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Legal Files: A Tax Law to Love For Two Years Keith Martin's 235 Collector Cars Rated Stampede $225k Sports Car Market DINO The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and T • Collier: Which Carrera to Collect • SCMers Weigh in: Color Change Your E-type? • Bugatti Type 51 Bitsa Rides Race History to $1.3m DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE! FEATURING VIDEOS OF SELECT VEHICLES CLASSIC CAR MAGAZINE IN THE VOTED THE BEST 2011 WORLD www.about.com


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Sports Car Market Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends 54 1969 Chevrolet Camaro L89 Pace Car May 2011 . Volume 23 . Number 5 56 1933 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix IN-DEPTH PROFILES What You Need To Know FERRARI (VIDEO) 42 1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Berlinetta—$225,070/Artcurial The 246 Dino is probably the sexiest street Ferrari to ever come out of Maranello, and that's why we lust after this 39-year-old, “almost Ferrari” like a 16-year-old lusts after a lingerie model Steve Ahlgrim ENGLISH (VIDEO) 48 1959 Austin-Healey 100-6 Jamaican—$56,257/Artcurial The reality was that creating a good finished car required that you rebuild the body, suspension, engine, and transmission of your clapped-out, 10-year-old Healey Gary Anderson ETCETERINI (VIDEO) 50 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Prototipo Berlinetta —$128,540/Bonhams If it were not built by Ludovico Chizzola—and if its where abouts since creation were not documented—this car would probably have the value of a nice 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia GT Donald Osborne GERMAN (VIDEO) 52 1957 BMW Isetta 300 convertible—$40,700/Barrett-Jackson In recent years, with the rise of Fiat Jolly mania, Isettas have made a comeback Donald Osborne AMERICAN (VIDEO) 54 1969 Chevrolet Camaro L89 Pace Car convertible —$153,700/Mecum The new owner can sleep well knowing that this is one of only a handful of genuine L89 Pace Cars extant Dale Novak RACE (VIDEO) 56 1933 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix—$1,285,403/Bonhams It's a weapons-grade version of an extremely collectable car; your entry will be welcome anywhere, and you don't need to worry about damaging history Thor Thorson Cover photograph: Artcurial GLOBAL AUCTION COVERAGE 235 Cars Examined and Rated at Five Sales MECUM AUCTIONS 60 Kissimmee, FL: Mecum rides a recovering market to sell $41m over five days in Kissimmee's Osceola Heritage Park Dale Novak BONHAMS 80 Paris, FRA: Bugattis lead the day at Bonhams' $12m Grand Palais sale Jérôme Hardy ARTCURIAL 92 Paris, FRA: Artcurial pulls out all the stops at Rétromobile, with 79 cars making $9.3m, with a 1937 Bugatti Type 57 C Atalante leading the way at $790k Donald Osborne WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS 104 Atlantic City, NJ: Worldwide takes a gamble in Atlantic City, with a payoff of selling 32 cars for $2.9m Chip Lamb RALEIGH CLASSIC 118 Raleigh, NC: The Raleigh Classic sees 65% of its lots sell, led by a 1934 Packard at $108k Chip Lamb EBAYMOTORS 134 Cool Coupes and Weird Wagons Geoff Archer


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30 Investment path of the 2004 Carrera GT COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears The Allure of the Automobile, a world-class exhibition of 16 world-class cars, is coming to the Portland Art Museum this summer, and we'd like SCM readers to join us Keith Martin 26 Affordable Classic: 1975-76 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega Road testers commented favorably on the car's handling but were lukewarm about the performance, with 0-60 mph times of 12.5 seconds Rob Sass 28 Legal Files New tax laws with a two-year shelf life can save your heirs big bucks when it comes to your car collection—and save you big bucks if you sell a collector car John Draneas 46 Sheehan Speaks My most recent major accident inspection was a 430 Spider in Newport Beach which spun at about 100 mph and crossed a center divider, hitting an oncoming tow truck Michael Sheehan 146 eWatch Justin Bieber makes it into eWatch, which means his fame has just jumped the shark Carl Bomstead DEPARTMENTS 12 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 14 The Inside Line: 16th Annual Keels and Wheels 16 Contributors: Get to know our writers 18 You Write, We Read: More on the $20k Porsche; Muscle car values 20 Display Advertisers Index 22 Time Pieces: Breitling Chronomat 22 Neat Stuff: Concours prep in a bag, a cool Indy 500 stamp 24 In Miniature: 1970 Ferrari Dino 246 GT 24 Book Review: Porsche: A History of Excellence 132 Fresh Meat: 2010 Porsche Panamera Turbo; 2010 Ferrari California 135 Glovebox Notes: 2011 Kia Sportage EX AWD 136 Mystery Photo: “I knew being parked all night at a bar could get me into trouble” 136 Comments with Your Renewal: “There is very little regarding Alfas…” 137 SCM Weekly Poll Results: The Best Buy from Mecum Kissimmee 138 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 142 Resource Directory: Meet your car's needs SCM Digital Bonus Additional Seat Time contributions, videos and images are available in this issue's Digital Edition, included with every print subscription. To sign up for your Digital Issue, go to www.sportscarmarket.com/digital or call 503.261.0555 ext. 1 FEATURES 30 Collecting Thoughts: What Porsche path will the 2004 Carrera GT follow? 32 Cavallino Classic: Ferraris in the Florida sun 33 Rétromobile: The gearhead's mid-winter place to be seen 34 Boca Raton Concours: Jay Leno, the Unsers and sunshine 36 Insider's View: Should this 1967 Jaguar E-type change colors? 40 From the Paddock: If you have an expensive exotic, like a Maserati Birdcage, here are places to learn how to drive at speed


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin The Allure of the Automobile this, and we would like you to join us. We have created an “SCM Friends of Allure” group, with three levels of membership, ranging from $150 to $1,000. Joining our group offers a variety of benefits, from private showings to our exclusive SCM Evening with Allure at the museum. To become a part of the SCM Allure gang, go to www.sportscarmarket.com/ allure. Of course, I encourage you and your business to become a 1930 Bentley Speed Six Gurney Nutting Coupe at the Portland Art Museum this summer P ortland, Oregon is a quaint town. Bicyclists swarm in their own lanes, groups of runners go clomping by like gazelles or hippos— depending on their body mass—and there always seem to be a few happy people in line at the medicinal marijuana dispensaries. Given its tree-hugging reputation, it comes as a surprise to some that the car culture, and especially the old-car culture, runs strong and deep through this city, the world headquarters of SCM, on the Willamette River. And this summer, the Portland Art Museum is hosting a world-class exhibition of world-class automobiles, The Allure of the Automobile. It will run from June 11 through September 11. SCM is playing a significant part in helping this exhibition come to fruition, and we'd like to ask you, our readers, to join us. Allure Selected by the Washington Post as one of the 10 best exhibitions in the U.S. for 2010 after its successful run at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the exhibit is of 16 extraordinary vehicles, including a 1937 MercedesBenz 540K Special Roadster, a 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante, a Porsche 550 Prototype, a 1958 Corvette Sting Ray Prototype, a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Competition SWB and more. The complete list, with photos and owners, can be found at www.portlandartmuseum.org. While many of these cars may be familiar to SCM readers, seeing them in one place—and thoughtfully displayed—in art galleries, in a respected cultural institution like the Portland Art Museum will allow collectors to view them in a new light. Further, it will give all of us a chance to bring our friends—who might not have had the chance to go to Pebble Beach or Amelia Island, where these cars might normally be seen—to learn something about the significant role these cars have played in automotive history. Ken Gross is the curator of this event, and with his unmatched knowl- edge of the car community, as well as his consummate good taste, you can imagine just how powerful this exhibit will be. Cars in the Park and Jay Leno The Portland Art Museum has added a new component to the exhibit: Cars in the Park. For twelve Saturdays, the street in front of the Portland Art Museum will be closed, and 100 carefully chosen collector cars will be on display. There is a focus to each Saturday, including Italian cars (with some important Ferraris coming from Seattle and collections in Portland), German cars, English cars, Muscle Cars and more. Marque specialists have helped choose the cars, and the display will be a fitting visual prelude to the exhibit inside. As you can imagine, there will be an ongoing series of galas, seminars, guided tours and panel discussions; Jay Leno is coming up for an evening. Join SCM's Friends of Allure All of this comes at a cost; the Portland Art Museum has set a fund- raising goal of $650,000 to support this exhibit. SCM is fully committed to 10 friend of SCM Allure and the museum at a higher level; if you are interested in exploring that please email me directly, keith. martin@sportscarmarket.com or call 503.261.0555 x 210 and I'll happily discuss options with you. Heck, at the right contribution level we might throw in a weekend's use of one, two or three of our fleet of MGBs! Some cars are art, and having art cars in the Portland Art Museum is a one-time opportunity to celebrate some of the finest contributions that the automobile has made to our culture. Join me and SCM in supporting the Allure, and we'll have a great time—with great cars—in a great setting this summer. Florida Whirlwind I'm just back in the office after my annual two-week visit to the land of fried gator bits and $6 lattes. It started at the Auctions America event in Fort Lauderdale, where we filmed four episodes of “What's My Car Worth” for broadcast on HD Theater starting in July. I was quite impressed by the manner in which the auction was pre- sented—and the cars on offer. Along with the expected Cobras, Ferraris and muscle cars were a few lots that made me slightly crazy—including a Series IIA 109 Land Rover restored to better-than-new condition, a very tidy Alfa GT Jr. and an Alfa-powered 1952 Devin Special, which is a perfect ticket to the Colorado Grand or the California Mille. New this year on “What's My Car Worth” are road tests of the cars we cover, so I had the chance to drive a barn-find 1963 Cobra (sold at $467,500) and a 1969 COPO Camaro 427 (sold at $79,750). Evan Williams, the son of the producer of WMCW, Roger Williams, immediately fell in love with a new-old Mini Cooper. Badged as a 1967, it was handsome in willow green, had aggressive flared fenders and a quartet of driving lights on the front bumper. After spiriting bidding, it went to his garage in Connecticut for $19,800, which is well-bought in my opinion. At total sales of over $17m, the event should be rated a success by all involved. Then it was up the always-tedious I-95 to the always-delightful Amelia Island. We shot four more episodes at the $17.8m Gooding Auction, and my behind-the-wheel opportunities included the Bill Gilham-restored 1961 Alfa Sprint Speciale that set a world record at $154,000, a 1953 Siata 208 CS coupe (sold at $605,000), another 289 Cobra (unsold at $350,000), a 1957 Bel Air Sport Coupe (sold at $45,100) and a 1971 Oldsmobile 442 convertible (sold at $36,300). Not a bad day away from the office. Saturday I lollygagged around the RM Auction and watched Max Girardo—working single-handedly—hammer down $24m in sales. The one-two punch of Gooding on Friday and RM on Saturday has clearly energized the buyers and sellers in Florida; we'll have a complete report in the next issue. By Sunday, it was time to put on my judging hat, and the cars in my class included two Alfa 6C 2500s, a Lea-Francis, two Abarths, a Jag XK 120 and a Porsche 356. This was perhaps the most difficult class I have judged, as there were so many near-perfect cars entered. In the end, the 1952 Abarth 1500 Biposto coupe, known as B.A.T. 1 for its similarities to B.A.T.s 5, 7 and 9, waltzed home with the Best-In-Class Trophy. This was the 16th Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, and thank you again, Mr. Bill Warner, for having the vision and the fortitude to create this car show that brings so many like-minded people together, in an elegant and attractive setting. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Tony Piff Last year: 1,034/1,572 cars sold / $43.4m More than 2,000 cars are Auctions America by RM at Auburn, IN Auctions America by RM—Auburn Spring Where: Auburn, IN When: May 12-15 More: www.auctionsamerica.com America by RM debuted their 235-acre Auburn Auction Park over the 2010 Labor Day weekend to great success, selling 400 cars for $13m. Over four days, as many as 1,000 cars will cross the block, as well as a selection of vintage motorcycles and memorabilia. The featured early consignment is an unrestored 1940 GM Futurliner bus, estimated at $450k-$600k. Carlisle Events will also host a swap meet and car corral. MidAmerica—Minnesota Classic Car Auction and Antique Cycle Auction Where: St. Paul, MN When: May 14 More: www.midamericaauctions. com MidAmerica sales are always a great place for a great deal, and this spring's St. Paul sale will be no different. At the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, expect a selection of muscle cars Mecum—Dana Mecum's Original Spring Classic Where: Indianapolis, IN When: May 17-22 More: www.mecum.com 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: tony.piff@sportscarmarket.com. APRIL 2—COYS Essen, GER 7-8—TOM MACK Charlotte, NC 7-9—BARRETTJACKSON West Palm Beach, FL 8-9—BRANSON Branson, MO 8-9—LEAKE/DAN KRUSE CLASSICS San Antonio, TX 12 8-10—COLLECTOR CAR PRODUCTIONS Ontario, CAN 11—BONHAMS Hendon, UK 13—H&H Buxton, UK 16—CHEFFINS Cambridge, UK 18-19—BARONS Surrey, UK 23—SPECIALTY AUTO AUCTIONS Brighton, CO 24—BONHAMS Staffordshire, UK (Motorcycles) 28-30—CARLISLE Carlisle, PA 30—WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS Seabrook, TX MAY 2—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 7—BONHAMS Sydney, AUS 11—SILVER Spokane, WA 11—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, UK 12-15—AUCTIONS AMERICA BY RM Auburn, IN 13-14—MIDAMERICA St. Paul, MN 13-14—VICARI New Orleans, LA 14—COYS Ascot, UK and classics ready to be used and enjoyed, some inexpensive projects, and a few show cars. While you're at it, pick up a vintage motorcycle at the Antique Cycle Auction. Bonhams & Butterfields—The Quail Motorcycle Gathering Where: Carmel, CA When: May 14 More: www.bonhams.com Last year: 50/83 motorcycles sold / $862k The Quail Lodge hosts this vintage motorcycle auction as the sister sale to Bonhams' car event in August. For the third annual event, star consignment is a 1971 Husqvarna 400 once owned by Steve McQueen—Husqvarna is said to have been the film star's preferred brand for off-road riding. Included with the bike is a wooden trunk of accessories owned by McQueen. will cross the block at Mecum's Spring Classic, which is said to be the world's largest collector car auction. Muscle cars are the stars, but there's sure to be something for everyone. Headliners include the 1967 Nickey/Bill Thomas 427 Super Camaro; a pair of 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV hard tops, a 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona said to be unrestored with 26,000 original miles, and a 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 convertible known as “the Shelby Demonstrator.” Bonhams—Les Grandes Marques à Monaco Where: Monaco, MCO When: May 20 More: www.bonhams.com Last year: 40/66 cars sold / $3.6m Bonhams' 25th annual Monaco sale will again be held at the Musée des Voitures du Prince, where the expansive car collection of Prince Rainier III is kept. European sports and luxury cars will dominate the sale. Last year, many changed hands in the sub-$20k range, while a dozen or so sold for hundreds of thousands. RM—Villa d'Este Where: Cernobbio, IT When: May 21 More: www.rmauctions.com This new sale, held alongside the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, inaugurates RM as the official auction house of the well-established concours. The banks of Lake Como at the Spazio Villa Erba will serve as the perfect backdrop for this 14—CHEFFINS Norfolk, UK 14—VANDERBRINK Sioux Falls, SD 14—BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS Carmel, CA (Motorcycles) 17-22—MECUM Indianapolis, IN 20—BONHAMS Monaco, MCO 21—RM Cernobbio, IT 21—BONHAMS Newport Pagnell, UK 21—BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS Port Townsend, WA JUNE 3-4 —MOTOEXOTICA St. Louis, MO 5—BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS Greenwich, CT 6-7—BARONS Surrey, UK 8—H&H Buxton, UK 10-12—LEAKE Tulsa, OK 11—VANDERBRINK Adams, ND 13—ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA hand-selected group of premium cars, with average value near €1m ($1,377,300). Offerings are sure to include blue-chip European luxury and sports cars and Italian exotics. Recent handpicked entries include a 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Pinin Farina coupe and a rare 1965 Ford GT Works prototype roadster. Bonhams—Aston Martin and Lagonda Works Service Where: Newport Pagnell, UK When: May 21 More: www.bonhams.com Last year: 35/46 cars sold / $6.6m At this twelfth-annual all-Aston and Lagonda sale, featured consignments include a barn-find 1963 Aston Martin DB4 convertible, in storage since 1979, and a 2010 recreation of a 1971 Aston Martin DBR2 bodied in aluminum and said to be lighter and stiffer than the original DBR2. Bonhams—The Don and Lynette Short Collection Where: Port Townsend, WA When: May 21 More: www.bonhams.com Port Towsend, located on the Olympic peninsula across the Puget Sound from Seattle, will host this large collection of brass-era autos. Star lots include a 1920 Stutz Bearcat formerly owned by William Harrah of Harrah's casinos, a 1929 Stutz Blackhawk Roadster, a 1919 Pierce-Arrow Series 31 fourpassenger roadster, and a 1905 Locomobile Type E Tourer. Also offered will be seven Stutz engines, including what is thought to be the only complete Greuter/ Excelsior unit. ♦ 23—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 17-18—MECUM St. Paul, MN 18—SILVER Coeur d'Alene, ID 18—BONHAMS London, UK 23—RM Oxford, UK 24-25—MECUM St. Charles, IN 24-25—RALEIGH CLASSIC Raleigh, NC 24-26—BARRETTJACKSON Orange County, CA 25—SPECIALTY AUTO AUCTION Sioux Falls, SD Sports Car Market


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Inside Line Chester Allen Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com. Calendar April 28-May 1—The Classic Motorsports Mitty (GA) www.hsrrace.com April 28-May 1—VSCDA Spring Brake Driver's School & Races (MI) www.vscda.org April 29-May 1—Keels and Wheels (TX) www.keels-wheels.com 11-15—Mille Miglia (ITA) www.1000miglia.eu 12-15—Auburn Spring Swap Meet (IN) www.carlisleevents.com Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours on the Avenue returns Industry News ■ After a difficult, off-and-on 2010, the Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours on the Avenue is gearing up for what promises to be a stellar event on August 16, 2011. Organizers say impressive entry applications for this popular, casual concours on the streets of Carmel, CA, are already arriving. This year's featured marques are 1948-1989 Porsches and 1947-1989 Ferraris. This event, which happens on Ocean Avenue in downtown Carmel, is a charming, fun start to Monterey Car Week, and the free admission is the best deal on the Peninsula. www.carmelconcours.com. (CA) Events ■ The 16th Annual Keels and Wheels Concours d'Elegance, which runs from April 29 through May 1 in Seabrook, TX, will once again feature the largest collection of classic cars and wooden boats in the United States. This year's event celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500, along with Century boats and the 50th Anniversary of the Century Sabre. Publisher Martin returns as emcee for the third year in a row. Worldwide Auctioneers will hold a collector car auction in conjunction with Keels and Wheels on May 1. www.keelswheels.com. (TX) ■ “A Century of Racing at Isle of Man” is the theme of The 14 Quail Motorcycle Gathering at Quail Lodge in Carmel, CA, on May 14. This annual celebration of two-wheeled passion will offer spectacular displays of classic sports and racing bikes on the Driving Range lawn. Food and drink is always a highlight of any Quail event, and the lodge chefs plan a barbecue lunch created with fresh ingredients from local farms. Tickets are $65 for adults; $15 for children 12 and younger. www.quaillodgeevents.com. (CA) ■ The Marin Sonoma Concours rolls into a third year at the Marin County Fairgrounds in San Rafael, CA, on May 15. This year's event features vintage travel trailers and campers, a 100th Anniversary Chevrolet Showcase and classic wooden boats. Rolls-Royce is the featured marque, and Stutz cars will also have a share of the spotlight. “The Drive,” a motoring event, is scheduled for May 14. All proceeds benefit Hospice by the Bay. Tickets are $20, and admission is free for kids younger than 16. www.marinsonomaconcours. org. (CA) ■ Southern New England— the natives do not say “y'all”—is the setting for the 19th running of the New England 1000, which is one of the best vintage rallies anywhere. This fun rally runs from May 22 to 27, and everything starts at the famous Mohonk Mountain House near New Paltz, NY. The 50 cars, drivers and navigators will motor through the Catskill and Berkshire mountains to Newport, RI. More driving along mountain roads leads to Lenox, MA, and back to Mohonk Mountain House. This rally is famous for great food, hotels and fellowship, and Porsche cars are along—just in case your car suffers a breakdown. Tour mechanics will quickly get injured cars back on the road. $5,495 double occupancy. www.vintagerallies. com. (NY) ■ The Ferrari Club of America's Southwest Region will host the 2011 Concorso Ferrari on the world-famous Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, CA, on May 22. About 140 classic and modern Ferraris will decorate the street, including a 1956 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta. Awards will be presented in ten classes, and a panel of 30 experts will judge the cars. www.fca-sw. org. (CA) ♦ 14—Quail Motorcycle Gathering (CA) www.quaillodgeevents.com 14-15—Carlisle Performance & Style (PA) www.carlisleevents.com 15—Marin Sonoma Concours (CA) www.marinsonomaconcours.org 20-22—CSRG Rolling Thunder (CA) www.csrgracing.org 22-27—19th Annual New England 1000 (NY) www.vintagerallies.com 27-29—Jim Clark Historic Rally (UK) www.jimclarkrally.com 29—Indianapolis 500 (IN) www.indy500.com Event The New England 1000 Sports Car Market


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SCM Contributors ROBERT AMES, SCM Contributor, is a real estate developer and recovering banker who has been active in auto racing and collecting for the past 50 years. His collection includes an Alfa 6C 1750 Super Sport, Ferrari 250 GT Lusso, Austin-Healey 100S, Porsche Speedster, Lotus 19, HRG and the obligatory '32 Ford Roadster. He is a seasoned veteran of London to Brighton. He has held an SCCA National competition license for 40 years and is a founder of Portland International Raceway, where he spends most summer weekends. He is also hopelessly addicted to the vintage sights and sounds of Lord March's Goodwood Revival. You'll find his take on the 2011 Rétromobile on p. 33. STEVE AHLGRIM, SCM Contributing Editor, has been a car guy since he raced his first quarter midget at age 10. A 17-year stint with the former Atlanta Ferrari dealership, FAF Motorcars, gave him the background for a career in the Ferrari business, and he now manages a Ferrari parts house, consults on Ferraris, and brokers a few cars. He has been involved in concours judging for more than 20 years and is Chief Judge of the Celebration Exotic Car Festival. The Ahlgrims are a Ferrari family; his wife, Chris, is Membership Services and Advertising Director for the Ferrari Club of America, Steve is Vice President, and their son, Alex, is starting to judge. Ahlgrim has been contributing to SCM for six years, and on p. 42 of this issue you'll find his take on the sale of a 1972 Ferrari 246 GT Dino Berlinetta. MILES C. COLLIER, SCM Contributor, is a retired business executive, practicing artist, investor, philanthropist, and noted authority on vintage automobiles. He nurtured his interest in art at Yale University, where he received a B.A. in Painting. When family business intervened, he received an MBA from Columbia University. He retired as Managing Partner of Collier Enterprises in 1995 and returned to painting, studying for three years with the noted Graham Nickson at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture. Today, he paints professionally. Collier maintains a private automobile collection in Naples, Florida, and hosts biennial symposiums on automobile connoisseurship. This month, you can find his thoughts on the different collectability traits and trends between a 1958 Porsche 356A Carrera GS/GT and a 2004 Porsche Carrera GT on p. 30. WILLIAM ‘CHIP' LAMB, SCM Auction Analyst, has been writing to an international audience on both new and collector automobiles for more than a decade. He is the owner of a well-known vintage parts business catering to owners of the classic SAAB automobile. His handful of eclectic cars and motorcycles keeps him very busy, as he owns not just quirky veteran Swedes, but a rather broad selection ranging from unusual American machines to the odd modern sports car. Now in his fifth year at SCM since coming back as an Auction Analyst, he looks at cars from the Raleigh Classic on p. 118 and Worldwide Atlantic City on p. 104. Sports Car Market Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Operations Manager Ryan Brinkley ryan.brinkley@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 218 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director Jeff Stites jeff.stites@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Managing Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Auction Editor Tony Piff tony.piff@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Data Analyst Chad Tyson chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Copy Editors Yael Abel, Bill Neill Senior Auction Analysts B. Mitchell Carlson, Carl Bomstead, Paul Hardiman (Europe) Auction Analysts John Clucas (Australia), Daniel Grunwald, Jérôme Hardy (Europe), Chip Lamb, Norm Mort (Canada), Dale Novak, Phil Skinner Contributing Editors Steve Ahlgrim (Ferrari), Gary Anderson (English), Colin Comer (Muscle Cars), John Draneas (Legal), Donald Osborne (Etceterini), Prescott Kelly (Porsche), Michael Sheehan (Ferrari), Thor Thorson (Race Cars) Contributors John Apen, Diane Brandon, Marshall Buck, Miles Collier, Martin Emmison, Paul Hardiman, Alex Hofberg, Simon Kidston, Ed Milich, Rob Sass, Steve Serio, John L. 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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com More chandelier rattling To the Editor: I am in disagreement with what I take it to be your magazine's seemingly official stance on chandelier bidding. I remain in the opinion that while it may be a convenience for some, it's also a fraud. I do agree with Editor Martin's recent defense of this practice in his example of a car expected and reserved at, say, $25m (March 2011, “You Write/ We Read,” p. 22) . Clearly it's a waste of everybody's time for the auctioneer to spend time on this item fielding $10k bids, but there is a better way to address this than the auctioneer faking that the bidding has increased to near the reserve. The simple approach is to start the bidding at some realistic point—even if it is well below reserve. My reasoning starts with the premise that one purpose of an auction is to determine the current market for an item. Chandelier bidding distorts this process. Let me give you an example of this distortion and the issue it raises. Let's say two private parties have agreed on all but price for the sale of a car. The seller says that the current market is $100k. The buyer says the market is $75k. There is no rancor here— just an honest disagreement. Both parties think the best way to see what a fair value would be is an auction. The seller enters the car in an auction with a reserve of $100k. If the bidding reaches that, the private party loses the chance to buy the car—or he can buy it at that price at auction. If the car fails, say, at $70k, the seller can then enter it in an alternate venue where, again, the buyer can either wait it out or buy if the honest bidding reaches the reserve. Let's take an example where this may have occurred. The car did fail to reach reserve, so the seller entered it in another auction in front of a different audience. Let's further say that the car stalls at $70k the second time also. That tells both the private parties that the car current isn't really worth the seller's price, and they can proceed from there. Perhaps the buyer will take the 18 car off the market or come down to compromise with his private party buyer. In any case, the parties now have solid information of a fair market value for this item. However, instead, at both auctions, the house permitted fake bids to take the bidding to just below reserve—say $95k in both cases. This falsely represents that the current fair market value for this item is $25k over where it really is. It gives the seller falsified data to support an inflated valuation of his auto. I can't see how this can possibly be fair or honest way to conduct commerce. While chandelier bidding may be a convenience to the house and a comfort to the seller, it performs a disservice to buyers. It also negates an important function of the auction which is to determine the current fair market value of an item.—Trudy Cassel, Albuquerque, NM Crazy money for big muscle? To the Editor: I have spent many years watching the classic/collector car market, and occasionally dabble in it a bit by buying a classic that in my youth sparked a burning ownership desire. It is fun watching how the market reacts to the old cars, given the variations in the economy and collector interest. Through it all, your magazine has, by far, been the only real standard that we non-professional collectors have had as a guidepost to valuations. Part of the process of deciding which car to buy involves being a prophet—what will be the valuable collector car five or ten years from now? Which sought-after and expensive collector cars today will hold their value, and which won't? Your magazine daringly attempts to predict the future, and is usually spot-on, given the breadth of experience of your editor and contributors. It is with this faith in your guidance that I found myself perplexed at the results of (and SCM comments about) the RM Milton Robson collection (March 2011, p. 64). To put it simply, the auction results seemed incredibly strong. Granted, these were very nice and—at times—truly rare cars, … I wondered if there was a reason why almost every muscle car sold for what looked like record or near-record prices? but after reading the auction results in your March issue, I wondered if there was a reason why almost every muscle car sold for what looked like record or nearrecord prices. As an example, the 1964 GTO had all the right boxes checked: first year; convertible; 389 Tri-Power; etc…but is the car really worth $176,000? And how about the 1971 GTO Judge that sold for $286,000, which you thought was fairly bought at well under the $350,000 estimate? I suppose compared to the black 1969 Judge that fetched $682,000, the ‘71 looked like a bargain! The list goes on: ‘70 Shelby GT500 for $368,500, wrong color; and a 1972 442 in #2 condition that was “a bargain” at $79,000, and so on. Back to the question of what will be collectible in five to ten years—and factoring in the reality that people generally collect things that remind them of their youth— should there be a concern that there is a dark cloud on the horizon for muscle car values? After all, these were high-volume, relatively simple production cars, and while there are some very rare versions, there are still many available that are not rare, yet look essentially the same and provide very similar driving experiences. Tremors have already been felt in the field, as evidenced, for example, by Hemi valuations over the past few years. Is this a sign of things to come? If history remains constant, the younger collectors—as they achieve enough net worth to start buying classic cars—most likely will not have the same tastes as us baby boomers who love muscle cars. The true aficionado of these cars is in his/her mid-50s and up. View any of the auctions on TV and look at the high bidders. Almost to a person they fit that age category. As these people grow old and retire from collecting cars, will there be a buyer 15 years younger who is willing to pay the prices witnessed at Gainesville? My concern is that these buyers will be looking elsewhere for the car that will remind them of their youth. I hope I am wrong, as I—and many like me—simply love the look, feel and sound of our beloved muscle cars. But it is easy to get caught up in the moment, especially at a first-class auction, and turn a blind eye to what may be an inevitable future.—Joe Attura, Yarmouth, ME Jim Pickering, SCM manag- ing editor, responds: Joe, thanks for your note. The results out of the Robson Collection were indeed strong, but then again, his cars were of very high overall quality (or featured very rare option packages), so high prices were expected even before the first car crossed the auction block. Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read Ad Index Asheville Symphony.................................. 129 Aston Martin of New England................... 117 Auctions America....................................... 7, 9 Autosport Designs........................................ 99 Barrett-Jackson ............................................ 35 Bonhams ................................................ 15, 19 Bonhams & Butterfields......................... 21, 23 Boston Mini Cars....................................... 137 Canepa........................................................ 107 Cappy's ...................................................... 137 Chubb Personal Insurance............................ 17 Classic Motor, Inc. ..................................... 145 Classic Restoration....................................... 89 Classic Showcase....................................... 115 Classy Chassis.............................................. 71 Cobalt Automotive LLC ............................ 147 Cosdel International Transportation........... 103 Dana Point Concours d'Elegance ................ 73 Driversource Houston LLC.................... 27, 79 European Collectibles ................................ 123 Exotic Classics............................................. 75 Fantasy Junction......................................... 121 Ferrari and Maserati of Seattle..................... 45 General Racing........................................... 113 Gooding & Company..................................... 2 Greenwich Concours D'Elegance................ 65 Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance... 85 Griot's Garage, Inc..................................... 148 Grundy Worldwide..................................... 127 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc.......................... 125 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. ................... 11 Hamann...................................................... 131 Heacock Classic .......................................... 61 Heritage Classics.......................................... 91 Hollow Brook Associates, LLC. .................. 67 Hyman, LTD ................................................ 93 Intercity Lines .............................................. 29 JC Taylor...................................................... 81 JJ Best Banc & Co ..................................... 139 LeMay - America's Car Museum............... 141 Mac Neil Automotive Products Ltd............. 95 Marin Sonoma Concours ............................. 97 Mecum Auction............................................ 25 Meguiar's ............................................... 38, 39 Mercedes Classic Center.............................. 41 MidAmerica Auctions................................ 109 Miller's Mercedes Parts, Inc...................... 115 Morris & Welford, LLC............................... 83 Motorcar Portfolio ..................................... 115 Palm Beach Driving Club............................ 87 Park Place LTD...........................................111 Paul Russell And Company ....................... 127 Pebble Beach Concours ............................. 105 Petersen Collector Car Auction.................. 141 Poff Transportation .................................... 145 Portland Art Museum................................... 77 Pro-Team Corvette....................................... 69 Putnam Leasing............................................ 47 Quattro Fino............................................... 131 Red Hawk Enterprises................................ 129 Reliable Carriers .......................................... 59 RM Auctions................................................ 13 Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo ......................... 129 RPM Autobooks......................................... 139 Russo & Steele LLC .................................... 37 Sports & Specialist Cars ............................ 119 Sports Car Market...................................... 132 SWISSVAX AG......................................... 101 Symbolic Motor Car Co................................. 3 The Masterpiece......................................... 119 The Stable, Ltd............................................. 63 Universal Autosports.................................. 123 Vicari Motorsports ..................................... 121 Vintage Rallies........................................... 125 VintageAutoPosters.com............................ 145 Watchworks................................................ 145 Worldwide Group........................................4-5 20 The muscle market has cra- tered over the past few years, but even during the worst of times, the best cars continued to bring decent prices, and I think what we saw here was an indication that there is still demand in this market for quality—including American muscle—and buyers are still willing to pay up to own the best examples they can find. Add to that the fact that single-owner collection auctions tend to bring a premium per lot over auctions with a wider focus, mainly because collection cars are usually among the best examples available (Robson is known for hunting down cars with the highest-performance engines, rarest options, etc…) and the prices achieved were not what I'd call surprising. Now, whether or not those prices are repeatable is a separate issue, but I'd expect that with the right presentation and in the right group of people, they would be. But, keep in mind this doesn't mean you should run right out and buy the first shiny GTO convertible you find. We're only talking about the absolute top of the market here. No engine-swapped, Cragar-equipped Goats allowed. You need rarity, great condition, and excellent documentation for these prices—and it's really hard to find all three. I don't foresee a darker cloud over muscle than you might see over Full Classics or vintage sports cars. In fact, the crash of the market has brought prices down far enough that younger kids can now get into affordable muscle, which I think will actually help in the long run. Like you mention, collectors will hunt what reminds them of their youth, and once those collectors get into some disposable income, I think they'll be looking for the best, just like Robson did. More on that $20k Porsche… Editor's note: This is the continuing saga of SCMer Greg Fazzio's quest to buy a $20k Porsche. The earlier string of notes between Fazzio and SCM Porsche Wizard Jim Schrager can be found on p. 16 of the April issue. Here are the latest developments: Hi Jim, I'm following up with pictures—as promised—as I'm curious what your opinion is The key thing you want to be sure of are the head studs are not broken. This will require your inspector to remove the valve covers. It will be worth the price of the inspection.... of this 1983 911SC Targa with 45,000 original miles found on eBay. I looked at it today with a friend who is a very knowledgeable, life-long Porsche guy. He thought it to be an exceptionally clean and original car. It ran and braked flawlessly. We put it through its paces and could really find no fault. Heat and a/c both worked, but it was cold today, so I'm not sure how well it would do on a hot day. The paint is original and the updated timing chain tensioner has been installed. It comes with summer and winter tires, the original Fuchs, tool kit, jack, etc... It really is super clean. The underdash pictures show extra wires due to a CD changer under the driver's seat and an alarm. The price is $21k. I know this is at the high end of the scale in today'smarket. The upside is the car is local, thus no shipping and I can take it to one of the best mechanics around to do the pre-purchase inspection. I think the best I can hope for is a stable value if I keep it as nice as it is, but who knows what the future holds? It will not be a daily driver; sunny and dry days only. Considering I'm north of Seattle, that means about three days per year. Thanks again for all of your friendly advice. Cheers!—Greg Fazzio, Woodinville, WA Jim Schrager responds: OK, here's my take: Very nice car, if you like it—for sure have it inspected. The key thing you want to be sure of are the head studs are not broken. This will require your inspector to remove the valve covers. It will be worth the price of the inspection to ensure they are all OK. On the miles, there is no way to know if they are real without a continuous string of paperwork. That is because over the years, a small plastic gear in the speedo often breaks, which stops the odometer. 911SCs hold up so well, you really can't tell the real miles. I brought a 1978 911SC back from California with 150k on it, and it looked absolutely like a 50k car. The odo was repaired properly, so it showed 150k, but no one could believe it. The color is not rare or par- ticularly desirable, but if you like it, fine. The snow tires worry me: how does a super-low-mileage car have snow tires? Something weird there. The fact the seller has it all greased up like a stuck pig also worries me, but OK, maybe I'm just weird. The a/c, while it may operate, won't ever cool the car on a really hot day. They never did that new, and don't get better with age. The price is full retail, but if it is what it seems, it's a nice car and will be worth it. Let me know how it turns out! ♦ Sports Car Market


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg If Breitling was not completely responsible the development of what A Breitling Chronomat in the Original Box watch enthusiasts know as “the technical pilot's watch,” then they have at least been, arguably, the industry leader for decades. 84, when Leon manufactured phs that estab Pieces by Alex Hofberg If Breitling was not completely responsible the development of what A Breitling Chronomat in the Original Box watch enthusiasts know as “the technical pilot's watch,” then they have at least been, arguably, the industry leader for decades. 84, when Leon manufactured phs that estab- 30s,30s, positioned men, scientists e Pieces by Alex Hofberg If Breitling was not completely responsible the development of what A Breitling Chronomat in the Original Box watch enthusiasts know as “the technical pilot's watch,” then they have at least been, arguably, the industry leader for decades. 84, when Leon manufactured phs that estab- 30s, positioned men, scientists and and the loom- s product mix re tuned to the mpany crafted nted into the inrms of aircraft. ound their way lots, as having ch helped with ces by Alex Hofberg If Breitling was not completely responsible the development of what A Breitling Chronomat in the Original Box watch enthusiasts know as “the technical pilot's watch,” then they have at least been, arguably, the industry leader for decades. 84, when Leon manufactured phs that estab- 30s, positioned men, scientists and the loom- s product mix re tuned to the mpany crafted nted into the in- rms of aircraft. ound their way lots, as having ch helped with itling's itling's unsurnd functionals of the Circular duct that they d shortly thereh to feature the onomat,” and it mber printed on ime Pieces by Alex Hofberg If Breitling was not completely responsible the development of what A Breitling Chronomat in the Original Box watch enthusiasts know as “the technical pilot's watch,” then they have at least been, arguably, the industry leader for decades. 84, when Leon manufactured phs that estab- 30s, positioned men, scientists and the loom- s product mix re tuned to the mpany crafted nted into the in- rms of aircraft. ound their way lots, as having ch helped with itling's unsur- nd functional- s of the Circular duct that they d shortly there- h to feature the onomat,” and it mber printed on h h upon purchase or a wrist watch s for currency centages, multiplication, division, production rate, telemeter, pulsimeter and many other functions. The original Chronomat was not an overly large watch, but the Neat Stuff clever layout of the printing of the various slide rule scales and chronograph totalizers was done in such a manner as to make using the mathematical features of the watch relatively simple—and allowed quick, legible viewing of the time as well. So popular were both the form and the function of the first Chronomat that there are still models that feature the same basic function, including the slide rule. However, few now take the time to learn how to use the slide rule. Modern Chronomats take their styling cues directly from the original. The Chronomat was the immediate forerunner of one of Breilting's most famous watches ever: the Navitimer, which improved upon the Chronomat in three important ways: ■ The case was quite a bit larger, which further aided legibility. ■ A third sub dial was added, so that the total duration of the chronograph was boosted to 12 hours from the 45 minutes of the earlier model. ■ The push buttons for the chronograph became round rather than square, which greatly added to the water resistance of the case. The Chronomat pictured was produced in the early 1940s, and it is completely original in every way except for the leather strap. It was, miraculously, found in its original packaging with the instruction manual. One would assume the first owner preserved the manual, as its loss would have greatly diminished the utility of the timepiece. A Breitling Chronomat from this period tends to trade between $2,000 to $4,000, depending on originality and condition. This example is quite likely to bring more, as the original box and papers are almost never included. The marketplace for watches in this league is at least as strong in Europe and Asia as it is in the United States, and our example would probably bring the most money at an international auction. Details Production Date: 1942 Best place to wear one: In the navigator's seat of an Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS during the Mille Miglia Ratings ( Rarity: Durability: Parts/Service Availability: Cool Factor: Web: www.breitling.com is best): A Little Stamp for a Big Race This year marks the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 race, which is one of the biggest events in the racing world. Plenty of hoopla—and expensive collectibles—will rattle around the race this month, but one of the coolest items is a simple, 44-cent postage stamp. The U.S. Postal Service stamp features stylized artwork of Ray Harroun driving his number 32 Marmon Wasp to victory 100 years ago. We wonder what Ray would think of the race these days, but we're sure that he had enough cash 100 years ago to buy this souvenir of people driving very fast around a very big oval track. www.usps.com. ♦ Concours Prep in a Big Bag You know it is concours season when owners of $200,000 cars get on their hands and knees to pick blades of grass from tire treads. Getting your collector car ready for a concours takes a lot more effort, gear and money than getting out the garden hose for a quick squirt. Experts often bring along Swissvax's Master Collection with Concorso Wax, which is a big, insulated cooler bag jammed full of all kinds of pro-grade cleaners, waxes, tire blackener, glass cleaner, leather cleaner, leather milk and, yes, even leather fat. Towels, brushes, a manual and other tools are included in this massive kit, which has everything needed to spiff up your ride and impress the daylights out of those picky judges. The cost is $999—you do remember the “spend ‘till you drop” part of concours prep, right? www.swissvax.us. 22 Sports Car Market


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck 1970 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Am I really that shallow? Yes I am, but I'm not alone. Like many, I am driven first by looks—and then by actual substance. Case in point: The Ferrari Dino 246 GT. To quote Steve Ahlgrim from the July 2007 issue of SCM: “Dinos have one of the most beautiful bodies ever to grace an automobile.” The Dino 246 embodies everything most people consider to be what makes a car a Ferrari, and I want one. Even though it was never marketed as a “Ferrari,” due to something about missing some 6 cylinders, I still call it a Ferrari, as does everyone I know, and after all, Ferrari dealers sold them when they were new. The Dino 246 GT is one of those cars that has pretty much been done to death by an infinite number of model manufacturers over so many years. Models of this beautiful car are available in almost any scale and as either the more attractive—in my opinion—GT Coupe or the Targa-topped GTS. Enter Mattel, the famous maker of Hot Wheels toys. As holder of the main Ferrari models and toys license, they create numerous mass-produced diecast Ferrari models in 1:43 and 1:18 scale under the Elite brand. Most of the Mattel Elite models offer a good bang for the buck. The Dino is no exception, at about $65 to $90 each, depending on where you buy. If red is not for you, this model can also be had in yellow with black interior, and they also make the GTS in both color combinations. Like the real car, of which many were pro- Model Details Production date: 2009 Quantity: 10,000 Red and 10,000 yellow models, plus a smaller run of 2,008 Super Elite models in each of the two colors SCM Five-Star Rating: Overal Quality: Authenticity: Overall Value: Web: www.replicarz.com duced, Mattel has cranked out a lot of Dino 246 GT models. Their Chinese factory has kept busy with production of these good looking models. As stated right on the box, it is a “Limited Edition: 1 of up to 10,000.” No, that's not a typo! Apparently they've never really looked into the true meaning of “Limited Edition.” Mattel also makes a Super Elite line, which as you might expect, costs more—a lot Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Porsche: A History of Excellences By Randy Leffingwell, Motorbooks, 348 pages, $21.08, Amazon I have a confession to make: I've never really lusted after a Porsche. Oh, I've looked from time to time, and I even considered trying to get my hands on that moldering 356 from what might be its final resting place in a moist single-car garage on the edge of downtown Portland, OR. I've also had some spectacular rides in street and racing Porsches, being driven by quick and skilled racers, and came away mightily impressed. (I even found myself stuffed into the faux “passenger seat” in a 962 at Riverside during an IMSA practice, but that's another story.) On the other hand, Porsche cars speak to a world-wide audience, and lust is in their heart if there isn't a Porsche in their driveway. First published in 2008, Porsche: A History of Excellence will work quite well as wingman in the search for a Porsche hookup. It's a broad history of street and racing Porches, from the mid-1930s of pre-war Germany to the present. All this information is now updated in this just-released, revised edition. Author Randy Leffingwell, a passionate Porsche fan and terrific photog- rapher, took on quite a task, documenting almost 90 years of Porsche cars, while trying to illuminate both a factory and an aesthetic. As a car company, Porsche has rarely stumbled, either on the race track or on the highway. They have delivered race cars that at times were dominant at the highest levels—and sometimes were exciting engineering ideas that didn't quite work. But the racing was only the sideshow to an evolving set of iconic road cars, also with a few engineering and design concepts that also didn't quite work (928 anyone?). Leffingwell guides us through the Porsche cars from beginning to end, from the early work with Volkswagen to the cars you can buy today, using a mix of straight-forward documentation, cleanly written history and well-selected im- 24 ages. It's a big, sprawling book, full of surprises and hidden gems, with an eye toward quality and detail that befits the subject. Provenance: Leffingwell has done a solid job of weaving together nearly a century of Porsche history, with a tightly written, fact-filled text and well-chosen photos. Fit and finish: I absolutely hate the cover, but the interior of the book is cleanly designed with plenty of well-reproduced black and white images, and the color leaps off the page. Did I tell you I hate the cover? Drivability: Lust is a funny thing, and the cars that whisper sweet noth- ings in the ears of others leave me uninterested. Leffingwell's history of Porsche did a lot of whispering, and it is a terrific history of the marque, with an easy, clear voice and laudable eye. Now, if only he could do a book about Morgans. ♦ Sports Car Market more. Expect to spend about $299.95. What you get for the extra charge is a better presentation box and a leather display base with a nice plaque instead of the standard plastic display base. The Super Elite model itself features a minimal amount of extra detailing in the form of just a bit more dash detail, painted black interior door panel tops, red paint inside the exhaust tips, and amber front signal lights instead of the clear pieces. The “Super Elite” models are limited to only 2,008 of each.... Oh, please. I'm very happy with the standard Elite model. Paint finish is excellent, and the curvaceous body shape is great, about 98% spot on. The crystal-clear windows all around help give a look of quality, and on the doors they are positioned half open, which is a nice touch. The chrome is all very well applied, and Mattel did their homework on the doors, as they have correct body color frames, bottom chrome strip and matt black vent window frame. So how did they miss the positioning of the windshield wipers? They are incorrectly parked to the right. Overall there is a healthy amount of detail, from a very good interior to labels on the fuse blocks in the front compartment. The trunk and engine compartment open, and you'll find a well represented V6. I have seen several of these models in person and the overall fit and finish, while extremely good, had various little blemishes on each model. Two things I wish were missing from this model are the large, front-mounted blank license plate below the grille, and the modern incorrect mirror on the driver's door—I wish it were the original little round chrome one. 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Affordable Classic 1975-1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega Scaled-Down Plans Knock Out a Contender While indeed rare, these cars aren't great performers —and they're tarred with a reputation for crappiness by Rob Sass Grand visions, paltry results poor execution and lack of commitment. Stung by the sudden popularity of sensibly sized imports but utterly unable to G Details Years produced: 1975-76 Number produced: 3,508 Original list price: $6,065 SCM Valuation: $4,000-$9,000 Tune-up cost: $350 Distributor cap: $10 Chassis #: Tag on driver's side of dashboard under windshield Engine #: Stamped on cylinder head and cam carrier Club: Cosworth Vega Owners Association More: www.cosworthvega.com Alternatives: 1968-76 BMW 2002, 1966-76 MGB GT, 1975-81 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT SCM Investment Grade: D 26 comprehend the reasons for their appeal, both GM and Ford sought to build smaller cars that they thought Americans would actually like. These cars were chock full of 1970s Detroity goodness, such as softer suspensions, ineffective brakes, flat seats and a certain casual approach to quality control. The Ford Pinto, AMC Gremlin and the Chevrolet Vega were the bulwark of America's drive to push imports from Germany and Japan back into the sea. A strike, rust and burnt oil The Vega got off to a bad start. Its introduction in September of 1970 for the 1971 model year was hamstrung by a vicious strike, and buyers soon found that its aluminum die-cast engine was a grenade—prone to overheating and oil burning. What's more, Vegas rusted like Fiats. From nearly the start, the Vega was damaged goods. All of this however, was in the future when Chevy planned a high-performance version of the Vega— with an advanced twin-cam engine and electronic fuel injection with performance to take on the likes of the BMW 2002tii. John DeLorean, the father of the Pontiac GTO— M's history is riddled with cars that could have been contenders. The Buick Reatta, Cadillac Allante and the Pontiac Fiero and Solstice come to mind. And so it was with the earlier Chevrolet Cosworth Vega—a car that could have been a great sport sedan in the mold of the BMW 2002—but sunk by and one of the few people at GM at the time who understood product—thought that the aluminum Vega engine had the makings of a great racing unit and a detuned version could power an excellent small GT. DeLorean got GM engineers in touch with Keith Duckworth of racing engine manufacturer Cosworth, who pronounced the concept sound. By the fall of 1970 an engine was being planned, and Cosworth was testing a working prototype of the engine in the spring of 1971. Big plans, smaller results The initial design called for a 12.5:1 compression ratio, which became a non-starter after the fuel crisis and the extinction of high-octane gasoline. Planned porting and polishing of the heads went by the wayside, and by the time production neared, the compression ratio was down to just 8.5:1. Horsepower shrank from a 2002tii killing 185 horsepower to just 110 horsepower. Introduction of the Cosworth Vega was planned for 1974. However, emissions tests proved problematic. Long-term tests showed that the cars reliably burned valves at the 46,000 mile mark, mostly because of a bone-headed decision to test the cars in a lean condition with spark retarded. The car was finally introduced in 1975 at double the price of a base Vega. Self-deprecating ads touted it as one Vega for the price of two. All 1975 cars were finished in black with gold stripes and gold alloy wheels Sports Car Market


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Road testers commented favorably on the car's handling but were somewhat luke- warm about the overall performance with 0-60 mph times of about 12.5 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 18.5 seconds—about on par with an MGB from the 1960s and certainly no threat to any BMW. Car and Driver in August of 1973 gushed that the Cosworth Vega was GM's technical “show of force” and that “all would become collectibles.” Rare cars—with a bad taint Apparently, a good number of people took that to heart and pickled Cosvegs with ultra-low miles—and some even still new on the MSO—abound at auctions. In fact, few of the cars seem to have gotten much use at all, as it is rare to see a truly worn-out, fright-pig Cosveg. It is also rare to see one bring much in the way of big money. Fivedigit prices are the exception. Nice ones still seem to trade at under $10,000. While indeed rare, (5,000 were planned but just 3,508 were built), they're not great performers. The unique engine and Bendix fuel injection parts are problematic. And, most of all, the cars are tarred with the overall Vega taint and its general malaise-era reputation for crappiness. That said, Cosworth Vegas have an interesting history and pedigree, and they're undeniably pretty and entertaining to drive. Sadly, though, Cosveg owners will be waiting with in vain with Corvair Corsa owners for appreciation, which will not be forthcoming from either Bowtie fans or fans of European GTs. ♦ and were four-speed manuals. 1976 added more exterior colors, the option of a five-speed and a host of other minor changes. Behind the wheel, drivers noticed a much nicer in- terior than ordinary Vegas, with perforated vinyl seats and full instrumentation set out on a somewhat cheesy Trans Am-style dash. Suspension engineers delivered the goods with better shocks, front and rear sway bars, and optional Posi-Traction. Seat Time Fred Phillips, Calgary, AB: A few years ago, an opportunity came up to purchase a 1976 Cosworth Vega with 91 original miles. I asked the color, and the seller said it was orange, I had no idea that the cars were available in any other color than black. I bought it on the spot. I've never taken the opportunity to drive the car. I own it because I've always liked the lines of the car, and it is truly amazing that this car ever existed. With a Cosworth twin cam, fuel injection and a 5-speed, these cars really had incredible genetics. The window sticker is still stuck on the side glass: a whopping $6,594, which was approaching Corvette money. Pretty cool. May 2011 27


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Legal Files John Draneas A Special Tax-Planning Window for Car Collectors Before you stop reading and start using $100 bills to light your cigars, remember this is only a two-year deal keep people from taking too much advantage. Plus, there was talk all year long about a 2 retroactive reimposition of both taxes. We saw an epic battle over the continuation of the Bush Tax Cuts, which morphed into a battle over the Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy–even though no one seemed bothered by the Bush Tax Cuts for the Not So Wealthy, even though they represented 75% of the tax expenditures. The impasse grew stronger as the election neared, and we all faced the strong likelihood that 2011 was going to dawn with a reversion to a 10-year-old law with its $1 million estate tax exemption and higher income tax rates. At the very end of December, the unex- pected suddenly happened. Facing an incoming Republican House of Representatives, President Obama wanted to ratify the START Treaty, eliminate the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, and extend the Bush Tax Cuts for the Not So Wealthy. So, President Obama struck an unexpected deal with Congress, and the tax situation became clear. At least for two years, anyway. Estate tax good times All of a sudden, we have a $5 million estate tax exemption and a 35% estate tax rate. That's enough to make most people think they are immune to estate tax –as the government projects that only about 2,500 estate tax returns will be filed each year, which is far less than 1% of decedents. In addition, we have a totally new concept called “portability.” The way that works is that, if you leave everything you own to your spouse at your death, you owe no tax and your spouse ends up with a $10 million estate tax exemption. In essence, your unused exemption transfers to your spouse. But before you stop reading and start using $100 bills to light your cigars, consider one thing: This is only a two-year deal. In 2013, we go back to the $1 million exemption, 55% estate tax rate, and no such thing as portability. So, unless you and your spouse are both planning to die really soon, recognize that late 2012 is likely to be a repeat of late 2010. The law that will apply in 2013 will be unpredictable, and it will depend greatly upon the outcome of the November 2012 elections. Meanwhile, the U.S. Treasury continues its assault on our favorite tax planning techniques—grantor retained annuity trusts and family limited partnerships— and hopes to legislate them out of existence. 28 010 was a difficult year for tax planning. The federal estate and generationskipping taxes were repealed, but the gift tax exemption was stuck at $1m to “Antique” 1903 Ford Model A Rear Entrance—punished with a 28% tax rate? Amazing gift tax opportunities Probably the most amazing aspect of the 2010 legislative compromise is that we now have a totally unprecedented $5 million gift tax exemption. This creates an array of tax-planning opportunities for the car collector. In anyone's book, $5 million is a substantial amount of wealth. And when you combine it with your spouse's $5 million exemption, that adds up to $10 million in asset value that can be moved to your family without paying federal gift taxes. So, this is the time to make some really big estate planning moves. We don't have room to go into detail this month, but family limited partnerships, fractional interest gifts, sales to grantor trusts, and short-term GRATs are all available to add even greater financial benefits. “Legal Files” will address some of these techniques in detail in future columns, but for now, just remember that it is a great time to talk to your estate planning attorney about what to do with all those old cars you've been keeping in your garage. Give the kids your cars Here's a little example to get you thinking: Say you have a $10 million car collec- tion. You can transfer all the cars to a family limited partnership or to a family limited liability company (also known as an FLP) in a tax-free transaction. Second, you give 50% ownership to your spouse, which is another tax-free transac- tion. Third, you and your spouse gift your FLP interests to your kids or to trusts for their benefit. These gifts are subject to gift tax, but they are sheltered by your $5 million gift tax exemptions. To ice the cake, the FLP interests given to your kids or their trusts are not valued at $10 million. The kids get minority interests that lack control and marketability, so they should be valued on a discount basis for gift tax purposes. Say, the value is $7 million—that means you and your spouse still have $3 million of gift tax exemption available for other uses. Nonetheless, your kids own the FLP. (Yes, it's up to them to decide whether you can borrow the Ferrari, but we can work on that problem.) The upshot is that the car collection is out of your estate once and for all—no matter what happens in 2013. If the Sports Car Market


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collection appreciates to $20 million over time, all that appreciation belongs to your kids, not you—and escapes gift and estate tax completely. Income tax opportunities The most significant portion of the extension of the Bush Tax Cuts is the continu- ation of the 15% income tax rate on long-term capital gains. Say you sell your $3.5 million McLaren F1 that you purchased years ago for $1 million. Your $2.5 million gain will produce a federal income tax of just $375,000. Or is it $700,000? “Legal Files” has written about this before. The capital gains rate is generally 15%, but it is 28% for “collectibles.” Is a collector car treated as a “collectible”? Before scoffing and pointing out that playing word games like that is one of the things that make people hate lawyers, consider the technical details. In the tax law, it doesn't matter how common sense, Sports Car Market, or your collector car insurance policy describes your car. The only thing that matters is how the Internal Revenue Code defines the term. Fortunately, the code gives us a very specific definition. “Collectibles” are specifically defined as any work of art; any rug or antique; any metal or gem; any stamp or coin; any alcoholic beverage; and a catchall—any other tangible personal property specified as a collectible by the Secretary of the Treasury. Do you see cars on the list? The most common concern is that a collector car might be an antique, which is not defined in the tax law. But any dictionary you look at will define antiques as really old works of art, furniture, and furnishings. Which cars—if any—get a break? Within the car hobby, “antique” cars are generally the oldest cars. The Classic Car Club of America has defined a “classic car” as one manufactured between 1925 and 1948, which is generally consistent with the view that “classic” cars are not as old as “antique” cars. Keith Martin's Guide to Car Collecting categorizes “antique” cars as pre-1905 vintages. Many states provide special licensing categories for “antique” cars, but their standards vary considerably without consistency. Viewing some cars as antiques would lead to unfair results—a taxpayer who recognizes a $500,000 gain on a 1953 Ferrari could be taxed the Collectible rate of 28%, while a taxpayer who recognizes a $2,500,000 capital gain on a 1995 McLaren F1 would be taxed at 15%. Finally, the tax law refers to “any rug or antique,” suggesting that Congress had household items in mind. Of course, the Secretary of the Treasury has the power to add automobiles to the definition at any time; that just hasn't happened yet. Maybe tomorrow, but not yet, and it can't be done by an IRS agent auditing your return. As logical as that sounds, “Legal Files” has learned that many tax preparers are unwilling to use the 15% rate. That is understandable, as the law is not 100% clear either way and tax preparers are subject to stiff penalties for taking improper tax return positions. If your tax preparer balks, the best approach is to have a tax attorney give you a written opinion that the 15% rate applies. The tax preparer can rely upon that opinion without worry—and so can you. If you are audited and the IRS claims that the 28% rate applies, your reliance on counsel should protect you from penalties. Action item Simply stated, the sun is shining—so go make some hay! This is a tremendous time to be doing some tax planning, and it is possibly the best planning climate we will see in our remaining lifetimes. Take the initiative to get professional guidance—and do all you can before the end of next year. ♦ JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney.


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Collecting Thoughts What Porsche path will the 2004 Carrera GT follow? The Future Value of the Modern Porsche Carrera GT Most modern supercars are more associated with old men with hair weaves and their pneumatic, blonde “nieces” than with the Mulsanne Straight By Miles Collier 2004 Porsche Carrera GT sold at $352,000—Gooding, Scottsdale, AZ Normal coupe sold by Artcurial at Retromobile on February 4 for $109,000; a 1958 356A Carrera GT coupe sold at Bonhams' Vente du Grand Palais in Paris on February 5 for $213,200; and finally, Gooding and Company's $352,000 sale of a 2004 Carrera GT in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 21 . The question is which appreciation path will the 2004 Porsche follow over the long term: that of the 1956 Normal coupe, or that of the 1958 Carrera GT? First, let's review the 2003 to 2006 Carrera GT's ori- R gins. Originally conceived as a successor to the GT1 Le Mans-winning race car of 1998, management ultimately dictated a reconceptualization of the car as a top-of-theline, “halo” production car in the tradition of the iconic 959 supercar of the late 1980s. With the Carrera GT and its 600-plus-horsepower V10, Porsche offered the highest performance production-based road car in company history. Despite a huge, world-wide base of Porsche fanatics, the GT proved to be a tougher sell than hoped. It was announced as a limited production run of 1,500, but the market ultimately was capable of absorbing only a bit more than 1,250 cars. 30 ecently, three Porsches sold that caused me to speculate about the determinants of value among collectible automobiles. At issue are a 1956 Porsche 356A 1600 Too hot for daily driving, but not a racer In a previous column, I commented on a problem with supercars: that the archi- tecture they require to surpass the performance of more mundane high-performance cars is so close to that of pure racing sports cars that the cars themselves become impractical daily drivers. Low ground clearance, poor visibility, lack of interior accommodation for luggage, tricky composite clutches and so on make these machines best suited for track days and bar room bragging. Given that virtually all modern supercars have no connection to actual high-level motorsports, they are more associated with fat old men with hair weaves and their pneumatic, blonde “nieces” than with the Mulsanne Straight. This divorce from the legitimizing function as a competition car—coupled with unfriendly ergonomics—does not bode well for the long-term value growth proposition of supercars. Back to the 1950s Now let's flash back to our two bellwether 356s. These are the archetypes for Porsche's modern performance image. The Porsche product line during the 1950s and early 1960s consisted of magnificently built—albeit rust-prone—two seaters in both open (luxurious cabriolet or sporting Speedster and Roadster styles), and closed versions. The cars were available with a broad list of performance and comfort options. Generally, two levels of engine performance options were offered, a comfort- able Normal engine—and an edgier Super that was more conducive to motor sports use. The Super was equipped with a Hirth roller crank in the earlier days, and large, double-choke Solex carburetors in the later. Many of these cars served double duty, taking their owners to work during the week and performing sporting duties during weekend at races, rallies, gymkhanas and autocrosses. They were always built in relatively small numbers due to premium pricing, and total 356 production between 1949 and 1965 comprised some 78,000 units. Sports Car Market Photo: Pawel Litwinski courtesy of Gooding & Company


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Carrying the reputation as a connoisseur's choice, the 356 has become an iconic post-war sports car. A special, more potent 356 In parallel with the normal production series, Porsche also offered something special to 356 buyers: the Carrera. The Carrera-engined cars combined the pure racing Spyder engine from Porsche's devastatingly effective sports racing cars—albeit suitably detuned for road use. Intended for those who wanted the very best—or who were interested in a more potent production-based competition car—the Carrera remained in very limited production from 1955 to 1965. In the late 1950s, Porsche divided the Carrera line between competition-intended GT cars with few concessions to road use, and a luxurious GS model designed to compete in the prestige game with offerings from Ferrari or Jaguar. Now here's the point: The Carrera model was produced in low numbers due to the substantial price premium for the race-bred, four-cam engine with its dry sump oil system, twin ignition and gear-driven valve train. Carreras were an enormously expensive proposition. Being competition-derived, Carrera cars were costly to maintain, finicky and demanding to drive. More than one Carrera buyer realized too late that he had bought a car considerably beyond his ambitions for a prestigious boulevardier—and instead had a high revving, plug-fouling, “cammy” semi-racing car. Attempting to rectify its racing-derived complications, Porsche divested the Carrera of its temperamental Hirth roller crank in 1959. Cars thereafter—both the 356A with its 1,600-cc, 692-series engine, and the 356B and the 356C Carrera 2 with the 587 two-liter engines—were equipped with plain-bearing crankshafts that offered better long-term service in road use. By the time of the Carrera 2's introduction as a luxury GT, Carreras had fallen off the pace as competition weapons. The GT option was discontinued, being replaced by lighter—and faster—356-based racing cars, such as the Abarth GTLs and the Worksonly “Dreikantschaber” coupes. Ultimately, the Carrera engines saw their last service in the fiberglass-bodied 904s of 1964, which were offered in both racing and road states of tune. In the collector market, the Carrera-engined cars carry an enormous premium— usually well in excess of 100%—over the conventional push-rod engine models, as we see with the reported prices among our two examples. The exotic and very interesting 4-cam engine—redolent as it is of castor-based oils and hot March afternoons at the 12 Hours of Sebring, where Spyder and Carrerapowered cars yowled through the orange-blossom-scented air—possesses an aura of racing glamour that resonates in every gearhead's soul. Today, the desirability and 1958 Porsche 356A Carrera GS/GT sold at $213,189—Bonhams, Paris value of such cars runs in direct proportion to competition content: first, the Carrera-Abarth GTL series, then the GT competition cars led by the GT Speedster and GT coupes (especially the alloy-paneled 1959 models), and finally the road-oriented Carrera 2s and the 1600 GS cars. Where is the 2004 Carrera going? Which of our subject 356s will the 2004 Carrera GT ultimately emulate? The 2004 Carrera GT is more of a Porsche 356 1600 normal proposition than it is a GT Carrera coupe competition car. The 2004 Carrera GT shares much of the competition-car technology that should make for long-term appreciation; yet the car is wholly removed from any pretense to competition legitimacy, as no racing Carrera GT version ever existed. The car is indeed an estimable piece of engineering in the finest tradition of Porsche, but it also lies outside Porsche's defining tradition of incorporating current racer DNA, as they do in the 911 road cars and their descendants. Ultimately, supercars are different animals from real racing cars. The current generation of supercars is solely confined to slow laps down Rodeo Drive rather than fast laps at Spa-Francorchamps. By contrast, Porsche's last super- car, the 959, represents a different proposition entirely, combining as it did cutting-edge, just-out-of-the-laboratory technology, miniscule production volume, and real racing appearances at Le Mans and Paris-Dakar. The Carrera GT, by contrast, while indeed offering a peak driving experience, is a pretty conventional supercar. Finally, the 1,270-unit production run of Carrera GTs that had to be flogged unmercifully to clear the inventories is just too huge a number of totally fungible cars to allow the market much room to react positively. Bottom line, the 2004 Carrera GT is a great car, but it is no Carrera GT. ♦ 1956 Porsche 356A coupe which sold at $109,319—Artcurial, Paris May 2011 31 Photo: Artcurial Photo: Bonhams


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Event 2011 Cavallino Classic 20th Annual Palm Beach Cavallino Classic Top-notch car spotting–and people watching Starting grid for the 19th hole at The Breakers W hile most of the car collector world was taking in the auctions in Arizona, the Ferrarista were basking in the sunshine of tony Palm Beach, FL for the Cavallino Classic, which ran from January 18 to 23. Festivities began Wednesday with a reception and private track day at nearby Palm Beach International Raceway. Track events continued Thursday and Friday, and many Ferraris stretched their legs. Aircraft joined cars and jets at the Jet Aviation reception at the Palm Beach International Airport, and a Yacht Hop showcased the mega yachts at the Rybovich Yacht Club. The weekend was highlighted by Saturday's 20th Annual Concorso d'Eleganza on the lawn at the beautiful Breakers Resort Hotel. What began as an overcast day, turned to beautiful sunshine by noon, and the turquoise blue Atlantic Ocean sparkled. Best of Show GT was awarded to SCMer Lee Herrington's 1957 250 GT PF Coupe Speciale, while Best of Show Competition went to a 1951 212 Export Vignale Coupe owned by SCMers Peter and Kasey McCoy. Once a poor secondary to Cavallino, Classic Sports Sunday (now in its 4th year) was held for the third time at Donald Trump's fabulous Mar-a-Lago Club, which was formerly the lavish estate of cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post. Minus the crowds and tight confines of Cavallino, 700 guests sipped champagne while strolling among many of the Ferraris exhibited in the Concorso on the day before—along with a host of other vehicles ranging from Bentleys and Rolls-Royces to Mercedes-Benzes and Aston Martins. Guests also enjoyed many Classic Era cars. The amped-up Sunday celebration featured the cars of Briggs Cunningham with 20 vehicles represented. The day included a reunion of sorts: no less than 11 Cunningham coupes and cabriolets that were SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images, SCM award winners, and more... 32 Sports Car Market originally assembled in West Palm Beach. Festivities concluded with brunch and an awards ceremony in the Mar-a-Lago ballroom. You don't have to love Ferraris to attend the Cavallino Classic, especially as Classic Sports Sunday is now the equal of the Saturday concorso. And a tip to the first-time attendee: Be sure to check out the parking lot and valet lines at the Breakers Resort Hotel during the concorso. You can't beat the car spotting and people watching!— Bill Rothermel. ♦ Details Plan ahead: January 17-22, 2012 Where: Palm Beach, FL Cost: $50 for spectator admission to the concorso, costs for other events vary More: www.cavallino.com


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2011 Rétromobile Event 2011 Rétromobile A replica Steve McQueen motorcycle—with a signature from the grave Speed and class in Paris car extravaganza to five, Wednesday through Sunday. Reportedly, the corresponding drop in occupancy cost, while helping to ensure the event survives, has not made for a reduction in stall rental fees. The small stalls that specialist vendors favor can easily run 5,000 Euros ($7,000) and those of the major dealers in vintage cars 100,000 Euros ($140,000). As a consequence of these costs, while most professional purveyors R of diecast models and mascots are still there, smaller, privateer hard part vendors that used to give the event some of its cachet have somewhat disappeared—with the exception of higher-priced brass lamps and similar exotica. The French manufacturers, Citroën, Peugeot and Renault continue to support Rétromobile with the largest of stands featuring top quality heritage displays, concept cars and the newest production introductions. The Mercedes-Benz presence was, as in the past, in the form of much-polished hardwood floor upon which were displayed a couple of magnificent historic machines that contrasted a very zoomy preproduction saloon. As has been the case for many years, Mercedes offered a broad range of top-quality clothing, models, watches and other Mercedesbadged souvenirs. It has always seemed to me that Mercedes presents these offerings at attractive prices in the interest of promoting the brand versus creating a minor profit center. Good stuff. May 2011 étromobile is still the mid-winter place to be—and be seen— for the committed collector and those who just love motoring artifacts seldom seen elsewhere. The event promoter has reduced the number of days of this All this aside, the best stands of the entire show were those of a handful of major U.K. dealers. Were it not for the major commitments of Hall and Hall, Gregor Fisken and Duncan Hamilton this year, there would have been far fewer historic sports and racing cars of any significance to satisfy those of us who make a long trek to one of the world's most expensive cities. Hall and Hall's presentation this was nothing short of amazing—in terms of both quality and diversity. A dozen machines were on display, and each was a significant show stopper. The GT40 inspiration Lola MKVI was alongside Jaguar C-types and D-types. Pre-war and post-war single seaters were strongly represented, in- cluding an ex- Tazio Nuvolari Alfa P2 and a Vanwall. Jim Clark's Type 33 Lotus was hard against the Juan Manuel Fangio Talbot Lago Record T26GS and Jo Bonnier's Cooper Maserati. The ex-James Coburn Ferrari 250 GT Drogo SWB was nose to tail with an Osca MT4. The Osca was not Stirling Moss' car, but he was socializing on the stand. Just across the aisle at the Fiskens display was a barn find 1935 supercharged Squire, the one Val Zethrin bought with the remains of the company in 1936. Only at Rétromobile! Then there was the Steve McQueen phenomenon. Steve has com- pletely replaced Elvis Presley in the French heart. McQueen left the room a long time ago, but Rétromobile keeps his legacy alive in T-shirts, replica period race wear, posters, and endless paintings. And, new at Rétromobile, there were bespoke Rickman-Metisse replica Triumph Desert Racer bikes with a signature from the grave on the tank. Finally, there was the not-to-be-missed Steve McQueen Perfume! The Steve I knew would have never....—Robert Ames 33


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Event Boca Raton Concours 2011 Boca Raton Concours Beautiful cars and Jay Leno under the Florida sun 1956 Dual-Ghia and friends G Details olfers at the Boca Raton Resort and Club were given the day off, as the driving range was transformed into a show field of nearly 200 vehicles and 50 motorcycles during the 5th Annual Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance on February 27. Despite being more car show than concours, it's hard to argue with success as organizers have arguably perfected a formula for raising funds for charity. The three-day event from February 25-27 raised more than $3 million for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County. A record crowd, at times resembling those at Amelia Island, was greeted by a perfect chamber-of-commerce day for Sunday's concours, with brilliant sunshine and temperatures in the mid-80s. Comedian Jay Leno provided the entertainment at Saturday evening's black tie gala. Leno, a long-time SCMer, came to Sunday's concours to visit with many owners of cars and motorcycles. A special exhibit of Indy 500 cars and pace cars was complimented by an appearance of the Unser family – Bobby, Al, and Al, Jr.—who delighted the crowd with a live interview over the public address system. An eclectic mix of vehicles lined the show field and included everything from Corvettes and muscles car to 1950s fins, sports cars, classics—and a bevy of Bentleys and Rolls-Royces. Notable cars included a spectacular Plan ahead: February 2012 Where: Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton, FL Cost: $45 More: www.bocaratonconcours.com 34 1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Roi del Belges Tourer; an equally spectacular 1915 Peerless 48 Touring. Other cars on the lawn included: a 1927 Georges Irat Model A Cabriolet; a 1933 Chrysler Imperial CL Dual Cowl Phaeton by LeBaron; a 1948 Healey Westland Roadster; a 1953 Ferrari 166 MM; and a quirky 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Greenbriar Sports Wagon with its original camping equipment option. Best of Show was awarded to a beautifully restored 1953 Buick Skylark Convertible owned by SCMer Samuel Feinberg of Rockland, FL.—Bill Rothermel. ♦ 1915 Peerless 48 HP Touring Sports Car Market


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Insider's View Should an Original 1967 E-type Change its Coat? How many red E-types do we need? It's great to go to a car show and see the original color on restored cars S CMer Kevin Brinkerhoff recently asked this question: “My 1967 E-type roadster was originally ordered with beige paint, beige interior and a beige (Fawn) top. It's a very nice, original car from Arizona. I'm thinking of doing a thorough color change to red, green, black or maroon. Do you think if I stay with a Jaguar color, and keep the quality up, that I would hurt the resale value?” Other SCMers say: Paul Hardiman, via email: On the basis that it's very unlikely to be the actual, original paint as applied at Browns Lane nearly 50 years ago—even if it is the original color—I'd say go ahead and paint it, as a stronger hue will certainly help the speed of resale when you come to move it on in today's fickle market. But... if you think it might be the original paint, I'd much rather see it polished thin even in an unlovely color—there aren't many like that left. How's that for sitting on the fence? Chris Kunkler, Atlanta, GA: Return the car to its original factory specs. Even with it being an unexciting color, a top-notch, quality paint job will maximize its value! This is an E-type we're talking about, not a 1967 Mustang 6-cylinder automatic! Alex Dearborn, Kittery Point, ME: My customers seem to care about color changes only when the car presented is either: A one-off or very rare example (This Jag isn't). A 100-point show car, marketed as such, and with perfect provenance, build sheet and so on. So, if the car is destined to be a useable car, paint it any color that was offered by Jaguar in that model that year—and enjoy it.... Jake Loring, via email: Changing color is definitely a personal thing, as the individual is paying for a restoration (or doing it them- 36 selves). But how many red E-types do we need? It's great to go to a car show and see the original color on restored cars. Michael Zack, via email: NEVER, NEVER change color if you have any concern about resale. I have rarely seen a color change car endure in quality. They all look like a color change car after 5 to 10 years. Find a car in the color you want. Ian Gail, Fort Lauderdale, FL: Rule Number 1: “Always stay with originality for maximum value.” Rule Number 1A: “Make the car yours in the way you desire—as long as you stay within general factory specifications—but your pleasure will come at some cost.” Andrew Honychurch, via email: My own view is that if the car is a complete and matching-numbers, relatively unmolested car it would be preferable to repaint it in its original color. I have an original Opalescent Silver Blue car with blue trim which is my favorite color, so it's an easy decision. However, I do accept that an owner doing a full restoration that involves a lot of time and money should feel able to paint it in his own choice. So on balance, do what makes you feel happy, as you will have to live with it after all your hard work. I don't think it will hit the value too much—if at all—that it is not the correct color. Of course, if it were a very early impor- tant car then this would not apply. Good luck! Bob Peterson, Brooks, GA: Let's turn the question around. What do you do with the car? If it is a trailer queen, show car or museum-quality vehicle, then yes painting it differently from the original color will slightly hurt the value. But when are you planning on selling it? Certainly a color change to factory red would no doubt bring you happiness and pride as a driver and owner of a local-event vehicle. I say absolutely repaint it to any color your heart desires; enjoy it today, as no one promises us there will ever be a tomorrow. Douglas Phinney, via email: I would paint it a more currently popular color of the owner's choice. I think at the time of resale it would make very little difference to potential buyers, especially considering the current color. Also, the owner would enjoy it more in his favorite color. I painted mine red even though it was originally gray. Al Santoro, Parsippany, NJ: While I personally believe that the Beige and Fawn is a great combination and very different from the red or racing green that is most common, I think the owner should go with what he likes. There are so many E-types around that I don't believe it will hurt value one way or the other—as long as the paint job itself is of high quality. I would, however, try to keep it in an otherwise original color and not do purple or Sports Car Market


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Insider's View neon green. That being said, I am partial to red. Robert Redner, via email: Sell the beige Jag and buy one factory painted in your color choice. As always noted, they are only original once, it will cost a bundle to paint it correctly, and it will then just be a repainted Jag. Whatever you do, drive the heck out of it and enjoy. Russell Baird, via email: Original paint color is ALWAYS a must. Changing colors = mistake! Jim Singmaster, via email: E-types were built to be driven and enjoyed. There are lots of Jaguars sitting in museums and collections in some of the awful original colors. So, paint it the color you want and drive the damn thing. They are wonderful cars! Larry Brody, via email: First choice would be to keep it totally original, a survivor. It is only original once. If I had to paint it, I would use any E-type color appropriate for the year of manufacture. That said, the owner should do what will make him the happiest. Victor DeMarco, via email: It's only original once. Chip Hellie, via email: It all boils down to how big is your wallet? If you can afford to screw up the car's value with a color change, go right ahead. Go ahead and be like all the other sheep and paint a British sports car red. I like red.... It's a sure-fire way to stop a high-end sale however. If you don't plan on selling in the next decade or more, I'd say paint it whatever fires your rocket—red or even copper with suede green interior like my outside latch. Otherwise, stick to beige and fawn or whatever it was originally. Funny thing about people is what you think is yucky is totally boss to the next guy. Resale red has left the building. Can you afford to mess about? Jim Cox, Branson, MO: Over the past 40-plus years of collecting, restoring and advising, I have almost always advocated originality—especially with low-production, highly collectible cars. We are after all, temporary guardians of automotive history and should respect the provenance. Concerning XKEs specifically, I have had the good fortune to have owned dozens. Currently in the barn are two that prove a point. The best-driving, 6-cylinder OTS I've owned, a '68 with power steering in the original, iconic red/black, for which someone will eventually offer too much money and I will eventually acquiesce. The other is a combination of options that makes it mine in perpetuity. A 1967 2+2 Willow Green, with Willow Green interior and an automatic. A guaranteed sale-proof car. Now, if the objective were to market the vehicle, a color change to BRG with a tan s View neon green. That being said, I am partial to red. Robert Redner, via email: Sell the beige Jag and buy one factory painted in your color choice. As always noted, they are only original once, it will cost a bundle to paint it correctly, and it will then just be a repainted Jag. Whatever you do, drive the heck out of it and enjoy. Russell Baird, via email: Original paint color is ALWAYS a must. Changing colors = mistake! Jim Singmaster, via email: E-types were built to be driven and enjoyed. There are lots of Jaguars sitting in museums and collections in some of the awful original colors. So, paint it the color you want and drive the damn thing. They are wonderful cars! Larry Brody, via email: First choice would be to keep it totally original, a survivor. It is only original once. If I had to paint it, I would use any E-type color appropriate for the year of manufacture. That said, the owner should do what will make him the happiest. Victor DeMarco, via email: It's only original once. Chip Hellie, via email: It all boils down to how big is your wallet? If you can afford to screw up the car's value with a color change, go right ahead. Go ahead and be like all the other sheep and paint a British sports car red. I like red.... It's a sure-fire way to stop a high-end sale however. If you don't plan on selling in the next decade or more, I'd say paint it whatever fires your rocket—red or even copper with suede green interior like my outside latch. Otherwise, stick to beige and fawn or what- ever it was originally. Funny thing about people is what you think is yucky is totally boss to the next guy. Resale red has left the building. Can you af- ford to mess about? Jim Cox, Branson, MO: Over the past 40-plus years of collecting, restoring and advising, I have almost always advocated originality—especially with low-production, highly collectible cars. We are after all, tem- porary guardians of automotive history and should respect the provenance. Concerning XKEs specifically, I have had the good fortune to have owned dozens. Currently in the barn are two that prove a point. The best-driving, 6-cylinder OTS I've owned, a '68 with power steering in the original, iconic red/black, for which someone will eventually offer too much money and I will eventually acquiesce. The other is a combination of options that makes it mine in perpetuity. A 1967 2+2 Willow Green, with Willow Green interior and an automatic. A guaranteed sale-proof car. Now, if the objective were to market the vehicle, a color change to BRG with a tan interior interior would certainly suffice. However, my objective is to finally have one XKE that no one will bother me about and that I can fiddle with to my heart's content. A different—but realistic—rationale for staying true to your school. Or color. Wilson Jones Walthall, via email: When I considered the exact same question for my ‘64 roadster about eight years ago, I decided to choose among factory colors—although not necessarily the ones that came on my car. Unless I tell—or someone looks up the build sheet—there is no way to notice the color change, as the car was totally apart when I painted it. Perhaps my decision was influenced by knowing I was also going to change the gearbox to a 5-speed, although the original is in a box, so I have all the original numbers. I chose Primrose Yellow with a Brisket interior. If a different color will help you enjoy the car longer, then take the possible future financial hit. If it was only about the money, you wouldn't have bought it in the first place. Jim Vranich, via email: I would not change the color of subject XKE. I am assuming the current paint is good. A high-quality detail by a professional will make the current paint color jump to perfection. Also, if the goal is to resell the car do not paint it a different color. I would change the paint color if the current beige is crap. In other words, if the paint is severely sun-beaten, chipped, delaminated—and if the car had some body damage. If the paint is so crappy and the car is going to be fully restored, then changing the paint is OK. If the goal is to resell the car as original, I would not change the paint color—even if the paint were crappy. If owning and driving the car long-term is the goal, then repainting and restoring are OK. Remember it is your car. Tom Graham, via email: I always find it a pleasure NOT to see red sports cars, especially E-types and Ferraris. Red competes with, and obscures the shape, rather than enhances it. Always glad to see something stand out from the sea of red at shows, especially the Italian sections. I have dreamt of Ferrari shows and not seeing a single red car. The original color of your car may be rather subtle, but were it up to me, it would go back to original. You will be the envy of at least one ex E-type driver. Dare to be cool! Greg Mihalic, via email: Change the color to Jaguar dark green. Charlie Barnett, Oldsmar, FL: If it is not perfect now, and if you have the money for a high quality professional paint job, then go for it and enjoy having it with better-quality paint—and in a color you love. So what if the car's collector value becomes slightly less (which I doubt). At least you can look at it with love in your heart and enjoy driving it even more than with the current color. ♦ Sports Car Market


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From the Paddock Murray Smith Learn to Drive Fast at a Country Club If you want to drive at speed—without demolishing the car, yourself or any unfortunate bystander—you need to build new skills Where a good driving school can take you S 40 o, you've been down to the local dealership and bought—off the shelf so to speak—a new car. A car, which in the right hands, can achieve levels of performance and grip that would have decimated a field of top-flight pure racing cars a few years ago. Those hands aren't yours—not yet. Your new supercar car can do 0-60 mph in less than four seconds, and roar to a top speed of 200 mph. All of this in a country where the legal speed limit rarely exceeds 70 mph—and where squealing tires and burnouts at stop lights are often considered a breach of the peace. You might have in your garage the very latest and greatest from Stuttgart, Maranello or Sant'Agata, but you don't know how to exploit the car's truly amazing capabilities. Or, if you're a vintage-minded guy, you may have a Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage, a Type 51 Bugatti or a Ford GT40. You would like to drive them on the track, but you're concerned about your unhoned driving skills. So what to do? Leave the race cars to their sad and inappropriate lot as static displays? What do you want? To establish what your car can do—without demolishing the ma- chine, yourself or any unfortunate bystander—you need to build new skills. First, check this list: ■ Racing, at least for the time being, is not your primary goal. ■ You do want to personally enjoy the power and performance of your car—in relative safety. ■ You want your driving time to be convenient to organize, not dependent on shipping your vehicles, booking hotels in far-flung places, or sending a crew to look after you. ■ You want to be a better driver. ■ You don't want to be intimidated or put at risk by fellow occupants of the track. ■ You like the idea of belonging to a country club—with all that that implies from a comfort and social point of view—but your golf handicap is not your personal Mount Everest. ■ You would like access to a track where you can learn and enjoy performance driving. If one or more of the above criteria hit a hotspot, you should look at joining a private driving club. Sports Car Market


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Types of driving clubs There are two types of driving clubs: Those that share time at a fully operating race track and those that offer exclusive use of one or more private tracks. If you want to be out there 100 or so days a year, pick a club with ex- clusive use of the track. Monticello Motor Club, in Monticello, NY, and Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, IL, come to mind. If you can survive with a little less track time but a very pleasant, clubby atmosphere then the Lime Rock Drivers Club in Lakeville, CT, may be your cup of tea. As I talked to the operators of many established clubs, I noticed that most of their members joined with the idea of improving their driving skills and enjoying their cars. As they improved, they graduated to a competitive posture—but not necessarily in their supercar. They then tend to buy or rent a Mazda Miata—and go racing. One of the best clubs actually has more than 70 Miatas regularly racing in club-sanctioned events throughout the year. How to choose a club First, check the location. There is no point in joining a club whose location restricts your use. Then visit the facility. Discuss what you can expect and deserve as a member. See if you like the staff. Drive the track. Will your family like what they see and be able to enjoy themselves while you are out there having fun? Negotiate a membership package that you can live with. And, above all, get out there and enjoy yourself. All of the clubs mentioned can offer you an automotive country club experience. And you'll find that as the sessions go by, you'll be a better, safer and faster driver—in any type of machinery. Private Driving Clubs ■ The Autobahn Country Club, in Joliet, IL, is the longest es- tablished of the clubs, with a big membership, lots of well-organized activities and two tracks. You can build a house on the grounds, and many members have. www.autobahncountryclub.net ■ The Lime Rock Driver's Club, in Lakeville, CT, has a lovely, convenient location at a storied track. The staff is excellent and friendly. The club offers privileged access to major events, such as the American Le Mans Series. www.limerockclub.com ■ The Monticello Motor Club, in Monticello, NY, has a superb track for the exclusive use of members and highly qualified consultants. www.monticellomotorclub.com ■ The Palm Beach Driving Club, in Palm Beach, FL, benefits from the management of the very experienced Ken Fengler. The track is interesting, there is a good training staff and it's in a pleasant part of the world. www.palmbeachdrivingclub.com ■ Brian Redman Targa 66 is a club that Brian Redman runs twice a year at selected race tracks. Each experience includes two or three days of generous track time. No racing is allowed, but there are sensible car groups with unrestricted passing, and participants get lots of good advice. www.gorace.com ♦ May 2011 41


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Ferrari Profile 1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Berlinetta Our subject car appears to have had a lot of money spent on it, which probably means that it needed a lot of money spent on it By Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 246 GT from 1969-74, 246 GTS from 1972-74 Number produced: 2,609 for the 246 GT, and 1,274 for the 246 GTS Original list price: 246 GTS $15,225 (1974) SCM Valuation: 246 GT $130,000$150,000, 246 GTS $165,000$210,000. Add $15,000 for “flares and chairs” Tune-up cost: $500, while a 15,000-mile major service is $3,000-plus Distributor cap: $300 Chassis #: Top frame rail, driver's side in the engine compartment Engine #: On the side of the block in front of the oil filter (not matching) Club: Ferrari Club of America, P.O. Box 720597, Atlanta, GA, 30358; Ferrari Owner's Club, 8642 Cleta Street, Downey, CA, 90241 More: www.FerrariClubofAmerica.org Alternatives: 1967-71 DeTomaso Mangusta, 1972-76 Maserati Merak, 1975-79 Ferrari 308 GTB SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 03344 F errari had resolved to create a younger brand using the support of Fiat, the innovative defining style of Pininfarina, and a new light alloy engine used in a rear mid-engine configuration. The resulting Dino was described by the Commendatore as “almost a Ferrari.” That slap denied it the name which posterity restored to it. The Dino was born in late 1969 following a long gestation. It started with a study prototype designed by Pininfarina in 1965, followed be a second functional prototype in 1966, and then a production type 206 in 1967. The 206 GT featured a 2-liter V6 engine. In 1969, a new engine with a cast case raised the displacement to 2.4 liter—and brought more torque and suppleness to the 246 GT. The car had a high degree of homogeneity on the road, a remarkable equilibrium and a dynamic behavior superior to that of the powerful GTs with the engine in the front. The car presented is a Dino 246 with the performance of the engine revised by adopting a kit called “Stratos,” which was assembled in Italy and supervised by Franco Meiners. The kit featured pointed camshafts and larger Weber carburetors. A Pozzi invoice folder shows that the car has been regularly serviced since 2004. In 2008 and 2009, it was the object of major repair work on the engine, clutch, gearbox, running gears and the brakes, by Pozzi, at a cost of more than 30,000 euros. The Dino body and uphol- 42 stery was restored by ODS, a renowned specialist. The sum total of the work, detailed information about which is given in the ODS invoices, comes to more than 40,000 euros. This car, which is red with a black interior, has been maintained meticulously and is accompanied by its invoice folder, a book detailing the restoration of the car, an expert report dated 2010, its normal French registration document and its toolkit. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 214, sold for $225,070, including buyer's premium, at Artcurial's Retromobile Auction on February 4, 2011. Okay, we all know that the Dino was named after Enzo Ferrari's son who was a contributor to the design of the Dino V6 engine. We know that although Ferrari supposedly said that a Ferrari is a 12-cylinder car, Ferraris were successfully raced in 4-, 6-, and 8-cylinder configurations. We also know the 246 Dino is probably the sexiest street Ferrari to ever come out of Maranello, and that's why we lust after this 39-year-old “almost Ferrari” like a 16-year-old lusts after a Victoria's Secret lingerie model. A fun car with a great sound The Dino is truly a fun car to be around. Starting the car, you're met with a wonderful, deep exhaust rumble 1973 Ferrari 246 GTS Dino Lot 62, s/n 03652 Condition 2 Sold at $174,000 Bonhams, Dubai, 10/11/10 SCM# 167804 1971 Ferrari 246 GT Dino Lot 31, s/n 02720 Condition 2Sold at $103,620 H&H Auctions, Buxton, U.K., 2/17/10 SCM# 159107 1973 Ferrari 246 GTS Dino Lot 311, s/n 07398 Condition 2+ Sold at $118,900 Bonhams, Sussex, U.K., 8/3/09 SCM# 120971 Sports Car Market Photos: Artcurial Motorcars


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SCM Digital Bonus that is unique in the automotive world. The 2.4-liter V6 moves the car from 0-60 mph in a brisk—but hardly impressive—7.5 seconds. Once you're up to speed, there's plenty of torque to maneuver without changing gears. When you do change gears, the action is pure Ferrari. There's no speed-shifting a Dino, as it takes a deliberate movement of the precise shift linkage to change a gear. When it all comes together the car effortlessly dances across the road with an ease that no other car of its era can match. Dinos were value priced compared to their Ferrari contemporaries. The Dinos were often driven more than their Ferrari counterparts, and their less-affluent owners were often less prone—and less able—to maintain their car like a Ferrari. Many were well-worn before their resurrection, and just because a Dino is shiny today doesn't mean it had an easy life. Rust and other lurking monsters Rust can be a real problem with a Dino. Poor drain- age allows water to get caught in the bottom of the doors. The water will warp the inner door panel and rust out the bottom of the doors. Dirt thrown up from the rear tires can get caught in the bottom of the rear fenders. When the dirt gets wet, the resulting mud causes another area of rust. The backup light is similarly plagued, and that area, along with the doglegs, should be checked for rust. Mechanically, the engine is strong, but camshafts are known to wear. Don't assume a lethargic Dino just needs a tune, as the cams may well be the culprit. Second-gear synchronizers are a notorious Dino weakness. If a Dino won't go into second when cold, it's only a matter of time before you have to replace the synchro. Once considered a serious issue, today rebuilding a Dino gearbox costs less than a major service on some Ferraris. Other problem areas to check are the delicate Dinoplex electronic ignition module and the electrical system as a whole. Inside the Dino, the dash covering (AKA Mouse Fur) is prone to fade, stain, and generally wear out. Expect to re-cover the dash every 20 years or so. The seats are another weak link. The seats are one piece, and have a stitch where the seat portion meets the back. This area is often abused when you get in or out of the car. If you're lucky, the stitching eventually gives way, and you have to have the seam re-stitched. If you're not so lucky, the leather gives way and you have to replace the leather. Rising popularity and price There were few options available on a Dino but the ones that were offered deter- mine the pecking order of the cars. There were two body configurations: the hard top GT and the Targa top GTS. The GTS is by far the most desirable in the U.S., but the GT is a strong contender in Europe. The rare “flares and chairs” option is the next most desirable option. Flares refer to a flared-out lip at the wheel openings and chairs refers to the seats which have an upholstery pattern similar to a Ferrari Daytona's seats. This option also came with beautiful Campagnolo wheels in a size wider than the stock wheels. Other available options included leather interior, power windows, and air conditioning. Dinos have always been popular, and their price reflects their popularity. Top examples crossed the $200k line in the late 1980s and prices have again returned to that level for the best examples. Our subject car appears to have had a lot of money spent on it, which probably means that it needed a lot of money spent on it. It is a low-rung model, with crank window, no air conditioning—and was probably delivered with a vinyl interior. Dinos are very popular in Europe and there have been other examples sold at this level, but someone really stretched for this one. In the U.S., I doubt this car would break $150k. The seller should be very happy with the price, and the buyer should hope the market continues to go up. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Artcurial.) SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images, and more... May 2011 43


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Ferrari Profile The Cumberford Perspective Not perfect—but brilliant—and magically charming to many By Robert Cumberford designers (ex-BMW, Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, and now at McLaren), walked down a Casablanca street with his father. Seeing a Dino at the curb, he was transfixed and refused to move for half an hour. His life course was determined in a moment significant enough for the senior Stephenson to note the date. What is it about this single de- O sign that so entrances? Most formal details had already appeared on other Pininfarina cars—those iconic flying buttresses were part of earlier designs—but there is something absolutely magical about the Dino. Its diminutive size, perhaps? Observers believe they can instantly apprehend it totally— that it is within their capabilities to master it on the road. Or is it simply the overwhelming voluptuousness of its feminine curves and volumes? Size, sensuality... whatever its elements of seduction, this car speaks to a wide range of enthusiasts—to people who are normally indifferent to sports cars as well as to those who burn with desire to drive it, to women who see it as an artistic imagine the races at its wh Many of th elements of p present, but th ing link to th car past, such a unintegrated Firmly fixed recapitulates t indicates the f Perfect? ofile The Cumberford Perspective Not perfect—but brilliant—and magically charming to many By Robert Cumberford designers (ex-BMW, Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, and now at McLaren), walked down a Casablanca street with his father. Seeing a Dino at the curb, he was transfixed and refused to move for half an hour. His life course was determined in a moment significant enough for the senior Stephenson to note the date. What is it about this single de- O sign that so entrances? Most for- mal details had already appeared on other Pininfarina cars—those iconic flying buttresses were part of earlier designs—but there is something absolutely magical about the Dino. Its diminutive size, perhaps? Observers believe they can instantly apprehend it totally— that it is within their ca- pabilities to master it on the road. Or is it simply the overwhelming voluptuousness of its feminine curves and volumes? Size, sensuality... whatever its elements of seduction, this car speaks to a wide range of enthusi- asts—to people who are normally indifferent to sports cars as well as to those who burn with desire to drive it, to women who see it as an artistic imagine the races at its wh Many of th elements of p present, but th ing link to th car past, such a unintegrated Firmly fixed recapitulates t indicates the f Perfect? Brilliant? Brilliant? Yes FRONT 3/4 VIEW No idea what these chevron- 1 like slots are for, but aren't they nice graphically? flanks are elegantly organic. Just a bare touch of the classic 3 2 Ferrari egg-crate grille is more than enough for identity. 4 One wonders how much air gets through these fine-screened openings, but it seems safe to say “just enough.” 5 Placement of these lamps 6 11 10 8 Modest air inlets on the rear beautifully outlines both sides of headlamp scoops. REAR 3/4 VIEW These sail panels or flying 6 buttresses have become universal elements of modern car design, such as in the BMW 6-Series. 7 Flat-side glass is almost a time-stamp fixing the design five decades back. 8 Ah, those Lolobridgidian curves! Imagine the view from behind the wheel. Voluptuous luxury. 9 An early manifestation of four round lamps on Ferrari tails. But here it was done for economy. 10 Richie Ginther's ducktail spoiler translated from racer to road car with true elegance. 11Anachronistic vent recalls brutal racers, but it has little to do with the curves and volumes of the Dino. INTERIOR VIEW (shown on p. 43) The bus-driver's steering wheel placement and the pleated panels are also 1960s time stamps. 7 5 4 3 n March 19, 1969, Frank Stephenson, one of the best contemporary car 1 2 9 44 Sports Car Market


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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan When is Fast too Fast? If a used 550 bought for $75k could be zapped back to 1972, with nothing but a set of slicks added, it would probably win the GT class at Le Mans Driver and passenger both survived T his month's column focuses on three related points. First, I do a lot of expertwitness work, so I'm consulted on many horrifically wrecked Ferraris, which is very sobering. I also get emails from Ferrari Internet chat groups monitoring the relatively new trend of punitive traffic fines in Europe and Canada. Finally, because I drive most of the modern Ferraris, I'm all too aware just how staggeringly fast today's supercars are relative to real-world speeds. Let's explore each of these topics, with my goals being that I testify fewer times each month, and that we see fewer owners lose their licenses and cars through evermore Draconian laws. Sliced in half at 96 mph Late last year, I was consulted regarding a 360 Stradale driven by Charles “Mask” Lewis, one of the founders of Tapout, a maker of clothing for Mixed Martial Arts fans. Lewis was racing a Porsche in Newport Beach, CA, when they collided and spun at about 100 mph. The 360 hit a utility pole at 96 mph, cutting the car in half and instantly killing Lewis. His passenger survived. My most recent major accident inspection was a 430 Spider in Newport Beach, CA, which spun at about 100 mph and crossed a center divider, hitting an oncoming tow truck. The tow truck was totaled, the Ferrari was ripped in half and the Ferrari's passenger was killed—although the driver lived. The tow truck occupants were all injured. Today's software allows forensic engineers to digitally re-create these accidents with amazing accuracy. My mission is to help download data from the car's onboard computers or “black boxes,” which can be a wealth of “what happened” information. The usual first question from the lawyers is to Ferrari's liability, but inevitably the fault is pilot error that begins with an excess of testosterone and speed and ends with a lack of talent. High speeds and high fines Canada has laws which allow the police to seize vehicles because of excessive speed or reckless driving. In my former hometown of North Vancouver, the owner of an F430 recently had his Ferrari seized and sold by the government when he was caught doing 200 kph (125 46 mph) in a 40 kph (25 mph) zone while racing a BMW M6. According to Rich Coleman, the British Columbia Solicitor General, “When a vehicle has killed or injured someone, it's too late. Our laws now work to take vehicles away from reckless drivers before they hurt someone.” The Ferrari sold for $306k, with the money divided between the vehicle owner's bank and the government in an 80/20 split. The 31-year-old driver had owned the F430 for just one day. In Finland, traffic fines are based on income. The more you make, the more you pay for a traffic ticket. For example, 27-year-old dot-com millionaire Jaakko Rytsola was fined $74,400 for driving his Ferrari 360 dangerously. While the police said that Rytsola was not speeding, they claimed that he switched lanes too often and endangered other traffic in downtown Helsinki. There is no lack of other staggering examples of traffic fines from the land of Kimi Räikkönen. The Ferrari-unfriendly Swiss In Switzerland, traffic fines are also based on in- come, and a Testarossa driver was fined nearly $290k U.S. for driving 85 mph in a 50 mph zone. He was initially fined about $90k U.S. by the local jurisdiction, but the next court increased the fine after the driver said he was a diplomat from the Republic of Guinea-Bissau and claimed diplomatic immunity. That didn't sway the court, which boosted the fine to $290k. “The accused ignored elementary traffic rules with a powerful vehicle out of a pure desire for speed,” said the court judgment. On the upside, apparently the driver has to pay only half of the fine now—with the rest deferred Sports Car Market


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and possibly eliminated for good behavior. In what may be the world's most expensive speeding ticket, a 37-year-old Swede initially escaped multiple Swiss radar traps because the traps were incapable of recording speeds beyond 200 kph (125 mph). But a new-generation radar gun finally caught him at close to 300 kph (186 mph) between Bern and Lausanne. When pulled over by Swiss traffic police, it took the driver more than half a kilometer (546 yards) to slow down and stop his car. He initially faced a highly publicized fine of just over $1m U.S. dollars, but that was ultimately negotiated to a mere $325k U.S. 200 mph on a highway near you Modern Ferraris are wonderful cars, and they do everything right with linear precision—and give drivers staggering performance. If one had access to a time machine, a used 550 bought for $75k could be zapped back to 1972, and with nothing but a set of slicks, would probably win the GT class at Le Mans—embarrassing the fabled competition Daytonas. While the 550 was marketed as a mere 199mph car, the 575 will break the 200 mph mark, and the 599 is even faster. All this makes one ask “when is too fast too fast?” The race track might be the place to drive fast—if you have the skills. In the U.S., road racing usually starts with the Sports Car Club of America, which requires six hours of ontrack instruction for an SCCA novice permit. After two races with a regional license, one can get an SCCA National license. After a season of track time with a National license, one can move up to an FIA International C license without too much drama. There are more advanced FIA licenses, but each step up requires much more track time in faster cars. As a quick comparison in speeds, a Daytona Prototype is glued to the track thanks to lots of downforce. Because of the speed-killing downforce—and lots of wing—a Daytona Prototype will hit a mere 185 mph on the longest straights, such as at Daytona. The driver lives in a roll cage and carbon-fiber encapsulated tube-chassis cocoon and should walk away from virtually any accident. A stock Ferrari 550 will go faster, but the car lacks the same downforce, the same ultra-stiff suspension and the same level of brakes. More importantly, the only requirement to find out just how fast a 550 will go is a checkbook that will cover the cost. No high-speed experience is required or asked. While Ferraris are very well built and very high-speed accidents are usually sur- vivable, the laws of physics and frailties of the human physiology kick in at speeds of 100 mph and faster. Because most Ferrari owners only explore ultra-high speeds very late at night or on long and lonely straight stretches of road, when accidents do happen, the driver and passenger are usually the only victims. Unfortunately it's only a matter of time before someone in a Ferrari takes a number of bystanders out. In their usually knee-jerk reaction, some politicians will propose and pass the draconian laws common in Europe and Canada. I don't want my next expert witness contract to be about an SCMer's Ferrari. Hopefully none of our readers want to be the future poster child for new legislation that confiscates cars to raise much-needed state revenue—or be the example used to create a new push for draconian video- or photo-enforced speeding tickets. If you own or buy a supercar, do yourself and the public a favor and take a few racing school lessons. For the price of a cam belt service, you can rent a spec Miata, go to an SCCA (or similar) driver's school, qualify 39th for your first race and do everything right for 30 terror-filled minutes to work your way up to 35th place. And if you do everything wrong, at least you have limited your losses to $3k to $7k—and you'll have a lifetime memory to take home. Finally, you will not be the subject of a long and embarrassing thread on www.ferrarichat.com. ♦ May 2011 47


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English Profile 1959 Austin-Healey 100-6 Jamaican Most do-it-yourselfers realized that just restoring the original Healey would have been much easier than doing this half-restoration, half-creation job by Gary Anderson Details Years produced: Austin-Healey 100/3000 from 1952-1967 Number produced: 73,004 big Healeys (6-cylinder models) Original list price: $3,087 SCM Valuation: $35,000-$45,000 (standard 100-6) Tune-up cost: $250-$500 Distributor cap: $85 Chassis #: Plate screwed to firewall in engine compartment Engine #: Plate riveted to top left side of engine block Club: Austin-Healey Club USA More: www.healey.org Alternatives: 1955-59 MGA, 1955-63 Triumph TR3, 1960-67 Sunbeam Alpine SCM Investment Grade: C Comps I n light of its popularity, and taking into consideration the potential of its rigid and low-frame chassis, the 4-cylinder Austin-Healey gave way in 1956 to the first 6-cylinder version, the 100-6, which boasted a BMC C-Series engine with a cubic capacity of close to 2.7 liters. The success of the Austin-Healeys across the Atlantic was such that most of the cars produced between 1953 and 1968 were sold in the United States—mainly in California, where the climate was conducive to preserving car bodies. However, at the end of the 1960s, the style of the Austin-Healeys as created in 1950 started to age. Fiberfab, a California crafts company specializing in fiberglass work, had been founded by Warren “Bud” Goodwind in 1964. This company offered body kits in resin and fiberglass that allowed the classic English roadsters—Austin-Healey, Triumph TR, and MGA—to be fitted with new bodies. The car presented here is an Austin-Healey 100-6 from 1959. In 1968, it was fitted with an elegant and unusual fiberglass body, with a sleek profile and stylish lines inspired by the larger Italian GTs of the time. It is claimed that Fiberfab only produced five Healey Jamaicans in total. This one has been completely restored, starting from the bare chassis, stripped and subjected to anticorrosion treatment prior to re-assembly of the engine and transmission (four gears plus overdrive). The running gears, brakes (with disks at the front), and the wire wheels (Borrani with central locking) are new. With the pleasant sounds it makes, the exhaust system reinforces the sporting character created by the wire wheels. This 48 beautiful and extremely rare Austin-Healey Jamaican works well and has a tried-and-tested mechanical system. It is reliable, easy to maintain—and offers an exceptional opportunity for “driving with a difference.” It comes with its French vehicle registration document. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 250, sold for $56,267, including buyer's premium, at Artcurial's Rétromobile sale in Paris on February 4, 2011. With all due respect to the owner who was selling this car, the claim that Fiberfab produced only five bodies for Austin-Healeys is very unlikely. During the period when this car was rebodied, Fiberfab was advertising its products in every sports car magazine in the United States—often with glossy one- and two-page ads showing bikini-clad models draped over the finished product in a sunset-enhanced California beach scene. I doubt if any car mag reader in my age group—I was in my teens at the time—didn't dream of buying a rusted-out Healey, MGA, or Triumph and turning it into one of these Italian-styled GTs with a few weekends of work in the garage. Certainly rusted-out donor chassis were available in abundance. There is a reason few Healey 100-6s survive today. By the time Fiberfab was at its peak, 100-6 cars were ten years old and finding their way to the junkyards in great numbers, with the bodies rusted beyond repair and the frame members deteriorating to the point that doors wouldn't open or stay closed because of droop at the center. On the other hand, there may only be five or six completed Fiberfab Healey conversions in existence today, 1969 Meyers Manx SR(2) Lot 290370318781, s/n 1102492518 Condition 4 Sold at $8,500 eBay, 2/4/10 SCM# 156888 1963 Porsche 917 replica Lot 13, s/n 917-0520 Condition 3+ Sold at $7,898 Bonhams & Butterfields, Tacoma,WA, 9/10/10 SCM# 166310 1988 Mercedes-Benz 500k replica Lot S065, s/n iRMBAB116IF000055 Condition 2 Sold at $13,388 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 4/28/06 SCM# 41587 Sports Car Market Photos: Artcurial


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SCM Digital Bonus although I drove one a few years ago that was for sale in California. It may only be coincidence, but it had the same interior and exterior color of this one. Not easy to build The reality was that creating a good finished car required that you rebuild the body, suspension, engine, and transmission of your clapped-out, ten-year-old Healey. You also had to know enough about working with fiberglass to be able to fit the other donor pieces and get the various panels to fit properly. The windshield, rear window, lights, and hardware all had to be sourced from various other kinds of cars (“readily available at any junkyard or from aftermarket parts catalogs,” said the breezy literature). Then the fiberglass body had to be cut and finished to accept the glass. From the Fiberfab instructions: “Cut all openings with sabre saw using windshield glass and rear glass as a template. Remember: when making any cuts in the body, you can always cut more, but once you've cut too much, it is difficult to repair.” Next, all this had to be fitted on your rebuilt donor chassis, making sure the doors would fit cleanly into the openings, and all the panels would fit together. And finally, all the wiring and trim had to be installed. About halfway through the process, most do-it-yourselfers realized that just restor- ing the original Healey would have been much easier than doing this half-restoration, half-creation job. Most of these projects were simply abandoned at that time. A little-respected spectacle The example I drove had been pushed into the back of a garage, and only com- pleted in the mid-1990s by a restorer with significant skills in working with fiberglass and a constant urge to drive cars that were a little “different.” But assuming you were able to get the project completed so that it looked as the advertisements had originally promised, what would you have? Yes, these cars turned heads when they arrived at car shows. There were so few that they were unusual, and the lines were certainly sleek and eye-catching. However, the general reaction when they were new was not one of respect. They had been presented as a cheap sports car for someone who couldn't afford a real Ferrari or Maserati, and that's pretty much how they were evaluated. Today, they are much more likely to show up at a kit-car show for their historic interest—or at a meeting of the Arcane Auto Society for their unusual attributes— than to appear at a high-end rally or Austin-Healey concours. Driving the project car What about the experience of owning and driving one of these cars? For starters, if it is a little difficult to get into an Austin-Healey with the top up, try doing it with a door opening that is several inches lower. There is a reason why the example pictured here seems to have no padding in the seat cushions. With standard padding, no driver taller than 5 feet, 7 inches would be able to sit upright when driving. With the body conversion, you lose the separate boot and most of your luggage space. The spare wheel looks sporting back there, but add any additional luggage and you lose all visibility out the rear window. How a Jamaican conversion drove and handled depended on two things. First, since it still used Healey drivetrain and running gear, handling depended on the quality of the chassis restoration. Second, the body was lighter, but it proved almost impossible to mount it well enough to avoid squeaks where the body fastened to the chassis, and they rattle where aftermarket parts didn't quite fit. A rare—but not popular—car The original Fiberfab company was ef- fectively out of the business of making conversion bodies by the mid-1970s, although they did continue to make aftermarket hard tops and other body panels for a while afterwards. The company actually is still in business today making high-powered kit cars, having been revived by the original founder's son. As for the few examples from the 1960s that still exist, today they're bought, sold, and shown as oddities, with few owners holding on to them for very long. The sale price of this car, about equal to an average, clubquality restored 100-6, was all the money that this ownership experience will be worth. I would say that both buyer and seller did well here, with a plus for the buyer that he'll surely win a prize for “Best Jamaican” at every concours he enters. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Artcurial.) SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images, original sales brochure, and more... May 2011 49


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Prototipo Berlinetta If this car had been discovered in a country garage during the 1990s, it would be poisonous. Tubolare Zagatos are notoriously easy to fake by Donald Osborne Details Year produced: 1965 Number produced: 1 Original List Price: N/A SCM Valuation: $125,000–$150,000 Tune-up cost: $750 Distributor Caps: $15 (single plug) $1,000 (twin plug) Chassis number: Unknown Engine number: Right side of block Club: Alfa Romeo Owners Club, P.O. Box 12340, Kansas City, MO, 64116 More: www.aroc-usa.org Alternatives: 1963–64 Porsche 904, 1959–62 Porsche Abarth Carrera, 1964–74 Alpine-Renault A110 Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: AR10511 0003 off. After completion, this unique Alfa Romeo remained the Chizzola family's property until it was bought by the current vendor at Bonhams' Nürburgring Sale in August 2000. Known in the Chizzola family as the “TZ1½,” the car I is a development of the original TZ. The un-numbered chassis is a one-of-a-kind tubular design: A modified Ferrari F2 frame according to the late Ludovico Chizzola—but shorter and different than a TZ's. The fiberglass “gull-wing” coachwork is of an unusual design that corresponds to a scale model kept at the Alfa Romeo Centrostile museum. Both side and rear windows are of Plexiglas, and the cockpit features a wide transmission tunnel, the familiar TZ wood-rim steering wheel and TZ/Giulia gearlever knob, switches, etc…. The car has a genuine TZ-type “single-plug” engine, which breathes through twin Weber 45DCOE carburetors, and runs on 13-inch alloy wheels (à la TZ2). The engine is set low and well back in the chassis, while the wheels are positioned at the extreme corners, thus achieving minimal body overhangs. The leading TZ2owning authority acquainted with this car since new says that it drives very much like a TZ2. This unique TZ prototype has covered only a mini- mal distance since completion, but Ludovico Chizzola's sister recalled one memorable drive with her brother over the standard test route along which he drove all 50 n response to Alfa Romeo's request for a TZ successor, Autodelta's co-founder Ludovico Chizzola built this prototype for Alfa Romeo to opt for its own design—the TZ2—so the car remained a one- TZs prior to delivery. Comprising 80 kilometers—50 miles—of twisty mountain roads, the drive typically takes 1.5 hours but was covered in this car in just 40 minutes! Stored at the old Autodelta works from 19652000, the car had only been seen in public once prior to its sale in 2000—at the 1996 Autodelta Reunion at Udine where it was the star of the event. When auctioned, it had covered just 580 kilometers (360 miles). Since its acquisition by the current vendor, the TZ has been overhauled by Cars International and has only been used once, at an Alfa centenary event in the U.K. The car is described as in generally very good condition and running well. Today a TZ of any sort is both rare and highly sought after, and this unique specimen is surely all the more desirable by virtue of its place in Autodelta and TZ history. SCM Analysis This car sold for $128,540, including buyer's premium, at the Bonhams La Vente du Grand Palais, Paris, France auction on February 5, 2011. The sale was in Euros, €1=$1.36. Although we all pretend that looks aren't as impor- tant as personality, it's seldom that a quick wit, a good mind and a winning smile beats drop-dead gorgeous. But it's also true that sometimes the pretty ones aren't the most satisfying in the end. The buyer of this Alfa Romeo obtained a very in- teresting historical artifact—a unique piece which will gain him or her carte blanche over any vintage event car selection committee and at a considerable discount. The 1964 Alfa Romeo TZ-1 Lot 38, s/n 750030 Condition 2+ Not sold at $98,963 Christie's, Paris, FR, 2/12/02 SCM# 27111 Sports Car Market 1965 Alfa Romeo TZ-1 Lot 33, s/n 750105 Condition 2Sold at $440,000 Gooding & Co, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/17/09 SCM# 119048 1963 Alfa Romeo TZ-1 Lot 158, s/n AR750100 Condition 2+ Sold at $483,900 Sportscar, Geneva, CH, 10/6/07 SCM# 48159 Photos: Bonhams


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SCM Digital Bonus “Tubolare Zagato” cars, literally named for their tube-frame chassis and Zagato bodies, are among the most desirable post-war Alfas. What the buyer did not get was a car with drop-dead gor- geous, or even late-night-bar-room pretty, looks. In this case, it's all about personality—or as we say in the world of collectible automobiles, provenance. A big name—and known history This car also demonstrates quite vividly the power of prov- enance. It is called a “TZ Prototipo,” and that is sort of correct, inasmuch as it is a one-off and has Giulia TZ mechanical and suspension bits. If it were not built by Ludovico Chizzola and if its whereabouts since creation were not well documented, it would probably have the value of a nice 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia GT. While it carries the AR 105 11 prefix of a factory TZ, it is not in the sequence of numbers beginning with 750 000 through 117, which the official TZ1 and TZ2 chassis have. If this car had been discovered in a country garage during the 90s, it would be poisonous. Genuine Tubolare Zagatos are notoriously easy to fake, and one with an “incorrect” chassis number, different chassis design and individual styling would quickly be dismissed as a bizarre fantasy. Now the car is a bit of a bizarre fantasy, but since it's one dreamed up by Chizzola, it of course makes it rather okay. Perhaps more to the point, there's no real reason for it to carry a Z in its name, as it wasn't built by Zagato. It was called by its creator “Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Prototipo Berlinetta Vico”—with the last word a nickname for Ludovico—and was so known for most of its life prior to his death. It's been helpful marketing to call it a TZ, as it shortens the explanation period. So, as for the difference in value between this car and a TZ, there is, of course, another factor. Almost every TZ has a competition history, which adds to the allure and therefore to value. On the other hand, a competition record is also an opportunity for a car to lose various original components, such as engines, bodywork, suspension components and so on, which renders them less original. This car has traveled very few kilometers and as far as I could uncover, was never run competitively until 2007, when it was entered in the Fordwater Trophy race at Goodwood. It failed to cover itself with glory on that occasion, as it became a mechanical casualty during qualifying. I haven't found any other evidence of use on the track or rallies, but it certainly would be welcome in either milieu. Special car, replica price As an exercise in physics, Chizzola's goal of building a race car with a low moment of inertia may have been a success. But, as is the case of many theoretical designs, the ideal must sometimes be compromised to meet the needs of the aesthetic. As no one has noticed any particular major handling deficiencies in either the TZ or TZ2, this design seems to be the answer to a question no one had asked. A replica TZ, that is to say an acknowledged copy— done to a very good level—brings $115,000 to $135,000. A genuine, no-stories, all-the-contentious-expertsagree TZ, with a majority of its gearbox and suspension bits original or correct and with chassis and body panels showing only the repairs it should based on its history, cannot be found for less than $600k. There is no question that this car is at heart a special. What makes it different from many other wannabe cars is that it was conceived by and built for one of the most important names in Italian motorsport, someone who certainly had the right, if that can be said, to use the pieces from which it was made. That this car has been valued by the market on this day as equivalent to a fake TZ is ample proof of one of my maxims: That given a certain amount of money, it's always better to buy a real something than a fake of something better. I could live with the looks in exchange for owning and driving a unique piece. I hope the new owner manages to get it sufficiently fettled to allow it to take part in competition— at least on over-the-road rallies. I would therefore call this Giulia 1600 Prototipo well bought. ♦ (Vehicle description Bonhams.) SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images and more... May 2011 51 courtesy of


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German Profile 1957 BMW Isetta 300 Convertible While this car is Mille Miglia eligible, you'd probably need at least two additional days to complete the route by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1955-62 Number produced: 158,728 Original List Price: $1,000 SCM Valuation: $15,000-$30,000 Tune-up cost: $60 to $80 Chassis # Location: Stamped on firewall as well as on chassis plate Engine # Location: Stamped on cylinder block, distributor side on boss Club Info: Vintage Microcar Club Website: www.microcar.org Alternatives: 1957 Messerschmitt KR 200, 1957 Heinkel Kabine, 1957 Velorex, 1957 Zundapp Janus 250 SCM Investment Grade: C Comps 1961 BMW Isetta 300 convertible Lot 304, s/n 501585 Condition 1Sold at $41,250 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/13/10 SCM# 165794 Chassis number: 500311 T his car has undergone a complete nut-and-bolt restoration. Powered by a 298-cc 1-cylinder, 4-stroke motor with 13 horsepower. The car has a 4-speed manual transmission with reverse, rack and pin- ion steering, coil springs in the front and leaf springs in the rear. Has a 12-volt electrical system and weighs approximately 780 pounds with a top speed of 53 mph and 50 mpg. Titled as a 1957 Isetta. SCM Analysis This car sold for $40,700, including buyer's premium, at the Barrett- Jackson Scottsdale, AZ, auction on Saturday, January 23, 2011. What fast and beautiful Italian sports car shares a creator with a very slow and funny-looking German super economy car? If your answers were “Iso Grifo” and “BMW Isetta,” give yourself full marks. In fact, those who admire the powerful and stylish Grifo have the Isetta to thank for it. In Europe, during the long days of rebuilding after World War II, there was an urgent need for very economical transportation. Fuel was still scarce—money scarcer still—and for a populace which placed the pressing issues of survival and recovery 52 above comfort and fashion, motorcycle-based minicars were the perfect alternative to bicycles and carts. Coolers to cars In the pre-war period, Renzo Rivolta's Isothermos company manufactured refrigerators. After the war, he moved his firm's focus to transport, building scooters and motorcycles, among them the Isoscooter and Isomoto. A logical extension was to add a line of small, roomy and well-made cycle-powered cars named Isetta. While they sold reasonably well in Italy, the competition was about to heat up with imminent arrival of Fiat's Topolino successor, the Nuova 500. Meanwhile, in Germany BMW was reeling; having completely misread the market with its fabulous but expensive V8 sedans and luxury GTs, it had to make a quick move to offer something that the impecunious Burghers could actually buy. The answer turned out to be a license from Rivolta to manufacture the Isetta, one he sold as well as to other firms in France, Spain, the U.K. and Brazil. Contrary to popular belief, only the very first Italian development cars were three-wheelers—all the rest had four wheels, with a very narrow rear track. By 1958 BMW Isetta 300 Lot F488, s/n 570194 Condition 1 Sold at $28,600 Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/12/10 SCM# 165848 1957 BMW Isetta 300 Lot 315, s/n 505574 Condition 2 Sold at $31,350 RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 3/27/10 SCM#160069 Sports Car Market Photos: Barrett-Jackson


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SCM Digital Bonus the time the BMW Isetta 300 was introduced, the rear track had been widened considerably, adding massive levels of stability. Or not. The start of a tiny trend Microcars burst onto center stage of the classic scene in 1997, when pioneering tiny car collector Bruce Weiner decided to sell most of his first collection at a Christie's auction in London. The 43 cars offered blasted through their high estimates, an example being the $33,391 realized for a 1957 BMW Isetta 300—which had been estimated at $6,452 to $9,679. They had arrived as the gôut du jour. Even our Publisher Martin succumbed to the discrete charm of the buzzing bubble and owned an Isetta. I have no doubt that his lovely daughter Alex is still working through issues from the times she was dropped off at school in that character-rich conveyance (Editor's note: Publisher Martin put another Isetta into the SCM fleet last summer). The fortunes of micros waned a bit in the decade following the London sale, as it became clear that it took a superb example to match those record prices. In recent years, with the rise of Fiat Jolly mania, microcars, especially the most commonly seen Isettas and Messerschmitts, have made a comeback. Sales in Scottsdale Let's take a look at Isetta sales in a single venue: Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. Over the past four years they have sold Isettas at prices ranging from $24,000 to $47,000. Our subject car had previously sold at B-J in January 2010 for $31,900. Once the seller's commission is deducted from the January 2011 sale, the car made approximately a 27% return, of course not accounting for transport, entry fees, insurance and maintenance. Still, it wasn't bad for an “investment” in the current environment. Although Isettas are fairly simple, they are not particularly inexpensive to restore correctly, and many can be seen with various fudges for missing trim—and with mechanical solutions which can be imaginative at the very least. Übercollector Weiner, who went on to build a second, larger microcar collection— which is housed in his Microcar Museum in Georgia—has said in print that it was not unusual for him to spend up to $40,000 restoring a micro. When considering a purchase, be sure to check with knowledgeable club members or a few of the respected microcar authorities. The restorer of this particular Isetta is a marque specialist, who has for a number of years prepared at least one car for sale in Scottsdale. All have been done to a very high level—many quite over the top. That he has as good a reputation as he does considering his very visible market presence says something. Small, easily garaged artifacts What remains is the “why?” Most collectors want to buy a car they can use in some social setting, be it rallies, tours or shows. While the Isetta is Mille Miglia eligible, you'd probably need at least two additional days to complete the route. There are a number of tours for microcars in the U.K., and in the flatter parts of the U.S. it would be fun to commune with fellow under 700-cc—not to mention the under 400-cc—owners. At every show for which they are eligible, you are guaranteed to get the cute factor prize, so please don't succumb to the temptation to put those ridiculous, oversized wind-up keys on the back. While I have to admit I find it strange that an Isetta would sell for more than an Iso Rivolta GT, there's no question that as historic artifacts, they are an important reminder of ingenuity in difficult times. They're also easier to garage. So, was this car well sold or well bought? Let's say this deal was a tiny bit of both. ♦ (Introductory description Jackson.) Seat Time Roy Marson, via email: My experience with an Isetta was in 1959, when I spotted one for sale at a local used car lot in Santa Barbara, CA. I had a classmate who just came to town and was anxious to make an impression with the ladies. In that era, muscle cars were not yet invented and most anything unusual would do. He bought the car with financing from the dealer. At that time the $500 he paid was a lot of money to a 19-year-old. We “cruised” State Street daily. My Dad already had the first Volkswagen on the West Coast which he had bought at Hoffman Motors in New York in 1950 after he had seen them in Europe. So we were used to the small size. The little car was advertised as a car you would enter standing up. It was really cool how you would then turn your booty around and lower it into the seat, pulling the door shut behind you. Then you would turn the key to start up the single-banger, 9 horsepower gas engine. You would need to get used to shifting the little 4-speed with your left hand, as the shifter was along the wall of the car. It took awhile to get it up to speed, but it easily cruised at 55 to 60 mph once you got it there (and there were no hills). She got over 40 mpg with three very slim 19-year-olds aboard. Alas, my friend left school and got a job, so I lost daily contact with him and his Isetta. The last I heard is that in an attempt to make a better impression with his girlfriend—whom he later married—he swapped the Isetta for a ‘53 Pontiac. Both owners were happy with their newfound purchases—until the buyer of the Isetta floored it across the Mohave desert and blew the little long-stroke engine. All in all, I was happy to have this experience and to see the $30k values the little cars bring and deserve. SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images and more... May 2011 53 courtesy of Barrett


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American Car Collector Profile 1969 Chevrolet Camaro L89 Pace Car Convertible This car may not have roared around the 1969 Indy 500 track, but it is a rare, genuine collectible by Dale Novak Details Year produced: 1969 Number produced: 3,675 (all Pace Cars combined) Original list price: $5,148.50 (as equipped) SCM Valuation: $37,400–$65,000 ( For L78 396-ci engine configurations) Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $25 Chassis #: Upper dash panel on the driver side Engine #: Pad on passenger side of engine forward of cylinder head Clubs: American Camaro Association, Camaro Research Group More: www.americancamaro.org, www. camaros.org Alternatives: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car, 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W30 Convertible, 1971 Dodge Challenger Pace Car SCM Investment Grade: B Chassis number: 124679N615360 T his extremely rare 1969 Camaro is documented as one of only twelve Pace Car convertibles equipped with the rare L89 aluminum-head 396/375 horsepower engine. Its complete matching-numbers drivetrain that includes a 400 Turbo-Hydramatic and 3.07 rear axle ratio indicate that it is likely one of seven examples sent to the 1969 Indianapolis 500 for back-up pace car duty. Now with 28,341 original miles, it has received a careful and thoroughly documented frame-off, nutand-bolt rotisserie restoration that preserved as much originality as possible. All components, codes and VINs were photographed during the restoration for the car's historical record, which includes the complete owner history, original trim tag, owner's manual and showroom literature and certification by Camaro historian Jerry MacNeish. SCM Analysis This car, Lot S189, sold for $153,700, including buyer's premium, at the Mecum auction in Kissimmee, FL, on January 29, 2011. In 1967, Chevrolet introduced the all-new Camaro into the Pony Car sales race. That same year, Chevrolet was chosen to supply the Courtesy and Pace Cars for the Indianapolis 500. The first-generation Camaro convertible was the obvious choice. Two years later, Chevrolet once again partnered with the Indianapolis 500 for the 53rd Indy 500, held on May 30, 1969, to supply the Pace Cars, Courtesy and Festival cars. In fact, Chevrolet provided all of the track vehicles, including pickups, Suburbans and wagons. Once again, the Camaro would be selected, with a special edition built just for the race. These would become known as the Z11 Pace Cars. 54 According to various sources, 43 Festival Pace Cars were supplied, all powered by the 350-ci engine coupled with an automatic transmission. No 4-speed Festival Pace Cars were supplied, due to the presumption that a mishap with a slipped clutch by a non-skilled driver could propel the car quickly into a crowd or stationary object. Seven Pace Car replicas were provided for Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials, and five other replicas were for USAC officials. An additional 75 cars were designated as VIP and press cars, which are reported to be a mixture of 396-ci and 350-ci builds, including some 4-speed-equipped editions. Total Pace Car production for 1969 came to 3,675, which is widely accepted as the confirmed total build. Losing their heads Chevrolet delivered two original L89-equipped Pace Cars as the official track duty cars (primary and back-up). These two cars were then disassembled so that each mechanical component could be scrutinized for mechanical fitness. After all, it would be a marketing nightmare for a brand-new Camaro to fail while pacing the field at speeds nearing 130 mph. Both L89 Pace Cars, when reassembled, were fitted with stock iron heads—returning them to stock L78s—as they were deemed more reliable than the aluminum L89 heads. It has been suggested that one additional L89 Pace Car that kept its aluminum heads may have been delivered to the track. As a side note, and simply to display my ability to bore folks with endless—and somewhat useless—knowledge, all L89 396 Chevrolet engines produced the exact same 375 horsepower as their iron-head counterparts. Comps 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Pace Car Lot 247, s/n 124679N639590 Condition 2+ Sold at $187,000 RM Auctions, Gainesville, GA, 11/13/10 SCM# 168403 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396 Pace Car Lot 389.3, s/n 124677N221419 Condition 2 Sold at $82,500 Barrett-Jackson, Costa Mesa, CA, 6/25/10 SCM# 165366 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Pace Car Lot 733, s/n 124679N634263 Condition 2Sold at $86,400 Silver Auctions, Reno, NV, 8/6/09 SCM# 141409 Sports Car Market Photos: Mecum Auctions


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SCM Digital Bonus The advantage of an aluminum head was for saving weight. The L89 option added an additional $394.95 to the $316 L78 option, which was a big chunk of cash in 1969. The weight savings was deemed significant—but not when compared to cost, as only 311 folks ordered the Camaro with the L89 heads. This number includes all 1969 L89 Camaros combined, not just Pace Cars. The fuzzy facts While there are multiple sources of information regarding our subject car, it has been reported to me, again by a highly respected source, that there is no definitive number for the amount of L89 Pace Cars ever built, or the total amount trackside in 1969. Our subject car was reported to be one of only seven L89 Pace Cars assembled as back-up cars, but other sources tell me that only three were present (including the two track-prepared cars). Further, there seems to be no definitive caucus that can agree on the total number of L89 Pace Cars built, period. So the claim that our subject car is of one of the twelve built remains a mystery, at least for this reporter—until documented proof becomes more readily available. Other notable sources claim as many as 34 L89 equipped Pace Cars were ordered. For the sake of argument, let's simply agree that it's not that many. Enter Dr. John Mansell A fellow by the name of Dr. John Mansell may solve part of the riddle presented before us. Dr. Mansell attended the 1969 Indy 500 Race, and for reasons unknown, recorded the VIN numbers of at least 55 Pace Cars present on the grounds. His list of VIN numbers was eventually published in the United States Camaro Club magazine in 1992. The highest VIN number he recorded was 9N610726. He also noted that all of the Pace Cars present seemed to have been built in February of 1969. Our subject car, VIN sequence number 9N615360, indicates a March 1969 build. Further, the original window sticker shows a retail delivery to City Chevrolet in Charlotte, N.C.—and that's pretty far from the Brickyard. The purpose of this discussion is not to discredit the legitimacy of the car, but rather to dissect the claim of whether our subject car was actually one of the cars supplied, as the owner implies, as a back-up Pace Car present at the actual 1969 Indy 500 race. I would argue against that claim. A genuine L89 Without any question, our subject car is well-documented as an original, numbers- matching, L89-equipped Pace Car. The original window sticker tell us that the car was built for retail delivery to a North Carolina Chevrolet dealer and it was delivered with the L78 396-ci engine (375 horsepower) along with the optional L89 aluminum heads. Overall, the car is fully authenticated and documented with Day One owner his- tory, original trim tag, owner's manual and showroom literature. Camaro historian Jerry MacNeish, a respected authority, certified the authenticity of the car. As such, the new owner can sleep well knowing that this is, in fact, one of only a handful of genuine L89 Pace Cars extant. The 28,341 original miles serves as a nice bonus to further support the value. Tracking the values Looking through the SCM Platinum database, I pulled up only one close comparable car—we'll use that term casually—which would be expected with such a small supply of original L89 Z11s. This comparable car was for Lot 247 from the Milton Robson Collection sale held on November 13, 2010 (SCM# 168403). This car, albeit an ordinary L78, sold for a staggering $187,000. The other comparable car is Lot 733, from the Silver Auctions Reno, NV, sale on August 6, 2009 (SCM# 141409), which is another L78-equipped Z11 that sold for $86,400. This paints a pretty good picture of where this profile is headed. A top-down analysis Our subject car was in stellar condition. I attended the Mecum Kissimmee Auction and reported on the sale. Although I was not present when the car crossed the block, it did appear—upon a somewhat casual personal inspection—to have been the recipient of a thoughtful, and impressive restoration. The documentation was thorough and complete. Jerry MacNeish's certification seemed to be more directed towards the the car being an authentic, original, numbers-matching L89 rather than a verification of the number of L89 Pace Cars delivered. Other documents simply added to the no-stories paperwork indicating that this was, in fact, a factory asdelivered L89 Pace Car, which is a very rare top-down muscle car. While L78 models seem to trade in the $50,000 to $100,000 range for well-sorted 2 condition or higher examples, there is very little data to substantiate the sales range for L89s in today's dollars. Because so few real cars were actually built, they rarely become available, especially fully documented examples such as our subject car. To say this car was well bought would be akin to saying that the Green Bay Packers are a pretty darn good football team. The new owner acquired a fully sorted, documented, numbersmatching, airtight L89 1969 Pace Car. The market seems to be gaining steam—rather rapidly—for exceptional cars. Well-heeled buyers are seeking quality assets to diversify their investments, and the best automobiles offer an optional asset class. Some investors now see top-notch cars much like an undervalued blue-chip stock that's been beaten down. And that means some investors see certain automobiles as rich buying opportunities. Provided the market continues its upward swing, it would not surprise me to see this car, or one nearly identical to it, surpass the $200,000 mark in the near future. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) SCM Digital Bonus. 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Race Car Profile 1933 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix It's not a great car and never will be. Seven pages of catalog explanations didn't kid anyone about its reality by Thor Thorson Details Years Built: 1931-1935 Number built: 40 Original list price: Unknown SCM Valuation: $1,100,000-$3,250,000 Cost per hour to race: $750 Chassis #: Brass tag on left firewall Engine #: Top of left rear engine mount Club: American Bugatti Club More: www.americanbugatticlub.org/ Alternatives: 1924 Alfa Romeo P2, 1932 Alfa Romeo P3, 1926 Maserati Tipo 26, 1924-30 Bugatti Type 35 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps T he late Fitzroy John Somerset, 5th Baron Raglan, is remembered with tremendous affection within the vintage racing world. Following a successful Chairmanship, Lord Raglan was only the third person to become Patron of the U.K.'s Bugatti Owners' Club, in succession to Ettore Bugatti himself and the illustrious motor racing peer, Earl Howe. Indeed, here we offer the much-loved Bugatti Type 51 that Fitzroy Raglan raced “around the world” for almost 30 years, during which he and his chosen driver, Sir John VenablesLlewelyn, enjoyed immense success. Today it is listed by the British BOC as chassis num- ber 51153, fitted with engine number 32. Factory records confirm that this combination of chassis identity and engine was originally assembled at Bugatti's Molsheim works in April 1933 as the first of a batch of five Type 51s. Today two cars exist under this chassis identity—one in the U.S. and the other, “The Raglan Type 51,” in the United Kingdom. Each entity is very well known and well recognized within the international Bugatti fraternity. Each is listed as being Bugatti Type 51 51153 within the relevant national Bugatti Registries. While each car features a genuine Bugatti chassis frame of Molsheim manufacture, neither is believed to use the frame with which 51153 started life in 1933. The Raglan Type 51's frame as offered here bears the contemporary number 738, which is consistent with it being a late-series Bugatti Type 51 chassis, circa 1934. The American car's frame bears the early-series Type 35 number 256, which dates from circa 1926. It should be appreciated that Bugatti Type 35, 37, 39, and 51 chassis frames are essentially identical. Lord Raglan's Type 51—as confirmed by the respected British Bugatti specialist David Sewell—incorporates the 56 period-numbered, period-manufactured lower crankcase casting, gearbox and back axle that were built into the original 1933 works team car 51153 at the Molsheim factory. Its genuine Molsheim-made mechanical components are also mounted in the period replacement chassis 738. Such a late-series frame number is consistent with 1934, at a time when 51153 is known to have required extensive repair and reassembly following severe crash damage sustained in that year's Targa Florio road race in Sicily. Original period body panels covering the body today include the scuttle and its cowl, which are understood to be from chassis 4950—the scuttle having been widened to suit—while the aero screen is also an original. The tail cowl is also considered original, as it is thought to have been sourced from Bob Robert's Type 35C, number 4863. So here we offer “Lord Raglan's Bugatti Type 51” as brought back to life for him post-1979—and as campaigned so energetically and with such consistent and universal success throughout the many competition seasons since. Lord Raglan's car has been recognized as representing 51153 within the British Bugatti Register for the past quarter century, embodying as it does at least three of five defining components—the basis of the engine, the gearbox and the back axle from the original car—and all installed in a genuine, period chassis frame. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 327, sold for $1,285,403, including buyer's pre- mium, at Bonhams' Retromobile Auction in Paris on February 5, 2011. One of the defining characteristics of great vintage racing cars is a sense of continuity; it's why originality is so important in setting the value of different examples. Sports Car Market 1928 Bugatti Type 35C Lot 9, s/n 4935 Condition 2Sold at $900,000 Gooding & Co, Amelia Island, FL, 3/12/10 SCM# 159985 1927 Bugatti Type 35B Lot 25, s/n 4817 Condition 1 Sold at $1,457,500 Gooding & Co, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/13/08 SCM# 119871 1927 Bugatti Type 35C Lot 44, s/n 4889 Condition 4 Sold at $2,585,000 Gooding & Co, Pebble Beach, CA 8/20/06 SCM# 42584 Photos: Bonhams


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SCM Digital Bonus In the best cars, you can imagine that there remain some few molecules of the sweat and oil from some long-ago driver's coveralls and hands still riding in the seat material and in the wood of the steering wheel. Perhaps some bits of dust accumulated during an epic drive some 80 years ago are still clumped around the chassis and suspension. There is an identification with glories of the past that stays with a truly original car, a palpable feeling that the souls of past drivers; of Achille Varzi, of René Dreyfus, of Louis Chiron, are somehow present and appreciative that they have not been forgotten. In many ways it stimulates the romance that attracts the serious collector to old racing cars. Just old race cars The problem with Bugattis is that they are arguably both the most romantic of the pre-war marques—and the least likely racing cars to have survived intact and unscathed from their early careers. There are a number of reasons for this. First, Bugatti can be usefully thought of as the Lotus of its time; for the racing cars at least, the designs were as light and minimalist as possible, which was a very different approach from the heavy and robust competition from Bentley and Mercedes. These cars were never intended to last more than a few races or a season, with the result that they broke a lot in competition. Second, whatever Ettore's intent, these are cars that people never have stopped racing, so the use hours and opportunities for disaster have accumulated wildly over the years. Third, Bugatti built a lot of extremely similar cars: the Type 35 was designed in 1924, and the essential chassis/body/mechanical components of the competition cars (and wannabe street racer 35A) remained easily interchangeable through to the Type 51 built until 1935, which was a production run of roughly 700 cars. After the first few years, whenever something broke or got crashed, it was a lot easier to go grab parts out of the Bugatti junkyard than to repair and reuse the original bits. They were, after all, just old race cars. Few original racers left Thus we have a situation where truly original, important Bugatti racers are re- vered and coveted, but there are very, very few left in existence. A further complication is that continuing use of the cars 80 years after the fact—and a thriving replica market—have spawned a cottage industry that supplies everything from brand-new replacement parts to complete cars. In today's world it is possible to spend anywhere from $250,000 (for a 2010 Argentine replica) to probably $5 million or more (for the very original “dirt and sweat” examples) to own a racing Bugatti—or something that looks like one. As you can imagine, in between is a huge range of intermediate possibilities—shades of gray, if you will—with appropriate price tags. So, what can we say about the subject car? The Type 51 was the last of the traditional Grand Prix Bugattis. It used a twin-cam, 2.3-liter straight-8 copy of the Miller Indianapolis engine in place of the earlier single-cam 8 of the Type 35, but varied little beyond that. The radiator and cowl were noticeably fatter to get better cooling and clear the cams, which is the easiest visual clue. They had the historical misfortune of having to compete with much more advanced cars from Italy and Germany in the early-to-mid 1930s and were not wildly successful—but they sold well, with 40 built. Many consider the Type 51 it to be the ultimate iteration of the classic Grand Prix Bugatti, although others prefer the earlier, more successful Type 35. The originality problem exists in spades for the Type 55, with maybe five moderately original ones extant—and the rest are seriously compromised. A bitsa with tons of race provenance This Raglan car is in all honesty a complete “Bitsa” (bitsa this car, bitsa that one) with only the most tenuous connection to any real originality or history. But it is a very well-known example with mostly original parts and over 25 years of racing acceptance in the ownership of Lord Raglan, one of the most revered “Bugattistes” ever known. It's a weapons-grade version of an extremely collectible car; your entry will be welcome anywhere, and you don't need to worry about damaging history when something breaks. It's not a great car, however, and never will be. Seven pages of catalog “splainin'” didn't kid anyone about its reality, and the market was very rational when the hammer dropped. My knowledgeable friends explained that the car itself should be worth $1m to maybe a bit more, with a reasonable premium added on because of the Lord Raglan association, and that's almost exactly where things turned out. It's an excellent and useable car for what it is, and I'd say well sold and fairly bought as a racer—not a collectible. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images and more... May 2011 57


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Market Reports Overview Winter Auctions Reflect Boosted Consumer Confidence The market continued to be robust through February, with nearly every location seeing increases on totals set last year by Jim Pickering T he closing months of 2010 and the opening months of 2011 showed quite a bit of growth in the collector car market, both in the U.S. and internationally. Auctions from Florida to Paris topped numbers set in the same locations just one year prior. The same trends seen in Scottsdale 2011 pushed through to Mecum's Kissimmee sale and the Rétromobile auctions in Paris, with consumer confidence again back on track with pre-market-crash levels, and excellent cars again bringing very high prices across the auction block. Mecum's annual Kissimmee sale in late January has become one of the largest auctions on the annual American calendar, with a car count that dwarfs even Barrett-Jackson's flagship Scottsdale event. This year, Mecum saw 1,066 of 1,561 lots trade hands for a whopping $41m in sales, easily outdoing last year's $26.5m and setting a new record total for the event. Auction Analyst Dale Novak was there to note a number of high prices, including a '69 GTO Judge that made $238,500, a 1932 Ford Hiboy that brought $190,800, and a 1996 Riva Aquarama Special that was the high sale of the event at $1,092,000. Artcurial's annual Rétromobile auction took place in early February, and this year's event featured several changes that helped boost final totals significantly over last year's $3m for just 24 sold cars. Contributing Editor Donald Osborne noted a change in venue and a greater focus on international consignments and customers at this year's event, and of the 102 lots on offer, 79 sold, bringing $9.3m—the highest Artcurial total at Rétromobile since 2003. Bonhams' annual sale alongside Rétromobile also saw a change in venue this year, moving from the Porte de Versailles to the Grand Palais, with 57 of 92 lots 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 58 Sales Totals Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL Bonhams, Paris, FRA Artcurial, Paris, FRA Worldwide, Atlantic City, NJ Raleigh Classic, Raleigh, NC $2,931,650 $5,000,000 selling for a combined total of $12m. Auction Analyst Jérôme Hardy noted a typical group of consignments at this year's event, with cars from 1925 to 1941 accounting for nearly half of the overall revenue generated. Compared to last year's $8.4m, Bonhams did well in deciding to shift the location of their sale, with the Art Deco design of the Grand Palais turning out to be the perfect backdrop for this annual sale. Mid-February saw Worldwide Auctioneers take on a new sale, previously held by G. Potter King at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Auction Analyst Chip Lamb made his way to the Trump Taj Mahal for this new event, where he found the offerings under Worldwide to be similar to those seen here in the past. But with Worldwide's experience, as well as a greater number of cars and a wider advertising campaign, this year saw a healthier bottom line—23 of 57 cars sold for $3m compared to 12 of 33 sold for $858k in 2010. The Raleigh Classic returned in late December for its annual winter event, where this year, 213 of 330 lots sold for a final total of just under $5m. Lamb was on-site to record the events as they occurred, noting quite a bit of interest despite inclement weather that settled over Raleigh halfway through the event. The high sale of the day was a 1934 Packard 11th Series sedan at $108,000, followed by a 1953 Cadillac Series 62 convertible at $86,400. Finally, if rainy-day driving is what you have in mind for your classic, Geoff Archer's report on recent eBay Motors sales should have just the coupe for you, as well as a few goofball wagons you may want to steer clear of. ♦ Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1933 Bugatti Type 51 racer, $1,285,403—Bon, p. 84 2. 1930 Bugatti Type 46 faux cabriolet, $862,161—Bon, p. 84 3. 1937 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante coupe, $790,552—Art, p. 96 4. 1931 Invicta Type LS 4.5 low chassis coupe, $729,507—Art, p. 94 5. 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K cabriolet, $689,729—Bon, p. 86 6. 1960 Ferrari 250 GT PF Series II convertible, $520,432—Bon, p. 88 7. 1933 Bugatti Type 49 3-position cabriolet, $485,945—Bon, p. 84 8. 1930 Bugatti Type 46 cabriolet, $454,594—Bon, p. 84 9. 1911 Delaunay-Belleville 25hp HB6 landaulette, $391,891—Bon, p. 84 10. 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe, $376,216—Bon, p. 90 1. 1931 Invicta Type LS 4.5 low chassis coupe, $729,507— Art, p. 94 2. 1920 Delage CO2 4 ½ Litre Salamanca, $164,954—Bon, p. 84 3. 1968 Shelby GT500 KR coupe, $148,400—Mec, p. 70 4. 1985 Mercedes-Benz 380SL, $16,200—Ral, p. 124 5. 1947 Cadillac Series 62 convertible, $73,700—WWG, p. 110 Sports Car Market Best Buys $41,141,908 $12,019,775 $9,258,816


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Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL Kissimmee High Performance Auction Kissimmee's auction totals were further proof of overall market recovery, with final numbers up to $41m over last year's $26.5m Company Mecum Auctions Date January 26-30, 2011 Location Kissimmee, Florida Auctioneers Mark Delzell, Jimmy Landis, Bobby McGlothlen, Mike Hagerman, Matt Moravec, and Jeff Knosp Automotive lots sold / offered 1,066/1,561 Sales rate 68% Sales total $41,141,908 High sale 1940 Packard One Twenty B convertible—$217,300 Report and photos by Dale Novak Market opinions in italics motive auction calendar. With over 1,500 cars available, it has grown large enough to rival even Barrett-Jackson's flagship Scottsdale event in January, at least in terms of cars offered, which gives East Coast buyers and sellers an alternative to shipping their cars to and from the Arizona desert. This year's sale entitled, “Muscle Cars & More” was M held from January 26-30, 2011 at the same location as in previous years—the Osceola Heritage Park. As in years past, there was literally something for everyone, from credit-card-money drivers to world-class, high-dollar muscle. Coming off a 71% sell-through rate in 2010, Dana Mecum and company made the tactical decision to expand this year's auction from four to five days of “Car Guy” fun in the sun. Once again, Mother Nature cooperated and provided some great weather, and the sales rate wasn't too shabby either, with 68% of the lots sold. From Wednesday through Friday, the sales rate was tracking a notch above a jaw-dropping 77%. This year, the sale was moved to the main arena, which offered more room for bidders—and a dramatic view for spectators to enjoy the action with stadium style seating. This also helped alleviate some of the normal congestion that can take place around the auction block. The high sale was not for an automotive lot but 60 ecum's Kissimmee sale in January has become one of the largest events on the annual auto- 1996 Riva Aquarama Special boat “The Last Riva,” sold at $1,092,000 Buyer's premium rather a boat—a 1996 Riva Aquarama Special marketed as “The Last Riva,” which sold for $1,092,000 after much fanfare from the audience. In terms of just cars, high sale honors went to the 1963 Shelby Cobra DragonSnake raced by Costilow and Larson, which made $927,500. Up next was a 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 roadster hammering at $583,000. Finally, coming in third was a 1957 Ford Thunderbird DF Phase 1, selling for $265,000. Other notables included a 1932 Ford Hiboy Roadster known as “The Three Crown” selling for a remarkable $190,800, as well as a finely restored 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Convertible Ram Air III in #1 condi- $300 up to $5,499; $500 from $5,500–$9,999; 6% thereafter, included in sold prices. Boat premium:10%. (Phone and internet bidders add 2%, not included in these numbers) tion finding $238,500. In addition, there were plenty of garden-variety drivers on site as well, including a 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 in #3+ condition that was well bought at $33,920 and a 1976 Trans Am with a 455 and a 4-speed that made $21,200. One of the better cars I noted on site was an impeccable 1959 Chevrolet Impala with the venerable 348 and Tri-Power induction. And despite being excellent throughout, it failed to find a new home at a high bid of $230,000. This year's results in Scottsdale showed a robust market, and Kissimmee's auction totals were further proof of a market re- covery, with final numbers up to $41m over last year's $26.5m. And even with the extra day of sales figured in, sales statistics rose as compared to 2010, averaging $8.2m per day versus last year's $6.6m per day. Clearly, buyer's confidence is back across the U.S., and Mecum should be more than pleased with the results achieved here. ♦ Sales Totals $10m $20m $30m $40m $50m 0 Sports Car Market 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007


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Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL ENGLISH #F172-1961 BENTLEY SPORT S2 4-dr sedan. S/N B478CU. Pewter/ivory. RHD. Odo: 31,844 miles. Paint reported to be new six years ago along with a refurbished interior. Paint shows fisheyes and orange peel. Masking issues also noted. Cracked weatherstripping. Driver's door out, passenger's door tight to pillar. Majority of interior is faded, soiled, and well worn. Driver's seat worn and cracked. Engine bay soiled, greasy, used. Chassis is GERMAN #T136-1964 GOGGOMOBIL TS-250 coupe. S/N 2268212. Red/white/red & white vinyl. Odo: 92,367 km. Microcar built by Glas after World War II. Bubbles, blisters, rust, poor prep noted in paint and bodywork. Chrome pitted just about everywhere. Driver-level interior quite worn. Seats dirty and ripped. Wheel chocked with a wadded-up rag, evidently to this only boosted my enthusiasm. You couldn't build the car for anything near this number. If all was well, this was very well bought. JAPANESE #S283-1971 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ40 SUV. S/N FJ40100962. Red/white/black. Odo: 999 miles. Older paintwork with some small areas of blistering. Touch-ups and microblisters noted. Few small dents. Ghost flames. Gaps are average and vary. Frame shows areas of patching. Interior in good condition overall, showing no major issues, engine bay same. Fitted with 350-ci Chevrolet engine and rusty. A grocery-getter used Bentley. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $30,740. As far as the interior goes, one wonders how bad was it before the freshening, as it looked fairly weathered even now. I would guess the refurbishment was more of a general fluffing than a restoration, given the overall presentation. Would make a wonderful driver, provided things are mechanically sorted. Market-price for the condition. III convertible. S/N HBJ8L141645. Yellow/ black #U65-1967 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 MK vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 81,449. Apparently an older restoration now aging. Driver's door in, passenger's door in at fender, passenger's side fender flares out quite a bit, as compared to the opposite side. Grinding marks on trunk lid visible under close inspection. Top fit adequate. Interior shows moderate use, but keep the little bugger from rolling away. Cond: 4-. NOT SOLD AT $26,000. I made the mistake of sitting down in this, and it took a group effort of passersby to dislodge my 6'2 frame from the cabin. Kidding aside, this was a small, tiny beater—not quite a fright pig, but on its way there. At 5,000 RPM, these air-cooled 2-cylinder engines make 13.6 horses. (I'm pretty sure my lawn mower makes more.) High bid seemed like a large amount of cash for such a tiny car. ITALIAN #T280-1987 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER racer. S/N ZARBA5644H1045791. White/ black cloth. Fairly fresh restoration and prep work, zero hours since. Race-ready, as reported by the consignor. Some runs in the paint, with the balance of the car in presentable condition given the intended use. Fabricated by RML Racing of Daytona Beach. Fully adjustable suspension. Carbon fiber dash panels and VDO gauges. 170-horse 2.0-liter engine with Spica digital dash. A nice driver. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $29,680. The car card stated that this was an “ultra rare” aluminum body edition but I saw nothing to support that claim. Re-popped bodies are available in aluminum, so that may have been the case here. That said, this sure looked good from most any angle, except up close. The frame was repaired and the body showed plenty of small issues, while the interior and engine bay were decent. These are gaining steam, but for the condition and modifications, this was very well sold. SWEDISH #T45.1-1973 VOLVO 1800ES 2-dr wagon. S/N 183636E12. Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 62,275 miles. Bubbles noted in paint from rust forming in various areas. Prep under paint is poor, indicating a quick respray that must have been performed some time ago. Both doors out. Super weathered interior with most every component showing age and use. Engine bay same. Simply an old beater Volvo. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $8,500. These cars fascinate me; I think the still well presented. Marred steering wheel. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $47,500. One of the last Big Healeys. Last seen at RM's Fort Lauderdale sale in February 2007, where it sold for $60,480 (SCM# 44286). Then reported to be in #2 condition, now losing its edge. By the books about dead-on market money, given the overall condition. Seller apparently thought differently. fuel injection. Described as a street-legal turnkey race car. SCCA-, HSR-, NASA- and EMRA-legal. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $6,500. Vintage racing is a hobby I'd like to take up in the near future. Naturally, I'd like to start out slow and cheap and work my way up from there. This might've been just the thing, and it seemed to go unnoticed across the block, and 62 bodies are really coming into their own. Watch for both coupe and wagon versions to grab hold. Obviously, this was the only one if its kind at the auction, which was my initial inspiration Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL for reporting on the car. It looked nice quickly passing by but deteriorated instantly once I steadied my clipboard to begin taking notes. It was complete and usable, but other than that, a beater you might expect to find at a buy-here, pay-here car lot. Market money but on the high side. Well sold. AMERICAN #S228-1932 FORD MODEL A hiboy road- ster. S/N DMV44486NV. Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 315 miles. Show-worthy all-steel car. Well done paintwork lightly metallic. Paint bubbling on passenger's side cowl over a fairly large area, could be an adhesion issue. Nice gaps, but very few to speak of. Spartan interior shows utterly clean, crisp, and tight. Fitted with 392 Hemi with three deuces up top. Engine area clean, and just about everything is be one of about 17 built. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $217,300. Last seen at RM Auctions, Rochester, MI, on August 6, 2005, selling for $150,700 (SCM# 38803). Rated #2 condition at the time, now unwinding a bit with the tin worm rearing its head in places. Everything seemed to line up and the car was simply, and naturally, aging now. Most likely, this will need another freshening soon with the ever-so-expensive bodywork coming next. A fair deal if the body can be repaired for a reasonable amount. #S101-1953 BUICK SKYLARK convert- ible. S/N 17078697. Cream/black cloth/white leather. Odo: 6,279 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice paint and body, solid and straight. Doors way out at the bottom. Worn top, but still functional. Stunning interior but weathered to a very nice driver condition; let's call it brokenin like an old catcher's mitt. Engine bay 160379). Zero miles since the last sale. I recognized the truck and thought it would be an interesting use of the database to follow it one year later at a different venue. The bid here was strong, as the last time out the hammer price was $45,000 ($49,500 with the commission). Today, we have a hammer price of $47,000 which was not enough to get the deal done. The consignor was looking for $50,000, but unless he can tweak the presentation, this might have been all the money. #S247-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E54S002622. Red/tan cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 8 miles. 250-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Small dimple in bumper, chrome light rings slightly pitting. Passenger door out. Interior very tight and shows well. Very nice engine bay presents as just about perfect in most regards. Well done in just about every area with the only faults being very nitpicky. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $90,000. This was chrome. Very well done. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $190,800. A $67,500 no-sale at RM's Monterey sale in August '09 (SCM# 141992). It caught my eye immediately and was full of custom touches, including many period-correct details for the era that these cars ruled the hot rod scene: Weiand manifold, magneto-style ignition, steel body, '50 Pontiac taillights, 392 Hemi, etc. The more I looked, the more I liked it, and obviously so did the bidders. These are all custom, so market price for each one is up to what guys are willing to pay to own it. Today, that number was a whopping $190k. Well sold. #S97-1940 PACKARD ONE TWENTY B convertible. S/N 17012097. Red/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 10,246 miles. Last professionally restored in 1992. Sanding marks and some bubbles forming under paint, some small areas of rust noted. Light scratches in chrome and brightwork. Driver's door out at bottom, trunk marred at bottom edge. Engine cowling tight to front end. Tidy interior shows only light use. Seats have some cracks in leather. Noted to somewhat soiled and unkempt. Fuel-stained carb. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $111,300. Skylarks have pulled back quite a bit from the highs of yesteryear, when some were selling north of $300k. This was nice but certainly nothing more than a pleasant driver. Well presented overall and a great example to own if you wanted one to drive and enjoy. The body was solid, so the buyer has a good car to hang onto for the long term. Market-correct for condition. #F95-1954 CHEVROLET 3100 pickup. S/N H5400009948. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 1,697 miles. 235-ci I6, 2-bbl, 4-sp Paint shows some dust and fisheyes in the finish. Small chips around windshield trim. Nice wood bed. Small dent in hubcap. Rear tailgate “Chevrolet” lettering hand-painted to poor standards; same for dash lettering. Shift lever badly pitted and painted over with black. Engine bay nice, but does show some use. Offenhauser twin carb reportedly an NCRS Florida Chapter Top Flight recipient in January 2011, just prior to the sale. It had also won Best of Show at the NCRS meet. I don't dish out #1 ratings casually, so you can be assured this was a beautiful example. Given the overall presentation, I'd say the owner was wise to hold out for more. Get it judged nationally with a good result and see the value rise accordingly. #S146-1955 FORD FAIRLANE Sunliner convertible. S/N U5KC169786. Blue & white/ white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 68,781 miles. 272-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Miles believed actual. Paint shows plenty of prep issues, looks to be an older application. Some paint buffed through in spots. Stainless and chrome show polishing marks and light scratches. Body a bit wavy on passenger's side, antenna trim missing. Most rubber trim dry-rotted. Pitting on steering setup with a Fenton cast-iron header. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $47,000. Last seen by me at the Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, sale on April 1, 2010, where it sold for $49,500 (SCM# 64 wheel. Faded dash. Formerly from the Len Immke Collection. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $40,280. 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Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL weathered and used Sunliner. I'd say that the owner had simply tired of the car and wanted it sold. The missing antenna bezel just looked sloppy. To be anything more than a decent driver, it will need much. Or leave it as it is, and enjoy the heck out of it. About marketpriced, slightly on the well-sold side. #W96-1955 MERCURY MONTCLAIR 2-dr hard top. S/N 55WA38611M. Green/ white & steel/green & white vinyl. Odo: 9,295 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Chipped, old, poorly applied paint is a let down. Chrome and trim scratched, pitted, and weathered. Trunk out, as is passenger's door. Hood gap wide on driver's side. Dirty, grimy engine bay hasn't been clean in a very long time. Interior rather nice given the overall condition. Cracked steer- good one, and it presented well in most regards. A great driver. The money was about right, with advantage to the buyer. #S131-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E57S101137. Black/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 26,619 miles. 283-ci 245hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent body-off restoration. Numbers-matching engine, upgraded 4-speed transmission. Passenger's door out, some sanding marks noted in paintwork, as well as some fisheyes and some flat areas under headlamps. Body shows some stress cracking. Clean engine bay not in full show condition but very close. Period battery installed. Carpet tions, which really weren't worth mentioning. This was a 348 with the triple-deuces up top configuration. These types of restorations are beyond book value, but even with that said, the bid was more than generous, and I simply don't see a bigger number offered any time soon. #S261-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 10867S109073. Black/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 58,490 miles. 283-ci 245hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Numbers-matching with desirable 2x4-bbl carb setup. Very straight body. Driver's door wide at fender, trunk tight on passenger's side. Seams showing in some areas of body, crack across driver's fender has been repaired but still shows under the black paint. Top a bit faded and soiled in areas. ing wheel. Vintage a/c added, radio has been converted to an AM/FM module. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $19,080. As a driver this was not all that bad, as you could wheel the thing around and use it however you wanted. Period colors were nice, and it had plenty of options, such as power steering, brakes, seat, and windows. The vintage a/c and radio conversion were great updates. That all said, this was far more than I would have paid for just a decent driver. #S137-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N C57F136192. Turquoise/white vinyl/green & white vinyl. Odo: 737 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older paint showing some age, sanding marks, and minor blemishes. Scratches in chrome noted. Both doors out. Clean chassis. Top lightly soiled. Interior tight and shows well. Driver's seat shows some wear. Clean and well preserved under the hood. Appears to be a very authentic restoration. lightly faded. Appears to be an older restoration. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $76,320. Overall, this was a very nice, drivable, early-edition Corvette. The striking black-over-red presentation looked good, but black hides nothing, so it was easy to spot some of the flaws in the paint and body. It was noted to have been upgraded to a 4-speed, so we can conclude it was originally born with a 3-speed. 1957s are soughtafter Corvettes, and as this one seemed to be correct in most regards, it brought spot-on market-correct money. #S172-1959 CHEVROLET IMPALA convertible. S/N F59A188236. Black/black canvas/black & gray. Odo: 39 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Highly restored and nearly flawless in every way. Perhaps the most well presented car of the auction. Some very small blemishes noted in the paint. Passenger's door out at bottom. Some light scratches noted in trim. Rear taillights well done and near perfect. Interior nice, but shows use. Engine bay presents well, but the intake manifold is fuel stained. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $60,950. This was reported to be a frame-off restoration, but the car has started aging since then. The matchingnumbers engine was a nice plus for the new owner, and it's hard not to like a C1 in blackover-red. Given the overall condition, popular color combo, and original engine, I'd call this well bought. #S109-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 10867S107377. White/white fiberglass hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 16,958 miles. 283-ci 315-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Competition-spec Corvette. Driver's door sits wide, trunk high at rear. Splits and tears in interior from the driver being thrashed about. Includes SVRA and HSR log books. A fully prepped and prepared race car, and well used, judging by overall weathering. Well worn, but Cond: 2. SOLD AT $84,800. The Tri-Five Chevrolets have been on an upswing as of late, as more buyers seem to be targeting the cars. They are usable, easy to repair, and have low maintenance costs. Plus, many parts and mechanicals are just a web-click away. This was a 66 A trailer queen. 348 Tri-Power with a/c. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $230,000. Extremely well done and well presented. As it was sitting high on a pedestal, buyers could easily see the undercarriage in all its near-perfect glory. A fresh restoration, with just ever-so-slight imperfec- every authentic. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $58,300. This was stated to be an original Fuelie converted for racing right off the showroom floor, as was often done. It was fitted with the hard top only and dressed out in the classic competi- Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL tion white-with-blue-stripes. The car was ready for pretty much any vintage racing venue and just seemed right to me. Used, worn, weathered, and cool. The buyer and seller agreed, and the car found a new home. #S280-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 30837S101981. Silver/black. Odo: 18,654 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint shows blemishes, such as some dry spray, sanding marks, and some areas of heavy application. Driver's door out. Weatherstripping a bit dry and cracked. Inner fenders have been spray-painted with no prep. Previous possible repair noted. Interior in good shape overall, no major flaws, just somewhat weathered and tired. Undercarriage excellent. Aftermarket no documentation offered, so most buyers simply walked away puzzled. Still, this was a SplitWindow a guy could buy and easily improve, as all the heavy lifting was done. But when you add it all up, this was well sold. #W248-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 40867S108506. Blue/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 44,227 miles. 350-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Street-style Corvette with period style and performance bits added. Paint poorly applied, chrome pitted. Cut wheelwells, patched fender, odd bulge on driver's door, soiled top. Big block hood fitted. MSD ignition and vintage a/c added. Hurst shifter. Odd felt seat inserts and newer late-model #W268-1966 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-dr hard top. S/N 138176A134308. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 56,805 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Aging frame-off restoration of a genuine code-138 SS. Creamy butternut yellow paint hides fisheyes and dry spray on roof and presents well. Trunk high on rear, doors shut solid and fit well. SS hood inserts loose. Some new parts noted inside the some- a/c added. Power windows. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $66,000. Should be a nice, usable Split-Window, thanks to the a/c and power windows. The car card noted a recent repaint, but it appeared to have been done in a hurry, based on the finished presentation. But the silverover-black color combo looked fantastic under the bright lights, and the car was bid to a very respectable number. This was all the money and then some, given the condition. #S196-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 30837S113585. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 28,712 miles. 327-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Period-correct transmission, incorrect shifter. Interior nice but graded as a weekend driver. Non-original engine. Glass scratched in areas, small blister noted on roof, rocker panels in poor condition. Paint and body present very well, engine bay looks weathered and used but seatbelts. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $36,040. This Corvette had all sorts of “pay as you go” street modifications. It was fitted with a rack-andpinion steering system, among other street performance add-ons. Interior was stated to be less than two years old, but the felt inserts detracted from the presentation. Not sure what to do with this, other than drive it into the ground. Might have seemed cheap up on the block, and the new owner exited the auction grounds like a bat out of hell. Well sold. #S156.1-1965 SHELBY GT350 coupe. S/N SFM5S476. White/black vinyl. Odo: 17,265 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Sanding marks and microblisters noted in paint. Some orange peel as well. Hood is bowed, but many are. Engine bay locked. Weathered interior very tired. Passenger's door has latching issue. Original tach pod peeling and cracked. Clean chassis. A worn driver. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $160,000. Last seen at Mecum in Kansas not overly so. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $65,720. The car card stated that the non-original engine was mated to a “period correct” 4-speed transmission. This statement doesn't instill much confidence in my mind—was the car originally fitted with an automatic? There was 68 City, MO, on December 2, 2010, as a no-sale at $185,000 (SCM# 168271). Prior to that, at Mecum's Indianapolis auction on May 19, 2010, a $210k no-sale again (SCM# 164465). This time out, the number dropped to a high bid of $160,000. I think the owner is looking for something north of $210,000, but given the condition, that may be a moonshot. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $48,760. The car card was very generous with the description of this car, using such terms as “no expense spared” and “no disappointments,” which just seemed funny. The dusty, filthy, poorly kept car looked like it had come straight off a 2,000-mile crosscountry road trip. Best we can hope for is that it will clean up surprisingly well. Bid was about right, assuming the paint is decent under all the dirt. SS resto-mod coupe. S/N 138177K109068. Red/black V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. #S274-1967 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE vinyl. 396-ci Driver's door in at fender, passenger's door skewed. Nicely polished chrome. Superb engine bay, well detailed and show-ready. Interior presents as near-perfect with no flaws of note. Sports Car Market what weathered interior. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $28,885. This was a nice car, no doubt about that. The paint was well applied and only lacked in a few areas. These are great cars to own, with plenty of power on tap and reasonably good handling, especially with the desirable and stout 325-horse 396/4-speed combo. For the condition, well bought. #S170-1966 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 convertible. S/N 138676K101378. Bronze/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 37 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Overall, very dirty and doesn't appear to have been detailed for the sale. Chips, scratches, and fisheyes in paint. Driver's door out at bottom, trunk high and out at bottom edge, passenger's door gap wide. Top soiled in areas. Dusty, dingy engine bay. Nonoriginal engine. A used street car presentation.


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Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL Equipped with disc brakes all around and a/c. Some paint prep lacking but otherwise very well done. Headlamp chrome could be better to have been cut with a grinder and is no longer a straight edge. Very nice interior, still tight. polished. Hard to fault in most regards. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $54,060. This was a genuine code-138 SS, so by that standard a real deal. It had plenty of resto-mod alterations, but they were so well done that it was actually a difficult car to pick on. An all-original model will most likely do better in the long run from a value standpoint, but for driving enjoyment, this car had it in spades. A fair deal given the overall quality, maybe even slightly well bought. #S138-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S104850. Blue/blue vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 54,816 miles. 427-ci 400-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Matching-numbers Tri-Power, Powerglide automatic, factory a/c, power steering, and power brakes. Factory side exhaust, Redline tires. Excellent paint with very few flaws noted. Well-done engine bay showing some age but nevertheless very nice. Driver's door in, other panels show factory fit. Hard top included with car. Interior tight Clean engine bay showing a well-done factory appearance. In other words, it's not over-restored. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $148,400. The ‘67s and ‘68s are some of my favorite Shelbys. They have great styling with plenty of power on tap, especially with a 428 Cobra Jet under the hood. This was a KR and a former MCA Gold winner. Shelbys have held their own in the market and continue to be great investments, and this was a good one, with plenty of documentation. Well bought. BEST BUY #S180-1968 SHELBY GT350 convertible. S/N 8T03J193941. Green/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 12,060 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Reportedly a $150,000 restoration, but no mention of when that took place, and now showing age. Dry spray noted on front nose. Touch-ups, chips noted as well. Applied stripe not straight on trunk deck. Dust in paint finish. Driver's door presentation. Fireball at startup, which might explain the bubbled paint on the hood. Stated to be one of only 80 L88s built for the 1968 model year and very nicely presented. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $174,900. Last sold for $86,100 at Mecum's St. Charles, IL, sale in 2003 (SCM# 31539), more recently a $200k no-sale at Mecum's Monterey, CA, sale in August 2009 (SCM# 141270). It was then rated a 3+, so the car has seen some fluffing since. Past SCM records stated that the car was born wearing a different color. Most of these in the SCM database brought something north of $300k, so either something was amiss, or this was very well bought. Seller was probably just tired of trailering the car from auction to auction and had to let it go. #S141-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS Z/28 coupe. S/N 124379N591217. White/ black vinyl. Odo: 35,233 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A numbers-matching Rally Sport Z/28 with Cross Ram intake. Zero miles since full restoration. Dry spray and some flat paint areas noted, with clearcoat not applied evenly. Trunk tight and high on passenger's side. Other gaps good. Nice interior with not much to fault. Some glue noted on the top of dash. Some interior trim is lightly pitted. Very correct appearance under the hood. One of 206 thought and show-ready. A perpetual crowd pleaser. Documented with tank sticker. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $129,850. Fresh restoration of a very desirable mid-year Corvette. '67s are top of the heap for mid-year valuations (along with '63 Split-Windows), so the money paid here was expected for the quality presented. This was a great example of a 427/400 with nice options that included the very desirable factoryinstalled a/c. If it had a 4-speed, I think we could have seen another $25k or more. That said, a market-correct result. #S231-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR fastback. S/N 8T02R215983. White/tan vinyl. Odo: 64,061 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Miles stated to be actual. Some trash in the paint, with some shortcuts noted in the prep. Sanding marks present, along with some fisheyes. Doors out at the bottom. Trunk lid looks 70 tight to quarter panel, passenger's door tight to fender. Interior looks good, but also showing age. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $99,640. Reported to be one of only 404 Shelby convertibles built. The car card was a bit overzealous, but the buyers could judge the car for themselves and bid accordingly. This was simply an older restoration, now unwinding a bit. No harm as the original work was evidently done to high standards. A market-correct result. #S106-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L88 convertible. S/N 194678S411010. Blue/ black vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 6,200 miles. 427ci 430-hp, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Nicely restored L88. No mention of matching numbers, so assume not. Some bubbling paint, heat damage on hood. Driver's door out, other gaps very nice. Front fender cracked and repaired. Clean engine bay looks authentic, intake manifold lightly fuelstained. Fitted with air pump for a very correct equipped with JL8 disc brakes. Well presented. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $71,000. This was reported to be numbers-matching with factory JL8 brakes (a $500 option in 1969 and very hard to come by for the build), and the Cross Ram intake was not indicated to be N.O.S. But with no documentation, the seller may have a hard time finding a better number in the near term, though I can't blame him for trying. These took it on the chin in the marketplace but have seen some life as of late. #S118-1969 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 coupe. S/N 9T02R151100. Gold/black vinyl. Odo: 55,592 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. “R Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL code” 428 Super Cobra Jet. Show-quality paint with very little to fault. Very nice chrome and trim just a notch under show-quality. Driver's door out, trunk high on passenger's side, other gaps good. Original-style engine bay presents #S103-1969 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. S/N 223379N104698. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 83,542 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. The Lance Kramer car. Paint showing age, with small areas of rust forming. Driver's door out, as is passenger's. Clean, tight, interior shows very well with only light use. Correct TA steering wheel. Ram Air V. Firewall a bit grungy, steel headers are rusty and look bad. Few other #S272-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194679S732078. Gold/white vinyl/brown vinyl. Odo: 54,541 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Matching numbers, miles stated to be original. Headlamp door cracked, top showing some wrinkles and lessthan-perfect fit. Interior is nice but no longer super tight. Steering wheel column paint color is mismatched and looks sloppy. Tired and weak under the hood, showing use and age. 427/435 horse L71 engine. A decent driver. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $48,760. Last seen well, restored with factory markings and stickers. Smog system still intact, as well as the heat riser, which are both often MIA. Two owners from new. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $52,000. 1969 and 1970 Mach 1s are some of my favorite Muscle Cars. They have great styling and are arguably one of the most desirable Mustang body styles of any year. This was a great example and included the 428 SCJ and 4-speed transmission, just the way you want them. This was “frame-up” restoration (as opposed to a frame-off) which tells me that the car was very nice to begin with, for it to end up this nice. Top bid was way light, so the owner was wise to take it home. #S233-1969 PONTIAC GTO Judge convertible. S/N 242679R169725. Black/parchment vinyl. Odo: 51,718 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Some sanding marks showing in paint. Spoiler a bit marred at the edges. Trunk a bit wide. Chassis is over-restored with factory stickers, which is not going to hurt the car. Top fit tight and proper. Nice interior only lightly soiled with some fading. Driver's seat shows moderate use. Neat, tidy, clean engine bay shows very well and is properly restored. Factory Ram Air III, 4-speed, and a/c. PHS incorrect items noted but nothing to hold accountable. PHS documentation. A no-reserve sale. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $95,400. Last seen at Russo and Steele in Scottsdale on January 19, 2006, as a no-sale at $175,000 (SCM# 40457). Prior to that, it sold at Mecum's Rockford, IL, sale on May 26, 2005, for $115,500 (SCM# 38216). This was reported to be the only L85 Tunnel Port Ram Air V installed in a 1969 Trans Am. The history of this car is well known in the muscle car circuit, and it would be a prized addition to any Pontiac collection. However, as with the rest of the higherdollar muscle, it's not worth what it once was. Well bought. #F81-1969 FORD MUSTANG Mach I coupe. S/N 9R02Q106969. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 69,657 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Genuine “Q code” Mach 1. Fresh, clean, and highly detailed. Paint very nice but does display some light scratches and swirls. Trunk channel a tad rough and could have been prepped better. Some chrome flaking off in small spots. Gauge lenses are a bit faded. Aftermarket radio installed, speakers cut into door panels. Very glossy and somewhat over- at Mecum's St Charles, IL, sale in June 2009, where it was a no-sale at $36k (SCM# 120936). Pity, the car was a nice driver and it had only seen 208 miles since then. The 435-horse, triple-deuce engine can bring money when planted in a mid-year ‘Vette, which presumably will pull up the C3s in time. That's always been the assumption anyway, but it hasn't happened yet. The C2s seem to be climbing back up in value, so watch for their younger brothers to get better with age. A market-correct result. #S110-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194379S727012. Gold/black leather. Odo: 45,309 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Miles stated to be original. Bubbles and blisters showing in paint, some dirt noted as well. Wrinkled paint noted on rear deck area. Passenger door out, headlamp bucket a bit wide. Driver-grade interior, with the driver's seat showing much use. Clean under the hood, but shows plenty of use. documentation. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $238,500. A beautiful restoration in most regards, with only a few nits here and there which aren't going to ding the car all that much. GTO Judge convertibles are great investment-grade automobiles and have held up well for the most part over the course of the muscle car meltdown. A nearly identical one was a no-sale here in 2008 with a high bid of $225,000. (I thought it was the same car when I walked up to it.) Would have to call this a market-correct result, as this was about as nice as you are likely to find. 72 restored engine bay. Reported to be one of only two built to this spec. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $68,900. Numbers-matching 428 Cobra Jet engine mated to a 4-speed transmission. These have great performance to back up their great styling. By 1969, buyers were leaving the Shelby camp and switching over to the Mach 1s for their Ford pony car performance fix. You could get stellar street performance for less money and even Shelby-esque non-functional air scoops on the side. I'd call this one well bought. Optional 427/435 L89, side exhaust, and tilt/ telescopic steering column. Tank sticker and other documentation included. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $65,720. A $67,000 no-sale at Mecum's St. Charles, IL, sale in June 2009 (SCM #120916), a $62,500 no-sale at Mecum's Monterey, CA, sale in August 2009 (SCM #141273), and finally sold today for about the same money. Too bad the seller didn't let it go back in St. Charles. For a high-horse L89 with Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL needs, the market has spoken with remarkable clarity and accuracy—three times in a row. #S121-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194379S733696. Red/tan vinyl. Odo: 86,355 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Numbers-matching 427. Fitted with a/c, power steering, power brakes, and power windows. Tilt-wheel. Positraction and tinted glass. Some light scratches, sanding marks, blemishes, and overbuffed areas in paint. Passenger's door out a small amount, other gaps look good. Numbers-matching, too. I think the seller might do better another time out, so I can't blame him for holding on. #S220-1970 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 440 Six Pack 2-dr hard top. S/N RM21V0E125246. Sublime Green/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 675 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. A real V-code 440 Six Pack. Paint flaking in small areas. Rear quarter-panel showing some small blisters forming, most likely from rust or body putty. Gaps nice to factory standards. Blemish on vinyl top. Clean, tight interior with a well presented dash. Automatic on the column. Good engine bay, showing some age and use, but holding up well. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $66,780. It's always money. Probably a bunch of fun to drive if you don't mind a door popping loose under hard acceleration. Super well done and a very nice re-creation. This seems to be about the going rate, but the value will drop with use. #S206-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE LS6 2-dr hard top. S/N 136370B145238. Maroon/black vinyl. Odo: 12,972 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Genuine LS6, miles actual, two owners, frame-off restored, all documented. Paint blend noted on passenger's rear quarter. Light scratches on chrome. Polish marks showing. Trunk out at rear, passenger's door in at fender. Old school performance stickers on rear quarter windows. Brake booster and steel headers appears to have been spray painted recently. Heater core leaking. Modest Trim scratched. Clean and tidy interior, weatherstripping is dry in areas and cracking. Chassis in driver condition. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $55,120. This was reported to be a frameup restoration, and it looked the part. I would suggest the car was decent to begin with before it underwent a primarily cosmetic fluffing. It showed very well at ten feet, but began to unwind under closer inspection. It was loaded with some nice options, and that presumably helped the final bid here. A nice Corvette, but the price paid was expensive for a 390-horse coupe. Well sold. #S244-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE 2-dr hard top. S/N 136370A151633. Gold/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 65,005 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Numbers-matching. Trunk out at rear, passenger's door out a tad at the bottom. Some small dings in body noted as well as some small chips. Trim has small dimples in areas. Nice interior with little to fault, repop dash, newer seats show well. Steering wheel is cracked. Clean and tidy engine bay presents nicely. Includes build sheet and a little frustrating finding a Mopar like this, with a brutal engine package—in this case the much-feared 440 Six Pack, which produced 390 horses—configured with a bench seat and an automatic on the column. For originality, this was the way it came, but it wasn't a car that most guys spending this kind of money are looking for. At least let it have buckets with a slap-stick automatic on the floor. Considering the build, this one did well, probably helped by the color. A market-correct result. #S260-1970 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA Hemi replica convertible. BH27C0B176954. Purple/black S/N vinyl/black leather. Odo: 4 miles. 426-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Some paint chips, prep issues, sanding marks. Driver door out at bottom, trunk pinched on passenger's side. Small dents noted in body. Top could fit better. Steering wheel column faded, dash very nice. Clean and tidy engine bay, not over-the-top. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $106,000. This was claimed to be the most wear showing in the interior, but nothing most anyone will ever notice. Modded in 1970 by Baldwin Motion Performance. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $140,000. This was presented as an original-mile LS6 showing just under 13,000 miles on the clock, with build sheets, warranty card, and Protect-O-Plate included along with the original bill of sale. When you added it all up, this was a stellar LS6 and would be nearly impossible to replace. The LS6 market has been coming to life as of late, so I think the seller was wise to take it back home for a while. #W240-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER T/A 2-dr hard top. S/N JH23J0B307306. Red/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 4,604 miles. 340ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Genuine 340 Six Pack Challenger T/A. Paint adhesion issues noted on passenger's quarter panel. Tape lines present. Some bubbling putty noted on lower areas of quarter-panels. Rare “gator grain” vinyl top, which is a love-it-or-hate-it look. Nice chrome probably repopped. Interior in good condition showing light wear, but a notch Protect-O-Plate. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $33,000. SS Chevelles have been hit fairly hard over the last few years. Although this was a good example, it lacked visual sizzle; gold always reminds me of old-man cars, not tire-ripping big-block muscle cars. That said, this one had the all-important third pedal, build sheet, and Protect-O-Plate to authenticate the build. 74 accurate, correct 1970 Hemi Cuda Convertible “re-creation” on the planet. That said, does it really matter? It's another fake ‘Cuda built from a 6-banger convertible stuffed with a Hemi and 4-speed. Still, it's a good enough formula for a fast builder to make a little above driver. Working clock. Clean engine bay comes across as super fresh, better than factory maybe. Chassis is nice. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $57,500. A 4-speed original Trans Am Challenger would be a worthy addition to most any Mopar collector. The challenge is finding a good one. 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Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL ported to be numbers-matching, and included the original exhaust system and a build sheet to authenticate the car. These cars are highwinging joys behind the wheel and have enough power on tap for any reasonable enthusiast. Not a bad bid, but the owner was obviously seeking more. #S151.1-1970 CHEVROLET CAMARO Pro Stock “Grumpy's Toy VIII” racer coupe. White/black vinyl. 430-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Restored to a very nice “as-raced” condition to museum standards. Much like lot number S150.1, Sox & Martin “Boss” Hemi drag car, which would have been the car's nemesis in 1970/1971, the pair presented side-by-side. Known as “Grumpy's Toy VIII” and powered by a 430 Chevrolet crate engine mated to a 4-speed transmission. Very good fit and finish and nicely presented. Autographed by Bill Kissimmee sale, January 2010, bid to $400k (SCM# 158008); most recently bid to $400k again in May 2010 at Mecum Indy in #2 condition (SCM# 164242). Today it's in #2-, and I had a hunch $400k wouldn't be enough this time either. I was right. Until we meet again! #S166-1971 OLDSMOBILE 442 W-30 convertible. S/N 344671M112200. Blue/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 73,488 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Reported to have been driven just 68 miles since restoration. Paint has microblisters just about everywhere, some chips noted, feels rough to the touch, almost pebbly. Replated chrome. Trunk gap out at rear, passenger's door in at fender. Older engine bay detailing with some new stickers added. Foam seal in air filter assembly is oil-soaked. Interior glued themselves to the television to watch our hero drivers rocket down the track. #S259-1972 OLDSMOBILE 442 convert- ible. S/N 3J67U2M129755. Green/white vinyl/ white vinyl. Odo: 42,045 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Matching numbers. Full frame-off restoration back in 2003 and then shown. Small dimples and light scratches noted in paint, along with some small blistering. Trunk out on passenger's side. Replated chrome well done. Convertible top fit is very nice. Clean interior, but showing some small blemishes from use and age, driver's side door panel lightly soiled. Jenkins. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $300,000. The Bill Jenkins autograph was a nice touch which added to the machine's overall mystique. No explicit mention of the car actually being raced, so without further research, I wouldn't assume anything. For the longest time, these old school '70s drag cars couldn't be given away. Most ended up being campaigned by some unknown racer in smaller circuits or were relegated to street racing status. Today, they've found a whole new market eager to restore them to their former glory, which is nice to see. #S128.1-1971 PLYMOUTH HEMI ‘CUDA 2-dr hard top. S/N BS23R1B429180. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 23,764 miles. 426-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. “The last Hemi” built. Restoration starting to unwind. Appears seven times in SCM database since 2006, so deteriorating condition easy to track. Paint is tiring and needs to be buffed out. I've personally reported on this car at least two times in the past, so it's becoming like an old friend. Cond: 2-. somewhat weathered. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $84,800. W30 convertibles are unusual, and this one was reported to be very correct with the factory heads, intake, and carburetor. Overall, I'd call it a nice driver that could double as a great cruiser and a surprising street bruiser, too. These are sought-after cars, but the bid was a tad heavy given the condition. Well sold. #S150.1-1971 PLYMOUTH HEMI ‘CUDA Sox & Martin “Boss” racer. Red, white & blue/black vinyl. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Good fit and finish and nicely restored to its former racing glory days configuration. Nice presentation and parked next to William “Grumpy” Jenkins' Camaro with a Christmas tree staging light as if they are preparing for drag-strip takeoff. A retro old-school matchup of Plymouth vs. Chevrolet. Sold on bill of sale. Musty odor inside. A 2004 AACA National First Place winner. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $58,830. This was a quality presentation. This is a former AACA National First Place winner, the buyer can be assured of the original quality, now just tiring a bit, but not falling apart. Given the overall presentation, provenance, good options, and matching-numbers 455, a fair deal for both parties. Presley custom station wagon. S/N 6D49R2Q163176. Putty/black #S119-1972 CADILLAC DEVILLE Elvis vinyl/Putty leather. Odo: 71,005 miles. 472-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of two, this one custom built for, owned by, and driven by Elvis Presley. Never resold, still on the Elvis Enterprises title. Bad everywhere, but I don't think condition is what folks will be bidding on. Weathered and wavy. Driver's door out. Rust under the vinyl top. NOT SOLD AT $400,000. A $700k no-sale in October 2006 at Mecum's St. Charles, IL, sale (SCM# 43080); seen by yours truly at Mecum's 76 Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $450,000. This was the real-deal Sox & Martin ‘Cuda as driven by Ronnie Sox in the 1971 NHRA Pro Stock season with a dominating 14 wins noted. Reported to have been given an extensive full restoration to restore the car back to its original livery with the now-famous red, white, and blue patriotic theme. From a bygone era where kids like me Steering wheel heavily cracked. Other example built for Dean Martin, now missing. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $66,250. I'd seen this beater linger on the open market for about a year at $100k with no takers. Its sale was solely tied to the Elvis Presley provenance. Car was presented on the block by an Elvis impersonator (the skinny Elvis version). It was fun to watch. Sold at market with a questionable upside. #S152-1974 PONTIAC FIREBIRD SD- 455 coupe. S/N 2V87X4N151635. White/tan cloth. 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Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL on lower driver's quarter-panel. Blemish showing on driver's door. Rear glass trim over-polished and burned through flash chrome in areas. Mothball smell inside the cabin. Pull straps well worn. Driver's seat torn. Original of power accessories, as expected on a Caprice Classic convertible. A nice driver presenta- panel. Weatherstripping all poor and needs to be replaced. Rear window tint film looks like it was done with a spatula. Fright pig? Close to it. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $10,500. This was described as a one-owner example with all paperwork and documents to prove the claim, but who cares when the car is this rough? Corvette owners have an old saying: There's no such thing as an average Corvette; they're either beat-to-death or pristine. This one just needed everything. Well sold, snorkel and mask not included. engine bay appears unrestored other than perhaps some minor paintwork. Includes PHS documentation, title history, and window sticker. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $54,000. Said to be one of only 731 Super Dutys built in 1974 with automatic transmission. The miles were stated to be actual, and the car looked the part, as it didn't display a full-blown restoration and looked more original and authentic than anything else. Stated to have never been taken apart. A candidate for preservation, rather than restoration, perhaps. I felt the offer was fair given the overall condition but can't blame the owner for seeking more. #W159-1974 CADILLAC ELDORADO coupe. S/N 6L47S4Q427220. Copper/white/ dark maroon. Odo: 9,838 miles. 500-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint, albeit original, does not present well. Scratches on driver's quarter panel. Stone chips present. New extension replaced with mismatched paint. Trim and stainless lightly scratched. Passenger's door out more than factory. Original interior looks to be well kept, very nice in most regards, and supports the 10,000-mile claim. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $15,000. These big boats have a following, especially overseas, as you just can't get a large American land-yacht across the pond all that easily. This one had no miles and presented fairly well (with the exception of the paint), but was basically a nice used car. This was about market-correct, and the owner should have taken the high bid. #S267-1975 CHEVROLET CAPRICE Classic convertible. S/N 1N67U5Y209561. Yellow/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 28,407 miles. 350-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. 28k indicated miles stated to be actual since new. Respray well done and shows nicely, other than the usual light sanding marks and buffing swirls. Upon inspection, may have been damaged and repaired at rear driver's quarter-panel. Plenty 78 aluminum-look parts painted silver. Fitted with air shocks in rear. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $21,200. Driven hard, now lying in wait to sting the next owner. So much was done to amateur standards that it was hard to begin to describe them all. (The silver rattle-can work did it for me.) Still, it did have the 455, a 4-speed, and a decent color. A fair deal overall. #W171-1981 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1AY876XBS427563. Maroon/maroon vinyl. Odo: 101,182 miles. 350-ci 190-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Shabby paint cracked, fiberglass showing underlying spider cracks as well. Fairly large blister on driver's side rear quarter Clean engine bay showing some rattle-can work, but still looks fine. T-tops. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $18,020. This represented a good opportunity for a future collectible, if you consider a 1987 Aero Coupe to be collectible. Plenty of guys like these, and you can be assured that down the road, they will become more desirable. This was represented as a 30,000-mile original car with only two reported owners, with a clean CARFAX to back it up. Just about on the mark for book value, but a tad high for my liking with the bodywork. #W273-1990 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 coupe. S/N 1G1YZ23J6L5800973. Red/ tan leather. Odo: 11,761 miles. 350-ci 375-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. LT5 4-cam 32-valve engine. Displayed at the Bowling Green Corvette Museum. All-original with all available options in 1990. Driver's seat bolster lightly worn, tires dry-rotted and need to be replaced. Miles stated to be original. Paint tion. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $20,000. This lightly age-mellowed car looked very nice from about ten feet, and held up to close scrutiny. Even the engine bay was clean and tidy. It would make for a great top-down cruiser with plenty of room for the entire family. Ran as a $20k no-sale on Saturday and then again a $20k no-sale on Sunday. The seller must be looking for #2 money for his #3 example. #S195-1976 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. S/N 2W87W6N537380. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 54,253 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint good overall but shows some dry spray, sanding marks, and touch-ups. Rear exhaust tips painted silver. Huge gap on passenger's door. Clean interior a bit aged: door grabs well worn, steering column scratched, driver's seat bolster worn. Rattle-can engine bay, #W254-1987 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO SS Aero coupe. S/N 1G1GZ11G8HP128052. Odo: 29,847. 305-ci 180-hp V8, 4-sp. Miles are stated to be actual. Exterior shows area of light paintwork, but mostly well done. Some pitting on brightwork. Body putty noted in lower quarter panels on both sides, some patching detected as well. Super-clean interior only showing light fading. shows some light scratches, factory orange peel and swirl marks. Close to showroom condition. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $29,000. For a well- Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL presented, low-mileage ZR-1, this was the one to own. It was very well kept and obviously babied. It came with some nice provenance, being on display at the Corvette Museum, which might explain the dry-rotted tires. New shoes are going to set a new owner back about $300 per tire, so that may have kept a few bidders at bay. That said, the offer was fair, but the owner was looking for more. #S134-1992 BATMOBILE coupe. Black/ black. Car #3 from “Batman Returns.” Varying gaps. Cracks in fiberglass. Bubbles in paint along with multiple blemishes and fisheyes. Custom-manufactured industrial-looking bits and pieces, but non-functional. Built on GM subframe, model not specified. Fitted with 350 Chevy engine. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $310,000. This was reported to be one of the actual cars driven by Michael Keaton in the hit film “Batman Returns.” Warner Brothers reported the cost to build the car at $1.5m. OK, it's cool, edgy, and a centerpiece to almost any diverse collection, but beyond that it was somewhat rough around the edges, as movie cars often are. $310,000 seemed very fair to me. #W269-1993 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 coupe. S/N 1G1YZ23J0P5800103. Red/ black leather. Odo: 12,700 miles. 454-ci 650hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. 12,700 miles from new. 40th Anniversary edition with parts and performance added by Lingenfelter. Custom racing-style seats and four-point safety belts. Small defect noticed on front nose. Driver'sside headlamp may have been painted, as color and cracks. Center console just plain nasty with all sorts of wear and some kind of “goo” all over it. Glove box door is stained. Miles are actual. Driven hard and put away wet. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $38,160. This Viper had obviously seem a hard 9,000 miles and begged an obvious word of advice: Don't even try to enjoy a cup of coffee in one of these. The interior was the main issue here, but should be easy to resurrect, possibly made much nicer for not a lot of time or money. This was dealer retail moneyplus, given the condition. #W228.1-1996 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Grand Sport convertible. S/N 1G1YY3253T5600405. Blue & white/white vinyl/black leather. Odo: 22,727 miles. 350-ci 330-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Miles believed actual, two owners from new. Paint presents very well with few flaws. Nice interior shows only moderate wear. Clean engine bay is dressed out nicely. Manual 6-speed transmis- Red, flashy, bulgy, powerful, and extremely fast. A lot of Corvette for the money. #W245-1994 DODGE VIPER RT-10 road- ster. S/N 1B3BR65E3RV102173. Red/gray leather. Odo: 9,011 miles. 8.0-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. Paint and body appear very nice with no notable issues. Light waves in the body. Driver's seat shows moderate use, scuffs, is slightly off. 454 reported to produce 650 horsepower. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $37,100. This car was featured in Corvette Fever in 1993 and reportedly would get over 25 miles per gallon at highway cruising speeds. The full-throttle testosterone look was over-the-top for me, but some power-loving drivers loved it. May 2011 sion. Powder-coated wheels. One of 1,000 Grand Sports produced in the final year of the C4, and one of 190 convertibles produced. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $34,000. Very well kept and in great shape overall with reported low miles. As a future collectible, I'd have to say this one could do very well over the long term, provided the owner keeps the car in stellar condition. The bid was a tad light today but very close for a Grand Sport convertible in this condition, and it might do better at a Corvetteonly venue. © 79


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Bonhams Paris, FRA Automobiles d'Exception à Rétromobile The automobile assemblage was traditional Rétromobile, with cars built from 1925 to 1941 accounting for nearly half of the overall revenue Company Bonhams Date February 5, 2011 Location Paris, France Auctioneers Marielle Digard, James Knight, and Philip Kantor Automotive lots sold / offered 57/92 Sales rate 62% Sales total $12,019,775 High sale 1933 Bugatti Type 51, ex-Lord Raglan, sold at $1,285,403 Buyer's premium 1933 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix, high sale at $1.3m Report and photos by Jérôme Hardy Market opinions in italics S eventy-eight classic automobiles had been sold already for a total revenue of $11.9m by competitors Chevau-Legers and Artcurial when Bonhams kicked off its Rétromobile Grand Palais sale on Saturday, February 5. The Grand Palais is an immense Art-Deco building fully restored a few years back at the bottom of the Champ Elysées. It now hosts the most exclusive events of the French capital. Bonhams invested a significant amount of money to rent the palace for four days in celebration of the 110th birthday of the first Salon de l'Auto, which was held here in 1901. And as part of that celebration, the company presented a special exhibit of 40-plus examples of early motoring. In addition, the building sheltered the 92 automobiles Bonhams was offering for sale to help finance the event. All of Bonhams' European resources had been mobilized to make this a memorable and profitable day—and the profitable part was helped in no small part by an unusually high 15% commission on the total value of each lot. This year's automobilia sale was followed by an at- tractive selection of vintage motorcycles, with the honor of the high sale going to a 1955 Vincent 998 Black Night at $75,243. The automobile assemblage was traditional Rétromobile, with the 1925-1941 era representing a third of the total mid-estimate forecast of $20m. At the end of the day, cars from that era accounted for nearly half of the overall revenue. 80 The highlights of this era were three racecars: two Alfa-Romeo 6C Paris, FRA 1750 Zagatos, neither of which sold, and a 1951 Bugatti Type 51, ex-Lord Raglan, which sold for $1,285,403—the only million-dollar car. Many were amazed by the craftsmanship of the 1930 Bugatti “Petite Royale,” which sold for $862,161. The French marque was on a roll when a 1930 Type 46, also ex-Lord Raglan, sold for $454,594, and later when the 1933 Type 49 convertible made $485,945. Bugattis were selling like hot cakes. If you prefer “serious” engineering, your best buy was a seriously black 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet C sold at $689,729, a car that sold for $150k less 15 months ago at Bonhams' auction in Reims, France (SCM# 143269). The Veteran Era was illustrated by an immensely huge 1911 Delauney-Belleville 25hp HB6 landaulette, rebuilt with the utmost attention to detail. It was a bargain at $391,891. The 1905 Renault Type Y-A, also entirely rebuilt, was equipped with an electric starter. It was another bargain at $54,865. Is a Renault too slow for you? Go Porsche. How about a 1966 906 or an ex-Kremer race-ready 1970 914/6? Both were fantastically built but failed to find new homes, unlike the charming red 1958 Carrera 2 coupe, which was also raceready and sold for $213,189. When the light faded through the fantastic glass dome of the Grand Palais, 57 automobiles had changed hands for a total of $12m—a $3.6m increase over last year's $8.4m total. Bonhams had won its challenge. All in all, 156 automobiles were sold during the Rétromobile week for a total of $24m through Bonhams, Artcurial and Chevau-leger. Who said times were tough? ♦ $3m $6m $9m $12m $15m 0 Sports Car Market Sales Totals 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 15%, included in sold prices ($1.00=€0.74)


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Bonhams Paris, FRA ENGLISH #366-1930 ROLLS-ROYCE 20/25HP se- danca de ville. S/N GLR60. Black & canvas/ black leather & beige cloth. RHD. Odo: 39,321 miles. An English chassis sent to the U.S. for Sedanca coachwork, restored to high level in '80s, then back to the U.K. Not used since, still showing very well. Interior with R-R-caliber high attention to detail. The epitome of the town car. A CCCA car, history known. embedded under dash. Jewel-like veneer. One of 431 S1 Continental chassis built from 1955 to 1958, all with special coachwork. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $297,837. The performance of a 1955 R-type Continental in a less striking, more practical package, at about a 50% discount. Even more exclusive, but the car does not have the same presence. A fair deal. fault. Post-war car with pre-war design, and in good enough shape for concours display. One of very few DHCs on Silver Dawn chassis. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $337,026. Silver Dawn DHCs are on the move. I witnessed one selling at #385-1966 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk Artcurial's Paris sale for $479,202 in November 2009 (SCM# 152676). Another sold in August, 2010, at Bonhams' Carmel, CA, sale for $315k (SCM# 165559). Interestingly, SCM records show that LSDB30 sold on eBay in May 2006 for $175k, with 2,679 fewer miles on the odo (SCM# 40879). Market-correct today. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $64,270. With such heavy coachwork on the 20/25hp chassis, these aren't exactly touring cars. You'll dread every hill and can't cruise at more than 40 mph. The need for a chauffer further reduces appeal, although it could be used for weddings. In any case, a lot of car for little money, and in concours condition. It failed to sell for nearly the same amount, $62,560, with 115 fewer miles on the odo at Christie's London sale in June 2004 (SCM# 34548). A bargain today. #325-1939 BENTLEY 4¼ LITRE road- ster. S/N B105MX. Olive green/black cloth/ red leather. RHD. Odo: 21,989 miles. Restored over seven years in the 1980s to show level, inside and out. Still in superb condition, although leather shows a light patina. Veneer amazing, engine bay spotless. Beautiful Vanden Plas coachwork, seating for five, and near- database sold by Christies in 1993 in the U.S. for $73k, with the exact same engine, description, and condition, but an inexplicable 30,846 miles reported (SCM# 15107). My guess is that LML5083 was a living room queen. Let's see: $204k - $73k = $131k. Subtract expenses for garage, insurance, shipping to Paris, auction house commissions... and I'll call it about a 3% annual return over eighteen years. #347-1956 BENTLEY S1 CONTINENTAL disappearing top. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $329,189. One of 1,234 chassis produced from 1936 to 1939. This would make for a beautiful touring or show car and was ready for either. It sold smack in the middle of the $300k–$500k estimate and deservedly so. An attractive Derby for the right money. #348-1950 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER DAWN drophead coupe. S/N LSDB30. Eng. # S15B. Blue/dark blue cloth/tobacco leather. Odo: 4,994 km. Originally commissioned for the George V hotel in Paris. Fully restored to highest standards in the U.S., now aging slightly with some swirls in the paint. Otherwise R-R quality all around and nothing to 82 Park Ward built for Baron Édouard-Jean Empain of France. Excellent all around. Green interior superb. Automatic, as it should be. Left-hand drive. Fitted with special a/c unit coupe. S/N BC48LBG. Ash & green/green leather. Odo: 94,126 km. Car fully restored in 1992 in the U.K. Roomy five-seat coach by 4-plunger oiler. Engine bay spotless. Eligible for the London to Brighton. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $224,162. Sold under the $240k low estimate. Delaugères were advanced for their time and resemble later Mercer Raceabouts, for about half the price. This one was somewhat of a re-creation, but was still a lot of car for the money. #381-1905 RENAULT TYPE Y-A 10HP tourer. S/N YA4632. Red/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Complete re-creation in U.K. on Sports Car Market #335-1952 ASTON MARTIN DB2 coupe. S/N LML5083. Eng. # VB6J154. Dark red/ cream leather. Odo: 978 miles. A rare LHD example, nut-and-bolt restored to the highest level 20 years ago. Barely used since, if at all, given the as-new undercarriage. Configured with two seats plus room for luggage behind. Some patina on seating surfaces. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $203,783. Last appears in the SCM III convertible. S/N HBJ8l35959. Off-white & black/black vinyl/dark red leather. Odo: 6,739 km. Fully restored not long ago, rally campaigned since. Paint OK, bumpers wavy with good chrome. New wheels. Interior very nice but for broken center console. Very nice wood dash with red leather and Nardi wheel. Mechanicals redone. A ready-to-go rally car or a nice weekend cruiser. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $78,378. Sold where it should. There are plenty of Healeys on the market now, given the frantic run on the marque a few years back. This one looked great and had fresh mechanicals, and it was apparently rally-proven too. FRENCH #376-1904 DELAUGÈRE & CLAYETTE TYPE 4A 24HP racer. S/N 205. Gray & yellow/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 9,035 miles. A large raceabout with a recent body and big, torquey 4-cyl. Dual chain drive. Very good condition overall, aside from dry tires. Mixed wood-steel frame Ducellier brass headlight, looks strong. Gorgeous grille scratched.


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Bonhams Paris, FRA a genuine chassis. Very good craftsmanship. Engine bay and rest of car detailed to a jewellike gleam, with abundant brass. A large and heavy five-seat body for a tiny 2-cylinder. finished in a variety of coachworks. Most of the cars are still with us, so they're not so rare, but they're still uncommon to see at auction. This example was a good, traditional-looking convertible. A fair deal. TOP 10 No. 1 #327-1933 BUGATTI TYPE 51 racer. S/N 51153. Eng. # 32. Red/black leather. RHD. The best you could hope In no hurry, specifically when fully loaded. Fitted with non-period electric starter. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $54,865. A beautiful, flashy, red toy that will make for good times with friends during veteran runs. Sold at the $54k low estimate and a real bargain at that—the cost of the rebuild was probably more than the high bid. TOP 10 No. 9 #378-1911 DELAUNAY- BELLEVILLE 25HP HB6 landaulette. S/N 4148. Eng. # 4148V. Black/black vinyl & beige cloth. RHD. Odo: 21 km. A 17-year reconstruction project from a derelict original discovered in 1982. Craftsmanship to the highest levels. Panel fit, paint, engine bay, and brass all excellent. Also impressive in size. The preferred marque of Tsar Nicholas II. A fabulous horse carriage to be one of 400 Type 46 chassis. History documented. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $862,161. Sold above the pre-sale estimate of $675k–$810k. On the one hand, this was a gorgeous car, ready to be driven or shown. On the other, it was unclear if this was, in fact, how it looked from the Veth & Zoon workshop in 1930. The preference for authenticity continues into the 21st century, so this price may have been a bit bold. TOP 10 No. 8 with an engine up front. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $391,891. The crème de la crème, then and now. Given rarity and quality, this price was a bargain compared to recent equivalents, such as a 1910 Rolls-Royce sold for $539,000 at RM's March 2010 Amelia Island sale (SCM# 159738) or a 1907 Thomas Flyer (known as Blondie) sold for $1,028,500 at Gooding's 2008 Pebble Beach sale (SCM# 117599). Well bought. #373-1920 DELAGE CO2 4½LITRE salamanca. S/N 7283. Eng. # 15354. Black & maroon/black cloth/ black. RHD. Odo: 26,987 km. Little history given. Rotisserie restoration to high levels. Nothing to fault aside from missing trunk. Salamanca coachwork is exquisite and the detailing obvious. Ready for any concours. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $164,954. Sold toward the mid BEST BUY Engine bay clean. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $454,594. Type 46 was Ettore Bugatti's hot rod, with a big 5.4-liter SOHC engine. It sold very well, with about 467 chassis built, and was 84 #328-1930 BUGATTI TYPE 46 cabriolet. S/N 46331. Eng. # 199. Pale yellow & dark blue/dark blue cloth/ dark blue vinyl. RHD. Odo: 20,443 km. Convoluted history with change of coachwork and modifications to chassis in the early '50s, then restored to original configuration later on. Last restored by Lord Raglan to high levels in the early 2000s. Still excellent all around. History known. One of about 100 remaining examples of 470 chassis thought to have been built between 1930 and 1934. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $485,945. Another open T49 sold one year ago at Gooding's January 2010 Scottsdale sale for $264,000 (SCM# 156817), and it was a true bargain. This one broke the $470k high estimate, which would've been about the right price. Well sold. #301-1962 RENAULT ONDINE sedan. S/N AR901091726. Dark gray/white cloth & blue vinyl. Odo: 2,804. A rare Renault Ondine built in Italy by Alfa under license. As such, Sports Car Market dle of the $150k–$190k estimate. The versatility of the Salamanca design and restoration levels were not rewarded here, as a similar Springfield Ghost Rolls-Royce in this condition would bring at least $100k more. Very well bought. TOP 10 No. 2 #320-1930 BUGATTI TYPE 46 faux cabriolet. S/N 46293. Eng. # 157. Black/beige cloth/dark red leather. RHD. Odo: 27,946 km. Restored to highest levels recently with receipts totaling $550,000. Nothing to fault in the craftsmanship, but early pictures of the car show that many things were modified in the process, inside and out. Thought to do keeping a vintage Bugatti racer on the track, made possible with the deep pockets and passion of former owner Lord Raglan, past chairman of the Bugatti Owners Club. Eightpage catalog description lists about 100 numbers (chassis, box, gearbox, body, etc.) and dates, attempting to detail all the swapping. Result is a mix of the best available parts and techniques available at the time with a mind toward using the car strongly and safely for 30 years. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $1,285,403. At RM's Monterey auction in August 2010, a much more authentic but probably not raceable Type 51 was bid to $1.7m, but it did not sell (Presale estimate was $3.5m–$4.5m, SCM# 165616). For about $600,000 less than the high bid for the other car, I'd call this one well bought. See the Race profile, p. 56 #377-1933 BUGATTI TYPE 49 3-position cabriolet. S/N 49570. Black & red/black vinyl/red leather. RHD. Odo: 15 km. Restored to high levels in the 2000s, nice patina on old leather preserved by new vinyl covers. Chassis as-new, engine bay clean, wheels superb. Three-position folding top, dual mounts, no running boards. Dutch design slightly heavy. A nice open touring car still. TOP 10 No. 7


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Bonhams Paris, FRA unusual for its Ondine/Alfa badging. Mileage supposed to be original. Still, paint looks new, and is very good. Chrome hazed, interior a little no stories. Still in its original color combination. Excellent wood dash, deep wool carpets, panels fit perfectly. A true collectible. Not the sexiest of the 540Ks, but still commands respect. Coachwork by Sindelfingen. One of 419 540K chassis built. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $689,729. I analyzed this car in Reims, France, in 2009, where Bonhams sold it for $519,318 (SCM# 143269). My comment then was, “A true bargain. It might have done better at Retromobile.” Well, it did—$163k better with nothing invested except six extra kilometers. Rather than analyzing, sometimes I should act. Oh well. Still a bit of a deal, even at this price. too shabby. Engine bay of a car not run for 50 years. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $6,741. Put it back on the road with another $500, and you have an original piece of French-Italian history and a cute little sedan. No matter how you look at it, this was a good buy. #331-1964 CITROËN DS19 convertible. S/N 4251004. Dark blue/brown leather. Odo: 4,298 km. An early Chapron-built convertible, restored in the U.S. in 2004. Generally excellent, except where paint has reacted with metal, such as on trunk, where it is cracked below the surface. Very nice interior with Jaeger dash and original radio. Black-and-tan color combo #337-1954 MERCEDES-BENZ 300S cab- riolet. S/N 24553. Dark red/beige cloth/tan leather. Odo: 62,964 km. An early rare roadster 300S, built to show the world that M-B was back. A fabulous example of an extraordinary car, although rather plain-looking from a distance. Restored 20 years ago to highest standards and still looking new but for some light patina on seating surfaces. Huge BeckerNurburg radio. Tailored luggage in trunk. Early running, these unusual 356s are the most desirable road cars from the period. Still competitive on the track and in vintage events of all types, the color change has no effect on value. It's all about the superb condition of this example. Price was low by European standards for a car this nice. #350-1966 PORSCHE 906 racer. S/N 906007. Eng. # 906153. White/red leather. Complete history known. Raced its early life with spider body, in Australia until 2000, with no notable race achievements to speak of. Then rebuilt over six years in Germany, finished in 2003, with complete new body and many new parts. Basically a brand-new 906 with its original body and spares set aside. Ready for the track as-is, or for display in your living room. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $1,018,917. Reportedly sold post-block. One of 65 906s built. A winning ticket for many tracks if you know how to drive. A similar example with slightly more racing success sold in May 2009 at Bonhams' Monaco sale for $782,325 (SCM# 120549). This was a fair bid today for entry into what is an exceptionally exclusive club. very attractive. No early car history. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $253,946. These were going for $50k in 2004 (SCM# 32508), $130k in late 2008 (SCM# 51887), and this one shattered the $162k–$190k estimate today. In addition to the many real DS convertibles out there, more are currently being converted by French and Dutch body shops. Does it remind you of the U.S. muscle car market four years ago? Likely the top of the market. GERMAN TOP 10 No. 5 #352-1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 540K cabriolet. S/N 169312. Black/ black cloth/dark red leather. RHD. Odo: 56,449 km. Show-quality restoration done quite some time ago. Still sharp inside and out. Matching numbers, clear history with three-carb set-up. 2+2 seating. One of 203 cabriolets produced between 1952 and 1955. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $357,405. Sold for $150k at Mecum's Elkhart Lake, WI, sale in July 1999 (SCM# 8109), and more recently for $245k at Gooding's Scottsdale, AZ, sale in January 2010, with 62,948 km on the odo (SCM# 155320). An SCM analyst on-site perceived it as well bought, and indeed it was. Christies sold a similar 1957 fuel-injected 300Sc roadster in 1999 for $442k (SCM# 13524). #383-1958 PORSCHE 356A Carrera GS/ GT coupe. S/N 102543. Eng. # KDP84493. Red/cloth & vinyl. Odo: 1,333 km. A high level nut-and-bolt restoration, based on 1958 upgraded GT configuration. Alloy doors, trunk and panel fit superb. Engine bay spotless. Too bad it's not silver as when it left the factory. Race-ready, with partial roll cage, extinguisher, but known. No significant racing accomplishments, but all-in-all a very original car. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $918,000. An appealing example of one of the best early sports/road cars. Given the car's overall presence, this nostory (neither bad nor good) 6C deserved the $1m it was expecting. The owner was right keeping it. and harness. Eligible for numerous events. History fully known. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $213,189. Exceptionally rare and desirable, but expensive to maintain and difficult to keep 86 #346-1930 ALFA ROMEO 6C 1750 spy- der. S/N 8513033. Eng. # 8513033. Dark red/ black cloth/red leather. RHD. Odo: 2,333 km. One of the three 6Cs driven by Scarfiotti under Sports Car Market ITALIAN #357-1929 ALFA ROMEO 6C 1750 spy- der. S/N 03112961. Eng. # 03112961. Red/ black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 28,212 km. Original body with dings, marks, and peeling paint, but complete and correct. Interior with abundant patina. All mechanically redone, as confirmed by a 2,500-mile rally in 2010. History complex


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Bonhams Paris, FRA the team leadership of Enzo Ferrari in the 1930 Mille Miglia. History fully known, all numbers match—chassis, engine, gearbox, etc. Original Zagato body. Restored in Italy in the 1960s. Today in overall good condition and ready top-notch, and the chassis looks more like a driver. Original radio. Engine bay clean. Altogether a nice example. The 29th built of 200 Series IIs. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $520,432. 1865GT sold for $385,000 in 2009 at RM's Monterey auction with 15 fewer miles (SCM# 142041), so a nice profit here. Series I and II convertibles will rise, as Californias are going through the roof. A market-correct price. to go, with adequate patina, electrical fan, nice Bosch headlights, redone Jaeger gauges. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $1,012,000. Last sold for $1,107,000 at Bonhams' Carmel, CA sale in August 2008 (SCM# 117620). With such documented provenance and authenticity, and with the market seeing run-of-the-mill 6C 1750 GSs selling for $1m, this was to me a $5m car. Bidding stalled at $1m, so the right buyer was evidently not in the room. #332-1954 ALFA ROMEO 1900C SPRINT Series II coupe. S/N 130800894. Two-tone blue/blue vinyl & cloth. Odo: 96,415 km. A recent rotisserie restoration done in U.S. to show levels. Gorgeous color combo inside and out. Highly detailed everywhere, including engine bay and chassis. Too bad bumpers are missing. Seats two with some room for luggage. Nardi wheel. Presents as perfect. #304-1965 ALFA ROMEO TZ coupe. S/N AR105110003. Red & black/black vinyl. Odo: 832 km. Said to be an all-original car with genuine 832 km on the odo, but it almost looks too good for its age. (Even without use, materials will still age some amount over five decades.) A one-off prototype build by Autodelta for Alfa Romeo as the potential fiberglass- Odo: 34,764 km. Unrestored and original but for the new paint, which is well applied but too heavy on the mags. No apparent rust. '70s Lagoon Blue cloth interior very nice but for sagging armrest. All trim inside and out very good. New tires. Engine bay clean and unmessed-with. Driver's-grade chassis. A nice, mostly original Montreal. One of 3,925 built over the 1970–1977 model run. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $40,757. With their sleek, two-seat Bertone coachwork, 4-cam V8, and 5-speed transmission, Montreals are still a bargain, even if prices are creeping up from the $30k range. A '71 Montreal sold for $44k in 2009 at Coys' Padua, Italy sale (SCM# 153115). I'd call this a good buy in the long run. bodied TZ replacement, the TZ-2. Visually challenging but purpose-built. No reserve. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $128,540. Genuine Alfa TZs typically go for at least $400k, and a nice TZ-2 will bring well over $1m. This car, with the DNA of a TZ-2, deserved a lot more than the high bid, despite its froggy look. See the profile, p 50. #329-1966 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA SPRINT GTC convertible. S/N AR755573. Blue Ocean/beige cloth/beige leather. Odo: 70,112 km. Lived all its life in Holland. Restored recently to high levels. Paint slightly scratched in Cond: 1. SOLD AT $184,973. This was a nice car indeed, but still just a regular 1900C Series 2. But as a result of all the Alfa enthusiasts in the room, the price went over the top—50% above the $100k–$115k estimate. As a result, I think we'll be seeing more of these very nice 1900Cs at auction soon. TOP 10 No. 6 #338-1960 FERRARI 250 GT PF Series II convertible. S/N 1865GT. Eng. # 1865GT. Burgundy/beige leather. Odo: 95,638 miles. Restored by RM in 1998 and barely used since. Panel fit excellent. Very good throughout, but interior less than 88 lightly dirty carpet. Nardi wheel. Simple, neat dash. A nice four-seat open car with twin-cam engine and 5-speed transmission. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $62,703. One of 1,000 built from 1964 to 1966. How many survive? This nice example sold at the low estimate of $60k and was a bit of a bargain at that. Another went for $67,482 in 2009 at Bonhams' Reims, France, sale (SCM# 143275). #308-1972 ALFA ROMEO MONTREAL coupe. S/N AR1425606. White/blue cloth. places. Some original rubber, some new. Panel fit very good. Nice TechnoMagnesia wheels. Headlight chipped inside. Chrome good. Interior redone with system, and a/c. What else do you need? Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $78,378. A no-sale at $40,480 in June 2004 at Christie's in London with 63,139 miles on it (SCM# 34566). These cars are appreciating, with prices around $120k for good examples. A little elbow grease could do wonders for presentation but won't be enough if the mechanicals are worn. Well bought, if no surprises. #386-1972 FERRARI 246 GT Dino coupe. S/N 4908. Light blue metallic/blue leather. Odo: 43,997 miles. A U.S.-delivery car. Body completely restored to very high level in Europe. Interior, chassis, and mechanicals believed original and very sound. Mags perfect, new exhaust, interior slightly faded with a few #364-1972 FERRARI 365 GTC/4 coupe. S/N 16141. Red/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 63,361 miles. A used driver that needs a lot of love. Paint OK, mags chipped under heavy coating. Interior shows age, with worn steering wheel and other clinches suggesting 163,361 miles (which would be a lot). That said, a lot of power, a nice V12, good balance, '80s sound loose parts. Original radio and power windows. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Paris, FRA Engine bay and chassis clean. A Dino in an original color that's ready to be enjoyed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $172,432. Dinos are back up. This one was a tad expensive and sold toward the top of the current price range, given its condition. TOP 10 No. 10 #333-1973 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe. S/N 16767. Eng. # 16767. Blue/tan & black leather. Odo: 1,118 km. A Euro-spec model with a/c, in Europe all its life. Full restoration a few years back is still very good, but no longer perfect. Slight scratches in paint, front turn signal lens broken. Superb interior. Engine bay spotless and undercarriage as-new. Classy color combo one was a $47,840 no-sale at Christie's London auction in June 2004 (SCM# 34572). The owner was rewarded for keeping it. Slightly well sold in the current market, given its condition. #360-1988 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N ZFFAA17C00078674. Rosso Corsa/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 6,566 miles. Same owner as lot #361. Same history, same excellent condition but for slightly worn driver seat bolster leather, mags with small scratches, events to promote American classics in Europe. In Hershey, this would have gone for $100,000 at least. Another '41 in #3 condition sold for $82,500 in 2009 at Worldwide's Seabrook, TX, sale (SCM# 120319). #343-1959 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. S/N 59J132306. Red/white vinyl/red & white leather. Odo: 52,413 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A long-fin '59 in period colors, but not a coveted Eldorado Biarritz. Body repainted ten years ago, some new rubber. Original interior a little scruffy, with paint peeling in places and red carpet faded. Trim very good. Hubcaps look mint, whitewall tires excellent. The iconic looks great on chrome Borranis. One of 1,273 built from 1968 to 1973. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $376,216. Daytonas were the star cars of the late '90s. Now they're languishing around $300k, while 275 GTBs sell for a million bucks. Price paid here was high given condition in the current market, but may be a good deal in five years. #351-1974 LAMBORGHINI ESPADA Series III coupe. S/N 9274. Light gray/maroon leather. Odo: 31,493 km. Aside from the repaint and maintenance parts, an original car in driver condition. Paint OK, trim OK. Mags dipped into paint. Ugly '80s radio crammed into gauge area. Leather with patina, nice Nardi wheel. Engine bay of a driver. One of 1,223 built from minimal paint chips, and no phone. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $68,973. For the ones wondering whether a right-hand-drive car should cost more or less than a left-hand-drive example (lot #361), here's your answer. They're the same, and I think both were bargains. coupe. S/N ZFFAA17B00079926. Rosso Corsa/black #361-1988 FERRARI TESTAROSSA leather. Odo: 7,709 km. One English owner from new. Complete, unmolested, original condition, with the oh-so-'80s huge phone. Close to new condition. American cruiser for the French Riviera. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $117,567. You could buy a rarer Eldorado for $50k more and you'd just get a little more trim and different carb setup. Price here aligned with a U.S. import, so all things considered, this was a decent buy. Another '59 sold for $101,200 at Barrett-Jackson's Costa Mesa, CA, sale in June, 2010 (SCM# 165364). #355-1961 CADILLAC JACQUELINE 1968 to 1978. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $62,703. A Miura for 4: same engine, running gear, etc. Just does not look as good. And with the low market value, these aren't worth maintaining properly, which makes them always a risky buy. $40k would be about right for an Espada in this condition, so very well sold. #370-1978 FERRARI 512 BB coupe. S/N 23769. Rosso Corsa/tan & black leather. RHD. Odo: 40,547 miles. An average early RHD carbureted BB recently resprayed, with original interior showing some patina and scruffiness. Paint OK no more, mags clean, rubber mostly original. Fitted with a/c. Engine bay and undercarriage of a driver, although it has not been driven recently. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $98,757. 512 BBs have been languishing in the $90k-$120k range for the past three years. This 90 Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $68,973. Why are 308s in the same “as-new” condition 50% more expensive? Despite having all the right things, the Testarossa remains inexpensive, at least in terms of initial purchase price. Is it because there are so many as-new examples around? Let's drive them, then. Market-correct. AMERICAN #342-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 62 4-dr convertible. S/N 8349253. Black/black cloth/ dark red leather. Odo: 18,726 miles. Full CCCA status not mentioned in catalog. Nut-and-bolt restoration in the U.S. to very high standards a few years back. Still excellent all around with nothing to fault. Attractive color combination. Optioned with skirts, fog lights, and desirable 3-speed manual. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $86,216. Completely unappreciated in Europe, and therefore a bargain today. There are not enough 1990s. Today fully drivable and French titled, but with delivery mileage only. A typical concours car, but far from concours condition, with paint cracking, peeling, and falling down on both sides. Interior a little shabby for a car with 19 miles on the odo. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $290,000. Sold just over the $270k low estimate. The name Jacqueline was probably worth $250k, the car itself $40k. I would drive it; in 20 years, Jacqueline will still be an icon. Well bought. © Sports Car Market coupe. S/N 6929061100. Gold/stainless steel/ black vinyl. Odo: 19 miles. Originally a one-off non-running styling exercise by Pininfarina for Cadillac for the 1961 French Auto Fair, named after Jackie O. Beautiful coachwork. Fitted to a 1960 Eldo chassis by French owner in


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Artcurial Paris, FRA Collectors' Motor Cars at Rétromobile This was truly an international sale, with all the highest priced lots selling to non-French buyers Company Artcurial Date February 4, 2011 Location Paris, France Auctioneer Hervé Poulain Automotive lots sold / offered 79/102 Sales rate 77% Sales total $9,258,816 High sale 1937 Bugatti Type 57 C Atalante, sold at $790,552 Buyer's premium 1937 Bugatti Type 57 C Atalante—$790,552 Report and photos by Donald Osborne Market opinions in italics by Christie's (and later Bonhams) at the Rétromobile show, hometown team Artcurial moved from their traditional auto location at the Palais des Congrés to center stage at the show. With Bonhams now ensconced in the 2 dramatic Grand Palais on the other side of the city, Artcurial now had the ground-floor hall at the exposition center in which to sell its wares. The change represented more than a swap of ven- ues. It was the clearest sign of the influence Matthieu Lamoure has had on the venerable auction house. Lamoure left Bonhams last year to become head of department for Artcurial, where he had begun his career 14 years earlier. He has stated his intention to internationalize his company's auto sales, and he started with a name change. The company now does business as “Artcurial Motorcars,” with a deliberate use of English in the title. This year's consignment list contained a number of small themed groups from single collections, including Aston Martins, Mercedes-Benzes and a selection from a museum of cars of heads of state which generally did quite well. From the last came some of the more interesting lots, including a very rare 1960 ZIL 111 convertible parade car. This Russian open four-door, the spitting 92 011 saw a major change in the Paris auction scene. After nine years of auctions at the Porte de Versailles exposition center 15% up to $204,465, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices. ($1.00 = €0.73) Paris, FRA image of a 1956 Packard, had been in the service of Brezhnev among others before being passed to Poland, where it was sold into private hands. Offered in somewhat weather-beaten condition, it was sold for a massive $256,407 to a Russian buyer who intended to repatriate it to the Motherland. It was evidence of the international nature of the sale, which saw all the top priced lots sold to non-French buyers. The highlight of the sale was the semi-barn find Bugatti Type 57 C Atalante, which sold for $790,552. It still astounds me that these days such cars can continue to be discovered; surely by now the number of people who would ignore cars like this in storage has dwindled to almost nothing. Second-highest honors went to a unique 1931 Invicta Type LS 4.5-liter Low Chassis coupe. Very nicely presented in well-used but also well- loved condition, it brought a justifiable $729,507. Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadsters continue to be internationally priced, and here a good example sold for $569,263. A truly superb 1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 made an impressive $259,459—a price surely not seen since the red wave of the early ‘90s. A rarely seen Lancia 037 Stradale, a scarily potent rally car for the street, sold for $302,026 In the end, Artcurial's results were very good. The $9.2m knocked down represented the highest total achieved by the company at auction since 2003, and it was a full $6.5m above their $2.8m total achieved at the Palais des Congrés in 2010—clearly their shift in focus and venue were indeed changes for the better. ♦ $10m $2m $4m $6m $8m 0 Sports Car Market Sales Totals 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007


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Artcurial Paris, FRA BELGIAN #279-1928 BENOVA TYPE B3 Biplace Sport racer. S/N 60300. Dark blue, light blue & bare alloy/blue leather. Odo: 4,119 km. Shiny paint shows some prep issues and ripples in body at tail. Simple interior is clean, with faded instrument panel and gauges. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $45,014. The product of a shortlived (1921-1931) Belgian marque which miles. Variable panel fit. Older paint still holds a shine but shows aging, with sinkage, stress cracking, some rubs and scratches. Generally and adhesion bubbling. Bumpers are good, other chrome shows light pitting. Somewhat stiff dyed seats have eased past “patina” into “worn.” Pitted plating on steering wheel spokes. Very rusty front brake calipers and discs indicate long storage. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $149,510. The late DB Mk III has much appeal. This one had great colors and was basically an honest car, but the long storage hadn't been kind. The restoration done in the '80s was basically undone at this point. A no-reserve lot, it has to be called well sold. apparently went out of business for poor cash management. It attempted to cover the market, offering 8-cylinder luxury cars and 4-cylinder voiturettes. This was a good-looking sporty car, and would make a nice, inexpensive alternative to an Amilcar. In this case, not that much cheaper. Well sold. ENGLISH #225-1930 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II Continental Cabriolet drophead coupe. S/N 40GX. Eng. # TQ75. Black/tan canvas/ biscuit leather. RHD. Odo: 28,518 miles. Decent panel fit, except left door slightly out at front edge. Very good older paint now shows a number of touched-in chips on front surfaces and some stress cracking on rear fenders near trunk. Seats have nice patina, excellent dash- good bright trim, with some light pitting. Beautiful patina in interior. From long-term ownership. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $729,507. The Invicta is a rare car and every inch the quintessential pre-war English sports car. The low chassis LS model is very desirable, and this coupe RS rarer still and perhaps unique. This Bentley-beater had the fantastic feel only a well used and equally well-cared-for car has. Well bought at below the $750k low estimate. #210-1935 SINGER LE MANS roadster. S/N 5692. Red/brown vinyl. RHD. Odo: 53,131 km. Very good panel fit. Worn older paint shows touch-ups and chips. Fair chrome shows pitting. Worn dashboard wood, neat braided steering wheel cover, dirty seats. A charming pre-war English roadster, eligible for the Many Fiberfab bodies, especially the Jamaican, were quite beautiful. While no one today would dream of sacrificing a Healey for this kind of custom project, it's a shame the factory couldn't have made a car this good-looking. Offered in August 2008 at Russo and Steele's Monterey auction, then in #3 condition and a no-sale at $29k (SCM# 117533). Consigned here by a French citizen, it may well have been sold at a decent profit. Well done. See the profile, p.48. Le Mans Classique. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $42,065. This served as a reminder of why one should always try to check the catalog translation. The English text stated that this particular car had competed at Le Mans six times. The French text referred to the model, but not this exact one. Nonetheless, the bidders apparently did their homework, as the price paid was right on the money. board wood, very good instruments. Soft top is quite soiled. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $208,993. The sporting short chassis version of the Phantom II and the first “Continental.” Originally delivered with a Sports Tourer body by Arthur Mulliner, now wearing a Gurney Nutting-style body from an unknown coachbuilder. A very handsome car, both sporty and elegant. If the body had been documented, it could have brought more. As-is, a bit of a bargain. TOP 10 No. 4 BEST BUY #256-1931 INVICTA TYPE LS 4.5 low chassis coupe. S/N S57. Eng. # 7458. British Racing Green/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 7,310 94 #242-1958 ASTON MARTIN DB Mk III coupe. S/N AM30031696. Metallic green/red leather. Odo: 86,908 miles. Very good panel fit. Shiny paint shows some drips, rippling, #244-1969 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Vantage coupe. S/N DB63567R. Eng. # 4004001VC. Metallic gray/black leather. RHD. Odo: 30,368 miles. Good panel fit. Very good paint. Chrome generally very good, except wheels are dirty. Alloy trim a bit dull. Nice interior with beautifully lived-in seats, some scuffing on right door panel. ZF 5-speed gear- #250-1959 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-6 Jamaican coupe. S/N BN4LS77603. Burgundy metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 47,181 miles. Amazingly good panel fit for a fiberglass kit car. Paint shows many prep defects, body ripples, especially on hood, star cracks, etc. Good chrome, with A-H grille cleverly cut down to fit new opening. Very good interior, with excellent instruments. Moto-Lita wood rim wheel. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $56,267. box. Motorola two-band radio. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $264,038. A very nicely presented late-production example of the hot-spec DB6. Sold at no reserve, from a collector who offered eight Astons in the auction. Given where values Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA of Astons have been moving in the past few years, this has to be counted as a bargain, as I've seen not-very-good examples sell for similar money. #239-1985 ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA 4-dr sedan. S/N SCFDL01S9FTL13419. Metallic teal/tan leather. Excellent panel fit. Very good paint shows polish scratches and some clumsy touch-up. Very good black trim. Gold-trimmed interior very dirty. Most wood in good condition, but a large strip is broken off from the left rear door trim. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $56,267. Originally delivered in France high estimate and worth every penny paid. TOP 10 No. 3 #215-1937 BUGATTI TYPE 57C Atalante coupe. S/N 57756. Eng. # 57706. Black & dark red/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 24,407 km. Variable panel fit. Older paint is faded, showing wear and very ripply lower body. Delamination in left side and rear windows. Seats and door panels fine, but casually done. Dashboard and instruments dull. Inexpensive mixed carpets. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $790,552. Bugatti Type 57s are very desirable by any measure. “Barn find” or long- French design. It's rare to find an unrestored example these days, and this one will be an excellent base for a correct restoration. Price was market-correct. #207-1939 PANHARD TYPE X81 140 Dynamic limousine. S/N 222538. Cream/ brown velour. Odo: 27 km. Very good panel fit and paint, but bright trim is a bit dull in comparison. Clean upholstery, excellent instruments. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $61,500. These dramatic French sleeve valve-engined to Gustave Bongo, brother of Omar Bongo, long-time ruler of the nation of Gabon. The Lagonda's devotees have long sung its praises, and the car has finally begun to gain some credibility, if not respect, in the collector market. This one was finished in great colors, but seemed a tad used up, as the transports of despots often are. In this case the provenance probably helped the buyer get a bargain. Well bought. FRENCH #206-1902 DE DION-BOUTON TYPE K1 cabriolet. S/N K156. Eng. # 7222. Dark green & black/black cloth. RHD. Old paint is somewhat dull and faded, still shiny in spots. Shows many rubs, nicks, dings, and touch-ins. Interior is of various ages, complete but quite worn. Newer seat cushion doesn't match the backrest. Fascinating removable hard top, front entry “hansom cab”-style bodywork, with a wind- storage cars are as appealing to many as freshly restored ones, and this car was riding the wave. A body and engine swap, both documented, didn't keep it from selling well. It was offered a year ago in February 2010 by Artcurial in Paris, where it failed to sell at a high bid of $585k (SCM# 159179). The owner was wise to hold on, evidently, and the buyer must think the market is still going up. #258-1937 DARMONT STR roadster. S/N 51194. Royal Blue/tan canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 2,203 km. Good paint shows some prep flaws. Minimal bright trim is fair to good. Cockpit has good seat, very dirty instruments, and oil-soaked carpet. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $32,153. Charming French three-wheeled cars represented a very individual take on a luxury sedan but ultimately proved unsuccessful. By 1939, the steering wheel had been moved from the center to the left in hopes of snagging more sales. A rare divider limousine, beautifully presented, it was certainly worth more than the high bid. #289-1953 DELAHAYE TYPE 235 convertible. S/N 818082. Blue/Navy blue canvas/ red leather. RHD. Odo: 10,504 km. Very good panel fit. Older paint presentable but shows signs of aging, with microblistering, some touched-in chips, and polish scratches. Good bright trim. Nice seats and instruments, steering wheel worn. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $218,800. One of the last Delahayes built prior to the merger with Hotchkiss, and one of cycle car, with an air-cooled side-valve engine. With three documented owners from new, it was run in vintage rally events in the '80s and '90s. A nice alternative to the ubiquitous Morgan trike. #212-1938 PEUGEOT 402 Darl'Mat shield which can be raised for entry. From the collection of noted ancient car aficionado JeanMichel Cerede. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $176,840. Quite fabulous. It even had an engine-heated hot water bottle for warming the cabin. The car has run the London-to-Brighton a number of times and would be an ideal entry, with its weather protection. Sold well above the $116k 96 roadster. S/N 400210. Blue/black leather. Odo: 44,112 km. Variable panel fit. Paint shows some cracking on hood, small chips and nicks throughout, polish scratches. Bright trim marked, a bit dull, and side spears have been screw-drilled. Interior shows wear. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $363,236. The Paulin-designed body of the 402 Darl'Mat roadster and coupe is one of the true masterpieces of pre-war five Chapron cabriolets. Some consider these post-war Delahayes heavy in look, but I find them attractive. They're not the barn burners of the late '30s but are still very appealing and usable. This one was sold by Coys in London in Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA 1986 for $118,363 (SCM# 1192); 25 years later, it failed to sell here at twice that. With the limited appeal of these cars, plus the less-thanimmaculate condition, the bid was only slightly light. #222-1956 CITROËN DS19 4-dr sedan. S/N 6937. Yellow & black/blue cloth. Odo: 1,046 km. Excellent panel fit, per factory. Nice paint shows just too much orange peel. Bright trim very good except for quite dull alloy rear bumper uprights. Nicely done seats and door panels, dashboard a bit dull. Strange rubber smell inside. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $65,913. GERMAN #232-1937 BMW 328 roadster. S/N 85075. Ivory/black leather. Odo: 26,169 km. Variable panel fit. Good paint shows a few rubs. Dull bright trim around windshield. Excellent seats, nice instruments. Well presented, but has a number of incorrect details, no doubt down to its current active rally use. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $519,600. A blue-chip pre-war road racing car, the BMW 328 not only looks the available in France. Documented to have actually carried many heads of state, unlike some other cars in the collection. Fairly bought. #287-1968 CITROËN DS21 cabriolet. S/N 4609574. Dark gray metallic/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 81,622 km. Variable panel fit. Good paint has some prep flaws and light scratches. Very good bright trim. Very good interior, with unfortunate speakers cut into rear quarter-panel trim. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $177,700. The Citroën DS convertible is The Citroën DS is still, 56 years later, stunning to behold. This early first-series DS had been restored to match the colors of the 1955 Paris Motor Show introduction car. Very well done and beautifully presented. Selling price was certainly less than the cost of the restoration. #251-1958 CITROËN 2CV 4-dr sedan. S/N 441541. Gray & red/red cloth/blue striped cloth. Odo: 9,175 km. Very good panel fit. Paint is thick, with orange peel and some dirt in the finish, but that's not inappropriate for the model. Clean interior shows some wear. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $17,683. This 1950s example a very attractive and elegant variation on the iconic sedan, sort of a French version of a Mercedes-Benz SE cabriolet, albeit with only a four-pot engine. Values have in recent years skyrocketed, but not to the point that an average example such as this could make the €160k sought by the seller. Last bid was on the money. #299-1985 CITROËN CX Prestige 4-dr sedan. S/N VF7MANH0000NH4935. Dark gray metallic/beige leather. Odo: 125,825 km. Very good panel fit, per factory. Paint shows microblistering and orange peel almost everywhere. Bright trim has faded. Seats and door panels are creased and soiled, headliner seemed true to the the basic, practical conveyance the 2CV was meant to be, rather than the fashion statement it became. It had a great and very authentic feel about it. Well bought. #298-1960 SIMCA PRESIDENCE convertible. S/N 326075. Black/black/beige leather. Odo: 64,350 km. Good panel fit, some gaps wide. Old repaint shows some orange peel and much polish scratching. Chrome mostly good, with areas of light pitting. Seats heavily creased, dashboard a bit soiled. Great 1950s transatlantic styling. Very presentable. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $160,764. From the Heads of State Museum Collection. One of two built on the base of the Simca Vedette, the only V8 98 great colors, sold by an Italian SCMer. Interest in early cars has been steadily growing. Part of this part but is a blast to drive. This one was sold by Bonhams back in May 2008 at Monte Carlo (SCM# 116675) where it set an auction record for the model at $685,100—small wonder the owner didn't want to let it go. But 328s haven't moved up like 300SLs, and in this one's current condition, the top bid may have been all the money. #236-1956 PORSCHE 356A coupe. S/N 56555. Eng. # shows light leather. Odo: 374 km. Superb panel fit. Very good paint P61843. Black/parchment polish scratches. Excellent chrome, alloy engine grille could use a polish. Excellent interior with leather, rather than vinyl. Nardi wood wheel. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $109,319. A very well restored 356 in price is the premium for exceptional condition,and part of this price is the fact that 356 cars this nice in Europe sell at a premium compared to the U.S. Well sold by USA standards. #261-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 220 S 4-dr collapsing. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $9,645. An exFrench National Assembly vehicle from the Heads of State Cars Museum. If the U.S. government sold ex-Congress cars in this condition, I'd wonder what the representatives were doing with them in the first place. There must be better used CXs in the PennySaver. Scary. sedan. S/N N1800107501123. Yellow & brown/red leather. Odo: 85,511 km. Decent panel fit. Good paint has a few small, but deep, scratches. Good chrome, except for pitting on door handles and fog light housings. Nice interior with newly upholstered seats and door panels, very good dashboard wood and steering wheel. Becker Brescia radio. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $23,200. From the collection of the Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA covered. It looked well cared for and has to be considered well bought. Find another like this if you can. ITALIAN Barcelona M-B dealer. This was a thoroughly restored Ponton sedan, and the fact that it didn't sell can almost certainly be laid down to the somewhat garish color combo. #203-1967 PORSCHE 912 coupe. S/N 355214. Eng. # P606193. White/black leather. Odo: 38,456 miles. Variable panel fit, left door well out at rear edge. Shiny paint shows prep flaws and orange peel. Clean interior with new seat upholstery, loose door rubber. Strange brushed metal panel trim on dashboard. Clarion 3-band radio. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $36,975. The 912 was sort of a two-steps-forward-onestep-back for Porsche, as an entry transition into the 356's replacement. The model has its adherents, and interest is high in early shortwheelbase 901 cars, but this seemed to be a very casually refurbished example. The 5-speed gearbox was a plus, but this can be counted as exceptionally well sold by USA standards, and still very well sold by European measures. coupe. #262-1979 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SLC S/N 10702612000689. Silver/black leather. Odo: 210,087 km. Excellent panel fit. Paint shows a few small scratches, decent chrome scratched in areas. Some delamination in rear window corners. Very good interior. Sunroof, Becker Mexico radio. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $24,115. From the collection of a Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $190,400. The Cisitalia 202 is another example of the rare case where coupes are preferred to convertibles. The very flash restoration of this handsome late production cabriolet had many incorrect details. The profile of the bumpers, form of the grille, shape of rear fenders, and incorrect taillights and front signals were jarring. All will have to be re-done. Given the presumed cost of what was what's already been invested, it's not surprising the seller held on. #218-1954 LANCIA AURELIA B20 Series 4 coupe. S/N B20S1120. Metallic gray/red leather. Odo: 7,852 km. Excellent panel fit. Very good paint is spoiled by sinkage holes on left front fender. Shiny bumpers, with bubbling in plating on rear. Reused original windshield trim shows damage from vise grips. Well executed interior has incorrect upholstery pattern on seats. Later thick-rimmed Nardi wood #254-1952 CISITALIA 202 C cabriolet. S/N 183C. Eng. # 286. Red/black canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 12 km. Very good panel fit, except right door out at rear edge. Very good paint, shiny bright trim, but grille is incorrectly formed and bumper shapes are not convincing. Upholstery shows well, good instruments except Mismatched for unrestored tachometer Bakelite control markings. knobs. #286-1960 OSCA 1600GT coupe. S/N 029. Eng. # 006. Red/black cloth. Odo: 31,132 km. Variable panel fit. Presentable paint shows some areas of electrolytic corrosion at left door top. Star cracks on hood and right fender top. Good bright trim, but incorrect taillights. Chicken wire front grille. Stripped interior with Sparco race seats, Romax steering wheel, full roll cage. 7,100 rpm indicated redline. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $170,900. The 1600GT was the swansong of OSCA and its only real “production” model. They are fun to drive and are capable enough in today's vintage events. This one was a street car converted for track use in the last decade, and as such wouldn't command top price. This bid was a hit out of the park and should have been grabbed with both hands. #280-1961 LANCIA FLAMINIA coupe. S/N 823003138. White/red leather. Odo: 83,363 km. Very good door fit, hood and trunk gaps a bit off. Good paint shows some orange peel. Good bright trim, except for some pitting on rear bumper. Clean interior has dyed seats which are still supple. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $22,508. A truly classic design, with a time- less elegance hard to fault, directly inspired by Pinin Farina's Florida II show car, and his favorite design. These cars are certainly undervalued, being smooth, comfortable tourers and very well built (and not just because I own one). Sold exactly at market price for condition and could have gone a bit higher with no complaints. Barcelona M-B dealer. The largely forgotten 2+2 hard top version of the W107 SL is a wonderful luxury GT, which also has an interesting rally factory history. It's very rare to see one in such nice condition, especially with the miles 100 wheel. Under-dash water temp gauge added. Voxson AM/FM radio. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $128,611. The 4th Series Aurelia coupes are regarded by many as the best balanced between lightness and performance. This one was presented very nicely, and clearly showed money spent—but with many wrong details inside and underhood, it was not spent well. Price was in line with recent sales, but a bit high if you wanted to fix what's wrong. #234-1962 FERRARI 250 GTE 2+2 coupe. S/N 3723GT. Eng. # 3723GT. Black/tan leather. Odo: 9,223 km. Excellent panel fit, excellent fresh black paint. Otherwise very good chrome shows some light pitting on window frames. Interior is let down only by scratches on original metal trim on left door near emergency window crank hole. Radiomobile three-band radio. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $259,459. A superb restoration of Ferrari's first production car. Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA gauges under dashboard. With factory hard top. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $51,445. Just an OK Giulia Spider—a casually refurbished weekend driver. The price paid was for a better example, but hopefully it will be well used. Certainly well sold. Details would be considered lacking for concours-level competition, but would make a very high level driver as-is. A big price, reminiscent of the Red Boom days, but understandable here. #285-1962 LANCIA APPIA Sport coupe. S/N 812051094. Eng. # 814005731. Red/black leather. Variable panel fit, with both doors out at rear edge. Shiny paint shows orange peel. Alloy trim a bit dull and dimpled, chrome shows pitting, especially door handles. Partially stripped interior, with electronic tachometer, auxiliary water and oil temperature gauges. Fitted with Zagato sport seats, roll bar, non- This had been run in light competition when new and used in vintage events since restoration—it was certainly no trailer queen. Offered at Bonhams' Gstaad Ferrari sale in December '08, where it was a no-sale at $746,200 (SCM# 119006). Since then, it had hardly been used, covering just 300 km in two years. The more than $800k sought by the seller was a bit optimistic right now. #252-1969 FERRARI 365 GT 2+2 coupe. Lancia Nardi wheel. Plexi side and rear window. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $62,700. The Appia Sport was a capable performer in period competition and remains so in vintage track and rally events in Europe. This one had been prepared for vintage rallying and was stated to have a Facetti engine. Overall the level of presentation was not good enough to justify a much higher price than this. #205-1964 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA 1600 Spider. S/N 374928. Red/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 99,693 km. Good door fit, but hood and trunk slightly off. Shiny paint shows a good deal of orange peel and a plug where antenna has been removed. Fair-to-good chrome. Good seats in incorrect leather, lumpy dashboard top pad, filthy carpets. Auxiliary oil pressure and water temperature SOLD AT $88,420. The discreet appeal of these comfortable GTs has been discovered by a larger audience, but prices have moved upwards only gently. This one seemed gently refurbished rather than restored, and the colors suited the shape nicely. #229-1969 LANCIA FULVIA Rallye 1.6 HF coupe. S/N 818540001578. Eng. # 818540008484. Red & black/black cloth. Odo: 5,708 km. Very good panel fit. Presentable paint shows areas of sinkage, blistering, and light scratches. 102 Fair-to-good bright trim. world's first full four-seater sports GT, the Espada is a car you either adore or detest. I think they're wonderful. This largely original car was in a great period color, but seemed slightly more used than the indicated mileage would suggest. In the recent run-up in early Lamborghini prices, Espadas have been left behind. This was a very strong result, so we'll need to track the next few auction sales to see if a trend has begun. #219-1981 FERRARI 308 GTB coupe. S/N 34313. Silver/tan & black leather. Odo: 32,203 km. Good panel fit. Presentable paint shows some aging, panel edge chips, and areas of touch-up. Good black trim. Good interior with nice patina on seats and very good dashboard. Equipped with Pioneer cassette radio and a/c. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $48,229. The 308 Sports Car Market S/N 11899. Eng. # 11899. Gray metallic/beige leather. Odo: 45,568 miles. Variable panel fit. Generally good paint shows some aging and light polish scratches. Good to fair chrome. Good interior, with dyed seats still soft. Evidence of water leak on headliner at rear window. Voxson 8-track stereo. Cond: 3-. #230-1965 FERRARI 275 GTB coupe. S/N 06653. Eng. # 06653. Red/tan leather. Odo: 46,852 km. Restored in 1992, still presents well. Very good panel fit, except trunk slightly up at rear edge. Excellent paint, gleaming chrome. Nice patina to seats in very good interior. 3-inch seat belts fitted. Tripmaster rally clocks on dashboard. Originally black over blue. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $765,700. iary instruments. Door autographed by Paddy Hopkirk. FIA and FIVA documents. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $68,400. While relatively few are aware of the superb competition record of the Lancia Fulvia, debates over “real” Lancia Fulvia “Fanalone” cars still rage hot. Chassis 1578 is listed in the sequence of original Series 1 1.6 HF cars, but some believe it was destroyed. Artcurial made an announcement that it was not a Works car, but the documents nonetheless make it eligible for all events. Sold by Bonhams at Goodwood in June '05 for $42,671 (SCM# 38693). Here, the questions kept it back. #220-1973 LAMBORGHINI ESPADA 2+2 coupe. S/N 9022. Metallic lime green/ green leather. Odo: 54,879 km. Excellent panel fit. Largely original paint is faded in areas and shows several poor touch-ins and bubbling on left rear corner of hood. Chrome fair to good, with pitted door handles. Interior shows wear appropriate to the indicated mileage. Voxson 8-track. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $98,066. As the Stripped competition interior with OMP race bucket seats, full roll cage, electronic auxil


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Artcurial Paris, FRA Only the finest Packard clones would do for the Politburo. Believed to be one of two open Zil III parade cars built, mostly used by Brezhnev before being passed along to Poland. Needed everything and sold back to Russia for a stout price. Perhaps Mr. Putin is a classic car guy. AMERICAN GTB is a much better form than the more popular GTS, and values have slowly been moving up. Also, this car's great color combo was a welcome change from the usual red. Sold above the $40k high estimate. #253-1983 LANCIA 037 Rallye Stradale coupe. S/N 162000052. Red/black corduroy. Odo: 13,030 km. Very good panel fit, as per build. Paint shows light polish scratches and small chip on left rear fender. Excellent black trim, wheels show oxidation. Some worn window rubber. Clean interior. Cond: 3-. SOLD very good. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $21,703. From the Heads of State Car Collection. Included receipts documented that the car was leased by AT $302,026. The “stradale” or “street” version of Lancia's formidable rally weapon of the 1980s. The only thing in common with the Montecarlo/Scorpion is the central body structure—this is a very different animal. Animal that it is, the Stradale is not the most accommodating road car. But it's neat, and I want one. For a non-comp car the price was a big one, to be sure. RUSSIAN #302-1960 ZIL III 4-dr convertible. S/N 603. White/gray leather. Odo: 86,566 km. Variable panel fit. Worn paint faded, with small chips, spots, nicks, and rubs all over. Ample chrome surprisingly good, but shows its age. Seats hard and creased, dashboard chrome pitted, steering wheel rim wrapped in duct tape. From the collection of the Museum of Heads of State Cars. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $256,407. rest coming away from door. Dual spotlights, CB radio. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $82,000. From the Heads of State Car Collection. A replica of a U.S. Presidential limousine—the one JFK used in Dallas. The $200k reserve was totally out of line with the poor quality of the work and the condition of the car—not to mention the ghastliness of the project. High bid was generous. © #293-1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL limousine. S/N 7816131. Eng. # C53870501. Black/black leather & gray cloth. Odo: 52,333 miles. Poor panel fit. What appears to be largely original paint is faded, rubbed, scraped, dented, and rusted. Chrome complete, but in fair to poor condition. Interior dirty, with large split on front seat, rear seat actually quite good and faux wood door caps Chrylser to the Eisenhower administration for “one symbolic dollar a year.” Will need restoration, but everything should be there. Sold just above the high estimate of $20,000. #305-1963 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL Presidential Limousine replica convertible. S/N 3682N420576. Navy blue metallic/dark blue leather. Odo: 42,901 miles. Variable panel fit. Paint shows microblistering, fading, touchins, and scratches. Fair chrome shows pitting on all pieces. Interior dirty, with several split seams on front seat cushion, driver's door arm- May 2011 103


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Worldwide Auctioneers Atlantic City, NJ Classics at the Trump Taj Mahal Strong prices in Atlantic City were a gentle reminder that confidence in the economy is on the rebound Company Worldwide Auctioneers Date February 18, 2011 Location Atlantic City, NJ Auctioneers Rod Egan, John Kruse Automotive lots sold / offered 32/57 Sales rate 56% Sales total $2,931,650 High sale 1904 Thomas Flyer Model K 60hp Racer, sold at $302,500 Buyer's premium 1904 Thomas Flyer Model K 60hp racer—$302,500 Report and photos by Chip Lamb Market opinions in italics H osted by G. Potter King Auctions under the direction of promoter John Chiara, the annual Atlantic City Auction, Swap Meet and Car Corral have been held for over two decades. Chiara's finely-tuned operation continues to boast one of the highest weekendlong attendances of any collector automobile event during the entire year, as it continues to see tens of thousands of winter-weary car enthusiasts, including both participants and onlookers alike. In 2002, the first of the high-end auctions run Atlantic City, NJ here, it sold with plenty of history and explanations for all that it was not for $302,500. Second to the Thomas across the block, a gorgeous 1931 Auburn 12-160A Boattail Speedster made $280,500, while a magnificently restored 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible that was offered at no reserve in the same color scheme as the fold-out Cadillac sales brochure car brought $247,500. Notable no-sales included a magnificently well-restored and equally wellpreserved 1932 Cadillac 452B V16 All-Weather phaeton at a $225,000 high bid. In addition, the 1960 Chrysler 300F Flying Mile car and a 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Competition Convertible both fell short of their reserves, being bid to in tandem with the sale at the convention center took place, typically held on a Friday evening at the Borgata Hotel and Casino. During the course of 2010, Chiara struck a deal with Auburn, Indiana-based Worldwide Auctioneers to take over the direction of the high-end auction, so despite this having been the 10th annual sale of its type, it was a first-time event for Worldwide Auctioneers and its highly experienced staff. Worldwide's offerings were on par with prior years at the Borgata, and thanks not only to the help and coordination between members of the G. Potter King staff and Worldwide's experienced crew, a beautiful preview was set up by the end of business Thursday. Atlantic City was also a gentle reminder, unlike a few years past, that confidence in the economy is on the rebound, for both the sale at the Convention Center and Worldwide's efforts alike were very strong. High sale at the Taj was an often-seen 1904 Thomas Flyer that had been offered by Kruse on numerous occasions; 104 $250,000 and $225,000, respectively. Worldwide also worked hard to put deals together post-block, one being the 1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 41 4-door convertible with coachwork by LeBaron. It was announced as sold while the latter part of the auction was still progressing, and I'd say the $137,500 realized was a bargain price for its condition—which was just about a heavy detailing away from being concoursready. After more than a few less-than- impressive years for collector car auctions in Atlantic City—and with consumer confidence still on the rebound—Worldwide did indeed make quite a gamble when they signed on to put this auction back on its feet. At the end of the day, the ante put forth paid dividends for the folks from Indiana. There's no question that this venue will remain one they will continue to be quite proud to call their own. ♦ Sales Totals $3m $2.5m $2m $1.5m $1m $.5m 0 Sports Car Market 2011 2010 2009 2008 10%, included in sold prices


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Worldwide Auctioneers Atlantic City, NJ ENGLISH #1-1949 MG TC roadster. comprehensive restoration S/N TCEXU7617. Eng. # XPAG8269. Light blue/ tan cloth/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 13,748 miles. Older exhibits plenty of use. Large chips and scuffs at fender from hood edges running into it. Paint uniform and reportedly not the original, so very well executed. Chrome and brightwork redone, now with some pits and scratches, correct export bumpers presentable. Hood latches need a bit of work and adjustment. Top faded and stained. Leather possibly original with nice patina. Engine appears very recently redone and nicely detailed. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $26,400. I liked this car for its honesty. It turned out the reason for the high level of detailing under the hood was a recent $8,500 engine overhaul. In all likelihood, this would make for an excellent driver. Fairly bought and sold. #37-1960 MORRIS MINOR 1000 woodie wagon. S/N MAW3L729733. Green & wood/ red vinyl. Odo: 39,509 miles. Old green respray not very presentable, wood original and delaminating. Chrome and brightwork original with plenty of pits, scratches, and aging, particularly evident on the rear bumper. Undercarriage relatively solid but unrestored and in need of attention. Interior older and only light wear and lots of great patina. Engine compartment very tidy with no restoration. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $83,600. I had the good fortune to drive this a few blocks along Pacific Avenue between the truck that brought this to the sale and the sale venue, before I realized that it was a very low-mileage original. A true time machine in every respect, I consider this somewhat well bought for any purpose and hope the new owner puts a few more miles on it before turning it over again. #4-1972 JAGUAR XKE Series III convertible. S/N 1S20579. Eng. # 7S7327SA. Regency Red/black soft and hard tops/tan leather. Odo: 69,756 miles. Older partial respray done to driver's standard and somewhat weathered, exhibiting numerous pits, spots, and other flaws. Chrome original and pitted, brightwork better but could stand attention. Hardtop an English aftermarket piece and similar. Interior tidy, dash and console intact with normal wear, seats typically wrinkled. Engine compartment undetailed and original, could stand some attention. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $41,000. I remember these when they were new or nearly so; Dad sold them in northern New Jersey, and this one had a lot more right about it than most. Complete with books and tools, this car was consigned by a dealer on behalf of a client. There was plenty of interest in it up to the last bid, but a retail buyer just wasn't in the house or on the phone to take it the rest of the way. ITALIAN #53-1925 LANCIA LAMBDA 4-dr tourer. S/N 13023. Red/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 1,434 miles. Comprehensive older high-quality restoration, finish lightly scratched with some larger flaws up front, including a chip on the cowl from opening the hood. Nickel and brightwork replated but look a bit aged. Interior redone in vinyl, intact but without much character. Engine bay shows signs of use and scuffs. Some very light pits and microblistering beneath finish. Chrome and brightwork very original, top and interior likewise with brightwork comprehensively original with only light marks. Interior completely original, down to the smell of horsehair and German carpeting. similar. Engine compartment dirty without much evidence of recent maintenance. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $12,100. A well-used car in need of restoration, this little woodie didn't have much going for it as it sat, apart from appearing to run well. Restoration might put the new owner in a bit of a hole, but if it proves to drive well enough, at least it has plenty of character. #39-1967 JAGUAR XKE Series 1.5 convertible. S/N 1E15633. Maroon/black vinyl/ black leather. Odo: 9,710 miles. Original nitrocellulose maroon lacquer finish amazingly well-preserved, apart from light chips, swirls, 106 Engine compartment unrestored throughout, with little apparent recent attention. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $38,500. With a reserve and a presale estimate of $55k–$70k, few expected this one to sell, particularly when bidding started to falter in the low $30s. But the reserve came off around that time, drawing another bid or two from the floor, and I watched it sell to an SCMer friend of mine who flew out from California— and who is shipping it straight to Holland for resale. Slightly well bought, considering that plan. GERMAN #6-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304412014496. Desert Sand Metallic/black cloth soft top & Desert Sand hard top/maroon MB-Tex. Odo: 84,725 miles. A very honest presentation. Lightly restored about 15 years ago and well-preserved since. Light swirl marks in finish, chrome and and sounds perhaps even noisier than it should. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $110,000. Owned reportedly for some decades by the President of the American Lancia Club, this large and unusual monocoque Lancia had little other history and doubtless a rather small group of followers interested in it. Another late addition to the auction. Eligible for vintage racing, but large size and strange proportions made its audience very limited. High bid should have been enough. AMERICAN #45-1904 THOMAS FLYER roadster. S/N 2735. Yellow/black. Concours-quality restoration utilizing many, but not all, original Thomas parts. Brass radiator shell, shifter and other trim very well detailed. Seats and rest of inte- Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Atlantic City, NJ rior likewise. Recast engine runs well and looks the part. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $302,500. Last sold for $1,188,000 at Kruse's Phoenix sively restored, and beautiful throughout. Black leather interior as-new. Engine compartment shows only slight indications of use. auction in January 2008 (SCM# 49111). At that time, the car was thought to be an original with racing history. Since then, it has come to light the car was actually pieced together from a number of other cars and that what was not available was made fresh, including the massive twelve-plus-liter engine. Quite a haircut over a relatively short time span. #41-1931 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 41 phaeton. S/N 3050251. Eng. # 325820. Tan/ brown/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 3,377 miles. Two-decade-old restoration extremely well preserved. Paint and body largely showready, with a few chips, slight polishing marks, and water spots that might detail out without much trouble. Chrome and brightwork brilliant, with only light scratching from repeated detailing. Interior appears comprehensively asrestored. Engine compartment shows signs of careful use and remains a detailing away Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $280,500. While this was an ACD First Place Award-winning car and a CCCA National First Prize holder, it wasn't everything it appeared to be—the body was from an Auburn 8, while underpinnings, including engine, were from a 12-cylinder. However, Worldwide were the first to fess up to this, as this car has appeared at not a few sales in the recent past with far fewer disclaimers made. Striking and show-worthy, so we can call this well bought and sold. #34-1934 PACKARD 1101 Standard Eight rumble seat coupe. S/N 71831. Red & maroon/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 49,723 miles. High-quality older restoration with good presence and presentation, now unwound somewhat after two decades of use. Finish very lightly pitted and blistered. Chrome and brightwork uniformly aged, apart from some light polishing marks. Driver's door very loose at hinge and droops when open. Interior redone in vinyl and not leather as catalog states. with strictly light aging, top similar. Engine compartment exhibits light use. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $198,000. AACA awards on the front bumper date from 1985 to 1987, and the large and beautiful grouping of awards in the trunk compartment did not surprise me. Ready to show today with nothing but some skilled detailing first, this was one of the most impressive examples I'd seen in a long while. #36-1936 AUBURN 852 Supercharged Dual Ratio phaeton. S/N 35708H. Eng. # GH6701. Black/black cloth/burgundy leather. Odo: 15,254 miles. Concours-quality paintwork with only light pitting in hard-to-prep areas such as engine vent grilles. Panel fit and finish hard to fault. Chrome and brightwork uniformly restored and basically show-quality, showing only minor loss. Interior remains completely fresh. Engine compartment presen- from the concours field. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $137,500. The recipient of a Pebble Beach Class Award a decade ago, when it last sold at Christie's Pebble Beach auction for $138,000 in August 2000 (SCM# 10211). A surefire investment at the price paid here. Still very relevant and welcome at all major venues, it sold at half the price that its nearest competitor would have been cut loose for at this auction. If something along these lines fills a hole in your collection, this should be considered rather well bought. #21-1932 AUBURN 12-160A boattail speedster. S/N 2793E. Eng. # BB1537. Black & yellow/black cloth/black 12,182 miles. Concours-quality leather. Odo: restoration shows very light indications of use—few chips, scratches, and scuffs are difficult to find. Chrome and brightwork uniform, comprehen- 108 Engine compartment detailing older and somewhat dry. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $92,400. Restored decades ago and possibly refinished since, this Packard was an attractive tourer but was quite dated in a number of areas, not least of which was the cheap vinyl seating surfaces. Another case of improvement putting any new owner underwater in short order, this result was a big win for the consignor. Well sold. #18-1936 CORD 810 Sportsman convert- ible. S/N FB2540. Black/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 95,519 miles. Concours-quality restoration performed in the 1980s amazingly well preserved throughout. Mild swirl and polish marks in paint are more than acceptable. Closer examination of surface under harsh lighting exhibits light sanding scratches and mild pitting beneath paint. Chrome and brightwork all but flawless. Interior unmarked tation well-executed and not garishly overdone. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $187,000. Last sold for $38,850 at Mecum's Arlington, IL, sale in November 1998 (SCM# 18500). Restored a decade ago by Auburn expert LaVine Restorations, this unusual supercharged phaeton has been the recipient of numerous awards from the AACA, CCCA, ACD and more, including a Best in Show over numerous Duesenbergs at the 2001 ACD meet. A hard car to find in any condition and in stunning condition even today, this has to be considered slightly well bought. #61-1937 CHRYSLER ROYAL 4-dr convertible. S/N 6877960. Maroon/tan cloth/maroon vinyl. Odo: 89,379 miles. Restored in early 1970s and still retains much of its lustre and comprehensively executed presentation. Tan top appears newer but could stand a careful cleaning. Chrome and brightwork redone, some diecast items pitted, others heavily ground down as though re-restored. Seats unremarkable but without damage. Engine compartment sports an older detailing. Cond: 2-. Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Atlantic City, NJ NOT SOLD AT $37,500. Neat old car that can be driven at highway speeds thanks to its Borg Warner Overdrive transmission and hydraulic brakes. Its last AACA badge dates back to 1974, when it took a National First Prize. High bid was only a little light. #32-1940 CADILLAC SERIES 75 convertible. S/N 3320209. Eng. # 5356569. Black/ tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 17,451 miles. Claimed recent restoration is of very poor overall quality. Heavy black finish appears old and does not extend underhood. Chrome and brightwork ground very hard, much detail lost to underlying diecast pieces, plating seems heavy as a result, with many ripples and waves. Cloth top wrinkly when erected and could fit better. Interior appears more recently done sporting the sort of restoration, preservation, and list of rare power options seen here. Apparently this was redone by a major collector for his personal enjoyment and never shown at any level. For one of the best examples of a rare CCCA Full Classic, price of entry here was cheap. #16-1948 CHEVROLET FLEETMASTER woodie wagon. S/N FAA305017. Maroon & wood/maroon vinyl/brown vinyl. Odo: 92,240 miles. Older average respray over a largely original car shows its age, with use and wear from a few decades. Finish mottled, pitted, and exhibits underlying prep issues. Wood original and has good fit, apart from rear doors. Chrome and brightwork original and pitted, bumpers may have been redone but still show their age. Interior original, front seat seam separation not unusual. supports the suspicion of a decade or more in stasis. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $175,000. Not over-restored, as has been the norm the last five to ten years. Car #273 was visibly unwinding and somewhat scary with the very low miles indicated on the rolled-back odometer. The first-year ‘Vettes have not held their own since the highs of just a few years ago, but there's also the valid contention that also-ran cars such as this example have followed better ones to market. High bid was enough. #27-1954 OLDSMOBILE 98 Starfire convertible. S/N 549C4689. Capri blue/baltic blue metallic/blue vinyl/aqua/dark blue leather. Odo: 48,553 miles. 324-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older selective restoration shows prep issues under older lacquer finish. Chrome and brightwork nice though lightly pitted and have some buffing marks. Interior possibly completely original, with leather having been carefully and correctly repaired. Windshield has a small star on passenger's side. Newer top. Engine bay firewall shows original shade of light blue, engine repainted, older detailing and more correct. Concours-quality dashboard woodgraining. Engine compartment not much better than driver quality. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. This was a real disappointment in the flesh. High bid seemed generous, especially since this was just a large Cadillac with a V8. There was not only a bunch to be redone, but also plenty of better parts to restart from. I can't even speculate where one would go from here. BEST BUY #12-1947 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. S/N 8442708. Eng. # 8442708. Belden Blue/dark blue cloth/ tan cloth & blue leather. Odo: 55,796 miles. 346-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older body-off restoration executed to a very high standard throughout. Paint immaculately preserved with only minor wear. Chrome and brightwork likewise, with not even minor defects. Interior shows only light wear and was restored with correct materials, nothing overlooked. Engine compartment shows signs of tour use and would benefit from a good detailing. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $73,700. Very few immediate post-war Cadillac convertibles survive today, let alone 110 Engine bay old and lacks detailing or evidence of recent maintenance. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $39,050. The condition of this 1948 car was as you might have expected to find it in 1960 after twelve years of hard service as a family hauler, not unlike the condition of any 1999 Dodge Caravan you're likely to see on the road in 2011. It was not exactly barn fresh, and wretched in many respects—one wonders why something like this would find a new home at a price point north of the mid-$20s. Unless it was proven to run and drive well, there's little chance for upside. #23-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E53R001273. Polo White/black cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 6 miles. 235-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Comprehensive restoration neither carefully finished nor well preserved since. Driver's door and trim fit poorly to body and surrounding parts, passenger door markedly better. Numerous light pits and scratches in chrome and brightwork reveal less-than-recent age of restoration. Top could fit better. Interior tidy with little to fault. Engine compartment appears more hastily done. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $59,400. Last sold for $45,650 at RM's Rochester, MI, sale in August 2009 (SCM# 142157). The restoration was more like a decades-old refurbishment. This unusual Oldsmobile did have quite a bit of originality inside. Restoration would be prohibitive by any measures, but as a nice driver, this had a lot going for it. I was surprised at the estimates and reserve, but even more impressed at someone's persistence to get the job done. Slightly well sold. #46-1956 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E56S001931. Arctic Blue & silver/tan vinyl/light tan vinyl. Odo: 452 miles. 265-ci 225-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 3-sp. Older bodyoff restoration with very few miles since. Somewhat below-average body fit throughout, fit of door-window posts to windshield frame is abysmal. High-quality paint finish slightly Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Atlantic City, NJ scratched brightwork uniformly restored. Interior exhibits many small detail from polishing. Chrome and issues that remain but looks older. Engine bay clean but not com unresolved: seat stuffing uneven, carpets wrinkled. Engine bay restoration unwinding, with similar small details overlooked. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $66,000. Last sold for $76,680 at the December 2009 Raleigh Classic (SCM# 154429), more recently a $58,000 no-sale at the December 2010 Raleigh Classic (SCM# 168457). This early V8 Corvette with dual quads found a home with a knowledgeable buyer who saw the great restoration and was willing to deal with some of the issues in the margin. Slightly well bought. #52-1956 DODGE CUSTOM ROYAL LANCER 500 2-dr hard top. S/N 34974241. White & black/white & black vinyl. Odo: 43,585 miles. 315-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Older respray dating to '70s or '80s may have been partial or done in stages. Body gaps and panel fit as-factory. Brightwork and chrome likely untouched with only slight pitting. Interior original and covered by clear plastic, ostensibly from new. Engine compartment dusty with old chrome dress-up items and other period performance and efficiency parts. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. Likely owned by a recipient of the J.C. Warshawski catalog in the 1960s, this highly-optioned car from new also had some interesting add-ons, including capacitive discharge ignition, an RCA 45-RPM record player under the dash, an econometer gauge, and lots more. Interesting, but not worth near the high bid, which should have been accepted with much rejoicing. #3-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N D7FH320343. Black/white vinyl/ black & white vinyl. Odo: 63,655 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older refurbishment done in stages, paint marred behind seats at base of top, numerous buffing marks, chips, and light scratches throughout. Chrome wavy, brightwork selectively redone redone, but with some pitted original diecast parts. Interior tidy 112 very slight buffing marks. Interior flawless apart from a padding issue with the center arm- Sports Car Market maintain show condition. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $42,500. As is the case with many one-time show-winners, the consignor of this car had restored it, showed it, drove it, and then apparently lost interest in it. Initially left the block unsold; however, auction staff acted quickly and managed to connect buyer and seller shortly thereafter. Slightly well bought. #43-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N VC57F265062. Black Onyx/ white vinyl/red & black vinyl. Odo: 16,640 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed original finish and at least partially true. Paint rubbed through in places. Chrome appears redone to better-than-original quality and lightly scratched, brightwork original and in very still appears concours-ready. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $110,000. Apart from the brightwork issues that may have just popped back up following restoration, this LCOC National Winner was offered at no reserve and sold remarkably close to estimate. Not necessarily one of the most desirable cars of its era, but the overall quality of restoration along with good ownership and award-winning pedigree upped the ante. Well bought and sold. #40-1957 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. S/N 5762095559. Elysian Green/Elysian Green vinyl/green leather. Odo: 10,201 miles. 365-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. The centerfold car in the 1957 Cadillac sales brochure. Exquisitely restored and remains nearly flawless. Chrome and brightwork only very lightly marred, brightwork exhibits prehensively redone. Offered without reserve. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $31,350. An obvious credit card restoration. Most likely never a bad car, but a full restoration would be warranted for it to be an exceptional one. Not poorly bought for a driver, though, as it had a good look to it. #7-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N VC57J163098. Harbour Blue & Larkspur Blue/blue cloth & vinyl. Odo: 85,695 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. High-quality rotisserie restoration shows high attention to detail. Only real indicators of use since are some light-to-moderate chips and light scrapes. Chrome and brightwork very uniform and likely fully replaced. Interior as-restored throughout. Engine compartment detailing has unwound and needs immediate attention to good condition. Interior definitely not original apart from dashboard and instrument cluster. Engine compartment refurbished and detailed at some point in its life. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $121,000. Owned by the original purchaser for 51 years; he was on-hand for the sale of the car by its current vendor with much documentation of the car's mileage and history. His claim was that he used it as a car show display and was often the recipient of hop-up accessories that became more and more prevalent throughout the 1960s. For me, there were simply too many deviations from originality here for such a lowmileage example. The price, especially in light of the declining Tri-Five market, seemed strong. #30-1957 LINCOLN PREMIERE convertible. S/N 57WA29002L. Bermuda Coral/ black cloth/coral, black & white leather. Odo: 164 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Glistening finish and excellent panel fit from stem to stern. Chrome bumpers lightly scuffed and scratched, diecast brightwork pieces pitted moderately in areas, particularly around windshield. Interior, top, and trunk remain very fresh and nicely detailed. Engine compartment stunning and


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Worldwide Auctioneers Atlantic City, NJ rest. Engine compartment over-restored to modern concours quality. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $247,500. The Best in Show winner at the Cadillac-LaSalle Club Grand National Meet; preservation and presentation were still more or less top-flight following a decade of careful use and excellent stewardship. Brought to the sale by the same consignor as Lot #30, it also had no reserve price. I thought the $250k low estimate was somewhat optimistic, but the car nearly hit it. A lot of money, but a lot of car, and would be hard to duplicate at the purchase price. Well bought and sold. #56-1957 FORD RANCHERO Custom 300 Series pickup. S/N C7KF174433. Flame Red & Colonial White/red & white vinyl. Odo: 624 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very highquality comprehensive restoration. Highly optioned and from the top of Ford's series of automobiles that made up the Ranchero lineup. Paint and body largely without flaw, chrome and brightwork likewise, though mildly scratched from cleaning and/or use. Interior and engine compartment well detailed, though scratches. Leather interior done to original standards though some trim edges unfinished. Engine compartment detailing older, dusty, and stinks of rotten fuel. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $82,500. Riding on Buick's Air Poise suspension borrowed from Cadillac when new and now on coils. The pump and holding tank remained underhood, but little else was still intact. The restoration was done on a tight budget or by a shop that did not specialize in such cars. Preservation did not appear to be a large part of the problem with this; rather, the work was just production grade. Rare, so find another one to compare it to, but the high bid seemed like enough. MARK IV convertible. S/N H9YC418920. Bolero Red/black vinyl/black 48,694 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Mostly, if not completely original finish. Uniform lacquer checking and spidering across all top surfaces. Chrome and brightwork show minor loss and uniform light pitting, scratches, and buff marks. Top newer, glass unmarked. Interior original, though front seat seems to have been overly re-stuffed. Engine compartment evidences slight recent maintenance but no restoration. signs of coolant leakage or excessive “burping” evident. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $60,500. Incredibly optioned with power steering, power brakes, factory air conditioning, reclining seat, chrome wire wheels, and much more, this Ranchero would be very hard to duplicate above this number. I had occasion to move this around the day prior to the auction, and while it had a few immediately apparent needs, none should be difficult to rectify. Well bought and sold. #49-1958 BUICK LIMITED convertible. S/N 8E7008403. Light blue metallic/white vinyl/dark blue leather. Odo: 82,684 miles. 364-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Well preserved highquality paint and bodywork done a decade or more ago. Car remains in very good condition throughout. Very few minor flaws and mismatches do not overly detract. Chrome bumpers and large trim redone, some smaller brightwork unrestored, with light pitting and Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $30,250. Originally from Arizona, this car was long in the collection of a Chicago-area Lincoln and Cadillac collector. I had the opportunity to buy it a year or so ago, but the seller's representative scared me off with too much talk about the paintwork. The market has not been kind to these giant styling exercises, and, offered here at no reserve, it did a bit better than I might have expected, but there's not much upside in it for the amount of real estate it will take up in the meantime. #38-1959 BUICK INVICTA convertible. S/N SF4030119. Sable Black/white vinyl/ white vinyl. Odo: 30,313 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older refurbishment of an apparently solid original car. Even paint with a few moderate flaws in and beneath finish. Chrome and brightwork a mix of replated and brakes. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $250,000. Last seen at Mecum's Monterey sale last August (SCM# 165763) where it was a no-sale at $250,000. One of six cars built to take NASCAR's Flying Mile title at Daytona Beach and the one that finished first. Full provenance, many records, and documented at 145 mph in the hands of Gregg Ziegler. A significant car from an outrageous styling period, especially taking into account the car's less-than-slippery aerodynamics. #11-1961 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE Safari “Super Stock” 4-dr wagon. S/N 761L1432. White/green vinyl. Odo: 77,509 miles. 468-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A once-green grocery-getter station wagon, now white, older respray neither comprehensive nor well-preserved, with plenty of loss, wear, and panel fit issues. Chrome and brightwork average and likely original. Interior tidy but lacking in #5-1959 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL leather. Odo: restored, in driver condition. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $38,500. It looked great from 20 feet or perhaps ten, but this was not one of the finest examples in existence. Sold well under the $55k low estimate. Fairly sold. #47-1960 CHRYSLER 300F Flying Mile Special 2-dr hard top. S/N 8403110398. Black/tan leather. Odo: 11,295 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Unrestored with a modest, older driver-quality repaint scratches, sanding marks, and surface pitting. Chrome redone, brightwork original and heavily buffed. Tan leather interior very presentable and original, power windows and tachometer are period. Engine bay detailing older and done to high standard; nicely optioned with crossram carburetors, power steering, and power showing light buffed-out original pieces. Top newer, interior redone by an upholstery shop and not correct in pattern or material. Engine bay clean but not 114 any apparent recent care or detailing. Engine compartment exhibits more preparation than show-level detailing. 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Worldwide Auctioneers Atlantic City, NJ #31-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 20867S104942. Red & black/ red & black hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 139 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. High-quality older restoration to a very high standard, good body fit and detailing. Chrome and brightwork redone, some apparent overbuffing. Interior comprehensively redone though high gloss of instrument binnacle stands out, as does some pitting to shifter surround. Engine bay highly and correctly detailed #20-1965 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N SFM5S110. Wimbledon White & blue/black vinyl. Odo: 15,917 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Concours-quality body and paintwork without even minor flaws. Light paint hue mismatch between cowl and hood not incorrect. Chrome redone, brightwork original and lightly overbuffed. Blue Dot tires correct and striking. Interior fresh, correct, and as-restored. Engine compartment correct and highly-detailed, high standard and well preserved since; original paint remains in jambs with a clean and nearly undetectable tape line. A few unsightly touch-ups and pits do not overly detract. Original chrome and brightwork not without minor flaws, front bumper the worst, with multiple dings and scratches. Nice original interior comprehensively preserved and as-new with few evident flaws. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $235,000. Ordered new as a competition car and used for this purpose throughout its life, this rare Corvette left the factory with big brakes, a big 24-gallon fuel tank, fuel injection, heavy-duty wheels, and even a roll bar. As the fuel tank took up the space the soft top would have folded into, it likely always wore its auxiliary hard top. Bidding seemed strong, and the money bid should have been enough. #44-1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI R2 coupe. S/N 63R37Y1. Red/tan leather/suede. Odo: 46,585 miles. Older high-quality paint extremely well-preserved with minor touchups and edge wear. Chrome redone and a bit wavy, brightwork original and lightly pitted. Interior heavily customized with a 1970s-era western gambling/cowboy theme extending to all tactile surfaces that included a hand-tooled leather center console. Engine built for performance by Andy Granatelli, many parts plated in 24K gold, polished or otherwise highly- though original drivetrain lost to history. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $173,250. Offered without reserve, this early GT350 had a significant Southern California drag racing history. Why a capable road racing car would have been wasted in this way was inconceivable, but it's nice to see it back in its original form with such an incredible restoration. The estimates seemed a bit light relative to others, which explains why the high bid with commission came very close to the low estimate. Well bought, if not slightly well sold. #58-1965 RAMBLER MARLIN fastback. S/N 4101102. Red & black/black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 64,312 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Solid southern example of Rambler's pony car. Restoration unusually well done throughout. High-quality paint shows very little shrinkage or other wear. Chrome and brightwork aboveaverage, though small diecast pieces exhibit more pitting. Dash-top capped, seats and carpet may be original and well-preserved. throughout. Engine bay nicely and correctly detailed without too much glitz. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $49,500. With Galen Govier in the house to confirm this as a one-of-one, and with comprehensive paperwork including the original Certi-card documenting the car's original owner in Minnesota, there wasn't much holding this back. I remember when the consignor bought this car not long ago and I was surprised to see him try to sell it, but perhaps he still likes it more than he would let on. High bid might have been close, but not enough. #19-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Berger Double COPO coupe. S/N 124379N647855. Maroon metallic/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 168 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Comprehensive rotisserie restoration well-executed but somewhat aged. Shrinkage and chips to paintwork in roof rail gutters, light polishing marks evident on top surfaces under harsh lighting. Chrome redone, brightwork largely original. Interior clean, correct, and without evident flaw. Engine compartment comprehensively restored and correct aside detailed. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $101,000. Featured in numerous articles in Hot Rod and similar magazines during the late 1970s and early 1980s, this Avanti was truly a product of the gold chain and leather bell-bottom crowd. The oil painting on the reverse side of the hood, the gold-leaf “Revolutionary Man” on the rear and the “Killer” license plate at the rear were all of questionable taste as well. The auctioneer claimed that 5 to 6 POUNDS of gold were used in the plating process, so notwithstanding verification of this, bidding was strong, yet fell short. 116 Engine compartment detailed nicely. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $17,600. Factory air, a sizeable V8 on par for displacement with a Corvette, and a very plush interior in an unusual car—what wasn't to like? A friend and fellow SCMer stuck around to buy this car and reported back a week later it was lots of fun driving it around Central Florida. There's no substitute for cheap fun. Well bought and sold at no reserve. #42-1966 DODGE CORONET Hemi 2-dr hard top. S/N WH23H67296406. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 16,684 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Original apart from a partial respray to a from battery. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $105,600. One of twelve Berger COPOs equipped with a 4-speed, it was once part of the largest single collection of Dale Berger cars. 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Worldwide Auctioneers Atlantic City, NJ Turquoise & white stripes/white vinyl. Odo: 15,396 miles. 302-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Highquality restoration with excellent finish and panel fit throughout. Chrome and brightwork redone or replaced with new parts. Rear body and finish sports only minor spots and touch-ups. Hood cut for factory, but not original Shaker. Slats and Go Wing possibly original and nicely finished. Chrome and brightwork lightly pitted, edge trims brought down by installation marks. Leather interior very unusual and well preserved or correctly replaced. leather. Odo: 3,619 miles. 350-ci 375-hp fuelinjected V8, 6-sp. All-original two-top firstyear ZR-1 from near the end of that year's production. Paint without flaws or damage, body, trim, and glass likewise. Amazing absence of any windshield delamination. Interior window glass shows light scratches. Interior near-mint throughout, car oddly optioned without center console. Engine compartment detailing carried out well and with very little to fault. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. The cross ram induction was undocumented, a late surprise revealed not by the catalog but by the auctioneer and windshield card as a last-second correction. Whether this held this car back or was just the market price is unclear, but the high bid should have been enough. #29-1971 PLYMOUTH ‘CUDA 2-dr hard top. S/N BS23N18302135. Plum Crazy/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 79,942 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. High-quality restoration of Engine just rebuilt, nicely detailed apart from a few missing bolts on Shaker and incorrect battery. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $74,250. A very pretty car and heavily accessorized without going over the top; the price realized here was perhaps reminiscent of days gone by. Not many excuses, plenty of upgrades and more here, but this was 440 Six Pack money for a 383 car. Well sold. #50-1990 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 coupe. S/N 1G1YZ23J8L5802918. Red/ blue glass & red fiberglass targa roof/red only slightly marred by entry wear, dead instrument backlighting, and airbag dash light. Engine bay as-original, apart from battery and oil filter. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $31,350. Owned from new by PGA Tour champion Gil Morgan, who bought this ZR-1 just down the road from me at Heritage Chevrolet in Chester, VA. It must have been the celebrity provenance that drove the price past even recent sales of late model examples with similar mileage. Nearly half of all ZR-1s were built for the first model year; this one was even absent its “pizza box” of documentation and memorabilia, which all early cars came with. Somewhat well sold. © May 2011 117


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Raleigh Classic Raleigh, NC The Raleigh Classic Giveaways kept buyers in their seats, and it had a real effect, with 213 of 330 cars trading hands Company The Raleigh Classic Date December 3-4, 2010 Location Raleigh, NC Auctioneers Brent Earlywine and Jeffrey Knosp Automotive lots sold / offered 213/330 Sales rate 65% Sales total $5,000,000* *The Raleigh Classic reported a final total of ‘just under $5m' in sales High sale 1973 Jaguar XKE Series III convertible—$31,000 Report and photos by Chip Lamb Market opinions in italics T he second half of 2010 was a rollercoaster ride throughout the collector car auction industry. With a few newcomers to the business generally having a rough go of it, the expectations of the established sales were hopeful—and creative in their approaches to doing business in this new reality. Veteran automobile dealer Michael Leith, the promoter-in-chief of the Raleigh Classic, visited and supported quite a few sales this past fall, so I had plenty of time to visit with him and members of his staff prior to his 6th-consecutive fall auction in North Carolina. During the course of the preceding few months, Mike saw other sales falter and was understandably worried, but out of that concern came analyses of what was happening in the market—and ideas to promote success as much as he could. Mike has been selling cars in one way or another for over 50 years, and as the owner of no fewer than 42 new car franchises throughout North Carolina, he had a pretty good-sized bag of tricks on hand. Announcements of giveaways began early, and they included a drawing at the beginning of each day for 30 gift certificates toward cars sold across the auction block, a big-screen television raffle for those who stayed in their seats to the end each day, and transport assistance amounting to $300 per car for those who bought six or more cars on any one day. This all seemed to have a positive impact, for after 118 1934 Packard 1100 RestoMod Sedan, sold at $108,000 Buyer's premium 8%, included in sold prices Raleigh, NC the first hour or two on Friday, the sell-through rate was above 90%. Granted, the run list generally featured inexpensive cars for the first half of that day, but even by the close of business Friday, sales were over 72%. Saturday was not as promising, as the weather turned nasty about three hours in, as snow began to fall outside. Many bidders remained, however, and several of Raleigh's highest-grossing cars sold that afternoon. This year's high sale of the weekend went to a 1934 Packard 11th Series sedan with a modern GM big-block engine and many other amenities. In good overall condition, it sold for $108,000. The second-highest car was a 1953 Cadillac Series 62 convertible in beautifully restored condition that made $86,400. Tied for third place was a 1937 MG VA 3-position drophead coupe with coachwork by Tickford and an unusually well-restored 1957 Buick Caballero Estate wagon, both of which made $64,500 each. Notably unsold, two nearly matching (and both slightly needy) 1955 and 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertibles were bid to $56,000 and $62,000, respectively. A 1954 Corvette failed to find new ownership at a very reasonable $62,000, and a 1968 Shelby GT500 KR was bid to just $56,000—well short of its consignor's expectations. While it wasn't true of all no-sales here, many unsold lots were still victims of their consignors inflated expectations, as they bought them with dollars minted a few years back. That said, it is clear than many wise consignors did seize the chance to change out—perhaps even change up—and snag some winning opportunities here. And for those willing to trade cash for cars, there were deals to be had. ♦ Sales Totals $6m $5m $4m $3m $2m $1m 0 Sports Car Market 2011 2010 2009


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Raleigh Classic Raleigh, NC ENGLISH #779-1937 MG VA 3-position drophead coupe. S/N VA0798S. Silver & blue/gray cloth/blue vinyl & leather. RHD. Odo: 316 miles. High-quality older restoration; beautiful paint and finish work over a very good body. Panel fit above average. Chrome and brightwork appear to have been redone to high standard. Interior redone in a mix of vinyl and lower-grade leather. Engine compartment detailed well, though engine smokes more than Interior showing age. Good top and complete side-curtains included. Engine compartment restored some time ago and shows signs of recent maintenance. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $16,000. As Saturday wore on, the temperature dropped and an unusual snowfall began. By the time this roadster was approaching the block, the crowd had thinned out quite a bit. Not good timing for selling anything, much less an open driver like this. #523-1959 AUSTIN-HEALEY SPRITE it should when running cold. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $64,500. An attractive and unusual car with custom, perhaps even one-off coachwork, this pre-war MG drophead was more sporting in character than in reality. Performance from the small 4-cyl in perfect tune was pretty uninspiring, so with the need for some mechanical attention in the near future, this seems fair for both parties. #780-1951 MG TD roadster. S/N TD3897. Ivory/tan cloth/red leather. Odo: 146 miles. A comprehensive restoration, uniform finish with only light swirl marks. Chrome and brightwork lightly marked from detailing. No flaws to top or tonneau, cloth at least the same quality as original materials exhibited. Red leather seats somewhat dry, remainder of interior tidy with possibly new-old-stock marbled steering wheel roadster. S/N AN5L21621. White/black vinyl/ red vinyl. Odo: 28,740 miles. Recent respray to a high standard, good panel fit and gaps. Light chips and evident shrinkage, but finish uniform. Chrome largely replaced or redone, brightwork and small chrome items still need attention in places. Wheels done hastily in rattle-can silver. No caps, top, or side-curtains shown. Interior decent, trunk compartment distressed and unfinished. Engine bay partially restored with little use evident, 2-barrel Weber carburetor level. Last sold for $48,600 at Worldwide's Raleigh, NC, sale in December 2005 (SCM# 40035). More recently, a $66,500 no-sale at Auctions America's December 2008 Raleigh Classic (SCM# 118905). This time, seller got his purchase price and cut it loose. #742-1967 TRIUMPH TR4A convertible. S/N CTC75839. Brooklands Green/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 57,147 miles. Older refurbishment exhibits light sanding scratches under finish, chips and polishing marks in paint. Chrome and brightwork original, bumper chrome lightly crazed, most brightwork pitted lightly as well. Interior largely original, apart from newer leather seat covers. Older replacement convertible top intact and without major wear. Engine compartment comprehensively a very nice touch. Engine compartment tidy and reflects quality of restoration. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $22,000. The interim car between the classic pre-war styling of the TC and the far more modern and stylish MG TF, the TD has long languished in the middle. The restoration here was pretty exceptional, but a TD is never an easy sell. High bid was a bit low, but greater generosity might be hard to find. #803-1953 MG TD roadster. S/N TD24199. Black/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 17,380 miles. Older restoration not quite comprehensive, with recent retouching in places, poor prep work, and a lack of wet sanding. Some scratches and nicks exist around sides of top well. Chrome and brightwork mixed between original and older restoration. Heavy scratches in grille shell, windshield surround pitted. 120 and some old parts detract from presentation. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $23,000. With a claimed “restoration” cost of over $60,000, one wonders where most of that amount went. This was the archetypal credit card restoration and as disjointed as any I have seen lately. Many aspects of trim and finish work likely remained as-found before any work commenced. Despite the announcement across the block that the top and side curtains were indeed present, this was very well sold, with plenty still to do. #724-1965 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III 4-dr sedan. S/N LSKP57. Masons Black & champagne metallic/black leather. Odo: 65,107 miles. Comprehensive older restoration with very few flaws except some edge chipping to driver's door due to slight fit issue. Bumpers flawless, radiator shell lightly scratched. Leather supple, wood in excellent condition throughout. Engine bay slightly dusty but clean, evidencing a bit of recent care. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $50,000. A capable RROC tour car or local show contender, this finalyear Cloud III had much going for it on every Sports Car Market detailed in the past and shows normal wear. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $12,420. One of the last TR4As; Triumph would start producing the TR5 (called the TR250 here in the U.S.) in late '67. This may have started as an ambitious body-off restoration before reality set in, with many old and unrestored parts finding their way back onto the car. Slightly well bought, with the potential for someone to improve it with a light freshening or perhaps even go a bit deeper. #589-1969 MGC coupe. S/N GCD164241G. British Racing Green/black vinyl. Odo: 16,855 miles. Older amateurish restoration shows both its age and the lack of time spent on rust repair. Paintwork heavy and sloppy along edges and


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Raleigh Classic Raleigh, NC jambs. Driver door shuts poorly. Older rust in rear hatch gutter worst at roofline where expanding foam has been used to fill a few holes. Weatherstripping rough. Chrome and brightwork decent. Interior redone with an older kit some time ago. Aftermarket steering wheel. Engine bay surprisingly well detailed and still clean. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $12,000. Overall, a nice older driver apart from the unusual rust in the rear hatch area where the sides of the body and the hatchback gutter met the roof. Underneath was not nearly as bad. A British car with heavy paint covering old rust? Never! Well sold. #585-1973 JAGUAR XKE Series III convertible. S/N UD1S22006. White & green/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 2,057 miles. Good paint and graphics not quite to show quality. Body modified in rear with wider wheelarches. Fourpoint roll bar, harnesses, and tack-on fire system look dated and more for show than purpose. Chrome and brightwork redone and still show well. Windshield sports a star in driver's line of door gaps were frightening enough, let alone the other issues here. I didn't spend much time looking underneath, but nothing too obvious jumped out at me in that regard. High bid was a little light for condition, but not much, particularly as this car was offered on a day that was unusually cold for North Carolina, even in December. FRENCH #747-1977 CITROËN 2CV Club 4-dr sedan. S/N VF7AZKA00KA363567. Gray/ black vinyl/gray & blue cloth. Odo: 43,328 miles. Generally quite original, save for older, driver-quality repaint. Body straight with good panel fit, light rust around the edges. Brightwork original and still in presentable shape. Convertible top excellent and very likely original. High-spec “Club” interior completely original but lightly soiled. Engine compartment shabby, relative to the rest of the car. a mild SoCal custom, preserved well since. Uniform finish quality and a good use of twotone, only minor defects detract. Vintage EMPI roof rack and rear window shade both good period items. Chrome and brightwork exhibit no major defects. Interior nice, except original steering wheel yellowed and wrapped. Engine compartment clean but not detailed, recent maintenance and improvements evident. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $9,100. The slight drop gave it a good look, as did the colors and add-ons. A nice deal at a good number, as both a driver to go Buggin', and as a looker down at cruise-in night. #819-1966 MERCEDES-BENZ 220SE convertible. S/N 12998112000872. Silver/ charcoal cloth/gray vinyl. Odo: 66,528 miles. Paint exhibits numerous chips and touch-ups down left side of car and in rear. Chrome and brightwork older with similar heavy scratches. Interior made out of incorrect, generic materials, seats overstuffed and look terrible. Newer sight. Interior mostly stock, apart from missing headrests and wood steering wheel. Engine bay exhibits maintenance but little in the way of restoration. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $31,000. More show than go; the SVRA stickers on the sides of this car, among other details, did not a ready-racer make. Not exactly an eye-popping “gotta-have-it” street machine, and not really ready for a vintage event. Well sold. #511-1975 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. S/N CF897094. Red/black vinyl/brown vinyl. Odo: 71,896 miles. Refurbished, low-mileage car sports wide door gaps at both rear quarters, indicating possible major reconstruction at one time. Older finish exhibits light scratches and some light pitting under paintwork. Chrome and brightwork scratched somewhat but original throughout. Interior as from the factory, apart from tears in the driver's seat and handbrake lever boot. Engine bay clean and Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,700. At this auction for the second time in two years, with one stop in Pennsylvania in between: not sold at $8,600 at Auctions America's Raleigh Classic in December 2008 (SCM# 118744), then sold at $8,190 at Carlisle in September 2010 (SCM# 167638). The car showed about the same as it did a couple months ago, and a bit worse than it did 2008. Let's hope it's found a good home and stops bouncing between auctions, since it seems quite ready to be a pleasant fair-weather driver. GERMAN #565-1965 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE sedan. S/N 1152501. Gray & red/tan vinyl. Odo: 53,668 miles. Restored some time ago as charcoal top fits well. Plastic wheel covers on steel wheels likely from an early 1980s M-B 190. Older engine compartment detailing still clean and presentable, though hood latch and radiator cowl cracking over a/c condenser. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $32,000. The official fright pig (Run away! Run away!) of the auction, this car, with its California replacement VIN, might have been reconstructed. Anything over $20k would've been extremely generous. Westfalia camper bus. S/N 2332178262. White/yellow #786-1973 VOLKSWAGEN TYPE 2 cloth/tan vinyl. Odo: 65,716 miles. Largely—if not totally—original paint throughout shines up well. Slight rust popping out beneath windshield seal at cowl. Bumpers painted and have likely been redone. Interior comprehensively original with good curtains, seems to have been detailed recently. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $7,000. The wide and crooked 122 Sports Car Market


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Raleigh Classic Raleigh, NC upholstery, pop-up fabric, and tent. Engine compartment tidy and reflects recent maintenance. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $21,500. Very appealing presentation apart from the automatic transmission, which, strangely enough, has a reputation for greater long-term reliability than the 4-speed manual. Sold here at Raleigh not long ago, it came back and failed to find new ownership on a cold, wintry day when camping was far from anyone's mind. #587-1974 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE sedan. S/N 1342145400. Light blue/black vinyl. Odo: 88,883 miles. Largely original with one repaint in original light blue. Solid body and pans. Factory chrome bumpers and brightwork intact, anodized trim cloudy, plastic lenses crackly throughout. Interior likely freshened with new covers and stuffing above original horsehair. Original engine compartment held no water. On the plus side, however, is that the Euro 380SL was far more potent than its U.S.-spec cousin. The consignor did not seem to understand what he had; hopefully the buyer did, since he or she got a pretty decent deal on a tidy performer. Well bought. JAPANESE #658-1979 MAZDA RX-7 GS Luxury coupe. S/N SA22C537775. White/black vinyl. Odo: 109,510 miles. Older high-quality respray done well, but trim exhibits light overspray. Trim pieces all well preserved, detailed, and original throughout. Interior very tidy, likely all-original. Engine compartment shows recent maintenance as well as a recent cleaning; some tuner decals and other decorations, carbon-fiber or lookalike hood and hatch complete the look. Aftermarket mag wheels show light road rash. Interior original apart from tack-on items and Sparco seats. Highly detailed and heavily modified engine compartment lacks turbocharger, which is surprising in a Supra. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $13,800. Offered at no reserve, this car was the antithesis of what one would expect across this particular auction block—or most others, for that matter. At one time it was a second-place winner at the northeastern Supra Nationals, but this car's stereo system may have been more valuable than the car itself. I'm sure someone had an angle on this. clean but shows its age. Starts well when cold, but sounds like a valve is a bit tight. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $5,500. Last seen about 25 miles and a year ago at Auctions America's December 2009 Raleigh Classic, where it sold for $6,588 (SCM# 154447). Not sure why it came back, but the car was unchanged apart from the sale price. At this money, I ought to have considered this myself. A nice driver Beetle for a morethan-fair price. BEST BUY #524-1985 MERCEDES-BENZ 380SL convertible. S/N WDB1070451A019071. Diamond Blue metallic/dark blue cloth/Diamond Blue hard top/blue MB-Tex. Odo: 14,444 miles. Possibly some original paint with carefully executed retouching, top surfaces appear redone to high standard. Excellent chrome and brightwork exhibit few marks. Extras include AMG air dam, ground effects, and rear decklid spare parts go with it in the trunk. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $6,750. One of the nicest examples of its kind, this first-year RX-7 might make a nice driver for someone—or, as these cars become more desirable and collectible, something to wow folks with at the cruise-ins and car shows. A market bid. #873-1993 ACURA NSX targa. S/N JH4NA1156PT000434. White/black glass/ black leather. Odo: 42,673 miles. Partial repaint carried out to a high standard, but has detectable body damage that resulted in a salvage title. Light chips and touch-ups do not overly detract. Trim very presentable throughout. Interior very tidy and shows only light wear commensurate with mileage. Engine compartment clean but not detailed. No re- AMERICAN #761-1940 AMERICAN BANTAM HOLLYWOOD convertible. Maroon/black cloth/red S/N 66176. vinyl. Odo: 1,492 miles. Aging older amateurish restoration with multiple chips and scratches over a uniform finish. Right-side headlamp sunken into pod and siliconed in place. Chrome and brightwork presentable. Nicer black cloth top and interior, though vinyl seems cheap and generic. Engine spoiler. Interior very tidy, with no evident flaws. Engine compartment nicely detailed but has some tacky add-on “AMG” badging. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $16,200. This was a Euro-spec car, so unless it was snuck out the back door at Sindelfingen, the claim of “original miles” 124 serve. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $19,500. The salvage title was very carefully announced prior to bidding, but the lack of warm bodies in the crowd at the end of the day still made this quite a nice deal for a well-repaired car. The extent of the damage was unclear, but the car did not seem to have suffered from it. Well bought. #872-1994 TOYOTA SUPRA targa. S/N JT2JA81JXR0016530. Red & carbon fiber/red fiberglass hard top/black & red. Odo: 98,898 miles. Well preserved original or high-quality respray to an apparently no-hit body. Numerous bay refurbishment could stand a fresher detailing. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $21,700. It's easy to see and believe the claim of original mileage here—where, let alone why, would one have driven the first compact American convertible car? These typically come with significant needs, and this one was no exception. Price was accurate considering the cost of work needed. #767-1948 STUDEBAKER CHAMPION convertible. S/N 4345022. Balsam Green/tan cloth/tan vinyl. Odo: 86,810 miles. Restored well beyond the expectations of most Studebaker fans, this Champion convertible sported a uniformly finished body and paint, with even gaps and no evident flaws. Chrome and brightwork restored as needed, some Sports Car Market


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Raleigh Classic Raleigh, NC smaller brightwork elements a bit dull. Trunk hinges sit funny when not completely closed. Tan cloth top fits well, but rear window curtain Interior crisp, clean, and largely restored. Engine compartment likewise shows only light use since show-quality detailing. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $34,000. There seem to be many orphan cars with excellent levels of preservation and/or restoration coming out of the woodwork lately. Often, as was the case here, the work seems to have been done a decade or more ago. These are certainly refreshing to see, but the market has yet to determine the value when restored to such an unusually high level. Bid here seemed fair for the quality and condition. #867-1948 NASH AMBASSADOR cus- tom convertible. S/N R503919. Canterbury Gray/black cloth/red vinyl & gray cloth. Odo: 41,894 miles. Original and very solid throughout with one older repaint likely done three or four decades ago. The few small chips and bubbles do not overly detract from appearance. Chrome bumpers redone, other brightwork original and unusually well preserved. Interior amazingly original, top of dashboard repainted could fit better. Chrome redone and shows well, brightwork still well preserved. Interior a combination of good preservation and careful restoration. Engine compartment restored at an earlier time, could stand redetailing. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $36,400. While not a Roadmaster, this was as well restored as most I've seen and still showed well despite the restoration having aged somewhat. Initially unsold across the block at $35,500, which was assumed to be nowhere near the reserve; the off-site consignor was later reached and agreed to cut it loose. Well bought. #808-1950 FORD DELUXE 4-dr sedan. S/N B0MP102934. Medium blue/tan cloth. Odo: 37,842 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. One repaint over a documented original car with all original trim, always in the state of North Carolina. Chrome and brightwork unrestored and slightly overbuffed, pot metal trunk hinges pitted. Dual exhausts incorrect but not unappealing. Amazing original interior with plastic ment restoration older and correct, apart from some chrome dress-up parts. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $62,500. Last sold for $77,000 at Worldwide's May 2010 auction in Seabrook, TX (SCM# 162459). At one time, the skyrocketing prices of the 1953s brought 1954 values up, up, and away. Unfortunately, the 1953s have now sagged, and the 1954s, though slightly better cars than the first 300, have fallen along with them. The high bid here was enough, perhaps even generous by a couple thousand dollars, and should have gotten this deal done easily. #852-1954 MERCURY MONTEREY convertible. S/N 54LA30775M. White/white vinyl/red & white vinyl. Odo: 19,060 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Light chips and scratches indicate age of comprehensive restoration. Doors fit tight on rear quarters, other gaps as-factory or better. Chrome shows light pitting, brightwork similarly lightly marked. Hubcaps dinged. Interior well preserved and remains largely as-restored. Engine compart- at an earlier time. New Haartz cloth top very sharp and well fitted. Engine bay shows evidence of claimed drivetrain overhaul. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $29,500. By this time, the crowd had thinned out to one seat in ten. As such, the very car that Nash used to promote their line at many auto shows in 1948 went across with almost no interest. This was one of just 1,000 produced in 1948, with plenty of documentation; the consignor was wise to wait for a day with less snow on the ground. #736-1950 BUICK SUPER convertible. S/N 15633820. Maroon/tan cloth/maroon leather. Odo: 41,987 miles. 322-ci I8, 2-bbl, auto. High quality older restoration presents very well, miles said to be actual since new. Authentic, not overdone body and panel fit, with uniform finish quality; a few flaws from age, use, and polishing do not overly detract. 126 covers. Engine compartment nicely preserved and obviously maintained. I've driven this car, and everything works as it should. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $17,000. The car's most compelling feature was a small sheaf of paperwork showing that its original owner traded it on a BMW in 1980, at which time the car entered the Leith collection. It was interesting to behold but otherwise not much more than a curiosity, which explains why it didn't sell. #804-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E54S003639. Polo White/tan cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 668 miles. 235-ci 155-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Older body-off restoration exhibits uniform paint quality throughout, though doors fit and shut poorly. Trunk and rear tonneau show factory gaps. Chrome and brightwork uniform, with minor polishing scratches. Interior redone at time of restoration in correct materials. Engine compart ment retains most of its luster and shows the high standard of work performed. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $57,000. Four phone bidders were active on this car; one of them finally ended up being the victor over a spirited, if slightly smaller, crowd on the ground, thanks to the increasingly-strong snowfall outside the exposition hall doors. With a 3-speed overdrive manual transmission and lots of options, this was an exceptional car that would be hard to duplicate at twice the price. Well bought and sold. #816-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N VC55F199609. Colonial Cream & white/white vinyl/two-tone green vinyl. Odo: 56,359 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older restoration maintains a high quality finish with few issues. Chrome replated, brightwork largely original and somewhat dull. Replacement white top older, shrunken, and soiled. Seats, doors, and carpet possibly original, dashboard appears restored, as does Sports Car Market


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Raleigh Classic Raleigh, NC peel, and touch-ups abound. Windshield heavily scarred from right wiper arm. Chrome and dence of poor-quality prep work. Chrome redone, brightwork likely original and sports steering wheel. Older engine bay detailing could stand to be redone. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $56,000. If the interior truly was original, this wasn't much of a restoration and in fact retained much originality. If the interior was not 55 years old, however, I'd come off the condition grading a little bit, because then it was just a period restoration of a low-miles car. Either way, the high bid should have been more than enough to get it sold. #772-1956 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E56S001931. Light blue & silver/tan vinyl/light tan vinyl. Odo: 451 miles. 265-ci 225-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 3-sp. Older bodyoff restoration with very few miles since. Somewhat below-average body fit throughout, fit of door-window posts to windshield frame is abysmal. High-quality paint finish slightly scratched from polishing. Chrome and brightwork uniformly restored. Interior exhibits many small detail issues that remain unresolved: seat stuffing uneven, carpets wrinkled. Engine bay restoration unwinding, with brightwork professionally redone with no evident flaws. Seats fresh, as is rest of interior, although it appears somewhat generic in material quality. Engine bay prepared to show condition but some use apparent since. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $34,000. The engine remained noisy following a valve adjustment and a purported thorough overhaul; I also noted heavy engine oil leaks. Mechanicals and a high degree of finish quality were not this restorer's strong suit, but the car/truck was definitely an eyecatcher. High bid was probably about right, considering the remaining needs. #832-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N D7FH395723. Red/white soft & hard tops/red vinyl. Odo: 15,013 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decade-or-so-old restoration to a high standard exhibits uniform wear, aging, and careful preservation. Fender skirts and aftermarket Continental kit detract from the overall presentation, the latter dragging the rear down a bit. Chrome and brightwork show light waviness and some slight buffing marks. Interior tidy, correct, and well preserved; nicely optioned with tachometer and radio. Engine normal polishing marks. Seats original, carpet and dashboard replaced and restored. Newer power convertible top. Engine compartment nicely detailed with 4-bbl Power Pack. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $62,000. A nice car, if it wasn't for the poor paint; it's tough to say where one goes from here. High bid would seem to be about market-correct with about a $20k deduction for repaint. #848-1959 DODGE SIERRA SPECTATOR nine-passenger wagon. S/N M374103368. White & red/red & black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 70,653 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. A very unusual, original, and solid California car with one careful repaint, slight white overspray evident on left rear fin edge. Chrome and brightwork partially original and slightly over-buffed. Interior amazingly well preserved or reconstructed with correct newold-stock materials and showing light aging. similar small details overlooked. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $58,000. The third appearance of this car at the December Raleigh Classic auction in three years: It was not sold at $92,500 in 2007 (SCM# 47970), sold at $76,680 in 2009 (SCM# 154429), and a $58k no-sale today. This early V8 Corvette with dual quads ought to be interesting to someone in the crowd with an eye toward righting all the wrongs mentioned above, but no luck yet for the persistent seller. In the meantime, the car's restoration continues to deteriorate, along with what folks are willing to bid for it. #601-1957 FORD RANCHERO pickup. S/N C73F240571. Red/red & white vinyl. Odo: 22,896 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Recent restoration to above-average standards still evidences plenty that remains to be done. Door fit and shut below average. Paint sags, orange 128 compartment likewise maintains a show-level presentation. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $41,000. Bid to $47,500 and unsold at Dana Mecum's Spring Classic in May 2010 (SCM# 164001), this solid final-year Early Bird found a good home at a considerably lower number here. Whether the consignor is kicking himself now for not accepting the higher number last May is uncertain, but this was more-or-less correct money, considering the added-for-taste items. #862-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N VC57T253769. Colonial Cream/ white vinyl/yellow & silver vinyl. Odo: 49,127 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. An original, lowmileage car subjected to a light refurbishment at one time in its past. Chicken-foot checking and light pitting on top surfaces shows evi- Engine compartment sports older detailing and is very correct apart from battery. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $27,500. The problem here, apart from the standard 318 V8, was that this sort of station wagon appeals to a small part of the collector car hobby who are not used to paying much more than this. There are many unusual wagons from the 1950s, most not kept up to this quality; this also affects the sort of price reached across the block. I'd call this well bought. #577-1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 00867S107316. Inca Silver/ black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 53,458 miles. 283ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent paint to reasonable standard exhibits light polish marks and some less-than-perfect prep work. Hood high at front, other gaps about as-built. Bumpers and some brightwork redone and show similar light wear. Newer convertible top fits well. Interior said to be original, although instrument binnacle and speaker grille redone. Carpet also appears to have been replaced. Engine bay refurbished in past and could stand a major Sports Car Market


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Raleigh Classic Raleigh, NC overhaul stated as having been done fewer than 500 miles ago. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $42,700. like it was hit by a chain. Chrome and brightwork still well preserved. Interior likely tidying. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $51,000. A California car from new, this driver '60 with a Powerglide had more than just light needs in many areas. Where does one go from here at any price, let alone the overly-generous top bid here, with this fifteen-footer? Consignor must have been dead-set on his price, despite the fact that nobody else was interested at that level. #856-1961 FORD COUNTRY SQUIRE nine-passenger wagon. S/N 1A68X135706. White & wood grain/red & white vinyl. Odo: 53,434 miles. 352-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Very original with little, if any, repainting. Many light scuffs and chips throughout, though hood and roof testify to limited use from new and should not be redone. Chrome and brightwork surprisingly nice. Red-over-white vinyl interior very nice and highly optioned throughout, including a/c and radio. Steering wheel restored and stands out against the original instrument If the numbers matched as the consignor claimed, this L79 ragtop with an M20 4-speed and sidepipes was a very good buy, especially in triple-black. I like these high-compression, high-output 327 C2s more than the big-block cars for a host of reasons, weight distribution chief among them. The Raleigh Classic is not a traditionally strong Corvette sale, so whether this was an indicator of the marketplace or a lucky break for the buyer remains to be seen. #738-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194678S409646. Tuxedo Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 79,110 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older restoration of a straight, no-hit car. Black finish exhibits many small scratches and uniform swirl marks. Excellent, panel fit with no issues. Chrome replaced or redone, brightwork lightly original. interior detailed work in places, original console and cover distressed and could stand restoration. Engine compartment completely original, with good detailing and presentation. Engine compartment exhibits good preservation of detailing carried out during restoration. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. A one-of-one “Brass Hat” Boss 302, this particular example is the sole Boss 302 with factory air conditioning. Delivered new to the Ford executive office building, its history was not well documented in the interim, but its authenticity was confirmed thanks to Kevin Marti's extensive report. The car had few needs that could be rectified without major finish work, but even so, the high bid just wasn't even close to what this car's rarity would suggest. Consignor correctly held out for more. #530-1973 AMC JAVELIN AMX 2-dr better-than-factory Older and mostly hard top. S/N A3C798P299402. Light blue/ white vinyl hard top/blue vinyl. Odo: 67,868 miles. 360-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older high-quality stained. Chrome and restoration on an original, low-mileage Southern car exhibits light paint preparation issues, fisheyes, and some sanding scratches. Cowl more recently resprayed, possibly. White vinyl top lightly brightwork heavily polished, trim in decent panel. Engine bay completely original and unrestored. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $39,000. The Honduran license plate on the rear may have scared some bidders off, since that's clearly not a forgiving climate for a rust-prone car. Whatever its history, the car was very unusual and stood as a real reference point for preservation, yet the high bid was clearly enough and it is curious why, running so late in the sale, it would go unsold at this number. #631-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S102812. Tuxedo Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 2,972 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older high-quality restoration exhibits light swirls and buffed edges. Gaps about as-built, apart from left rear quarter out farther than door and poor headlight fit. Chrome and brightwork correct and uniform, with only minor wear indicated. Older convertible top and black vinyl interior well preserved. Engine compartment detailing reflects comprehensive driveline 130 correct. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $29,000. Last seen at Fall Carlisle in September '06, where it failed to sell at $21,000 in yellow (CM# 43207). I can only speculate that out of the two triple-black L79 Corvettes here, this one was the low man on the totem pole after lot #631, the better, more desirable '66 sold for just under $40,000 (before commission). Considering the market on the '66, the bid here in this environment might have been a little light, but not by much. #775-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 coupe. S/N 0F02G110018. White & black/ black vinyl. Odo: 73,867 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older restoration thorough and correct, but not aging gracefully. Extensive surface pitting and prep issues take away from the otherwise uniform quality and preservation of the paint. Cowl vent sports a light crease that looks condition. Clean interior appears largely original and well-preserved. Engine compartment tidy, could stand re-detailing. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $12,750. Lightly unwound and not that attractive from a performance aspect; one would have to be a serious AMC collector with a gap between two cars to need or want this much past the high bid. There wasn't much needed to bring this up a notch or two, but alternately, it might benefit from some tasteful performance modifications to enhance its curb appeal. #580-1975 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. S/N 2W87S5N546366. Red/white vinyl. Odo: 37,908 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed fresh restoration not comprehensive. Light overspray on trim, windshield moldings missing along either side. Panel gaps, especially doors, could be better. Finish quality above Sports Car Market


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Fresh Meat Raleigh Classic Raleigh, NC Online sales of contemporary cars. 2010 Porsche Panamera Turbo average. Interior an older replacement or preserved original, dashboard lightly cracked Date sold: 03/01/2011 eBay auction ID: 270714105488 Seller Type: Independent Dealer Seller: Straightline Automotive Group, Dallas, TX, www.straightlineautomotivegroup.com Sale Type: Used car with 6,449 miles. VIN: WP0AC2A75AL090488 Details: Black over Black. Turbocharged 4.8L V-8 makes 500bhp. 7 speed automanual transmission. Sale result: $126,888, 1 Buy-It-Now bid, sf 316. MSRP: $132,600 base (2010) Other current offering: Beverly Hills Porsche. www. beverlyhillsporsche.com, asking $129,988 for a black/gray car with 2,301 miles. 2010 Ferrari California following an older repair/redye job. Engine compartment highly detailed with Edelbrock valve covers and Shaker hood scoop. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,600. A slightly needy driver with a fresh red paint job. It was unusual and slightly desirable for its 400 and 4-speed powertrain, but there remained plenty more to do. High bid was about enough in this climate and at this sale, so the consignor made the right decision to let it go. #563-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Indy pace car coupe. S/N 1Z87L8S903942. Tuxedo Black & silver/silver leather. Odo: 42,059 miles. 350-ci 185-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint to average standard for these. Multitude of small marks and water spots might come out a little better with a careful detailing. Period accessory ducktail spoiler looks OK. Badges buffed hard and need restoration, glass and T-tops clean. Silver leather and carpets redone, dash carefully restored or Date sold: 02/24/2011 eBay auction ID: 180630925897 Seller Type: Private Party in Miami, FL Seller ID: floridafinestcars Sale Type: Used car with 3,940 miles. VIN: ZFF65LHA1A0170204 Details: Triple Black. Daytona Seats. No paintwork. Front and Rear Cameras. Nav. iPod. Just serviced. “Perfect car. Lowest price in USA to sell fast. Sale could be private or through dealership.” Sale result: $195,000, 1 bid, sf 404. MSRP: $210,000 base (2010) Other current offering: Domani Motors, Deerfield Beach, FL, www.domanimotorcars.com, asking $248,900 for a similar black car with 1,931 miles. ♦ WARNING: Upgrading to SCM PLATINUM may cause your keyboard to sizzle. As an SCM PLATINUM member you will receive exclusive e-mails giving you nearinstant auction results. Sign up today and get the inside information you need, sent so fast it may cause your computer to smoke like a Voisin! www.sportscarmarket.com h Meat Raleigh Classic Raleigh, NC Online sales of contemporary cars. 2010 Porsche Panamera Turbo average. Interior an older replacement or pre- served original, dashboard lightly cracked Date sold: 03/01/2011 eBay auction ID: 270714105488 Seller Type: Independent Dealer Seller: Straightline Automotive Group, Dallas, TX, www.straightlineautomotivegroup.com Sale Type: Used car with 6,449 miles. VIN: WP0AC2A75AL090488 Details: Black over Black. Turbocharged 4.8L V-8 makes 500bhp. 7 speed automanual transmission. Sale result: $126,888, 1 Buy-It-Now bid, sf 316. MSRP: $132,600 base (2010) Other current offering: Beverly Hills Porsche. www. beverlyhillsporsche.com, asking $129,988 for a black/gray car with 2,301 miles. 2010 Ferrari California following an older repair/redye job. Engine compartment highly detailed with Edelbrock valve covers and Shaker hood scoop. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,600. A slightly needy driver with a fresh red paint job. It was unusual and slightly desirable for its 400 and 4-speed pow- ertrain, but there remained plenty more to do. High bid was about enough in this climate and at this sale, so the consignor made the right decision to let it go. #563-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Indy pace car coupe. S/N 1Z87L8S903942. Tuxedo Black & silver/silver leather. Odo: 42,059 miles. 350-ci 185-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint to average standard for these. Multitude of small marks and water spots might come out a little better with a careful detailing. Period accessory ducktail spoiler looks OK. Badges buffed hard and need resto- ration, glass and T-tops clean. Silver leather and carpets redone, dash carefully restored or Date sold: 02/24/2011 eBay auction ID: 180630925897 Seller Type: Private Party in Miami, FL Seller ID: floridafinestcars Sale Type: Used car with 3,940 miles. VIN: ZFF65LHA1A0170204 Details: Triple Black. Daytona Seats. No paintwork. Front and Rear Cameras. Nav. iPod. Just serviced. “Perfect car. Lowest price in USA to sell fast. Sale could be private or through dealership.” Sale result: $195,000, 1 bid, sf 404. MSRP: $210,000 base (2010) Other current offering: Domani Motors, Deerfield Beach, FL, www.domanimotorcars.com, asking $248,900 for a similar black car with 1,931 miles. ♦ WARNING: Upgrading to SCM PLATINUM may cause your keyboard to sizzle. As an SCM PLATINUM member you will receive exclusive e-mails giving you near- instant auction results. Sign up today and get the inside information you need, sent so fast it may cause your computer to smoke like a Voisin! www.sportscarmarket.com SOLD SOLD AT $15,100. Last seen at the Worldwide Hilton Head auction in November of 2006, where it sold for $17,900 (SCM# 43682). This L82 4-speed ‘Vette ought to have been an enjoyable driver, but that's apparently not what the vendor had in mind when he bought it well above guidebook price more than four years ago—the car had just 70 miles added to the odo in all that time. Fairly sold for condition today, or perhaps even slightly well sold. #710-1979 FORD MUSTANG pace car coupe. S/N 9F03W487183. Bronze & brown/ brown & tan cloth. Odo: 60,164 miles. 2.3-L I4, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Original paint heavily buffed with finish and decals having suffered. Trim intact and presentable. Interior worn down, especially front Recaro seats which will require reupholstery to look any better. Shift boot loose at center console. Original TRX wheels wear some ancient tires. Under the hood, the well preserved. Engine repainted with light detailing, new a/c compressor might mean a good system. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,300. With the documented miles, the condition was not surprising, especially since this was merely an L48 automatic example. A nice driver, but making many improvements above and beyond that might be painful to the wallet. Fairly traded for both buyer and seller. #745-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1Z87485432693. Silver/Oyster leather. Odo: 58,607 miles. 350-ci 220-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older repaint to above-average standard does not extend far into jambs. Numerous small chips and an original accessory rear spoiler do not significantly detract from overall presentation. Decal stripes, trim, and limited brightwork also very decent throughout. Original Oyster interior above-average with no major defects. Engine bay clean but not overly detailed. Cond: 3+. Turbocharged engine is absent, replaced by a naturally-aspirated Ford 2.3 inline-4 with a 1991 date-code on it. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,100. The big TURBO decals on the hood were apparently all this car's consignor knew about, since the turbocharged engine was long gone. With the significant wear and a completely uninspiring powertrain, this must have gone to someone else who also failed to notice. Well sold. #662-1980 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1Z878AS438776. White/bronze glass/maroon leather. Odo: 47,309 miles. 350ci 190-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. A refurbished driver resprayed in white to above-average standard. Good glass throughout. Trim and badges lightly scratched and heavily buffed. Interior worn, with dry leather, tear in the driver's seat bolster, and normal console wear with unusual add-on wood trim. Fitted with the typical aftermarket Mallory distributor, chrome valve covers, and Edelbrock carburetor and manifold. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $10,000. This was no more than a Sports Car Market


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Raleigh Classic Raleigh, NC $10,260. Fun as a 5-speed V8 car with attractive cosmetics, but sort of underwhelming overall. It's possible—but not likely—that these will come along in the near future as collectibles. #510-1986 CHEVROLET CAMARO IROC Z/28 coupe. S/N 1G1FP87F2GN128910. Yellow/black velour. Odo: 22,236 miles. 305-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. An original car apart from light scruffy driver, though the dealer who bought it obviously thinks he can get five figures for it. Slightly well sold for a late C3 in such condition. #646-1982 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Collector Edition coupe. 1G1AY0785C5112592. Silver S/N Beige/Silver Beige leather. Odo: 17,208 miles. 350-ci 200hp fuel-injected V8, auto. All-original finish well kept, with only slight polishing marks and light clear coat damage to right door. Correct “mottling” of clear coat as from new, bumpers also slightly mismatched. Good trim and emblems. Power antenna broken. Light wear to driver's seat, otherwise excellent. Engine paintwork to nose and hood. Blackout trim a bit weathered, but yellow finish still very crisp. Lengthy option list includes power seat, cruise control, power windows, fog lamps, and more. Seats very fresh, as are carpet Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $21,000. Having owned an identical car with a lot of the same production defects, I could find little not to like about this ZR-1. Unfortunately, this was not a strong sports car sale, and Corvettes—particularly later-model examples—rarely find new homes here. So the bid realized here was light, and the seller was wise to hold out for more. #507-2000 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Rich- and trunk area. Engine bay lightly detailed and very original. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $11,000. Seen April 2010 at Carlisle, where it sold for $16,800 (SCM# 162033). While this was one of 3,032 in yellow, the quickie paintwork to the nose was more evident under the sodium lamps here. Considering that, it's even harder to say what the future holds, especially since this was a 305 automatic car and not a 350 5-speed example. High bid was a bit short, but recouping the purchase price might take a while. #726-1991 CHEVROLET CORVETTE compartment as-new throughout. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $16,000. A nice presentation. This final-year C3 did not reflect even its low mileage, let alone its age. It was still a bit light on price, since far lesser examples regularly trade above this number. I hope to see it again and see it move. #874-1984 PONTIAC TRANS AM 15th Anniversary pace car coupe. S/N 1G2AW87G8EL242386. White/gray cloth & recaro leather. Odo: 34,899 miles. 5.0-L V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. High quality repaint of an otherwise original, low-miles car, down to the decal package. Light chips and abrasions throughout, worst of which is to the antenna bezel. Interior ZR-1 coupe. S/N 1G1YZ23J3M5800401. Arctic White/red leather. Odo: 25,567 miles. 350-ci 375-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Alloriginal finish throughout with only a few minor chips to doors and mirrors. Good trim and emblems have not suffered from overzealous buffing, windshield sports usual edge delamination. Leather a little dry, seam pulling lightly on driver's seat, some light dye separation on side bolster. Engine compartment tidy but not detailed, some pitting on cam covers. minor abrasions on driver's seat. Engine bay undetailed and exhibits light use. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $11,000. While this might be attractive to a NASCAR fan as a limited production model, let alone one in triple-black with almost no miles, underneath it was just a V6 with an automatic. The underwhelming and sinking feeling I got when raising the hood made the high bid seem plenty generous. Seller was wise to cut it loose. © mond International Raceway Special Edition convertible. S/N 2G2FS32K2Y2150355. Black/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 13,478 miles. 3.8-L V6, fuel injection, auto. Original and as-new throughout with light scratches and scrapes, the worst evident in driver's door. Trim and decals exhibit light wear from detailing. Leather interior dry, exhibits light sun-fading but is intact and original. Engine compartment tidy but Ram Air air cleaner is missing. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT May 2011 133


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eBay Motors Online Sales Cool Coupes and Weird Wagons A car for every Corvette driver who ever had his Lover's Lane endeavors squandered by the lack of a back seat Report by Geoff Archer Market opinions in italics T in tops are great if you want to drive in all types of weather, but how much space do you really need? This month's report brings you five coupes that may be perfect for your gray day rally, as well as five wagons that may just be too much for a variety of reasons. Condition inferred from seller's descriptions; cars were not physically examined by the author. All quoted material taken from the eBay listings. (sf=seller's feedback; bf=buyer's feedback) COOL COUPES #230589160177-1957 AC ACECA coupe. S/N ACX567. Eng. # CL2316W. Green/white leather. 24 Photos. Camarillo, CA. “One of 327 made, off road since 1966!! Hit in front, damage did not go back to the radiator, all suspension undamaged, needs complete restoration, motor is free, car is very original with original interior, 52k miles from new, original moss 4-speed gearbox, all glass in great condition, original rear plex window in good condition, minor rust in rockers, brakes sticky, great car Although this price crushed all the comps in our database, that wasn't a surprise. Firstly, we haven't seen one at auction in a long while, and secondly, this one was world-class clean. Anything less than $15k would have to be considered well bought, considering the cost and near-impossibility of replication. #140432759084-1976 RENAULT ALPINE A310 coupe. S/N A3102700VA45589. French Blue/black leather. Odo: 20,000 miles. 2 Photos & 1 Video (worth a listen for the French soundtrack alone. On YouTube, search for Alpine A310 USA). Groton, MA. “Fully restored. Very rare car less than 30 Alpines A310 in the USA. I bought the car while living in Europe and imported the car Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $25,000. Seller “would consider a trade up toward a fully restored S800 coupe or if someone good at restoring these wants to give me a quote to restore this one.” OK. An awesome little screamer, and we know the one Jay Leno restored is gorgeous. We don't know how deeply Leno dug to restore his, but we do know that for a faded, non-convertible, color-changed parked car that will undoubtedly blossom with deferred maintenance, $25k was definitely well sold. to restore.” #5- cond. 50 bids, sf 727. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $35,100. This looked like a rare deal—I'm not talking about the low production numbers—I'm referring to the fact that this wreck could likely be restored without going far upside-down. In fact, a skilled hobbyist could save money getting his hands dirty, and possibly even make a little something. It won't be easy, but the new owner bought it right. #260732717670-1967 HONDA S800 coupe. S/N 1004415. Red/black vinyl. 17 Photos & 1 Video. Woodland, CA. “I bought it about 3 years ago out of Southern Ca. Orig. color was white. Paint looks better than it really is but it appears to be a very straight car with no sign of accidents.” Seats are cracked but dash looks good. “I can't find any rust with the exception of a few small holes in the rear tailpipe resonators. Some small stuff missing like outer bumper brackets, mirrors but this is a very good car to restore. Or just maintain and drive it and have fun.” #3- cond. 16 bids. sf 469. 134 #330530349314-1974 SAAB SONETT III coupe. S/N 97745002067. Baja Red/brown vinyl. Odo: 9,443 miles. 9 Photos. Hamilton, NJ. Claimed one owner. 9k mi. “No body damage, EVER. No rust, EVER. Refinished clear urethane baked then blocked flat with 2000 grit then 16 hr. buff and polish by me I own a collision shop for 28 years doing new car work so I know what nice is. Bumpers and trim mint. Mint Interior. All paper work from day one with service records. Starts right up and idles. Has been sitting in a heated garage for many to the USA one year ago. Clear Massachusetts title. Excellent condition. The car runs and drives great. Very fast car Renault V6 engine with fuel injection, the car weighs only 1000 kg.....” #2 cond. 1 bid, sf 7. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $14,500. Although this car was the right color and the right condition, very few people actually bid. Whatever the reason, the buyer scored the ultimate example at a 30%-40% discount. Well bought. coupe. S/N WO9526219FSB09142. Gray metallic/black #200520261606-1985 BITTER SC 2+2 leather. Odo: 92,963 miles. 24 Photos. Torrance, CA. “A very good example of a survivor, thanks to the perfect climate in Southern California, dry desert air. It is a rustfree and accident-free California car with 92,963 original miles. Only 488 SCs were years. Should have fluids changed and checked out brakes before putting on road.” #1 cond. 33 bids, sf 332. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $10,150. built. How many survived? The car runs and drives very good, engine runs strong and the transmission shifts smooth. Please look very closely at the pictures to get an idea about the cars condition.” No description of paint or interior condition except “survivor.” #3- cond. 24 bids. sf 156. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $5,877. If you don't throw any money at this, it will someday Sports Car Market


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eBay Motors Online Sales be fun to say you had one. Those are famous last words, of course (spoken by Publisher Martin on more than one occasion). Still, the price was sweet, even if you know you'll end up bitter. WEIRD WAGONS #230549138834-1956 CHRYSLER PLAINSMAN Ghia concept shooting brake. S/N 9999760. Gold/brown cloth. 24 Photos. San Mateo, CA. Claimed one of one. Ghiadesigned Chryslers were imported to the U.S. “for show purposes, but had to be exported out within eighteen months in order for Chrysler not to have to pay duty. This particular car was shipped to Cuba and given to the president of the Cuban banks.” Reimported in '60s, then in Australia, car more recently “has been on display at all the important museums in the ing in the cost of the expensive reservation. #170538700129-1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Ecklers Wagon shooting brake. S/N 1Z37J3S423818. Dark blue metallic/blue vinyl. Odo: 59,647 miles. 24 Photos. Emerson, NJ. Claimed one of ten built by Ecklers. “Excellent condition. The body and fiberglass is straight and clean. It was recently treated to a quality repaint that was done in mirror glass base/clear urethane paint. All the original chrome, trim, emblems are in exc. shape thru-out. It has two sets of T-tops included. The interior is excellent newly redone. 2010 with 9,002 miles and not running. I had service performed on the car, tuned it up, new battery, plugs, etc... replaced mechanical and safety items and brought the car back on the road. It runs and drives great. I would have no hesitation using this car as an every day United States.” #4 cond. 24 bids, sf 160. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $75,104. Citing live auction sales of other American concept cars, the optimistic seller suggested this one could be restored for a profit of “up to half a million dollars.” Well, that seems unlikely given that it failed to sell for $160k at RM Arizona in January, 2010 (SCM# 155411) or for $90k at Mecum Monterey in August, 2010 (SCM# 165756). I don't need a protractor to see the bids maxing out lower at each successive sale. As there are no indications that a long-term hold will pay off, I predict a no-reserve liquidation next time around. #250664453286-1969 INTERMECCANICA MURENA 429GT shooting brake. S/N 6900414. Burgundy/black leather. Odo: 30,433 miles. 18 Photos. Los Angeles, CA. Claimed to be one of eleven. “This is a nice project, missing transmission and carburetor. Has rust on the passenger side door. Matching numbers. There isn't much to say about this car. If you are looking at this then you are a connoisseur of exotic Under the hood is the #'s matching 350 V8 engine that has awesome polished chrome and detail thru-out.” #2 cond. 5 bids, sf 83. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $16,351. A car for every Corvette driver who ever had his Lover's Lane endeavors squandered by the lack of a backseat. I suppose this pubescent pipedream is worth about another $10k, just by virtue of it being a very clean '73 Vette, but the fanny pack certainly isn't going to add anything. One of one and for good reason. #270521820113-1977 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SEL estate 4-dr station wagon. S/N 11603312067542. Mittelrot Red/Palomino leather. Odo: 42,652 miles. 24 Photos. Malibu, CA. 42k miles. “One of only 19 ESTATE wagons built for M-B on the W116 chassis. This car was sold new to the owner of Detroit MercedesBenz dealership Harper's. It is one of only two such vehicles prepared for US delivery by Mercedes-Benz and Crayford. Not a converted hearse or ambulance. Starts right up and has the terrific power one expects from a low mileage vehicle. It would make a great collector car or track support car for your BMW racing team or unique service vehicle for your BMW service.” #3+ cond. 15 bids, sf 288. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $10,255. The seller gushed, “See just how collectable this car is. This is by far and away the highest watched BMW car on all of EBay...and with 7 days to go will likely end up as the highest watched car on all of EBay.” Sale price felt light to me (and the seller too, I imagine) but of course, SCMers see the folly here: When a huge number of potential bidders fail to raise the price of an uber-rare oddity, that means the market does not value it as a collectible. This was just another used car.© Glovebox Notes 2011 Kia Sportage EX AWD A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM stable. HHHHH is best. sport cars.” #5 cond. 33 bids, sf 106. Cond: 5. NOT SOLD AT $16,600. Thanks for the flattery, but this particular sports car was not looking exotic in a good way. Let's just say that finding a transmission compatible with the factory Ford 429 is the easiest task in front of a potential buyer. There are plenty of very cool shooting brakes in the SCM database, but generally—from 365 GTB4s to T-Birds—they fetch no more than the coupe on which they were based. So top bid was about right here, factor- May 2011 4.5 liter Mercedes V8. The automatic transmission shifts perfectly and very smoothly. The car is stunning.” #2 cond. 43 bids, sf 955. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $23,103. Even the very best W116s are still inexpensive: Gorgeous 6.9-liter sedans sell in the teens, while the weaker 4.5-liters remain capped at $9k, no matter how nice they are. The “Harper” car, as it is known to collectors, was a nice find. For that reason I call it well bought, although breaking into the $20s means it was also well sold. 4-dr #250746866240-1980 BMW 735i Touring station wagon. S/N WBA68410007432544. Metallic green/cream cloth. Odo: 9,042 miles. 24 photos. West Newton, MA. Claimed one of two. Frankfurt Auto Show car. “Purchased by me in November Price as tested: $29,990 EPA Mileage: 21/28 Likes: Comfortable size for a small SUV—not too big, not too small, with room for five as well as some luggage. Features AWD with center locking diff, but still maintains good mpg of 21 city and 28 highway. Intuitive navigation system, sharp styling, overall solid feel. Heated seats and sunroof both nice pluses. Gripes: Steering is twitchy, overall ride is borderline harsh. 2.4-liter inline four needs more power. And although quality is up, $30k seems like a high price to pay for what amounts to an entry-level SUV, even with nice options. Fun to drive: HHH Fun to look at: HHH Overall ownership experience: HHH Verdict: Kia's working hard to step up the feeling of quality across its entire line, and this one's fresh styling looks nothing like what was used on the previous model. Give it a tad more power—as well as slightly more compliant steering and suspension systems—and it'll be a real player in the small SUV market.— Jim Pickering ♦ 135


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Mystery Photo Answers I knew being parked all night at a bar could get me into trouble.—Kenny Angel, Nashville, TN Comments With Your Renewal I really enjoy the magazine and look forward to it every month.— Jeffrey Koss, Ortonville, MI Don't let that Martin guy near the decision-making stuff—keep him as the pretty boy figurehead!—Deano Koehler, Beaverton, OR. Deano, pay no attention to the publisher behind the curtain!—KM Like all the commentary and want ads and also the excellent articles.— Richard Esposito, Johnston, RI For an item that began as the Alfa Romeo Market Letter, there is very little regarding Alfas anymore. It has become difficult to justify subscribing.—Loyd Heimbruch, Barnum, MN. Loyd, we have a very nice Alfa Romeo in this issue, and we work hard to keep a variety of interesting cars parked in our pages.—KM Still my favorite magazine! Keep up the good work.— David Cox, Longwood, FL RUNNER-UP: Help momma! I just swallowed a Bug!—Tom Perkins, Brentwood, TN With the head crowning, Jerry managed to shoot this rare photo, before reassuring the anxious father (a neighborhood Variant) and assisting with the delivery.— Christine Jurnecka, Aptos, CA The rare, one-off Zagato Double Bubble bus was once the centerpiece of the Wilt Chamberlain collection.— Jackson Schwartz, Woodland Hills, CA It's Not a Two-mah!!! (In Arnold Schwarzenegger's voice).—Tom Butler, Raleigh, NC Zagato builds a VW bus.— Gordon Stevenson, Tampa, FL My wife said I could custom- ize my top if she could customize hers.—Frank Boyle, Stockton, CA Wow! A really rare 14-Window bus!—Lance Lambert, Seattle, WA For his ill-fated run as a third- party candidate for president, Ziggy Moonperson designed this campaign bus that he felt best encapsulated his party's platform of psychotropic drugs and communal living.—Pat Hamlin, Thousand Oaks, CA Bug off!—Paulo Teixeira, Memphis, TN …and Cumberford still despises the abruptness of the AA pillar joining the roofline.— Joseph Shubitowski, Sherman Oaks, CA What hump?—Billy Hufnagel, Placentia, CA I love it when dad lets me ride on his shoulders!—Michael Elkavitch, Dublin, NH One-hump VW vans can go years without water.—Dale Peterson, Manson, WA I can see the head—one more push!—Susan Seal, Anderson, IN This Month's Mystery Photo Response Deadline: April 25, 2011 Our Photo, Your Caption Be the author of the most accurate, creative, or provocative response and receive a Sports Car Market cap. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Fax your response to 503.253.2234; email: mystery- photo@sportscarmarket.com; snail mail: Mystery, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797. Please include your name and contact information. Send us your mystery photo. If we use it, you'll also get an official SCM cap. Email photos at 300 dpi in JPEG format. Cut the price in half, more entry-level collectibles. You are getting too snooty.—Robert Williams, Vancouver, WA. Robert, come check out our fleet of three MGBs, which are far from snooty—but still a lot of fun.—KM I especially enjoy your columnist who writes about the perils of Ferrari ownership.—H.C. Dees, Granger, IN H.C. It's not all perils with Ferraris, but Michael Sheehan knows where the gremlins lurk.—KM And thanks to all of you for your thoughtful comments and your renewals.—Keith Martin Addams Family vehicle proto- type 1 certainly accommodated Lurch as the driver, but it was ultimately rejected as “Just not scary enough.”—Bob Skotnicki, Pawleys Island, SC A hippie car pregnant.— Glenn Pierce, via email Inspired by the Gurney bump of the Ford GT40, the NBA came up with this solution for their shuttle bus.—Alan Sosnowitz, Stamford, CT It's a Beetle/Camper Transformer wanna-be.—Cindy Oswald, Traverse City, MI An air-cooled Vistawagen.— R.P. Ritner, Spokane, WA A keen eye for the geometry of consequences wins Kenny Angel a rubber-coated SCM hat. © 136 Sports Car Market


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SCM Weekly Poll Results Each Tuesday morning in our free SCM Weekly Insider e-newsletter, we conduct a poll. Here's how you responded: February 14th (948 total votes) SCM will take three $5k MGBs on a 1,200mile round trip to the MG convention in Reno this summer. What vehicle from the SCM fleet would be the best support vehicle? A. 1959 Mercedes-Benz 220S—cruising in comfort: 12.5% B. 1989 Range Rover Classic—lots of space for spare parts: 56.3% C. 1964 Volvo 544 coupe—how can you beat Swedish reliability?: 16.7% D. 1957 BMW Isetta—why not make a whole summer out of the trip?: 14.6% February 7th (1,138 total votes) The Scottsdale Auctions totaled $159.6m. What will be the total at Amelia Island? A. $25m—The market for high-end col lectibles is still suffering: 0% B. $35m—Last year was over-the-top, and it will be hard to match: 5.6% C. $45m-Better market conditions draw better cars, and prices are on the rise: 72.2% D. $55m—Big cars are booming again, and Amelia is the Monterey of the East Coast: 22.2% January 31st (962 total votes) What was the best buy from Mecum Kissimmee? A. 1963 Shelby Cobra DragonSnake—$927,500: 29% B. 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge convertible Ram Air III—$238,500: 19.4% C. 1940 Packard Darrin convertible —$217,300: 41.9% D. 1964 Mercury A/FX Comet Countdown 3—$185,500: 9.7% January 24th (1,006 total votes) What was the biggest surprise sale from Scottsdale 2011? A. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing coupe—$1,374,000, RM Auctions: 33% B. 1948 Tucker Sedan—$797,500, Gooding and Company: 8.5% C. 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 —$450,000, Barrett-Jackson: 9.4% D. 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda convertible—$1,705,000, Russo and Steele: 49.1% May 2011 Vote on the latest poll at www.sportscarmarket.com or in your SCM Weekly Insider e-newsletter. 137


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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $44/month ($66 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit sportscarmarket.com/classifieds-post.php to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. E-mail: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snailmail: Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. New, not restored (Mint). Only 250 miles. Won 1st and Best of Show at regionals and same at nationals (May 2010)! Tools, floormats, tonneau still sealed in plastic from dealer. “A time machine”. $30,000. Contact Gary- 580.284.0083, (OK) English 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III 1952 Bentley Mk VI saloon WANTED: Pre-1968 MGB roadster. Looking for an original, restored, or stalled restoration. Contact Don- 707.942.0546, email: don@napanet.net. German 1956 Porsche 356A Handbook, most tools, and complete ownership history as well as Inskip service history. Just completed a trouble-free 1200 mile tour. A unique opportunity to purchase a 12-cylinder Rolls-Royce with remarkably styled coachwork. Contact Charles805.568.1934, email: eenberg@msn.com. Website: www.charlescrail.com. 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville Very rare LHD So Cal car w/ factory sunroof. Black over blue w/ blue-gray leather/ blue piping. 123k miles. One family owned. Extensive service history. Excellent driver. $58,000. Contact Charles805.568.1934, email: eenberg@msn.com. Website: www.charlescrail.com. 1957 Bentley S1 LWB Unrestored 15,620 miles. Silver/Red, amazing history, letters from Dr. Porsche to original owner. Correct original jack, tool kit, and date coded wheels, perfect gaps, 100% down to tires. $195,000. Contact Richard- 203.675.3235, email: richardsloan@aol.com. View details online at www. sloancars.com. 1963 Porsche 356 T-6 B By Park Ward. Impeccable styling with exterior cane work and a rear electric blind, silk rope pulls tray tables, vanities, and exquisite cabinetry in bleached quilted maple. Good history. One of the finest town cars of the Classic Era. Contact Charles805.568.1934, email: eenberg@msn.com. Website: www.charlescrail.com. 1949 Bentley Mark VI drophead coupe One of two Freestone & Webb bodied S1s. Beautifully restored, over $100k in receipts. Recent concours winner. Absolute pleasure to drive. Original tools and handbooks. $109,500. Contact Fantasy510.653.7555, email: sales@fantasyjunction.com. Website: www.fantasyjunction.com. (CA) 1960 Jaguar Mk IX Carrera GS Tribute, “Outlaw 356” -Lightweight, fast, 110hp built by world renown “Outlaw” builder Gary Emory, no expense spared. $129,500. Contact Richard- 203.675.3235, email: richardsloan@aol. com. View details online at www.sloancars.com. 1967 Porsche 911S Targa One of twelve with open coachwork by HJ Mulliner. Silver w/gray leather. Walnut woodwork, Lucas mirrors, radio, suitcase. An exciting opportunity to acquire a distinctive, one-off Bentley with a superb provenance, great show potential and eligibility for a wide variety of RROC and BDC events. Contact Charles- 805.568.1934, email: eenberg@msn.com. Website: www.charlescrail.com. Impeccable, like new, all original 38,500 miles. All number match, new white wall tires, p.s., p.b., and interior. $48,000. Contact Peter- 450.451.6518, email: peter.nicoll@gmail.com. (CA) 1964 Jaguar XKE 3.8 coupe Gulf Blue/Black, two owners, matching numbers, color codes- one off Gulf Blue. All receipts and pics of restoration, COA, featured Hemmings Sport and Imports ‘05. $150,000. Contact Richard203.675.3235, email: richardsloan@aol.com. View details online at www.sloancars.com. A spectacular California car finished in black with black leather. All matching numbers. Original books, tools, spare, jack. Perfect mechanicals, gorgeous cosmetics. Ready to perform flawlessly on rallys, tours, or just for weekend cruising. $69,000. 138 14,353 miles. Gold/Tan sport seats, CIS, perfect dash and door pockets, excellent paint, bone-dry 2.4-liter engine, 5-speed (915), 4-wheel disc brake system. $85,000. Contact Richard- 203.675.3235, email: richardsloan@aol.com. View details online at www. sloancars.com. 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 1973 ½ 911 T matching numbers (chassis 9113102430, engine: 6134479 and transmission: 338408); a very solid southern car. The mechanicals have been completely restored and the body striped to bare metal and spayed in Porsche silver with a polished clear coat. $90,000 invested in the restoration with all receipts. $49,500. Contact Paul301.466.6129, email: pauld911@gmail.com. 1973 Porsche 911T Blue/Blue cloth interior. 48k miles. 4-speed. Weber carbs. Very nice. Runs beautifully. $15,000. Contact Michael- 804.432.4109, email: mdfatsi@comcast. net. (VA) 1973 Porsche 911T Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@ deGarmoLtd.com. Website: www.deGarmoLtd. com. (CT) 1980 Triumph Spitfire 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SE coupe One owner from new until one year ago. Factory special ordered with electric sunroof, 4 speed transmission and special color combination of grey beige with dark green leather. Fully documented service history. All original books and tools, original Becker radio. A superb car that drives as new. $35,000. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@deGarmoLtd.com. Website: www. deGarmoLtd.com. 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SCM Showcase Gallery 48,343 miles, 240hp. Full tools, books, original brochures, and window sticker. $65,900. Contact Richard- 203.675.3235, email: richardsloan@aol. com. View details online at www.sloancars.com. 1980 BMW M-1 1994 Porsche 3.6 Turbo S Flatnose 2005 Porsche Carrera GT American 1919 Ford TT truck Black/Black, supple leather. X85/X88 engine, 1 of 39, 100% original, two owners, books/records. $185,000. Contact Richard- 203.675.3235, email: richardsloan@aol.com. View details online at www. sloancars.com. 13,794 miles. Exceptionally nice, exceptionally original, Lot of history, Only 2 black M-1s built. $228,500. Contact Steve- 954.522.9900, email: sales@motorcargallery.com. Website: www. MotorCarGallery.com. 1981 Porsche 911SC 1997 Porsche C2S Fayennce Yellow/Charcoal leather. Original owner, yellow seat belts. 605hp V10 engine, ceramic brakes. Books, records, luggage, impossible to find color. 500 miles. View details online at $435,000. Contact Richard- 203.675.3235, email: richardsloan@aol. com. View details online at www.sloancars.com. Italian 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Have to sell, need more space. Factory installed electrical system with starter. Original jack and Ford tools. Interior and exterior good condition. Titled. Asking $12,500. Contact Robert- 413.528.4011 (before 8 pm), (MA) 1935 Ford Woodie Wagon 15,283 miles. Black/Black flawless leather, original owner, virtual time warp, original down to the tires. Sunroof, bone-dry engine, fuchs. $49,500. Contact Richard- 203.675.3235, email: richardsloan@aol. com. View details online at www.sloancars.com. 1986 Porsche 911 Turbo Speed Yellow/Black leather. 6-speed, 18” turbo rims in black. Limited slip, ABD, Motor Sound sport seats, sport suspension, heated seats. 25,232 miles. $64,900. Contact Richard- 203.675.3235, email: richardsloan@aol.com. View details online at www. sloancars.com. 1999 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Period nose and tail by Fantauzi in 1964 for original owner with later details added by Tom Meade. Ready to be driven anywhere. $550,000. Contact Fantasy- 510.653.7555, email: sales@ fantasyjunction.com. Website: www.fantasyjunction. com. (CA) 1969 Maserati Mistral Spyder Over $150,000 spend on fully documented body-off restoration by Woodie specialist. Beautifully cared for since and still in superb condition. Runs and drives beautifully. A fantastic car and an incredible value. $85,000. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@deGarmoLtd.com. Website: www. deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1955 Ford Thunderbird Guards Red/Black, US car, 100% original car, 13,211 miles, power seats and locks, limited slip, books/records. $54,900. Contact Richard203.675.3235, email: richardsloan@aol.com. View details online at www.sloancars.com. 1989 Porsche 911 Club Sport Blue water metallic/grey leather, never damaged.Sport package, premium sound, Steptronic. Tennessee car. All records. 39k miles. $14,000. Contact Larry- 865.856.2791, email: greenback_37742@yahoo.com. (TN) 14,761 miles. Grand Prix White/Gray, 1 of 7 Club Sports made in 1989. Rarest air-cooled 911 ever produced, this car will complete any collection. Comes with full documentation, books, and original rims. $120,000. Contact Richard- 203.675.3235, email: richardsloan@aol.com. View details online at www.sloancars.com. 2003 BMW M5 Thirty-One veritable thousand miles. Cosmetically and mechanically near perfect. Book and records, carfax, hard and soft tops perfect. KBB private party value - $22,365. West coast rust free car. $19,999. Contact Larry- 928.668.1110, (AZ) 2002 BMW 540i Blue with crème. Show quality restoration. Rare 4 liter version Borrani wires, Drives great. $238,500. Contact Steve- 954.522.9900, email: sales@motorcargallery.com. Website: www. MotorCarGallery.com. 1970 DeTomaso Mangusta All original California car, excellent condition, mechanics A-1, new red white interior, numbers matching ps, electric seat, no radio from factory. Both tops. $40,000. Contact Peter- 450.451.6518, email: peter.nicoll@gmail.com. 1965 Buick 225 Electra convertible Silver with black. 14,995 original miles. Leather still smells new. A time capsule example. $99,500. Contact Steve- 954.522.9900, email: sales@motorcargallery.com. Website: www. MotorCarGallery.com. 1974 DeTomaso Pantera GTS Original one owner car. Painted original color. Top works but needs new covering. Stored for 23 years, runs ok, but too good to part out. $5,800. Contact Rich- 401.241.3161, (RI) 1965 Shelby Cobra Replica Black/Black full leather, 6-speed, loaded, garage kept, driven daily, non-smoker. No track, accidents, or mods. Dealer maintained. 80,000 miles. $19,000. Contact Nick- 703.963.1150, email: nick@tridsys. com. Authentic factory GTS with same owner since late 1970's, two owners total. Perfect condition in every way. Red, black leather. A few tasteful mods that can easily be brought back to original. $75,000. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@ deGarmoLtd.com. www.deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 140 Blue w/White stripes, black leather seats, contemporary w/Ford 427 side oiler, 4-speed. Sports Car Market


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650hp, XKE suspension, 4,500 miles. Interesting trades considered. $65,000. Contact Scott856.435.0805, email: rslovett@gmail.com. 1966 CAV Ford GT40 Replica 1958 Moss 1/2 Midget and trailer Over $200,000 invested. Incredible performance. Well sorted. 550hp 427 Windsor, ZF 5-speed. California title and registration. $85,000. Contact Fantasy- 510.653.7555, email: sales@ fantasyjunction.com. Website: www.fantasyjunction. com. (CA) 1966 Shelby GT350 H Beautifully restored to better than original condition sitting on the original restored trailer. Paint work by Left Coast Designs, leather upholstery, powdercoated chassis, all new chrome. 2 motors. Rebuilt vintage Continental w/polished head, Solt oil pan, and new Honda 5hp w/electric start. Chrome header no shown. Any kid's dream! Call w/questions. $9,000. Contact Terence- 203.644.8403, (CT) 1996 Barchetta 3500 An amazing survivor. Two owners from new. current owner for 26 years, and just 67,000 original miles. Except for one respray 30 years ago, this is a TOTALLY original and untouched car. All original sheet metal and fiberglass, original engine and transmission, original interior, period correct A/C blows ice cold. White, gold stripes, black interior. $135,000. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@deGarmoLtd.com. Website: www. deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1966 Shelby Coupe Stunningly beautiful custom hand built supercar. 1 of 7 built, 270hp aluminum V-8, 1600 lbs. 50/50 weight distribution, full aluminum monocoque, blistering performance. $60,000. Contact Darryl360.582.0338, email: darryl@barchetta3500.com. Website: www.barchetta3500.com. (WA) © FIA Group 2 notchback racer. #2 of 16 production cars. Built by Shelby American. History in registry. Partial Shelby trade. $245,000. Contact Michael309.963.4231. (IL) 1968 Shelby GT500 KR Nicely restored example. Factory options include R-code 428, C6 trans, power top, GT equipment, power front discs, tilt steering, full gauge package. $150,000. Contact Fantasy- 510.653.7555, email: sales@fantasyjunction.com. Website:www. fantasyjunction.com. (CA) Race May 2011 141


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Auction Companies Artcurial-Briest-Poulain-Le Fur. 33.1.42992056, 33.1.42991639. 7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France. artcurial@auction.fr www.artcurial.com. (FR) setting Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) H&H Classic Auctions. +44 8458 334455, +44 8458 334433. The Motor House Lyncastle Road Warrington England. WA4 4BSN www.handh. co.uk. (UK) Hollywood Wheels Auctions & Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694, 480.421.6697. For nearly four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service, and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watch unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www. barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Bonhams. +44.207.228.8000, +44.207.585.0830. Montpelier St., Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH. www.bonhams.com. (UK) Bonhams & Butterfields. 415.391.4000, 415.391.4040. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103 www.butterfields.com. (CA) Branson Collector Car Auction. 800.335.3063, 417.336.5616. 1316 W. Hwy. 76, Suite 199, Branson, MO 65616. www.bransonauction.com. (MO) Shows 800-237-8954, Hosting two auctions a year in beautiful Palm Beach FL, March & November. Offering quality collector cars and personalized service, all in a climate controlled, state of the art facility. Come be a part of the excitement! Check us out at www. hollywoodcarauctions.com... Where Collectors Collect! See You On The Block!! Russo and Steele Collector Au- tomobile Auctions. 602.252.2697, 602.252.6260. Specializing in the finest European sports, American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles; Russo and Steele hosts two record breaking ALL RESERVE auctions per year; Monterey, CA every August and Scottsdale, AZ every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Santiago Collector Car Auctions. 405.475.5079, 501 E. Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Rocky: rockydb5@sbcglobal.net. (OK) accolades in 2006, when the Company earned “Best of Show” honors at the world's top three collector car events in a single year. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) Alfa Romeo Centerline Products. 888.750.ALFA, Exclusively Alfa Romeo for over 30 years - rely on our experience to build and maintain your dream Alfa. Restoration, maintenance, and performance parts in stock for Giulietta through 164. Newly developed products introduced regularly. Check our web site for online store, new arrivals, tech tips, and special offers. www.centerlinealfa. com. (CO) Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. 800.890.2532, 510.525.9519. 1221 Fourth Street, Berkley, CA 94710. Large selection of parts from Giulietta to 164. Efficient, personal service. www.alfapartscatalog.com. (CA) American Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942, Es- tablished in 1964, Leake Auction Company was one of the first collector car auctions in the country. Unsurpassed customer service has led the company to 40 successful years, selling more than 32,000 vehicles. Leake currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Visit them online at www.leakecar.com or call 800.722.9942. San Antonio – April 8-9, 2011 at Freeman Coliseum. Tulsa – June 10-12, 2011 at QuikTrip Center. Houston – September, 2011. Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485, Silver Auctions isn't successful because we auction the most expensive cars, we're successful because we auction the cars that you love. Silver Auction's staff, bidders and consignor are everyday people with a passion for Nostalgic and Collector cars. Come see the difference at Silver Auctions. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@ silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Shelby American Automotobile Club. 859.368.0222. PO Box 13271, Lexington, KY 40583. 4,000 members worldwide, active regions in most population centers. Dedicated to the preservation, history and enjoyment of Cobras and Shelby Mustangs. Annual national convention; quarterly on-line publication; printed annual; active website and forum; hardcover registries listing every car. Email us at saac@ saac.com. Web: www.saac.com. (CT) Appraisals Specialty Auto Auctions and Sales. Mecum Collector Car AuctionCarlisle Collector Car Auctions. 717.243.7855, 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle, PA 17013. Spring and Fall Auctions. High-line cars cross the block. Hundreds of muscle cars, antique, collector, and special-interest cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Real Cars. Real Prices. www.carlisleauctions.com. (PA) eBay Motors. List your car for sale for only $40 and pay $40 more when it sells. Visit the “Services” section on www.ebaymotors.com for more details. eers. 815.568.8888, 815.568.6615. The Mecum Auction Company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for over 23 years, offering an industryleading 5,000 collector cars per year. Watch Mecum Auctions live on Discovery's HD Theater. Consignment, bidder and event information is available online. 950 Greenlee ST, Marengo, IL 60015 www.mecumauction.com. (IL) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290, 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262 www. classic-carauction.com. (CA) 800.901.0022, Established by Bruce and Helen Douglas in 1987. Based in Colorado and doing auctions in Colorado, Nevada and South Dakota. This year we will join forces with Hot August Nights and B & T Custom Rods for two sales in Nevada. We will also be working with Automania for sales in South Dakota. For personalized service contact us. www.saaasinc.com. (CO) Auto Appraisal Group. 800.848.2886, Offices located nationwide. Pre-purchase inspection service, insurance matters, charitable donations, resale vales, estates, expert witness testimony. On-site inspection. Certified, confidential, prompt, professional. “Not just one man's opinion of value.” See web site for locations and service descriptions. www.autoappraisal.com. The Worldwide Group. 866.273.6394, Established by John Kruse and Rod C. Egan, The Worldwide Group— Auctioneers, Appraisers and Brokers —is one of the world's premier auction houses, specializing in the procurement and sale of the world's finest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www.wwgauctions.com. (IN) Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, 310.899.0930. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, award-winning examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues. Our team of well-qualified experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the official auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August, the record- 142 RM Auctions, Inc.. 800.211.4371, 519.351.1337. Celebrating 30 years in the collector car industry, RM Auctions and its associated companies are responsible for acquisitions, restorations and sales of the world's rarest and most valuable vintage automobiles, including record-breaking sales in Maranello, Italy and London, UK. RM's restoration division achieved unprecedented Tom Mack Classics. 888.TOM. MACK, PO Box 1766, Indian Trail, NC 28079. Three annual auctions in Charlotte, NC: April, September, and January. Selling Southern muscle, collector, and antique cars with experience and integrity for 24 years. North Carolina auction license 4017. www.tommackclassics.com. (NC) Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, Gooding & Company's experts are well-qualified to individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to assist you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) International Auto Appraisers Re- source. 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appraisers, who follow ethics, participate in ongoing training for IAAA/ Uniform Standards for Automotive Appraisal Procedures™. Certifications include Master Automotive Appraiser™ and Automotive Arbitration/Mediation Umpire™. The apprentice program was used by Mitchell International and other qualified applicants from the automotive industry. Locate IAAA members and get association info. www.autoappraisersassociation.com. pair facility in the heart of Scottsdale's legendary auction arena. They also have a state-of-the-art paint & body shop specially equipped to do all levels of repair and restoration just down the road, creating a one stop shop for the avid car enthusiast. www.brightonmotorsports.com. (AZ) Collector Car Insurance Chubb Collector Car Insurance. 1 (866) CAR-9648, The Chubb Collector Car Insurance program provides flexibility by allowing you to choose the agreed value and restoration shop. Broad coverage includes no mileage restrictions and special pricing for large schedules. For more information contact us at 1(866)CAR-9648 or www. chubbcollectorcar.com. West Coast Auto Appraisals. 310.827.8400, Pre purchase, diminished value, total loss settlements, expert witness. Let us be your eyes and ears, friendly and very knowledgeable car experts, muscle cars, street rods, Europeans, full classics, modern day and more. Servicing all of California, nationwide for larger car collections. Member of IAAA and AMA. Check out our website for a full list of services. www.thecarappraiser.com. (CA) Automobilia Steve Austin's Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434, European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, 760.758.0600. sales 760.758.6100.Fullservice restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase. com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. Motor Sport Personal Accident Coverage. 441.297.9439, 441.296.2543. Email, mcooke@evolution.bm. Limits up to $1,000,000 including accident medical and helicopter evacuation. Comp Capital Ltd. can obtain coverage at competive rates including drivers over the age of 65. Either 12 month policy covering a whole season and or for specific events. Please contact Mark Cooke and or Kevin Way. English AC Owner's Club Limited. Grundy Worldwide. 800.338.4005, Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6092, www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the Preservation and Sales of European Classics, pre-war through the 1970s, since 1978. You can rely on our decades of experience with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine collectibles. Repeat customers are the lifeblood of our business. Contact us today to join them. Car Sales Manager, Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell.com. (MA) Vintage Auto Posters, Since 1980, Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast inventory runs from the late 1890's through the 1960's; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters. com. Buy/Sell/General 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) 503.643.3225, 503.646.4009. US Registrar: Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. The world's largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership not required. Monthly magazine. (OR) Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959, 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. Woodies USA. 949.412.8812, We buy and sell great woodies - hundreds to date. If you are buying or selling give us a call. We can help. Woodies are fun! Every car collection should have at least one. Located in Laguna Niguel, California (new location). www.woodiesusa.com. (CA) 2shores International. 920-945- 0450, International marketing services for collector cars. New Showroom in the US! Take advantage of our experience in the global collector market. Based in Wisconsin, working worldwide. Connecting buyers and sellers of collectible automobiles in a global marketplace since 1990. We put our market knowledge to work for you. Call Jurgen today! www.2-shores-classics. com. (WI) Classic Car Transport Motor Auto Express, Inc. 360.661.1734, Enclosed Transport. MAX cares for what you care for. We offer Personal, Private, Professional services with liftgate loading for your vehicles. Please contact Randy McKinley, Owner. maxiet@gmail.com. (WA) Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173, We Passport Transport. 800.325.4267, Brighton Motorsports. 480.483.4682, Brighton Motorsports, Scottsdale, Arizona, is a unique dealership specializing in Vintage European and American Collector Cars with their Sales/Showroom and Mechanical Re- May 2011 Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a classic, a 60's muscle car, or a modern exotic you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles and it shows. www.PassportTransport. com. understand the passion and needs of the classic car owner; agreed value, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and paying by credit card. We provide classic car insurance at rates people can afford! Instant quotes at www.heacockclassic.com. (FL) Doc's Jags. 480.951.0777, 480.951.3339. Restoration Center 623.869.8777. 23047 N. 15 Lane, Phoenix, AZ. 85027. The world's BIGGEST and BEST Jaguar Web site. #1 in Jaguars WORLDWIDE. Largest inventory of all models. Ask for “DOC.” Email doc@docsjags.com www.docsjags. com. (AZ) 800.922.4050, is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com. (MI) AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC.. 631.425.1555, All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servcing-complete mechanical restorations/ rebuilds - Cosmetic repair/paintwork to complete frame off restoration - Large inventory of parts. All services as well as our current unventory of automobiles for sale can be seen at www.autosportdesigns.com. (NY) J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290, Antique, classic, muscle or modified - J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, 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 res- 143


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toration, 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) Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini FerrariChat.com. The largest on- line Ferrari community in the world with over 80,000 registered users. 3,000 new posts a day from Ferrari owners, historians, and enthusiasts along with 5 Million in our archives. Over 1,000 ads in our Classifieds www.ferrarichat.com. Randy Simon. 310.274.7440, ^ 310.274.9809. I constantly collect and sell all Ferraris, Maseratis, and Lamborghinis. If I don't have what you seek, I can usually find it for you (at low prices). Please call anytime for straight advice on the market. Finder's fee gladly paid. simonrandy@aol.com (CA) Literature Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1-866-MB-CLASSIC, The center of competence for classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts – for vintage car sales, meticulous restorations by manufacturertrained technicians and the widest selection of Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts, we are the source. www. mbclassiccenter.com. (CA) Via Corsa Car Lover's Guide- books. “Travel the world with guidebooks written for car enthusiasts! We cover car museums, factory tours, race tracks, auctions, and major events. Exclusive interviews with Alice Cooper, Hans-Joachim Stuck, Derek Bell, Mario Andretti, and more! Our guidebooks are available at motorbooks.com and amazon.com. Museums Motoring Investments. 619.238.1977, Award winning restorations, brokerage, sales & locating. Vintage German, Italian & British Mercedes specialist - SL, Pagoda & other models “Our website is a virtual buyer's guide for the 280SL.” www.motoringinvestments.com. Import/Export LeMay— America's Car Museum, set for a fall 2011 opening in Tacoma, WA., explores how the automobile has fulfilled a distinctive role at the core of the American experience and shaped our society. The spacious Museum with rotating exhibits is designed to be the centerpiece for automotive history as well as an educational center and library. The campus also contains a 3.5acre show field, theatre, café, banquet hall and meeting facilities. To become an ACM member, volunteer or make a donation, visit www.lemaymuseum. org. (WA) RPM Classic Sports Cars. 802.877.2645, With over 25 years of experience in Classic Italian Sports cars, we know how to make your car perform as new. Please visit our website showing numerous cars for sale and a frequently updated BLOG to see what is going on in our busy shop including video links of engines being run on a test stand and on a chassis dynamometer. 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RPM Classic Sports Cars. 802.877.2645, With over 25 years of experience in Classic Italian Sports cars, we know how to make your car perform as new. Please visit our website showing numerous cars for sale and a frequently updated BLOG to see what is going on in our busy shop including video links of engines being run on a test stand and on a chassis dynamometer. Our two car enclosed transporter makes getting your car to our shop within the northeast a breeze. www. rpmvt.com. Sports and Competition Morris and Welford. 714.434.8562, 203.222.3862. We operate an international specialist historic car consultancy and brokerage company based on both the East/West Coasts of the US and the UK offering specialist brokerage services of important historic cars to buyers and sellers throughout the world. www.morrisandwelford.com. (CA/CT/UK) RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, 519.351.1337. Celebrating 30 years in the collector car industry, RM Auctions and its associated companies are responsible for acquisitions, restorations and sales of the world's rarest and most valuable vintage automobiles, including record-breaking sales in Maranello, Italy and London, UK. RM's restoration division achieved unprecedented accolades in 2006, when the Company earned “Best of Show” honors at the world's top three collector car events in a single year. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) Vintage Events Muscle Car 1000. 949.838.7076, October, 2010. 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) © May 2011 145


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Carl Bomstead eWatch Justin Bieber, Baum's Polish and Weed Tire Chains The slogan stated “Tire Chains for All Four Seasons” which begs the question regarding chains for the summer months Thought Carl's We noted, with some amazement, last month that a lock of Elvis' hair had sold a few years back for $18,300. Well, as a reader kindly pointed out, that's kid's stuff. Seems a lock of Justin Bieber's hair recently sold on eBay for $40,668. First off, I had to ask my grand- daughter who the heck Justin Bieber was, and she just rolled her eyeballs. Seems he brought a clump of his famous hair to Ellen DeGeneres' show, and she placed it on eBay with the proceeds benefitting The Gentle Barn. My next granddaughter “date” is to see “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” and I guess I'm looking forward to it. In the meantime here are a few things I still understand. EBAY #400196013691— DELUXE MOTOMETER RADIATOR CAP. Number of Bids: 10. SOLD AT: $432. Date: 2/24/2011. Boyce MotoMeter made any number of radiator caps that served as temperature gauges but this one was very unique. The bezel was very ornate and there was an eagle perched on top. It was lighted, and the seller stated it was in good working order. Sold for about twice what the standard ones sell for, but this was not silly money. 3. SOLD AT: $38.77. Date: 2/28/2011. This 9 ½ inch x 11 inch standup display advertised Baum's Automotive Polish with the slogan “Shines Like Magic, Never Injures.” The company was founded by L. Frank Baum—the author of the Wizard of Oz—and his brother in the late 1800s and is still in business today. These show up from time to time and sell for at least $100, so this was a good buy. Problem is finding a bottle of the product to finish the display. 1930 ARCADE CAST IRON INTERNATIONAL STAKE TRUCK. Number of Bids: 10. SOLD AT: $837.97. Date: 2/27/2011. Arcade was known for making high-quality farm toys that were not cheap. They broke the dollar ceiling by offering highly detailed cast-iron toys that were of exacting detail. In 1921, they entered the automotive market with the Yellow Taxi, which is very desirable and pricy. This International Stake Truck was in wonderful condition and the decal on the cab was still intact. Expensive, but well worth the money. EBAY #330531838342— IH couple minor blemishes around the mounting holes. At one point there were automobile clubs in every town and village but over time they all evolved into the Automobile Club of America. They all issued identification badges, and they are now a fun collectible. Considering the condition, the price was not out of line. EARLY EBAY #250776559078— PACKARD EMPLOYEE BADGE. Number of Bids: 21. SOLD AT: $1,259.56. Date: 2/26/2011. This early Packard badge by Whitehead and Hoge was never issued, thus no stamped employee number. Created a lot of interest and sold for a rather aggressive final bid. Badges went through a bit of a slump, but they are obviously on their way back. EBAY #300529065765— BAUM'S WONDERFUL POLISH CARDBOARD DISPLAY. Number of Bids: EBAY #400192913423— CALIFORNIA PIONEER AUTOMOBILE PORCELAIN EBAY #380320482570— CLUB BADGE. Number of Bids: 14. SOLD AT: $155. Date: 3/9/2011. This early porcelain radiator badge was in very nice condition, with only a SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $58 for 12 monthly issues in the US, $78 Canada/Mexico, Europe $88, Asia/Africa/Middle East $98. Subscriptions are payable in advance in US currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 24-hours 800.289.2819, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 146 1917 WEED TIRES CHAINS CALANDAR. Number of Bids: 8. SOLD AT: $58.76. Date: 2/10/2011. This little 9 inch x 4 inch calendar featured four attractive ladies, one for each season. The slogan stated “Tire Chains for All Four Seasons” which begs the question regarding chains for the summer months. It was in very nice condition considering the age and even had a price list on the back for the chains. At the price paid, a definite bargain! ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market