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Sports CarMarket 275 GTB/4 Terry Larson on C- and D-types 222 Cars Rated Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Back in the Million-Dollar Club March 2008 London to Brighton on the cheap London to Brighton on the cheap The World's oldest Rolls brings $7.25m $281k for Jim Clark's Cortina www.sportscarmarket.com


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Sports CarMarket Keith Martin's 46 275 GTB/4 The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends s CarMarket Keith Martin's 46 275 GTB/4 The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends March March 2008 . Volume 20 . Number 3 60 Harley Earl's Caddy IN-DEPTH PROFILES What You Need To Know 46 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Coupe $1.2m for the definitive front-engined Ferrari. Steve Ahlgrim 50 1904 Rolls-Royce 10hp two-seater The oldest Rolls-Royce brings $7.25m. Simon Kidston 54 1973 Sbarro Mille Miglia More an “evocation” than a “replica.” Donald Osborne 56 1959 Mercedes-Benz 220S Convertible Its style resides in the craftsmanship. Alex Dearborn 60 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz “The Raindrop Car” Harley Earl's stab at automotive rain protection brings $330k. Chip Lamb 64 1965 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk I Saloon Jim Clark's tin top runs away from the field at $281k. Thor Thorson GLOBAL AUCTION COVERAGE 222 Cars Examined and Rated at Six Sales 68 RM Auctions, London, England Primo collections bring $38m in RM's London debut. Richard Hudson-Evans 76 Bonhams, Gstaad, Switzerland Ferraris account for $4.2m of a $6m total. Jérôme Hardy 84 Cox Auctions, Branson, Missouri 140 cars bring $3.8m at the new Branson Convention Center. Dave Kinney 92 The Sportscar Auction, Geneva, Switzerland $3.3m at this second Swiss event. Richard Hudson-Evans 102 McCormick Auctions, Palm Springs, California An additional evening of sales raises results to $4.9m. Carl Bomstead 108 RM Auctions, Tarpon Springs, Florida Al Wiseman's collection brings $5.3m in an all no-reserve sale. Chip Lamb 118 Artcurial, Paris, France A $188k Sbarro leads the day at this $948k event. Jérôme Hardy 124 eBay Motors Cover photograph: RM Auctions Crunched and crispy projects. Geoff Archer


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126 C- and D-types on the move 38 Electric 914s 52 English Patient—the T series COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears Beauty and the beast, but which is which? KeithMartin 34 Affordable Classic Porsche's 914, a good value out of the box Rob Sass 36 Legal Files Insurance like a layer cake at an autocross crash John Draneas 48 Sheehan Speaks Will any current Ferraris be collectible? Michael Sheehan 52 English Patient Finding an MG that fits you to a T Gary Anderson 58 Porsche Gespräch Keeper or flipper? Which are you? JimSchrager 62 Domestic Affairs A field guide to reproduction Cobras Colin Comer 132 Motobilia Remember Pebble Beach's Royale flush? Carl Bomstead 134 Bike Buys When Ducati set the singles bar Paul Duchene 146 eWatch Blockbuster auctions you may not know about Carl Bomstead FEATURES 38 Electric 914s: Build your own 914EV 40 London to Brighton: Running on a shoestring (sort of) 42 Hilton Head: One last concours ends the season 44 Motogiro USA: Vintage bikes and bikers in Vermont DEPARTMENTS 14 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 16 The Inside Line 18 Contributors 20 You Write, We Read 22 Display Advertisers Index 26 Neat Stuff 28 In Miniature: 1938 Delage D8-120 S Aerosport, 1961 Ferrari TR61, 1957 Belond Special 30 Icons: Lodge plugs, Persol glasses, stringback gloves 32 Our Cars: 1939 BMW R-12, 1963 Porsche 356B Coupe, 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa 35 20 Year Picture 79 Museum Spotlight: Franklin Auto Museum 87 Alfa Bits 107 Glovebox Notes: 2008 Mazda MX5 PRHT, 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe 2.5S 125 Fresh Meat: 2008 Porsche 911 GT3, 2000 smart fortwo, 2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible 126 Automotive Investor: Jaguar C- & D-types 130 Book Reviews: Racing through history on three iconic circuits 136 Mystery Photo 137 SCM Garage 137 Comments with Your Renewal 138 Showcase Gallery 141 Crossword Puzzle 142 Resource Directory


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin The Swede Meets the Italian If I worked in a regular job, I would surely be fired for sending and receiving so many links about collectible cars for sale F irst, I'd like to thank SCMers Craig Wood, of Brighton, Michigan, and Donald Sanders, of Durham, North Carolina, for being so quick to respond. When I wrote in the January issue that I was looking for an Alfa GT Junior or two-headlight GTV, they responded nearly as soon as the issue left the printing press. Wood had a white '67 GTV and Sanders a red '70 GT Junior, both in good condition and within the SCM price range of $12,000–$15,000. And Sanders introduced me to the word “scalino,” which is Alfa-speak for “little step,” or, as we Americans would say, “step-nose,” which refers to the raised hood on the 1600-cc GTVs. Although we wanted both, we bought neither. We had also mentioned we were looking for an Iso Rivolta to be our resident mutant Corvette, and subscriber James Doyle, of Charlotte, North Carolina, offered us a deal we couldn't refuse. A 1968 model, s/n 740711, his, and now our, Iso, was equipped with its original 327/300-hp Corvette V8, and appeared from pictures to be in decent condition. We settled on a price of $25,000, our friends at J.J. Best arranged the financing, and soon enough the car was heading west. Of course we didn't have it inspected. Doyle was straightforward in his approach to us, and besides, why let anything get in the way of our fantasy? Iso fanatics to the fore While anxiously awaiting our hybrid, we were contacted by Don Meluzio, another reader, who invited us to join the Iso users group on Yahoo. The Internet allows groups of fanatics (who would formerly meet once a year at annual conventions, most often in crummy hotels, to swap tales) a chance to fritter away hours every day talking about their pet cars. And in general, the smaller the installed base of users, the more of their lives are taken up by their weird cars. Iso-centric comments began to whiz into my inbox. Luckily, my day job is writing about owning these oddballs; if I worked in a regular job, I would surely be fired during my first week for spending so much time sending and answering emails asking about arcane subjects like, “What does the steering box from the Rivolta interchange with?” (Answer: It is a Jaguar Mk I box turned backwards and installed on the opposite side of the chassis. So, our car needs a RHD Mk I assembly. Thankfully someone else had already figured this out.) Iso authority Winston Goodfellow chimed in, “You'll like the Iso. I have known of that car for probably 25-plus years. It resided in Southern California and, if memory serves me correctly, was owned by some guy down in the Atlanta area for a long time. It had non-original wheels almost the entire time I knew of it. “Build sheet info for the car is: Made December 12, 1968, originally sold to Belgium with a 327/300, 4-speed and 2.88 gears. It had a/c and was off-white with a burgundy interior. “Outside slow steering (done to keep it light at low speeds), a large turning circle (which most every exotic had at the time), and a sometimes-tricky neck for the fuel tank, they are great cars.” It's heeeere On a cold, rainy day, the car was unloaded from the BATS Motorsports truck. It was a five-mile drive to the office, and while trying to figure out how to get the wipers turned on and decipher the other switches, I think I noticed the car seemed to drive awfully well. 10 Italian style and Swedish something-or-other We're sorting it out now. It's painted a “not typical” (thank you, David Burroughs, of Bloomington Gold) but handsome burgundy metallic, the original brown interior can be saved, and the mechanicals are robust. The 2.88 rear end gives it a relaxed feel that is totally the opposite of that offered by the 4.55 in our '63 Corvette with a similar engine. So far, it appears to be exactly what we were hoping for—a driver with room in the back for nine-month-old Bradley's car seat, and with just a few things to correct to put it into fully-operational condition. Enter the Swede It didn't stop there. Most of the SCM editorial staffers seem to spend half their time emailing links from Craigslist, eBay Motors, and Collectorcartraderonline to one another (see “fired in an instant from a regular job” above). But I found this one myself. It was a 1964 Volvo PV544, same owner the past 30 years, recent bare-metal respray in the correct color to a decent standard, and with a completely original, excellent-condition interior. I know, we just sold our Volvo 122 because it wasn't sexy enough, and alluring is hardly the word you would use to describe this goofy-looking hunchback (or do we have to reserve that word only for GTC/4s?). It started and ran brilliantly, and for $5,000 it came home to our garage. And how can you say no to anything cool for five grand? Even better, putting in a rear-facing car seat was no problem, something we can't say about our 911SC. That qualifies the 544 as practical. It needs a little suspension fettling, but overall has become the SCM staff favorite for lunchtime runs. Of course, we're still going to get that two-headlight GTV, but it will just have to wait for a while. Buy me To make room for these two cars, two others have to go. Consequently, we're going to be selling our essentially one-owner, delightfully original 1977 BMW 320i and our classic Mini Cooper S. The BMW is black over tan, 4-speed, no power anything, with all the paperwork from the original purchase to the current day. It has less than 90,000 miles, and is simply the best non-restored example we have seen. Including setting the front suspension straight and having the original vinyl seat skins restuffed, we've got about $4,000 in the car (notice I didn't say “invested”), and figure it is worth $3,500. The Mini carries a 1976 Oregon title, has a fuel-injected 1300-cc engine, and a host of modern accoutrements. It shows 50,000 original km (about 30,000 miles), and we've had the suspension completely gone through. We peg this one at $12,500. If you would like more information, contact me at keith .martin@sportscarmarket.com. We'll keep you posted concerning the activities of the Swede and the Italian as they sit nestled next to each other in the garage. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Jim Pickering For more information about events market with (*) see our 32-page Florida Insider's Guide Supplement included with this issue. Barrett-Jackson's second 1969 Camaro Pace Car at Classic Automobile Auctions of America Kruse International— Treasure Coast 2008* Where: Stuart, FL When: March 1–2 More: www.kruse.com Although this is the 15th edi- tion of Kruse's Miami sale, this is the first time the event will take place at the Martin County Fairgrounds, located just north of Palm Beach. A number of classics, customs, sports cars, and exotics are expected, with a 1956 Thunderbird, a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air, and a 2003 Corvette Z06 already on the consignment list. RM Auctions—Automobiles of Amelia* Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 8 More: www.rmauctions.com Last year: 91/102 cars sold / $20.4m Although RM's Amelia Island event now has a new name, it will again take place on the oceanfront lawn of the Amelia Island Ritz-Carlton and be held alongside the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. A pair of Edsel Ford's personal cars will be featured at this year's sale, including a 1934 Brewsterbodied Ford Custom Town Car, as well as his custom 1934 Model 40 Special Speedster. Brightwells—Classic Cars and Bikes Where: Herefordshire, U.K. When: March 12 More: www.brightwells.com Easters Court will serve as backdrop for Brightwells at this annual U.K. sale, and this year's event will feature a 1948 Cadillac Series 61 fastback that has undergone a complete Swiss restoration, a 1979 Ferrari 512 BB in black with only 40k miles on the clock, and a 1934 Alvis Speed 20 SC with a full history from new. 14 Classic Automobile Auctions of America—67th Hill Country Collector Car Auction Where: Fredericksburg, TX When: March 14–15 More: www.classicaaa.com Held in conjunction with Kruse International, this semiannual auction at the FBG Event Center will feature a number of rare and restored American muscle cars. Chief among them will be a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Indy Pace Car convertible, a customized 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air two-door hard top, and a 1970 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler Super Cobra Jet listed as one of one delivered from the factory with special-ordered paint. Bonhams—Race Retro 2008 Where: Warwickshire, U.K. When: March 15 More: www.bonhams.com Last year: 30/46 cars sold / $1.3m Last year's pre-automotive season sale at Stoneleigh Park saw a number of vintage racers cross the auction block, with the highest sale of the day going to a 1964 Austin Mini Cooper 1275S rally car that brought $196,980—the highest price ever paid for an ex-Works Mini at public auction. This year's event will again take place in conjunction with the Race Retro International Historic Motor Show, and a healthy group of racers can again be expected to fall under Bonhams' gavel. Barrett-Jackson— 6th Annual Collector Car Event* Where: West Palm Beach, FL When: March 26–30 More: www.barrett-jackson.com Last Year: 574/574 cars sold / $32m sale of 2008 will again take place at the South Florida Expo Center, and this year will feature a custom 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible named “Project American Heroes.” It was built using donated parts from a number of aftermarket suppliers, including CARS Inc. and The Roadster Shop, and was featured as a project in Super Chevy magazine. All proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Armed Forces Foundation. Russo and Steele— First Annual Florida Sale* Where: Hollywood, FL When: March 27–29 More: www.russoandsteele.com Drew Alcazar and company are expecting 150 consignments at this first-time East Coast event held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, including a 1967 Ferrari 330 GT, 1969 Boss 429 Mustang, 1971 Hemi 'Cuda, 1965 Shelby GT350, and a 1963 Corvette coupe fitted with its original 327/250 V8 and 4-speed.♦ Auction Calendar February 1-2—ICA Tampa, FL 2—PETERSEN Salem, OR 8-9—KRUSE Honolulu, HI 9—ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA 9—BONHAMS Paris, FRA 10—SHANNONS Brisbane, AUS 11-12—BARONS Surrey, UK 15-17—RM Fort Lauderdale, FL 18—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 22-23—LEAKE Oklahoma City, OK 23—SILVER Seattle, WA 22-24—MCCORMICK Palm Springs, CA 26-27—H&H Cheltenham, UK 28-MAR 2—G. POTTER KING Atlantic City, NJ March 1-2—KRUSE Stuart, FL 8—KRUSE Del Mar, CA 8—RM Amelia Island, FL 10—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 12—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, UK 14-15—CLASSIC AUTOMOBILE AUCTIONS OF AMERICA Fredericksburg, TX 15—BONHAMS Warwickshire, UK 15—KRUSE Huntsville, AL 15-16—ICA Gilbert, AZ 17-18—BARONS Surrey, UK 21-22—KRUSE Las Vegas, NV 26-30—BARRETTJACKSON Palm Beach, FL 27-29—RUSSO AND STEELE Hollywood, FL 29—POTTS Atlanta, GA April 4-6—RM Ontario, CAN 5—SILVER Spokane, WA 11-12—MIDAMERICA St. Paul, MN 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. 11-12—KRUSE Charleston, SC 12—SILVER Portland, OR 18-19—COX Branson, MO 18-19—ICA Tucson, AZ 18-20—SILVER Dallas, TX 19—RM Dallas, TX 19-20—KRUSE Tampa, FL 25-26—KRUSE Salt Lake City, UT 25-26—CARLISLE Carlisle, PA 26-27—RM Novi, MI 28-29—BARONS Surrey, UK 30—SILVER Spokane, WA May 3—WORLDWIDE Seabrook, TX 9-10— MIDAMERICA St. Paul, MN 18—RM Maranello, ITA 29- JUN 1—KRUSE Auburn, IN Sports Car Market


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Inside Line Stefan Lombard Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com. ■ The town of Oakhurst, California presents a gearhead's dream with its Southern Yosemite Automotive Film Festival, March 28-30. The festival includes both feature films and documentaries; on the schedule are “Le Mans,” “Redline 7000,” “The Speed Merchants,” “Rendezvous,” “Stingray,” and plenty more. Special events are planned throughout the weekend, including a “CanAm Breakfast,” “Riverside Raceway Luncheon,” and seminars with automotive icons like Scooter Patrick, Dick Guldstrand, and SCMer Toly Arutunoff. Individual film tickets are $15, with limited packages up to $200. www .southernyosemite.com. (CA) ♦ Amelia Island, Florida Events ■ The 13th Amelia Island Concours kicks off the concours season March 7–9. Racing legend Parnelli Jones will be the official honoree, and highlights will include the 1964 Chevrolet Corvette XP 819 prototype, on display for the first time ever as part of a class called “Cars You Never Knew Existed.” Jones and fellow racers Dan Gurney, George Follmer, Sam Posey, and John Morton will share their experiences at a GMsponsored Trans-Am Rumble series seminar on Saturday. The Sunday concours will feature a number of GM's high-performance machines in celebration of its 100th anniversary. There will also be a celebration of the mark Iso. Concours tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for students, with seminar tickets starting at $10. www.ameliaconcours.org. (FL) ■ North America's oldest sports car race returns to the runways of Florida with the 56th Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring. The event runs March 12–15 and will include four racing classes from the American Le Mans Series, (ALMS), plus elite teams from around the world. Last year's final lap featured a classic battle between Porsche and Ferrari, and race fans should expect nothing less this year. Tickets range from $70 to $90. www.sebringraceway.com. (FL) ■ Britain's 5th International Historic Motorsport Show will take place March 14–16 at Stoneleigh Park. The event is one of Europe's largest winter motorsport shows, spanning four themed halls with about 450 exhibitors. Ford will be the featured marque, and both the Escort and GT40 will highlight the show. Live shows will include a classic rally demonstration, historic karting, championship tests of car control, and the Ken Fox Troupe “Wall of Death” riders. Also look for autograph sessions with car and motorcycle racers past and present and a Bonhams auction. Tickets start at about $40; kids 15 and under are free. www.raceretro.com. (UK) ■ The New York Auto Show is one of America's largest, and this year includes a host of special presentations and exhibits, such as the World Car of the Year Award on March 20, a LeMay Museum exhibit, an Automotive Career Fair, and a World Traffic Safety Symposium. Several manufacturers will also debut new vehicles in New York. The show opens to the public on March 21 and runs through the 30th. Tickets are $14 for adults, $4 for kids. www.autoshowny .com. Calendar 6-9 Coppa Milano Sanremo www.milano-sanremo.it 6-16 Geneva Motor Show (CHE) www.salon-auto.ch 7-9 Amelia Island Concours (FL) www.ameliaconcours.org 7-9 Great Race Texas (TX) www.greatrace.com 12-15 12 Hours of Sebring (FL) www.americanlemans.com 14-15 AACA Grand National Meet (FL) www.aaca.org 14-16 Men's Luxury Toy Expo (AZ) www.mensluxurytoyexpo.com 14-16 Race Retro (UK) www.raceretro.com 15 Rallye du Maroc Classique (MAR) www.rallye-maroc-classic.com 16 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix (AUS) www.formula1.com 19-30 New York Auto Show (NY) www.autoshowny.com 26-30 Techno Classica Essen (DEU) www.siha.de 27-Apr. 6 Zagreb Auto Show (HRV) www.zv.hr 28-30 Southern Yosemite Automotive Film Festival (CA) www.southernyosemite.com 29-30 Oldtimer & Teilemarkt (CHE) www.oldtimer-teilemarkt.com International Historic Motorsport Show, Stoneleigh Park, U.K. Event 16 Sports Car Market


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SCM Contributors Robert Ames is a real estate developer and recovering banker who has been active in auto racing and collecting for the past 50 years. His collection includes an Alfa 6C 1750 Super Sport, Ferrari 250 GT Lusso, Austin-Healey 100S, Porsche Speedster, Lotus 19, HRG, the obligatory '32 Ford Roadster, and a 1902 Renault. He has held an SCCA National competition license for 40 years and is a founder of Portland International Raceway, where he spends most summer weekends. His story on running the London to Brighton without breaking the bank can be found on p. 40. Sports Car Market Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 V.P. Business Development/General Counsel Rob Sass rob.sass@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 214 Art Director Kirsten Onoday kirsten.onoday@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Executive Editor Paul Duchene paul.duchene@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Managing Editor Stefan Lombard stefan.lombard@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Auction Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Copy Editors Yael Abel, Kristen Hall-Geisler, Bill Neill Senior Auction Analysts Dave Kinney, B. Mitchell Carlson, Julian Shoolheifer (Europe), Carl Bomstead Auction Analysts Richard Hudson-Evans (Europe), Daniel Grunwald, John Clucas (Australia), Chip Lamb, Norm Mort (Canada) Terry Larson has been passionate about Jaguars for 30 years. He has restored several SS100s, C- and D-types, as well as the SS90 prototype—the first two-seater ever built by Jaguar. His personal collection includes an SS100, C-type, D-type, and Lister Jaguar, and he races and tours often. Larson compiled the C-type Register, published by Jaguar, and is now working on the D-type Register. For the past eleven years he has organized an annual tour for C- and D-types with former factory driver Norman Dewis as honored guest. Larson lives with his wife Darlene and three dogs in Mesa, Arizona. His analysis of the market for Jaguar C- and D-types appears on p. 126. Kristen Hall-Geisler is a freelance auto writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times and Details magazine, among other publications. She is formerly the Managing Editor of Sports Car Market; this is her first appearance in SCM as a freelance contributor. Her story on converting Porsche 914s to electric power appears on p. 38, and though she herself owns neither a vintage Porsche nor an electric vehicle, it has crossed her mind to do both—someday. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two cats. Contributing Editors Steve Ahlgrim (Ferrari), Gary Anderson (English), Colin Comer (Muscle Cars), John Draneas (Legal), Donald Osborne (Etceterini), Jim Schrager (Porsche), Michael Sheehan (Ferrari), Thor Thorson (Race Cars) Contributors John Apen, Diane Brandon, Marshall Buck, Miles Collier, Kathy Donohue, Martin Emmison, Paul Hardiman, Simon Kidston, Raymond Milo, Steve Serio Information Technology/Internet Bryan Wolfe bryan.wolfe@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 215 Controller Jimmy Carter jimmy.carter@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 205 Editorial Assistant Brendan Floyd brendan.floyd@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 220 Administrative Assistant Emily Hill emily.hill@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Strategic Planner Bill Woodard Print Media Director Wendie Martin Executive Producer, SCM Television Roger Williams ADVERTISING Advertising Executives KJ Glennon kj.glennon@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 ext. 222 John Scharff john.scharff@sportscarmarket.com; 314.802.8139 Cody Wilson cody.wilson@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 ext. 213 Sales and Marketing Coordinator Valarie Huston valarie.huston@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605, ext. 211 SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions Coordinator Jennifer Davis-Shockley jennifer.davis@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 204 To order new subscriptions 800.289.2819 Alex Dearborn started buying, selling, and racing Porsche 356s while in the army in the 1960s. In 1973, he started Dearborn Automobile Co.—the first 300SL-only restoration shop in the country—and it soon grew to include all 1950s-era Mercedes-Benz cars. In 1978, he sold the restoration business to his chief mechanic, Paul Russell. He actively maintains an extensive database of vintage Mercedes, and spends his days buying, selling, and brokering Mercedes-Benz and Porsches of the 1950s and '60s. His profile of a 1959 Mercedes 220S Cabriolet begins on p. 56. 18 Questions about current supscriptions 877.219.2605, ext. 204, service@sportscarmarket.com, fax 503.253.2234 www.sportscarmarket.com CORRESPONDENCE Email service@sportscarmarket.com Fax 503.253.2234 General P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 FedEx/DHL/UPS 401 NE 19th, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232 The information in Sports Car Market magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. 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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com To catch an Alpine There are some additional facts I would like to provide in response to Gary Anderson's wonderful January article on the Sunbeam Alpine (“English Patient,” p. 50) I was a 2nd Lieutenant in the army in Germany when I saw the movie “To Catch a Thief.” When I saw this car, with Grace Kelly driving, I thought it was the most beautiful car ever made, and I set out to buy one the next day. The Rootes dealer I found immediately got on the phone to the factory, only to discover the car was out of production and no longer available. He was persistent and located two Alpines on a freighter in the English Channel. The ship was diverted to Bremen and the cars off-loaded. The yellow car went to an air force officer, and I got the blue one like Kelly's—the one I wanted. Mine was #3501, and I believe, the last one ever made. The car was part of my life in Germany from January 1955 until I shipped it home that May, where it was collected by my cousin and stored in New York City until I came home the following September. It was not a particularly fast car. I opened her up on the autobahn and the speedometer reached 106 mph in overdrive on a flat stretch; that was all she would do. It sure was a magnificent tourer, though. I picked up the car in September 1955 and drove to Memphis, which is my home. I used it daily and drove many rallies in it. I also earned a concours trophy with this great old bear. The girl I was dating then lived in Marked Tree, Arkansas, which is 35 miles from downtown Memphis, and when we were caught in a rainstorm with the top down (which ruined her freshly done hairdo) and she went out with me again, I knew the romance was serious. We were in love, and married later that year. Children would not fit into the Alpine, so I temporarily parked it in a barn in Arkansas. Temporarily became 30 years, and when a fellow enthusiast offered to buy the heap, which was now deteriorating rapidly, 20 Children would not fit into the Alpine, so I temporarily parked it in a barn in Arkansas. Temporarily became 30 years… I decided to put it all back together for myself with the stock of parts I kept in my attic. It was no surprise that I didn't have what was needed for a restoration, and what started out as a two-year project took ten. The Alpine underwent a groundup restoration, and it now looks like it did the day I picked it up in 1955. Curiously enough, there is one more Alpine in Memphis that belongs to my good friend. He is a retired engineer who does his own restoration work, and also serves as my consultant when the shop manuals (found on eBay) are a little short. I have no idea of the car's value. There aren't any other sales to compare. But it doesn't matter. I am happy when I drive it and have it included in my will for my son. If anyone knows of a source of spare parts, anywhere in the world, please let me know. I expect to be driving the Alpine for a lot more years, and I'll need them.—Bob Mednikow, Memphis, TN, bob@mednikow .com Another Alpinista So, you do a two-page spread on the early Alpine, with four pictures, and then call it “homely, at best.” At English car shows, do you spend your time drooling over the endless row of rubberbumper MGBs, instead of fixating on the only early MG airline saloon on display? I know, beauty is in the eye... blah, blah, blah. It's acceptable when your auction guys insist on giving their opinion on what color a car should be, but this is just over the line! Now that I have made my point, note that Cary Grant seems to be sitting on the floor of the car, where the seat should be. He is; the seats hinge on spring pins and can be removed with a push of the pin, for picnics and other wholesome outdoor activities. It's an English thing.—Mike Fuchs, Denver, CO Tick-tock-tick-tock Regarding Mike Sheehan's recent column entitled “Opening Pandora's Box” (December 2007, p. 48), I have been chiding owners for years as to the potential “spare parts dryholes” on late- model Ferraris—think F355 cam sensors. When N.O.S. Bosch parts start to triple in price because the bottom of the bin is now visible, it gives reason for pause—think F512TR TDC sensors. A 456 automatic transmis- sion filter kit became scarce a couple of years ago—for a four-year-old car, mind you. When Ferrari North America “magically” made one appear, the “wholesale” cost was absurd, something like $650ish! Upon further inspection, the gearboxes are actually (it would seem) made in Detroit by the guys who make the transaxles for the Northstar version Caddys. Imagine that. All of this comes through ob- servation of a pal going through this sort of ordeal, not through my own 456 experiences. I did, however, have: “edge of the field box seats” for this fiasco.... One particular transmission model, while having a totally different exterior casting and fittings, happens to use the exact internal guts of the 456. Interestingly enough, that same OEM gasket kit was $65—did


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Ad Index Adam's Polishes .....................................29 Amelia Island .......................................129 Artcurial .................................................81 Aston Martin of New England.............105 Automobilia Monterey.........................141 Autosport Designs................................115 Bald Head Garage ................................101 Barnstorming Maine............................105 Bart Holland BV Restoration Co...........91 Battery Tender........................................63 BB One Exports ...................................133 Blue Highways .....................................115 Bonhams............................................12-13 Bonhams & Butterfields ........................23 Carlisle Events........................................73 Carriage House Motor Cars.....................9 Chequered Flag Int'l ............................ 111 Classic Showcase .................................141 Classic Car Systems.............................133 Copley Motorcars Corp. ......................123 Cosdel ...................................................133 Spyker ...................................................131 David Wiener Ventures-Art Engine......93 Davidoff Zino Platinum.......................133 Doc's Jags .............................................123 Driver's Houston Auto Works ...............69 Ebay Motors ...........................................19 Exotic Car Transport............................145 Family Classic Cars .............................131 Fantasy Junction.....................................55 Festivals of Speed...................................31 Fine Sports Cars...................................135 Fourintune Garage Inc.........................145 Gooding & Company...............................2 Grundy Worldwide.................................11 Intercity Lines ........................................49 JJ Best Banc & Co................................139 LeMans Classic ......................................89 Macneil Automotive ..............................21 Maserati ..................................................25 Mecum Auction......................................83 Motorcar Portfolio..................................97 Only Oldies LLC....................................59 Parish Heacock Classics ......................121 Park Place LTD ......................................33 Paul Russell and Company ..................101 Perfection Autosport ..............................85 Premier Financial Services..................147 Putnam Leasing......................................77 Renaissance Design .............................135 Re-Originals.........................................121 RM Auctions ........................... 4, 5, 15, 17 Ron Tonkin........................................... 117 RPM Motorbooks.................................145 Russo And Steele ...................................27 Sports Car Shop.................................... 117 Steve Austin's Great Vacations ...........145 Symbolic Motor Car Co...........................3 Tom Mack.............................................121 Ulysse Nardin Watches........................148 US Appraisal ........................................145 Vintage Rallies..................................... 111 VintageAutoPosters.com.....................135 Web Steel Sales, Inc.............................145 Worldwide Group.....................................7 22 I first saw the car in a Sports Car Graphic article when I was 15 years old, and 36 years later, I got one someone say “Order of magnitude?” Additionally, the replacement transmission, which is all Ferrari will replace as “a part”—no sub-pieces or assemblies—was a whopping $52,500 wholesale. When I was an R&D Engineer for a lab in the “gray market” heyday, reverse-engineering a lambda propagation circuit using a discreet algorithm was profitable, as there were a hundred Mercedes 500s per month on our own personal ledgers, and a total of 135–175 cars in the bullpen awaiting the LA-55 FTP test—24/7/365. At $8/minute on the dyno (1983 dollars), you bet it was worth the effort. As Sheehan astutely points out, depreciation values have cratered, along with maintenance avoidance. These cars are still tens of thousands of dollars too expensive for guys like me to do “runs” of problematic circuitry. And we both know there are some really predictable failure areas—not “ifs,” but “whens.” There just are not enough of them to amortize the R&D costs and tooling-up fees, in my opinion. I've been coaching collec- tor Steve Hill on chasing his considerable 288 GTO cache of spares for nearly 15 years—used, broken, N.O.S., almost anything except knock-off body panels—because the day will come when owners' 288s will fart, and then they won't run at all, short of $30k–$50k worth of pooping around with scopes, PCs, servers, and the line by line “writing of code.” I've already isolated most of the control circuits for the 288 and F40, which operate under 5-volt, conditioned-signal circuits, which can be appropriately substituted with currently available logarithmic speed-density system drivers and subsystem components. For these cars, it will be worth the time, effort, and money, and I've been taking copious notes for nearly 20 years for the day when the eventuality arrives. The rest of the “modern” Ferraris are, well, probably going to be throwaways or cobbledtogether caricatures of “Italian sports cars.” Forget the Classiche thing, which is a temporary profit center. Personally, I think it will have a beginning, a middle, and an end, so let's take another look at it in five or six years.—John Craig, via email Italia pride I want to tell Carl Bomstead how happy I was to see his article on the Italia (January, “Etceterini Profile,” p. 52). I have had a 1971 Coupe for two years now and I love it. I have been in contact with Frank Reisner's widow, who indicated that she believed it to be the last coupe made. It's a great driver and easy to work on. I first saw the car in a Sports Car Graphic article when I was 15 years old, and 36 years later, I found myself in a position to get one. It is certainly a rare bird and gets looks wherever we go in it. I did want to add that I believe the factory did make three Targas; I understand that two are in Colorado and one was for sale in Tennessee recently. I would love to find out how many are still around. In any event, thanks for the article.—Alfred Santoro, Parsippany, NJ Drive that thing I read Michael Sheehan's article “Death by Storage” in the January issue (p. 46) with great interest and I agree completely. A Ferrari that was judged Platinum a number of years ago is no guarantee that the car is in Platinum condition today. The only thing that is going to Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read ensure that is timely preventive maintenance and using the car on a regular basis. I fail to understand why people are afraid to drive their Ferraris, and I'm continually puzzled as to why owners take such great pride in maintaining the lowestmileage possible on their prized steeds. There is nothing that will send a good car to hell quicker than not using it. If an owner or potential buyer is not going to drive his Ferrari, better to buy one of those neat 1:18-scale models and park it on the desk. It will be a whole lot less expensive, and all you have to do is dust it. On the other hand, if you want the real Ferrari experience, get out and drive it, and drive it hard as Enzo intended. The value will not suffer that much, and you will not be disappointed. Ferraris are meant to be driven.—Ed Gilbertson, Chief Judge, Pebble Beach Concours Maserati clarifications I was pleased to see Donald Osborne's piece on collecting and investing in Maseratis (January, “Automotive Investor,” p. 112). There are some pearls to be found here, and several for the value-minded collector. A few observations, if I may: Mr. Osborne was flat out wrong to identify DeTomaso's four-seat coupe as the Deauville. It was called the Longchamp; the Deauville is a four-door sedan, about the size and flavor of a Jag XJ Series II. After getting the facts wrong, he further dismisses the Longchamp by saying “It's not that important to know much about it, as you hardly ever see one, and there's no compelling reason to seek one out.” Oh really? I see a lot of cars covered in SCM that aren't nearly as interesting as a Longchamp. And I thought our hobby was about diversity; is the fast, rare, and handsome Ghia-bodied Longchamp just not snooty enough for the writer? I owned one and enjoyed it a bunch. Many times, I watched parking valets move late model Mercedes and BMWs to put my car up front. And you can buy one for the cost of a used Camry. Finally, this article reads as if the Bora— an all-time Maser great—the Merak, and the Indy 24 I encourage SCMers who have travel plans to the Chesapeake Bay to visit St. Michaels. It is one of the jewels in the crown of tourist destinations in Maryland never existed. The latter is to the Ghibli what the 365 GTC/4 is to the Daytona. The Indy is a real front-engined V8 Maser, a joy to drive, and also about the cost of a used Camry. And a well-fettled Merak SS ain't nothing to push off a cliff, either. I hope there will be a Part II of this article, as the first version was half-baked at best.—Matt Stone, Executive Editor, Motor Trend Donald Osborne responds: Thanks very much for your letter, Matt. First, you are completely correct in my mis-identification of the Longchamp. For that I apologize. As for it being “not snooty” enough for me, I say this—I think both the Longchamp and the Kyalami are fabulous cars. After all, I'm a fan (and owner) of just about any neat, off-beat European car that has ever been made. Perhaps you read my rather unabashedly fawning stories on the first series Quattroporte and the Citroën SM. It doesn't change the fact that the market doesn't care about the Kyalami, and that it will never be a great, or even good, investment (which is, after all, what the piece was about). At SCM, we don't believe that love has to be blind. We can find a car wildly alluring on the one hand, and a horrible investment on the other. The two are not mutually exclusive—we believe that today's informed enthusiasts are smarter than that. Valets have also given my 1963 Lancia Flaminia Pininfarina coupe pride of place—it's a lovely car. That doesn't mean it's going to be worth as much as a new Mercedes S-Class someday, or a substitute for a good 401(k). I also believe I did justice to the Bora, a car I have great affection for and think is a good investment (and a terrific piece of engineering). Your analogy of the Ghibli-Bora and Daytona-GTC/4 is interesting, but I would say that it's a slight to compare the much more highly-regarded Bora to the lightly loved GTC/4. Worth the time off I was delighted to see Dave Olimpi's coverage of the St. Michaels Concours (January, “Saints Preserve Us,” p. 42). I couldn't attend (having to work for a living does put a damper on more important things like vintage car events), so being able to see some of it via SCM is a great pleasure. I am glad it was so well done and well-attended, especially by readers of this journal. The photos are splendid. I encourage SCMers who have travel plans to the Chesapeake Bay to visit St. Michaels. It is one of the jewels in the crown of tourist destinations in Maryland, accessible by boat or car, blessed with good places to stay and to dine, and close to a variety of other enjoyable spots (Oxford, Annapolis, etc). I have been there many times by water, and our Classic Yacht Club has often held our annual concours, with judging of vintage yachts, in St. Michaels. Thank you again for covering the festivities, and I hope that next year's St. Michaels Concours (www.stmichaelsconcours.com) is equally successful. Knowing of it in advance will allow me to plan NOT to be working that weekend, but doing something far more enjoyable—attending the event.—Jim Rosenthal, Annapolis, MD They're both ice cream I'm writing in regards to Terry Larson's recent letter on Jag reliability (January, “You Write, We Read,” p. 20). The late, great, and sorely missed Tom Newcomer raced his XK 120 in the early 1950s, and in one particular season he won a couple dozen or so SCCA races with no more maintenance than changing the oil and checking plugs, points, and valve clearances. Someone up the import chain asked him if they could inspect his engine; he told me they were pleased to find only the expected bearing wear. Tom won so many races in his career—about 600—because in those days you might find four and even five races a weekend for your particular class, with those wonderful standing starts. And thanks for Rob Sass's J.C. Whitney flashback (“Icons,” p. 20). I've been buying things from them for over half a century—heck, my SWB California has something on it from that very place. I've enjoyed your magazine to the fullest since I realized a few years ago that I was a “neat car as a daily driver” person, as opposed to a “90-point buy it and then sell it” guy. 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Stuff Neat by Paul Duchene Re-rubber yourself, Cinturato boy Late in 2006, Pirelli Tires called Matt Jones at Re-Originals to ask if he would be interested in 220 Pirelli CN36 tires that turned up in a rare inventory in the warehouse in Milan. Pirelli explained they were a special production tire made for a Sports Touring Competition in 1999 and these apparently were misplaced. They were molded with a 5-mm tread depth instead of the typical 9-mm and had a special rubber compound. All cars in the series had to use the same tire, a 185/70 VR 15 size, which fits Porsches from 1969 to 1974. The tires were not homologated in Europe in 2006 and could not be sold there. Jones made a deal on the lot and they turned out to be nice and fresh. These are the last correct detail needed by guys who show 911s. $456 each, less if ordered in quantity. These tires are for speed events or shows; they are not intended for the street. Check out www.reoriginals .com or call Jones at 832.237.6900. Fluorescent lights Let there be light! And if you could wish that anyplace, it would be in your garage after you dropped that fitment you didn't get a look at before it rolled under the car and into a back corner. Fluorescent lights have come a long way from the buzzing ballast and flickering tubes that set off your migraine. Modern lights like T8 Tube Fluorescents from Griot's Garage come on instantly and crank out 5,000 degrees Kelvin, which is basically natural light. The six T8 lamps produce 21,246 lumen (are you blinded by science yet?). It's all in the powdered phosphors on the inside of the tubes. Tri-phosphor is a blend of three rare earth phosphors (red, blue, and green), which helps color rendition and definition and removes that flat light you identify with fluorescents. Remember, you need brighter lights the older you get. Hang this unit above your bench. $299, www.griotsgarage.com. WHAT YOU NEED AND HOW TO GET IT Cool racer fuel filler In classic pit stops from the 1920s, '30s, and '40s, crewmen poured gasoline into sprint cars or Indy cars or F1 cars through gigantic aluminum filler caps that looked like portholes from Jules Verne's Nautilus. Oakland hot rodder Steve Moal has re-imagined these caps in cast aluminum with steel linkage arms that pivot on clevis pins. The caps are 5 1/2 inches in diameter with a 3 1/4-inch fuel filler. The cap can be polished or plated or used straight from the box. So now your hot rod can be filled quickly and with style. If only you could figure out how to get back to those '40s gas prices. The cap is $599 plus shipping. www .moal.com, or 510.834.9066. ♦ 26 Sports Car Market


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In Miniature Marshall Buck French Excess at Discount Prices I'm a sucker for cars with the stunning, flamboyant and just plain outrageous French coachwork of the 1930s 1938 Delage D8-120 S Aerosport I'm a sucker for cars with Overall Quality: Authenticity: Overall Value: the stunning, flamboyant, and just plain outrageous French coachwork of the 1930s. The 1938 Delage D8-120 S Aerosport bodied by LeTourner & Marchand is one such car. Much to my joy, ixo Models has just released this in their 1:43-scale Museum Series, manufactured in Asia. The car modeled has only been available previously in a very limited, very costly version by Ma Collection, so this is a real treat. This ixo Delage is quite well done with its smooth metallic gold finish and brown accents. Though much of the detail is molded in, extra effort shows with the application of chrome everywhere it should be. They have done an excellent job in capturing the shape and feel of the real car. When poring over photos, it is easy for me to see where they have made compromises in shapes and fine detailing, which are all fairly easy to get away with in this smaller and much more forgiving scale. The Delage is one of several interesting cars ixo is producing in this series. Truly a bargain at about $29. Available from Motorsports Miniatures, PO Box 4, East Meadow, NY 11554; 800.249.3763; www.motorsportsminiatures.com 1957 Belond Special Indy Roadster Nostalgia runs deep when it comes to racing Overall Quality: Authenticity: Overall Value: ½ at the Brickyard in the 1950s and '60s, which is where the “Belond Special” Laydown Roadster fits in. The car was driven to victory by Sam Hanks at the 1957 Indy 500. This striking roadster is a 1:18-scale limited edition of 2,400 serial numbered diecast models from Carousel 1. They have carved out a great niche by being the only company special- izing in making Indy cars in this scale. Fit and finish are excellent, along with beautifully applied painted graphics. From the photos I've seen, I'm not convinced the paint striping around the grille is exactly correct, but it sure is close. Body shape is spot on, and major components are well represented, including the suspension and brakes. The engine is thorough and the interior is well done, with good pedals, seat belt, gauges, frame work, and transmission. Those big ol' Firestone tires are great. The car does lack some detail—many round head body panel fasteners are missing, but that's the only area I'd want to see improved. As with all of Carousel's front-engine Indy models, it features posable front wheels and lift-up hood panels via a precise piano hinge. These are reasonably priced at $159.95, and you should buy one. Available from Apollo, Inc., 101 Neal Place, Suite 104, High Point, NC 27262; 888.332.5645; www.apolloinc.org 1961 Ferrari TR61 The 1961 Le Mans-winning Ferrari TR61 in 1:24-scale is by the Italian Red Line Models. It's made in China, which helps keep the cost down on a hand-built, serial numbered edition of just 1,000 models. I am told it is selling very fast. Simply put, Red Line has done an outstanding job at capturing this car to produce a fine resin and metal model. Paint finish is concours, and detailing is good, crisp, and cleanly applied. Someone paid attention to the wire wheels; they are correctly painted, with varying rim depths front and rear, and they feature delicate photo-etched spokes with chrome knockoffs. Even the brakes are detailed. The interior looks fine, with royal blue seats and tool rolls strapped into the passenger's seat, a delicate gear shift, multi-piece steering wheel, and individually applied gauges. Gripes? Yes, a few. Front and rear jack mounts are missing, the dash lacks any switches, the door windows bow out from the body, and I'm not sure what that thing is masquerading as a windshield wiper. These are easily worth much more than their $195 price tag, Overall Quality: Authenticity: Overall Value: 28 ½ but grab one now before they're gone. Available from Motorsports Miniatures, PO Box 4, East Meadow, NY 11554; 800.249.3763; www.motorsportsminiatures .com. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Icons Glasses, Gloves and Plugs Sparking, Shading, and Gripping Ferrari, Maserati, and Alfa Romeo specified Lodge plugs for years; you can still find them by Rob Sass Bonhams & Butterfields Persol Sunglasses Persol's name is a shortened form of “Per il Sol,” or “for the sun” in Italian. The company was started in 1917 by Guiseppe Ratti, a photographer and optician, to make aviator goggles called “The Protector.” Predictably, Persol branched into goggles for racers and from there into sunglasses, which they began selling in the U.S. in 1962. Persol's greatest claim to fame was that they became the signature eyewear of Steve McQueen, who sported a pair of Persol 714s in “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “The Getaway,” and in real life. One such pair was auctioned by Bonhams in November 2006 for $70,000. Sunglasses similar to McQueen's are still available from about $250. www.persol.com. String-back Driving Gloves The principle behind string- back driving gloves is simple: The leather palms provided grip and the textile “string” back kept them cool. A real consideration for the likes of Moss and Fangio, who worked in cockpit environments that make summer in your Healey 100/4 seem balmy by comparison. The basic design has been copied many times over. Autosport Automotive Outfitters offers an authentic-looking pair for $49.95. www.autosportcatalog.com. 30 Golden Lodge Spark Plugs Oliver Lodge actually invented the electric spark ignition (patented in the U.K. as “The Lodge Igniter System”) for internal combustion engines. It fell on his sons to found the Lodge company to manufacture the invention. Although Lodge was an English company, it was the Italians who were the most famous users of Lodge plugs. Ferrari, Maserati, and Alfa Romeo specified Lodge plugs for years. For Italian car owners who insist on nothing else, Re-Originals (www.reoriginals.com) can source scarce Golden Lodge HL four-electrode surfacegap spark plugs. They start at around $6.95. Sports Car Market


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SCM Our Cars The Germans Are Coming! To kill the engine required you to short out a loose hanging red wire to any available ground source 1963 Porsche 356B Coupe Owner: Geoff Archer, eBay Auction Analyst Purchase date: July 2007 Price: $22,000 Mileage since purchase: About 20, with stalling out, stopping, and restarting every two or three Recent work: Gas tank removed and aciddipped, fuel petcock rebuilt A while back I told Publisher Martin about this car. I couldn't believe there was a #2, restored, Heron Gray/green leatherette 356B coupe right here on the central Oregon coast. I said it was like Jim Carrey's character in “The Mask,” boring white on the outside, wild and crazy green on the inside. He said something like, “You just keep telling yourself that, Geoff.” And I did. When I had looked at the car in August 2006 at the seller's house, he showed me care- fully labeled baggies of used brake shoes and spent light bulbs. The car wore a perfectlooking bra. I thought, “This guy is so anal, everything must be perfect.” Over the next ten months I gathered up the money to buy it. Of course, the selling price had increased 10% during that period, but that didn't matter. I figured that although the seller knew 356s, he didn't read SCM, and therefore undersold the car by $5k–$7k. In July 2007, he brought it over to my house for a second look. Juggling our crazed toddlers and knowing that it had just conveyed him to my house, it didn't occur to me to test drive the car. Looked great, sounded right, why bother? A week later I picked it up from the seller's house, topped off the tank, then proceeded to run out of gas every three minutes for about a half hour. For less than the $1,400 cost of an N.O.S. gas tank, but not much less, I will soon be rid of the decomposing rubber gas tank liner and suspended rust powder that clogged the fuel lines under load. 1939 BMW R-12 Motorcycle Owner: Daniel Grunwald, Auction Analyst Purchase date: Summer 2001 Price: $8,000 Mileage since purchase: 30 Recent work: Dual carbs and air in tires; regular dusting At an annual antique motorcycle show in Woodstock, Illinois, I saw the R-12 under a folding canopy alongside two guys who, from their thick accents, I guessed to be Eastern European. The paint and pinstriping were very 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa Owner: Chip Lamb, Auction Analyst Purchase date: March 31, 2007 Price: $17,500 Mileage since purchase: 2,700 Recent work: Front wheel bearings, oil and filter, transmission lube, corner balancing My father was a 911 salesman in the 1980s and '90s, so I have a thing for the last of the old-body Carreras and the final air-/ oil-cooled 993s. American roads and speed limits being as they are, I avoided going straight to a Turbo, and thus found myself on the hunt for an unmolested old-body Targa. After a brief search through a variety of channels, I came up with a car similar to one my father would have ordered from Stuttgart—a Slate Gray Targa with limited slip, cruise control, and a few other comfort and convenience options. Sold new in St. Louis, it found its way into the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, where it spent the next 15 years in the care of two adult owners. On receipt, I was not too surprised by its fairly minor needs; parts such as a heater blower, a serious adjustment of the corner weights, and a fresh alignment were in order, but the car responded well to being put back right and gave me a summer of topoff fun with very little worry. Apart from driving around central Virginia's backroads at speed, I took the car to Hershey for the tail-end of the swap meet and the AACA regional show last October, enjoying the scenic route up and a quick ride along the Interstate coming home. With winter now in full swing, I'm happy to report that the Commonwealth does not salt our roads unless a major ice storm or record snowfall hits, so with any luck, I'll keep taking it out on days when the heater can keep up with the go-pedal. 32 well done, and the engine looked clean and in good order. I don't think the headlight pod is original but it looked pretty vintage and went well with the overall look. The key lock on the headlight pod was a newer cheap repro but that didn't really distress me, as the wiring wasn't sorted anyway. In fact, there were only enough wires to make it run, and to kill the engine required you to short out a loose hanging red wire to any available ground source. I was trying to work out a price when one of the guys kicked the bike over and it started on the second kick. They knew they had me as my eyes glazed over to the hum of that smooth BMW flathead twin at idle. I was so excited I jumped on the bike to ride it home. I managed about 20 miles before the clutch cable came undone. Undeterred, I still made headway shifting the suicide shifter and gingerly using just the throttle, with minimal grinding of gears. Starting from stops was trickier, but it worked for a while. The farther I went, the richer the mixture got until it died by the side of the road. I cleaned the plugs and started off again until I ran out of gas. A nearby farmer was kind enough to give me a lift home. I parked the bike in my garage and it hasn't run since. I do think it looks great in my garage, and I know I'll get to it someday, once my Nova project is finished. I hope. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Affordable Classic Porsche 914 Good Value out of the Box (Its Own) The 2-liter is really the car to have, as it transforms the 914 from an also-ran into a car capable of out-running a TR6 by Rob Sass above 356 price levels and at not enough of a discount versus the 911. A model developed jointly with Volkswagen seemed B to provide the answer, as VW was looking to replace the Karmann Ghia with a basic sports car that would utilize the powerplant of the wretched VW 411. Ferry Porsche and Heinz Nordhoff, the titan who built VW into a postwar success story, cut a sweetheart deal whereby Karmann would supply bodies to Porsche at a discount for the Porsche-badged 914/6 and would also supply bodies to VW for the identical four-cylinder VW-powered 914/4. The Yogi Berra-ism “An oral agreement isn't worth the paper it's printed on,” could almost have been coined in reference to the 914. When Nordhoff died of heart failure in 1968, none of the details of the deal with Porsche were in writing. His successor Kurt Lötz took a dim view of his late predecessor's side deals with Porsche, and the sweetheart deal for bodies evaporated. Because of this development, the 914/6 became a commercially non-viable proposition. Sharing the same 110-hp flat-6 as the contemporary 911T, it was less than $1,000 cheaper than the T and few saw the value in the less practical, strict two-seater with odd styling. A little more than 3,300 were built before the 914/6 was terminated with prejudice. In Europe, only the 6-cylinder cars were badged as Porsches. The 4-cylinders were called VWPorsches. In the U.S., all 914s were sold as Porsches. Doesn't look like a Porsche, by design The 914's blocky styling, with a front and rear end reminiscent of each other (not unlike Pininfarina's odd Peugette show car of 1976), could best be described as “appliance-like.” Not unreasonable, since Gugelot, the design firm charged with penning the 914, was best known as an appliance designer. At least the designers complied with a mandate that the car not resemble either a VW or a Porsche. But in all fairness, as Road & Track noted in its initial road test of the car, it's difficult to design a midengine car that strikes the right compromise between rear visibility and style. Clearly, Gugelot opted for the former. Initial cars had 1.7- Details Years produced: 1970–76 Number produced: 114,479 Original list price: $3,695 SCM Valuation: $7,000–$10,000 (2.0 liter) Tune-up cost: $350 Distributor cap: $19.95 Chassis #: Driver's door jamb Engine #: Fan support Club: Porsche Club of America, PO Box 1347, Springfield, VA More: www.914club.com Alternatives: 1976 Porsche 912E; 1972–74 BMW 2002tii; 1976 Lancia Scorpion SCM Investment Grade: B 34 y the late 1960s, it was apparent the 912 was no longer the answer to Porsche's need for a lowercost, higher-volume model. High production costs and currency issues had forced the 912 far liter 80-hp VW engines with Bosch D-Jetronic fuel injection and the 901-style 5-speed transmission with the dogleg first down and to the left of the “H.” Contemporary testers described the performance as leisurely; 0–60 came up in about 13.9 seconds, but the handling and braking were as brilliant as they should have been—front suspension and brakes were straight out of the 911T, and the rear semi-trailing arm and coil-spring suspension was an original Porsche design. The 2-liter is the 914 you want to own In 1974, a 76-hp, 1.8-liter became the standard motor, with a 95-hp 2.0-liter VW Type-IV motor as the optional upgrade. Porsche marketers wanted to call the 2-liter the “914S” but were stopped by management after one or two ads. The 2-liter is really the car to have, as it transforms the 914 from an also-ran to a car capable of out-running a TR6 or an Alfa Spider and one that will keep pace with a BMW 2002tii. The aforementioned styling does grow on one in a Bauhaus minimalist sort of way. 914s always look better when fitted with the appearance package consisting of chrome bumpers, fog lights, a vinyl covered targa bar, and a console with extra gauges. Fourspoke Fuchs alloys were an option as well and were the best-looking factory 914 wheel. Popular aftermarket wheels from Empi and Riviera looked very good too, as replacements for plain steel wheels. The latter are still available from Mid America Motorworks (www.mamotorworks.com), along with Fuchs replicas for around $550 a set. Chrome bumpers were struck from the appearance group in 1975 when impact bum- pers were mandated. As with the 911, Porsche did a decent job here. Although large, rubber, and blocky, they were shaped well enough to integrate with the design. The 1975–76 914 is only slightly less desirable than the earlier cars. Think tangerine, yellow, or viper green More so than 911s, 914s were often ordered in striking period colors like Tangerine, Viper Green and numerous yellows. Most of these suit the 914 quite well. Even with the appearance group, interiors were stark, but this wasn't necessarily a bad thing. In this respect, the 914 has been likened to the Speedster with its minimalist VDO gauges and sport seats. However, the materials and the build quality were nowhere near the same. Door handles and much of the switchgear were early '70s VW, and nearly everything was covered in a waffle-pattern vinyl in either black, tan, or brown. The proper materials can be expensive if you have to do seats and door panels. In addition to looking cool, the well-bolstered seats are comfortable; however, in keeping with the minimalist nature of the car, the passenger seat on pre-1972 cars is not adjustable and most of the adjustable footrests the cars came with have long since vanished. 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Like nearly anything else from the era, 914s rust in especially nasty places. The insides of both trunks are fair game, as are the rockers. The latter is not especially bad, as the flat black rockers are non-structural, inexpensive, and easy to replace. Not so the battery box area. Battery acid can corrode the box and the suspension mounting points beneath it. Serious rust here should be a deal-breaker for anything but a really cheap 914/6. Mechanically, the cars are reasonably robust and have all of the typical air-cooled simplicity. A bad transaxle means an expensive rebuild, as this is a 911 part. Engines, on the other hand, can be rebuilt in the $1,800–$2,200 range. Don't expect 911 longevity, however. About 100,000 miles seems to be the lifespan. More problematic is the early electronic injection. Finding mechanics who can diagnose and repair early Bosch D-Jetronic and L-Jetronic systems is getting more and more difficult in this era of engine management systems that spit out OBD codes to guide the technician. You can replace the system with Webers, but people I trust say that the cars run better with the original injection intact. My experience with an injected 912E bears this out—it runs sweetly and its cold start performance is exemplary. Additionally, in places like the People's Republic of Oregon, post-1974 914s still have to pass smog tests. They won't get a smog certification if equipped with Webers, I guarantee it. From a collectibility standpoint, the 914 finally seems to be having its day. The “it's not a real Porsche” snobbery appears to have faded and people are recognizing the cars as inexpensive and hip proto-Boxsters. Nice 2-liter, appearance-group cars can exceed $10,000. Cars you'd want to own start at around $6,000. SCM's resident Porsche guru Jim Schrager has remarked that the 914 market reminds him of the 356 market 25–30 years ago. If that's the case, then now is surely the time to buy the best no-rust, 2-liter you can find in great colors. Might I suggest Tangerine and tan? ♦ 20 Year Picture 1970–76 Porsche 914 $15,000 $12,000 1970–73 Datsun 240Z 1971–74 Alfa Romeo Spider $9,000 $6,000 $3,000 1988 1993 1998 2003 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. March 2008 35 2007


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Legal Files John Draneas “Fun Run” Anything But The owner's friend wrecked his car, but the owner's policy pays the claim, his premiums go up, and possibly his policy gets cancelled Autocross turns into bodyshop's paradise E ver borrow a friend's valuable car and worry that something bad might happen? Here's a case where it did. As usual after the completion of the competitive runs at a recent SCCA Solo autocross event held in the paddock at Portland International Raceway, the course was opened up for “fun runs.” The owner of this autocross-prepared Porsche GT3 offered it for a fun run to his Corvette-driving buddy, who jumped at the chance. The friend missed the last turn and went off-course, collecting three parked cars in the process. Luckily, no one was injured. But only a few minutes before, the owners of the parked cars were changing wheels, and it could have been a disaster. Let's take a look at who might get stuck with the repair bills here. The owner gave his permission Assuming that both the owner and the driver carried auto insurance, which one gets to fix the Porsche? The answer might surprise (or even anger) you, but the owner's insurance company gets first crack at it. Take a look at your insurance policy. It identifies your cars as the “covered vehicles.” It also defines the “insured” as you, members of your family, and anyone driving one of your covered vehicles with your permission. That means that your friend driving your car is entitled to the same coverage under your policy as you are. In insurance lingo, that means that the owner's policy provides primary coverage, and the driver's policy provides secondary coverage. Here's an example how the two policies might work in tandem. Say the friend driving the car causes $1.5 million of liability and both policies have $1 million liability limits. As the primary coverage, the owner's policy pays its full $1 million of liability coverage, and the driver's policy then pays the remaining $500,000. Owner's insurance rating is wrecked It's not hard to see that the owner may be unhappy with the outcome. His friend wrecked his car, but his policy pays the claim, his insurance record is smeared, his premiums go up, and possibly his policy gets cancelled. Fair is fair—can the owner refuse to make a claim on his policy and insist that the driver make a claim under his policy? What if the driver agrees to go along with that, or even suggests it? Neither will work. As an “insured” under the owner's policy, the driver is able to make a 36 claim under the owner's policy whether the owner wants to or not. And if the driver doesn't do so, the driver's insurance company will make the claim. Either way, the claim ends up with the owner's insurance carrier. Autocross dodges race track exclusion “Legal Files” has reported before that insurance companies have been revising their racing exclusions to broaden the exclusion for racetrack activities. It is now quite common for policies to exclude coverage for incidents that occur “on a racetrack or any surface designed or used for racing.” Would such an exclusion apply to an autocross? If the autocross were conducted on a racetrack, the exclusion would clearly apply. But this one was conducted in the paddock, which is a parking lot, not a racetrack. It's certainly a “surface,” so the questions become, was it designed or used for racing, and is autocross racing? There is no clear answer. Autocrossers are definitely driving as fast as they can over a prescribed course, and could easily be classified as racing. Even though you don't have two cars racing side by side, competitiveness comes from the clock and the comparison of lap times. But on the other hand, we're talking about a parking lot, not a racetrack, even though the cones try to make it feel like a racetrack. In the Portland crash, we have the added facts that the competition was over, and the incident occurred during the fun laps. Most policy exclusions also refer to ”preparing or practicing for racing.” But was the driver doing that? After all, it was his one and only ride in the Porsche, and possibly more of an exhibition than a practice. But here is another nail in the autocrossing-is-not-racing coffin. “Legal Files” has seen another recent version of the racing exclusion, which refers to racetracks and “courses” designed or used for racing or high performance driving. It would seem quite clear that this type of policy language would snare autocross incidents. Autocross coverage exclusion is the key The potentially conflicting policy exclusions could also play a role in determining which policy covers the damage. If the owner's policy, which gives primary coverage, excludes coverage for autocross incidents, then the full liability would fall to the driver's policy. If its exclusions don't cover autocross, then the owner's policy would have to pay the full claim. Sports Car Market


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If both policies exclude coverage, does the driver have to fix the Porsche? There are two hurdles for the owner to get over here. First, the owner has to show that the driver was negligent. Second, the owner has to show that the release he signed doesn't eliminate his claim against the driver. If the owner can't get over both these hurdles, he's stuck with the loss. Releases would defeat subrogation claims In all likelihood, the damage to the parked cars will be covered by their owners' insurance policies. Even a very broad exclusion that extended to autocrosses wouldn't seem to apply. After all, these cars were not being used in an autocross at the time of the incident. They were just innocent parked Damage to Porsche: 1. Owner's policy, unless coverage excludes autocross 2. Driver's policy, unless coverage excludes autocross 3. Driver, if negligent and release does not prevent recovery 4. Owner's own pocket—the tough-luck option Damage to Parked Cars: Parked cars' owners' policies pay, but who can their insurance companies recover against? 1. Porsche owner's policy, unless coverage excludes autocross 2. Driver of Porsche's policy, unless coverage excludes autocross 3. Driver, if negligent and release does not prevent recovery 4. Owner, if he was negligent to allow driver to use car (e.g., knew un skilled) and release does not prevent recovery 5. Event organizers, if negligent and release does not prevent recovery bystanders. Once the insurance companies pay the damage claims, they automatically acquire the owners' legal claims against the true guilty party. That means they can seek reimbursement from the driver of the Porsche, a legal process referred to as “subrogation.” But their subrogation rights are no better than the owners' original claims. If the event organizers had all participants sign customary releases, that would almost certainly defeat the insurance company's subrogation rights. The owners' releases are binding upon the insurance companies, and this is clearly the type of damage contemplated in the releases. But if the releases didn't get signed, or if they are ineffective for any reason, the driver of the Porsche could be held responsible. If both the owner's and the driver's insurance exclude coverage for autocross incidents, then the driver would have to pay the damages personally. But in any case, the owner of the Porsche would not be liable unless it could be shown that he was negligent in allowing the driver to use the Porsche. It's not hard to figure out that the event organizers might have been negligent in allowing cars to park too close to the autocross course. But the releases signed by the owners of the Porsche and the parked cars would probably protect the organizers from liability. ♦ JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. Tax Rate Update 15%, Not 28% Several readers questioned the conclusion in the October 2007 “Legal Files,” which stated that profits from the sale of collector cars are taxable at the 28% (not 15%) long-term capital gains tax rate because they are “collectibles.” Many tax advisors believe that, but some disagree. “Legal Files” researched tax law to resolve the issue. “Collectibles” are defined by Section 408(m) of the Internal Revenue Code as any work of art, rug, antique, metal, gem, stamp, coin, alcoholic beverage, and any other tangible personal property specified by the Secretary of the Treasury. Clearly, collector cars could be added to that list at any time. A proposed regulation is currently pending that would add musical instruments and historical objects such as documents and clothes to the list. However, to this date, as easy as it could be for the IRS to add collector cars to the list, they haven't done so. Although one could argue that a collector car is an antique or a historical object, it is highly doubtful that any court would accept that. Since the IRS has the power to add collector cars to the list any time, a court would not stretch language that far, and would expect a clear expression. Consequently, it appears that collector cars are not “collectibles” for tax pur- poses, and they should be eligible for the 15% tax rate. If you sold a collector car and paid 28% tax on the profit, you should consult your tax advisor about filing a claim for a refund of the 13% excess paid. March 2008 37


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Collecting Thoughts Electric 914s Plug-and-Play 914s Kutscha asked himself, “Do I really want an electric VW Rabbit or Geo Metro in my garage?” The decision to go with a 914 was fairly easy by Kristen Hall-Geisler T hrifty consumers admired the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius gasoline/electric hybrids when they were launched in 1999 and 2000, but one group was distinctly unimpressed—the EV classic car gang. Electric vehicle (EV) enthusiasts can trace their roots back to 1834 and since then, more than 130 manufacturers like Detroit, Baker, Rausch & Lang—even Studebaker and Oldsmobile at one time—have flipped the switch and swept silently away from Big Oil. In 1917, you could buy a Detroit Electric that promised up to 80 miles at 25 mph. Limited range and lengthy recharging still confine electric cars to city use, but simplicity and reliability made them popular in the early 20th century, and numerous examples survive. The weight and short range of lead-acid batteries have always been a stumbling block, but expensive lithium-ion batteries and quick charging may change this. In the meantime, EV fans convert gasoline-powered vehicles, and Porsche 914s are popular donors, thanks to their mid-engine design and trunks (for batteries) at both ends. Two Portland, Oregon, enthusiasts have converted 914s recently, using different power plants and kits made by California-based Electro Automotive. Hardcore 914 enthusiasts might stop reading here, as a one-owner, original car formed the basis for one EV and a fully restored car donated itself for the other. Neither project was cheap, either; one cost $16,500 and the other $23,500, which seems like a healthy premium for about 40 miles of freedom between charges. At that rate, San Francisco is about 18 days away, and since both trunks are mostly filled with batteries, you'll be buying clothes along the way or stopping at laundromats while you recharge. The DC kit John Benson chose DC (direct current) technology for his EV project back in 1997. DC motors, like those in forklifts, have brushes that contact spinning rotors and are the most common EV power plants. Benson discovered Electro Automotive's 914 kit and found a good-condition, one-owner, California 914 as his sacrificial lamb. Benson logged about 100 hours on lunch breaks and weekends in putting his EV together. It helped that the Porsche mechanic from whom he bought his 914 let Benson use his lift. “The DC kit was very thorough and very detailed,” Benson says. “If you can hot-rod a car, you can definitely do this.” The AC kit In 2006, Tim Kutscha constructed an AC (alternating current) 914, after being inspired by the documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” AC motors work like 38 Benson and his DC Porsche two magnets set to repel each other; the field on the outside of the motor repulses the field on the inside to make it spin and generate power. Kutscha found ready-made, highway-capable EVs were expensive and rare and selected Electro Motive's newly available AC kit for his 914. Kits for a variety of cars were available, but Kutscha asked himself, “Do I really want a Rabbit in my garage? Or a Geo Metro? That decision was fairly easy.” He bought a rust-free, fully restored 914, with new upholstery and new paint as a donor. Porsche 914s are ideal for electric conversions, according to Kutscha. All he had to do was unbolt the engine and jack up the car, and the engine essentially fell on the floor. Plus, the 914s have an extensive online EV community, where owners discuss modifications and post detailed schematics. The AC kit was shipped piece by piece over eight months. While the AC instruc- tions are a tricky addendum to the DC manual, Kutscha said that the company makes sure the buyer gets every piece. Problems during conversions tend to have to do more with the 914 than the kit, he says. “People run into more rust than they expect, or the car has sagged, or it's been in an accident. Parts might not fit as well as you had hoped, and you have to pull out the hammer and drill.” The DIY conversion Otmar Ebenhoech built his DC-powered 914 at about the time he started his own EV controller company, Café Electric in Corvallis, OR, because he needed a car to Sports Car Market


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914 structure makes conversion easy No, not twin turbos Long cord recommended for touring Front trunk holds three batteries test his high-powered, high-speed motor controllers. He drag races his 914 and provides parts for other EV racers. Ebenhoech had experience, so his first conversion only took him about a month. He chose the 914 because he had decided never to make another electric vehicle that wasn't a convertible, which seems like a somewhat odd choice given the weather in the Pacific Northwest. Parts and advice for scratch builders can be found online, helping you decide what motor and which batteries to use. Ebenhoech recommends buying batteries locally, as they are too heavy to ship. Lead-acid batteries weigh about the same as a gasoline engine and last about three years. What about performance? Ebenhoech says a builder's technical skill can be the difference between an average EV and an exceptional one and “your conversion will never be better than the vehicle you start with.” His 914, with its custom controller and other parts, can hit 0–60 in under five seconds, though unmodified DC kit cars take over 20 seconds. EVs are works in progress and Benson has replaced every component in his car twice in the past decade. He upgraded from lead-acid to Nickel Cadmium batteries, is using a more powerful controller from Café Electric and still searching for more performance. Kutscha's AC EV only generates about 30 hp to pull March 2008 Kutscha's car recharges about 3,000 pounds, so it's not quick. But the AC motor can go about 40 miles between charges, 25 percent further than the DC kit. Unlike DC motors, AC units have nothing in contact with the rotor, only bearings on the end. Kutscha is considering upgrading his AC24 motor to an AC55, doubling his torque. For these 914 owners, the main payoff is being an early EV adopter. Kutscha takes his car to EV shows to prove that an AC conversion is possible, while Benson notes that a DC conversion is easier than hot-rodding a combustion-engine car. “You've recycled an old car and turned it into something better,” he says. ♦ Details Used 914 Sold the engine DC Kit Batteries Miscellaneous Owner's Labor @ $25/hr Total Investment SCM Price Guide for 914/4 More DC Kit Conversion $1,500 -$350 $9,000 $2,000 $1,000 $2,500 $16,000 $5,000–$10,000 AC Kit Conversion $6,500 -$700 $13,000 $1,800 $1,000 $2,500 $24,800 $5,000–$10,000 Electro Automotive, www.electroauto.com Café Electric, www.cafeelectric.com Kutscha's Blog, www.914ev.blogspot.com 39 Photos: Tim Kutscha


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Events London-to-Brighton London-to-Brighton on $2,000 a day The exchange rate is brutal for Americans, but affordable Oldsmobiles still make the veteran car run possible on a budget by Bob Ames Grown-ups at play T 40 he annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run for pre-1905 cars remains a remarkable challenge for men and machines. The drivers and their mounts are often equally aged and fragile (though both are determined), and the weather on the first Sunday in November is often beastly. This year's run honored American entries, and 17 hardy Colonials overcame an additional challenge—a crippling $2-to-the-pound exchange rate. Ironically, Oldsmobile may be defunct, but its 1901–1904 CurvedDash is still the cheapest and simplest way to run this event. The 60-mile run commemorates the Emancipation Run of 1896, when men with red flags were no longer required to announce a vehicle's imminent arrival. As a result, speed limits were raised from a walking pace to a heady 12 mph. The event—not a race—has been run continuously since 1927 (except for that un- pleasantness in the 1940s). Its successful completion is an endorsement of an ancient car's mechanical fitness and the similarly aged driver's boundless optimism. This is no walk in Hyde Park Despite a distance of only 60 miles, this is no walk in Hyde Park. The 537 entries in Plan ahead: November 2, 2008 Where: Hyde Park, London, UK Cost: Comped for Yanks; $150 otherwise More: www.lbvcr.com 2007 (almost as many as entered in the 1996 Centennial) boasted a total age of about 56,000 years. They were built in a world where towns were 14 miles apart, because that's how far a man on horseback could go in one day. Early cars weren't expected to go 60 miles without profound maintenance, and un-muddy entries at the finish of the first running of the event, in 1896, were suspected to have hopped a train. These days the roads are paved, but Details the first 20 miles out of London consist of stoplight-to-stoplight racing against Sports Car Market


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compiles “how to” articles from its newsletter. No other L-B-eligible make has a fraction of this support. Such enthusiasm has boosted Curved-Dash prices. Until recently, older amateur restorations fetched $25,000 to $35,000, but as with all L-B cars, prices have firmed. Since there are so many Curved-Dash cars, the increase is not in the 50% range of more exotic makes, and $35,000 to $45,000 should still buy a decent runner. In this, the age of the Internet and credit card air miles, personal travel to London in real terms is no more expensive than ten or more years ago—in the region of $699. Once there, however, the exchange rate is brutal. I hate to admit it, but London is now a very expensive city. Figure a decent hotel room for at least $300 a night, though event organizers can offer special rates. Your biggest cost (apart from buying a suitable car) Smart money's on the pedestrian double-decker buses and cabs, and the drivers of modern conveyances are blissfully unaware they are the only ones with brakes. This year's event was bright and sunny—a pleasant surprise for my co-driver Monte Shelton and me, two Portlanders happy to escape the rain. So what's it cost? SCM Executive Editor Paul Duchene, who saw us through the Crawley coffee stop in 1996 aboard Monte's '03 Rambler, suggested a few words about the paralyzing cost of participation in one of the world's oldest motoring events. Especially since it attracts half a million or more spectators. Prices for multi-cylinder cars can easily top six figures. The brutal market for Americans is driven in no small way by the U.S. dollar plummeting against the Euro and pound by 40%. Making it worse has been a significant resurgence of interest in cars from the dawn of motoring. Prices have increased steadily in the past couple years as sophisticated collectors seek Brightoneligible cars and, after acquiring one, announce that their participation is imminent. On the supply side of the equation, there is little joy. There are perhaps 1,500 eligible cars worldwide and the majority are in long-term, stable ownership. There's always a Curved-Dash for sale Fortunately, there always seems to be a Curved-Dash Oldsmobile for sale somewhere. It's a great choice, reliable when properly set up, and with the best club support of any Veteran. By 1905, fully one-third of cars being built worldwide were Oldsmobiles. The price was right ($650) and Ransom E. Olds produced a relatively simple device suited to the mostly unpaved roads. The singlecylinder horizontal engine and planetary transmission were much copied by Rambler and Cadillac, as well as later affiliations of Mr. Olds. This year there were 40-plus Curved-Dash Olds on the run with the usual very high percentage finishing before the 4:30 pm deadline. All but a couple were owned by English entrants, where the make has a following almost as enthusiastic as in the U.S. The 30-year-old U.S. club has reproduced dozens of original brochures and handbooks and reprinted all the remaining factory drawings. Another club book March 2008 Ames and his 1902 Renault 41 will be shipping it. I have shipped collector cars to and from the U.K. and the Continent for years by sea and air, and since the end of roll-on roll-off service, the lowcost option is container cargo. Recent quotes from the East Coast are roughly $3,500 for one car in a 20-foot container, $4,300 for two in a 40-footer, and $5,500 for three vehicles. Los Angeles runs $5,500, $6,500, and $8,500, respectively. Double these numbers for a round trip. Consider keeping a car in England For many years I've used Polygon International Vehicle Transport (Tel: 011 44 023 80871555) to move my U.K.-based 1902 Renault from storage to Hyde Park and the return from Brighton. They provide service including collection of cars dockside, transport to their headquarters, then delivery to the start and collection afterward from Brighton, plus subsequent delivery to the docks for the homeward journey. Total cost of these moves is approximately $1,200, including VAT (value added tax). The company owner is a keen enthusiast with lots of London to Brighton experience. He always seems to be where you need him, including picking up a non-runner along the route. Not counting the cost of the car, the whole event puts a big dent in $10,000, assum- ing you share a container and stay four to five days. So it's $2,000–$2,500 a day. A lower-cost alternative is to buy a Curved-Dash Olds in England and leave it there. This is what I've done with the Renault. You'll need help with storage, insurance, and MOT (government safety inspection). Polygon can handle storage at around $200 a month, plus delivery and collection. If you decide on this approach, contact me through Duchene at SCM (copyed@sportscarmarket.com), and I'll put you in touch with someone who can handle the paperwork and any repairs your purchase may require. Remember, you aren't getting any younger and neither are these cars. Anyway, how many more summers have you got? ♦


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Events Hilton Head Concours Hilton Head Warms to November Challenge The crowd of spectators and auction bidders, as well as car show and concours participants, swelled to an open-air banquet at suppertime by Chip Lamb Striking 1932 Aston Martin Le Mans T 42 he end of the East Coast classic car season was extended by nearly a month six years ago with the inclusion of a now fully-matured November event at the Hilton Head Concours d'Elegance & Motoring Festival. The November 1–4 event included historic races at Savannah's Roebling Road, while the island's Honey Horn Plantation saw a major collector car auction, a fashion show, two nights of fine dining, and some of the best cars from around the United States. An informal car show Saturday was followed by Sunday's judged event. New this year was a display of vintage motorcycles ranging from a 1912 Abingdon to mid-1970s Italian exotics, with a diverse selection in between. Under mostly sunny and clear skies and amid mild temperatures, the organizers, sponsors, and volunteers ran a tight ship. This year's event kicked off with the Southern Belle Fashion Show on the Island Plan ahead: October 30–November 2, 2008 Where: Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head, SC Cost: $40, two-day pass More: www.hhiconcours.com and the first day of vintage race practice and qualifying at Roebling Road. At Honey Horn, the Worldwide Group set up its consignments under a large white tent with the preview area open from all sides, while other concours sponsors occupied adjoining fields. Friday brought concours participants, Details preparing their vehicles for display. Historic racing cars joined the fray later, fresh from the track. The draw of spectators and prospective auction bidders, as Sports Car Market


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SCMers at Hilton Head well as car show and concours participants, swelled to an open-air banquet at suppertime in and around the Worldwide Group tent. Saturday was the first official day of concours-related events and Brass Era cars were out and about early, giving rides to eager spectators. The Worldwide auction ran from 11 am until 5 pm, with the preview area essentially a car show in itself. The gala dinner at the Marriott Beach and Golf Resort featured J.W. “Bill” Marriott as keynote speaker, and the evening closed with a charity auction. Sunday dawned crisp and cool, though most participants were already being judged by 8 o'clock. Judges examined not only the quality of cosmetic restoration but also mechanical and technical fortitude. Such attention to detail upset a freshly ground-up restored 1937 Bugatti Type 57C brought by six-time exhibitor Malcolm Pray of Connecticut, which fell short of a class victory with an inoperative horn and a few other minor technical issues. In addition to generously distributed “Palmetto Awards” for concours participants who came the closest to class wins, there were also special feature and sponsor-judged awards, plus Fashion Show-sponsored gifts for Best Dressed Man, Woman, and Couple. Following the long parade of these cars crossing the dais, announcer Ed Lucas began the Best in Class awards, which were immediately followed by Best in Show—a stunning 1928 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A55 Boattail Speedster by LeBaron. I spoke with Executive Director Carolyn Vanagel during the final award ceremonies, and she emphasized the commitment of founders, sponsors, judges, and participants in the coming years. The diversity of cars continues to impress, and Hilton Head's aim to present an alternative to Pebble Beach and Amelia Island at a time when cars are usually put away for the winter is laudable. The accessibility to all the events is unmatched; the laid-back attitude and excellent organization can only improve the event. ♦ Mark Becker—Jacksonville, FL 1931 American Austin Roadster 1938 Bantam Roadster Ed Blumenthal—Philadelphia, PA 1957 Dual-Ghia D-500 Convertible George Crook—Nashville, TN 1950 Jaguar Mark V Drophead William Davis—Charleston, WV 1935 LaSalle 35-5067 Barry Davison—Murrayville, GA 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Walter Eisenstark—Yorktown Heights, NY 1955 Siata 208S E. Ronald Finger—Savannah, GA 1937 Cadillac Series 85 V-12 Sedan William “Tom” Gerrard—Manalapan, FL 1957 Chrysler 300C 1960 Chrysler 300F Joost Gompels—Savannah, GA 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900CSS Andy Greene—Savannah, GA 1966 BSA Royal Star James Grundy—Horsham, PA 1913 National Semi-Racing Roadster Brian Hernan—Roswell, GA 1972 Jaguar XJ6 Series 1 Philip Laiacona—Trumbull, CT 1935 MG PA Susan Lane—Nashville, TN 1965 Peel P50 1965 Peel Trident J.W. (Bill) Marriott—Washington, DC 1954 Maserati A6GCS 1959 Ferrari 410SA Don Meluzio—York, PA 1967 Bizzarrini Spyder SI Malcolm Pray—Greenwich, CT 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC J. Roberto Quiroz—The Woodlands, TX 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Douglas Raines—Acworth, GA 1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II BJ7 convertible John Rich—Frackville, PA 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Frank Rubino—Pinecrest, FL 1957 Austin-Healey 100-6 roadster Rick Schmidt—Ocala, FL 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-code Jim Schmidt—Ocala, FL 1960 Pontiac Bonneville Ed Schoenthaler—Oak Brook, IL 1938 Horch 853 phaeton Leonard Star—Hudson, OH 1939 MG TB roadster David Stitzer—Warminster, PA 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S 1967 Bizzarrini Spyder of SCMer Don Meluzio March 2008 W.L. Wagnon—Stone Mountain, GA 1976 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT 43


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Events New England Giro Muddy Miles on the Motogiro The weather was the principal challenge—300 miles of rain and dirt and gravel roads left everyone covered with mud, and we paid $150 for the privilege by Burt Richmond Richmond prepares to launch T 44 he fifth annual New England Giro, put on by Motogiro USA, was the ultimate ballet on two wheels for me, as I danced along 300 miles of muddy roads on a tiny 90-cc Honda in cold, muddy Vermont last fall. As we all discovered, less than one third of Vermont's roads are paved. The rain that had started pounding down the day before was just letting up Saturday morning as we began the first timed leg at the Grey Bonnet Inn, the event headquarters, located next to the Killington ski area. Ahead were two days of twisty mountain loops in Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest; local lore says that if you are not riding uphill in Vermont, you must be riding downhill. The event attracted 80 motorcyclists from New England, Canada, and as far west as Illinois and Kansas. I was on the model I learned to ride on in 1968, a Honda S-90 with a top speed of 60 mph. And while I've learned to get the best out of tiny machinery, I was easily eclipsed by very pregnant Anita Smolenski, who finished first in her class on a 65-cc Kreidler Florette. Given the limited performance of these bikes, you won't be surprised to learn that no one rode in from a thousand miles away and then rode home afterwards. After all, they would have had to set aside a month for the process. The Motogiro was organized under the banner of the United States Classic Racing Association (USCRA) as a time/speed/distance rally on public roads. Entries were limited to pre-1972 motorcycles of 305 cc or smaller, divided into five classes; 65 cc, 125 cc, 200 cc, 250 cc, and 305 cc. The average speed was set as 25 mph, which meant that only mechanical breakdowns (or getting hopelessly lost) could prevent you from finishing. But the weather was the principal chal- Details Plan ahead: Mid September 2008 Where: Vermont backroads Cost: $150 More: United States Classic Racing Association, www.race-uscra.com lenge—rain and dirt and gravel roads left everyone covered with mud, and we paid $150 for the privilege (yes, the entry fee is as diminutive as the displacement of these micro-machines). The muddy sections were interspersed with slow and complicated trials sections. A few bikes went Sports Car Market


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down in the goo, but only pride was damaged. Out on the highway, Landon Hall won the “Snatched from the Jaws of Death” award for totaling the race organizer's Motobi 175 in an off-road excursion. The two days of riding were relatively free of traffic, and we saw more bears, deer, and cows than police. A few mechanical woes beset us—Gabrielle Isenbrand's 50-year-old BMW R25 shed its muffler one piece at a time, and a local mayor called to complain that the rally's posted directional arrows were despoiling the landscape. Well, it is Vermont. Camaraderie ranked high as a reason to drag out these vintage bikes and con- versations were spirited when riders met at checkpoints (“Did you get fooled by the hidden checkpoint?”). Bill Burke's 1951 Moto Guzzi Airone 250 was the oldest bike, while the Classic Giro Award for pre-1957 bikes went to Bill Latoza, who completed the restoration of his 1957 MV Augusta 125 just hours before the event. In all, 23 marques were represented, from Spanish bikes Montessa and Ossa and Bultaco to Italians like Aermacchi, Benelli, and Gilera. There were bikes sold new by Sears and Montgomery Ward, as well as Harley-Davidsons. The balance was split between Honda and various other lightweights. All entries had to be street legal and insured. I'm planning now for the spring event in New England. And if you think fall in Vermont was muddy… ♦ Motogiro d'Italia Comes to the U.S. Burt Richmond, founder of the Vermont U.S. Giro, is at it again. He is the chairman of the first “Motogiro America”—the U.S. version of the Italian Classic MotoGiro D'Italia road rally, which is coming to Monterey, California, on July 13. Organized by Bologna-based promoter Dream Engine, the America Giro will start and finish at Cannery Row and loop through the Monterey Peninsula in five 100-mile days. Points will also be scored in intense timed sections Motogiro America 2008 will kick off a week of motorcycle events leading up to MotoGP weekend at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. A symposium on Italian design takes place July 11, and a vintage motorcycle concours d'elegance follows on the 12th. On Sunday, July 13, Giro participants will depart Cannery Row and head to Mazda Raceway for a lap of honor. Many of the original 1950s Motogiro riders from Italy, some now in their 80s and still fast riders, will attend. Racing on Italian public highways was banned in Italy in 1957, but the Motogiro was revived in 2001 in a more leisurely form, similar to the way the Mille Miglia was reconstructed. The Motogiro America is divided into cat- egories: Vintage Class, Touring Class, '70s Twin Class, Super Sport Class, and Vespa Class. Vintage Class: THE class to enter. Features bikes under 175 cc made before 1957. Winner gets a trophy and grand prize (a new Ducati in the Italian event). Limited to 120 entries. Some rental bikes are available—contact Dream Engine. Touring Class: Non-competitive class, open to all makes, all years. Will follow the same itinerary. '70s Twin Class: All motorbikes, all makes manufactured between 1968 and 1978. Riders in this class will be subject to timed, competitive ability tests just like the Vintage Class. Super Sport Class: Open to 250-cc motor- cycles and sidecars of all makes, built up to 1968. Vespa Class: Celebrates more than 100 ver- sions of the iconic scooter produced in the last 50 years. For registration information on Motogiro America, contact Dream Engine in Italy— phone: +39 051 649 4776; fax +39 051 528 6378 email: motogiroamerica@dreamengine.it web site: www.motogiroditalia.com For registration for the Moto Concorso (Concours d'Elegance), contact Ducati Vintage Club (Hans Mellberg)— phone: 408.507.9694 email: hansmellberg@yahoo.com web site: www.motoconcorso.com For general information regarding the Motogiro America, contact FitzRich, Inc. (Burt Richmond)— phone: 312.952.3102 email: burt@fitzrich.com Big men on little bikes March 2008 45


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Ferrari Profile 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Coupe The GTB might be compared to an attractive woman who always keeps something in reserve by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 1966–68 Number produced: 280 (some sources say up to 330) Original list price: $11,500 SCM Valuation: $650,000–$800,000 Tune-up cost: $2,000–$3,000 Distributor caps: $450, two required Chassis #: Right front chassis rail by top of shock mount, plate on right inner fender Engine #: Right side near starter motor, back of block Club: Ferrari Club of America, PO Box 720597, Atlanta, GA 30358 More: www.FerrariClubofAmerica.com Alternatives: 1971–72 Lamborghini Miura SV, 1959–63 Aston Martin DB4GT, 1963–64 Porsche 904 GTS SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 10281 T he Ferrari 275 GTB signaled an important evolution for Ferrari as the company finally adopted a fully independent suspension, which had been tested, developed, and proven in Ferrari's sports racing cars. Bodied by Scaglietti and designed by Pininfarina, the 275 GTB echoed the aggressive, purposeful appearance of the 250 Tour de France and GTO with its long hood, covered headlights, fastback roofline, Kamm tail, and vents in both the front wings and roof sail panel. Devoid of unattractive lines, shapes, and proportions, the beautiful coupes are considered by many automotive design critics to be among Pininfarina's finest grand touring projects. The engine, driveshaft, and rear-mounted transaxle were combined in one sub-assembly, mounted to the chassis at four points. All of this helped produce a rigid car that handled superbly, with neutral handling and near perfect 50/50 weight distribution. Perhaps one of the best summations of the GTB's driving manners and performance abilities came from noted French car and motorcycle racing driver, Jean-Pierre Beltoise. In a road test published in 1967 in L'Auto Journal, the former Formula One driver commented, “I covered in complete safety and the greatest comfort… and while carrying on a normal conversation with my passenger, the 46 miles which separate the Pont d'Orléans from 46 Nemours in a little less than 23 minutes… at an average speed of more than 121 mph—which is remarkable enough without noting that I had to stop for the toll gates.” The 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 presented here is a very well-preserved, highly original example with only two registered owners since new. It was originally delivered to the United States for William Raymond Johnson, who was stationed at the Naval Research Laboratory headquartered in Washington, D.C., with satellite locations in Maryland. In 1990, the Ferrari was purchased by Sig. Prevosti and shipped back to Italy, where it has remained ever since. Finished in Giallo Fly, the body of the car is very straight and the fit of the body panels is excellent. With the exception of very minor surface scratches, the paint is in very nice condition. The chrome is likewise very good and appears to be original. Proper Borrani wire wheels with correct Michelin tires have also been fitted to this much sought-after Ferrari thoroughbred. The interior of the 275 GTB/4 is completely origi- nal and has never been restored. It is finished in black leather with gray carpets and a beige headliner, all of which remain in very good overall condition. All the instrumentation and accessories are factory original and function properly. Although not concours, the engine bay, with its V12 quad-cam power unit, complete with 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Lot# 462, s/n 09337 Condition 1Sold at $990,000 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/18/2006 SCM# 42794 Sports Car Market 1969 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Comp Special Lot# 23, s/n 09813 Condition 1 Sold at $1,155,000 Gooding, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/18/2007 SCM# 46567 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Lot# 206, s/n 09803 Condition 2Sold at $816,750 RM, Maranello, ITA, 5/20/2007 SCM# 45281 Photos: RM Auctions


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its race-proven sextet of Weber carburetors, remains original and very tidy, commensurate with the little use this car has seen from new. SCM Analysis This car sold at RM's London auction on October 31, 2007, for $1,183,072. With the majority of cars, it is easy to determine their limit, but not the GTB, which might be compared to an attractive woman who is aware that once she is mastered completely, there is a possibility that her admirer may lose interest, so she always keeps something in reserve. I wish I had written that prose, but I have to attri- bute it to Patrick McNally and his 275 GTB road test published in the March 25, 1966, issue of Autosport magazine. The political correctness police wouldn't let that remark slide into a contemporary publication, but on more than one level, it's the perfect description of a 275 GTB. Maybe more than any other Ferrari, there is no ambiguity to a 275 GTB. It is the Russell Crowe of Ferraris—rugged, powerful, and as much as any other production model, it is the icon of Ferrari. The Paris Auto Show of 1964 saw the introduction of a new series of Ferraris in the 275 GTB and the 275 GTS. The two models shared a common mechanical configuration but were cosmetically and in character as different as night and day. The GTS was a Spyder, or convertible, with an attractive yet somewhat plain body. The 275 GTB was the closed car, or Berlinetta, a small, light coupe with a body reminiscent of a 250 GTO. One model stands out There are several 275 GTB models and even a few variations of those models, but one model stands out—the 275 GTB/4. The GTB/4 was the final model of the series. It retained the attributes of the series like the 3.3-liter engine and Ferrari's first use of a rear transaxle and four-wheel independent suspension on a production car, but it added a few more goodies. For starters, the new model introduced the first 4-cam, 12-cylinder engine to be fitted in a street car. The engine was not a warmed-up, standard Type 213 3.3-liter engine; it was a Type 226, which was derived from Ferrari's competition models. The 226 engines snubbed the traditional rocker-and-screw valvetrain in favor of cams mounted directly over the valves with puck-type lash shims. The use of dry sump lubrication with the 226 engine meant cooler oil temperatures, improved bottom end reliability, and better performance. The engine output is claimed to be 20 horsepower more than the 2-cam version. Cosmetically, there are few differences between the long-nose 2-cam and the 4-cam 275s. Without a look under the hood, here are a couple spotters' tips. The obvious external difference is a pronounced bulge down the center of the hood of the 4-cam version. Since some 2-cam cars were updated to 4-cam hoods due to crash damage or the owner's request, a look at the interior is warranted. The 2-cam cars featured a beautiful wood dash, while the 4-cam models, in keeping with the times, used a black vinyl upholstered dash. All other differences are minor. Best seen in person before bidding RM's 275 GTB/4, s/n 10281, sounds like the kind of car that someone should see in person before bidding. It was called a two “registered” owner car, but there was no mention of the tools and owner's manuals you would normally expect to accompany a two-owner car. The only restoration mentioned was the lack of restoration. The description raises some questions: Is the car a survivor, dripping with patina? Is it an older partial restoration, or a hole in which to throw money? Since auctions aren't known for being conservative with descriptions, my guess is that it's a nice car with a few needs that are better ignored than repaired. With close to 800 275 GTBs produced (2- and 4-cam), they are not rare by Ferrari standards. They are, however, highly desirable with Ferrari collectors, which ensures they will always be valuable. The 275 GTB/4s have proven to be the most sought-after of the production 275s and should always remain in that position. Whether the market's up or down, there will always be a buyer for a 4-cam. While there are several Daytonas currently in restoration shops being prepared for sale, the number of 4-cams offered for sale remains thin. This car sold at the top of RM's estimate, the top of SCM's guide, and at perhaps twice its 2005 value, but I don't fault the buyer for writing the check. There won't be many others to choose from and as time goes by the money will just go up. This was the classic case of not paying too much, just buying too soon. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM.) March 2008 47


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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan Where Are Ferrari's Future Classics? Rather than thrilling history, values of the 288, F40, F50, and Enzo are based on books, tools, and low miles One-off Mythos is Testarossa-based answer is very few, if any. O Win on Domenica, sell on Lunedi From the first Ferraris built in 1947, the Ferrari repu- tation was built on wins at the Mille Miglia, the Targa Florio, the Tour de France, Le Mans, and other races. Almost every early Ferrari was a V12 one-off, built to the whim and taste of its owner and the race department. One-off race cars soon evolved into one-off coachbuilt cars, expressions of Ferrari's racing tradition, of la dolce vita exclusivity and wealth. The numbers were small, with a mere two cars built in 1948, up to 26 in 1950, to 306 in 1960, and onward to a modest 928 Ferraris built in 1970 when Fiat money revitalized and forever changed the nature of Ferrari. Too many to be collectible Today, thanks to emerging markets in Asia and the Middle East, Ferrari now builds about 6,000 cars a year. The collectibility of anything, be it Ferraris, coins, stamps, or whatever, is inversely related to the number built, and far too many 550s, 575s, and other modern Ferraris have been built to ever be anything more than nice cars. Consider that in 1960 Ferrari built 306 cars, including 62 SWBs, many of which continued the Ferrari tradition of winning races and championships. In the last decade, Ferrari constructed 3,600 550s and almost as many 575s, of which only twelve were factory-built 575 GTC race cars, and none of them had any significant race results. Since the days of the Competition Daytona and the 512 and 512 M Sports Prototype cars, Ferrari has focused on Formula One, and so the relationship between today's 48 ne of the frequent questions that crosses my desk is “Which current Ferraris will become classics like the Lusso, 275 GTB, or any of the collectible earlier Ferraris?” Sadly, the Pinin, a four-door flat-12 GT cars and Ferrari's great wins is hardly anything more than both of them carrying decals of the Prancing Horse. Fast cars with room for kids The V6 and later V8 Ferraris may have made Ferrari a household name and ex- panded Ferrari ownership, but they are anything but collectible. The V8s have continued Ferrari's racing tradition, doing well with the 360 Challenge and 360 GTC cars. But other than one-marque, Ferrari-only series or the occasional National Championship, V8s have never dominated the world racing scene like their V12 forebears. And the many post-Fiat Ferrari 2+2s—from the 365 GT4 2+2 to the 612—are simply fast cars with room for kids. The glory days ended with Fiat in 1970 Gone forever are the days of the early 166/195/212/225 and 250 coachbuilt cars, which evolved into the 375 Americas, the 410 and 410 Superamerica, 500 Superfast, and finally the 365 California Spyder. The days of top-of-the-line Ferraris being built to the client's order, with special engines, unique body features, and personalized interiors ended in the late 1960s and early 1970s with Fiat-introduced mass production and headlight, bumper, smog, and safety regulations. Newer cars are excluded from key events. Early cars, from the 166s up to the Boano, Ellena, and TdF, are eligible for the Mille Miglia or Colorado Grand, while later cars, such as the 250 GTO, 275 GTB/C, Comp Daytonas, and 512 M and 512 S Sports Prototype cars, are eligible for the Monterey Historics or Pebble Beach. But eligibility dates do not move forward every year, so virtually all the cars built beyond Fiat's 1970 ownership are excluded from these events. Only for the Sultan of Brunei If coachbuilt cars are no longer made to the client's order as a matter of course, a number of pre-production prototypes are built for every production Ferrari. In addition, a few ultra-wealthy clients have had existing Ferraris modified by Pininfarina. Potentially collectible examples include a few special factory prototype cars, such as the Pinin, a 512 BB-based one-off four-door Ferrari with a front-mounted flat-12 built in 1980, or perhaps some of the Pininfarina specials built for the Sultan of Brunei, including the Mythos, a Testarossa-based special, or the Venice, one of perhaps a half dozen 456 GTs rebodied as a station wagon. None would be eligible for judging, as no class exists for such cars, but each would certainly be display novelties. In today's vintage racing world, the only raceable modern exceptions from the Sports Car Market Peter Den Biggelaar


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mid-1970s and 1980s are the few privateer 365 BB and 512 BB Le Mans and IMSA cars, the 25 factory-built BBLMs, or just over two dozen Michelotto 308s built for the track or rallying. Fast forward to the 1990s, and the 333 SP, F40 GT, F40 LM, and F40 LM GTE are collectible, but have only become so in the last two years as the prices of early cars soared. Unlike the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s racers, which are user-friendly for a touring event or a cruise to the local weekend car show, the 333 SP and F40 racing variants are impractical for anything but the race track and are not for the faint of talent or wallet. Successfully rebuilding the past As for the future, pre-Fiat Ferraris can be restored by an experienced shop, and virtually any part is or will continue to be available or can be made by a machine shop. Older Ferraris such as the Lusso were evolutionary, in that many parts were interchangeable throughout the ten-year 250 series span, so the same basic parts fit many cars. In theory, Ferrari's new Clienti support program will continue to provide future parts for the modern cars, as somebody has to help to pay for the F1 budget. Reality, however, is that every manufacturer immediately ignores cars as soon as the federally-mandated support period is over. They want you to buy a new one, not fix an old one. Ferrari SpA has always answered the question, “What is the best/favorite/most exciting Ferrari?” with “The next one,” and so today's Ferraris will tomorrow require lots of expensive electronic parts that have become “unobtanium.” The complexity of today's electronic wizardry will only increase future maintenance issues, making ownership and usability problematic. Rarity still drives the Ferrari market After the boom of the late 1980s and crash of the early 1990s, I wondered if the next generation of collectors would still covet the Ferraris I grew up with, the 8,000 or so pre-Fiat Ferraris built from the 166 to the 365 GTB/4. Needless to say, the economic boom of the last ten years has proven the timeless desirability of these early cars, with virtually all the more sporting examples of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s Ferraris immensely sought-after across the globe. So, the bottom line is this: Of the 120,000 Ferraris built since Fiat entered the picture in 1970, only a few pre-production prototypes, the racing Boxers, the Michelotto-built 308s from the 1970s and 1980s, and finally the ultra-fast 333 SP and F40 race variants have become collectible, and those only in the last few years. A number of ultra-wealthy enthusiasts have built modern Ferrari supercar collections, each with a 288 GTO, an F40, an F50, and an Enzo, usually garaged with a few older Ferraris and a dozen or so other modern super-exotics. While the 288, F40, F50, and Enzo are the best of their time and true supercars, none will ever be judged for its unique one-off bodywork, race-winning history, or special features. Rather, the collectibility and value of the 288, F40, F50, and Enzo are judged by how complete the books and tools may be, by the small number of owners they have had, and by the scarce miles they have been driven. How strange to attribute value to the non-use of cars that were made to be driven. ♦ March 2008 49


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English Profile 1904 Rolls-Royce 10 hp Two-Seater Such luxury was the equivalent of today's private jet, a powerful symbol of its owner's status and forward thinking By Simon Kidston Details Years produced: 1904–05 Number produced: 17 Original list price: £1,000 approx ($5,000), the same as a small house SCM Valuation: $7,254,290 on this date Tune-up cost: Instruct your man… Distributor cap: Good luck… Chassis#: Plate on dash Engine#: Not visible Club: Rolls-Royce Owners Club, 191 Hempt Rd. Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 More: www.rroc.org Alternatives: 1903 Cadillac Model A (oldest survivor), 1903 Ford Model A (oldest survivor), 1904 Mercedes-Benz 40-45 Sport SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 20154 T he Midland Hotel, Manchester, was the site of a significant meeting in automotive history on May 4, 1904, when the Hon. Charles Rolls arrived by train with his business associate Henry Edmunds, to meet Frederick Henry Royce. Both parties knew each other by repute and their part- nership was to be one of lasting significance in the automotive world. Their backgrounds could not have been more different—Rolls was an aristocrat, a Cambridge graduate who briefly held the world land speed record, wheras Royce was a railway engineer whose fascination with electricity had led him to the auto industry, while inventing the bayonet bulb fitting along the way. Royce had owned a French-built de Dion and later a Decauville before he decided he could do better and built his own 10-hp, 2-cylinder car, which he launched on April 1, 1904. Henry Edmunds drove this car on the Automobile Club's Sideslip Trials later that month carrying two reporters and, based on its performance, encouraged his friend Charles Rolls to meet with Royce. The Midland Hotel meeting led Rolls to agree to take Royce's entire production. The cars were to be marketed as Rolls-Royces from late 1904, and the two agreed to develop a line of 2-, 3-, 4-, and 6-cylinder cars. The plan was to build 19 Type A 10-hp cars, though only 17 were constructed. These had a 2-cylinder engine, three-bearing crank, and twin cams operating overhead inlet valves and side exhaust. The 1.8-liter engine drove through a cone clutch to a 3-speed gearbox and shaft drive. The first Type A was number 20150 (still a Royce). The car presented here is 20154, the fourth Rolls-Royce and the oldest one known. It was developed as a show car 50 with a Barker Park Phaeton body with occasional rear seats. It was selected for the Paris Salon de l'Automobile, which ran from December 9 to 25, 1904, and was driven to Paris by C. Vivian Moore. It then returned for the Olympia Motor Show in Februrary 1905. 20154's provenance is remarkably complete, passing through the hands of several Scottish doctors before returning to Harrogate, Yorkshire, in 1913. Insurance agent Percy Binns was given it as a 21st birthday present in 1920, fitted with a later-style streamlined body. He drove it until 1930. In 1950, 20154 was discovered by enthusiast Oliver Langton in a farm building near Leeds. It was found to be remarkably complete and correct, with the exception of a later 20hp steering column and box—the original radiator was even hidden behind the streamlined cowl. Percy Binns agreed to sell it and Langton rebodied 20154 with a period two-seater Edwardian body in time for the 1954 London-to-Brighton run, with the license plate U44. 20154 made numerous London-Brighton runs until 1978, when it was acquired by the present owner. It is presented in dark blue livery with red leather upholstery, P&H side oil lights and acetylene headlights. 20154 has been carefully maintained, including an extensive rebuild in 1989–90, including aluminum pistons and new rings. 20154 comes with a wealth of photographs and docu- ments and remains the only existing pre-1905 RollsRoyce eligible for the London to Brighton run. Only three other 10hp models are known to survive—20159, 20162, and 20165, all of them 1905 models. 1903 Cadillac Model A (oldest survivor) Lot# 412, s/n 13 Condition 1 Sold at $337,000 Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 8/17/2007 SCM# 46230 1903 Ford Model A (oldest survivor) Lot# 247, s/n 30 Condition 2+ Sold at $693,000 RM, Phoenix, AZ, 1/19/2007 SCM# 44066 1904 Mercedes 40-45 hp Sport Lot# 22, s/n 2661 Condition 1- Sold at $2,255,000 Gooding, Oxnard, CA, 10/21/2006 SCM# 43390 Sports Car Market Photos: Bonhams


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SCM Analysis This car sold for $7,254,290 at the Bonhams Olympia sale on December 3, 2007, more than doubling the existing auction records for both a veteran car and a Rolls-Royce. A quick fact: Despite eleven registered bidders and interest from many more on both sides of the Atlantic, from the moment bidding opened at $2 million, the increments rose so quickly that only three bidders, all of them European (I hope the British buyer won't mind me including him in that definition), made the running before the hammer fell. Insured for $6 million, destined to sell well It's perhaps telling that although Bonhams's pre-sale estimate was “in excess of a million pounds,” when the car was shipped to Quail Lodge last August for display, it was insured for $6 million. This car created a buzz from the moment it was consigned and was destined to sell well. Why? And what, if anything, does this result mean to the wider car collecting fraternity? If, like me, you belong to the (slightly) younger age group in the old car world, it's easy to dismiss veterans as the cars people collected once upon a time but which no longer bear much relation to anything we're used to seeing on the road or even at most historic motoring events. They don't have the mass “sex appeal” of a bright red 1960s Ferrari or even the more elite “wow” factor of a 1930s Duesenberg. But put yourself in the shoes—if you can—of a turn-of-the-century gentleman whose forebears had, for centuries, relied on horsepower of the four-legged variety, or perhaps more recently the revolutionary railroad network. Both are perfectly adequate, but suddenly a new-fangled invention appears, which provides the lucky few fortunate enough to afford such indulgence (and it really was an indulgence in those pioneering days) with the means to travel almost anywhere, at your own convenience and in relative privacy—the horseless carriage. Such luxury was, in its own way, the late 19th century equivalent of today's private jet ownership, a powerful symbol of its owner's status and forward thinking. Around the western world, aspiring entrepreneurs and engineers jumped on the motor car bandwagon in the hope of building their own automobile and cashing in on this latest fashion. None knew if it would last, and for most it didn't. None can rival the marque's prestige From hundreds of manufacturers that sprouted from humble origins, just a handful survive, and of these, none can rival the prestige of that great British marque RollsRoyce. No matter that today, like so many other British names, it's in foreign hands (BMW owners can bask in the reflected glory); to many, Rolls-Royce still builds “The Best Motor Car in the World,” and this diminutive little runabout, with its quaint styling and an engine barely powerful enough to run the a/c in a modern Phantom, is the oldest known exponent of a century-old legacy familiar to virtually everyone. And that's the key. Yes, it's the only Rolls-Royce eligible for the celebrated London to Brighton Run, and interest in veterans hasn't been this strong in over a generation (Bonhams sold over 30 last year, compared to 10–15 a year previously), but their market is still ruled by old school car collectors, tweed-clad gentlemen more interested in the pleasure of motoring rather than the monetary variety; it took a single meeting and a handshake to consign this car. The elusive Russian oligarchs and Chinese nouveaux riches that sellers are all waiting for probably aren't itching to spend a day trundling from our capital to a faded seaside resort exposed to the best the British climate can offer…at the breakneck speed of 40 mph (45 with a tailwind). But as the new custodian of this car, the buyer gets to own a piece of history. Forget the cobbled-together body, or that during the war the car was left with others in a field as a landing deterrent to Hitler's Luftwaffe (then again, that's a rather good story too), or that Percy Binns's handwritten sales receipt dated 1950 refers to it as “all the mortal remains of my Rolls car.” What puts it in a league of its own is that, unless one of the three earlier Rolls-Royces built suddenly comes back from the dead (which, for $7 million, it may be tempted to do), this is arguably the most historic example of the marque in existence. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) March 2008 51


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English Patient Gary Anderson An MG That Fits You to a ‘T' The fastest TF takes 18.9 seconds to reach 60 mph and you run the risk of being rear-ended by a soccer mom in her SUV by Gary Anderson T he MG TC, TD, and TF brought top-down British sports car motoring to America, and all three are now affordable collectibles that give you an authentic taste of a bygone era. In the beginning… well almost Bankrupted by WWII, Britain faced “export or die” pressure in 1945, and the MG TC Midget was rushed into production, little more than an update of 1936's MG TA. It was a surprise hit in the U.S., with 2,000 cars sold between 1947 and 1949 and a further 1,500 being brought back by returning servicemen. MG even made a U.S. version with turn signals and bumpers, to account for American parking skills. All TCs were RHD, so in 1949 MG introduced the TD. It was available in LHD, but still had the 1,250-cc engine dating from 1939. However, the pound had just been devalued and the now-affordable TD was a huge success, with 24,388 of 29,664 being sold to the U.S. The TD's list price in 1950 was $1,850, which was $626 less than a Buick Super convertible. The Corvette bowed in 1953 at $3,513, while the TD cost $2,115. In 1952, MG was upstaged by the Austin-Healey 100, despite having the sleek MG A waiting in the wings. MG kept a toehold in the U.S. with the semi-streamlined MG TF, until the MG A could be introduced in 1955. So which of these cars would suit you best, and how can you tell if you are buying a good one? MG TC—a time machine in your garage Rev up the MG TC and it can transport you and Nigel Shiftright to a temporary airfield in southern England where your Spitfire waits. 1949 MG TC Just don't try to keep pace with a modern minivan on the freeway, because the 54 horsepower of the 1,250-cc XPAG engine takes almost 23 seconds to get up to 60 miles per hour. Even worse, the narrow chassis and 19-inch wire wheels with their 4.5-inch cross-ply tires cause you to swerve after each passing truck, and they track with every groove in the road. And check the weather report before you go out, because the canvas top stretches over a minimal frame and includes large side screens that flap in the lightest breeze. The whole apparatus will do little more than keep rain out of your face. But the MG TC will give you the exact experience of driving one of the light-framed, solid-axle, drum-braked, and limited-power automobiles that were the British standard before WWII. MG TD—best value for money The TD of 1949 is significantly more practical than the TC, but it's still not going to burn up the track or transport you comfortably for long distances. Drawing on the heavier frame and coil-sprung independent front suspension developed for MG's YA sedan, the TD is more solid but softerriding than its predecessor. Smaller, wider 15-inch wheels lowered the car and improved handling. Wire wheels were never available, but many cars have been retro-fitted. Rack-and-pinion steering replaced the cam-gear of the TC, but even better, the TD was available with lefthand drive. The delight of the TD is that it preserved the quintessentially English style, with fold-down windshield, separate fenders and running boards, upright grille, and free-standing chrome headlamps. The walnut dash of the TC was replaced by a Rexine (vinyl) fascia, but the instruments were still from Jaeger, with a delightful clockwork appearance. Early TDs didn't give you a clue that the car might be overheating, but finally in 1952, the single oil pressure gauge was replaced by 1951 MG TD 52 Sports Car Market


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a “safety gauge” that monitored both oil pressure and water temperature. One function invariably quits first, and the only choice is to have the original rebuilt. The downside of the TD is that it used the same en- gine as the TC; it also had the same flimsy top. Though you can't do much about the weather-proofing, there are some fixes to the power problem. Changing the rear end can give the car a higher top speed, modern 5-speed conversions are available to replace the temperamental 4-speed transmission, and with a little re-engineering, a more powerful MG B engine can be fitted. There was a club racer Mk II with fractionally more power (57.5 hp), whose sole attribute is its rarity. It can be recognized by chrome grille bars (normally painted to match the interior), a Mk II badge, and a carburetor bulge on the side of the hood MG TF—stylish but rare With its swept-back grille, lower bonnet line, and headlamps faired into the swept- back fenders—and once again available with wire wheels—the 1952 TF still preserved quintessential MG-ness. The hood opened to the side, doors were cut down, and the spare mounted behind the rear-mount fuel tank. There was still no gas gauge. The interior of the TD was completely redesigned, which for today's buyer is both good and bad. The gauges, mounted in a center instrument panel, are uniquely MG with their octagon shapes. For the first time, separate bucket-style seats replaced the benchback style of all the earlier roadsters. Unfortunately, many detail pieces were custom-made for the TF. With the limited numbers of TFs still on the road, most parts are not reproduced today and original replacements are almost impossible to find. The lack of power was addressed with the introduction of the TF 1500, though this was not the 1,500-cc engine of the MG A, but a rebore of the XPAG engine. The resulting 1,466 cc and 63 horsepower produced a top speed of 80 mph, but the TF still needed 18.9 seconds to reach 60 mph, which leaves you vulnerable in today's traffic to being rear-ended by a cell phone-chatting soccer mom in an SUV. The lower front end profile means that you're limited to which other engines will fit. The Volvo B16-B18-B20 will do, but if the engine is relatively common, the conversion is not. What should I pay for a T? The good news is that with 10,000 TCs and nearly 30,000 TD/TFs produced, there are several of these typical tea-baggers on every auction list, and sale prices rarely exceed $35,000. Because of its relative rarity, the TF will run at the top of the range, and top class TCs will outprice TDs, even though they aren't as practical to drive. The bad news is that the number produced is relatively small (compare the total to the 70,000 Healeys, 400,000 MG Bs, and five million Minis produced). BASIC NUMBERS MG TC Years produced Number produced Price new Engine Horsepower Maximum speed 0–60 mph Front suspension Standard Wheels SCM Valuation Clubs March 2008 1945–49 10,000 $1,980 in 1946 1,250 cc 54 75 mph 22.7 sec solid axle 19-inch wire $30,000–$45,000 1955 MG TF 1500 Though the parts needed to keep a T-series car on the road are all in the catalog of Moss Motors, which was originally established to supply TC owners, there isn't enough demand to justify tooling up for the niggly little trim parts that were unique to Ts. In particular, with a body tub that was made of light steel panels over ash frames, the car is vulnerable to wood rot and rust. Individual wood frame pieces are available, if you can find a body man who knows how to restore coachwork. However, Moss has stopped stocking complete replacement body tubs since they “have found it impossible to adequately prepare customers for the amount of work necessary to complete the vehicle using the U.K. manufactured tub.” Consequently, should a T-series require extensive res- toration, the work could cost twice as much as just buying a good car. Also be aware that crankshafts are fragile and hard to find, and avoid cars with a noisy first gear, or which jump out of gear on deceleration. Bottom line: There's no such thing as a worthwhile T-series “project car.” Every one worth restoring has been restored. So calculate the top price you're willing to pay by subtracting the cost of needed work from the price of an excellent example. No other marque enables you to journey back to the days America was being introduced to sports cars, and the T-series MG was making the introduction. ♦ MG TD 1949–53 29,664 $1,850 in 1950 1,250 cc 54/57 80 mph 19.4 sec IFS 15-inch disc $22,000–$30,000 MG TF 1953–55 9,600 $2,250 in 1954 1,250 cc/1,466 cc 54/63 80 mph 18.9 sec IFS 15-inch wire $25,000–$40,000 www.mgcars.org.uk; New England MG ‘T' Register—www.nemgtr.org 53


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1973 Sbarro Mille Miglia Sbarro's interpretation of the 1957 Ferrari 335S is in some ways prettier than the one Scaglietti built in the 1950s by Donald Osborne Details Year produced: 2005 (donor car is a 1973) Number produced: 4 Original list price: €175,000 ($250,000), estimated SCM Valuation: $204,000 on this date Tune-up cost: $6,000 Distributor caps: $300 Chassis #: Plate on firewall, stamping on chassis near right front suspension pickup point Details Comps Engine #: Left side of engine block Club: Ferrari Owners Club, 8642 Cleta St., Downey, CA 90241; Ferrari Club of America, 15872 Radwick, Silver Springs, MD 20906 More: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 2007 Superformance Mk III, 2007 Lynx XK-SS, 2007 SCF XJ13 SCM Investment Grade: C Comps Chassis number: 17103 A t the age of 17, Franco Sbarro, whose real name is Francesco Zefferino Sbarro, left his native Italy for Neuchâtel, Switzerland, in order to live his dream of being an auto mechanic. In 1957, he found employment in the field and met Georges Filipinetti, owner of the famous auto racing team. Sbarro became his chief mechanic, and while maintaining the racing cars he designed his first car, the Filipinetti coupe. In 1968, he left Filipinetti and created the ACA— Ateliers de Construction Automobile—in Grandison, on the shore of Lake Neuchâtel. From that time, he has concentrated on the construction of cars, either replicas of legendary models, or prototypes of his own design. Inspired by the famous, rare, and expensive 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa, the car we present was finished in the colors of the American Cunningham race team, which ran Testa Rossas at the beginning of the 1960s. Based on a Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2, the frame was removed from the original body, as well as all the comfort features of the 365 (air conditioning, heating, electric windows...), cutting the weight of the car by 500 kg (1,100 lbs). The wheelbase was reduced to 2,400 mm. Sbarro wanted to be able to use this Ferrari “bar- chetta” on the road as well as the racetrack, and of the four he built, two were short-chassis models, this one with short doors. The body is made of a composite material and the car is equipped with Borrani wire wheels and Michelin tires with a period design. 54 SCM Analysis This car sold for $188,380 including premium at the Artcurial Classic and Racing Cars “Luxe, sport et collection” sale, in Paris, France, held December 10, 2007. Many levels of cars are “inspired” by other vehicles. At the high end, they include manufacturer-built duplicates of competition models such as the Frazier-Nash LeMans Replicas, as well as craftsman-built copies of racing cars either lost or extremely rare, as in the case of the Lancia D50 grand prix cars recently built in the U.K. These D50 replicas were constructed in the original manner around many original mechanical parts. From fakey-doos to genuine alternatives On the other end are fiberglass Porsche Speedster look-alikes with VW power or Fierobased “Countaches.” While some of these tributes may indeed be worthy of Publisher Martin's pet phrase “fakey-doo,” others are reasonable alternatives for the owner of a rare or very original car who wants to use it but has fear of wearing it out, or for someone who wants the look and feel of a legendary car but can't stretch the budget far enough. Yet another category includes cars that are unique creations by a designer, intended to honor a car or an era, but which are not a direct copy of any other vehicle. They are aimed at a clientele that could more than afford a vintage car but wants to 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Replica Lot# 274, s/n 3839 Condition: 2+ Sold at $135,139 Bonhams, Gstaad, CHE, 12/18/2001 SCM# 24241 1957 Ferrari TRC Recreation Lot# 86, s/n 4229GT Condition: 2 Sold at $125,000 RM, New York, NY, 9/21/2002 SCM# 29104 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Competition Replica Lot# 257, s/n 3437 Condition: 1Sold at $173,919 Bonhams, Gstaad, CHE, 12/18/2004 SCM# 36805 Sports Car Market


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swan about with the look and none of the headaches of an old car. One example of such is Brooks Stevens's Excalibur—at least the earliest ones—and another is this Sbarro Mille Miglia. Franco Sbarro is a brilliant and iconoclastic auto builder, best known for the wild and crazy specials he and the students of his design school have displayed at the Geneva Auto Show. Many of these are amorphously shaped fantasies for the road, including mo- torcycles with hub-less wheels, cars with diamond-pattern wheel layouts, various six-wheeled conveyances, and individual engines inside car wheels years before any major automaker thought it remotely practical. Even his first car, the Filipinetti coupe, was an unusual and dramatic shape for a 1960s GT. He has also produced a number of more traditional replicas, including an accu- rate BMW 328 sports car that faithfully followed the form and details of the original. Further, Sbarro built and sold his versions of the Ferrari P4, Ford GT40, Mercedes 300SL, Lola T70, Mercedes 540K, and even a Bugatti Royale. The Mille Miglia is not an exact copy of the 1957 Ferrari 335S that won the final edition of the great Italian road race, but rather Sbarro's interpretation of the iconic shape. It is, in some ways, actually prettier than the one Scaglietti built in the 1950s. Making all the right noises, and fast With a genuine Ferrari platform and drivetrain, it would make all the right noises, and the dramatic weight reduction of over 1,000 lbs compared to the source car, combined with 340 hp, should make it go like the best of the products of the Prancing Horse. It's also nice that the donors these days for “specials” such as this have moved from period 250s, which are too valuable, to 365 GT4 2+2s, which most people consider more expendable. Four examples of the Mille Miglia were built in 2005 and 2006 and they all vary somewhat in design and specification. They are similar in appearance to an earlier “Mille Miglia Brescia” open car Sbarro produced in 1985 with Lancia power. Some have high-backed bucket seats with twin headrest humps on the rear deck, and the number and arrangement of body and hood scoops differ from car to car. This example is one of the simplest configurations and was designed to look more like a 1950s circuit racer than a grand touring car. Low-backed seats with four-point racing harnesses are set in a fully carpeted and trimmed interior. Painted, rather than chromed, wire wheels add to the period look. It appears to be very well finished with a high-quality composite body and excellent panel gaps. SCM's correspondent at the auction reported the car to be in #1 condition, which is not surprising as it is still practically new. He also agreed with my assessment of the look of the car from photographs, that it is very attractive. The final question: “Is it worth $190,000?” If you are hoping for a stealth entry to the Mille Miglia Storica, Le Mans Classique, Goodwood Revival, or Monterey Historics, this isn't it. In fact, you'll likely be directed to the parking lot if you drive it to Cavallino. However, it is a very limited production car from the atelier of one of today's most noted designers and undoubtedly very drivable, as it has hard-to-obtain German TÜV approval. For the intended buyer, someone for whom $190,000 is pocket change, it has to be counted a good buy. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Artcurial.) March 2008 55


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German Profile 1959 Mercedes-Benz 220S Convertible It takes a while for enthusiasts to realize these cars are about craftsmanship and balance, rather than style by Alex Dearborn Details Years produced: 1956–59 Number produced: 2,178 Original list price: $7,641 SCM Valuation: $40,000–$100,000 Tune-up cost: $275 Distributor cap: $35 Chassis #: Right front fender in engine bay Engine#: Left side block below cylinder head Club: Mercedes-Benz Club of America, 1907 Lelaray St., Colorado Springs, CO, 80909; www.MBCA.org More: www.mbzponton.org Alternatives: 1953–55 Aston Martin DB2/4 DHC, 1959–62 Bentley Continental S2 DHC, 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1957 Mercedes-Benz 220S Cabriolet Lot# 2803, s/n 22058509107 Condition 3 Sold at $76,680 Chassis number: A1800308500680 M ercedes continued its tradition of quality in the mid-1950s with the 220S and 300 model range. The 220S was offered in saloon, coupe, and convertible form. The 220S (W128) was produced in limited numbers from 1956 to 1959. It was the last of the “Ponton” series, which had begun in 1953 with the 180 and featured a unitized construction and fully independent suspension. It was powered by a 2.2-liter OHC, 6-cylinder engine with aluminum head. An automatic clutch was available, along with the column-mounted 4-speed manual transmission. The “Ponton” series was succeeded by the “Fintail” for 1960. Offered here is a beautiful 220S convertible from the Walter B. Satterthwaite Collection. At the time it was sold new, this car was almost as expensive as a Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz. Nearly every surface was covered in leather or wood, and matching leather luggage was optional. Coming out of a long hibernation and available for the first time in decades, this example is equipped with a Becker radio, factory clock, and other accessories. SCM Analysis This car sold for $51,750 at the Worldwide Group's auction in Hilton Head, South Carolina, on November 3, 2007. 56 The 220S and 220SE convertibles were modestly- sized luxurious touring cars that were introduced to America at a time when our own high-end domestic cars were given to wretched excess. These convertibles (and coupes) were among the last cars to leave the factory with solid brass trim, which was individually fitted and chromed for each car. The convertibles are frequently called cabriolets by collectors, though that term was dropped by the factory, along with the landau irons of the preceding model. Construction quality was superb, with even well- worn examples giving rattle-free service after decades of use. The lavish wood trim was offered in burl, rosewood, and zebrano veneers, and was the only Mercedes wood treatment to feature curving, almost sculpted lines uniting the door trim with the dash. Excellent highway cruisers The cars were then and are now excellent highway tourers, with padded tops, tight fitting windows, good sound deadening, and excellent heat and fresh air systems. These systems made the cars better suited to cruising American highways than the Mercedes SL twoseaters of the time. 1958 Mercedes-Benz 220S Cabriolet Lot# 391, s/n 180030N8510535 Condition 3+ Sold at $69,300 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/2007 SCM# 44010 Sports Car Market 1957 Mercedes-Benz 220S Cabriolet Lot# 257, s/n 180007502075 Condition 3+ Sold at $85,000 RM, Amelia Island, FL, 3/10/2007 SCM# 44683 Kruse, Auburn, IN, 8/30/2007 SCM# 46701 Photos: The Worldwide Group


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My wife Danna and I just completed an 8,500-mile U.S. tour in a 220SE, cruising the interstates at 80 mph and enjoying the backroads even more. Our one “mechanical event” occurred when the idle screw fell out of the fuel injection pump and was lost. (It was evidently poorly adjusted by yours truly). I got a new one through FedEx. The 220S used a 2.2-liter, SOHC inline-6 with two carburetors. This variant was built between 1956 and 1959, with just 2,178 convertibles leaving the factory for worldwide consumption. The 220SE was essentially the same car, using a mechanically fuel-injected version of the same motor, which was uprated to 125 hp. Production of 220SE convertibles totaled just 1,112 units. These 220S and SE convertibles, while made in small numbers, are nonetheless easy to service. They share mechanicals with the mass-produced sedans and are supported by excellent factory spare parts availability. The newly-opened Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine, California, can locate any part in their worldwide system, and several U.S. independent parts distributors specialize in this model. As Mercedes enthusiast John Olson (www.SLmarket. com) put it: “The 220S/SE has that rare combination of quality and drivability... unlike many famous cars you wouldn't dare drive more than 50 miles from home. Mercedes-Benz collectibles like the 220SE and 190SL—and even Pagoda SLs—are for mature (if that's the right word) enthusiasts who appreciate quality over muscle.” March 2008 It is bewildering to Mercedes enthusiasts how casually American muscle cars of the 1960s were assembled. Conversely, it takes a while for general enthusiasts to understand that 1950s Mercedes-Benzes are about craftsmanship and balance, rather than exceptional style (if you don't count 300SL Roadsters and Gullwing coupes). Rust is the major problem If there is a fault to be found, it is rust. These early unibody structures were as vulnerable as 356 Porsches, with rockers, floors, and front suspension mounts at risk. As with most cars, long storage (even dry) causes fuel residue to clog the fuel system and rust to gain a hold in the bottom of the gas tank. After ten years of little or no use, expect to rebuild the brakes, fuel system, carburetors, exhaust, and possibly steering boxes and suspension. This can run $9,000–$15,000 in a 220S. The 220S convertible sold at Hilton Head is almost certainly going to need a full restoration to satisfy most owners. If the car isn't too rusty, and if it is complete, it could take as much as $200,000–$250,000 to restore it thoroughly. Recent sales of the slightly more desirable 220SE variant have been in the $90,000–$150,000 range for #2 examples, although a beautifully-restored 220SE sold at RM Phoenix in January 2006 for $203,500. We sold a 220S convertible in 2007 for $130,000, and routinely have 220SEs in the $120,000–$150,000 range. That $130,000 220S had been beautifully restored by Jurgen Klockemann and was probably the high-water mark in quality and price for this model. Based on these figures, the purchase of our subject car looks ill-advised; then again, supposedly grown-up adults indulge in these miscalculations all the time. For many, there's nothing like nursing an old car back to life using restorers and vendors of their own choosing, and reveling in the adventures and triumphs along the way. If the buyer adds a $250,000 restoration to his $50,000 purchase, he can enjoy a beautiful collectible for a few years until the market catches up. And with 300SL Roadsters at $600,000, it may take less time than you'd think. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of the Worldwide Group.) 57


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Porsche Gespräch Jim Schrager Keeper or Flipper? Ever notice the guy at your cousin's wedding, endlessly scrolling through his Blackberry during the service? Porsche Gespräch / Jim Schrager by Jim Schrager Some keepers, some headed for Craigslist A re you a collector or flipper? I find it makes all the difference to your enjoyment of the hobby to understand who you are and what you are doing. To see how you rate, take this little test. Don't worry about the outcome, as both collectors and flippers can live happily ever after. Check your responses: True or False. 1. I tend to own my vintage Porsches a long time. True False 2. I tend to like times when prices go up quickly. True False 3. I find it great fun to work on my Porsches or have them upgraded by professional shops. True False 4. I tend to make a decision on buying a Porsche based mostly on what I will be able to sell it for. True False 5. I like to drive my Porsches and do it as much as possible. True False 6. I have quoted recent sale prices in my ads when I have a Porsche to sell. True False 7. I love to read arcane facts about Porsches and buy most every book written about them. True False 8. I use eBay and Craigslist frequently to buy and sell. True False 58 If you are a true flipper, your first answer will be False and then will alternate between True and False. If you are a collector, you'll have the opposite responses. Whichever you are, take heart, because both can have a great time in the Porsche hobby. But it's important to be honest with yourself and realize on which side of the great divide you reside. Here is a little more detail. Starting at question num- ber one, ask yourself: Is that recently purchased Porsche burning a hole in your pocket? Do you find you own cars just for brief moments? How many Porsches have you had for five to ten years? If you've had most for a long time but a few come and go quickly, then you are a collector who simply makes some mistakes along the way. Alternatively, if you have a few Porsches you've owned a long time but mostly cars come and go, you're a flipper. Collectors love quiet times in the market Question Two: Porsche collectors love a quiet time in the market, because that allows them to buy cars no one else really wants without having to fight off hordes of momentum-crazed “investors.” Flippers hate quiet times, and only want to buy Porsches with strong and rapid appreciation, as that is the best way to make money on the in-and-out. Fact is, flippers go for everything— new, old, fancy, plain, whatever. The bottom line is, can Sports Car Market


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they make a buck on the deal? Oddly, they do seem to be attracted to fast and flashy slantnose Turbos, even though while cheap to buy, they are hard to sell. By contrast, a collector may be happy with the low-key, modest 356A he's owned since college. Three: Porsche collectors love to work on their cars or have them upgraded, and can spend months, even years, studying and planning what to do. Flippers hate to fix their cars, as the work raises the selling price or lowers the margin. Does it hurt you each time something breaks on your Porsche? Do you cringe at the thought of getting it fixed? If so, you are a flipper. If you look at each repair as a chance to learn something, then you are a collector. Question number four posits that collectors visualize using and enjoying their potential purchase. Flippers look at each Porsche simply in terms of margin: How much can I make from selling it, especially if I can find that special customer willing to pay that special price? Five: Porsche collectors love to drive their cars; it is part of their joy to be transported back to earlier times. Flippers hate to drive their cars, as something may break or be damaged that will cost them money to fix. They mostly dream about the money in their bank account when that car is sold. When friends visit my warehouse, I am always anx- ious to have them drive and enjoy our cars. In one case, an old friend (who I later realized is a dedicated flipper), spent about an hour driving our Carrera RS on a long errand. He was so overwhelmed that anyone would do that, he became convinced I wanted to sell the car, although that was the furthest thing from my mind. He was actually insulted when I maintained that it wasn't for sale. He just could not imagine anyone driving an expensive vintage Porsche “just for fun.” Flippers announce prices to push market Question six asks how carefully you follow the market. Porsche collectors often miss the latest twists and turns in the market, preferring to concentrate on the cars rather than just the dollars. Flippers jump on every latest move, and may even announce in their ads the latest sale price of a similar model, just to try and push a new and perhaps outlandish price as the “market value.” Collectors know that no single sale, however highly publicized, makes the market. The market is always best represented by the sum of all transactions, not merely an outlier. Seven: Porsche collectors love to be experts in what they do, and will attend shows and tech sessions and read any book published on their beloved marque. Flippers like to know enough to sell the merchandise, and will rarely delve deeply into the details to better understand the inner workings. Eight: Flippers love buying and selling cars on eBay or Craigslist and visit the site frequently, maybe even obsessively. Ever notice the guy at your cousin's wedding endlessly scrolling through his Blackberry during the service? Probably a flipper. Collectors may look at the sites but don't generally buy much there, as the Porsches tend to be riskier and come with incomplete information. Note that in many ways, these two groups, both of whom are obsessed with Porsches, are like oil and water and don't mix very well. Collectors tend to gather to share their enjoyment and knowledge of Porsches, while flippers are always looking to buy cars at very low prices from those who don't know much about the market, and sell at very high prices to others who don't know much the market. In the end, these are two different ways to enjoy or profit from the old car hobby, each from their own distinctive perch. Stay tuned; next month I'll offer you ten tips on how to be a successful Porsche collector. ♦ March 2008 59


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American Profile 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz “The Raindrop Car” The car was used by Harley Earl in Florida, but it was not cut up for destruction or sectioned diagonally to repair collision damage as the myth goes by Chip Lamb Details Year produced: 1958 Number produced (prototypes): 6 est. Original list price (1958 Biarritz): $7,401 SCM Valuation: $330,000 on this date Tune-up cost: $125–$250 Distributor cap: $15 Chassis #: Left front frame rail in engine compartment Engine #: Right rear corner of block at oil pan Club: Cadillac & LaSalle Club, PO Box 360835, Columbus, OH 43236-0835 More: www.cadillaclasalleclub.org Alternatives: 1958–60 Lincoln Mk III/IV/V, 1957–60 Imperial Crown Convertible, 1954–60 Mercedes 300 Cabriolet SCM Investment Grade: B Chassis number: 58G049932 I n 1958, Cadillac produced a total of 815 Biarritz convertibles. Five were taken straight from the assembly line to GM's super-secret Styling Center, where they were highly modified. At least one of these cars has survived, reportedly the prototype of the “Raindrop” modification, and is presented here as part of the Wiseman Collection. At first glance, this unique convertible, finished in its original shade of red, may look like its regular Biarritz counterparts, but the rear-end styling used on this car was a precursor to the giant tailfins later used on the 1959 Cadillacs. Likewise, the dual pointed projectile-shaped taillights were also a preview of things to come. However, the most distinguishing characteristic of this car was its unique “Raindrop” feature. Fitted to the car was a special electronic sensor pro- grammed to snap into action the moment a drop of rain was detected. Once this occurred, it would automatically lift the three-piece special boot cover and raise the roof to its full, snug-fitting “up” position. To further protect the interior and ensure it remained dry, all of the windows would close. During the restoration, it was discovered that the rear portion of the car, from the door posts (or B-pillars) back, had been created by using laminated fiberglass to achieve the desired contours and deviations from the regular production Biarritz. According to legend, the Raindrop's creation was done under the orders of Harley Earl, the man in charge of GM styling. After its completion in 1958, Mr. Earl was seen driving the car on several occasions near his home in Florida. Once GM retired the car, it was reportedly cut into two pieces, with the chassis and running gear scrapped, 60 and the body sent to a local Detroit wrecking yard to be destroyed. This did not occur, however, and the parts of the car were hidden away for many years until a Cadillac dealer in Ohio learned of their existence. A 1958 Cadillac chassis was sourced and restoration was completed in the mid 1990s. General Motors rarely let concept vehicles escape, and it is by pure luck that this car has endured. What happened to the other four modified Eldorado Biarritz cars remains a mystery, and while rumors hint there may be another in the Midwest, this is the only confirmed survivor. Its restoration was a preservation of a piece of history. As such, its sale presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and should you be the winner, and others rain on your parade, at least the top will come up automatically, because that's the way GM planned it. SCM Analysis This car sold for $330,000 at RM's sale of the Al Wiseman Collection in Tarpon Springs, Florida, on December 1, 2007. GM prototypes hardly ever come to sale because GM prototypes that do not currently live in a Sterling Heights, Michigan, warehouse were likely long ago transformed into piles of scrap iron as required by the factory. The cars that survived this GM policy are few. More design exercise than prototype Unlike GM's first-tier prototypes, however, this is more of a design exercise and rolling platform for secondary styling cues, not a Cadillac Y-Job or LeSabre. The essence of this car is all 1958 Biarritz, a car with a tremendous presence all by itself but inspired largely from its own prototype, the 1953 Cadillac LeMans. Harley Earl, Cadillac's senior designer, took many essential 1952 Chrysler Thomas Special Lot# 162, s/n C51834214 Condition 2 Sold at $715,000 RM, Amelia Island, FL, 3/11/2006 SCM# 41029 Comps 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Lot# 57, s/n 58WA10902 Condition 1- Sold at $1,375,000 Gooding, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/20/2006 SCM# 42595 1954 Packard Panther-Daytona Lot# 138, s/n NA Condition 3Sold at $363,000 RM, Phoenix, AZ, 1/20/2006 SCM# 40686 Sports Car Market Photos: RM Auctions


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parts from the Biarritz, then finished the Raindrop's body with the convertible top arrangement, bucket seats, 1959style fins, and a comprehensive de-trimming from the production line automobile. Interestingly, there is evidence on this car of a re- search-and-development modification to the rear deck. This detail was not mentioned in the catalog or anywhere else, but was visible to the naked eye under Wiseman's fluorescent lights. In between the trunk lid and hard convertible top boot exists a small, nearly square, sunken area in the paint. I compared its shape and dimensions with the rain sensor mounted atop the transmission tunnel (the chief reason for the bucket seat arrangement) and found it to be the same. Mr. Wiseman's chief restorer and mechanic onsite during the sale, Ron Stone, and I discussed this patch at length and wondered if it was perhaps an error made during restoration or if it indeed dated back to 1958, when the sensor might have been moved during construction. During the automotive portion of the auction, the warm temperatures inside the bidding room chased me out to the entryway. Standing there, I attracted the com- pany of the car's original restorer, Bill Wedge of Ohio, who said that he found the patch there—most likely marking the original location of the rain sensor—when he redid the car some years ago. Mr. Wedge also said that when he sold the car to the Wiseman Collection in 1994, he'd taken a fairly serious loss on it and was not surprised it failed to meet its low estimate here of $500,000. Restorer debunked mythic tale Wedge also debunked much of the mythic tale surrounding the car's presentation in the catalog. According to him, while the car was indeed the property of and used extensively by Harley Earl in Florida, it had not been cut in half and removed from its frame. Wedge did replace the engine with another 1958 365-ci powerplant with TriPower carburetion, but said the frame was the original, not a replacement necessitated by the apocryphal sectioning of the secret prototype. As presented, the Raindrop Car's older restoration was holding up rather well, with little apparent signs of use or deterioration. Apart from the top that was never operated during the sale, everything was out for inspection, and the sole glaring flaw to body and paint was the aforementioned and perhaps historically significant square patch. The car's history was still not completely clear, and its status as a less-than-top-tier GM prototype contributed to a hammer price well below expectations at this no-reserve sale. That said, in my opinion, one would be hard-pressed to do better anywhere else, and the seller and buyer should both be satisfied. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM.) March 2008 61


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Domestic Affairs Colin Comer Is Your Snake a Replicant? Unless you are building an S/C or Comp car replica, just say “no” to scoops, roll bars, sidepipes, stripes, and other incorrect items Air cleaner installed above hood is your first clue DECKARD (Harrison Ford): Is this a real snake? ZHIRA (Joanna Cassidy): Of course it's not real. Do you think I'd be working in a place like this if I could afford a real snake? —Blade Runner, 1982 do no justice to the original. By definition, a replica should be an exact copy. I think most collectors would agree O 62 that nearly every replica Cobra ever bolted together is more of an interpretation than a replica. Some are better than the original, many are worse, but I've never seen one that was exactly accurate. Whether it is the builder's own personal touches, better-engineered componentry, non-original colors, or a body that just isn't dead on, the replica world has lots of Cobra-like cars that are far from actually replicating the real thing. Somewhere along the line, the name “Cobra” became the Kleenex of the collector car world—anything that looked close, even if it had a/c and a Chevy big block, became a “Cobra.” I do understand why replicas exist. The original cars were flawed from the be- ginning and have been financially out of reach for many enthusiasts for years. Even collectors who can afford a genuine article aren't keen on thrashing a $500,000 toy. kay, I'll freely admit I am a Cobra snob. I'm not as bad as one I witnessed at a Cobra gathering, running toward a replica yelling “I'm going to kick the lid off the Tupperware.” Or another who wears a T-shirt that says, “Oh, you have a Cobra too? What is your CSX #?” But I do agree that most replicas This is where replicas (or should I say tributes?) fit in. Available in just about any shape or size, with any kind of running gear you can imagine, and in inexpensive kit or even factory-assembled, turn-key form, replicas make sense for many. I also see the appeal of building one yourself. It's like restoring any old car, only you get instructions and new parts. The good, the bad, and the ugly When I ventured online to research the good, the bad, and the ugly, I was shocked at the number of replica builders. I will not list them, as I could never hope to get them all. If you're so inclined, Google “cobra replica”; my search returned 289,000 replies. So what to look for? The most accurate replicas are without question the Shelby continuation cars in aluminum (with bodies again supplied by AC Cars); or the Kirkham aluminum cars. Both take some liberties with the original design for the sake of safety and performance. For example, billet aluminum suspension uprights were not an option in 1964 but are easy to produce now. The body skins are thicker, and the chassis are better constructed. Every aspect seems to be tweaked to make the new cars as good as possible while still looking the part. As we get away from the aluminum cars from Shelby and Kirkham, some of the best looking fiberglass cars I Sports Car Market Charles Terry


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have seen are from Shelby, ERA, and Superformance. From this level, we proceed down through cars such as the Factory Five, which is a kit designed to use latemodel Mustang 5.0-liter running gear and chassis parts. I consider these track day cars, as they don't look even close to an original Cobra. The main draw, I suppose, is that they are cheap to build. The list of other replica builders is long, and all I can say is do your homework. My advice is much like restoring a collector car. Rather than try to do it yourself or, even better, to “make money” doing it because it is “so easy,” buy a completed car and let the other guy take the financial and emotional hit. How much motor is too much? That's easy From my perspective, the dumbest thing I see rep- lica buyers do is put in way too much engine. You do not need 800 hp in a 2,300 lb car, let alone one built in somebody's garage. A 514-ci Ford engine has no place in a Cobra, real or not. You can't get the power to the ground, and if you could, you'd break everything in the drivetrain—including the 14-inch driveshaft—like a twig. Plus, with horsepower comes heat, and heat is what you don't want in one of these things. Trust me. For example, when I rebuilt the engine in my original 427 Cobra, I made it a 9.5:1 compression ratio, small cam, nearly stock, Ford spec unit, except with even less compression for today's fuel. It made right around 450 hp on the engine dyno and runs on 91-octane fuel. In my Cobra, with slippery reproduction tires, the one time I took it to the drag strip it ran right around 11.9–12.0 second quarter-mile times—and that was leaving the line in second gear and smoking the tires through third. I guarantee a monster motor would have slowed it down. Just say no to scoops, stripes, and sidepipes The most appealing replicas are the most accurate. And that means unless you are building an S/C or Comp car replica, just say “no” to scoops, roll bars, sidepipes, stripes, and other incorrect items. You'd be surprised how good a Cobra looks without the Pamela Anderson Starter Kit. No street Cobra ever came with Le Mans stripes, either. Try to pick a traditional color and shy away from candy apple and custom van colors. Stick with traditional 15-inch wheels and period looking tires. Oh, and do you really need a huge stereo, digital gauges, and air conditioning? Why? Just remember that Shelby kept it simple and so should you. So what are repops worth? The best turn-key aluminum cars from Shelby or Kirkham cost around $125,000– $150,000, built to spec. On the secondary market, they seem to hover in the $80,000– $100,000 range. Fiberglass Shelby continuation cars are roughly $20,000 less to start, and that carries through to the secondary market. A new Superformance car is around $40,000 as a roller; add in an engine and transmission for roughly $70,000 turn-key, and they sell for around $40,000–$50,000 used. As one would guess, with so many replicas out there, you can find them from $15,000 though $150,000. Common sense dictates that you need to do your research and look at many different ones before deciding to buy or build. Even though I may not sing their praises, in some cases it makes sense to have a Cobra replica if you want 60% of the experience of a real one for 10% of the price. Not to mention the fact that every real Cobra owner will get the same question as you every time you park it: “Is that a real one?” For some people, it just isn't worth another $600,000 to say, “Yes.” ♦ March 2008 63


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Race Car Profile 1965 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk I Saloon That “inside front wheel in the air” was a function of stiff front springs and soft rear ones, which seemed to work by Thor Thorson Details Years produced: 1963–66 Number produced: 2,894 Original list price: $3,420 (U.S., 1965) SCM Valuation: $14,000–$21,000 Cost per hour to race: $500 (145 hp engine); $900 (185 hp engine) Chassis #: Right fender apron in engine compartment Engine #: On block by distributor Club: Lotus Cortina Register More: www.lotuscortina.net Alternatives: 1965–67 Alfa GTA, 1971–75 BMW 2002tii, 1964–66 Mini Cooper S SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: BA85E424567 F ord's 1960s profile-raising competition program included recruiting Lotus boss Colin Chapman to give the new Cortina a sporting makeover. Chapman's brief was to develop a Group 2 com- petition version; Lotus would then build the 1,000 cars required for homologation. Launched in 1963, the Lotus Cortina featured the Elan's Ford-based, DOHC, 1.6-liter engine in the two-door bodyshell. Lotus Cortinas dominated saloon racing's 2-liter class, often challenging for outright honors. Works cars were driven by Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Peter Arundell, and Jackie Ickx, while Sir John Whitmore, driving an Alan Mann-entered Lotus Cortina, was European Touring Car champion in 1965. The Lotus Cortina offered here is one of the original Works racing saloons campaigned during the mid-1960s by legendary Formula One World Champion Jim Clark, while touring car champions Sir John Whitmore and Jack Sears also competed in this same car. It was raced by the Works-backed Team Lotus during 1965 and comes with its factory record card recording events entered, dates, drivers, engines fitted, failures, and comments. During 1965, the car was used in the British saloon car championship, being driven by Jack Sears at Goodwood and Snetterton (twice), Jim Clark at Silverstone and Brands Hatch, and Sir John Whitmore at Oulton Park. Offered with Swansea V5 registration document and letters of authentication from the Lotus Cortina Register, “JTW 498C” represents a unique opportunity to acquire an historic racing saloon associated with three great motor 64 racing champions, including the legendary Jim Clark. SCM Analysis This car sold for $281,808 at the Bonhams Olympia Auction, which took place on December 3, 2007. Look, guys, I love Lotus Cortinas at least as much as the next guy, but this is insane! This car sold for twice the published estimate, which was twice what I would consider fair market for a garden-variety Lotus Cortina. Is the racing history associated with the car worth that much these days, and if so, why? I guess that's pretty much what I'm here to discuss today. There is no doubt that Lotus Cortinas (Lotus Type 28, if you want to be twiddly about it) are extremely cool cars. They have been described as the world's first homologation specials—cars designed and produced with the specific intent of making a car legal to race in a production class. It all started when Ford, with a very long history of building fundamentally stodgy cars, decided to upgrade its image and embraced the “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday” philosophy. Caprino? That means goat dung The Cortina debuted in 1962 as English Ford's first modern (unibody) car design. It was a light, stiff chassis with contemporary suspension and featured a wonderfully robust five-bearing evolution of their “Kent” 4-cylinder engine. It was the perfect base for a sporting sedan/racer conversion. (As a fun aside, the Cortina was named after the site of the Winter Olympics. It was originally to have 1964 Ford Lotus Cortina Lot# 434, s/n Z74D424157 Condition: 1Sold at $49,342 Bonhams, Beaulieu, U.K., 9/9/2006 SCM# 43320 1964 Ford Lotus Cortina Lot# 510, s/n BA74EU59032 Condition: 1 Sold at $100,440 Bonhams, Sussex, U.K., 7/11/2003 SCM# 31558 1965 Ford Lotus Cortina Lot# 254, s/n BA74EG59595 Condition: 2+ Sold at $36,007 Bonhams, Sussex, U.K., 8/3/2007 SCM# 46873 Sports Car Market Photos: Bonhams


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Really nifty tin-top racer Fast forward 40-plus years, and you've got a really nifty tin-top vintage racer. They're fun to drive, fairly reliable, easy to get parts for, and can be as fast as you want to make them, depending upon how much you want to pay an engine builder. Considering the money spent on this car, though, I doubt getit-dirty racing is on the buyer's mind. I expect the car will become an honored (and mostly static) part of somebody's sports memorabilia collection. Face it, we're an icon- and celebrity-worshiping society. been called the “Caprino” until somebody realized that the word meant “goat dung” in Italian.) By the early '60s, Colin Chapman and Lotus were well established as a premier English producer of sports and racing cars, and were developing a twin-cam cylinder head for Ford's Kent engine block (to replace the expensive and unreliable Coventry Climax engine). When Ford decided to create a performance variant of the Cortina, Chapman was the logical person to call. Chapman loved the idea, not least because his company could use the production line business (30 cars per week), and he set about designing the changes that would convert a clunky sedan into a sporting proposition. Obviously, the twincam engine went in, along with the close-ratio Lotus Elan transmission. Aluminum door, boot, and bonnet skins replaced steel units, the front suspension was dropped and stiffened, and then Chapman took on the rear suspension. Not content with simple leaf springs on the live axle, he created a complicated coil spring system with an alloy differential carrier to save weight. The whole rear suspension looked very elegant; we'll talk later about how well it worked. The end product was an impressive piece of kit in 1963, very “slammed” and aggressive-looking in its English white with a green blaze livery—the only way they came. It certainly wasn't something your Auntie drove to the Vicar's for tea. Ford's image was about to change. Lotus Cortinas were impressive out of the box in saloon racing, quickly establishing themselves as the car to beat in the under-2-liter class and often challenging for overall honors. The iconic image was repeated throughout Europe—a thundering herd of saloons chasing one or two little white and green Cortinas, hunkered way over in a corner with their inside front tires lifted clear of the track. They didn't start racing until September 1963, but in 1964, they won the championship easily; same in 1965. That “inside front wheel in the air” thing, by the way, was a function of stiff front springs and very soft rear ones, a design concept that you don't see much any more but seemed to work at the time. What didn't work was the fancy rear axle arrangement, which proved leaky and unreliable. For 1965, Chapman quietly went back to leaf springs with an iron differential, and nobody noticed. March 2008 If a Ferrari Lusso with seat wrinkles from Steve McQueen's tuckus can sell for three times an ordinary example, what must Jim Clark's imprimatur be worth? Obviously a lot, as that's the only real difference between this car and a lesser one. My friends who inspected the car were a little disappointed in how ordinary it seemed. Yeah, it got used as a street car for years after its glory time, but somehow, if you're buying a Team Lotus championship weapon for huge money, you'd like to have it be a bit scruffy and dog-eared, maybe with some old scrutineering stickers peeling off the side windows and some chips from battle. It did have (replica) correct Works racing seats in it (Lotus 18 formula car seats—terribly uncomfortable unless you're Clark's size), but full heater and ventilation? Aside from the documentation proving its provenance, it was for the world a street Lotus Cortina. The documentation and provenance are what matter, however. Though he was an iconic early-1960s racing driver, Jim Clark had a very short career and didn't leave much behind. He didn't sign many autographs and he drove relatively few cars, so the pickings are slim if you really want something to collect. Personally, I am a vintage racer, not a memorabilia collector, so I can't really understand spending that kind of premium for the history, but neither can I say it was wrong. The market clearly values the rarity that provenance bestows on certain cars, and this was an example. I hope that history proves it to have been well bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) Seat Time Don Rose, Salem, MA: I've owned three Mk I Lotus Cortinas over the past few years, starting with a “fast-road”-spec Aeroflow example while living in the U.K., which I used for historic hillclimbs, club racing, and grocery shopping around West London. Don't be fooled by the dorky looks, these cars are thoroughbreds mechanically, very nearly descended from race champions, lively to drive, and perfectly balanced on the track. It seems that I just can't do without one, so—breaking all my own rules against buying a car on eBay sight unseen—I just coughed up $40k for a rare LHD example. It's a California car from new, purchased from a knowledgeable collector. As of this writing, I haven't seen or driven it yet, but I can't wait. ♦ 65


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Market Reports Overview Winter Sales Total $57m Collections had some of the highest sales percentages, while high-profile European sales struggled to meet marks set in '06 by Jim Pickering brought over-estimate prices throughout the global market, others struggled to find new homes due in part to high reserves and in some respects a lack of bidder interest. At the same time, the middle and lower end of the U.S. market demonstrated some stability, with smaller regional sales showing growth and topping numbers recorded in previous years. In Early October, Senior Auction R ecent months have seen some high-profile events take place in the auction world, and while many of the cars on offer $38,133,206 RM, London, UK RM, Tarpon Springs, FL Sportscar, Geneva, CHE Bonhams, Gstaad, CHE Cox, Branson, MO McCormick, Palm Springs, CA Artcurial, Paris, FRA $5,293,635 $948,104 $4,908,698 Analyst Richard Hudson-Evans traveled to Geneva for The Sportscar Auction held at the Geneva Palexpo, where 32 of the 73 lots on offer sold for a combined total of $3.3m. The high sale of the event went to a 1948 Veritas-BMW Rennsport at $563,400, and even though some high-profile cars were present for the taking, final results fell short of last year's $4.3m total. Hudson-Evans then made his way back to the U.K. for RM's auction at Battersea Park in London. The collections of Bernie Ecclestone, Giuseppe Prevosti, and Abba Kogan were all offered at this first-time U.K. event, with Ecclestone's 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540k leading the $3,777,732 $3,339,700 $6,078,313 $38m final result at $8.2m. Fully 92% of the lots on offer found new ownership, with nine cars bringing over $1m each. On October 19 and 20, Senior Auction Analyst Dave Kinney made the trip to Branson for the Cox Auctions Fall Branson sale, where he noted a comfortable increase in numbers from the 56% and $3.2m sold in '06. This was the first event held at the new Branson Convention Center, and an eclectic group of consignments consisting of everything from a Lamborghini to a Hurst/Olds collection brought a total of nearly $3.8m. Senior Auction Analyst Carl Bomstead left the typically gray Northwest in mid- November for McCormick's 43rd Exotic Car Show and Auction in Palm Springs, California. This year saw an additional night added to the usual two-day event, with a total of 490 cars crossing the auction block. A strong $4.9m was forthcoming for Total Sales Percentages 100% 2007 80% 60% 40% 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 20% RM Auctions, London, UK RM Auctions, Tarpon Springs, FL Sportscar Auction, Geneva, CHE Bonhams, Gstaad, CHE Cox, Branson, MO McCormick, Palm Springs, CA Artcurial, Paris, FRA 66 Sports Car Market


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McCormick (Mc), Palm Springs, CA, p. 102 Cox Auctions (CB), Branson, MO, p. 84 RM Auctions (RMF), Tarpon Springs, FL, p. 108 287 of the cars on offer, and with the high sale of a 1954 Chevrolet Corvette roadster at just over $80k, collectors looking for a high-quality cruiser or winter project had plenty to choose from. RM held its sale of the Al Wiseman Collection in Tarpon Springs, Florida, in late November and early December, and Auction Analyst Chip Lamb was there to record the no-reserve collection's change of hands. A total of $5.3m came from the 82 lots on offer, including the 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Motorama Cutaway display car shown in fully-working condition. Its flexing suspension and moving components helped push its final total to $704,000—the high sale of the event. Auction Analyst Jérôme Hardy was present at Artcurial's Luxe, Sport, & Collection event on December SCM 1-6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/ perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts RM Auctions (RM), London, UK Artcurial (A), Paris, FRA, p. 118 Sportscar Auction (S), Geneva, CHE, p. 92 Bonhams (B), Gstaad, CHE, p. 76 10, where 25 of the 46 lots changed hands at just over $948k. Both popular, internationally-known collectibles and French specialties were offered, and although many of those French-built collectibles were in good overall condition, the global market didn't react as favorably to them as to the other lots available, as evidenced by the several under-the-money no-sales recorded. Hardy then traveled to Gstaad and the Palace Hotel for Bonhams's yearly pre- Christmas event, which this year was renamed “Ferrari et les Prestigieuses Italiennes.” Last year saw Bonhams open this traditionally all-Ferrari sale up to Maserati, and this year saw even more Italian marques cross the block. While the overall sales rate wasn't as high as past years, some of the individual sales brought nearly-otherworldly high prices. Final results fell short of pre-sale expectations, with 26 of the 41 lots on offer totaling $6m, prompting one to wonder if returning to an all-Ferrari list might provide better results for Bonhams in the future. Finally, if you like your cars crashed and crunchy, Geoff Archer's report on recent eBay activity might have just what you're looking for. ♦ Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special roadster, $8,235,112—RM, p.71 2. 1929 Mercedes-Benz SSK roadster, $2,551,725—RM, p.70 3. 1931 Mercedes-Benz SSKL Replica roadster, $2,203,762—RM, p.71 4. 1966 Ford GT40 Mk I coupe, $2,041,380—RM, p.75 5. 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special cabriolet, $1,449,844—RM, p.71 6. 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K D cabriolet, $1,391,850—RM, p.71 7. 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Nembo spyder, $1,391,850—RM, p.74 8. 1929 Mercedes-Benz SS Sports tourer, $1,206,270—RM, p.71 9. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 coupe, $1,183,072—RM, p.74 10. 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/2 6C long-nose coupe, $1,072,628—B, p.80 March 2008 1. 1929 Mercedes-Benz SS Sports tourer, $1,206,270—RM, p. 71 2. 1903 Orient Buckboard runabout, $7,700—RMF, p. 112 3. 1955 Chevrolet Corvette roadster, $134,750—RMF, p. 116 4. 1964 Pontiac Bonneville convertible, $11,880—CB, p.88 5. 1966 Buick Riviera 2-dr hard top, $13,125—Mc, p.106 67 Best Buys


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RM Auctions London, UK Column Author Automobiles of London Ecclestone's sensational 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K ascended through smoke like an automotive deity Company RM Auctions Date October 31, 2007 Location London, England Auctioneer Peter Bainbridge Automotive lots sold / offered 78 / 85 Sales rate 92% Sales total $38,133,206 High sale Canadian marketing expertise makes its London debut 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster, sold at $8,235,112 Buyer's premium Report and Photos by Richard Hudson-Evans Market opinions in italics F or RM's U.K. debut and the second European sale under its own banner in 2007, the company notched up $38m—only $7m less than its Ferrari factory bonanza last summer, and the highest total ever for a collector vehicle auction in the U.K. Nearly all the cars in the “Battersea Evolution,” an exhibition space beside the River Thames in Battersea Park, had been consigned from just three sources—F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, who was thinning his road cars, Italian supercar enthusiast Giuseppe Prevosti, and historic motorsports owner and driver Abba Kogan. The offer of so many top cars from major private collections was a powerful magnet for potential buyers. Orchestrating a six-hour marathon at the microphone were regular auctioneer Peter Bainbridge and European Department chief Max Girardo, who provided inter-lot commentary. A superstar among a clutch of pre-war Mercedes amassed by Ecclestone was undoubtedly his sensational 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K. Having ascended through theatrical smoke like some automotive deity, the Special Roadster deservedly raised the necessary $8,235,112 to much applause. (See the profile of all six classic Mercedes sold in the February issue, p. 40.) Like so many of the other survivors of the pre-WWII London, UK 10%, included in sold prices ($1=£0.48) era, a 1929 SSK Roadster comprising a variety of period-correct S-series bits made a mid-estimate $2,551,725. A 1931 SSKL, which had passed through Michiganbased Ray Jones's hands but still had a genuine S-type chassis, generated a betterthan-forecast $2,203,762. With its unique combination of A to C Special Cabriolet features, the 1935 500K first supplied to Arturo Lopez made $1,449,844, and the 1937 540K Cabriolet A restored for and shown for several seasons by Al and Sandra San Clemente in the U.S. brought $1,391,850—both valuations close to the guide prices. A below-estimate $1,206,270 was sufficient to acquire a 1929-dated SS Sports Tourer, another pre-war Mercedes with Ray Jones history. Meanwhile, Ecclestone's Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental with handsome faux Cabrio coachwork by Gurney Nutting achieved a very strong $881,505—way over the $400,000–600,000 estimate. The top seller from the Prevosti stable, costing a new owner $1,391,850, was a 1960 Neri & Bonacini-crafted Ferrari 250 GT “Nembo” Spyder. His equally stunning 1967 275 GTB/4 raised $1,183,072 (profiled on p. 46), and a 1954 250 GT, one of 16 first-series, long-block, Lampredi-engined Europas, brought $788,715. Prevosti's 1966 Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada attracted an above-estimate $533,542, while a belowforecast $521,944 was accepted for his 1965 GT America track car. The Abba Kogan cars did not fare so well, with the ex-Chiron 1929 Indy Delage 15-S-8 GP and Dusio-raced 1947 Cisitalia 202 MM failing to hook buyers. But his 1931 Reo, campaigned by Argentine legend Ernesto Blanco for two decades, did fuel frenzied telephone competition until it sold for $927,900 (see February “Race Profile,” p. 66). A further $695,925 was available for Kogan's 1922 Hispano-Suiza Boulogne. RM certainly showed it meant business at this first-time U.K. event, and consider- ing May 2007's $45m Maranello result as well, it's safe to say the company has hit the European market hard enough to be taken quite seriously. ♦ 68 Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions London, UK Column Author ENGLISH #285-1922 BENTLEY 3-LITER 4-Seat tourer. S/N 154. Eng. # 154. Dark green & black/red leather. RHD. Odo: 3,094 miles. As with any barn-find at auction, this project generated huge interest during viewing. Last driven when parked up in a garage 50 years ago, the 3-liter appeared to be surprisingly sound. Although rear seats and floor pans are missing, most components appear to be present. In need of complete restoration. Cond: 4. #223-1935 RILEY IMP roadster. S/N 6027370. Eng. # M2954. Black/tan leather/red leather. RHD. Odo: 1,018 miles. One of 75 factory-built Imps. Fitted with later Nine Merlin motor and Vertex Scintilla magneto—both perfectly acceptable pre-WWII upgrades. Joined Ecclestone Collection in '94. Old restoration, paint and chrome present well from distance, carpets likely to be original, as are wood-rim and all instrumentation. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $463,950. Being not only a DB5, the most desirable of all DB Astons, but also having major celebrity provenance, this car saw boosted auction performance to nearly $160k above its high estimate of $304k. DB51896R could really now do with a full makeover, which if funded, will make it a very expensive car. SOLD AT $220,376. Even though the purchase of this astonishing time capsule would involve a mountain of work to revive, mid-estimate money was nonetheless forthcoming. Although there would appear to be no shortage of Prince Charmings up for such automotive challenges as this, can there really be any more Sleeping Beauties out there beneath the cobwebs awaiting a wake-up call? #224-1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II Continental saloon. S/N 170MY. Eng. # CJ 35. Black/black fabric/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 4,230 miles. Coachwork by Gurney Nutting. First owned by Sir Hugo Cunliffe-Owen, who became British American Tobacco Chairman, later owned by Jack Dunfee of “Bentley Boys” fame, then in Blackhawk Collection pre-Ecclestone. Subject to clearly major restoration years ago, consistent patina throughout but with cracks and pitting close up. Engine bay clean with chips. Retrim in better shape, door panel and quarter trim scuffed, carpet worn out. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $141,505. One would have thought a genuine Imp would have raised slightly more than this. If in slightly better cosmetic order, this sound and likely to be fully working example would have most likely achieved another $20k-$30k. #235-1940 JAGUAR SS 100 roadster. S/N 39115. White/black canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 84 miles. One of only two Avon-bodied 2-seat Drophead Coupes with fixed screens, resident in Ohio and then California, bodied as now in the early 1990s. Acquired by Ecclestone in '95. Low mileage displayed since restoration, repaint and rechrome still looking fresh, FRENCH #272-1922 HISPANO-SUIZA BOULOGNE roadster. S/N 11441. Eng. # 320047. Bordeaux & black/reddish brown leather. RHD. Odo: 47,143 km. Driven by Paul Bablot to victory in 1922 Coupe Georges Boillet at Boulogne, later owned by air speed record holder Sadi Lecointe. Gained current 11481 T46 chassis ID when original 10483 chassis renewed by factory in 1925. Engine also replaced with present H6C 46-hp beginning to look almost original. No obvious blemishes to body paint, roof fabric or chrome. Interior leather and wood lightly aged, previously well detailed engine bay presents well. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $881,505. Phantom IIs were always rare, while Continental versions have become even more desirable with collectors. With oh-so-elegant bodywork by a top coachbuilder of the day plus some top people's provenance, it was not surprising that this stunning example flew to raise more than $280k above the $600k high estimate. 70 Brooklands screens added behind windshield. Top fabric as new, leather renewed and unused. Although non-original to chassis, engine of correct capacity in very tidy compartment. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $324,765. SS 100 Roadsters continue to appreciate strongly. Even though rebodied, this cosmetically extremely sharp 3 1/2-liter with a non-original motor was given a just-above-top-estimate valuation by its new owner here. #283-1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB51896R. Silver/black leather. RHD. Odo: 22,016 miles. First supplied to Beatle George Harrison. Following spell in Tokyo Museum, came into German seller's hands in 1997, and since mainly stored. Mileage displayed thought to be total from new. Bodywork repainted at some time, though looking fairly original beneath various imperfections. Slightly shabby interior certainly all original with squashed, cracked, but soft leather. Much used motor at that time. Joined Kogan Collection in '96. Older restoration, various paint chips, wires refurbished. 200-kph Hispano-marked speedo original, Jaeger clock later. Leather renewed but now scuffed. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $695,925. Although the sole survivor of the five competition chassis built, this Hispano-Suiza with Boulogne race-winning provenance struggled to generate anywhere near the $800k or so being sought. Wisely, this under-estimate bid was accepted. GERMAN TOP 10 No. 2 #238-1929 MERCEDES-BENZ SSK roadster. S/N N/A. Eng. # 72337. White/red leather. RHD. Odo: 3 miles. Almost certainly genuine chassis originally identified as 36244 or 36246, boxed and gusseted for additional strength probably for early post-war hill climbs. Front and rear axles both originals, SSK motor with head or gasket fault declared, transmission SSK or SS with shortened torque tube. Current English-style classic roadster bodywork added at some time and more recently modified. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $2,551,725. With a little over 30 examples Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions London, UK likely original to body. RM warns of another Stype reportedly having chassis number 35325. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $2,203,762. As it is now impossible to get hold of a truly original SSKL, owning what is reckoned to be the finest SSKL replica around has to be the next best thing. Having Mitchell, Hayashi, and Ecclestone provenance on file may also have contributed to the $200,000 above the high estimate of $2m. made, any SSK has to be a prime collector vehicle to land. Even with uncharted provenance, this “Mystery SSK” was given a mid-estimate valuation by a new owner to much applause. TOP 10 No. 8 #239-1929 MERCEDESBENZ SS Sports tourer. S/N 36271. Eng. # 68668. White/ black canvas/black leather. RHD. Odo: 62 miles. Michigan dealer Raymond Jones fitted the Cadogan body from 36271 to a reckonedto-have-been-original but unnumbered SS chassis, though without transferring original engine 78724. Joined Hayashi Collection before acquisition by Ecclestone in '95. Now TOP 10 No. 5 #233-1935 MERCEDES-BENZ 500K Special cabriolet. S/N 130859. Eng. # 130859. Dark blue/black canvas/tan leather. Coachwork by Sindelfingen. Originally built to the order of Arturo Lopez with special front fenders, cowl, V-windshield and long tail with inset rear-mounted spare. Entered Ecclestone Collection in '95. Likely older restoration, chassis seemingly sound with some edged Teutonic stock was wisely invested. Just as it must have been at the beginning of the end for the Third Reich, nothing on the roads is likely to surpass the 540K Benz for sheer style, image, effect, and performance. TOP 10 No. 1 #225-1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 540K Special Roadster. S/N 4086. Eng. # 154086. Silver/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 37,237 miles. U.K. owned before and during WWII, later refurbished by M-B. Spent 30 years in Brooks Stevens's Wisconsin Museum, converted from R to current LHD, restored in the mid-1980s. Acquired by Ecclestone in '95. Panel fit good, chips to some edges, some localized shrinkage and minor bubbling, radiator shell and trim strip wavy. Underneath and engine bay spotless, interior apparently still old repaint presents well, later hydraulic brakes with servo fitted. Some plating ancient and posssibly original. Dash and steering wheel rim wood good, ye olde leather much sat upon and cracked. S-type engine 68668 undetailed, with evidence of rod failure in the past. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,206,270. Much patina, bags of character, and despite chassis and engine changes, a good value for $200k below the low estimate of $1.4m. TOP 10 No. 3 #240-1931 MERCEDES-BENZ SSKL Replica roadster. S/N 35325. Eng. # 66533. White/black canvas/ black leather. Odo: 70 miles. Current unnumbered chassis lightened and shortened by Michigan dealer Raymond Jones for client and GM design chief Bill Mitchell. Original S-type 66533 engine and front axle, SS rear axle. Current SSK/SSKL body almost certainly by Jones in the mid-1960s, early Bosch headlamps fitted. Acquired directly from the Hayashi Collection by Ecclestone. Cosmetically ready for next refurb, paint marks various, leather repainting evident, body paintwork and chrome show some marks. Spots and windshield frame plating pitted. Some interior parts possibly original, steering wheel, switchgear, and wood aged, mother of pearl dash panel redone. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,449,844. Including premium, only just short of the minimum estimate was forthcoming. If slightly sharper, this likely-tobe-unique 500K Special Cabriolet would have possibly made $50,000 more. TOP 10 No. 6 #216-1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 540K D cabriolet. S/N 169363. Eng. # 169363. Red/black mohair/red leather. Odo: 9,375 miles. One of 83 with Sindelfingencrafted Cabriolet A coachwork. First Dutch, then U.S. owned. Treated to five-year restoration from 1963–68, many concours awards Stateside, acquired at auction by Ecclestone in '00. Panels and fit excellent, no longer 100 point paint and chrome still good. Period-correct instruments intact in mother of pearl dash period correct. switch handles possibly original, retrimmed leather only lightly used. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $8,235,112. Of the 406 540Ks built, the 25 Special K models were rated as being the ultimate version to have both in period and ever since. Deservedly commanding pole position during viewing and given the power-plinth treatment to much audio-visual hullaballoo when its turn to cross the block came, Ecclestone's 540K Special Roadster was the undisputed star lot of the night. Inevitably, at such a high-profile auction as this, it cost the new owner more than the top estimate of $8m to take it home. #237-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Gullwing coupe. S/N 5500677. Red/black leather. Odo: 20,086 miles. Originally shipped to NY before residing in California for much of its life. First came to the U.K. in '99, acquired from Obrist Collection by Ecclestone. Some road dirt underneath, panels and fit good. Paintwork OK but would benefit from buff and shine, plating on likely-to-be-original knockoff Rudge wheels poor. Apart from recovered seat cushions, seemingly original interior unrestored. Recent engineout rebuild, intake manifold polished in largely original bay. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $649,530. panel, solid wood rather than veneer, soft and lightly used leather. Once detailed engine bay just clean. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,391,850. Last seen at Poulain Le Fur's Monte Carlo sale in May '00, where it sold at $787,538 (SCM# 9858). The low estimate sum spent on this gilt- March 2008 71


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RM Auctions London, UK Column Author Cosmetically not the sharpest Gullwing, but an honest enough example nonetheless—and $100,000 more than the top estimate of $550k was generously forthcoming here. #228-1957 BMW 507 S I convertible. S/N 70015. Black/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 33,986 km. Discovered in Spain in '01, since treated to full restoration, only recently completed. Rudge Whitworth knockoff alloys with BMW spinners fitted, dynamo exchanged for alternator. Cosmetically excellent, unmarked paint and chrome, interior as-new, engine bay not concours but spotless. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $893,104. Conceived by Max Hoffman for the U.S. market, every detail designed by Albrecht Goertz right down to the door handles. At twice the price of an XK 140, just 253 507s were produced. This, the 15th 507 hand-built example, really did make grown men go weak at the knees, and it brought nearly $100,000 above its high estimate of $800k. #214-1960 MERCEDES-BENZ 300D Rally cabriolet. S/N 18903312002023. Green/black canvas/beige leather. Odo: 23,445 miles. One of 22 produced in 1961. First U.S. then Hayashi owned, acquired by Ecclestone in '06. $100,000 worth of extensive prep for 2007 Peking to Paris, but it didn't participate. External cosmetic resto at some time, panel fit good, paint and chrome relatively unmarked. spec with disc brakes on all four wheels, then sold by dealer Jerry Sauls to Hayashi Collection in Japan. Acquired by Ecclestone in '99 when engine rebuilt, also in receipt of full cosmetic restoration at some time. Panel fit perfect, repainted paintwork and replated brightwork super-sharp, older rubber weatherstripping. Renewed leather unmarked. Hard top as new, slight yellowing to rear window. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $487,147. Despite being knocked down for $496k during the sale, the official results published afterward by RM listed a slightly lower premium-inclusive price, which was close to mid-estimate and valued this disc-brake 300SL correctly. ITALIAN #261-1948 MASERATI A6 1500 GT coupe. S/N 056. Eng. # 675. Dark red/tan leather. Odo: 62 miles. One of 61, and one of only a few with the uprated engine with triple Weber option. Acquired from California by Prevosti in 1990, restored in '93, hardly driven since. Bodywork with trafficator slots perfect, paint and brightwork unmarked. Interior retrim Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $556,740. With so much retro-event exposure during the 1990s, this 212 has become very well known in Italian historic competition car circles. Therefore, the justover-top estimate valuation here was about right. Well bought and sold. #231-1954 FERRARI 250 GT Europa coupe. S/N 0361GT. Eng. # 0361GT. Dark blue & silver/blue cloth. Odo: 299 km. The third of only 16 first series, long-block Lamprediengined coupes built. Missouri resident in the '60s, acquired by Ecclestone from Ferrari collector Albert Obrist in the mid-'90s. Mileage displayed since total restoration to the highest standards. Externally perfect with exemplary panel fit and finish, interior with model-correct cloth headliner and nicely painted dash. Triple Weber-fed V12 and engine bay fully detailed. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $788,715. The new owner's near-top-estimate valuation for this truly droolworthy example of what was actually the first true Gran Turismo Ferrari ever produced was fully justified. Well bought and sold. #258-1956 MASERATI A6G/2000 2+2 Cracked but shiny leather almost certainly still original, wood bits quite good. Fitted with steel skidplates, extra gas tank, pressurized cooling system, extra lights, full harnesses, tripmeter, and concealed safe in floor. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $162,382. A very specialized piece of kit, and as such, one would think it would be difficult to sell. Not so, for if you were up for one of these marathon adventures and wanted to take part in considerable style, then this extraordinary Benz was absolutely ready-to-rumble. Even at the $60,000 above estimate paid, it represented seriously good value. #210-1961 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL roadster. S/N 1980421002966. Fire Engine Red/black hard top/tan leather. Odo: 15,327 miles. Supplied to first Missouri owner in Deluxe 72 by noted upholsterer Luppi extraordinarily good after 14 years. Engine and compartment spotless. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $371,160. Few A6 1500 GTs have survived, and even fewer come to public auction, so this result of $40k above the high estimate of $330k must now be the definitive valuation for a fully-restored example in the current market. #263-1953 FERRARI 212 INTER coupe. S/N 0275EU. Eng. # 01261EU. Rosso Barchetta/tan leather & beige fabric inserts. Odo: 868 km. Curved one-piece windshield indicates later Pinin Farina bodied 212. Fitted with 1952 MY engine from 0261EU, owned by Luigi Chinetti for a while. Returned to Italy 1993 and joined Prevosti Collection, successfully completed Mille Miglia retros from '93-'96, driven by Emanuele Pirro in 2006. Fresh paint job unmarked, no bumpers fitted. Interior looks original with a nice patina to seat leather. Painted dash with proper Veglia instruments. Non-original V12 still fitted in “working” engine bay, original block included. coupe. S/N 2125. Eng. # 2125. Aquamarine/tan leather. Odo: 1,295 km. One of just 21 Maserati A6s to carry Allemano bodywork. Treated to three-year Giovanni Giordanengo restoration completed in '96, low mileage displayed likely since then. Panels and fit perfect, paint and chrome without blemish, Borranis like new, retrim including trunk area superb with carpets edged in tan leather. Instrumentation absolutely period-correct. Nardi wheel, twin cam motor with twin-plug head beautifully presented. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $487,147. Rare, desirable, and so good-looking, this 1950s coachbuilt Maserati was in sensational condition. The $128,000 over high estimate paid by a fortunate new owner was fully justified. Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions London, UK #253-1959 FERRARI 250 GT PF coupe. Column Author S/N 1201GT. Eng. # 1201GT. Ferro Grigio/red leather. Odo: 2,009 km. Repatriated by Prevosti in '90, full body-off restoration completed in 1993; low mileage since then. Panel shape and fit perfect, paint virtually without blemish, brightwork as new, Borranis show some marks. Leather and carpets only lightly used, original instrumentation retained. V12 and all ancillaries present well. A nice patina overall. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $324,765. With a particularly long hood and chrome-trimmed headlamp rims set back into the fenders, the elegant and yet understated 250 GT became Ferrari's most commercially successful model. This was a really super example, too, and that was further accentuated by the $125,000-over-estimate performance here. TOP 10 No. 7 #264-1960 FERRARI 250 GT Nembo spyder. S/N 1777GT. Eng. # 2271GT. Red/tan leather. Odo: 30,684 km. Coachwork by Neri & Bonacini. The first and arguably most important Nembo based on 1960 250 GT Pininfarina Series II Cabriolet. Replacement engine fitted, briefly owned by Sergio Braidi before being sold by Tom Meade to first of many U.S. owners. Treated to repaint, retrim, respring and partial engine rebuild since Collection. Fully restored at some time, paintwork excellent, brightwork and wheels good with few marks. Dash paint perfect, leather and carpets as new. Nardi wood wheel fitted. Engine bay clean and tidy, period-correct battery. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $255,172. The 250 GTE was Ferrari's first 4-seater, and this example from the Prevosti stable was particularly nice, so this result of more than $100,000 above the high estimate of $152k should not be a huge surprise. As with DB6s—another 2+2 which has become fashionable again—the 250 GTE continues to appreciate strongly. #252-1965 BIZZARRINI GT America racer. S/N BA40102. Red/black cloth. Fewer than ten of these Strada lookalikes with IRS and fiberglass bodywork were produced. Possibly the first BA4 chassis built. Thought to have been sent to U.S. for race homologation, returning to Italy in '91. Luigi Bottini body refurb followed by full restoration by Salvatore Diomante in '93. Race regulation compliant roll cage, race seats, harnesses, extinguisher its last auction appearance. Seats lowered and moved toward the center to permit greater clearance between driver's and passenger's heads and vent windows. Cosmetically near perfect in all areas. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,391,850. First seen at a U.K. Christie's sale in May '84, where it sold at $280,618 (SCM# 16492). Later not sold at Bonhams Geneva in March '02 at $564,436 (SCM# 27307). Seen again at Christie's Monterey sale in August '05, where it sold at $895,000 (SCM# 38866). A real one-off, and a visually most successful creation. On this occasion, 1777GT only just failed to achieve the low estimate of $1.4m, but if trends continue, it could well clear $2m the next time around. #257-1962 FERRARI 250 GTE 2+2 coupe. S/N 33181GT. Eng. # 33181GT. Deep red/tan leather. Odo: 1,201 km. Californian resident from 1962-1989 before joining the Prevosti 74 system, and safety fuel cell added. Paintwork excellent for a competition car with few chips, interior strictly for racing, undetailed Chevy V8. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $521,944. With so few around, a historic race-spec GT America will always be difficult to value before a sale with any real accuracy. Including premium, this likely to be on-the-button example in good cosmetic shape found its level—albeit some $45,000 below the low estimate of $567k. #262-1966 BIZZARRINI 5300 GT Strada coupe. S/N 1A30247. Eng. # 197F030430. Silver/black leather. Odo: 2,753 miles. 327ci 365-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Crash-damaged and repatriated by Prevosti for full Salvatore Diomante rebuild. Pre-sale notice declared body panels substantially changed during accident repairs. Mileage displayed likely modest genuine total since restoration. Bodywork and paint near perfect, chrome unmarked. Interior dash, leather, and carpets all as-new, Chevyfilled engine bay super-neat. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $533,542. The declared accident repairs clearly didn't deter bidders here, as this very fresh-looking 5300 GT Strada made $93k more than its high estimate of $440k. This was very strong money, although being street legal, it with leather still soft, engine bay also largely untouched and tidy. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,183,072. Blessed with iconic styling and capable of delivering tremendous performance, the 275 GTB/4 is aficionado-rated as being the ultimate front-engined Ferrari. This particularly fine and largely unmolested example duly raised just above top estimate money here. See the SCM profile on p. 46. #246-1967 ISO GRIFO GL coupe. S/N GL650098. Eng. # 911F0513. Burgundy/tan leather. Odo: 593 km. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of 471 Grifos produced during a fouryear production run. Low mileage displayed clocked up since Prevosti-funded Salvatore Diomante restoration in Turin from '94-'97. Repaint and rechrome still looking fresh. Interior leather, headliner, and carpets all probably would be much more user-friendly and therefore likely to appeal to a far larger audience than the slightly cheaper GT America racer offered in lot 252. TOP 10 No. 9 #245-1967 FERRARI 275 GTB/4 coupe. S/N 10281. Eng. # 10281. Fly Yellow/black leather. Odo: 73,840 km. A two-owner car first in the U.S., then bought by Italian Giuseppe Prevosti in 1990. Paintwork most probably redone at some time, but still excellent, with only minor surface scratches visible. Chrome likely still original, interior definitely unrestored better than new. Corvette Turbofire V8 very clean with chrome valve covers and air cleaner. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $255,172. Rarely seen crossing the auction block on this side of the pond, and with only a very small fan base compared to many of the other bigger name Italian supercars, the Iso Grifo when new was twice the price of a Corvette in the U.S. Even though in excellent Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions London, UK condition, this one cost a new owner $105,000 above its high estimate of $150k. #260-1967 LAMBORGHINI MIURA P400 coupe. S/N 3087. Eng. # 2193. Red/tan leather. Odo: 21,805 km. One of 475 Miura P400s produced between 1966 and 1970. Swiss and Virginian ownership before being acquired in Dallas by Prevosti in '89. Low mileage displayed likely to have been since full high-standard restoration. Black painted chassis refurbished, aluminum body panel fit though free of corrosion, turbos rebuilt in '05, cam belts renewed more recently. Fitted with a/c and power windows. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $475,549. With premium, this little used but unexceptional example of Ferrari's limited edition homologation model for Group B Race and Rally regulations only just made the forecast minimum sought, and that was about right in this market. #282-1986 FERRARI F1/86 TURBO excellent, paintwork without flaw, wheel paint unmarked. Retrim looks brand new, dash and center console finished in black and tan leather, engine bay nicely detailed. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $429,154. Yet another stunning Italian from the Prevosti stable, and another strong price achieved—in this case, $85k above the top estimate of $344k. Compared to a restoration at today's labor rates in Western Europe, a ready restored car of this quality at this price almost seems like a bargain. #281-1971 FERRARI 365GTB/4 Daytona coupe. S/N 14087. Rosso Corsa/black leather. Odo: 89,226 km. One of 530 of the first series Plexiglass nose models. Knockoff wheels and a/c optioned from new. First Italian owned, then in France where restored. Panels, sills, and wide doors fit well, paint only slightly marked. Leather lightly worn, 4-cam engine bay presentation unexceptional. Original tool roll present. and transaxle at back seemingly all present and correct. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $371,160. Another car from outside the headline collections consigned by Ecclestone, Prevosti, and Kogan, and again an additional lot offered without reserve. Including premium, this well-presented example of a far-from-successful Ferrari F1 model was given a valuation within estimate. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $289,969. Last seen at Bonhams Gstaad in December '06, where it sold at $233,253 (SCM# 43823). Happily for the seller, who had rather bravely consigned his motor car entirely without reserve, the hammer fell within the estimate band, correctly valuing this particular Daytona 4-cam for all concerned. #265-1985 FERRARI 288 GTO coupe. S/N 57713. Rosso Corsa/black leather. Odo: 1,174 km. Mainly static from 1985 to 1995, when acquired by the Abba Kogan Collection. Low mileage displayed possibly from new. Repainted nose and lower flanks, other paintwork still largely original. Two-piece wheels and OE Dunlops as they left the factory. Interior all original, including dash top and cracked leather seats. Original Blaupunkt radio replaced at some time. Engine bay undetailed March 2008 new. Fiberglass good, paint finish only fair in places. Updated 38-mm downdraft Webers fitted to undetailed engine. Original Borranis replaced with later Halibrand alloys. Full trimmed interior unrestored, little used, and showing a nice patina. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $2,041,380. Genuine period GT40s continue to pull strongly at auction, and even without any race history, this street version attracted just over top estimate money. ♦ 75 AMERICAN #277-1931 REO Special racer. S/N 002. Eng. # 261D. White/red leather. RHD. Odo: 10,010 km. Argentinian racer Ernesto Blanco drove this extraordinary Reo-based Special for 22 years competing against Mercedes SSK-andAlfa 8C 2900-equipped rivals. Rediscovered in a farmer's field in South America and sympathetically restored. Ripply body paint now quite mentation finish exceptional. Choke, park, and throttle levers crisply detailed. Woodwork with rich gloss, fabric spotless. Engine bay previously detailed. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $255,172. As a poignant swan song model of the marque, the Sixteen remains among the most desirable of all Marmons to capture. Being about as good as it would be possible to find—certainly in Europe—this fine example made the necessary money required to change hands here. TOP 10 No. 4 #244-1966 FORD GT40 Mk I coupe. S/N 1065. Eng. # SGT27. Azure Blue/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 3,137 miles. 289-ci V8, 4x2-bbl, 5-sp. Of 103 GT40s built, only 31 were street-friendly like this. Two-year restoration completed in 1982 at 2,035 miles. Color-changed twice, now as supplied when racer. S/N 094. Red & black/tan suede. Driven by Stefan Johanssen to podium 3rd place in 1986 Adelaide GP. Cosmetically revived since that season with virtually unmarked bodywork period-correctly decaled. Cockpit very tidy. Compact Tipo 0832 V6 of only 1496-cc capacity with twin turbos and 851 hp at 11,000 rpm old and patchy. Cockpit seat leather soiled and scuffed. Steering wheel replicated, dash and instruments preserved. Judging by stirring demos on track in recent seasons, Blanco's beast is also extremely healthy. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $927,900. Although certainly no period picture exists of the car close up, Blanco's famous old warhorse certainly looks authentic in the metal, and judging by the near-doubletop-estimate price paid for it here, his history obviously still counts for much—particularly in South America. See the SCM profile, February, p. 66. #226-1933 MARMON SIXTEEN Victoria coupe. S/N 16143907. Two-tone gray/gray cloth. Odo: 1,639 miles. One of 33 V16s from the final year of Marmon production. Treated to Bob Mosier show-quality restoration Stateside before joining Ecclestone stable in '96, and clearly very well preserved since. Mint and unmarked inside and out. Dash and instru


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Column Author Bonhams Gstaad, CHE Great Ferrari and Maserati Motorcars When the snowflakes settled, 26 of 41 cars had sold for $6m; Ferraris carried the day, with 13 of 18 selling for $4.2m Company Bonhams Date December 19, 2007 Location Gstaad, Switzerland Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold / offered 26 / 41 Sales rate 63% Sales total $6,078,313 High sale 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/2 6C Berlinetta long nose, sold at $1,072,628 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/2 6C, one of 30 and sold at over $1m Report and photos by Jérôme Hardy Market opinions in italics F errari ruled the Bonhams Gstaad auction, just as it ruled the 2007 Formula One championship this past year. The estimated total for all 41 lots offered Buyer's premium 16% on the first $130,000, 11% thereafter ($1=CHF 1.15) at Gstaad was $12.6m, with the estimate for all 18 Ferraris (excluding the Dino 246 F1 replica) adding up to $6m, which represented a full $50% of the anticipated total. When the snowflakes settled, 26 of 41 cars had sold for $6m—a final number that fell at just half of pre-sale expectations. Thirteen Ferraris sold for $4.2m, which accounted for Gstaad, CHE The final car on the top five list, a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT PF coupe—fitted with an engine originally from a similar car owned by Enzo Ferrari—sold above its pre-sale estimate of $347,626 for a final result of $358,384. So how did the three other “Prestigieuses Italiennes” do? A wellsorted Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 that had been fully rebuilt in 2006 sold at $232,676, and a red Maserati Ghibli 4.7-liter Spyder in red and tan was acquired for $322,195. A 1952 Siata 208C in dark blue and cream bodywork and fitted with a 2.0-liter Alfa Romeo V8 epitomized classical craftsmanship, but it failed to find new ownership at $330,000. Among the unrestored lots, the 1950 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 convertible “castle find” 70% of the total revenue. By contrast, the figure generated by the 13 non-Ferraris on offer was only $1.9m—just 30% of their estimated value. Bottom line: Sellers had twice the chance to sell a Ferrari as any other “Prestigieuses Italiennes.” Hammering the point home even further, the top five sales of the evening were all Ferraris. The high sale of the event went to a 1966 275 GTB/2 6C Berlinetta long nose, which was one of 30 built and had been restored to an excellent standard in an unusual “Rosso Rubino.” It left the block for $1,072,628. The second highest was a 1965 275 GTS Spider in black—a one-family car—which sold for $691,698. A 1992 F40 Berlinetta that had been fitted with a 3.6- liter Le Mans engine and additional racing equipment sold for $415,523, including its original engine, and a 1974 365 GTB/4 Daytona in stunning condition brought $396,477. 76 from Sicily that had undergone a 30-year hibernation left the block for $348,860, which was $70,000 above its top estimate. There was no need to restore the 100-km-from-new, never-registered 1990 Ferrari 328 GTS, but even though it looked new, it sadly lacked that new-car smell. I doubt that a restoration shop could reproduce the new Ferrari fragrance circa 1990, but regardless, someone spent $124,059 to get it. The 1924 Alfa Romeo Half-Track needed more than perfume after 70 years in a North American barn. Sadly, this bizarre time capsule was a no-sale at $261,000. Let's hope some future owner adopts a “keep my history alive” attitude rather than wanting it “better than new.” This year's final total fell slightly from last year's $6.1m, when Maserati was introduced to the mix, and dropped even further from 2005's all-Ferrari $6.3m result. Although ambitious, the addition of marques outside of Ferrari and Maserati has not proven to be as beneficial as it might have seemed, and perhaps this result will persuade Bonhams to go back to its original “Maranello-only” concept launched at Gstaad in 1997. ♦ Sales Totals $1m $2m $3m $4m $5m $6m $7m $8m 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 Sports Car Market


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Column Author Bonhams Gstaad, CHE ITALIAN #223-1924 ALFA ROMEO RM 4WD Half- Track roadster. S/N 12023. Eng. # 12023. Dark green/green leather. RHD. A 1924 RM sedan chassis fitted with a track mechanism similar to the Citroën Kegresse used for crossing the Sahara. A unique piece built for a wealthy American living in New England. Never restored. 80 years of weathering obvious throughout. All mechanical bits work, as it was seen would be right at home inside an art museum. The owner was right to keep it, as time will play in his favor. #236-1952 SIATA 300 BC spyder. S/N track. Paint presentable, wire wheels slightly discolored. Originally owned by Count Johnny Lurani, race victories include the Italian National Championship in 1938. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $661,000. This car sold at Bonhams Monaco in July '06 for $472,000 (SCM# 42324). At that point it was new to the market, but that was no longer the case here. A $189,000 profit in just 18 months should have been enough to do it, but the seller felt otherwise. #208-1950 ALFA ROMEO 6C 2500 con- climbing the icy Palace ramp under own power. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $261,000. A unique piece with no real historical importance, unlike the Citroën. This needed to be refurbished, but it wouldn't take much to get it to a driver level. This would then be the perfect upper-scale resort limousine, taking you from the helipad to your room without using roads. There wasn't as much interest here as I would have expected, and the seller was right in keeping it. #222-1930 LANCIA LAMBDA S VIII coupe. S/N 20354. Eng. # 10370. Gray & off white/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 54,031 miles. Coachwork by Airflow Streamline. Restored to a good standard, two-tone paint a little thick and cracked in places, rear glass starting to delaminate, chrome fair. Big Marshall headlamps with stone chips to glass. Interior refurbished with gray leather and carpet. Engine bay clean without vertible. S/N 915870. Eng. # 928181. Black/ burgundy fabric/burgundy leather. RHD. Odo: 19,734 km. Coachwork by Stabilimenti Farina. A time-capsule luxury automobile, “forgotten” and in storage for 35 years after the death of its second owner. Original paint, chrome, glass, trim, leather, carpets, tool kit, and maps. Palermo, Italy license plate fitted. Complete, but with a modern relay and a few non-stock connectors. Undercarriage clean. 40-hp Crosley engine lacks the luster of the racer body. Offered with an extra engine. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $117,000. Although beautiful and somewhat rare, these are simple machines without significant history. Yes, you can race it, but with only 40 hp on tap, you won't scare yourself. The high bid was on the money. #225-1955 ALFA ROMEO 1900C Super in “stored-wet” condition. Paint marked everywhere, chrome pitted, some rubber and most leather dry. Mechanically redone when rediscovered in 2003. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $348,860. Sold at $160,000 over its low estimate of $190k. This example was at least $150,000 away from being a #1 condition car, but it showed some excellent patina to support its years of storage. Well bought and sold. #229-1952 SIATA 208 CS 2+2 coupe. S/N any signs of leaks, recent complete mechanical overhaul. Delivered with FIVA passport. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $71,955. Sold by Bonhams in London in December '01 at $34,293 (SCM# 28070), later sold again at the same location in December '02 for $44,235 (SCM# 29611). It covered 6,000 miles in the past five years, mostly through classical European rallies. The buyer got a good-looking car with excellent road manners for not much money. Well done. #232-1937 MASERATI 4CM Monoposto racer. S/N 1128. Eng. # 1128. Red/brown leather. Fully rebuilt in 1968 using original parts. Evidently not driven since, but hung on the owner's wall. Still in nice condition with bucket seat showing the right patina. Needs to be recommissioned before being taken to the 78 include rear screen curtain operated with a cable going through the headliner, flush door handles, and more. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $330,000. Built for “Wacky” Arnolt and shown at the Paris and New York Auto Shows in 1952 and 1953, this car had excellent history and condition. It CS0572. Eng. # CS023. Cream & dark blue/ cream leather. Odo: 21,182 km. Coachwork by Bertone. Restored to very high standard in the late '90s, ready for top-level concours showing. Hand-built with non-production craftsmanship. Two-tone paint and interior stunning. Details Sprint coupe. S/N AR1900C10160. Dark blue & silver/red leather. Odo: 83,292 km. Restored to good standard in the past, used since. Paint and panels good excepting one dent on driver's door. Brightwork redone and very good, weatherstripping needs replacing in places. Silver painted wire wheels clean but ST421BC. Red/black leather. Completely restored and still showing well. Paint glossy, Borranis new, glass, headlamps, and rubber perfect. Race tank filler, no turn signals. Interior recently redone with two tiny buckets. Nardi streering wheel, minimum instrumentation with no speedometer. Engine bay clean, but fitted not detailed. Interior refurbished and very nice. No radio, 1970s-era Halda Tripmaster fitted. Trunk, engine bay, and undercarriage very clean. Delivered with FIA passport. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $66,496. Not a trailer queen, but much nicer than a driver. These Super Sprints have a superb design in and out. A good buy to be enjoyed for many years... and even with room for kids in the back. #214-1958 FERRARI 250 GT PF coupe. S/N 1157GT. Eng. # 1157. White/beige leather. Odo: 91,453 km. High-quality restoration completed in 1990 still showing very well. Fifteenyear-old paint thick and cracked in places, but still glossy throughout. Panels, brightwork, and glass all good, headlamps hazy. Borranis marked and stained. Interior well fitted, dash wavy, original radio installed. Engine bay clean and fitted with Ferrari LM motor from the factory. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $358,384. First seen at the Brooks Geneva sale in March '98, where it sold at Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Gstaad, CHE Museum Spotlight The Franklin Museum Tuscon, AZ $50,157 (SCM# 21996). Later sold again at Bonhams Monaco in May '03 for $63,720 (SCM# 31209). Probably a bit of a bargain in 2003, and expensive at over the high estimate of $350k here. Fully priced, and is there any apprecation left? #224-1960 LANCIA APPIA convertible. S/N 812003183. Eng. # 814003193. Silver/ silver hard top/red leather. Odo: 44,011 km. Coachwork by Vignale. Old repaint still shiny with a few nicks. Some rust on trunk, good panels and gaps, all badges intact. Chrome only fair with peeling in places. Original rubber hard, seat leather aged, needs to be replaced. Ugly aftermarket radio and antenna should have been ago. Paint still shiny, panels aligned properly. Chrome good, some trim still in original condition. All Superleggera badges present, front grille pitted and in need of refinishing. Rubber dry, glass very good, hubcaps screwed on wheels. Undercarriage clean but not detailed. Interior original with front seat missing stitches. Factory radio, Nardi wheel. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,797. Sold at $8,000 below the low estimate of $35,000. One of 300 produced between 1963 and 1967, and capable of speeds in excess of 120 mph. A good-looking car in a good color combination, and a good buy for the new owner. #212-1963 AUTOBIANCHI BIANCHINA Eden Roc convertible. S/N 004091. White & black/black fabric/red & black vinyl. Odo: 4,691 km. Uneven restoration. Respray is of used-car-lot quality with thick paint over wavy panels. Brightwork and original rubber need removed before the auction. Engine bay of a nice driver, undercarriage has some rust. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,879. Offered at no reserve, and no one wanted to bid. James Knight had to work this one hard at just half the low estimate of $28k. Someone got himself a deal, as this was after all a quite presentable and rare Italian convertible cruiser from the '60s in the right color combo. Cheap fun. #230-1962 MASERATI 3500 GT Series I coupe. S/N AM1011218. Eng. # AM1011218. Silver/black leather. Odo: 64,900 km. Partially restored to good standard at some point. Paint excellent but for rust bubble on rear wheelarch, chrome faded and pitted in places. Borranis as new, weatherstripping cut on door edge. Interior he Franklin Museum in Tucson, Arizona, will satisfy anyone's need for anything Franklin. Founded by Thomas Hubbard, the museum displays not only a variety of the aircooled Franklin automobiles, but also Native American artifacts. It has a full research library as well. In fact, it is the global center of anything related to the Franklin. Hubbard was an auto enthusiast. He was T work. New Borranis, upholstery well crafted, heavy rust on turn signal lever. Engine bay dirty with rust throughout. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $21,834. In need of a lot of work, and although it had a certain fun factor to it, this little convertible was really just slightly better than a driver. Well sold. #202-1965 FIAT 500 Transformable saloon. S/N 890973. Gray/black fabric/red & white vinyl. Odo: 81,588 km. Recent full restoration to a good standard inside and out. Paint shows well, with no issues noted. Chrome, rubber, glass, interior, all as-new with original parts. Engine bay spotless. A very nice 500 although the charcoal-gray color is rather sober for such a toyish car. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $18,857. Come on... this was still a Fiat 500, even if it was a saloon. A 600D in similar very good condition sold for $11,000 at Artcurial in Paris this December original with appropriate patina, beautiful dash and instruments. Undercarriage clean. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $89,323. This car was sold at Bonhams Monaco in May '04 for $45,130 (SCM# 34144). It was then a 2+ condition with 64,034 km. Three years later, 870 more km, it lost some of its condition and still doubled in value. A good buy even at this price. #203-1963 LANCIA FLAMINIA 2.8-Liter 3C Superleggera coupe. S/N 8261401005. Gray/red leather. Partially restored 15 years March 2008 wrangled into the hobby after restoring a 1909 Reo. Hubbard went on to restore many more vehicles, including several owned by the famous William Harrah, founder of the Harrah's casinos in Nevada. Hubbard's own collection of Franklins was quite impressive. His collection included a 1939 Lincoln Zephyr and a 1909 Reo. Hubbard also built a 1932 Series 16 V12 Franklin, a car that never saw production. Built to production specification, the V12 Franklin is a one of a kind. Hubbard left a legacy by founding the H.H. Franklin Club and the Franklin Car Museum. The museum is self-supporting thanks to the trust set up by Hubbard. Unique The museum also displays an extensive collection of Native American artifacts. Where 1405 East Kleindale Rd. Tucson, AZ 85719 520.326.8038 www.franklinmuseum.org What Franklins, Franklins, and more Franklins. Hours Mid October to Memorial Day Wed–Fri 10 am to 4 pm, other hours by appointment only Admission No admission charge, but donations are greatly appreciated. ♦ 79 By Jennifer Davis


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Column Author Bonhams Gstaad, CHE (See page 122). This one was overpriced by $6,000 thanks to a three-bidder fight, but at this level, there was no harm done. #221-1965 FERRARI 275 GTS spider. S/N 06819. Eng. # 06819. Black/black fabric/blue leather. Odo: 36,354 km. Early-'90s restoration to a high standard and still excellent throughout. Bodywork perfect, no faults to paint. Trim, glass, soft top, and rubber as-new. Rear bezels slightly pitted, Borranis stained in places, spanners marked. Interior fitted with new leather predecessors, as well as the follower 365. They are a pleasure to drive and make the same sounds as an SWB. Bidders in the room fought to buy it, and at this price, it'll look like a true bargain in three years. Well bought. #233-1967 LAMBORGHINI 400 GT 2+2 and new dark blue carpets. Offered with Ferrari certification. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $691,698. One of 200 produced and close to perfect, with matching numbers, the right color combination, a well-known history, an original tool kit and manual, and Ferrari certification. There was nothing to stop the bidders' paddles here, which helps explain this $46k-over-high-estimate result. All the money. TOP 10 No. 10 #219-1966 FERRARI 275 GTB/2 6C Long Nose coupe. S/N 08557. Eng. # 08557. Rosso Rubino/tan leather. Odo: 45,476 km. Frame-off restoration in 2006 to concours standards, with all aspects as-new or better. Paint of high quality with no orange peel, all brightwork, glass, and weatherstripping perfect. Interior very well-fitted, engine bay completely detailed. Undercarriage displays no road Mechanically completely rebuilt, including brakes and stainless steel exhaust system. Windshield starting to delaminate. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $232,676. One of 247 built during three years of production. These cars have a distinctive shape that you either love or hate. The Bull may never be as praised as the Cavallino Rampante, but priced fairly. #220-1968 LANCIA FLAMINIA Super use whatsoever. Offered with Ferrari certification. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $1,072,628. Quality nearly always brings return. Take a beautifully designed GT with the best engine of its time, restore it with a “money is not an issue” motto to the absolute highest standards, and you're likely to get record money when it's time to sell. $1,000,000 is market-correct for a 275 GTB in #1 condition, and this one had good options. Well bought and sold. #204-1967 FERRARI 330 GT 2+2 coupe. S/N 10137. Gray/beige leather. Odo: 80,521 km. Fifteen-year-old restoration to a high standard and still showing remarkably well. Excellent throughout. Paint has no issues, panel fit good excepting driver's door adjustment. Ashtray, badges, a/c, and brochures all present, interior clean and well fitted. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $124,059. Sold above the high estimate of $113k. The original 250 2+2 is on the way up, and this model should follow closely. After all, these are more attractive than their 4-headlamp immediate 80 Sport 3C Double Bubble coupe. S/N 826232002149. Eng. # 8262002161. Cream/red leather. Odo: 38,000 km. Coachwork by Zagato. Past respray still excellent with minor orange peel visible. Chrome, glass, and rubber all very good, hubcaps unmarked. All Zagato badges coupe. S/N 0868. Eng. # 0842. Black/light burgundy leather. Odo: 61,671 km. Complete restoration to excellent standard in 2006, better than new in many aspects. Exterior without fault, interior well-fitted, engine bay detailed. new inside and out. Paint, chrome, glass, rubber all excellent. Borranis and soft top as new, leather very supple, original radio still fitted. Undercarriage and engine bay clean but not detailed. Once part of the Maserati museum. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $263,150. The hammer fell on this rare drop-top Maserati at $50,000 above its high estimate of $217k. The car was close to perfect and had known history from new, and it was one of only 123 similarly-optioned examples built. It would cost about the high bid to restore an average one to this condition, and Bonhams sold a similar (and needier) example for $165,000 at this event in 2006 (SCM# 43808). Fully-priced in today's market. #218-1970 MASERATI GHIBLI spyder. S/N AM115S1025. Red/beige cloth/tan leather. Odo: 60,257 miles. Complete restoration from 1996 to 2002 finished to a high standard. Paint, panel fit, and chrome all very good, turn signal bezels pitted. Soft top as-new with no haze on plastic. Interior excellent but for dry carpets. Campagnolo alloys unmarked and shiny. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $322,195. One of 125 spyder versions of Maserati's answer to the Ferrari Daytona, although the Maserati V8 does not rev as easily as the Ferrari V12. This particular car was close to perfect, and it was the perfect buy to avoid the “Me too” factor that often accompanies Ferrari ownership. A huge price. #205-1971 FERRARI 246 GT Dino coupe. present. Red original interior is somewhere between patina and scruffy. Clean engine bay and undercarriage. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $130,000. Original for sure, but the beauty of the Zagato coachwork depended mainly on your taste. Nonetheless, this car deserved more than the bid offered, so the seller was right in holding on for another venue. #206-1969 MASERATI MISTRAL 3.7- Liter spyder. S/N AM109S1731. Silver/black fabric/black leather. Odo: 25,756 km. Believed unrestored with 25,756 original km. Still looks Sports Car Market S/N 02146. Fly Yellow/black leather. Odo: 91,867 km. 2006 restoration to a very high standard. Still as-new everywhere but for a coin-sized ding on driver's door. Interior and engine compartment clean, tool kit missing. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $158,395. This car was sold by Bonhams at its Monaco sale in May '07 for $136,620. Since then, $6,000 was invested in


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Column Author Bonhams Gstaad, CHE various forms of mechanical attention. This was a relatively flat investment over seven months, or a six-month Ferrari rental at no charge. A solid buy, both well bought and sold. #237-1972 FERRARI 246 GT Dino coupe. S/N 04020. Sky Blue/beige leather. Odo: 72,000. Partially restored to a high standard. Paint without orange peel, panel fit perfect, brightwork and glass excellent. Wheels faded, original interior very nice. Fitted with a/c, which is a nice option for a 246. Engine bay spotless, documented example with no real flaws noted. No short-term risk for the buyer, but the future upside still remains to be determined. #231-1974 LANCIA STRATOS HF Stradale coupe. S/N 229ARO01646. Eng. # 829ARO3103. Orange/black & orange fabric. Odo: 24,027 km. Mostly original. Rally carquality 2006 repaint with noticeable orange peel. Very few chips and nicks, several fiberglass cracks here and there, paint peeling on trunk compartment as new. New ANSA exhaust. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $182,203. Thank you, Tony Curtis, for making this car an icon. 04020 sold for $23,000 over the $158k '71 Dino offered as lot 205, and while this car was not in better condition, the color combination made the difference. A no-risk deal in the current market. #201-1974 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe. S/N 15223. Red/black leather. Odo: 91,873 km. Factory paint still looks good, brightwork and glass excellent. Cromodora wheels unmarked but dull, original black leather and overall interior condition commensurate with age and use. Fitted with a/c but no radio. Driver-quality undercarriage shows two rusted- non-original Campagnolo rims. Interior clean with race-spec bucket sets and harnesses, original orange carpet tired on driver side. Engine bay clean. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $239,343. The Lancia Stratos continues to appreciate, and its distinctive styling, which is still unique today, and race history will continue to feed the trend. #242-1980 FERRARI 512 BB coupe. S/N 30865. Eng. # 577. Red & black/tan leather. Odo: 11,335 km. Totally original with certified kilometers. This is the one many teens had on their bedroom wall—red on top, black below. Front plexiglass hazy, nice leather interior, out mufflers. An unmolested original with only 5,000 km driven since a complete mechanical overall 30 years ago. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $267,913. 35% cheaper than the $396k paid for the restored Daytona offered as lot 226, and deservedly so. This was a better-than-average driver, but in no way was it a concours-quality automobile as presented. #226-1974 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe. S/N 16873. Blue Celeste/gray blue leather. Odo: 22,052 km. Completely restored to a high standard in 2006, unused since. Better than new in many aspects, including stainless steel exhaust. An overall impression of perfection confirmed when looking at details. Servo master needs to be replated, otherwise as-new throughout. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $396,477. A record price for a street-prepped GTB/4 of recent years. This car was a one-owner fully 82 original with some visible patina, carpet not detailed. Engine bay spotless, undercarriage clean, belts changed recently. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $128,427. Many cars in the room were so perfect that a beautiful original car was challenged more than it would be elsewhere. A market-correct price. #227-1990 FERRARI 328 GTS targa. S/N 83116. Red/tan leather. Odo: 100 km. As-new, never registered. Paint and glass perfect, interior shows no marks whatsoever. Engine compartment and chassis clean. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $124,059. As is the case with the Corvette ZR-1, a large number of these were put into storage right off the showroom floor, but neither really made that good of an investment. Taking into consideration the price paid new, storage costs, and insurance, this was not a good deal for the first 17 years, and I fear the next 17 won't be much better. #215-1992 FERRARI F40 coupe. S/N ZFFGJ34B000091502. Black/black fabric. Odo: 25,211 km. Factory new. Paint unmarked, glass, rubber, and blackout trim nice. Interior as-new, engine bay spotless if not detailed. Fitted in 2006 with a 3.6-liter LM engine and race-spec brakes, suspension, dash, and seats. Sold with all original components, including engine to carpet very good. Engine bay spotless, cam belts changed in 2005. Well preserved. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $196,487. Last seen here in '03, where it sold at $77,214 (SCM# 31746). This time it brought $60,000 above the high estimate of $140,000. Is the Boxer market finally awake? #240-1983 FERRARI 512 BBI coupe. S/N ZFFJA09B000047497. Eng. # F110A00659. Red/tan leather. Odo: 31,550 km. Unrestored, well-maintained example. Original paint and body still very good with no dings or dents. Good TRX tires on unmarked rims. Interior bring it back to original specifications if desired. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $415,523. Expensive for an F40? The new owner could probably get around $70,000 out of the original leftovers, including the 3,000-km original engine. He then has a better-than-new 600-hp F40 with all the bells and whistles for $350,000. Still, what do you do with it? Track? Rally? Living room? No matter what, this was a fair deal for both the buyer and seller. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Cox Auctions Branson, MO Column Author Branson Fall Auction A collection of seven Hurst/Oldsmobile cars ranging in age from 1969 through 1983 all sold, with the oldest car the most expensive at $79,900 Company Cox Auctions Date October 19–20, 2007 Location Branson, Missouri Auctioneer Tom “Spanky” Assiter, Mark Gellman, and Jim Landis Automotive lots sold / offered 140 / 222 Sales rate 63% Sales total $3,777,732 High sale 1997 Lamborghini Diablo VT roadster, sold at $166,320 1974 Hurst Olds W-30 made $24,840 Report and photos by Dave Kinney Market opinions in italics I t looks like the Branson Auction has finally found a permanent home at the brand new Branson Convention Center. The first-class facility has 220,000 square feet of room, and waterfront shopping, dining, and entertainment are all within walking distance. It lends itself well to the automotive auction presented twice a year by Jim and Kathy Cox. This first-time venue had its auction traf- Branson, MO fic set up so that you could stay indoors and view all the cars about to be offered. Fifty percent of the cars were indoors at any given time, and the rest were assembled just outside the indoor arena. On the other side of the arena was the well-appointed auction sales room. For those feeling truly decadent, a stay in the attached Hilton Hotel meant you could arrive at the sale without having to set foot outdoors. The auction sales room itself was set up in the the- ater-in-the-round style. After the sale of the first car, the lighting system was deployed. It flashed multiple colors in a way best described as “not discreet,” but it was certainly not overwhelming. Branson's reputation as a classy event is secure, as they've been entertaining guests for years and know how to keep them coming back for more. Of the 222 cars on offer, 140 found new owners for 84 a sales percentage of 63% and an overall sales total of $3,777,732. A number of later-model sports cars were on offer this year, including a 1994 Porsche 911 Speedster with very low miles that sold for $51,840. A 1997 Lamborghini Diablo VT roadster found a new home at $166,320 and was the high sale of the event, while a 2000 Bentley Arnage Red Label sold for a very respectable $75,600. A collection of seven Hurst/Oldsmobile cars ranging in age from 1969 through 1983 all sold, with the oldest car securing the highest total of the bunch at $79,900. The second-newest car, a '79, brought $17,280. All three Ferraris on offer—a 1964 330 2+2, a 1967 330 GT 2+2, and a 1988 328 GTS—all sold as well, bringing $69,120, $108,000, and $58,320, respectively. These were all very good prices in this market. One of the most unexpected results of the auc- tion was the $28,080 sale of a 1950 Willys Jeepster convertible. The car was better than a driver, but the price paid was in line with much nicer and betterequipped examples. A worn 1984 Porsche 928S in Eggplant brought a very-high-for-condition $7,236, while a 1959 Triumph TR4A roadster with some needs changed hands at an expensive $22,950. Branson Auction's reputation is built on customer service, and a great variety of cars seem to make their way to a rather unlikely spot in the Midwest twice a year. With the addition of a first-class facility, it's a combination that's tough to beat for an entertaining (for us) and very successful (for Jim and Kathy) weekend. ♦ $500k $1m $1.5m $2m $2.5m $3m $3.5m $4m Sales Totals Sales Totals 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 Buyer's premium 6% (included in sold prices) Sports Car Market


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Cox Auctions Branson, MO Column Author ENGLISH #528-1959 TRIUMPH TR3A roadster. S/N TS44101L. White/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 48,298 miles. Uninspired paint, not bad but could easily be better. Very good brightwork, nice top and side curtains. Inside is orange peel. Light scratches to some chrome, but overall still nice. Windshield pitted and showing wiper scratches. Clean underhood but not fully detailed. Nice wood, dash and steering wheel. New carpets. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,820. The IRS here stands for Independent Rear Suspension, not the agency in Washington that looms large this time of year. The price achieved sounded just about right here. A good buy on a good, but not great, car. GERMAN #598-1965 PORSCHE 356C coupe. S/N 218899. Gray/red vinyl. Odo: 80,497 miles. An older restoration still showing well throughout. Nice paint, excellent brightwork, well done under the hood. Good seat vinyl over weak the best free high in Branson; something fresh is outgassing to the max. Weak at the edges throughout. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $22,950. I would have figured this car for a few thousand less, as its condition left quite a bit to be desired. At least two people disagreed with my thoughts. #521-1966 MORRIS MINI 850 van. Putty tan/brown vinyl. RHD. Odo: 70,307 miles. A well-detailed example with very good paint and brightwork. All trim in great shape and looks to have been recently redone, including turn signals, brake lights, and mirrors. seats that need a rebuild or restuff. Carpet weak in places. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $32,940. As the final run of the 356, C coupes are increasingly sought after for their advances over early versions. A market-correct price. The new owner should fix the seats and enjoy the ride. #610-1966 AMPHICAR 770 convertible. S/N 106523309. White/black vinyl/red & white vinyl. Odo: 43,692 miles. Fresh repaint, some restoration work completed. Mostly good chrome, trim bits partially redone, decent top fitted. A good looking example, but don't Inside clean with one tear in driver's seat vinyl. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,440. A home run hit out of the park by the seller. Someone paid up for cute. The other side of this equation, however, could be represented by someone who wanted a distinctive car for event or business advertising. Well sold either way. #235-1968 TRIUMPH TR4A IRS convert- ible. S/N CTC78654L. Dark blue/black vinyl/ blue vinyl. Odo: 26,144 miles. Good quality paint could use some further buffing to reduce with plenty of evident needs, and more were undoubtedly lurking underneath. My advice is the same as every SL expert's: Buy the best car you can afford, as you'll save money in the long run and always have a better car. #261-1984 PORSCHE 928S coupe. S/N WPOJB0922ES862408. Eggplant/maroon leather. Odo: 113,779 miles. Sunroof coupe. Pretty good paint would clean up well. Some trim dry, most still good. Inside is close to hateful, with a cracked dash and worn-out leather covered by cheap seat covers. Newer tires. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $7,236. I don't love eggplant as a food, and I like it even less as a color... but I can tolerate it better than this car, especially with an interior in this condition. If a 928S is your thing, spend a bit more than twice this amount and buy the best there is. #527-1985 MERCEDES-BENZ 380SL convertible. S/N WDBBA45C5FA027566. Light yellow/tan leather. Odo: 53,278 miles. A very clean unit. Excellent paint and brightwork. Just as tidy inside, with no real wear found on the seats. Perfect dash, unused spare in clean confuse this one with some of the freshlydone professional jobs recently seen. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $52,920. There is no truth to the rumor that there are only 15 of these cars worldwide, waiting in special bunkers only to be repainted a different color and sent to the next sale. This price was a bit high for a decent, non-show-quality example. #543-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible w/hard top. S/N 11304410019149. White/blue hard top/blue vinyl. Odo: 60,764 km. Fitted with Euro headlights. Good paint with some easy-to-spot rust bubbles popping up near the front. Brightwork good as well, with some light scratches. Interior shows a cracked dash, dry wood, deflated seats, and tired carpets. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $26,730. If you had to have a 280SL in the worst way, this might have been the car for you. A not-nice example 86 trunk. Used car heaven. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $18,900. This example was so nice that I fell under its spell, and I put a bid on it when it was in the $14k range. Looking more like 5,000 miles old than 53,000, this SL brought close to all the money, but I'd say it was worth it. #552-1994 PORSCHE 911 Speedster con- vertible. S/N WP0CB2964RS455411. Red/ black cloth/black leather. Odo: 7,420 miles. Sports Car Market


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Alfa Bits Good wood, period radio. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $108,000. Every time I look, 330 GT 2+2s seem to have gone up in value. Had I not been watching the market, this sale might have surprised. As it was, this represents what passes for a market-correct price for now. #550-1988 FERRARI 328 GTS targa. Very clean visually, seller claims all services are up to date. No repaint visible, all black trim nice. Excellent glass, back window plastic dirty but top remains good. Very clean interior speaks to the low miles. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $51,840. It won't be long before most all of the low-mile Speedsters—cars that were tough to give away a few years ago—will be gone, converted into drivers by those who forgot, or hopefully ignored, the “we hate these” credo by the self-serving Porsche people. Not cheap, but a good to excellent buy for the person who thinks long-term for his automotive horizon. ITALIAN #594-1964 FERRARI 330 GT 2+2 coupe. S/N 3306T5539. Red/black vinyl & leather. Odo: 58,214 miles. Good or better quality paint job gone bad, with lots of cracking plus some chemical fade spots. Whitewall tires are no bonus. Vinyl on front seats will need to go, S/N ZFFXA20A9J0078733. Red/black/brown leather. Odo: 7,034 miles. Excellent paint appears to be all factory with no problems found. No trim or glass issues, spare never touched, clean engine compartment. Excellent dash, only faint wear to driver's seat. A nice example. Recent Il Biscione sales on eBay by Geoff Archer (All English within quotes exactly as presented by sellers on eBay.) #160183587643-1952 ALFA ROMEO bumper car. Red/black vinyl. 6 photos. Ojai, CA. “German made carnival car bumper ride... Restored from a near perfect original example, the body was sanded and sealed and sanded and primed and sanded and painted by a very meticulous painter in the ‘bay area'... Meclec in Fresno polished and plated over 25 pieces on the car at a price that Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $58,320. Huge money, even with the low miles. One can assume, despite the large numbers of 328s on the market at any given time, that a few of these will fall into the hands of collectors rather than users. That said, if you feel a need to pay way over retail for your next car, be sure to buy the best. #540-1997 LAMBORGHINI DIABLO VT roadster. S/N ZA9RU37P0VA12633. Black/tan leather. Odo: 2,348 miles. Paintwork appears all original and quite nice throughout. No trim issues found, excellent wheels and tires. Some light wear to the driver's seat and is half the value of the ride. Upholstered in black leatherette with red piping, this car only needs the Alfa mats and entertainment center added to be over the top.” 27 bids, sf 34, bf 11. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $4,550. If it hadn't sold to a genuine Italian Alfisti, I would have bet money on seeing it in Monterey in August. All the money for eBay, but about half what the right physical auction could bring. #190161555321-1962 ALFA ROMEO LOT OF THREE SPIDERS. S/N AR131544777. 20 Photos. Hayward, MN. Selling for a friend. Lot of three Alfa Spiders, including a '59 750D race car AR 1495 * 05861 (left in the photo), AR 370057 (middle), and AR 170663 (right). “Most of the major rear seat leather looks original. Decent dash, nice Nardi wood wheel. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $69,120. Sold to a dealer, so one would assume there was a good bit of money left on the table here. Figure a few thousand for a dealer shineup and replacement of the tires (or at least turning them white-side in) and expect to see it sell for more. #566-1967 FERRARI 330 GT 2+2 coupe. S/N 7575. Silver/black leather. Odo: 59,553 miles. Very good paint with no issues worth pointing out. Excellent chrome, detailed underhood, very clean interior. Leather to seats looks to have been recently replaced. console, the rest is as new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $166,320. A very solid sales result for a car that can't be a very easy impulse buy. One would think that a very large number of these cars are sold with financing behind them, but no such talk was heard here in Branson. AMERICAN #558-1948 PONTIAC SILVER STREAK Torpedo convertible. S/N P8PA17516. Light yellow/black cloth/yellow & black leather. Odo: 33,257 miles. A well-done example with a few restoration-related problems. Very nice paint, excellent chrome, superb fit to the top, clean and attractive two-tone seats. A thorough look reveals some older dry gaskets and bright spray-can detailing. Could have been a show example, but a very nice driver as is. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $48,600. Perhaps $2,000 well spent March 2008 parts are there (some will be missing, thats just the nature of a basket case).” Local pick-up only. 29 bids, sf 2032, bf 1. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $15,000. I can't believe this lot sold at all. Who needs THREE basket case Alfas? The man who has everything? Further mystifying is the fact that very little money seems to have been left on the table. Sometimes eBay is totally counterintuitive. #280165541882-1972 ALFA ROMEO MONTREAL coupe. S/N AR1426476. Black/gray leather. Odo: 50,127 km. 8 Photos. Pottstown, PA. “Cosmetics are 60% complete and the car's paint is in good condition but has some swirls in it... Complete top-notch engine remanufactured 2,000 miles ago by Tony DeRemigio at Algar Ferrari which took 15 months at a cost of $21,000.” $5k in brake work, seats recovered, gas tank relined. “Maintained by Algar Ferrari and garaged as long as I have owned it.” 39 bids, sf 27, bf 31. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $18,304. This is a textbook case of how to lose money on an Italian car, which is always good news for the buyer.... ♦ 87


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Cox Auctions Branson, MO Column Author pocket versus a similar Chevy, this was a damn good buy. Use part of your savings for a great detail job and some light refreshing. #544-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N ES7S102903. Venetian Red & white/red vinyl. Odo: 20,618 miles. 283-ci 270-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Hard top only. Seller states this to be a one owner for 40 years before he purchased it a few years ago. Twenty-yearold paint in lacquer still looks good, but no could make this nice example extra nice. Not often seen, this attractive convertible sold at a market-correct price. #631-1950 WILLYS JEEPSTER con- vertible. S/N 473VJ10944. Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 19,817 miles. 134-ci 4cylinder, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Late 1950 build with the VJ Hurricane F-Head motor. Excellent paint and chrome, some to-be-expected gap issues at hood and doors. Well-done interior appears (Please note that I'm staying away from any Millennium Falcon jokes here). This car would have struggled to reach $13k as little as four years ago. Dollar-wise, not a great gain, but in percentages, it's quite impressive. #526-1964 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE convertible. S/N 8884P1237. Red/ black vinyl/. Odo: 77,446 miles. 389-ci longer national show quality. Brightwork still nice but some scratches are to be found. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $89,640. Dead-on retail money, and a decent result for a quite nice example. If you wanted to pick at this one you could, but I'll take a nice, honest example over a freshly overdone one at the same money any day. #511-1962 CHEVROLET CORVAIR clean and tight throughout. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $28,080. An unexpectedly high result, as this is about as much as I have heard of for Jeepsters in #1 condition and equipped with a 4-cylinder. It's time to think of excellent Jeepsters as $30kplus vehicles... I think my head is starting to hurt now. #548-1955 FORD FAIRLANE Sunliner convertible. S/N U5DC146280. Black & yellow/black & yellow vinyl. Odo: 442 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very nice paint, most brightwork good, some has dings and light scratches. Weak under the hood, with plenty of surface rust and dirt. Nice seats, but it won't take a hard look to see flaws. Looks to have Monza Spyder convertible. S/N 20967W266729. Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 86,382 miles. 145-ci turbocharged flat 6, 4-sp. Paint is the best of the cosmetics. Some good chrome, some needs a do-over. Original interior is dirty and darkened with age. One split V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older paint still hanging on, some chrome pitted, none is show quality. Convertible top also good but not good-looking, seat vinyl looks original but shows needs. Very cool two-tone steering wheel not perfect, but serviceable. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $11,880. A very astute buy, perhaps a bargain. Lots of used car prep skills would go a long way here, and this driver-condition car will be one you can use every summer for years while the value of the investment goes up. to driver's seat visible. Dirty and undetailed under the hood. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,936. A reasonable result. A good bit of detailing after some catalog shopping will do wonders here. A good buy only if you are handy around the garage, as hiring this out will put you upside down pronto. #522-1963 FORD FALCON Sprint con- been an earlier restoration that was driven. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $31,590. One of the most satisfying old cars to own is a former #1 that has been “driven down” to a low #2 or #3—the first ding won't cause heart failure, and it quite likely will drive well to boot. With great '50s colors and maybe an extra $20k lining your 88 vertible. S/N 3H15F206338. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 62,887 miles. 260-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Tidy paintwork, most brightwork good, some small trim pitted. Stupid headlight “eyelids” installed, older top not nice but still keeps the rain out. Uninspired underhood, with lots of dealer-style repaint plus go-fast orange plug wires. Some split seams to original seats, good carpets and dash. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $19,980. The Falcon Sprints are the Falcon to have, and interest as well as values have been increasing for a number of years now. #513-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO convertible. S/N 124679N521417. Green/ black vinyl/green vinyl. Odo: 44,308 miles. 327-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. One owner from new. Fitted with a/c, ps, pb and power top. Very good paint, light scratches to nice chrome. Top is weak, but could be original. Vinyl interior shows well, but no headrests are displayed with the headrest seats. Clean underhood. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $26,460. No one should be shocked here, as 1969s remain the most sought-after year for first-gen Camaros. This quasi-survivor had good to great options and a West Coast ownership history. If you were on a limited Sports Car Market


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Cox Auctions Branson, MO Column Author budget and could only have one Camaro, this would have been an excellent choice. #541-1969 OLDSMOBILE HURST/OLDS H/O 2-dr hard top. S/N 344879M361138. White/black vinyl. Odo: 9,771 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice paint with a few flaws up close. One chip to trunk lid, overspray on rear window chrome. Most gold trim nice, some has visible spots. Very clean interior with light SOLD AT $31,320. I'm not going to beat anyone up over this, but two things to think about here that are important. First, 1973 is not the prime year for muscle of any kind, as the cars were bloated and big bumpers ruled the overall automotive stylebook. Second, although pricey, the new owner got a well-preserved example of an iconic American car that might look very cheap in just a few years. #553-1974 OLDSMOBILE HURST/ OLDS W-30 coupe. S/N 3G37V4M283242. Black & gold/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 10,087 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory a/c, AM/FM 8-track. Decent older paintwork could be mostly original but not without issues. wear only. Excellent carpets and dash. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $79,920. Fully priced, but not over priced. This was the big dog among the H/Os present here, and fairly so. If someone did a masterful job fixing the paint flaws and addressing a few other weak areas, this car could do even better the next time around. #607-1971 FORD TORINO GT fastback. S/N 1A25M272915. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 99,672 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very good to excellent paint, all chrome except door top strips good. Some scratches to glass, all trim reasonable or better. One resewn split to driver's side Good brightwork shows some scratches. Inside still clean, but nowhere near crisp. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $24,840. Expensive, even if it's one of the lowest-mile 1974 H/Os left. It's still possible that this will turn out to be a savvy buy, and when you think about the low cost of entry here, I could see taking a flyer on it. #202-1974 CADILLAC ELDORADO Custom wagon. S/N 6L47S40401252. Gold/ gold vinyl/gold velour. Odo: 78,017 miles. 500-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Full power options, a/c, sunroof. Good older paint, brightwork is nice but not perfect. Panel gaps decent, glass front seat, all other interior components nice. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $22,680. Pricey for its condition, but not by so much that it hurt. For some reason, collectors have generally ignored Torinos. They should be both more sought after and expensive than they currently are. #549-1973 OLDSMOBILE HURST/ OLDS coupe. S/N 1G3AK4793DM419467. Black & gold/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 6,249 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A few light scratches in what might be factory paint, gold to hood has some fade. Very good brightwork looks all original. Clean interior with good seats, console, carpets, and dash. Cond: 2-. nice. Clean velour interior, good dash. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $5,400. Nothing too special, but it's unusual to see Caddy wagons built from an Eldorado instead of a Sedan DeVille. Actually, it's unusual to see them at all. I was the underbidder on this wagon, and it's now for sale by a dealer in Southern California for quite a clip more that this price. #618-1976 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Trans Am coupe. S/N 2W87W6N57673. Carousel Red/black vinyl. Odo: 45,746 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Can't fool me, Carousel Red is really what most people call orange. Excellent paint, good brightwork, glass, and gaskets. Very clean underhood, but not overdone. Some pitting and scratches to windshield, clean interior. 90 to be factory. Very good brightwork, unmarked glass, good exterior trim. Two spots to cloth driver's seat, other interior components as new. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $17,280. Well done, and another very strong price as part of the collection of Hurst/Olds cars sold at Branson. Not exactly my cup of tea, but I can see why both collectors and investors see value here.. ♦ Sports Car Market good dash has one crack. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,280. This car bordered on a #3- in my mind, and as such, let's call this a sale that fell within expected sale boundaries. The interior was worrisome, as that would be an expensive set of hides to replace. #561-1979 OLDSMOBILE HURST/OLDS W-30 coupe. S/N 3K47R9M541984. White & gold/gold cloth. Odo: 17,783 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory a/c, AM/FM 8-track, moonroof. A very clean example. Nice paint appears Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,190. There has been a good bit of movement in the past year with 1970s Trans Ams, but it's still possible to find the occasional deal. This sale was a marketcorrect price. Pass on the lousy examples at a third of this price; if you want a nice example, this is pretty much what you will have to pay. #273-1976 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. S/N 6L67S6Q144037. Silver/ silver leather. Odo: 42,890 miles. 500-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very good paint, chrome, and stainless. Parade boot, full power options. Leather still good but dry in places, otherwise


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The Sportscar Auction Geneva, CHE Column Author The Sportscar Auction Despite the 70 cars being well presented, most big-ticket items failed to sell, and only 43% changed hands Company The Sportscar Auction Company Date October 6, 2007 Location Geneva, Switzerland Auctioneer Peter Bainbridge Automotive lots sold / offered 32 / 73 Sales rate 44% Sales total $3,339,700 High sale 1948 Veritas-BMW Rennsport, sold at $563,400 1954 Fiat 8V roadster, not sold at $637,500 Report and photos by Richard Hudson-Evans Market opinions in italics T his was both the second Geneva Classics Show and the second time that Erich Traber's Sportscar Auction Company was held at the Palexpo, a venue that offers shows for car, boat, and airplane enthusiasts. Located beside the airport terminal and mainline railway station, the event is also convenient for both international and Swiss visitors. The sale itself was again held in association with RM, Geneva, CHE whose regular auctioneer Peter Bainbridge wielded the gavel with characteristic aplomb. Despite the show being well attended and the 70 auction cars on offer being well presented, most of the big number items failed to sell, and by the end of the day, less than half of the stock had changed hands. High profile non-sellers included a 1931 4 1/2- Liter Blower Bentley currently fitted with 1991 replica Weymann-type two-seater torpedo coachwork, although with its original Vanden Plas four-seater tourer body included. The car was bid to $3.9m, which was not enough to move it to a new home. Neither was the $638,000 or so available to buy a stunning brand new-looking 1925 Bentley 4 1/2-Liter with Le Mans-style tourer coachwork. A 1928 T35C Special Monoposto, one of seven Bugattis in the catalog, also failed to attract the necessary $663,000, although a 1939 T57 with four-door limo body by Graber sold for a mid-estimate $263,800. A below- 92 Buyer's premium 13% on the first $84,000, 11% thereafter, included in sold prices. ($1=1.17 CHF) forecast $184,300 was accepted for a 1921 T23 with Brescia four-seat tourer coachwork that had been recreated in the 1990s. A 1946 Delahaye 135M bodied by Graber in Switzerland as a cabriolet also rang the bells for a buyer with $173,600 to spend. A pair of 1954 Fiat 8Vs bodied by Vignale—one as a spider, one as a coupe—were a powerful magnet during viewing, but the two failed to sell, running out of puff at $637,500 and $722,500, respectively. Seriously tasty, too, was a 1967 Shelby GT350 fastback, which, although completely rebuilt, still had all its original panels as well as its factory-fitted Webers and period Cobra alloys. Even so, the $212,500 minimum price could not be achieved, and the car returned to its seller. A 1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ-1, Corsican-owned from 1965 to 1980 and with recent U.S. race history, did make a high estimate $483,900, but the ex-Jo Siffert 1962 Lotus 22 Formula Junior, in which the Swiss finished 6th in the 1962 Belgian F1 GP, was unsold at $170,000. The sale of a 1981 Kremer Porsche 935 Turbo Le Mans car and a 1979 BMW M1 Procar Group IV coupe were abandoned with an insufficient $765,000 and $680,000 on the bids board. Among Ferrari prices recorded here, a 1962 250 Sales Totals GTE achieved $128,100, a 1964 330 GT Series I brought $92,900, and a 1982 512 BBi sold at $118,700. A total of $207,600 was available for a 1939 Aston Martin 15/98 2-liter with one-off roadster bodywork by Abbey, and a 1955 DB2/4 Mk I coupe made way-overforecast at $165,500. These were strong prices, and although some reserves were retail-sized and above, the sale total still amounted to a solid $3.3m—not a bad result in its own right, but well below the $4.3m realized in 2006. ♦ $1m $2m $3m $4m $5m 2007 2006 Sports Car Market


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The Sportscar Auction Geneva, CHE Column Author ENGLISH #163-1925 BENTLEY 4 1/2-LITER Le Mans Replica tourer. S/N 911. Eng. # RT909. British Racing Green/black canvas/green leather. RHD. Odo: 1,207 km. First carried Freestone & Webb drophead coupe coachwork, acquired in Australia as dilapidated project in '03. Mileage displayed since completion of rebuild to LM-spec with original 3-liter included, Vanden Plas replica body on new frame. Chassis, running gear, body, interior, #107-1948 TRIUMPH 1800 Rumble Seat roadster. S/N TRD1310. Black/black canvas/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 502 miles. Swiss resident for the last 20 years. In receipt of full cosmetic refurbishment a while back. Sound enough body panels beneath blemished paintwork now in need of bare metal repaint. ancillaries, and engine bay all superbly detailed to concours standards. Headlamp glasses protected by mesh guards, pedals drilled, toggle switches in brass. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $638,000. In fabulous condition and with a wonderful spec, 3-Liter chassis number 911 must have cost a small fortune to bring up to this 100-point standard. Maybe it was precisely because the entire car was simply too newlooking with not a trace of patina that it failed to raise the necessary funds for a transfer of ownership. #166-1931 BENTLEY 4 1/2-LITER Blower Weymann replica boattail roadster. S/N MS3929. Eng. # MS3932. Black/burgundy leather. RHD. Odo: 5,743 miles. One of 50 unsold Blower Bentleys from the Rolls-Royce takeover in '31. In U.S. from 1957–1980 prior to current Swiss residency. Extensive restoration from the early '90s; Mille Miglia Retro exercised since. Blower and twin carb installation well detailed. Springs neatly bound with taped-up hole in driver's seat squab. All period badges and instruments appear to be present. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $102,000. Despite the provenance of being a Geneva Show car by Swiss coachbuilders Beutler of Thun—the same company commissioned by Porsche to build the first 356 Cabrio bodies—this unique Bristol failed to attract anywhere near the $120k or so required. A fair bid. string, finned brake drums massive. Weymanntype boattail body, front panels, paint rather matte, rear bodywork fabric good. Seat leather acceptably worn, engine and ancillaries superclean. Original Vanden Plas 4-seater body included. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $3,910,000. The seller had been hoping for $4.25m, but bidding for the star car of the sale—which would be eligible for all the top events including the Mille Miglia and the Le Mans Classic—was abandoned at an insufficient $3.91m. 94 #113-1954 BENTLEY R-TYPE Mk II Countryman saloon. S/N B82XF. Duck Egg & gray/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 30,659 miles. In receipt of full Radford conversion. U.S. resident for years, returned to Europe in '98. Exteral restoration at some time, paint now only fair with door edge chips. Rear fender chrome poor, other brightwork OK. Likely original driver's seat leather torn and grubby, passenger side marked, most of goody tray in trunk lid empty. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $68,000. A very specialized item, and not Chrome shiny enough, leather and carpets replaced at some time and looking almost original, wood dash and dials very period. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $39,000. Considering this car's farfrom-pristine condition, a price well over the high estimate of $29,750 was generous. Such roadsters from Coventry are becoming quite rare, however, even if they are rather dowdy. #148-1951 BRISTOL 401 convertible. S/N 401893. Eng. # 85C1635. Red/magnolia canvas/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 75,480 km. Coachwork by Beutler. Specially built for the 1951 Geneva Motor Show. Fully rebuilt between 1979 and 1987. Wide door fit surprisingly good, chips to driver's door edges, paint finish poor on top of windshield. Light microblistering to fascia top paint, front seat leather soiled, in the greatest shape cosmetically either, so this was going to be a hard sell here from the beginning—particularly at over $80k. However, with the lower portion of the tailgate equipped with a full picnic compartment and pull-out picnic stool, a Countryman like this could be a popular port of call for friends seeking an up-market picnic experience in the rally field. #140-1959 MG A Twin Cam Le Mans racer. S/N YD11626. Bright green/white top/green leather. RHD. Odo: 69,267 miles. Allocated directly from MG Abingdon production line to the BMC Comps Department to be a reserve car for the 1959 Le Mans, then BMC Johannesburg promo vehicle with some South African events before going to Canada. Returned to the U.K. in the late '80s, acquired by Swiss vendor in '93. Panels repainted to competition car standard. Cooling scoop on hood, large Monza filler cap on trunk lid, knockoff Twin Cam wheels. Worn leather steering wheel rim, dash still as standard car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $171,530. Although technically unsold under the Bainbridge gavel, this BMC Team MG A with its genuine Twin Cam motor and interesting history did sell afterwards for the necessary money, plus premium, amounting to a mid-estimate valuation. All ex-Abingdon Competitions Department stock continues to appreciate strongly. #136-1962 JAGUAR XKE SI convert- ible. S/N 877169. Red/black canvas/magnolia leather. Odo: 20,416 km. Desirable flat-floor Series I. Italian-based for 19 years, off road '72-'81, low mileage possibly genuine. Swiss resident of 26 years. Monocoque and panels seemingly sound, bodywork repainted at some time with few marks, most brightwork good. Original seat leather cracked and soiled, transmission tunnel cover very marked. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $85,000. An early E-type convertible can make $100k even with some further Sports Car Market


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The Sportscar Auction Geneva, CHE work to fund. So, on paper, this one should have done the business here. In the metal, however, 877169 failed to wave any arms. Better luck next time. FRENCH #146-1921 BUGATTI TYPE 23 Brescia tourer. S/N 1339. Eng. # 911. Maroon & black/ black canvas/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 47,970 miles. Coachwork by R. Grubenmann. Continuous Swiss history from new, later front axle with benefit of front brakes, original body recreated during most recent rebuild in the '90s. Chassis and suspension paint much marked, body and door fit excellent. Paintwork really cover renewed. Model-correct large mascot, triple wipers, rear wheel spats, and light clusters all intact. DOHC motor appears minimalist. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $467,500. First seen at Coys Chiswick House auction in May '98, where it sold at $225,100 (SCM# 12522). Later seen again at Coys Silverstone in July '99, where it didn't sell at $239,195 (SCM# 19711). Despite the Gangloff-crafted Stelvio being the ultimate in pre-WWII chic, this fine example with a nice patina to its restoration failed to raise anywhere near the retail price being sought. I would expect this to be worth around $500k in this market, so the seller was wise to hold on for now. #165-1935 BUGATTI TYPE 57 Ventoux coupe. S/N 57280. Eng. # 192. Black & yellow/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 14,180 km. One of the first T57s. Last restoration pre'96, repaint and rechrome from then clean. Scintilla headlamps and horns, Borranis look new. Renewed seat leather now lightly soiled, revarnish of dash wood rather obvious, large diameter woodrim marked. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $501,500. First seen at Christie's now old leather nice though some stitching has come undone. Sliding sunroof still operational, driver's door mirror missing. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $306,000. With a much more aerodynamic front screen, this trunk-equipped coupe was much more attractive than the preceding T57—and yet, it too failed to attract anywhere near the $350k minimum required. clean, plating excellent, renewed leather trim wearing well. Top and frame with steady-straps and start-handle leather retaining strap all brand new. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $184,300. A price of $27k below the low estimate of $212,500 was sufficient for a car which had '90s coachwork, even though it did provide characterful early '20s-style motoring for up to five with a Bugatti radiator up front. #122-1935 BUGATTI TYPE 57 Stelvio cabriolet. S/N 57435. Eng. # 322. Bright blue/ blue canvas/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 55,047 km. Coachwork by Gangloff. In U.K. until '99, then German ownership before recent Swiss residency. Treated to full restoration at some time, with paint and brightwork virtually unmarked. Leather particularly pleasing, chrome tubular grab-rails atop front buckets, top and Holland sale in November '71, where it sold at $15,977 (SCM# 9191). Later seen again at Christie's Tarrytown sale in April '00, where it didn't sell at $171,000 (SCM# 5267). Despite the T57 Ventoux being another of the fabled Grand Routiers, this colorful example failed to generate any serious interest. A price within the estimate band of $510k and $637k was likely unachievable near the end of a long afternoon in Geneva. #116-1936 BUGATTI TYPE 57 Galibier Pillarless saloon. S/N 57490. Eng. # 366. Black & gray/burgundy leather. RHD. Odo: 403 miles. A late example treated to a full restoration some years ago. Chips to fender sides, running board paint scuffed, tailpipe rusty, sunroof long gone and filled in. Likely-to-havebeen-replaced leather nice and soft, old repair Wilson pre-selector box with column control. Triple Stromberg-supplied engine rebuilt at some time. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $595,000. A great looking motor car, although in what is increasingly likely to be a buyer's market, 90048 will need to be sharpened up cosmetically to justify the $600k or so being sought. The model can nonetheless command in excess of $500k, for there were few Grand Routiers of the period which could match either the practicality or elegance of a T150C. March 2008 95 #164-1938 TALBOT T150C convertible. S/N 90048. Eng. # 85170. Black/black canvas/Havana leather. RHD. Odo: 20,534 km. Sympathetic restoration in recent years. Some marks to paint, front fenders chipped, leading surfaces of rear fenders grit-peppered, chrome clean. Retrimmed seat leather darkened with use, door trim and wood inserts possibly original but refurbished. Sprung steering wheel, needs restitching, wood dash neat. Ultra-thin four-spoke steering wheel with notched rim interesting. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $238,000. With seven Bugattis in the auction, there were simply too many to choose from. Despite having been fully rebuilt and retrimmed, this pillarless 4-door with plenty of headroom in the back could not generate anywhere near the almost $300k required. #117-1937 BUGATTI TYPE 57 Ventoux saloon. S/N 57594. Dark blue/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 18,087 km. Fully rebuilt at some time. Body panels ripe for back-to-metal repaint, hood top paint wearing thin with chips to edges. Brightwork still good throughout. Tubular frame upholstery typical of period,


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The Sportscar Auction Geneva, CHE #147-1939 BUGATTI TYPE 57 saloon. Column Author S/N 57670. Eng. # 490. Light blue/gray cloth. RHD. Odo: 85,841 km. Coachwork by Graber. In U.S. for years, where it was repainted in current color. Whole restoration now showing patina. Panels and door fit good, some marks to paint, seat fabric grubby. Extensively louvered hood sides, Graber plaque on A-pillar base, semaphore trafficators intact. SOLD AT $263,800. Last seen at the Bonhams & Butterfields Carmel sale in August '03, where it didn't sell at $120,000 (SCM# 35972). Graber coachwork still means something to Swiss automobilists, so the mid-estimate performance of this Bugatti T57 with its coachbuilt Limo body—essentially a 4-door Sports Saloon— should be no surprise. Worth the price paid. GERMAN #121-1938 BMW 328 roadster. S/N 85369. Grand Prix White/dark blue canvas/dark blue leather. Odo: 898 km. Full restoration relatively fresh, chassis and panels still excellent. Paint too easily marked with lifting on passenger hood side, fender to body piping grubby. Center-lock wheels and white instrument dials model-correct. Leather soft, interior mirror glass distressed. Crossflow-headed motor fed to paint near hood hinge, knockoff wheel paint marked, trim still like new. Door-top wood sound, triple-carb engine presents well. Splitwindshield opening knobs and exposed wiper arm mechanism on top of fascia quirky. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $323,000. Even having a BMW Mobile Tradition Certificate on file was not enough to entice a low estimate bid from the predominantly Swiss auction audience. One would have thought that a pre-WWII Beemer like this would be worth at least $350k... but evidently not in Geneva in October. #141-1949 VERITAS BMW RENNSPORT racer. S/N 85123. Eng. # 105542. Silver/black leather. Odo: 172 km. Ernst Loof and Lorenz Dietrich built around 78 of their Veritas BMWs from '46–'53. This Rennsport was driven by Dennis Poore to 6th at Goodwood in September 1949. Lost bodywork early '60s, returned to original spyder specs in the U.K. during a $200k TT Workshops restoration in the '80s. scuffs. Interior good but showing some wear to seats. Engine bay clean. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $43,800. Sound examples of all early and subsequent longer wheelbase 911s—particularly the 911S and 911T—continue to cost buyers more by the sale. In its current form, therefore, the mid-estimate money paid for this upgraded T was a fair valuation. #162-1981 PORSCHE 935 K3 racer. by triple Solex carbs beneath leather-strapped hood. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $527,000. A dream machine in its day, and with hydraulic brakes for all four wheels and hydraulic shock absorbers, 328 braking performance as well as its ride and handling were far superior to those achieved by most post-WWII sporting cars. Pricewise, maybe $500k would have been more realistic for this roadster, and that might have been achievable here. #149-1938 BMW 327/328 cabriolet. S/N 74266. Eng. # 74266. Black & maroon/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 1,480 km. Coachwork by Baur. One of 482 cabriolets, this one fitted with the 328 motor. Fully restored at some time and generally wearing well. Shrinkage cracks 96 U.S. owned from '01–'03, in Swiss Collection since. Cosmetically mint in all departments. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $563,400. Last seen at Barrett-Jackson/Coys Monte Carlo sale in May '00, where it sold at $207,020 (SCM# 9646). The necessary money was forthcoming on this occasion to buy this most authentically rebodied rarity. Despite being eligible for many of the top European and U.S. historic events, 85123 could be potentially difficult to resell next time around. See January profile, p. 64. #135-1964 PORSCHE 356C 1600 SC coupe. S/N 220883. Eng. # 813323. Black/ black leather. Odo: 37,713 km. Supplied new to the U.S., repatriated in '91, cosmetic and mechanical restoration dates from the mid-'90s. Engine upgraded to SC-spec, exhaust modified, Sabelt full harnesses fitted. No apparent rot or rally damage underneath, panels straight, paint only lightly marked. Both front seats look much sat-in. Porsche 356 Club Deutschland and 50 Years Gmund 1998 Celebration badges on engine cover grille, motor presents well. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $68,000. $50k? Yes, S/N 935K30010020. Pink & white/black cloth. The 20th and last 935 from Köln-based Kremer Bros. Non-finisher 1981 Le Mans, 3rd Nürburgring. 2nd Monza in 1982, non-finisher 1982 Le Mans. In Rosso Bianco Collection until '99, when shipped to Florida. Engine rebuilt in U.S. in '03, returned to Europe '04. Authentic looking, but cosmetically only fair close up. Panel fit and finish quite scruffy, side all day long. $60k? Maybe, if more than one bidder wants to own it. $70k plus? Difficult. And so it was that this SC-engined 356 failed to raise anywhere near the $80k required. #134-1973 PORSCHE 911T coupe. S/N 9113500143. Blood Orange/black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 85,241 km. Swiss resident from new, all numbers still matching. Recent restoration shows well overall. Leading edge of driver's side sill misaligned, body paint unmarked, Fuchs alloys dull with some visible skirt ripped, rear fender stress cracked. Cage bracing bar across passenger area, boost knob beside gearshift lever, tach redline at 7,200 rpm. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $765,000. What a really impressive piece of kit a racing Porsche of Sports Car Market


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The Sportscar Auction Geneva, CHE Column Author this era is. During their glory years, Kremer 935s won every major endurance event, including Daytona and Le Mans. Although only with modest race history and rather tatty under the spotlights, 935 K3 number 20, though unsold here, is still worthy of inclusion in any giltedged portfolio. ITALIAN #123-1953 FIAT 8V SII coupe. S/N 106000095. Eng. # 104000141000137. Blue/ tan leather. Odo: 3,828 miles. Supplied to Italian first owner, then shipped to the U.S. and raced. Part of Ugo Piccagli Collection in Texas until 1990s repatriation, then treated to a European restoration; low mileage displayed likely since then. Body and paint super. Quickrelease filler cap on tail panel, beautifully an insufficient $637k on the electronic highest bids board before its time was up. #144-1954 FIAT 8V coupe. S/N 106000047. Eng. # 104000000090. Red/tan leather. Odo: 26,592 miles. Coachwork by Vignale. Taller, more pronounced extension fins to rear fenders than on the spider. Full Californian restoration in the '80s, joined the Blackhawk Collection in '92, first came into Swiss ownership in '00. Paint and brightwork virtually un- interior wearing well, undetailed engine bay still very clean. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $128,100. The just-above-top-estimate price paid confirmed continued appreciation of the 250 GTE. For the 2+2s of '60-'63 that were once cannibalized for the 250 GTO replica market have now become highly prized in their own right. trimmed buckets with ventilated backs, slightly dished Nardi wheel. Gearshift chrome plate mostly flaked off. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $297,500. Clearly well restored with photo records to document it, and with much event potential, this fine example of Fabio Luigi Rapo's low-drag craftsmanship with radical body and chassis method of construction should have made at least $350k under the hammer. #143-1954 FIAT 8V roadster. S/N 106000050. Eng. # 104000000184. Red/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 50 miles. Coachwork by Vignale. Distinctive extension fins on rear fenders. Originally painted white, U.S. owned from late 1954, Californian resident where color-changed during restoration in the '80s. Acquired from the Blackhawk Collection in '02, first came to Switzerland in '05. Panel and fit still superb, body paint unmarked, chrome good, Borranis dull. Leather cracked and lightly soiled, instruments period-correct, steering column plated. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $637,500. Ideally, this open-top 8V should have been bought along with the coupe in lot #144 as a pair of Vignale 8Vs. In stunning condition and eligible for the Mille Miglia Retro too, chassis number 50 allegedly raised 98 engine bay spotless. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $255,000. While this B24 cabriolet was certainly superbly turned out, the $280k or more being floated by the auctioneers was extremely ambitious—although Aurelias, particularly the earlier Spider America, have reportedly been attracting stronger and stronger prices of late. That said, $220k-240k might have been more realistic here. #124-1962 FERRARI 250 GTE 2+2 coupe. S/N 3071GT. Eng. # 3071GT. Grey/burgundy leather. Odo: 64,457 miles. U.S. restoration slightly aged and showing a nice patina. Panels perfect, paintwork largely unmarked apart from driver's side sill, brightwork and Borranis shiny. Four ANSA tailpipes fitted. Replaced Sports Car Market marked, Borranis highly polished. Painted dash and woodrim perfect, leather only lightly used and very clean, detailed engine spotless. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $722,500. Again, Mille Miglia Retro eligibility plus a guaranteed place on the lawn at all the top car concours events were obviously not enough to inspire anybody to offer more than the insufficent $722k displayed. Chassis 47 should share the same motor house as the spider version offered as the preceding lot. $1,500,000 for the pair? #157-1959 LANCIA AURELIA B24 cabri- olet. S/N B24S1315. Eng. # B24N1427. Light blue/black canvas/dark blue leather. Odo: 272 km. In Switzerland since the late '80s. Recently restored by Auto d'Arte and Roos of Bern with interior by Gamma. Panel fit perfect, paintwork unmarked, chrome excellent, trim superb, basic but clean. Woodrim worn, undetailed engine with unfiltered Webers. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $483,900. What a glorious looking Alfa a TZ is—a mini GTO, no less—and once a race had started, about the only view of it the rest of the field would get would be the distinctive Kamm tail disappearing into the distance. This was a lovely working example of the Zagatobodied classic which deservedly made the strong money forecast. #112-1964 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA Veloce spider. S/N AR390796. Eng. # AR0012102194. Black/black leather. Odo: 77,370 miles. One of 1,091 1.6-liter Veloce Spiders built. Supplied new to the U.S. where it was restored, returned to #158-1963 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA TZ-1 coupe. S/N AR750100. Eng. # AR005100092. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 69,355 km. Coachwork by Zagato. One of 120. Same owner in Corsica from 1965-1980, U.S. resident since '95, Brian Redman International Challenge raced in '03 and '04. Roll bar, Simpson harnesses, and master switch on dash added. Full restoration, panels and paint sharp, carpetless interior rather


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The Sportscar Auction Geneva, CHE Column Author Europe in '05. Paint chips various, brightwork marked, dash top edge scuffed. Period pushbutton radio, rather large luggage rack on trunk, factory hard top getting harder to source. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $51,000. Despite being a great looker and fun to drive even after 43 years, this characterful open-top Alfa failed to find a friend here. It was nearly ready for a total and potentially pricey makeover, making its acquisition for anything over $50,000 an uneconomic proposition. #125-1964 FERRARI 330 GT SI 2+2 coupe. S/N 6219. Eng. # 6219. Red/black leather. Odo: 80,779 km. Mileage almost certainly genuine from new. In receipt of earlier restoration with consistent panel fit and unmarked paint. Sergio Pininfarina autographed front panel. Fenders polish-scratched, door handle plating poor. Wires very shiny, interior clean, engine bay presentation nothing special. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $48,600. This car was OK cosmetically, but its condition was beginning to show issues here and there. Still, this apparently sound T-Bird was well bought at $11k below the low estimate of $59,500. old Borranis with hammer-dinged rims. Seat leather lightly cracked, front seat much satupon, wood dash nice, original Ferrari wallet and contents present. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $92,900. This seemingly sound example of the 2+2 model which replaced the 250 GTE was correctly valued at the mid-estimate price paid. Well bought and sold. #145-1969 FERRARI 365 GTC coupe. S/N 12099. Eng. # 12099. Light blue metallic/ tan leather. Odo: 22,930 km. Full Pozzi restoration in France before 1998. Mileage displayed since engine rebuild in '04; bodywork has since been refurbished with repaint. Body and wheel paint still looking fresh with some touched-up chips to nose, rear fender chrome slightly off in places. Dash wood super, leather like new, #155-1958 CADILLAC SERIES 62 con- vertible. S/N 58F013166. White/black canvas/ burgundy vinyl. Odo: 73,210 km. 365-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older restoration with evidence of masking tape suggests a more recent partial repaint. Paint generally clean, passenger door dented, front chrome marked, side chrome with cracked driver's seat vinyl and passenger side seams pulling loose. Knockoffs fitted, larger-than-stock exhaust installed. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $51,000. Even though it was a '65 with the benefit of disc brakes on all four wheels, this fairly average Stingray failed to achieve a retail price here, even given its relatively rare final-year fuel-injected engine. finishers dimpled. Three letters missing from Cadillac badge on side of rear fin. Interior good for year and mileage, engine bay unexceptional. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $38,250. If sharper cosmetically, this finned icon from more profligate times would have been entitled to expect a valuation much closer to the $42,500-$59,500 pre-sale estimates. #111-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 10867S100804. Red & white/red vinyl. 283-ci 275-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Supplied new to Arizona, presented luggage straps in back. Original tool roll with contents present, factory-fitted a/c. CD player added. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $272,000. Last seen at Christie's Paris sale in February '07, where it sold at $259,208 (SCM# 44228). The price then was recorded as high, but not too much above the market level for a highquality driver. Now, a 365 GTC in this condition could bring more than this bid, so the seller was smart in holding on to it. 100 original window stickers, correct Cobra badges and wood wheel. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $204,000. Much viewed, much admired, and yet nobody in the room was prepared to bid the not unreasonable $200k or so required to own it. Perhaps a missed opportunity, but it's also possible that American muscle of this vintage and quality will be landed for very much less than these levels once the true extent of the subprime mortgage fallout is known on both sides of the pond. ♦ Sports Car Market #130-1967 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N 67200F40039. Wimbledon White & blue/black vinyl. Odo: 62,575 miles. 289-ci V8, 4x2-bbl, 4-sp. Freshly rebuilt with original body panels retained. Cosmetically super-sharp. Paint and chrome unmarked, interior as-new, engine bay spotless. Roll bar and downdraft Weber quartet factory-fitted. Genuine 1967 Shelby alloys, AMERICAN #128-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N D7FH206645. Red/white vinyl. Odo: 10,888 km. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. U.S. restoration in '02 prior to Swiss shipment. Factory porthole hard top, rear wheel fender skirt option, power steering, seats, and windows, a/c fitted below dash. Paint polishscratched, bumper and grille chrome good, here on Texas plates with Swiss 13.20A. Full restoration in U.S. claimed to NCRS Top Flight standards. Cosmetically wearing well, with paint, chrome, and interior all extremely neat. Engine and compartment present well, whitewalls no longer white. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $93,500. Last seen at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in January '07, where it sold at $90,200 (SCM# 44186). This fuelie 'Vette really was very nicely turned out and deserved to sell, but not at over $100k. #110-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194375S117330. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 17,286 km. 327-ci 375-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Older restoration, cosmetics still reasonable. Body generally glossy though with some marks, sills crudely repainted, brightwork shows some age. Interior probably still original,


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McCormick Palm Springs, CA Column Author Palm Springs Fall Auction November's auction expanded to Friday evening this year with the presentation of 60 more cars, bringing the total offered close to 500 Company Keith McCormick's Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions Date Palm Springs, California Location November 16–18, 2007 Auctioneer Jack Stokes and Rob Ross Automotive lots sold / offered 287 / 490 Sales rate 59% Sales total $4,908,698 High sale 1954 Chevrolet Corvette, sold at $81,375 Buyer's premium 5% (included in sold prices) Muscle sold well in the desert Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics T he allure of a collector car auction in Palm Springs in November is a strong attraction for those of us tired of the rain and dreariness of the Pacific Northwest. After all, here is the opportunity to spend a couple of days with your car buddies and not hear about it when you return home, as your spouse is happily spending time in the upscale shops along El Paseo. This was the 43rd auction Keith McCormick Palm Springs, CA and his family have presented, and true to form, they offered a selection of unique and interesting collector automobiles. November's auction expanded to Friday evening this year with the presentation of 60 more cars, bringing the total offered close to 500. Even so, the auction quickly sold out all its slots. By the numbers, the company offered 67 more cars at the 2007 November event than they did in 2006, and with the increase in consignments came an increase in sales, with 35 additional cars selling this year. Revenues were up by almost a half a million dollars, so by all accounts this was a success, and the growth pattern noted at the 2006 auction continued. McCormick auctions are known for the occasional 102 automotive oddity that finds its way onto the lot. A rather garish Rolls-Royce golf cart sold for a $2,000, which will be the lightest check the new owner writes as the repairs mount up. A “needs everything” bullet-nose Studebaker brought $5,250, and Corvettes were plentiful, with over two dozen being offered. The high sale of the auction was a 1954 Corvette, one of 100 finished in Sportsman Red. The panel fit was far from acceptable, and the buyer, who said he was a dealer, asked if I thought the 25,000 miles on the odometer were original. I kept my opinion to myself. Although they were both in very nice overall shape, the two high-dollar cars present failed to come close to their reserves. The owner of the one and only 1963 Plymouth Sport Fury Max Wedge convertible was looking for somewhere around a half million, as was the seller of the 1970 Boss 429. McCormick Auctions is expanding all its Palm Springs events to a three-day format, and in doing so, the company will likely see more results like this at future sales. Interesting cars, great restaurants, shopping, and golf make these hard-to-miss events, and for many of us, it's nice to have a taste of summer in November as well. ♦ Sales Totals $1m $2m $3m $4m $5m 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 Sports Car Market


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McCormick Palm Springs, CA ENGLISH #78-1952 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N G71948. Silver/blue leather. Odo: 8,171 miles. Recent restoration to high standard. Quality respray in an attractive color. Both leather seat backs scuffed, spats fitted, no wires. Brightwork sparkles, panel fit excellent. From well-maintained example. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,325. Sold for a price below the level where most guides value a #4 car. While not perfect, it was decent. The big question would be deferred maintenance, which could turn this bargain into a money pit with the first visit to the Ferrari service center. AMERICAN #439-1937 PONTIAC SILVER STREAK 4-dr convertible. S/N 117175. Light tan/tan canvas/tan vinyl. Odo: 31,920 miles. Recent respray to acceptable standard. Trim worn and pitted, noticeable dent in trunk. Window fit off, glass delaminating. Wires hang down under the Pond Collection. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $95,000. All XKs have been appreciating of late and quality examples are now well into the six-figure range. This was not perfect but a solid #2 120, so perhaps it could bring a touch more at another venue. #480-1987 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SPUR saloon. S/N SCAZN42A41CX16536. Cream/brown leather. Odo: 28,472 miles. The Spur is the long wheelbase version of the Silver Spirit, with a cost of $175k when new. Little to fault with very nice paint, good chrome, wellmaintained leather. Wood not cracked or dam- dash, convertible top in need of a cleaning. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $24,938. The buyer here paid a bunch for a project. The car looked fine from a distance, but lots of little needs were visible up close. The buyer will write a number of checks to get this up a grade or so. Well sold. #207-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 62 coupe. S/N 8349377. Maroon/tan fabric. Odo: 65,384 miles. A tired car with a recent respray. Trim pitted and worn, glass scratched. Fitted with rear skirts. Springs gone in driver's seat, non-authentic fabric used. Steering wheel cracked, no fog lights fitted. A full CCCA classic. Cond: 3-. aged, European headlights fitted. An attractive Roller that should get preferred parking at most local restaurants. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,725. The first visit to the service department will determine whether this was a good buy or not. If no major bills were looming, the buyer did just fine... if there are, then it's another story. ITALIAN #394-1979 FERRARI 308 GTS targa. S/N 30826257. Red/black leather. Odo: 82,831 miles. The targa-roof spyder GTS was introduced in 1977. Decent paint chipped and scratched in numerous areas, front bumper cracked. Black paint on window posts worn, leather seats cracked. Appears to be a relatively SOLD AT $29,400. First seen at eBay/Kruse Scottsdale in January '02, where it didn't sell at $18,000 (SCM# 25558). Later seen again at eBay/Kruse Hot Springs in March '02, where it failed at $13,000 (SCM# 26266). With a little TLC this could be an enjoyable tour car, as it's eligible for CCCA events. The price paid here was a bit strong for a car with a list of needs. #492-1951 STUDEBAKER CHAMPION Starlight coupe. S/N G899049. Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 40,098 miles. In need of everything. Paint chipped, scratched, and dull, rear bumper dented. Interior dirty, brightwork scratched, dingy, and dull. A mess throughout. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $5,250. Bought by a new car dealer in Washington who plans on setting his shop to work on it. The only way something like this March 2008 makes sense is if you have in-house folks to do the heavy lifting. Well sold. #214-1954 BUICK SUPER 4-dr hard top. S/N 5A1066503. White/red fabric & black vinyl. Odo: 88,989 miles. 322-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Mild custom with shaved rear deck and badges removed. Skylark wires, Offenhauser tri-power intake. Acceptable paint and brightwork, interior in good condition. Engine well detailed. Complete with books and records. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $30,975. Seller worked the car all weekend and was rewarded with a sale price that was far more than expected. It was surprising to see a car like this cross the $20k mark, so clearly the seller's attention to the job at hand paid off. #159-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E54S00152. Sportsman Red/red vinyl. Odo: 1,152 miles. 235-ci straight 6, 3x1bbl, auto. One of 100 in Sportsman Red, mileage stated to be original. Recent respray to OK standards, driver's door fit off at bottom, trunk lid needs adjustment. New interior properly installed, engine area clean. Correct early air cleaners fitted. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $81,375. The high sale of the auction. I always wonder why a low-mileage car needs new paint and a new interior. The rest of the car did not appear low mileage as well, and even though early Corvettes have been going nuts of late, this one needed a bunch. Still, this was a good buy. #221-1955 CADILLAC SERIES 62 2-dr hard top. S/N 5562981241. Pecos Beige/dark brown/brown fabric. Odo: 68,080 miles. 331ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A well-presented Cadillac. 103


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McCormick Palm Springs, CA Column Author A strong car with trophies from local shows in trunk. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $54,600. The buyer ended up with a strong car at a reasonable price. Perhaps the seller could have hauled it around to a few more auctions and done a bit better, but now he has cash in hand. Well bought. #321-1962 STUDEBAKER LARK Acceptable paint with a few minor blemishes and swirls. Limited options include power windows and brakes. Good brightwork, interior shows only minor use and wear. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,775. Price paid was a bit strong for a car that won't win any awards at the Cadillac LaSalle Club meet. That said, this would make a fun out-to-dinner car, and it will get some thumbs-up at a cruise night. #472-1957 MERCURY TURNPIKE CRUISER 2-dr hard top. S/N 57LA34580. Salmon & white/black fabric & vinyl. Odo: 70,721 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Later four-headlight model loaded with lots of gadgets. Gold anodized insert in upper rear fender. Horrible paint or lack thereof, chrome pitted dual headlights. Paint chipped and scratched, large gouge in fiberglass at rear. Trim scratched, dented, and dull throughout. Interior with no major issues. Factory-installed seat belts, nice wide whites and original hubcaps. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $44,625. This car ran through twice with both trips resulting in a no-sale. It was bid to $47,500 during one of those trips, but the seller was still looking for more. He must have changed his mind, as the deal was made later at a price that was just about right considering the condition of the car. A lot of effort and fooling around to send this one down the road. #404-1959 NASH METROPOLITAN coupe. S/N E76162. White & yellow/white vinyl & black fabric. Odo: 83,394 miles. Built by Austin in England to Nash specs. 1957 was last year for Nash nameplate, so this may not be a '59. 85-inch wheelbase, Continental kit, and scratched. Carpet shot, seats worn. In need of everything. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $12,338. These are very cool cars, and if you are into the '50s, they are for you. This one, however, was not much more than a check book ready to be emptied. If it was worth $40k done, could you do this one for $30k? I don't think so. #53-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N D7FH364123. Light green/green & white vinyl. Odo: 14,680 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Last of the two-seat Thunderbirds. Paint dull, scratched, and chipped, trim badly worn. Door handle loose, engine compartment OK quickie repaint. Dash worn, interior shows signs of use. Made famous by Lois Lane in Superman. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $7,000. One of these was recently advertised on the Internet for $5,200. That car looked comparable to this in terms of condition, so don't know why seller thought his was worth so much more. It could have sold here without regret. #87-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 10867S104087. Roman Red/ red vinyl. Odo: 85,854 miles. 283-ci 230-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Roman Red with white coves. Very authentic but slightly overdone restoration. Excellent paint and chrome, interior with only minor signs of use. Engine bay sparkles. has not seen a clean rag in years. A tired and neglected T-bird. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $24,937. Early Thunderbirds have been appreciating of late, with well-optioned examples pushing $50k. The price paid here was about right for an example with a long list of needs. #182-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J58S109001. Snowcrest White & silver/red vinyl. Odo: 84,050 miles. 283-ci 230-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. First year for 104 Sports Car Market Daytona convertible. S/N 62S3704. Pink/white vinyl/leopard & black vinyl. Odo: 82,860 miles. Awful pink paint includes bumpers but not bumper bolts. Leopard-print interior looks like a bedroom from a low-end bordello. Trim pitted, taillight broken, glass not chipped or scratched. 10-CD player installed. A very scary car. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $8,500. It's hard to understand why someone would want to make a '62 Lark into a Mary Kay wannabe. It was also hard to understand why someone thought this was worth more that what was bid here. #322-1963 FORD THUNDERBIRD Landau convertible. S/N 3Y83Z134436. White/black vinyl/cream vinyl. Odo: 7,322 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Limited edition Landau often referred to as a Monaco. Originally only offered in maroon with white leather, so this is incorrectly redone. Paint done to average standard, chrome just OK. Driver's armrest worn, engine not detailed or cleaned. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,505. Landaus usually get a slight premium over coupes, but this one sold at the bottom of the price range. Still, given its condition, this was a fair price for a used example. The new owner can drive it for a few years and likely still get his money back. #223-1963 FORD ECONOLINE pickup. S/N 3K10S387067. Rangoon Red/gray vinyl.


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McCormick Palm Springs, CA Column Author Odo: 42,917 miles. Restored in Radio Flyer livery. Decent recent respray with white pinstripes. Aftermarket wheels, shift knob missing, glass scratched and chipped. Appears to be well maintained. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $18,638. This Econoline was well presented, but I have to think it brought a several thousand dollar premium here. It doesn't have enough power to get out its own way, and although the restoration was nice, it was far from perfect. The seller should be happy with this one. #375-1963 PLYMOUTH SPORT FURY Max Wedge convertible. S/N 3431121687. White/white vinyl. Odo: 31. 426-ci V8, 2x4bbl, 4-sp. The only Sport Fury ordered with the 426 Max Wedge engine. Built for racing with a Cross Ram manifold, sold new without a warranty. Full documentation with early photos of bring big money, it was a good, honest Corvette that will bring lots of smiles to its new owner. Both parties should be happy. #370-1965 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE Safari wagon. S/N 262355X106236. Light green/white vinyl. Odo: 42,884 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Loaded with 68 of a possible 72 options, lacking tach and split rear seat. Even has power door locks and manifold vacuum gauge. Rare bucket seats. Very nice restoration with strong paint and chrome. Engine well detailed. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $32,550. The seller auto. Respray missed door jambs but not much else. Paint shows overspray throughout and needs to be rubbed out. Body straight, door fit acceptable. Fitted with original a/c. Cigarette burns on driver's seat, engine compartment clean. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,125. Sold for a song. It had a list of issues, but nothing on that list would be too hard to have fixed, and the seller left at least $5k on the table by not attending to its needs before the sale. I'm surprised he didn't fix a few of the issues and reap the return himself. the car on the track, restored to a high standard. Unique history. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $275,000. The seller was looking for almost twice what was bid here. The car will be worth the asking price to someone, but it might take the seller a while to find that person. #185-1964 FORD GALAXIE 500 convert- ible. S/N 4065X127149. Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 81,107 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The Galaxie 500 was a step down from the top-of-the-line XL. Decent paint looked good from ten feet, but flaws popped out upon closer inspection. Trim oxidized, new top installed, could not document that the wagon had been ordered with the long list of options included here, and if he could have, the sale price could have easily been $5k more. As such, the new owner has an interesting wagon in a market where they have been gaining respect. A fair transaction all the way around. #130-1965 BUICK RIVIERA 2-dr hard top. S/N 491475H930935. Gold/tan vinyl. Odo: 18,230 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint acceptable with normal scratches and minor dings, chrome in good repair. Clamshell headlights function, walnut on console nice. original radio. Nice interior, dash worn. Engine well detailed. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $23,100. The price paid here was just about right, and there should be no questions on either side of the transaction. Not a lot of money for an attractive convertible that will be fun at the local Saturday night cruise-in. #155-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 40867S120151. Saddle Tan/ saddle vinyl. Odo: 73,852 miles. 327-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of the better Corvettes at the auction. No issues with paint that a good buff would not cure. Very good chrome has a deep luster. Driver's bolster and center console worn, engine clean with no glaring issues. Spinner-style hubcaps fitted. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $47,250. The buyer did just fine here. Even though this car had none of the options that 106 Engine detailed and clean. Fitted with factory a/c. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $25,200. These have been receiving interest of late with top examples selling for over $50k. The Gran Sport is the most desirable. The price paid here favored the buyer a bit, but not by much. #282-1966 BUICK RIVIERA 2dr hard top. S/N 494876H936068. White/black vinyl. 425-ci V8, 4-bbl, Sports Car Market chips and swirls, engine compartment detailed. Trim scratched, interior clean but showing use commensurate with age and mileage. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $31,500. The price paid was on the light side even though this was a basic Corvette with the base engine. There were no glaring issues to hold it back, so it should have brought a bit more here. Well bought. #179-1969 SHELBY GT350 Replica convertible. S/N 9T03F131112. Red/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 353 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. A base-model Mustang convertible recreated as a Shelby GT350. Recent paint done to high standard and maintaining a deep finish. Brightwork well done. Very nice interior, highly detailed engine compartment. Cond: 2. #51-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194678S402370. Safari Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 70,378 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Numbers documented with original tank sticker. Same owner 30 years. Fitted with p/s and disc brakes. Seams and gaps uniform, paint acceptable with a few minor


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Glovebox Notes SOLD AT $50,663. The seller must have had much more than the price paid here in this car. This is not the time to make money on replicas, so he took the money and ran. The buyer needs to drive and enjoy the car, as there is no upside for something like this in this market. #285-1972 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS SUPREME convertible. S/N 3J67M2M157620. Black/black vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 82,743 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The last year for the Cutlass convertible, with the Supreme offering Strato buckets and a higher-output 350 engine. Well maintained with quality black blue fabric. Odo: 12,665. A unique “Bubble Car” with a 100-inch wheelbase and a passenger door larger than the driver's. X trim is one step down from the DL. Unique colorful interior, paint scratched and chipped. Door jams not repainted, dealer mags fitted, original a/c. An unusual little car. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,825. Not a lot of money for a funny little car that will get a lot of attention an the local shows. Guides state it to be worth a bit more than what was paid here, and based on that, it can be considered well bought. #49-1989 ELMCO 11E Rolls-Royce golf cart. S/N 641. White/white vinyl/white vinyl. Older golf cart with Rolls-Royce-like front end. Options include sunroof, fake wires, beverage cooler, and radio. Missing hubcap. Overall wear and tear apparent. No idea on A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM stable. HHHHH is best 2008 Mazda MX5 PRHT paint and brightwork. Interior in good condition, engine clean with no leaks or puddles. A strong presentation. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $24,675. This sold on the high end of the scale for a non W-30 Cutlass Supreme, but it was a quality car and worth the money. A fair transaction for all parties involved. #320-1972 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr hard top. S/N RM23H2G211050. Top Banana Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 18,311. 340ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Lots of liberties taken here. Performance hood fitted as standard equipment on the GTX, but not the Road Runner. Hood condition of batteries or other expensive repair items. Straight out of “Caddyshack.” Cond: 3. SOLD AT $2,205. A starter Roller for the soon-to-be-big-shot. Newer carts done as replicas of Jaguars and Mercedes are attractive but rather expensive, with price tags totaling as much as $20k. This was cheap and ugly, and the first repair bill could easily exceed the purchase price. Well sold. #351-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. S/N 0F02Z143255. Calypso Coral/ black vinyl. Odo: 42,050 miles. 429-ci V8, 4bbl, 4-sp. One of 499 Boss 429s produced, all of which came with 30 more horsepower than the 428 Cobra Jet. Complete with books, records, stripes missing, non-original engine fitted. Equipped with a/c, ps, and pb. Good paint and trim. Interior presentable. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $13,500. This car would have been worth twice what was bid here if it had been proven to be a real Road Runner. I don't know where this seller will get more, and that's the issue with replicas when the market goes south. #208-1975 AMC PACER X hatchback. S/N A5A667E322356. White/white vinyl & and a Marti report. Little to fault on a well-restored and maintained car. Excellent paint and interior. Engine detailed to perfection. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $350,000. This seller was looking for close to half a million for this Boss. The market doesn't seem to support that kind of money at present, but a bunch of these will be in Scottsdale in January, and if that kind of money is out there for these cars, that's likely where we'll see it happen. ♦ Price as tested $23,080 Likes: Recognizable Nissan/Infiniti family shape hints at G37 and upcoming GTR. Simple controls; 2.5-liter, 175-hp, 4-cylinder engine provides adequate power; brakes excellent; minimal torque steer; decent stereo; rear seat folds down. Dislikes: CVT transmission feels like a slipping clutch. Appalling rear vision, with high deck lid yet surprisingly small trunk. Back seat only good for kids, who will complain when they can't see out. Cloth interior retained moisture leading to fogged-up windows when parked in rainy weather. Keyless remote a nuisance; 21 mpg is disappointing. Fun to drive: HH Fun to look at: HH Overall ownership experience: HH Verdict: Unremarkable. Not especially quick, economical, handsome, or convenient. Makes a first-generation Audi TT or an early Porsche Boxster seem irresistible.—PD ♦ March 2008 107 Price as tested: $29,535 Likes: Simple retractable hard top ends convertible leaks; 166 horsepower more than adequate; attractive leather interior with leather seats; easy to toss around. Dislikes: Hard top shrinks already tight interior, bulks up profile unattractively. Climate controls too small to read. Keyless ignition annoying, easy to misplace credit card-like key. Handbrake on wrong side of tunnel. No spare wheel—tire-pressure monitoring system and can of “fix-a-flat” instead. Fun to drive: HHHH Fun to look at: HH Overall driving experience: HHH Verdict: The Miata name has gone, replaced by the corporate-sounding MX5, and it's taken the two-seater's minimalist charm along with it. Bigger wheels, raised hood/headlights and hard top lift profile in a not-particularly-attractive way. And at $30,000, about the same price as a three-year-old Boxster, pretty stiff competition.—Paul Duchene 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe 2.5S


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RM Auctions Tarpon Springs, FL Column Author The Al Wiseman Collection Wiseman decided that 100 vehicles was just too many and his automobilia had exceeded his available wall and shelf space Company RM Auctions Date November 30– December 1, 2007 Location Tarpon Springs, Florida Auctioneer Brett Earlywine Automotive lots sold / offered 82 / 82 Sales rate 100% Sales total $5,293,635 High sale 1965 Corvette Motorama Cutaway Display, sold at $704,000 Cutaway Corvette surprised all at $704k Report and photos by Chip Lamb Market opinions in italics I t's not often that one man's collection is the subject of a no-reserve sale within his lifetime. As Baby Boomers keep counting the years, such sales are occurring with more When the motorized lots began on Saturday afternoon, the gloom on the Tarpon Springs, FL frequency. RM's year-end, no-reserve liquidation of Tampa-area classic car enthusiast Al Wiseman's cars was an example of such. With two full days of automobilia and both two- and four-wheeled vehicles crossing the block during a cloudless Central Florida weekend, there was literally something for everyone looking to spend from a few hundred to a few hundred thousand dollars. Since no reserve really meant no reserve from start to finish, there was little reason for disappointment for any prospective bidder, short of the size of one's credit line or available garage space. A while back, Wiseman ran up against a brick wall— albeit one closely resembling every collector's dream: He had amassed too much stuff in his private collection since his retirement some 15 years before. Wiseman decided that a collection of over 100 vehicles was just too many for one person to look after, and his collection of automobilia had exceeded his available wall and shelf space. Among the latter were items ranging from beautifully restored antique gas pumps to die-cast reproduction coin banks, which were snapped up by bargain hunters during the waning hours of the first day. 108 faces of many RM employees and Wiseman family members evaporated. The previous day's failure to get near estimates diminished, and some high prices were seen on a variety of scooters and classic motorcycles. As the sale progressed into automobiles, a few interesting vehicles slipped through past the radar, such as a 1922 Maxwell used by Jack Benny for promoting his radio show, as well as a 1909 Metz Two. Both cars in better-than-average and mechanically sound condition sold for credit-card money—$11,550 and $11,000, respectively. Conversely, well-placed and well-promoted lots sold at or even above posted es- timates. A 1931 Cadillac Phaeton restored over 20 years ago and showing only the lightest patina sat aside the main entranceway to the auction and almost reached its high estimate at a final sale price of $170,500. Likewise, a 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz used by Harley Earl in styling and engineering exercises brought $330,000, despite its automatic “raindrop” convertible top never once being demonstrated (See “American Profile,” p. 60). Perhaps the most audacious lot offered—and the high sale of the entire week- end—went to a vehicle that would never run, nor was it intended to. The 1965 Corvette Cutaway Motorama Display car only moved up and down a time or two on its motorized rams, and while the wheels spun slowly in place in time with the engine, the bidding rocketed past $600,000 to reach $704,000 with buyer's premium. As inoperable vehicles go, this might have been a record, but as a one-off piece of kinetic artwork, it might bring even more in the future. RM has shown before that it can host a class act whatever the circumstances, and Al Wiseman's sale was no different. Combined with the friendliness and approachability of the Wiseman family, this event will not soon be forgotten. ♦ Sports Car Market Buyer's premium 10% (included in sold prices)


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RM Auctions Tarpon Springs, FL Column Author ENGLISH #845-1931 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II Merlin roadster. S/N 64GX. Dark green/ black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 2,678 miles. Coachwork by Gurney-Nutting. Deep paint shows very slight rippling down each side, radiator shell and Flying Lady mascot have survived better than other limited brightwork. Convertible top older and lightly worn, leather seats and door panels show slight patina. Instrument panel full of various gauges and FRENCH #836-1910 RENAULT AX Taxi de la Marne landau. S/N 23781. Green & black/black vinyl/ tan cloth. RHD. Odo: 3,587 km. Coachwork by Audineau & Cie. Older repaint still shows a high-quality shine, body without visible defects. Polished brass dull in spots, wood firewall and steering wheel restored but not overly varnished. Older Dunlop cord tires aged, driver's seat Market-correct for an oddity that won't have a home on today's soccer-mom roads. #867-1958 BMW ISETTA 300 coupe. S/N 510695. Red/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 13,417 miles. Older amateur-quality repaint shows wear around edges and prep issues throughout, panel fit slightly below average especially around engine cover. Glass free of cracks and sandblasting, white vinyl folding sunroof appears original or older replacement. Chrome and brightwork well-preserved, but not in show condition. Interior clean but not restored. switches pertaining to the Merlin V12. Engine compartment and short exhaust very nicely detailed. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $412,500. First seen at Christie's Beaulieu sale in July '69, where it sold at $13,956 as a saloon (SCM# 7326). Later seen at RM's Monterey sale in August '99, where it sold at $605,000 as equipped here (SCM# 22226). The conversion was carried out over many years in England using a modified Gurney-Nutting body to accommodate the enormous 27-liter engine. Expensive even under its $600,000 low estimate, but this car will always draw attention wherever it goes. #801-1965 AUSTIN GIPSY SUV. S/N 12KL4105. Tan/white fiberglass/brown vinyl. Odo: 3,137 miles. Unusual civilian version of Austin's military Champ. Faded original paint shows rust on the front valance and surface imperfections and spot touch-ups throughout. Fiberglass hard top requires comprehensive refinishing, rusty black front bumper shot with a spray can. Spartan interior with original front leather shows a nice patina with light wear but no real damage. Rear upholstery shows age but apparently has seen little use other than display. Engine compartment clean, but minor detailing issues keep it from show quality. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $68,750. It's hard to believe that every Parisian taxi used to ferry French troops to the eastern front was this opulent in 1914. Whether this was one of those cars or one reserved for a higher class is not documented, but it was a good buy on condition alone. GERMAN #868-1957 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 cabriolet. S/N 555554. Signal Red/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 10,149 km. Older restoration with more than casual paint damage around panel edges and throughout older respray. Panel fit acceptable, limited brightwork presentable but apparently unrestored. Some new weatherstripping fitted, some worn originals still in place. Black vinyl top wrinkly and very likely original. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,050. The smallest-displacement Isetta with four wheels (as were all U.S. production examples) is more desireable than the later 600 “limousine”, even though the single-cylinder 13-hp engine does not even propel all seven feet of an Isetta around effortlessly. The high bidder can look forward to having one of the more intriguing golf carts on the links or getting blown away in a race with a King Midget. Cheap fun but a more or less market-correct price. #858-1967 AMPHICAR 770 convertible. S/N 106523181. White/black vinyl/red & white vinyl. Odo: 1,770 miles. Older repaint and cosmetic freshening of a very low-miles example. Body gaps factory with no gap or fit issues worth mentioning. Black replacement top appears correct, red and white vinyl seats also original in appearance. Dashboard and instrumentation original and clean, engine bay sports an older detailing but does not appear to have bench seat. Engine compartment and chassis grungy but appear unrestored. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $9,075. While Land Rover took the WWIIera Willys design and ran with it, the Gipsy resembles more the American Jeep without as much later development. As such, it's understandable that the Gipsy's production came to a sudden halt a year after Land Rover and Austin became part of the British-Leyland megalith. Price was right on the money with the low mileage recorded. 110 Interior Spartan but complete and undamaged. Odd radio antenna fitted. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $20,900. I'm not sure who could have heard a radio driving a Messerschmitt unless they were rolling downhill with the engine cut off. In any event, this was a rarer microcar than the Isetta in lot 867, but it was in about the same lightly refreshed and largely dated cosmetic condition. ever been apart. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $57,200. Another former resident of the late Remember When museum in Wyoming that Mr. Wiseman cleaned out when it closed in 1999, this was well above par compared to the average Amphicar crossing the block today. With the $124,200 Barrett-Jackson sale of one of these from 2006 fading into memory (SCM# 40359), the high estimate of $80,000 was only a dream. The sale price reflected this car's #2 condition. Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Tarpon Springs, FL Column Author AMERICAN #811-1903 ORIENT BUCKBOARD runabout. S/N 2768. Wood/black vinyl. All-wood car's finish likely au- thentic, damage to wood fenders from light use. Red-painted leaf springs and solid front axles, engine and driveline components exposed at rear. Modern bicycle rubber fitted on some sort of adapter to original rims. Seat made up of wood base and cushion only. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,700. Advertised as “The Cheapest Automobile in the World” and made in Waltham, MA. A small total production and poor termite survival rate gave this example decent collectible value, but it has little practical application as even the occasional parade would be a risky proposition. Nevertheless, this was a nearworld record for the cheapest way into London to Brighton, and it was reportedly bought for exactly that purpose. Well done at this price. #833-1906 STANLEY MODEL EX run- about. S/N 101. Green/Black Leather. RHD. Recent redo of a previous restoration shows to a high standard despite light orange peel and a dent in rear wood. Light brass polishing required before showing, leather reupholstery shows well, light-ivory underpinnings detailed to a high standard. Documented restoration of boiler, fuel tank, and sump screen carried out Simple black wood buggy body shows a high level of preservation. Likely unrestored or just refreshed from time to time. Black leather seat original with larger splits than suggested by catalog description, vinyl cover over differential torn. Front lamps dull, brass on steering wheel tarnished heavily, engine and driveline reasonably clean but undetailed. High-wheel spokes repainted and shod with solid rubber tires. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,625. More a powered horsebuggy than an example of a car from its era, this may well have just been a well-preserved vehicle past its time even when new. While not special or significant other than being a very early car, it sold for absolute chump change against any other recent big-wheeler sales. Very well bought, and yet another case where no reserve meant market price based on those in the room. #813-1909 FORD MODEL T touring. S/N 6413. Red/black vinyl/black leather. Recent restoration to better-than-new standards. Paint shows nice depth, exterior detailing misses little aside from missing scuff plates on running boards. Brass polished to a high luster, some overbuffing marks to radiator and lamps detract frame aging slightly, undercarriage dusty but not dirty, black leather seat without issue. Wood firewall and steering wheel cracked and dry from storage, engine compartment detailed and clean. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $37,400. Last seen at Kruse Auburn in September '98, where it sold at $37,800 (SCM# 14002). Given a ribbon for an undisclosed award at the 1998 Pebble Beach Concours under the care of its previous owner, this Franklin did not look to have been kept up to that standard in the intervening years. Still, sinfully cheap money for a Brass car that not too long ago graced the 18th fairway. Very well bought indeed. #821-1912 CADILLAC CUSTOM speed- ster. S/N 52266. Cream/black leather. Older restoration shows signs of regular detailing along with some heavy buffing. Headlamp brass and nickel well-polished, Moto Meter similar on painted radiator shell. Leather seat upholstery missing only one button, varnished wooden framework as presentable as wooden spoke wheels. Engine bay nicely detailed along less than ten years ago. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $126,500. Last seen at RM's Amelia Island sale in March '02, where it sold at $66,000 (SCM# 27281). It's nice to see that someone other than Art Hart drives a Stanley more than just in and out of the trailer, as this car looked like it had some use following its restoration and showing at Amelia Island. The buyer has nothing to regret here, as a Stanley of this quality does not come around very often. #814-1907 SUCCESS MODEL B runabout. S/N 843. Black/black leather. RHD. 112 slightly. Suspension detailing as good as body, balloon tires yellowed considerably. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $68,200. It's interesting to see what one of these goes for without the mystery of a reserve price, and this one was a surprise to many in the room when it soared to $60,000plus. Perhaps slightly well sold today, but the first year is the first year and Brass is getting hotter by the second. #837-1911 FRANKLIN MODEL G Torpedo roadster. S/N 12660G. Blue/black vinyl/black leather. RHD. Odo: 76 miles. Older restoration with a high level of detail. Paint exhibits light wear at edges, evidence of sanding scratches visible at rear deck, panel fit at least as good as original. Brass recently polished but not detailed to show standards. Yellow wood with visible undercarriage. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $56,100. The first year of the “Self-Starter” Cadillac, and although fitted with a custom body and 4-cylinder engine, this was a very interesting Brass-Era speedster. While upstaged by the silly money spent on both the T speedsters that preceded this sale, the Cadillac handily broke through its low estimate of $50,000 and found a new home. Well bought and sold. #820-1912 FORD MODEL T speedster. S/N 12230323. Black/red vinyl. Well-executed modern restoration of a Brass-Era T speedster. Paint and pinstriping uniform with some flaws, including pitting under gas tank paint. Brass radiator surround, Moto Meter, and headlamps shine but have been overbuffed. Red seats appear unusually plain and unsupportive as these go. 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RM Auctions Tarpon Springs, FL Cond: 2. SOLD AT $60,500. Although many Model T speedsters were carried out in their day or long ago, it's a shame that many of them were of the less-common brass- and gas-lamp variety. The same Argentine responsible for the $88,000 sale of the 1914 T speedster in lot 816 took this one right into the stratosphere as well, and though it was extremely well sold, he got a little better value for his money here. #816-1914 FORD MODEL T speedster. S/N 588366. Yellow/black vinyl. Older repaint with small cracks and prep-related defects. Brass radiator and headlamps well-polished, other details such as horn are not. Runningboard-mounted spotlight odd and should be brass, painted wires incorrect to all but the last production Ts. Driver's seatback torn, material fresh but not period-correct. Engine has car may have had to elicit Harrah's attention. An older static display piece, it was one of the major buys in this sector given the lack of reserve prices the entire weekend. #815-1920 COLUMBIA SIX roadster. S/N 9036Y4725. Maroon/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 51 miles. Extremely old reconditioning or perhaps original paint dull and flat throughout. Golf bag door leads into enclosed rear compartment that might otherwise have been a rumble seat. Bumpers distressed from long storage, all other brightwork similar. Almost definitely original convertible top and interior upholstery shell freshly replated. Leather front bench seat appears original, as does dashboard. Engine compartment shows some recent work. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $60,500. A sympathetically-restored example of one of these went across the block at Kruse Hershey last October but failed to sell at $60,000 (lot 717, SCM# 47302). Since the market was allowed to speak without reserve on Mr. Wiseman's “before” example, this price was surprisingly high by comparison. Well sold, as anyone attempting even their own restoration will find themselves fast underwater, making this worth much more than it was here. #823-1926 PACKARD EIGHT Dual Cowl phaeton. S/N 215342. Light & dark green/ black cloth/green leather. Odo: 76,618 miles. Coachwork by Custom Automobile Body. Older restoration shows evidence of excessive filler under well-buffed paintwork. Door fit acceptable at top but poor at bottom. Period brightwork weathered, canvas top nice with the exception of cheap-looking fogged plastic rear plastic window. Green leather and door panels show some patina, woodwork refinished to a Frontenac overhead-valve engine conversion with leaky head gasket. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $88,000. Ford did not produce speedsters in Dearborn or anywhere else, so all of these cars started out life as something more mundane. All in all, this was not the best one of these on the market, but it was far from the worst. That said, nobody expected an Argentine phone bidder to take this almost to triple its high estimate of $30,000. Almost unbelievably well sold. #810-1920 ESSEX touring. S/N 26283. Red & black/black vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 33,549 miles. Older red repaint shows age-related flaws and checking. Black fenders similar, panel fit as-built, trim missing around hood side vents. Headlamps, hubcaps, radiator cap and clamp-on mirror finished in brass-colored paint. Convertible top from era of repaint appears well-worn. Interior redone likewise long ago, older vinyl seat and interior trimmings still OK. Engine compartment and visible suspension sprayed silver and black and showing signs of use. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $10,725. Once the cheaper sister brand to Hudson, this 4-cylinder Essex was an interesting car, if only for the fact it spent some time in the Harrah collection. Despite being an attractive post-Brass car, one can only ask what possible provenance this March 2008 save for sloppy recovered seat bottom; woodtrimmed dash panel a nice original touch. Engine compartment unrestored and grimy. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $9,350. It was clear from all indications that this Columbia was nothing more than an interesting restoration object, and while nothing was missing here, I can't see it making a big connection with anyone. Rare does not necessarily equate to valuable, and apparently I was not alone in this thought. Slightly well bought, but where does one go from here? #839-1921 SAYERS & SCOVILL MODEL 575 hearse. S/N 1218A420. Light gray/brown leather. Odo: 8,362 miles. Long-ago attempted restoration stalled at the primer stage. Minor rust around panel edges, panel fit indicates no improper accident repair or corrosion damage. Wood rear section features ornately carved or plaster-cast sides, rear doors free from damage. Headlamps dull, bumper tweaked, radiator high standard. Engine bay has signs of use and some neglect from storage. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $74,250. I'm all-too-familiar with the standard 6- and 8-cylinder sedans from Packard during this era, and this coachbuilt Dual Cowl phaeton body was a major improvement over the usually bloated high-roof touring sedans. There's some work to do here and perhaps some of it is beyond just mere detailing, but this did not stop the bidding on this car from landing right in mid-estimate territory. An attractive deal for all parties concerned. #824-1927 LASALLE SERIES 303 pha- eton. S/N 202548. Red/tan cloth/red leather. Odo: 28,458 miles. Older red repaint shows signs of age throughout. Dings in front valance panel, unusual tan inset accent at tops of doors accented with white pinstripe. Dual-sidemount disc wheels slightly impede opening of front doors. 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RM Auctions Tarpon Springs, FL Column Author this was worthy of a proper restoration, and the money paid was a bargain considering the price of admission to this club. Well bought. #826-1928 PACKARD SERIES 5-26 Custom racer. S/N 128148. Red/red leather. Odo: 82,582 miles. More nostalgic than authentic. No apparent damage to finish or limited brightwork. Mesh grille, headlamps, spotlamp, and small details all in driver condition. Small windscreens on cowl more appropriate to postwar English cars. Leather seats and pile carpet show use but no hard wear, steering wheel exhibits minor cracking. Engine appears freshly small driving lamps. Interior clean but with incorrect pattern, engine compartment shows use to older detailing. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $27,500. Apparently used as a tour car more than for show; I still am somewhat unclear as to this car's provenance or coachbuilder, and I'm sure that had something to do with this way-belowestimate result. Bidding fell short of the value of the parts used in making this car, and whether bought to make a correct car right again or as a nice tour driver, there should be nothing but upside here. Well bought. #844-1931 AUBURN MODEL 8-98A Deluxe phaeton. S/N 58701. Yellow & green/ tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 2,425 miles. Coachwork by Limousine Body Co. 1970s-era restoration well-preserved with minor bubbling and cracking to top surfaces. Chrome and brightwork slightly better-preserved but requires some attention. Wide whitewall tires yellowed with age, tan cloth top stained from light water damage in storage. Lightly-antiqued reddish-brown leather applied with too much with age, engine bay clean but showing rust on manifolds and hardware. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $99,000. Paint was the greatest detractor of this otherwise once grand example. Another case of a 1970s-era restoration gone soft not only with time but not in keeping with today's standards. This one did better than it should have only due to the fact that the top went down. #830-1934 NASH LAFAYETTE business coupe. S/N 35870. Maroon/tan cloth. Odo: 47,871 miles. Older restoration to sympathetic driver condition shows signs of use throughout, body and paint presentable though some under-paint problems are lurking. Panel fit substandard, door fit questionable. Brightwork tidy, steel artillery-style wheels rough. Older cloth interior correct and shows light use. Older engine compartment detailing still nice. Cond: 3. painted. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $33,000. Having run in the 1987 iteration of the Great American Race, this might have a future as a display piece from that event, and if it had been mechanically recommissioned since, perhaps it could see another go at the event. I think I'd rather do it in an 8-cylinder car all the same, and I'm not too crazy about the car-in-tow style turn signals or kitschy detailing either. Still, a good buy for some good clean pre-war fun. #825-1929 CADILLAC SERIES 341-B Victoria convertible. S/N 337518. Gray & maroon/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 69,955 miles. Claimed rebody of unknown coachwork and unknown period. Older paint uniform but with minor defects throughout. Black cloth top torn at center bow, wire wheels appear small under large fenders. Aftermarket turn signals look like lollipops next to similarly non-period padding and showing some wrinkling and agerelated distortion. Engine bay detailing dates to last major restoration and has slight storage wear. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $74,800. Few 1970sera restorations of pre-war American cars received this level of detail, and despite light storage issues, this car still looked reasonably good. It won't take any current-day AACA or CCCA awards as it was presented, but a 2+ rating could possibly be attained by a few weeks worth of skilled detailing. Very well bought. #846-1933 PACKARD EIGHT Victoria convertible. S/N 401137. Red/tan cloth/red leather. Odo: 43,300 miles. Older comprehensive restoration showing age, with paint cracking visible throughout. Chrome and brightwork weathered less but slightly pitted. Interior slightly dated, with smoother than stock seat covers in correct pattern. Steering wheel and instruments exhibit light wear commensurate SOLD AT $22,000. Largely free of modern improvements aside from an incorrect driver door mirror and very subtle small turn signals added above the bumpers. At this rate, a car like this may linger a while longer in an unrestored state, but putting it off too long will result in further deterioration. A market-correct price, and with any luck the mechanicals are not deteriorating as fast as the cosmetics. #847-1935 FORD MODEL 48 Deluxe phaeton. S/N 182128011. Olive Drab/tan cloth/ brown leather. Odo: 65,130 miles. Claimed original aside from tires and paintwork. Paint scraped and scratched in places but still looks reasonably authentic. Chrome and brightwork respectable but also likely redone at some point. Faded and lightly torn tan cloth top may be original, show wear and patina commensurate with careful use. Engine compartment and visible undercarriage not filthy, but in no way detailed. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $27,500. Last seen at Kruse's Scottsdale sale in January '99, where it sold at $22,050 (SCM# 13931). Unlike most show cars of this ilk, this car actually was used by a brigadier general at Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois. Parade-ready if you put the top down, 114 Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Tarpon Springs, FL Column Author but that's about the fun you can have with something like this. Still, well bought at this price. #804-1940 AMERICAN BANTAM MODEL 65 roadster. S/N 65268. Maroon & cream/white vinyl/maroon vinyl. Odo: 10,338 miles. Older restoration with panel fit issues including uneven top to bottom door fit. Clearcoat faded with overbuffing and small dents throughout. Painted fender welting indicates fenders were not removed during refinishing. Chrome and brightwork presentable, interior clean but redone in 1970s vinyl, steering wheel and instrumentation restored nicely. Flathead 4-cylinder engine recently repainted if not rebuilt, under- but everything else was fairly respectable and the price paid was not out of line. #856-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster package. S/N E53F001039. Polo White/black cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 36 miles. 235ci straight 6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Freshly restored and showing as well as when it left the factory. Panel fit excellent, with the worst alignment issues nowhere near as bad as an original car. Correct black cloth top and red vinyl interior fitted, engine bay well-detailed but not over-restored. Offered as a package with a showroom-fresh 2003 Corvette to be redone as a special. Obviously this crowd agreed, and bidding sagged from start to finish. Well bought at significantly less than the low estimate of $400,000. #849-1957 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL Mk II 2-dr hard top. S/N C56K3411. White/ white & red leather. Odo: 29,153 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed unrestored original car appears touched up in places, with mild to moderate scuffs and scrapes throughout. Right front fender mismatched to rest of car, chrome and trim still decent. Interior may be original and leather has dried to near-cardboard texture, carriage rough with indications of sloppy patchwork floor repairs. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $27,500. Pre-war American Austins and American Bantams are starting to come into their own among not only the micro-car and Metropolitan fans but at the second-tier concours level as well. As the pre-war equivalent to the little Nash of the 1950s, these certainly evoke more style with their Alexis de Sakhnoffsky coachwork, but are pitifully slow given their Model-T-esque power-to-weight ratio. Above the low estimate of $25k, and all the money given the amount of work needed. #855-1951 GLASSPAR G-2 Custom road- ster. S/N 185611852. Black/white vinyl. Odo: 21,129 miles. 239-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 3-sp. Older black respray wavy and shows defects and chips from use. Brightwork presentable, glass nice. Interior appears to be from a 1960s era small car and is clean with minimal signs of wear, dashboard simple with Stewart-Warner Anniversary edition and GM-licensed pedal car both bearing chassis number 39. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $390,500. An interesting triumvirate of near-perfect cars, two of which the lucky winner can drive or just continue to preserve, and the third he can save for his favorite child or grandchild. Given the recent sales of 1953 Corvettes, this reflected a nice discount for a shop-fresh car as well as a free 2003 Corvette and GM Heritage pedal car. Very well bought. #850-1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N 590115. Yellow/white vinyl/yellow vinyl. Odo: 41,847 miles. 283-ci 220-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed 1956 prototype. 1970s restoration to original color scheme puckered, with surface bubbling and checking evident. Chrome and brightwork dull and pitted, yellow vinyl seats and green carpet somewhat more presentable despite fading of carpet on tunnel. Engine compartment also exhibits older detailing but has lapsed well front seats much more worn than rear. Engine compartment also unrestored but appears functional. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $42,900. Originally leased by President Dwight Eisenhower during his second term in office and used only at his Pennsylvania ranch, this car saw a near-20 year ownership history with two Ford Motor Company executives. Provenance did very little if anything to help this sale, and this price was market correct unless there's a future significance to Ike's second term on the horizon. #853-1958 CADILLAC ELDORADO Custom Biarritz Raindrop convertible. S/N 58G0499432. Red/white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 83 miles. 365-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. GM custom styling exercise rebuilt after having been all but destroyed. Paint and panel fit likely better quality than from the prototype shop, interior pieces not used on production cars nicely recreated. Unusual '59-esque fins original to the design study look rather odd instrumentation. Engine compartment nicely detailed with period Offenhauser heads and polished triple-carb intake on Ford flathead V8. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $40,700. The Glasspar is something you don't read about every day unless you've got a big stack of vintage Road & Track or Motor Trend magazines on your shelf. The finish condition here was straight out of a Pennsylvania funeral home paint shop, 116 beyond show quality. Visible undercarriage exhibits no attempt at detailing and is very likely original. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $134,750. More a restoration candidate with history than a significant historical car. Originally given to Zora Arkus-Duntov and registered by his wife when it was in a much more attractive silver and blue combination. In the 1970s, the car was restored to its production line color scheme, leaving no doubt as to why this particular car was chosen here, engine compartment displays show-quality detail work. Custom top automatically raises and power windows roll up when moisture is sensed. Claimed to have been owned and used by Harley Earl. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $330,000. I ran into the restorer of this car at the auction, and he confirmed that the car was owned by Mr. Earl long after it was a design study. Since this was not an all-out factory custom but one of five 1958 models modified with more than a few interesting details, the premium over a regular 1958 Biarritz in this condition was not as far away as the $500,000 low estimate would have suggested. A market-correct result for condition and rarity. See SCM profile, p. 60. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA Column Author Luxe, Sport, & Collection Artcurial sold a 190SL for $94,190, nearly beating its February 2007 $99,884 sale, which set the bar Company Artcurial Date December 10, 2007 Location Paris, France Auctioneer Hervé Poulain Automotive lots sold / offered 25 / 46 Sales rate 54% Sales total $948,104 High sale 1973 Sbarro Mille Miglia, sold at $188,380 Buyer's premium 1955 190SL made a strong $94k Report and photos by Jérôme Hardy Market opinions in italics S ix-hundred motivated enthusiasts fought a storm, a pitchdark night, and considerable traffic jams to gather in Porte Paris, FRA Maillot at the Palais des Congrés in Paris for Artcurial's Luxe, Sport, & Collection event. Auctioneer Hervé Poulain opened the evening by apologizing for having owned similar cars to twelve or so in the Renault collection in the auction, and his light-hearted approach, along with the quality of the first car—a 40-hp Renault Dauphine Gordini that brought an over-estimate $14,913 result—set the tone for the evening. Poulain introduced the session as a “sympathetic” sale, which was at least true for the buyers, as the average lot sold at just $40,000. It was an appetizer for their upcoming Rétromobile 2008 sale (which will be profiled in an upcoming issue), where three important collections will be dispatched, and which will feature the Pebble Beach-honored 1935 “Aerodyne” Voisin C25. There were a few surprises at this Monday evening auction, including a 1959 MG A 1500 that made a spectacular $51,805 thanks to a show-class restoration in black and red and an enthusiastic presentation. Driving this car will erode its value quite quickly, I'm afraid. A 1975 Porsche 911S fitted with a 210-hp 1973 RS engine 118 fetched $63,578, and while the car was very nice and in a good color combination, it was either the most expensive 911S or the cheapest RS out there. Your pick. The high sale at $188,380 was a fiberglass-rebodied 1973 Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2. It was a copy of the 1957 Ferrari 335S that won the last Mille Miglia and was built by Swiss designer Sbarro for the 2005 Geneva Show. A restored 1972 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3-liter, offered at no reserve, sold for $27,472. Although this might seem high, I was close to raising my own finger to replace my aging Jaguar XJ6. A rebuilt 1966 Renault 8 Gordini was offered at $28,000 but failed to find new ownership. This price was expensive, as a regular R8 might reach $10,000 in its dreams, leaving $18,000 for white stripes, two vinyl buckets, a few gauges, and a racy cam. Once again, Artcurial sold a well-done Mercedes-Benz 190SL at $94,190, follow- ing its February 2007 Rétromobile sale, which set the bar at $99,884. I wonder if the company will be able to find another one for Rétromobile 2008. I believe these cars will appreciate, as they are beautiful and well-built, although they are much slower than the 300SL. This market has become global now, and as such, branding power has become more important. As a result, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz are investing their image in new museums. Renault, Venturi, and Facel Vega lack this worldwide recognition, and French owners need to acknowledge that fact. If they need evidence, they can look no further than the no-sale of an underpriced 1956 Facel Vega FV2B here at $58k. We're likely to see growth in the market for some of these cars as they become more well known in the international collecting community, but some will always be loved most by the country that created them. ♦ Sports Car Market 16% on the first $147,000, 10% thereafter ($1=€0.67)


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Artcurial Paris, FRA ENGLISH #22-1954 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER DAWN saloon. S/N SOG64. Gray/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 29,078 km. Excellent paint, panels, chrome, and glass, one ding on front fender. Grille, headlights, and bumper perfect, inside as-new but for original rear seat. Fitted with front tray for heated teapot and magnetic cup AT $37,500. Austin-Healeys have been going to the roof in recent years, and maybe this is the time for Triumph's TR series. Slightly overpriced, even considering its recent restoration. #44-1975 ROLLS-ROYCE CAMARGUE powered by cigar plug. Engine bay, original engine, and undercarriage very good but for rusty exhaust pipe. A 42-year previous owner car maintained by Sauzeau et Tisserand. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $62,793. This car had an attractive body, a nice color combination, and appeared to have been well-maintained. It deserved to sell above the high estimate of $59k, and even so, it was still a good buy. #26-1956 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD saloon. S/N SYB140. Black & gray/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 65,042 miles. Repainted three years ago. Gray hue excellent, black shows prep issues on rear quarters and trunk. Overall good panel fit, chrome, glass, grille nearly perfect. Wheels and hubcaps clean, coupe. S/N JRX21410. Midnight Blue/magnolia leather. Odo: 64,581 km. Good paint but for rust bubble on fuel trap and chips in places. Panels, chrome, glass, and rubber very good. Original interior with excellent wood, engine bay and undercarriage clean. A big coupe in classic colors. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $39,246. The glass good. Interior shabby with amateur fix-up. To be fully restored before being enjoyed. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $9,419. Restoring this properly will put you upside down quickly, as they're generally worth about $20,000 in perfect condition. Well sold unless the new owner is handy and in need of a winter project. #33-1956 FACEL VEGA FV2B 2-dr hard squarish body design—the same Pininfarina style as the Ferrari 365 GT4—did not excite Crewe fans when the car was new, and it's still rather awkward-looking today. Hopefully it will feel right in 25 years. Bonhams sold a color-challenged one in Northamptonshire in June '07 for $39,848 (SCM# 45846), and since this one was in better condition and was in a better color, it can be considered a decent buy. rubber dry around windows. Interior shows the right patina to leather, wood refinished at the time of restoration and still very nice. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $39,246. Sold just under the high estimate of $41k, this Roller had a good look and would have made an excellent usable example for an end user even though it was in the less-popular RHD. Well bought and sold. #23-1967 TRIUMPH TR4A convertible. S/N CT76768. Dark green/slate vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 22,699 miles. Recently restored to high standards. Better-than-factory paint, chrome, glass, rubber, and trim nice. Optional high beam headlights very good or refinished, chrome wheels very nice. Missing stitches on soft top, plastic not faded. Interior presents well with Motolita wheel and period-correct radio. Undercarriage shows no leaks. Cond: 2. SOLD March 2008 leather. Trunk compartment as-new, engine bay clean but not detailed. A cared-for car probably washed weekly and garaged by its original owner in Belgium. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $21,978. A lofty price. It will not appreciate any time soon, and the automatic transmis- #17-1992 JAGUAR XJS convertible. S/N SAJJNADD4EJ185061. Champagne/camel fabric/beige leather. Odo: 152,650 km. Factory paint still shiny, good chrome and glass, excellent top. Factory a/c, some marks to original rims are the only sign of use. Inside very good, including dash, wood, instruments, carpet, and top. S/N FV2B56122. Eng. # TY18466. Black/ tan leather. Odo: 38,333 miles. 330-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Unrestored unmolested original. Black factory paint shows age, chrome fair, rubber dry around windows. Factory wheel needs refinish, sion will be an expensive fix if it breaks. A lot of money for a decent but relatively high-mileage example. FRENCH #12-1925 CITROËN 5hp TYPE C3 con- vertible. S/N 60812. Red/beige fabric/black leather. Odo: 58,400 km. Ten-year-old restoration done to a below-average standard. Stored wet three years ago. Paint cracked and faded, some rust visible. Chrome missing, brass marked, remaining interior is original with the right patina. Painted wood-like dashboard nice, engine bay and undercarriage clean, some oil leaks present. Stainless steel muffler and pipe. A nice driver requiring a full restoration. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $58,084. Sold to Los Angeles Facel Vega dealership in 1956. A 1955 FV1 in similar condition sold at $102,000 at the Bonhams & Butterfields Carmel auction in August '07 (SCM# 46291), so this can be considered a fair deal for a driver. Taking it to #1 condition will prove expensive, as everything will need to be redone. #1-1967 RENAULT DAUPHINE Gordini R1095 4-dr sedan. S/N 0035410. Ivory & blue/ burgundy vinyl. Odo: 84,595 km. Fully restored. Good paint with no marks, panels and glass show no issues. Nice chrome apart from missing front 119


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Artcurial Paris, FRA Column Author with 6-point roll cage, deep buckets, harnesses, and no rear seat, carpet or trim. Engine bay appears unused for many years. With period racing paperwork. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $14,913. The second 12 Gordini of the sale after Lot 3. This one was a true club racer and could be enjoyed more purposefully, and it was priced right for the French Renault fan. #4-1975 RENAULT 17 Gordini coupe. bumper component. Water trace in headlights, good tires on factory wheels. Interior clean but for a smashed driver's door panel. No radio, Sebring muffler. Engine bay and undercarriage clean. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $14,913. The first sale of the auction. This seemed expensive for a 40-hp economy car, but when taking into consideration the fun of driving these rear-engine cars fast, this was a good buy. #3-1973 RENAULT 12 Gordini R1173 4-dr sedan. S/N 9804495. Gordini Blue & white/black vinyl. Odo: 72,685 km. Restored to racer standard. Heavy paint shows runs and chips. Chrome fair, front bumper marked, side glass scratched. Inside clean with roll cage and a non period-corect Motolita steering wheel replaced. Inside built with poor-quality typical '70s materials. Some holes in driver seat. Nothing “Gordini tuned” in engine bay, just a plain 1.6-liter Renault. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,494. This one had the right color and the right equipment—just be sure that sliding roof panel seals well. These are generally cheap to maintain, so this can be considered cheap fun. #6-1977 ALPINE-RENAULT A310 V6 2700 VA coupe. S/N 43933. Sky Blue/purple fabric. Odo: 10,015 km. Restored in 1997. Paint, fiberglass panels, glass, and chrome good, some body cracks visible in driver's fender. Original wheels in OK condition, inside fitted. Dash wavy, but likely original. Engine bay screams “I have not run for some time,” with thick old oil deposits. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $10,204. The 12 Gordini followed the 8, but was never as successful. Front engine with frontwheel drive produced understeer and made racing touchy at a time when race cars were still RWD. A good rally car today, and no harm done on both sides. #5-1973 RENAULT 12 Gordini R1173 Competition Group 2 sedan. S/N 9803228. Gordini Blue & white/black vinyl. Odo: 18,643 km. Restored to racer standard. Heavy paint with some rust bubbles and overspray on rubber. Good chrome, glass OK. Interior race-standard, puzzling with purple recovered dash and door panels and clashing cream fabric seats and carpets. Later radio fitted. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,268. These cars have a nice shape, welldesigned interior, and good road manners. The weakness lies in the Peugeot-Renault-Volvo engine. The only sports car that France produced in the '70s and '80s, and a decent buy at this price. #7-1982 RENAULT 5 Alpine Turbo coupe. S/N VF1122BC00C0017381. Alpine Blue/tan fabric. Odo: 77,551 km. Factory paint peeling, bumpers faded, badges have lost their color. Glass OK, wheels need a refinish. Inside unloved with sagging seats and worn-out fabric. A tired original that shows plenty of needs. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $6,279. I missed something here, as better examples routinely trade for less 120 Sports Car Market #29-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 1210427502983. Silver gray/black fabric/red leather. Odo: 84,128 miles. Rotisserie restoration just completed to the highest level, with excellent exterior, interior, engine bay, and undercarriage. No radio, new fuel pump broken and to be replaced after the sale. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $94,190. If you wanted a perfect if slow 190SL in an eye- indicate an engine rebuild in '97. A go-kart on steroids, and this one was used as such. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $25,117. Renault delivered the 5 Turbo in 1980 with a 1,400-cc Garrett T3-turbocharged engine. The Series I had aluminum panels and specific interior design. These are highly sought-after today. A cheaper Series II was launched in 1983 with the same mechanicals but regular 5-spec interior and steel panels. The price paid here was plenty for this particular car. Well sold. GERMAN S/N 6646569. Canari Yellow/burgundy fabric. Odo: 61,442 km. Average thick respray has overspray on gaskets and looks OK at ten feet. Rubber aged at opening roof section, chrome only fair. Gotti wheels marked and should be in this market. The needs here will put a new owner upside down in a hurry, so this can be considered very well sold. #8-1984 RENAULT 5 Turbo II coupe. S/N VF1822000E0000740. Red/tan fabric. Odo: 89,541 km. Repaint done in a hurry, with all original black plastic and fiberglass trim covered to some extent. Glass good, wheels need refinishing. Original interior tired, tool to open engine compartment missing. Service bills


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Artcurial Paris, FRA Column Author catching color combination, this was the one to grab... but obviously you were not alone, as this sold well above its high estimate of $80k. This was cheaper than the cost of restoration, and rising 300SL values will likely lift prices on these in the future. Well bought. #18-1972 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SEL 6.3 sedan. S/N 10901812006238. Azure Blue/black leather. Odo: 78,122 miles. Recent restoration to a high standard. Perfect paint and panels with no sign of underlying rust. Chrome shows no issues, glass unmarked. Inside asnew with excellent veneer. Factory mounted Blaupunkt stereo and a/c. Always maintained owner of this Fortwo saved $3,000 off the sticker price, got a special edition for free, and helped the “fondation pour l'enfance” association. A good deal all around. ITALIAN by a recognized M-B dealership, with hydraulic systems and a/c redone in 2006. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $27,472. A better-than-average car requiring a betterthan-average price—in this case just over the high estimate of $26,500. This might seem like a lot of money to spend in this market, but I think that it will look like a bargain in a few years. Well bought. #41-1975 PORSCHE 911 Carrera coupe. S/N 9115600434. Irish Green/beige vinyl. Odo: 42,731 km. Recently restored to a high standard. Paint, glass, and panels excellent. rare, and any 1960s Italian movie is proof of that. As of 2007, not as many are remaining, as their Russian steel has returned to the earth. With the launch of the new Fiat Cinquecento, early examples are starting to regain some interest. The perfect car to store in your residential property in Nice and cruise down to town. A fair deal considering its condition. SWISS #43-1973 SBARRO MILLE MIGLIA Fuchs wheels nice, interior redone, aftermarket radio fitted. Engine bay and undercarriage perfect. Engine recently rebuilt by Porsche specialist Christophe Terriou. Nice inside and out. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $63,578. One of 518 911s built in 1975 with the 1973 mechanical injection 210-hp RS engine—the most powerful non-turbo unit in 1975. There are two ways of viewing this one: It's half the price of a 1973 RS or twice the price of a 1975 911S. In both cases, it'll take a lot of explanations to explain what it is. Well bought and sold. #47-2007 SMART FORTWO Alfredo Pauly special convertible. S/N WME4514311K03431. White & black/black/black cloth. As new in all respects. No marks to paint, glass, trim, or interior. Special Alfredo Pauly edition with side graphics. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $15,624. The new 122 roadster. S/N 17103. White & blue/black leather. Odo: 1,637 km. As-new. One of four replicas built by Sbarro and presented at the 2005 Geneva show. An “inspiration” rather than a replica of the 1957 Ferrari 335S that won the last Mille Miglia. Based on a 365 GT4 2+2 shortened frame and engine, using Borrani wheel, and instrumentation. Engine bay clean. A pure American Prohibition-era car in Paris. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $28,257. Definitely a good driver with the appropriate patina, and sold slightly below the low estimate of $29,500. A decent deal for the end user if the only plan is to use it as-is. #20-1961 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. S/N GZ196161F119877. Emerald Green/black fabric/red leather. Odo: 89,560 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fully restored. Good paint heavy with orange peel in places. Panels OK but for waves at top of driver's front fender, chrome and glass very good. Unmolested #46-1967 FIAT 600D coupe. S/N 293491. Cream/red & white vinyl. Odo: 9,594 km. Fully restored. Perfect paint, panels straight, chrome and glass good. Interior fully redone with nicely recovered seats. Spartan dashboard. Engine bay clean as well as undercarriage. No rust visible. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $10,204. As one of 2,700,000 built, 600s are not especially wheels and Ferrari badges. The rest is aftermarket. Interior feels more like modern Elise rather than 1950s Ferrari. Well-built fiberglass body, engine bay clean but not detailed. Said to soon receive a German TüV registration under a “Sbarro—Ferrari” label. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $188,380. Ten times cheaper than the original, but it will not get you in to any Ferrari clubs or events. It can't be used as a “spare” for an original as the body is plastic, and it's expensive for a club race car and not that competitive. Gorgeous and well-suited to cruise on the French Riviera as long as no one asks what it is. A decent buy if $190k is play money. See SCM profile, p. 54. AMERICAN #13-1928 BUICK STANDARD Torpedo tourer. S/N Z81830E. White/maroon fabric/burgundy leather. Odo: 77,865 miles. Older restoration needs to be refreshed. Paint cracked, rust bubbling in places, chrome, glass, and soft top good. Nice wood wheels, good tires. Inside clean with decent seats, steering inside would benefit from some detailing. Optioned with a/c and factory-mounted radio. A good car, but difficult to park in Paris. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $32,500. See comment on lot 19 about gas issue. Still, this one screamed “Life is done to be enjoyed,” but on this rainy Monday, no one had the heart to go beyond reason. Too bad for the owner. Sports Car Market


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#19-1962 BUICK INVICTA Custom convertible. S/N 614010464. Black/white fabric/red leather. Odo: 47,110 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Partially restored, still unfinished. Paint faded and scratched, trunk release missing, window rubber dry. Chrome fair, some dings on front and rear bumpers. Wheels 1968 with GT Pack. Factory paint faded with original orange peel, chrome and glass good. GT wheels unmarked, original interior nice with GT options. Engine bay and undercarriage clean. A nice driver. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $17,640. Thanks to Claude Lelouch's “Un homme et une femme” from 1966, Mustangs have a crowd in France. Even though this one was in a flashy red hue and belonged to a “Mustang passion” Club member, it did not deserve more than this high bid. #45-1969 FORD MUSTANG convertible. marked, new tires fitted. Interior clean, engine bay and undercarriage to a driver-standard. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $19,000. With gas prices rising above the $9 per gallon mark in France and the politically-correct environmental attitude, buying a 12-mile-per-gallon car seemed inappropriate, especially if the car was not perfect. A tough one to get off the block. #38-1968 FORD MUSTANG coupe. S/N 8T01J205106. Red & white/burgundy vinyl. Odo: 41,843 km. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original unmolested car sold in Switzerland in nice color combination. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT 40,816. Mustangs have fans in France. This one seemed a bit expensive based on its slush box and low options, and the cheap U.S. dollar in Europe as well as the U.S. market falling on cars like this. Smart buyers will get one direct from the States. Based on condition, there was no harm done here. Well bought and sold. ♦ S/N 9F03F178856. White/white fabric/red vinyl. Odo: 43,649 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Ten-year-old restoration still showing very well. Paint, chrome, glass, rubber all good with no dents or chips. GT wheels unmarked, white soft top appears as new. Inside redone, only optioned with power top. Engine bay and undercarriage clean. A good looking car in a March 2008 123


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eBay Motors Online Sales Column Author Cap'n Crunch If you are a sadistic, single mechanic living off social security or a disability claim, then this is the tire-smokin' supercar for you Report by Geoff Archer Market opinions in italics W ho's afraid of a little paint, bodywork, frame reconstruction, or wiring? This month's collection features some “lightly-used, pre-owned” examples for the fix-it-yourselfer. Just keep your checkbook handy. Condition inferred from seller's descriptions; cars were not physically examined by the author. All quoted material taken from the eBay listings. sf=seller's feedback; bf=buyer's feedback #230015919079-1986 ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA sedan. S/N SCFDL01S7GTL13467. Black/black leather. 9 (exterior only) photos. Loxahatchee, FL. “Vehicle suffered an interior fire. I could not get the hood open at the time I took the pictures, but the engine compartment suffered no fire damage.” FL salvage title. Everything above the belt line looks baked. 23 bids, sf 271, bf 181. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $5,500. I waived an enthusiastic friend off of this thing with road flares and bids, sf 684, bf 337. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $10,603. A parts car or car in need of some parts? Lotus people tend to have heaps of both (in the garage, in the attic, in the basement, in the kitchen, etc.), and I think it's safe to say this was a fair price either way you look at it. #140187972194-2004 JAGUAR XJR gasoline. If buying a perfect one is dumb, would this be dumberer? Sure, you can't show me that perfect engine (which would probably have been worth this entire bid), and there was no reason to show me anything that was actually on fire. Might even have been a fair deal if the buyer got Pandora's box—I mean the hood—open before bidding. #230203808063-1997 LOTUS ESPRIT coupe. S/N SCCFE33C5VHF65132. Black/ black leather. Odo: 22,495 miles. 58 Photos. Montclair, NJ. Front spoiler roughed up, paint scratched, air bags popped, right rear wheel MIA, right rear suspension bent. It looks like a bucketloader took a big bite out of the right rear quarter near the gas cap, but a replacement panel is included. “ENGINE RUNS STRONG!” 19 124 sedan. S/N SAJEA73B94TG08603. Slate Gray Metallic/Dove Gray Leather. Odo: 53,652 miles. 37 Photos. Buford, GA. “Has damage to the front and needs a front clip. The rails have damage at the front on the rail horns, which are replaceable and the right rail appears to have repairable damage at the front. The airbags in the car did not deploy.” Equipped with navigation. 16 bids, sf 85, bf 35. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $10,898. Well sold. Even if you could get a front clip fitted and above the wheel causing the top not to close. No stereo, white gauges. 6 bids, sf 217, bf 6. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $17,090. Hmmm. It's a cab, so it will never be a race car. The G50 6-speed and VarioRam 3.6-liter would be great to swap into an older car (a la Patrick Motorsports in Phoenix), but the trans is damaged. The car is broken in enough places/ways that repair makes no sense. Seems like a bunch of parts in an ugly carrying case. Well sold. Sports Car Market pictures. This Elise runs and drives.” 113 bids, sf 281, bf 45. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $20,000. B.Y.O. batteries, and you've got yourself a Tesla! Nah, the Toyota drivetrain is bulletproof. Which brings me to suggest the buyer would have been much better off buying a perfect, higher-mileage '05. Well sold by about $5k. #230203463755-1997 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 2 cabriolet. S/N WPOCA299XVS342008. Black/ black canvas/black leather. Odo: 66,718 miles. 150+ photos. Los Angeles, CA. “I bought this car from a friend, he spun out and hit a curb sideways (drivers side).” Left side wheels broken, left side suspension torn up, transmission case cracked, rear valence ripped, left rear quarter crunched painted for less than $10k, you would still have a salvage-titled car with patched frame rails. A better idea: There are about a dozen '04 XJRs on Autotrader for less than $25k... #200185477739-2006 LOTUS ELISE roadster. S/N SCCPC11126HL31187. Metallic blue/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 1,800 miles. 25 Photos. Orangevale, CA. Savage title. “Minor damage on the front. As a result headlights, air bags and windshield needs to be replaced. In addition the left front is damaged, please see


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Fresh Meat Online sales of contemporary cars. #300182508043-2005 BMW 645CI coupe. S/N WBAEH73495B192744. White/tan leather. Odo: 21,540 miles. 28 Photos. Bronx, NY. This car has no description. There are 510 words of seller's boilerplate terms, but not a single word about the car. It appears to have blown many, many airbags, lost its nose, and munched up at least one tire on some shiny, large rims. Otherwise Anyway, this car is cranking and driveable for a limited distance.” 1 bid, sf 475, bf 238. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $11,500. This is not a fixer. It's a crate motor (with a brain), a 6-speed, big brakes, three mag wheels, and two gaudy bucket seats... a.k.a. all the core bits you need to build the archetypal American hot rod. A fair deal unless you try to fix it. #170179088028-2003 DODGE VIPER convertible. S/N 1B3JR65Z43V500837. Red/ black canvas/black leather. Odo: 17,000 miles. 24 Photos. Riverton, WV. “LOOKS LIKE THE CAR WAS HIT FROM THE RIGHT FRONT AND SWAYED THE FRONT FRAME HORNS TO THE LEFT. IT DAMAGED THE COOLERS, THE FRAME IN FRONT OF THE SUSPENSION, THE FAN, RADIATOR SUPPORT, FENDERS, STEERING RACK perfect. How do you do that? Get air, “Dukes of Hazzard”-style? 35 bids, sf 264, bf 14. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $37,000. I don't get it. Unless Henrik Fisker needed a white and tan donor car right f***ing now, there is no good reason to pay this much for a beat-up car with expensive needs. The 16 perfect ones on Autotrader for less than $40k suggest that this BMW was hugely well sold. #250196676691-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO coupe. S/N 123378L325379. Charred tan/N/A. 8 Photos. Running Springs, CA. “FIRE SALE!...Plain Jane. I've owned this car for 20 years, drove it in college and took my wife on our first date it it. Emotions are definitely attached but I have no time to rebuild her. She burned in the recent San Bernardino mountain Date sold: 12/23/2007 eBay auction ID: 110205765182 Seller: eBay ID “bkaba48996wcw” Sale type: Used car, 300 miles Details: “RED WITH RED WHEELS.... Need i say more.” Sale result: $129,600, 13 bids, sf 188, bf 1 MSRP: $106,000 Other current offering: Pioneer Porsche, San Diego, CA, www.pioneerporsche.com, asking $149,900 for loaded black car with 867 miles. 2000 smart fortwo AND THE HOOD. IT ALSO BLEW THE AIRBAGS, AND BROKE THE WINDSHIELD. THE CAR'S ENGINE AND DRIVETRAIN ARE GREAT. IT STARTS RIGHT UP AND MOVES AROUND THE LOT.” 34 bids, sf 358, bf 8. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $22,100. Given that perfect examples of this car trade at the top of the $40s, there is actually room enough here to put this one back together. There's not enough room to make a living, and you'll probably be sleeping in the car, but if you are a sadistic, single mechanic living off social security or a disability claim...well, this is the tire-smokin' supercar for you. Fair deal. #194371S108029-1971 CHEVROLET fires.” Sold as a parts car with 350 block uninstalled. 29 bids, sf 4, bf 5. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $1,050. One picture was of the guy's chimney just standing there in the char-broiled forest. Sympathy came through in the Q&A, but does not seem to have been part of the bidding. Might have even been a mild bargain for Californiaclean sheetmetal... but there's no way to know until you dip it in acid and strip the exterior. #200184950070-2001 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 coupe. S/N 1G1YY12S215126213. Black/black & red leather. Odo: 50,675 miles. 24 Photos. Elberton, GA. Left side of the car is flayed from tip to tail. Frame dented. “The state of GA does not allow individuals to rebuild salvage vehicles. fender, and small damage to hood caused by sliding under small steel tower leg. Rear body damage done from backing into light pole. Battery box has damage and drivers side floor pan has crack.” About $1,000 in new parts included with sale. 7 bids, sf 42, bf 331. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $6,100. You've heard of progressive taxation? This was a progressive accident: If you crash directly into the Progressive Collision Repair sign, you can have your reckless driving ticket and your repair estimate all happen simultaneously. I wonder if the guy had Progressive insurance. A fair price for a money-losing project. ♦ March 2008 Date sold: 12/25/2007 eBay auction ID: 220184972793 Seller: Ryan Ford Mercury, Sealy, TX, www .ryanfordmercury.com Sale type: New car in stock Details: Triple black, Nav. “Supercharger has not been turned on yet. Sale result: $57,700, 6 bids, sf 2, bf 3. MSRP: $52,780 Other current offering: Malouf Ford, North Brunswick, NJ, www.malouf.com asking $73,203 for a similar car. CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194371S108029. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 2,500 miles. 22 Photos. Chester, VA. “Car was wrecked January '07. New 350-330 hp crate motor complete from dealer. Motor is completely undamaged. Runs perfect. Vacuum system is undamaged.” Frame straight. “Body damage to left front fender, inner (Descriptions exactly as presented by sellers, including non-stop capitalization and creative grammar.) 2008 Porsche 911 GT3 Date sold: 12/02/2007 eBay auction ID: 160185007847 Seller: eBay ID “dublinautoexchange” Sale type: Used car, 11k miles Details: “Purchased by us from the US government. We have signed affidavits stating that we will not sell this auto to any US resident for use anywhere in the US for anything.” Sale result: $5,105.55, 18 bids, sf 75, bf private MSRP: $13,590 Other current offering: Showcase Motors, Richmond, CA, www.parksellcars.com, asking $28,995 for a lime green '05 with 185 miles. 2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible 125


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Automotive Investor ABCs of C- and D-types If racing was your business in the 1950s, the D-type was your office by Terry Larson Dare we say D-lightful? W 126 hen the Jaguar XK 120 was introduced in 1949, it stunned the automotive world. The sleek, $3,900 sports car featured an all-new 3.4-liter, DOHC, 6-cylinder engine—a design that would last for decades. After seeing the racing success of the standard XK 120, William Lyons gave the go-ahead to build a lighter, more aerodynamic car using standard XK 120 mechanicals. The car was built for a single purpose—to win the 1951 Le Mans race. It was named the XK 120 C, or C-type, for competition. Lyons had learned “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday.” The first three C-types were built in only six weeks. Just in case they weren't ready, Lyons ordered three modified XK 120s (titled LT 1, 2, and 3) to be built. These magnesium-alloy XK 120 bodies were made but never met a chassis until after Le Mans, as they were not needed. The C-type not only won but came in 77 miles ahead of the second place car and set three new records: fastest lap speed, new 24-hour speed record, and greatest distance traveled. This was the beginning of a period of domination at Le Mans for Jaguar, akin to Bentley's achievement in the 1920s. The C- and D-types won the 24 Hours of Le Mans five times in the '50s, and in 1957, five D-types placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th. In 1955, a D-type recorded 192 mph down the Mulsanne Straight and at Dakar touched 200 mph. A scary thought on 1950s rubber. What made the C-type work Even though the C-type used production XK 120 mechanicals, there were many differences between the cars. The chassis was a multi-tubular spaceframe, which saved weight, while still giving the necessary rigidity. The body was 18-gauge aluminum. The last three C-types, called the “lightweight” cars, had a prominent central stiffener to support the tail skin, within which a Marston rubber fuel cell was suspended, the first such at Le Mans. These three cars were also the first to use disc brakes, which would later be fitted to the D-type. Aluminum bellypans ran the full length of the underside to aid aerodynamics. The independent front suspension was by wishbones, with longitu- dinal torsion bars anchored in the scuttle area, as in the XK 120. Rackand-pinion steering was used, and the Salisbury limited-slip rear axle was attached to the rear of the chassis by trailing links with a transverse torsion bar and torque reaction couplings. On the right-hand side of the differential, an “A” bracket, or reaction tie plate, tied the axle housing to the chassis to harness the rotational forces exerted under hard accel- Sports Car Market


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eration and helped rear adhesion. A Panhard rod was later fitted, and the three lightweight C-types had two rear upper links. Enter the D-type When Malcom Sayer designed the C-type, he was instructed to retain a “family resemblance” in the shape, but on the D-type he was given a free hand. The beautiful, functional result reflected his aviation background. It was often referred to as an “aircraft on wheels” with an all-enveloping body, a hump behind the driver's head and a tail fin for high-speed stability. The D-type had a three-section body/chassis structure. The multitubular front chassis supported the engine, gearbox, and front suspension. The front chassis protrudes through the center of the tub around the gearbox and anchors to the tub on the rear as well as the bulkhead. The rear sub-frame supports the rear axle, and all mechanicals are supported by the chassis. The engine was a dry-sump DOHC with Weber 45 DCO3 carbs mated to a fully synchronized 4-speed gearbox. The dry sump allowed the engine to sit lower in the car and helped to reduce frontal area, which improved aerodynamics and also eliminated oil surge under heavy braking and acceleration. I am often asked which I prefer, the C- or D-type. It's a tough ques- tion. The C-type was the first “purpose built” race car for Jaguar, so it will always be special. The styling is exceptional. It needs no chrome, sparkle, or glitz. My C-type was raced very hard in the '50s and still is used vigorously today. While I race both my C and D, the C-type is the one I use the most. I find it a very graceful car to drive hard. It has good power and brakes, and it handles very well. The car likes to brake in a straight line. You set the suspension, start your turn, and ease on the throttle heading toward the apex, exiting the corner in a drift. When you get this rhythm down it is a very graceful, predictable car. I rarely get the “heart in your throat feeling” from going over the limit. Getting the D-type experience Sliding into a D-type gives you a real feeling of a race car. The car envelops you and the instrumentation is very simple and aircraft-like. If racing was your business in the 1950s, this was your office. Switch on the ignition, wait until the fuel pumps stop ticking, dab the accelerator pedal three times to prime the Weber 45 DCO3 carbs, and a quick push of the starter button brings it to life. Even though the car can be driven easily on the road (which I have done in the U.S. and Europe), make no mistake, the feel, sound, and appearance are all race car. Power is great, steering is light and responsive, and the four-wheel disc brakes are fantastic. D-type handling is not much different from the C-type, although the shorter wheelbase makes things happen a bit quicker. The triple-plate racing clutch can be tricky, but the fully synchro- nized gearbox is very precise and strong. Suspension remained similar to the C-type, with independent front suspension with longitudinal torsion bars, wishbones, anti-roll bar, and telescopic hydraulic shock absorbers. The rear has a live axle, with trailing arms, transverse torsion bar, and “A” bracket. Some short-nose cars had the fin riveted in place; some did not. In March 2008 I'll take mine over easy 1955, the “long nose” was born with a bonnet that was 7-inches longer, and all had the fin. They were also fitted with fuel injection and a wideangle head, which gave an increase in power. In 1956, some of the cars had a full-width windscreen and a passenger door, which was now required by Le Mans rules. Remaining D-types converted to XK-SSs In 1957, the remaining D-types at the factory were converted into a street version, the XK-SS, which would be allowed to race in SCCA competition in America. There were 16 XK-SS models built before that section of the factory burned and destroyed the tooling. My D-type, OKV 2, was the lead team car for Le Mans in 1954, driven by Moss and raced extensively by Jaguar in its early life. Moss set a new speed record of 172 mph down the Mulsanne that year. Norman Dewis used it as a test car over the winter of 1954 and its extensive race history includes ten Works drivers, one of whom—Dewis—still drives it today at age 87. As shown by the results at Le Mans, the Jaguars were fast and reliable. I have raced my C- and D-type for 20 years with only one mechanical DNF in each car. They are not “trailer queens,” but used both on the track and road. Few car companies have been able to capture style and performance like Jaguar. By the numbers A total of 53 C-types were built, and 46 still survive; 42% of the production cars were sold to the United States. Seventy-eight D-types in total were built and sold (another nine were destroyed in the fire or broken up for spares). Of the 78, there were nine short-nose Works cars, eleven long-nose Works cars, 42 production short-nose cars, and 16 XKSS cars. The most desirable cars are Works cars, either the early ones built in 1954, or the long-nose cars, but there is a lot to consider—history, provenance, and simply what you like. Some people like the long nose and some like the looks of the short nose. Some like the fin, some prefer the car without (with the fin, it is certainly one of the most recognizable cars of the '50s). Some like the looks of the single screen with metal passenger cover, and some like the full screen with a passenger door. The full screen is more practical if you are touring and if you want to talk to 127


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Automotive Investor 4. Now that the physical properties or “heart” of the car have been determined, you need to look at the “soul.” Look at the history. Is it a factory team car that ran at Le Mans (by far the most important history for a C- or D-type, since that is what they were built to win)? Who drove it? How did it do? The value of these cars has increased at an amazing rate in the past few years. I believe they will continue to increase and be a solid investment. They are extremely good value when you compare them to a Ferrari of that period, and the cost to keep them running is a fraction of the cost of an Italian car. Most parts are common production parts and readily avail- able. There are several collectors of other marques getting into C- and D-types for those reasons. Another reason for the increase in value is that more people are finally giving them the appreciation they deserve; supply is limited and an increasing number of people want them. In addition, I see people who would rather have their money Larson drifting your passenger. These cars can be (and many have been) changed from single screen to full screen. If you are considering the purchase of one of these cars, do your homework. There are good cars, bad cars, and cars in between. Several years ago I compiled the C-type Register, which was published by Jaguar. It includes detailed information on every C-type built. The information was taken from various sources, including every known expert, as well as factory records. I am now doing one on the D-types, which I hope to complete by the end of 2008. Questions to ask when buying a C- or D-type Take these facts into consider- ation when determining how good a car is: 1. Look at its provenance. Does the chain of ownership connect the car to the factory? 2. Does it have the original chassis? In the case of the C-type this is clear; it has a full chassis. With the D-type, the tub is a portion of the chassis' integrity. Jaguar referred to the sub-frame assemblies (two-piece front and rear) as the “chassis.” Even though they are bolted to the tub, they do run from the front to the back and carry ALL the mechanicals. The factory's position, as well as that of worldwide experts involved in the C- and D-type Register, is that “the most important component is that to which the factory has affixed the identification number.” This is the chassis. 3. How many of the compo- nents are original? If they have been replaced, what is the story? Were they replaced by the factory, or by Joe's Garage in New Jersey? Another rule commonly agreed upon is “a car does not achieve its final identity until it has left the factory for the last time.” In other words, whatever the factory fit to the car during a rebuild is considered correct. 128 invested in something they can park in their garage than in an intangible like the stock market. Lastly, there are tours, races (which I prefer), and concours at which you will be welcome. There is no better way to bond with a car than “seat time.” How much should I pay for one? C-types are now around $3m–$3.5m, with D-types nearer $3.5m– $4m for a good production car. If it is a Works car with Le Mans history, a lightweight C-type, or long-nose D-type, expect the number to be considerably more, maybe as high as two to three times, depending on its history. The value can vary dramatically depending on how good or bad the history is. If you want to find out why these cars are so special and why owners love them so much, drive one and all will become clear. That's how it happened to me. ♦ Rank Year Model 1 1956 XKD-type Top C- and D-type Sales* Sold Price Location 2 1957 XKSS Roadster 3 1955 XKD-type 4 1956 XKD-type 5 1952 XKC-type 6 1956 XKD-type 7 1953 XKC-type 8 1953 XKC-type 9 1957 XKSS Roadster 10 1956 XKD-type 11 1957 XKSS Roadster 12 1956 XKD-type 13 1955 XKD-type 14 1955 XKD-type 15 1956 XKD-type 16 1957 XKSS Roadster 17 1956 XKD-type 18 1956 XKD-type 19 1956 XKD-type 20 1956 XKC-type 21 1955 XKD-type $2,097,000 Bonhams & Butterfields, Carmel, CA, USA $1,925,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, USA $1,815,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, USA $1,746,143 Brooks, London, U.K. $1,649,638 Christie's, Paris, FRA $1,630,710 Christie's, London, U.K. $1,512,500 RM, Phoenix, AZ, USA $1,310,450 Coys, London, U.K. $1,100,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, USA $1,014,500 Christie's, Pebble Beach, CA, USA $1,014,500 Christie's, Pebble Beach, CA, USA $996,000 Christie's, Pebble Beach, CA, USA $952,300 RM, Monterey, CA, USA $935,000 RM, Amelia Island, FL, USA $924,001 RM, Monterey, CA, USA $825,000 RM, Amelia Island, FL, USA $800,000 Christie's, Pebble Beach, CA, USA $780,503 Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MCO $757,380 Bonhams, Goodwood, U.K. $692,800 Brooks, London, U.K. $654,500 RM, Monterey, CA, USA *As recorded in the SCM Platinum database. May not reflect all public sales. Sports Car Market Date 8/18/06 8/21/05 8/21/05 10/24/95 2/11/06 5/1/85 1/20/06 2/12/86 1/16/03 8/17/97 8/15/98 8/19/00 8/14/98 3/9/02 8/16/02 3/19/99 8/19/01 5/18/02 9/6/02 4/29/92 8/26/99 Lot# 521 50 28 NA 86 NA 150 NA 694 54 41 97 464 53 148 136 45 331 116 172 166


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Book Reviews Racing Histories Anyone Could Win and Life Was Cheap La Carrera Panamericana, Montlhéry and Golden Gate Park: Three great locations for unforgettable racing by Mark Wigginton The Carrera Panamericana ‘Mexico' by R.M Clarke, Brooklands Books, 232 pages, $28.84, Amazon.com Part of a series of books on famous races from Brooklands Books, this 1999 title focuses on the brief five-year running of the Mexican road race. Started as little more than a publicity stunt to tell the world about the completion of the paved highway that spanned the length of Mexico, from the Texas border to Guatemala, it ran from 1950 through 1954, and became the Mexican Targa. Nothing more than a collection of car buff and newspaper articles from the period, this is like finding a cache of clippings in your father's attic, yellowed and fragile tickets to the past. Provenance:  (five is best) It doesn't get more real than original sources, clippings from Road & Track, Speed Age, and Autocourse. Fit and finish:  Flat printing from clips, and a utilitarian design following the series format. Drivability:  Some wonderful reading from period journals gives a great sense of the personalities, passions, and technology of the period. Anyone could win and life was cheap. Overall:  This is the only true Mille Miglia-style road race ever held in North America, and this book is the one you need to understand how it was regarded when it was being run. Golden Gate Remembered by Art Evans with Gary Horstkorta, Photo Data Research, 160 pages, $32.95, Amazon.com Ah, a simpler time, when you could convince the city fathers that running a race through San Francisco's Golden Gate Park was a good idea. Imagine convincing Masten Gregory and Phil Hill and plenty of less talented amateurs that those unprotected trees by the side of the road weren't really dangerous. Then imagine it all working, with huge crowds, great racing, and little carnage. This scrapbook compilation of race programs and images from the short, three-year event at Golden Gate Park puts you there, and seeing how it all came together will have you'll shaking your head in wonder and disbelief. Provenance:  Original programs, contemporary articles, and little more, period accurate. Fit and finish:  As Donald Rumsfeld might say, you go to the printer with the material you have, not the material you wish you had. Drivability:  Imagine reading current SCCA newsletters in 2050; in other words, historically interesting, prosaic prose. Overall: An interesting but ultimately not very important part of racing history, presented in ho-hum fashion. Montlhéry: The Story of the Paris Autodrome by William “Bill” Boddy, MBE, Veloce Classic Reprint, 232 pages, $27.32, Amazon.com Bill Boddy, the longtime editor of MotorSport magazine, wrote this history of Montlhéry in 1961, and this reprint adds a few images and an epilogue. The track, pre-WWI home of French record setting and racing, fell from national prominence as more modern, safer circuits took its place. Designed and built with a high-banked cement oval joining a multi-configuration road course, it opened in 1924 just 15 miles from Paris. While the oval was “like lapping a goldfish bowl,” it hosted many record runs, especially longer attempts, since Britain's Brooklands circuit was already in trouble with neighbors over noise, whereas Montlhery could run through the night. Provenance:  Collectors will want the original, not the continuation, especially since the epilogue delivers little. Fit and finish:  As good as possible, given that most photo originals weren't found. Drivability:  The text consists mostly of choppy race result retellings, dry and dusty as an unpaved summer paddock. Overall:  Just like a continuation Cobra, the same material has been told elsewhere, and better. 130 Sports Car Market


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Motobilia Carl Bomstead Pebble's Royale Flush Poster captures Pebble Beach at its zenith; rare Vanderbilt memories programmed; greenhorn meets Green Streak 900s but was unaware of them n the 1930s. Anything you can add?—Tom erson, Allentown, PA Between 1904 and 1916, Is Pebble poster worth keeping? I have been cleaning out the garage as we prepare to move and ran across this framed poster. I vaguely remember someone giving it to me many years ago after they returned from the Pebble Beach Concours. I know how significant the Bugatti Type 41 Royales are, but is the poster worth hanging on to? Thanks.—Ben Lofton, Canton, TX The August 25, 1985 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance was the first and only time the six Type 41 Bugatti Royales have ever appeared together. This did not occur without then CoChairman Jules “J” Heumann jumping through any number of hoops to make it happen. The Ford Museum's insur- ance company balked at their car leaving the museum, so additional insurance had to be obtained. Then, a French official demanded air fare and accommodations at The Lodge in order for the cars in the Musee National de l'Automobile in Mulhouse to attend. “J” determined that the French official was not as important as he thought he was and his attempted extortion was ignored. The six—and there were only six—Bugatti Royales were built between 1927 and 1933, and Ettore Bugatti intended to sell them to royalty. None were purchased by heads of state, but all have had an interesting and diverse history, as outlined in the descriptions on the poster. Is it worth hanging onto? Most certainly, and if you wish to sell it, I would not be surprised if it brought close to $500, as these are rarely offered on the market. If you still wish to toss it, please let me know. Vanderbilt race program from rare 1936–37 series I found this Vanderbilt Cup Race program while wandering around Hershey this year. I ended up paying $250, which I thought was a bunch but I had not found much else and did not want to go home emptyhanded. I knew that there was a Vanderbilt race in the early William K. Vanderbilt sponsored ine Vanderbilt Cup races. Due o the unsafe conditions and he inability to gain permission o close sections of the roads, he race was cancelled. George anderbilt, his cousin, revived he race at the redesigned oosevelt Raceway. The race as held in 1936 and 1937 with uropean teams winning both ears. The race was cancelled due to increased tensions in Europe and the inability of any American teams to be competitive. The trophy from the original race is in the Smithsonian Institution, but the huge trophy, which was designed by Cartier for the later races, was recently offered for $200,000. It would be the perfect go-with for your program. And it makes $250 seem pretty reasonable, doesn't it? $750 Green Streak sign worth $25 While on vacation in California this summer I purchased this Shell Green Streak gasoline sign. I found it in an antique mall and paid $750, which I thought was a heck of a buy. When we got home my buddy thought it was a fake, as the grommets looked new and the back of the sign was a solid black. Can you venture an opinion based on the photograph?— Chad Erickson, Ashland, OR Green Streak was the lower riced brand for Shell, and his pump plate, in good condiion, sells for about $3,500. Unfortunately, yours is worth about $25, as it is clearly a reproduction. The tell-tale ndications are the solid black back of the sign that your friend mentioned and the sheen that is the result of a heavy coat of clear lacquer. Even from the photograph, the grommets have a new look to them. There's an old adage that applies here: “If something looks too good to be true, chances are it is.” ♦ 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. 132 Sports Car Market


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Bike Buys Paul Duchene The Joys of Being Single On early bikes, the engine quits if the taillight bulb blows, but with a mere 25-watt headlight, would you even SEE God if things went wrong… D ucati is so strongly associated with V-twins these days, it's hard to remember a time when it tied its hopes to bevel-drive OHC singles, the proving ground for Fabio Taglioni's desmodromic valvetrain. Any of the sporting 250-cc, 350- cc, or 450-cc singles from the 1960s rewards its owner with crisp handling, rorty exhaust note, and an elegant attention to detail. The “desmo” setup employs an extra cam to close the engine's valves as well as open them. This permits a 20% increase in engine revolutions by eliminating valve float, which occurs when a valve spring cannot close the valve quickly enough to complete the ignition cycle. Mercedes-Benz developed the first effective system for its W196 and 300SLR racers in the early 1950s but never put it into street cars. Taglioni worked at Ducati from 1954 to '89 and almost immediately, Gianni Degli Antoni won the 1955 Motogiro d'Italia on a 100-cc Marianna. For 1956, Taglioni developed a Grand Prix model, with a DOHC, 125-cc desmo engine. Ducati's star rider Antoni won the Swedish GP, lapping the entire field while running at engine speeds of up to 12,500 rpm. The Grand Prix model remained in very limited production until 1962, and a good one will cost you about $30,000 today. Ducati made a dizzying mix of engine sizes and styles during the next five years, but the inclined-cylinder, alloy-cased OHC single would be in production for almost 20 years, gradually evolving from 125 cc to 175 cc and 200 cc, and then to 250-/350-/450-cc units. Engines used spring-valves from 1957 to '67, when the desmo system was finally introduced for the street. Small numbers of handsome 125-cc Sports and 200-cc Elites were sold in the U.S. in the late 1950s; there was even the 175-cc Americano, which bizarrely grafted sweptback bars, twin horns, and studded seats onto the 175-cc chassis. Perfect Ducati owner: Knows a desmo from a gizmo Rating (HHHHH is best): Fun to ride: HHHH Ease of maintenance: HH Appreciation potential: HHHH Attention getter: HHHH Years produced: 1961–74 Number produced: 60,000 approx; 25% desmo Original list price: $987 for 1965 250 cc SCM Valuation: $100–$7,500 Tune-up cost: $200, incl. valve adjust Engines: 250 cc/350 cc/450 cc 4-stroke OHC singles Transmission: 4-speed, 5-speed Weight: 225 lbs–285 lbs Engine #: Top seam of crankcase Frame #: Silver foil on headstock Colors: Red, blue, gold, orange, yellow, silver Clubs: Multiple clubs worldwide. See below More: www.usdesmo.com/links.html SCM Investment Grade: B Ducati's success tied to racing Meanwhile, racing successes brought Ducati's name to public notice, and Franco Villa campaigned the new 250-cc F3 successfully in the U.S. in 1961, paving the way for a production version. A good racing F3 with provenance will set you back about $15,000. The first sporting Diana 250 cc appeared in 1961, along with a touring version—the Monza—and a highpipe Motocross bike, the 250SCR, in 1962. These bikes continued the 1957 so-called “narrow-case” design, in which the front and rear engine mounts are the same width. The Diana was a useful performer for its time, weighing 265 lbs and capable of 85 mph. The Diana Mk III Super Sport bowed in 1963 with clip-on bars, racing guards and tires, and a 5-speed transmission. But it was a warm-up for the bike that would sell the Ducati name in the U.S., 1964's 250 Mach 1, which offered 27 hp and 106 mph along with a wildly optimistic 150 mph speedo and a rocker gearshift, in which the rider made upshifts with his heel and downshifts with his toe. Though the Mach 1 was discontinued in 1967, its highpoint was probably 1969, when Alastair Rogers won the 250-cc TT race in the Isle of Man at an average speed of 84.79 mph. 134 If you're shopping in this period, be aware that there are numerous less desirable touring and dirt bike configurations, including the Mountaineer 100, Cadet 100, Bronco 125, Monza 160/250, the 250GT, 250SCR, and 350 Sebring, all with underwhelming performance, dubious reliability, fragile kickstart mechanisms, and dismal electrics. In 1968, the “wide case” 250-cc and 350-cc engines were introduced and would remain in production until 1974. Engine mounts were set further apart, which stiffened up the whole arrangement, allowed for a larger sump, and enabled stronger kickstart gears to be used—the Achilles heel of the “narrow-case.” 99 mph available from 250-cc desmo Amid intense racing activity, the new single-cam desmo engine was made available, and once you had tossed the strangling Silentium muffler, 99 mph was attainable on the 250-cc Mk III and 112 mph on the 350-cc model. Desmos are recognizable by the “D” on the side panels and sport different paint colors than sprung-valve bikes. Ducati singles continued to be made through 1974, with sprung-valve engines, called “springers,” sold alongside desmos, so make sure you know what you're buying. A 450-cc engine was introduced in 1969, and all models received beefier Marzocchi forks, Grimeca double-sided front brakes, and Borrani alloy rims in 1971. That year also saw the introduction of the 250-/350-/450-cc “Silver Shotgun,” so-called for its striking metal flake paint. To the last, Ducati persevered (or rather, owners did) with pitiful 6-volt electrics. On early bikes, the batteryless AC ignition system runs the taillight bulb in series with the coil, so the engine quits if the taillight bulb blows. And with a mere 25-watt headlight, would you even be able to see God if you overcooked a corner at night? As always, unless you grow Ducati parts in your backyard, avoid incomplete bikes and basket cases, and be sure you know what you're buying. Retired Ducati dealer John Foyston of Tigard, Oregon, has some tips: BEST BUYS: Narrow case—250 Diana Mk III, 250 Mach 1; Wide-case—350 Mk III Desmo. UNOBTAINABLE PARTS: Mk III megaphone, clipons, rear sets, Diana/Mach 1 fuel tanks, jellymold fuel tanks, stock tire pumps, Veglia mechanical tachs, factory flyscreens, tach mounts and drives. WEAK POINTS: Narrow-case kickstart mechanism, flywheel magneto ignition “which is not robust.” WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Fewest leaks, quietest run- ning motor with easy starting and reliable idling (which means the original Dellorto SS1 carb has probably been replaced with square-slide unit). CAN MODERN DUCATI SHOPS WORK ON SINGLES? Usually no. Find an old hand or buy the books and learn it yourself. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Mystery Photo Answers I said I needed a cylinder boring, not a reaming. —Keith Reed, Minnetonka, MN RUNNER UP: Rob's friends all told him he was a perfect A-hole for buying a Lancia, but he wanted independent verification at the clinic just to be sure.—Ralph Freese, Allentown, NJ I guess that's not rust then, is it?—Darren Haiman, Panama City, FL Doc, it was one in a million. I fell off the ladder and jeez, there's the antenna. Norman Vogel, San Francisco, CA My wife cried, “Not another Fright Pig!” and sent me to the clinic to have my head removed from my butt.—Richard J. Castiello, Chevy Chase, MD Sir, we do not appreciate the skid marks that you left in our parking lot.—Lance Lambert, Seattle, WA Wait a minute… didn't we ask for directions to the Hershey Speedway?—Jim Rosenthal, Annapolis, MD As expected, the entrance was at the rear of the building.—Scott Eldredge, La Honda, CA Years ago I remember this place as being a Lancia dealership. Seems like things have gone from bad to worse.—Bob Peterson, Brooks, GA I'm sorry sir, but you must back up to the door before the doctor will see you.—John Huff, Decatur, IL Keith was modest about his problem, so his doctor told him he could use the rear entrance.—Bob Bridgeford, Sisters, OR Sick of California getting all the “green” glory, Washington becomes the first state to require emissions testing for both car AND driver.—Bob Pearce, Syracuse NY His friends told him he must have had his head up his butt to buy a Lancia. Three weeks after delivery, he realized they were right and sought professional assistance to get it out.—Mark de Waal, Grand Rapids, MI Assured by her husband's mechanic that the rear end of her anniversary gift was sound, Mary realized it was the incessant “What's a Lancia?” questions that were the real pain in the ass.—Margo Lee Perine, Victor, NY OR Please back in.—Ron Mead, Portland, Joe's Lancia handled much better after the rear end replacement.—Jay Bernstein, Rockville, MD Bob decided perhaps there was some truth to his wife's assertion that he really had his head up his ass when he bought another Italian car.—Erik Olson, San Ramon, CA I assume that's the rear entrance.—Glen Prasser, Cincinnati, OH No. Lancia ownership is NOT the same as having hemorrhoids.—Robert Boston, Norcross, GA PARK IN REAR.—Ian Bishop, Upland, CA The anal-retentive, Lancia-retaining owner finally found the help he needed, then listed his car on eBay.—Walt Bratten, Oceanside, CA You can “Beta” your ass that Lancia has a well-tuned rear end.— Mark Sullivan, Chicago, IL Having driven over 3,500 miles straight through, I decided to stay here instead of the Holiday Inn Express.—David Poertner, Brentwood, TN This Month's Mystery Photo Response Deadline: February 25, 2008 Our Photo, Your Caption Be the author of the most accurate, creative, or provocative response and receive a sure-to-be-collectible-someday 1/18-scale collector car model, courtesy of USAppraisal. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Fax your response to 503.253.2234; email: mysteryphoto@ sportscarmarket.com; snail mail: Mystery, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797. Please include your name and contact information. Send us your mystery photo. If we use it, you'll get an official SCM hat. Email photos at 300 dpi in JPEG format. 136 Sports Car Market


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SCM Garage Seeking relief, Nigel drove his pain in the arse to the one place that offered hope.—Ray Coleman, Quincy, IL The spark plugs on my Lancia are so hard to reach I have to take it to the proctologist for a tune-up.—Jay Mackro, San Juan Capistrano, CA 30 years and thousands of dollars later, Ned finally agrees with his mechanic's suggestion to get his head out of his ass.—Matt Winkler, Doylestown, PA Harry needs a limited-slip rear end for racing.—Dennis D'Andrea, Wainscott, NY Rectum? It damned near killed ‘em!—Kick Wheeler, New Milford, CT A guy driving this car should already have enough problems.— Randy Zussman, Las Vegas, NV I think there's something in my tailpipe.—Rob Bennett, Traverse City, MI This clinic has been at the same location since 1954 and provides an effective, non-surgical treatment for hemorrhoidal disease. If your readers want information about a subject so many are hesitant to discuss, they may go to www.sandyclinic.com. The sign behind the clinic always makes people smile and we all need to do more of that. I own a '97 Porsche 993 Twin Turbo, am an active member of the PCA, Oregon Region, and participate in track events as well as other social activities. If I were to write a caption, it would say “Sorry... we only do exhaust repairs on Porsches.”—Dr. Steven G. Cranford, Owner/Staff Physician, Sandy Blvd. Rectal Clinic Because he understands the gentle touch required to do effective cylinder work, Keith Reed wins a soon-to-be-collectible 1:18-scale model courtesy of Dave Kinney's USAppraisal. ♦ Comments with your renewal Great magazine. Keep it com- ing.—D. Russell, New Smyrna Beach, FL Love it.—R. Cohen, Delray Beach, FL I've been a subscriber for ten years and it keeps getting better. Love the variety of vehicles covered, though my interest is mainly Alfas and vintage race cars. Thanks and keep up the good work.—L. Shames, Medfield, MA Keep up the good work.—R. Krenes, Northbrook, IL More info on the old Indy road- ster era.—C. Limbaugh, Gilbert, AZ I look forward to SCM every month. I read it at least three times.—D. Slagle, Las Cruces, NM Please do more Alfa Romeo profiles.—W.L. Wagnon, Stone Mountain, GA Great magazine. Thanks for the coverage of U.S. vehicles.—G. Misic, Allison Park, PA Please refocus your lens to the REAL sports and race cars sitting behind the relic Packards and Caddies. Farm those off to another magazine like you did the Corvettes.—W. Witkowski, Marietta, GA. As we always say, our lens must necessarily be wide-angle 1978 Porsche 911SC The last time we checked in with the SCM 911, it had just been through a complete interior removal and cleaning due to the convergence of a leaky sunroof, a car wash, and a long period of sitting with the windows rolled up. We had the mold smell swapped out for the lovely blended scent of dye and some sort of intense cleaner, so the windows have spent a good deal of time in the down position since. A dysfunctional a/c system was cured by a refrigerant recharge. The Porsche failed emissions testing in Oregon this summer, which caused us to return to its caretaker, A&P Specialties in Portland, for some fuel-injection adjustments. Just as soon as it passed, the heater control cable snapped in two and the horn button ejected itself from the steering wheel, meaning no heat to defrost the windows and incessant honking whenever the horn wire grounded against the column. After another trip to A&P, it's back to its solid, 184,000-mile self again. Purchase price: $12,000. Repair cost over 28 months of ownership: $5,533.67. Total amount spent so far: $17,533.67. in order to reflect the entire market. Yes, we now publish Corvette Market magazine, but you'll still find plenty of Corvettes within the pages of SCM, because they are just as vital to the state of our hobby as the Ferraris, Astons, Mercedes, and, yes, Cadillacs of the world.—KM A great read from cover to cover. Don't change a thing.—S. Hobbs, Vandalia, OH Bring more coverage of pre-1972 Mercedes please. Great magazine; it's always a pleasure to read.—A. Wijnen, Camarillo, CA. Hopefully, we've kept you happy with Alex Dearborn's profile of the 1959 220S Convertible on p. 56.—KM Enjoy SCM cover to cover. Keep calling it like you see it.—J. Lucin, Carefree, AZ Great magazine. Thanks.—C. Young, Green Valley, AZ I enjoy the variety, antiques, muscle cars, truck, and cycles.—P. Spaid, Fallbrook, CA I just devoured another issue in one sitting. Keep up the good work.—A. Stephens Jr, Portland, OR And thanks to all of you for your thoughtful comments and your renewals.—Keith Martin ♦ The SCM Mini After some alignment issues and a quartet of seized shocks were taken care of, the skateboard-like ride of the SCM Mini has slightly mellowed, although speed bumps and train tracks still must be respected if the driver wants to avoid a steering wheel to the teeth. A battery draw issue and some leaky oil seals sent us to Jeff Doan, an area Mini specialist, who disassembled the dash in order to track down problems in the nasty hack-job stereo wiring, checked the alternator output, and replaced the battery, as well as a few deteriorated engine seals. He was able to supply us with another seatbelt receiver assembly when SCM Executive Editor Paul Duchene beat the driver's side to pieces after being trapped by a non-compliant release button. Doan also sourced some cool Mini hubcaps for the Minilite-styled wheels. Purchase price: $9,208. Repair cost over eleven months of ownership: $2,690.28. Total amount spent so far: $11,898.28. As Publisher Martin mentions in his column this month, this car is headed down the road to make room for our latest additions, the Volvo 544 and the Iso Rivolta. If you're interested in having it in your garage, email him at keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com. ♦ March 2008 137 Irregular Updates on our Irregular Cars by Jim Pickering


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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 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. 1967 Austin Healey 3000 BJ-8 Mark III 2004 MINI Cooper S A red beauty. Ground up restoration. Custom Rallye vents. Re-engineered cooling system, leather interior and more. $85,000. bob@doede.com. 1969 Triumph TR6 English 1948 MGTC John Cooper Works package; 35,400 miles; black/black & gray; 6-speed; clean inside & out, all scheduled maintenance, extras. $22,900. perfanalysis@comcast.net. German 1957 356A Sunroof Coupe One of the finest collectible cars. A must have! Incredible condition. Contact 203.661.6669; www. carriagehousemotorcars.com. 1963 AC 289 Cobra The ultimate touring TC. Properly and professionally restored and fully sorted mechanically for spirited and trouble free driving. Yellow, green Connolly leather, all weather equipment, tools. $35,000. Matthew L. DeGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670, www. deGarmoLtd.com (CT) 1952 Allard K2 Gaudy money spent on spectacular restoration to way better than new condition. British Racing green, black interior. The best looking and driving TR we've seen in 20 years. $35,000. Matthew L. DeGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd. com. (CT) Extensively documented car with 9000 original miles. First 289 made in Guardsman Blue. Spectacular condition in every respect. Original top, tonneau, manual, greese gun, etc. None better. Call for details. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670 Website: www.deGarmoLtd.com. 1964 original Mini Cooper 1071S 1976 Triumph TR6 A California car restored without regard to cost and the'07 ECH 50th 1960 300SL Anniversary Erwin Komenda Award Winner. Photos available. $90,000. 619.957.2147, lotus@inetworld.net. s/n 2202. Great event car. Fast and fun. Restored to award winning standard. . Powered by 3.8 Jaguar engine with triple SU's. New clutch, gearbox, differential and rear brakes. $98,500. Fantasy Junction management@fantasyjunction.com www. fantasyjunction.com 510.653.7555 (CA) 1956 AUSTIN-HEALEY Well documented and owned by a famous rock star. 3,500 miles since restoration. Original log book and license plate. Slark Race Engineering race tuned engine. Superb condition RHD. $35,000. Andrew, 925.692.9081. 1966 Jaguar XKE series I 4.2L convertible Black, black and black, total rotisserie restoration. 2k miles since. 1st champ divn, JCNA-NWA 2006, 198.9pts. $95,000. Hank Snider, 206.920.2622/405 .899.2621. (WA) 1966 Sunbeam Tiger Factory 100M spectacular photo-documented 180k restoration on wonderful original 2-owner car, Heritage sheet, eligible all events, the best. Jerry Bensinger 330.759.5224 1959 Mercedes Benz 220S Cabriolet Restored California car. Nice driving example, tight and responsive. Fresh engine, wooden steering wheel and alloys. $67,500. Fantasy Junction manag ement@fantasyjunction.com www.fantasyjunction. com 510.653.7555 (CA) 138 First place award AACE senior of 2007. Complete restoration, 2 tops, Black w/Saddle, Air, everything new, museum quality. Exceptional. $145,000. Dom Mari, 215.794.0569, boyzie@comcast.net. (PA) Red, tan leather, black top. Excellent driver; solid, straight car, recent comprehensive service by marque Sports Car Market Near mint original leather, carpet and top. 15k miles from new. All systems serviced. Tuned and ready to drive anywhere like new. $48,500. Tom Crook, 253.941.3454. (WA) 1971 Jaguar XKE Mild outlaw with twin grill deck, roll bar, Speedster side spears, wide offset chrome wheels. Runs well. $75,000 908.693.5723, tmiller@gardenstategrap hics.com (NJ) 1963 Porsche 356B Cabriolet. Owned by us several times over the last 18 years. A wonderful, restored, California car. Teal green, tan leather. Used summers, heated storage winters, properly serviced every spring. $18,500. Matthew L. DeGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd. com. (CT) 1970 Jaguar XKE roadster Beautiful, clean example with fresh paint and interior. Straight, rust free. Big brakes, books, tools, Becker Mexico and new luggage set. $525,000. Fantasy Junction management @fantasyjunction.com www.fantasyjunction.com 510.653.7555 (CA) 1960 Porsche Roadster


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SCM Showcase Gallery specialist; red, tan leather, black top. Ready to drive anywhere. $65,000/Offer. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd.com (CT) 1965 Porsche 911 to date, not even a production Ferrari can beat it!!carson1sb@yahoo.com Italian 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Spyder The 1978 AMBR winner is offered for sale to select enthusiasts. Recently honored as one of the “75 most significant '32 Hot Rods” in the world. Will consider offers over #300,000. Hal, 831.438.6555 (CA) 1954 Chevy Corvette VIN #300703, Engine #900826, matching numbers, European model, 79,000km, (49,000 miles), superb 100% correct rustfree original, great driver. $49,500. 315.247.2388, info@autolit.com (NY) 1966 Mercedes 230 SL s/n 14389. Wonderfully original and unmolested factory Spyder. Highly original and irreplaceable historic artifact. Original in every detail. Interesting history with one California owner. Straight and corrosion free. $1,450,000. Fantasy Junction manag ement@fantasyjunction.com www.fantasyjunction. com 510.653.7555 (CA) 1981 Alfa Romeo spider Restored from the ground up by Bob Platz at a cost of $160k, with full documentation. Ultra rare ZF 5-speed transmission. Looks, runs, drives as new. Two tops, books, tools. Absolutely flawless throughout. Green, cognac leather. $85,000. Matthew L. DeGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd. com (CT) 1975 911S non-sunroof coupe Silver, dark red interior, new black top, 58,800 original miles, 5-sp manual, new Michelin tires, magnesium cromodora wheels, power windows. $7,500. Jbrown220@aol.com (CO) 1985 Maserati Bi Turbo Original 2.7L and 915 trans. Stock PCA class H racer or DE car. Good mechanicals, fair cosmetics. Reliable car. Email for details Private seller. Price:BRO, trades considered.Nick, arnoldcars@hotmail.com. 1988 BMW 635csi 38k miles, red/tan leather near showroom condition. Dealer installed MIE options. $10k including intercooler, lowered suspension and custom ground cover. ZF transmission, Goti wheels, very fast. $9,750. Richard, 847.498.2783 1992 Ferrari 512 TR 129K, same owner many years, many updates, no rust, excellent. $8,795. Richard 770.893.9038 (GA) 1999 Mercedes SL500 Yellow/Black, 18,600miles. 2 recent Cavallino Classic Platinum awards. 15k engine-out belt replacement done. New clutch 10/07. Car is perfect. $120,000. Strotheide, 314.725.5911, drbudster@sbcglobal. net (FL) 37,000 orig. mi., smoke silver/oyster lthr., AMG sport pkg, E/C, records, clean CARFAX, private party sale SF area. $24,995 obo. Joe 415.948.4049 2005 Carrera GT American 1932 Ford Roadster Matching #'s. Very desirable. Every detail has been taken from top to bottom. Contact 203.661.6669 www.carriagehousemotorcars.com. 1969 Ford Mustang convertible V8 auto, Red/Black top, very nice. Drive anywhere. $19,000. Dennis, 610.442.7183 (PA) 1969 Dodge Coronet R/t 440 Outperforms Ferrari Enzo, 0-60 @ 2.9 sec. Factory Five engineered, custom built to your specs, Mid engine, inexpensive maintenance. $99k. 724.583.0985 alaneyecenters@yahoo.com. Other Cash Cash buyer for Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini cars and related items. Please call 860.350.1140, fax 860.350.1140, or email FORZAMOT@aol.com Cobra Replica Roadster Hi-Tech 427 SC Cobra. Just completed. Everything fresh. Top-of-the-line replica of a million dollar car. $P.O.A. Jack Richards, 928-771-0525. (AZ) 612hp V10 Supercar!! Still the fastest marque manufacturer road car around the Nurburgring 140 Ramcharger hood, scoops, recent rotisserie restoration, all mathign numbers, paperwork, highly optioned, top show car. $49,500 OBO. 908.454.0222 (NJ) Wanted Renault Pre 1920 car or chassis/parts. 407.273.8312, Kcanouse@aol.com ♦ Sports Car Market Ready for Pebble Beach. Absolutely flawless and 100% correct. Original Hertz car with automatic transmission. Fully and professionally sorted and drives like new. Not a better one on the planet. Call for complete details. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd.com (CT) 1967 Chevy Corvette Stingray 427CI/435HP 6,600 miles. All options. Crimson Pearl with Charcoal interior. All books, disc, pamphlets. Built on Corvette platform. AS NEW! $55,000. 419.392.2701 2008 GT Mulsanne 550hp 2350LB Full restoration grabber blue with white interior 351 Windsor auto built by mostlymustangs.com can be seen at windycityautogallery.com $45,000. tomallan57@sbcglobal.net Ground up restoration-only 100 of these corvettes were painted black. BEAUTIFUL! Contact 203.661.6669 www.carriagehousemotorcars.com 1965 ERA s/c Cobra 427 New – Best of everything ERA s/c Cobra 427 side oiler N.O.S., smiths, better than original 1/10th cost. $75,000. Dustin, 702.596.8090 1965 Shelby GT350 the Stunning, 14,600 mile Mark V in beautiful Diamond Blue metallic with matching roof. Luxury group velour interior. Few low mileage cars are stored in climate controlled environments their entire life. Original tires still good. Serious only. $16,000. 703.887.3121 (VA) 1998 Mustang Cobra coupe Very early two digit car, fully restored and spectacular. Show quality in every respect. Rare and expensive. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd.com (CT) 1966 Shelby GT350H One owner, 57k miles, like new. Chrome yellow/ black leather. Chrome wheels, needs nothing, High blue: $11,800. First, $11,000. Richard, 619.233.7403 2002 Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible 2,500 miles, Automatic, 345hp. All original. Every option. Pewter/black. Showroom condition. $27,500. Jeff, 401.349.4495 (RI) 2004 Cadillac XLR Retractable Hardtop, 1979 Lincoln Mark V 1970 Mustang Much 1


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Concept Cars 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 14 16 17 24 29 31 35 38 42 43 48 49 53 55 56 57 58 44 45 50 32 33 36 39 46 51 52 54 37 40 41 47 30 34 18 19 25 26 20 27 21 28 12 13 15 22 23 Across 1. Dodge concept for 2008 5. Wailing Pontiac concept car? 10. Electric sea creature 11. Scarce 12. Corvette concept before the C3 (goes with 13 across) 13. See 12 across 15. Titanium, briefly 16. Come up with first 20. Classic Corvette color, Sportsman ___ 22. Alien who was too good for earth? 24. Chevy ___ Air 25. Ford __ 90 concept, debuted at 1995 Detroit Auto Show 27. Inclined 29. Over there 30. Chrysler concept of 1953 and 1954 32. Neither two nor too 34. Have the pink slip 35. Convertible (2 words) 37. 1953 Chrysler special 38. Extra wide shoe size 40. Devoured 42. Ford Explorer, et al 44. Boomerang maker 47. Parisian gold 48. Supernatural perception 50. Mac competitor 51. 1000s of dollars 52. Daytona's letters? 53. See 36 down 54. Rivolta maker 55. British, abbr. 57. Floor cover 58. Stylish Thunderbird concept Down 1. Open-wheel Corvette concept (2 words) 2. Mid-engine Corvette concept, XP-882 3. Ready, set, __ 4. Place on which we drive 5. Giugiaro design that comes back? 6. Front, as a car 7. Miami team 8. Spooky 9. Rocky Mountain antlered animal 14. Atop 17. Shaq's org. 18. Chicago's railway 19. ___ Friday's 21. Company's going-public event 23. Chrysler concept from the sky? 26. Vacation 27. Performers 28. Double 31. Chrysler concept lost on the Andrea Doria 33. ___ of a kind 36. 1962 Pontiac concept (with 53 across) 39. Clandestine 41. Kiddies 43. Rattlesnake's defense 45. Relaxation area 46. In the past? 49. Saint, for short 52. “__ Jane” 55. Twice beginning 56. Relating to For solution, go to: www.sportscarmarket.com/crossword


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 x211 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Auction Companies Artcurial-Briest-Poulain-Le Fur. 33.1.4299202, 33.1.42292021. Maison de vente aux enchères, 7, Rond-Point des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris. artcurial@auction.fr www.artcurial .com. (FR) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694, 480.421.6697. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Bonhams. +44.207.228.8000, +44.207.585.0830. Montpelier St., Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH. www.bonhams.com. (UK) Bonhams & Butterfields. 415.391.4000, 415.391.4040. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103 www.butterfields.com. (CA) Branson Collector Car Auction. 800.355.3063, 417.336.5616. 1316 W. Hwy. 76, Suite 199, Branson, MO 65616. www.bransonauction.com. (MO) Mecum Collector Car Auction- eers. 815.568.8888, 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) 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) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290, 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262 www .classic-carauction.com. (CA) 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) Appraisals Kruse International. 800.968.4444, 5540 CR llA Auburn, IN 46706. Largest Collector Car Auction Company, holding over 35 auctions per year. Home of the 480-acre Auction Park in Auburn, IN, where the 37th Annual Labor Day Auction will be held with over 5,000 cars and 150,000 people. www.kruse.com. (IN) The Worldwide Group. 866.273.6394, Established by John Kruse and Rod C. Egan, The Worldwide Group— Auctioneers, Appraisers and Brokers —is one of the world's premier auction houses, specializing in the procurement and sale of the world's finest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www.wwgauctions.com. (TX) Tom Mack Classics. 888.TOM. MACK, PO Box 1766, Indian Trail, NC 28079. Three annual auctions in Charlotte, NC: April, September, and January. Selling Southern muscle, collector, and antique cars with experience and integrity for 24 years. North Carolina auction license 4017. www.tommackclassics.com. (NC) Alfa Romeo Centerline Alfa Parts. 888.750. ALFA(2532), Call for free catalog, or visit www.centerlinealfa.com for online shopping, color product photos, tech tips, photo galleries and more. Exclusively Alfa for over 25 years, we have hands-on experience with Giulietta through 164. We're constantly adding new parts, accessories, and performance items, so check in often for the latest updates. www.centerlinealfa .com. (CO) Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. RM Auctions, Inc.. 800.211.4371, Christie's. 310.385.2600, 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. www.ebaymotors.com. 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) Russo and Steele Collector AutoGooding & Company. 310.899.1960, 310.899.0930. (August 18 and 19) - The Pebble Beach Auction has added a Saturday evening auction to the week's events. Now offering more of the finest cars traditionally available on Sunday's famed auction following the Concours d'Elegance. www.goodingco .com. (CA) H&H Classic Auctions. +44.01925.730630, +44.01925.730830. Whitegate Farm, Hatton, Cheshire WA4 4BZ England. www.classic-auctions.com. (UK) Kensington Motor Group, Inc. 631.537.1868, 631.537.2641. P.O. Box 2277, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. Kenmotor@aol.com. (NY) 142 Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485, 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) mobiles. 602.252.2697, 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th Street, Phoenix AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com; www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Santiago Collector Car Auctions. 405.475.5079, 501 E. Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Rocky: rockydb5@sbcglobal.net. (OK) 510.524.3636, 1221 Fourth Street, Berkley, CA 94710. Large selection of parts from 1900 series to Milano. Efficient, personal service. 510.525.9435. (CA) American Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, Gooding & Company's experts are well qualified to appraise automotive and collectible estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust, or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to help you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) Auto Appraisal Group. 800.848.2886, Offices located nationwide. Pre-purchase inspection service, insurance matters, charitable donations, resale vales, estates, expert witness testimony. On-site inspection. Certified, confidential, prompt, professional. “Not just one man's opinion of value.” See web site for locations and service descriptions. www.autoappraisal.com. California Dream Cars Apprais- als. 888.314.3366, Over 30 years experience in Southern California appraising classic, antique, special interest, muscle and custom to current-year models. Specializing in pre-purchase inspections, stated value insurance appraisals, insurance disputes, and expert witness testimony. For more info, visit our web site. www.caldreamcars.net. (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.legendary-motorcar.com. (ON) Shelby American Automotobile Club. 860.364.0449, 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) Antiques Solvang Antique Center. 805.688.6222, California's Premier Antique Collective features 65 extraordinary dealers. Quality 18th and 19th Sports Car Market RM Auctions, Inc.. 800.211.4371, 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)


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Automobilia Motor Auto Express, Inc.. Legendary Motorcar Company. GMP. 800.536.1637, GMP offers the best value possible in accurately detailed diecast models through exhaustive research and development followed by uncompromising quality control standards in design, modeling, and manufacturing. We are the diecast leaders. Your collection starts here. www.gmpdiecast.com. (GA) 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) 360.661.1734, Enclosed Transport. MAX cares for what you care for. We offer Personal, Private, Professional services with liftgate loading for your vehicles. Please contact Randy McKinley, Owner. maxiet@gmail.com. (WA) Collector Car Financing J.J. BEST BANC & CO. 800. Paul Russell and Company. Spyder Enterprises. 831.659.5335, 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 www.vintageautoposters.com. (CA) Steve Austin's Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434, European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. Buy/Sell/General Blackhawk Collection. 925.736.3444, 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-akind automobiles. www.blackhawkcollection.com. (CA) The Carcierge. 561.241.6696, 561.241.6613. At The Carcierge, our facility has been designed to provide secure storage at appropriate temperature and humidity levels. We also offer our CarCare program, designed to protect your automobile from the damage that can occur when it is idle. www.thecarcierge.com. (FL) Classic Car Transport Auto Transporting by P.C. Bear. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, 760.758.0600. sales 760.758.6100.Fullservice restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase .com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) 717.859.1585, Born 1941, car nut since 1943, transporting since 1994. For answers to all your questions, call the guy that loads and drives the truck. 717 859 1585 (PA),321 287 9368 (FL), 973 991 8385 (NJ) 214 476 8102 (TX), 312 890 8734 (IL), 408 569 7972 (CA) www. pcbeartransport.com. (PA) Intercity Lines, Inc.. 800.221.3936, 413.436.9422. Rapid, hassle-free, coastto-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.intercity.lines.com. (MA) March 2008 JC Taylor. 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. www.JCTaylor.com. (PA) Motor Sport Personal Accident Coverage. 441.297.9439, 441.296.2543. Email, mcooke@evolution.bm. Limits up to $1,000,000 including accident medical and helicopter evacuation. 978.768.6092, 978.768.3525. Since 1978, offering restoration and sales of classic European sports and touring models from pre-war through 1960s. Successfully brokering MercedesBenz, Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar, BMW, Alfa Romeo. Guidance given with emphasis on building long-term relationships. Sales Manager Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell.com www.paulrussell.com. (MA) USA.1965, Call Now or Apply Online. The nation's oldest and largest classic car financing specialist. Low national fixed rates starting at 6.99%. Five-minute approvals. Terms up to 12 years. Simple interest. Pre-qualify for auctions. Financing for Antique, Classic, Exotic, Hot Rod, Kit, Muscle, Luxury & Sports cars. Dealer inquiries welcome. www.jjbest.com. (MA) Collector Car Insurance Comp Capital Ltd. can obtain coverage at competive rates including drivers over the age of 65. Either 12 month policy covering a whole season and or for specific events. Please contact Mark Cooke and or Kevin Way. English AC Owner's Club Limited. 503.643.3225, 503.646.4009. US Registrar: Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. The world's largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership not required. Monthly magazine. (OR) Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959, 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) Grundy Worldwide. 800.338.4005, ProTeam Corvettes. 888.592.5086, 419.592.4242. Over 150 Corvettes 19532003; also Corvettes wanted. Free catalog. proteam@proteamcorvette.com www.proteamcorvette.com. (OH) 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) Austin-Healey Club USA. 888.4AHCUSA, 503.528.0533. 8002 NE Hwy 99, Ste B PMB 424, Vancouver, WA 98665-8813. Oldest national Austin-Healey club and factory club heritage. Members recieve AustinHealey Magazine, Resource Book, calendar, tech assistance, book discount. Annual dues still just $35. www.healey.org. (OR) Doc's Jags. 480.951.0777, Heacock Classic. 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.heacockclassic.com. www.heacockclassic .com. (FL) 480.951.3339. Restoration Center 623.869.8777. 23047 N. 15 Lane, Phoenix, AZ. 85027. The world's BIGGEST and BEST Jaguar Web site. #1 in Jaguars WORLDWIDE. Largest inventory of all models. Ask for “DOC.” Email doc@docsjags.com www.docsjags .com. (AZ) JWF Restorations, Inc.. 503.643.3225, 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) 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) 143


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini Randy Simon. 310.274.7440, 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) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, T. Rutlands. 800.638.1444, The largest independent Ferrari parts source in the business. Our vast inventory includes new, used and rebuilt parts for vintage and contemporary Ferraris. Buy your parts where the Ferrari shops do. Now, shop 24/7 at www.TRutlands .com www.TRutlands.com. (GA) Garage/Tools Baldhead Cabinet Company. 877.966.2253, Offering a fine selection of quality metal garage cabinets suitable for shop and residential garage applications. SS and custom colors available. Many modules to choose from. Call for a custom quote and drawing. See ad in this issue. www.baldheadcabinets.com. (CA) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, 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 our website for complete listing. www.reoriginals.com. (TX) Inspections Deltran Battery Tender. 386.736.7900, Our chargers are the most technologically advanced in the world. Microprocessor-controlled fully automatic “smart chip” charging applies the correct logic to extend battery life significantly! Safe, dependable and will not over-charge your car battery! www.batterytender.com. (FL) 760.758.0600. sales 760.758.6100.Fullservice restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase. com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Gull Wing Group International, Gary Estep. 530.891.5038, 776 Cessna, Chico, CA 95928. Dedicated to the enjoyment and preservaton 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) RM Auctions, Inc.. 800.211.4371, Doc's Jags. 480.951.0777, 480.951.3339. Restoration Center 623.869.8777. 23047 N. 15 Lane, Phoenix, AZ. 85027. The world's BIGGEST and BEST Jaguar Web site. #1 in Jaguars WORLDWIDE. Largest inventory of all models. Ask for “DOC.” Email doc@docsjags.com www.docsjags .com. (AZ) Guy's Interior Restorations. 503.224.8657, 503.223.3953. 431 NW 9th, Portland, OR 97209. Award-winning interior restoration. Leather dyeing and color matching. (OR) 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) Tires 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 our website for complete listing. www.reoriginals.com. (TX) Restoration - General Sports and Competition Morris and Welford. 714.434.856 2/203.222.3862, We operate an international specialist historic car consultancy and brokerage company based on both the East/West Coasts of the US and the UK offering specialist brokerage services of important historic cars to buyers and sellers throughout the world. www.morrisandwelford.com. (CA/CT/United Kingdom) Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700, You may have seen our award winning, show quality restoration. Our 55,000 sq ft facility is specialized in extreme high-end restorations of rare American muscle cars. www .legendary-motorcar.com. (ON) Automobile Inspections LLC.. 860.456.4048, “When you need the job done right.” The nation's premier provider of pre-purchase inspections on classic, exotic and specialty cars of any year, anywhere in the USA or Canada. Fast 72-hour turnaround! Hartford, CT. www.automobileinspections.com. (CT) Parts and Accessories Covercraft Industries. 800.4.COV- Race House Design. 541.330.8766. At Racehouse Design, we're passionate about racing and the spaces where you keep your vehicles and gear. When you visit our high octane website, you will find extraordinary garage designs that may leave you wondering where you'll put your wardrobe. www.racehousedesign .com. (OR) German Alex Dearborn. 978.887.6644, 978.887.3889. Topsfield, MA> Buying, selling and trading vintage Mercedes. Specializign in 300SLs. Large database of older M-Bs. www.dearbornauto .com. (MA) 144 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) Only Oldies Garage. 480.966.9887, The Southwests Only Coker Tire Distributor! Contact us for Best Pricing on all Classic Tires. Only Oldies Specializes in all Classic Service from Pre-war - 60's Muscle. We Don't Restore 'em… We Keep 'em Running Right. www.onlyoldiesgarage.com. (AZ) Vintage Events 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) The 4th Annual Muscle Car 1000. The Healey Werks. 800.251.2113, Griot's Garage. 800.345.5789, The ultimate online store for automotive accessories and car care products. www .griotsgarage.com. (WA) 712.944.4940. 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) 949.838.7076, October 5–10, 2008. The most luxurious collector car adventure in America. This six day, all-inclusive, once in a lifetime experience includes exceptional Hotels and Resorts, Gourmet Meals, Fine Wines and Great Friends. Our 2008 participants will enjoy an opening night gala on Alcatraz, the wonders of Yosemite, the tranquil beauty of Lake Tahoe, a private winemakers dinner in Napa Valley, Drag Racing at the Infineon Raceway, and a magnificent awards banquet on the beach at The Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay. Reserved for 1964–1973 American Muscle Cars. APPLY NOW-Space is limited to just 40 teams. www.musclecar1000.com. (CA) ♦ Sports Car Market


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Carl Bomstead eWatch First-Class Bus and Cab Rides Lesser-known auctions produce blockbuster results for toys, tins, signs and petromobilia Thought Carl's I left the beaten path this month and took a look at couple of other interesting auctions that featured my kind of stuff. Morphy Auctions (www.morphyauctions.com), which I was able to access through eBay Live (www.liveauctions.ebay.com ), conducts a couple of blockbuster auctions a year. They offer rare and unusual items, and the prices they obtain are often staggering. Bill Morford recently conducted his 56th auction of “investment-grade collectibles.” This is a phone auction, but the bidding and portions of the catalog are posted on line (www.morfauction.com). His auctions also obtain some over-the-top results. For example, a Lightning Gasoline name badge sold for $7,150 at his most recent event. Here are a few pieces from these two events that I thought would interest you: MORPHY AUCTIONS. LOT 647. GREEN MORPHY AUCTIONS. LOT 2351. PICKWICK NITE COACH TOY BUS. Number of Bids: 18. SOLD AT: $19,550. Date Sold: 12/08/2007. This was an aluminum promotional model toy that was 27 inches in length and dated to 1927. This was an accurate and highly detailed model of the cross-country Pickwick Line sleeper with original paint and decals. About as rare as it gets in the toy world and obviously the new owner dug deep to add it to his collection. Not silly money; it will likely sell for more if it resurfaces. FLYING A GAS PUMP. Number of Bids: 4. SOLD AT: $854. Date Sold: 12/06/2007. This was a National A-38 manufactured between 1938 and 1949. It was missing one glass, but reproductions are available. It was in decent condition but in need of a complete restoration. This was a reasonable price, but the major expense is just around the corner. A restoration bill of $3,000 or so would not be out of line, so the purchase cost is the just the beginning. MORPHY AUCTIONS. LOT 654. RICHFIELD GAS “HERE SOON” POSTER. Number of Bids: 14. SOLD AT: $1,092.50. Date Sold: 12/07/2007. This large poster measured 42” x 57” and was in very acceptable condition. Most are faded but this example was bright with strong colors. Richfield used race car graphics in a great deal of their advertising and this poster announced the imminent arrival of new Richfield station. It has appeal to both the gas collectors and race car guys. An example in lesser condition sold for a touch more at another recent auction, so consider this one well bought. MORPHY AUCTIONS. LOT 829. JAPANESE TIN YONEZAWA ATOM RACE CAR. Number of D AT: $1,495. Date Sold: 12/07/2007. This 16-inch lithographed tin car was a s between a race car and space car. It was in excellent condition, with moderate scratching and minor spidering of the lithograph. Importantly, the original tires had not noticeably deteriorated. Always one of my favorite toys and I would say the price paid was fair for both parties. WM. MORFORD AUCTIONS. LOT 172. BOYCE MOTOMETER SIGN. Number of Bids: unknown. SOLD AT: $2,415. Date Sold: 12/07/2007. This sign was made of beveled tin over cardboard and measured 27 x 19 inches. The sign was clean and the colors were bright. The graphics were wonderful and this is one of the more desirable pieces of Boyce MotoMeter advertising. In the catalog the background appeared yellowed when it should be a strong white. The price paid was most reasonable if the background is not as dark as it appeared. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market magazine (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $58 for 12 monthly issues in the US, $78 Canada/Mexico, Europe $88, Asia/Africa/Middle East $98. Subscriptions are payable in advance in US currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 24-hours 800.289.2819, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 146 MORPHY AUCTIONS. LOT 1839. ARCADE CAST IRON CHECKER CAB TOY. Number of Bids: 23. SOLD AT: $25,300. Date Sold: 12/08/2007. This extremely rare 9-inch cast iron toy was in exceptional condition, with the original tires and complete decal on the driver's door. There was moderate scratching and wear but it was complete with the nickel grill and driver. A sensational toy that had the big boys digging deep, this will be a centerpiece for the most discerning toy collector. WM. MORFORD AUCTIONS. LOT 5. ZINGO CANDY TIN. Number of Bids: Unknown. SOLD AT: $605. Date Sold: 12/07/2007. This was a 20-lb store tin for Zingo brand candy with a graphic and colorful image of a vintage race car at speed. I'd estimate the can dates somewhere in the late teens. It was in excellent condition, with a few dents and bruises on the non-graphic section of the tin. Race cars were used in all sorts of early advertising and this was one of several sizes of this tin. Considering the condition and the fact that the can was almost a foot tall, I would call this a decent buy. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market