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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 2014 . Volume 26 . Number 3 FERRARI This Month’s Market Movers Up Close by Steve Ahlgrim 46 ENGLISH AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why by Paul Hardiman 48 64 74 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II $2,035,000 / RM Predicting Ferrari prices is an art ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne 52 1952 Jaguar C-Type Roadster $4,774,182 / Bonhams This car fetched more than the D-type GERMAN by Gary Anderson 54 84 92 102 108 1964 Facel Vega II Coupe $553,041 / Bonhams Ringo Starr’s ride catches a rising tide AMERICAN 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL $54,583 / Bonhams The current value darling for M-B collectors by John L. Stein 56 RACE by Thor Thorson 58 197 Vehicles Rated at 11 Sales RM / SOTHEBY’S New York, NY: When 34 cars are presented as art, 31 sell for $62.5m total — John Lyons BONHAMS London, U.K.: 28 of 34 cars change hands for $27.6m total, with the eight-car Ecurie Ecosse collection alone making $14.5m — Paul Hardiman BONHAMS Oxford, U.K.: 57 of 76 cars sell for $2.6m total at Bonhams’ final sale of the year — Paul Hardiman BRANSON Branson, MO: Bidders take home 103 out of 215 cars at this $2.3m sale — B. Mitchell Carlson BONHAMS London, U.K.: 13 out of 14 cars sell for $2.9m total at this sale of century-old automobiles — Paul Hardiman ROUNDUP Highlights from Mecum in Anaheim, CA; Leake in Dallas, TX; McCormick in Palm Springs, CA; Silverstone in Birmingham, U.K.; H&H in Duxford, U.K.; and Collector Car Productions in Toronto, CAN — Michael Leven, Cody Tayloe, Carl Bomstead, Paul Hardiman, Norm Mort 1964 Chevrolet CERV II $1,100,000 / RM A $1.1m glimpse of what might have been 8 1961 Alfa Romeo SZ-1 Coupe $442,924 / Bonhams Too much of a racer reduces value Cover photo: 1952 Jaguar C-type; Simon Clay, courtesy of Bonhams Sports Car Market


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40 2013 Lake Mirror Classic COLUMNS 12 Shifting Gears Avoid common collector-car sins and drive with grace Keith Martin 28 Affordable Classic The Nissan 300ZX will rise in value, but not until most hit the recycle bin Jeff Zurschmeide 32 Legal Files Selling a car “as is” is no protection against claims of negligence John Draneas 34 Simon Says The dizzying speed of current car trading reminds me of watching Chinese ping-pong players Simon Kidston 50 The Cumberford Perspective The C-type was Jaguar’s big leap in design — and into racing history Robert Cumberford 138 eWatch Stan Musial’s memorabilia sales beat 22 years of baseball earnings Carl Bomstead FEATURES 30 Collecting Thoughts: The $2.9m sale of the Ecurie Ecosse transporter establishes historic race haulers as important collectibles 10 38 Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat: Bugattis, BMWs and Aston Martins bask in the Low Country’s autumn sunshine 40 2013 Lake Mirror Classic: Beautiful cars in October 42 2013 Milwaukee Masterpiece: Whimsy rules as hearses, ambulances and limousines join the fray DEPARTMENTS 14 Auction Calendar 14 Crossing the Block 16 The Inside Line: Amelia Island and Desert Concorso 18 Contributors: Get to know our writers 20 You Write: Bora gratification, Audi Quattro Sport and one sumptuous Ponton 22 Display Advertisers Index 24 Time Pieces: Why are women’s watches overlooked? 24 Neat Stuff: A double pocketknife and a Porsche office chair for less than $6k 26 In Miniature: 1995–96 Porsche 993 Carrera RS Clubsport 26 Book Review: Inside Shelby American: Wrenching and Racing with Carroll Shelby in the 1960s 70 Glovebox Notes: 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid sedan 80 Rising Sun: Recent sales of Japanese collector cars 124 Fresh Meat: 2013 Mercedes-Benz S550, 2012 BMW M3 Competition Edition, 2012 Audi R8 GT 126 Mystery Photo: “Poor paint prep ultimately reveals all flaws” 126 Comments with Your Renewal: “Would enjoy some articles about how auction reporters assess/rate condition elements (paint, interiors etc.)” 128 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 132 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs Sports Car Market


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin A Collector-Car Catechism Follow the SCM Way to make your old car into one you can trust and use Thou shalt not have a shop practice on your car Another query we get frequently goes something like this: “A couple of years ago, I bought a Gullwing, my first expensive German car. The shop that takes care of my MGs and Triumphs said they had always wanted to work on a Gullwing, and thought it would be fun. They were sure they could do it much cheaper than the outrageous prices they had read about from Gullwing specialists. “It is now two years later, my Gullwing is in 1,000 pieces, the new It’s freshly restored. What could possibly go wrong? A t times, the SCM offices resemble an automotive confessional. Emails, texts, Facebook postings, faxes and sometimes even old-school, hand-written letters flood in — each missive asking for collector-car absolution or permission. “Dear SCM, please forgive me as I have sinned and bought a car over the Internet without seeing it in person… again.” “Keith, I am offered a great deal on a Ferrari. It’s a 308 GT4, friends tell me they are the last undervalued Ferrari, and they’re sure to jump in price soon. This one has been color changed from yellow to red. I’m told the engine was recently tuned by a specialist but they don’t have any paperwork, and the aftermarket sunroof looks great. Best of all, it’s really cheap! Do you agree this is a great first Italian Stallion for me?” In the spirit of helping you find the SCM Way of car collecting, we’re sharing three chapters from our evolving catechism for car collectors. You’ll probably find sins, errors and omissions familiar to you. Thou shalt have agreed value insurance SCM has existed for 26 years, but we continue to be amazed at the number of collector-car owners who are not aware of insurance specifically designed for collector cars. I recently got a letter from a gentleman whose 1962 Healey BN7 tri-carb was badly hit. The frame was bent, all body panels damaged, and it needed a total restoration. He had insured the car, which he described as at concours-level condition before the crash, as an occasional driver on his regular car policy. His insurance company decided it was worth $50,000, and that’s the end of the discussion. He asked me if I can help him with the value of the car — and con- vince the insurance company that the real value is more like $100,000. This horse is already out of the barn. The day job of those who insure regular cars is to minimize their losses. Essentially, when you agree to a modern-car insurer’s policy, you agree to take their value for your car if it is totaled. With nearly every collector-car policy, you have an “agreed value.” You and the insurance company agree on what your collector car is worth, and if the car is totaled, you get written a check for that amount. Period. No questions asked. The determination of value is done before you sign the policy, so that never becomes an issue. In fact, in a rising market, your challenge is to make sure that the agreed value of your car is in line with current market values. As a general rule, the only advice I give to someone who has a regular car policy for their collector car — and who is involved in a dispute — is to hire an attorney. And make sure their other collector cars have an agreed-value policy. 12 paint job is crappy and the shop is tired of the project. The bills keep coming but I don’t see any work being done. How do I get out of this mess?” There’s no simple answer here. Exotic cars — especially expensive ones — are extremely complicated, and each marque, and often each model within a marque, requires its own expert to properly take it apart, renew it and put it back together. Fifty years ago, when many of these cars, even Gullwings, were just used cars, the service options were more diverse, primarily because all the cars needed was “service.” They hadn’t become a Lego set of thousands of parts, all either worn out or nearly worn out. Someone who has restored 100 Gullwings will have learned nearly all of the “gotchas” by now, and what you are paying for is their accumulated expertise as they make your car right. There is no winning with amateur-level restorations. Without an expert, hose clamps will be wrong, shades of paint will be incorrect, engine clearances will be set improperly, heater valves won’t work properly and so on — and on and on and on. You need a restorer who knows your car like the back of his hand, and does everything necessary — whether evident at first glance or not — the first time through. Thou shalt not confuse a just-restored car with a fully functioning one “Dear Keith — I recently bought the car of my dreams: a 1955 Lancia Aurelia Spyder. I’m going to have the drivetrain and braking systems completely redone, as I’ve been accepted for next year’s Mille Miglia. My restorer says he can have the car done three months from now — just in time to have it air-freighted to Brescia for the start of the event. What could possibly go wrong?” In a word, everything. On an emotional level, there is nothing more tragic than seeing freshly restored cars stopped by the side of the road, hoods up, during the first 100 miles of a high-end event. It’s never something large that brings these shiny-paint-job, zero- miles-since-restoration cars down. It’s almost always something simple with the fuel system, electrics or brakes. As a rule of thumb, it takes at least six months to get a “restored” car into daily-use condition. There is no shortcut. You take it out, and before it dies and you have to have it towed back to the shop, you quickly make a list of deficiencies. These range from windshield wipers that don’t wipe to brakes that pull to the left. Have those problems fixed, take it out again — perhaps without a tow home this time — make another list, and repeat as necessary until you’ve got a real car. Our goal at SCM is for you to extract the maximum pleasure from your vintage machine. There’s no cheap way to make a worn-out old piece of machinery into a reliable car, but there are ways to proceed that are more thoughtful than others. Don’t be a part of the gang that has to learn from painful experience; follow the SCM Way and we’ll help you get to the Promised Land of On-The-Button old cars. ♦ Sports Car Market John Draneas


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Crossing the Block Tony Piff Images courtesy of the respective auction companies For more information about events marked (*), see the SCM Insider’s Guide to the Spring Auctions, polybagged with this issue from Corvettes and muscle, to low-riders and pickups, to drivergrade Bentleys and Rolls. 1958 BMW 507 Series II at Gooding & Company Amelia Island Gooding & Company — The Amelia Island Auction* Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 7 More: www.goodingco.com Last year: 69/71 cars sold / $28.2m Gooding & Company’s boutique presentation of some of the world’s most important cars brings together a dedicated clientele of well-heeled collectors from around the globe. Last year at Amelia, sale prices averaged $408k per car. Eight cars achieved seven-figure prices, topped by a 1928 Bentley 4½ Litre Semi-Le Mans tourer at $2.8m. This year, the featured early consignments include a largely original 1958 BMW 507 Series II (Gooding estimate: $1.5m–$2m) and a preservationclass 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT (contact Gooding for estimate). Hollywood Wheels — The Amelia Island Select Motorcars & More* Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 7–9 More: www.seeyouontheblock. com Amelia Island weekend now offers a third collector-car sale. Hollywood Wheels has partnered with Festivals of Speed for this “luxury lifestyle event and auction.” Headliners for the inaugural event include a 1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible, a 1961 Imperial Crown convertible, a 1931 Bentley Le Mans “Birkin Monoposto” replica, a 1956 Jaguar XK 140 roadster, a 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190SL convertible, and two Ford GTs — a 2005 with less than 500 miles and a 2006 Gulf Heritage edition with less than 100 miles. RM Auctions — Automobiles of Amelia Island* When: March 8 Where: Amelia Island, FL 14 Web: www.rmauctions.com Last year: 81/88 cars sold / $26.9m RM offers a carefully curated assortment of top-tier collectibles at their very upscale Amelia Island auction. Last year, the 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Walker-LaGrande convertible coupe was the most expensive car of Amelia Island weekend at $4.5m. Among the star cars for 2014’s sale are a 1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Court roadster by Figoni et Falaschi (RM estimate: $5m–$6m), a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II cabriolet ($1.5m–$1.8m), a 1957 BMW 507 Series II roadster ($1.4m– $1.8m), and a 1965 Shelby GT350 R ($900k–$1.1m). Bonhams — Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia Where: Oxford, U.K. When: March 8 More: www.bonhams.com Last year: 41/58 cars sold / $1.7m Look for about 60 quality collectibles at Bonhams’ spring Oxford auction. Prices average around $40k, with classic British marques such as MG, Morris and Morgan well represented. There’s sure to be some Detroit iron and exotic Italian fare thrown in for variety as well. A 1968 Ferrari 250 GT SWB replica earned the top slot last spring at $381k. Silver Auctions — Arizona in the Spring* When: March 14–15 Where: Fort McDowell, AZ More: www.silverauctions.com Silver’s January Fort McDowell auction is well known for its affordable classic cars and family-friendly atmosphere. For 2014, Silver builds on that success, adding a second Fort McDowell sale. You can bet there will be a wide assortment of vintage offerings, Auctions America — Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale* Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL When: March 14–16 More: www.rmauctions.com Last year: 369/515 cars sold / $17.5m This well-established sale sees about 500 cars cross the block, and average sold price hovers between $40k and $50k, although there are plenty of big-money cars, too — a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing earned $880k here a year ago. Early highlights this time around include a 1930 Ford Model A pickup, a 1946 Chrysler Town & Country convertible, a 1936 Auburn 852 supercharged phaeton, a 1972 Ferrari Dino 246, a 1970 Boss 302 Mustang, a 1970 Chevelle SS 454 LS6, a 1968 Shelby GT350 convertible, a 1965 Shelby GT350 and a 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra. Dan Kruse Classics — San Antonio 2014* Where: San Antonio, TX When: March 29 More: www.dankruseclassics.com Last year: 90/183 cars sold / $1.8m American muscle from the Big Three will feature prominently at this spring sale, but you can count on a strong selection of VWs, Mercedes and British sports cars, too. Prices averaged $20k last year. ♦ 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 1—PETERSEN Salem, OR 5—RM Paris, FRA 6—BONHAMS Paris, FRA 7–8—ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA 17—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 21–22—LEAKE Oklahoma City, OK 21–23—MCCORMICK’S Palm Springs, CA 22–23—SILVERSTONE Warwickshire, U.K. 25—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 26—H&H Buxton, U.K. 28–MAR 2—G. POTTER KING Atlantic City, NJ MARCH 3—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 5—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, U.K. 6–8—GAA Greensboro, NC 7—GOODING & CO. Amelia Island, FL 7–9—HOLLYWOOD WHEELS Amelia Island, FL 8—BONHAMS Oxford, U.K. 8—RM Amelia Island, FL 8—SMITH’S Cape Girardeau, MO 8—SPECIALTY AUTO Loveland, CO 11—COYS London, U.K. 14–15—SILVER Fort McDowell, AZ 14–16—AUCTIONS AMERICA Fort Lauderdale, FL 14–16—ELECTRIC GARAGE Red Deer, AB, CAN 29—COYS Essen, DEU 29—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS San Antonio, TX APRIL 4–6—COLLECTOR CAR PRODUCTIONS Toronto, ON, CAN Sports Car Market 10–12—MECUM Houston, TX 11–12—BRANSON Branson, MO 11–12—SILVER Portland, OR 11–13—BARRETTJACKSON Palm Beach, FL 11–13—ELECTRIC GARAGE Edmonton, AB, CAN 13—MECUM Houston, TX 24—H&H Duxford, U.K. 25–26—LEAKE Dallas, TX 26—COYS Ascot, U.K. 26—SPECIALTY AUTO Brighton, CO 27—BONHAMS Stafford, U.K. 28—BONHAMS Hendon, U.K. 29—BARONS Surrey, U.K.


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Inside Line Alex Martin-Banzer Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com. Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Events ■ The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is taking over the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, FL, from March 7 to 9. The Porsche Driving Experience and test drives of various manufacturers begin Friday, March 7. The Great Offy Drivers’ Seminar is the same day. Indy 500 Winner Johnny Rutherford will moderate a panel of drivers, including Parnelli Jones, Al Unser and Bobby Unser. The Merchants of Speed Seminar begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 8. Team owners from various forms of motorsport divulge the trials and tribulations — along with the great triumphs — of owning a successful racing team. The Concours d’Elegance rolls onto the 10th and 18th Fairways on Sunday, March 8. Legendary racer Jochen Mass is this year’s honoree. Alexander Calder’s 1975 Le Mans 3.0 CSL Art Car is the star of the Batmobile Class. For ticket information and packages, visit www.ameliaconcours.org (FL) ■ Any reason to visit France is a good reason — especially if cars are involved. From March 21 to 23, the Avignon Motor Festival is in full swing. Festival organizers say the event “brings together the whole family of automobiles from all the periods.” Touring 12 exhibition halls packed with gearhead treasures does ensure that there is plenty for everyone to see. There will be three classic- 16 car parks, a concours d’elegance, the Artmobile art gallery, parts for sale and an auction. Maserati’s 100th anniversary will hit high gear, and Avignon’s International Rally will throttle up as well. Admission prices and other information can be found at www. avignon-motor-festival.com (FR) ■ The world-famous Concorso Italiano brings their fun formula to the first-ever Desert Concorso on March 30 at the Shadow Mountain Resort in Palm Desert, CA. European lifestyle is the theme, and Italian food, fashion, art and music will set the stage for the gorgeous Italian automobiles on display. Maserati’s 100th anniversary will be celebrated. Expect to see exceptional sports cars from the U.K., Germany, and France. Selected American hot rods will be on the grass as well, including cars from Boyd Coddington, Roy Brizio, and Steve Moal. Publisher Martin will emcee this automotive desert extravaganza. The event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $70 and can be purchased online at www. desertconcorso.com (CA) ♦ Concorso Italiano will head to even drier climes for the first Desert Concorso Sports Car Market Courtesy of Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Tony Piff


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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 / 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 Editors at Large Colin Comer , Simon Kidston Copy Editors Yael Abel, David Tomaro Senior Auction Analysts B. Mitchell Carlson, Carl Bomstead, Dale Novak Paul Hardiman (Europe) Auction Analysts John Clucas (Australia), Daniel Grunwald, Jérôme Hardy (Europe), Norm Mort (Canada), Phil Skinner, Michael Leven, John Lyons, Cody Tayloe, Kevin Coakley Contributing Editors Steve Ahlgrim (Ferrari), Gary Anderson (English), Robert Cumberford (Design), John Draneas (Legal), Prescott Kelly (Porsche), Donald Osborne (Etceterini), Thor Thorson (Race Cars) Contributors John Apen, Diane Brandon, Marshall Buck, Dale Novak Miles Collier, Martin Emmison, Jay Harden, Paul Hardiman, Alex Hofberg, Ed Milich, Stephen Serio, John L. Stein, Jack Tockston CORRESPONDENCE Email service@sportscarmarket.com Customer Support www.sportscarmarket.com/helpdesk Fax 503.253.2234 General P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 FedEx/DHL/UPS 401 NE 19th Ave., Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232 The information in Sports Car Market magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy, and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2014 by Sports Car Market, Inc., Automotive Investor Media Group and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by Sports Car Market magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. Canada Post Publication Agreement #41578525 PRINTED IN USA SCM Contributors DAVE OLIMPI, SCM Contributor, is a marketer of distinctive collectible automobiles, with a particular passion for Italian cars. His career in the auto- mobile business began as an employee of the Ferrari/Maserati/Lancia dealership that had acquired the Derham Custom Body Company in Rosemont, PA, one of several carriage trade concerns that manufactured one-off bodies for the great automotive marques of the 1920s and 1930s. A longtime member of the Ferrari Club of America, Dave is an FCA concours judge at the Cavallino Classic and Concorso Italiano, as well as the Chief Judge for the St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance and the Bahamas Speed Week Revival concours in Nassau. Turn to p. 38 for his report on the first-ever Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat. 18 BILL ROTHERMEL, SCM Contributor, has had a lifelong interest in cars. According to family accounts, while a toddler in his stroller he would amaze an audience with his ability to identify the make and model of passing automobiles. An automotive historian, his interests range from the cars of the Brass and Classic eras to muscle cars, post-war American cars and European sports cars. He currently serves as master of ceremonies at the Boca Raton Concours, the Pinehurst Concours, the St. Michaels Concours and many other car events. His work has been featured in Antique Automobile, Auto Events, Automobile Quarterly, the Flying Lady, Old Cars Weekly, and Total 911 Magazine. His review of the 2013 Lake Mirror Classic is on p. 40, and he reports on the 2013 Milwaukee Masterpiece on p. 42. JOHN L. STEIN, SCM Contributor, is a product of the 1960s SoCal car and bike culture and has been screwing around with Ducati motorcycles since he was 16. An unhealthy interest in cars, bikes and boats saw him simultaneously gripped by the ownership of a twincam Lotus Europa and Kaiser Special, NSU Super Max and Ducati 750 GT motorbikes, and a mahogany Chris-Craft runabout. After leaving his job as Road Test Editor at Cycle magazine, he had a short-lived career in marine biology before becoming Associate Editor at Automobile and then Editor of Corvette Quarterly. He is also the Corvette columnist for American Car Collector, SCM’s sister magazine. 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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 These great cars are meant to be driven hard. They are fast, comfortable, capable and nearly bulletproof Immediate gratification To the Editor: My Maserati Bora 4.9 (LHD) was one of 275 made during 1971–79 (slightly more RHD Boras were made). It has been over 10 years since SCM did an article featuring this unusual and iconic mid-engined, 4-cam car. This time I’d like to see SCM go beyond the usual content, largely inherited from prior nonowner professional magazine writers, and get more in-depth reality from real long-term owners — particularly from those who use their cars regularly and don’t just baby them, show them, and garage them. These great cars are meant to be driven hard. They are fast, comfortable, capable and nearly bulletproof. Driving one 20 regularly permits a depth of appreciation that escapes nearly every article written to date. — Ned Evans, via email Executive Editor Chester Allen responds: Ned, I’m happy to report that our own Donald Osborne wrote a profile on a 1973 Bora 4.9 coupe for the February 2014 issue (p. 56). It’s not often that SCM can make a reader’s wish come true before we even know of the wish. I hope you enjoy reading Donald’s thoughts on the car. Quattro praise and poppycock To the Editor: I was intrigued by your cov- erage of the Audi Sport Quattro sale by Bonhams in the January issue (German Profile, p. 62). These cars turn over so seldom. The profile car, s/n 89, of the 216 (not 214) that were built, is one of a group believed to be six cars that were repainted by VW AG in Metallic Red (not as presented by s/n 89), Green and Blue and sold to the Sultan of Oman for use by his sons. There, I believe they were used to play soccer in the desert (a la “Top Gear”) where their dual locked differentials and Quattro drive made them unique in 1984. However, with little support from dealers or Audi, they soon needed more maintenance than was available in the area and were sold or given to members of the Omani Palace staff. From there, like s/n 89, they dispersed, with at least one of them entering the United States after the “show-and-tell” legislation was enacted. Writer Jeff Zurschmeide commented on the unique and advanced features that these Group B Homologation Specials represented. Many of these features are now common in modern vehicles, but they were used in a production vehicle for the first time on these cars. This does mean that they are relatively easy to support. In that context Robert Cumberford’s comment that “they were never real cars” (“Cumberford Perspective,” January 2014, p. 64) and could not be used on a daily basis, and there is nothing you can do with them now, is, to say the least, poppycock! Or at least as much nonsense as saying the same about nearly every car featured in the January edition. I own s/n 198, drive it regularly, have used it as a daily driver and performed regular Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read Ad Index 356 Registry ............................................... 131 Adamson Industries ................................... 127 Alan Taylor Company, Inc ......................... 123 Amelia Island Concours ................................. 6 American Car Collector ............................. 135 Aston Martin of New England ..................... 31 Aston Martin Select Dealers ........................ 39 Auto Kennel ............................................... 115 Automobilia Monterey ............................... 127 Automotive Restorations Inc. .................... 116 Autosport Designs Inc ................................ 123 Bald Head Garage ...................................... 113 Barrett-Jackson ............................................ 15 Bennett Law Office .................................... 130 Beverly Hills Car Club ............................... 117 Black Horse Garage ....................................111 Bonhams / SF ......................................... 17, 19 Canepa ........................................................ 103 Carlisle Events ............................................. 99 Chequered Flag International ..................... 113 Chubb Personal Insurance ............................ 13 Classic Showcase ......................................... 79 Coach House Capital .................................... 35 Collector Car Price Tracker ....................... 130 Copley Motorcars ....................................... 127 Cosdel ........................................................ 127 Dealer Accelerate ......................................... 91 Driversource Houston LLC .................. 89, 107 E-Types USA................................................ 37 European Collectibles ................................ 117 Exotic Classics ........................................... 122 Fantasy Junction ........................................... 51 Florian Seidl Industrieberatungen .............. 119 Fourintune Garage Inc ............................... 131 Gooding & Company ..................................... 2 Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance ... 44 Grundy Worldwide ..................................... 107 GT Scale Model Cars ................................. 131 GTO Engineering LTD ................................ 27 Guild of Automotive Restorers .................. 105 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. ......................... 115 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. ................... 85 Hamann Classic Cars ................................... 71 Heritage Classics .......................................... 65 Hollywood Wheels Inc........................... 60–61 Hyman, LTD ................................................ 87 Intercity Lines .............................................. 33 JC Taylor ...................................................... 93 Jeff Brynan ................................................. 131 JJ Best Banc & Co ..................................... 129 Keels and Wheels Concours ........................ 36 Kevin Kay Restorations ............................... 77 Kidston ........................................................... 9 L.A. Prep .................................................... 118 Leake Auction Company .............................. 43 Legendary Motorcar Company .................. 101 Luxury Brokers International ..................... 121 Mac Neil Automotive Products Ltd ............. 81 Manheim Auto Auction ................................ 25 Maserati North America ............................. 140 Mercedes Classic Center .............................. 23 Mershon’s World Of Cars .......................... 100 Miller’s Mercedes Parts, Inc ...................... 118 Modena Cento Ore Classic ......................... 97 Newco Products Inc. .................................. 131 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions ............... 41 Passport Transport ........................................ 75 Paul Russell And Company ......................... 29 Premier Financial Services ........................ 139 Putnam Leasing ............................................ 11 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd. ........................... 67 Reliable Carriers .......................................... 63 Rick Cole Auctions ........................................ 7 RM Auctions .............................................. 4–5 Road Scholars .............................................. 69 Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo ......................... 121 Santa Fe Concorso ....................................... 73 Silver Collector Car Auctions ...................... 45 Specialty Auto Auctions, Inc ...................... 106 Sports & Specialist Cars ............................ 105 Sports Car Market ................................ 70, 103 Symbolic Motor Car Co ................................. 3 The Auto Collections ................................... 21 The FJ Company .......................................... 95 The Stable, Ltd. ............................................ 83 Vintage Rallies ............................................111 VintageAutoPosters.com ............................ 131 Watchworks ................................................ 128 22 You Write We Read The back-seat leather was as sumptuous as a French whorehouse maintenance. The car is always enjoyed at shows, even in places where Audi is a relatively new market player. Since the car is over 25 years old, it can now be registered in many parts of the United States as an antique, relieving it from the EPA provisions. However, mine has been compliant in Virginia and Texas since 1999, when the laws were extended to more than a tailpipe idle test. I would also add that Cumberford’s comments were largely uninformed regarding the origin of the car, as it is a Group B version, where things like scoops, fenders, wheel size, intakes, and its largely composite body work all had to be featured on every one of the 200 cars shown in 1984 to the FIA in Paris to obtain certification. Cumberford’s quick-and-dirty analysis is also clearly based on a lack of actual knowledge of these cars because the doors are not Kevlar (or Armalite, as BASF called it in the 1980s) and are, in fact, sourced from the 80/4000 and are one of the few steel panels on the car. Finally, even more amusing is that two of these cars reside in Portland, OR. So, editorially at least, this information should not be news to a publication that is usually so well-informed. — Colin Cohen, via email Surtees or Player? To the Editor: The 1989 Norton rotary F-1 pictured on pages 160 and 162 in the November 2013 SCM was described as a John Surtees model. I believe it to be a JPS (John Player Special). My 1974 Lotus Europa had the same livery in black and gold as did the Lotus F-1 race cars of that era. I owned a 1971 Norton Dunstall Commando and regret selling it to this day, as of the hundreds of bikes that have passed through my garage, it was the best ride. Keep the bike reports com- ing! — Stan Swartz, Bradenton, FL Sumptuous in Shanghai To the Editor: Well done to James Knight. I share the irony (“Collecting Thoughts,” January 2014, p. 50). A stodgy government with a shared responsibility for massive pollution and unsafe conditions for the citizenry ameliorates their shortcomings by declaration: Vintage cars are unsafe and polluting. Your speculation that China’s rising middle and upper classes, in the millions, will exercise subtle pressure is a certainty, perhaps sooner than we might speculate. Think of the successful entrepreneur with a warehouse full of yuan, say 50 million, which is about $8.2 million or £5 million. How much satisfaction is gained driving a boring, generic car? In 2007, I sold an outstand- ing, albeit pedestrian, 1958 Mercedes-Benz 220S Ponton sedan on the popular eBay auction site. The Chinese buyer, a shopping center developer, paid immediately and the car was shipped. Weeks later, we received very positive feedback and his stateside representative indicated the sedan had been placed on a revolving turntable for permanent display in the atrium of a Hong Kong mall. Unaware of the policy toward vintage cars, I was saddened that the car would never be exercised and enjoyed. I had driven it to and from my office nearly every day in the summers for more than six years. A delight, although it had the dreaded Hydrak vacuum clutch option. I didn’t mind, as I had mastered the technique, but I tired of always being the driver. The back-seat leather was as sumptuous as a French whorehouse. Regrets? Only one. The sedan sold handsomely above market, but included a complete set of the optional Karl Baisch luggage (vinyl, not leather). Now that, I should have kept. Cheers, and once again, thanks for the enlightenment. — Charles Spiher, via email ♦ Sports Car Market


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg Two Special — and Collectible — Watches for Women About half of the human wrists in the world belong to women, so why is innovation in design and technique of watches for women — and the collecting of these watches — so overlooked? The answer may lie in the notion that mechanics and manufacturing technique are generally more interesting to men than to women. Or perhaps women, in general, care more for jewelry that features elaborate metal work or precious stones rather than a display of the time. I reject both of these notions and think that the watch designers, manufacturers and retailers of the world should enrich the choices for all of those wrists and work toward bolstering a somewhat taken-for-granted — if not ignored — market segment. Many manufacturers of ladies’ watches do no more than scale down watches that are attractive to men. This is basically like reducing the watch on a photocopy machine to a size appropriate for a woman. On occasion, as when Rolex made a major push to market Daytona chronographs to women, they “feminize” the watch by simply changing the dial color and/or adding a more colorful strap. Not a lot of innovation there. The two watches of the mid 1970s pictured here are somewhat similar examples of how designers answered the question of what would attract and delight the tastes of a female watch connoisseur of the era. Each watch features a solid sterling silver case and bracelet construction in a hinged-cuff style. Both feature fired-glass enamel inlay over a heavy silver framework, which can best be described as “cloisonné” — an ancient process in which colored vitreous enamel powder is laid into channels or “cloisons” (French for compartments or cells), then fired in a kiln until the powder melts into a stable, hardened glass-like smooth surface. In the case of the rectangular watch by Hamilton, the cloisons on Details Production date: 1970s Best place to wear one: I found the Gucci in an antique jewelry store in Santa Fe, NM, so I placed it on my wife’s wrist at the La Fonda Hotel’s famous restaurant Ratings ( is best): Rarity: Durability: Parts/service availability: Cool factor: Neat Stuff by Tony Piff More Blades are Better The Spyderco Dyad pairs the sharpest, pointiest blade I’v ever seen with a serrated, blunt “sheep’s foot” in one beautiful, b proof package. The needle-poin life-saver for precision applicat as adding ho SCM Isetta. W your knife, o safely saw aw Made in Jap run” of just 1 pieces. $184 f www.bladeh com The Driver’s Seat Porsche’s f Seat Plus, as f current 911, n behind your d A rechargea battery adju power backr $5,690 from www.shop4 porsche.com the bracelet are arranged in a repeating, alternating geometrical square pattern of vivid emerald green and lapis blue that creates a rather cubist aesthetic reminiscent of the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian. These straight lines are softened by the gently pinched waistline of the watch case. Adding interest to the opposite side of the watch is a belt-buckle-style clasp of rigid silver that serves to close the watch around the wrist — and balance this somewhat weighty object. Although little is known of the origin of this watch, the production is from a period after Hamilton became affiliated with the Swiss firm Buren, as the movement is of Swiss production and the silversmithing and design work is Italian. This unusual and highly collectible time piece is engraved: “Hamilton, Made in Italy” on the back of the clasp. The second watch, whose silver enameled case likely came from the same specialty manufacturer in Italy as the Hamilton timepiece, is signed by the famous fashion design firm, Gucci. The Gucci watch is far more figural in nature, as it features a stirrup-shaped framework that encircles the main housing for the round dial and allows it to pivot freely. The base of the stirrup beautifully depicts two lions heads clutching the cross bar in their mouths. In this case, the cloisons are fashioned in a complex slanted geometrical pattern and are filled with an earthy brown enamel that matches the dial color and suggests the rich fur coats of the beasts supporting the watch. Although I have never encountered another watch like this Gucci, research shows that Gucci did make a variety of watches that are nearly identical to the Hamilton, which supports the notion that they share a common heritage. One of the great aspects of collecting vintage ladies’ watches is that it is most assuredly a buyer’s market — with little competition between buyers. Women stereotypically tend to buy themselves new objects rather than used, and men are often hesitant to come home with vintage or used gifts. These watches are relative bargains that trade from $800 to $1,200, although they are fairly rare finds. 24 Sports Car Market


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck 1995–96 Porsche 993 Carrera RS Clubsport As many enthusiasts know, Porsche’s 993 series was the end of the road for their highly revered aircooled engines. Of the air-cooled cars, one of the most in-your- face, bad-boy 911s to come out of Zuffenhausen was the 993 Carrera RS Clubsport. This stripped-down, ready-for-the-track beast was barely street legal in Europe. Naturally, it was not legal (and not imported) in the litigious United States. If you are a Porsche fan, and a model collector, then you will have good reason to rejoice. GT Spirit, a relatively new model manufacturer (I reviewed their 911 Targa in SCM December 2013, p. 34) is making big — and good — waves in the sea of model cars. GT Spirit is focusing on many cars that other model manufacturers have overlooked or forgotten, and they are starting with Porsche. Since production began last year, they have released seven different Porsche models in 1:18 scale — and a 1:12-scale Carrera RS 2.7. This company is passionate about cars and models, and that shines through on each of their products. Now one can put together a formidable 1:18-scale collection of Porsche street and race cars with models from GT Spirit, AutoArt and Minichamps. As with all GT Spirit models, this yellow RS Clubsport is a resin curbside piece (no opening panels). It is also available in blue, and both are serial-numbered editions. They call them limited, but I don’t, as more than 200 of each are produced. The overall accuracy and quality of fit and finish is top-notch, with no excuses needed. A few other makers of 1:43- and 1:24-scale models could learn something here. The high-gloss bright exterior color grabs Model Details Production dates: 2013 Quantity: Yellow, 911; blue, 1,500 SCM five-star rating: Overall quality: Authenticity: Overall value: Web: www.gts-models.com your attention, and that huge, perfectly replicated rear wing can’t be missed. The model has just Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Inside Shelby American: Wrenching and Racing with Carroll Shelby in the 1960s By John Morton, Motorbooks, 256 pages, $21.17, Amazon John Morton is one of those drivers I always admired. First, he wore glasses, which I thought meant I, too, had a chance. And he was coming into his own while racing in Southern California — at the same time I was getting my driver’s license and heading out to Riverside at any opportunity. His first real success came driving Datsun roadsters, and a semi-ratty example was my second car (a big step up from the Bugeye), which immediately got BRE suspension bits in his honor. Morton, a tall, rail-thin guy who would drink cof- fee and smoke cigarettes nervously before races, had a front-row seat — sometimes a front-row broom —for the beginnings of Carroll Shelby’s Cobra-based enterprise. A dedicated, talented karter and sports-car racer, Morton did the racer equivalent of the hopeful starlet jumping on a bus and heading to Hollywood (he fled his academic career at Clemson and landed in Inglewood, which is not far from the L.A. International Airport and home of Shelby American). Morton hooked up with Shelby as a gofer, fabricator and occasional driver. This kept Morton — and his dreams — alive while Shelby American morphed from a little startup racing Cobras, paying for it all by turning out customer cars, to a well-funded subsidiary of Ford that raced and won at Le Mans. It was a time when Morton was trying to get his own career off the ground, starting a family and working on his own Lotus 7 — while never having two nickels and living the dream. In Inside Shelby American, Morton weaves the 26 two stories together, sharing his insider’s view of the people who turned Shelby’s vision into success in tandem with stories from his early racing exploits. It’s a fun, fast read and a reminder that passion and a dream, plus the willingness to pay your dues, will always put you in a position to succeed. Provenance: John Morton writing about John Morton and the people around him speaks for itself. Fit and finish: Unlike so many of the books reviewed here, this is all about the story, so the design is justifiably utilitarian, text-heavy and modest in aspirations. There are a good number of period photos, but first and foremost it’s an autobiography and presents as such. Drivability: In addition to being handy behind the wheel, Morton also knows his way around a computer keyboard. He knows how to put a good lap together — and a good sentence. These dual skills make Inside Shelby American an easy, enjoyable read. If there is a downside, it’s the expectations you might bring to the book based on the title. Inside Shelby American is as much about Morton’s early racing days as his days at Shelby, and if you are looking for a definitive account of the Cobra, you aren’t going to get it here. It’s more anecdotal than illuminating, but it’s also charming and self-effacing — and well worth the time. ♦ Sports Car Market the right stance, and it sits perfectly on great miniatures of the three-piece wheels, which are shod with perfectly treaded tires and fitted with drilled vented disc brakes with red Porsche calipers. The only thing missing is tire sidewall detail, which is not that noticeable, so one can easily forgive the omission. Everyone is terrified of the tire manufacturers’ licensing departments! All exterior parts — including scripts — are cleanly and exactly applied with no traces of glue anywhere. Headlights and taillights are equally superb, adding to the overall look of quality and accuracy. Although the doors do not open, you can see a great amount of interior detail through the crystal-clear windows. The interior is just as on the real cars — stripped down with a full roll cage installed, and many items deleted, such as rear seats, carpets, plush door panels, power windows, airbags and so on. The model features a properly simulated painted bare floor, lightweight door panels and racing seats with Sabelt racing harnesses. As with all GT Spirit pieces, there is a bit of undercar- riage detail, with a focus on the underside of the engine and exhaust system. Each model also comes with a simple black display base. I have no quibbles. This is a great model that represents a ridiculously good value for the money. Priced at 99 euros (about $135) if you buy direct. Or you can pay a little more to a dealer and still get great value.


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Affordable Classic 1984–89 Nissan 300ZX Go for Z-Perfection or Nothing at All 240Z cars are gaining in popularity and value, but don’t expect this tide to lift the massive fleet of Nissan 300ZX beaters by Jeff Zurschmeide 1984 Nissan 300ZX, sold for $12,925 in 2011 I 28 t’s almost an axiom of the automotive world that an unloved make or model can gain respectability over time. The reasons for this phenomenon are many —changing tastes and fashions can transform a formerly ugly duckling, or advancing technology and engineering may reveal that a particular car was ahead of its time. But mostly, when all the models around a particular car have appreciated enough, they’ll bring the less-loved units along with them — to an extent, anyway. That may become the case with the mid-1980s Nissan/Datsun 300ZX (1984–89 Z31). Prices for the early edition Datsun Z-cars (1969–78 S30) have risen nicely over the past 10 years, and those cars are just now starting to be accepted at concours and classic-car events as fully qualified participants. The later-model Nissan 300ZX (1990–2000 Z32) has always received more respect for its substantially better looks and performance. So what can be said for the mid-year models? After the initial run of the 240Z/260Z/280Z, Datsun produced the 280ZX (1979–83 S130) and then the Nissan/Datsun 300ZX. The 300ZX debuted in late 1983 as a 1984 model, and used both the Nissan and Datsun names on its badge. In 1985, the venerable Datsun name was dropped forever. The 300ZX represents Nissan’s first foray into V6 power, and improved aerodynamics made the 300ZX an incremental performance upgrade over the preceding 280ZX model. Apples to apples The 1970–73 240Z is considered the gold standard for Z-cars, so let’s compare the two models by the numbers. Buyers of the naturally aspirated 300ZX got 160 horsepower — about 35 horsepower more than the actual net power of an original 240Z, and the turbo 300ZX kicked out an even 200 horsepower. Torque figures from the V6 were even better, with the naturally aspirated version delivering 174 net pound-feet and the turbo making 202 net pound-feet to the 240Z’s original 146 gross pound-feet. Of course, that increase in engine power is coun- terbalanced by middle-aged weight gain. The original 240Z weighed in at a svelte 2,301 pounds, while the lightest two-seat 1984 300ZX tipped the scales at 2,783. If you ordered the 1984 Turbo, weight rose to a chunky 2,924 pounds. By the end of the line in 1989, the lightest 300ZX weighed 3,139 pounds, with only five additional Sports Car Market


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horsepower to show for the extra bulk. Looking outside the Nissan family tree, the 300ZX can be compared with the competing Toyota Supra Mark II and Mark III (1982–93), Porsche 944 (1982–91) and the first and second generation Mazda RX-7 (1978–91). The 300ZX offered slightly better Details power than the Toyota through 1985, but then the new A70 chassis and 3.0liter engine boosted the Supra’s base horsepower to 200, and the turbocharged Supra offered 230 horsepower — far outperforming the Nissan. The Mazda lagged a little bit in raw engine power, but not enough to take the rotary out of competition. The Porsche was competitive in every area except price. The 1984 buyer considering the 300ZX was looking at a price tag from $15,799 Years produced: 1984–89 Number produced: 270,938 Original list price: $15,799 to $18,199 Current SCM Valuation: $2,500–$6,500 Complete tune-up: $500 Club: NICOclub More: www.forums.nicoclub.com Alternatives: Porsche 944, Toyota Supra, Mazda RX-7 Pros: Cheap and fun to drive Cons: These cars have depreciated to the point where a major service can put you underwater. This means many cars still on the road don’t get a lot of TLC Best place to drive one: On a deserted freeway at 2 a.m. A typical owner: Teenage tuners — those guys passing you on the right side of the road while making loud, buzzing noises to $18,199, with the difference depending primarily on the turbo. The base Supra was tagged at $15,074, the best of the first-generation RX-7s sold for $15,095, and the Porsche cost a princely $21,440. Today, every one of those cars has stood the test of time better than the 300ZX. Finding the collectibility As an Affordable Classic, there’s no denying the well-deserved affordability in the 300ZX, but finding the classic appeal is a tall order. A total of about 219,000 300ZX and almost 50,000 300ZX Turbo models were built and sold during the life of the Z31 model. There are a lot of these cars out there in the world, and almost all of them have been beaten hard and neglected. In the WinterSpring 2014 Pocket Price Guide, SCM rates these cars as Investment Grade F — with three stars to indicate that the current prices are fully realized. So what is the astute collector to think? 1986 Nissan 300ZX Turbo — $3,072 in 2005 A scan of recent online auction sales shows that excellent, ultra-low-mileage Turbo cars can command a price of about $10,000, but if a seller wants more than $4,000, the 300ZX must have fewer than 50,000 original miles and be a solid #2 or better. The answer is to focus on the most basic fundamen- tals. Before any noticeable appreciation can take place for the 300ZX, the vast majority of them need to land in the recycling bin. In the meantime, if you’re going to buy a 300ZX, you need to take your time and buy the very best one that you can possibly find. It won’t cost much more than a lesser example. With those large production numbers and lackluster history, anything less than a perfect #1 car is headed nowhere but down. ♦ March 2014 29


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Collecting Thoughts $2.9 Million for the Ecurie Ecosse Truck Hauling Big Bucks Interest in vintage race-car transporters is on the rise — and so are sale prices by Paul Hardiman At $2.9 million, the Commer Ecurie Ecosse three-car transporter sold for more than four times its pre-sale estimate N ow that just about all the important racing cars are accounted for and restored, collectors are bringing into focus the trucks that hauled them. The latest example of transporters hauling in the money was the unique 1959 Commer Ecurie Ecosse three-car transporter that sold at Bonhams’ recent London sale for a whopping $2.9 million. This famous — and now expensive — Commer wasn’t the first dedicated race-car transporter. Mercedes ticked that box in 1955 with its fabulous 300SL-based Renntransporter, designed to whisk a single racer trackside in a hurry — but it was the first purpose-built race car transporter for a British team. Before that, converted coaches (think the original “The Italian Job”) had done the duty. The level of professionalism in the Commer was typical of the small independent team operating from small mews garages in Edinburgh, which, under the leadership of David Murray, did everything right — including winning Le Mans two years running in 1956 and 1957 with its smartly turnedout cars in distinctive Flag Metallic Blue livery. The Commer transporter came later, making its first public appear- ance at Charterhall in 1960, but what immortalized it apart from its rakish lines was Corgi modeling it as a 1:43 die-cast; every schoolboy lucky enough to own one wished it was the real thing. Big toys for big boys Well, one fan did eventually manage to acquire the 1:1 version. Dick Skipworth, a Lincolnshire man with a deep affection for all things Ecurie Ecosse, had more than two decades ago gently begun acquiring cars raced by the legendary Scots team — starting with the Jaguar C-type profiled on p. 48 — when it was suggested he might like to have the transporter as well. It was in a terrible state, having continued as a race-car shuttle for some time with historic racer Neil Corner after its disposal by Ecurie Ecosse in 1971. It later fell into disrepair during 30 a subsequent career lugging animal feed and beer barrels. It had once been offered for sale for £15 – with no takers. The men from Jaguar restorer Lynx Engineering — mostly the late John Hay — did the work, restoring the old warhorse to its former glory and incorporating a more secure latching system after the loading ramp once came loose and punched through the aluminum side. In Selby Howgate’s design, one of the transverse floor RSJs extends through the side lockers, so that a complete spare engine can be stored and then easily swung out suspended on rollers. During restoration the original workshop area behind the cab was converted to more comfortable crew accommodation. Collectible big rigs For the past 20 years, the transporter has been a familiar sight at historic-race meets and gatherings, including Laguna Seca during Monterey week. It’s claimed that it will cruise all day at 55 mph on its 105 horsepower (with 270 foot-pounds of torque at 1,200 rpm) while returning 18 mpg. This is indeed true, but the 3.3-liter (200-ci) TillingStevens supercharged 2-stroke is, er, strident. I discovered this in 2004 when hitching a ride with Skipworth’s regular hotshoe Barrie “Whizzo” Williams on a 400-mile trip back to Scotland to attend Johnny (the Earl of) Dumfries’ Mount Stuart motorsport festival at his ancestral home on the Isle of Bute. Think about it: A 3-cylinder, 6-piston, liner-ported supercharged contrivance couldn’t work without the blower, which actually performs as a scavenge pump. Most engines of this configuration use two crankshafts geared together, but the TS3 uses only one. What if I offer one other little tidbit: 12 conrods and six big rockers. Can you see the picture yet? Noted petrolhead Robbie Coltrane could, as the actor was captivated with the triple’s shrill whine from the moment we drove in. The restoration cost Skipworth more than £100,000, a considerable Sports Car Market Simon Clay, courtesy of Bonhams


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sum at 1993 prices. But he more than got his money back. The original pre-sale estimate soon doubled to £400,000 ($658,000), and by the time the catalog appeared it was “refer department,” as Bonhams knew several serious buyers were prepared to venture north of this figure. You can never accurately predict what’ll happen at auction when more than one bidder badly wants an item. On December 1, 2013, the Commer sold for more than four times the original pre-sale estimate. A determined telephone war eventually settled in favor of the American buyer who had earlier snapped up the C- and D-types. Well, once you’re in for $9m in an afternoon, I guess you have to keep going. This firmly establishes historic race transporters as important col- lectible items in their own right, and we shall watch with interest to see if it jump-starts the market. Other transporters on the block For the past two years, Talacrest has brokered for sale the only original Ferrari factory 1959 Fiat 682/RN2 team transporter left in existence. It is in perfect restored condition, and it sold once before in 1998. This time it’s “POA” and you can be sure that notional figure will have risen since the Commer’s sale. Memento Exclusives offers from Japan a 1969 OM transporter that’s claimed to have delivered Ferraris from the factory for, among others, Amon, Andretti, Ickx, Lauda, Scheckter, Reutemann and Villeneuve. Needing restoration, this transporter is also “POA.” Then there’s the fabulous three-axle Fiat 306/2-based Scarab F1 transporter. Built for Maserati by Bertoletti in Italy in 1956, it passed on to Lance Reventlow in 1960 and later to Carroll Shelby, who painted it blue. Restored for Don Orosco in 2008 at a reputed cost of $600,000 — although no longer with its original powertrain — it sold at RM’s 2012 Monterey sale for $990,000. Prior to all this, one of the 1967-built BMC transporters used to ferry rally cars to the 1968 East African Safari was on the market in the U.K. but remained unsold, so it will be intriguing to see if it now resurfaces on the back of the Commer sale. Is the car mover now a market mover? Certainly interest is on the up, with recent sightings of Team Lotus and Tyrrell transporters at U.K. events, plus one of the ex-JW Automotive Mercedes-based Porsche transporters appearing following restoration at three London concours in 2012, alongside a couple of the 917s it used to carry. As a comparison, the last GM Futurliner sold at auction fetched $4m — plus premium — at Barrett-Jackson in Arizona in 2006, so perhaps the market was always there and transporters are simply playing catchup. The Ecurie Ecosse transporter was, as they say, “a unique opportu- nity” and, had Bonhams’ Jamie Knight been on the rostrum instead of the boss, Robert Brooks, he would no doubt have been unable to resist his trademark reminder to the crowd, never truer in this case: “It’s the only one I’ve got today, sir.” As it was, with the two Jaguars sold to the same buyer, it provided an instant, self-contained collection for that lucky collector. For those of us with less-deep pockets (and even deeper barns to keep it all in), you can still find a perfect mint and boxed 1:43 Corgi for the mantelpiece — starting at around $500 on eBay. ♦ March 2014 31


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Legal Files John Draneas Selling “As Is” or As It Should Be? Stating that the car is sold “as is” does not relieve the seller of liability for negligence no warranties are given, the buyer gets the car in its thencurrent condition — whatever it might be and subject to all faults. Such a provision in a Simply inserting “as is” into a contract doesn’t protect you if the race car you sold turns out to have defects A n SCMer wrote asking about potential liability if he sells his vintage Formula One car and the buyer is later injured as a result of a defect in the car. He knew he could clearly state that the car was being sold “as is” but wondered if that would be sufficient. He was particularly concerned because vintage parts are not readily available and often have to be built from scratch, creating greater risk of design and manufacturing defects. One’s first reaction is: Why worry? It’s a race car, racing is a danger- ous activity, and everyone knows you take the risks and you’re on your own. That’s the normal mantra, but that is not necessarily the law. If you don’t believe it, consider the case of Mark Donohue. Donohue, one of the most talented racers ever, died tragically in 1975 as the result of a tire failure during practice for the Austrian Grand Prix. Following his death, his family sued Goodyear and Penske Corp., alleging negligence on both their parts. The inherent risks of racing, Donohue’s assumption of those risks, Donohue’s engineering skill and Donohue’s personal participation in the car’s setup were not persuasive to the jury. It awarded the family $9.6 million, which in 1984 was the largest verdict ever awarded in Rhode Island. In 1986, shortly before the appeal was argued, the parties reached a settlement for an undisclosed amount. So, obviously, our reader has good reason to ask about potential liability when selling a race car. “As is” clauses Court cases in numerous states all say the same thing: An “as is” clause means that the seller makes no warranties regarding the car and has no obligation to repair defects after they are later discovered. However, an “as is” clause is not protection against claims for negligence. To understand, we have to distinguish between contracts and negli- gence. A contract is an agreement, and the seller’s contractual liability is based entirely upon the promises made in the contract. Contracts are generally governed by the Uniform Commercial Code, as adopted in the applicable state. Under the UCC, “as is” means 32 contract is generally considered to be a warning to the buyer that there may be things wrong with the car, that he ought to inspect it for himself, and that the buyer takes the entire risk as to the quality of the car. But even that isn’t absolute, as the pertinent UCC provision begins with, “Unless the circumstances indicate otherwise...” Just sticking those two magic words — “as is” — into the contract somewhere might not be enough, especially when other portions of the contract suggest otherwise. Meanwhile, the courts rather uniformly say that negligence is an altogether different kettle of fish. That is because negligence claims are not based upon what the parties might agree to in a contract. Rather, they are based upon the seller’s negligent conduct — the negligent creation of the condition, or the failure to disclose it to the buyer. Simply stating that the car is sold “as is” does not relieve the seller of liability for negligence. Case examples In a Montana case, a dealer failed to inspect a 1971 Datsun and discover that suspension components had been previously bent and straightened, which caused the car to vibrate, shake and veer from a straight path. The dealer did, however, notice that one of the tires had a large tread separation. No problem — the dealer simply remounted the tire inside-out to hide the defect. The tire separation caused an imbalance, which worsened and re-bent the suspension components, leading to a rollover crash. The “as is” provision did not prevent the dealer from being held liable. Although dealers are certainly held to higher standards — they can be required to actually inspect their cars before selling them — individuals can be held liable as well. In a Washington case, a pickup owner was working on his vehicle when he damaged the automatic transmission’s neutral safety switch. He didn’t have a replacement part, so he just wired it to bypass the switch, allowing the truck to be started while in gear. The truck later broke down for another reason. Frustrated, the owner pulled the driveshaft, towed it to a dealer, and traded it in on another car without mentioning his neutral-safety-switch bypass. After repair of the running problem, a salesman accidentally started the truck while in gear and ran over a customer. The “as is” provision in the trade-in agreement did not protect the seller from liability for his negligence in not disclosing the dangerous condition of the bypassed neutral safety switch. In a Florida case, an individual built a three-wheeled motorcycle. After three private sales, a sale to a dealer and a final sale to another individual, the trike broke down as the result of a defective weld, injuring Sports Car Market Tony Piff


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the latest owner. The “as is” provision in the first sale agreement to the first buyer was inadequate to protect the original builder and owner from liability for the bad weld. Are race cars different? None of these cases dealt with pure race cars. However, a pure race car probably presents only a difference in degree. While all of the same legal principles would apply, the nature of a race car probably puts more of the standard of care and responsibility on the buyer than in the case of a street car. But, on the other hand, the fact that the car is going to be stressed at high speed on a racetrack — where very bad things can happen very suddenly — makes it even more important that the seller warn the buyer about things that could injure the buyer. How all that plays out can often depend on how bad a situation the court is faced with. Cases aren’t supposed to be decided this way, but many times the judge or jury makes a gut-level decision about whether someone should be held liable, and then the facts and legal theories are bent to produce the desired result. If the buyer is seriously injured or killed, you don’t want to be the seller who didn’t want to bring up negative things about the car and risk killing the deal — or who skimped on materials or workmanship when building or repairing the car. Protecting the seller There probably is no contract provision that will save a seller who knows of a dangerous condition and says nothing about it, but legal cases do recognize that it is theoretically possible to insulate the seller from liability for negligence. That will take a much more carefully designed contract than just stating “as is.” The key is to make the provision clear enough that an ordinary person will know exactly what he is contracting away. Every situation is different, but some key points to consider here are: • Set the stage by describing how driving race cars is inherently dangerous. • Impose a requirement on the buyer to have the car inspected before using it; buyer inspections have been critical in some of the cases. • Use a very broad definition of the potential claims that the seller will be free of if something bad happens. For example, exclude liability for any and all harms, however caused, including the seller’s negligence. • Specifically disclose every known condition that could be or become dangerous. Keep in mind here that such provisions are highly disfavored by the courts. They will be interpreted very strictly against the seller, and courts will try as hard as they can to impose liability. This is not the time to write your own contract, or to have your broker “borrow” language from someone else’s contract. Make the investment and have a knowledgeable attorney write the contract for you. Statutory changes Sellers should also be aware that some states have adopted used- vehicle warranty laws that can impose liability on sellers. Massachusetts, for example, imposes liability for all failures to disclose known defects that impair the safety or substantially impair the use of the vehicle. This warranty requirement applies to both dealers and individuals, with stricter requirements imposed on dealers. In addition, any individual who sells four or more vehicles in a one-year period is treated as a dealer. The law does not apply to vehicles “built primarily for off-road use,” which would seem to exempt race cars. However, it isn’t immediately clear how production cars that have been converted into race cars would be classified. Worst of all, the buyer cannot waive the protections afforded by this law. ♦ JOhN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. He can be reached through www.draneaslaw.com. March 2014 33


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Simon Says Simon Kidston Choosing Profit Over Pleasure A man who owns beautiful Ferrari — yet barely drives it — craves 700% appreciation rather than 7,000 rpm described as a gentleman “who has owned, over the past decade, nearly two dozen 300SL Gullwings and roadsters.” I’m not sure whether this tells us he loves or hates them — or just can’t decide. Even more impressive 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO — a healthy investment but a shame if it never touches the road T he latest Arizona auction catalogs arrived on my desk over Christmas with a resounding thud, and a quick read-through confirmed what we all know already: Great cars are hard to find. It’s clear that the auctioneers are bending over backwards to fill their sales, and increasingly bold estimates are one of the most visible consequences. If you’re getting peanuts in interest on your money in the bank, the stock markets resemble a roller coaster, and every motoring publication you pick up screams “new record price” in the headline while showing a car just like the one in your garage (although not as nice, of course...), then it’s understandable that you’re feeling pretty smug that the purchase your wife once dismissed as an unnecessary mid-life extravagance has actually been your best investment and is staying right where it is, thank you. Of course, we all choose to gloss over the opportunity cost of the money, maintenance costs that put the shopping budget of an oligarch’s wife in the shade, insurance, storage and all the other details which car obsessives love to pore over in their spare time: $300 pots of car polish, for example... Inconvenient details aside, there’s no doubt that most cars have earned their financial keep over the past decade, and as long as you’re not a Ferrari Boxer or 365 GTC/4 owner who bought it in 1989, sitting tight and taking the long view through peaks and troughs wasn’t a bad course of action. Flipping cars everywhere What really struck me when I took a closer look at the new batch of catalogs, though, is the dizzying speed with which cars are now being traded. It reminds me of watching Chinese ping-pong players in action. Here are just a few quotes: “Purchased by the consignor and imported in 2013,” “purchased by the consignor in the summer of 2013,” “until its acquisition by the consignor in 2013,” “in mid-2013 this Ferrari was discovered by the consignor.” You get the picture. One vendor is 34 are the literary gymnastics required when a car looks like a “barn find” fresh from a lifetime in the ownership of a family you’d imagine loved it like a child. But reading carefully between the lines (no mention of current owner, just “recently discovered” and either a punchy estimate or none at all), you realize the nice family has probably sold it to a dealer/investor/specollector who’s consigned it for sale hoping to make a killing — usually with added dust or rust. Hats off to the auction houses: It’s their job to “romance the prod- uct,” and the top players do it very well, but I can’t help finding it sad that the private collector seems to be a species in danger of extinction. Supercars under glass When I finally chance upon a Ferrari supercar that has been in the same ownership for 12 years — one-eighth of a century in sales-speak — any excitement is tempered by reading: “By the consignor’s estimate, the 288 GTO has accrued only approximately 300 miles during his tenure of careful custody.” We all know that the days of 20-somethings getting together on the weekend for a blast around the back roads in their scruffy, second-hand 250 GTOs are long gone, but surely the man lucky enough to own a beautiful Ferrari — yet who barely drives it — belongs to a new breed that gets a bigger kick out of 700% appreciation rather than 7,000 rpm. A more welcome modern trend, on the other hand, is the emergence of respect for “original colors,” which I’ve always thought unfairly took a back seat to “matching numbers.” After all, which do you think the first owner or driver would remember if reunited with his old car? A respected European collector recently commented when receiving an award, “If my wife thought the sunflowers in my Van Gogh painting would look better in blue, too bad.” I’d take issue with the catalog that champions a Gullwing as “one of the most correct in existence today” when the same paragraph tells us the last owner changed its original colors to ones that are “dramatic.” By the time you read this, the Arizona dust will have settled (liter- ally — it’s in the desert), the winners and losers will have gone home to count their money and lick their wounds respectively, and we’ll have taken the temperature of the market until the next round of auctions in wintertime Paris. You can probably already write the post-auction headlines now. Oh, and my belated New Year’s resolution is to sell any car that I don’t drive at least 1,000 miles this year. Hold me to it! ♦ Sports Car Market David Tomaro


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Feature 2013 Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat High Style in the Low Country A new autumn concours shines in South Carolina by Dave Olimpi cars that were presented trophies based upon People’s Choice balloting. The eclectic mix of entries for the November 15–17 event ranged from a pocket-sized 2-cylinder 1959 Berkeley Roadster to a very brassy 1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. Peter Boyle entered two cars from his prize-winning collection and was presented with the Timeless Elegance trophy for his LeBaron-bodied 1928 IsottaFraschini 8ASS convertible coupe. Boyle also won first place in the Pre-War Open Class for his exceedingly rare 1938 Steyr 220 roadster. Aston Martin’s 100th anniversary at- tracted a great field, including the exquisite Blue Haze 1955 DB2/4 Drophead from the BHA Automobile Museum. This car took first place in Post-War Sports-Open, and Lucio Noto’s fresh-as-new 1961 DB4GT won first place in Post-War Sports-Closed. Best Unrestored went to Bruce and Judy Hall’s time-warp 1972 BMW 2002 tii, a car that Bruce’s father bought brand new. Best of Show went to the 1937 Talbot- The concours drew 75 cars from as far away as New England T he River Course of the Kiawah Island Resort outside of Charleston, SC, was home to the first Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat. The event’s poster car, Larry Wilson’s 1926 Bugatti Type 35T, held center stage at Friday night’s display at the charity gala din- ner, which benefited the Kiawah Island Conservancy and the Children’s Hospital of the Medical University of South Carolina. On Saturday, the concours, which drew its 75 cars from as far away as New England, basked in the sunshine of a beautiful 75-degree Low Country day. The show field included a special selection of non-judged Lago T150C SS Teardrop coupe of SCMer J.W. Marriott. This was no surprise, as this car has won several other Best Of Shows, including the trophy for Most Elegant Closed Car at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. This French Art Deco sculpture was the prototype for a small run of T150Cs and was the New York Auto Show car in 1937. Participants and spectators alike considered the inaugural event to be a resounding success, and Kiawah Island committee members are making plans for an even better program in 2014. ♦ Details Plan ahead: The second Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat will take place during November 2014 Where: Kiawah Island Resort, Charleston, SC Cost: $20 for the concours; $75 for the Sea Island Motoring Tour More: www.kiawahislandmotoringretreat.com Larry Wilson’s 1926 Bugatti Type 35T, the event’s poster car 38 Best of Show: SCMer J.W. Marriott’s Talbot-Lago T150C SS Teardrop coupe Sports Car Market Dave Olimpi Tim McNair


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Feature 2013 Lake Mirror Classic Hot Cars on Cool Water More than 40,000 people attended the weekend’s events, which was not surprising, considering the bright sunshine and balmy weather Story and photos by Bill Rothermel to the stunning 1967 Jaguar E-type roadster of Chuck and Lisa Jackson of Palm Harbor, FL. Best in Class Early Classics went to SCMer Bryan May of Orlando, FL, and his purple 1933 Lincoln KB Victoria coupe, the only one of its type known to survive. SCMers Mark and Hilary Becker of Jacksonville, FL, received Best in Class Late Classics for their gorgeous 1947 Chrysler Town & Country sedan. SCMer Wayne Cherry, former Head of Global Design for General Motors, was this year’s Honorary Chairman. Cherry was unexpectedly accessible all weekend. He brought along the Cadillac Sixteen concept and his own personal creation, the VSR. At Saturday’s concours, Cherry pre- sented Chairman’s Awards to the 1967 Olds 442 W-30 from the collection of Sarasota resident Jimmy Mayne, and to the 1930 Lincoln Sport phaeton of Sally Gould and Jim Schmidt of Ocala, FL. More than 40,000 people attended Friday’s Budweiser hot Rod Rendezvous in Lake Mirror Park I magine a car show where the whole town comes out — this is pretty much what happens in Lakeland, FL, for each year’s Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival. The 2013 festival — on October 18–20 — transformed downtown Lakeland into a car collector’s fantasy. Organizers were quick to point out that this was the biggest weekend ever, with more than 700 cars parked in this charming town of about 100,000 people northwest of Tampa. Central to the weekend is Lake Mirror, a restored 1920s Art Deco promenade, which served as the focal point of Friday’s Budweiser Hot Rod Rendezvous and Saturday’s Concours d’Elegance. Many of the downtown streets were blocked off on Saturday to accommodate a vintage-car auction and car show along the picturesque streets of Munn Park. It’s a little bit of everything from street rods to muscle cars, Model As and Cobra replicas to Corvettes. A 1969 AMC Hurst S/C Rambler was parked next to a 1936 Chrysler Airflow. You get the idea. Other highlights included Sunday’s road tour, motorcycles, wooden boats, and the crowd favorite — an Amphicar swim. Saturday’s concours was terrific, and the Muscle Car and Jaguar classes gave judges fits due to the exceptional quality of cars exhibited. Best in Class Muscle Group 1 went to Ken Pilat of Sarasota, FL, and his 1968 Plymouth Hemi Road Runner. Best in Class Muscle Group 2 was awarded to Daniel Zajac, owner of a 1970 Plymouth Superbird 440 Six Pack. SCMer Leo Schigiel of Miami Beach, FL, and Details Plan ahead: The next Lake Mirror Classic is scheduled for October 17–19, 2014 Where: Lakeland, FL Cost: Free to spectators More: www.lakemirrorclassic.com 40 his 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL were honored with Best in Class Sports Cars Group 1. A Swan Award in Sports Cars Group 2 was presented to the rare and unusual 1961 BMW 700 cabriolet from the collection of Patty Schwarze. Best in Class Sports Cars Group 4 (Jaguars) went the weekend’s events, which was not surprising, considering the bright sunshine and balmy weather. More than 195 vehicles were on display around the lake, including over 120 in judged classes, with 72 cars receiving awards. Best in Show (non-Classic) was awarded to the 1955 Ford Thunderbird of Robert Kohl of Punta Gorda, FL. Best in Show (Classic) went to the 1912 Buick from the garage of Robert Ferris of Canton, FL. The Lake Mirror Classic has much to offer includ- ing a beautiful setting, spectacular Florida weather, a charming downtown with interesting shops and restaurants, and a weekend full of activities. Best of all, it’s free, so be sure to bring the kids. Oh, and there are lots of cars, too. ♦ Honorary Chairman Wayne Cherry and his personal creation — the Cadillac-powered one-of-a-kind VSR Sports Car Market


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Feature 2013 Milwaukee Masterpiece Automotive Veterans The Professional Car Society added 90-plus hearses, ambulances and limousines to Saturday’s Club Day Story and photos by Bill Rothermel cluded the Best in Class 1952 Excalibur J racer of Tony Stevens (grandson of the legendary Brooks Stevens and creator of the Excalibur); SCMers James and Stacey Weddle’s 1950 Diedt Rochester special roadster; the 1947 Kurtis-Omohundro roadster owned by Geoffrey Hacker; and the 1953 Victress S-1A roadster, courtesy of Jack Bowser. All of these cars received Excellence Awards. Best in Class Porsche 911 was awarded to SCMer Jim Anderson for his 1967 911L coupe. Peter Conover and Kristi Sloniger received Best in Class honors for their handsome 1957 Aston Martin DB Mark III saloon. Top muscle-car honors went to the 1970 1959 Cadillac Sayers and Scovill Victoria 3-Way Electric Table Hearse owned by Daniel T. Skivolocke. Winner of Best in Show Club Day T he 9th Annual Milwaukee Masterpiece was all about anniversaries. Special circles at the August 25 concours included celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the Ferrari Club of America, the 50th year of the Porsche 911, the 60th year of Corvette, the 100th anniversary of Aston Martin, and Harley- Davidson’s 110 years of building motorcycles. The Pfister Hotel, a grand Victorian structure that opened in 1893, served as the host hotel and the spot for Friday night’s welcoming cocktails. The building’s 23rd floor afforded spectacular panoramic views of downtown Milwaukee, the blue water of Lake Michigan and adjacent Veterans Park, which was the site of Saturday’s Club Day and Sunday’s concours. Visitors to Club Day Saturday were greeted with picture-perfect weather and an added surprise — the annual meet of the Professional Car Society, which added 90plus hearses, ambulances and limousines to the more than 275 regional club vehicles on display. Best in Show for Club Day went to the 1959 Cadillac Sayers and Scovill Victoria 3-Way Electric Table Hearse owned by Daniel T. Skivolocke. Try to remember when last you were at a car show where Best in Show was awarded to a hearse? It was a rare example of top-of-the-line coachwork on Cadillac’s most flamboyant model — and all was restored to absolute perfection. Sunday’s concours Fantastic weather continued for Sunday’s invitation-only concours, which brought another 190 vehicles to the shores of Lake Michigan. Chairman Leon Flagg and his fellow organizers injected more than a bit of whimsy and creativity in their choices. “Wreck Havoc” featured six tow vehicles including George Skorohod’s time-warp 1922 Ford Model T tow truck, which received the Most Original Award. Micro and Mini Best in Class was presented to Brian and Becky Hinrichs, owners of a rare 1939 Crosley convertible coupe. Still another unique class honored Jaguar saloons, with Best in Class awarded to the 1967 3.4 S-type from the collection of SCMer Scott G. Holley. Perhaps, most unusual, two classes totaling 13 Details Plan ahead: The Milwaukee Masterpiece will celebrate its 10th anniversary on August 23–24, 2014 Where: Veterans Park, Milwaukee, WI Cost: $30 for concours tickets More: www.milwaukeemasterpiece.com 42 handcrafted specials — in many cases show cars or one-off vehicles constructed of fiberglass and resin — displayed many rarely seen cars. This group of interesting and unusual cars in- George Skorohod’s 1922 Ford Model T tow truck, which received the Most Original Award Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6 of Alan and Terry Capsay. Most Elegant Closed Car (Early) was presented to the 1932 Studebaker President St. Regis Brougham displayed by the Studebaker National Museum. Clem and Mary Lange’s 1909 Knox Model R Raceabout received the Chief Judge’s Award. The 1931 Stutz DV-32 convertible Victoria by Rollston, owned by SCMers Richard and Irina Mitchell, was honored with the Chairman’s Choice, and SCMer H. DeWayne Ashmead’s 1930 Packard 734 Boattail Speedster was People’s Choice winner. SCMer Jim Patterson’s spectacular one-off 1933 Delage D-8S roadster by deVillars was presented Best in Show. This wonderful weekend should be on every gear- head’s bucket list. ♦ 1947 Kurtis-Omohundro roadster owned by Geoffrey Hacker Sports Car Market


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Ferrari Profile 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II by Pininfarina The only nearly certain thing about the current high-end Ferrari market is the next sale will bring more money than the last one by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 1959–62 Number produced: 200 Original list price: $13,000 Current SCM Valuation: $850,000– $1,750,000 Tune-up cost: $3,000 Distributor caps: $400 (two required) Chassis #: Left frame member by steering box Engine #: Right rear above motor mount Club: Ferrari Club of America More: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 1965–66 Aston Martin DB6 Mark I, 1929–31 Bentley 8 Litre open, 1957–61 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 2473 Engine number: 2473 T he 250 series was Ferrari’s crowning achievement of the 1950s and early 1960s. The high-water marks of this series have defined the “Prancing Horse” in the decades since, and in many ways, the series set the stylistic and cultural tone, which has grown exponentially model after model. From the lovely Lusso and the sporty California Spyder, to the Tour de France and, of course, the Series II Cabriolet, the basic construction formula was nothing short of perfect: a high-revving V12 engine, a shiverinducing exhaust note, and an almost unbelievably sexy design that would envelop the chassis in two-door form. Chassis 2473 is particularly special, as it wears covered headlamps, which is a very unusual and especially attractive feature that is known to have been applied to about six cars in total. Of those, however, this is the only one certified by the factory and its all-important Ferrari Classiche department as having been delivered new in this fashion, along with the lovely hard top. The car has been Ferrari Classiche-certified to ensure that it was mechanically original, that it had matching numbers, and that it was in keeping with that factory’s standards of authenticity. In addition to the Classiche documentation, over 200 photos were taken of the car during all the stages of the restoration to chronicle exactly what work was done; all of this information will be included in the sale. All told, only 200 Series II Cabriolets were ever constructed, which is a remarkably small number when one compares it to its contemporary, the Mercedes-Benz 46 300SL Roadster, but nevertheless, it was the start of series production for Ferrari on a grander scale. Chassis 2473 stands out among its colleagues, and it is blessed by the factory as an especially important example. It encapsulates Enzo Ferrari’s vision with utter perfection: a grand touring car that was intended for high-speed touring on the Continent, with a high-performance engine under the hood and the good looks and excitement to make a statement while speeding along a winding corniche or parked in front of the 21 Club. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 110, sold for $2,035,000, including buyer’s premium, at RM’s “Art of the Automobile” auction at Sotheby’s, New York, NY, on November 21, 2013. The 250 MM of 1952 ushered in the Ferrari 250 series. This series of amazing sports cars is arguably the most important sequence of automobiles ever produced. Most of Ferrari’s early cars were dual-purpose com- petition and GT models, but with the 250 series, Ferrari began to formulate a series of single-purpose GT cars. These models were intended to offer high-speed touring with a degree of comfort never offered before. Augmenting Ferrari’s vision were construction projects at both Ferrari and Pininfarina that would greatly increase the speed and efficiency of building cars. The 250 Pininfarina Series II was one of the first beneficiaries of the new technology. The original 250 Pininfarina was an elegant design with complex form and jewel-like detail that could only be accomplished by labo- Sports Car Market 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Lot 130, s/n 1869GT Condition 1Sold at $1,375,000 Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 8/16/13 SCM# 227282 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Lot 127, s/n 1939GT Condition 2+ Sold at $1,292,500 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/17/13 SCM# 227316 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Lot 217, s/n 2683GT Condition 2+ Sold at $1,100,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/17/13 SCM# 227336 Michael Furman ©2013, courtesy of RM Auctions


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rious manual construction. The Series II was mechanically superior, but in a concession to faster construction, the car was rather sober in design and lacked the detailing of its predecessor. One of the missing details was the covered headlights of the Series I. Most of the Series II cars had open lights, which probably cut a day out of the production schedule — but at the cost of replacing the defining lights of the original Cab with protrusions that displayed necessity over design. A pioneering sale “The Art of the Automobile” was an RM auction at the prestigious Sotheby’s auction house. Held at Sotheby’s New York City showroom in the epicenter of Manhattan’s art district, the sale was a test to see if a tie-in with the famous art house could elevate automobiles from transportation to art. If a couple square meters of painted canvas could bring tens of millions of dollars, what could a moving sculpture do? RM’s usual top-shelf promotion was augmented with Sotheby’s pitch to the art crowd. The event made New York social calendars and received coverage in many local publications. RM’s selections were specifically chosen to complement the art theme. There were only 33 automobile lots, but they were all one-offs or small-production examples with dramatic design that blended performance with high style. Lot 110, this Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II, Chassis 2473, was a bit of an unfortunate choice for this event. I’ve long felt that Ferraris were art — incredible sculptures that not only are beautiful to look at but perform to a standard that can also be considered art. A Series II Cabriolet fulfills the mechanical criteria, but it is one of the least-artistic Ferraris. A secret of the high-end automobile trade is that just because something is rare doesn’t mean it’s valuable. Many times, few were produced because few people wanted one. Just because something is old doesn’t necessarily change that fact. Chassis 2473 is one of very few coveredheadlamp Series II Cabriolets, but does that make it more valuable? Everyone wins here The market spoke with a price that was nearly double what a standard open-headlamp example would bring. It’s hard to discern if this had to do with the desirability of this particular car, the uniqueness of the venue, or the continued upward spiral of the classic-Ferrari market. The current high-end Ferrari market is uncharted territory. Anyone who professes to know what’s going on is making it up. These days, the only thing that’s nearly certain is the next one will bring more money than the last one. Assuming the condition of chassis 2473 matched its billing, it was a top example of a Series II Cabriolet. It also was a unique variation, but historically it is a Ferrari oddity rather than an important Ferrari. Fifteen percent to 20% would have seemed the appropriate premium for the covered headlights, but “appropriate” and reality don’t always intersect in the Ferrari world. It’s hard to say the seller got the best of this transaction when the chances of the buyer getting a good return on investment are high, but until the next turnover, the seller prevailed. The real winner here was RM/Sotheby’s. All it takes is a look at a Lamborghini Miura to see that an automobile can be art. It’s been a long time coming, but a crossover was due — and RM has started the charge. People pay tens of millions of dollars for glass-encased zebras suspended in formaldehyde or sculptures patterned after balloon animals. A Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa is every bit as artistic and a hell of a lot more fun to own. hurray for RM, and may the march continue. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) March 2014 47


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English Profile 1952 Jaguar C-Type Roadster To say this historic Jaguar has been enjoyed is something of an understatement by Paul Hardiman Details Years produced: 1951–53 Number produced: 54 Original list price: $2,330 Tune-up: $900 Distributor cap: $30 Chassis #: Bulkhead in engine bay, above right shock tower Engine #: Above oil filter housing Club: Jaguar C- and D-type Register More www.coventryracers.com Alternatives: 1953–55 Ferrari 375 MM, 1955 Austin-Healey 100S, 1954–57 Jaguar D-type SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: XKC042 Engine number: E10428 S ome 54 C-types were manufactured in all, the majority for customer sale, leaving the model rarer than examples of the replacement D-type family. This Ecurie Ecosse C-type has often been listed as having been intended originally for export to a customer in Argentina named Carlos Lostalo. The order was allegedly canceled due to customs difficulties, whereupon the car was delivered instead to Rossleigh of Edinburgh, Jaguar distributors. In fact the extensive — and beautifully bound — documentation file accompanying XKC042 reveals a different background story. Señor Lostalo’s planned purchase of the car did not arise until early in 1954, when he agreed with David Murray to purchase the car not as new but second-hand from Ecurie Ecosse. The correspondence includes a letter from FRW “Lofty” England — Jaguar Cars Ltd.’s renowned and immensely respected contemporary service and Works team racing manager — explaining, “Before a car can leave this country it is necessary for us to have a photostatic copy of the import permit and, as you will note from the copy of a letter from our Distributors... this is not yet in the possession of Mr. Lostalo.” In fact Lloyd Davies, Manager of Ehlert Motors SA of Sarmiento 470, Buenos Aires, Argentina, had written to Jaguar Cars on February 11 as follows: “On receipt of your cable advising that Mr. David Murray reported having sold the XK Competition car XKC042 to Mr. Carlos Lostalo for the sum of £2,200...” — Mr. Lostalo had cabled them “...permit not yet granted but expected any moment, stop.” Mr. Lloyd Davies continued: “...the import permit which Mr. Lostalo has applied for, and which he is entitled to as one of the group of amateur 48 racing drivers to whom permits are being granted on the authority of the Supreme Magistrate, has not as yet materialized... He has asked us to advise you... that his expectations may not be realized as early as he anticipates and for this reason he does not wish Mr. Murray to consider himself bound to the extent of refusing any other offers he may have for the car.” So it was in fact a year earlier than Lostalo’s in- volvement that XKC042 now offered here was in fact purchased brand-new by Glasgow motor trader Bob Sanderson as one of the three C-types to be campaigned by son Ninian and his Ecurie Ecosse teammates through 1953. David Murray — having acquired team title to the car from the Sandersons — then sold it for the 1954 season to amateur owner/driver John Keeling, Ecurie Ecosse replacing its first two production C-Types with the three ex-Works Lightweight variants which had been campaigned during 1953. Keeling’s most celebrated exploit with the car would come at the 1954 Coupe de Paris meeting at Montlhéry, France. John Bolster, Technical Editor of Autosport, was there, and he described how Keeling, upon, “entering a downhill corner stock-car style — by which I mean backwards at high velocity... passed a Citroën, shot up an almost vertical bank, and plunged tail-first into a deep ditch.” Bolster and Denis Jenkinson, Continental Correspondent of Motor Sport magazine, were among those who then muscled 042 out of its resting place on the outside of the Epingle du Faye corner, whereupon owner/driver Keeling was delighted (and amazed) to find the car virtually undamaged. Sports Car Market 1952 Jaguar C-type Lot 554, s/n XKC007 Condition 2 Sold at $2,530,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/15/09 SCM# 141182 1953 Jaguar C-type Lot 37, s/n XKC050 Condition: 2 Sold at $3,725,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/18/12 SCM# 212007 1952 Jaguar C-type Lot 153, s/n XKC015 Condition 3+ Not sold at $2,769,548 RM Auctions, London, 10/27/10 SCM# 167956 Simon Clay, courtesy of Bonhams


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Subsequent owner David Elkan hill-climbed the car and used it on his honeymoon. Mr. Elkan eventually returned to London but decided the car was not suitable for street parking and sold it to noted Jaguar collector and restorer Nigel Dawes, who restored it to Ecurie Ecosse condition and livery before campaigning it widely in historic events through the 1970s. During that period 042 became one of the most familiar and best-known of all the surviving Ecurie Ecosse C-type Jaguars. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 005, sold for £2,913,500 ($4,774,182), including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ December Sale in London on December 1, 2013. The Ecurie Ecosse Collection sale was always going to be big news. Arch-collector Dick Skipworth had spent 20-odd years assembling as many cars from the successful Scottish racing team as he could get his hands on — and, record-breaking transporter aside (see “Collecting Thoughts” on p. 30) — the C-type was the jewel in the crown, as well as one of the first cars to join the collection. It was also one of his favorites. As Janos Wimpffen said of the last C-type we profiled, the ex-Phil Hill 007, the C-type was “the epitome of understated elegance and remains one of the purest examples among automobiles of the marriage of form and function.” Massively enjoyed, XKC042 stood proudly in the sale room, not quite dead-straight but ready to go and take on anything. A long, enjoyable history To say this historic Jaguar has been enjoyed is something of an un- derstatement, for XKC042 has been used in a tremendous number of events by Skipworth and his sons Chris and Steve — as well as being raced in the Monaco Historics by Skipworth’s regular hotshoe, Barrie Williams. It has participated in the Mille Miglia Retro, the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival Meeting, the Classica Italia and The Woodcote Trophy. It has been publicly demonstrated by both Sir Stirling Moss and Sir Jackie Stewart in homage to his late brother Jimmy, who was one of XKC042’s original, in-period Ecurie Ecosse drivers. When Skipworth first encountered the car, it was owned by Campbell McLaren, having been sold to Australia by Adrian Hamilton, after Nigel Dawes had restored it back to Ecurie Ecosse color and spec. In the C-type Register, Skipworth wrote: “I was first introduced to XKC042 in 1991. Campbell McLaren drove me from Glasgow to Troon, where I was to join our trimaran for a trip back to Hamble. Some 18 months later I was able to buy her… (More like a second marriage than a purchase) Since that time she has competed in numerous races and tours. She has been driven on many occasions by celebrities Sir Stirling Moss, Tony Brooks and Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams. I have come to regard her as the second lady in my life, always responsive, impeccably mannered, exciting when provoked, gracious lines, totally reliable, not too expensive to maintain, well mannered in traffic but prefers the open road, holds her own in younger company. I guess that there is not much wrong with either...” At one stage, XKC042 was fitted with an uprated 3.8-liter XK engine, but it is now back to 3.4-liter specification, with its original engine recently rebuilt by Sigma Engineering to fast road specification. This engine has less than two hours running time — it was offered with the car and displayed in the sale room on a pallet behind it. The roll bar and period wrap-around windscreen were off the car but were included along with four race wheels. C-type values racing along When János Wimpffen profiled the hill car XKC007 (SCM October 2009, p. 36), he felt the values were as follows: “Of the 40 examples remaining, perhaps 20 are garden-variety average examples and are well cared for. Their values seem to hold steady in the $700k–$900k range. Another dozen or so have more noted backgrounds in terms of either drivers or race success. Figure a 75%–100% premium for those. Edge into the $2.5m range for the three existing Works cars, while the 1953 Le Mans winner (although now rebodied) would fetch a tad more. It seems that the emotions over the still-recent passing of the great American champion were enough to tilt XKC007 into the realm of the exemplary Jaguar C-type. While the buyer may have led a bit with the heart, the head says the market is likely to follow. The other good C-types are now poised to garner a bit more interest the next time around.” And that held good for XKC042, which sold for more than $2m over the Hill car four years later, and a million more than XKC050, which had gained another million by 2012. Okay, we know one (or two) swallows don’t make a summer, but these numbers suggest that the best C-types are gaining ground at an accelerating pace. Prices at this sale were generally strong — no doubt helped along by being part of a major, established collection and enhanced by a sprinkling of Ecurie Ecosse fever — with the anticipation of the world’s most famous and charismatic race transporter to come a little later in the sale. As the catalog had it, among all the Ecurie Ecosse Collection cars offered in this sale, this C-type was the most pure — and with the best provenance. It fetched more money than the D-type, which ostensibly should have been worth more. But this car had better history — the D’s slightly convoluted past obviously didn’t bother our buyer, as he snapped that up as well as the $2.9m transporter, giving him an instant and self-contained Ecurie Ecosse collection. What a coup. The bad news for American enthusiasts is that to see them live you’ll have to cross the Atlantic as, for now, the transporter and its two charges are staying in the U.K. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) March 2014 49


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English Profile The Cumberford Perspective The first post-1930s Jaguar — and a great pre-race drive to Le Mans By Robert Cumberford 1 7 during the 1930s, and if the Jaguar XK 120 was “modern” in 1949, it was also pretty much a copy of a decade-old BMW 328 Mille Miglia racer. But the 1950 competition variant’s design was resolutely its own, with a voluptuous thin aluminum skin elegantly shaped to cover the towering twincam engine and provide an aerodynamic envelope for the tube chassis. It may have been a racing special, but it was usable by two people, and unlike today’s prototypes, it could be used on the road. The factory racers were driven to Le Mans. At a time when Italian B stylists were plunging the hood below flanking fenders, Jaguar kept the C-type’s front end in three separate bulges. Body construction was simplified by keeping a large flat section for the sides between the wheelhouses. The sills rolled under beautifully, presaging the later elliptical-section D- and E-types. As a transitional link between past and future, this car is not as beautiful as the nearcontemporary AustinHealey, but its racing successes and purposefulness made it a wonderful and desirable shape. No wonder there have been so many artfully accurate replicas. ♦ ritish car design lagged well behind the rest of the world 6 3 2 5 4 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 The classic Brooklands aero screen really wasn’t good enough for very high speeds, thus the added fullwidth Perspex wind deflector. 2 Because the XK engine was so very tall, the center portion of the body is essentially a single-seater fuselage linked to separate pontoon fenders. 3 The relatively tiny grille caused some problems in hot climates and in ordinary traffic. But it is really beautiful, well integrated to the form, and influences Jaguar styling even now. 4 The multiple louver pan- els were necessary to evacuate hot air from the engine compartment. A lot of hot iron in the Jaguar engine radiated enormous heat. 5 Notice that the door is essentially a flat sheet rolled with a single radius to reach the cowl and rear deck. Made by hand on English wheels, each body was individual, and some were more harmonious than others. 6 There is an awkward surface transition between the top of the door and the inner section of the rear fender bump, with a nearly flat triangle on the inner side. 7 Apart from the discreet nose badge, the classical quick-open fuel cap with its provision for wire plombage seals for Le Mans is the sole decoration on the body. 12 REAR 3/4 VIEW 8 The tiny taillight is a clear indication of when this car was made. The equally tiny amber turn signal lamps were a mandatory later addition for legal road use. 9 One has the impression that the rear bodywork is not original. The huge gap over the rear tire, as compared with the front, is striking. 10 The exhaust system is nicely integrated into the lower body, keeping at least some of the heat out of the cockpit. 11 Again, one gets the impression that this fender is cut higher than the standard C-type, but as there were no stampings, perhaps each was cut to the taste of the metal worker. 12 An anachronism is the leather straps used to hold the front body in place, once required by racing regulations. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) There’s a bit of Spitfire — Supermarine, not Triumph — in the slightly messy, very direct cockpit of the C-type. Bits of the structure are showing, the instruments are nicely grouped, and the only bit of styling or decoration is the Jaguar badge in the middle of the steering wheel. Not a bad place to spend your part of 24 racing hours. 8 11 50 10 9 Sports Car Market


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1964 Facel Vega II Coupe Ringo’s old car rises beyond its status as Beatles memorabilia by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1962–64 Number produced: 184 Original list price: $15,614 Current SCM Valuation: $165,000– $315,000 Tune-up cost: $450 Distributor caps: $35 Chassis #: Engine compartment on firewall Club: Facel Club USA More: www.club.facel-vega.com Alternatives: 1964–67 Lancia Flaminia Super Sport, 1965–67 Alfa Romeo 2600 SZ, 1963–65 Ferrari 330 2+2 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: hK2B160 Engine number: 277614 I n its relatively short life, the French firm of Facel produced approximately 2,900 cars, all of which were stylish, luxurious and fast. Hand built, they were, of course, necessarily very expensive — the Facel II was priced in Rolls-Royce territory — and were bought by the rich and famous seeking something exclusive and distinctive. The roll call of owners includes royalty, politicians, diplomats and entertainers: Tony Curtis, Danny Kaye, Joan Fontaine, Ava Gardner and Ringo Starr — the first owner of the car offered here. Confirming that there was high-performance substance behind Facel’s unquestionable style, they were owned and driven by great motor racing figures such as Sir Stirling Moss, Maurice Trintignant and Rob Walker. Launched in 1961 as the successor to 1957’s HK500, the Facel II was destined to be the last of the V8-engined models. Road testing one in 1962, The Autocar commented: “A striking amalgamation of French, American and British components, the big Facel has a wonderful way of covering the miles extremely fast without mechanical fuss.” Chassis number HK2B160 is the very last of only 26 right-hand-drive Facel IIs made — and the only one of five RHD examples equipped with the Pont-à-Mousson manual gearbox that also had the 6.7liter, 390-hp, Typhoon twin-carburetor engine. Other noteworthy original features include power-assisted steering and the rare chromed disc wheels. One of the last Facel IIs to be imported by HWM 52 Intercontinental Cars Ltd., this car was first registered by the importer as “EPH 4B” in October 1964. Thirteen months later, in November 1965, the car was sold to its first private owner, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, whose real name (Richard Starkey) appears in the accompanying original logbook. It cost over £5,000, putting it in the same league as a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III. In May 1968, ownership passed to Reginald Kearsley of Wellingborough, chairman of United Carriers. Interviewed by the Evening Standard in March 1968, Ringo explained his reason for parting with it: “I like the security of marriage and the family. In fact, I’m thinking of selling my Facel Vega and getting an ordinary family saloon, something like a Mercedes.” The original logbook records various subsequent changes of registration and lists a further three owners, the last of whom — Mark Walker — acquired the car in 1970 and fitted the Webasto sunroof. Old-style V5 registration documents on file record the next owner as Eric Phillpott (from December 1988). The current owner acquired the car from the Phillpott family in March 2012. Subject to a restoration in 2012–13 costing over £40,000 ($65,757), the Facel retains its original engine and beige leather interior, and it is finished in metallic red. Said to drive perfectly, our subject car has covered only some 1,000 miles since the rebuild’s completion earlier this year and is presented in generally excellent condition. 1962 Facel Vega II 2+2 Lot 227, s/n HK2B138 Condition 1Sold at $327,483 Bonhams, Monte Carlo, 5/11/12 SCM# 201786 1963 Facel Vega II Lot 136, s/n HK2A166 Condition 3Sold at $289,508 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 10/30/11 SCM# 187821 1963 Facel Vega II Lot 126, s/n HK2B100 Condition 2 Sold at $176,000 Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/23/10 SCM# 155281 Sports Car Market Simon Clay, courtesy of Bonhams


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SCM Analysis This car, Lot 17,sold for £337,500 ($553,041), in- cluding buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ “The December Sale” in London on December 1, 2013. “To step down into a Facel II and go motoring must be the ambition of many who can never fulfill it” — from the Autocar road test of August 3, 1962, as quoted in Martin Buckley’s master opus Facel Vega, Grand Luxe Sportif, the definitive marque history. Wildly expensive when new at over $15,000, it appealed to the ultra-rich — especially to the newly minted variety, such as rock stars. However, like its predecessors from Facel, it also found favor with movers and shakers in manufacturing and finance — along with the expected celebrity owners. Development on the Facel II began as early as 1959 and took definitive shape by 1961, when it debuted at the Paris Auto Show that year. It was four inches lower than the HK500, and the entire look was very much in the longer, lower, wider theme in appearance, which took the key Facel design elements and updated them nicely for the 1960s. Larger luggage capacity, four-speaker radio — a transistor unit from 1962 onwards — and separate left- and right-side climate control helped to make the car more usable and entertaining than the HK500. However, some reviewers complained that the one drawback of the HK500, a somewhat “crashy” ride, had not been sufficiently eradicated. Receivership and rockers The drama of the poorly built twin cam used in the junior Facellia model brought Facel to its knees, so the Facel II never had the chance to get the opportunity it deserved to succeed in the marketplace. Two years after the launch of this model, the company was in receivership and was no longer a going concern by the time Beatles drummer Ringo Starr bought our subject car. While Elvis Presley was known to buy lots of expensive cars, English rockers seemed particularly drawn to interesting GT, sports and luxury cars. They were often photographed with them — in both candid and staged situations — and they appeared a bit more connected to their fancy rides than their Yank counterparts. When Ringo bought the Facel, he still didn’t have a driver’s license, although he apparently had been driving for a number of years without one. He drove 7,000 miles in the Facel before selling it. his fellow Beatles allegedly encouraged Ringo to sell the car after an accident. They felt the car encouraged a style of fast driving that was too risky for their drummer. About the Beatle factor For a Beatles memorabilia collector, the car’s history with Ringo Starr is an interest- ing point. We appraisers are often required to determine the impact of celebrity owner- ship on value. Do we factor in the Steve McQueen Effect? And if so, what does it mean? Two sales of John Lennon vehicles tell dramatic sto- ries. It cannot be argued that Lennon was more of a car guy than Ringo Starr, but his psychedelically painted Rolls-Royce Phantom V limousine sold for $2.3 million at a 1985 Sotheby’s auction, and it remains the most expensive piece of Beatles memorabilia ever sold. That said, the Phantom V is arguably less valuable as a car than as a piece of period rock-and-roll history, so it is not a true comparable here. What is more to our point here is the $543k realized for Lennon’s Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 at Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed sale in July 2013. This was the first car Lennon bought after gaining his driver’s license, and he kept the car for three years. The provenance was continuous and documented and the result, more than twice what any other four-headlight Series I 330 GT 2+2 has ever done, clearly demonstrates the value of the Lennon ownership. So what of the Ringo Starr/Richard Starkey Effect? As I write this, another of the 26 RhD Facel IIs built is for sale by a French dealer. This 1964 model was restored a number of years ago by noted Parisian shop Lecoq and appeared to be in excellent condition. The asking price is $522,308 (€308,000), a fair amount above the most recent other auction sales in the SCM Platinum Database. In October 2011, one sold for $289,508, and another sold in May 2012 at $327,483. These sales are more or less in line with recent appre- ciation in the market for European hybrid GT cars. As such, it would appear that the Ringo Starr provenance did not contribute significantly to the price realized for our subject car. This sale will help move along the prices of Facel IIs in the market, especially those with fresh, correct restorations. They fulfill the basic requisites of the top-tier collectible, as they are rare, attractive, usually owned by interesting people in the past and totally drivable on today’s roads. Given the Beatles connection, I would have to rate this car as well bought and correctly sold. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) March 2014 53


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German Profile Column Author 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL An attractive Pagoda with manual 4-speed — and some troubling needs by Gary Anderson Details Years produced: 1963–67 Number produced: 19,831 Original list price: $7,469 Current SCM Valuation: $50,000–$95,000 Tune-up cost: $250–$500 Distributor cap: $50–$75 Chassis #: Stamped on ID plate on top of firewall inside engine compartment Engine #: Left side of engine block to rear of the fuel injection pump Club: Mercedes-Benz Club of America More: www.mbca.org Alternatives: 1962–64 Jaguar E-type, 196768 Mercedes-Benz 250SL, 1964–66 Alfa Romeo 101 1600 Spider Veloce SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 11304210007988 Engine number: 1279810006813 I ntroduced at the Geneva Salon in March 1963 as replacement for the 190SL, the 230SL is a landmark model that founded a sports-car dynasty that would prove an enormous commercial success for Mercedes-Benz. Soon christened by the public the “Pagoda” after the distinctive shape of the removable hard top that evoked the roof of a Japanese temple, these SL models were among the best-loved sports-tourers of their day and continue to be highly sought after by discerning collectors. This matching-numbers 230SL Pagoda has the manual-transmission option and was exported to Spain when new. The car was purchased by the vendor from the second owner, who had owned it since 1977 and had taken it in 2012 from Spain to Belgium, although it has not been registered there. It is presented in its factory color scheme of Bordeaux with original black interior, and it has a new convertible soft top. We are advised that the gearbox has been overhauled, the clutch and brakes renewed, and a full service carried out. Well documented, this Pagoda has covered 94,000 kilometers (58,500 miles) from new and comes with service history, service booklet, Daten-Card, Spanish registration papers and Spanish technical inspection until 2012. Receipts for parts are available also, mainly sourced from Niemüller, together with their detailed catalog. The car also comes with the standard factory hard top in original Bordeaux, original parts list, service assistance 54 book, owner’s notes, owner’s manual and an extra set of keys — this is an ideal entry-level European delivery SL. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 4, sold for €40,250 ($55,009), including buyer’s pre- mium, at Bonhams’ Zoute Sale in Knokke-Heist, Belgium, on October 11, 2013. Just in the past few years, the Pagodas — the Mercedes-Benz 230SL, 250SL, and 280SL cars built on the W113 chassis from 1963 to 1971 — have become the newest darlings among collectible Mercedes-Benz automobiles. With their predecessors, the 190SL sports roadsters, now priced out of reach of hobby collectors, Pagodas are surging in value. As a bonus for collectors, Mercedes-Benz maintains inventories of essential parts for these cars. Timeless, practical cars Developed in an inspired collaboration among chief engineer Rudi Uhlenhaut, designer Paul Bracq and safety engineer Béla Barényi, these sports touring cars were extremely advanced for their day, and they remain practical and satisfying today. The design is timeless, road manners and ride comfort are exceptional, and even the concave roof was part of the safety package that reduced injury in the event of a collision or rollover. We think of the Pagodas as a group because there were only very few changes — mainly in engine dis- 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Lot 756, s/n 11304210014575 Condition 3+ Sold at $38,500 Leake Auctions, Tulsa, OK, 6/9/13 SCM# 225675 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Lot 8, s/n 11304210017678 Condition 3+ Sold at $31,320 MidAmerica, St. Paul, MN, 6/22/13 SCM# 222604 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Lot 156, s/n 11304210014851 Condition 3+ Sold at $74,250 Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/20/12 SCM# 191526 Sports Car Market Dirk de Jager, courtesy of Bonhams


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placement — during the eight years of production. The original model, of which our subject car is an exam- ple, had a 2,306-cc, 4-cylinder engine producing 150 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. Engine displacement was increased to 2,496 cc in December 1966 by lengthening the cylinder stroke, which resulted in the same horsepower, but increased torque to 159 pound-feet. Only 5,196 units of the 250SL were produced through the end of 1967 before a new engine with 2,778 cc was introduced, adding 20 horsepower and 20 pound-feet of torque. The 280SL, while least rare of the group, with 23,885 units produced, is most desirable and consequently valuable because of its performance. Fuel efficiency of these cars was unexceptional, rating at approximately 16 mpg. SL stands for Sports Leicht (sports light), a designation originally applied to the 300SL Gullwing. However, with a curb weight of 3,600 pounds, the Pagoda can’t be considered light — or sporting for that matter. Acceleration was anemic, although a top speed of 120 mph was promised. But this two-seat convertible was never intended to com- pete with the Healeys, Porsches, or even Corvettes of the day, and its owners would never have considered taping up the headlamps and going racing for a weekend. Touring in style As was established by Albert Finney and Audrey hepburn in the 1967 movie “Two for the Road,” the car was the perfect accessory for trendy young things to sweep across the landscape and arrive in style at remote inns — with just evening dress, a Paris nightgown and silk pajamas tucked into the optional fitted luggage in the trunk. The easily operated soft top that tucked neatly under its own hinged tonneau cover was effective and could be supplemented by the snug standard hard top if a winter drive to the ski lodge at Gstaad was contemplated. The only downside to this automobile is that the rpm is annoyingly high at typical highway speeds with the standard gearing and rear end. That said, the engine is more than adequate to sustain the high revs. Good news and bad news But what about our example here? On the one hand, it is equipped with the highly desirable and quite rare 4-speed manual gearbox. Nearly all export models — and most European models — were equipped with a 4-speed automatic, which reflected the wishes of most buyers of this grand touring car in its period. Our example also has the stylish European headlamps intended in the original design, rather than round American headlights. On the other hand, the pictures in the auction catalog indicate that the car may have been given a quick respray at some point in its lifetime, and it hasn’t been given much recent love. No attention was given to repairing the visible rips in the upholstery — much less detailing the dirty engine compartment. My guess is that the owner simply thought better of restoring it after bringing it back to Belgium and got an attractive cash offer from a dealer who was taking advantage of the recent surge in interest in the Pagodas and anticipated a quick, profitable flip. Certainly, at a minimum, if the running gear hasn’t gotten any more attention recently than the upholstery, the new owner is going to need to replace all of the bushings, belts and hoses (low mileage is not necessarily a plus with a Mercedes-Benz). Detailing the engine compartment and getting the upholstery repaired at the same time is a good idea before driving the car any distance. If the new owner only aspires to have a car to drive and enjoy — and the engine doesn’t need a rebuild — the sale price is fair. However, if a serious mechanical problem does manifest itself, or if a show-quality example is the objective, this buyer is going to quickly long for a recently restored example that would be more of a bargain — even at twice the price of our subject car. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) March 2014 55


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American Profile 1964 Chevrolet CERV II Had the C3 Corvette become a mid-engine car, the CERV II might be worth $7 million to $13.5 million by John L. Stein Details Years produced: 1964 Number produced: 1 Original list price: N/A Current SCM Valuation: $1,000,000– $2,000,000 Tune-up cost: $500 Distributor cap: $40 Club: General Motors Heritage Center More: www.gmheritagecenter.com Alternatives: 1963–66 Bill Thomas Cheetah, 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88, 1965–67 Shelby Cobra 427 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: P3910 Engine number: T1212E292199A T he brainchild of Zora Arkus-Duntov, the “Father of the Corvette,” the Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle II is the first known operating example of torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, and it is among the most important Corvette development vehicles in private hands today. Since leaving General Motors, it has only been owned by the Briggs Cunningham Museum, Miles Collier, John Moores and the consigning owner. The first CERV was completed in 1960, and it was aimed at open-wheel racing. Duntov began work on this successor in late 1961, intending “to incorporate all the features necessary to make it a successful contender, not only in sprints but in such long-distance events as Le Mans and Sebring.” His plan was for a run of six cars, originally designated the G.S. 2/3, “to permit selective usage as two-wheel drive (G.S. 2) [or] four-wheel drive (G.S. 3).” In the spring of 1964, around the time this car was completed, GM informed Chevrolet’s Bunkie Knudsen and Duntov that any ideas they had for racing were off the table. Repurposing it as CERV II, Duntov staunchly defended the prototype, writing, “We feel that in case we are not permitted to go racing, we should obtain permission to demonstrate it… It will show that although GM is not in racing, its engineering is more imaginative and more advanced than anyone else [sic].” CERV II thus became a test vehicle for future exotic Corvette ideas, and it saw major outings from 1964 to 1970. These included tire testing, aerodynamic research 56 and top-speed testing at Milford Proving Grounds. Chevrolet’s last test results are from 1970, after which it was placed into storage. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 139, sold for $1,100,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM’s Art of the Automobile auction in New York, NY, on November 21, 2013. Next to factory race cars, it’s concept cars, proto- types and coach-builts that usually command Maharaja money when trading ownership. So it was somewhat surprising to find that the CERV II — a one-of-a-kind engineering exercise that is indelibly linked with Zora Arkus-Duntov and the “racing ban” era at GM — garnered a relatively plebeian $1.1 million at RM’s big art gallery sale in the Big Apple. Surprisingly, at the same event, this emblem of Zora’s future-think was outpaced by such production cars as a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster at $1.65m, a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II at $2.035m, and a 1958 BMW 507 Series II at $1.65m. But that’s not the worst of it. What really hurt was that a 1958 Oldsmobile 98 con- vertible brought in $259k, a 1970 Plymouth Superbird garnered $363k and a 1966 Jaguar E-type Series I 4.2liter roadster earned $467.5k. These plentiful and replaceable production cars brought 24%, 33% and 43%, respectively, of the one-of-a-kind CERV II’s price. By all standard measures of collector-car value, these cars flew while the CERV II flopped. So what happened here? 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 Lot 53, s/n CSX3153 Condition 2 Sold at $578,267 Artcurial, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 7/22/13 SCM# 225918 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 convertible Lot S123, s/n 194677S118414 Condition 2+ Sold at $3,424,000 Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 9/6/13 SCM# 227206 1965 Cheetah Lot 280421550447, s/n V0925DZ Condition 2 Sold at $45,000 eBay Motors, 6/25/10 SCM# 165082 Sports Car Market Michael Furman ©2013, courtesy of RM Auctions


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wolf. There are no other vehicles quite like it, making establishing comps more difficult. For buyers looking for safety as well as value growth potential, production cars are clearly more attractive. Usable or garage queen? Second, there’s the business of oh, say, actually driv- ing your million-dollar investment. I promise that your wife will like riding in your Lusso to Cars and Coffee. And doing the Tour d’Elegance in your Pebble-quality Daytona might be okay as well. The CERV II? That’s way tougher, because you need a track and crew, and also must deal with its (likely) mechanical idiosyncrasies. Bottom line, the possibilities for enjoying the CERV II in anything other than a garage setting are more challenging. Fate plays a part Finally, there’s the awkward business of how emotion Safety in numbers The big price drivers that rewarded the production cars — but held the CERV II back — were investment safety, practicality of use, and emotion. First, buyers who are in it for the money — rather than the history — find comfort in numbers, just like a migrating herd of elk. For example, enough Gullwings, DB5s and 250 Ferraris are sold annually to provide a clear value baseline for these vehicles, and with it comes perceived safety for buyers. The result is a robust market for esteemed production cars, even in shaky economic times. Whereas the CERV II is not a herding animal at all, but more like a lone ties to value. I figure that since no one actually needs a classic car (it’s way easier to take the X5 to Starbucks), most of their inherent value is emotionally driven. Prescient as it was, onstage CERV II was worth only 8% to 16% of a 1963 Corvette Grand Sport, which was also shortchanged by the no-racing era — but managed to race and win anyway. Bottom line, had fate taken a different lane, and the Corvette C3 had become the mid-engine, four-wheeldrive car that Zora envisioned, then the CERV II might be worth the same $7 million to $13.5 million as a 1963 Grand Sport. But it didn’t, and it isn’t. Righteously well bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) March 2014 57


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Race Car Profile 1961 Alfa Romeo SZ-1 Coupe These cars are fabulous drivers. Horsepower is modest, but they are wonderfully balanced, neutral and forgiving by Thor Thorson Details Years produced: 1960–63 Number produced: 200 (170 SZ-1, 30 SZ-2) Original list price: $5,000 Current SCM valuation: $500,000– $700,000 Cost per hour to race: $600 Chassis #: On firewall in engine compartment Engine #: Right side of block Club: SZ Register More: www.szregister.com Alternatives: 1960 Porsche Abarth, 1954–55 Lancia B24 S, 1953–55 Fiat 8V SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: AR1012600107 Engine number: AR0012001108 A lfa Romeo’s successful Giulietta range debuted in 1954 with the arrival of the Bertonestyled Sprint coupe, the Berlina (saloon) not appearing until the succeeding season. Veloce models with improved performance followed, and the agile Giulietta SV quickly established an enviable record in production-car racing, notable victories including a Gran Turismo class win in the 1956 Mille Miglia. Nevertheless, to fully exploit the car’s potential, lighter and more aerodynamic bodywork was deemed necessary — a requirement which resulted in the ultimate Giuliettas: Bertone’s Sprint Special and the Sprint Zagato (SZ), both built on the short-wheelbase Spider platform and powered by the 116-hp version of Alfa’s classic 1.3-liter, twin-cam, 4-cylinder engine. Conceived as an out-and-out competition car, the Sprint Zagato coupe adopted lightweight aluminumalloy coachwork and demonstrated its designer’s commitment to weight saving in every detail, tipping the scales at an astonishing 785 kg (1,730 pounds). With a top speed of around 125 mph, the SZ was easily the fastest of the Giuliettas, and even today there are few 1.3liter cars capable of matching this level of performance. The SZ’s inherent stability and instantaneous response to steering input made it a driver’s car par excellence. On the racetrack it proved virtually unbeatable, and the Sprint Zagato remains a major force to be reckoned with in historic motorsport, being eligible for a wide variety of the most prestigious events, including the Le Mans Classic. 58 SCM Analysis This car, Lot 28, sold for $442,924, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ December Sale in London on December 1, 2013. I’m going to put this right out front: I’m an Alfa guy. I kept a very worn-out Jag XK 150 alive through un- dergraduate school while quietly lusting after several friends’ Giulietta Sprints and their lithe sophistication. Although I had the legs on the straights, as soon as the roads got twisty or snowy (it was Colorado), the Alfas were gone. When I graduated, I bought a new 1967 GTV, and, with the exception of a brief liaison with a BMW 530i, drove only Alfas until well after they stopped importing them. I still have that ’67 GTV I bought way back then — now freshly restored. I am thus either highly qualified or woefully too prejudiced to write about an Alfa SZ — maybe both. A history of lithe performance Although Alfa Romeo built everything from heavy trucks to delivery vans and sedans, it always saw itself as a performance — and particularly a racing car — company. Through the 1930s and 1940s it saw itself quite correctly as the de facto Italian National racing team. The spectacular 8C series of racers was extremely successful, and toward the end of the 1930s, these cars were the only ones that dared to stand against the Titan Cars of the Third Reich. When the formula went to 1.5 liters supercharged, 1961 Alfa Romeo SZ Lot 255, s/n 1012600067 Not sold at $180,000 Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 8/14/2009 SCM# 142055 1962 Alfa Romeo SZ Coda Tronca Lot 102, s/n AR1012600184 Condition 2 Not sold at $367,453 RM Auctions, Cernobbio, ITA, 5/21/11 SCM# 177902 1960 Alfa Romeo SZ Lot 347, s/n AR00112600051 Condition 1Sold at $333,592 RM Auctions, Monte Carlo, 5/11/12 SCM# 201755 Sports Car Market Simon Clay, courtesy of Bonhams


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Alfa created the Alfetta, one of the most spectacular, knees-weak-beautiful racers ever built. After World War II, Alfa dusted off the Alfetta and dominated the early years of post-war GP racing. Money was getting tough, though, and after a final effort with the 3000CM of 1952–53, Alfa faced reality and shut down its competition department. Sprinting back to the track Racing and performance remained deeply ingrained in the culture and the blood of the company, so when the new Giulietta production series was announced in late 1954, it was not a staid sedan but the Bertone-designed Sprint — a 2+2 GT coupe — that was behind the curtain. Sedans, Spiders — and even a station wagon — would follow, but the car Alfa chose to define itself to the world was a sporting coupe. Although Alfa was officially out of the racing business, its customers certainly weren’t, and Sprints were soon competing all over Europe. Alfa was, of course, happy to assist, and set about creating a higher-performance variant: the Sprint Veloce. It was introduced two years to the month after the original Sprint, having shed 70 kg (154 pounds) of weight and gone from 65 to 90 horsepower. One of the first Sprint Veloces was entered in the 1956 Mille Miglia, where it rolled badly. Rather than send it back to Alfa for a new body, the owner decided to send it to Zagato for a lightweight aluminum body. Debuting in late 1956, the revised car was an immediate success and gained the semi-official designation of SVZ. It wasn’t an official factory effort, but it was not discouraged, and over the next few years roughly 18 SVZs ended up being created. In the meantime, Alfa experimented with a very swoopy Bertone design based on the shorter Spider chassis with an even stronger motor: the Sprint Speciale. The Sprint Speciale was gorgeous, but it turned out to be 55 kg (121 pounds) heavier than the SV, so any thoughts of using it in competition vanished. Alfa then went knocking on Zagato’s door with an eye toward creating an official version of what Zagato had been doing already. The Alfa Romeo Sprint Zagato was introduced in early 1960. The SZ sported the short chassis, 100-hp engine and 5-speed transmission of the Sprint Speciale — but it was hundreds of pounds lighter with almost no front or rear overhangs. The car was a very compact, highly competitive racer. The important thing to remember is that it was still at heart a production Giulietta: the suspension, drivetrain, brakes and even the engine were production stuff. A grocery-getter and serious racer This means the SZ (at least as it came from the factory) was not a fire-breathing rac- ing car; it was a very lightweight, short Giulietta Sprint. From a practical standpoint this meant that, like its big cousin the Ferrari SWB, it was a tractable everyday driver that could comfortably take your wife on a jaunt down the coast or to the grocery store as easily as it could seriously compete on the track. For a collector in today’s world, this can be a distinct advantage. Alfa’s successor TZ — fabulous cars that they are — are lousy street or tour cars, as they’re really only happy on the track. SZs are truly fabulous drivers. They don’t have a lot of horsepower, but they are wonderfully balanced, neutral and forgiving. For a romp through the Dolomites or the California Mille (which is notoriously run on the most twisty roads Northern California can offer), I can think of no more pleasurable car at any price. Rising for 20 years All this, of course, brings us to the question of value. For most of the past 40 years — and certainly well into the late 1990s — post-war Alfas of any sort just didn’t carry much market value. It is interesting to note, though, that their relative values have remained very stable. In 1994, my company traded a pretty good Ferrari 275 GTB/4 for a package of excellent Zagato Alfas. We set the value at $325,000 for the 4-cam, and got a TZ for $150,000, an SZ II (Kamm tail) for $90,000, and an SZ for $85,000 in exchange (yeah, to know then what we know now). The point to note is that the SZs were valued at roughly half of the TZ. We sold the TZ and the SZ immediately, but the SZ II went to a friend and stayed with us. he sold it (painted Alfa Red) for $250,000 in 2008 to another friend who brought it back to its 1963 Le Mans livery (it was a great car, dripping history, as it turned out) and sold it to Europe for $440,000 in 2010. Although it is emphatically not for sale, I am told it is worth about $800,000 now. Interestingly, a good Alfa TZ is now worth about $1.5 million, so the “about half” ratio has held constant over all these years. Those values are for the best cars, however, and today’s subject car is far from the best. As I have often pontificated, market value is a combination of collector and user considerations. As fabulous tour drivers with often-great his- tories, Alfa SZs carry value based on their provenance, as well as their usefulness as a tour and event car, and as a track racer. Our subject today appears to have no significant period history and has been turned into a single-purpose track toy (130 horsepower at 9,000 rpm is strictly for the track), so its value is appropriately limited. With the racing specifications listed in the catalog, I’m sure this car is a wonderful racer, but that is all it is. As such, I’d say fairly bought and sold. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) March 2014 59


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Market Reports Overview 2013 Goes Out With a Bang At RM/Sotheby’s “Art of the Automobile” sale, 16 cars broke the million-dollar mark, and average sold price surpassed $2m By Tony Piff S ome of the most expensive and memorable cars of 2013 crossed the auction block not in sunny Scottsdale, Amelia Island or Monterey, but in grayskied New York and London. At November’s much anticipated “Art of the Automobile” sale, RM presented 34 best-of-category examples at Sotheby’s Manhattan showroom in static “gallery” style. The goal was to introduce the art collectors of NYC to the world of collector cars, and the resulting prices were huge. A 1964 Ferrari 250 LM found $14.3m, 15 other cars broke the million-dollar mark, and average sold price for all lots surpassed $2m. Dick Skipworth’s eight-lot Ecurie Ecosse collection to- taled $15m at Bonhams’ December sale in London, pushing overall sales to $27.6m among 28 cars, for an average sold price of $987k. Other worthy headliners included Michael Schumacher’s Benetton-Cosworth Ford B194 F1 race car and Ringo Starr’s Facel Vega, sold at $1m and $553k, respectively. A month earlier, Bonhams’ New Bond Street showroom hosted the annual Veteran sale just in time for the Londonto-Brighton Run. Prices for eligible cars (built 1904 or earlier) are on the rise, with average price per car at this annual sale growing from $106k in 2008 to $184k in 2012, jumping sharply to $226k this time around. Of 13 cars sold, two approached $1m: a 1903 Clement Talbot Type CT4K Roid’Italie tonneau at $968k and a 1902 Panhard et Levassor Type B1 12-hp rear-entrance tonneau at $932k. At Bonhams’ year-end sale on December 9 in Oxford, U.K., prices looked comparatively affordable, averaging $46k among 57 lots sold. Six cars earned six-digit prices, with a 1960 Bentley Continental Flying Spur on top at http://bit.ly/ZOf8zr Scan this code with your smartphone for complete results of each auction covered in this issue, or go to URL listed (left) Sales Totals RM, New York, NY Bonhams, London, U.K. Mecum, Anaheim, CA Leake, Dallas, TX McCormick, Palm Springs, CA Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K. H&H, Duxford, U.K. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN Bonhams (Veterans), London, U.K. Bonhams, Oxford, U.K. Branson, Branson, MO $62,452,500 $27,630,157 $13,606,424 $2,294,852 $2,601,120 $2,938,585 $3,128,209 $9,434,370 $6,163,585 $4,325,100 $3,998,434 $179k. Rounding out the podium were a 1957 Corvette at $158k and a 1964 Citroën DS19 Décapotable at $144k. Looking to the American Heartland, the annual Branson auction in Branson, MO, saw a 1955 Corvette, a 1929 Auburn 8-90 cabriolet and a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 sell for $98k, $97k and $92k, respectively. Sales took a dip last year to $2m from $2.5m in 2011, but grew to $2.3m for 2013. The average price per car was $22k. We conclude this issue with a roundup of highlights from Mecum Anaheim, Leake Dallas, McCormick Palm Springs, Collector Car Productions Toronto, H&H in Duxford, U.K., and Silverstone in Birmingham, U.K. ♦ 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 62 Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1964 Ferrari 250 LM coupe, $14,300,000— RM, p. 70 2. 1938 Talbot-Lago T150C SS Teardrop cabriolet, $7,150,000—RM, p. 66 3. 1959 Ferrari 250 GT SWB “Competition” coupe, $7,040,000—RM, p. 68 4. 1952 Jaguar C-type Ecurie Ecosse roadster, $4,774,182—Bon-Lo, p. 76 5. 1955 Maserati A6G2000 Zagato Spyder, $4,455,000—RM, p. 68 6. 1956 Jaguar D-type Ecurie Ecosse “short-nose” racer, $4,223,599—Bon-Lo, p. 78 7. 1959 Commer TS3 Ecurie Ecosse transporter, $2,938,903—Bon-Lo, p. 78 8. 1959 Aston Martin DB4GT coupe, $2,571,848—Bon-Lo, p. 78 9. 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental coupe, $2,420,000—RM, p. 66 10. 1936 Delahaye 135 teardrop coupe, $2,420,000—RM, p. 66 1. 1954 Pegaso Z-102 Series II Saoutchik coupe, $797,500— RM, p. 70 2. 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird 2-dr hard top, $363,000—RM, p. 72 3. 1919 Sunbeam 16-hp tourer, $60,416—Bon-Ox, p. 86 4. 1904 Oldsmobile 7-hp curved-dash runabout, $58,777—Bon-Lo, p. 106 5. 2004 Volkswagen Beetle “Mexico” 2-dr sedan, $9,460—Lke, p. 118 Sports Car Market Best Buys


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RM Auctions New York, NY RM/Sotheby’s — “Art of the Automobile” The 1964 Ferrari LM sold for $14.3m, and a 1938 Talbot-Lago T150C SS Teardrop cabriolet brought $7.2m Company RM/Sotheby’s Date November 21, 2013 Location New York, NY Auctioneer Max Girardo Automotive lots sold/offered 31/34 Sales rate 91% Sales total $62,452,500 High sale 1964 Ferrari 250 LM coupe, sold at $14,300,000 Buyer’s premium 1964 Ferrari 250 LM coupe, sold at $14,300,000 10%, included in sold prices (15% for the Brewster carriage—not covered in this report) Report and photos by John Lyons Market opinions in italics F or the first time in many years, New York City played host to a high-end vintage-car sale, with two auction power players combining forces for a truly historic event. Auction legends Sotheby’s and RM Auctions came together at an event held at the historic New York, NY offices of Sotheby’s on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in beautiful New York City. Thirty-four very special automobiles alongside a small selection of memorabilia lots were offered for sale, with an elegant two-day preview and a packed house on sale day. In total, 31 of the 34 lots found new homes, for a selling percentage of nearly 93%. Total sales volume was also quite hefty, with $62.5m trading hands. That averages out to more than $2m per car. The room was absolutely packed, with standing room only for virtually the entire sale. Many new faces spent a lot of money on some very significant cars. As you might expect for a venue in the Big Apple, there was no room to drive the cars across the auction block. Instead, behind auctioneer Max Girardo was a rotating cylinder, featuring a large framed image of the lot being offered. After the sale, RM gave the framed images to the winning bidders. It was an elegant touch to a very snazzy event. High-sale honors went to the very last lot offered for the day, a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM with a bit of an unusual history and a very robust final price paid of $14.3m. A Talbot Teardrop cabriolet brought $7.2m for second-highest of the sale. Third-place honors went to a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT SWB “Competition Special” at $7m. Another notable sale was the BMW 507 roadster, which sold for $1.7m, proving that several previous sales in this range were no fluke. The Toyota 2000GT sold for $968k, nearly $200k below the world record paid in Fort Worth last spring, and showing that perhaps supply and demand for these are starting to balance at more sensible numbers. New York is home to some of the world’s most serious art collectors, and RM and 1958 180 Testa Rossa Electric Children’s Car as wall art 64 Sotheby’s have now introduced these collectors to the “Art of the Automobile.” The gallery-style format not only made it logistically possible to host this event here — it was the perfect presentation for these automotive masterpieces. ♦ Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions New York, NY BELGIAN #129-1931 MINERVA AL Rollston con- vertible. S/N 80105. Green/green cloth/green leather. Odo: 9 km. Arguably one of the most desirable Minerva automobiles in existence, with great Rollston coachwork and sexy raked lines. Carefully maintained and used little in recent years. Still showing in concours-ready condition and perhaps in need of some very Impeccably restored car done by Brian Joseph who has connections to this car dating back to his early adulthood. Completed less than two years ago. Virtually flawless execution. Superb paint and chrome. Excellent fit and finish. Interior restored to perfection with not a hint of use. Engine and undercarriage equally well Interior equal in every way, with spotless leather, dash instrumentation that resembles jewelry, and flawless wood accents. Unable to inspect engine, but appears immaculate in photos. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $7,150,000. This car had a crowd around it virtually the entire preview period. Its Figoni et Falaschi coachwork was breathtaking to behold. As the only known surviving short-wheelbase with original chassis, engine and body, it was worthy of every penny bid today and possibly even more. mild detailing. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $660,000. Last sold at RM’s 2011 Cernobbio sale, where it realized a price of $751k, showing 7 on the odo (SCM# 177921), then no-saled at Bonhams’ 2013 Scottsdale sale at $850k (SCM# 215087). Owner finally recognized that this car is not worth a million dollars. Sold for fair money, and this proved to be a very expensive few miles for the owner. ENGLISH #112-1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II Continental coupe. S/N 42PY. Red/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 7,374 miles. Incredibly well-cared-for older restoration. Multiple major event awards and equally impressive ownership log. Excellent paint and door fit. Paint showing minor maintenance wear. Slight scuffs on sill plates. Engine fabulously well detailed. Interior equal to exterior, with only the slightest hint of use. Perfect wood. Instruments and controls also TOP 10 No. 9 detailed. Multiple awards and prestigious show history, including Pebble Beach. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $2,310,000. This was one of the very early consignments and was promoted well since the introduction of the sale. Came with a wide auction estimate of $1.8m–$2.4m, but with such a special one-off car, pinning down value is pretty difficult. I still think the buyer got one of the best collectible cars available today and will see nothing but award after award and lots of appreciation in value over the coming years. Well bought. FRENCH #117-1936 DELAHAYE 135 Teardrop coupe. S/N 47242. Black/red leather. RHD. Odo: 139 miles. A beautiful older restoration with lots of minor maintenance and cleaning marks in the paint and trim. Very good door and panel fit. Beautiful aluminum bumpers. Interior beautiful. Leather seats have ostrich skin inserts. Perfect wood. TOP 10 No. 10 #126-2011 BUGATTI VEYRON Bleu Nuit Grand Sport convertible. S/N 4010. Blue & aluminum/brown leather. Odo: 350 miles. Stunning factory one-off. Incredible sinister color combination. Virtually as-new inside and out. Perfect paint and trim. Untouched interior and show-quality engine bay. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $2,310,000. Opened at $1m, and then a bidder in the back of the room stood up and declared “$2.1 million” to a stunned crowd. The auctioneer worked the room a bit, realizing there were no more bids, and sold the car. Sold just within estimate range. GERMAN #120-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Gullwing. S/N 1980405500695. Silver green/ red leather. Odo: 65,056 miles. From the respected collection of Mr. Don Davis. Freshly restored car, in beautiful original color. Highly detailed throughout, with excellent attention paid. Factory luggage. Perfect interior, with new in appearance. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $2,420,000. There are a few Rolls-Royce automobiles for which you can mention the chassis number and collectors will know the car, like this one: 42PY. A crowning achievement of Freestone & Webb. With slow but steady bidding, reserve was pulled at $1.8m, and the bidders still had a bit more left in their wallets. Well bought, but the car is entering the dusk of its show career, so hopefully new owner will plan on bringing it on some major tour events. #111-1956 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 Ghia Supersonic. S/N AM30011132. White & green/green leather. Odo: 59,312 miles. 66 Show-detailed engine bay. Show-detailed underside. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $2,420,000. Said to be one of three known original short-chassis cars with original Figoni et Falaschi coachwork. Reportedly retained by the factory for exhibition purposes. Lots of early documentation and photography. Somewhat of a good value, nearly 25% below low estimate. #122-1938 TALBOT-LAGO T150C SS Teardrop cabriolet. S/N 90111. Ivory/white cloth/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 63,597 km. Flawless restoration, with incredible attention paid to detail. Perfect paint, impeccable prep, the best chrome work imaginable, exterior virtually without a flaw. TOP 10 No. 2 slightly overstuffed seats. Show-detailed engine bay. Spectacular overall presentation. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $1,265,000. This was a really great color combination for a Gullwing, and while it drew its share of attention from prospective bidders, it sold slightly short of estimate and was outshined by Lot 109, its Roadster sibling. #127-1958 BMW 507 Series II convert- ible. S/N 70180. Silver/green steel/green leather. Odo: 87,917 km. Fabulously sexy car, Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions New York, NY with a highly presentable older restoration. Excellent panel fit, paint and trim. Only a few minor blemishes in the paint, spotless interior with minor age cracking of the seats. Spotless sumptuous Pinin Farina design. Sold for just above low estimate, and I think the buyer can anticipate good appreciation of his new investment. car fell more or less in the middle of the range, based on recent years’ sales. older detailed engine bay. Very clean but not detailed undercarriage. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,650,000. The catalog described the car as well sorted, but it’s been in two collections not known for driving their cars, so it may need some minor mechanical rehabilitation prior to touring again. Purchased here by a noted European collector. The price paid might seem high today, but given the scarcity of these cars, it was a bargain. #116-1959 PORSCHE 356A Carrera GS sunroof coupe. S/N 108399. Silver/black leather. Odo: 75,677 miles. Absolutely flawless and incredibly well restored 4-cam Porsche. Many factory options. Tons of documentation. Flawless brightwork. Spectacularly detailed interior and engine bay. Factory-installed roll bar. The absolute pinnacle of 356As. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $605,000. This was one of the most looked-at and talked- #109-1960 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N 19804210002562. Blue/blue cloth/beige leather. Odo: 35,395 miles. Stunningly restored car. Incredible color combination with only a slight change in exterior paint color from new. Interesting and fascinating ownership history. Lots of great factory goodies, including fitted luggage and impossibleto-find Rudge spinner-style hubcaps. Virtually #134-1955 MASERATI A6G2000 Zagato Spyder. S/N 2101. Aqua blue/ blue cloth/gray suede. Odo: 18,645 km. Spectacular custom coachbuilt car. Breathtaking in both design and execution. One of the most inspected cars in the entire auction. Slight gap issue in passenger’s door. Minor water spotting of aluminum bumpers TOP 10 No. 5 and grille. Flawless interior with instrumentation resembling jewelry and beautiful touches everywhere. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $4,455,000. The only A6G2000 Zagato Spyder. Car sold very close to high estimate, indicating that all of those inspections were for real and not just tire-kickers. This car will likely not see the market again for another generation or more. So I call the car very well bought. TOP 10 No. 3 flawless and one of the most looked-at cars of the entire auction. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $1,650,000. This was one of my two personal favorites of the day, and bidding was robust right up to the world-record price. Roadsters have taken center stage alongside Gullwings and now occasionally surpass them in value— as this one did, selling some ways ahead of Lot 120, the $1.3m Gullwing. I have to call it a fair deal for both buyer and seller. about cars in the entire auction. It was breathtaking. Finding one of this provenance and with these options is virtually impossible. If looking for a great 4-cam, this was the car to buy. With numbers-matching surviving examples representing a fraction of the number of other collectible sports cars from this era, $600k may be seen as a wise purchase, perhaps as soon as a year from now, if the market continues to climb. #132-1960 F.M.R. TG 500 “Tiger” mi- crocar. S/N 21027. Yellow/clear lucite/black vinyl. MHD. Odo: 41,056 km. Nice older restoration. Bubble top totally original, with lots of scratches in the plastic. Nice older paint job, with minor edge chips and the like. Lots of minor dents and dings to the trim. Average door fit. Original fender guards in nice shape. Newer interior with excellent seats and rubber mats on the floor. Very nice interior original trim. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $137,500. These are the most sought-after of the microcar segment, with a wide range of sale results. This 68 ITALIAN #121-1955 FERRARI 250 GT EUROPA coupe. S/N 0407GT. Silver/red leather. Odo: 230 miles. Flawless restoration of an exceptionally handsome ’50s-era Ferrari. Wellknown history, and countless major awards. Very good attention to detail with excellent and consistent paint. Very good gaps and show-quality chrome and trim bits. Interior minor use indicated on the driver’s seat. Show-detailed engine bay. Beautiful factory fitted luggage, and show-detailed chassis. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $7,040,000. The SCM Platinum Auction Database shows this car selling in 1970 at Christie’s in Geneva for $9,229 (identified as a ’61, SCM# 12102). Fabulously important and interesting Ferrari with tons of eye appeal. Nit-picks aside, this was concours-ready by just about any measure. Hammered just over low estimate. Bluechip investment car. Well bought. #110-1961 FERRARI 250 GT Series II just about equal to the exterior, with only very slight evidence of use in the driver’s seat noted. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $2,420,000. This was an absolutely beautiful Ferrari, with a cabriolet. S/N 2473. Red/black cloth/dark gray leather. Odo: 181 km. Very nice restoration completed a few years ago. Some minor water stains on aluminum grille. Front bumper very slightly out of line. Beautiful paint and trim. Excellent interior with well-stuffed front Sports Car Market #136-1959 FERRARI 250 GT SWB “Competition” coupe. S/N 1739. Silver/red leather. Odo: 44,533 km. Very nicely restored with some unusual fit and finish issues, including a poorly aligned driver’s headlight bezel and a poorly fitting driver’s lower quarter-panel. All of the rest of the exterior is very tidy, virtually to concours standards. Interior beautifully restored, with only


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RM Auctions New York, NY Glovebox Notes 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid sedan A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM garage. HHHHH is best. miles. Fantastic color and left-hand drive, effectively ticking all the right boxes. Very wellkept original car, with one high-quality repaint. Good panel fit and gaps. Very nice original chrome and exterior trim. Correct interior, with typical mild peeling of the wood. Seats and carpeting excellent, engine bay spot- Price as tested: $35,495 Equipment: 111-hp IMA 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and electric motor, Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), Sequential SportShift paddle shifters, Technology Package EPA mileage: 39/38 Likes: Nice body lines. Pleasant driving experience. High miles per gallon without trying to drive efficiently. High-quality interior finishes. Dislikes: The back row of seats fits two comfortably, but adding a third into the mix doesn’t work well with the contoured bench seat. The navigation won’t allow the passenger to enter in information while driving, unless at a complete stop. By default, each item that is selectable on the stereo/navigation system includes a voice description of whatever is highlighted. This can be turned down/off, but at the expense of losing turn-by-turn directions from the onboard navigation. Fun to drive: HHH½ Fun to look at: HHHH Overall experience: HHHH Verdict: As a longtime Honda/Acura fan, I was hoping for more out of this car. Maybe I set my expectations too high. It wasn’t that I hated driving it, but it felt more like I was driving a fully loaded Civic rather than an Acura. The hybrid motor, while only putting out 111 hp, still felt as peppy as it should for a car of this size. The interior feels very familiar if you have used any Honda in the past 10 years. It just didn’t feel like the price difference was worth it for the Acura name. If this had a Honda badge on it and was $7k–$8k cheaper, I would have recommended it highly. — Brian Baker Sports Car the seats. Appears freshly restored. All gauges and interior controls like new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $2,035,000. It has been remarkable watching these cars in the SCM Platinum Auction Database make incredible jumps in value over the past 18 months. This one is the latest record holder. Very well sold. See the profile p. 46. #141-1964 FERRARI 250 LM coupe. S/N 6107. Red/black leather. RHD. Totally original car with only repaints throughout its life. Presented in race livery, although originally ordered for street use— making this car the exception to the rule. “Believed to have as few as 10,000 original miles.” Well-known provenance, with excep- TOP 10 No. 1 less and lots of documentation back to day one. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $968,000. I have accused these cars of being the “flavor of the month” over the past year. This car is an incredibly rare color and arguably the best example that has sold since the recent run-up in prices. Sold for well below the $1.15m worldrecord price paid, and frankly a much better car. I think we are now starting to establish what the real market is and that perhaps these don’t belong in the same price class as a Gullwing or Lusso. A fair deal for both buyer and seller. tional race career beginning relatively late in life, in 1968. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $14,300,000. Of the 32 produced, this was car number 24. It has an unusual history in that its first 3k miles were clocked through private road use, with subsequent mileage being accrued at several prestigious race events. A well-documented car, selling for a world-record price. #118-1997 FERRARI F310 B racer. S/N 179. Red/black leather. MHD. Good original paint, with obvious signs of race use. Original interior with plenty of wear and tear and lots of duct tape covering up previous race sins. Excellent history, including being raced by Michael Schumacher. Ferrari Classiche certifi- informed, authoritative voice of the collector car hobby for over 25 years! Subscribe Today Call 877.219.2605 ext. 1 www.sportscarmarket.com 70 cation. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $630,000. Not exactly a local boulevard cruiser and not much room for groceries. But with a great race history and stellar originality, certainly worth more than what was bid here. Limited market appeal might mean careful marketing by a Ferrari race expert could get a deal done. JAPANESE #135-1967 TOYOTA 2000GT coupe. S/N MF1010093. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 47,712 mechanical servicing. A stunning landmark car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $797,500. This car sold for just under low estimate, and I think that represents somewhat of a bargain. The design and overall look, as well as its advanced mechanical components, really separate this car from others built in the era. Very well bought. AMERICAN #133-1912 STUTZ MODEL A BEAR CAT roadster. S/N A730. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 95,278 miles. Aged restoration resulting in a car that is well beyond its show years but still well suited for touring. Older paint with flaking and chipping, and aged brass with lots of polish marks. Substantial wear to driver’s seat and floorboards. Older, Sports Car Market SPANISH #130-1954 PEGASO Z-102 Series II Saoutchik coupe. S/N 01021 500148. Cream & gray/gray leather. Odo: 58,638 miles. 1954 Paris Motor Show display car. One of 14 examples built and said to be one of only seven Series II cars. Outstanding restoration with recent repaint, interior and BEST BUY


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RM Auctions New York, NY detailed engine bay with lots of fluid stains. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $770,000. Believed one of the earliest Bear Cats built and possibly even a prototype. Without clear and detailed ownership history back to day one, these cars usually fall well short of a million dollars. This car was a perfect example of this phenomenon. A fair deal unless the new owner is able to obtain further ownership and other history on the car, which might show this to be somewhat of a bargain. Let the research begin. #125-1929 FORD MODEL A “Dick Flint” roadster. S/N 196. Red/red leather. Odo: 22 miles. Famed hot rod, built by legendary hot-rodder Dick Flint, with coachwork by renowned West Coast builder Valley Custom Shop. Impeccably restored to exactly as it appeared in Hot Rod Magazine back in 1952. Beautiful and cool. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $577,500. This was featured in numerous magazines back in the period and is an iconic Ford V8 roadster that has survived the tests of time. Difficult to gauge market on these, as they are so rare and sought-after, so I have to call this a fair deal for both buyer and seller. #114-1933 AUBURN TWELVE speed- ster. S/N 2119E. Red & yellow/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 327 miles. Outstanding slightly older restoration. Buffing marks in paint and trim. Nice bumpers appearing almost new. Beautiful interior with minor wrinkles to driver’s seat. Nice carpeting. All instruments and brightwork nicely restored. Brilliant engine the car worthy of any show field. Original factory supercharged car with an original factory supercharger off another car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,760,000. This was an extraordinarily handsome car and with outstanding provenance. I am not sure how much one can nitpick a supercharger swap, as this car was one of the original three dozen or so from the factory with the big blower. Sold well below estimate but still a fair deal for both buyer and seller. #131-1955 LINCOLN INDIANAPOLIS “Exclusive Study” coupe. S/N 58WA10902. Orange/black &white leather. Odo: 965 miles. Approximately 10-year-old restoration with buffing marks visible on the paint. Chrome still very much show-quality. Very good fit and finish. Very beautiful and stylish interior. Retractable dashboard locked on inspection. Very cool, yet not very functional. Engine bay and underside still show-detailed. Great color bay with bright shine and spotless attention to detail. Car is a 3-speed with overdrive. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,210,000. The ACD world has just seen a new level attained, as this car not only shattered every world record previously set for a speedster, but nearly doubled it. These have not moved much in the past 10 years, so this might be the breakout that owners and collectors have been hoping for. Very well sold, but check back in a year—I might be rewriting my words. #124-1933 DUESENBERG MODEL SJ Beverly sedan. S/N SJ512. Blue/black vinyl/ gray mohair. Odo: 1,873 miles. Spectacular restoration performed by RM completed in 2007. Numerous significant awards to its credit, including best-in-show at the ACD Festival in Auburn, and class wins at both Pebble and Amelia Island. Even six year later, the condition and preservation are incredible, with years, and every major collector was likely aware of that fact. It no-saled likely because the mystique of owning it has long since passed. Time for it to be put away for a generation or two and let the mystique build again. #139-1964 CHEVROLET CERV II racer. S/N P3910. White & blue/blue & black vinyl. RHD. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Original car with repaint as needed. Waves in the panels and gap issues throughout, typical for a prototype or race car. Blue-painted interior with black vinyl seats, appearing very original and used. Engine quite clean with the appear- ance of being well maintained. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $1,100,000. The brainchild of Zora Arkus-Duntov. This car is what the Corvette would be 30 years later, with a conservative 550 horsepower, outrageous styling and allwheel drive. Ownership history reads like a who’s-who list from famous race-car drivers to respected collectors. Sold comfortably below the $1.4m low estimate. A fair deal for buyer and seller. (See the profile, p. 56.) #119-1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD Hemi 2-dr hard top. S/N RM23ROA170172. White/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 16,359 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Incredible unique look that only a Superbird ever possessed. Well-restored car with original low documented miles from new. Very nice paint and outstanding panel fit. Door fit average to slightly better than average. All BEST BUY scheme. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $1,550,000. Last sold for $1.4m at Gooding’s 2006 Pebble Beach sale (SCM# 42595). This is a great example of why a car of this nature would perform better if not shopped around. This car has been not-so-quietly on the market for 72 else exceptional. Minimal trim all perfect. Interior beautifully restored, with all original gauges and instrumentation. Very minor signs of use on steering wheel and brake pedal. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $363,000. This was an outstanding color combination, and the level of restoration is about as good as it gets. At the top of the market in 2006, this car could have cracked $750k, and I think it will get back there sooner rather than later. Very well bought. © Sports Car Market


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Bonhams London, U.K. Bonhams — The December Sale Ringo Starr’s 1964 Facel Vega II sold for $553k, and F1 World Champ Michael Schumacher’s Benetton-Cosworth Ford B194 surpassed $1m Company Bonhams Date December 1, 2013 Location London, U.K. Auctioneer Robert Brooks Automotive lots sold/offered 28/34 Sales rate 82% Sales total $27,630,157 High sale 1952 Jaguar Ecurie Ecosse C-type, sold at $4,774,182 Buyer’s premium Ringo Starr’s 1964 Facel Vega II coupe, sold at $553,041 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics nificently refurbished show and sale rooms in the west end of London, was the equally magnificent Ecurie Ecosse transporter. If you’re going to assemble the most com- B plete collection of race cars from the legendary Scottish team that won consecutive Le Mans 24-Hour races in 1956 and 1957, then you need to have the authentic transporter to carry them, and Dick Skipworth was now disposing of the collection it took him a quarter-century to build. onhams usually only handles commercial vehicles at its Beaulieu and Harrogate sales, but here, parked out back of its mag- After the packed sale room resounded with applause as the collection’s Jaguar XK 120 made a record-for-model $1.2m, the team’s 1952 C-type “XKC042” sold for $4.8m (see the profile on p. 48) and the 1956 short-nose D-type took a little less at $4.2m, both to a buyer in the United States. But the biggest surprise came with the unique transporter — the 1959 Commer London, U.K. TS3 immortalized in period as a Corgi toy. In the weeks leading up to the sale, its pre-sale estimate had doubled before being declared “refer dept.” in the catalog, as Bonhams had already confirmed serious interest at $600k. It exceeded all expectations, taking 20 minutes to sell at almost $3m in a fierce telephone bidding war that eventually fell in favor of the same U.S. buyer. It now stands as the most valuable historic commercial vehicle ever sold at auction. (See Collecting Thoughts, p. 30.) The rest of the eight-car collection found new homes too, making Skipworth about $15m richer in an afternoon (he’s going to concentrate on sailing). The spotlight then turned to the 1964 Facel Vega II first owned by Ringo Starr, which sold for $553k (see the profile, p. 52). Seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher’s Benetton-Cosworth Ford B194 went to a German museum for just over $1m (mere weeks before the German ace’s near-fatal skiing accident). Other notable sales were $2.6m for the first right-hand-drive production Aston Martin DB4GT, a way-over-expected $2.1m for an Ulster in one-family ownership since 1974, and $1.36m for an achingly perfect “London-Edinburgh” style 1912 RollsRoyce Silver Ghost. Said James Knight, Group Motoring Director, “We always knew that today’s sale 1994 Benetton Cosworth-Ford B194 racer, sold at $1,011,861 74 had the potential to be a roaring success, but nobody quite anticipated the incredible atmosphere in the sale room that saw so many truly historic cars go for such astounding prices. “The Jaguars especially were exceptionally popular, and I am delighted that the transporter will still be carrying two of its original Ecurie Ecosse racing cars.” ♦ Sports Car Market 15% up to $81,931, 12% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1 = £0.61)


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Bonhams London, U.K. ENGLISH #27-1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50-HP Silver Ghost “London-Edinburgh” tourer. S/N 2015. Blue/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 72,000 miles. London-Edinburgh spec. Looks like a perfect recent resto with new tan leather and beige leather. RHD. Odo: 137 miles. Straighter and shinier than when it left Clapham, following expensive restoration in the U.S. in early 2000s, including chromed gear linkage plus triple carbs. Mileage presumably since restoration, as Offy heads still need tightening down. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $71,608. Sold to a German owner in 2005, wears original U.K. number that might still be available. Well bought. #6-1951 JAGUAR XK 120 Ecurie Ecosse roadster. S/N 660578. Eng. # W28687. Flag Blue Metallic/black leather. RHD. Odo: 17,260 miles. Originally raced by Sir James Scott Douglas, “one of motor racing’s most raffishly extrovert and colourful Anglo-Scots aristocrats,” which rather sets the tone for the Ecurie Ecosse cars. Well used and raced but TOP 10 No. 4 #5-1952 JAGUAR C-TYPE Ecurie Ecosse roadster. S/N XKC042. Flag Blue Metallic/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 57,001 miles. Well-used and -loved condition and also Bonhams’ Chairman Robert Brooks’ favorite. Recent event stickers, electrical cutouts, rain light, etc. Body straightish over narrow Borranis, paint chipped at edges. Leather taking on some patina and may be original. Bare aluminum rather than Hardura finish inside, and modern Momo wheel, but no doubt lovely plating and brass, deep and shiny paint. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,360,564. Originally with Holmes body, then replica skiff coachwork while in Spain, now fitted with replica of the original. Sold where expected. #16-1934 ASTON MARTIN ULSTER roadster. S/N L4525U. Black/red leather. RHD. Odo: 10,144 miles. Restored concourswinner rather than a racer. Now with coil ignition, although original magneto is included. Has been red at some point. Leather just tak- still in good order. As-raced condition complete with rear rain light. Shiny and worn leather. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $1,158,683. Like all the cars in the Ecurie Ecosse Collection, extensively raced by family members, and one of Dick Skipworth’s favorites. Expected to make $300k–$600k, so that wide estimate range tells us that nobody was quite sure where this was going to go. ing on some creases. Good plating. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $2,131,381. In this family ownership since 1974. Expected to sell for $950k– $1.3m, but bidding finished at pretty much double that. Superb car, but have to call it well sold. #15-1948 ALLARD M1 drophead coupe. S/N 705. Eng. # 7200726. Red/ black mohair/ #21-1952 FRAZER NASH TARGA FLORIO roadster. S/N 421200175. Eng. # BS1109. Green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 4,107 miles. Fitted with lightweight body, repainted 2011, now showing some microblisters. Original Gran Sport-spec engine rebuilt at the same time, plus new leather. Cond: 2. original is included. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,774,182. Ex-Ecurie Ecosse racer with castiron history (Jimmy Stewart, Sanderson, Sir James Scott Douglas), although at some point lived in Mallorca, painted red. Much enjoyed by Dick Skipworth and company since 1992, and the car that really started off the collection. Sold for the right money—about the same as the collection’s D-type—to the same buyer who bought the D and the Ecurie Ecosse transporter to carry them on. Now that’s style. (See the profile on p. 48.) #23-1955 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100 road- ster. S/N BN2228897. Green & white/ turquoise. RHD. Odo: 57,820 miles. Earls Court Motor Show car, still with vinyl-covered dash (stock was painted). Restored, and then restored again, with all the life homogenized out of it. Only signs of inhabitation are slightly grubby carpets and rally tripmeter. Needs to be taken out and given a damn good seeing-to. SOLD AT $442,924. Ex-Earls Court Motor Show, then Briggs Cunningham, Sebring 12 Hours. John Coombs bought the car at auction in the U.K. in 2011, according to the catalog, and proceeded to remove all its originality, sadly. Still, it sold where expected, which is no surprise as there are so few around. 76 Cond: 2. SOLD AT $264,902. Show-car status explains the slightly unusual Florida Green. RhD BN2 is a rare thing, especially as this was always an M-spec car, originally without the louvered hood that came later. Relatively huge money for this so far overlooked-but-important example. Well sold, but given the way important Healeys have been selling recently, perhaps won’t look so out of order in a couple of years. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams London, U.K. #7-1956 JAGUAR D-TYPE Ecurie Ecosse “short-nose” racer. S/N XKD561. Flag Blue Metallic/black leather. RHD. Odo: 22,769 miles. Good order for a racer, body fairly straight. Mostly a spare car for Ecurie Ecosse and never used by the Scottish team at Le Mans. Previously massively crashed and rebuilt, now rebuilt again with original frame, leather just settling in. Modern extinguishers, etc. Original engine supplied with lot. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $4,223,599. TOP 10 No. 6 Lynx Engineering and holding up well despite clocking up thousands of miles carrying its valuable charges. Ramp locking design was improved after ramp came loose and punched through the side in the ’60s. Spare engine—a mad 6-piston, 3-cylinder supercharged 2-stroke diesel by Tillings-Stevens—is included. Once offered but unsold at £15, according to lore. Cond: 3. SOLD AT #9-1960 COOPER MONACO-CLIMAX TYPE 57 Mark II Ecurie Ecosse racer. S/N DM773W. Flag Blue Metallic/black. RHD. Good restored order. Has been an openwheeler in the past, rebuilt to 1960 spec in 1995. In tidy but as-raced condition. Doors taped up, one star and a couple of dings in rear Used by Ecurie Ecosse in 1956 and sold off in 1957, this sold for much the same as the Skipworth Collection’s C-type, when Ds usually command $1m–$2m more. The reason? It’s had quite a life, where the C’s history is more straightforward. But happily, the new owner’s not too bothered, as he wanted it to complete the set with the C-type and the famous Ecurie Ecosse transporter, which he also eventually bought to acquire a ready-made (and selfcontained) collection. Full marks for style. #14-1959 ASTON MARTIN DB4GT coupe. S/N DB4GT0102R. Eng. # 37001 02GT. Green/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 8,740 miles. Restored and almost perfect, save for a few small swirl marks in paint. Lightly creased leather. Nice narrow TOP 10 No. 8 $2,938,903. It took 20 minutes to sell, longer than any other lot in the sale. Original presale estimate of £200k ($325k) was quickly upped to £400k ($650k), with Bonhams’ Jamie Knight confirming to SCM that he had a confirmed bidder at that number, but by auction day it was “refer dept.” Keenly contested by two bidders, it finally went for this staggering sum to the man in the U.S. who bought the C- and D-types—but having laid down his $8.9m marker with the two racers, he had to keep going. Full marks for bravado. #8-1959 TOJEIRO JAGUAR Ecurie Ecosse racer. S/N TAD159. Eng. # RA14229. Flag Blue Metallic/black leather. Essentially meant to be a lighter, faster alternative to a D-type (like a Lister). Famously crashed at Goodwood by Masten Gregory and later rebuilt, according to a letter from creator John Tojeiro, using a spare unused chassis and front body section. Rear body section is original from Gregory car. Tidy and straight for a racer, but a bit of an old nail with aluminium show- body. Aluminum fuel tank in cockpit. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $360,337. Driven by Jackie Stewart in 1964, whose six race wins were noticed by one Ken Tyrrell... In the U.S. after that and restored to original form, acquired by Dick Skipworth around 2000. Sold at low estimate, which felt about right. #4-1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY SPRITE Ecurie Ecosse replica coupe. S/N AN547402. Flag Blue Metallic/black leather. RHD. Odo: 14,442 miles. Good and accurate re-creation of the car that Ecurie Ecosse ran (and rolled) at Le Mans in 1961, following its Jaguar glory years. Wears the proper registration number as it was built from a pile of bits and the original car’s chassis plate, so there won’t be another Borranis, now with 4.2-L engine and taller final drive ratio. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $2,571,848. First production right-hand-drive DB4GT, originally red with white interior. Sold to vendor by Brooks in Monaco in 1992, according to the catalog. This time sold right at top estimate. #11-1959 COMMER TS3 Ecurie Ecosse transporter. S/N T99A2181. Flag Blue Metallic/black & brown vinyl. RHD. One of the first dedicated team transporters, based on a seven-ton bus chassis. Immortalized as a Corgi model in ’60s. Restored for Dick Skipworth 20 years ago by TOP 10 No. 7 78 ing its age and leather worn shiny. Modern Momo wheel. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $626,452. Since Skipworth acquired this, it has been made to work properly—albeit looking a slightly different shape than it did in period. It has been raced with some success by Barrie “Whizzo” Williams, with its first win in 1995. Sold to a well-known Ferrari dealer who intends to keep racing it, splitting the £300k–£500k ($500k–$800k) estimate for around the same money as a mediocre or moody Lister-Jag, which it should be able to beat. pretender. Condition commensurate with demo/competition use, with a few chips out of paint at backs of doors and flip-front. Lightly worn leather. Swiftune 1,275-cc motor; spare twin-SU 998 engine and ribbed-case gearbox as original on pallet behind it. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $101,563. First lot of the Ecurie Ecosse Collection and the only one not to be a real EE car—a later build so Dick Skipworth could have the full set. He does have some video of the original at Le Mans before it rolled. #35-1961 JAGUAR XKE Series I 3.8 convertible. S/N 875103. Dark green/green leather. Odo: 7,478 miles. Very low mileage in incredibly original condition—paint presentable from 20 paces (or 10 in Bonhams’ dimlylit basement), but peppered, micro-cracked and swirl-marked close up. Leather is replacement and better, a couple of small dings in aluminum tunnel trim. Some surface corrosion Sports Car Market


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Rising Sun Recent sales of Japanese collector cars by Tony Piff (All text within quotes minimally edited from online descriptions) #231114616195-1967 TOYOTA SPORTS 800. S/N UP1512298. “This is a major project with serious modifications but is a realistic restoration candidate. Includes many parts, some NOS. One of an estimated 300 LHD cars out of 3,131 produced.” Engine missing in photos. Condition: 5. Bonhams London, U.K. SOLD AT $9,100. For a car with such limited production, the Sports 800 is an icon of Japanese nostalgia. Finding one on this continent is rare, as Japanese collectors pay dearly for them — which explains this price for a ragged shell. eBay Motors, 12/18/2013. #181285167016-1988 MITSUBISHI MIRAGE Turbo hatchback. S/N JA3BA44F1JU040723. 148,132 miles. “If you searched it, you know what it is. New clutch, turbo, rebuilt motor 4k miles ago. Ice-cold converted a/c. Sunroof and door cards will need some tending to, so the car will be perfect. Everything else in working order. Resprayed factory white. Original wheels and a ton of spares included.” Condition: 3. in engine bay, period-looking black Lincon battery a nice touch. Sits right on Dunlop RS5s. Original seats and soft top included. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $305,278. Very original cars have been taking very big money recently, and this appropriately fetched $80k over top estimate. It was lovely and completely usable as-is without needing a major restoration. Hopefully the money spent will preclude that fate. #10-1962 TOJEIRO BUICK Ecurie Ecosse coupe. S/N TAD462. Flag Blue Metallic/tartan velour. RHD. Kind of forerunner of the Lola Mk 6 (which led to the GT40). Originally Climax-engined, then rebuilt using Buick V8 after Jack Fairman crashed it at Brands Hatch in 1962. Engine bay workmanlike, now with Hewland transaxle. Usual wear and tear of racer inside, including tartan seat cracking window rubber. Floors and rockers okay. Unused since 2005. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $296,102. The retail market prefers the Mk II, but this fetched almost twice the going market rate... although it was a real Vantage. SOLD AT $2,274. The Turbo version of the “Meh”-rage got high-performance 14-inch wheels, firm suspension, a roof spoiler, a front air dam and sport seats. Fair price paid for a forgotten ’80s pocket-rocket. eBay Motors, 12/26/2013. #291045648979-1997 MITSUBISHI 3000GT VR4. S/N JA3AN74K4VY002559. 63,000 miles. “All-wheel drive, twin turbocharged V6, 6-speed. Low miles, paint is like new all around. No engine modifications. Runs and drives great.” Condition 2-. #20-1991 ROVER MINI Cooper 2-dr trim, presumably there in honor of Sir Jackie. No odo but Brantz electronic speedo. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $351,160. Has more recently run at the Goodwood Revival with David Leslie; bought by Skipworth in 2009. Nothing else like it (apart from a Lola Mk 6, and they aren’t exactly thick on the ground), but sold near top of estimate range at approximately 1/8 of the price of a GT40. #2-1964 JAGUAR XKE Series I 4.2 con- vertible. S/N 1E1033. Eng. # 7E18299. Gold/ black mohair/ cream leather. RHD. Odo: 78 SOLD AT $13,500. If you like the idea of explosive acceleration, AWD cornering and Japanese reliability but struggle to get excited over an Evo or WRX, here is one very worthwhile option. Pretty much market-priced, and a ton of performance for the money. eBay Motors, 1/05/2014. ♦ sedan. S/N SAXXNNAMMBD023729. Silver/black leather. Odo: 21,580 km. Straight and tidy Rover carb-era Cooper. LHD and full leather, no rust. Radio aerial mounted under right rocker as well as the standard item on the front wing. Not yet U.K. registered. Cond: 3+. miles. New paint in original color, new chrome and leather. All fasteners underneath like new, all looks just put back together. New top and new stainless exhausts, Coopercraft brakes. Mileage presumably zeroed at restoration. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $195,162. Thirtythird RhD 4.2 roadster off the production line, in storage for 32 years, then restored over past four years. Absolutely soulless as a result, but a clean sheet for someone to wear in gently and, with no needs and nothing else to spend, the selling price at the upper end of the wide $130k–$195k estimate range looked right. Given that a fair car plus restoration would cost at least this much, could even retail for more. #1-1968 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Vantage coupe. S/N DB63505R. Eng. # 4003760VC. Green/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 71,747 miles. Straight and tidy. Older, lightly orange-peeled paint. Cracked and creased original leather, SOLD AT $13,191. One of the first “official” Rover retro Coopers, following small numbers modified and sold by John Cooper Garages in the ’80s. Fuel injection followed shortly after this one was built. Used by John Coombs as his daily runner 1991–2002, at which time it was returned to the U.K. and stored. Sold for 80 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams London, U.K. double the pre-sale estimate that reflected market price of a decent-carb Cooper. #32-1994 BENETTON COSWORTHFORD B194 racer. S/N B19405. Green & blue/. The car that gave Michael Schumacher his first Formula 1 World Championship. This chassis took four race wins and two 2nds. (Although he didn’t finish in Adelaide after that controversial incident with Damon Hill...) Excellent order, complete with motor and fully $553,041. One of five with Pont-a-Mousson gearbox and “Typhoon” engine, plus ultimate rock-star celebrity status, all of which makes it the most collectible FVII on the planet, and guaranteeing it would hit top estimate. (See the profile, p. 52.) GERMAN operational, now with modernized paddle-shift system. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,011,861. Offered “refer dept.” and sold where expected to a German museum. Given how cynical the market is, this would likely have brought even more had the sale taken place just a month later, after Schumacher suffered his near-fatal skiing accident in the French Alps. FRENCH #25-1903 CLEMENT 12/16-HP rearentrance tonneau. S/N AC4R4010. Eng. # 166. Blue/brown leather. RHD. With 4-cylinder engine and pressurized lubrication, very advanced for its day. Older paint holding up well, newish leather, lovely brass. Good Bleriot and BRC lights. Wicker basket for um- #22-1938 BMW 328 roadster. S/N 85302. Eng. # 85302. Silver/black leather. Odo: 486 miles. Restored, repainted in early 2000s, one dent evident on right of scuttle side and a couple of dings in rear fender protectors. Mileage owner. Chrome Rudge wheels, Webasto sunroof fitted in 1970. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT cage and Perspex windows. Only five hours on motor. (Just as well, as it revs to 9,000.) Last taxed 2012. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $442,924. Sold for as much as Bonhams dared expect, but considering its rarity and that it’s completely up to scratch and ready to race, with a good spares package, the numbers do stack up for a competitive car eligible for a wide range of European events. If there was any more left in the kitty, a spare race engine with three hours was on offer by separate negotiation. (See the profile on p. 58.) #19-1970 DETOMASO MANGUSTA coupe. S/N 8MA1216. Green/black leather. Odo: 68,315 km. Very straight and tidy. Still with original spot welds evident under rockers, original Pirelli on the spare, plus toolkit and owner’s wallet. Now with electronic igni- tion and Holley 4-barrel. Newish paint, original leather baggy and very creased but not cracked. Carpet worn through in luggage compartments. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $332,808. Voted “most original car” at Salon Privé in 2012. As originality is all the rage right now, sold more than 50% over the pre-sale estimate range. presumably since restoration. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,287,153. Bought by John Coombs in the U.S. in 2000. Once again we have a car whose every trace of patina has been erased by an overzealous restoration, the same way that the mileage was zeroed. Perhaps old cardealing habits die hard. ITALIAN #28-1961 ALFA ROMEO SZ-1 coupe. brellas a nice touch. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $571,394. Won the 1904 Vista Rica hillclimb near Barcelona, according to catalog. Still on 1907-issued Madrid plates. A very similar 20-hp version of the Clement-Talbot sold for $986k at Bonhams’ Veterans sale in November (SCM# 231514), and here this fetched the right money. #17-1964 FACEL VEGA II coupe. S/N HK2B160. Ruby metallic/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 22,663 miles. Originally a demo/motor show car, then the property of Ringo Starr when he was a Beatle. Now shiny and restored, but original seat leather has been kept, presumably due to the status of the original 82 S/N AR1012600107. Eng. # AR1 2001108. Yellow/black leather. Odo: 12,659 km. Firstseries “Coda Tonda” (round-tail) car, racer since it came to the U.K. in 1999. Excellent paint and panel fit, unworn leather, with roll #31-1972 FERRARI 246 GT DINO coupe. S/N 02062. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 46,761 miles. Said to be one of 235 RHD U.K. cars, restored in 1980s. Good panel fit (apart from left rear of engine lid, as usual). A few touched-in paint chips and some small pock marks in rear bumper chrome. Lightly creased 30-year-old leather. Unremarkable but quite presentable, although it will need “recommissioning” after four years of storage. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $263,067. Price feels unnaturally high, but this is where Dinos have been going in the past 12 months. I remember 30 years ago when an acquaintance bought one for £14k ($23k). Anyway, pretty blithely bought when we all know that “recommissioning” could end up as another restoration. © Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Oxford, U.K. Bonhams — December Oxford Sale A 1964 Morris Mini Moke with a prototype hydrolastic setup and center-ofgravity tape lines sold for $19k to a local enthusiast who plans to restore it Company Bonhams Date December 9, 2013 Location Oxford, U.K. Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold/offered 57/76 Sales rate 75% Sales total $2,601,120 High sale 1960 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur, sold at $178,622 Buyer’s premium 1964 Morris Mini Moke beach car, sold at $19,257 15% up to $81,922, 12% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1 = £0.61) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics restoration projects than normal. A couple of them were interesting prototypes, however, from the collection of Moulton Developments Limited. Dr. Alex Moulton died in 2012, having achieved fame as the designer of the small- B onhams’ final sale of the year returned to its popular satellite showroom north of Oxford, with a slightly less densely packed sale room and fewer wheeled suspension bike — plus the revolutionary rubber springing used on the original Mini, and the hydrolastic and hydragas systems seen on BL and Rover Group cars. His 1964 Moke on offer here was fitted with a prototype hydrolastic setup with Oxford, U.K. dash-controlled valves to experiment with various configurations. Now rusty and collapsed on its bump stops, the Moke fetched more than four times its pre-sale estimate, selling for $19k to a local enthusiast who plans to restore it. Hopefully he’ll keep the mad push-pull handles and the center-of-gravity tape lines on the body sides. Moulton’s heavily developed 1966 Mini Cooper S, with Downton engine and 5-speed ’box (reshelled in ’68 as a Mk II but in a pretty wavy state) made proper Cooper money at $33k. A quite early 1959 Morris Mini Minor in rusty project condition sold for the right $10k, and a nice a two-lady-owner 1964 example was keenly contested and eventually sold for $13k. The 1964 Citroën DS19 Décapotable by Chapron had been much hyped before the sale but fetched only a slightly disappointing $144k, pipped by a restored 1957 Corvette Fuelie with 4-speed at $159k, and by a 1960 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur at $179k, the high spot of the sale. Pre-war cars struggled a bit, though. A real “Cream Cracker” 1936 MG TA, one of the 1937 MCC Trial Team Championship-winning cars, made a slightly underwhelming $94k, and a 1908 Vulcan with Roi-des-Belges tourer body sold for $127k. But a magnificent 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II with sports saloon coachwork by 1960 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur sedan, sold at $178,622 84 Park Ward failed to find a new buyer, as did another imposing Royce, a 1927 20-hp with limousine coachwork by Thrupp & Maberly, that could not reach its modest $60k reserve. A case, perhaps, of buyers favoring ready-to-retail fare before the big splurge of Christmas. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Oxford, U.K. ENGLISH #314-1908 VULCAN 20-HP Roi-des-Bel- ges four-seat tourer. S/N 528. Maroon/black leather. RHD. Little-known English make. Mostly older paint, some new with some dust marks. Lovely brass including Rushmore lamps. Newish buttoned leather. Four-cylinder Solid structure under cracked and microblistered older paint. Chrome is a bit better. Original leather crazed and cracked. Sidevalve Standard motor dusty. All sits together well in a delightfully dilapidated driver-quality way, but as soon as you touch it, it’s a full resto. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $97,880. Discovered in Japan with no papers, hence the age-related registration number, although JDC is helping to get original “KV” Warwickshire number back. Forerunner of the SS90 and SS100, this sold for about a quarter of the sum commanded by either, as it’s something of an unknown quantity. More-modern SU carb and air filter. “Previously resided overseas,” now with same-family ownership since 1989. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $31,089. Said to have been a popular display in a private museum, which means it will need thorough fettling before use. It sold fairly, just over the low end of the $30k–$40k pre-sale estimate range. engine has early twin-plug head. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $126,323. Originally supplied to Australia with interchangeable van body, later in a museum in Queensland, back in the U.K. in 1989. Sold where predicted, which looks fair given that a trailer to carry it was included in the deal. #319-1919 SUNBEAM 16-HP tourer. S/N 503019. Brown/black cloth/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 140 miles. Restored in ’50s and again in ’70s. Older paint, brass well worn in, well-polished and slightly stained CAV light set. Auster screen. Said to run “beautifully” following motor fettling and addition of new wheels and BEST BUY newish. Motor tidy and presentable. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $94,210. Part of the team that won the 1937 MCC Trial Team Championship, and featured on the catalog cover. Once owned by cartoonist Ralph Steadman. Sold at low end of estimate, but there’s more than one set of Cream Cracker MGs, and the PBs will command more money, being more famous and sought-after. required for pre-1960 cars). Cond: 3. SOLD AT $67,831. In this family ownership for 41 years, part of a small collection at this auction including the Crossley and a BMW 319 cabrio that didn’t sell. About the right money for a fair and usable 20/25, or slightly well sold. #342-1934 JAGUAR SS1 20-HP tourer. tires. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $60,294. On display in the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu in the ’60s, having been off the road since 1928; last changed hands in 2006. Sold well under the $75k–$90k pre-sale estimate range. For a ready runner with interesting history — the earliest post-WWI Sunbeam known to exist — this was well bought and good value for a usable, nicely worn-in Vintage conveyance for five. #316-1924 CROSSLEY 19.6-HP sports tourer. S/N 16836. White/black vinyl/red leather. RHD. Odo: 70,136 miles. Older paint a little chipped and cracked. Lovely nickel lights on front fenders. Lightly worn leather. 86 S/N 248110. Eng. # 211156. Maroon/black cloth/red leather. RHD. Odo: 84,550 miles. #333-1947 TRIUMPH ROADSTER with dickey. S/N TRD1032. Eng. # MC15533. Metallic blue/black cloth/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 2,692 miles. Very good order. Older (2008) repaint, good rechrome. Newish blue leather. #317-1931 ROLLS-ROYCE 20/25 Weymann coupe. S/N GPS2. Eng. # G8C. Blue/ blue vinyl/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 45,509 miles. Bodied by Mulliner along Weymann principles. Dull older paint, fabric parts of body in good shape, all plating okay, wellcreased original leather, all very usable. Recently passed an MoT (although it’s no longer #356-1936 MG TA Midget roadster. S/N 0932. Eng. # MPJG1177. Beige/brown cloth/ red leather. RHD. Odo: 63,354 miles. Secondgeneration “Cream Cracker” Midget—the effectively “Works” trials team used supercharged PB Midgets first, replaced by these TAs in 1936. Well used with dull, orangepeeled paint and rusty wheels. Seat leather is Tools and tire pump still on scuttle. Electric cooling fan only deviation from standard. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $29,205. Off the road from 1960s until restoration began in 2004. Sold here on the money. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Oxford, U.K. #374-1956 LAGONDA 3-LITER sedan. S/N LB2901177. Eng. # VB6H582. Black/ gray leather. RHD. In storage since 1976. Rusty, quite possibly rotten underneath, dusty and needs everything. Body is aluminum, but it’s bubbly and has been subject to four decades of electrolytic reaction. Inside, dash ve- and sold mid-estimate. Price might look high for a Prefect-based kit car, but it’s got all the right bits and no doubt tugged the heartstrings of gentlemen of a certain age. #324-1963 SUNBEAM ALPINE Harrington fastback. S/N B92053 100DHRO. Gold/black leather. RHD. Odo: 39,746 miles. V8-converted Harrington, using a 260 from a Tiger (quite possibly when that made way for a 289 or 302 in the soft top). Good body, older windows-in repaint. Older leather. Cond: 3+. of only around 2,000. Sold over top $12k estimate at this market-correct price. #346-1960 BENTLEY S2 CONTINEN- neer looks savable and leather would probably come back. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $16,957. Offered at no reserve and sold for twice what was predicted. Restoration-grade dropheads have surprised us all in the past two years, and now the masochism appears to have spread to the sedans. Brave buyer. #353-1959 MORRIS MINI Minor 2-dr sedan. S/N MA2S45456. Brown/blue vinyl. RHD. Just about still with us; its USP was that it’s a very early car from the first year of Mini production. Rusty and rotten, needs everything, no longer with original engine. Has been red on the outside, remains of blue/fleck vinyl indoors give a clue what replica trim to TAL Flying Spur sedan. S/N BC76AR. Blue/ tan leather. RHD. Odo: 56,009 miles. Good and shiny following recent cosmetic restoration and respray. Chassis and body mounts good, new fasteners underneath. New leather, SOLD AT $30,147. Sold at Bonhams Goodwood in September 2006 for $28k (SCM# 42994). A similar car was on sale with a well-known dealer last year asking an ambitious £35k ($60k), so at something under the $32k lower estimate, this looks a rather better value. veneers excellent. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $178,622. Last sold for $72k at Worldwide’s 2009 Fall Auburn sale (SCM# 142333), then no-saled in September 2012 at Bonhams Chichester at an undisclosed high bid (SCM# 218576). Market-correct transaction this time around. Well bought and sold. #307-1960 FALCON COMPETITION Mk II roadster. S/N C175438. Black/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 40 miles. Good, very even fiberglass. Aquaplane head and water pump on Sidevalve Ford engine, plus alternator, independent Bowden front suspension and Bellamy wheels. Based on 1939 Ford Prefect chassis and only properly completed in 2010, so paint and leather are like new. With rare order. Odo too grubby to read. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $10,363. This was let go some way short of the rather hopeful $13k–$19,500 estimate range. Yes, it’s an early Mini, but not one of the first 20 or anything. Boasting that it’s the “65th oldest surviving Morris Mini Minor” sounds a little forced, and buyers clearly weren’t impressed enough to reach deeply into their pockets. #302-1959 RILEY 2.6 saloon. S/N UAAB12257. Eng. # 26RUH2773. Gray & black/ red leather. RHD. Odo: 10,187 miles. In excellent order, with a recent repaint following body repairs (door and fender bottoms). Lovely, well-patinated original leather. Motor rusty. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $14,696. Closely related to the preceding Riley Pathfinder (aka the “Ditchfinder”), this is one of the last built 88 Aquaplane rev-counter. (And the usual play in the steering, too. “They all do that, sir.”) Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,899. Creating your own sports car using a swoopy aftermarket shell on a stone-age Ford chassis was once a time-honored tradition, but is a rare sight in today’s market. This was offered at no reserve Sports Car Market #327-1964 JAGUAR XKE coupe. S/N 889696. Black/tan leather. miles. Straight and shiny, very good and even paint. Newish tan leather. Covered headlights, chrome wires. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $75,638. Sold new to U.S. (“believed to California”), past decade in Norway as part of a large collection, exercised at least once every six weeks. Wide estimate range given of $40k–$60k, and it sold well over it. #305-1964 MORRIS MINI Minor De- luxe 2-dr sedan. S/N MA2S45225623. Eng. # 8AMUH626517. Green/green vinyl. RHD.


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Bonhams Oxford, U.K. Odo: 33,250 miles. Clean and shiny following repaint in ’80s. A little rust out of front fender seams; rockers and rear subframe okay. Newish exhaust. Engine block is gold, so motor is likely a replacement. With all books and papers. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,189. Said to have had two lady owners from new, but it didn’t get a third as the lady bidder in the room was knocked out at £7k ($11,500) with a phone bid. #349-1964 MORRIS MINI Moke beach car. S/N MAV1621785. Eng. # 8ACU H184. Green/black vinyl/green vinyl. RHD. Odo: 32,398 miles. Acquired in 1996 as a development vehicle for Moulton (of rubber/fluid suspension fame). Now rusty and sitting on collapsed experimental Hydrolastic suspension, with bank of knobs and cables on extra and rather crude wheelarch flares. Rockers and subframe okay (rear new in 2006), some rust creeping out of front fender bottoms. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $32,973. Originally ordered with an autobox, but supplied as a manual. hydragas would later appear on the Austin Allegro and MGF. Piece of history, sold where expected at Mini Cooper money. dash controlling valving. Accidentally registered as an Austin. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $19,218. Used by Moulton, in storage 1974– 92, limited use 1997–2004, off the road since 2004 MoT failure. Curiosity value only, or important historical piece, depending on your point of view. Bought by a local enthusiast for four times the low estimate. Exceedingly well sold. #362-1966 JAGUAR XKE convertible. S/N 1E5004. Eng. # 7E504719. Silver/blue fiberglass/black leather. RHD. Odo: 24,702 miles. Recently (2008/09) built “Lightweight” lookalike with track days/competition in mind. But you can’t race it in historics with the present fuel injection fitted, and check the rules on the wide-track suspension, big brakes and dry- #335-1973 JAGUAR XKE Series III V12 convertible. S/N 1S1725. Lavender/black leather. RHD. Odo: 11,541 miles. Very low mileage, excellent throughout. Spare tire is still the original, and supplying dealer sticker is still on the windshield. With all books and #351-1966 MORRIS MINI Cooper S 2-dr sedan. S/N L1097558. Eng. # 9FSSAY42686. Blue/black velour. RHD. Odo: 12,921 miles. Moulton development car from new, with armchair in rear, Downton motor, Jack Knight 5-speed ’box. Reshelled into a Mk 2 body in 1968 with Hydragas suspension papers. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $107,055. Sold where expected for the price of a decent SI roadster, but expect to see it significantly marked up in the trade before too long, as cars with such little mileage are few and far between and a retailer’s dream. And it is at least a manual... #323A-1988 FORD SIERRA RS Cosworth sedan. S/N WFOFXXGBBFJS24942. Dark gray metallic/gray velour. RHD. sump engine. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $86,673. A potent weapon at a lot less than it cost to build, sold for the price of a fairly average S1 roadster. As ever, it pays to let someone else spend the money and do the work, and pick up their project cheaper later. Cannily bought as long as you don’t want to do FIA events with it. March 2014 89


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Bonhams Oxford, U.K. Odo: 76,223 miles. The “civilized” version sold after the mad bewinged three-door original. Four owners, good overall, unscuffed with all original panels and unworn velour interior. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $10,363. One of two of this model offered here, this one at no reserve and the slightly nicer of the pair. It sold at exactly the sale price of the other one-owner car (Lot 334)—and less than half of the price of the same mechanicals in the Escort-lookalike bodyshell (Lot 366). These have hardened slightly in the past five years but still provide a lot of go for the money. #366-1996 FORD ESCORT RS Cosworth Lux hatchback. S/N WFOBXXGKABSP92868. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 39,795 miles. Escort Cosworth is built on a shortened Sierra floorpan (park one next to a FWD Escort if you want a laugh) and was one of the most nicked cars when new. This is #325-1964 CITROËN DS19 Décapota- ble. S/N 4272115. Eng. # 0213022808. Dark blue/gray cloth/blue leather. Semi-auto car freshened up in late 2000s, recently painted again following a minor accident, although it looks like an older repaint with some dust marks. Claimed retrimmed not long ago, but estimate, but it’s not a model that registers very strongly with the English. Quite possibly its future is in film work, as with pre-Pearl Harbor designs, it looks period enough for the glut of WWII movies being made in the U.K. at this time. A period piece without the drama. leather looks older with some cracks. New carpets. Some polish/scratch marks in stainless bumpers. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $143,756. Originally sold to the U.S., in Ireland by 2006. Much hyped before the sale, this was let go at something around low estimate—a mildly disappointing price even with its less-thanperfect condition. Well bought. ITALIAN a well-preserved survivor, unscuffed even under the chin and with decent supporting paperwork. Only deviation from stock is aluminum catch tank. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $32,973. A slightly above-average price, but it’s an above-average car, so I’d call it correctly bought and sold. That said, like E30 M3s, they don’t feel as quick these days as we remember them... FRENCH #311-1909 RENAULT AX tourer. S/N 17927. Eng. # 5104. Maroon/tan cloth/red leather. RHD. Well worn and enjoyed, with flaking paint and faded leather but nice brass. Driven to Veteran Car Club rallies in the #360-1970 LANCIA FULVIA Sport Zagato coupe. S/N 818363002473. Red/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 85,083 miles. Recently restored, repainted and very bright, floors all original. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $158,437. This car was used in the U.S. TV series “Magic City,” which was set in 1959 and ran 2012– 13, but I doubt that added much of a premium. Sold over the (slightly low) $100k–$115k estimate. good, some older sill repairs. New carpets and newish leather, interior otherwise original. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $14,131. No MoT, but sold for half the $25k–$30k pre-sale estimate for a fair deal. AMERICAN 1950s (with period photos), but will need work due to “a period of inactivity.” Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $45,220. Only two-family ownership from new. Sold just over the $41k top estimate. 90 #337-1946 CHEVROLET STYLEMASTER coupe. S/N 3DJ141257. Black/gray velour. Odo: 30,018 miles. 216-ci “Stovebolt” I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Amazingly straight and shiny following restoration in 2000, although a few blemishes in paint evident close up. Chrome and trim all present and correct. Loaded with extras: front bumper guards, sun visor, dual spotlights, dual side mirrors, radio with clock and column-mounted fan, plus aftermarket turn signals and seat belts. With MoT although pre-1960 cars no longer need one. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,827. Sold a little under low #344-1971 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 convertible. S/N 1F03F101044. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 10,103 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good all around following restoration in 2012. Shiny paint. Unworn, unmarked repro interior. New top. Magnum 500 wheels. Said to have a 351 Cleveland, but #332-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Fuelie convertible. S/N E57S102326. Red & white/beige vinyl. Odo: 1,197 miles. 283-ci 283-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Restored 1998, minimal mileage since and still near perfect. Unknown whether 4-speed transmission is chassis number says it should be a 302, with which it appears to be fitted. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $30,147. Most Mach 1s in the U.K. are sad, unloved things and therefore sell cheaply, but this was really sharp. Sold for the price of a fair first-gen ragtop, or more than an average C3 Corvette, which is doing well for one of these. © Sports Car Market


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Branson Branson, MO The Branson Auction A 1958 Chevrolet Apache 10 Cameo pickup rode the coattails of the same-color $147k Lambrecht Cameo to a huge $45k Company Branson Auctions Date October 18–19, 2013 Location Branson, MO Auctioneers Tom “Spanky” Assiter, Wade Cunningham, Jim Nichols Automotive lots sold/offered 103/215 Sales rate 48% Sales total $2,294,852 High sale 1955 Chevrolet Corvette 265/195 roadster, sold at $98,280 Buyer’s premium 8%, included in sold prices 1958 Chevrolet Apache 10 Cameo pickup, sold at $45,000 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics I 92 t was another enjoyable fall weekend on October 18 and 19 at the 35th annual Branson collector-car auction. The weather in southern Missouri was pleasant and the staff accommodating as usual. Jim and Kathy Cox host this sale within the Branson Convention Center in historic downtown Branson, MO, and consistently offer an eclectic selection of cars. Last year’s sale overlapped with Hershey, working the post-block sales can sometimes make or break an event. One post-block deal was the second-highest sale of the weekend. The 1929 Branson, MO resulting in fewer consignors and bidders, but there was no such conflict this year. There were plenty of high-quality cars, and attendance was strong. But while bidding was generally adequate on the premium cars, it wasn’t strong enough to pull sales above the 50% mark. Weaker cars were generally bid to sub-market values, reinforcing what we’ve seen overall for that end of the marketplace this year. However, midmarket cars and trucks did respectably. Sales totals weren’t far off from the $2.5m earned this spring and showed a nice gain over the $2m at fall 2012. A dozen of the sales came together post-block, underscoring that every consignment matters, and that Auburn 8-90 cabriolet rolled off the podium as an $87k no-sale, but shortly afterward was declared sold, earning $97k. Right ahead of it was a 1955 Chevrolet 265/195 Corvette, offered at no reserve and realizing $98k. Other notable sales included a 1967 Chevy Camaro Z/28 for $92k, a 1973 Jaguar XKE convertible for $62k, and a 1962 Dodge Polara 500 convertible for $54k. In the vintage-truck category, I thought the 1940 International D-2 was rather well bought at $11k — especially compared with the 1958 Chevrolet Sales Totals Apache 10 Cameo pickup in aqua and black. That truck rode the coattails of the sale of the same-color $147k Lambrecht Cameo two weeks prior to a huge $45k. I keep hearing from all segments of at- tendees here — consignors, buyers, and tirekickers — that this is an event they all like coming to — whether they win, lose or draw. All in all, this was another pleasant event, and I look forward to the upcoming spring auction on April 11 and 12. ♦ $500k $1m $1.5m $2m $2.5m $3m $3.5m $4m 0 Sports Car Market 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009


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Branson Branson, MO ENGLISH #265-1950 DAIMLER DB18 convertible. S/N 53820. Green & beige metallic/tan vinyl/ tan leather. RHD. Odo: 69,295 miles. Old nonstock repaint is getting quite shabby. Chipping on left front of hood reveals a light glaze of body filler (certainly not the only place on the car). Tired original brightwork. Newer repro- replacement top in the trunk. Reupholstered seats done a while back, now shiny from use. duction bias-ply tires. No two ways about it— the top is shot. Distressed, mostly original interior; wood delaminating and chipping. Used-car engine bay. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $14,000. Even the consignor admitted that this needs a full restoration. However, he can’t be too serious about getting rid of it, as even at this bid the buyer would be underwater. #535-1955 MG TF 1500 roadster. S/N 9350. Green/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 6,651 miles. Decent older repaint. Fender welting painted over. Looks more like John Deere Green than BRG. Body and paint cracks starting to show on cowl. So-so door fit. Mix of original and older replacement chrome. Faded older top. Seating surfaces show moderate patina, steering wheel showing several cracks and heavier wear. Somewhat clean and tidied Aftermarket plastic fuel filter and modern economy-grade battery, but otherwise generally stock and clean under the hood. Newer twin-outlet exhaust. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $22,680. The various TR3s have all pretty much moved up the pricing ladder to this level, although it still seems a tad strong to someone like me, who remembers them as a $10k car on their best day a few years back. #220-1963 BOND BUG 3-wheel wagon. S/N 0842254. Maroon/gray cloth. RHD. Odo: 29,552 miles. Mediocre repaint, at least with decent masking. Minimal metal prep beneath the paint; bare welds at base of windshield not finished. Sun-baked window seals. Elevenyear-old MoT inspection disc in windshield. Older interior upholstery work with moderate ern whitewall radials. Interior has light overall wear and patina congruent with the miles indicated. Older aftermarket floor mats. Typical Jaguar collapsing seat and headrest padding contributes to the worn crushed-leather look inside. Engine bay recently washed off, but a long way from being detailed. Rusty older exhaust system. With a/c. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $61,560. Stated that it was consigned by the second owner, who bought it from the original owner, a doctor, in 2005. No claims were made regarding the miles being actual, but overall it came off as a well-cared-for used car. Selling price is more indicative of the ever-increasing price of series III drop-tops than anything specifically about this car. Well sold. #324-1976 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SHADOW sedan. S/N LRE24905. White/ navy blue vinyl/navy blue leather. Odo: 70,097 miles. Presentable older repaint, at least up to about 10 feet. Light crazing on most chrome, with rust on a few pieces. Faded roof vinyl. Older Hankook radials turning yellow. Interior worn. Obsolete electronics mu- up under the hood, with a newer modern battery the only thing out of place. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $23,750. One almost wonders if a farmer or even a John Deere dealer repainted it. If it is trademarked John Deere Green paint, that may have been the most expensive part of the refurbishment. All it needs is a couple of yellow rally stripes, yellow painted wire wheels (in lieu of the aftermarket chrome ones on it now) and a drawbar to start pulling hay wagons. Sold well enough for its less than en-Deere-ing condition. #524-1962 TRIUMPH TR3B roadster. S/N TS74729L. White/tan vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 46,283 miles. Good older repaint, with a recent buff-out of paint and trim. Most of the latter is original and in decent shape. Door fit is a bit off, but not all that unusual. Spare tire missing. Yellowing original side curtains and 94 soiling. Odd-fitting steering wheel, horn button missing, wire dangling. Heavy odor of old European petrol (not to be confused with old American gas). Tidy motor appears to have been serviced recently. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $9,500. Lighter road taxes create the incentive for three-wheelers in Britain, but things are slower to catch on Stateside. Rare to see, but this should have been plenty. #586-1973 JAGUAR XKE Series III convertible. S/N UD1S22495. Dark blue/ black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 51,384 miles. Good older repaint only obvious in the door jambs, with lesser-quality masking of the DOT compliance tag. Lightly muted chrome. Slight sun fade on the rubber bumper guards. Mod- seum in center console, with Blaupunkt AM/ FM radio, Audiovox hard-mounted analog cell phone and 8-track. Musty and dank smell, due to moldy rear seat and door panels. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $6,480. Insider’s tip: Buying a latemodel used Rolls in line-of-sight proximity to a Bass Pro Shop is never a good idea. #260-1979 MGB convertible. S/N GHN6UL476277G. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 81,628 miles. Fitted with newer Minilitetype wheels and Pirelli radials. Original bright yellow paint visible in body cracks and panel edges. Dull trim. Rear bumper plastic mates poorly with body. Exterior body rubber cracking. Incomplete weatherstripping in door jambs. Repaint extends to engine bay, with the motor and most fittings redone, but not to real exacting standards. A good share of the wiring harness is homemade and covered with blue electrical tape. New replacement top, seats and carpeting. Aftermarket door sills and shift knob. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $8,750. Not Sports Car Market


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Branson Branson, MO the worst job I’ve seen on a late-model MGB, but it’s still just a tarted-up driver. Originally a no-sale on Friday as Lot 260 at $8,500, it re-ran on Saturday and appeared to sell at $10,260, but final results show it not sold at $8,750. FRENCH #562-1936 PANHARD 6CS Panoramique sedan. S/N L585ZE2. Black/beige broadcloth. Odo: 29 km. Old enamel repaint now has some cracking and chipping on panel edges. Period authentic custom rear license plate and France IDL plate fitted to rear fenders. Ill-fitting sidemount tire covers. Dull plating on door handles and window trim, light pitting on hood ornament, older replated bum- ITALIAN #229-1974 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER 2000. S/N AR3043629. Dark blue/dark blue cloth/tan leather. Odo: 49,926 miles. Newer Michelin all-season radials on the stock wheels. Newer quickie repaint, with several pieces of weatherstripping painted over. Passable original brightwork, with rear Alfa script induction plumbing. Newer timing belt and tensioner. Light original seat leather patina; rest of interior dingy. Exhaust note is more Electrolux than Maserati. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $7,020. Seen here in the spring, then selling rather steeply at $8,136, which we called “over-the-top money” (SCM# 216064), confirmed by bidding today. Appeared to sell on the block, but not listed in final results. AMERICAN hanging on by one stud. Well fitted replacement top. Older seat and door panel kit, showing light wear and soiling. Modern sound system in dash, older aftermarket speakers cut into door panels. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,100. This was a pretty decent driver, even if the high bidder stepped a little over the line to get it. pers. Curved A-pillar side glass has light yellowing. Aside from a modern wiring rat’s nest by the voltage regulator, clean and tidy under the hood. Older reupholstery starting to come undone in rear compartment. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. Last sold for $39k at Auctions America Fort Lauderdale in 2012 (SCM# 197195), which confirms the appropriateness of this high bid. GERMAN #577-1977 PORSCHE 911S Targa. S/N 9117210773. Light green metallic/black Targa/black leather. Odo: 64,129 miles. Second-owner consignor believes miles are actual. Recent engine and transaxle rebuild to the tune of $28k, but cosmetics were all but ignored. Heat exchangers are pretty banged up; ductwork connected by cheapie hose clamps. Rather nice, mostly original paint. The original Fuchs wheels looking a bit natty, shod #530-1978 FERRARI 308 GTS Spyder. S/N 23781. Black/black fiberglass/black leather. Odo: 37,344 miles. Reportedly bought new by actor Michael Landon. Miles claimed actual. 2003 Missouri inspection sticker on windshield. Older repaint with heavy masking lines on door jamb hardware and paint lifting at upper door seals. Lightly warped, sun-baked bumper cladding. Roof panel color slightly mottled. Seat leather showing moderate wear. Original owner’s manual dossier in paperwork #553-1929 AUBURN 8-90 rumble-seat convertible. S/N 2978655. Red/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 77,574 miles. Fitted with late1930s Pilot Ray driving lights. Concours-quality restoration within past decade. Excellent prep and paint. Similar-quality workmanship on replated and professionally polished brightwork. Good door fit, although golf club door won’t latch. Refinished wood on trunk rack doesn’t look stock. Clean and well-detailed engine bay. One of the easiest starting pre-war cars I’ve seen at auction. Non-stock binder. Newer spark plug wires, with light dust and corrosion on rest of engine bay. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $30,240. One of my colleagues just couldn’t grasp why the words “Ferrari at no reserve” put fear into my heart. Still, if you’re drawn to the Prancing Horse’s flame, you can’t get burned all that badly by a 308 (relatively speaking, of course). Enough paid here, since at least it wasn’t “Rolls-Royce at no reserve,” and if the provenance proves true, you could have a bonanza. #648-1985 MASERATI BITURBO with older Yokohama rubber. Good original interior, with light to moderate wear overall. Modern Pioneer CD player in dash. With a/c. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $25,920. Spendy for a late ’70s Targa, but the price still doesn’t recoup the cost of the powertrain rebuild, making it a better buy than it might seem. The bidder who ignored the color and stepped up got a pretty competent road car. 96 coupe. S/N ZAMAL1108FB312480. Red/ brown leather. Odo: 75,052 miles. California spec, sold there when new, with a fairly complete paper trail. Fitted with period MIE front air dam and custom rear bumper kit, plus ohso-1980s smoked lens kit. Newer aftermarket plus-two sized wheels. Light hail divots on the roof and a few moderate door dings. Newer repaint. Various pieces of weatherstripping are loose. Tidy engine bay, with over-polished wood shift knob. Well reupholstered interior, with only a hint of wear. Light soiling on the modern carpet. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $97,000. It was darn nice to see that this Auburn ran out as good as it looked. More often than not, when these Full Classics look concours-ready, they have functionality issues. This one promises to be rewarding for both show and go. Originally a no-sale across the block, but this deal soon came together. Last sold for $84k at Branson’s April 2011 sale, when I doubted the new owner would keep it for very long (SCM# 177692). #566-1931 CHRYSLER CM-6 rumble- seat roadster. S/N R1615CM. Green/tan cloth/tan vinyl. Odo: 19,850 miles. Rather mediocre older repaint, now also showing some light scuffing and panel edge chipping. Older chrome replate on all exterior pieces is starting to dull. Newly installed top, done with decent workmanship. Yellowing headlight and cowl lamp lenses. Period aftermarket-style running board steps. 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Branson Branson, MO Silver’s Arizona sale in 2012, then with eight fewer miles on it and sold for $24k (SCM# 192440). Well bought today. NOT SOLD AT $57,000. This was the small Chrysler for 1931, as they also offered the 8CM—as can be deduced, that’s a similar engine but an inline eight. That series is also a Full Classic, while this six isn’t, so combined with the lesser-quality restoration, plenty was bid. #542-1931 STUDEBAKER PRESIDENT Series 80 convertible. S/N 7034735. Gray & red/black cloth/black cloth. Odo: 57,607 miles. Reproduction S/N tag, with etched rather than stamped numbers. Period accessory-style running-board step plates. Older restoration, actually cosmetically over-restored from its original configuration. Repaint was done quite well, but now has a few light nicks on panel edges. Light freckling on vent-window trim, rest of plating redone well. Door alignment needs work. Door window seals vester Red. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,430. Hopefully the new owner is from a state that’s not too rigorous about titling requirements. Still, this was pretty well bought, since lesser examples are now easily bringing over $10k. (I just sold my similar project truck that will never get finished for three-fifths of what this realized.) #246-1949 CHRYSLER WINDSOR sedan. S/N C4513927. Dark blue/dark blue cloth. Odo: 69,387 miles. 251-ci I6, 1-bbl, other. Older economy repaint doesn’t present all that badly. Solid, well-fitting doors, with cracked vent-window glass. Serviceable masked-off weatherseals; most brightwork was pulled off and at least cleaned up. Headliner, door panels and seats redone about two decades ago to a very good standard, although #602-1958 CHEVROLET APACHE 10 Cameo pickup. S/N V3A58K113516. Aqua & black/gray vinyl. Odo: 12,649 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Recently completed restoration on a truck that’s claimed to be from California. Better-than-factory paint. Doors hard to latch; gaps not spectacular. All chrome has been replated, most stainless buffed out. Aftermarket high-gloss wood floor kit with stainless mounting strips. Reproduction seat expertly installed. Modern sound system hidden in dash, speakers in rear cab corners on the floor. Clean and tidy engine bay, even if the engine is painted car-engine orange and not correct truck-engine dark gray. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $45,000. Bid on the block to $40k, with a postblock sale for all the money in the world. It’s interesting to note that not only does this look like the $147k Lambrecht 1958 Cameo (SCM# 227824)—this one was also built in Kansas City a mere 502 units later. It makes one wonder how quickly this came out of the paint booth after the Lambrecht auction. missing, door check strap broken. Restored interior shows no wear. Engine bay neatly restored awhile back. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $110,000. The President was something of an anomaly for Studebaker—but an excellent anomaly it was. While Stude’ was usually a middle-market car, the Pres’ was easily competitive with Buick, Cadillac, Packard, Lincoln and even Pierce-Arrow—whom Studebaker bought out right after introducing this top-end car. The flathead straight-eight was even used by a couple of Indy racing teams. Always underappreciated, which factored into the light bid. #236-1940 INTERNATIONAL D-2 pickup. S/N D283937. Forest Green/dark gray vinyl. Odo: 59,632 miles. 213-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Weight rating/serial number tag missing, so titled off the engine number of HD21399141, crudely stamped onto an aluminum tag as HO21399141 and pop-riveted onto driver’s door pillar. Also incorrectly listed as a 1943 model. Dealer-accessory fender lamps and oil filter. Old amateur restoration, showing moderate edge wear and light scuffing on the paint. Utilitarian seat rework. Non-stock shift lever hits seat. Engine incorrectly repainted Har- 98 not entirely correct. Overall minimal wear inside, with light odor of mothballs. Engine bay paint-detailed when it was rebuilt two decades ago. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,050. Not the most exciting thing on the road—especially with Fluid Drive—but should be stately and dependable for a cruiser that’s economical both to purchase and to drive. #298-1951 CROSLEY HOT SHOT road- ster. S/N VC30599. Light yellow/black cloth/ maroon vinyl. Odo: 23,998 miles. 44-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Used by the Hollywood Candy Company when new as a promotional vehicle for their Zero candy bar, driven at events by a little person. Displayed with supporting documents, including photos. Fake fender-mounted exhaust pipes and Super emblem from a period Buick attached to it. Modern decals temporarily taped to the car doors. Decent trim-off repaint, but not a frame-off restoration. Newer replacement top. Rather dingy in the cabin. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,120. Last seen at workmanship leaves a little to be desired. Heavier paint wear on steering wheel. Optional big block, TH400 automatic, gauge pack center console and a/c. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $21,600. This came off as a car that had sat around too long and just needed to move on to someone who’ll do something with it. That appears to have been accomplished, and at a fair price for all parties—especially the seller. #254-1967 AMC RAMBLER Rebel SST convertible. S/N A7KA77H183359. Light blue metallic/white vinyl/two-tone blue vinyl. Odo: 52,338 miles. 290-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Pretty decent trim-off body-on repaint. Bum- Sports Car Market #590-1966 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS convertible. S/N 168676L124904. Medium blue metallic/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 60,751 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint with a few touched-up scratches on several panels. Some overspray on the original dingy undercarriage. Hood fit a bit off. Older replacement seats and door panels, with heavily worn armrests. Replacement dashpad


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Branson Branson, MO pers and larger chrome bits replated, rest of brightwork in decent shape. Driver’s door to windshield pillar fit is a bit close for comfort, as I doubt that you could slip a piece of paper between the two. Generally well finished under the hood, with a repainted motor and new #243-1969 CHEVROLET C-10 CST pickup. S/N C8119B039151. Seafoam green & white/white vinyl & black houndstooth. Odo: 2,066 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored to high standard in 1996 and used minimally since. Superb body prep and paint application. Truck bed shows at most two light dings. Mostly reproduction chrome, with minimal wear or aging. All new weatherseals. Excellent door gaps and panel fit. Modern spark-plug wiring. Seating surfaces reupholstered and re-dyed door panels, with light wear and soiling on the original carpeting. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,360. 1967 was the year that Rambler went from being a standalone marque to a model range within the dealership network that was renamed AMC. The Rebel was the top-end Rambler, with the SST being the “sporty” model. Initially was a no-sale across the block, but announced as a post-block sale shortly thereafter. #548-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS Z28 coupe. S/N 124377L159715. Tahoe Turquoise/aqua deluxe vinyl. Odo: 20,551 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. VIN tag lifted when given a high-quality bare-body repaint, but reattached with regular rivets. Replacement engine block, assembled with original and gathered-up correct-type components, assembled and finished in a clean stock manner. Originally a California-market car, with reproduction seat upholstery and door panels, with hardly any wear. Modern tape deck in dash. Modern belts, hoses and clamps in tidy engine bay. With power steering and brakes, a/c. 1980s wheels shod with modern radials. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $19,750. Without the build sheet, we can’t say for certain what originally came on the truck, but either way, this was done with exceptionally good workmanship. The owner was not going to budge on his $30k reserve, so it goes back to his garage. #249-1974 FORD MUSTANG II Ghia coupe. S/N 4F04Z352617. White/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 49,026 miles. 2.8-L V6, 2-bbl, auto. Two-owner car from new, miles claimed actual. Good original paint, helped by a recent buff-out. Good original roof vinyl; metal underneath starting to blister around the moonroof opening. Decent original all correct smog gear restored. Mostly reproduction brightwork, with lighter replating on bumpers. Door gaps a bit uneven. Minimal soiling on the carpet is the extent of the apparent use of the fully restored reproduction interior. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $91,800. Of the 602 Z28s built in the first year, only 78 were smogequipped California-market cars. Having been restored by Z28 expert Jerry MacNeish, this was a properly sorted-out car. However, with a replacement block and other minor components, the final price seemed a bit strong— even with rarity factored in. brightwork. Newer radial tires. Well-cared-for original interior. Mostly original under the hood, aside from modern service items. With a/c, moonroof, sport gauge package, rear window defroster, and AM/FM stereo. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $5,400. From the land of cars that time forgot. This is about as good as it gets— for equipment, condition, and price. © 100 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams London, U.K. Bonhams — Veteran Motor Cars A 4-cylinder 1902 Panhard et Levassor 12-hp stood out in grand contrast from the crowd of single-cylinder “tiddlers” and sold for $933k Company Bonhams Date November 1, 2013 Location London, U.K. Auctioneer Malcolm Barber Automotive lots sold/offered 13/14 Sales rate 93% Sales total $2,938,585 High sale 1902 Panhard et Levassor Type B1 12-hp, sold at $932,610 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Photos courtesy of Bonhams Market opinions in italics T alk about leaving things until the last minute. At Bonhams’ nowtraditional annual Veterans sale, it’s possible to buy a car and then take part the same weekend in the famous London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. Pretty ambitious? Well, the Veteran (pre- 1905) world is a small one, and most of the eligible cars are a known quantity with several Runs behind them, so buying a car and using it immediately in this context is slightly less crazy than it sounds. The surplus of buyers and finite supply of cars gently inflate prices year-on-year, these days having reached roughly $20k per cylinder, plus $20k per seat. But every now and then, a really special car comes along, causing observers to toss away their guide books. This November it was the 1903 Clement Talbot CT4K 18-hp with wooden Roi d’Italie tonneau coachwork by J. Rothschild of Paris that sold for almost $1m. It had transported four generations of the Sears family — practically LBV royalty — on almost every Run since 1936, its four cylinders and 2,714 cc meaning it gets down the A23 to the south coast very effectively. One of a handful of cars that have formed the lifeblood of the Run almost since its inception, it’s part of the “Brighton establishment” and quite understandably smashed its pre-sale estimate of $550k–$700k. 102 1903 Clement Talbot Type CT4K 18-hp Roi-d’Italie tonneau, sold at $968,387 Buyer’s premium 15% on first $79,860, 12% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1 = £0.63) Talking of automotive royalty, a 4-cylinder 1902 Panhard et Levassor 12-hp with rear-entrance coachwork by Labourdette of Paris stood out in grand contrast London, U.K. from the crowd of De Dion, Renault and Oldsmobile single-cylinder “tiddlers.” It had been owned by Lord Llangattock of Hendre, the father of C.S. Rolls — yes, that Charles Stewart Rolls — and still wore its “Rolls & Co. London” brass supplier plates. Bonhams Group CEO Malcolm Barber, who consigned it to the sale, said, “Once in awhile you find a car that really excites you, even after a lifetime of finding and selling automotive gems. This car has it all — history, looks, provenance. I have driven alongside it many times on the London to Brighton Run. Whoever buys it automatically becomes part of motoring history.” The car sold for $933k. This was the first car sale to take place in the company’s massively rebuilt and refurbished headquarters building on New Bond Street in the west end of London, just a few minutes’ walk from Hyde Park where the Brighton Run starts every first Sunday in November at 7 a.m. The Run commemorates the ending of the various Locomotives Acts of the 1860s. These acts culminated in the “Red Flag Act” that restricted motorized vehicles to 4 mph — and 2 mph in town — behind a man carrying a red flag in the case of those pulling multiple wagons. In 1986, the Locomotives on Highways act raised the speed limit to 14 mph, opening Pandora’s box by allowing the “infernal combustion engine” to flourish unfettered, marked that year by the first Emancipation Run from London to Brighton. ♦ Sales Totals $3m $2.5m $2m $1.5m $1m $.5m 0 Sports Car Market 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009


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Bonhams London, U.K. ENGLISH #201-1901 ARIEL QUADRICYCLE carriage. S/N 85. Eng. # 607. Silver & black/ black leather. MHD. Restored in ’90s, which included replicating the missing 2-speed gearbox, and crankcase is a copy. Not quite as sharp as it looks in the catalog, with brightwork pitted; paint okay, polished tank nice and leather holding up well. Also with single-wheel front end, enabling it to take part believed to have been museum-displayed in Toulouse. Sold post-sale for something near mid-estimate, so the buyer must have upped his offer. in the Sunbeam Motor Cycle Club’s Pioneer Run. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $73,471. Previously sold by Brooks at Olympia in 1996, per catalog. By a lovely coincidence, this was returning today to the building whence it was sold new, as Bonhams’ address at 101 New Bond Street was the site of Ariel’s London showroom back in the day (not that this was why it exceeded its top estimate by $15k). #203-1903 RILEY FORECAR 3½-HP open coach. Eng. # 11. Maroon/green leather. MHD. Charming old thing. Fifty-year-old restoration in lovely condition. Nickel replated and motor fettled with new rings. Now with 2-speed transmission. Can play in both London-Brighton and Pioneer runs. Cond: 2-. #208-1902 PANHARD ET LEVASSOR TYPE B1 12-HP rear-entrance tonneau. S/N 2853. Green/red leather. RHD. Restored in recent years, including replacement ash frame and body bulkhead, two new wheels and rebuilt engine. Now nicely settling in with good paint, nice brass and beautifully burnished leather. Drive chains in good order. the following day’s Run. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $986,387. Well-known Brighton car in Sears family ownership since 1936, and star of the sale, fetching almost 50% over its already substantial $550k–$700k estimate. The Sears family and this car are practically LBVCR royalty, so in a year when collector-car prices generally went mad across the board, let’s just say the estimate was a little conservative. #211-1903 LACOSTE ET BATTMANN Elliott Brothers Motormeter 50-mph speedo. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $932,610. Formerly the property of John Allan Rolls, the Right honorable Lord Llangattock and father and principal financial backer of one C.S. Rolls, and in this family ownership since 1935. Sold right where expected for one of the finest veteran cars available. #207-1902 RENAULT 6-HP rear-entrance tonneau. S/N 09. Green/brown leather. RHD. Older restoration and aged leather is now becoming worn. Nice brass including Ducellier lamps and Jones speedo. Uses De Dion-Bouton engine. Unused since 2001, so a SOLD AT $56,940. In this family ownership since 1962. Earlier found in a loft (which means something different on either side of the Atlantic) in north London. Sold for double the $26k pre-sale low estimate, but still a cheap way for two to get to Brighton. FRENCH #215-1901 GEORGES RICHARD 3½- HP four-seat rear-entrance tonneau. S/N 419. Eng. # 429. Cream/brown leather. Licensed Vivinus (Belgian) built in Paris. In good overall order following 1990 restoration. Very baggy old leather, air-cooled motor clean and tidy with later Claudel carb, original included in sale. Nice dash-mounted brass horn and wicker umbrella basket. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $91,839. Imported to the U.K. in 1988 and in this ownership 25 years; before that 104 little “recommissioning” is recommended. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $141,927. Sold slightly over estimate for exactly the same as Lot 204, the 8-hp De Dion two lots earlier, which is perceived as more valuable. So, well sold. #205-1903 CLEMENT TALBOT TYPE CT4K 18-hp “Roi-d’Italie” tonneau. S/N Sports Car Market 12-HP twin-cylinder rear-entrance tonneau. S/N N/A. Eng. # 553. Red/black leather. RHD. “Believed 1903” and manufacturer equally as uncertain. Ratty and tatty, leather just about still with us but all there, mechanically good and said to drive “beautifully” following nutsand-bolts restoration 2000–01. Three nice brass lamps. Engine possibly by French manu- CT4K5032. Eng. # AC4L101. Wood & red/red leather. RHD. Superior London-Brighton car with many, many Runs behind it. In spectacular well-burnished condition following restoration in mid-’30s with patinated teak body—refreshing it would destroy its appeal. Lovely leather and brass, and with an entry on facturer Abielles, according to catalog. Isle of Man registration (since 2001) and lots of supporting paperwork and bills from the 1900s. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $124,039. Single-family ownership since 1908 and one of the mostviewed cars of the sale. Insufficient money bid while the sale was live, but sold post-auction for about half the anticipated $210k–$260k. #204-1904 DE DION-BOUTON 8-HP rear-entrance tonneau. S/N 78. Eng. # 14225. Green/black leather. RHD. Older restoration, still with most of original body, converted from two- to four-seater in early ’80s. Nice paint, brass and leather. One of the


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Bonhams London, U.K. better bets to get you to Brighton, with 30 plaques from previous Runs on the dashboard to prove it. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $141,927. De Dions are a known quantity, and sure enough this sold on the nail, with the original luggage rack included if the new owner chooses to run it as a two-seater. Fairly bought and sold, at exactly the same as Lot 207, the very similar 1902 Renault two lots later. #209-1904 DE DION-BOUTON 8-HP TYPE V rear-entrance tonneau. S/N 491. Red/black leather. RHD. Poor condition with, in the words of Bonhams’ Sholto Gilbertson, the body “held on by cobwebs.” Worn, chipped, and slightly dull paint. Good brass lamps, brass hood trim has many dings. Interior is worn, with horse-hair stuffing almost completely gone from front seat cushion. Dat- MHD. Tiller steering, engine mounted over chain-driven front wheel. All there and fairly shiny, but drive chain (part of 2-speed transmission) is missing. Aged brass, later carbure- ken. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $47,756. Last sold by Bonhams at the Larz Anderson Brookline Automobile Museum sale in October 2008, according to catalog. Offered here at no reserve and sold for double the $25k low estimate, in common with many other lots at this sale. #210-1903 WINTON 22-HP two-seat tor fitted. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $47,756. Sold new to Sweden, barn-found by an Englishman 1983 and restored. In this ownership from 2005 and many Brighton and Pioneer runs under its belt, although VCC dating procedure is still ongoing. Sold smack in the middle of the estimate range and tied (with Lot 202, the 1900 Locomobile) for cheapest way to Brighton at this sale. AMERICAN #202-1900 LOCOMOBILE MODEL 5 ing not certain, although recent research on behalf on Bonhams points to it being 1904 and therefore eligible for the London-Brighton Veteran Car Run. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $80,818. Offered at no reserve and sold at lower end of estimate range. Previously sold out of the Paine Collection at Bonhams’ Owls head, ME, sale in 2008, for $150k in #5 condition (SCM# 118129). Perhaps the dating proved to be less than certain... GERMAN #214-1904 CYKLON 3½-HP Cyklonette tri-car. S/N 42. Eng. # 42. Black/black leather. Locosurrey. S/N N/A. Eng. # 1491. Blue/ black leather. Steamer. Aged leather and paint, and it’s not a runner, with steering rack bro- runabout. S/N 7987. Brown/black leather. RHD. Nice overall order, last restored 1965, body and paint fair with some cracking. Repair to massive brass BRC kerosene cyclops headlight. Leather settling in. Although it’s been both driven and displayed in the past 50 years, will now require “recommissioning.” Cond: 2. SOLD AT $172,338. Ex-Paine Col- lection (bought there for $238k in 2008, SCM# 118119) and offered at no reserve, sold some way under the $215k low estimate. This was the most powerful of the cars offered at this sale, and as the catalog suggested, ought to get the new owner to Brighton in plenty of time to watch the later arrivals coming in. If it doesn’t need too much, well bought. #212-1904 OLDSMOBILE 7-HP curved-dash runabout. S/N 20871. Black & maroon/black leather. RHD. 7-hp is the big-engined one with some poke. Good overall order and very usable (I’ve driven this one), with strong, smokeless motor. Exposed cam and drive chain in good condition, plus rear-wheel brakes supplementing transmission bands. Decent paint and brass, BEST BUY with one lamp lens cracked. Leather wearing well. Will get up to a terrifying 30 mph or so. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $58,777. Imported from the U.S. in 1994. Popular choice for the Run, and also one of the most affordable. Has been on the market for the past two years asking about $15k more than the eventual selling price, so the owner must have become fed up and decided to push it out by auction. Well bought. © 106 Sports Car Market


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Roundup Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report Highlights from Mecum in Anaheim, CA; Leake in Dallas, TX; McCormick in Palm Springs, CA; Silverstone in Birmingham, U.K.; H&H in Duxford, U.K.; and Collector Car Productions in Toronto, CAN 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO coupe, sold at $192,600—Mecum Auctions, Anaheim, CA, 11/2013 Mecum Auctions Location: Anaheim, CA Date: November 21–23, 2013 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Jim Landis, Mike Hagerman, Matt Moravec Automotive lots sold/offered: 412/785 Sales rate: 52% Sales total: $13,606,424 High sale: 2006 Ford GT, sold at $246,100 Buyer’s premium: 7%, minimum $500, included in sold prices Report and photos by Michael Leven Leake Auction Company Location: Dallas, TX Date: November 22–24, 2013 Auctioneers: Jim Richie, Tony Langdon, Bob Ehlert, Brian Marshall Automotive lots sold/offered: 365/588 Sales rate: 62% Sales total: $9,434,370 High sale: 2006 Ford GT, sold at $217,800 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Cody Tayloe McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auctions Location: Palm Springs, CA Date: November 22–24, 2013 Auctioneer: Frank Bizarro, Jeff Stokes, Rob Ross Automotive lots sold/offered: 370/533 Sales rate: 69% Sales total: $6,163,585 High sale: 1931 Packard Eight Model 833 convertible, sold at $115,500 Buyer’s premium: 5%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Carl Bomstead 108 Silverstone Auctions Location: Birmingham, U.K. Date: November 16, 2013 Auctioneer: Jonathan Humbert Automotive lots sold/offered: 81/108 Sales rate: 75% Sales total: $4,325,100 High sale: 1965 Aston Martin DB5, sold at $582,056 Buyer’s premium: 12.5%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.62) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman H&H Location: Duxford, U.K. Date: October 16, 2013 Auctioneers: Simon Hope Automotive lots sold/offered: 74/98 Sales rate: 76% Sales total: $3,998,434 High sale: 1956 Bentley S1 Continental fastback, sold at $493,769 Buyer’s premium: 12%, minimum $240, included in sold price ($1.00 = £0.62) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Collector Car Productions Location: Toronto, CAN Date: November 1–3, 2013 Auctioneers: Brent Earlywine, Ed Shackelton Automotive lots sold/offered: 175/278 Sales rate: 63% Sales total: $3,128,209 High sale: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, sold at $171,426 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = CAN $1.04) Report and photos by Norm Mort wear, surface rust. Converted over to 12V. Has some flash, but a bit of an aging tart. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,934. Stated to be an amateur restoration, which is not a strong selling point in most collectors’ eyes. Strangely, the rear bed metal was nicer than the body. Odd, non-original two-tone brown paint with black interior was a bit of a head-scratcher for some, but money paid turned out to be a good deal for both buyer and seller. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 11/13. Sports Car Market Decent interior vinyl. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $45,271. Almost unheard of in the U.K. This was the personal car of the late Juan Manuel Fangio at home in Argentina, gifted by Industrias Kaiser Argentina, but he couldn’t drive it after 1975 when he became president of Mercedes-Benz Argentina. Much media interest before the sale; offered at no reserve, which was probably wise as there’s nothing with which to compare it. Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/13. CANADIAN #SP15-1952 MERCURY M1 pickup. S/N MDA83AHN32649. Brown & cream/black vinyl. Odo: 65,157 miles. Rare Canadian-built Mercury truck not available in U.S. Solid body with decent driver-quality paint. New wood bed floor and side timber beautifully finished. Chrome is a combination of new and pitted. Vinyl interior shows minor wear and sagging. Engine compartment painted body color, and motor is detailed but has some ARGENTINIAN #623-1970 IKA TORINO 380S sedan. S/N 61300570. Silver/green vinyl. Odo: 79,157 km. Argentinian-built car. One of a reported 1,558 cars made 1968–70 using basically AMC Rambler platform and Jeep Tornado-based OHC six. Body straight but a few bubbles, chrome coming off rear bumper.


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Roundup ENGLISH #50-1923 ROLLS-ROYCE 20-HP tourer. S/N 57S6. Blue/beige leather. RHD. Very nice older restoration (’60s and ’70s). Paint holding up well, lovely nickel plating to radiator shell and headlights. Leather in good order. Motor very clean and tidy. A nice, usable car. Cond: leather. Good and straight with various chips and scrapes to the paint as you’d expect. Decent chrome and nickel. Well-creased seat leather. May not be original engine, but at this range it hardly matters. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $206,485. In this family ownership since 1948. Sold right at about twice the auction price of a 2-liter Lagonda, or about the price of a Vintage Bentley 3 Litre, which it will outperform. H&H Auctions, Duxford, U.K., 10/13. #738-1934 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II Sedanca De Ville. S/N 55TA. Eng. # VT55. Blue/black leather & blue cloth. RHD. Odo: 44,248 miles. Damaged in shipping, but auction company will repair before delivering to new owner. Sold at no reserve. Quality older repaint with a few cracks and scratches consistent with age. Cloudy turn indicators. Most chrome is shiny. Scratches on passenger’s rear 3+. SOLD AT $107,731. Originally the property of h.R.h. Prince of Wales (no, not that one) along with two other 20-hps, and found unloved in the early ’60s. sold a little under lower estimate, but a fair price. H&H Auctions, Duxford, U.K., 10/13. #14-1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II Continental touring saloon. S/N 24PY. Black/gray & blue leather. RHD. Odo: 6,557 miles. All-there restoration project “was running when parked.” New cylinder head and camshaft in the ’60s, driver’s compartment retrimmed more recently and holding up well. glass and slightly cloudy back window. Driver’s door touches running board when opening, but could be from shipping damage. Interior wood worn with some splintering. Good seats. Tired rear carpets. Engine deteriorating. Includes factory tool roll. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $86,350. Miles of work ahead, but a decent starting point and certainly not a basket case—but the price paid leaves no room if a restoration is in order. Well sold. Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/13. Mileage is plus 100k, just 268 covered since its last MoT in 1996. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $100,549. Sold relatively huge, double what was expected, but the market likes original cars. Bought pretty much like this at Sotheby’s RREC auction in 1992 for $74k (SCM# 6443), and subject to $17k of engine work since. H&H Auctions, Duxford, U.K., 10/13. #23-1934 LAGONDA M45 T7 tourer. S/N Z10552. Gold & black/black cloth/black ered four miles since 1980 and 165 in the decade before. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $341,149. The market loves original cars at the moment, so this was always going to do big money. Well bought and sold. H&H Auctions, Duxford, U.K., 10/13. #42-1948 MG TC roadster. S/N TC5231. Red/red leather. Very straight, clean and tidy following restoration. All details correct, in- March 2014 #59-1937 BENTLEY 3½ LITRE drophead coupe. S/N B135FC. Maroon & black/ buff cloth/red leather. RHD. Odo: 15,199 miles. Garaged for 30 years but in excellent order. Two owners from new. Has only cov- cluding tools in scuttle box. Recently repatriated, registered in U.K. just in time for the sale. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $46,684. Was in America like so many Ts, unclear where it was restored. Price doesn’t feel high, so there’s a bit left in it for retail without being too greedy. H&H Auctions, Duxford, U.K., 10/13. #428-1948 RILEY RMA saloon. S/N 38S15538. Green/green leather. Odo: 75,458 miles. Neglected and abused, but body surprisingly solid. Paint and interior tattered and badly worn. Engine filthy with questionable fluid leaks. Fittingly parked in a handicapped spot. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $8,610. Is this a barn find or an example of neglect and abuse? Either way, any money spent will be down a rat-hole as there is no upside. Fun to share, however, with the blokes at the next All British Field Meet. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/13. #731-1953 MG TD roadster. S/N 29914. Red/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 21,835 miles. Older repaint with age and use flaws throughout. Pitting and scratching on brightwork. Dry rubber and soiled top. Sandpitted windscreen. Seats in good condition. Carpets dirty and worn. Gauges slightly cloudy. Engine weathered and worn, with missing paint. Fluid staining throughout. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $17,600. The TD offered quite a bit more for the money than its TC predecessor, to the tune of 200 additional pounds, 109


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Roundup which included rack-and-pinion steering, steel wheels instead of wires and larger bumpers. They were exported to help satisfy Americans’ thirsts for British sports cars and are desirable enough to support a replica market. This one needs freshening, but luckily there is not a lot of car there to begin with. Good ones will bring twice the money, and the astute custodian can pull it off if the budget is managed. Well bought. Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/13. #401-1955 HUDSON METROPOLITAN coupe. S/N E15985. Canyon Red & white/tan fabric. Odo: 9,319 miles. Built by Austin in Britain and powered by the smaller A40 motor. Marketed by both Nash and Hudson. This example properly restored with quality respray and very nice brightwork. Won’t get out of its $493,769. Sold mid-estimate for the right money, which shows that S1 Continentals are catching up with R-types. H&H Auctions, Duxford, U.K., 10/13. #184-1957 JAGUAR XK 140 MC coupe. S/N S815709BW. Eng. # G817685. Carmine Red/black leather. Odo: 6,568 miles. Restored to acceptable standard but paint a bit dull with a couple of noticeable blems. Chrome has lost of bit of luster. Fitted with MC package, which adds 20 horsepower. Black leather interior would be from 1975–80 Spitfire. An acquired taste. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,175. No issue with the price paid, but I see little if any upside. Best just head for the next All British Field Meet and join your mates. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/13. #16-1965 AKS SPECIAL roadster. S/N FC56855.Green/ black vinyl. RHD. Looks like an Alfa Giulietta crossed with a Tornado Talisman but actually a different kind of kit car, this one resting on a Triumph Spitfire chassis (see the positive camber on the rear end). own way, but cute as heck. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $19,950. Not very often do you see both a Nash and Hudson Metropolitan at the same venue. The Nash convertible (Lot 346) was used and abused and sold for a third of what was realized here. Condition makes the difference, and the coupe sold for an aggressive price. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/13. #85-1955 LAND ROVER SERIES I 86inch utility. S/N 57015292. Green & white/green vinyl. RHD. Odo: 76,518 miles. Restoration project, but it’s all there. The chassis isn’t too rusty, and the panels are straightish. Capstan winch on front bumper. Cond: 3+. very presentable. Whitewall tires to my eye don’t fit the British look. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $73,500. The FHCs have been coming into their own of late, and this example sold at the new market-correct price. High sale for the auction. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/13. #329-1958 ASTON MARTIN DB MK III coupe. S/N AM30031542. Eng. # DBA 1192. Blue/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 86,816 miles. Nice original-looking car, older paint, has been gold, now back in its original Peony. Redone chrome, original “White Gold” leather beautifully worn and creased. Excellent history file. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $354,777. In “Starts and drives, but needs finishing.” Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,027. I reckon the right money was paid for this interesting oddity. Almost the same price as Lot 87, the Triumph GT6, with which it shares a chassis. H&H Auctions, Duxford, U.K., 10/13. #637-1965 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB51938R. Eng. # 4001930. Silver/black leather. RHD. Odo: 35,216 miles. Good recent resto. Floors perfect but sill joints are a bit wavy. Has a few paint chips out of the back edges of doors. New leather. Webasto SOLD AT $5,027. Originally registered to Berkshire County Council, sold for a smidge over low estimate. Considering that the best restored examples have been getting up to $40k, plenty of wind in it for a home restoration. H&H Auctions, Duxford, U.K., 10/13. #88-1956 BENTLEY S1 Continental coupe. S/N BC90AF. Red/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 78,956 miles. Very good order. Restored, repainted and retrimmed between 1999 and 2001. Brake work since. On the button and ready to go. The seller purchased the car for his wife 21 years ago. Cond: 2. SOLD AT 110 one-family ownership from new. With this history and unmessed-with condition, quite rightly a new world record for the model, catching up on DB4s and 5s. Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/13. #209-1963 TRIUMPH SPITFIRE con- vertible. S/N STC63FC1299L. Red/red hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 3 miles. Surrounded by protective barrier to keep spectators from getting too close. Respray with overspray very evident. Black interior showing use. Modern gauges. Stated to have 1,500-cc engine, which roof from new. Recently gone through with no noted needs. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $582,056. high sale of the two days, as you’d expect. In Australia much of its life until 2012, refurbed on return to the U.K., where the DB5 market is stronger, although it has flattened out in the past 18 months. Sold right. Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/13. Sports Car Market


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Roundup #F222-1966 SUNBEAM TIGER convert- ible. S/N B382001867LRXFE. Red/red hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 36,076 miles. Probably not in great repair when parked in 1987, and time has not been kind. Surprisingly rust-free. Front fenders are not even remotely symmetrical; passenger’s rear corner pushed slightly into A-pillar, suggesting damage. Customized hood with vents and enlarged scoop. Original radiator replaced with larger unit. Water pump vinyl. Odo: 57,623 miles. Twin Stromberg carburetors. Older respray in poor condition. Faded paint with areas of flaking. Poorly fitting trunk. Top is very loose and not taut over the skeleton. Chrome bumpers are in good condition, but luggage rack is worn and faded. to the new owner. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 11/13. #32-1969 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Vantage Mk II coupe. S/N DB64028R. Bahama Yellow/black leather. RHD. Odo: 87,972 miles. Good order and former minor concours winner. Structure okay. Seat leather lightly creased. Telescopic damper conversion on rear, replacing lever-arms. Shame about the discharge port broken off in radiator hose. Interior a complete write-off. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $29,960. Hard to believe, but there was a constant scrum around this car. There was more general curiosity than actual bidder interest, with a lot of conjecture on how much to pay in order to cost-justify the required restoration. In the end, slightly well sold to a current Tiger owner who needed the toolkit and jack. He plans to hang on to the car and see how high Tiger prices go. Mecum Auctions, Anaheim, CA, 11/13. #SP08-1967 BENTLEY T1 saloon. S/N SBX1449. Silver/maroon leather. Odo: 86,839 miles. Hard to tell how bad the paint is under all that dirt, but far from perfect. Rust on back bumper from being parked against something. Other chrome scratched, some pitting. Maroon leather interior appears still decent, but perhaps mice thought so, too. Underhood dirty. Freshly painted black underside seems a red flag (what’s hiding under there?), and “No Driver’s door will not open from the outside handle or inside release. Windshield is scratched from wiper action. Rubber dry and cracked. Very dirty and weathered engine with soiling from visible fluids. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $3,025. Final model in the Alpine series. B uyers were likely turned off by obvious issues such as the poorly fitting top, failing paint and terrible aftermarket wheel choice. This was more than a 20-footer and needed lots of love. A high bid of $5,500 was rejected on Friday, and the car reran and sold for half price on Sunday, cheap enough to keep the new owner from getting into any real trouble. Well bought. Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/13. #412-1968 MG MIDGET roadster. S/N 12CJDAH41761. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 45,880 miles. Original-looking paint with chips. Inside of trunk previously painted black over original and now worn. Highback 1972 Midget seats with deteriorating foam. Decent newer black carpets. Engine and compartment showing original soiling and wear. Underside more recently resprayed black. Newer Rostyle wheels fitted. Inexpen- color (repainted 2005), but it’s the only one. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $305,239. Going fairly well to get this much money here. Interestingly, H&H sold one of the only three Vantage Mk IIs in this color at its April 2012 Duxford auction, when boss Simon Hope admitted it was the “wrong color” ($336k, SCM# 201376). H&H Auctions, Duxford, U.K., 10/13. #87-1974 TRIUMPH GT6 Mk III coupe. S/N KE237960. Green/gray cloth. Odo: 84,496 miles. Good and straight outside, with no rot and decent paint. Interior is a little tired. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $6,340. For approximately the same money, it’s this or Lot 16, the fiberglass AKS kit-car on the same chassis. Considering what else is out there for the money, then this looks a bit of a usable deal, but bear in mind the Mk IIs and earlier have better rear suspension. H&H Auctions, Duxford, U.K., 10/13. brakes” note is frightening. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $15,296. Promoted as a “True Barn Find,” this dusty, dirty old Bentley was in dry storage for 15 years. Now an “estate sale,” it created a great deal of interest. Although 86,000 original miles didn’t sound like much, given its overall condition those probably weren’t easy miles. Considering you could buy a running T1 for the price paid and new brakes could cost as much, call this one very well sold. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 11/13. #815-1967 SUNBEAM ALPINE convertible. S/N B395016059. Blue/black vinyl/white 112 sive fun or fright pig? Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $4,483. This was apparently a business estate car donated to the Blenheim Historical Society as a fundraiser. Although reportedly running and driving, there was no ownership, and so this MG was being sold on a bill of sale only, which possibly could be a problem to register. I was frankly amazed at the attention this bumperless, questionable MG received, as Midgets are on the low rung of the Britishsports-car ladder. There was also lots of bidding action, and price paid perhaps reflected its fundraiser status. Well sold and good luck #803-1974 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. S/N CF24885U. Maroon/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 71,121 miles. Older repaint in need of a respray. Paint riddled with scratches, chips and fisheyes. Driver’s door out, other- Sports Car Market


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Roundup wise body is pretty straight. Rubber very dry and worn. Top is old, backlight cloudy and scratched. Hard top in tow is sanded and ready for paint. Newer seat vinyl and decent carpets. Gauges are clear, but dash shows signs of aging. Engine is worn from age and use. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $9,900. Advertised in August 2013 on Craigslist houston for $13,900, this TR6 did not sell on Friday when it first crossed the block; it reran on Sunday and hammered for $9k. The inclusion of the unfinished hard top tells the story of a previous owner who became disinterested or just gave up. A restoration on a TR6 is never a good “investment,” but the price paid for this one was right on the nose. Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/13. #653-1978 BRITISH LEYLAND MINI Clubman 2-dr sedan. S/N XC2S2544821A. Reynard/gray vinyl/brown velour. RHD. Odo: 6,450 miles. Low mileage and almost like new, with no rust, unworn velour. Wears Dunlop Denovo (early run-flat) wheels and tires. Glass sunroof a later or dealer addition. Cond: #71-1987 LOTUS ESPRIT Turbo HC coupe. S/N SCC082910HHD12473. Red/ beige leather. RHD. Odo: 47,000 miles. Number four of last 21 Guigiaro-styled cars before more rounded “Stevens” Esprit appeared. Good all around and well kept, with recent cam-belt change. Interior has survived better than average. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $29,177. Compared with a car with James Bond provenance, this is what a real one makes. If anything, slightly overpriced. H&H Auctions, Duxford, U.K., 10/13. GERMAN #76-1956 PORSCHE 356A coupe. S/N 57277. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 94,040 miles. Shiny older paint, but that’s where the good ends. Bad gaps and panel fit. Bodywork wavy and noticeable touch-ups. Dash loose and seats sag. Shudder to think about the engine. aging well. Newer top. Wear on driver’s seat with heavy use on piping. Good carpets only slightly worn. Out-of-place modern speakers hanging from underside of dash. Well-exercised engine due for a restoration, if not just a good cleaning. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $79,750. Appearing better in person than in photographs, there was a lot of excitement while this one was on display, with a steady stream of inspectors crawling around before the car crossed the block. Once undesirable and eclipsed by the highly collectible 300SL, the 190SL is now a hot ticket with a high cost of entry. Many owners know what they have and reciprocate with lofty reserves, but this one was offered at no reserve and sold for a relative bargain. Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/13. #SP130-1963 AMPHICAR 770 convert- ible. S/N 101099. White/red vinyl/white & red vinyl. Odo: 11,196 miles. Local car-showquality paint. Okay brightwork with scuffs on headlamp bezels, pitted door handles and other bits, but all else like-new. Fully detailed engine. More fun in the lake than on the road. 2. SOLD AT $9,609. Remember the “Longbridge Tunnel” Mini that Silverstone sold in 2013 for $2,479 (SCM# 227223)? Well, this is what a near-perfect one looks like, selling for 1275GT (Mini Cooper replacement) money. Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/13. #617-1980 SUNBEAM LOTUS hatch- back. S/N R4DCYAL214277. Black/beige vinyl. RHD. Odo: 55,658 miles. Straight and tidy. Refurbished and windows-out repainted 2001 and still good. Alloys unscuffed, interior unworn, Lotus twin-cam motor (shared with Esprit/Elite/Eclat) unusually leak-free, with Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $35,175. Last seen at the Kruse Scottsdale sale in 2003, where it sold for $13k (SCM# 29922). Driven only a few thousand miles since and little done to correct the long list of needs noted then. Profitable for the seller, but buyer has his work cut out. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/13. #737-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 1210426503842. Black/ black cloth/red leather. Odo: 19,780 miles. Older repaint is shiny with some flaws. Mostly correct panel fit with driver’s door out slightly at bottom. Lightly pitted passenger’s door handle. Small dimples in trim. Good rubber Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $42,197. Previously sold at CCP’s April 2013 sale for $42k, confirming the correctness of this price (SCM# 216308). It appeared seaworthy then and didn’t sink over the summer, with most of the problems attended to. Amphicar prices are still off their high of a few years ago, and this was a fair buy at the low end of today’s market. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 11/13. #S66-1968 PORSCHE 912 coupe. S/N 12802427. Red/tan vinyl. Odo: 58,474 miles. A good base car lies underneath the quickie trim-on respray. Substantial orange peel smoothed somewhat from sanding. Exterior color does not quite match jambs, where tapelines are visible. Seats decent, carpet recently shampooed but dingy; Coco mats help. Nardi wheel and walnut dash insert. Cond: 2-. new cam belt. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $24,760. As good as or better than an RS1800, which would be two to three times the money, and one of the nicest on the market. Why aren’t these worth more? A shrewd buy with one eye to the future. Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/13. 114 SOLD AT $33,170. Early 912s are nice drivers, combining the well-developed 356SC engine with the then-modern 911 chassis. They Sports Car Market


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Roundup can be a good value as 1960s Porsches go, but are not a cheap way to experience “driving in its purest form” (as the old ad tagline went), due to the high expense of rebuilding the engine. As an investment, cheapie paint job is not inspiring. Why did they forget the front bumper guards? No rocker decos speak of rust—not a good omen. Early 911s will pass it on not only on the road, but likely in appreciation as well. Well sold, 20%–25% over current market. Mecum Auctions, Anaheim, CA, 11/13. #920-1969 BMW 2002 2-dr sedan. S/N 1664243. White/blue leather. Odo: 30,408 miles. Older mechanical build with fresh paint and graphics. 5.0L V8, 5-speed manual transmission. Kit-car Cobra tube frame. Paint-prep issues noted. Older rubber is in good condition. Stainless shows age with areas that have been rubbed. Emblem holes in trunk lid. Blacked-out taillights reveal amateur spraypaint. Cloudy front turn indicators. Mostly original glass in good shape. Piecemeal inte- placed. Numerous internal engine upgrades, aluminum radiator, electronic ignition. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $28,890. Not perfect but clearly loved, with money spent in all the right places. This appeared to be restored simply for driving enjoyment, not the show field. The car looked honest and thoroughly vetted. Expensive, but worth the price of admission. Mecum Auctions, Anaheim, CA, 11/13. #636-1973 BMW 3.0 CSI coupe. S/N 2265982. Eng. # 60584543. Silver/beige leather. RHD. Super-straight E9 made into what many BMW fans think it always should have been with addition of M5 motor and seats, riding on large Alpina-lookalikes, essentially creating a Batmobile on steroids. Rot- rior to accommodate upgraded powerplant and transmission. Older Recaros show some wear. Conversion documented on CNBC Prime’s “The Car Chasers.” Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $16,500. Very little of this car remains a 2002, so comparisons would be a disservice. A deeper Web search highlights this car’s recent history, starting off 2013 in blue, allegedly sold for $6k, then painted green and brown, then bought by “The Car Chasers” for $10k and converted. Well sold. Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/13. #T64-1972 BMW 2002 2-dr sedan. S/N 2576567. Cream/black cloth. Odo: 3,241 miles. Panel alignment good. Trim mostly straight, clean. Trim-on, single-stage repaint to driver standard, dry in spots, some discoloration on trunk, light overspray under hood. Taillights faded. Fittipaldi alloys. Electric fuel pump, loose washer bottle in trunk. Nardi wheel. Aftermarket sport seats; rears retrimmed to match. Square-weave carpets re- free, thanks to new front fenders and hood, and all beautifully done. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $57,282. However, purists won’t agree, and that keeps the price down. This was one of the personal cars of Silverstone Auctions boss Nick Whale, a respected hotshoe, so if it’s good enough for him... Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/13. #732-1975 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SL convertible. S/N 10704412027299. Blue/blue hard top/tan leather. Odo: 88,307 miles. Lowmileage, mostly original car. Older repaint well cared for. Likely kept indoors. Some prep issues on the driver’s front fender. Brightwork in good shape. Mostly original glass clear and streak-free. Original rubber is a tad dry in places but in overall good condition. Factorycorrect panel fit. Tidy interior. Seats show little use. Original Becker radio. Engine in above- average used-car condition. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $8,250. Offered at no reserve and very clean for its age. Usually there are many R107s to choose from even at smaller auctions, but this was one of only three offered of this series, and only two of those were V8 cars. There was no information regarding ownership history or service documentation, and with many of these older SLs, you never 116 Sports Car Market


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Roundup know what gremlins you are buying. Considering the other 450SL in the sale had notations such as “dash lights do not work,” this was well bought. Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/13. #200-1975 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- PORTER minibus. S/N 2252018365. Red & white/white vinyl. Odo: 56,582 miles. Description says “restored,” but that’s a bit generous. Older repaint with overspray, mask lines throughout and a few deep scratches. Paint scuffed off edge of sliding door. Rust bubbles on lower corner of passenger’s door. Driver’s door out at bottom. Markers, indicators and reflectors all show age and fading. Scratches in glass, mostly light. Tidy interior spectacularly well bought for credit-card money. Mecum Auctions, Anaheim, CA, 11/13. #166-2004 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE “Mexico” 2-dr sedan. S/N 3VWS1A1BX4M905115. Aquarius Blue/gray cloth. Odo: 3,914 km. The last iteration of the original Volkswagen Beetle, built in Mexico, known as Sedán Última Edición. Original factory paint with some age flaws. Chrome pitting on driver’s side headlight bezel. Car has been kept indoors, judging from the good rubber and lustrous paint. Carpets slightly worn, seats show wear from use. Panel BEST BUY with good seat upholstery and headliner. Passthrough front seats. Clear gauges. Engine well used. Newer-looking carburetor and lower pulley, with grease caked on the upper pulley. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,660. The dealer who had this VW was advertising it for an ambitious $21k. On the cheaper end of the spectrum when compared with a Samba, these are a desirable and fun entry point and won’t get you into much trouble financially. This one was the more desirable front-seat passthrough model that might have brought a few more bids from the right buyers. Well bought and well sold. Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/13. #T69-1987 VOLKSWAGEN SCIROCCO 16V coupe. S/N WVWCB0536 HK015094. Red/black leather. Odo: 149,064 miles. Restored to a ridiculous standard for what it is. Remarkably straight despite 150k miles on odo. Sunroof, 15-inch BBS alloys, Yokohama S-Drive tires, carbon-fiberwrapped and pinstriped trim. Trim-off, engineout repaint very good. Momo shifter and fit is factory-correct. Engine compartment is clean and tidy, reflecting low mileage. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $9,460. Produced in Mexico until 2004. Even though it is just a used car, it does have cult appeal, and it is the last of the series that will ever be produced. They may not be worth a whole lot of money today, but don’t be surprised if values climb over time. This one seemed downright cheap considering the low mileage—especially if you can figure out how to title it in the U.S. Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/13. ITALIAN #638-1970 ISO RIVOLTA GT coupe. S/N 410475. Eng. # 683F12125P. Silver/ brown leather. Odo: 89,484 miles. Straight, appears rot-free and said to be a runner. All brightwork has survived well, although paint is beginning to blister in places, and all the brake rubbers will want changing at the least. Leather used but holding up well. Dashboard wheel. Seats retrimmed in leather vastly superior to original. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $9,095. The body and paintwork alone certainly cost more than the selling price. Everything else, including an underappreciated twin-cam pocket rocket, was free. Not sure how much more the market might bear for such a car, but 118 sports an altimeter. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $47,119. Traded in toward a new Ford Escort in 1978 and looking amazingly good for 35 years of storage. Sold strong, but if its needs aren’t too expensive, still a relative bargain for anything from the Iso/Bizzarrini family. Worth Sports Car Market


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Roundup so much more than that Escort now (unless it was an RS1800). Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/13. #SP33-1973 MASERATI MERAK coupe. S/N AM1220312. Fly Yellow/black leather. Originally Oro Gold with velvet interior, changed to Fly Yellow with black leather interior. Both still very decent, but not concours-level. Some dings in front bumper and trim scratched on passenger’s side. Black carpets like-new. Clean and detailed engine, fresh refinished mags and good rubber. Underside clean, undercoated with no detailing. Cond: #645-1982 FERRARI 512 BBI coupe. S/N ZFFJA09B000038625. Red/black leather. Odo: 37,040 km. Straight, shiny, some swirl marks in repaint. Leather and velour okay. Lots of silver paint on motor a little unfortunate. Mileage believed genuine, backed up by 2-. NOT SOLD AT $23,017. Supplied documentation noted rarer Euro model with increased 190-hp 2,965-cc V6 and nicer stainless-steel bumpers. Reportedly restored over 10-year period by Maserati Canada mechanic, including rebuilt engine, transmission, hydraulics, brakes and troublesome headlights. Listed in the Maserati Merak Registry, but the model never had a huge following in Canada. Bid was well below market value, so owner was wise to pass. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 11/13. #SP39-1978 FIAT 124 Spider. S/N 124CS 10131757. Black/black cloth/tan vinyl. Odo: 13,161 miles. Body solid and straight with new Haartz cloth top. Fresh glass and chrome, including rear luggage rack. Added side trim. Fresh tan vinyl interior and carpets. Refinished wood dash, wood steering wheel and shift knob. Newer stereo and speakers added. Upgraded 16-inch mags look surprisingly great. Detailed underhood. Underside sprayed black, decent service history. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $177,389. Was in Japan before export to the U.K. in 2013. Looks as if the long-awaited rise of the Boxer has gradually begun to happen, as prices have been slow to rise over the £100,000 ($160k) mark in the U.K. Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/13. #S141-1989 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N ZFFSG17A7K0079342. Rosso Corsa/saddle leather. Odo: 23,221 miles. Twoowner car with all paperwork, books and tools from new. Paint good with some pitting throughout clearcoat, but very little road rash. Black trim all very nice. Leather clean and unmarked. Tires look sound; tread depth indicates near-term replacement. Just 3k miles including exhaust. A rust-free Florida car from new. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $20,307. Lots of documentation noting complete restoration with over $20k spent on this rust-free 124. Rare, factory-fitted a/c in an older sports car for today’s driver’s is very desirable, even in Canada. Full safety certificate and recent service with invoice made this a turn-key Fiat in great colors that appealed to bidders. Price paid was high top-end, but in the long run, new owner should be happy. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 11/13. March 2014 since engine-out service/timing belt change, but work done at indeterminate date, per owner. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $78,110. Located near the door and the very first car one would see upon entry to the auditorium. Nicely presented and manned enthusiastically by the owner all three days. His efforts paid off, as he told me in confidence that he might be willing to take $50k, but was significantly bonused for his trouble. Let that be a lesson to all wouldbe consignors on how to maximize bidding. Well sold! Mecum Auctions, Anaheim, CA, 11/13. #SP40-1993 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER Veloce. S/N ZARBB42N5P7005964. Green/ black cloth/tan leather & suede. Odo: 21,385 km. Excellent respray of original color. Original tan leather and suede interior like new. Upgraded CD stereo fitted. Original underside clean and rust-free. Like-new underhood. About as close to a new Alfa as you can get currently in Canada. Believed one of four built with automatic transmission. Clean air and safety certified. Cond: 1-. 119


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Roundup SOLD AT $21,099. Only two owners made this super-low-mileage, very clean Alfa an attractive buy. While early Alfas are scarce in Canada, there are plenty of this generation of Spiders offered in the Toronto area. This one was exceptional and hence nearly doubled the average price. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 11/13. JAPANESE #432-1973 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ40 SUV. S/N FJ40139111. Green/black leather. Odo: 76,012 miles. Very fresh paint with overspray on rubber. Some prep issues with dry spray noted on the front fender. Old signal indicator and exterior light lenses with cracked reflectors. Glass is in good shape. Rear ambulance doors are slightly tight at the top. Fresh 351-ci crate motor. Leather Recaro seats. Dash mostly unrestored. Good seats and repainted valve cover. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $10,010. Datsun was already confident in colors such as Sunburst Yellow and Metallic Brown but felt the need to test the market on black—hence, the Black Pearl Edition. Even with this one’s undesirable automatic transmission, bidding settled toward the higher end of the spectrum. Well sold. Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/13. #111-1980 TOYOTA CELICA Sunchaser convertible. S/N RA42371885. Blue/black vinyl/blue cloth & vinyl. Odo: 96,534 km. Body looks solid, but a few rust blemishes. Original paint dulling, minor scratches and chips. Still decent black vinyl top. Original chrome has some scratches, minor dings only. Factory interior recently shampooed with only minor wear, no holes. Original and worn underhood. Wheels recently resprayed. A fun Odo: 20,119 km. One of a small run built for the Swedish Army by Volvo. Paint flaking all over. Roll bar incorporated around cracked windshield. Wood locker with padding serves as back seat. Looks terribly uncomfortable, but equipped with the rugged and reliable B18 engine. Soldiers can be reassured that at least the running gear is bulletproof. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $3,500. “Looks like a prop from a post-apocalypse B-movie,” editor Piff noted. In fact, the Swedes used these as reconnaissance and anti-tank vehicles. Found no comparables, but fairly rare and would be an interesting addition to any military collection—especially at this price. Mecum Auctions, Anaheim, CA, 11/13. AMERICAN #250-1934 DODGE DELUXE coupe. S/N DR792852. Tan & black/tan fabric. Odo: 939 miles. Recent restoration to very presentable standard. Tan body with black fenders. Very nice fabric interior. Features “Draft Free” body ventilation. Engine compartment properly detailed. Very attractive styling. Cond: 2+. door panels, although driver’s door sounds clunky when closed. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $34,100. With the values on these increasing over the past year or so, it seems that everyone is rushing to cash in by finishing the old junker in the garage. Of the four FJs offered here, this was the highest-selling one. It had a few issues that would need to be sorted if you wanted a concours rig, but let’s assume most people who buy these actually want to drive them. Well sold. Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/13. #752-1978 DATSUN 280Z Black Pearl Edition coupe. S/N HLS30461720. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 4,166 miles. Described as an “extensive” restoration. Thick paint with many flaws. Small dent in hood. Paint scratches throughout. Bubbles on rustprone cowl. Good stainless, glass and rubber. Powdercoated undercarriage. Tidy interior. Factory a/c. Newer carpets and seat vinyl. Dash cover likely hides common cracking. Flaking on faux-chrome trim on interior door panels. Engine mostly weathered except for 120 alternative to Japanese coupes or a Miata. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $2,743. Griffith did about 2,000 convertible conversions on stock Celica GT and ST models from 1979 to 1981. The floors were reinforced and the pillar/roll bar further reduced flexing. Rare car but not sought-after, and values remain too low to justify restoration, but this looked like a decent example at a price that can’t really go lower. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 11/13. SWEDISH #T147-1963 VOLVO L3304 military ve- hicle. S/N 178939. Camouflage/brown vinyl. SOLD AT $26,250. Strong money for a 6-cylinder Dodge, but the car was properly presented, so no issue with the final price paid. Seller worked the car and was rewarded. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/13. #112-1936 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD 75 convertible sedan. S/N 3A1281. Black/tan fabric/black leather. Odo: 48,810 miles. “Vee”-windshield Cadillac styled by Fleetwood. First year for hydraulic brakes, although used by LaSalle two years earlier. Rides on 138-inch wheelbase. Last licensed in 2003. Window rubber worn and windows delaminating. Interior top bows worn. Black leather interior needs attention. Paint just okay. Twin foglights. Lots of work ahead. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $48,300. If the new owner can do some of the heavy lifting, then he just might come out all right. If he sends it off and just writes the checks, then upside- Sports Car Market


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Roundup down in a quick hurry. What’s under the hood will tell the tale. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/13. #308-1940 MERCURY 09A convertible sedan. S/N 16348J. Midnight blue/blue fabric/ gray leather. Odo: 117 miles. An attractive mild hot rod. 350 under the hood with 700R4 transmission. Bumper guards and fog lights. Attractive paint and interior. Rare car, low 29,331 miles. Older respray with dirt in paint. Basic brown vinyl interior shows minimal wear. Little chrome, but lots of worn black paint for bumpers, mirrors, vent windows. Limited brightwork worn, but decent enough. production. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $49,350. Offered but not sold here two years ago at $55k (SCM# 191393). Strong money but a quality car. An excellent build that has broad appeal. Maintain it, and new owner will be fine when it’s time to move on down the road. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/13. #S96.1-1953 HUDSON HORNET con- vertible. S/N 229279. Black/black cloth/ burgundy leather. Odo: 925 miles. 308-ci I6, 2x1-bbl, auto. An extremely rare car restored to the nines. Black paint marred only by occasional chip and a few polishing marks. Panel fit exceptional. Brightwork straight and well aligned. A-pillar trim polished to point of being scratched. Modern Wagner lights odd; right taillight bezel slightly pitted. Enameled emblems perfect. Leather smooth and un- Original Silver Diamond OHV inline 6 has been painted in past, but a bit tired. Mud covers underside. A very honest original 6-volt pickup that will be a great driver for its new owner. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $13,187. Here was a fully refurbished, former Alberta truck that supposedly ran fine and came with its original service manual. While Ford, Chevy and Dodge pickups are fairly common, an International is something different. Hardly pristine, it was no-reserve and sold at a fair price. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 11/13. #SP113-1956 DODGE CUSTOM ROYAL Golden Lancer 2-dr hard top. S/N 35140382. White & gold/white & gray vinyl & cloth. Odo: 38,375 miles. 315-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint almost concours-level. Nicely polished stainless trim. Wear and pitting on some pieces. Heavily pitted rear bezels. Clear plastic ’50s seat covers fitted over spotless upholstery. The Super Red Ram 315 V8 is a decent original. One-family owned since new. Striking marked; dashboard a work of art. Twin-H six trimmed out correctly underhood. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $160,500. Driven nearly 1,000 miles since its restoration; some of the nits were due to use, and who could blame the consignor for driving this stunner just a little before letting her go? Drop-top Hornets have been around $100k for nearly a decade, but I doubt that figure would cover the restoration costs here. This is a strong sale to be sure, but the market has changed and I dare say this best-of-the-best was worth every penny. Well bought and sold. Mecum Auctions, Anaheim, CA, 11/13. #SP09-1953 INTERNATIONAL R-100 pickup. S/N 15605C. Red/brown vinyl. Odo: 122 color combination. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $27,812. Back in ’56, Dodge’s spring announcement was the Golden Lancer—a bold trim package for the top-of-the-line Custom Royal hard top. This low-mileage example was totally original other than one respray. Although rare, the ’56 Dodge is not on everyone’s wish list. Price must have been close to market value. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 11/13. #SP135-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N VC57L160730. Tropical Turquoise & India Ivory/turquoise & black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 85,474 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Some dirt and orange peel evident in resprayed original color combination. Older Sports Car Market


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Fresh Meat by Chad Tyson Roundup Online sales of contemporary cars 2013 Mercedes-Benz S550 chrome still decent. Correct, like-new interior. Engine compartment sprayed black over original worn finish. Engine painted and detailed. Matching blue painted wheels with wide Date sold: 01/04/2014 eBay auction ID: 310831875913 Seller’s eBay ID: lasvegasmotorcars Sale type: Used car with 5,802 miles VIN: WDDNG7DB2DA509437 Details: Black over Savanna leather; 4.7-liter twinturbocharged V8 rated at 429 hp, 7-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $75,000, Buy It Now MSRP: $109,495 (as equipped) Other current offering: Braman Motor Cars in West Palm Beach, FL, offering an Off White over Savanna leather S550 with 7,799 miles for $78,995. 2012 BMW M3 Competition Edition money for a “take the gang to dinner” car. Air a big plus for desert cruise nights. Fair price for a very respectable driver. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/13. whitewalls. A sound driver. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $34,813. This matching-numbers, true-tooriginal-build-sheet, former California Bel Air was an older restoration that still had lots of appeal. Especially considering options such as power steering, power brakes, automatic transmission, spinner hubcaps, E-Z-Eye tinted glass, factory AM push-button radio, electric windshield wipers, clock, day/night mirror, dual exhaust, passenger’s mirror, fender skirts and four brand new wide whitewall tires. Price paid favored buyer here, particularly in the long run. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 11/13. Date sold: 01/04/2014 eBay auction ID: 261362773835 Seller’s eBay ID: bgrasska6zvb Sale type: Used car with 22,520 miles VIN: WBSKG9C52CE797562 Details: Frozen Silver over black leather; 4.0-liter V8 rated at 414 hp, 7-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $52,201, 21 bids MSRP: $81,060 Other current offering: Princeton BMW in Hamilton, NJ, asking $82,580 for a Competition Edition M3 with 10 miles. 2012 Audi R8 GT Date sold: 01/03/2014 eBay auction ID: 390733171471 Seller’s eBay ID: prestigeimports123 Sale type: Used car with 191 miles VIN: WUA9NAFG0CN900166 Details: Ice Silver Metallic over black leather; 5.2-liter V10, auto, AWD Sale result: $174,950, Buy It Now MSRP: $196,800 (base) Other current offering: Starwood Motors in Dallas, TX, offering a Glacier White Metallic R8 GT with 1,284 miles for $174,888. ♦ wheels painted blue with full discs and wide whitewalls. Flat black underside. Attractive, but overly blue for many. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $32,175. Although two-toning at the time was very popular, the Fords never carried it off as well as the GM and Chrysler models in 1957. Still, this had a very attractive color combination and was much admired. Market-correct price, and both buyer and seller should be happy. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 11/13. #208-1962 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER 4-dr hard top. S/N 8323162820. White/red vinyl & black fabric. Odo: 61,791 miles. 413ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. All ’62 New Yorkers had four doors, and one won the Mobil Gas Economy Run for the luxury class, acheiving 18 mpg. This example equipped with factory air, power steering and brakes. Striking “Lunar Module” dash. Aftermarket stereo installed. Minor issues with paint but very presentable. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $13,650. Not a lot of 124 derside. Painted black inner fenders. A solid, straight example of a perennial favorite. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $38,505. Confirmed as an authentic, matching-numbers Super Sport 396 ragtop. Nicely optioned and in Resale Red, there was really no downside in this purchase. Price was good for both buyer and seller, but I feel favored the buyer. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 11/13. Sports Car Market #SP117-1957 FORD FAIRLANE 500 convertible. S/N D7LC153252. Two-tone blue/blue vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 177,292 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Engine said to be a 292, but VIN codes out to a 312. New two-tone blue paint to show-standard. Decent chrome with gold side trim. Fresh two-tone blue interior and blue vinyl top. Clean, painted underhood with nicely detailed engine. Steel #213-1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI coupe. S/N 63R2658. Gold/black vinyl. Odo: 68,859 miles. 289-ci supercharged V8, auto. Fiberglass Avanti was designed by the team of Raymond Loewy, built on Lark convertible chassis. Powered by the R2 supercharged V8, which was a $210 option. Paint acceptable with a few minor blems. Trim scratched. Interior decent. Only 3,834 produced. Last one produced in December of 1963. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $22,575. An underappreciated car that has plenty of power with the R2 supercharged motor. Price paid was most reasonable for a very presentable orphan. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/13. #SP104-1967 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS convertible. S/N 138677B142936. Bolero Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent panel fit. Bolero Red excellent other than a few chips. Older rechrome with some minor scratches. Red interior and carpet like new. White top showing age in areas, but rear plastic window like new. Detailed engine close to show-quality. Stainless steel exhaust fitted on flat black un


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Roundup #S123-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO COPO coupe. S/N 124379N578203. Hugger Orange/black vinyl & black & white houndstooth. Odo: 21,569 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Known ownership from new. Very early production and highly optioned, as verified by COPO Connection. Documented miles. Comes with Protect-O-Plate, original window sticker, engine, transmission, rear end, body sheet metal, and Houndstooth interior. Factory SS wheels. Interior extremely well kept, with minimal wear, consistent with miles. Presumed repaint with lots of polish marks but quite nice. Reserve dropped at hammer price. Clean rally wheels and dual exhaust combined with orange paint gave it a great look. Seller did okay, but the deal favored the buyer here. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 11/13. #SP122-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1 COPO coupe. S/N 124379N618902. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 8,487 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent paintwork with minimal hard-to-see flaws only. Some minor chips on rockers and chassis. Original factory markings. All-new chrome. New black vinyl interior and black carpet kit. Fully detailed and painted underside. Detailed proper aluminumblock 427 engine. Goodyear Polyglas tires on painted stock wheels and original small hubcaps. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $171,426. Finished transmission and correct 400 engine. All the GTO goodies present, including hood tach, correct wheels and rear spoiler. Although not perfect, there’s room for some easy upgrading at this price. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 11/13. #465-2006 FORD GT coupe. S/N 1FAFP90S96Y401090. Tungsten Grey/black leather. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-speed. Said to be under 6,000 miles. Car is unwashed and dirty. Paint is like new. Panel fit is factory correct. Some wear to items on dash. Seats and door sills show signs of entry and exit. Engine Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $192,600. As this was a highly optioned (hence relatively heavy) COPO with an automatic transmission, one might conclude this car did not suffer the abuses of racing like so many others. No mention of any such history and retention of all its original bits supports that notion. Perhaps as a result of this integrity, this is the most expensive non-ZL1 COPO in the SCM Platinum Auction Database for several years. As such, while still an investment-grade piece, this is a very strong sale, especially given the slushbox. Mecum Auctions, Anaheim, CA, 11/13. #SP132-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS convertible. S/N 124679N577443. Orange/ white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 67,372 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored in 2007. Decent paint, but not stunning up close. Sanding marks on cowl and some orange peel. Excellent white vinyl convertible top. Chrome door handles pitted, scratched stainless trim, but fresher bumpers. Matching white vinyl interior only needs good cleanup. Fully de- in its correct LeMans Blue, this confirmed ZL1 underwent a rotisserie restoration. Well publicized as the cover car of the CCP catalog, this COPO ZL1 was the star of the show and brought in the serious collectors from both sides of the border. Despite a somewhat muddied pedigree compared with some of its brethren, the enthusiastic bidding resulted in its ending up as the highest-selling vehicle at the auction. Considering rarity and the average price paid for a COPO ZL1, the top bid was well below and thus a bargain. Looked like a blue-chip investment to most. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 11/13. #SP107-1969 PONTIAC GTO convert- ible. S/N 242679B174722. Carousel Red/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 49,151 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Carousel Red paint excellent except for poor touch-ups and paint on nose, taillamp housings and flat black on underside of hood. New black power top. Older chrome starting to show its age. Black vinyl interior, floor console and carpets decent. Engine compartment showing some minor tidy and clean. Rear tires have been replaced. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $217,800. Solid Ford GT with some light use. The rapid upswing in prices seems to be leveling off, but still well above original MSRP. Where the market goes from here will ultimately dictate whether this one was well bought or well sold, but for now the new owner did not overpay. Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/13. #S196.1-2006 FORD GT coupe. S/N 1FAFP90S55Y400422. White with blue stripes/black/leather. Odo: 5,150 miles. Lowmileage, one-owner California car. Paint asnew, interior with signs of light wear, largely unmarked. Scuffing on sill plates. Custom white bra with blue stripes matches paint scheme. Engine highly modified by Accufab with upgraded supercharger and internals producing 640 hp. Passenger’s door signed by Ol’ tailed engine with flat black underside. Ready for carefree driving. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $32,703. harder-to-find factory hugger Orange (correct paint code on the trim tag) was a real crowd pleaser. This X11-option-coded SS had all the necessary factory equipment. March 2014 wear, engine nicely detailed. Upgraded stereo. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $25,318. A documented older restoration with a recently rebuilt auto Shel himself. All documents provided. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $224,700. Second-highest-selling car of the sale, behind another Ford GT that made $246k. For all those out there who pickled brand new Pace Car and Anniversary Corvettes, you have been vindicated—there is such a thing as an “instant collectible.” The bad news is that it happened to someone else’s car. Reserve came off at the hammer. This is the new reality. Mecum Auctions, Anaheim, CA, 11/13. © 125


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Mystery Photo Answers Unattended overnight parking on Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras is not a good idea — Jim Graham, via email RUNNER-UP: Poor paint prep ultimately reveals all flaws. — Norman Vogel, San Francisco What hath God wrought? — Tim Cashin, via email Carlos Ghosn’s decision to re- lease the Renault “Collage” has led to the confiscation of his Nissan GTR. — Joe Sweeney, via email This was a perfectly nice Plymouth until Banksy got hold of it. — Joe Amft, Evanston, IL A dozen portholes on a town car? Wretched excess. Multiple cups as curb feelers? That design is toast. So this could be a David Best creation. — Gary Francis, Chico, CA Bubba finally completed his tribute to Virgil Exner’s “Forward Look” Imperial. Poor Virgil has been rolling in his grave ever since. — Phil Schroeder, Platte City, MO If you like your Imperial, you can keep your Imperial. Period. — David Libby, West Des Moines, IA Under sequestration, the Pentagon gets creative studying new camouflage schemes. — Paulo L. Teixeira, Memphis, TN Lindsay Lohan finally gets her Tonguemobile! — John Mulvey, Long Beach, CA What happens to a Caddy when it’s owned by a PinterestMeth addict. — Josh Miller, Granger, IN A recycling experiment gone terribly wrong. — Ron Varley, St. Louis, MO Comments With Your Renewals SCM … the magazine I read cover to cover the day I get it. (But I do appreciate Hemmings’ efforts to feature mere mortal cars our budgets can handle — driver-level vehicles and their values, too.) — Paul Bakkom, Mountain Center, CA Paul, it’s impossible to cover all cars, in all price ranges, in all conditions, in one magazine. We too appreciate the cars that Hemmings covers, and we know that at their headquarters in Vermont, there are more than a few readers of SCM. — KM Keep up the great work! Would enjoy some articles about how auction reporters assess/rate condition elements (paint, interiors etc.). — Joseph Gillotti, Mercer Island, WA Enough already with the Fiat 126 Jollys. More Brit stuff. — Stephen Jones, Mount Vernon, WA Your online renewal process is confusing. It appears you have to re-subscribe. — Gregory Winter, Edina, MN Gregory, I believe with our upgrade to the newest version of Joomla, and a revised shopping cart, the process should be much smoother now. — KM Is there an automated link from the database to the price guide? It seems this would eliminate pricing discrepancies with actual sell prices. — Hugh Rogers, Seattle, WA Good question, Hugh. During the next few months we plan to have a dynamic version of the Price Guide online, so we will be Be it glued, wheeled or sculp- ture, stupid is as stupid does. — Dan Faustman, Elk Grove, CA Jim Graham came up with the able to update it more efficiently. The challenge with automated linking of auction results to the Price Guide is the wide discrepancy in values, based on condition and provenance of cars. — KM Please place the magazine date on each page. Currently, the magazine date is only on the right page, and a full page ad often eliminates that placement. Often, 20 consecutive pages will have no magazine date on them. This would make things much more convenient for people who cut out and save specific articles. — Ed Hannibal, Palo Alto, CA Ed, there is another alternative. We have issues going back 15 years online, and they are searchable by a variety of keywords. So how about just looking up articles online when you need them? — KM most likely explanation of just how this car catastrophe came to life, so he wins a bead-draped SCM cap and giant plastic cup. © This Month’s Mystery Photo Response Deadline: February 25, 2014 Our Photo, Your Caption Email your caption to us at mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com, or fax to 503.253.2234. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Do you have a mystery photo? Email it to mysteryphoto@sports- carmarket.com at 300 dpi in JPEG format. Please include your name and contact information. If we use your photo, you’ll get an official SCM cap. I don’t share your enthusiasm for the rapidly escalating collector-car values. I just see more cars that won’t be driven. They are not paintings, they’re cars. Friggin’ drive them! — John Peak, Weston, FL You might think, given our digital society, that I could put in my customer ID number and you would have all the subscription info needed. I love the mag but it is getting a little staid, no? Push the envelope a bit, I say, or you will get bored. — Yale Evelev, New York, NY Yale, one of the next things on our list is your being able to check the status of your subscription online, by simply entering your email and subscriber number. — KM Thank you all for your continued renewals. — Keith Martin Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit www.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 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sedanca drophead coupe ample that was part of a well-maintained collection. Features period-correct radio, wood trim, stainlesssteel exhaust system, Redline classic tires and likenew wire wheels. Original interior with good body and fit. Includes original jack with purchase. Email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com Web: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/374 (CA) 1961 Jaguar XK 150 drophead coupe Three-position drophead Sedanca coupe by H.J. Mulliner. Complete ownership history. Well maintained and ready for touring. RM Auctions Arizona sale, January 16–17. Contact Shelby Myers for auction details. 310.559.4575 Contact Charles, Email: eenberg@msn.com (CA) 1957 MGA 1500 roadster S/N S838630DN. Imperial Maroon/Biscuit. I6, 4-spd manual. Spectacular color combo with a no-expensespared restoration by Jaguar professionals, this 3.8 DHC is a JCNA national champion, scoring 100 points in three consecutive 2011 shows. Excellent opportunity for the serious collector. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: webmaster@classicshowcase. com Web: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/ detail/252 (CA) Red/black. Very nice driver, great top, tonneau and new side curtains. Nice black interior, near-perfect chrome, older paint, no rust, everything works; drive it home. Located near Spartanburg, SC. $18,000. Email: service@asterhobbyusa.com (NC) 1961 Jaguar Mk 2 sedan S/N P214696BW. Maroon/maroon. 24,077 miles. I6, automatic. Very original, matching-numbers ex- S/N GHD31250678. Red/black with white piping. 43,000 miles. I4, 4-spd manual. Mark I, with overdrive, in very nice shape. Right-hand drive, leather, almost no rust. One excellent respray (to red, originally BRG). Engine not original, but a BMC “Gold Seal” replacement, correct for the year. $12,000 OBO. Contact David, Hedderly Classics, 435.649.8326, Email: hedderly@msn.com (UT) 1967 MGB GT coupe 54,000 miles. V8, automatic. Two owners, all engine updates accomplished. Drives as-new. Chrome wheels, new tires. Sapphire over ivory leather. Always garaged, with original, factory dealer paperwork. $12,000. Contact Richard, 909.948.9522, Email: red.jags@eartlink.net (CA) German 1960 Mercedes-Benz 220SE coupe S/N IS72491. Primrose Yellow/Cinnamon. 79,068 miles. V12, 4-spd manual. Attractive numbersmatching XKE with a recent documented restoration to show-/driver-level; Featuring a/c, wire wheels, and 4-speed. Previously owned and cared for by a longtime Jaguar Club member, this would make a great touring XKE 2+2. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: webmaster@classicshowcase. com Web: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/ detail/308 1998 Jaguar XJR sedan S/N WP0EB0916K5173668. Guards Red/black. 32,342 miles. 5-spd manual. Highly collectible and all-original Speedster, one of only 823 to come stateside. With a widened stance, awesome color combo, this car is in great condition and presents a great investment opportunity for the Porsche collector! Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com Web: classicshowcase.com/ index.php/inventory/detail/304 (CA) 2009 Audi R8 4.2L coupe 1972 Jaguar XKE Series III 2+2 coupe 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster S/N WUAAU34289N001003. Jet Blue Metallic/black. 9,000 miles. V8, automatic. Iconic styling, pulsepounding performance. 4.2-L DOHC SMPI aluminum 32-valve V8 engine. Meticulous interior and dynamic craftsmanship. Stunning, one owner, super-clean, very smooth, recently serviced and ready to ride. $94,900. Contact Michael, European Motorsport Inc., 978.681.0070, Email: sales@europeanmotorsports. co Web: www.europeanmotorsports.co (MA) Italian 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce Black/red. 128,000 miles. I6, 4-spd manual. This outstanding, matching-numbers, fuel-injected 220SE was restored by the best in the business, with new hides, paint, engine rebuild and much more. It’s upgraded with air conditioning and has recently been driven across the U.S. and Europe. $54,995 OBO. Contact Paul, Maxatawny Auto Sales, 610.683.0480, Email: maxacars@gmail.com Web: www.maxacars. com/1960%20Mercedes-Benz%20220SE.html (PA) 1972 Porsche 911T Targa Gray/red. 58,000 miles. I4, 4-spd manual. To be auctioned on eBay mid-Feb. California car with two previous owners. RUST-FREE, original black plates, paint, interior, soft top, DCO3s, headers, matchingnumbers engine, original rebuilt 4-speed split, complete brake rebuild, new springs, shocks. Needs motor rebuild. Confirmation by Alfa Archives, and period photos. Desirable model/color combo. Contact Jonathan, 860.573.9504, Email: jonhoffnagle@ aol.com (CT) 1972 Ferrari 246 GT Dino coupe Red/black with Houndstooth. 108,000 miles. H6, 5-spd manual. Beautiful older restoration. Engine completely rebuilt on desirable 7R case to “E” specs. Rebuilt gearbox suspension and brakes. Lots of great original bits. Tons of additional details on our website. $54,990 OBO. Contact Paul, AutoKennel, 714.335.4911, Email: paul@autokennel.com Web: www.AutoKennel.com (CA) 1972 Porsche 914 Red/tan. 58,000 miles. V6, 5-spd automatic. California car. Well maintained, Third in Class concours winner. 650.627.8387, Email: sb1chsj@gmail. com (CA) 1980 Fiat Brava sedan Yellow/black. 85,000 miles. H4, 5-spd manual. Highly original, 2nd owner. Paperwork from new including window sticker. $12,000. Contact Adam, 360.752.1395, Email: greenf1@hotmail.com (WA) 128 Rosso/tan. 51,300 miles. I4, 3-spd automatic. Completely original, low miles since new. Second owner. Recent, first respray in original color, very little rust. Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery Original tan interior in very good condition. Original manual, brochure, maintenance invoices and toolkit. $6,000. Email: jbjr14@optonline.net (NY) 2002 Ferrari 575M Maranello coupe 1967 Ford Mustang coupe S/N ZFF8V55AX20128288. Grigio Titanio/21,000 miles. V12, automatic. 575M with F1 transmission. Interior features powered Daytona seats. Equipped with Fiorano handling package, Tubi exhaust and red brake calipers, Michelin Pilot Sport tires. Complete service including timing belts and clutch was completed in 2011. $86,000 OBO. Contact William, 334.224.0337, Email: bill@mitchellclassics.com Web: www.mitchellclassics.com (AL) Japanese 1990 Isuzu pickup Green/black. 110,600 miles. I6, 3-spd automatic. Solid Oregon car. 2010 “barn find” w/95k on odo. Now daily driver w/110k. Everything works. Upgraded 5-lug w/SSBC disc brakes and 8-inch rear end. New rims, BFGs and more. Have receipts since 2010, including gas receipts. Delivery on West Coast possible. $6,000 OBO. Contact Shawn, 503.796.0858, Email: pdxjeep@live.com (OR) 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A 2-dr hard top It’s so easy! We’ve made uploading your Showcase Gallery listings online easier. S/N 4S1CL11E7LH200089. White/gray. 150 miles. I4, 5-spd manual. 150 original-mile time-capsule survivor. This truck has been sitting inside unused for the past 23 years. Clear Indiana title in hand. This 2.6-liter truck drives as well as it looks. Unrepeatable opportunity for a damn near new truck. $7,500. Contact Tom, Email: duesenburg@aol.com (IN) American 1960 Buick Electra 225 convertible Satin black/V8, 5-spd manual. Custom designed for ultimate performance, cruising and show, with satin black paint and fabricated carbon-fiber interior. Nearing completion. Eco-friendly E-85 aluminum Hemi, one of one. View build online. Contact Ole and make offer. 715.828.3837, Web: www.lcars.com (WI) 2002 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 B4C Police coupe As an added bonus, we now feature multiple images for our web listings. White/white and red. V8, 3-spd automatic. The best Buick ever restored, frame-off, not one detail left behind. Every nut and bolt, hose, clip has been restored or replaced, collector/museum owned, multiple award winner; have to see it to believe it. $75,000 OBO. Contact Pedro, Callumet Collection, 619.495.0011, Email: pedromeyer@cox.net (CA) Black & white/gray. V8, 5-spd automatic. Rare opportunity. Original CHP-issued 2002 Camaro Z/28 with B4C package (Special Service/Police package, only 13 were made with black and white CHP livery), complete with roof lights, shotgun rack and sirens. 165-mph top speed, LS1 V8. Contact Rob, Exclusive Motorcars - E|M, 310.558.3300, Email: rob@ emcars.com Web: emcars.com/cars/2002+Chevrolet +Camaro+Police+Pkg+976762 (CA) © www.SportsCarMarket.com/classifieds/place-ad 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 130 Sports Car Market


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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) Dan Kruse Classics is a familyAuctions 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) owned collector car auction company located in San Antonio, Texas. DKC has been responsible for successful collector car sales since 1972 with annual sales in Austin, Houston and San Antonio. Dan has personally has over $1,000,000,000 in sales in his storied career. Dan, and daughters Tiffany, Tedra and Tara, manage the company. 866.495.8111 Dankruseclassics.com (TX) Auctions is aptly named after Harold “Lucky” Lemay. Based in the majestic, pastoral ground of Marymount, home to the Lemay Family Collection Foundation near Tacoma, WA, the collection, formerly the biggest in the world according to Guinness, now hosts an unrivaled event center, art collection and charitable foundation, which features two exceptional collector car auctions a year. www.luckyoldcar.com (WA) Russo and Steele Collector AutoMecum Auction Company. Gooding & Company. Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694, 480.421.6697. For over 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) 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) 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 now hosts four record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in June; Monterey, CA, every August; Las Vegas in September, and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. www.russoandsteele. com. (AZ) 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) 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! Rick Cole Auctions. Rick Cole 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) 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 block. Hundreds of muscle cars, antique, collector, and special-interest cars, trucks and motorcycles. Real Cars. Real Prices. www.carlisleauctions.com. (PA) FOLLOW SCM Lucky Collector Car Auctions. 888.672.0020, Lucky Collector Car 132 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. conducted the first auction ever held in Monterey. His dozen successive annual events forever changed the landscape of the historic weekend. Next August, Rick Cole and Terry Price combine seventy-plus years of professional client care to present an entirely new type of Monterey Auction experience, conducted at The Marriott Hotel. Limited consignment. Email: rickcole@rickcole. com Web: www.rickcole.com (CA) Worldwide Auctioneers. RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371,. With offices and auctions throughout North America and Europe, RM is the largest auction house globally that caters to collectors of high-end vintage automobiles. The RM team of car specialists is the largest in the world, offering services in a numbers of languages and decades of experience in buying, selling, racing, and restoring collector cars. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) 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.) We also offer specialist-appraisal, estate-management and collectionconsultancy 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) Sports Car Market 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) The Vicari Auction Company hosts fast-paced, high energy auctions along the Gulf Coast, offering an entertaining destination to car collectors, enthusiasts and travelers. The company prides itself on personal service, providing cars for everyone from the avid collector to the first-time buyer. For more information, contact Vicari Auction at 1900 Destrehan Ave., Harvey, LA 70058; call 504.875.3563; or visit www.vicariauction.com. 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Alfa Romeo Automobilia Coachbuilt Press. 215-925-4233, Centerline Products. 888.750. ALFA, Exclusively Alfa Romeo for over 30 years — rely on our experience to build and maintain your dream Alfa. Restoration, maintenance and performance parts in stock for Giulietta through 164. Newly developed products introduced regularly. Check our web site for online store, new arrivals, tech tips, and special offers. www.centerlinealfa.com. (CO) Coachbuilt Press creates limited edition automotive titles for the discriminating motoring enthusiast. We present exceptional material on the most significant 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) Appraisals Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast inventory runs from the late 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. Buy/Sell/General Cosmopolitan Motors, LLC. 206.467.6531 , Experts in worldwide acquisition, collection management, disposition and appraisal. For more than a quarter century, Cosmopolitan Motors has lived by its motto, “We covet the rare and unusual, whether pedigreed or proletarian.” Absurdly eclectic and proud of it. Find your treasure here, or pass it along to the next generation. www.cosmopolitanmotors. com (WA) 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.com (CA) sics.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 Hyman Ltd Classic Cars. 314.524.6000, One of the largest inventories of vintage cars in the world. Please visit our website often, www.hymnaltd.com to see our current stock. Hyman Ltd Classic Cars, 2310 Chaffee Drive, St. Louis, MO. 63146 314-524-6000 sales@hymnaltd.com Kastner & Partners Garage. From our spectacular Santa Monica location, Kastner & Partners Garage strives to offer some of the finest collector vehicles available, combined with unparalleled service. If we do not currently have that which you are looking for or, if you have a classic that you’re looking to sell, please let us know. 150 Pico Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90405 310.593.2080 www.kastnerandpartnersgarage.com Cosmopolitan Motors, LLC. 206.467.6531 , For over a quarter century Cosmopolitan Motors has been at the center of the world for collector cars changing hands. Their unparalleled experience in tracking valuations makes them uniquely capable of valuating the rare and unusual. Estates, settlements, collections, insurance. Let their billion dollars worth of experience supply the results you seek. “We covet the rare and unusual whether pedigreed or proletarian”. www. cosmopolitanmotors.com (WA) Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745, Collector car sales, both road and race, have been a key activity for over 35 years. Our sales professionals actively seek consignments on a global basis. We also offer vehicle “search and find” for rare models. We undertake pre-purchase inspections worldwide. We provide auction support, including in person or telephone bidding for absentee buyers. Restoration management and special event assistance are also included in our services. Our aim is to make sure that your collector car passion is as enjoyable and worry free as possible. www.automotiverestorations.com Gullwing Motor Cars stocks more than 100 cars at our warehouse location, 27 years of experience; visited by customers across the country and overseas. We specialize in European and American cars and we are always looking to buy classic cars in any condition. We pick up from anywhere in the U.S. Quick payment & pick up. 718.545.0500. www.gullwingmotorcars.com Hartek Automotive, 319.337.4140, 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) Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the largest European classic car dealerships in the nation with an extensive inventory spanning over 50,000 sf. We can meet all your classic car needs with our unprecedented selection; from top of the line models to projects cars. We buy classic cars in any shape or condition & provide the quickest payment & pickup anywhere in the U.S. 310.975.0272 www.beverlyhillscarclub.com (CA) March 2014 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) Luxury Brokers International. 215.459.1606, specializing in the sales, purchase and brokerage of classic automobiles for the astute collector with a new-age, contemporary approach. Focusing on original, high-quality examples as enjoyable, tangible investments. Classic car storage, classic car consignment, brokerage, and other consulting services are available as well. We actively pursue the purchase and sales of any investment grade classic car. Since 2009 we have offered a unique opportunity for collectors, enthusiasts, and other industry professionals. www.lbilimited.com, sales@ lbilimited.com (PA) Paul Russell and Company. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. 310.657.9699, www.heritageclas- 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) 133


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Woodies USA. 949.922.7707, 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 Chubb Collector Car Insurance. 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. L.A. Prep. 562.997.0170, L.A. Prep brings its 30 years of experience transporting vehicles for the automotive industry’s top manufacturers to discriminating luxury and exotic car owners and collectors across the United States. Its highly-skilled and experienced staff delivers an unsurpassed level of service and takes care of your car with the highest quality equipment available in trucks and trailers that are as clean and well maintained as the valuable assets that they carry. www.LAPrepTransport.com 1.866.CAR.9648, With Chubb you’ll have flexibility and control with worldclass coverage and claim service. There are no mileage restrictions, “Agreed Value” is included and you’re free to use the restoration shop of your choice for covered repairs. Special pricing is also available for large collections. For more information, call 1-866-227-9648 or visit www.chubbcollectorcar.com. www.wirewheel.com, 772.299.9788. Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959, 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) Grundy Worldwide. 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) 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) 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. Radcliffe Motor Company. Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. Reliable Carriers, Inc. 877.744.7889, As the country’s largest enclosed auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event, or shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com Collector Car Insurance Fourintune Garages Inc. Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173, We Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse a new breed of insurance for classic, antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary classic and limited-edition cars. 134 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) 262.375.0876, www.fourintune.com. Complete ground-up restoration on British Marques — specializing in Austin-Healeys since 1976. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process which includes a complete quotation on Healeys. Located in historic Cedarburg — just minutes north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (WI) T. Rutlands & T. Rutlands West 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 Fer- Sports Car Market 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) 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) 410.517.1681, The Mid-Atlantic’s premier facility for the maintenance, repair, and light restoration of exotic Italian and fine European automobiles. Having gained the trust of the exotic car community we are known for our proficiency and workmanship. Host of the annual Vintage Ferrari All Italian Car Event each May, you are cordially invited to attend. Visit our website for more information about our shop, and see photos of past events. www.RMCCAR.com. British Sports and Race Cars BoughtSold-Traded. Located in Beautiful Vero Beach, Florida. In business for over 25 years, specializing in Lotus, TVR, 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 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. 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) RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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rari 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 European Collectibles, Inc. J. J. BEST BANC & CO. provides financing on classic cars ranging from 1900 to today. Visit our website at www.jjbest.com or call 1-800-USA-1965 and get a loan approval in as little as 5 minutes! 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) Ferrari Financial Services. 201.510.2500, As the world’s only Ferrari-owned finance company, no one understands a Ferrari customer’s unique perspective better than the company that designed these iconic sports cars. Whether it’s a line of credit for owners interested in utilizing the equity in their collection, or a simple interest loan, we stand committed to help our clients enhance their collection — without origination or early termination fees. “FFS” offers a level of expertise that cannot be matched by other lenders. Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Italian 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) 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 LeMay Family Collection FoundaPutnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. 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 Premier Financial Services is the nation’s leading lessor of vintage and exotic motorcars. Our Simple Lease 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 For over 30 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. Its 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 contact the oldest and most experienced leasing company in the country by calling 1.866.90.LEASE. Or just visit www.putnamleasing.com. Legal Law Offices of Bruce Shaw Collector Car Fraud Specialists, www.shawlaws.com. A motorhead law firm with real practical knowledge and experience in the Collector Car Field. Experience: Chain of speed shops, Body Shops, Car Dealerships, former NCRS judge as well as licensed attorneys. Estate planning and divorce settlements concerning Collector Cars. 50 State Representation. 215.657.2377 Mercedes-Benz The SL Market Letter, Cosdel International Transportation. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100, restoration 760.758.6119. World class full-service restoration facility. Creating show/show drivers, and driver Since 1960 Cosdel International Transportation has been handling international shipments by air, ocean and truck. Honest service, competitive pricing and product expertise have made Cosdel the natural shipping choice for the world’s best-known collectors, dealers and auction houses. If you are moving a car, racing or rallying, or attending a concours event overseas, 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) 612.567.0234 NOT just SLs but all rare and collectible Mercedes! A key resource on Mercedes since 1982. 100s of Mercedes for sale, market news, price analysis & special reports in every issue & website. 1 & 2 yr. subscriptions open the door to one-on-one SLML help finding & selling specific models. Ask about our private sales program. www.slmarket.com (MN) Museums tion at Marymount Events Center near Tacoma, WA, hosts an epic backdrop for your next event. Home to 500 fabulous collector cars, world class art exhibits, and assorted ephemera, consider your next event here. Weddings, swap meets, conventions, auctions. The facility can likely exceed your expectations. Visit during the 37th annual open house along with 13,000 other enthusiasts. 253.272.2336 www.lemaymarymount. org (WA) Parts and Accessories Baldhead Cabinets. 877.966.2253. The garage is no longer a place to cast off items unwanted. It is a destination in itself. We are a full-service, family owned company that designs and manufactures custom metal cabinets in Bend, OR. Choose from meticulously crafted storage cabinets, TV cabinets, sink cabinets, or our ever popular pull out fastener bin cabinet, just to name a few. www.baldheadcabinets.com events, concerts and even drive-in movies. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors/students/military and $8 for youth. ACM is free for members and kids five and under. www.lemaymuseum.org. (WA) California Car Cover Company. More than just custom-fit car covers, California Car Cover is the home of complete car care and automotive lifestyle products. Offering the best in car accessories, garage items, detailing products, nostalgic collectibles, apparel and more! Call 1-800-423-5525 or visit Calcarcover.com for a free catalog. Griot’s Garage —Car Care for LeMay—America’s Car Museum spotlights America’s love affair with the automobile. The museum rests on a nine-acre campus featuring rotating galleries, a 3.5-acre show field, theatre, café, banquet halls, racing simulators and slot car racing. ACM hosts annual the Perfectionist! Griot’s Garage celebrates over 22 years as your best source for a full line of quality car care products. We Make It. We Teach It. We Guarantee It. Call today for your free catalog or enjoy the easy-to-use website for fast, fun and easy ordering. Our number one goal is to ensure that you always...Have fun in your garage! 800.345.5789 • www.griotsgarage.com www.inmygarage.com. (WA) 136 Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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ment and control produce the quality & attention to detail we have come to be known for in all we produce. See much more on the web at www.automotiverestorations.com Suixtil USA. 888.800.8870, the U.S. distributor of Suixtil clothing. Suixtil, the brand preferred by racing legends of the 1950s and 1960s, encapsulates the spirit, passion and grit of the heroic early days of racing. From the iconic Juan Manuel Fangio to Sir Stirling Moss to Peter Collins, all the great drivers of the day wore the brand. Lost for decades, the original Suixtil line was re-discovered, researched and faithfully re-created in recent years, bringing back to life the spirit of daring, passion and camaraderie of that unforgettable era in motor sport racing. Shop online at www.SuixtilUSA.com sales@suixtilusa.com Classic Restoration. 303.761.1245, Alan Taylor Company Inc. Swissvax. 305.219.8882. Since 1930 the Swiss family company creates magnificent wax formulations. The non abrasive system consists of a pre-wax fluid and a high-content Carnauba wax. Unlike ordinary polishes, Swissvax restores the valuable oils of the paint finish that become starved over time and is safe for all paint finishes. Swissvax is also world wide OEM supplier to Rolls-Royce Motorcars, Bugatti, Lamborghini. www.swissvax.com www. swissvax.us 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 Black Horse Garage. 203.330.9604, Established in 1991 by Frank Buonanno, who has spent two decades of his 49-year career specializing in Ferraris, Black Horse Garage is known primarily as a world-class restoration and engine rebuilding shop for V12 Ferraris. Services include routine maintenance, engine building, coach trim, coachwork, woodwork repair, full restoration, Storage, detailing and concourse preparation. Email: Info@ blackhorsegarage.com High 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 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) Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745, Founded in 1978, we are well established practitioners of the art and craft of vehicle restoration, preservation and service. Nearly 40 experienced craftspeople focused on the art and entertainment to be enjoyed with great cars describes our culture. Our staff and expertise encompasses a broad range of skills and specific vehicle experience. Proper project manage- Bob Smith Coachworks Inc. 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) 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 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) Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555. For 35 years, Owner/Enthusiast Bruce Trenery has operated Fantasy Junction from the San Francisco Bay Area. The dealership enjoys an outstanding worldwide reputation for integrity and knowledge in the collector car field. Many of the world’s greatest sports cars have passed through the doors with both buyers and sellers enjoying expert representation. Email Sales@FantasyJunction.com, www.FantasyJunction. com. (CA) 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. Sports and Specialist Cars Inc. 609.466.5305. Sales, service and restoration of vintage racecars, classic and contemporary sports cars. Authorized Lotus Dealer. Founded in 1974 by Rob Burt. Partners with Steel Wings, specializing in parts, service and performance upgrades for vintage Aston Martins. sales@princetonlotus.com Located near Princeton, NJ at 49 East Broad Street, Hopewell, NJ 09525 www.steelwings.com (NJ) The Guild of Automotive Restor- ers. 905.775.0499. No matter whether your car is bound to the concours or for the road we are the sensible choice. We are expert in our craft and we combine this with unimpeachable integrity doing something that we enjoy as much as our clients enjoy the fruits of our labors. Share our passion for your passion. Give us a call, we look forward to hearing from you. David Grainger and Janice Stone Proprietors. www.guildclassiccars.com (CAN) Vintage Motor Group F. Roxas Inc. 708.598.1000. Brid- geview, IL. The Only Thing Better Than New is a Fran Roxas Restoration. Recent restorations include Duesenberg, Packard 12, 8-liter Bentley, Cadillac V16, Delahaye, Stutz DV32, Ferrari, 1950s & 60s Concept Cars. We take pride in enhancing our clients’ investments by bringing these truly one-ofa-kind cars back to life, maybe an even better life. The quality of our work has been nationally recognized since 1970 with consistent 1st place winners at concours around the world. (IL) © FOLLOW SCM RPM Classic Sports Cars. 802.877.2645, With over 25 years of experience in Classic Italian Sports March 2014 137


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Carl Bomstead eWatch Stan is Still The Man Musial estate sale a grand slam with collectors Thought Carl’s Dallas-based Heritage Auctions sold hundreds of items from the estate of “Baseball’s Perfect Knight” Stan Musial on November 7–9, 2013. The offerings included game jerseys, autographed baseballs, harmonicas and a 2011 World Series ring presented to him by the St. Louis Cardinals. The ring realized $192,200, and the total collection brought $1.2 million. To put things in perspective, Musial’s estimated career earnings from 22 big-league seasons with the Cardinals was $980,000! in 1947. Chevron continued to operate the company until 1966. The brand is very collectible with West Coast collectors, but the earlier logo with the traffic signal gets more attention. The sign was in exceptional condition with no chips noted, so the price paid was reasonable. MORFORD AUCTIONS. LOT 242. ROYAL DOULTON “THE MOTORIST” CHINA PLATE. SOLD AT: $575, INCLUDING 15% BUYERS PREMIUM. Date: 12/6/2013. Royal Doulton produced “The Motorist” series between 1903 and 1914, and they were offered with eight scenes. They were available in two sizes of plates, several sizes of mugs, vases and even a spittoon. This plate, “Room for One,” was in excellent condition and sold for a market-correct price. metal Ford shield would have hung in a dealer showroom and dates to the early 1950s. It was in acceptable condition and sold for a surprising amount, considering Ford guys are not known for parting with this kind of money for go-withs for their cars. OIL ONE-GALLON CAN. SOLD AT: $11,500, INCLUDING 15% BUYERS PREMIUM. Date: 12/6/213. This very scarce can had wonderful graphics on both sides, and it was in exceptional condition. “Picture” cans have been a bit soft of late, but those with cool graphics still bring the bucks. The price paid here, however, was off the charts, as two stubborn bidders just had to have it. EBAY #111233591393—SO- LEX CARBURETOR SALES AND SERVICE LIGHT-UP SIGN. Number of Bids: Buy-ItNow. SOLD AT: $995. Date: 12/7/2013. This point-of-sale sign measured 24 inches by 18 inches, and the plastic had some minor deterioration from age. But the condition was very acceptable, and the graphic sign would be the perfect addition to your Porsche garage. EBAY #350952095995— DEL MONTE FOREST POLICE PATCH. Number of Bids: 14. SOLD AT: $338. Date: 12/18/2013. Anything from the Del Monte Forest on the Monterey Peninsula is collectible because of the association with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Under normal circumstances, a little patch like this would bring $20 to $25 at most, but the Pebble Beach connection makes the difference here. DAN MORPHY AUCEBAY #121188023882— SIGNAL CHECK-CHART LUBRICATION PORCELAIN SIGN. Number of Bids: 22. SOLD AT: $2,550. Date: 10/13/2013. The Signal Oil and Gas Company was located in Los Angeles, and they sold their retail operations to Chevron EBAY #171168210457— 1950S FORD DEALER SHOWROOM SHIELD. Number of Bids: 15. SOLD AT: $1,580. Date: 11/14/2013. This MORFORD AUCTIONS. LOT 170—LIBERTY AIR-O 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. 138 TIONS LOT 119—TROPICAL GAS DOUBLE-SIDED GLASS GAS GLOBE. SOLD AT: $36,000, INCLUDING 20% BUYERS PREMIUM. Date: 10/4/2013. This 18-inch gas globe was offered by the descendents of the owners of the original Florida gas station that pumped Tropical gasoline. This globe, which appeared to be in excellent condition, is not referenced in any publications, which goes to show that finds are still out there. This has to be some sort of record price for a globe, but it rings all the bells. I’m willing to bet the lenses will be split and the buyer will soften the blow by selling one side. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market