgrass to Mike Rahal, then to Ed 82 #27-1955 TALBOT-LAGO T26 Grand Sport coupe. S/N 111017. Dark red/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 97,497 km. Very good panel fit, except door out at rear edge. Excellent paint, chrome, and alloy trim. Very good interior. Dual exhaust, one of which is a side-exit straight pipe. Very well presented and prepared. The T26 Grand Sport is a great vintage rally mount. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $260,000. Appears purchased by a representative of the Mercedes Classic Center, we can look forward to seeing it in a bit in quite a different state. No doubt Alex Dearborn and I will disagree on this one too, but at the price paid, it's a viable project—by the time it's finished, Gullwings will be routinely going over $1m. roadster. S/N 198042107500383 Eng. # 19801000006. Weissgrau/dark #48-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL green canvas/dark green leather. Odo: 2,824 km. Very good panel fit, except trunk slightly high on sides. Excellent paint. Nice chrome shows a few small flaws. Superb interior shows hardly any use. Becker Mexico radio. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $561,000. A very handsome 300SL roadster. S/N SCFAE623X3K800072. Metallic gray/Pewter leather. Odo: 550 miles. Panel fit as per factory. Very good original paint shows light polish scratches, anti-chip film on nose and mirrors. Good interior has slightly dirty seats. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $176,000. 13871); in 1991, a no-sale at World Classic Las Vegas (SCM# 19757); in 1992, a $160k no-sale at Kruse Auburn; and in 1993, a $140k no-sale at World Classic at Danville (SCM# 19761). Since then, it's had an SCMer longterm owner who's used it well. The high bid was a bit light, but not by a lot. GERMAN #85-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Gullwing coupe. S/N 1980405500303 Eng. # 1989805500317. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 4,686 miles. Variable panel fit. Old repaint is dull, showing numerous areas of adhesion bubbling. Chrome scratched and dinged, side strikes missing. Interior has vinyl seats in incorrect pattern, as well as a vinyl headliner. 1970s eight-track radio fitted. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $484,000. A “barn find” Gullwing, four times in the SCM database: in 1984, sold at Sotheby's in the U.K. for $30k (SCM# roadster in lovely soft white over dark green. Well restored and nicely presented. Engine was replaced in 1966 by a repair shop using a unit from another 300SL, not a factory un-numbered unit. Considering that, price was a bit above Sports Car Market


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Gooding & Co. Amelia Island, FL the range expected, but no real harm done. Fairly sold. #78-1959 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE convertible. S/N 5557478. Mango Green/beige canvas/brown vinyl. Odo: 999 miles. Variable panel fit. Very good paint, except for crack on top of left door and small ding on left side. Shiny chrome. Excellent interior, accessorized with coco mats and wicker shelf under the dash. Blaupunkt AM/FM radio. A charming trim is a bit dull and scratched, some pitting on door handles. Clean interior, very good gauges, some bagging in seat cushions, door pockets loose. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $84,000. Bug cabriolet restored in great colors. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $35,750. The '59s are a good balance of vintage looks and more modern performance, and this car had been well done, but was in need of a freshening. At the sold price, there's room for it to be done without getting upside-down. Correctly bought. Double Cab pickup. S/N 703002. Chestnut Brown/Sealing Waxtan #9-1960 VOLKSWAGEN TYPE 2 cloth. Odo: 51,946 miles. Excellent panel fit, very good paint. Extensive alloy trim very good, with a few minor flaws. Excellent interior let down only by a few small cracks on steering wheel boss. Sold on a salvage title. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $70,400. A 2005 creation of a model VW should Prices for the 911S 2.4 rose quickly in the past few years and now have leveled off. This car, offered by an SCMer, was done in a great period color, a change from the original and now unpopular brown. Offered with the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, so no desire to hide it. Was a fair bid in today's market for a car with some needs. If the market picks up again, this might get to the $100k low estimate next time. ITALIAN #68-1928 ISOTTA FRASCHINI TIPO 8AS landaulet. S/N 1380 Eng. # 1414. Blue metallic & light blueblack leather/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 49,284 miles. Variable panel fit. Shiny paint shows its age, with light polish scratches and some small chips and touch-ins. Generally good chrome, with some flaws under plating on places. Very good interior with exquisite cross-banded wood inlay trim. of eleven Balbo-bodied Siata 8V coupes. While all of these cars were built as racers, early on they began to accumulate various concessions for road comfort. This one had been restored as a hair-shirt racer with no insulation at all, and sitting in it for a week's rallying would be bodyand mind-numbing. In addition, some minor details were missing. Fairly sold for the caliber of restoration and replacement engine. Not surprisingly, my favorite car in the sale. have built—the “crew cab” Type 2 pickup with the deluxe “Samba” trim, a la 21-window bus. Sort of an early VW “King Ranch” F-150. Very well presented by a well known SCMer, not as O-T-T as it could have been. Auctioneer Ross cried out “I'm having a VW moment!” referencing the infamous $99k bus sold by Gooding at Pebble Beach a few years ago. This didn't set a new record, but it came close. See the profile, p. 54. #15-1973 PORSCHE 911S coupe. S/N 9113300977 Eng. # 6331554. Orange/black. Odo: 18,307 miles. Very good panel fit, except right door gap wide at top. Nice paint. Bright 84 Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $192,500. The more powerful 8AS chassis of the Isotta Fraschini, with attractive Castagna formal coachwork. The older restoration needed a freshening, perhaps in less strident colors. A bargain at the price paid, as when done it will be a concours-winner for sure. TOP 10 No. 2 #29-1951 FERRARI 212 Export convertible. S/N 0106E Eng. # 0106E. Black/black canvas/green leather. RHD. Odo: 97,361 km. Fantastic Vignale coachwork, stunning in black-over-green. Excellent panel fit. Superb paint, chrome, and alloy trim. Very good interior, except for strangely finished control knobs and hardware. One of 27 212 Export models built. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,870,000. Last sold at Bonhams Sports Car Market #40-1959 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA Spider Veloce. S/N AR1945F07600 Eng. # AR131532968. Black/black canvas/red vinyl. Odo: 563 miles. Generally good panel fit, except hood and door leading edge gaps in Chichester, U.K., in September 2002 for $465,460 (SCM# 30891). Expensively restored after that sale, with many small details (such as chromed trumpet exhausts) indicating a restoration guided more by flash than authenticity. Nevertheless, a gorgeous car. A huge result, but the early coachbuilt road Ferraris have long been undervalued. #41-1953 SIATA 208CS coupe. S/N CS073. Silver/black leather. Odo: 23 miles. Excellent panel fit and paint. Alloy and chrome trim unmarred. Very good interior has no soundproofing, missing door pull cords and mountings. Steel wire wheels fitted, alloyrimmed spare wheel. Correct type replacement engine, as original lost in 1960s Ford V8 conversion. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $605,000. One


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Gooding & Co. Amelia Island, FL a bit wide. Very good paint shows light polish scratches. Very good chrome. Very well finished interior, with seats which appear to be from a later model. Excellent instruments, some wear on original horn button. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $99,000. An impressively restored Giulietta Veloce, in great colors. Every detail was not perfect, but a better looking driver and local show car could not be imagined. The estimate of $85k–$115k seemed high at first, but the car impressed, and the saleroom agreed. Fair price. #32-1961 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA Sprint Speciale coupe. S/N AR1012000388 Eng. # AR0010201548. Blu Olandese/gray & red leather. Odo: 83,501 miles. A concourswinning restoration in great colors. Very good panel fit, except left door out at rear edge. Generally good paint has areas of microblistering at tops of doors, some adhesion bubbling, and sinkage on hood. Chrome excellent, except was the price of a #1 is now the price of a #2. Market-correct. TOP 10 No. 5 #76-1967 FERRARI 275 GTB/4 coupe. S/N 10147. Rosso Chiaro/black leather. Odo: 79,620 miles. Excellent panel fit and paint. Very good chrome shows some light scratches. Superb interior well kept. $1,320,000. A factory Daytona spyder with very low mileage. Yellow suits this model quite well, and it's always better to have a tan interior than black in a convertible. Well presented and sold for a market-correct mid-estimate price. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,155,000. The fourcam 275 GTB is one of the most desirable '60s Ferraris, and values have held in the $1.1m– $1.3m range for the past year. This car sold at the low end of that range and as such can be considered well bought. TOP 10 No. 3 #34-1971 LAMBORGHINI MIURA P400 SV prototype coupe. S/N 4758 Eng. # 30618. Yellow/black leather. for spots of corrosion on left front wheel; repro trunk badge mounted askew. Exquisite interior, with Nardi wood wheel and very bright seat piping. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $154,000. I've been waiting for the $100k SS at auction for years now, and over the past year, prices have taken a sudden jump. Well, it's happened, and then some—an auction record for the model and set by a car that was admittedly quite nice, but far from perfect. Ahead of the market curve at the moment, but let's check back in a year. Well sold. #23-1964 FERRARI 250 GT/L Lusso coupe. S/N 5529GT Eng. # 5529GT. Red/black leather. Odo: 95,195 miles. Very good panel fit. High quality paint shows a few tiny stress cracks. Clean chrome. Superb interior with nicely broken-in seats. Some variation in gauge faces, light scratches on wood steering wheel development of the P400, the ultimate specification. When it was offered at the Bonhams Quail Lodge sale in August, 2000, where it sold for $84,000 (SCM# 10383), questions circulated about its identity. Was it a “real” SV or a customized S? Following conclusive research, the car was superbly restored and exhibited at Pebble Beach, where it won a prize. Hard to fault and beautifully presented. With the production SV a $1m car, $1.7m makes sense for the prototype. See profile p.50. TOP 10 No. 4 rim. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $632,500. A well restored Lusso, clearly driven and enjoyed since the work was completed. Lusso prices have continued to rise, and what a year ago 86 #56-1973 FERRARI 365 GTS/4 Daytona spyder. S/N 16987. Giallo Fly/black canvas/tan & black leather. Odo: 16,767 miles. Excellent panel fit, excellent paint. Very good chrome shows some light scratches. Front turn signal lenses show some abrasions. Fantastic interior, with recently recovered dashboard. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT model in the '36 Ford lineup and offered real presidential style at a Ford price. This was a Sports Car Market Odo: 6,341 km. Excellent panel fit, especially the difficult engine cover, but front trunk panel lid slightly off. Very good paint shows some light polish scratches and a couple of small stress cracks. Excellent chrome and black trim. Excellent interior, with leather seats instead of vinyl. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,705,000. Documented as the prototype car for the SV #81-1995 FERRARI F50 convertible. S/N ZFFTA46B000103499. Red/black leather. Odo: 7,801 miles. Excellent factory panel fit. Very good paint and black trim. Unmarked wheels. Nice interior shows minor wear. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $660,000. The F50 has not enjoyed the same appeal as the F40 and later Enzo. There is also always a supply of lightly used examples on the market. This was a nice one and sold exactly in the range others have recently. Market-correct. AMERICAN #75-1936 FORD MODEL 68 phaeton. S/N 182124899. Black/beige canvas/brown vinyl. Odo: 5,385 miles. Variable panel fit. Older paint shiny, but shows some waviness and polish scratches. Light pitting on chrome. Good seats upholstered in vinyl. Dashboard paint shows some bubbling and a chip. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $39,600. The phaeton was a rare


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Gooding & Co. Amelia Island, FL well restored car which has settled quite a bit. Sold at the Branson auction in April '04 (SCM# 33577) for $41,340. It hasn't been improved since then, and perhaps this wasn't the best venue for a car like this. Appealing overall, but with needs. #35-1948 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY 4-dr sedan. S/N 71003496. Gray & wood/beige leather & maroon cloth. Odo: 27,792 miles. 250-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Good panel fit, except trunk is a bit high. What appears to be largely original paint is faded and polish-burned, showing various scratches, nicks, and chips. Wood looks OK, but recent varnish is dry, new inset panels too shiny. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $275,000. A well restored Ghia, although in my opinion the shade of red was a little “out there” for such a large car. Last seen at the Gooding Scottsdale sale in January 2010, where it was a no-sale at $220,000 (SCM# 156861). 14 miles and a year later, it found its buyer at the asked-for price. Interesting that the engine was listed as a 383 in 2010, but had shrunk to a 315 by this year. Well sold. BEST BUY Chrome fair. Seats are dirty, but in good shape. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $66,000. It's always a treat to see these woodie sedans, as so many fewer survived than the convertibles. This one had a nice survivor feel—not totally original, but close. Well bought. vertible. S/N 556217851. Burlington Green/black #24-1955 CADILLAC ELDORADO convinyl/tan leather. Odo: 63,441 miles. 331-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. OK panel fit. Shiny paint has a few chips at trunk, sinkage and adhesion bubbles in spots, some light scratches. Chrome shows some pitting under plating at door tops, other chrome is very good. a/c. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $46,200. Flamboyantly styled and beautifully detailed, the 1960 Imperial Crown is a masterpiece of mid-century design. This example was beautifully restored and had earned several concours nods. Letting it go at the selling price was a gift, at less than the cost of the restoration alone. Well bought. Very good dashboard, seats show some scuffs and fading. mid-50s luxury #65-1960 DODGE MATADOR 2-dr hard Cond: 3. SOLD AT $73,700. A convertible from the GM Motorama age in great colors; the top-notch restoration had settled nicely. Would make a nice tourer, and would restore again easily. Fair price for all. #17-1958 DUAL-GHIA convertible. S/N 192. Red/black canvas/cream & red leather. Odo: 420 miles. 315-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very good panel fit, except trunk slightly off. Excellent chrome. Otherwise very good interior has soiled seats; thickly painted steering wheel has two cracks. Equipped with power windows and Town & Country radio. 88 Sports Car Market top. S/N 6103109688. Rose & white/Rose metallic vinyl. Odo: 76,308 miles. 361-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Good panel fit overall, except trunk off by nearly a half-inch. Good paint shows a WARNING: Upgrading to SCM PLATINUM may cause your keyboard to sizzle. As an SCM PLATINUM member you will receive exclusive e-mails giving you near-instant auction results. Sign up today and get the inside information you need, sent so fast it may cause your computer to smoke like a Voisin! www.sportscarmarket.com #33-1960 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL Crown 4-dr sedan. S/N 92014115784. Black/gray cloth & leather. Odo: 34,682 miles. 413-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent panel fit, very good paint has light polish scratches. Very good chrome and stainless trim shows only minor flaws. Nice interior, with cloth seat inserts bagging a bit and small stain on right C-pillar headliner. Equipped with on right side of windshield glass. Very good interior with nicely broken-in seats, a bit of wear on chrome gearshift surround. Perfectly intact plastic sun-visors. Said to have been the Paris and London show car, but no longer in original gray/blue. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $400,000. Offered by an SCMer, it presented quite well and it was a bit of a surprise when the bidding didn't go further. The owner was right to hold on. © few touched-in chips, small areas of overspray on side trim. Very good seats, door panels and armrests puckered, dashboard lightly worn. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $56,100. The dramatically styled Matador two-door hard top was a one-year-only model for 1960. Slotted below the Polara, it was the middle model for the middle Chrysler brand. If there was one design element on this car, there were 50. But somehow, it all holds together. And while pink and white isn't for everyone, it actually worked on this car. I saw the $50k–$75k estimate and thought it quite optimistic—but it was spot on. Well sold. #10-1962 SHELBY COBRA 289 road- ster. S/N CSX2025. Red/black leather. Odo: 7,470 miles. 289-ci V8, 4x2-bbl, 4-sp. Very early Cobra, without side fender vents, hood scoop, or flared wheelarches. Excellent panel fit. Well applied paint shows light polish scratches. Windshield frame and headlight bezels show light scratches, some delamination


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Auctions America Fort Lauderdale, FL Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale This was no low-rent used car sale, with most consignments selling in the $75k–$150k range Company Auctions America by RM Date March 4-6, 2011 Location Fort Lauderdale, Florida Auctioneer Brent Earlywine and Dave Shacklton Automotive lots sold / offered 340/498 Sales rate 68% Sales total $17,188,385 High sale 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster—$467,500 Report and photos by Sam Stockham Market opinions in italics I n an attempt to consolidate their non-catalog auctions from their tony, upmarket sales, Auctions America was formed by RM as a subsidiary, after the purchase of the Auburn Automotive Auction Park in Auburn, IN. This, for the uninitiated, was the old stomping grounds of Kruse International, which has since been shuttered by auction license revocation due to alleged nefarious practices. Auctions America held their first auction in Auburn last Labor Day weekend, and is set to maintain the tradition this year with both a spring and fall auction in Auburn as well a spring and fall events in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. This year's Fort Lauderdale event was held two weeks prior to RM's Amelia Island auction, which is typically where the big money comes out each year in Florida. But don't let that fool you—this was no low-rent used car sale. Most consignments at Fort Lauderdale sold in the $75,000–$150,000 range, but there were many sub$20,000 credit card cars available, if the itch struck. If you had to have a Shelby Mustang circa 1966-1970, you had plenty of choices. Convertible? Fastback? Matching set? No problem. No less than twelve were on display this weekend, and all but one found a proud new owner. Impressive indeed. Total sales figures were equally noteworthy, and of the 498 cars offered, 340 sold for $17.2m—a 68% sales rate. This is up over $1.2m from last year, but still shy of the overheated $21m total of 2007. Interestingly enough, in 2010, 79% of the consignments were sold, but the final 90 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster, sold at $467,500 Buyer's premium 10%, included in sold prices tallies were still shy of this year, indicating that the quality of consignments were up at the 2011 event. Top sales were from Shelby and Duesenberg, with the #1 and #2 sales Ft. Lauderdale, FL bringing a combined total of nearly $1m. The barn find 1963 Shelby Cobra featured a completely dried-out interior and paint lifting in flakes the size of your hand. It was a great example of what has truly become a dying breed of mostly unrestored (although it was on its second paint job), untouched cars. The audience agreed, and it brought a near top estimate $467,500. In sharp contrast was the second highest seller, a 1932 Duesenberg Dual Cowl Phaeton, which fetched an expected $440,000 on Saturday evening. This car was imposing and fantastically restored if not completely original due to two rebodies in its life. Publisher Martin was on hand, his first visit to this auction. He was with the crew of “What's My Car Worth” shooting four episodes, and a new part of his show is test-driving the auction cars they are evaluating. Martin drove the barn-find Cobra, and came back wide-eyed as the temperature gauge climbed on the hot Florida day. He told me that he didn't want to be the one to “break the Cobra.” But he was all smiles after he spent a few minutes powersliding an authentic 1969 COPO Camaro around downtown Fort Lauderdale. With this vast array of consignments in all price ranges, the Fort Lauderdale sale definitely has something for everyone. It's clear that RM's new subsidiary, run by veteran Donnie Gould, has a good foothold in the market, and with the right mix of cars and the proper facility, financial backing, pre-auction advertising, and on-site follow-through, I expect we'll be seeing even higher numbers from Auctions America in the future. © $5m $10m $15m $20m $25m 0 Sports Car Market Sales Totals 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 Photo: Veda Jenkins, courtesy of Auctions America by RM


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Auctions America Fort Lauderdale, FL ENGLISH #789-1995 MORGAN PLUS 8 roadster. S/N 1S9AR02RXSS200378. Silver green/red leather. Odo: 15,551 miles. Showroom fresh body with unmarked front end. Nice chrome. Ungainly corrugated bumper-mount covers. Pop-in side curtains. Fresh interior shows no real wear. Looks well cared for and driven very trim, and what is there has wood screws holding it on. Very visible bodywork in roof, and even the gas door doesn't fit. Interior shabby with reupholstery job wearing out. No spare pensive deferred maintenance, and the recent engine-out service helped here. Market money paid, but if the records are in order I see no real harm. sparingly. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $52,800. A nice car with no apparent issues, said to have just two owners from new. These are famous for using the old 215 aluminum engine that Rover bought from Buick. With commission, price broke the $50k high estimate. Market money for a nice car. GERMAN #805-1952 MERCEDES-BENZ 220B convertible. S/N 0790652. Black/tan canvas/red leather. Odo: 39,934 km. Suicide doors. Fair body includes a wave in the rear of the driver's door. Running boards blistering and rust visible. Chrome fading on bumpers. Older top coming apart slightly. Good glass with nice chrome surrounds. Very original engine compartment, with some Bosch replacement parts and modern battery. Well presented interior shows a bit of age but looks to be well maintained. Comes with luggage, jack, and all tire. Gaping hole in dash where radio once lived. Battery exposed in trunk, which reeks of gas. Engine bay tattered, with metal plumber's tape holding the burp tank together. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $18,700. Claimed to be rare and unrestored. I will go with the unrestored part, because this thing needed everything, and badly—but at least it was fairly complete. These can sell above $40,000 when they are really nice. This sold $1,300 below the $20k low estimate. While not quite a true fright pig, I'm pretty sure Alfa-loving Publisher Martin would feel bad for this poor car. #562-1972 FERRARI 365 GTC/4 coupe. S/N 15873. Burgundy/tan leather. Odo: 46,532 km. Older repaint with some road rash on nose and cracking on driver's fender at rear. Some silicone visible around windshield trim. Panel fit is good. Nice Borranis and corect XWX tires. Engine bay in good order, but not spotless. Hood struts blown out. Interior original #495-2002 FERRARI 575M coupe. S/N ZFFBV55A320129444. Silver/black leather & blue carpet. Nice paint appears to be original, with only minor road rash on the nose, which would indicate mid-level miles for a Ferrari (15,000+). Clean underhood with no indication of recent or sudden cleanup, and no greasy dealer shine. Nice interior shows no wear to driver's seat bolster. The dash is another story, with the leather shrinking severely from the front edge at the windshield. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $82,500. I have always been a fan of the 550-575 series Ferraris. The styling is simply sublime, and a front-engine V12 is pure Ferrari heritage. What is even better for you and me is that you can get one for under $100,000, down from its original MSRP of $250,000. Just make sure you can afford the maintenance. This car sold for market money, but I would still like to see service records. The dash is also of consideration, as replacing the leather could be very expensive if done by Ferrari. tools, as well as some spare engine parts. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $86,900. This sale was well in excess of the $75k high estimate. Pretty impressive, considering its driver condition. The car was starting to show its age in some areas, and any sort of restoration at this point would put you underwater right away. Top of the market for these in #1 condition is a touch more than $100,000. Well sold. ITALIAN #742-1971 ALFA ROMEO MONTREAL coupe. S/N AR1425860X. Black/black & tan. Odo: 7,601 km. Paint is thrashed: bubbles, lifting, and corrosion. Pot metal and wheels very pitted and corroded. Missing badges and side 92 with slight cracking to leather. Dash leather stained. Modern CD player. Power steering, a/c, books, and tools. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $77,500. Glorious noises and entry-level pricing: What more do you need? Well, I guess the room needed more, as the bid fell short. Service documentation and some history would have been nice, and maybe would have fetched a higher bid. Seller was right to keep it, as it appeared to be a nice driver-quality car. #824-1992 FERRARI 512 TR coupe. S/N ZFFLG40A6N0092927. Red/tan leather. Odo: 33,660 miles. Factory paint needs a good buff. Wheels look good, but center caps are cracking. Interior shows well, with only slight wear to seat bolster. Built-in radar detector. Front trunk very clean. Recent engine-out service to the tune of $10,000. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $75,350. This looked to be a pretty honest car. Was approaching high miles for a Ferrari, but if properly maintained should be no real concern, except for future resale. Records are critical with these cars, as they are prone to ex Sports Car Market AMERICAN #599-1932 DUESENBERG MODEL J Dual Cowl phaeton. S/N J315. Eng. # J315. Maroon/tan canvas/burgundy leather. Odo: 89 miles. Presents as pretty much flawless. Beautiful single-stage paint shows only slight wipe marks. All wood in fantastic shape on running boards. All chrome presents very well. Interior has top-notch materials and shows


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Auctions America Fort Lauderdale, FL no use. Nice throughout. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $440,000. An AACA first place back in 2006. This car was originally a limousine, then wore a Dietrich body, and finally the Murphy body that is on it currently. No doubt, had it been an original-bodied car, it would have brought another million. Entry-level Duesenberg money and a beautiful car, but will never bring the real money due to its story. #590-1953 OLDSMOBILE FIESTA convertible. S/N 539M41439. White & aqua/ white vinyl/white & aqua leather. Odo: 92,942 miles. 303-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored back in 1987 and starting to look rough around the edges. Paint looking old, with Bondo in bottom of passenger's door. Driver's door paint doesn't match fender and is chipping in places. All door gaps just marginal. Chrome becoming worn and scratched. Rear window in good shape and likely recently replaced. New carpet. the Buick Skylark, these, too, have dipped slightly in price over the past few years, as they used to bring $200k-plus, but this seemed like an above-market price today, considering the needs. Fairly well sold. #720-1954 BUICK SKYLARK convert- ible. S/N 7A1104808. Aqua/green leather. Odo: 70,073 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Most panels do not fit correctly. Chips in paint around hood where it hits fender on closing. Paint buffed through on rear edge of hood. Lots of Bondo in bottom of passenger's door. Stainless trim showing its age, OK chrome but aging as well. Older engine repaint shows wear and use. Rusty exhaust. Wiper motor disconnected, no doubt due to vacuum leak. Plug covers upside-down. Interior has correct print side-to-inside, it just begs for a color change. These cars have taken a bit of a hit in the past couple years. Good ones will bring north of $175k, but bad ones won't break $100k. Fix some of the obvious problems, and it may bring near the $120k low estimate. #591-1956 FORD SUNLINER convert- ible. S/N M6UC170831. Black/black canvas/ black & white vinyl. Odo: 135 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Slight wave in driver's fender and passenger quarter-panel, finicky driver's door, trunk fit off. Passenger's door glass delaminating. Front bumper wavy, but chrome is good. Stainless trim showing plenty of use and needs a polish. Nice canvas top. Interior in good order but not perfect. Rubber floor mat Engine bay generally clean but repainted valve cover script is a little wavy. One of 458. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $159,500. This car had covered 45 miles since being last sold in 2007 at RM Hershey for $187,000 (SCM# 47372). As with but very wavy piping along front edge of seat. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $90,000. This car ran twice and could not break this money, which was no surprise. Not a very confidenceinspiring car, and the color combo may have hurt it, too. Green is an unpopular color in general, and when the greens don't match out- instead of carpet is a low-rent touch. Engine bay detailed but showing its age too. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $79,750. Sold well above the $70k high estimate, which may have been a little aggressive to begin with. The restoration on this car was getting a bit long-in-the-tooth, but still presented pretty well for the cruise-in crowd. 135 miles is all that had been put on it since the


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Auctions America Fort Lauderdale, FL long-ago resto, which may be cause for concern if you are going to drive it. Well sold. #586-1956 LINCOLN PREMIERE convertible. S/N 56WA43818. Wisteria Purple/ white vinyl/white & purple. Odo: 4,258 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Beautiful paint and bodywork. Driver's door gap at fender slightly off, but likely no worse than factory. Lots of N.O.S. parts used in high quality restoration, including N.O.S. exhaust which appears to have 0 miles on it. Undercarriage and engine bay finely detailed and show no use. Crate price guides, but you can't reproduce this quality for the money or the love that went into it. #567-1957 BUICK CABALLERO 4-dr wagon. S/N 6D4024794. Red & white/red & white vinyl. Odo: 66,500 miles. 364-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Bird dropping mark on fender could be wet-sanded out, rest of paint needs attention, had no two-door equivalent. Sold for pretty big money, but these are unusual, so call it a fair deal, whether or not they're headed up. too. Windshield delaminating. Stainless body trim alignment way off and showing some wear, chrome getting thin, especially on taillights. Rear driver's door won't close all the way. Engine bay shows oil leaks and general use, with not much cleanup. Fuel pump is incorrect, and air cleaner is too glossy. #609-1957 DESOTO ADVENTURER convertible. S/N 50411051. Gold/white vinyl/ tan vinyl & cloth. Odo: 70,936 miles. 345-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Lots of swirling in paint. Good older chrome except for vent windows starting to pit. Most badges cracking, rubber gaskets starting to crack and deteriorate. Decent enough body, with both doors fitting out at bottom. Top fit is bunchy and has mold and staining around the inside. Older resto on engine bay holding up OK. Interior appears all-original, but seat foam has hardened and is engine with correct casting numbers is said to have only four miles on it. Zerk fitting lubrication system in place and hooked up with periodcorrect lube can. All instruction tags present. Interior presents as perfect. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $156,750. This was a labor of love. I spoke with the owner, who spent the last 25 years restoring this gem, with documentation and stories to prove it. It had covered only 4 miles since completion and looked like it. Museum-quality piece and skilled workmanship, but will only depreciate with use. Sold for more than most Equipped with roof rack, a/c, and spotlight. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $79,200. Last sold for $93,500 at RM Rochester in August 2007 (SCM# 46025). These all started life as fourdoor Century sedans, and many rotted out over the years due to water intrusion problems following the wagon conversion. This car appeared to have been ignored for long stretches, as evidenced by the bird-dropping stain in the paint. Nomads are the hotter ticket, but Buick turning to powder. Dashpad shrinking. Optional power windows. One of 300 1957 Adventurer convertibles. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $187,000. The car appeared to be mostly original and had been inherited by the seller from the original owner. Stated to have oodles of documentation and all the original manuals. Restoration was said to be limited to cleaning and touch-up of the paint, including repainting of oxidized quarters. Hard to find one in original and driv


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Auctions America Fort Lauderdale, FL able condition, as most have been restored by now. This seemed liked a market price for a car without a high-dollar restoration. Fair deal for all. #584-1957 DUAL-GHIA convertible. S/N D5007715. Yellow/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 78,616 miles. 315-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint is good with some touch-ups around edges. Door fit tight and out on passenger's door, side molding fit off on driver's door. Scratched windshield, crooked antenna. Nice new upholstery job. E-brake lamp dangling under dash. Engine bay used and a little flaky, with some wiring wrapped in corrugated tubing. Cond: 3+. #570-1959 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. S/N 59E061940. Seminole Red/white/red & white leather. Odo: 75,467 miles. 390-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Pretty straight body, but paint showing some age, as is the rest of car. Stainless worn, chrome thin. Driver's door out at top and in at bottom. Convertible top missing its headliner; top bows down over driver's door. Interior clean, leather seats bunching. Could use some attention underhood. Paint flaking off of the block at exhaust ports. Zip-ties on back of air ride pump look bad, as do the gold-anodized bolts holding buff, with light wipe scratches showing. Knockoffs slightly corroded and not correct for 1963. Hood grilles worn and faded. Thick, wavy rechrome around vent windows, but bumpers look good. Interior aging, with vinyl getting stiff and some window felts missing. NOT SOLD AT $150,000. Sold for $84,700 at RM's Amelia Island sale in 2003 (SCM# 30603) and for $81,000 at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale auction in 2004 (SCM# 31977). With just 34 miles added since 2003, use was not a factor, but the car was now sporting a new interior and some other clean-up, suggesting the owner thinks there's a profit margin. When these are done right, they bring around $200,000, but this was less than perfect. Bid may have been light, but not by much. #585-1958 BUICK LIMITED convertible. S/N 8E5009765. Metallic green/silver leather. Odo: 1,142 miles. 364-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Rough metallic green paint job with plenty of buff swirls over mediocre body fit. Trunk high in front and both doors slightly off. Stainless body trim does not line up right. Chrome good. Engine bay getting dingy, with aging resto crying for attention. Leather has incorrect silver hue and is very hard on the eyes. Upholstery engine bay sheet-metal together. All options except a/c. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $165,000. Even the air ride was said to still work, which would be cool until it broke. This was a decent enough car, but one that needed detail items. The missing top items are a big concern for wind leaks. This car also felt like it hadn't been driven more than a few miles in a long time. The bid beat the $150k high estimate and sold for money that seems a little high, but others have traded for more recently. If these keep trending up, no one got hurt in this sale. BEST BUY #538-1962 CORVETTE convertible. CHEVROLET S/N 20867S113033. Roman Red/black vinyl. Odo: 7,007 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuelinjected V8, 4-sp. Paint worn and needs a good detail and buff. Stainless trim worn, chrome starting to pit in places. Trunk lid sits low and off-center. Driver's door fit off at bottom but closes nicely. Sweet Radio Shack tape deck circa 1984. Interior passes for mostly original. the gauges. Heater core inoperable. A nicelooking car if not all correct. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $55,000. This needed a few things updated, or just drive it and don't worry (unless you like heat). Some underhood cleanup would add some flair at the car shows. I liked it, but I would like it better at $50,000, considering I would spend a few bucks fixing the small things. Market-priced. button missing on front seat. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $129,250. So the old joke goes, you know it is a Limited because limited are your options for parking. Everything about these cars is huge, as they were basically the Roadmaster with an extended trunk, not wheelbase. Unfortunately almost everything about this car was incorrect: body gaps, color, interior, engine bay. Confidence for me wanes when all of this stuff is wrong, because it probably is indicative of the driving dynamics too. Number 1 money for a number 3 car. Well sold. 98 Engine bay cruddy with coolant on top of intake. Incorrect air cleaner detracts further. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $46,000. Another case of a seller neglecting small details and paying for it with the sale price. While the low estimate of $70,000 may have been a hair aggressive for a car in this condition, it wasn't out of line, making this car quite well bought. Fix some small items, and flip it for a tidy profit, sure thing. #505-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 30867S115124. Red/red hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 19,834 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint is in need of a #596-1963 SHELBY COBRA roadster. S/N CSX2080. Red/black leather. Odo: 68,293 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. True barn-find condition. Repainted in 1968, paint now flaking in big chunks and well oxidized. All chrome rusty. Glass delaminating. All rubber rock hard, if it still exists. Trunk fit far off. Interior is alloriginal and worn out completely. Underhood rusty, crusty, pitted, and tarnished, but all there. Added side vents, hood scoop, and headers from Shelby. With hard top. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $467,500. The belle of the ball was looking a bit old... but she hadn't had any plastic sur Sports Car Market Screws holding on door panels. Engine basically clean but uninspiring; some re-taped wiring and crimp-on connectors at back of alternator detract. Has power windows and hard top. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $45,100. Numbers-matching base drivetrain. Has covered 267 miles since being offered at Mecum's St. Charles, IL, sale in 2009, where it was a no-sale at $37,000 (SCM# 120780). This time around, market-priced. #589-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 30837S104209. Silver metallic/ black vinyl. Odo: 48,411 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Newer repaint just a bit too metallic, but done to a good standard. Hood inserts worn. Rear bumper chrome is spotting. Scratched rear glass. Dingy engine compartment, with rusty exhaust and chrome coming off of air cleaner. Interior carpet and upholstery showing their age, as is the chrome around


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Auctions America Fort Lauderdale, FL gery, which was refreshing. Rarely do you see these cars still in this condition, which alone makes it rare and desirable. Number 1 money today, but remember when you had to restore one to get this kind of price? A neat epilogue to the story is that back in 1981 its current owner bought it for $30,000 in gold coins. How does your gold portfolio compare to a Shelby? #463-1965 BUICK RIVIERA 2-dr hard top. S/N 494475H930498. Pewter/tan leather. Odo: 11,052 miles. 425-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. OK repaint done in a bland color but probably original. Scratched stainless trim. Nice chrome. Nicely detailed trunk. Underhood clean with paint chipping from engine and exhaust, leather is getting hard. Wood trim in good shape. Power windows, a/c. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $25,300. This was the first and only year for the hidden clamshell headlights. In 1963– '64, the headlights were in the grille, which looked a bit like an afterthought. This car had the high-zoot Wildcat 465 engine (which referred to the torque rating), a definite plus. These are a bit pricey to restore but when all done, or when nicely original, they drive great. Five years ago $15,000 got you a nice one, so get ‘em while they're cheap. Market price. #540-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194675S102566. Rally Red/ black canvas/white vinyl. 327-ci 375-hp fuelinjected V8, 4-sp. Numbers-matching car. Paint needs some attention from the buffing wheel. Passenger's door out at rear, headlight won't shut completely. Nice bias Goldlines and a/c condenser fins are all mashed over, which detracts from the presentation, as do the rusty a/c hose fittings. Interior appears original, as sidepipes. Interior presents as slightly dirty and used, as does the engine bay, with only light rust to the exhaust manifolds. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $55,000. Nothing really impressive here, except some of the options. Details may have brought more money, but like many cars here, Power windows, a/c, console. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $71,500. Big money for a nice car. Landed right in the middle of the $60k–$80k estimate range. The only option more desirable would have been the high-strung 427 engine, which would have nearly doubled the price of the car, but still this was very well optioned. The nice color choice may have had more appeal only with a contrasting interior, but to each his own. Normally I would think this was a lot of money, but this car looked well done. Top money for a top car. #758-1967 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE convertible. S/N 138677K195016. Black/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 49 miles. 396-ci the owner seemed to disregard the importance of presentation. With some attention this would be a very attractive car. Well bought. #549-1966 FORD GALAXIE 500 convert- ible. S/N 6J63Q146451. Dark blue/white vinyl/ blue vinyl. Odo: 9,978 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very nice paint shows no orange peel and only slight swirl marks, pinstripes look a bit thick. Passenger's door fit out slightly at bottom. Engine bay a little over-restored, but very well detailed with all correct FoMoCo bits. Interior nice, but console shows some wear.


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Auctions America Fort Lauderdale, FL V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint nicely buffed with no orange peel, but starting to show bubbling inside the layers of clear everywhere. Doors close hard, window gaps off, hood fit off. Body panels are straight, but some bodywork paint shrinkage visible in trunk and a slight wave in passenger quarter-panel. Well detailed engine bay, but a/c compressor too shiny and exhaust manifold slightly rusty. Interior unused and sports a clock in the console and dash-mounted tach. Factory a/c. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $82,500. It's a real letdown when panel and window alignment is a big problem on an otherwise nice car—nothing fit or closed properly. The paint also needed to be redone. Otherwise, a great color combo with big-block, drop-top, and 4-speed. Even with the options, this was big money for a car with restoration oversights that needed correcting. Well sold. #765-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S122774. Green /tan vinyl. Odo: 45,425 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint dodgy, checking heavily and buffed through on edges of headlights. Badges faded. Passenger's door low at front. Chrome just OK and pretty wavy on rear bumper. Redline radials. New cheap chrome air cleaner and GM-labeled heater hoses are an odd mix. SOLD AT $110,000. A nicely presented car that should serve a new owner well. Do the autographs add value? Not according to this sale, but the novelty never hurts. Price paid here was a hair below the current market. Fix a couple of small things, and I think you would gain some equity quickly. Fair to well bought considering the fantastic #1 car that sold at Russo and Steele's 2011 Scottsdale sale for $181,500 (SCM# 168528). #524-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/ SS Pace Car convertible. S/N 124679N617690. White & orange/white vinyl/orange houndstooth cloth. Odo: 7,225 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Many paint flaws, dings, dents, rubs, scratches, and what looks like light hail damage. Stainless trim worn and dull. Chrome is pitting and rusty. Dingy top with scratchedup back window. Interior well worn, with cracked door panels and sun-faded upholstery. Engine matches the rest of the car, back glass. Engine bay clean but starting to show some age on the redo. Surface rust on exhaust manifolds. Good redone interior with pistol-grip shifter. On Goodyear Polyglas tires. Optional power brakes. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $97,500. The claimed rotisserie restoration wasn't showing miles but was nonetheless showing some age. These car have dropped a bit in recent years, but good ones should bring the money. This was a pretty good, not great, car. The bid may have been a little light, but not by much. I think the $120k low estimate was a tad aggressive. Seller was right to hang on, but I would like to see a little more pizazz in the presentation. paint flaking off, corroded aluminum, master cylinder leaking into booster. With power disc brakes, power steering. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $72,000. This went beyond “patina” to just being poorly treated. There wasn't a straight panel on this car. While rarity has to be the factor here, this seemed like very high money for a car with so many needs. I'd have taken the money and ran. Old gas pooling on intake manifold. Leather cracking, but looks appropriate for mileage. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $43,450. Claimed to be numbers-matching and all-original. I believed them, but it was in need of some service. Sold for nearly the $44k top estimate, which seemed fair money for a car in this condition. #610-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR fastback. S/N 8T02R216176. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 55,747 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Nice paint with good body gaps. Hood and dash panel signed by Carroll Shelby, hood protected with 3M clear bra plastic. Tailpipe chrome a bit dingy. Rear glass scratched. Interior shows a bit of use. Center console not screwed down. Door sills scuffed. Engine bay is well presented. While not perfect, it does have all the correct pieces to make it authentic. Cond: 2+. 102 #617-1969 SHELBY GT500 fastback. S/N 9F02R480832. Red & gold/black vinyl. Odo: 84,829 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good body with acceptable gaps, slight wipe scratching of paint. Scratched quarter-window glass. Good interior with wavy driver's door panel being the only negative. Underhood nicely presented with all Motorcraft hoses and stick- Chrome and gaps all good. Interior consistent with mileage, cracking of seat-bottom leather the only sign of recent use. Engine bay could use a little clean-up. Butt connector on a/c compressor wire. Rusty exhaust manifolds. Equipped with power windows. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $31,075. Small detail items kept this otherwise nice looking car below the low estimate of $32,000, but I thought the money was dead-on. Clean a few things up, enjoy it for a while, and buyer won't lose a buck. Sports Car Market #164-1972 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 1Z67W2S520721. Red/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 43,009 miles. 454-ci 270-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. A green car originally, color change well done with no signs of green anywhere, even down window jambs. Paint shows minimal flaws and has a deep shine to it. ers. 3.50 Trac-loc. Goodyear Polyglas tires. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $72,600. A $56,000 nosale in 2004 at Silver's Fort McDowell auction (SCM# 32136). Sold here for slightly over the $70k low estimate. These have come down slightly over the past couple years, and the money paid here was slightly low. I would call it well bought, if slightly. 2-dr hard top. S/N RM23VOA172637. Vitamin C Orange/black vinyl/white Odo: 46,106 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Decent enough paint with some swirl marks. Brightwork starting #572-1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD vinyl. to tarnish. Scratched


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Auctions America Fort Lauderdale, FL #146-1986 FORD MUSTANG Saleen fast- back. S/N 1FABP28M9GF261017. Black & gold/tan. Odo: 16,492 miles. 5.0-L V8, fuel injection, 5-sp. Dash signed by Steve Saleen. Black paint stated to be original, but shows many touch-ups and needs a good buff. Front air dam broken on corners. Purple window tint peeling. Original stickers on quarter-windows from Saleen visible under tint. Chipped and cracked dew wipes below side windows. While these didn't see horsepower upgrades until 1989 with the SSC, they were still the thing to have when a fully loaded GT was just too pedestrian. The 5.0 Mustang still carries a somewhat iconic status and Saleens are the cream of the crop, as they were offered through the dealer (as Shelby was back in the day). Market price. #613-1987 BUICK GNX coupe. S/N 1G4GJ117XHP444921. Black/silver & black. Odo: 28,715 miles. 3.8-L turbocharged V6, auto. Paint shows use consistent with mileage and is most likely original. Some chips filled on nose and some light scratching that can be buffed out. Panel fit good. Passenger's door has a slight wave to it. Interior looks unused and is the cleanest part of the car. Underhood bought on speculation, and there are a good handful out there with very low miles on them. Driving those cars will devalue them quickly, but you could probably put a few miles on this one without getting killed on resale. Prices have stayed pretty flat, with $90,000 being about top-dollar for a super-low-mile example. Bid here was low, even with the miles. Seller was right to wait. #408-1987 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1YY2187H5112927. Red/tan leather. 350-ci 345-hp turbocharged V8, 4-sp. Paint dying slowly and painfully, but at least consistency indicates no crash damage. NACA ducts have faded into a different color red. Rubber side-glass dew wipes are dried and broken. Leather all dried, hard, and severely cracking on driver's bolster. Cheesy wood grain interior kit. Driver door sill plate is rusty. Engine bay grubby with dealer shine all over it (or is that engine oil?), intercoolers tarnished, Oxidized aluminum underhood with bad aftermarket battery cables and stereo wiring that needs a clean up. Interior in good shape, wear consistent with miles. Original Kenwood tape player. With power windows and locks. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,300. Many may disagree, but I think these cars will become collectible in years to come. OK, I'm an owner of one (1992 #21), so I'm bullish. 1986 had only 201 units from Saleen in its third year of production. shows all 28k miles. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $44,000. Only 547 made. We all know the story by now about how these beat the pants off of everything else back in 1987. Many were hoses about to give up. Lots of needs. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $17,500. These were $50,000 cars when new and could be ordered through the dealer under RPO code B2K. About 500 were made over a five-year run. Mods included engine internal upgrades and a secondary injection system to produce about 345 hp. This car just looked used up. Not much to instill confidence and the crowd thought so, too. Very nice examples usually run about $30,000. #588-1995 BATMOBILE movie car. S/N N/A. Black/glass/black plastic. Sold on bill of sale. Low quality paint not glossy, but not flat either. Interior looks uncomfortable, dirty, and used. Cheap Sunpro gauges probably work in the midst of an array of phony switchgears and enough bogus monitoring devices to confuse a Top Gun fighter pilot. Cool bat wheel covers that don't rotate, covering up pedestrian BFG Radial T/A tires. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $165,000. Used in the 1995 epic turkey “Batman Forever” with Val Kilmer and Jim 104 Sports Car Market


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Auctions America Fort Lauderdale, FL Carrey. Said to cost over $2.5 million for the fiberglass molds alone. The body is pretty intricate looking from 3 feet away, but I wanted to see the fake jet engine blow some flames. If you're a bat nerd, this was the ultimate centerpiece to your collection. No doubt the neighborhood kids will chase you down the block every time it comes out. #642-2004 PANOZ ESPERANTE GT coupe. S/N 1P9PB87314B213014. Silver/ black leather. Odo: 230 miles. Very nice original paint shows virtually no wear except for slight scuff on nose. Gas door fits funny, other panel gasps per Panoz. Unmarked BBS wheels. Seems sprung high, or maybe the tires are too small. Interior in as-new condition. Clean engine bay with autographed builders' plaques. #668-2008 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Wil Cooksey Edition coupe. S/N 1G1YY26E98S127881. Crystal Red & black/ black leather. Odo: 3,900 miles. 7.0-L 505-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. $85,000 MSRP included $13,000 for Wil Cooksey package. Exterior looks showroom fresh with only a slight scuff on air dam lip from parking stump. Nice leather trim dash and unmarked interior. Great color combo on all 427 units offered to North Car shows as-new with hardly any miles. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $39,600. Sold new in GT trim for just under $100,000 back in 2004; you do the depreciation math. Ford Mustang running gear, switch gear, and dash pod on the inside. Pretty big premium for an all-aluminum body, but of course it will run circles around a factory Mustang Cobra from 2004. Still depreciating but market price for now on a new car. #600-2005 FORD GT coupe. S/N 1FAFP90S05Y401588. Red & white/black leather. Odo: 3,400 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Factory paint shows no discernible flaws and has a nice polish to it. Unmarked wheels. Interior shows only light creasing to the driver's seat leather from entry. Showroom quality vehicle in a nice color combo. NY state inspection tags. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $154,000. This is one of only a few modern supercars that America. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $58,000. What a good looking car, and for the money I know it would be a ton of fun. Modern Z06 Vettes are some of the best-driving cars out there... for the money. However, I am not sure I see the value in a $13,000 Wil Cooksey appearance package, with such features as chrome wheels, seat upholstery, and personal autograph. The bid looked pretty close to market, even with only 3,900 miles. #602-2009 MOSLER MT900S coupe. S/N 1M94136B69C682031. Orange/black alcantara. Presented in as-new condition with 3M StonGard on the nose for paint protection. Interior and engine bay appear unused. Retailed for nearly $325,000. Cool Montana plates that say “2 race.”. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $175,000. These cars were used for homologa- has retained its value or exceeded original value at times. With just over 4,000 made, the GTs are not all that rare, but they were only made for two years. While Ferrari F430s and Lambo Gallardos plummeted in value immediately, these have stayed right around MSRP. Is it heritage harking back to the GT40? Is it the performance? Is it sheer eyeball appeal and exclusivity? Yes all around. tion for the Rolex series and took some time to get to market, due to crash-test approval. With a 530-horsepower Corvette motor and only 2,500 pounds to move, they do just that and quickly. Said to be able to beat the Enzo with a 0–60 time of 3.1 seconds. Seems like a pretty big haircut in price for an unused car. No real sales comps, so I will say that the $225k–$275k estimate was right and that the owner was right to hold. © June 2011 105


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McCormick Palm Springs, CA Palm Springs Exotic Car Auction #50 McCormick had good reason to celebrate here, with 342 of 484 lots selling for a record $5.7m total Company Keith McCormick Auctions Date February 25-27, 2011 Location Palm Springs, California Auctioneer Frank Bizarro, Jeff Stokes, Rob Ross Automotive lots sold / offered 342/484 Sales rate 71% Sales total $5,753,213 High sale 1968 Shelby GT500 KR, sold at $131,250 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/390 coupe—$71,400 Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics W ith their February auction, the McCormick family celebrated 25 years in business and their 50th auction. And they celebrated in style with a Mumm's champagne reception prior to the Friday evening session of the auction. It must have been a harbinger of good things to come, as the auction results blew the doors off any of the prior events, with a record sell-through rate of 71% and a record sales total of close to $6m—a very successful auction indeed. That is not to say that McCormick didn't present their usual assortment of vehicular oddities. Where else can you buy a 1972 T-bird for $1,260? Yes, it had some needs, but with imagination and a lot of weekend hours, you might just have something. And I, of course, have to mention the 1952 Schwinn Phantom bicycle that sold for $3,045. I'm willing to bet the buyer did not get it for his kid. Keith McCormick was featured in the local paper wearing his characteristic red lace tennis shoes and discussing Trini Lopez's 1966 Rolls-Royce Park Ward convertible. While it's doubtful anyone in their 20s remembers him, he had a number of hits long ago, including “La Bamba.” The car was given to him by casino owner and major car collector Bill Harrah. Deferred maintenance was an understatement here as there was 106 no documentation that anything had been done to the car in years. He wanted close to $300,000, but the bidding stalled at less than half that. Corvettes are a staple at the McCormick's auctions, and the 50th auction was no exception. Thirty-two examples of all descriptions were offered, and 20 found new homes. A '57 Fuelie was bid to $90,000, but the seller thought he could do better elsewhere. A very nice ‘67 427 big-block did sell at $84,000, and a ‘66 427 went down the road at $71,400. A 1968 Shelby GT500 KR was the top performer, realizing $131,250. It was fully restored and documented with the original build sheet, and was fitted with the “R” code 428 CJ engine that was underrated at 335 hp. It was a very strong example, and it sold for top of the market money. Other notable sales included an attractive and properly restored ‘57 Buick Century convertible that realized $76,650 and a 1959 Austin-Healey 100-6 that sold for a very reasonable $55,125. Trucks continue to be hot in the market, and this year's event offered a well-restored 1952 F-2 pickup that was a great deal at $17,850—I doubt you could buy and restore one for the same money. On the other end of the spectrum, a 1959 Chevrolet El Camino pickup in 2+ condition made a full $53,025 thanks to two bidders who simply wouldn't back away from it. Compared to last year's event, where 280 of 486 lots sold for a combined total of $4.7m, this year's event looks like a complete success. In fact, it was McCormick's most successful February event ever, and that alone was a great reason to celebrate. ♦ $1m $2m $3m $4m $5m $6m 0 Sports Car Market Sales Totals 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 Buyer's premium 5% (included in sold prices)


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McCormick Palm Springs, CA ENGLISH #144-1959 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-6 BN6 roadster. S/N BN6L2597. Blue & white/blue leather. Odo: 4,471 miles. Respray finished to high standard with a few minor blemishes. Attractive blue leather seating trimmed with white piping. Fully documented with all books and records. Production of the first 6-cylinder Austin-Healey continued into 1959 and in blemishes in paint. Headlight bezels pitted. Kick panel loose on driver's door. Shift arm rusting. Manufactured by Austin Motor Company, Ltd. and distributed by American Motors, 13,103 built in 1960. Only options were heater, radio, and whitewalls. Made NOT SOLD AT $125,000. You have to be a certain age to remember Trini Lopez and La Bamba, and even if you do, that does not make up for the deferred maintenance lurking under the hood here. Seller was looking for something close to $300k, so I guess it will continue to sit in his garage and deteriorate. the spring was replaced by the 3000. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $55,125. This car was sold for $71,925 at McCormick's February 2010 auction (SCM# 160478). Perfect examples can bring serious money, but if you are not so picky, a very nice example such as this can be had for much less. Just about market price for a strong #2 car, so all is well with the world here. BEST BUY #343-1960 NASH METROPOLITAN convertible. S/N E82907. Red & white/white vinyl/ white vinyl. Odo: 76,389 miles. Numerous famous by Lois Lane. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $11,025. These have lagged behind the current microcar buzz. With Isettas and Jollys bringing $30k-$40k, this seems a bargain. At BarrettJackson's recent Scottsdale sale in January 2011, a coupe sold for $24,200 (SCM# 170294), which makes this sale look even better. Put Superman's cape in the back, and get all kinds of attention at the next Show & Shine. #174-1966 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III drophead coupe. S/N LCSC49C. White/black/black leather. Odo: 66,862 miles. Given to Trini Lopez by Bill Harrah many years ago. No maintenance history, and it shows. Numerous paint cracks and chips, windshield delaminating, trim pitted, top worn. One of only 48 LHD examples. Cond: 3. GERMAN #373-1967 VOLKSWAGEN TYPE 2 21-Window bus. S/N 247041744. Blue & white/white vinyl. Odo: 89,429 miles. Recent restoration of popular 21-window “Samba.” Minor paint chips and scratch on lower left side. Light bezel pitted. Attractive white interior with blue piping on seats. Steering wheel cracked, window rubbers worn and cracked. Equipped with sliding fabric top and roof rack. Over 31,000 manufactured in 1967. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $46,000. With only 53 horses pushing, these buses have a hard time getting out of their own way. Decent examples tend to sell in the high $30s to mid-$40s, so no problem with price paid. Sellers keep looking


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McCormick Palm Springs, CA hard top adds about $4k to the package, and that made this a well-bought car. AMERICAN for the under-bidder from the $100k sale a few years back, but to no avail. #317-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 113044E13. White/white fabric/black leather. Odo: 68,939 miles. A twoowner car that's been well maintained. Resprayed in 1990, has a few imperfections in brightwork. Very nice interior with no signs wheelbase. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $23,888. This was a well restored truck, though perhaps a bit bold for a working vehicle. But with all the eyeball, would be perfect to park as an attention-getter outside your business. Doubt if you could restore it for what was paid here. #228-1951 of age on leather seats. Includes both tops, all books and records, original tools, and spare. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $42,788. Mileage was thought to be over 250,000, but that didn't matter, as these are known for their longevity. The The junior series 120 is not a CCCA Full Classic. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $26,250. Many feel the 110 and 120 saved Packard, but they were nonetheless the beginning of the end, as the prestige of the Packard name was lost. Price bid here was strong, considering the list of needs. Start with a respray. #286-1939 FORD 91C 1/2-ton flatbed pickup. S/N 184726583. Vermillion Red/black vinyl. Odo: 43,585 miles. A recent restoration and finished in attention-grabbing Vermillion COMMANDER State Line coupe. S/N 88T046. Light green/brown STUDEBAKER fabric. Odo: 80,503 miles. 232-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Numerous paint chips and orange peel throughout. Rear window poorly sealed and signs of prior leaking. Trim pitted and dash trim oxidized. Iconic bullet-nose. Engine filthy. First year for the Commander V8. The State Line was the top-ofthe-line and had fender ornaments. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,750. Price paid was about right for a State Line with a few issues. Nowhere to go with this, so use and enjoy. Without a/c, #218-1937 PACKARD 120 coupe. S/N 10943170. White/gray fabric. Odo: 65,021 miles. Window trim badly pitted, steering column scratched. Fitted with optional steel artillery wheels. Philips head screws used throughout, but had not been invented in '36. Not an elegant example of a desirable Packard. Red. A few minor nicks in paint, should be pinstriped in cream to be factory-correct. Cost all of $605 when new. The series 91C featured the larger 85-horsepower V8 and a 122-inch 110


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McCormick Palm Springs, CA #176-1957 BUICK CENTURY convert- ible. S/N 6D2035894. White/white vinyl/red/ white leather. Odo: 4,701 miles. A recent restoration of a limited edition Century convertible. Power windows and seats standard. Wonderbar radio. Very attractive red white leather interior. Respray applied to high standard. One of 4,087 convertibles made. Stunning in the desert sun however, so not the best summer desert car. #282-1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N P6FH152602. Torch Red/white hard top/red & white vinyl. Odo: 40,493 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint redone to professional standard. Trim scratched, hard top rubber worn, no soft top. Interior replaced and installed in workman-like manner. Equipped there, but so was the quality of this limited production 1/2-ton Sweptside. #107-1958 EDSEL PACER 4-dr hard top. S/N W8UH708977. Sunset Coral/black/white viny. Odo: 73,462 miles. 361-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Finished in one-year-only Sunset Coral. Unique chain-pattern shine. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $76,650. Price paid was up there but so was the car. A restoration of this quality is not cheap, and I'm willing to bet the seller had close to this in the car. Buyer now owns a quality example without the wait and fuss. Well bought and sold. #234-1958 DODGE SWEPTSIDE D110 with Ford-O-Matic 2-speed automatic transmission. Fender skirts. A very nice example of the first year T-bird. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $31,762. Perfect examples can push $50k, but they need to be dead nuts perfect. This one was very nice, and priced about right for a decent number-two car; no soft top was a $5k hit. Both sides should be content. pickup. S/N L8D1L11334. Blue & white/ white vinyl & blue fabric. Odo: 74,501 miles. Low miles stated to be actual. Attractive light blue and white two-tone paint finished to high standard. (Originally available in twelve different combinations.) Optional chrome front bumper. Excellent interior features a hooded instrument panel to reduce glare. Optional power steering and Powerflight transmission. One of only 975 produced. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $40,950. A high-quality restoration that sold for a reasonable number. Price was up upholstery. Rolling Dome speedometer with Teletouch push-button transmission in center of steering column. Correct white valve covers with red E400 (referring to torque, not horsepower). Very rare factory a/c. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $15,488. A $14k no-sale at McCormick's Palm Springs sale in February 2010 (SCM# 159251). Edsels need a top that goes down to bring any money, but this one, with all the goodies, was rather unique. Air is a big plus (though the Teletouch


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McCormick Palm Springs, CA transmission was known to fail at inopportune times). #168-1959 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO pickup. S/N H59L122219. Red/gray vinyl & fabric. Odo: 3,404 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Older restoration has been well maintained. Odo reset some years back, so limited use since. Bold paint well applied, brightwork in good order, window rubbers supple. sive in the long run, and that will be the case here. #187-1965 CHEVROLET CORVAIR $27,825. Price paid was up there considering the deferred maintenance facing the new owner. The good news is that it can be done without spending a fortune. Well sold. Attractive interior. Engine bay clean and tidy. A real cop magnet. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $53,025. This was an attractive El Camino that brought all the money. It didn't have the biggest engine offered in '59, but two bidders had to have it, cost be damned. Very well sold indeed. #435-1961 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N 1Y73Z154556. Black/tan vinyl/ red vinyl. Odo: 52,772 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older respray and not much has happened since. Chrome pitted and scratched, rear bumper has rust forming in several spots. Red vinyl interior faded and mismatched. Window rubber hard and cracked. Engine filthy. Driven hard and put away wet. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT #179-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 30867S114760. Maroon metallic/black leather. Odo: 3,945 miles. 350-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original engine replaced with 350 from 1969. Non-authentic color for 1963 was poorly applied with lots of overspray. Dash cracked. Interior trim pitted. Top weakly fitted, engine compartment clean Corsa convertible. S/N 1Z87485903403. Evening Orchid/white vinyl/gray leather. Odo: 951 miles. 164-ci turbocharged H6, 4-sp. Mileage since restoration. Body straight and solid. Minor trim issues. Striking Evening Orchid a one-year-only color. Equipped with optional turbocharged engine. Improved handling with independent rear suspension. Recaro 6-way electric seats added. Corsa was the top of the line in 1965. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $17,850. Price paid was under the money, especially with the optional turbocharger and unique livery. I'd be tempted to dump the Recaro seats, but the seller said they were extremely comfortable. Seller got a good buy, if he can stand the “Unsafe” comments from the unenlightened. but not detailed. Equipped with power steering. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $37,695. Price paid was certainly cheap enough for a '63 convertible, but fixing the needs will run up the price tag in a hurry. Sometimes a bargain is more expen- #189-1965 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA fastback. S/N V855128482. Light tan/tan vinyl. Odo: 83,948 miles. 273-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Rear bumper scratched, chrome pitting in several areas, windshield delaminating. Optional black racing stripe which was not part ick Palm Springs, CA transmission was known to fail at inopportune times). #168-1959 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO pickup. S/N H59L122219. Red/gray vinyl & fabric. Odo: 3,404 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Older restoration has been well main- tained. Odo reset some years back, so limited use since. Bold paint well applied, brightwork in good order, window rubbers supple. sive in the long run, and that will be the case here. #187-1965 CHEVROLET CORVAIR $27,825. Price paid was up there considering the deferred maintenance facing the new owner. The good news is that it can be done without spending a fortune. Well sold. Attractive interior. Engine bay clean and tidy. A real cop magnet. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $53,025. This was an attractive El Camino that brought all the money. It didn't have the biggest engine offered in '59, but two bidders had to have it, cost be damned. Very well sold indeed. #435-1961 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N 1Y73Z154556. Black/tan vinyl/ red vinyl. Odo: 52,772 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older respray and not much has happened since. Chrome pitted and scratched, rear bum- per has rust forming in several spots. Red vinyl interior faded and mismatched. Window rubber hard and cracked. Engine filthy. Driven hard and put away wet. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT #179-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 30867S114760. Maroon me- tallic/black leather. Odo: 3,945 miles. 350-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original engine re- placed with 350 from 1969. Non-authentic color for 1963 was poorly applied with lots of overspray. Dash cracked. Interior trim pitted. Top weakly fitted, engine compartment clean Corsa convertible. S/N 1Z87485903403. Evening Orchid/white vinyl/gray leather. Odo: 951 miles. 164-ci turbocharged H6, 4-sp. Mileage since restoration. Body straight and solid. Minor trim issues. Striking Evening Orchid a one-year-only color. Equipped with optional turbocharged engine. Improved han- dling with independent rear suspension. Recaro 6-way electric seats added. Corsa was the top of the line in 1965. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $17,850. Price paid was under the money, es- pecially with the optional turbocharger and unique livery. I'd be tempted to dump the Recaro seats, but the seller said they were ex- tremely comfortable. Seller got a good buy, if he can stand the “Unsafe” comments from the unenlightened. but not detailed. Equipped with power steering. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $37,695. Price paid was certainly cheap enough for a '63 convertible, but fixing the needs will run up the price tag in a hurry. Sometimes a bargain is more expen- #189-1965 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA fastback. S/N V855128482. Light tan/tan vinyl. Odo: 83,948 miles. 273-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Rear bumper scratched, chrome pitting in several areas, windshield delaminating. Optional black racing stripe which was not part Sports Sports Car Market


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McCormick Palm Springs, CA of the Formula S package. TorqueFlite transmission, radio, heater. Equipped with a/c, Palm Springs auction (SCM# 119736). Price paid was about right for a '66 ragtop with the base engine. Add some NCRS and Bloomington Gold certificates, and the value really jumps. Fair transaction all around. #28-1966 FORD MUSTANG convertible. S/N 6F08C141746. Dark red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 80,933 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Paint in good order with a few minor swirls and touch-ups. Windshield scratched. Interior well fitted with no issued noted. Engine a $325 option. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $10,500. Not a whole lot of money for a decent starter collector car. Join a club, have some fun, and move down the line when the time comes. This could have easily sold for a few grand more, but the rather boring color held it back. Well bought, indeed. #117-1965 PONTIAC LEMANS convert- ible. S/N 237675P271846. Yellow/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 29,478 miles. 326-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. A host of engine combinations were available for the Tempest LeMans, including the 389 Tri-Power. The 326/250 installed here was a $108 option. Attractive light yellow livery has no real issues. Window rubbers old and cracked, center console also worn. painted proper Ford Blue. Little in the way of styling changes for the second year of the extremely popular Mustang. Cruise-O-Matic a $185 option. With optional styled steel wheels. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,062. A decent 289 Mustang convertible for under $20k. Lots of top-down fun in a reliable ride. Use and enjoy with financial upside when it's time to move on down the road. Well bought indeed. Glovebox Notes 2011 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM stable. HHHHH is best. Black vinyl buckets in good condition, but carpets and kick panel need help. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $14,595. A well presented car at a most reasonable price. A good “starter” collector car that will hold its value if properly maintained. New carpets and side panels will be a good start on upgrading. A very nice buy. Price as tested: $112,355. 295 hp 3.5L 32-valve V6 Mild-Hybid, Premium Package, Rear Seat Entertainment Package, Sport Package Plus One. EPA Mileage: 19/25 Likes: Is there a better way to cruise down the Interstate than an S-class? Dislikes: I won't complain about the counterintuitive Comand nav system (again). Fun to drive: HHHHH Fun to look at: HHHH Overall experience: HHHHH Verdict: I drove this cruiser from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to the Amelia Island Concours–365 miles–in a shade under five hours. We actually got 27 mpg, bettering the EPA estimate. The S400 was silent on the highway, had sufficient acceleration, swallowed our suitcases, and kept the rear seat passengers entertained through their back-of-headrest DVD screens. My only question─given the six-figure sticker, would an owner really care about getting superior gas mileage, or simply opt for a higherhorsepower engine at a similar cost?─Keith Martin ♦ 116 #396-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S105771. Sunfire Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 56,469 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Only minor differences between '65 and '66 Corvette styling. Main difference was square mesh cast grille. Recent respray here and said to be new chrome, but rust on front bumper. Claimed numbers-matching. L79 327/300 was base engine. On Goldline tires. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $48,300. Bid to $50,500 two year ago and not sold, right here at McCormick's Feb 2009 #147-1969 PONTIAC GTO Judge Replica convertible. S/N 242679R188156. Orange/ black vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 46,212 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A numbers-matching and PHS-certified GTO with Judge decals and Ram Air added. Factory Hurst shifter. Rally Gauge instrument cluster. Hood tach and HideAway headlights. Original factory invoice included. One of only 2,700 factory 4-speed convertibles built in 1969, and Silver Certified at 2006 GTOAA regional meet. A strong presentation. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $45,150. For a GTO convertible, the price paid was spot-on. If it were a real Judge, we'd be well into six figures. The factory 4-speed adds about ten grand to the package, so all-in-all this was well bought, even with the fakey-doo add-ons. #191-1970 BUICK GS 455 Stage 1 Replica convertible. S/N 444670H113493. Red/white vinyl/white vinyl. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A basic Skylark convertible modified into a Stage 1 clone (said to be only 232 real ones built). Several chips in paint. Trim dented and scratched. Has Stage 1 badges in place of 455 emblems. Center console worn. Equipped with power windows, seats, and top. Tilt wheel, Sports Car Market


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McCormick Palm Springs, CA hood tach, and a/c. Stage 1 option provided 10 additional horsepower. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $22,050. A real Stage 1 is a six-figure car, but this fakey-doo went for about what a nice Skylark convertible goes for, so all the fake stuff was free. I do not often see an upside to building one of these, at least not when it comes time to sell. #89-1970 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 Twister Special Replica fastback. S/N 0F05M128076. Grabber Orange/brown vinyl. Odo: 56,355 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint to high standard but door handles pitted and carpets a bit ragged. All the right decals, stripes and spoilers. The Twister Specials were 96 specially numbered Mach 1s made for Ford dealers in the Kansas City sales district. They were equipped with 428 SCJ V8, shaker hood, front disc brakes, competition suspension, and drag pack. Ran out of 428s, so half built with 351s. Real ones are all in 118,000 serial number range. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $33,600. An interesting sidebar in Mustang lore, but a clone is still a clone. This one sold for the right money, all thing considered, but the new owner will spend untold hours explaining what the heck it is. #143-1971 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 2-dr hard top. S/N 136371L139900. Cranberry Red & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 1 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Very effective presentation. Stated to McCormick's February 2010 Palm Springs sale (SCM# 160569). Hindsight is 20/20, but I'm sure the seller is now thinking he should have let it go then. Messing with a desirable car seldom leads to breaking even, much less a profit. With the stated cost of the respray, seller was upside-down from the get-go. Well bought for the buyer, as he paid less than the cost of building without the hassle. #240-1975 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. S/N 2W87Y5N571069. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 44,648 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fitted with flares, spoiler, shaker hood, and wild decals. Front bumper poorly repainted, door handles pitted. Buckets re-covered to factory spec. Equipped with factory a/c. PHS ordered and consecutively be a $9,000 respray, but shows chips on nose. New interior with AM/FM/CD. Fitted with LS1 engine, 4L60E transmission, MSD ignition, Corvette valve covers, power disc brakes all around, and Flowmaster exhaust. Vintage Air and American Racing wheels added. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $26,250. A $33,000 no-sale at documented. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,650. Lot s of performance for not a lot of money. With the wild Firebird decal, there can be no doubt as to what you are driving. Price paid was for a #3 car, so all was square with the world here. ©


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H&H Auctions Warwickshire, UK Collectors' Motorcars at Race Retro E-types were strong at Race Retro, with the strongest making $143,364 after spirited bidding took the final price $9,000 over its top estimate Company H&H Date February 26, 2011 Location Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, England Auctioneer Simon Hope Automotive lots sold / offered 43/69 Sales rate 62% Sales total $1,842,671 High sale 1950 Healey Silverstone—$194,692 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics nificant growth over last year's event, with nearly twice the number of cars sold and a healthy increase in final sales totals from 2010's $1.3m bottom line. Jaguar E-types have been all the rage in the R first couple of months of their 50th anniversary year, and H&H sold three tidy cars at this event. A restored 1967 right-hand drive 4.2 convertible, one of the last S1s, was the strongest of the bunch at $143,364, selling to a buyer in the room after spirited bidding took the final price $9,000 over its top estimate. A well-used and enjoyed 1950 Healey Silverstone brought the top sale on the day, after enthusiastic bidding took it to a healthy $194,692. H&H has done exceptionally well with AC Aces over the past two years, but the 1962 2.6 on offer here, with factory-flared wheel arches and Ruddspeed-type motor mods, took two weeks after the sale to shift, garnering a slightly low $241,354. The other big lot here, an Allard J2X (although with a later Cadillac 390 motor instead of the 331), failed to find a new owner. The much-awaited Big Healey ‘Bulldog' racer of Denis Welch was bid only to $290,000 while being watched by a gathering of the Healey racing clans. The price offered was not enough by about $45,000, but as the Healey specialist consigner confirmed immediately 120 ace cars were again the main feature at H&H's annual sale held alongside Race Retro at Stoneleigh Park. And this year's sale saw sig- 1950 Healey Silverstone, sold at $194,692 Buyer's premium 10%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.62) post-auction, he was clearly relieved to be taking it home. At the other end of the scale, a restoration project 1964 Austin-Healey 3000 MkIII, a former press car, sold for $12,390. As ever, Ford Escort rally cars brought strong interest, but the only one to sell was a Mk1 with interesting history. Built up from parts as an RS1600 when the model was new and in short supply, it was sent straight out on the 1971 RAC Rally, where it was crashed. Reshelled or straightened, it bore the proud scars of being a rally car all its life, and looked like a great buy as a period piece for $53,098. Quite a few replicas appeared here, with varying degrees of success. Warwickshire, UK Two Aston Martin “evocations” of a DB3S and a DBR2 with BMW and Jaguar power sold for $56,638 and $61,948, respectively. Novelty acts included a copy of the “Only Fools and Horses” Reliant Regal 21E van ($5,133), a couple of Aston Martin Group C lookalike show cars ($13,274 and $12,390) and a Porsche 917 replica (and I use that term loosely) that's been hanging around the trade in ever-decreasing circles for the past couple of years. Here it was bid to around $60k and went home unsold. Compared to last year's event, which was still struggling with the effects of the recession, this year's sale has to be counted a success. Although H&H appeared to be working hard to move this mixed bag on the day, they saw a healthy increase in final totals to $1.8m over 2010's $1.3m. And nearly twice as many cars sold, which pushed the final sales rate to 62% from 2010's 46%. In the end, although the market is still in the process of recovery, a bit of persistence led to a respectable sales rate and ballpark prices. ♦ $1.8m $300k $600k $900k $1.2m $1.5m 0 Sports Car Market Sales Totals 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007


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H&H Auctions Warwickshire, UK ENGLISH #12-1932 RILEY NINE special racer. S/N 6016970. Blue/beige vinyl. RHD. Odo: 7,099 miles. A well used special. In this form since the early 1960s and still carrying mud from its most recent event. Hood sides are newish, the rest of it looks brush-painted, and the seat vinyl is in rough shape. It's been out recently on VSCC trials and is ready to go straight out for nal red, now with one or two star chips in tail. Abundant patina. Syncros noted to be tired. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $194,692. A well known and well enjoyed car, it sold on the money, achieving the top price of this slightly subdued sale. Eligibility for events such as the Mille Miglia keeps the money up here. BEST BUY #51-1957 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-6 racer. S/N BN4047487. Green/white fiberglass hard top/black. RHD. Odo: 42,239 miles. Very nicely prepped racer with all Works-type features. Was 100-6, now with 3-liter power on triple Webers and alloy head, competition overdrive, limited-slip differential, big tank, etc. In super order, although the new owner doesn't get to keep the BRDC sticker. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $290,323. A gathering of Healey racing clans came to watch this one sell... and it didn't. Bidding stopped about $45k low, even with much interest from continental Europe. Welch seemed relieved to be taking it home, and no deal would be put together in the days following. #64-1962 AC ACE roadster. S/N RS5013. more. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $21,239. The dirt was a testament to the usability of the car. For the driving that's ahead of it, there's no point starting from concours condition just to watch it degrade, so it was probably a wise buy for the end user. Sold quite cheaply. #21-1936 MG TA Special roadster. S/N TA0784. Dark blue/black leather. RHD. Found in a barn and recently built up as a Q-type tribute, today looking bright as a pin. Laystall head now unleaded-compatible. Alfin drums, Bluemels steering wheel, and leather look Metallic blue/silver fiberglass/black leather. RHD. Odo: 21,009 miles. Hot-rodded in period for Alain de Cadenet, now on 6-inch wheels, triple Webers, and with a modern battery. Wide-arched factory body in good shape. Looks battered inside, with no carpets and a strong patina to the leather. Chassis good and etc. Long competition history started with Modsports in the late 1960s, car restored in late 1990s, running gear recently refreshed again. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $88,496. Sold cheap on the phone, proving that ready-done competition cars never get their money back. I'd call this the bargain of the sale. #29-1958 AUSTIN-HEALEY SPRITE Lenham fastback. S/N AN6378. Yellow/blue velour. RHD. Odo: 5,409 miles. Was a Frogeye racer, converted into baby fastback coupe with Lenham kit in 1965. Obviously well used on rallies, but paint looks shiny and new. Right side spring box has tilted a bit (which is worrying), and front doesn't fit very well. straight, with newish fuel and exhaust pipes. Hard top supplied but needs finishing. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $241,354. Supplied by Ruddspeed, originally white with green leather with Mays head and triple SUs. Off the road (dismantled) between 1975 and 2006. Could not reach the expected $258k–$290k on sale day, but sold almost two weeks later for around $241,000. A fair deal both ways. almost unused. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $66,372. Original-spec restored TAs sell for around $50,000, and this one had needs, so it did quite well. You pays your money and you takes your choice. #25-1950 HEALEY SILVERSTONE roadster. S/N E57. Blue/black leather. RHD. Never fully restored, but repainted from origi- Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $16,814. A recently built Ashley, which is effectively the same thing, recently brought $25,770 at Bonhams' Beaulieu sale in September 2010 (SCM# 166070). That makes this price look like a fair value, although that spring box issue really needs investigation. #35-1959 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 racer. S/N BN6544. Red/white fiberglass hard top/ black velour. RHD. Odo: 33,881. Well known racer built and raced over the long-term by Healey guru Denis Welch, with huge string of wins since 1982. All the right bits, including 122 seats. Floors and sills excellent, good door fit, no rot, Coombs-type rear arches. Rear crank seal done. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $40,706. Mk IIs have slipped back a little, so this looked about the right money for today's market. They still cost more than this to do. Well bought and sold. Sports Car Market #27-1962 JAGUAR MK II 3.8-liter saloon. S/N 161350DN. Green/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 32,368 miles. Near concours condition with a few marks in paint. Shiny dash, plump


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H&H Auctions Warwickshire, UK #55-1963 JAGUAR XKE 3.8 convertible. S/N 87900. Red/black leather. Odo: 7,301 km. Recently restored. Shiny paint nice outside but only fair in door shuts. Leather partially retrimmed. Tidy and clean underhood, has original reservoirs and brake servo, now with in 1974). Cond: 4. SOLD AT $12,390. What made this one interesting was that it was one of BMC's press cars. It was being sold by a Healey dealer who didn't have time to restore it for himself but hoped someone else would sponsor the job. Not sold for a top bid of $11,340 across the block, which was $1,600 under the bottom estimate, but a deal was soon put together. #19-1964 TRIUMPH TR4 racer. S/N CT320142. Red/red fiberglass hard top/black cloth. RHD. Odo: 52,276 miles. Racer with fiberglass fenders and hood, all stone-starred and cracked, plus hard top. Motor refreshed in 2007 and unraced since, although car has done a few track days. In fair order for a competition car. alternator and Kenlowe cooling fans. Stainless steel exhaust. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $99,116. Supplied new to Belgium and pleasingly not converted to RHD. In a market where E-type prices are on the gentle up in their 50th anniversary year, this price was fair. #18-1963 MGB racer. S/N GHN39668. Beige/white fiberglass hard top/black velour. RHD. Odo: 43,025 miles. FIA-spec raceprepped pull-handle B, recently rebuilt and in generally good order. Works-type hard top over stripped interior with roll cage, plumbed extinguisher, Minilite-type wheels, and long- $109,736. Top money for a nice coupe, and its value didn't seem to have been dented by the mods, meaning the seller might have even gotten back some of the money spent hot rodding it. Well sold. #44-1966 LOTUS ELAN S2 racer. S/N 3615661. Green/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 74,719 miles. A well prepped and slightly used rally car. Fitted with new Tony Thompson chassis, lightweight bodyshell and driveshafts, Smirthwaite engine. Impressive results list, including an overall win at the 2002 London Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $13,805. Was a California car before being converted to RHD and made into a racer at a reputed cost of around $48,000. Offered at no reserve today, it looked remarkably cheap for something you could go straight out and have fun with (although some series won't allow the fiberglass fenders). #54-1965 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III convertible. S/N HBJ832428. White/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 45,323 miles. Very original with good history, including windshield card showing that it was a home-market car. Chassis rails nice and straight, body and door fit good for a Healey. Stainless exhaust. Only deviation range tank. Could be reconfigured as a rally car without too much effort or expense. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $29,204. Interest waned at $16k, but the auctioneer kept it going and even got it over the $22,500 estimate. It was still somewhat of a deal, as such ready-built cars normally sell nearer $35k. And it would cost more than this price to build one from scratch. #42-1964 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III convertible. S/N HBJ825933. Red/black vinyl/ black vinyl. RHD. Restoration project, but all there. Paint flaking off aluminum shroud in large chunks, but not corroded. Gearbox in pieces (perhaps the reason it came off the road to Lisbon rally. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $39,823. Sold where it needed to, for far less than it cost to build. Asking price for a similar but slightly nicer car in the adjoining Race Retro show was $48,600, so this looked like it was on the money—maybe even slightly well bought. #16-1967 JAGUAR 420G saloon. S/N G1D5411BW. Gray/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 89,844 miles. Essentially a Mk X with a 4.2 instead of 3.8 motor, and as wide as a 1964 Galaxie. Paint color slightly unhelpful for retail. Looks straight and tidy from a distance, from standard is wire wheels instead of original discs. Mileage is quite likely genuine. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $58,408. This was appealing from ten feet and just as appealing up close, and the wire wheels didn't detract significantly. The Healey boom peaked a while ago, but considering the good condition and documentation, this one was correctly bought. #60-1966 JAGUAR XKE S1 4.2 coupe. S/N 1E21173. Blue/red leather. RHD. Straight and tidy. Restored with new floors, wheelarches slightly flared to fit larger wheels and tires. Motor is now 4.5 liters with D-type cams and 5-speed Getrag box. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT 124 but some dust marks and bubbles up close. No log book. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,080. Following a $4,800 web bid, the money stumbled up to a level that was just enough to get it sold. Like the Mk VII through the Mk IX that came before, these are marvelous when they're good, but they're expensive to right when they're not. #57-1967 JAGUAR XKE S1 4.2 convert- ible. S/N 1E1796. Green/black leather. RHD. Odo: 53,732 miles. Sharpish restoration looks Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctions Warwickshire, UK recent but is almost 20 years old. Chrome good, apart from slightly ripply left rear bum- Silver/black velour. RHD. Odo: 2,010 miles. What the 1979 body kit looks like, this time applied to real HS. A bit rough and rippled cosmetically, but it's a very usable rally car. Motor recently refreshed. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $14,602. Selling for far less than a MkII Escort or even a rough 911, this, with MSA logbook, represented a cheap entry to historic (classic class) rallying. Well bought. #45-1979 VAUXHALL CHEVETTE HSR per. Good leather may be original. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $143,364. Bidding just kept going on this one until a buyer in the room secured it. The price paid was not out of order in today's market—a slightly nicer car went for $163k at Bonhams' Oxford sale the following week. #20-1971 FORD ESCORT RS1600-spec racer. S/N BBATLU67226. Eng. # 67226. Red/black velour & vinyl. RHD. Odo: 3,042 miles. Built up as a Works-replica rally car from parts when the RS1600 was a very new model. Hurriedly pressed into service on the 1971 RAC Rally, and still with AVJ Developments BDA motor and slipper springs. Probably re-shelled following shunt on that 1971 RAC, restored in 1990s (now with Mk II column stalks), and last rallied in anger in sporting a different body kit, front bumper, and spoiler, as per 1981 spec. In good order, having been recently restored in time for Airikkala's funeral in 2009. No odometer but Terratrip still in car. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $106,196. Sold the day after the sale, after the high bid of $89,100 wasn't enough. Considering this was an Escortbeater in its day, it looked a good value, though it would need some updating (of belts, etc.) to be eligible for FIA historic rallies. #41-1986 FORD CAPRI Tickford Turbo 2007. Various scrapes and wrinkles underneath, but very appealing. MSA competition car logbook included. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $53,098. This one had good history as a rally car. But some features, like tunneled exhaust, would not be allowed in historic rallies now unless you could prove it ran that way in period. Sold in the room for the required money, and felt quite cheap. The RS crowd got sniffy about the chassis number, saying it had never been a “production” RS. But this might be right for such an early car, and it was originally registered on a made-up number anyway. A relative steal, I'd say. #52-1977 VAUXHALL CHEVETTE HS racer. S/N 9B08RGY142615. Eng. # 8839184. coupe. S/N 17968. Black/gray velour. RHD. Odo: 95,742 miles. Tidy and straight, with stock engine bay, interior good, alloys slightly scuffed. Unused for some years, so needs at least a once-over before road use. Cond: 2-. painted wires and Avon ZZs. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $61,948. This one's shape and construction were good, and while it will fool almost no one (because the real thing is so rare and hardly ever seen), it's cheaper than a nice C-type replica and probably offers a similar drive. No real collector value, but still fun. GERMAN #22-1969 PORSCHE 911 racer. S/N 9110100279. Green/black cloth. A rally bitsa with twin-plug 3-liter engine. Well used but not quite tatty; a former front-runner in the British Historic Rally SOLD AT $14,690. From the same collection as the fake Astons, the connection being Tickford. These were naff in the 1980s (though not more than an Aston V8 with a body kit). Time has not softened those memories, but they do have their following. Sold at about the expected money for a top 2.8i. racer. S/N DBS5307RAC. Metallic green/ green #38-2006 ASTON MARTIN DB3S replica leather. RHD. Convincing-from-the- outside DB3S replica by Bill Monk, with SOHC BMW straight-six on carbs. Built in 2006, with Jaguar XJ6 suspension, although 126 used in Ireland. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $25,664. Originally an American-market 911T, this sold well under the $32k low estimate and will make Sports Car Market Championship and then Works racer. S/N 9B08DE7227913. Silver/ black vinyl & velour. RHD. The ex-Works DTV car driven by Pentti Airikkala to the 1979 Sedan Open Championship win, though now or quilted interior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $56,638. From a large Aston Martin collection that has been spread over several sales. Compared with, say, a fiberglass-tub C-type pastiche by Proteus, it's cheaper, and one of only a handful made, although rather more obviously a replica. The wide estimate range of $48k–$72k meant the auctioneers didn't really know what to expect. #40-2006 ASTON MARTIN DBR2 replica racer. S/N ARADBR22006UK0009. Metallic green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 53 miles. From same builder and stable as lot 38, this one uses Jag power which is near period. Convincing from the outside, although stiffeners show through hood moldings. Good interior, engineturned dash, Moto-Lita wheel. Sits nicely on somehow has a DBS identity. Good ripple-free fiberglass and finish. Hardly any wear on seats


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Fresh Meat H&H Auctions Warwickshire, UK Online sales of contemporary cars. 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo “S” Cabriolet a good starter rally car at a cheap price. Most of the value in these is in their parts, so it just came down to how tired the market believed the car to be. SWEDISH Date sold: 04/02/2011 eBay auction ID: 120706256751 Seller Type: Heavy equipment dealer Seller ID: Bobcat of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA, www. bobcatofatlanta.net Sale Type: Used car with 3k miles. VIN: WP0CD2A92BS773165 Details: Cream white with Black top over Black & White full-leather. 3.8L twin-turbo flat six makes 530 hp. AWD. PDK trans. Sale result: $155,000, 1 Buy-It-Now bid, sf 11. MSRP: $181,700 Other current offering: Porsche of Downtown L.A., Los Angeles, CA, www.downtown-la.porschedealer. com, asking $181,625 for a new white/black/black one. 2012 Nissan GT-R #5-1964 VOLVO PV544 racer. S/N 393857. Red/black. Odo: 52,859 km. Comprehensively prepped rally car. Not all of it conforms to current historic stage rules, but most suitable for long-distance races. Exact spec of engine unclear, but said to be a 2-liter with bumpy cam, plus there are twin Weber 45s, so it's usable but a bit of a hodge-podge. Smells like fuel inside. Small dent on front fender (said to be from hand-pushing, but I doubt it... these things are built like tanks) won't have any bearing on value for rally purposes. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,372. Ideal for events such as the Winter Trial and Le Jog, but you'd need to change a few things to take it stage rallying (where it wouldn't be competitive against Porsches anyway). A good, solid base at slightly strong money, but still less than starting from scratch with a stock car. © Date sold: 04/03/2011 eBay auction ID: 280651569750 Seller Type: Nissan dealer Seller: Sheehy Nissan, Waldorf, MD, www.sheehynissanofwaldorf.com Sale Type: New car with 23 miles. VIN: JN1AR5EF5CM250628 Details: Gray Metallic over Light Gray leather. 3.8L twin-turbo V-6 makes 523 hp. AWD. Sale result: $88,500, 11 bids, sf 9. MSRP: $91,830 Other current offering: Performance Nissan, Duarte, CA, www.perfnissan.com, asking $91,830 for a nearly identical new gray car. 2011 Mercedes-Benz E550 Cabriolet Date sold: 04/01/2011 eBay auction ID: 370496031011 Seller Type: Independent dealer Seller: RLB Auto Group, Fort Worth, TX, www. rlbautogroup.com Sale Type: Used car with 6,920 miles. VIN: WDDKK7CF0BF068610 Details: Black with Black top over Almond & Mocha leather. 5.5L V-8 makes 382 hp. Sale result: $59,900, 1 Buy-It-Now bid, sf 1,428. MSRP: $69,975 Other current offering: Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables, FL, www.ussery.mercedesdealer.com, asking $71,900 for a used car with 1,713 miles. ♦ 128


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eBay Motors Online Sales Functional Fire Fighters and Watered-Down Customs In terms of actual functionality, this was more like a fire truck placebo: you just think you're going to be saved Report by Geoff Archer Market opinions in italics S ometimes fire trucks are retired to museums after decades of faithful service, sometimes they're turned into harmless parade objects, and sometimes they're just the basis for a new project. This month we take a look at some vintage collectibles, some confusing customs, and some big ol' red trucks. 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) #200435387992-1921 AMERICAN LAFRANCE TYPE 14-6 fire truck rat rod. S/N 3646. Eng. # 2170. Rust/brown. RHD. 16 Photos. Verona, WI. “Originally starting life as an American Lafrance fire truck, this speedster, is to say the least, a remarkable ‘beast.' VIN number 3646 indicates that this speedster was built from a 1921 type 14-6 combination service short chassis fire truck.” The 820-ci 6-cyl is from a “1918 type 31-6-75 front drive aerial ladder fire truck. The cast aluminum cowl and entered in local car shows. This vehicle recieved a ground up restoration approximately 10 years ago. The engine was rebuilt 2 years believe. I think this Landie is now destined for a life of British Car Field Meets, parked in a row of DorMobile Campers and vintage AA Tow Trucks. The nearest comparable in our database, a '54 Landie Fire Tender, sold at $35k, nearly double Bonham's estimate, in 2007 (SCM #46811). That makes this fairly priced. #120614108878-1961 MERCEDES-BENZ UNIMOG fire truck. S/N 404115014816. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 9,100 miles. 48 Photos. Hot Springs, AR. “Like a time capsule, still retaining most original equipment from 1961 and all the original owners manuals in German. Less than 100 hours since 1961. The fire fighting equipment on this truck is NO JOKE. The truck has front and rear turret holes, a huge spot light, and can go virtually anywhere.” Paint faded with “Freiwillige Feuerwehr Hassmoor” appears to have come from a American Lafrance built between 1927 and 1930. Entire vehicle has been gone through in the past 4 months.” 3 bids, sf 318. Cond: 5+. NOT SOLD AT $56,900. Amazingly, there are four American LaFrance firetruck-based speedster auctions in the SCM database; highest sale recorded is $55k, sold at Blackhawk in Hershey, 2004 (SCM #125904). Suffice it to say, our seller should have taken this high bid instead of holding out for a buy-it-now near $100k. fire truck. S/N T14245904. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 48,800 miles. #190455423184-1949 DODGE PICKUP 19 Photos. Upper Grandview, NY. “Very rare and possibly one of a kind! Reportedly built for a Long Island NY Fire Department as a competition type vehicle around 1949. I have used this in many parades 130 ago and has only been driven 200 miles since. Everything works as it should and is lots of fun!” 13 bids, sf 3. NOT SOLD AT $6,400. In terms of actual functionality, this was more like a fire truck placebo: you just think you're going to be saved. All other period Dodge fire trucks are gargantuan and burly, so perhaps it was special in that regard. But until the provenance is researched, it's just a novelty for parades. Therefore, sold right on the money. #190396519376-1954 LAND ROVER SERIES I fire truck. Red/red vinyl. RHD. 4 Photos. Irvine, CA. Photos not large enough to read municipality, but truck comes from New Zealand. Although it's hard to believe anything from the seller who refers to this as a “Range Rover,” it looks well equipped and in nice condition. “Paint Is Good, Some Minor Lifting Blisters... Truck runs GREAT! Solid Fun and Unique Fire Truck That Is Reliable and Simple To Operate. Will Fit in Most Regular Garages... Extras Included: New Tires, Masks, Helmets, Hose, Hydrant Wrenches.” 12 bids, sf 32320. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $10,900. The seller had over 30,000 feedback ratings, which I couldn't on the doors. “To make a long story short, everything mechanical on this truck is ‘like new.' It runs and drives fantastic,(for a Mog.)” 20 bids, sf 4. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $6,000. This ‘Mog was not over-the-top and was a great value if you had the need. Seriously, have you not seen what people are asking for a decent Pinzgauer these days? Well bought, if not for fighting fires. #110559571487-1967 CHEVROLET BISCAYNE 2-dr sedan. S/N 154117R160374. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 74,000 miles. 24 Photos. Las Vegas, NV. Originally a fire chief Sports Car Market


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eBay Motors Online Sales car with a 427. “Converted to a drag racer in the 70's and raced until it broke. Time slips in the car running 12.07 ET, 115 mph. Parked for 30 years. A golf ball hit the back glass and shattered it. A gust of wind ripped the hood right off Unbelievably arrow straight. The interior is excellent. It has a C code 289 c.i. small block that runs like new. All the lights and siren work fitted from the factory with multiple storage cabinets. Holds tons of tools. Updated with a modern Ford 302 V-8 engine mated to a Borg Warner World Class T-5 five-speed manual. Transmission and engine perform and that car and folded it back on the roof, mangeling the hood and cracking the front windshield. Complete original bench seat interior. No engine or trans. I am heartbroken over the damage the car has suffered under my care.” 4 bids, sf 1489. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $2,605. Back in the ‘80s, every rural car hoarder had one of these on the front lawn, but today's yard cars are all totaled Geo Storms, burned-out Saturns, or Hazmat-scene Windstars. Everything this car needed could be charged at NAPA—as the basis for a solid project, well worth the price paid. #270503503404-1951 CADILLAC ambu- lance. S/N 518653736. White & red/blue vinyl. Odo: 46,456 miles. 23 Photos. Ponca City, OK. “Built by Superior on 3/4 ton limousine chassis. Different than hearse (non opening side doors with no glass). Seats 10 to 12 persons. Originally Air Force blue. Government sold car to Snyder Texas Fire and Rescue who painted it white. It served for years there before being stored. Body suprisingly solid. Upolstery needs redone as does plastic on steering wheel. The original 331 v8 runs well with no smoke. well. Very loud and so cool it's ridiculous.” 6 bids, sf 9. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $9,450. Confronted with a very clean, two-door 289 Galaxie, I can't say that fire chief livery would be my first inclination. How about a huge crate motor, exhaust, wide steelies, modern suspension, and a period light blue metallic? No? Find neither NASCAR nor a British Saloon Car clone compelling? Really? OK then. So how does the Fire Chief beat out an Andy Griffith black-and-white (SCM# 43640)? Well, actually, it beats Andy Griffith by several grand. So nicely executed and presented, it's surprising nobody bid it into the teens. Well bought. #250711258198-1965 DODGE POWER WAGON W300 fire truck. S/N 2381537923. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 15,519. 24 Photos. Wooster, OH. “This unit was in service fighting fires until our new 2011 truck arrived recently. Good condition for its age and fully operational. Two spots of rust showing on passenger side rear wheel well that are visible in the pictures.” 500 gpm pump. “300 gallon booster tank. 3500 watt generator, telescoping 500 watt light. 20' extension ladder... In good condition and ready to fight fires or parade or go to car shows. Truck can be viewed by appointment at function flawlessly.” $3k just spent on 6 new tires. 1 Buy-It-Now bid, sf 27. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $15,500. The seller (who has since disappeared from eBay for whatever reason) suggested that “this van would be great for mechanic van, electrician, plumber, food service, ice cream truck, etc.” Hey, when all the other plumbers in your zipcode roll small-block Chevy-powered DIVCO milk trucks, you have to do something to differentiate. Even though our disappearing seller must have lost thousands on this one, any utility van selling for more than $10k has to be considered well sold. #200419860154-1972 INTERNATIONAL LOADSTAR Mobile Command Center fire truck. S/N 164WB25000GVWP268. Red/gray vinyl. 4 Photos. Wells, ME. “All equipment removed. Still has working emergency lights and horns, cabinets and benches still intact. Hydraulic pump still intact for rear step. Great paint job and unique look. New tires (6) runs well.” Current interior configuration is not well described or documented, drivetrain details However could use carb rebuild.” New clutch. 1 bid. sf 24. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $5,000. The history of this particular professional car opens it up to a different group of collectors: military buffs. In fact, this listing was sent to me by my Dad, a USAF veteran who collects lightweight, Cold War-era pistols issued to spy plane pilots. Of course, painting it flat blue won't reduce the cost of a colossal restoration, and thus nobody overpaid here. Fair price for a very big project, literally. #280578515985-1964 FORD GALAXIE 500 fire chief hard top. Red/tan vinyl. Odo: 55,600 miles. 22 Photos & 2 Videos. “Pictures do not do this car justice. It has been completely restored and is ready to win a show today. Paint is nicer than most high end street rods, like looking into a mirror. The car was built starting with a 50,000 mile original, unhit, 100% rust free, original paint California black plate Ford. June 2011 the Fire Dept.” 61 bids, sf 36. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,099. Repetition is good in advertising, right? This seller likely sealed the deal when stating for the nth time, “this unit would make a good addition to a small dept. looking for a brush unit or the serious collector of Dodge Power Wagons.” Strong bidding activity suggests that both of those audiences were interested. Price seemed a bit light, but that is likely a reflection of another repetitive element in the listing: the frequent use of the word “good” (as opposed to “very good”). Fair deal. #250657355141-1967 FORD P600 fire truck panel van. Red & black/. Odo: 12,900 miles. 24 Photos. “Midwest,” USA. “Belonged to a small rural fire station and was stored indoors its whole life. Has only 12,900 miles on it and is in absolutely fantastic condition. No rust. Painted just a few years ago. Custom out- not given. 33 bids, sf 0. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,000. Generally, pricing something weird like this involves an analysis of what it is going to do for you. Well, if you are planning to live in it, I must admit that it certainly does look more substantial than a short bus. Is it like an armored car without the armor? A U-Haul with windows? An RV with no interior and exceptionally bad gas mileage? I can't say anything more informed than that this appears marketprice for a 40-year-old Mobile Command Center with unknown drivetrain or potential usability. © 131


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Mystery Photo Answers Comments With Your Renewal How about a complete, in depth study of the values and comparative usefulness of the 1972-74 Jaguar E-type series, V12 roadster? – Malcolm Rushworth– Spring, TX Ken now wishes that he hadn't jokingly asked the seller, “Does the girl come with the car?”—Chris Racelis, LaGrange, IL That's the craziest CB antenna I've ever seen!—Leslie Dreist, Troy, MI Stelllllaaaa….!—Thomas Tisthammer, Belluve, CO I had finally convinced my first wife that sitting on the roof of the Volvo and having a cocktail while I was racing on the track was safe.—Brian J. Peters, Washington, DC Which is hottest: The brew pub culinary race car, the babe on the roof or the espresso?— Dan Faustman, Elk Grove, CA Sir, we are fully booked at RUNNER-UP: I tried to tell her a Cafe Racer was a sport bike, but she just stared dismissively into the distance and barked, “Get me another cappuccino, lackey.”— Erik Olson, Dublin, CA From this distance and angle, it's hard to see if this is a Crown Victor or Victoria.—Chris Racelis, LaGrange, IL I'll have a 10/30 weight shot of espresso and a side of the daily special out on the roof deck —Please.—Brady Lindsey, Monterey CA The mobile “Cat Car” had problems with cracked windshields and blown-out shocks. But had no problem trading service for service, such as parts for advertising.—Julia Spinetta, Carmel CA The espresso/escort service mobile drew only one client and no spectators.—Gary Francis, Chico, CA Hey lady! Do you mind? I still have some track time left!—David Libby, West Des Moines, IA It took five bottles of liquid courage and a dare from his college roommate, but Brandon eventually found the courage to approach the statuesque brunette after the race.—Joel Shooks, Traverse City, MI Debbie, darn it, get back down here and disconnect your blamed espresso machine before the car battery goes dead again! Why did I have to go and marry an uppity race track groupie with no personality and cold as a fish?—Doug and Gabby McDonald, Bountiful, UT the moment, but it shouldn't be a long wait, as our tables turn pretty fast!—Paulo Teixeira, Memphis, TN Luigi was a literalist and followed orders to design the “Chick Car.”—Randy Zussman, Las Vegas, NV Mary was neither discreet nor subtle. She was, however, successful in her attempt to meet a new guy.—Lance Lambert, Seattle, WA Sexy Coffee Racing Team raced on Sunday and tried to sell coffee on Monday, but the crowds were small.—Phil Schroeder, Platte City, MO This is one way to keep the barista in the pits occupied when there's no one in the stands.— Dan Faustman, Elk Grove, CA Now knowing it's better to be careful when talking about racing or relationships, Erik Olson wins an SCM hat. © This Month's Mystery Photo Response Deadline: May 25, 2011 Our Photo, Your Caption Be the author of the most accurate, creative, or provocative response and receive a Sports Car Market cap. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Fax your response to 503.253.2234; email: mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket. com; snail mail: Mystery, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797. Please include your name and contact information. Send us your mystery photo. If we use it, you'll also get an official SCM cap. Email photos at 300 dpi in JPEG format. If it ain't broke—don't fit it! It's not broke!—Chuck Rhodes, Tomball, TX Most auctions you report—no fright pigs anymore? Who are you kidding? Stay real!—David Paynter, Larkspur, CA. Please identify coachbuilders in reviews of custom-bodied cars.—Bill Longley, Atlanta, GA More technical articles: show what makes a good paint job; show what it takes to replace a rusty floor; show what's involved in a top end rebuilt, etc…. Show why it costs so much!— George Squyres, Parks, AZ Upgrade website to make search- ing auction results and finding market valuation easier.—Robert Bennett, Scott Depot, WV. Robert, we're working on that even as I write.—KM More cars from the 1940s and less Corvettes. You already have a Corvette magazine. Thanks for a great read.— C.G. Parker, San Diego, CA Keep the auction coverage coming. I also enjoy the Legal Files articles.— Michael Heroy, Angola, IN Best auto magazine out there. Totally disagree with Keith Martin on chandelier bidding, but then no one is perfect! Keep up the good work!— John Cardwell, Great Falls, VA After all of these years, SCM is still good value for the money. I still prefer the illustrated covers.—Paul Evans, Inglewood, CA. Paul, we miss them as well. However, the reality was that when we started selling on the newsstands, we had to have something on the cover that related to a story inside. I also think that we've found some terrific photos to use.─KM Keith, My favorite magazine— keep up the great work!!!—Richard Cooke, Elmwood Park, IL The best car magazine! Enjoy the features on watches also. Thanks!— Wayne Huffaker, Houston, TX Just can't live without ya!—Love the coachbuilts—Bertone, Vignale, Ghia, Zagato, Pininfarina, Yum!—Ken Bohn, Louisville, KY More real-world, driver-type collectibles. More motorcycles.—Mike Weidle, Bainbridge, PA And thanks to all of you for your thoughtful comments and your renewals.—Keith Martin 132 Sports Car Market


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Poll Results Each Tuesday morning in our free SCM Weekly Insider e-newsletter, we conduct a poll. Here's how you responded: SCM Weekly March 7th (1,079 total votes) If given only one choice, which blue-chip, pre-war collectible would you most like to take on a long-distance tour? A. 1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza ($5.5m-$7.3m): 44.3% B. 1928 Bentley 61/2-Litre Speed Six, 2nd place in 1930 Le Mans ($5.1m): 20.3% C.1931 Bugatti Type 51 ($1m-$3.2m): 8.9% D. 1928 Mercedes-Benz SSK ($7m-$10m): 26.6% February 28th (1,157 total votes) Which classic car events would you most like to attend this year? A. Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este and RM Auction: 22.8% B.Monterey Auctions and Pebble Beach Concours: 56.1% C.Amelia Island Auctions and Amelia Island Concours: 12.3% D.Hot August Nights and Hot August Night Auction: 8.8% February 21st (954 total votes) SCM has spent $15k on three ‘74 MGBs for our 1,200-mile run to the all MG convention in Reno this May. What will we spend in repairs to get all three cars all the way there and back? A. Nothing. What could possibly go wrong on three 37-year-old English cars? 14.8% B. $50. That's the deductible for our road side towing coverage: 18.5% C.$150. We'll put a fire extinguisher in each car, and that's what it will cost to recharge them after dealing with the underhood and behind-the-dash flames nurtured by the spontaneously combustible Lucas electrical system: 27.8% D. $15,000. Pistons, rods and bits of engine block will make a break for it somewhere in Nevada, when we are outside cell service. The MGs will go down one at a time, at 50-mile intervals: 38.9% Vote on the latest poll at www.sportscarmarket.com or in your SCM Weekly Insider e-newsletter. June 2011 133


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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $44/month ($66 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit sportscarmarket.com/classifieds-post.php to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. E-mail: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snailmail: Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. English 1931 Austin Seven EA Sport 1957 Bentley S1 LWB Show quality Mini Cooper S with Heritage Certificate. Sunroof, Left hand drive. Beautiful wood dash. More photos available. 28,000 miles. $27,000. Contact Matt- 928.717.2533, email: prescottvintage@qwest.net. (AZ) 1973 Triumph TR6 convertible Desert Green/Tan with plaid flex steel seat. 2.5-liter 165hp Bergman Motor. 911 front disc brakes, 356C rear brakes, Fuchs wheels. Aluminum decklid. High Bow top Desert Green flex steel side curtains. This car is fresh, less than 500 miles. Much more than can be listed. $155,000. Contact Myron- 952.448.5330, email: hpfarm@aol.com. 1956 Volkswagen Beetle gorgeous cosmetics. Ready to perform flawlessly on rallys, tours, or just for weekend cruising. Matthew L deGarmo Ltd. $69,000. Contact Matthew203.852.1670, email: Matt@deGarmoLtd.com. Website: www.deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1967 Austin Mini Cooper S 187 mph. 13.7k miles, 1 of 83 in the US. $60,000. Contact Tom- 414.964.9208. (WI) German 1955 Porsche Outlaw Speedster Real Ulster with non-blown engine. Complete history from the first registration. Full restoration done recently. Perfect condition. $70,000. Contact Kazumoto- email: cuya-sasaki-821@tb3.so-net. ne.jp. 1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Sports Saloon One of two Freestone & Webb bodied S1s. Beautifully restored, over $100k in receipts. Recent concours winner. Absolute pleasure to drive. Original tools and handbooks. $109,500. Contact Fantasy510.653.7555, email: sales@fantasyjunction.com. Website: www.fantasyjunction.com. (CA) 1959 MGA Twin Cam Beautiful condition inside and out. Pampered and garaged. High quality factory color repaint. Mechanically fully sorted. Just get in and go. $16,500. Contact Mark- 650.430.2010, email: bigfins@gmail.com. 1979 MGB LE convertible Horizon Blue/Blue vinyl seats and Oatmeal carpet. Correct wool headliner and tan Stayfast sunroof. Stock looking sleeper powered by 1960 Porsche 356 engine. Slightly lowered w/gas shocks and 356 drum brakes. 10k miles since body-off restoration in 1998. Completely sorted and reliable. Nearly 3 times the stock hp makes it a blast to drive. Great fun! $19,750. Contact Chuck- 616.874.8142, email: olenyks@chartermi.net. 1960 Porsche 356 Super 90 roadster By Lancefield of London. Gray with Claret fenders/ Beige interior. First owner: Miss E. Burrows. Nicely restored and mechanically excellent. A very handsome example with good history. Charles Crail Automobiles. Contact Charles- 805.568.1934, email: eenberg@msn.com. Website: www.charlescrail.com. 1935 Bentley 3 1/2 Litre Mineral Blue/Gray leather competition seats w/blue piping. Blue hood, side curtains, tonneau. Close ratio gear box. Restored by James Alcorn. Twice NAMGAR winner. $75,500. Contact William- 843.886.4473, email: mrroki@earthlink.net. (SC) 1963 Bentley S3 Continental Mulliner Park Ward All the LE goodies - plus real leather. 160,000 kms. Complete invoices available. 1 owner for 17 years. $8,500. Contact William- 604.943.5303. (BC) 1980 Triumph Spitfire 1500 Signal Red/Tan Leather. Andy Anderson -Euro specification nut and bolt restoration. 60k original miles. Contact Keith- email: keith.hemmis@ comcsc.com. 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster Elegant one-off body by Kellner of Paris. Original tools, tea service and fitted luggage. Payne electric overdrive. $375,000. Contact Fantasy- 510.653.7555, email: sales@fantasyjunction.com. Website: www. fantasyjunction.com. (CA) 1955 Nash Metropolitan convertible Beautiful condition. Among the last truly coach-built Bentleys. $7,256 in fresh service receipts. New boot and tires. Green. $175,000. Contact Fantasy510.653.7555, email: sales@fantasyjunction.com. Website: www.fantasyjunction.com. (CA) 1964 Jaguar XKE 3.8 coupe Recent restoration includes rebuilt suspension, new paint & rust proofing, interior is new including recent chesnut wood dash, new wheels/tires, all records/receipts, weber carb, updated exhaust, new engine seals, water pump, alt, hoses, etc. Top is a little tired but it still keeps water out. Fun car, runs/drives like new. Will deliver within 250 mi. Email for more pics. 61,000 miles. $8,750. Contact Sam- 917.432.7177, email: sam.vanallen@gmail. com. (CT) 2003 Aston Martin DB7 GT Just finished complete rotisserie restoration including rebuilding original 1200cc engine and transmission. All new original-style Bedford cloth interior. More photos on website. $37,500. Contact Tom- 218.349.5002, Website: www.tbirdsquare. com. (MN) 134 A stunning California, matching numbers SL that has had just three owners from new. Silver, red leather, luggage. Properly serviced, and supremely well sorted by California Marque specialist. Please call for complete details. Matthew L deGarmo Ltd. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@ deGarmoLtd.com. Website: www.deGarmoLtd. com. (CT) A spectacular California car finished in black with black leather. All matching numbers. Original books, tools, spare, jack. Perfect mechanicals, 6.0-liter V12, 6-spd, max bhp 440, max speed Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery 1964 Volkswagen Deluxe 21-Window Microbus $228,500. Contact Steve- 954.522.9900, email: sales@motorcargallery.com. Website: www. motorcargallery.com. 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera cabriolet Italian 1958 Fiat Multipla 600 1970 Fiat 500 Comprehensive restoration completed 2006, exactly to build plate. Correct 1500cc engine, rare VWoA heater. One of six registered in US. All receipts, photos of work. $70,000. Contact Greg814.778.5566, email: vsportauto@usachoice. net. (PA) 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SE coupe 27k miles on a nearly unmarked car with unique yellow/tobacco color combination. Mechanically outstanding w/ new tires. Complete w/top boot, hand book, pouch and tool roll. $36,000. Contact Steve- 802.877.2645, email: rpm@rpmvt.com. Website: www.rpmvt.com. 1989 Porsche 911 Turbo cabriolet 5-passenger model with full front and back seats. Light blue w/ivory roof, very clean, unmolested example—still has original paint on underside of car. Good mechanicals, black interior, very clean engine bay, excellent chrome. Not fast, but solid and garners maximum Smiles per Mile. Email for more photos and details. $36,000. Contact Burt- email: burt@fitzrich.com. (IL) 1959 Abarth Zagato 750 Double Bubble Abarth-enhance engine, front disc brakes, sport transmission, cd player and speakers. Just completed engine rebuild. In great condition. Contact Jasonemail: jam@bostonminicars.com. Website: www. bostonminicars.com. (MA) 1972 Fiat 500 L One owner from new until one year ago. Factory special ordered with electric sunroof, 4 speed transmission and special color combination of grey beige with dark green leather. Fully documented service history. All original books and tools, original Becker radio. A superb car that drives as new. Matthew L deGarmo Ltd. $35,000. Contact Matthew203.852.1670, email: Matt@deGarmoLtd.com. Website: www.deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1970 Opel GT 1100 Racer Toly Arutunoff's HP Racer comes w/extra axles, front subframe, 6 engines and transmissions, many cams, cranks, carbs, etc. Race for a decade. $7,000. Contact Toly- 918.743.0888, email: tolyarutunoff@gmail. com. (OK) 1978 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9 This beautifully sorted example is finished in original Magnetite Blue (code 931) with a parchment leather interior with the optional orthopedic seats, which was just about the only option available on US market cars. 126,000 miles. $20,000. Contact Robert- 540.372.9673, email: raftel@yahoo.com. 1980 BMW M1 The one you have been looking for. Original unmolested outstanding example of the best of the original 930s. 51k miles. Email for details and photos. 51,350 miles. $49,900. Contact Lawrence331.642.4615, email: nosb930@gmail.com. 1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 cabriolet Only 88,000 miles, equipped with every option available. It has been recently serviced and runs perfect. Straight in from Florida. No rust anywhere. $13,500. Contact Frank- 312.493.1110, email: fcchgo@gmail.com. (IL) 2001 BMW Z8 400hp/5-spd. All original flawless condition w/two roofs, boxed build book, hard top dolly, car covers, and correct scale model. Less than 3,500 miles since new, always stored indoors, heated, washed and waxed. Part of Iconic German Car collection. $125,000. Contact Paul- 505.699.8608. Exceptionally nice, exceptionally original. Lot of history, only two black M1s built. 13,794 miles. 1993/98 Porsche Twin Turbo Racer 2180 lbs. 500hp, cage, twin turbo 3.6-liter Porsche racer. Cost $225k to build for 1998 Daytona 24 Hours. Pictures on website. $79,500. Contact Steve617.838.4648, email: steve@dna-motorsports.com. Website: www.dna-motorsports.com. (CA) This GTC was built Feb 18, 1965 and 1st sold to the Alfa distributor in Agno, Switzerland on Feb 21st, it had 3 owners there before finding its way to the US and finally to Oregon where it received a complete restoration and rebuilding/replacement of all mechanicals and was put back on the road in 1992. The car has covered approximately 30,000km (18,600 miles) since. $59,500. Contact Dennis503.554.9865, email: dgpalfas@gmail.com. 1969 Maserati Mistral Spyder Roll-up windows, brown w/ivory roof and twin hood stripes, tan interior w/factory wood dash and steering wheel, inertial seat belts, Minilites, new tires, and wheel spats. Long list of mechanical work available upon request. Great condition, fun driving machine. Email for more photos and details. $10,995. Contact Burt- email: burt@fitzrich. com. (IL) 1979 Ferrari 308 GTS Red w/new biscuit leather, rebuilt instruments, new floor pans, roll bar, 25,647 mi (probably more) indicated. Very strong mechanicals, successfully kept up with 356s, small Alfas & Lancias in the 2010 Calif Mille. Some spares. Email for more photos and details. $79,000. Contact Burt- email: burt@ fitzrich.com. (IL) 1965 Alfa Romeo GTC Abarth-enhanced engine, cd player and speakers. Just completed engine rebuild. In great condition. Contact Jason- email: jam@bostonminicars.com. Website: www.bostonminicars.com. (MA) 1973 Innocenti Mini Cooper 1000 Blue w/Crème. Show quality restoration. Rare 4-liter version Borrani wires, drives great. $238,500. Contact Steve- 954.522.9900, email: sales@motorcargallery.com. Website: www. motorcargallery.com. 1970 De Tomaso Mangusta Perfect reupholstered interior, recent major service and rebuilt shocks with adjustable ride height. 16” wheels and tires with less than 2k miles. Outstanding driving car with no mechanical needs. Silky smooth engine and transmission. $44,000. Contact Steve- 802.877.2645, email: rpm@rpmvt. com. Website: www.rpmvt.com. 2007 Ferrari F430 Silver w/Black. Leather still smells new. A time capsule example. 14,995 miles. $99,500. Contact Steve- 954.522.9900, email: sales@ motorcargallery.com. Website: www. motorcargallery.com. 136 Silver/Black Interior. 6-spd. Daytona electric seats, hi-fi, shields, carbon fiber rear segment, warranty until 8/11, 6-CD changer, 3M paint protectant, original owner, immaculate condition, all records. 6,200 miles. $152,500. Contact John- 914.502.3018, email: johbalboni@optonline.net. Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery American 1914 Packard 138 Phaeton 1965 Chevrolet Corvette 327/350 convertible Total restoration. Rebuilt drivetrain and suspension, newer paint and interior. Numbers matching. Black convertible. Detailed throughout. $69,000. Contact Michael- 415.626.1135, email: msarcona@ classiccarswest.com. Website: www.classiccarswest. com. (CA) 1965 Ford Mustang convertible Formerly owned by Warner Bros Studio and used in the movie The Wild Bunch. Six-cylinder and one of 12 known survivors (in all body styles). Transmission has three forward speeds and it is the first year that Packard has left hand drive. An AACA Junior and Senior winner (396 out of 400 Points – AACA 1996), was Greenfield Village (The Henry Ford) Grand Champion in 1988 a Bay Harbor Winner (2004) and a Meadow Brook Award Winner. $275,000. Contact American Concours Foundation- 631.899.3800, email: bid123sold@bid123sold.com. (NY) 1935 Ford Woodie Wagon Fully restored, numbers matching, “D” code 289 4 bbl, automatic, PS, PB, factory A/C. Rare 64-1/2 only color. To be offered at Mecums Indy Spring Classic, Thursday, May 19th, Lot #T314, 10:30 p.m. Contact Jeff- email: jnjaaberg2@yahoo.com. (IN) 1966 CAV Ford GT40 Replica Over $150,000 spent on fully documented bodyoff restoration by Woodie specialist. Beautifully cared for since and still in superb condition. Runs and drives beautifully. A fantastic car and an incredible value. Matthew L deGarmo Ltd. $85,000. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@ deGarmoLtd.com. Website: www.deGarmoLtd. com. (CT) Over $200,000 invested. Incredible performance. Well sorted. 550hp 427 Windsor, ZF 5-speed. California title and registration. $85,000. Contact Fantasy- 510.653.7555, email: sales@ fantasyjunction.com. Website: www.fantasyjunction. com. (CA) © 138 Sports Car Market


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Auction Companies Artcurial-Briest-Poulain-Le Fur. 33.1.42992056, 33.1.42991639. 7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France. artcurial@auction.fr www.artcurial.com. (FR) setting Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) H&H Classic Auctions. +44 8458 334455, +44 8458 334433. The Motor House Lyncastle Road Warrington England. WA4 4BSN www.handh. co.uk. (UK) Hollywood Wheels Auctions & Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694, 480.421.6697. For nearly four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service, and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watch unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www. barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Bonhams. +44.207.228.8000, +44.207.585.0830. Montpelier St., Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH. www.bonhams.com. (UK) Bonhams & Butterfields. 415.391.4000, 415.391.4040. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103 www.butterfields.com. (CA) Branson Collector Car Auction. 800.335.3063, 417.336.5616. 1316 W. Hwy. 76, Suite 199, Branson, MO 65616. www.bransonauction.com. (MO) Shows 800-237-8954, Hosting two auctions a year in beautiful Palm Beach FL, March & November. Offering quality collector cars and personalized service, all in a climate controlled, state of the art facility. Come be a part of the excitement! Check us out at www. hollywoodcarauctions.com... Where Collectors Collect! See You On The Block!! RM Auctions, Inc.. 800.211.4371, 519.351.1337. Celebrating 30 years in the collector car industry, RM Auctions and its associated companies are responsible for acquisitions, restorations and sales of the world's rarest and most valuable vintage automobiles, including record-breaking sales in Maranello, Italy and London, UK. RM's restoration division achieved unprecedented accolades in 2006, when the Company earned “Best of Show” honors at the world's top three collector car events in a single year. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) the procurement and sale of the world's finest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www.wwgauctions.com. (IN) Tom Mack Classics. 888.TOM. MACK, PO Box 1766, Indian Trail, NC 28079. Three annual auctions in Charlotte, NC: April, September, and January. Selling Southern muscle, collector, and antique cars with experience and integrity for 24 years. North Carolina auction license 4017. www.tommackclassics.com. (NC) Alfa Romeo Russo and Steele Collector AuLeake Auctions. 800.722.9942, Es- tablished in 1964, Leake Auction Company was one of the first collector car auctions in the country. Unsurpassed customer service has led the company to 40 successful years, selling more than 32,000 vehicles. Leake currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Visit them online at www.leakecar.com or call 800.722.9942. San Antonio – April 8-9, 2011 at Freeman Coliseum. Tulsa – June 10-12, 2011 at QuikTrip Center. Houston – September, 2011. tomobile Auctions. 602.252.2697, 602.252.6260. Specializing in the finest European sports, American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles; Russo and Steele hosts two record breaking ALL RESERVE auctions per year; Monterey, CA every August and Scottsdale, AZ every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Santiago Collector Car Auctions. 405.475.5079, 501 E. Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Rocky: rockydb5@sbcglobal.net. (OK) Centerline Products. 888.750.ALFA, Exclusively Alfa Romeo for over 30 years - rely on our experience to build and maintain your dream Alfa. Restoration, maintenance, and performance parts in stock for Giulietta through 164. Newly developed products introduced regularly. Check our web site for online store, new arrivals, tech tips, and special offers. www.centerlinealfa. com. (CO) Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. 800.890.2532, 510.525.9519. 1221 Fourth Street, Berkley, CA 94710. Large selection of parts from Giulietta to 164. Efficient, personal service. www.alfapartscatalog.com. (CA) American Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485, Mecum Collector Car AuctionCarlisle Collector Car Auctions. 717.243.7855, 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle, PA 17013. Spring and Fall Auctions. High-line cars cross the block. Hundreds of muscle cars, antique, collector, and special-interest cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Real Cars. Real Prices. www.carlisleauctions.com. (PA) eBay Motors. List your car for sale for only $40 and pay $40 more when it sells. Visit the “Services” section on www.ebaymotors.com for more details. eers. 815.568.8888, 815.568.6615. The Mecum Auction Company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for over 23 years, offering an industryleading 5,000 collector cars per year. Watch Mecum Auctions live on Discovery's HD Theater. Consignment, bidder and event information is available online. 950 Greenlee ST, Marengo, IL 60015 www.mecumauction.com. (IL) MotoeXotica Classic Cars & AucGooding & Company. 310.899.1960, 310.899.0930. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, award-winning examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues. Our team of well-qualified experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the official auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August, the record- 140 tions. 866.543.9393, After 24 years of selling classic cars, MotoeXotica has branched out with classic & exotic car auctions. MotoeXotica currently has auctions in St. Louis, Missouri, Springfield, Missouri, and Phoenix, Arizona. Combining some of the industry's lowest entry fees and commissions MotoeXotica is poised to keep expanding while maintaining superior customer service. Contact MotoeXotica today at 866-543-9393 or online at www.motoexotica.com. Worth the trip! Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290, 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262 www. classic-carauction.com. (CA) Silver Auctions isn't successful because we auction the most expensive cars, we're successful because we auction the cars that you love. Silver Auction's staff, bidders and consignor are everyday people with a passion for Nostalgic and Collector cars. Come see the difference at Silver Auctions. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@ silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Shelby American Automotobile Club. 859.368.0222. PO Box 13271, Lexington, KY 40583. 4,000 members worldwide, active regions in most population centers. Dedicated to the preservation, history and enjoyment of Cobras and Shelby Mustangs. Annual national convention; quarterly on-line publication; printed annual; active website and forum; hardcover registries listing every car. Email us at saac@ saac.com. Web: www.saac.com. (CT) Appraisals Specialty Auto Auctions and Sales. 800.901.0022, Established by Bruce and Helen Douglas in 1987. Based in Colorado and doing auctions in Colorado, Nevada and South Dakota. This year we will join forces with Hot August Nights and B & T Custom Rods for two sales in Nevada. We will also be working with Automania for sales in South Dakota. For personalized service contact us. www.saaasinc.com. (CO) Auto Appraisal Group. 800.848.2886, Offices located nationwide. Pre-purchase inspection service, insurance matters, charitable donations, resale vales, estates, expert witness testimony. On-site inspection. Certified, confidential, prompt, professional. “Not just one man's opinion of value.” See web site for locations and service descriptions. www.autoappraisal.com. 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 Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, Gooding & Company's experts are well-qualified to individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. Whether it is the creation of a Sports Car Market


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foundation, living trust or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to assist you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) Brighton Motorsports. International Auto Appraisers Re- source. Use IAAA Appraisers' to perform insurance and legal appraisals and pre-purchase inspections; It is IAAA the largest association that certifies auto appraisers, who follow ethics, participate in ongoing training for IAAA/ Uniform Standards for Automotive Appraisal Procedures™. Certifications include Master Automotive Appraiser™ and Automotive Arbitration/Mediation Umpire™. The apprentice program was used by Mitchell International and other qualified applicants from the automotive industry. Locate IAAA members and get association info. www.autoappraisersassociation.com. 480.483.4682, Brighton Motorsports, Scottsdale, Arizona, is a unique dealership specializing in Vintage European and American Collector Cars with their Sales/Showroom and Mechanical Repair facility in the heart of Scottsdale's legendary auction arena. They also have a state-of-the-art paint & body shop specially equipped to do all levels of repair and restoration just down the road, creating a one stop shop for the avid car enthusiast. www.brightonmotorsports.com. (AZ) Woodies USA. 949.412.8812, We buy and sell great woodies - hundreds to date. If you are buying or selling give us a call. We can help. Woodies are fun! Every car collection should have at least one. Located in Laguna Niguel, California (new location). www.woodiesusa.com. (CA) Classic Car Transport Motor Auto Express, Inc. 360.661.1734, Enclosed Transport. MAX cares for what you care for. We offer Personal, Private, Professional services with liftgate loading for your vehicles. Please contact Randy McKinley, Owner. maxiet@gmail.com. (WA) Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. 800.922.4050, is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com. (MI) West Coast Auto Appraisals. 310.827.8400, Pre purchase, diminished value, total loss settlements, expert witness. Let us be your eyes and ears, friendly and very knowledgeable car experts, muscle cars, street rods, Europeans, full classics, modern day and more. Servicing all of California, nationwide for larger car collections. Member of IAAA and AMA. Check out our website for a full list of services. www.thecarappraiser.com. (CA) Automobilia Steve Austin's Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434, European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, 760.758.0600. sales 760.758.6100.Fullservice restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase. com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173, We Passport Transport. 800.325.4267, Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a classic, a 60's muscle car, or a modern exotic you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles and it shows. www.PassportTransport. com. Collector Car Insurance understand the passion and needs of the classic car owner; agreed value, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and paying by credit card. We provide classic car insurance at rates people can afford! Instant quotes at www.heacockclassic.com. (FL) J.C. Taylor Insurance. indiGO Classic Cars. Vintage Auto Posters, Since 1980, Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast inventory runs from the late 1890's through the 1960's; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters. com. Buy/Sell/General Paul Russell and Company. 2shores International. 920-945- 0450, International marketing services for collector cars. New Showroom in the US! Take advantage of our experience in the global collector market. Based in Wisconsin, working worldwide. Connecting buyers and sellers of collectible automobiles in a global marketplace since 1990. We put our market knowledge to work for you. Call Jurgen today! www.2-shores-classics. com. (WI) 142 978.768.6092, www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the Preservation and Sales of European Classics, pre-war through the 1970s, since 1978. You can rely on our decades of experience with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine collectibles. Repeat customers are the lifeblood of our business. Contact us today to join them. Car Sales Manager, Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell.com. (MA) 888.588.7634, was founded in 2006 by collectors to serve collectors. indiGO Classic Cars has a passion and a focus for vintage cars from the late 1930's to the early 1970's. With access to large lines of credit, indiGO purchases individual cars as well as entire collections. indiGO Classic Cars consults with, consigns for and represents the interest of sellers who need assistance in the building, or disposition, of their (or their family members') collections. indiGO offers shipping worldwide. indiGO Classic Cars is an indiGO Auto Group dealership. www.indigoclassiccars.com. (TX) Chubb Collector Car Insurance. 1 (866) CAR-9648, The Chubb Collector Car Insurance program provides flexibility by allowing you to choose the agreed value and restoration shop. Broad coverage includes no mileage restrictions and special pricing for large schedules. For more information contact us at 1(866)CAR-9648 or www. chubbcollectorcar.com. 800.345.8290, Antique, classic, muscle or modified - J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. Motor Sport Personal Accident Coverage. 441.297.9439, 441.296.2543. Email, mcooke@evolution.bm. Limits up to $1,000,000 including accident medical and helicopter evacuation. Comp Capital Ltd. can obtain coverage at competive rates including drivers over the age of 65. Either 12 month policy covering a whole season and or for specific events. Please contact Mark Cooke and or Kevin Way. 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) English AC Owner's Club Limited. 503.643.3225, 503.646.4009. US Registrar: Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. The world's largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership not required. Monthly magazine. (OR) Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959, 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Sports Car Market


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Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) exotic brands. Lamborghini Houston is Houston's only factory authorized Lamborghini dealership. Nationwide Shipping. Lamborghini Houston is an indiGO Auto Group dealership. www. lamborghinihouston.com. (TX) Randy Simon. 310.274.7440, ^ AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC.. 631.425.1555, All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servcing-complete mechanical restorations/ rebuilds - Cosmetic repair/paintwork to complete frame off restoration - Large inventory of parts. All services as well as our current unventory of automobiles for sale can be seen at www.autosportdesigns.com. (NY) 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) race a sports cars, specialzed in classic Ferrari of the 50s & 60s. www.ferrari4you.com Motoring Investments. 619.238.1977, Award winning restorations, brokerage, sales & locating. Vintage German, Italian & British Mercedes specialist - SL, Pagoda & other models “Our website is a virtual buyer's guide for the 280SL.” www.motoringinvestments.com. Literature Via Corsa Car Lover's GuidePorsche of North Houston. RPM Classic Sports Cars. Doc's Jags. 480.951.0777, 480.951.3339. Restoration Center 623.869.8777. 23047 N. 15 Lane, Phoenix, AZ. 85027. The world's BIGGEST and BEST Jaguar Web site. #1 in Jaguars WORLDWIDE. Largest inventory of all models. Ask for “DOC.” Email doc@docsjags.com www.docsjags. com. (AZ) 802.877.2645, With over 25 years of experience in Classic Italian Sports cars, we know how to make your car perform as new. Please visit our website showing numerous cars for sale and a frequently updated BLOG to see what is going on in our busy shop including video links of engines being run on a test stand and on a chassis dynamometer. Our two car enclosed transporter makes getting your car to our shop within the northeast a breeze. www. rpmvt.com. Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337, 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair, and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems, and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations.net. (CA) Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini FerrariChat.com. The largest on- line Ferrari community in the world with over 80,000 registered users. 3,000 new posts a day from Ferrari owners, historians, and enthusiasts along with 5 Million in our archives. Over 1,000 ads in our Classifieds www.ferrarichat.com. 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. www.baldheadcabinets.com. (CA) German 888.588.7634, creates experiential Porsche ownership for its clients and visitors. Sales and service team members are inspired to prioritize everything Porsche. Porsche of North Houston maintains a huge selection of new and pre-owned Porsches as well as other previously owned designdriven, performance and luxury motorcars with low miles. Nationwide Shipping. Porsche of North Houston is an indiGO Auto Group dealership. www.porscheofnorthhouston.com. (TX) Import/Export books. “Travel the world with guidebooks written for car enthusiasts! We cover car museums, factory tours, race tracks, auctions, and major events. Exclusive interviews with Alice Cooper, Hans-Joachim Stuck, Derek Bell, Mario Andretti, and more! Our guidebooks are available at motorbooks.com and amazon.com. Museums LeMay— America's Car Museum, set for a fall 2011 opening in Tacoma, WA., explores how the automobile has fulfilled a distinctive role at the core of the American experience and shaped our society. The spacious Museum with rotating exhibits is designed to be the centerpiece for automotive history as well as an educational center and library. The campus also contains a 3.5acre show field, theatre, café, banquet hall and meeting facilities. To become an ACM member, volunteer or make a donation, visit www.lemaymuseum. org. (WA) Parts and Accessories Cosdel International Transporta- tion. 415.777.2000, 415.543.5112. Since 1960 Cosdel International Transportation has been handling international shipments by air, ocean and truck. Honest service, competitive pricing and product expertise have made Cosdel the natural shipping choice for the world's best-known collectors, dealers, and auction houses. If you are moving a car, racing or rallying, or attending a concours event overseas, we are the comprehensive, worldwide resource for all of your international shipping needs. We are your automobile Export Import Experts. www.cosdel.com. (CA) Inspections Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, 760.758.0600. sales 760.758.6100. Fullservice restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase. com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Lamborghini Houston. 888.588.7634, provides customers with the most unique mix of exotic inventory in the United States. The importance of guest experience starts with Lamborghini Houston's web presence and is executed by a professional sales team of hand-picked and extremely knowledgeable automobile aficionados. Lamborghini Houston not only services Lamborghini models but also has comprehensive experience and diagnostic equipment to service Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin, Bentley and other 144 AutoBahn Power. 877.683.3001, Performance + Looks + Durability + Comfort = Autobahn Power! We are a veteran of vehicle modifications, parts and accessories. Our specialty has been to carry products that are better than original equipment in performance, safety and quality. Our warehouse, service shop and retail store are located in the Midwest for good access to all parts of the USA. We have completed literally hundreds of project cars. These performance vehicles are in enthusiast's hands across the USA. Many of the cars are in daily use proving the durability of our workmanship and products. Check us out at www.autobahnpower. com. Automobile Inspections LLC. 860.456.4048, “When you need the job done right.” The nation's premier provider of pre-purchase inspections on classic, exotic and specialty cars of any year, anywhere in the USA or Canada. Fast 72-hour turnaround! Hartford, CT. www.automobileinspections.com. (CT) Italian Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1-866-MB-CLASSIC, The center of competence for classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts – for vintage car sales, meticulous restorations by manufacturertrained technicians and the widest selection of Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts, we are the source. www. mbclassiccenter.com. (CA) Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300, with more than 30 years and world in the industry and world wide clientele is dealing in European MMRsite.com. 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Carl Bomstead eWatch Holy Comic Book Values, Batman! Barney Oldfield on a bike, vintage polish on display and hood ornaments Thought Carl's In May of 1939 Robert Irwin, then 13 years of age, bought for a dime a copy of Detective Comics No. 27, which featured the debut of Batman. It was the only comic book he kept from his youth. After it sold at a recent Heritage Auction in Dallas for $492,937, he remarked that he wished he had more. You think? Actually that was no big deal, as early last year they sold a better example of the same comic for $1,075,500. And we think $2,585 for the porcelain sign below is goofy? Here are some items Mr. Irwin won't care about but we can all afford: 25. SOLD AT: $356. Date Sold: 3/29/2011. This was from Orange County, CA, and while the seller stated it was a radiator badge, it sure looked like it belonged on a radiator cap. It was not very ornate, but Orange County is a hotbed of car collecting, so this will be very cool on someone's early car. First one we have seen, so we can't criticize the price paid. all the money—considering the restoration work required. EBAY# 170617359558— EBAY #300536483184— 1890S PHOTOGRAPH OF BARNEY OLDFIELD IN BICYCLE RACE. Number of Bids: 16. SOLD AT: $337.99. Date: 3/20/2011. Barney Oldfield was one of, if not the best, early automotive race drivers, but before the advent of the automobile he raced bicycles in Ohio. This 5 inch by 7 ½ inch vintage photograph of Oldfield riding his Tribune bicycle is rare as heck and attracted a lot of attention. It sold for a bunch, but then again go find another. 1920S OVERLAND TRIPLEX SPRINGS CARDBOARD POSTER. Number of Bids: 3. SOLD AT: $415.57. Date: 3/27/2011. The cardboard poster measured 16 inches by 34 inches and featured an early car on some very rough terrain. The slogan— ”Cushion the Cobbles”—does not mean much today, but back when many roads where made of cobblestones, it was appropriate. The poster appeared to be in very nice condition and the graphics were striking. Cool piece at a fair price. MATTHEWS PEOTONE AUTO CLUB OF ORANGE COUNTY EBAY# 380325825268— HOOD ORNAMENT. Number of Bids: PETROLIANNA AUCTION, LOT 115—MOBO AUTO BODY POLISH CARDBOARD DISPLAY. Number of Bids: unknown. SOLD AT: $2,680. Date: 3/4/2011. This cardboard counter display was about 40 inches tall with wonderful early automotive graphics. There was some water damage on the lower left and it had been bent in half at some point. As such, some professional repair is in order. A large and impressive early piece that sold for was from a coach line that operated in New Brunswick or Nova Scotia sometime in the early 1930s. It was in decent condition, except for some serious damage by the mounting holes and along one edge. The bus was lacking a bit of detail, but this is still an unusual and desirable sign. Bus signs go for serious money, although some bozo asked if the seller would let this one go for $175 and he would step up and pay the shipping. Let's see, that would be NO. EBAY #150582749849— EBAY# 180640399398— COLONIAL COACH LINES AGENCEY PORCELAIN SIGN. Number of Bids: 26. SOLD AT: $2,585. Date: 3/21/2011. This 26 inch bus sign SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $58 for 12 monthly issues in the US, $78 Canada/Mexico, Europe $88, Asia/Africa/Middle East $98. Subscriptions are payable in advance in US currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 24-hours 800.289.2819, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 146 PIERCE-ARROW “TIREUR d'ARC” HOOD ORNAMENT. Number of Bids: 1. SOLD AT: $1,050. Date: 4/1/2011. PierceArrow used the archer hood ornament in a variety of different forms between 1928 and 1937. This version was used between 1931 and 1932, as it bolted to the radiator cap. The 1933 version was cast in one piece with the cap. The seller stated a relative worked at the Ternstedt Manufacturing Company, where this was made, and he displayed it on a shelf. He said he had done the same and thus the outstanding condition. Not a bargain, but a quality piece at a reasonable price. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market