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Sports CarMarket reBelwiTHouT 200 ColleCtor Cars rated, analyzed, and PriCed by our exPerts Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends '63 aTS 2500 510k March 2010 www.sportscarmarket.com 2005 Ford GT Supercar HoldS STronG aT 187k 1953 lancia aurelia, 26k and already upSide down 1901 arGyll, Time-warp oriGinal, a BarGain aT 225k new amneSTy proGram—TiTle your caliFornia kiT car a cauSe


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Sports CarMarket Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends 32 166—Vintage Ferrari experience 36 Argyll—Still a looker at 109 March 2010 . Volume 22 . Number 3 38 ATS—The failed Ferrari-beater IN-DEPTH PROFILES What You Need To Know FERRARI 32 1949 Ferrari 166 Inter Farina Coupe—$500,910 / RM “Jail-house” Brocket missed cutting this one up, thankfully. John Apen ENGLISH 36 1901 Argyll Spindle Seat Rear-Entrance Tonneau— $225,310 / Bonhams As original antiques go, this one passes all the tests. Miles Collier ETCETERINI 38 1963 ATS 2500 GT 3.0 Coupe—$510,017 / RM Drive carefully—you're carrying all the spares. Donald Osborne GERMAN 40 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera Supersport Cabriolet—$32,967 / H&H Turbo-look, but it's the interior that shocks. Rob Sass AMERICAN 42 2005 Ford GT Coupe—$187,128 / Bonhams & Goodman Fast, sexy, and now starting to exceed its MSRP. John L. Stein RACE 44 1924 Bentley 3/4½ Liter Sports—$356,400 / H&H The thinking man's hot rod. Thor Thorson GLOBAL AUCTION COVERAGE 200 Cars Examined and Rated at Eight Sales MECUM 48 Kansas City, MO: Muscle totals $7.1m at this December staple, nearly doubling last year's $3.9m take. B. Mitchell Carlson ARTCURIAL 62 Paris, FRA: Barn-finds draw big interest at the $2m Palais des Congrès sale, including a Facel Vega HKII at $177k. Jérôme Hardy BONHAMS 72 Beaulieu, UK: The Barry Burnett Collection takes center stage at the $3.3m Beaulieu Autojumble auction. Paul Hardiman MCCORMICK 82 Palm Springs, CA: Clear skies and strong sales at a $5.5m weekend in Southern California. Carl Bomstead BONHAMS 88 London, UK: Nine antiques bring $1.2m alongside the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. Paul Hardiman BONHAMS & GOODMAN 90 Sydney, AUS: $254k Bugatti Brescia leads B&G's final auction, totaling $1.3m. Chris Bowden AUCTIONS AMERICA 94 Raleigh, NC: Low-mileage originals highlight the $4.9m Raleigh Classic, with a record 70% sell-through rate. Chip Lamp EBAY MOTORS Cover photograph: RM Auctions 100 Just one owner from new! Geoff Archer


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30 Lobethal Grand Prix Down Under COLUMNS 8 Shifting Gears Keith Martin 24 Unaffordable Classic Inside an ambitious Lancia Aurelia project Ed Godshalk 26 Legal Files Kit car titles and California amnesty John Draneas 34 Sheehan Speaks Why you can't make a fortune selling to Europe Michael Sheehan 102 Bike Buys 1965–66 Honda CB450, the “Black Bomber” John L. Stein 114 eWatch Rare Packard tether car nets $6,480 Carl Bomstead FEATURES 28 London to Brighton: An asphalt squall 30 About Adelaide: Trio of events from Down Under DEPARTMENTS 10 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 12 The Inside Line 14 Contributors 16 You Write, We Read 18 Display Advertisers Index 20 Time Pieces: 1949 Vacheron & Constantin 20 Neat Stuff: Links for your cuff; sheetmetal for your wall 22 In Miniature: 2005 Ford GT 22 Book Review: The Spirit of Competition: The Simeone Foundation Automobile Museum 60 Glovebox Notes: 2010 Kia Forte EX; 2010 Ford Mustang V6 86 Our Cars: 1958 Peugeot 203 sedan 92 Alfa Bits 101 Fresh Meat: 2010 Jaguar XKR; 2006 Maserati GranSport LE; 2010 Dodge Challenger SRT8 104 Mystery Photo 104 Comments with Your Renewal 106 Showcase Gallery 110 Resource Directory


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin Government-Created Collectibles World of Warcraft long enough to learn to use a UniSyn to balance their SU carburetors, or feeler gauges to measure valve clearances. They also wonder where are the Austin-Healey A 3000s, Jaguar XK 120s, and Alfa Romeo Giuliettas of the current era. Each was a distinctive sports car with its own look and sound, and all were reasonably affordable. Part of the reason cars are so different today than they were 40 years ago is simply evolution and progress. Just as with refrigerators and lawnmowers, automotive technology has moved forward. But much of the reason there are no interesting, low-production, affordable sports cars today (with the exception of the Lotus Elise) revolves around the government, safety, and clean air. t every car club meeting, gray-haired elders debate the future of car collecting. They wonder if the current generation will wean itself from texting and playing No more racing your daily driver As a sidebar, there was also an increasing dif- ferentiation between cars raced on the track and those driven on the street. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, racers discovered that the bigger the tires, the better their cars handled. Sports cars began to be designed with bulging fenders (think Alfa GTAm). To allow older cars to compete with the newer “wide-fendered” cars, the SCCA allowed older cars to add substantial fender flares in order to cover the new-style wider wheels and tires. Ultimately, this led to race cars, even in pro- A social history laboratory We're here to protect you I maintain that when the government started smog and safety regu- lations 41 years ago, it guaranteed that pre-smog and pre-safety sports cars would become collectible, and post-smog cars would not. In 1968, the U.S. government weighed in mechanically and stylisti- cally on car design. By 1975, the program was in full force, and 1980s vehicles wheezed around like fairground bumper cars. Enhancing the collectibility of pre-1968 cars wasn't remotely related to the purposes of the legislation, but by making some types of cars impossible to build, that became the end result. In essence, through the introduction of safety and emissions regula- tions, sports cars that could someday become collectible were no longer being produced in any meaningful fashion. No other collectible artifact used on a daily basis had its collect- ibility affected by the government. While firearms are regulated, they are not used on a daily basis, except perhaps in St. Louis, Oakland, Memphis, and Detroit (the cities with the four highest crime rates in the U.S.). The advent of uniform government regulations meant it became im- possible for manufacturers to produce interesting cars in limited numbers, such as the 1966 Alfa Romeo 4R Zagato, of which just 92 were built. The 4R isn't a first-rank collectible, with its single-downdraft Solex carburetor and “hey look at me” faux 6C 1750 look, but it is an interesting car, and the world of car collecting is richer for its existence. Manufacturers who couldn't retool to meet regulations simply went out of business (think Austin-Healey). Death-by-legislation has ensured that Austin-Healeys will always be collectible; there won't be any more built. By 1975, the pool of sports cars had greatly diminished, and by 1980, they were all nearly gone, save Alfa Romeo with its sadly outdated 105 “Duetto” chassis, and the ongoing iterations of the Porsche 911 . The 5-mph government bumper regulations that began in 1975 led to nearly every car in the '70s having monstrous and ugly rubber bumpers protruding front and rear (think 1975–80 MG Bs), which also meant that the stylists had lost control over the exterior appearance of the cars they were designing. Further, the advent of airbags, standardized by Ford in the U.S. in 1990, meant that dashboard and steering wheel design had to serve a different master than the stylist. There's a reason you don't see aftermarket Nardi wheels offered any longer. 8 duction classes, being impossible to drive on the street—which was the demise of the “gentleman's racer” (think Ferrari SWB or TdF). Also, even SCCA production-class race cars began to look wildly different from the cars on which they were based. In fact, the only true “gentleman's racer” built in the last 20 years has been the McLaren F1, with a total production of 106 and a market value in the $3m range. Not exactly a mass-market item. In general, sports cars built before 1968 could be used in competition or on the street: They could be built in limited numbers, their engines did not have to comply with emissions regulations, and their exterior and interior designs were immune from safety regulations. As a result they were handsome and therefore collectible. There have been no dual-purpose race cars built since the 1960s, again with the exception of the F1. The era from 1968 to the present has seen an increasing homogeniza- tion of cars, as laws governing more aspects of car safety, economy, and emissions have been passed. The end result is that the number of truly collectible cars is fixed in time, and will not increase. The Golden Era of the motorcar is behind us. We live in an era where pre-1968 cars are transitioning from industrial art to artistic artifacts. For the past 20 years, we've been in the used car hobby, with some old cars more interesting and expensive than others. For the foreseeable future, we will be in the antiques business, where old cars increasingly become surviving works of social history, evocative of the era in which they were built. And they will be desired, acquired, and used by an increasingly sophisticated group of collectors. So at your next car club meeting, please, no more crying over spilled pilsner about the lack of modern collectible sports cars. The cars that we call collectible are, for the most part, a fixed group. There will never be another Big Healey, or TR4, or Cobra 289. The past is gone, and our task is to understand those cars and the eras they represent, while exploring their nuances of operation. New cars will always be better, but they'll always be less fun. As old car enthusiasts, that's the path we've chosen. Goodbye, Mom My mother, Frances Evelyn Gage, passed away on January 12 of this year. Eighty years of age, she died painlessly in her sleep. While I was raised primarily by my grandparents, my mother was always available for counsel and her home was always there, when I needed a place to lay a troubled head. We had not been close for decades, but during the past few years we reconnected. One year ago she and my brother Gary came to our home for Thanksgiving dinner, and she got to see her newest grandson, Bradley. Her life wasn't always easy, but she consistently provided good cheer and offered light-hearted stories from my childhood whenever we got together. I miss her, but I believe she is now in a place where every day will be a good one for her. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Jim Pickering For more information about events marked with (*), see our exclusive insider's Guide to Spring auctions, polybagged with this issue rM auctions— Collector Cars of Fort lauderdale* Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL When: March 26–28 More: www.rmauctions.com last year: 265/410 cars sold / $11.5m Early consignments at this 1931 Cadillac V12 convertible at RM Fort Lauderdale bonhams—Collectors' Motorcars and automobilia Where: Oxford, UK When: March 6 More: www.bonhams.com last year: 39/42 cars sold / $1.3m Bonhams's Oxford saleroom is a relatively new venue for the company, with recent sales here typically drawing around 50 consignments each. This year's March auction will feature a 1930 Lea Francis W-type TwoSeater Special thought to be worth between $32k and $40k, as well as a 1935 Alvis Speed 25 Charlesworth Saloon valued between $28k and $35k. Gooding & Company— the amelia island auction* Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 12 More: www.goodingco.com Gooding's first-ever Amelia Island event, taking place at the Amelia Island Plantation, will feature more than 75 high-end collectibles, headlined by the Amelia Island Concours Best of Show-winning 1931 Voisin C20 V12 “Mylord” DemiBerline, valued in excess of $2.5m. Also of note is a 1937 Peugeot Darl'Mat roadster with coachwork by Portout, estimated to be worth between $200k and $300k. H&H sales ltd.—race retro Where: Warwickshire, UK When: March 13 More: www.classic-auctions.com last year: 29/71 cars sold / $1.1m Race Retro is one of the premier historic racing shows on 10 the European calendar, and for 2010, H&H returns as the event's official auction partner, with an array of sports cars, vintage racers, and motorcycles again available at Stoneleigh Park. Everything from grassroots collectibles to high-end racers will be offered, with price points to suit a variety of budgets. rM auctions— automobiles of amelia island* Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 13 More: www.rmauctions.com last year: 89/107 cars sold / $12.5m RM is the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, and this 12th annual event will feature around 100 high-end classics and sports cars. Special consignments include a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Alloy Berlinetta valued between $1.3m and $1.7m, a 1964 Pontiac Banshee coupe concept estimated at $450k to $650k, and a 1958 Tojeiro Jaguar sports racer, s/n TAD1/58, which is thought to be worth between $750k and $950k. silver auctions—spring Portland* Where: Portland, OR When: March 20 More: www.silverauctions.com last year: 26/84 cars sold / $238k Silver's annual Portland sale typically sees in the neighborhood of 100 cars, including a selection of muscle cars, sports cars, and vintage American classics. Last year's sale had plenty of cars sell below $20k, making this a great spot to source that next project. year's Fort Lauderdale event include a well-documented and recently restored 1954 Buick Skylark convertible, the 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Ozzie Olson GM Styling Car built by Bill Mitchell and formerly part of the Bob McDorman Collection, a 1931 Cadillac V12 convertible coupe, and a 1951 Jaguar XK 120 roadster. leake auctions—san antonio 2010* Where: San Antonio, TX When: March 26–27 More: www.leakecarauction.com last year: 88/212 cars sold / $1.8m Held in association with Dan Kruse Classics, this annual auction at the Alamodome will see more than 300 cars cross the auction block over two days, with two auction rings operating simultaneously. American muscle and classics will be featured, as well as a number of British and European sports cars, including a 1963 Austin-Healey 3000 roadster. ♦ Auction Calendar All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm dates and locations before attending any event. Email auction info to: jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com. FEBRUARY 6—Petersen Salem, OR 8-9—barons Surrey, UK 13—iCa San Antonio, TX 14—artCurial Paris, FRA 15—sHannons Sydney, AUS 17—H&H Buxton, UK 19-20—leaKe Oklahoma City, OK 26-28—G. Potter KinG Atlantic City, NJ 26-28—MCCorMiCK Palm Springs, CA 27—bonHaMs Hendon, UK 27—CHeFFins Bristol, UK MARCH 6—bonHaMs Oxford, UK 12—GoodinG & Co Amelia Island, FL 13—H&H Warwickshire, UK 13—Kruse Huntsville, AL 13—rM Amelia Island, FL 15—sHannons Melbourne, AUS 19-20—bud Ward Hot Springs, AR 20-21—iCa Gilbert, AZ 20—silVer Portland, OR 22-23—barons Surrey, UK 24—briGHtWells Herefordshire, UK 26-28—rM Fort Lauderdale, FL 26-27—leaKe San Antonio, TX APRIL 1-3—barrettJaCKson Palm Beach, FL 3—Kruse Schaumburg, IL 9-11—ColleCtor Car ProduCtions Toronto, CAN 9-10—MeCuM Kansas City, MO 10—iCa Amarillo, TX 16-17—branson Branson, MO 19—bonHaMs Hendon, UK 21—H&H Buxton, UK 22-23—Carlisle Carlisle, PA 24—CHeFFins Cambridge, UK 24-25—rM Novi, MI 25—bonHaMs Stafford, UK 26-27—barons Surrey, UK 30—bonHaMs Monte Carlo, MCO 30-May 2— WorldWide auCtioneers Seabrook, TX Sports Car Market


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IColumn Author nside Line Stefan Lombard Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com. sion is $14. www.avignon-motorfestival.com. (FRA) ■ Steve Austin's Great Amelia Island Events ■ The 15th annual Amelia Island Concours weekend, to be held March 12 through 14, will celebrate the cars of Porsche. NASCAR racing great Richard Petty serves as Honoree and will have his own class on the show field. Other special classes include “Cars You Never Knew Existed,” “Cars of the Cuban Races,” “Forgotten Fiberglass,” “Triumph Motorcycles,” and a Lincoln display. On Saturday, Petty will be on hand along with drag racing legend “Big Daddy” Don Garlits and F1 statesman Sir Stirling Moss to participate in a seminar entitled “The Three Greats.” The event will be moderated by veteran racers and current Speed TV commentators Sam Posey and David Hobbs. Stop by and visit the SCM booth. Concours tickets are $45 for adults, $20 for students, and seminar tickets are $30. www.ameliaconcours .org. (FL) ■ England's Race Retro, the 7th annual International Historic Motorsport Show, is one of Europe's biggest vintage racing gatherings, and it commences March 12 for three full days of action, with appearances from some of the biggest names in racing. Hundreds of vendors will be on hand selling parts, tools, memorabilia, and 12 more, and restoration shops of all stripes will be available to discuss that next project. The show will honor 100 years of Alfa Romeo, 30 years of the Audi Quattro, and 60 years of the Norton Featherbed motorcycle frame. Motorsport legends slated to appear include motorcycle racers Bruno Giacomelli and John “Mooneyes” Cooper, as well as Barry “Whizzo” Williams, rallyist Russell Brookes, and more. Tickets start at $24. www .historicmotorsportshow.com. (UK) ■ The Avignon Motor Festival brings together the whole of “automobility” from every period and has fast become the place to be in Southern France in the early spring, with twelve exhibit halls hosting 350 vendors, including 138 clubs. Last year, more than 34,000 people attended, where they were treated to three classic car parks, vintage trucks, tractors, and military vehicles, go-karting and stunts, a 4x4 display, a model car fair, and plenty more. Check it out March 26–28. Adult admis- Vacations has been leading gearhead trips to exclusive destinations around the world for years, and 2010 is no exception. As part of his Racing & Collector Car Tours, Austin will once again offer a five-day trip to Monaco for the Historic Races (April 29–May 3), as well as a nine-day option that also includes the Mille Miglia (April 29–May 7). Legendary racer Brian Redman will cohost the tour, which includes first-class lodging and meals in the finest restaurants. Tour the paddock with Alain de Cadenet and view the races from a special VIP suite. Then it's onto the Portofino coastline of the Italian Riviera, with stops in Maranello and Modena. In Brescia, watch the Mille Miglia entrants depart from a private restaurant along the route. This tour happens every two years and usually sells out early as space is limited. $5,650 for the five-day option; $6,650 for the nine-day trip. Call Steve at 503.824.4079 or visit www .steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. (OR) ♦ Calendar 4-6—aaCa Winter Meet (Fl) www.aaca.org 4-14—Geneva Motor show (CHe) www.salon-auto.ch 12-14—amelia island Concours (Fl) www.ameliaconcours.org 12-14—Coppa Milano-sanremo www.milano-sanremo.it 12-14—race retro (uK) www.historicmotorsportshow.com 12-14—retro Classics (deu) www.retropromotion.de 13-20—Maroc Classic rallye (Mar) www.rallye-maroc-classic.com 14—Queen's english british Car Meet (Ca) www.queens-english.org 19-21—regis Classic tour (uK) www.theregisclassictour.co.uk 26-28—avignon Motor Festival (Fra) www.avignon-motor-festival.com 27-28—oldtimer & teile Markt (CHe) www.oldtimer-teilemarkt.com 27-28—spring Historic races (Ca) www.hsrwestrace.com See the Mille Miglia with Steve Austin's Great Vacations Sports Car Market Event Rashba.com


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SCM Contributors JOHN APEN holds degrees in Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California-Berkeley, New York University, and Johns Hopkins. He vintage-raced a Ferrari TdF for 13 years and has been restoring old cars for nearly 50 years. He owned the Atlanta Ferrari-Maserati dealership, FAF, for 17 years. In high school, he drove a 1936 Packard convertible coupe, followed by a 1949 Olds Holiday hard top that got him through college. His garage holds eleven cars, including a Top Flight 1960 Corvette he bought new, a 1957 T-Bird, and several vintage Ferraris. He recently retired from the Gold Book collector car price guide, and his automotive library contains over 5,000 magazines and books and 1,800 auction catalogs. He has contributed to SCM since 1996. On p. 32 this month, he profiles a Ferrari 166 Inter Farina coupe. TREVOR FAY was born in Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, and even before he could drive, he spent hours reading every car magazine he could get his hands on. His bound collection of Road & Track dates back to 1961. Fay's first sports car was an MG TC, which he bought while he was in law school. He sold it shortly after he received an estimate of the cost of to fix it. He now owns a 1966 Alfa Romeo GTV, which was fully restored over a 22-year period, and he regularly drives it on sunny days. He writes in Australia and America on automotive subjects, specializing in historic motor racing and rallies. You'll find his report on three major events held recently in and around his home town on p. 30. Sports Car Market Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Art Director Kirsten Hegg kirsten.hegg@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 B. Mitchell Carlson, Carl Bomstead, Paul Hardiman (Europe) Auction Analysts John Clucas (Australia), Daniel Grunwald, Jérôme Hardy (Europe), Chip Lamb, Norm Mort (Canada), Dale Novak, Phil Skinner Contributing Editors Steve Ahlgrim (Ferrari), Gary Anderson (English), Colin Comer (Muscle Cars), John Draneas (Legal), Donald Osborne (Etceterini), Jim Schrager (Porsche), Michael Sheehan (Ferrari), Thor Thorson (Race Cars) Contributors John Apen, Diane Brandon, Marshall Buck, Miles Collier, Martin Emmison, Paul Hardiman, Simon Kidston, Rob Sass, Steve Serio Operations Manager Jennifer Davis-Shockley jennifer.davis@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Senior Web Developer Jerret Kinsman jerret.kinsman@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 212 Information Technology/Internet Bryan Wolfe bryan.wolfe@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 215 Financial Manager Nikki Nalum nikki.nalum@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 205 Strategic Planner Bill Woodard Print Media Director Wendie Martin wmartin@enthusiastmediagroup.com; 206.427.1652 ED GODSHALK caught the sports car bug in high school in the early 1970s when he bought a rusty Triumph TR3A that promptly seized its motor. His primary interest is Italian sports cars, but he also has an Amilcar CGS and had a Bugatti Brescia, both from 1925. He completed the 2004 Mille Miglia in the Amilcar, and took 3rd place at Pebble Beach in 2009 with the Bugatti. He vintage-rallies a Lancia Aurelia GT, and he's won the Monte Shelton NW Classic Motor Rally five times since 1990. Godshalk is restoring a Cisitalia 202 “Corsa” coupe, driven by Taruffi in the 1948 Targa Florio, and a D46 monoposto once owned by Harry Schell. He runs the web site Cisitalia.net. This month, on p. 24, he examines the intimidating task facing the buyer of a project Aurelia GT. JOHN L. STEIN is a product of the 1960s SoCal car and bike culture and has been riding and wrenching on Ducati motorcycles since he was 16. An unhealthy tri-polar interest in cars, bikes, and boats saw him simultaneously gripped by the ownership of a twincam Lotus Europa and Kaiser Special, NSU Super Max and Ducati 750 GT motorbikes, and a mahogany Chris-Craft runabout. Some of them actually ran. After leaving his job as Road Test Editor at Cycle magazine, he had a shortlived career in marine biology before becoming Associate Editor at Automobile and then Editor of Corvette Quarterly, GM's official journal for Corvette. Reflective of his diverse interests, in this issue he profiles a 2005 Ford GT on p. 42, and on p. 102 he tells you all you need to know about the 1965–66 Honda CB450. 14 Executive Producer, SCM Television Roger Williams roger_williams@earthlink.net ADVERTISING Display Advertising Executives Tom Mann tom.mann@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 x 211 Cody Wilson cody.wilson@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 x 213 Classified Advertising classifieds@sportscarmarket.com SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions Coordinator Mary Artz 877.219.2605 x 204; M–F 9 am to 5 pm PST To order new subscriptions 877.219.2605 x 204 Questions about current supscriptions 877.219.2605, x 204, service@sportscarmarket.com, fax 503.253.2234 www.sportscarmarket.com CORRESPONDENCE Email service@sportscarmarket.com Customer Support www.sportscarmarket.com/helpdesk Fax 503.253.2234 General P.O. 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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 K3 DNA To the Editor: Miles Collier may have been a little too harsh in his evaluation of the 1934/37 MG K3 Magnette (December 2009, “English Profile,” p. 36). The ancient Greeks noticed that the boards making up their ships were replaced one at a time, until not a single original board remained. Yet each individual ship kept its name, captain, crew, and route. Year after year it was the same ship, with its own personality, history, and form. Except for a little bone mass and tooth enamel, most of the matter in our bodies has been replaced, yet we retain our identity. And we continue to retain that identity even if we lose a leg, an arm, or a tooth. It seems to me that the car is a real K3 with a soul that goes back to 1934 and not a replica.— Winston Crausaz, Elyria, OH Miles Collier responds: Thank you for your letter, Winston. I will concede that the K3 in question is evocative, but I think you have applied the wrong similes in thinking about this car. It was totally reconstructed in its in-period operating life into something unrecognizable as an MG K3—a single-seater track car, which looked like a 750 Austin Voiturette. Much of its MG fabric was changed to aftermarket components from specialty suppliers or else was specially fabricated for it. Virtually all areas were modified, including the engine. To use your analogy, it was changed, not imperceptibly piece by piece, but in major steps from a Greek ship into a submarine. And it was, indeed, now a true submarine, the configuration in which it performed most of its deeds, and so it finished out its life. Subsequently, out of period, when the car was now seen as a valuable monetary asset, it was radically rebuilt all at once using a variety of “MG” parts, whether authentic or modern aftermarket, and transformed from submarine back to Greek rowing ship. This process bears no resemblance to the gradual serial replacement of 16 Like any successful race car driver, a successful businessman needs to take a certain number of risks; it seems Kroymans has this part of the equation down parts by identical newer parts that we all might recognize as the normal trajectory of wellused automobiles. Recall the Jeff Goldblum movie, “The Fly.” This car is the fly, with the exception that it wasn't returned to Jeff Goldblum's persona, but to that of an android. So, evocative, yes. But the real deal? I say way too close to a replica to make me happy. Risky business To the Editor: I just had to write with a comment regarding Michael Sheehan's outstanding analogy in reference to the “Death of a Dynasty” article in the January issue (“Sheehan Speaks,” p. 38). Like any successful race car driver, a successful businessman needs to take a certain number of risks; it seems that Frits Kroymans has this part of the success equation down. The other parts deal with the elements of timing, product se- lection, aggressiveness, and luck. These appear to be the areas of future focus for Kroymans's next rise to power. As testament, my friend Mike and I were situated just past Turn 6 at the Monterey Historics the day Kroymans crashed his 1993 Ferrari F399 into the wall. A few moments prior to this infamous crash, I heard the loudest roar of the day; it was Frits heading up the hill at breakneck speed. His slight oversteer sent him blasting right at us. I aimed my camera and captured the scene as it unfolded in front of us. You have to respect the man's ability to take risks; I'm betting we will see him at the top again soon.—Steve Coito, Martinez, CA SCM accolades To the Editor: Looking back, I have thoroughly enjoyed the editorial content of every SCM issue. I resisted reading for many years, because the title did not resonate with why I have old sports cars. But every piece of writing really keeps old cars in focus. I've enjoyed your old Volvo stories, motorcycle coverage, and even the report a while back from Miles Collier, when he drove his McLaren across Montana. I never intended interest in sales trend charts or blue book values, but you deliver so much more than economic facts. Watching beautiful old cars on golf greens is okay, but the sight of great cars at a late apex on a twisty road is far more rewarding. I appreciate that you remind the hobby to use great cars on great roads as well. My wife has always been mystified that I refuse judging when we go to car shows, as I'm not really interested in competition on somewhat subjective details, but rather the enjoyment of how the car would have been used in its era. Having said that, I was pretty ecstatic to find an


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We hope you bring it again next year. In the end, SCM is really about two things—the pleasure we derive from using our cranky old cars, and the values they command when they change hands in a public market place. We find the two facets to be mutually supportive, rather than mutually exclusive. At any event, by the end of the day, the owners are talking about the fun they had as they clipped an early apex on a twisting road while crossing the Rockies, and what a crazy (high or low) price a car just like theirs sold for at a recent auction. Comer talk To the Editor: Colin Comer's January profile of the Truppi-Kling Chevrolet (“American Profile,” p. 46) illustrates his deep understanding of the muscle car market and his willingness to tell it like it is, even though what he says in print might not be what he'd like to be hearing as a dealer in such cars. And there's no ego, either. Just knowledge, intelligence, and straight facts. Comer is a man who always gives you an answer and it's always one worth wait- ing for and listening to.—John Gunnell, Iola, WI Get it on film To the Editor: Much is made in the pages of SCM about the importance of good photographs to help sell a car. While I certainly agree, I must say that if you want to sell your car quickly, at the right price, and to the right buyer, make a video. This is exactly what I did when it came time to sell my 1957 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS. Other than a test drive, noth- ing better captures the essence of an automobile than a well-made video. If you keep it short (under five minutes), add a little music, narrate and appear on camera, and show the car underway from both inside and outside the vehicle, you will be able to communicate the character and significance of your car like no other media. Visit YouTube and search for “Alfa Romeo 1900C” to see the video I had made to support the ads I had placed for the car. Professionally produced and reasonably priced, it generated hundreds of hits in a matter of days and ultimately led to the sale of my car within a week, at a fair price and to exactly the kind of buyer I wanted. And it also left me a wonderful memento of ownership I can continue to enjoy.—Scott A. Klion, New York, NY Losing your head To the Editor: Just received the January issue and as usual it's the first thing I read. A great part of the pleasure is learning more about the subject we all love. But this time I think I've got you. In your coverage of the RM Hershey auction (“Market Reports,” p. 54), you state that the engine does not run and that “pulling the cylinder head will tell the real story.” I wonder if you might give a more detailed description of how to remove a Bugatti Type 44 cylinder head? If I ever realize my dream of owning one, I am sure this would help with the maintenance.—Stephen C. Goss O.B.E., Delray Beach, FL To the Editor: While Mr. Bomstead pulls the head off this Bugatti, perhaps he could check the brake fluid reservoir as well.—Bob Seiffert, Longmont, CO Carl Bomstead responds: Thanks for writing, gentlemen. Removing the cylinder heads on a Type 44 is a rather destructive process. They are, as you are very much aware, an integral part of the block. I realized my error only after the issue had been sent to the printer, and as a result my American Bugatti Club membership now hangs in the balance [as do those of the entire SCM editorial staff—KM]. Vive la Marque! ♦ Sports Car Market Courtesy RM Auctions


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg end pocket and pendant watches under its own name, as well as supplying the ebauches for which they were famous. In the early part of the 20th century, meeting the need to coordinate maneuvers on the battlefield, Vacheron developed watches that could be worn on the wrist rather than pulled from a pocket. The market for wrist watches gained momentum and with the manufacture of smaller reliable watch movements, wrist watches evolved into streamlined, stylized works of art. They reflected the aesthetic principles of the day, as well as the personal tastes of the wearer. The watch Stephen's father surprised him with is from what I consider to be a significant era of watch design and production. Postwar Europe was rife with industrial ingenuity but economically stressed. As a result, watch brands offered products that were technically excellent and unpretentious. In the 1950s, watches weren't yet status symbols or eye candy, but the brands did compete for customers in quality and style. Styling from this period tends to be simple, with the only flair 1949 Vacheron & Constantin My friend Stephen has collected wrist and pocket watches as long as I have known him. Recently, he called to say his father had just given him five watches that had belonged to his grandfather, which he'd never seen before. Two were nice, modest, vintage watches from the 1930s, two were dressy solid gold bracelet watches that, we both agreed, needed to be scrapped, and the last was a lovely Vacheron & Constantin yellow gold strap watch from the early 1950s. When he drew it from his Tupperware container, it took my breath away. Vacheron is one of the oldest brand names in the world, operating continuously since 1755. Originally a manufacturer of ebauches, or rough watch movements to be finished by other firms, Vacheron cut its teeth during the early years of the Industrial Revolution, developing machining practices that served as the basis of greatness. Throughout the 19th century, Vacheron produced middle to upper Neat Stuff by Stefan Lombard Off the cuff It's the ultimate finishing touch for that dinner at the Ritz in Amelia, when you're celebrating your Best in Show. With a flash of your wrist, show off your TMB Artmetal Aston Martin DBR1/2 cufflinks. What sets TMB's pieces apart is the craftsmanship: Each is sculpted using actual redundant aluminum body panel pieces from DBR1/2, and that's just cool. Two versions are available—one which shows the car in Le Mans guise, with squared wheelarches and a tonneau, while the other portrays the car as it raced in the Goodwood Tourist Trophy. Drivers and cufflink arms are 18k gold. About $3,000 and limited to just 50 pieces each. www.tmbartmetal.com. Essential curves While many artists claim to capture the essence of a subject in their work, French automotive sculptor Michel Collet captures a whole lot more. His work, which replicates in hand-beaten aluminum the evocative body parts of the most recognizable race cars of the 1950s and '60s, easily allows your imagination to see the rest of the car take shape around the art. His pieces include various Aston Martins, the Chaparral 2G, Cunningham C4-R, Jag D-type, a baker's dozen Ferraris, and more—nearly 20 marques in all. Every number and stripe is hand-painted, and each piece is limited to just eight, plus four artist's proofs. Prices range from about $2,900 to $7,200. www.michelcollet.com. appearing on lugs near the strap; perhaps a stepped or flared side to the case, or in this particular instance, the unusual serrated edges of the case sides. Dials and hands were balanced and discreet rather than cluttered. Though watches from the period tend to be much smaller than today, this example is unusual in its generous proportions, and it is these slightly larger pieces that translate best to our current tastes and hold the most value. As with automobiles, “barn finds” Model Details Production date: 1949 Market value for properly restored example: $7,000–$9,000 best place to wear one: To a dinner of caviar and Shashlik at the Russian Tea Room can be rusting hulks, a not-so-rare Triumph TR7 that was parked with electrical problems years before, or a dusty Aston Martin DB5 that still has distinct possibilities. In Stephen's case, it's definitely the Aston of the bunch. ♦ ratings ( Rarity: Durability: Parts/Service Availability: Cool Factor: Web: www.vacheron-constantin.com is best): 20 Sports Car Market


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck 2005 Ford GT In my opinion, the original 1960s Ford GT40 is not only an icon, but also one of the best looking race cars ever built. I'm a huge fan. Today, AutoArt of China is one of the best and biggest of the diecast massproduction model companies, producing model cars from tiny 1:64-scale to 1:12. Give them a contemporary car to model, and you'll always get an extremely accurate piece. Their fairly new 1:12-scale release of the Model Details Production date: 2009–current Quantity: They'll never tell, but figure around 5,000 ratings: Overall Quality: Authenticity: Overall Value: ½ Web: www.autoartmodels.com 2005 Ford GT is an eye grabber. It's available in your choice of Resale Red, Arrest Me Red, or Auction Red—just the one color is offered. The “new” Ford GT is a popular modeling subject, being made by numerous other model manufacturers in all scales, as well as in the form of kits, slot cars, and R/C cars. AutoArt also previously produced this car in 1:18 scale, offered in yellow with black stripes, and red with white stripes. Fit and finish receive very high marks, though much plastic has been molded in color, rather than painted. There's also been no attempt to clean off visible mold seam lines, even on the painted parts. The sleek body shape with excellent paint finish has been perfectly captured, and the stance is just right. Great-looking wheels and tires have excellent tread, but they're let down by the lack of sidewall detail. That's somewhat made up by the perfectly cast wheels with a vented metal brake disc behind each. Tiny machined metal valve stems on each wheel are a nice touch. Working features include opening doors, hood, trunk, gas cap, functional suspension and steering, adjustable sun visors, and seats that slide. Looking everywhere on this model, it comes across as clinically clean with reasonable detail, but not to the level offered by other manufacturers. The engine bay is okay, with some wiring, but much fine or delicate detail is missing, and the colors and finishes of various components are incorrect. Move to the comprehensive interior and the story's much better. The dash is very well detailed, with legible gauges and switches. Nestled in the console are flush-mounted climate controls, which feature a neat little touch of super fine printed graphics around each. In contrast, and all too visible, is the rough mold seam along both sides of the console. All windows and exterior lights are typical of AutoArt—superb miniature re-creations, as is the little Ford emblem on the nose. But the wipers are weak-looking, simplified parts that belong on a toy. I'm in a slight quandary on this model. I love GT40s and GTs and have no problem spending thousands of dollars on a single model. That said, I don't see the value in the $500 price, when for about $100 you can buy the company's slightly smaller 1:18 model. The 1:12 model looks like they simply took their 1:18 model and enlarged it. Available from AutoArt, Gateway Global, Inc. Tel: 562.623.0210. Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton The Spirit of Competition: The Simeone Foundation Automobile Museum By Dr. Frederick A. Simeone; Photos by Michael Furman, Coachbuilt Press, 384 pages, $116.55, Amazon It must take a great deal of intelligence, dedication, experience and limitless self-confidence to dip your fingers into the brain of another human being. It logically follows that all of those skills will come to bear when turning away from the operating theater to your hobby. So it's no surprise the collection of Dr. Frederick Simeone, a Philadelphia neurosurgeon, stands as an impressive display of competition cars from both sides of the Atlantic, from pre- and post-war eras. What makes Simeone's collection so different is his deeply held philosophy about the pieces themselves. For Simeone it's all about preservation, not restoration. The search for the 100-point showstopper is antithetical to what he sees as the best policy toward his stewardship of important cars. Restoration is little more than another kind of destruction to the good doctor. The Spirit of Competition documents the cars in his Philadelphia museum, which opened in 2008, and the concept of competition is as important as preservation to Simeone's way of thinking. Using his medical frame of reference, Simeone sees the changes brought by racing—the advancements, the adaptations—in an organic way. Cars in the collection, from the 1909 American Underslung Traveler to the 1970 Porsche 917 LH, trace the evolutionary changes in competition—the very DNA of competition. Each car in the collection stands for an important point on the journey through time. The crucial difference from most museum artifacts is these are all working, all driven, and the experience of driving is as essential as the history. Make no mistake, this is a full-throated, personal collection of art, history, human achievement, and passion. And this book, both words and text, affirms the choices and gives hope that more collectors will see the importance of Simeone's philosophy. Provenance: The dedication to preservation also goes to documentation, and Simeone has pursued creating a library with what he calls “collector's psychopathology” to the benefit of motorheads everywhere. The museum showcases the cars, not in sterile solitude, but surrounded with instructive, historic tableaux that add to the story. Fit and finish: As beautiful and purposeful as the cars it honors, the book is nothing but quiet, elegant quality. The photographs by Michael Furman are exquisite; the clean, subtle layout and typography never get in the way of the story or cars. Drivability: Rarely do automotive books demand the time and attention that The Spirit of Competition asks with every page. 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Unaffordable Classic Lancia Aurelia GT The Purchase Price is Just the Beginning I see no way the new owner can put this Lancia Aurelia back on the road for under $150k by Ed Godshalk A look at the photos of the rusty 1953 Lancia Aurelia GT, sold by Bonhams at Olympia, in London, on December 7, 2009, for $26,082, sent a rush of emotions through my head. The first was admiration for the brave soul who would commit to such an ambitious project. Let's hope he is well versed in metal repair and the intricacies of early post-war hand-built Italian sports cars. Even a sound example can spring some wicked surprises, as I can attest. Having owned three Lancia Aurelia B20 GTs I will affirm that there was little attempt by the factory to stop corrosion in the complex unibody, which consists of approximately 100 separate metal panels welded together by hand. Once the tin worm takes hold of an Aurelia, it can do an incredible amount of damage, as evidenced by the alarming photos. I've learned to double the estimate cost of repairs My second reaction was an inadvertent mental calculation as to what this Sisyphean task is going to cost. My own experience in restoring cars such as Alfa Romeos, Lancias, Cisitalias, Bugattis, etc. has taught me to double the estimated cost on the body and chassis repairs. To date this has been a good metric. I cannot fathom that it will take less than 1,000 hours to repair the complex unibody to a level that the car deserves, and my gut instinct says add at least another 500 hours. So even assuming a “good guy, friend of the owner” rate of about $50 per hour, we are already at $50k minimum just for body repair. Fortunately, there are some excellent shops in the U.K., such as Omicron owned by Martin and Elizabeth Cliff, which have extensive experience restoring Aurelias. So at least that removes the costly “learning experience” aspect of the job. And trust me, you really need someone who knows how to restore the body cor- rectly; I was nearly killed in my B20 when a rear suspension bracket tore loose during hard braking, causing the car to leave the road and flip over and finally come to rest upside down in a grove of saplings that miraculously cushioned the crash (July 2008, 24 “Etceterini Profile, Seat Time,” p. 45). The root cause of the accident was determined to be a plug weld that was defective from new. So be thorough. The Aurelia features the world's first production V6, which loves to rev like a little turbine and gives wonderful, lively performance. These motors are complex and rather Byzantine in construction, and by comparison, the contemporary Alfa 4-cylinder unit seems downright agricultural. I suspect that Lancia cared more about achieving a desired form and function whereas Alfa wanted to stay in business by making a cost-effective powerplant. Prepare for unexpected engine expenses Based on my experience, expect to spend about $10k to rebuild a B20 motor yourself, assuming you are subcontracting the specialized machining operations and buying new parts such as pistons, liners, valves, etc. (and that your own labor is free). If you want someone else to do the dirty work, plan on at least 150 hours of labor, which adds another $12k or so. These figures assume that the engine is not missing any parts or suffering major trauma. Be prepared for unexpected expenses; for example, the aluminum block on my B20 had some corrosion, so it took me about 40 hours to machine and fit custom metal shims to set the piston liners perfectly in order to prevent head gasket leaks. Of course, for a Third Series B20, as is our subject car, white metal bearings are used in the connecting Sports Car Market


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rods and crankshaft, which will add further expense. At a glance, my guess is that the motor could easily cost $25k, since the auction catalog photos seem to imply it is missing critical parts. Other novel features of the B20 are the transaxle and the sliding pillar front suspension, which will cost thousands of dollars to rebuild properly. Getting the car upholstered and painted, plus other incidentals such as chrome plat- ing, restoration of gauges, wiring, etc. will naturally add at least another $30k, and this will rapidly escalate for concours-level work. The nasty-looking steering wheel will take real money to repair or replace. Proper restoration of hand-built, limited-series, high-performance cars of the late 1940s to late 1950s, whether they be Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Maserati, Ferrari, or Cisitalia, is very labor intensive and bloody expensive to do properly. Running the numbers, I see no way the new owner can put this car back on the road for under $150k, and it is optimistic to assume that this figure includes the purchase price. Michael Gue, an advanced collector who recently had a similar-condition Aurelia restored in the U.K., agrees that this estimate is realistic. An unsalvageable subframe could be the deal breaker The potential deal breaker would be if the entire subframe of the car is so rusted that it needs to be completely reproduced. In that case, total restoration could exceed $200k, which does not make a lot of sense for a B20 today. Is there any upside to this deal? Definitely not in the short term, and the missing parts and rust in the chassis are problematic. Up until last year, condition #2 Aurelia GTs were occasionally achieving auction results up to the $125k range. So if this car could be restored to near condition #1 for something like $150k, that would not be terribly out of line, and it would offer the new owner a completely restored example of what many automotive historians view as one of the very besthandling cars of the entire 1950s. Having driven a B20 for nearly 20 years, I can attest that they are a highly reward- ing car to own, and if the new owner keeps it for a long period then the pain of the restoration will hopefully fade. A final thought... I note the auction catalog says that the Third Series B20 is the most desirable of the six series of the B20 produced from 1951 to 1958, but that view is not widely shared. Certainly, the Third Series B20 was a potent machine given its relatively high power and low weight, but the trailingarm rear suspension could get inexperienced drivers into trouble, in a manner similar to the early Porsches, with their sudden oversteer characteristics. With the introduction of the De Dion rear suspension, the Fourth Series B20 is often cited as having the best balance of handling and power. But from a historical perspective, the majority of racing success was achieved by the first series B20s, making that model desirable for the retro-Mille Miglia. ♦ March 2010 25


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Legal Files John Draneas Can California's Amnesty Help You With Your Replica? Maybe, if you have a valid out-of-state title for a modern kit car and can get an SB 100 “free pass”—but don't try it with a “Born-Again” post-1967 Mini 1967 Ford GT40 replica coupe L egal Files” was recently contacted by an SCM subscriber who thought the current economic climate made this the right time to buy a replica 1965 Ford GT40 and had found a nice one at an acceptable price. The car was originally titled in California but had since left the state. When our subscriber asked California's DMV about bringing the car back, he was told he would have to reapply to register it and it might have to meet emissions requirements for its actual year of manufacture. A second subscriber was having difficulty titling his newly acquired Noble, since the 2007-built car was unable to meet the 2007 emissions rules. And a third asked about his 1990s Mini, which is titled as a 1965. What kind of trouble could he get into? The SB 100 loophole covers kit cars Vehicles such as the GT40 replica, the Noble, and other examples of “kit cars” are classified as specially constructed vehicles (SPCNS) in California. Generally, they must be built by or for the first owner, and not by a seller for purposes of resale. Manufacturers of such vehicles generally meet these requirements by selling the car without an engine, which is installed later. Since they don't sell turn-key cars, they don't have to be licensed as manufacturers. But the key point with SPCNS in California is that their year of build is counted as the year of title—for example, a brand-new replica 1965 GT40 would be considered a 2010 SPCNS. That may seem of little consequence until you consider that the car must meet the emissions requirements for its year of build. Consequently, own- 26 ers of such cars have commonly found ways to title them, illegitimately, as the year vehicle that they replicate. And, with an estimated 70,000 or so such vehicles in the state, California has pursued an aggressive enforcement campaign. Under California Vehicle Code §4750.1 (generally referred to as SB 100), 500 SPCNS per year are permitted to meet the emissions requirements applicable to the year the car replicates. In our GT40 example, that would mean 1965. That's a free pass, since there were no emissions requirements then. Obviously, an SB 100 certificate is as good as gold. These 500 SPCNS are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, held at the beginning of each year. One-year amnesty program Assistant Attorney General Robert Morgester was instrumental in creating a one- year amnesty program in effect for 2010. He explained to “Legal Files” that, under the program, any incorrectly titled vehicle (whether SPCNS or not) can be properly titled during 2010 and all fines and penalties will be waived. This seems appealing, but here's the catch—any car titled under the amnesty program will be assigned 2010 as its year of build. That means it will have to meet the 2010 emissions requirements. Unless, that is, the owner obtains an SB 100 certificate, of which there are only 500. And when they're gone, they're gone until the next year. Our reader's GT40 replica might be okay if it was originally registered in California with an SB 100 certificate. If that can be established, it would not need to go through the amnesty program. But if the car was not properly titled in California, it would have to meet the emissions requirements of its build year, unless an SB 100 certificate could be obtained. Valid titles from other states Various states take different approaches to SPCNS. While California would title the GT40 as an SPCNS with a year-of-first-title build year, others would title it as a “1965 Ford GT40 Replica.” But a few states aren't very concerned about nuance, and would title it as simply a “1965 Ford.” What if that is what you bring into California? When pushed, Morgester acknowledged California law requires that “full faith and credit” be given to other states' titles. If the GT40 replica has a valid title that identi- Sports Car Market


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fies it as a “1965 Ford” and nothing else, California has to accept it as a 1965 Ford. It will receive such a title, and it will be required to meet only the 1965 (non-existent) emissions requirements. “But,” Morgester cautions, “the key word here is ‘valid.' The owner would have to establish that a full disclosure of all pertinent facts was made to the other state before the title was issued. Otherwise, the title is not ‘validly issued,' and California would not have to honor it.” Unfortunately, none of this helps the Noble owner. The Noble can be classified as an SPCNS, but its build year would be 2007. However, it is a thoroughly modern car, and it does not replicate an older car. Consequently, an SB 100 certificate would not help, and it will always have to meet the 2007 emissions requirements. Try another DMV office or find an expert It's easy to see that these rules are so complicated, even DMV employees might not understand them. After all, these situations are far from the norm, and your case might be a DMV employee's first such experience. If you don't get the answer you think you should, try another DMV office. If necessary, go to your state's main DMV office and ask for a specialist in this type of vehicle. Talking to the right person can make all the difference. Mini fraud, maxi problem We've also gotten some questions about new/old Minis. As many readers know, Minis are notorious for being falsely titled. They were officially imported into the U.S. through 1967, but not since. They continued to be manufactured until 2000, with a lengthy list of special editions to create niche appeal, but the newer models can't legally be imported into the U.S. Not only will they fail emissions requirements, but they can't pass crash tests. As a result, we see many “rebodied” 1960s era Minis today. Take a 1990 Mini, alter the chassis plate and VIN, and you have a 1965 “classic” car in impeccable condition. Or just leave the VIN alone and claim it as a '65. Who would know, since they all look alike to the uninitiated? Asked what he would do with one of these examples, Morgester's chilling response was, “I would arrest the individual and seize the car.” There's just no getting around this one. This “thoroughly modern Mini” has been fraudulently titled, and probably fraudulently imported under federal law. It is not an SPCNS, but simply a fraudulently disguised serial production car. Morgester is quick to acknowledge that a lot of peo- ple are fooled by unscrupulous sellers and don't realize what they have bought. He sympathizes with them, but that is of limited help. The innocent victim will not be charged with a crime, but the car still won't be registered or titled. After all, no matter how innocent the owner, the car still is what it is. The lesson for readers buying any cars that fit into these categories, Minis or Citroën 2CVs, for example, is to be extra careful. You can't just go by the title or registration. Hire an expert to inspect the car and contact your state's DMV before writing the check. Be sure you know what you have to do to get the car titled and registered. Otherwise, you run the risk of buying the world's biggest door stop. ♦ JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. March 2010 27


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Event London to Brighton London to Brighton 2009 Mechanical woes constantly threaten, but when Mother Nature weighs in as well, the rally can resemble the Retreat from Moscow by Bob Ames Friday's Bonhams party and the Regent Street Concours on Saturday raised hopes that the forecasters who were predicting a deluge were wrong. But they weren't. I've encountered all manner of weather over the years: warm sun, rain, freezing cold.... This was worse. We left Hyde Park as car number 181 at the assigned time of 7:12 am. Just across Westminster Bridge came the first tentative drops of rain. Ten minutes later we were battling gale force winds and a monsoon. Gusts up to 60 mph blew two inches of rain into our faces. Conditions were so diabolical I practically prayed for ignition failure. Unlike 109 of our fellow starters who “failed to com- mence” or, more sensibly, just abandoned ship, we finished, arriving at the seafront about 12:15 pm. No brakes, no visibility, and a near-blind five-mile run up the center lane of the freeway into Brighton to top it all off. Our period-appearing Aussie Driza-Bone waxed cotton dusters (overcoats) managed to channel gallons of water into every layer of clothing beneath. Pockets filled with water—happily not the one containing the cell phone. There were 579 entries from all over the world, 557 To the sea! I n the last couple years of reporting London-toBrighton adventures, I've tried to convince readers that this historic event for pre-1905 cars is not as difficult as most believe. So perhaps SCM's coverage has been partially re- sponsible for the record number of entries and rising prices for eligible cars. It's also possible that we are seeing a passing of the baton. Clearly these are not cars that anyone alive today remembers from their youth. Today's buyers appear to be serious collectors who just want to experience the dawn of motoring. How many times have I heard: “You're not a real car guy unless you've done the L-B at least once.” Monte Shelton and I have taken on the 60-mile chal- lenge with several different makes, the last dozen years aboard my 1902 Renault, Josephine. Why do we and 500 fellow masochists return year after year? It's the challenge of getting a 107-year-old vehicle to cover a distance in a single day that it rarely did when new. And in modern traffic, with virtually no brakes and a hand throttle. Of course, bragging rights come with participating in the motoring event with probably the largest spectator turnout (no admission charge helps). And there's the history. Motoring events come and go, but this one is much the same as it was 113 years ago. There is a downside, however. Mechanical woes constantly threaten, but when Mother Nature weighs in—as she did in 2009—the rally can resemble the Retreat from Moscow. Crisp English fall weather for 28 The author, at the wheel, with frozen smile. Or just frozen... Sports Car Market accepted, and 484 started. Given the conditions, I'm amazed that 375 of us finished. Details But then again, that's part of the experience, and the new generation of owners seems to have inherited appropriate fortitude, along with the cars. ♦ Plan ahead: November 7, 2010 Where: Hyde Park, London, UK Cost: $56 per car; free to watch More: www.lbvcr.com


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Events Australia Round-Up BAY TO BIRDWOOD CLASSIC September 27, 2009—Adelaide, South Australia The first Bay to Birdwood, a bi-annual run for pre- and early post-WWII cars, motorcycles, and trucks, was held in 1980. Since then, the event has taken place every second year. In 1997, organizers launched the Bay to Birdwood Classic for 1950s and 1960s vehicles, and this event takes place on alternate years to the original. What makes these runs unique is in the sheer numbers—1,800 old cars, motorcycles, and trucks take part. When did you last see that many old vehicles in motion? The run is from the seaside suburb of Glenelg, through Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, to the country town of Birdwood. At dawn the first entrants began arriving at Glenelg and by 8 am the park was packed. Many entrants dressed in clothes of the era and every Mini seemed to have a guy and a girl in Carnaby Street gear, while rock 'n roll jeans, T-shirts, and loafers were the choice of American car owners. The English sports car chaps really looked the part in their tweed sports coats, cravats, and corduroy trousers. And every Cadillac convertible had an Elvis in it. The cars covered the automotive spectrum: English se- dans, classic European sports cars, Australian and American muscle cars, and rare motorcycles. Some unusual vehicles included a tiny 1974 Haflinger farm truck, a 1966 Simca Aronde, and a 1956 Ariel Square 4 motorcycle. At 9 am, the cavalcade left the park, led by police on BSA motorcycles, and the cars took almost two hours to pass any point on the crowd-lined route. At Birdwood, a concours took place against the backdrop of live 1950s and 1960s music for a great day's outing. To see a slideshow of the event, visit sportscarmarket .com/birdwood2009.—Trevor Fay, photos by Bob Taylor Details Plan ahead: September 26, 2010 Where: Adelaide, South Australia Cost: Free More: www.baytobirdwood.com.au LOBETHAL GRAND CARNIVAL October 3–4, 2009—Adelaide, South Australia In the 1930s and 1940s, most automobile races in Australia were held on the closed public roads of country towns. The small town of Lobethal, an hour's drive from Adelaide, had the longest and fastest circuit. Such was the popularity of Lobethal that races were held every year from 1938 to 1949. Australian-built specials, stripped-down American sedans, modified MGs, and Austin 7s raced against European machinery. All races were handicap events, and the handicappers invariably favored small British cars. An MG TA with a generous handicap actually won the 1939 Australian Grand Prix, beating out two P3 Alfas and a Type 135 Delahaye. In 2008, organizers put on a re-enactment of the Lobethal races and roads were once again closed. However, due to insurance and safety concerns there was no racing, just very spirited demonstration laps under the watchful eyes of police with radar guns. The 2008 event was a huge success and the event returned in 2009 with more than 150 cars and motorcycles. The 2009 cars included two Alfa Romeo P3s of SCMers Jon Shirley and Peter Giddings, both cars with stel- lar racing histories. Other significant cars included the 1936 Delahaye Type 135 of SCMer Peter Mullin and the Adelaide-based ex-Prince Bira MG K3. Motorcycle royalty was also present, with several Norton Manxes and a Vincent Black Lightning. The event had a carnival atmosphere, with spectators packing the sidewalks a few feet away from the race cars and motorcycles roaring along the streets. Perhaps the best feature of the event was that there was no admission fee. To see a slideshow of the event, visit sportscarmarket.com/lobethal2009.—Trevor Fay, photos by Vince Johnson Details Plan ahead: October 2010, exact dates TBA Where: Adelaide, South Australia Cost: Free More: www.lobethalgrandcarnival.com.au 30 Sports Car Market


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CLASSIC ADELAIDE RALLY 2009 November 19–22, 2009—Adelaide, South Australia The Classic Adelaide is a five-day, 1,000-kilometer rally on closed public roads, without speed limits. Like the Isle of Man TT motorcycle races in the Irish Sea, it's the real deal and racers come from all over Australia and overseas to compete. Each day's stage begins and ends in Adelaide, next to the five star hotel where the competitors stay, and there are evening street parties with the cars on display. British sports cars make up the majority of entries in the touring categories, while Porsche 911s and Nissan 240Zs are popular with racers. A 1932 Alvis and 1936 Delage were among the pre-war cars, and overseas entrants included Sir Paul Vestey from the U.K. in a 1959 Ferrari 250 California Spyder and SCMers Pat Matthews and Patti Paulson of Sonoma, California, in their 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing. The rally takes place through the Adelaide Hills on narrow, tree-lined country roads, and there's really no room for error. After several minor crashes and offroad excursions, that point was brutally reinforced when two experienced competitors died as their 1974 Porsche Carrera lost control and hit a tree. Accident investigators are looking into the possible failure of an alloy wheel or a driveshaft. While the fatal crash dampened competitors' spirits, the Classic Adelaide rally continued as planned, following a moment's silence the next morning. Outright winner was a 1974 Porsche 911RS, with a 1974 Holden V8 2nd and another 1974 Porsche 911 RS 3rd. The event offers glamour and spectacle and keeps on getting better. To see a slideshow of the event, visit sportscarmarket .com/adelaide2009.—Trevor Fay, photos by Bob Taylor Details Plan ahead: November 17–21, 2010 Where: Adelaide, South Australia Cost: Spectators free More: www.classicadelaide.com.au March 2010 31


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Ferrari Profile 1949 Ferrari 166 Inter Farina Coupe If you're not hung up on 0–60 times under ten seconds, and can appreciate conservative styling, this could be a fun car, and a good buy by John Apen Details Years produced: 1948–51 (s/n 007S–079S) Number produced: 37 Original list price: $9,000 SCM Valuation: $700,000–$900,000 Tune-up cost: $2,600 Distributor cap: Negotiable, but offer $600 Chassis #: Front frame tube Engine #: Engine rear mount Club: Ferrari Club of America PO Box 720597 Atlanta, GA, 30358 More: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 1947–50 Ferrari 166; 1950–52 Ferrari 195 Inter (early); 1950–52 Ferrari 212 Inter (early) SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 037S T he Ferrari 166 Inter was the road version of the 166 MM racing model, and 37 were produced between 1948 and 1950. The “166” referred to the displacement of a single cylinder in cubic centimeters, and twelve cylinders equaled 1,992 cc. The Colombo-designed and Lampredi-developed engines had twin distributors and coil ignition with a single twin-choke Weber 32 DCF carburetor as standard, although a triple set-up could be specified. With 7.5:1 compression and at 6,000 rpm, 115 hp was available, enough to propel most Inters to 112 mph. The chassis featured independent front suspension with wishbones, Houdaille hydraulic shocks, and a transverse leaf spring. The rear was a solid axle located by semi-elliptic leaf springs, and brakes were hydraulic drums. This chassis remained more or less unchanged for subsequent 195 and 212 models. The Farina coachworks was formed in 1905. Battista “Pinin” Farina worked there with his older brothers until he formed his own company and bodied his first Ferrari in 1952. Farina provided coachwork for just eight 166 Inters between 1948 and 1952. Five fastback coupes were built—009S, 021S, 031S, 037S, and 041S—four of which exist in basically original form. Three cabriolets were also produced, and two survive. Early on, s/n 037S was upgraded to the 2.5-liter 212 engine, and its single carburetor was changed to three. It was the 16th car in the Inter series and sold new to a Mr. Tamorri in Rome in June 1949. In the late 1950s, it was exported to the United States, where it had a succession of owners, and in June 1987, it was sold partly restored 32 to Lord Charles Brocket in the U.K., who commissioned a full restoration. The car was then sold to Peter Agg, also in the U.K., who spent more than $240,000 to complete the restoration. 037S was repainted silver over metallic blue and the interior was redone in gray leather with blue piping, a process completed in the late 1990s. The car retains its original instrumentation and the quality of the restoration is virtually flawless. The restoration, including the engine rebuild, is documented with photos. The car retains most of its original features, apart from the air filter box and modern rear taillights. Mr. Schermerhorn bought chassis 037S in 2000 and has toured and exhibited it at Ferrari gatherings and concours, including the prestigious 2008 Italian Villa d'Este Concorso. The car comes with a detailed history file, invoices from 1989, and FIVA papers. SCM Analysis This car sold for $500,910, including buyer's premium, at RM's Automobiles of London Auction in England on October 28, 2009. Earlier, in May 2009, RM offered it at the Maranello sale but it was withdrawn, apparently because Ferrari Classiche wouldn't certify it, perhaps because of the 212 engine and the modern taillights. The seller had bought it at a Brooks auction in 2000 for $348k. The value of 166 Inters depends both on physical at- tractiveness and performance, with the 166 MM Touring Barchettas worth up to $2.5m. These cars defined the Ferrari image: “The 166 MM Touring Barchetta, just 25 1951 Ferrari 195 Inter Lot 590, s/n 0081S Condition 4 Sold at $429,000 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/17/2007 SCM# 46353 1949 Ferrari 166 Inter Lot 225, s/n 017S Condition 2+ Sold at $355,438 RM, Maranello, ITA, 5/17/2009 SCM# 120570 1950 Ferrari 195 Inter Lot 224, s/n 0105S Condition 2+ Sold at $398,750 RM, Maranello, ITA, 5/17/2009 SCM# 120569 Sports Car Market Photos: RM Auctions


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built, was the first beautiful Ferrari and fundamental to the brand's success,” said David Seielstad, an expert and owner of a 166 MM. “Its styling was unlike anything before and has influenced the design of vehicles from the AC Bristol to the latest Ferrari California.” More mundane styles sell for $400k to $1m. After the 166's racing success, wealthy custom- ers began to ask Ferrari for a dual-purpose version, and the Inter was developed. It was a heavier car on a longer wheelbase, with one carburetor and lower compression. Various coachbuilders built bodies with their own interpretations of how a Ferrari should look. Carrozzeria Touring bodied perhaps nine conservative four-window coupes and also produced about ten Berlinettas with rakish fastback styling. The five Inter coupes bodied by Farina were a sober design that lacked the individuality of the marque, partly because the design was based on the Cisitalia 202 and also used on two previous Fiat 1100 models. Last Farina coupes had “proper” grilles The first two coupes, 009S and 021S, had a grille of four horizontal thick slats and an air scoop above the grille, not on the hood. The last two Farina coupes, 037S and 041S, had “proper” Ferrari eggcrate grilles and an air scoop on the hood. The third Farina coupe, 031, had the hood scoop but the earlier grille. It's been rebodied and lost its original engine/transmission, now having a 212 engine. The Farina coupes were more sporting than the Touring coupes, and the last two had more of the desirable Ferrari look. So the Farina coupes are mid-range as far as Inter values, and most enthusiasts would consider 037S fairly desirable. Performance and handling are pretty anemic by today's standards. An early owner of 031S said, “It might beat an MG TD on a good day, but not a TD Mk II.” Having owned and driven the first and second Farina-bodied 166 Inters, 009S and 011S, and a Ghia-bodied Inter 212 2+2, 0189, bought by King Farouk from the 1952 Brussels show stand, I can attest to the vintage feel of these cars. One Saturday, nearly 35 years ago, I took the Farouk 2+2 to a car show with the kids in the back. The handling is early '50s, and combined with the single-carburetor 212 engine of about 120 hp, a non-synchro gearbox, and right-hand drive, it was an exciting trip in modern traffic. An early owner of the sister car to this, 041S, was Dr. A. Mirkin, who was the Medical Director at the Sebring endurance races from 1951 to 1961. He made several trips from Maryland to Florida in 041S and reminisced about the car in 1996. “Owning and driving that Ferrari was pure joy,” he said. The new owner can tell Lord Brocket stories So if you're not hung up on 0–60 mph times under ten seconds, and can appreciate conservative styling (Publisher Martin once said about 021S, “It has a stylish, baby Bentley R-type Continental look to it.”), it could be a fun car, and a good buy. And while the Inters were not built to race, they had some track success, so you can envisage yourself in the driver's seat of 009S—the first Farina coupe—when it came in 3rd at the 1949 Monza GT race And the stories you can tell about Lord Brocket must be worth something. Lord Brocket once had over 50 Ferraris and Maseratis, and as the collector markets sank in the early '90s, he cut up several Ferraris and pickled the components in oil-filled 55-gallon drums in a scheme to collect insurance money. Ed Niles has owned more than 100 Ferraris in 45 years and has his own Brocket story. Niles bought 037S in October 1986 for $25,000 from an L.A. friend who had owned it for 17 years. The engine was apart and Niles started collecting bits to rebuild it, but before he got too far along, Steve Forristal, a Houston dealer, bought it from him as-is for $33,500. Niles thinks, but is not sure, that Forristal sold it to Lord Brocket, because Brocket used to call Niles for advice about restoring the car. He would announce himself to the receptionist as “Lord Brocket,” but when Niles came on the line it was, “Hi, it's Charlie Brocket.” The receptionist was mightily impressed that her boss was getting calls from a peer of the realm—and on a first-name basis. Now the new owner owns an ex-Lord Brocket car, at a fair price, and all the stories that come with it. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) March 2010 33


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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan Dashing Euro Dreams Just because collectible cars sell for a lot more money across the pond doesn't mean you can make a killing with your high-mile driver Just a used car today, and just an older used car in two years O ne of the side effects of the worst economic downturn in many decades has been a weak U.S. dollar. As the dollar has declined over the last 18 months, the asking prices of American-based collector cars suddenly look like bargains, at least when compared to asking prices in Europe. There is logic to this perception. For instance, six of RM Auctions's ten top selling cars of all time were sold at their auctions in England and Italy. Consequently, we've had no lack of calls and emails from clients wanting us to sell their cars to Europe. (Arbitrage is the formal name for taking advantage of the differences between two markets.) Predictably, they also want us to sell their cars for the asking prices shown on various European web sites and in European magazines. The initial inspiration for this column came from a multiple-Ferrari-owning client who sent the following email: HI MIKE I HAVE A 2001 BMW Z8 WITH APROX 50,000 MILES IN PERFET CONDITION. I SEE THAT THE PRICES IN EUROPE ARE ON THE $160,000 AND UP RANGE AND IN THE STATES ON THE $110,000, DO YOU HAVE CONTACTS IN EUROPE TO SELL MY CAR SINCE I LIKE TO SELL ON THE HIGH END OF THE SPECTRUM, SINCE IS PERFECT BLACK WITH BLACK INTERIOR, I HAVE OVER $30,000 ON SERVICES AND REPLACEMENTS OF THE CROMES DASH ETC ALL DOCUMENTED,LOOKS NEW... I DONT WANT TO SELL AT US PRICES IF NOT I WILL WAIT SINCE I THINK THIS CAR WILL APRECIATE IN VALUE OVER THE NEXT 5 YEARS. The eternal optimism of human nature I'm endlessly amazed that would-be sellers always look at the highest asking prices as a baseline for the perceived value of their high-mileage driver, while would-be buyers always look at the lowest advertised price and want to find a fresh Platinumlevel restoration at (or below) that price point. While I knew there was no hope of selling this client's 50k-mile Z8 to Europe at anywhere near $160,000, and that in five years it would just be older, not more valuable, out of both curiosity and courtesy to a good client, I dashed off a few emails to a few European dealers for their thoughts. The first reply advised: “There are 66 Z8s for sale in Germany today starting as cheaply as €59,000. His car is over 80,000 km, not exactly a Garage Queen. There is a 9,600-mile Florida import being advertised for €110,000, but the median price of these cars seems to be €80–90k. ($115–129k) There is an abundance of choice.” I was also warned that the containerization cost to ship his car to Europe would be approximately $2,500, the import duty 10%, and the VAT 20%, instantly pricing his Z8 even further out of the market. 34 Same questions, different car The same day I received an email from a client want- ing to sell his Ferrari 206 GT Dino in Europe. He wrote : “Asking prices for 206's are in the 170 Euro range OVER THERE.” He added: “I had my friend in Germany let me know that 140 Euros is a great price for someone over there...that's $210k in USD.” I pointed out that if a European buys a car in Europe, he can see it, touch it and drive it, a luxury he doesn't have when buying a car from the U.S. Additionally a European buyer has to pay up front, in full, no financing, for a car he will not see for at least a month, and that buyer will have to pay shipping, insurance, dock charges, customs brokers, import duty and value added tax, most of which he can save by buying a car already in Europe. Further, I added that if a European buys a car in Europe and there is a problem, he has various forms of recourse, but when he buys a car from the U.S., he is buying on a wing and a prayer. I also noted that asking prices are relatively meaningless in this market and ended up paraphrasing John Donne by saying just as no man is an island, entire of itself, how can a driver-quality 206 GT still be worth some number north of $200k when a great Daytona has dropped to $250k–$300k and a former Platinum-level 246 GTS now sells for $150k–$175k? The pecking order England has a many-decades-long history of collec- tor cars being imported and exported as markets and currencies have changed, so it has long been the easyaccess clearing house to import a car into the European Union. If (a BIG if) a car qualifies as a “collectors' piece of historical interest,” it can be imported into the EU with no duty and a reduced VAT rate of 5% if in the U.K. and 6% to Holland. Cars built before 1950 are no longer Sports Car Market


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automatically eligible, but if a car is more than 30 years old, of a type no longer in production, and is basically unmodified, it stands a reasonable chance of qualifying, if it is rare, valuable, and interesting. Best policy is to have the car pre-cleared by British Customs by applying for a BTI (Binding Tariff Information). If you're importing a car with a limited production run, a unique show car, a car built for or owned by a famous person, or with a recognized race history, your car will probably qualify for the 5% VAT. If not, Customs duty through England is 10%, and VAT would be 17.5%. Import rules and tax rates can vary wildly from country to country, with duty at 10% and VAT at 25% in Sweden, as compared to a 10% duty, 19% VAT, and 27.4% BPM (a “green” tax) for Holland. Further complicating the madness, every European country has a looming deficit, so import duties and taxes will likely go up in 2010. Cosdel works with Cars UK on a daily basis, and both work with Emmison on those rare occasions a lawyer is needed. While no one is going to pawn off his high-mile BMW Z8 to Europe at the upper end of German asking prices, even if he did, the new owner would surely incur the highest tax rates. However, the owner of the 206 GT would probably get his car through Holland at the 6% rate, because there were only 150 built. As for selling a car such as the 206 Rarer is better when it comes to avoiding European import duties When in doubt, consult Anyone who wants to sell a car to Europe should consult with a professional ship- per such as Cosdel International Transportation, a San Francisco-based Customs broker and shipper which can be reached at info@cosdel.com. For Europe the experts are Cars UK, at info@cars-uk-shipping.co.uk. If shipping becomes a problem, Sports Car Market Contributing Editor Martin Emmison, at memmison@gdlaw.co.uk, is a lawyer who can handle your contract and import negotiations or (if you have a really serious problem) take your import tax battle to the English courts. Needless to say, GT at the high end of the European asking price range, that's a dream: It takes an exceptional car to get an exceptional price. If the car you are selling isn't very rare or valuable or a limited-production example, wasn't a factory show car, didn't have a famous owner, and wasn't a notable race car, you may be fighting an uphill battle. As an example, if you have a 1977–81 512 BB or a 1982–84 512 BBi, you're probably going to be paying the big duty, but if you are importing one of the 25 factory-built 512 BBLM race cars, there is a good chance to get it into Europe at 5%. My advice to sellers today is to forget any sugar-plum- fairy fantasy prices you see in European magazines, and plan to sell to a U.S. buyer, in the U.S. price range. ♦ Thanks to Andrew Turner, Martin Button of Cosdel, Jeremy Barker of Cars UK Ltd., and Martin Emmison of Goodman Derrick for their help with his article. March 2010 35


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English Profile 1901 Argyll Spindle Seat Rear-Entrance Tonneau Historic objects make distant events current and abstract concepts tangible; this car is fairly marinated in history by Miles Collier Details Years produced: 1901 Number produced: 150 approx. Original list price: £248 ($1,207) SCM Valuation: $150,000–$225,000 Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor caps: n/a Chassis #: Left front of body Engine #: Likely to be boss on crankcase Club: Veteran Car Club of Great Britain Jessamine Court, 15 High Street Ashwell, Hertfordshire SG7 5NL More: www.vccofgb.co.uk Alternatives:1900 Benz Victoria; 1900 Panhard et Levassor MZF; 1901 Curved-dash Oldsmobile SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1903 Winton Runabout Lot 859, s/n 7987 Condition 3Sold at $238,000 Bonhams, Owls Head, ME, 9/26/2008 SCM# 118119 Chassis number: 106 Engine number: 1334 S cotsman Alexander Govan obtained financial backing from Warren Smith of the National Telegraph Company in 1899 and designed and built his first voiturette using De Dion and MMC engines. A vertical, single-cylinder engine was forward mounted, driving through a 3-speed gearbox with shaft drive to a live rear axle. A distinctive wrap-around radiator cooled on thermo-syphon principles. Early cars featured tiller steering, but in 1901, wheel steering replaced the tiller. This car features wheel steering and is a 1901 model. Argyll production records do not survive; however, car no. 85 in the Glasgow Transport Museum has been dated 1900 by the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain, and there is one other older survivor. The first owner of this car was T. Pictom Bradshaw of Dublin, who accompanied the first leg of the Irish Motor Tour in this car in 1901. Pictom Bradshaw had specified robust wooden artillery wheels, adding £10 to the £248 list price. Motor News of November 1901 illustrated this very car. This car saw minimal use during Pictom Bradshaw's ownership and sat unused for 32 or more years in his garage. It was acquired in 1948 in amazingly original 36 condition by eccentric Dublin painter Paul Egestorff, who parked the car in the living room of his first-floor apartment. Egestorff paid the princely sum of £25 at auction, as he thought that the brave little Argyll was “gallant and outrageous and deserved saving from the scrap heap.” Although a contemporary newspaper report indicates the car bore the registration number RI50, that is believed to belong to Egestorff's 1903 Winton. The same newspaper cutting states that the car took part in a veteran car run in 1939, when original owner Bradshaw took the wheel. Fifty years later, collector Denis Lucey acquired this car and had to remove the bodywork to get it out of the apartment. The Argyll then took pride of place as the oldest vehicle in the Museum of Irish Transport at Killarney. Powered by a single-cylinder MMC engine, the coachwork is remarkably original, the fragile spindle back seats supporting the history of minimal use. The rear-entrance tonneau door still bears the Pictom Bradshaw monogram, and the car is equipped with FLEC oil side lamps and rear lamp. This car was acquired for $227,333 by the present owner in April 2007 at Bonhams's dispersal sale of the Denis Lucey Collection at the Royal Air Force Museum at Hendon. 1901 Panhard et Levassor Rear-Entry Tonneau Lot 125, s/n 213 Condition 1 Sold at $297,000 Gooding, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/18/2007 SCM# 46544 1900 MMC Charette Lot 661, s/n 290 Condition 2+ Sold at $198,950 Bonhams, London, UK, 12/5/2005 SCM# 40841 Sports Car Market Photos: Bonhams


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This is an object from 1901 that has never been restored, vandalized, updated (aside from the loss of its spoon pedals), traded from hand to innumerable hands, or exposed to deterioration. It has been conserved. A 109-year-old car in barely used condition is a historic treasure. A pristine account of early motoring If we view such antiques as documents of their time, here we have a virtually pristine account of early motoring. Historic objects make distant events current and abstract concepts tangible. This car is fairly marinated in history. I rate it an A-, and with additional age points, an A. The car's original condition is remarkable. A res- Since then the owner has carried out almost undetectable repairs to the spindle seat coachwork and mudguards, reconditioned the radiator, fitted new tires and tubes, and overhauled the brakes. The seats have been reupholstered in black leather and the engine started for perhaps the first time in 70 years. SCM Analysis This car sold for $225,310, including buyer's premium, at Bonhams's London to Brighton Veterans Auction on October 30, 2009. Difficult to master and limited in usability, veteran motorcars are an acquired taste. Consequently, it's safe to say that veteran automobile collectors are passionate and knowledgeable about their area—no impulse buyers here. Further, given the technological creativity in early cars, and their great rarity, coupled with the fascination of mastering their operation, I predict that veteran cars will continue to appreciate nicely, with great cars outpacing the general market. While the operating difficulty and generally primitive handling make them unsuitable for modern traffic, these cars are enormously satisfying to drive in appropriate conditions. By any standard, almost $250k is serious money for an automobile of limited util- ity. That the marque is obscure further piques our curiosity. Argyll is probably more famous for its extravagant “marble hall” factory, built in 1905 than for the cars that emerged slowly from those premises. Five factors drive collector car prices Commencing in 1900 with £15,000 capital, the Hozier Engineering Company, Ltd., under the direction of designer Alexander Govan, produced a light car or voiturette with shaft drive, wire wheels, and a 2¾-hp MMC-De Dion engine, all cribbed liberally from Renault. The same car continued into 1901, now fitted with an MMC 5-hp engine, wheel steering, and side gear lever rather than the diabolical column shift of 1900. Our subject car is one of these. The factors that drive collector car prices are make and model, coachwork, originality, condition, and provenance. Eligibility for prestigious events magnifies these five factors. Let's take the values in order. Make and model are the “it is what it is” factor. This encompasses identity: brand and model reputation; sports and racing record; technological interest; and even the actual experience of driving. By those lights, Argyll is an obscure, pedestrian Scottish marque that sputtered out of existence in 1928. I'd rate our subject car a C. As Argyll only produced one model in 1901, let's move on to coachwork. Here we have a “spindle seat, rear-entrance tonneau.” Access to the passenger area through the rear of the body was a common Edwardian style. This body allows the modern collector to tote four friends in the back, in addition to his co-driver. I leave it to the reader to imagine the car's performance with six up and only 5 hp. The body features turned spindles that support the seat backs. The alternative—spider seats—were made from solid wood sheet and are less decorative. So, for early veteran coachwork, I'd give this machine a B. Now let's look at originality, and here the magic begins. March 2010 37 toration would be disastrous, leaving us with a shiny poseur, bereft of age and history. I rate our subject's condition an A-. Our subject has a clear, no-stories provenance. It enjoys unblemished historic continuity with very few owners. The greatest asset to historic materials is single long-term ownership. Jeopardy is created every time a new buyer appears. Each has a different set of values and different objectives, and sooner or later, an automobile will fall into insensitive or destructive hands. Not so with our Argyll. Not only is long-term owner- ship essential to the preservation of objects, but so are benign storage conditions. Our Argyll's originality and condition stem from its cosseted existence. I rate the provenance of this vehicle an A. Finally, it is among the elite veteran cars eligible for the London to Brighton Run. The event is open only to cars officially dated 1904 or earlier, so our subject's 1901 date commands a desirable early starting position. Given the commodiousness of its appointments and the quality of its design, our Argyll would make the journey to Brighton in fine style. And its impeccable originality would attract much admiration. I'd add almost 50% to the value of the car for its Brighton Run eligibility on top of its originality. So, while the base automobile is rather ordinary, its miraculous condition elevates it to one of the few “reference grade” veterans extant. Try to find another Edwardian so perfectly preserved. Fairly bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.)


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1963 ATS 2500 GT 3.0 Coupe As one of eight made and with five thought to survive, this is not a car which can be used with abandon, as parts would have to be fabricated by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1962–65 Number produced: 8 (12 chassis) Original list price: n/a SCM Valuation: $400,000–$750,000 Tune-up cost: $4,000 Distributor caps: $750 Chassis #: Stamped on passenger side main chassis tube, beneath front bonnet Engine #: Raised casting on block Club: Vintage Sports Car Club The Old Post Office Chipping Norton Oxfordshire, UK OX75EL More: www.vscc.co.uk Alternatives:1964 Alfa Romeo TZ2; 1967 DeTomaso Vallelunga; 1964 Porsche 904 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 2004 Engine number: 20012004 prised of Carlo Chiti and Giotto Bizzarrini, who were both involved in the development of the Ferrari GTO and, as refugees from the infamous Ferrari “Palace Revolt” of 1961, intended to mount a direct challenge to their former employer. With the sponsorship of a trio of wealthy industrial- A ists including Count Giovanni Volpi, who founded the well-known Scuderia Serenissima, ATS developed both a road-going sports car and a Grand Prix racing car. The resulting ATS 2500 GT coupe was initially powered by a mid-mounted 2.5-liter V8 engine designed by Chiti, with a light-alloy block and cylinder heads, a single overhead camshaft per cylinder bank, as well as a quartet of Weber twin-choke carburetors, producing 220 to 250 brake horsepower. Based on a competition-specification braced chrome- molybdenum tubular chassis with a fully independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes, the resulting car was a thinly veiled racing car, capable of 160 mph. The car made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 1963, where it created a sensation with its advanced mid-engine layout, shark-like body, and race-inspired specifications. Ultimately, only twelve chassis were built, including eight complete cars. Around 1966, its first owner, Bruce McIntosh, dam- 38 TS, or Automobili Turismo e Sport SpA, was an Italian carmaker and racing team that operated briefly between February 1962 and 1965. The nucleus of the new company was com- aged this car in an accident when it was showing fewer than 3,000 kilometers, requiring the replacement of the damaged nose with a factory-built component. The late Norbert McNamara of California, a noted racer and collector, already owned ATS chassis 2001, the Geneva show car, which had been converted to Chevrolet power. As McNamara was in search of an original ATS engine, he purchased 2004 because it was available with a spare engine that originally powered his own car. Eventually, McNamara showed his first ATS, chassis 1001, at the 1990 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The current owner successfully negotiated the pur- chase of the car from the McNamara estate. The car was then shipped to the new owner's shop in Costa Rica, where it underwent a two-year mechanical restoration. Of special note, the body and chassis remained com- pletely rust-free, garaged and covered for more than 35 years in the dry Northern California desert. A set of special transmission gears were fabricated, as the internal gears of the racing-specification 5-speed Colotti gearbox were the Achilles heel of the car. In addition, the car was geared too high, and while it had a potential top speed of 180 mph, it was impossible to climb steep hills from a standing start. This ATS is the last built, one of only two examples with the 300-horsepower ATS 3-liter V8 engine, and one of only five cars to exist out of the eight cars originally built. This is the first time that an ATS has ever been publicly offered for sale at auction. 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO Lot 204, s/n 56337 Contion 2+ Sold at $529,375 RM, Maranello, ITA, 5/17/2009 SCM# 120491 1991 Ferrari F40 Lot 236, s/n ZFFGJ34B000088835 Condition 2 Sold at $393,250 RM, Maranello, ITA, 5/17/2009 SCM# 120576 1966 Bizzarrini Strada Lot S648, s/n 1A30256 Condition 1 Sold at $572,000 Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/14/2008 SCM# 117516 Sports Car Market Photos: RM Auctions


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SCM Analysis This car sold for $510,017, including buyer's premium, at RM's Automobiles of London Auction in England, on October 28, 2009. Almost simultaneously in 1963, less than 40 kilometers apart on either side of Bologna, two Italian firms embarked on the specific task of beating Enzo Ferrari at his own game. Only one, Lamborghini, lasted more than three years and thrives today in the hands of Audi. The other, ATS, lost its primary finan- cier, Count Giovanni Volpi, practically before the doors opened and lasted not quite four years. It is clear that Ferruccio Lamborghini's insistence on a “no racing” policy allowed his company to survive; it is also clear that the ill-begotten Formula One program of ATS sank the firm. Mid-engine chassis years ahead of Ferrari Certainly the Franco Scaglione-designed 2500 GT was a lovely-looking car and its sophisticated mid-engine chassis was years ahead of Ferrari. ATS guru Winston Goodfellow, who once assembled all five known survivors for a photo shoot, considers the ATS 2500 GT “…the most sophisticated road car of the early 1960s,” and it is hard to argue with his opinion. But Carlo Chiti and Bizzarrini designed a high-geared racer for the road rather than a practical GT car, as Lamborghini or Ferrari might have produced. Still, when the 2500 GT launched at the 1963 Geneva show, things must have seemed bright for the new company. The end result was more than sad, with less than a dozen road cars begun, the last four chassis going to Count Volpi for his Serenissima project. This car was built after the closing of the factory and given to noted race mechanic Alf Francis in lieu of payment, along with a spare 2.5-liter engine. Although it wears a Serenissima badge, it is not one of Volpi's cars. Owning a car such as this ATS presents a number of challenges. Vehicles like this are very much the province of a “mature” collector. As one of eight made and with five thought to survive, it's not a car to be used with abandon, as parts would have to be fabricated in case of any over-exuberance. It's impressive that the former owner of this car used the 2008 Modena Cento Ore as its post-restoration break-in. In addition to the 1,000 miles on the rally, the ATS was also driven another 900 miles around Europe before being dismantled for a mechanical check. Since it had only covered 1,900 miles from new when he bought it, the 2008 jaunt effectively doubled the mileage. It takes a brave, rich, crafty owner The previous owner also finished the development work the factory never got around to by replacing the transmission with one more suitable for the street. To do this takes someone brave, or very wealthy, or who owns a restoration shop. In this case, the former owner, an avid SCMer, was all three. Hopefully the new owner has at least two of these advantages. The engine's closest relative is the 2-liter V8 in the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33, also a Chiti design. The only direct spares to be had might be one of the engines in the Serenissima cars, all of which are still owned by the Volpi family and unlikely to be available. It's not clear how much this car has in common with the Alfa, and chances are that replacement parts will have to be custom-machined. Usefully, this car came with blueprints for both 2.5- and 3-liter engines. So if you don't have a personal machine shop and will not be flogging the ATS in rallies or vintage racing, you'll show it. It appeared at Pebble Beach in 2009 and came with an invitation to the Concorso Villa d'Este for 2010. Chances are good you'll be accepted at whichever show you fancy—provided the owner of one of the other four ATS cars hasn't applied. Valuing a piece such as an ATS is speculative in the extreme. When one of eight somewhat obscure cars changes hands, each sale makes its own market. RM cannot be faulted for assigning a fairly wide £600,000–£1,000,000 ($900k–$1.65m) estimate, as comparables are difficult to find. The $510,017 realized in the no-reserve sale seems in line with cars such as the Alfa Romeo TZ1 or Lamborghini Miura SV, rather than the TZ2 or Ferrari 400 Superamerica valuation zone of the high estimate. Perhaps if the Le Mans and Targa Florio entries rumored for this car had been documented, or if it came with a spare 3-liter engine, it may have come closer to the estimates. In any event, the new owner has an unusual part of Italian sports car history. Now he must find ways to use it. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) March 2010 39


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German Profile 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera Supersport Cabriolet 3.2 Carreras are heirloom-quality cars and are capable of lasting almost indefinitely, with little trouble along the way by Rob Sass Details Years produced: 1984–89 Number produced: 75 (RHD Supersport) Original list price: $36,450 SCM Valuation: $31,000–$37,000 Tune-up cost: $500 (not including a valve adjustment) Chassis #: A-pillar and driver's side door jamb Engine #: Right side of fan housing Club: Porsche Club of America PO Box 1347 Springfield, VA 22151-0347 More: www.pca.org Alternatives: 1983–84 Ferrari 308 GTS QV; 1989–91 BMW Z1 roadster; 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa SCM Investment Grade: C Comps Chassis number: ZGS151315 T he 3.2 Carrera is revered as the ultimate development of the original 911 that first appeared in 1963, before being replaced by the more complicated 964 series. These final cars were the most flexible and usable of Butzi Porsche's original design. The all-alloy flat-6 engine, which had been fuel injected since 1971, received a final stretch to 3,164 cc, giving a torquey 231 hp, enough to propel the lithe and slippery coupe to over 150 mph, with 0–60 mph coming up in 5.6 seconds. Cars built from September 1986 onward received the more user-friendly G50 gearbox, but all 3.2 Carreras feature galvanized bodies, which together with Porsche's legendary build quality, ensures that these classics are long-lasting. Indeed, such is the integrity and durability of the basic structure that a whole legion of 3.2s have been turned into retro replicas by various companies. This U.K.-supplied convertible is factory-fitted with the optional wide body, part of the Supersport package that includes the stiffer suspension and larger, 917-derived brakes from the Turbo model. It was first registered on June 13, 1986. Finished in white with blue leather upholstery, it is described by the vendor as being in good condition with regard to its engine, 5-speed manual gearbox, electrical equipment, interior trim, bodywork, and paintwork. He also says: “There are no rattles or bumps, the paintwork is almost completely original, no oxidation on alloy wheels, no leaks, and the electric windows and mirrors work well. A sure-fire classic.” Only a reported 75 of these cars were built in right- 40 hand-drive form and, as the last “proper” 911 gathers newfound appreciation, this car represents an opportunity to acquire the rarest variant of all—the widebodied convertible with optional power top. It's sold with driver's manual, “loads of invoices,” and service book, its 15 stamps confirming the mileage of 49,000. SCM Analysis This car sold for $32,967, including buyer's premium, at H&H's auction in Buxton, Derbyshire, England, on December 9, 2009. The Carrera Supersport was what one got when one checked the box on the Porsche option sheet marked M491. Better known in the U.S. as the Turbo-look, the option was introduced in 1984 and sold reasonably well here during the dark years when the actual Turbo wasn't available. The option cost a staggering $18,000 and gave the poseur-buyer the wider front and rear fender flares of the Turbo, front and rear spoilers, and bigger brakes. The last of the “proper” 911s Although as hyperbole-laden as most auction descriptions tend to be, in this case the catalog noted several points that make the 3.2-liter cars what many people believe (myself included) to be the last of the “proper” 911s. With the introduction of the Carrera in 1984, Porsche had solved nearly every issue that had plagued the 911 since its introduction in 1964. Improved oil-fed chain tensioners and the world's first real engine management system, the Bosch Motronic unit, were added to the fully 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera Lot 64, s/n WP0ZZZ91ZGS Condition 3+ Sold at $23,245 H&H, Cheltenham, UK, 2/26/2008 SCM# 89933 Sports Car Market 1984 Porsche 911 Widebody Lot 328, s/n WP0ZZZ91ZES13261 Condition 4+ Sold at $26,950 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach FL, 4/9/2009 SCM# 120217 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Lot T3, s/n WP0AB0919FS12732 Condition 2Sold at $17,325 Carlisle, PA, 4/23/2009 SCM# 120330 Photos: H&H Auctions


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galvanized body shell introduced in 1976 (galvanized front fenders waited until mid-year 1981). The Getrag G50 gearbox (which this car lacks) re- placed the somewhat recalcitrant 915 box in 1987. Only ineffective air conditioning remained to be addressed. 3.2 Carreras are heirloom-quality cars that are capable of lasting almost indefinitely, and they give little trouble along the way. The M491 option is undeniably desirable to some and until the 930 market woke up recently, Turbo-look cars often traded within spitting distance of actual Turbos. While this curious situation has changed, this car brought justifiably strong money. There are several reasons: If you live in the U.K., Japan, Australia, or any other RHD market and simply must have a wide-body, normally aspirated car, your options are limited—assuming the catalog's accuracy on this point—to 74 other specimens, hopefully none of which sport the same lurid blue interior. 49,000 miles is nothing on one of these If there haven't been any protracted lay-ups in the car's past, the 49,000 miles are a plus. For a car capable of doing 250,000 miles between rebuilds, it's no miles at all. Finally, it's a cabriolet. And while a sunroof coupe is superior in every way, when it comes to the fun factor, the open car always wins. When the gavel fell, the buyer paid a roughly $10,000 premium for the M491 op- tion. Given the original cost of the option, it's not unreasonable. I'd almost be tempted to call it well bought and would, had it been a G50 car with a navy interior. The bright blue seats, dash, and door panels are particularly jarring with the lovely navy top and will likely be an impediment at sale time for the new owner, but I bet that won't be anytime soon. So let's call it fairly bought, especially if the new owner happens to be color blind. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of H&H Auctions.) March 2010 41


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American Profile 2005 Ford GT Coupe While a first-year 2006 Corvette Z06 has lost a third of its value, this Ford GT has improved 25% over its original MSRP by John L. Stein Details Years produced: 2005–06 Number produced: 4,038 Original list price: $149,995 SCM Valuation: $140,000–$180,000 Tune-up cost: $850 Chassis #: Driver's side dashtop Engine #: Bar code sticker on valve cover Club: www.fordgt.org Alternatives: 2007–09 Callaway C16; 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1; 2003–05 Saleen S7 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 1FAFP90585Y400348 comparable icon GT40, created in England in 1964 and capable of over 200 mph. Victory followed four times in a row at Le Mans between 1966 and 1969, and the GT40 also became the first car to cover 3,000 miles in this famous race. Fast-forward 40 years and the legend is reborn as the I Ford GT. Similar in outward appearance to the original GT40, the Ford GT is a bigger, wider, and taller mid-engine supercar. A total of 4,038 production cars were built from 2005 to 2006. Powered by a 5.4-liter supercharged V8 with a 6-speed transmission, the top speed is limited to 205 mph, with a 0–60 mph time of under 3.5 seconds. Initially there was some reluctance to accept the car, but that was quickly overcome by the Ford GT's looks, incredible performance, and drivability. Perhaps it could never replace the GT40, but it could and did become a marvelous car in its own right, revered by the public and critics alike, including Jeremy Clarkson, the controversial host of “Top Gear,” who owned one. This example of the supercharged Ford GT was built in 2005 and comes in the striking color combination of white with blue racing stripes. This vehicle, number 348 of 1,890 built that model year, is in as-new condition with a full dossier of paperwork including importation and service history, and has traveled just 5,000 miles. SCM Analysis This car sold for $187,128, including buyer's premium, at the Bonhams & Goodman auction in Sydney, Australia, on December 6, 2009. 42 n 1962, Henry Ford II, keen to add some racing luster to his company, started negotiations to buy Ferrari. The deal never happened, so Ford decided to build his own race-bred car. That car was the in- First came the 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle. Then it was the nuevo 2001 Mini. And then the 2005 Ford GT, the latest in a stirring lineup of nostalgia machines from major automakers—and certainly the most exciting. Conceived during the go-go 2000s and unlike the VW or Mini, the Ford GT was a bold low-production, high-performance apogee designed to harness Ford's historic Le Mans racing heritage and stake out a place for FoMoCo at the top of the American sports car pecking order alongside the Viper, Corvette and Saleen. Iconic shape still a traffic-stopper Though dimensionally larger than the original racer, the modern Ford GT is commendably faithful to the original's iconic shape, then as now a trafficstopper. The roof height was even kept down to just 44.3 inches—nearly five inches lower than a Corvette C6 and not all that far from the original GT40's celebrated 40-inch height. While magically styled and unsurpassed in its racing heritage, ironically the new Ford GT made little impact in contemporary racing, while modified street rivals including the Viper and Corvette excelled all the way up to the Le Mans level. Like the exterior, the interior was well executed but hardly lavish—some would even call it cheap looking— though nicely ventilated deep bucket seats, a centrally mounted 220-mph speedometer, and a bank of racingstyle toggle switches provided numerous talking points for owners while granting rides to friends. Le Mans poseur or not, at the end of the day, Ford GT owners could also take delight in the fact that this car—while fundamentally an image-builder for Ford— was also a genuine performance demon. At 3,485 pounds, it was admittedly 277 pounds (9%) heavier Sports Car Market 2005 Ford GT Lot 272, s/n 1FAFP9DS95Y400021 Condition 1Sold at $166,500 B&B, Carmel, CA, 8/14/2009 SCM# 142112 2006 Ford GT Lot 1048, s/n 1FAFP(0S6Y4000838 Condition 1 Sold at $179,280 Kruse, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/26/2006 SCM# 40609 2006 Ford GT Lot 1253, s/n 1FAFP90535Y400404 Condition 1 Sold at $172,800 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/14/2006 SCM# 40298 Photos: Bonhams & Goodman


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Seat Time than a standard Corvette C6, but its outstanding 550 hp and 500 ft-lb of torque evened the terms, and the Ford GT was able to surpass even the Corvette Z06's track performance. (That would ultimately change as the supercharged ZR1 came into the Chevy fold with 638 hp and a curb weight of only 3,324 pounds.) GT prices vs. Z06 prices The 2005 Ford GT's original MSRP was $149,995 (plus $5,350 for racing stripes, taking a page out of Porsche and Ferrari's outlandishly priced options book). Collectors predictably snapped up the short run of 4,038 cars, no doubt thinking of future payoffs as collector car values in general spiraled into the ethersphere. The Ford GT production run was ended by the debut of new collision safety standards, which it did not meet. Prices didn't zoom to a million clams, but now, five years later, Ford GTs are doing a lot better than Corvette Z06s. While a first-year 2006 Z06 has lost a third of its value since new, as this Australian auction shows, the Ford GT has actually gained ground, with this example improving 25% over its original MSRP. In turbulent times that's a comfort, and with some signs of economic recovery now appearing, perhaps the Ford GT has truly weathered the storm. Regardless of whether you're a bit above or below water in a Ford GT, it's still a compelling car. The design is unmistakable and every bit as fetching as the original, even though, like an aging supermodel, the Ford GT is destined to rest on its laurels from the 1960s forever. Which is hardly a bad thing, when they're such good ones. While the new Ford GT will never be a true classic, it will always be a well-done interpretation of Ford's greatest race car, from Ford's greatest era in racing. As a thoughtful tribute to the original, let's call this one intelligently, if a bit optimistically, bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams & Goodman.) Hellings's GT, s/n 0154 Carl Hellings, yarrow Point, Wa: I am not the original owner of car number 0154, but I got it with fewer than 100 miles on it. I currently have about 5,000 miles on it and use it as a sunny day driver. It is everything folks say about it. It's fast, faster and even faster, and the exhaust growl is the best—I much prefer it over the stereo. Handling is tight and nimble, easily as good as my last two Italian sports cars. Nits about the car are the extremely stiff suspension; it's tough on the back for regular use. And you also need ridiculous clearance to open both doors; it takes two full spaces—one for the car and one for the doors. My GT will remain in my garage for the foreseeable future. Cotty lowry, Minneapolis, Mn: I bought my 2005 Ford GT, 0460, used from the first owner in August 2007, with 10,200 miles on it. Ownership has been a remarkable experience for me. I have owned a few interesting and beautiful European cars, but a few years ago I bought a Shelby GT350, and it changed my view on American cars. I began to realize they were more than beauty or horsepower. In 2007, I was ready to buy a 360 Modena, but when I looked at the Robb Report with over 110 of them for sale and only a dozen Ford GTs listed, I knew which one to buy. I have not been disappointed. The GT is a beautiful car with terrifying power and exquisite handling—much better than a 360 Modena. But the greatest thrill, during a time of declining American economics and influence on the world stage, is owning and driving a car that is the best symbol of American ingenuity, design, engineering, and craftsmanship. dean Mueller, Cleveland, oH: I've owned my GT, number 1171, since May 2005, bought new from Joe Cooper Ford in Oklahoma. Mine is a black car with no stripes, and it has all other available options. I still own the car and enjoy driving and looking at it more than ever. For starters, it's an absolute blast to drive. It is explosively fast but very refined. And I've had no problems with it from a maintenance standpoint; it's a joy to own. If there is an annoying part of GT ownership, it is parking the car. It draws a crowd wherever it is. It still amazes me that FoMoCo was able to pull the whole GT project off. The car is beautifully engineered and detailed to the max. We can only hope that limited-production supercars like the GT are still produced in the future. Mitchell terk, Jacksonville, Fl: I have owned a 2005 Ford GT for more than two years now. It's actually my second one, as it took some time to find a solid black car without stripes. Ford certainly went out on a limb re-entering the supercar arena in 2005, but unlike the modern Ferrari or Lamborghini flavor of the day, the GT remains a timeless design that continues to excite people 40 years after its first incarnation. The GT's drivetrain is bulletproof, with many folks modifying their engines upwards of 900 hp. My particular car puts down close to 700 hp at the wheels. We've participated with it in road rallies, the Texas Mile, and some other events with fellow Ford GT forum members. What is truly unique to me about the car's performance is how it is not only tremendous on the track and in the twisties, but also a joy to drive around town. There aren't too many 200-mph supercars that are also comfortable in stop and go traffic. Without any computerized nannies such as traction or stability control, the car certainly rewards experienced drivers. Fortunately, its great balance and mid-engine design allow less experienced folks like myself to stay out of trouble (most of the time). March 2010 43


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Race Car Profile 1924 Bentley 3/4½ Liter Sports People playing with this kind of car originally formed the Bentley Drivers Club in the 1930s. Values are a function of how long ago the car was created by Thor Thorson Details Years produced: 1930s to present Number produced: Unknown Original list price: £925 ($4,495), 3-Liter chassis only SCM Valuation: $250,000–$500,000 Tune-up cost: $1,000 Magneto cap: Depends on mags fitted Chassis #: Frame top front cross member Engine #: Left rear engine bearer Club: Bentley Drivers Club Limited W.O. Bentley Memorial Building Ironstone Lane, Wroxton, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15 6ED More: www.bdcl.org Alternatives: 1928–34 Invicta; 1938–40 Lagonda 4.5; 1927–30 S-type Mercedes SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1924 Bentley Red Label 3 Liter Lot 638, s/n 235 Condition 1 Chassis number: 530 R ecipe: Take a good 3-liter Red Label Bentley chassis, mix in a good 4½-liter engine, gearbox, and transmission and add a light body with accessories to taste. The result is a mo- torcar which, while still retaining a good vintage flavor, possesses a performance equaled by few other machines even of the most modern and expensive type.” (Captain J.G. Fry, The Autocar, May 14, 1943). Captain Fry's 3/4½ was one of several constructed by H.M. Bentley and Partners during the late 1930s. Brother to marque founder W.O., H.M. did much to keep the Vintage Bentley spirit alive and was among the first to rebody tired or otherwise worn 3 Liter and 4½ Liter cars. The idea of combining the best elements from both designs to create what The Autocar termed “a hybrid oldtype Bentley” must have seemed logical. Furthermore, it even had some precedent in the Cricklewood firm's back catalog. Built to special order, nine of the 665 4½ Liter cars produced utilized the same 9′-9½″ wheelbase as the 3 Liter Red Label/Speed model. Though wonderfully swift and agile, these “short chassis” (or “shorties”) proved somewhat prone to stress cracks and frame distortion if asked to carry any but the lightest coachwork. Beginning life as a Bentley 3 Liter Speed Model with coachwork by Vanden Plas, this particular example was supplied new in July 1924. Thereafter it is understood to 44 have passed through the hands of Wassell, Thompson, Good, and Baker, before being acquired by John May (presumably in the 1980s). Eager to have a steed for competitive tours and race meetings, May commissioned renowned Bentley engineer and restorer John Guppy to transform CX 6596 into its current configuration. Retaining what are believed to be its original chassis and front and rear axles, the car was fitted with a new but correct-type 4½-liter engine and D-type gearbox. Suitably uprated, the powerplant is said to play host to a Phoenix counterbalanced crankshaft, Phoenix rods/rockers, and Arias pistons, plus a modern Borg & Beck clutch. Benefiting from a shortened radiator shell and lowered bulkhead, the replacement four-seater bodywork is commendably light. SCM Analysis This car sold for $356,400, including buyer's premium, at H&H's auction in Buxton, Derbyshire, England, on December 9, 2009. This is one of those cars that ends up with check marks in virtually all of the collector interest and value boxes—both the good ones and the bad ones—and as such is a great study in what matters and why when it comes to vintage English bad boy toys. First, I need to lay some groundwork so what comes later makes sense. It's useful to understand that the ar- 1928 Bentley 4½ Liter Lot 222, s/n FT3205 Condition 2+ Sold at $296,334 Bonhams, Sussex, UK, 8/3/2007 SCM# 46854 Sports Car Market Sold at $257,255 Coys, Woodstock, UK, 7/18/2009 SCM# 121022 1925 Bentley Super Sports 3 Liter Lot 624, s/n 1161 Condition 1 Sold at $409,220 Bonhams, London, UK, 12/1/2008 SCM# 118724 Photos: H&H Auctions


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chitecture of all Bentley engines is basically the same: a single overhead cam, four-valves-per-cylinder arrangement with a cast cylinder block incorporating the combustion chambers and sitting on an alloy crankcase that includes the cam drive. This was the layout for the 3 Liter and was simply expanded for later models, though the cam drive changed substantially. Next, the chronology of vintage Bentley models is a bit different than most people assume. The 3 Liter came first and was a great success, in production from 1921 through 1929. The problem arrived when customers and coachbuilders wanted heavier bodies than the 3 Liter could effectively propel. The solution was simple; expand the 3-liter four to a 4½-liter six (with a silent cam drive more appropriate to luxury motoring). This was accomplished and the prototype completed in time for it to be W.O. Bentley's personal transportation to and from the 1924 Le Mans race. The 4½ Liter was meant to fill the gap The car worked just fine, except that Bentley happened upon the prototype Rolls- Royce Phantom on the way home and got thoroughly thrashed in some impromptu but spirited road competition. Immediately after this the 4½-liter six concept was thrown out and dimensions were increased to 6.6 liters, officially called the 6½, or Standard Six. This model entered production in 1926 and continued through until the demise of the independent company in 1931. The 4½ arrived shortly after the introduction of the 6½ and was intended to fill the gap between the relatively light 3 Liter and the now seriously big six in Bentley's product line. The engine was created by effectively taking two-thirds of the 6½ block and fitting it onto the 3 Liter crankcase, so the dimensions of the 3- and 4½-liter engines were pretty much the same. Legend and common knowledge have it that Bentley was a high-performance and racing car company, and indeed that was a passion at the top, but the reality was that what supported the business was building luxury saloons for wealthy Englishmen. The 4½ chassis was designed with a twelve-inch-longer wheelbase and was substantially heavier than the short 3 Liter, so it could carry bankers' bodywork, not racers'. The fact that the new 4½ engine could bolt right in to replace a 3-liter was not lost on anyone at the factory, though. The first 4½ was fitted to a 3 Liter chassis for Le Mans in 1927 (the only true “factory” 3/4½, it went very well until the chassis broke), and Bentley built nine 4½s to special order using the short chassis of the Speed 3 Liter (mostly for racing use). These “shorties” quickly became legend as the most potent and best handling Bentleys of the vintage era, and they were the inspiration for what we now call the 3/4½ Bentley. Bentley collectors less demanding about “original” So exactly what is a 3/4½? Basically, it's a replica “Shorty” 4½ created by taking a used short 3 Liter chassis and installing a 4½-liter engine, along with whatever sporting bodywork and upgrades match your fancy. There is no such thing as a “matchingnumbers” 3/4½. They are all, by definition, hot rods built up by private enterprise long after the factory ceased production. They are “bitsas,” but in a good way. One of the interesting characteristics of Bentley collectors is that they are much less demanding about “original everything” than many of their Italian marque counterparts. Cars with original engine, body, etc. are far more valuable than those assembled from “bitsa this car and bitsa that one,” but nobody is excluded from the club or even disparaged for owning one; everybody is welcome to play. In fact, people playing with exactly this kind of car originally formed the Bentley Drivers Club in the 1930s. In the 3/4½ category, the relative values are a function of both how long ago the car was created and its period history. There were at least a few (nobody knows for sure how many) built in the 1930s and raced in period, and there were many more created in the 1950s and '60s. Generally, older is more desirable. This example appears to have been built in the '80s and almost undoubtedly has March 2010 HRH Prince Michael of Kent (in the blue blazer) used the car on the 1995 Mille Miglia Storica a new engine and transmission (both of which are easily available); the body makes no claim to being old. As a result, it isn't as collectible as more “real” examples, but it's going to be faster and more usable (you don't have to worry about damaging history) while still almost as universally acceptable. If you wanted to own the “best” Bentley short chassis 4½, with all its original components, factory racing history, etc., you would expect to pay well over $2 million, even in today's market. A period-built 3/4½ with racing history from the 1930s on will cost at least $500,000; the post-war conversions are appropriately less. This car fits well down the value scale, but the point is that it is on the same scale. It is accepted in the Bentley world, will be welcome wherever Vintage Bentleys play and compete together, and it will be bloody fast and well fettled to boot. Considering all that, I'd say correctly purchased and sold. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of H&H Auctions.) Seat Time Phillip schudmak, Melbourne, aus: I own a 1924 Bentley 3/4½ Liter, chassis #940, engine #941, U.K.-registered No. PP3275. It's a four-seater open Vanden Plas sports tourer. Originally eggshell black, a popular color in its day, it is now British Racing Green, like almost all the others! Apart from the color change and several mechanical rebuilds, the car was virtually original when I bought it 15 years ago. Ten thousand miles later, including two most enjoyable long-distance rallies in South Africa and several in Australia, it was time for an “upgrade,” despite misgivings from my wife, who loved it the way it was. The 3 Liter Bentley was the pre-eminent British sports car of its day and it's still a great machine. A 3/4½ retains the prettier looks and nimbler handling of the 3 Liter, but it benefits from the much greater power of the larger motor. We found our 3 Liter largely fulfilled our three main requirements for enjoyable classic motoring—comfort, reliability, and good performance. It would cruise all day at 60 mph (but only just). In 2008, however, one of the local vintage sports car specialists installed a new 4½-liter block, together with all the ancillary refinements (new balanced crankshaft, high-compression pistons, bigger oil and water pumps, an overdrive unit, etc, etc.). The original carburetors, top end, sump, and more were retained and the engine looks exactly as before. This is a common procedure these days, but what sounds like a simple transplant is actually a long and complex operation. The rebuild has transformed the performance and our enjoy- ment. Last year we joined the Arabian Adventure Bentley rally, which covered a leisurely 1,000 miles from Qatar to Muscat, via Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai. Later, with two other Bentley pals from the U.K., we drove 4,400 miles from England through Eastern Europe to Romania, Bulgaria, and Croatia. Wonderful motoring! The only problems on the two trips were a broken clutch, a failed magneto and a flat battery. We are now looking forward to its next big outing in June—a 5,000-mile Bentley rally half way around outback Australia. 45


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Market Reports Overview Winter Sales Reflect an Upbeat Market Business was brisk in most locations, with promising results pointing at a gradual recovery of the collector car market by Jim Pickering and early winter. Many places saw an increase in both the number of consignments and the prices achieved for those cars over this time last year, and although it's clear the market continues to be a difficult place for both buyers and sellers, it's also clear that the worst of the recent collector car market woes appear to be behind us. Mecum returned to Missouri for its annual Kansas I City sale in early December, where 313 of 481 cars sold for a final total of just under $7.1m. Senior Auction Analyst B. Mitchell Carlson noted record sales as compared to the $3.9m sold here last year, with a 1968 Shelby GT500 KR convertible leading the day at $196k. Auction Analyst Jérôme Hardy made his way to the Palais des Congrès theater in Paris in mid-November for Artcurial's annual Luxe, Sport, et Collection event, where 32 of 47 lots totaled nearly $2m. Hardy noted unanticipated enthusiasm for a number of the lots on hand, including a Facel Vega HKII barn find, which brought $177k against an estimate of $67k. Compared to last year's event, which sold 33 of 47 cars for $1.3m, this result was great news for Artcurial specifically and the European market in general. Late November saw McCormick hold its 47th semi- annual Palm Springs auction, where 326 of 487 lots traded hands for a combined total of almost $5.5m—a comfortable increase from 2008, where 299 of 535 lots sold for $4.8m. Senior Auction Analyst Carl Bomstead noted a record number of registered bidders well in advance of the start of the event, and plenty of bidder interest on everything from $2,000 drivers to this year's high sale, a 2005 Ferrari F430 that made $141k. Senior Auction Analyst Paul Hardiman was in 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 46 t was business as usual for many auction houses in the closing months of 2009, with an increasingly evident trend of gradual recovery becoming the source of much discussion at sales throughout the late fall Sales Totals Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO Artcurial, Paris, FRA Bonhams, Beaulieu, UK McCormick Auctions, Palm Springs, CA Bonhams, London, UK Bonhams & Goodman, Sydney, AUS Auctions America, Raleigh, NC $1,996,877 $7,086,731 $3,394,193 $5,494,441 $4,883,279 $1,317,934 $1,272,513 Beaulieu in mid-September for Bonhams's annual sale at the Autojumble, where 120 of 129 lots sold for a combined $3.4m, up from 2008's event, which sold 98 of 112 lots for $2.8m. Twenty-eight cars from the Barry Burnett Collection headlined the sale, with a 1932 Delage D8 Faux Cabriolet coupe topping the list of results at $188k. Bonhams held its annual London to Brighton sale in late October, and Hardiman was there to note nine of the ten lots on offer trading hands for a combined $1.3m, led by a 1902 Panhard-Levassor Type A 7hp Rear-Entrance tonneau at $336k. The final total represented a drop of about $100k from last year's $1.4m, but that event sold 13 cars as opposed to nine this time around, with the average price per car increasing from $106k in '08 to $141k in '09. After nine years of collaboration, international auction house Bonhams split ways with Australian local Goodman in December, holding the final Bonhams & Goodman auction in Sydney on December 6. Auction Analyst Chris Bowden witnessed 20 of 47 lots selling for $1.3m, led by a 1925 Bugatti Brescia, which made $254k. Auction Analyst Chip Lamb was in North Carolina in early December for the Raleigh Classic, where 186 of 264 cars sold, bringing $4.9m. Lamb noted the sellthrough rate of 70% was a new record for this annual event, and it was especially promising given the number of cars offered, as well as the state of the economy in the months leading up to the sale. Finally, in his report on recent eBay Motors sales, Geoff Archer takes a look at why “original owner” doesn't always mean “no stories.” ♦ Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1902 Panhard-levassor 7hp rear-entrance tonneau, $355,752—bonlon, p. 89 2. 1925 Bugatti Type 23 Brescia tourer, $254,702—B&G, p. 91 3. 1901 Argyll 5hp Spindle-Seat Rear-Entrance tonneau, $225,310—BonLon, p. 88 4. 1932 Delage D8 Faux Cabriolet coupe, $188,042—BonBeau, p. 78 5. 2005 Ford GT coupe, $187,128—B&G, p. 92 6. 1965 Facel Vega HKII B coupe, $176,910—Art, p. 66 7. 1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale Group 4 coupe, $158,019—B&G, p. 92 8. 1934 Riley Imp 1½-Liter roadster, $155,940—B&G, p. 91 9. 1973 Ferrari 246 GT Dino coupe, $137,990—Art, p. 70 10. 1938 Packard Twelve 1608 convertible sedan, $137,160—AA, p. 95 1. 1938 Packard Twelve 1608 convertible sedan, $137,160— AA, p. 95 2. 1965 DeTomaso Vallelunga Competizione coupe, $99,898—B&G, p.92 3. 1901 Argyll 5hp Spindle-Seat Rear-Entrance tonneau, $225,310—BonLon, p. 88 4. 1949 Land Rover Series One 80 utility, $31,688—BonBeau, p.76 5. 1960 Jaguar 3.8 Mk II saloon, $24,380—Mc, p.83 Sports Car Market Best Buys


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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO Kansas City High Performance Auction Sales hit record levels for this event—nearly $2m more than the 2007 total—and 65% of the 481 cars consigned sold Company Mecum Auctions date December 4–5, 2009 location Kansas City, Missouri auctioneer Mike Hagerman, Mark Delzell, Bobby McLaughlin, Matt Moauec & Jim Landis automotive lots sold / offered 313/481 sales rate 65% sales total $7,086,731 High sale 1968 Shelby GT500 KR convertible, sold at $196,100 1967 Camaro Z28—$150k appraisal, $70k high bid. It's back on the trailer Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics I t seems that whenever Mecum Auctions moves the locale of its seminal fall Kansas City Auction, things improve. This year was no exception—and actually Mecum raised the bar. Having moved from the Kemper Arena/American Royal complex into the Convention Center's Bartle Hall, Mecum has super-sized. There was plenty of room for all cars inside, with lots of elbow room. The only downside was limited parking for car haulers near the hall—something to be expected in a major downtown area. While I've had personal doubts about the effective- ness of an auction in the Midwest during December (at least I didn't have to dodge snowdrifts with my C5 Corvette this year; I left it home and bashed through them in my 4x4 Ford Ranger), this sale seems to work well for Mecum. Being in the middle of the country brings in buyers and sellers who can hit some—but not all—of Mecum's other events. Speaking of C5s, it seemed like every black 1999 coupe ever built was consigned here. Indeed, not only did C5s outnumber C4s, but they were second in numbers only to the venerable C3s. It would appear that the buyer's premium $300 up to $5499, $500 from $5500 to $9,999, 6% thereafter, included in sold prices C5 has now taken the place of the C4 at collector car auctions; too old for the used car lot, too new for the collector car showroom, so take a chance on selling it at auction. There was also a preponderance of first-generation Mustangs, with at least half a dozen done up to into Eleanor wannabes. One car that wasn't a wannabe and was both the spiritual and economic leader of the pack was a 1967 Shelby GT500 KR convertible—the top sale of the weekend. Sales hit record levels for this event. Indeed, attaining a 65% sell- though rate is kicking butt in today's market and economy. It didn't seem like sellers were dumping cars or buyers were scooping up deals—or that both parties had a fixation with putting on a show for the cameras from Discovery HD. Rather, it seemed more like business as usual. With a large percentage of the consignors and buyers being dealers, one gets the feeling that regardless of the economy, they keep plugging along, buying and selling cars to keep their stock fresh. With the auctions in Arizona and Florida a month from the last car crossing the block in KC, one can reasonably hope that the success here is a sign of things to come. Or maybe Dana Mecum just has the Midas Touch. ♦ $1m $2m $3m $4m $5m $6m $7m $8m 0 Sales Totals 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 48 Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO enGlisH #S163-1967 SUNBEAM ALPINE Custom roadster. S/N B395013497. Gray primer/black vinyl. Odo: 3 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older race rat, which was modified and currently has a small-block Chevy parked under the hood. Frame has welded engine mounts, Ford Mustang II front suspension, and narrowed Ford 9-inch rear axle. Body features shaved trim and door handles, 1956 Buick taillights, and concealed door window openings to make it a true roadster. Finished in gray primer, for that Work in Progress look, and had to be pushed across the block to prove it. Cond: 4-. NOT SOLD AT $4,200. With all of the street rods and cars like this running around, it makes me wonder... there's no way there were THAT many Mustang IIs built. The rule for hot rods like this is to take the money—any money—and run. Fast. #F202-1972 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. S/N CF23045U. Yellow/black vinyl/two-tone brown vinyl. Odo: 57,802 miles. Optional electric overdrive. Newer repaint, with some light overspray on chassis and loose fitting door seals. One thumbnail-size chip out of cowl alongside close-fitting hood. Door-to-glass seals missing on both doors. Newer replacement soft top and seat upholstery, although seat fit is rather uneven and lumpy. Dashboard wood refinish added within the last month. Good original bumpers and trim, heavy soaking of protectant on faded bumper guard rubber. Aftermarket headlight mesh screens. Mild detailing underhood, rattle-can black blasted on frame after repaint probably to hide overspray. Glovebox wood darker than the rest and some wood beneath it delaminating, but otherwise dashboard wood is presentable. If the seat vinyl is original, it's exceptionally well preserved. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $14,310. Another one of those “it's all original—except...” cars that belittles the whole concept of originality. Then again, if they were comparing originality to having a small-block Chevy under the hood (see lot S163), then it was a minty virgin. The thing is, we don't play that game in these pages, and this was just another nip-and-tuck cosmetically tweaked driver. Sold and bought sufficiently well. #F6-1978 MG B convertible. S/N GHN5UJ452023G. Maroon/black vinyl & hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 12,407 miles. Aftermarket fiberglass hard top, original soft top. Factory-optional electric overdrive. Average to medium quality repaint in original color. Most weather seals dry-rotting, especially windshield frame and doors. Stick-on cheapie weather seal stuck on portions of hard looking paint, but with overspray on untouched undercarriage. Doors fitted with new seals and don't latch flush. New upholstery kit, with seats done well, but door panels were crudely done, don't sit flush on the door, and one panel is bent after getting caught on the seat. Period aftermarket AM/FM/8-track. Lightly cleaned up engine bay is a long way from being detailed. Newer radials mounted on repainted stock steel wheels. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $5,000. Having done a cosmetic restoration on my father's orange '74 Super Beetle, I rather doubt that the seats and door panels were originally orange. Especially since the dash and arm rests on the doors were black. While this consignor felt that his car was worth $7,500, the market didn't agree. #S6-1981 MERCEDES-BENZ 380SL convertible. S/N WDBBA45A3BB001759. Black/black cloth & hard top/gray leather. Odo: 62,955 miles. Sold new as presented, with nocost options including Becker Europa stereo and both tops. Original paint in excellent condition, with only a couple of light touched-up nicks. Good original brightwork, rear suspension sits a bit low. Generally well kept up and recently cleaned engine compartment. Excellent alloriginal interior, which shows more aging from well enough, dashboard wiring dangling haphazardly is amateur at best. Sun-baked steering wheel rim, minimal cleanup in engine bay. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $6,600. Claimed to be a two-owner car that “has been stored away for years and is in excellent original condition.” More like rudely awakened with smelling salts after a long slumber and quickly made up before going out the door. Sold well for a car that the new owner will have to continue to wake up once it gets driven. #S139.1-1974 TRIUMPH TR6 convert- ible. S/N CF18707U. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 65,334 miles. A mostly original car, with one repaint and a replacement top both 50 top door glass seal. Washed off enginebay, some rattle-can touch-up on valve cover and air cleaner. Moderate interior wear, but no tears. Accelerator pedal pad missing. Modern CD stereo system with speakers cut into door panels. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $6,300. A very healthy payday for the consignor, regardless of the perceived rarity of the hard top. While hard tops are somewhat uncommon, it's just more junk to store in the garage when the first nice day comes next spring. Sold well. GerMan #F103-1974 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE sedan. S/N 1342605114. Orange/red vinyl. Odo: 53,576 miles. Recently completed drivergrade cosmetic restoration. Topically good 28 years than use from 63k miles. Fitted with aftermarket red floor mats. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,045. When the reserve was met at $10k, there were still four bidders in the pack. While it was about as nice a driver-quality 380SL as you're likely to find—unlike the neglected rattletraps with three times the miles—it was still a 380. The buyer basically paid 560SL money for a 380SL. While it sold exceptionally well, if someone really had a jones to have a long-term relationship with a black 380, he got a good one. #F73-1986 PORSCHE 928S coupe. S/N WP0JB0929GS860531. Dark blue metallic/ navy blue leather. Odo: 74,612 miles. Factory optional 5-speed and sunroof. 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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO largest above the driver's taillight. One dent between passenger's door and wheelwell, just above the rocker panel. Dusty unkempt engine compartment, moderate seat upholstery wear. Leather coverings on shift knob and steering wheel rim have had most dye worn off. Rear parcel area generally a jumbled mess, with side panel upholstery affixed with office staples. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $8,250. Some say that we pick on 928s, but when they are rough like this one, it's almost like someone put a KICK ME bumper sticker on it. When German luxury touring coupes start to unwind (not just Porsches), you'd best give them—and your wallet—a wide berth. Basically a well-used, not pampered, future money pit. #F151-1987 PORSCHE 911 CARRERA cabriolet. S/N WP0EB0914HS170941. Gunmetal metallic/black cloth/maroon leather. Odo: 65,056 miles. Original paintwork holding up well, with only a few light nicks on nose and wheel openings. New soft top and drive motors, stock 5-spoke alloys with older Pirellis. Dusty and dingy engine bay, despite recent clutch job. Decals on heater ducting indicate that a/c has to top of shifter. Heavy wear to steering wheel rim, floor mats, and door sill plastic, which has cracked and is broken on both sides. Motor appears dusted off and somewhat regularly maintained. Fitted with mixed tires of different vintages, with rears being the freshest. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $13,500. Rerun twice, both times never getting close to what it was bid to the first time. By the time it was first rerun, Mecum was hoping to see $12k, and that figure was mentioned again the third time it fruitlessly crossed the block. italian #F101-1961 FIAT 1100 Lusso 4-dr sedan. S/N 660246. Light blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 44,967 miles. Newer below-average repaint, dull and pitted pot metal trim, bumpers and aluminum trim show relatively well. Lettered (with press-on decals) on rear of front fenders with “Fiat Lusso 1100.” Newer radial tires on stock rims. Crazed plastic window wind splitters, heavily yellowed instrument bezel. Plainly Fully reupholstered interior, Alpine stereo from the 1980s built into heavily modified center console. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $42,400. While not restored, this was significantly better quality (and far more tasteful) than what I usually encounter on the auction circuit. Personally, the bling-bling chrome 17s don't do much for me, nor the serial number spelled out on the body side graphics. However, the rest of the car represented the best way to get a Pantera that you actually want to drive without spending another $40k in fixes and modifications—and without telling the world that you're in puberty and have money to burn. #F240-1974 DETOMASO PANTERA coupe. S/N THPNNE06979. British Racing Green/black leather. Odo: 26,936 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Good quality repaint, with a few light masking lines along glass seals. Stock panel gaps and door fit, non-stock later side mirrors. Motor sports larger Holley double-pumper carburetor on high-rise manifold, aftermarket ignition wiring, K&N air cleaner, and simulated braided hoses. Mostly stock and original been retrofitted to R134a. Conical K&N air filter clamped directly on MAF sensor. Aside from heavier driver's seat bottom and shifter wear, original upholstery is in good condition. Modern AM/FM/CD stereo displaces stock unit. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $18,020. This looked like it was in the process of having most of its issues cleared up—although no mention was made of the state of the motor. Went for one more bid past the $16k reserve, so it sold well. irisH #F50-1981 DELOREAN DMC-12 coupe. S/N SCEDT26T2BD005594. Stainless steel/ gray leather. Odo: 38,289 miles. Clean stainless panels, crazing on plastic end caps and add-on rear spoiler. Rear bumper's inset lettering has flaked off. Carpeted aftermarket dashboard cover, reverse side of a fifty-cent piece glued 52 reupholstered seats and door panels, reasonably cleaned up engine bay fitted with new AC Delco battery. Apart from sounding more like a chain saw than a car, it actually runs out well. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $3,600. The little brother to the famed (or infamous) SCM Fiat 2100 sedan. The bidding kept going heartily when the reserve was dropped at $2,700. As cheap as it sold for, you really couldn't go wrong—latemodel Jaguar or BMW transmissions will cost you more than this. #F218-1973 DETOMASO PANTERA L Custom coupe. S/N THPNNJ05180. White & black/black leather. Odo: 61,200 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Circa 2006 rebuild with several enhancements. High quality bare body repaint with custom graphics, no worse than stock door and panel fit. Stock-style alloys in 17-inch size front and rear. High-gloss engine block, polished aluminum transaxle. High volume water pump, R134a a/c, Girling disc brakes, and urethane suspension bushings. interior, aside from steering wheel, shift knob, 4-point racing harnesses and MP3/satellite stereo in the stock location. Carpeting shows some light wear, seats lumpy from settled padding. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $41,340. This one didn't have to spend much time on the auction block. After the seller dropped his reserve, it was hammered sold. Both this car and lot F218—the '73 L custom—offer an interesting study in stock versus modified Panteras—and they basically come in as a tie. #S48-1982 FIAT 124 spider. S/N ZFAAS00B5C5002843. Two-tone red/tan vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 83,225 miles. Newer repaint said to be Ferrari Red. Odd two-tone, with hood scallops and gas cap lid in a darker hue, and plenty of overspray on hood seals and undercarriage. Fitted with newer 15-inch Panasport alloys with fresh Yokohama performance radials. Pitted pot metal rear license plate lamp housings, serviceable but scuffed bumpers and trim. Oxidized driver's door mirror. Washed off motor was not detailed. New top and interior soft trim. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,500. The consigning dealer readily admitted Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO AT $3,200. The second generation RX-7s get a lot less attention than the original series, but they are still one of the few Asian cars that can be called sporty with a straight face. At this price, this was darn near a no-brainer as a use-it-til-it-dies commuter car, or to stick in the back of the garage until it's old enough for specialty licensing. Well bought. that this wasn't prepped to where he would've wanted it to be, but that was more a case of diminishing returns. Once the reserve was cut loose at the final bid, it sold for a more than strong enough price. JaPanese #F119-1978 DATSUN 280Z coupe. S/N HLS30434594. Orange/black leather. Odo: 52,927 miles. Fitted with American Racing alloy wheels with fresh Pirellis, body side moldings, and rear window slats. Factory-optional a/c and AM/FM/cassette. Consignor claims actual mileage. Better than average repaint with minimal traces of masking lines, cleaned up but undetailed engine bay with aftermarket ignition aMeriCan #F41-1941 PACKARD 180 Series 1907 Formal 4-dr sedan. S/N 14322044. Gray/black vinyl/blue cloth & velour. Odo: 63,315 miles. Factory options include Packard goose hood ornament, fog lamps, overdrive, and dual sidemounts. Originally a center divider limousine, but with glass partition removed, rendering it a Formal sedan. Door panels and seats redone in modern broadcloth, but headliner, carpeting, and seat backs done in older dark blue fuzzy contribution to the Motorama-esque dream cars of 1953. Unlike the Buick Skylark and Cadillac Eldorado, the Fiesta was a one-shot car, with only 458 made. This one has been making the rounds on the auction circuit this year, having last been a no-sale at $145k at Mecum's St. Charles sale in October '09 (SCM# 143058). It was reportedly going to take $185k to get the deal done, so it's no surprise that it was a no-sale here. #F201-1957 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. S/N 5762047958. Red/ black cloth/red leather. Odo: 15,975 miles. 365-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Optional fiberglass parade boot. Presented as freshly restored by a Cadillac expert. Stunning bare-body repaint, with excellent panel gaps and vastly better than stock chrome work. Plating also includes some things that weren't originally chromed, including the Sabre wheels. Engine bay looks quite good at first glance, but is weak on original details. Fully restored and reupholstered interior, wiring, battery cables, and bungee cord battery retention device. Cleaned up, mostly original interior presents well, aside from torn driver's seat bottom. Replacement carpeting fitted well. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,600. While muscle car prices have been flabby in the last few years, the first generation Z cars have been relatively steady since their spike in prices a decade ago. This one's low miles easily offset the few tweaks from stock, so I'll call this a decent buy. #F90-1987 MAZDA RX-7 GXL hatch- back. S/N JM1FC3312H0521000. White/blue vinyl & velour. Odo: 78,494 miles. Optional power sunroof. Well-cared-for original paint, with only minimal chipping and scuffing. Window tint film on all glass except windshield. Engine bay not recently cleaned, but does show regular maintenance over the years. Interior with only heavy wear on steering wheel rim—carpeting and upholstery look far newer and less used than indicated. Stock radio replaced with a 21st century DIN-mount CD unit. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD velour-like material. Dashboard dusty, radio missing, plastic fittings and trim aged. Flakedoff door jamb paint reveals original dark blue paint. Dull bumper chrome, dusty and dingy engine bay. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $31,800. This '41 reminded me way too much of my somewhat recently departed 1939 120 sedan. A decent driver, but could stand to have about $5k worth of paint and chrome work done, and the owner will never get a penny of that back when it comes time to sell. At least in this case you have a good running CCCA Full Classic driver for about as cheap as you'll ever get. #S63.1-1953 OLDSMOBILE FIESTA convertible. S/N 539M27525. Orange & white/white vinyl/orange & white leather. Odo: 6,919 miles. Professionally restored throughout to concours levels. Better than original paint and chrome, door gaps seem slightly wide at the rear, if barely. Right rear fender welting starting to come loose. Carburetor shows some soiling and staining, but rest of engine bay is show ready. Chassis and suspension a bit heavy on matte black paint, although most ancillary components, such as the fuel tank, exhaust system, and fasteners, are fresh and bright. Like-new interior shows no wear at all. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $160,000. Oldsmobile's with excellent fit and finish. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $140,000. If I had spent what must have been six digits to have this car restored, it's no wonder I'd want to flip it as soon as I got it back. While it had tons of pop and looked great initially, it would get eaten alive in AACA or Cadillac-LaSalle Club judging due to the details. You don't spend this much to get a car this pretty to just be a driver. With a reserve of $185k, the consignor most likely has this much into it, but good luck getting that money back in the heartland. #F213-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J59S100527. Red & white/ black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 394 miles. 350-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older trim-off repaint, mix of repop and good original brightwork. Recently installed soft top never deployed on site. Battery kill switch mounted on driver's side of cowl, with toggle lever accessible by steering column under dash. Claimed to have all of its original interior, but fitted with AM/ FM/cassette deck in the stock radio location and 54 Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO modern coolant temperature gauge under dash. Light to moderate seat wear and discoloration, heavier fading to carpeting. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $38,160. This is pretty much what you do when you find the body of a '59 perched loosely on a chassis in someone's garage or back alley. Sure, you can spend the next ten years scouring specialty vendors and eBay for date-coded parts... maybe you'll even find something. Still, it will never be numbers-matching, even if you stamp them on there, so you might as well do something like this. The consignor wisely cut the reserve loose, knowing that it's only worth what someone is willing to pay. #F17-1962 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza coupe. S/N 20927O144153. Ermine White/red vinyl & cloth. Odo: 6,000 miles. Newer repaint looks good on the outside but has lots of overspray on door seals, trunk seals, and engine. Serviceable original chrome and trim removed for repaint. Windshield delaminating at bottom edge. Claimed to have a new interior, but dashboard has been repainted, carpeting is heavily soiled, and modern cloth inserts $16,430. I swear I could hear my '62 Monza convertible back home beckon me with, “If you even think of doing any of this to me, I'll start dropping valve seats and spitting out pushrods like there's no tomorrow.” It needn't worry. At least they didn't try to stuff a small-block V8 into the back seat and left a good portion of the turbo hardware, plus they left the Body by Fisher tag, so I can put the data into the CORSA database. It brought more money than it could see bone stock, but not by a whole lot. #S146-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Custom coupe. S/N 40837S109151. Yellow & black/black vinyl. 565-ci 1,200-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally Ermine White with standard black vinyl interior. Now a Pro-Street drag car, with Bickel tube frame, lift-off front clip, and wheelie bars. Donovan all-aluminum big-block claimed to put out over 1,200 hp without the bottle of laughing gas turned on. Rather good with 2,967 Corvettes built as such. This was toward the higher end of the price spectrum for a base-motor convertible with a non-numbersmatching block. #F212-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z28 coupe. S/N 124377N215384. Butternut Yellow & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 69,282 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Sold new as a Z28 in this color and trim. Most documentation since new, and was a one-owner car until recently. Optional power front disc brakes, full tinted glass, interior décor package with simulated wood wheel, gauge pack center console, power steering, and AM radio. Also has GM accessory cowl plenum air induction. All original powertrain and bodywork, replace originals on seating surfaces. Cloth door panels installed with exposed screws in lieu of original blind clips. Runs out well, but the lifters could stand to be adjusted. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $3,900. No, this wasn't restored by a Corvair expert, or even by someone who can identify a Corvair next to a John Deere in a cornfield. Still, the days of well-running early model Corvairs that sell for $500 are gone, so this represents a fair deal all around. #S166-1962 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza Spyder Custom convertible. S/N 20967W247363. Orange metallic/white vinyl/ tan leather. Odo: 86,152 miles. Very highly modified, with air suspension, suicide doors, rear bumper cut down into bumperettes, modern leather bucket seat interior with center console, and monster stereo system. All of that, and still has the crappy single master cylinder brake system. Stock turbo, but was retrofitted with a progressive 2-barrel Holley/Weber carb, chrome alternator (generators were stock until '64), and the oddest belt tensioner I've ever seen. C5 Corvette style dual center exhaust outlets give it a deep burble. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT paint and clean engine bay for a racer boy, interior is almost all business, with the only stock gauge being the clock. Claimed to do the quarter mile in the 7 second range. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $85,860. Here we go again... why is it that '64s always get abused or modified so heavily? Honestly, would you spend $86k on a car built by Time Bomb Racing (“We build ‘em, you nuke ‘em”)—even with a claimed $150k into the build? #S18-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S119198. Silver Pearl/ black vinyl & silver hard top/silver vinyl. 327ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Replacement 1966 300-hp engine block without a serial number. Good quality repaint, decent door and panel fit, older bumper replating comparable to original. Aftermarket alloys fitted with Goldline radial tires. Recent engine bay detailing, if not to show quality. Non-stock chrome air cleaner assembly. Reproduction interior soft trim, with seat vinyl developing a yellowish tinge. Rest of interior like new with almost no wear. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $48,760. Silver Pearl was the fourth most popular color in 1966, wearing its second repaint applied five years ago. Older, correct detailing under the hood, mostly original well-cared-for interior. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. The Z/28 front fender emblems were a late 1968 part, as 1967s did not have fender emblems of any sort when new. However, it became a popular add-on by the end of the '60s, once the Z/28 became wellknown as a hot ticket. With long-term original ownership, 69k claimed actual miles makes up for being cosmetically redone. One could make a successful argument either way that the car should or should not have sold for this bid. As for the year-old appraisal for $150k displayed with the car, it was out of the question. #F121-1969 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA 2-dr hard top. S/N BH23F9B144365. Light yellow/yellow, white, & black floral vinyl/ black vinyl & yellow floral inserts. Odo: 64,821 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Factoryoptional Mod Top package of floral print vinyl roof and seating surfaces. Other options include a/c, power steering, and power brakes. Good quality repaint, decent chrome and trim. Good door gaps, but both doors shut with more of a rattle than a clunk. Original glass with original Mod Top and Airtemp a/c decals in good condition. Seats and carpets have almost no wear, while rest of the interior is congruent with the mileage indicated. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $16,500. Groovy man, one of the 937 Mod Top Barracudas. In my 20 years of 56 Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO doing collector car auctions, this is the first time I've seen one show up at a sale. However, that's the only thing that makes the car worth anything special. The consignor was hoping for $20k, but to get that, he will likely have to offer it where there's a larger market. #S85.1-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS 396 coupe. S/N 124379N641239. Dusk Blue & white/blue vinyl. Odo: 50,930 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Optional 375-hp motor, 4-speed, 12-bolt 3.73 Posi, power steering, full tinted glass, interior décor group, gauge pack, wood wheel, both front and rear spoilers. Good, but not stunning, repaint and rechrome #S47-1970 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 Twister SCJ fastback. S/N 0F05R118909. Grabber Orange & black/black vinyl. Odo: 62,391 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Marti Report and original invoice confirm Twister Special package. Originally equipped with dog dish hubcaps and trim rings, now wearing repop Magnum 500s on older radials. 1987 repaint, rechrome, and restripe holding up quite well, newer engine compartment fluff-and-buff done to show standards with all correct components. Original interior with light wear, especially as it would get for a while, and he was smart to take it and run. #S68-1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD 2-dr hard top. S/N RM23V0A162279. Lemon Twist/black vinyl/black deluxe vinyl. Odo: 84,741 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Factory options include Six Pack induction, floor shift 727 Torqueflite automatic, 3.55 ratio Sure Grip differential, power steering, power brakes, Tic-Toc-Tach, and deluxe bucket seat interior with center console. Repop fender tag, although original claimed to be included with work. All replacement interior soft trim, with some panels showing light rippling and headrest vinyl not matching seats. Good underhood detailing, almost entirely matte black painted undercarriage. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $49,290. Despite having a 375-hp motor, the consignor posted dyno figures of 504 hp at the rear wheels, and a loping cammed-up idle was a dead giveaway that it was built up far from bone stock. An overall good but not stunning car, so the selling price was spot on. #F91.1-1970 AMC REBEL Machine 2-dr hard top. S/N AOM190Y274264. Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 30,232 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Originally Bittersweet Orange metallic with brown bucket seats. Factory power brakes and steering. Economy repaint, with more likely spent on masking tape than sandpaper. Clunky door fit, inconsistent panel gaps. Spray bomb red, white, and blue motif on on console surround trim. Undercarriage untouched since new, apart from newer exhaust system. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $110,000. One of the 96 Twister Specials that were only sold in the Kansas City Sales District. Apart from graphics, they were essentially a spin-off of the California Special. Twisters were all Grabber Orange, had sequential VINs, and were loaded with performance options—the only reason half of them had 4-bbl 351s was because Ford ran out of 428 SCJs during the production run. Certainly should command a premium over a regular 428 SCJ Mach 1, but how much more in a depressed market? #S61-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. S/N 0F02G129946. Grabber Blue & black/white deluxe vinyl. Odo: 58,781 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Deluxe Marti Report confirms current configuration. Options include interior décor group with center console, Sports Deck rear seat, Shaker hood scoop, power steering, and Magnum 500 wheels. Twenty-yearold repaint and restripe still looks good with barely any polishing swirls, concours quality engine bay detailing. Underside is mostly thick car's documentation. Fully restored from a bare body to the current state within the last month. No signs of wear or use anywhere. Is concours ready as it sits. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $135,680. The eventual buyer (as this spent quite a while on the auction block) bumped up his final bid of $126k by two grand when it was announced that the consignor would let it go if it got hammered at $128k. As one of the nicest Six-Pack Superbirds out there, this is a good benchmark of Mopar values. Read that as they are not going up yet, but may still be settling down. #S79-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 convertible. S/N 136670B214158. Autumn Gold & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 1,190 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Options include a/c, power steering, power disc brakes, F41 suspension, cowl induction, tilt column, and center console. Claimed to have about 1,000 miles since full restoration. High- grille surround and motor. Rest of engine bay in fresh matte black, except most of hoses and battery. Newer seat upholstery, original black carpet and door panels. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $13,250. Described on the car card as “The Rebel WITH a cause,” this was more like the Rebel with flaws—and without a clue. Way too much redneck good ol' boy engineering done on a tired old trooper. The selling price was all it deserved and then some. 58 undercoating, aside from newer gas tank and exhaust. All original interior, door panels yellowing. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $70,490. Unlike the consignor of lot F212—the '67 Z28—this consignor knew where the market was on this very similar car. When the bidding stopped, he rightfully turned it loose for a pleasant surprise. This consignor also had the luxury of seeing what all the Friday cars did (or didn't do), so he knew that this bid was about as good quality repaint throughout, Cowl Induction flapper shows overspray and original paint when raised. Good fitting top, better than stock panel gaps, passenger's door doesn't open from the outside. Expertly restored interior with mostly reproduction materials. Correctly detailed engine bay. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $43,460. Fancy that, a Chevelle SS that isn't red. This car really did have a good look in this original, authentic color. Market value selling price, if leaning slightly on the high side. #S168-1971 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. S/N 1F05M102420. Bright Red & Sports Car Market


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Glovebox Notes 2010 Kia Forte EX A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM stable. HHHHH is best. Price as tested: $19,290 likes: A huge jump over the Spectra. Competition for the Civic and Corolla and much better than cheaper Yaris, Fit, and Versa. Simple controls, comfortable 6-way heated leather seats, 156-hp, 2-liter DOHC 4-cylinder, effective 4-speed auto, decent-sized back seat and trunk. Bluetooth and MP3, of course. dislikes: Not many. Dash is rather generic and bland, but that's better than idiosyncratically weird. Highway noise only slightly annoying. Fun to drive: HHH Fun to look at: HHH overall ownership experience: HHH Verdict: Kia sales are up about 14%, a jump from 18th to 11th place. Forte is a genuine alternative to industry gold standards, with the 173-hp, 2.4-liter SX model the one to buy.— Paul Duchene 2010 Ford Mustang V6 black/black deluxe vinyl. Odo: 43,462 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optioned with a/c, full tinted glass, power steering, power brakes, Sports Deck rear seat, AM/FM radio, and deluxe interior with center console. Excellent original paint, with typical light orange peel on tops of fenders and hood. Recently detailed engine compartment, with more clean-up than detailing to motor. Well-kept original interior, apart from several cracks on steering wheel rim and wear on Mylar brightwork surrounding dashboard. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $17,000. The dealer who owns this car has had it in his collection for 22 years, and the fact that he's had it that long must make it a good one, as he could easily dump a dog. Like many others, he's feeling the bite from the economy, but he's not hurting so bad to need to let it go for under market value. #F178-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE LT-1 coupe. S/N 194371S114752. War Bonnet Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 99,182 miles. 350-ci 330-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Factory-optional LT-1 motor, power steering, tilt/telescopic steering column, and AM/FM radio. Claimed to be all original; however, paint is newer and tires have post-1983 DOT date codes on them. Original 2,719 miles. Sold on an Iowa Prior Salvage title, due to an accident by the original owner in California in 2000. Repaired at the Panoz factory. Good quality paint, fit, and finish. Near new interior condition, with minimal to no upholstery wear, but with cracked defroster ducts. Mixture of fresh cad-plated finish hardware and original weathered lines and structural undercarriage tubing. Like-new engine compartment has been cleaned up and detailed. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $26,500. The assigned driver for this car was about five-foot six, and he was barely able to wiggle his way into it. While the Panoz was not designed to be every man's car, even the Corvette team learned their lesson with the C4—if only gymnasts can get into it, only gymnasts will buy it, and the line is shorter for gymnasts with lots of money versus large or non-nimble guys with money. Sold well with the Salvage Title baggage, as there isn't a whole lot of room for any sort of baggage with a Panoz. #F231-2004 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Commemorative Edition coupe. S/N 1G1YY22G145123793. LeMans Blue/painted panel/shale leather. Odo: 3,257 miles. 5.7-liter 350-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Options include single-disc CD stereo, body side moldings, and Z51 Performance Handling Package. Unblemished factory-applied paint, original tires still have coding stamps on the sidewalls. Price as tested: $25,440 likes: Great ex-Bullitt aluminum trim, handsome retro gauges, slick 5-speed, and heated seats. Quiet on highway, excellent brakes, good road feel for a sophisticated dinosaur. Cool sequential rear turn signals. dislikes: 210-hp V6 neither fast nor economical (I got 15.6 mpg in town—same as my 25-yearold Cadillac). Back seat same as it ever was. Spend more for the 315-hp V8 GT and get the noise you know you want. Fun to drive: HHH Fun to look at: HHH overall ownership experience: HHH Verdict: Nice evolution of retro 'Stang, but where do you go from here? Nobody wants a retro '71... or Mustang II. This feels like a shrinking market, with green and electric econo-boxes waiting in the wings. But nobody's ever going to say to your grandson, “Is that a first-year Prius? Cool.”—P.D. ♦ interior claim could be plausible, as there are seam separations on driver's side bottom and moderate fraying and wear to carpeting. Authentically detailed motor, inclusive of smog pump and all plumbing. Fresh brake lines and exhaust system. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $31,800. Some folks make a big stink about a '71 being painted War Bonnet Yellow. However, it was the most popular color that year—by almost a two-to-one ratio over red. Market pricing for a nicely detailed but hardly virginal LT-1 coupe. #F197-1997 PANOZ AIV roadster. S/N 1P9PA182XVB213014. Red/tan leather. Odo: Like-new engine bay, including original battery. Seat upholstery looks somewhat baggy, but otherwise the interior is in as-delivered new condition. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $29,150. As this was almost cookie-cutter identical to the Commemorative Edition I own, I can say these are among the best C5s to own and run. But don't take my word for it; the couple who bought this one already owned a Commemorative coupe (his) and a convertible (hers). She bought this one, proving that buying a new car as an “instant collectible” is a lousy investment, and that like always, I was two years too early in getting mine. ♦ 60 Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA Luxe, Sport et Collection Despite being a “school night,” auctioneer Hervé Poulain fired up the crowd and at 10:30, the theater was still packed Company Artcurial date Paris, France location November 16, 2009 auctioneer Hervé Poulain automotive lots sold / offered 32/47 sales rate 68% sales total $1,996,887 High sale 1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn cabriolet, sold at $479,202 buyer's premium Rollers on a roll in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower Report and photos by Jérôme Hardy Market opinions in italics F irst, let me thank Francois Melcion and the Artcurial team for a refreshing evening. Unemployment, increased taxes, and flu viruses make for grim times. In France, new “green” taxes on cars, traffic restrictions, speeding crackdowns and anti-automobile propaganda make a gearhead feel out of place. Not on Monday, November 16, in Paris, however. At the Palais des Congrès theater, 600 buyers and spectators were seated elbow-to-elbow, with 30 more standing, all ready to fight for a piece of the action. The enthusiasm was unanticipated. Forty-seven av- erage lots were described in a four-page brochure; 30 words to describe each car and a single picture. Average mid-estimate was $55,000. No big event supported the sale, and reaching the Palais des Congrès after work is a nightmare. Highest estimate was for a 1965 James Bond gray Aston Martin DB5 in right-hand drive that should have sold at a bid of $240k, despite a $270k low estimate. Along the same lines, a fantastically restored 1953 Bentley R Mulliner sedan fizzled out unsold at $52,500, though a 1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn convertible was the high sale at $479,202. A few Porsches were fresh imports from the U.S. for middling money, but the Dodge Viper was a no-sale at $37,500. 62 Paris, FRA The star of the show was a shabby 1965 Facel Vega HKII with a high estimate of $67,000, but which drew an amazing $176,910. It was one of four Facel Vegas offered, all carelessly stored for 30-plus years and ranging from shabby to scrap metal. Despite being a “school night,” auctioneer Hervé Poulain fired up the crowd, and at 10:30 pm the theater was still packed. Buyers, sellers, merchants, auctioneer, experts, press, and spectators all had happy grins on their faces. At the end, 32 of 47 cars offered had changed hands for just under $2m. Stellar buys included a cute 1970 Morris Minor Traveller at $15,923, a sporty 1969 Honda S800 coupe for $19,814, and a tangerine 1971 Porsche 911L Targa for $26,537. Merely decent buys included a better-than-new 1986 Daimler DS420 at $56,612, a very clean 1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 SWB for $83,148, and my favorite, a restored and rare 1953 Ford Comète at $35,400. And the “What were they thinking?” cat- egory: that $177k Facel (three times the high estimate and more than the near-perfect HKI in Monaco last May), the scrap-metal 1960 Facel Vega HK500 that sold for $45,996 (four times the high estimate), and finally, the high-sale Rolls that was neither rare nor elegant but still made $480k—double its high estimate. As for myself, I felt bad on Tuesday that I had neither the means nor the bravado to buy the fantastically restored 1953 Mulliner. Oh well, it's still on the market. ♦ Sales Totals $500k $1m $1.5m $2m 0 Sports Car Market 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 15% up to $225,000, 10% therafter, included in sold prices ($1.50=€1.00)


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Artcurial Paris, FRA enGlisH #15-1953 BENTLEY R-TYPE saloon. S/N B327SP. Black & gray/light brown leather. RHD. Odo: 70,134 miles. Coachwork by Mulliner. Complete older frame-on restoration still looks good. Excellent paint and panel gaps, minor nicks in places. Chrome, trim, glass, rubber, and wheels appear redone, rear bumper slightly wavy. Inside shows good attention to detail and nice materials, engine the U.S. gets you a car in better condition for the same money, so I'd call this slightly well sold. #12-1986 DAIMLER DS420 limousine. bay clean but not detailed as well as it could be. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $52,500. Last seen at Sotheby's London in November '82, where it sold at $10,075 (SCM# 18006). This car received a lot of attention before the sale. It was too nice for a European touring car and not the right body style for concours showing, and there was no buyer in the room to reward the work. #28-1965 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB52225R. Eng. # 4002232. Birch Gray/ Oxblood leather. RHD. Odo: 8,475 miles. Described as a 1963 in catalog, but is actually a 1965. U.K. car partially restored some time ago. Paint very good, chrome redone but pitting underneath, rubber fully dry. Wheels OK, interior good. Original Motorola radio, nice open roof option, engine bay clean. A U.K. Building cost is usually between $160k and $220k. This one was built in 1993 with most options at a cost of $190k, and was reported to have had a $25k service recently. Fitted with sunroof. As-new. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $83,148. This fits somewhere between a replica and a restored car. The target was individuals who want to look cool and go fast in an old car with all the modern amenities. For that profile, this was a wise buy at 30% of the build price, inflation included. But for a collector, this was a lot of money, as you can buy two excellent fully original Mk II 3.8s for the same amount. #2-1970 MORRIS MINOR Traveller 1000 wagon. S/N MAW5D1286245F. Blue & wood/light blue vinyl. RHD. Odo: 89,661 miles. Recent nut-and-bolt restoration inside and out to high standards for the model, with great attention to detail, aside from scruffy undercarriage. Quality paint, nice interior and S/N SADDWATL4AC200853. Two-tone gray/ dark blue leather. Odo: 3,472 km. Catalog states as-new with original mileage. Looks new to the point of making one suspicious, as the 24-yearold thin English chrome looks too nice. Some paint issues in places on hood hint at possible subsurface rust. Interior undoubtedly new, undercarriage very clean. In any case, probably one of the best DS420s out there. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $56,612. Sold well above its $45k high estimate. While this was expensive for a DS420, considering its excellent condition and attractive color combination, I'd call it a fair deal. #6-1989 JAGUAR XJ12 Sovereign saloon. S/N SAJJDALW4CA482537. Midnight blue/ beige leather. Odo: 66,279 km. Two-owner fully original car in very good condition. Glass, chrome, and mags all good, paint still shiny with no visible rust. Rubber starting to dry out, one headlight broken. Interior neat and showing wear commensurate with mileage. Packed exterior wood, glass and chrome excellent. Interior as-new with great dash, engine bay spotless. A great little car in attractive colors. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $15,923. This price surely didn't recoup this car's restoration cost, and the new owner got a relatively practical car that will get a lot of attention for just a small investment. Well bought. RHD car not at ease in Paris. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $240,000. Last seen at Bonhams' Goodwood Revival sale in September '09, where it sold at $235,535 (SCM# 143209). Also sold at the same location in 2008 for $240,279 with 300 less miles, which was market correct in the U.K. (SCM# 117801). Still in U.K. plates a year later, to be sold in Paris. Should have sold at the price bid. #31-1965 JAGUAR Mk II 3.8 Vicarage sa- loon. S/N 233871BW. Midnight blue/burgundy leather. Odo: 57,098 km. Vicarage Ltd. specializes in integrating Mk II Jags with modern components. Looks 99% stock inside and out, with upgraded 4.2-liter engine, 5-speed Getrag, power everything, a/c, improved brakes and suspension, and high-end interior fittings. 64 hood. Chrome, glass, and trim all fine, panel fit just OK. Driver-quality interior, with original leather and a/c. Dirty brown carpet, new vinyl soft top. Undercarriage of a driver. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $59,265. Sold mid-estimate. eBay in Sports Car Market #24-1973 JAGUAR XKE convertible. S/N UE1S23666. British Racing Green/black vinyl/ brown leather. Odo: 33,497 miles. U.S. delivered, imported to France 16 years ago by the last owner. Paint dull, fresh nick in middle of engine bay clean, undercarriage shows it's been used as a driver. A clean example of an underappreciated car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $15,038. With relatively low mileage and in reportedly good running condition, this would make a good driver for someone looking for both a bit of power and a classy design at the price of a used Camry. A good deal for a usable driver. #11-1993 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SPUR II saloon. S/N SAZN02D1PCX46241. Dark gray/light blue leather. Odo: 66,339 km.


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Artcurial Paris, FRA One-owner all-original French car. More a used car than a collectible, but in mint condition throughout. Factory paint glossy, all trim and chrome excellent but for slightly faded bumpers. Interior as-new, undercarriage neat. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $44,228. Sold at the top estimate, and an expensive price for such a common 15-year-old sedan, even though it was in mint condition. Well sold. #30-1998 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL R coupe. S/N SCBZB15C6WCX63094. Brooklands Green/sandstone leather. Odo: 37,125 km. Well maintained two-owner Frenchdelivered car. Nothing to fault all around but dirty mags. Not showroom new, but still aluminum dash and three-spoke steering wheel, stainless steel bumpers very good and exceptionally rare. Last oil change in 2006. Too bad the small V8 can't propel it in accordance with its look. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $35,382. Sold at the high estimate, and deservedly so. Try to find another one like it. Well bought. #32-1960 FACEL VEGA FACELLIA cabriolet. S/N FAB159. White/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 45,277 km. One of 1,800 built, stored since 1977 with little care evident. Last reported oil change in '73. Exterior and interior rough, Pont-à-Mousson engine not easy very nice throughout. One of a reported 322 Continental R coupes built. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $101,724. Sold at the top estimate. This model in this condition can easily be found in the U.S. for the low estimate expectation of $70,000, and someone decided that it wasn't worth spending $35,000 to bring one in from over there. Well sold. FrenCH #1-1939 CITROëN TRACTION 7C Economique sedan. S/N 217839. Black/beige cloth. Odo: 6,767 km. Partial old restoration showing quite a few needs. Paint dead and peeling, panels need work, chrome original, rubber dead. Glass OK, interior may be original and shows heavy wear and aging. Headliner sags. to find, as they broke all the time when new. If you're not worried about originality, you could squeeze a V8 Rover in it to make a goodlooking Sunbeam Tiger-style Facel. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $24,768. Will require more money than a perfect car would cost, and that's just to be put back on the road. Very well sold. #35-1960 FACEL VEGA HK500 coupe. S/N BQ3HK1. White. Odo: 79,603 km. On this car, the catalog was clear in listing this as a restoration project or parts car. Glass, headlights, wheels, and several gauges OK, Odo: 26,083 km. Stored with little care since 1988. All original and 95% complete. Gray paint cracked everywhere, badges missing, body dinged, some rust visible. Interior needs to be redone, but wood-painted dash is still nice. Radio missing, engine bay scruffy. One of 349 IIIs built in 1964. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $41,574. Sold 20% over the $33k high estimate, and that's just too expensive to restore it to its former glory. It may be put back on the road for not too much money, but it would be difficult to be proud of it in this condition. Well sold. toP 10 No. 6 #34-1965 FACEL VEGA HKII B coupe. S/N HK2B178. Black/cream leather. Odo: 93,544 km. Last oil change in 1979. Stored for 30 years with little care, hopefully in a dry environment, and without a turn of the crank. 95% complete. Black grime quickly washed off. Body shows rust bubbles, damaged fender at firewall level, and a few other minor issues. Borranis, chrome, and trim should look nice after hours of elbow grease. Dirty leather still supple, nice complete dash and steering wheel. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $176,910. Sold for almost three times the $67k high estimate. OK, the market is into barn finds right now, but this one sold for more than the $140k a perfect HKI, with its better design, a stick, and a Lecoq restoration brought at Bonhams Monaco in May (SCM# 120539). Very well sold. #37-1968 RENAULT 8 GORDINI 1135 Optional yellow wheels, WWII-era sticker on windshield. Really tired, but complete. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $15,038. Sold mid-estimate. With so much interest in originality these days, this should not be restored but carefully fixed up and used. A fair deal for both parties. #36-1953 FORD COMÈTE coupe. S/N F3AFM. Eng. # 511834. Dark green/orange leather. Odo: 69,201 km. One of 2,000 coupes built by Ford France between 1951 and 1955. Ford flathead V8, Facel style coachwork. Fully restored to high standards. Gorgeous brushed 66 sedan. S/N 204272. White/black vinyl. Odo: 80,266 km. Not an original, but a completely rebuilt replica with period-correct options including fender flares, Delta Mics mags, and bucket seats. Paint, glass, and chrome bumpers possibly usable after a lot of hours of bodywork. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $45,996. The high estimate was $12,000, and the car was listed at no reserve, which tells a lot. This price was well over the top, and the seller should be extremely happy. #33-1964 FACEL VEGA III cabriolet. S/N FBA142. Gray/black canvas/black vinyl. Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA very good. Interior correct and nice, engine bay spotless and purposeful. A French classic racing econobox. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $28,500. Despite the quality of the work, this remains a hopped-up agricultural econobox, and $28,500 should have been enough. #41-1969 CITROëN ID20 sedan. S/N 3830436. Brown/gray cloth. Odo: 61,872 km. The entry level DS. Restored inside and out to a high level in 2007. Panels and fit excellent— animal as the '67 300SE offered as lot #45, except this one may just not be as usable. Well sold. #13-1966 MERCEDES-BENZ 600 SWB limousine. S/N 10001212000709. Dark green/ red leather. Odo: 134,375 km. Restored to high standards in 1993 and still showing well, with straight panels and excellent paint, glass, and chrome. Inside tidy, wood veneer perfect. Engine bay clean with some traces of fluid a must on an ID/DS. Superb paint, trim, wheels, rubber, and glass. Simple interior as-new, mechanically all redone. A very attractive car. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $18,000. A lesser example sold for $44,505 in February '09 at Bonhams's Rétromobile sale in Paris (SCM #119652). This one deserved the $25,000 mid-estimate at least, so the owner was right to keep it. GerMan #21-1960 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 12104010016863. White/ black cloth & hard top/red leather. Odo: 53,035 km. Two-owner car delivered new in France, has spent 39 years with the last owner. Older respray now showing its age, chrome faded, bezels cracked, wheels and hubcaps nicked. corrosion. Last check-up in 1996, so may need some recommissioning. Fitted with sunroof. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $83,148. Sold above the $60k high estimate. A similar car sold a few weeks before at Bonhams' Reims sale for $123,155 (SCM# 143285), but that car was fully original and in complete running order. This one was risky from a mechanical point of view, as sorting out a needy 600 can be expensive. A fair deal for both parties. #45-1967 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SE coupe. S/N 11202112009856. Gray/dark blue/ beige leather. Odo: 69,124 km. Mostly original two-owner car delivered new in France. Quick respray over visibly prepped panels shows some fit issues. Some rubber replaced, glass OK, interior entirely original and tired. Steering original. Correct Fuchs, incorrect mirrors, no sunroof. Interior very clean, with periodcorrect Recaro seats. Undercarriage clean. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $57,750. Did not sell $3,000 below the $60k low estimate. Excellent examples of the 911S are in strong demand, but this one was just good. It should have sold. #40-1974 PORSCHE 911 targa. S/N Interior very nice with new red leather, carpet, and soft top. Steering wheel cracked. Fitted with Becker radio with tape player. Clean engine bay. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $67,226. A good touring car in an attractive color combination, and a market-correct price given its condition and provenance. #8-1963 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SE coupe. S/N W11202112003192. Dark blue/ cream leather. Odo: 82,454 km. Tired original car, quick respray some time ago. Panels wavy, paint OK from a distance, chrome faded, bezels cracked, most rubber hard as wood. Interior fully original with dry and cracked leather, veneer OK. Undercarriage of a used driver with thick layer of grime. Mechanicals unknown. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $22,644. The same basic 68 wheel very nice, veneer cracked, sunroof a nice option. Slush box automatic just redone. Said to be used and in running order. A 30-footer. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $25,875. Not nice enough to be proud of as-is on weekends, and too expensive to restore. Using it as an original somewhat classy Parisian daily commuter may be a good way to let it live out its final days. #43-1971 PORSCHE 911T targa. S/N 9111110565. Signal Orange/black vinyl/black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 108,739 miles. Freshly Sports Car Market 9114610311. Black/black/black vinyl. Odo: 26,136 km. Modified narrow-body car with Turbo flares and bumpers, and oddly, earlier soft rear window conversion. Sinister black paint faded. Interior with a mix of turbo and SC gauges, engine bay scruffy. Undercarriage of a driver. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $35,382. There are so many nice 911s around for $35,000. Why imported from the U.S. Body restored to good standards in a period-correct color. Incorrect targa bar should be stainless, not black; new rubber everywhere. Incorrect Fuchs rims clean. Front seats incorrect and don't match the rear. Incorrect steering wheel, original a/c, undercarriage very clean with no leaks. Good headers and heat exchangers. Just passed inspection, so it runs and stops. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,537. A nice-looking LWB 911T, in great period colors, but with some unfortunate updates, which are shunned in today's “original is best” marketplace. Lots of money spent in all the wrong ways on this one, but a fair price for what is an attractive, responsive, and iconic 911 from a special era. #22-1973 PORSCHE 911S 2.4 coupe. S/N 911330841. Eng. # 9115363221062. Gold/ black leather. 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Artcurial Paris, FRA pick this needy bitsa? Downright scary, huge money paid for this mishmash—proof that sellers can win big at auctions if you get real lucky. #7-1977 PORSCHE 911S 2.7 coupe. S/N 9117200679. Metallic Red/black & white cloth. Odo: 129,903 miles. Freshly imported from the U.S, and still with U.S. bits like headlights and bumpers. Tax paid, but add $2,000 for local emissions and registration. Original paint, rubber, and glass with blemishes, Fuchs show well, incorrect side mirror fitted. Interior very nice for a 130,000-mile and 40-year-old car. car. Good quality respray with some visible bubbles, too many prancing horse decals. Rubber drying, Cromodoras marked and faded, chrome OK, glass fine. Interior original and showing some patina. Driver-quality engine bay. Mechanically refreshed in November 2009. Not ready for show, but hopefully a good touring car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $137,990. Sold mid-estimate, and that price was too high given the condition of the car and the state of the current market. An OK price 18 months ago, but well sold today. New engine, undercarriage clean. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,691. U.S. cars tend to arrive without much documentation, and that's risky on a 130,000-mile 911, even with a new engine. I would have definitely wanted to test-drive it, which can prove to be difficult at auction. Well sold even if there's still a little profit to be made here. #38-1981 AUDI QUATTRO Rally coupe. S/N WAUZZZ85ZBA063957. White & yellow/black cloth. Odo: 128,477 km. A regular Quattro just rebuilt for rallying and barely (if ever) used since. Quality of work excellent throughout. Wide fender Audi kit well applied, six additional headlights fitted. Entire interior JaPanese #5-1969 HONDA S800 coupe. S/N 1005674. Gray/black vinyl. Odo: 24,108 km. In France from new, full high-quality restoration in 2007. Panel paint and fit excellent, new rubber and chrome fitted. Bumpers wavy, hubcaps show small dings, light dirt inside fenders. Interior all redone with excellent dash, Interior factory fresh, exhaust and undercarriage clean. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $37,500. The low estimate of $52,000 was high given the age of the car, but the high bid was light. The truth lies in between for this car in France. #17-1965 SHELBY GT350 H Replica fastback. S/N 678330. Blue & gold/black vinyl. Odo: 62,106 km. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Delivered new in France. Respray over visible prep issues, including rust bubbles. Mags clean. low-option interior with ripped driver's removed but for roll cage, harnesses, and racing buckets. Real glass still installed. Engine raceprepped to 250 hp, engine bay detailed. Just a few years away from admission to classics such as the Monte Carlo winter rally. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $51,750. Sold at just over the high estimate. The value of the car may be close to what was paid, less the trouble of having to do it yourself. Fair deal. italian toP 10 No. 9 #25-1973 FERRARI 246 GT Dino coupe. S/N 04580. Red/black leather. Odo: 94,473 km. Mostly original driver-quality undercarriage very clean. An attractive little gem in the right colors. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $19,814. The market prefers open cars, but once again, I feel the coupe has a stronger personality. Nice S800 convertibles go for $40k, so half that price for an excellent coupe is a bargain to me—as long as you're under 5'9”, around 160 pounds, and are not claustrophobic. aMeriCan #42-1965 FORD MUSTANG coupe. S/N 5R07U103789. Teal/cream leather. Odo: 41,925 miles. 200-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. California car restored in the U.K. in 2008, then sold in Paris. No options whatsoever. Hastily restored with minimal dismantling, paint thick. Original seat. Engine bay clean and mostly original but for upgraded headers. No a/c. An average driver. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $31,500. This missed its low estimate by $5k, but it should have sold anyway. This was a low-option slushbox fastback, and gold stripes aren't worth that much. ♦ radio, engine bay clean. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $20,345. $20,000 gives you a wide range of choices for Mustangs in the U.S., but this one sold at correct money in Europe given the low dollar. #20-1993 DODGE VIPER RT/10 roadster. S/N 1B3BR65E3PV200861. Red/gray leather. Odo: 23,625 miles. Imported from the U.S. French title. Fully original and in good condition but for trunk fit issue that may be factory. No nicks on bumpers, wheels and tires OK. 70 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Beaulieu, UK Collectors' Motorcars at the Beaulieu Autojumble All the top sales were from a 28-lot collection of barn-find and unrestored cars that so well complements the Autojumble Company Bonhams date September 12, 2009 location Beaulieu, England auctioneer James Knight automotive lots sold / offered 120/129 sales rate 93% sales total $3,394,193 High sale 1932 Delage D8 Faux Cabriolet coupe, sold at $188,042 buyer's premium “Autojumble” seems so much more civilized than “swapmeet” Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics T his was a big sale by U.K. standards, and all of the top-performing cars here were from a 28-lot single collection Bonhams brought to its annual sale, traditionally of barn-find and unrestored cars, which so well complements the Beaulieu Autojumble. Event regular Barry Burnett was well into his fifth decade of collecting cars by the time he passed away in 2009, and this represented a thinning-out of the collection. Many of the cars were in a pretty poor state: The top-selling Delage D8 Faux Cabriolet coupe looked as though it had been stripped for restoration, but actually it was on its way to completion, the XK 120 roadster was rough and knocked about, and the Facel Vega HK500 had been caught in a workshop fire, but they all raised top money, $188,042, $53,774, and $51,854, respectively. All 28 of Burnett's cars sold. His 1935 Bentley 3½ Liter Freestone & Webb Airline sports saloon was both unusual and attractive, and though a bit sad with dropping doors, attracted strong bidding from the room and on several telephones; eventually it sold to France for $87,007. The 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Pininfarina Super Sport cabriolet (on American Racing mags!), partdismantled but mostly there, was quickly taken into the 72 U.K. trade for $72,311, and almost as quickly retailed for almost $20k more. That doesn't sound so greedy when you notice there's a sister car for sale in California at $550,000. Not all Burnett's cars were basket cases though: His nicely mellowing 1906 Beaulieu, UK Berliet 40hp limo, magnificently imposing with a fabulous set of Ducellier lamps, found a new home at $112,725. Elsewhere, a recently put-together 1908/09 Brasier GP special, built by a VSCC member and which should have no problem gaining eligibility for Club events, was $105,377—about half what it cost to build, half the price of a Vintage Bentley, and probably even more exciting. King George VI's 1939 Lanchester Eight limo, reputedly in which he enjoyed driving his family, including the future Queen of England, fetched $48,973, and a charming early 80-inch Land Rover, deceptively cosmetically “challenged” but actually in very good shape mechanically, went for a strong $31,688—a year after the noise over the marque's 60th birthday had died down. European buyers are always in evidence at this sale, as many come over to snap up bargains at the jumble, which is also a huge social event. And thanks to the strength of the euro, their money's going further this year. Just one reason Bonhams's marquee at Beaulieu was once again packed. ♦ $500k $1m $1.5m $2m $2.5m $3m $3.5m 0 Sports Car Market Sales Totals 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 15% up to $50,100, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.67=£1.00)


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Bonhams Beaulieu, UK enGlisH #438-1923 GN SPORT cyclecar. S/N F1364. Aluminum/blue vinyl. RHD. One of only two surviving Salmson-built GNs, originally registered as a Vitesse. Recently restored and rebuilt with various new parts fabricated including chrome exhaust that looks like a refugee from a bike. Body dating from the '80s straight and clean, new floorboards, nice brasswork, V-twin motor with bronze heads. Newer chains and now well-base wheels and tires. An important stage in the evolution of British motoring. Titter ye not. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $56,655. Only two owners in 86 years! Had been in the U.S. for a time when the first owner, who emigrated there, began to restore it. It was the subject of much debate among GN fanciers, one of whom owned and raced a 6-liter Gipsy Moth-powered version, but the consensus sounded good, and it sold about where expected. #460-1923 VAUXHALL TYPE OD 23/60hp Kington tourer. S/N OD1001. Eng. # OD995. Red/beige vinyl. RHD. Odo: 21,979 miles. Almost the last of the pre-GM Vauxhalls, a kind of baby 30/98. Restored in past decade with some new parts. Repaired original body still straight, paint shiny, wheels rebuilt. Nice and flaking paint to fenders, some surface rust to chassis. Door shuts still very good, rear velour worn. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $87,007. Reported to have appeared in a number of films after Hollywood producer Robert T. Kane turned ownership of it over to his studio for use as a movie prop. Sold way over the $50k high estimate at about where nice Phantoms start, and that might keep it this way, as it's almost too appealing to restore. #364-1929 MORGAN SUPER SPORTS AERO roadster. S/N N/A. Eng. # LTOWS68008H. Yellow/brown vinyl. RHD. Two-speed M-type chassis wearing straight restored body originally on famous “Johnny Yellow” trials car. New paint except to show original union flag by side vent. Windshield windshield pillars. Interior nice apart from where mice have been at one corner of driver's seat, plating is good. Currently a non-runner. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $87,007. One of the Barry Burnett cars, and although it was offered with no reserve, it sold for more than twice what was expected. Definitely worth preserving in this form, and at this money, it's too expensive to be made into a special. A brave but worthy buy. #450-1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III Sports saloon. S/N 3BT201. Eng. # D28Y. Black/brown leather. RHD. Coachwork by Hooper. In good order, just needs putting back together. Body in good shape, original motor dismantled and frost damaged, reconditioned cracked. Has air of being recently put together, and needs using before JAP V-twin motor goes rusty again. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $46,092. There were plenty of comments about whether or not it had the right parts, but either way, it sold well over estimate. Centric blower and spare set of heads and barrels included in the price. #442-1933 MG MIDGET J2 roadster. S/N radiator plating and CAV lights, plus original diver's helmet lamps on rear. Older beige vinyl seats still OK. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $87,007. Originally in Australia before restoration and with nothing needed except sorting out the rear springs, this looked a good deal, landing about where expected. Less than half the price of a 3 Liter Bentley, and even cheaper than its big sister. #497-1927 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I sedanca de ville. S/N 89LF. Eng. # OK25. Black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 33,947 miles. Faded but magnificent former film star, bodied either by Hooper or Holbrook. Good radiator plating, microblistered headlights. Star cracking 74 J3061. Eng. # 1534AJ72. Green/black leather. RHD. Odo: 4,724 miles. Very nice and tidy, with good door fit, although new fuel tank is motor offered as a separate lot. Nicely aged leather interior looks like the original, almost complete tool kit comes with car. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $63,126. This sold for big money— nearly twice the expected $33k. Looking largely complete on the day might have helped it, even though it was held together only by gravity. A rewarding project, but likely not financially so. #437-1939 LANCHESTER 32hp Straight Eight limousine. S/N 43616. Black/brown cloth. RHD. Odo: 38,487 miles. Much awaited ex-King George VI car which he reportedly drove himself. Decent body, doors fit and latch perfectly. Paint flaking off, chrome deteriorat- Sports Car Market still in red primer. Dash good, with a later water temperature gauge fitted—perhaps related to the small coolant dribble down the side of the block. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $33,609. In South Africa from 1987-2001, and has been red, but is now in its original color. Sold slightly high, but for a no-serious-stories example, no one's quibbling. #407-1935 BENTLEY 3½ LITER “Airline” sports saloon. S/N B11FC. Eng. # H8BY. Red & silver/green leather. RHD. Odo: 67,966 miles. Coachwork by Freestone & Webb. Rare and elegant body on Derby Bentley looks promising, but it's tired, with door fit well out at bottoms and cracks in both


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Bonhams Beaulieu, UK ing, motor clean, tidy, and repainted. Interior mostly OK but rear bench has been rather clumsily recovered. Still with Royal crest above daily use since. Bulkhead not rotten, chassis not hammered, body not too wrinkled. With “fug-stirrer” heater, decent canvas top and sidescreen. Original tools, added overdrive (maybe it'll crack 60 mph now). Aside from new leather seats, this is patina. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $31,688. Early Landie values remain strong even though the 60th anniversary was last year. 25 years of barn storage may have stopped this obviously loved example from getting either knocked about or over-restored. Well bought even at all the money. #414-1950 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. windshield. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $48,973. This went mid-estimate, but it wasn't as nice as the King's brother's Buick that sold at Bonhams Olympia for $207,030 in December '07 (SCM# 48071), and that car had more American appeal. #464-1948 BENTLEY Mk VI Special roadster. S/N B264CF. Eng. # B88C. Maroon & black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 69,603 miles. Well-executed special by Halse Engineering in the early '70s, restored with engine rebuild in the past two years. Plating all good, apart from unfinished Burnett production, bought by him in 1983 and left to molder since. Should be a straightforward restoration, although the price was twice what was expected and was about the same as you'd expect to pay for an almost decent runner. Well sold. #434-1965 AUSTIN-HEALEY SPRITE some hubcap marks, interior basic but in good shape. Radiator sits alongside motor. Recent bills include a $16k engine rebuild. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $52,238. This might seem a lot for a British hot rod, but the owner originally wanted more, wisely letting it go for this still pricey looking figure. Well sold. #455-1949 LAND ROVER SERIES ONE 80 utility. S/N 06104822. Eng. # 06104002. Green/green canvas/green aluminum. RHD. May not look it, but sound throughout. Although refurbished in the '80s, it's very original. Recommissioned last year and in worn through and coming unstitched. No telling how tired the motor is, but that's simple and inexpensive—rebuild it on your kitchen table and drop it back in on a rope. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $3,649. These look terrifyingly tiny on the road today, but they're fab to drive. In top order these are three times the price, and this one would still be cost-effective for an enthusiast to make nice again. Could be driven with patch-ups for a few years yet, but it'll be kinder, simpler, and cheaper to do a proper job now. 76 Mk III roadster. S/N HAN548741. Eng. # 10CCDAH20145. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 92,004 miles. Appealing and standard, but rust is making a hostile bid here. All-important spring boxes OK, but there are welded repairs in floor nearby. General body straightness and fit good, but now is the time to save it. Chrome microblistered, driver's seat alloys unscuffed and leather redyed. No spare wheel, surface rust on subframes. Motor clean and tidy, with no rattles when fired up. Extras include folding picnic table, footstools, and a TV in the glovebox location.” Still unregistered but EU duty paid. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $17,285. Last sold at Bonhams' Kelmarsh sale in June '09 for $12,334 (SCM# 120734), which I thought was remarkably high given the condition then. This time, exceedingly well sold at twice the (realistic) reserve. FrenCH #416-1906 BERLIET 40hp Open-Drive limousine. S/N 582. Red/black leather & green velour. RHD. Odo: 80,856 km. Magnificently imposing and nicely mellowed. Some paint flaking off timber body moldings, perfect green velour in rear with foot-warmer and beveled glass. Well-stocked dash, fabulous and not-tooshiny set of Ducellier brass lamps. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $112,725. Sold for a bit less than Sports Car Market S/N 660279. Eng. # A97917. Blue/red vinyl/ red leather. RHD. Odo: 48,760 miles. Complete but body rotted and sagging, with some rust and lots of Bondo in right front corner. Seats falling apart, non-original motor looks complete. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $53,774. Another #446-1968 JAGUAR XKE 4.2 convertible. S/N 1E1984. Eng. # 7E153809. Black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 63,621 miles. Fair-looking original RHD “Series 1½” with a fair respray and one repair to shiny leather on driver's seat. Orange woodrim steering wheel looks out of place, lots of mastic sealing up the left front footwell. Exhaust noted to be leaking slightly. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $50,893. Nicer than most resto projects, but that mastic means proper and likely expensive repairs are not too far away. The rest of car was fundamentally OK, though making the money paid here look only on the slightly high side of fair. #473-1989 BENTLEY TURBO R LWB saloon. S/N SCBZP04A8KCX25999. Black/ beige leather. Odo: 34,396 km. Supplied new to Germany, then Japan. 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Bonhams Beaulieu, UK doubt conscientiously built, but why? Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $16,805. I have included this because as solidly as it may have been constructed, it astounded me that anyone could draw parallels with a Bugatti unless they were both in a hall of mirrors. You could buy a real Caterham Seven for the same money. GerMan #439-1935 FRAZER NASH-BMW 319/2 the low estimate of $133k, but a decent deal both ways. Not London-to-Brighton eligible, of course, but one of the more usable and useful Edwardians. Find another. #422-1908 BRASIER GRAND PRIX SPECIAL speedster. S/N C10512CHX210. Eng. # 210. Blue/brown leather. RHD. Recently completed special. Simplex engine makes a nice change from aero-engined specials with which it will undoubtedly compete. ton truck actually built by Latil, and pressed into army service. About 6,000 were built from 1940. Appeared in two Indiana Jones movies and the TV series “Agatha Christie's Poirot”— although then it appeared to have a different timber body and rear fenders. In good shape and looks recently painted. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,834. From the History on Wheels Museum, which was having a thin-out. Even if nobody quite believes its history, it's probably cheap enough to take a punt on it getting more film work. #415-1960 FACEL VEGA HK500 coupe. S/N HK1BY4. Eng. # TY74731. Blue/gray leather. RHD. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Though expensively restored two decades ago by marque specialist Nigel Cooper, was in only fair condition until caught by a workshop fire severe enough to crack the (expensive) wind- Sports roadster. S/N 54158. Eng. # 54158. Gray/black leather. RHD. Odo: 1,002 miles. Very early Archie Frazer-Nash (Archie has a hyphen, the company and cars don't) BMW import, originally a convertible, rebodied in the mid-'90s but still with all its original components and registration number. Good to In excellent order throughout. Nicely aged set of Ducellier brass lamps, twin shocks on rear axle, newish leather and floorboards. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $105,377. Sold at about the expected amount, and it would be hard to replicate this with authentic parts for the same money, as it reportedly cost about twice this to build. toP 10 No. 4 #412-1932 DELAGE D8 Faux Cabriolet coupe. S/N 34743. Eng. # 1392. Two-tone green. RHD. Coachwork by Chapron. Looks fairly straight and part-stripped, but is actually an unfinished older restoration. Worn black leather, headliner shield. Paint burnt off nose and roof, interior survived and motor looks OK. An original right-hand-drive car, but an insurance writeoff, so no papers included, pending inspection by DVLA. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $51,854. Another Burnett car to sell at well over twice the expected $30k. This will need $200k thrown at it to make it nice, and decent cars start at $75k. Well sold. #500-1970 BUGATTI TYPE 35 Replica roadster. S/N N/A. Blue/tan vinyl. RHD. Volkswagen Beetle 1300-based kit car, rather ambitiously described as a Bugatti Type 35 replica, now with 1600 motor. Well and no hanging off. Headlights and radiator good, motor complete but rusty and dusty. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $188,042. Part of the Burnett Collection for more than 30 years, and he never got around to finishing it. Even so, it sold massively for more than twice the $84k low estimate. #470-1949 CITROëN TYPE 23R truck. S/N 323736. Olive drab. A civilian-based 1½- 78 new engine in 1991, or 22k miles ago. Either way, I'd want to see it running and pumped up square on its air suspension. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $3,457. At the sold price, the room wasn't convinced either, though it was probably worth the money for the motor alone. It might revive cheaply, but the market was palpably nervous and hands did not dig too deeply in pockets. #474-1978 VOLKSWAGEN TYPE 181 Thing convertible. S/N 1882001978. Sand/ Sports Car Market fair body and paint. Motor now has shell bearings and Bristol rods, oil pump, etc. Used for some light competition. New Blockley tires a good sign of an enthusiastic owner. Eligible for lots of events. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $94,355. Delivered in 1935 but not registered until 1940—a brave move at a time when England was at war with Germany. Sold under estimate and not a huge amount of money for a very usable example of a significant car. #479-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SEL 6.3 4-dr sedan. S/N 10901822006184. Gold/ brown leather. RHD. Odo: 26,917 miles. Sad looking example of a desirable model, but according to the seller it's not too bad, with lots of money spent, including around $15k on a


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Bonhams Beaulieu, UK Bondo on right front fender and ding in trunk lid edge. Interior nice, motor unloved, bumpers rusting, brightwork microblistered. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $26,887. Bonhams touted this as a bargain, but it sold for 50% more than expected. Still just about makes sense financially, as long as the rot isn't too extensive. #508-1967 FIAT 500 sedan. S/N 1378627. green vinyl. Odo: 29,087 km. Thing modified with earlier Type 82 front fenders and headlights for an earlier appearance. Good body, no rot, vinyl buckets good and new duckboards fitted. Seatbelts not bolted in, slight oil mist under motor. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $10,563. Claimed to be an original German border control vehicle. About the right money for a decent 181 in the U.K., although with its earlier looks, this was more appealing. Fair both ways. italian #417-1949 ALFA ROMEO 6C 2500 Super Sport cabriolet. S/N 915808. Eng. # 915808. White/brown velour. RHD. Probably worse than it looks. Some holes in body, front fenders detached at bottom, paint cracking, one headlight lens cracked. Driveshaft on rear seat, instruments corroded, various engine ancillaries Yellow/black vinyl/tan cloth. RHD. Appealing from a few yards away, but has bubbles at base of windshield pillars and in door shuts. Floors and structure look OK. One hole in passenger's for London-to-Brighton eligible cars, this looks relatively cheap for a strong runner—especially as it hammered sold just over the bottom estimate of $100k. #429-1935 STUDEBAKER COMMANDER roadster. S/N N/A. Blue/brown leather. RHD. Fire damaged, but only lightly toasted from the outside— motor, dash, and interior got away relatively unscathed, although I'm not sure if this is a Standard or a Regal. No top but all trim appears in place seat. Later alloys, tiny vertical twin motor tidy, dry, and fitted with alternator. Nasty noises from steering. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $5,762. This was priced about where nice ones start, but this one wasn't very nice, so I'd say fairly to well bought for a Bambino with fairly significant needs. #514-1971 FIAT DINO spider. S/N 0001141. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 12,376 km. This is the desirable one—the larger-engined convertible—which means it has an independent rear suspension. Nice and shiny but bubbly around doors and fender bottoms. Panels and missing. New fuel pump and rebuilt steering box fitted. Looks strangely appealing on TorqThrust mags. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $72,311. A Super Sport cabriolet by Pinin Farina is one of the most desirable of 6C 2500s, with some recently asking as much as $500k, but this sold slightly under the $83k low estimate, perhaps reflecting the enormity of the restoration job at hand. #476-1965 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA Sprint Speciale coupe. S/N 380459. Eng. # AR12100897. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 39,629 miles. RHD conversion by Rudds of Worthing from new. Body reasonably straight and floors seem solid, but with big blob of and motor has all its ancillaries. Mismatched headlights are the least of its problems. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $26,887. Very rare anywhere, not just in the U.K., this was offered at no reserve but sold at twice what the seller would have considered a fair deal. It'll be a big job, but just about all the important parts are there. A left-hander might have fetched even more. mechanicals available, but trim isn't, and this one's complete in both aspects. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $42,251. Last seen at Bonhams's Festival of Speed sale in July '09, where it was unsold, and there it was just as bubbly. This time the buyer was asking for about the same reserve, but he wisely let it go at a few thousand less. aMeriCan #454-1904 FRANKLIN 10hp 4-Seat RearEntrance tonneau. S/N 529. Eng. # 537. Blue/brown leather. RHD. “B” model with four seats, still wood-framed. The first fourbanger made in the U.S, but the last year the air-cooled engine was mounted transversely, with a two-speed gearbox. Overall good, very nice brass. Some stuffing showing through front seat. London-to-Brighton eligible. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $103,540. If you use the $15,000 a cylinder, $15,000 a seat rule sometimes used 80 #426-1958 OLDSMOBILE SUPER 88 Holiday 2-dr hard top. S/N CAS88M07597. Eng. # B061411E. Blue/white/blue & gray vinyl. 371-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Imported to the U.K. some time in the early '80s. Overall good with straight body and OK interior, all trim present and correct. Motor is fire damaged, with no apparent collateral damage. New motor and trans supplied on a pallet. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,444. Sold at no reserve, and this price was all the seller was hoping for. Imposing and a good cruiser, but not one of the more recognized and popular models in the U.K., so limited appeal keeps the price reasonable. ♦ Sports Car Market


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McCormick Auctions Palm Springs, CA Palm Springs Exotic Car Auction #47 A “field find” Dodge had to be pushed across the block, as it was without brakes after having been freed recently from its long-term home in the weeds Company Keith McCormick Auctions date November 20–22, 2009 location Palm Springs, California auctioneer Frank Bizarro, Jeff Stokes, Rob Ross automotive lots sold / offered 326/487 sales rate 67% sales total $5,494,441 High sale 2005 Ferrari F430, sold at $143,100 buyer's premium 5%, included in sold prices Another day in collector car paradise at McCormick Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics T he McCormick family's 47th semi-annual auction was held on a Chamber of Commerce weekend. Clear skies and warm sunny days were on the menu, with signs of economic woes nowhere in sight. Positive indicators preceded the auction, as Keith McCormick mentioned that a record number of registered bidders were already on the books by Thursday prior to the event. The premonition proved accurate, as a record sales total was close to $5.5 million and the sell-through rate exceeded 67%. The average sale of $16,380 was a touch higher than at the past few auctions, but the main difference was in the quality of the offerings. There were, of course, bizarre and unusual cars, which are a staple at McCormick auctions. A “field find” 1953 Dodge had to be pushed across the block, as it was without brakes after having been freed recently from its long-term home in the weeds. It brought all of $848, which may or may not prove to be a bargain. For style on the cheap, a 1995 Cadillac Eldorado realized $2,438 and a 1998 Chrysler Concorde went for a paltry $1,802. On the other hand, a few modern collectibles sold for adult money. A well-presented 2001 Bentley Arnage realized $56,710, and the top seller of the auction was a 82 2005 Ferrari F430 Spider at $143,100. Corvettes of all descriptions were again offered in abundance. Thirty-one crossed the block and 20 found new garages. A spectacular 1957 fuelie sold for a realistic $136,740, while at the other end of the spectrum, a 1980 coupe with a long list of needs brought $5,300. A 1996 Grand Sport that was documented as the only example with the specific list of RPOs went home unsold, as bidders may not have appreciated the unusual nature of the car. A 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 cabriolet realized $127,200, and a well-presented 1956 Bel Air convertible brought $79,500. The owner of a Plymouth Hemi would not come off his number, and his car went back in the trailer after turning down $120,000. In months to come, he may regret that decision. Overall, this sale represented a trend of gradual recovery from the past couple of years, and we see no reason it won't continue. (A few weeks after the auction, the McCormick offices were severely damaged by arson after the office had closed for the weekend. Several cars were damaged and the destruction was estimated at $500,000. Friends and neighbors came to the rescue and new facilities were quickly established next door, so the upcoming February sale stayed on track.) ♦ $1m $2m $3m $4m $5m $6m 0 Sports Car Market Sales Totals 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005


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McCormick Auctions Palm Springs, CA enGlisH #107-1960 JAGUAR 3.8 Mk II saloon. S/N P212781DN. Light blue/ tan leather. Judged at 97.95 points by the JCNA some years back. Recent respray to high standard, buffer marks on rear trim, holes touch on the high side considering the condition, but if the new owner gets the car on the road, that will soon be forgotten. A little elbow grease will go a long way here. #459-1952 CHEVROLET 3/4-Ton Stake next to grille from club badges. Excellent new leather interior, exceptional wood work. Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate. Stated to have $32k in receipts. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $24,380. A well-documented Jaguar that sold under the money. There were signs that it had been used since it was judged, but it still could have brought several thousand more without question. Well bought. aMeriCan #441-1947 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER Town & Country convertible. S/N 7405010. Tan & wood/brown canvas/tan leather & fabric. Odo: 83,275 miles. This example, based on the New Yorker chassis rather than the less expensive straight-6 Windsor. Does not have optional Highlander interior. Windows delaminating, cigarette burns on carpet, wood needs Bed pickup. S/N KRK2431. Light green/tan vinyl. Odo: 10,645 miles. Older restoration shows signs of use. Radio removed, aftermarket a/c added, newer interior properly installed. Minor dings and road rash on grille, decent miles. A true field find—took several hours with a weed-wacker to free it from the underbrush. Runs but has no brakes, no bed, and no grille. Window cracked, homemade interior fitted. No indication of original color left, but body is in surprisingly good condition. Rat Rod potential. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $848. What do you do with this? It'll be too costly to restore, so you could part it out or fix the mechanicals and drive it as-is. If all else fails, you could drop a 350 Chevy V8 in it and surprise the heck out anyone lined up with you at a stop light. #416-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E54S003416. Polo White/beige canvas/red vinyl. Odo: 60,811 miles. 235-ci 155-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Later build with extended exhaust tips. Older paint has been well maintained, panel fit typical for the year. Stress cracks by grille and hood, rear bumpers pushed into body. Small tear in driver's seat. Won't respray shows no issues, brightwork OK but won't win any awards. Good wood in stake bed. The most expensive 3/4-ton truck Chevrolet offered, with a price of $1,642 when new. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $21,200. Fully priced in today's market. Put your company logo on the door and use it for a little advertising when not hauling stuff home from Lowe's or Home Depot. #123-1953 CHEVROLET BEL AIR Custom 2-dr hard top. S/N C53L025976. Mustard/cream/tan vinyl & fabric. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Modified with ZZ4 350 engine and TH350 automatic transmission, lowered suspension all around. Fitted with a/c and VDO take much to bring it up a notch or two. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $51,940. The shortcomings of the anemic six-cylinder engine are well known, but the styling still turns heads. '54s in this condition have been selling for a bunch more than was paid here, so I'll call this well bought. Money spent on upgrading will be returned in spades. a great deal of attention. Now a CCCA Full Classic. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $80,000. Quality examples on the New Yorker chassis have been selling for close to $200,000. This one needed love and attention but was still worth more than was bid here. The seller would be well ahead of the game to fix the wood before offering it again. #193-1948 PACKARD DELUXE EIGHT 4-dr sedan. S/N 226220036. Maroon/tan fabric. Odo: 15,685 miles. Recent respray with lots of orange peel. Bumpers scratched, trim dented, tan fabric seat backs incorrect. Engine clean but not detailed. Would make a wonderful tour car. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,515. The Custom Eight was top of the line in '48, but none are CCCA Full Classics. Price paid was a March 2010 #234-1954 CHEVROLET 210 Handyman gauges. Not the most attractive paint color, though it is close to the original hue and finished well. Attractive interior in good condition, window trim pitted, brightwork lacks depth and luster. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,900. A reasonable price for a rather basic street rod. The new owner can spend some money on upgrades without harm or just use and enjoy as-is. A fair deal all around here. #472-1953 DODGE 1/2-Ton pickup. S/N 85326267. White & rust/red cloth. Odo: 78,820 83 wagon. S/N 8540006827. Saddle Brown/ cream/tan vinyl. Odo: 12,620 miles. The 210 series wagon was known as the “Handyman,” while the Bel Air was “Townsman.” Correct Saddle Brown paint scratched and faded in places, holes in fenders from old mirror


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McCormick Auctions Palm Springs, CA mounting. Sun visor fitted, rear window badly scratched, windshield chipped. Engine compartment not attractive. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,582. A reasonable price for a wagon in decent condition. The Bel Air Townsman would be about $3k more, and that would be a better value in the long run. Still, a weekend's worth of work will go a long way here. #252-1954 KAISER MANHATTAN Series K542 4-dr sedan. S/N 1330. Light green/dark green/green & tan fabric. Odo: 56,175 miles. 226-ci 140-hp “Super Power Six” with McCulloch centrifugal supercharger. Three piece wrap-around rear window, windshield badly scratched. Trim pitted and dented, including a/c—a $550 option. Quick respray with numerous runs and orange peel, trim pitted and held on with screws in places. Glass delaminating, headliner stained, hood trim loose. Many needs here. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $21,200. This sold for all the money considering the long list of expensive needs, not the least of which was paint. Factory a/c was a big plus, but the money spent should have bought a strong #2 car. bumpers nicked and worn. Colors look period correct, but it's not the most attractive combination. Interior has expected wear for age. Just an orphan if not for the supercharger. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,660. Not a lot of money, but not much of a following either. If you want the only one in the neighborhood, then this was for you. It'll be hard to justify spending any money on this, so just drive it and expect to be asked a bunch of questions. #186-1955 LINCOLN CAPRI 2-dr hard top. S/N 55LA5666H. Yellow/black/yellow & black vinyl. Odo: 2,959 miles. 341-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent respray, but some chrome is peeling off rear bumper. Door trim badly pitted, trunk does not fit properly, steering wheel cracked. Equipped with radio and power windows. Bumblebee color combination not to Powerglide two-speed automatic, other goodies include Continental kit and side skirts. A striking Bel Air convertible. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $79,500. Strong money for a very strong car. These have been pushing six figures in this condition, but they are now down by about 20% from that level, so this was on the money. Another case of a quality example bringing the money even in the new economy. #255-1956 HUDSON RAMBLER 4-dr everyone's taste. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $14,840. The Capri was the top of the line for Lincoln in 1955, and the Turbo-Drive transmission was standard. The price paid here was just about spot-on, as this was an average car and these just don't have that big of a following. If you had a jones for one, this was not a bad deal. There's no point in spending a lot of money on it, so the new owner should just drive the wheels off of it. #370-1955 OLDSMOBILE 98 Holiday 4-dr hard top. S/N 559T5746. Aqua & white/ white leather & cloth. Odo: 95,895 miles. 324ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Loaded with all the goodies 84 sedan. S/N D280389. Eng. # B5364. Coral & gray/white/coral & gray fabric. Odo: 59,750 miles. Sold by both Nash and Hudson dealers, so known as a “Hash.” Striking color combination done to a good standard, brightwork just OK. Right vent window cracked, seats ripped, arm rest worn. Towing receipt and repair bill or $2,800 in glove box. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $12,250. Last seen at RM's sale of the Art #114-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N VC56001672. Crocus Yellow & Onyx Black/black vinyl/gray & yellow vinyl. Odo: 63,220 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. The least popular of the Tri-Five convertibles, but my favorite. Smooth paint with no glaring issues, excellent top fit, attractive interior. Hood fit slightly uneven, other panel gaps consistent. Astor Collection in June '08, where it sold for $20,900. Currently offered by a dealer for $18,995. I figure in selling, transportation, and repairs, the seller is going to get a haircut. The question is how short it'll be... He was not looking for a crew-cut here, so the seller decided to give the dealer a shot. It's hard to say, but in time I'd bet the bid here will look pretty good. #209-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E57S106080. Venetian Red/ beige canvas/red vinyl. Odo: 6,153 miles. 283ci 250-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Three NCRS Top Flight awards. Quality restoration with nothing to fault, top has been down only once. Proper seam alignment and uniform gaps to body, engine compartment spotless. Restoration fully documented, since maintained as a show car and rarely driven. About as good as it gets. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $136,740. This was strong money, but it still could have brought a touch more without any questions. Almost too good to drive, so it's destined to continue life as a show car. The seller worked the car, and his efforts were well rewarded. All should be happy here. #384-1957 PONTIAC STAR CHIEF 2-dr hard top. S/N C857H9860. Light blue & white/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 9,860 miles. 347-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older restoration with limited use over the past five years. Excellent paint in desirable color combination showing minor buffing swirls, trunk lid sits high at corner, interior sparkles. Engine clean and tidy but lacking desirable triple carb induction. Well maintained. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $36,570. This was strong money for a hard top lacking Tri-Power, but it was not unreasonable considering the quality of the car. Could not be restored to this level for the price paid. A fair deal for both parties, but doubt there's any upside in the foreseeable future. #133-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N VC57S248709. Larkspur Blue/ white vinyl/turquoise & ivory vinyl. Odo: 18,509 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Attractive paint with minor swirls and touch-ups on nose, Sports Car Market


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McCormick Auctions Palm Springs, CA power seats. Engine detailed. Excellent paint and interior, window trim scratched. Known for “casual workmanship.” Excellent presentation. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $34,185. This was all the money for an Edsel hard top. The quality of the restoration takes away a good part of the bite, however. Just be prepared for a bevy of jokes about the pregnant prostitute who drove one. uneven door gaps. Fitted with Continental kit, power windows, radio, and Turboglide transmission. Very attractive interior, properly installed top. A desirable car with a few minor issues. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $57,240. Tri-Fives are off their high of a few years back, but this bid was still well under the money. Perhaps the Turboglide, which some state is the worst transmission GM ever made, held things back. It won't win any major prizes, but it was a nice driver at a reasonable price. Well bought. #169-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N VC57F181668. Tropical Turquoise/white vinyl/turquoise & white vinyl. 283-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 3-sp. Excellent paint with uniform seams. New interior to high standards. Balanced and blueprinted engine, GM Duntov high-lift cam, correct heads for dual quad or fuel injection with right casting numbers and date codes. Striking high point restoration. #81-1959 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N H9YJ140024. Flamingo/ white vinyl/Flamingo & white vinyl. Odo: 86,036 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Second year for the square bird. Bold Flamingo Pink paint chipped, scratched, and showing numerous touch-ups. Trim dinged and scuffed, driver's seat split, glass delaminating. Bumpers scratched and lacking luster, engine auction. Lots of options including power steering and brakes, Wonderbar radio, and trunk reel light. New correct interior, passenger's vent window delaminating. Engine starts easily and runs smoothly. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $14,310. A lot of car for the money. This big land yacht will take the gang to dinner in style. It was lacking a/c, however, and that's an issue in the desert. I'd call this well bought, as it could easily have brought a few grand more without question. #278-1962 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 4-dr convertible. S/N 2Y86H41194S. Black/ black fabric/red vinyl. Odo: 65,487 miles. 430ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. One of only 3,212 produced, all of them loaded with power options. Slab sides dinged, right rear window broken, trim compartment filthy. Long list of needs. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $16,430. Last seen at the McCormick Palm Springs auction in February '06, where it failed to sell at $21,500 (SCM# 41095). At the time, I stated that the bid was more than fair. It had been driven 5,500 miles since, and considering the car's condition as well as the changing market, I'd say the price paid here was also more than fair. #265-1959 NASH METROPOLITAN Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $44,000. Last seen at the McCormick Palm Springs auction in February '09, where it sold at $73,500 (SCM# 119795). I thought it was well bought at the time, but the market has changed. Even so, the bid was light for a well-documented dual-quad Bel Air convertible, so the seller was right in waiting for another day. #176-1958 EDSEL CITATION 2-dr hard top. S/N X8WW704999. Frost White/gold metallic/white & gold fabric. Odo: 79,928 miles. 410-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. “The wrong car at the wrong time.” Teletouch drive with shift buttons in steering wheel hub, revolving drum speedometer. Factory a/c, power windows, and loose in several places. Complete with parts car. 1959 was the best sales year, with 22,000 sold. Production ceased in April 1961. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,010. Price paid was about right for a Metropolitan in decent condition, and a parts car was thrown in for free. Convertibles are worth half again as much, and to my eye, they're a better value. #196-1960 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE Vista 4-dr hard top. S/N 860K1779. White/ tri-tone Morrokide. Odo: 98,486 miles. 389ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Refreshed and restored as needed by a regular seller of unique cars at this March 2010 Series IV coupe. S/N E74295. Caribbean Green & Snowberry White/white vinyl. Odo: 80,148 miles. Made by Austin and sold by Nash/Hudson dealers until AMC took over. Powered by Austin A55 engine. Minor scratches and nicks in paint, trim pitted and pitted, aerial broken off. Nice interior shows appropriate patina. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $22,260. In good condition, these bring about twice what was paid here. It will cost a bunch to bring this one up a notch, as the bodywork will be expensive. Fix the easy stuff, and then drive and enjoy. As such, a fair price for an 18-foot-long cruiser. #206-1962 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. S/N 62F116071. Red/white vinyl/ red leather. Odo: 72,316 miles. 390-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Quick respray looks OK, window trim rusting and pitted, right vent window broken, window rubbers about gone. Bumpers scratched, interior trim badly worn, glove box door broken, switch hanging down. A 20-footer at best. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $15,105. Talk about a project. The car was cheap enough, but now we're talking about serious money to get it to an acceptable level. A well restored example might fetch $40k, and I doubt you can get there from here. Seller got out from under a real mess. Well sold. 85


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Our Cars 1958 Peugeot 203 sedan #184-1963 FORD FALCON Futura convertible. S/N 3H15U122324. White/black vinyl/red & white vinyl. Odo: 48,181 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Badged as 289 V8, but VIN shows it to be an original straight-six car. Decent respray with minor signs of use and a few touch-ups here and there, grille dented, trim than the 1965 offered as lot 55, but it cost more money as well. I think this was a far better buy, as it won't take much to bring it up a grade. owner: Paul Duchene, Executive Editor Purchase date: October 21, 2009 Price: $1,000 Mileage since purchase: 3 recent work: New battery/cables, freed up the brakes. I've never seen a Peugeot 203 on the road in the U.S., and the last chance I had to buy one was in England in 1969. So when Sports & Vintage owner Sue Price called and said, “I'm closing the business tomorrow, you need to come and buy Peter's old Peugeot,” I was the proverbial patsy. Her late husband Peter (another Brit) had found the car in a field in Hailey, Idaho, in 2005 and bought “the remains of a once-fine Peugeot 203 for the admittedly paltry sum of $100,” according to a hilarious bill of sale from owner Art Lazzarini. The 203 was sold new in California but Lazzarini bought it in Durango, Colorado, in 1976, where it was a roost for turkeys in a barn. He rebuilt it and drove it for 25 years, when it was worn out again. Peter Price tackled the car with his typical grumpy enthusiasm, fitting new tires, rebuilding the brakes, repairing the gas tank, replacing the worn 203 engine with a good 403 engine, building a new exhaust, and installing a clutch. Once it ran, other projects distracted him. But he bought badly needed window rubbers and door seals, and the car comes with a 30-year file of documents, photos, and manuals. What Price hadn't done, however, was repair the “Flintstone floors” in the front, or revive the lights or wipers. The wiring is minimal but non-functional, so that's next. Then we'll see about a new headliner to replace the sculptured carpet ceiling. Then new door panels and sundry trim and lenses. Luckily, SCM's Paris Correspondent Jérôme Hardy is enthused. There may be only about a dozen 203s in the U.S. (including the ex-Donald Osborne Darl'Mat) but Hardy reminded me that Peugeot sold 700,000 203s in Europe between 1948 and 1960. So there are spares. 500XL, but with a long list of needs. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $17,000. The XL package added bucket seats and a floor-mounted shifter to the 500. Even with the issues noted, the bid here was a bit light. I have to think the cost of bringing this up to an acceptable level scared off the bidders. Most issues were easily fixable, but the rust problem could be a show stopper. The seller ought to spend a bit to fix the obvious problems and try again. #64-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194675S108229. Rally Red/ beige canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 12,197 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Stated $75k restoration with a book full of receipts to back it up. Gaps and alignment varied, as expected, paint with buffing swirls and minor touch-ups and dings. Aftermarket a/c, beige top poorly installed. Acceptable interior, minor pitting on trim. A nice example of base-level Corvette. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $57,240. It's difficult to see where the funds were spent, but it may have been in the distant past, as it looked like more work needed to be done. A far better Corvette 86 worn and nicked. Nice interior with resprayed dash, manual transmission with center console. Fitted with AM/FM radio. A base-level Futura convertible. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,310. A very presentable convertible for not a lot of money. The perfect Palm Springs weekend cruiser, or a good extra car for when friends from the frigid north come to visit. Financially, there's no point in restoring it, so use it and have some top-down fun. Well done all around. #191-1964 FORD GALAXIE 500XL convertible. S/N 4G69X138254. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 83,511 miles. 352ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Equipped with optional Interceptor V8. Dash and door panels worn, trim dented, splash guard missing. Rear bumper badly scratched, exhaust pipes loose, rust bubbles in right side panel. A desirable Galaxie #144-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S125464. Rally Red/ white vinyl/black leather. Odo: 34,391 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. An attractive Corvette with no glaring issues. Original knockoffs fitted, which were ordered on about 10% of coupes. Side mount exhaust, minor chips and touch-ups to otherwise excellent paint. Good brightwork. Small cracks on leather bolsters. A well-maintained example. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $49,290. A striking well-restored Corvette with an L79 engine at a market-correct price. That's what I call well bought and well sold. All should be standing tall on this one. #126-1966 FORD MUSTANG convertible. S/N 6T08C174955. Signal Flare Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 14,303 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Well-presented Mustang with entry-level V8 engine. Attractive respray with a few minor nicks, good interior with center console and radio. Driver's arm rest loose. Engine dressed up with chrome air cleaner and valve covers. Fitted with Redline tires and GT-style wheels. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $23,850. Price paid was most reasonable for a Mustang convertible in this condition. The big money is for the 271-hp engine and the GT package. A fair deal all around. #189-1969 MERCURY COUGAR XR-7 convertible. S/N 9F94M525142. Black/black vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 36,678 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Cleveland V8, lots of power options. Nice respray and good panel fit, lower trim dented, engine clean and well detailed. Sports Car Market


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McCormick Auctions Palm Springs, CA seller was looking for here. The W-30 option triples the value, so why remove the valuable bits? Buyers understood what was going on here and bid accordingly, and the bid was about what the car was worth. #38-1970 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL An attractive car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $21,465. Just over 4,000 Cougar convertibles were XR-7s with the enhanced interior and special wheel covers, and this one brought a reasonable price. Can't beat that. The fun per dollar ratio is in the new owner's favor, and he can upgrade down the road and get his investment back. A fair transaction for all. #202-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS convertible. S/N 124679N674026. Hugger Orange & white/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 2,839 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. RPO Z22 Rally Sport package, RS grille emblem missing. Attractive paint in good condition, some buffer marks on trim. Trunk fit a little high at Mk III 2-dr hard top. S/N 9Y89A856930. Black/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 68,512 miles. 460-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Stated to have original paint and interior, and there's no reason to doubt that claim. Headlight doors missing, trim badly pitted, lots of door dings a few thousand more. The price bid here was light by several thousand dollars, so the seller made the right decision in holding on to it. I'd suggest repairing the rust issue before trying again. #99-1976 AMC PACER hatchback. S/N A6A667A299669. Seaspray Green/tan cloth. Odo: 82,515 miles. 258-ci straight-6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. “Jellybean” styling by Richard Teague. Optioned with power steering, power brakes, noted. Used and abused. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,480. The Mk III offered Sure-Track braking, Cartier electric chronometer, and vinyl roof along with interior upgrades. This one was cheap enough, but it wasn't much to be proud of, either. It will cost a small fortune to get it up to snuff. Strong examples are close to $30k, but you could spend $10k just on this one's bodywork. Well sold. corners, top poorly installed. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $25,440. The Camaro was the Indy Pace Car in '69. The Rally Sport package can add 20% to the value of a Camaro, but no documentation was provided here. Price paid was about right for a Camaro convertible in decent condition. Fair deal for both parties here. #151-1970 OLDSMOBILE 442 2-dr hard top. S/N 344770M102681. Gold & black/ tan vinyl. Odo: 3,172 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Stated to be W-30 engine, but lacking documentation and W-30 features like red inner fenders and Ram Air hood. Fitted with Tic-TocTach and no radio. Severe blisters in paint on right front and rear fenders. Aftermarket mirrors, old holes poorly repaired. Hood opens #178-1970 MERCURY COUGAR convertible. S/N OF92H541640. White & black/ white vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 74,453 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. One of 2,322 Cougar convertibles made in 1970. Respray with black hood stripe, spoiler added. Door handles pitted, rust bubbles in right front door, fitted with American Racing mags. High-back vinyl buckets in good condition. Very presentable with a few minor individual touches. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $12,250. The XR-7 version is worth and factory a/c—a $400 option. Stated to have original paint, which was well maintained. Minor wear to interior, brightwork with light scratches and minor pitting. Copy of original invoice presented with car. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,480. Not well received in its era, but now as cute as a box of puppies. This was not a lot of money and will run you around town with a little style. Price paid was spot on, so a fair deal for all. ♦ with coat hanger. Edelbrock intake manifold, Offenhauser valve covers. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $16,500. Considering the stories and the long list of needs, I wonder what the March 2010 87


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Bonhams London, UK Veteran Motorcars A 100% sale was close, but the 1904 10hp Model B Cadillac deal couldn't come together enGlisH toP 10 No. 3 #305-1901 ARGYLL 5hp SpindleSeat Rear-Entrance tonneau. S/N 106. Eng. # 1334. Varnished wood/ black leather. RHD. Very original appearance, although has been sympathetically fettled and maintained. Timber and lacquer taking on dark patina, only pedals, gearlever, new seat cushions, and tires are non-original. Artillery wheels fitted from new, FLEC oil lamps fitted. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $225,310. Probably the oldest road- Despite splendid wicker baskets, 1904 Cadillac was a no-sale at $65k Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics A $500k $1m $1.5m $2m 0 88 n older and more affluent crowd than Bonhams's usual clientele attended on the eve of the historic Londonto-Brighton Veteran Car Run. The company's central London saleroom is in the heart of Mayfair, just a slingshot from where cars assemble in Hyde Park for the historic run on the first Sunday in November. Spirited bidders in the room competed with an international audience on the telephones, and nine out of the ten lots offered sold. A 100% sale was a close thing in the days after the auction, but bidder and seller could not quite agree on the eighty-odd thousand needed to buy the 1904 10hp Model B Cadillac, in super order and with paint like a mirror. A 6½hp Model A from 1903 achieved $98,491. The high-sale Panhard sold for $355,752, $100k over its pre- Company Bonhams date October 30, 2009 location London, England auctioneer Malcolm Barber automotive lots sold / offered 9/10 sale top estimate, amid fierce competition, with one international bidder lodging money in advance to ensure he had cleared funds and could compete in the weekend's run. Sadly, he was outbid on the day by a U.K. buyer, and Bonhams returned his money. Other highlights included a 1901 Argyll 5hp Spindle Seat RearEntrance tonneau (see the profile, p. 36) that achieved $225,310 against an estimate of $148,500–$181,500, while a 1901 De Dion Bouton 3½hp restoration project that fetched $73,127 had been owned by the same family for the last 56 years. The 1904 De Dion Bouton 6hp two-seater that sold for $114,796 had completed the Brighton Run every year from 1948 to 1975, except for 1967. The ten car lots included a 1900 Marot-Gardon 2¾ hp sales rate 90% sales total $1,272,513 High sale Sales Totals 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 1902 Panhard-Levassor Type A 7hp Rear-Entrance tonneau, sold at $355,752 buyer's premium 15% up to $49,410, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.65=£1.00) De Dion-engined Tricycle. Though not actually a runner at the sale, missing tires and some pipework, it represented the cheapest way to take part in the Brighton Run at $40,722. Big coat and gauntlets cost extra. ♦ Full history known and just two family ownerships from new, this sold slightly under where expected, and although maybe not as usable as a later De Dion, it completed the Brighton Run last year. #301-1901 DE DION BOUTON 3½hp voiturette. S/N 1237. Eng. # 2850. RHD. Dismantled for restoration a lifetime ago, with several important missing parts including right front wheel (although hub remains). Offered with correct type and era of single-cylinder engine, recently discovered in the Beaulieu Autojumble. Two-speed gearbox in place in Sports Car Market registered original, unused for most of its first 106 years. In 1948 it was bought by an eccentric collector, then in 1990 it was recovered from the living room of his first-floor flat in Dublin and displayed in the Killarney Motor Museum. Last sold by Bonhams in April '07 at The RAF Museum in Hendon for $225,333 (SCM# 45090). It was considered well bought then, and it was again here. See the profile, p. 36. FrenCH #310-1899 HURTU 3½hp dos-à-dos. S/N 350. Timber/red leather. The epitome of the horseless carriage, Hurtu was French but making vehicles to the design of Benz. Nice older patina and leather unworn. Portuguese registered. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $131,101.


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Bonhams London, UK places, one hole in driver's seat. Now with 12volt electrics. Ready to run. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $114,796. Did the London-to-Brighton 62 years ago—and every one since by the looks of it. An almost foolproof starter Veteran sold fairly into an informed audience. aMeriCan chassis. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $73,127. In same family ownership for 56 years... they never found that wheel, or any documents, but that didn't stop it from selling for more than twice what was expected. toP 10 No. 1 #302-1902 PANHARD-LEVASSOR 7hp Rear-Entrance tonneau. S/N 5718. Eng. # 5718. Maroon/black leather. RHD. Restored but with a delightful patina, and looks as though it's only been wiped over with an oily rag all its life. In basically good order all around, and some cracks Brighton runners. In American ownership. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $114,796. Last sold by Brooks in London in December '98 for $49,335 (SCM# 2026). At this age, minor blemishes hardly matter. One of the easiest veterans to drive, by all accounts, and sold at the expected level. #309-1904 DE DION BOUTON 6hp two- seater. S/N N/A. Green & black/black leather. Used and usable with nicely aged brass. Travel stained and worn with paint flaking off in #304-1903 CADILLAC 6½hp Model A Detachable tonneau. S/N 1346. Maroon/black leather. RHD. American restoration dating from the 1980s is holding up well, with nice paint and coachlining, but was not always this color. Leather worn in places. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $98,491. Fifty years ago, this was in the Cars of the Great Museum in Niagara Falls, and was imported to the U.K. in 1989. A well-known car and reckoned to be the most representative of an American Brighton runner, this pulled the expected money. ♦ in timber just add to the charm. All brass good. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $355,752. From the Lips Collection in Holland and still Dutch registered. Panhard was the most successful very early car maker, and CS Rolls was an agent. One of the most sought-after Brighton runners, and as such, it sailed 25% past the top estimate. #303-1903 DARRACQ 8hp Four Seat Rear-Entrance tonneau. S/N 4193. Eng. # 5346. Red/black leather. RHD. Very good all around with nice brass, though in a scrapyard from 1908 through 1950. New wicker basket for umbrella mounted on side. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $118,419. Originally supplied to Ireland, Has completed nine Brighton runs and some Continental ones in the sellers' ownership. A very usable London-to-Brighton car, and sold at the expected number. Surrey-Top 4-Seat tonneau. S/N 125. Red & black/brown buttoned leather. RHD. Rare partenclosed Veteran. Good paint and wheels, nice brasswork. Front leather shiny with tape repair, rear unworn. 1905 gearbox fitted, as well as a more modern coil ignition, as is common with #308-1904 DE DION BOUTON 8hp March 2010 89


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Bonhams & Goodman Sydney, AUS Motorcars, Motorcycles, Boats & Automobilia Bugatti Brescia nets $254,702 as high sale as Bonhams & Goodman close the book on 9-year partnership Company Bonhams & Goodman date December 6, 2009 location Sydney, Australia auctioneer Tim Goodman automotive lots sold / offered 20/47 sales rate 43% sales total $1,317,934 High sale 1925 Bugatti Brescia, sold at $254,702 buyer's premium 13%, included in sold prices ($.92=$1.00 AUD) Rare, potent DeTomaso Vallelunga changed hands at a bargain $100k Report and photos by Chris Bowden Market opinions in italic Bonhams's global might and Goodman's local connections is over. Their swan song auction won't go down as their A greatest, but it offered a few highlights, especially in a depressed local market. With a new auction company, CTS, having a sale on the same weekend in the same city, the B&G team pulled out all the stops and their line-up of cars ranged from old to new, cheap to headline-grabbing not-so-cheap. New specialist blood in the form of James Nicholls and Cathy Coad, well-qualified in the classic car and boat world, obviously helped with the broad selection. A crowded, James Bond-themed room paid homage to the B&G choices and bidding on memorabilia and number plates was strong, with a high percentage selling within or above the given estimates. Lot 200 kicked off the motorbikes, with five of the eight selling, and the famous “Norvin” Norton/Vincent of Keith Corish tops at $72,772. First of the cars was fter all but owning the higher end of the classic car auction scene in Australia for nine years, the union between a nice Audi UR Quattro boasting a famous first owner, which sold at a smidgen above high estimate at $33,267. Of note was lot 214, a beautiful 1985 Porsche 930 SE Slantnose in time-warp condition. It fell short of its $170k reserve, which seemed unrealistic in this market. The first car of significant interest was a Lancia Stratos Stradale in Group 4 spec. Bidding was strong from the start, and the car sold in midestimate territory for $158,019. A 1934 Riley Imp attracted a lot of interest, as it was one of only 120 built, had a great race history, and was beautifully restored by a well-known expert. When the gavel fell, the winning bid of $155,940 set a world record. High sale on the day was a 1925 Bugatti Brescia Type 23 tourer. In delightfully original condition, and with a great history on file, it brought an impressive $254,702. The auction was not a great result for the B&G team, and while being their final effort, it was also their best to date in terms of product offered; it's a shame the final results did not reflect that. With Goodman changing to Sotheby's, we are all curious to see what new things a 265-year-old company can bring to the table. ♦ Sales Totals $500k $1m $1.5m $2m $2.5m $3m $3.5m 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 90 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams & Goodman Sydney, AUS enGlisH toP 10 No. 8 #230-1934 RILEY IMP 1½-Liter roadster. S/N 6025503. Eng. # F2487. Red/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Very good older restoration. A few chips on hood, slight fixable ding on the left front guard, small ding on left chassis rail. All chrome presents very well. Trim in good order, showing only minimal wear. Chassis and engine bay both show-ready. Cond: 2+. SOLD wear through in places. Trim in good condition, but replacement leather's color is mismatched. Engine compartment presents very well and looks both period correct and well maintained. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $64,455. If the buyer of this car was looking for something pretty to get in and drive, he should be very happy. However, it had the indignity of a conversion from LHD to RHD, hence its price here. It was a real stunner from 5 paces, its history file read great, and it came with a stack of receipts, proving it was a loved and maintained car. Just stay clear of the local Jaguar Drivers Club. AT $155,940. It wouldn't take much to get this pretty Imp back to a 1. Having competed in the 1938 Australian Gran Prix at our hallowed Bathurst race track, it would be great fodder for historic racing buffs. That fact, combined with a well-known, now-former owner of good repute and nice pre-war aesthetics, created a reported world record for an Imp. Riley fans can boo me, but I'm calling it well sold. #217-1964 TRIUMPH TR4A IRS road- ster. S/N N/A. Eng. # CT55457E. White/black vinyl/black leather. RHD. Odo: 100,000 km. 1990s restoration has been well maintained, but is no longer show quality. Paint holding up well and showing only some slight stone chips, panel gaps good, chrome nice but would benefit from some attention. Trim looks to be in good order, with steering wheel showing clean and solid underneath. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $44,166. This example had all the good period bits, but it's a shame the owner took the easy option with the nasty wood trim inside the car. If the new owner did his homework on these often re-bodied rust magnets and everything was in the clear, then this car was very well bought, as the last CSL to sell down here was in the high $80k range. FrenCH toP 10 No. 2 #242-1925 BUGATTI TYPE 23 Brescia tourer. S/N 2493. Eng. # 901. Black & red/black canvas/black leather. Typical early Bugatti combination of appeal and patina. Nice paint shows some slight chips and wear, trim in good order but showing respectful wear in most places. Engine bay delightfully grubby and looks period correct. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $254,702. You could attack this car with a detailing kit and make it shine, but that would be a waste of character. It was lovely just the way it was, and it looked very sharp in black and red. Sold overseas to a dealer, who has supposedly already moved it on for a nice profit. The market says well bought, and I agree. GerMan #212-1972 BMW 3.0CSL coupe. S/N 2285240. Eng. # 2285240. Inca Orange/black leather & velour. RHD. Very good paint looks out of place with original, unrestored chrome on badges and trim. My magnet says all aluminum seems to be there and has no visible compressions. Period-correct Alpina wheels in good order. Very nice interior let down by incorrect wood trim on dash and doors. Looks every part of indicated mileage and then some. Engine presentation in keeping with the rest of the car and in good order. Weber carb upgrade smiled upon by Triumph enthusiasts who were present. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $25,763. This car looked like a good honest “Trumpy” that sold at its low estimate. The car was claimed to have only traveled 100,000 kilometers since new, but parts of it, most notably the steering wheel, looked a little more rough. Regardless of the mileage, it was a nice driver, and it was well bought at this price. #221-1965 JAGUAR XKE SI convertible. S/N IE3551. Eng. # 7E103359. Dark blue/black canvas/burgundy leather. RHD. Once LHD, now converted to RHD. Older restoration with stone chips on nose cone, slight scuffs, and light wear and tear everywhere. Chrome starting to March 2010 91


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Alfa Bits Recent Il Biscione sales on eBay by Geoff Archer (All English within quotes exactly as presented by sellers on eBay.) #330361975734-1969 alFa roMeo duetto roadster. S/N AR1481484. White & blue/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 113,820 miles. 59 Photos. Monterey, CA. “Owned by a retired Military officer for the last 10 years out of San Diego.$2500 recently spent having the car prepared for sale.Some rust might be present but we haven't had the car on a rack to inspect. Bondo visible on the bottom rocker panels which were poorly repaired at some time. Non factory #211-1984 AUDI QUATTRO UR coupe. S/N WAUZZZ85ZEA901097. Eng. # WR005265. Silver/brown & gray leather. RHD. Nice paint for its age with the usual slight chips and scuffs from careful regular use. Rear spoiler fading from sun damage, window tint not to everyone's taste. Wheels scuffed in places, good tires of the correct profile. Interior Hardtop with the car. Chrome bumpers in good condition. Black interior shows wear. Engine rebuilt in 1988. Original Spica injection version!” 6 bids, sf 130, bf n/a. Cond: 4+. sold at $6,825. Seller proposes that it “can be used as a daily car to enjoy or a solid base to start a restoration.” I believe anyone who knows enough about cars to keep this running would be really bothered by the Bondofest. So restoration is probably in order, even if it could technically be avoided for a while. Fair price if that's the plan. #200365462698-1969 alFa roMeo duetto roadster. S/N AR1480541. Red/black canvas/black vinyl. 4 Photos. New York, NY. “I've owned the car for 10 years and it has performed great. It's been stored indoors in winter and used only as fun on weekends, I'd estimate 400 - 500 miles a year. Cromodora wheels. Paint is in very good order for age with Mikkola, Mouton, and Blomqvist signatures on sunvisor, proving an Audi enthusiast prior owner. Engine bay in keeping with the rest of the car and in good, original condition. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $33,267. Great original Ur, with recently deceased billionaire Kerry Packer as its original owner. Restored Urs are nearly non-existent down here, so they're either in good original order or poor original order. This was a good one, and at this price, it was well bought. italian #231-1965 DETOMASO VALLELUNGA Competizione coupe. S/N VLD1611. Eng. # 8465061. Yellow/black leather. RHD. Paint with runs and cracks, inconsistent panel fit looks right for a 1960s factory-built Italian racer. Easily accessible engine bay clean, but looks like it hasn't had much use. Trim good enough to leave alone, but finish is just average. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $99,898. Forget about the critique, I thought this good but has some imperfections. I have a new canvas top & all of the window seals that I will incl. with the sale. Interior is great, no cracks. Weber carburetors were recently rebuilt, the original SPICA fuel injection system incl. with the sale. Runs beautifully.” 27 bids, sf 12, bf 351. Cond: 3+. sold at $12,100. A nice price on a terrific example that's ready to enjoy. #320363742766-1969 alFa roMeo duetto roadster. S/N AR1412732. Green/black canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 87,435 miles. 4 Photos. Oshawa, ONT. Not much to go on, but what I can see looks good. Great looking gaps, chrome, paint, and aftermarket mags. 29 was the buy of the auction. One of two ever built in RHD, one of only three built by DeTomaso to Competizione spec, meaning a very tunable Lotus twin-cam engine and other go-fast bits. It also had the huge bonus of a 1965 build date, meaning exclusive events like the Goodwood Revival's Fordwater Trophy race might give you a run. The car did look like it needed finishing, which might explain why it was let go well under low estimate. Very well bought. #215-1974 ALFA ROMEO 2000 spider. bids, sf 207, bf 92. Cond: 3+. sold at $12,200. Seller would not entertain one bidder's offer of many stylish German reclining chairs, and was trying to hold out for a reserve of $14,999. He thought that was fair, and so do I. But the market has spoken, and $12k will apparently buy you a very nice Duetto these days. Fair enough. ♦ 92 S/N ARZ470894. Eng. # 00512522816. White/ black canvas/black leather. RHD. Nice older restoration with paint showing signs of museum-type static wear and tear. Chrome in good order for age. Panel gaps fine, hood alignment a little off. Trim very good, with drivers seat showing slight wear. Momo wheels in good condition and look period correct and sharp. that can't be legally used down here, except for motorsport duties. The 5,000 miles must have been respectful ones, as it looked very new, and white with blue would definitely be my pick of available color combinations. Well sold. See the profile, p. 42. ♦ Sports Car Market tear. Engine bay neat and seems Stradale correct. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $158,019. This car looked fantastic. The color combination was really eye catching, and the B&G team had it positioned well to capture its best features. Its history was a bit iffy, having had a big off at one stage, but I'm told the subsequent post-crash owners were of good repute in the Stratos world. If all stacks up on this fantastic car, it was well bought. aMeriCan toP 10 No. 5 #244-2005 FORD GT coupe. S/N 1FAFP90585Y400348. White & blue/ black leather. Odo: 5,000 miles. 5.4- liter supercharged V8, 6-sp. All but brand new car with two identifiable stone chips on nose and a little bit of dust in engine bay. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $187,128. This was a lot of money for a car Underhood presents well, with aluminum head a nice even matte finish. Recent mechanical recommission has bestowed late model plug wires, radiator cap, and battery ancillaries. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $23,134. Finding such a good driver's car in this condition, even after a very good 1995 restoration, is surprising. Closer study revealed the car spent a lot of time displayed in a museum, and it had been only carefully used since being sprung out. Momo Vega wheels looked very trick and added a lot to the car. Recently mechanically overhauled, I'm calling this well bought just at the start of our long Southern summer. toP 10 No. 7 #216-1975 LANCIA STRATOS HF Stradale Group 4 coupe. S/N 829AR0001008. Eng. # 135CS0000010575. Blue/black & blue leather. Paint mismatch on front spoiler, poor panel fit probably spot-on for a Group 4 rally car. Interior in good order with no signs of untoward wear and


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Auctions America Raleigh, NC Raleigh Classic The auction has never before seen 70% sell-through. That's a strong result from 264 cars crossing the block on two cold December days in a down economy Company Auctions America date December 4-5, 2009 location Raleigh, North Carolina auctioneer Brent Earlywine & Jeffrey Knosp automotive lots sold / offered 186/264 sales rate 70% sales total $4,883,279 High sale Honest cars draw honest money in Raleigh 1938 Packard 1608 Twelve convertible phaeton, sold at $137,160 buyer's premium 8%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Chip Lamb Market opinions in italics T he year 2009 was rough throughout the collector car marketplace. From Scottsdale to Monterey and beyond, even the premier auction companies felt the heat as value corrections continued from the cream of the crop all the way down to the first and last cars of the day. Many young companies struggled to keep their doors open, or in some cases, hold them open long enough to test the waters in a new venue. With these trepidations and the end of the calendar year upon them, the brothers Leith and their crew doubtless had much to worry about for this sale, now in its fifth year. I've mentioned in the past that few distractions exist for bidders and sellers at Raleigh, short of the main event held at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Apart from activities downtown and the hubbub of the local universities still in pre-exam party mode at night, the hotel bar at the host Ramada hotel is about the chief venue for entertainment. This in no way threatened the sale; in fact, the ca- tered lunch was about the only thing to take the fire out of the proceedings each day, with a slight lull 30 to 40 lots in, both Friday and Saturday. Other than that, bidders remained active from start to finish. At the end of the day Friday, the sale stood at well 94 over 60% and Saturday saw an amazing 70%-plus of cars selling across the block or shortly after at the post-sale desk. Highest among them, at $137k, was a rather unattractive Signal Brown 1938 Packard Twelve convertible phaeton from the 16th Series, which sold as it rolled down the slope, its $160,000 reserve coming off some $35,000 short of the consignor's hopes. Prior to this, a rare and beautifully restored 1958 Packard Hawk ended up going back and forth between two phone bidders, where it eventually sold at $82,080. And company head Mike Leith's wife Lavare let her 1956 Corvette convertible go at a respectable $76,680. Friday's high sale fell to a completely original and quite rare 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, shrewdly bought at $65,580. Short of the no-reserve, exclusive sale five years ago that contained a large chunk of Leith's own private collection, the Raleigh Classic has never before seen the high side of 70% of cars sold. The merits of that are only enhanced given the total of 264 cars having crossed the block during the two cold December days and the current state of the U.S. economy. In summary, however, it is abundantly clear that this biennial event is a solid date on the calendars of many collectors and dealers alike due equally to the high quality of affordable classics on offer and to the integrity of the operation. As one attendee said within earshot of this writer, “There are two events I never miss—Amelia Island and this sale.” ♦ $1m $2m $3m $4m $5m 0 Sports Car Market Sales Totals 2009 2008 2007


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Auctions America Raleigh, NC enGlisH #762-1953 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N 673724. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 52,811 miles. Red respray done in a hurry, with overspray on fender welting. Body decent, but finishing work needs to be done in door jambs. Bumpers probably original and down to their last layer of nickel, brightwork overbuffed but marginally presentable. Interior redone in vinyl, gauges dusty and cloudy, auxiliary instruments are incorrect Stewart-Warner. Engine bay indicative of recent service but generally unrestored. Trunk musty and holds spare tire and tonneau. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $47,500. Without its spats or most of its top, plus the quickie red paint job, there was very little I liked about this car. Apparently, the bidders felt that way too, and it should have sold. #725-1966 SUNBEAM TIGER convert- ible. S/N 382002284. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 1,835 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Quality restoration exhibits moderate aging throughout, with swirls and light scratches in bright red paint. Hood pinned on and lifts off, good body without other modifications. Excellent chrome and brightwork show no major flaws, but windshield surround is overbuffed. Interior tidy and, like engine compart- wear. Tatty top has tears and separations and looks to have been done by an upholstery shop and not from a kit. Interior retains some original elements, including carpet and console. Instrument panel restored. Engine bay still well-preserved since restoration, with typical finishes and recent maintenance evident. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $28,320. This was a pre-mainline Moss Motors, pre-speculation BJ8 done by someone to freshen a good car back in the day. Claimed to long have been a resident of Charleston, SC, it did not appear to have ever had much in the way of corrosion. A great driver or a super starting point for a great restoration. Well bought. #625-1971 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. S/N CC59882L. Antique white/black vinyl/ red vinyl. Odo: 22,338 miles. Over-restored and nearly flawless throughout. Exceptionalquality finish hides no flaws and extends to chassis. Interior excellent down to woodgrain dash and switchgear. Chrome and brightwork well-executed, Amco grille and taillamp overrider guards a nice period touch. Correct engine compartment beyond as-new apart from very nice and correct. Nickel redone in chrome remains brilliant, if grille shell somewhat overbuffed. Engine bay shows evidence of use and should be re-detailed. Rear compartment fitted with fake fruit display. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $22,410. A very appealing piece that was slightly out of place at this sale. It would likely do well at a higher-profile catalog sale with more of its history put forward, as the consignor's description left some questions unanswered. Well bought to do better with elsewhere if not enjoy as-is. #751-1931 INDEPENDENCE AE coupe. CHEVROLET S/N 9AE10932. Dark blue & black/gray cloth. Odo: 96,943 miles. High-quality restoration appears to have been careful down to the last nut and bolt. Very light prep flaws to finish but sheet claims it was done at least 20 years ago. Very shiny and well-detailed chassis, all ment, show an emphasis on modern prep over originality. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $23,004. Nobody here was able to authenticate whether this was a modified Alpine or a true Tiger. At the very least, it was disclosed that the “original” 260 went away in favor of a 289. The car also had mounts for a removable roll bar that was not present, and there were indications of some track use at VIR and Watkins Glen. If a made-up car, a fair deal; if the real thing, this was a home run for the buyer. #627-1967 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III BJ8 convertible. S/N HBT8L40013. Light blue/black vinyl/dark blue vinyl. Odo: 95,075 miles. 1980s-era light restoration shows its age and vintage. Light paint preparation issues evident, but body and shut lines still as-built. Chrome and brightwork nice with only light March 2010 several original items that were spared restoration. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $29,940. There was speculation that TR6s might follow the incredible spike Austin-Healey values experienced a few short years ago, but if this one was the best in the world, I guess the cap falls quite a bit lower. With a few minor details fixed, this would be ready for any Triumph Register or the best of British car shows almost anywhere, and I still think it was a slight value at this overthe-top price. aMeriCan #538-1930 FORD MODEL A huckster. S/N DR141163MO. Light gray, maroon & wood/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 882 miles. High-quality restoration done by major supermarket chain and then featured in a St. Louis museum. Remains nearly flawless. Finish unmarked, wood sides similar, Spartan interior nickel redone in chrome. Interior remains crisp apart from original or N.O.S. Bakelite steering wheel. Engine compartment redone but not to a blinding sheen. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $19,332. The consignor's sheet said this was a 95% restoration. I could not find the other 5% that had been skipped and was very impressed at the thoroughness throughout. Slightly well bought for a drivable and enjoyable Depression-era coupe. toP 10 No. 10 #783-1938 PACKARD TWELVE 1608 convertible sedan. S/N 600407. Signal Brown/tan cloth/chestnut leather. Odo: 91,421 miles. Comprehensive older restoration also shows light use from touring inside and out. Paint excellent if unattractive, nice chrome and brightwork with very little to fault. Some scuffing to leather seats, light wear to cloth convertible top. Steering wheel aged with light cracking. Engine bay still show-prepped but lacks a fresh look. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $137,160. Last seen at Kruse Scottsdale in 95


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Auctions America Raleigh, NC 1940s cars. Tidy engine compartment exhibits very nice firewall paint contrasting the weathered exterior. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $12,660. It was a shame that this Ford spent some time out of doors and saw little care. There were far more appealing V8 Fords with 2-speed axles and great finish quality at this particular sale, so this one had little upside unless a staunch Flathead Ford devotee or hot rodder needs a winter beater. Well sold. January '98, where it sold at $90,300 (SCM# 17224). One of no more than 25, and a CCCA First Place winner at the Spring Grand Classic, this car had been toured over 1,000 miles since early 2005 per an oil change sticker in the driver's door jamb. As a great car that will run at highway speeds in a period color scheme, there's money left in this one. Rather well bought. #588-1938 PACKARD TWELVE 1607 Rumbleseat coupe. S/N 11382009. Orange cream/tan cloth & brown leather. Odo: 78,146 miles. Unwinding but still nice 30+ year-old restoration exhibits multiple issues from use to paint and details. Chrome and brightwork not fresh but still very nice throughout. Interior #746-1952 DODGE CORONET 4-dr sedan. S/N 31976465. Teal metallic/cream steel/gray cloth. Odo: 6,832 miles. Original throughout save for one careful respray of green metallic finish. White top original and buffedout. Solid high-desert Montana car, no evidence of use in winter. Original interior flawless including very unusual gray “woodgrained” dashboard, seats and carpet similar. Original Goodyear wide whitewall tires match spare in bay was the black eye on this original Nash, with water-damaged doorpanels as the runnerup fault. However, the price realized was market-correct, and improving on the details will not be difficult or expensive. #747-1956 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E56S001931. Light blue & white/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 426 miles. 265-ci 225-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 3-sp. Older comprehensive restoration still shows well, albeit with some orange peel in paint. Passenger's door pillar trim requires adjustment to align with windshield. Chrome and brightwork restored, light scuffs on driver door trim not unsightly. Windshield rubber cracked. Interior and rumble seat leather well preserved. Engine compartment also kept up very well, especially considering the age of the restoration. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $52,080. Like its sister car at this sale, an oil change sticker documented a thousand or so miles toured since early 2004. A great car to continue to use before embarking on a re-restoration or to enjoy as-is, and the price paid was very reasonable for such an appealing and rare Full Classic. #800-1949 FORD CUSTOM club coupe. S/N 98BA773226. Maroon metallic/maroon vinyl & gray cloth. Odo: 55,415 miles. Older repaint to driver quality has unwound, exhibiting sanding scratches and pitting. Chrome likely original and lightly pitted, original glass has some delamination. Interior redone in incorrect materials—gray cloth from a 1990s-era Chevrolet truck seems to be common in late trunk. Some restoration to engine compartment and accessories, near-mint original finish on firewall. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $14,472. I've been to Montana a couple times, and while it never gets hot, you're that much closer to the sun, and you will burn. Early metallic lacquer finishes were really not impervious to that, so it's forgivable that a portion of the exterior had to be redone. A neat if anemic car with a couple too many doors—and it's not every day you find a car riding on 60-year-old original rubber. #634-1953 NASH STATESMAN Super 4-dr sedan. S/N K596543. Black/gray & black cloth. Odo: 27,931 miles. Well-executed older respray in original black shows only light prep issues in rain gutters. Chrome and brightwork excellent and possibly original. Interior weathered but seats re-covered in correct material, trunk has possibly original spare tire. Engine and transmission documented as recently rebuilt, but entire engine bay exhibits original comprehensively redone, but driver's seat padding has disintegrated, leaving seat looking lumpy. Engine bay once detailed for show but needs a refresh. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $76,680. Last seen here two years ago as a $92,500 no-sale, when it had about 150 fewer miles under its belt (SCM# 47970). The seats seem to fit better and the car looked more carefully detailed, yet some mechanical maladies and storage issues remained. It was cut loose when the money exceeded the $70,000 mark, and it found a new home at about a market-correct price for its condition. #633-1956 CHRYSLER WINDSOR 4-dr sedan. S/N W5671605. Peach/white/peach cloth. Odo: 35,023 miles. 331-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Completely original time-warp car. Light cloudiness to lacquer finish, but with no buff-through or major damage. Body straight and solid throughout. Chrome exhibits some pitting, brightwork only lightly polished. finishes and corrosion. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,040. It's a shame two $8 cans of paint weren't purchased to finish off the $5,000-plus documented mechanical overhaul. The engine 96 Amazing mint-condition interior shows no flaws worth mentioning. Engine bay original with no effort to detail. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $17,280. Original cars like this are one of the reasons people come back to this sale year after year. Let's hope the new owner continues to look after it. Fairly priced for both buyer and seller. #594-1957 MERCURY TURNPIKE CRUISER 4-dr sedan. S/N 57WA42787M. Sports Car Market


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Auctions America Raleigh, NC and upper radiator brace repainted, new power brake booster and some recent maintenance evident. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $27,000. With period Maine stickers and an oil change sticker in Bar Harbor from the 1970s, this one had a rather clear history if you've ever summered in New England. A neat “bat wing” driver from the period, it should be lots more fun for years to come. Still rather cheap on the whole. Black & gold/red & black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 10,322 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very original low-mileage car with one older careful repaint that does not extend into jambs. Light prep issues somewhat age related. Chrome appears original with only light scratches, brightwork decent but diecast lightly pitted. One ding in front bumper. Original interior pristine, with only light wear to steering wheel. Engine compartment dusty and preserved apart from repainted air cleaner and valve covers. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $38,880. Heavily optioned, including dash-mounted eight-way power seat control, power steering, power brakes, power windows, and signal-seeking radio. Best of all, though, is the “breezeway” rear window that retracts into the well between the trunk and back seat. Fantastically well sold considering a slightly lackluster quality repaint; these are rare but not that desirable. #572-1958 DODGE CORONET 2-dr hard top. S/N LD231670. Red & white/ red vinyl & black cloth. Odo: 8,279 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. High-quality paint over body that appears to be a bit wavy down both sides. Beautiful chrome and brightwork restored comprehensively. Tidy and heavily accessorized original interior, engine bay detailed somewhat hurriedly. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $30,780. What's most remarkable here is that this car was not dolled up as a fake D500 or Super D. Restored past the usual lowly Coronet, it brought a decent price for condition in this marketplace. #535-1959 EDSEL CORSAIR 4-dr sedan. S/N B9US734348. Gray metallic/black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 14,753 miles. 361-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original gray metallic paint in excellent condition throughout. Beautiful chrome and brightwork exhibits only slight scratching along stainless trim on sides. Interior nearmint and totally original from front to back. Engine compartment also unmolested, aside from a generic new battery. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $14,580. Last seen here last year, when it was bid to a $10,500 no-sale (SCM# 118893). 98 more modern materials. Engine compartment quickly refurbished and leaving much to be desired. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,700. This was hardly mint even when detailed as per the consignor's generous description. I'm not sure where one goes from here unless it becomes someone's basis for a hot rod, as a re-restoration would entail as much effort as a far lesser example would require. Market correct. #740-1960 CHEVROLET IMPALA wagon. S/N 01835G122270. Yellow & white/ brown vinyl, gray & brown cloth. Odo: 43,147 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Mostly original paint, no evidence of rust or body damage, nice original glass and trim. Chrome and brightwork show well with some heavy polishing marks. Interior completely original, with unmarked seats and some fading to dashboard. Engine #748-1963 FORD GALAXIE 500 2-dr Someone wanted it enough this go-around. I made a comment about it being a land yacht in Battleship Gray last time, and it looked no less hulking this time around. An amazing preservation piece and likely the only one saved from the ravages of time, but it does seem to answer a question nobody asked. #827-1959 FORD RANCHERO pickup. S/N C9KF115256. Yellow & white/brown cloth. Odo: 5,332 miles. 292-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Older restoration with generally good paint, but with light rust in bed and cracking paint in rain gutters. Chrome nice, original brightwork pitting. Dash original, instrument finish crackly, seat appears incorrect or at least re-covered in and shows only minor damage to driver's seat. Engine bay correct apart from a Toyota battery. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $36,960. This particular street weapon had no power brakes or power steering, but using it in its intended manner did not usually involve much turning or stopping, and its preservation in the state seen here was likely due to that. An amazing original machine throughout. Who said the GTO was the first muscle car? #614-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 Replica fastback. S/N 9FO2M121398. Medium blue metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 81,216 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent restoration exhibits heavy orange peel, dirt, and light fisheyes scattered throughout. Good chrome and brightwork, nicely accessorized with black slats and spoiler as well. Light rust around inside of trunk rain channel. Stock interior with the exception of Hurst drag shifter and custom gauge panel in front of it. Purpose-built engine compartment with Cobra Jet heads, aluminum radiator, and lots of Aeroquip hose. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $25,920. This had few aspirations to appear genuine, but it was intriguingly correct hard top. S/N 3P67G139782. White/olive green vinyl. Odo: 41,574 miles. 406-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Older high-quality repaint to a very original low-mileage car. Body gaps factory or better and very solid throughout, chrome and brightwork possibly original, with slight scratches, polishing marks, and small dings in beltline moldings. Interior completely original Sports Car Market


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Auctions America Raleigh, NC for a car built up in the mid-1970s as a killer street racer. It found a home in post-sale after initially rolling off the block without having been sold. #772-1969 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. S/N 9T02M176537. Red & black/ black vinyl. Odo: 50,416 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent restoration in intense red well executed with good gaps and fantastic prep throughout. Passenger door binds on closing. Chrome and brightwork in good condition apart from some trim installation damage. Interior tidy with only minor use evident, engine bay detailed to a driver standard. Cond: 2-. cals and a tidy body? Good thing I was too busy checking out other cars to have registered to bid, otherwise it would have been mine. Well bought. #814-1977 CHEVROLET LUV Mikado SOLD AT $31,830. Usually it's the other way around—issues in the paint and body trump the after-detailing. Here we had a Mach I with the finish quality of a Pebble Beach Concours contender and assembly by a guy like me with a ham fist and a rattle can. Someone shrewdly saw that this was a rough car with the body and paint done, so this was still soundly bought. #507-1972 AMC AMBASSADOR SST 2-dr hard top. S/N A2A895N292123. Medium blue metallic/white vinyl/dark blue vinyl. Odo: 20,394 miles. 360-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Paint original apart from light touch-ups. Original chrome, brightwork, white vinyl top, and em- miles. 350-ci 195-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Betterthan-average repaint extends into doorjambs, few surface flaws include light preparation issues and some rippling. New convertible top correct down to warning tag. Seats possibly fresher than original, although dashboard and console original, with console cracked around handbrake opening. Engine bay tidy with careful detailing and some correct tags indicating preparation for show. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $15,390. This was one of just 5,424 convertibles for 1974, and someone thought it was special enough in triple black to restore it well beyond what most people would have done. A small-block automatic 1974 is not on many folks' wish lists, especially with more freshening to do, so it's not a great surprise that the $17,000 reserve came off where it did. A fair transaction for buyer and seller. #522-1975 CHEVROLET COSWORTH VEGA Twin-Cam coupe. S/N 1V77E5U191856. Black & gold/black vinyl. Odo: 30,778 miles. Claimed five-year-old restoration looks OK even under harsh lighting, but still shows many prep and detailing shortcuts, especially in hard-to-sand areas. Chrome and brightwork largely original, bumper anodizing cloudy on rear and peeling on front. Tidy black interior and original gold engine-turned dash panel undamaged. Engine bay largely Mighty Mike pickup. S/N CLN1468229785. Red/red, orange, & white cloth & vinyl. Odo: 12,575 miles. Nearly faultless aside from a few light scuffs and scrapes to extensive decal package. Slight paint loss at front of pickup bed. Chrome and brightwork without fault, deluxe interior immaculate. Engine compartment preserved well. Smells of stale fuel. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $10,908. Here's one lots of folks wanted, if only to irritate the powers that be at the AACA—after all, it would dominate the Historic Preservation category AND it's a LUV truck made for Chevrolet by Isuzu. Easily the nicest one on the planet. Had it been a stick, it might have done a grand or two more, but even then it had to be incredibly anemic. Well sold and then some. #726-1983 FORD MUSTANG GT convertible. S/N 1FABP27FXDF177707. Dark blue metallic/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 3,370 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Alloriginal first-year Fox-body Mustang convertible from the selling dealer's private collection. Original paint completely as-new. Interior would benefit from a steam cleaning, but is not blems. Light wear and soiling in heavy grain of vinyl top. Original dark blue interior without fault. Engine bay reflects age more, but factory finish quality makes that understandable. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $7,560. Last seen at the Steve Green Collection sale done by Tom Mack in Charlotte in April ‘09, where it made $7,632. Apparently AMC made only 986 Ambassador SSTs, and far fewer in this shade of blue, so hopefully it's found a happy home with a fan of Kenosha Cadillacs. #729-1974 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 1Z67J4S419894. Black/ black vinyl/black cloth & vinyl. Odo: 77,561 unrestored, aftermarket header and blockedoff smog ports help claims of a recent rebuild. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $5,184. Last seen at Barrett-Jackson's West Palm Beach sale in March ‘07, where it sold at $8,800 (SCM# 44777). The credit card car buy of the auction, hands-down. Some sympathetic detailing will probably help it considerably, and it sounded good driving out of the hall. Five grand for an unusual small sports car with rebuilt mechani- damaged in any way. Factory alloys unmarked, engine compartment completely original with only light signs of aging. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $16,740. An unusual time capsule, this Mustang GT convertible was nicely optioned and fairly priced. I know the guy who drove it to North Carolina from its home in Minnesota, and he assured me it was as good as one could be. Fairly priced for both buyer and seller. ♦ March 2010 99


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eBay Motors Online Sales Just One Owner! “Drives as new as one might imagine” may turn out to be really expensive Report by Geoff Archer Market opinions in italics I f the term “one-owner car” conjures up images of a little old lady polishing 30-year-old paint, don't forget that she might be blind, drunk, and have a propensity for off-roading. 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) #320415620823-1982 RENAULT LECAR hatchback. S/N VF1AA39A0C0105543. Silver/black vinyl sunroof/black vinyl. Odo: 28,000 miles. 22 Photos. Salem, OH. Seller is an estate sale specialist (and vertical face of hood has a butt-shaped dent in it... making me want to call Inspector Clouseau, of course.) “We are offering this car for a client who is the ORIGINAL owner of the car.” Rusty rocker panels obvious from a distance. “Last licensed in 1992. The engine did start and sounded good, but only ran for a short time (until the gas that off.” 33 bids, sf 865, bf 325. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $15,200. Sold for double what it's worth (because all this thing is good for is the disc brakes and the drivetrain). I wonder how many Bloody Marys were pounded by his old roommates before bidding it up this high? Hugely well sold. #220468590763-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304412004825. Light ivory/black canvas/palomino MB-Tex. Odo: 79,962 miles. 73 Photos. Buffalo Grove, IL. “If you are looking for a one owner, all original, fully documented (back to day one - european delivery...) - this is the proverbial holy grail. The car has only 79,962 original miles, drives as new as one might imagine a 280SL should (I've owned 9) and is ORIGINAL - tool I poured into the carburetor ran out).” 43 bids, sf 74, bf private. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $1,675. Sale price more than doubles my best guess, but I suppose if there are people out there who are going to ask about pedal pad wear in the Q&A section on this car, then there are people for whom this LeCar is a cherished find. By the way, the answer was that the seller's husband has a back condition that forces him to use more of the (side) of the pedal than normal. Precisely as Clouseau would have predicted... now about that derrière-shaped dent. #110390719549-1957 PORSCHE 356A coupe. S/N 101619. (Almost Aetna) blue/ red leather. Odo: 30,000 miles. 13 Photos. Laytonsville, MD. “This is a ONE owner vehicle. Everything is there, including additional parts!” Largely uninformed seller proclaims, 100 “Only a small number of these vehicles were ever made and most of the ones you see are replicas - this is the real deal - and I suspect will not last long.” Paint incorrect for the year, matte, and not matching the white dashboard. “The engine turns over strong, although it currently does not run.” 21 bids, sf 68, bf 136. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $18,700. For a while there a 356 in any condition was pulling big money on eBay, destined for Europe (or even Australia). Although current exchange rates have canceled the exporting bonanza, complete cars like this are bound to be in demand by local experts needing decent examples upon which to practice their craft. This price was fair, even considering the prospect of a full-rotisserie long-term breakeven restoration. #300228888949-1965 PORSCHE 356C coupe. S/N 220802. Ruby Red/black leather. Odo: 118,459 km. 13 Photos. St. Davids, PA. Rambling tale of Ivy league Animal House lifestyle explains some aspects of the car's condition. “Right after I bought the car it was in an accident. Originally light gray, but I had it painted Ruby Red, and it has been repainted twice since,” probably as a result of events like this wedding reception escapade: “15 G&Ts later, I went home. Found an empty highway that I didn't know about and turned onto it. After a few feet I discovered it wasn't a road but RR tracks; but I couldn't get off! Luckily I was near a bar and some fellow drunks pushed me kit, spare, chock, jack, and every receipt - for every repair and maintenance since new. We have done nothing to her these last two years but start her and take her for a short ride.” Handful of minor cosmetic issues do not require paint. 9 bids, sf 80, bf n/a. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $20,637. Despite the seller's classic Mercedes market knowledge, this price seemed like a value by several thousand dollars. Hmm. Maybe it was just a bit of a deal. Maybe it wasn't quite as nice in person. Maybe “drives as new as one might imagine” is going to be really expensive in the buyer's estimation. #130335847774-1984 VOLKSWAGEN GTI hatchback. S/N 1VWDC0176EV083865. Black/red cloth. Odo: 517 miles. 20 Photos. St. Louis, MO. Seller's father “bought this little slot car in Jan 1985 brand new from the dealer. Within two weeks my dad had back surgery. The car sat in his garage for months hoping to fully recover from surgery. Years went by... two more surgeries, 25 years later it is time to sell. He simply can't drive a stick shift anymore. The paint looks awesome. We have started this car monthly. All rubber is like new! Never driven in Sports Car Market


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1629, bf n/a. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $6,900. This neat looking truck probably just needs a very sparing application of rust inhibitor and some paint blending underneath. Spending/doing more than that will be a losing proposition. Seller had over $8,000 “invested,” and should be happy with this bid that comes so close to making him whole. the rain snow or anywhere as a matter of fact.” 47 bids, sf 309, bf n/a. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $18,859. Seller comments that his dad now wishes he had stored more cars. We all know that's a silly idea considering the time value of money. Still, with an original sale price of $8,799, it's always going to be tempting to do the math. This huge take for an original hot hatch was perfectly appropriate for its time-warp condition. #320400352817-1987 MAZDA RX-7 GXL coupe. S/N JM1FC3314H0538770. White/blue cloth. Odo: 57,800 miles. 6 Photos. Armonk, NY. 57k mi. Complete description reads, “This is one HOT, BEAUTIFUL car!!! Carefully maintained and cared for. She is my BABY!! The new parent is going to be very happy.” Auction title adds, “Original owner/Fabulous aesthetically & functionally.” 1 bid, sf 0, bf private. Cond: 3+. #260443912155-1966 FORD MUSTANG convertible. S/N 6R08C156716. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 133,000 miles. 15 Photos. Santa Rosa, CA. Lots of great keywords include, “Well documented one owner rust free California black plate. I have personally known the owners who are in their mid 70s. The owners have asked me to sell her for them as they have date sold: 12/29/2009 ebay auction id: 180449749486 seller: St. Louis Sports Car Company, St. Louis, MO, www .stlouissportscar.com sale type: Used car with 490 miles Vin: SAJWA4DC0AMB34458 details: Ultimate Black Metallic, 20" wheels, interior accents in Piano Black and dark mesh aluminum sale result: $82,999, 5 bids, sf 22, bf n/a MsrP: $102,000 other current offering: Bluff City Jaguar Land Rover, Memphis, TN, www.jaguarlandroverbluffcity.com, asking $102,000 for nearly identical new car with 46 miles. SOLD AT $5,000. Price guides like Kelley Blue Book no longer go back as far as 1987, but 1990 can be taken as a proxy (with no material differences in available features). Being algorithm based, such tools never really accommodate exceptions like low-mileage originals. That's just not what they are designed for. So it seems like a shame to barely cover Kelley Blue Book's $4,800 estimate with such a clean, 5-speed coupe. Trite and brief auction text probably cost the seller a couple thousand dollars. #360190828830-1965 FORD ECONOLINE 8-Door van. S/N E14JH690670. Caribbean Turquoise & white/turquoise vinyl. Odo: 87,610 miles. 24 Photos. Harrisburg, PA. “A local business owner special ordered this truck. He sold cleaning supplies and Fuller Brush products. It's immediately apparent this vehicle has been well kept and cared for. The body and undercarriage are solid and clean. The only rust on the van is located in the back corners. Always garaged and regularly serviced. 8-Door with Large 240-6 cylinder” and “Heavy Duty C4 Automatic. Runs and Drives GREAT! Super easy to navigate.” (Interesting choice of words, no?) 22 bids, sf 5 children who all want the car however in all fairness they have chose to sell & distribute the funds equally among their children. One re-paint in original color, engine & transmission rebuilt with less than 5,000 miles on them.” 22 bids, sf 201, bf 3. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,450. Inside of one sentence, the seller makes one terrible and one terrific suggestion. “This car would be the perfect candidate for a concours frame-off restoration or do nothing & have a great driver to cruise in.” This was a nice purchase at a fair price if you expect to do the latter. #220500538080-1976 ELDORADO convertible. CADILLAC S/N 6L67S6Q144794. Light metallic blue/white canvas/white leather. Odo: 56,500 miles. 24 Photos. Staten Island, NY. Estate sale. “REAL CREAM PUFF. ORIGINAL CAR KEPT IN HEATED GARAGE ALL ITS LIFE. EVERYTHING IN THIS CAR WORK FROM THE POWER ANTENNA TO THE LIGHTERS HAS CHROME SPOKES ALL CHROME IS GREAT 2010 Dodge Challenger SRT Online sales of contemporary cars. 2010 Jaguar XKR Fresh Meat date sold: 12/21/2009 ebay auction id: 370308601269 seller: Royal Gate Dodge, Ballwin, MO, www.royalgatedodge.com sale type: New car with 5 miles Vin: 2B3CJ7DWXAH157065 details: Detonator Yellow/black leather, 6-speed, Kicker stereo sale result: $44,999, 1 bid, sf 26, bf n/a MsrP: $46,095 other current offering: Kuntz Motor Co., Mahaffey, PA, www.kuntzmotors.com, asking $45,500 for yellow car with black stripes. 2006 Maserati GranSport LE SHAPE. TOP WORKS GREAT HAS NEW CANVAS. THE ONLY PAINT WORK THAT APPEARS TO HAVE ARE THE FRONT AND REAR BUMPER EXTENSION AS SEEN IN THE PICS. TINTED WINDOWS. RUNS UNBELIEVABLE FOR A 33 YEAR OLD CAR.” 31 bids, sf 143, bf n/a. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $7,400. Suffice it to say that relisting a car five times and screaming about deadbeat bidders in all caps in a red font is sort of off-putting. More than the car (which looked very nice), that behavior probably explains the $3k-$5k savings in this sale price. ♦ March 2010 date sold: 12/29/2009 ebay auction id: 260526079250 seller id: thedanielsfamily_va sale type: Used car with 2,400 miles Vin: ZAMEC38A560021328 details: Blue-green metallic/black leather, “all the bells and whistles,” Ventureshield clear bra, F1 transmission, heated memory seats, xenon headlights, Skyhook suspension sale result: $44,495, 17 bids, sf 10, bf n/a MsrP: $112,000 other current offering: Domani Motors, Deerfield Beach, FL, www.domanimotors.com, asking $56,900 for similar gray 2006 with 8,399 miles. ♦ 101


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Bike Buys Honda CB450 Bombs Away! Honda's CB450 The 444-cc twin-cam engine was outrageous, with a 9,500 rpm redline and 100 mph on tap by John L. Stein came one of the pivotal bikes in Honda's history—and is a solid collectible today. Launched for the 1965 model L year in black and silver with an awkward humpback gas tank design, the CB450 was at first a slow seller, so it was restyled in 1967 (via an optional kit) and eventually survived right through the 1974 model year. It took Honda from the maker of small-displacement singles and twins into the era of the blockbuster CB750 Four, a machine that single-handedly changed the way motorcycles looked and performed. Though hardly svelte, the 1965–66 CB450, also known in the U.S. as the “Black 1965 CB450 Bomber,” was technologically impressive. Playing in the same displacement range as the pushrod 500-cc Triumph T100 and BSA A50, the Honda featured newer engineering geared for performance, reliability, and usability. The engine is a 444-cc parallel twin, air-cooled as was standard in the day, and it was credited with producing 43 horsepower at 8,500 rpm—an impressive 97 hp/liter, racing territory—with a stratospheric 9,500 rpm redline. Its signature technology was chain-driven double overhead camshafts (with unique torsion bar valve springs); this was virtually unheard of outside of racing, and it lowered valvetrain mass for higher-rpm performance. Initially mated to a wide-ratio 4-speed gearbox, it was later upgraded to five speeds. Crankcase was split horizontally, eliminating leaks Like the dominant British bikes of the day, the Perfect Cb450 owner: Has toured the AlCan Highway Rating (HHHHH is best): Fun to ride: HHH Ease of maintenance: HHHH Appreciation potential: HHH Attention getter: HHH Years produced: 1965–66 Number produced: 19,482 (U.S. only, '65–'68) Original list price: $950 SCM Valuation: $5,000–$12,000 Tune-up cost: $45 Engine: 444-cc four-stroke DOHC parallel twin, air-cooled Transmission: 4-speed Weight: 412 lb dry Engine #: Crankcase behind cylinders Frame #: Steering head Colors: Black and silver More: www.vjmc.org SCM Investment Grade: B 102 Honda featured two-piece bolt-together alloy crankcases, but they were split horizontally instead of vertically, eliminating the likelihood of oil leaks from the sump. Automotive features including an electric starter and constant-velocity carburetors meant the CB450 was ready to ride when its owner wanted. Its chassis engineering was also fairly advanced, with a grown-up double-cradle tubular frame in place of Honda's typical small-bike pressed-steel unit. Aluminum was also used for the wheel hubs and twin-shoe front brake, but the rest of the machine was steel, including the fenders, seat base, fuel tank, and lights. Tires were 18-inch front and rear. Typically for Honda, fit and finish were top flight, and the CB450 was also oil-tight and reliable compared to its British competitors. The electric start was likewise ahead of its time and turned the struggle of starting most big bikes into pushbutton ease. Then as now, Honda truly understood what mattered to most riders, and then built it. About all that hampered the Honda at the time was looks. As is so often the case, what was once regarded as a styling or engineering failure in its time becomes the iconic machine of an era—and in Honda's case the ike Grimm's ugly duckling, the 1965–66 Honda CB450 that hatched as a homely motorcycle ultimately be- 1965–66 Black Bomber is it. Built during Honda's initial involvement with both motorcycle and Formula One racing, the CB450 later competed at Daytona in 1967 with tuner Bob Hansen. “Mr. Honda had a special deal with me when I was in Racine [Wisconsin], run- ning the parts house,” recalls Hansen, now 90. “He knew I was a racer and he was a racer. He asked if I was going to Daytona and they sent me three [of the race-prepared]CB450s and said, ‘Don't tell anyone in Gardena [California, Honda's headquarters].' They were production bikes with production chassis and motors, breathed on with cams and stuff like that. They were very good and set a new speed record in time trials around the oval.” All of a piece compared to British rivals By contemporary standards, perhaps the street-going CB450 is not the hottest sporting motorcycle, as it is limited in power, cornering clearance, and brakes. But compared to its British rivals, it feels all of a piece, with every component designed to fit its neighbors, instead of a host of more universal parts screwed together. The engine makes a flat drone reminiscent of other vertical twins and will run hard, letting the 450 carve along a mountain road well enough in the right hands. Rider ergonomics are appropriate for city riding, compared to the crouch of a road racer. The twinmeter instrument cluster has an audacious 11,000 rpm tachometer and a 140 mph speedometer, with the 450 advertised as being capable of 100 mph—an important claim for the time. Officially the 1965–66 Black Bomber is called the CB450 K0, as were the restyled 1967 through early 1968 models; all carry serial numbers beginning CB450-1000001. The second-generation, 5-speed CB450 K1 debuted later in 1968 and carries serial numbers beginning CB450-3000001. Finding a good one requires the same level of cunning and patience required for any other machine. In other words, you are better off waiting for the right bike than buying the first rusted-out lump you find with plans to restore. Buying a well-loved original or a nice restora- tion is smart for two reasons: One, the price of OE replacement parts is sky-high; and two, the cost of new chrome plating for the exhaust system, gas tank panels, suspension, wheels, lights, and controls will likewise siphon you dry. My advice is to pay fairly for a solid bike or stay home. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Mystery Photo Answers Comments With Your Renewal Ever the best—information and Tired of being ridiculed for vehicles with anemic horsepower, Maybach introduced its new model: The Paybach. —Stan Colona, Plano, TX runner-uP: Adding this big motor was the only way I could outrun all the people who kept saying, “Nice Hyundai.”—Chris Carollo, Western Springs, IL Grey Poupon my ass. Pass the nitrous.—Pete van Hattem, SeaTac, WA In an ongoing battle of one-upmanship with the Plaza, the Waldorf unveils its new “Express” airport shuttle service.—Scott Warrender, Houston, TX Always jealous of the sleek, sexy safety cars used by Formula One, the NHRA decided to build its own.—Peter M. Zimmermann, Bakersfield, CA The Juilliard Custom Shop decided to “Go For Baroque” in the “Pimp My-Bach” competition.—Jim Rosenthal, Annapolis, MD Wilhelm Maybach is surely spinning in his grave at 10,000 rpm.—Bob Peterson, Brooks, GA It looked good on a '48 Hudson , not so much now.— Lorrie Peterson, Brooks, GA Mercedes-Benz Tuscaloosa throws down der gauntlet.— Doug Metzker, Portland, OR Fifty years ago, equally cute wind-up keys were pasted on the engine covers of Volkswagens.— Larry McCagg, Battle Ground, WA The Edelbach.—Norman Vogel, San Francisco, CA And Hans was heard scream- ing as he drove out of sight, “Das blower, das blower uber alles!”— Jim Graham, New Canaan, CT You think that's impressive, you should see his mullet.—Rod Diridon, Jr., Santa Clara, CA I think his lordship was refer- ring to his polo ponies when he said he thought he needed more horsepower—Sam Hallowell, Providence, RI After several years of persuasion by Tommy Lee Jones, Don Garlits finally decided to join Men In Black... under one condition.—Kirk J. Johnson, Naples, FL Hello, Mr. Vader? Your Maybach is ready.—Kick Wheeler, New Milford, CT Let me guess, the owner is not from “old money.”—Bill Campbell, Las Vegas, NV 3 city / 1 highway.—Stephen R. Miller, Muncie, IN When those pesky hot rod Rolls and blower Bentleys continue to embarrass your Maybach at the strip, what choice do you have?—Dan Faustman, Elk Grove, CA Because he understands the determination of Daimler AG to upgrade the image of the Maybach, Stan Colona wins a soon-to-be-collectible official SCM cap. ♦ This Month's Mystery Photo Response Deadline: February 25, 2010 Our Photo, Your Caption Be the author of the most accurate, creative, or provocative response and receive a Sports Car Market cap. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Fax your response to 503.253.2234; email: mysteryp hoto@sportscarmarket.com; snail mail: Mystery, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797. Please include your name and contact information. Send us your mystery photo. If we use it, you'll also get an official SCM cap. Email photos at 300 dpi in JPEG format. 104 opinions. Also the best “eye candy” in the world.—David Moore, Covington, LA Still my best and most entertain- ing monthly periodical.—Phil Gilman, Corralitos, CA We love SCM. A must-read every month.—BA Heins, Greenwich, CT Love your magazine.—Mike Ciopyk, Pleasanton, CA Can't get enough.—John Larsen, Montara, CA Keep up the good work—more old Indy roadsters.—Chuck Limbaugh, Beach Park, IL Please keep up the great work.— John Waugh, Scottsdale, AZ I've always appreciated your auction reports telling it like it is—kind of like reality TV, only entertaining.—Gregory McKim, San Diego, CA. Wait until we start “The Biggest Loser!”—KM More sports, less muscle, luxury, and Brass Era.—Todd Rutter, Edmonton, Alberta, CAN Consistent in quality. Still the best read in a U.S. magazine.—Ralf Berthiez, McLean, VA SCM is on my short list of read- ing when I go into my man cave.— Jake Jakubowski, Denver, CO. Love it here in the Jamaica bush. Wish it could be mailed directly, but I would with luck receive only 50%.—Johnathan Edwards, Sausalito, CA. I like your publication, it is instructive and valuable.—J. Arturo Gutierrez, Jupiter, FL Not broken, don't fix it.—Pete Lewis, Fulton, CA Don't forget us common folk in your regular monthly issues.— Charles C. Barnett, Oldsmar, FL This is the first magazine I read each month. Goes great with a glass of wine and some cheese.—John Rorquist, Phoenix, AZ. Oregon Pinot Noir or that snobby French Burgundy?—KM Best auto magazine ever.—Paul Moloney, Bangall, NY Another happy SCM fam- ily member.—Yvo Alexander, Hilversum, NLD Loving the articles on afford- able classics. Need to hear more about Keith's finback.—Allen Stephens, Portland, OR. Allen, we ended up getting a ponton Mercedes 219, which is an earlier model, rather than the finback that followed it. Why? Because a ponton showed up on eBay, we'd had some good Oregon Pinot (see note above) with our barbecued salmon, the Mercedes was located nearby in Seattle, and so forth. I'm sure SCMers will all understand. Anyway, the car is at MBI while we slowly fettle it and make it into a running car. I still want a finback (heckflosse), but I'm diving into the ponton experience now.—KM And thanks to all of you for your thoughtful comments and your renewals.—Keith Martin Sports Car Market


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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. English 1957 aC aceca bristol 1955 bristol 403 1938 rolls-royce 25/30 Wraith Cabriolet with rumble seat 1966 MG b Convertible 1972 Mercedes-benz 250 sedan A great clean California car. British Racing Green with black interior. Earlier restoration. 5-speed Ford Sierra gearbox conversion. Chrome Wires, Lucas lamps. A very presentable driver. $13,500. Contact Doug Duncan at 760.296.2398 or douglasduncan@ msn.com. Like new in/out! Light Ivory, automatic, A/C, none finer, Call Gerry Acquilano, 315.789.3670, Geneva, NY. $8800. Email gerrya@linkny.com for more photos: Delivery arranged anywhere! 1973 Mercedes-benz 280sel 4.5 FIA papers, shown at Pebble Beach and Quail 05, has run Le Carrera, eligible for everything, a pleasure on the street, no expense spared. 614.832.8728. 1958 aC aceca Probably best available of these handbuilt rarities. Over $16,000 in system rebuilds, excellent condition. Top award eastern NE British Car Day '07 and '08. $54,900. Email Kfc-bhlmilton@comcast.net. (MA) 1963 Jaguar xKe 3.8 Coupe Coach by Hooper. One of only three built. Pebble Beach quality master restoration. Two-time AACA National award winner and best in class at Amelia Island. This beautiful Rolls-Royce is freshly painted in deep red and black. Superb condition. Original 4.2L I-6 engine and transmission in perfect running order. Splendid interior. Properly maintained and stored in controlled environment. Price POA. Please call Tom at 803.370.6354, or email at TheMotorClub21@yahoo.com, and visit our web site at www .TheMotorClub21.com. 1966 sunbeam tiger Mk ia 2009 award winner, the best in the US! Full details, pictures, etc. at www.classic-motors-online.com, or call 434.426.8506, or email peter@classic-motorsonline.com. 2003 aston Martin db7-Gt A spectacular California car finished in black with black leather. All matching numbers. Original books, tools, spare, jack. Perfect mechanicals, gorgeous cosmetics. Ready to perform flawlessly on rallys, tours, or just for weekend cruising. $75,000/offer. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670. Website: www.deGarmoLtd.com. 1966 Jaguar xJ13 recreation Ex-Don Adams. Less than 8,000 miles on restoration. Fully sorted, beautifully presented. Updated with 289, performance cam, headers. TAC Certificate. $44,500. Fantasy Junction, sales@fantasyjunction. com; www.fantasyjunction.com. 510.653.7555. (CA) 6 Liter V-12, six speed Getrag gearbox. Peak BHP 440. Peak torque LB FT. Max speed: 187mph. The ultimate Darth Vader-mobile. 13.5k miles. One of 83 examples in the US. Price: Low $60s. Contact TJ Gould at 414.964.9208 or tessiner@aol.com. 1965 austin Mini This exciting car is a re-creation of the original Jaguar XJ13 made by Jaguar in 1966. Expression of Interest. Stirling Moss drove the original XJ13 in the 1987 Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide. For more information, please see: www.ozisell.com/jag. 1970 Jaguar xKe 4.2 series ii Convertible 50K miles, dry climate car, never hit, perfect panel fit. Dark red (542) automatic Blauplunkt radio, tools, 2 tops. $48,000 R.P. Call Robert at 509.922.3431. (WA) 1 of 1,500 built for English consumption. Alternator, rollbar, new brake, wheel, clutch & slave cylinders. Full top & side curtains, HD radiator, MOMO wheel, Carmona mags, lockable back compartment, Alfin style brake drums. $15999. Contact Rick Frazee at mog4@earthlink.net or 407.620.0507. (FL) 106 Originally an Arizona car, this pampered Jag has fabulous new paint and brilliant chrome. Rebuilt engine with triple carb setup. New stainless steel exhaust and Pirellis. Fast. Powerful. Reliable. $55,000. Email satzman@usa.net. (NY) Black/tan interior. 3rd owner. Well documented & well maintained. C2 Turbo wheels, Excellent Car. 100,080 miles. Fuchs Wheels Available. $16,500.00. Call 248.808.4222. German 1968 Mercedes-benz 280sl Beautiful black unblemished exterior; New factory correct red leather interior with German square weave carpet; all professionally redone to exacting standards. 912 engine, runs and drives as new. Private party. $45K. Bill at 818.262.7904. 1983 Porsche 911sC Cabriolet New/reconditioned trans, brakes, carbs, battery, tires, interior. Matching nos. motor, rebuilt to 1720cc. Driven daily. 2nd owner for 25 yrs. in Portland. $30K. Contact Gary at 503.227.7717 or luckylake1@aol.com. (OR) 1965 Porsche 356C Coupe Immaculate original unmolested strong V8. Dark blue/blue interior. 15,000 original miles. Price $12,500. Negotiable. Call Jerry at 516.225.6273 or email hamov@optonline.net. 1963 Porsche 356 t-6 Coupe Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery 1986 Porsche euro 930 Italian 1964 Ferrari lusso 1964 aC 289 Cobra A true concours quality re-creation with mind blowing, pavement ripping performance. A really spectacular car with all fiberglass coachwork, true show quality paint; 500 hp V8, Ford top loader, Jaguar independent rear suspension. Super low miles. Will sell for a fraction of cost new. Please call for details. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670. Web site: www.deGarmoLtd.com Original owner offering this stock 930, 5200 miles. Excellent condition with full documentation. Black w/ champagne interior. Includes factory European parts removed for EPA/DOT conversion. $69,500. Call 928.468.6212 or email outdog31@hotmail.com. 1988 Porsche 944 Stunning, Platinum-winning restoration. Great car to drive. Fully sorted with over $70,000 in recent engine, gearbox, front suspension work. $665,000. Fantasy Junction, sales@fantasyjunction.com; www .fantasyjunction.com. 510.653.7555. (CA) 1968 lamborghini 400Gt Very well taken care of. 2 Owners with no accidents. Excellent exterior and interior. All options work. Clutch feels great. Tires are good condition. Recent timing belt service. More pics at www.GFS1 .com. $6,995. Jay FitzGerald, sales@gfs1.com, 315.789.4575. 1998 Porsche 993 C2s Coupe Very strong and clean example with single owner for past thirty years. Rebuilt engine. Solid driver. Ready to be enjoyed. $175,000. Fantasy Junction, sales@ fantasyjunction.com; www.fantasyjunction.com. 510.653.7555. (CA) 1973 Maserati bora Beautiful inside and out, well kept 1998 993 C2S with full leather interior. All original with no accidents or any other body damage.Turbo twist wheels with Motorsound package. $50,000. Contact Dwight at dstyndall@yahoo.com or 708.712.4045. 1964 VW beetle Convertible 7,000 miles from new and in absolutely superb condition. Always maintained to the highest standard for a great driving experience. All hydraulics perfect. Dark blue metallic, white interior, documented service. $95,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670. Web site: www.deGarmoLtd.com Japanese 1971 datsun 240z Black plate California car restored to true 100% factory correct concours condition. All matching numbers, original colors of Bahama blue, white interior, white top. All original books, tools. A flawless car, fully sorted to drive as new. $39,000/Offer. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670. Web site: www.deGarmoLtd.com. 1979 Volkswagen beetle Convertible Set up for track or street. Full tube. Triple webber race motor. 4 Wheel disc brakes. Fully adjustable suspension. More info at www.GFS1.com. Will consider trades. $22,500. Call Dan at 315.789.4575. American aC 427 shelby Cobra Untouched original Beetle with 9k orig. miles. Not restored, showroom condition. Temp controlled garage for lifetime. $19,500. No A/C. Contact Chip at acquire@aol.com or 410.770.8361. See more at www.myboats.zoomshare.com. (MD) S/N CSX3259. Freshly completed Stewart Hall restoration. SC specs. $314,000 in receipts. Webers, Halibrands, outside exhaust. $795,000. Fantasy Junction, sales@fantasyjunction.com; www.fantasyjunction .com. 510.653.7555. (CA) 1968 Corvette pre-production T-top, VIN #15. This is a body development pilot line car and the first known T-top, and the car responsible for the success of the 477,275, T-tops produced from 1968 to 1982. “The First”. Email: tmichaelis@charter.net. 419.392.2701. (OH) 1968 Chevrolet Corvette Black carbon fiber body with clear strips. 511 cubic inch all alloy Ford FE, around 700hp Show quality. California licensed, 26mi. professionally built, no used parts. Well documented. $175,000. Call Jim at 310.379.8376. (CA). 1966 shelby Gt350 H 1961 Corvette, 270 hp, 4-speed, (2X4s), matching #, Red w/white coves, white top, red interior, frame off w/approx. 5,000 miles since, (believed radio delete car), Quick and Gorgeous, $69,000. Call Len at 610.282.0109. (PA) 1968 Chevrolet Corvette A very well documented car with one owner from new until 1999. 49,000 original miles; Mechanically all original; paint and leather redone per factory original. Fully serviced, fully sorted. A great car for show or touring. Comes with original top and side curtains. Call for details. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670. Web site: www.deGarmoLtd.com 1961 Chevrolet Corvette 1946 dodge “truck Woodie” Project Factory built on truck chassis. Very rare. Mechanicals done. No rust. Missing seats and bumper. 90% complete. $15,000 O.B.O. Call Joseph at 949.922.5298 or email alphasurf@aol.com. (CA) 1933 Ford roadster 350 Chev Engine Turbo-Hydro Trans. Very low mileage since restoration. NO RUST. Original steel fenders, hood, dash. Original grill, headlights, taillights, chassis, bumpers, windshield posts, etc. Gibbons fiberglass body finished in Washington Blue. Saddle interior. Private party. $60K. Bob at 626.791.0707. new shelby Cobra (Csx-4503) Red/red L88 convertible. NCRS top flight 2009 at chapter, regional, and national convention. Bloomington Gold special collection and class winner at Keels & Wheels concours in 2009. $500,000. Email tmichaelis@charter.net or call 419.392.2701. (OH) 1965 Cobra by unique Motorcars The real deal and the best one on the planet. National concours level, and fully sorted for driving. 100% correct and authentic. Original black with gold stripes, correct original automatic transmission. $165,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd.com ♦ 108 Sports Car Market


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resourCe direCtory Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 x222 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) & Company offers its international clientele the rarest examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues. Our team of well qualified experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the official auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August and record-setting Scottsdale Auction in January. www.goodingco.com. (CA) H&H Classic Auctions. +44 8458 Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694, 480.421.6697. For nearly four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service, and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watch unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www .barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Bonhams. +44.207.228.8000, +44.207.585.0830. Montpelier St., Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH. www.bonhams.com. (UK) Bonhams & Butterfields. 415.391.4000, 415.391.4040. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103 www.butterfields.com. (CA) Branson Collector Car Auction. 800.335.3063, 417.336.5616. 1316 W. Hwy. 76, Suite 199, Branson, MO 65616. www.bransonauction.com. (MO) RM Auctions, Inc.. 800.211.4371, 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) 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. Celebrating 30 years in the collector car industry, RM Auctions and its associated companies are responsible for acquisitions, restorations and sales of the world's rarest and most valuable vintage automobiles, including record-breaking sales in Maranello, Italy and London, UK. RM's restoration division achieved unprecedented accolades in 2006, when the Company earned “Best of Show” honors at the world's top three collector car events in a single year. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) Russo and Steele Collector AuGooding & Company. 310.899.1960, 310.899.0930. Gooding 110 tomobile Auctions. 602.252.2697, 602.252.6260. Specializing in the finest European sports, American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles; Russo and Steele hosts two record breaking ALL RESERVE auctions per year; Monterey, CA every August and Scottsdale, AZ every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. (AZ) www.russoandsteele .com. (AZ) American 334455, +44 8458 334433. The Motor House Lyncastle Road Warrington England. WA4 4BSN www.handh .co.uk. (UK) Santiago Collector Car Auctions. 405.475.5079, 501 E. Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Rocky: rockydb5@sbcglobal.net. (OK) Shelby American Automotobile Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485, 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) 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) Appraisals Auto Appraisal Group. Mecum Collector Car Auction- eers. 815.568.8888, 815.568.6615. Auctions: Kissimmee, Kansas City, Indianapolis, St. Paul, Bloomington Gold, Des Moines, Columbus and Chicago. “Mecum Auction: Muscle Cars & More” on Discovery Network's HD Theater. www.Mecum.com 950 Greenlee ST, Marengo, IL 60015 www .mecumauction.com. (IL) 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) 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 Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. 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) Gooding & Company. Motoring Investments. 619-238- 1977, Award winning restorations, brokerage, sales & locating. Vintage German, Italian & British Mercedes specialist - SL, Pagoda & other models “Our website is a virtual buyer's guide for the 280SL.” www.motoringinvestments.com. 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. www.goodingco.com. (CA) 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) USAppraisal. 703.759.9100, Over Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700, North America's premier muscle car center, specializing in restoring and trading the finest and rarest American muscle cars. We are the home of Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.” We are a professional, discreet, and fair buyer for your quality American muscle. www.-legendarymotorcar.com. 25 years experience with collector automobiles, available nationwide. David H. Kinney, ASA (Accredited Senior Appraiser, American Society of Appraisers). dhkinney@usappraisal.com toll free: at 800.872.7772 www .usappraisal.com. (VA) Automobilia Carlectibles. 510.745.8675, Offer- ing a unique selection of quality automotive art, classic posters, vintage toys and models, videos, literature, pedal cars, and automobilia that celebrate the Sports Car Market


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history, achievements, evolution and artistry of the automotive industry and motorsport. Visit us today- you're sure to see things you've never seen before. www.carlectibles.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 Paul Russell and Company. 2shores International. 920-945- 0450, 920-945-0450. International marketing services for collector cars. New Showroom in the US! Take advantage of our experience in the global collector market. Based in Wisconsin, working worldwide. Connecting buyers and sellers of collectible automobiles in a global marketplace since 1990. We put our market knowledge to work for you. Call Jurgen today! www.2-shoresclassics.com. (WI) 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 Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar, BMW, Alfa Romeo. Guidance given with emphasis on building long-term relationships. Sales Manager Alex Finigan: Alex@ paulrussell.com www.paulrussell.com. (MA) 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.legendary-motorcar.com. 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) 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) Motor Sport Personal Accident Woodies USA. 480.694.7929, We buy and sell great woodies - hundreds to date. If you are buying or selling give us a call. We can help. Woodies are fun! Every car collection should have at least one. Located in Scottsdale, Arizona. www.woodiesusa.com. (AZ) Classic Car Transport Motor Auto Express, Inc.. Brighton Motorsports. 480.483.4682, Brighton Motorsports, Scottsdale Arizona is a unique dealership specializing in Vintage European and American Collector Cars with their Sales/Showroom and Mechanical Repair facility in the heart of Scottsdale's legendary auction arena. They also have a state of the art paint & body shop specially equipped to do all levels of repair and restoration just down the road, creating a one stop shop for the avid car enthusiast. www.brightonmotorsports.com. (AZ) 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 Insurance Aston Martin of New England. Chubb Collector Car Insurance. 1 (866) CAR-9648, The Chubb Collector Car Insurance program provides flexibility by allowing you to choose the agreed value and restoration shop. Broad coverage includes no mileage restrictions and special pricing for large schedules. For more information contact us at 1(866)CAR-9648 or www .chubbcollectorcar.com www.chubbcollectorcar.com. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, 760.758.0600. sales 760.758.6100.Fullservice restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase .com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700, North America's premier muscle car center, specialized in restoring and trading the finest and March 2010 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) Motoring Investments. 619-238- 1977, Award winning restorations, brokerage, sales & locating. Vintage German, Italian & British Mercedes specialist - SL, Pagoda & other models “Our website is a virtual buyer's guide for the 280SL.” www.motoringinvestments.com. Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC.. Grundy Worldwide. 800.338.4005, With 60 years of experience in servicing and preserving the collector vehicle hobby, Grundy provides “The Gold Standard” of insurance, offering the most options to you: Agreed Value, 631.425.1555, All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servcing-complete mechanical restorations/ rebuilds - Cosmetic repair/paintwork to complete frame off restoration - Large inventory of parts. All services as well as our current unventory of automobiles for sale can be seen at www.autosportdesigns.com. (NY) www.autosportdesigns.com. (NY) Carobu Engineering. 949.722.9307, Ferrari specialist. Engine rebuilding/ development, dyno-testing, parts and service. Your source for high performance brakes, suspension, gaskets, engine parts, wheels and exhaust. Dealer for Tubi, Brembo, Koni, Razzo Rosso, Sangalli, Zanzi, Novitech Rosso and X-Ost. www.carobu.com. Coverage. 441.297.9439, 441.296.2543. Email, mcooke@evolution.bm. Limits up to $1,000,000 including accident medical and helicopter evacuation. Comp Capital Ltd. can obtain coverage at competive rates including drivers over the age of 65. Either 12 month policy covering a whole season and or for specific events. Please contact Mark Cooke and or Kevin Way. 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) Lotus Motorcars of Long Island. 631.425.1555, Factory authorized Lotus dealer. All models welcome, regardless of age. All services as well as our current inventory of new & pre-owned automobiles for sale can be seen at www.autosportdesigns.com. www .autosportdesigns.com. (NY) 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) 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) 111


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resourCe direCtory Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 x222 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Restoration - General Motoring Investments. 619-238- 1977, Award winning restorations, brokerage, sales & locating. Vintage German, Italian & British Mercedes specialist - SL, Pagoda & other models “Our website is a virtual buyer's guide for the 280SL.” www.motoringinvestments.com. 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) Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1-866-MB-CLASSIC, The center of competence for classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts – for vintage car sales, meticulous restorations by manufacturertrained technicians and the widest selection of Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts, we are the source. http:// www.mbclassiccenter.com/. (CA) Carobu Engineering. 949.722.9307, Ferrari specialist. Engine rebuilding/ development, dyno-testing, parts and service. Your source for high performance brakes, suspension, gaskets, engine parts, wheels and exhaust. Dealer for Tubi, Brembo, Koni, Razzo Rosso, Sangalli, Zanzi, Novitech Rosso and X-Ost. www.carobu.com. VeloceSpace. 408.441.7788, Velo- ceSpace (408) 441-7788 “Specializing exclusively in rubber and upholstery products for Ferrari, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati; we also stock classic M-B and Porsche. Our source is the original Italian factory that manufactured these parts for your car in the ‘50s and'60s, hence our products' perfect fit and quality. Visit our website at www.velocespace.com, or e-mail us at info@velocespace.com for more information. www.velocespace.com. Motoring Investments. 619-238VeloceSpace. 408.441.7788, Velo- ceSpace (408) 441-7788 “Specializing exclusively in rubber and upholstery products for Ferrari, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati; we also stock classic M-B and Porsche. Our source is the original Italian factory that manufactured these parts for your car in the ‘50s and'60s, hence our products' perfect fit and quality. Visit our website at www.velocespace.com, or e-mail us at info@velocespace.com for more information. 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) German Performance Restoration. Griot's Garage. 800.345.5789, The ultimate online store for automotive accessories and car care products. www .griotsgarage.com. (WA) WeatherTech® Automotive AccesClassic 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. (CA) sories . 800-441-8527, MacNeil Automotive Products Limited providing Automotive Accessories for your vehicles for over 20 years. MacNeil has defined high quality vehicle protection with the WeatherTech® line of Automotive Accessories. Choose from All-Weather Floor Mats, Extreme-Duty Floor Liners, Cargo/Trunk Liners, Side Window Deflectors, No-Drill MudFlaps, many different options of License Plate Frames and more. We have products available for virtually every make and model. To see and buy everything, go to WeatherTech.com. 440.968.3655, High-quality paint, body, mechanical service. Discreet installation of a/c, cruise control, superchargers. Stock restorations done to exacting standards. Clean, wellequipped shop. Near I-90 since '96. We finish your projects. supercharged@ alltel.net. (OH) 1977, Award winning restorations, brokerage, sales & locating. Vintage German, Italian & British Mercedes specialist - SL, Pagoda & other models “Our website is a virtual buyer's guide for the 280SL.” www.motoringinvestments.com. Inspections 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) Sports and Competition Morris and Welford. 714.434.8562/203.222.3862, 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) 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 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) RM Auctions, Inc.. 800.211.4371, 519.351.1337. Celebrating 30 years in the collector car industry, RM Auctions and its associated companies are responsible for acquisitions, restorations and sales of the world's rarest and most valuable vintage automobiles, including record-breaking sales in Maranello, Italy and London, UK. RM's restoration division achieved unprecedented accolades in 2006, when the Company earned “Best of Show” honors at the world's top three collector car events in a single year. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) Vintage Events Muscle Car 1000. 949.838.7076, The Healey Werks. 800.251.2113, 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. 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Carl Bomstead eWatch Thomas Badge Worth a Flyer Tether car strings buyer to $6,480, Nebraska park sign cute as heck for $331.50, Packard salesman's ring raises questions—and $1,075 Thought Carl's The latest from the “They Paid How Much?” department. We all remember the rhinestone- He wore the glove on his left hand when he moonwalked on Motown's 25th studded glove that Michael Jackson wore when he premiered his trademark moonwalk dance. anniversary TV special in 1983. Well, the glove was offered for auction at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square and was estimated to sell for $40,000 to $60,000. The bidding blew past that and the “winner” owned the glove for $420,000, which makes $6,000 for a tether car look like a bargain. Here are a few other items we are positive Michael Jackson had absolutely nothing to do with: EBAY #350277892863— EBAY #250529184856—RED EBAY #110455104477— “FISHING IS GOOD AT HORKY'S PARK” LICENSE PLATE ATTACHMENT. Number of Bids: 15. SOLD AT: $331.50. Date Sold: 11/15/2009. Horky's Park in Nebraska had it all: fishing, camping, boating, and even dancing. This license plate attachment had wonderful graphics although it was not in the best of condition. Strong money, but this is one we have never seen. Cute as heck. INDIAN MOTOR OIL ONE GALLON CAN. Number of Bids: 2. SOLD AT: $709.99. Date Sold: 11/18/2009. Red Indian was the brand name for the Canadian McColl-Frontenac Company, Ltd. They were acquired by Texaco in the early '40s and the Red Indian was phased out in favor of the Texaco brands. This extremely rare can dates to the early '20s, as the black braided Indian was replaced with a more stylized version around 1927. Strong money for a can that was not in the best of condition, but any gas/oil item with an Indian goes to the head of the class EARLY FRONT ENGINE TETHER RACE CAR. Number of Bids: 27. SOLD AT: $6,480. Date Sold: 11/19/2009. This model tether car was based on the famed 1925 Packard 122 race car. It was in original unmolested condition and constructed of heavy metal. It was about 19″ in length and was powered by a compression ignition engine with a centrifugal clutch. Not inexpensive, but about as rare as it gets and the condition set the price. EBAY #280432278990—CARABAO PETROLEUM PORCELAIN FLANGE SIGN. Number of Bids: 18. SOLD AT: $2495. Date Sold: 12/08/2009. Carabao Petroleum was the Texas Company's (Texaco's) product offering in the Philippine Islands. The 20″x36″ sign dates to the 1920s and was made in the U.S. It is a seldom seen sign that was in very acceptable condition. The colors were bright and the graphics unusual. For the Texaco collector, a rare find at a reasonable price. EBAY #200412028102—1:18-SCALE BUGATTI VEYRON GRAND SPORT MODEL BY M.R. COLLECTION. Number of Bids: 19. SOLD AT: $227.50. Date Sold: 12/06/2009. This highly detailed hand-built resin model was made in Italy, and the seller stated it was a limited edition of 30, although the certificate stated only 20. Regardless, several others were offered in the same yellow/black livery, so at this point they are not all that rare. Hope the buyer keeps it dry, unlike the guy who drove his real one into that lake in Texas. EBAY #380182138252—E.R. THOMAS MOTOR CAR COMPANY BADGE.—Number of Bids: 11. SOLD AT: $560. Date Sold: 12/6/2009. The E.R. Thomas Motor Car Company manufactured Thomas automobiles in Buffalo, New York, from 1902 until 1919, although the vendor stated the badge was from the '30s. They were best known for winning the 1908 New York to Paris race with a 1907 Thomas Flyer. The small 2½″x3″ badge was about as rare as it gets, thus the strong winning bid. subsCriPtion inForMation Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $58 for 12 monthly issues in the US, $78 Canada/Mexico, Europe $88, Asia/Africa/Middle East $98. Subscriptions are payable in advance in US currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 24-hours 800.289.2819, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 114 EBAY #300365865607— PACKARD SALEMAN'S 10K GOLD RING. Number of Bids: 19. SOLD AT: $1,075. Date Sold: 11/17/2009. This ring was thought to be a salesman's award, but it was only inscribed with the owner's initials and the name of the manufacturer. There was no box or other documentation. It was set with a rose carnelian stone with the Packard crest on each side. Just the ticket for impressing the judges when showing your Packard at Pebble Beach or Amelia Island. PostMaster Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market