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Sports CarMarket 33 Years in ERIKSSON'S ENZO SAGA COMES TO AN END 225 CARS RATED Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends a Shed —Now $270k McQueen's $70k Shades Alfa TZ-1 Just $380k March 2007


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Sports CarMarket Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends 36 50 March 2007 .Volume 19. Number 3 330 GTC—The excitement is under the hood 56 TZ-1—Questions answered '54 Corvette breaks the bank IN-DEPTH PROFILES What You Need To Know 36 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC A Ferrari that's like kissing your sister. Steve Ahlgrim 40 1954 Morgan Plus 4 Drophead Coupe The roadster's stuffy relative. By Norm Mort 44 1953 Fiat 8V Ghia Supersonic A Fiat with Ferrari style. Donald Osborne 46 1959 Borgward Isabella TS Coupe German orphan with a pedigree. Donald Osborne 50 1954 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster Lowest mileage Corvette exhumed. Mike Yager 56 1965 Alfa Romeo TZ-1 Out of the shadows. Thor Thorson Cover photograph: The Worldwide Group GLOBAL AUCTION COVERAGE 225 Cars Examined and Rated at Six Sales 60 RM Auctions, Addison, IL 100% sell-through from the $5.4m Cappy Collection. Daniel Grunwald 72 Cox Auctions, Branson, MO Cox continues its winning ways with this $3.2m sale. Dave Kinney 84 Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles, CA Bidders pay out $1.3m for Steve McQueen's legacy. Carl Bomstead 90 McCormick Auctions, Palm Springs, CA Keith and crew turn out another solid $4.7m result. Carl Bomstead 100 The Worldwide Group, Hilton Head, SC Rare Alfa leads the way at this $3.3m southern event. Joe Severns 110 eBay Motors Kit cars—all you need is some Krazy Glue and a Sawzall Geoff Archer


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54 38 Muscling to the top of the hobby COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears Keith Martin 28 Affordable Classic Mercedes 450SL “Panzerwagen” Rob Sass 30 Legal Files Closing the 199-mph Enzo crash case John Draneas 38 Sheehan Speaks The miracle of depreciation Michael Sheehan 42 English Patient Maintenance tips you need to know Gary Anderson 48 Porsche Gespräch Buying the best late-model Speedster Jim Schrager 54 Domestic Affairs Why the sky isn't falling Colin Comer 114 Motobilia Rare Chicago badge surprises Carl Bomstead 116 Bike Buys Tiny Cyclemaster draws big stares Paul Duchene 130 eWatch Hefty reserves hamper Vaucher sale Carl Bomstead New! Would you rather have Ferrari or Toyota memories? FEATURES 32 Dave Burroughs:What's a Survivor? 34 Queen of Cool: Barbara McQueen Brunsvold DEPARTMENTS 12 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 14 The Inside Line 16 You Write, We Read 18 Display Advertisers Index 22 Neat Stuff 24 Wagon Ho! Who's our nextWard Bond? 26 Our Cars: 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage, 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 C, 2001 Ford Ranger Edge 29 20 Year Picture 88 Museum Spotlight: Sarasota Classic Car Museum 99 Glovebox Notes: 2006 BMW M Coupe, 2006 Porsche Cayman S 107 Alfa Bits 111 FreshMeat: 2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 sedan, 2007 Porsche Cayman, 2007 Lexus IS250 112 Market Indicators: $20m sales, RM Auctions, TR6 118 Mystery Photo 119 Comments with Your Renewal 120 Showcase Gallery 124 Resource Directory Talk about shag-o-licious, baby! As an example of my world-class taste, I was the underbidder on this fabulous slice of the disco era.—Dave Kinney's report on the Cox Branson sale begins on p. 72.


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin Last Dance at Cobo Hall To halt the slide into irrelevance of their auto show presentations, manufacturers need to offer perspectives that cannot be duplicated on the web unless they are prepared to keep a product truly under wraps, with no “exclusive” previews to web sites or magazines, everything they are unveiling is already old news to the assembled journalists. What the manufacturers can offer of value in a live presentation are insights into what the product means to their companies, how it represents a step forward, and what it offers to the consumer. WE'RE NOT THAT STUPID And stop with the contrived skits. In a previous life, as the artistic director of Keith Martin Ballet Oregon, I created and produced over 600 in-school shows for the acclaimed Young Audiences organization. They were designed to introduce elementary school children to the magic that a live dance performance can offer. We learned early on that children are skilled B.S. detectors, as they Just unveiled, already old news W riting this, I am on the plane home to Portland after four days at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) held at Detroit's Cobo Hall. To paraphrase the '60s rock group, The Byrds, “To everything there is a season.” And I believe the season for these shows, as currently configured, has passed. Just as eBay has made most coin and stamp shows irrelevant, the Internet is forcing thoughtful auto manufacturers to redefine why they put on these huge, expensive, and increasingly pointless extravaganzas. Every car and truck that made its physical debut in Detroit had its cyber introduction days, weeks, or in some cases even months earlier. Case in point: The “new” 600-hp Viper is already on the cover of Motor Trend. No wonder it was met with a yawn rather than boisterous applause when Chrysler rolled it onto the stage. Automotive swap meets and land auctions are facing the same chal- lenges. Why should someone travel thousands of miles to attend an event when a similar product, or product information, might be available on the screen in his or her home office? IT'S THE COMMUNITY That's not to say that auto shows don't have a reason to exist. First of all, any physical gathering of an affinity group, whether it's the Kansas City Reptile Appreciation Society or the Greater Akron Barbed Wire Collectors, offers an opportunity for face time with those with similar interests. As at land-based car auctions, at auto shows we always make new friendships and renew old ones. We gain insights about the market from those in the trade. At the same time, attendees get to examine the merchandise being offered in the metal. There is simply no substitute for looking a car over, from stem to stern. WHERE'S THE BEEF After watching a succession of new car presentations, which ranged in effectiveness from simple and informative to fantastically complicated and dumb, I believe the road to relevance and away from obsolescence is clear. First of all, the new car manufacturers should acknowledge that, 10 haven't yet been trained in the art of “polite applause.” When we treated them like they were smart and clever, we were able to engage them. When we tried to act like smart adults talking to dumb kids, we failed. Many of the most elaborate presentations at the NAIAS seemed to assume that the assembled group of professional journalists, perhaps the most sophisticated, experienced group of automotive analysts in the world, had IQs far below room temperature. Rather than trot out has-been stars from unrelated fields (Can some- one explain to me what ex-NFL player Emmitt Smith has to do with the Mercedes Concept Ocean View convertible he hopped out of, along with Cheryl Burke, his co-star from “Dancing With the Stars”? And they didn't even perform.), why not have stylists or engineers share insider's perspectives on what they were striving for when they created a concept car. What was their inspiration? What future vision does the car represent? What parts of the car are most likely to be seen in future models, and what presented the largest challenge? SMART AND SIMPLE For example, the conference held by Porsche to announce its new (really just visually warmed-over) Cayenne was to the point. Sales of the SUV were initially projected to be 60,000 in all; final units delivered were over 150,000. Overall, the success of the Cayenne demonstrated just how much Porsche management had underestimated the power of its own brand. General Motor's unveiling of the hybrid “Volt” concept car was de- void of hype and long on data, although missing was one critical point - when the lithium-ion batteries crucial to the car's production could go into production. The presentation of the Rolls-Royce Phantom drophead coupe was similarly full of insightful information. The choice is clear for auto manufacturers. If they want to halt the slide into irrelevance of their auto show presentations, they need to offer information and perspectives at their events that cannot be duplicated on the web. It may mean abandoning the high-priced marketing and advertising techniques they have used in the past, and the familiar but increasingly unsatisfying unveilings that are long on theatrics but short on meaning. To accept the challenge of retaining their significance in the 21st century, they need to move quickly and boldly to redefine what their live presentations can offer. Otherwise, auto shows will surely become costly anachronisms and take their place in history alongside Barnum & Bailey's traveling circus.u Sports Car Market John M. Vincent


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Crossing the Block Jim Pickering H&H Classic Auctions— The Cheltenham Racecourse Where: Cheltenham, U.K. When: March 1 More: www.classic-auctions.com Motor cars, motorcycles, and automobilia will be the focus for H&H at the Cheltenham Racecourse. Headlining the sale will be a 1929 Alfa Romeo 1750 Super Sport that has been in the same ownership for the past 40 years. It won the 1929 Irish Grand Prix Eireann Cup at Phoenix Park with former Russian Imperial Guard officer Borris Ivanowski at the wheel, and is reportedly on the button. Also look for a 1936 MG PB Supercharged with period Brooklands and Goodwood history. RM Auctions— Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 10 More: www.rmauctions.com Last Year: 102 cars sold / $22m The Ritz Carlton will again serve as backdrop for RM at its Vintage Motor Car sale held in conjunction with the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. Among the high-quality cars planned to cross the block are a 1971 Porsche 917 spyder that ran 13 races in period, including Le Mans and the Nurburgring 1,000 km. A 1932 Packard Twin Six Sport phaeton will also be for sale, one of only two still in existence. Shannons—2007 Melbourne International Motorshow Auction Where: Melbourne, AUS When: March 12 More: www.shannons.com.au To be held alongside the International Motorshow at the Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Center, Shannons is looking to grow from the 96 lots sold at the venue in '06. Expect to see a one-off Mercedes-Benz cabriolet built circa 1948 with original factory drawings and photos, as well as a 1930 Invicta S-type 4 1/2 Low Chassis. Classic Carriages— First Annual Classic Car Auction Where: Glendale, AZ When: March 14-18 More: www.classiccarriages.com 12 Last Year: 563 cars sold / $33.9m Taking place over five days, Barrett-Jackson's Fifth Annual West Palm Beach event will feature over 500 collector and special interest automobiles all offered at no reserve. Daily automobilia auctions will also take place. This event is generally more relaxed than its Scottsdale relative, but with something for everyone, totals topping last year's $34m shouldn't be surprising. One-off Mercedes-Benz cabriolet will highlight the Shannons sale The new Cardinal Stadium at the University of Phoenix will host this first-time event, and veteran auctioneer Brent Earlywine will wield the gavel as he and his team auction off over 700 collector classics, customs, hot rods, muscle cars, exotics, and antiques. Kruse—Fredericksburg Spring 2007 Where: Fredericksburg, TX When: March 16-17 More: www.kruse.com Last Year: 65 cars sold / $1.3m Expect to see a variety of American classics, muscle, and hot rods alongside a number of Europeans as they cross the auction block at the FBG Event Center at this semi-annual Kruse event held in conjunction with the 65th Hill Country Classic. Brightwells—Classic Cars and Bikes Where: Herefordshire, U.K. When: March 21 More: www.brightwells.com Brightwells will offer vintage, classic, and specialist cars and motorcycles at Easters Court in Leominster, U.K. On hand will be a 1928 Austin 12/4 Mulliner coupe in the same ownership for the past 40 years, a rare Facelbodied Ford Comete, a 1965 Porsche 911 Competition car, and an original, running Unic Van thought to date from 1915. Bonhams—Race Retro International Historic Motor Show Where: Warwickshire, U.K. When: March 24 More: www.bonhams.com Bonhams returns to Stoneleigh Park to host its sale alongside the Race Retro International Historic Motor Show. This pre-automotive season event tends to generate a lot of interest among racers, with all types of automotive and motorcycle racing represented under one roof. Among the consignments on offer will be a 1964 Brabham BT11A with welldocumented race provenance and a 2.7-liter FPF Coventry Climax engine. Barrett-Jackson—5th Annual Collector Car Auction Where:West Palm Beach, FL When: March 28–April 1 More: www.barrett-jackson.com Silver—Spring Portland Where: Portland, OR When: March 31 More: www.silverauctions.com Last Year: 49 cars sold / $510k Silver's early spring auction held in Portland's spacious Expo Center is one of the company's most noted events in the Pacific Northwest, and a good selection of driver-quality Americans and Europeans can be expected, including a restored 1955 Ford Thunderbird that has covered only 300 miles in the last five years.u Auction Calendar All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm dates and locations before attending any event. Email auction info to: jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com. 10—RM February 5-6—BARONS Surrey, UK 9-11—RM Fort Lauderdale, FL 10-11—SILVER Puyallup, WA 12—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 16-17—CHRISTIE'S Paris, FR 17-18—KRUSE Naples, FL 19—ARTCURIAL Paris, FR 22-25—G. POTTER KING Atlantic City, NJ 23-24—LEAKE Oklahoma City, OK 24-25—MCCORMICK Palm Springs, CA March 1—H&H Cheltenham, UK Amelia Island, FL 12—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 14-18—CLASSIC CARRIAGES Glendale, AZ 16-17—KRUSE Fredericksburg, TX 17-18—ICA Gilbert, AZ 17-18—KRUSE Ridgefield, WA 19-20—BARONS Surrey, UK 21—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, UK 24—BONHAMS Warwickshire, UK 25—POTTS Dalton, GA 28-APR 1—BARRETT-JACKSON Palm Beach, FL 31—SILVER Portland, OR Sports Car Market


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Inside Line Stefan Lombard SCM NEWS n Join Editor Martin and members of the SCM staff at Amelia Island. SCM will have a booth at the RM pre-auction gala and auction, and on the concours field. Martin will be conducting book signing sessions for Keith Martin on Car Collecting at the concours at noon. (FL) n We are now accepting nominations for our “Top 50 Collectors Outside North America” list. Please email your suggestions, including the collector's name, his/her industry, and the focus of his/her collection to Rob Sass, rob.sass@ sportscarmarket.com, fax 503.253.2234. Nominations close March 15, 2007. (OR) EVENTS n The Geneva Motor Show prides itself on embracing and representing global automobile production, and over the years, the event has been the site of many important introductions in the automotive world. In keeping with that theme, at this year's 77th edition, which runs from March 8 to 18, attendees will get an introduction to the BS6, the first European model from Chinese automaker Brilliance. Ticket are $11 for adults, $6.50 for kids and seniors. www.salon- auto.ch. (CH) n Alfa Romeo will serve as title sponsor for the 101-year-old Event Calendar 1-4—Edmonton Motorshow (CAN) www.emdacars.com/motorshow 1-4—Gothenburg Motorshow (SWE) www.motorshow.se 2-12—Melbourne Motor Show (AUS) www.motorshow.com.au Puttin' on the Ritz at Amelia Island Coppa Milano San Remo Rally, which runs from March 9 to 11. Considered to be “Milan's own rally,” the 250-mile route will take participants via Rapallo, Genoa, and along the Riviera dei Fiori to San Remo, where the cars will finish and be displayed in the center of town at the Piazza Colombo. All-inclusive entry ranges from $3,400 to $4,000, depending upon accommodations, with $650 to $1,300 discounts for Brass Era, pre-war, one-off, and other cars of particular interest. www.milano-sanremo.it. (IT) n The twelfth annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance will take place on March 11. The event has grown to be one of the most prestigious in America, and this year it celebrates the men and the machines of the Mille Miglia, Targa Florio, Carrera Panamericana, and the Isle of Man TT. Stirling Moss, John Surtees, John Fitch, Brian Redman, and Vic Elford will be on hand, and five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell will serve as Honorary Chairman. Advance tickets are $40, $20 for students, and kids under twelve get in free. www.ameliaconcours.org. (FL) n America's oldest endurance race returns for the 55th time when the 12 Hours of Sebring gets underway the morning of March 17. Racers from the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), as well as entries from around the world, will duke it out all day on the rough airfield tarmac in four racing classes. The race is the kick-off event on the ALMS schedule. Ticket prices start at $70. www.sebringrace- way.com. (FL) n Seven-time World Champ Michael Schumacher may have retired at the end of 2006, but when the 2007 Formula 1 season kicks off March 18 in Australia, it won't lack for the drama and storylines appropriate for a 57th season of “the pinnacle of motorsport.” A great off-season shuffling of drivers and teams means that this year's championship is anybody's guess. Inclusive travel packages start at about $2,000. Coppa Milano San Remo www.formula1.com. (AUS) n Don't miss the Antique Automobile Club of America's 2007 Spring Tour in historic Savannah, Georgia. The weeklong event from March 23 to 29 will tour private plantations and feature gourmet dining. Hosted by the AACA Coastal Georgia Region, it is limited to 100 participants in cars built before 1943, and is not open to the general public. www.aaca.org. (GA)u 5-11—Salon de l'Auto de Quebec (CAN) www.salondelautodequebec.com 8-18—Geneva Motor Show (CH) www.salon-auto.ch 9-11—Coppa Milano San Remo (IT) www.milano-sanremo.it 9-11—Performance World Car Show (CAN) www.performanceworldcarshow.com 9-11—VARA Route 66 Formula Fest (CA) www.vararacing.com 10-11—HSRW Spring Historic Races (CA) www.hsr-westracing.com 11—Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance (FL) www.ameliaconcours.org 17—12 Hours of Sebring (FL) www.sebringraceway.com 18—Formula 1 Grand Prix of Australia (AUS) www.formula1.com 14-18—Dallas Auto Show (TX) www.dallasautoshow.com 23-29—AACA Spring Tour (GA) www.aaca.org 24—17th British Car Day, New Orleans (LA) www.bmcno.org 30-Apr 8—Vancouver International Auto Show (CAN) www.bcautoshow.com 31-Apr 1—VARA High Desert Challenge (CA www.vararacing.com 14 Sports Car Market APRIL MARCH


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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com A SILVER LINING I would like to clear up the ownership succession of 1908 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost chassis number 756 and the Speed Six Bentley from a “Seat Time” segment in the January issue (“English Profile,” p. 50). Mr. Andreadis was correct that the restoration of 756 was completed in the ownership of Bill Lake. Further, he was correct that it was swapped for a Le Mans Team Bentley Speed Six; however, the owner was incorrectly stated as Bill Lassiter. The owner of GF8507 (chassis number HM2868), which came second at Le Mans in 1930, was James “Jim” Stickley of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Jim's appreciation and understanding of his cars goes deeper than the typical car guy. He is the ultimate custodian; he improves a car, enjoys it, and then may pass it on to someone he genuinely believes will be an appreciative owner. Here is how the transaction happened: In the winter of 1984 the Speed Six Bentley was in Jim's garage with a bitter cold wind howling outside. The cold was so intense there was frost on the wall behind photographs in the garage. Jim looked at the car and said, “It was a caged champion. It deserves to be repatriated to England, where it could be seen and appreciated.” Jim traded the Bentley to Bill Lake for the 1908 Silver Ghost. I am sure that Jim knew he would be better off financially to keep the Bentley (it sold at Christie's Le Mans in 2004 for $5,109,665, SCM# 34915); however, that was not his top priority. I was fortunate to drive 756 at the 1985 RROC National Meet in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. As we rolled through the Amish countryside, Jim said, “You may use the sprinting gear.” I did and the car sprinted. This Ghost is one of the very early chassis that were fitted with a four-speed transmission, with third gear direct drive and fourth gear overdrive. With its lightweight body and powerful engine, we had an exhilarating experience. Henry Royce was once quoted as saying, “I like my cars with a bit of fizz.” 16 Sports CarMarket Editor & Publisher KEITH MARTIN V.P. Operations DAVID SLAMA V.P. Business Development/ General Counsel ROB SASS Art Director KIRSTEN ONODAY Senior Editor PAUL DUCHENE Managing Editor STEFAN LOMBARD Auction Editor JIM PICKERING Copy Editor BILL NEILL Senior Auction Analysts DAVE KINNEY RICHARD HUDSON-EVANS (Europe) B. MITCHELL CARLSON Auction Analysts DANIEL GRUNWALD JOHN CLUCAS (Australia) NORM MORT (Canada) JOE SEVERNS Every sold car was fully valued and then some. J168's sale for $2.64m more than met that criteria, but stating it is worth only $400k is incorrect, andcomparing it to rebodies at other venues is simply not relevant Later, Jim traded 756 to Rick Carroll for a 1914 Silver Ghost, 66RB, in which he and Mariann have toured for many years. Jim says, “I have had a great collection sequentially.” He has owned seven Bugattis, eleven W. O. Bentleys, a Talbot-Lago, a few Allards, and numerous RollsRoyces. If you have a car with Jim Stickley in the pedigree, you can be assured that it was loved, enjoyed, and improved for the next owner.—Roger Morrison, Salina, KS A DUESIE OF A SALE I just read the January 2007 issue of SCM and Carl Bomstead's coverage of Gooding's auction of the Otis Chandler Collection (p. 70). In the introduction he mentions that a sale of this significance and importance had not occurred since the Rick Carroll or Harrah's events of years past. Not completely true. The sale of the Ed Weaver Collection in 1995, which featured 25 Duesenbergs, the James Leake sale of 1987, and the Sam Vaughnn Collection of 1990 all had more significant cars and brought more money than the Rick Carroll Collection. The Chandler Duesenberg— lot 59—that brought $2.64m baffles me. This car is not only a rebody, but it's also a bitsa. (This car sold in 1974 at the Sotheby's Roy HofHeinz Collection sale for $66,000, and now has different fenders, rims, headlights, bumpers, etc.) This guy just paid $2.6m for a $450,000 rebodied bitsa Duesenberg. The music is soon going to stop, and he'll be holding the car. There are rebodied Duesenbergs at Auburn every year for $280k–$550k, so please pass this on to him.—Eric Balazs, Toledo, OH Carl Bomstead responds: Thank you for taking the time to write us. In my intro I stated that the “significance and importance has not occurred since perhaps Contributing Editors STEVE AHLGRIM (Ferraris) GARY ANDERSON (English) CARL BOMSTEAD (Automobila) COLIN COMER (Muscle Cars) JOHN DRANEAS (Legal) DONALD OSBORNE (Etceterini) JIM SCHRAGER (Gernan) MICHAEL SHEEHAN (Ferraris) THOR THORSON (Race Cars) Contributors JOHN APEN MILES COLLIER KATHYDONOHUE RAYMOND MILO STEVE SERIO MARTIN EMMISON (U.K.) Information Technology BRYAN WOLFE Financial Manager NIKKI NALUM Strategic Planner BILL WOODARD Executive Producer, SCM Television ROGER WILLIAMS Editorial Intern JENNIFER DAVIS ADVERTISING Advertising Sales GARY GOODRICH 877.219.2605 ext. 213 gary.goodrich@sportscarmarket.com CINDY MEITLE 877.219.2605, ext. 262 cmeitle@sportscarmarket.com ED PRISCO 877.219.2605, ext. 212 ed.prisco@sportscarmarket.com Sales and Marketing Coordinator VALARIE HUSTON 877.219.2605, ext. 211 valarie.huston@sportscarmarket.com SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions Coordinator CATHY GRIFFIS 877.219.2605 ext. 204 cathy.griffis@sportscarmarket.com New 800.289.2819 Current 877.219.2605, ext. 204 service@sportscarmarket.com fax 503.253.2234 www.sportscarmarket.com CORRESPONDENCE General P.O. 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the Rick Carroll or Harrah's events of years past.” As such, the statement is not all inclusive but illustrative in nature. I do take issue with your state- ment that the 1931 Duesenberg Model J Special Phaeton by LeBaron was a rebodied bitsa. J168 was originally bodied by Derham as a four-door sedan but was immediately sent to LeBaron in late 1930, where its current Special Phaeton body was installed. Cars of the era often received different bodies, such as a closed sedan for winter and open coachwork for summer, and this is accepted by the Classic Car Club of America and significant concours such as Pebble Beach. Because J168 received new coachwork in 1930 (in time for the 1931 New York Auto Show), by definition it is considered an original car. At some point—and I would suggest the late '30s—the fenders were closed for a more modern look and the bumpers and headlights changed for the same reason. When Dee Howard restored the car in the 1980s, he changed the configuration back to its original appearance as verified by Duesenberg factory records. These statements have also been verified by Duesenberg experts Gordon Apker and Randy Ema. As late as the early '80s, you might have been correct to refer to J168 as a bitsa, but certainly not as it was offered at the Chandler event. As I stated in my auction re- port, every car that sold was fully valued and then some. As such, J168's sale for $2,640,000 more than met that criteria, but stating that it is worth only $400,000 is simply incorrect, and comparing it to rebodied Duesengbergs that appear at other, larger-market venues is simply not relevant. SHRED'M AND FORGET'M In the January issue, Editor Martin and Michael Sheehan both spoke about the impending doom of the muscle car market (“Shifting Gears,” p. 10; “Sheehan Speaks,” p. 46). I, too, think the bomber is nearing its target; bomb bay doors will open soon and deliver the payload, so take cover. I'm an old-time southern gearhead. I'm the guy who egged on the March 2007 perceived value, especially if they are trying to explain to their wives why they want to drop $50,000 on a used car. Tons more are still trying to decide between that and a shiny new bass boat (the bass boat usually wins). If the car gets too expensive I've always loved muscle cars, long before the wine and cheese crowd decided they needed one in their ever-growing stable of ‘I've got more money than you do' collection fifty-something guy with the bad comb-over and twenty-something girlfriend in his brand-spankin' new Corvette to drop the hammer and take me on. I loved seeing his expression when he would catch up with me at the next stoplight. Poor chap, though I never got the girl. I guess she didn't find my hopped-up Challenger 440 R/T too appealing. Maybe it was the Molly Hatchet tune blasting out the windows. Oh, well. I've always loved muscle cars, long before the wine and cheese crowd decided they needed one in their ever-growing stable of “I've got more money than you do” collection. If you want to pay a million bucks for a genuine Hemi 'Cuda, that's your business, and I say go for it. Just don't bitch about it when the music stops and you can't find a buyer at half that price. Editor Martin talked about at least a 35% drop in serial production muscle cars with production of more than 500 units. That might be true; I don't know. Here's what I do know: I have always owned “real” muscle cars. They've all been garden-variety, I suppose, but here is something to consider: I was they guy who owned and ran these cars very hard. By the time I was 20 I had scat- tered more than my fair share of engines. My first car was a “real” 1970 Challenger 440 R/T. No fak- ing back then,—nobody bothered. It was just another used car with a big, gas-guzzling engine, and it was hard to sell to anybody but a teenager determined to terrorize the streets of a small southern town. Stats tell us that Chrysler built 2,802 of these cars with the 440 Magnum engine. I, for one, know that my old ride—what's left of it after recycling at least—is most likely keeping somebody's food cold or else on the spin cycle washing some clothes. Maytag, not Magnum anymore. My point is that these cars were throw-away machines. Never meant to last. From my own experience, I think it is safe to say that a bunch of these cars were trashed and buried, some into telephone poles while others rotted away in the back field of a trailer house. So the real question to me is not how many were built, but how many are left, especially with the original engine? No real way to know that, but my guess is not many. It always comes down to supply and demand, simple economics. I think there are a huge number of guys just like me who want that car again. How much we are willing to pay depends on our adult life fortunes. For some, they will pay a bunch of money because they can. Others, even though they have the cash (or credit), have a threshold of because the value is being driven solely by the “I can sell it for more next week” crowd, that music will stop, guaranteed. Guys like me will just look for something else that gives us the same thrill for less money. At some point, it becomes “stupid money” and we just won't buy it. Every car I buy I buy because I like it and have always wanted one—no exceptions. If I get stuck with it, that's OK with me. I bought it for a my own good reasons and finally could afford it. I drive them and have a good time with them. Ours is an enjoyable hobby, and if I were motivated by the values, it would cloud my judgment. I shop hard, always looking for a great deal on a “real” car. I won't just run out and buy one, and I don't buy trailer queens. My plan: if I can have some fun with a car and then sell it for what I paid, I've done well. I usually turn around and buy another one and hope for the same results. My wife doesn't mind since I usually end up on the positive side of the equation. I'm not saying that guys like me drive the market—we don't. We fit in there somewhere though. As for my old Dodge Challenger 440 R/T, well, I've got another one, a great #2 car and it's not for sale. Although I don't test my ability to bend pushrods much anymore, I still have fun with it. Today, the kids egg me on in hopped-up '80s Camaros or a winged something-or-other with a coffee-can exhaust. The old gearhead in me will still line 'em up. Let's go boys. It's all about fun.—D. Novak, Tampa, FL PANT-ERROR I'm writing with a comment on Dave Kinney's report of the Pantera, lot #519, at Kruse International's Auburn, IN, auction (January 2007, p. 92). I don't know why a 2,959-mile car would need a “complete mechanical and cosmetic restoration.” Maybe it was “reconditioned” after a long 17


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Ad Index Amelia Island Concours ...........23 Aston Martin of New England ..........................105 Auto Collections .......................35 Autosport Designs ...................69 Bald Head Garage ....................47 BB One Exports ........................73 Blue Highways .........................89 Bonhams & Butterfields ...........19 Brian D. Moore Restorations .129 Carlisle Events ..........................81 Cars That Matter .....................128 Classic Carriages ......................63 Classic Wines Auction .............87 Copley Motorcars Corp. ...........67 Cosdel .......................................95 Covercraft .................................95 Craig Brody Investment Motorcars ..................................85 Digit Motorsport .......................91 Dos's Jags ...............................128 Dragone ....................................95 Driver's Houston Auto Works ..67 Ebay Motors ...............................9 Exotic Car Transport ..............128 Fantasy Junction .......................61 FECC Passport Transport .........21 Fourintune Garage Inc ............129 GM ..............................................7 GMP ..........................................55 Gooding & Company .................2 Gregor Fisken ...........................77 Grundy Worldwide ...................11 H & H Auctions ........................65 Hagerty Insurance ..................132 Heacock Classics ......................43 Horseless Carriage ..................129 Hotseat Chassis Inc ................128 Intercity Lines ...........................29 Italian Car Parts ......................129 Keith Martin Buyer's Guides .121 Modena Cento Ore Classic ....115 Motorcar Portfolio ....................97 Muscle Car 1000 ......................71 Park Place Ltd. ..........................15 Paul Russell ..............................79 Premier Financial Services .....131 Pro Team Corvette ....................83 Re-Originals .............................77 Richard Grenon ......................129 RM Auctions .............4, 13, 25, 39 Ron Tonkin .............................101 RPM Motorbooks ...................129 Shannons ...................................31 Silver Auctions .........................75 Symbolic Motors ........................3 Tom Mack .................................67 Vanderbilt Concours .................53 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ....109 Vintage Rallies ........................103 Western Driver ........................128 Worldwide Group .....................27 Zymol ........................................49 18 storage period? Mr. Kinney writes that this was a non-L model, but the presence of the large black rubber bumper would indicate an L model, rather than the more desirable pre-L model with the small metal bumpers.—Brian Peters, Motoring Investments, San Diego, CA Dave Kinney responds: Hey, Brian, ya got me. Let's parse some of what we know here. First, I had this car as a #3+, hardly the stuff of fresh restorations to show quality standards. With no hard and fast defini- tions of what constitutes a restoration (anyone who has gone to look at more than two cars in a newspaper ad knows about this), one man's cheapie respray is another man's full restoration. Renovated, restored, renewed, or refreshed—all the “re” words you want—they all mean different things to different people. Even within those “re” words, we almost always find modifiers—full, frame-off, bare-metal, partial, or my favorite, ground-up (“Is this what you found at the bottom of the grinder?” I once heard one wag ask). In defense of the seller, I have seen many extremely low miles cars in need of a full restoration. Cars left out to the elements, stored in a barn, or just plain ignored can go bad fast. Real fast in the case of a Pantera, a car that, like many of its Italian brethren of the age, fairly describes the phrase “built to last a lunchtime.” As for the rubber bumpers, I know of at least two Panteras that grew the updated appendages in the late 1970s for a very simple reason: they were (and are) cheaper than replacing or rechroming the shiny units when they got dented. Plus, it “updated” the look of the car in some folks' eyes. As a 1972, it is possible that the car is an L, if it was a very late car. Most were cars from 1973 on. As for desirability of the pre- L models versus the later cars, beauty aside, I think you will find that the price guides disagree. They give a bigger bounce to the cars with rubber front and back. And, if the market decides otherwise, it can change back. This, my friend, is also why they make vanilla and chocolate. I was getting tired of all the boring coverage you were doing on sports and muscle cars. After a while they all start to look the same. SUVs, on the other hand, all have their own distinctive look and personality. And are they fun to drive! DON'T DO THAT AGAIN Your timing is exquisite. I sent in my subscription for next year the day before receiving the January 2007 issue. Just think, you have discov- ered a new category of sports cars in your article on page 36—“My Other Car's an SUV.” I remember years ago when there was much discussion as to whether sports sedans should be classified as sports cars. Now we can have a new debate. Are SUVs sports cars? It is bad enough to swallow two articles on American Iron, but I can live with that. But I will not continue with my subscription if you continue to stray as far afield as SUVs. Are pick-up trucks next? Take a look at your masthead and try to remember where your roots are.—Joe A. Wehrheim, Rocky River, OH I MEAN IT I really enjoyed the article on SUVs in the January issue. I was wondering when you would come to your senses and start covering what really matters in the automotive world. I was getting tired of all the boring coverage you were doing on sports and muscle cars. After a while they all start to look the same. SUVs, on the other hand, all have their own distinctive look and personality. And are they fun to drive! Especially on a nice twisty two lane road. Just be careful you don't roll it over backing out of your driveway. Seriously, are you going to add four extra pages to your next issue to make up for the four you wasted in this issue?—Ken Martz, Ft. Wayne, IN Paul Duchene responds: It seemed like such a good idea. The SUVs were being brought to a decent test track less than three miles from our offices. I've been testing and evaluating SUVs (and other new vehicles) for major newspapers and magazines for over 30 years. So Editor Martin thought that bringing the candor and perspective we use when we write about new cars might be of some interest to our readers. What we have learned is that even though most of you own and drive SUVs, not one of you is very interested in reading about them. At least in the pages of SCM. To those of you that burned the effigy of the Expedition on our front steps, we get the message. Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read Pebble Beach regulars Jay Leno and Bruce and James Lustman, along with many others. Sure, I'll bet it's not displayed right at the doorway, but check out the farther corners of many prestigious collections and there will be a Countach or other suitable example of the Lamborghini line holding down a valuable piece of real estate. In addition, current collectors When the end finally comes, I know there will be three things left—cockroaches, my Countach, and… Hmmm, OK, well maybe just my Countach KEEP THE CHANGE I had to agree with Michael Sheehan's column in the January issue regarding the prices of muscle cars vs. Ferraris. To emphasize his point, here is a list of the Ferraris that you could purchase (based on “high” estimates in the 2006 SCM price guide) for the $2,100,000 that was paid at B-J last year for the Hemi 'Cuda convertible: 1963 GTL Lusso ($400,000) 1973 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder ($625,000) 1973 246 Dino coupe ($100,000) 1996 F50 ($775,000) 2000 360 ($165,000) That's a total of $2,065,000. In fact, the “change” ($35,000) would just about get you into a 1963 330 GT 2+2 (the four headlight version), which, to me, has more appeal on its own than the Hemi 'Cuda.—Brooks Esser, Menlo Park, CA ROUND OF APPLAUSE I applaud Editor Martin's “Shifting Gears” in the January issue for that long overdue commentary. However, your cover appears to be a very contrary cheerleader for that market. Also, just an observation on that cover Camaro: Sad to see it carries an Optima battery instead of a correct Delco.—Norbert 20 Bries, Northshore Sportscars, Lake Bluff, IL Editor Martin responds: Norbert, I should have made the point more forcefully in my column that exceptional muscle cars, built in limited numbers, like the Z/28 on our cover, are likely to hold their value. It is the dreck like clones or mass-produced cars with no distinguishing collectible characteristics that are going to fall the furthest and the fastest. Good catch on the battery, thanks. SUPER DUTY MEMORIES I truly enjoyed your recent fea- ture on the Super Duty Pontiacs. When I was a teenager, my best friend Jake and I went to the drag races and saw and experienced Arnie Beswick's 1963 SD Tempest. It was fueled by a mixture of nitro plus Hydrazine—a very unstable rocket fuel. When he literally blasted off from the start line, the immense power could be felt in our chests and bones. After his very brief charge down the strip, the entire crowd of 40,000-plus spectators was totally silent for several seconds, struck by the awesome sensory overload we all had just felt. Then, it seems everyone let out a low moan of appreciation. As the fumes from his run drifted over us, Jake turned to me and said, “The voice changed my nitro pitch!!!” His confused statement pretty well summed up what that single run did to us, and I'll never forget it (as it turned out, Hydrazine was banned shortly after that weekend of racing). Thank you again for allowing me to relive my most vivid racing memory.—Joseph J. Burrascano Jr., Southampton, NY SERIOUSLY, WE LOVE THEM I read with interest, grins, and grimaces both the “Etceterini Profile” of the Lamborghini Countach (August, p. 48) and the responding letter from SCM'er Holtorf (January 2007, “You Write,” p. 19), simply because I am the only enthusiast crazy enough to spend well over six figures to actually perform a thorough restoration on an Anniversary Countach. I did it, I love it, and I would gladly do it again. Certainly not to cause further heated debate, but although Mr. Holtorf's letter was passionate, it sadly missed the point. Allow me to bring this ongoing dissertation into sharp focus, as I will simply ask all fellow sports car enthusiasts the question: How many significant, knowledgeable, and astute collectors do you know of who have a Countach or other Lamborghini in their coveted collections? I believe the answer will surprise most when you find the list includes need to be wary of “throwing stones in a glass house” that will soon be inhabited by a younger generation of enthusiasts who put Friday nights on hold to watch “Miami Vice” and “Magnum P.I.,” and who had red 308 GTS and Alpine Countach posters adorning the walls of their bedrooms. Once this group encounters their own disposable incomes, will white Testarossas, 308s, and Countachs skyrocket? Maybe, but rest assured the law of supply and demand will impact any such scenario, as all these cars are currently cheap, neglected, and if still above ground, usually beaten within an inch of their lives. Will the pristine examples garner “huge” money in the future? Who knows? Regardless of your position on the Countach—mechanically or ergonomically—this vehicle is unquestionably a hallmark automobile. Long after there is any fuel left to power our beloved collector cars, our grandkids' grandkids will STILL know what a Lamborghini Countach is. It graces a short list that includes (but is not limited to) the 300SL Gullwing, '57 Chevy convertible, '65–66 Mustang convertible, Ferrari 250 Spyder California, and maybe the Jaguar XKE, and it will endure through the span of human existence. So there you have it. When the end finally comes, I know there will be three things left—cockroaches, my Countach, and… Hmmm, OK, well maybe just my Countach.— Drew Alcazar, Scottsdale, AZ ERRATA In the February issue, “Etceterini Profile” of the 1967 Toyota 2000GT on p. 52, we incorrectly listed the Club info. The contact information is: Toyota 2000GT Owner's Club, P.O. Box 628, Biddeford, Maine 04005. Phone: 207.286.9467.u Sports Car Market


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Stuff Neat by Stefan Lombard Brian Bergeron has created automobile tire rings for gearhead fashionistas with discriminating tastes, and never has jewelry been so slick. You can order them in sizes from 6 to 13.5, and you've got your choice of silver, white or yellow gold, palladium, or platinum. In addition to two styles of low-profile racing tires, these stylish rings come modeled after both mountain bike and motorcycle tires. Prices range from $76 to $5,500, depending on the size and metal used. www.tirerings.com WHAT YOU NEED AND HOW TO GET IT Prospero's Garage offers the vintage car enthusiast high-quality reproduction factory wiring diagrams. Each diagram is 11” x 17” and laminated so greasy smudges easily wipe off. Also, all diagrams are color-coded to match the wires of your car, with component labels large enough to read without squinting. Diagrams are available for hundreds of collector cars and motorcycles, including Alfas, Corvettes, Harleys, MGs, and Nortons. They are shipped in a sturdy tube, and prices range from $15.95 to $23.95, plus shipping. www.colorwiringdiagrams.com. When it comes to storing your collector car, The Stables in Scottsdale, Arizona, knows what you're looking for. At this fully insured, premier, climate-controlled facility, enthusiasts can rest assured, as The Stables handles all aspects of storage, from basic battery maintenance to fully enclosed transporter pick-up and delivery. Upon request, the knowledgeable staff can regularly start and run your car to temperature and drive it locally to exercise all mechanicals. Further services include hand washing and detailing, as well as shuttling cars to service appointments. Cost is $295 per month. www.TheStablesAZ.com. With DistaVision, panoramic photography has never been so broad. Using a DistaCam, a specialized camera he built himself, Rick Graves is able to create images hundreds of feet in length on an entire roll of film. His work captures everything from entire pelotons and NASCAR fields to long slices of city life. The method is ideal for shooting large groups of moving or active subjects, and the images can be as small as four inches by eight feet or big enough to wrap around a building. The colorful murals start at $29.95 for an un-laminated 4” x 8' print or $39.95 for a laminated print, plus shipping. www.distavision.com. Artist and sculptor Randell Swann has just the thing for the art lover in your life. His photo-realistic watercolors and 1:6-scale dioramas feature all the details that bring cars to life before you. Swann likes private commissions, and can create a life-like model of any car, or he'll paint your car in any setting, from the greens of Pebble Beach to the Alps of Switzerland. His D-type is the same car that appeared on SCM's November cover, and he currently has a Ferrari 158 and Chaparral 2C in the works. 11” x 17” watercolor prints are $10, originals start at $500, and dioramas start at $1,200. Call him at 503.239.9795.u 22 Sports Car Market


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WAGON HO! '68 Colony Park Wagon,Grin Maker Although it rides like a bathtub half-filled with water, the brakes are adequate, the engine sufficient and the steering acceptable, within reason by Paul Duchene A s Christmas and the New Year loomed in the Upper Midwest, SCM's 1968 Mercury Colony Park woody wagon lay snug in Verne Eide's Mercedes-Benz/BMW garage in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Verne's son (and SCM subscriber) Bruce is to drive it to Omaha, Nebraska, for the next leg of its journey west. The original plan was to take the venerable barge west to Bozeman, Montana, and thence by I-90 to Spokane and on to Portland. But Old Man Winter dumped snow in the Rockies and we came to our senses, re-routing the wagon south to Omaha, Wichita, Oklahoma City, and out west on Route 66 and I-40. Two SCMers drove the wagon to South Dakota. Tim Hanson took it to St. Paul from his home in Chicago's suburbs, and Paul Katz delivered it to Bruce Eide in Sioux Falls. Here are their experiences, Tim Hanson first. DAUGHTER TALLIED ROAD-KILL “A week after receiving the Mercury keys from Hugh Baldus in the Chicago suburbs in late October, my kids, (John, 6, and Kate, 10) and I loaded up the Colony Park and headed for St. Paul, followed by my wife Carole in the chase/support vehicle. We enjoyed beautiful crisp fall weather for our trouble- free drive through western Wisconsin. With no mechanical dramas, my kids found other ways to entertain themselves. My son staked a claim to the rear jump seats, a perch he never relinquished. My daughter, meanwhile, bounced along in the “extra springy” middle seat, while keeping an exhaustive, albeit gruesome, tally of her observed Midwestern road-kill. (24 deer, five raccoons, two skunks and four “other,” she enthusiastically reported...) We spent a night in Wisconsin Dells, whose cheerful cheesiness seemed a perfect locale for the Colony Park, before heading to St. Paul and Paul Katz. UNMOLESTED TIME CAPSULE A few random observations: • The car is truly an amazing, 22,000-mile, unmolested time capsule. Even better is the box/binder in the car that contains seemingly every receipt and bit of documentation from new. It is fascinating reading. • As others have noted, the fuel gauge doesn't seem especially accurate. This is a concern on a vehicle that consumes premium at the rate the 390 Marauder V8 does, even with the two-barrel carb. Our average mileage was ten to elevn mpg, and fuel stops were made with regularity. • AM radio can be far more diverse than you would think... • The limited slip makes a thunk at times when the car is turning and one rear wheel or the other is even slightly unloaded, causing an occasional mid-turn rear end mambo. Disconcerting the first few times, but entertaining 24 Fresh off the showroom floor at Verne Eide's M-B dealership once you come to expect it. • Vehicle dynamics, steer- ing and brake feel, even in plebian family trucksters, have improved immeasurably in the last 35 years. Our Dodge Caravan chase vehicle felt like a Porsche 911 after a stint in the Colony Park. • This car makes people smile. After a morning spent on the road in the Way Back jump seats, my son John casually asked (at yet another fuel stop), “Why does everyone wave at me in this car?” All in all, we had a fantastic time with the Mercury. Editor Martin and the entire SCM gang, who will all fit in the wagon at the same time, will love it. It never missed a beat, burned little if any oil, and was a great highway cruiser. ADDED ‘60S ROAD AMERICA DECAL We added a set of carpet floor mats to help preserve the original carpets. As a parting token, I also took the liberty of adding a late '60s vintage Road America decal to the left rear window. I've had it for years, and it seemed somehow correct for the car. Paul Katz took over in St. Paul: “So I'm waiting in my driveway on a Saturday at 9 am for the Merc to arrive. Tim Hanson roars up with a big grin on his face, followed by a van driven by his wife with their two kids, who were also smiling. Smiles all around! Yessir, I am thinking, this is going to be fun. I was not disappointed. HAS THIS BABY BEEN RESTORED? My wifeVicki came out of the house to give it the once-over, let out a low whistle and said, “Jeez, I forgot how BIG these boats were.” Boats, yup, it's definitely large and bargelike. However, my first impression was how clean this vehicle was and how it looked so new. Well, that was not going to change under my watch. No way. My first official trip was to the local Home Depot. My experience pulling into the parking lot was to be replicated almost every time I stopped. Smiles, grins, and muttering followed by a “Hey, my dad had one of those,” or “Has that baby been restored?” A lot of guys had stories and they had to fill me in. In the course of two weeks, I must have told the “travel story” about a dozen times—and sold six subscriptions to SCM. The trip to Sioux Falls turned out to be a travelogue through rural Minnesota that made me appreciate the qualities of this wagon. Although it rides like a bathtub half-filled with water, it's not unmanageable. I found that the brakes were adequate, the engine sufficient, and the steering acceptable, as long as you did not attempt any Sir Stirling moves. I put on a little over 350 miles, and saw the odometer turn 23,000 miles. Lots of small town gas station and cafe vignettes, but the best was an older guy in Fulda, Minnesota, who walked around it slowly and said, “Man-o-man, how the heck has that contact paper stayed on there this long? Ours peeled off after two years. That's amazin!!” He just chuckled and had that smile plastered on his big old round face. I realized as I drove away that I too was smiling, but I also wondered how that woodgrain paper had stayed on this long.u Next destination, Scottsdale. Wagonmasters wanted. Contact me at copyed@sportscarmarket.com if you want a chance to do your Ward Bond imitation. Sports Car Market


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SCM Our Cars A Slick GT, a Lean, Mean, Race Machine, a Little Red Truck I've had to choose between the owner's manual and a ring of spare keys in the glove compartment 1969 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 C Owner: Michael Sheehan, Contributing Editor Purchase date: November 10, 2004 Price: $225,000, plus $47,000 for the rebuilt engine Mileage since purchase: About a dozen events Recent work: End-of-season engine “freshening” go? Racing costs money; how fast do you want to I've raced at various levels for decades, often 2007 ASTON MARTIN V8 VANTAGE Owner: Thor Thorson, Contributing Editor Purchase date: October 2006 Price: $125,000 Mileage since purchase: 2,500 Recent work: 1,000-mile dealership check For my 60th birthday my wife gave me a delivery position on (and, implicitly, permission to buy) a new Aston V8 Vantage. It took 16 months, but in early October, there it was. I've now had a couple of months with it as my daily driver. A few observations: First of all, it is gorgeous. And an atten- tion-getter, which is good or bad, because as long at it's light enough for people to see the car, you're never invisible. I have had people get out of their cars at stoplights to ask what it is and compliment the design. The down side is that people aren't as inclined to cut me slack when I need it (the jockeying visibility on the rear quarters is terrible, a result of the really cool low roofline). The car is a wonderful driver, easily the stiffest chassis I've ever driven. With a vault-like feel on the road, a stiff suspension and relatively high interior road noise, it feels like a serious GT. It's a lot more comfortable at 100 mph than at 40 mph. It's also a small car, particularly inside. The best analogy is a very well-cut suit—comfortable but with no room for anything in your pockets. I've had to choose between the owner's manual and a ring of spare keys in the glove compartment. I've got some track time on a sister car, and it is as track-fast as a Porsche. It's stable and neutral on the fast and medium speed turns, but pushy on the slow ones (it is a heavy car). The engine is wonderfully strong across the range, and sounds great on song. A warning though; if you're going to use this as a track toy, plan on buying lots of tires. 26 combining my passion for racing with my passion for Ferraris, a very expensive combination. In November 2004, as a post-divorce present to myself, I bought Ferrari 365 GTB/4 C, s/n 12681, one of eight cars built by Piet Roelofs' shop in Holland to duplicate the 15 factory-built Comp Daytonas. With a street 365 GTB/4 weighing in at 3,600 lb, a factory steel body Series III Group 4 at 3,200 lbs, and the alloy Series I car at an optimistic 2,700 lbs, Daytonas are hefty, and weight kills handling, brakes, tires, gearboxes and out-of-shape, over-fatigued drivers. Though mine weighed 2,990 lbs, with 462 hp and 335 ft-lbs of torque, power was not a problem. I raced in the 2005 Ferrari Historic series, and after the opener at California Speedway in Fontana, I put my Daytona on a $15k diet, fitting a lightweight radiator, battery, heater cores, window motors, cooling and blower fans, and other items for a 170-lb savings—down to a svelte 2,820 lbs. At Las Vegas Speedway, the transaxle imploded—another $15k. But Quebec's Mont Tremblant, Lime Rock, and Elkhart Lake all went well, with podium finishes. In November 2005, in preparation for the 2006 season, I installed a lightweight starter, mufflers, side pipes, a smaller fuel cell, a racing-only wiring harness, etc., and saved another 130 lbs. The 2006 season started well, but a dropped valve at Moroso ended the race. A family illness dictated that we sit out the remainder. The engine is long since done and we will be back with a vengeance in March 2007 for the West Coast round of the 2007 Ferrari Historic Challenge. Racing costs money; we like to go fast…. 2001 FORD RANGER PICKUP Owner: Donald Osborne, Contributing Editor Purchase date: April 2006 Price: $12,000 Mileage since purchase: 550 Recent work: Tune-up I had never understood the appeal of a pickup truck and long vowed never to own one. Well, count me in among the lemmings. The newest addition to my fleet gets more thumbs-up at the gas station and NAPA store than many of my old cars. It's a screaming red 2001 Ford Ranger Edge 4x4 pickup, complete with American Racing alloy wheels, oversized tires, and K&W air filter. I bought it as a tow vehicle for my vintage Crosley race car. After selling my previous puller, a Chrysler Pacifica, I began looking for a truck to fit the bill. After seeing plenty of junkers and dismissing the idea of $20k-plus for a new one, I found this one at a local Buick dealer. Why this truck? I had fond memories of the 160k miles I did in my 1991 Ford Explorer, and the Ranger, with 60k on the clock, looked pretty sharp sitting on the used car lot. I didn't even test drive it; I looked it over thoroughly and since it came with a warranty, snapped it up at our negotiated price. The local Ford dealer checked it out and it passed with flying colors. Unfortunately, since my Crosley blew its engine before the first race last spring, the Ranger hasn't fulfilled its assigned role yet. It's been pressed into more mundane tasks like moving furniture and hauling firewood. The good news is that the Crosley's rebuilt lump is due to be back in the car shortly and the smartly matching red équipe should be making appearances in race paddocks throughout 2007.u Sports Car Market


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Affordable Classic Mercedes 450SL Trophy Car Comes of a Certain Age Sometime soon a lot of successful 50-something women may seek out the 450SL they couldn't have in their teens by Rob Sass FIRST TWO YEARS BEST The first two years are the most attractive, as these are the only R107 SLs sold in the U.S. with the small bumpers most often seen here on gray market cars. With 190 hp, they would also be the best performing R107 SL until the 1986 model year. Pollution regulations hit Mercedes hard in 1975 and the car lost 10 hp. But there was worse to come. In 1981, Mercedes inserted its new aluminum 3.8-liter V8, which made a paltry 155 hp. As a small consolation, the car got Mercedes's first ABS braking system in 1980. As usual, the Europeans got the good stuff. The R107 1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SL S ince the 1950s, the glamorous SL had been the Marlene Dietrich of the DaimlerBenz lineup. And like the old torch song, customers found themselves falling in love again with each new model. It was no different in 1972 with the introduction of the 350SL. The new SL had two internal designations―a formal one for its DB project number R107 and der Panzerwagen―an informal one bestowed by its engineers in honor of the car's 3,600-lb-plus curb weight. While not incredibly porky by today's standards (a new Corvette or a Mustang will come close) it was chubby enough to make a mockery of the SL designation which stood for“sports-leicht,”German for “sports-light.”Strangely, Mercedes did rally the car with some success, mainly in even heavier SLC (2+2 coupe) form. MORE WEIGHT, LESS SPORTING More weight also meant it was also considerably less sporting than the outgoing “pagoda roof” 280SL―sort of like a German 1955–57 Thunderbird. The new SL was nevertheless hugely popular for its entire model run with the entire gamut of the wellto-do, from Sheldon the orthodontist to Tina the trophy wife. The SL became a symbol of affluence on TV as well, driven by—you guessed it―trophy wives from “Dallas” to “Dynasty.” In refinement, if not sheer driving pleasure, it was better DETAILS than its predecessor. The R107's improved rear suspension design meant less drastic camber changes and safer handling at the limits (not that Pamela Ewing or Crystal Carrington were likely to explore those). They were more likely to appreciate the improved integrated air conditioning and the less finicky Bosch electronic fuel injection that replaced mechanical injection in the 1968–71 280SL. Unlike the 280, all U.S. SLs sold through 1989 were automatics. The R107, when introduced in Europe was available with a 3.5-liter V8 and a 2.8-liter straight six from the previous car. Logically, these were designated the 350SL and the 280SL, respectively. In the U.S., a 4.5-liter V8 was needed to provide adequate power in the face of emission controls. Strangely, these cars were initially designated 350SLs as well. This changed in 1973 when the car got the designation that most people remember—450SL. 28 Years produced: 1972–1989 Number produced: 174,837 Original list price: $17,200 (1975) SCM Valuation: $7,500–$30,000 Tune-up: $500 Distributor cap: $40 Chassis #: Stamped on plate on radiator support Engine #: Left rear upper corner of engine block Club: Mercedes-Benz Club of America, 1235 Pierce St., Lakewood, CO, 80214 More: www.mbca.org Alternatives: 1970–77 Triumph Stag, 1986–89 Maserati Biturbo Spider, 1974–76 Jensen Interceptor convertible SCM Investment Grade: D 280SL was available with a five-speed manual and the 500SL put out a real 240 hp. A number of these cars slipped through as gray market cars. Their small bumpers and square non-sealed beam headlights give them away. A five-speed SL is always a rarity and if this kind of thing floats your boat, gray market SLs often go very cheap. GRAY MARKET WARNINGS However, the usual gray market caveats apply. Look out for homemade safety and emissions modifications and be prepared to use the Internet to find exclusively European parts. It helps if you speak and read German; the books for your car don't exist in this country and may not exist in English anywhere. The performance joke that the car had become was finally addressed in 1986 with the introduction of the 560SL. The new 5.6-liter aluminum V8 made a healthy 238 hp. Although the new engine added a few pounds up front and aggravated the car's understeer, few buyers noticed or cared. The 560, along with the first two years of production, are generally regarded as the most desirable of the series. Although there were several powerplant changes, the appearance of the car stayed much the same from 1972 to 1989. The dreaded five-mph bumpers came in 1974, although owing to the SL's generous proportions, they don't look nearly as bad as they did on the BMW 2002 and Datsun 280Z. The 560SL gained a front spoiler and third brake light in 1986 and that was it for appearance changes. Inside, the cars hardly changed at all during their long model run. WINDOW STICKER SOARED The biggest change was the window sticker. These were the glory years for inflation. Too many proctologists and periodontists chasing too few SLs meant escalating prices. A 1972 350SL would set a buyer back about $11,000―by 1989, it was $64,000. Although strictly a two-seater, the 450SL cabin was a roomy and well-finished place with typical Benz polished Zebrano wood, good quality plastics, large, clear VDO gauges, and a Becker radio with more indecipherable Sports Car Market


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symbols than an Egyptian tomb. With a modicum of care, interiors wear well, especially the seats, which more often than not are covered in a high-quality Mercedes vinyl known as MB-Tex. Although comfortable enough, they are relatively broad and flat. Again, a nod to the car's lessthan-sporting pretensions. NOT COLLECTIBLE YET Today, the R107 SL has yet to make the jump from used car to collectible. They are currently the cheapest open Mercedes out there and for the most part are easy to live with, although deferred maintenance costs are potentially ruinous. In the long run, a worn-out $4,000 SL will be far more expensive than a nice $13,000 example. That said, it is probably best to avoid 450s equipped with catalytic converters (their heat and location caused frequent vapor locking) and the 380SL. In addition to anemia, the 3.8-liter engine suffered frequent timing chain failures. Once derided as never-to-be collectibles, I'm not sure they will stay that way. If the Lamborghini Countach was the aspirational car for 15-year-old boys in the early '80s, a red 450SL was the dream car of thousands of 15-year-old girls back then. And while women are still a minority in the collector car hobby, I wouldn't be surprised if some time in the near future, a lot of successful 50-something women decide they want the SL they couldn't have back then. It may already be starting, as nice SLs are beginning to bring high teens at auctions. Not a bad first car for the daughter of Sheldon the orthodontist and Tina the trophy wife. u $50,000 $60,000 $20,000 $30,000 $40,000 20 Year Picture 1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SL 1972 Mercedes-Benz 350SL 4.5 1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Prices are for cars in excellent condition. This information is provided by Black Book and Cars of Particular Interest Collectible Vehicle Value Guide, www.blackbookusa.com. ROB SASS has been collecting and restoring affordable classics since he was 16. His work has been published in the New York Times and Business Week Online. March 2007 29 1987 1992 1997 2002 2006


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Legal Files John Draneas “Enzo” Eriksson Cops a Plea We'll never know what would have happened in the Enzo retrial, because Eriksson abruptly accepted a plea bargain T he Ferrari Enzo crash was one of the biggest Internet car stories of 2006, the highest trafficked “Legal Files” on our web site (www.sportscarmarket.com) and a story with more plot twists and turns than the best whodunnit. Now, it's over. The embezzled Enzo broken in half at 199 miles per hour; Bo Stefan Eriksson, the Swedish felon; Dietrich the Mystery Man; the Gizmondo bankruptcy; the little bus company with an anti-terrorism task force; the reputed Swedish mafia ties; all recently left the public stage with a whimper following an abrupt plea bargain. In case you're new to the story, Bo Eriksson, reputed Swedish mafia bill collec- embezzlement regarding the Ferraris, and one count of unlawful possession of a handgun. In return for the guilty pleas, he will receive a sentence of three years in prison followed by three years of parole. With credit for time served, he is expected to face only one more year in prison. Plus, he will also face a $5,000 fine, an undetermined amount of restitution, and likely deportation. I contacted criminal defense expert Eriksson couldn't have his cake and eat it too tor, lived the high life as an executive of Gizmondo, Inc. On the way to Gizmondo's bankruptcy, Eriksson somehow managed to export two Ferrari Enzos and a McLaren SLR to the United States, in violation of their leases with two British banks. Soon after, Eriksson became a permanent part of collector car history one night when he crashed the red Enzo into a power pole at 199 mph, sustaining only a bloody lip. The Enzo, however, didn't fare as well, and wound up spread over 1,200 feet of Pacific Coast Highway near Malibu in two large, and innumerable small, broken pieces. Reluctant to take responsibility, Eriksson told police that a recent casual acquain- tance named “Dietrich,” whom he really didn't know how to find, was actually driving the Enzo and took off running over the hill after the crash. After DNA tests established it was Eriksson's blood on the driver's airbag, he acknowledged that “Dietrich” really wasn't there, and faced multiple charges of drunk driving, weapons charges, and embezzlement and grand theft for spiriting the two Enzos out of England. BLONDE SWEDISH INTERPRETERS The investigation had numerous twists and turns (reported ably by the Los Angeles Times) and quickly spread across the Internet. We certainly expected the same from the legal case, but with little explanation, prosecutors dropped two of the embezzlement and grand theft charges against Eriksson after the London bank who owned one of the Enzos declined to meet with prosecutors. Immediately after, Eriksson rejected a proposed plea bargain that would have resulted in 28 months in prison, but he did plead guilty to the drunk driving charge. He then faced trial on the remaining charges. Although many people were looking forward to the trial, most accounts described it as a boring examination of a lot of paperwork, although blonde Swedish interpreters with red fingernails created some memorable moments. PROSECUTORS PLEDGED RETRIAL After deliberation, the jury reported that it was hopelessly deadlocked, and the judge declared a mistrial. The count was 10-2 guilty, but California requires a unanimous verdict for conviction. Eriksson's defense attorney praised the jury for its hard work and excellent outcome. Prosecutors immediately pledged to retry Eriksson. ONLY ONE MORE YEAR IN PRISON But we'll never know what would have happened in the retrial, because Eriksson abruptly accepted a plea bargain a few days later. He pleaded guilty to two counts of Steve Thayer and who previously evaluated the case for “Legal Files” (October 2006, p. 26). Thayer commented, “The outcome was just as I had predicted. The drunk driving charge was not going to be possible to defend against, so Eriksson entered a guilty plea; Eriksson will likely be deported; and the jury had trouble with the concept that it is criminal to fail to make your car payments. Pleading guilty to the drunk driving charge was probably smart tactics, as it eliminated a lot of damaging and inflammatory evidence from coming in. Still, the 10-2 decision was pretty much a landslide in the wrong direction for Eriksson. Eriksson was well represented, and his attorney likely explained to his client that the retrial was going to involve a lot of additional expense, and that there was a very good chance that he would ultimately be convicted. Given the caliber of the representation, I'm sure he was able to negotiate the best possible deal.” The Los Angeles case is over, but will Eriksson face additional charges elsewhere? That question involves a lot of complicated interactions of U.S., British, Swedish and international law. Consequently, Thayer cautions it is impossible to predict if Eriksson will face any charges in any other country after his likely deportation. Meanwhile, the two Enzos and the McLaren SLR have been sent back to England to their bank owners, the handgun has been confiscated, Eriksson's house is in receivership, the San Gabriel Valley Transit Authority is in receivership, no one knows where mysterious coconspirator Karney sailed off to, the purported video of the 199-mph crash has yet to surface (although maybe its time is coming), and no one is looking for Dietrich anymore. But wait—it happened in La-La-Land, after all. Can a movie deal be far behind?u JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney and car collector in Oregon. His comments here are general in nature and no substitute for consultation with an attorney. He can be reached at legalfiles@sportscarmarket.com 30 Sports Car Market www.engadget.com


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Collecting Thoughts Dave Burroughs and Bloomington Gold What Makes a Survivor? The classic car hobby can learn from collectors of coins, guns, and clocks— refinishing hurts the value by Paul Duchene T he issue of originality—“George Washington's axe”—has been around since cars were first judged for authenticity, perhaps back in the 1920s when the first bunch of pre-1904 vehicles assembled for the London-to-Brighton re-enactment. To the enormous pleasure of Chief Judge Ed Gilbertson, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is expanding its preservation category this summer by adding a class for Post-WWII cars. “They ARE 50 years old,” he observes dryly. (In fact, most of us are PostWWII as well.) Pebble Beach is justly famous for its jewelry, but in this instance history is triumphing over jewelry in the classic car hobby. Million-dollar cars often resemble Fabergé eggs in their detail, so honoring the earnest, unrestored vision of the original artisans adds a charmingly flawed facet to the gem-like setting of the 18th fairway. But the attempt to measure originality in a meaning- ful way got a real leg up in 1989, when the benchmark Bloomington Gold Corvette Rally added a “Survivor” certification for original, unrestored cars, to its anal-retentive (yes, it is hyphenated) Gold and Silver restoration categories. ORIGINS Riding point (and drawing fire) on the issue is David Burroughs, the articulate founder of Bloomington Gold back in 1978. Burroughs showed a Corvette at several shows in the 1970s but noticed the judging was subjective at best. It occurred to him that if he could get a board of experienced restorers together, they could judge Corvettes by the real-world standards to which they were originally made. That way, anybody whose car passed muster got a Gold or Silver certificate rather than one Best of Show. “We could have ten winners instead of one,” says Burroughs. Cars with gold-plated engine kits received a rude surprise. “Guys who left things alone were recognized. People who didn't like it never came back.” But an unanticipated side effect troubled him. “People would bring unrestored cars not good enough to get a Gold certificate,” a score of 95 points on myriad details from correct engine paint to gas tank decals. “Somebody might bring a '57 fuelie. How many of those do you see? They'd get a Silver certificate (90 points) and they'd take it home and restore it. That depressed me; we'd lost another original car.” LEAVE THEM ALONE So Burroughs created another system to measure original cars and encourage people to leave them alone. To win a Bloomington Gold Survivor certificate, a car is judged in four categories—exterior, interior, engine compartment, and chassis. It must be more than 50% original or unmodified in three of the four categories, and in good enough condition to use as a model for the restoration of a similar car. If it passes in all four categories, it's deemed a Benchmark car. Judges are blind tested—they face away from a very good original example and must correctly describe what each part of the vehicle should look like. If they pass, they can then train other judges, who must be tested too. Burroughs thinks his system could apply to any marque, but Gilbertson at Pebble 32 Burroughs stands by—and on—his definition of “Survivor” Beach is not so sure. “Some cars are as easy as ABCs, but others, like Voisin, simply can't be judged that way. They're all different and they're all correct,” says Gilbertson, who loves original cars. He has judged at Pebble Beach for 24 years, been Chief Ferrari judge for 15 years, and Chief Judge overall for the past eight years. He's also been Chief Judge for the Ferrari Club of America for 20 years. “People come to Pebble Beach with a car that shows well, but doesn't win anything. The guy will call me very upset. ‘I've won awards all over the place. I've got Best of Show and I get nothing here.' I tell him the car scored well, but in the non-preservation classes, we focus on restoration to original standards and authenticity far more than most events do,” says Gilbertson, who attributes the value of a Pebble Beach award to the depth of the judges' knowledge. For instance, a car painted in a non-original color, no matter how beautifully restored, is extremely unlikely to go home with any kind of ribbon from Pebble. TRADEMARK BATTLES ANNOY HOBBY So far, Burroughs reckons 1,000 Corvettes have quali- fied for the $250 Bloomington Gold Survivor certificate. He estimates 3,000 cars attend the show each year, with about 150 registered for Gold and Silver judging and 80 Sports Car Market


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to 100 for Survivor certification. Burroughs says the term “Survivor” entered the ver- nacular very quickly and he legally pursued people who were describing cars as “survivors” when they hadn't passed the Bloomington Gold certification. “That's our trademark,” he says. “I could sell a hamburger I called a Whopper, but I'd hear from Burger King.” While aggressive efforts by Burroughs to trademark the term “Survivor” have annoyed the collector car hobby as much as a faulty car alarm that goes off when you don't expect it, the certification itself remains a genuine attempt to define the qualities of a prize-winning original car. Richard Lentinello is the Editor in Chief of Hemmings magazines and recalls the survivor trademark issue “being crazy and ugly for six months,” with legal threats bandied about, though nothing ever went to court. “Some magazines use the word whenever they can just to piss him (Burroughs) off,” Lentinello says. “But I think using the term survivor for a car that's only 40 percent correct is wrong. A survivor should be all original except for the tires and battery.” (SCM's policy is to use the complete phrase, Bloomington Gold Survivor, when referring to a car that has been certified by Bloomington. However, we will continue to allow our writers to use the generic term “survivor” to describe cars that, in their opinion, warrant that description, which refers to a car that is essentially in original, unrestored condition.—ED.) LEARN FROM GUNS, COINS, CLOCKS Burroughs says whatever its shortcomings, his effort is an attempt to develop a system to value and preserve original vehicles, and ought to be adaptable to anything from tractors to airplanes. He thinks the classic car hobby should learn from the collectors of coins, guns, and clocks. “Refinishing hurts the value. Why haven't people figured this out?” To that end, he bought an unrestored '67 Corvette. “The frame is rusted, the paint sun-baked, the carpet in shreds—you couldn't use it as a model.” Badly crazed paint, but original Burroughs' favorite schtick when he's explaining Bloomington Gold Survivor cer- tification is to hop up on the Corvette's cowling ahead of the windshield, with a can of spray paint in his hand. “The crowd goes numb,” he says. “I'm eight feet in the air, standing on the car. I ask them, what's the problem? I'm wearing soft shoes, the car is tremendously braced. I'll tell you the problem: I can open the hood and touch up the engine compartment with a $3 spray can. I can do real damage to the historical value. And they get it.” Europeans have long held unrestored original items—be they sculpture, paintings, buildings, or cars—in much higher esteem than those restored to “better than new” condition. It is a clear sign of the emerging maturity of the American collector that “just making things a little better here and there” is no longer automatically viewed as the right thing to do to a car. After all, as preservation expert Miles Collier is wont to say, “Cars are only original once.”u Cracks, dings, and chips all factor into the evaluation March 2007 Engine originality is one of four categories for “Survivor” status 33


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Collecting Thoughts Barbara McQueen Brunsvold Steve McQueen and Me A stuntman jumped the fence in “The Great Escape” but Steve did it later, when he was off movie insurance. You just didn't tell that man no by Paul Duchene A ctor Steve McQueen's legend continues to grow, if the result of the November 11 Bonhams & Butterfields auction is anything to go by. Of the $2.9 million raised by the annual Petersen Museum auction, $1.9 million came from bikes and motobilia with McQueen connections, some of it resold from the original estate sale in 1982. But $1m of Steve McQueen memorabilia came from his widow Barbara McQueen Brunsvold, who was selling items of her late husband's that had not been offered before. Auction standouts included a world-record $177,500 paid for a 1934 Indian Sport Scout given to Barbara for her birthday (and which the restorer refused to paint pink), $150,000 for a 1920 Indian Powerplus Daytona boardtrack racer, and $128,000 for McQueen's turquoise and white 1958 GMC Cameo fleetside pickup. Astonishingly, someone also paid $70,200 for a pair of blue-lensed Persol sunglasses the actor might have worn in “The Thomas Crown Affair.” The Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow used in the movie went for the same sum. A week in advance of the sale, Barbara McQueen Brunsvold sat down with some of the items to talk about her late husband and introduce the 250-page book of her photographs she has just completed with McQueen biographer Marshall Terrill, entitled Steve McQueen: The Last Mile. ($95, signed, with 30 hours of McQueen conversations on CDs, exclusively at www.daltonwatson.com until spring).An active photographer back in those days, she says she hasn't touched a camera since. Barbara Brunsvold is poised, tall and dark; still every inch the Cosmopolitan Magazine cover girl she was in the 1970s, though now she uses reading glasses shyly to study book details. She says the sale reflects the fact it's time she moved on. “It's funny to see this stuff all cleaned up,” she says. “I can look around and say, that was in the living room, that was in the kitchen. I can see our Santa Paula house and where everything was.” Pointing to the Powerplus, she says, “That bike sat in our living room for I don't know how long. I've been looking at that bike since the day I met Steve. “And that truck—his baby. Steve wouldn't let me drive it but one time. When he passed away, his son and I got into an argument over that truck. Well, not really an argument. We had it towed back and forth from house to house and called the cops on each other.” She laughs at the memory and shakes her head. Barbara Brunsvold says she doesn't watch McQueen's films, though one day she will. “They make me cry. I did watch ‘The Thomas Crown Affair' the other night; a girlfriend said I should see it for Faye Dunaway's awesome clothes. I couldn't stop bawling.” She says she hasn't realized how long it's been since McQueen died, then gasps as she remembers the anniversary is the next day, November 7. He passed away 26 years ago, in 1980. “This is all kind of fitting. I'm sure he's here somewhere.” McQueen was 50 at the time of his death, and Barbara was 26. She points to a toughlooking old marshal with a rifle standing behind McQueen in pictures she took on the set of “Tom Horn.” “That's my father. My parents came to visit the set and he was cast as an extra. He went for a walk with Steve and had ‘the talk' about me….” She laughs at the memory. Dozens of cast-iron $70k worth of Persol sunglasses and tin toys from the 1930s and later were part of the auction, and Barbara says McQueen's toy hobby 34 Barbara McQueen Brunsvold thanks those in attendance and, as she put it, “Give you all a great big hug!” originated with “The Hunter,” his last film, in which he portrayed noted bounty hunter Ralph “Papa” Thorson. “Steve just loved ‘stuff.' We went to swap meets and auctions all over. He kept the toys from the movie and started buying more.” She remembers going to antique bike places with Steve, legendary stuntman Bud Ekins, and Chuck Bale. “We'd stay at the cheesiest hotels and they would sit around drinking beer and telling stories. You know, Bud jumped the fence in ‘The Great Escape,' but Steve did it afterwards, when he was off movie insurance. You just didn't tell that man no.” McQueen also became interested in Wurlitzer juke- boxes. (One sold at the auction for $78,000, complete with his handwritten song titles.) It was plugged in and Barbara Brunsvold could be forgiven for feeling a little melancholy listening to tunes they enjoyed together. “It just doesn't seem that long ago to me,” she says. “He's still remarkably present. When my [current] husband goes away on bike trips, Steve sits on the couch and watches TV with me. I know you're going to think I'm a nut case, but there's always somebody there.”u Sports Car Market Peter Lynde/Bonhams


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Ferrari Profile 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC What might have been called patina a decade ago had slipped to scruffy by Steve Ahlgrim DETAILS Years produced: 1966–68 Number produced: 600 Original list price: $16,070 SCM Valuation: $125,000-$200,000 Tune up: $2,500 Distributor cap: $450 (two required) Chassis #: left frame member by steering box. Engine #: right rear above motor mount. Club: Ferrari Club of America. P. O. Box 720597 Atlanta, GA 30358 More: www/FerrariClubofAmerica.Org Alternatives: 1965 Corvette coupe 396/425, 1964–66 Lamborghini 350GT, 1956–59 Porsche 356A Carrera GT coupe SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Lot #411, S/N 11077 Condition: 3 Sold at $170,500 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/18/2006 SCM ID# 42700 Chassis number: 10377 U nveiled at the 1966 Geneva Salon, the Ferrari 330 GTC allied the 275GTB chassis with a 330 2+2 engine. The Pininfarina coachwork blended the 400 Superamerica front with the tail of the 275GTS. This produced a very elegant car that is by no means out of place today. The GTC provided plenty of room and comfort for two passengers and plenty of performance to match. In November 1966, The Motor conducted a road test by noted race driver/automotive journalist Paul Frere. He was highly impressed, noting “…the greatest surprise is the silence of the engine. In handling, the 330 GTC is exactly like all Ferraris I have driven before. It is as close to being neutral as one could want, but the most impressive feature of the handling is the solidness in which it changes directions, particularly in the S-bends where it tracks with about the same precision as a modern race car.” Frere achieved a lively 14.6 seconds for the standing quarter mile, almost exactly matching the figures produced by Road & Track when they tested the 330 GTS. They reported 14.9 seconds (at 95 mph) and a top speed of 145 mph. It is also of note that legendary Ferrari World Champion Phil Hill called the 330 GTC “the best roadgoing Ferrari ever built.” 36 HIGHLY ORIGINAL EXAMPLE This highly original example was supplied in the livery it still sports today and featured a factory-fitted radio, Borrani wheels, electric windows, and air conditioning. In 1998, it was acquired by the previous owner, who undertook a detailed and exacting mechanical rebuild that included extensive work to the engine, brakes, and application of the correct engine ancillaries per the factory specifications. Continuing along these guidelines, the car has re- cently been treated to a thorough mechanical restoration and detailing to show standards. Aspects covered include a full suspension (necessitating new Koni shock absorbers), brake-line replacement, correct Michelin XWXs, exhaust system, clutch, and the transaxle has been removed and detailed. The only feature not currently functioning is the air conditioning. SPECIALIST WAS CAPTIVATED Save for the beneficial work already mentioned, the car is otherwise wonderfully original and thanks to careful ownership has aged gracefully; upon a recent inspection, a Christie's specialist was somewhat cap- Sports Car Market 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Lot #S221, S/N 9821 Condition: 1Sold at $195,800 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/19/2006 SCM ID# 40446 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Lot #13, S/N 9857 Condition: 3Sold at $143,000 Gooding, Palm Beach, FL, 1/22/2006 SCM ID# 40528 Photos: Christie's Images Ltd.2006


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tivated by the whole package. The exterior is thought to still sport some original paint (at least to the roof) and prospective purchasers can either view the crazing and imperfections as a benefit or hindrance. The brightwork is largely original, save for a few items that have been rechromed. On the inside, only the fitment of new carpet and refurbishment of the wood-rimmed steering wheel detract from the immaculate yet untouched feel that 10377 offers. Accompanying the car are records of recent work, owner's manual, jack (and jack pouch) and unsurprisingly, even the original keys. In our opinion, this fine survivor is ripe for enjoyment both in terms of aesthetic appreciation granted by the sympathetic manner to which it has been preserved and the level to which it has been optimized. THE SCM ANALYSIS This car sold for $170,375 at Christie's August 2006 Monterey Auction. “The best road going Ferrari ever built.” These words, immortalized in an article written by Phil Hill in a 1966 Road & Track article, seem to be found in every blurb ever written about 330 GTCs. While Mr. Hill's statement might have been spot on at that time, there's more to the story. EXCELLENT ON PAPER BUT… Judging the 330 GTC as the best road-going Ferrari ever built is on par with saying that the Acura NSX is the best exotic ever built, or perhaps the 928 is the best Porsche ever built. It may have been a correct statement at the time, but one that enthusiasts and the marketplace tend to ignore. These cars set new standards for civilized performance driving but fell victim to their own success. Their lack of flaws make them excellent on paper, excellent on the road, and appealing to the eye, but they come off as bland in the total ownership experience. Meaning that, yes, they're great cars but… There's no doubt the 330 GTC is a fine driver. The engine has a surprising amount of power. A firm push on the gas will knock you back in the seat as the acceleration demands your full attention. The engine sound is perfect, with a deep burble at idle that rises nicely with the RPMs. The transaxle is smooth with precise linkage. The steering is light and the suspension is tuned for an even ride with crisp handling. The brakes are strong enough to stand you on your ear. The styling is elegant and the interior is luxurious. The 330 GTC has everything going for it, so what's not to love? There are a huge number of great cars, and to stand above the crowd, a car has to have something special. The 330 GTC has excellent performance wrapped in a beautiful body with an attractive interior, but it lacks that something special to make it a great Ferrari. Ferrari enthusiasts will talk about how well a 330 GTC drives, but most would choose the more brutal Daytona if offered a choice. They will compliment the GTC's graceful lines, but at a show will walk by one without a glance. They will debate it being the best Ferrari ever, but will write a bigger check for a more flawed model. The 330 GTC is a car you love but not one you lust after. WHICH CAR ARE YOU WRITING ABOUT? I inspected the subject car before the auction and wanted to ask Christie's, “Where's the car in the catalog?” What might have been called patina a decade ago had slipped to scruffy. The car was complete and sound but the paint was checked and blemished beyond the “driver” stage. The interior looked old, and not in a good way. The exterior brightwork was dull and the underhood detailing must have been done on a different car. I don't usually pick on catalogs, but whoever wrote this description could not have seen the car. Over the last few years, 330 GTCs have more than doubled in value. Not long ago, average examples were slow sellers at $75,000. Today an average car will break $150,000 and an exceptional example should bring over $200,000. However, as the prices go up, so does the minimum level of acceptability. In my opinion, $170,000 was all the money and then some for this car. At the least this car will need new paint with a color change, which will just emphasize the other flaws. You can't paint the car without restoring it and you can't restore it without getting buried. In my opinion, I suspect the purchaser was a speculator who felt the market will continue to go up fast enough to solve this dilemma. I predict we'll be seeing this car up for auction again next year.u STEVE AHLGRIM of Atlanta, GA, has been actively involved in the Ferrari business since 1978. (Introductory description courtesy of Christie's.) March 2007 37


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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan Why a 50% Hit Means Nothing Nobody is ever going to sit on the porch at the old-age home and reminisce: “Yep, I had a Toyota, hardly ever needed fixin'” I note an interesting division in my stream of phone calls and emails. Buyers of preBoxer era Ferraris ask about future appreciation, while buyers of the late-model V12s—the 456s, 550s and 575s—ask about further depreciation. If I'm unable to comfort owners of the late-model Ferraris, I can at least explain new Ferrari depreciation in detail. A hit in the $100,000 range is only part of the cost of ownership. Since many new Ferraris are leased, interest costs, sales tax and registration fees, insurance, and unique fees such as parking costs must also be factored into the total expense. LET'S LOOK AT THE NUMBERS Because one column can cover only so much, we will focus mainly on depreciation and not get into new car appreciation, which does exist. A current example would be the 599, with “today delivery” examples currently selling for $150,000 or so over the $320,000 window sticker. As an example of depreciation, 2003 Ferrari 456 M GTA s/n 132384 was sold new on November 14, 2003, by Scottsdale Ferrari, with a window sticker of $241,362. Only a month later, in December, the same 456 M GTA was sold to Motorcars International and then re-sold on January 1, 2004, with 144 miles on the odometer, for $199,000. Two and a half years and 9,600 miles later, we purchased 456 M GTA s/n 132384 needing a major service. A 30,000-mile belt service was done, new rear shocks, a new set of brakes, and four new tires were fitted and the wheels were repainted at a cost of just over $10,000. We then sold 456 M GTA s/n 132384 to its third owner for $122,500. Sales tax at 8.25%, plus registration, added another $12,000 to the cost. MSRP depreciation over the first three years was $120,000, or about 50% of the new cost. Add in short-term lease fees of about $15,000 per year, insurance, registration, etc., and the cost of three years of “first owner” ownership approached $200,000. While a hit of close to $200,000 may shock some people, let's look at a few comparisons. Ferrari-Maserati-Bentley of Denver sold 2003 Bentley Azure s/n 01162 new on January 8, 2003 for $396,981 and took it back on trade in late 2006. It was then resold for $200,000, a three-year depreciation of $200,000 or about 50% of the new cost. Factor in lease fees, insurance, registration and the cost of the ownership experience is approximately $300,000. DEPRECIATION RATES CONSTANT While these numbers may be shocking, a 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500 sold new for just over $100,000 and will now retail for $65,000, a 35% hit, while a 2003 SL55 sold new for about $125,000 and now retails for $55,000—a 55% hit! Moving further down the food chain, a new 2003 Jaguar XJR would have set you back $85,000 and is worth $40,000 today. Prefer a Corvette, which offers a huge bang for the buck? $50,000 for a new 2003, but $30,000 today, or 40% off. Want to drop to the bottom of the fun-factor food chain? A loaded 2003 Miata would have set you back $25,000 and is worth about $12,500 today. Factor in the usual interest, registration fees, ad nauseum, on any of these, and all of the percentages are Ferrari comparable, just at higher, or lower, numbers. Having done the depreciation comparisons, I then go on to explain “The Miracle of Depreciation,” the process whereby previously unobtainable automobiles are brought within the reach of the common man. Simply put, the first few years' depreciation separates the truly rich from the simply comfortable. For those who can pay, the costs are moot, as those funds would otherwise go to a yacht or a third house or a Lear jet. While it may seem hard to justify a $100,000 depreciation, those who can, do, and those who can't, buy used. Bentleys experience the same Titanic-like sinking loss of value 38 That “giant sucking sound” is called depreciation ALL WE HAVE ARE MEMORIES I try to summarize my case with a lesson I learned long ago. All we have today are our memories of yesterday and plans for tomorrow. Consider these two options: Sitting on the porch at the old-age home and reminiscing, “Yep, I had a Toyota. Never had a problem with it, gave great mileage, hardly ever needed fixin'.” Or, “I had a couple of Ferraris when I was young. Fast? Christ, they were impractical and needed fixin' all the time, but what a sound... the most fun I ever had with my clothes on! Expensive? Like an unfaithful mistress, but lemme tell you: the women loved them and your buddies thought you were the luckiest guy on the planet! I wouldn't trade those memories for the world.” WHICH LIFE WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE? Thoughts of the old-age home porch scenario have directed my life and led me to do things like racing three times in the 24 Hours of Daytona, taking my kids racing, owning and racing multiple Ferraris, and other experiences more “sensible” people have missed. When I asked the second buyer of the 456 for his per- spective on the first few years' depreciation, his comment was, “It is good for me, especially if the car is in like-new condition. Bad for the first owner.” When I asked him about future depreciation, although at a much lower rate, his comment was, “Bad for me, but I don't really mind… I've wasted years of my life waiting.” I say, life is short, enjoy it to the fullest, and leave the number-crunching of Ferrari ownership to one's accountant. The ownership experience must be considered “priceless” or owning a Ferrari, or any other exotic, makes no sense. u MIKE SHEEHAN has been a Ferrari broker and racer for 30 years. 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English Profile 1954 Morgan Plus 4 Drophead Coupe The drophead top doesn't compress very well, and in the “down” position often gives the appearance of a car packing a mattress by Norm Mort DETAILS Years produced: 1950–1968 Number produced: est. 433 (all with Vanguard engines) Original list price: $2,650 SCM Valuation: $22,000–$30,000 (with TR engines) Tune-up cost: $350 Distributor cap: $40 Chassis #: Stamped in right cross-member near gearbox Engine #: Left side of block Club: Morgan Sports Car Club More: http://www.mscc.uk.com/ Alternatives: 1953–55 MGTF, 1951–55 Singer SM Roadster, 1946–53 Riley RMB/RMD/RMF SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS Chassis number: 3178 H. F. S. Morgan couldn't have guessed back in 1910 that the DNA of his first trike would form the basis of generations of Morgan sports cars. Or that the appeal would extend from pre-WWI owners to more worldly men and women nearly a century later. More sophisticated enthusiasts might call H. F. S. the first automotive masochist but to most, the whole Morgan concept is a joyous mystery. As Cecil Clutton once wrote about the three-wheeler, “Morgan addicts claim it's the safest thing on wheels: lesser mortals just think the addicts are very brave.” Porsche owners are very similar in their dedication (although their kidneys can't take the ride qualities of a Morgan) and so are MG, Triumph, and other single marque devotees. STEPPING UP FROM THREE WHEELS In 1936, after 25 years of contrarianism, Morgan moved into the four-wheel market, dominated up until then by MG and Singer. Three-wheeled competitor BSA made the move a few years earlier, but its feeble Scout was unsuccessful. Morgan's competition record, traditional sports car styling, and competitive price led to on-going success—although some might argue the price 40 advantage has been left behind. Morgan made four-cylinder Ford-powered three-wheelers for five years after WWII, but the stark, V-twin Super Sports was gone the way of the Supermarine Spitfire. Morgan's focus shifted to four wheelers exclusively when the 1,267-cc Standardpowered, four-cylinder, 4/4 was replaced by the Plus 4. The Morgan Plus 4 appeared at the 1950 Earls Court Show and the first Plus 4 models were sold in 1951. They were fitted with a four-cylinder, 68-hp, 2,088-cc Vanguard engine, which provided 70% more power than the 4/4's sidevalve four-cylinder. The Vanguard engine was eventually phased out in 1958 in favor of the Triumph TR3 unit. Optional on all other Plus 4s from 1953–1955 was the more robust engine from the Triumph TR2. It provided an additional 22 hp, before it was eventually replaced by the 100-hp TR3 unit. THE SCM ANALYSIS This maroon Morgan Plus 4 drophead coupe sold for $21,715, including buyer's premium, at the Bonhams auction on November 15, 2006 in Harrogate, England. It was described as fitted with its original black 1967 Morgan Plus 4 Lot #109, S/N 6565 Condition: 3+ Sold at $35,200 RM, Amelia Island, FL, 3/13/2004 SCM ID# 32834 Sports Car Market 1962 Morgan Plus 4 Lot #184, S/N 5065 Condition: 3 Sold at $30,800 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/18/2006 SCM ID# 42804 1958 Morgan Plus 4 Lot #469, S/N 3921 Condition: 2 Sold at $38,000 Kruse, Seaside, CA, 8/13/2004 SCM ID# 34820 Photos: Bonhams


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leather interior, with its British registration reinstated; the presence of October 2007 MoT papers assured roadability. ONE OF THE RAREST BODIES One of only 433 dropheads built from 1950 to 1969 (the last Plus 4 DHC built was in January, 1969), this is allegedly one of just 26 built with dual rear spares. That makes it one of the rarest Morgan body styles, a drophead with the updated 1954 “fencer's mask” grille, but the “toast-rack” rear. Chassis #3178 last sold in February 2001, via Bonhams & Brooks, for $12,566 as a '55 model. At that time it was described as a sound example that had sold at a “bargain” $8,000–$10,000 below market value. In the Bonhams catalog, the original owner is re- corded as a Dr. Allan of Bridgenorth, Shropshire. (Or is that Dr. Allen of Stourbridge as noted in the earlier catalog?) Somewhere along the line it was reportedly restored to a high standard. When sold in 2001 the DHC had belonged to a French photographic historian for the past quarter of a century. Brought back to England, it was slightly refurbished and repainted. HARD TO FIND AN ORIGINAL Finding an original Morgan is a bit like finding an original race car. Owners through the decades were more concerned with using their sports cars than pampering them. That hasn't affected prices a great deal, as new Morgan owners tend to look for cars to use as well, rather than trailer queens. The original Standard Vanguard engine has been upgraded to what's described as a 2.2-liter motor that was incorrectly noted in the sales catalog as Triumph TR2 unit. But previous documentation revealed the motor had been changed in the past to 2,138-cc Triumph TR4 specs, a common upgrade in keeping with the factory progression. In any event, the lump under the hood is the one you want to have. The drophead coupe sports a fixed A-post windscreen, taller suicide doors, and added interior walnut trim. The coupe also features detachable side windows and a top that folds neatly into the bodywork. Heavier and described as more comfortable than the two- or four-seater roadster (which wouldn't be hard) the DHC is respected for its styling, not its performance. Even more wood goes into a DHC than a roadster, so as long as wood worm, rot, etc. haven't feasted on the body framework, there's enough leeway to refurbish the interior and not lose money when it becomes time to move on. As a caveat, however, some sources reckon about seven years is the limit for a wood frame if the car is used daily and parked outside. RARE BUT NOT DESIRABLE Drophead coupe styling is very subjective. Although much admired and often rare, it is not necessarily what potential enthusiasts lust after in a sports car. A roadster top folds down (or falls apart) into nothing, whereas the formal drophead top includes a heavy internal frame and an inner liner. It doesn't compress very well and in the “down” position often gives the appearance of a car packing a mattress. (Lack of interest in this writer's March 2007 Allard DHC, currently offered for sale, confirms the lukewarm appeal.) Where are the folding windscreen, the cut-down doors, the panache that comes automatically with a roadster? The pre-auction estimate had been calculated at roughly $23,000–$27,500, higher than the sale price. The estimate was fair in my opinion, which makes this drophead a very good buy. U.S. asking prices for a very presentable, solid #2 Plus 4 Mog tend to be set at an artificial $5,000–$10,000 more. Those that actually sell normally fall in the $25,000-range. Recent auction sales also reflect this fact. There are exceptions, of course—concours examples, Le Mans models, and Super Sports. Morgan owners are the Hare Krishna of car enthusiasts. This totally dedicated group has a very different view of what both a three-wheeled and four-wheeled automobile is all about. It's a cult steeped in tradition with a wardrobe blend of Sherlock Holmes, Billy Bishop, and Andy Capp. Morgans, like T-Series MGs and even Porsche 911s, are widely available and the market is slightly soft. Despite that fact, a Morgan is an exceptional automobile for any collector's garage—whether a present cult member or a future one. u NORM MORT is an automobile journalist and owns CIA appraisals in Canada. (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) Seat Time Emmison rallying in the Pyrenees in 1995 (R), and the Neils with KYS 41 on the 1954 Scottish Highland Three-day Rally Martin Emmison, London, U.K.: My wife and I have owned a 1952 “flat radiator” Plus 4 since 1974. It was sold new to two Scottish young ladies, Andy and Chrissie Neil, then living near Glasgow, who rallied it a fair bit early on, including in the Scottish Highland Rally in 1954 and '55, the latter serving as the teenaged Jim Clark's first international motorsport experience co-driving an Austin-Healey 100/4 with his cousin, Billy Potts. The car started life with a Standard Vanguard engine, and is now uprated with a warmed-up and balanced Triumph TR4A engine and fitted with front disc brakes with servo. We had the Morgan rebuilt on a new chassis frame in 1980–81 when our son was “en ventre sa mere,” and then raced, hill-climbed, and rallied it extensively throughout the 1980s. Now it is back in fast road trim, and our son, now aged 25, enjoys driving it just as much as we have. It's a lovely car on country roads or in the mountains. Barney Hallingby, New York, NY: At my wife's suggestion, we purchased a 1960 Morgan Plus 4. 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English Patient Gary Anderson Giving a Tinkerer's Cuss Dad worked on the car on Saturday afternoon. If he didn't, his piece of agricultural folk art could wheeze to a halt on the Sunday afternoon drive L ife in England in the 1950s and early '60s ran—or should I say strolled—at a much slower pace than today. The wireless offered only the British Broadcasting Corporation with football and cricket matches, pop or classical music, and the same news on every station three times a day. Weather was incredibly local, mostly calling for scattered showers, with daily updates on distant fishing grounds like Rockall and Fastnet for the long-gone fleet. Television was mostly confined to upper-income families in the larger cities, with only BBC and ITV channels. Children were left to fend for themselves on weekends, so long as they were home before dark. The man of the family worked on the car on Saturday afternoon. If he didn't (and often if he did) his piece of agricultural folk art could wheeze to a halt during the Sunday afternoon drive. LONG LISTS OF TASKS Maintenance was an intensive proposition. The driver's handbook had a long list of tasks to be done every 1,000 miles, another list to be done at 3,000-mile intervals, and even more at 6,000 and 12,000 miles. Despite such detailed attention, very few autos ever made it to 100,000 miles, an expectation that's been common in the U.S. since the late 1930s. And these days, who wants to waste Saturday working on the car? There are sporting events on television, and if he isn't chauffeuring the family out of town, any father worth his salt is expected at his childrens' athletic events. OUT OF THE TINKERING HABIT Fortunately, automotive technology has kept pace and we no longer have to spend time on endless maintenance. Lubrication points are sealed at the factory, as are batteries; ignition systems are electronic, and oil is changed at 12,000-mile intervals by the auto dealer or Jiffy Lube. We're out of the habit of tinkering with daily drivers, and unfortunately, that attitude often extends to classic cars. The result is that on every classic car adventure, we'll see highly-polished automobiles stranded with an overheated engine, disabled generator, balky transmission, or electrical woes. Rather than taking responsibility, we often blame such problems on Lucas, “The Prince of Darkness,” and other whipping boys. But the correct explanation is as close as the driver's handbook that came with every British car. Such books provide checklists to keep your car in good running order. However, if you're like most British car owners, you don't have one, or it's tucked away with other precious documentation. BUY A REPRODUCTION MANUAL Nowadays, reproductions of handbooks are available through technical publishers or your club, and you don't have to feel guilty about getting greasy thumbprints on them. These handbooks list all the maintenance tasks that should be performed at specified mileage. In my Driver's Handbook for the Austin-Healey 3000 BN7/BT7, for example, the last 26 pages are taken up with maintenance. There I can find a detailed lubrication chart with mileage intervals, as well as pictures and instructions on how to do the basic tasks, from changing oil to tuning the ignition. Included lists detail what should be done every 1,000 miles (essentially check and replenish all liquids and push grease into 17 separate grease nipples), every 3,000 miles (change engine oil and oil filter, clean air cleaner, set points and spark plug gaps, put oil in generator and distributor, adjust brake shoes), every 6,000 miles (change transmission and rear axle oil, grease hubs, check shock oil), and every 12,000 miles (flush engine and radiator, clean carburetors, tighten suspension bolts). 42 WE DON'T DRIVE FAR ENOUGH One thing to remember is to adapt those intervals to our modern routines. Few of us drive our British cars very often, or very far. We aren't likely to accumulate even 3,000 miles in a typical driving season, much less the 12,000 that was the average when the cars were new. Sports Car Market


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Here's how I've adapted the checklists to my routines. Once a year at the end of the typical driving season, I clean the car and perform all of the routine maintenance through the 12,000-mile mark, including changing the oil and coolant. In addition, I'll tighten up all the suspension fasteners and check the condition of the wheels, tires, brake pads, hoses, and fan belt. If I do this at the end of the season, the car will be ready to run on the first warm day of spring. If the car winds up sitting for longer, it will still be in pretty good shape when it's taken out of storage. MODERN OILS DON'T CUT IT Many modern oils are no longer suitable for old cars. Automotive technology and environmental concerns have caused changes to the way oils are now formulated, and even old brands of oil are very different from what they were when our cars were new. To improve mileage and increase the lifespan of cata- lytic converters, many of the old additives have been removed, especially those designed to protect the surfaces of the cams and flat-surface tappets in old engines. In particular, the additive Zinc-Dialkyl-dithiophos- phate (ZDDP) has gone, especially from lower-weight oils recommended for most modern cars. In conjunction with molybdenum, ZDDP maintains surfaces constantly rubbing against one another, but it isn't necessary in a modern roller-rocker, variable-valve timing engine. In a recent thread on several vintage racing and Healey online bulletin boards, the consensus was that we should seek out the few oils formulated for older cars that still have ZDDP. LOOK FOR OILS WITH ZDDP These include Castrol GTX or High Mileage 20W50, Valvoline VR-1 20W50, and boutique oils such as Royal Purple, Redline, Torco, Penrite, or Amsoil in both 15W40 and 20W50 viscosities. Another good alternative is a diesel engine oil designed for vehicles without catalytic converters, such as Chevron Delo or Shell Rotella T, in a 15W40 or 20W50 weight. Oil formulation is particularly critical during the break-in period for rebuilt engines. This is highly technical, but a simple test can be used to make sure your potential engine builder is up to speed. If you ask him about ZDDP and he isn't familiar with the term, find a more knowledgeable person to do the work. Before I take my Healey out, I check oil and water levels, tire pressure, and see if there are any leaks under the car. Then, while the car is idling in the driveway, I'll check the engine compartment and look underneath. If we're willing to tend to our old British cars in the manner required when they were new, they'll give us pleasure for thousands of miles. In any case, it doesn't hurt to tinker with your motorcar now and then. Turn on the wireless to football or that new-fangled rock 'n roll, break out the spanners, a grease gun, and a coffee-can of paraffin and some rags, and take a break from the 21st century. You'll find it does wonders for your car and your peace of mind.u GARY ANDERSON is the founding editor of MC2 (www.mc2magazine.com), the magazine for Mini owners, and a many-time participant in the Monterey Historics. March 2007 43


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1953 Fiat 8V Ghia Supersonic These were the first Fiats with four-wheel independent suspension and far more advanced than the Ferraris and Maseratis of the era by Donald Osborne DETAILS Years produced: 1952–55 Number produced: 8 (114 total 8Vs) Original list price: $4,000–$6,000 SCM Valuation: $200,000–$500,000 (Depending on coachwork) Tune-up: $400–$600 Distributor cap: $800 Chassis #: Firewall as well as on chassis plate Engine #: On cylinder block, distributor side on boss Club: None Alternatives: 1953 Siata 208 Coupe, 1954 Maserati A6G2000 Coupe, 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900SZ SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS Chassis number: 106 000039 I n 1951, Fiat's great designer Dante Giocosa began work on a new high-performance sports car, the legendary 8V, or “Otto Vu” in Italian, a two-liter, V8engined two-seater. Giacosa theorized that for a car to have the power and characteristics for which he was aiming, a tubular chassis would not be stiff enough to mount the fully independent suspension, so a platform was constructed from welded sheet metal, to which was welded the coachwork paneling. The chassis construction was contracted out to spe- cialist manufacturer Siata, which would go on to build its own 8V versions, and Fabio Luigi Rapi was enlisted to design the bodywork. In March 1952, the 8V debuted at the Geneva Salon and stole the show. It soon became a favorite with Italian racing drivers who scored race wins, class wins, and championship victories in 8Vs. The car also caught the attention of Italy's coach- builders, the first of which to render their adaptation was Zagato. Other versions were built by Vignale, Pininfarina, Siata and Ghia. The latter was dubbed “Supersonic,” an allusion to the car's rocketship styling. SUPERSONIC BEGAN AS AN ALFA The Supersonic design first appeared on a Conrero- tuned Alfa Romeo 1900, which was entered in the 1953 44 Mille Miglia. Designed by Giovanni Savonuzzi, it was crafted in metal by Ghia, which built eight examples on the 8V Fiat chassis. The car we offer today is meticulously restored and was shown at the Bagatelle Concours d'Elegance. The combination of Ghia bodywork, a dramatic period color scheme, and a potent little V8 makes this rare Fiat a desirable car. Many of these Fiat 8Vs received an Alfa Romeo five-speed gearbox back in the late 1950s, just as the car we are proud to offer today. It comes with a U.S. title and Swiss customs documents. THE SCM ANALYSIS This car sold for $452,800 at the Sportscar Auction, Geneva, Switzerland, October 7, 2006. The Fiat 8V was an interesting, (if ultimately dead end) creation of the mass market firm. Part of a project for a large luxury car to better appeal to the American market, the V8 engine was developed for a still-born Fiat sedan but found a welcome home in a sports car instead. Small, at under two liters and with a 70-degree angle V design, it produced 105 hp in original trim, later uprated to 115 hp with hotter cams, higher compression, and dual two-barrel Weber carburetors. The ultimate variant had fourbarrel Webers and a four-port head, giving 125 hp. 1947 Fiat Spider competition Lot #814, S/N 0039147 Condition: 1Sold at $88,000 Bonhams, Hershey, PA, 10/10/2003 SCM ID# 36497 1954 Fiat 8V S II Lot #292, S/N 106000093 Condition: 1 Sold at $86,940 Bonhams, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 5/16/2005 SCM ID# 38553 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic Lot #66, S/N 56 Condition: 1 Sold at $159,646 Coys, Klausenrennen, CH, 9/25/1998 SCM ID# 15251 Sports Car Market Photos: Sportscar Auction Geneva


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The 8V proved effective against contemporary two-liter competition from Lancia, Maserati, and Ferrari. SKUNK WORKS PROJECT After the planned sedan was dropped, a group of en- gineers at Fiat decided that the engine was too interesting to lose. In a “skunk works” project, housed in Fiat's aircraft division, development continued. The aircraft connection actually became a challenge later on. Aircraft engines are typically not high revving and details such as oil circulation were not optimized for auto racing. On the other hand, the potential weak spot of the three main bearing bottom end was addressed by increasing the clearances to account for crankshaft flex. Once the engineers had the motor they wanted, it was presented to management, who authorized the construction of the sports car. SIATA ALSO USED 8V PACKAGE Fiat built 170 Otto Vu “groups”—a package consisting of the engine, gearbox, and suspension. Fifty-six of them went to Siata, which built mostly spiders and a few coupes, and the rest became Fiats. They were sophisticated in concept, with oval-tube space frames (later simplified to round section) and fully-independent suspension all around. Like the engine, the suspension was also a refugee from an abandoned project. Fiat and Alfa had been commissioned by the Italian military to design a “jeep” vehicle. Alfa won the competition, but part of the spec of the Fiat version included a remarkable suspension system with a light alloy cast housing and an articulated needle-bearing arm containing the shock hydraulics and spring. Adapted to the 8V chassis, it was very light and capable, contributing to the car's reputation for superior road holding. These were the first Fiats with four-wheel independent suspension, and they were far more advanced than the Ferraris and Maseratis of the era. Forty of the 114 cars built carried factory-built bodies designed by Rapi. They had the purposeful look of a racer, with a certain Art Deco charm but few (myself excluded) would call them beautiful. As to be expected, it's the coachbuilt versions that command the most interest today. Zagato built 30, some mildly modified from the factory design, most with the iconic double-bubble look for which they are known. ZAGATO VERSIONS WON RACES The Zagato versions also racked up many of the Otto Vu's more important competition results, including a class win in the 1955 Targa Florio and 1957 Mille Miglia. The 8V was also the overall winner of the 1956 Italian Sports Car Championship. Surprisingly, the most prolific builder of the 8V was Ghia, which clothed 50 of the sports cars in a variety of styles ranging from quite clean and sober to flamboyant. Auto manufacturers and designers had long been fascinated with the links between cars and airplanes. In the late 1940s, with the appearance of supersonic jet fighter planes, the interest reached fever pitch. By the early 1950s, most Italian design houses were showing cars that incorporated “air intake” grilles and “jet exhaust” rear ends. Ghia was no exception. The man who penned the Supersonic we discuss here, Giovanni Savonuzzi, was the creator of the original Cisitalia 202 streamliner coupe and Spider Nuvolari. Ghia used the Supersonic body on a number of platforms. Three Jaguar XK 120s, an Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk II, and an Alfa Romeo 1900SS shared it with the Fiat 8V, which had the largest production at eight. 8VS NEVER CHEAP OLD CARS The Fiat 8V has, thanks to its rarity and performance pedigree, always been desir- able. They never became cheap old cars, although the market for them was at one time much smaller. The 8V has also avoided the common stigma of being a really expensive car from a cheap manufacturer—not an easy feat. Modern techniques and analysis have also made the cars more reliable and more powerful. Knute Kolemann is acknowledged as an 8V guru. The Prescott, Arizonabased engine builder has assembled engines for Fiats and Siatas that can deliver up to 160 hp and run up to 7,000 rpm without issues, thanks to improved oil circulation and tolerances. They are now the perfect vintage rally and race rides and a certain entry to any event in the world from the Mille Miglia Storica on down. Chassis 39, the car sold in Geneva, is very well known in 8V circles and is acknowledged to be a superb restoration to a very high standard. With the best of the Zagato-bodied cars selling for $500,000, it's not surprising this Ghia example brought a similar price, as the Supersonic is arguably one of the most beautiful shapes to drape the chassis. Although the price was high, I would have to consider it right on the money.u DONALD OSBORNE is the principal in appraisers Automotive Valuation Services. His articles on collector cars have appeared in The New York Times. (Introductory description courtesy of Sportscar Auction Co.) March 2007 45


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German Profile 1959 Borgward Isabella TS Coupe The Isabella sought to translate ‘50s Detroit flash into a more compact Euro language, but it didn't work; Americans wanted foreign cars that looked foreign by Donald Osborne DETAILS Years produced: 1954–61 Number produced: 202,862 (all types) Original list price: $3,750 SCM Valuation: $8,000–$12,000 Tune-up: $125 Distributor cap: $20 Chassis #: On engraved plate, right inner fender top in engine compartment; also stamped into same panel Club: The Borgward Owner's Club, 77 New Hampshire Avenue, Bay Shore, Long Island, NY 11706 More: www.members.tripod. com/~CALBORG/master.html Alternatives: 1958 Auto Union 1000SP, 1959 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia, 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190SL SCM Investment Grade: D COMPS Chassis number: 367219 C arl Borgward entered the German auto industry as the charismatic proprietor of the Hansa Company in Bremen, Germany, in 1929, and produced individual and technically advanced vehicles between the wars. From 1938, Hansa cars were marketed under the name of its proprietor, and in post-war years, when car manufacture was resumed, the stylish “Hansa 1500” was Borgward's flagship model. In 1954, the Isabella was launched, bodied as a unitary construction sedan, coupe, convertible, or station wagon, and powered by a 1,493-cc, four-cylinder engine, which, in the sporting TS75 version, developed 75 hp. The standard model developed 60 hp. KARMANN GHIA AND STUDEBAKER MIX The Isabella was a commercially successful model with over 200,000 units manufactured between 1954 and 1961, mainly for the German home market, with very few examples coming to the U.K. The two-door styling was distinctive, influenced in no small way, we feel, by Karmann Ghia and perhaps Studebaker in America, a curious but effective blend. This example has been the subject of a comprehensive professional restoration including coachwork, suspension and drivetrain, and the interior has been refurbished. Photographs of the restoration are offered with the car. This right-hand-drive car is presented in pale green livery and furnished with brown leather upholstery. It is offered with a Swansea V5 registration document, old style logbook, distinctive registration number, current road fund licence, and MOT certificate to February 2007. We feel this car would stand well and be a serious competitor on the concours d'elegance lawns. 46 THE SCM ANALYSIS This car sold for $25,517 at the Bonhams sale, Harrogate U.K., November 15, 2006. The Borgward Isabella TS coupe was yet another attempt by European manufacturers to cash in on the lucrative U.S. market with a car designed to appeal to “American tastes.” Like the Auto Union 1000SP, a miniature Ford Thunderbird, the Isabella coupe sought to translate '50s Detroit flash into a more compact Euro language. But it never worked; if an American wanted a foreign car, he generally wanted one that didn't look like the domestic cars he didn't want to buy in the first place. HANSA AND GOLIATH SET THE SCENE Carl Borgward entered the German auto industry by purchasing two established automakers in 1929, Hansa and Goliath, and then concentrating on commercial vehicles. His first real car was the 1934 Hansa 1100, a four- cylinder model with a four-speed transmission and rakish looks clearly aimed at upwardly-looking middle-class drivers. Borgward took a short break after WWII; like a number of German businessmen, his bombed-out factory had been staffed by “involuntary workers” (otherwise known as slave labor) during the war, and he spent three years in prison. But it gave him time to think and once free, he rebuilt his factories and launched the first new post-war German designs at the Geneva show in 1949. The Borgward Hansa 1500 was a modern, slab-sided design, and with the later six-cylinder 2400 it proved very popular, selling 1959 Borgward Isabella Lot #363, S/N 348752 Condition: 3+ Sold at $13,515 Silver, Ft. McDowell, AZ, 1/21/2005 SCM ID# 37224 1959 Borgward Isabella TS Lot #83, S/N 369910 Condition: 2 Sold at $17,775 Shannons, Melbourne, Australia, 3/14/2005 SCM ID# 37709 1955 BMW 501 Lot #157, S/N 8650 Condition: 3Sold at $26,500 Branson, Branson, MO, 10/15/2004 SCM ID# 35163 Sports Car Market Bonhams


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more than 175,000 units in five years. GAVE PORSCHES A RUN FOR THE MONEY This led to a racing variant—the 1500RS—and it gave the dominant Porsches a run for their money in some events, including the 1953 Nürburgring 1000 km, in which one finished third overall, ahead of the Porsche 550s. Famous drivers who campaigned 1500s included Jo Bonnier and Hans Hermann. What would become the company's last major model was the Isabella, introduced in 1954. Named for Borgward's wife, it featured unibody construction and continued the all-independent suspension introduced on the Hansa. The range eventually encompassed a sedan, convertible, station wagon and the coupe. It was to be Borgward's all-out assault on the rich American market. As part of Borgward's racing program, an Isabella won its class in the 1955 Mille Miglia, repeating in the 1958 “rally” version of the event. A worsening financial situation forced the end of racing in 1958, although a modified sedan set a class record at Bonneville at nearly 100 mph before driving around the entire U.S. Under slightly mysterious circumstances involving fi- nancing irregularities as seen by the regional government, the company was forced into bankruptcy in 1961. Shortly thereafter Borgward suffered a heart attack and he died in 1963. Some saw the hand of other German manufacturers in the company's ruin, but nothing has ever been proven. Shortly before the shut-down, a new six-cylinder model was launched and the tooling for this car, along with the previous models, was shipped to Mexico, where variations were made up until 1970. SUBARU BOUGHT THE FLAT-4 An interesting footnote to the Borgward story is the Subaru connection. A smaller model, called the Arabella, after his daughter, debuted in 1959 with a water-cooled, flatfour engine. It was immediately licensed by Subaru, which launched the power plant in their 1968 model line. Since then, the engine has been developed into the current WRX and fearsome World Rally racers. The attractive Isabella TS coupe was positioned as a “grand tourer” rather than a sports car, as it weighed even more than the sedan on which it was based. However, the engines are regarded as responsive and flexible and given the comfortable seats, large trunk, and more than competent road holding, it was perfect as a continent-crosser for the Biedermeier Bentley wannabe. This example is one of the few built with right-hand drive, which obviously enhances its value in the U.K. (and renders it almost sale-proof anywhere else). The car sold by Bonhams appears in the SCM Gold Database from a previous auc- tion outing, H&H's sale at Derbyshire in the U.K. in February 2003 (SCM# 30451). At that time it failed to sell at a high bid of $14,310. Described as a #2-, it had new paint, which showed some issues, excellent chrome, and a very good interior. The vendor sought $24,000, which seemed unobtainable at the time. Three years later, slightly more was realized, probably more indicative of the strength of the overall market and the rough nature of many of the other offerings at the sale, than of a dramatic increase in Borgward values. Mid-teens to $20,000 seems to be the price these bring in very good condition. Adding the premium for right-hand drive in that market, the price doesn't seem outrageous. Borgwards should probably be worth more given their advanced specifications and racing history, but that can be said for many other obscure and underpriced cars with a small, but enthusiastic following—most of which I own or have owned…u DONALD OSBORNE is the principal in appraisers Automotive Valuation Services. His articles on collector cars have appeared in the New York Times. (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) March 2007 47


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Porsche Gespräch Jim Schrager Better and Better? You Bet I see the 964 Speedster as the car to have. It's the better car to drive and by the time production ended, the factory flaws were all taken care of Porsche Gespräch / Jim Schrager 1989 Porsche Speedster S peedsters have been magnet models among Porsche lovers ever since the originals came to the U.S. in 1955 to satisfy Max Hoffman's demand for a bare-bones sports car. But later Speedster models also merit study and here are a couple of cases in point. I am an avid reader of SCM and am looking for a 911 Speedster. I have had a 356B Roadster for over 30 years and I always enjoy your take on the market. Which 911 Speedster do you recommend, a 1989 or 1994?—Paul H., via email The 1989 911 Speedster, introduced just as the last classic car boom was reaching its zenith, was an immediate commercial success. The re-introduction of an iconic Porsche name on the final iteration of the 1963 type-901 chassis and in a highly limited production run generated a euphoric response. Many Porsche enthusiasts who decided they were experts at understanding the col- lector car market rushed a jubilant dealer network, which was only too willing to mark up these cars well above sticker. You could rate Porsche silliness by the prices asked at local dealers. Southern California often topped the list, with new Speedsters on offer at above $100,000, about 50% suggested retail. Of course, those frenzied buyers were breaking the first rule of collectible Porsches: No new series production Porsche is instantly collectible. But as we heard back then, “This time it is different.” Wasn't true then, not true now. SPEEDSTER PRICES HOLDING STEADY Since then, even based on regular list price, Speedsters have traced an unusual path. If you assume the average price actually paid for a new one was $75,000–$80,000 or so, they have simply been used cars, depreciating from that price as the miles and years roll on. However, they've held steady in the $50,000–$60,000 area—below sticker price—for over a decade, and have recently shown some strength, along with the general upward trend for vintage Porsches. It is unusual for a used car to stay this steady this long, without continuing to depreciate, so these may yet prove to have strong value. This could be due to the fact that volume for a production car was low, with 2,065 built. This is a huge number of cars by collector car standards, which normally requires less than a few hundred copies. But supply and demand seem to be just about in balance. 48 IN THE SHADOW The 3.6-liter Carrera 2/4, introduced in 1989/90, inter- nally known as the 964, was Porsche's first bold attempt to move beyond the original chassis. The cars were fast, stable and great fun to drive, except the early ones had a number of engineering flaws that can make maintenance very costly. That was all solved by the 1993 model year, and in 1994, Porsche needed volume to keep production levels moving, as the all-new 993 was being introduced. The 1994 production of 964s was a grab bag of a few standard cars and a host of special models, such as the RS America, the 964 Turbo, and the Speedster. Originally projected for a production run of 3,000 units, just 1,506 Speedsters were built, with 925 coming to the U.S. This time, dealers were happy to get regular prices, and there was no great rush of “collectors” anxious to cash in on the instant appreciation sure to be there. The 964 Speedster has always dwelt in the shadow of the 1989 Speedster, due to the failure of the 1994 version to sell anywhere near to its expected volume, and the flameout of values provoked by “like-new used” 1989 models hitting the market. The sticker prices tell an interesting tale: $65,480 for a 1989, a whopping premium of $14,275 over Sports Car Market The 1989 Speedsters have the same drivetrain as any other 3.2 Carrera, which is a very highly developed and reliable package. Only 823 cars came to the U.S., most with Turbo-look bodies. These numbers stand in contrast to 356 Speedster sales from 1955 to 1958, when 4,243 were built, and almost every one came to the U.S. A final anorak fact: The run of 1989 Speedsters was sufficient enough that each remaining 356 Speedster owner could buy one—and many have.


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a standard Carrera, versus $66,400 for a 1994, a discount of $12,050 below a same-year Carrera 4. 964 THE ONE TO HAVE But I see the 964 as the car to have. First, it is the better car to drive, with the serious power upgrade of the 3.6 engine and the updated chassis. Looks are subjective, but I like the plastic bumpers on the 964s and feel the Speedster's sliced profile works better with the soft and smooth ends drawn by the molded shapes. By the time 964 production ended, the factory flaws were all taken care of and these are fast, fun cars to own. Values on the 1994 versions have lagged behind the lackluster prices of the original 1989 Speedsters, but since neither has exactly been hot merchandise, there isn't much difference. On the positive side, both models hold their values far better than any other normally aspirated 911 from their respective model years. In the end, I think it depends on which one you like better. The stronger market for the 1989 means it will be harder to find a good deal when you buy, but easier to sell. The inverse is true with the 964 model, where finding a car with an anxious owner might be easier. BEWARE LOW MILE CARS Be careful of exceptionally low-mile cars if you plan to drive the car. Some of these can have deferred maintenance issues, which are typical when an automobile is converted into a piece of furniture. A modest amount of regular use goes a long way toward keeping a Porsche—or any other car—functional. Over the years, 911 Speedsters have gone from weak hands (the get-rich-quick-bybuying-a-new-car-and-flipping-it crowd) to strong hands (I've always wanted one and 1994 Porsche Speedster now I've got one). There is a small but dedicated group of 911/964 Speedster enthusiasts that keep an eye out for any of these that wander on the market at below the going rates, hoping to make a quick buck on resale. These cars always return to the market at a marked-up price, so shop carefully and get a sense of current values before you jump.u JIM SCHRAGER wrote Buying, Driving and Enjoying the Porsche 356 and writes for Excellence Magazine, Porsche Panorama and The 356 Registry. His latest book on the early 911 will be published in mid 2007. March 2007 49


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American Profile 1954 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster This sale could awaken the collector market for early Corvettes; if you have your eye on one, go get it by Mike Yager DETAILS Years Produced: 1953–55 Number produced: 4,640 (300 in 1953; 3,640 in 1954; 700 in 1955) Original list price: $3,498 (1953); $2,774 (1954); $2,909 (1955) SCM valuation: $70,000–$100,000 Tune-up: $500 Distributor cap: $9.13 Chassis #: Stamped on plate on driver's door pillar Engine #: Right side of engine block Club: National Corvette Restorers Society, 6291 Day Road, Cincinnati, OH 452521334; 513.385.8526 More: www.ncrs.org Alternatives: 1949–54 Jaguar XK120, 1955–57 Ford Thunderbird, 1953–56 Austin-Healey 100 SCM Investment Grade: A (1953); B (1954); A (1955) COMPS Chassis number: E54S004485 W hen GM's Motorama was held in January 1953 at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Chevrolet unveiled its new Corvette. Six months later, the first Corvette rolled off a makeshift assembly line in Flint, MI. The sleek and sporty Corvettes were built by hand using a body of lightweight fiberglass instead of steel. Exterior styling featured a rounded body, toothy grille, mesh stone guards over inset headlights, a trendy wraparound windshield and jet pod rear fenders with “rocket ship” taillights. With a soft top that folded out of sight beneath a lift-up panel and side curtains, it was an authentic roadster. Using an upgraded version of the 235-ci Chevrolet six found in other Chevrolet cars, the Blue Flame Six offered 150 hp, thanks to a high-lift cam, dual carburetors, and dual exhausts. The only transmission available was Chevrolet's two-speed Powerglide, and the car relied on handling and road feel rather than straight-line performance. With a remarkable 1,374 original miles on the odom- eter, this 1954 roadster is one of the most important Corvettes in existence. It has been extensively featured in numerous books and magazines. Since day one, the car has been extraordinarily documented. The owner states: “The story begins on March 21, 1955, when Robert E. Schroeder of Chicago, IL, received a Western Union Telegram from Ed Pacdur, an editor at TV Guide, informing him he had won a Chevrolet Corvette in the Long Grey Line “Whoozzits” contest and they would like him to appear on the Tom Duggan Show to receive the key to the car. Mr. Schroeder obliged.” 50 The chronicle continues with Mr. Schroeder driv- ing the car for a mere 300 miles to conclude he didn't like it, at which point the car was passed to his sister. She logged about 1,000 miles before arriving at the same conclusion and in 1957, the car was parked in a shed behind their house, where it sat for 33 years. During that time, the shed's roof collapsed, exposing the car to the elements. Resurrection of the entombed Corvette occurred in 1990 after it was removed by ProTeam Corvette of Ohio. It's believed that Buckeye State dealership acted as a broker for the new Pennsylvania owners, Joseph and Karen Kappel. Possession was short-lived and unrealized, as Mr. Kappel was sent to prison on racketeering charges and the car seized by the U.S. government. The Corvette next came into the possession of the Vectura Group, which sold it to Duane Turnbull of West Virginia on September 16, 1999. It took Turnbull three years and thousands of letters, phone calls, and faxes to discover and document this long-lost car. His effort resulted in a staggering number of documents, including the original telegram from Western Union, the invoice in Schroeder's name from Merit Chevrolet, indicating “N/C” as a prize. There was an owner service policy, clock instructions, car papers, Wonderbar radio instructions, owner's manual, original build tag, and an odometer statement when the car was transferred from Mr. Schroeder to Mrs. Kappel at 1,368 miles in 1990. 1954 Chevrolet Corvette Lot # 652, S/N E54S003441 Condition: 2 Sold at $237,600 Barrett-Jackson, West Palm Beach, FL, 3/29/2006 SCM ID# 41244 1955 Chevrolet Corvette Lot # S539, S/N E54S002027 Condition: 1 Sold at $346,500 Mecum, St. Charles, IL, 6/16/2006 SCM ID# 42027 1953 Chevrolet Corvette Lot #268, S/N E53F001120 Condition: 1Sold at $212,000 Branson, Branson, MO, 4/21/2006 SCM ID# 41422 Sports Car Market Photos: Worldwide Group


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A careful and meticulous restoration began in 2000 using the skill and knowledge of Corvette restorer Bill Kuhn of His Place Inc., in Maryland. The aim was to keep the car as original as possible and the car is remarkably complete, with its original mufflers, tailpipes, brake lines, clamps and hoses as far as possible. On removing the trim, the car's original Polo White color was revealed—it had been repainted red for the television show. After three years and over $100,000 invested, this 1954 Corvette was completed and is fully documented with records of the work. THE SCM ANALYSIS This car sold for $269,500 at the Worldwide Group auction at Hilton Head, South Carolina, on November 4, 2006. The 1953 Corvette was received with great fanfare, but Chevrolet only released the car to celebrities at the time. Sales were brisk at the beginning of 1954 as the production facility made the move from Flint to St. Louis, Missouri, and ramped up to build a better, more quality-assured product. They planned to build 10,000 units but only produced 3,640. Molds were improved and the fit and finish were steps ahead of the 1953 model. Just take a look at an original 1953; you can actually see the fiber mat showing through the finish. Quality and color choice were big improvements in 1954, but something was missing—performance. The Blue Flame Six was not the lit match underhood that enthusiasts were looking for. As we know, a sports car needs muscle to make the adventure complete. Sales fell, and GM offered employees deep discounts to clear the inventories of unsold cars. Dealers slashed the prices and the best buy on the lot was a new 1954 Corvette. So it's natural that a Corvette would be given away as a promotion. The talk around Motown was to discontinue the Corvette. But of course they didn't and the rest, as they say, is history—history that is still being made today. RESTORE OR PRESERVE I must draw a comparison between a restored car and a true original Corvette. The dif- ferences can be enlightening when studied. I own the lowest mileage, original unrestored 1954 Corvette in existence. It reflects the hand-construction and finish that only a true untouched example can. My car has 3,600 original miles and is finished in Pennant Blue; it shows the hand-work of St. Louis assembly and the Nitrocellulose Lacquer that was notorious for quick degeneration and color fade. My side curtains are still stored in their bag; I don't think they were ever used. And they probably never will be. This particular sale sets the bar for other restored '54 Corvettes to follow. Prominent Uzes's roadster back to original spec, like it or not Russ Uzes, Mill Valley, CA: I bought my 1954 Corvette from the original owner in November 2005. She had purchased the car in Sacramento during the summer of 1954 with birthday money from her dad. The car has 42k miles, and has not been driven much since 1976. Overall it is in great shape—the original owner lived in Nevada, where the air is dry and forgiving. The 53–54 Corvettes suffered from many flaws—leaky carbs, a cramped driving compartment, and a hard-to-operate soft top. The original owner's husband modified this '54 to make it more drivable in several ways. He installed a gas regulator to better manage the flow of gas to the carbs and reduce leakage. He increased the room available to the driver by removing the seat frame and swapping the '54 Corvette steering wheel for a smaller '57 steering wheel. He also made the soft top more reliable by removing the rear hold-downs and installing the '56–57 rear latch mechanisms. In a moment of folly, I decided to undo all of these changes and return the car to its original condition. After doing so, here is my take on what it is like to drive a 1954 Corvette: The car, when properly sorted out, is very “peppy.” Hitting the gas pedal hard and downshifting into passing gear brings a smile to my face. But the smile is short lived—the reality of a two-speed Powerglide transmission quickly sets in. The seats and driving position are somewhat uncomfortable, even compared to my 237k-mile 1959 Corvette driver. Driving the car in the rain is not recommended, as it leaks at an unbelievable rate. And the soft top is what likely inspired Mr. Rubik to invent his famous cube. That being said, the car still turns heads. And there is nothing else like it on the road.u Seat Time March 2007 51


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American Profile promotion is one factor that played heavily in this sale, and the reason the seller generated top dollar on his investment. And the documentation surely helped; I maintain a complete archive on my collection, and each car has its volume containing documents, manuals, brochures, letters, even the envelopes in which they were mailed. All items referencing the original or former ownership, race history, and pertinent information on the model year of the vehicle are maintained. This is extremely important in today's collecting marketplace, and establishes the complete history for current and future ownership, not to mention adding value. I suspect future values will be led by original, untouched examples, but the price for this 1954 is right in line for a restored low-mileage car. I'm glad to see the early cars holding a strong position in the marketplace. This sale could awaken the collector market for early Corvettes, so if you have your eye on a pristine low-mileage example, my advice is go get it. My car is a joy to own, a centerpiece in my collection, and my few open-air drives have been exercises in time travel. Take a deep breath, grab that massive steering wheel and enjoy the purr of the Blue Flame Six. You're not going to break any speed records, but what a way to go.u MIKE YAGER is the founder of Mid America Motorworks, a catalog supplier of parts and accessories for Corvettes, air-cooled Volkswagens, and Porsches. (Introductory description courtesy of the Worldwide Group.) 52 Sports Car Market


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Domestic Affairs Colin Comer Taking Issue with Chicken Little Baby Boomers may not know Ferraris, but they do know Mustangs, Chevelles, and ‘Cudas, and they remember when their buddy's dad bought that GT500 A 450-hp two-tire fire I n January's SCM, Editor Martin and Contributing Editor Mike Sheehan both offered opinions on the muscle car market. They raised valid points, but I take issue with the “sky is falling” predictions. As somebody immersed in the muscle car market, I feel I'm well qualified to address the issues raised by Martin and Sheehan. I'm writing this before the Arizona auctions and you're reading it afterwards, so you'll know if my crystal ball is accurate. Arizona auction results notwithstanding, I believe there will always be buyers for muscle cars like the LS6 Chevelle hard top, which will maintain the current six-figure value for a “right” car. A good LS6 hard top (4,475 built) for $100,000 is still the highest-rated horsepower GM muscle car ever built. And LS6 convertibles (20 built) currently trade at $500,000 and up. EXHIBITING INHERENT VALUE They exhibit inherent value, and if you're able to give up a convertible top and limited production for a fixed roof and less rarity, you get an 80% discount. That can be the difference between owning a car or not, or owning four or five cars rather than one. There are more buyers for documented LS6s than there are cars. Of the 4,475 LS6 coupes produced, I bet less than 200 truly great examples remain. I haven't met any buyers with $80,000 Z/28s dying to get $60,000 back, either. The only guys dying to dump cars right now are the ones who didn't know what they were buying and got stung. With about 35,000 survivors of the original 20,000 Z/28s built (!), it's even harder to find a real, documented car—which ensures the values of those cars are protected. Martin uses the example of a 1970 Hemi 'Cuda convertible as a solid investment, with 14 being built. I don't like this example. I feel Hemi 'Cuda convertibles are overvalued with sales in excess of $2 million—their true value, in my opinion, is around $1 million. Sheehan wrote that Hemi 'Cuda hard tops are selling for $1.5 million, but the average price for a 1970 hard top is around $275,000, with the much rarer 1971 versions at $750,000. Sheehan calls a Ferrari Daytona, a “gift from the gods” at $225,000, 54 with 1,273 produced. Surely this measure applies to one of 652 Hemi 'Cuda coupes at $275,000? “ALMOST” CARS TAKING HUGE HITS I believe there is great strength in certain areas of the market. The “almost” cars are taking huge hits in value and it's about time. But when good cars come up for sale, they often set records. I don't believe that any car produced in numbers higher than 500 is ready for a 35% or better hit in the next twelve months, as Martin states. Production numbers aren't always the keystone of a car's true value. I predict that cars with “stories” will become nearly sale-proof. Educated buyers I know are disciplined enough to keep their hands in their pockets until they find the right car. The wrong cars will go home with their tails between their legs, and the really good cars will become more valuable. Mike Sheehan's economic overview relates to the collector car market in general, not just muscle cars. Sheehan may think the muscle car market is restricted to “small town boys made good” Baby Boomers, but last I checked, this was pretty much the same demographic buying Ferraris. REAL, PASSIONATE BUYERS Unlike the Ferrari madness in the late-1980s, we do have real, end-user, truly passionate buyers today—in all segments. Muscle cars have not gone up 500% in twelve Sports Car Market Jeff Murphy


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months, as Ferraris did before the “very ugly” correction Sheehan experienced in the last Ferrari bust. Sheehan's key criticism of muscle cars seems to be that the number of buyers can't support the prices and that there is no inherent value to the cars. Whether or not Sheehan sees an inherent value, muscle car buyers clearly do. Baby Boomers may not know what a Ferrari is, but they sure as hell know what a Mustang or a Chevelle or a 'Cuda is. And most were happy when the guy dating their older sister parked his ground-pounder in the driveway. Or when their buddy's dad brought home a new GT500 and took the kids for that first eye-opening ride. These cars were viewed as an obtainable dream. These buyers don't want the slant-six versions, they want the best examples—the Six Packs, the Hemis, the LS6 cars. Their dreams have driven the market. Sheehan grew up in Canada, so perhaps his view is different. I grew up in the U.S., where we all wanted to be that cool guy in the muscle car. We weren't concerned about what movie stars were driving in Monte Carlo, or if a muscle car was ever raced in a “romantic location.” In fact, our idea of a romantic location was either the back row of a drive-in or watching the submarine races while parked at Passion Point. DON'T FORGET DRAG RACING, TRANS AM And world-famous race wins? Sheehan overlooked one key, truly American sport that nearly every muscle car competed in: drag racing. We respected race drivers like Phil Hill and Fangio, but we watched Ronnie Sox rip down the quarter-mile in his Hemi 'Cuda and identified with it. We could squint real hard and see our names on the door and our hand on the shifter, if only we could get that $4,000, go to the Plymouth dealership, and drive one home. We watched guys like Parnelli Jones and Dan Gurney take glorified muscle cars and rule the Trans Am series. Fifteen grand for a Ferrari that pulled a 15-second quarter-mile time that nobody knew how to fix or even find parts for? Uh, no thanks, I'll take a twelve-second Road Runner Six Pack for $3,700, please. There's no question some values are out of whack, but the market will fix itself. Prices on great cars will remain strong and return to more traditional appreciation, while other cars will take a well-deserved bullet. Last year's $4 million GM show bus sale at Barrett-Jackson has no more bearing on the muscle car market than it does on the Ferrari market. Does the Ferrari 412S that RM sold for $5.6 million against an expected $8 million mean that the Ferrari market is crashing? Does it mean that a guy with the 365 GTB/4 Daytona is in trouble because a 1950s sports racer didn't meet expectations? I don't think so. CORE OF THE MARKET THRIVING The core of the muscle car market is thriving—the 10% of cars that have 80% of the buyers looking for them. Looking at the collector car market as a whole, three distinct categories of cars stand out: Full Classics, Sports and Racing cars, and Muscle Cars. What do the prime movers have in common? Performance. The most valuable ex- amples have the highest horsepower and lowest production, whether it's a Duesenberg SJ, a Ferrari 250 GTO, or an LS6 Chevelle. Ferrari collectors and muscle car collectors seek different thrills. Some guys gladly trade sophistication and international recognition for smoking tires and Burger World Cruise Night wow-factor. It's as simple as that. Muscle cars are coming of age. I regard them as the last great American cars that will ever have collectible value. u COLIN COMER is founder and president of Colin's Classic Autos and an avid collector and enthusiast. March 2007 55


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Race Car Profile 1965 Alfa Romeo TZ-1 Alain de Cadenet explained to me a few years back that he bought his first Ferrari GTO because he couldn't afford the TZ-1 he really wanted by Thor Thorson DETAILS Years produced: 1963–65 Number produced: 112 Original list price: $7,200 SCM Valuation: $450,000–$525,000 Cost per hour to race: $600 Distributor cap: $15 (single plug); $1,000 (twin plug) Chassis #: Upper main tube, left side of engine compartment firewall Engine #: boss on block under front carburetor Club info: Alfa Romeo Owners Club More: aroc-usa.org Alternatives: 1963–65 Simca-Abarth, 1965–66 Lotus 26R, 1963–64 Porsche 904 SCM Investment Grade: A COMPS A lfa Romeo replaced the Giulietta in 1962 with the Giulia range of cars, powered by 1,570 cc engines. In 1963, the company introduced a radical aluminum-bodied Zagato coupe in- corporating the Kamm tail coda tronca design from the earlier SZ-2 and a low grille with covered headlights. This was mounted on a tubular steel chassis made from small diameter tubing that bore no resemblance whatsoever to the Giulia product. In fact, the engine, gearbox, and a few other minor components were virtually the only Giulia parts used for the new car, which quickly became known as the TZ-1, for Tubolare Zagato. The rear suspension was innovative and fully independent, with differential-mounted disc brakes and trailing half axles, and many other parts were manufactured exclusively for the car with light alloy Electron components to save weight. While most of the components were made at the main factory in Portello, the build of the car was entrusted to head competition engineer Carlo Chiti of Autodelta, the quasi factory race team based at Udine. 094 STARTED LIFE IN FRANCE Chassis 094 was delivered to SOFAR, the Alfa Romeo France central distributorship, on May 14, 1965, finished in white with a black interior. The TZ-1 Registry offers the only known history of the car and suggests that it remained in France until September 1989, when it was sold 56 to Holland in non-running condition, fitted with a roll bar, sliding windows, and finished in Alfa red with a brown corduroy interior. In 1994, the owner had the car restored at the Daytona Garage in Leiden before consigning it for sale. There is no real evidence that the car sold and only a passing reference to some possible rally competition and possible owners in Holland, France, and Switzerland. The engine is recorded as being rebuilt in early 1998 before being sold in March at a Brooks auction in Geneva. THE SCM ANALYSIS This car sold for $379,500 at the Worldwide Group Hilton Head auction, November 4, 2006. Of all post-war Alfas, I doubt that any come close to the iconic status and intense emotional response engendered by the TZ-1. From the beginning they were seen as beautiful, lithe giant killers, combining light weight, great handling, and good aerodynamics in an arguably streetable package with basically production components. Alain de Cadenet explained to me a few years back that he bought his first Ferrari GTO (very used) because he couldn't afford the Alfa TZ-1 he really wanted. He hasn't exactly had reason to lament the decision, but the point is real. If you're a true lover of Italian performance machinery, a TZ is one of those cars you really need to own. 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ-1 Lot #157, S/N 10511AR750090 Condition: 1Sold at $199,122 Brooks, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 5/20/2000 SCM ID# 9670 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ-1 Competitione Lot #186, S/N AR750073 Condition: 2+ Sold at $126,520 Brooks, Nurburgring, Germany, 8/6/1999 SCM ID# 1913 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ-2 Lot # 258, S/N AR750111 Condition: 2 Sold at $933,902 Brooks, Nurburgring, Germany, 8/8/1998 SCM ID# 29089 Sports Car Market Photos: Worldwide Group


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ONE OF THE EASIEST TO CLONE The underlying problem is that of the “cars you really need to own,” the TZ is one of the easiest to clone. It's a fabricated tubular frame with a hand-built aluminum body and mostly production Alfa drivetrain. The car-specific parts (bellhousing, tailshaft, differential housing, and a few others) are relatively simple castings, easy enough to make. Combine that with a relatively large production run (just over 100) and a reasonable number of “lost” chassis (accidents, fires, etc.) and you have a recipe for automotive entrepreneurship. I have personal knowledge of this. About seven years ago a man associated with my company raised his hand at an auction and bought what was represented as chassis 003. We in turn sold it on to England where it was discovered to be an absolute fake. We bought it back and resold it as a known replica for roughly 20% of a real car's value. It's the most money I've ever lost on a car deal, a painful lesson and very well learned. If you're buying a TZ Alfa, be extremely cautious about the provenance; there are a lot of bad ones mingling with the good examples. I have no direct knowledge of the subject car, only the catalog copy and the various research materials available to people who know how to look. I've never inspected the car (and from the evidence above don't have a good record of recognizing replicas), so I'm not in any position to pass judgment on how “good” it might or might not be. THERE MAY BE A PROBLEM A paper chase of the available information suggests that there may be a problem, though. As the catalog notes, the Alfa TZ Registry shows that the car was sold in 1965 and next shows up in 1989, presumably having lived 24 years in France before being rediscovered. There is another resource, however, in a book, Alfa Romeo TZ, by Philippe Olczyk. I should mention here that Olczyk is far from everybody's favorite person (the mention of his name can cause fights in some circles, and his data is considered extremely controversial), but he does appear to have made a serious attempt at tracking down all of the individual chassis histories. He states that chassis 094 was completely destroyed in a garage fire in France (he even gives the address), then reappeared in 1988. He states that he has been told it was a replica that reappeared. Maybe this is true, maybe not, but it certainly raises a flag about the car. It also gets us into one of the most difficult, arcane, and nuanced issues in the collector car business: what constitutes a “replica”? Race cars in particular have always been “weapons for a battle” and finding any that haven't been bashed, crashed, gutted, blown up and/or thrown away in the past 40 to 100 years is a major challenge. The number of old race cars that honestly have all their original bodywork and me- chanical components is minuscule. A quick perusal of the Olczyk chassis histories suggests that at least 80% of the TZ-1s have suffered serious crash damage, been rebodied, lost engines, etc. in their lives. There are very few blushing virgins in this business. IT HAS LEGITIMACY, MINE DIDN'T So how do you approach the subject car? Even if Olczyk is correct in stating that the car was in a garage fire, was it really destroyed? It's possible that the engine or part of the frame survived and the car was rebuilt from that. If nothing else, there may be a clear chain of ownership from the original owner, and though the car was “rebuilt from the tachometer needle” it has legitimate claim to the chassis number. He may be wrong about a fire and the car may be the original 1965 car; I can't tell. Worldwide Group told us they were aware of the issues and inspected the car and the provenance extensively before accepting it for auction (see sidebar). They are comfortable that the car is both original and correct. In any case, this specific car is listed in both the TZ Registry and Olczyk's book, so it has a legitimacy the one I got stuck with (it had simply stolen a “lost” chassis number) could never have. At absolute worst, the car is generally known and accepted in the Alfa community for whatever it is. It really comes down to whether the price reflects the reality of the car. This car sold for $380,000. The current market for a really good TZ is $450,000–$525,000, so it sold at a substantial discount. Obviously, at least some of the bidders knew the issues surrounding the car and they affected the result. If the successful bidder (or the auction company on his behalf) had done enough homework to know the provenance clouds were invalid, it's entirely possible that the car was very well bought. If not, or if the issues are real, I'd say that the market made the adjustments and set the value for what may or may not be a tainted car.u THOR THORSON is President of Vintage Racing Motors of Redmond, WA, and has been an active vintage racer for 25 years. March 2007 Why TZ-1 094 Is the Real Thing SCM talked with John Kruse of the Worldwide Group about how the auction house satisfied itself of TZ-1 094's authenticity. Here, in part, is his reply: There is a reason the catalog description of 750 094 does not refer to the Philippe Olczyk Alfa Romeo TZ book. Specifically, the information provided in the chassis database/history section has received serious complaint as to its accuracy and has been described at best as unreliable and at worst, untruthful. The car came to the open market in 1998 at a Brooks auction, as briefly reviewed and described by SCM in the Auction Database, and the car has been seen by competent people over the years since then without any issue being raised in regard to its authenticity. It has replacement parts and period modifications from the GTA program, but that is normal and reasonable for these cars. There is only one other TZ source book, the 1985 Alfa Romeo-Zagato SZ TZ by the notable Italian motoring journalist and publisher, Marcello Minerbi. This provides a chassis data file that contained information gathered up to 1984 and for 094 it simply states “No news.” It will be interesting to see the comparison between these two very different books when the revised and updated new edition of the Minerbi book becomes available in the near future. Detailed inspection of 094 clearly indicates that the car is an original. There is too much correct period build and mechanical detail, which would be far too expensive to replicate accurately. There is no existing photographic evidence of the car as it was delivered to SOFAR, and the exact build specification as delivered to the customer and his/her identity is unknown at the time of writing. The restoration of the car exposed a chassis repair to the right front quarter, but other than that it was very straight and correct. The engine bay is a typical compendium of original and period replacement parts. See three cars together and they will all be different. It is fresh out of restoration, ready to be set up and do again what it was designed to do 40-plus years ago; the car remains just as versatile for historic race, rally, and road or show events. 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Market Reports Overview Regional Sales and Collections Bring $18m Total The best examples resulted in prices well in excess of high estimates and price guide valuations by Jim Pickering T wo-thousand and six was a year of big numbers in the auction world, with $100m totals forthcoming both in overall Monterey results and at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale event, $36m at Gooding's sale of the Otis Chandler Collection, and $22m at RM's Amelia Island sale. While not as large in scope as some of the earlier events of the year, several of the sales at the beginning of the holiday season followed the same trend of high prices, while others simply reflected a stable market for collector cars. Dan Grunwald made the trip to Addison, Illinois for RM's sale of the Cappy Collection, which consisted mainly of Fords, Lincolns, and Mercurys from the 1950s to 1970s. Jerry Capizzi was well known within Blue Oval circles, and collectors came from all over the U.S. and Canada to view and bid on some of the nicest examples in the U.S. The bidders were not shy with their money, and almost all of the lots on offer from the collection brought much more than pre-sale high estimates. Only 57 lots made up the $5.4m total—an average of almost $100k per car. Celebration City was again the venue of choice for Cox at its Branson sale held in mid October, and SCM Senior Auction Analyst Dave Kinney was there to cover the action. A total of $3.2m came from 143 lots, which was right in line with the steady increases Cox has seen there over the last few sales. With the huge scale of events like Barrett-Jackson and others becoming the mainstream, smaller regional sales remain an Sold Percentage 57 / 57 80% 100% 60% 40% 20% Bonhams & Butterfields Los Angeles, CA 58 ���������������������� ������������ ���������� ����������� ��������������� excellent place to find a deal, and even Kinney himself couldn't resist getting in on the action. He came close to owning a 1976 GMC Palm Beach Motorhome, which would have been just the ticket for those long weekends covering auctions. The Bonhams & Butterfields sale of the Steve McQueen Collection brought with it extremely high prices for anything related to the late star, and Carl Bomstead was on the floor to witness the events as they 37 / 46 251 / 403 143 / 257 54 / 90 Cox Auctions Branson, MO McCormicks Palm Springs, CA RM Auctions Addison, IL Worldwide Group Hilton Head, SC Sports Car Market


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Bonhams & Butterfields (B&B), Los Angeles, CA, p. 84 McCormick Auctions (M), Palm Springs, CA, p. 90 happened. The auction was broken up into two catalogs, divided by lots owned by McQueen at the time of his death, and those that he had once owned or was thought to have owned. Just about all the lots brought record results, and most notable of the bunch was a 1958 GMC pickup that brought an astounding $128,000—a result due mainly to McQueen, and to a much lesser yet still pertinent extent, the quality of the truck. Bomstead then traveled to Palm Springs to cover Keith McCormick's 41st Exotic Car Show & Auction, where 251 of the 403 lots offered found new homes for a total of $4.7m. He noted that the sale has more or less SCM1-6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/ perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts Cox Auctions (C), Branson, MO, p. 72 RM Auctions, Addison, IL, p. 60 grown as much as its venue and time span will allow, and that future growth will be directly related to the quality of the consignments at the sale. Numbers here have flattened out at around $4m over the last three sales, which is a pretty good indication of market stability in Southern California. Joe Severns made the trip to Worldwide's sale on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, where again some record high prices were achieved for excellent consignments. The high sale of the weekend was $379,500 for a 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ-1, which was right on the market for a car with its history. Bidders here followed the same mindset that those at the McQueen and Cappy sales maintained—pay up for the best examples, and don't worry about exceeding the estimates. And finally, Geoff Archer scoured the expanse of eBay to bring you some of the best (and worst) Porsche and Volkswagen-based kit cars money can buy.u Top10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ-1 GT coupe, $379,500—W, p. 104 2. 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible, $319,000—RM, p. 64 3. 1937 Crocker “Hemi Head” motorcycle, $276,500—B&B, p. 88 4. 1956 Lincoln Premier convertible, $275,000—RM, p. 62 5. 1954 Chevrolet Corvette roadster, $269,500—W, p. 106 6. 1957 Ford Skyliner retractable hard top, $258,500—RM, p. 64 7. 1968 Shelby GT500 KR convertible, $258,500—W, p. 108 8. 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser Indy 500 Pace Car convertible, $242,000—RM, p. 64 9. 1963 Ford Thunderbird convertible, $192,500—RM, p. 69 10. 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser 2-dr hard top, $192,500—RM, p. 64 March 2007 1. 1938 Lincoln Model K Brunn Semi-Collapsible cabriolet, $143,000—RM, p. 61 2. 1949 Crosley Hot Shot roadster, $11,130—C, p. 76 3. 1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale coupe, $22,000—W, p. 104 4. 1950 Ford Custom Deluxe coupe, $9,975—M, p. 92 5. 1967 Harley-Davidson FLB Shovelhead Custom motorcycle, $36,270—B&B, p. 89 59 Best Buys The Worldwide Group, Hilton Head, SC, p. 100


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RM Auctions Addison, IL Column Author The Cappy Collection Fans of the Blue Oval came from the far ends of the U.S. and Canada to bid on some of the finest Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury automobiles in the country Company RM Auctions Date November 11, 2006 Location Addison, IL Auctioneer Brent Earlywine Automotive lots sold / offered 57 / 57 Sales rate 100% Sales total $5,416,950 High sale 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-code, sold at $319,000 Jerry “Cappy” Capizzi's taste for perfection helped prices soar in Addison Report and photos by Daniel Grunwald Market opinions in italics I f you weren't in the loop, you may not have been aware of the Cappy Collection until you read some of the auction pre-sale ads. Fans of the Blue Oval, however, came from the far ends of the U.S. and Canada to bid on some of the finest Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury automobiles in the country. Almost all the cars offered here were low-mileage examples, most of them were very highly optioned, and many were firstplace national show winners at one time or another. Jerry Capizzi's father was Henry Ford's attorney, and the younger Capizzi made his living through a number of companies that supplied parts to the large automobile manufacturers. With his background, he was well suited as a FoMoCo collector, and his professional life helped to serve his passion over the years. The excellent condition of his collection paid plenty of dividends at this sale, and collectors were willing to pay well above the high estimates time and again to own one. Vintages within the collection ranged from 1936 to 1979, but the core of the cars were mainly from the 1950s and 1960s. Of the 57 cars offered here, at least 41 of them received first place awards from the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA), the Lincoln and Continental Owners Club (LCOC), or Classic Thunderbird Club International (CTCI) shows. Fifteen Thunderbirds owned by Capizzi were offered for sale. Five of them were 1962 or 1963 M-code 390 cars with triple carburetors that sold between $57,000 60 Buyer's premium 10% on automotive lots, 15% non-automotive lots (included in sale prices) and $192,000. One was a 1957 E-code with a dual four-barrel 312 that sold at $187,000, and the nicest 1958 Square Bird I had ever seen found new ownership for a deserved $110,100. A 1957 F-code with a supercharged 312 was the high sale of the weekend at $319,000—a fitting result given its condition and rarity. Three Edsel convertibles sold at prices ranging from $93,500 to $174,250, and one of seven 1957 Ford Skyliners built with an F-code supercharged 312 sold for $258,500. Lincolns also made a big splash, with several extremely low-mileage ex- amples bringing substantial numbers. A very nice 1976 Continental Mk IV with only 467 original miles on the odometer made $44,000, and an even nicer 1969 Continental Mk III with just 59 documented miles brought $55,000. A premium price was paid in both cases, but both cars were essentially new. The cover car on the sale SALES TOTALS catalog was a 1956 Lincoln Premier convertible. Equipped with every available option (including a push-button lubrication system), it was one of the best looking cars at the sale, and even though the $275,000 sale price seemed steep, it was still a lot of car for the money. Everything offered found new ownership, and totals added up to $5,416,000 by the end of the weekend. With only 57 cars offered, the average selling price per car was an astounding $95,107—a result bearing testament both to Jerry Capizzi's need for perfection, the market's appetite for rare and excellent-quality examples, and RM's unmatched ability at bringing the two together.u $6m $5m $4m $2m $3m $1m Sports Car Market 2006


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RM Auctions Addison, IL ITALIAN #304-1972 DE TOMASO PANTERA coupe. S/N THPNMD04149. White/black vinyl. Odo: 52,284 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Good paint and chrome, slight chips and wiper scratches in windshield. Some discoloration to white headliner, Pioneer stereo with speakers mounted in both doors. California car with a/c. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $44,000. Perhaps the best buy of the sale. A solid Pantera that had apparently had the cooling upgrades done, but had not been rodded or molested further. Very well-bought at the low estimate of $44k. AMERICAN #324-1936 LINCOLN MODEL K 330 Convertible roadster. S/N K6465. Gray & maroon/tan Haartz cloth/maroon leather. Odo: 85,921 miles. Paint cracking extensively, some panel gap issues. Front bumper chrome wavy, but still shiny. Very good interior shows some slight patina, but is still presentable. Aluminum head V12, dual side-mounted spares, rumble seat. AACA first National Award in 1982. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $85,250. An older restoration showing its age. Time to drive and enjoy, or update the restoration and show it. New paint would go a long way here. One of the few drivers among the ranks of high-quality consignments, I thought it might go cheaply, but it sold very strong at just over the high estimate of $80k. #315-1937 LINCOLN-ZEPHYR THREE WINDOW coupe. S/N H34723. Maroon/ brown cloth. Odo: 5,029 miles. Deep shine to paint, consistent panel gaps and nice bodywork. Chrome as-new, good glass with neat oval wind wings. V12, two-speed rear end, amber fog lamps, chrome wheels with whitewalls. Long list of LCOC and AACA awards. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $170,500. Purchased in 2000 at RM Phoenix. Won best of show at the National Lincoln Meet in 2005. Another big result for an award-winnning car, but expensive by most standards. Still, likely the best example available, so a decent buy. #321-1938 LINCOLN MODEL K Brunn Semi-Collapsible cabriolet. S/N K9189. Black/black cloth/gray cloth. Odo: 10,196 miles. Coachwork by Brunn. Good paint shows some slight scratching, chrome in good shape. Dual side-mounted spares, rear trunk, chrome wires, V12 engine. Interior like new, with clean cloth seats and carpet. Long list of first place awards and best of class wins. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $143,000. A semi-collapsible cabriolet has a Fantasy Junction 1145 Park Avenue Emeryville, California USA 94608 Phone: (510) 653-7555 • Fax: (510) 653-9754 www.fantasyjunction.com Investments in special interest, classic and high performance cars 1963 AC Ace Bristol, s/n BEX1212. Rare opportunity to acquire a 6,315 mile example of one of the finest British sports cars. Wonderful condition throughout with marvelously original interior. Full equipment. Perfect for any event or tour. $225,000. 1950 Talbot-Lago T26 GS. Rare and elegant Franay fastback coupe. Fully restored with strong performance and easy to use preselector gearbox. Great car with real panache and ideal for any event. $365,000. March 2007 1952 Siata 208S Berlina by Bertone, s/n CS057L. Paris Show car in 1952. Only 4-seater Otto-Vu built. Charming car that is beautifully restored with known history from new. $275,000. 1955 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Series I, s/n 0481SA. 1956 Paris Show car. Restoration in original colors completed in 1998. 2nd at Cavallino. Comfortable and proven event participant. Currently maintained by Patrick Ottis $1,050,000. 61


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RM Auctions Addison, IL Column Author rear section of top behind the rear side windows that can fold down. Originally part of the Roy Warshawsky collection, this was a high-quality restoration of a quality car. Well bought. #339-1940 LINCOLN-ZEPHYR CONTINENTAL cabriolet. S/N H96690. Dark green/camel Haartz cloth/tan leather. Odo: 5 miles. Lots of paint flaws over decent bodywork. Chrome replated, trim OK but showing age. Steering wheel cracked. New leather seats, aluminum head V12, two-speed Columbia TOP 10 No. 4 #320-1956 LINCOLN PREMIER convertible. S/N 56LA10912L. Wisteria/white vinyl/white & lilac vinyl. Odo: 19 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Great paint and chrome, nice glass and top. Seats show minor yellowing. Every available factory option including push button chassis lubrication system. Concours SOLD AT $79,750. One of 19 surviving examples. Convertible-only color combination. Lincoln and Mercury both used the “frenched” headlight design from the factory. This older restoration was starting to look tired, and it needed a new loving owner to bring it back into shape. Even with its appearance issues, it still sold above high estimate of $65k. rear. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $132,000. One of 350 cabriolets built in 1940. Not concours, but a good looking 10 footer. Bidding stalled at $65k, and then shot well past the high estimate of $100k. Somewhat steep for a car with needs, but once addressed, there should still be some upside. #298-1941 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL cabriolet. S/N H125985. Maroon/black Haartz cloth/maroon leather. Odo: 14 miles. One of 350 built. Superb paint and bodywork show no flubs. Excellent chrome, nice trim. Clean leather interior with nice gauges and top. Aluminum-head V12, two-speed rear axle. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $176,000. A full Classic Car Club of America example with a very fresh, #333-1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N P5FH153168. Black/black hard & soft tops/black & white vinyl. Odo: 39,025 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Visible paint flaws and touch-ups. Soft top and nonhole hard top. Continental kit. Engine dress-up kit. Won first place at the Classic Thunderbird Club International in '91, '93, and '94, but now quality restoration with many first-place awards. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $275,000. Perhaps the most visually stunning car at the sale—just try to find another like it. Again, nothing aside from some minor patina could be found to take away from the presentation. A lot of money for a lot of car. #325-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N P6FH196616. Gray/gray leather. Odo: 791 miles. 312-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. New non-original gray leather interior and dual fours. Paint shows slight polish scratching, chrome nice. Trim misfit at the front grille. Porthole top. Engine compartment clean, nice is starting to show some age. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $55,000. Despite some minor flubs, it was still very presentable and didn't need much to be excellent again. As it was, it looked like a good driver or local show winner. A decent buy at just under the low estimate of $60k. #306-1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL high-level restoration. Three shows in 2006, three first-place trophies, including the 2006 Gilmore Museum first place senior winner. The aluminum-head V12 can be a bear to deal with due to overheating and oiling issues (as well as no power to speak of), but these cars have plenty of style. Well bought. #340-1951 LINCOLN COSMOPOLITAN convertible. S/N 51LP14584H. Chantilly Green/black vinyl/yellow & green leather. 331ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Numerous paint chips and touch ups. Chrome window trim weak, side window doesn't fit well. Side trim dull, chrome mostly OK. Weatherstripping cracked and old. Interior shows acceptable patina, with nice seats and instrumentation. Engine compartment detailed, but in need of a freshening. Cond: 3+. 62 these at a sticker price of $10,000—comparable money to Rolls-Royces of the same era. AACA national firsts in 1998 and 1999. Seventeen first-place finishes, including the 2000 AACA senior preservation and national award and five LCOC emeritus awards. Fully priced, but a beautiful car and a decent buy. Mk II 2-dr hard top. S/N C5601623. White/ white & gray leather. Odo: 149 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Smooth panels with great paint and panel gaps. All new chrome including door jambs. Tinted glass in excellent shape with no marks or scratches. Equipped with all power options. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $129,250. Ford lost approximately $1,000 per car building wire wheels. Factory Continental kit. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $69,300. The valve covers and exhaust manifolds were not original, but very nice. Even though modified, still a quality restoration. A great local show car or weekend cruiser, and as such, a premium price paid. #332-1956 FORD F-100 pickup. S/N F10V6R46715. Red/red & gray vinyl. Odo: 2,582 miles. 272-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Betterthan-factory paint shows some orange peel and several chips on hood. Panel gaps good, doors close solidly and fit well. New chrome used throughout, all trim excellent. Heavily optioned with factory radio and roof mounted speaker, oak bed, painted bumpers, and a stainless exhaust deflector. Side mounted spare tire. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $47,300. This truck was the perfect example of a Ford F-100. A quality Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Addison, IL Column Author restoration, it easily passed the high estimate of $40,000. These are growing in popularity, and even at this high price, no harm was done. #342-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N P6FH251250. White/white hard top & black cloth/black & white vinyl. Odo: 28,046 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Some minor paint flaws, generally good chrome shows some small scratches. Equipped with both tops, power windows, power steering, AT $242,000. Both Junior and Senior AACA awards. This best restoration winner at Hershey appealed to Mercury lovers as well as Indy car fans. Estimated at $125,000 to $150,000, but the audience pushed right past that early on in the bidding. Outrageous money, but hard to duplicate. TOP 10 No. 10 #302-1957 MERCURY TURNPIKE CRUISER 2-dr hard top. S/N 57A37329M. Black & red/red, black & white. Odo: 38 miles. 368-ci V8, 2x4bbl, auto. Perfect paint and panel gaps, straight body. Good glass and stainless trim, excellent chrome. Rare 335-hp special order engine, power windows, a/c, dual spotlights, Continental kit. Clean original interior in need of nothing. Cond: 1+. SOLD and power seats. Fitted with engine dress-up kit. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $63,250. First-place national and regional Classic Thunderbird Club International awards in 1990 and 1991, but as presented was slightly off the mark. Not much was needed to make it a show winner once again. Well bought at mid-estimate money. #347-1956 FORD F-100 panel truck. S/N F10D6V13327. Blue/blue cloth. Odo: 9,601 miles. 460-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice paint and chrome, smooth bodywork. Fitted with a/c, tilt and telescopic wheel, cruise control, power seats and windows, and power brakes with a he stars of this collection, it sold well over the high estimate of $250,000. A steep price, but validated by condition and rarity. #319-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N E7FH395435. Dusk Rose/Dusk Rose hard top/parchment vinyl. Odo: 55 miles. 312-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Excellent body and paint work, very good chrome and trim. Equipped with every option available, including an E-code 270-hp engine, a rare non-hole hard top, soft top, and signal-seeking radio. AT $192,500. No visible faults could be found anywhere on this concours-ready example of American motoring extravagance from the '50s. One of 7,291 two-door hard tops built, this one was loaded with options and was in perfect condition inside and out. The most expensive Turnpike Cruiser in memory, but its excellent condition made it a decent buy. #303-1957 MERCURY MONTCLAIR 2-dr hard top. S/N 57SL58909M. Coral & white/brown leather. Odo: 16,802 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very original with only 16,802 miles. Repaint visible over decent bodywork and nice panel gaps. Excellent chrome, nice Long list of first-place awards from both the AACA and CTCI (Classic Thunderbird Club International). Cond: 1. SOLD AT $187,000. A great Bird in a great color combo. Super restoration, and once again the high estimate of $130,000 was blown away. Fully priced may be an understatement, but with its rarity and concours condition, the money was warranted. TOP 10 No. 6 dual master cylinder. Full finished corduroy interior. Front tilt hood. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $30,800. A mild custom with all the right stuff. The only real hot rod in the sale, it would have made a great parts hauler or ad billboard. Comfortable enough to cruise around or drive to the store. Fairly bought. TOP 10 No. 8 #307-1957 MERCURY TURNPIKE CRUISER Indy 500 Pace Car convertible. S/N 57SL58124M. Yellow/black vinyl/black & yellow vinyl. Odo: 29 miles. 368ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Perfect paint and panel gaps, straight body. All chrome either replated or replaced. Every option including a/c. Detailed interior and engine compartment. Concoursquality body-off restoration. Cond: 1. SOLD #328-1957 FORD SKYLINER retractable hard top. S/N F7FW387795. Red/ red & white cloth. Odo: 21. 312-ci V8, 4- bbl, auto. Some paint flaws visible, especially at panel edges. Several dents in doorsill plates. Nice chrome and trim, factory hubcaps. Never less than first place in shows from 1993 to 1997. trim. Continental kit, dual spotlights, tinted glass. Clean original interior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $56,100. The Montclair was the highest trim level available next to the limited Turnpike Cruiser. A steep price paid, but this was probably the best original Montclair out there. TOP 10 No. 2 #314-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N F7FH333817. Red/red hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 315 miles. 312-ci F-code supercharged V8, auto. As-new chrome and paint, nice body and panel gaps. Some windshield chips. Highly optioned including porthole hard top, soft top, power windows, and wind wings. AACA National first and preservation awards in 2005, National again in 2006. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $319,000. A rare car with more power than the rival '57 fuel-injected Corvette. One of t 64 Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $258,500. One of seven built with the Paxton supercharged F-code 300-hp engine—much rarer than T-Birds with the same option. Excellent condition along with rarity pushed the sale price well past the $200k high estimate. Even though the price paid was high, finding another example like it will be next to impossible. #336-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N D7FH318326. White/white hard & soft top/white vinyl. Odo: 38,124 miles. Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Addison, IL Column Author the rare Super Marauder package for NASCAR racing. To have 400 hp in 1958 was special, and up to this point was unheard of in a Mercury. This money reflected its condition, as was the case with most of the cars here. #313-1958 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good paint, decent bodywork and panel gaps. Chrome not great, but OK for a driver. Wire wheels in good condition, nice trim. Optioned with wind wings, porthole top, all power options, a/c, and tinted glass. Tonneau cover and two tops. Great interior clean and completely original. Chassis undercoated. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $71,500. The only thing missing here was Suzanne Somers driving it. Another car that fell between a show car with needs and an excellent driver. The final price of $11,500 above the high estimate of $60k was a bit much for its condition. #312-1958 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N H8YJ125412. Cameo Rose/black vinyl/black & white leather. Odo: 15 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Perfect paintwork, faultless chrome and trim. Highly optioned with a/c, all power options, four-way seats, tinted glass, spotlight, and fender skirts. Clean original Mk III convertible. S/N H8YG423496. White/ white vinyl/ cream leather. Odo: 33 miles. 430ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. One of two known with the 3x2-bbl 400-hp engine and cold air induction. New paint is well-applied, all chrome has been replated or replaced. Special order interior from the assembly plant to Moscow as part of the American National Exhibit. Original boxes of spare parts marked “National Exhibit in Moscow” were still in the trunk. A unique Edsel with a long history of national awards. Well bought. #309-1959 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL Mk IV convertible. S/N H9YC404837. White/white vinyl/cream leather. Odo: 55,357 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent paint, good bodywork and panel gaps. Passenger side door sill plate dented, driver's side worn. Light pitting on left door chrome. Some side glass delamination, other glass OK. Factory a/c and in as-new condition, rare FM tuner and a/c. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $99,000. Nothing to fault on this big drop top cruiser with the ultra-rare triple-carbureted 430 V8. A great Continental convertible approaching the $100,000 level, and a good buy at mid-estimate money. #318-1958 EDSEL CITATION convert- ible. S/N X8WY702122. Gold & cream/white vinyl/gold & white vinyl. Odo: 37,320 miles. 410-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good paint, new top and chrome. Door fit slightly off. New interior let down by spots on gauges and center of steering wheel. Push-button shifter on steering wheel hub. Equipped with dual spotlights, fender skirts, power windows, and a/c. Chassis coated interior and engine compartment. Multiple first place AACA award winner. Cond: 1+. SOLD AT $111,100. This was the first year for the four-passenger Square Bird, and this was a high-dollar example—without question the nicest one I'd ever seen. Superbly restored in the most desirable color. Expensive, but worth it. #295-1958 MERCURY MONTCLAIR 2-dr hard top. S/N M8WB527967. Cream & gold/tan vinyl. Odo: 43,848 miles. 430ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Original paint shows some touched-up sections. Nice panel gaps and chrome. Dealer-installed Super Marauder package with triple carbs and aluminum reproduction valve covers, Continental kit. Interior still wrapped in plastic. Very original. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $35,750. Bill Stroppe designed in POR 15. Built in Wayne, Michigan. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $121,000. Claimed to be one of only two Citation convertibles built with factory a/c in 1958. AACA awards up to 1996, here some light aging issues were starting to show. This car was the pinnacle of the Edsel lineup in 1958, and from a styling standpoint probably looks better today than it did then. Not much was needed to be concours correct. A fair deal at just over the high estimate of $120,000. #310-1959 EDSEL CORSAIR convert- ible. S/N B9VR731197. Red/black vinyl/black & red vinyl. Odo: 56,496 miles. 332-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Excellent paint and panel gaps, faultless bodywork. Good chrome and glass, nice stainless trim. Equipped with a rare metric speedo, a box of factory spare parts, a/c, dual spotlights, and Continental kit. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $93,500. This car originally shipped 66 FM radio. Interior nice, but driver's seat color dye worn. Continental kit. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $66,000. A good looking Mk IV, but not quite up to the level of most of the others in this collection. This was more of a driver, but the high prices of the day helped to push the final result well over the more realistic estimates of $35,000 to $50,000. #323-1959 FORD GALAXIE 500 Skyliner retractable hard top. S/N H9KW120037. Coral & white/coral & white cloth & vinyl. Odo: 58 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl auto. Excellent paint, nice panel gaps and chrome. Interior still fitted with plastic seat covers. Equipped with dual spots, Continental kit, tinted glass, power steering and brakes, six-way power seats, and a/c. Slight misfit to interior C-pillar trim. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $123,750. Multiple first place national awards. The last year of the complicated Skyliner retractable hard top. Fitted with every option available, this car exceeded the $100,000 top estimate easily. Nowhere near cheap, but as long as no gremlins were living in the top assembly, a decent buy. #327-1959 FORD RANCHERO pickup. S/N H9RF136685. Yellow & white/yellow & black vinyl. Odo: 25,388 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Several flaws in paint, dent in top Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Addison, IL Column Author #338-1961 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N 1Y73Z139639. White/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 27,300 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Repaint shows masked-out door jambs and slight cracking on trunk lid. Decent bodywork and panel gaps, dent in driver's side fender skirt. Driver's side window scratched, other glass OK. Detailed engine appears factory. of hood. Driver's door doesn't latch tight and needs adjustment. New chrome, nice trim. Detailed engine compartment looks completely original. Equipped with factory a/c, power windows, and dual spotlights. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $46,750. A two-owner truck. Very fancy in 1959, pretty fancy still. Very good condition for a driver, but some work was still needed for it to be show-quality. Top dollar paid. #343-1959 MERCURY PARK LANE convertible. S/N L9ZC534392. Black & red/ white vinyl/red & white vinyl. Odo: 60,705 miles. 430-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Nice body, paint shows some minor chips and scratches. Wheel covers and door sills dented, poor windshield surround chrome. Yellowing rear window, top stainless trim. Equipped with every power option, including seats, brakes, windows, and trunk release. Two spotlights. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $184,250. The last year of the Edsel, one of 76 examples built. AACA Junior and Senior first places at National and Grand National events. 2004 best of show at the Edsel Club. This car brought lots of interest and plenty of spirited bidding, all of which was warranted—it was most likely the nicest one still in existence. #296-1960 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. S/N 0Y85H409243. White/black vinyl/white & black vinyl. Odo: 3 miles. 430ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Excellent paint, chrome shows no marks or scratches. Hood slightly wavy, other bodywork and panel gaps good. Equipped with tinted glass, a/c, FM radio, and speed control. Both side vent windows show Slight tear in front driver's seat base, crack in console vinyl. Horn ring chrome pitted. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $44,000. Restored and used as a driver by the Capizzi Collection. Some wear was showing, but it was still far better than most on the road. A fair deal for all concerned. #299-1962 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 4-dr convertible. S/N 2Y86H410854. Light blue/tan vinyl/blue leather. Odo: 8,772 miles. 430-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Minor paint flaws, good panel gaps and chrome. Highly optioned, a/c, tinted glass, power seats and windows, headlamp dimmer, leather interior, and cruise nice for a driver. Clean engine shows some use, a/c included but not installed. Unrestored undercarriage. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $41,250. A nice-looking driver and local show car with much originality. Good colors and the top goes down—hence the final price of just over the $40k high estimate. #344-1959 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N H9YJ107257. Yellow/black Haartz cloth/black leather. Odo: 18,223 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shows touchups on door edges, trunk gaps variable. New chrome inside and out. Nice trim, tinted glass, delamination. Chassis undercoated, engine compartment clean. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $145,750. One of 2,044 built. Last shown in 1993, where it won first place at the Lincoln and Continental Owners Club Eastern National. Numerous other national first place finishes. While the price paid was over market, it was well-deserved. A stunning car inside and out. #300-1960 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N 0Y73Y161092. Aqua/black Haartz cloth/aqua leather. Odo: 91 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. New paint, nice bodywork and panel gaps. Factory a/c, chrome engine dressup package, spotlight. Seats and door panel control. Nice top, detailed engine compartment in as-new condition. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $78,100. A highly-optioned California black plate car. Cost $7,673 in 1962. Twelve first-place awards from 1987 to 1995. Lincoln and Continental Owners Club Best of Show in 1990. Just a bit of visible patina showing, but still worth the price paid. power windows and seats. Driver's door panel slightly misfit. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $41,250. An older restoration faded to a high driverlevel car. Square Birds are rarely restored even to this #2 level, so this was a fair deal—albeit slightly expensive for the condition. #305-1960 EDSEL RANGER convertible. S/N 0V15W701946. Blue/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 26 miles. 292-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Well-applied paint over excellent bodywork, nice panel gaps and chrome. Good glass, nice 68 #322-1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N 2Y89M149460. Black/black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 19 miles. 390-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Sports Roadster package with a/c, M-code 340-hp engine, and Rotunda tach. Slight micro-scratching in paint needs a polish to be perfect, chrome and trim nice. Clean red color appear slightly mismatched in indoor lighting. New chrome and top. Continental kit. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $63,800. Won first place at the International Thunderbird Club in 1995. 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RM Auctions Addison, IL interior, nice top and glass. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $121,000. One of 120 M-code Sports Roadsters built in 1962. The Sports Roadster package included a hard tonneau cover that could be used with the top up or down, a grab bar for the passenger, and wire wheels. Several first place Senior awards, and the class award at Meadowbrook in 1999. A stunning Bird at a full price. #335-1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N 2Y89M150858. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 80,354 miles. 390-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Numerous visible paint prep flaws and touched-up chips. Door sills dented. Stainless trim shows scratching and dullness, chrome driver-quality. Engine dress-up kit, all power options, 340-hp M-code engine. built in 1963 with the 340-hp M-code triplecarb engine option. Factory sports roadsters came with a passenger grab bar and chrome wires, which eliminated the fender skirts due to clearance problems with the rear wheels. A premium price for a premium car. Rear window shows age. Nice Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $68,750. Ex-Domino's Pizza Collection. One of 120 cars built with the Sports Roadster package and the M-code engine. Not much more than driverquality, but still rare and desirable. Well sold at mid-estimate money. #331-1963 FORD THUNDERBIRD Landau 2-dr hard top. S/N 3Y87M100293. Blue & white/blue leather. Odo: 21,222 miles. 390-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Good paint with some edge chips, variable panel gaps, nice chrome and trim. Equipped with every option including the 340-hp M-code V8, a/c, Rotunda tach, and an AM/FM radio. Driver's seat stitching pulled TOP 10 No. 9 #317-1963 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N 3Y89M100215. Black/ black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 18 miles. 390-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Very good paint with no issues. Original chrome nice, but shows some slight pitting on left rear taillight housing. Built with every option available. High quality restoration to original specs. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $192,500. One of 37 factory Sports Roadsters loose at base of seat back. Engine compartment as-new. Chassis undercoated. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $57,750. The first Landau built, and one of seven with these options. The prices of these Jet Birds are on the rise, and this one had a great color combination. I bid early to $35k, but couldn't take the heat. The price achieved here was within roadster territory. #346-1965 FORD MUSTANG GT replica convertible. S/N 5R08C216454. Blue/white vinyl/parchment vinyl. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fresh restoration with new paint, chrome, and interior. Originally a base 2-bbl car updated March 2007 69


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RM Auctions Addison, IL Column Author with a 4-bbl and GT options. Right hood and cowl gap wide. Pony interior, a/c, Rally Pack gauges, and wood rim wheel. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $58,300. No miles had been covered on this very fresh restoration. Great colors and high level of work trumped the non-original status of this car. Perhaps auction fever led to the giant price paid—but it was good enough to bring another giant price down the road as well. #297-1966 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N 6Y85Q153417. Black/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 89 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Black paint looks like a mirror, panel gaps better than factory. Nice chrome, stainless trim, glass, and top. Equipped with power windows and vents, hard tonneau, Club (LCOC) first-place awards from 1989 to 2000. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $55,000. Most likley the lowest mileage original '69 Continental in existence. Displayed from new in the recreation room of the original dealer until the mid 1980s. Purchased by Jerry Capizzi in 1988. Lots of money for a later model, but where else will you find a new '69 Mk III? #330-1971 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL Mk III 2-dr hard top. S/N 1Y89A854432. Brown/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 21 miles. 460-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Brown paint shows a high gloss, panel gaps as factory. New chrome with no faults, all trim and glass nice. Engine and underhood as-new. Well-fitted interior 8-track, factory a/c, leather interior, power seat, and cruise control. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $88,000. 1966 was the last year for this body style, and the 345-hp Q-code 428 was the highest-rated Thunderbird powerplant that year. I couldn't find a fault with this car, and the long list of first-place show finishes can attest to that. Worth the price paid. #294-1966 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 4-dr convertible. S/N 6Y86G450361. White/ white vinyl/burgundy leather. Odo: 34,648 miles. 462-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Every available option with 34,648 miles. Excellent paint shows only minor chips and scratches from use. Nice chrome, good stainless trim, clean equipped with power sunroof. A high quality restoration. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $35,200. An original car from top to bottom expertly restored down to all the factory tags and stamps. It appeared as if it had just come from the dealership, but the color wasn't very appealing and it sold well under estimate. #345-1971 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL Mk III 2-dr hard top. S/N 1Y89A858707. White/white vinyl/white. Odo: 34,305 miles. 460-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice repaint with original chrome and trim. Side glass scratched, original interior in good condition. Clean but not detailed engine compartment. Well optioned with a/c, rear window defroster, remote white top. A very nice, low mileage original. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $42,350. Lincolns don't tend to bring the same money as Cadillacs of the same era, but this one had the right options and was in the right condition to bring over its high estimate of $35,000. A fair price for both parties. #301-1969 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL Mk III 2-dr hard top. S/N 9Y89A901447. Black/black vinyl/maroon leather. Odo: 59 miles. 460-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Completely original with only 59 documented original miles. Any flaws result from dusting it for 37 years. As-new in all respects. Complete with a long list of Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) and Lincoln and Continental Owners 70 trunk release, power locks, and intermittent wipers. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $20,900. This original 34,000 mile car was big, and the triple white color combo made it seem even bigger. Sold slightly over the low estimate of $20k, it was a fair deal for both the buyer and seller. #311-1976 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL Mk IV coupe. S/N 6Y89A907591. White/ is starting to yellow from age. Only 89 original miles, as-new in all respects. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $71,500. Certified by Ford as being the last of the designer series Mk Vs built in 1979. A time capsule 27-year-old automobile. Pricey considering the minor top discoloration, but there is only one “last one,” and with only 89 miles on the odometer, it was worth it.u Sports Car Market and just starting to crack. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $39,600. Number 191 of 250 built on a Lincoln chassis by Alain Clenet of California. Not to my taste, but everyone will look at you as you drive by. Brought over the high estimate of $35,000, but if you're into these retro-styled cruisers, you won't likely find a better example. #316-1979 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL Mk V Bill Blass coupe. S/N 9Y89S768253. White & blue/white vinyl/white & blue leather. Odo: 89 miles. 400-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Bill Blass edition with two-tone paint and white seats in excellent condition, but white vinyl top white & red leather. Odo: 467 miles. 460-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very good paint and chrome, panel gaps and bodywork as-new. Good glass, nice trim. Original interior in excellent shape, with clean leather and carpet. Documented 467 miles. Lots of LCOC and AACA firsts. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $44,000. The first year for designer editions, and the last year for the Mk IV. Lots of money, but try to find a better one. Sold spot on at right above the high estimate of $40k. #293-1979 CLENET SERIES 1 roadster. S/N CLE791166. Maroon & white/maroon vinyl/maroon leather. Odo: 3,966 miles. Shows as it should for a 3,900 mile original. Paint excellent, chrome shows no marks. Nice original top, good brightwork. Interior leather a bit dry


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Cox Auctions Branson, MO Column Author The Branson Collector Car Auction A 1959 Galaxie 500 retractable hard top missed $50,000 by just $180, which had to be one of the highest results ever for a survivor in its condition Company Cox Auctions Date October 19, 2006 Location Branson, MO Auctioneers Tom “Spanky” Assiter and Mark Gellman Automotive lots sold / offered 143 / 257 Sales rate 56% Sales total $3,216,219 High sale 1970 Mustang Mach 1 brought strong money at $84,800 Report and photos by Dave Kinney Market opinions in italics F inding the right car at the right price in this market can sometimes be a daunting task, and as a result, many buyers have turned to smaller regional sales as the source for that next elusive ride. It is there that Jim and Kathy Cox have found a niche for their company's event held at Celebration City in Branson, Missouri. Good cars, lots of room, and a laidback atmosphere have brought them success in the past, and the story was the same at the Fall Branson Collector Car Auction held in October. Generally, Branson attracts buyers and sellers mostly from a 50- to 1,000-mile radius. If you were to draw a bulls-eye on a map of the U.S. with Branson at the center, you'd see just how large of an area that includes. It's smack-dab in the heart of America's heartland, and right in the center of car country. While I've seen a fair share of cars that sell at Branson appear later at East or West Coast venues for a heftier price tag, the Midwest sellers get a fair shake as well, with lower transportation costs and hotel room prices that range from reasonable to almost free. Dealers tend to like this venue, and more collectors have been catching on—when the lower costs of attending are factored in, it makes Branson look even better compared to the expenses of an event in Arizona, California, or Florida. An unrestored 1959 Ford Galaxie 500 with a retract- able hard top missed the $50,000 mark by just $180, which had to be one of the highest results ever for a survi- 72 1970 Plymouth Superbird, sold at $137,800 Buyer's premium 6% (included in sold prices) vor in its condition. An AMX sold to a dealer for $23,956—a price that could best be described as a deal, and as one of the weekend's best buys. A fully and freshly restored Crosley Hot Shot roadster sold for a more-than-reasonable $11,130, and had I been in the tent at the time, it would have been mine. One of the more interesting lots was a 1977 Volkswagen Type II microbus that had been severely spray painted in many different colors. Worth about 10% of its final sale price of $2,226, it was a great example of how the right spin by a savvy owner can sell just about anything. A relatively nice 1948 Buick Roadmaster convertible failed to bring more than the $42,250 high bid, which should have been enough to sell the car. Also not sold was a 1954 Devinbodied racer with a BMW 2002 motor and a Getrag five-speed transmission. Enthusiasm dropped off at $13,500—a figure much less than it was actually worth. A nice-quality 1969 Mercury Cyclone CJ fastback didn't sell at $47,000, which while in line with current valuations, was not enough for the seller, and made me question the guide prices. Last year's results came in at just over $2.6m, and the Spring Branson sale topped out at just over $2.8m. Here, Cox again turned in a credible result, with a total of $3.2m accrued by the end of the weekend. Although the popularity of larger events on both coasts and in Arizona is growing, Branson is an excellent example of how some good deals can still be found in the heart of America.u $3m $3.5m $2.5m $2m $500k $1.5m $1m SALES TOTALS 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 Sports Car Market


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Cox Auctions Branson, MO ENGLISH #601-1956 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD II saloon. S/N SBC8. Dark black & silver/gray leather & gold vinyl. RHD. Odo: 8,362 miles. Well-applied paint, good panel gaps. Decent chrome shows some pitting and scratching. Equipped with sunroof and added AM/FM cassette. Interior leather nice, but much of the wood is cracked. It's all there and black vinyl. Well-done paint is not perfect, with small flaws evident throughout. Excellent brightwork, very good trim and jewelry. Interior shows nicely with well-trimmed seats, excellent carpets, and very nice dash. Underhood is surround. Rear rubber bumper caps have been pulled outward, front rubber rub strip shows hits. Excellent leather, very good wood and door panels. Could be the last one left with its complete, but it has needs. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $15,900. A perfect example of a car that is worth substantially more on its home turf, I'm actually surprised that more of these still nice Cloud-series cars have not been repatriated to the U.K. It's worth in pounds what it cost in dollars. Not a bad way to double your money—minus expenses. #543-1957 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-6 roadster. S/N BN4L029704. Red/black cloth/ tidy, but not entirely show, with some minor wear from use. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $37,000. A nice presentation on a driver-quality 100-6, this car sold quite well and was the subject of much admiration and speculation up until it crossed the block. I call the price market-correct. Not a bad deal for both buyer and seller. #629-1974 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SHADOW 4-dr saloon. S/N SRC18057. Black/brown leather. Odo: 75,905 miles. A two-owner, actual-miles car, according to the seller. Most paint remains nice, some is cracked and all is in desperate need of a full detailing. Excellent glass, dry gaskets, good chrome shows some light scratching to the windshield original AM/FM and separate 8-track player. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $12,455. A very good buy for the end user. Yes, if you look hard enough you can find drivable examples for half this price, but making them as good as this would cost thousands more. Shadows are just at the edge of collectibility, and in a few years, excellent examples will bring many multiples of this price. #657-1981 TRIUMPH TR7 convertible. S/N SATPV4183BA407912. Silver/black cloth/silver cloth & blue vinyl. Odo: 48,627 miles. Fully restored, excellent paint and trim. Very good graphics, glass, and top. The 2.0 liter “Sprint” Euro-spec motor added during restoration. Very clean interior in original March 2007 73


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Cox Auctions Branson, MO Column Author Amelia Island sale in March of '06, where it sold for $110,000 (SCM# 41038). Seventeen miles have been covered since then, which works out to a loss of a little over $1,000 per mile for the previous owner. Restoration costs on these cars can make Donald Trump's combover stand on end, so if you want one, find one that someone else just restored. style, excellent dash and door panels. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $6,200. At $6,200, my contention was that this car was basically free. I don't blame the seller one bit for holding on. The restoration costs must have exceeded this figure many times. Although TR7 prices remain in the dirt, this would have been an excellent buy at even a few thousand more. #284-2002 JAGUAR X-TYPE 4-dr saloon. S/N SAJEA51092WC49779. Green/ bone leather. Odo: 48,308 miles. Moonroof, CD player, all books and extra keys. Just off lease. All paintwork and trim is excellent with no evidence of repairs, nice chrome. Very light wear to the driver's seat, excellent wood. A perfect candidate for a car you can drive the wheels off, sell for somewhere near what you paid for it, and add cubic money to buy a much better 1964 SC replacement. Not a lot of hope in restoring it and coming out on top, unless you're doing it for therapy. Cracked windshield will need to be addressed. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $15,900. You can always expect to find late model Jags at the Branson auction. They are a staple here, as a Missouri dealer brings them to every event. An absolutely retail correct result if it didn't need a windshield—this car could have been found with a warranty at almost any Jag dealer. GERMAN #549-1953 MERCEDES-BENZ 300D cabriolet. S/N 1860140104053. Blue/blue cloth/gray leather. Odo: 54,033 km. Good quality older paint with a few light scratches. Chrome mostly good, massive windshield surround pitted. A few unfortunate splits to the top at the seams, fade to all the light lenses. Very nice leather could use a bath, good wood. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $92,750. Last seen at RM's Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $16,000. Despite increasing popularity of this generation of SLs, I think the potential buyers were wise to steer clear here. Restoration costs are a killer—it's better to buy a done car for more money and let someone else take the financial hit. #299-1977 VOLKSWAGEN TYPE II microbus. S/N 2272169226. Multi-color spray paint/black vinyl. Odo: 2,090 miles. What do you do with a worn-out VW bus with bad paint and failing gaskets? Paint yourself a genu-wine hippie van! Although it looks like the previous owner went wild with spray cans, it does appear they taped off the windows before firing. Light green shag carpeting inside, very cool Scooby-doo floor mats, very nice Firestone Firehawk tires for those extended high speed runs. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $2,226. A $226 bus 74 #655-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304412004570. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 30,114 miles. Fair quality repaint, brightwork shows some issues as well. Later style Mercedes-Benz mags, a/c unit is only part there. Vents are missing under the dash. Good seats, poor wood, dirty engine compartment. #528-1964 PORSCHE 356 SC coupe. S/N 129709. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 76,899 km. Very nice paint, mostly good brightwork. Gaps are an issue here, with door fit to the front on the passenger side way off. Twin grilles, disc brakes. Nice interior not enough to offset the poor panel gaps. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $19,610. that brought $2,000 over retail, at least in my book. A really disgusting example, perhaps the best hope was in whatever parts value was left. However, someone gets an A+ for out-of-thebox thinking here, as $20 worth of spray paint gave him a very large return. #660-1977 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SEL 6.9 sedan. S/N 11603612002317. Dark blue/ blue leather. Odo: 9,196 miles. Texas car. Good paint shows some age, brightwork has some scratches and discoloration. Nice glass, very dry gaskets are brittle to the touch. Interior leather shows a nice patina, decent wood. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $4,200. As these move into collector car status, the good ones are finding homes among serious Benz collectors. The others continue to float from dealer to dealer, or from dealer to the occasional end user. This was a car I would hate to buy without a comprehensive bill of health from a competent Mercedes mechanic. Too cheap at the bid price. If nothing was wrong mechanically, it should have been worth more even with the cosmetic issues noted. #250-1978 MERCEDES-BENZ 6.9 sedan. S/N 11603612003944. Burgundy/tan. Odo: 99,943 miles. Fresh paint, some dings appear to have been left in from the last job. Lots of trim issues, brightwork has some fade, grille has a few pieces missing. Sunroof, leather interior excellent, hard plastic “cheater” dash cap is not... Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $6,360. The fresh look to the leather indicates that perhaps the bid price was spent spiffing up the interior. It's Sports Car Market


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Cox Auctions Branson, MO Column Author all about the motors in these cars, but I would have liked to have Hans the mechanic check it out before I raised my hand. ITALIAN #614-1972 DE TOMASO PANTERA coupe. S/N THPNMR02716. Grabber Blue/ tan leather. Odo: 40,362 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Paint nicely done, straight body, good panel gaps. Excellent blackout trim, very nice chrome, good glass. Modifications include scoops in place of glass at the rear side windows, and a full tan leather interior instead AT $42,250. I would have expected this car to sell for this bid. It could be worth a bit more, but not much. Fresh, fully restored examples can bring well into the $60k range, but even though this Roadmaster was nice, it was a long way from fresh. #559-1948 DESOTO DELUXE convert- miles. Very good paint, some brightwork is fair, none is excellent. Nice redone wood sides have no visible issues. Good glass, high-quality leather seats. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $67,000. The marketplace continues to absorb all the Woodies offered, and prices remain at or near their all-time highs. Post-war eight-cylinder cars bring more than their six-cylinder relatives, and expect that to remain the case in the near future. of the normal black vinyl. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $40,280. Originality aside, the tan leather looked just fine inside this Pantera. There has been a lot of activity with Panteras of late, and this car was very well bought. Some potential owners may have not liked the Grabber Blue hue—a different color may have brought more money. AMERICAN #550-1930 PIERCE ARROW MODEL B roadster. S/N NEBR005329. Light blue & black/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 11 miles. Drum style headlights—an unusual feature for Pierce Arrows of this period and an option not appearing until 1932. Nice paint, several “sitting around the shop” scratches notwithstanding. Chrome is good but not perfect, with some scratches. Good top, nice external trunk. Clean of cosmetic issues on the dash. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $20,000. This car had a list of needs from here to St. Louis, but convertibles from the '40s in this kind of price range are getting more difficult to find by the day. Had everything been working, I would have expected it to sell at double this price. interior, very good leather, nice dash. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $68,900. Pierce Arrow cars were known for their distinctive headlamps built into the fenders, and for those who don't like that look, the drum-style headlamp cars are few and far between. The price achieved could be described as a minor bargain, but a tough sale in today's market. #546-1937 DODGE WESTCHESTER woody wagon. S/N T3828109. Dark green/ black vinyl/burgundy leather. Odo: 95,592 76 #551-1948 BUICK ROADMASTER convertible. S/N 50956337. Light yellow/black cloth/brown leather. Odo: 95,206 miles. Good quality older repaint now shows some issues, namely light rust between several trim and fender pieces and a few chips as well. Most chrome is nice, some shows pitting. Inside is clean, with old school dark well-stitched leather and a nice dash. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD Everything cosmetically wrong with this car could be fixed in an afternoon by a talented individual. At an auction on either coast, I would expect this car to bring at least $5,000 more. It would cost more than this car costs to make a #3 into a #2, so put this one in the extremely well bought column. #537-1951 NASH RAMBLER AIRFLYTE convertible. S/N DC1362. White/black vinyl/ tan cloth. Odo: 57,001 miles. Quickie respray with lots of overspray on most gaskets. Weak chrome in places, bumpers and grille are OK. Nice top, interior shows nicely but has plenty of chrome pitted as well. Good seats, great dash. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $16,695. A great example of a car you'll likely never see on the road. It's rare and different, but don't confuse those two attributes with valuable. The next owner will Sports Car Market #245-1948 CHRYSLER WINDSOR convertible. S/N 70673343. Red/tan cloth/red leather & plaid cloth. Odo: 48,999 miles. Miles and miles on red repaint, lots of chips and scratches. Some pitting to almost all chrome. Good glass, window felts have passed their prime. Nice interior smells of moth balls. Lots ible. S/N 5937006. Tan/brown & tan cloth & vinyl. Odo: 28,680 miles. Good older paint looks to have been recently freshened. Nice brightwork, almost all small bits are good as well. Very clean interior also recently redone. Not perfect, but a nice look and a great driver. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $30,740. A tad pricey for condition, but had the price been in the high $20k range instead of the extreme low $30k range, I would have thought of it as reasonably well bought. Still a steady market, and still ranking high on the fun-to-have vs. cost-to-buy meter. #536-1949 CROSLEY HOT SHOT roadster. S/N VC10379. Mint Green/ black vinyl. Odo: 23,799 miles. “CIBA” 4-cylinder Crosley motor. Very good paint with only a few chips, excellent chrome. Good trim, B.F. Goodrich tires appear new, very tidy interior. A nice presentation. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $11,130. A very good buy on a very small car.


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Cox Auctions Branson, MO NOT SOLD AT $13,500. Worth much more than the high bid, but a rather small number of people would be interested. A great-looking and unusual car, and the race prep and recent mods made it quite desirable—but not easily sellable. #534-1956 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER have to pay plenty to fix the poorly done “restoration,” but not putting this bathtub back on the street would be a shame. #627-1954 DEVIN RACER coupe. S/N TS1088. Blue/black vinyl. Small body Devin with a partial tube chassis, BMW 2002 motor, and Getrag five-speed. Vendor states over $70,000 spent to make this race ready. Full roll cage, disc brakes in front, drums in rear. Full instrumentation, two sets of wheels and tires. Excellent paint, very good trim, well executed interior, Crow racing safety belts. Cond: 2. sedan. S/N N5827800. White/white leather. Odo: 1,128 miles. 354-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very good paint, excellent chrome. Underhood and trunk detailed. Very good gaps, all trim complete. Excellent glass, window felts and rubber gaskets all good. Factory a/c, seat belts added. Seats redone in puffy tufted leather, no comments needed. Not correct, but cool. Cond: 3+. Situated in a Kensington Mews, internationally famous for old cars, we are proud to offer a varied selection of historic automobiles. Our prices are keenly competitive in today's market and we are always interested in buying, part exchanging or selling on clients' behalf cars similar to those below. Please write, phone, fax or e-mail with your requirements. GREGOR FISKEN Fine Hi s toric Automobi les 1937 Maserati 6CM Chassis 1547, a highly original 6CM was raced pre-war at NOT SOLD AT $22,000. I liked the look of this car, and it actually garnered more than its share of attention. Some of that attention was pointed out to me by an average height potential buyer whose head hit the headliner when he got behind the steering wheel. Apparently, the overstuffed seats proved to be more of an obstacle to driving than originality. Donington and Phoenix Park and post-war at circuits including Goodwood and the British Grand Prix before joining the famed ‘Harrah collection' for some thirty five years! Carefully re-commissioned by Sean Danaher for historic racing the 6CM has recently proven itself with great success at Goodwood, Monaco and the Shell Historic Challenge. 1547 comes complete with FIA papers and a certificate of authenticity from Maserati. 1953 Pegaso Z102 Built by the genius Wilfredo Ricart, Pegasos were highly advanced for their time and fitted with a dry sump, quad cam engine complete with a five speed De Dion transaxle. Only three were completed for ‘works' entered competitive events and of the three racers, only two exist today and this Z102, chassis 0155, has by far the most extensive international race history including Spa, Tangier and Oporto. In 1959 following the cars retirement from racing, 0155 continued to participate in hill climbs in Madrid staying in Spain until an extensive restoration was carried out returning this rare beast to its former glory. CARS IN STOCK 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT 1963 AC Cobra Comp Car 1972 Alfa Romeo T33/3 1964 Alfa Romeo TZ 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 NART Competition Daytona 1949 Jaguar XK120 – Aluminium 1936 Maserati 6CM 1973 Porsche 911RS Lightweight 1970 Porsche 911 2.2S 1953 Pegaso Z102 14 Queens Gate Place Mews, London, SW7 5BQ Telephone 011 44 20 7584 3503 Fax 011 44 20 7584 7403 cars@gregorfisken.com March 2007 www.gregorfisken.com 77 1955 Bentley R-Type Continental( Manual) 1955 Ferrari Mondial 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 1973 Ferrari Daytona


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Cox Auctions Branson, MO #511-1956 STUDEBAKER GOLDEN Column Author HAWK coupe. S/N 6032995. Gold & white/ gold & white vinyl. Odo: 70,612 miles. Packard 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Much older restoration with plenty of needs. Several dents and dings in the hood, most chrome has pitting or scratching. Good glass except for delaminating vent windows. Seats recently redone, carpets weak, to be fickle. Some very nice cars go wanting because of colors or options, while lesser cars in pastel colors bring much more. I liked this car and thought it was worth this high bid, but the seller liked it a lot more. dash needs help. The transmission shift selector is broken off, which makes finding the correct gear a bit of a challenge. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $6,572. With needs on top of needs, this Hawk was a long way from soaring again. Perhaps the new owner will decide to make it into a rod like many others have recently become. Very cheap, but for a very good reason. #567-1956 PONTIAC STAR CHIEF convertible. S/N P856H39476. Orange & white/white vinyl/white & orange vinyl. Odo: 16,399 miles. 317-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Clean older restoration with lots of age showing. Very light paint scratching may buff out. All brightwork is comeplete and without dents, but is no longer fresh. Dirty interior suffers the most aging, but is still plenty good enough for a driver. Some wear to the driver's seat. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $47,170. Last seen in '02 #563-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N VC57N151388. Matador Red/white vinyl/silver & orange vinyl. Odo: 10,180 miles. 283-ci, auto. Matador red, a.k.a. orange. Ten-year-old frame-off restoration in good shape. Very good paint and brightwork, excellent fit and finish. Some use wear, but better than expected for the age of the restoration. White/gold, white & black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 27,162 miles. 332-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Miles claimed original on this survivor. Mostly original paint shows some light touch-up marks, blending, and divots. Staining at gas filler neck. Most chrome OK, some shows minor pitting, including chrome fender skirts. Good glass, split and weak gaskets. Very clean original interior. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $49,820. Sale included a set of three original suitcases that fit in the small area of the trunk not taken up by the top mechanism. This survivor retractable could possibly have been the best remaining unrestored example. Quite expensive for condition, but even if the new owner has a stable of retractables, this one will be his prize. #277-1964 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. S/N 41447A119979. Dark blue/light blue. Odo: 77,321 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Well-applied paint shows some minor flaws. Excellent chrome and trim, windshield has several chips and one crack. Very nice interior, excellent vinyl and carpets, good dash. Engine compartment and trunk fully Well fitted and correct interior, a very good look overall. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $49,290. A nice buy on a car that was both usable and very collectible. I've seen fresh examples sell for twice this bid, and perhaps when the market settles, this will be the new guideline for a nice '57 Bel Air with the bloom off the rose. #270-1958 CHEVROLET BISCAYNE 2-dr sedan. S/N 058N122191. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 59,234 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fair quality paint with lots of overspray. Driver-quality chrome shows plenty of pitting. Windshield glass is scratched in many at eBay/Kruse in Sunrise, Florida, where it sold for $19,000 (SCM# 26681). Prices have risen steadily since then on '50s convertibles, but I doubt if anyone really understands why a Chevrolet Bel Air routinely brings more money in the same condition than a Pontiac Star Chief. Me, I'll take the Pontiac, please. They are more distinctive and just different enough to have some fun. Well bought. #569-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N VC57L154058. Black/black vinyl/orange & silver vinyl. Odo: 78,494 miles. 283-ci V8, auto. A five-year-old full restoration. Very good paint, excellent chrome, well-fitted top, aged exterior bits. Wear to the driver's seat area is the worst part of the interior. A very nice presentation, and the kind of Bel Air you want to buy if you are looking for a car to use. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $66,000. The market in 1956 and 1957 Bel Airs continues 78 places. Interior is similar—not nice but not too bad. Vinyl seats in good condition. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $10,388. This car was probably best as a donor car for a better quality hot rod. Any chance of turning it back into an original was long gone. As a running and driving starting point, it was worth the bid. #622-1959 FORD GALAXIE Skyliner retractable hard top. S/N B9FW233115. Sports Car Market detailed. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $20,352. As more of these Impalas are getting the resto-rod or custom slammed treatment, the once-plentiful supply must be drying up. This seemed to be a very reasonable buy for the money involved. As long as no sins were found, perhaps a great buy. #273-1965 FORD MUSTANG coupe. S/N 5R07T250945. Springtime Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 85,375 miles. 200-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Paint is good enough for a driver, but it's quite easy to find flaws and a few touch-ups. Good chrome has pitting in window frames. Highly optioned with a very clean Pony interior, a/c, power


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Cox Auctions Branson, MO steering, and center console. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $9,700. Even with good options, this Mustang failed to find a new home. Sixcylinder coupes with automatic transmissions are at about the bottom of the food chain when it comes to Mustangs, and had I been the seller, I might have considered letting it go. #575-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194678S100401. Maroon/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 507 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Frame-off restoration, Bloomington Gold winner. Some poor prep issues on the rear deck lid may start to show #524-1966 FORD MUSTANG convert- ible. S/N DR139507M0. Red/white vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 16,113 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A mediocre Mustang made worse by an assigned serial number. Fair quality paint shows plenty of flaws. Good brightwork, clean underhood and in trunk, plenty of Cobra through soon. Excellent brightwork, very good top and interior. Fitted with Goldline tires on knock-off wheels. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $129,850. Right on the money in today's marketplace—neither expensive nor cheap. The Marlboro Maroon is a handsome color, and except for the paint worries, an investmentquality Corvette all the way. dress-up stuff. Interior is good but has issues, pleated seat covers loose. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $16,960. I really didn't think much of this ‘Stang. Had this been a perfect Pony, it could have brought an easy $20,000 more. For a Sunday driver, the price was right. With an assigned serial number, it will likely stay a driver for the rest of its life. #645-1966 OLDSMOBILE 98 convertible. S/N 384676M109964. Gold/white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 40,818 miles. 425-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice paint, decent bodywork and panel gaps. Brightwork is mostly good but small bits show pitting. Nice paint on the outside does not follow through to the inside, as plenty of wear and broken items are easy to find in the interior. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $5,300. It looked great on the outside, but the interior gave a better view of what was needed to make this car complete. Paintwork could easily be fixed with a little labor and some supplies, but the interior was another matter. A no-surprise no sale. #599-1967 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. S/N 2421777124554. White/red vinyl. Odo: March 2007 79


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Cox Auctions Branson, MO Column Author 6,404 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent paint surrounded by very nice chrome, good glass, and strong gaskets. Interior shows one or two weak spots on the driver's seat vinyl. Tidy throughout. A nice look. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $28,000. This GTO was a solid example, but it didn't stand out in any department, and that kept the passion from building among potential owners. It's worth more than was bid here—but not a bunch more. A potentially great long-term hold. #219-1967 FORD MUSTANG fastback. S/N 7F02A138051. Highland Green/black vinyl. Odo: 44,162 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4sp. Bullitt style. Lots of correctly de-chromed bits, 17-inch Torq-Thrust wheels on low profile tires. Excellent paint, superb chrome excepting the vent window surrounds. Race seats and #240-1970 FORD MUSTANG fastback. S/N 0R02M119439. Grabber Green/white vinyl. Odo: 82,788 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fair quality paint, some visible rust, poor panel fit. Decent brightwork is scratched and pitted in some places. Clean underhood, showing off one of its greatest assests: a/c. Original Winner G/T Radial tires do not provoke outrageous confidence. Clean and correct interior, but not detailed for show. Both hard and soft tops. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $23,320. 1968 was the first year of this body style, and the once never ending supply of these cars is finally drying up. It's now economically feasible to restore a well-optioned car from this period and not lose your shirt. This driver-quality Vette represented a lot for not too much money in today's marketplace. #228-1969 AMC AMX coupe. White & black/black vinyl. Odo: 98,100 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Go Package. Very nice paint, one or two touch-up spots notwithstanding. Excellent chrome, some dry gaskets but most are good. Very nice interior, good door modified dash, fuel cell installed. Nice overall. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $27,030. I've seen my share of Bullitt clones in the past, but they are rarely done anywhere near the way this nice example was done. With correct colors and most of the correct styling cues, I think even Mr. McQueen might have approved. #626-1967 DODGE DART GTS coupe. S/N LP23072138476. Green/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 65,604 miles. 360-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very nice restoration, started life with a 273-ci V8. Now a replica 360 GTS with a 340 four-barrel hood badge. Excellent paint, nicely fitted vinyl top, very good brightwork and panels, seats, and carpets. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $23,956. Another one to throw in the well bought column, I've seen prices on AMXs run the gamut, but this example was a peach at a prune price. I wasn't the only one disappointed that I missed this when it crossed the block. #591-1969 MERCURY CYCLONE CJ fastback. S/N 9H16R531645. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 81,457 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A fully restored, rarely seen car. Well done paint, excellent brightwork, underhood is fully detailed. Great glass, gaskets, and window felts. Interior shows well, with full console and chrome, all gaps are very good. New date code correct glass, interior as-new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $84,800. A well-done restoration, fully photo documented and with a detailed history of the car. Well optioned, well presented. The seller thought this car was capable of more in the near future, and he could be correct, as this is the type of Mustang the market is hungry for. #590-1970 SHELBY GT350 fastback. glass. Excellent interior, extra gauges added. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $18,000. A Dodge Dart with an identity crisis. At some point, one has to wonder: when the “send in the clones” phase we're going through ends, will the original car with its original low-horsepower motor be worth more than the imposter? Time will tell. #635-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 19467S407979. Blue/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 63,389 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Power steering, four-wheel disc brakes. Paint well done but not show, good panel gaps, nice chrome and trim. Winston 80 S/N 0F02M483090. Grabber Blue/white vinyl. Odo: 80 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Cost $5,249.58 new, delivered by Dub Richardson Ford in Oklahoma City, OK. Excellent paint, headrest seats. Factory a/c, power brakes and steering. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $47,000. I had to agree with the seller for not letting this car go when I compared it to other muscle cars in the marketplace. The high bid was well above guidebook values, but perhaps it's time to make adjustments to those numbers. The a/c had to be responsible for a large percentage of the value here. Sports Car Market interior still presentable. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $20,405. A little pricier than I would have expected given the visible rust, and I assume that the new owner saw a bit more in it than I did. In no way should this be interpreted as a bad example, just one with needs. #570-1970 FORD MUSTANG Mach I fastback. S/N 0T05R116305. Metallic blue/ black vinyl. Odo: 33,990 miles. 428-ci V8, 4bbl, auto. Completely and fully restored, done all the way through by a person who knew what he was doing. Numbers matching Cobra Jet motor, Ram-Air hood. Excellent paint and


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Cox Auctions Branson, MO Column Author well-done chrome, nice body and panel gaps. Clean and correct interior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $106,000. Spot-on in the price department, but that can all change in the late spring or early summer, when Shelby prices seem to move the most. Despite recent talk of an adjustment in the muscle car market, Shelbys of this vintage do not scare me as much as many Mopar offerings. #573-1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD 2-dr hard top. S/N RM23U0A174613. Orange/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 81,152 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Decent paint, good door and hood gaps, well-fitted top. Good chrome and glass. Has both jacks and original broadcast sheet. Clean interior, but not a lot of wear—used-up may be a better description. Cond: 4-. NOT SOLD AT $14,000. Early '70s Corvettes are up-and-comers, and this car, with all its needs, was nothing short of a restoration project in waiting. A good case for “spend more and get more.” It would cost a small fortune to fix the cosmetics needed here. #292-1971 CHEVROLET C-10 pickup. S/N C5414J638069. Orange/white/black vinyl. Odo: 83,684 miles. 250-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. An excellent restoration, but done to the wrong truck. Excellent paint is mirror-like everywhere. Very good trim, Michelin tires, fresh wood bed excellent. Nice glass with no scratches, soft gaskets. Inside is just as nice, pop. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $137,800. One of 1,920 built. This car suffered most from a lack of freshness. Even a high quality detail would help out quite a bit here. The market for these NASCAR speed demons seems to be in a holding pattern lately, but some minor work here may benefit the seller in the future. #628-1971 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS convertible. S/N 136671K170347. Light green/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 22,686 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Seller states it's a real SS, and a one-owner numbers matching example. Shiny paint appears very fresh. New top, very good chrome. Plastic front grille is with no issues. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $17,800. No matter how nice the restoration, remember to start with a vehicle that others might want. A six-cylinder low-options truck will always struggle when there are eight-cylinder examples with plenty of goodies in the marketplace. This very nice pickup struggled, and had it been better equipped, the bidders would have been fighting for it. #640-1972 DODGE CHALLENGER 2-dr missing one piece, otherwise all trim is good. Nice interior appears to have some fresh paint and vinyl dye. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $28,620. A fair price in today's marketplace. Not quite a bargain, but well bought. A 350 with automatic is not a muscle car, but it has the look that separates it from more mundane cars of the era. The SS package was a big bonus, and this was a usable and fun collector car. #285-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194671S104404. Burnt Orange/white vinyl/silver leather. Odo: 27,936 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The paint looks exactly like a roadmap when you get up close, with cracks from one end to the other interconnected throughout. Weak chrome, good glass, poor top. The interior shows plenty of 82 hard top. S/N JH23G2B10671. Orange/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 25,218 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Started life as a 318-ci 2-bbl car. Paint looks as if cottage cheese was added to the basecoat for texture. Chips, dents and a few flaws complete the package. Fair chrome, be worth a small percentage of the value of the car. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $10,070. All of the noted problems came under the heading of an easy fix, so if anyone was inclined to own a reproduction Ford Model T with a much later Ford V8 motor, this was the ticket. Replace the top, find a couple of new hubcaps, and take the kids for a joy ride in the rumble seat. #641-1976 GMC PALM BEACH motorhome. S/N TZE166V103096. White & green/green cloth. Odo: 73,205 miles. Nice paint redone in 2000, good brightwork. Miles said to be correct original. Inside, the original interior is all there excepting newer appliances. Nice green and white tartan striped cloth, green captain chairs, and green shag carpet. Cond: 3. That dogginess aside, the rest of the car was no standout. Buying a car knowing that you're also about to buy a paint job is a hard obstacle for a seller to jump, so I'm not surprised the bidders didn't take the bait. #294-1974 GLASSIC RUMBLE SEAT roadster. S/N 1151. Yellow/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 12,016 miles. Paint shows lots of flaws and a few dings. Top is beyond repair, with vinyl pulling out in places. Mismatched tires, side mounts have cheap plastic wheel covers. Door panels and seats are nice, Working Ford Rim-Blow steering wheel might SOLD AT $13,515. It's shag-o-licious, baby! To prove I am a man of world-class taste, I was the underbidder on this fabulous slice of the disco era. Old motorhomes rarely bring big bucks, and this unit looked like it had more than the bid price spent on it in recent upgrades and improvements. Well bought. #675-1979 DODGE LI'L RED EXPRESS well done vinyl top. Nice interior with good seats, console, and hard plastic dash cap. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $14,500. Instead of sharp, the paintwork was mostly Shar-Pei. pickup. S/N D13JS9S209497. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 59,189 miles. 360-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very good paint shows several dings from use, chrome still shiny and not pitted. Factory bodywork and panel gaps, nice wood bed and trim. Clean interior, good seats and dash, original underhood. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $11,500. I've seen these trucks sell for well into Sports Car Market


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Cox Auctions Branson, MO dash. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $4,770. The good news for Chrysler Maserati owners is that this dog brought close to $5,000, the bad news is that the world is full of these cars in this shape. Unlike others, I believe these have a value as a future collectible, but the nice ones are still able to be found and don't cost a heck of a lot more than this. the $20k range, and this example should have brought more. We still appear to be in an era where the market is finicky—people will gladly pay up for #1 and #2 vehicles, while #3s and #4s can languish. For the savvy buyer with the skills to puff and buff, this presented a good opportunity to make money. #289-1985 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. S/N 1G6EL6780FE663840. White/white vinyl/ white leather. Odo: 21,293 miles. Modified when new by ASC, sold by Caddy dealers as a “commemorative edition.” Some paintwork was redone on this original Cadillac dealerowner car, but it's hard to tell what was done by ASC and what happened afterward. Chrome and trim is all very good. Nice original top with embroidered patch. Some wear to seat leather and carpets, excellent dash. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,430. Expensive, but it will likely be worth this money soon if the new owner hangs onto it. Even 22 years after it was built, it remained usable and functional. Perhaps a few thousand dollars above market, but how much is your fun worth? #654-1989 CHRYSLER MASERATI convertible. S/N ZC2FP1103KB203265. Light yellow/saddle leather. Odo: 125,758 miles. Paint appears mostly original, and has plenty of stone chips. Good brightwork, all glass is good excepting the hardtop porthole windows with usual delamination issues. Lots of wear to the driver's seat, good console and #271-1993 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 1GYY33P9P5108483. Maroon/burgundy cloth/maroon leather. Odo: 31,504 miles. Fortieth Anniversary convertible, chromed mags. Very good paint, original panel gaps and bodywork. Excellent trim and glass, very good top. Good seats show only light wear, carpets worn heavier. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,278. Right around average retail—many of these anniversary cars show low mileage like this example. Carpets are a relatively easy fix in Corvettes of this era, and a weekend's cleaning and detailing could have made this car look new.u March 2007 83


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Column Author Bonhams & Butterfield Los Angeles, CA The Steve McQueen Collection A 1958 GMC pickup brought a staggering $128,000—at least $100k more than it would have been worth without McQueen's ownership Company Bonhams & Butterfields Date November 11, 2006 Location Los Angeles, CA Auctioneer Malcolm Barber Automotive lots sold / offered 43 / 52 Sales rate 83% Sales total $1,945,525 High sale 1937 Crocker “Hemi-Head” V-Twin Motorcycle, sold at $276,500 McQueen's mystique pulled in plenty of punters in Los Angeles, all of whom were happy to pay for a piece of his legend Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics B onhams & Butterfields preceded their annual motorcycle auction at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles, California, with the sale of the Steve McQueen Collection. In addition to the several hundred pieces of memorabilia, a few of McQueen's favorite vehicles were also up for auction. All had been consigned by his wife, Barbara, who was in attendance at the event, and record results were forthcoming for anything directly related to “the King of Cool.” The auction was divided into two catalogs, which also separated the auction into two distinct parts. The first was comprised of pieces that McQueen owned at the time of his death in 1980, with many pieces of memorabilia and motorcycles he had owned at one time or another. The second catalog included McQueen memorabilia and vehicles that he may have once owned, but were now being offered by private sources. Each catalog generated plenty of interest, as McQueen fans were spending whatever it took to own something he once drove, wore, or collected. 84 Buyer's premium 17% on the first $100,000, 10% thereafter (included in sold prices) How does one explain a final selling price of $177,500 for a 1934 Indian Scout that on a good day might be worth $30,000? It was one of the McQueen's favorite bikes, and that fact alone pushed its price skyward. This same phenomenon was repeated with almost everything in the first catalog, including a 1920 Indian Power Plus motorcycle that found a new home at a surprising $150,000, and a 1958 GMC pickup that brought a staggering $128,000—$100k more than it would have been worth without McQueen's ownership. Prices from the second catalog were more in tune with reality, as buyers were not as wacky if the lot was one party removed from McQueen's ownership. The highlight here was the record-setting sale of a 1937 Crocker “Hemi-Head” V-twin motorcycle from the Silverman Racing Museum. The final price paid was a surprising $276,500, making it the high sale of the event. The bike raised the eyebrows of a few motorcycle dealers in attendance, and before it crossed the block, several had questioned the authenticity of its high quality restoration. Clearly, the new owner felt all was well. If you are old enough to know what your social SALES TOTALS $1.5m security benefits will be, you certainly remember Steve McQueen in the car chase through the streets of San Francisco in the 1968 film “Bullitt,” or his performance that same year with Faye Dunaway in “The Thomas Crown Affair,” where during the course of their torrid affair she drove the 275 GTS/4 Nart spyder sold by Gooding in 2005, and he a Meyers Manx. It's rare that a star has such staying power within popular culture, and even 26 years after his death, his name was enough to bring in a crowd willing to spend outlandish sums to obtain a piece of the legend.u $1.2m $600k $900k $300k Sports Car Market 2006


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Bonhams & Butterfields Los Angeles, CA BRITISH #432-1938 EXCELSIOR MANXMAN motorcycle. S/N MM730. Eng. # OXB255. Black & red/black leather seat. It's not clear if this is a 250 or 350-cc model, but it has the bronze-head performance option. Restored machine, complete with factory tool kit, build sheet, and parts. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $78,390. Vincent Black Shadows and Black Lightnings are about as desirable as motorcycles can be. With its low mileage, matching numbers, and three owners from new, this stunning example sold on the money. in the distant past, paint just OK. Engine well done, but it would not win any concours awards. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $17,550. Price paid was in line with other Bronze Heads; a fair transaction for all concerned. #434-1953 VINCENT BLACK SHADOW Series C motorcycle. S/N RC11832B. Eng. # F10AB1B9932. Black/black leather seat. Odo: 13,185 miles. Partially restored and upgraded with modern carburetors and ignition system. With a top speed of 128 mph, the Black Shadow V-twin was the fastest bike of its day. A striking #236A-1967 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SHADOW 2-dr sedan. S/N CRX2672. Dark blue/beige leather. Odo: 89,893 miles. Coachwork by Mulliner. Ordered by a Hollywood producer, driven by Thomas Crown (i.e. Steve McQueen) in “The Thomas Crown Affair.” Respray in 2000, interior worn, tailights crazed. Nice panel gaps, good brightwork. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $70,200. This Rolls-Royce was never owned by McQueen, but was driven by him in the movie—and that was enough for the Petersen Automotive Museum to pay a substantial premium to add this to its collection of movie cars. #409-2005 TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE SCRAMBLER motorcycle. S/N SMTTJ910TM4201514. Black & silver/black leather seat. Odo: 5 miles. One of five modified Triumph Scramblers built for “Mission Impossible III” with Tom Cruise. One of two actually used in the movie. Complete with letter authenticating its history. Sold as a movie prop, in as-new condition. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $29,250. Almost a “McQueen” price. The movie fell on its face and Tom Cruise has been March 2007 85


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Bonhams & Butterfields Los Angeles, CA Column Author stepping on himself lately. On top of that, the bike was sold on a bill of sale, which will make it difficult to register. Tom must have more fans that we thought. FRENCH #411-1904 FN FOUR-CYLINDER motor- cycle. Eng. # 1538. Black/brown leather seat. La Fabrique Nationale d'Armes de Guerre (FN for short) manufactured the first four-cylinder motorcycle in 1904. Demand was very strong in the United States, and this is the earliest known surviving example. From the Silverman since 1980. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $12,870. Buyer paid a bunch for a rather mundane bike that could be loaded with problems due to hibernating for the past 25 years. Tired and scruffy, and a bear to ride anyway. AMERICAN #422-1912 INDIAN SINGLE motor- cycle. Eng. # 41RL66. Red/brown leather seat. Restored in the '70s by Sammy Pierce for Steve McQueen. Now showing signs of age. Sold at the McQueen auction at the Imperial racing museum. Older restoration still shows well. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $102,375. An amazing piece of rolling jewelry—1904 bling. Considering its history, I'd have to say the price was not out of line. I hope the buyer was also able to buy one of the FN posters offered earlier in the sale. #405-1947 MOSQUITO CHAPUIS FRERES motorized bicycle. Maroon/black leather seat. Built in France under license from Garelli in Italy. Recent restoration to high standard. Luggage rack, front fender light, Palace in Las Vegas in 1984. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $55,575. Considering that anything McQueen touched went for over-the-top money, this seemed like a bargain at only about double the going rate. #177-1920 INDIAN POWERPLUS Daytona motorcycle. Eng. # 76R244. Maroon/ brown leather seat. The 42-degree V-twin flathead engine was much more powerful than its predecessor, thus the name Powerplus. The Daytona was introduced in 1920 with a lower speedometer. Designed as a unit rather than a bicycle with an add-on motor. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $3,510. A well-restored unique oddity. Sold for less than a restored Whizzer, but I think the Whizzer will be worth more in the long run—and with this bike, you're riding all the available spares. ITALIAN #413-1943 MOTO GUZZI GTS motor- cycle. S/N L11707. Black & yellow/black leather seat. Stated to have been given to Steve McQueen after filming of “The Great Escape.” Detailed by Von Dutch upon its return to the United Sates. Seller bought it from McQueen via an intermediary. Not ridden or even started 86 with a log book from 1947. Very presentable, but not perfect. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $111,150. One of only a few that remain. Owned by the builder Michael McEvoy until his death. Sidecar was built by Sears on period chassis. A rare and desirable bike with great provenance. Sold for expected money. #175-1929 HARLEY-DAVIDSON MODEL B motorcycle. Eng. # 29B2879. Khaki Green/. Odo: 1,435 miles. Restored to a presentable standard. Model B designated a battery/coil for flathead singles. Front brake added along with gas tank-mounted speedo. the McQueen Estate auction in Las Vegas in 1984. Overstated excessive chrome, modified engine. Saddle bags and seat have Indian logo. Newer headlamp, Corbin speedometer. A wellpresented bike. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $42,120. A period hot rod that will be fun to ride. Considering that anything associated with “The King of Cool” went for wacky money, this could be considered a decent buy. #414-1927 MCEVOY JAP motorcycle. S/N CY927. Eng. # 73025SD. Black & maroon/ black leather seat. McEvoy produced bikes in England from 1925 thru 1929. This example is powered by the JAP “KTOR” competition V-twin overhead valve engine. Once owned by special effects director John Sears, and offered seat configuration and unique “S” shaped seat tube. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $150,000. Sat in McQueen's home for years. This very desirable Indian racing motorcycle must be considered a decent buy, considering the McQueen premium was only $60,000-$70,000. #408-1927 INDIAN BIG CHIEF motor- cycle. Eng. # EH1219. Maroon/brown leather seat. Odo: 37,140 miles. Restored in the '70s. High performance V-twin engine. Sold at Correct Khaki Green paint with gold striping and orange lettering. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $37,440. Singles don't usually attract a lot of attention due to their lack of power. If not for the McQueen connection, this would have sold for less than half of what was bid here. #419-1930 INDIAN FOUR motorcycle. S/N EA1220. Eng. # 32N8. Red & gold/brown leather seat. Odo: 2,863. Based on the Ace four-cylinder that Indian acquired upon Ace's demise. An older restoration with no glaring Sports Car Market


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Museum Spotlight Sarasota Classic Car Museum By Jennifer Davis defects. Paint presentable but lacking luster. Engine OK with some streaks and stains. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $43,290. An attractive and desirable motorcycle that sold for a reasonable price—a rare occurrence on this day. #176-1934 INDIAN SPORT SCOUT motorcycle. Eng. # 0279. White/black leather seat. The Sport Scout was a lightweight, fast bike favored by racers. It had an open frame and European style girder forks. This example is well preserved, but has numerous paint touch-ups. Engine clean, saddle shows plenty of patina. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $177,500. Beatles Bentley O pened in February 1953, it is one of the oldest car museums. Through acquisitions, donations, and trades with other museums, the collection is constantly changing, so there is always something new to see. On a four-acre site, the museum displays over 100 cars spanning more than 100 years of production from manufacturers as varied as Auburn, Edsel, and Ferrari. On the celebrity-car side, you'll find a Mini Cooper once owned by Paul McCartney and the Mercedes roadster of John Lennon. Unique In addition to the car display, the museum has an extensive collection of antique arcade games, which can still be played for a few cents, as well as an antique camera and photography display. The museum arranges photo sessions with the cars, so have your picture taken with your favorite car and use it for your next Christmas card. Prices are available through the museum. Where Sarasota Classic Car Museum 5500 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243 941.355.6228 www.sarasotacarmuseum.org Hours Open all year, 9am to 6pm, closed on Christmas Day. Admission Adults: $8.50; seniors 65+: $7.65; juniors 13–17: $5.75; kids 6–12: $4.00; under 6: free.u 88 Restored in 2001 and converted to a 12-volt system. Has both tool boxes and rear fender rack. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,740. The overweight and underpowered “Big Twin” needed a major engine redesign to solve performance problems. My motorcycle buddies thought this over-priced by $5,000 or so, and I had to agree. TOP 10 No. 3 #438-1937 CROCKER HEMIHEAD motorcycle. Eng. # 376119. Red & black/black leather seat. Odo: 6 miles. The first American street twin with overhead valves. One of only five hemi-heads built at the start of production in 1937, and the only remaining restored example. Restored in the mid-'90swith numerous awards. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $276,500. Crockers were ahead of their time, but due to huge losses taken on each bike built, the company quit the motorcycle business in 1941. Said to be a record price for the model, and one motorcycle dealer said there were more Ace Hardware parts on this bike than in his house. #417-1938 INDIAN SPORT SCOUT mo- torcycle. S/N 639251. Eng. # FCI251. Red & black/brown leather seat. Odo: 24 miles. The Sport Scout was light and fast, making it a favorite with racers. This well-presented example was given to famed Texas oilman John Restored for McQueen's wife Barbara as a birthday present; and restorer Sammy Pierce refused to paint it pink. Well-documented as one of McQueens's favorite motorcycles. You can buy these all day long for under $30,000, so the McQueen name was worth a bunch. #423-1934 HARLEY-DAVIDSON VLD BIG TWIN motorcycle. Eng. # 34VLD3094. Red & black/black leather seat. The flat head, side-valve “Big Twin” was introduced in 1929 as the replacement for the dated pocket-valve twins that had been in production since 1911. Mecom Jr. Excellent paint and chrome. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $22,815. An outright bargain compared to the ‘34 Sport Scout owned by Steve McQueen. That one sold for $150,000 more than was paid here—but this one doesn't have the story. #426-1946 INDIAN CHIEF motorcycle. Eng. # CDF1256. Red/black & white leather seat. Odo: 24,230 miles. A desirable bike with skirted fenders and girder forks. Restored some years ago but still very presentable. Paint has good luster and only minor touchups. Lots of lights and brightwork goodies. Overdone to many tastes. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $36,270. The Indian Chief has a reputation of being difficult to ride due to its suicide shifter and left-hand throttle. This example had a lot of flash, which generated bids well beyond the expected sale price. These are not that hard to find, so I assume the buyer knew what he was doing. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams & Butterfields Los Angeles, CA #412-1951 TRIUMPH THUNDERBIRD motorcycle. Eng. # 6T 15662N. Black/black leather seat. Odo: 31,798 km. Purchased by McQueen in England after filming “The Great Escape” in 1963. First 650-cc parallel twin with optional (but ineffective) spring hub. McQueen link this would have a hard time selling for more than $15,000. The long list of needs will not be cheap to correct. As is was, it sold for a ton. The magic of his name brought silly money for this rust bucket. #178-1958 GMC SERIES 101 pickup. Offered at the McQueen Sale in Las Vegas in 1984.Maintained in very presentable condition. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $40,950. Again, the “Steve Factor” was at play here, tripling the price. I doubt the new owner will ride this bike; he'll probably just display it with the bill of sale from the McQueen Children's Trust and brag a lot. #262-1952 HUDSON WASP coupe. S/N 188454. Turquiose/tan fabric. Odo: 63,350 miles. Described as once owned by McQueen, but the only documentation offered is a photograph of it parked in front of his Santa Paula hangar. Body full of rust bubbles, paint dull and scratched. Front seat re-upholstered in non-original fabric, interior worn. Not a very inspired car, and not listed in the sale catalog. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $58,500. Without the multi-color flames. Recent restoration to high standard. Von Dutch-signed crankcase cover. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $36,270. This stylish period chopper with solid provenance may well have been a bargain. I thought this would sell for more, considering Von Dutch prices at the earlier Brucker sale.u S/N 1018CS1318A. Turquoise & white/white/ white vinyl. Odo: 40,071 miles. Stated to be one of McQueen's favorites, one of ten vehicles he kept at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Speed equipment added. Interior worn, dash oxidized, OK rubber floor mats. Paint very presentable with decent luster and shine. Equipped with whitewalls typical for pickups of the era. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $128,000. You would be hard pressed to pay more than $25,000 for a decent '58 GMC half-ton pickup, so the “Steve factor” played a big role here. His license plate alone was worth about four grand, but the price paid had no relationship to the real world. #444-1967 HARLEY-DAVIDSON FLB SHOVELHEAD Custom motorcycle. Eng. # 1678869. Black/black leather seat. Odo: 166 miles. Owned by the former head of the Hells Angels and customized by Von Dutch. Custom treatment includes gas tank, front end, and handlebars. '39 Harley springer forks and March 2007 89


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McCormick Auctions Palm Springs, CA Column Author 41st Exotic Car Show & Auction Everything from Austin-Healeys to Zimmers were present for the taking, and 251 of the 403 lots offered gained new ownership Company Keith McCormick's Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions Date November 18–19, 2006 Location Palm Springs, CA Auctioneer Jack Stokes Automotive lots sold / offered 251 / 403 Sales rate 62% Sales total $4,675,756 High sale 1993 Jaguar XJ 220, sold at $165,900 Buyer's premium Balmy weather a reliable fixture in Palm Springs Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics T he warm weather in Palm Springs during the 41st edition of Keith McCormick's Exotic Car Show & Auction was a welcome change for those escaping wintery climates (I didn't miss my house in dreary Washington one bit), and it gave many bidders good reason to dust off their shorts and Hawaiian shirts for a few days in the middle of November. McCormick's auctions almost always have a number of interesting contrasts. Where else could you bid on one of the few Jaguar XJ 220s in the country, and bid again a bit later on a 1966 Volkswagen Kombi transporter? Everything from Austin-Healeys to Zimmers were present for the taking, and 251 of the 403 lots offered gained new ownership. Two very distinct and different methods of selling a car at auction presented themselves here: some vendors busily worked the crowd, and others simply brought in their cars, dusted them off, locked the doors, and hung a “don't touch” sign in the window. The owner of a 1970 Plymouth Superbird provided an example of the best way to sell a car at auction, as he answered questions, explained the history and restoration of the car, and generally made potential buyers feel comfortable with the entire package for two full days before the car crossed the block. As a result, he sold it for $169,500—just over market for condition. By contrast, a nice '63 Corvette that sat on a flat tire all weekend with no owner in sight 90 failed to sell at $52,000. The high sale of the weekend was that Jaguar XJ 220—a 1993 model—which, before the “Bill Gates Show and Display” bill was passed, were almost unobtainable. It sold here for $165,900. Also notable was a 1969 Jaguar XKE Series II convertible, which sold under market at $30,975—an excellent deal. A modified 1968 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS with a 502-ci big block sold for a market-correct $32,500, and an interesting 1980 Manta Montage coupe powered by a 355-ci V8 found a new home at $25,200. One of the better buys of the weekend was a 1971 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow saloon, which was a great buy at $18,113, as long as no mechanical problems were hiding under the hood. A nicely restored '68 Plymouth GTX convertible returned home with the seller after a less-than-adequate $52,000 bid, and an even nicer '69 SALES TOTALS Pontiac GTO convertible couldn't bring more than its $37,500 high bid. A grubby and mostly intact '70 Ford Mustang Mach 1 stalled at $22,000, and a 1954 Hudson Hornet with some visible needs didn't sell at $11,000. McCormick has just about maximized the number of cars that can be offered in a two-day format, and revenues have hovered right around $4m at the company's last few auctions. In the past, spots in these auctions have been sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and I suspect a more hands-on approach to arraying consignments is in the works, as more high-quality cars, slotted in the right time spots and properly presented, should bring with them even larger results in future sales.u $3m $4m $5m $1k $2m Sports Car Market 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 5% (included in sold prices)


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McCormick Auctions Palm Springs, CA ENGLISH #148-1953 JAGUAR XK 120M roadster. S/N S6783720. Red/black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 70,270 miles. Recently restored, paint decent with a few nicks and touch-ups. Panel fit to factory spec, body straight. S in VIN indicates this is an M version with a 180-hp engine. Interior very presentable, with nice tan Series II had the 4.2 engine, open headlights, and an arguably more attractive bumper. The dealers were testing their luck at the casino when this XKE went through, which may have been the reason why it sold for well under the money. Considering the eyeball, there was plenty of upside remaining. Well bought. tired Austin-Healey. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $49,000. Ever since someone spent $143k for one of these at Barrett-Jackson, every owner thinks his is worth a bunch. The bid was more than fair, considering the long list of needs and recent comparable sales. The owner won't see this kind of offer again any time soon without doing a lot of work on this car. leather and good gauges in dash. Nice overall. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $73,500. Tan wheels with a red body looked out of place to my eye. Open Jaguars have been on the upswing of late, so the price paid here was a bit under the money for a true M car. Well bought. #388-1965 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III BJ8 convertible. S/N HBJ8L29356. Silver/black vinyl/black vinyl. Restored ten years ago and in need of freshening. Wood on dash faded, rust on chrome wires. Paint just OK, with some dings, scratching, and chips. Seats not badly worn. Undetailed engine looks used and is in need of a complete detail. A #375-1969 JAGUAR XKE Series II convertible. S/N 1R8574. Red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 83,592 miles. Attractive red paint with slight swirling issues and several chips, body straight and solid. Trunk rack and aftermarket radio added. Interior in very good condition with minor wear to seats and carpet. Wire wheels and tires excellent. A strong presentation. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $30,975. The #392-1971 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SHADOW saloon. S/N LRX10137. Brewster Green/black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 29,660 miles. Appears to have been well maintained, with some signs of use and age. Paint scratched and chipped, with touch-ups throughout. Chrome and brightwork OK, nice glass. Window rubber cracked, top separating at seams. Original interior has some wear, but is generally serviceable. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $18,113. The Silver Shadow used the same basic body from 1965 through 1976. A larger engine was added in '70, along with the GM TH-400 automatic transmission. This car offered a lot of flash for very little money—that is, until the first major service. A great buy on an excellent driver-quality Rolls. March 2007 91


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McCormick Auctions Palm Springs, CA #395-1993 JAGUAR XJ 220 coupe. S/N Column Author 220857. Silver/black leather. One of 46 in the U.S. Number 54 of 270 built. Zero to 60 in 3.6 seconds, with a/c and a six-disc CD changer. Doors locked throughout the entire auction. Martin having one of these some years back, and I almost called to see if he wanted another. No harm done at the price paid. A fun car for running around in the desert. AMERICAN #370-1936 PACKARD 120 convertible Exterior in as-new condition. Still a very striking car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $165,900. How the mighty have fallen. Not that many years ago, these were impossible to obtain, and now you could buy one at an auction that also sold a '91 Camry for $2,500. Yesterday's supercar, today's used car—albeit an expensive one. GERMAN #171-1966 VOLKSWAGEN KOMBI transporter. S/N 662312100609. Two-tone tan/ brown vinyl. Odo: 58,565 miles. Only 50,000 or so Transporters were manufactured in 1966. Dash worn and tarnished, seat may have been replaced as it was in decent condition. Paint chipped, scratched and lacking luster. Pinstripes AT $67,725. This was the first year of the 120 series convertible sedan. To me, it just does not look right on a 120-inch chassis. The car sat too high in front, which hurt the overall look a lot. The condition was acceptable, but the price paid seemed like a lot for a Packard that will always be the little brother to the Eight, Super Eight, and Twelve. #184-1947 LINCOLN CONTINENTIAL coupe. S/N 76H155459. Blue/blue vinyl & cloth. Odo: 230 miles. Incorrect vinyl interior. Steering wheel badly cracked, a/c added. Rubber cracked and aged. glass delaminating. Numerous paint touch-ups and swirls. Engine compartment just OK. Little more than worn, trim worn and dented. Little more than driver-quality. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $12,600. Considering the issues and problems, it will be an expensive project to bring it up to snuff. It won't be worth a whole lot more when done, so best drive it and have fun hauling stuff--and be prepared to tell people what it is. #120-1974 VOLKSWAGEN TYPE 181 Thing convertible. S/N 1842625731. Orange/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 45,367. Open Jeep-like vehicle. Available in the U.S. from 1973 through 1975. Made at the V.W. plant in Mexico. Doors could be removed and windshield folded down. Paint decent with few nicks and scratches. Seats not badly worn. Added roll cage and bra. An automotive oddity. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $9,765. I recall Editor a driver. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $15,700. 1947 was the best year for Continental sales, with 1,569 produced. Prices for Lincolns from the ‘40s have been on an upsurge of late, but that wasn't the case here. Lots of money needed to be spent to bring this up to an acceptable level. As such, the price paid was about right. #152-1950 CHEVROLET 3100 pickup. S/N 6HPB8531. Light yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 2,321 miles. A nicely restored stylish sedan. S/N 9971908. Yellow/tan fabric/red leather. Odo: 56,358 miles. Paint cracking, chrome decent. Equipped with trunk rack, Pilot Rays, bumper guards, clock, and radio. Clean whitewalls. Interior decent with minor wear. Chromed headlight rims in good shape. Not a CCCA Full Classic. Cond: 3+. SOLD pickup. Fitted with fog lights, whitewalls, and a sun visor. Good chrome, very presentable paint, brightwork OK. Interior well done, with a nice seat cover and dash. New wood in truck bed. A strong presentation. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $30,975. Sold for a premium, but it was well deserved. Completely restored with no shortcuts noted. A solid transaction for all concerned. #137-1950 FORD CUSTOM DELUXE coupe. S/N 130035. Yellow & orange flames/red & black leather. Odo: 38,882 miles. Pushed across the block due to bad gas from sitting too long. Shows signs of neglect and lack of use. Nice paint, trunk fit slightly off. Equipped with lots of hot rod goodies, including flames, lake pipes, Moon wheel covers, and frenched headlights. Wild checked leather interior. From the Cars of the Stars Museum. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,975. The owner just wanted to get rid of this old custom. The lack of use was clearly indicated by the inability to keep it running. Taking care of this problem before the auction would have definitely gained the seller a better result. Someone got a great buy on a period custom, even with its problems. #186-1955 OLDSMOBILE SUPER 88 2-dr hard top. S/N 558M6670. Red & white/patterned cloth & leather. Odo: 50,824 miles. Excellent respray in the right colors. Whitewalls, skirts, electric eye, radio. Excellent interior, engine comparment clean and tidy. A strong presentation of a desirable '50s car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $52,500. The Super 88 had the 98 series engine. The price paid was up there, but so was the car and I can't fault a buyer for paying a bit more for quality. With this one, he should have been able to get in and go—and he'll get thumbs up everywhere he takes this well-restored cruiser. A fair result all around. #436-1957 CADILLAC COUPE DEVILLE 2-dr hard top. S/N 5762082922. Red/black cloth. Odo: 83,347 miles. 365-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Hydramatic transmission, power steering and brakes, and power windows all standard. High-quality restoration, recent respray to a high level. Chipped paint on hood due to overtightened hood emblem. Excellent 92 Sports Car Market


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McCormick Auctions Palm Springs, CA Column Author bodywork and panel gaps, interior very presentable. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $33,600. Lots of eyeball here. I'm sure this car will end up with a load of people cruising El Paseo—the Rodeo Drive of Palm Desert. Price paid was about right for a flashy Cadillac restored to a decent standard. #159-1958 BUICK LIMITED convert- ible. S/N 8E4014966. White/red leather. Odo: 16,807 miles. 364-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very nice respray with minor chips on hood. Brightwork well done. Interior worn with seats split and very presentable. Minor road rash. A ten footer. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $54,000. Even with these issues, the price bid was on the light side. It would not take a lot to bring this car up a few levels, and spending a few dollars here and there should bring the value up quite a bit. The owner was smart to hold on to it at this price. #169-1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N 2Y85Z134302. Red/black vinyl/ red vinyl. Odo: 83,879 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Dealer-added Sports Roadster options. Bought by seller with 14 miles on odometer. in places. Interior decent, with OK seats and carpet. Top worn. Weird aerial on the center of the trunk lid. A solid middle-of-the-road car. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $14,438. The Galaxie XL provided bucket seats and a floor-mounted shifter as standard. Except for the T-bird, it was the top of the line. These sell for well over $30k in excellent condition. This one had some issues, but all of them were easily fixable. The buyer got a deal here, as #4 cars are listed for more than this. Well bought. #307-1965 SHELBY COBRA replica roadster. S/N CCX33949. Blue & white/black leather. Odo: 1,660 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Titled as a '65 Mustang. Paint in good condition, with only minor blemishes and swirls. Well maintained throughout. Engine bay has lots of eyeball. Nice leather interior. A cracks in leather. Power windows and radio. Passenger side window does not close properly. Engine clean and tidy. Starts easily and run smoothly. Excellent overall presentation. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $75,600. Bought by a well known dealer who will take care of the interior and put wires on it. Not much was needed to bring this car up a few levels, and when it's done, it'll bring even more. #218-1959 DESOTO FIRESWEEP Sportsman 2-dr hard top. S/N M414100969. Silver & maroon/gray tweed. Odo: 52,712 miles. 361-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Rare swivel seat option. Aftermarket mag wheels and a very loud stereo. Interior nice with no glaring errors or issues. Paint shows signs of use, but nothing serious pops out. Good chrome and Interior very nice with minimal signs of wear. Seams and gaps excellent. Minor swirls in paint. Brightwork lacks luster even in Palm Springs sun. No engine dress-up kit. A nice example in the right color. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $47,500. The Sport Roadster option can add $30k or so, but the dealer adding it doesn't make it original. The seller wanted $70,000, and was in a huff when bidding stalled, but the high bid was more than fair for a made-up car. #369-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 30837S139736. Tuxedo Black/ black vinyl. Odo: 15,780 miles. 327-ci 250hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Nice black paint, standard Corvette fiberglass panel fit issues. Center console worn. Seats and carpets in good condition. Car sat with flat left rear tire all weekend. nice replica, but still a replica. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $51,000. Only 348 Cobras were made from 1965 through 1967, and those are now worth well into six figures. For the 427 Cobra lover, the next best bet is one of these, but at what price? In this case it was not $51k, but another $10k should have done the job. #196-1965 FORD MUSTANG fastback. S/N 5R09K141630. Poppy Red/black vinyl. Odo: 4,321 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Desirable K-code 271-hp engine. Quickie restoration with poor paint masking, OK interior. Engine comaprtment has not seen a clean rag in the last decade. Underside of hood filthy. Little more than an engine and a lot of work trim. Engine bay is clean, but it won't win any awards. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $22,000. This was a Firesweep, but the owner was looking for Adventurer money and he didn't find it here. The swivel seats were cool, but not that cool. He might have more luck next time if he turns down the music. #227-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 10867S101641. Roman Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 36,692. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4sp. Nice paint in an excellent and popular color conbination. Normal Corvette door fit issues, trunk fit slightly off. Trim scratched, window rubber cracking and aging. Seats and carpets 94 Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $52,000. If the owner had spent some time with the car and repaired the tire, this car might have received some interest. This was a lesson on how not to sell a car at auction. Price bid was under the money, but not much more could be expected for an ignored 'Vette with needs. #232-1964 FORD GALAXIE 500 XL convertible. S/N 4G69C194003. Red/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 64,586 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Paint shows good luster, but has several notable swirls and touch-ups. Trim tarnished and worn, chrome scratched for sale here. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $21,325. Fastbacks are surprisingly desirable, so even with so many needs, the price paid was not out of line. With some luck, the paint can be buffed and improved, and a day in the engine comparment will bring it up a notch or two. As it was, a spendy venture—but a good project for a savvy do-it-yourselfer. Sports Car Market


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McCormick Auctions Palm Springs, CA #383-1965 FORD MUSTANG fastback. Column Author S/N 5R09T166485. White/blue leather. Odo: 22,472 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally a six-cylinder car. Excellent paint and panel fit, straight body. Tastefully modified, with a loud aftermarket stereo and lights under chassis. Very good interior with unique custom touches. Engine compartment sparkles. Featured in Mustang magazine. Cond: 1-. respray over nice panel gaps and bodywork. Equipped with leather interior and power windows. Stated to be numbers matching. Nothing to fault. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $65,000. This particular seller always brings strong cars here. He was right in not letting it go for the high bid, as it should have brought at least another $10k. Both this car and the seller are well known in Corvette circles, and I think he will get his price. #322-1966 FORD MUSTANG convert- SOLD AT $33,075. The owner worked this car prior to it crossing the block, and bids reflected that. The custom touches and the engine swap did not seem to bother bidders, as they were paying for the strong eye-appeal and the stereo. There was no real upside here, so the new owner should drive it and enjoy, and hopefully he won't blow out his eardrums. #267-1965 FORD MUSTANG GT replica convertible. S/N 5F08F137247. Rangoon Red/white vinyl. Odo: 33,101 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice paint and panel gaps, straight body. Originally a 260-ci 164-hp V8 in Guardsman Blue. GT goodies added. New warranty tag on door to reflect changes. New Pony interior, side panels worn. Paint very attractive. Not much original here. Cond: 2. ible. S/N 6T08C223285. Red/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 37,707 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Decent paint shows swirls and minor touch-ups. Pony interior added. Factory a/c, aftermarket radio. Dash not cracked or sun damaged. Trim scratched and showing lots of buffer marks. Overall very presentable. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $22,575. This was well bought, as a factory air Mustang convertible in this dard on the GTX, and the Hemi an option. Just think if the original buyer had spent the extra $600... If the bubble is really about to burst on these American super-cruisers, then the seller should have taken the money. Otherwise, this number should be able to be repeated without too much trouble. #177-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/SS coupe. S/N 124379N540746. Nassau Blue/black vinyl/black & white houndstooth. Odo: 67,085 miles. 502-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Interior in excellent condition with only minor carpet wear, nice center console. Paint in very nice condition with only minor touch-ups and condition could easily bring another $4k. The car was far from perfect, but at this price, it should be able to be driven and enjoyed for a few years with close to zero cost of ownership. #274-1967 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL convertible. S/N CM2727K73212067. White/red vinyl/red leather. Odo: 33,896 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shows plenty of swirls and touch-ups, panel gaps decent. Equipped with all the goodies; Torqueflite transmssion, adjustable steering wheel, power windows, and disc brakes. New leather seats with pitted and SOLD AT $30,188. Sold at McCormick's Palm Springs sale in February '02 for $23,625 (SCM# 27173). Last seen at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale sale in January '03, where it sold for $21,060 (SCM# 30030). The price paid here was about right for a real car, but this was in no way original. In serious Mustang judging, this would be placed way in the back of the field. No upside here, but a great car to enjoy and drive. #147-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194376S123943. Rally Red/white vinyl/black leather. Odo: 49,999 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fresh swirls. SS hood and stripes. Impressive aftermarket mags with low-profile tires. A real sleeper. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $32,500. This sale illustrates the financial risk in modifying a desirable car. This Camaro sold for $32,500, but if it had been left original and was in comparable condition, we would be looking at close to $50,000. A market-correct result for a modified car. #298-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO convertible. S/N 124678L326479. Green & white/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 25,914 miles. 327-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Numerous paint scratches and chips. Body straight and solid, consistent panel gaps. Top torn, rear window cracked and scratched. Aftermarket stereo rusted seat frames. Engine bay lacking recent attention. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $16,800. A good-looking '60s convertible with a big engine that will know where all the gas stations are located. At the price paid, who cares about the price of gas? It will make a fun go-to-dinner car that will always be valet parked in the front row. A nice buy. #453-1968 PLYMOUTH GTX convert- ible. S/N RS27LC230544. Green metallic/ black vinyl. Odo: 48,999 miles. 440-ci V8, 4bbl, auto. Side-facing nonfunctional air scoops. Interior fine with no issues. Glass scratched and window fit slightly off. Paint needs work as it lacks deep luster and there are numerous scratches. Engine area well presented. Factory Rallys in good condition. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $52,000. The 440 engine was stan- 96 system. White vinyl buckets soiled. Body straight and solid. Engine compartment clean and tidy. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $27,300. Sold for the right money, so no harm done. This car had plenty of upside, so if the new owner wants to spend some time and a few dollars, he will be rewarded with a profit when he decides to sell the car down the line. #162-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 replica coupe. S/N 124379L501576. Green/black vinyl. Odo: 29,552 miles. 383- Sports Car Market


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McCormick Auctions Palm Springs, CA Column Author #403-1970 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. S/N 0F63CH142700. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 95,517 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. From a distance, this Mach 1 looks pretty decent. Up close is another story. Radio is out of the car, lots of trim loose and missing. ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Cowl induction hood and stroker engine added. Tach, radio, and gauges. Decent interior. Good panel fit with even gaps. Very presentable paint shows a few chips and nicks. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $20,475. All real Z28s were four-speeds, and anyone who knows Camaros will gladly point that out. A replica is a replica, and they will always be so. The money won't follow, so you might as well drive and enjoy. Can't help but think the buyer could find a few more bucks and buy the real thing—he'll be money ahead in the long run. #479-1969 PLYMOUTH ROADRUNNER 2-dr hard top. S/N RM23H9A285369. Limelight Green/black/black vinyl. Odo: 99,608 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Restored to a high standard, with crisp paint and uniform panel gaps and seams. Body straight and solid, interior shows minor signs of wear. Nice chrome and Redline tires. Engine bay tidy and well presented. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $29,925. The bottom end of scale for a Plymouth muscle car, but well bought. It appeared to have been have to pay to fix it or cut his losses and let it go for less than he wanted here. #220-1970 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER Superbird 2-dr hard top. S/N RM23U0A174602. Limelight Green/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 75,428 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Seller found the car in pieces. Very strong restoration with original Goodyear Polyglas tires that were stored in a basement. Rare buckets and 4-speed, original metal except for trunk floor. Interior shows signs of wear. Numerous paint chips and touch-ups. Brightwork and chrome marginal at best. Engine bay decent. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $22,000. The closer I looked the worse it got. A true ten-footer. Lots of signs of neglect and abuse. A ton needed to be spent here to bring this back to respectability. The bidders were wise not to go any further. #428-1970 BUICK RIVIERA GS 2-dr hard top. S/N 494879920884. Brown/black vinyl/saddlewood fabric. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent paint, straight body shows no evidence of prior damage. Optional factory a/c. Interior worn. Nice glass with no chips or scratches. Engine has not been touched in Engine rebuilt and detailed to high standard. Only minor paint issues. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $165,900. Seller worked the car for a day before it crossed the block and was rewarded with a market sale. He was there to answer questions and had a flyer explaining the restoration. He really wanted to sell the car, and his efforts made it happen. A great example of how seller effort can make or break a sale. #199-1971 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS LS5 convertible. S/N 136671R142579. Antique White/white vinyl/sandalwood vinyl. Odo: 53,591 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent paint, factory panel gaps. Blue stripes on cowl induction hood. Blackwall tires a good look with all the white. Rearview mirror crazed. Aftermarket radio installed. Engine bay well maintained since restoration, and the color was bright enough to turn heads. Little to fault, except it would have been fun to have a 426 or 440 engine. #188-1970 BUICK RIVIERA 2-dr hard top. S/N 49487OH907392. Silver/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 31,590. 455-ci V8, 4bbl, auto. Paint decent with a few blemishes. Equipped with factory a/c and full fender skirts. Power windows and aftermarket Hella years. Not much more than a used car. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,760. The GS was a $131 option that included suspension and trim upgrades. How badly can you get hurt buying a decent car for less than $6k? If you let your kid drive it for two years, your cost of ownership should be minimal. Sold for almost half of its market value, so chalk this one up for the buyer. #391-1970 DODGE SUPER BEE 2-dr hard top. S/N WH21NOA12691. Vitamin C Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 4,783 miles. 440-ci, 3x2-bbl, auto. Originally a 383-ci, 4-bbl car. Quickie paint job over serious rust and bodywork problems. Chrome scratched, trim and door handles pitted. Seats and carpets worn. sparkles, but the engine numbers are not verified. A strong presentation. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $66,150. The LS5 engine cost $280 in 1971. I can't fault this transaction at all—the car was well presented and if the new owner did his homework and knew for sure what he was buying, then chalk this one up as well done all around. #226-1972 OLDSMOBILE 442 2-dr hard top. S/N 3G87U2Z103543. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 93,136 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older respray shows nicks and scratches. Factory chrome louvers, aftermarket mag wheels. Interior replaced and in acceptable touring headlights. Nice spear side molding, missing clip on door pull. Engine not detailed. Interior presentable, but not great. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $10,605. Rivieras from the early '70s have been getting a lot of attention lately. The price paid here was a bit on the light side, so put this in the well-bought column. 98 Little redeeming value here. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $24,000. It's surprising the seller didn't let this mess go down the road for what was bid here. It wasn't a real six-pack, and it needed everything. Mopar fever has not yet dropped to this level, and the seller will either Sports Car Market


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condition. Carpets worn, trim scratched. Engine clean and decent. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $23,625. In 1972, the 442 was no longer a separate series, as performance was on the wane. It had been reduced to just handling and appearance items. This was a decent #3 car that sold for the right money, so the new owner got what he paid for. I would have added a few bucks and looked for a Hurst/Olds 442, of which only 662 were made. #173-1976 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. S/N 6L67S6Q161814. White/black leather. Odo: 50,207 miles. 500-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Paint shows a few nicks and scratches, panel fit as per factory. Parade boot, nice glass and trim. Interior as expected considering mileage. Copy of original invoice. A decent #2 car, Glovebox Notes A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM stable. HHHHH is best 2006 BMW M COUPE stated “...intended to evoke the grace and elegance of a period referred to as the golden era of the automobile.” All I could think of when looking at it was gold chains and a hair piece. It's guaranteed to get stuck in the back row of valet parking after you pull up in it. Well sold. #168-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS convertible. S/N 124678N442643. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 26,321 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shows minor swirls and touch-ups, factory-spec panel fit. Good chrome, trim, and glass. Original engine swapped with a 330-hp crate engine. Interior excellent with only minor carpet wear. Engine bay sparkles. one of the “last” 14,000 GM convertibles. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $17,500. How many of these were put away expecting big returns down the road? Way too many, and the same money could have been invested in Beta tape decks for the same return. There is not a lot of demand for these land yachts, so the seller may have been better off taking the money. #346-1980 MANTA MONTAGE coupe. S/N 1941936. Red/tan vinyl. Odo: 17,453 miles. 355-ci Chevrolet V8, 4-bbl, auto. Built in Santa Ana, California from a German design. Most had a VW powerplant as standard, with Corvair, Mazda, or Buick power optional. Interior decent Cond: 2. SOLD AT $37,800. The SS package included engine options, suspension improvements, and trim such as the bumble-bee front accent band. This engine swap cost the seller about $10k, as an original L48 with the 295-hp 350-ci V8 should sell for about $47,000. As it was, the buyer ended up with a desirable car at a reasonable price—but he should keep the hood shut at the next Camaro meet. #332-2003 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1YY12S935118371. Silver/ black leather. Modified with an LS7 Z06 engine and Lambo doors. Interior in very nice condition with no signs of wear. Glass not scratched or chipped. Fit and gaps as expected. Paint in factory fresh condition. Cond: 2. NOT with no issues or signs of abnormal wear. Paint attractive but not great. Showsgood luster. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,200. An unusual dated design. Big engine, light fiberglass body, and suspect handling. I don't think I want to be on the road when the new owner puts his foot in this to see what it'll do. A working man's McLaren F1 at a few pennies on the dollar. #144-1986 ZIMMER GOLDEN SPIRIT coupe. S/N 1085. White/white vinyl/red leather. Odo: 33,262 miles. 302-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Mustang chassis. Built in Pompano Beach, Florida, starting in 1980. Center console, a/c, power windows, and a decent sound system. Leather cracked, but not split. Paint decent but lacking luster. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $26,775. One of these seems to show up at every Palm Springs auction. Sales brochure March 2007 SOLD AT $25,000. I have no idea what it cost the seller to modify the engine and change the doors, but it'll be hard getting back even 30 cents on the dollar when he sells. The high bid was close to the right money for a fair-quality example, and even though this car was nicer than fair, it won't be cheap to remove the Lambo door conversion.u Price as tested: $70,785 Likes: Knockout styling, 550-reminiscent rear roof line, Boxster dash looks fresh, performance to match appearance. Gripes: Expensive. Fun to drive: HHHHH Fun to look at: HHHHH Overall ownership experience: HHHHH Verdict: After years of watching Porsche attempt to visually reinvent the venerable 911, and repeatedly failing, along comes the Cayman to give us the 21st century Porsche we've been waiting for. Between this and the Boxster (now the 914-6 of our era), is there really any reason to flog the poor 911 any longer?—Keith Martinu Price as tested: $56,270 Likes: Indelible BMW M signature –fast, agile and precise. Great brakes, smooth six-speed, thrilling 330-horsepower, 3.2-liter V-TEC inline six. Comfortable seats, surprising trunk space. Fascinating confluence of angles in rear design. Dislikes: Bombastic styling, chin spoiler too low, limited remote locking range (about 3 feet), hard to drive smoothly with a light foot, so tickets are inevitable. Fun to drive HHHH Fun to look at H (front) HHH (rear) Overall ownership experience HHH Verdict: As Larry Shinoda said of the Dodge Viper, it looks like two men designed this coupe – a fat man did the front, a thin one (with much better taste) handled the rear. Aesthetically eclipsed by the superb Porsche Cayman. Overall, the best MG-C ever built.—Paul Duchene 2006 CAYMAN S 99


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The Worldwide Group Hilton Head, SC Column Author The Hilton Head Auction Many of the vehicles brought higher than what we might expect, which the bidders seemed more than happy to pay Company The Worldwide Group Date November 4, 2006 Location Hilton Head Island, SC Auctioneer Rod Egan Automotive lots sold / offered 54 / 90 Sales rate 60% Sales total $3,341,990 High sale 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ-1, sold at $379,500 Buyer's premium 1966 Dodge Charger fell short at $85,000 Report and photos by Joe Severns Market opinions in italics E ven though the first week of November brought unseasonably low temperatures to the Carolinas, the 5th Annual Hilton Head Concours d'Elegance and Motoring Festival still generated a lot of heat in the collector car world. This year's event played host to The Worldwide Group's Hilton Head Auction, an increasingly popular sale, and one that featured a wide range of consignments. With over $10 million in reported inventory this year, the auction, held at Honey Horn Plantation, showcased cars ranging from an Alfa Romeo TZ-1 (profiled on p. 56) to a dual cowl Packard Phaeton that once carried FDR on a tour of Texas WPA worksites. The giant white tent that covered the event was split into two very large rooms; one sectioned off for the auction and its gallery of bidders, and the second housing most of the cars on consignment. The action began Friday with an inspection day for the bidders, and Worldwide hosted a cocktail party for the consigners and VIPs during the early evening. Guests enjoyed heavy hors d'oeuvres, an open bar, and plenty of conversation on the events to come the next morning. The unforgiving cold snap continued on Saturday, but sunshine made the temperatures and wind much more bearable, and bidding was strong all day inside the auction tent. Worldwide sold 54 out of 90 cars, bringing a final total of $3,341,990 for the weekend. Many of the lots brought higher than market prices, which the bidders 100 seemed more than happy to pay. Notable sales included a 1954 Chevrolet Corvette roadster, which had very low miles and brought a full $269,500 (profiled on p. 50). A 1968 Shelby GT500 KR convertible with extensive paperwork also turned quite a few heads as it found a new home at $258,500. A very nice 1969 De Tomaso Mangusta made just over market at $88,000, and a 1964 Pontiac GTO with low miles and a history of drag racing sold for $53,900. The high sale of the weekend was the 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ-1, which with its excellent overall condition managed to make $379,500. One of the favorites of the weekend was the 1952 Glöckler-Porsche roadster, which had pre-sale estimates as high as $700k–$1m. It dominated the stage area and the imaginations of just about every participant. Porsche Club of America president Dan Rowzie took time to walk around the vehicle with me, and it was, admittedly for both of us, our first visit with a Glockler. Despite all the pre-sale buzz about the car, it was bid only to only $630,000, and it failed to sell. An excellent 1959 Porsche 356A Carrera 1600 GS stalled at $225,000, and a nearly perfect 1970 Hemi 'Cuda—one of 11 export cars believed to exist—didn't sell at $350,000. Worldwide, although relatively new to the world SALES TOTALS $3.5m $3m of high-end auctions, is rapidly establishing itself as a contender. Its owners and staff are unfailingly polite, and the staff at SCM world headquarters tells me they answer all of their pesky questions about provenance quickly, and in copious detail. It has long been an SCM maxim that for any auction company to grow and prosper, it needs both high-quality consignments and informed buyers. Worldwide appears to be rapidly assembling a good-sized group of both.u $2.5m $2m $1m $1.5m $500k Sports Car Market 2006 10% (included in sold prices)


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The Worldwide Group Hilton Head, SC ENGLISH #88-1951 MG TD roadster. S/N XPAGTDLHX4988. Burgundy/black vinyl/ black leather. Odo: 762 miles. Semi-straight panels and gaps, driver-quality paint has some chips and scratches. Hood fits well, chrome is dingy looking. Seats are a bit dirty, but overall are in good order. Dashboard is sun-faded, gauges still nice. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,775. A proper British sports car with real appeal, sold under market value for its condition. Nothing about this car would prevent the new owner from taking it out and having fun with it immediately after the sale. A great deal for the buyer, a fair deal for the seller. #53-1956 ALLARD K-3 Hemi roadster. S/N K33179. Red/black leather. Odo: 37,366 miles. 331-ci V8, 2x2-bbl, 4-sp. Paint nice except for swirls on hood, aluminum body good with consistent panel fit. Equipped with a roll bar and later model steering wheel. Clean interior and engine compartment show signs of recent use. Described in the catalog as a One Lap of America car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $70,400. Last seen at RM's Toronto sale in April '06, where it didn't sell for $78,500 (SCM# 41292). The K3 was a more modern take on the traditional K1 and K2 models that preceded it, but it was unrefined and outclassed by other roadsters of the era that just did everything better. In good shape overall and ready to run; well bought at a smidge under the low estimate of $75k. #76-1960 MG A roadster. S/N 1495F11152. Maroon/tan cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 46,059 miles. Lots of Bondo and poor body work under decent paint. Hood has large dent in the middle from being closed on something in engine compartment. Interior is in as-new condition. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $25,300. It was a shame the body on this car had so many waves and problems, as otherwise it would have been a great driver-quality example. As it was, fairly bought and sold. #81-1960 TRIUMPH TR3A roadster. S/N TS59552. Black/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 82,496 miles. A tiny roadster with lots of poor bodywork. Rear cowl has lots of waves, trunk lid fits very high. All paint shows orange peel. Interior very well done, with nice leather, carpets, and gauges. Exhaust pipe has been painted silver for effect. Engine extremely March 2007 101


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The Worldwide Group Hilton Head, SC Column Author clean for a driver. Nice painted wire wheels. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $30,800. A little bodywork and paint could have really brought this car up a few levels. As it was, a great nice weather driver. With a final price right in the middle of estimates, both the buyer and seller should be happy. #20-1962 JAGUAR XKE Series I convertible. S/N 875618. Eng. # R18789. Hunter Green/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 39,062 miles. Paint bubbling at passenger side of hood and door junction, otherwise near perfect. Excellent glass and chrome, one tiny dent on very black convertible might not be any fun in traffic on really hot sunny days, but it had a great overall look. A steep price for a rubber-bumper B, but the low miles and excellent condition justified the money. #4-1987 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SPUR sedan. S/N SCAZS42A3HCX16777. Black/ tan leather. Odo: 69,264 miles. Paint crazing at C-pillars and gas cap door. Panel fit decent. Appears to have been wrecked at some point, with lots of body filler and poor paint fixes evident. Engine compartment dirty and used. front of hood on passenger side. Nice new top fit, interior very well done and in good order. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $78,000. A stunning example restored to an exacting standard. Well done inside and out. Auction estimates were slightly optimistic, but the high bid was market-correct and should have sold the car. #30-1964 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk II roadster. S/N J7L2A337. Colorado Red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 88,799 miles. Good panel fit and paint with some swirl marks present. Top fit excellent, chrome and brightwork perfect. Engine and undercarriage detailed. Nice black leather interior with red piping on seats. Complete restoration in 1998. Cond: 2+. Interior very dirty, with worn carpets and faded armrests. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $15,450. A large barge with bad paint and a mysterious number of problems with the body. I spoke to the owner about this car, and he assured me that it was a one-owner gem that had never been wrecked. The body panels told a different tale. Sold at the low end of the market, and for good reason. GERMAN #61-1952 PORSCHE GLÖCKLER road- SOLD AT $77,000. A gorgeous Healey, complete with photos of restoration. A bit mysterious as the year and the model don't jibe. Mk II production ended in 1963, and this was listed as a 1964 model. Either way, $77k is a king's ransom to pay for a Mk II or III by more than 100%. Well sold. #86-1980 MG B Limited Edition convert- ible. S/N GVVDJ2AG504078. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 7,335 miles. Paint appears to be original, with worn and chipped pinstriping on trunk lid. Top fits well, clear plastic back window nice. Factory mags in good shape. Interior a bit old and showing its age. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $18,425. If Darth Vader drove an MG, this would be his car. This 102 ster. S/N 10447. Silver/silver removable hard top/black vinyl. Coachwork by Weidenhausen. One of three manufactured. Removable roof section missing mounting screw. VW passenger side headlamp lens. BMW 328 wheels mounted, although a pair of the original magnesium wheels come with it. Yellow racing stripe on hood is vinyl, not paint. Incorrect digital odometer. Panel fit better than race car standard. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $630,000. Glöckler-Porsche #3 was restored in New Zealand by Tempero Restorations. A well- excellent original shape. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $50,600. A sweet German car from Vermont. No real historical data on restoration at any time, though it is thought that one was completed. This result was at the high end of price guides, but the low end of auction company estimates. Well sold. #65-1959 PORSCHE 356A Carrera 1600 GS coupe. S/N 108186. Silver/blue leather. Odo: 99,924 km. A picture-perfect Porsche. Nice paint and panel gaps, interior as-new, slight scratching of driver's side door chrome. Reverse light housing missing lens on top. documented example, this silver road rocket ran on alcohol, and was presented here with a non-original engine (it is thought that the original engine was corroded beyond repair by the alcohol fuel). How much are stories and history worth on an attractive car like this? On this day, it was more than $630k. #33-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 220S convertible. S/N 1800308518164. Blue & light blue/blue Haartz cloth/red leather. Odo: 84,098 miles. Panel fit excellent, paint slightly swirled. Windshield and wing window rubber cracked. Excellent chrome, driver's seat leather worn on seat top and seat surface. Lacquered dash in Incorrect 1600-cc engine. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $225,000. This car began its life in Paris, where it was sold by Sonauto to a dentist. Restored in 1990 by a new owner in Castres, and freshened again in 1998. Excellent overall condition, but the true mileage was unknown, $225k should have been more than enough to seal the deal. #9-1964 PORSCHE 356SC Sunroof coupe. S/N 129968. Porsche Red/black vinyl. Odo: 77,520 miles. Excellent panel fit, paint slightly swirled in places. Driver's side rear window rubber fit off, sunroof sits higher at leading edge. Nice wooden steering wheel, good seats and carpet. Engine compartment clean, but in need of a detail to be show quality. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $39,600. This sunroof coupe looked to have been driven and enjoyed, and it was Sports Car Market


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The Worldwide Group Hilton Head, SC in excellent order. Fitted with trunk-mounted luggage rack and Blaupunkt radio. Excellent black vinyl interior with nice floor mats and carpets. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $34,100. A fine example of a Porsche with nice patina. Well kept in every respect. Market-correct price for condition. Well bought and sold. #26-1965 PORSCHE 356SC coupe. S/N 221141. White/black cloth. Odo: 24,932 miles. Shiny white paint, panel fit high at rear of hood. Chrome shows pitting on front bumpers, OK elsewhere. Incorrect Sparco racing seats and harnesses. Numerous racing stickers on well sold at almost $10k over market for a driver-quality example. #18-1964 PORSCHE 356SC coupe. S/N 126470. White/black vinyl. Odo: 1,678 miles. Door fit high at rear where it meets quarter panel, paint slightly swirled. Chrome and trim Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $18,700. Sold well below auction and price guide estimates. There was some work required to make this show-ready, but as a driver, it was nearly perfect, and bought for less than a new Hyundai. An excellent deal for the buyer. driver's side rear window hint at past usage. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $35,200. In decent shape, although I was a little leery of all the racing stickers. This was obviously a weekend racer, but there was no history offered. At well above market, the seller did very well, especially for a car in this condition. #69-1973 VW TYPE 181 Thing convert- ible. S/N 1833015428. White/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 38,824 miles. Excellent white paint, newer top has rips in the passenger side and a hole at driver's side hood area patched with duct tape. Some chrome hazy, most driver-quality. Interior in good order, #10-1968 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL roadster. S/N 11304410003439. White/white/ black leather. Odo: 77,032 miles. Nice paint and chrome, good glass and trim. Trunk fit high on driver's side. Aftermarket radio looks out of place on dash. Wood is very dry and worn, especially on center console. Nice leather seats. March 2007 103


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The Worldwide Group Hilton Head, SC Column Author market by close to $5k for a car in this condition. Well sold. #90-1987 PORSCHE 930 S Carrera coupe. S/N WP0JB0939H8051296. Porsche Black/red leather. Odo: 15,898 miles. A nearly perfect slantnose. Appears original, with good paint and nice panel gaps. Good glass, black trim is a bit faded. Interior shows nice instrumentation, good carpets and leather seats. with nice seat covers and dash. Transmission tunnel paint appears hand-applied. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,050. All in all, the best example I've seen since the '70s. While the white paint was nice, it didn't completely cover what appeared to be some older red paint. The money paid was on the high side, but for such a nice example, a premium price was justified. #62-1977 VW BEETLE convertible. S/N 1572076272. White/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 45,881 miles. A high quality restoration. Excellent paint and chrome, nice trim and glass. Top vinyl pulling at the edges. Excellent engine compartment, very nice interior. Equipped with a radio and heater, sold with complete photo- Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $45,100. This car was a winner and was very hard to fault. The high bid was smack in the middle of auction company estimates, but was high for market. That said, the buyer got a good example and should have no reason to complain. ITALIAN #89-1963 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA Sprint Speciale coupe. S/N AR1012000393. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 29,054 miles. Paint thick and orange peeled. Overspray on windshield rubber. Apparent rust under paint at rear window and C-pillars. Incorrect Duetto seats up front, Nardi steering wheel has been installed. Car comes graphic restoration documentation. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $15,000. One of the best cabriolets I've seen, and for a fair price as well. Everything about this car showed very well, but as a later model example, it didn't generate much interest here. A good example of how even an excellent restoration on the wrong car can have trouble bringing the right money. #21-1983 PORSCHE 911SC cabriolet. S/N WP0EA0913DS170197. Guards Red/ black cloth/black leather. Odo: 128,792 miles. Very good paint, rear bumper rubber trim has two dents on driver's side. Engine cover has a small indentation. Aftermarket stereo looks out of place. Interior shows its age, but is still very presentable. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $23,100. This two-owner cabriolet will be lots of fun for the new owner to drive, but the price was over with a set of factory steel wheels as well as a set of Borranis. Roll bar installed for weekend racing. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $22,000. One of 1,366 built between 1958 and 1962. Prepared for club racing with a lined fuel tank and louvered hood, but as far as looks are concerned, it was a good 30-footer. Sold at below market by a good $4,000; the buyer did well here. TOP 10 No. 1 #34-1965 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA TZ-1 GT coupe. S/N 750094. Eng. # 00096. White, red & green/black leather. Odo: 26,618 miles. Panel fit decent, window seals appear new and are ill fitting. Race-spec external kill switch. Door fit on passenger side off at quarter panel. Driver's side rear brake light plastic crazing. French car until 1989, moved on to Holland and then Switzerland. Rebuilt twice, lastly by Alfas Unlimited of Norfolk, Conn. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $379,500. Last seen at Brooks Geneva sale in March 1998, where it sold for 104 to a high standard. Campagnolo wheels. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $52,800. De Tomasos are wonderful examples of Italian style and American muscle. This maroon example was one of the less sexy colors, but the split rear engine cover was trick, and you definitely won't see one on every corner. Sold just above market, but both the buyer and seller should be pleased. #37-1986 FERRARI 328 GTS coupe. S/N ZFFXA20A8G0061575. Gray/black vinyl targa top/black leather. Odo: 99,899 miles. Some orange peel on engine cover and both rear quarters. Targa top fits low on passenger side at window glass. Interior in very good order, with nice leather seats, clean carpets, and nice door panels. All factory books and $117,492 (SCM# 9486). A beautiful example of a Kamm tail Alfa. White paint covering most of exterior was its original hue, but incorrect red and green striping made its way onto the car during the final rebuild. Selling price was a bit below the market, but not a steal, either. Still, an excellent car and a good buy. (Profiled on p. 56.) #40-1969 DE TOMASO MANGUSTA coupe. S/N 8MA79830212. Maroon/black leather. Odo: 19,076 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Two owners from new. Nice paint, panels fit nicely, all glass in good order. Minimal chrome in good condition. Interior fit and finish tool kit included. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $41,800. A well driven and well cared for exotic. It was not red, so the new owner should not have to suffer too many bad “Magnum P.I.” jokes. Sale Sports Car Market


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The Worldwide Group Hilton Head, SC price was in line with all estimates. As long as no mechanical blunders were hiding under the hood, it was a good buy. #16-2002 FERRARI 360 Modena ber- linetta. S/N ZFFYUS1A420130251. Black/ black leather. Odo: 3,000 miles. As-new in most respects. Excellent paint, glass, and panel fit. Interior nearly perfect, with only slight wear on the driver's seat leather. Invisible vinyl gravel chip protectant applied to front & white/tan cloth/red leather. Odo: 63,816 miles. Dirty paint, chrome hazy in places, canvas sidemount wheel covers and trunk canvas badly water stained and worn. Hood ornament present, but badly pitted. Appears unmolested and unrestored. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. FDR used this U.S. Government downs for the sidemount spares. Top appears new, but with missing bits at rear B-pillar. Original drivetrain, 140-in wheelbase. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. Very large, with more legroom than Shaq will ever need. This one was nowhere near show quality, but it was a good starting point for a large classic. As such, the high bid should have sold the car. of car. Very clean underhood. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $146,000. A new '02 Ferrari with lots of panache. Buying one that's still in this condition but is several years old makes the most financial sense, as depreciation typically isn't as bad the second time around. The high bid here was on the money for a car in this condition, but the seller was looking for more. AMERICAN #56-1927 PACKARD PHAETON Dual Windshield cabriolet. S/N 224144. Light blue motor pool Packard to inspect Works Projects Administration worksites in Texas. These cars were not cheap during the Depression, and this one cost a reported $3,950—too bad the New Deal didn't include audits of government spending on twin cowl phaetons used by government officials. All in all, a nice patina and story for museum goers, and with the presidential history, likely worth more than the high bid. #49-1927 CADILLAC MODEL 314 B Custom Line phaeton. S/N 142071. Blue & black/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 33,052 miles. Worn chrome just about everywhere. Pinstriping also shows age, as do the leather tie- #67-1930 CORD L29 cabriolet. S/N 2928297. Blue/blue cloth/gray leather. Odo: 10,783 miles. Good paint and glass, chrome in March 2007 105


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The Worldwide Group Hilton Head, SC Column Author excellent condition. Panel fit at running boards off very slightly. Gas cap discolored and worn. Equipped with rumble seat and side mounts. A very nice look on a classic cruiser. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $145,000. The L29 was a real leap forward for the auto industry. This was the car that blazed the way for front-wheel drive at the eve of the Depression, but it would have to wait a while longer to catch on universally. A very attractive car that came close to producing the necessary money, but the seller was wise to hang on to it. #70-1935 AUBURN 851 cabriolet. S/N 8512631F. Cigarette Cream/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 853 miles. Older respray holding up well. Passenger side headlamp chrome casing is dented. AAC first prize winner. Excellent chrome, driver's side door jamb has staining and cracking on paint. Passenger side door top appears new. Wood cracked at most trim panels and misaligned at doors and liftgate. Stained side panels, discolored on both doors at passenger side. Most chrome appears good, save for pitting on light trim at driver's side rear and on bumper center. Paint chipped on driver's side door. Carpet glue failing, interior otherwise presentable. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. A very attractive ten-foot car. The whitewall snow tires are a nice touch for driving in South Carolina. The wood and chrome on this post-war classic had a very good look, but the bidders weren't excited enough to buy. doesn't shut easily. Original leather interior nearly perfect. Driver's side hood misaligned. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $96,800. A fine example of a rumble seat cabriolet. Seller left detailed starting instructions, and the engine barely smoked upon start-up. Market for this car is about $60k-$90k, so this was a bit of a jump, but not much. A fair result all around. #82-1941 CHEVROLET SPECIAL DELUXE coupe. S/N 14AH093592. Black/ tan cloth. Odo: 53,316 miles. Original paint, body, glass, and interior in grand shape, save for slight ripping on driver's seat back and a discolored dash. Cavernous back seat. Department of Defense Bolling AFB sticker on times. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $67,000. One of 452 built, this beauty didn't go home with anyone this day—but it wasn't for lack of quality. Perfect examples bring closer to $78k, and while this one had needs, it deserved more than the high bid. A national award winner waiting to be shown again. the windshield from 2003. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $13,200. It's nice to know some folks continue to drive these cars regularly instead of letting them rot away. This one had a good look, and there wasn't much to fault for such an original machine. Realistic money for a realistically driven car. #50-1947 BUICK SUPER Series 50 wagon. S/N 49596645. Green & wood/black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 36,791 miles. Excellent 106 #72-1953 JAGUAR XK 120 SE coupe. S/N S680992. Baltic Gray/red leather. Odo: 49,936 miles. Excellent panel fit, decent paint. Dent on driver's side front fender from inside out. Chrome and glass in good order. Interior nearly perfect, save for cracked wood on driver's side door at B-pillar. Engine compartment spotless. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $66,000. Last seen at the Kensington Hamptons Classic in June '06, where it didn't sell at $49,500 (SCM# 42126). Sold at Christie's Monterey in August '05 for $64,625 (SCM# 38837). FIA Identity #27-1948 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL cabriolet. S/N N/A. Blue/tan cloth/blue leather. Odo: 96,349 miles. Paintwork swirled, fender skirt fit high. Rubber seals at windshield smearing on window glass. Chrome on grille pitted, all the rest is excellent. Interior perfect, with new leather. Top and boot as-new. Awarded first in class by the Classic Car Club of America three Papers and a complete owner and club history really helped to represent this fine car. Priced well ahead of market value for the model, its value was mainly in its documentation and history. It should have sold at the high bid. TOP 10 No. 5 #43-1954CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E54S004485. Polo White/red leather. Odo: 1,375 miles. 235-ci straight six, 3x1-bbl, auto. Paint, body, chrome, and glass perfect. Panel fit excellent. Wonderbar radio with operating instructions, original build tag under the bumper. The lowest-mileage '53-'55 Corvette known to exist, this car started life as a prize for the Long Grey Line's “Whoozzit's” contest. The owner drove it 300 miles, hated it, and gave it to his sister, who drove it 1000 miles, hated it, and put it in the back yard's garage to rot. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $269,500. Not sold at G. Potter King in NJ for $100,000 in February '03 (SCM# 30499), later sold at Christie's Monterey in August '05 for $193,875 (SCM# 38841). Having had only three documented owners, this restored example completely obliterated the market's $90,000 estimate at almost $270k. A top notch restoration by Bill Kuhn of His Place in MD, this baby was the new king of the hill. The seller more than recovered his investment, and the new owner has great bench racing stories. All the money and then some. (Profiled on p. 50) #5-1955 CHEVROLET 3100 pickup. S/N H55A003889. Mariner Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 15,375 miles. Decent paint, hazy chrome has lost much of its luster. Rusty side mirror mounts. Nice black oak bed with painted metal Sports Car Market


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wood retainer strips. Optional four-speed gearbox. Claimed total restoration. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $25,000. What about the chrome and the mirror mounts? This was a great truck, but calling it a total restoration was a big stretch. Another high estimate, but someone was willing to pay. All the money and more. #15-1957 OLDSMOBILE SUPER 88 2-dr hard top. S/N 518M44657. Gray metallic/white & black vinyl. Odo: 43,361 miles. Paint and body in excellent order. Taillight and wing window frame chrome pitted, all other chrome perfect. Continental kit adds two feet to the length of the car. Interior a bit dirty, but complete. Very nice overall presentation. shows its age. Rear bumper has a couple of deep scratches that will require a re-dip. Glass delaminating. Redline tires on Hurst wheels. Engine compartment detailed. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $53,900. A claimed survivor, save Alfa Bits Recent Il Biscione sales on eBay by Geoff Archer (All creative English within quotes exactly as presented by sellers on eBay.) #1600632435-1964 ALFA ROMEO 2600 Sprint coupe. for the new paint, carpets, and whatever else it needed. This GTO was an early track car, and had documented low miles to go along with that history—although 17k miles at a quarter mile at a time is a lot of wear and tear on a car. Estimates were a tad optimistic at $100k, and the money paid was almost more than twice what previous results dictated. The seller was last seen dancing on the rooftops in Hilton Head. #87-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $28,600. In my opinion, the '57 Olds Super 88 is a much more attractive car than the '57 Chevrolet Bel Air, and prices for the Olds models are not as steep as those for the Chevy. An excellent example to add to any collection, and considering all the little cosmetic issues, the price paid here was on the high side of fair. #58-1958 CHRYSLER 300 D convertible. S/N LC41635. Black/black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 92,155 miles. 392-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Detroit quality panel fit. Claimed one of 23 remaining. Restoration from 1992 is holding up well. Wavy chrome at back bumper, paint has swirl marks everywhere. Very straight body work belies bad panel fit. Delaminating windshield. Aftermarket Kelsey-Hayes wire good carpet, headliner, and gauges. Very clean factory engine compartment. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $105,000. A shiny silver Corvette, inside and out. Bought squarely at full market, but the buyer did very well here, as prices have not shown signs of dropping any time soon. #25-1966 DODGE CHARGER 2-dr hard top. S/N XP29H61203265. Silver/red vinyl. Odo: 2,683 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Trunk fit high on driver's side, chrome wheels. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $140,000. Large and in charge. This car was owned by a man well into his 90s who had been reluctant to sell. A full price for this example should have been about $130k, so it was surprising the high bid didn't sell it. This car had some issues, but once sorted, it would be a good investment. The estimates of $175k–$225k were well over market value, and the buyers knew it. #35-1964 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr sedan. S/N 824P66350. White/black vinyl. Odo: 17,176 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent panel fit, pitted and swirled chrome March 2007 scratched on driver's side fender edge. Blueline tires, documented magazine car. Engine code coupe. S/N 194376S110167. Silver/silver leather. Odo: 1,553. 427-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed body-off restoration. Panel fit off at hood, driver's side door, and headlamp doors. Poor paint prep on driver's side hood at rear of hood bulge. Nice interior leather, S/N AR820544. Moss Green/tan leather. Odo: 44,000 miles. 14 photos. Astoria, OR. Stored 30 years. “Body work and paint are excellent... All window and door rubbers were replaced.” Reupholstered interior. “Engine porported rebuilt, prior to my purchase, but this car runs very strong and smooth...Dellorto Triple Carburetors, replacing the enemic Solex carburator.” 1 bid, sf 327, bf 1. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $22,000. Seller, “1alfanatic,” surmises his own auction: “Recent history shows, these cars are finaly rising in value, as they should. This car, at this price is a great value, in relationship to what it cost to put this car into this condition, and for its obvious, future value-appreciation potential.” #2900582051-1964 ALFA ROMEO 2600 spider. S/N AR192802. White/black/black. Odo: 24,739 miles. 24 photos. San Jose, CA. “ARCHIVIO STORICO ALFA ROMEO confirmed this car was manufactured March 18, 1964, and sold March 31, 1964, to Alfa Romeo Inc. Newark, USA.” Originally red, now with a “little superficial rust in a few spots.” Engine cranks but does not start. Last driven about a year ago. New top included, needs reupholstering. 18 bids, sf 34, bf 2. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $16,600. Some questions were requests for European shipping quotes, and the winning bidder was Dutch. I guess paying with the Euro is one way to justify #3 money for a lesser car. #2700417437-1966 ALFA ROMEO 2600 Sprint coupe. S/N AR820514. Silver/red leather. Odo: 64,871 miles. 24 photos. Newbury Park, CA. 64k-mile California survivor. “Every thing works and there is no rust. 100% original same as when it came out of factory.” Excellent original condition. 27 bids, sf 94, bf 44. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $16,667. California cars of this vintage typically need all their rubber seals replaced. As we all know, aging is not selective. Giving the seller the benefit of the doubt this was a deal by $3k–$4k.u 107


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The Worldwide Group Hilton Head, SC Column Author does not match, as the engine had been replaced under warranty back when the car was new—an unfortunate event that happened to many Charger owners. Cond: 1+. NOT SOLD AT $85,000. What to do with a car with stories? I say print a book and charge $25 for it. This was a combination of too much estimate and story for the crowd, and even though the condition was excellent, the bidders couldn't be persuaded past $85k. #55-1967 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N 67200F5A02196. Highland Green/black leather. Odo: 91,466 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed full restoration 15 years ago. Some factory-style orange peel in the paint, misaligned panels. One owner from new. Most miles are highway from when the owner was in spades. The market for Shelbys has been on the rise lately, and this one was well bought at just over the low estimate of $250k. #11-1968 MERCURY COUGAR XR-7 coupe. S/N 8F93X538568. Cardinal Red/white vinyl/black leather. Odo: 19,293 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Marti registration. Good paint shows some minor chips and scratches. Panel fit surprisingly good. Excellent vinyl roof, interior needs to be detailed. All rubber trim in good order. Detailed engine compartment, AT $101,200. This was sold for nearly twice the price guide listing. A Marti Report car, this one had been repainted at some point in its life. A very attractive Rent-a-Racer for a lot of coin. The seller should be very pleased. #71-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 in college. An overall nice car. Interior is what a 40-year-old car interior should be. Only nonoriginal item is the battery. Good patina inside and out. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $132,000. Sold at no reserve. Owner said this car had been sitting five years, and it was time to let someone else have some fun with it. Sold under the low estimate of $150k. With all the original bits, it was a good deal on a car with great history. TOP 10 No. 7 #79-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR convertible. S/N 8T03R21615904390. Yellow/ white vinyl/black leather. Odo: 53,577 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Thick special order paint, panel gaps OK. Shelby fiberglass hood sits high all around, trunk fit high on driver's side rear. Rear window split horizontally and bonded with rubber. Painted wheels look nice. Dash signed by Carroll Shelby. Comes repaired paint at leading edge of hood. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $27,500. An average muscle car in below average condition. This was one of 364 export 442 convertibles with a vehicle AMA Specifications letter provided by GM of Canada. On the money for a #1 condition 442 convertible, but this result was well over what this car's condition should have allowed. Well sold. #23-1969 SHELBY GT350 Hertz fast- with the original window sticker, build sheet, Shelby order form, owner warranty card, and a Marti report. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $258,500. While a quarter of a million dollars may seem steep for a non-perfect KR, this one had all sorts of paperwork and was a rare factory special-order paint car. Documentation is the key with American muscle, and this one had it 108 back. S/N 9F02M481894. Black Jade/black leather. Odo: 1,767 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed one of 152 with paperwork to prove it. High option car with Hertz group: tilt-a-way steering wheel and a/c, among other options. Chrome slightly scratched at front of car. Paint and body nearly perfect, save for high hood fit at passenger side. Cond: 2+. SOLD Sports Car Market clean interior. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $22,000. Sold above the market. A cheap leather steering wheel cover hid the wood-trimmed steering wheel. The car idled so high that while driving through the grass to the auction platform, it spun its tires the whole way. The seller should be a very happy person now, and once the idle speed (or vacuum leak) is attended to, it'll make a nice driver for the buyer. #45-1969 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS 442 convertible. S/N 344679M102977. Topaz/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 31,282 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Terrible panel gaps, convertible top ill-fitting at passenger side. Missing antenna, chrome scratched and hazy. Beauty rings on rally wheels dented. Poorly coupe. S/N 0F02G120958. Medium Blue Metallic/black comfort weave. Odo: 5,029 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Restoration to a very high standard in 1990. Paint and stripe kit in excellent condition. Several scratches on driver's side windshield. Kitsch louvers add a nice '70s touch. Numerous first place wins. 3.91:1 Trac-Loc differential, Magnum 500s, power disc brakes. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. The Boss 302 was Ford's answer to Chevrolet's Z/28. All Boss 302s came with the 290-hp engine and four-speed transmission. Just under 8,000 were built during 1969 and 1970. This stunning example had no real issues, and even though the high bid was about $15k over market for an example in this condition, it went unsold under the hammer. #51-1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ‘CUDA 2-dr hard top. S/N BS23R0B214239. Lemon Twist/black vinyl/black vinyl. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Trunk fit and hood fit high, yellow paint under rear window in trunk worn. New glass. Vinyl top as-new, as is rest of car. Passenger side door trim fit slightly off. One of 44 export cars built, one of eleven thought still to exist. One owner from '70 until '03. Govier


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The Worldwide Group Hilton Head, SC fender tag decode. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $350,000. A nearly perfect example of the king of muscle cars. The interior of this car was so nice, it didn't require restoration. If we are seeing a muscle car bubble, this car would surely be at the top. Generally, these cars are worth around $325,000 in this condition, so the export status added quite a bit to its overall value. The high bid of $350k wasn't high enough. #38-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T convertible. S/N JS27V0B173027. Sublime Green/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 70,382 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Newer paint and graphics, straight body. Trunk fit high on driver's side, passenger door fit off. Sideview mirror on passenger side loose and has dirty have been. Lots of folks came over, realized it wasn't a Hemi, or saw its condition and comparative estimates, and continued to walk. When all was said and done, it was a rare car with the non-rare engine. However, all the options added up—$160k was close to Hemi territory. #6-1976 CHEVROLET VEGA Kammback Estate wagon. S/N 1V15B64126470. Tan/tan vinyl. Odo: 64,412 miles. Horrible panel fit, original paint holding up OK. Dash cracking and crazing at windshield. Surface rust on steel wheels. Engine compartment dirty and used. Appears original throughout. Cond: 4. deserved, even in its condition. The buyer has a conversation piece, or a punishment for his son... We'll see. #28-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L82 coupe. S/N 1Z87485432693. Silver/silver T-tops/white leather. Odo: 58,537 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint and panel fit in decent order. Badges a bit pitted and worn. Straightest fiberglass body I've seen to date. Windshield frame was rattle-canned gloss black by a shade paint. Engine detailed, but not to high standards. Clean interior looks good. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $159,500. Not as nice as it could SOLD AT $2,200. A unique grocery getter for someone you don't really like. The auction company's estimates of $10k-$15k were so high that it became the mysterious oddity of the weekend. This result was still well more than it tree restorer. Clean interior shows some minor wear on the driver's seat and carpet. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $17,900. To me, the best part of this car was the Muncie four-speed transmission—all else was underpowered incidentals. The buyer must have really wanted to row the gears on this C3 Vette, as the sale price surpassed market for condition by over $3,000.u March 2007 109


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eBay Motors Report by Geoff Archer Market opinions in italics F ar beyond the realm of the clone, the replica, the tribute, and the fakey-doo lies the kit car. Some are better than others, of course, and while this month we bring you a few of the “some,” most are just plain “others.” Condition inferred from seller's descriptions; cars were not physically examined by the author. All quoted material take from the eBay listings. sf=seller's feedback; bf=buyer's feedback #4628069770-1976 COVIN 911 TURBO replica coupe. S/N 10331. White/black. Odo: 11,700 miles. 9 photos. Akron, OH. Fiberglass replica on a “steel channel superstructure mated to a VW spine and suspension, including rear torsion bar.” Incorporates many authentic Porsche parts, including steel doors, engine cover, glass, and Fuchs alloys. “It is a Turbo, but not what you (or anyone else) would expect. The car is powered by a Ford 4-cylinder water a C-GT. “THE CAR IS FULLY DERIVABLE, WITH ALL THE OPTIONS WORKING.” Sold without a windshield in case you want to use a Boxster A-pillar and the included metal targa top. Non-specific text proposes it “NEEDS VERY LITTLE TO BE FINISHED.” 5 bids, sf 12, bf 9. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $16,500. The following statement is a prime example of why I love to write this column: “PROBABLY VALUED CLOSER TO 80K AFTER IT FINISHED.. IF YOU ARE A PORSCHE ENTHUSIAST, THIS IS A PROJECT FOR YOU.” On the bright side, it did look to be fewer than 100 hours and about $10k in paint and body from completion, which is probably a bargain if you're into this sort of thing. You aren't, are you? #1100422660-1965 AUTODYNAMICS cooled Turbo engine, mounted longitudinally in the rear!” Needs TLC and a few trim pieces. 26 bids, sf 97, bf 3. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $4,050. SCMer Myron Vernis closes this listing by suggesting that minimal work “will result in a car that will get all kinds of attention and will have die-hard Porsche purists truly in a tizzy!” This tempting objective almost drew me into the fray, but like Myron (who lost at least $500 on his couple-week-long-ownership), I know there is no substitute. #1800258276-2000 PORSCHE CARRERA GT replica roadster. S/N WP0AA2998YS623042. Gray primer/black & gray leather. 14 photos. Los Angeles, CA. “THIS IS NOT A KIT CAR. THIS A REAL PORSCHE REBODY!!!” A wrecked '00 996 coupe that was, ahem, redecorated to look like LIGHTS/WIRING.” Seller misplaced the top. A five-footer, “paint has alligation on the hood and tops of front fenders.” (I think that is a Floridian term for crazing) 14 bids, sf 392, bf 12. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $1,900. Who thinks of basing an Elan replica on a Beetle? Based on that logic I'll take a Rolls Phantom based on a '66 Olds Toronado, please. The seller thought it would be fun to SCCA Pro Solo. Maybe so, and at this price it would be fun trying. #2000318561-1965 UNKNOWN KIT CAR sports racer. S/N 1965908POR. Orange & primer/gray. 24 photos. Pendleton, NY. “A 110 HUSTLER. S/N 115402164. Red/black. 24 photos. Palm City, FL. Lotus Elan replica based on a VW Beetle. “The car is 95% complete with all the hard work done. It comes with a very detailed instruction manual.” To-Do list includes; “FUEL LINES, BRAKES, WINDSHIELD WIPER MOTOR, SEATS/SEAT BELTS, fiberglass kit car Can-Am Group 6 STYLE body.” Based on an aluminum drum brake 1961 Porsche 356 1600 Super (75-hp, engine # P*700258.) “Much 1/4 1/2 inch aluminum sheeting was used in the build.” Twin saddle tanks with flip-up caps. Seats missing. “The vehicle rolls, steers, fine....A very cool piece of our country's automotive history” 22 bids, sf 213, bf 26. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $4,583. Seller says, “WE WANT TO HELP YOU MAKE THIS HAPPEN.” Considering the long block itself (with that all-important P* Porsche engine number) is worth about $2,500 as a rusty lump, we don't actually need any help to know that this was a good deal on a wacky special. #4629412497-1969 MANX-STYLE DUNE BUGGY . S/N 119564091. Yellow/yellow racing seats. 17 photos. Upstate, NY. Gorgeously prepared Manx-style dune buggy. Almost everything is new. Six-cylinder 110-hp Corvair engine. “ALTHOUGH IT HAS THE POWER TO PULL A WHEELIE AND I BUILT (bolt on) WHEELIE BARS FOR IT, I HAVE NEVER PULLED A WHEELIE WITH IT...” Diamond plate floors. Color-keyed details abound from the yellow cross-drilled rotors to the yellow stenciled valve covers. “RUNS AND DRIVES GREAT, STARTS RIGHT UP AND DRIVES ANYWHERE, EXHAUST HAS A NICE RUMBLE, BUT NOT OBNOXIOUS.” 23 bids, sf 1264, bf private. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $7,603. Ridiculous, insane, kick-yourself-repeatedly-and-then-some bargain. “Yourself” in this case can refer either to the seller, or any one of us who failed to buy this very well-finished toy for a fraction of its replacement cost. #4595906156-1970 WOMBAT CAR CO. HUMMBUG dune buggy. S/N 1102024600. Blue/black/black. Odo: 6,606 miles. 26 photos. Orange County, CA. Beetle-based HUMMERlooking dune buggy built in 1999. Fiberglass body never cracked or hit. Two-stage paint “is an 8 or 9 out of 10, very nice.” Pro-built 1,776cc flat four w/dual Weber 40s. “Has a baja header system with dual exhaust that lets out a cool sounding growl when wide open, but quiet when not on the gas.” 29” BFG tires. 42 bids, sf 59, bf 75. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $9,100. The same wordplay that spawned “Hummbug” could have easily spelled “Bummer,” but surprisingly, Sports Car Market


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#2000570007-1985 UNKNOWN PORSCHE 356 Replica speedster. S/N S1448. Ruby Red/black. Odo: 3,476 miles. 18 photos. Myrtle Beach, SC. “This was a trade in on a new Pontiac GTO.” (talk about culture shock) “Pans and axel beam look great! Amatuer aftermarket stereo. Transaxle has small leak. Engine seems to run good. Body is nice. Top is not ripped up or damaged but is made of a cheap material. Missing sidecurtains. Do not bid on this car unless you are willing to tinker with it.” 13 bids, sf 1, bf 21. Cond: 3-. this concoction came out looking, well, factory. It's certainly better looking than most import Jeeps. The price seemed fair for this handsome, attention-grabbing dune buggy. #1500291396-1973 959 SPEEDSTER kit car roadster. S/N 1132858925. Red/black. Odo: 8,000 miles. 6 photos. Centerville, MA. Fiberglass phantom 959 speedster kit car. Tellingly, at least to me, it “Had 5 owners and never registered until I got it with 234 miles on it.” Ten year build on a '73 Beetle pan completed in '01. “Engine bored to unknown size.” Was a 1600. “A road hugger at 4.5” off ground with Fresh Meat 2007 MERCEDES-BENZ E63 SEDAN Online sales of recent production cars. Date sold: 12/16/2006 eBay auction ID: 220057943532 Seller: Mercedes-Benz of Westminster, Westminster, CO, www.mercedes-benz-westminster.ebizautos.com Sale Type: In stock. Details: Black/black. Premium 2 package, Parktronic, Panorama roof, Voice Control. Sale result: $86,545, 1 bid, sf 12, bf 23 MSRP: $94,545 Other current offering: Sears Imported Autos, Minnetonka, MN, www.searsimports.com, asking $92,995 for similar car with fewer options. Good Year GT tires 4 port Monza exhaust.” 20 bids, sf 0, bf 13. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $12,000. The seller claimed he “...had it up to 120.” Do we think that is maybe the route number of a local highway? An elevation above sea level? A speed in kilometers per hour? All kidding aside, kudos for persistence, and yes, the “kit alone cost $8k” means he probably just recouped about $10 an hour for the job and should be glad he didn't lose money. Well sold. #2800559622-1977 BRADLEY GT coupe. S/N SW84317PA. White/baby blue. Odo: 3,661 miles. 24 photos. Huntingdon, PA. “If your looking for a Bradley GT1, Let me tell you I very rarely see one as close to done as this one.” Built on a '67 VW pan. “When I had it running the motor leaked a little oil, I'd say a quart SOLD AT $8,598. If I did not live 3,000 miles from the SCM home office, I would live in fear for quite a while after reviewing the ultimate car-guy taboo: A 356 speedster replica. I took that risk, not only because I do reside at a safe distance from Editor Martin and whatever ritual flaying he might be tempted to perform, but because this car was a deal by at least $2k. As real Speedsters are accelerating further out of reach, expect to see more people cruising in a kit, and many of those will be more sordid than sorted. #1600310286-1983 ENVEMO 356C replica coupe. S/N R9886VA. Silver blue/ blue leather. Odo: 78,325 km. 20 photos. Charlottesville, VA. One of about 200 fiberglass 356 C coupe replicas built in Brazil in 1983. Porsche-authorized with many interchangeable parts. Paint is faded and crazed. Both wind wing frames very rusty. RF brake drum seized. Interior soaking wet and rotten. 8 bids, sf 103, bf 272. Cond: 4+. 2007 PORSCHE CAYMAN Date sold: 12/22/2006 eBay auction ID: 160064151380 Seller: Prestige Porsche of Nanuet, Nanuet, NY www.driveprestige.com Sale Type: Dealer demo with 3,030 miles and new car title. Details: Speed Yellow/black. Tiptronic S, Bose, painted 19” Carrera S wheels, heated seats Sale result: $52,700, 3 bids, sf 130, bf 10. MSRP: $62,905 Other current offering: Morong Porsche, Falmouth, ME, www.morong-falmouth. porschedealer.com, asking $53,025 for similar car with 5-speed and fewer options. 2007 LEXUS IS250 every three tanks of gas. The last time she was running was 2003 when I took her out and the brakes went out.” Needs everything except glass gullwing doors—which it has in spades. 11 bids, sf 9, bf 0. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $1,225. A fair deal all around, with a LOT of work and expense ahead. Absolutely no upside... not counting the blue-tinted view out of those glass gullwing doors. March 2007 SOLD AT $8,000. Seller (who in this case was yours truly) found this cool rarity on craigslist for $5,250. One tank of gas and at least one of my nine lives later I sold it on eBay to SCM's very own Jim Schrager, who probably would not have bought such a handsome piece of junk except for the fact that he had owned this very car in its 1980s heyday. Sale was a partial trade against a '69 911E, a fair deal for both of us (just ask Jim, who is hard at work scrubbing mildew from the door pockets).u Date sold: 12/22/2006 eBay auction ID: 330063315614 Seller: Individual from Pittsburgh, PA, won car in office contest Sale Type: 40 miles on new car Details: Smokey Gray Metallic/black, wood trim, 18” wheels, HID lights, heated and cooled seats, preferred package. Sale result: $32,100, 13 bids, sf 0, bf 0. MSRP: $35,222 Other current offering: Bill Heard Cadillac, Columbus, GA, www.billheardcadillac.com, asking $36,176 for silver one.u 111


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SCM Market Indicators NEW SECTION The Big Nine Graphic analysis of annual auctions with total sales volume of $20m or above for two or more years $100m $80m $60m $40m $20m Comparative Total Sales by Company 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ T RM Auctions Monterey, CA Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, FL RM Auctions Phoenix, AZ hese are booming days in the collector car world. And no one tracks auction data like SCM does. To that end, we've charted the biggest sales since 2000 in order to see where collectors are spending, and when they spent it. The money exchanged at auctions like Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale and Palm Beach, RM Monterey, Phoenix, and Amelia, Kruse Auburn, Gooding Pebble Beach, and Mecum Belvidere and St. Charles has nearly quadrupled since 2000, but the most dramatic growth has taken place in a short timeframe, climbing from a $90m average between 2000 and 2003 to a near $325m total in 2006. $80m Mecum Belvidere, IL RM Auctions Amelia Island, FL Gooding & Co. Pebble Beach, CA Kruse Auburn, IN Mecum St. Charles, IL Auction Sales Totals $100m $60m Six-Year Growth Index $350m $300m $250m $200m $150m $100m $50m 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Total sales volume, B-J, RM, Mecum, Gooding, Kruse 112 2005 2006 $40m $20m 2000 2001 Mecum, St. Charles, IL Kruse, Auburn, IN Gooding, Pebble Beach, CA RM, Amelia Island, FL Mecum, Belvidere, IL 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 RM, Phoenix, AZ Barrett-Jackson, West Palm Beach, FL RM, Monterey, CA Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ Sports Car Market


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AUCTION HOUSE FOCUS RM Auctions B ased in Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada, RM is the brainchild of Rob Myers. Myers began his professional automotive career in 1976 with a restoration shop in his single-car garage. In the 1980s, he began buying and selling vintage cars, often at collector car auctions. After doing so much business with auction companies, Myers and partner Mike Fairbairn decided they could just as easily sell their own cars. In 1991, the two formed RM Auctions, Inc. (www.rmauctions .com). Today, RM is North America's premier collector car auction com- pany, with notable events held annually in Monterey, CA, Phoenix, AZ, Rochester, MI, and Amelia Island, FL. In addition to the restoration and auction companies, RM also maintains a dedicated automobile transport business, as well as an international sales division. RM Restorations won Pebble Beach “Best of Show” honors in 2001, 2004, and 2006. RM Auctions will hold its first European sale in May 2007 at the Ferrari factory in Maranello, IT. RM anticipated 2006 annual sales of more than $200 million. RMTop 10 Sales of 2006 11. $5,610,000, 1958 Ferrari 412 S Sports Racing Car, Monterey, CA, 8/18/06 12. $3,190,000, 1934 Packard Twelve Runabout Speedster, Phoenix, AZ, 1/20/06 13. $2,750,000, 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Alloy Berlinetta Comp, Amelia Island, FL, 3/11/06 14. $2,282,500, 1957Ferrari 500 TRC Spider, Monterey, CA, 8/18/06 15. $2,145,000, 1938 Talbot-Lago T23 Teardrop Coupe, Amelia Island, FL, 3/11/06 16. $2,090,000, 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Coupe, Phoenix, AZ, 1/20/06 17. $1,925,000, 1955 Maserati 300 S Sports Racing Car, Phoenix, AZ, 1/20/06 18. $1,815,000, 1929 Bentley Speed Six Dual Cowl Tourer, Monterey, CA, 8/18/06 19. $1,815,000, 1962 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster, Phoenix, AZ, 1/20/06 10. $1,705,000, 1994 McLaren F1, Monterey, CA, 8/18/06 RM Major Sales Year-to-Year $50m $40m $30m $20m $10m Amelia Island, FL Boca Raton, FL Monterey, CA Phoenix, AZ RM Major Sales Totals Average TR6 Sale Price at Auction 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 $30m March 2007 $60m $90m $120m $150m $15,000 $12,000 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 I ntroduced in 1969 as a replacement for the TR5 and TR250, the TR6 sold for $3,295. By the time it bowed out in 1976, the price had nearly doubled to $6,050. In all, 94,619 TR6s were built, with 77,938 coming to the U.S. Few changes overtook the Years Built No. Made 1969–76 94,619 SCM Price Guide Average $8,500 Good $15,000 Concours $25,000 TR6 during its life. The windshield frame was painted black in 1970, gear ratios were altered in 1971, a front spoiler was added in 1973, and the overdrive unit was changed from a Laycock “A” model to a “J”. Wire wheels were no longer offered after May 1973. Big rubber overriders arrived in 1974 to meet bumper regulations. In 1975, the front bumper was raised and the front turn signals were moved. As a collectible, the TR6 has an enthusiastic following, especially SCM Investment Grade B ('69–74) C ('75–76) for the small bumper cars. After dipping below a $9,000 average in 2003, TR6 prices rebounded strongly, leveling off just above $12,000 for the last three years. TR6 Sales Per Year at Auctions Tracked by SCM 2002, 6 cars sold for $56,157 total 2003, 5 cars sold for $41,246 total 2004,11 cars sold for $136,153 total Meadow Brook, MI 2005, 22 cars sold for $272,545 total 2006, 23 cars sold for $293,151 total MODEL ANALYSIS 1969–76 Triumph TR6 $9,000 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 113


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Motobilia Carl Bomstead Cleaning up With Signs and Badges No wonder the dealer was grumbling. Even with the issues you mention, that sign should have sold for his asking price BADGE OF HONOR FIRST I'VE SEEN Many years ago I was given license plate badge for the Chicago Motor Club. It was given by the late Leonard Horwich, who lived in Chicago and was a long-time member of the Chicago Motor Club. He was also very active in RollsRoyce circles, a patron of arts, and had the world's lar est collection of modern art Calder. The brass and enam eled license plate attachment was never on a car and it from his desktop to my bookshelf. He mentioned that he it was from the 1930s but explained the significance “Honor Member” at the bottom the badge. Curious if you have a timate as to value? D. B.,— Portland, OR The Chicago Motor Club was one of the nine national auto clubs that formed the American Automobile Association in 1902. In 1906, AAA designed their logo, which has evolved over the years. The member organizations were encouraged to adopt the national logo but many, including The Chicago Motor Club, continued to use their original logo for many years. On many of their badges they place AAA at the bottom, but this badge was for an Honor Member, which I would guess meant he paid a bit more for his license plate attachment than for the standard issue. Radiator badges and ash trays with the Chicago Motor Club logo in the center are rather common but this is the first license attachment I can recall. I'm willing to bet that the sentimental value exceeds any dollar value but would think this would easily bring $250 Packard meet. Now it hangs in the Baja Cantina Restaurant in the Carmel alley. Other signs I ecall were for Packard Lubrication, Packard Parts, and Packard Service. No wonder the dealer tobilia Carl Bomstead Cleaning up With Signs and Badges No wonder the dealer was grumbling. Even with the issues you mention, that sign should have sold for his asking price BADGE OF HONOR FIRST I'VE SEEN Many years ago I was given license plate badge for the Chicago Motor Club. It was given by the late Leonard Horwich, who lived in Chicago and was a long-time member of the Chicago Motor Club. He was also very active in Rolls- Royce circles, a patron of arts, and had the world's lar est collection of modern art Calder. The brass and enam eled license plate attachment was never on a car and it from his desktop to my bookshelf. He mentioned that he it was from the 1930s but explained the significance “Honor Member” at the bottom the badge. Curious if you have a timate as to value? D. B.,— Portland, OR The Chicago Motor Club was one of the nine national auto clubs that formed the American Automobile Association in 1902. In 1906, AAA designed their logo, which has evolved over the years. The member organizations were encouraged to adopt the national logo but many, including The Chicago Motor Club, continued to use their original logo for many years. On many of their badges they place AAA at the bottom, but this badge was for an Honor Member, which I would guess meant he paid a bit more for his license plate attachment than for the standard issue. Radiator badges and ash trays with the Chicago Motor Club logo in the center are rather common but this is the first license attach- ment I can recall. I'm willing to bet that the sentimental value ex- ceeds any dollar value but would think this would easily bring $250 Packard meet. Now it hangs in the Baja Cantina Restaurant in the Carmel alley. Other signs I ecall were for Packard Lubrication, Packard Parts, and Packard Service. No wonder the dealer at at Hershey. YOU CLEANED UP WITH PACKARD SIGN I found this Packard Washing light-up display sign during my annual trek to Hershey this past October. The case shows some wear and the paint has been retouched in the Packard logo. The seller wanted $1,000 but after some haggling we settled on $700. The seller grumbled about my getting a deal. Do you agree?— Bill Baxter, Ann Arbor, MI We have seen a number of dif- ferent versions of this sign, including a couple that are about twice as tall as yours. Several years ago I missed out on the best one I can recall and it was from the Earle C. Anthony Packard agency in Los Angeles. It was for the Packard Waiting Room and my friend Pat Phinney was walking away with it as I approached the seller's booth sold it to you was grumbling. Even with the issues mention, it should have easily for his asking price. You are either a very persuasive haggler you found a desperate seller. Either way, well done. EUROPEAN BADGES SPEAK VOLUMES I have been picking up European motoring badges over the years and wanted to show you a few as well as get your opinion as to value. Michael Maddalena—Roxbury, CT The fun thing about collecting auto related badges is that they are relatively inexpensive and easily displayed. They have pecking order as far as value. The ones from the '70s and '80s that are not enameled and don't have interesting graphics are at the bottom of the list and sell in the hundred dol- lar range. They go up from there, with the most desirable and as it follows, most expensive, being from the '30s, heavily enameled, and with race car graphics. If you really want to get carried away, you can try to find a complete set of Monte Carlo Rally badges, but they'll cost adult money. Your badges are colorful, have interesting graphics, and with one exception are in excellent condition. You have a good eye, so keep at it and check eBay from time to time, as I have found a few great badges there. In answer to your question, I would place yours in the $250– $300 range.u CARL BOMSTEAD is a decades-long automobilia expert who lives in the Pacific Northwest. Send your questions to motobilia@sportscarmarket .com. Digital photos, at least 3" by 5" at 300 dpi, must accompany your queries. Due to the volume of mail we receive not all questions can be answered. 114 Sports Car Market


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Bike Buys Paul Duchene “The Magic Wheel that Wings Your Heel” The Cyclemaster put a devastated Europe back on the road. It was cheap, and almost everybody had a bicycle to which it could be fitted T he 32-cc Cyclemaster is almost the smallest motorcycle you can buy and one of the most ingenious: the entire engine, gearbox, gas tank and exhaust fit in the back wheel of a bicycle. Cyclemasters also get up to 300 mpg at 20 mph and are relatively inexpensive to buy, but you'd better enjoy answering questions. I suspect owning one would be like gassing up my twin-engined 2CV Citroen Sahara, which used to take 20 minutes. Filling the 2.75-gallon gas tank under each front seat was relatively quick. Explaining the car to everyone who was watching was not. Cyclemotors—or motorized bicycles—were first developed as far back as 1894. Even Ettore Bugatti made one during WWII, but none was as sophisticated as the Cyclemaster: “The Magic Wheel that Wings your Heel,” as it was advertised. There were even Cyclemaster Speedway races held in Scotland in 1952. GOOD FOR A FLAT COUNTRY The Cyclemaster made its appearance in 1949 in Holland—a good place for small engines, because the country is flat. German engineers from DKW were sent to The Hague to work on a small two-stroke-engined car as part of war reparations. The car turned out to be too expensive to build, but one of the engineers had drawings with him for a motor that would fit inside a bicycle wheel. DKW designed it in the late 1930s, but the war prevented production. The original plans found their way to London and the RadMeister design (which trans- lates as Cyclemaster) was developed. The first Cyclemaster was the M13 and displaced only 25.7 cc, but most you'll find are the 32-cc, M14 model, introduced in 1951. It's a rotary-valve two-stroke, installed in a rear wheel with heavy duty spokes, and can be fitted to any hefty bicycle. This was a significant factor in England because if the engine were bought separately from the bicycle to which it would be fitted, it avoided a 25% purchase tax. When that loophole was closed in 1955, sales plummeted. The Cyclemaster put devastated Europe back on the road, like the first Ducati Cucciolo cyclemotor and Vespa and Lambretta scooters in Italy. Costing ₤25—about $125, or three weeks wages for a working man—it was cheap to buy and almost everybody had a bicycle to which it could be fitted. The rider could pedal if he came to a hill, but the engine could handle a 6% grade. Perfect Cyclemaster owner: Aspires to moped ownership Rating (HHHHH is best): Fun to ride: HHHH Ease of maintenance: HHH Appreciation potential: HH Attention getter: HHHHH Years produced: 1949–61 Number produced: 180,000 approx. Original list price: £25 ($125) in 1950 SCM Valuation: $500–$2,000 Tune-up: Negligible, but you do it Engine: 32-cc, two-stroke single Transmission: Single speed Weight: 33 lbs Engine #: Underneath the crankcase Frame #: Depends on your bicycle Colors: Black/red or silver/gray Website: www.buzzing.org 116 COMPLETELY SELF-CONTAINED Instead of using a metal or rubber wheel to chew up the bicycle tire, a belt drive, or a separate chain and sprocket, the Cyclemaster was geared directly to the wheel, with clutch and throttle controls on the handlebars. Two-stroke fuel was mixed in the 2.5-pint tank at the ratio of 25-to-1. Bantamag and later Wipac magnetos were fitted, gaining lighting coils in 1952. From 1953, English Cyclemasters had an improved BEC carburetor, replacing the earlier Amal or Meco units. A coaster brake in the rear hub was introduced in 1951, solving the problem of rim brake surfaces sprayed with oil, and allowing the left hand to be used solely for the clutch. Until 1952, Cyclemasters were black with a red CM symbol on the magneto cover, but as U.K. sales passed the 100,000 mark, the color changed to polychromatic gray. Cyclemasters were also built in Holland and Germany, and a plate on the engine identifies the country of origin. Bicycle maker Rabeneick sold its own ver- sion in Germany from 1952, using the same bike as the Dutch machines but with German lights and saddle and Bosch electrics. European bikes were sold complete, as buyers didn't have to dodge English purchase tax. PURCHASE TAX LOOPHOLE CLOSED Cyclemaster tried to join the moped boom in 1955 with the Cyclemate, which carried the engine ahead of the bottom bracket in conventional style on a pressed steel frame, rather than in a bicycle wheel. That year the purchase tax loophole closed and the Cyclemaster price climbed to ₤33 (about $165), eventually dropping back to just under ₤30 ($150). By 1957, only six kinds of cyclemotors were being offered in the U.K. against 32 makes of mopeds and scooters. The English Cyclemaster organization attempted to broaden its base by selling the Berini M22 moped and the disastrous Piatti motorscooter, which was distressingly unreliable. Most, including mine, destroyed second gear so that gear clusters couldn't be found. The Cyclemaster company changed hands several times before its eventual demise in 1961, by which time more than 180,000 had been made. Cyclemasters were manufactured in England, Germany, and Holland, but the ultimate proof of the design's success is the Flying Pigeon model, pirated by the Chinese. Cyclemaster engines and rear wheels can be found from around $500—a complete one in England sold recently on eBay for about $575—but to get the full effect it's better to find a complete bike, sometimes with sprung front forks, Brooks leather saddle, and great big English license plates that probably slow it down. That's going to cost you between $1,000 and $2,000. COAST-TO-COAST RACE When you get it running, consider joining the National Autocycle and Cyclemaster Club in England, which runs a 150-mile coast-to-coast race over the Pennine Range each summer. A serious test of bike and rider, it combines steep hills with probable fog at the summit, obscuring any view. Smiths Autocycles in Skipton, North Yorkshire (www.autocycles.co.uk) has a large collection of bizarre mopeds and cyclemotors and would be a good place to find a Cyclemaster. Buy the best one you can afford. Your friendly machinist can replicate obscure parts but it's nice to have something to copy. If you find a good-running Cyclemaster, your gas bill will return to 1969 levels and you'll make new friends you won't be able to outrun.u PAUL DUCHENE has been riding and writing about motorcycles for 45 years. His work has been published in the New York Times and Chicago Tribune and he is a judge at the Forest Grove Concours. 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Mystery Photo Answers This particular Kinney model is a rare original, but with excessive bondo applied to structural parts. High maintenance, difficult to maneuver, some deteriorated body parts and others going fast. Considering the age and the excessive mileage, the technician did a credible job to preserve the classic smirk, a characteristic peculiar to the Kinneys. —Andi Greene, Purcellville, VA RUNNER UP: I'll be moving out of my moth- er's basement very soon now.—Tom VanDyke, Waxhaw, NC The malpractice settlement with Jack's ophthalmologist allowed him to buy a vintage automobile.—Dean Welti, Broad Brook, CT Dave Kinney could get in without a badge but decided to wear one anyway.—Jerry Vitarelli, Fairfax Station, VA Who cares about the identity of the gog- gled jerk? Who's the blond behind him?— Outerbridge Pruitt, Washington, D.C. Old Cadillac models? I thought you said “old cap and goggles.”—Roland Aviles, Brooklyn, NY Have driver, need car. Fully licensed and appropriately garbed authentic rally driver available, LHD and RHD certified.—Ted Keon, E. Orleans, MA Pleasantly confused Keith Martin shows off the view from his bedroom at the Car Nuts Alzheimer's Assisted Living facility.—Brandon Blexrude, Madison, WI What do you mean? Drive on the left? Are you crazy?—Craig Grosz, Battle Lake , MN At this very moment, perhaps, Toad is busy USAPPRAISAL This Month's Mystery Photo Response Deadline: February 25, 2007 Our Photo, Your Caption Be the author of the most accurate, creative, or provoca- tive response and receive a sure-to-be-collectible-someday 1/18-scale collector car model, courtesy of USAppraisal. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Fax your response to 503.253.2234; email: mystery photo@sportscarmarket.com; snail mail: Mystery, P.O. Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Please include your name and contact information. Send us your mystery photo. If we use it, you'll get an of- ficial “SCM Fright Pig Inspector” cap. Email photos at 300 dpi in JPEG format. 118 Sports Car Market arraying himself in those singularly hideous habiliments so dear to him, which transform him from a (comparatively) good-looking Toad into an Object which throws any decent-minded animal that comes across it into a violent fit. (From The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame, describing Mr. Toad as he outfits himself to go out driving in his “new motor-car.”)—Bill Scheffler, Fairfield, CT Dee Dee Dee.—Stan Colona, Plano, TX Nigel Setright leaves his beautiful wife on the dock and sets off in search of another motor racing milestone.—Bob Peterson, Brooks, GA Suspecting the villain would appear at the Horseless Carriage Show, “The Tick” went undercover.—David Ozbirn, Dallas, TX In a rare flash of mental clarity, Winston realizes his trophy wife is actually crimping his style and decides to enter the Martin Swig “Trans-Canada, ‘Brass, My Ass' Brass Era Vintage Automobile Tour.”—Norman Vogel, San Francisco, CA Uh, yeah, yeah...I'm a very excellent driv- er.—Bob DeKorne, Traverse City, MI You Bastards! Obviously, someone didn't get the word that I was offering $10,000 for the negative.—Dave Kinney, Great Falls, VA Though he arbitrarily and capriciously de- clared himself the winner, and thus moved the sure-to-be-collectible 1:18-scale model from one side of his office to the other, Dave Kinney, pictured above, is not eligible for this contest. But Andi Greene is, and for that, she should expect that model any day now, though it might be broken and/or stained with tears.u


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Comments With Your Renewal Love your magazine. Thanks for the Copperstate 1000 coverage. You should join us one year—P. Feltes, Scottsdale, AZ Enjoyed your recent December open house. What a great facility.—R. Hoevet, Clackamas, OR. We're glad you and the nearly 100 other SCMers were able to attend. It seems fitting that a magazine about historic cars should be in an historic building (the ex-Jantzen swimwear headquarters.).—ED Don't change a thing. My fa- vorite columnists are Michael Sheehan, Jim Schrager, and Steve Ahlgrim—P. Millans, Atlanta, GA Bring back the Alfa profile.—J. Hoffnagle, Simsbury, CT Absolutely my favorite mag. In the auction results, I always learn something, and you're funny, too.—D. McDonald, Bountiful, UT. How about more SUV reports? Just kidding.—ED. I enjoy the magazine but think you're pretty hard on the car if it isn't a clear #1.—H. Brand Jr., Palm Springs, CA No more muscle car or mo- torcycle coverage.—Bear Ford, Shavertown, PA I like “Bike Buys.”—M. Dillenius, San Francisco, CA It's sad to say, but based on my income I'm the guy looking at the fright pigs.—W. Errico Jr., Dingmans Ferry, PA I enjoy the magazine. A lot of jokes seem more suited to old people though. How about more Watching the prices of Alfas and Maseratis climb is getting depressing. Please tell the Baby Boomers to leave something Italian alone so the Generation Xers can still afford them.—J. Peltier, Lafayette, IN. Boomers take note: Save some good ones for the kids.—ED. Keep up the good work—my 13th year.—D. Greene, Ventura, CA. And we are nearing our 20th. Just think, when we started the Alfa tech, less country club thigh slappers?—S. Singh, Laurel, MD. Please forward any young-thinking, technically-oriented jokes you can and we promise to find a place for them.—ED. Absolutely the best magazine on the market.—R. Botting, Las Vegas, NV Romeo Market Letter, we thought only old people wore reading glasses. Now we're trying to have a bifocal windshield made for our Giulia Spider Veloce.— ED. The best car mag in the world. Wow, what else can I say?—N. McDonnell, Palouse, WA Keep up the variety… some classics, some motorcycles, some muscle cars, etc.—D. McKenzie, Santa Barbara, CA Beautiful magazine.—B. Golterman, Irvine, CA.Thank you. Our art director, Kirsten Onoday, just seems to make new magic on the cover and inside the book every month.—ED. And thanks to all of you for your thoughtful comments and your renewals.—EDu Sports Car Market JOIN US AT RETROMOBILE 2007! Your hosts, Donald Osborne of SCM and Ed Fallon of Cave Creek Classics, welcome all SCM subscribers and friends to our casual gathering at Retromobile in Paris this February. As a special bonus, Richard Adatto, French car authority extraordinaire, will be on hand to sign copies of his new book, Delahaye Styling and Design. WHERE Café du Jambon, at the rear of the main hall. WHEN Friday, February 16, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm. If you have any questions, or to confirm your participation, please contact Donald Osborne at dosborne@sportscarmarket.com. VOYEZ-VOUS LÁ!


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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $44/month ($66 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit sportscarmarket.com/classifieds-post.php to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. E-mail: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snailmail: Showcase, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. ration, 2 tops. Black w/ saddle. Air, everything new, Museum quality. Exceptional. $145,000. Dom Mari, 215.794.0569. (PA) 2000 Jaguar XKR Red/black leatherette. Excellent Calif car with particularly nice cosmetics and mechanicals. Non-matching Super motor, toolroll, headrests, Kardex, manuals, records, cover and factory shop manual. Rust-free pan and battery box. Serious inquiries please. $35,000 firm. Phil Scheinberg, 831.659.1002. (CA) 1963 Porsche 356 2000 Jaguar XKR convertible, perfect condition, no dents, dings, tears, or marks! White with tan top and interior, 68K pampered miles, $29,500 B/O 530.276.1948 or 530.547.5547. $29,500. Roy Leffel. 2001 Jaguar XKR Silverstone ENGLISH MG A/B MGB/MGA fresh Carrera Panamericana spec racing block. Built to win Carrera under 2-liter class by Schlosnagel Racking with all original build sheets. Zero hours since full dyno and bench test by Doug Jackson of British Automotive. Bored and honed to 1,924 cc. Fully balanced by Crowther Racing with lightened JE pistons and Carillo rods. Sammy Hale crank crossdrilled, lightened and balanced. 415.332.1613. (USA) 1929 Bentley 4.5 liter 4-seat tourer W.O. Bentley 4 1/2 Litre 4 Seat Tourer with its original one of a kind all aluminum body by Thrupp and Maberly. Body #5187. Chassis # MR3390, engine # 3393. Full history with completely documented factory records. Totally correct numbers. Very tight coachwork and superb mechanics. A joy to drive. Entered in the 1931 RAC rally. Current paid English registration and also a US title Charles S. Crail Automobiles, 805.568.1934. (USA) 1950 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster JCNA 99-pt car. Absolutely spectacular, drives flawlessly. Silver, red leather. Matching numbers. Books, tools, fitted luggage. Body off restored by marque specialist on excellent, rust-free original car. Expensive. Matthew deGarmo, 203.852.1670. (USA) 1961 Jaguar XKE 3.8 Based on Genie MK8 / Lotus 19. Car raced 1963 through 1967. Ran Road America and USRRC. ZF 5DS25, rebuilt Ford Boss 302, original Halibrands. Spares. $74,900. Can-Am Cars LTD, 636.227.3959. 1964 Ginetta G4 Roadster Round-tube chassis #4/0174—period photos and history from 1965. Solid axle rear end, removable hard top, panasport wheels, new Avon tires. Currently registered in California. $42,500. Greg Meyer, 408.316.1582. (CA) 1965 Jaguar XKE 4.2 coupe One of 250, this pristine one-owner 24k-mile car was JCNA judged 99.5 points. Best offer over $42,000. Ron Spoltore, 310.471.0629. (CA) GERMAN 1956 Porsche 356 1600 Super Speedster Low mileage on beautifully restored example with SC engine. Excellent performance. Over $30,000 in receipts from Hjeltness. Wood wheel, tools, manual and 34 years of records. $90,000. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (USA) 1965 Porsche 911 Glacier White, Tan Leather. Older restoration, still nice. Will swap this lovely appreciating asset for a modern sports car. $28,500. John Darack, 508.653.5094. (MD) 1964 Porsche 356C cabriolet Multiple JCNA Best of Show and People's Choice. Complete documentation of restoration on two owner, low mileage, rust free car; Ownership history back to new; All numbers matching. Red, black leather with all factory original books and tools. The best there is bar none. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd, 203.852.1670. (CT) 1965 Sunbeam Tiger 1960 Mercedes 190SL Fully documented restoration on numbers matching fully correct car. Finished in factory original colors of Arctic White with black interior. Ready today to take to any national show. Fully sorted for driving. Looks, runs and drives like new. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670. (CT) Rare 1965 911 completely restored and upgraded to 1967 911S specs. Matching numbers; resprayed Guards Red; Go to www.memory-motors.com for more information and photos. $27,500. Robert Tenges, 414.852.8622. (WI) 1968 BMW Glas 3000 V8 Early matching numbers, flat floor, welded louvers car restored to very high standard. Has scored 100 points at several JCNA events. Excellent mechanics. $97,500. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (USA) 1963 Genie Copy Original black plate Calif car. Blue/black, STOA Certified. Completely rebuilt 289 and chassis with photos. Excellent mechanicals and cosmetics. Lat 70 wheels and new Toyo 205's, hard top, no soft top, removable roll bar, Dana posi unit included. Huge collection of literature and spare parts included with this exceptional Tiger. Extra set of Minilitestyle wheels with new BFG tires included. Serious inquiries please. $36,000 firm. Phil Scheinberg, 831.659.1002. (CA) 1971 Jaguar XKE Excellent condition with newer silver Mercedes paint and leather interior, restored dashboard, rebuilt engine, brake system, carbs—runs like new. 4-spd, 4 cylinders, 1.9-L engine $33,500. Scott Jenkins, 630.229.3769. (IL) 1962 Porsche T6 B Super Coupe The early application of Glas's innovative belt cam drive and distinctive Frua styling make this rare model an interesting and desirable car. Nicely restored and runs well. $46,500. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (USA) 1972 BMW 2002tii First Place Award AACA 06 Winner. Complete resto120 A no-expense spared restoration of a numbersmatching tii to the highest show standards; As new and fully sorted; Go to www.memory-motors.com- Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery for more information and photos. $59,000. Robert Tenges, 414.852.8622. (WI) 1973 Porsche 911E 1986 Porsche 930 Flawless, brilliant silver, charcoal, 26,200 miles, factory waranty until April 2007, keyless go, xenon, 362 hp. 5.5-liter-V8, CD, cruise, heated seats, tiptronic. $38,900. Sim Penton, 334.409.2229. (AL) 2006 Mercedes-Benz SL55 One owner, 5k original miles, black with tan leather, stock, excellent condition, complete documentation. $73,000. John Glatz, 928.468.6212. (AZ) 1990 Mercedes 300D 2.5 Turbo Euro model in very good, rust free condition. Sunroof, original leather interior, Frankfurt radio, records, tools and books. Rebuilt top-end and gearbox with excellent performance. $39,000. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (USA) 1984 Porsche Carrera Targa White over gray with perfect gray interior. 141,000 miles, always garaged. Maintenance records, 29– 32 mpg, no dings, beautiful, dependable. $10,500. Robin Retzlaff, 479.248.1442. (AR) 2003 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG Iris Blue/ blue, 130k miles. Engine & trans professionally rebuilt 8k miles ago. Performance chip, new tires. Rust-free Southwest car. Fast, Fun, Fabulous. $13,900. Patrick Bryson, 602.690.0706. (AZ) SCM GOLD membership gives you access to over 40,000 auction records. Each month in the magazine, we deliver reports from auctions around the world on what sold, for how much, and why. Only part of what our auction analysts turn in makes it to print, but every car they report on is available online to GOLD members. SCMGOLD? What is Everything You Get With GOLD Membership: Full Access to Over 40,000 Online Auction Reports Gold-Only Emails Informing You of Insider Information and Updates on Sales from Around the World Access to Our Full Online Price Guide Invitations to Special Events and SCM Gold-Only Offers Just $60 a year. Sign up online at www.sportscarmarket.com Isn't it worth $5 a month to know what's really going on? 122 Sports Car Market 493 hp, 513 lbs torque, 7,100 miles, senior citizen owner, mint condition, Sirius, power lumbar & side bolsters, rain sensor wipers, & more. $104,000. Peter Chapin, 434.823.9638. (USA) ITALIAN 1974 Maserati Merak Completely original with 22,000 original miles. Five speed, a/c, silver/black leather. Exceptional condition. Includes U.S. import and Euro aluminum engine covers. Robert Fast, (USA) 1977 Ferrari 308 GTB 1980 Ferrari 308 GTSi Red/tan. Belt service just done. Very nice www.forzamotorsports.com $29,500. Peter Sweeney, 860.350.1140. 1984 Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole Rosso Corsa with cream interior. Same owner since 1989, 41,000 km. Mechanically sound with excellent cosmetics. $30,500. Brain Linehan, 630.921.0613. (IL) JAPANESE 2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder Excellent condition, a great investment and drive. Documented complete Cannonball in 1979 NY to LA in 37 hours—a famous car. $34,000. David Howard, 603.831.0990. (USA) 1980 Ferrari 308 GTSi


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One-owner California car, 54,900 mi., 5-speed, new tires and AEM cold air intake, only 2,200 pounds, too much fun! $16,500. Gerard, 435.864.7513. (UT) AMERICAN 1957 Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster 52k actual miles. Unrestored, original, runs strong. Excellent interior, Donnybrook Green/black 350, 300 hp 10:25:1 comp horn, fiber optics, radio, works perfect. $25,000. Don Scaglione, 727.772.3219. (MA) 1986 AC Mk IV Very rare late '57 with factory correct and original four-speed manual. Finished in red with white coves, red interior. Show quality in every detail and mechanically 100% perfect. Fully sorted for spirited driving with complete confidence. $98,500. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670. (CT) 1960 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Maybe the best original example anywhere. 934 original miles, absolutely flawless throughout. BRG, tan leather, full aluminum coachwork, Ford 5-Liter V8, properly serviced. None better. $105,000. Matthew deGarmo, 203.852.1670. (USA) Horizon Blue/white coves, 230 hp, 4-sp. Both tops, 15,000 miles on older professional body-off restoration, solid frame. Same owner since 1975. $48,000. Tom or Doug, 440.543.3625. (OH) 1964 Chevrolet Malibu Convertible Z-16 Clone. Copy of Z-16 engine option and suspension. All new 396 with 375 hp, 4-speed, power steering, brakes. Rotisserie restoration 2001. Everything new. Only one Chevelle convertible made in this body style w/396. $33,500. John Crowley, 516.521.2309. (FL) 1967 Ford Mustang Coupe rebuilt 289 and trans, new red paint. A/C, ps, 2nd owner, CA car. New tires, brakes, dash, rechromed original bumpers. $11,950. Demetri Zafiris, 818.774.1500x203. (CA) 1967 Chevrolet Camaro 350 RS-SS coupe Real 350 RS/SS VanNoys-built, original 350 V8, 4speed trans, delux interior, black California license plates, console with gauges, tinted glass, vinyl roof, rare Tahoe Teal. Runs, drives, and sounds great. Call for details. $35,000. Tony Leopardo, 650.348.8269. (CA) 1970 Chevrolet Corvette Original, matching numbers 454-390 hp. Convertible roadster, OS, OB, Auto, needs nothing. Everything works. No a/c, non-4-spd, original AM/FM. Email for pictures. $35,900. Joseph Kohler, (FL) AWD. Meticulously cared for, serviced every 3,000 miles. 60k miles. 11k left on factory warranty. 20k on Goodyear Forteras. Dual exhaust, chrome grille. Red/beige, clear title. Nice. Vin#212108589 $24,880. Tim Benson, 714.343.2288. (CA) WANTED Corvettes A premium will be paid for 1953 to 1972 Corvettes with NCRS or Bloomington Gold certification, serious. ProTeam, Box 606, Napoleon, OH 435450606. Fax, 419.592.4242. proteamcorvette.com, www.corvetteswanted.com. ProTeam Corvettes, 419.592.5086. (OH) Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini Wanted Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Porsche cars and items (memorabilia, parts collections) related to those cars in any condition. Fair, discreet and reasonable. Please contact 860.350.1140 or fax 860.350.1140 Peter Sweeney, 860.350.1140. (USA)u 2002 Cadillac Escalade Across 1. B-J West Palm Beach Bentley that made over $1.7m in 2006 4. Paul McCartney's contribution to B-J West Palm Beach last year 11. Canned fish 12. 1953 OSCA won this class at Amelia Island last year (two words) 14. 2006 Amelia Best of Show winner, 1931 _____ Model H 16. Displacement measurement, for short 17. Stumbling expressions 18. Channel where mysteries can be seen 19. Car 21. Charity event being held at B-J in West Palm Beach 22. Street, abbr. 24. Loud dull noise 25. Spring flower 27. Auction closer (2 words) 29. Ill-mannered individual 30. Former lover 31. Historic race featured at 2007 Amelia (with 31 down) 33. __ Eliot 34. President of the United States, for short 36. Slippery creature 37. Salt Lake City locale 39. Pontiac muscle car 40. We all want to live in this (three words) 44. Santa __ 45. Horror writer 46. Philosophy suffix 47. Endurance racer being honored at 2007 Amelia (with 29 down) 49. Cincy locale 51. Mode or carte (2 words) 52. Wedding agreement 53. Golden St. 55. Major open-wheel racing series 56. They include generations from C1 to C6 Down 1. A red car from Italy 2. British racetrack of a different kind 3. Architectural feature 5. Where it's __! 6. Cool guy 7. Become beneficial 8. Race units 9. Pretty 10. Stock car sanctioner since 1952 13. The first Formula One race took place here in 1950 15. Personalities 20. Jaguar XK 120 body style, for short 22. The car, affectionately 23. Merrily 24. Trademark, for short 26. Motorcycle TT race featured at 2007 Amelia (three words) 27. In the direction of 28. Get exciting (2 words) 29. See 47 across 31. See 31 across 32. __ Mans 35. Tickets, for short 38. Look at 41. Guns and Roses singer, first name 42. Above 43. Goes with Rolls 47. 24 hours 48. British auto club, abbr. 49. Song 50. Fashionable 52. Roman 4 54. Oakland baseball team For solution, go to: www.sportscarmarket.com/crossword March 2007 123 1970 Chevrolet Corvette Sunshine Statements


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 x204 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. AUCTION COMPANIES Artcurial-Briest-Poulain-Le Fur. +33.1.42992020, fax +33.1.42992021. Maison de vente aux enchères, 7, RondPoint des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris. artcurial@auction.fr. www.artcurial .com. (FR) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694, fax 480.421.6697. 3020 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrettjackson.com. (AZ) Bonhams & Butterfields. 415.391.4000, fax 415.391.4040. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103. www.butterfields.com. (CA) Bonhams. +44.207.228.8000, fax +44.207.585.0830. Montpelier St., Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH. www.bonhams.com. (UK) Branson Collector Car Auction. 800.335.3063, Jim Cox, fax 417.336.5616. 1316 W. Hwy. 76, Suite 199, Branson, MO 65616. www.bransonauction.com. (MO) RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, fax 519.351.1337. One Classic Car Dr., Blenheim, ON NOP 1A0. www .rmauctions.com. (CAN) Russo and Steele Collector Automo- biles. 602.252.2697, fax 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th Street, Phoenix AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com; www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Santiago Collector Car Auctions. 800.994.2816, fax 405.475.5079. 501 E. Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Rocky: rockydb5@sbcglobal.net. (OK) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com; www .silverauctions.com. (WA) Tom Mack Classics. 888.TOM. Carlisle Collector Car Auctions. 717.243-7855. 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle, PA 17013. Spring and Fall Auctions. High-line cars cross the block. Hundreds of muscle cars, antique, collector, and special-interest cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Real Cars. Real Prices. www.carlisleauctions.com. (PA) Christie's. 310.385.2600, fax 310.385.0246. 360 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. www.christies .com. (CA) eBay Motors. List your car for sale for only $40 and pay $40 more when it sells. Visit the “Services” section on www.ebaymotors.com for more details. Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, fax 310.899.0930. Auctions and brokerage of fine automobiles. 1528 6th Street, Suite 120, Santa Monica, CA 90401. www.goodingco.com. (CA) H&H Classic Auctions. +44.01925.730630, fax +44.01925.730830. Whitegate Farm, Hatton, Cheshire WA4 4BZ England. www.classic-auctions.com (UK) Kensington Motor Group, Inc. 631.537.1868, fax 631.537.2641. P.O. Box 2277, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. Kenmotor@aol.com. (NY) 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) APPRAISALS Auto Appraisal Group. 800.848.2886. Over 60 offices located nationwide. Pre-purchase inspection service, insurance matters, charitable donations, resale values, estates, expert witness testimony. On-site inspections. Certified, confidential, prompt, professional. “Not just one man's opinion of value.” See Web site for locations and service descriptions. www.autoappraisal .com. (VA) Dave Brownell's Vintage Auto Appraisals. 802.362.4719, fax 802.362.3007. 25-plus years experience nationwide and internationally. Single cars or entire collections. Brass cars to contemporary supercars. Complete services from pre-purchase to insurance, donation, estate, expert witness. davidbrownell@adelphia.net. (VT) Automobile Inspections LLC. 860.456.4048. The nation's premier provider of pre-purchase inspections on classic, exotic and specialty cars of any year, anywhere in the USA or Canada. Fast 72-hour turnaround! Hartford, CT. www.automobileinspections.com. (CT) AUTOMOBILIA Campbell Levy Designs LLC. 303.762.7936, fax 303.762.7937. Custom lamp designer and builder since 1974, specializing in crankshaft lamps with exotic wood, select hardwood or granite base. Hand polished or nickel plated. Your treasured crankshaft or one of ours. Proud to be a Colorado company. www.campbelllevydesigns.com.(CO) Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. Specializing in mostly European vintage race and sports cars, especially classic Ferraris of the '50s and '60s as well as Mille Miglia-eligible sports cars. Always looking to buy fabulous classic cars. www.hamann-classiccars.com (CT) Jonathan Kendall LLC. 410.991.2288 Automotive-inspired gifts, handbags, and accessories. Jonathan highlights designs in unique, handcrafted art, fashion, and installations for the collector and the enthusiast. Give the gift of Art+Fashion+Design and enjoy the passion of the automobile together. www.jonathankendall.com. (MD) Kirk F. White. 386.427.6660, fax 386.427.7801. PO Box 999, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170. Always acquiring and conveying the very finest in early European tinplate automotive toys by Marklin, Bing, Carette, Gunthermann, etc. Further seeking tether racers such as Dooling, Alexander, B.B. Korn, Bremer, Matthews, McCoy, Cox Thimble Drome, O & R. Very highest prices paid for over 27 years. Periodic inventory shown at www.kirkfwhite.com. (FL) Spyder Enterprises. 831.659.5335, RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, fax Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers. 815.568.8888, fax, 815.568.6615. 950 Greenlee St., Marengo, IL 60015. Auctions: Orlando, Kansas City, Rockford, Bloomington Gold, St. Paul, Des Moines, Carlisle, and Chicago. Nobody Sells More Muscle Than Mecum. Nobody. www.mecumauction.com. (IL) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick, 760.320.3290, fax 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262. www.classiccarauction.com. (CA) 519.351.1337. Our team of highly qualified professionals with over 25 years of experience will perform complete classic car collection appraisals. Your collection will be assessed by superior appraisers who are exceptionally detailed and want you to get the most value from your collection. RM is the world's largest vintage automobile house specializing in vintage automobile restoration, auctions and appraisals. www.rmauctions.com (CAN) USAppraisal. 703.759.9100. Over 25 years experience with collector automobiles, available nationwide. David H. Kinney, ASA (Accredited Senior Appraiser, American Society of Appraisers). dhkinney@usappraisal.com; www .usappraisal.com. (VA) fax 831.659.5335. Since 1980, providing serious collectors with the finest selection of authentic, original vintage posters, pre-war thru mid-1960s; mainly focused on Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes, and racing. Producer of “Automobilia Monterey,” with 38-page list of memorabilia available. singer356@aol.com or www.vintageautoposters.com. (CA) BUY/SELL/GENERAL INSPECTIONS Auto Collectors Garage, Inc. 713.541.2281, fax 713.541.2286. 9848 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77074. For the best in interesting cars from the 1920s to the 1970s. We restore, buy, sell, service, appraise, locate, and inspect all makes and models. Serving the collector car field since 1979. www.autocollectorsgarage.com. (TX) Blackhawk Collection. 925.736.3444, fax 925.736.4375. Purveyors of rolling art. The Blackhawk Collection is one of the world's foremost companies specializing in the acquisition and sale of both American and European classic, coachbuilt, and one-of-a-kind automobiles. www.blackhawkcollection .com. (CA) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Offering a fine selection of classic European vehicles and a world-class restoration facility with two indoor showrooms in one 40,000-sq-ft building. Servicing the collector with over 30 years experience in buying, restoring, and selling. Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www .classicshowcase.com. (CA) Colin's Classic Automobiles. 414.964.3747. World-renowned for selling only the best investment-grade sports and muscle cars. Low volume, highest quality, easy to work with. Let Colin's experience in collecting, restoring, racing, evaluating, and showing cars work for you. Buy, sell, trade, restore. www.colinsclassicauto.com. (WI) Craig Brody Investment Mo- 2shores International. 49-5691- 912460, fax 49-5691-912480. Based in Germany, working worldwide. Connecting buyers and sellers of collectible cars in a global market place. International Classic Car Events. Serving our clients with compassion, loyalty, and 15 years of experience. Your trusted partner in Europe! www.2-shores-classics.com. (DE) 124 torcars. 954.646.8819. We buy, sell, trade, and consign only the highest-end original cars for the most demanding collectors. Visit our new showroom in Ft. Lauderdale; call ahead for a personal appointment to see the coolest selection of collector cars in the Southeast. www.investmentmotorcars.net. (FL) Dragone Classics. 203.335.4645. 1797 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06604. For 50+ years, the Dragone family has collected, sold, and revived the world's greatest cars, including many at Pebble Beach. Museums and collections depend on Dragone's knowledge, authenticity, and integrity. 60+ car inventory; manny@dragoneclassics.com, david@dragoneclassics.com; www.dragoneclassics.com. (CT) eBay Motors. Everyday drivers, collector cars, auto parts and accessories, motorcycles, and automobilia. List your car for sale for only $40 and pay $40 more when it sells. Every vehicle transaction is covered by $20,000 in free insurance. www.ebaymotors.com. Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555, fax 510.653.9754. 1145 Park Ave., Emeryville, CA 94608. Specializing in European collectible autos and racing cars from the 1920s to the 1970s, with over 50 cars in stock. Bruce Trenery has over 25 years experience in this business, based in the East Bay area. sales@fantasyjunction.com; www.fantasyjunction.com. (CA) Grand Prix Classics. 858.459.3500, fax 858.459.3512. 7456 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037. Specialize in the Sports Car Market


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buying, selling, trading, and consignment of historic sports and racing cars. Been in business for 25 years and maintain an inventory of 15 to 20 historic cars. info@grandprixclassics.com; www.grandprixclassics.com. (CA) Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) Kidston SA. +41 22 740 1939, fax +41 22 740 1945. 7 avenue Pictet-deRochemont, 1207 Geneva Switzerland. Expert advice on all aspects of collecting including finance, insurance, and discreet guidance on selling or help finding the right motor car. Particularly strong contacts in the UK and central Europe, all multilingual and experienced (ex-Bonhams) staff. www.kidston.com. (UK) Kirk F. White. 386.427.6660, fax 386.427.7801. PO Box 999, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170. Always seeking and conveying select, exciting automobiles with a strong emphasis on vintage and contemporary hot rods and significant post-war sports cars, etc. Many years of acquiring superb, esoteric automobiles. Very highest prices paid. Periodic offerings may be reviewed at www .kirkfwhite.com. (FL) CLASSIC CAR TRANSPORT Auto Transporting by P.C. Bear. 717.849.1585, 321.289.9368, 973.981.8385. Born 1941, car nut since 1943, transporting since 1994. For answers to all your questions, call the guy that loads and drives the truck. www .pcbeartransport.com. (PA) Concours Transport Systems. 702.361.1928, 253.973.3987, fax 702.269.0382. Enclosed auto transport nationwide. Liftgate loading, experienced personnel. Classic and exotic cars. Special events. Fully insured. All major credit cards accepted. Fred Koller, owner. fredkoller@concourstransport.com; www.concourstransport.com. (NV) Cosdel International. 415.777.2000, fax 415.543.5112. Now in its 46th year of international transport. Complete service, including import/export, customs clearances, DOT and EPA, air/ocean, loading and unloading of containers. Contact Martin Button: info@cosdel .com; www.cosdel.com. (CA) FedEx Custom Critical Passport Auto Transport. 800.325.4267, fax 314.878.7295. Fully enclosed transport from the industry originator. Specializing in events, including Pebble Beach, the Colorado Grand, and Barrett-Jackson. Liftgates for safe loading and winches for inoperable vehicles. Inquire about ultra-expedited, three-day, coast-to-coast service. www.passporttransport.com. (MO) Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700. North America's premier muscle car center, specialized in restoring and trading the finest and rarest American muscle. Our 55,000 sq. ft facility and 100 car showroom is the ultimate car heaven and the home of Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.” www.legendarymotorcar.com. (ON) Motorcar Portfolio. 866.653.8900, 320 Market Ave S., Canton, OH 44702. America's only classic car dealer located in the lower level of the Canton Marriott McKinley Grand Hotel. Ever-changing collection of 100+ foreign and domestic cars. Model Ts through muscle cars, something for everyone's taste and pocketbook. We buy cars from special people—one or a whole collection. (OH) Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6919. Contact Alex Finigan for the acquisition or sale of great classic European sports, touring, and racing models from the pre-war era through the 1960s. Our experienced body, metal, upholstery, and mechanical craftsmen offer restoration, preservation, and maintenance services. www.paulrussell .com. (MA) ProTeam Corvette. 888.592.5086, fax 419.592.4242. Over 150 Corvettes 1953–2003; also Corvettes wanted. Free catalog. www.proteamcorvette.com; proteam@proteamcorvette.com. (OH) VIR Gallery. 336.210.5508. Quality vintage street and race cars for sale. Located at Virginia International Raceway. Please contact Randall Yow, 1245 Pine Tree Rd., Alton, VA 24520. ryow@virclub.com; www.virgallery .com. (VA) March 2007 Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936, fax 413.436.9422. Rapid, hassle-free, coast-to-coast service. Insured, enclosed transport for your valuable car at affordable prices. State-of-the-art satellite transport tracking. Complete service for vintage races, auctions, relocations. www.intercitylines.com. (MA) COLLECTOR CAR FINANCING money than is available through standard carriers. Substantially lower costs, with minimal usage restrictions, unlimited mileage, in-house claim handling, and online quoting and application. www .aon-collectorcar.com. RESTORATION – GENERAL Guy's Interior Restorations. 503.224.8657, fax 503.223.6953. 431 NW 9th, Portland, OR 97209. Awardwinning interior restoration. Leather dyeing and color matching. (OR) Grundy Worldwide. 800.338.4005. With 60 years of experience in servicing and preserving the collector vehicle hobby, Grundy provides “The Gold Standard” of insurance, offering the most options to you: Agreed Value, No Model Year Limitation, Unlimited Mileage, and coverage options for Spare Parts, Trip Interruption, Towing and Labor Costs, Inflation Guard, and Auto Show Medical Reimbursement. Fast, immediate quotes: www.grundy.com. (PA) Hagerty Collector Car Insurance. 800.922.4050. Collector cars aren't like their late-model counterparts. These classics actually appreciate in value so standard market policies that cost significantly more won't do the job. We'll agree on a fair value and cover you for the full amount. No prorated claims, no hassles, no games. www.hagerty.com. (MI) J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified— J.C. Taylor Insurance will provide dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., even Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www .JCTaylor.com. (PA) Heacock Classics. 800.678.5173. We understand the passion and needs of the classic car owner; agreed value, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and paying by credit card. We provide classic car insurance at rates people can afford! Instant quotes at www.parishheacock .com. (FL) Classic Car Financial. 877.527.7228, fax 603.424.2117. The nation's fastest growing classic car financing company. We provide our customers with a pleasant and smooth process; person-to-person loans are our specialty. Highly competitive rates and terms with less-thanperfect credit considered. Call or apply online today. Dealer programs available. www.classiccarfinancial.com. (NH) J.J. Best Banc & Company. 800. USA.1965, fax 508.991.8329. The largest national leader on Antique, Classic, Exotic, Rod, and Sports Cars, with low rates starting at 4.99% and long terms. Call, fax, or e-mail your application today for quick ten-minute approval. Dealer inquiries welcome. www.jjbest .com. (MA) COLLECTOR CAR INSURANCE Aon Collector Car Insurance. 877.765.7790. We've protected collector cars for nearly 40 years. Our insurance packages provide more coverage for less COLLECTOR CAR LEASING MosesLudel.Com, LLC. 775.463.5965. Thirty-eight years of authoritative mechanical expertise available to restorers and collectors of 1928–71 American classic and muscle cars. Blueprint engine, transmission, steering, and axle rebuilding. Restorative tuning and performance prepping. Protect your investment. See our Web site, www .mosesludel.com. The Healey Werks. 800.251.2113, 712.944.4900, fax 712.944.4940. Lawton, IA. Premier automobile restoration company specializing in exotic, European and classic cars. Complete structural and body reconstruction, upholstery, world-class paint/refinishing, engineering, prototyping and mechanical services. Transport and logistical services available. www.healeywerks.com. (IA) Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700. You may have seen our award winning, show quality restorations on Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.” We will handle every stage of any restoration. Our 55,000 sq ft facility is specialized in extreme high-end restorations of rare America muscle cars. www.legendarymotorcar.com. (ON) Premier Financial Services. 203.267.7700, fax 203.267.7773. With over 20 years of experience specializing in exotic, classic and vintage autos, our Lease Purchase plan is ideal for those who wish to own their vehicle at the end of the term, as well as those who like to change cars frequently. Our Simple Interest Early Termination plan allows you the flexibility of financing with the tax advantages of leasing. www.premierfinancialservices.com. (CT) Putnam Leasing. 866.905.3273, Never get in a car with strangers. Custom-tailored, lease-to-own financing for your dream car. Easy, fast, and dependable. Exclusive leasing agent for BarrettJackson, Cavallino, and the Ferrari Club of America 2004 International Meet. www.putnamleasing.com. (CT) Performance Restoration. 440.968.3655. High-quality paint, body, mechanical service. Discreet installation of a/c, cruise control, superchargers. Stock restorations done to exacting standards. Clean, well-equipped shop. Near I-90 since '96. We finish your projects. supercharged@alltel.net. (OH) Vantaaj Restoration & Re- pair. 866.440.0334, toll-free USA, 303.440.0334 in Colorado. A few dedicated enthusiasts, focused on repairing or restoring one or two cars at a time. We understand they are not mere automobiles; they are family. Please join our family. We are not for everyone—we are for you. www.vantaaj.com. (CO) 125


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 x204 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. The Winning Collection, Inc. 888.533.7223, (outside NC), 828.658.9090, fax 828.658.8656. Asheville, NC. Premier automobile restoration company specializing in classic, collector and historic cars of all make and models. 20+ years experience. State of the art, 22,000 sq. ft. facility in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Body-off, frame-off restoration and modification. Conversions. Complete metal, body, and machine shop. www.winningcollection .com. (NC) SPORTS AND COMPETITION Morris & Welford, LLC. 203.222.3861 or 203.722.3333 (Miles Morris), 949.260.1636 or 949.500.0585 (Malcolm Welford), fax 203.222.4992 or 949.955.3848. Specialist car consultants and high-end brokerage for important historic cars such as Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Duesenberg, Bugatti, and more. Offices on East and West Coasts. www.morrisandwelford .com. (CT) California includes exceptional muscle cars, exclusive activities, exquisite dinners, premium hotels, great friends, and fine wine. We're covering Orange County, San Diego, Palm Desert, Lake Arrowhead, Beverly Hills, and a great deal in between. Reserved for 1964–73 American muscle cars, 1962–68 Cobras, 1955–73 Corvettes. Apply early, as space is limited. www.musclecar1000 .com (CA) William K. Vanderbilt Jr. Concours d'Elegance. July 27–29, 2007, at The Newport Mansions, featuring a Driver's Dinner honoring Sir Stirling Moss and Dan Gurney, Black & White Ball, Tour d'Elegance, and Concours. www.NewportMansions.org (RI) ENGLISH Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) AC RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, fax 519.351.1337. RM is the world's largest vintage automobile house specializing in vintage automobile restoration, auctions and appraisals; with expertise in sports and competitive classic cars such as Ferrari, Jaguar, Maserati, and Bugatti, as well as other sports and competition automobiles. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) VINTAGE EVENTS Columbus Motor Classic. 866.794.6889. Germain Amphitheater, Polaris, OH, September 22-24, 2006. www.cmcshows.org. (OH) The Hamptons Auto Classic, 631.537.1868. 2006 Auction, June 10, Bridgehampton, NY. kenmotor@aol.com. (NY) Hamptons Concours d'Elegance, 631.537.1868. June 11, 2006, Bridgehampton, NY. kenmotor@aol.com. (NY) Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival. 863.683.1540. October 19–21, 2007. The Lake Mirror Classic is held in restored Lake Mirror Park and downtown Lakeland. Begins Friday evening with the Hot Rod Rendezvous; Saturday enjoy over 500 classic cars in downtown Lakeland and Lake Mirror. For more information about this FREE event or to pre-register, visit www.lakemirrorclassic.com. (FL) AC Owner's Club Limited. 503.643.3225, fax 503.646.4009. US Registrar: Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. The world's largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership not required. Monthly magazine. (OR) JWF Restorations, Inc. 503.643.3225, fax 503.646.4009. Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. AC restoration specialist. 35 years experience. Partial to full restorations done to street or concours standards. (OR) Austin-Healey Austin-Healey Club USA. 888.4AH- CUSA, fax 503.528.0533. 8002 NE Hwy 99, Ste B PMB 424, Vancouver, WA 98665-8813. Oldest national AustinHealey club and factory club heritage. Members receive Austin-Healey Magazine, Resource Book, calendar, tech assistance, book discount. Annual dues still just $35. www.healey.org. (OR) Aston Martin Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959. 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www .astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vin- tage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www.vintageracingservices.com, www.automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Autosport Designs Inc. 631.425.1555. The largest independent Aston Martin sales, service, and restoration facility in the U.S.; everything under one roof. All models welcome. Large selection of parts for all Astons. Also specializing in Ferrari, Porsche, and other exotics. Tom Papadopoulos, Scott Rumbold. www.autosport-designs .com. (NY) 3rd Annual Muscle Car 1000, 949.838.7076. October 7–12, 2007. This six-day luxury tour of Southern 126 Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair, and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems, and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations .net. (CA) Rocky Santiago. 405.843.6117, fax 405.475.5079. E Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Specializing in Aston Martins, all years, all conditions. Buy/ sell/consign. If you are buying or selling, please call. Also have Healeys, MGs, Triumphs, etc. (OK) Jaguar Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www .classicshowcase.com. (CA) Doc's Jags. 480.951.0777, fax 480.951.3339, Restoration Center 623.869.8777. 23047 N. 15 Lane, Phoenix, AZ. 85027. The world's BIGGEST and BEST Jaguar Web site. #1 in Jaguars WORLDWIDE. Largest inventory of all models. Ask for “DOC.” Email doc@docsjags.com, www.docsjags.com. Jaguar Clubs of North America. 888.CLUBJAG, JCNA, 1000 Glenbrook Road, Anchorage, KY 40223. The primary organization of Jaguar enthusiasts in the U.S. and Canada. 52 local clubs provide social and other activities. JCNA sponsors championships in concours, rally, slalom. Members receive bi-monthly Jaguar Journal magazine. www.jcna .com. (KY) Rolls-Royce/Bentley Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www .vintageracingservices.com, www.automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Hageman Motorcars. 206.954.1961, fax 425.287.0660. PO Box 554, Kirkland, WA 98033. Pre-war European autos, Bentley, and Rolls-Royce, specializing in vintage Bentleys. www.hagemanmotorcars.com. (WA) ALFA ROMEO Parts Centerline Alfa Parts. 888.750. ALFA (2532). Call for free catalog. New and used parts, accessories, restoration, modification, and information for Giulietta through 164. We know the cars and we have the parts. Visit www.centerlinealfa.com for frequent updates on new items. (CO) International Auto Parts. 800.788.4435, 434.973.0555, fax 434.973.2368. Est. 1971. Over 90,000 Alfa/Fiat/Lancia parts, 1956 to present, in stock, ready to ship. Fast, knowledgeable service and same-day shipping! Free 76-page catalog. www.international-auto .com. (VA) Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710. Large selection of parts from 1900 series to Milano. Efficient, personal service. (CA) Performance Motoring Associates. 831.338.9703, fax 831.338.2031. 12895 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006. Over 20 Alfa Romeos in stock, ready for your custom restoration. Specialists in vintage race car preparation for over 20 years. Sebring suspensions and lightweight body panels for 750, 101, and 105 series Sprints, Spiders, and GTVs. alleake@aol.com; www.alfaromeorestorations.com. (CA) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, fax 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for original, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit www.reoriginals.com for complete listing. (TX) Repairs/Restoration Dan Sommers' Veloce Motors. 503.274.0064. 1425 NW Flanders, Portland, OR 97209. More than two decades of helping Alfa, Ferrari, and Lamborghini owners keep their cars on the road while not emptying their bank accounts. Other Italian cars serviced as well. (OR) Nasko's Imports. 503.771.1472, 5409 SE Francis, Portland, OR 97206. Alfas, BMWs and Mercedes our speciality. Oldest Alfa repair facility in Oregon. Ask about our used sports cars for sale. Fast work, fair prices. (OR) FERRARI/MASERATI/LAMBORGHINI Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vin- tage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www.vintageracingservices.com, www.automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Carozzeria Granturismo Milano (Italy). +39.93909285-6, fax +39.02.93908420. Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo, and Lancia. Structural chassis restoration, body restoration, and manufacturing of aluminum and steel body trim and panels. We bring automobiles to exacting original specifications. High-class paint jobs; one-off prototype manufacturing. info@gtmilano.it. (IT) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www .classicshowcase.com. (CA) Family Classic Cars. 949.496.3000, fax 949.488.0523. Family Classic Cars specializes in highly rare and valuable vintage Ferraris, fine European cars, classics, hot rods, muscle cars, and modern exotics. Located in San Juan Capistrano, CA, Family Classic Cars is all about selling dreams and investments. sales@familyclassiccars.com; www.familyclassiccars.com. Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. 510.525.9435, fax 510.524.3636. 1221 Specializing in mostly European vintage race and sports cars, especially classic Ferraris of the '50s and '60s as well as Mille Miglia-eligible sports cars. 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Michael Sheehan. 949.646.6086, fax 949.646.6978. Always looking for cars to buy, from rare one-offs to serial production ordinaries. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus. Buyers, let me use my 20,000-car database to help you find a car, or verify the history of one you are looking at. www.ferraris-online.com. (CA) Randy Simon. 310.274.7440, fax 310.274.9809. I constantly collect and sell all Ferraris, Maseratis, and Lamborghinis. If I don't have what you seek, I can usually find it for you (at low prices). Please call anytime for straight advice on the market. Finder's fee gladly paid. simonrandy@aol.com. (CA) Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo. 800.547.4455, 503.255.7560. Service and parts, 800.944.6483, 503.257.9655. 203 NE 122nd Ave., Portland, OR 97230. America's oldest and most dedicated Ferrari dealer. New and used exotic cars. Also, huge parts department with fast, fast service. www.rtgt.com. (OR) Symbolic Motor Car Company. 858.454.1800. As the world's premier dealer of exotic, collectible, racing and touring automobiles, our highly trained staff has the experience to get you into some of the finest automobiles in the world. Visit us at www.symbolicmotors .com. (CA) GERMAN BMW Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vin- tage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www.vintageracingservices.com, www.automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Mercedes-Benz Alex Dearborn. 978.887.6644, fax 978.887.3889. Topsfield, MA. Buying, selling and trading vintage Mercedes. Specializing in 300SLs. Large database of older M-Bs. www.dearbornauto.com. (MA) Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vin- tage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest and race cars. Sales, restoration and transportation. www.vintageracingservices.com, www.automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Gull Wing Group International, Gary Estep. 530.891.5038 fax. 776 Cessna, Chico, CA 95928. Dedicated to the enjoyment and preservation of 1954 to 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupes and roadsters. Member benefits include: twelve monthly magazines per year plus a national convention that rotates its location around the country. gestep3457@aol .com. (CA) Legendary Motorcar Company 905.875.4700. North America's premier muscle car center, specialize in restoring and trading the finest and rarest American muscle cars. We are the home of Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.” We are a professional, discreet, and fair buyer for your quality American Muscle. www .legendarymotorcar.com. (ON) Shelby Shelby American Automobile Club. 860.364.0449, fax 860.364.0769. PO Box 788, Sharon, CT 06069. Over 5,000 members, 50 regions throughout the world. Dedicated to the care and preservation of the cars that Carroll Shelby produced. Two national conventions a year, semi-annual magazine, bi-monthly newsletter as well as a registry. (CT) PARTS AND ACCESSORIES Covercraft Industries. 800.4.COV- ERS (426.8377). World's largest manufacturer of custom vehicle covers. Over 58,000 patterns in our library and we can custom make a cover to your dimensions. Thirteen (13) fabrics for indoor/outdoor protection of your classic or daily driver. Made in USA. www.covercraft.com. (OK) Porsche 73rs.com. 310.927.3193. Specializing exclusively in early classic Porsche 911 motor cars, 1965–73. Over 35 years experience in buying and selling only the finest 911s. Cars actively purchased for top money. jack@73rs.com. (CA) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, Sicurvetro windshields for Porsche 356. Speedster bucket seats, driving seats for all models. www.reoriginals.com. (TX) AMERICAN ProTeam Corvette. 888.592.5086, 419.592.4242. Box 606, Napoleon, OH 43545. Corvettes—over 150 mostly 1953 to 1967s. World's largest. 90,000 sq. ft. The Holy Grail of Corvette collections. Money back guarantee. Free catalog. NCRS #136, SEMA, AMRO. proteam@proteamcorvette.com. www .proteamcorvette, www.corvetteswanted .com. (OH) Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) Rosso Corsa. Modena, Italy. Unique handmade products. Limited-production sport watches, each with its own chassis number. Free engraving / personalization. Car and boat totes, handmade silk ties in racing team colors. Vintage leather jackets in styles from famous racing drivers of the '40s and '50s. www.rossocorsausa .com. (IT) GARAGE/TOOLS Baldhead Cabinet Company. 877.966.2253. Offering a fine selection premium Amsoil synthetic lubrication and filtration products. Protect your investment with the finest lubrication products available and benefit from lower operating costs and extended oil change intervals. All products can be ordered online and shipped from U.S. & Canadian distribution centers. www.greatwestlubricants.ca. (CAN) HotSeat Chassis Inc. 877.GAME. TRX. 111 Napco Dr., Plymouth, CT 06786. HotSeat Chassis Inc., produces HotSeat Solo, Racer, and HotSeat PC Gamer. Creating a total immersion, arcade like experience in the home, the HotSeat envelopes the player in ultra-realistic 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound between its 6 high-powered speakers. (CT) of quality metal garage cabinets. Many unique modules. SS and custom colors available. Many sizes to choose from. Call for a custom quote and drawing. See ad in this issue. www.baldheadcabinets .com. (CA) ANTIQUES Solvang Antique Center. 805.688.6222. California's Premier Antique Collective features 65 extraordinary dealers. Quality 18th and 19th century furniture, decorative accessories, fine art and estate jewelry. One of the finest selections of antique clocks, watches and music boxes in the world. www.solvangantiques .com. (CA) REAL ESTATE J.R. Rouse Real Estate. 831.645.9696 ext. 100, 831.277.3464, fax 831.645.9357. Connecting car enthusiasts with homes on the Monterey Peninsula. jr@jrrouse.com; www.jrrouse .com. (CA) TRAVEL Stephanie Warrington. 800.594.0805, 503.231.5103. 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Carl Bomstead Vaucher Goes Into Cyberspace Everything an automobilia collector wants, whether he knows it or not J acques Vaucher and his gallery l'art et l'automobile have been conducting automobilia auctions for a number of years, but lately he has jumped into cyberspace and created a usable and efficient online bidding procedure. This auction, his seventeenth, featured more than 500 lots in six categories, including books, photographs, paintings, posters, pins, automotive toys, trophies, and mascots. In other words, everything the automobilia collector wants, but does not really need. The reserves on many of the items were fairly hefty and the required opening bids were at the low end of the estimated selling price. I noted many items were unsold, though no list is published. A very desirable bronze sculpture, “The Whisperer,” by Charles Sykes, was estimated at $10,000–$15,000, but failed to receive an opening bid. It was the first of two commissioned by the current Lord Montague of Beaulieu and is an enlarged version of the original mascot. An Avions-Voisin Cocotte mascot that was produced from layered plates of formed aluminum met the same fate with the lack of an opening bid, but here are a few items that found their way to new homes or garages. ARTEAUTO LOT 402—DELAGE CLOISONNE RADIATOR BADGE. Estimate: $250–$350. Number of bids: 14. SOLD AT: $616. Date sold: 12/14/2006. This seldom-seen badge dated from the 1920s and had an unusual interlocking “DL” behind the oval logo. Radiator badges are very collectible and an interesting display can be created without raiding the kids' college fund. All in all, the price paid was not out of line considering the rarity. ARTEAUTO LOT 300— ARTEAUTO LOT 207— SEPIA TONE PRINT OF TAZIO NUVOLARI. Estimate: $150–$200. Number of bids: 8. SOLD AT: $327. Date sold: 12/14/2006. One of a limitededition 499 that featured Nuvolari standing beside his Bugatti Type 59 at the 1934 Monaco GP. It was framed, matted, and stated to be in excellent condition. Nuvolari, who Dr. Ferdinand Porsche called the greatest driver of the past, present, and future, placed first or second in 89 of the 200 races he entered during his three-decade career. In the United States he is known for winning the 1936 Vanderbilt Cup, finishing 13 miles ahead of his nearest competitor. Is $327 too much to pay for a limited-edition print of the famed driver? Not in my book. ARTEAUTO LOT 489— 1950S MASERATI RACING HELMET. Estimate: $400–$500. Number of bids: 6. SOLD AT: $706. Date sold: 12/14/2006. This yellow fiberglass helmet was used by the French Maserati team and was manufactured by Geno, Paris. The Maserati black trident logo was hand painted on the helmet along with the driver's blood type. Just the item to place on the seat of your 300S as you wait your turn at the Historics in Monterey. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market magazine (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Keith Martin Publications, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and additional entries. Subscription rates are $58 for 12 monthly issues in the US, $78 Canada/Mexico, Europe $88, Asia/Africa/Middle East $98. Subscriptions are payable in advance in US currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 24-hours 800.289.2819, 503.252.5812; fax 503.252.5854. 130 FIRESTONE TIRES SWEDISH POSTER, CIRCA 1935. Estimate: $700–$1,000. Number of bids: 2. SOLD AT: $863. Date sold: 12/14/2006. This colorful early poster depicts a silver race car that appeared to be very similar to a BMW, driving through a large Firestone blackwall tire. Condition was acceptable, with only a few minor repaired tears. Early colorful posters are very sought after, and had this been in English rather than Swedish it should have sold for about three times the final bid. ARTEAUTO LOT 482—1950S RACING FUEL CONTAINER. Estimate: $100–$150. Number of bids: 12. SOLD AT: $426. Date sold: 12/14/2006. This was a five-gallon quick-fill gas can manufactured by Brookins. Made for U.S. use, as the markings were in gallons. Repainted red with a few minor dents. The can received a lot of attention and sold for well above the estimates but still at a fair price. The perfect piece of garage art to complement your race car collection.u POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 The information in Sports Car Market magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy, and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2007 by Sports Car Market, Inc., Automotive Investor Media Group and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by Sports Car Market magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. PRINTED IN USA Sports Car Market ARTEAUTO LOT 389—AVIONS-VOISIN CLOISONNE RADIATOR BADGE. Estimate: $300–$500. Number of bids: 8. SOLD AT: $541. Date sold: 12/14/2006. A radiator badge for the uniquely styled 1930s Voisin. The Art Deco blue and white badge was a winged design with a bee in the middle. It had a few minor chips but was still very attractive and desirable. Considering how rarely these show up, the price paid was perhaps light by a few hundred dollars.