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Chaos, caffeine, 199 Cars Rated By Our Experts Bauer's $2.8m Duesie aos, caffeine, 199 Cars Rated By Our Ex caffeine, 199 Cars Rated By Our Experts Bauer's $2.8m Duesie grappa, grappa, and panic Maserati Tipo 65 $764k More Internet Scams: Phantom GT350 and Enzo The Story Behind Christie's and the Withdrawn Auto Union May 2007 www.sportscarmarket.com

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Sports CarMarket Keith Martin's 58 The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ts CarMarket Keith Martin's 58 The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Rudi Rudi Bauer's greatest work of art May 2007 . Volume 19 . Number 5 46 DB4GT 52 Stratos—roadway rocketship 54 280SE 3.5—elegant drop top IN-DEPTH PROFILES What You Need To Know 42 2004 Ferrari 575 GTC Competizione Maranello with wings. Steve Ahlgrim 46 1963 Aston Martin DB4GT $1.27 million is a new record price. Stephen Serio 52 1972 Lancia Stratos H.F. Lancia's wicked wedge. Donald Osborne 54 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Convertible Stately cabriolet cruises ahead in value. Alex Dearborn 58 1937/40 Duesenberg Model SJ Rollson Cabriolet Rudolf Bauer's radical legacy. John Apen 62 Maserati Tipo 65 Sports-Racing Prototype The Trident's last stand. Thor Thorson GLOBAL AUCTION COVERAGE 199 Cars Examined and Rated at Six Sales 68 Christie's, Paris, FR $9.2m payoff sends this French fixture to another level. Donald Osborne 78 Kruse International, Phoenix, AZ The final desert sale nets $4.1m from 177 cars. Joe Severns 86 Bonhams, London, UK Strong crowd and great cars carry this $4.7m sale. Richard Hudson-Evans 96 Mecum, Kansas City, MO Sales fall with the snow as Mecum tallies $3.6m. B. Mitchell Carlson 106 Kruse International, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Kruse kicks off the year with 198 cars and a $6.5m haul. Dave Kinney 118 MidAmerica, Las Vegas, NV 435 bikes sold makes for a $5.6m day. Paul Duchene 126 eBay Motors The best and worst of British motoring. Geoff Archer Cover photograph: Bonhams

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38 Now where did I put those keys? 60 SAAC—Charting a legacy COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears Hands-on Cobra time Keith Martin 32 Affordable Classic AMC's forgotten pony car Rob Sass 34 Legal Files Learn how to swim with the sharks John Draneas 44 Sheehan Speaks Spotting Ferraris, one number at at time Michael Sheehan 50 English Patient Triumph's sexy Roadster Gary Anderson 56 Porsche Gespräch The best everyday Porsche for you Jim Schrager 60 Domestic Affairs SAAC, the snake keepers Colin Comer 130 Motobilia One man's junk isn't always another's treasure Carl Bomstead 132 Bike Buys A Douglas for everyman Paul Duchene 146 eWatch No wonder they call it black gold Carl Bomstead FEATURES 36 Verified History: Christie's Explains Auto Union Withdrawal 38 The Big Barn: Busting a Portuguese Myth 40 Retromobile: The Last Time SCM Saw Paris… DEPARTMENTS 12 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 14 The Inside Line 18 You Write, We Read 20 Display Advertisers Index 26 Neat Stuff 28 Our Cars: 1966 Shelby GT350, 1958 Frisky Sport, 1963 AC Cobra 289 30 SCM Garage: Volvo joins the fleet, 911SC taken to the cleaners 33 20 Year Picture 84 Glovebox Notes: 2007 Mazda MX-5 Hard top, 2007 Mazdaspeed3 GT 94 Alfa Bits 108 Museum Spotlight: Gilmore Car Museum 127 Fresh Meat: 2007 Audi RS4, 2008 Cadillac CTS, 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 128 Automotive Investor: Mercedes-Benz 300SL, Christie's, 190SL 134 Mystery Photo 135 Comments with Your Renewal 136 Showcase Gallery 139 Crossword Puzzle 140 Resource Directory The builder said he rode his fabric-winged creation 3,000 miles and that it solves the problem of people not seeing motorcycles. I wonder why?—Paul Duchene reports on MidAmerica Las Vegas on pg. 118.

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Shifting Gears Keith Martin It's Cobra Time A potentially very expensive father-daughter bonding experience I n 2002, I read Peter Egan's article in Road & Track about a friend of his who bought a 289 Cobra in California, and drove it straight home to Virginia. Five years later, it was my turn to drive the same car. In the in- tervening years, the owner of the Cobra, Tom Cotter, and I have become long-distance friends. His article on the collection of classic cars found in a barn in Portugal appears in this issue; his book, The Cobra in the Barn, is an automotive best-seller. I was with my daughter Alex and wife Wendie at the Amelia Island Concours in Fernandina Beach, Florida, where I was a judge at the concours. While the geography of Florida hardly matched that traversed by the California Mille or the Colorado Grand, a Cobra is a Cobra after all, and you take your opportunities when they present themselves. CSX 2490, in dark red over black leather, is known as one of the “good” Cobras. It has covered 52,000 miles, was last painted in 1982, rides on painted wire wheels, and is equipped with the original fourbarrel induction and factory non-header exhaust. In short, unlike many Cobras, it is pretty much like it left the factory. Which means the driving experience is very near the one that the original owner had when he took delivery in 1965. First my daughter got a brief ride, and then Wendie a longer one. It's all good At first Alex couldn't get her door to open, and Cotter advised her, just “slide the chromed knob forward and give the top of the door a slight whack.” Clearly, this was not going to be a modern servo-assisted experience. From behind the wheel, although it seems almost supercilious to say it, the Cobra just feels right. For someone raised on vintage Sprites and MGAs, the Cobra is at first blush just another English sports car, with a flat, vinyl-covered dash and a variety of white-on-black gauges scattered somewhat haphazardly across it. Cotter showed me the unlabeled choke knob, I pulled it out, gave the throttle a couple of pumps, and the engine coughed and spit its way to life. The Cobra was a contemporary of our 1963 Split-Window Corvette, the Cobra's small-block Ford a competitor in sales rooms and race tracks of the Corvette's small-block Chevy. So the rumble of a vintage American V8 is no stranger to me. But having American horses under the skin of an English car is a novel experience. 10 CSX 2490 The Cobra is docile at low speed; I expected to feel heat pouring through the firewall on the 80-degree day, but there was none. At the first opportunity, I mashed the throttle, and when the secondaries opened up, it felt like an automotive afterburner kicked in. During my automotive career, I've driven faster cars (the 160-mph I hit in the Ford GT on Highway 95 in Nevada comes to mind, along with the 135-mph average I maintained for an hour in the Bentley GT in central Oregon), but most new supercars at triple-digit speeds are as serene as our old cars were at double digits. Part of the magic of old cars is you feel like you are going much faster than you actually are. I had expected the Cobra to be an overpowered, undersuspended beast, good in a straight line but deficient at anything else. In fact, the chassis felt stiff enough, the car tracked well through turns, and it stopped as fast as you would want it to. It wasn't particularly noisy; conversation was possible at 75 mph, and the wind buffeting wasn't any more impossible than it would have been in any English or Italian roadster from the same period. In short, the Cobra was a practical classic, and I understood both how Cotter and Egan had driven it 3,000 miles across America, and why Cotter had driven it seven hours from his home in Virginia to the concours. Maybe always a dream Sometimes getting a chance to fulfill a fantasy is a disappointing experience, but not in this case. The Cobra has evolved into an automotive icon, and a very collectible one at that. At heart it's a usable sports car that offered top-flight performance in its era and was wrapped in a decent package, albeit with Spartan creature comforts. All fantasies come with a price tag attached, and Cobras like Cotter's are now $500,000 items, a formidable number for most of us (and an amount Cotter readily admits he couldn't afford today). Perhaps the SCM empire will grow so that someday there will be one in my garage. Or perhaps, like Alfa SZs and TZs, or Porsche 904s, or the Ferrari 275 GTS, values have climbed faster than my income stream, and my time with them will remain confined to borrowed or vicarious experiences. That's not such a terrible situation. After all, there aren't many of us with Van Goghs on our living room walls any longer, but we have the chance to appreciate them through visits to museums. Mr. Cotter, my family and I thank you for the opportunity to experi- ence your Cobra, and to find out, to our surprise, that underneath the legend was a pretty damned good old car.u Sports Car Market

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Crossing the Block Jim Pickering Column Author H&H—Kempton Park Racecourse Where: Kempon Park, U.K. When: May 12 More: www.classic-auctions.com This all-motorcycle sale will include a Pykett Replica 1948 A.J.S. 18T, Ron McBeth's Talmag-winning 1948 A.J.S. 16M Trials, a 1971 Norton Commando restored by Norvil Motorcycles, and several Norton Manx 40Ms—including both 1947 and 1952 models. Kruse International—Batesville 2007 Where: Batesville, MS When: May 12 More: www.kruse.com Kruse International— The Jimmie Dolinger Collection Where: Mount Airy, NC When: May 5 More: www.kruse.com Each lot in this private collection will be offered at no reserve. Expect to see an original and drivable '41 Packard 120 convertible, a '42 Ford pickup in need of restoration, a '29 Ford roadster with Granatelli heads, a '95 Corvette ZR1 with less than 100 miles on the clock, and one of seven 1933 LaSalle rumble seat coupes known to exist. Grand Turismo Collection, highlight of the Bonhams Monaco sale May 21 While not the largest auction in Australia, this event tends to have a fairly wide-ranging group of consignments and price ranges. Last year's high sale was just over $68k for a '71 Ford Falcon XY GT, while almost half of the cars sold brought under $10k each, making it a budget-minded collector's paradise. MidAmerica—21st Annual Twin Cities Classic Car Auction Where: Minneapolis, MN When: May 11–12 More: www.midamericaauctions .com The Worldwide Group— The Houston Classic Where: Seabrook, TX When: May 5 More: www.wwgauctions.com Last Year: 99 cars sold / $11m Headlining Worldwide's sale this year at the Lakewood Yacht Club is a '64 Cadillac Miller & Meteor Hearse that carried President John F. Kennedy's body from the Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas to Air Force One after his assassination. One of only two hearses to carry JFK's remains, it has seen only two owners throughout the last 43 years. Shannons—Sydney Autumn Classic Where: Sydney, AUS When: May 7 More: www.shannons.com.au Last Year: 16 cars sold / $386k 12 Last Year: 95 cars sold / $1.2m Over 150 classic and special interest cars will make up this year's Twin Cities event, and Shelby lovers should take note, as a collection of concours-restored and good original '68, '69, and '70 Shelby Mustangs from a private collection will be available. Bonhams—Aston Martin Lagonda Limited Works Service Where: Newport Pagnell, UK When: May 12 More: www.bonhams.com Last Year: 31 cars sold / $3.5m Exclusively Aston Martin and Lagonda cars and automobilia will be featured at this 8th annual event. One of only 38 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volantes will be offered. After being restored over a period of three years by Works Service, it has covered only 450 miles, and it's estimated to fetch between $424,000 and $482,000. Kruse will bring its years of experience to the new climatecontrolled Batesville Civic Center for this first-time collector car auction and show. Plenty of antiques, exotics, classics, and muscle cars are expected, and even RVs and motor coaches will be included in the sale. Silver—Reno Showcase Auction Where: Reno, NV When: May 19 More: www.silverauctions.com Last Year: 34 cars sold / $501k Last year, Mitch Silver and Co. saw just under 80 cars cross the block at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center. This time around, several tri-five Chevys will be offered, as well as a custom 1940 Ford “Slamback,” a 1955 Ford Sunliner convertible, a 1968 Chevrolet Impala sport coupe, and a 1968 Chevrolet C-10 pickup. RM Auctions— 1952 Norton Manx 40M offered by H&H on May 12 Ferrari: Leggenda e Passione Where: Maranello, Italy When: May 20 More: www.rmauctions.com RM will make the trip to Maranello to host this exclusive event at the Ferrari factory. All of the lots featured wear the Prancing Horse, and they consist of a 1970 512S that finished second in the 1971 24-Hours of Daytona, the 1987 F40 Prototype unveiled at the 1987 Salon de l'Auto de Paris, a 1960 250 GT SWB Competizione with its original V12 engine and aluminum coachwork, and one of two 1953 340 MM Touring Spyders built—a factory entrant in the Sports Car Market

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Auction Calendar All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm dates and locations before attending any event. Email auction info to: jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com. April 29—BONHAMS Staffordshire, UK 1—ARTCURIAL Osenat, FR 13-14—KRUSE Hot Springs, AR 13-14—MIDAMERICA St. Paul, MN 13-14—TOM MACK Concord, NC 13-15—RM Toronto, CAN 14-15—KRUSE Las Vegas, NV 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI-LM will star at RM's Maranello auction May 20 1953 Mille Miglia, and the only example remaining with original coachwork. Bonhams—Important Historic Motor Cars and Automobilia Where: Monte Carlo, MON When: May 21 More: www.bonhams.com Last Year: 61 cars sold / $7.5m Now in its 17th year, this Bonhams sale will be held at the auto museum of the late Prince Rainier. No reserve lots will include “The Grand Turismo Collection,” which is comprised of a 1969 Lamborghini Islero S, a 1976 Jensen Interceptor III, a 1971 Ferrari 365 GTC/4, a 1970 Iso Grifo 7 Liter, a 1969 Aston Martin DBS Vantage, and a 1996 Bugatti EB110 GT, among others. Mecum—Belvidere High Performance Auction Where: Belvidere, IL When: May 23–28 More: www.mecumauction.com Last Year: 571 cars sold / $29m This year marks the 20th anniversary of Mecum's flagship Belvidere sale, which has May 2007 been expanded to six days and 1,500 cars. Plenty of high-dollar American muscle and race cars will be available at the Boone County Fairgrounds, including a time-capsule 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra with only 12,000 miles, Grumpy Jenkins's 1970 1/2 ProStock Camaro, the 1971 Sox & Martin Pro-Stock Hemi 'Cuda, and a 1929 Duesenberg Model J convertible coupe wearing a Murphy body. Kruse International—16th Annual Spring Auburn Motorfair Where: Auburn, IN When: May 31–June 3 More: www.kruse.com Last Year: 227 cars sold / $6.2m One of Kruse's premier annual auction events, the Motorfair will feature a swap meet, car corral, and over 1,000 consignments. Among them, look for a Roman Red 1957 Chevrolet Corvette convertible with dual fours, and an unfinished Superperformance 1966 Ford GT40 Mk II continuation coupe designed to accept a Ford Racing small block and an RBT-ZF transmission.u 16—ARTCURIAL Paris, FR 17-18—H&H Buxton, UK 20-21—CARLISLE Carlisle, PA 20-21—COX Branson, MO 20-21—ICA Tucson, AZ 20-21—RM Marshall, TX 21—BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS Brookline, MA 21—SILVER Spokane, WA 21-22—KRUSE Tampa, FL 27-28—MECUM Kansas City, MO 27-28—KRUSE Salt Lake City, UT 28-29—RM Novi, MI 30—BONHAMS London, UK 30-MAY 1—BARONS Surrey, UK May 5—BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS Half Moon Bay, CA 5—KRUSE Mt. Airy, NC 5—WORLDWIDE Houston, TX 7—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 9—SILVER Spokane, WA 11-12—MIDAMERICA Minneapolis, MN 12—BONHAMS Newport Pagnell, UK 12—H&H Kempton Park, UK 12—ICA Omaha, NE 12—KRUSE Batesville, MS 15—ARTCURIAL Monte Carlo, MON 19—SILVER Reno, NV 20—RM Maranello, IT 21—BONHAMS Monte Carlo, MON 23-28—MECUM Belvidere, IL 31-JUNE 3—KRUSE Auburn, IN June 2-3—ICA Gilbert, AZ 3—CHRISTIE'S Greenwich, CT 4—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 8-10—LEAKE Tulsa, OK 9—RM Lapeer, MI 15-17—MECUM St. Charles, IL 16—BONHAMS Northamptonshire, UK 16—ICA Hyannis, MA 16—SILVER Coeur d'Alene, ID 18—ARTCURIAL Paris, FR 18-19—BARONS Surrey, UK 19—H&H Buxton, UK 22—BONHAMS Sussex, UK 23—KRUSE Topsfield, MA 23—MECUM St. Paul, MN 23—WORLDWIDE Round Top, TX 24—BONHAMS & GOODMAN Sydney, AUS 13

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Inside Line Stefan Lombard d'Italia, going the distance on a 1958 Ducati 125 (September 2006, pg. 36). From May 19–24, the race will take riders from Sciacca to the south and east parts of Sicily, unwinding in five legs of approximately 250 km each. Riders will compete in one of three classes—Vintage Racing, Taglioni Memorial, and Touring. Like the Mille Miglia, you can watch for free anywhere along the route. www.motogiroditalia. com. (IT) 500 miles of left turns, Memorial Day weekend n From April 29 to May 3, the California Mille will take participants on a thousand-mile tour of Southern California, and this year's rally will begin on San Francisco's Nob Hill. The event is limited to 60 cars built during the period of the original Mille Miglia, 1927 to 1957, and models that ran in the event or were designed to be used in the spirit of it. www.californiamille .com. (CA) n Held at the Reno-Fernley Raceway May 4–6, the Reno Historic Races will feature more than a hundred Ferraris, Jaguars, Porsches, Corvettes, and others from world-class series like Formula One, Can-Am, and the Winston Cup. The paddock will be open to the public all weekend, allowing spectators to see the cars and drivers up close. Former F1 and Can-Am pilot Tony Settember will serve as special guest and sign autographs during the event. Tickets cost $15 for three-day admission and are available on-site. www.renohistorics.com. (NV) n Don't miss the 12th Annual Keels & Wheels Concours d'Elegance in Seabrook, Texas, May 5 and 6. The popular event, held alongside the Worldwide Group's Houston Classic Auction, combines the elegant lines and charming 14 designs of 100 vintage boats and 200 classic cars. Sir Stirling Moss will be on hand as “Special Honored Guest.” Advance tickets are $20, $25 at the door. Children under ten get in free. www.keelswheels.com. (TX) n Join Carroll Shelby at the Petersen Automotive Museum on May 10 as he chairs the Cars & Stars Gala. This year's event will honor Robert E. Petersen, who will receive the Petersen Automotive Museum Icon & Visionary Award. Food will be provided by Wolfgang Puck Catering, with a cocktail recep- tion, live and silent auctions, and plenty of entertainment. All proceeds will benefit the museum and its children's youth and educational programs. Individual tickets are $500, while tables for ten are $5,000. www.petersen .org. (CA) n No more than 100 select cars will compete in this year's Modena Cento Ore Classic, which takes place in May in an attempt to avoid the blazing Italian sun. Competitors will cover 1,000 km between May 11 and 15, including special road stages and track time at famous circuits around the country. $5,300 for Competition Class, $4,000 for Regularity. www .modenacentooreclassic.it. n No event captures the spirit of vintage motorsport quite like the Mille Miglia, and this year's running May 17–20 mark's the 80th year of the historic Italian race from Brescia to Rome to Brescia. About 375 FIA-certified cars built from 1927–1957 will run in Sport, Grand Touring, and Touring categories. Registration is closed, but it costs nothing to watch; just find a spot (or several) along the route, and enjoy. www. millemiglia.it. (IT) Mille Miglia Storica: Italy the vintage way n Last year, Executive Editor Duchene did his part to further the legend of the Motogiro n If you've never been to the Indianapolis 500, there's no time like the present. The race returns for its 91st running on May 27, and with 33 cars running wheel to wheel at 220 mph for 500 miles, “the greatest spectacle in racing” may have you on your feet the whole time. Tickets range from $40 for a seat on the infield to $150 in the Paddock Penthouse. www.indy500.com. (IN)u May Event Calendar April 29–May 3—California Mille (CA) www.californiamille.com 4–6—Carlisle Performance & Style (PA) www.carsatcarlisle.com 4–6—Reno Historic Races (NV) www.renohistorics.com 5—Legend of the Motorcycle (CA) www.legendofthemotorcycle.com 5–6—Keels & Wheels (TX) www.keels-wheels.com 10—Cars & Stars Gala (CA) www.petersen.org 10–12—AACA Spring Meet (SC) www.aaca.org 11–15—Modena Cento Ore Classic (IT) www.modenacentooreclassic.it 17–20—Mille Miglia (IT) www.millemiglia.it 18–19—Ferrari Cup Challenge (NC) www.ferraricup.net 19–24—Motogiro d'Italia (IT) www.motogiroditalia.com 26–28—Newport Concours (RI) www.newportconcours.com 27—Indianapolis 500 (IN) www.indy500.com Sports Car Market IMS photo by John Cote www.bresciafoto.it

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Sports Car Market Publisher Keith Martin V.P. Business Development/General Counsel Rob Sass Art Director Kirsten Onoday Executive Editor Paul Duchene Managing Editor Stefan Lombard Auction Editor Jim Pickering Copy Editor Bill Neill Senior Auction Analysts Dave Kinney, Richard Hudson-Evans (Europe), B. Mitchell Carlson Auction Analysts Daniel Grunwald, John Clucas (Australia), Norm Mort (Canada), Joe Severns Contributing Editors Steve Ahlgrim (Ferrari), Gary Anderson (English), Carl Bomstead (Automobila), Colin Comer (Muscle Cars), John Draneas (Legal), Donald Osborne (Etceterini), Jim Schrager (Porsche), Michael Sheehan (Ferrari), Thor Thorson (Race Cars) Contributors John Apen, Miles Collier, Kathy Donohue, Raymond Milo, Steve Serio, Martin Emmison (U.K.) Information Technology Bryan Wolfe Controller Jimmy Carter Financial Manager Nikki Nalum Strategic Planner Bill Woodard Executive Producer, SCM Television Roger Williams Editorial Intern Jennifer Davis ADVERTISING Advertising Sales Cindy Meitle 877.219.2605, ext. 262 cmeitle@sportscarmarket.com Ed Prisco 877.219.2605, ext. 212 ed.prisco@sportscarmarket.com Cody Wilson 877.219.2605 ext. 213 cody.wilson@sportscarmarket.com Sales and Marketing Coordinator Valarie Huston 877.219.2605, ext. 211 valarie.huston@sportscarmarket.com SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions Coordinator Nikki Nalum 877.219.2605 ext. 207, nnalum@sportscarmarket.com New 800.289.2819 Current 877.219.2605, ext. 207, service@sportscarmarket.com, fax 503.253.2234 www.sportscarmarket.com CORRESPONDENCE General P.O. Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292 FedEx/DHL/UPS 401 NE 19th, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232 The information in Sports Car Market magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy, and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2007 by Sports Car Market, Inc., Automotive Investor Media Group and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by Sports Car Market magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. PRINTED IN USA 16 Sports Car Market

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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com Chance encounter Having the opportunity to meet Publisher Martin on a recent soggy Saturday afternoon at the Silver Auction at Fort McDowell was a genuine treat. While our conversation may have been an entire three minutes, those minutes quickly confirmed what I suspected I already knew about him, his associates, and the respect they have for those of us who are proud to call ourselves SCMers. Your immediate interest in who we are and where we are from is proof of the true family nature of SCM and is duplicated by no other. Also, I believe you may have two new SCMers on the way. I had been discussing the Enzo crash in Malibu with two friends of mine, who were also present for those minutes, and I had revisited John Draneas's two consecutive “Legal Files” articles on the subject (September 2006, pg. 28; October 2006, pg. 26). While impressed with the factual depth of the articles, my two fellow attendees (not previously exposed to SCM before that morning) were also taken with the content of SCM as a whole, and the magazine's exclusive angle on classic autos as a marketplace rather than merely as a hobby. I write this letter not only to offer thanks to you and your colleagues for our conversation, but also to impress upon all readers who have not had the opportunity to meet Keith Martin in person that he and SCM do indeed have a genuine interest in the family of SCMers that shines through in the pages of Sports Car Market. Please keep up the hard work that makes SCM a truly peerless publication.—Sam Stockholm, Tempe, AZ Publisher Martin responds: Sam, I recall our conversation well, and enjoyed meeting with you. One of the great pleasures of being involved with SCM is discovering kindred “SCM” spirits everywhere—we all share a passion for our cars, and generally an enjoyment of the live theater that car auctions represent. I also appreciate the kind words about Draneas's Legal Files—he continues to dig deep into subjects that most other car magazines don't seem to care about. In fact, 18 Most people I know understand B-J is more a TV show about the hobby than a real part of the collector car landscape Draneas just had his first article published in the New York Times, on the subject of stolen Shelbys, a topic he first discussed in SCM some months ago. Tumblewords across the desert I've subscribed to SCM for a few years, and have enjoyed every minute of it. I've also been fortunate enough to get a few letters printed, and even a caption entry or two (although I've not won yet). I was surprised to read that you were no longer commenting on the B-J auction, by their choice. I wasn't surprised, though, about the delicate and diplomatic way they made their displeasure clear to you. I treasure SCM for the knowl- edgeable and frank assessments of the market, the quality of the writing, which is formidable, and the sense of community it has fostered in the collector car hobby. Those elements are central to my enjoyment of having vintage cars; I think all of your subscribers feel that way. This hobby is about cars, but it is just as much about sharing that interest among ourselves, and SCM has done a great deal to promote that idea. Although the B-J auction and all the related hoopla is entertaining, it isn't essential to the whole business. B-J could close tomor- row and the car hobby would go on; another venue would take its place and things would be pretty much unchanged. As important as B-J may think they are, they're mistaken. What's important here is that there be a publication that is willing to point out that the Emperor is occasionally, shall we say, less than adequately attired. SCM fills that need, and your constituency thanks you for your careful attention to the market and your honesty. That is why we support SCM, and that is why most of us couldn't care less about what happens at places like B-J. In 2003, I happened to see a clean Mercedes-Benz 280SL, similar to one I now own, sell for the stratospheric price of about $75,000 at one of the Monterey auctions. This is three times what I paid for mine a year or two later. While that was interesting to know about, I didn't and don't delude myself that it has anything to do with my car's worth. What happens in the thin and intoxicating air of the auction room where very wealthy and not necessarily informed people are competing for toys and attention has as much to do with my collector car activities as watching “ER” does with the nitty-gritty of my daily emergency medicine practice—very little. The resemblance is pretty much coincidental. Most people I know feel that way. B-J is more a TV show about the collector car hobby than a real part of the collector car landscape. What SCM does is to function as a reality check on the occasional craziness in the car hobby. It is so successful at this that other publications such as Hemmings' have followed suit and imitated SCM. The last thing B-J and their cohorts want is anything that might in their opinion cool off or deflate their market. Given your penchant for calling it as you see it, this collision was probably inevitable. Frankly, the loss, both in goodwill and the quality of commentary, will be theirs. The gain, in an affirmation of your objectivity and accuracy, is ours. I've seen occasional letters arguing that SCM's mission as commentators and analysts of the collector car market has been compromised by closeness to and participation in the hobby. Well, this should put paid to that. Congratulations, Keith, on the (unintended) encomiums bestowed on you by B-J. The epitaph of the former relationship might read “He was too honest for us.” —Jim Rosenthal, M.D., Annapolis, MD I have been watching the B-J auction as long as it has been televised. I am an SCM subscriber also. I always enjoyed listening to Keith Martin on the Scottsdale auctions, and I read all of his opinions in the various magazines to which he contributes. I read SCM cover to cover when it arrives, and I reference the Price Guide regularly. I had the good fortune of meeting Keith at last year's Amelia event, and was taken by the time he took to say hello to me and my wife; I walked away thinking he is a gentleman. I was surprised when I learned he had been taken off the Speed commentary. I was intrigued when I heard all the Speed/B-J info about his expulsion from the event, and I watched Craig Jackson's comments on the whole thing. I was left with the opinion that something really “tripped his trigger.” I think the muscle car values have to level. I believe that a good car is a good car, but the pricing Sports Car Market

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Ad Index Aston Martin of New England ................73 Automobilia Monterey ..........................111 Autosport Designs .................................109 Bald Head Garage .................................115 Bart Holland BV Restoration Company .83 Battery Tender .......................................109 BB One Exports ....................................111 Blackhawk/Auto Collections Inc ............71 Blue Highways ......................................121 Bonhams ...................................................9 Bonhams & Butterfields ..........................57 Branson Collector Car Auction ...............29 Brian D Moore Resorations ..................145 Carlisle Events ........................................93 Cars That Matter ...................................144 Christie's .................................................19 Coker Tire ...............................................23 Copley Motorcars Corp. ..........................91 Cosdel ...................................................111 Covercraft ...............................................16 Craig Brody Investment Motorcars ......117 Digit Motorsport ...................................119 Doc's Jags .............................................144 Driver's Houston Auto Works .................17 Ebay Motors ...........................................35 Exotic Car Transport .............................144 Fantasy Junction ......................................69 FECC Passport Auto Transport ...............77 Fourintune Garage Inc ..........................145 GM ........................................................148 GoFastAuction.com ................................79 Gooding & Company ................................3 Greenwich Concours D'Elegance ...........89 Gregor Fisken ..........................................85 Griot's Garage .......................................107 Grundy Worldwide ..................................11 Guild of Automotive Restorers .............113 Hagerty Insuranc .....................................25 Heacock Classics ....................................85 Horseless Carriage ................................145 Hotseat Chassis Inc ...............................144 Intercity Lines .........................................43 J.J. Best Banc & Co ..............................137 JC Taylor .................................................87 Kensington Motor Group ........................75 Kidston ....................................................27 Kruse International ............................49, 81 Los Angeles Concours D'Elegance ........97 Maserati North America ............................7 Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. ....................123 Meguiar's ................................................21 Mid America Motorworks .......................51 Miller's Incorporated ............................144 Motorcar Portfolio ................................101 Park Place Ltd. ........................................31 Paul Russell and Company ...................125 Premier Financial Services ...................147 Pro Team Corvette ................................115 Renaissance Design ..............................105 Re-Originals ............................................91 Richard Grenon .....................................145 RM Auctions .......................................4, 15 Ron Tonkin ............................................113 RPM Motorbooks .................................145 Silver Auctions ........................................95 Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate ...............117 Steve Austin's Great Vacations .............119 Symbolic Motors .......................................3 Swissvax .................................................97 Vanderbilt Concours ..............................103 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ...................138 Vintage Rallies ......................................121 VintageAutoPosters.com .......................143 Worldwide Group ..............................64, 99 20 on fakes and clones is just not something that looks realistic in the long run. My opinion is that there are folks offering cars at auction with the attitude of “get it while you can.” Possibly the old adage of “there's a sucker born everyday” applies? So Keith is the lightning rod in the middle of all of this, and he has ruffled some feathers—so be it. No one wants to hear that something he thinks is collectible can lose value, but it happens. I'm still reading Keith's opinions with interest, and I now have more respect for those opinions than before.—Charlie Hitt, Acworth, GA I would just like to indicate my total support for SCM and Keith Martin, and the analysis of the automotive market, particularly the muscle car segment. I would rather hear honest appraisals than the hyped up junk that some spew in order to line their own pockets. Please keep up the good work and never allow anyone to attack your credibility or motives again.— Robert Yasher, Bordentown, NJ I'm glad to see that someone with credible credentials is offering an opinion that is based on sound judgment not just auction hype. When this round of wild price feeding calms down, I believe many potential buyers will thank Keith if they have taken his advice.—Gary Hunter, Arcadia, CA Just writing to let you know that I'd been anxious to hear Keith Martin's comments about his expulsion at Barrett-Jackson. His explanation in the April issue was of course genuine and fully transparent. Honesty is always appreciated.—Warren G. Tracy, The Busted Knuckle Garage Z answer may surprise you In his coverage of McCormick Palm Springs auction (March, “Market Reports,” pg. 98) Carl Bomstead writes for lot 162, a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 replica, “All real Z/28s were four-speeds, and anyone who knows Camaros will gladly point that out.” That is not correct. I owned the last real Z/28 built in 1974, and it was a 3-speed automatic. And it chirped second gear. The Z/28's were offered with an automatic transmission—Tony Bento, Noank, CT Jim Pickering responds: You're absolutely right, Tony—to a point. Later Z/28s could be ordered with an automatic transmission. However, the car Bomstead wrote up was a '69, and all first-generation Camaro Z/28s ('67–'69) were only available with a manual transmission due to the standard high-winding 302-ci V8. In 1970, the 302 was dropped from the package, and the 350 that replaced it was much more civilized on the street and could be ordered with either an automatic or manual transmission. Set the records straight I just read the February issue, and your pg. 32 article, “All-Time Highest Auction Prices,” is incorrect. The Christie's sale of the Kellner Royale for $8.7 million is not even close to the number one spot. The same Bugatti was sold at auction at the Parc de Bagatelle in France in September 1990 for $15.8 million to the Meitec Corporation of Japan, where the car is today. Similarly, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, s/n 3607, was sold by Sotheby's at the Belles Automobile Collection in Monaco in May 1990 for $10.8 million. And a 1958 Ferrari 335 S racer, s/n 0764, with Scaglietti pontoon fenders, sold at Christie's Pebble Beach in August 1990 for $10.2 million, down from the $11.5 million reserve.—Eric Balazs, Toledo, OH SCM responds: We contacted experts familiar with these cars, and this is what they had to say: Simon Kidston, formerly head of Bonhams Europe and now president of Kidston SA, confirms that the Kellner-bodied Bugatti Royale, s/n 41141, has only been sold at auction once, by Christie's at the Albert Hall, London sale in November 1987, when it was purchased by Swedish investor Hans Thulin for £5.5m, including premium ($8.7m). The later sale to Meitec Corp. was conducted privately, not at auction. SCM's Michael Sheehan confirms the 1962 250 GTO, s/n 3607, was declared sold at the 1990 Sotheby's sale in Monte Carlo to the same Hans Thulin, who never fulfilled the sale. Most market analysts—SCM among them—do not therefore count this as a sale. The car went back to Sotheby's and the vendor, Bob Rubin, who eventually sold it to Giorgio Perfetti for about half the auction price. As for the 335 S racer, s/n 0764, the owner was Robs Lamplough, who bought the car in 1969 and had it until 1993. It appeared at several auctions in that time, including Christie's Pebble Beach in 1990, when bidding reached $9m, but the car failed to sell. It continues to be SCM policy to report and tabulate only those sales that occur publicly, at auction. We acknowledge there are many private sales that are both higher and lower than our value ranges, but as it is impossible to verify them, we simply don't factor them in our data. It is an admit- Sports Car Market 1958 335 S It appeared at several auctions in that time, including Christie's Pebble Beach in 1990, when bidding reached $9m, but the car failed to sell

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You Write We Read tedly imperfect system, but it is the best we have been able to devise. And with over 40,000 public transactions in our database, in the end, the numbers tend to tell a market-accurate story. Shedding light on the Pierce-Arrow In the coverage of the Cox Branson Auction (March, “Market Reports,” pg. 76), the sale of the 1930 Pierce-Arrow Model B roadster is of particular interest to me, as I track the sales P-As. Regarding the car's drum-style headlamps, Dave Kinney states they are “an unusual feature for Pierce-Arrows of this period and an option not appearing until 1932.” Pierce-Arrow offered the non- fender-mount headlamps for those buyers who didn't care for the fender headlamps. This option was available from the time the fender headlamps came into use on a few late 1913 cars right through to the last cars in 1938. Photographs of auto shows in Europe in the 1930s show a number of P-As with such headlamps. Early on, there were two types of non-fender headlamps offered. One has a bell shape and the other a drum shape, or as P-A called it, a “cheese box.” The bell lamps were not used after 1920. The cheese box lamps were used through 1928. After 1928, the optional lights were called bracket headlamps. The roadster in the March issue is missing the flush-mounted parking lamps on the top of the front fenders. This half-teardrop shaped lamp was used on the cars equipped with the bracket headlamps.—H. Paul Johnson Jr. Chairman, Technical Committee, Pierce-Arrow Society TZ memories Thor Thorson's profile of the Alfa Romeo TZ-1 (March, pg. 56) brought back memories of one I owned more than 35 years ago. This was a red 1964 “T Zed” that I bought in January, 1970, while stationed in England with the USAF. (The numeric designation was not used at that time, as there was no need for it until the vanishingly rare TZ-2 came along.) The car was in good running order when I bought it and served as my daily driver and weekend club racer until I left the U.K. 22 It was dead reliable, tractable, and reasonably comfortable, though noisy at speed. I still remember the pleasure of the daily commute through the backroads and lanes of East Anglia in 1972. It was dead reliable, tractable, and reasonably comfortable, though noisy at speed. I still remember the pleasure of the daily commute through the backroads and lanes of East Anglia, and the long straight where I used acceleration times to monitor the state of tune. I don't recall having many maintenance problems and all engine parts were easily accessible when the long bonnet was tilted forward. There were several other TZs in the U.K. Alfa Romeo Owner's Club at that time, including a TZ-2 and a number of other rare Giulias and Giuliettas, many of which participated in club speed events and track races. I later brought over from the U.S. an SZ “coda tronca” I had left behind, and showed and ran both cars in U.K. club events. One of the favored venues for club speed events was the old RAF base at Duxford, which later became an air museum. When I returned home from the U.K., the TZ was sold to fellow Alfa enthusiast Jon Dooley, and I recall showing it then to a young potential buyer named A. de Cadenet.—Don Sanders, Durham, NC The V-word I am writing with regard to the description of the 2006 BMW M Coupe in “Glovebox Notes” (March, pg. 99). It is described as having a “330-horsepower, 3.2-liter V-TEC inline six.” As I'm sure you are aware, Honda engines have V-TEC and were the modern pioneers of variable valve timing. BMW's variable valve timing is known as VANOS or Double VANOS on later motors.—Cole O'Shaughnessy, Atlanta, GA No hidden fees I am writing about what I see as a need to report “hammer” prices to your readers. I understand that SCM discloses that the buyer's premium is included in the reported sale price, but I still feel this can be misleading, or at the very least unnecessary. A January 28 article by Publisher Martin in the New York Times (“Some Eye-Raising Sales”) brought this to my attention, but it pertains to all of SCM's auction coverge. In the article, which did not disclose the buyer's premium, he reported on the sale of the 1967 “Last Stingray” Corvette at $660,000. I am a Corvette fan and I was at BarrettJackson. I watched the hammer fall at $600,000, thinking that the seller would be disappointed. The net result of the sale to this person was $552,000 ($600k minus 8%) vs. the $660k reported. Moving to SCM, I find it odd that all of the auctions are reported with “Sold At” prices. Wouldn't “Bought At” be the more appropriate term? These are the net prices buyers paid, not the hammer prices, and not the prices the sellers received. This might be okay if all SCM readers were perspective buyers, but of course this is not the case. Many of your readers are sellers of cars, and many are owners who just want to keep up on the marketplace. Even if we were all buyers, the differences in commission charged by individual auction companies creates havoc, especially when the structure varies depending upon the price of the car. Who can keep track of something like that? If we can get the hammer price, then we can compare apples to apples and do our own calculations appropriate for the transaction, whether it be conducted at an auction in Geneva, Switzerland or a private sale in Portland, Oregon.—Dave Freeman, Seattle, WA Publisher Martin responds: You raise an interesting point in your questions. SCM's policy in reporting prices is to reflect the actual, final sale price of the car, inclusive of fees. That is why we use the term “Sold At.” It is the total selling price. A more accurate way to describe the high bid would be “Hammered Down At.” The auction company does not “sell” a car at the hammer price, it “sells” it for the hammer price plus commission. The “Sold At” price accurately represents to the dollar what the buyer is pulling out of his wallet (excluding sales taxes and transportation fees, of course). Therefore, SCM will continue to use the “Sold At” nomenclature. A matter of induction Regarding Mike Yager's story on the 1954 Corvette (March, “American Profile,” pg. 50), in the story's third paragraph, it says that the 235-ci straight-six sported dual carburetors when installed in the '54 Corvette. However, two pages later is a reproduction of a piece of literature from Chevrolet that says the engine has “three side-draft carburetors.” Of course, at the bottom of the lit piece is Chevrolet's disclaimer saying, in part, that the specs can change at any time. So, you'll most likely try weaseling out of this on that basis.—Jim Michels, St. Paul, MN Sports Car Market

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You Write We Read Paul Duchene responds: No weaseling here, Jim. This is my error, and thanks for bringing it to my attention. The catalog did not mention how many carburetors the 1953–'55 Corvettes carried; I looked hastily at a photo (shown on pg. 51), which showed only two air cleaners, and the mistake was made. If I'd looked a little more closely, I'd have noticed the body of the third carburetor on the left. And if I'd been thinking, 3x2 would have come to mind. “The lyfe so shorte, the crafte so longe to learne,” as Chaucer complained. A synthetic question Gary Anderson's “Giving a Tinkerer's Cuss,” (“English Patient,” March, pg. 42) was a most enjoyable read. It brought back memories of my first sports car, a 1956 Austin-Healey, which I bought in 1958 upon graduation from college. The car was black with a red leatherette interior and wire wheels painted silver. The Cleveland Austin dealer where I had it serviced had a used hard top, which the dealer had obtained in England. It was light weight, covered in a black leatherette, and had the hard plastic side curtains as part of the package. I have read many articles about Healeys, but have never seen an optional hard top mentioned. With it in place, I thought it was the coolest car on the planet. I have owned several nice cars since, but to this day, none have come close to garnering the same compliments the Healey did. I have a question regarding recommendations for the type of oil to use in an old car. I have several friends and acquaintances who have domestic cars from the '50s and '60s. Most, if not all, use synthetic oil, claiming it provides better lubrication and does not result in sludge. Would synthetic oil be a good substitute for old European cars? Again, thanks for that informa- tive article.—Bernie Koehne, Littleton, CO Gary Anderson responds: Thanks for writing. Synthetic is okay for old cars, provided it is the proper weight, which should be at least 15W40. The lighter 24 My feeling is that somewhere around 5% of classic cars sell at auction, but that is just from the gut, not from any empirical evidence. Guaranteed to shine Regarding your coverage of the Barrett-Jackson Auction (April, Market Reports, pg. 74), particularly lot 425, the 1964 Austin-Healey 3000—we would like to point out an inaccurate date. After speaking with the seller, These poor, underloved, “refrigerators” of performance cars seem to have been forgotten in this world of mega-buck, crappy muscle cars weights used in modern cars are not the proper weight, nor do they have the proper additives to use in a flat-tappet (i.e. old classic) car. Special equipment, indeed Thanks for Rob Sass's recent feature on the Mk I Lotus Cortina (February, “English Profile,” pg. 48). All I can say is, “It's about damn time!” These poor, underloved, “refrigerators” of performance cars seem to have been forgotten in this world of mega-buck, crappy muscle cars (I know, I owned a bunch of ‘em). I have a couple bits of esoter- ica to add to the S/E story. Candy Store founder Bob Cole purchased the London Motor Show Lotus Cortina S/E right off the Ford stand in 1966 and allowed me to inspect this now museum-piece years ago (in ‘86) when I restored mine. A few additional touches the S/E had over the “vanilla” Locort was an electric, automatic-dimming inside rearview mirror (very advanced for the time), and a flexible stalk map light on the dash (all for night rallying, of course). And, as owner of perhaps the world's most expensive Locort (I've invested WAY more than your auction example), I am pleased to see that there were some recently advertised Mk I Lotus Cortina race cars being offered at asking prices of $95,000 on the East Coast, which certainly helps me to justify my vehicular excesses with the wife! With its history, rarity, performance (I can usually easily dispense with $100k-plus GTAs) and its inherent and uncanny ability to induce some of the widest smiles you'll ever experience, I see no reason this car shouldn't be selling into six digits, despite its outwardly pedestrian appearance.—Myles H. Kitchen, Aptos, CA (1965 Lotus Cortina Mk I #128, USRRC Seniors Tour Under 2.0-Liter GT Champion 1994, 1995, 1996) A matter of private record As a subscriber to your news- letter and a purchaser of Keith Martin on Collecting Jaguar, I have a question. In your educated opinion, what percentage of the classic and sports cars that change ownership each year do so in auctions? And what percentage change in other ways?—Michael C. Clement, Shaker Heights, OH Publisher Martin responds: You ask a very good question, and one to which there is no good answer. Someone (probably us) needs to do an analysis of the number of classic cars that appear in newspaper adverts and on-line, and compare that with the cars sold at auction (which we have a pretty good handle on) and then make a guess at the number of private transactions. Kurt Tanner, we were able to determine which restoration this was and check our files. Your report indicated this Healey was “restored six years ago by specialist Fourintune, holding up quite well.” The reality is that this car was restored by us in 1988, which makes the restoration almost 19 years old. We have restored hundreds of Healeys in the past 32 years, and many customers still enjoy cars with restorations even older than this one. We are always thrilled when owners take wonderful care of our restorations, and that was obviously the case with lot 425. We wish the new owner many happy hours behind the wheel of his recent purchase.—Tom and Kaye Kovacs, Fourintune Garage, Inc. Errata Publisher Martin's TV show, “Appraise My Car,” appears on Discovery HD Theater, not Discovery HD as reported in the April “Shifting Gears” column on pg. 10. Also in April, in the 20 Year Picture graph on pg. 27, we mistakenly switched the value paths of the three cars listed. The red line—which indicated Lancia Beta prices—was actually representative of Alfa GTV prices. The black line follows the price trend of Betas. The green line—BMW 2002—is correct. We apologize to Alfa owners everywhere for discounting the value of their GTVs, and offer the same apology to Beta owners for giving them, for the first time ever, something to cheer about concerning the market values of their cars.u Sports Car Market

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Stuff Neat by Stefan Lombard WHAT YOU NEED AND HOW TO GET IT We've long admired Alfa Romeo for the engineering, style, and performance that go into its cars. Now the Italian firm has applied that creative industrial flare to bicycles. The shape of its new Stradale sport bike is inspired by the company's arrow-shaped grille, recognizable on Alfas since 1946. Utilizing a TIG-welded 7005 series aluminum alloy frame, carbon fiber front fork, Campagnolo gears, Miche wheels and brakes, and Selle Italia saddle, the bike is unmistakably Italian. The result is a mount that combines sport, comfort, and elegance for any ride you set your sights on. Expect two more models later in the year. $2,200. For information or to order contact Alfa's design partner Compagnia Ducale SRL at +39.02.45506023 or info@compagniaducale.net. You can't drive all your cars at the same time, and that's where Deltran's Battery Tender comes in. Battery Tenders are fully automatic and switch to “safe mode” at the end of a charging cycle, won't draw current from a battery when they're not plugged in, and have a combination of colored lights to indicate the progress of charging. Deltran makes Battery Tenders for nearly every application—ATVs, watercraft, motorcycles, and cars—and for nearly every location as well, including the Americas, Europe, and Japan. Whether you need to keep life in one battery or ten, Deltran has the technology to keep your cars road-ready. We've already got the SCM fleet hooked up to them. Prices range from $39.95 for the Junior to $699.95 for the 10-Bank unit. www .batterytender.com. Becker has reinvigorated the Mexico stereo name with its new state-of-the-art retro design. The simple, classic styling pays homage to the 1960s, when the Mexico graced the dashboards of many European machines, including the Mercedes-Benz Ponton cars. The pinstripe face, elegant digital display, rotary and lever switches, and simple push-buttons ensure the Mexico looks great in any vintage car. And because the Mexico is based on the technology of Becker's Cascade Pro, the integrated navigation, speech recognition, card reader, and phone bring all the modern creature comforts to your fingertips. Currently, the Mexico is produced for European standards and is priced at $1,970 (€1,500). www.becker.de. It's a common problem—you buy a Bugatti Veyron, but your trailer park is full of riff-raff and you need a secure place to keep the keys. Enter the Stockinger “Safe Bugatti.” Launched in conjunction with the French supercar, the “Safe Bugatti” blends a sleek design with cutting-edge security technology. The safe's interior is lined with leather and brushed aluminum, while the two-tone polished exterior reflects the paint schemes found on the Veyron. The safe meets all requirements for the VdS Class V Certificate of Approval used in fire protection and security technology. Use it as-is or add optional security devices like a seismic detector, intruder detector, noise detector, floor anchoring with breakaway alarm, or GPS integration into an intruder alarm system. Each safe is tailored to the discriminating tastes of the client, so you'll never have to deal with a safe-deposit box again. And you can fit it nearly anywhere in your doublewide. $130,000, www.stockinger.com. If you use your street car on the track, check out the latest in safety harness technology from HMS Motorsport—the Schroth QuickFit Pro. The QuickFit Pro is the only four-point belt configuration that uses all factory mounting points without requiring modifications to a vehicle. This design allows drivers to continue to use their street vehicles' stock seatbelts when desired, and the QuickFit Pro in situations when maximum performance and safety are required. The harness is routed through the dual headrest posts found on most seats and works in compliance with the HANS device for added security and safety. Available in black, blue, red and silver for most Audi, BMW, Mini Cooper, Subaru WRX, and Volkswagen models. $299, www.hmsmotorsport.com.u 26 Sports Car Market

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SCM Our Cars Getting Frisky, and Two of Shelby's Snakes Reading about the Cobra in magazines was one thing, but watching Ken Miles lap Goodwood in a works roadster was quite another 1966 Shelby GT350 Race Car Owner: Colin Comer, Contributing Editor Purchase date: October 10, 2005 Price: $120,000 Mileage since purchase: Six vintage races in 2006, 17 days of track time Recent work: Complete tear down and inspection for next season After my 1969 Pontiac Trans Am B Production vintage racer was involved in a 17-car Group 6 wreck at the Brian Redman International Challenge in July 2005 (it finished in pole position, only stacked three cars high), I was short a race car (October 2005, “Legal Files,” pg. 26). After realizing the T/A was unfixable for 2006, I went looking for a suitable replacement. They say racing is an addiction, and thought processes such as this are proof. A sensible man would have taken a season off, but why start being sensible now? I set my sights on a 1965–66 Shelby GT350. Being a Shelby guy, it just fit. I wanted something real (no clones), but also fresh and sanitary. My friend Curt Vogt at Cobra Automotive had two cars available, a red '66 that was a good car in need of updating and cosmetics, and a black '66 “carry-over” car (SFM6S151) on which his shop had just finished an open-checkbook, best-of-everything build for a client. The owner decided it was too much car for him and wanted to sell. The difference in the “ask” was $30k. To make the lesser car equal the better car would take $100k. I elected to pay more to get more and am happy I did, as it is always cheaper in the long run. The fresh car bugs seem to be worked out, and the car is now well-sorted. I have learned just how far it can be pushed before it fights back, and look forward to keeping it just a tick under that limit in '07. 1963 AC Cobra 289 Owner: Martin Emmison, U.K. Contributor Purchase date: July 2003 Price: $216,000 Mileage since purchase: 22,000 Recent work: New axle unit, wheels, suspension, steering, brakes, radiator, electronic ignition and wiring loom, an engine rebuild, etc. The current automotive love of my life is a 1963 AC Cobra 289, an early, leaf-sprung car with rack-and-pinion steering. The ancient joke is that we Brits think of the Cobra as a British car, built by AC Cars with some ideas from Carroll Shelby; to Americans it is an American sports car, generated by Shelby with some small input from AC. CSX2187 fulfills one of my teenage resolutions. In August 1963, aged 16, I attended both days of the RAC Tourist Trophy meeting at Goodwood. Reading about the Cobra in magazines was one thing, but watching Ken Miles practice in a works roadster was quite another. His lap times may not have matched the Ferrari GTOs, Aston Martin Project 212, and Lightweight E-types, but the thundering Cobra made a huge impression on me: “One of these days I will have one of those.” It only took 40 years. CSX2187 is set up as a pure road car, with painted wire wheels, a single Holley and standard bodywork without a roll hoop. The only tweaks are a shortened front spring, giving a whisker of negative camber, a Hurst shifter, an efficient fan, and a long 3.31:1 axle ratio. This gives around 23 mph per 1000 rpm in fourth, making the car great for long European trips. I have done two Tour Autos, two Tour Espanas, and a memorable five-day trip to the Swiss Alps. While I have owned and driven a number of sports and GT cars from the 1950s and '60s, the Cobra has been the most enjoyable and satisfying road car I have ever had. 28 1958 Frisky Sport Owner: Norm Mort, Auction Analyst Purchase date: December 2006 Price: $4,250 Mileage since purchase: None Recent work: none It's always dangerous to go and view a large collection of great looking cars. Last October I met up with Mario Palma, owner of the largest collection of micro cars in Canada. While touring Palma's purpose-built museum, I noted a few cars for sale, including one of his two Frisky Sports. The British Frisky was advertised in 1958 just before the Earls Court unveiling as “Britain's answer to world demand.” It was manufactured by Henry Meadows of pre-war engine fame, and the entire project was conceived and designed by racing driver Captain Raymond Flower and his brothers, to be built in Egypt by the Cairo Motor Company. The Frisky was styled and restyled several times, finally appearing in open Sport form with rear-hinged doors, which also found their way into the later coupe. Eventually the Frisky Family Three, a three-wheeled coupe introduced late in 1958, would become the big seller, but Frisky production barely reached 500 cars before the name disappeared completely in 1964. The Frisky has a Hollywood-starlet-with- out-her-make-up-look, and Palma had planned to make the car into something practical. He restored and painted the entire tube frame and rebuilt the brakes, steering, etc. The body was rebuilt sans doors and a Le Mans screen had been planned. An original, twin-cylinder Villiers engine requiring a rebuild came in the deal, although a more modern ATV or motorcycle engine could easily be fitted in the tail as a more practical alternative. Trim is incomplete and there's no interior, although Palma has offered to provide the interior in his Frisky as templates, so I won't be completely out of sorts when I finally dive into the little car, which would not be out of place as an amusement park ride.u Sports Car Market

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SCM Garage Irregular Updates on Our Irregular Cars No Trailer Queens Here The Sting Ray clutch has gotten hot (those dragstrip trips, maybe?), as letting it up tends to shudder both the car and its passengers by Jim Pickering it's started, and the trip odometer doesn't work. The Volvo really wants the parking space the 2002 is taking up, so sometime in the next couple of months it's going down the road. 1978 Porsche 911SC When the weather's not so nice in Portland, the Some light paintwork, a new water pump and she'll be ready to roll 1967 Volvo 122S The latest addition to the SCM fleet is an almost one-owner 1967 Volvo 122s 4-door we bought for $2,750 through Craigslist. The property of a sexual behavior therapist for some 36 years (hence the vanity plate PSI-EX), it was garaged until two years ago. Since then, it has mostly sat at the curb in Northwest Portland and added only about 2,000 miles for a total of 256,000. The engine was rebuilt about 65,000 miles ago by Leyfax, a cult Volvo shop of such repute that it only takes customers by referral; it's not in the phone book. The two SU carburetors are brand new. The car is very straight with excellent bumpers and glass and perfect hubcaps. There are two half-dollar sized spots of surface rust in each front dogleg, and the nose has been peppered with chips that have turned rusty, so it could use a quickie touch-up. An altercation at an intersection last year resulted in a brand new left front fender, and it only took the dealer five days to get it. The interior was reupholstered in the correct pattern some time ago, and it's the only 122S any of us have seen without a cracked dash. Peculiar add-ons include a dash top clock, an altimeter (in case you get airborne?), a compass, and an intermittent wiper relay. The water pump bearing howls, so it'll need to be replaced soon, and the brake lights are not currently working due to an in-line fluid pressure switch. Changing it will require a complete bleeding of the brake system, but it'll need to happen before we put any real miles on it. So far, it has been used for an editorial team junket, where five of us squeezed into it (causing squeaks and groans from the suspension), found a local bistro, and enjoyed a good bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir to celebrate our latest acquisition. 1968 BMW 2002 By the time SCM is finished with this car we'll have enough “invested” to have bought two nice ones. The latest issues were the clutch slave cylinder, which I had to replace between editing auction reports (and it's held in with snap rings that are almost impossible to see when working on the ground). After that, we had a new set of tires and tie rod ends installed to make the car track straight on the road. The third gear synchro is weak, but second gear is OK, and that's usually the one that goes bad. The side window rubbers are crispy critters, so there's some wind noise when cruising, and Executive Editor Duchene was dismayed to discover when driving the car in the rain that the wiper blades appear to be OEM, i.e. 40 years old and completely ineffective. The heater fan howls momentarily when 30 SCM fleet does not get much use. The Porsche had last been driven at the end of the summer when Publisher Martin took it out to the Late Night Drag Races at Portland International Raceway, and the next week it was washed before getting parked alongside the BMW and the Corvette. Unfortunately, the sunroof had not closed properly and the interior got wet. The car sat with the windows shut for several weeks after that. Mold moved in, and the car had to be taken to Portland's Automotive Interior Restorations for a complete dismantle, cleaning, and re-dyeing session. $350 later, it looks (and smells) like new again. It's the prime example of how an old car can cost you money even when you're not using it. In order to fix the sunroof issue, the headliner will need to come out, which is a $1,000 venture at the very least. For now, we got it to shut correctly, and everyone has been informed not to open it back up until we get it sorted. 1963 Corvette coupe On one of the first nice Fridays we'd had here in a while, I took the Split-Window home for the weekend. It had not been used in some time, and it needed a few miles to keep the engine seals from drying out. After fighting with the driver's side headlamp, which would not come up despite pleading, tapping, checking the wires, checking the grounds, and swearing, I gave up and drove home with just the passenger side beam—and the next time I tried it, the driver's side lights came up just fine. The clutch has gotten hot (those dragstrip trips, maybe?), as letting it up tends to shudder the car and causes any passengers to ask if you're doing it on purpose. Other than that, there are no real issues with it. It has plenty of power, gets lots of looks (including a TriMet city bus driver who hung a thumb out the window of her bus as I went by), and generally feels the way a C2 'Vette should.u Pacific Northwest, unfriendly to damp, enclosed places Sports Car Market

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Affordable Classic AMC Javelin When AMC Got the Point Mechanically, the Javelin is closer to a catapult than a javelin—heavy duty and pretty much unbreakable by Rob Sass S ome people claim that AMC invented the muscle car with the Rambler Rebel of 1957. Even if we give them that, they certainly came late to the pony car craze of the mid-1960s. Plymouth and Ford were first with the Barracuda and Mustang in 1964, followed by the Chevy Camaro, Pontiac Firebird, and Mercury Cougar in 1967. AMC didn't have a real entry until the Javelin appeared for the 1968 model year. It was worth the wait, as the chronically under-funded underdogs in Kenosha, Wisconsin, came up with a car that was arguably better than its Big Three competitors—AMC fans could point as proof to Roger Penske's all-conquering Javelin Trans-Am team that starred Mark Donohue. Replacement for the goofy Marlin After a half-baked attempt with the goofy Marlin, Dick Teague really got things right with the classic long hood/short rear deck Javelin. However, it differed from its competitors in the details. Where pony cars from the Big Three could be gimmicky, oversized, and overwrought, the Javelin was correctly scaled. It was smooth and subtle, with a handsome grille with thin horizontal bars, a design theme that was carried over to the rear with a thin horizontal band of taillights similar to the treatment Pininfarina used years later in the Alfa Romeo 164. And although never recognized as such, Teague's original Javelin really was one of the milestones of 1960s U.S. car design. Like every other pony car, the Javelin was thoroughly 32 conventional mechanically. The first two years carried over AMC's ancient trunnion front suspension design, replaced in 1970 with a conventional double ball joint design that gave a smoother ride. Steering was the usual American Novocain numb fare, unless one opted for the quick-ratio manual steering, which, although quick, was very heavy. Brakes were nothing special either with a typically fade-prone disc/drum setup. The scarce dealer accessory four-wheel disc brake package made things a bit better. The SST package (grounded when Boeing's supersonic Concorde competitor was canceled) got the buyer better trim. Like most pony cars, there were several powertrain choices. The base engine was a 232-ci 6-cylinder with 145 hp; from there, buyers could choose a 292-ci V8 with 255 hp, a 343 with 280 hp, and the 390 with 315 hp and 425 pound feet of torque. According to Road & Track, even the 343 was capable of 0–60 in under eight sec- onds and a 15.5 second quarter, which the testers reckoned was slowed by about a second by an especially poor set of tires. Overall, the testers of the day found the Javelin to be a better balanced car than the Big Three products because it lacked a nose-heavy big block option. Transmissions ranged from a 3-speed column shift to a 4-speed or an automatic on the console. Automatics were either a Borg-Warner M11 or M12, while 4-speeds were either Ford or Hurst derived. “Go Package” the one to have The “Go Package” was essentially a handling package that included better tires, a front sway bar, stiffer front suspension, and power front disc brakes. Rarer by far were the dealer-installed “Group 19” accessories. These included a dual 4-barrel intake manifold, a high performance camshaft, needle bearing roller rocker arms, a dual point distributor, and a rear disc brake kit. “Big Bad” colors were the vivid flourescent hues of orange, blue, and green—really cool period stuff. Bumpers came body colored on Big Bad cars. Probably the most disappointing part of the Javelin was the interior. Even by American standards, it was cheap and bland. A note to would-be restorers: doing a Javelin is noth- Sports Car Market

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ing like restoring a Big Three muscle car—not everything is a phone call or a mouse-click away. There is some truth to the rumor that Chrysler destroyed millions of dollars worth of N.O.S. parts when it bought AMC. Although Javelins are only average rusters, given the low values, do yourself a favor and buy a rust-free Western car that is missing nothing and has a serviceable original interior. Mechanically, the car is closer to a catapult than a javelin—heavy duty and pretty much unbreakable. The 390 is probably the motor to go for. In addition to the most horses, it has a forged crank that is more durable. After the 1970 model year, the Javelin became gim- micky, large, and overstyled. It died in 1975, yet another casualty of the fuel crisis. AMC never revived the name, and it seems unlikely it will ever resurface with Chrysler (or even that Chrysler itself will be afloat long). Javelins still stupid cheap While the two-seat AMXs have finally started to at- tract the attention they deserve, they are still somewhat undervalued for what they represent. Javelins are just stupid cheap. Drivers are still out there for $8,000–$12,000, and great cars can still be found for less than $20,000. That's about half of Mustang fastback money. The muscle car market still seems to be driven by col- lectors with a one-dimensional outlook on things—they want what their neighbor had when they were kids, and most of the time that was a Camaro, a Chevelle, a Mustang, or a 'Cuda. Auctions and shows have started to resemble an endless film loop of one Camaro or Mustang after another. Can't anybody think outside the box? If not, maybe I'll step in and buy the great-looking muscle car that won't totally embarrass itself in the twisties for half the price of everything else. It's unlikely ever to appreciate like a Camaro, but I'll get the same tiresmoking thrill ride for a fraction of the entry fee.u ROB SASS has been collecting and restoring affordable classics since he was 16. His articles have appeared in the New York Times and businessweek.com. 20 Year Picture 1968–69 Charger R/T 440 1968–69 Charger 318 $20,000 $40,000 $60,000 $80,000 1968–69 Chevelle SS 396 1968–70 Javelin May 2007 Prices are for cars in excellent condition. This information is provided by Black Book and Cars of Particular Interest Collectible Vehicle Value Guide, www.blackbookusa.com. 33 1988 1993 1998 2003 2007

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Legal Files John Draneas Too Good To Be True, Is Too Good To Be True With the international marketplace created by the Internet, scams have never been easier to pull off S CM columnist Mike Sheehan was having a fantastic week. He had just sold a customer's 109-mile Enzo for $1,175,000. The money was in the bank, he had been paid his commission, and all he had to do was meet the new owner for lunch in Los Angeles and help him celebrate. So Sheehan decided to spend part of the morning checking out cars for sale on the Internet, and pretty soon an eBay listing caught his eye. A 3,650mile Enzo located in Paris had attracted 26 bids, showing a $611,100 current bid. When he took a closer look at the listing, three things seemed wrong. First, the listing was No Reserve with an opening bid of $490,000—why would the owner risk a sale that low? Second, the listing cautioned that, since the car was located in France and there would be a number of bureaucratic hurdles to exporting it, the buyer wouldn't receive the car for 60 days after buying it. That was pretty scary. Third and most interesting, it was the Enzo Sheehan had just sold, complete with Sheehan's very complete set of photos, which had been purloined from his website. It also had the same serial number as Sheehan's car. After going through the needlessly difficult procedure required to report the fraudulent listing to eBay security, he was disappointed to receive only a standardized response from their computer. Nonetheless, the listing was pulled down by eBay within 48 hours, with the bid then up to $650,000. Someone got very lucky; if not for Sheehan, he or she could have lost a whole lot of money. Ship a Shelby home from Spain Here's another one. Recently, an SCM subscriber called and asked what I thought about a 1965 Shelby GT350 listed for sale on the Internet at $9,950. Seems that the wealthy seller lives in Spain and bought the Shelby in the U.S. as a gift for his wife. While the car was being shipped to Spain, he told his wife about it. She refused to drive a car without power steering. Reluctantly, the seller left the car in its container at the customs dock for several months so he wouldn't have to pay import duties. He was happy to send the car right back to the good old US of A once the freight forwarding company received payment for the purchase price. The latter was confirmed by the freight forwarding company, which was obviously a co-conspirator. It wasn't hard to figure this one for a scam. The ridiculously low selling price made that pretty clear, but there were all sorts of other clues. The whole story was contrived to appear plausible enough as to why the car had to be “sacrificed,” but each compo- Let's see, I sold it in L.A. yesterday, and today it's in Paris... nent of the story was totally implausible. Consider: • What guy would buy a GT350 for his wife? • How can one just leave a container parked at the dock for several months? • Why would the buyer's money go to the freight forwarding company? • Why would Spanish Customs just let the container get reshipped without any duties paid? • Who was going to pay for the shipping? Never, never send any money These scams come in all sorts of variations, but there are two telltale signs to look for. One is, when the price is unbelievably low, or the deal is too good to be true, it isn't a real deal. I don't for a minute believe the story about the guy who bought a near-new 911 Porsche from a woman for $100 because her husband, who had run off with his girlfriend, called and told her to “just sell the car and send me the money.” The other sure sign is that these scams always involve getting you to send money somewhere before you actually get the car. Never, never, ever do that Don't part with a dollar until you have the car. If the seller won't agree to that, insist on using an escrow agent, such as an attorney, to hold the money until the car arrives with proper paperwork. If that isn't agreeable, forget about it. Don't let the fear of losing the deal—also known as greed—get the best of you. And don't be fooled by a request for just a little bit of money. For example, don't send the money for the transport fees, even if it is a small amount compared to the purchase price of the car. Usually, the smaller amount is all that the crook is trying to steal from you. You really have to protect yourself at all times. Collector cars have become very valuable, and the value difference between an ordinary car and an authentic car is substantial. That provides ample incentive and rewards for crooks. Coupled with the international marketplace created by the Internet, scams have never been easier to pull off. JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney and car collector in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and no substitute for consultation with an attorney. He can be reached at legalfiles@sportscarmarket.com 34 Sports Car Market

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Collecting Thoughts Auto Union D-type To Sell or Not to Sell, That is the Question Christie's was able to position itself as being more interested in transparency and candor than in the short-term gain of the auction sale by Donald Osborne T he withdrawal of the 1939 Auto Union D-type Grand Prix car from Christie's sale in Paris at Retromobile has been a study in how an international auction company handles a difficult and potentially explosive situation. Projected to bring a record price for an automobile sold at auction (the existing record, $8.7 million, is held by Christie's for the 1931 Bugatti Royale “Kellner Coupe” in London in 1987), the iconic Auto Union drew everyone's attention in the lead up. The story of the Auto Union D-type doesn't need to be repeated here—suffice it to say that any time one of the legendary “Silver Arrows” racers from MercedesBenz or Auto Union comes onto the market, the interest will be high, as not many are in private hands. Attribution and determination of racing history is always a difficult matter. As I wrote recently about the Delahaye 135 Special sold by RM Auctions in Phoenix, Arizona, in January (April, pg. 44), racing cars have always been at their heart “tools,” which are designed to be used, and used up. A race car may be extensively modified, altered, and cannibalized during 36 its active lifetime. Add to that a very different atmosphere in the world of racing before the modern age, in which the keeping of records was not as exact as today, and questions and doubts increase exponentially. Number 19 driven by Hans Stuck In the weeks leading up to the sale, it was discovered that the car Christie's was offering, a twin-stage supercharged car, was not chassis 21, on record as the winner of the 1939 French Grand Prix as stated in the catalog, but rather chassis 19, which finished 6th in the race, driven by Hans Stuck. It was also driven to 5th place at the Nurburgring by Rudolf Hasse that same year. German manufacturers kept good records, but the intervention of World War II is sufficient to render that argument more difficult. The seizure of the German cars by the Soviet Union after the war and their disassembly and poor storage turn it into an almost impossible situation. What makes this situation surprising is a number of unique factors. First, this car is not your typical “long-lost” chassis, which springs to light fully rebuilt from a little-known source under questionable circumstances. Discovered behind the Iron Curtain by Paul Karassik in the 1980s, this car, along with another single-stage supercharged model, were brought to the U.K. Both were restored by the experienced and well respected shop of Crosthwaite & Gardiner, and their discovery and restorations were extensively publicized in the mid-'90s, beginning in the February 1994 issue of Classic & Sports Car magazine. Sports Car Market

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Ran at many high profile events The single-stage car had been identified as “chassis 19” and purchased by Audi for its corporate collection, while the two-stage car was seen to be “chassis 21” and was sold to a private owner. Over the years, this car has been run at many high-profile events, including Goodwood, and driven and displayed around the world. This is the car that was consigned late last year to Christie's. When its sale was announced, Christie's felt certain of what it had. International Head of Department for Christie's Motor Cars, Rupert Banner, told me, “There were a couple of people who said to us there were two Karassik cars. Are you sure you've got the ‘good one,' and we had. It's pretty much on public record that the ‘trailer,' as it was described, sort of half a chassis, had been built up from a single-stage car and the whole chassis had been the twin-stage car, so there wasn't any doubt in our minds. Those were the only questions anyone raised.” With Audi collaborating in the pre-auction publicity with a showing of the car in its flagship New York City showroom in late January, the car and its history as related in the Christie's catalog seemed to be correct. In fact, at the gathering in New York, Audi representatives verbally offered even more information on the car, which Christie's asked be confirmed in writing. At this point, things began to unravel. Audi requested that they be able to have additional time to confirm certain details. It became clear that it was a more basic question of identities rather than histories and that it was not certain the questions now raised could be answered in time for the sale on February 17. With the car having been so publicized since 1994, one wondered how this basic issue could come up so many years later. The answer seems to be that since the Audi Tradition organization was created in 1998, after the cars had been restored, the information available to the restorers was not as accurate as was believed at the time. Number 21 goes missing again When Audi began to look for additional history on the sale car, they discovered more than they wanted to know. It turned out the car in Audi's collection—believed to be chassis 19—apparently has no identifiable number on it at all and seems to be a reconstruction based on original parts. Their research proved that the Christie's car was without doubt chassis 19, and chassis 21 is once again missing. Given the high profile of the consignment and the lack of doubt that it was indeed a genuine Auto Union Grand Prix car, some have asked why Christie's didn't go ahead with the sale and work out any questions afterward. Banner responded quickly and firmly. “We're in a very big company with people who have an awful lot of experience in situations such as this and know the right thing to do in certain circumstances. We wanted to take the high ground. In fact, we found out something we weren't especially happy about and we wanted to get to the bottom of it. At that level, and with the people we were potentially dealing with, a rush job was not the thing to do.” The decision to withdraw the car from the auction now seems to have been a smart one. Although there was a certain let-down in the saleroom in Paris (where the car remained on display at the venue), the completed research now gives the car an undisputed history of grand prix finishes, and proof that one of those came at the hands of Hans Stuck at the French GP. Such proof is quite rare for race cars of that vintage and in fact may add more to the value of the car than the undocumented, first place finish by a lesser driver at the same event. In addition, Christie's was able to position itself as being more interested in transparency and candor than in the short-term gain of the auction sale. Verifying not only the provenance, but even the identity of older race cars, can be a complicated undertaking, especially when millions of dollars are at stake. In our litigious society, auction companies (as well as dealers and private sellers) are well served to unearth and disclose everything they can about a vehicle before the sale, rather than after. So long as a customer is satisfied that what he bought is exactly what he thought it was, post-sale issues rarely arise.u (In early March, Christie's held a sealed tender bid process, but the car failed to sell. It will be offered at a future public auction.—ED) May 2007 37

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Myth Buster Portuguese Barn FInd A Myth as Good as a Mile Huge collections like the one in Portugal don't just happen. Cars are accumulated by someone with a purpose by Tom Cotter next week it seemed the web was literally blanketed with these images, each giving a similar story: “Imagine moving into an old farmhouse in the Portuguese countryside, and, while walking around “the lower 40” of your new investment, you come across an old building. Curious as to what may be inside, you pry open the rusted door and for the first time in decades, one of the largest hordes of old cars ever discovered is exposed to sunlight.” I didn't believe that story for a moment. Huge collections of cars don't just happen. Cars are accumulated—sometimes lovingly, sometimes not—by someone with a purpose. I was sure this collection was not assembled by accident; nobody would simply sell an old farm and fail to mention to the new owners the stash of old cars in the barn. I decided to investigate. I searched the web and ul- O timately came to an English language dead end at the Mazda Miata Club Norway web site. But I kept going, sending emails in English and hoping that some kind recipient would take a few moments to answer some questions. All indications were that the cars were hidden somewhere in Portugal, so that's where I focused my investigation. Through a Cobra buddy, Don Silawski of Washington, DC, I contracted with a Portuguese translator, Clara Dixon. Clara would be my tour guide and try to unearth some of the naked truth regarding this huge stash. Clara also checked the Internet for news stories that may have been written in Portuguese newspapers about the cars. I was beginning to feel like a CIA sleuth… I must admit that for me, a lifelong barn-finder, a Portuguese barn houses 180 cars, all covered with decades of dust collection this large would be the discovery of a lifetime. My 15-year-old son, Brian, even tried to convince me to hop a flight to Portugal to see if I could actually find the collection myself. I was eventually able to contact the photographer who was contracted by the cars' owner to shoot the photographs that would ultimately appear on millions of car-guy computer monitors beginning on January 20. The story behind the story Manuel Menezes Morais shot the photos, but he was sworn to secrecy about the cars' location and the owner's name. However, he was able to obtain permission from the elusive owner to give me the following information: The owner of the cars was a car dealer in the 1970s and 1980s, and decided to save the more interesting cars that came through his doors. When the barn was full, he padlocked and “soldered” the doors shut. (Perhaps welding was too permanent.) Web sites varied on the number of cars: 58, 100, and 180 were speculated. According to Morais, there are 180 cars in the barn. And, aw shucks, none of the cars is for sale. Clara was able to determine that the cars are located somewhere in the area of Sintra, near Lisbon. I asked Morais if he could ask the owner if he had a favorite car. “He has lots of good cars in very good condition,” he says, “but he loves the Lancia Aurelia B24. He has two.” I would ask that a European-based SCM subscriber pick this story up and help fill in the blanks. And let me know what you find (tomgcotter@roadrunner.com). I'd like to include the true story in a future In the Barn book, as well as in SCM.u TOM COTTER is a contributing editor to Road & Track. The sequel to Cotter's book Cobra in the Barn, to be called The Hemi in the Barn, will be published by Motorbooks this fall. Alfas, Porsches, Volkswagens, and more... 38 Sports Car Market ne day this January, I received at least ten forwarded email attachments to a web site that featured photos of an eclectic collection of old cars in a decaying building. For the

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So, What's In There? All the cars are dusty and the lighting is pretty poor, but searching through photos of these cars on various web sites, I was able to identify a fair number. Here is a partial list: Lancia Flaminia Coupe Lotus Elan DHC Lotus Elan FHC Lotus Elan +2 Lotus Europa Lotus Super 7 Series IV MG Midget MG Magnette 1923/24 Maxwell 1950s Alfa Giulietta, 1960s Sprint Speciale, 1950s Nash Metropolitan Dozens of American sedans, from a 1932 Ford 2-door sedan to 1970s Olds Cutlasses Dozens of 1950s and 1960s Mercedes sedans; A couple of Formula race cars. Abarth 1300 Scorpione Alfa GTV Alfa 1900 SS Alfa Bertone Alfa Giuiletta Alfa Giulietta Sprint Alfa Giulia Sprint Speciale Alfa Sud 1.5 1931 Chrysler CD roadster DKW 1000SP Fiat Cabriolet Fiat Topolino Fiat 500 1950s Lancia B20 Austin A30 Austin A40 Somerset Austin Healey Sprite Austin Mini Cooper Austin Mini Cooper S BMW 2002 BMW 1800 Fiat 508 Balilla Ford Cortina Ford Taunus Hillman Californian Lancia Aurelia B20 2+2 Lancia Aurelia B24 Lancia Appia Lancia Flaminia Zagato 1939 Plymouth, 1960s Mercedes-Benz 200, 280 * Note: More than one car may exist for each model listed above. May 2007 39 BMW 501 V8 Sedan BMW Isetta Bristol 404 Saloon Chrysler CD Citroën Traction Avant Datsun 240Z 1970s Abarth Scorpione Matra Djet Maxwell Mini Moke Nash Metropolitan Opel GT Opel Rekord Porsche 356B Porsche 356C Peugeot 202 1960s Hillman Imp Californian Triumph TR4 Volvo PV444 VW Beetle Peugeot 404 Cabriolet Peugeot 505 Cabriolet Renault Dauphine Rover P5 Saloon Rover P6 Saab 93 Simca Coupe de Ville Singer Gazelle Steyr Puch

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Event Retromobile A Must-do On The To-do List The fact that Rétromobile takes place in Paris close to Valentine's Day is icing on the cake by Donald Osborne Warm climes of Paris contrasted with the display of Paul-Emile Victor's polar equipment S 40 pringtime in Paris came a bit early this year, with February temperatures in the upper 50s and more sunshine than anyone would think possible in late winter. It was a perfect setting for the 32nd Rétromobile show. Held in a large hall at the Porte de Versailles convention center complex February 16–25, it boasted the usual weird and wonderful mixture of old parts vendors, bookstalls, more models, toys, posters, and artwork than can be imagined, club displays, dealer stands, manufacturer's exhibits, and a two-day Christie's auction. This year's features were “Automobiles of the Stars” and “The Polar Expeditions of Paul-Emile Victor.” The centerpiece of the former was a display of twelve cars from the collection of Pink Floyd drummer and vintage racer Nick Mason. The latter showed two of the custom-built vehicles made for the 1947 Antarctic expedition led by the French explorer who built the first research bases on the South Pole. The display was complete with model penguins. As is normal practice, manufacturers celebrated anniversaries on their deluxe stands, with the 90th birthday of BMW featuring the very humble Dixi, the Austin Seven built under license, which was their first car. Daimler-Chrysler's display honored the 50th anniversary of the production 300SL convertible's first showing at the Geneva show in 1957, and Fiat Auto sang the praises of the Nuova 500, the iconic 2-cylinder people's car also launched the same year. The French marque clubs seem to have a direct line to factory collections, and that relationship showed itself best with the rare 33 Stradale on the Alfa Romeo Club of France stand from the Alfa Romeo Museum and the wacky Lancia Loraymo coupe, the Fallon and Coelia Caron, co-organizer of SCM's Paris event Sports Car Market

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BMW's humble Dixi personal design of Raymond Loewy. That car was based on a Flaminia, and came from Lancia's corporate collection to appear on the French Lancia Club's display. As examples of Rétromobile's unique appeal, where else could you see the tub and engine of a Matra Formula 1 car or a Panhard tank? The now-traditional Friday evening reception given by SCM and Cave Creek Classics was a great success. Ed Fallon of Cave Creek Classics and your correspondent hosted more than 90 U.S. and European subscribers, advertisers, and friends at restaurant Zinger Alsace in the rear of the hall. We shared wine and great food while discussing Parisian prices (high), the state of the collector car market (equally high) and making plans for the coming classic Details Plan ahead: February 16–25, 2008 Where: Porte de Versaille, Paris, FRA Cost: Adults, $15.75; Kids 6–12, $9.25 More: www.retromobile.fr car year. Fallon, who took a stand at the show for the first time this year, celebrated a few days later with the private sale of the unrestored 1927 Voisin C11 Letourneau et Marchand sport torpedo he brought to Paris. Rétromobile is a must-do on the to-do list of any enthusiast, and the fact that it takes place in Paris near St. Valentine's Day is just icing on the cake. As SCM contributor and Rétromobile habitué Raymond Milo put it, “There are two places no wife ever refuses to accompany her husband—one is Las Vegas, the other is Paris.” Let's see… rows of slot machines, $9.95 dinner buffets, and a Wayne Newton con- cert… or foie gras, Veuve Clicquot, and Romeo et Juliette at l'Opera de Paris? I'd have to say the choice is clear.u From left: SCM scribes Thor Thorson, Donald Osborne, and Raymond Milo May 2007 Lancia Loraymo 41

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Ferrari Profile 2004 Ferrari 575 GTC Competizione I'm told that four friends from Switzerland bought the car for $144,000 over the estimated price. What were these guys thinking? by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 2004–2005 Number produced: 12 Original list price: $785,000 SCM Valuation: $524,906 Cost per hour to race: $2,500 Tune up: $3,500 Distributor cap: N/A Chassis #: Left frame member by steering box Engine #: Right rear above motor mount. Club: Ferrari Club of America P. O. Box 720597 Atlanta, GA 30358 More: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 1999–2004 Corvette C5R, 1999–2004 Porsche 911 GT3-RSR, 2001–2005 Saleen S7R SCM Investment Grade: C Comps Chassis number: 2216 F ollowing the success of privately-entered 550 Maranellos in international GT racing, including an historic class win in the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2003, Ferrari developed its own in-house evolution of the successful 575M Maranello, the 575 GTC Competizione Berlinetta. Produced specifically for the FIA GT and GrandAm championships, the 575 GTC Competizione incorporated numerous modifications, starting with an increase in the displacement of the quad-cam V12 engine from the production car's 5,748 cc to 5,997 cc by means of a longer stroke. Different camshafts and alterations to the Marelli engine management system saw power increase to 605 hp with the FIA regulation 31.8-mm inlet restrictors fitted. Transmitting this power to the road was a 6-speed sequential transaxle transmission and triple-plate carbon fiber clutch. Given a long enough straight and with the tallest of the optional final drive ratios installed, a theoretical top speed of 208 mph was attainable. With such an awesome potential performance, the 575 GTC was subjected to lengthy wind-tunnel testing of its aerodynamics, resulting in the adoption of a flat under-body with rear diffuser to FIA/ACO regulations, combined with an adjustable front spoiler and split rear wing complete with “Gurney” flap. The 550's basic chassis/body layout was retained—tu- bular steel spaceframe, composite panels—while front and rear track dimensions were both increased over those of the 550 and the car's dry weight drastically reduced to just over the minimum permitted 2,530 lbs (1,150kg). The industry-standard all-round double wishbone suspension featured adjustable damping, anti-roll bar, and anti-dive geometry at the front, while Brembo 6-pot 42 calipers (front) and 4-pot (rear) looked after the braking. One of Ferrari's most expensive offerings ever, the 575 GTC cost a staggering $785,000 in 2004. The car offered here is one of two 575 GTCs cam- paigned during the FIA GT Championship in 2004 by the Italian team, GPC Giesse Squadra Corse. This car, s/n 2216, was driven by the Austrian/Italian pairing of Peter/Babini for the first five rounds of the season before its regular drivers were joined by ex-Formula 1 ace Mika Salo (Finland) and Vincent Vosse (Belgium) for the Spa 24 Hours, achieving its best result of the season with 2nd place. There were two further podium finishes for Peter/ Babini and s/n 2216 in 2004—at Monza and Donington Park. For the final two rounds Gianni Morbidelli piloted it, and at the season's end Giesse Squadra Corse was rewarded with 2nd place in the Championship, with Babini 4th and Peter 6th in the driver's classification. In the course of the 2004 season, 2216 covered 13,900 kilometers and finished in ten of the Championship's eleven rounds. During 2005, the car contested the Italian GT Championship, and since the end of that season has not been used. It is here offered fresh from restoration by team RaceAlliance at the Nürburgring, repainted red and fitted with new windows. The SCM Analysis This car sold for $524,906 at Bonhams's Exceptional Ferrari and Maserati Motor Car Auction on December 17, 2006, in Gstaad, Switzerland. Ferrari witnessed the end of an era in 1973. When the company ceased production of the 365 GTB/4 1980 Ferrari 512BB LM Silhouette Competition Lot# 277, s/n 30559 Condition: 2+ Not sold at $353,761 Bonhams, Gstaad, CH, 12/19/2003 1964 Shelby Cobra Competition Lot# 181, s/n CSX2109 Condition: 2 Sold at $660,000 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/18/2006 1991 Ferrari F40 LeMans Competition Lot# 218, s/n 88522 Condition: 1Sold at $654,931 Bonhams, Gstaad, CH, 12/17/05 Sports Car Market

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Daytona, it ended a tradition of front-engine 12-cylinder flagships that extended back to its earliest cars. The 365 GTB/4 Boxer replaced the Daytona and made Ferrari a late entrant to the upper levels of the mid-engine revolution. The Boxer was followed by a succession of increas- ingly more civilized mid-engine offerings until 1996, when, surprisingly, Ferrari returned to its roots with the frontengine 550 Maranello. The immense popularity of the 550 confirmed Ferrari's gamble and fostered the succeeding 575M Maranello and the recently introduced 599 GTB Fiorano. Continuation of racing history Ferraris have always been raced, and paralleling the evolution of the 365 GTB/4 to the 599 Fiorano there is also a continuation of Ferrari's race history. While the 365 GTB/4 enjoyed a rich competition history with special competition versions and some factory support, Ferrari declined to support the Boxer in the same way. The firm recognized the Boxer would not be competitive in racing top levels and chose to avoid being an also-ran by not supporting the model. The BBLM racing Boxers were all aftermarket conver- sions built by an outside company for private entrants, and while they did have limited success, overall, the factory was correct about its limited competition potential. The Testarossa was a first-rate grand touring car but was far too heavy to consider racing. There were no credible Testarossa racing efforts. The 550 Maranello opened a new era in Ferrari GT racing. Rule changes by the international sanctioning bodies eliminated GT-dressed prototypes from competition and returned GT racing to modified production cars. While the factory gave no official nod to the projects, a couple of enterprising privateers decided the 550 might be competitive under the new rules. They were correct, and the 550 eventually became the car to beat in GT Racing. Noting the success of the competition 550s, Ferrari decided to re-enter the world of GT racing with the introduction of the 575 GTC in 2003. The highly modified 575 M Maranello was a product of Ferrari's client race department, Corse Clienti. It was developed in-house at Ferrari with construction farmed out to Fiat's competition partner N-Technology. It was an immediate success with a win in its first outing. An excellent career Bonhams' s575 GTC #2216 was one of two cars raced by GPC Giesse Squadra Corse. It had an excellent career highlighted by outstanding reliability. SCM's European scribe, Richard Hudson-Evans, inspected #2216 at Gstaad and confirmed that it was refurbished to a high standard. The car has been updated with carbon brakes, aerodynamically improved front bumper, front splitter, rear wing, rear suspension, and Moton shock absorbers, all items from Ferrari's Evo 2005 update package. I'm told that four friends from Switzerland bought the car, which means these four plus the underbidder all thought the price was right. The final bid was $144,000 over the estimated price, so what were these guys thinking? Maybe they were thinking that Ferrari numbers its purpose-built racecars with special even serial numbers, and history has shown even-numbered Ferraris to be among the most sought after and valuable of all collector cars. Maybe they were thinking that as one of only twelve 575 GTCs, their car would be one of the rarest of all Ferrari models, or maybe they weren't thinking and just wanted an outrageous turn-key racer for track days and events. There won't be any upside in this car for decades, and considering the holding cost, there probably never will be. This wasn't an investment purchase; these guys wanted a toy. It's not where I'd spend my money, but I hope to be around when they take it out to play.u STEVE AHLGRIM of Atlanta, GA, has been actively involved in the Ferrari business since 1978. (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) May 2007 43

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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan Ferraris by the Numbers A quick glance in the database and a few emails to the group confirmed there were at least two and possibly even four F50s with s/n 99999 This s/n 99999 F50 resides at Swaters T 44 rainspotters are an odd English subculture who first wandered into the moors in rain, sleet, and snow during the Victorian era, recording serial numbers painted on the sides of passing freight cars, passenger cars, and locomotives. This information was dutifully handwritten into ledgers and logs so the numbers, locations, and travels of virtually every train car in Britain could be tracked accurately. Once recorded, the data was then swapped by mail with other trainspotters and used to build a network of information far superior to that of British Rail. Only in England. The Ferrari world has its own subculture of spotters, a few dozen people worldwide—including yours truly—who have dedicated much of their lifetimes to recording race results, interesting historical information, and ownership data for their favorite Ferrari models. Today those statistics are in databases, and swapped information crosses the planet in seconds by email. Complications started early In theory, every Ferrari is singular and has just one serial number. In practice, how- ever, Ferrari has a long history of complicating the lives of its spotters. I first covered this subject in a 1989 article in Cavallino after selling 375 MM s/n 0362 to a Japanese customer who was more than mystified to learn that Ferrari had once swapped serial numbers of his race car. I had to explain that in the 1950s Ferrari was first a race team, whose singular goal was to win top level international series races, and second a manufacturer that covered the payroll by selling last month's slightly used race cars to privateers who could win national level races. Because both factory and privateer drivers had a nasty habit of breaking parts and hitting things, demand often exceeded supply. The imminent arrival of a paying (or heaven forbid, pre-paid) client to pick up his slightly used steed guaranteed that swapping serial numbers to get a car and client out the door was a necessity of business. To summarize the eight-page Cavallino article that unraveled the history of s/n 0362, in period it changed from 0362 to 0374 and then back to 0362, while a second car, s/n 0376, was renumbered to 0362, so that today two 375 MMs exist with a period factory claim to s/n 0362. That '60s haze Fast forward to the 1960s and a pair of cars that have occupied much recent internet chat within our group— s/n 1287, the prototype for the 250 GTE, and s/n 2257, a 400 Superamerica with a one-off 250 GTE-style body. The prototype 250 GTE, s/n 1287, was registered by the factory on plates MO54083 on November 19, 1959, and Sports Car Market

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featured seven small louvers in the rear sail panels, no side marker lights, and no louvers in the front fenders. It was tested extensively by the factory as the platform for the upcoming 250 GTE 2+2 then restamped to s/n 2257 and sold in September 1961 to Egidio Galbani, a personal friend of Ferrari, with Galbani paying for new and expensive Italian registration. This car is currently undergoing restoration in Italy. Meanwhile, a second car bodied by Pininfarina to look like the upcoming 250 GTE—which should have been s/n 2257 in the build sequence—was built in November 1961. It was stamped 1287 in order to keep the prepaid MO54083 registration as used on the earlier “look-alike” 250 GTE prototype. This car was fitted with a 4-liter 400 SA engine, 1287 SA, and became the personal hot rod of Enzo Ferrari. This 250 GTE “look-alike” 400 was later sold to France where it was destroyed in a crash in Paris in 1972 and ceased to exist, aside from the engine (and to complicate matters further, s/n 1287 had been fitted with two different 400 SA engines during its testing). I was recently offered a Ferrari 250 GTE with the s/n 1287. It was presented with the history of the 400 SA hot rod, which is certainly more valuable than the 250 GTE prototype. However, from the pictures that were sent along and the research I conducted, it was clear this s/n 1287 was the 250 GTE prototype, with a standard 250 GTE engine. As Ferrari's personal car and as a one-off 400 SA, it would be a very attractive car. But as the surviving prototype 250 GTE, though desirable, it was not worth the price of a unique 400 SA. Which points out why it's important to do your homework. Confusion times four The issue of confusion is not specific to vintage Ferraris. A client was recently of- fered F50 prototype s/n 99999 and came to me for info. A quick glance in the database and a few emails to our historians group confirmed there were at least two and possibly even four F50s with s/n 99999. One was a former press car at the Galleria Ferrari, another belonged to Jacques Swaters, former Belgian Ferrari importer, and a third F50 s/n 99999 was registered on a Channel Islands Guernsey plate 17404. Looking through my voluminous notes under F50 s/n 99999, I saw that one of the spotters in our group noted every F40 and F50 has a tiny external number on the external door lock, and that over several years of spotting at dealers, events in Europe, and at the Galleria Ferrari, he had seen four different door lock numbers on four different F50s in four different locations, all numbered s/n 99999. For example, he spotted two F50s in Mugello on the same day, both with s/n 99999. One carried factory plates Prova MO2112 while the second had Prova MO2268. He was unable to get the door lock numbers. Other notes showed the F50 with Guernsey plates (door lock number 325) also had the top of the windshield tinted, and it had a type shield behind the steering wheel, while the three other s/n 99999 F50s did not. The Guernsey car had a chassis plate on the steering column; the Swaters car did not. Ad infinitum. Adding yet another dimension to the madness, there were also a total of seven pre-production or prototype F50s built, those being 95592, 98170, 99999 x 4, 100825, 101919, 102474, 102813 and 102816. The punch line to all this was that none of the various iterations of s/n 99999 was for sale, and the client was being offered what is referred to in the trade as a “ghost car.” Recent history no better Another client called to offer his 550 Barchetta, proudly proclaiming he had production number 001/448, meaning the first of 448 Barchettas built. I replied by asking which 550 Barchetta with build number 001/448 he owned. Serial number 121680, a Euro car spotted at the Geneva Salon in March 2001, in red/black? Or perhaps it was s/n 123075, another Euro car spotted at the Pebble Beach Polo Field in August 2002, also red/black? Or maybe it was s/n 123652, although I knew that one was a Euro car finished in silver with dark red and owned by Jean Todt, former Ferrari F1 guru, numbered P1/448. I didn't even mention the six pre-production prototypes built. We spotters live in the age of information, and infor- mation coupled with an understanding of how to use it is a valuable thing. It clears the air, eases our clients' minds, let alone our own. And it helps to provide added value to the cars in which we deal. In many ways, what we do is sell information. At least as much as we sell Ferraris.u MIKE SHEEHAN has been a Ferrari broker and racer for 30 years. He has raced in the Mazda Pro Series and the Trans Am Series as well as IMSA GTO and IMSA Camel-Lite, with three drives at the 24 Hours of Daytona. One of many 550 Barchettas with build number 001/448 May 2007 45

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English Profile 1963 Aston Martin DB4GT It was the last standard-bodied DB4GT produced—cool beans. The first or last always generates more buzz and is a nice fact for collectors by Stephen Serio Details Years produced: 1959–63 Number produced: 75 standard bodied GTs Original list price: £4,676 ($6,360) SCM Valuation: $900k–$1.1m Tune-up: $1,200–$2,400 Distributor cap: $55 Chassis #: Plate located in right side engine compartment near firewall; stamped in chassis, left lower side near bottom of suspension wishbone. Engine #: On chassis plate and on top of left front block, originally marked with red paint. Club: AMOC, 1301 Avenue of the Americas, 30th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10019 More: www.amoc.org Alternatives: 1960–62 Ferrari 250 GT SWB, 1961–62 Jaguar XKE Factory Lightweight, 1955–56 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing (alloy) Chassis number: DB4GT0175L I ntroduced in September 1959 as a higher-performance version of the DB4, the DB4GT took the alreadypowerful (240 hp) DB4 engine, added twin ignition from two distributors/coils and twelve small (10 mm) spark plugs, three twin-choke Weber carburetors, and an increased compression ratio to boost the power to an honest and impressive 302 hp. The Dana-Salisbury rear had a Powr-Lok limited-slip differential and was offered in five ratios ranging from 2.93 to 4.09. The DB4's wheelbase was chopped by five inches, thus eliminating its tiny rear seat area, and a 36U.S.-gallon gas tank was fitted with fuel fillers on either side of the car. With a lighter curb weight and more powerful engine than the DB4, the DB4GT could jump from 0–60 in a whisker over six seconds and go from rest to 100 mph in a bit over 14 seconds. Top end was measured at 153 mph with the 3.54 axle ratio. To provide effective braking, Girling four-wheel disc brakes were employed as standard equipment. Of the 75 “standard” DB4GTs, only six are known to have full Factory Lightweight construction details. The half dozen Lightweights are divided into two subspecies. We can describe the first of these as “BUILD SHEET GTs” since they were originally ordered with this specification and are so described on the factory build sheets and in the Aston Martin Owners Club (AMOC) Registry. The other lightweight type is the “BESPOKE” or Service Department-created GT. Ex Aston-Martin Chief Engineer and Head of Racing, Ted Cutting, wrote to this author on November 11, 1994, with a clarification of the two types: “The cars ordered as built as lightweights from the start were so described on their build sheets and com- 46 pleted by the Competition Department or in some cases by the Service Department, depending on the work load of each group at that time. The “Bespoke” GT chassis were modified to lightweight spec after build completion, but before their final assembly by the service shop.” AML Service Department-modified GTs like 0175/L, the example presented here, are not listed as a Lightweight on their build sheets, but a close examination of the factory features of this car leaves little doubt as to its origins. The GT we have the pleasure of offering here was actually the last DB4GT built and sold by Aston's Newport Pagnell Factory. The SCM Analysis This car sold for $1,265,000 at RM's Phoenix auction, January 19, 2007. Here's what I think is plenty enough undisputed merit to sell this GT, in and of itself, at this price. (1) Lot #252 was the last standard bodied DB4GT produced—cool beans. The last of anything is a nice fact for collectors; the first or last always generates more buzz. (2) A factory build sheet that confirms matching numbers showing once again, this is the real deal. (3) This is one of 30 DB4GTs in LHD. That's the 40% minority and always a plus on these shores—probably a 15%–20% value bump over RHD. (4) A solid timeline of ownership and recent restoration history—no condition mystery here. (5) Shows nicely, great overall patina/feel for race, tour, or street use. (Personally, I would remove the vintage boy-racer add-ons such as the bonnet bug 1961 Jaguar XKE Factory Lightweight Lot# 80, s/n S85006 Condition: n/a Not sold at $724,800 Coys, Silverstone, U.K., 8/2/1996 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1959 Ferrari 250GT TdF Lot# 232, s/n 1161GT Condition: 1- Sold at $1,457,500 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/19/2005 1960 Aston Martin DB4GT Lightweight Lot# 41, s/n DB4GT0134L Condition: 2Sold at $721,710 Christie's, Paris, FRA, 2/8/2003 Sports Car Market Photos: Shooterz.biz

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deflector, the foglights, the rear air exit venting, and so on, that in my view cheapen the look. I would also fit a correct steering wheel. But that's a matter of taste and these things are easily changed). (6) This car, according to the catalog, possesses pe- riod lightweight modifications, perhaps carried out by the Aston Martin factory after it was built as a standard DB4GT. This can happen. I know this for a fact as a car I sold a few years ago—one campaigned by the German driver Peter Linder—had the same modifications. Super. You want to go faster, you make them lighter. For someone who wants to run at the front of the pack, this is all good stuff. The world record price for this car should make all of us in the Aston world glow. There must have been at least two buyers who stumped up $1million-plus for this car and that's a cool blog topic. I have no complaint about the outcome; on this day it was worth what was paid for it. But the catalog reference to the term “Bespoke GTs,” and lumping “Bespoke GTs” in with the recognized five factory lightweights creates confusion. (See sidebar for RM's response.) I can't find the term ‘bespoke' anywhere “Bespoke GT” may be a term used in the RM catalog, but I challenge anyone to find the term in Aston Martin's archives or correspondence, AMOC registries, or count- What 0175L revealed in restoration less books written over 40 years. But I think I can translate. It seems to me that a “Bespoke GT” would be a GT that was finished on the assembly line then wheeled around to Works Service at the customer's request and de-contented and made lighter to go racing (which this particular car seemed never to have done anyway). David Brown's Economics 101 made simple: Aston got paid twice, once to build the car and once again to disassemble it and make it lighter. Works Service is in business today to carry out cus- tomer requests line manufacturing cannot cope with; they exist precisely to further customize your car. But here's the rub. Nobody has explained when, how, In search of more history on DB4GT0715L, SCM contacted RM Auctions, who referred us to their Aston Martin specialists Jack Boxstrom and Don Rose. Here are their conclusions. • Rather than a factory designation, “Lightweight” is a term applied posthumously to the six chassis recognized by the AMOC register as having been delivered from new to a higher level of competition specification. • The earlier Lightweight cars appeared to have been built as such at the main factory; later cars may have been modified prior to first delivery by the factory Works Service facility, which often carried out this work. The specifications included steel floors replaced with aluminum, Perspex in place of all glass other than the windscreen, and much drilling of the chassis and heavy suspension components. • Lightweight casings were specified for the differential and a list of smaller items reduced overall weight by around 150 lb. The engines were tuned to highest factory output, same as the Zagato-bodied variants. • 0175L was the very last GT built. By the tail of this run, sales had slowed considerably and Aston was always willing to accommodate special requests of customers either to close a sale or for a price. During restoration, 0175 was discovered to have been built to factory lightweight spec, which appeared to be as original. or if Aston actually made these changes to this particular car. Could it have been done by an Aston dealer, a private garage, or the even the owner's manservant? That's my question, and I don't find the answer in the auction catalog. It doesn't mean an answer doesn't exist, it just means that it wasn't directly addressed. In a conversation Publisher Martin had with RM Aston expert Jack Boxstrom at Amelia Island, Boxstrom confirmed that there was no factory paperwork known to exist that confirmed where or when the modifications were done to this car. However, he went on to say that, as the owner of a lightweight himself, he had closely examined the modifications done to 0175L, and in his opinion felt they were done in a way that could only have been done at the factory, and at the time of construction. Hence the use of the term “Bespoke GT.” Be that as it may, there is one thing in which all par- ties are in agreement about. The “other five” DB4GT “lightweights” all have factory documentation that attests to their build dates and procedures, which removes any questions as to their provenance. May 2007 47

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English Profile Record-setting DB4GT, period Certainly things have improved in the Aston Martin market of late; this car was a late entry and a “no sale” at RM's Waldorf NYC auction in September 2000 for $285,000. (There was no mention of it being a lightweight then.) The new owner paid a price that was slightly ahead of the market, but not by much, and will probably be exceeded the next time a GT comes up for public sale. Seat Time Nick Candee, Belmont, MA: I owned DB4GT0130L for 17 years, 1982 to 1999, and enjoyed both great racing and grand touring with this red Aston. My DB4GT was often the only Aston on the grid. Aston Martin Racing used period parts to improve the handling tremendously, and in my ownership the Aston was as reliable as gravity on road and track. “An out-and-out race car disguised as a tourer” was a GT description in the 1960s; GT130 proved this within days of leaving a California showroom in 1961. Going home to Montana via the Bonneville Salt Flats, owner John Sconfienza was encouraged to unload his new GT and complete the break-in mileage. He won production class for the 1961 Speed Trials with a two-way run of 134.4 mph. Service Manager Reg Parnell read of this exploit in the AMOC Newsletter… and promptly suspended the warranty. I raced GT130 at Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Road America, Summit Point, Lime Rock, Road Atlanta, Mid-Ohio, Nelson Ledges, Grattan, Watkins Glen, Philadelphia, Loudon, and Bridgehampton. In 1993 this Aston won the inaugural New England Tour 1000 with a flying finish atop Mt. Equinox. Later, in 1993 on Long Island, an errant deer sparked the phrase “the Buck Stopped Here” for the left front fender. Although the Aston was still drivable, we had a new nickname—Deerslayer. I competed with the 30th DB4GT in more than 40 events. My only significant DNF was when the bonnet came loose at the start of a Lime Rock Fall Festival race—the Ferrari shop that had done body repair had used metric bolts to fasten the hood. If cared for by an Aston specialist, DB4GTs are fun and easy cars to drive, and always ready to go. Don Mann, Germantown, TN: From 1974 to 1982 I owned a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage, which had many similarities to the DB4GT (covered headlights, tri-carb engine, hotter cam, etc.). At that 48 time it was just a used car. I was living on Long Island at the time and paid $3,800 for it so the owner, an executive with CBS in New York, could buy a Jeep to drive on the beach with his children out in the Hamptons. As for the driving experience, I recall that the car felt heavy at any speed below ticket territory. It also didn't seem as fast as James Bond's, but his might have had some extra factory stuff on it. I loved the dashboard and the smell of the leather. I never owned another car with the interior character of the Aston until I acquired my 1955 300SL coupe. The quality of the Aston's construction was another high point, once again unmatched until the Gullwing. In 1982, I sold the car for $10,000 and thought I was a big time automotive speculator. Whit Ball, Exton, PA : I have owned two Aston DB4GTs— #891 and #862. Both were standard wheelbase DB4s fitted with David Brown's gearbox with attached overdrive, and of course a proper 3.8-liter full GT engine. Dad bought one in 1967; we kept it till the mid 1980s for road use only. It went everywhere, was fun and sporting to drive, but rather rough around the edges by today's standards. We bought it back and then sold it again in late '80s. I believe it sold in 1998 at an auction in New York.u Sports Car Market STEPHEN SERIO is president of Aston Martin of New England and has owned a handful of bespoke Aston Martins. (Introductory description courtesy of RM.) And if somehow documentation turns up proving this car was modified to lightweight specs while under construction at the factory, the new owner just won the Aston lottery, and the SCM analysis of his car would immediately change from a “well bought” to a “bought for $500,000 under market for a factory-built GT.” That would certainly be enough to make me start rummaging through the factory archives.u

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English Patient Gary Anderson Built for Comfort, Not Speed From the front, the Roadster was once described as a naked Gina Lollobrigida with Navajo jewelry accentuating her cleavage 1949 Triumph 2000 roadster sold at Barrett-Jackson for $38,500 son would drive one of those in today's traffic. On the other hand, the 1946–1949 Triumph Roadster, B 50 in either its 1800 or 2000 variants, is unusual, but can still be driven in comfort on real highways. The sanity of the driver remains, of course, an entirely different question. From the front, the Roadster was once described as re- sembling a naked Gina Lollobrigida with a gaudy piece of Navajo jewelry accentuating her cleavage. In fact, it shares its round fenders, its erect grille, large separate headlamps, and externally mounted horns with the Jaguar 1.5 of the same period, and the 1800 did use the same engine as the Jaguar for the three years they were both produced. Behind the wide bench seat, this unusual car also sports a “dickey seat” (known as a rumble seat in American cars of the '20s and '30s) with its own built-in windshield for the two rear passengers. The Triumph Roadster was the last car ever produced with that feature. But scratch beneath its surface, and you'll find that this ritish car enthusiasts are known for their eccentricity, so it takes something really odd to impress them. A Morgan trike will do, or perhaps a tiny Peel or Bond minicar, but of course no sane per- car isn't just a quirky footnote in British automotive history. On the contrary, it's the tangible manifestation of a clash between two giant personalities in the British car industry, and it reflects a critical period of transition. Triumph was in ruins In 1939, Triumph had gone into receivership, unable to produce cars that the few remaining customers in the market wanted to buy, and director Donald Healey (yes, that Healey) presided over the sale of the assets to Thomas Ward & Co. of Sheffield. Only a few months later, Hitler's bombers destroyed most of the Triumph factory. By 1943, all that was left of Triumph was a bombed-out plant, its name, and trademarks. But Sir Alick Dick of the Standard company, producer of the engines and chassis for the SS Company which would become Jaguar after the war, wanted the Triumph heritage. To get the name, he bought the assets of the ruined company. As rapidly as civilian production could be resumed in 1946, Dick was ready with new designs (some say drawn at government expense on drafting tables used to design planes and tanks). He had enlisted two young designers, Frank Callaby and Arthur Ballard, and demanded a new saloon and roadster. The brief was to design a common frame using tube steel (in reasonable supply in postwar England, though sheet steel would be rationed until five years later) and the 1,776-cc 4-cylinder Standard engine the renamed Standard-Triumph was contracted to sell to Jaguar for its small saloon. In spite of being Jaguar's major engine supplier, Dick intensely disliked William Sports Car Market

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Lyons, head of Jaguar. Lyons had rebuffed Dick's offer of a buyout in the mid-1930s and then gone ahead to produce cars that Dick could only envy. So Dick's designers were directed to compete directly with Jaguar. Designed by two individuals If you've heard the story that the front and back of the Roadster cars look as if they had been designed by different individuals, it's correct. Given the short time available and the need to do engineering drawings almost simultaneously with styling, Callaby designed the car from the B-pillar forward, and Ballard the rear, including the dickey seat and folding windscreen. The idea of providing seats for two passengers in the trunk is attributed to Dick himself, and it certainly is a neat design, with the second windscreen folding back to become a part of the rear deck when the dickey seat is not in use. The soft-top folds neatly behind the backs of the front seats (like the Jaguar XK 120) and provides reasonable protection for the three occupants, though rear passengers had better bring ponchos. Regardless of whether one likes or dislikes the design, there's no argument over the performance. There isn't any. It doesn't go, it doesn't stop, and the steering is leisurely. Standard-Triumph claimed the car could reach 50 miles per hour in 15 seconds, but an American magazine noted a 0–60 time of 34 seconds. A proper and leisurely pace Even considering that this was a relatively light car at about 2,400 pounds, the 65 available horsepower of the 1800 topped out at 80 mph. When I drove a good example of the Roadster on Highway 1 near San Francisco on a sunny Sunday, the best I could do was about 65, and I didn't repeat the experience when I found out how long it takes the miniscule drum brakes to bring the car to a stop. Nevertheless, a proper and leisurely pace was priceless. The substitution of the 2,088-cc engine in 1949, the last year of Roadster production, made little difference. It was actually strategic, as Lyons had bought out the production equipment for the 1800's engine and the larger engine was all Dick had available. In fact, at 68 hp, the 2000 had only three more horses than the 1800, but the accompanying change to a 3-speed gearbox reduced claimed acceleration and top speed. Front suspen- sion changed from transverse leaf to coil springs. Finding an example of either model in the U.S. isn't easy. Only 2,501 of the 1800s were produced, with 750 intended for export—despite no LHD. About 30 were recorded as exported new to the United States in 1948, selling for $2,950. Only 2,000 more of the 2000 model were built in 1949. These days, $25,000 will buy many of them, though prices may be on the move: a lime green 2000 sold for $38,500 at Barrett-Jackson in January, and was counted the #1 Best Buy in April's SCM (pg. 73). As a low-production, well-appointed model, a Roadster's value depends on the presence and condition of the doodads—control knobs, gauges, signal lights, and so forth—as much as on the condition of the body. Fortunately many of these cars have survived in England, where the Triumph Roadster Club (www.triumphroadster.org.uk) is an active source of knowledge, support, and spare parts. There is no feeling to compare with the arrival of a Triumph Roadster to the annual British Car Day, with yourself and two friends inside and two more in the dickey, all waving to the appreciative crowds. Based on the experience of a friend who owns one, the appreciation will be tangible; he has brought home two trophies for every three meets he's attended.u GARY ANDERSON is the founder of MC2 (www .mc2magazine.com),the magazine for Mini owners, and is also a three-times time participant in the Monterey Historic Races. May 2007 51

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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1972 Lancia Stratos H.F. It's one of the most successful rally cars ever built, wicked and unforgiving to drive, a spaceship for the road by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1974–75 Number produced: 492–498 Original list price: $18,500 SCM Valuation: $90,000–$125,000 Tune-up: $600 Distributor cap: $275 Chassis #: Stamped on firewall in front compartment Engine #: On forward side of block Club: American Lancia Club, 27744 Via Ventana, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 More: www.americanlanciaclub.org Alternatives: 1984 Ford RS200, 1976 Alpine A310, 1981 Renault 5 Turbo Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 829AR0001521 L ancia was struggling when Sandro Fiorio, the company's director of public relations, and his son Cesare, head of Lancia's rally team, spied the Fulvia-based “Stratos” concept on the Bertone stand at the 1970 Turin Motor Show. They immediately recognized its potential to revital- ize Lancia's competition reputation and generate some badly needed publicity. The pair convinced Lancia's managing director, Ugo Gobbato, to commission Bertone to develop a series based on the concept. Gobbato, recently transferred to Lancia after a stint as head of Ferrari, added the 65-degree, 2,419-cc V6 Dino engine and gearbox, already developed for transverse mid-engine placement. Bertone rushed a refined Stratos to the 1971 Turin Show. More practical and functional than the canopy-topped, extreme-wedge Stratos concept of 1970, the new Stratos was one of the most futuristic automobiles ever proposed for production. Most rally cars looked like sedans. The Lancia Stratos looked like a spaceship. With its short wheelbase, aggressive wedge profile, huge wraparound windshield and squared-off wheelwell flares, it was a dramatic departure for international rallying. In 1973, driven by Sandro Munari, the Stratos was vic- torious in the Tour de France. It captured three European Hillclimb Championships. It swept the World Rally Championship for Makes in 1974, 1975, and 1976. No one who saw a mud-splattered Stratos flung through a corner by Munari—adorned with assorted aerodynamic aids, enough lights to illuminate a football 52 stadium, and incongruously topped by a spare tire strapped to its roof—can ever forget it. Lancia eventually built 492 Strati in order to meet FIA GT qualifications and even created a Group V Stratos with an estimated 400 turbocharged horsepower. With a wheelbase four inches shorter than a Ferrari Dino and weighing 200 pounds less, the Lancia Stratos is one of the most exhilarating driving experiences ever created. This Lancia Stratos was originally built as a Stradale and was subsequently converted to Rally specs, which included a Group IV competition gearbox. The engine is believed to make 240 horsepower. In the past eight years, the Stratos has had two well-known collector owners who used it for high-speed open-road events. Its most recent event was the 2005 Texas 1000 where it incurred left rear quarter damage during an off-course excursion. Now carefully repaired, the Stratos' surprisingly large interior has been upgraded with newer and more comfortable seats and five-point competition belts. The brilliant competition orange paint is its original color. The SCM Analysis This car sold for $137,500 at RM's sale in Phoenix, Arizona, January 19, 2007. The Stratos is one of the most successful rally cars ever built, one of the most valuable Lancias in the classic car market, an example of parts bin engineering, wicked and unforgiving to drive, and a spaceship for 1971 Lancia Fulvia 1.6 HF Group 4 Lot# 53, s/n 818540002268 Condition: 2 Sold at $193,324 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 2/12/2006 1975 Lancia Stratos HF Group IV Rally Lot#135, s/n 001960 Condition: 3+ Sold at $114,321 Bonhams, Goodwood, U.K., 9/5/2003 1986 MG Metro Group 6R4 Group B Lot# 345, s/n SAXXRWMP7AD570080 Condition: 3 Sold at $67,686 Bonhams, Stoneleigh Park, U.K., 2/25/2006 Sports Car Market Photos: RM Auctions

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the road. Although much is made of the connection between the production car and the Bertone show car, they share little beyond the name and a mid-engine layout. The Stratos show car was powered by a 1,600-cc Fulvia HF V4. At first it was thought that the 1,800-cc twin cam from the Beta might be used, but the engineers wanted more power. One theory is that Ferrari was approached to supply the Dino V6, but hesitated until Lancia began talks with Maserati to use the V8 from the Bora. Another theory has Ferrari ending production of the Dino 246 GT in favor of the 308 GT4, and not seeing the Stratos as a direct competitor. After a less-than-stellar competition debut in 1972, the Stratos claimed its first victory in 1973. Homologation came late in 1974, with the alleged completion of 400 cars and the first of three consecutive World Rally Championships. “At the edge, it's a handful” Most of the cars built were “Rally” models as opposed to the “Stradale,” or street cars, but many Stradales have been converted to competition specs over the years. In either guise, the Stratos has a reputation for being tricky to drive. Armand Giglio is a long-time Stratos owner and former president of the American Lancia Club. He says of the Stratos: “At the edge, it's a handful. I've driven it pretty fast at Lime Rock, but I wouldn't do it on the street. It doesn't require magical skill to drive. It was designed to be thrown into a corner and steered around on the throttle, not drifted, so it shouldn't lose adhesion.” The Stratos can switch from understeer to oversteer quite quickly—typical of mid- engined cars. Rapid changes in direction are needed going into and coming out of corners. The usability of the Stratos is surprising. It has great forward visibility, enabling the driver to place it very accurately. It's noisy, but no more so than a Ferrari Dino. It has a good deal of luggage room in the rear. The cockpit also has elbow room, thanks to the helmet pockets in the doors. But if you're much over 5'9” tall, headroom will be tight. The suspension is compliant and there's good ventilation—a friend once drove a Stratos from New York City to Pittsburgh, an eight-hour drive in 100-degree summer weather, without problem or complaint. It's also surprisingly unfussy mechanically. The biggest problem is that if it's flooded while starting, you must remove and clean all the plugs. Be careful when jacking it up And be careful in putting the Stratos onto a lift; make sure to use the jacking points and lift slowly and evenly. Any twisting can easily break the dramatically curved windshield. Most trim pieces in the stark interior are from the Fiat parts bin and available here and in Italy. Mechanically, the Stratos needs the same 15,000-mile service interval as the Ferrari Dino, primarily for valve adjustment. Given the low mileage most Strati cover today, the valve cover gaskets will let you know when to do the service. No Italian cars like to sit, but the Stratos likes it less than most. Anything less than 400 miles a year is a bad idea. The car sold by RM was genuine, though there are a number of fakes, as well as acknowledged replicas. This car began life as the rarer Stradale, and who knows why people convert the Stradale to competition specs, as by doing so they take an almost usable car and make it very noisy and harsh. (For the Texas rally the owner used motorcycle touring headsets to converse with his navigator.) This car's engine has been uprated, and along with a Group IV gearbox and late-type wide wheelarch flares, full auxiliary nose lamps have been added. In addition, the seller, a tall man, has fitted lower, flat- ter seats to add room inside. In fact, most often he sat on the carpeted floor to drive it, a cushion lodged between his back and the rear bulkhead. Realizing $137,500 against an estimate of $70,000 to $90,000 was a surprise, as condition was no better than average. However, this and the $281,000 achieved for a 1974 Group IV Stratos with no major competition history at the February Artcurial sale in Paris suggests that Stratos values are on the rise. With the pedigree this very special Lancia model has, this car, even without any significant history, has to be counted a bit of a bargain.u DONALD OSBORNE is the principal in Appraisers Automotive Valuation Services. His articles on collector cars have appeared in the New York Times. (Introductory description courtesy of RM.) May 2007 53

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German Profile 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Convertible There comes a time when a desirable old car just jumps in value. That time may be now for the 3.5SE by Alex Dearborn Details Years produced: 1970–71 Number produced: 1,232 Original list price: $14,155 SCM Valuation: $45,000–$140,000 Tune-up: $450 Distributor Cap: $49 Chassis #: Windshield pillar Engine #: Below cylinder head on driver's side Club: Mercedes-Benz Club of America More: www.mbca.org Alternatives: 1971 Rolls-Royce Corniche, 1971 Cadillac Eldorado, 1962 Mercedes 220SEb SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 11102712003412 T he 111-series of Mercedes-Benz automobiles of the 1960s and early 1970s is much appreciated by collectors who also enjoy driving their cars. There is a solidness to the ride and handling that helped Mercedes seize a profitable share of the world market. When introduced, these cars were powered by the com- pany's reliable 6-cylinder engine and their performance, with 105–135 horsepower, can be described as stately. That changed dramatically when the 230-horsepower, 3.5liter V8 was introduced, offering performance to match its appearance. The 111-series 280SE chassis was up to the power. The body structure was a rigid welded unit. Mercedes had perfected its independent front suspension with coil springs and refined its low-pivot swing-axle independent rear. The result was a solid, rigid, quiet, stiff structure that was ideally suited to form the base of a luxury automobile. USA marketing of Mercedes's “S-Class” cars began in earnest with the introduction of the 111-series 220SEb coupes and convertible for the 1962 model year. The 1962 220SEb evolved, almost without visual changes, into the 250SE, and then the 280SE coupes and convertibles. The conservative styling did not include the vestigial tail fins of the period sedans, and endured right up to 1970, when Mercedes lowered the front grille a bit and created the allaluminum, 3.5-liter, overhead-cam V8. Mercedes-Benz's line of distinctive, hand-built, four- place cabriolets began with the 380K before WWII and ended with the 280SE 3.5. A similar body style would not appear for another 20 years. This rare V8-powered Mercedes cabriolet was imported 54 to France as a rust-free California car in 2004, having been checked over for signs of damage before purchase. No evidence of this was found, so the car was commissioned as a concours rebuild at Classic Restoration Services in Loosdrecht, Holland. The car has the desirable options of air conditioning, a console-shift automatic, tinted and electric windows, and the original period radio. All accessories were working at the time of inspection and the quality of the restoration is quite stunning and would pass the most stringent examination. The SCM Analysis This car sold for $192,406 at Christie's Retromobile auc- tion in Paris, February 17, 2007. This sale represents a new benchmark for 3.5 con- vertibles. There have been a few sales in the $140,000– $150,000 range for #1 restored 3.5s in the past year, and these cars have been subject to a bare-tub restoration by MB specialists. The 3.5-liter V8-equipped coupe and convertible came to the U.S. only as a 1971 model, and included a new built-in Behr air conditioning system, floor or column-shifted 4-speed automatic, and power windows. Just 802 cars were imported. The enthusiast would have a hard time finding a col- lectible car so thoroughly modern and easy to use. With their snug-fitting six-layer convertible tops, excellent sound-deadening, and quiet V8s, they can cruise the interstates at today's elevated speeds, delivering four people to their weekend destinations in better comfort 1972 Rolls-Royce Corniche Lot# 122, s/n DRX11838 Condition: 4+ Sold at $45,120 Christie's, Paris, FRA, 2/12/2005 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Lot#347, s/n 6L67S6Q237654 Condition: 2 Sold at $18,974 Potts, Dalton, GA, 3/25/2006 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Lot#43 s/n 11102512004379 Condition: 2Sold at: $72,600 Gooding, Palm Beach, FL, 1/22/2006 Sports Car Market Christie's

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than many new cars. Service and parts are easy to obtain through the MBUSA dealer network and hundreds of knowledgeable independent shops. One of the cars we sold that made a top price was a 3.5 we restored in the early '90s, which had been kept exceptionally well since. It seems there is a good demand for 3.5s of high quality, as there is for almost all limited-production MBs. The question is, how does one get a good example? One way is to wait for the perfect car to come on the market. This always involves wasted travel time going to see a few turkeys in the pursuit of the best one, and the best one may not come in your favorite color. Only 1,232 examples were made for world production, and many of these didn't have power windows and a/c. So the field of candidates is small. The rusty and worn examples are not close to economical to restore, so if one decides to go the restoration route, it needs to be with a non-rusty car. A restorable car would cost $45,000–$60,000. Once found, get ready to spend a further $150,000–$200,000 and many months to restore to #1 quality. In the end, your investment in the car will exceed its market value, but you will have exactly the car you were looking for, which is why many people restore cars in the first place. Right here, right now at Retromobile The cost of restoration partly explains why someone paid $40,000–$50,000 “over market” for a good car. The car at Retromobile was a U.S.-spec car with air-conditioning and so on, nice colors, well-restored, and available right there, right then with just the wave of a paddle. Obviously, more than one 3.5 shopper was in the crowd, and they both or all wanted it. Also, due in large part to the current exchange rate, vintage cars and other tradeable goods are selling for more money in Europe than in America. This car sold for 146,875 Euros, about the same as it might have been worth in dollars in the U.S., so it made about 25% more than it would have here. This wasn't a very risky buy, as with some vintage convertible muscle cars selling for over $200,000. A buyer could easily justify taking a chance on an expensive 3.5, with the Seat Time James Stengel, New York, NY: I have owned a 280SE Cabriolet 3.5 for about three years now. It offers a rare blend of aesthetics and practicality. I think the car is beautiful, and while I don't drive it every day, it certainly could be used as such. Though it is by no means a sports car, it is more than adequate in traffic. And it is hard to improve on a top-down drive on a nice day with friends. My car was in excellent original condition, but at some point I intend to replace the giant plastic Munich taxi steering wheel with a smaller wood-rimmed wheel of the appropriate vintage—a minor nit. It had around 65,000 miles at purchase, and I am glad I bought when I did given the fairly strong run up in prices since that time. Tom Lacy, Milwaukee, WI: After searching broadly and studying SCM for years, I bought a 1971 280SE Buckingham's 220SEb John Buckingham, Mansfield, OH: I have owned a 1964 220SEb Cabriolet since 1999. It is a Euro market car delivered in 1964 to Italy and imported into the U.S. by the original owner's family in 1996. The paint is the original DB519 Red with Parchment leather interior. It sports the typical European options such as Euro headlights, 4-speed on the floor, a speedometer in kilometers, and the single rear Bosch fog light. The car is a joy to drive, and surprisingly spirited for a car of its bulk. The 4-speed is a real asset and allows one to make the most of the car's 2.2-liter power plant. The ride could be called “smooth,” with a predictable degree of body roll in corners, but the car is tight and will cruise at 65 mph all day long. I really don't see a serious negative with the car, with the exception of the rarity and cost of Cabriolet-specific parts. The Mercedes Classic Center in Irvine, California, has been of great help in the restoration, and fellow members of the Mercedes-Benz Club have proved valuable in locating some of the more difficult-to-find parts. The car displays that timeless styling of the classic Mercedes-Benz in a great color combination and is an excellent touring car. I plan to keep it in my collection of German automobiles for a long time to come. May 2007 3.5 convertible last year. I am a Mercedes loyalist and felt it represents the essence of what MB is about. I targeted it as my first blue-chip purchase. It was hard to find the right one; the word “restored” is wildly overused. I watched many cars trade for over $100k, and it was hard to tell what was underneath the lipstick applied by most sellers. I partnered with the team at Black Forest Benz in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to help assess the cars I came across. I found a straight, honest one at Hyman Ltd., but it was tired, needing most everything. It has been a blast to partner with the Black Forest team and set a plan to restore it as a 2+/1- drivable car. Doing it this way, with my own team in place working to my standards, is an approach I recommend. Parts are reasonably available, the car has appreciation potential, and when you have a strong restoration partner, the end result will be a lovely, usable car. Phase One was a total restoration of the mechanicals, subframe, and undercarriage. We are now in Phase Two, which represents the entire interior. Phase Three will be the paint and chrome. My seat time thus far has been about 2,000 miles, and I love the car. There's nothing like a fourseat flagship convertible. You can feel the craftsmanship, and I like the hand-built quality of the car. I enjoy watching the work progress, but I will be driving it again this summer and plan to enjoy it as if it was 1971.u Lacy's 280SE 3.5 55 expectation of future appreciation. There comes a time with every desirable old car model when it takes a big leap in value. A while ago, we were selling 300SL convertibles in the $15,000 range. At some point, this model took a mysterious leap in value. It happened when all the really nice original examples were gone, and the only (desirable) 300SLs on the market were restored ones. Every seller of a restored 300SL wanted to get back at least most of his restoration investment, hence the higher prices. And as for a buyer who wanted a good one, he simply had to face up to the new, higher pricing structure. It seems this is where we are with the 280SE 3.5 con- vertibles. The market is starting to move. Most of the good original ones are gone. What we're left with are expensive restoration projects and even more expensive restored cars. So if you know of one for sale at the “old prices” and have had a hankering for one, now might be your best chance to make a move. And for future reference, it should be noted that more 300SL convertibles were made (1,856 of all variants) than were 280SE 3.5 convertibles. In a while this car may seem to be really well bought indeed.u ALEX DEARBORN started the first 300SL-only restoration business in Topsfield, MA, in 1973 (www .dearbornauto.com). He currently buys, sells, and brokers Mercedes-Benz and Porsches of the '50s and '60s. (Introductory description courtesy of Christies.)

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Porsche Gespräch Jim Schrager Oh Say, Can You SC? The golden age of the 911SC is now, and it remains in a unique position to introduce new members to the fraternity Porsche Gespräch / Jim Schrager T he most popular question in my in-box remains: What is the best 911 for everyday use? I recently emailed a 993 owner who had fond memories of the way his 911SC drove. He felt his newer Porsche did everything better, yet the 911SC still somehow felt better. He asked if it was his faulty memory. No, I don't think so. The 1978–83 911SC remains, for most people, the absolute best way to enjoy most of the 911 experience at modest cost, with the fewest possibilities for disaster. So what to pay, what to look for, how to get the best value you can? SC'S have held value well 911SCs have held their value extremely well. Fifteen years ago, a great one was $15,000–$20,000, and it's just about the same now. Today's prices range from $10,000 to $20,000, with the big change over the last decade being cars with higher miles and greater wear edging lower in price. This will continue with cars less cared-for and we will see tired, super-high mileage 911SCs slowly depreciating. They won't ever be worth nothing, as the engines and transmissions alone, even broken, have a value in the $5,000 range. But cheaper 911SCs aren't for fixing and mostly aren't for driving, so stay away from cheap cars unless you are looking for parts or a project. Your best value if you want a car to drive and/or resell someday is always a decent car. The sweet spot is somewhere in the middle range, say $16,000 or so. So what can you expect for this mid-point money? Some things will surprise with how well they have held up, like the powerband and the basic body structure. Other things won't work now or never really did. Don't start with $10,000 car For $16,000, you should find a rust- and accident-free chassis, very nice (although not concours) paint, very good to excellent interior, and fully updated mechanicals. Given the thousands of dollars each of these areas costs to get right, it's clear that starting with a $10,000 car is not the way to get there. Mechanicals first. The Achilles heel of every early 911 engine is the camshaft chain tensioners. To fix this, you either install the later pressurized chain tensioners (known as “Carrera” tensioners, introduced with the 1984 Carrera models), or, about every 15 years, a set of the original-style tensioners. The originals will cost about $800 for parts and labor, the newer versions, $1,200. I have used both in our cars and both work well. Over the last few years, there's been a rash of mechanical failures in brand new Carrera tensioners that caused many of us 56 SC remains one of Porsche's best to go back to the old style. Perhaps that manufacturing glitch has been solved and the Carrera tensioners are again reliable. Other must-haves include a “pop-off” valve that protects your airbox from self-destruction in case of a backfire when starting. Plan on about $200 installed. Many cars need Turbo exhaust valve covers— about $300 installed—that prevent small but smelly leaks from the lower valve cover gaskets. Head studs can cost you The only other failure to be concerned with are head studs, which break on a random basis and in fairly small numbers. After dozens of SCs of my own, I've never had one break, but we've all seen it and for reasons no one can quite understand. If it happens, plan on about $3,000 to pull the engine and replace all 24 studs. You'll then increase the value of your car by about half of what you've spent and should have another 25 years of solid motoring ahead. Some things on a 911SC regularly wear out, such as the turn signal lever, the fresh air blower, the electric window switches, and the cruise control. The air conditioning never was great but can be made to work fairly well with a new and lighter rotary compressor, modification to the vent system under the dash to allow more cold air in the cockpit, and replacement of the barrier hoses. Plan on about $3,000 to make it work well, and in warm areas, cars with these modifications sell at a premium. The transmissions wear if shifted poorly, requiring new synchronizers. In many cases, balkiness can go away when the transmission is warm. Plan on $3,000 to do synchros, or live with it and shift carefully between first and second. Well-cared for cars can have great transmissions for 200,000 miles, but I have seen many 120,000mile cars that have slow-changing gears when cold. Coupes can bring a bit more money, and unlike earlier cars, most have sunroofs. But Targas sell to a different crowd and are great sunny day cars. The folding Targa roofs need re-covering in and out every twenty years or so—plan on about $600 to do it well. If the seals are in good shape, older Targas can be watertight and quiet, just as they all were when new. The higher value for Coupes is partially driven by their potential to be raced, but truth be told, 911SCs in stock form can run awfully hot when tracked. Two places that rust Rust isn't a major issue on 911SCs, with two exceptions: First, battery acid will still eat right through your front suspension pan, so check this area carefully. Second, the bolt-on front fenders were not galvanized until model year 1981. Otherwise, the galvanized metal used in these models transforms them from throw-aways to longlived time machines. A newer model than the 911SC will be faster, quieter, and have better air condition- ing; 911s older than the SC will have much more vintage feel and collectibility. But the 911SC remains in a unique position to introduce new members into the fraternity with one of the most durable and vice-free high performance sports cars ever devised. The golden age of the 911SC is now. Please feel free to enjoy it.u JIM SCHRAGER wrote Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Porsche 356 and writes for Excellence Magazine, Porsche Panorama, and The 356 Registry. His latest book on the early 911 will be published in mid 2007. Sports Car Market

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American Profile 1937/40 Duesenberg Model SJ Rollson Cabriolet This Duesenberg might be Rudolf Bauer's best-known work; it's certainly the most valuable by John Apen Details Year produced: 1939 Number produced: 1 Original list price: $21,000 SCM Valuation: $2.8m, at least Tune-up cost: $3,000 Distributor cap: $750 Chassis #: Driver's side firewall and on right front frame rail Engine #: Left rear engine mount and bell housing Club: Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club, 536 McClean Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305-3644 More: www.acdclub.org Alternatives: '36–‘39 Mercedes 540k Cabriolet A, '33–'34 Packard V12 Dietrich Phaeton, '32–'33 Chrysler Imperial LeBaron Phaeton SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1933 Packard V12 Dietrich Victoria Lot# 87, s/n 100622 Condition: 1 Sold at $1,650,000 Gooding, Oxnard, CA, 10/21/2006 Chassis number: 2405 F 58 aced with the surreal scale of the Duesenberg's chassis, some designers attempted to reduce the scale of the car. Not artist Rudolf Bauer. His intent was to create the longest, most distinctive Duesenberg ever built. And he did. Bauer emphasized the dominant theme of the chas- sis—its sheer size—rather than hide it. Accordingly, his sketches depict a narrow, elongated hood extending well beyond the Model J radiator shell and reaching all the way back to the low vee windshield. A canted, streamlined grille conceals the standard grille, recessed behind, and reveals the influence of the Art Deco and Streamlining movements. Bauer created a long, low, and provocative example of automotive art, more magnificent and decadent than any of his paintings—and significantly more valuable. Parallel rows of 27 hood louvers further accentuated the car's great length. Dual rear mounted spares bring the overall length to 20' 6”—the longest Duesenberg ever built. Bauer took delivery from Rollson in April 1940. The original Rollson invoice accompanies the car. (The Smithsonian Archive of American Art has a file on Bauer's Duesenberg). Bauer recorded just 9,884 miles on his Duesenberg before parking it at his mansion in Deal, NJ. He died of lung cancer in November 1953 at 64, and his widow soon advertised the car. Bill Pettit purchased it and stored it at his Museum of Motoring Memories in Virginia for 45 years, preserving it in pristine, untouched condition. Pettit drove it 1,000 miles, and of his six Duesenbergs, he said this one drove like a new car. Its black lacquer is original, evidenced by the stone chips on the cycle fenders. The car also retains its original violet leather interior, deep purple carpets, silk top, and even its original six Vogue double-sided whitewalls. The SCM Analysis This car sold at RM's January 2007 auction in Phoenix for $2,805,000, the second highest price at auctions that week. Dave Kinney, Sports Car Market's man on the spot, reported: “Even though the body 1933 Chrysler CL Imperial LeBaron Phaeton Lot# 060, s/n 7803667 Condition: 1Sold at $396,000 RM, Amelia Island, FL, 3/12/2005 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet Lot# 231, s/n 130913 Condition: 2- Sold at $1,028,500 RM, Phoenix, AZ, 1/18/2007 Sports Car Market RM Auctions and Shooterz LLC

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style and the unusual front end look better in person than in the catalog, this car is not the most elegant or graceful Model J ever seen. Condition: 2.” The car last sold in 1998 at Christie's Tarrytown, New York, auction for $1,267,500, and the SCM reporter described it as “all original, with a great story. Ignore the fact that from the rear, it looks like a Chevy Capricebased Classic Tiffany. A sure show-stopper.” This price breaks the Duesenberg road car record of $2.64 million paid for Otis Chandler's one-off LeBaron phaeton at Gooding & Company's auction last October. The overall record is still $4.4 million for the Mormon Meteor, which was achieved at the 2004 Gooding auction in Pebble Beach. How the “Last” Duesenberg happened Since neither the engine, J397, nor the chassis, 2405, are the last actually made by Duesenberg, but the car was the last new Duesenberg delivered, there's a story to tell here. Josh Malks, current editor of the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Bulletin, detailed it in a letter in the August 1996 Bulletin, commenting on a May 1937 ad from a Chicago car dealer, Harry Felz, for “Duesenberg Bargains” and a new chassis. The new chassis Felz advertised was 2405/J397, that of our subject car. It had carried a body in 1931 and was a factory demonstrator. During that service a cylinder was scored, so the body was removed and the chassis leaned for years against the wall in Duesenberg's Indianapolis factory. In January 1937, Bauer inquired about the purchase of a new chassis to create his car but Duesenberg was closing down. 2405/J397 was remembered and since no new Lycoming J engines were available, a local firm was engaged to re-sleeve the damaged cylinder. Soon afterward, Felz bought all 17 Duesenbergs remaining at the Duesenberg branches, along with the chassis for $18,000. Bauer finally made up his mind in August, and commissioned the principals at Duesenberg to build him a car. Augie Duesenberg bought back the chassis from Felz, and the process commenced. Donn Hogan, a former Duesenberg salesman, supervised the work needed to rebuild and lengthen it, since Bauer's order was for a long wheelbase. This required several suppliers and craftsmen. Ray Reinbolt in Chicago worked on the chassis, and Shirley Mitchell in New York supplied a supercharger, which was rebuilt and installed by Reinbolt. The completed chassis was to be shipped to Germany, Bauer in the finer details, I still regard it as the best auto I have seen. Speaking of Duesenberg, I possess two more Duesenbergs, both Phaetons, one black, the other blue-green in racing style with special pistons.” More valuable than the paintings This Duesenberg might be Rudolf Bauer's best-known work; it's cer- tainly the most valuable. He began his career as a cartoonist and caricatur- ist in Berlin at the turn of the 20th century, and while his illustrations delighted his audience, it was his avant-garde experiments, and his leadership in the revolutionary “Non-Objective” art movement in the 1930s, that established his reputation. With the help of Hilla Rebay at the Guggenheim Museum, the paintings of Bauer and for the coachworks. But Bauer was arrested by the Nazi government in March 1938 in Berlin and thrown into a Gestapo prison. He was released in July with the help of his talented fellow artist and one-time lover, Baroness Hilla Rebay, who was the founding director of the Guggenheim Art Foundation. Bauer immigrated to the U.S. in 1939. Hogan introduced Bauer to Harry Lowenschein, president of Rollson, who, guided by Bauer's extensive sketches, built the car. It was delivered in April 1940, at a total cost of just under $21,000 ($290,500 in 2006 dollars). Bauer wrote in 1948: “the construction of the Karosserie took seven months. Although the finished car did not measure up to my expectations, especially May 2007 Kandinsky formed the basis of the famous non-objective art collection at the New York Museum and made Bauer a rich and respected man. But after 1960, with a change in leadership at the Guggenheim foundation, his work was consigned to virtual oblivion. Curiously, at $2.8 million, this car fetched far more than any of Bauer's abstract paintings, none of which have sold at auction for more than $1.2 million. His exaggerated interpretation of '30s automotive design seems to have more in common with his pre-1915 caricatures, but has sold for more than his most revered abstract painting. So this, his final caricature, has defined his legacy. Perhaps it has also become art.u JOHN APEN has been involved with Ferraris since his first $4,000 330 2+2 in 1974. In 1994, he drove his TdF from Atlanta to Monterey for the 21st Historic Races, where he won Automobile Magazine's “The Way it Was” Award for embodying the spirit of vintage racing. (Introductory description courtesy of RM.) 59

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Domestic Affairs Colin Comer The Best Friend Carroll Shelby Ever Had The Shelby American Automobile Club kept the brand name “Shelby” alive during Carroll Shelby's self-imposed absence from the automotive world Friend or faux? The Registry will tell you T oday Carroll Shelby is sitting on top of the automotive world. At 84, he is an automotive icon. The 1,003 Cobras he created from 1962 through 1967 are among the most sought after collectible cars of all time, evidenced by the $5.5m result of CSX3015 at Barrett-Jackson this past January. A Cobra Daytona Coupe was recently reported sold for $13m. Any Shelby American factory team car has two com- mas in its price. Even “garden variety” original 289 and 427 street Cobras trade routinely for over half a million dollars. Shelby Mustangs, originally about $4,500, can now bring 100 times that amount. Cobras are the most replicated car ever; currently, more than 50 companies all over the world crank out Cobra replicas. And Shelby is back with Ford making Shelby Mustangs again after 40 years. But it wasn't always like this. In 1970, Carroll Shelby saw the writing on the wall: performance cars were coming under the microscope. Federal emissions and safety requirements and high insurance rates were conspiring to make the performance car an endangered species. Shelby cashed in his chips and left the game, closing down his company. He preferred to spend his time hunting big game in Africa and dabbling in commercial real estate. His Cobras and Shelby Mustangs became just “used cars” and began the predictable downward slide of depreciation. Second and third owners began searching for parts to keep them on the road, and to find people who knew how to work on them. Authenticity was rarely a concern, nor was historical significance. That old race car, no longer competitive, 60 moved down the food chain from FIA champion to SCCA regional entry, to slalom or gymkhana weekend beater, to sitting engineless behind someone's garage. In 1975, there was no company for owners to go to for expertise or advice. Shelby was long gone from the scene, and the factory a distant memory. Former Shelby employees had moved on. Your local Ford dealer didn't want to sell you parts for a ten-year-old used car—they were hopeful you'd give up and buy a new Mustang II. Let's get organized So a handful of owners formed the Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC; www.saac.com). They dedicated SAAC to the preservation, history, care, and enjoyment of Shelby automobiles. They formed a network to share parts sources and technical information. They sold and traded parts among themselves by way of classified ads in the club's publication. They hounded the automotive buff books, bringing attention to Cobras and Shelby Mustangs whenever the opportunity arose. They held a national convention each summer where a couple thousand owners and enthusiasts gathered to revel in their unique cars. Days were filled with car shows, swap meets, and driving at speed on closed courses. Evenings were taken up with seminars, dinners, and guest speakers. Even Carroll Shelby's interest was piqued and he was surprised to find himself the guest of honor and center of attention, receiving standing ovations and long lines of enthusiasts waiting patiently to get their pictures taken with him or to get his autograph. Shelby was back, and ol' Shel was a bona fide celebrity to the SAAC members. The history of Cobras and Shelby Mustangs became very important to SAAC. The club tirelessly gathered information on every car and every owner they could locate. They researched serial numbers, technical details, and running production changes. They tracked competition cars, noting the races, drivers, finishing positions, and car numbers. Boxes of paperwork left behind at Shelby American and Ford, headed for the dumpster, were secured, with every page being scrutinized, filed, and recorded. Hundreds of members spent thousands of hours building databases of information, which led to publishing a registry. Every serial number was listed and every scrap of information was included. Sports Car Market

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From New to Now 1965 Chevrolet Corvette 396/425 Convertible New Now $4,399 $125,000 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster $6,995 $675,000 1965 Ford Mustang GT Fastback $2,809 $25,000 1965 Shelby GT350 Fastback $4,547 $275,000 1967 Sunbeam Tiger Mk II 289 Convertible $3,645 $60,000 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 Roadster $5,995 $500,000 A tome of snake stuff And overnight, Shelby's cars—which had been orphans—became valuable. There was now an official publication to validate the genuine cars and expose the fakes. Make no mistake, as values climbed, the number of counterfeit Cobras and Shelby Mustangs increased. Fortunately, the club's registrars were able to keep track of the originals. Their dedication served to protect the marque and is responsible, now some 30 years later, for the current confidence in Shelby cars, due to the accuracy and accessibility of the club's documentation. In fact, those looking to “correct” history or exhibit selective amnesia about certain details of their car's past refer to SAAC's registrars as “The Untouchables.” Privileged information and private notes kept by the Registrars are just that—they are protected fiercely by SAAC for the good of the cars. The Shelby American Automobile Club kept the brand name Shelby alive during Carroll Shelby's self-imposed absence from the automotive world. When Shelby signed a contract with Chrysler in 1983 to build 4-cylinder “performance cars,” SAAC continued to stoke the fires of Ford enthusiasm. In the 1990s, when Carroll Shelby decided to capitalize on the renewed enthusiasm for his cars and the power of his name, he began building Cobras again. SAAC had kept his fans like a good getaway driver keeps your car, “close and running.” Of course, these fans also had their checkbooks in hand. SAAC continues to collect information, expanding its databases to include the new Shelby cars. Every ten years, the club publishes an updated version of its registry; the last edition is a staggering 1,333 pages! The club holds national conventions every summer, each one bigger and better than the last. In fact, they have become so large that the only facilities capable of accommodating them are major race circuits. Amazingly, the club has remained under the same stable volunteer leadership for 32 years. And members? Almost 5,000 worldwide, and for the last 15 years, SAAC has had an 85% membership renewal rate. This is serious dedication. Throughout the years, Carroll Shelby has recognized the value of SAAC and has supported the club and its goals. The result speaks for itself—compare Shelby values and club support to similar manufacturers like Cunningham or Allard. Shelby correctly realized that manufacturers never run good owner organizations—enthusiasts do because they secure a large number of dedicated volunteers, enabling their club to provide exactly the kind of organization its members desire. This leaves manufacturers like Shelby free to concentrate on building cars. It is a perfect symbiotic relationship.u COLIN COMER is a Shelby collector, racer, and long time SAAC member. GT350 R values owe something to SAAC and its quest to separate wheat from chaff May 2007 61

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Race Car Profile Maserati Tipo 65 Sports Racing Prototype It's an iconic Italian failure, a testament to chaos, caffeine, grappa, panic, and an unwillingness to throw in the towel by Thor Thorson Details Year produced: 1965 Number produced: 1 Original list price: Unknown SCM Valuation: $764,188, at least Cost per hour to race: $1,200 Distributor cap (x2): $250 if you can find one Photos: Bonhams Chassis #: Tag on dashboard Engine #: Left head by distributor mount Club: Maserati Club International More: www.maseratinet.com Alternatives: 1964–65 Ferrari 250 LM, 1964–69 Ford GT40, 1963–64 Porsche 904 GTS SCM Investment Grade: A Chassis number 151002 T his remarkably imposing V8 rear-engined, sportsprototype is the last of the line of Maserati competition cars built during the Gruppo Orsi Empire's long ownership of the Italian marque. As such, it marks the high tide of their development right through the wide range of A6GCS, 150, 200, 250, 300, 350, and 450S sports racing classics, through the famous “Birdcage” Tipo 60–64 models and the big V8-powered, 151 Berlinetta designs of 1962–65. The SCM Analysis This car sold for $764,188 at the Bonhams Gstaad auction December 17, 2006. The Type 65 was the last purpose-built Maserati rac- ing car. One might argue, as the catalog copy clearly does, that it was the pinnacle, the ultimate iteration of a grand tradition of dominant racing cars. I will argue differently. I see it as the almost embar- rassing, last guttering flame of a grand competitive tradition that had run out of money, customers, and options long before it ran out of passion or enthusiasm. This is not to say that it isn't a very cool car, or won't be competitive in vintage racing. Only that it was anything but the pinnacle of Maserati's tradition. The brothers Maserati formed the company in the mid-1920s as a specialist manufacturer of strictly racing cars—the March or Lola of its day. As was appropriate to the era, they designed and built everything—chassis, engines, transmissions, etc. Though small, they were successful and developed a fierce Italian pride in the quality and competitiveness of their products. Sports cars added in the '50s Suffering from the tragic death of the lead brother, Alfieri, the worldwide depression, and the impending European war, the brothers sold the company to the Orsi 62 industrial conglomerate in 1937. The Orsi management held the company together through the war, primarily by manufacturing machine tools. As soon as the smoke cleared, Maserati was back in the car business. The '50s saw a splitting of the focus, as high-performance road cars were added to the line, but racing remained the core of the tradition. And Maserati remained at the forefront. The A6GCS series of early-postwar designs were replaced with the lighter, simpler 150/200S designs, which utilized twin-cam, 4-cylinder engines and then-standard large-diameter tubular ladder frames. This concept was expanded into the 6-cylinder 300S and V8-powered 450S models that many collectors consider to be the ultimate Maserati sports racers. But by the late 1950s, Maserati engineers knew they were in trouble. The English and Germans were introducing small-diameter tubular “space frame” designs, and Jaguar had introduced the monocoque concept with its D-type. The old ladder frames were simply too heavy and too flexible. What to do? They could build space frames, but that was just matching their rivals, not beating them, and they didn't have the technology to build monocoque (an aircraft industry development). Small tubes good, tiny tubes better Maserati's solution was almost a caricature of the Italian mind-set. If many small tubes were better than a few big ones, then tiny tubes must be better yet. Enter the Birdcage designs. Birdcage chassis are the most mind-numbingly complex structures in the history of the racing automobile. They look like something Buckminster Fuller would have thought up on an acid trip. The biggest tube is the size of your thumb, most are like your little finger, and Sports Car Market 1963 Porsche 904 GTS prototype Lot# 26, s/n 904003 Condition: 4 Sold at $565,000 Christie's, Monterey, CA, 8/17/2006 Comps 1965 Ferrari 250 LM lot# 249, s/n 6173LM Condition: 2 Sold at $2,310,000 RM, Amelia Island, FL 3/10/2000 1969 Ford GT40 Lot# 47, s/n GT40P1089 Condition: 2+ Sold at $514,388 H&H, Cheltenham, U.K., 2/21/2006

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there are hundreds of them, all closely triangulated. It is an extremely light and stiff chassis structure, if you can ignore what it took to make it (or, God help you, repair it). The Tipo 60 and 61 designs (front-engined, 4-cylinder cars—the classic Birdcages) were very quick but notoriously unreliable. If they finished, often as not they won. But by now, Maserati's competition department was having a tough time keeping up. The march of technology had become a stampede, mid- engine designs were clearly the wave of the future, and management was spending what money the company had on developing road cars. Though fiercely proud, talented, and committed, the competition department had become a backwater. It was a backwater with some fierce champions in cus- tomers Briggs Cunningham, American-born Frenchman John Simone, and Italian Count Volpi, so they soldiered on. The Type 63 and 64 models were mid-engined variations on the birdcage theme, first with 2.5-liter four and then with 3-liter V12 power. We had one in our stable of race cars for quite a while. And it was a wonderful car, though more an object of surprise and amazement than of awe (“Oh, my gosh! They really did that?”). Only five were officially built, though most had multiple chassis. After this, the birdcage concept was abandoned and Maserati built three Type 151 cars for 1964. This was basically a reversion to the old 450S design with a coupe body, and brings us to the car we're discussing here. Maserati at the end of its rope By the 1965 season, the Maserati competition depart- ment was pretty much at the end of its rope, but wouldn't quit. The quasi-official Maserati History (Maserati, by Orsini and Zagari) said, “With an obstination (sic) worthy of better causes, Maserati and Colonel Simone continued their efforts for 1965.” When “Lucky” Casner ran out of it at Le Mans prac- tice, killing himself and destroying the Type 151, Simone and Maserati had less than two months to recover and run Le Mans, so the Type 65 was created. Working with the manic intensity of panicked Italians, they dragged an old Tipo 63 chassis out of their junk room and cut it off just behind the rear cockpit bulkhead. They had a 5.1-liter Type 151 V8 and a suitable transaxle available, so they set them in place and built a new rear frame structure to carry them. There was no room for the traditional De Dion rear suspension, so they devised a wishbone suspension sprung by torsion bars. Tire sizes had grown substantially from the L-sections of the earlier cars, so accommodation had to be made, and, of course, an aluminum body had to be hammered out, but they got the whole thing done in just 30 days. Effectively, it's a 5.1-liter V8 Tipo 63 with fat tires (and a lot more weight; it was about 800 pounds heavier). They made the race, with “Seppi” Siffert qualifying in the middle of the pack. After a great start, Siffert overcooked a corner, found the hay bales, and that was it. The car was out on the first lap. Later on, some modifications were made, but the car never raced again. It was the end of Maserati's competition ride. What we have here, then, is an iconic Italian failure, a testament to chaos, caffeine, grappa, panic, and an unwillingness to throw in the towel. As the coda to a great tradition of racing, it certifies the glory that went before it, if not sharing it. Though not successful in its time, it will probably prove a great vintage racer. With time and money now available, the kinks will be worked out to make the car dependable and competitive (and if it's anything like our Tipo 63, it will be FUN to drive.) It's beautiful, it's the only one, it ran Le Mans, and it's a Maserati. It will be welcome anywhere. The new owner will be able, for comfortably under a million dollars, to stand proud among a group of cars generally worth multiples of that. Though it's an intimidating challenge, I'd say very well bought.u THOR THORSON is president of Vintage Racing Motors of Redmond, WA, and is heavily involved with both vintage racing and the “adrenaline” collector car sides of the business. He has been an active vintage racer for more than 25 years. (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) May 2007 63

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Market Reports Overview Riding a Parisienne Wave With a sales figure more than double that of last year and nearly four times the total realized in 2005, it would seem Christie's schedule shifting paid off by Jim Pickering I n the months leading up to its 2007 Retromobile sale, Christie's sent two ripples through the hobby. The first came in October 2006 when they announced the consolidation of their traditional winter U.K. sales around the February Retromobile auction. The firm expected big things from the Parisienne event, and as the consignments list took shape, there seemed little doubt the sixth annual sale would trump the efforts of years past. One such consignment was a 1939 Auto Union D-type Grand Prix racer, which early reports estimated might fetch as much as $12m when the hammer fell. The second ripple came when Christie's pulled the Auto Union from the lineup in order to verify its history (see pg. 36). Though it was displayed in Paris for the auction, it was the strength of the cars that did cross the block that carried the day. SCM Contributing Editor Donald Osborne was in the room as the hammer fell on 34 of the 49 lots, and when all was said and done, $9.2m had changed hands—more than double the $4.1m realized in 2006 and nearly four times the $2.5m seen in 2005. It would seem Christie's turned those ripples into a wave. In early December 2006, Senior Auction Analyst Richard Hudson-Evans was on the ground at Bonhams's traditional London sale. In 2005, bidders saw 50% of the 80 lots sell for a $3.6m total, but the final result for 2006 saw 58 cars—65% of the 89 on Percentage of Cars Sold 100% 80% 60% 40% 20% ������� ���������� 66 ����������� ����� ������� �������������� ��������� ������ ������� ����������� ������������� ��������� Sports Car Market 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 Kruse, Phoenix Christie's, Paris Kruse, Ft. Lauderdale Bonhams, London Mecum, Kansas City MidAmerica, Las Vegas offer—fetch an extra million-plus, with final sales close to $4.7m. Some of the extra lots included the remainder of the Rosso Bianco Collection, as well as an overstated Daimler DK400 in gold and Zebra skin livery. With half a foot of snow on the ground in Kansas City for Mecum's Fall High Performance Auction, also in early December, both bidders and consignments had a hard time just getting through the doors. Though Auction

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MidAmerica (MA), Las Vegas, NV, p. 118 Kruse International (KP), Phoenix, AZ, p. 78 Mecum (M), Kansas City, MO, p. 96 Kruse International (KF), Ft. Lauderdale, FL, p. 106 Analyst B. Mitchell Carlson weathered the storm, the white stuff meant that all the important numbers fell off from the year before—165 cars sold for $3.6m, compared with the 226 cars that sold for $4.5m in 2005. The sale didn't lack for drama, however, including an unfortunate Corvette that lost its brakes coming off the auction block. Senior Auction Analyst Dave Kinney never misses the chance to walk the aisles at Kruse's early January Fort Lauderdale sale. This year's event brought with it impressive final results. An extra 147 cars crossed the block, and though the sell-through rate fell from 64% to 52%, the added volume meant a $2m bump in sales from last year. By close of business, Kruse had sold nearly $6.5m worth of collector cars. Kruse traditionally holds its Arizona sale the weekend after B-J, Russo, Silver, and RM close their doors. Last year the Indiana company sold 179 cars for close to $6m, proving that any time is a good time to sell cars. This year, Kruse had 131 fewer consignments, which corresponded to a smaller sales figure—$4.1m. Up, however, was the sell-through, 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 Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1951 Talbot-Lago T26 GS, $1,743,938—C, p. 72 2. 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K cabriolet A, $1,599,838—C, p. 72 3. 1890 DeDion Bouton et Trepardoux steam car, $929,773—C, p. 70 4. 1967 Brabham-Repco BT20 F1 racer, $533,498—C, p. 70 5. 1964 Ferrari 500 Superfast SI coupe, $526,293—C, p. 74 6. 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K cabriolet B, $519,088—C, p. 73 7. 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sedanca coupe, $464,424—B, p. 88 8. 1905 Darracq Sprint racer, $394,771—B, p. 92 8. 1972 Lola T280 racer, $394,771—B, p. 92 10. 1955 Daimler DK400 “Golden Zebra” coupe, $351,237—B, p. 90 May 2007 1. 1959 MGA 1600 coupe, $17,067—B, p. 90 2. 1993 Aston Martin Virage Volante, $63,717—B, p. 92 3. 1971 DeTomaso Pantera GTS coupe, $39,150—KF, p. 112 4. 1971 Dodge Charger 2-dr hard top, $28,890—KF, p. 116 5. 1966 Dodge Coronet 500 2-dr hard top, $19,425—M, p. 98 67 Christie's (C), Paris, FR, p. 68 jumping from 35% to 46%, and as Auction Analyst Joe Severns confirms, really good examples brought correct money, while incorrect cars continued to slide. Executive Editor Paul Duchene made his first trip to MidAmerica's flagship motorcycle auction in Las Vegas, and the Minnesota-based auction house proved why it does bikes best. MidAmerica sold 435 vintage motorcycles—an impressive 86% of the bikes that crossed the block—and the final sales figure totaled more than $5.5m, well up from the $4m final of 2005. Finally Geoff Archer scoured eBay for a random sam- pling of British machinery. From the kooky to the highly prized, his report this month covers the spectrum.u Best Buys Bonhams (B), London, UK, p. 86

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Christie's Paris, France Column Author Retromobile 2007 The 1891 De Dion Bouton et Trepardoux steam quadricycle created a frenzy before being sold at $929,773—a new record for a steamer Company Christie's Date February 17, 2007 Location Paris, FRA Auctioneer Emmanuelle Vidal Automotive lots sold / offered 34 / 49 Sales rate 69% Sales total $9,209,431 High sale 1951 Talbot-Lago T26 GS barquette, sold at $1,743,938 Buyer's premium Retromobile sale presented the usual eclectic mix of antiques, racers, and sports cars Report and photos by Donald Osborne Market opinions in italics T he sixth annual Christie's Retromobile auction in Paris again brought plenty of buzz to the auction world. Before a packed house of international bidders and with a third more cars consigned compared to last year, they achieved more than twice the dollar volume, which speaks well to the company's decision to concentrate its European activities in Paris after dropping its U.K sales. Rupert Banner, International Head of Department for Motor Cars for Christie's, declared: “It was a brave step which has turned out well. In broad terms, we've done here at Retromobile the same as we would do in a year of U.K. business.” Still, the sale could have easily been defined by what Christie's did not sell under the hammer—the 1939 Auto Union D-type Grand Prix car. It was withdrawn due to late questions about its identity, and was later identified as chassis #19 rather than #21 as previously thought, which made it the only example extant with documented Grand Prix racing history. It was subsequently offered by Christie's in a sealed tender bid process. (Related story on page 36.) In my introduction to the 2006 sale, I spent some time musing on the fact that Christie's sales in the in the U.S. and U.K. were titled “Exceptional Motorcars,” and that the French sales are called “Automobiles de Collection,” or “Collector Cars,” implying less-than-exceptional consignments. In discussing the matter with Christie's personnel, they assured me it was a matter of translation, not of intent, 68 and indeed, in my opinion, this year's lots were more like the “exceptional motorcars” they more often want to offer. There was no doubt that the average level of cars in Paris were well above previous years' selection. The sale was scheduled to conclude with the Auto Union, and although it seemed the sale would end with a whimper because it was out, a fitting climax was achieved with the almost four-times top estimate price for the 1891 De Dion Bouton et Trepardoux steam quadricycle that made $929,773—a record for a steam vehicle. The frenzy in the room for this rolling coal scuttle was amazing. It was the third highest sale at the auction, behind the $1.7m 1951 Talbot-Lago T26 GS barquette that Pierre Levegh nearly piloted to victory single handedly at Le Mans in 1954, and a nice one-owner 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A that was a bit of a bargain at $1.6m. Good value also appeared in an ex-Denny Hulme 1967 Brabham-Repco BT 20 Formula 1 car at $533,498, and another Mercedes-Benz 540K—this time the less desirable Cabriolet B—which went to a new owner for $519,088. Estimates seemed spoton for most lots, which sold mid-range. Examples included a 1964 Ferrari 500 Superfast Series I that returned to a former U.S. owner at $526,293 after he sold it in the '80s for $28,000. A well-restored 1954 Jaguar XK 120 drophead coupe in lovely Spruce Green sold for a correct $115,444. The European market is becoming more active, and despite the lack of the Auto Union at this sale, Christie's has firmly established Paris as an active and successful venue for itself. If the company can build the bi-annual Le Mans sale to match, its place on the continent will undoubtedly be secure.u Sales Totals $2m $4m $6m $8m $10m 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 17.5% on first $196,500, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices (1 Euro = $1.31) Sports Car Market

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Christie's Paris, France ENGLISH #323-1954 JAGUAR XK 120 drophead coupe. S/N S678241. Eng. # E25408S. Spruce Green/gray canvas/dark green leather. Odo: 68,183 miles. Very good paint with a few small subsurface issues. Decent panel fit, excellent chrome and trim. Interior shows nice wood, but has a small tear in transmission cover carpet and slightly sagging right door panel trim. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $115,444. An attractive color combination in a nicely done, but not overdone, restoration. The only possible fault was that the car did not quite sit square—it was either a bit up in the right rear or down in the left front. A market correct result for the condition. #321-1961 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD II drophead coupe. S/N SXC637. Eng. # 683CS. Metallic sand/beige canvas/ beige leather. Odo: 56,546 miles. Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner and Park Ward. Good paint somewhat thick in places. Variable panel fit with good door gaps, other panels off a bit. Fair to good chrome, with scratches on radiator shell and bumpers and pitting on fender mirrors. Very good interior shows excellent wood. Fitted with a/c and removable sleeved radio. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $288,528. Originally right-hand drive. A lovely color combination and a great looker from five feet. This typical Euro “driver” inspired a spirited bidding contest in the room, resulting in the highest price recorded in the SCM database for the model (previous high recorded at $168k, SCM# 17278). Well sold at an over the top price. #341-1965 JAGUAR XKE 4.2 Series 1 convertible. S/N 1E1256. Eng. # 7E40989. Carmen Red/black vinyl/black leather. RHD. Odo: 52,599 miles. Older paint shows many swirl marks. Variable panel fit, no dents or dings. Good bumpers and window trim, much pitting to knockoffs. Interior dry, with cuts on top of seat corners. Very dirty engine compartment, with fluid leaks apparent from cam cover and head gasket areas. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $85,189. Ex-Sir Elton John. Sold by him at Christie's London in June '01 for $113,858 (SCM# 23704). Five and a half years and 607 miles later, a no-sale at $85k against a $100k low estimate. In this case, the celebrity halo had departed. This high bid was a gift. #319-1967 MORGAN PLUS 4 drophead coupe. S/N 6450. Eng. # CT71872. Dove Gray & black/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 63,344 miles. Worn, chipped, blistered paint is somewhat dull on body, with casually repainted fenders showing orange peel and sanding marks. Very good panel fit, nice chrome. Interior just passing from patina to worn, with huge holes in doors from removed speakers. Portions of wood body framing visible in interior appear sound. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $30,788. The drophead coupes are more formal than the Fantasy Junction 1145 Park Avenue Emeryville, California USA 94608 Phone: (510) 653-7555 • Fax: (510) 653-9754 www.fantasyjunction.com Investments in special interest, classic and high performance cars 1964 Ferrari 250 Lusso, s/n 4627. Among Ferrari's most acclaimed models. Wonderful California car in Blu Sera Metallica by Perfect Reflections. Extensive work by Patrick Ottis, including heads, water pump, generator, radiator plus complete brake system in 2006. $465,000. 1966 Shelby GT350, s/n 6S 359. Exciting and reliable. Ideal for any event including Tour Auto. Restored to rally spec by P&R Zollikon with R type features. Documentation, notes and FIA papers. $225,000. 1967 Corvette 427/435 Roadster. Beautiful, fresh frame-up restoration. Gold Spinner winner. Matching numbers with original equipment including J56 brakes, F41 suspension, M21 suspension, 4.11 posi rear end and hardtop. Complete documentation from new and restoration photographs. $295,000. May 2007 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4. Two owner time capsule example. Great to drive with strong engine and sharp handling. 43,313 miles. Lovely original interior with excellent mouse hair dash. Full manual set, jack and tool case and records. $295,000. 69

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Christie's Paris, France Column Author #328-1994 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL convertible. S/N SCBZD02C6SCH50002. Eng. # 81621L41OMNKR. Metallic blue/magnolia Everflex/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 9,512 miles. Very good original paint with a few chips on the right door edge and polish swirl marks throughout. Excellent panel fit, good chrome shows some light pitting on front roadsters, and this one was wearing California black plates. A testament to Malvern's build quality, this Moggie was just about used up, yet still sits squarely and the doors shut with little effort. Price paid was generous—the market prefers the more Spartan roadster, and this car will soak up a bundle to put right. TOP 10 No. 4 #333-1967 BRABHAM-REPCO BT20 Formula One racer. S/N F1266. British Racing Green & gold/black vinyl. Excellent paint, very clean cockpit with rebuilt gauges. Clean engine appears recently serviced. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $533,498. Ex-Denny Hulme, bumper trim. Interior nice, with some creasing to seat leather and minor soiling of seats and console. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $184,710. Ex-Sir Elton John. One of the last Continental convertibles built, and finished in a great color combination. Sold at Christie's by Sir Elton in the June 2001 London sale for $230k (SCM# 23713). Driven 3,256 miles at a cost of $13.96/mile. Still, it amazed me that a premium was again paid for celebrity ownership, once removed. FRENCH TOP 10 No. 3 '67 Monaco GP winner. Excellent period race history, more recently achieved 2nd place in inaugural Historic Monaco GP in 1997. Sharp, clean, and ready to race. Worth every penny of the mid-estimate valuation. #329-1985 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM VI limousine. S/N SCAMPM0001FW10141. Burgundy & black/red velvet & leather. RHD. Odo: 72,489 miles. Coachwork by Mulliner Park Ward. Very good paint shows a drip on the lower right rear fender in front of wheelarch. Excellent panel fit and chrome, interior shows minimal wear. Full silver service fitted in rear. The first Phantom fitted with cruise control. be as old as 1889. Remarkable and complete, it would be a dramatic—if not really slow and hard riding—London-Brighton entry. The saleroom went wild on this one, pushing it to well over three times the high estimate. Still, well bought—try to find another one. #312-1902 PANHARD-LEVASSOR TYPE Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $200,103. Ex-George Moore, C.B.E. Truly the car of royalty, the Phantom VI was the last of the bespoke RollsRoyces. This one had it all—including wood tray tables and bumper-mounted cushions for watching the races among the refinements. Hard to fault, and the price was a bargain. Well bought. 70 A 2-cylinder 7-hp voiturette. S/N 299. Eng. # 5139. French blue & black/black leather/ black leather. RHD. Older paint shows chips, flakes, and stress cracks. Very good brass trim shows several dents on one headlight. Decent seat is missing a few buttons and shows some scratches. Weathered dashboard wood. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $200,103. A very nice LondonBrighton eligible French voiturette. Three- Sports Car Market #351-1890 DE DION BOUTON ET TREPARDOUX Steam quadricycle. S/ N 3165. Dark green & black/black leather. RHD. Worn, flaking, and bubbling paint. Some polished brass fittings, most dull. Very dry leather seats have holes, open seams, and many missing buttons. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $929,773. Coal-burning early steam vehicle, which may Newly done seats, somewhat scuffed floors in front compartment, front seats hinged to access the rear. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $53,874. Ex-Paul Moebius collection. Last seen at Christie's London sale in February '98, where it sold at $29,992 (SCM# 121). Clearly driven, this early Pug will make a handsome tourer for the new owner. Well bought. #340-1914 ROCHET-SCHNEIDER SERIES 11000 landaulette. S/N 11936. Gray, blue & dark gray/black leather/gray wool & black leather. RHD. Very good older paint shows some minor stress cracking and a few touched-up chips. Panel fit excellent, glass nice. Brass trim generally shows well, with only a few small dents in various spots. Clean well-fitted interior, nicely finished wood trim. High quality varnished wood wheels. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $92,355. Refitted with a period body around 1990. Rochet-Schneider was based in Lyon, France, and produced high-end cars— family ownership from new. Restored over 30 years ago, and used enthusiastically since. Fully priced, but appropriate for provenance and usability. #331-1905 PEUGEOT TYPE 68 Swing Seat tonneau. S/N 6492. Eng. # AK6347. Blue & black/black cloth/tan leather. RHD. Older paint still shows well, with some light scratches and a bit of checking on front fenders. Dull brass trim in good to very good condition.

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Christie's Paris, France Column Author one of such ended up as transportation for the president of the country in 1911. Imposing and elegant, it well exceeded the high estimate of $66k, but was still well bought. #326-1930 DERBY L1 K4 Cruiser Six Low-Chassis roadster. S/N 134. Eng. # 20894. Black & red/red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 22,342 km. Shiny paint shows many rubs and subsurface imperfections. Nice panel gaps. Most brightwork is dull, except for very good windshield supports and small single windshield wiper arm. Painted wires unmarked, SOLD AT $200,103. Ex-Lucien Vincent. Last GS built and extensively raced by the privateer driver in period. Stunning styling appeared somewhat heavy in the rear. Recent engine work required the fitting of a cast iron head in place of the original alloy item, which surely kept the bidding down—but it still met reserve. Well bought. #308-1974 CITROËN DS23 IE convert- Variable panel fit, fair to good chrome shows waviness under plating on A-pillar posts and pitting on taillight bezels. Dull alloy waist trim. Clean interior has faded steering wheel. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $230,888. Three-card M-spec 135 with attractive body in great colors. This car would need everything before becoming show quality, but it would have made a great rally car as it was. Price was slightly high for condition, but not out of line. TOP 10 No. 1 worn interior has a nice patina. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $146,229. Ex-Serge Pozzoli collection. Stated one of ten Derby cars known to survive from the French pre-war V-twin cycle car manufacturer, and one of the few with a larger, 6-cylinder engine. Largely original with a great look, and one of my favorites at the sale. A market-correct result. #335-1930 BUGATTI TYPE 43 Grand Sport 4-seat torpedo. S/N 43308. Eng. # 131. French blue/black/black leather. RHD. Coachwork by Wilkinson's of Derby. Fair paint is shiny, but shows several chips in door opening and polish swirl marks throughout. Dull brightwork, nice brass radiatior surround. Interior nicely worn, but dirty. Chassis/body tensioning wires not tightened on right #343-1951 TALBOT-LAGO T26 GS Barquette roadster. S/N 110056. Eng. # 45160. French Racing Blue/blue leather. RHD. Coachwork by Dugarreau. Very good paint, except for some stress cracking on the metal tonneau cover. Some flaking chrome on knockoffs, one missing number light on rear deck. Clean interior, nice aluminum dash and gauges. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $1,743,938. Ex-Froilan ible. S/N DSFG01FG6710. Dark metallic blue/black canvas/tan leather. Odo: 10,295 km. Paint bubbling in spots, lots of polish scratches throughout. Variable panel fit, especially in doors. Bright trim shows some scratches, with light pitting on door handles. Seats are a bit dry and very dirty, but have a nice patina. Dashboard faded. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $230,888. Said to be the next-to-last DS convertible built, and the only one with a full automatic transmission. This fuel-injected DS 23 Chapron convertible was the ultimate DS. In Paris in January '06, Christie's sold a '73 in excellent condition for $210k (SCM# 40754). The rarity and auto trans here more than made up for the condition of the car. Market correct, if still amazing. GERMAN Gonzales, Pierre Levegh. A very important car—it ran at Le Mans four times, once as the ride in which Levegh almost drove the full distance alone to victory. That drive earned him a place on the 1955 Mercedes Le Mans team, in which he of course had the famous fatal accident. Handsome and well presented, a true piece of history. Well bought. #350-1952 TALBOT-LAGO T26 Grand side. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $629,088. Originally delivered with a Figoni drophead coupe body, replica Grand Sport body fitted in late '80s. Clearly well used as a good Bugatti should be, and the price bid should have been adequate to make the deal. Although replacements don't harm Bugattis the way they do some other cars, they need to either be largely original or more freshly restored than this to bring top prices. #309-1949 DELAHAYE 135M cabriolet. S/N 800980. Dark blue/dark blue canvas/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 733 km. Coachwork by Antem. Shiny, somewhat thick paint shows some microblistering and light scratches. 72 Sport berlinette. S/N 110154. French Racing Blue/black leather. RHD. Odo: 71 km. Good paint shows some minor road chips. Decent panel fit, hood wide at front edge. Good chrome, alloy trim a bit dull. Missing right side door mirror and left positioning light lens. Good interior, dull steering wheel trim, missing wheel center hub cover. Cond: 3-. on dashboard, center panels somewhat soiled. A handsome and rakish tourer restored in 1993 and still holding up very well. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $1,599,838. The 93-year-old original (and only) owner was present at the sale, and the car came with complete history and documentation. A bit of a bargain, as it sold at $101k below the low estimate of $1.7m. Another $100k would not have been out of line. Sports Car Market TOP 10 No. 2 #318-1936 MERCEDES-BENZ 540K cabriolet A. S/N 130946. Eng. # 130946. Dark blue & cream/black leather/dark blue & cream leather. Odo: 32,357 km. Coachwork by Sindelfingen. Very good paint shows a few chips and polish swirl marks. Excellent panel fit, nice chrome and trim. Interior has superb wood and mother of pearl

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Christie's Paris, France TOP 10 No. 6 #320-1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 540K cabriolet B. S/N 169350. Eng. # 169350. Black/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 237 km. Coachwork by Sindelfingen. Good paint shows some prep issues on door tops as well as polish swirl marks throughout. Consistent panel fit appears factory. Very good interior has a few scratches on top center of rear seat and some cracking to steering wheel. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $519,088. The 4-window Cabriolet B was not the sexiest body of the pre-war Benz, but every one of them has presence to burn. A handsome and imposing well-presented car. Priced correctly. #310-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE 3.5 convertible. S/N 11102712003412. Horizon Blue/blue canvas/beige leather. Odo: 73,331 miles. Excellent paint shows only a few touched-up chips. Excellent panel fit and chrome, interior as new. Behr a/c, Becker Europa radio, California black plates. Rebuilt to concours standards by Classic Restoration Services in Loosdrecht, Holland. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $192,406. A stunning U.S delivery V8 convertible in appealing colors. The restoration still showed extremely well, and although the price paid was well above the norm, it was appropriate. ITALIAN #303-0 FERRARI 250 GT SWB bare coupe body. S/N N/A. Unpainted aluminum. Undented bodyshell panels in bare aluminum. Completely untrimmed. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $13,853. Reproduction body panels—front end, fenders, rear clip, roof, and door skins. Just the thing for building your Z-car-based homage to the SWB. The economics wouldn't work for making one out of real Ferrari parts, and as replacement crash panels for your genuine SWB, they don't appear that great. A fairly inexplicable result. #327-1929 LANCIA LAMBDA Eighth Series Torpedo tourer. S/N 20380. Eng. # 6878. Burgundy & black/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Odo: 64,424 miles. Shiny paint shows many chips, cracks, and bubbling. Very good panel fit, nice fenders, brightwork May 2007 73

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Christie's Paris, France Column Author dull. Older interior is clean and serviceable. Replacement engine sourced from an earlier car. Custom built non-factory body from an unnamed source. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $60,031. The Lancia Lambda was a pioneer in unitary construction, but in the later years a platform for coachbuilders was also offered, as was the case for this Eighth Series car. The replacement engine didn't really affect the value here, but most prefer the earlier cars. However, this was just the sort of beater Lancia beloved by the Brits, and the price was right. Well bought. #304-1961 FERRARI 250 GT coupe. S/N 1617. Eng. # 1617. Red/beige leather. Odo: 71,129 km. Good paint shows some sinkage and a bit of orange peel. Variable panel fit with both doors slightly out at rear edge. Good chrome shows light scratches and pitting on bumpers. Very good seats slightly soiled, carpets stained in places. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $152,386. Red is not the best color for the Pininfarina coupe, leather. Odo: 92,581 km. Very good paint and panel fit. Chrome faded at grille surround, door and window trim lightly pitted. Interior has a nice patina, as well as perished foam in seats, wavy door panels, and a small hole in headliner. Extra temperature gauge added, modern Philips cassette radio installed. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $314,544. Ex-Mimran family. Last seen at the Brooks Gstaad sale in December '99, where it sold at $168,525 (SCM# 19631). Lussos have certainly been moving briskly upward in value over the past year, but the estimate of $380k–$420k was surely the value of a better car than this one. Bid seemed light, but not by very much. TOP 10 No. 5 #342-1964 FERRARI 500 SUPERFAST S I coupe. S/N 5983. Eng. # 5983. Red/ beige leather. Odo: 28,513 miles. Good in my opinion, but this car seemed clean and honest, and it presented better than the description above might indicate. These are much better drivers than conventional wisdom states, and values have leapt up in the past few years. Ten years ago, this result would have been unimaginable, but now it has to be regarded as market. #339-1962 FERRARI 250 GT Series II cabriolet. S/N 3715. Eng. # 3715. Red/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 88,582 km. Good paint with several prominent swirl marks and touched-up chips. Superb panel fit, straight body. Chrome has some light pitting on windshield surround and vent window frames, rear older paint shows polish swirl marks, shrinkage on cowl, and small stress cracks. Very good panel fit, except right door slightly out at bottom. Chrome dull in spots, door handles pitted. Interior OK, with some soiling on seats, dirty original carpets, and dry-looking dash wood. and scratched front lenses. Good interior, with leather dash top and Voxson 8-track player. Cond: 4-. NOT SOLD AT $170,378. Early plexi-nose car. The poor quality bodywork was concern enough, but add to that the soot evident between the taillights and you have a recipe for wallet-emptying fun. The high bid should have been taken with joy. #317-1971 TECNO Formula Two Single Period radio sticking out of console. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $526,293. Ex-Peter Gregg, “Chip” duPont, Brussels Motor Show. One of 36. Sold at Coys Silverstone in July '97 for $181,314 (SCM# 3988). Last seen at the Bonhams Gstaad sale in December '04, where it sold at $332,181 (SCM# 36807). The Superfast is a very special and iconic '60s Ferrari that has never led the price tables, perhaps because of its size. Interest in them remains strong, however, and after active bidding, it went back to one of its former owners—and brought a new record for these cars at auction. bumper faded. Seat backs and console scuffed, ashtray dye-stained, gauge faces yellowed. Period three-band radio. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $249,014. The “poor man's” California Spyder. Seemed to be a good, honest, well-used car. In sharper condition, they're $300k-plus cars all day long—but this one could have been cut loose at the high bid. #338-1963 FERRARI 250 GTL Lusso coupe. S/N 5239. Eng. # 5239. Silver/black 74 #305-1969 FERRARI 365 GTC coupe. S/N 12099. Eng. # 12099. Light metallic blue/beige leather. Odo: 22,895 km. Very good paint shows touched-up chips on nose and subsurface issues on right door. OK panel fit, trunk lid wide at top edge. Chrome shows some scratches under plating on rear bumper, door mirror faded. Re-used front and rear window rubber painted on edges. Good interior with new seats, brush strokes visible on dash Seat racer. S/N 7128. Blue/black vinyl. Good paint, clean engine, functional cockpit. Comes with grooved tires mounted on car and slicks on spare rims. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $53,874. Stated wood varnish. New Pioneer CD player. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $259,208. One of 151 examples of the 365 coupe. An honest, high-level driver. The prices for 330 and 365 GTCs has risen so dramatically in the past year, average cars now bring extraordinary prices. High, but not too far above the new market. #315-1969 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe. S/N 12545. Yellow/black leather. Odo: 93,345 km. Shiny paint shows overspray on window trim, some microblistering, and sinkage. Variable panel fit with misalignment on three sides of left door. Much evidence of filler in the left rear quarter and door sill. Very cloudy to be ex-Francois Cevert and Patrick Behar. Recent historic race history, well presented and quite usable. The price paid was above the high estimate of $40k, but it was still well bought and sold. #325-1975 MASERATI KHAMSIN convertible. S/N AM120US1030. Eng. # 2021. Metallic blue/blue hard & soft tops/blue leather. Odo: 11,224 miles. Paint somewhat faded and Sports Car Market

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Christie's Paris, France Column Author to run, who would drive it? The interest here was in the scandal—it's the car Schumi tried to use to run Jacques Villeneuve off the track to win the '97 championship. It didn't work out. During the preview, people kept looking to see where the right front suspension was repaired. High bid was too short. showing small chips, microblistering, a few dings, and overspray on hood vent trim. Very good panel fit, body straight. Large area of delamination in lower left corner of windshield. Interior shows wear, with creases and splitting on driver's seat. Faded and dry trim throughout. U.S. market car, originally delivered as a hard top. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $100,051. One-off conversion of a Khamsin coupe by Gary Forbis of National Coachbuilding in Port Huron, MI, completed in 1976. Appeared to be well done, but ultimately simply not as attractive as the original coupe. I would never have predicted the very large price realized. A home run for the seller, and a very used car for the buyer. #307-1983 FERRARI 308 IMSA bodyshell coupe. Red/. Paint shows bubbling, microblistering, and cracking in creases and corners. Masking tape residue at left door edge, other tape remains in place on bottom of door to hold it together. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $7,696. seats soiled and a bit baggy. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $281,323. Possibly one of the highest mileage F40s extant, and the interior showed plenty of wear to prove it. Interestingly, it made a price higher than most of the low-mileage garage queens. If it had been maintained, it should be a great one to actually drive (or flog) as intended. A static bodyshell designed after the 1980s IMSA racing version of the 308. Stated built by Michelotto and used for display, but it felt more like a 1:18 model grown to full size. Sold at Bonhams Gstaad in December '03 for $14,400, and realized half the price four years later. The only question to ask here is why would someone want it? #337-1984 FERRARI 126-C4 Formula One racer. S/N 126C4074. Red/brown leather seat. Very good paint with some scratches and small stress cracks. Clean engine shows evidence of recent work. Interior racer-Spartan, and complete with all equipment. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $340,756. Ex-Michele Alboreto, '84 Belgian GP winner. Driven by Alboreto in six races in the '84 season, more recently used in '99 Ferrari Historic Challenge race. Prior to that outing was a no-sale at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in January '99 at $210,000 (SCM# 5697). After the owner proved it ran, sold at Christie's Pebble Beach sale in August '99 76 failed to sell is probably not surprising. Recent F1 cars are impossible to run without some sort of factory support, and if you could get it light pitting and fading. Decent interior slightly soiled, with decent dashboard and instruments. Original accessory mattresses and window screens for camping included. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $24,628. Ex-Peter Black. Fabulous big Farina-designed Nash sedan. Much better in person than the catalog description indicated. Rarely seen, it sold for near the high estimate of $27k—and it was still a bit of a bargain.u #345-1997 FERRARI F310B Formula 1 racer. S/N 178. Red/black suede. Very good paint with a few small scratches. Strangely hand-formed cockpit surround looks as though it's made of duct tape. Engine clean, appears ready to race. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $655,300. Ex-Schumacher, Japanese GP winner, Spanish GP scandal car. The fact that it glass. Re-dyed seats, dull steering wheel, casually painted faux-wood trim on dash. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $72,345. A big rumble-seat Cadillac in a truly alarming silver blue/electric blue color combination. Fully priced considering the paint issues—both in terms of color choice and condition. Well sold. #349-1951 NASH AMBASSADOR Custom 4-dr sedan. S/N R634066. Eng. # 136068. Gold & brown/gray & brown wool. Gold portion of two-tone paint appears more recent, brown appears older and is somewhat dull and polish-swirl marked. Some overspray between colors at the beltline. Very good panel fit, nice glass. Chrome fair to good, with some AMERICAN #302-1928 CADILLAC SERIES 341 B for $222,500 (SCM# 33). Although stated as restored, the lack of running since probably put some bidders off. Was certainly worth at least the low estimate of $400k. #306-1989 FERRARI F40 coupe. S/N 80712. Red/black & red leather. Odo: 63,445 km. Very good paint shows a few touched-up chips and some polish swirl marks. Excellent panel fit, nice glass and window rubber. Driver's seat shows much wear, with tears in side bolster and hole in seat cushion. Both roadster. S/N 331402. Eng. # 330538. Silver & blue/dark blue canvas/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 61,546 miles. Older paint shows many imperfections, including small areas of flaking. Good panel fit, fair to good chrome, nice Sports Car Market

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Kruse International Phoenix, AZ Column Author Phoenix 2007 The best examples were still strong, but the market for anything less than perfection—especially in terms of muscle cars—had cooled Company Kruse International Date January 26–28, 2007 Location Phoenix, AZ Auctioneer Dean Kruse, Daniel Kruse, Jim Richie, James Dyss Automotive lots sold / offered 177 / 384 Sales rate 46% Sales total $4,137,858 High sale 1935 Auburn 851 Supercharged phaeton, sold at $228,960 Buyer's premium 8% (included in sold prices) $16,524 was all it took to land this decent '65 Mustang convertible Report and photos by Joe Severns Market opinions in italics H eld in downtown Phoenix at the Arizona State Fairgrounds rather than in Scottsdale, the 36th Annual Kruse Collector Car Auction and Expo featured two simultaneously operating auction rings on both Friday and Saturday. The sale featured some first-rate cars, in addition to all sorts of consignments at many different price ranges. Traces of snow in the desert were still apparent from the weekend before, and I arrived at the convention center and fairgrounds to find a line around the block of people waiting to get into the arts and crafts show being held that same weekend. More than a few confused parking attendants appeared to be wondering why so many folks were driving such fancy cars to a quilting bee. Auctioneers Dean Kruse, Daniel Kruse, Jim Richie, and James Dyss called the shots, while color men Rick Collins and Phil Skinner kept interest alive and the bidders informed. Friday's auctions began with some autographed items and collectibles, and then moved on to cars and motorcycles. The pace was fast, but bidders had ample time to inspect the vehicles while on the block. Kruse had a sell-through rate of 46% and brought a total collection of $4.1 million. Last year's numbers saw 179 of 515 sell, with a total of $6m. Despite an 11% increase in the sales rate for 2007, fewer cars were offered 78 and the final dollar total was down over $1.8m. The high sale of the weekend was a 1935 Auburn 851 Supercharged phaeton that sold for $228,960. An interesting resto-mod 1952 Bentley Mk VI by James Young that counted a Viper V10 engine among its many modifications raised plenty of eyebrows throughout the sale. It was hammered sold at $194,400. Notable no-sales included a collection of race and road Jaguars consigned by Doc's Jags of Phoenix, which included a 1950 XK 120 Alloy race car that stalled at a high bid of $150,000, as well as a 1971 Jaguar Group 44 Huffaker race replica that failed to sell at $70,000. A hair-raising 2006 Pontiac Solstice with a Mallett LS2 V8 conversion couldn't bring more than $70,000, which was likely close to the build cost. Several replicas finished to various standards also failed to sell, including a 1967 Shelby GT350 replica at $40,000, a 1969 Camaro COPO replica at $53,000, and a 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda replica at $50,000—all of which proved that high-quality does not tend to translate into high dollars for incorrect cars in this market. Kruse showed quite a variety of vehicles this year, Sales Totals and being the final auction in January in “The Valley of the Sun” clearly wasn't lost on the company. That said, final totals were down despite only selling two fewer cars than in 2006, and the same issues with American muscle that had been seen elsewhere in the area the weekend before were even more pronounced here. The best examples were still strong, but the market for anything less than perfection—especially in terms of muscle cars—has cooled.u $3m $4m $5m $6m $2m $1m Kruse, Scotsdale AZ Sports Car Market 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002

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Kruse International Phoenix, AZ ENGLISH #762.1-1950 JAGUAR XK 120 racer. S/N 67019. Eng. # F29189S. Silver/gray twill. Odo: 65,745 miles. All aluminum race car, Le Mans competition roadster. Paint in less than good shape, with chips and swirls in many places. Ash frame with alloy coachwork. Equipped with racing head. Original numbers-matching Buick portholes on hood. Incorrect wheels, suspension, and interior. Dodge Viper V10 engine and transmission installed. Deep tint to windows. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $194,400. A super pimped-up ride. This car garnered more attention than just about any other car at the sale, and the price was triple the high estimate for a car in original condition. This was one unique machine, but old money Bentley owners certainly won't approve. block is a rarity in race cars. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $150,000. #119 of 200 lightweight LHD roadsters. Very nice to look at and a blast to drive. The high bid was right smack dab in the middle of estimates, but the seller may have been right to hold on. A new owner might be a little longer coming, but for an extra $40k, it's worth the wait. #2740-1952 BENTLEY Mk VI custom coupe. S/N B131NY. Pearl White/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 3,465 miles. Coachwork by James Young. Uneven panel fit throughout. Thick Pearl White paint is orange peeling in places. #802-1965 SUNBEAM TIGER convert- ible. S/N B9473102LRKFZ. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 13,554 miles. 260-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Older paint shows some orange peel at front cowl and some swirling on hood and rear deck. Decent panel gaps, straight body appears solid. Slight rip in convertible top at passenger side quarter panel. Claimed only 1,000 miles since restoration. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $35,000. Inspired by Shelby's success with the Cobra, the Tiger could run from zero to 60 in seven seconds and peaked at 117 mph. Generally, excellent examples bring around $34,000, so this high bid was more than enough for an example with minor issues. #769-1971 JAGUAR XKE Group 44 Replica racer. S/N N/A. White & green/aluminum & foam. Replica of the Joe Huffaker car, with namesake race engine. Claimed 4,000 man hours to create, and lots of heavy duty race equipment utilized. Nice paint, panels to race standards. Very slight wear throughout. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. Many considered Huffaker's engine to be much stronger than the Tullius team's powerplant, though the Tullius car was a better handler. This high bid couldn't May 2007 79

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Kruse International Phoenix, AZ Column Author replicate the shop bill, let alone the parts bill. The seller was right to balk, but he may find it tough to go any higher. #747-1972 JAGUAR XKE S III convert- ible. S/N VC1520411. Regency Red/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 24,252 miles. A stunning presentation. Excellent paint shows very few swirl marks and no scratches or orange peel. Panel fit good, glass unmarked. $10k aftermarket sound system replaces original export car, not a gray market car. Nicknamed “the rolling egg,” these could do just over 50 mph, and with an overall length close to the width of most other cars, they could be parked just about anywhere. A good price for a great conversation starter. #2784-1963 VOLKSWAGEN TYPE II unit. Restored by Doc's Jags. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $67,500. Lots to like here. Small bumpers and high horsepower brought a few more bucks for this one, but Doc just wouldn't part with her. The high bid was well past price estimates and should have been more than enough, even with the expensive stereo. #757.1-1974 JAGUAR XKE S III convert- ible. S/N VE1S247988W. Regency Red/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 82,610 miles. Excellent paint and chrome, nice trim and glass. Panel gaps consistent throughout. Some rubber losing its color at front bumpers, rear 15-Window microbus. S/N 114112. Riviera Blue & white/blue vinyl. Built by Air Cooled Classics of Saskatchewan, Canada. Panel fit and paint both very good, body straight and solid. Decent chrome and trim. All glass in excellent shape. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $22,032. AMERICAN #737-1932 FORD MODEL A roadster. S/N B5055996. White with purple flames/gray vinyl & tweed. Odo: 32 miles. A fakey-doo fiberglass kit car built the week before the auction. Body paint decent, frame rails orange peeled, chrome straight axle and windshield surround perfect. TPI Chevy small block with lots of billet bits provides the power. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $41,040. Generics are good if you are buying a prescription, not when buying a car. Finding one done in steel is a better idea for those who want to drive their roadster, as the 'glass bodies tend to rattle and squeak on the road. It's hard to say how much the builder had into this car, but it had to be close to the high bid. The owner/builder and I had a great conversation on the first day of the auction. He drove the bus from Canada to California, and then to Phoenix with no problems. A great vacation opportunity, and the sale of the bus paid for it. A fair price for a great refurbishment, and although the seller was hoping for much more, he did OK here. Well bought and sold. #2719-1983 PORSCHE 911 SC coupe. S/N plastic window is a bit hazy in spots. Newer tires, unmarked wire wheels. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. A truly period-correct and fine restoration. Advertised in the catalog as a “British Muscle Car.” This high bid was on the low end of price guide valuations and pre-sale estimates, and the car should have been able to bring more. GERMAN #735-1957 BMW ISETTA coupe. S/N 500812. Yellow & white/gray vinyl/white vinyl & gray cloth. Odo: 23,934 miles. Paint decent, with some marking to driver's side window and some crazing on the rear panels. Window rubber hard and dry, trunk leather worn. Chrome nice, with minor scratches here and there. Glass nice, interior slightly worn, factory heater and sunroof. Comes with original owner's manual. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $18,360. An actual U.S. 80 and dirty. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $12,500. Well used, but it didn't appear abused. The high bid was light, but only slightly according to price guides. The owner wanted more, and he may have done better if he had fixed the headlight and washer problems and cleaned it up a bit before the sale. A little work here will go a long way. N/A. White/brown leather. Odo: 120,616 miles. White paint dirty, trim and brightwork nice. Good panel gaps, body straight. Passenger side headlight washer nozzle broken, as is passenger side headlight glass. Comes with a tool kit, compressor, and two spare belts. Interior worn #753-1935 AUBURN 851 Supercharged phaeton. S/N 31899H. Eng. # 1899. Green/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 392 miles. Shiny paint shows swirling in places. Passenger side door fit off, other panel gaps OK. Excellent chrome all over. Auburn logo at leading edge of hood misaligned. Some bunching at top where it meets the front cowl. Nice leather seats, good dash. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $228,960. An excellent “all weather” original California black plate Auburn with many first place awards. The best examples usually bring around $150k, and even though this one was not anywhere close to perfect, its sale price superseded that by a full $78k. Well sold. #762-1960 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. S/N 01837C14825. White/houndstooth cloth & vinyl. Odo: 100,563 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent glass, good panel fit. A little rust is evident under VIN tag on cowl, otherwise appears straight and solid. Most chrome excellent, some scratching at rear bumper and fin trim. Interior nearly perfect, with nice seat covers and carpet. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $26,730. An advertised show Sports Car Market

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Kruse International Phoenix, AZ Column Author #2711-1963 FORD GALAXIE 500 2-dr hard top. S/N 3D63B105675. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 80,916 miles. 406-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Repainted long ago to a low standard, with overspray under hood on latches and supports. Rear end chrome dented and hazy with lots of scarring. Crack in windshield from base of A-pillar to roof. Engine covered in chrome If the seller had ditched the whitewall tires, this would have been have a bitchin' car. The high bid was nearly $5k over estimates, and it should have been enough for the seller to let it go. #740-1965 DODGE CORONET Super winner with 971 points out of 1,000. Has only covered 4,000 miles since restoration. I'm a sucker for houndstooth interiors, and this one was well fitted and had a pleasing look. A reasonable price for condition, and a good deal for all involved. #824-1960 BUICK LE SABRE convert- ible. S/N 4G3028624. Silver/blue cloth/red leather. Odo: 39,999 miles. 364-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Great paint and body, nice panel fit. New blue top, all chrome good but shows some age. Rebuilt turbine Dynaflow transmission offers shiftless drive. Red leather interior clean and well fitted. Comes with directions on how to bits. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,120. Equipped from new with the high-performance 406 V8 and 4-speed. It looked a little rough, but with some new paint and an underhood detail, the new owner will really have something. Decent money for a decent car, and all parties should be happy. #729-1964 CHRYSLER 300 K 2-dr hard top. S/N 8443218504. Silver/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 76,789 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4bbl, auto. Good paint, body is wavy at driver's side quarter near roof. Nice vinyl top, glass and chrome terrific. Fitted with aftermarket Stock 2-dr hard top. S/N W351299875. Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 39,000 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Advertised “bare metal restoration,” swirled paint, panel gaps need attention. Hood scoop looks to be caved in and hand cut with child's scissors. All exterior chrome hazy or pitted, dash and chrome trim behind windshield rusted. Seat vinyl decent, carpets OK. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $10,692. Closer to rusto than resto. It was in need of way too much to be a show car, and it even needed some work to be a decent driver. Price paid was plenty and then some. #754.1-1965 FACTORY FIVE MK III start it, which requires hooking up the battery... Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $25,920. Last seen at Christie's Los Angeles in June '00, where it sold at $18,800 (SCM# 9703). The price paid was on the low side for condition, and while the color combination on this didn't sound appealing, it was one of the most striking cars at the auction. Very well bought. #754-1961 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE convertible. S/N CA457942. Maroon/white vinyl/red leather. Odo: 61,141 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Shiny paint shows well over decent panel fit. Trunk fits high at rear window, hood shows some waviness. Chrome and trim Cobra roadster. S/N AZ283589. Silver/black leather. 410-ci fuel injected V8, 5-sp. Paint very good, with well done stripes. Race harnesses, driver's side roll bar, aluminum wheels with low-profile tires. New glass and chrome. Door fit sloppy, other panel gaps OK. Frame painted with ten coats of “Tangelo” orange. Cond: 1. American Racing wheels and low profile tires. Interior nice, driver's seat slightly worn. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $12,420. While this was arguably not the prettiest of Chrysler's 300 series, it was a great car for not too much money. The new owner will most likely have the only one on his block. Well bought. #789-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 408375108254. Red/black leather. Odo: 74,309 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shiny, but has a few swirl marks, chips, and a crack in the driver's side headlight door. Body gaps decent, chrome and glass very good, trim looks mostly new. Interior clean and well-fitted. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $48,500. NOT SOLD AT $52,500. Lots of pieces and parts trying hard to be one car, but I might have to bend my fakey-doo rules for this one. It had more than enough eye appeal, and the fuel-injected V8 would make using it relatively trouble-free. The high bid should have been high enough, but the seller felt otherwise. perfect. Good glass, nice top, carpets worn but still look good. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $72,360. This car was covered in protective plastic for most of the weekend, and I'm not sure why. Very presentable under the plastic, and the solid price paid was a good deal on both ends. 82 #2733.1-1967 SHELBY GT350 Replica fastback. S/N 7T02C174719. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 22,702 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally a 200-hp 2-bbl 289 car. Paint good, panel fit way off, chrome nice and clear. Autolite battery looks as if it might explode at any moment. Top radiator hose is severely distended, rest of engine compartment clean. Interior shows some wear throughout. Cond: 2-. 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Glovebox Notes A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM stable. HHHHH is best 2007 Mazda MX5 Hard top Convertible #494-1972 CHEVROLET NOVA 2-dr hard top. S/N 1X27F2W265137. Green & white/black vinyl. Odo: 3,300 miles. 350-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Huge 8-71 blower overpowers engine. Said to be street legal, though it looks like it's right on the edge. Huge wheel tubs, bird catcher scoop, bias-ply drag tires front and rear. Strange odor to interior, aftermarket stereo install yielded poor results. Greasy Price: $32,765 Likes: Sophisticated, real, all-weather hard top adds increased security. Surprisingly little loss of trunk space—Pontiac Solstice take note. Same good build quality as ever, and still with the right blend of power and handling. Options galore. Gripes: Lots of wind noise with hard top up. Hard top's abrupt lines diminishes sleek look. Added inches to accommodate top do nothing for the current blended styling of RX8 and old Miata. Fun to drive HHHH Fun to look at HHH Overall experience HHH Verdict: MX5 continues to increase in comfort and convenience with slick hideaway hard top and no noticeable loss in performance due to added weight. A thoroughly modern sports car at an affordable price, or even an affordable racer. However, no getting around that this car has been around, in very similar forms, for a very long time. Sales continue to decline; will Mazda dramatically reinvent the Miata, or will it just wither away and die?—Norm Mort 2007 Mazdaspeed 3 GT grow, the point gets lost. It's hard to get collectible money for a driver, and spending a lot building one of these replicas in the hopes of doubling your money can be a fast way to lose big. The high bid was likely less than the build cost, but it was correct for this car. #750.1-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194678S403056. International Blue/purple cloth/black leather. Odo: 71,415 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent paint, unmarked chrome. Nice glass, panel fit is beyond Detroit standards. Fiberglass body straight, driver's side headlight door wavy. fingerprints on hood and trunk, chrome hazy. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $12,960. Seller claimed $45k spent on build, and that the monster engine was streetable... Maybe on Woodward Ave. in Detroit. The money spent seemed fair, though the greasy fingerprints and the seller's eagerness to let it go for $33k less than the total investment reeks of lemon. #733.1-1973 DODGE CHALLENGER Convertible top mismatched to body color. All rubber still pliable. BF Goodrich radial T/As mounted on Corvette rally wheels. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $45,900. Sold on the high end of price guide valuations, which was a little steep for its condition. However, this driver-quality example showcased the best of an era, and not the ass end of a bear. Well sold. #745-1972 DODGE CHALLENGER Price: $24,550 Likes: 250 turbocharged horsepower and good sound from the 2.3-L 4. Surprisingly quick, wickedly so above 4,000 rpm. Solid, heavy steering, with only mild front-end push at the outer limits. Super brakes. Attractive, aggressive styling, snazzy interior with quality materials. Bose stereo. Priced right. Gripes: Seats have minimal adjustments, which left me feeling too high up in cabin. Snappy torque steer under heavy acceleration in 1st through 4th gears. Grippy tires make lots of noise. Fun to drive HHHH Fun to look at HHHH Overall experience HHHH Verdict: Mazda gets it right again. This is the ideal car for the guy at odds with his current place in life. He's just had a baby, but boy does he miss his tricked-out Civic. Voila! Go fast, have fun without having to drive a tricked-out wannbe Fast and Furious piece.—Stefan Lombardu 84 Rallye R/T Replica 2-dr hard top. S/N JS23G2B271943. Green/black vinyl. Odo: 43,070 miles. 426-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally a 318-ci V8 with a 2-bbl carb. Paint still degassing, hood decal scarred and scratched. Panel gaps way off, especially at hood. Lots of chrome trim up front has been blacked out, the around. Driver's side door handle has scratches and pitting. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $54,000. A nice car with good quality work, save for the cracked paint and aged door handle. This price blew the estimates right out of the water, but a little work to the paint and chrome will bring the appearance up quite a bit. Still, all the money and then some for a '73. #727-1984 PONTIAC TRANS AM convertible. S/N 1GZAW87H6EL203143. Black/ tan vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 45,509 miles. 305-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Lots of nicks and scratches to original-looking paint. Aftermarket convertible conversion is a little rough, but not too rest is hazy and scratched. Taillight surrounds chipped and scarred. Interior in good order, with nice seats and door panels. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $56,160. The 426 Hemi was dropped in '72, and the R/T package was replaced by the Rallye package that same year—so this car had a little explaining to do. This was a lot of money for a replica with the wrong options for its year. Well sold. Sports Car Market R/T 2-dr hard top. S/N JH23H3B123094. Sublime Green & black/black vinyl. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent paint shows large crack on passenger side quarter panel at drip rail. Factory panel fit, body straight. High quality chrome and decals, good glass and stainless trim all

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bad. Panel fit poor in places, with door sag to both sides. Blackout trim turning white around windshield and on front bumper. Lots of wear evident to the interior, with faded and worn vinyl seats. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,804. GM F-bodies from the '80s don't tend to age gracefully, and the removal of the structurally important top most likely made it worse. The seller did well here, and the new owner didn't do too badly—but he should keep an eye on those door gaps. #817-1986 BUICK REGAL T-type coupe. S/N 1G4GK4773GP230020. Black & gray/ gray velour. Odo: 58,740 miles. Very shiny paint, decent panel gaps, chrome bumpers well scratched. Moonroof car. Wheels excessively dirty, front bumper rubber has gouges and marks on it. Claimed WH1 luxury package, This bid was much closer to correct, and these cars can even be worth a little more if well kept and sold to someone in the know. Well bought. #736-1987 BUICK REGAL Grand National coupe. S/N 1G4GJ1173HP460510. Black/black & gray velour. Odo: 62,479 miles. Obvious repaint to a less-than-concours standard. Chassis flex has caused some dimpling of steel at quarter windows—a common problem with these cars, especially when they have been GREGOR FISKEN Fine Hi s toric Automobi les Situated in a Kensington Mews, internationally famous for old cars, we are proud to offer a varied selection of historic automobiles. Our prices are keenly competitive in today's market and we are always interested in buying, part exchanging or selling on clients' behalf cars similar to those below. Please write, phone, fax or e-mail with your requirements. one of 463 produced. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $14,850. The seller said this particular car was rarer than a 1987 GNX, and as such, was worth more money—he figured $80k-$90k. raced extensively. Added mudflaps take away from the general look of the car. Overspray on tailpipes, paint flaking off trim due to poor prep work. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $14,580. These Grand Nationals are really coming into their own now, but poor examples are still poor examples. A clean, low-mileage car can bring big bucks (especially a GNX), but this was a scary car with lots of problems. Well sold.u 1928 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Chassis AB 3362 is a very well presented 4 ½ Litre which is fitted with handsome Le Mans type coachwork. Extensive engine work was carried out by marque specialists Mckenzie-Guppy and since then it has provided great enjoyment for its long term present owner. Vintage motoring doesn't get muchbetter than this! CARS IN STOCK 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT 1963 AC Cobra Comp Car 1972 Alfa Romeo T33/3 1964 Alfa Romeo TZ 1955 Ferrari Mondial 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 1973 Ferrari Daytona 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 NART Competition Daytona 1949 Jaguar XK120 – Aluminium 1953 Pegaso Z102 14 Queens Gate Place Mews, London, SW7 5BQ Telephone 011 44 20 7584 3503 Fax 011 44 20 7584 7403 cars@gregorfisken.com May 2007 www.gregorfisken.com 85

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Bonhams London, UK Column Author Important Collectors' Motor Cars After a fierce bidding battle between two conservationists, the exotic gold and Zebra-fitted Daimler DK400 was finally netted for a solid $351,237 Company Bonhams Date December 4, 2006 Location London, U.K. Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold / offered 58 / 89 Sales rate 65% Sales total $4,698,186 High sale 1933 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Barker Sedanca coupe sold at $464,424 Buyer's premium Those in the hunt for exotica weren't disappointed with this eccentric Daimler DK400 Report and photos by Richard Hudson-Evans Market opinions in italics H istorically, the Bonhams Olympia gig has always been one of the largest tills of the U.K. auction year. This fixture was well supported by the usual end-of-season London auction crowd of dealers, semi-trade dabblers, hardcore collectors, and private owners. The audience had come mainly from the U.K. and Continental mainland, however, thanks to the dollar/pound exchange rate, only a few U.S. dollar diehards were in town to brave the U.K. prices this time. The day's top seller was a 1933 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp, which had been owned for 40 years by Ken Neve, a past President of the Vintage Sports Car Club, who waxed lyrical about his ownership of chassis number 69MW in his 1988 published book A Bit Behind The Times. The short-chassis Continental topped with Barker-crafted Sedanca coupe bodywork generated an above-estimate $464,424. The catalog cover 1905 Darracq 200-hp monster, which is thought to be the world's oldest surviving V8-powered automobile, had to make do with second place. “Old Iron,” which had been tamed by Algernon Lee Guinness to establish a World Land Speed Record of 111.8 mph in 1905, had been faithfully re-created from the remnants of the original partial chassis and 25,422-cc motor. The minimalist two-seater raised much applause when it was acquired by a prominent member of the VSCC for $394,771, changing hands here for only the third time in its 100-year history. 86 15% below $59,364, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices (1 GBP=$1.98) The other headline car, one of the outrageous “Golden Daimler” specials produced by Hooper for the 1955 London Motor Show to a truly extraordinary specification, was also much viewed. The one-off DK400 was concocted by Lady Norah Docker, the extravagant spouse of BSA Group Chairman Sir Bernard, and it earned the most appropriate tag of “The Golden Zebra” through its genuine gold-plated fittings and real zebra hide trim. It really flew under the hammer. After a fierce bidding battle between two conservationists from either side of the Atlantic pond, the exotic animal was finally netted by a European collector for a solid $351,237. The latest clutch of former exhibits from the Rosso Bianco Collection, mainly consisting of another near grid full of dusty old racers, was dispersed here. The top performer from the cache was a Ford-Cosworth DFV-powered 1972 Lola T280, last raced in the U.K. Thundersports category in 1983. Fiercely contended until sold for a very bullish $256,255 more than the most optimistic forecast, the Sports-Racer cost the winning bidder a startling $394,771. A Lola T160 CanAm Spyder with a Chevy V8 supplied new to Carl Haas in 1968 made a just-over-top-estimate $155,336, and a 1975 Chevron B31, adapted at some time to take a Ford-Cosworth DFV V8 in place of its original in-line four, raised a mid-estimate $122,686. Bonhams drew in more than $1m more than last year's total of $3.6m, and the number of high quality consignments on the floor meant that punters in the market for early Christmas presents had plenty from which to choose.u Sales Totals $3m $4m $5m $6m $1m $2m Sports Car Market 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002

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Bonhams London, UK Column Author ENGLISH #679-1932 ROLLS-ROYCE 20/25hp drophead coupe. S/N GHW45. Eng. # P7V. Mason's Black/black mohair/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 38,994 miles. Coachwork by J. Gurney Nutting. Built on LWB chassis, louvered hood from new. Early aristo history in U.K., engine rebuilt in '74, U.S. resident until '93, joined Rosso Bianco Collection in '94. Older restoration exhibits acceptable wear to paint and chrome, wood and leather good, clean engine bay shows chipped paint to components. Ace #642-1934 ALVIS SPEED TWENTY SB tourer. S/N 11838. Eng. # 12287. Maroon/ black canvas/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 8,821 miles. Coachwork by Vanden Plas. Formerly owned by Monte winner and Gatso speed camera inventor Maurice Gatsonides. Fully restored in 1995, converted from DHC to current tourer configuration. Repaint is polish-scratched and chipped in places. Chrome excellent, leather shines brightly, golf ball sized gearshift knob crazed. Engine bay presentation is nothing special and could use a minor clean up. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $38,686. A rare dash treatment and still generally excellent condition combined to increase the latest public valuation for this 401 to $3,000 above the $35,618 forecast—and it was well worth the price. wheel discs dimple-free. Minimal door drop when opened. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $160,982. Posh clients of A. F. McNeil designed, J. Gurney Nutting crafted automobiles included the Prince of Wales and the Duke of York, which earned them the Royal Warrant in the 1930s. This ancient belle was solid and deserved to raise $22,000 above its high estimate of $138,516. With a little work and some consistent use, she should be able to command around this sort of money for the foreseeable future. TOP 10 No. 7 #667-1933 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50hp Phantom II Continental sedanca coupe. S/N 69MW. Eng. # X075. Green/black canvas/green leather. RHD. Odo: 971 miles. Coachwork by Barker. Seller acquired in 1999, total resto during which overdrive and power steering added. Unexceptional paint fresh and unmarked, passenger door gap very wide at leading edge. Brightwork refurbished to high standard. Engine and ancillaries well detailed. Lucas nicely aged. Correct eagle mascot, windtones, and extra driving lamps. Mechanical upgrades include electric fuel pump, cooling fan, and hydraulic brakes. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $93,004. Considering the Gatso provenance and matching numbers, one would have thought that this Speed Twenty would have sold here. Perhaps the conversion of the drophead coachwork to open accommodation for four may have depressed its chances. #616-1935 ROLLS-ROYCE 20/25hp Continental saloon. S/N GEH18. Eng. # P4J. Black & red/red leather. RHD. Odo: 20,353 miles. Coachwork by Hooper. Older restoration. Panels appear sound with good fit, including doors. Body paint mainly good, with some shrinkage cracks and chips to fender edges. Brightwork polish-scratched, Ace wheel discs shows some evidence of minor use. Steering wheel rim scratched, engine bay clean. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $85,682. Always an RHD car with good early history, few owners, and an older full restoration with a nice patina—what more does the early XK buyer want? The near to mid-estimate valuation for this fully charted example was fully justified, and the new owner was smart to spend it, as 120s are unlikely to go down in price. headlamps, Marchal spots, alto horns. Leather gaiters protecting springs, fishtail exhaust, Ace wheel discs. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $464,424. Last seen at Coys London in November '98, where it sold for $205,881 (SCM# 9328). Marque cognoscenti are likely to be impressed by the 40 years of ownership of second keeper Kenneth Neve, a past President of the Vintage Sports Car Club. The buyer, only the fourth owner, had to see off plenty of competition in the saleroom, hence his $29,000 more than forecast valuation. Expensive, but worth it. 88 clean, whitewalls marked, refurbished interior still nice. Working engine bay presents well, but is not concours. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $47,788. An attractively set forecast was duly met by the buyer of this Continental saloon, which was originally pitched at owners and drivers with touring ambitions beyond the U.K. A reasonable value for the buyer, and a decent price for the seller. #647-1950 BRISTOL 401 2-dr sedan. S/N 673. Eng. # 85C1524. Silver gray/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 63,390 miles. One of four with art-deco style chrome on a brass dash. Mileage displayed believed to be genuine total. Restored in the mid-1990s, motor and gearbox overhauled since. Repaint thick, brightwork unmarked. Clean leather still fresh, dash chrome Sports Car Market #648-1953 JAGUAR XK 120 coupe. S/N 669092. Eng. # F10898. Black/red leather. RHD. Odo: 12,430 miles. One of 193 RHD coupes. In receipt of body-off rebuild with photo record in 1993, since when mileage displayed likely to have been clocked up. More recently recommissioned. Both sides of windshield wiper-blade scratched, large stone #641-1951 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N 660877. Eng. # A30097. British Racing Green/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 10,118 miles. Works display and demo car for the first two years. Restored in the late 1980s, sparingly used since. Paint and chrome mainly unmarked, but some is polish-scratched. Top quality retrim in leather still excellent, though driver's side

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Bonhams London, UK Column Author chip to driver's side. Panels and fit perfect, paint and chrome unmarked, leather shows a light patina. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $90,035. Is there anything to touch Bill Lyons' 120 for purity of design? In a color combo to die for and in super condition, my favorite item of the sale deservedly generated over its $80,046 estimate. TOP 10 No. 10 #632-1955 DAIMLER DK400 Golden Zebra coupe. S/N 92705. Eng. # 48771. White/ivory leather & zebra skin inserts. RHD. Odo: 35,632 miles. Coachwork by Hooper. Built on a DK400 limo chassis for the 1955 London Motor Show stand, with gold fittings and zebra skin trim to direction of Lady Docker, super-profligate wife of Daimler Chairman Sir Bernard. Gold plating extends to headlamp reflectors and Lucas seven-inch flame throwers. Wide door fit inconsistent, paint and brightwork unmarked, interior and engine bay spotless, whitewalls dirty. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $351,237. Unique pieces like this are always difficult to value pre-auction with any accuracy, even more so when they're as bling as this one was. Even so, the nearly $114,000 over forecast paid for this Docker Daimler was suitably extravagant. That said, once some of the gloss has faded, whether the Golden Zebra can pull anywhere near this sort of money again is questionable. #626-1956 LOTUS-CLIMAX ELEVEN Series I racer. S/N MKXI171. Lotus Green/ red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 17,171 miles. One of approximately 150 SI Elevens, supplied new to Keith Hall. Later owned by Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, Goodwood Revival raced. Gearbox renewed during recent checkout. Aluminum panels undamaged beneath fresh repaint, tail fin punctured with small hole. Restored interior convincingly authentic. Modern on-off battery master switch fitted into driver's side sill. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $146,629. Thanks to historic racing consumption, demand for genuine Elevens continues to be holding up well. With some gilt-edged period race history on file, the Keith Hall S I deserved its mid-estimate valuation. 90 chip-free, chrome good, windshield wipermarked, interior tidy. Engine bay clean and well presented. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $17,067. Although an L to RHD conversion is a no-no for many U.K. buyers, and the U.S. and Eurozone market for a LHD car is potentially so much larger, this MGA in rarer coupe form was sufficiently retail-ready for a dealer to make a low- to mid-estimate investment—and it was worth close to the near $20,000 high estimate at least. Well bought. #624-1961 JAGUAR XKE S I convert- ible. S/N 875677. Eng. # R19449. Black/black mohair/red leather. LHD. Odo: 76,180 miles. First supplied to California, U.S. resto circa 2001, less than 8,000 miles since. Driven to the auction from Switzerland. Panels straight, hood and door fit good, paint virtually chipfree. Brightwork clean with few marks, wheels Sports Car Market leather, chrome luggage rack on trunk, air horns. Original leather acceptably worn. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $34,134. Last seen at the Barons Jaguar Heritage sale in June '06, where it was a no sale at $29,600 (SCM# 42064). The little 3.4-liter motor, auto-box, and a potentially flappy sunroof amounted to too many negatives for some potential buyers, so this mid-estimate sale should have made the seller happy. #671-1959 MG A 1600 coupe. S/N GHDL81524. Eng. # 16GAU12687. Old English White/maroon leather. RHD. Odo: 15,042 miles. In the U.S. until the early '90s, then France and U.K., where converted to RHD during resto circa '96. Nice spec includes wire wheels, disc brakes, two Lucas lamps, three badges on bar, wood rim wheel, ammeter, map light, and a fire extinguisher. Paint only lightly discolored. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $103,095. The estimates here attracted some serious interest, one suspects, as this largely unrestored open S3 really did the business, attracting more than one determined bidder. Bidding was spirited until it hammered sold for $43,371 more than the high estimate of $59,364. However, by the time a resto is funded, it will likely cost considerably more. #662-1964 LOTUS-FORD TYPE 23 racer. S/N 235111. Eng. # 13650105. White & green/black vinyl. RHD. Supplied new to the Honorable Edward Portman, subsequently thought to have been BRM P80 1-liter powered and Robin Widdows campaigned in 1965, then Dickie Metcalfe raced 1966–67. Resto to original-spec in 1975, gained current Lotus TC 1.6 #612-1958 JAGUAR XK 150 SE coupe. S/N S824196BW. Eng. # V26428. Old English White/red leather. RHD. Odo: 53,509 miles. One of 647 coupes equipped with an automatic. Reportedly first a factory show car, claimed to have been exhibited in the U.S. before U.K. registration. Panels apparently rust-free, old thick repaint only fair, chrome marked. Mileage from new, only 5,000 miles of which during the past 40 years. 1970s sunroof in likely to have been more recently renewed, driver's seat leather cracked, engine bay detailed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $72,622. Though raising less than forecast, this restored former U.S. car was fairly priced for the money paid. Average E-types like this one appear not to be moving in their home market. With so many having been produced in the first place, there are plenty of choices out there for buyers, and that helps to keep prices in check. #623-1963 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL S3 convertible. S/N BC46XB. Light blue metallic/magnolia/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 506 miles. Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner and Park Ward. One of 75 with such coachwork, single family owned. Claimed to be original, apart from an early '90s part-refurb of the body with some repainting. Power-top bits renewed, stainless steel exhaust fitted. Paint still fresh looking, with some minor blemishes. 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by 1982. Latest $67,000 rebuild pre-2004 Spa 6 Hours. Cosmetically tidy, although paintwork only to race car standards. Many spare parts included. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $111,802. Even at the just over top estimate paid, this 23 Twin-Cam was well bought. It should be quick and cheap to put back on the starting grid, and its U.K. period race provenance was a large bonus for the new owner. #645-1965 JAGUAR MK II 3.8 saloon. S/N 234073DN. Eng. # LE2338. British Racing Green/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 74,887 miles. Last nut-and-bolt resto claimed with video record. Engine, gearbox, and rear axle reconditioned. 72-spoke wires shod with new Avons, front disc brakes upgraded with Zeus 4-pot calipers. Panel fit, paint, and chrome all excellent. Leather and carpets unmarked, later is the 1960s Jag saloon to have, of course, and this one clearly had been well done. The brake and wheel upgrades along with the sunshine roof conversion were only minor negatives for all but the purist Jag anorak, and the near high estimate price paid was fully deserved. #651-1968 LOLA T160 CanAm Group VII racer. S/N SL1609. Red/black leather. RHD. A further CanAm development of the T70 IIIB with a near identical tub. One of two lightweight works cars with wings. Supplied to Carl Haas, entered by Haas/Simoniz, driven by Chuck Parsons to 4th in Las Vegas. Later U.K. raced 1982–85, likely to have been last rebuilt prior to Rosso Bianco Collection acquisition in 1985. Only minor refreshment to paint likely since then. Interior dusty, Luke full harness reclining front seats fitted, sliding roof conversion. Woodwork re-lacquered with matching Motolita wheel. Original radio still works. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $43,237. The Mk II 3.8 filthy, leather wheel worn. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $155,336. Yet another old R-B Collection exhibit, apparently complete and likely to be very much as last raced in 1985—although in need of a total mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic checkout before any future race use can take place. Even so, more than one bidder May 2007 91

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Bonhams London, UK Column Author was sufficiently smitten by the idea of reviving and taming a CanAm Lola-Chevy, and it brought nearly $17,000 over the high estimate of $138,516. #622-1970 LOLA T210 Ford FVC Prototype racer. S/N SL2109. Orange, white & red/black leather. RHD. First supplied to Alain de Cadenet to replace his T210, which burned out at Vila Real in 1970. Next hillclimbed by Swiss Claude Swietlik. U.K. HSCC papers issued 1981, acquired by Rosso Bianco Collection in 1984. FIA papers 1990, last raced 1991. In receipt of old refurb, though only to race car standard. Cockpit would benefit from #639-1975 CHEVRON B31 racer. S/N B317505. Eng. # DFV089. Red/black vinyl. RHD. The fifth of six built in 1975, originally with 2-liter inline four. Later adapted with an F1 Ford Cosworth DFV 3-liter V8. Auctioned without any race history, stickers on car indicate it probably competed in the Interserie Series in 1984. Since then, looks as if it has not been fire system bottle on floor. Red suede Momo wheel very grubby, taped-up driver's seat tatty. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $94,389. Appeared all correct in terms of chassis, and the livery was all as raced in period. Shouldn't be too difficult to revive, and when returned to the track, likely to be reasonably reliable as well. This just over high estimate price should not have been a surprise. Well bought. #621-1993 ASTON MARTIN VIRAGE Volante convertible. S/N 60087. Warwick Blue/gray cloth/gray leather. RHD. Odo: some cosmetic refreshment. Being complete mechanically, likely to be relatively simple to recommission for historic racing. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $111,802. Considering the unloved condition and the corrected history displayed on the screen, the above top estimate result for this FVC-powered Lola was impressive. However, the supply of such 1970 historic sports-racers is finite, and once track-ready and on-the-button, this one should appreciate by the season. TOP 10 No. 8 #625-1972 LOLA T280 Cosworth DFV racer. S/N T280HU4. Red, gray & white/ black vinyl. RHD. Looking much as it was when last raced in U.K. Thundersports in 1983. Joined Rosso Bianco Collection in 1984, since when has had some Ray Mallock servicing. Seemingly complete and likely to fire up easily, but like most old race cars, cosmetically it is only fair when viewed close-up. Paint marked, wheels shabby, cockpit scruffy and used. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $394,771. Very rare, and potentially very competitive in today's historic racing, an F1 Ford Cosworth DFV-powered T280 like this doesn't come up for public auction very often—the last time was 25 years ago. Some very determined bidding resulted in the new owner having to pay nearly three times the top estimate, which earned him much applause from the spectators and set a new value for the car. 92 displayed. Some handling scuffs to edges, generally clean externally. Cockpit looks original, seat worn, steering wheel rim grubby, Pro Motor Engineering-prepped Chevy V8. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $92,212. At close to the high estimate of $95k, this FIA Class C/IMSA GTP category eligible coupe was correctly valued by all concerned. If it can be made to work without too much grief, this will have been reasonable value for the money. #646-1985 MARCH 85G Buick Hawk Prototype racer. S/N 85G03. Purple & white/ black. RHD. Third chassis of eleven built, One of two originally supplied to Phil Conte's IMSA team, who employed a Buick V6 turbo as fitted. Externally refurbished at some time, period-correct livery with appropriate decals. Internally looks original, with authentic switchgear on passenger side of cockpit and Sports Car Market in receipt of any cosmetic or mechanical attention. Appears complete. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $122,686. The absence of any provenance from the mid to late 1970s on file did not prevent this upgraded B31 from achieving mid-estimate money. A generous price, as full mechanical, hydraulic, and electrical recommissioning will have to be funded before any return to the track can be made. #643-1981 LOLA T600 coupe. S/N 600HU2. Yellow/black leather. RHD. One of only twelve built. Supplied by Lola U.S. agent Carl Haas to Cooke-Woods Racing, in whose hands was non-qualifier at Le Mans when fitted with a Porsche Turbo motor. In receipt of John Bright full rebuild in '84, joined Rosso Bianco Collection in '86, since when static- 16,209 miles. One of 223 built. To 1994 spec, with upgraded two-mode tranny and side vents in lower fenders. 17-inch wheel option, electric power top. One owner, full service history confirms the mileage displayed. Seemingly all still original, with only minor cosmetic wear to paint and interior. Engine bay clean. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $63,717. A relatively modern open Aston like this does represent a great deal of car for the money, and this one brought just over its high estimate. Even if appreciation is unlikely, the new owner should still be able to recover most of the investment when it's time to move it on. Well bought. FRENCH TOP 10 No. 8 #672-1905 DARRACQ SPRINT racer. S/N N/A. Pale green chassis/black leather seat bottoms. RHD. Diligently executed recreation of Algernon Lee Guinness 1905 World Land Speed Record-breaking Darracq, employing the actual 200-hp engine mounted in part of the original chassis acquired from Guinness's widow in 1956. Crank, connecting rods, and camshaft retained, pistons cast in 1991. 2-speed axle built from 90-year-old drawing.

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Alfa Bits Recent Il Biscione sales on eBay by Geoff Archer (All creative English within quotes exactly as presented by sellers on eBay.) #2900827161-1949 ALFA ROMEO 6C 2500 Freccia D'Oro coupe. S/N N/A. Silver/red. RHD. Odo: 49,682 km. 8 photos. Surrey, BC. California black plate car has been in storage for many years. “Body totally unrusted with minor crash damage to the nose as shown in picture. Original colour was Amaranth but is now grey metalic.” Some chips and marks in new paint, will look much more authentic with further patina. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $394,771. Even with such interesting history on file, it took a public auction with a worldwide mailing list to establish a current valuation for such a rare racer. The sale at close to $400k brought much applause from the audience in the Olympia salesroom. Well bought. GERMAN #659-1968 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304410004994. Eng. # 002041. Golden Sand metallic/brown MB-tex. Odo: 79,852 miles. Former California resident, steelwork claimed to be original with all spotwelds visible. Newer repaint and underhood detailing, brakes and suspension overhauled. Panels and paint super, lamps and rubbers all renewed, windshield surround original and scratched. Interior wood water marked, Engine and trans rebuilt, and upgraded to SS spec... but currently out of the car. Aster radio rebuilt. 2 bids, sf 66, bf 183. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $55,000. Even if it is market correct to spend $55k on a big project, the pending restoration will put the buyer upside down for quite some time. #1100479515-1966 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA SUPER 4- dr sedan. S/N AR315114. Green & tan primer/N/A. 23 photos. Anacortes, WA. “For sale is just what is in the photos, a rolling shell, in primer. Engine bay, door jambs painted the beautiful stock Alfa green... It had extensive and very expensive body work done about 10 years ago (reportedly $5,000.)” Clear WA title. 1 bid, sf 1090, bf 0. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $2,400. A great deal if your restoration is rotten to the core... otherwise completely useless yard art. #2200467708-1967 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA SUPER Colli Wagon. S/N AR859313. Yellow & gray primer/black. Odo: 98,000 miles. 21 photos. New York, NY. LHD. One of 16 wagons (13 LHD) built by Carrozzeria Colli. Alfa Factory parts runner 1967–70. Sitting outside since '83. Nardi wheel & interior very nice. Otherwise has seat fabric original, soft top fabric and carpets new. Engine bay clean, exhaust manifold rusty. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $56,891. Although appearing to be a genuinely nice example of the Pagoda-top Benz, the near $7,500 above forecast paid was extravagant. That said, a 280SL like this may be a steadily appreciating investment, so if the new owner holds on to it and uses it sparingly, he may make more when the time comes to sell. #630-1973 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Replica coupe. S/N 9113201273. Eng. # 6630793. White & blue/black cloth. RHD. Odo: 89,594 miles. 1973 911E 2.4 RHD donor. 2.7 motor, gearbox, brakes, running gear, wheels, and some panels claimed to have been sourced from genuine 1973 RS. Authentically replicated during restoration in 1991. Repaint from then unmarked, although leading surfaces of the rear quarters are stone-peppered. Black years ago, structurally sound, apparently complete. Cosmetically tatty, more than ripe for full resto. Period calorimeter, windshield mounted spot, Klaxon horn. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $87,859. Judging from this $53,500 above the high estimate, Lambdas have become hot in the collector market. The same buyer also invested another $23,895 in a second 8th Series former GL Sedan project here. This one was expensive, but likely worth it. #620-1981 FERRARI 308GTB coupe. S/N 31161. Eng. # 31161. Red/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 700 miles. Built post-April 1977, therefore steel-bodied. Started life as a dealer's demo car. Odo change declared at 6,460 miles, so likely to have covered circa 7,000 miles total. Mainly stored by two owners. Color changed from original blue to red in '06, wheels renewed, lower-profile Yokohamas enough and the work done appeared to have been well executed, the near top estimate result for this replica was strong money. Judging by recent valuations, however, genuine Carrera RS 2.7s have been changing hands privately for double this amount or even more. Because of that, this can be considered well bought. ITALIAN #610-1927 LANCIA LAMBDA 7th Series Torpedo tourer. S/N 017985. Eng. # 7826. Medium blue & black/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Odo: 8,434 miles. Has the shorter of two chassis offered, in RHD like all pre-1950s Lancias. Four-seater torpedo-shaped tourer bodywork, fabric cover over front seats added later. First supplied to India, moved to South Africa, last driven in 1970. Refurbished typical rust and needs total restoration. Does not run. “We are Porsche guys so trouble shooting this engine wasn't on the agenda.” 37 bids, sf 154, bf 3. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $10,001. Buyer was renowned Alfa specialist Bobcor, so this must have been the right price for the Alfisti “who has everything.”u 94 carpeted interior spotless, undetailed engine bay dull. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $88,947. Even though the conversion work was convincing fitted. Body paint still shiny, bumper paint damaged. Interior shows grubby and marked original leather. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $47,788. Correctly estimated by Bonhams at $43k–$49k, and correctly valued by the new owner. As presented, this particular car was by no means the sharpest example around, but a low-mileage 308GTB for this sort of money does represent a good value.u Sports Car Market

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Mecum Kansas City, MO Column Author Fall K.C. High Performance Auction Six to twelve inches of snow fell the night before the sale, which kept consignments, bidders, and final totals down Company Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers Date December 1–3, 2006 Location Kansas City, MO Auctioneer Mike Hagerman, Mark Delzell Automotive lots sold / offered 165 / 334 Sales rate 49% Sales total $3,590,765 High sale The white stuff was everywhere in Kansas City Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics I n the past, Mecum's Fall Kansas City sale has pushed the envelope pretty hard and has seen some solid results. This year, Mecum could've just as well called this the Winter Kansas City High Performance Auction, as the night before and during the first day of the sale, the Kansas City area got six to twelve inches of snow—never a good sign for a collector car auction. Not only did the locals stay away, but a significant number of consignors from St. Louis and Tulsa couldn't even get their pre-paid consignments to the area. This was especially true to the east, as the storm effectively closed Interstate 70 between Kansas City and St. Louis until Saturday. Luckily, driving down from St. Paul, I didn't so much as see any precipitation until Liberty, MO, which was just six miles north of the auction site at the Metropolitan Business Campus's BTC Exhibit Hall. Even with attendance and consignments down from last fall, it still wasn't a bargain buyer's paradise. For the most part, the market didn't get frostbite, as prices for cars that sold were generally where they would be expected. The top sale, a 1970 Chevy Chevelle SS 454 LS6, was actually a deal put together post-block for $78,750. The next top car hammered sold was a 1969 Chevy Camaro Z/28 in a non-stock color. It raised a few eyebrows when it sold for $76,125, and it further confrimed that these cars 96 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6 2-dr hard top, sold at $78,750 Buyer's premium continute to stay strong within the market. A unique 1970 two-tone green 'Cuda—reportedly one of only three with dual $300 for all sales less than $5,500, $500 for those between $5,500 and $9,999, 5% thereafter (included in sold prices) hues—failed to sell at $23,000. While it was rare, the colors were a little less than inspiring, and rust issues in the lower quarters and rockers did little to help the car. A 1963 Mercedes-Benz 190SL convertible didn't sell at a market-correct $40,000, and a 1961 Ford Thunderbird with an engine oil leak stayed with its owner at a less-than-required $7,500 final bid. Just when I thought the weather would be the big news of the sale, we hit the wall with the sale of a Corvette—not figuratively in pricing, but physically, Sales Totals when a 1978 Corvette Indy Pace car, which minutes previously had been declared sold for $26,250, had a brake failure and rolled to a stop into a cinder block wall. There were no injuries, but it certainly was a reminder to expect almost anything from a bunch of old cars having had various degress of maintenance. Final totals here were down nearly $1m from the $4.5m realized in 2005, which was obviously related to the weather. Last year showed 426 cars cross the auction block, but this year, only 334 made it. With any luck, the spring edition of the Kansas City sale on April 27 will turn out better for Mecum—and hopefully, we can leave the parka, the boots, and the arresting cables in the trunk.u $2m $3m $4m $5m $2m Sports Car Market 2006 2005

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ENGLISH #S112-1971 JAGUAR XKE S III convert- ible. S/N 2R13649. Pea G reen/beige vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 49,452 miles. Excellent original paint shows some polishing swirls and touchedup scratches and nicks, especially between the top and the trunk lid. Replacement top is in excellent shape with virtually no wear. Good original chrome, newer replacement trunk and engine bay weatherstrips. Clean but generally used engine bay, with some moderate hardware rear suspension sits slightly low. Good original chrome just OK. Mild wear on the front seats, not so mild wear in the engine compartment. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $14,700. In light of the recent servicing, it could be argued that the buyer did fairly well here. Not bought well, but for this money, we've seen far worse purchases on rattier, more questionable Shadows that last saw a proper servicing during the Carter administration. and fastener corrosion. Aftermarket fog lights mounted in the middle of the radiator intake. Near mint condition interior, with minimal signs of wear or use. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $37,800. The well maintained condition of this example made up for a color that nobody liked, and the sale price was average. Seeing it out in the parking lot the next day with the rest of the daily drivers (and the road salt) gave me the impression that it was bought to drive, which was just as well. #F61-1976 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SHADOW 4-dr saloon. S/N SRE26301. Brown metallic/tan leather. Odo: 88,985 miles. Period 8-track stereo system, a/c converted to R134a. A Missouri resident since at least 1985, 500 miles covered since the last factory authorized servicing. Good quality repaint is the only refurbishment done. Somewhat typically, the AMERICAN #S13-1952 STUDEBAKER CHAMPION Regal Starliner 2-dr hard top. S/N DR135185MO. Gray/red paint/maroon vinyl. Odo: 74 miles. Newer paint applied in a mediocre fashion. Dry-rotted door, windshield, and vent window weatherstrips covered in light overspray. Brightwork marked and pitted throughout. Ill-fitting doors sag when opened, and take a heavy slam to shut properly. Basic May 2007 97

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Mecum Kansas City, MO Column Author pleat job to the seats looks cheap. Middle element of the odometer is illegible, mostly due to lettering having peeled off. Bottom rung radial tires are getting rather old, but are marinated in Armor All. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $9,100. While this was the first year for a Stude hard top (of which 12,119 were made), it was also in dire need of a proper restoration. It'll take a lot to set this car right, and as it was, the sale price here was over the top for its condition. #S155-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N D7FH395488. Red/red hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 33 miles. 312-ci V8, 4bbl, auto. Older restoration with some newer cosmetics, recently driven. Excellent repaint holding up well. Panel gaps OK, but both doors need a healthy slam to shut properly. Freshly undercoated chassis, new exhaust system installed. The vent glass is delaminating on all edges; the porthole glass has some light #S188-1965 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. S/N 237375B128042. Light blue metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 47,831 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. PHS documentation states this was originally built with Tri-Power, now wears a single Holley double-pumper atop a modified engine. Decent trim-off repaint, with new bumpers and generally good original brightwork. Vent window frames have some bubbling on the edges, other glass replaced. Also replacement is most of the interior, with a well presented dashboard and gauges. Hard top only. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $32,813. This was pretty average for what you find in a restored two-place T-bird in all aspects—equipment, color, condition, and selling price. I certainly hope the buyer looked behind the seat and saw nothing but empty space before placing a bid that was more attuned to having both tops on the car. #S125-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 30867S119365. Riverside Red/white ST, red HT/black vinyl. Odo: 22,414 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older cosmetic restoration inside and out. Good older paint shows a few mild scratches, especially in the usual area where the top contacts the body. Most of the brightwork is original and in good condition, with some light 406-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Very good fresh repaint. Nice panel gaps, straight body. Minimal trim replaced or well buffed out. Interior is also freshly replaced and generally well done. Seat seams show some ripples, aftermarket Sun tach mounted to column. Engine bay and undercarriage both quite clean. Retrofitted with a complete modern a/c system, which makes the reproduction tar top battery almost a waste. Reproduction Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $47,500. While 409 Chevys are fairly common, 406 Fords are few and far between, especially a real-deal all-red well-equipped XL convertible. While rare, more of the collectors out there want the Chevy, so it's a relatively short line for those of us who want a big HiPo Ford (I say us, as I recently bought a '64 Ford Country Sedan with a 390 in it, therefore exposing my semi-biased position). This final bid was all the money in the world for this car, so the consignor had better revise his $60k reserve if he wants to sell the car. #U23-1963 FORD FALCON Futura convertible. S/N 3H15U158067. Aqua metallic/white vinyl/two-tone aqua vinyl. Odo: 92,040 miles. 170-ci straight-6, 1-bbl, auto. Almost no body prep work done before recent repaint, as crazed original paint is textured into the new surface from underneath, especially on the hood and fender tops. Solid door fit, good panel alignment. Older replacement top shows some wear and staining. Replacement bumpers, original trim has minimal pitting. Heavy wear to steering wheel in comparison to the pits and heavily torn but pliable seals. Paper cut-out Pontiac emblem taped over bowtie on the Chevelle horn button installed on the car. The rest of the interior is generally a decent original, with minimal seam separations. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $20,000. Just the car you need, if you happen to have a Poncho 389 with Tri-Power sitting on an engine stand and have experience restoring GTOs properly. Otherwise, it was just some high school fantasy, and it was bid to a proper level for what was offered—regardless of how much was put into the motor. #F56-1966 DODGE CORONET 500 2-dr hard top. S/N WP23G67316106. Maroon metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 4,876 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory a/c, power steering, power brakes, and AM radio. Some orange peel to otherwise good repaint on a straight body with good prep work. Added non-stock rear “bumble bee” stripe poorly done. Wilwood front disc brake kit, dual master cylinder, PerTronix ignition, Sun tachometer clamped to steering column, reproduction crazing on a few pieces. Engine bay clean, but not detailed. Moderate wear to the seating surfaces, door panels show a few scuffs. 26year continuous ownership until listed with the consigning dealer, an SCM Gold member. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $48,825. When it hit this final bid, the consignor wisely elected to let it go to a new home. This price was within the range of the market, if on the high side. Even so, a fair deal for both parties. #U10-1963 FORD GALAXIE 500 XL convertible. S/N 3H69G128194. Rangoon Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 29,037 miles. 98 rest of the original interior components. Clean engine compartment, with detailed engine and new fuel pump. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $8,900. For some reason, the seller was bragging that it “only” had 92k miles on it. I wouldn't brag about that, as a Falcon was pretty much spent by 100k. With the mixture of work done over the years, the selling price was plenty. Seemingly mechanically sorted, it could have been a good car for a kid to drive, as it looks kinda cool, can't go fast enough to get anyone in trouble, and he or she can learn rudimentary auto mechanic skills when the points go bad or valves start to stick. A fair deal all around. Magnum 500 wheels with Coker Redline radials, Flowmaster exhaust. Some interior and exterior trim shows light pitting, but overall looks very presentable. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,425. The dual master cylinder is perhaps the most prudent single modification, and we won't knock the bigger front disc brake conversion, either. It may still handle like a boxcar, but at least it will stop without constant brake fade. Sold at market correct pricing, without factoring in the practical mods. #S116-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S115852. Milano Maroon/black soft & maroon hard tops/black vinyl. 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Mecum Kansas City, MO Column Author trim, pitted vent window frames, replacement emblems and bumpers. Door fit and function excellent. Recent engine repaint, although the exhaust manifolds, master cylinder, and most fasteners are rusty. Most underhood components are GM, except a few service parts such as radiator cap and belts. All vinyl inside is newer reproduction replacement. Factory options include side pipes and an AM/FM radio. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $68,250. With the ever-escalating prices of both big block C2 Corvettes and the high-test fuel to feed them, it's becoming a bit of a misnomer to say these cars in this condition can be daily drivers. While this old restoration had been used way past being a show car, it was not exactly falling apart either. Market value for a car the new owner won't need to worry about driving. #S244-1966 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. S/N 242176P295201. Night Watch Blue Metallic/navy vinyl. Odo: 1,744 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Factory Tri-Power car. When painted, it was prepped and applied to a high standard, but now it shows many polishing scratches. Freshly detailed engine compartment, engine and drivetrain recently rebuilt. quality or completely stock. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $59,325. After seeing so darn many SS 396s, one almost seems to forget that they were the exception rather than the rule in 1967, and that far more Malibus were built. It's refreshing to see a Malibu restored to its original form, but it's questionable if it would've been restored back to stock if it wasn't an L79 325-hp car. Most price guides may point to this sale as being a bit heavy on the buyer, but in the long run, it may not be so. #S104-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194377S114393. Elkhart Blue/teal leather. Odo: 53 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4bbl, 4-sp. High quality repaint over excellent body prep with no cracks. Superb door and hood fit. Most brightwork is original and very good, although the replacement bumpers are wavy. Replacement interior only shows wear on the driver's seat bottom and scuffing at the base of the driver's door panel. Older detailed and Lincolns, and on a C2 Corvette, they are utterly ridiculous. Maybe the bidder was planning on pushing them off on eBay. If so, he must be thinking that he can get at least $3,813 for them, which he'd need to recoup the premium that was paid over market value on this car. #S70-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194679S737976. Red/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 54,861 miles. 350-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Consignor claims indicated miles are original. Good quality older repaint, OK panel gaps and body lines. Engine bay is mediocre with grime and surface corrosion, and a while back someone had a “when in doubt paint it black” detailing session that New brake and fuel lines, gas tank, wiring harnesses, all four shocks, and Flowmaster exhaust system. Recently replaced interior vinyl and clean dashboard look nice. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $36,750. Easily went past the $31k reserve to a new owner. Here, the buyer paid a little too much, but in a few months, it'll likely be market correct. #S96-1967 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE Malibu 2-dr hard top. S/N 136177Z156344. Marina Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 485 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. California black plate registration until at least 1985. Excellent bare body repaint, panel gaps OK, driver's door won't close properly due to the door window being canted too far inward. Older undercoating on the undercarriage, welded Flowmaster dual exhaust system showing some corrosion. Replacement interior nice, with an aftermarket Sun tach mounted on the left corner of the dash. Clean under the hood, but not show 100 engine has seen some use, most bare metal fasteners are rusty. Options include power steering, power brakes, a/c, leather seating surfaces, and an AM/FM radio. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $60,900. The upward pricing march of C2 Corvettes continues, as $50k was market pricing last year. Now, excellent examples are in the mid $60k range, and the best can bring upwards of $79k. Price paid was fair for both buyer and seller. #S117.1-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S109596. Rally Red/ black soft & red hard tops/black vinyl. Odo: 70,798 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Aftermarket stereo, air cleaner, and '90s era cell phone antenna on the upper right corner of the windshield. Good older repaint in a nonstock red, door fit and function superb. Lots of nicks and scratches to the hard top's back glass. Semi-clean engine bay is geared more towards function than form. Unspectacular used car undercarriage, older glasspack exhaust system. Good replacement interior shows well. Fitted with Vogue pimp-grade tires on correct year turbine alloy wheels. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $53,813. Vogue tires look silly on Cadillacs is now mostly peeling away—even the aluminum painted exhaust is holding up better. Good shine on all the trim, bumper chrome wavy. Seats and door panels appear to have been redyed, albeit expertly. Mostly original. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $32,550. Having an original 1968-72 Corvette won't win too many braggin' rights, as the factory build quality ranged from passable to piss poor. Even though it was red and had a high-horse 350 and a soft top, it wasn't a big block car, and that's where the real growth in values has been. Bought OK, sold better. #S86-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/SS coupe. S/N 124379N611136. Red & black/black houndstooth cloth & vinyl. Odo: 49,102 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. An older restoration that seems to be holding up well. Good quality paint application with quite a few polishing swirls visible. Generally stock engine bay shows lots of billet brackets and accessories. Professionally installed replacement interior shows almost no wear. Undercarriage has an older undercoating and a clamped exhaust system with unfinished ends. Cond: 3+. NOT Sports Car Market

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Mecum Kansas City, MO Column Author SOLD AT $37,000. While not as nice as the consignor would make one believe, it was still an excellent cruiser-grade car. Realistically, it should have traded hands at this bid. #S95-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. S/N 124379N585908. Madeira Maroon/black vinyl. Odo: 185 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. While the body tag indicates the car was originally painted burgundy, this color is actually 1967 Camaro Madeira Maroon, and the quality of the paint application is superb. Nicely cleaned-up engine bay to original specifications, including all smog parts. Claimed to have $56k into the restoration alone, and it shows. Options include power steering, front disc brakes, gauge package, wood rim steering wheel, bumper guards, AM/FM radio, tinted glass, and a 3.73 Positraction differential. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $76,125. As it was one of the highest selling cars at this venue, it's difficult to call the color change a factor—especially since 98% of the people out there would have to be told it wasn't a 1969 shade. The buyer was swayed mostly by the high quality of the work done, and I think he would've bought the car even if it was pink metallic with Day-Glo green stripes. #S109-1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD coupe. S/N 223379U129945. Orange/white vinyl. Odo: 97,364 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good repaint over average body prep. Hood fit is skewed slightly, but it does close. Engine bay is rather uninspiring and wasn't even seriously cleaned up for the sale. Undercarriage coated in matte black paint. Seats reskinned with a reupholstery kit, door panels original auto. Excellent bare body restoration, including body prep and paint work. Chassis is just as nice, but some oxidation is starting on the gas tank. Top rather taut, sides do not come down far enough to fully cover the top bows above the door glass. Engine bay is identical in condition to the undercarriage. Replacement vinyl bench seat is starting to retain some wrinkles at the driver's position. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $66,000. In all of my years of doing auctions, and in junk yarding, this was the first time I'd encountered a regular production car with a numerical order serial number. Most of you are probably wondering what the big deal is, and I'll admit to being a numbers nut—it's part of what separates the SCM Auction Analysts from the wannabe auction reporters. Or more likely, to quote David Kinney: “We're not wired right.” High bid was ample for condition. #S151-1969 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. S/N 9F02M105565. White & red/ maroon deluxe vinyl. Odo: 96,360 miles. 351ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Better than average repaint and decal work. The gaps for both doors are off, especially from front to rear. Older undercarriage detailing is weathered and the rear leaf springs are not stacked squarely. Inside shows repro seats, carpets, and door panels. Added console is sitting loosely in place, and a stainless steel exhaust in the stock style look nice. Excellent interior, but the driver can see the ground through a tear in the shifter boot. Options include Safe-T-Trak rear axle, Rally II wheels, and a hood tach. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $54,000. I got the impression that this garden variety Goat will remain on the auction tour circuit until someone thinks that they need to set a new record price for a plain-jane. Even with its low miles, it failed to inspire. The high bid here should have been sufficient. #S87-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. S/N 0F02G163234. Bright Gold Metallic/brown vinyl. Odo: 49,041 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Marti report confirms it as having the shaker hood scoop, power steering, front disc brakes, and rear spoiler. Nice older repaint, body fit and finish is quite good. Sloppy replacement windshield installation, modern black windshield wipers and arms fitted. Clean as a whistle undercarriage, with a correct original style welded exhaust system. and yellowing. Factory options include power steering, power brakes, tilt column, center console, and Rally II wheels. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $18,375. This was a decent 20-footer, and that about sums it all up. The orange with white was not to everyone's tastes, and lots of work would need to be done here to make this anything more than a driver. The amount paid was plenty for an old car with needs. #S118-1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER convertible. S/N RM27H9G123456. Sunfire Yellow & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 72,575 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 102 DIN-mount stereo has now displaced the stock AM radio. Reproduction Magnum 500 wheels, trunk spoiler, rear window slats. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $22,000. It didn't take too long to get the feeling that this was a made-tolook-pretty car that the seller was trying to kick down the road at a profit. The Magnum 500s were a year and a half early, so he should have found a set of the correct GT wheels and used the money for more interior hardware. Some lucky bidder dodged a bullet here. #S77-1970 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. S/N 242370L103375. Cardinal Red/black vinyl. Odo: 13,643 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Consignor claims miles and condition are original from new. Original paint has some swirl marks and is burned on the corners from overzealous buffing. Chrome shows excellent sheen, fresh gas tank and recent clamped Generally stock and clean engine bay has a handful of modern replacement service items. Newer replacement interior in good shape. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $45,500. While not the most spectacular example, I did feel that the bid was slightly under the money, but not to the same extent as the consignor, who had a $60k reserve. Claimed to be one of only several in this combination—but with as many options, colors, and trim styles as you could get on a Mustang, I'm surprised that more than two were made identical in any combination. #S119-1970 PLYMOUTH 'CUDA 2-dr hard top. S/N BS23N0E135944. Two-tone green metallic/white vinyl. Odo: 9,133 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The powers that be claim this is one of three ‘Cudas ordered in a two-tone hue. All original paint shows plenty of dings, scratches, and nicks. Both rear quarter panels and rocker panels rusted through. The roof paint has an odd sheen to it, and appears as if it was buffed with toothpaste for a week. Seriously faded rear bumper chrome, with the other bumper and most of the trim not much better. Engine bay grubby, but mostly stock. Seat seams starting to split, all interior vinyl Sports Car Market

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Mecum Kansas City, MO Column Author dingy. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $23,000. This had to be the top Much Ado About Nothing car I'd run across all year. Who wants a bench seat automatic in two-tone green? Certainly not the folks who are spending seven-digit prices for Hemi 'Cudas. Someone should have taken this survivor off life support and let it die with what little dignity it still had left. #S124-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454 LS6 2-dr hard top. S/N 136370K154677. Silver & black/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 23 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Professional recent bare body restoration with nice paintwork throughout. Good replacement top, but does have a few light wrinkles at the base of the C-pillars. Original door and rear glass lightly scratched. Well detailed and all GM under the hood, with the exception of cheap looking wire crimp connectors at the horn relay. All available reproduction parts have been fitted to the interior, which is clean under the hood. Reproduction interior professionally installed, with no signs of wear. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $85,000. If you could live with the somewhat odd color, this was an extremely nice car. However, as the consignor was looking for at least $100k to make a deal, it was going nowhere but back home at the end of the sale. As nice as it was, the high bid was over market for the car and should have been enough. #S122-1971 PLYMOUTH 'CUDA 2-dr hard top. S/N BS23N1B442511. Citrus Yellow & black/black vinyl/white leather. Odo: 11,559 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed to be Citrus Yellow, but it appears a little too bright to be stock. Color sprayed expertly on a body that was well-prepared. All trim either buffed or replaced. Engine clean but modified with an MSD box, spark plug wires, coil, silver-coated headers, and a sewer pipe diameter exhaust #F16-1978 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL Mk V Diamond Jubilee 2-dr hard top. S/N 8Y89A924737. Diamond Fire Blue Metallic/ blue vinyl/blue velour. Odo: 30,076 miles. 460-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Power moonroof and AM/FM/8-track with CB radio. Repainted on the cheap, $2 roll of pinstriping tape is vaguely close to original pattern. Original trim shows hail damage, PPG replacement windshield also a clue. Sloppy door fit, vinyl top worn out, porthole glass delaminating. Seats and console lid heavily soiled and faded. Engine bay is about and unmarked. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $78,750. I had expected this car to come a lot closer to a 6-digit bid than this. So did the consignor, who seemed to be rock solid on $100k when it was bid to $70k on the block. However, he must have softened, as this car was later publicized post auction as having been sold for $78,750. This had most of the goodies that Chevelle guys want on these cars, and it was in a decent color, too—which could be an indication of a leveling LS6 market. #S191-1970 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. S/N 0F05R108641. Light Ivy Yellow/ black deluxe vinyl. Odo: 72,487 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A real Cobra Jet, with closeratio gearbox and Drag Pack. Reproduction add-on Magnum 500 wheels and rear window louvers. Fresh numbers-matching restoration to concours specifications. Excellent paint and panel finish, but due to the bare body repaint, the original data tag has been replaced with a Marti reproduction. Well detailed and all Ford system. Seating is replacement leather in lieu of original vinyl. Dashboard, steering wheel, and steering column look rather grimy. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $60,900. Not quite a resto-mod, but it was several exits and a rest stop away from being stock, and the only show activity it would stand a chance at is the local Drag n' Shine event. The seller probably just got out from under his costs, and the buyer has a turnkey Look At Me car, so everyone should be happy here. #U36-1976 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Trans Am coupe. S/N 2W87W6N596831. Silver/ black vinyl. Odo: 44,734 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. PHS documentation plus the original build sheet confirm it as a real big block car. Consignor claims the miles indicated are actual. Cosmetically restored, with excellent repaint, replacement decals, and correctly detailed engine bay. Just a hint of typical Fbody door glass scratching in the usual places. Nicely cleaned up and repaired as needed as grubby as any car in the spectator's parking lot—probably more so. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $5,300. The only upside here was that all the Diamond Jubilee goodies that come with this limited edition package were still with the car (umbrella, leather tool wrap, leather bound cover for the owner's manual, etc). Lincolns of the '70s hide their miles quite well, especially with a 460 under the hood, so I wouldn't be surprised if this odometer rolled over at least once. Worth around $3,000 with all its problems. Well sold. #S150-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Indy Pace Car coupe. S/N 1Z87L8S902260. Black & silver/smoke glass/silver leather. Odo: 45 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. 45 miles indicated from new, consigned by the original owner. Window sticker and EPA disclosure label on the passenger door glass both starting to yellow. All original, including tires, lousy paint, and apparently most fluids. One deep scratch on the passenger side door, several dings on the mufflers and some of the pipes interior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $23,625. Was initially run on Saturday as Lot S197, where it reached a $28,000 no sale bid. On Sunday, this car was initially bid to $24,200, but was declared a post-block sale five minutes later. We keep seeing this era of Firebird—not just Trans Ams—making upward movement in selling prices. Two years ago, anything over $15k would've been considered wasting one's money, but now it's market value, at least for the time being. 104 on the clamped system. Some of the factory shipping materials are still in place. Almost no signs of wear on the interior, although there's dust in several places. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $26,250. This ended up being the talk of the sale, because while it was being driven back to its parking space after crossing the block, the brakes failed and it hit a block wall on the inside of the arena. While the plastic nose popped back into shape (with a bunch of new scrapes and gouges), the wall had four blocks knocked out of it. This was all the money and more, but the buyer won't find a more original example.u Sports Car Market

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Kruse International Ft. Lauderdale, FL Column Author Fort Lauderdale 2007 A driver-quality 1971 Charger with a 440, 4-bbl, and automatic brought just $28,890—downright cheap for a Mopar muscle car Company Kruse International Date January 5–7, 2007 Location Fort Lauderdale, FL Auctioneer Dean Kruse, Daniel Kruse, Jim Richie Automotive lots sold / offered 198 / 379 Sales rate 52% Sales total $6,476,382 High sale 1947 Ford Sportsman convertible, sold at $180,360 Discount displacement in Florida, as this '71 Charger brought $28,890 Report and photos by Dave Kinney Market opinions in italics T he Kruse Fort Lauderdale auction is one of the better performing auctions in the franchise. It's a reliable event held in the same location for as long as anyone cares to remember, combined with a good selection of cars with reasonable reserves. This year, some of the hiccups that have occurred in the past were no-shows. Parking was manageable, and the office staff was largely able to keep up with demand. Thankfully, even last year's two sales lane arrangement was nowhere to be found. The one lane system worked much better in Fort Lauderdale's War Memorial Auditorium, and more vehicles were able to cross the block despite the change. The selection of cars was on par with past years. Florida's reputation as a retirement haven is deserved, and what follows old car guys from up north into retirement are their automobiles. I didn't have to look too far to find some good quality older restorations here, as well as a few fresh restorations that had found their way into the mix. Fun stuff on offer included a new-looking 1967 Citroën 2CV that brought $10,098—a decent find for its price and condition. A 1966 Amphicar found a new home for $50,220, and this example showed better cosmetically than any of the other examples seen in at least two years, including those that sold for much more. I'm still scratching my head over a driver-quality 1971 Charger with a 440, 4-bbl, and automatic that brought just $28,890—downright cheap for 106 an example from the muscle car era. One car that did raise a few eyebrows was a wellpreserved 1986 Buick Grand National with only 8,673 miles that did a very healthy $30,240, thus becoming one of just a handful of production cars worth close to twice what it cost new after just 21 years. The high sale of the event went to a well restored and hard-to-find 1947 Ford Sportsman convertible, which brought $180,360 and demonstrated that Woodies are still hot within the market. A 1972 Cadillac Eldorado equipped with an aftermarket chrome grille, disc wheels, and vinyl side rails failed to find new ownership at a high bid of $12,000, which was likely due to its paint issues as well as the multitude of non-stock add-ons. A 1991 Porsche 911 Turbo was bid to $42,500, and even though the price was full market for the car, it surprisingly didn't sell. A 2006 Corvette with no information concerning whether it was used, leftover, or new failed to lure any wouldbe owners past $45,000, and it was a classic example of how the right presentation can overshadow a car's condition and determine the outcome of a sale. This year's numbers were mixed, but the most important number, total dollar volume, was way up. Last year saw $4,533,192 in sales; this year brought $6,476,382. The sales percentage was down to 52% versus 2006's 64%, but that was overcome by having more cars on the block. This year, Kruse sold 198 out of 379 cars offered; last year it was 148 of 232. Encouraging, as the 50 more cars sold accounted for nearly $39,000 each and made up the near-$2m increase over last year's results—good news for Kruse, the Florida auction scene, and the collector car market in general.u Sales Totals $2m $4m $6m $8m 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 Buyer's premium 8% (included in sold prices) Sports Car Market

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Museum Spotlight Gilmore Car Museum By Jennifer Davis ENGLISH #1007-1961 JAGUAR Mk IX saloon. S/N 793994BW. Putty/burgundy leather. Odo: 37,065 miles. Well done paint, most chrome good, some smaller trim shows pitting. Sunroof a plus, stylish full spats are somewhat dated. Clean interior shows nice leather and no cosmetic issues. Older interior is well-fitted and correct. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $44,280. This was a surprising result, as better cars can easily be found without paying much more. No car has a wider price range than BJ8 Austin Healeys, and this one sold on the high end of the scale for its condition. #734-1968 JAGUAR XKE S I 1/2 convert- ible. S/N 1E18152. Willow Green/black vinyl/ black leather. Odo: 57,375 miles. A very good presentation marred by poor bodywork around doors. Good paint shows some issues near the driver's side rear quarter. Excellent chrome, interior is well-fitted and correct. Cond: 3. 90 acres of Donald Gilmore's passion Corners, Michigan. The museum extends across 90 acres and is actually four museums in one—the Gilmore, the Pierce-Arrow Museum, the Classic Car Club of America Museum, and the Tucker Historical Collection and Library all have cars on display on the Gilmore grounds. Donald Gilmore was chairman of phar- B maceutical giant Upjohn Corporation when his wife, Genevieve, gave him a 1920 PierceArrow as a gift in 1963. He began collecting other cars, and at her urging decided to open a museum to share his hobby with the public. He bought 90 acres and had several historic barns dismantled and brought to the site. The Gilmore Museum officially opened to the public on July 31, 1966. Unique •One of the largest collections of hood ornaments and name badges in the United States •Three miles of paved roads on-site; many of the cars are driven regularly •Rides are offered on special event weekends •George and Sally's Blue Moon Diner, an authentic 1940s joint located among the barns Where Gilmore Car Museum 6865 Hickory Road Hickory Corners, MI 49060 269.671.5089 www.gilmorecarmuseum.org What 200 cars located on 90 acres of farm land in eight historically restored barns. Hours Open Daily May 1–October 31 9 am–5 pm Sat. and Sun. until 6 pm Closed during the winter Admission Adults 16 +: $9; AAA members.: $8; Seniors 62+: $8; Students 7–15: $7; 6 and under freeu 108 Sports Car Market and the driver's side has split vinyl. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $14,148. Reasonably priced. Lots of the troublesome bits could be easily repaired, and a major cleaning wouldn't hurt. A fresher restoration without the quality issues present could easily bring into the low $20,000 range, which would still not be a lot for a car as good looking and fun as this one was. #727-1966 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III convertible. S/N HBJ8L31496. British Racing Green/black vinyl. Odo: 59,611. Some lumpy bodywork is a big negative on this driver-quality example. Good paint, decent chrome shows some pitting. Wire wheels have and interior, nice Redline tires. Steering wheel cover cracked, OK wood to the dash. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,070. A credible and correct result in the early 2007 market. Good looks, easy to fix, a top that goes down and a 6-cylinder motor—well bought for an end user. #1083-1974 JENSEN HEALEY convertible. S/N 16708. Yellow/black/black vinyl. Odo: 31,381 miles. Seller stated oneowner car. Good paint, brightwork shows dents and some scrapes, but it's all present. Other outside trim good, hard top excellent. ring your walking shoes when you visit the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory great wood. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $16,632. Not nice enough for show, this driver-quality Mk IX will be relegated to occasional use as a funster until someone decides to shell out the big bucks for a restoration. Not my cup of tea, but a lot of iron for not too much money. #726-1965 MORRIS MINOR TRAVELER Woodie wagon. S/N AMAW5D1097003. Teal blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 6,978 miles. Late 1990s British restoration, decent paint shows a few dings. Lots of prep-related damage to the hood. Light delamination to some wood trim, but most is good. Seats are weak and appear worn, SOLD AT $50,760. It was all about the doors here—there was more exposed bodywork on this car than on Jim Morrison's famous trip to Miami. It scared me enough to stay away... Either someone's seeing eye dog failed to bark loud enough, or someone wanted this lumpy driver very badly. #439-1974 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. S/N CF20842UD. Burgundy/black/black vinyl. Odo: 85,965 miles. A clean example. Paint is peeling on the driver's door underneath the mirror, brightwork good. Well fitted top

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Kruse International Ft. Lauderdale, FL Column Author Interior shows wear related more to age than use. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $10,100. With all this car's needs, I was very surprised that the seller didn't let it go. The nicest one in the world should bring somewhere in the midteens, and at $10,000, this was a gift not to be overlooked. #490-1980 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE convertible. S/N DRL50566. Black/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 40,856 miles. Excellent paint, nice chrome and trim. Panel gaps appear factory, body straight. Clean interior shows light wear to the driver's seat, looks new elsewhere. Nardi wood steering wheel is nice, but clearly used. Nice original style interior. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $10,098. This car looked like it was a lot newer than it claimed to be. The high bid was fine on the fun-to-money spent meter. Well bought. GERMAN looks a bit out of place here. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $46,710. Sold to a dealer, so I suppose there was someone who thought there was an upside here. Under the theory that nice cars always bring substantially more than retail, I suppose there was some hope. However, let's not forget this was still a Series I Corniche that was 27 model years old. Well sold. #711-1984 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SPIRIT saloon. S/N SCAZS42A9ECX09635. Slate metallic/tan leather. Odo: 35,505 miles. Some paintwork evident—this one-color car's original invoice shows two-tone paint. Excellent brightwork, clean underhood and in the trunk. Interior shows good wood, very good trim, lambswool overcarpets. Driver's seat #766-1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 1210406501168. Black/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 77,504 miles. Fair to good quality paint, nice brightwork. Panel gaps appear factory, body is mostly straight and solid. Decent glass, some dry gaskets. Top is older, but has survived pretty well. Underhood is uninspired and in need of a cleaning. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $40,500. This car needed a good you can get. A 600 limo is a “look at me” car on the low end of the sexiness spectrum—and there's no reason to ever check the speed rating on its tires. The price achieved was correct for condition; both buyer and seller should be pleased. #720.1-1964 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL convertible. S/N 11304210001362. White/ black vinyl. Odo: 88,017 km. Euro headlights. A few gap and bodywork issues show under decent paint. Good brightwork, nice glass, all trim is well attached. Interior shows good wood to the dash. Seats appear to have been recently redone. Incorrect carpets hurt the overall look. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $20,250. Only a few months ago, I would have said this was too much money. Now, instead of saying it was merely market correct, I'm going to call this SL well bought. If that's not a sure sign of the market for these heading up, I don't know what is. #736-1966 AMPHICAR 770 convertible. bit of work and dollars spent before it could make it to solid #3 condition. It appeared that a number of people liked this car more than I did, and even with renewed interest in 190 SLs, I think this was expensive for its condition. Nice ones can bring double this amount, but restoring it correctly can cost triple this amount. #471-1960 BMW 600 Limousine coupe. heavily worn. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $19,980. The seller did well with this one. The low miles helped, but I really did not care much for this car or its colors. However, I did learn something new here—someone is making hubcaps out of plastic that look like Rolls-Royce mags... Yes, this car had plastic hubcaps with the R-R logo attached. A new low. FRENCH #468-1967 CITROËN 2CV Charleston sedan. S/N 3002208499. Blue & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 58,626 km. Nice paint, straight body. Fiberglass hood, trunk, and doors. Very nice sliding vinyl top, excellent brightwork. Undercarriage mainly clean, but 110 cost less than for your 12-cylinder Ferrari... maybe one-sixth as much? Cond: 4. SOLD AT $14,796. About as far from a supercar as S/N 149254. Red & white/tan leather. Well applied paint, good chrome, nice glass. New Goodyear radials. Leather interior is a nice touch. I'm not a 600 Limo guru, but the motor on this one does not sound healthy. It's a motorcycle unit, so I assume a full rebuild will S/N N/A. Red/white vinyl/red & white vinyl. Odo: 8 miles. Excellent paint and brightwork, very good panel gaps and body lines. All trim is well-fitted. Restoration appears fresh and complete. Excellent interior shows no issues whatsoever. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $50,220. This proved once again that lightning does not strike twice, or at least one sale does not constitute a trend. Barrett-Jackson sold one in 2006 for $124,200 (SCM# 40359), and this much nicer example brought less than half that result. A quick review of other 2006 Amphicar sales shows prices from the low $50,000 to the high $60,000 range, making this just below market for a sorted example. #489-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 280SL006485. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 31,142 miles. Older repaint decent, some scratches and chips. Nice chrome, glass unmarked. Hubcaps have unpainted centers and trim. Inside shows good wood, decent carpets, and nice vinyl. Not good or bad—just average. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $27,270. Just an older car, but I'm sure the color was a big Sports Car Market

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'56 Cooper T39 Bobtail Sports Racer Chassis #CSII/6/56/Engine #FWA400-6/6975 Absolutely correct Cooper T39 Bobtail Sports Racer Chassis #CSII/6/56/Engine #FWA400-6/6975 Absolutely correct '53 '53 Ferrari 166/53 Barchetta By Oblin (Ecurrie Francorchamps) Chassis/Engine #0300 Incredible period racing history, featured in significant period books including 1955 Ferrari yearbook, restored to cost no object and likely to be welcomed at any prestige event on the world. '56 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing Chassis #198040-6500022/Engine #198989-1000280 Copenhagen Auto Show car, red with tan, an outstanding example. '55 Moretti GS Chassis #1294S Race ready and likely to be accepted in any prestige event in the world. Raymond Milo, le Patron cell 323.864.0999 8375 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA fax 323.654.8788 bbone@dslextreme.com phone 323.656.7483 90069 By Appointment Only Please

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Kruse International Ft. Lauderdale, FL Column Author scratches throughout. Nice glass, factory alloys in good shape. Interior is decent, with some wear evident on the seats and carpet. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $18,900. A full detail with perhaps $1,000 extra spent on paint and trim care would have paid the seller a bonus of a few thousand more. But then again, why bother? Better cars are available for not much more money than was spent here. Well sold. help here. I've watched collector interest grow on 230s, 250s, and 280SLs, and prices are up quite a bit on all of them over this time last year. Well bought at this price. #721-1973 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SL convertible. S/N 10704412009607. Silver/ blue cloth/ivory leather. Odo: 150,358 miles. Good quality repaint, brightwork still nice. Plenty of small dings in the body, panel gaps OK. Top shows well but has a stress-related Looks to have been restored for the sale and not done with care. Decent paint over some weak bodywork, good chrome. Nice two-tone top, good wicker has some loose bits. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $29,500. The high bidder told me he “kicked” the car back to the auction house when he found out the car was an Argentinean re-body and not an original Italian built car. A closer look on my part did find an Argentinean windshield, but I could not locate a serial number plate or other numbers that might help get to the bottom of this question. #491-1971 DE TOMASO PANTERA GTS coupe. S/N DTO1081. Yellow/yellow leather. Odo: 83,108 km. 32-valve hole in the material. Windshield heavily pitted. Tired interior, cracked dash. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $5,940. A worn-out early 450SL brings money commensurate with its less than stellar condition. A less than exciting result on a less than exciting example. No news here. #1131-1986 BMW 635 CSi coupe. S/N WBAEC7407G0607438. Gold/tan leather. Odo: 115,498 miles. Also ran as car #1006, no sale at $5,250. A two-owner repainted CSi with a sunroof. Good paint, excellent brightwork. Interior shows better than it should for the 4-cam Cobra-style motor installed. Loaded with boy racer goodies including GT body kit, Coleman race brakes, Billet Specialities Mags, square headlights, fog lights, spoiler, and antilift wing. Inside sports a carbon fiber steering wheel and Sparco race seats. Some scratches AMERICAN #1041-1947 FORD WOODY Sportsman convertible. S/N 1849644. Maroon/tan cloth/ maroon leather. Odo: 35,120 miles. Older restoration. Very nice wood, light age-related issues including some discoloration. All joints and seams still good. Good or better paint, some chips. Chrome is very good throughout. Excellent leather, some of the trim shows wear. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $180,360. Woodies are hot, and this should prove it to everyone. I would have expected this price if the car had been a 2+ insteand of a 3+, but Sportsmans are very hard to find and do not change hands frequently. More than I would have wanted to spend by $40,000, but someone thought otherwise. Well sold. to the paintwork, a fist-sized dent in the rear quarter looks fresh. Light wear to driver's seat bolster. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $39,150. A very good buy, even if you're like me and don't care for the added-on Euro trash. But it had a very tidy look with its custom leather interior, so it might have been tempting to leave it alone rather than take it back to original. Since this car did this well as it was, without the added gee-gaws it could have brought more. miles indicated. It's nice, but not all that special. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $5,940. Drive this car 40 miles South and you can be a Miami CSi! Poor puns aside, this was best described as just another used car at a collector car sale. The price achieved was a little high, but close enough to call the deal fair. ITALIAN #470-1965 FIAT 600 Jolly convertible. S/N 1960713. White/white/gray vinyl/wicker. 112 Quattrovalvole #476-1985 FERRARI MONDIAL cabriolet. S/N ZFFLC158000051067. White/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 30,642 miles. Decent paint, trim shows plenty of wear with scarring and #1008-1950 WILLYS JEEPSTER convertible. S/N 13073. Red & black/black vinyl/ red vinyl. Odo: 77,053 miles. An older restoration with some age-related issues. Paint, while good, is scraped and shows a few light rust areas. Older top and side curtains. Very nice interior, great vinyl, good trim, Motorola AM radio. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $10,476. Jeepster prices continue to range across the board. I've seen nicer cars sell for less and lesser cars sell for more. The 4-cylinder motor was no help, but for a convertible with some fun in its future, this was cheap money. #732-1956 LINCOLN PREMIERE coupe. S/N 56LA10161L. Yellow/yellow & white vinyl. Odo: 73,449 miles. 368-ci V8, 4bbl, auto. Very good paint and chrome, pleasing Sports Car Market

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Kruse International Ft. Lauderdale, FL Column Author combination. With an auto and no breeze, this price was correct. Well bought and sold. #742-1962 RAMBLER AMERICAN 400 convertible. S/N 8382468. Black/white vinyl/black. Odo: 10,636 miles. 195-ci straight-6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. A Rambler lump, or a lump of Rambler. Fair quality paint over some suspect bodywork. Rear of the car appears to color combination helps the overall look. The interior shows well, but the large plastic tubes conducting the a/c through the rear parcel shelf are off-centered. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $23,760. A lot of '50s style for the money. The Kruse Ft. Lauderdale auction always pulls in a good selection of 1950s collectibles—and many come from snow-bird transplants who bring their well-restored collectibles with them. Well bought. #462-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N VC57F221853. White/black vinyl/orange & silver. Odo: 5,182 miles. 283ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Spinner hubcaps, gold tone trim, power steering. A well done restoration, excellent paint and chrome. Well-fitted clean top is tight, excellent interior completes the package. A tight looking Bel Air convertible. be remolded with body putty. Brightwork fair with lots of needs. Tired interior appears original. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $7,560. A Ramblin' wreck in decidedly low tech. I can't find an upside here, as this car is not nice enough even to make it to #4 condition. Well sold. #758-1963 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX 2-dr hard top. S/N 963L47149. Brown/tan vinyl. Odo: 53,793 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Power brakes, steering, antenna, eight lug mags, backup lights, a/c. Very good to excellent paint, unmarked chrome. Slab sides are just a tick off perfect, but show nice enough. Very clean and well-fitted interior in original chrome. Top is not perfect, but it's too nice to change. O.E.-spec underhood, very correct and clean interior. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $81,000. I would have considered this a decent bid in light of this car's options, but the dealer/ owner was well within his rights to disagree. Perhaps the high bid represented something close to his retail asking price. #453-1965 FORD GALAXIE 500 2-dr hard top. S/N 5N66Z153402. White/black vinyl. Odo: 18,336 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent quality paint, good chrome, straight sides. A few paint chips and divots, excellent glass. Very clean interior. A decent choice for those looking for a big Ford with big power. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $10,260. Not quite a case of buy the motor and get the car for free, but this quite likable Galaxie was both a good looking and good performing choice for the budget-conscious investor or collector. Almost nothing this nice brings this little money, so this car was very well bought. #731-1966 FORD T-5 Mustang fastback. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $55,080. Close to a steal in a '57. With so many in the marketplace, buyers usually have their choice of a few at most good sized collector car auctions. I liked this car for its build quality, but in bright white, it won't bring as much in the future as a multihued one. Still, very well bought. #455-1961 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE 2-dr hard top. S/N 861A3732. Coronado Red/two-tone burgundy vinyl. Odo: 21,014 miles. 389-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Older restoration still shows excellently. Very good paint, almost all chrome is excellent, window surround scratched. Glass shows no issues, all is S/N 6T09C277510. Light blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 54,342 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Excellent paint, spotless brightwork, straight sides, good glass. Nice panel gaps, doors open and shut with no issues. All trim is correct and wellfitted. Interior shows very well, and appears style. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $33,500. The color was not a help here. I don't automatically hate brown, and as a color, it's on the comeback trail—but this brown on this car was less than inspiring. Still, worth this bid and even a bit more... Where are those color-blind buyers when you need them? #444-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194675S114412. White/black vinyl/blue leather. Odo: 45,673 miles. 396ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Knock-off mags, Posi rear, transistor ignition, side exhaust, power steering, AM/FM radio, power antenna, Goldline tires. A retail ready, good looking example with very good paint and excellent as-new. Underhood clean. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $28,620. This German delivery car was designated as a T-5, as another company had rights to the Mustang name in Germany. Crossed the block at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale '06, where it sold for $27,000 (SCM# 40069), later seen at Cox Branson in the spring of '06, where it sold for $30,210 (SCM# 41387). The market has pretty much spoken on this car recently, and this price was right in line with expectations. #764-1966 SHELBY GT350 H fastback. very nicely presented. Clean interior is original style. Fitted with eight-lug wheels and power steering. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $23,760. Lots of style for not too many bucks, but most would prefer this car with a 4-speed and a/c—a rare 114 S/N SFM6S1926. Blue & gold/black vinyl. Odo: 97,115 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent paint, brightwork follows suit. Added a/c, repaint is Sapphire Blue—a color used on some Hertz cars, but not this one. Transmission also not original. Very good paint and chrome, all done well but not overdone. Interior is correct Sports Car Market

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Kruse International Ft. Lauderdale, FL Column Author white vinyl. Odo: 91,110 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. A decent-looking, driver-condition Mustang with a/c and power steering. Nice red paint over original yellow, chrome decent excepting some small bits. Owned by an SCM #1016-1976 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. S/N 6L67S6Q247497. Mint Green/white vinyl/dark green leather. Odo: 33,513 miles. A used car, not a babied example. Good older paint might be factory, with plenty of little dings and divots. Good chrome, the windshield is cracked horizontally—a sure and tight. A good cosmetic presentation. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $115,000. Let's review. According to the seller, it's a real Shelby, its color and transmission were changed, and it grew an air conditioner. There's more, but why muddy up waters already this dark? Today's buyer pays up for no-stories cars, but this example read like War and Peace compared to others. #443-1967 CHEVROLET CORVAIR convertible. S/N 105677W126857. White/ black vinyl/red cloth & black vinyl. Odo: 71,904 miles. Nice paint is well applied and showing few issues. Top OK, but not excellent. One hubcap center is shattered, the other three look good. Factory a/c is a big plus. Interior subscriber for the last 15 years. Decent top, original interior shows some wear. Fresh BF Goodrich Premier radials. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $22,950. This car did better than the seller was expecting, which is always a happy result. The sale price was a little generous; perhaps it was the magic of the color red at work. Well sold. #705-1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr sedan. S/N RM21J9A153286. Light blue/two-tone blue vinyl. Odo: 13,281 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. 50 miles since a full restoration. Excellent paint, brightwork, and trim. Underhood is fully restored and quite correct in style. Dog-dish hubcaps, Redline tires, flat black hood stripes. Very correct and clean interior. Owner states this is a correct 426 sign of pressure to the posts in a convertible. Top is a recent replacement, but guys, why not in green? Interior also has light issues, but not many. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $10,368. Closer investigation revealed this to be more neglected than abused, and it could come back to life with some sympathetic restoration work. Well bought, as even a light clean-up will make a big difference here. #466-1977 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1Z37L7S418982. Silver blue/oyster cloth. Odo: 32,271 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory a/c, power steering, brakes, windows, cruise control, sport mirrors, tilt and telescopic wheel. Could be original paint, and on this hohum car it's a bonus. Nice almost everywhere, shows well, despite non-original two-tone cloth and vinyl seats. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,750. One of the best buys of the sale. It seems that more than a few Corvairs slip by at auction without bringing much money, and this was no exception. I might have expected perhaps $3,000 more—so this was a great deal by at least a third. #741-1968 FORD MUSTANG convert- ible. S/N 8F03C126692. Dark green/white vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 56,689 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. An average presentation—nothing extraordinary, either good or bad. Decent paint, good brightwork, factory panel gaps. Hemi with a numbers-matching transmission. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. To me, this sounded quite cheap. Everyone has been talking about a “market correction” that is past due with these cars, and this could have been an indication of that... Were there just no buyers in the house? #840-1971 DODGE CHARGER R/T 2-dr hard top. S/N WS23U1G133453. Butterscotch & black/black. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A good quality restoration. Paint well done, except for color mismatch to hood. Excellent brightwork, decent trim. Underhood but not really nice. Throw away the cloth seats and we can talk. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $11,700. It was the '70s, after all, and velour seats were all the rage—even in Corvettes. Even though it was from the era of anemic motors, it was still a Corvette—and at this bid, you could throw it away if it made you angry. Worth more than this, but not a bunch more. #770-1986 BUICK REGAL Grand National coupe. S/N 1G4GK4772GP445744. Black/gray & black cloth. Odo: 8,673 miles. An as-new example. List price in 1986 was $18,209. Original tires, underhood is clean but not show detailed. Interior shows no flaws. Seller states Very nice top, original interior shows well. A driver with a power top, Ford rally wheels, and a luggage rack. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $16,200. No surprises here. Not much flash brings not much cash. Market price, but nicer cars with a/c and a variety of useful options can double this price. A fair deal all around. #721.1-1969 FORD MUSTANG convertible. S/N 9T03F125055. Red/white vinyl/ 116 clean and factory. Interior shows well, with new reproduction door panels. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $28,890. I had this car pegged at doing a full $10,000 more. Perhaps the potential buyers knew something I didn't. This price was quite inexpensive when compared to other muscle cars—even those from as late as 1971. the windows have never been rolled down and the car still smells new inside. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $30,240. This was a very rare example of a car that was worth more than its list price on its 21st birthday. It bodes well for other Grand Nationals and GNXs, as I don't think this was a one-time event. Well sold.u Sports Car Market

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MidAmerica Auctions Las Vegas, NV Column Author Kicking Off a Two-Wheeled 2007 The Tavener was designed and built by a Rolls-Royce engineer using a birdcage frame, a MAG V-twin, leaf springs, and Indian Chief-style fenders Company MidAmerica Auctions Date January 11–13 2007 Location Las Vegas, NV Auctioneer Gary Ordish and Paul Behr Automotive lots sold / offered 435 / 503 Sales rate 86% Sales total $5,582,750 High sale 1920 Tavener Twin brought $58k, a good price for a one-off with history Report and photos by Paul Duchene Market opinions in italics W ith snow dusting the hills around Las Vegas, bikes and bidders huddled in the South Point Hotel Casino exhibit hall for the 16th edition of the January MidAmerica Motorcycle Auction. Moved this year from the Tropicana, the South Point Casino provided a convenient location right off the Vegas Strip and not too far from McCarran International Airport. MidAmerica Auction president Sandy Doll re- marked that her company continues to see steady growth, with $5,582,750 from the sale of 435 motorcycles—a result up about $1 million from 2006. She went on to say that the bike market seems to be making even progress, lacking any muscle car-like madness. The top seller of the weekend was a #1 quality 1941 “big tank” Crocker at $243,800, which proved that it takes $200,000 or better to buy any of these Harley-beaters anymore. Other strong results were $75,260 for a very rare 1928 4-cylinder Cleveland and $61,480 for a glittering 1913 FN 4-cylinder… Did anyone ever ride them? The largest single make on sale was Triumph, with 97 Bonnevilles, Tigers, TR5s, TR6s and T100s offered, and a number of the nicest came from the Jim Hiddleston Collection. Prices ranged from $22,790 for a first-year '59 Bonneville in orange and gray to $3,074 for a 1971 model. BSAs were also popular, with 41 presented. Sales ranged from $31,800 for a '56 DB34 Gold Star (a record by my count) to $2,862 for a '68 Victor. Many Triumphs and BSAs appeared to be recent imports, and the major- 118 1941 Crocker Big Tank $243,800 Buyer's premium 6% (included in sold prices) ity of them sold between $9,000 and $14,000. Harley-Davidsons were well represented, with 73 bringing generally strong prices. A 1924 8-valve racer drew $62,540, a 1952 FL sold for $58,300, and a 1964 dragster known as “The Hog” sold for $76,850. Indians were equally popular, with 36 across the block. The top seller was a 1915 8-valve board track racer that sold for $58,300 and looked brand new. The oldest motorcycle in the auction was a 1896 R.C. Marks, which later evolved into the California and the Yale. It sold for $45,580, and was surely bound for a museum, with an oiling system best described as optimistic. Oddities provided wonderful talking points. The 1920 Tavener was designed and built by a Rolls-Royce engineer and combined a birdcage frame with a 1,000cc MAG V-twin, leaf springs, and Indian Chief-style fenders. It sold for $58,300. A tiny 1949 Doodlebug scooter looked like it belonged on a carnival ride, but sold for $2,544—a price that included a spare frame. A mysterious (and surely dangerously slow) '60 Hungarian Pannonia 250-cc with a sidecar brought $7,420. MV Agusta aficionados probably swallowed hard when a brand new 2003 750 F4 and a new 750 F4 Senna—both in crates—sold for $12,720 and $21,200 each. That's a 33% discount from new in four years, and even more painful than riding one, which can best be described as walking on your hands. With a total of 435 motorcycles sold for a combined price of $5.6m, it's clear the market for rare and vintage bikes is booming—and even in the desert's winter months when riding is a windburnt, frigid experience, the best examples still commanded top dollar.u Sales Totals $3m $4m $5m $6m $1m $2m Sports Car Market 2007 2005 www.studiotime.us

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MidAmerica Auctions Las Vegas, NV Column Author DANISH #549-1952 NIMBUS CIVILIAN mo- torcycle. S/N 10738. Red. Odo: 49,854 km. Denmark's own 4-cylinder motorcycle, 8,000 of which were built by Fisker and Nielsen from 1919-1959. This is the Model C built from 1934-59. Eccentric to the max, with exposed valve gear, hardtail, shaft drive, seats supported on rubber bands, and a toolbox beneath a flat twin over dirt roads? It was unreliable enough that warranty claims sunk the company the same year the bike was produced. Money paid was enough. #33-1952 DOUGLAS DRAGONFLY the frame—which is sure to fill with water. SOLD AT $14,204. Ten year-old restoration of the rare Civilian model. These were built entirely for domestic use and are seldom seen elsewhere, so spares could become an issue. How's your Danish? Well sold. ENGLISH #398-1920 TAVENER TWIN motorcycle. Eng. # 2C9A6274. Red & black. Odo: 37,342 miles. A one-off built by Rolls-Royce aircraft engineer Ernie Tavener. Swiss M.A.G. V-twin, hand-shift 3-speed. “Birdcage” construction, leaf springs front and back, and Indian-style fenders. motorcycle. Eng. # 10956. Green & cream. Odo: 82 miles. Respectable restoration of the last Douglas flat-twin produced before the company turned to Vespa scooters. Only 1,500 of these were made, many of which were discounted by London dealer Pride & Clark. Has Earles forks and an ungainly headlight cowl. paint mask magnesium hubs and casings? Cond: 3. SOLD AT $27,560. A fair price for a correct Manx. Somebody once told me there are more Manx Nortons in existence now than in 1960, but this one appeared to have all the right parts. #434-1956 BSA DB34 Gold Star motor- cycle. S/N BB32R344. Eng. # DB34GS1431. Black & silver. As #56, raced successfully throughout the West Coast on Class C flat tracks. Hard-tail frame, single-cylinder 4speed, later Amal concentric carb, Borrani #156-1954 NORTON MANX motorcycle. Eng. # HHN246698. Black & silver. Decent restoration of a long-stroke DOHC Manx. Good paint and plating, though some untypical details take away from the presentation. Ugly fairing for front plate. Does wrinkle Engine was designed for a portable RAF generator in WWII. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $10,600. I had some problems with this bike. It couldn't have been a '52, as Dragonflies were only made in '55 and '56—and I don't recall ever having seen a green seat, either. This price was about double what I expected. I'd guess somebody was rounding out his collection. If he bought it to ride, he will find it very slow. #353-1954 TRIUMPH T110 Tiger mo- torcycle. Eng. # T11049443. Silver blue. Correct and detailed 500 twin restored by Jim Hiddleston in 2003. Avon tires, correct Very nicely restored, and has completed three Banbury antique bike runs in the U.K. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $58,300. This remarkably ingenious creation looked like it would have been a handful at 60 mph, so the fact that riders can't breathe at those speeds was likely a good thing for the new owner. The only one of its kind, well bought at this price. #334-1921 ABC FLAT TWIN motor- cycle. S/N N/A. Black. A legitimate BMW predecessor, this flat-twin was built by the Sopwith Aircraft company. Auto-lube, handshift 4-speed, exposed valve gear, electric lights. Complete decent redo of a solid bike. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $15,370. Rare and should be. This complex design showed some aircraft cues, including the exposed valve gear—but on 120 grips, footpegs, and decals, excellent chrome and paint. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $14,840. Top dollar for a very pretty first year T110, but clearly one of the nicest examples around. Well bought, even at this price. alloy rims. Looks to have led a long and useful life. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,480. Seemed very tidy and reportedly ran well. Should still be competitive in vintage events, and if so, a bit of a bargain. #355-1956 BSA GOLD STAR motor- cycle. Eng. # DB34GS822. Black & silver/. Odo: 1 mile. High-quality Clubman-style restoration. Beautiful paint, excellent plating, wrong crimp on fuel line, correct carb, Avon tires. New speedometer, old tach. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $31,800. Brit cafe style, with clips and raised instruments. Record price as far as I can tell, but only a DB touring engine, not a Sports Car Market

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MidAmerica Auctions Las Vegas, NV Column Author DBD according to the numbers. Let's hope it had the big valve head, RRT2 close ratio box, etc. #357-1965 BSA SPITFIRE Hornet mo- torcycle. Eng. # A65EG1664. Orange. Nice restoration of an early example by Dave Jenner in the U.K. Reproduction seat, no muffler, correct carbs, Dunlop K70 tires. Cables of provenance. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $20,140. Early air-cooled rotaries were plagued by heating problems, especially in traffic, which scotched the important police contract. They were also quite thirsty, which didn't help either. Well sold at this price. GERMAN #467-1939 BMW R71 motorcycle. Eng. # 137056. Feld Grau. Odo: 2,044 km. German Army wartime combination, with flathead horizontal twin, Polish tires, hand-shift, and reverse gear—but no two-wheel drive. Supposedly in a museum for years, and needed wiring to run (how did they know that would do it?). Appeared sold on the block as luggage, radio box. Clean throughout. SOLD AT $14,840. Just a used bike. What are you going to do with it? Ride it on Iron Butt rallies? Any road use is going to involve meeting a LOT of policemen. Maybe it's bound for a movie set? Sold for double my estimate. threaded through bars. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $8,745. Sharp-looking but heavy twin track bike in a vivid color. Well sold, but also a good buy assuming the new owner can figure out what to do with it. #346.03-1966 TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE T120R motorcycle. Eng. # T120RDU38617. Black & white. Fresh Bill Hoard concours restoration. Excellent paint and plating, all details lot #30 for $7,000, but later was re-run and sold at $3,180. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $3,180. A worn-out survivor of the retreat from Moscow, lacking only bullet holes. It belonged in a museum diorama. The sale price was a little steep, but this bike would have made sense for $2,500—with a hangover the next morning. #368-1967 BMW R69S motorcycle. Eng. # 62698. Granada Red. Odo: 3 miles. Excellent restoration by Tim Stafford of the first superbike in rare Granada Red. Original German markings, no stainless steel, correct Continental tires on Weinmann rims. Motor correct. Hard to fault in all respects. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $12,720. A fine example mid-priced among the 36 Bonnevilles offered here, and it might have sold for $3k–$4k more if there weren't so many available. Well bought. #145-1988 NORTON CLASSIC Rotary motorcycle. S/N N/A. Eng. # LE023. Silver. Odo: 11,096. An early production rotary roadster, one of 100 made for shareholders in the project. This bike was used for trips in Europe, then brought to Texas. Clean, unusual, plenty HUNGARIAN #10-1960 PANNONIA TLF Deluxe motorcycle. Eng. # TLF6020093. Red & white. Obscure Hungarian marque, made from about 1950 to the late 1960s, also as Czepel. 250-cc 2-stroke, with a sidecar that sports a Studebaker bulletnose. Good paint, very straight, decent tires. No brake on the sidebar wheel. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $7,420. Must be dangerously slow—good thing it was done in a bright color. And the buyer will likely be riding all the available spares. This was a lot of money to win the local Soviet Bloc bike show. There were several of these here... did a museum in Budapest close? ITALIAN #547-1952 MOTO GUZZI SUPER ALCE completely rebuilt. 6.5 gallon tank, Denfeld seat, Euro bars. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $20,935. A desirable S model in a killer color—I couldn't stop picturing it in my driveway. An old friend in Reno remembers an overnight parts run to LA on an S, trading duties as he went—the passenger was belted to the rider in order to sleep at 100 mph and stay on the bike. Well sorted and well bought. #346.08-1997 BMW R1100RTP motorcy- cle. S/N R1100RTPZC62080. Black & white. Odo: 31,000 miles. CHP veteran that somehow missed out on miles. Maybe it was the chief's bike? Sirens, lights, bells, whistles, hard 122 Sports Car Market motorcycle. Eng. # SA193. Green. Solid survivor, very usable. Decent paint, seats, and rubber. 500-cc horizontal single, “bacon slicer” flywheel, friction shocks, exposed kick-start

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MidAmerica Auctions Las Vegas, NV gear. Equipped with fixed handlebars for the passenger, which could make corners interesting. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,130. A bizarre time warp item bound to draw a crowd. This 1929 design was still being made in 1952, and needless to say, it was quite dated by then. However, this one was in good usable condition, and the price paid was fair. #188-1955 MV AGUSTA 175 CORSA motorcycle. Eng. # 47446S. Red. A minimalist 175-cc racer. Splendid restoration in Italy by Altinier—even the seat is red. Spare plugs carried in bar ends for on-the-go replacement. Restoration pictures with bike. Cond: 1. #189-1957 DUCATI TURISMO AMERICANO motorcycle. Eng. # 03454. Blue & silver. Odo: 10 km. Excellent restoration from Alessandro Altinier in Italy. Pullback bars and studded seat both a trifle eccentric by Italian standards. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $7,420. any money. These bikes all seemed to top out at about $8,500, but all of them were little jewels. This one was well bought. #540-1958 GILERA 125 race mo- I don't get it. They couldn't give away these Harley-cruiser Ducatis here in the '50s, and somebody spent a bunch restoring this to send it back to the U.S.? Very rare and a good buy, but still too small for this country. Didn't somebody in Italy want it for the Motogiro? #197-1957 PARILLA CORSA motor- SOLD AT $9,010. Too nice to race, more like jewelry. In any case, the lack of spares made this an example to admire in the study. Expensive, but worth it for the aesthetics. “Campione del mondo” decal a nice touch. cycle. S/N AAR06. Eng. # 405503. Silver & black. Another excellent restoration of a rare 1950s racebike from Altinier's shop in Treviso. Excellent throughout, no issues whatsoever. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $8,480. I hope Altinier got a shipping discount on the bikes he sent to the U.S., otherwise, it's hard to see how he made torcycle. Eng. # 124602E. Red & white. Incomplete but beautiful, with “dustbin” fairing that was banned about the same time this bike was produced. It felt more like a recreation than a real racebike restoration, but May 2007 123

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MidAmerica Auctions Las Vegas, NV Column Author all the work was well done. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $12,720. Once the buyer tracks down cables and instruments, this could become raceable, but I figured it would wind up in a museum someplace. All the money, a fair deal all around. #168-1985 BIMOTA KB2 motorcycle. S/N 00146. Gray & red. One of 177 Kawasaki Z1powered Bimota KB2s, and reportedly one of ten in this color. Bike looks vaguely neglected, with a missing speedometer and tacky deer whistles. No rock chips to the front. Tough to will lead to others. The buyer bought a ticket to the past. #380-1915 INDIAN V-TWIN motor- cycle. Eng. # 84G918. Red. A hand-painted barn find. More or less complete, down to the rusty wheels and crusty tires. Non-original grips, cut-out primary cover. In need of everything. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $19,610. This this in 1901 when he was engineer with the California Motor Company, which was sold to Yale in 1903. A tasteful restoration of a singlespeed, belt-driven bike. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $45,580. A 1977 Mendocino barn find by two kids, and an example of the absolute dawn of motorcycling in the U.S. A wonderful conversation piece with a leather thong for the throttle. Unlikely to be ridden, thanks to an ineffective oiling system. Well bought. tell if it had it been used much or not. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $20,140. I figured this would falter with so many unanswered questions, but it roared past my expectation of $10k-$12k. Probably just as well, as it was relatively rare and in good overall shape. JAPANESE #9-1974 HONDA CB450 motorcycle. S/N CB4507010942. Blue & yellow. Odo: 15,709 miles. Aeronautic whimsy from Topeka, KS, artist Greg Inkman, looking like a yellow biplane crashed into a 450-cc Honda. Well excecuted, with decent paint to wings, stabilizer, and fins. Strange overall. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $1,696. #470-1913 EXCELSIOR AUTO CYCLE Daytona racer motorcycle. Eng. # 10249. Gray & orange. Belt-drive single, correct nickel plate, acetylene light has been used, nicely worn Excelsior seat. Engine clean, appeared to have been parked sometime in the 1920s, and as presented here, it looked like a monumental project. Still, the buyer had a genuine bike on which to hang all sorts of new parts. An expensive downpayment on a timeand dollar-consuming project. #21-1915 INDIAN MODEL H 8-Valve motorcycle. Eng. # 74G107. Red. Overheadvalve twin board track racer. Looks brand new, with a matching number rebuild. All components first class, nice white tires. Complete with video of test start by rebuilder. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $58,300. 100-plus mph without paintwork still looks good. Left hand throttle, good decals, newer tires. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $39,220. Big money for a street single, but all the work that had been completed looked to have been done with riding in mind, so it can be considered well bought. #393-1914 EXCELSIOR TWIN mo- torcycle. Eng. # 41778. Gray & oil. A survivor liberally splashed with WD-40 to arrest incipient rust. Not restored, but apparently in running condition. Excellent patina brakes on a board track led to a fearsome death toll. The splinters alone could kill, as there were no antibiotics to combat infection, and in an effort to lower top speeds, board track racing was limited to 500 cc around 1921. The Suzuki GSX-R 1000 of its day. Irresistible, and well bought at this price. #157-1916 THOR V-TWIN motor- Inkman said he rode his fabric-winged creation 3,000 miles and that it solves the problem of people not seeing motorcycles. The wings are angled to achieve more stability, though he conceded that's not really a problem in a 10-mph parade. An interesting exercise, and no harm done at this price. AMERICAN #433-1896 R.C. MARKS SINGLE mo- torcycle. Eng. # 1. Black. Roy Marks built 124 throughout. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $49,820. A fabulous used bike with all the signs of being very well sorted; definitely no trailer queen. Ride “blue highways,” dine at cafes with lots of calendars, meet cool old guys, and this bike Sports Car Market cycle. Eng. # U4688. Two-tone blue. Decent restoration of a V-twin well regarded in its day. Beautiful paint and attention to detail. This was the last year for Thor, which built

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MidAmerica Auctions Las Vegas, NV engines for other makers, including Indian. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $40,280. Expensive, but rare and in a stunning color. Because of that, it can be considered fairly bought. #376-1941 CROCKER BIG TANK TWIN motorcycle. Eng. # 4165H252. Black & silver. Odo: 3 miles. The final year of the Crocker with a desirable big tank. Johnny Eagle/Chuck Vernon restoration with exceptional paint, chrome, and detailing. Handshift, unmarked wheels, hardtail. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $243,800. Crocker V-twins were very in November '06 (SCM# 43626), so this was a good buy. #152-1942 HARLEY-DAVIDSON WLC motorcycle. Eng. # 42WLC13308. Olive drab. Odo: 80,796. Canadian Army model, most likely left behind in Scotland after WWII—still wears the license number NSK 558 under the Minnesota plate. 61-ci V-twin, leather bags, oil-bath air cleaner, hand shifter, #429-1964 HARLEY-DAVIDSON THE HOG Drag motorcycle. Eng. # STAN64. Black & silver. Nicely prepped for museum display, where it's been for many years—and it's probably bound for another. 1947 frame, 1964 engine, original race motor and starting machine. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $76,850. Stan Dishong's West Coast drag strong performers for their time, and they hold firm above $200,000, which is good news for the owners of the 68 surviving examples. Top price so far was $276,500 for the 1937 hemihead sold at Bonhams' Steve McQueen auction Army-standard olive drab paint. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $12,190. Wonderful patina, though the USA number on the tank was a puzzle, considering its history. Complete with all sorts of bags and boxes, it looked very usable. If I hadn't just bought a bike, I'd have been all over it. Well bought, if just for the veterans the new owner will meet. racing championship bike, with belt-driven overhead cams, cut-down springer forks, and cam-driven fuel injection. Did 135 mph in the 1/4 mile in 1964. Well bought, and probably still very competitive in vintage drags—once you learn how to handle the off-handlebar clutch and 2-speed hand shifter—both on the left.u May 2007 125

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eBay Motors Report by Geoff Archer Market opinions in italics or a $600,000 Phantom VI is debatable. S Condition inferred from seller's descriptions; cars were not physically examined by the author. All quoted material take from the eBay listings. sf=seller's feedback; bf=buyer's feedback ometimes you just want a “proper motorcar.” Whether that's a $3,200 Reliant Regal no wonder these cars are still very competitive in SCCA and Vintage Sports car classes.” He goes on to suggest that this might be “one of the only ones left in street trim.” 15 bids, sf 254, bf 443. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,000. Not a survivor in terms of originality, but it was pretty amazing that it was never prepped for a punishing life on the track. Although $25k seemed about $5k high for a Courier, this clean example deserved it. #4633049217-1962 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk II BT7 roadster. S/N HBT7L19175. Colorado Red/black/black leather. 17 photos. Naples, FL. “One of a Kingdom!!” Bought 9 months prior from the 3rd owner, “This is a very nice piece in solid and excellent overall conditions. Body is straight and solid. Paint is very nice and glossy. Chromes, seals, OK.” #2000365930-1953 ALVIS TA 21 convert- ible. S/N TA2124966. Two-tone blue/blue. Odo: 42,328 miles. 24 photos. Massillon, OH. “Begging to be restored... The car is solid & straight with older paint.” Doors “shut but they need to be fitted better.” Surface rust abounds. Needs top and ignition key, does not run. anything other than top dollar for an excellent example. #1400489506-1959 JAGUAR XK 150 drophead coupe. S/N S838114BW. Old English White/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 56,000 miles. 24 photos. Charlottesville, VA. Restored two years ago in Ohio. Engine upgraded to a 3.8-liter at that time. Original 3.4liter block included with sale. I went to look at this car myself, and can confirm that paint, gaps and top are all excellent. Not able to call it a Top and tonneau excellent. “Overdrive, transmission clutch, brakes, engine are in excellent and strong running conditions. Excellent Oil Pressure. No Overheating.” 34 bids, sf 11, bf 1. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $24,100. Though apparently new to eBay, this buyer (with a feedback rating of 1) seemed to know how to value classic cars. Well bought by $5k–$7k. #2000281147-1967 ASTON MARTIN Hysterical seller suggests “cash out the 401 K! Ditch the Lexus! Sell the lake house! You can bid on this very rare original California Alvis.” 21 bids, sf 3, bf 4. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $15,000. The seller went on to say, “This car was sold on 6/20/91 for over 30k.” Maybe so, but this was right on the money for #4 condition today. #4637184814-1957 TRIUMPH TR3 road- ster. S/N TS16498L. Pearl white/black leather. Odo: 38,472 miles. 20 photos. Morristown, NJ. Rare “small mouth” car was delivered new to West Germany with “overdrive option.” $57k in rotisserie restoration receipts. “WON BEST solid #2 car, because of a tinge of orange in the door jambs and other nether regions. 17 bids, sf 335, bf 22. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $44,665. The winning bid came in just at the “Buy-It-Now” price... which was a tempting figure especially after checking some price guides. But alas, XKs can be tough to sell in white or with an automatic. Combine those two traits, and this was a fair private party selling price. #2200440023-1959 ELVA COURIER Mk I roadster. S/N 15GBUM48999. Eng. # 16GAUM28491. Red/black/black. Odo: 55,300 miles. 14 photos. Canton, OH. “Wonderful recent red paint job, black interior, tonneau, top and even factory side curtains.” SCMer Bob Lichty of Motorcar Portfolio adds, “The MGA engine propels the little car at great speed. It is paint is ok. It runs and drives, gearbox and clutch working properly.” Needs carpet. 2 bids, sf 57, bf 27. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $56,100. It's hard to interpret photos taken in the rain... it might have been a #4 car in person. Even so, as a solid basis for a full restoration, or even a rolling restoration, this would have been a deal by at least $10k. IN TRA REGISTRY.” 31 bids, sf 1, bf private. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $28,500. This price would have been crazy just a couple years ago, but after a few scandalously expensive Frogeye/ Bugeye sales (and the associated letters to the SCM Editor,) I would hesitate to call this 126 #1400815969-1967 LOTUS ELAN S3 convertible. S/N 457151. Blue/black/black. Odo: 54,018 miles. 24 photos. Los Angeles, CA. “No stress cracks that I can find but has a few fine scratches and some minor chips and imperfections. Chrome work is good overall... The seats Sports Car Market DB6 coupe. S/N DB62720R. British Racing Green/parchment leather. RHD. 25 photos. Huntington Station, NY. Seller is Autosport Designs, an Aston specialist. “This DB6 is complete and running although it is just a car.” Part of an Aston Martin Owner's Club member's collection for many years. “It is incredibly solid, chassis is good and straight,

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Fresh Meat are great, carpet is ok, wood dash shows wear, but has no cracks or delaminating.” Wide steel knock-offs with Yokos. Original wheels and color-matched hardtop included. Good compression, Dave Bean headers. 26 bids, sf 71, bf 165. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $20,000. When the winning bidder is a local classic car dealer, you pretty much know there was money left on the table—it must not have been far from #2 condition. I'll bet this one will be back on the market in no time. #4644278740-1968 AUSTIN MINI Wildgoose motorhome. S/N AAV71107870A. Butterscotch & white/brown vinyl. RHD. Odo: 74,097 miles. 35 photos. Webster, NY. “There are only 3 in North America that we know of and only about 50 were ever produced.” Camper top pops up like a Westfalia. “It is equipped with a sink basin, gas cooktop, table and couches.” Repainted in the '90s. Looks OK, but rust is starting to show on the underside. 850-cc, 4-speed, runs & drives. “Buy- great. “There is one trouble with the fuel syst seems to heat up and vaper lock, may need to rerote fuel line.” 18 bids, sf 5, bf 4. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $3,200. Well bought. Buyer could have paid twice as much for this nice little oddball—maybe more if the seller had resolved that nebulous vapor lock issue. #2000702803-1979 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER convertble. S/N SALPE243SA31307. Gray/black cloth/gray cloth. Odo: 49,200 km. 21 photos. San Mateo, CA. “Custom factory convertible conversion done by British Letyland S.A. of France when new! ... believed to be one of fewer than 100 examples produced.” Paint is “very good to excellent.” Bull bar & Hellas. Convertible top is tattered, and not pictured. V8, 4-speed manual, Online sales of recent production cars. 2007 Audi RS4 Date sold: 02/06/2007 eBay auction ID: 220079256727 Seller: Autohaus Lancaster, Lancaster, PA, www.autohaus.com Sale type: New car in stock Details: Phantom Black Pearl/black leather. 420hp 4.2-L V8, 6-speed manual Sale result: $72,520, 1 “Buy-It-Now” bid, sf 336, bf 2. MSRP: $73,520 Other current offering: Prestige Imports, North Miami Beach, FL, www.prestigeimports.com, asking $73,520 for a blue example. 2008 Cadillac CTS and 4WD are “good to very good overall.” Heater fan inoperative. 24 bids, sf 66, bf private. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $9,049. A couple sheets of plexiglass, and you've got yourself a POPEMOBILE. Whether your tastes run toward regal wind-in-your-hair waves or bulletproof crowd blessing, this was a good deal on a nice example of a rare off-roader. The buyer could have easily paid $3k–$5k more, especially if there had been a decent soft top included. It-Now” purchase, sf 6809, bf 143. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,500. While looking at this preposterous little RV, I was bombarded with script ideas involving Rowan Atkinson in his pajamas. Is this how “Mr. Bean” would camp in the Talladega infield? Price paid was in line with the less “campy” Mini Traveler (woody wagon) models. This restoration will not make money, but it'll certainly make people laugh. #2900167023-1973 RELIANT REGAL Super Van III 3-wheel van. S/N 732883. Yellow/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 4,670 miles. 12 photos. Rockaway, NJ. 3 wheeler. Threeyear old restoration. “Frame off blasted and painted, motor, transmission, rear all rebuilt. Brakes are all new or rebuilt. Rubber brake lines replaced, master cyl sleeved and rebuilt. All new tires. Seats and rugs all new, headliner new, repainted inside.” Paint is good, but not You could search the world and not find another one of these PVI-40s available, much less a virtually brand new example. The condition is concours virtually as new.” 1 bid, sf 9, bf 0. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $599,100. #1 cars, especially extremely rare ones, can sometimes bring multiples of a #2 estimate. This car did just that, nearly tripling what one would expect to see for an excellent Phantom VI. Expensive, but likely one of the nicest ones out there.u May 2007 #1300254242-1980 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM VI-40 sedan. S/N SCAPM1332. Black/savoy beige velvet. Odo: 5,000. 22 photos. Rancho Santa Fe, CA. “Rarest of the rare.” Handbuilt from 1980 to 1983, sold new in Switzerland. “Television, stereo, special storage compartment, double folding picnic tables, crystal, front facing jump seats and velvet head cushions are a few of the options. Date sold: 02/04/2007 eBay auction ID: 160081812515 Seller: Morrie's Cadillac-Saab, Golden Valley, MN, www.morries.com Sale type: RIGHTS TO MAKE $1,000 DEPOSIT against MSRP Details: “You'll be able to order the car with the colors and options you desire.” Sale result: $1,000, 1 “Buy-It-Now” bid, sf 8, bf 0 MSRP: $30,000–$45,000 Other current offering: None. 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 Date sold: 10/21/2006 eBay auction ID: 150047669342 Seller: Dick Dyer Mercedes-Benz, Columbia, SC, www.dickdyer.com Sale type: New car in stock Details: Black/black, COMAND navigation system, heated seats, Sirius radio Sale result: $62,985, 1 “Buy-It-Now” bid, sf 107, bf 4 MSRP: $68,985 Other current offering: Park Place Motorcars, Dallas, TX, www.parkplacetexas.com, asking $69,695 for similar black car.u 127

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Automotive Investor Automotive Icon: 300SL The epitome of speed, style, engineering, and blue chip investment 300SL Coupe & Roadster Average vs. Median Prices Lines represent average prices. Bars represent median prices. $500k Coupe Roadster $400k $300k $200k $100k 2002 A $8m $7m $6m $5m $4m $3m $2m $1m 2003 n instant icon with its vertical-lift “gullwing doors,” the 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL was elegant, fast, and mechanically sophisticated, with a six-cylinder dry-sump engine and direct-port fuel injection. Demanded by U.S. importer Max Hoffman, the street model was based on the 1952 carbureted racer that won at Le Mans, the Carrera Panamericana, the Nurgburgring, and almost the Mille Miglia. Gullwing doors were necessary because the tube frame construction required high side rails. The 300SL generated 240 horsepower and was capable of 160 mph. Options included Rudge knockoff wheels and fitted luggage. In all, 1,400 coupes were sold at around $8,000, with 29 aluminum-bodied cars for about 30% more. The coupe was replaced by the roadster in 1957, and this was made alongside the smaller 190SL until 1963. 2002–2006 Total Dollar Sales by Model Year Coupe Roadster 2002, 3 cars sold for $624,600 2003, 9 cars sold for $1,786,423 2004, 9 cars sold for $2,302,981 2005, 12 cars sold for $3,671,482 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 128 2006, 10 cars sold for $3,407,905 2002, 4 cars sold for $713,901 2003, 8 cars sold for $2,510,670 2004, 12 cars sold for $3,605,612 2005, 11 cars sold for $3,702,904 2006, 11 cars sold for $5,320,658 Sports Car Market 2004 2005 2006 The roadster gained disc brakes in 1961 and offered a factory hard top, as well as Rudge wheels and fitted luggage. 300SL weak points include the need for frequent oil changes because the fuel injection diluted the oil if the engine kept turning after the ignition was switched off. Coupe handling could be challenging on uneven surfaces as the swing arm suspension altered rear wheel camber. The 300SL is relatively bulletproof, and many cars have quite high mileages. Prices have surged toward $600,000 for the best examples, and aluminum coupes are knocking on the door of $1 million. Consider $250,000 for starters on a scruffy roadster. And though the open cars used to be cheaper, prices are evening out. Auction Sales Totals by Calendar Year 300SL Roadster 300SL Coupe

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AUCTION HOUSE FOCUS Christie's world leader in the sale of art, with 2006 sales totaling $4.67 billion. The British firm has 85 offices in 43 countries, and its many divisions—art, wine, jewelry, photography, motor cars, etc.—conduct more than 600 sales yearly. Christie's International Motor Car Department is the longest T established name in the collector car market, and has been part of Christie's success since 1972. The division consists of seven specialists based in London, Brussels, New York, Texas, and California, who regularly organize the company's major sales in Paris, Monterey, London, and Greenwich, CT. Christie's holds several public auction records for cars, includ- ing the $8.7 million achieved for a 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner coupe sold in London in November 1987, as well as marque records for Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, and Bentley. Web site: www.christies.com. Christie's Top 10 Sales of 2006 1. $3,645,000, 1928 Mercedes-Benz Type S, Monterey, CA, 8/17/06 2. $1,410,741, 1950, Talbot-Lago T26C, Paris, FR, 7/8/06 3. $1,280,000,1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Spyder, Monterey, CA, 8/17/06 4. $658,500,1930 Isotta Fraschini 8AS Boattail conv., Greenwich, CT, 6/4/06 5. $565,000, 1963 Porsche 904, Monterey, CA, 8/17/06 6. $477,000, 1972 Lamborghini, Miura P400 SV, Monterey, CA, 8/17/06 7. $472,811, 1937 Maserati 4CM, Paris, FR, 7/8/06 8. $455,000, 1930 Packard 734 Speedster-Roadster, Greenwich, CT, 6/4/06 9. $449,500, 1931 Packard Series 840 Deluxe Eight, Monterey, CA, 8/17/06 10.$445,358, 1904 CGV Phaeton Modele H1 6 1/4 Litre, Paris, FR, 2/11/06 Christie's Major Sales Year-toYear $20m $25m $30m $15m $10m $5m Monterey Paris Le Mans London (Winter) London (Spring) London Greenwich (Summer) Christie's Major Sales Aggregate Totals 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 $5m May 2007 $10m $15m $20m $25m $30m $40,000 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 M ercedes-Benz introduced the 190SL roadster in 1955 to capitalize on the success of the 300SL coupe. At $3,840, it was half the price, though the disparity in value is now seven times as large. A 300SL roadster was introduced in 1957. The 190SL was a comfort- Years Built No. Made 1955–63 25,881 SCM Price Guide Average $25,000 Good $35,000 able cruiser, unchanged until the advent of the “Pagoda” roof 230SL in 1964. The 2-liter SOHC 4-cylinder engine generated a modest 105 hp, pushing the car to 110 mph, with 0–60 in 13.3 seconds, while 26 mpg was possible. Options included a hard top, fitted luggage, leather interior, and SCM Investment Grade Concours $60,000 B Becker or Blaupunkt radios. At their low point in the 1970s, rough 190SLs could be bought for $1,000; often their complicated monocoque construction led to botched rust repairs. These days, prices start about $20,000 and top out about $60,000. 190 SL Individual Sale Tracker $80,000 $70,000 $60,000 $50,000 $40,000 $30,000 $20,000 $10,000 2002 2003 2004 2005 Average190SL Sale Price at Auction $35,000 2006 he history of Christie's dates to December 5, 1766, when James Christie held his first public auction. Today the company is the MODEL ANALYSIS Mercedes-Benz 190SL $30,000 $25,000 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 129

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Motobilia Carl Bomstead Sometimes Junk Is Just That I would not be making reservations at my favorite Italian restaurant based on Eddie's box of rats Buy Eddie a beer and call it good Eddie the bartender, know ing I was a car guy, had been threatening me with a box of his old car parts for years. A move finally forced him to action and he brought by the flotsam of his auto collecting career. Among the dented old hubcaps and rust-pocked sideview mirrors was a nice set of matching 1951 California license plates and some good driving lights. At the bottom of the box was this Pacific Coast Automobile Association badge, mounted on a broken piece of cast metal. The only information I have been able to scrounge up about the PCAA was that it produced road maps of California and Nevada in 1930 and 1931. Do you have any further information on this association? Was it a club or a map printing division of Rand McNally? Should I be taking Eddie the bartender out to dinner for adding to my junk pile?—Alexander von Wolff , San Francisco, CA I would not be making reservations at A16, my favorite Italian restaurant in San Francisco, based on Eddie's box of rats. The best thing you mention are the1951 plates, as the PCAA badge is not all that uncommon and will generally fetch $30 or so at an automotive swap meet. It is made of cloisonné and the badge itself appears to be in decent condition. The broken cast metal piece would have been used to attach the badge to the member's automobile. The Pacific Coast Automobile Association was one of many automobile associations that fell under the AAA umbrella. Most of them, over time, adopted the ubiquitous logo and dropped their own individual 130 and have been bringing ound $400, so you can defiantly tell your wife you did just fine. The slits ar in fact, where a bottle of the polish would be inserted and would complete the display Someone found a handful ones. I'd buy Eddie a couple of beers and call it good. Now find a polish bottle to shine I bought this cardboard countertop display for Baum's Auto Polish at the recent BarrettJackson automobilia auction. It appeared to be in unused condition and was called N.O.S. in the auction catalog. There are slits in the cardboard which I assume are for a bottle of the polish. The cars offered were priced well beyond my allowance, and my wife even grimaced at the $100 I spent on the display, claiming that it looked too good and was surely a reproduction. Am I going to get more grief over my purchase?—Randal Fleming, Gig Harbor, WA These have been showing up on eBay with some regularity of these great displays in unused condition, so the hunt is on for bottles of the product. As in any supply-anddemand situation, the price of the polish bottle will be determined by the number of people “needing” one. I would bet that you will have to pay at least twice what you paid for the display to own a bottle of the polish that is in decent condition. When complete, the display may be worth around $650, so your wife should be a little happier with you. Warn-O-Meter temp gauge is relatively hot While visiting the in-laws over the holidays we left the kids with my wife's mom and spent some time alone junking. At the local antique store we found this old hood ornament and for $50 thought it was a decent buy. My wife bought it as my Christmas present. The front of it says it is a Warn-O-Meter, which I have never heard of. It does look somewhat like a MotoMeter temperature gauge but other than that I have no idea. Your thoughts?—Stephen Aldridge, Plano, TX The Warn-O-Meter was made by Stewart-Warner as a competing temperature indicating hood ornament to the MotoMeter. The side that faces the driver would glow with a green hue when all was well and turn red as the car overheated. The holes in the base would release steam if the driver did not notice the color change. These were offered in the early '20s and were not as well received as their competitor's product. Since these do not show up all that often and yours appears to be in very presentable condition, I would say you paid a reasonable price and it could be worth three times what your wife paid here if offered on a table at Hershey. However, I hope this wasn't the only thing with your name on it under the tree on Christmas day.u CARL BOMSTEAD is a decades-long automobilia expert who lives in the Pacific Northwest. Send your questions to motobilia@sportscarmarket .com. Digital photos, at least 3" by 5" at 300 dpi, must accompany your queries. Due to the volume of mail we receive, not all questions can be answered. Sports Car Market

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Bike Buys Paul Duchene Dragonfly That Didn't Fly Douglas's swansong was designed as a “sensible” bike, which riders say they want, but don't buy I f Douglas had survived, it would be 100 years old this year, like the Isle of Man TT, in which it was quite successful. As it was, the company survived for 50 years on original ideas and a limited cash flow, eventually pinning its hope on Vespa scooters. In January, a Dragonfly, Douglas's last model, sold for a surprising $10,000 at MidAmerica's Las Vegas auction. Like the Sunbeam S7, it's an eye-catching oddity, worth adding to a collection. There is a small group of collectors who care about Douglases and follow their values. 70,000 went to World War I The company was founded in 1907, when Bristol blacksmiths William and Edward Douglas bought up William Barter's bankrupt Light Motors. The brothers punched out Barter's 200-cc horizontal twin to 350 cc, and by 1914, the bike sported a foot-clutch, hand-shift, 2-speed transmission, belt-drive, and electric lights. The British Army bought 70,000 Douglases from 1914 to1918. After WWI, Douglas went racing, fielding five of the new RA models in the 1923 Isle of Man TT. Tom Sheard won the 500 cc Senior TT and Freddy Dixon the first ever sidecar trophy. It was a great year, with wins in the French Grand Prix, the Spanish 12-hour race, the Welsh TT, and the 430-mile Durban–Johannesburg Marathon in South Africa. One odd footnote concerns American inventor Robert Edison Fulton, creator of the Airphibian flying car. Fulton took a one-year trip around the world on a Douglas in 1932, shot hundreds of photos, and wrote a book entitled “One Man Caravan.” In 40,000 miles and 32 countries, he reported only six flat tires. Sadly, his bike was stolen when he returned to the U.S. Expensive endeavor failed In 1932, Douglas offered a dozen models from 350 cc to 750 cc, including OHV sports bikes and side valve tourers. But by 1934, the world economic slump was taking its toll and Douglas was floundering. It tried a transverse-engine, 500-cc, shaft-drive model—the Endeavor—but at double the price of its other models, there were few takers. In 1935, Douglas was taken over by Bond Aircraft and Engineering Company. Fresh cash kept the company alive and aircraft con- Perfect Douglas Dragonfly owner: Blames Vespa for the company's failure Rating (HHHHH is best): Fun to ride: HHH Ease of maintenance: HH Appreciation potential: HHH Attention getter: HHHH Years produced: 1955–57 Number produced: 1,510 Original list price: 159 pounds 10 shillings ($450) in 1956 SCM Valuation: $3,500–$7,500 Tune-up: Around $50 DIY Engine: 348-cc air-cooled, horizontal twin Transmission: 4-speed Weight: 365 lbs Engine #: Above right cylinder Frame #: On plate by left rear swing-arm Colors: Gray green/silver, cream/silver, black/silver Website: www.douglasmcc.co.uk SCM Investment Grade: C 132 nections led Douglas to build a portable generator for the RAF in WWII, powered by a 350-cc flat twin. Until WWII, most Douglases had the engine in line with the frame, but post-WWII Douglases feature a transverse flat twin like the BMW. That 350-cc engine powered the company's first post- war bike, the 1946 T35 and subsequent Mk III, Mk IV, and Mk V models. These were ingenious machines, with leading link “radiadraulic” front suspension and rubberin-torsion rear suspension. “Plus 80” or “Plus 90” models referred to top speed during factory testing. But money woes continued and Douglas was in receivership in 1948 when managing director Claude McCormack saw a Vespa scooter in Italy. He struck a deal with Piaggio and Douglas began making Vespas in England. Eventually, the scooter boom was so lucrative that the company ceased manufacturing motorcycles altogether. The Dragonfly was the company's last motorcycle design. It was introduced in 1955 and only 1,510 were made before production stopped in 1957. It combined an eccentric design with pastel colors, a respectable finish, and the motor developed for the WWII RAF generator mentioned above. Gone were the Mk V's leading link forks and bouncy torsion bar rear suspension, replaced by BMW-style Earles forks and a square-tube swingarm at the back. ‘Sensible' bike heavy and slow The headlight did not turn with the bars and was mounted in a streamlined nacelle, which swept back to the tank. The frame was an arc-welded duplex made of Reynolds steel, and the engine was significantly up- graded internally. Nonetheless, the engine was noisy and the bike, flat out at 75-mph, was slower than its competitors. Brakes and handling were average for the time, which is to say modest by modern standards. The low center of gravity helped stability but projecting cylinders were vulnerable. Like Sunbeam with the S7 and Velocette with the LE and Vogue, Douglas fell prey to the idea of a “sensible” bike, which riders say they want but don't buy. Even the best of these—the Ariel Leader—was a flop. A 500-cc motor was designed and shown, but never reached production, and from mid-1957, Douglas concentrated exclusively on scooters. London mega-dealer Pride & Clarke discounted the remaining bikes and advertised the Dragonfly for 159 pounds 10 shillings ($450) in 1956. Could be a lifetime project Rough and running Douglases can be found from about $2,500, but spares will require good connections and an incomplete bike could be an expensive lifetime project, especially in the U.S. The Douglas forum at www.douglasmotorcycles.net can steer you to available parts and information. I bought a 1948 Mk III for $1,000 about ten years ago, which, though complete, had the very last mile wrung out of it. It was hand-painted Post Office Red. I showed it off to a mechanic friend who called attention to the left cylinder, which was moving in and out with each revolution of the engine. The Dragonfly at the Las Vegas auction was about #2 condition, in attractive pale green and silver with a rathertoo-bright green seat. It seemed expensive at $10,000, but Brian Slark, the curator of the Barber Vintage Motorsport Museum in Birmingham, AL, points out that it would be easy to spend $8,000 on a $2,500 runner. “There aren't many around,” he said, “and making a nice one would be costly.”u PAUL DUCHENE has been riding, racing, and writing about motorcycles for 45 years. His work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune and New York Times, and he is a Sports Car Market

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Mystery Photo Answers Tough times befell K.I.T.T.'s brother S.H.I.T., and he never made it to primetime. —Randy Zussman, Las Vegas, NV RUNNER UP: The next gen- eration Amphicar concept was ill received and never went into production.—Ned Hamlin, Ketchum, ID Yes folks, now you too can customize your car in one hour or less. Call now for your supply of Auto Glue by Ronco—Al Nelson, Pentwater, MI BB gun—check. Pepper spray—check. Knife—check. Steel mallet—check. Trench coat—check. Rubber tubing— check. Diapers—check. Mission control, I'm ready for take-off.— Brian Scane, Los Angeles, CA William Shatner's new ride lets him bold- ly go where no man has gone before.—Dan Faustman, Elk Grove, CA You know, I added the louvers and then, you know, added gold trim and, you know, added the rims. And I said, “Hey baby, check this out,” and added the tail pipes. But then the porthole, you know, my baby went crazy.—Steve Thomas, Bronxville, NY The “Pimp My Ride” crew descends upon K.I.T.T., and David Hasselhoff turns it over to Michael J. Fox in the latest installment of “Pinks.”—Margo Perine, Victor, NY Those snap extractors really make the car, Bob.—John Vardanian, Walnut Creek, CA I served with Captain Nemo. I knew Cap- tain Nemo. Captain Nemo was a friend of mine. Sir, you're no Captain Nemo.—Chris Attias, Felton, CA USAPPRAISAL This Month's Mystery Photo Response Deadline: April 25, 2007 Our Photo, Your Caption Be the author of the most accurate, creative, or provocative response and receive a sure-to-be-collectible-someday 1/18-scale collector car model, courtesy of USAppraisal. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Fax your response to 503.253.2234; email: mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket. com; snail mail: Mystery, P.O. Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Please include your name and contact information. Send us your mystery photo. If we use it, you'll get an official “SCM Fright Pig Inspector” cap. Email photos at 300 dpi in JPEG format. antenna so he could easily recognize his ride in any parking lot.— Bob Peterson, Brooks, GA K.I.T.T's newly installed flux capacitor has a hiccup upon arrival to 1977. But boy, does that rocket power help on those runs to 88 mph.—Rick Dawson, Munster, IN DeLorean, we don't need no stinkin' DeLorean—Robert Kossel, Mississauga, Ontario, CAN A little imagination and $200 spent at Pep Boys inoculated Billy Bob from his wife's order to “sell that damn old beater Camero .” Gary Crum, Junction City, OR After retiring from the Rocket Tears trickled through Barbie's mascara at the sight of her beloved Dream Car, recovered from the creeps who pimped her ride.—Mike Eisele, Paradise Valley, AZ David Hasselhoff attempted a television comeback with a new series starring himself as a retired “Baywatch” lifeguard who fights offshore drilling attempts with “Buddy,” a submersible talking TransAm he found abandoned along the Pacific Coast Highway near Santa Monica.—Vince Burgos, San Francisco, CA Originally owned by Jacques Cousteau, this Firebird predictably reflects a marine influence. The dorsal-finned exhaust tips and the “Mako Shark” rear glass are thematically tied to the brass portholes resulting in new meanings for the terms “under water” and “bottom dweller.”—Norman Vogel, San Francisco, CA Carlos put an orange ball on the tip of his Corps, Buck Rogers subscribed to SCM and became a car guy… of a sort.—Jay Mackro, San Juan Capistrano, CA Michael Knight would often kid K.I.T.T. about its earlier incarnation as a lounge lizard.—John Bryans Fontaine, Westport, CT The stars of the first annual Twin Pines Trailer Park 1980s Pop Culture Retro Revival—the “A-Team” van and the “Back to the Future” DeLorean Replica (not pictured, Magnum P.I.'s Fiero Ferrari).—Stephen Puliafico, via email You put a porthole in the C-pillar? Now you've gone and ruined the purity of the whole design.—Alan Sosnowitz, Stamford, CT For his empathy for siblings that don't quite measure up, this month's winner, Randy Zussman, will receive a soon-to-be-collectible 1:18-scale model courtesy of Dave Kinney's USAppraisal.u 134 Sports Car Market

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Comments With Your Renewal Of the 14 auto magazines I subscribe to, SCM is my favorite!—W.R. Shearer, Shelburne, VT. Go back to what you do best, sports and race cars.—R.A. Spagnolo, Newport, RI Keep up the good work and honest reporting.—J. Putt, East Setauket, NY You don't pander. That's a good thing. Keep saying what you believe.—M. Young, Denver, CO More focus on older English cars, es- pecially Austin-Healey.—M. Vanderwoude, Rio Del Mar, CA You magazine is called SPORTS CAR Market. If I wanted to read about hotrods, customs, and muscle cars, I would choose other magazines.—D. Penoff, Greenwood, IN Don't change a thing. Let the weenies who want you to stay true to your “sports car roots,” cancel.—R. Ullsmith, Camas, WA. Each month our aim is to paint a picture of the collector car market as a whole. Just as auction companies sell what's driving the market, SCM covers what's driving the market, whether Ferraris of the 1960s, Bentleys of the 1930s, or muscle of the 1970s.—KM A great publication. Factual, fun, informative, and my son and I both subscribe; I buy and he reads. Thanks.—R. Hagler, Seattle, WA. When you find a car, do you buy and he drives?—KM More articles and discussions on barn finds, and sympathetic restoration versus survivor. Less auction (or other) coverage of American cars.—P. Brown, Hartland, VT. Don't change a thing. SCM is perfect the way it is. You're doing a great job covering every type of collector car.—B. Znamirowski, Baldwin, MD Great magazine!—J. Stahlman, Lewisberry, PA I've been in the hobby almost 40 years and this is the best publication. It puts Hemmings to shame.—S. Colsen, Pawcatuck, CT SCM is excellent as is.—J.C. Bennett, Los Angeles, CA Please continue the irreverence. More British would be appreciated.—E. Wall, Darnestown, MD We appreciate your unfettered viewpoint, naysayers be damned!—A. & P. Devor, Walnut Creek, CA My wife says, “No more car magazines!” Please renew my subscription for two years.—G. Pluck, San Francisco, CA. Naysayers be damned!—KM Great job always!—B. Carroll, Burien, WA And thanks to all of you for your thoughtful comments and your renewals.—KMu DRIVERS WANTED READY TO HIT THE ROAD THIS SUMMER? SCM IS LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD FAMILIES. We're looking for parents with memories of big station wagons and family trips when they were kids. We're talking about car shows, fetes and festivals, state fairs, county fairs, concerts, rodeos, and National Parks. Forests of Mystery, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Disneyland, Sea Lion Caves and Disney World... The SCM 1968 Mercury Colony Park 9-passenger wagon is about to be released from SCMer Bruce Eide's ice cave in South Dakota, free to roam the � and it's near pe� Are you ready? Say after me “Are we there yet?” “Why couldn't you go before you left home?” “Don't make me pull over or you kids will be sorry..... “ Tell us the trip you'd like to take and we'll figure out how to get this wagon to every state in the union this summer, handing it off from one SCMer to another. Email copyed@sportscarmarket.com May 2007 135

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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM web site listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $44/month ($66 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) Four ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit sportscarmarket.com/classifieds-post.php to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snailmail: Showcase, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. ENGLISH 1929 W.O. Bentley 4-Seat tourer 1965 Jaguar XKE 4.2 coupe 6,600 miles, completely original, hand-beaten aluminum body on original bucks at AC factory, 302 engine with carb. $110,000. Paul Barresi, 207.799.1983. (ME) 1986 AC Mk IV 15k miles on professional restoration. 1.6-liter Gordini cross-flow, turbocharged, hemi port EFI programable. 5-sp manual transaxle. Complete frame-off restoration. Everything new. Blaupunkt CD, many extras, new parts, custom body, custom paint—yellow with purple racing stripe, and alloy wheels. $25,000. Mike Conte, 509.996.2390. (WA) 1985 AC Mk IV GERMAN 1960 Merecdes-Benz 220S convertible Blue, 32,465 miles. 2nd owner. Very solid, good restoration project. Asking $40,000 OBO. Creighton Helms, 847.217.5744. (IL) 1966 Mercedes 230SL 15,000 miles and factory original. 2 tops. Automatic. All books, records, tools, and documentation since new. One owner. $42,500. Steve, 610.296.7479. (PA) 1978 Porsche 924 4 1/2-Liter 4-seat Tourer w/ original, one-of-akind, aluminum body by Thrupp & Maberly. Chassis# MR3390. Full history w/ factory records. Correct numbers. Tight coachwork & superb mechanics. A joy to drive. Lots of rally history. English registration & U.S. title. www.charlescrail.com. Charles Crail, 805.568.1934. 1960 MGA Twin Cam Bare-frame restoration by specialists. Blueprinted, sorted, concours quality. Heritage Certificate. $48,000/trades. Photos at www.dearbornauto.com. Alex Dearborn, 978.887.6644. (MA) 1960 Triumph TR3A roadster Multiple JCNA Best of Show and People's Choice. Complete documentation of restoration on twoowner, low-mileage, rust-free car. Ownership history back to new. All numbers-matching. Red, black leather with all factory original books and tools. The best there is, bar none. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd, 203.852.1670. (CT) 1970 Jaguar XKE SII roadster Maybe the best original example anywhere. 934 original miles, absolutely flawless throughout. BRG, tan leather, full aluminum coachwork, Ford 5-liter V8, properly serviced. None better. $105,000. Matthew deGarmo, 203.852.1670. (USA) 1989 Rolls-Royce Corniche II convertible 4-speed, sunroof, Weber carbs, new paint, tires, and muffler, brown interior, runs great. Needs odometer repair. Trades considered. Email pmenhusen@stateexchange.net. $6,000. Philip Menhusen. (KS) 1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC Low, low mileage original. Near mint original leather, carpet, and top. All systems, brakes, gas, electricals, etc. restored professionally. British Racing Green and black. Runs and drives like new. $58,500. Tom Crook, 253.941.3454. (WA) 1971 Jaguar XKE California car with 38,500 miles. Immaculate example of this very desirable year. Recent service and additional work. Pioneer stereo, iPod and navigation. $79,500. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (USA) FRENCH 1950 Talbot-Lago T26 GS 1991-cc 4-cylinder, 4-speed synchromesh transmission. Red-Black/White stripes. Less than 2,000 miles since frame-off restoration. New Roadster Factory-rebuilt engine. All new upholstery including dash covering, seats, trunk, floor, etc. New Dayton, 60-spoke wire wheels / Michelin tires. Shown in two British Car Shows—first place in one, second place in the other. Outstanding condition. Extras include original black hard top with mounting hardware, original wire wheels, Tonneau cover, white side curtains, new convertible top, original engine in crate, and other extra components. Drive it home (bring a trailer for the extras) for $50,000 obo. Bob Carpenter, 831.636.3728. (CA) 136 First Place Award AACA '06 Winner. Complete restoration, 2 tops. Black w/ Saddle. Air, everything new. Museum quality. Exceptional. $145,000. Dom Mari, 215.794.0569. (PA) 1971 Lotus Europa Rare and elegant Franay fastback coupe. Fully restored with strong performance and easy-to-use pre-selector gearbox. Great car with real panache and ideal for any event. $365,000. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (USA) 85k Miles. Monoblock rims, 19” Toyo tires. All service records. Southern car. $14,900. Kevin Robertelli, 248.763.9400. (MI) 2001 Mercedes E55 Silver/black, only 18K mi, separate snows and rims, very clean, 4-dr rocket. $29,000. Carter Emercon, 312.861.2052. (IL) Sports Car Market Timeless, classic W126 coupe. Exceptional condition, gorgeous paint and beautiful leather. Low miles, with all handbooks and complete records. Price includes shipping within continental U.S. $15,500. Chris Lowell, 425.444.5505. 1998 Mercedes-Benz E430 Sport

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SCM Showcase Gallery ITALIAN 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS Touring original color, a/c and power steering. Great presence. $1,100,000. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (USA) 1967 Maserati Mistrale 1988 Alfa Romeo Veloce Quadrafoglio 1991 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 Mechanically and structurally sound car with recent paint and interior. Sure to be an effective and comfortable event car with service and prep. 5-speed, Borranis, flat Nardi wheel. $89,500. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (USA) 1967 Ferrari 365 California Spider One of 828 produced '63–'70. Gorgeous low mile, matching # motor car. Orig. Italian plates, signed/ stamped logbook. Power windows & Borranis. Rare fender vent delete model. Converted to triple Webers. $79,000 OBO. J Adegate, 415.990.2160. (CA) 1979 Alfa Romeo Sport Sedan Gorgeous 61,000-mile original Florida car. Mechanically perfect and highly maintained. Drive anywhere. Both tops. New tires. $14,500. Sanford Cohen, 941.379.6014. JAPANESE 1973 Datsun 240Z Rare one of 25 Jamacian Blue exterior w/white leather, 1st year, AWD/AWS, Twin Turbo, Active Aerodynamics, about 60k miles. Adult driven/ maintained. Original owner, appreciating collectible. Excellent overall condition. $15,000. Mark Vanderwoude, 831.345.4850. (CA) AMERICAN 1952 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible Perhaps the last of the limited-production model Ferraris to be built. One of 13. Stunning condition, Outstanding original condition throughout. 25,276 miles. Totally detailed with complete service records. Period modifications. Fast, luxurious, Italian touring sedan. $17,000. John Madigan, 717.397.1099. (PA) Original & unrestored. Orange/Black. Excellent condition inside and out. Everything works. 48k miles. With same family for first 30 years. Concours winner. A true survivor. $20,000. John Lawrence, 505.988.5888. (NM) 138 Sports Car Market

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Very rare model with 88k original miles. Full power plus autronic eye and Continental Kit. Recent paint, top, leather, and most of chrome. www.caldreamcars.net. $59,500. Bob Petricca, 818.992.7219. 1953 Chevrolet Corvette Mille Miglia Serial #E53FOO1148, original engine, transmission, hubcaps. 69k miles, lots of NOS chrome—in storage since 1969, 98% comp. Best offer. Jerry Brewster, 318.348.3041. 1957 Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster Very rare late '57 with factory correct and original 4-speed manual. Finished in red with white coves, red interior. Show quality in every detail and mechanically 100% perfect. Fully sorted for spirited driving with complete confidence. $98,500. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670. (CT) 1996 Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition, silver/black leather, LT1, automatic, electronic air, Bose stereo, glass top, window sticker, perfect condition, 12,700 original miles. $25,000. Bill Hufnagel, 714.588.2170. (CA) WANTED Corvettes A premium will be paid for 1953 to 1972 Corvettes with NCRS or Bloomington Gold certification, serious. ProTeam, Box 606, Napoleon, OH 435450606. Fax, 419.592.4242. proteamcorvette.com, www.corvetteswanted.com. ProTeam Corvettes, 419.592.5086. (OH) Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini Wanted—Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Porsche cars and items (memorabilia, parts collections) related to those cars in any condition. Fair, discreet and reasonable. Please contact 860.350.1140 or fax 860.350.1140 Peter Sweeney, 860.350.1140. (USA)u Across 1. One of the founders of the Mille Miglia 4. Mille Miglia timekeeper 9. 1955 winning car, Mercedes-Benz 300 ___ 10. Relating to 12. Mille Miglia parade name since 1977 14. He won in 10 hours, 7 minutes, 48 seconds 16. 1954 winner in a D24 18. Regal 20. Carmaker Carl 21. Hotel 24. Winning car in the first Mille Miglia 25. Race circuit 26. Golf instrument 27. Marathoners often hit it 29. Electronic Arts, for short 34. Milan carrozzeria 36. ____ Cabana 37. Follow 39. Famous race, briefly 41. Number of Roman miles on the Mille Miglia 43. Australian jumpers 45. Credit, for short 46. An Unser 48. Winning marque in 1953 50. The first name in Ferraris 52. Supercharged, for short 55. Refuse 57. Number of the 1955 record-breaking car (3 words) 58. Caracciola won with it in 1931 Down 1. Known by the trident 2. American tire maker 3. Son of Jr. 4. Historical auto time period 5. MT4 maker 6. Place, abbr. 7. Initials of the 1928 winning car 8. Tested the car, in a way 11. Volvo P1800 ___ 13. Golden State 15. Bacon does it in the pan 17. Rolls, for short For solution, go to: www.sportscarmarket.com/crossword May 2007 139 19. Similar 20. Maker of the 1992-winning 507 22. Internet address in Holland 23. 1930 winner, The Flying Mantuan 28. 1960s actress, Margaret 30. Car dictator? 31. Crossing 32. Jaguar on the hood is one 33. Marker on the road (2 words) 34. It is, to Shakespeare 35. U.S. car maker 38. Halo 40. Modus operandi, briefly 42. Looks intently 43. Alfa that won in 1977 44. King __ the road 47. Many 49. Home of the girl from Ipanema 51. Reno locale 53. Cerium symbol 54. Ouch! 56. Approve

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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 x204 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. AUCTION COMPANIES Artcurial-Briest-Poulain-Le Fur. +33.1.42992020, fax +33.1.42992021. Maison de vente aux enchères, 7, RondPoint des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris. artcurial@auction.fr. www.artcurial.com. (FR) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694, fax 480.421.6697. 3020 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrettjackson.com. (AZ) Bonhams & Butterfields. 415.391.4000, fax 415.391.4040. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103. www.butterfields.com. (CA) Bonhams. +, fax +44.207.585.0830. Montpelier St., Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH. www .bonhams.com. (UK) Branson Collector Car Auc- tion. 800.335.3063, Jim Cox, fax 417.336.5616. 1316 W. Hwy. 76, Suite 199, Branson, MO 65616. www.bransonauction.com. (MO) 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) RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, fax 519.351.1337. One Classic Car Dr., Blenheim, ON NOP 1A0. www.rmauctions .com. (CAN) Russo and Steele Collector Automo- biles. 602.252.2697, fax 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th Street, Phoenix AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com; www .russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Santiago Collector Car Auctions. 800.994.2816, fax 405.475.5079. 501 E. Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Rocky: rockydb5@sbcglobal.net. (OK) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com; www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Tom Mack Classics. 888.TOM. Christie's. 310.385.2600, fax 310.385.0246. 360 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. www.christies .com. (CA) eBay Motors. List your car for sale for only $40 and pay $40 more when it sells. Visit the “Services” section on www .ebaymotors.com for more details. Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, fax 310.899.0930. Auctions and brokerage of fine automobiles. 1528 6th Street, Suite 120, Santa Monica, CA 90401. www .goodingco.com. (CA) H&H Classic Auc- tions. +44.01925.730630, fax +44.01925.730830. Whitegate Farm, Hatton, Cheshire WA4 4BZ England. www .classic-auctions.com (UK) Kensington Motor Group, Inc. 631.537.1868, fax 631.537.2641. P.O. Box 2277, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. Kenmotor@aol.com. (NY) Auto Appraisal Group. 800.848.2886. Over 60 offices located nationwide. Pre-purchase inspection service, insurance matters, charitable donations, resale values, estates, expert witness testimony. On-site inspections. Certified, confidential, prompt, professional. “Not just one man's opinion of value.” See Web site for locations and service descriptions. www.autoappraisal.com. (VA) California Dream Cars Appraisals . Kruse International. 800.968.4444 5540 CR llA Auburn, IN 46706. Largest Collector Car Auction Company, holding over 35 auctions per year. Home of the 480-acre Auction Park in Auburn, IN, where the 37th Annual Labor Day Auction will be held with over 5,000 cars and 150,000 people. www.Kruse.com. (IN) Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers. 815.568.8888, fax, 815.568.6615. 950 Greenlee St., Marengo, IL 60015. Auctions: Orlando, Kansas City, Rockford, Bloomington Gold, St. Paul, Des Moines, 140 888.314.3366. Over 30 years experience in Southern California appraising classic, antique, special interest, muscle and custom to current-year models. Specializing in pre-purchase inspections, stated value insurance appraisals, insurance disputes, and expert witness testimony. For more info, visit our web site at www .caldreamcars.net. (CA) Dave Brownell's Vintage Auto Appraisals. 802.362.4719, fax 802.362.3007. 25-plus years experience nationwide and internationally. Single cars or entire collections. Brass cars to contemporary supercars. Complete services from pre-purchase to insur- MACK. PO Box 1766, Indian Trail, NC 28079. Three annual auctions in Charlotte, NC: April, September, and January. Selling Southern muscle, collector, and antique cars with experience and integrity for 24 years. North Carolina auction license 4017. www.tommackclassics .com. (NC) APPRAISALS Carlisle, and Chicago. Nobody Sells More Muscle Than Mecum. Nobody. www .mecumauction.com. (IL) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick, 760.320.3290, fax 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262. www.classiccarauction.com. (CA) RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, fax 519.351.1337. Our team of highly qualified professionals with over 25 years of experience will perform complete classic car collection appraisals. Your collection will be assessed by superior appraisers who are exceptionally detailed and want you to get the most value from your collection. RM is the world's largest vintage automobile house specializing in vintage automobile restoration, auctions and appraisals. www.rmauctions.com (CAN) USAppraisal. 703.759.9100. Over 25 years experience with collector automobiles, available nationwide. David H. Kinney, ASA (Accredited Senior Appraiser, American Society of Appraisers). dhkinney@usappraisal.com; www .usappraisal.com. (VA) INSPECTIONS Automobile Inspections LLC. 860.456.4048. The nation's premier provider of pre-purchase inspections on classic, exotic and specialty cars of any year, anywhere in the USA or Canada. Fast 72-hour turnaround! Hartford, CT. www.automobileinspections.com. (CT) AUTOMOBILIA Campbell Levy Designs LLC. 303.762.7936, fax 303.762.7937. Custom lamp designer and builder since 1974, specializing in crankshaft lamps with exotic wood, select hardwood or granite base. Hand polished or nickel plated. Your treasured crankshaft or one of ours. Proud to be a Colorado company. www .campbelllevydesigns.com.(CO) ance, donation, estate, expert witness. davidbrownell@adelphia .net. (VT) sion of the automobile together. www .jonathankendall.com. (MD) Kirk F. White. 386.427.6660, fax 386.427.7801. PO Box 999, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170. Always acquiring and conveying the very finest in early European tinplate automotive toys by Marklin, Bing, Carette, Gunthermann, etc. Further seeking tether racers such as Dooling, Alexander, B.B. Korn, Bremer, Matthews, McCoy, Cox Thimble Drome, O & R. Very highest prices paid for over 27 years. Periodic inventory shown at www .kirkfwhite.com. (FL) Spyder Enterprises. 831.659.5335, fax 831.659.5335. Since 1980, providing serious collectors with the finest selection of authentic, original vintage posters, pre-war thru mid-1960s; mainly focused on Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes, and racing. Producer of “Automobilia Monterey,” with 38-page list of memorabilia available. singer356@aol.com or www .vintageautoposters.com. (CA) 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.steveaustinsautomobilia .com. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations .com (OR) BUY/SELL/GENERAL 2shores International. 49-5691- 912460, fax 49-5691-912480. Based in Germany, working worldwide. Connecting buyers and sellers of collectible cars in a global market place. International Classic Car Events. Serving our clients with compassion, loyalty, and 15 years of experience. Your trusted partner in Europe! www.2-shores-classics.com (DE) Auto Collectors Garage, Inc. GMP. 800.536.1637. GMP offers the best value possible in accurately detailed diecast models through exhaustive research and development followed by uncompromising quality control standards in design, modeling, and manufacturing. We are the diecast leaders. Your collection starts here. www.gmpdiecast.com. (GA) Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. Specializing in mostly European vintage race and sports cars, especially classic Ferraris of the '50s and '60s as well as Mille Miglia-eligible sports cars. Always looking to buy fabulous classic cars. www.hamannclassiccars.com (CT) Jonathan Kendall LLC. 410.991.2288 Automotive-inspired gifts, handbags, and accessories. Jonathan highlights designs in unique, handcrafted art, fashion, and installations for the collector and the enthusiast. Give the gift of Art+Fashion+Design and enjoy the pas- 713.541.2281, fax 713.541.2286. 9848 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77074. For the best in interesting cars from the 1920s to the 1970s. We restore, buy, sell, service, appraise, locate, and inspect all makes and models. Serving the collector car field since 1979. www.autocollectorsgarage.com. (TX) Blackhawk Collection. 925.736.3444, fax 925.736.4375. Purveyors of rolling art. The Blackhawk Collection is one of the world's foremost companies specializing in the acquisition and sale of both American and European classic, coachbuilt, and one-of-a-kind automobiles. www.blackhawkcollection.com. (CA) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Offering a fine selection of classic European vehicles and a world-class restoration facility with two indoor showrooms in one 40,000-sq-ft building. Servicing the collector with over 30 years experience in buying, restoring, and selling. Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www .classicshowcase.com. (CA) Colin's Classic Automobiles. 414.964.3747. World-renowned for sellSports Car Market

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ing only the best investment-grade sports and muscle cars. Low volume, highest quality, easy to work with. Let Colin's experience in collecting, restoring, racing, evaluating, and showing cars work for you. Buy, sell, trade, restore. www .colinsclassicauto.com. (WI) Craig Brody Investment Motorcars. 954.646.8819. We buy, sell, trade, and consign only the highest-end original cars for the most demanding collectors. Visit our new showroom in Ft. Lauderdale; call ahead for a personal appointment to see the coolest selection of collector cars in the Southeast. www.investmentmotorcars .net. (FL) Dragone Classics. 203.335.4645. 1797 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06604. For 50+ years, the Dragone family has collected, sold, and revived the world's greatest cars, including many at Pebble Beach. Museums and collections depend on Dragone's knowledge, authenticity, and integrity. 60+ car inventory; manny@dragoneclassics .com, david@dragoneclassics.com; www.dragoneclassics.com. (CT) eBay Motors. Everyday drivers, col- lector cars, auto parts and accessories, motorcycles, and automobilia. List your car for sale for only $40 and pay $40 more when it sells. Every vehicle transaction is covered by $20,000 in free insurance. www.ebaymotors.com. Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555, fax 510.653.9754. 1145 Park Ave., Emeryville, CA 94608. Specializing in European collectible autos and racing cars from the 1920s to the 1970s, with over 50 cars in stock. Bruce Trenery has over 25 years experience in this business, based in the East Bay area. sales@fantasyjunction .com; www.fantasyjunction.com. (CA) Grand Prix Classics. 858.459.3500, fax 858.459.3512. 7456 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037. Specialize in the buying, selling, trading, and consignment of historic sports and racing cars. Been in business for 25 years and maintain an inventory of 15 to 20 historic cars. info@grandprixclassics.com; www .grandprixclassics.com. (CA) Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) Kidston SA. +41 22 740 1939, fax +41 22 740 1945. 7 avenue Pictet-de-Rochemont, 1207 Geneva Switzerland. Expert advice on all aspects of collecting including finance, insurance, and discreet guidance on selling or help finding the right motor car. Particularly strong contacts in the UK and central Europe, all multilingual and experienced (ex-Bonhams) staff. www.kidston.com. (UK) Kirk F. White. 386.427.6660, fax 386.427.7801. PO Box 999, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170. Always seeking and conveying select, exciting automobiles with a strong emphasis on vintage and contemporary hot rods and significant post-war sports cars, etc. Many years of acquiring superb, esoteric automobiles. Very highest prices paid. Periodic offerings may be reviewed at www.kirkfwhite .com. (FL) Legendary Motorcar Company. May 2007 905.875.4700. North America's premier muscle car center, specialized in restoring and trading the finest and rarest American muscle. Our 55,000 sq. ft facility and 100 car showroom is the ultimate car heaven and the home of Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.” www.legendarymotorcar.com. (ON) Motorcar Portfolio. 866.653.8900, 320 Market Ave S., Canton, OH 44702. America's only classic car dealer located in the lower level of the Canton Marriott McKinley Grand Hotel. Ever-changing collection of 100+ foreign and domestic cars. Model Ts through muscle cars, something for everyone's taste and pocketbook. We buy cars from special people—one or a whole collection. (OH) Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936, fax 413.436.9422. Rapid, hassle-free, coast-to-coast service. Insured, enclosed transport for your valuable car at affordable prices. State-of-the-art satellite transport tracking. Complete service for vintage races, auctions, relocations. www.intercitylines.com. (MA) COLLECTOR CAR FINANCING amount. No prorated claims, no hassles, no games. www.hagerty.com. (MI) J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified— J.C. Taylor Insurance will provide dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., even Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. (PA) Classic Car Financial. 877.527.7228, Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6092, fax 978.768.3523. Since 1978, offering restoration and sales of classic European sports and touring models from pre-war through 1960s. Successfully brokering Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar, BMW, Alfa Romeo. Guidance given with emphasis on building long-term relationships. Sales Manager Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell .com; www.paulrussell.com. (MA) ProTeam Corvette. 888.592.5086, fax 419.592.4242. Over 150 Corvettes 1953–2003; also Corvettes wanted. Free catalog. www.proteamcorvette.com; proteam@proteamcorvette.com. (OH) VIR Gallery. 336.210.5508. Qual- ity vintage street and race cars for sale. Located at Virginia International Raceway. Please contact Randall Yow, 1245 Pine Tree Rd., Alton, VA 24520. ryow@virclub.com; www.virgallery .com. (VA) CLASSIC CAR TRANSPORT Auto Transporting by P.C. Bear. 717.849.1585, 321.289.9368, 973.981.8385. Born 1941, car nut since 1943, transporting since 1994. For answers to all your questions, call the guy that loads and drives the truck. www.pcbeartransport.com. (PA) Concours Transport Systems. 702.361.1928, 253.973.3987, fax 702.269.0382. Enclosed auto transport nationwide. Liftgate loading, experienced personnel. Classic and exotic cars. Special events. Fully insured. All major credit cards accepted. Fred Koller, owner. fredkoller@concourstransport.com; www.concourstransport.com. (NV) Cosdel International. 415.777.2000, fax 415.543.5112. Now in its 46th year of international transport. Complete service, including import/export, customs clearances, DOT and EPA, air/ocean, loading and unloading of containers. Contact Martin Button: info@cosdel.com; www .cosdel.com. (CA) FedEx Custom Critical Passport Auto Transport. 800.325.4267, fax 314.878.7295. Fully enclosed transport from the industry originator. Specializing in events, including Pebble Beach, the Colorado Grand, and Barrett-Jackson. Liftgates for safe loading and winches for inoperable vehicles. Inquire about ultraexpedited, three-day, coast-to-coast service. www.passporttransport.com. (MO) fax 603.424.2117. The nation's fastest growing classic car financing company. We provide our customers with a pleasant and smooth process; person-to-person loans are our specialty. Highly competitive rates and terms with less-than-perfect credit considered. Call or apply online today. Dealer programs available. www.classiccarfinancial.com. (NH) J.J. Best Banc & Company. 800. USA.1965, fax 508.991.8329. The largest national leader on Antique, Classic, Exotic, Rod, and Sports Cars, with low rates starting at 4.99% and long terms. Call, fax, or e-mail your application today for quick ten-minute approval. Dealer inquiries welcome. www.jjbest.com. (MA) COLLECTOR CAR INSURANCE Aon Collector Car Insurance. 877.765.7790. We've protected collector cars for nearly 40 years. Our insurance packages provide more coverage for less money than is available through standard carriers. Substantially lower costs, with minimal usage restrictions, unlimited mileage, in-house claim handling, and online quoting and application. www .aon-collectorcar.com. Heacock Classics. 800.678.5173. We understand the passion and needs of the classic car owner; agreed value, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and paying by credit card. We provide classic car insurance at rates people can afford! Instant quotes at www.parishheacock .com. (FL) COLLECTOR CAR LEASING Premier Financial Services. 203.267.7700, fax 203.267.7773. With over 20 years of experience specializing in exotic, classic and vintage autos, our Lease Purchase plan is ideal for those who wish to own their vehicle at the end of the term, as well as those who like to change cars frequently. Our Simple Interest Early Termination plan allows you the flexibility of financing with the tax advantages of leasing. www.premierfinancialservices .com. (CT) Putnam Leasing. 866.905.3273, Never get in a car with strangers. Customtailored, lease-to-own financing for your dream car. Easy, fast, and dependable. Exclusive leasing agent for Barrett-Jackson, Cavallino, and the Ferrari Club of America 2004 International Meet. www .putnamleasing.com. (CT) RESTORATION – GENERAL Guy's Interior Restorations. Grundy Worldwide. 800.338.4005. With 60 years of experience in servicing and preserving the collector vehicle hobby, Grundy provides “The Gold Standard” of insurance, offering the most options to you: Agreed Value, No Model Year Limitation, Unlimited Mileage, and coverage options for Spare Parts, Trip Interruption, Towing and Labor Costs, Inflation Guard, and Auto Show Medical Reimbursement. Fast, immediate quotes: www.grundy.com. (PA) Hagerty Collector Car Insurance. 800.922.4050. Collector cars aren't like their late-model counterparts. These classics actually appreciate in value so standard market policies that cost significantly more won't do the job. We'll agree on a fair value and cover you for the full 503.224.8657, fax 503.223.6953. 431 NW 9th, Portland, OR 97209. Award-winning interior restoration. Leather dyeing and color matching. (OR) MosesLudel.Com, LLC. 775.463.5965. Thirty-eight years of authoritative mechanical expertise available to restorers and collectors of 1928–71 American classic and muscle cars. Blueprint engine, transmission, steering, and axle rebuilding. Restorative tuning and performance prepping. Protect your investment. See our Web site, www .mosesludel.com. The Healey Werks. 800.251.2113, 712.944.4900, fax 712.944.4940. Lawton, IA. Premier automobile restoration company specializing in exotic, European and classic cars. Complete structural and body reconstruction, upholstery, world-class paint/refinishing, engineering, prototyping 141

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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 x204 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. and mechanical services. Transport and logistical services available. www.healeywerks.com. (IA) Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700. You may have seen our award winning, show quality restorations on Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.” We will handle every stage of any restoration. Our 55,000 sq ft facility is specialized in extreme high-end restorations of rare America muscle cars. www.legendarymotorcar.com. (ON) land. Begins Friday evening with the Hot Rod Rendezvous; Saturday enjoy over 500 classic cars in downtown Lakeland and Lake Mirror. For more information about this FREE event or to pre-register, visit www.lakemirrorclassic.com. (FL) Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI. VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www.vintageracingservices.com, www .automotiverestorations.com. (CT) Autosport Designs Inc. 631.425.1555. Performance Restoration. 440.968.3655. High-quality paint, body, mechanical service. Discreet installation of a/c, cruise control, superchargers. Stock restorations done to exacting standards. Clean, well-equipped shop. Near I-90 since '96. We finish your projects. supercharged@alltel.net. (OH) Vantaaj Restoration & Re- pair. 866.440.0334, toll-free USA, 303.440.0334 in Colorado. A few dedicated enthusiasts, focused on repairing or restoring one or two cars at a time. We understand they are not mere automobiles; they are family. Please join our family. We are not for everyone—we are for you. www.vantaaj.com. (CO) The Winning Collection, Inc. 888.533.7223, (outside NC), 828.658.9090, fax 828.658.8656. Asheville, NC. Premier automobile restoration company specializing in classic, collector and historic cars of all make and models. 20+ years experience. State of the art, 22,000 sq. ft. facility in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Body-off, frameoff restoration and modification. Conversions. Complete metal, body, and machine shop. www.winningcollection.com. (NC) SPORTS AND COMPETITION Morris & Welford, LLC. 203.222.3861 or 203.722.3333 (Miles Morris), 949.260.1636 or 949.500.0585 (Malcolm Welford), fax 203.222.4992 or 949.955.3848. Specialist car consultants and high-end brokerage for important historic cars such as Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Duesenberg, Bugatti, and more. Offices on East and West Coasts. www.morrisandwelford.com. (CT) 3rd Annual Muscle Car 1000, 949.838.7076. October 7–12, 2007. This six-day luxury tour of Southern California includes exceptional muscle cars, exclusive activities, exquisite dinners, premium hotels, great friends, and fine wine. We're covering Orange County, San Diego, Palm Desert, Lake Arrowhead, Beverly Hills, and a great deal in between. Reserved for 1964-73 American muscle cars, 1962–68 Cobras, 1955–73 Corvettes. Apply early, as space is limited. www .musclecar1000.com (CA) William K. Vanderbilt Jr. Concours d'Elegance. July 27–29, 2007, at The Newport Mansions, featuring a Driver's Dinner honoring Sir Stirling Moss and Dan Gurney, Black & White Ball, Tour d'Elegance, and Concours. www .NewportMansions.org (RI) ENGLISH Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) AC AC Owner's Club Limited. 503.643.3225, fax 503.646.4009. US Registrar: Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. The world's largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership not required. Monthly magazine. (OR) JWF Restorations, Inc. 503.643.3225, fax 503.646.4009. Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 972254615. AC restoration specialist. 35 years experience. Partial to full restorations done to street or concours standards. (OR) Austin-Healey Austin-Healey Club USA. 888.4AHRM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, fax 519.351.1337. RM is the world's largest vintage automobile house specializing in vintage automobile restoration, auctions and appraisals; with expertise in sports and competitive classic cars such as Ferrari, Jaguar, Maserati, and Bugatti, as well as other sports and competition automobiles. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) VINTAGE EVENTS Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival. 863.683.1540. October 19–21, 2007. The Lake Mirror Classic is held in restored Lake Mirror Park and downtown Lake- 142 CUSA, fax 503.528.0533. 8002 NE Hwy 99, Ste B PMB 424, Vancouver, WA 98665-8813. Oldest national Austin-Healey club and factory club heritage. Members receive Austin-Healey Magazine, Resource Book, calendar, tech assistance, book discount. Annual dues still just $35. www.healey.org. (OR) Aston Martin Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959. 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) The largest independent Aston Martin sales, service, and restoration facility in the U.S.; everything under one roof. All models welcome. Large selection of parts for all Astons. Also specializing in Ferrari, Porsche, and other exotics. Tom Papadopoulos, Scott Rumbold. www.autosportdesigns.com. (NY) Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair, and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems, and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www .kevinkayrestorations.net. (CA) Rocky Santiago. 405.843.6117, fax 405.475.5079. E Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Specializing in Aston Martins, all years, all conditions. Buy/ sell/consign. If you are buying or selling, please call. Also have Healeys, MGs, Triumphs, etc. (OK) Jaguar Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Doc's Jags. 480.951.0777, fax 480.951.3339, Restoration Center 623.869.8777. 23047 N. 15 Lane, Phoenix, AZ. 85027. The world's BIGGEST and BEST Jaguar Web site. #1 in Jaguars WORLDWIDE. Largest inventory of all models. Ask for “DOC.” Email doc@docsjags.com, www.docsjags.com. Jaguar Clubs of North America. 888.CLUBJAG, JCNA, 1000 Glenbrook Road, Anchorage, KY 40223. The primary organization of Jaguar enthusiasts in the U.S. and Canada. 52 local clubs provide social and other activities. JCNA sponsors championships in concours, rally, slalom. Members receive bi-monthly Jaguar Journal magazine. www.jcna.com. (KY) Rolls-Royce/Bentley Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI. VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www.vintageracingservices.com, www .automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Hageman Motorcars. 206.954.1961, fax 425.287.0660. PO Box 554, Kirkland, WA 98033. Pre-war European autos, Bentley, and Rolls-Royce, specializing in vintage Bentleys. www.hagemanmotorcars.com. (WA) ALFA ROMEO Parts Centerline Alfa Parts. 888.750.ALFA (2532). Call for free catalog. New and used parts, accessories, restoration, modification, and information for Giulietta through 164. We know the cars and we have the parts. Visit www.centerlinealfa .com for frequent updates on new items. (CO) International Auto Parts. 800.788.4435, 434.973.0555, fax 434.973.2368. Est. 1971. Over 90,000 Alfa/Fiat/Lancia parts, 1956 to present, in stock, ready to ship. Fast, knowledgeable service and same-day shipping! Free 76page catalog. www.international-auto .com. (VA) Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. 510.525.9435, fax 510.524.3636. 1221 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710. Large selection of parts from 1900 series to Milano. Efficient, personal service. (CA) Performance Motoring Associates. 831.338.9703, fax 831.338.2031. 12895 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006. Over 20 Alfa Romeos in stock, ready for your custom restoration. Specialists in vintage race car preparation for over 20 years. Sebring suspensions and lightweight body panels for 750, 101, and 105 series Sprints, Spiders, and GTVs. alleake@aol.com; www.alfaromeorestorations.com. (CA) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, fax 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for original, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit www.reoriginals.com for complete listing. (TX) Repairs/Restoration Dan Sommers' Veloce Motors. 503.274.0064. 1425 NW Flanders, Portland, OR 97209. More than two decades of helping Alfa, Ferrari, and Lamborghini owners keep their cars on the road while not emptying their bank accounts. Other Italian cars serviced as well. (OR) Nasko's Imports. 503.771.1472, 5409 SE Francis, Portland, OR 97206. Alfas, BMWs and Mercedes our speciality. Oldest Alfa repair facility in Oregon. Ask about our used sports cars for sale. Fast work, fair prices. (OR) FERRARI/MASERATI/LAMBORGHINI Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI. VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www.vintageracingservices.com, www .automotiverestorations.com. (CT) Carozzeria Granturismo Mi- lano (Italy). +39.93909285-6, fax +39.02.93908420. Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo, and Lancia. Structural chassis restoration, body restoration, and manufacturing of aluminum and steel body trim and panels. We bring automobiles to exacting original specifications. High-class paint jobs; one-off prototype manufacturing. info@gtmilano.it. (IT) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration Sports Car Market

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facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Family Classic Cars. 949.496.3000, fax 949.488.0523. Family Classic Cars specializes in highly rare and valuable vintage Ferraris, fine European cars, classics, hot rods, muscle cars, and modern exotics. Located in San Juan Capistrano, CA, Family Classic Cars is all about selling dreams and investments. sales@familyclassiccars.com; www.familyclassiccars.com. Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. Specializing in mostly European vintage race and sports cars, especially classic Ferraris of the '50s and '60s as well as Mille Miglia-eligible sports cars. Always looking to buy fabulous classic cars. www.hamannclassiccars.com. (CT) Michael Sheehan. 949.646.6086, fax 949.646.6978. Always looking for cars to buy, from rare one-offs to serial production ordinaries. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus. Buyers, let me use my 20,000-car database to help you find a car, or verify the history of one you are looking at. www.ferraris-online.com. (CA) Randy Simon. 310.274.7440, fax 310.274.9809. I constantly collect and sell all Ferraris, Maseratis, and Lamborghinis. If I don't have what you seek, I can usually find it for you (at low prices). Please call anytime for straight advice on the market. Finder's fee gladly paid. simonrandy@aol.com. (CA) Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo. 800.547.4455, 503.255.7560. Service and parts, 800.944.6483, 503.257.9655. 203 NE 122nd Ave., Portland, OR 97230. America's oldest and most dedicated Ferrari dealer. New and used exotic cars. Also, huge parts department with fast, fast service. www.rtgt.com. (OR) Symbolic Motor Car Company. 858.454.1800. As the world's premier dealer of exotic, collectible, racing and touring automobiles, our highly trained staff has the experience to get you into some of the finest automobiles in the world. Visit us at www.symbolicmotors .com. (CA) GERMAN BMW Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI. VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www.vintageracingservices.com, www .automotiverestorations.com. (CT) Mercedes-Benz Alex Dearborn. 978.887.6644, fax 978.887.3889. Topsfield, MA. Buying, selling and trading vintage Mercedes. Specializing in 300SLs. Large database of older M-Bs. www.dearbornauto.com. (MA) Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI. VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest and race cars. Sales, restoration and transportation. www.vintageracingservices.com, www .automotiverestorations.com. (CT) May 2007 143 Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www .classicshowcase.com. (CA) Gull Wing Group International, Gary Estep. 530.891.5038 fax. 776 Cessna, Chico, CA 95928. Dedicated to the enjoyment and preservation of 1954 to 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupes and roadsters. Member benefits include: twelve monthly magazines per year plus a national convention that rotates its location around the country. gestep3457@aol .com. (CA) Porsche 73rs.com. 310.927.3193. Specializing exclusively in early classic Porsche 911 motor cars, 1965–73. Over 35 years experience in buying and selling only the finest 911s. Cars actively purchased for top money. jack@73rs.com. (CA) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, Sicurvet- ro windshields for Porsche 356. Speedster bucket seats, driving seats for all models. www.reoriginals.com. (TX) AMERICAN ProTeam Corvette. 888.592.5086, 419.592.4242. Box 606, Napoleon, OH 43545. Corvettes—over 150 mostly 1953 to 1967s. World's largest. 90,000 sq. ft. The Holy Grail of Corvette collections. Money back guarantee. Free catalog. NCRS #136, SEMA, AMRO. proteam@proteamcorvette.com. www .proteamcorvette, www.corvetteswanted .com. (OH) Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) Legendary Motorcar Company 905.875.4700. North America's premier muscle car center, specialize in restoring and trading the finest and rarest American muscle cars. We are the home of Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.” We are a professional, discreet, and fair buyer for your quality American Muscle. www.legendarymotorcar.com. (ON) Griot's Garage. 800.345.5789. The ultimate online store for automotive accessories and car care products. www. griotsgarage.com (WA) HotSeat Chassis Inc. 877.GAME. TRX. 111 Napco Dr., Plymouth, CT 06786. HotSeat Chassis Inc., produces HotSeat Solo, Racer, and HotSeat PC Gamer. Creating a total immersion, arcade like experience in the home, the HotSeat envelopes the player in ultra-realistic 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound between its 6 high-powered speakers. (CT) Shelby Shelby American Automobile Club. 860.364.0449, fax 860.364.0769. PO Box 788, Sharon, CT 06069. Over 5,000 members, 50 regions throughout the world. Dedicated to the care and preservation of the cars that Carroll Shelby produced. Two national conventions a year, semi-annual magazine, bi-monthly newsletter as well as a registry. (CT) PARTS AND ACCESSORIES Covercraft Industries. 800.4.COV- ERS (426.8377). World's largest manufacturer of custom vehicle covers. Over 58,000 patterns in our library and we can custom make a cover to your dimensions. Thirteen (13) fabrics for indoor/outdoor protection of your classic or daily driver. Made in USA. www.covercraft.com. (OK) Greatwest Lubricants. 888.838.6308. Authorized dealer for premium Amsoil synthetic lubrication and filtration products. Protect your investment with the finest lubrication products available and benefit from lower operating costs and extended oil change intervals. All products can be ordered online and shipped from U.S. & Canadian distribution centers. www.greatwestlubricants.ca. (CAN) in styles from famous racing drivers of the '40s and '50s. www.rossocorsausa .com. (IT) GARAGE/TOOLS Baldhead Cabinet Company. 877.966.2253. Offering a fine selection of quality metal garage cabinets suitable for shop and residential garage applications. SS and custom colors available. Many modules to choose from. Call for a custom quote and drawing. See ad in this issue. www.baldheadcabinets.com. (CA) Deltran Battery Tender. 386.736.7900. Our chargers are the most technologically advanced in the world. Microprocessor-controlled fully automatic “smart chip” charging applies the correct logic to extend battery life significantly! Safe, dependable and will not over-charge your car battery! www .batterytender.com. (FL) ANTIQUES Solvang Antique Center. 805.688.6222. California's Premier Antique Collective features 65 extraordinary dealers. Quality 18th and 19th century furniture, decorative accessories, fine art and estate jewelry. One of the finest selections of antique clocks, watches and music boxes in the world. www.solvangantiques .com. (CA) REAL ESTATE J.R. Rouse Real Estate. 831.645.9696 ext. 100, 831.277.3464, fax 831.645.9357. Connecting car enthusiasts with homes on the Monterey Peninsula. jr@jrrouse.com; www.jrrouse.com. (CA) TRAVEL Steve Austin's Automobilia & Rosso Corsa. Modena, Italy. Unique handmade products. Limited-production sport watches, each with its own chassis number. Free engraving / personalization. Car and boat totes, handmade silk ties in racing team colors. Vintage leather jackets 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. www.steveaustinsautomobilia.com. (OR)u

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Carl Bomstead Crude But Effective Husky oil can sells for $1,125, double-size Marathon can cheap at $2,424 EBAY #320079016341— T hings are changing at eBay. In the past, bidders were identified by their eBay handles, so you find out what “Bigbucks” was bidding on and what he had purchased in the past. Over time you develop a pretty good list of people who were chasing the same stuff you were, what they were ing and where. But eBay is now phasing in a process of identifying bidders by number, so rather determining what your friendly competitor has been up to, he is now identified simply as Bidder 3. I think privacy takes precedence here and laud the change. Here are a few items I found this month, some weird and some not so. EBAY #190080908613— ONE QUART HUSKY OIL CAN. Number of bids: 8. SOLD : $1,125. Date sold: 2/14/2007. As a general statement, oil cans have been soft of late but the high end examples have been more than holding there own. There are three versions of this Husky can, with an orange background being the most elusive. Price paid was up there but not out of line, considering the condition. The task ahead is now finding the other two in comparable shape. EBAY #250080528189— VINTAGE AC SPARK PLUG CLEANER. Number of bids: 22. SOLD AT: $412. Date sold: 2/12/2007. These date from the '50s and this example was in very nice condition considering how it was used. The old plugs were cleaned by sand blasting, re-gapped by hand, and reused. Some marketing genius finally realized they would sell more plugs if they just threw away the old ones and these machines became obsolete. Price paid here seems more than reasonable for a cool piece of automotive history. Even included a bag of the sand. EBAY #180085395985—VELTEX PORCELAIN GAS PUMP PLATE. Number of bids: 27. SOLD AT: $1,775.50. Date sold: 2/19/2007. Veltex was the brand name for the Fletcher Oil Company that was headquartered in Boise, Idaho, and operated service stations throughout the West Coast until the '60s. Anything with the Veltex logo is coveted by the gas and oil guys, but this transaction was well over the top. These are not that uncommon and consistently sell in the $750–$1,000 range. I've no idea what happened here, but if buyer wants another, he can have mine at this price. MARATHON “OILWELL” ONE GALLON CAN. Number of bids: 22. SOLD : $2,424.99. Date sold: 2/13/2007. This 15” Marathon oil can, with oil derrick graphics, dates to the early teens and tops the desirability charts for oil cans. This one was in outstanding shape, and these are very hard to find in decent condition, so it was surprising this one did not sell for another $500 or so. EBAY #120082235017—BOX OF TEN GILMORE OIL MATCHBOOKS. Number of bids: 13. SOLD AT: $313.88. Date sold: 2/8/2007. Unused Gilmore matchbooks sell in the $20 range so that gives an idea of the value of the box. The graphics are striking and Gilmore Oil stuff is at the top of the list. I've been looking for one of these for years and placed an eSnipe bid that was far in excess of the final bid but alas, technology let me down and my quest continues. EBAY #280081537463— DODGE MAGNUM NAIAS MEDIA KIT. Number of bids: 1. SOLD AT $1.75. Enterprising automotive journalists are now, after completing their arduous assignments at the major auto shows, scarfing up as many media kits as they can carry and offering them on eBay when they return to their hotel in the evening. This guy got what he deserved for this one, but unfortunately he still came out okay, as he charged $9 for shipping and handling. EBAY MOTORS #320082539905—1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MK II. Number of bids: 54. SOLD AT: $40,101. Date sold: 2/20/2007. Mark IIs are finally coming into their own after they languished in the $20,000 range forever. On this one the interior had been redone in vinyl rather than the original leather, the door fit looked a bit off, and the new exhaust had not been routed through the rear bumper outlet. Fixable at a price but makes you wonder what other shortcuts may have been taken. A buddy bought this Mk II after talking to the owner at length and obviously feeling comfortable with the package, so for his sake let's hope those were the only issues. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market magazine (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Keith Martin Publications, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and additional entries. Subscription rates are $58 for 12 monthly issues in the US, $78 Canada/Mexico, Europe $88, Asia/Africa/Middle East $98. Subscriptions are payable in advance in US currency. Make check� 146 POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market

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