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Sports Car Market PROFILES Keith Martin’s JOIN US The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Subscribe! March 2013 . Volume 25 . Number 3 FERRARI by Steve Ahlgrim 40 What You Need to Know ENGLISH AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why by Reid Trummel 42 175 Vehicles Rated at 10 Sales 62 72 2004 Ferrari 360 Modena Spider F1 $87,714 / Artcurial Made to drive, not yet to collect ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne 44 1961 Triumph TR4 $41,803 / Silverstone Exceptional cars bring exceptional prices GERMAN by Prescott Kelly 46 82 92 1951 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet $227,505 / Bonhams A million-dollar experience for $800k less AMERICAN by Carl Bomstead 48 2005 Porsche Carrera GT $452,598 / Bonhams Prices have soared $75k since 2009 RACE by Thor Thorson 52 108 118 1958 Chrysler 300D Convertible $198,000 / RM Chrysler letters are drawing big numbers 6 1952 “Wagner Special” BMW Racer $177,100 / Auctions America by RM A home-built tool, not a racing icon 100 RM AUCTIONS North Palm Beach, FL: John Staluppi’s collection of rare, ultimate-spec 1950s “Cars of Dreams” totals $10.4m — John Lyons BONHAMS Weybridge, U.K.: In the shadow of the steeply banked Brooklands race course, Bonhams closes out the year with a $6.4m total and an 84% sales rate — Paul Hardiman McCORMICK Palm Springs, CA: Long-running auction sets a record $6m in sales, topped by a 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren at $188k — Carl Bomstead COYS London, U.K.: A dust-laden Miura forgotten since 1972 finds $418k, while a gleaming 1938 BMW 328 makes nearly $800k — Paul Hardiman SILVERSTONE Birmingham, U.K.: Silverstone finds success at this notoriously difficult venue, selling 41 cars for $1.9m — Paul Hardiman ROUNDUP Highlights from Leake Dallas, H&H Newbury, Brightwells Herefordshire and Barons Surrey — Paul Hardiman, Phil Skinner EBAY MOTORS Replicas on eBay Motors — Chad Tyson Cover photo: Preselector gearbox on a 1951 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet, courtesy of Bonhams Sports Car Market


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38 Voisin Exhibit at the Mullin Automotive Museum COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears Only 128 years after the first production car, car collecting is moving from its infancy to toddling. That’s a pretty quick transition Keith Martin 28 Affordable Classic The Volvo 1800ES makes a distinctive 1970s style statement, and as such, has begun to benefit from that decade’s appeal to today’s young hipsters Donald Osborne 30 Collecting Thoughts The days of being able to run anything you like on the U.K. roads — as long as it has a genuine identity and passes a basic safety inspection — are numbered Paul Hardiman 32 Legal Files How to eliminate some of the risk when you send cash to a total stranger to buy a car John Draneas 34 Simon Says It took courage to buy an obsolete 917K before values raced to the sky Simon Kidston 50 The Cumberford Perspective The Chrysler 300D is a truly impressive vehicle Robert Cumberford 54 Under the Skin Porsche and Ferrari expressed different philosophies with the Carrera GT and the 360 Modena Dennis Simanaitis 130 eWatch Marilyn Monroe photos, Bugatti mascot light up online auctions Carl Bomstead 8 Sports Car Market DEPARTMENTS 38 25 Years of SCM: A timeline for our Silver Anniversary 12 Auction Calendar 12 Crossing the Block 16 The Inside Line: Get your black or yellow vintage California plates, Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 18 Contributors: Get to know our writers 20 You Write: A kinky Mangusta, real or replica, and choosing an auction house 22 Display Advertisers Index 24 Time Pieces: Rolex Oyster Perpetual 24 Neat Stuff: Stoplight for your garage, take-along chairs for your sports car 26 In Miniature: 1935 Duesenberg SJ Speedster “Mormon Meteor” 26 Book Review: Lunches with Mr. Q: An Auto Industry Titan on Business, Life and Sports Car Dreams 90 Glovebox Notes: 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera 114 Fresh Meat: 2012 Ferrari FF, 2012 BMW M3, 2011 Bentley Continental GTC Speed 120 Mystery Photo: “A Datsun swamp buggy! What’s next — a Porsche sedan? Oh, they already did that” 120 Comments with Your Renewal: “This magazine has become my ‘adult’ version of Playboy” 122 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 126 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs FEATURES 36 Brass in Berks: Pre-1916 cars ramble for lots of miles through the Pennsylvania countryside 38 La Vision de Voisin: The Mullin Automotive Museum examines the life and work of the legendary Gabriel Voisin


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin From Tool to Artifact Changes in automobile safety and operation will accelerate the artifact nature of old cars years ago, or, more important to this discussion, than they did 46 years ago, in 1967 — which we call the final year of the Golden Era of the collectible car. But more about that later. Cars today have the same basic purpose as they did in 1885 — to get you from point A to point B. However, the rapid development of electronic aids in automobiles means that cars do more for you today than ever. An article in the New York Times published on January 12 of this year stated that Volvo, BMW, Audi and Mercedes “have announced that as soon as this year they will begin offering models that will come with sensors and software to allow the car to drive itself in heavy traffic at speeds up to 37 miles an hour.” It also references already installed systems, such as electronic stability control, pedestrian detection, forward collision avoidance and traffic-sign detection. It would be as if your table set itself, your chairs moved back auto- matically when you approached them, and your dresser would tell you where your blue socks are where when you needed them. These changes in the basic functionality of the automobile will It all started here J ust how young is car collecting? Let’s start with the big picture. In Ethiopia, 195,000 years ago, we find the first evidence of modern man. Forty thousand years ago, in the Upper Paleolithic Era, the first art, cave paint- ings, figurines and beads were created. The first significant non-vernacular architecture appears in south- west Asia 12,000 years ago in the Neolithic period. Notable furniture is first found from the period of the Old Kingdom in Egypt, about 4,700 years ago. And the first production automobile? It was the Benz Patent Motorwagen, built in 1885 (I have driven an exact re-creation of one). That’s just 128 years ago, barely a tick of the historical clock. Of course, car collecting didn’t start in 1885, just as collecting Paleolithic art didn’t begin 40,000 years ago. When cars were first introduced, they were both marvels of engineering and practical tools — mobile industrial art. Serious car collecting on a wide scale didn’t really start until the 1950s, just 60 years ago. What sets car collecting apart from nearly all other types of col- lecting is that, because the field is so young, it is one of the only forms of collecting in which artifacts from the first era of creation are still in use. The London-to-Brighton run is the oldest motoring event in the world, first held in 1896 — when the Patent Motorwagen was just 11 years old. Cars built up to 1905 — in other words, cars built during the first 20 years of the motorcar’s existence — are eligible, and in 2012 more than 500 artifacts competed. You will never see an exhibit of beads authenticated to be from the first 20 years of bead creation, or of artifacts certified to be from the first 20 years of significant furniture. The origins of these items are shrouded in the mists of time, unlike automobiles, where the first year of production of the first artifact is clearly recorded. My table doesn’t talk to me Another thing that separates vintage automobiles from most other collectible artifacts is that they exist in a swiftly changing environment. While furniture may change its design, functionally it performs the same task as it has for thousands of years. You sit on a chair, you sleep in a bed, you eat from a table. Modern cars offer a vastly different experience than cars did 100 10 continue to accelerate the artifact nature of old cars — and to make old cars increasingly unsuitable for the modern mix of traffic as well. Old versus new If you wished to have an antique bed and a modern one in your home, you could do so without anything but an aesthetic challenge. But when you put an old car and a new one on the road together, the old car faces challenges. But let’s define “old car.” From SCM’s perspective, cars built from 1955 to 1967, with a smaller subset through 1974, represent an era we have termed “the Golden Age of the Motorcar.” By 1955, auto manufacturers had recovered from the World War II-caused hiatus in technological progress, and had a new generation of machinery on the road. This was the era in which the Porsche 356, the Alfa Giulietta and the MGA made their appearance. In the United States, Chevrolet introduced one of the significant powerplants of the 20th century, the small-block 260-ci V8. The Golden Era ended in 1968 with the advent of U.S. smog and safety regulations. From that year on, drivetrain engineers and stylists began serving a new master — the government. Prior to that, they served only their passions and their customers. A “Golden Era” car can cruise at 60 mph, has reasonable brakes and acceptable weather protection. They can survive in today’s traffic, although not always comfortably. They are the benchmark for a useable vintage car. The future Technological advances in the past three decades have created a vast gulf between old cars and new ones, and the gap will widen even more dramatically in the years to come. As mastery and suitable environment combine to make usage choices more challenging, car collecting will continue to become more sophisticated. Collectors will have to ask themselves under what circumstances will they want to drive their cars, and new-generation collectors will have to find circumstances to develop competence behind the wheel of a cantankerous — and fundamentally unsafe — old car. We are in the midst of a massive revolution in the way collectible cars are used, and in the separation of collectible artifacts from other, more-modern cars. Only 128 years after the first production car, car collecting is moving from its infancy to toddling. That’s a pretty quick transition, especially when compared with the 40,000 years we’ve been enamored of cave paintings, beads and figurines. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Tony Piff For more information about events marked with (*), see our 48-page SCM Insider’s Guide to the Spring Auctions, polybagged with this issue for subscribers 1928 Bentley 4½ Litre semi-Le Mans Spec Tourer, at Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island auction Bonhams—Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia Where: Oxford, U.K. When: March 2 More: www.bonhams.com Last year: 58/58 cars sold / $1.9m The star car at this an- nual sale, held at Bonhams’ Oxford showroom, is a 1928 McLaughlin Buick 496 Tourer — one of two former ceremonial cars used by the English royal family on a 1927 tour of Canada, shipped from province to province by train. Other notable consignments include a 1910 Renault AX two-seater, a 1918 Dodge tourer, a 1927 Buick X54 roadster with coachwork by Fisher, a 1927 Buick 48 opera coupe and a 1968 Ferrari 365 GT rebodied as a 250 SWB. 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: chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com. FEBRUARY 2—PETERSEN Salem, OR 4—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 7—BONHAMS Paris, FRA 8—ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA 15–16—RM Madison, GA 18—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 22–23—MECUM Boynton Beach, FL 22–23—LEAKE Oklahoma City, OK 22–24—MCCORMICK’S Palm Springs, CA 23—SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, U.K. 12 23—CHEFFINS Bristol, U.K. 23—BONHAMS Boca Raton, FL 24—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 26—H&H Buxton, U.K. MARCH 1–3—G. POTTER KING Atlantic City, NJ 2—BONHAMS Oxford, U.K. 6—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, U.K. 8—GOODING & CO. Amelia Island, FL 9—RM Amelia Island, FL 9—SMITHS Cape Girardeau, MO 10—WEBBS Auckland, NZ 12—COYS London, U.K. 16—CLASSIC MOTORCAR Akron, OH 21–24—HOLLYWOOD WHEELS West Palm Beach, FL 22–24—AUCTIONS AMERICA BY RM Ft. Lauderdale, FL 23—SPECIALTY AUTO Greeley, CO APRIL 4–6—MECUM Houston, TX 4–6—BARRETTJACKSON Palm Beach, FL 12–13—BRANSON Branson, MO 12–13—SILVER Portland, OR 12–14—COLLECTOR CAR PRODUCTIONS Toronto, CAN 13—COYS Essen, DEU 13—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS San Antonio, TX 13—BONHAMS Los Angeles, CA 14—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 17—H&H Duxford, U.K. 19–20—VICARI Nocona, TX 20—COYS Ascot, U.K. 20—DRAGONE Westport, CT 20—B&T SPECIALTY Las Vegas, NV 25–26—AUCTIONS AMERICA BY RM Carlisle, PA 25–27—MECUM Kansas City, MO 27—CHEFFINS Cambridge, U.K. 27—RM Fort Worth, TX 27–28—CLASSIC MOTORCAR Novi, MI 29—BONHAMS Hendon, U.K. 29—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS Gooding & Company—The Amelia Island Auction* Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 8 More: www.goodingco.com Last year: 70/77 cars sold / $36.1m Among the many blue-chip collectibles at Gooding’s Amelia Island sale are a 1949 Jaguar XK 120 alloy roadster, a 1957 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster and a 1939 RollsRoyce Wraith, offered without reserve. Of particular note is a 1928 Bentley 4½ Litre semi-Le Mans Spec Tourer, originally owned by Gerald Beven, a close personal acquaintance of “Bentley Boy” Captain Henry Birkin, and upgraded by Birkin to Le Mans spec at Beven’s request. RM Auctions—Automobiles of Amelia Island* When: March 9 Where: Amelia Island, FL Web: www.rmauctions.com Last year: 92/106 cars sold / $22m RM will offer their usual selection of world-class collector cars at their long-running March sale, held in official conjunction with the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Featured consignments include a trio of significant Cords from the private collection of Jim Fasnacht, headlined by an ACD Club Category 1 1930 Cord L-29 Sport Cabriolet by Voll & Ruhrbeck, the Berlin Show Car; a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, in single-family ownership from new; a multiaward-winning 1932 Marmon HCM V12 two-door sedan prototype, with well-known provenance and ownership history; and an original 1923 Locomobile Model 48 Series VIII Sportif, judged Best in Class — Prewar Preservation, at Pebble Beach 2002. Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Tony Piff For more information about events marked with (*), see our 48-page SCM Insider’s Guide to the Spring Auctions, polybagged with this issue for subscribers 1930 Cord L-29 Sport Cabriolet by Voll & Ruhrbeck at RM’s Amelia Island auction 1960 Ford Sunliner at Classic Motorcar’s Ohio Spring Classic Classic Motorcar Auctions—Ohio Spring Classic* Where: Akron, OH When: March 16 More: www.classicmotorcarauctions.com Last year: 72/117 cars sold / $1m The featured early headliner at CMA’s Ohio Spring Classic is a 1960 Ford Sunliner convertible, in excellent condition and equipped with 352-ci 300 hp V8. More than 165 cars from every automotive genre will cross the block at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, as well as an important collection of model cars and airplanes from a local estate. Hollywood Wheels—The Palm Beach Auction* Where: West Palm Beach, FL When: March 21–24 More: www.seeyouontheblock. com Hollywood Wheels predicts more than 350 collector cars for 14 1951 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe convertible, once owned by Steve McQueen, at Auctions America by RM, Fort Lauderdale Sports Car Market their March 2013 sale, held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. Star cars include a 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible, a Dietrich-bodied 1936 Packard Twelve dual-cowl phaeton, and a 1934 Packard Super 8 resto-mod, equipped with leather, full power and a/c. Auctions America by RM—Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale* Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL When: March 22–24 More: www.auctionsamerica.com Last year: 388/568 cars sold / $16.9m Notable early lots at this seventh annual event include a 1967 Dodge Coronet WO23 Hemi Super Stock race car and 1951 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe convertible, formerly owned by Steve McQueen. Last year at this auction, sold cars averaged $19k, while a 1957 Chevrolet Corvette convertible took the high sale slot at $99k. ♦ Darin Schnabel (c) 2012, courtesy RM Auctions


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Inside Line Alex Martin-Banzer Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com. The Ford GT40 is one of the star cars at this year’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Industry News ■ Do you want to install rep- lica vintage California license plates on your cars from the 1950s through the 1970s? Now is the time to place your order. The state of California’s new Legacy License Plate program is just getting started, and pre-orders for yellow, black or blue plates are now being taken online at www. dmv.ca.gov. The fee for each set of plates is $50. California law states that at least 7,500 applications for replica plates must be filed by January 1, 2015, to make the program happen. If the program falls short of applications, all fees will be returned — and not one replica plate will be issued. All of us at SCM are sure that more than 7,500 applications will be on file before the end of this summer, but don’t dawdle. (CA) Events ■ America’s Sports Car, the Corvette, is celebrating 60 years 16 The Petersen Automotive Museum will celebrate 60 years of Corvettes on the road this year, and Corvettes will star at the Los Angeles-based Petersen Automotive Museum for all of March. On March 1 and 2, there will be a Corvette Values Seminar and a racing panel discussion. Both are $25. There will also be a gala with only 350 tickets available at a price of $125. www.petersen. org (CA) ■ There’s no better excuse to visit the Ritz-Carlton than attending the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. This year’s weekend proves that good things do indeed come in threes. From March 8 to 10, there will be a seminar to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary Porsche 911 and another seminar to honor the 50th anniversary of the Corvette Sting Ray. The 50th anniversary of Italy’s Lamborghini marque will also be celebrated. The star cars of the Concours d’Elegance will be the famous Ford GT40, Cadillac concept cars and Motorama LaSalles. The Porsche Driving Experi- ence begins the car weekend on Friday, March 8, and the Marque Car Road Tour follows. The seminar of the 50th anniversary of the Sting Ray begins at 1:30 p.m., and Peter Brock, one of the designers, will participate. Tickets are $25. At 4:30 p.m., the Porsche 911 Seminar starts, with Vic Elford, Hurley Haywood and Peter Schutz on the panel. Tickets are $25. The RitzCarlton will be open to the public throughout the day. The Gooding Auction starts at 11 a.m. at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation. On Saturday, March 9, the Ford GT40 panel will begin the day at 10 a.m. The RM Auction will begin at 11 a.m. at the RitzCarlton. Legendary race car driver Sam Posey is this year’s honoree. The car-happy weekend ends with the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, March 10, starting at 9:30 a.m. For more details, visit www.ameliaconcours.org (FL) ■ If Rétromobile didn’t give you the French fix you needed, the Avignon Motor Festival from March 22 to 24 is a must. This festival includes vintage cars, classic cars and military vehicles — and is in the south of France — so there are no excuses to miss this event. Admission is $14. www.avignon-motorfestival.com (FRA) ♦ Sports Car Market Photos by Chad Tyson


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Sports Car Market EDITORIAL Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director David Tomaro david.tomaro@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Managing Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Digital Media Director Jeff Stites jeff.stites@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 221 Auctions Editor and Photographer Tony Piff tony.piff@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Associate Editor Chad Tyson chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Copy Editors Yael Abel, David Tomaro Senior Auction Analysts B. 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After half a lifetime in a staff job, he now writes for all the leading U.K. classic-car magazines. When he’s not working as SCM’s European correspondent, he lives quietly near Oxford, England, with an old race car, these days most often spotted on the school run. As usual, he is all over this month’s magazine, with reports on Bonhams’ Brooklands auction on p. 72, Silverstone’s Birmingham auction on p. 100 and Coys’ London Auction on p. 92. If that isn’t enough, he takes us on a journey to the wild world of British oddball cars, such as the famous “Fast Food,” on p. 30. 18 JOHNDRANEAS, SCM Columnist, practices law in the Portland, OR, suburb of Lake Oswego, where his primary focus areas are tax and estate planning, business organizations and transactions, and representation of collector-car owners. He is a past president of the Oregon region of the Porsche Club of America, and served as the chairman of its 2006 parade. Draneas is one of the founders of Friends of PIR, a nonprofit formed to keep Portland International Raceway from becoming an industrial development. His collection includes two Porsches, a Ferrari, an Alfa, a Lotus, a BMW daily driver, and a John Deere tractor. This month, his “Legal Files” column on p. 32 explains what buyers and sellers should do to avoid large legal bills in 2013. PRESCOTT KELLY, SCM Contributor, bought his first Porsche, a 1964 356SC coupe, in early July 1967, just before starting his first job. The next weekend, he bought a refrigerator — thereby establishing priorities for life. After an enlightening experience at the 1982 Monterey Historics, where Porsche was the featured marque for the first time, he concentrated on Porsches. He has owned many, including two 550s and a 904, but prefers cars he can drive. For 25 years he vintage-raced a 1967 911R, then a 2-liter Trans-Am 911, then from 1992 a 1972 911ST. Currently, the garage holds a 1963 356B cabriolet, a 1972 911 and a 1989 944 Turbo S. This month, join him as he pores over a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT on p. 48.


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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 How could you not notice that in the Mangusta there is a noticeable kink? A little kinky? To the Editor: I am a great admirer of Robert Cumberford, who was kind enough to reply to an inquiry about Viper styling, although I do hope one day he will examine it in SCM. Many cars have a trim strip or crease along the side. How could you not notice that in the Mangusta (December 2012, Etceterini Profile, p. 42) there is a noticeable kink? It’s not a straight line. I would never buy a car with such a defect. Decades ago, I was a member of the U.K. Ferrari Owners’ Club when it was combined with Bugatti. Then they split, as interests diverged. In Keith Martin’s column (December 2012, “Shifting Gears,” p. 8), he writes of cars which “simply aren’t daily drivers anymore.” You are really covering two very separate hobbies: cars that might as well be framed and hung on the wall, and those which still are driven. I own and prefer the latter. — Tom Oleson, Gig Harbor, WA 100% real or 90% cheaper? To the Editor: I have been a subscriber since 20 1996 and love your publication. I am a second-generation sports car nut — my dad died a few years ago and left me a few cars. Anyway, I value your advice and am looking for some guidance. My current cars include a Ferrari 550M, which I drive as much as I can. I have a 2006 Ford GT with about 1,600 miles — it seems price is contingent on miles with these cars. I also have a 1977 Ferrari 308 GTB on which the previous owner did about $85k worth of very tasteful performance mods, including dry sump, P6 cams, lightweight flywheel, brakes, suspension etc…. The car is fast and a great track car that I bought for $23k. I then stripped the interior à la Michelotto cars. I am sure I could sell it, as I always have some inquiries about the car. I don’t need to sell it. I have an itch and have always wanted a car that could be eligible for cool events, such as Tour Auto or the like. A well-known car broker has a 1972 911S/RSR that was converted in period to RSR specs and has an HTP. Documented race history. I know the car was an auction — no sale — twice in recent years. They are asking $187k, and apparently the owner is motivated to sell. What are your thoughts on this car? My other question concerns the Ford GT. As we know, prices have been rising, but again it’s based on mileage, and I do like driving it. Ford made over 4,000 of them, so I really don’t know where that market is going. I was looking at selling my GT and buying a Superformance GT40 built by Holman-Moody in proper form. I know it’s not real, but it’s one-tenth the price of a real one and 100% of the same experience. And these cars were built correctly with right-hand drive, 302 with Webers , and they have a good resell globally. — Michael Blank, via email Keith Martin responds: Michael, you ask interesting questions. The first thing I note is that all of your cars are relatively modern, and they share ultrahigh-performance characteristics. Second, you like to drive your cars. Third, within the group of cars that you mention, the buy/ sell price does not seem to be an issue. What you haven’t told me is why you would want to buy or sell each car. The 308 is a perfect Tour Auto car, and it’s already done, so just ship it over there and sign up for the next event. What are you going to do with the Porsche? It’s not cheap, and you are getting an “in-period-built” replica. I can’t comment on the price, as with one-off cars like that, it is purely what you are willing to offer and the seller willing to accept. Ford GT prices will continue to hold. You are correct, mileage will be the determinant of value — as they are all nearly identical. They are wonderful cars to drive, and if you really like yours, you should just keep it and drive it and not worry about the minimal depreciation. You’re not going to put 25,000 miles a year on it, are you? I like the Superperformance GT40s as well, and they do give you 100% of the performance at 10% of the price. But they aren’t the real deal, and you have to ask yourself how comfortable you will be at each event when someone asks, “Is that a real GT?” — especially after you have owned one. Further, you haven’t answered the question of what do you want to do with the Ford GT/ Superperformance GT40? Tours? Rallies? Cruise-ins? Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read Ad Index Alan Taylor Company, Inc......................... 107 Amelia Island Concours............................... 85 American Car Collector............................. 119 Aston Martin of New England..................... 29 Auctions America by RM ............................ 17 Automobilia Monterey............................... 121 Autosport Designs Inc................................ 103 Barrett-Jackson ............................................ 13 Beverly Hills Car Club............................... 117 Black Horse Garage................................... 119 Bonhams / SF............................................... 23 Boston Mini Cars....................................... 121 Branson Collector Car Auction.................... 19 Canepa.......................................................... 95 Carlisle Events ............................................. 56 Chubb Personal Insurance............................ 11 Classic International Auto Museum........... 119 Classic Showcase......................................... 77 Collector Car Price Tracker ....................... 106 Copley Motorcars......................................... 98 Cosdel .......................................................... 99 Daniel J. Rapley LLC ................................ 119 Dealer Accelerate......................................... 35 Driversource Houston LLC.................. 71, 105 European Collectibles ................................ 107 Exotic Classics............................................. 99 Fantasy Junction......................................... 105 Festivals of Speed ........................................ 55 Gooding & Company..................................... 2 Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance... 75 Grundy Worldwide..................................... 117 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc...........................111 Hamann Classic Cars................................... 93 Heacock Classic .......................................... 21 Heritage Classics.......................................... 63 Hollywood Wheels Inc............................58-59 Hyman, LTD ................................................ 79 Inpelle ........................................................ 115 Intercity Lines .............................................. 33 JC Taylor...................................................... 83 Jeff Brynan................................................. 125 JJ Best Banc & Co ..................................... 123 Keels and Wheels Concours ........................ 91 Kidston........................................................... 7 L.A. Prep...................................................... 73 La Jolla Concours D’ Elegance.................... 69 Leake Auction Company.............................. 27 Luxury Brokers International..................... 125 Mac Neil Automotive Products Ltd............. 67 Maserati North America............................. 132 Mercedes Classic Center............................ 101 Mershon’s World Of Cars ............................ 97 Miller’s Mercedes Parts, Inc........................ 98 Motor Classic & Competition Corp........... 121 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions............... 37 Paramount Classic Cars ............................... 89 Paul Russell And Company ....................... 101 Premier Financial Services ........................ 131 Putnam Leasing.............................................. 9 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd. ........................... 81 RB Collection............................................... 31 Reliable Carriers .......................................... 61 RM Auctions................................................ 15 Road Scholars .............................................. 57 Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo ......................... 115 RPM Auto Books....................................... 125 Russo & Steele LLC ........................ 95, 97, 99 Santa Fe Concorso ......................................... 4 Silver Collector Car Auctions ...................... 51 Sports & Specialist Cars ............................ 103 Sports Car Market........................................ 90 Swissvax USA, LLC.................................... 25 Symbolic Motor Car Co................................. 3 T. Rutlands ................................................... 39 The Driven Man......................................... 113 The Stable, Ltd............................................. 87 Vicari Auctions............................................. 65 Vintage Rallies............................................111 VintageAutoPosters.com............................ 121 Worldwide Group........................................... 5 You Write We Read We’re all car nuts in my house. My wife drives a ’78 Macho Trans Am, I club-race a ’70 Boss 302, and there are four others we don’t drive every day Your cars are all interesting. Please keep us posted concerning your decisions. Michael Blank responds: Keith: Thank you for your quick reply. Items 1, 2 and 3 are all accurate. I have been doing various track events since 1987 — with both Porsche and Ferrari — but I never had a proper race car and especially one from the glory days of the 1960s or 1970s. I thought the Porsche would perhaps satisfy that, but it seems to be — just as you state — an in-period replica with an HTP. I think you talked me off the ledge on that one. I love my Ford GT, but I will never be able to afford a real 1960s GT40. These continuation cars are as close as it will get for me. If they can get HTP certificates, why should I care? I am not pawning the car off as real, as most people think my actual Ford GT is a kit car. I know you and others have written much about rebodied and continuation cars. Thanks again for the help. Who should sell this ’66 LeMans? To the Editor: I’ve been an SCMer for a 22 few years now, and I love the magazine. It’s the best there is. I’m that guy you often tell your subscribers to buy from. I’m the guy with the need to build. I built a 1966 Pontiac LeMans into a high-level modernized “pro tour”-style cruiser — that I’d now like to sell. I’m sure I have almost double into it — compared with what it’s worth on the open market. My question — or what I’d love to see — is a breakdown of auction companies and venues, where the focus is on which houses and venues are best for a particular type of car. I could easily picture my LeMans on stage at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, but would they take it with a reserve, and do people like me get prime-time placement? Or is prime time reserved for the repeat Barrett-Jackson consignors, and/or something truly rare or unique? I’ve also never seen mention of auction timing and placement. There’s obviously a big difference in the bidding on Sunday morning versus Friday and Saturday nights. We’re all car nuts in my house. My wife drives a ’78 Macho Trans Am, I club-race a ’70 Boss 302, and there are four others we don’t drive every day. Keep up the great job. I look forward to every issue. — Jay Bovarnick, Medfield, MA Executive Editor Chester Allen responds: Jay, thanks for you thought- provoking note. Each auction house has its own style, and my best advice for you is to call each one — or send them an email — and see how they propose handling your car. Call it comparison shopping, which is always a good idea. Auction timing is a tricky thing, as it’s actually more important to have buyers who are very, very interested in your car in the room than to have your car cross the block in Prime Time without interested buyers in the room. The best way to get buyers interested in your car is to bring it to auction in the best condition possible — and then sit by your car during preview times to answer questions. Every year, we see terrific cars sitting alone during preview times, and frustrated buyers are unlikely to fight each other over a mystery car. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg The Watch That Self-Started It All If one listed the features of the world’s best mechanical sports watches, it might read like this: • Water resistance from a threaded and gasket-equipped case back and a locking crown. • A robust movement that is jeweled to be accurate and durable. • A crystal that resists shattering and a clear, legible dial that features hands and figures that glow in the dark. • A self-winding mechanism. If one were to list of all the watches that met those criteria in the mid 1930s, that list would be rather short. In fact, it might be a list of one watch. That watch that would be the Rolex Oyster Perpetual — aka the Rolex Bubbleback, which was introduced in 1933. Although Hans Wilsdorf, who founded Rolex, had introduced the “Oyster” watch case, which was named for the incredibly positive seal when the case back and crown were threaded tightly, quite a few years earlier, the Bubbleback was one of the first self-winding wrist watches and it was most assuredly the first in a highly sealed case. In fact, it was the automatic winding system that necessitated the large domed case back that gave the Bubbleback its nickname. Although a few self-winding Details Production Date: 1933 to early 1960s Best Place to Wear One: As the Bubbleback is a small watch, it would be the perfect gift for a woman in your life Ratings ( Rarity: Durability: Parts/Service Availability: Cool Factor: Web: www.rolex.com Neat Stuff by Tony Piff Red Light Stop Mount the Park Zone Platinum on your garage wall and park with confidence. The ultrasonic sensor detects your approach; green, amber and red lights guide you to your stopping point. To set the desired location, just park your car, turn on the sensor, and it records the distance. Runs wirelessly on two AA batteries (not included) or six-foot AC power cord (included). $29.95 from www. genuinehotrod.com 24 is best): pocket watches were produced as early as 1780, the motion of a typical pocket watch inside of a typical pocket was insufficient to be terribly practical. It wasn’t until the fashion for men of wearing a watch on the wrist came into vogue that the selfwinding watch found a real market, as we tend to move our arms frequently and vigorously. Wilsdorf and his designers did not invent the self-winding wrist watch or the sealed watch case, but they did excel at making both far better than their competitors ever imagined. By combining the two features, Rolex managed to dominate the market for roughly 50 years. The movement in the Bubbleback watches was superbly designed for the period, and it stayed in production with little or no modifications for roughly 20 years. In hindsight, the design had only two faults: The balance jewels were fixed, which meant that the watch was not technically shock-resistant (in a shock-resistant watch, the balance jewels are sprung so that if the watch is dropped or receives a blow, the jewels will be able to move rather than having the balance pivots break). In addition, the rotor system was not jeweled, which caused the self-winding system to fail long before the rest of the mechanism. Even with these two frailties, the watches were so tough and so well sealed that they tend to be very serviceable even today — although Rolex declared them obsolete decades ago. An appealing aspect of collecting the Bubbleback is that the long production run created hundreds of interesting variations. These variations keep collectors interested and the market energized. Most dealers and collectors would probably agree that the market value of Bubblebacks is past its peak and is somewhat depressed (consumers craving bigger watches is one reason). That said, the decline in values allows collectors to spend less on each watch. As with almost every other collectible watch, the value of a Bubbleback watch is largely determined by the originality and beauty of the dial and hands. Refinished examples can be worth half the value of fine originals and are somewhat easily spotted by experts. Also, as original crowns and case tubes are rather hard to find and easily damaged, make sure to invest in ones that thread well. Prices range from $2,000 to more than $10,000. Take a Seat Motorcycle campers with very limited storage space sing zealous praise for the Kermit Chair ($139), which breaks down and packs into a small bag just 22 inches long. Toss a pair of chairs in your 911, and you can pause for a rest stop whenever the scenery beckons. SCMers will appreciate the craftsmanship, robust construction and elegance of design, not to mention the comfortable ergonomics. The low-slung shape is perfect for outdoor concerts, too. (Optional leg extensions are $40. Add a cup holder for $18.) Manufactured in Tennessee using marine-grade varnished hardwoods, aluminum and heavyweight nylon in five colors. www.kermitchair.com © Sports Car Market


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck 1935 Duesenberg SJ Speedster “Mormon Meteor” The one-of-a-kind, traffic-stopping and Bonneville-record-setting “Mormon Meteor” speedster is without a doubt the most un-Duesenberglooking Duesenberg of them all. The car is based on a Model J chassis, and Ab Jenkins, with the help of Augie Duesenberg, built the speedster in a garage next to the factory. It was designed to run and set land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats, which it did. Over the years, only three companies have produced models of this car; all were hand-built limited editions and were made only in 1:43 scale. Enter the fourth model company — Automodello — who has again chosen to replicate another truly unique automobile. This Duesenberg is their second 1:24-scale release following their very successful edition of the Phantom Corsair, which I reviewed in the May 2012 issue of SCM (p. 24). Except for the edges of the wheel covers, they have modeled the car in its fully restored 2007 Pebble Beach Concours Best-of-Show-winning form. This configuration is certainly an eye-catcher, and it appears to be a combination of eras and details. The car is partially as it appeared at Bonneville in 1935 — but with added full windshield, fenders and various details as when Knox Kershaw owned it. Other parts of the car are as it appears now under current owner Harry Yeaggy, with faired-in passenger’s side head rest and painted wheel covers. This car is not for everyone, but it is one very impressive model — and big for 1:24 scale, measuring over nine inches in length, not including the attractive black display base. Also included is an individually numbered certificate and information sheet about the car. Proportions and overall body shape look to be exact, as do many of the nu- merous details. Paint finish is what we have come to expect from Automodello: oh so smooth with a high, mirror-like gloss. The body is perfectly cast, with razor-sharp engraved panel lines. As with the real car, the insides of the wheelwells are painted red. The tires are very accurate, and the painted wheel covers with ultra-thin red outer edge and chrome centers are a real treat. The fit of most parts is excellent, although a few of the photo-etched trim parts were separating from the body, necessitating a bit of glue. The large Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Lunches with Mr. Q: An Auto Industry Titan on Business, Life and Sports Car Dreams By Kevin Nelson, Southampton Books , 212 pages, $19.95 (Amazon) Two men, a continent apart, were instrumen- tal in changing what Americans thought a automobiles in the 1950s. They were both visionary, part enthusiast and all salesm Max Hoffman on the East Coast and K Qvale on the West showed America that lig fast sports cars were fun and cool. For Qvale, it was an accidental introdu tion to an MG TC that changed his life, an what had started out as a trip to New Orlean to source motorcycles for sale turned into an iconic career as automobile importer builder and race-car backer — not to mention his horse racing and banking successes. Qvale turned that early interest in the MG TC into a distributorship for MG products, starting his San Francisco company, British Motor Car Distributors. He later added other British lines such as Morris, Jaguar and Rolls-Royce. When the next idea, the VW Bug, presented itself, he expanded to im- porting cars from across the English Channel, bringing in Volkswagen and Porsche — and Italian exotics Lamborghini, DeTomaso and Maserati. When the Healey line disappeared from the U.S., thanks to smog rules, Qvale had a big hole to plug in his sales, so the Norwegian-born entrepreneur got together with designer Donald Healey and the Jensen company (who built the Big Healeys for BMC) to create the Jensen Healey. It wasn’t his only flirtation with car manufacturing, as he also created the Qvale Mangusta, based on 26 the DeTomaso Biguá. His racing history (never as a driver, always a backer) included cars designed in partnership with Joe Huffaker for road racing and the Indy 500, and is worth a book of its own. The facts behind the twists and turns in the multimil- lionaire’s empire are fascinating enough, but author Kevin Nelson teases the soul from the man behind the facts. Built around a series of lunches over cottage cheese, fruit and a single egg roll in Qvale’s office, Nelson’s narrative creates a portrait of a controlled, singular man, a success story with roots in a personality and way of doing business that changed what we drive. Now 93, Qvale has slowed down, but what comes across in Nelson’s portrayal is a still vital man, ever the optimist, still selling the only way he knows how. Provenance: Kevin Nelson has 19 books under his belt, on everything from baseball to parenting. He became acquainted with Qvale while writing Wheels of Change, a book about California car culture. Fit and finish: Typography and design are lovely and unexpected. The bright, energetic use of color inside is a pleasant surprise. Drivability: Nelson brings Kjell Qvale to life on every page. His fram- ing structure, the lunches, brings the relationship between author and subject to the fore in a way that is surprisingly gentle and inclusive. As a friend says, “That’s a lot of cottage cheese,” but it allows you to sit in the interviewer’s chair as the book unfolds. It’s a lovely read about an important man in the car world. And now, the most important fact last: It’s pronounced Kjell (Shell) Qvale (Cavalli). ♦ Sports Car Market chrome block-style DUESENBERG letters on the driver’s side were unfortunately applied a bit unevenly, which is not a deal breaker but is disappointing. Much of the detail on this behemoth is subtle; you do need to spend some time examining it, and the more you do, the more you will be impressed. Details such as the single cyclops headlamp at the bottom of the steeply raked grille come off looking just right, as do even smaller items. Delicate little chrome Ab Jenkins scripts on both sides are in place and looking great. And that monstrous single chrome exhaust pipe running almost the entire car length makes one hell of a statement. The interior is very well done, with a good amount of de- tail, although the shade of red used should be a little brighter. Individual pedals are perfect, as is the simulated rubber floor covering with its diamond pattern. A little welcome extra detail was the thin metal cable running from the wiper motor down inside the cockpit wall. As with the majority of models Model Details Production Date: 2013 Quantities: Up to 599 from this manufacturer, this piece is what I refer to as a mid-volume run of hand-assembled models. The edition is limited, but not too much so, hence the reasonable price of $299.95 — and worth it. SCM Five-Star Rating: Overall Quality: Authenticity: Overall Value: Web: www.automodello.com


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Affordable Classic Volvo 1800ES A Practical Hipster of a Volvo A sporty two-seater with space to carry the luggage needed for a week away on the road is very appealing by Donald Osborne T he 1950s saw most car manufacturers reaching to sports cars to burnish their image and give a spark to their product lines. This was especially true of European makers eager to get a bigger part of the lucrative U.S. market, where buyers were embracing a more spirited and involving driving experience — even while continuing to buy family sedans. As a result, even Volvo — possibly the most practical carmaker on the planet — launched a limited-production two-seater to join the Corvettes, Thunderbirds, AustinHealeys and Porsches in American driveways. The P1900, introduced in 1956, had little sporting style and dash, inadequate power and un-Volvo like shoddy build quality. Only 68 were built before the plug was pulled. The P1800 coupe, a successor unveiled in 1960, was low, sleek and very dramatic looking — a novelty for Volvos. Drawn by Swedish stylist Pelle Petterson while he worked at Frua in Italy, the new car had a very Italianate look and could have easily come from the pen of Giovanni Michelotti or Franco Scaglione. As to who would buy an impractical version of a most practical car, which cost almost as much as a Jaguar E-type, I suppose it would seem perfect for a certain niche market, say, university math professors in midlife crisis whose unshakable basic logic and common sense wouldn’t allow them to splash out for a Corvette. The 1800 in the name referred to the 1,780-cc ca- pacity of the B18 engine, and P stood for “Personvagn,” which is Swedish for “coach.” The P was dropped with the introduction of the 1800S in 1963, and even though the engine size grew to 2 liters in 1969, the name remained 1800, and many still refer to all the cars with the letter prefix going all the way through the last of the line, the 1800ES. It’s interesting that Volvo turned to Italian Details Years produced: 1972–73 Price range: $18,000–$45,000 Number built: 8,077 design houses Coggiola and Frua for proposals for this sport wagon version of the 1800E. Each delivered very forward-looking designs. In the end, they proved to be a bit too forward for Volvo, which had its in-house stylist Jan Wilsgaard draw the “Breadvan” greenhouse and updated details of the ES. With a few other detail trim changes, Wilsgaard did a very good job of making the essentially 1950s shell look contemporary enough for the 1970s. The only things that dated the car were the narrow wheels and tires. In Europe, they became known as “Schneewittchensarg,” or “Snow White’s Coffin,” due to their extensive use of glass — a term Publisher Martin loves to use when referring to his own 1800ES. Pros: Attractive styling, dependability, parts availability, practicality Cons: Unexciting engine, somewhat dated chassis, expensive to restore, sensibility Best place to drive one: On a long weekend trip A typical owner is: A practical dreamer Alternatives: 1965–74 MGBGT, 1968–71 Jaguar XKE Series II 2+2 coupe, 1976 Jensen GT SCM Investment Grade: C A short production run It’s a measure of the uncertainly that surrounded the ever-shifting U.S. safety and emissions standards that Volvo created this model and then killed it so soon — to avoid the expense of compliance with the infamous 1974 regulations. While there were almost 40,000 coupes built over 11 years, only 8,077 of the sport wagons left the factory. The model type makes so much sense that it’s surprising that there haven’t been more. To have a sporty two-seater with actual space to carry the luggage needed for a week away on the road or more than a single bag of groceries is very appealing. The Volvo fits this bill spectacularly, being a car that might actually be dependable enough to get you there and back — while delivering more than a bit of Affordabl Affordabl Affordabl Affordabl Affordabl Affordabl Affordabl Affordabl Affordabl


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the 1800ES is one of those collectible cars that is capable enough to be used as a daily driver in most places. For owners who want to find performance to match the looks, many upgrades are available for the B20 engine, and they can as much as double the stock 125 horsepower. As long as you make sure that your insurance com- pany provides the proper kind of agreed-value coverage and that you don’t misuse the car, your 1800ES can do all the things a contemporary car can do — and with a great deal more style and fun. Robust — and few parts problems Parts availability is excellent, approaching British car levels, so you don’t feel nervous that if something wears out or breaks it will cost the Earth to replace. But costs do have to be considered, especially as they relate to body condition and the fuel injection of the ES. The complex body structure, including three-part sills, has many rust traps, and proper repairs are expensive to execute. An 1800ES restoration project is something taken on for passion — not profit. Mechanically, while the cars are robust and reliable, problems with the Bosch D-Jetronic fuel injection can be costly to resolve. With the first electronically controlled fuel-injection unit, close attention should be paid to the condition of the cable harness. Low-rev drivability issues can be an indication that there might be trouble in this area. Replacements for the brake booster can also be hard to find and expensive to buy. Inside, the 1800ES has a well detailed-interior, with leather-faced seats. Replacement parts are available, SCM’s 1800ES with rare Dunlop wheels including the original upholstery material. Again, it pays here to find a car with a wellpreserved interior rather than spending lots of money to bring it back up to snuff. One thing that someone looking at these cars will quickly notice is that many U.S. delivery examples were fitted with air conditioning. You’ll quickly next notice that there are very few with working units. These a/c systems were, as was the case with most nonU.S. cars, not very efficient, but can be made to do an adequate job with a little effort. The 1800ES makes a distinctive 1970s style statement, and as such, has begun to benefit from that decade’s appeal to young hipsters. In fact, the model’s popularity with many outside those who would be considered Volvo collectors has pushed prices steadily upward in the past couple of years — a trend that shows no sign of abating. For a collector looking for an eye-catching, usable classic with great parts and club support, the 1800ES is a great alternative to an MGB GT, Jensen GT or Jaguar E-type 2+2. And interest is rising steadily, so get yours now. ♦ March 2013 29


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Collecting Thoughts Weird, One-Off British Cars Fast Furniture, Tiny Cars and Low Riders Three very odd cars recently sold at Bonhams’ Collectors’ Motor Cars sale, but what to do with them? by Paul Hardiman Lowest Car, and Wind Up is the World’s Smallest Roadworthy Car. All of these cars sprang from the fertile mind and active shed of Perry Watkins. Only 19 inches high…. Flatmobile was the creation that brought Watkins, aka Perrywinkle Customs, to public prominence, although he had achieved some sort of cult fame in 2002 as the creator of Mr. Nasty, one of the most successful of the fighting machines on TV’s “Robot Wars.” Mr. Nasty proved his chops in inventiveness and fabrication, although as Watkins says, “After spending a fortune and coming home from the ‘war’ with a bag of bits, I decided to stick to building cars.” His first mad vehicle was a nine-foot-tall (and street-legal) Dalek, built on two Mini subframes and inspired by a motorized church bell that he came across while exhibiting his Ford Pop at a late-1980s custom show in Ostend. Aside from being wittily named, Flatmobile is Fast Food — for when you really need that order to go M y apologies to Perry Watkins, Andy Saunders and other members of the Legion of Men in Sheds. All of you are thoroughly nice and decent chaps, but… what to do when you’d rather stay home with a lot of time on your hands and an intimate knowledge of the United Kingdom’s Construction and Use regulations? Your inventiveness and vision lead you to knock up all sorts of novelty acts — just to see if it can be done. This peculiarly English phenomenon has given us, among other things, the bouncing bomb, the jet engine and the computer. These geniuses — or madmen, depending on your perspective — do it because they can. And so we have three decidedly odd cars sold at Bonhams’ Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia at Brooklands, U.K., on December 3, 2012. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Fast Food is the World’s Fastest Furniture and is a very fast table set for a meal. Flatmobile is the World’s only 19 inches high and started life as a Hillman Imp, although it was a rehash of the 26-inch-high Impressed, which held the lowest car record from 1989 to 2000. Being able to size up the donor potential is just one of the skills of the special builder, and the Imp lends itself to playing limbo, having low-pivot swing-axle suspension at the front and a tiny rear-mounted engine that leans over on its side, along with semi-trailing arm rear suspension that, again, mounts low. This car brought $15,716. But what really caught public attention was the jet motor on the back, made from half a Holset turbo. It doesn’t produce much actual thrust, but it does provide most satisfying sheets of flame — from a combustion chamber that started life as a fire extinguisher. There’s a theme here, as Watkins’ Fast Food flames out via tabletop teapots. Fast Food was built to take back the title of World’s Fastest Furniture from a motor- ized sofa, and it packs a 4-liter Rover (nee Buick) V8 with nitrous oxide injection driving through a 3-speed slushbox — I guess that gives the driver one less thing to worry about as he shimmies through the quarter-mile. Based on a Reliant Scimitar Sabre chassis into which the V8 was inserted, more than tripling its capacity — with a Wizard of NOS kit added for extra oomph — Fast Food averaged nearly 115 mph timed over two short runs at Santa Pod drag strip in September 2010, although its real top end is more than 130 — even with aerodynamics worse than a barn door. Fast Food needs slicks on the rear to get the 350 horsepower Flatmobile — on the upside, it appears to offer plenty of leg room 30 Sports Car Market Photos courtesy of Bonhams


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and untold torque to the ground in a hurry. The entire tabletop with dummy food lifts hydraulically to allow the driver in and out from under the roast turkey, the whole plot apparently guided by The Stig. This car sold for $12,018. Wind Up on the road Watkins’ next creation is billed as “The Smallest Car in the World.” Although it is the simplest car of this odd trio, being little more than a “Postman Pat” child’s ride body mounted over a quad chassis, it fetched the most money of the three at Bonhams’ sale — $21,216 — possibly because it can easily be hefted into the back of a van. It’s only a little wider than its license plate, and it is technically street-legal with an MoT, although it would need inspection before it can actually take to the road. And, yes, England will allow these weird creations onto real roads with real traffic — at least for the time being. English road-traffic law has historically been pretty lax about specials, but the screws are constantly tightening. So far in the U.K., as long as you keep most of the chassis and running gear, you don’t have to Single-Vehicle-Approve it as long as you have a friendly MoT man — hence lots of Cobra repros that have Jag chassis numbers and identity because they keep the rear axle, some of the front suspension and the steering rack. However, Big Brother is watching, and the days of being able to run pretty much anything you like on the road — as long as it has a genuine identity and passes a basic safety inspection —are numbered. The value of weirdness So, what is the value of these strange cars? Thousands of disbelieving punters have had their day made by this trio, and local TV and radio stations have milked them for all they are worth. To the man who made them, they are priceless, as it’s all about the project. To any- one else, they must be practically worthless. This isn’t a new phenomenon, as custom cars rarely make big bucks — beauty being in the eye of the creator and all. It was a similar story when Watkins’ mate, arch-customizer Andy Saunders, sold much of his stable in a workshop clear-out at RM’s Battersea, London, sale in 2008. These unique creations, including a perfect replica of the original Bertone Stratos Zero concept, were Wind Up, “The Smallest Car in the World” works of art, but they meant far more to their creator than to any casual observer — or even a buyer. Even with the sculptor at work roof-chopping a Mini throughout the pre-sale viewing, not much money was forthcoming for his creations, and in at least one instance, this led to a few terse exchanges between seller and agent. The only real monetary value of these odd cars is to a promoter who might try to use them for his own event publicity, which misses the point because once they’ve been overexposed on the Internet and TV, the bolt is somewhat shot. This is probably why Watkins is moving on, and the cars were sold to fund his next project. He was unavailable for comment for this story, possibly shut in his shed, but perhaps he would like to give us a hint as to what he’ll be up to next. ♦ March 2013 31


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Legal Files John Draneas Seven Easy Ways to Avoid Trouble Don’t buy sight-unseen cars, keep tabs on restorations and tell the truth legal representation these days. And, to be honest, the seller has often over-represented the car — at least a little bit. Most often, it’s a sin of omission, not an absolute falsehood. But when we dissect the seller’s description, word by word, it often becomes clear where the buyer was encouraged to jump to the wrong conclusion. This is a really tough one for the seller. In one 1974 Porsche 911 Perfect condition! Call 555-1234 O kay, it’s March, but we all know that spring is the real start of the car collecting year. And every new year marks the time for self-improvement resolutions. Here are the top seven for the car collector. I won’t buy a car online without seeing it myself Hands down, the most common complaint I get from clients and readers is that they bought a car long distance and, when it arrived, it didn’t turn out to be anything like what the common scenario is that the car looked great all the low-resolution photos on the web site, the seller’s description was carefully written to make the car appear to be perfect without actually saying so, and the deal was consummated with an “as-is” provision somewhere in the paperwork. And, to add insult to injury, the buyer’s complaints to the seller are typically met with, “Well, you should have come and looked at it.” Yes, I know that last month’s “Legal Files” (February 2013, p. 32) was about how to protect yourself in these deals, but read it again and you will see that I was clearly just putting a Band-Aid on a gunshot wound. Don’t buy a car you haven’t seen in the flesh. If you don’t hav the time and you lose “the deal,” don’t worry another one just as good is just around the corn I won’t over-represent my car, no matter how stupid the buyer seems to be As amazing as it may seem, there are many will send serious money to you to buy your ca — and when it doesn’t meet their exaggerated ex sue you. Once this happens, you are going to lo win the lawsuit. (Consider the attorney fees.) When this happens, telling the buyer to stic ally doesn’t work. It’s just too easy for them 32 case, the buyer complained that the seller was too honest. By being so specific about the car’s warts, the seller created a false sense of security that there were no unmentioned problems. In another case, the seller’s “no rust” statement was challenged as false due to rust that was discoverable only when the car was disassembled. I will be more careful about originality Today’s increased collector car values, better technology and smarter crooks have created a sharp increase in the number of fraudulently altered cars. Recently, a client purchased a “numbers-matching” car after verification by a well-regarded collector car appraiser, who later admitted to having been fooled. When the buyer complained that the engine was a very-well-executed restamp, the seller responded, “What’s the problem? The numbers all look the same to me. I never said the factory put them there.” It’s become too easy and commonplace to falsify cars. If you’re going to pay extra for authenticity, hire an expert to inspect the car and make sure you get it. I won’t bid just because someone bids against me ngerous thing. When you see a car walk away when someone is trying out of it. That’s why we often say h auction prices require at least two s who really want the car. s easy to believe the car is worth money when another fool is bidding nst you. But you never know how y trips he’s taken to the bidder bar, ther he’s just trying to impress his ce” sitting next to him, or if he’s t bidding because you are. Before you start to bid, know when u are going to stop bidding. won’t hire a restoration shop on a time and materials basis if e how much it will cost dly very difficult for a restoration work on any other financial basis. o the work, you often can’t tell how going to be. But that doesn’t mean Files John Draneas Seven Easy Ways to Avoid Trouble Don’t buy sight-unseen cars, keep tabs on restorations and tell the truth legal representation these days. And, to be honest, the seller has often over-represented the car — at least a little bit. Most often, it’s a sin of omission, not an absolute falsehood. But when we dissect the seller’s description, word by word, it often becomes clear where the buyer was encouraged to jump to the wrong conclusion. This is a really tough one for the seller. In one 1974 Porsche 911 Perfect condition! Call 555-1234 O kay, it’s March, but we all know that spring is the real start of the car collecting year. And every new year marks the time for self-improvement resolutions. Here are the top seven for the car collector. I won’t buy a car online without seeing it myself Hands down, the most common complaint I get from clients and readers is that they bought a car long distance and, when it arrived, it didn’t turn out to be anything like what the common scenario is that the car looked great all the low-resolution photos on the web site, the seller’s description was carefully written to make the car appear to be perfect without actually saying so, and the deal was consum- mated with an “as-is” provision somewhere in the paperwork. And, to add insult to injury, the buyer’s complaints to the seller are typi- cally met with, “Well, you should have come and looked at it.” Yes, I know that last month’s “Legal Files” (February 2013, p. 32) was about how to pro- tect yourself in these deals, but read it again and you will see that I was clearly just putting a Band-Aid on a gunshot wound. Don’t buy a car you haven’t seen in the flesh. If you don’t hav the time and you lose “the deal,” don’t worry another one just as good is just around the corn I won’t over-represent my car, no matter how stupid the buyer seems to be As amazing as it may seem, there are many will send serious money to you to buy your ca — and when it doesn’t meet their exaggerated ex sue you. Once this happens, you are going to lo win the lawsuit. (Consider the attorney fees.) When this happens, telling the buyer to stic ally doesn’t work. It’s just too easy for them 32 case, the buyer complained that the seller was too honest. By being so specific about the car’s warts, the seller created a false sense of security that there were no unmentioned problems. In another case, the seller’s “no rust” statement was challenged as false due to rust that was discoverable only when the car was disassembled. I will be more careful about originality Today’s increased collector car values, better technology and smarter crooks have created a sharp increase in the number of fraudulently altered cars. Recently, a client purchased a “numbers-matching” car after verification by a well-regarded collector car appraiser, who later admitted to having been fooled. When the buyer complained that the engine was a very-well-executed restamp, the seller responded, “What’s the problem? The numbers all look the same to me. I never said the factory put them there.” It’s become too easy and commonplace to falsify cars. If you’re going to pay extra for authenticity, hire an expert to inspect the car and make sure you get it. I won’t bid just because someone bids against me ngerous thing. When you see a car walk away when someone is trying out of it. That’s why we often say h auction prices require at least two s who really want the car. s easy to believe the car is worth money when another fool is bidding nst you. But you never know how y trips he’s taken to the bidder bar, ther he’s just trying to impress his ce” sitting next to him, or if he’s t bidding because you are. Before you start to bid, know when u are going to stop bidding. won’t hire a restoration shop on a time and materials basis if e how much it will cost dly very difficult for a restoration work on any other financial basis. o the work, you often can’t tell how going to be. But that doesn’t mean umber umber of cases in which the owner ntial progress billings but the car t done. I’ve had cases in which parts ver find their way into the car. I’ve nown shops whose employees are y hour they are paid for, so they just Sports Car Market


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spread their hours over every car in the shop even if they never touched some of them that day. The common denominator seems to be the owner and the shop separated by a long distance. If you only see the car once every year or less, it’s pretty hard to keep tabs on what is going on. There’s a lot to be said for buying local, but if you have to send your car to a distant shop, be sure to budget for periodic trips to check in on the progress. Photographs just don’t work. You can keep some semblance of logic to the finances by breaking up the project into components. The shop should be able to give you a reliable estimate based upon there not being any big surprises. It’s critical to have a well-crafted contract that identifies what is expected to be done — and what complications are to be considered par for the course. When surprises come up, as they inevitably will, treat each as a new contract, with a new estimate of cost before the work begins. Same with all the “while we’re at it” changes, as these are often where all the cost overruns arise. Most of these are predictable — for example, who would ever remove the engine of an E-type (20 hours) and not replace the clutch? Or rebuild the transmission? Think all that through before you start. Later, when more “bright ideas” come up, start by asking why they weren’t decided upon at the beginning. That will help keep your “high-condition driver” restoration from growing into a “national concours standard” project with the attendant tripling of the cost. I will be smart about tax planning We just made it through the fiscal cliff, and we think we may have some certainty about tax policy. But we still haven’t solved our country’s budget problems, and raising more revenue (tax increases) will continue to be on the political table. We presently have some wonderful opportunities to save money on taxes in connection with our cars — 1031 exchanges when we sell them, a favorable (15% or 20%) capital gains rate, a $5.25 million gift, estate and generation-skipping tax exemption, family limited partnerships, sales to grantor trusts, GRATs, and a host of other planning techniques that can produce tremendous income and estate tax savings. It is absolutely critical to get professional assistance from tax and estate planning professionals who understand collector cars. You also need a succession plan for your collection — these cars are very valuable, and you have to have a plan for them after your death. As an example, “Legal Files” reported several times about the dramatic dislocations that arose after the untimely death of noted car collector John O’Quinn, culminating with messy litigation and the sub-optimal liquidation of his extensive collection. I am going to review my insurance coverage Most collectors use collector car policies to insure their collector cars because it’s the most economical way to go, and claims are handled more fairly. These policies are usually “agreed value” policies. That is generally a good thing, but it can bite you badly if you don’t keep the value current. Under these policies, the agreed value is conclusively deemed to be the value of your car if a loss occurs. If the car is a total loss, or if the damage approaches or exceeds the agreed value, the insurance company writes you a check for the agreed value and they own the car. If you still have a $100,000 agreed value on your 1955 Porsche Speedster and it gets into moderate damage, the insurance company can pay you $100,000, spend another $85,000 repairing it, and then sell it for $250,000 and keep the change, and there’s nothing you can do about it. ♦ 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 2013 33


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Simon Says Simon Kidston What Would You Have Done? Three Ferrari 250 GTOs sat for months — awaiting anyone who would take all three — for $20,000 back a tarpaulin, “although I’m afraid it’s been heavily raced, so you could have it for about the same price as a new 911.” Go with the heart or head? For those who work in the classic- car world for a living — and an increasing number of “specollectors” — it’s hard to resist the lure of a return on one’s investment, even when it means parting with something you might have waited a lifetime to own. Two of my “what ifs” would probably make most car collectors wince. A few years ago, a fast-living friend Simon with his McLaren F1. Would you have traded it for a Ferrari 250 LM? W hat if? History is full of alternative outcomes, near misses and unfortunate screw-ups. What if Hitler died in childbirth, or the assassin’s bullet missed Archduke Ferdinand in 1914? If the U.S. Pacific Fleet had already sailed from Pearl Harbor before the Japanese arrived, or the Enola Gay had run out of fuel en route to Hiroshima? If Lee Harvey Oswald’s rifle had jammed, or Neil Armstrong had opened the lunar module door and insisted, “You first, Buzz...” The list is endless. Our own “what ifs” tend to have rather less far-reaching or public consequences, but, as they’re personal, we usually dwell on them for longer. Art lovers might wistfully imagine “what if” they’d owned the small restaurant in Provence where hungry, impoverished artists such as Matisse could get a square meal in return for a freshly painted canvas. Investors (and the rest of us) probably think “what if” when we see the graph of Apple shares we could have bought for $1.375 on July 8, 1982 (they’re now $522), and rue what we spent the money on instead. Car guys have an endless supply of tales, which make newcomers to our world wide-eyed and old timers sigh knowingly. A motoring author here in Geneva describes his regular 1960s visits to race-team owner Georges Filipinetti’s garage near the railway station, where a row of second-hand Ferrari 250 GTOs sat unwanted for months on end, fruitlessly awaiting anyone who would take all three away as a package — for $20,000. With the benefit of hindsight, he might have sold his house and bought the cars instead. Doing the right thing at the right time A retired English solicitor with a penchant for racing shared with me recently the story of how, at the suggestion of a friend, he inquired — more tentatively than hopefully — at the Porsche factory in 1973 whether they might have any old 917s available. Much to his surprise, he was invited to Stuttgart to view the only suitable candi- date. Welcomed outside the entrance in the middle of a cold German winter, he was led through the competition department...and out the other side. Still no 917. Through the tiny museum...still nothing. Now they were outside again, in a snow-covered yard. “We could sell you this,” ventured the Porsche employee apologetically as he pulled 34 and car collector told me he was considering parting with his (you might detect a theme here) Porsche 917K. He’d historic-raced it successfully but, having made a pact with the Almighty that if he escaped one season without injury he’d call it a day, now he’d probably get more enjoyment from a roadgoing supercar. What about a swap with my Miura SV, an F40 and a 959? He’d give the 917K and throw in some cash for good measure. Reasoning that I loved the Miura and driving the 917K would probably hasten meeting my maker (and bank manager), I declined and found him another buyer instead, who has just finished a spectacular rebuild of the psychedelic Porsche. It looks a million dollars — or six. 250 LM or F1? More recently, an opportunity arose which could have seen another much-loved family member — this time a three-seater British supercar — trading places with a different classic racer, one that is one of my alltime favorites. Only time will tell whether the head or the heart was right, but the lure of many more journeys to exotic places at the wheel of the McLaren F1 won over the voluptuous Italian beauty of a Ferrari 250 LM. Any car enthusiast over the age of 50 would probably have me certified. Luckily, some of these stories do have a happy ending, and it’s often down to a split-second decision. Against his better judgment, the English solicitor took a deep breath in the Porsche courtyard and shook hands on the deal, but that’s only half his good fortune. Mustering the courage to buy a tired old racing car wasn’t easy, but holding on to an obsolete piece of machinery that sleeps in your garage but grows to be worth more than your home is even harder. I often recall the wise words of fellow SCM contributor Miles Collier: “You can sleep in your car, but you can’t drive your house.” The Englishman obviously agrees, as 40 years on, the Gulf-liveried 917K is still in his garage. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Feature Brass in Berks 2012 No 100-Year-Old Trailer Queens Milligan’s car still wears its original factory paint some 101 years later and is one of a handful of Stoddard-Daytons that exist today by Bill Rothermel manual-shifting vehicle with a giant steering wheel and no power steering or brakes — with apparent ease. “It’s about anticipation and knowing when to shift,” Milligan said. What a sight. Sixty pre-1916 Brass cars lined up side-by-side two rows deep in a modern-day box-store parking lot. I was giddy. Three Cadillacs, two spectacular Pierce-Arrows, a 1906 Lozier, a 1914 Mercer, a 1909 Pope-Hartford, an original 1910 Hudson, a 1910 Stanley, several Buicks and Reos, a one-of-a-kind 1913 Coey Flyer, a 1912 Simplex Speedster, and a plethora of Model Ts were among the participants. Did I mention these people DRIVE their cars? They know how to fix them, too. Milligan stopped during our trip and crawled under the car on his back to adjust the clutch. I just watched and made sure I kept quiet. I learned that organizers of the tour must include an Grabbing the Brass (Era) ring, with more than 90 pre-1916 vehicles on display A s automotive bucket lists go, I’ve done pretty well. I’ve been to Pebble Beach. I’ve sailed into Monaco harbor to watch the Grand Prix. I’ve been to the Daytona 500. I’ve met Jay Leno and seen his collection. I can count among my dear friends the late Beverly Rae Kimes. Yet despite 50-plus years in the automotive hobby, I’ve never so much as ridden in a 100-year-old car—let alone for 65 miles — until Tuesday, May 22, 2012. I was invited (okay, I invited myself) on the Horseless Carriage Club of America Brass in Berks Tour in Reading, PA. Two days earlier, nearly 90 pre-1916 Brass Era vehicles assembled. In addition, there was a flea market that day, followed by four days of relaxed touring around the picturesque Pennsylvania Dutch countryside. I called my good friend (and former AACA President) Mike Jones and asked if I could hitch a ride under the guise of journalistic curiosity. Arrangements were made to meet that day, but upon my arrival, Jones surprised me and said we would not be traveling in his 1913 Buick. Instead, we would ride with veteran tourer Jay Milligan of Hamburg, N.Y., in his 1911 Stoddard-Dayton Touring. Everyone was quick to tell me how lucky I was to be not only with an expert like Milligan, but also in the horseless-carriage equivalent of automotive royalty. Milligan’s three-owner car still wears its original factory paint some 101 years later and is one of a handful of Stoddard-Daytons that exist today. In 1911, this was a $3,125 car. Milligan, 21 years younger than his magnificent motorcar, is a veteran of 22 Glidden Tours and an expert on Brass Era cars. He’s been on so many tours that he’s lost count, but the number hovers around 100. The weather was iffy, but HCCA members don’t care. They drive their cars. No trailer queens here. And they all leave for the tour when they damn well please. This is an independent group that Jay’s friend Eileen Barry (my back-seat companion for the day) described as “like cats.” First destination was a coffee stop at the Cabela’s Details Plan ahead: The 2013 Brass in Berks County is scheduled for May 19–23, 2013 Where: Event headquarters is The Inn at Reading, in Reading, PA More: www.hcca.org 36 parking lot in Hamburg, PA. During the drive, I was taken with how smoothly the car rode, along with the absence of chassis flex. Perhaps the bigger revelation was how an 80-year-old man handled a 5,000-pound, Jay Milligan’s 1911 Stoddard-Dayton Touring Sports Car Market ice cream stop for the afternoon — or get low marks. This sounds simple enough, but it is more complicated than that. Tour organizers of the Olde Tyme Car Club Region of the HCCA have this down to a science. Step-by-step directions plot out exact turns (landmarks included), so mistakes are minimal. It was likely Milligan would spend the evening tin- kering with his car prior to the run the next day, which was scheduled for more than 100 miles. “It makes him happy, and for him, it’s relaxing,” Barry said. When asked why he does this time and again, Milligan said simply, “It’s my hobby.” Coey Flyer owners Al and Mary Zamba of Evans City, PA, said the “horseless carriage” tours are their favorite, regardless of the vintage and type of automobiles. “The pace is slower, stops are more frequent, and you actually get to see things,” Al Zamba said. I’m hooked. I’m ready to go again. Anyone care to invite me on the London to Brighton run? Or I could always invite myself. ♦ Bill Rothermel


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Feature Voisin Exhibit at the Mullin Museum La Vision de Voisin This once-in-a-lifetime exhibit features 17 stunning Voisin-designed automobiles by Mike Daly first-edition books — which Voisin wrote — nicely complement more modern media, such as in-case iPads, a 10-minute documentary and an animation depicting Voisin’s boardroom pitch of the famous sleeve-valve engine. Mullin hailed the design innova- tion as “a genius breakthrough in quiet engineering.” At center stage, of course, sits the Pebble Beach-winning C25 Aerodyne, flanked by its Best of Show trophy. As has been widely noted, the Aerodyne features aerodynamic forms and fender support struts that one might expect of an aviation designer, although the Art Deco-patterned interior upholstery is not to everyone’s taste. But sleeve-valve design or not, is such gargantuan coachwork really the proper face for a vaunted performance car? A 1935 C25 Aerodyne, the 2011 Best in Show winner at Pebble Beach, occupies center stage A viator. Automotive designer. Architect. Artist. All of these describe pre-war French marque namesake Gabriel Voisin. We can now add museum-exhibit honoree to the list. “He was an unusual guy,” SCMer Peter Mullin said during the opening reception of his new retrospective on the man who has clearly been the source of much fascination. “Voisin holds a special place in my heart.” Inspired by the 2011 Pebble Beach Best in Show award that he won with his 1935 C25 Aerodyne, Mullin has assembled a sweeping and thorough examination of Gabriel Voisin at his Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, CA. Scheduled to run through this April, “La Vision de Voisin” features 17 stunning Voisin-designed automobiles. The exhibit also features airplane scale models, period artifacts and approximately 50 pieces of printed material carefully culled from hundreds of donations and loans. Contributors range from serious collectors to actual family members of Gabriel Voisin, including his granddaughters, who loaned several family albums. The range of cars is split into two categories, with models paramount to design and engineering facing off against coachbuilt and racing cars. Interestingly, just two of the Voisins on display wear non-factory coachwork: a 1934 C27 Grand Sport Cabriolet bodied by Claude Figoni, and a 1938 C30 Cabriolet by Louis Dubos. A very rare 1936 C28 Aerosport on loan from noted collector Arturo Keller is another highlight, and this is the only car on the floor not owned by the museum. The Aerosport is purportedly the only remaining example of just four originally built. Visitors delve into Voisin’s life through a va- Details Plan ahead: The exhibit is open through April 2013, but the museum is only open to the public on selected Saturdays during the exhibition’s run. Those dates are February 9 and 23, March 9 and 23, and April 13 and 27. Private visits are available by appointment on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission for those visits is $25. Tickets can be purchased on the museum’s website. Where: Mullin Automotive Museum, 1421 Emerson Ave, Oxnard, CA 93033 Cost: $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children 5 through 11 More: www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com 38 riety of visual displays, including separate wallsized timelines tracking his influences, aviation pursuits and auto-racing milestones. Fascinating ephemera, such as original Voisin driver’s manuals, advertisements, factory blueprints and Mullin is quick to dispel any no- tion that Voisin might not hold up as a genuine performance icon, noting the marque’s numerous aerodynamic and engineering innovations, as well as grand prix wins at Pau and Tours. “It was the exotic high-performance car of its day,” he said with conviction. “My opinion is the ’30s in France was the apex of the automobile, including racing cars. I love the ’60s and ’70s sports cars of today, but I don’t think the pre-war cars have to take a back seat to anything.” ♦ 1936 C28 Aerosport, purportedly the sole survivor of four built Sports Car Market Mike Daly


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Ferrari Profile 2004 Ferrari 360 Modena Spider F1 If the F355 proved that a V8 Ferrari could be a worthy of the Ferrari name, the 360 Modena added an exclamation point by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 2000–04 Number produced: 7,565 Spiders, 8,800 coupes Original list price: $186,950 Current SCM Valuation: $81,700– $119,600 Major service cost: $2,800 Distributor cap: N/A Chassis #: Behind the passenger’s seat Engine #: On the top of the engine in the “V” Club: Ferrari Club of America More: www.FerrariClubofAmerica.org Alternatives: 2006 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, 2004 Aston Martin DB9 Volante, 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL500, 2004 Porsche 911 Cabriolet, 2004 Dodge Viper SCM Investment Grade: C Comps Chassis number: ZFFYT53B00013731 M aranello Motors in England delivered this superb cabriolet to its first owner, an emir of Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. It formed part of a large fleet of vehicles and was rarely used. In 2008, a French industrial company specializing in steel production bought the car, which was kept for special occasions as part of an impressive collection. It is this company that has asked us to sell the car. It has just been inspected by Ferrari — Charles Pozzi in LevalloisPerret, who found no faults. It has covered 19,800 km (12,303 miles) and the bodywork is impeccable, with a flawless black leather interior and as-new carpets. It appears to be in excellent mechanical condition, starting on the first turn of the key. It has an outstanding steering wheel-controlled sequential gearbox, which is wonderful to use. The black hood is electrically operated and in perfect condition. Here is an exceptional car that is as easy to drive as a Golf, very well balanced and precise, with an exhilarating engine note. A fantastic opportunity at a very reasonable price! SCM Analysis This car, Lot 118 sold for $87,714, including buyer’s premium, at the Artcurial Paris auction on November 11, 2012. “A Ferrari is a 12-cylinder car.” This quote is often attributed to Enzo Ferrari, although he probably never 40 said it in earnest. While Mr. Ferrari thought that the 12-cylinder en- gine was the perfect powerplant, he raced 4-, 6-, 8-, 10- and 12-cylinder cars. Even Phil Hill’s Formula 1 World Championship was in a 6-cylinder car. Clearly, Mr. Ferrari was open to using whatever engine configuration did the job best. In 1967, Ferrari introduced the 206 Dino. The Dino was Ferrari’s first production mid-engine car and the first production car powered with something other than a 12-cylinder engine. The Dino was a sports car — rather than one of Ferrari’s traditional grand touring cars. It was an immediate hit and spawned a line of mid-engine sports cars that have been Ferrari’s best sellers for the past 45 years. The introduction of the 206 Dino also started the debate: Is a non-12-cylinder car truly a Ferrari? The debate has continued through the 246 Dino, the 308, the 348 series and up to the arrival of the F355. A new supercar The F355 was the game changer. Autocar magazine stated that with the introduction of the F355, Ferrari “has created a new Supercar class,” and they were certainly right. The F355 design team borrowed liberally from Ferrari’s racing department to develop a car that 2001 Ferrari 360 Modena Lot S101, s/n ZFFYA53A81010125794 Condition 1Sold at $75,260 Mecum, St. Charles, IL, 9/15/11 SCM# 184102 2002 Ferrari 360 Modena Spider Lot 1269.2, S/N ZFFYT53A620128629 Condition: 1Sold at $170,500 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/2011 SCM# 168488 2004 Ferrari 360 Modena Lot S155, s/n ZFFYT53A240136164 Condition 2 Sold at $137,800 Mecum, Kissimmee, FL, 1/24/12 SCM# 192890 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Artcurial


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was the most sophisticated Ferrari production car built up to that time. The car was a giant leap from the F355’s predecessors and left all of Ferrari’s competitors wondering what hit them. The F355 was powered with a 3.5-liter, 375-hp V8 that featured an innovative five-valve-per-cylinder head. The F355 was Ferrari’s first mid-engine production car to use a 6-speed gearbox, and it was the first production Ferrari to be offered with a F1style paddle-shift gearbox. Additionally, the F355 design went through extensive wind-tunnel testing, resulting in an underside that was so aerodynamically advanced that pictures of the bottom of the car were a highlight of the F355’s promotional material. The F355 rocketed to 60 mph in less than five seconds on the way to an incredible 183 mph top speed. The debate was over: Anyone denying the F355 true Ferrari status must also believe the Earth is flat. An even better car As good as the F355 was, there was room for improvement, and the 360 Modena did the job. Instead of warming over the F355, Ferrari’s designers started with a clean slate and developed a totally new car. For starters, Ferrari partnered with Alcoa to develop a stronger, lighter aluminum frame to replace the F355’s steel chassis. The new frame was then dressed with a beautiful Pininfarina-designed body — also made of aluminum. The pop-up headlights and flat surfaces of the previous 3 Series Ferraris were replaced with the 360’s continuously flowing curves — which were reminiscent of the beautiful Dinos. Inside the body shell, the 360 was all new as well. The interior was larger, with more comfortable seats. The front trunk was larger, too. In back, the old 3.5-liter engine got bumped to 3.6 liters, with the horsepower moved up to an impressive 390. The F355 F1 gearbox was more of a novelty than a precision tool, but improvements in the 360 made it a serious option. The shifts were faster, the clutch actuation much smoother and the automatic mode reasonably simulated an automatic transmission. Driving an F1-equipped car in the manual mode is not the mind-numbing exer- cise that manual shift proponents claim. Yes, it’s as simple as flicking the paddles, but let your mind wander, and you’ll quickly end up in the wrong gear. Mastering an F1 transmission takes coordination and concentration. It is quite rewarding when done perfectly. In automatic mode, the F1 is not the equal of a normal automatic, but flogging an F1-equipped 360 in manual mode around a track is a special treat. On the road, the 360 is a real barn burner. The 0–60 mph time is in the low foursecond range. Top speed exceeds 180 mph. On the track, the formidable F355 is re- duced to a distant second. If the F355 proved that a V8 Ferrari could be a worthy of the name, the 360 Modena added an exclamation point. Belt services not a problem One of the main obstacles to Ferrari ownership has been maintenance cost. V8 Ferraris have rubber timing belts that have to be replaced at regular intervals. The belt change — along with valve adjustments and other procedures — can push V8 major-service cost over the $5,000 threshold. Ferrari acknowledged the problem and switched to hydraulic lifters on the F355, eliminating the need to adjust valves. On the 360 Modena they addressed the timing-belt replacement cost by adding an access panel in the bulkhead, so the belts can be changed without removing the engine. Finally, with the F430, Ferrari switched from timing belts to timing chains, and maintenance is now limited to little more than fluid changes. A driver — and not yet a collectible Ferrari has gotten aggressive about selling options, with the average new car having over $40,000 in toys. Artcurial’s 360 was a Spider version with a soft top that is hidden under a hard shell when the top is down. Artcurial didn’t list the options on their car, but the F1 transmission, painted calipers, and the obligatory Scuderia badges are apparent. The car showed the equivalent of a little more than 12,000 miles, indicating the owners liked the car and often picked it over the other cars in their fleet. The 360 market is nothing like the vintage Ferrari market. There are lots of 360s available, and buyers have no problem finding one or determining how much to pay for one. Sellers have a lot of competition, and they have to be competitive if they want to sell their car. There’s no drama with this sale. The car sold right on the mark, with the seller getting a fair price and the buyer getting a fair value. Call this one a draw. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Artcurial.) March 2013 41


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English Profile 1961 Triumph TR4 Giovanni Michelotti designed the TR4 body on a day when he apparently left his French curve at home by Reid Trummel Details Years produced: 1961–65 Number produced: 40,253 Original list price: $2,849 Current SCM Valuation: $7,000–$28,000 Tune-up cost: $350 Distributor cap: $29.95 Chassis #: On a small plaque on the scuttle panel adjacent to the windscreen-wiper motor Engine #: Stamped on the left side of the cylinder block Club: Vintage Triumph Register More: www.vtr.org Alternatives: 1962–63 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark II (series BJ7), 1962–66 MGB, 1957–61 Triumph TR3A SCM Investment Grade: C Comps Chassis number: CT666L T he Triumph TR4 was introduced in 1961 to follow its very successful predecessors, the TR2 and TR3. Code named “Zest” during development, the body was given a more modern and updated appearance by Michelotti, but its drive train and chassis remained the same, using the well-proven 4-cylinder pushrod unit; however, its capacity was increased from 1,991 cc to 2,138 cc. Handling was improved by a three-inch wider track, and steering was also updated to the more precise rackand-pinion system. Internally, the car gained wind-up windows and the new, angular rear end allowed for a boot with a very reasonable luggage capacity for a sports car. Another innovation was the option of an alloy hard top with a removable roof panel that was five years ahead of Porsche’s famous 911 Targa. A total of 40,235 cars were built between 1961 and 1965, and over the years, this car has become one of Triumph’s most popular sports cars. The current owner stated that this car has been the sub- ject of a nut-and-bolt restoration over a four-year period by marque specialist Nigel Wiggins. This is backed up with a full photographic record and supporting documentation — with flawless paint finish throughout, superb shut lines and beautiful chrome work. This car really is “best of breed.” It was chosen as the cover car for Bill Piggott’s book on the restoration of the TR4/5/6 range. Finished in Signal Red with contrasting black leather interior and black roof, this car looks absolutely stunning from every angle. It’s petite, low and lovingly detailed. This particular example also benefits from overdrive and a removable rear bench seat. 42 SCM Analysis This car, Lot 125, sold for $41,803, including buyer’s premium, at the Silverstone Auctions NEC Classic Motor Show Sale in Birmingham, England, on November 17, 2012. By the end of the 1950s, the sports car market was be- ginning to move away from the raw, bare-bones sports car with no roll-up windows and defrosters that didn’t push enough air to have any real effect. Manufacturers veered toward more comfort, including respectable weather protection and heaters that heated. The TR4 was born of this movement, and when it made its debut in 1961, Triumph had beaten both MG and Austin-Healey in offering improved specifications. Farewell flowing lines The TR4 body was designed by Giovanni Michelotti on a day when he apparently left his French curve at home. Michelotti apparently worked with only a T-square, and the angular body was a complete departure from the design of the predecessor model, the TR3, with those dramatic, swooping curves and doors cut away so deeply that the car looked ready to break in two. In contrast, the TR4 had a distinctively square shape, which was certainly less inspiring, but it was also more weather-tight and able to accommodate roll-up windows and provide a larger trunk. However, songs are seldom written about cars shaped like shipping crates, so what it lacked in the swoon department had to be made up elsewhere. Beyond the new body, changes were few. Triumph 1965 Triumph TR4A Lot 1, s/n CTC588475 Condition 3+ Sold at $10,308 H&H, Duxford, U.K., 9/21/11 SCM# 185897 1962 Triumph TR4 Lot 449, s/n CT2966L Condition 2 Not sold at $23,000 Auctions America by RM, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 3/16/12 SCM# 197115 1962 Triumph TR4 Lot 127, s/n CT161110L Sold at $53,982 RM, London, U.K., 6/23/11 SCM# 182213 Sports Car Market Jonny Shears, courtesy of Silverstone Auctions


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was in serious financial trouble when the TR4 was designed, and a new drivetrain was out of the question. Instead, the TR3’s 1,991-cc motor was retained and enlarged to 2,138 cc, but the resulting increase in power to 105 horsepower was only five more than that of the TR3A. Additionally, the increased weight of the TR4 — in addition to its increased frontal area — left it unable to offer any performance increase over the TR3A. The TR4 did gain rack-and-pinion steering and a synchronized first gear, but dealers were so concerned about a potential market rejection of the TR4 that they persuaded Triumph to produce the so-called TR3B, which was offered concurrently with the TR4 in 1962. The TR3B was a TR3A with the TR4’s mechanical specification, and although short-lived, with 3,331 units produced, it did serve to highlight worries that the TR4 would not be seen as enough of an improvement to assure sales success. However, the concerns turned out to be misplaced, as the TR4 wore well, and eventually more than 40,000 were sold. An early car in spectacular shape This particular TR4 is a very early example and was originally built with left-hand drive. As Triumph was badly in need of cash at the time the TR4 came out, nearly all of the early cars were made with left-hand drive to bring in U.S. dollars. Converted to right-hand drive during a thorough restoration by a marque specialist, this TR4 is a fine example with all of the proper components for the early models, including the short-bubble bonnet, gray carpet and convex-glass gauges on a white fascia with an aluminum center portion. This car also lacks a TR4 badge on the trunk lid, which is correct for this very early example. Donning the concours judge’s white gloves for a mo- ment, we can also note that in the engine compartment the caps on the clutch and brake master cylinders should be steel and painted black, instead of the aluminum types that were for later TR4s, and the battery clamps should be the Lucas helmet-type, but overall this, like the rest of the car, is absolutely excellent. Although this car sold at a price well above the top of the SCM valuation scale, exceptional cars bring exceptional prices. The early cars are rare and prized by collectors, and this one is well-optioned, with overdrive and the rear bench seat. Add to that the excellent restoration by a marque specialist, and even at this price we can call it slightly well bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Silverstone Auctions.) The 1958 Triumph TR3 at left illustrates how radically the body style changed with the TR4 March 2013 43


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1951 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet When attorney John O’Quinn bought it in 2005 at RM Auctions’ Phoenix, AZ, sale, the restoration was a few years old then. He paid $130,000 by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1936–40 / 1946–51 Number produced: 1,500 Original list price: $5,000 Current SCM Valuation: $165,000– $175,000 Tune-up cost: $1,500 Distributor cap: $150 Chassis #: Stamped on left frame rail and on chassis plate Engine #: Tag on left front of engine; casting number on lower left block Club: Club Delahaye More: www.clubdelahaye.com Alternatives: 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS, 1951 Mercedes-Benz 300S coupe, 1951 Delage D6 coupe SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 801701 be rather lackluster, but then in 1935 came the first of a new generation that would change the marque’s image forever: the T135 Coupe Des Alpes. A fine sporting car, the T135 was powered by an engine which, although designed for car use, had first appeared in a Delahaye commercial vehicle. The 3.2-liter, 6-cylinder, overheadvalve unit produced 110 horsepower on triple Solex carburetors, while the chassis featured transverse-leaf independent front suspension, 4-speed synchromesh or Cotal gearboxes, center-lock wire wheels and Bendix brakes. Delahaye improved on the formula the following B year with the 3.6-liter, 120/130 horsepower T135MS, and the sports version was soon making a name for itself in competitions, taking 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th places in the run-to-sportscar-regulations 1936 French Grand Prix and winning the Monte Carlo Rally and Le Mans outright in 1937 and 1938 respectively. The model reappeared post-World War II as the 135M with the 3.6-liter engine, and it lasted in production until 1951. By this time Delahaye was in serious financial difficulty as a result of the French government’s taxation policies, which heavily penalized cars of over 3.0 liters. In 1954, Hotchkiss took over the company. Delahaye had no in-house coachworks, so all its chassis were bodied by independents, which created some of their most attractive designs on the Type 135. It was a most for- 44 ased initially at Tours — and from 1906 in Paris —Delahaye built its first automobile in 1894 and soon diversified into commercial vehicle manufacture. Its early products tended to tuitous partnership, resulting in memorable automotive sculpture from the likes of Saoutchik, Chapron, Franay, Graber, Pennock and Figoni et Falaschi. This car features handsome cabriolet coachwork by the influential Parisian carrossier Henri Chapron. Indeed, this car is the only Delahaye 135M known to exist with a hydraulic/electric power-operated convertible top. It also has a radio and heater. The car was restored some years ago and formed part of the enormous private collection belonging to the late John O’Quinn, who acquired it in 2005. Purchased at auction by the vendor when the O’Quinn Collection was dispersed in 2010, it has seldom been used while in his extensive collection and remains in generally very good condition. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 351, sold for $227,505 (£141,500), including buyer’s pre- mium, at the Bonhams Surrey, U.K., sale on December 3, 2012. I’ve always been a great fan of the French Grand Routiers — both the pre-war variety, which have many adherents, as well as the post-war flavor, which have, not entirely rationally, rather fewer acolytes. What’s not to love about a Grand Prix and Le Mans-winning chassis and engine wrapped in sexy aerodynamic Figoni et Falaschi teardrop coupe or voluptuous Saoutchik roadster bodywork? In some cases, the very racers that took the check- ered flag lost their homely, utilitarian work clothes and gained one of those haute couture frocks for cavorting about at concours d’elegance, the casino and the opera. Sports Car Market 1939 Delahaye 135MS Lot 118, s/n 60158 Condition 1 Sold at $1,118,768 RM Auctions, Cernobbio, ITA, 5/21/11 SCM# 177918 1947 Delahaye 135M Lot 26, s/n 800939 Condition 3Sold at $156,844 RM Auctions, Nysted, DEN, 8/12/12 SCM# 209204 1947 Delahaye 135MS Lot 334, s/n 800932 Condition 1 Not sold at $580,000 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 2/3/12 SCM# 192740 Courtesy of Bonhams


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year stretch, the 135 is notable by any measure even when you subtract With a production life spanning a 20the years 1940–45. Its design was still impressive in 1951, when this car was built, particularly in the case of the threecarburetor “competition” specification. Of course, most of the post-war bodies were a bit heavier than many of the prewar examples — with some resulting penalty in performance — but given the contemporary choices available in the post-war market, the Delahaye delivers a drive that is more than entertaining. The coachbuilding firm of Henri Chapron was never accused of going too far with style in pursuit of fashion. The venerable firm provided bodies for France’s leading luxury cars in the 1930s. These cars had a quiet, solid simplicity that carried more than a hint of German seriousness about them. After World War II, things were a bit different, and in the prevailing mood, simple found more traction than showy, which played to Chapron’s strengths. This is not to say their designs of the period weren’t fashionable. As it happens, the ultra-modern mode of the moment was the “pontoon” body. Slab-sided and clean, eschewing any hint of the separate fenders of the pre-war age, it fit well with Chapron’s natural tendency toward relatively unadorned design and suited the new style well. Not a time for showing off I’ve written in these pages before about the common belief that unfriendly “tax- and-spend” post-war governments in France killed its luxury car market and manufacturers. It’s probably true that the French domestic market was somewhat depressed by higher taxes on large-displacement engines, but face the facts — the folks with enough money to buy a Delahaye wouldn’t really worry about the tax rate. The reality was that it was not very fashionable in most of Europe to display wealth until the economic boom of the late 1950s took hold. More often than not, the wealthy didn’t want to be seen as flaunting their assets. The number of large American cars that were sold in France in this time is further evidence that many chose to hide behind the wheel of a Yank tank, which the average Jean wouldn’t know was expensive. It was really the small-minded management of the French luxury companies that couldn’t see that across the Atlantic — the exuberant U.S. market of the late 1940s and early 1950s — was where their salvation might have been found. Sales show upward trend This Delahaye appears to be a lovely example, an older restoration that still appears to present quite well. When attorney John O’Quinn bought it in January 2005 at RM Auctions’ Phoenix, AZ, sale, the restoration was a few years old. He paid $130,000, and after his death, the car was sold for $156,384 at the RM Auctions Monaco sale in May 2010. The buyer then was the seller this time around, and the $204,753 he likely brought home as his net represents a $48k margin — note I do not say “profit,” as we don’t know what the seller’s expenses were — and a 45% increase in the purchase price over two years. Not bad for a car with an older restoration — and that is supposed to be one of the orphan stepchildren of the model. The ultimate-spec pre-war 135MS sells at a minimum of $1m. Would you want much of the same experience for $800k less? I would, especially as a notice in the online catalog mentions that it was also being sold with an accepted entry to the 2013 Mille Miglia Storica. I’d call this Delahaye well bought — and a sign of a maturing and evolving collector community, one which better recognizes intrinsic worth. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) March 2013 45


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German Profile Column Author 2005 Porsche Carrera GT The exotic engineering has passed the test of time and is still a high standard for a car that you can drive regularly by Prescott Kelly Details Years produced: 2004–06 Number produced: Factory reports disagree, but 1,270 is the best supported number Original list price: $448,000 Current SCM Valuation: $400,000– $450,000 Tune-up cost: $4,000, including valve adjustment Chassis number: Top of dashboard under driver’s side windshield and on tag behind passenger’s seat Engine number: Driver’s side where engine mounts to bell housing Club: Porsche Club of America More: www.pca.org Alternatives: 2002–03 Ferrari Enzo; McLaren GT, 2005–06 Ford GT SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: WPOZZZ9826L000104 Engine number: 90630633 W hen Porsche decided to attach the GT appellation to Carrera in 2004, it marked a return to its competition roots, the new flagship supercar’s looks recalling those of the original Type 550 of 50-plus years ago. Known as “Project Code 80,” the program to develop a frontranking supercar had begun following Porsche’s Le Mans win with the 911 GT1 in 1998. Although a couple of dozen GT1s were adapted for road use, something more practical would be required for volume production, although it was intended that the GT1’s advanced technology would be carried over to the new model. The first hint that Porsche was planning something very special was dropped in 2000, when a concept car designed by American Grant Larson appeared on the Stuttgart manufacturer’s stand at the Paris Motor Show. Porsche employed racing driver Walter Röhrl to as- sist with development, which included countless laps of the demanding Nürburgring circuit. In the interest of high-speed stability, the rear body incorporates a wing that is raised automatically at around 75 mph, retracting when the speed drops back to 50 mph. This was a vital necessity in a car capable of exceeding 200 mph. Porsche stated that only 1,500 Carrera GTs would be made, thereby emphasizing the car’s exclusivity, and each example carries a numbered plaque on the center console (the factory retained No.1 for its museum). When deliveries commenced in January 2004, the selling price was $448,000 (approximately £279,500, or $349,200 at current rates of exchange). SCM Analysis This car, Lot 355, sold for $452,598, including buyer’s premium, at 46 Bonhams’ Weybridge, U.K., sale on December 3, 2012. That sales price continues the recent trend of stronger prices for this Porsche. The Carrera GT is Porsche’s third true supercar, fol- lowing in the footsteps of the 1986 Porsche 959 and the 1998 GT1. Aficionados will argue that there are many Porsche “supercars,” and the point is well taken. But if supercars should be a departure from a manufacturer’s comfort zone, then three is the right count. The Carrera GT was introduced at the Louvre in September 2000 as a lead-in to the Paris Auto Show. Walter Röhrl took the prototype roadster on a short pre-dawn tour up and down the Champs Elysees before settling in with a host of journalists gathered for the occasion at the Louvre. The car was stunning. It was longer, wider and lower than a production 911, with a carbon fiber tub and a 68-degree 5.5-liter V10 developing 558 DIN horsepower and 442 foot-pounds of torque. That normally-aspirated engine had its origins in an abandoned 1992 Formula One design, the Footwork Porsche. At the introduction, Porsche’s CEO, Dr. Wendelin Wiedeking, told the story of how the car had been conceived at Le Mans in June 1998 as Porsche’s GT1s were taking 1st and 2nd place overall at the 24-Hour classic. The Carrera GT would use some technology taken from that successful Le Mans race car. Eighteen months later, in December 1999, Porsche announced that they were abandoning the next Le Mans race-car project to concentrate on development of their SUV, the upcoming Cayenne. Some industry observers also opined that Ferdinand Piech, chairman of the Cayenne co-operative VW Group, might not have 2005 Porsche Carrera GT Lot S157, s/n WPOCA29875L001277 Condition 1 Sold at $355,100 Mecum, Monterey, CA, 8/21/11 SCM# 183956 2005 Porsche Carrera GT Lot S663, s/n WPOCA29825L001414 Condition 1Sold at $291,500 Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/12/2010 SCM# 165816 2004 Porsche Carrera GT Lot 25, s/n WPOCA29894L001036 Condition 2+ Sold at $341,000 Gooding & Co., Oxnard, CA, 10/21/06 SCM# 43438 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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looked favorably on in-family competition for his Audi FIA endurance race cars. Porsche had already assigned the Type 980 Carrera GT project to the now-not-so busy Le Mans engineering team. Porsche used the V10 intended for that race car, along with a host of additional race-car technology, to design the Carrera GT. The design emanated from Porsche’s California studio, with Grant Larson often given primary credit. From secrecy to a hit The two roadster prototypes were tested mostly in Nevada, keeping away from auto spy specialists. Thus, the introduction took some observers by surprise. The Paris press showing was to promote buyer interest — and to perhaps assuage Porsche’s sports car devotees dismayed by the already-announced Porsche SUV. Wiedeking explained that the GT would go into production if at least 500 orders were forthcoming by 2003; the price would be between $350,000 and $400,000; the car would be sold in the U.S.; and that the production version would hew very closely to the prototype he was showing in Paris. Porschefiles waxed poetic. Interest was strong. Buyers lined up. Porsche intro- duced the production version to the world in March 2003 at the Geneva Auto Show, announcing that they planned to build 1,000 of them — later raised to 1,500 — while unveiling uprated specifications versus the Paris prototype. Displacement was now 5.7 liters; horsepower was up to 612 DIN with 437 foot-pounds of torque. Weight was 3,042 pounds. And performance figures were announced: 0–60 mph in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph. It was a real supercar. Saturated with high technology Porsche applied for 70 patents related to production of the Carrera GT, many of them for the relatively exotic carbon-fiber monocoque chassis and engine sub-frame, which involved differing compositions in various weaves and weights, sometimes with aluminum or Nomex sandwiched in — and up to 10 layers of material. The chassis and engine sub-frame were built by Italy’s ATR Composites Group, and the technology was presented separately at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2005. Only the bumpers were old-fashioned fiberglass. Mechanically, Porsche brought over their PCCB ceramic brakes, just larger. The clutch was a newly designed ceramic and titanium multiple-disc setup, only 6.7 inches in diameter, which was key to the car’s low center of gravity. Magnesium center-lock wheels combined with the ceramic brakes to keep upsprung weight to a minimum. The suspension pieces were forged aluminum and stainless steel. The gas tank was aluminum and located amidships, à la the Auto Union GP racers of the 1930s (a Dr. Ferdinand Porsche design), to maintain steady weight distribution regardless of the fill level. The 6-speed gearbox, with a 30% limited slip, was mounted transversely. More than 1,200 sold The Carrera GT started deliveries in early 2004, priced at $448,000 with air condi- tioning the primary option. Five standard colors were offered: Guards Red, Fayence Yellow, Basalt Black, GT Silver and Seal Grey. Custom colors were also available, and they usually draw a premium price in today’s aftermarket. Ultimately, Porsche sold about 600 units in the U.S. Car and Driver’s track test achieved better performance results than the Factory claimed: 0–60 mph in 3.5 seconds, 0–100 mph in 6.8 seconds, and the quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds at 136 mph. Two types of customers bought Carrera GTs: Porsche aficionados and fans of supercars who might already have or aspire to cars such as Ferrari Enzos and McLaren GTs. Some purists were initially resistant, viewing the Carrera GT as a Porsche money-maker that was not a sufficiently imperative purchase. That point of view has fallen by the wayside as the years have passed. While you could buy almost any Carrera GT you wanted for about $325,000 in 2009, they have now rocketed past $400,000 on their way to regaining MSRP. Several private sales in the U.S. have been in that range, including a Fayence Yellow example in Connecticut with 3,500 miles. Farewell, depreciation The Bonhams Weybridge auction example was also Fayence Yellow with an Ascot Brown interior, showing only 480 miles in the hands of one English supercar enthusiast who is acknowledged for properly maintaining his cars. The total, with Bonhams’ buyer’s premium tacked on, of $452,598 was the new market-correct price for this somewhat more desirable color and extremely low mileage. A fair deal on both sides. Your correspondent believes that the upward trend will continue. Hardcore Porsche collectors who initially passed on Carrera GTs are now reconsidering. The exotic engineering has passed the test of time and is still a high standard for a car that you can drive regularly. Whether you love it or not, the styling has not been replicated in any other car and is as distinctive now as it was at introduction 12 years ago. If there is a fly in the ointment, it is the utterly amaz- ing repair expense for the carbon-fiber parts should the unspeakable happen — and inopportune application of the accelerator will get you in a heap of trouble in a hurry. But for skilled drivers with an adult attitude, the Carrera GT is one super ride. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) March 2013 47


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American Car Collector Profile 1958 Chrysler 300D Convertible A Chrysler 300D set a Class E speed record of 156.387 miles per hour at Bonneville by Carl Bomstead Details Year produced: 1958 Number produced: 191 (convertibles) Original list price: $5,603 Current SCM Valuation: $110,000– $135,000 Tune-up cost: $350 Distributor cap: $40 Chassis #: Left front hinge post Engine #: Block behind water pump Club: Chrysler 300 Club International More: www.chrysler300club.com or www.chryslerclub.org Alternatives: 1957 Chrysler 300C convertible, 1959 Chrysler 300E convertible, 1960 Chrysler 300F convertible SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: LC41312 F or much of its history, Chrysler was a frontrunner in building some of the most interesting and exciting high-performance cars Detroit had to offer. Foremost among them are the formidable early Hemi-powered Chrysler 300 “letter cars” of the 1950s, which, by virtue of their cost and long list of standard and optional features, were reserved for the wealthiest and most discerning buyers. Cloaked in handsome Virgil Exner-designed bodies and carefully engineered, the 300 series offered the ultimate in American luxury and performance. Due to low production and high cost, 1958 was also the last year that the company offered its Hemi in a full-size Chrysler. This example is painted white with a tan canvas top. It has excellent body contours and gaps with few, if any, detectable paint flaws, except for some scratches near the top of the driver’s side door, which otherwise fits and shuts very well. The lightly worn tan seats are in good condition, as is the black dashpad. The odometer shows 55,239 miles, which are believed to be original. Other interior finishes include the excellent black carpeting and the tan top boot with optional power steering, power brakes, windshield washers, a power seat, power windows and an AM radio. SCM Analysis This 1958 Chrysler 300D, Lot 256, sold for $198,000, including buyer’s premium, at RM’s John Staluppi Collection auction on December 1, 2012. The Chrysler letter cars were produced from 1955 until 1965, and each year used a letter as the suffix, with the exception of “I,” which was not used. The first, 48 Sports Car Market the 1955 C-300 (300A) was really a race car aimed at NASCAR and was offered to the public for homologation purposes. It could be ordered in red, white or black, and tan leather was the only choice offered for the interior. To maintain the race car image, there were no out- side mirrors, and they quickly made their bones by running 127.52 miles per hour in the Flying Mile at the 1955 Daytona Grand National Stock Car Race. Fuel injected — for a while Carl Kiekhaefer, who made his fortune as the founder of Kiekhaefer Marine — later Mercury Marine — decided to use NASCAR to promote his profitable marine business. He bought Chrysler C-300s, had team uniforms and transporters, and painted his cars in team colors. All of which was unheard of in 1955. With Roger Penske-like precision, he won two National Championships until a falling out with Bill France 1958 Chrysler 300D convertible Lot 175, s/n LC41167 Condition 1- Not sold at $100,000 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/21/11 SCM# 183145 1958 Chrysler 300D convertible Lot F166, s/n LC41167 Condition 1Sold at $121,000 Mecum, Monterey, CA, 8/16/12 SCM# 213909 1958 Chrysler 300D convertible Lot 149, s/n LC41635 Condition 3+ Sold at $203,500 RM, Amelia Island, FL, 3/13/10 SCM# 159899 tpieper@tedisgraphic.com, courtesy of RM Auctions


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caused him to leave the sport. Kiekhaefer, however, continued his relationship with Chrysler, and when they installed a Bendix fuel-injection system in about 20 Chrysler 300Ds, he bought one and drove it from the Jefferson Plant to his home in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He called the next day and said he did not want the car, as it only got about 10 miles to the gallon. As he had not yet paid for it, Chrysler had to send someone to retrieve the car. Another 300D with fuel injection was sold to band leader Larry Elgart, and he was so dissatisfied with its performance that he said he was “going to drive it through the Chrysler Manhattan showroom window if he could get it running fast enough.” Needless to say, most of the cars were converted back to standard dual Carter four-barrel carburetion and the fuel-injection premium was refunded. High speed but stalled economy Performance was still world class, and a Chrysler 300D, equipped with the 392 Hemi that produced 380 horsepower, set a Class E speed record of 156.387 miles per hour at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Even with this performance, only 618 hard tops and 191 convertibles were produced, and 1958 proved to be the last year for the Firepower Hemi. In 1958 the economy had the nation on its heels, and that, combined with an industry-wide automotive strike, reduced the number of cars built by all manufacturers. A base price of $5,603 for the 300D convertible was a major hurdle, and while the cars offered the ultimate in American luxury performance, only the wealthiest and most discerning buyers ponied up the cash. The Walter P. Chrysler Club suggests that only 55 of the original 1958 Chrysler 300D convertibles exist; however, three others have been recently offered at auction. The SCM Platinum database shows that Mecum sold one, rated a 1-, for $121,900 at their Monterey 2012 Auction. RM sold one — an older restoration — from the O’Quinn Collection at their 2010 Amelia Island Auction for $203,500. In 2007 RM, at Amelia Island, sold another for $140,250. This scattergram hardly establishes a trend. We’ll say that the Mecum 300D was extremely well bought, the RM O’Quinn sale was a bit aggressive due to the list of needs, and the RM Staluppi 300D was every bit of retail and a touch ahead of the market. Chrysler letter cars are hot property, and the new owner will, in due time, be on the right side of the ledger. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) March 2013 49


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American Car Collector Profile The Cumberford Perspective Big, bold, and really fast By Robert Cumberford 3 ant, but coupes never had as much panache as the relatively few convertibles with the same mechanical package. Two aspects of this handsome car strike an observer’s eye after more than half a century: First, the car’s odd C proportions, with the base of the A-pillar at just onethird of the body’s length from the very front. Second, the com- pletely anti-aerodynamic front end contrasting with the jet-plane styling of the rear two-thirds of the car. Today, with powerful disc brakes and a plethora of safety equipment at our disposal, we can only marvel at the bravery of people who really dipped into the car’s huge reserves of power and torque. No one would dare offer a so-obviously nonfunctional design today, but we can take pleasure in seeing a vehicle so dramatic and so uselessly over-dimensioned. The separate chassis is primitive, and the mechanical engineering is rather basic, but there is no gainsaying that this is a truly impressive vehicle. Remember that Chrysler 300s provided some drivers with exclusivity and luxury — and others with cars that could, and did, win on stock car tracks. Yes, even convertibles. ♦ 1 6 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 This chrome chin looks like half a ton of brightwork, and it probably did weigh hundreds of pounds, but we all expected and approved of this back in the day. 2 Visors over the headlamps and the forwardleaning grille probably knocked 15 mph off the top speed, which, in any case, was more than the brakes could restrain. 3 The now-illegal pedes- trian piercers were intended to look “Space Age,” and did recall Flash Gordon. 4 Perhaps the most beauti- ful — and rational — wraparound windshield of the 1950s, Chrysler’s solution 7 8 hrysler’s “letter cars” were all strong, fast and flamboy- 4 2 5 gave great visibility and great appearance. 5 Extraordinary restraint left only this single tasteful spear as brightwork on the body flanks. Compare this with the wretched excess of the contemporary 1958 Oldsmobile. 6 Fifteen-inch wire wheels look small to us now in the era of 22-inch wheels, but they also look right with fat tires with wide whitewalls. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 Ah, those fins! These Ghia Gilda-style plain — but huge — verticals probably did have a legitimate stabilizing effect. And they were wonderfully dramatic then — and now. 8 Notice how far forward the rear face of the deck was. There is well over a foot of functionless length behind the usable trunk space — which wasn’t very big, really. 9 Again, for all of the ex- cessive length of the car, the cockpit was a bit squeezed, and there was not a lot of comfort in the back seat. 10 A nice touch is the rearview mirror mounted on the instrument panel, which preserves the purity of the windshield surround — the most elegant element on the entire car. 11 Cutaway rear of wheelhouse opening is sporty, and on this admirably 10 9 undecorated flank it gives some thrust to the painted portion of the fender above the front bumper. 12 More than half the length behind rear wheel center line is given up to wasted interior space, the triumph of showy style over function. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) Elements that lock this interior into a long-gone past include the (quite sensible) pushbutton transmission elector, the bench seat (with bucket patterning to flatter two people), the slim-rim wheel and that fragile horn half-ring. Still, it’s impressive and looks very comfortable. 12 50 11 Sports Car Market


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Race Car Profile 1952 “Wagner Special” BMW Racer This car is a one-off 1950 homebuilt — not an icon — so it’s a tool to use and not a collectible by Thor Thorson Details Year produced: 1950 Number produced: 1 Original list price: N/A Current SCM Valuation: $100,000– $150,000 Engine #: Boss on side of block Chassis #: Probably doesn’t have one Alternatives: 1949–50 Veritas, 1946–50 Maserati A6, 1951 Lancia B 20 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1937 BMW 328 Lot 125, s/n 85135 Condition 1Sold at $517,000 Chassis number: N/A T his car appeared on the grid at the 1952 Eifelrennen at the famous Nürburgring complex in Germany. It finished 5th, in the middle of a collection of BMW-powered race cars. This is a unique op- portunity to own a contemporary racer to the Veritas racer — and at a comparably bargain price. This example is a “one-off,” totally unique, hand- built race car; the only example extant. The bodywork on the “Wagner Special” was fashioned from surplus U.S. aircraft wing-tanks; the car was built at Honoré Wagner’s uncle’s workshop in Luxembourg. With a clear history, this is a great opportunity for a vintage race collector or enthusiast. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 2299, sold for $177,100, including buyer’s premium, at the Auctions America by RM Bennett Collection Auction in Rollinsford, NH, on September 21, 2012. A couple of issues back, I suggested that it would be useful to think of a pre-war Maserati in terms of a real estate analogy. I wrote that the car was a littleunderstood — and thus inexpensive and undervalued — property in a very expensive neighborhood. Today, I would like to go back to a somewhat differ- ent real estate analogy: Think of Europe in the early post-war years as a single city — the entire place had been traumatized, but some blocks had fared better than others. The racing cars they produced reflected it. Although Britain was virtually bankrupted during World War II, the country’s industrial base was largely intact, so 52 they were able to start building a few cars, with Allard, Jaguar, and Aston Martin at the forefront. Italy and France were the best off of the continental European countries, and they got back into the racing business with enthusiasm in the late 1940s, but their stuff was expensive. Talbot Lago got going again, Maserati was building its A6 by 1947, Alfa Romeo dusted off its prewar 158 “Alfetta” racers, and a guy named Enzo somebody started a small company with high expectations. Racing from scratch Central Europe — particularly Germany — was absolutely devastated, and the Marshall Plan money that eventually spurred the economic recovery was just starting to arrive. They had no factories left, no foundries, no machine tools, little fuel, and no money, but the desire to go racing was as strong as ever. The challenge was how to fulfill it. Where there is a will, there is a way, and the immediate mechanism in that area was to create racers from what was available to scrounge. The late pre-war years had pretty much put the final nails in the coffin of big, heavy cars trying to be racers, with 8C Alfas leading the way toward light-and-nimble as the new paradigm, but this created a problem for would-be racers trying to find a suitable engine to use. Most everything left around was heavy, clumsy, and slow. Enter the BMW 328 The exception was the BMW 328. In 1936, BMW introduced their model 328, which has been called the Sports Car Market Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/20/12 SCM# 191517 1949 Veritas-BMW Rennsport Lot 141, s/n 85123 Condition 1 Sold at $563,400 Sportscar, Geneva, Switzerland, 10/6/07 SCM# 48149 1948 Veritas Rennsport Lot 92, s/n 85123 Condition 1 Sold at $207,020 B-J/Coys, Monte Carlo, 5/26/00 SCM# 9646 Courtesy of Auctions America by RM


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only true pre-war German sports car. It was a revolutionary design utilizing a tubular frame, relatively sophisticated suspension, and a light, 2-liter, 6-cylinder engine that managed to incorporate hemispherical combustion chambers into a pushrod design. The 328 was an immediate success both in racing and as a light, sporting road car, but fewer than 500 had been produced when the war stopped things. An ironic detail managed to save many of the cars through the years of World War II. While the 328 would have been a highly desirable car to be requisitioned for the war effort, the engine required high-octane fuel that simply wasn’t available, so most 328s sat out the war on blocks. With the peace and reconstruction, good fuel was still hard to find, roads were a mess, and money was tight, so sporting cars like 328s were relatively easy to find as cores for those few interested in building racers. Several unemployed ex-BMW racing engineers created the Veritas company, and they kept busy into the early 1950s refurbishing old 328s and putting aerodynamically modern bodywork on them to feed the developing (although still tiny) market for racing cars. They were still expensive and rare (Veritas built about 75 cars between 1948 and 1952), so many would-be racers went to the fall-back option: They built their own. A one-off, garage-built racer Honoré Wagner was a Luxembourg native who came out of the war in his mid-20s with a taste for adventure and apparently an adequate pocketbook to indulge it. He got his pilot’s license in 1947 and promptly set the Luxembourg single-engine altitude record in 1948. That same year, he started auto racing, placing 3rd in class and 6th overall at Monthléry in a BMW 328. Apparently forsaking aviation for the joys of motor racing and either tiring of — or possibly destroying — his 328, he constructed a racing special using a 328 engine and transmission at his family’s garage business in Luxembourg. It appears to have been completed in 1950, and he raced it at least through the 1952 Eifelrennen race (a support race for the German Grand Prix held at the Nürburgring). Wagner appears to have continued on as an amateur racer until he died in an accident racing an Alfa TZ at Nürburgring in 1965. At this point, I have told you pretty much everything that I can say with confidence about the subject car. It was sold by Auctions America, which is sort of the budgetlevel subsidiary of RM, and the catalog description printed at the top of this profile is literally everything that was published in support of the sale, so there are a number of important issues left open. That the body was built using an aircraft wing tank as a starting point is probably credible — they were certainly available then and the shape is about right — but what is really underneath it? Is it a BMW 328 with a special body or is it a homebuilt with a 328 engine and transmission? This has a lot to do with who might want it and why — not to mention what it might be worth. A little home cooking The Internet and a little perseverance can be a wonderful thing when it comes to pursuing things like this, and I managed to find photographs of the car with its body off. It is immediately evident that it is a homebuilt chassis: It is a large-diameter tubular ladder chassis, and the front suspension is unknown but definitely not the transverse leaf system that BMW used (one blogger mentioned Fiat). The rear is a live axle shackled to leaf springs on either side, which doesn’t suggest factory-level design or sophistication, and there isn’t much else to work from. My brief as a writer for SCM is generally to discuss what makes my subject car du jour interesting and to try to approach the underlying issues of value in the current market. The Wagner Special is particularly challenging in this regard. It was clearly never represented as anything more than a “totally hand-built” race car with a 328 engine, but it was also suggested that it was comparable to a Veritas. A good Veritas is worth well over $750k these days, so if true, this car should carry substantial value. There is little reason to question the history or authenticity of the car, even though the “clear history” includes a roughly 30-year gap — it’s not the kind of thing that anyone is likely to invent — but the question remains whether racing against a Veritas in 1952 makes it comparable. The BMW 328 and the Veritas adaptations were legendary and carry substantial collector value because they were fantastic cars in their time. Their engineering, design, and construction set the standards that racing cars following them had to meet or exceed. They are historically and technically significant steps in the evolution of the modern racing automobile. I have to admit that I have my doubts about the Wagner Special. It is a pretty little thing, and is a “real” old racing car from Europe in the early ’50s. As such, it is likely to be welcome virtually anywhere its new owner wants to take it. It is most likely tractable to drive (in an early 1950s kind of way) and Bristol built the engine well into the 1960s, so parts aren’t a problem — nor is horsepower if you want to hot-rod things — so it has its attributes. The problem has to do with value: it is a one-off 1950 homebuilt — not an icon — so it’s a tool to use, not a collectible, and $177k seems to me to be an awful lot for that. I suggest that it was better sold than bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America by RM). March 2013 53


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Under the Skin Dennis Simanaitis Two Paths to Technical Prowess Supercars can evolve from decidedly different philosophies 2004 Ferrari 360 Modena Spider F1. See the profile on p. 42 T here is no unique formula for technical prowess, as is strikingly seen in two of this month’s in-depth profiles: the 2004 Ferrari 360 Modena Spider F1 and 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. Each is a state-of-the-art open two-seat sports car. Each has a mid-engine driving the rear wheels. Each happens to be bright yellow. But from this point on, their dissimilarities suggest decidedly different philosophies in Maranello and Zuffenhausen. The Spider is but one variant of the Ferrari 360 Modena, Maranello’s most popular series. Built between 1999 and 2005, there were coupes and Spiders, some 16,000 of them. Other coupes were dedicated to the Ferrari Challenge race series. There were also enhanced road-going versions of these. And there was even a competition car, the 360 GTC, designed for FIA N-GT. By contrast, the Carrera GT is alone on its branch of Porsche’s evolutionary tree. It owes its existence to serendipity — not to product planning. Evolved from a concept car and envisioned as a run of 1,500 examples, fewer than 1,300 Carrera GTs were actually built between 2004 and 2007. The Modena series all have space-frame chassis of aluminum. Co- developed with Alcoa, the chassis is 28% lighter — yet 40% stiffer — than that of the earlier unitized steel F355. The Modena’s Pininfarina body is aluminum as well. In contrast, the Carrera GT’s chassis and bodywork are of carbon fiber, and are generally one-third the weight of a corresponding aluminum design. Cost of this material and labor intensiveness of its fabrication were feasible for the Carrera’s limited run — and high price. Ferrari engineers devised an entertaining 20-second process for the Spider’s automatically retracting top. Porsche provided two carbonfiber panels, manually wrestled off and stored up front. The Modena Spider’s suspension is exotic-car conventional: unequal A-arms, coil-over adjustable damping and anti-roll bars, front and rear. The Carrera GT’s suspension is pure race car. Its coil-over damper units, front and rear, are inboard, mounted horizontally and actuated by pushrods and bell cranks. From the onset, its brakes were carbonceramic, a feature that came only to some Modenas later in production. The Ferrari’s 3,586-cc, 400-hp V8 was new, albeit sharing its DOHC layout, four valves per cylinder and 90-degree vee with previous Maranello designs. Two gearbox choices were offered: a conventional 6-speed or — more fashionable and fitted to our subject Spider — Ferrari’s F1 paddle-shift. The Porsche’s 5,733-cc, 612-hp V10 engine had a complex heritage. Originally designed for the Footwork Formula 1 team, it got shelved then resurrected for a Le Mans project. It was then canceled for a while when engineers were busy with Cayenne SUV development (and, it’s said, VW-Audi Chairman Ferdinand Piëch didn’t want fraternal competition with the Audi R8). Like the Ferrari V8, the Porsche V10 is an all-aluminum DOHC design with four valves per cylinder. Its vee angle is an unorthodox 68 degrees — a compromise of packaging and quelling what’s inherently an unbalanced cylinder count — but one that gives a fascinating exhaust note. And, as a last philosophical difference — sans judgmental assess- ment — the Porsche’s engine is hidden, while the Ferrari could be had with a transparent engine cover. ♦ 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. See the profile on p. 48 54 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams Courtesy of Artcurial


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Market Reports Overview December Auctions Burn Bright Breaking the half-million mark were a 1931 Invicta 4½ Litre S-type tourer at $750k, and a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster at $687k By Tony Piff E ven as SCMers winterized their classic collectibles for the season’s arrival, auction houses kept the rubber rolling across the block, luring bidders from their cozy homes with high-quality consignments. Sales totals were respectable across the board at the auctions featured in this issue, with figures at annual auctions holding solid or climbing. Bonhams’ annual December sale returned to Mercedes- Benz World at the Brooklands motor racing circuit and saw total sales leap to $6.4m from $4.8m last year. The number of cars consigned and sold rose as well (up to 62/74 from 37/68), for a very impressive sales rate of 84%. The muchanticipated 1935 Ford van featured in the beloved British TV series “Dad’s Army” finished at $101k, following spirited bidding. Sixteen other cars surpassed $100k, including a 1938 Jaguar SS 100 3.5 roadster at $402k and a 1968 Aston Martin DB6 coupe at $126k. Breaking the half-million mark were a 1931 Invicta 4½ Liter S-type tourer, sold at $750k, and a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster at $687k. Another 300SL Roadster crossed the block the next day in London at Coys’ annual True Greats sale. The disc brakeequipped car sold for $696k, behind a flawlessly restored 1938 BMW 328 roadster at $795k, and ahead of a very nice 1967 Lamborghini Miura SV at $678k. A barn-find Miura with its engine removed fetched an incredible $418k. These big sales helped push to an overall total of $5.8m and an average price per car of $180k among 48 cars sold, but that was still a slight drop from the $6.6m achieved here last year among 47 cars sold. Silverstone found success at its inaugural Birmingham sale, held in conjunction with the Footman James Classic Car Show at the NEC. A 1969 Aston Martin DB4 Series II coupe was the big sale of the day at $356k, along with a 1986 Ford RS200 coupe at $164k and a 1982 Ferrari 512 BBi at $115k, but there were many strong sales here under $50k. Two 1968 Mini Coopers — a 1968 Mk II 998 and a SCM 1-6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/ perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts 60 Sales Totals RM, North Palm Beach, FL Bonhams, Brooklands, U.K. McCormick, Palm Springs, CA Coys, London, U.K. Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K. $2,001,691 $5,760,419 police-spec “S” — sold for $36k and $29k, respectively, and a 1971 Fiat 500 L once owned by David Cameron before his days as prime minister sold for $29k. Silverstone sold 41 out of 67 cars consigned this first time around, for a decent 61% sales rate, $49k average sold price and $2m overall total. Stateside, the auctions tend to drift south in the winter. McCormick’s long-running November sale in sunny Palm Springs, CA, hit $6m, its biggest total ever. This sale maintains an average price of about $16k and a sales rate of about 65%, and has grown by consigning more cars every year. Many of the top 10 slots went to 21st century supercars such as a 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren coupe at $188k and a 2011 Audi A8 MT6 Spyder at $150k, but classic American and European collectibles made up the majority of the 557 consignments. A 1959 Plymouth Sport Fury sold well at $26k, a 1963 Porsche 356B T-6 coupe was extremely well bought at $47k and a very nicely restored 1966 VW Samba bus sold on the money at $66k. And in North Palm Beach, FL, RM sold off the 113-car John Staluppi “Cars of Dreams” Collection without reserve. Staluppi is a discerning collector and a loyal steward, and nearly every car presented was exceptional for its rarity, desirability, condition and provenance. A 1956 Cadillac Series 62 convertible made high-sale honors at $300k, and a 1968 Shelby GT500 KR convertible took second-highest at $264k. Two Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertibles sold for $206k each, and a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 convertible went for $198k. The six-hour sale concluded with a final sales figure of $10.4m. In the Global Roundup, we take a look at highlights from one other American sale, Leake Dallas, and four other U.K. sales: Brightwells Herefordshire, H&H Newbury, Barons Surrey and Broadway in Worcestershire. Chad Tyson concludes the market reports with his eBay column. This month, he probes the murky realm of the “authentic kit car replica.” ♦ Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1938 BMW 328 roadster, $795,221—Coys, p. 96 2. 1931 Invicta S-type low-chassis tourer, $749,720—Bon, p. 74 3. 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, $696,180—Coys, p. 96 4. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, $686,694—Bon, p. 78 5. 1967 Lamborghini Miura SV coupe, $678,173— Coys, p. 98 6. 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage coupe, $615,147—Coys, p. 96 7. 2005 Porsche Carrera GT coupe, $452,598—Bon, p. 78 8. 1965 Aston Martin DB5 coupe, $432,550—H&H, p. 110 9. 1969 Lamborghini Miura LP400 S coupe, $418,030—Coys, p. 98 10. 1938 Jaguar SS 100 3½-liter roadster, $402,177—Bon, p. 74 1. 1970 Plymouth Superbird 2-dr hard top, $110,000—RM, p. 71 2. 1961 Plymouth Fury convertible, $88,000—RM, p. 70 3. 1935 Bentley 3½ Litre Sports saloon, $128,464—Bon, p. 74 4. 1960 Dodge Polara D-500 2-dr hard top, $85,800—RM, p. 70 5. 1963 Porsche 356B T-6 coupe, $46,725—McC, p. 84 Sports Car Market Best Buys $10,421,950 http://bit.ly/ZOf8zr $6,418,308 Scan this code with your smartphone for complete results of each auction covered in this issue, or go to URL listed (left) $6,097,828


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RM Auctions North Palm Beach, FL RM’s John Staluppi “Cars of Dreams” Collection The theme of the sale was rare, ultimate-spec American iron and the buyers came prepared to pay Company RM Auctions Date December 1, 2012 Location North Palm Beach, FL Auctioneer Brent Earlywine Automotive lots sold/offered 113/113 Sales rate 100% Sales total $10,421,950 High sale 1956 Cadillac Series 62 convertible, sold at $299,750 Report and photos by John Lyons Select photos courtesy of RM Auctions Market opinions in italics chanic. Staluppi’s father, recognizing his son’s talent and drive, helped him open a service station in Brooklyn, NY. Other locations followed, and Staluppi soon became a known and trusted name for service in and around Brooklyn. From there, Staluppi gambled and opened a car deal- J ohn Staluppi always had a passion for things motorized. From humble beginnings, he entered the auto industry as a 16-year-old me- 1956 Cadillac Series 62 convertible, sold at $299,750 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices Staluppi eventually sold his chain of hugely successful car dealerships and moved to Florida, where he founded Millennium Super Yachts, a line of high-speed luxury yachts. While in Florida, Staluppi did not let his passion for motorcars fall by the wayside. North Palm Beach, FL He opened a private museum called Cars of Dreams, and his collection of cars from the fabulous ’50s began. In all, he amassed more than 100 cars and loads of memorabilia, including a giant early 20th century merry-go-round. And when it was time to sell, Staluppi called on Rob Myers and the RM team, and RM did not disappoint. An episode of “Million Dollar Collections,” hosted by Publisher Martin, featured Staluppi’s acquisitions, adding to the pre-event publicity. The six-hour sale resulted in $10.4m changing hands for 113 cars sold, plus 63 lots ership, selling funky little Japanese cars from a brand that no one had ever heard of: Honda. Sales boomed during the late 1970s and 1980s, as Honda’s reputation grew. In the mid-1980s, Staluppi took another chance on an unknown brand, this time from Korea. The name nobody could pronounce was Hyundai. Within a few short years, Hyundai was nearly as trusted as Honda and had earned a permanent place in the hearts of American car buyers. of memorabilia. Auctioneer Brent Earlywine handled the auction with a packed house hanging on to his every word. The theme of the sale was rare, ultimate-spec American sports cars, luxury cars and convertibles from the 1950s, restored to fantastic, show-winning standards, and nearly all with comprehensive documentation. These were true American blue-chips, and the buyers in the room came prepared to pay. Three out of five of the top automotive lots were Cadillac convertibles, including the high automotive sale, a 1956 Series 62 convertible, sold at $300k. (The high sale of the auction was not automotive but actually that carousel, which sold to a prominent phone bidder from North Carolina for $460k.) A 1968 Shelby GT500 KR convertible took the second-place slot at $264k. A no-questions 1967 Corvette 427/435 convertible with complete documentation and an impeccable restoration came in just under $200k, and was worth every penny. In addition to stellar examples from GM and Ford, there was an amazing selection of Mopars from the 1950s and early 1960s, like a nearly perfect 1956 Chrysler 300B hard top that sold for a record $116k. A show-quality 1961 Plymouth Fury convertible was perhaps the deal of the day, selling for $88k, along with an exceedingly rare 1962 Chrysler 300H convertible — the first one recorded at auction in the SCM Platinum Database — well bought at $74k. From being a 16-year-old garage hand, to a car dealer and later a yacht builder, 1962 Chrysler 300H convertible, sold at $74,250 62 Staluppi’s passion, dedication and eye for perfection have always led to success. The fabulously successful Cars of Dreams auction was just the latest chapter. © Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions North Palm Beach, FL GERMAN #209-1962 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- PORTER double-cab pickup. S/N 927177. Tan/white vinyl. Odo: 87,440 miles. Outstanding restoration with flawless paint, chrome and trim. Small nailhead side chip in bumper paint about the biggest flaw. Panel fit vastly better Beautiful black top with red piping. Very nice interior with all correct materials used. AACA Senior badge from 1996. Car very well cared for since. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $82,500. How many times can you say you’ve seen one of these? This was a lovely little Oldsmobile and probably one of the sleepers of the auction. It sold a little above low estimate, but I could not have faulted substantially more. A good deal for the buyer, who got an exceptionally rare car that still has some show life left in it. #294-1953 PACKARD CARIBBEAN convertible. S/N L415994. Yellow/black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 59,296 miles. 327-ci I8, 2-bbl, auto. Excellent cosmetic restoration with mostly original interior. Original chrome and trim with newer bumpers. Original wind lacing and rubber window trim. Original inte- trim. Interior very correct with older restored seats and possibly original instrumentation in good condition. Squeaks in seat springs, and some minor pitting in some interior trim pieces. Clean but not detailed engine bay. Clean and rust-free underside. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $88,000. From the first year of the mighty letter-series cars from Chrysler, this was ready for extended touring and could compete in local shows as well. The price paid was in line with recent sales and properly accounted for condition. A fair deal for both buyer and seller. than factory original. Equally well done interior with all correct materials used. Spotless engine bay. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $44,000. This sold a little over high estimate, but the cost to duplicate would, I imagine, double the amount paid here. Well bought. AMERICAN #249-1949 OLDSMOBILE 88 Futuramic convertible. S/N 498B5347. Blue/blue canvas/blue leather. Odo: 3,085 miles. 303-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Concours-quality restoration expertly maintained. Perfect gaps, panel fit and paint. Spotless trim and chrome all showquality. Correct and show-quality interior. Un- rior including seats, carpeting and instruments. Clean original engine bay. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $82,500. Last seen at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach in April 2012, where it sold for $66k (SCM# 202538). Time and patience paid off, as the car realized substantially more this time around in pretty much the same condition. Well sold. #234-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E54S003925. Black/red leather. Odo: 7,873 miles. 236-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Outstanding color scheme and restoration quality. Some slight buffing marks and other signs of cleaning, but overall excellent. Interior appears fresh, with biggest concern being overstuffed front seats. Gap on driver’s door only major visual flaw. Original engine #281-1955 MERCURY MONTCLAIR convertible. S/N 55WA66680M. Red/white vinyl/red leather. Odo: 2,636 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very rare and well-restored car. Show-quality paint, chrome and accents. Interior on par with rest of car. Concours detailing of engine bay. Same fastidious attention to detail on underside. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $68,750. Last seen at Barrett-Jackson’s 2009 derside also show-ready. Engine bay slightly aging after show-quality detailing. An overall superb concours-ready car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $68,200. Someone spent a great deal of money restoring this car, and 1949 and 1950 Oldsmobiles are very sought-after cars. Someone got a bit of a bargain. I expected this to go much farther. #287-1951 OLDSMOBILE 98 convert- ible. S/N 51985566. Blue/black cloth/maroon leather. Odo: 42,791 miles. 303-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Well-done restoration on a really rare Oldsmobile. Good preparation and paintwork. Very nice trim with minimal shining marks. Slightly wide door gap on passenger’s side. Palm Beach sale, where it sold for $68k (SCM# 120163). Rare, stylish and the cost of restoration far exceeds the price paid. Price paid here is proof positive that the market has held strong on these (although the seller lost money between transport and fees). This car was a real sleeper, and I think someone got a respectable bargain. #220-1956 CADILLAC SERIES 62 con- and transmission. Little documentation to prove color from new. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $96,250. Sold twice in the span of six months, at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas in October 2008 for $92k (SCM# 118310) and at Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach in April 2009 for $110k (SCM# 120154). Perhaps those two recent appearances slowed it down a bit, or perhaps it was just the overall market. Price was likely in line with current market conditions. #253-1955 CHRYSLER C-300 2-dr hard top. S/N 3N551230. White/tan leather. Odo: 68,531 miles. 331-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Very well restored some time ago, with use and aging evident. Average gaps and fit of body panels. Very good paint prep and application. Lots of buffing and polish marks on paint and 64 Cond: 1. SOLD AT $299,750. Spectacular cars garner spectacular results, and no car better personified that rule of thumb at this sale than this one. After stalling several times Sports Car Market vertible. S/N 5662026320. Red/white vinyl/ red & white leather. Odo: 1,835 miles. 365-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Expert nut-and-bolt restoration. Perfect panel fit and gaps. Excellent paint, chrome and trim. Correct red-and-white leather interior. Instruments and controls like jewelry. Perfect carpeting. Continental kit, Autronic Eye, power seats and windows.


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RM Auctions North Palm Beach, FL and coming within moments of being hammered sold, the car finally sold to an exuberant cheer. A world-record price for a 1950s Series 62, according to the SCM Platinum database, but I don’t ever recall seeing one so well restored. #254-1956 CHRYSLER 300B 2-dr hard top. S/N 3N56552. White/tan leather. Odo: 611 miles. 354-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Very high-quality and correct restoration of an early “B.” Superb gaps and fitment, excellent paint, concours-quality chrome and trim. Equally well-done interior with minimal signs of use and nothing left out or neglected. Spotless brightwork and controls. Show-detailed engine levard cruiser ready to go. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $63,250. Sold twice previously in 2012: for $85k at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale (SCM# 191433) and for $73k at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach (SCM# 197526). A lot of these have come to market over the past several years, and this seems to be a fairly typical result. No harm done on either side, with edge to buyer. #227-1958 BUICK LIMITED convert- bay with correct markings. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $115,500. This was one of the best I have seen. It had its original build sheet and a host of other paperwork with it, and the bidders responded enthusiastically. According to the SCM Platinum Database, price paid was a world record for a 300B. New owner should be happy, though, as restoring one to this level would cost quite a bit more. #255-1957 CHRYSLER 300C convert- ible. S/N 3N573107. Black/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 3,361 miles. 392-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Excellent older restoration with good execution throughout. Beautiful black paint, with some buffing marks. Very good chrome and trim with similar maintenance markings visible. Tan interior (said to have replaced the original formal black) looks great and is very well done, except a bit of looseness on the tops of the front seatbacks. Engine bay well detailed and underside commensurate with rest of car. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $154,000. Sold at RM Phoenix in 2003 for $74k (SCM# 30276), then a year later at RM Amelia Island 2004 for $76k (SCM# 32677), and at Amelia Island 2006 for $125k (SCM# 41093). If nothing else, the car shows consistent appreciation as an investment. If it is, as claimed, a factory triple-black car, new owner should strongly consider correcting the interior. #285-1957 OLDSMOBILE SUPER 88 convertible. S/N 578W02556. Blue & white/ white vinyl/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 80,237 66 Very good instruments as well. Dashpad fit no longer good. Engine bay very clean but missing air ride components. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $156,750. Out of sight for several years, having last been seen at Barrett’s 2007 West Palm Beach sale, where it sold for $162k (SCM# 44804). These have fallen victim somewhat to the economic downturn over the past six years, but they are fabulously collectible and are hopefully seeing their due. A fair deal for both parties. #251-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J58S106032. Panama Yellow/ black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 56,494 miles. 283-ci 245-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Highquality restoration with room for very minor detailing. Very good gaps and door fit. Good prep and paint, with minor orange peel throughout. Show-quality chrome and trim. Interior looks brand new. Spotless dash and instruments. Detailed engine bay and underside complete an overall excellent presenta- ible. S/N 8E4014966. White/white vinyl/red leather. Odo: 16,956 miles. 364-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Opulent shrine to 1958, well-preserved older restoration. Nice paint with buff marks throughout. Chrome and trim displaying similar wear. Fair panel fit. Door edge guards detracting from overall appearance a bit. Old white vinyl top with minor staining. Very nice interior with beautiful seats and carpeting. tion. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $99,000. This was a correct and attractive car with an appealing, uncommon color combination. A light wet sand and buffing would likely bring it up a full level and have it ready once again for competition at the highest levels. A good price paid with a bit of upside, should new owner wish to address the minor needs. #244-1958 CHEVROLET IMPALA con- vertible. S/N F58A178154. Red/black vinyl/ red leather. Odo: 2,214 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2bbl, auto. Nice factory-quality restoration of a solid original car. Good paint preparation and execution. Some minor blemishing and swirls from age. Chrome and trim to same standards with some minor aging as well. Decent inte- miles. 371-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Nice cosmetic restoration with largely original interior. Good paint and trim. Nice original glass. Clean interior mostly original. Incorrectly stuffed front seats are the biggest issue. Original engine with factory J-2 setup fully intact. A great bou- rior with reproduction seat kit of unknown origin. Front seat with poor fit and uneven stuffing. Original instruments and controls in very nice working condition. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $104,500. This was a nice car ready for touring. Its show days are probably over until the next restoration. The Tri-Power 348 engine was great and helped carry this car to a very strong result. #256-1958 CHRYSLER 300D convert- ible. S/N LC41312. White/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 55,239 miles. 392-ci V8, 2x4bbl, auto. ’90s-era restoration done to very high standards. Average gaps and panel fit. Excellent paint prep, application and preservation. Very nice chrome and trim with minor buffing marks the biggest distraction. Original glass, well-restored interior done with correct materials. Older detailed engine bay still very show-worthy. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $198,000. In the pantheon of letter-series cars, the “D” ranks high because there were just not that many produced. Of 191 convertibles produced, Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions North Palm Beach, FL fewer than a third are thought to survive. The massive Hemi heads have always impressed both visually and on the track, and serious collectors have come to recognize this, as evidenced by the result today. See the profile on p. 48. #235-1959 CHEVROLET IMPALA con- vertible. S/N F595262858. Black/white vinyl/ red leather. Odo: 749 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2bbl, auto. Very nice frame-on restoration probably about 20 years old. Some wear and dents visible in trim, lots of minor paint blemishes, yellowed tires. Driver-quality chrome and brightwork. Continental kit. Excellent interior with correct reproduction materials. Original tion. Exceptional color combination and oodles of chrome. Very well restored at astronomical expense several years ago. Some minor fit and finish issues, probably related to age of restoration. Said to be a Super D from ago. Exceptionally well maintained since. AACA winner in 1995. Stellar panel fit, excellent paint with cleaning marks only. Great interior with everything still in as-restored condition. Show-detailed engine and underside. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $132,000. There were no records indicating who restored this car, but it was done to standards rarely equaled even in today’s hyper-competitive restoration world. The result was squarely in the middle of the estimate range, and one would be hard pressed to restore one to this caliber for anywhere near the final result. instrumentation and dashboard in good condition. Highly optioned from new, including factory a/c, power steering, brakes and seat. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $115,500. This would have been considered huge money just a few years ago, but as the Tri-Five Chevys have suffered a bit, the ’58 and ’59 cars have been very robust in collectors’ minds. While this was a lot of money for this car, the 348 TriPower and rare factory options put this one over the top. #257-1959 CHRYSLER 300E convert- ible. S/N M591100124. Black/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 88,258 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4bbl, auto. Excellent restoration of an original car. Very good panel fit and door gaps. Stunning paint with only a few minor buffing marks. Excellent chrome, trim and side spears. Correct interior seat pattern and flawless workmanship. Show-detailed engine bay. Every conceivable option including factory a/c. the factory, according to RM, making it one of fewer than 10 examples known. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $151,250. There were lots of greatlooking cars in the collection, but for sheer eyeball, this won the grand prize. The amount of chrome and trim was bested probably only by the Buick Limited, and cat-eye headlights and huge rear fins made this car all that much more distinctive. I think with additional documentation and a build sheet, this car could have taken a run at $200k. The new owner should be thrilled. #228-1959 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC 88 convertible. S/N 597M69877. Red & white/white vinyl/red leather. Odo: 26,876 miles. 371-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Frame-off restored probably 10 years ago with very fastidious care and maintenance since. Very good gaps and fitment. Original glass excellent. Very nice paint in popular Oldsmobile twotone red-and-white. Matching red-and-white #283-1960 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. S/N 60E015012. Red/ white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 90,829 miles. 390-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Older restoration with correct factory a/c added at time of refurbishment. Excellent paint, chrome and trim. Freshly detailed throughout. Spotless engine bay and attractive interior. Off-white seats look great. All instruments and controls look nice. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $206,250. Previously seen at Seroka’s West Palm Beach sale in 1991, where it failed to sell at a high bid of $56k (SCM# 17367). While now showing slight signs of age, this car has only been minimally used. Stellar result. #276-1960 CHEVROLET IMPALA con- Will be ready for concours judging with only a slight detailing. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $176,000. New owner has a difficult decision, as records indicate that this car was likely born a one-ofone with special-order silver exterior paint and black interior. Returning the car to this configuration would be an exciting undertaking, as surely no one has ever seen one like it. The challenge comes with deciding to undo a very good restoration. #267-1959 DODGE CUSTOM ROYAL Lancer D-500 convertible. S/N M352107882. Red & white/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 97 miles. 383-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Older restora- 68 interior in nearly unused condition. Sparkly engine bay appears recently detailed. Glowing underside. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $107,250. Another auction veteran, having been sold as a freshly restored car for $25k at Mecum St. Charles in 2003 (SCM# 36587) and then reappearing several years later at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2006, selling for an impressive $58k (SCM# 40408). These are incredibly rare and stylish, and the result speaks volumes. Go find another one. #229-1959 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE convertible. S/N 859C1659. Red/white vinyl/silver & red leather. Odo: 309 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. High-dollar frameoff restoration completed less than 20 years vertible. S/N 01867S187289. Red/white vinyl/ red & white vinyl. Odo: 694 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Very nice frame-on restoration about the same age as Lot 235, the ’59. Ready for local shows and lots of fun cruising. Generally driver-quality chrome and brightwork. Continental kit. Good interior with mostly correct reproduction materials, but wrong seat inserts. Original instrumentation and dashboard in good condition. Original rear plastic lenses with some staining. Older detailed engine bay. Old smelly gasoline. Will need some rehab, as it has been a display car probably for years. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $85,250. Nice looking car, and the red paint certainly helped, but big money for a ’60 in this condition. Well sold. #258-1960 CHRYSLER 300F convert- ible. S/N 8403156821. Terra Cotta/tan cloth/ tan leather. Odo: 62,916 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Very nice paint, chrome and trim with aging one would expect of a wellcared-for nearly 20-year-old restoration. Color Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions North Palm Beach, FL changed from original. Excellent engine bay show-detailed at some point. Very clean interior with minimal wear and use. Instruments Mopar after another, seemingly all with crossram setups and no shortage of willing buyers. This car seemed the bargain of the bunch. Again, I say go find another and restore it to this standard. Well bought. #260-1962 CHRYSLER 300H convert- and controls all restored and in good shape. Underside heavily undercoated, even on parts not done when new. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $170,500. A ton of eye appeal here, and the bidders were appropriately enamored. Very strong result when compared with other recent sales of F convertibles. BEST BUY #215-1960 DODGE POLARA D-500 2-dr hard top. S/N 6307101191. Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 84,067 miles. 383-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Outstanding restoration of an exceptionally rare Dodge. Flawless paint and prep. Lovely color scheme. Equally impressive interior with all correct materials and bits. Slight driver’s door and wheels. Clean engine bay and very clean underside. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $74,250. No wonder this car sold so well. It is rare, sporty, powerful and an honest original. They almost never come up for sale (the SCM Platinum Database has no record of one ever being offered at auction), and finding one this nice was a real treat. Good luck to the underbidders, as they will have a long wait until another of this caliber comes along. Very well bought. hood gap fit issue the biggest complaint and only thing keeping the car from a solid #1 condition. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $85,800. The survival rate for these is nil, and with the cost of this restoration, one could only imagine how many zeros were in the final number. Throw in the cross-ram setup, and this was one heck of a car. Well bought. BEST BUY #269-1961 PLYMOUTH FURY convertible. S/N 3311154875. Gold/ tan cloth/brown & white vinyl. Odo: 4,075 miles. 383-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Rare, well-restored Mopar with cross-ram setup. Slight hood fitment issue is the biggest concern. Concours-quality paint with only a hint of buffing marks here and there. Likewise for the bumpers, with show-quality chrome. Well- done interior with all correct materials and switches expertly restored or re-created. Spotless engine bay befitting a car of this caliber. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $88,000. I am running out of superlatives, as there was one great 70 Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $71,500. Purchased at Mecum Monterey in 2010 for $93k (SCM# 165692), which at first glance seems obscene, but someone spent a ton of money doing this car—both in terms of restoring it and adding the “J” performance parts. Sold for a slightly more reasonable amount here, but still a huge sum. If Chrysler ever built a “J” convertible, this would be the result, I suppose. #265-1963 DODGE DART Phoenix D-500 convertible. S/N 5317121966. Black/ black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 64,089 miles. 383-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Restored to show #261-1963 CHRYSLER 300 convertible. S/N 8233107769. Red/white vinyl/ white leather. Odo: 65 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Superb restoration with no detail overlooked. Incorrect but fabulous color scheme. 300J console added and 300J cross-ram setup also added. Perfectly detailed interior with incredible off-white color used on seats. Engine bay show-detailed. Underside flawless. Ready for any show that would have it. ible. S/N 8423101883. White/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 13,204 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4bbl, auto. The rarest of the letter cars, with just 123 H convertibles built and well under 50 known today. Very nice original car with restoration only as needed. Very good older repaint. Good chrome and trim. Factory gaps in doors, hood and trunk. Remarkably well-preserved interior. Incorrect Kelsey-Hayes wire Show-detailed engine with cross-ram setup and dual 4-bbl carburetors. Spotless trunk and underside. Concours-ready. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $123,750. Bidders at this sale recognized quality and were willing to pay for it, as seen here. Strong money, but well below the cost of obtaining and restoring one to these standards. #246-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S102444. Black/tan cloth/black leather. Odo: 71,314 miles. 427-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very correct cosmetic restoration performed some years ago. Some minor blemishing in paint. Excellent bumpers. Nice glass and window trim. Redline tires. specifications, nearly flawless. Excellent paint, chrome and trim. Great panel fit. Expertly detailed interior with all correct materials used. Largely original interior, with new seat covers and carpeting the only things not original. Older detailed engine with age and use apparent. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $82,500. Great colors and nicely maintained. This is probably a car that you could just drive the wheels off of for the next five years and then re-restore. No harm at the price. #243-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S110556. Blue/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 11,801 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. High-level concours-quality restoration of a fully documented and known car. Documentation includes Protect-O-Plate and a host of other information proving the provenance. Stunning prep and paintwork. Excellent panel fit. Equally well restored chrome and trim. Inte- rior commensurate with exterior. Show-detailed engine bay and underside. Correct Redline tires completing an overall great package. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $198,000. Take a great car, make sure the documentation is in order, restore it to the nines and bingo! There Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions North Palm Beach, FL are still segments of the market that are strong. Well-restored and well-documented cars are without a doubt one of those segments. A strong result, but finding a good documented car and restoring it will cost you more. #272-1967 PONTIAC GTO convertible. S/N 42677P254373. Red/white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 303 miles. 400-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Top-shelf restoration with all the right options and history. Truly better than the factory ever put out by a wide margin. Perfect paint, chrome and trim. Alignment laserstraight. Very handsome presentation. Cragar Silver/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 3,850 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Wonderful restoration of a correct and highly optioned car. Factory a/c leads the list of great options. Numbers-matching 396. Perfect vinyl hard top offsetting show-caliber paint and trim. Interior equally excellent, with untouched seats and perfect dash and instruments. Show-quality engine bay and underside. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $61,600. Sometimes you can tell when a car is going to be great. Just looking at the catalog in the weeks before auction, I was excited to see this car. It did not disappoint. High-quality restoration, the right options, the right colors, and a ton of eye appeal—well bought and sold. #247-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454 convertible. S/N 136670B107506. Black/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 21 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very high-quality restoration of an impressive car. Killer color combo. Show-quality gaps and panel fit. wheels, reproduction Redline tires. Perfect interior with only issue a very slight stain on the front seat. Mirror-like underside and showdetailed engine bay with highly desirable tricarb setup from the factory. Important options include factory a/c. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $101,750. Very well-restored car reported to have all PHS and other documentation in order. As such, I’ll call it a bargain, even at the strong price paid. #232-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR convert- ible. S/N 8T03R210020. Acapulco Blue/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 53,299 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Stunning presentation with exceptional color scheme from the factory. Brilliantly executed restoration and very rare Perfect prep and paint. Flawless chrome, trim and glass. Paint laser-straight with no flaws or marks. Interior also flawless and concoursprepared with spotless seats, carpeting and brightwork. Underside mirror-ready and engine ready for any white-glove test imaginable. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $134,750. This was one of the best-restored cars in the collection. New owner can take it to any appropriate event and expect it to garner a significant award. The price paid was probably not much more than the price of the restoration, so buyer should be very pleased. option set, including factory a/c. Said to be one of four so equipped. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $264,000. Shelby Mustangs have been very soft over the past six years, and if there was one that was going to break out of that slump, this was it. A great deal for both buyer and seller. #284-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-dr hard top. S/N 136370K192793. Good panel fit as well. Front seat inserts not correct, rest of interior original or new and in decent condition. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $110,000. The real thing, with original numbers-matching engine and transmission and decoded trim tags to prove it. Sold about where one would expect a Super Commando variant to sell. With some interior and trim work, this car has a bright future. Well bought. © March 2013 71 #226-1970 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr hard top. S/N RM23U0A175651. Hemi Orange/ black vinyl. Odo: 70,535 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very good cosmetic restoration. A few panels and trunk floor replaced during restoration. Interior and some trim left original. Excellent fit to front clip and rear wing. BEST BUY


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Bonhams Brooklands, U.K. Bonhams — The December Sale The man just wasn’t stopping until he’d secured Jack Jones’ butcher van (complete with rifle portholes) at $101k — twice what anyone had envisioned Company Bonhams Date December 3, 2012 Location Weybridge, Surrey, U.K. Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold/offered 62/74 Sales rate 84% Sales total $6,418,308 High sale 1931 Invicta S-type low-chassis tourer, sold at $749,720 Buyer’s premium 1935 Ford Model BB “Dad’s Army” delivery van, sold at $101,453 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics T he man from the Dad’s Army Museum just wasn’t stopping until he’d secured Jack Jones’ butcher van (complete with rifle portholes) at $101k — twice what anyone had envisioned. This English-built 1935 Ford BB somehow became a national treasure 40 years ago as a result of a few cameos in the much-loved, long-running and much-repeated British sitcom “Dad’s Army,” about the bunglingbut-proud World War II Home Guard. As the catalog pointed out, a one-ton box van was rather larger than a small-town butcher would have required, but for filming it had to be able to accommodate an entire platoon of actors. It was being sold from the Patrick Collection, which has owned it for 31 years. Now all the museum has to do is find the money to pay for it. At this lively sale in the shadow of the famous Brooklands banking, more novelty acts came later in the shape of three Perry Watkins creations. His “Flatmobile” (the lowest car in the world, with a homemade jet motor on the back) and “Fast Food” (a nitrous-oxide-injected 115-mph V8 dinner table) sold just under their estimates at $16k and $12k, respectively. Selling a little stronger was “Wind Up,” the smallest car in the world, a Postman Pat child’s ride with V5 and quad mechanicals stuffed inside. It reached $21k against an $8k–$12k estimate. See more on each vehicle in this month’s “Collecting Thoughts” feature on p. 30. 72 15% up to $81,462; 12% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.62) The top sellers reached predictable numbers — $750k for an Invicta S-type low-chassis tourer and $687k for a 1957 Mercedes 300SL Roadster — but some of the other 19 cars from the Patrick Collection, which kicked off Bonhams’ 2012 closer, raised eyebrows, too. The Rolls-Royce B40-engined Land Rover prototype steamrolled past its $13k–$16k estimate — about what you’d pay for a nice Series I — to hit $76k, and the long-dormant Rover SD1 racer reached $36k against a no-reserve $45k–$80k estimate. There is a new race series for it in the U.K., but it will need a thorough and expensive going-through. Back in the real world, a nicely original SS 100 Jaguar 3.5-liter made Brooklands, Surrey, U.K. $402k, and a splendid 1924 Frazer Nash Super Sports sold for $107k. A lovely 1935 Bentley 3½ Litre sports saloon with Gurney Nutting coachwork sold for $128k, a very usable 1934 3½ Litre tourer was $92k, and a nice Mk VI Countryman shooting brake by Harold Radford fetched $96k. The 1936 Lagonda LG45 Fox & Nicholl race replica sold before the sale for Sales Totals $318k and is included in the results here. The one-owner Pagani Zonda, expected to make the biggest sum of the day, failed to sell, reaching $715k against an $830k-plus estimate, and neither did the airworthy 1942 Hawker Hurricane, which was looking for about $2.5m. The Dad’s Army Museum in Thetford needs to raise almost $100k to pay back the money it has been lent by two generous benefactors to secure the old Ford. The truck is in the right place now, and generous SCMers can show their support with a donation at www.dadsarmythetford. org.uk. ♦ $6m $5m $4m $3m $2m $1m 0 Sports Car Market 2012 2011 2010


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Bonhams Brooklands, U.K. ENGLISH #334-1923 ROLLS-ROYCE 20HP coupe. S/N 79A8. Eng. # G460. Two-tone green/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 17,302 miles. Originally a tourer supplied to NZ; this coupe body with rear blind fitted when it reached U.S. some years later. Straight and shiny, with Newish leather is lightly creased. Motor still has correct brown Bakelite coils. With toolkit and fitted luggage. Car drives but engine is said to need “checking.” Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $128,464. Auctioneer Jamie Knight’s favorite. Sold in the room at about the price of a good Park Ward-bodied example and will surely be seen soon for a higher price at retail. Well bought. has little wear. Crankcase is a replacement fitted in the early ’60s after a rod went through the side. Rest of engine is original to car. In the Patrick Collection since 1966. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $749,720. This was always going to be the top ticket of the day. Bought by an agent connected with a London dealer. Just north of the $730k low estimate, call it well bought and sold. a few watermarks in brass radiator shell, nice Marchal headlights. Buttoned leather is unworn. Motor tidy. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $46,224. Last sold at auction by Sotheby’s in London 1993 for $38k (SCM# 12026). Considering the condition here, price paid was market-correct. #326-1924 FRAZER NASH 1½ LITRE Super Sports boattail roadster. S/N 1017. Eng. # HE4895. Aluminum/green leather. RHD. Odo: 2,206 miles. Now Anzani-engined (originally Plus-Power) and rechassised and rebodied at some time after damage. Nice and straight and not over-polished. Buttoned leather is unworn, very nice dash and clear instruments. Four-speed transmission (with tered paint. Chrome and plating fair. Looks as if it has been standing for a while. Leather is lightly creased. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $92,449. Less money than you’d expect because of the non-original body, but well bought 20% under lower estimate, and a good value for a Derby Bentley. four chains) and front-wheel brakes added some time after it was built. Has VSCC eligibility form. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $106,855. One of 14 cars from a single-owner collection. Not a lot of money for a Super Sports, but well over the minimum the vendor would have accepted, so both parties should be happy. Lack of total originality with these, like Bentleys, isn’t an issue, but so much of it has been replaced it does keep the price down. #315-1931 INVICTA S-TYPE lowchassis tourer. S/N S46. Eng. # 7423. Dark green/black vinyl/red leather. RHD. Odo: 13,850 miles. In good order, although has triple Webers and oversized rear tires under cut-down rear fenders. Original body straight, plating excellent, recent leather TOP 10 No. 2 number, motor is original, or at least of the original type. In the Patrick Collection since 1981. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $402,177. Sold on the money for a decent 3½. 2½s are always a 74 Sports Car Market #336-1935 BENTLEY 3½ LITRE Sports saloon. S/N G7BW. Two-tone blue/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 68,097 miles. In really lovely order with perfect paint and chrome and nicely hand-done coachlines. BEST BUY sode. Four mannequins loosely resembling cast members included. From the Patrick Collection, owned since 1991. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $101,453. The J. Jones van became famous for its occasional appearances in “Dad’s Army” and is therefore almost a national treasure. The man from the Dad’s Army Museum in Thetford, where the series was filmed, just kept going until he’d bought it, about twice over the odds, and quite rightly. Now all they have to do is raise the money to pay for it. You can donate at www.dadsarmythetford.org.uk. #318-1938 JAGUAR SS 100 3½-liter roadster. S/N 39065. Eng. # M784E. Metallic green/red leather. RHD. Odo: 25,870 miles. Beautiful condition with nice paint, except corner of right front fender lightly crunched. Good chrome, lovely patina on leather, although some of interior such as door cards is newer. Dash and instruments all present and correct. According to the engine TOP 10 No. 10 #324-1934 BENTLEY 3½ LITRE tourer. S/N B149AE. Eng. # Q8BJ. Green/black cloth/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 35,735 miles. Pictured in the book Bentley: The Silent Sports Car. Originally with saloon body by HJ Mulliner. This Vanden Plas-style body dates from 1991 and is straight. Older microblis- #307-1935 FORD MODEL BB “Dad’s Army” delivery van. S/N BB5307774. Eng. # R57332. Blue & white/black vinyl/white wood. RHD. Odo: 29,513 miles. English-built delivery van from the much loved ’60s and ’70s “Dad’s Army”—a British sitcom about the bungling Home Guard. Previously derelict with an older restoration and now in basically good order. Some small dings and paint chips from film work. Complete with swinging riflehole covers from the September 11, 1969, epi


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Bonhams Brooklands, U.K. little cheaper, and the price here suggests it still had its original engine, which is rare. Well bought and sold. #330-1947 BENTLEY MK VI Countryman shooting brake. S/N B397BG. Eng. # B398B. Gunmetal & wood/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 56,008 miles. Really lovely British “woodie.” Said to be the first of eight built on the Mk VI chassis. Straight with beautiful timber and unmarked load bed. (No rear seat.) Newish leather in front taking on a little character. Chrome lightly pitted in places. Nice ring a couple of small dings in the driver’s door and rear deck. Nice but slightly orangepeeled paint. Door fit fairly good, but trunk floor well corroded. Leather, an older retrim, is original and nicely creased. In the Patrick Collection since 1983. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $28,196. Sold for twice over estimate for more than the Impala, which was a bit of a surprise. The pre-1960 PA cars with their tall oval taillights are the more valuable. Well sold. #352-1963 HILLMAN IMP “Flatmobile” roadster. S/N 411010491HSO. Black/aluminum. RHD. Just 19 inches tall, the lowest car in the world, confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records. Well made and in excellent order. Based on a Hillman Imp and with homemade afterburner built from a truck turbo and an old fire extinguisher. Has an MoT, but DVLA inspection would be needed to use it on aimable spotlamp. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $96,050. These were classified as a commercial vehicle when new, to avoid the two-thirds purchase tax in effect at the time. Price paid today was a lot of money for a Mk VI, but the Countryman is a rare version, and this one was in superb order. Just think of the expense of redoing all that timber inside and out. Seems fair. #306-1950 LAND ROVER SERIES I 81-inch prototype utility. S/N RO6104618. Eng. # 596. Green/khaki canvas/green vinyl. RHD. Odo: 6,909 miles. 81-inch-wheelbase prototype, stretched one inch to accommodate the Rolls-Royce B40 engine. In good restored order, fresh khaki tilt. Radiator cap sticking out through hood; fitted with curious wind- racer red-painted drums a bit out of place on one of these, but easily rectified. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $75,808. Purchased at auction in 1992, according to the catalog. This time around, well sold and fairly bought. #317-1962 VAUXHALL CRESTA sedan. S/N S2RADX181465. Eng. # PAX181623. Yellow & white/green leather. RHD. Odo: 27,716 miles. A kind of British Impala, and crossed the block immediately following the real one. Really nice and straight, solid underneath. Original paint getting tired and now with a little microblistering in chrome. Leather screen-pillar-mounted indicators. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $75,808. Of the 34 reportedly made, only two are known to survive. Another massive price, as this was expected to make the same $16k or so that you pay for a nice restored early SI. And all down to that fundamental auction principle, that more than one man wanted it. Very well sold. #346-1951 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N 661002. Eng. # W55847. Old English White/red vinyl/red & beige leather. RHD. Odo: 10,269 miles. Lovely and straight, bar- 76 now lightly creased. Dash-mounted stopwatch is a nice touch. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $73,035. Bought in the U.S. in 2009 before coming to the U.K. Before that, offered but not sold at $27k at Mecum Arlington in November 1998 (SCM# 1683), and before that offered but not sold at $24k at Kruse Auburn in September 1998 (SCM# 1416). Sold here at the right money for a nice, usable and attractive early XK still with its rear spats. #335-1956 JAGUAR XK 140 coupe. S/N 804612DN. Eng. # G65278. Green/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 23,517 miles. Older restoration. Straight with goodish door gaps, paint all even. Leather only lightly creased. Boy- the road. Website and domain name included. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $15,716. First of the three oddballs built by Perry Watkins offered at the sale, this one to wrest the “lowest car” title from his mate Andy Saunders. Now that its novelty value has been used up with a million appearances on TV and YouTube, not sure what you do with it, although re-creating it would certainly cost more than the price paid. A labor of love, and Watkins is selling to make way for another project. Read the sales analysis in “Collecting Thoughts,” p. 30. #368-1970 JAGUAR XKE Series II con- vertible. S/N 1R1655. Eng. # 7R112099. Blue/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 10,844 miles. Fair older repaint over very solid structure with good door shuts. Chrome decent. Leather is original, with light creasing and little wear. Michelin X tires give a clue as to when it was last used. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $87,826. Extremely low mileage was the selling point here, but buyers found this car somehow unappealing. It sold post-action for a best offer £2,500 ($3,450) under lower estimate. Maybe it was the dull paint, maybe the odd tire choice or the slightly discouraging estimate. But a car that’s never been apart gives a unique driving experience, and that’s what we’re paying for here, even if it’s about to be torn apart. Price paid is fair both ways, I reckon. #370-1970 LOTUS ELAN Sprint S4 con- vertible. S/N 70030600125. Eng. # G22134. Green/green hard top/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 67,368 miles. Tidy car converted to light competition spec, engine bored out to 1,594-cc. A Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Brooklands, U.K. few dust marks in color-change repaint, interior vinyl original and excellent. With hard the centerpiece at M-B World had the Pagani Zonda (which didn’t sell) not been occupying the atrium space. Sold right at lower estimate, and perhaps the value was kept slightly down because the leather wasn’t plump and shiny. #366-1960 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 top. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $29,584. Formerly the property of Ron Hickman, who designed the Elan’s chassis. Seems odd to eradicate the very features that confer some value, but it sold on the money for a tidy coupe. #353-1994 RELIANT SCIMITAR SABRE “Fast Food” mobile dinner table. S/N SCDZ20596NF002118. Eng. # 11A37110. White/. RHD. Odo: 88,383 miles. Holds world record for “fastest furniture” at 113.8 mph, and apparently 130 is possible. Reliant chassis, Rover V8 with nitrous oxide injection, slicks on the rear, exhaust exits via pair of teapots. Fruit bowls conceal pop-up headlamps, driver sits under the roast turkey. In at RM’s 2002 Monterey sale for $127k (SCM# 28822) with 46,996 on the odo. It’s done pretty well since, although these sell better in Europe than in the U.S. Fairly bought but perhaps opportunely sold. See the profile on p. 44. GERMAN #343-1952 MERCEDES-BENZ 300B 4-dr Cabriolet D. S/N 1860140297052. Eng. # 1859202302052. White/white cloth/red leather. Odo: 15,724 km. Restored by M-B in Stuttgart and still very straight. Good chrome, although sill trims are a little wavy. Paint has a few touched-in chips. Leather now lightly good new. Cabs are easier to deal with, as you don’t have the huge Plexiglas canopy to worry about. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $44,375. Sold massively well, although—as ever—it would probably cost more than the price paid here to repeat. Always buy someone else’s restoration project. Has to be called a fair deal both ways. good order with plastic dinners still intact. No wear to seat covers, and tablecloth unsinged. Stig dummy overalls still unsoiled. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $12,018. Technically road legal, but would need a DVLA inspection first. Although already massively publicized, it will probably pay for itself as a crowdpleaser, and website and domain name are included the in price. Well bought and sold. Read the sales analysis in “Collecting Thoughts,” p. 30. FRENCH #351-1951 DELAHAYE 135M cabriolet. S/N 801741. Brown/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 48,045 km. Thought to be the only 135M with a power top. Older resto, very straight. Impossibly deep and shiny paint with perfect chrome. Lightly creased leather. Wheel rim falling apart and wrapped in clingfilm. Previously missing horn button has been replaced. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $227,505. A “frequent flier” at auction. Last sold in May 2010 from the John O’Quinn Collection at RM Monte Carlo for $160k (SCM# 162935). O’Quinn acquired it in 2005 from RM’s Phoenix auction for $130k (SCM# 37406). Before that, it sold 78 creased. Dash and instruments excellent. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $150,073. Left the factory in 1953. These aren’t as special as the 300Ss although they are mechanically the same—massive, complex, imposing and handbuilt. Sold for a smidge under low estimate at about two-thirds the price of a carbed 300S coupe. TOP 10 No. 4 #325-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N 1980427500109. Eng. # 1989807500126. Silver/red leather. Odo: 36,838 miles. In dry storage since 1973 and recently re-fettled. Mileage very likely original. Straight body, excellent paint. Leather with beautiful patina and lovely Interior stock and tidy with lightly creased vinyl seats. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $2,310. Another from the Patrick Collection, arriving there in 1990. This was offered at no reserve and fetched as much as could reasonably be expected as, 22 years after the Berlin Wall came down, the novelty has worn off. Mind you, I know a concert promoter in Oxford who drives one. character. Steering wheel micro-cracked. Front bumper rechrome a little wavy. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $686,694. This would have been #355-2005 PORSCHE CARRERA GT coupe. S/N WPOZZZ9826L 000104. Yellow/red & black leather. Odo: 480 miles. Straight, clean, tidy and like new with little more than delivery mileage. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $452,598. Sold where TOP 10 No. 7 Sports Car Market #310-1984 TRABANT 601S 2-dr sedan. S/N 3402978. Eng. # 3366388. Green/brown vinyl. Odo: 60,452 km. Ah, the East German peoples’ glorious transport, powered by a tiny two-stroke “twin.” Would you believe there used to be a waiting list for these? Body straight and rot-free (because it’s composite). microcar. S/N 75492. Eng. # 3132795. Black/ black cloth/magnolia leather. MHD. Odo: 49,304 miles. About the straightest ’Schmitt I’ve even seen, and almost unnaturally so. Very shiny paint, new and unworn leather and an oversize rear tire. They were never this


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Bonhams Brooklands, U.K. damage. Was a C12S coupe, rebuilt in F-spec with two front splitters and side skirts. Now as-new, tidy, unworn and unscuffed. Digital dash; mileage unknown.” Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $691,357. Expected to be the high seller of the day and presented in the star position in the M-B World atrium, but not sold against a $800k lower estimate. All this against an original purchase price of $550k plus $425k for the conversion work. expected at almost exactly the same as its new list price, with a little left in it for retail. So expect to see it advertised for sale soon. See the profile on p. 46. ITALIAN #342-1937 FIAT 1500 cabriolet. S/N 16755. Eng. # 153624. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 73,971 miles. Only one bodied like this. Originally left-hand-drive. Restored in South Africa in 1990s, still in good order with some microblistering on hood paint. Faux JAPANESE #354-2008 SHANGHAI SHENKE “Wind Up” micro-van. S/N L8YHW15C6850000015. Black/gray leather. MHD. World’s smallest roadworthy car. Number plates are almost as wide as the body. One of Watkins’ more straightforward creations, this is a “Postman Pat” child’s ride body mounted on a Shanghai Shenke quad. In good order with Mayfair Town Car body to Greenwich, CT, then into Belgium around 1980. Straight with good older paint. Nickel plating almost polished through to brass on radiator shell. Lightly creased leather in front, unworn in dickey. Easiclean wheel discs are straight. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $245,512. Money paid is about on the nail for a late Ghost or early Phantom, and this is one of the most elegant. So it looks like a fair deal both ways, although probably not enough left in it for retail. #329-1935 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 845 coupe. S/N 2090304. Cream/beige velour. Odo: 95,282 miles. Simply massive. Older restoration in good order, although some paint’s been knocked off the grille shell. Good chrome and excellent interior with nice timber. Red leather in dickey seat in good order. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $41,602. An unknown quantity in the U.K. Sold for the expected money—about the same as a usable RollsRoyce 20hp. The price paid here is less than the seller spent on recent bills, so well bought. #362-1943 WILLYS MB woodie wagon. lizardskin dash and door cappings wearing through. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $128,464. Although advertised as “with an entry for the Mille Miglia,” this actually just meant “entry applied for” on this notoriously hard-to-getinto event. That helps explain its low-to-midaverage price. #345-2004 PAGANI ZONDA C12 7.3 coupe. S/N ZA9C820C10SF76046. Gray & black/black leather. RHD. Supercar from former Lamborghini engineer. Bit of a hybrid following repairs and upgrades after accident dummy blower scoop and winding key on rear. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $21,263. Although this was the simplest to build, it sold for the most, doubling its estimate. Perhaps because you can easily lift it into a van as, although it is technically road legal with an MoT, it still needs a DVLA inspection before going on the Queen’s highway. Read the sales analysis in “Collecting Thoughts,” p. 30. AMERICAN #338-1926 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP SILVER GHOST “Playboy” roadster. S/N S400RK. Blue/red leather. Odo: 36,955 miles. Springfield Rolls originally supplied with S/N MBORD265749. Red & wood/red leather. Odo: 50,760 miles. Coachbuilt Willys constructed for the Earl of Shrewsbury in 1948. Recently restored and very shiny with excellent, fresh-looking timber. Must be the only MB in the world with a chromed handbrake lever. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $21,000. Apparently Willenhall Coachcraft did 95 of these, but I’ve never seen one before. Not sold, and no surprise when more money was wanted for this aberration with very limited historical value than a nice stock one. Bid up to the value of a nice stock one; frankly, I would have taken the money. © 80 Sports Car Market


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McCormick Palm Springs, CA McCormick’s 53rd Palm Springs Collector Car Auction An ’05 Mercedes-Benz SLR flies to $188k, and a ’66 Samba Bus makes $66k Company McCormick Date November 16–18, 2012 Location Palm Springs, CA Auctioneers Frank Bizarro, Jeff Stokes, Rob Ross Automotive lots sold/offered 358/557 Sales rate 64% Sales total $6,097,828 High sale 2005 Mercedes SLR McLaren, sold at $188,409 Buyer’s premium 1981 DeLorean “Back to the Future” time machine replica, sold for $44,888 Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics M cCormick’s November auction always takes place the weekend prior to Thanksgiving. This year, for their 53rd sale, there was some unexpected competition. Dana Mecum brought his organization and 836 collector cars to the Anaheim Convention Center only a couple hours away, and the two multi-day events happened to overlap by a few days. Nonetheless, McCormick’s loyal followers turned out in force, and even with the competition they set a record sales total — more than $200k above last November’s event. McCormick’s offered their usual eclectic selection of cars, selling a number of high-end $50k-plus offerings, as well as a few at the other end of the spectrum. A 1930 Rolls-Royce 20/25 that was a true barn find sold for $25k. It was a needs-everything restoration project, and the new owner will be quickly upside-down if that is his goal. On the other hand, preservation cars are very much in favor, and this would be a hit at the next RROC meet, so I hope he does not mess with it. For the bargain hunters, a 1992 Cadillac DeVille sold for a paltry $1,425 and a 1989 Cadillac Allanté convertible realized $4k — a fraction of what they were bringing a few years back. On the other hand, a delightful 1969 Mercedes 280SE cabriolet realized a most reasonable $64k, and a 2001 Dodge Viper GTS sold for $74k. 82 A stunning 2008 Bentley Continental Flying Spur brought $113k, and the high sale of the event — a 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren — topped out at $188k, which re-confirms McCormick’s ability to pull in strong results across all segments of the market. Palm Springs, CA Timing is everything, and that was illustrated by the sale of a very nice 1966 Volkswagen 21-window Samba bus. Finished in correct Tizianrot and Beigegrau (red and gray), it had a number of unusual options, including two roof racks. The microbus was well restored, and I’m sure the seller was thinking of the two that not long ago sold for six figures. But it was not to be, and the $66k result looked very much in line with recent reality. If you were bored with the mundane cars in your garage, then McCormick’s had just the car for you: a “Back to the Future” timemachine replica 1981 DeLorean. I have no idea how many of these replicas are floating around, but this one was extremely well done with all the props and goodies. It had a power distribution block, so the car could be plugged into a standard wall outlet when on display. If you were seeking attention, then your $45k would have been well spent. The dates for McCormick’s 2013 auctions have been announced, with the 54th auction taking place February 22–24. That’s just around the corner, and with McCormick’s trademark mix of consignments, I can pretty much guarantee there will be something offered there to get your heart started. ♦ Sales Totals $6m $5m $4m $3m $2m $1m 0 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 5%, included in sold prices Sports Car Market courtesy McCormicks


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McCormick Palm Springs, CA ENGLISH #189-1962 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk II BT7 roadster. S/N HBT7L15655. Silver Blue/dark blue vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 91,311 miles. A very presentable example in the right color. Restored by Kurt Tanner in 2004 and has been properly maintained. Heritage Trust Acapulco edition sells at a premium of 10% or so over a regular Thing. The price paid here was about right for a perfect Palm Springs driver. IRISH SOLD AT $66,229. Not long ago, one of these sold for $100k, then another at $200k, but times have changed and the bloom is off that rose. I’m sure the seller was hoping for more, but price paid was in line with current market. #184-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE certification. Under the bonnet crisp and tidy. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $56,700. The Big Healey received a curved windshield and roll-up windows for 1962. This example last seen at Gooding’s 2004 Pebble Beach sale, where it realized $43k. Seller had fun with it for seven years and walked away ahead of the game. Can’t beat that! GERMAN BEST BUY #188-1963 PORSCHE 356B T-6 coupe. S/N 125215. Eng. # 707056. Ruby Red/black leather. Odo: 96,375 km. A T-6 Reutter coupe with an engine rebuild 3,000 miles back. Stated to have one respray. Fresh brightwork, but window trim pitted. Four-wheel disc brakes. Original leather interior is in good order. Engine de- Pricey when new, with list price of $9,967, and air was an extra $500 or so. Complete with original invoice and metal warranty plate. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $64,050. Price paid was about right for a high-grille example with a few needs. The more desirable low grille almost doubles the value. tailed. Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Complete with books and records. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $46,725. An honest 356 with no surprises. Although disc brakes not original to the car, it’s an update that does not detract from value in most cases. Seller worked the car the whole weekend and was rewarded with a market-correct sale. A car I should have bought! #187-1966 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- PORTER 21-window Samba bus. S/N 246075384. Red & white/gold mesh. Odo: 99,872 miles. A well-restored example of a desirable VW bus. McCormick’s reported 700 website hits the first hour it was listed. Sunroof and two roof racks. Engine compartment highly detailed. Paint acceptable, but a few touch-ups here and there. Interior very crisp. Cond: 2+. 84 say they look like a cross between a shipping container and a dumpster. Doors are removable. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $19,950. Well bought and sold, although I doubt the seller agrees, considering cost of restoration. The #227-1974 VOLKSAGEN THING Acapulco convertible. S/N 1842542608. Blue & white/blue & white surrey/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 30,234 miles. Very nice presentation with no glaring issues. Stated $40,000 spent on restoration. Acapulco editions were blue and white and were designed for Las Brisas Hotel in Acapulco. Built in Puebla, Mexico, and sold in the U.S. in 1973 and 1974. Some cabriolet. S/N 11102512002151. Silver gray/ blue fabric/blue leather. Odo: 87,669 miles. Trim pitted and windshield delaminating. Attractive colors. Equipped with power steering and windows. Has a/c and 4-wheel disc brakes. Equipped with Bosch fuel injection. #200-1981 DELOREAN DMC-12 timemachine coupe. S/N SCEDT26T4BD001305. Stainless steel/black leather. Odo: 36,675 miles. A “Back to the Future” time-machine replica, including many details of the original car, such as flux capacitor and sound effects. Complete with concert-grade smoke machine and lots of goodies. Sure to draw a crowd. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $44,888. Price paid was far less than the cost of construction, but what the heck do you do with the darn thing? Better get your story ready, as you will soon tire of telling it. Well sold. AMERICAN #139-1940 CROSLEY SERIES 2A con- vertible. S/N C22042. Two-tone green/tan fabric/red vinyl. Odo: 26,910 miles. First introduced by Powell Crosley of radio and Cincinnati Reds ownership fame in 1939, and sold at stores that handled other Crosley products. Weighed all of 924 pounds and cost $298. Sold only 422 cars in 1940. Powered by 12-hp Waukesha twin. Cute but finished in incorrect colors. Perfect circus clown car. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,135. Price paid was up there for a novelty, but new owner can have his fun and most likely get a good part of his money back. #152-1941 MERCURY 19A convertible. S/N 30176. Conestoga Tan/tan fabric/red leather. Odo: 5,105 miles. Restored in 1998 and now showing signs of age and use. Attractive colors with contrasting red leather interior that has a few scratches and scuffs. Very nice dash plastic. Large front bumper guard. Sports Car Market


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McCormick Palm Springs, CA #225-1952 CHEVROLET STYLELINE convertible. S/N 9KKJ51982. Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. miles. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Attractive colors. Equipped with Powerglide 2-speed and whitewalls, which were seldom seen in 1952 due to Korean War. Interior not redone to factory spec. New floor mats. Fitted woodie or anything exotic here, so the price bid should have gotten the job done and then some. #212-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR con- vertible. S/N VC55K018608. Sea Mist Green & India Ivory/white vinyl/aqua & white vinyl. Odo: 4,100 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. In “Easter Egg” colors of Sea Mist Green and India Ivory. Paint very presentable and brightwork in good order. No issues with interior. Body straight and solid. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $37,682. A flat-motor Mercury convertible that sold for a fair price. The older restoration needs some attention, but all in all a solid transaction. #325-1949 CADILLAC SERIES 62 coupe. S/N 496178303. Black/black leather. Odo: 18,459 miles. 331-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Stated to have had a frame-off restoration, but door and trunk handles pitted. Wind-wing glass delaminating. Hood fit off a bit. Nice leather interior. Very distinctive Cadillac bodystyle. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $31,000. This with a new top, but fit off a bit. Cute period Chevy. Odo reset to zero. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,834. Price paid was on the light side, as these in decent condition can push $34k–$40k. We will call this a well-bought top-down driver that needs to get out on the road. #141-1953 BUICK SPECIAL 2-dr hard top. S/N 46796521. Yellow & white/white vinyl. Odo: 30,107 miles. 263-ci I8, 2-bbl, auto. A recent respray in a bold shade of yellow. Trim badly pitted and window rubbers hard and cracked. Steering wheel cracked and Engine bay not detailed, which seller should have taken care of to maximize his opportunity. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $62,803. The most popular Tri-Five Chevy? The debate goes on. These are off their high of a few years back, and the Power Pack V8 would add another $15k or so. The bid was a touch light, so I’ll chalk this one up to the buyer. #45-1955 OLDSMOBILE HOLIDAY 88 4-dr hard top. S/N 559T5746. Aqua & white/ black fabric & tan vinyl. Odo: 96,753 miles. 324-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Trim held on with sheet-metal screws and paint loaded with orange peel. Chrome trim on hood dented. Interior appears to have been redone. Equipped Cadillac has had an active life of late, appearing at McCormick’s February 2012 sale, where it realized $32,500 (SCM# 198429). Prior to that it sold at the November 2011 sale for the same figure (SCM# 195883). A slight uptick here, but after fees, etc., the car has been treading water for the past few years. Three sales nonetheless accurately peg the value. #52-1952 CHEVROLET 210 wagon. S/N B540032704. Light blue & white/tan vinyl. Odo: 68,830 miles. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Equipped with Powerglide Six, which made about 13 additional horsepower. Paint worn with large primer spot on hood. Interior appears to be original with appropriate wear and the gauges badly worn. The Special was the only Buick to retain the straight eight in 1953. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,225. A tired car. Price paid was certainly cheap enough; this will work for a fun driver for the new owner, who can fix it up a bit and upgrade when the time comes. Reasonable transaction. #211-1953 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY New Yorker wagon. S/N 76558613. Maroon & tan/brown vinyl. Odo: 83,715 miles. 331-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. An attractive but rather plain wagon. Paint very presentable and interior in good order. Number with factory a/c, which was a $550 option. Also has Super Deluxe radio, but that’s where it ends. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $14,559. Last seen at McCormick’s November 2009 sale, where it sold for $21k, which we said was all the money (SCM# 152729), and which proved to be the case today. Price paid here was more in line. Seller drove the car less than 1,000 very expensive miles. #492-1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II 2-dr hard top. S/N C56E2937. Black/red & white leather. Odo: 66,500 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The seller put some effort into his Mk II, with a new windshield, tear. Lots of work to be done on this one. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $9,000. Price bid was about right for a handyman wagon that had a list of needs. Based on what I could see on the outside, I have to wonder what needs to be done under the hood. Seller may have made a mistake not letting this go. 86 of options here with power steering and windows, sun visor and front bumper guards. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. The Town & Country wagon was offered as both a 6-cylinder Windsor and the Hemi V8 New Yorker. The “V” on the hood told you there was a Hemi underneath. We are not talking about a Sports Car Market


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McCormick Palm Springs, CA dash and leather interior. Paint has a few issues common with a black color. Door handles pitted and worn, and the wind wings are delaminating. Brightwork with a few issues, but all in all a decent offering. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $34,125. These are magnificent cars, but the market has yet to give them any traction. They cost a fortune to restore, and there is no return on investment. Values have hardly budged in years. As such, market-correct price here. #424-1957 FORD FAIRLANE 500 Sky- liner retractable hard top. S/N D7FW330877. White/black & white vinyl. Odo: 79,831 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The retractable Skyliner hard top was introduced in mid-year and about 20,000 were produced. This example a bit rough, with paint badly very original car that has had at least one respray. Power windows, brakes and seats. side. Swivel bucket seats were standard. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $26,263. This price for a Sport Fury ought to include the 395-ci Golden Commando V8, but this was still a good car. Any regrets will soon be forgotten after the first few outings. #257-1959 STUDEBAKER DELUXE pickup. S/N E71479. Blue/gray fabric. Odo: 199 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Tricked out and restored to the nines with bumpers painted white and other add-ons. Paint and interior properly restored. Very attractive interior. Equipped with aftermarket radio. Only issue is Brightwork shows a bit of age; interior just OK. One of only 1,498 produced. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,950. Price paid was about right for an Imperial in respectable condition. New owner can drive and enjoy while he picks away at it. Fair all around. #207-1961 CHRYSLER NEWPORT 2-dr hard top. S/N 8113150452. Delicate Dubonnet & white/silver vinyl & burgundy fabric. Odo: 21,518 miles. 361-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. An attractive bodystyle that still retained a hint of the fins of the late ’50s. Unusual factory color. Equipped with dealer-installed a/c worn and rust bubbles here and there. Wipers missing and brightwork a bit dull. Has Continental kit in back. A project. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $14,500. Even in this rather tattered condition, the bid was light by about half. On the other hand, finding a buyer for a project car is not easy, and the seller would be well served to fix the more obvious issues. #209-1958 EDSEL VILLAGER wagon. S/N W8UT732838. Sunset Coral & Silver Gray/coral & gray vinyl. Odo: 6,787 miles. 361-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A recent two-year restoration. Equipped with unusual factory compass. Has Teletouch push-button transmission wear on the rear step plate. Strong package. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $19,163. Pickups continue to be hot property, but the market for Studebakers is not as strong as it is for Fords and Chevys. Being a bit different, it will draw a crowd at the next show-and-shine and was bought for a fair price. #190-1960 CADILLAC SERIES 62 con- vertible. S/N 60F113088. Beaumont Beige/tan fabric/fawn leather. Odo: 59,105 miles. 390-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Paint presentable and brightwork is in good order. Glovebox is missing, window rubbers are cracked. Top also dirty. in steering wheel hub. Rotating speedo. Finished in correct colors. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $27,000. Price bid should have sent this Edsel Wagon down the road, but seller was looking for a home run. Edsels don’t have much traction, but seller might do better in Arizona in January. #280-1959 PLYMOUTH SPORT FURY 2-dr hard top. S/N H234101255. Flame Red & white/red & white vinyl. Odo: 26,089 miles. 318-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shows a few minor issues. Brightwork with a few pits. Interior with no major issues. Equipped with dual rear aerials. Most would call this a decent driver. The Sport Fury was the top of the line and had a silver anodized aluminum insert down the 88 and optional wires. Interior worn a bit but still presentable. One of fewer than 10,000 produced. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $24,500. Price bid should have been close to the number, but as Chrysler coupes continue to escalate in value, a few thousand dollars more would not have been unreasonable. Seller should get his money next time out. #202-1963 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N 3Y85Z120869. Raven Black/ black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 39,778 miles. 390ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Lots of goodies added to simulate a Sport Roadster, but no grab bar. Tri-Power added, but no “M” in VIN. Accept- Series 62 convertibles had a list price of $5,455. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $51,975. Price paid was rather aggressive considering the needs. I think the sun shining on the bright chrome may have distracted the eye away from the other less impressive areas. Well sold. #389-1960 IMPERIAL CUSTOM 2-door hard top. S/N 9104112011. Tan/tan vinyl. Odo: 4,959 miles. 413-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A able paint, but trim pitted here and there. Rear window damaged. Attractive black-over-red color combo. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $32,025. 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McCormick Palm Springs, CA Glovebox Notes 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM garage. HHHHH is best. #256-1964 FORD GALAXIE 500 2-dr hard top. S/N 4E66P205893. Black/red vinyl. Odo: 87,706 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Equipped with the Thunderbird Police Special P-code V8 with solid lifters. Trim is pitted, as are the bumpers. Paint has a few blems and touch-ups. A solid 10-footer. The Galaxie 500 was the top trim level for 1964 and had #46-1968 AMC AMX fastback. S/N A8C397X239851. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 20,090 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Equipped with the optional 390/315 V8. Nice paint and trim, Price as tested: $97,430 Equipment: 3.4-liter boxer 6, 350 hp, 7-speed gearbox. Leather interior, 14-way seats, 20-inch Carrera wheels, ParkAssist, power steering, multi-function steering wheel, sunroof delete. EPA mileage: 19/27 Likes: I haven’t been in a new Porsche for several years, and I have to admit I approached our racing-yellow test car with some trepidation. My intuition told me this was just another iteration of the car that started coming out of Stuttgart in 1964, so isn’t it time for a clean sheet? Well, I was wrong, this new Carrera is softly sophisticated, a capable cruiser with a 5-year-old in the back seat — yet capable of all the snarling fury you would expect from a high-performance supercar. It’s surprisingly quiet, and we proved we could pack five cases of wine in it when we took it on the twisties to the Oregon wine country. In fact, we are now considering selling our Boxster S and moving up to a 911 — as it simply seems so much more practical than the two-seat convertible. Dislikes: I’d like to try the automatic, as in today’s traffic the 7-speed gearbox is superfluous. The cup holders are goofy and manage to spill directly into the center console, but we all know Porsche hates anyone who would drink a latte in their cars anyway. Fun to drive: HHHH Fun to look at: HHHHH Overall experience: HHHHH Verdict: It’s something old made new again. Satisfying to drive, easy to live with; today it’s a practical exotic, and in 25 years it will be a practical classic. — Keith Martin Keith Martin’s chrome window frames. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $19,110. Attractive from afar, but the closer you looked, the more issues you saw, and the price paid could have bought a better car. This was #2 money for a #3 car. That said, a fun driver that should get up and go. #166-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/SS coupe. S/N 124377L132291. Blue/ black & white. Odo: 26,411 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Well presented with very nice paint and brightwork. Interior in good order. The SS option package included the distinctive stripes on the nose as well as chrome inserts on the hood. The RS package included clean interior. Lowish miles. A little tired, but still unique. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,301. Price paid here was light by a bunch, as the big motor is a huge plus. It could have sold for another $5k or so without a question. #438-1968 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N 8T02J20525903213. Wimbledon White/ tan vinyl. Odo: 20,127 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Powered by a matching-numbers 302 with an aluminum Cobra intake manifold and Holly 600 cfm carburetor. Has dealer- hidden headlamps, among other goodies. Documentation not provided. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $37,275. Last seen at McCormick’s February 2012 sale, where it sold for $47,250 (SCM# 198449). Seller had a quick trim to the tune of $10k, but price paid here is more in line with today’s reality. Sports Car Market The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends “Hats off to you. Keeping up the great effort to produce the best car magazine each month is no small feat.” — E.M., Northbrook, IL, subscriber since 1998 Subscribe Today! 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 www.sportscarmarket.com 90 slap stick. Excellent Hemi Orange EV2 paint and new interior. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. The 440 wasn’t even available in 1972, putting this clone deep in the realm of wishful thinking. The seller should have taken the high offer without a second thought. © Sports Car Market installed a/c. Small blisters in paint. Door handles pitted and instrument gauges worn. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $78,750. Price bid here was a bit aggressive, as the car had a few needs. But decent examples don’t often show up, so a slight premium may just be justified. The price paid will soon be forgotten after the first major outing. #167-1972 PLYMOUTH ‘CUDA 440 replica 2-dr hard top. S/N BH23G2B117707. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 3,726 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. A 1972 car born with 318/150hp V8, as indicated by “G” in VIN, now restyled as a 1971 440. Aftermarket steering wheel and wheels. Three-speed automatic with


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Coys London, U.K. Coys—True Greats The dust-covered 1969 Lamborghini Miura found in an underground car park in Athens sold for $418k, with its V12 displayed on a pallet beside it Company Coys Date December 4, 2012 Location London, U.K. Auctioneer Chris Routledge Automotive lots sold/offered 32/48 Sales rate 67% Sales total $5,760,419 High sale 1938 BMW 328 roadster, sold at $795,221 Buyer’s premium 1969 Lamborghini Miura LP400 S coupe, sold for $418,030 15% on first $48,532; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1 = £0.62) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics intimate Lindley Hall. It’s a smaller venue, but a coffee bar and gallery conveniently oversees the proceedings, with an adequate number of seats in the room. The dust-covered 1969 Lamborghini Miura found C in an underground car park in Athens sold for $418k, with its V12 displayed on a pallet beside it. Later, auctioneer Chris Routledge hammered sold a 1967 Miura, converted by the factory to SV specification, for $678k. Other big-money sales included a 1961 disc-brake Mercedes 300SL Roadster, in one family since 1967, sold at $696k; a restored 1938 BMW 328 roadster at $795k; and a left-hand-drive Aston Martin DB5 Vantage, which went to a bidder in the room for $615k. A tidy DB4 did not find a new owner when bidding came up $16k short of its $275k lower estimate. This was the week for Bentley woodies in London. A 1949 Mk VI Countryman by Harold Radford sold here for $118k — $22k more than the similar one offered the day before by Bonhams at Mercedes-Benz World, and a little more than the high offer for Lot 649, a 1935 3½ Litre Derby woodie by coachbuilder Jones Brothers. While the Jones Brothers car failed to sell, it still flagged up the sale elegantly from its location on the street. 92 oys once again patronized the Royal Horticultural Society’s premises for its annual True Greats sale in central London, but this time shifted to the more A Ferrari 250 SWB copy looked good at $205k, when a tired but driving example of the car on which it was based, a 330 GT 2+2, brought only $127k — just $18k more than the barn-find twin-headlight version fetched at Bonhams Harrogate last month. The 1922 Talbot-Darracq open tourer from the estate of the late Motor Sport founder Bill Boddy took $30k, and an AC Sociable made $25k. A far-too-shiny 1934 Riley Imp brought a correct $137k and will look excellent as it collects miles and character at the hands of its enthusiastic new owner. Representing the Etceterini genre, Maseratis were $66k for London, U.K. a 1966 Quattroporte and $73k for a slightly tired 1963 3500 GTi. A fair restored 1956 Lancia Aurelia B24 convertible sold for $277k, and the enterprising London dealer Sales Totals who bought it immediately listed it on the open market for $150k more. At the far end of the condition spectrum, a long-neglected 1933 Fiat 508S with no discernible chassis number sold well at $100k. With fewer than 50 cars on offer and an av- erage price per lot of $180k, this small auction drew an impressive $6m total, showing that a few big sales are all you need to get the numbers up. Coys follows this small sale promptly with another run of about 50 classics at Autosport International in January. ♦ $6m $5m $4m $3m $2m $1m 0 Sports Car Market 2012 2011 2010


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Coys London, U.K. ENGLISH #630-1913 AC SOCIABLE tourer. S/N 1750. Yellow/black leather/brown leather. MHD. Yes, folks, the Cobra story started here: with single-cylinder power under the driver’s seat, chain drive and 2-speed epicyclic transmission. In good overall order with decent paint, leather and trim, and said to be in good bought it. This was the week of woodies, though, as Lot 640, a 1949 Mk VI Countryman Radford shooting brake, sold for $118k, and Bonhams had one at Brooklands the previous day, sold for $96k. By the time this crossed the block, the market was fairly saturated. running order. No instruments. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $24,664. Another car once owned by the late Jimi Heselden, owner of Segway, who sadly plunged off a cliff on one of his twowheelers in 2010. Acquired by seller in 2011. Compared with similar cars advertised, priced about right, although adding in the premium makes it look a little spendy. #609-1934 RILEY IMP roadster. S/N 6025410. Blue/blue cloth/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 3,592 miles. Clean and shiny with painted drums. Looks unused. Very clean underneath and with new body gaskets. Blockley tires still have casting lines. Leather unworn, steering wheel binding clean and unhandled. Nice lights and chrome. Original Rotax tripod lights included with car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $137,049. Sold on the money. It looked way too shiny, so just needs a bit of use now to take on some character. #649-1935 BENTLEY 3½ LITRE woodie shooting brake. S/N B80DG. Green & wood/ black vinyl/black leather. RHD. Odo: 55,828 miles. In lovely restored order with good timber. Converted from a drophead coupe early in its life in 1937. Black vinyl top in good order. Nice headlights and chrome. New leather and carpets. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $114,516. Last lot of the sale, and parked outside along with three others, as there wasn’t room for all the cars and people in the tight Lindley Hall. Declared not sold for £1,000 ($1,613) over lower estimate, which I thought should have 94 2+. SOLD AT $128,946. 1938 Paris Motor Show car, then four decades in the U.S. before returning to Europe around 1990. Sold at low end of estimate range for average Derby Bentley money. Last offered but not sold at Bonhams’ Brooklands sale December 2011 (SCM# 191754) and Bonhams Goodwood sale September 16, 2011 (SCM# 189432), earlier sold pre-restoration by Brooks at Hershey for $44k in 2000 (SCM# 10523) after being a $52k nosale at Brooks Quail Lodge sale two months before (SCM# 10142). #640-1949 BENTLEY MK VI Countryman shooting brake. S/N B34CD. Gray & wood/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 99 miles. Nicely restored over a long period by the previous owner, with decent paint and very good #645-1938 BENTLEY 4¼ LITRE coupe. S/N B8MR. Black/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 35,452 miles. “Overdrive” 4¼, restored in last decade. Very straight with good door fit and mostly good paint now showing small cracks around usual stress points at base of A-pillars. Excellent rechrome. Lightly creased leather in front, unused in rear. Easiclean discs straight. Nice coachlining. Still with full toolkit. Cond: motor with C-type head, electric fan and newish exhaust. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $101,935. Initially unsold across the block, later sold for this fair price—which is what auctions are all about, isn’t it? #604-1953 MG TD roadster. S/N TD28185. Ivory/off-white cloth/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 24,215 miles. An older restoration that’s slightly fading or nicely mellowing, depending on your point of view. Better close up than it looks from 10 paces. Older repaint, nice more than the offer that didn’t buy Lot 649, the 3½ Litre woodie at the end of the sale, making it look something of a good deal. #607-1953 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N 661083. White/buff canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 75,940 miles. Sixth from last XK 120 built. Straight with good door and spat fit. Beautiful patina on 30-year-old leather. Tidy chrome. Lightly creased leather. Top and frame in good shape. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $27,510. Sold on the money for a tidy TD, as the best examples run about $30k, but still a lot cheaper than an MGA. #639-1956 JENSEN 541 coupe. S/N 5411485206. Green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 39,945 miles. Forerunner of the C-V8 and Interceptor. Restored, with a few blemishes and sink marks in paint, although it still managed to win the Jensen Owners’ Club concours in 2012. Lightly baggy leather might be origi- timber. Leather is newish. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $118,142. Sold for just £900 ($1,451) Sports Car Market


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Coys London, U.K. nal. Motor over-chromed and polished, but it’s nice to see someone finally taking the trouble with one of these. Now with alternator, front disc brakes and a modern spin-off oil filter. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $49,842. Not sold in the room at $44k, so apparently the top bidder stumped up a little more for a post-sale deal, as shown in Coys’ final results. These haven’t been worth restoring, and the numbers still don’t add up unless you do it yourself at home, but the tide is gradually turning. #627-1965 ASTON MARTIN DB5 Vantage coupe. S/N DB52056R. Silver/black leather. Odo: 9,077 miles. Restored 15 years ago, when presumably converted to left-hand drive. Body still straight with good shutlines. Motor concours. Probably TOP 10 No. 6 shiny, but recent restoration was a bit heavyhanded, with chromed alternator. Now with Holley double-pumper. Recorded mileage is presumably since restoration. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $51,225. In from the U.S. in 2007 for restoration. Offered at no reserve and sold well, for about $8k more than half-decent Tigers were making two years ago. GERMAN #612-1938 BMW 328 roadster. S/N 85208. Eng. # 32601100085208. Gray/green cloth/ green leather. Odo: 75,443 km. So restored even the hood straps are new. Leather and top are unused. Dash and instruments perfect. Still with original motor and 6v electrics. Although it wears “1000 TOP 10 No. 1 original leather now creased and cracked, sits right on tall ZZs. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $615,147. Sold in the room for the right money. DB5s have stuck close to $600k following their meteoric rise over the previous couple of years, and this was no exception. Left-hand drive widens this one’s market somewhat, canceling out the lack of originality. #629-1966 ALVIS TE21 drophead coupe. S/N 27348. Silver/black cloth/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 73,009 miles. Tidy car, body straight and ripple-free. Good chrome, freshly painted and undersealed chassis. Has a lot of slop in steering. Newish leather and carpets, quoted. Speedo missing. Seat covers look like pajamas. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $100,134. In one ownership from 1957. Sold on the phone at high estimate. Well sold. #610-1956 LANCIA AURELIA B24 S convertible. S/N B24S1316. Celeste Lancia/ tan leather. Odo: 15,857 miles. Restored in Italy by Novaira Lusardi. Older repaint, almost-new leather. Refinished crackle-black dash top looks good, with one bubble. Floors dead-straight. Almost new stainless-steel ex- Miglia” stickers, it sits on unused Michelin Xs. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $795,221. Originally supplied to Indonesia, then the Dutch East Indies, back to Europe after WWII and now German registered. If you wanted a brand new and shiny 328 straight out of the box, then this was it. It just about dictated its own price as the high spot of the sale. TOP 10 No. 3 nice dash and instruments. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $137,950. One-family owned from new, and said to have spent most of its life in California. This appeared to sell on the block for $128k, but final declared price was a little more. Good money for one of these, as they were nearer $45k–$50k three years ago. #611-1966 SUNBEAM TIGER Mk I convertible. S/N B382002074FLXFE. Black/ black cloth/black leather. Odo: 18 miles. Very 96 #636-1961 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N 19804210002897. Red/red aluminum hard top/ haust. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $277,347. U.S. export car, in California from new to 1986 before going to Italy. It looked like a good buy on the day at less than Spider money, and the London dealer who bought it immediately marked it up for exactly £100k ($160k) over the hammer price. #606-1963 MASERATI 3500 GTI coupe. S/N AM1011988. Silver/red leather. Odo: 21,465 km. Still with Lucas injection. Has a few chips out of paint around hood opening Sports Car Market black leather. Odo: 93,385 km. Disc-braked car. Amazingly shiny as if it’s just been born, chrome excellent. Leather is original and nicely creased in. Left door fit out a little at bottom. With factory hard top. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $696,180. German registered, with this owner (its second) since 1967. Although steel Gullwings are peering over the $1m mark, the Roadsters lag a little behind, and this was market-priced. ITALIAN #647-1933 FIAT 508S Mille Miglia road- ster. S/N N/A. Red/red striped cloth. So original it’s tatty. No chassis number visible or


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Coys London, U.K. and taillights, one ding in right front fender and crunched wheelarch lip on the left side. Mostly good chrome with a few scratches. Likely original leather is very shiny, well creased and baggy on driver’s side. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $73,123. Still half the price of a rough-to-middling DB6, the same as a nicer DBS or V8 and a lot more elegant. When will Masers catch up? #602-1966 FERRARI 330 GT 2+2 coupe. S/N 8575. Silver/black leather. Odo: 27,004 miles. Slightly faded old thing, but body is straight. Repaint all the same color, now with a few chips around doors. Chassis and floors appear good, although there’s lots of underseal about. Motor is clean and tidy, with new filters. Leather hardly worn, with a few nicks in touring events, it was cheap, too. Compare it with last month’s cover car, the restoration project 330 GT sold at Bonhams Harrogate in November for $109k (SCM# 214221), or even Lot 626, the stock 330 GT 2+2 sold for $127k, and it couldn’t be repeated for the price. Cannily bought. TOP 10 No. 5 #634-1967 LAMBORGHINI MIURA SV coupe. S/N 3132. Black/tan leather. Odo: 62,888 km. Converted by the factory to SV spec in 1974. Straight and tidy, restored 2008. Paint mostly good with usual cracks in rear clamshell. New alloys are unscuffed. Leather is newish and unworn, suede dash-top good and unfaded. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $678,173. In this ownership 26 years, and sold on the money, splitting the difference between an S and a real SV. Pretty much a bargain then in relative terms, but still getting on for twice the price of a Daytona. driver’s seat base. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $127,145. Let go some ways under lower estimate. Only $18k more than the restorationproject Chinese-eye car sold at Harrogate the previous month (SCM# 214221), and compares interestingly with Lot 626, the rebodied 330 sold for $205k. Compared with the barn find, it’s a bargain as a runner, but that just makes the fake SWB look an even better deal, as you couldn’t shorten and rebody this for the difference between them. Well bought, perhaps realistically sold. #626-1967 FERRARI 250 GT replica coupe. S/N 8127. Silver/black leather. Odo: 98,641 km. Derelict 330 rebodied as an SWB replica not too long ago, probably in Italy. Looks as hand-built as the originals, with a few nicks and scratches in the window frames, but appears a bit “Aurelia” from the rear. Well constructed and taking on some patina inside and out. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $204,577. I was prepared to hate this, but it grew more appealing the more I looked. And as a car likely eligible for prestige 98 3-. SOLD AT $418,030. Gifted by Aristotle Onassis to Greek pop singer Stamatis Kokotas, but later abandoned when the engine gave trouble. Bid up to $480k in the room and given its originality, I reckoned the vendor was right to hold out for more. Later, it appeared in the sold list for $418k. I guess the seller had a change of heart. © Sports Car Market TOP 10 No. 9 #613-1969 LAMBORGHINI MIURA LP400 S coupe. S/N 1829. Brown/ brown leather. Odo: 98,641 km. “Barn find” discovered in Athens. Dusty over original paint. Largely straight apart from ding on the nose. Interior with special features. Leather shiny but mostly unworn. Motor, now rebuilt, displayed on a pallet next to it. Cond:


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Silverstone Birmingham, U.K. ENGLISH #109-1955 LAND ROVER SERIES I utility vehicle. S/N 57105407. Eng. # 57113068. Green/green canvas/green vinyl. RHD. Odo: 259 miles. Immaculately restored to better-than-new. I have never seen one this straight and shiny, with a perfect, virgin load bed. Mileage is presumably since resto. Cond RHD. Odo: 50,302 miles. Meticulously restored 2008–11. Shell perfect, floors flat, subframes shiny. Motor more than concours with polished SUs and coil. Interior vinyl is like new. Other than the slightly overdone motor, really nice. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $36,466. In one family ownership until 2005. Post-restoration, a National Mini Show class-winner and car of the year. This price is not out of order for a super Cooper, even though this level of money is normally attached to the best “S” cars. #155-1968 MORRIS MINI Cooper S Police car 2-dr sedan. S/N KA2S61129371A. White/black vinyl. Odo: 11,683 miles. Rebuilt 2002–10. Perfect structure with jig brackets still in place under floors. All details correct. Presented with policeman’s helmet, trun- been used in anger in five years. If you fancy doing some fairly serious club rallies in something other than a front-drive hatch, a nice little deal. Could run in historics with some sheet metal mods. #149-1974 FORD ESCORT Mexico 2-dr sedan. S/N BFATPM00109. Yellow/black velour. RHD. Odo: 64,138 miles. Real Mexico with July ’74 build date. Restored 1992–98 back to original spec. Appears good, straight, unrusty. May be a re-shell, but has all correct #1, but I’m deducting half a mark for being too shiny. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $39,135. Clearly a labor of love, but it (almost) paid off, as this reached around twice what a nice restored Series I fetches, meaning the vendor got about two-thirds of his money back. As ever, the moral is to buy one that someone else has already restored. #143-1960 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series II coupe. S/N DB4294R. Eng. # 370304. Black/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 87,382 miles. Near perfect and incredibly straight, with paint like a mirror. Newish leather, only marked cheons and radio telephone, which apparently still works. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $28,589. An original police car. Fair money, as although it’s of historical interest, it wasn’t quite as nice as Lot 106, the other ’68 Cooper in the sale. Fair deal both ways. #170-1972 FORD ESCORT rally car. down for its modern stereo. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $355,770. Delivered new to Canada, back to the U.K. in 1989. Sold slightly light for a nice SII with good history, but made all that the seller was looking for, so a fair deal both ways. #106-1968 MORRIS MINI Cooper Mk II 2-dr sedan. S/N KA25611541OA. Eng. # 9FDSAH34665. White/black/black vinyl. S/N BBATMA32379. Yellow/red velour. RHD. Rally car built out of a non-RS shell, but with lots of good bits, including Tran-X Rocket box, five-linked and turreted rear end, plus front crossmember that will accept a variety of engines—currently it’s running a Pinto, for which there is a class in the British Historic Rally Championship. Not in the greatest cosmetic condition, but that’s irrelevant here. panel gaps. Low mileage and still on original P700s. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $163,654. These have been creeping up over the past couple of years. Even though it can ever only be a collector’s item, the price paid here didn’t look out of order. GERMAN Digi odo. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $18,678. Large gearbox tunnel, among other items, renders it ineligible for historic rallies as-is and keeps price down, so what we have here is a journeyman’s rally car in fair order. A lot of fun for little outlay, but it’ll likely want a bit more spending to make it nice to drive, as it’s not 102 #181-1952 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE split-window 2-dr sedan. S/N 10399408. Mittelblau/blue velour. Odo: 44,451 km. Looks like a bone-stock restoration apart from number plate on the left corner, hot-rod style. Unworn patterned blue velour interior, and photo record of resto displayed behind car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $37,356. Found in Milwaukee in 2009 and then restored by Motorkars of Columbus, OH, at a cost very close Sports Car Market features. Velour and vinyl unworn, a few small cracks in dash. Motor tidy and standard. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $20,457. Sold quite light even though this was all the vendor was looking for. So the buyer got a bit of a deal, even if he only wanted it as the donor for a historic-rally car—which would be a shame. #112-1986 FORD RS200 coupe. S/N SFACXXBJZCGL00156. Eng. # GL00156. White/black velour. RHD. Odo: 1,066 miles. Rare rally-spec car retaining torque-split shift lever. Good and unscuffed. Factory (variable)


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Silverstone Birmingham, U.K. #105-1983 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTI hatchback. Red/tartan red & black velour. RHD. Odo: 93,000 miles. Clean and tidy late first-gen Golf GTI (Rabbit in the U.S.). Nicely unmolested and with full main-dealer service history. Mudflaps are a bit pedestrian but point to conservative ownership, which is what we spider. S/N AR665627. Red/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 47,787 miles. Really sharp and proper, following restoration in 2003. Straight panels and even paint. Some small scratches in chrome. Top and interior still look new. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $29,529. Sold new in the U.S., into the U.K. by 1970. Offered here by an Alfa specialist who’s just moved into classics, and all his cars are top notch. Deserved the money. #113-1971 FIAT 500L 2-dr sedan. S/N to the sale price. After shipping, someone has lost out, and it isn’t the buyer. #127-1975 PORSCHE 911 2.7 coupe. S/N 91151925. Eng. # 6151925. Metallic blue/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 89,795 km. U.K.market car retro’d during restoration into earlier small-bumper 911S appearance. No rot, structure and kidney bowls look okay, shiny like here. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $11,563. The value of standard cars well exceeds those that have been boy-racered, and there are few like this. So although it’s not a late-model limited edition, this is what you’re paying for. Lots of BaT readers would kill for this, but it’didn’t bring massive money, even offered at no reserve. #136-1989 PORSCHE 911 Speedster. S/N WPOZZZ91ZKS152443. Eng. # 63K04395. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 12,272 miles. Wide turbo-body version with sports seats whose leather is only lightly creased. Tidy and unscuffed. One ding in engine lid. Kidney bowls look okay. Full service history. repaint. Motor dryish underneath. Fresh stainless-steel exhaust. Interior unworn. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $53,366. Fair money for a lookalike. If it had been real, the dollar price would have been in pounds. Probably would not have drawn this price in the U.S. #153-1981 PORSCHE 911SC coupe. S/N WPOZZZ91ZBS102051. Eng. # 6313189. White/gray velour. RHD. Odo: 41,653 miles. Straight, tidy, alloys unscuffed. Velour interior has survived well. Decent history with recent top-end motor rebuild. About as nice as you get with a used SC, and reasonably low mile- politician David Cameron and bought for his wife (and sold again) before he became prime minister. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $29,351. Although Cameron is much reviled by certain sections of the British community, any “celebrity” status appears to confer value, and here this sold a little stronger than Lot 150, the beautifully restored car that brought $27k. #150-1971 FIAT 500L 2-dr sedan. S/N 2877540. Eng. # J102551. Red/black vinyl/ black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 73,505 miles. Perfect restoration carried out by Fiat technicians. Floors like a mirror. Motor out to 650-cc, so 110F2880194. Eng. # 3104244. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 15,043 miles. Straight and tidy short-top model, restored 2010. Floors solid. Seat vinyl and carpets unworn. Low mileage claimed to be genuine. Famously owned by up-and-coming British Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $104,952. Three times the price of the same car as a coupe, about the same—condition for condition—as a 356 Speedster over a 356 Coupe. Still, price below the $130k some dealers are asking, which makes this example with modest miles look like a good value. ITALIAN #177-1967 ALFA ROMEO DUETTO age. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $29,885. Wellknown Isle of Man car and well kept. Interest in SCs is increasing as people discover what great all-around cars they are. Well sold for what it is; probably would not have brought this much money in the U.S., unless you could prove mileage. Top-end rebuild almost always means much higher actual miles than shown on the odometer here. 104 therefore may be a 126 unit. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $26,683. A concours trailer queen. Much nicer, but cheaper, than the ex-David Cameron car earlier in the sale. Go figure. #160-1977 ALFA ROMEO 2000 spider. S/N AR2472857. Primrose/black vinyl/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 50,748 miles. Nice replica period Momo wheels. Shiny paint with a few sink marks. Good vinyl interior with rubber mats. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $9,784. Although this was a perfectly usable car, the difference in condition and Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Birmingham, U.K. the desirability of the early round-tail model explains the difference in money—in this case, fairly priced at a third of the market value of Lot 177, the Duetto. #101-1977 LANCIA BETA targa. S/N 8288S1001152. Silver/black fiberglass/brown leather. RHD. Straight, tidy and appears rotfree (although a little lumpy at windshield pillar bases). Unable to check odo due to looked like a good find, but the flip-side of an Italian car preserved in long storage is “some remedial works may be required.” #167-2004 FERRARI ENZO coupe. S/N ZFFCZ568000135890. Red/black leather. Odo: 12,300 miles. Like new with very low mileage, as if it has spent most of its life in a bubble—as is the sad fate of so many of these born-to-be-collectible Ferraris. Has full main upon. And it’s hearing-aid beige for added dullness! Offered at no reserve, the price paid is either silly money four times what it’s worth or a bargain, depending on your point of view. One of those “find another” cars. AMERICAN #192-1965 FORD MUSTANG convert- ible. S/N 5R08A236145. Red/white vinyl/ white vinyl. Odo: 17,015 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Shiny, straight and rot-free with some sink marks in paint. Motor refreshingly locked doors. Interior looks nice. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $11,029. A rare car due to rust (which would not cause the engines to fall out, as the press would have had us believe at the time). This example looked like a decent one at a decent price. #103-1981 LANCIA GAMMA coupe. S/N ZLA830AC400001192. Gold/beige velour. Odo: 55,015 km. Straight and tidy, and rot-free—which is unusual in a Gamma. “Stored for some time in a heated environment,” which helps explain how it survived this long. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $8,894. These have a very small but very devoted following in Europe. For the dedicated enthusiast, this dealer service history (10 stamps) up to 12,032 km (7,500 miles). Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $920,000. In those 7,500 miles it’s had three owners and 10 annual services and has already had a clutch. Not sold against £650k ($1m) reserve, but it wasn’t far off a deal. SWEDISH #187-1980 VOLVO 244 DL sedan. S/N 0524424. Eng. # 00000004701. Beige/beige velour. RHD. Odo: 11,382 miles. Perfect, original and straight, inside and out. Unworn velour. Original handbook and service book recorded just 69 miles driven since 1997. Unrepeatable if you like this kind of thing. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $7,827. I wouldn’t normally include an ’80s Volvo brick, but such a perfect, low-mileage example is worth remarking WHAT’S YOUR CAR WORTH? FIND OUT AT NOW FREE! The world’s largest collector car price guide based on over 500,000 sold transactions from . Updated weekly. collectorcarpricetracker.com 106 Straight, shiny, good paint and good vinyl interior, but wheels are too wide. Chromed strut brace and slightly fussy wiring. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $78,270. Into the U.K. December of 2008 post-restoration. Sold over estimate, but “Bullitt” lookalikes are one of the few U.S. cars that sell well in the U.K., so you have to call this a fair price on the day. © Sports Car Market standard. Seat vinyl may be original, door cards have been painted. With power top. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $31,130. Nice stock Mustang in good colors. Sold at fair money for a convertible in the U.K., with a little left in it for retail. #188-1967 FORD MUSTANG “Bullitt” replica fastback. S/N 7T02A146296. Highland Green/black vinyl. Odo: 1,847 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Originally a 289 Acode 4-speed car. Restored in 2008 and made into a “Bullitt” rep with worked 390 including Edelbrock heads. Wilwood discs all around.


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Roundup Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report Highlights from Leake Dallas, H&H Newbury, Brightwells Herefordshire and Barons Surrey Dallas 2012 ENGLISH #479-1915 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER GHOST 40/50 tourer. S/N 15LB. Eng. # 86D. Ivory/tan canvas/tan leather. RHD. A rather stunning car to look at, lots of highly polished brass. Older restoration holding up well. Excellent workmanship. Mechanicals in order, underhood is as clean as everywhere else. Chassis reportedly worked as a WWI ambulance. Few post-war details. Not sure of the bodystyle, as I’ve never seen a Brewster The third highest seller at Leake, Dallas—1967 Chevrolet 427/435 Corvette convertible, sold for $105,600 Company: Leake Auction Company Location: Dallas, TX Date: November 16–18, 2012 Auctioneers: Daniel J. Kruse, Jim Ritchie, Brian Marshall Automotive lots sold/offered: 327/577 Newbury Racecourse Company: H&H Auctions Location: Newbury, U.K. Date: December 18, 2012 Auctioneer: Simon Hope Automotive lots sold/offered: 26/58 Sales rate: 45% Sales total: $1,671,103 High sale: 1965 Aston Martin DB5 coupe, sold at $432,550 Buyer’s premium: Sold prices include buyer’s premium of 10% ($1.00 = £0.62) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Classic Vintage Cars & Motorcycles Company: Brightwells Location: Herefordshire, U.K. Date: November 28, 2012 Auctioneer: Richard Binnersley Automotive lots sold/offered: 70/107 Sales rate: 65% 108 Sales rate: 57% Sales total: $6,574,959 High sale: 2006 Ferrari F430 Spider, sold at $143,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Phil Skinner Sales total: $1,382,387 High sale: 1964 Aston Martin DB5 coupe, sold at $289,974 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.63) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Annual Yuletide Classic Company: Barons Location: Surrey, U.K. Date: December 18, 2012 Auctioneer: Fabian Hine Automotive lots sold/offered: 34/66 Sales rate: 52% Sales total: $536,686 High sale: 1965 Jaguar XKE Series I 4.2 coupe, sold at $87,389 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices, minimum of $243 ($1.00 = £0.62) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman magneto, but refurbished original-type Watford unit comes with the car. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $288,366. Well-known car, in this ownership since 1984. Restored by marque expert Arthur Archer, and sold on the money mid-way between Bentley 3 Litre and 4½ Litre prices. H&H Auctions, Newbury, U.K., 12/12. #23-1926 MORRIS COWLEY bullnose tourer. S/N D123442. Eng. # 143545. Blue & black/black cloth/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 7,793 miles. Older resto. Dull brass radiator with one tiny ding. Top good with full weather equipment. Seat vinyl older but holding up Sports Car Market like it, but it does have proper sill plates. Factory gauges, but no odometer. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $375,000. As a later production unit with improved induction and 4-speed, this would make for a splendid fair-weather tourer. Looking at other recent sales of Ghosts in this condition, the bid was a bit light, so I’ll side with the seller on keeping it. But while something closer to $500k might have been appropriate, the $750k on the paper was a bit rich. Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/12. #55-1925 VAUXHALL 30/98 tourer. S/N OE250. Eng. # OE244. Brown/black canvas/ brown leather. RHD. Odo: 20 miles. In really super order and needs nothing. As the vendor put it, “Not spoilt by over-restoration.” Beautifully burnished leather. Comes with Scintilla


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Roundup Singapore, but returned to England in pieces in 1982. Fairly strong money for a Seven, but it is in super order and it is Vintage, which adds a small premium. Both buyer and seller should be happy with this deal. Brightwells, Herefordshire, U.K., 12/12. #49-1930 INVICTA S-TYPE low-chassis well. Sold with original car manual. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,221. Pre-1960s cars are no longer required to have an MoT so this was being sold without one. Right money paid for a driver-quality bullnose, about the same as a decent (but smaller and more sporting) Austin Seven. H&H Auctions, Newbury, U.K., 12/12. #56-1929 MG M-TYPE roadster. S/N 408. Black/red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 6,662 miles. Nicely restored and very sharp-looking. Aluminum parts of body very straight and probably better than new. Good plating. Fabric parts in excellent shape, seat vinyl looks new- replica tourer. S/N A93. Blue/blue cloth/blue leather. Almost complete and in straight, unused condition. This is a re-creation on replica chassis rails and replica body, using a lot of real bits from a saloon, and just about everything to finish is boxed up behind it. Zero Hemi heads. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $70,917. Chopping older Bentley saloons into hairraising specials is a time-honored British tradition, but they usually fall down on proportions and stance. This succeeds on both counts, and promises a rip-roaring ride at a price you couldn’t repeat unless you did all the work yourself. Completely envious of the lucky buyer. H&H Auctions, Newbury, U.K., 12/12. miles, and chassis’ original registration number is available. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $171,218. A similar car has been on the market recently asking nearly $500k, and the real thing, of which most survive, is worth at least half as much again. So with perhaps $80k left to spend and since it was sold here for less than has been spent on it so far, this looked liked something of a deal. H&H Auctions, Newbury, U.K., 12/12. ish. Original instruments cracked and faded. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $33,830. Black’s a nice change from the usual blue, and this sold for the right money. Slightly more sprightly than an Austin Seven but at almost twice the money, which shows that marketing works just as well today as it did in the ’20s. Brightwells, Herefordshire, U.K., 12/12. #44-1930 AUSTIN SEVEN RL box sa- loon. S/N 0126796. Eng. # M127727. Blue & black/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 796 miles. A really nice, straight Seven, fresh from restoration to completely original and stock condition. Door fit good, older vinyl interior holding such as modern ignition, fuel pump, electric water pump and intermittent, variable-speed wipers. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $112,475. Sold on the money. Nice to see such a well-sorted example as this, which cost more than the purchase price to get to this state. Brightwells, Herefordshire, U.K., 12/12. #31-1949 BENTLEY MK VI special up well, all details correct. Only 200 miles on motor. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $16,520. Found in March 2013 roadster. S/N B421EW. Green/black leathercloth. RHD. Odo: 70,438 miles. Well-executed older conversion, like a Caterham on steroids that looks naughty even standing still. Still 109 #85-1937 ALVIS SPEED 25 SB saloon. S/N 14347. Green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 21,110 miles. Straight with good paint and nice hand-applied pinstriping. Excellent dash with perfect instruments, newish leather. Motor very clean and tidy, although some parts have been chromed. Some invisible upgrades SOLD AT $63,080. These are gathering speed fast enough to prevent them being made into AC Ace or Frazer Nash Le Mans replicas. This sold for just about the same money spent on restoring it, which looks a sound buy. H&H Auctions, Newbury, U.K., 12/12. #450-1954 MG TF roadster. S/N HDC4- 31528. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 63,319 miles. Recent restoration. Paint is smooth, some very minor orange peel detected. Soft trim sharp, including top and sidecurtains. Clean, clear plastic windows, despite being dated 1975. Panel alignment at or above factory standards. Underhood clean except for minor oil seepage near tappet covers. Wiring neat and tidy, might even work as designed. #22-1950 BRISTOL 401 coupe. S/N 401807. Eng. # 1620. Blue/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 35,066 miles. Restored in late 1990s, now on its third engine and nicely settled in. Older paint, newish leather, Deco instruments all present and correct. Cond: 3. straight and shiny. No slop in steering, leathercloth seats unworn. Unusually, has Daimler V8 power—a fine choice with its aluminum


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Roundup Lots of little touches like clean wheels, tires and the MG exhaust tip extension. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $20,350. Previously sold for $17k at Mecum Monterey in August 2011 (SCM# 185100), which is where the reserve sat this time. Early TFs still lag a bit behind the TDs and the TCs, but they are great vehicles. The buyer got a really nice car for the right price. Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/12. #16-1955 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 drophead coupe. S/N LML923. Maroon/black cloth/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 32,565 miles. Older restoration now with a few bubbles around rear arches. Newish top. Chassis solid with some previous weld repairs. Panel gaps massive, as per factory. Faded carpets, newer rear picnic tables. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $26,306. Cheap for an S1 driver, although a really sharp one would be $15k more. Fair for the price. Barons, Surrey, U.K., 12/12. #43-1960 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk I roadster. S/N HBN7L09487. White/black vinyl/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 7,132 miles. Restored, presumably when converted from left-hand drive. Straight panels with fit fairly good. Chassis rails straight and not hammered. Leather shiny and mildly cracked. Moto-Lita some time. The color combination and interior trim all came together well, with mechanicals in good order. Bidders lined up for this car. Very well sold. Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/12. #28-1964 AUSTIN MINI Super Deluxe 2-dr sedan. S/N AA2S57S501750M. Red. RHD. Another restoration project (Brightwells always has a few) but with even greater needs than the Frogeye. Rotten floors, holes in the left front wing; I can’t bring myself to look leather. Motor tidy with new stainless exhaust manifolds. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $270,344. Honest old thing taking center stage that really made the sale a success. Sold on a commission bid against the phone, which petered out at $225k. Fairly bought. H&H Auctions, Newbury, U.K., 12/12. #482-1958 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-6 roadster. S/N BN4L057035. White & black/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 570 miles. Sheet metal smooth and well aligned, mirror paint finish. Appears 100% stock, but fitted with engine from later 3000-series which looks right at home. Underhood decent, just a bit of cleanup needed. Other reported upgrades in- wheel fitted. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $42,178. In storage since 2002, being offered from an estate and sold slightly under lower estimate. The buyer got a bit of a deal here, especially as it’s the more elegant two-seater, so I think we may see it retailed soon. Brightwells, Herefordshire, U.K., 12/12. #1189-1960 TRIUMPH TR3A roadster. S/N TS61241L. Light blue/black vinyl tonneau/ black vinyl. Odo: 88,759 miles. Very minor orange peel. Excellent body panel alignment, at or better than factory. Straight body, brightwork done very well, including grille, which looks brand new. Gauges all look clean and bright, accessories in place and reported functional. Doors opened and closed clude bigger brakes, improved steering and heavy-duty suspension. Odometer reset at time of build, used only for test driving since. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $46,200. High bid was top of the market, even for a stock car in this condition. But with $40k recently put into the car, buyer did well. Conversions on these are rare, but this one was done right. Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/12. #139-1958 BENTLEY S1 sedan. S/N B279FD. Eng. # BF463. Blue & gray/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 42,516 miles. Straight, with recent windows-in repaint. Right rocker is scraped. Original leather lightly creased, nice timber. Power steering, electric windows, 110 easily. Underhood clean and tidy. Original hubcaps for those steel wheels. Has rack on the back and tonneau cover but no sign of top or side curtains. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $21,450. One of the nicest early TRs I’ve seen in quite Sports Car Market front bumper. Chassis very good. Motor punched out to 4.2 with large alloy radiator. Nice leather is likely original. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $432,550. The last lot. Bought and sold at an acceptable price for a driver-quality 5. H&H Auctions, Newbury, U.K., 12/12. #60-1965 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB51588R. Eng. # 4001586. Silver/black leather. RHD. Odo: 7 miles. Restored and modded from racer to fast road-spec, including throttle position sensor on Webers for engine brain. Body straight and tidy with pulled rear arches, floors good and straight. Big-bore underneath. No paperwork. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $3,163. Early Minis are all the rage right now, but this wasn’t particularly early or special. Still managed to exceed its upper estimate, and may be a candidate for a reshell. Brightwells, Herefordshire, U.K., 12/12. #56-1965 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB51974R. Silver/red leather. RHD. Odo: 65,929 miles. Older resto. One small dimple in front of right wheelarch and a patch of chrome flaking off TOP 10 No. 8


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Roundup exhaust, Borg-Warner T5, adjustable brake bias. Relatively civilized with inertia-reel seatbelts, standard dashboard and most of trim. Original seat included. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $289,974. Formerly the property of late TVR boss Peter Wheeler, who liked to drive fast. Cheap for a road-going 5 at half the market rate for a decent stock car. However, lest anyone gets any ideas, there would be a lot of trim parts to source to put it back to standard. Fair price for a hot rod to enjoy as-is. Brightwells, Herefordshire, U.K., 12/12. #53-1965 AUSTIN A40 racer. S/N AA25 8L7453. Gray/black velour. Odo: 92,773 miles. Tidy racer built more than a decade ago. Structure all sound and solid, panels straight. Currently with FIA papers and a 1,293-cc motor, but a 1,098 is included for certain U.K. events such as the Silverstone Classic. Cond: ing front hubs. Recorded mileage is since restoration. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $16,168. Bills for parts alone are said to have been more than the price paid here, which is right for an SI—but a IIA this good must be worth as much. Cheaper than the amazing restored Series I that hit $39k at Silverstone’s November auction at the NEC (SCM# 214615). Brightwells, Herefordshire, U.K., 12/12. #142-1969 BMC MINI Cooper S Mk II Wood & Pickett 2-dr sedan. S/N KA2S61321285. Eng. # 9F1SA1Y54194. Dark blue/black vinyl/black leather. RHD. Odo: 72,055 miles. Wood & Pickett provided posh Minis to the movers and shakers of the fab ’60s, carrying on from where Radford had started. This well-known car is restored, good and straight. Floors and subframes excellent 3. SOLD AT $21,177. Has been raced in Denmark. Last competed in the U.K. in 2002 and could go straight into the HRDC series, or is a possibility for the Goodwood Revival on alternate years. A cheap entry for much less than it would cost to build again. H&H Auctions, Newbury, U.K., 12/12. #143-1965 JAGUAR XKE Series 1 4.2 coupe. S/N 1E20457. Eng. # 7E33699. Silver/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 61,228 miles. Clean, straight and tidy. Displayed over a mirror. Rear wheel-to-arch clearance is wildly different from side to side. Highly polished engine. and not de-seamed, so the paint hasn’t cracked at panel joints. Seat leather lightly creased and likely original. Still with original 8-track player and tapes. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $38,344. The nicer of the two W&P Minis on offer here, from the proper swinging ’60s, and with a better back-story, including ownership by “a well-known figure in the music industry,” so no wonder it did better (although not as well as Barons had hoped). If only it could talk... And because of that, a mildly good deal. Barons, Surrey, U.K., 12/12. Leather lightly creased. On Dunlop alloys over big brakes. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $87,389. Slightly strong money for a coupe, but condition makes it worth the price—and bought far cheaper than it would cost to do again. Barons, Surrey, U.K., 12/12. #22-1966 LAND ROVER SERIES IIA utility. S/N 24126895C. Eng. # 25258760H. Green/khaki canvas/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 10,829 miles. Nicely restored on new galvanized chassis. Dead straight. New canvas tilt. Motor rebuilt to run on unleaded, freewheel- 112 #158-1969 MGC convertible. S/N GCN12495G. Red/black mohair/black leather. with American components. Wheels clean, rubber close to new. Easy to start, runs quietly. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $7,000. I would have loved to drive this car, just to see how it performed and handled. The installation looked professional in all ways. Not sure if the seller did the work, but he probably had a bit more into this job than the $10,500 reserve he was looking for. Realistic high offer was on the high side of wholesale and low side of retail. Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/12. #20-1978 ASTON MARTIN V8 Vantage coupe. S/N Metallic blue/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 74,834 miles. Good paint and chrome, structure appears sound, couple of small dimples in the sides. Original leather lightly worn. 5-speed is a bonus. Cond: 2. SOLD AT RHD. Odo: 93,933 miles. Restored in 1990s. Straight and tidy, still rot-free. Interior stock with lightly worn red-piped leather, Moto-Lita wheel and wooden gearknob the only deviations. Clean and respectable motor. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $19,618. Cs have stuck around the $19k mark for years now, which is decent B money. Selling for about the same here, for the age-old reason that the owner wasn’t using it enough, this was a fair deal on a good tourer/ cruiser. Barons, Surrey, U.K., 12/12. #414-1971 MGB convertible. S/N GHN5UC268737G. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 1,446 miles. Looks 100% stock outside; under the hood is a DOHC Pontiac engine that fits like a glove, with upgraded 5-speed. Professional-level fit and finish, some crazing noted on cowl. Radio removed, rubber plug in fender antenna hole. Underhood very clean. Electrical system completely revised $83,468. Fair money. One of the few cars to sell at this regional house’s first foray into cars. But the company was happy, as the profit on the Aston exceeded a few sales’ worth of antique furniture. Broadway, Worcestershire, U.K., 12/12. Sports Car Market


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Roundup #154-1980 BMC MINI Wood & Pickett Margrave Elite 2-dr sedan. S/N XE2D2661316A. Eng. # 29864. Metallic blue/blue vinyl/cream leather & blue velour. RHD. Odo: 37,859 miles. Coachbuilt luxury Mini by Wood & Pickett. In good overall order. Originally Caribbean Pearl with white Everflex. Repaint is cracking where scuttle seams have been filled, which is what happens when you One-off prototype made in six days under the direction of Aston designer William Towns, using taller GT windshield and unique nose and tail treatments. Still original Russett de-seam a Mini. Motor tidy, rocker cover finished in body color. Interior unworn. Original Wolfrace wheels come with car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $21,580. This has been on the market for a while. I drove it in 2011 with 37,848 miles and a $29k asking price. Here it brought just enough to sell. Lot 142 (SCM# 214741), a ’69 Margrave Cooper S, sold here for $38k. Barons, Surrey, U.K., 12/12. #19-1980 MGB Aston Martin prototype convertible. S/N GVADJ1AG510877. Silver Sand/black velour. RHD. Odo: 6,868 miles. Brown in the engine bay; cracking where pillars join scuttle. Interior not holding up well, and Tickford seats are skewed to fit. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $18,023. Historically, this was a quick and dirty attempt at a vehicle that it was hoped could save MG from extinction, even though by then the B was a pretty lame duck. Price paid was under estimate, but as a reminder of a never-was that should-not-havebeen, still call it well sold. H&H Auctions, Newbury, U.K., 12/12. #46-1986 PROTEUS C-TYPE replica roadster. S/N 109344DN. Silver/red leather. RHD. Odo: 22,734 miles. Early Proteus C rep. Original fiberglass body replaced with aluminum but retains the more accurate and pleasing taillight treatment and correct live rear axle. Evidently well sorted and just taking on some patina with lightly creased leather. DN chassis number suffix means it has Laycock de Normanville overdrive. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $101,829. Sold a little under market value for a later alloy car, so looks like a fair deal. H&H Auctions, Newbury, U.K., 12/12. GERMAN #785-1969 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE “woodie” convertible. S/N 159951919. Red & wood/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 49,438 miles. Bodywork decent, paint good but not perfect, some dimples and light debris. Wood very well finished with framing in light ash and real veneer panels. Interior pure stock, as March 2013 113


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Fresh Meat by Chad Tyson Roundup Online sales of contemporary cars 2012 Ferrari FF Date sold: 01/02/2013 eBay auction ID: 251205832509 Seller’s eBay ID: bentleylamborghinigoldcoast Sale type: Used car with 2,650 miles VIN: ZFF73SKA7C0188478 Details: Gray over red leather; 6.3-liter V12 rated at 651 hp, 7-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $295,000, best offer, sf 45 MSRP: $384,768 (as equipped) Other current offering: Bentley Boston in Wayland, MA, offering a 4,010-mile silver example for $299,998. 2012 BMW M3 is the motor. Chrome and glass all clean and clear. Great eye appeal overall. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $5,000. 50 years from now a VW purist might cringe, but for today’s collector, this type of specialty vehicle has great appeal. I could not fault the seller for holding on to this car. Even in stock condition, it should have hit $7k–$8k, plus $2k for the wood (I would think). Seller was looking for something in the area of $7,500, so he was realistic. Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/12. IRISH #411-1981 DELOREAN DMC-12 gullwing coupe. S/N SCED2DT7BD005770. Stainless steel/charcoal gray leather. Odo: 792 miles. Fresh out of long storage, low miles claimed to be original. Has been washed, but exterior needs a treatment by the special pad (included). Seats have a bit of crinkling. Tires very aged. All books and papers included, plus dealer-accessory floor mats and car cover. but would you really want to? Brightwells, Herefordshire, U.K., 12/12. #513-1965 FERRARI 330 GT 2+2 coupe. S/N 6561. Eng. # 6561. Red/black leather. Odo: 88 miles. Older repaint showing a little age with micro-scratches and some fading. Chrome good, not perfect. Borranis quickly cleaned with steel wool. Interior sound, wood redone, soft trim supple, pedal wear looks light. Gauges clear, clean and in working order. Engine runs out well. Could use a good run on an open highway to get some minor bugs worked out. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $90,000. The dealer who brought the car said he really liked it and wouldn’t be disappointed if it didn’t sell. But his asking price of nearly $120k looked about $30k high for a quadheadlight car in this condition. Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/12. #906-1980 FERRARI 308 GTBI coupe. Date sold: 01/02/2013 eBay auction ID: 170963249997 Seller’s eBay ID: ddwpartners Sale type: Used car with 6,750 miles VIN: WBSKG9C53CE798185 Details: Silver over black leather; 4.0-liter V8 rated at 414 hp, 6-sp manual, RWD Sale Result: $66,400, best offer, sf 33 MSRP: $76,695 (as equipped) Other current offering: Thomas Classics in Akron, OH, asking $74,800 for a Frozen Silver Metallic over black leather coupe with 3,914 miles. 2011 Bentley Continental GTC Speed Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $27,500. Deloreans have gone up and down in value the past few years, but they appear to be on the upswing right now, bringing $25k–$30k for decent examples, higher prices for premium examples. Despite low miles, this car’s value was somewhat limited, but seller said he had made a few dollars and was happy with this result. If new owner invests a little more, I think it could bring upwards of $40k. Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/12. ITALIAN #84-1937 FIAT 500A Topolino 2-dr se- dan. S/N 013525. Eng. # 028141. Maroon & black/beige canvas/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 377 km. Beautifully restored short-chassis car. Finishes better and shinier than new. Doors fit well, but right-hand vent handle is broken off. New rubber mats. Little wear to seat leather. Sliding top like new with chrome frame. Odometer reading is since restoration. Cond: Date sold: 12/31/12 eBay auction ID: 121043355806 Seller’s eBay ID: bentleydallas Sale type: Used car with 4,690 miles VIN: SCBDP3ZA0BC068622 Details: Beluga over Saffron leather; 6.0-liter, twinturbocharged W12 rated at 600 hp, 6-sp auto, AWD Sale result: $169,000, best offer, sf 113 MSRP: $231,400 (base) Other current offering: AutoCenter Northwest in Bellevue, WA, is selling a Granite over Beluga leather GTC Speed with 65 miles for $199,999. ♦ 114 rubber. Underside shows some road use but not filthy. Lots of attention from a TV crew. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $26,125. This car was a mystery, but the biggest mystery was how did the auction house get it sold? A bit of drama on the block for the cameras, but the sale was real and the auction house did work with the seller to get him to let it go. It might have been one of the best bargains in Dallas. Maybe. Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/12. #135-1999 FERRARI 550 MARANELLO coupe. S/N ZFFZR49C00 S/N ZFFAA01A2A0031343. Black/black leather. A mystery car, with dark tinted windows and kept locked until just before going over the block. Body has a few minor dings, but doors and hatches line up well. Seen through the windshield, dash top has some staining and fading. Wheels clean with fresh 1-. SOLD AT $25,658. A U.K.-market RHD car, sold on the money. Mille Miglia eligible, Sports Car Market


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Roundup 0116715. Metallic blue/beige leather. Odo: 33,853 miles. Straight and unscufffed. Lightly creased leather. With full service history, all books. Cam belt done at 14,513 miles in 2002. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $60,637. Very cheap front-engined V12 Ferrari motoring. 550s and 575s have been hardening slightly, but not this one. Barons, Surrey, U.K., 12/12. AMERICAN #88-1927 BUICK CIRRUS 5-LITER Special single-seater. S/N 1431729. Aluminum/ black leather. MHD. 1927 Buick fitted with a 5-liter 4-cyl air-cooled Cirrus airplane engine. Imported from Australia in 2008, engine recently rebuilt. Has competed at numerous VSCC events since. Reportedly “starts easily and runs well even after weeks in storage.” Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $50,965. 120 hp AT $4,180. Offered at no reserve, it brought twice the price I would have expected it to bring. These old trucks do have some value in stock condition, but this one was pretty far gone for a serious restoration attempt. Most likely the original power plant, drivetrain and chassis will go to the scrap yard, the body will get mounted on a new GMC or Dodge chassis and will come back in splendid condition ready to haul a street rod or other equally nice car. This price showed someone has big plans, and I want to see it when it is finished. Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/12. #168-1957 NASH RAMBLER CUSTOM sedan. S/N D355091. White & burgundy/ white vinyl & black fabric. Odo: 98,537 miles. 196-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Resprayed in original color scheme. Minor pitting and dulled brightwork all around, glass good. No sign of major repair. Fitted with AM radio, WeatherEye heater-defroster and not much more. Wearing 1963 Califoria black plates and an “EZ-Davies” license frame from Redwood or radio antenna. Fitted with factory exterior mirrors and fender skirts. Pedal wear seemed to match miles. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $13,000. Rarely seen pillarless hard top. Seller had a reasonable reserve of $16k, and in proper light, I think this car has $20k potential. Right buyer wasn’t in the room. Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/12. #502-1968 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA fastback. S/N B029M8B390378. White/white racing buckets. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Factory-built race car known as the “West Virginia Hemi,” campaigned 40-plus years ago by Eddie Smith. Professional-level restoration on sheet metal and chassis. Upgraded brakes, fuel delivery. Vintage Hemi engine built by doesn’t sound a lot, but it’s developed at 2,200 rpm, and the 310 ft-lbs that appears at the same engine speed should ensure that it goes like a rat up a drainpipe. Given that there’s probably $15k in the engine, this price looks a good value. Has VSCC Buff Form, which needs to be reapplied for on change of ownership, but it’s worth noting the club is tightening up on what it will allow to race, so continued eligibility is no longer a shoo-in. Brightwells, Herefordshire, U.K., 12/12. #1109-1936 INTERNATIONAL C30 stakebed truck. S/N TBKM41829. Green/ gray tweed. At first glance, this looks like a solid piece of American road history, but on closer inspection it’s less impressive. Glass in both doors has been broken out for quite some time, including the last time it was painted. Dashboard instruments damaged. Seat just a City. Add-on fuel gauge could indicate electrical issues. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $7,000. These quirky little cars were no big deal in their day, but today, heavy use of chrome and stand-out styling make them a cruiser’s dream. Perfect for a night out on the town with friends, with four doors, plenty of trunk room and enough power to get around town. Seller was looking for double the high bid, but market is $9k–$10k at best. Have to call it a fair offer. Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/12. #439-1960 MERCURY PARKLANE Cruiser 4-dr hard top. S/N 0Z54M532419. Beige & white/beige vinyl & gold cloth. Odo: 38,393 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Wellpreserved original car. No sign of damage, original paint all around and still presents well. Most chrome looks factory, bumpers probably redone. Typically well appointed for NHRA legend Jim Hale. Graphics look a bit modern compared with how it was originally raced. Engine is loud and runs out well. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $190,000. I thought this proven historic car would do better, but this just wasn’t the right day to go to the races. Market is still a little soft on muscle, and professional racing vehicles like this have limited usability. Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/12. #2511-1971 INTERNATIONAL SCOUT 800 SUV. S/N 883887C434502. White & gold/black vinyl. Odo: 15,162 miles. 304-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Unknown history, but I’m sure that the real miles exceed the odometer miles. Looks like original paint, special-edition-color scheme. Straight metal, few signs of off-road experience with current wheels, but undersides show some use in the wilds. Other frame and springs. However, it was driven to the sale and runs rather well. Not sure about brakes or other mechanics. Cond: 5+. SOLD 116 a car of this era, with power steering, brakes, heater-defroster, AM radio, clock, etc., but not much for luxury such as power windows, seats than wheels, rather stock all the way around. Interior and underhood all in order. Rearmounted spare tire, power brakes, heater-defroster, period AM radio. With lift-off top. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $15,000. Seller thinks it might go up in value, which it might, but this offer was market-correct today, with enough room to do some upgrades such as stock wheels and a deep detail. Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/12. © Sports Car Market


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eBay Motors Online Sales Replicas on eBay Motors If it’s not real, then what is it worth? Cobra or Ferrari isn’t real? Our monthly drive through eBay Motors shows us some well-built, and not-so-well-built, replicas. R 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) by Chad Tyson Market opinions in italics #121039977762-1937 JAGUAR SS 100 replica roadster. S/N DMV87129CA. Silver/ black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 4,700 miles. Culpepper, VA. 29 photos. “We repainted the car in 2011 to a silver and blue combination and finished with wide whitewall tires on wire wheels. Previous owner stated engine is from a 1967 Volkswagen. Street-legal and registered in New York State. Pioneer radio/CD player. The front bonnet holds battery, brake fluid street-legal race car. 1915 CB Performance hi-po Super 90 engine. Documented 126.5 hp. Authentic glass 1955 Porsche 550 indented parking and brake light lenses. Front disc and rear drum brakes. Deist Pro Racing five-point harnesses. Moon hubcaps.” Buy It Now. sf 80. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $28,750. Sold at slightly over average money for a 550 replica on eBay. The original buyer opted for a few options with Beck, but, other than those, it’s a standard Beck replica. They’re known for their quality, and I can’t fault the buyer for wanting this at less than 2% the price of an original. Good deal for the buyer. #190778541483-1987 FERRARI F40 reservoir, gas tank and Klaxon horn. There is no plate data indicating the manufacturer of the body kit. The car starts and drives. The gauges, lights and horn work. Not driven since we got it in 2009.” 2 bids. sf 458. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $5,500. Sold for less than most other SS 100 replicas on eBay Motors recently—and for good reason. Filthy under bonnet and boot. Pitted dash with paint runs and wires dangling beneath. Buyer paid more than enough to get a replica with a lot of needs. #230905581771-1955 PORSCHE 550 Beck replica Spyder. S/N 55000949. Silver/ red leather. Odo: 6,723 miles. Laurel Springs, NC. 24 photos. “Built entirely by Beck inhouse. Detailed records, plus the Beck Build Contract, invoices and receipts (two full threering binders worth). Never titled. Looks great. Sounds, runs and drives like the original center console, Momo racing seats, carbonfiber center vents and dash cluster cover, real Ferrari radio and dash vents. Gaps are perfect throughout the car.” Buy It Now. sf 3. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $25,000. The builder went to great lengths on this one—even so far as to emboss the upper intake manifold with the Ferrari script. But is most of the look with none of the performance worth just 5% of the price of a real F40? Somebody thought so. You can’t build one like this for the same money, but given that it’s still a Fiero with a body kit, well sold. #281043476614-2008 LAMBORGHINI MURCIELAGO LP640 replica convertible. 118 replica coupe. S/N 1G2PF1190HP207205. Red. Odo: 25,000 miles. Lincolnshire, IL. 54 photos. “The car looks absolutely beautiful. Very well executed. Car is 100% finished. Needs nothing but a new owner. Drives perfect. It was built on a low-mileage, carefully picked 1987 Pontiac Fiero V6 in mint condition. Built by V8 Archie from Rockford, IL 18 years ago. Suede-covered dash, Ferrari 355 eplicas, evocations, kit cars — whatever you want to call them — are often spurned in the collector-car community. They’re regarded as cheap knockoffs that pale in comparison with the real McCoy. But are they really that bad? What about getting 50% of the fun for 5% of the cost? Is it worth paying huge bucks to avoid explaining that your S/N 1G2AM37R3EP312010. Orange/black leather. Odo: 1,000 miles. Logan, UT. 23 photos. “98% done. It needs new suspension and four wires to be plugged for headlights. The car is very good and flashy. You will get lots of compliments everywhere you go. Eyes will be on you all the time with lots of pictures. New interior, four-wheel discs, Archie V8 kit, real Lamborghini taillights and grilles. In-dash DVD, on-board NAV, new wheels and tires. Backup camera and AUX for your music. The driver seat is removable, I have not mounted it, so the new buyer can mount it the way they like.” 43 bids. sf 89. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $27,600. Just what we all dream about—a new-car replica that we get to finish before we have to explain to everyone that it isn’t real. But hey, at least the engine parts will be cheap and available. I cringed at the line “needs new suspension.” Yes, the cost for this one is just 10% what you would spend on a real one, but at what point does your pride kick in and say no? Very expensive for a 1984 Fiero. Well sold. #221168229675-1964 SHELBY COBRA FIA replica roadster. S/N NM179685. Rangoon Red/black vinyl. Odo: 6,056 miles. Austin, TX. 24 photos. “Two-owner car (Ohio/ Texas). Stored indoors in climate control. Over $6,000 in maintenance and improvements since 2010. Extensive documentation. Powered by a Ford 408W stroker built by Southern Automotive. Front coilovers/Jaguar IRS. Windshield replaced in 2012 and is crys- tal-clear. Mechanically, the car is very strong and sound. More than reliable. Minor paint flaws on the car. Otherwise the paint and body look really sharp and are in very good condition.” 33 bids. sf 3. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $33,000. Since the Cobra is the most common replica, it’s easier to pinpoint where these sales fall in the market. This better-than-average FIA replica sold for middle-of-the-road money. The buyer got the better end of the deal on this sale. © 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 $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit sportscarmarket.com/classifieds/place-ad to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snail mail: 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 1929 Bentley 4½ Litre Vanden Plas Open Tourer a restored car, rather an exceptional original car that has been maintained flawlessly its entire life. Red, black interior and top. Turn key and ready for touring. $89,000 Firm. Contact Matthew, Matthew L. deGarmo LTD, 203.852.1670, Email: Matt@deGarmoLtd.com Web: www.deGarmoLtd.com (CT) 1960 Omega Jaguar S/N FB3317. One of Bentley’s most magnificent cars with its original Vanden Plas Open Tourer body. Known provenance. Regularly exercised. Eligible for premier events worldwide. $995,000. Contact Chris, Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555, Email: sales@ fantasyjunction.com Web: www.fantasyjunction. com (CA) 1948 Jaguar Mk IV 3.5 saloon A crowning achievement, this E-Type is a show-level champion and subject of a no-expense spared restoration; One of the finest XKE examples available in the world today. An amazing opportunity for the discerning collector! Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: sales@classicshowcase.com Web: www. classicshowcase.com (CA) 1967 Jaguar XKE 4.2 roadster S/N SYCC34. Wonderful, minimalist English special. Period competition race history. Jaguar drive-line, four wheel discs. Extensive documentation. Suitable for track and tours. $225,000. Contact Chris, Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555, Email: sales@fantasyjunction.com Web: www.fantasyjunction.com (CA) 1961 Jaguar XK 150 3.8 convertible RHD. Show-winning example with an esteemed Jaguar history, received a frame-off restoration, multiple award winner, luxurious style, design, and appointments. This is a spectacular example that is truly for the discerning Jaguar collector! Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: sales@classicshowcase.com Web: www.classicshowcase.com (CA) 1956 Jaguar XK 140 MC 3.4 OTS Body off, fully documented restoration to Pebble Beach standards about 15 years ago. Used summer weekends since, properly stored winters. Meticulous and documented service since restoration. Black, black, numbers matching, rare factory hard top. Superb in every detail. $105,000. Contact Matthew, Matthew L. deGarmo LTD, 203.852.1670, Email: Matt@deGarmoLtd.com Web: www.deGarmoLtd. com (CT) 1967 Jaguar XKE Series 1 4.2 convertible Spectacular Imperial Maroon/biscuit color combo with a no-expense spared restoration by Jaguar professionals, this XK 150 is a JCNA national champion, scoring 100 points in 3 consecutive 2011 shows! Excellent opportunity for the serious collector! Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: sales@classicshowcase.com Web: www.classicshowcase.com (CA) 1961 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II drophead coupe S/N 879063. Silver/Black. 4.2-liter, 4-speed. ExBrian Donovan Jaguar N.A. vintage race team car ‘03-05. Fresh MWE 4.2L, fresh Donovan transmission, aluminum hard top, AFCO shocks, two sets Panasports. Dead reliable. $115,000. Contact Don, 713.941.1025, Email: speedstarinc@sbcglobal. net (TX) 1966 Jaguar XKE Series 1 4.2 convertible S/N SCBCR63W45C027426. Black/Burgundy. 19,088 miles. W12, AWD. Impecable, low-mileage GT. Distinctive black over burgundy. All options. New Michelin’s on desirable 20” Mulliner rims. V12 rated at 552 hp and 479 ft-lb. Sumptuous leather interior and exhilarating performance. A gentleman’s racer. $79,900 OBO. Contact Paul, 239.263,7877, Email: pkoller7@comcast.net (FL) German 1960 Porsche 356 Super 90 cabriolet 1963 Jaguar XKE Series 1 Roadster automatic. One of 48 hand-built, aluminum-bodied sedans. Probably the lowest-mile one in existence. Oil-change sticker states to change at 10k in 1992. Last registered in CA in 1994. Spent over $1,500 refreshing mechanics. New whitewall tires. Only thing left is recharge the a/c. The build quality impressive. Zero rust. Original paint with minor flaws. Connolly leather in great condition. Left-hand drive. $79,500 OBO. Contact JP, 954.525.0600, Email: jp@vdbcollection.com (FL) 2005 Bentley Continental GT coupe S/N 153861. Black/black. 98,546 miles. Super 90, Black with black leather interior, 2-owner California car, only 98,546 original miles, Super 90 engine. Complete with tools and manual. Runs great. $109,500 OBO. Contact Herve, Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, 310.657.9699, Email: hiwillems@heritageclassics.com Web: www.heritageclassics.com/ (CA) 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Restored by Classic Showcase, this matching-numbers XKE is a current JCNA national champion, scoring 100 points in 3 consecutive shows in 2011-12. This example presents a rare opportunity for the discerning collector ready for competition! Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: sales@classicshowcase.com Web: www.classicshowcase.com (CA) This striking, original California black plate car has received a no-expense spared restoration by Jaguar Professionals; with a rare color combo of Imperial Maroon & Beige, this Roadster is sure to satisfy the serious collector! Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: sales@classicshowcase.com Web: www. classicshowcase.com (CA) 1959 Jaguar XK150 drophead coupe 1969 Lotus Elan S4 convertible S/N LSVB451. Black/black Leather. 79,621 miles. LHD Automatic. Matching Everflex top and leather tonneau boot, absolutely spectacular left-hand drive model with automatic transimssion, factory a/c, power windows, Blaupunkt AM/FM radio, altimeter. Complete with tools and handbook, one of only 75 left-hand dropheads ever built. The rarest and most desirable four seat open cars of the post-war era. Runs and drives beautifully. $295,000 OBO. Contact Herve, Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, 310.657.9699, Email: hiwillems@heritageclassics. com Web: www.heritageclassics.com/ (CA) One family owner from new. Matching numbers. Not 122 Coming soon. A spectacular, numbers-matching disc brake Roadster. Fully documented ownership history, low mileage, all original books and tools. Ivory, original immaculate black interior, black top. Always maintained to the highest standards by the best guys. Call for details Contact Matthew, Matthew L. deGarmo LTD, 203.852.1670, Email: Matt@deGarmoLtd.com Web: www.deGarmoLtd.com (CT) 1966 Volkswagen Type 2 E-Z camper White/black. Manual. Spyder Chassis. Please call with questions. $17,000. Contact Robert, 646-2409160, Email: csiegelberg@gmail.com (NE) 1977 Panther De Ville sedan S/N 2106. Silver/black/red. 8,000 miles. V12, S/N 215067919. Red & white/tan. 182,000 miles. 1.5-liter, 44 hp, manual. This conversion van has been owned since new by the same family. Full restoration on a totally rust free camper. Mint condition throughout - ready to drive and enjoy. $35,000. Contact Gary, 440.263.7360, Email: ghfeldman@ roadrunner.com (OH) Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery 1967 Porsche 911 coupe updated. All original documentation. Exceptional rust-free original car. $7,500. Contact Scott A, 828.545.9958, Email: sjrasco@charter.net (NC) 1983 Porsche 911SC Targa 1939 American Bantam pickup Total professional restoration and is now ready for your enjoyment. Numbers-matching drive train, rare black corduroy interior option. $135,000. Contact Jim, 816.510.6406, Email: jnknance@gmail.com (MO) 1969 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia coupe Yellow/black. 90,000 miles. air-cooled 4 cylinder, 4-sp. Never rusted California car, older restoration, recent engine rebuild, great driver, collector owned, original bill of sale. $8,200. Contact Mark, 267.992.2658, Email: farmermark@comcast. net (PA) 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 cabriolet S/N WP0EA091XDS161254. Grand Prix White/ Saddle. 122,000 miles. 3.0, 5-spd. Last and best year of the SC. This car was owned and maintained long term by Peter Zimmerman until 2000 when it was purchased by Jim Schrager, who had it until recently. Maintained as you would expect. Runs/drives great and needs nothing. Email for pics and a full write up on it, or call to discuss. $30,000 OBO. Contact Danny, 574.361.5315, Email: danny@stephensonsofelkhart.com (IN) 1984 Porsche 944 Red. 5-sp. Recent timing belt and water pump. 92k miles. Runs and drives excellent. $2,900. Contact Brian, 630.988.8090, (IL) 2000 BMW Z8 convertible Italian 1958 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super 4-dr sedan ful 70 mph proven tour car. Needs nothing. $94,900 OBO. Contact Lee, Vintage Motor Cars, 216.496.9492, Email: sales@vintagemotorcarsusa.com Web: www. vintagemotorcarsusa.com (OH) Silver green/53,325 miles. Highly original example. One owner until 2008. Successful 2010 California Mille participant. Unbelievably cool and fun. $49,500. Contact Chris, Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555, Email: sales@fantasyjunction.com Web: www.fantasyjunction.com (CA) 1963 Maserati Sebring Series 1 coupe S/N AM10101741. Red/black. 53,000 miles. I6, 5-speed manual. A stunning example of the rare and unique Sebring coupe. Inline twin-spark 6-cylinder. Matching numbers and fully reconditioned of a low mileage example. Sold new in Paris and immediately brought to the southwestern U.S. No rust issues and in beautiful condition. Mechanicals are sorted and it runs drives well. Sadly, for sale to make room for another Maserati project. Owned by a Maserati collector. Contact if serious. Martin 805.895.1226 So. Calif. area. $120,000 OBO. Contact Martin, 805.895.1226, Email: sbroadster@cox.et (CA) Japanese 1983 Mazda RX-7 GSL Ivory/Among the last of the truly hand built Mercedes-Benz. Recently freshened and excellent running car. Behr A/C, Becker AM/FM, books. $169,500. Contact Chris, Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555, Email: sales@fantasyjunction.com Web: www. fantasyjunction.com (CA) 1972 Porsche 914 S/N AH60041. Silver/red. 14,340 miles. 4.9-liter V8, From private collection. Original, no stories car w/ hard top w/roller storage, 400-hp, BMW Performance Pkg struts, Eisenmann stainless exhaust, tool kit, WIN-numbered coffee table book, two original keys, owner’s book w/pouch, four spare & mounted chrome wheels. A truly beautiful specimen of a vanishing breed. $110,000. Contact Jim, 561.379.9448, Email: jim.sherman@earthlink.net (FL) 2007 Mercedes-Benz CL550 coupe Yellow/black. 840,000 miles. Original miles. Second owner, have documentation since new including window sticker. Stock, not rusty, turn key. $11,000. Contact Adam, 360.752.1395, Email: greenf1@ hotmail.com 1977 Porsche 911S coupe This incredible 911 S Coupe has 21,000 original miles, received a complete servicing of all major systems components, documented by recent receipts and photos. This is like a new car, ready for the Porsche collector or enthusiast! Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: sales@classicshowcase.com Web: www.classicshowcase.com (CA) 1979 BMW 528i 4-dr sedan S/N 5340728. Fjord Blue/navy. 56,000 miles. Exceptional 528i with 56k original miles. Beautiful Fjord Blue over navy. Leather, AT, sunroof, alloys, A/C, cruise, metallic paint. Bilsteins, brakes, exhaust, tires 124 S/N WDDRJ7HA3BA000930. Magno Monza Grey Matte/red leather. 1,700 miles. 6.3-L V8, Auto. Oneof-a-kind, super rare Matte finish Magno Monza Grey/red leather. Hand-built AMG engine,563-hp, Keyless-Go, Parktronic, COMAND GPS/Navi, DVD/ CD changer, 40GB hard-drive, Sirius, Xenon, mbrace, on MSO, never titled. Be the first owner. $172,500. Contact Robert, 908.601.0288, Email: suzanne@ shadowbrook.com Web: wallstreetcollection.com/ listing/2011-mercedes-benz-sls-amg-gullwing/ (NJ) S/N WDDEJ71X77A001695. Pewter/black leather. 39,000 miles. 5.5-L, Auto. Loaded, all options, mint, all service records. New tires/wheels. COMAND Navi, alarm, Xenon, burlwood, heated/active ventilated seats, SIRIUS, perfect CARFAX. $46,500 OBO. Contact Robert, 908.601.0288, Email: suzanne@ shadowbrook.com Web: wallstreetcollection.com/ listing/2007-mercedes-benz-cl550/ (Ne) 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing S/N JM1FB3314D07060920. Tornado Silver/burgundy leather. 89,900 miles. 1.2-liter rotary, 5-sp. Sunroof. New tires & battery. Properly maintained. Original sales documents with window sticker, original owners manual, tools, original unused spare tyre. Exceptional original condition - adult driven, never abused. $6,500 OBO. Contact Mike, 701.235.4796, Email: haringmp@ aol.com (ND) 1990 Mazda Miata convertible S/N P5FH216273. Bronze/black and white. 86,266 miles. 292, automatic. Good driver! Hard top. Power steering, power brakes, power windows, power seat. Rebuilt engine with engine dress-up kit. See more photos on website. $16,500. Contact Jerry, 503.708.7206, Email: jerrysharp@frontier.com Web: www.birdbrains.net (OR) S/N JM1NA3512L0141467. Orange/black. 39,300 miles. 1.6-liter DOHC 4-Cyl., 5-sp. Unique Mazda Miata “Sunkist” color car: One of the six different Miatas used by Mazda in 1990 to evaluate paint colors for production. The only bright-orange Miata ever made. Documented history. Original paperwork. Restored condition. Runs and drives excellent. $34,900. Contact Doug, 805.927.5044, Email: gdz54@att.net (CA) American 1938 Packard Super Eight Model 1605 convertible sedan 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible S/N D7FH285214. Colonial White/Red. 15,400 miles. D-Code 312, Automatic. Older ground-up restoration (1989). New, correct red interior with white porthole hard top, black vinyl soft top. Power steering and brakes, engine dress-up kit, T & C radio, radials. 15,000 miles since restoration. Still show quality. Runs and drives well. $32,000 OBO. Contact Stanton, 781.326.2707, Email: salyman@verizon.net (MA) 1960 Pontiac Bonneville convertible All original wood refinished by Nick Alexander a few years ago. Painted once and still show quality. Flawless body. Never rusted or damaged ever. 100% original interior and absolutely immaculate. 61,000 original miles. Recent complete and documented engine rebuild by Ford V8 guru. $75,000 OBO. Contact Matthew, Matthew L. deGarmo LTD, 203.852.1670, Email: Matt@deGarmoLtd.com Web: www.deGarmoLtd.com (CT) 1955 Ford Thunderbird convertible S/N 64503. Bantam Golden Orange & black/black. 45-ci I4, 3-speed. Austin/Bantam Club Best of Show 2009, AACA Grand National 2009, AACA National Award Winner “Discontinued Automobile Award” 2009. Body off restoration. Numbers matching. Better than new. $45,000. Contact Mark, 904.262.5683, Email: nmbecker@comcast.net (FL) 1950 Ford Woodie wagon S/N A501912. French Blue/Blue Leather. 58,000 miles. 320-ci straight eight, manual. Engine and front end rebuilt 3000 miles ago. Overdrive. Beauti- S/N 860P28213. White/Tri-blue. 4,000 miles. 389-ci V8, Automatic. All numbers match; 389 4-barrel, auto trans, white power top, 4,000 since professional restoration. Excellent condition; drive or show. $45,000 OBO. Contact Matthew, 734.717.4470, Email: mmorri45@ford.com (MI) Sports Car Market


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1965 Corvair Monza coupe 1970 Ford Mustang convertible S/N 0F03F179005. Calipso Coral/white. 110,000 miles. V8, auto. Beautiful Calipso Coral with white seats and top. Magnum 500 wheels, 302 v8, auto, ps, and power top. Show winner. $19,995 OBO. Contact Gary, 501.779.6519, Email: speeddemon088@ hotmail.com (AR) Red/black. 80,000 miles. air-cooled, automatic. Very original car with recent paint. 140-hp engine, runs extremely well with excellent power. No rust or leaks. Collector owned. $7,250. Contact Mark, 267.992.2658, Email: farmermark@comcast. net (PA) 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible 1971 Chevrolet Caprice 2-dr hard top S/N 166471T215556. Beige/beige. 68,000 miles. 400-ci V8, Turbo 400. Miles original. Same family since new. Runs great, body and interior in pretty good condition $6,000 OBO. Contact George, 267.549.5015, Email: grmngeorg@aol.com (PA) 1973 Pontiac Grand Am Sunfire Yellow/Black. 4,500 miles. 427/425 L72, M22 4-spd. Teak wheel and knockoffs. Older frame-off restoration, new soft top, hard top. Instruments and clock restored. Excellent driver. $78,000 OBO. Contact Brandon, ATT, 773.718.0640, Email: Bluemax66@ att.net (IL) 1969 Shelby GT350 convertible Rare (under 60k made) Grand Am. Original white. 96k miles. 400-ci V8. Decent burgundy interior. New carpet. Fresh rebuild. Buckets and console. $4,900. Contact Brian, 630.988.8090, (IL) 1982 Chevrolet Corvette Collector Series coupe S/N 12. Cosworth DFX, Hewland. Cosworth DFX 2.65, fresh Bob Slade engine, new fuel cell, exhaust, ignition, hydraulics, battery, starter etc. Restored by Cal Wells. $64,000. Contact Jack, 805.450.0196, Email: jackbianchiusat@gmail.com (CA) White with color scheme/white and black. 3.6-liter Twin-Turbo, 6-spd. One of the participants of most thrilling races during the second half of the 1990s. BPR and FIA. Well-restored and powerful GT2. Blue Palm Service AG, +41.31.722.0000, Email: info@ bluepalmservice.com (CHE) © CSRG and HMSA and finished every event. Recent engine, brakes and rear end rebuild. Old log books and copies of bills on rebuild. $80,000 OBO. Contact Jim, 925.963.0570, Email: galluccijim@ aol.com (CA) 1987 March C race car 1995 Porsche 993 GT2-R Evo racer S/N 9F03M480101. Gulf Stream Aqua/white. 55,000 miles. 351 Windsor, Auto. Loaded, a/c, documented, Marti Report, 6th built in 1969, beautiful, runs great, needs nothing. Trade/Sell. Contact Dick, 561.272.1718, Email: cobracohen@aol.com (FL) 1970 Dodge Charger R/T SE 2-dr hard top All original. 70k miles. No rips or tears. Beautiful leather. Minor stone chips. Normal checks. 1950s and ‘60s trades considered. $12,900. Contact Dave, 330.544.0242, 2008 Shelby GT500 convertible S/N XS29U0G173576. Eggshell White/black. 93,000 miles. 440 Magnum, auto. Stunning presentation of one of one R/T SE Charger is rare Eggshell White. Total body off restoration with photos. Unheard of option list for R/T. Leather bucket seats, cruse control, air, rear-window defogger, deluxe interior package. Build sheet is original. Perfect mechanicals, tick toc tac. New glass, chrome, floors, trunk, interior, vinyl roof, etc. $45,000 receipts. Never hit. Rare class and muscle. Let the other guys all get orange. $45,000. Contact Mark, 816.830.2391, Email: tallsound@yahoo.com (KS) Grabber Orange/black leather. Rare color. Premium trim package. Shaker 1000, ambient lighting. New car on MSO. Seven miles. Still in plastic. $54,500. Contact David, 516.946.7771, (NY) Race 1967 Mercury Cougar racer S/N 7F91A592902. Red/black. 302, 4-sp. Ran with


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Auction Companies Artcurial-Briest-Poulain-Le Fur. 33 (0)1 42 99 2056, 33 (0)1 42 99 1639. 7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France. Email: motorcars@artcurial.com. www.artcurial.com/motorcars. (FR) 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. $0 insertion fee. $60 listing fee if vehicle sells for under or at $2,000, $125 if it sells for over $2,000. Visit the “Services” section on www.ebaymotors.com for more details. and informed experts in the industry. www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Mecum Auction Company. Auctions America. 877.906.2437, Formed in July 2010 as a subsidiary of RM Auctions, the Auctions America by RM team, led by collector car expert Donnie Gould, specializes in American classics, Detroit muscle, hot rods, customs and vintage motorcycles. Consign With Confidence. www.auctionsamerica.com. (IN) Gooding & Company. 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 watches 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) 310.899.1960, 310.899.0930. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, award-winning examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues. Our team of well-qualified experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the official auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, the recordsetting Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) H&H Classic Auctions. +44 8458 334455, +44 8458 334433. The Motor House, Lyncastle Road, Warrington, England. WA4 4BSN www.handh.co.uk. (U.K.) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Hollywood Wheels Auctions & Shows 800.237.8954, Hosting two auctions a year in beautiful Palm Beach, FL, March & December. Offering quality collector cars and personalized service, all in a climate-controlled, state-of-the-art facility. Come be a part of the excitement! Check us out at www.hollywoodcarauctions.com. Where Collectors Collect! See You On The Block! Bonhams. +44.207.228.8000, +44.207.585.0830. Montpelier St., Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH. www.bonhams.com. (U.K.) Bonhams. 415.391.4000, 415.391.4040. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103. www.bonhams.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) Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942, Carlisle Collector Car Auctions. 717.243.7855, 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle, PA 17013. Spring and Fall Auctions. High-line cars cross the 126 Join Leake Auction Company as they celebrate 40 years in the collector car auction industry. Their unsurpassed customer service and fast-paced twolane auction ring makes them a leader in the business. Leake currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Dallas and San Antonio. Visit them online at www.leakecar.com or call 800.722.9942. Russo and Steele Collector Auto- mobile Auctions. 602.252.2697, Fax: 602.252.6260. Specializing in the finest European sports, American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles; Russo and Steele hosts two recordbreaking 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 RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, 519.351.1337. With over three decades of experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290, 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 A family-run auction house producing two large classic cars auctions per year. McCormick’s Palm Springs Auctions has been in business for over 25 years, and each auction features over 500 classics & exotics. www.classic-carauction.com. (CA) Worldwide Auctioneers. 800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789, Worldwide Auctioneers was formed over a decade ago by vintage-motorcar specialists Rod Egan and John Kruse. The sale and acquisition of classic automobiles is our core business, and no one is better qualified. Worldwide is unique in having owners who are also our chief auctioneers, so you deal directly with the auctioneer, and we are wholly invested in achieving the best result for you. Our auctions are catalogue-based, offering a limited number of higher-end consignments, with an emphasis on quality rather than volume. (We don’t limit ourselves to only selling the most expensive cars in the world, but do ensure that every car we consign is the very best of its type.) In addition to helping collectors buy and sell cars at auction, we offer specialist-appraisal, estate-management and collection-consultancy services. Our dedicated private sales division serves the needs of individual collectors who seek privacy or to acquire vehicles that may not be available on the open market. www.worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) Alfa Romeo 262.275.5050. The Mecum Auction Company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 25 years, now offering more than 12,000 vehicles per year. Mecum Auctions is the world leader of collector car, exotics, vintage motorcycles and road art sales. Auctions are held throughout the United States and broadcast live on Velocity, Discovery Network. For further information, visit www.Mecum.com. 445 South Main Street Walworth, WI 53184. 262.275.5050 (WI) MotoeXotica Classic Cars & Auc- tions. 866.543.9393, After 24 years of selling classic cars, MotoeXotica has branched out with classic & exotic car auctions. MotoeXotica currently has auctions in St. Louis, MO; Springfield, MO; and Phoenix, AZ. Combining some of the industry’s lowest entry fees and commissions MotoeXotica is poised to keep expanding while maintaining superior customer service. Contact MotoeXotica today at 866-5439393 or online at www.motoexotica. com. Worth the trip! Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485, Silver Auctions isn’t successful because we auction the most expensive cars, we’re successful because we auction the cars that you love. Silver Auction’s staff, bidders and consignors are everyday people with a passion for Nostalgic and Collector cars. Come see the difference at Silver Auctions. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. Email: silver@silverauctions.com, www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Specialty Auto Auctions and Sales. 800.901.0022, Established by Bruce and Helen Douglas in 1987. Based in Colorado and doing auctions in Colorado, Nevada and South Dakota. This year we will join forces with Hot August Nights and B & T Custom Rods for two sales in Nevada. We will also be working with Automania for sales in South Dakota. For personalized service contact us. www.saaasinc.com. (CO) Centerline Products. 888.750. ALFA, Exclusively Alfa Romeo for over 30 years — rely on our experience to build and maintain your dream Alfa. Restoration, maintenance and Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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performance parts in stock for Giulietta through 164. Newly developed products introduced regularly. Check our web site for online store, new arrivals, tech tips, and special offers. www.centerlinealfa.com. (CO) collections, museums and marques with a balance of authoritative writing, precise research, unique historical documents and the modern photography of Michael Furman. Please visit our website to view our latest titles and order. www.CoachbuiltPress.com (PA). 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. Jon Norman’s Alfa Parts. 800.890.2532, 510.525.9519. 1221 Fourth Street, Berkley, CA 94710. Large selection of parts from Giulietta to 164. Efficient, personal service. www.alfapartscatalog.com. (CA) Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Appraisals Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters.com. Auto Appraisal Group. 800.848.2886, Offices located nationwide. Pre-purchase inspection service, insurance matters, charitable donations, resale vales, estates, expert witness testimony. On-site inspection. Certified, confidential, prompt, professional. “Not just one man’s opinion of value.” See web site for locations and service descriptions. www.autoappraisal.com. Brighton Motorsports. Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, Gooding & Company’s experts are well-qualified to appraise individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to assist you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) 480.483.4682, Brighton Motorsports, Scottsdale, AZ, 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) Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6092, www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the Preservation and Sales of European Classics, pre-war through the 1970s, since 1978. You can rely on our decades of experience with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine collectibles. Repeat customers are the lifeblood of our business. Contact us today to join them. Car Sales Manager, Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell.com. (MA) West Coast Auto Appraisals. 310.827.8400, Pre purchase, diminished value, total loss settlements, expert witness. Let us be your eyes and ears, friendly and very knowledgeable car experts, muscle cars, street rods, Europeans, Full Classics, modern-day and more. Servicing all of California, nationwide for larger car collections. Member of IAAA and AMA. Check out our web site for a full list of services. www.thecarappraiser.com. (CA) Automobilia Coachbuilt Press. 215-925-4233, Coachbuilt Press creates limited edition automotive titles for the discriminating motoring enthusiast. We present exceptional material on the most significant March 2013 The Last Detail. 847.689.8822 Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100, restoration 760.758.6119. Always buying: Offering top dollar for your European classics. Always selling: 3 showrooms with an excellent selection to choose from. Always Restoring: We feature an award-winning, world-class restoration facility, with the expertise to restore you car to any level, including modifications. Super craftsmanship; attention to detail; knowledgeable staff; servicing all of the collector’s needs. Located in San Diego County. Email: sales@classicshowcase.com, www.classicshowcase.comm. (CA) North Chicago / Kenilworth, IL, As “Trusted Advisors” for over 35 years, we have been helping enthusiasts make critical decisions before creating costly mistakes. Whether servicing, buying or selling, your one stop destination for all of your automotive needs, Down to.... The Last Detail! www.thelastdetail.com. (IL) a new breed of insurance for classic, antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary classic and limited-edition cars. To get a quote is even easier with our new online improvements. Go to www. barrett-jackson.com/insurance/, select Get a Quote, enter in a couple of key pieces of information about your vehicle and get an estimated quote within seconds! It’s that easy. Don’t be caught without the right insurance for your vehicle. In the unfortunate aftermath of damage to your vehicle, learning that your insurance won’t restore your prized possession to its former glory, or appropriately compensate you for your loss, is the last thing you want to hear. To get a quote by phone, call 877.545.2522. Buy/Sell/General Heritage Classics Motorcar Com- pany. 310.657.9699, www.heritageclassics.com. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, the premier West Coast classic car dealership established in 1985. Offering one of the largest indoor showrooms in Southern California with an exceptional inventory of the very finest American and European classic cars available. We buy, sell and consign collectible automobiles, offering the best consignment terms available, contact us at sales@heritageclassics.com When in Southern California visit our beautiful showroom and specialty automotive bookstore, Heritage Classics Motorbooks, open Monday–Saturday. For current inventory and to visit our virtual bookstore visit www.heritageclassics.com Passport Transport. 800.736.0575, Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a classic, a ’60s muscle car or a modern exotic, you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles, and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com. Collector Car Insurance Hartek Automotive, 319.337.4140, Hartek Automotive is a division of Hartwig Motors Inc., one of the oldest automotive retailers in the Midwest since 1912. Hartek Automotive specializes in the maintenance and sale of sports and prestige automobiles. Their reputation for service continues with a very personalized approach to maintenance of an individual’s daily driver, to the restoration of that special automobile. Hartek Automotive also offers pre-sale or post-sale inspections. Located in Iowa, we are equally accessible for the enthusiast from anywhere. Drive in or fly in...you will find us most accommodating. www.hartek.org (IA) 949.412.8812, We buy and sell great woodies — hundreds to date. If you are buying or selling give us a call. We can help. Woodies are fun! Every car collection should have at least one. Located in Laguna Niguel, California. www.woodiesusa.com. (CA) Classic Car Transport Motor Auto Express, Inc. 360.661.1734, Enclosed Transport. MAX cares for what you care for. We offer Personal, Private, Professional services with liftgate loading for your vehicles. Please contact Randy McKinley, Owner. maxiet@gmail.com. (WA) 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. Woodies USA. 949.922.7707, 127


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Grundy Worldwide. 888.647.8639, Grundy Worldwide offers agreed value insurance with no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, and high liability limits. Our coverages are specifically designed for collectible-car owners. From classic cars to muscle cars, Grundy Worldwide has you covered. (*Zero deductible available in most states.) 888.6GRUNDY (888.647.8639). www.grundyworldwide.com. (PA) pointed 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) Griffith, Jaguar, Austin Healey, MG, Marcos, Panoz, Lola, and more. Over 50 sports and race cars always in stock. Please check our website for our latest inventory offerings: www.wirewheel.com. (FL) Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC. 631.425.1555, All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servicingcomplete 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) Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. 800.922.4050, is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com. (MI) 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. Program is ideal for those who wish to own their vehicle at the end of the term, as well as for those who like to change cars frequently. Our Simple Interest Early Termination Program allows you the flexibility of financing with the tax advantages of leasing. Contact Premier at 877.973.7700 or info@pfsllc.com. www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) German Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100, Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100, restoration 760.758.6119. World class full service restoration facility. Creating show/show drivers, and driver restorations. Specializing in British, German and Italian classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship; knowledgeable staff; passionate on quality. Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) RPM Classic Sports Cars. 802.877.2645, With over 25 years of experience in Classic Italian Sports cars, we know how to make your car perform as new. Please visit our web site showing numerous cars for sale and a frequently updated blog to see what is going on in our busy shop, including video links of engines being run on a test stand and on a chassis dynamometer. Our two-car enclosed transporter makes getting your car to our shop within the Northeast a breeze. www.rpmvt.com. 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. (FL) Fourintune Garages Inc. 262.375.0876, www.fourintune. com. Complete ground-up restoration on British Marques – specializing in Austin-Healeys for 35 years. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process. Located in historic Cedarburg since 1976 – just minutes north of Milwaukee, WI. restoration 760.758.6119. World class full-service restoration facility. Creating show/show drivers, and driver restorations. Specializing in German, British, and Italian classics. Superb fit, attention to detail, great craftsmanship, knowledgeable staff, passionate on quality. Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) European Collectibles, Inc. T. Rutlands & T. Rutlands West J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290, Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. English 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) provides international service from one of the world’s largest Ferrari parts inventories coast to coast. We have more Ferrari parts, more Ferrari parts experience and better Ferrari parts prices than most anyone. Since 1981 T. Rutlands has been building valuable partnerships with the Ferrari industry’s most respected repair shops, professionals and car owners seeking to provide a one-stop shopping experience for Ferrari parts, tools and accessories. Ferrari parts are our only business and we are true product and service specialists in every sense of the word. When you need a comprehensive parts selection for both vintage and contemporary Ferraris, you can count on a single-source leader in the Ferrari parts business…T. Rutlands. Call us Toll Free 800.638.1444, Internationally 770.493.8852. Email: Sales@ trutlands.com. www.trutlands.com Finance www.wirewheel.com, 772.299.9788. Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959, 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly ap- 128 British Sports and Race Cars BoughtSold-Traded. Located in Beautiful Vero Beach, Florida. In business for over 25 years, specializing in Lotus, TVR, Premier Financial Services is the nation’s leading lessor of vintage and exotic motorcars. Our Simple Lease Cosdel International Transportation. Since 1960 Cosdel International Trans- Sports Car Market 949.650.4718, European Collectibles has been buying, consigning, selling and restoring classic European sports cars since 1986. We specialize in Porsche (356 and 911) 1950s to early 1970s along with other marks including Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari, MG, Austin Healey & Jaguar with 40 vehicles in stock to choose from. European Collectibles also offers complete mechanical and cosmetic restorations to concours level along with routine service. Located in Orange County, CA, between Los Angeles and San Diego. Sales@europeancollectibles.com or visit our website www.europeancollectibles.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 manufacturer-trained technicians and the widest selection of Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts, we are the source. www.mbclassiccenter.com. (CA) Import/Export RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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portation has been handling international shipments by air, ocean and truck. Honest service, competitive pricing and product expertise have made Cosdel the natural shipping choice for the world’s best-known collectors, dealers and auction houses. If you are moving a car, racing or rallying, or attending a concours event overseas, Cosdel is your comprehensive, worldwide resource for all of your nationwide and international shipping needs. We are your automobile Export Import Experts. 415.777.2000 carquotes@cosdel.com. www.cosdel.com. (CA) Italian 3.5-acre show field, theater, café, banquet hall and meeting facilities. To become an ACM member, volunteer or make a donation, visit www.lemaymuseum.org. (WA) Parts and Accessories Bob Smith Coachworks Inc. Griot’s Garage. 800.345.5789, Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300, with more than 30 years in the industry and worldwide clientele in dealing in European race and sports cars, specializes in classic Ferraris of the ’50s & ’60s. www.ferrari4you.com Leasing Griot’s Garage celebrating over 22 years as your best source for a full line of car care cleaners, polishes, waxes, sealants, and detailing accessories. Call to receive a full-color handbook/catalog or enjoy the easy-to-use website for fast and fun ordering. Sign up for weekly emails specials. Have fun on our blog at Inmygarage.com or join us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to watch numerous how-to videos for proper car care tips and tricks. You’ll also enjoy 13 episodes of Griot’s Garage Treasures. Our number one goal is to ensure that you always... Have fun in your garage! www.griotsgarage.com. (WA) 940.668-8622, 960.665.4657 (fax). Complete exotic and vintage automobile restoration performed by master craftsmen to the highest standards of excellence. Bob Smith Coachworks Inc., 1600 Floral Dr., Gainesville, TX 76240. Email: bsmith@bobsmithcoachworks.com. (TX) RPM Classic Sports Cars. 802.877.2645, With over 25 years of experience in Classic Italian Sports cars, we know how to make your car perform as new. Please visit our web site showing numerous cars for sale and a frequently updated blog to see what is going on in our busy shop, including video links of engines being run on a test stand and on a chassis dynamometer. Our two-car, enclosed transporter makes getting your car to our shop within the Northeast a breeze. www.rpmvt.com. Classic Restoration. 303.761.1245, Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. For over 25 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. It’s Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than one million dollars, with terms extending up to 84 months visit www.putnamleasing.com or call 1.866.90.LEASE. Literature WeatherTech® Automotive Ac- cessories. 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 allweather 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 www.WeatherTech.com. Restoration — General Classic Restoration by Country Club Auto, located in Colorado, is a large facility that offers world-class restoration, repair and fabrication services. Highly organized, fiscally responsible and providing biweekly detailed billing, we keep you abreast of the rapid progress of your project in every way. Check out our excellent web site for details. Email doug@classicrestodenver.com. www.classicrestodenver.com. (CO) destination providing the highest quality services from basic maintenance to full frame-off restorations. www.thelastdetail.com. (IL) The Guild of Automotive RestorHigh Mountain Classics. 970.532.2339, World-class restoration, repair, and maintenance. Many Pebble Beach Class wins and Best of Show evidence our pursuit of restoration excellence. We service and maintain blue-chip collectibles, race cars, and other investment-grade cars, and provide vintage race track support. We have particular excellence with Bugatti and other pre-war marques. www.HighMountainClassics.com Via Corsa Car Lover’s Guide- books. Travel the world with guidebooks written for car enthusiasts! We cover car museums, factory tours, race tracks, auctions, and major events. Exclusive interviews with Alice Cooper, Hans-Joachim Stuck, Derek Bell, Mario Andretti, and more! Our guidebooks are available at motorbooks.com and amazon.com. Museums Alan Taylor Company Inc. LeMay—America’s Car Museum, opened in June 2012 in Tacoma, WA, explores how the automobile has fulfilled a distinctive role at the core of the American experience and shaped our society. The spacious museum with rotating exhibits is designed to be the centerpiece for automotive history as well as an educational center and library. The campus also contains a March 2013 760.489.0657, is a full-service automotive restoration and repair facility that specializes in Pre and Post-War European and American Automobiles. With an emphasis on French Marques including Bugatti & Delahaye and over 50 years of experience in the automotive field, we have proven to be a leader in the automotive industry. Our facility provides a full-array of services including Fabrication, Metal-Shaping, Engine & Transmission Rebuilding, Machine Shop, Award-Winning Upholstery, Paint Shop and Pattern Making & Castings. Providing these services in-house has proved to be highly efficient and has enabled us to provide our clients with the highest level of old-fashioned quality workmanship, professionalism and client services. www.alantaylorcompany.com JWF Restorations Inc. Special- izing in AC restoration from street to concours, U.S. Registrar AC Owners Club (U.K.). Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St. Portland, OR 97225 503-706-8250 Fax 503-646-4009 The world’s largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership is not required. Monthly magazine. Email:jim@jwfrestoration.com (OR) Sports and Competition ers. 905.775.0499. The Guild is one of the most recognizable names in the business of restoring antique and classic cars, and with good reason. We are a multi-service facility, which means that your car is fully restored under one roof and the process is under full control at all times. Projects are carefully managed through all tasks, and owners are kept informed with weekly email reports, phone calls and photographs. We are skilled in all aspects of the craft of restoration and are as comfortable coach building a car from scratch as we are doing light maintenance on rare and valuable cars or tune-ups on the family’s original heirloom Model T. If you want your car worked on by a company that still maintains their passion of the hobby and provides you with the accountability of good friends, give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you. David Grainger/Janice Stone, proprietors. www.guildclassiccars.com. (CAN) RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, The Last Detail. 847.689.8822 North Chicago / Kenilworth, Il., As “Trusted Advisors” for over 35 years, we have been assisting enthusiasts make critical decisions before creating costly mistakes. Whether servicing, buying or selling, TLD is your one stop 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, U.K. 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) © 129


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Carl Bomstead eWatch Bugatti Mascot and Tin Toys Lead Sales The original cardboard box boosted a tin Packard toy past $11k. Did you save toy boxes on your birthday? Thought Carl’s At a recent auction in Warsaw, Poland, a number of celebrity photographer Milton H. Greene’s photographs were offered. Most were proceeds going to the Poland State Treasury, owners of the photographs as a result of a complex mid-1990s embezzlement scandal. Here are a few other items of interest we found while whiling away the hours on the Internet: EBAY #140896289517— STANOCOLA POLARINE MOTOR OIL PORCELAIN FLANGE SIGN. Number of bids: 17. SOLD AT: $5,600. Date: 12/17/2012. Stanocola was the brand name for Standard Oil of Louisiana, and their colorful logo and limited marketing area makes any of their advertising very collectible. This colorful 22-inch-by20-inch porcelain flange sign was in wonderful condition and was well worth the money. EBAY #251199904466—1953 EBAY #300816613444 —1950s PERSIANS CAR CLUB PLAQUE. Number of Bids: 17. SOLD AT: $356. Date Sold: 11/25/2012. The Persians were a hot-rod club in California’s San Gabriel Valley and lasted until the early 1970s. What was left of the club became the better-known Majestics. Due to the Southern California history, this plaque attracted a lot of attention and sold for about three times what lesser-known hotrod club plaques sell for. ALPS PACKARD PATRICIAN JAPANESE TIN TOY. Number of Bids: 31. SOLD AT: $11,600. Date: 12/20/2012. This is one of the most desirable 1950s Japanese tin toys. It is 16 inches in length and in very good, but not exceptional, condition. The colorful box was the big plus here. It was acquired by the seller at the Donald Kaufman auction in 2009 for $11,500, so not a lot of movement in the ensuing years. EBAY #290800418193— l’art et l’automobile LOT 366—BUGATTI ROYAL MASCOT SCULPTED BY REMBRANDT BUGATTI. Number of Bids: 5. SOLD AT: $89,100. Date: 12/12/2012. This sterling LORAIN PRESSED STEEL TOY SET #305. Number EBAY #300823831343—1928 of Bids: 15. SOLD AT: $449. Date: 12/2/2012. This set included a 12- EBAY #160901576634— ROLLS-ROYCE SCHNEIDER TROPHY SEAPLANE MASCOT. Number of Bids: 3. SOLD AT: $1,899.03. Date: 10/24/20121. The Schneider Trophy seaplane 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 $65 for 12 monthly issues in the U.S., $95 Canada/Mexico, Europe $105, Asia/Africa/Middle East $115. Subscriptions are payable in advance in U.S. currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 877.219.2605, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 130 LANDON KNOX LICENSE PLATE ATTACHMENT. Number of Bids: 14. SOLD AT: $500. Alf Landon, who was the governor of Kansas, ran for president in 1936. Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated him in a landslide, with Landon winning only Maine and Vermont. This license plate attachment was in unused condition, and the sunflower motif was, of course, recognizing the Sunflower State, which Landon could not even carry. This item pushes a lot of buttons — thus the big bucks. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market silver mascot decorated the Coupe de Ville Binder Type 41 Bugatti Royale #41111. It was stated to have been taken off the car by the thenowner in the late 1950s and given to the consignor’s father, an avid mascot collector. It was stamped “Atelier d’art Valsiani,” which was the foundry mark. An expensive buy, but in time, a solid investment. inch chassis and three bodies that can be interchanged, making the toy a dump truck, taxi or coupe. It also included a booklet showing their other toys. It was in un-playedwith condition, with only minor wear to the attractive box. A cool piece at a reasonable price. race took place 11 times between 1913 and 1931. Great Britain won the event in 1927, 1929 and 1931 — permanently retaining the trophy. The Supermarine S.6 was powered by Rolls-Royce engines, and they presented these mascots, which were stamped “Rolls-Royce” under the pontoon, to team members and other dignitaries. They are rather rare, but they show up from time to time and usually go for a bit more than was paid here. Well bought. of Marilyn Monroe taken between 1953 and 1957, when Greene was her adviser and business manager. A black-and-white photograph of Monroe reclining in a chair wearing black stockings realized $16,000. Another of her in a ballerina dress fetched $20,000, with the