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And God Created Ferrari: Vadim's 1959 Cal Spyder Keith Martin's $5.9m Sports Car Market Scare The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Yourself Silly 1949 Indy Racer $193k EXCLUSIVE REPORT FROM THE MILHOUS COLLECTION SALE Record-setting 1965 Citroën 2CV — $78k DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE! FEATURING VIDEOS OF SELECT VEHICLES ™ CLASSIC CAR MAGAZINE IN THE VOTED THE BEST WORLD www.about.com


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Sports Car Market Keith Martin's JOIN US The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends 50 1965 Citroën 2CV Berline May 2012 . Volume 24 . Number 5 54 1953 Buick Skylark convertible IN-DEPTH PROFILES What You Need To Know FERRARI (VIDEO) 42 1959 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder — $5,931,349/Artcurial You'll find Ferrari 250 Californias in the top all-time sales lists. Artcurial upped the price bar, but it won't stay there for long. There's always a market for the best, and this sale is pocket change for the truly wealthy Steve Ahlgrim ENGLISH (VIDEO) 48 1929 Bentley 6½/8 Litre Tourer — $805,608/Bonhams The replacement Vanden Plas-style coachwork is no surprise, but the car — much less commonly — also has a replacement chassis Paul Hardiman ETCETERINI (VIDEO) 50 1965 Citroën 2CV — $78,391/Artcurial Having what is, in effect, a brand-new 2CV is to possess a time machine. There are certainly very few practical, everyday cars that have been preserved in aspic as this one has, and if you wanted it, you had to step up and pay for the privilege Donald Osborne GERMAN (VIDEO) 52 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet — $650,933/Artcurial This car shares the exact same frame, mechanical components and quality of the 1937 540K Special Roadster that sold for $9.7m at RM's 2011 Monterey Auction Alex Finigan AMERICAN (VIDEO) 54 1953 Buick Skylark Convertible — $100,700/Mecum The price paid for this car shows we are at the bottom of the market. This car will prove to be a very wise purchase Carl Bomstead RACE (VIDEO) 56 1949 Snowberger-Offy Indianapolis “500” Roadster — $192,500/RM This car was markedly unsuccessful at Indy, but it is a real car with good history from the USAC championships of the 1950s and even Pikes Peak Thor Thorson 6 GLOBAL AUCTION COVERAGE 212 Cars Examined and Rated at Eight Sales ARTCURIAL 60 Paris, FRA: Artcurial sets an auction record in Paris with $17.8m in sales, led by a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder at $5.9m Jérôme Hardy RM AUCTIONS 74 Boca Raton, FL: 1913 Oldsmobile Limited Makes $3.3m at the $38.3m Milhous Collection auction Carl Bomstead BONHAMS 92 Paris, FRA: 78 lots sell for $9.3m inside Paris' Halle Freyssinet, topped by a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT at $1.3m Donald Osborne SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS 102 Warwickshire, U.K.: The first Silverstone auction at Race Retro totals $2.6m, with an Aston Martin DB6 leading the way at $379k Paul Hardiman WORLDWIDE 112 Atlantic City, NJ: The Trump Taj Mahal hosts Worldwide's $2.1m Atlantic City auction, with a high-sale Boss 429 at $222k Chip Lamb H&H 128 Buxton, U.K.: The first H&H auction of 2012 sells 34 lots for $915k Paul Hardiman ROUNDUP 136 Highlights from Mecum Kissimmee and G. Potter King Atlantic City Dale Novak, John Lyons EBAY MOTORS 148 Many of us are forced to go downscale — and on the cheap — to get our first race car Chad Tyson Cover photo: Courtesy of RM Auctions Text SCM to 22828 FREE weekly newsletter Sports Car Market


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36 Rétromobile 2012 Retr COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears Who wants a driveway full of wannabe 1980s Buicks — all babbling in a language I have no interest in learning? Keith Martin 26 Affordable Classic If properly serviced, any DB7 or DB7 Vantage will go 100k miles. Engines, brakes, suspensions and transmissions are all as robust as can be — if properly serviced Stephen Serio 28 Legal Files Buying a car now and taking possession of it after the seller's restoration is complete is a recipe for a bubbling stew of legal perils John Draneas 46 Sheehan Speaks As the Euro Zone stagnates, European collector cars should become cheaper to American buyers, although that hasn't happened yet Michael Sheehan 162 eWatch An uncle's old comic books bring $3.5m at auction, but unusual old porcelain signs still sell for less — in one case, $7,188 Carl Bomstead SCM Digital Bonus 8 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 Hershey Swap Meet 2011: Fewer buyers — but still more cars and rare parts than one can see in a day 34 Radnor Concours: Virgil Exner Jr. and his cars 36 Rétromobile 2012: Gearhead paradise in Paris 38 Miles Collier — Collecting Thoughts: The impact of breaking up a significant car collection DEPARTMENTS 12 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 14 The Inside Line: Keels & Wheels, vintage racing at Road America and Ferraris at Laguna Seca 16 Contributors: Get to know our writers 18 You Write, We Read: Miles Collier's vocabulary, Pounding Porsche style and MGA values 20 Display Advertisers Index 22 Time Pieces: Railroad Watches 22 Neat Stuff: Small speaker, small vacuum pack a big punch 24 In Miniature: 1938 Phantom Corsair 24 Book Review: Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance: A Sixty Year Chronicle of Automotive Excellence 90 Glovebox Notes: 2012 Jaguar XJL Portfolio 146 Fresh Meat: 2007 Porsche 911 GT3RS, 2008 Shelby GT500 Super Snake, 2011 Maserati Quattroporte 150 Mystery Photo: “Another lawyer goes down the drain…” 150 Comments with Your Renewal: “...keeping old issues around, just to hand out to other car lovers I meet along the way.” 151 Our Cars: 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider 152 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 158 Resource Directory: Meet your car's needs Sports Car Market


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin Sometimes You Just Say No original value. So paying for a $3,000 service on a $3,000 car is not unusual. Been there, done that, don't want to do it again. From the beginning, Wendie was not interested in an XJ6. I made the usual noises about a “practical four-door family car” with English luxury and plenty of space in the back for our 5-year-old son. She wasn't swayed. “They look like giant Buicks,” Wendie said. “And we already have a practical English four-door — with wood and leather — that is all sorted out and takes us neat places. It's called a 1989 Range Rover Classic. Remember? It's in the driveway.” Undeterred, I pressed on. I posted a query on Facebook asking for opinions about XJ6s, and got more than 50 responses, ranging from “Series IIIs are great cars” to “Are you nuts?” Is this the one? Then came the promising phone call from a shop. A customer had A great buy, but not for me W hether it's a cheap car or a million-dollar one, some elements of the buying decision are the same. And sometimes, even though a car is priced right and is in excellent condition — in fact, it is just what you have been looking for — saying no and walking away is the absolute right decision. Being in the hunt for a car is like having an itch that needs to be scratched. Some cars pop onto my radar because I used to own one. Some because friends owned them. Others because I recall reading reviews about them in Road & Track in the days before I was old enough to have a driver's license. And then there are those that seem like they offer a great experience for little money — in other words, they offer cheap fun. I refer to those as Craigslist specials. My wife, Wendie, calls this whole tracking down and bringing home process “man knitting” — a not-too-dangerous way to while away some time. The Jaguar XJ6 falls into the cheap fun category. Just think — the same basic engine that propelled the C- and D-types to victory at Le Mans and that powered all the XK types — wrapped in European styling with a forest of wood, a herd's worth of leather and enough wool to represent a month's output of the Pendleton mills. According to the ads on Craigslist, I could have all of this for $3,000 — less than the cost of a belt job on a 308. I'd found the perfect affordable classic. Aim before you fire I began to do some research before I bought one, unusual for me. A guru at a Jaguar specialist shop in Portland pointed me in the right direction. “Look for a Series III, preferably 1985–1987. They still have English flavor and are the most reliable of that vintage,” he said. I began to read the classifieds more carefully. With distressing regularity, the descriptions included phrases such as “selling it for a friend,” or “runs great except for a few minor things like heater fan, power windows and sunroof not working.” When I contacted sellers asking who had serviced their cars — and what kinds of receipts they had — without exception the responses were vague and noncommittal. “I don't have any paperwork, but the guy I bought it from said it had always been well taken care of.” A fool and his money I had made up my mind that I would only buy a car that was known and recommended by a specialist shop. With once-expensive-but-nowcheap cars, today's purchase price reflects the market value of the car — not the cost of parts and service. Those are still determined by the 10 decided to part with his 1986 SIII, 44,000 original miles, purchased new, wire wheels, burgundy metallic with cream. All books and records. Price was just $5,000. More than a $3,000 beater, but less than the $8,000 retail the car could bring. I could already see the car in our driveway, and thought about buying a tweed jacket with leather elbow patches and learning to smoke a pipe. I hustled across town for a test drive. The car was handsome but not perfect. There was some rust bubbling around the windshield in a couple of places, and the headliner was beginning to come loose in the rear. Both common issues, I was told, and it would cost about $1,500 to put them right. So now I'm looking at $6,500, still reasonable for a classic English cruiser. “You're really buying an English sitting room on wheels,” I mur- mured to myself. How could I go wrong? I went on the test drive, and that's where my fantasy began to unravel. In short, the XJ6 was profoundly unremarkable going down the road. It was not powerful, the suspension was soft and the steering wasn't crisp. The Mulsanne Straight seemed very far away. The specialist said that he had improved the performance of his per- sonal SIII XJ6 by replacing the shocks, all six of them, with Bilsteins — at around $200 each — and removing a coil from the suspension to both lower and stiffen the car. Another $2,000. I'm now at $8,500, and my wife still doesn't want the car. I finally had to stop and admit to myself that this XJ6 — or any XJ6 — wasn't for me. By the 1980s, the intrusion of pollution and safety standards had caused Jaguar to lose nearly all of its connections with its sporting past. The XJ6 was no Mk 2 S-Type saloon in disguise. The giant rubber bumpers didn't help, either. There was no question that the burgundy car was a good buy — in fact, it was sold the next day. Luckily, not to me. Why we buy In the end, owning old cars is about having interesting experiences — and learning how the voice of each car speaks of the driving experience in its own language, with its own inflection. Sitting behind the wheel of an old car should be like taking a trip back through time and visiting with the engineers, the designers, the stylists and the customers of the era. It should be about experiencing a manufacturer's definition of “sporting car” from the time it was built. I'm not good at walking away from cars I've been after. I get myself worked up, I go for the kill, and have a smile on my face when I pull into the driveway behind the wheel of my newest trophy. What I've learned this time around is that a cheap price doesn't make up for an uninspired driving experience. If you just buy the price, you'll get exactly what you are paying for. And who wants a driveway full of wannabe 1980s Buicks — all babbling in a language I have no interest in learning? ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Tony Piff Worldwide Auctioneers—The Houston Classic Where: Montgomery, TX When: May 5 More: www.wwgauctioneers.com Last year: 95/125 cars sold / $4.96m Worldwide's 11th Annual Houston sale will take place alongside the inaugural Concours d'Elegance of Texas, on the lakeside grounds of La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa in Montgomery, TX. Featured consignments include an impressive assortment of pre-war classics: a 1932 Duesenberg Model J Speedster, offered without reserve; a 1935 Bentley 3½ Litre drophead coupe with original coachwork by Kellner of Paris; a CCCA award-winning 1936 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria; a 1935 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan; and 17 exceptional 1936 Fords from the Paul J. Meyer Estate Collection, representing every body type and offered entirely without reserve. Bonhams—Les Grandes Marques à Monaco Where: Monaco, MCO When: May 11 More: www.bonhams.com Last year: 29/63 cars sold / $4.75m European luxury and sports cars are the theme of the weekend in Monaco, reflected by Bonhams' annual consignment list. Featured early lots at this annual sale of quality collectibles are a 1956 AC Aceca 289; a 1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.7-liter coupe; a 1960 Jaguar Mk II 3.8; a 1961 Maserati 3500 GT; and a 1965 Lotus built to 26R specs. 2012 marks Bonhams 26th return to Monaco. Coys—Legende et Passion Where: Monaco, MCO When: May 11 More: www.coys.co.uk Look for a broad assortment of nice collectibles at a range of price points at Coys' Monaco sale, held at Espace Fontvieille. Expect a lot of sports cars, racers, luxury grand tourers and exotics, from driver-quality to premium collectible. RM—Sporting Classics of Monaco When: May 11–12 Where: Monaco, MCO More: www.rmauctions.com 2010 results: 89/105 cars sold / $44.7m 12 of imports. Headliners this year include a 1926 Stutz Model 695 roadster, a Meadow Brook classwinner in 2009; a 1933 Lincoln KB phaeton, a Meadow Brook class-winner in 2010; a 1928 Chrysler 72 roadster; a 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 convertible with 4-speed; a 1963 Ferrari 250 Drogo Speciale, and a 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster. 1963 Ferrari 250 Drogo Speciale at Mecum Indianapolis This biennial auction of significant automobiles will devote the entire first day to the Saltarelli Ducati Collection, one of the world's largest private collections of Ducati motorcycles. Day two will feature an exceptionally original and well-documented 1968 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/2; a 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder in RHD and European spec; a 1967 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 coupe, and the 1953 Ferrari-powered “Arno XI” hydroplane. Mecum—Spring Classic Where: Indianapolis, IN When: May 15-20 More: www.mecum.com Last year: 1,249/2,021 cars sold / $48.6m This annual mega-sale al- ways attracts a huge quantity of American muscle and hot rods, along with an interesting mix Auction Calendar Email auction info to: chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com. APRIL 5–7—BARRETT– JACKSON Palm Beach, FL 13–14—MECUM Houston, TX 14—MECUM Walworth, WI 13–15—COLLECTOR CAR PRODUCTIONS Toronto, CAN 17—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 19—H&H Duxford, U.K. 19–21—TOM MACK Charlotte, NC 20–21—VICARI New Orleans, LA 20–21—LEAKE/DAN KRUSE CLASSICS San Antonio, TX 20–21—BRANSON Branson, MO 21—COYS Ascot, U.K. 21–22—CLASSIC MOTORCAR AUCTIONS Novi, MI 26–27—AUCTIONS AMERICA BY RM Carlisle, PA 27–28—MIDAMERICA St. Paul, MN 28—CHEFFINS Cambridge, U.K. 28—VANDERBRINK Grand Island, NE 30—BONHAMS Hendon, U.K. MAY 5—WORLDWIDE Montgomery, TX 7—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 9—SILVER Spokane, WA 11—BONHAMS Monaco, MCO 11—COYS Monaco, MCO 11–12—RM Monaco, MCO 12—VANDERBRINK Sioux Falls, SD Silverstone—The Spring Sale Where: Northamptonshire, U.K. When: May 16 More: www.silverstoneauctions. com The star car at Silverstone's May sale is a matching-numbers 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring, freshly restored to highest standards by a leading Swiss Porsche specialist, with full photo documentation included. It has been prepared for fast-road use and is supplied with current FIA HTP papers, EU registration documents and a number of its original factory options, such as bucket seats. ♦ 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. 15–20—MECUM Indianapolis, IN 16—SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, U.K. 16—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, U.K. 19—BONHAMS Newport Pagnell, U.K. 19—MIDAMERICA Newburgh, NY 19—VANDERBRINK Buffalo, MN 24—H&H Buxton, U.K. 29—BARONS Surrey, U.K. JUNE 1–3—AUCTIONS AMERICA BY RM Auburn, IN 2–3—VANDERBRINK Villisca, IA 3—BONHAMS Greenwich, CT 4—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 8–9—RM Hampton, NH 8–10—LEAKE Tulsa, OK 9—VANDERBRINK Kensal, ND 14—H&H London, U.K. 15–16—MOTOEXOTICA St. Louis, MO 16—H&H Northamptonshire, U.K. 16—VANDERBRINK Bismarck, ND 16—SILVER Coeur d'Alene, ID 22–23—RALEIGH CLASSIC Raleigh, NC 22–23—MECUM St. Charles, IL 22–23—MECUM St. Paul, MN 22–24—BARRETT– JACKSON Orange County, CA 29—BONHAMS Sussex, U.K. 30—VANDERBRINK Pipestone, MN Sports Car Market


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Inside Line Chester Allen Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com. Keels & Wheels Events ■ The 17th Annual Keels & Wheels, on May 5–6 in Seabrook, TX, will once again feature the largest gathering of classic cars and wooden boats in the United States. This year's celebration of cars and boats will honor Chris-Craft's spectacular wooden boats, especially the Chris-Craft Capri. Pre-World War II cars, featuring Cadillac and LaSalle, will also be honored. Indianapolis 500 great Bobby Unser is grand marshal. Cars and boats will be displayed both days, and spectators vote for People's Choice Awards for boats and cars. Publisher Martin returns as emcee for the fourth year in a row. www.keels-wheels. com. (TX) ■ The Concours d'Elegance of Texas debuts May 6 at the La Toretta Lake Resort & Spa in Montgomery, TX — near Houston and right on the Lake Conroe shoreline. Featured marques encompass American and European classics, 1956–69 sports cars, woodies and preservation cars. Beatle George Harrison's Aston Martin DB5 will be on display, and concours participants will drive their cars during the Texas Tour d'Elegance. Worldwide Auctioneers will present the Houston Classic Auction as 14 part of the weekend's events. A spectator ticket is $25. www. concoursoftexas.org. (TX) ■ Old race cars will shriek to life May 18–20 at Road America's Spring Vintage Weekend at Elkhart Lake. Spectators also get a chance to run their cars on the track during the lunch break on each day. Drivers must attend a driver's meeting before taking their laps. Advance tickets for the three-day weekend are $40 for adults. Camping and single-day tickets are available. www.roadamerica. com. (WI) ■ Ferrari 458s, F430s, 599XX and FXX models will roar around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca from May 18 to 20 during Ferrari Racing Days. Spectators also will see — and hear — Formula 1 Ferraris race during the F1 Clienti races. Ferrari North America Inc. organizes the Ferrari Challenge Series, which puts car owners on the track. Advance general admission tickets are $50 for a three-day pass. Children 12 and younger get in free with a paying adult. For more information, visit www.mazdaraceway.com. (CA) ■ The fourth annual Marin Sonoma Concours d'Elegance Marin Sonoma Concours d'Elegance Sports Car Market glides onto the grounds of the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael, CA, on May 20. This year, cars from French coachbuilders and Italian design studios are the stars of the weekend. Military vehicles and British motorcycles are also honored this year. On May 19, the Tour d'Elegance will take drivers of pre-1979 cars on a 90-mile route that features lunch at the worldfamous Keller Estate Winery and a tour of SCMer Arturo Keller's wonderful car collection. Spectator tickets for the concours are $20, and admission is free for kids younger than 16. www. marinsonomaconcours.org. (CA) ■ Driving 1,000 miles along Vermont's best two-lane highways is the plan for this year's New England 1000 from May 20 through 25. The fun begins and ends at Stowe Mountain Lodge in Manchester, and each day of driving features at least 250 miles behind the wheel. The event is limited to 50 cars, with two drivers per car. All cars must be pre-1975 sports, racing or GT cars. This rally is famous for great food, hotels and fellowship, and Porsche Cars North America is along — just in case your car suffers a breakdown. $5,595 double occupancy. www. vintagerallies.com. ♦


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SCM Contributors JOHNDRANEAS, SCM Legal Files columnist, practices law in the Portland, OR, suburb of Lake Oswego, where his primary focus areas are tax and estate planning, business organizations and transactions, and representation of collector car owners. He is a past president of the Oregon region of the Porsche Club of America, and served as the chairman of its 2006 parade. Draneas is one of the founders of Friends of PIR, a nonprofit formed to keep Portland International Raceway from becoming an industrial development. His collection includes two Porsches, a Ferrari, an Alfa, a Lotus, a BMW daily driver, and a John Deere tractor. When he isn't working or driving, he is indulging his inner gourmet, drinking great wine, sailing in the Caribbean, or trying to keep Publisher Martin out of trouble. This month, his “Legal Files” column on p. 28 looks at why car purchases and restorations should NOT be linked. ALEX FINIGAN, SCM contributor, pulled a stack of Hot Rod magazines from a neighbor's garbage can in 1957 and has been into cars ever since. He quit his first postcollege “real job” by taking a long, long lunch, and has yet to return. Armed with his grandfather's small tool chest and a copy of John Muir's VW Repair for the Complete Idiot, he opened a small VW / Porsche repair shop and never looked back. For the past 31 years, he's been employed at Paul Russell & Co., first as a mechanic, and he is now head of the Classic Car Sales Department. He displays his vast knowledge of pre-war Mercedes-Benz cars in his profile of a 1938 540K Cabriolet B on p. 52. BILL ROTHERMEL, SCM contributor, has had a lifelong interest in cars, both small and large. His interests range from the cars of the Brass and Classic Eras, to muscle cars, post-war American cars, European sports cars and automobiles of all kinds. He serves as master of ceremonies at The Elegance, Hershey, PA; the 100 Motorcars of Radnor Hunt, Malvern, PA; and the St. Michaels Concours d'Elegance, St. Michaels, MD. He is a contributing author to the book AACA 75 — A Shared Legacy 1935–2010, A History — A Vision. His report on the 2011 100 Motorcars of Radnor Hunt is on p. 34. DALE NOVAK, SCM contributor, started his gearhead life collecting Hot Wheels as a child. His first car was a dead 1970 Dodge Challenger. His mother gave him two weeks to get it running, which he did, but then quickly discovered that Challengers aren't meant to go airborne — and that police response time is remarkably fast. He's been buying, selling, and collecting cars ever since, and he enjoys Corvettes and all things Mopar. A few of his prized toys include a Meadow Brookwinning 1956 Corvette, a Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 factory pilot car, and a “two-tag, Mr. Norm's” 1970 440 Dodge Challenger with ultra-rare power windows. Novak is a 25-plus-year veteran of the publishing, marketing, and advertising design business, and he often picks apart vintage cars as an auction analyst for SCM and our sister magazine, American Car Collector. In this issue, you'll find his thoughts on cars from the Mecum Kissimmee sale on p. 130. 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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 …I would like to ask SCM if they would consider putting a short glossary at the end of Mr. Collier's articles to help with the vocabulary he has skillfully chosen Collier's pithy prerogatives To the Editor: Like so many of your readers, I really look forward to my SCM each month. I enjoy the knowledgeable insight brought by your writing staff and talented team of contributors. Of particular enjoyment is the work of Mr. Miles Collier. He threads a wonderful writing style with a deep understanding of the topics at hand, no doubt made easier by having owned some of the world's finest automobiles. At the same time, I know SCM is very concerned with its readers getting the most from each issue. That's why I would like to ask SCM if they would consider putting a short glossary at the end of Mr. Collier's articles to help with the vocabulary he has skillfully chosen. “Opprobrious”? “Invidious”? “Simulacrum”? “Vicissitudes”? If Webster didn't always back Mr. Collier up, I would mistake these words for the work of old-time comedian Norm Crosby. In the interim, I'll keep Webster near my copy of SCM. — Phil Cracco, via email 18 MGA, Austin-Healey and more Miles To the Editor: Thanks to Gary Anderson for his comments on the values of MGAs relative to Austin-Healeys (March 2012, p. 46). Indeed, he speaks from the solid ground, owning one of both models. MGAs have long been a bargain, given their performance, rigidity and lovely lines. We saw some significant increases in values for MGAs in the latest SCM Pocket Price Guide. As Donald Osborne mentioned in the same issue, “One sale does not a market make,” but there appears to be consistent evidence that the values of MGAs continue to rise. As Gary mentioned, there are numerous ways to coax more horsepower out of the engines, but I did flinch when he said you could just bolt in an MGB engine. This works for racing, but not necessarily for club meets — and certainly not for concours events. MGB-engined MGAs always sell for less. It is a minor point, but the auction house description detailed a thorough restoration, apparently as a car for club meets and driving and not as a race car. At the price this car sold for ($35,182), the restoration should have been thorough — as described — and as original as possible. However, the valve cover is not original. One wonders how many other details about the car are not original. In the same issue, Miles Collier shared his thoughts about the Austin-Healey Le Mans car. Miles can write anything about any subject, and I will read it first. He always challenges me to get out the dictionary, and his descriptive prose is exceptional. Keep them coming, Miles! — David Stewart, Wilsonville, OR Praise from Posey To the Editor: I just read Miles Collier's article about the Macklin Healey (March 2012, p. 40), and I believe it's the best I've ever seen, in any magazine. In very few words, he demonstrates a comprehensive grasp of anything and everything pertaining to this car, and he writes beautifully. — Sam Posey, Sharon, CT Cumberford praise and a Porsche pyre To the Editor: I love Sports Car Market and devour every issue the minute it gets to my door. Of course, the photos of my fantasy cars are part of the appeal, but even more so is the quality of the writing, with most of the contributors artfully combing a breathtaking knowledge of their field with a real flair for crafting pithy comments. And some of them, notably Donald Osborne, are good enough to be in a literary magazine, as opposed to one dedicated to old cars. But this note is about the equally wonderful Robert Cumberford, whose design column, “The Cumberford Perspective,” is a great addition. His point of view is badly needed in your pages, as the “You Write/ We Read” section of the last couple of months has revealed, with some SCMers apparently requiring as much help as they can get when it comes to aesthetics. But did you have to assign Cumberford the almost impossible task of his having to pretend Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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You Write We Read Ad Index 2shores International.................................. 123 7-Eight Marketing...................................... 161 Abercrombie & Kent.................................. 164 Adam's Polishes, Inc.................................. 129 Advanced Retirement Income Solutions ... 121 American Car Collector............................. 155 American Collector Specialties LTD......... 129 Aston Martin of New England................... 141 Auctions America................................... 13, 19 Automobilia Auktion Ladenburg ................. 75 Autosport Designs...................................... 101 Barrett-Jackson ............................................ 37 Bennett Law Office.................................... 157 Beverly Hills Car Club............................... 133 Blaine County Community Drug Coalition149 Bonhams / SF......................................... 25, 31 Bonhams / UK.............................................. 23 Branson Collector Car Auction.................... 71 Canepa.......................................................... 73 Capitol Concours d'Elegance ..................... 69 Carlisle Events ............................................. 79 Chubb Personal Insurance............................ 17 Classic Motorcar Auctions......................... 123 Classic Restoration....................................... 97 Classic Showcase....................................... 149 Classy Chassis................................................ 9 Cobalt Automotive LLC ............................ 163 Collector Car Price Tracker ....................... 155 Collector Studio ......................................... 151 Concours d'Elegance of Texas....................... 7 Cooper Classic Collection............................ 91 Copley Motorcars....................................... 127 Dana Point Concours d'Elegance ................ 89 Driversource Houston LLC................ 135, 139 European Collectibles ................................ 131 Exhibitions & Trade Fairs.......................... 105 Fantasy Junction......................................... 131 General Racing........................................... 119 Gooding & Company..................................... 2 Greenwich Concours D'Elegance.............. 107 Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance. 113 Grundy Worldwide....................................... 41 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc.......................... 141 H & H Sales Limited.................................... 99 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. ................... 11 Heacock Classic .......................................... 39 Heritage Classics.......................................... 67 Hyman, LTD ................................................ 77 Intercity Lines .............................................. 29 JC Taylor...................................................... 61 JJ Best Banc & Co ..................................... 153 Le Belle Macchine d'Italia........................... 87 LeMay - America's Car Museum................111 Len Rusiewicz............................................ 157 Louisville Concours d'Elegance................ 147 Mac Neil Automotive Products Ltd............. 65 Marin Sonoma Concours d'Elegance ........ 109 Mershon's World Of Cars ............................ 27 Mid America Auctions................................. 85 Miller's Mercedes Parts, Inc...................... 127 Morris & Welford, LLC............................. 117 Motor Classic & Competition Corp........... 155 Park Place LTD............................................ 35 Paul Russell And Company ....................... 145 Pebble Beach Concours ............................. 103 Photos By Teej ........................................... 143 Premier Classic Car Collection.................... 63 Pro-Team Corvette Sales, Inc..................... 125 Putnam Leasing............................................ 47 Reliable Carriers .......................................... 59 RM Auctions.......................................... 15, 21 Road Scholars ............................................ 115 Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo ......................... 133 RPM Auto Books....................................... 157 Russo & Steele LLC .................................... 33 San Marino Motor Classic ......................... 145 Scott Grundfor Company........................... 147 Silver Collector Car Auctions ...................... 45 Sports & Specialist Cars ............................ 143 Sports Car Market.............................. 100, 149 Steve Austin's Great Vacations ...................111 SWISSVAX AG........................................... 93 Symbolic Motor Car Co................................. 3 The Elegance At Hershey............................. 95 The Last Detail........................................... 139 The Masterpiece........................................... 81 The Stable, Ltd............................................. 83 VintageAutoPosters.com............................ 157 Wisdom Marketing Group ............................. 7 Worldwide Group........................................4-5 20 You Write We Read … just to play to an audience that really doesn't exist — in this case, Porsche fans with a sense of style. that the hopelessly retardataire 1958 Porsche 356A Carrera GS Coupe (March 2012, p. 52) is actually a fine work of art? In writing it, I'm sure Cumberford felt the pressure to be positive, what with the many Porsche enthusiasts among your subscribers and their characteristic inflated sense of the marque's place in the classic car hierarchy. But, with only a handful of exceptions, as Cumberford knows better than anyone, German cars, Porsches in particular, are not known for their fine design — they are instead known for tight mechanicals and high build quality. To Cumberford's credit, he does essentially bury the Porsche with faint praise. I especially loved the word “pudgy” used in the title, and his description of the overall shape as being like a “cow pie,” which he identifies as a classic German form. Not to mention the many other subtle swipes he makes at the Porsche's expense — the tires are too skinny, the bumper migrates, the rear-end solution is inelegant, it has a horn ring, and on and on. My advice would be that Cumberford should not waste his time writing about second-rate designs like this one just to play to an audience that really doesn't exist — in this case, Porsche fans with a sense of style. — Michael Paglia, Denver, CO Executive Editor Chester Allen responds: Michael, we're glad that you Sports Car Market like Robert Cumberford's work — we now can't imagine an issue without his thoughts. That said, I suggest you draw your window shades and lock the doors whenever a Porsche appears in your neighborhood. And, needless to say, don't get within 200 miles of a Porsche Parade. We've already got a bucket of water filled and ready for dunking the red-hot replies to your note. Another motorcycle fan To the Editor I just received my latest issue of Sports Car Market magazine and read with much interest the letter (March 2012, p. 22) from a guy interested in a motorcycle magazine. As the price of grocery-getter (Chevy '55, '56, '57) cars reach the stratosphere at auction, I remember Steve McQueen saying he could own several motorcycles for the price of one decent sports car. My brain froze in the 1960s when it comes to motorcycles, and I need a publication to help start a collection of Honda Super Hawk 305s, 250 Scramblers, 150 Bentley Dreams, and trail bikes. Great old motorcycles, but if I don't get going soon, the prices will run into the stratosphere, too. Sign me up for the first sub- scription to Motorcycle Market magazine. Thanks for an über-kool magazine. — Richard H. Davis, Sacramento, CA Publisher Keith Martin responds: Thanks, Richard. Keep watching — things are moving faster than we imagined. ♦ Tom Wood ©2011 Courtesy of RM Auctions


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg On April 18, 1891, two trains collided o Illinois Watch Company Ball Railroad Watch of Kipton, OH, leaving eight dead, two wr and thousands of dollars in property dam wreck had three significant repercussions: • Railroads would adopt standards for m and inspecting professional railroad wat • A national time standard would be adop so that knowing the time in any area wo be a matter of fact rather than of opinio • A watchmaker by the name of Webb C. B would become one of the leading author on making professional railroad timepi — and a national time standard. After the wreck of 1891, Ball, an Ohio n and a trained watchmaker, was given the t investigating the timing standards of the La Line railroad, whose trains had collided. After an exhaustive inquiry, Ball determ complexity of navigating the myriad “loca all over the line made accurate timekeeping a railroad employee watches were not consistent in quality or condition. Details Production Date: 1923 Best Place to Wear One: In the bib pocket of your engineer overalls while running your Lionel train sets into an Addams Family-style recreation of the Kipton disaster. Ratings ( Rarity: Durability: Parts/Service Availability: Cool Factor: is best): After reporting his findings, Ball was given the title of Chief Watch Inspector of that line, and, in the years to come, oversight of timing, repair and inspection services for more than 2 million watches, 150 railroads and 175,000 miles of track. Suddenly, all of these railroad men under his oversight were required to carry approved, high-quality, specially designed and regularly inspected timepieces. Ball cleverly created a brand identity, “The Ball Watch Company,” and with the assistance of some of the largest high-grade watch companies of the United States, ordered Neat Stuff by Tony Piff Bring the Tunes Jambox is a portable speaker that absolutely blasts. No more cut door panels, no more aftermarket stereos, no more hokey cassettetape adaptors or FM transmitters. Just jack in your iPod or iPhone and let the tunes flow (or skip the wires altogether and connect via Bluetooth — it really works). Svelte, brick-like construction is complemented by thick, grippy rubber that insulates against vibration and reduces slippage. For such a stylish, compact package, the audio fidelity is remark- able. A single charge offers up to 10 hours of continuous listening (depending how loud you keep things cranked, of course). $199 from most retailers. d with his name and built to his s. The firms included Waltham, milton, Howard, Hampden and . Eventually, Ball followed fashion hnology and developed well-made watches that were approved for ay service as well. he watch pictured was produced he Illinois Watch Company in the y 1920s — which some collectors l the golden era of American watching. Quality, technology and pride aftsmanship combined to create of the best watches ever produced nited States. The 3/4 plate, nickel23-ruby jewel movement is truly f beauty, with circularly oriented wirls and gold jewel settings. The ngle-sunk style, with bold, legible , spaded hands are less typical for a railroad watch, but they are a key indication that the watch is an Illinois Ball rather than one of the more common Hamilton or Waltham watches. From early on, Ball insisted that the watch case be fitted and signed “Ball Watch Company,” during production — instead of shipping the uncased watch to a jeweler or distributor who would make a casing. This makes determining the originality of the case simple. The case is signed on the interior back lid, and it has the characteristic stirrup bow, which allows for a watch chain to clip onto the watch without interfering with the winding crown. Illinois Ball Watches are some of the best railroad watches pro- duced, and they are rare enough to keep the hunt satisfying. To my knowledge, an exact production figure of these watches has not been published, but it is safe to say that nice examples number fewer than 200. That said, with an unmolested movement, a clean dial without cracks or chips, a case with little wear and tear and proper — and unusual — hands, a watch of this quality would be properly priced in the mid-$3,000 range. Big Black Vac This workhorse of a vacuum will be right at home in your wellkept garage. The 12-pound unit by Metropolitan Vacuum is all steel, with dual industrial fans, and it rolls on four heavy-duty casters. A shoulder strap adds portability, but the 24 feet of hose (in 4-foot to 6-foot lengths) should be enough to reach pretty much anywhere. Mount it on the wall, and keep your floor space uncluttered. With the flip of a switch, the vacuum doubles as a blower. $249.99 from www. griotsgarage.com. © 22 Sports Car Market


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck 1938 Phantom Corsair Love it or hate it, the Phantom Corsair is one of the most memorable tomobiles ever built, h an appearance that is ownright comic-book sinister. It was designed by 23-year-old Rust Heinz, second son of H.J. Heinz — as in Heinz Ketchup nd numerous other ducts. It was Rust's dream to manufacture custom-built copies of this incredibly advanced, highModel Details Production date: 2012 Quantity: 299 SCM Five-Star Rating: Overal Quality: Authenticity: Overall Value: Web: www.automodello.com quality automobile, which had a Bohman & Schwartz body and a tweaked 1936 Cord/ Lycoming V8. We'll never know what might have been, as Rust died from injuries suffered in an automobile accident when he was just 25 years old. The Phantom passed through the hands of numerous owners before finally making its way into Harrah's Automobile Collection, which is now known as the National Automobile Museum, in Reno, NV. Shown is Automodello's all-new, wonderfully executed 1:24 scale limited edition model, which is produced in China. Prior to this release, models of this car were limited to two or three specialist makers of 1:43 models — and an even smaller Hot Wheels model. Each Automodello Phantom Corsair model is delivered in an at- tractive presentation box and mounted to a display base. You also receive a signed and numbered certificate — and an information sheet about the real car. These are very good touches, and they show that Automodello cares about collectors. The real car has an overall length just shy of 20 feet, so the model itself is pretty big — measuring 10 inches in length. The long, lean body with all its nuances has been perfectly captured. The gleaming black paint finish is very good, although I found some fine orange peel. That said, I am sure the finish will please most collectors. Noteworthy details include the perfectly replicated three-tiered bumpers, each made up of three double-etched metal panels with painted black recessed areas, which are cleanly attached to chrome mounts. The metal-framed, glass-enclosed rear license plate with inner lamp is another well-detailed area. Many people familiar with this car are not aware that the roof panels are removable, and as such, Automodello chose to make them removable as well. This adds a little more to this model — and unveils the interior, which would otherwise be mostly hidden. The panels are cast together as one piece and fit very well. The head, fog, and tail lamps look great, but the recessed fog areas should be chrome — not painted silver. This glitch was probably a concession to ease the cost of manufacturing. The interior is quite complete, featuring a beautifully detailed dashboard, which displays switches and all 13 gauges, including the altimeter and compass. Mounted above the windshield top is an additional, detailed switch panel. The huge bench seat looks great, with nicely simulated wrinkles, and it contrasts well with the detailed door panels and carpeted floor. I would have liked to see a better, detailed Bendix preselector shifter. The clutch and brake pedals should be raised off the floor. And I also expected to see an under-dash heater box with better detail. I was also surprised that the wood trim was missing on the inner front door pillars. Despite these quibbles, this model sive, and a very worthy addition to any serious model collection. Considering the quality and low production volume, it is also quite reasonably priced at $299.95. Available from Automodello. 24 Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance: A Sixty Year Chronicle of Automotive Excellence Edited by Katee Leach, published by Sandra and Martin E. Button with the Pebble Beach Company. The Standard Edition, with cloth binding and a slipcase, is $500. The Deluxe Edition, with embossed leather binding and slipcase, is $1,000. www. pebblebeachconcours.net Standing in the breaking light of dawn, with the early morn- ing fog on Monterey Bay softening the sounds of the waves in the background, the vehicle entrance to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is as close as I get to divinity. There is a small crowd of those in the know, and then, the cars. All the cars. In a few hours, the happy crowds of car folk will stroll the grounds, blocking your view and fighting for a glimpse of the parked entries. But in those early morning moments, it's only the cars in your view. Each one drives slowly by, headed to its particular spot on the dew-covered grass of the golf course fairway. In that space, in that moment, you get what so many who come to Pebble every year never get: the sounds of the cars, beauty in motion, the natural grace and style on display as they roll past. They are, for a few moments as they head onto the field, alive. To honor the first 60 years (1950–2010), this two-volume set brings together the available facts from what is the world's greatest concours. Not a narrative in any way, it is instead a handsome, illustrated guide to the cars that competed, the people who showed them and the results. The first volume is no more — or less — than a listing of car entries, year by year, with a few short pages of Lorin Tryon Trophy Winners. Volume II is what amounts to the most beautiful automotive spread sheet in the world, with those same entries sorted first by marque, then by entrants, followed by a listing of judges. If there is a narrative in the book, it is one you create in your own mind as you pore over the pages. There are stories of individual cars, moving from owner to owner and returning to the lawn. There are stories of generations who make Pebble their yearly family picnic. It takes some work, but if you invest the time, the books will speak to you. Provenance: Coming directly from the Pebble Beach Concours archives, the lists are as complete as possible. Unfortunately, there are plenty of gaps in car serial numbers. That information clearly wasn't required, as the early organizers couldn't anticipate its impact on the collector car world. Fit and finish: There are plenty of beautifully printed images, in both color and black and white, while the listings themselves are handled with readable typography and simple color. Drivability: An exclusive, expensive two-volume set that comes in a slipcase is without a doubt impres- isn't headed for general readers prowling the aisles of Costco. So who is the market? The set is rather more than a handsome pamphlet or directory — but well less than an exhaustive, heavily researched history. Maybe this book is a printed verification for entrants of their participation — an exclusive club indeed — and something that will endure as family memories fade. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Affordable Classic Aston Martin DB7 Aston Martin's Third Savior The current price range between a driver-quality DB7 and a low-mileage DB7GT is wide. Spending as little as $25k will get you a decent 6-cylinder car by Stephen Serio and proper acknowledgement to the various owner groups after “DB” (including Victor Gauntlett and Peter Livanos) whose hearts and wallets were bigger than the bleeding-red-ink bottom lines that kept Aston Martin alive from 1971 through 1985. Thank you. Ford, Savior II Ford. Without Ford's ownership (1985–2007) I truly believe Newport Pagnell would be a place that you'd now visit to see a number of quaint crumbling buildings that were once a factory that built magnificent cars. Ford and their team of engineers/designers/managers understood what needed to be done to get Aston Martin into the real world of automobile manufacturing, and more importantly, to survive and thrive in that arena. For the first few years, Ford was 2002 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante — no two are alike because of the options A ston Martin and its various ownership incarnations have perfected the art of going under — think massive avalanche — and then being saved for another life of making cars. Anyone familiar with the history of this much- admired, cherished and revered company realizes that Lazarus has nothing on these car builders from the United Kingdom. The Big Three saviors that I will reference during the “walking on that razor for survival” chapters of Aston's history are not the Detroit Big Three: Ford, GM and Chrysler. The “Big Three” for Aston have been David Brown, Ford and the advent of the 1996–2003 DB7 and DB7 Vantage. I highly recommend reading Aston Martin: Power, Beauty and Soul by David Dowsey if you want the full story on Aston's recent history, but a simple recap going back 60-odd years goes something like this: David Brown Sir David Brown bought and saved Aston Martin during the 1950s and 1960s. He is the true soul, DNA and fabric behind every great “DB,” and for him the monetary bottom line simply did not matter. Under his command, truly exciting, beautiful road and race cars were designed and built. These Astons are now literally coveted by royalty, James Bond fans and rabid marque enthusiasts alike. For the sake of brevity, let's a give a golf clap 26 Details Years produced: 1997–98 DB7 coupe/ Volante; 2000–03 DB7 Vantage coupe/ Volante; 2003 DB7GT/DB7GTA Number produced: 1997–98 a total of 478, with 107 coupes and 371 Volantes; 2000–03 a total of 1,129, with 367 coupes and 762 Volantes (64 GTs and 17 GTAs included above, 2003 coupe only) Original list price: 1997, $125,000 for a coupe and $135,000 for a Volante; 2003, $140,450 for a coupe and $150,450 for a Volante, plus options Current SCM Valuation: DB7 coupe, $25,000–$65,000; DB7 Volante, $30,000–$75,000 Tune-up cost: DB7, $815; DB7 Vantage, $884 Coil packs: DB7, $132 times six; DB7 Vantage, $113 times 12 Chassis #: DB7, front left inner fender and front left corner of windscreen; DB7 Vantage, right inner fender and front left corner of windscreen Engine #: DB7, on the front right side and on the power steering pump mounting flange; DB7 Vantage, plaque on top of engine cover Club: Aston Martin Owners Club More: www.amoc.org Factory: astonmartin.com Alternatives: 1995–97 Porsche 993 Carrera 2002–04 Porsche 996 GT2 1994 Mercedes-Benz E500 1996–2001 Ferrari 550 Maranello SCM Investment Grade: C hands-off and had no immediate plan for Aston Martin. During that time, the V8 cars came from an old-school, hand-built line, and volume was five or six cars a week. The sound of hammers shaping metal was truly deafening. It was an anachronism. In the early 1990s, the world economy brought Aston manufacturing to a grinding halt. Aston was living on one-off orders for royal family members (think Brunei) and a trickle of over-priced, under-engineered, outdated road cars. Yearly volume was fewer than 20 cars sold at the company's sad nadir. Then Savior III was conceived, which was the DB7 — our topic. The DB7 rescue To become a company with a future — and one that was solvent — Ford knew Aston needed a volume car, a “baby” GT, to sell alongside these “bespoke” V8 whips. With just a $1m prototype budget, Ian Callum's “Baby Aston” (which is still one of his favorite designs) went from paper to clay model to rolling chassis. This was nothing short of sensational and unbelievable. It was a real testament to the engineering team that was assembled. It did help that Ford's connection with Jaguar allowed the use of the then-aging Jaguar XJS chassis. Tom Walkinshaw Racing (subcontracted by Aston for engineering work) could also lean on Ford to pinch Jag's current 6-cylinder lump for the heart of the new, smaller beast. A supercharger was added to massage 335 horsepower from this unit. The car's 0–60 mph times were under six seconds, which was a good start. Coupe, Volante or Vantage? Launched in the United States at the 1996 Detroit Auto Show, the DB7 was offered as a coupe or Volante, Sports Car Market


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with your choice of a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. In total, 478 copies were sold in the United States as 1997–98 model year cars. Keep in mind that this total was sold from mid-1996 through mid-1999, so yearly volumes were still relatively small. Although the DB7 was a hit, it was still an under-powered GT. Aston Martin launched the DB7 Vantage at the 1999 Detroit Auto Show to bolster sales. The new 5.9-liter V12 made 420 horsepower with much more torque (and a 5.5-second 0–60 mph sprint). The DB7 Vantage was again a winner, selling for four more years. 1,129 examples were delivered in the U.S. as 2000–03 model year cars. This number includes the DB7GT, which was the real driver's car of the group, with power now boosted to 435 horsepower. Manual gearboxes were fitted with six speeds, and automatics got five speeds with Touchtronic as an option. DB7s can best be described as GT sports cars. They are a fantas- tic and more sporty alternative to the period Mercedes-Benz SL or Bentley. They are far more usable as daily drivers than any Ferrari or Lotus. There weren't any real competitive cars for the DB7, which helped Aston Martin sell a great many units. The current price range between a driver-quality DB7 and low- mileage DB7GT is very wide. Spending as little as $25k will get you a decent 6-cylinder car, and $65k will land you in a great DB7 Vantage Volante or DB7GT. What to watch for Cosmetically, you must watch out for leather that has turned to stone, shrunken dashpads, faded wood veneers and mismatched, faded paint. Keep in mind that these cars are pressed steel and composite, and not all panels are created equally. DB7s generally came with very few options. The story is different for DB7 Vantages, as there are no two alike because of the options. If you see something you like, buy it. There may not be another exact match anywhere. Do not pay extra for any of the Limited Edition cars. The Dunhill, Neiman Marcus, Aston Martin of Beverly Hills, Queen's Jubilee and 10th Anniversary Edition cars are all the same car in different colors. Also be aware that the DB7GTA did not benefit from any extra horsepower. Mechanically, the biggest taboo is non-use. Beware of the car that has sat, as it will need plugs and coil packs, gummed-up radiators flushed, dead fuel pumps fixed, flat-spotted tires replaced — and no doubt the removal of a mouse nest. Because these cars were hand-assembled at a very small factory in Bloxham, U.K., quality control was generally very good. If properly serviced, any DB7 or DB7 Vantage will go 100k miles. Engines, brakes, suspensions and transmissions are all as robust as can be — if properly serviced. I say this twice for a reason. When considering the purchase of any late-model classic, having a specialist conduct a thorough inspection is absolutely necessary. Please pass on a perceived bargain — just wait and buy a great one. ♦ 2003 Aston Martin DB7 May 2012 27


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Legal Files John Draneas Money Now, Car Later is a Bad Idea Buying a car and paying for its restoration should be two separate transactions — unless you enjoy legal battles grades. Now, $12,000 extra into the car, there were substantial disputes about whether various items were upgrades to be paid for — or fixes necessary to meet the promised final condition. Alarm bells ringing To say that these calls raised red flags is an understatement. We'll concentrate on the Porsche deal, as the legal principles there apply to all three cases. The critical problem, from which all others follow, we have what is that should be two separate transactions — the purchase and the restoration of the car — bundled into a single transaction. That makes it extremely difficult to make sure that each portion of the transaction is properly protected. There are many legal prob- lems with this deal, and we'll take them one at a time. First, the buyer would have A carefully structured restoration agreement can protect the buyer and set benchmarks for the job A collector-car dealer called a few months ago for help with the purchase of a 1973 Porsche 911RS. The Porsche was owned by a Porsche restoration shop that claimed to be specialists in RS Porsches. The car was in pieces, but there were several parties interested in it. The deal was $270,000 cash up front — plus another $100,000 at completion of the restoration. The car would be restored to their “usual standards” and delivered when done. If the car didn't meet expectations, the buyer would get a “no questions asked” full refund. The seller was unwilling to sell the unrestored car and would not transfer title until the work was finished — which would assure a profit on the restoration. The client was eager to buy the car, as he had the car resold to a foreign buyer at $395,000. Soon after, another call came from a client who wanted to do pretty much the same exact deal with a restorer on a Ferrari 250 GTE. The buyer thought prices were going up so fast that he might soon be priced out of the 12-cylinder Ferrari market. A bit later, another client called about his Alfa deal that was in trouble. He had paid all but $3,000 of the purchase price on an Alfa GTV that was in pieces — with the assurance that the seller would put it back together to a “high-condition driver” standard, with the buyer responsible only for upcharges on buyer-requested up- 28 paid for the car, but it would still be owned by the seller. This is problematic because even if something goes haywire with the restoration portion of the deal, the buyer should still end up as the owner of the car. As proposed, the buyer would have only a legal claim against the seller for breach of the contract — and no direct ownership interest in the car. It would make more sense to break this into two separate transactions, so at least the purchase would be done with no matter what. However, the seller doesn't want to do that because he wants to be sure that the buyer can't take the car to someone else for the restoration work. On the other hand, the proposed deal could be more advantageous to the buyer in some cases. That is, the buyer might prefer not to own the car if it is not restored by the seller. In some cases, the buyer might prefer to be able to treat both parts of the transaction as having failed and get all his money back — rather than be left with a paid-for mess of a car that still needs to be put together and restored. But even under those circumstances, the buyer needs to be concerned with the seller's creditworthiness. If the deal goes bad, the unrestored car might be the only asset available to the buyer to remedy his losses. Restoration specifications In one respect, this transaction is no different than hiring a shop to restore your existing car. All the same legal issues are presented: determining what work is to be done and its caliber, setting an enforceable deadline for completion, pricing the restoration work, dealing with unexpected problems as the work progresses, scheduling progress payments, establishing mechanisms for correcting breaches, and all the other issues that come into play. That requires a very carefully structured restoration agreement — with appropriate safeguards for the buyer. As proposed in all these deals, there was little hope to accomplish an agreement with safeguards for buyers. The money would be substantially paid up front, so there was little ability to protect the buyer from having to pay twice to get the same restoration work done. Also, the proposed deal included a set price for the restoration work. As the buyer of the Alfa learned the hard way, once that was the arrangement, the Sports Car Market


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seller's incentive quickly became to get the restoration work done as cheaply as possible to maximize his profit. Exposure to creditors It should be pretty obvious that the seller's insistence on getting so much money up front was so that it would finance the restoration work. A savvy observer would suspect that the seller is undercapitalized, which raises the question of what happens if he fails to pay his creditors and ends up in bankruptcy. In all likelihood, the Porsche would be considered the seller's asset, and the buyer would have an unsecured claim for the money paid. That means that the Porsche gets sold in the course of the bankruptcy and the proceeds go into the pot to be divided proportionately among all unsecured creditors. The solution to this problem would be to get the title to the Porsche in exchange for the initial payment, which was exactly what the seller did not want to do. Exposure to other horrors Getting title to the Porsche doesn't solve all the problems if the seller is a dealer — as was the case here. As “Legal Files” has noted several times before, when you entrust your car to a dealer and the dealer sells it to an innocent party, the innocent party gets good title and you end up with an unsecured legal claim against the dealer. This possibility might appear somewhat far-fetched, as it seems horribly fraudulent on the part of the seller — but perhaps not. Say the parties get into a conflict about the restoration work, and the buyer refuses to pay the balance of the purchase price. The seller gets angry, declares the deal dead, sells the car to another party in order to “recoup his losses,” and then somehow runs out of money before reimbursing the buyer for the initial payment. Rejecting the finished car More legal problems can arise if the finished Porsche is not done to the seller's “usual standards” — as promised. The seller (recall, who needed the up-front money to pay for the restoration work) promised to refund the full amount if the buyer is dissatisfied — just like buying a shirt at Nordstrom. However, the buyer should not be surprised when the seller confesses that he now needs to find another buyer to get the money to repay the buyer. Caught in the middle Remember that our buyer wanted to do this deal because he had the Porsche sold to a foreign buyer at a $25,000 higher sales price. You can bet that the agreement with the foreign buyer is going to be a pretty clean contract for the sale of the car with a delayed delivery. That leaves our buyer caught in the middle of an impossible situation. The seller's default puts our buyer into default under his resale to the foreign buyer. As far as the foreign buyer is concerned, he's paid for the Porsche, and he is entitled to get it no matter what the seller's problems might be. Think of the legal bills in that situation. An easy solution After becoming aware of all of these risks, the buyer quickly determined that the risk was way too much relative to his expected $25,000 profit. He passed on this deal, and two months later found another Porsche elsewhere that didn't have any of these issues. He made his $25,000 profit the easy way, and the foreign owner is happily enjoying his Porsche. ♦ JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. May 2012 29


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Event 2011 Hershey 2011 Fall Hershey The meet is much easier to walk than it was a few years ago, when much of the site had an irregular dirt — or mud — surface by Bob Ames Details Plan ahead: October 10–13, 2012 Cost: Admission is free to the swapmeet, car corral and car show. Parking is $12 per day More: www.hersheyaaca.org For sale: Manny Dragone's 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 C coupe by Ghia T 30 hings continue to change in the swapmeet world. In the case of Hershey — my uncontested favorite swapmeet — it appears there is a slow decline in buyer attendance, due in part to the rocky economy of the past several years. All booth space was sold, as in the past, but there were times during our daily march down the seemingly endless aisles that there were more vendors than buyers. In support of this speculation is the fact that I was seldom confronted with a firm price this year. The meet is also much easier to walk than it was just a few years ago, when much of the site had an irregular dirt — or mud — surface. Now that it is all on asphalt, the booths don't as often consist of a 40-foot motor home and a card table of wares, which was one of my few historic complaints about Hershey. In fact, my pedometer registered just 24 miles of walking at the end of two days — versus 30-plus miles five years ago. Much like we see at Beaulieu in the U.K., there has been a continual growth in the number of Europeans making the trip to Hershey, PA. Northern Europeans, inspired by the strength of their currency and the growth in interest in American cars abroad, are flocking to this huge swapmeet. A Swedish club, Automobilhistoriska Klubben, even had a hospitality tent for its members. There was a time when the Portland, OR, contingent at Hershey was as many as 30. This year I could only account for six gearheads. Sure, the easy availability of parts and cars through the Internet has taken its toll, but, for me, Hershey is a never-miss proposition. Why? First of all, there is the social aspect of this gigantic gathering. I see members of our car-collecting fraternity who rarely — if ever — travel to the Left Coast for events. Most importantly, you see things that are extremely rare — and never made it to eBay because of fragility, bulk or the fact that their owners are computer challenged. This year, I managed to purchase a Locomobile steam engine for display, brass lamps, obscure license plates and N.O.S. 1940s Mopar headlights for a Portland SCMer who never travels east of Boise, ID. For those looking for a new ride or project, there are more cars for sale than any other meet I've attended. There might have been a record number of cars for private sale — plus another successful RM auction at the Hershey Lodge. As I've reported with regard to both Beaulieu in the U.K. and Paris' Rétromobile, it is at these seminal gatherings that you are most likely to see the truly rare and unusual. Last year, for example, I saw, and ultimately bought, the sole surviving 1903 Searchmont, a car manufactured just a couple hundred miles up the road — and one I'd never heard of before. Sports Car Market


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Event 2011 Hershey 1951 Kaiser Deluxe Traveler Finally, I've come to really enjoy the Pennsylvania countryside in the fall. For the past several years, we've completed our shopping by Thursday evening and have spent Friday touring before returning for the massive car show on Saturday. Our drive in 2010 was to a trip to the heart of Amish country, and in 2011 we journeyed to Gettysburg, where our National Park Service has built a magnificent museum and learning center since my last visit to the historic battlefield during a Hershey raid several years ago. My apologies for this little travelogue, but it serves as a reminder that this is a pretty good part of the world to bring a significant other who is not a 24/7 gearhead. The Saturday car show was perhaps the biggest ever, with a large contingent of fresh restorations vying for their First Junior awards. As a result, Saturday is well worth staying another day for, despite the fact that a majority of the swapmeet vendors pulled up stakes the night before. ♦ Big porcelain 32 Sports Car Market


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Event Radnor Concours 15th Annual 100 Motorcars of Radnor Hunt Virgil Exner cars bring fins and flair to the showfield by Bill Rothermel 1957 Dual Ghia D500 two-door convertible owned by SCMers Ed and Carol Blumenthal R adnor Hunt Founder and Chairman Mike Tillson, along with his band of merry men and women, think outside the box. Like most national concours d'elegance in 2011, the September 9–11 event highlighted Jaguar and celebrated the 100 years of Stutz. But the 15th version of Radnor also showcased original fare, such as a class of Exner-designed, flamboyant-finned 1955–62 Mopars and the appearance of Virgil Exner Jr. as guest of honor. The in-your-face styling of these tremendous cars was the first thing spectators saw on the showfield. There is nothing like tri-tone 1950s colors and giant fins to wake up show goers. With concours and weekend auto shows becoming usual summer weekend fare, Radnor gets the nod for creativity and uniqueness — and a thumbs-up for daring to be different. The 25 Exner cars ran the gamut from SCMers Ed and Carol Blumenthal's 1957 Dual Ghia D500 two-door convertible and SCMer Ken Laird's 1955 Chrysler C-300 two-door coupe to Dave Clelland's 1960 Plymouth two-door sedan Iowa State Police Car (with no exterior model identification) and Frank and Lanette Peiffer's freshly restored 1956 DeSoto Adventurer coupe, one of just 996 produced. First-place awards were given to John and Lynn Cote in two categories: Exner Designs Open Cars for their 1956 Chrysler New Yorker two-door convertible, which was once owned by celebrity Robert Q. Lewis; and Exner Designs Closed Cars 1960s for their beautifully restored 1960 Chrysler New Yorker Town & County nine-passenger station wagon. Officially known as the 100 Motorcars of Radnor Hunt, this year's event featured a bit more — 119 cars and 54 motorcycles — including the gathering of fine sports cars and classics for which the concours is best known. Joseph III and Margie Cassini won the Timeless Elegance Award for their stunning 1927 Isotta-Fraschini 8A Tipo Roadster Fleetwood. Best Sporting Marque went to SCMer John W. Rich Sr. for his beautiful 1937 Jaguar SS 100 3.5-liter roadster. SCMer J.W. Marriott Jr. was another double award winner, as he collected People's Choice and Best of Show Awards with Details Plan ahead: September 7–9, 2012 Where: Radnor Hunt, Malvern, PA Cost: Spectator admission to the concours is $35, and children 12 and younger attend for free More: www.radnorconcours.org 34 The Timeless Elegance award went to this 1927 Isotta-Fraschini 8A Tipo Roadster Fleetwood owned by Joseph III and Margie Cassini Sports Car Market his magnificent 1937 Talbot Lago T-150-C SS coupe by Figoni & Falaschi. Best of Show Motorcycles went to Peter Calles, owner of a 1957 MV Agusta 175 Turismo Lusso. The concours took place Sunday, but festivities began with a welcome barbeque Friday evening, followed by Saturday morning's Chester County Road Rally and that evening's Black Tie Gala and Art Show Preview. Proceeds benefited the Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital and the Thorncroft Equestrian Center. ♦


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Event Rétromobile 2012 Rétromobile 2012 Ever seen an all-original 1956 Alfa Ghia Aigle Lugano resplendent in Italian Racing Orange? by Bob Ames The Mullins' 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic S CMers Peter and Merle Mullin sent some of the stars of their collection to Paris for a very special display at this year's Rétromobile. The expansion of square footage at this year's event allowed for an absolutely spectacular presentation of 10 French cars from the Mullin Museum, some of which were returning to their country of origin for the first time. The much-publicized 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic was flown over, and the other cars made the trip by ship. The display of these very special machines unquestionably was a high-water mark for Rétromobile, which this year cut the run of the show to five days while expanding physically. Within minutes of opening to the public, the Mullin exhibit was standing room only — five deep. Nearby, the Hall & Hall and Fiskens stalls, while somewhat upstaged for once, still managed to offer for sale the kind of upper-end cars found in Paris during February. Cars for sale included a 1925 Le Mans-winning Bentley 3 Litre, a 1954 Jaguar D-type and a very real 1939 Auto Union Type D. And just around the corner on a Bugatti Club stand was perhaps the most origi- nal Type 55 extant. Underneath the touring coachwork resides a Type 51 Grand Prix machine. I was led to believe the car is for sale. Others of particular interest to me included a Ferrari 250 Monza that defines “barn find.” This looked to be an even greater challenge than the 750 Monza I bought out of a car port in Washington state a few years back. Ever seen an all-original 1956 Alfa Ghia Aigle Lugano resplendent in Italian Racing Orange? Neither had I. Only at Rétromobile. And there is always something you've not only never seen but never heard of either. This year it was the 1923 Gérin Aerodyne, designed and built but never quite finished in mid-1920s Paris. This car is a great example of the many early attempts at extreme streamlining. The show's director, François Melcion, also goes to great lengths to attract and promote the work of Europe's best automotive artists. A specially constructed gallery with 10-foot display walls set off canvas and sculptures to the best advantage. Think of it as the Automotive Fine Arts Society exhibit at Pebble Beach — times two. All this aside, it is the social side of Rétro, as Details Plan ahead: February 2013 Where: Paris, France Cost: A day admission ticket is $17 (of course, this does not include airfare, hotel and other expenses) More: www.retromobile.com 36 much as anything, that drives me back year after year. Unlike Hershey, Scottsdale, Beaulieu — and even Monterey — everyone is in a single building, 1956 Alfa Ghia Aigle Lugano in show-stopping color Sports Car Market and good food and wine are close at hand. I saw lots of SCMers from the Left Coast, including Bruce Meyer, Thor Thorson and Jon Shirley. I spent one morning with SCMer Evert Louwman, of the Louwman Museum in The Hague, learning as always about the dawn of motoring in Europe. Amelia Island impresario Bill Warner swapped sto- ries with me about our recent trips to Cuba. I also met London dealer Peter Bradfield, who informed me he is the new owner of my old Cobra CSX 2016. Peter wants $638k for the old girl — or about a dozen times what I got for her in a three-way trade with Tom Armstrong a year or two ago! It should now be obvious that I rank Rétromobile right up there among the “must-dos” on the SCM bucket list. This massive, exciting show offers exotic and unusual motorcars of all ages, the rarest of spares and accessories, masses of models and art of all kinds, the best convention center food on the planet — and a serious learning experience. But there's another reason for the pilgrimage: It's in Paris! Take along a significant other and enjoy what one of the world's great cities has to offer. ♦


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Collecting Thoughts Breaking Up a Big Car Collection Changing the Collector Car World with One Big Sale The great collections blend the intrinsic quality of their cars with a point of view — perhaps even a mission by Miles Collier Automobiles and petroliana from the Milhous Collection A 38 s I write this, the auction for the Milhous Collection is under way in Boca Raton, FL, under the joint gavels of RM Auctions and Sotheby's. While the outcomes of this auction lie in the future, the liquidation of such a large and varied accumulation of high-quality objects is noteworthy. I find my thoughts turning to the influence that such liquidations have on their collecting areas. As I am absolutely and perfectly ignorant of me- chanical musical instruments, antique firearms and petroliana, my ruminations concern the larger effects of the wholesale dispersal of important automobile collections — and the subsequent impact that such sales have on the historic car movement, on markets, and on the collectible car as an important cultural object. Not every substantial collection that is liquidated is significant. Most collections are more the manifestation of the acquisitive urge of the collector rather than an exercise in taste and knowledge. Those collections that incorporate that happy combination of emotion and intellect remain in the history books: the George Waterman Collection of early racing cars, the Harrah Collection, the Otis Chandler muscle car collection, and his subsequent testamentarily liquidated classic car and motorcycle collection, Tom Wheatcroft's Donington Collection of Grand Prix cars, and so on. The great collections blend the intrinsic quality of their objects with a point of view — perhaps even a mission. These collections of high repute create many more “knock on” effects than the dispersal of collections that — however extensive — are more mundane. Landmark cars and vision increase impact Let's look at the factors that determine the fallout of a collection's liquidation. First, the proportion of important objects in the collection determines the collection's importance. Importance is a combination of independent factors: historic stature, Sports Car Market Courtesy of RM Auctions


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Collecting Thoughts Breaking Up a Big Car Collection condition, aesthetics and rarity. These factors determine the level of demand for the individual automobiles in the collection. Collections with one or two good cars are notewor- thy, but collections with an extensive number of landmark objects are far rarer — and far more influential. Second, collections with a point of view — a vision — are much more likely to be important and transformative; consider Otis Chandler's seminal muscle car collection. Third, collections need time Hypothetically, a great collection that existed as a discrete entity for 15 minutes is a much different proposition from one that survived for a century. Reputations take time to mature. Influence takes time to spread. In sum, long-standing collections of remarkable cars with a well-articulated scope have a profound effect on the collecting field when they are dispersed. They create the legacy that colors subsequent values, collecting practices and perspectives. For example, cars from the long-gone Waterman Collection were, as a group, arguably the finest and most important early racing cars in the world. Any one car from the Waterman Collection adds importance and quality to whatever collection holds it to this day. Reordering the collector car world Most commonly, collection dispersals are the result of death or financial misfortune; the former is to be expected, the latter, a personal or, in the case of Bertone, a corporate tragedy. As with the Harrah Collection, mortality is the force that causes most collections to be liquidated. In many cases, no one in the family has the “bug” for the objects, and the demands of the tax man require a sale. Today, with the huge run-up in values in the finest collectible automobiles, it makes no sense to many heirs to keep such valuable assets in illiquid and non-productive form. Curiously, the Milhous sale was initiated at the di- rection of the collectors themselves. While these events are much less common than testamentary liquidations, voluntary sales reflect the collector's sense of completion and his desire to fund new interests — whether business, charitable, collectible or marriageable. Whatever the cause of the dispersal, truly great col- lections have the power to reorder the world upon their sale. For example, in the short term, the sale of collec- tions with a high proportion of incredible cars requires careful strategizing. Prices can be damaged when many rarities enter the market at the same time. I think of the three Harrah Collection sales before the ultimate fourth, private sale to General William Lyon — or the seemingly perpetual O'Quinn liquidation. Truly seminal collections, such as the Harrah Dispersing significant collections can greatly change the collector car market Collection, the George Waterman Collection or the Chandler muscle car collection, have provided the “starter culture” for many other subsequently formed collections. Illustratively, the Milhous Collection is selling cars with provenance from the Harrah Collection, the Otis Chandler classic car collection, the Millard Newman Collection of Rolls-Royces, and so on. Each of these aforesaid collections was regarded as being either the best or among the best collections of its kind. A car from these collections is an asset with provenance that attests to that car's quality, importance and authenticity. Great collections have halo effects based on their reputation. Years after the Harrah sales, cars from that collection continue to maintain their above-market pricing first demonstrated at the collection liquidation sales. Even today, decades subsequent to those sales, a Harrah Collection car stands out as something special by virtue of Harrah's diligence in the quality of his research, the authenticity of his restorations and the individual quality of so many of his automobiles. We can compare that stature and the lasting quality reputation of cars from Harrah's Collection to those of the O'Quinn Collection. Equal in scope to Harrah in quantity — but not quality — the O'Quinn Collection didn't survive long enough to develop any kind of a reputation or influence. Harrah introduced new and higher standards in collecting and restoration that made him more than an important collector. His collection was the benchmark that others emulated, and consequently, Harrah cars have a cachet that cars from the O'Quinn estate lack. Bad news — and good news When collections are giant in quality, giant in vision and giant in influence, their dispersal alters the collecting world. Unobtainable automobiles become available once more — or for the first time. Price records are set. The car collecting world is moved — and ultimately adjusts — but not without the collection in question leaving its imprint on how future collectors think and act. That is probably the most important part of a collection's legacy: Was it used to advance our heritage, our learning and our awareness, or did it merely molder unseen — but vaguely known — like a black hole in the collecting firmament? Is the dispersal of an important collection socially beneficial or deleterious? Perhaps that question is best answered by observing the fate of the cars that are turned back into the world. While, on the one hand, a collection that can never be duplicated at any price is gone — and is therefore inaccessible to students, scholars, and connoisseurs — those individual cars may strike a spark that kindles something new and equally important in a different way. Tom Wheatcroft's incomparable, publicly accessible racing 1937 Cadillac 37-90 Custom Phaeton, sold for $962,500 from the Milhous Collection 40 car collection is gone, but if those cars inspire a worthy vision among their new owners, the world's cultural patrimony is enhanced. So, like so much in life, it all depends. ♦ Sports Car Market to mature. Courtesy of RM Auctions Courtesy of RM Auctions


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Ferrari Profile 1959 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder The Vadim factor helped the sale, but this is already a great car with a great history by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 1957–60 Number produced: 49, plus one prototype Original list price: $12,000 Current SCM Valuation: $3,125,000– $3,875,000 (steel body) Tune-up cost: $3,500 Distributor caps: $550 Chassis #: Left frame member by steering box Engine #: Right rear motor mount Club: Ferrari Club of America More: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 1956–59 Ferrari TdF, 1960–63 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato, 1953–55 Jaguar D-type SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 1283GT Engine number: 1283GT T he 250 changed Ferrari's destiny. Centered on the famous 3-liter, V12 engine, two Ferrari families were born: one destined exclusively for the track and the other for the road. The racing line gave birth to such legendary cars as the Testa Rossa, Tour de France Berlinetta, 250 GTO and the 250 LM. Meanwhile, stars, tycoons and amateur enthusiasts fought over the road-going line's splendid coupes and cabriolets. A constant characteristic of Maranello was the strong link between these two groups. Indeed, while the 250 GT cabriolet by Pininfarina is derived from the GT coupe, the California Spyder is drawn from the competition berlinettas. The Spyder used the same chassis and similar engine as the Tour de France. Being geared less toward racing, it was a little heavier than its counterpart but still lighter than the cabriolet. There were certain models that distinguished them- selves on the circuit: Ginther and Hively finished 1st in the GT category and 9th overall in the 1959 Sebring 12hour race, and Grossman and Tavano took 5th place in the Le Mans 24-hour race the same year — at the wheel of a Spyder from the NART team. The United States became an important market for the California. In all, 49 long-wheelbase Californias were sold, two being rebodied, one as a “Boano” coupe and the other as a Pininfarina cabriolet due to accidents. Surprisingly just six went to California. 42 A second series of 52 Californias, short-chassis mod- els, was built between 1960 and 1962. An exclusive and high-performance model, the California Spyder holds a special place in the history of Ferrari, as it embodies an unrivaled fusion of qualities for road and track. Open Ferraris are particularly rare and particularly desirable, making the California the most expensive road-going Ferrari today. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 378, sold for $5,931,349, including buyer's pre- mium, at Artcurial's Rétromobile Auction in Paris on February 3, 2012. Roger Vadim lived a life James Bond would envy. He was the privileged scion of a French diplomatic consul and a French actress. When he was 22, he met and later married Brigitte Bardot. Although they soon were divorced, it was not before he made a movie — “And God Created Woman” — with Bardot that made him wealthy. Before his death in 2000, Vadim would make more than 30 feature movies. One project was a book: Bardot, Deneuve, Fonda: My Life with the Three Most Beautiful Women in the World. Vadim was, at different times, married to both Bardot and Jane Fonda. He also had a child with Catherine Deneuve, married two more stunning women, and enjoyed the company of a list of starlets. One wonders how Vadim found time to drive, but he owned a succession of sports cars, which he used to nav- 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Competizione Lot 46, s/n 1603GT Condition 1- Sold at $7,260,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/14/10 SCM# 165706 Sports Car Market 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Lot 143, s/n 1505GT Condition 1 Sold at $3,905,000 Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/20/12 SCM# 191590 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Lot 13, s/n 1215GT Condition 1- Sold at $3,355,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/21/11 SCM# 183097 Courtesy of Artcurial Motorcars


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SCM Digital Bonus igate Europe from his home in Saint-Tropez. Among his cars were two Ferrari California Spyders, 1283GT (our subject car) and 2175GT. Bardot's name is sometimes associated with Vadim's Ferraris, but the couple was divorced before he got his first California. Bardot once owned California 0937GT, but again, this was after the divorce. 1283GT was a relatively early California that was origi- nally fitted with drum brakes. Not long after it was delivered, Ferrari upgraded the model to disc brakes, and Vadim returned his car to the factory for the change. Circling back to another filmmaker In 1993, Symbolic Motor Car Company bought the car. Symbolic, in turn, sold the car to a French dealer, Jean Guikas. It would take Guikas four years to sell the car, but, when he did, Jean Claude Bajol, another French filmmaker and Ferrari enthusiast, was the new owner. The story goes that, as a youth, he had met Vadim and had gotten a ride in Vadim's 1283GT California. That ride may — or may not — have fueled his passion for Ferraris, but he eventually bought 1283GT. Bajol treasured his acquisition and kept it until his death in 2011. A complicated market A glance at the 250 California Spyder market would leave the casual observer quite confused. Why? Well, this is a relatively rare car, but there seems to be a California at every major auction — and the sales prices are all over the board. SCM's Platinum Auction Database shows sales during the past few years from $2.6m to $7.3m. Actually, there is some logic to the market. There are two distinct California models, the Long Wheelbase (LWB) and the Short Wheelbase (SWB). The SWB models command a premium and are found at the top of the market. Next, there are alloy-body and steel-body versions of both cars. An alloy car will sell for more than a steel example. Then there are covered-headlight and open-headlight models. Covered-headlight models are the overwhelming winners here. Closing the physical factors, a very few Californias were delivered with an optional hard top. As this was a rare option that actually looks great on the car, a hard top will add a significant premium. Going beyond physical attributes, history, history and more history can make or break a car. Competition history always makes a Ferrari more valuable. Show history or celebrity ownership can also add some value. Crash history, rebodies, and rough condition all kill a California's value. If you want to get top dollar out of your car, make sure the restoration is done by a known shop. Restorations are time-consuming and brutally expensive. Your local body shop might be able to do Pebble Beach-quality work, but it won't make you a dime at the auction. Buyers like “brand” restorations. Ferrari specialists, such as Bob Smith Coachworks, Motion Products, David Carte, and a handful of others have awards to back up their work, and that gives buyers the confidence to write the big check. Price trends race from Arizona to Paris Simon Kidston predicted in his newsletter to “Expect fireworks!” when the ex-Roger Vadim LWB Spyder hit the stage in Paris. Kidston, as usual, was right; Artcurial's sale of 1283GT shattered pre-sale estimates. Skeptics might write off the result to auction magic, but there's real basis for the price paid. The Vadim factor certainly helped, but this is already a great car with a great history. The hard top enhanced the car's aura, which Artcurial wisely highlighted in their promotion material. Then there was the perfect that Vadim would have loved: Just weeks before, scene-setter — one in Gooding's Scottsdale, AZ, auction, an open-headlight LWB California sold for $3.9m. This was a record for a non-competition, open-headlight California, and this sale certainly influenced — and boosted — Artcurial's sale. The Ferrari 250 California Spyder has proved itself on the track, the concours field and the auction block. When you look at the top sales of all time, you'll find a 250 Ferrari California in several of the top spots. Artcurial upped the bar, but it won't stay there for long. There's always a market for the best, and this sale is pocket change for the truly wealthy. Eventually, the world's emerging markets will catch on to vintage cars, and the competition for great cars will continue to drive the market up. The top end market is on the rise, and it's not over yet. Well sold — and well bought. ♦ (Introductory description Motorcars.) SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images and more... May 2012 43 courtesy of Artcurial


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Ferrari Profile The Cumberford Perspective Almost perfect By Robert Cumberford T his may well be the best purely road-going Ferrari design ever. Gorgeous in form, restrained and el- egant in detail, it's lithe as a greyhound. A few things would be done differently today, no doubt, but it's difficult to criticize the ensemble. I'll do that anyway, but without — I hope — giving any impression that I would actually countenance implementing any changes that 53 years might let us imagine as “improvements.” The California Spyder is not perfect, but it's about as close to perfection as you'll find in a car of this age. There's a reason the relatively few Californias bring huge prices, and it's not related to their mechanicals. This is a beautiful car, straightforward and superficially simple. It is one of the finest examples of Battista “Pinin” Farina's extraordinary design skill, the distillation of work he did on other pure touring Ferraris and on some one-off racing coupes he shaped in the 1950s. To me, the barely crowned diagonal panel running through the top of the door before rising and twisting to become the blunt rear fender leading edge is truly a masterwork. The shape comes gracefully from the headlamp fairing into a peaked section that runs out under the side glass and creates the superb horizontal line subtly derived from the top of the front wheelhouse. Magnificent. Utterly magnificent. ♦ 7 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 The rear wheel opening is a rounded-corner trapezoid — typical practice for the time — making a sort of frame for the wire wheel, the only complex visual on the entire car. 2 Battista Farina had begun experimenting with a triangular front fender top surface on racing Ferraris in the 1950s. Here he makes it a key element of the composition, transitioning from the rounded headlamp to the chunky rectangular rear fender. 3 The one element on the car that clashes with its surface and volume perfection is the flat-topped scoop, which has no harmony with the transverse body cross section. Was it meant to be a “fencing scar”? 4 Molded headlamp covers finish the body profile, manage the transition from body side to front 8 9 10 3 1 2 4 6 5 end and rounded grille opening — and suggest aerodynamic refinement. 5 The low-mounted bumper and its vertical overriders may seem anachronistic to us now, but they were useful when parking in front of the casino in Monaco. 6 These outlets are a bit of a puzzle, as they align vertically with the wheelhouse, but the upper edge relates neither to the upper fender profile nor to the crisp horizontal surface break. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 The windshield pillars are as far aft as possible, allowing the magnificent long-hood proportions of the body. 8 Beautifully made and doubt- less very practical, the removable top is nonetheless a bit too bubble-like to be an enhancement to the essential character of the basic, quite-linear design, created to be driven top-down. 9 The rear fenders are very slightly finned and end in small, simple taillights, which are more than adequate but might seem undersized today. 10 An artful solution, the overriders actually help the design by breaking up the visually uninteresting vertical tail panel below the deck lid cut. And of course they also emphasize the exhaust tips. 11 The radius at the rear corners of the body preserves the formal simplicity — and elegance — of the rear end. 12 This trim strip, incorporating the jacking points, makes the painted portion of the body side seem even longer and slimmer than it is in actuality. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) The key instruments are exactly where you'd want them, although the steering wheel spokes seem to block a driver's view. So shift by ear and ignore your speed, as was possible in France when Roger Vadim first used this car. The line of small gauges is er- gonomically incorrect. But aren't they beautiful? Aesthetically, this is a near-perfect cockpit, and I wouldn't change a thing. What, no shift gate? In fact, this is more appealing. 12 44 11 Sports Car Market


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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan Ferraris and the Euro High-value assets with wheels can be moved and sold in whichever market is most advantageous 599 Aperta s/n 171212, instant collectible? I n late December 2011, the Italian Guardia di Finanza (Tax Police) swept into posh ski resorts, the Italian Riviera and other high-end areas in tax raids. Officers stopped hundreds of high-end cars — BMWs, Bentleys, and any Ferrari, Maserati or Lamborghini — unlucky enough to fall into their roadblocks. The driver's license and registration were then passed on to the national tax agency to ensure that the cars' owners had declared enough income — and of course paid the right amount of income taxes — to justify their lifestyles. Currency controls, last seen in the 1980s, have lowered the maximum cash transactions to €1k ($1,331) from €2.5k ($3,328), and money-smelling dogs are now at key border crossings. Cameras monitor cars crossing from Italy into Switzerland to identify possible money launderers. The Italians wrote the book on tax evasion, as witnessed by the many Ferraris registered in the names of mothers and mistresses in my database. Tax evasion is estimated to cost Italy about €120 billion ($160 billion) a year in lost revenue. The raids and inspections are part of Prime Minister Mario Monti's plan to raise money that will curb record borrowing costs on Italy's €1.9 trillion debt and avoid following Greece, Portugal and Ireland into bailouts. Monti has also raised taxes on luxury goods, including expensive cars. The owner of a €316,000 ($420,000) Lamborghini Aventador, for instance, will now have to pay about €8,400 ($11,172) for annual road taxes, an instant increase of €6,600 ($8,778) a year. What does all this mean for Ferrari buyers and sellers in the rest of the world? New-car sales plummet in Italy Severe austerity, higher taxes and currency controls have killed off the high-end car markets in Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal and Ireland. Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat and Chrysler, recently said that car sales in Italy may fall to the lowest level since 1985 because of budget-tightening measures. The iron law of currency movements is that what you gain on the upside you lose on the downside. As the Euro Zone stagnates, European collector cars should become cheaper to American buyers, although that hasn't happened yet. 46 While we get frequent emails from Euro Zone sellers wanting to sell late-model Ferraris, the United States' emissions and safety rules make their importation too costly. As for Enzo-era cars in southern Europe, they have wheels and can find homes in northern Europe, where the economies are holding up. An orgy of money printing Governments around the world have engaged in an orgy of money printing since the 2008 financial crisis in an effort to keep banks liquid, keep social programs propped up and keep paying the bills needed to run a country. Over the past decade, that increase in the money supply had to go somewhere, and much of it went into collectibles, real estate, foreign assets and commodities. In retrospect, one might credit much of the apprecia- tion in rare Ferraris to this phenomenon, both directly and indirectly. With Greece and Italy imposing currency controls and draconian tax enforcement, holding euros that might overnight be converted into a new drachma or new lira is, at best, problematic. Imagine having a Ferrari 250 GTO in Greece today! If you could only sell it within Greece, what would it fetch? That said, high-value assets with wheels can be moved and sold in whichever market is most advantageous. Whether these cars turn out to be good investments is almost unimportant, as they are simply part of a welldiversified investment strategy. High-end collectibles are an asset class that's pretty small in absolute numbers Sports Car Market Olivier Bidaud


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and one that will hopefully escape undue scrutiny — unless they get caught up and used in the class wars that are tainting the political environment of many European countries and even the United States. The flight to quality As always, the Ferrari upside is in the Enzo-era cars. In the past calendar year, Ferrari 250 GTO, s/n 5095, sold for an eye-watering $32m. Further down the food chain, 250 TR, s/n 0666, sold for $16.4m at Gooding Monterey last year, and 250 LWB Cal Spyder, s/n 1283GT, sold for $5.9m at Artcurial Auction at Rétromobile in February. For those with lesser budgets, 750 Monza, s/n 0492, sold for $2.5m at RM's 2011 Monterey auction. The cutoff for the Ferrari class at Pebble Beach has always been 1972, and with good reason. The Ferraris of the early Enzo-era redefined both race and GT cars. So, the most exclusive, most collectible, and best-appreciating Ferraris have always been — and will always be — the early Enzo-era cars. New Ferraris While I've had many clients email about the col- lectibility or investment potential of the 599 GTO or the latest 599 Aperta convertible, both are just another example of Ferrari spiffing up a model before they are retired. The 550 Barchetta was simply a 550 with a not-too- successful chop job, while the 575 Superamerica was a 575 with a recalcitrant folding top. While both have depreciated to where they are good buys, neither was a good investment for the first buyer. Ferrari claims they will build only 599 of the new 599 GTO and 80 of the 599 Apertas, but we already have 120 Apertas built in our database, putting an end to that claim. The 250 TR, s/n 0666, that sold for $16,390,000 Can you live with the depreciation? High-end sports car sales in America and China are booming, which negates the implosion of the much smaller Southern European market for new sports cars. There is no doubt that Ferrari will be building 10,000 cars a year once the economy improves further, so with the exception of the eventual replacement for the Enzo, none of the newer cars have any upside or collectibility. While the Ferrari 430, 612 and 599 cars continue to depreciate towards a greater affordability, the thought of maintaining or restoring the banks of ECUs and plastic bits 20 years down the road sends shivers down my spine. The folly of forecasting Any market forecast is worth less than the paper it's printed on, and just as the most solemn marriage vows are merely a statement of intent, financial forecasting, in the words of the late economist J.K. Galbraith, “exists only to make astrology look good.” It will be interesting to see how the very intertwined Ferrari and financial markets unfold over the next year. ♦ May 2012 47


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English Profile 1929 Bentley 6½/8 Litre Tourer This bitsa is a high-end rally weapon, and, at the price paid, was a good buy by Paul Hardiman Details Years produced: 1926–30 Number produced: 545 6½ Litres; 100 8 Litres Original list price: $14,000 Current SCM Valuation $585,000– $1,100,000 Tune-up cost: $600 Distributor cap: $370 Chassis #: On firewall in engine compartment Engine #: Stamped on engine mount Club: Bentley Drivers Club Ltd., WO Bentley Memorial Building, Ironstone Lane, Wroxton, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX15 6ED More: www.bdcl.org Alternatives: 1925–31 Rolls-Royce Phantom special or gun carriage, 1922–32 Hispano-Suiza H6B, “Mavis” — Chris Williams' Packard V12-engined 1930 Bentley 8 Litre Comps Chassis number: FA2510 Engine number: FA2514 T his 6½ Litre Le Mans-style tourer offered here was constructed from parts by well-known Bentley collector/racer and VSCC competitor David Llewellyn. The car was upgraded with the engine block from an 8 Litre model. The car started life fitted with Weymann-type saloon coachwork by H J Mulliner and was first owned by RHR Palmer, of Messrs Huntley & Palmer, the Reading-based biscuit manufacturer. It was first registered in the U.K. on June 30, 1929, as RX3612, a Berkshire mark. The car is described in Bentley, The Vintage Years by Michael Hay (page 465). David Llewellyn rebuilt the car as a copy of a Le Mans Speed Six, with replica Vanden Plas-type coachwork and to high-performance specification, its 8 Litre engine delivering tremendous torque. The carʼs restoration was completed in time for the 2007 Paris-Peking Rally Motor Challenge. It was bought by its current owner about 12 months ago, but he has not used it as much as he would have liked, so it is being sold. Currently registered in the Netherlands and eligible for a wide variety of the most prestigious events, FA2510 is described as an honest, trouble-free Bentley ready for the next owner to enjoy. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 239, sold for $805,608, including buyer's premium, at Bonhamsʼ Paris Rétromobile auction at La Halle Freyssinet on February 2, 2012. 48 While stuffing 4½ Litre engines into Bentley 3 Litres is common — even traditional — Bentley practice, making hybrids out of the larger models isnʼt so prevalent because of their fewer numbers. However, there are at least two 3 Litre chassis running with engines taken from 8 Litres. One of those cars is turbocharged, and the other has a 24-litre Napier Lion W12 engine that started life in a torpedo boat. Thereʼs no substitute for cubes, which is obviously what Rolls-Royce thought when it bought Bentley in 1931. It immediately discontinued production of the 8 Litre and disposed of all the spare parts, believing it to be a competitor to its Phantom II. In our subject car, the 8 Litre block (which is in unit with the overhead cam, four-valve head) is mounted backwards on the 6½ Litre crankcase, so that the engine retains the appearance of a 6½ — and still wears a 6½ engine number, as the original Elektron crankcase remains. The gearbox is an original Bentley D-type, and the axles and steering column and box are genuine Bentley. After completion, the car was bought from Llewellyn by David Ayre, the Berkshire-based Bentley and Invicta specialist, who added a brake servo. The car still runs the original type dual-ignition sys- tems — magneto on one side and coil and distributor on the other, each firing a row of plugs via sensibly shielded wires to make sure it keeps firing — and a remote jack socket for the battery should it need a jump start. These 1927 Bentley 6½ Litre Lot 430, s/n BX2421 Condition 3+ Not sold at $2,200,000 Bonhams, Carmel Valley, CA, 8/18/11 SCM# 183079 1929 Bentley Speed Six Le Mans Replica Lot 130, s/n FA2518 Condition 2Sold at $755,745 RM Auctions, London, U.K., 6/23/11 SCM# 182216 1928 Bentley 6½ Litre Lot 46, s/n WT2271 Condition 3 Not sold at $600,000 Gooding & Co., Amelia Island, FL, 3/11/11 SCM# 176311 Sports Car Market Remco Pronk/Bonhams


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SCM Digital Bonus are sensible rally mods, same as the righthand throttle replacing the center pedal. The Jaeger speedo records 51,657 miles, although this is of no relevance to a rebuilt car thatʼs more than 80 years old. Replacement body and chassis Very few Bentleys retain their original bodies, mostly because of a combination of metal fatigue and fashion changes. So, the replacement Vanden Plas-style coachwork is no surprise, but the car — much less commonly — has a replacement chassis. The chassis broke behind the front axle's rear mountings during a tough transglobal expedition on some seriously rough roads. When the car got home, the broken chassis was replaced with a frame from VSCC member Julian Ghosh. As the original chassis was beyond saving, it was destroyed, and the replacement was stamped with the original chassis number. Some might see this practice as questionable, but it is a straight replacement part as a result of wear and tear. The broken original chassis was destroyed, meaning cloning the car is impossible. Old collector cars are very often historically important, and you wouldnʼt condemn a car just because it needed (or had) a replacement engine block. Our subject car sits just right, like a Le Mans car that it replicates, with the char- acteristic front negative camber, big fuel tank and headlights (actually smaller H4s in the original shells) with mesh grilles and fold-down aero screens. Leather bucket seats with an appealing patina only add to the appeal. The nickel- plated radiator shell with green label badge glows beautifully in warm light. The bonnet appears straight, although the car sits down a little at the rear — maybe as a result of the hammering it got on that rough rally. Although the modern co-driverʼs footrest looks incongruous, remember that this car is still in rally trim. Bentleys make highly suitable long-distance classic rally cars, and this one must have been hammered hard to break, although it was noted that the chassis had already been much repaired. With a new chassis, it should hold together indefinitely. Priced as a high-end rally car As far as value goes, leading vintage Bentley dealer Stanley Mann says a real 6½ Litre car would be in the realm of $1.2m — if it had its original engine and chassis. The high-performance version, the Speed Six, with impeccable history and provenance — such as a Le Mans win — would be worth nearer $1,875,000. Of the 545 Bentley 6½ Litres built from 1926 to 1930 (when 8 Litre production began), just 182 were Speed Sixes. This bitsa managed a bit less than what the auction- eers thought the market could stand, and — provided you view it as a high-end rally weapon rather than a beautifully original car like the 4½ Litre we profiled last month — looks a slightly good buy. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images and more... May 2012 49


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1965 Citroën 2CV The French feel about the 2CV the way many Americans feel about the Ford Model T by Donald Osborne Details Years Produced: 1948–90 Number Produced: 3,872,583 Original List Price: Approx. $2,000 Current SCM Valuation: $10,000–$25,000 Tune-up cost: $100 Distributor Caps: None Chassis #: On cross rail behind front engine, right side Engine #: On front of engine case Club: Citroën Club of America 8585 Commerce Ave San Diego, CA 92121 More: www.citroen-ca.com Alternatives: 1965 VW Beetle 1965 Fiat 500L SCM Investment Grade: C Comps 1958 Citroën 2CV Lot 251, s/n 441541 Condition 3Sold at $17,683 Chassis number: AC651691931 H ow many people do you know who bought a new 2CV in 1965, tucked it away and left it untouched? Probably not even one. Its perfectly preserved condition is what makes this car totally exceptional. As stated on the original invoice, it was bought new from the Citroën showroom in Beverly Hills, CA, by Bill Harrah. An enthusiast of classic cars, Harrah was one of a very exclusive group of collectors to have owned a Bugatti Royale, in addition to the hundreds of marvels that he exhibited in his museum. It is here that the 2CV was delivered. In January 1965, it was pushed into the museum on a flatbed, where it stayed without moving for 40 years. The current owner bought it some 10 years ago and has scarcely used it, explaining the 116 miles showing on the odometer. Yes, 116 miles. This is probably the lowest mileage for any 2CV from this period. Having been stored under perfect conditions, it is pretty much as new as the day it left the factory. In addition to these unbelievable circumstances, it also happens to be a desirable version, boasting suicide doors, the small, aluminum “Double Chevron” grille, 425-cc engine and painted metal dashboard. The AZAM specifications include polished aluminum beading, bumpers with chrome overriders, red Ami 6-style 50 bench seats and a baggage net in the back. It was one of the last models of its type, before the bodywork changed to feature six side windows. And to add a touch more exclusivity, as if there is any need, this 2CV is a “California “ version, fitted with special indicators on the front, and rear wings shaped like drops of water. To cover the fixing holes where the standard indicators would have been, Citroën added a horizontal double chevron pointing forward, like two arrows launched at speed. This charming detail is part of what makes this 2CV like no other, and the envy of all 2CV and iconic car enthusiasts. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 345, sold for $78,391, including buyerʼs premium, at the Artcurial Rétromobile sale on January 21, 2012. No, your Chevrolet Chevette with 100 miles on the clock is not now worth any more than the value of its parts. Yes, prominent collection provenance does have an effect on value. No, valuable cars arenʼt always rare. Yes, sometimes things happen in the universe that canʼt be explained within the bounds of current knowledge. No, itʼs probably not possible to duplicate this sale outside of France. There — I think Iʼm done with this profile. There was certainly a score of really interesting vehicles sold in Paris in February at the Artcurial and Bonhams auc- Artcurial Briest-Poulain Le Fur, Paris, FRA, 2/4/11 SCM# 168923 1977 Citroën 2CV Club Lot 747, s/n VF7AZKA00KA363567 Condition 3+ Sold at $8,640 Auctions America by RM, Raleigh, NC, 12/3/10 SCM# 168451 1962 Citroen 2CV Sahara 4X4 Lot 331, s/n 0449 Condition 3Sold at $93,600 Bonhams, Carmel Valley, CA, 8/14/08 SCM# 117448 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Artcurial Motorcars


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SCM Digital Bonus tions. Rare cars — some one-of-a-kind — the most desirable sports, luxury, classic and vintage models found buyers, and some set records in the process. This was one of them, but itʼs not hard to figure out why this remarkable sale occurred. Start with the somewhat strange market attraction to the ultra-low-mileage car, add the siren call of famous provenance and finish with a touch of “peopleʼs car” appeal. Okay, maybe Iʼm not done yet. Bill Harrah had a particular affinity for buying and maintaining low-mileage cars, such as the 1957 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Tour de France he bought new and hardly drove. In this case, it's hardly likely that he intended to actually use the Citroën, but that it was acquired to include an iconic car in his vast collection. This 2CV is a so-called “California” model, and rather than having special indicators as indicated in the catalog copy, it actually had front and rear turn signal lamps that the corresponding French model lacked. As a 1965, it is also the last year before a C-pillar sixth window was introduced to deal with the fairly massive rear quarter blind spot the 2CV had. Not the record price for a 2CV The Harrah car did not challenge the highest price achieved at auction for a 2CV. That honor goes to the truly wacky 1962 Sahara 4x4 Bonhams sold by an SCM contributor at the Quail Lodge in the Carmel Valley, CA, in August 2008. This twin-engined dune climber made a massive $93,600.The Sahara is quite rare, with fewer than 30 thought to survive of the original run of just fewer than 700. So, who would want our subject car? Well, it was in superb condition, much nicer than any 2CV that was actually used — and most that have been restored. It was a perfectly preserved example of what the factory shipped to North America in 1965. So, two warnings present themselves: First, if you drive a 116-mile car, you quickly dimin- ish the freshness. Second, Bill Harrah is a name that means a great deal to an ever-shrinking group of aging people. Many, including myself, know him and his once-legendary collection only through reference materials and visits to the rump collection of the National Automotive Museum in Reno, NV. There is one remaining factor that might explain this sale. Living French history The real motivating factor in this result may be the everyman appeal of the peopleʼs car. The French feel about the 2CV the way many Americans feel about the Ford Model T, Germans the Volkswagen Beetle and Italians the Fiat 500. These cars are reminders of a time when the masses moved from bicycles and carts to cars. Having what is, in effect, a brand-new 2CV is to possess a time machine. There are certainly very few practical, everyday cars that have been preserved in aspic as this one has, and if you wanted it, you had to step up and pay for the privilege. And, if they ever start a Citroën 2CV Classiche Program, youʼd have the touchstone against which they would be compared. Well sold. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Artcurial Motorcars.) SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images and more... May 2012 51


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German Profile 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet We see components from these 75-year-old cars in the shop, and they are still in perfect condition by Alex Finigan Details Years produced: 1936–40 Number produced: 419 Original list price: $10,000 Current SCM Valuation: $375,000– $560,000 Seasonal service: $2,500–$5,000 Chassis #: Plate riveted to firewall and stamped into front frame rail Engine #: Stamped on left side of block, along with a stamped, riveted plate Club: Mercedes-Benz Club of America More: www.mbca.org Alternatives: 1936–39 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio Cabriolet, 1937 Horch 853A, 1938 Maybach SW 38 Cabriolet Comps 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet C Lot 359, s/n 236583 Condition 3 Sold at $667,000 Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/19/12 SCM# 191707 Chassis number: 154105 Engine number: 154105 W 52 hen presented at the Paris Salon in 1936, the Mercedes-Benz 540K was the culmination of two models that served as test beds: the 380 and the 500K. The 380, introduced in 1933, was the work of Hans Nibel, the legendary Mercedes engineer who had developed some formidable competition machines. Thus, the new Mercedes featured a particularly sophisticated suspension for its time: all independent, with double wishbones at the front and swing axles at the rear — all on coil springs. These features made for extremely safe road holding and very fine ride comfort. The 380 featured a new inline 8-cylinder engine, with a compressor as an option. However, the 380 lacked the punch that the legendary S and SS had. So, in 1934, Mercedes-Benz launched a bigger-engined version — the 500K. The most noticeable feature of the 500K was that the compressor was engaged when the throttle was fully opened, triggering an enrichment device. In normal usage, the compressor remained disengaged, but this ability to increase power significantly depending on the needs of the driver made the 500K one of the most striking cars of its time. This same system used on the even bigger-engined 540K, introduced two years later, made Mercedes' flagship an even more powerful car. The car's 5.4-liter engine developed 180 horsepower at 3,400 rpm with the compressor engaged, and mated to a four-speed gearbox, the 540K could do more than 105 mph. For the period, that was remarkable performance, especially as this speed was reached in comfort and security that was already the trademark for Mercedes. The finish of the car was to the highest standards, and convertible, roadster or coupe body styles were available. Symbolizing the golden age of classic cars in its most prestigious form, the 540K is also rare, as just a little over 400 units were made between 1936 and 1939. This Mercedes 540K, with the chassis number 154105, left the Mercedes works in February 1937. It is equipped with a “Cabriolet B” body, which of- fered four spacious seats under the soft top. According to a marque expert, the car was delivered to a Hamburgbased Portugal consul in March of the same year, and then the car went off to the United States, where it became a part of the Rockefeller family car fleet. At that time, there are records of this car participating in 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Lot 352, s/n 169312 Condition 1Sold at $689,729 Bonhams, Paris, 2/5/11 SCM# 168824 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster Lot 242, s/n 154140 Condition 1 Sold at $9,680,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/21/11 SCM# 183087 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Artcurial Motorcars


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SCM Digital Bonus various Mercedes exhibitions. In 1991, this car received an extensive mechanical and cosmetic restoration. This car has obviously never been altered, nor damaged during all the years that it has been with enthusiasts, who have taken very good care of it. Black with a flawless red leather interior, this 540K is a magnificent example of the highest echelon of the three- pointed star marque from the late 1930s. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 339, sold for $650,933, including buyer's premium, at Artcurial's Paris Retromobile sale on February 3, 2012. I have written about Mercedes- Benz 500 and 540Ks many times for this magazine. Mercedes-Benz was at the pinnacle of automobile production just prior to World War II. There were very few, if any, competitors that could match their build quality and production capabilities. The company's model range was staggering, from small cars — equivalent to a Model A Ford — to the top-of-the-line 540Ks. Of the 419 540Ks built, a full 190 of them were Cabriolet Bs, which was almost half of the production run. The pecking order of factory-built Sindelfingen open cars goes like this: Special Roadster, Cabriolet A, Cabriolet B/C/Offener-Tourenwagen. The Cabriolet B is the most numerous — only 32 Cabriolet Cs and 12 Tourenwagens were built. Some people prefer the Cabriolet B's open rear quarter windows — as opposed to the closed ones on a Cabriolet C. Powerful, smooth and reliable These were not fast, great-handling cars. They were automobiles that weighed more than two tons — and could cruise at 100 mph all day long. The occasional supercharger could be engaged for a momentary burst of passing speed. The Alfa Romeos, Bugattis and Talbots of the day could run rings around it. This car moved with great style, comfort and legendary Mercedes reliability. The individual components used in building the car were of the highest quality, and often over-engineered in the truest German sense. We see some components from these 75-year-old cars in the restoration shop, and they are still in perfect condition. It is simply amazing to see how well some parts — ones that you otherwise would never see — were built. A car company today could never afford to build something on this level. I seriously doubt you will see any 2012 Mercedes-Benz cars on the road 75 years from now. How Mercedes-Benz could afford to build cars of this quality during the late 1930s and stay in business amazes me. Wrong paint, but still a great buy I saw our subject car at Rétromobile, and it pre- sented itself very well. The 1991 restoration had held up very well cosmeti- cally, but I had no chance to evaluate the mechanicals. I doubt if the Rockefeller family connection added any value. Visually, I think the black/gray two-tone paint and red hubcaps hurt the car at auction. These cars traditionally look better in a single dark color — or in a complementary dark, two-tone paint job. It would be pretty easy to fix the paint and hubcaps, given the car's value. The current SCM Pocket Price Guide valuation is $375,000 to $560,000. Given that this car shares the exact same frame, mechanical components and quality of the 1937 540K Special Roadster that sold for $9.7m at RM's 2011 Monterey Auction, I think SCM's current valuation of these cars is a little light. Any open 540K under $500k is an ab- solute bargain. I think the average cars are more in the $675k to $875k range, and a truly spectacular example nudges over $1m. As I have pontificated over and over again: “Buy the best-of-the-best example of any car you are interested in and you will always be happy.” It will go up in value the quickest, and it will be the easiest to sell when you — or your heirs — decide it is time. Having said that, I'd call this car very well bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Artcurial Motorcars.) SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images and more... May 2012 53


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American Car Collector Profile 1953 Buick Skylark Convertible These cars were handmade in many respects, and there is little argument that they were — and still are — striking automobiles by Carl Bomstead Details Year produced: 1953 Number produced: 1,690 Original list price: $4,596 Current SCM valuation: $125,000– $185,000 Tune-up cost: $150 Distributor: $20 Chassis #: On the hinge pillar post and dash under hood Engine #: On crankcase or cylinder block Club: 1953–54 Buick Skylark Club More: www.skylarkclub.org Alternatives: 1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta 1953 Cadillac Eldorado 1953 Packard Caribbean SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: Not available • 322-ci Nailhead engine • Automatic transmission • Power convertible top • Power windows • Power antenna • Chrome wire wheels • Wide whitewall tires SCM Analysis This 1953 Buick Skylark, Lot U75, sold for $100,700, including buyer's premium, at Mecum Auction's Kissimmee, FL, sale on January 29, 2012. In 1953, GM pulled out all the styling stops, and several dream cars actually reached production. The Corvette, with a novel fiberglass body, was introduced, along with a trio of convertibles. The Oldsmobile 98 Fiesta, priced at $5,715, was an- nounced mid-model year and only 458 were produced. The Cadillac Series 62 Eldorado was the production version of the 1952 El Dorado “Golden Anniversary” concept car, and it borrowed “Dagmars” from the 1951 GM Le Sabre concept car. It featured a wrap-around windshield, with a price tag of $7,750. Only 532 were produced. The Buick Skylark was the most successful of the trio, with a production run of 1,690 cars at a price of about $5,000. In today's new-car market, a proposed car would never get past the various committees and 54 review boards with such limited prospects, but general managers had far more authority 50 years ago. In fact, the Skylark lived to a second year simply because a styling vice president liked the car. A two-ton sports car? The genesis for the Skylark is based on a question- able tale. It is suggested that Buick General Manager Ivan Wiles liked some styling touches that Chief Stylist Ned Nickles had applied to his 1951 Roadmaster, and he wanted to build “the answer to the European sports car.” This was an interesting concept for a car that would weigh in at more than two tons. The Buick XP-300, which was a 1951 Motorama show car, is the more likely candidate for the evolution of the Skylark. It was the inspiration of Charles Chayne, Buick's chief engineer, who wanted to design a dream car that would be fresh after 15 years. Placing the XP-300 in production was not realistic because of high costs; however, the public's excitement about the dream car did generate interest in offering a “sportier” Buick. The resulting prototype was based on the 1952 Roadmaster with the portholes — called VentiPorts — removed. Buick stated that if there was enough interest in the prototype, they would consider putting it in production, but it was already slated for introduction. 1953 Buick Skylark Lot S109, s/n 16892896 Condition 1Sold at $206,700 Mecum, Indianapolis, IN, 5/17/11 SCM# 179383 1954 Buick Skylark Lot 307, s/n 7A1104808 Condition 2+ Not sold at $72,000 Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 6/5/11 SCM# 182223 1953 Buick Skylark Lot 237, s/n V1863937 Condition 2 Sold at $96,250 RM Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 1/19/12 SCM# 192697 Sports Car Market


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SCM Digital Bonus Hand-built touches The tops of the doors were cut down totype, but three inches and matched the fender line — as did the shortened seats. The long sweep-spear trim gave the car the illusion of length, and the wheel openings were cut to create the appearance of a lower car. Borrani wires were on the prothey were replaced with Dayton wire wheels to keep costs down. XP-300 headlamps were added, and the top was chopped three inches to lower the silhouette of the car. The interior was finished with nar- row pleated leather that was offered in four two-toned combinations. Roxpoint nylon carpeting complemented the leather, and the new, foot-controlled Selectronic radio was standard equipment. The dash was covered with Di-Noc, a diamond-patterned material, and a unique horn button in the center of the steering wheel — with the owner's signature —celebrated Buick's 50th anniversary. The 1953 Skylark featured V8 power and a 12-volt electrical system, which were both firsts for Buick. These cars were handmade in many respects, and there is little argument that they were — and still are — striking automobiles. Values dropping — for now The 1953–54 Skylark had relatively limited production, but few met the crusher over the years. If one is on your list, there are plenty to choose from, as a review of the SCM Platinum Database showed that 12 had crossed the auction block in 2011 alone. Pricing these cars is another issue, as it is as precise as tacking Jell-O to the wall. In 2007, RM sold an exceptional Skylark for $495,000. In 2006, Barrett-Jackson sold one for $383,400. Prices have slid downhill ever since. Of the 12 sold in 2011, they ranged in price from $64,350 to $206,700, and our subject car realized $100,700. They are expensive cars to restore. The hand-installed lead work, particularly behind the doors at the bottom of the window line, requires unique skills to redo properly. The rearview mirror is unique to the Skylark and is expensive to replace. In other words, money spent up front to buy the best available is a wise decision in the long run. The values of 1952–54 Skylarks have been caught in the ebb of the 1950s American car market. They will rise again, as they are stunning, well-built cars. The price paid for this car at the 2012 Mecum Kissimmee sale shows we are at the bottom of the market. At the price paid, this car will prove to be a very wise purchase. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images and more... May 2012 55


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Race Car Profile 1949 Snowberger-Offy Indianapolis ‘500' Roadster Indianapolis racers are best used for display and occasional “go scare yourself silly” outings by Thor Thorson Details Year produced: 1949 Number built: 2 Original list price: n/a Current SCM valuation: $200,000– $230,000 Cost per hour to race: $1,000 Chassis #: Unknown Engine #: On right rear of crankcase Club: Historic Champ/Indy Association More: www.vintageovalracing.com Alternatives: Kurtis Indy cars Offenhauser front-engined Indy cars Miller Indy cars Comps Chassis number: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX A mong the many builders of Indianapolis 500 cars, the names Frank Kurtis, A.J. Watson and Quinn Epperly stand out, primarily for their work during the glorious era of the 1950s through the mid-1960s. Over the years, however, many other talented and resourceful builders turned their hands to the craft. One of these was Russell Snowberger. His heyday came during the so-called “Junk Formula” years, when Indy rules were skewed toward production engines. Louis Rassey, the owner of a gas station and, later, a machine shop, was a racing aficionado who leapt headlong into the sport after World War II, using Snowberger chassis and Meyer-Drake Offenhauser power. Eugene Casaroll's highly successful Automobile Shippers company sponsored Rassey's entries at the Indianapolis 500 from 1946 through 1950. The car offered here from the Milhous Collection is confirmed as car number 36, entered by Louis Rassey as part of his two-car effort in the 1950 Indianapolis 500 and sponsored by Eugene Casaroll's Automobile Shippers. Driven by George Lynch, the car offered here did not manage to qualify for the rain-shortened race in 1950. Following Indianapolis, this Snowberger-Offy was extensively campaigned on the USAC circuit with a roster of colorful drivers whose names will be familiar to most fans of the era, including “Spider” Webb, Bill Schindler, Johnny Fredricks, George Hammond, Fred Agabashian and of course George Lynch, who piloted the car three additional times that year after Indianapolis. Its best finish for 1950 was during September at Pikes Peak, where Hammond finished in 4th. Having enjoyed pride of place in the lobby of the Milhous Collection for years, it remains both a fitting tribute to the heroic era of American motorsports and a great example of the ingenuity and competitive spirit displayed annually at Indianapolis. As such, it wonderfully exemplifies America's rich racing legacy. 56 SCM Analysis This car, Lot 803, sold for $192,500 at the RM Milhous Collection auc- tion on February 25, 2012. Although Indianapolis has had a long, continuous — except for World War II — history of racing, the cars that raced have not been an equally continuous evolution. Particularly in the front-engined era, the cars fit into a series of rather distinct categories corresponding to the rules that were in effect at various times. A serious collection of American racing cars would ideally include examples of each of the categories, so an overview of what they are and how they fit together seems like a good place to start in understanding our subject car. Riding mechanics From the beginning through 1922 was the era of the two-person racers with a riding mechanic. They started out with huge engines (the 1911 Simplex used a 597-ci, 4-cylinder), but technology was improving almost daily, and by 1920, there was a 3-liter (181-ci) limit. The riding mechanic was necessary in this era for practical reasons; fuel pressure had to be kept up, tires needed changing, and all manner of parts broke on regular occasion. Cars from this era were almost exclusively produc- tion-based, and manufacturers owned and entered the cars as a sales promotion. The private racer and professional team hadn't been invented yet. These cars are extremely rare and are coveted anchors to a few major collections. Gorgeous, ultra-expensive jewels Beginning in 1923, the first big change in the rules ushered in the cars of the Roaring Twenties. The cars had become purpose-built racers and were reliable enough that a riding mechanic was superfluous, so single-seaters took over. Technology had developed to a point that a 2-liter (122-ci) limit was put into place. Sports Car Market 1951 Offenhauser Blue Crown Special Lot 74, s/n M10108A206L072688 Condition 2 Sold at $110,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/16/09 SCM# 142011 1931 Miller V16 Indy Lot S131, s/n: n/a Condition 2 Not sold at $600,000 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/13/10 SCM# 165739 1964 Offenhauser Dean Van Lines Indy Lot 78, s/n M10048A206L052305 Condition 2 Sold at $231,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/16/09 SCM# 142014 Courtesy of RM Auctions


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SCM Digital Bonus The other big change was that the entrants had become almost strictly private teams that purchased or built their own cars and relied on prize money (or wealthy patrons) to pay the bills. The result was race cars with no pretense of road usability. They were delicate, tiny little weapons for the dirt ovals and board tracks that flourished throughout the country and, of course, Indianapolis in May. As supercharging became more effective, the engine limit was dropped again in 1926, to 1.5 liters (91-ci). The cars, mostly Millers by now, were absolute jewels, but racing was becoming prohibitively expensive. A top team could spend $50,000 just to run Indy — a stupendous amount when a new Chevrolet cost $600. The Junk Formula era Racing's governing entity, the AAA, decided that something had to change, so they made rule changes — effective for the 1930 season — that essentially got rid of the purpose-built racers in favor of a less-expensive, production-based approach. This ushered in what has become known as the Junk Formula era. Two seats and a rider were required, supercharging was eliminated, and production-based engines up to 6 liters (366 ci) were allowed. Apparently this was not the result of the stock market crash of 1929, but the timing was right. The cars that ran during the “Junk” years were wonderfully diverse and interesting, and the racing was excellent and close (if not very fast). However, the cars from this era have never carried the panache or collector value of the ones that came before or later. Ironically, a production-based car never did win during the Junk Formula era, as the top cars were all Miller and Offy racers modified to fit the rules. The age of the upright racers Starting in 1937, with an improving economy and a greatly improved and safer Indy track, the decision was made to go back to a pure racing formula. The International Grand Prix rules were implemented, which called for single- seaters with either 4.5-liter (272-ci) normally aspirated or 3-liter supercharged engine limits. In theory, this would allow the great European teams to come race, but with World War II looming, this was not to be. Several Maseratis, Alfa Romeos and a single Mercedes were brought over — the Maserati with huge success — but the great majority of the field from 1938 through 1952, and particularly after the war, were Offenhauser 270-powered cars that served both on the dirt tracks and the Indy oval. These cars were simple, inexpensive, and robust, and have become known as the “upright” cars, as the driver sat that way, straddling the drive shaft, with his head and shoulders way up high. Our subject car is an excellent example of this genre. Indy roadsters In 1952, Frank Kurtis was given the task of building a racer for the Cummins diesel people. They wanted to use a huge, turbocharged truck engine, and Kurtis decided to fit it in by laying it on its side with the driveshaft on the left beside the driver instead of under him. This both allowed the driver to sit very low in the car and moved a substantial portion of the car's static weight onto the left wheels. In a speedway turn, the centrifugal force balanced the weight onto all four wheels for better grip. Aerodynamics and handling were both hugely improved. Although the Cummins Special did not win, a new design paradigm was instantly established, and within a few years, the upright cars were gone from Indy. Instead of being tall and narrow, the new cars be- came low and wide. The new look reminded people of the hot-rod track roadsters that were racing in California. The name stuck, and Indy Roadsters became the final category of front-engined Indy racers, evolving and dominant until the mid-engined revolution of the 1960s made them obsolete. Brutal to drive, pretty to see With the exception of some of the production- based cars from the Junk Formula era of 1930-36, no Indianapolis racer from the 1920s to the present can be used for more than collection display and occasional “go scare yourself silly” outings. They can be judged on beauty, mechanical interest, rarity — and how well they fill an empty spot in somebody's garage or museum. Indy failure, but with a strong race history The Snowberger we are considering today was markedly unsuccessful at Indy, but it is a real car with good history from the USAC championships of the 1950s and even Pikes Peak. It has an iconic and striking appearance, with a great (and historically correct) color scheme — all the better to exemplify the glory and excitement that was Championship racing in its heyday. I'm told that it was assembled as a display piece, not a runner, but that's okay, as it probably wasn't bought to be one. Compared with the cars it likely will (or certainly could) sit beside, it was not a lot of money to invest — the engine alone is worth a substantial chunk of what was paid. All in all, I would say it was fairly bought as an interesting and beautiful display piece. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM.) SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images and more... May 2012 57


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Market Reports Overview Late Winter Sales Make $134m Collector car sales surge through February by Tony Piff F ollowing on the heels of a strong Arizona auction week in January, collector cars sales surged along through February. At the eight auctions covered in this issue, 2,555 cars went home to new ga- rages out of a whopping 3,593 offered. The growth at Artcurial's annual Paris sale was ex- plosive by any measure. Sales totals nearly doubled to $17.8m from $9.3m last year, sell-through rate jumped to 91% from 77% and average price per car grew to $189k from $117k. A 1959 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder LWB sold for $5.9m — Artcurial's highest sale, as well as the most expensive car in this issue. When compared with the $10.9m paid for a similar car sold in 2008 (SCM# 116785), it might also be the issue's best buy. The car is profiled on p. 42. Not far away, Bonhams held their annual Paris auc- tion. Overall totals at this sale have changed in recent years between highs above $14m and lows under $9m. This year's event totaled $9.3m from 78 cars sold. The sell-through rate dropped to 59% from 66% in 2011, and average price per car decreased to $119k from $160k. A 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT coupe failed to meet reserve across the block, but a deal soon came together. At $1.3m, it was the high sale of the auction. The figures took a similar dip at H&H in Buxton, U.K. H&H's season opener typically sees about 30 cars sell out of 60, for a total of about $1m and an average price of about $40k. 34 cars sold this year for a total of $915k and an average price of $26k. But the star car of the day made more than ten times that: A 1969 Aston Martin DB6 Mk II with a modified engine that brought $379k. Silverstone had good success at their first Race Retro sale. 55 cars sold out of 77 — a respectable 74%, all the more respectable considering the large number of race cars — totaling $2.6m, for an average price per car of $46k. A 1958 Tojeiro Jag did far better than that, earn- 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 RM Auctions, Boca Raton, FL Artcurial, Paris, FRA Bonhams, Paris, FRA Silverstone, Northamptonshire, UK Worldwide, Atlantic City, NJ H&H, Buxton, UK $915,157 $38,361,413 $17,762,419 $9,291,074 $2,609,631 $2,104,420 ing $452k, and a recently restored Aston Martin DB4 SII went for $269k. In Boca Raton, Florida, RM auctioned off the spectacular lifetime collection of the Milhous brothers without reserve. Classic cars shared the auction block with mechanical bands, a carousel and hundreds of rare signs. It all totaled up to $38m, with about half of that coming from cars. A significant chunk of that came from a 1913 Oldsmobile Limited, sold at $3.3m. Our full coverage of the cars and collectibles there begins on p. 74. Two big sales took place in Atlantic City in late February. Worldwide's second annual Trump Taj Mahal auction offered many good deals, but numbers were disappointing overall compared with last year. Totals decreased to $2.1m from $2.9m, and average price per car dipped to $64k from $92k. A number of lots still made it into the six-figures, including a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429, sold post-block for $222k; a 1929 Auburn 8-125 Boattail Speedster, sold at $165k; and a 1931 Cadillac 355A Phaeton, sold at $139k. The story was better at the higher-volume G. Potter King auction, with 205 cars totaling $4.6m. Select cars from this sale, along with highlights from Mecum Kissimmee, are covered in this issue's Global Roundup; check out the next issue of American Car Collector for full coverage of these auctions. Wrapping up the market reports is Chad Tyson's eBay column. This month, Chad shops for race cars on the cheap, only to find — surprise! — you get what you pay for. ♦ Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder, $5,931,349—Art., p. 70 2. 1912 Oldsmobile Limited 5-passenger touring, $3,300,000—RM, p. 76 3. 1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial 5-passenger phaeton, $1,210,000—RM, p. 78 4. 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT coupe, $1,325,113—Bon, p. 94 5. 1934 Cadillac 452-D Custom roadster, $1,001,000—RM, p. 78 6. 1939 Lagonda Rapide sports roadster, $990,000—RM, p. 76 7. 1930 Duesenberg Model J convertible sedan, $990,000—RM, p. 78 8. 1937 Cadillac 37-90 Custom phaeton, $962,500—RM, p. 80 9. 1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 7-passenger, $836,000—RM, p. 76 10. 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet B, $650,933—Art., p. 68 1. 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder, $5,931,349— Art., p. 70 2. 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 3-litre coupe, $85,418—Sil., p. 104 3. 1956 Imperial Crown C-79 limousine, $126,500—RM Auctions, p. 84 4. 1967 Renault Caravelle convertible, $13,750—Mec., p. 138 5. 1953 Buick Roadmaster Skylark convertible, $51,700—WWA, p. 120 Sports Car Market Best Buys


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Artcurial Paris, FRA Rétromobile 2012 The rather chilly industrial Hall 4 was packed with bidders, who were fighting the cold by raising their paddles frenetically, which led to astonishing results Company Artcurial Motorcars Date February 3, 2012 Location Paris, France Auctioneer Hervé Poulain Automotive lots sold/offered 94/103 Sales rate 91% Sales total $17,762,419 High sale 1959 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder LWB, sold at $5,931,349 Buyer's premium 1948 Delahaye 135M cabriolet, sold for $438,993 Report and photos by Jérôme Hardy Market opinions in italics I t was 15 degrees Fahrenheit at about 2 pm on Friday, February 3, at the Parc des Expositions in the south of Paris. Hall 3 had sheltered the 97 automobiles offered by Artcurial for five days prior to the start of the sale, and many more. All of them had been admired by the 75,000 visitors of the Rétromobile fair, which is easily the most popular annual French automotive event. Matthieu Lamoure, director of Artcurial Paris, FRA for these cars, and this example's history, I would say that it was well bought at $5.9m, breaking in the process the record of the most expensive classic car sold at public auction in France. See the profile, p. 42. Citroën, the so-French marque, was also the source of two auction re- cords. A near-top-of-the line 1972 DS23 ie sedan in Pallas trim (Lot 341) skyrocketed to $235,174, or twice its high estimate. It was entirely rebuilt in Switzerland and had $170,000 worth of invoices. It was in better-than-factory condition, with a/c, but had a faded badge on the trunk lid. That same money would have also bought you a very presentable 1962 Ferrari 250 GTE. Let's not compare the 3-bearing cam-in-block cast-iron 4-cyl of the DS with the Motorcars, and his crew started the tedious task of moving all the cars to the remote Hall 4 for the upcoming rolling auction starting at 7 pm. The rather chilly industrial Hall 4 was packed with bidders who were fighting the cold by raising their paddles frenetically, leading to astonishing results. One of the most advertised lots was the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder (Lot 378) from the late Ferrari enthusiast Jean-Claude Bajol. A total of 12 pages in the catalog were devoted to the car. It was sold new to and used for six years by “And God Created Woman” movie director and playboy Roger Vadim, former husband of Brigitte Bardot. At the auction, the car had the feeling of a long-gone era, when the Western economy was booming, St-Tropez had topless pin-ups on its beaches, and the Beatles were becoming famous. Considering the market 60 V12 DOHC Colombo. Even more amazing, another world record was set for a 2CV at $78,391. The 1965 model offered here (Lot 345) was factory new, with added turn signals and seat belt. With just 117 miles on the odometer, it had spent its entire life in the Harrah museum. It's profile on p. 50. My favorite lot was without a doubt Lot 352, the 1934 Delage D6-11 coupe by Brandone. Brandone was a small south-of-France coachbuilder that specialized then in Concours d'Elegance automobiles. His cars were designed to win. A philosophy of beauty before function explains the tiny 2.0-L 6-cylinder under the hood and the lack of trunk. But it had fantastic lines, was restored to perfection, and I think it was a bargain at $206,954. It was warmer and snowing when I left the building at about 11:30 pm. A quick Excel run on the official results the next morning confirmed that Artcurial had achieved north of $17m, which was well above last year's $9.3m total and set a record for the highest revenue for a classic car auction in France, ever — and that's not counting an additional $3m of automobilia sales. Not a bad evening's work for Matthieu Lamoure and the Artcurial team in Paris. ♦ Sports Car Market 15% up to $197,400, 10% thereafter ($1.00 = €0.76)


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Artcurial Paris, FRA ENGLISH #338-1932 ROLLS­ROYCE PHANTOM II LWB town car. S/N 66JS. Eng. # BJ95. Black & green/black vinyl & brown cloth. RHD. Odo: 35,484 km. Wears quality Fernandez et Darrin coachwork. History clear. Always in France. Restored in the '80s to very high level, and still very good. Some chips in the shiny paint, wood needs a re-varnish. Interior clean. Consistent patina throughout. Engine bay clean. One of 1,281 Phantom II #392-1937 ROLLS­ROYCE PHANTOM III town car. S/N 3CM104. Eng. # T88J. Gold & green/brown cloth. RHD. Odo: 89,921 miles. Restored in 1980s, not driven in 15 years. No history. Bodywork OK with aging paint. Panel fit excellent. Chassis looks solid. Front black leather dry, but nice cloth interior. Engine bay very clean. Luxurious, heavy, not subtle—an imposing town car in a classic color combo. chassis. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $97,205. Everything as it should be. The lines on this looked magically proportioned with the perfect color scheme, down to the black-painted wire wheels matching the roof and the trunk. It sold right at the $90k low estimate, which was a good deal for a superb, ready-to-go Phantom II. A scream compared to the Brewster Town Car that RM sold for $1,975,792 in Monte Carlo in May, 2010 (SCM #162396). #347-1935 LAGONDA M45 tourer. S/N Z10812. Black/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 23,592 miles. The M45 Meadows engine is legendary, and the tourer body style is so British. This example is a gorgeous bitsa with a later LG45 engine in hot Sanction 4 specification fitted in an M45 Lagonda chassis covered by non-period but Lagonda-correct four-seat tourer coachwork. Nut-and-bolt restored not so Engine bay and undercarriage clean. All in all, a nice pre-war English convertible in good colors with just enough grunt for pleasurable touring. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $94,070. An underrated early Jaguar, maybe because of its rather heavy styling, compared to the graceful SS100 or XK. An affordable offering for a prewar four-seater open touring car. Fair deal here. long ago and looks elegant and sporty in its allblack livery. Excellent but for the aging soft top and dirty black carpets. Engine bay clean. Nice huge Lucas headlights. A nice and certainly fast rally car. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $219,496. Sold at the $210k bottom estimate. Expensive considering the bitsa factor, but a correct price based on reproduction costs. A true M45 sold for $217,122 at Bonhams' December 2010 Brooklands sale (SCM #168192). 62 #391-1951 BENTLEY MK VI sedan. S/N B330LJ. Black/light brown leather. RHD. Odo: 36,298 km. One of the last of 5,368 Standard Steel saloons built from 1946–52, before the R-type. Sold new in France with French specs and remained in France. Few owners, history documented, stored for 20-plus years. Either original paint or old restoration. Nice overall, inside and out, with some safety equipment added. A classy comfortable touring car. Engine to-Brighton. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $109,748. An original veteran ready to go, and a worthy alternative to the more traditional De Dion. A similar Voiturelle sold in 2009 for $99,267 at Bonhams' Henley-on Thames sale (SCM #121132), and a De Dion Vis-à-vis sold for $91,260 at Bonhams' Brookline sale (SCM #143244). Price paid therefore looks about market-correct. #322-1913 DELAUNAY­BELLEVILLE TYPE 06 tourer. S/N 6563. Eng. # 6563. Light blue/black cloth/black leather. RHD. A big, highly original tourer. Partially restored in the 1980s with repaint, new hood, new soft top and rebuilt engine. Brass OK. Electrical lights fitted in 1920s. Relatively modern and usable with big 8-liter 6-cylinder, dual ignition, pressurized oil, drum brakes and drive shaft (as opposed to chains). Round radiator feels a little comic book. History crystal clear, fully documented, in same French family since new. Sports Car Market One of 719 Phantom IIIs reportedly built 1936–39, one of many with Mulliner town car coachwork. High survival rate. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $97,205. Appreciation for closed PIIIs has been very slow. This one sold for twice the $38k high estimate, but price paid was in line with the market for a Phantom III with such coachwork. Quite a bargain on a pound-per-dollar basis. #370-1948 JAGUAR MK IV convertible. S/N 637200. Silver/black cloth/red and traditional leather. Odo: 53,914 miles. Restored over time. Paint, chrome, glass, panels excellent. Gray-painted wire wheels very good. Interior cozy with deep red leather Comfortably seats four. New three-position “Mylord” convertible top fitted. 4-speed stick. Jaguar dash. is seized but was running when put into storage. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $46,251. I feel these cars are underrated. They are well engineered, well built and more beautiful than the R-type that followed. Not rare, as few were scrapped, and they are easy to buy and maintain, so their value remains low. This one sold on the money given provenance and condition, if the engine can be brought back to life for not too much. FRENCH #321-1898 DECAUVILLE VOIT- URELLE. S/N 22. Red/black leather. RHD. An early Voiturelle with known history, restored some years ago and ready to go. One of 600 reportedly built. Equipped with twin-cylinder De Dion engine and independent front suspension, no suspension in rear. In cosmetically good condition with old leather cracked, as it should be. Good tires. Ready for the London


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Artcurial Paris, FRA traces of rust underneath. Green vinyl interior not particularly appealing. Headliner has been redone. Car could be put back on the road after mechanical recommissioning and detailing. Early example of 55 reportedly built from 1913–16, very few remaining today. Escaped both WWI and WWII. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $620,836. The most heavily promoted car during pre-auction. Delaunay-Bellevilles were the crème de la crème and the car of choice for such figures as Russian Tsar Nicholas II. With the current market emphasis on history, originality and patina, I expected this car to do much better. A fully rebuilt (not-at-all original) Delauney 4.5-L sold at Bonhams' 2011 Rétromobile sale for $391,891 (SCM #168890). Sort of a bargain. #400-1931 TALBOT K74 coupe. S/N 72611. Green & black/brown fabric. RHD. Odo: 18,192 km. In original condition or a very old restoration. Acquired by seller in 1963 and presented as found after 50 years of storage. Big car with luxurious appointment inside and out in pure Art Deco style. Well proportioned and seats five. Chassis, body, chrome, grille, headlights very sound. Leather on roof all cracked. Interior needs love but would be worth patching, in order to salvage beautiful Deco Cond: 3. SOLD AT $39,754. As long as burning one quart of oil every 200 miles is acceptable (thanks to the Knight engine), this smooth, modern-looking automobile offers a very rewarding driving experience. But these cars are not that rare in France, and this one sold at the top of the $19k–$32k estimate range—high given the condition. #334-1947 DELAHAYE 135MS convert- mentary four-seat open car with enough power to go to the nearest bakery, but do not ask it for more. Somewhat difficult to use aside from display or short local trips. The cheapest car of the sale, sold about right. #352-1934 DELAGE D6­11 S coupe. S/N 39909. Eng. # 472S. Black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 360 km. Gorgeous coupe coachwork by Brandone, looks stunning in black livery with chrome accents. One of few remaining examples, history known. Just out of a high-quality nut-and-bolt restoration by noted French restorer Bonnefoy. Paint, interior and chrome all present as flawless with great attention to detail. Interior sumptuous. Engine bay detailed. ible. S/N 800932. Eng. # 12S103. Dark gray/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 201 km. Nutand-bolt restored to highest level by French restoration house Bonnefoy with high attention to detail. Barely on the road since. Franay design stunning with numerous chrome accents. Paint presents as flawless. Nearly-disappearing three-position soft top. Nice dash. Deep brown leather with wrapped steering wheel. Gorgeous and fragile aluminum hubcaps. Cotal gearbox. 3-carb engine bay well detailed. History clear. Nothing to fault on this future major concourswinner. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $580,000. A post-war four-seat 135MS convertible with prewar design by highly regarded Franay— more exclusive fabric. Exquisite dash. Engine bay clean and needs full reconditioning. Nice artillery wheel with spare on trunk. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $28,220. To me, the bargain of the auction—a beautiful car that should not be fully restored but refreshed and enjoyed as-is. This car was a big, beautiful, mechanically advanced and luxurious machine with a lot of presence. It can be rescued and enjoyed without tearing open the check book. A good pre-war original project car for the handy enthusiast. Well bought. #319-1933 ROSENGART LR4 torpedo. S/N 52182. Olive & black/beige cloth/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 46,003 km. A French-built Austin Seven, one of many. Restored and refreshed a long time ago. Not running. Very light construction, Minimalist dash. Spare wheel on trunk. No carpet. Steering wheel held together 64 with panels moving. with scotch tape. Fitted with modern turn signals. Nice top. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,055. A rudi- Sports Car Market Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $206,954. My favorite car of the show. Coachbuilder Brandone was not widely known, but his cars were concourswinners. This D6-11 coupe 2+2 won the “Coupe d'Elegance” award at the Concours d'Elegance of Cannes in 1934, and it could win again today. Sold at the $200k high estimate and deservedly so. With a 3-liter, it would be worth $100k more. Well bought for a one-off tour-de-force. #393-1934 PANHARD X72 Panoramique sedan. S/N 97472. Dark gray/green vinyl. RHD. Innovative design typical of French Art Deco era. Luxurious sedan looks sleek without side mounts (spare is on trunk). Car partially restored a long time ago. All there with good looks and Art Deco touches. Old paint with than Figoni or Chapron. Another French-restored four-seat open 135MS sold for $1,118,768 at RM's Villa d'Este sale in May of 2011 (SCM #177918), and I think this car was even nicer. The high bid here suggests that the right buyer for this car just wasn't in the room. #398-1948 TALBOT­LAGO T26 sedan. S/N 100338. Black/red leather. RHD. Odo: 42,610 km. A sleeper. Casual black sedan fitted with 170-hp twin-cam valve-in-head hemichamber 4.5-liter 6-cyl. Sophisticated chassis. Stored for 50 years in same ownership. Mostly original and in overall good condition. Paint cracking and peeling in places, panel fit excellent, chrome OK with nice Art Deco accents on fenders. Spare on trunk. Rich and roomy inte


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Artcurial Paris, FRA rior with good patina on red leather. Dash good. Wilson gearbox. Engine bay in driver condition. Stainless steel exhaust. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $86,231. Sold for double the $40k high estimate. There was a lot of pre-auction interest in this beautiful car, and bidding got carried away. Another one, fully original also, but in even better condition, sold not long ago in the U.S. at RM's 2011 Amelia Island sale for $66,000 (SCM#176729). This example sold well today. #320-1955 CITROËN TRACTION AVANT H sedan. S/N 727911. Dark blue/blue cloth. Odo: 15,109 km. An iconic French car, easy to enjoy whether driving or showing, in excellent condition. Older nut-and-bolt restoration to high levels still showing very well. Good paint on well prepped panels. New rubber everywhere. Chrome, wheels excellent. Interior presents as new and correct. Simple handling. Originally a popular car, but very few survive today. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $35,277. Sold for twice the $17k mid-estimate, and deservedly so. Not a grand tourer, but everyone will lust for it when parked outside of the local French department store or café. Rare in this condition; the price paid would just cover restoration costs. A wise buy, ready to be enjoyed. #346-1961 FACEL VEGA HK500 coupe. S/N BL13. Cream/black leather. Odo: 30,544 km. One of 489 built from 1959–62. Early history unknown. Body restored some years ago with heavy glossy paint. Stainless steel bumper slightly hazed. Tinted glass excellent. Much new rubber. Nice wheels. Leather interior original, with heavy patina; dash, carpet and #348-1970 CITROËN D SUPER convertible sedan. S/N 3850217. White/black cloth/brown leather. Odo: 70,925 km. Reportedly a unique conversion of a sedan by Chapron, on a regular DS20 ordered by a sporting newspaper in 1970. It's had a busy life and many alterations but is presented today just restored by Dutch specialists and aligned with its original specification. Amazing coachwork with full folding top including rear windows. I guess that the thin and large soft top flutters at headliner excellent. Equipped with desirable 4-speed. Driver's side electric window dead. Original radio. Engine bay clean. Heavily dash. Engine bay clean. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $34,492. Very late model of the exclusive 6-cyl Traction. Modern 1934 design was outdated by 1955 but for the Oleo hydraulic rear suspension in this rare H model. There are still plenty of 6-cyl Traction sedans around, but most are in bad condition as resale value is low. This one was purchased for a price close to restoration cost. Fair deal. #382-1960 RENAULT FLORIDE con- vertible. S/N 15930. Off-white/red vinyl. Odo: 70,968 km. One of 117,000 built from 1958–68. An early model with 945-cc engine (1,100-cc later on). Bare metal nut-and-bolt restoration completed in 2007. Still excellent in delicious off-white and red livery. Nothing to fault, presents as factory new. Equipped with optional 4-speed stick. A perfect true four-seater convertible ready to be enjoyed in local tours and coated driver-quality undercarriage. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $114,451. Sold at the $114k high estimate, slightly expensive given the condition, which was a mix of restored and original. A similar car sold at Bonhams' 2011 Chichester sale in July for $53,389 (SCM #182349). This one was well sold. #345-1965 CITROËN 2CV sedan. S/N AC651691931. Gray/red fabric. Odo: 117 miles. One of five million built from 1948–90. Late AZAM model though with “big” 435-cc engine. In the Bill Harrah museum for 50 years with 117 miles on the odo. Presents nearly as new, but not original, as U.S.-federalized with speed when closed, but that is not the point of this car. Panel fit very good. New paint. Old Pallas trim leather interior has adequate patina. Detailed engine bay. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $90,000. This failed to sell at a bid that would about have covered the restoration costs and should have been enough. With DS prices skyrocketing these days, however, the seller may be justified in waiting. #343-1971 CITROËN SM coupe. S/N SBSB00SB4672. White/light blue leather. Odo: 29,184 km. Full recent restoration with nice paint and original hazed stainless steel bumpers. Sumptuous modern blue leather interior makes the old gray plastic dash look really old. Equipped with 5-speed manual. Engine bay of a driver. One of 12,920 built. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $34,492. Motor Trend's 1972 Car of the Year looked odd when new and remains an concours. Do not take it fast on the road, as the engine behind the rear axle makes for deadly 66 non-standard seatbelts and turn signals. One nick noted on the front fender. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $78,391. A museum piece. This price was a world record for a 2CV, but given the provenance and condition, it's effectively a one-ofone. Crazy money, but find another. See profile on p. 50. oddity 40 years later. Very advanced in all aspects (aerodynamic, dynamic, hydraulic), its strange look was a weakness, combined with the complex maintenance needs, but a good running car today still measures up by modern driving standards. This one sold below the $38k low estimate. I think perhaps the restorer would have done better with a lesser gray and blue cloth interior. Gooding sold one for $50,600 at their 2010 Monterey sale (SCM #165736). Fair deal here. #341-1972 CITROËN DS23 ie sedan. S/N DSFG00FG3153. Silver/black leather. Odo: 4,730 km. One of 1.3 millions DS cars built Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA from 1955-–75, but the fuel-injected 2.3-liter in superior Pallas trim is one of the world's best sedans. Nut-and-bolt restoration to the highest level by renowned Swiss specialist Crescia. Imperfect work nonetheless factory-correct. Panel fit OK. Jaeger dash. Fitted with a/c. Badge faded on trunk lid. About $160,000 in 420 540K chassis built 1935–40. One of 296 Cabriolet Bs, the four-seat version with radiator on front axle, less sexy than the Roadster and Cabriolet A body styles. Sold new in Germany, then became a Rockefeller car in the invoices makes this probably the best restored DS sedan ever. (I know of a few preserved originals still in as-new condition.) Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $235,174. An iconic car when new becoming an iconic car of the 21st century— and a world record by far. Is it because Patrick Jane in TV show “The Mentalist” has one? In any case, it sold for more than twice the $100k high estimate. Very nice DS sedans can still be found in France in regular ads for about $40k. Extremely well sold. #336-1973 PEUGEOT 404 U10 pickup. S/N 8570461UXD. Light gray/brown vinyl. Odo: 142 km. The quintessential French pickup of the 1970s and '80s. Stored by original owners for 35 years in perfect conditions. Presents as truly new, which it basically is, with 142 miles, but for superficial light rust in places and slightly dried rubber. Period stickers in excellent condition. A nice piece of automotive his- U.S. Concours-level nut-and-bolt restoration in early '90s, but no longer crisp. All very good, but steering wheel needs to be refinished, carpet dirty, chrome picked in places, whitewall tires now yellowing. Still a well built piece of German engineering. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $650,933. Imposing car, and I'm told that they are pleasing to drive, thanks in part to fourwheel independent suspension. An entry ticket for any mid-level judging event that will require expensive money to get to a concours-winning condition. A better looking one sold at Rétromobile 2011 for $689,000 (SCM #168824). Fair deal today. #340-1938 HORCH 853 cabriolet. S/N 853400. Two-tone blue/gray leather. Odo: 49,261 km. A competitor of the 540K. Very similar in style, albeit much heavier on the road (I am told). Recent nut-and-bolt restoration to high levels technically, but without attention to taste. Body, chrome and dual mounts look OK, but gray interior with red piping uses wrong- advanced engineering. This one looked timecapsule preserved, with a possibly real 7,170 km on the odometer. Sold new to German embassy in Paris before being acquired in '65 by the current seller, who stored it then. Plastic still on door panels and seats, front and rear. Mold stuck on the plastic inside but apparently with minimum damage, if any, to the cloth. Some rubber has been replaced. Chrome may have been redone. Aside from this and a strangely used-up carpet on the driver's side, the car will be close to new after a strong detailing. Equipped with 4-speed stick and period radio. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $73,688. These are luxurious and well built but far from exciting visually, and not the status symbol of the later 600. This one sold for nearly triple the $25k low estimate, too high when compared with the fully restored example purchased for $77,000 at Worldwide's 2010 Auburn sale (SCM #166346). ITALIAN #355-1954 CISITALIA 33DF coupe. S/N 00510. Cream & light blue/light blue fabric. Odo: 15 km. One of 14 or 15 reportedly built in 1954. Nut-and-bolt restoration just completed to concours level in original and gorgeous twotone livery. Never on the road since. Interior cozy and classy. Nice painted dash. No bumpers. Nothing to fault but a slightly delaminating rear window in this extremely unusual looking materials and seems out of place and incorrect for the era. A German-built luxurious automobile ready for all exercises. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $538,068. Looks better with the top down. It sold above the $480k high estimate and $100k below lot# 339, the 540K with similar appearance and condition. Market-correct. #390-1960 MERCEDES­BENZ 300D tory to remind us that some cars help build our society. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $31,356. At just $30k, you could just take this to your country house and use it like a pickup for 15 years and discard it afterward. On the other end, it would be sacrilege to destroy such a unique piece. From the seller's point of view, the worst investment ever: In 1973 it was worth the equivalent of about $20k today. That's $10k of appreciation for 35 years of storage. I'll call it well bought. GERMAN TOP 10 No. 10 #339-1937 MERCEDES­BENZ 540K Cabriolet B. S/N 154105. Eng. # 154105. Two-tone blue/dark blue cloth/red leather. Odo: 3,881 km. One of about 68 Sports Car Market limousine. S/N 18901010002054. Black/gray cloth. Odo: 7,170 km. One of 3,077 300D pillar-less limousines built from 1957–62. These body-on-frame MBs were top-of-the-line in the '50s, equivalent to the pre-war 540K, handbuilt with best possible materials supported by automobile. 1,100-cc Fiat-based mill still has plenty of room in surgically clean engine bay. Small is beautiful. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $195,979. Think of it as a 2/3 scale pre-production Ferrari 250 TdF with a tiny 1,100-cc Fiat engine for one tenth of the price. Sound like a good deal to you? It does to me. A beautiful, unique, blue-chip machine. No other 33DF appears in the SCM database. Well bought. #359-1956 FERRARI 250 GT coupe. S/N 543GT. Eng. # 543GT. Black/brown-orange leather. Odo: 86,262 miles. Early Boano-built


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Artcurial Paris, FRA coupe. Sold new in France but spent its life until recently in U.S. Nut-and-bolt restoration to very good level in the U.S. before 2007. Good panel fit, paint, chrome. Two seats. Nice interior but for the sagging headliner. Engine bay nice but not detailed. Too nice to be driven much, really. A concours judging candidate. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $628,361. It is not easy to make money in classic Ferraris, even in this strong market. This car has been heavily shopped on both sides of the pond in recent years. Given the hassle of bringing the car back to Europe, customs duties, auction fees and more, $100,000 at least have vanished in the meantime. We've said it thousands of time: Cars, even classic Ferraris, are to be enjoyed on the road or the red carpet. I hope the new owner now uses this beautiful automobile. TOP 10 No. 1 BEST BUY #378-1959 FERRARI 250 GT LWB California Spyder. S/N 1283GT. Eng. # 1283GT. Silver/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 95,607 km. One of 42 LWB Californias built from 1957–60. Sold new to French screenwriter, director, producer, writer and actor Roger Vadim, known for his marriages to many beautiful women. Restored back to original livery in 2000s by Ferrari fan Jean-Claude Bajol, who enjoyed his cars to the fullest. Light covers scratched. Chrome hazed in places. Some rust bubbles on scratched lower door panels, paint the 250 GTE continues its upward trajectory. Artcurial Rétromobile sold a superbly restored 2+2 at in 2011 for $259,459 (SCM #169046). This one was not quite as perfect, which explains the $60k difference. Fair deal. #373-1964 LANCIA FLAMINIA Sport coupe. S/N 8261321002. Light blue/black leather. Odo: 2,638 km. Not a Super Sport. Mostly original car in used driver condition but for an old good repaint. All rubber dead, glass OK, panels OK with no sign of rust. Tires dry, chrome picked, hubcap dented. Black leather dry and cracked. Carpet faded. Nice steering wheel and dash. Missing radio. Engine bay clean. One more sold-as-last-used Bajol car, rear seats are OK. Beautiful dash layout, messy below. Engine bay clean enough. A shabby example of a good-looking car in need of total restoration before being taken on the road. Good news is that all the hard-to-find original parts are there, as it's 100% stock. One of 346 Series I coupes. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $68,985. Sold for similar money as #354, the Mistral, despite a lot lesser condition, but the Vignale design here looks better. It will require elbow grease and money before it can be driven with pride. A good one sold in 2010 for $120,750 at Bonhams' January Paris sale (SCM #155207), so there may be room to do the work without going underwater after all. Fair deal. #377-1967 BIZZARRINI 5300 GT Strada Alloy coupe. S/N A30281. Red/black leather. Odo: 1,406 km. Said to be one of 72 alloy cars. Two owners, always in France. Originally blue with red leather, it was redone in Ferrari-style red and black. Extensively used and raced. Paint cracked. Rubber dry and gone in places. Chrome redone but rusted through. Rear glass scratched. Last oil change was in 1991, apparently. Interior just OK with steering wheel missing pieces. Engine bay of a driver. The chips other places. Original rubber hard. Ansa pipes rusted to the core with aluminum tape to stop leaks. Engine bay clean. With matching hard top. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $5,931,349. Not a car, but a pop culture art piece, encapsulating the full significance of the 1960s: Cruising the highways with unlimited speed, the sexual revolution, Vadim's first wife Brigitte Bardot bursting onto 1956 screens in “And God Created Woman,” and more. And it was during this same time that Ferrari became a true market player. Very wisely bought compared to the Joe Coburn Cal sold for $10,894,400 at RM's 2008 Maranello sale (SCM#116785). See profile on p. 42. #353-1962 FERRARI 250 GTE 2+2 coupe. S/N 4177. Eng. # 4177. Dark blue/red leather. Odo: 19,423 km. Second-series car with larger chrome headlight rings and conventional taillights. Sold new in Italy. Fully restored to good level some years ago, but for the original leather re-dyed with small cracks. Originally dark gray, now blue. Panels excellent. Paint, chrome, glass all good. Cromodoras clean. New headliner and carpets, but missing radio. Engine bay clean. One of 950 built from 1960–63. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $219,496. And 70 Sports Car Market which needs love before being taken back to the road. The good news: It is probably mechanically very sound. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $144,240. Sport 3Cs do not look as Zagatosleek as the much rarer Super Sport with teardrop headlights and larger 2.8-liter engine. Sold too high given that fact and its tired driver condition. A better car sold in 2009 for $132,000 at RM's Monterey sale (SCM #142054). #372-1964 MASERATI SEBRING 2+2 coupe. S/N AM10101887. Light blue/brown leather. Odo: 84,142 km. Early model with 3.5-L engine. Always in France. A tired car with a respray, mechanically refreshed in the '80s. Rust visible through long-ago redone bumpers. Wire wheels rough. All trim needs refinishing. Original interior not cared for, but perfect example of “stored wet,” as they say. Will require recommissioning before being put back on the road or track. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $462,510. These are pure race-bred machines. They feel claustrophobic inside, deep down in a cramped bucket with poor visibility and half the engine in the cockpit, but are efficient on the track in the hands of an experienced driver. Expensive compared to the mint car that sold for $570,800 at RM's 2011 Villa D'Este sale (SCM #177924). Well sold. #354-1968 MASERATI MISTRAL coupe. S/N AM109A11584. Light blue/light blue leather. Odo: 72,952 km. A partially restored car in good driver condition. Paint and chrome OK. Original rubber. Wheels marked. Interior original with patina. Lucas system overhauled (usually replaced by Webers). New stainless steel exhaust. 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Artcurial Paris, FRA signs of regular maintenance. One of 828 coupes built from 1964–70. French car since day one. With 4.0-liter and a/c. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $65,849. A classic Italian coupe from the '60s in original colors, with good mechanicals, ready to be enjoyed. Less beautiful than an E-type, perhaps, but more affordable. This one sold where it should for a driver, not a restoration candidate. Market-correct. #365-1984 LANCIA RALLY 037 Stradale coupe. S/N ZLA15AR00000089. Red/black cloth. Odo: 11,075 km. The 89th of 207 roadgoing Stradales built for Group B homologation in 1982. Difficult to sell, therefore 1984-titled. Most examples still surviving. Condition is close to new. Never restored, original paint still shiny. Holes in engine bay for missing huge rear spoiler. Interior very radio and nice wood steering wheel. Wears aluminum knockoff wheels and sidepipes. clean with minimal wear to the fragile seats. Mags very goods. Abarth 4-cyl engine original, bay scruffy. A nice toy. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $258,691. A race car in street clothing. Tube chassis, tunable suspensions, roll cage. Handles like a go-kart on steroids. This example sold $50k cheaper than a very similar car a year ago at Rétromobile 2011, sold for $302,026 (SCM #169041). Fair deal. AMERICAN #388-1947 BUICK ROADMASTER 2­dr sedanette. S/N 44617542. Black/red & blue fabric. Odo: 35,775 miles. 320-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Brought into France in 1951, two owners since. 35,000 miles believed genuine. Good condition inside and out, mix of original and restored, both with patina. Panels excellent. Chrome aging. Fender paint scratched from opening the hood. High-quality construction with tough materials. Very nice gauges and pe- Soft top nice. Driver-condition engine bay with Monobloc V8. Good whitewall tires with nice hubcaps. The Series 62 was designed by Harley Earl, and is considered the first car with tail fins. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $94,070. A big classic Caddy summer cruiser. Price paid here would buy a 1- condition car in U.S., but this car will need a lot to bring it to concours condition. Well sold. #371-1955 IMPERIAL NEWPORT 2­dr hard top. S/N C554595. Off-white & olive/white vinyl w/cloth insert. Odo: 14,343 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. High quality, inside and out. Sleek lines with just enough chrome. Recent nut-and-bolt restoration to very good level. Nice color combo with mint interior. Engine bay well detailed; jewel-like Engine bay clean, with non-matching 250-hp 4-carb 327. A nice summer cruiser. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $47,323. This car last sold at Bonhams' 2008 Paris sale for $70,035, which our reporter called “generous” (SCM #63041). Today it sold correctly at the $45k low estimate. Considering transportation cost and customs tax, the new owner got the car delivered to Europe with no hassle free of charge. #332-1966 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N SFM68770. White/black vinyl. Odo: 70,317 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. U.S. car all its life. Won numerous awards up to the '80s, then race-prepped by successive owners gaining in competitiveness what was lost in originality. Fitted with non-stock 460-hp blueprinted 289-ci, heavy duty 4-speed, roll bar, fuel cell, more gauges, wider rims, side exhaust, etc. All plus years of sleep. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $36,060. A big, good looking sedanette in need of mechanical refresh. It sold for twice the $17k mid-estimate. The mostly original condition deserves some money, but the significant needs should have held the price back. Well sold. #330-1948 CADILLAC SERIES 62 con- vertible. S/N 486231090. Dark blue/light gray cloth/dark blue leather. Odo: 7,880 miles. U.S. car imported in the 1980s. Older restoration now aging, following extensive use. Paint and chrome just OK. Rear bezel cracked. Quarterwindow broken. Low to the ground. Interior nice, with both original and modern radios. Non-matching seat and door panel material. 9,986 miles. 327-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. U.S. car restored to very good level in the early 2000s and imported in 2006. Still very good, although no longer concours. Paint hazed, chrome good. New black soft top fitted, matching blue hard top in fair shape. Interior nice, with 4-speed manual. No a/c, but has original work excellent. Original components—289 riod radio with in-dash speakers. Holes in rear fabric. Desirable 3-speed stick on column. Sort of a time capsule with unrestored engine bay with all factory stickers. Engine stuck after 15- 72 331 Hemi absolutely gleams. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $62,713. A rare bird even in the U.S., with just 3,418 hard tops built this year—completely unknown in France. Too bad, as they're beautiful cars, but someone got a rather good deal on this one today. A lesser example sold in the U.S. at RM's 2010 Phoenix sale for $52,250 (SCM #156911). #329-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194675S112397. Blue/black cloth soft top/blue hard top/black leather. Odo: Sports Car Market Shelby stock engine, tranny, rims, seats—are provided with the car. Can be used as-is on the track (eligible for many events) or put back to original condition. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $180,300. A dilemma. You could either sell all the original Shelby parts worth about $40k and race it as-is, or spend $40k, put everything back in the car, and then sell all the competition parts for about $40k. In any case, deal here was fair enough, about what a stock '65 GT350 would go for in the States. ©


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RM Auctions Boca Raton, FL The Milhous Collection Seeing the Milhous Collection in person, with the mechanical instruments playing, was almost sensory overload. It was a spectacular sight never to be duplicated Company RM Auctions Date February 24–25, 2012 Location Boca Raton, FL Auctioneers Peter Bainbridge and Max Girardo Automotive lots sold/offered 38/38 Sales rate 100% Sales total $38,361,413 High sale 1912 Oldsmobile Limited, sold at $3,300,000 Buyer's premium 1912 Oldsmobile Limited Five-Passenger Touring — $3,300,000 Report and photos by Carl Bomstead, additional photos courtesy of RM Auctions Market opinions in italics almost 400 pages. But even the ornate catalog didn't do the collection justice. Seeing the mechanical instruments playing was almost sensory overload. It was a spectacular sight never to be duplicated, as the collection is now spread to the four winds, with bidders on hand from 18 countries, including China, Russia and the United Arab Emirates. The extraordinary collection of mechanical musical R M promoted the Milhous Collection, offered in association with Sotheby's, with a lavish oversize catalog of Boca Raton, FL bidders were “keeping their powder dry” to see how things developed. On the other hand, a 1912 Oldsmobile Limited that was mounted on a 140-inch wheelbase and was powered by a 707-cubic inch, 60-horsepower engine surprised all when it doubled its high estimate, selling for $3,300,000. It was from the Otis Chandler Collection where, in October of 2006, it sold for $1,265,000. For the sellers that was a tidy 250% appreciation in just six short years. Two V16 Cadillacs built by Fran Roxas were based on original Fleetwood ren- derings that were never actually produced. They brought exceptional results. The 1937 Custom Phaeton was built in the early 1980s and sold for $962,500, and the 1934 Custom Roadster that was built 10 years later made $1,001,000. Both were instruments, motorcars, vintage furniture, firearms and other exceptional collectibles had been assembled during the past 50 years by brothers Bob and Paul Milhous. They have been business partners since 1967, and in the mid-1970s, they combined their separate collections. The collection outgrew four other locations before they built their 39,500-square-foot facility in Boca Raton. The two-day auction set numerous records, but as with most auctions, a few lots slipped through the cracks. A well-optioned 1956 Imperial Crown Limousine was an absolute bargain when it was hammered sold at an all-in price of $126,500, as it was one of just 119 built and restored to perfection. The only explanation for the price was that it was the first of the automotive lots, and 74 wonderful and were built to the highest standards, but what do you do with them? Few concours have a New Coachwork class, so I suppose you just admire them for what could have been. A couple dozen neon signs were available, and for the most part, the prices paid were off the chart. Three vertical Hudson, Packard and Buick outdoor dealer signs sold between $24,150 and $33,350, but the real shocker was the sale of a Chevrolet dealership sign that had been repainted. It sold for an astonishing $82,800. Slightly fewer than 100 musical instruments were offered, and it was interesting to observe the number of noted car collectors who were actively pursuing the instruments. The Hupfeld Style B Phonolist-Violina, introduced in 1908, was sensational. A piano was housed in its ornate cabinet, accompanied by three violins when played with the Phonolist-Violina rolls. The sound was lifelike and the final selling price of $557,750 seemed realistic considering how exceptional the instrument was. This was certainly one of the world's finest private museums, as it was assembled with only the finest items in mind, and RM did a commendable job in helping to disperse it. I feel privileged to have experienced the enchantment, color and sound that the Milhous brothers brought together, if only for a short time. © Sports Car Market Automobiles 10%, all others 15%, included in sold prices Darin Schnabel 2011 Courtesy of RM Auctions


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RM Auctions Boca Raton, FL ENGLISH TOP 10 No. 9 #809-1911 ROLLS­ROYCE SILVER GHOST 7­passenger tourer. S/N 1574. Garnet Red/tan canvas/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 9,866 miles. Silver Ghosts were produced in England from 1906 through 1925, and in the U.S. Springfield facility from 1921 until 1926. They are known for their reliability and quiet, smooth operation. Delivered new with Alford & Alder coachwork, this example was later fitted with a Roi des Belges style body after the war. Fitted with BRC head- shows extremely well. Stunning car. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $990,000. This spectacular automobile was last seen at Christie's August 2002 Pebble Beach sale, where it realized $326,500 (SCM #29042). Bidding quickly flew past the high estimate as the gorgeous Vanden Plas coachwork, exceptional condition, and Hollywood connection pressed all the right buttons. I have to think the buyer got caught up in auction fever, but I doubt if he cares. Striking purchase of a striking vehicle. Well sold. lamps and Boa bulb horn. Upgraded for touring. A wonderful example. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $836,000. This car was last seen at RM's January 2007 Phoenix sale, where it sold for $797,500 (SCM #44075). Throw in the fees and other expenses, and the Milhous Brothers may have taken a small hit on this one. I'm sure the brothers are not overly concerned, however, and the new owner has a delightful Silver Ghost at a market-correct price. #827-1914 ROLLS­ROYCE SILVER GHOST tourer. S/N 27LB. Eng. # 80A. Blue/black canvas/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 324 km. Current coachwork thought to have been fitted in the mid-'80s in the style of Joseph Cockshoot & Co. The car received a complete restoration shortly thereafter. Has been extensively toured, but still shows extremely well. Lots of brightwork under the bonnet, but also shows signs of use. Painted oil cans on running #829-1984 MARCH COSWORTH 84C Indianapolis race car. S/N 8409. Green & white/black leather. MHD. A March Cosworth racer powered by a Cosworth Ford was the dominant machine at the Indy 500 in the mid– 80s. This particular March Cosworth was driven by 1983 Rookie of the Year Teo Fabi in the 1984 Indy 500, in which he finished 24th. Restored in Skoal Bandit livery to very accept- Due to challenging lighting conditions, SCM, for this auction only, has opted to use photos supplied by RM to present the best possible images. Pebble Beach in 2001, where it won the Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy, as well as Second in Class. Fitted with full windscreen, as well as twin racing screens. Older restoration still of return over a 10 year span? Few, I suspect, were as exceptionally handsome as this French coupe with its classic lines and storied history. Sold well above the high estimate, but not beyond reason. AMERICAN TOP 10 No. 2 #823-1912 OLDSMOBILE LIMITED 5­passenger touring. S/N 64626. Blue/tan canvas/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 1,989 miles. This is the only known surviving 1912 Oldsmobile Limited. An imposing figure at over seven feet tall and 17 feet long, it is powered by a massive, 60-horsepower engine. Striking one-off custom coachwork. First in Class at 2003 Pebble Beach, and properly maintained since. Minor paint issues and other insignificant signs of age. Once in the Otis Chandler Collection. A most able standard. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $110,000. If your collection “needs” an Indy car in period livery, then this was just the ticket. Teo qualified 14th in the race, but finished 24th after experiencing fuel problems. Enhancing its appeal, the car did finish the race, and was also driven by someone of note. The price was reasonable, and I'll call it well bought. FRENCH boards a bit much. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $572,000. If the new owner bought this Silver Ghost for touring, then he bought the right car. The car has been around the world, and recently toured in New Zealand. Also completed the 2011 Transcontinental Reliability Tour. A proven car for a market-correct price. TOP 10 No. 6 #818-1939 LAGONDA RAPIDE sports roadster. S/N 14115. Black/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 20,242 76 km. Delivered new to actor Robert Montgomery. Restored in the late 1990s, and presented at #812-1933 DELAGE D8S coupe. S/N 38220. Black/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 18,275 km. Absolutely beautiful design. Low, sleek, and sporty, but possessing great dignity. The epitome of a sport coupe. Only 99 were ever built, and less than 20 are known to have survived. An older restoration that has been properly maintained with a few minor scratches in glass and imperfections in paint. Referred to as “La Belle Voiture Francaise,” the beautiful French automobile. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $522,500. This car was last seen at RM's Monterey auction on August 16, 2002, where it sold for $167,200 (SCM #28833). Ever wonder how many other investments realized this type impressive, well documented Brass Era touring car. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $3,300,000. This car was last seen at Gooding's Otis Chandler sale that was held in Oxnard, California, in October of 2006. It sold there for $1,265,000 (SCM #43479). It has seen limited use since that time, so why is it now worth an additional $2m? Interest in large-horsepower Brass Era cars has increased, but not quite to that extent. In my opinion, this was bought about $1m ahead of the current market, but time will make the buyer whole. #806-1913 ALCO SIX 5­passenger touring. S/N 2756011. Blue/blue canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 4,095 miles. The Alco has a distinctive white stripe around the top of the coachwork, and was the most expensive car made in America in its time. This example is thought to be the display car from the 1913 New York Show. Comprehensive restoration completed in 1995, after which it won Second in Class at Pebble Beach. Now showing minor signs of use with nicks on top bows, and has been modified for touring. Excellent brightwork and interior. One of only six 6-cylinder Alcos thought to exist. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $506,000. High-horsepower Brass Era touring cars are Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Boca Raton, FL hot property, and their values will continue to increase as more opportunities are created to drive them on tours. Extensive work has been performed to allow for proper road use, all of which is reversible, of course, and the car has already participated in several touring events. “Usable” and “historic” are two descriptors that rarely enjoy each other's company, but this Alco is proving itself as an exception. Price paid here was well within reason, and it just may prove to be a wise investment. 48­B 5­passenger touring. S/N 10431. Blue/black #814-1913 PIERCE­ARROW MODEL leatherette/black leather. RHD. Odo: 2,974 miles. The model designation relates to the horsepower, and Pierce-Arrow did offer a larger Model 66. However, this is the only known aluminum-skinned, early PierceArrow in existence. Restored in the early 1990s, it later won its class at Pebble Beach in 1994. Paint no longer crisp. Minor wear to top bows. Equipped with period Auto-Meter speedometer, self starting, and electric lighting. tion still presents J208 in a strong light. A few age-related issues, but, all-in-all, a spectacular original Duesenberg. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $990,000. The Walter M. Murphy Co. was the most prolific Duesenberg coachbuilder, and the convertible sedan is a timeless design. Price paid here was market correct for a Murphy convertible sedan with the suggested Hollywood connection. #810-1932 MARMON SIXTEEN con- vertible sedan. S/N 16145669. Maroon & silver/gray canvas/maroon leather. Odo: 13 miles. The Marmon V16 was introduced a year after Cadillac's similar offering, and less than 140 were sold in 1932. This example is one of only 11 surviving convertible sedans. The car's complete four-owner history is known since new, and it retains its original engine and transmission. Restored to 100-point condition in 1985. Brightwork and paint showing a bit of Lite headlamps in front. Has been well maintained with limited use since restoration. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $522,500. I find it hard to believe that this highly modified Stutz received both AACA and CCCA awards. Standards were clearly not as strict several years ago as they are today, and the car would have much difficulty replicating its success if scrutinized under current standards. As such, the car sold well below the estimates, and even that should be considered a premium. It will always have a non-authentic cloud over its head, and its value will always suffer accordingly. Well sold. #805-1933 CHRYSLER CL CUSTOM IMPERIAL 5­passenger phaeton. S/N 7803657. Eng. # CL1357. Moon Glow Polychromatic/tan canvas/brown leather. Odo: 77,816 The CL Custom Imperial was fitted on a 146-inch wheelbase, and features a long sweeping hood. This example is thought to be the last one completed. It was custom ordered by designer Ralph Roberts as a gift for his wife, and was fitted with many unique features which include fender skirts, unique headlamps, and a painted radiator. It TOP 10 No. 3 An overall delightful touring car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $385,000. This Pierce-Arrow was last seen at Christie's August 2003 Pebble Beach sale, where it realized $220,000 (SCM #36218). As interest in touring with Brass Era cars increases, the value of the higher horsepower cars will, most likely, continue to escalate more rapidly than that of their lower horsepower counterparts. However, the uniqueness and rarity of this particular body should hold up well over time. Price paid here was well within reason. Well bought. #819-1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J convertible sedan. S/N 2228. Eng. # J208. Red/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 43 miles. Second owner just may have been film star Dolores del Rio. Restored by Randy Ema in 1987, the car then won Best in Class at Pebble Beach that same year. Adorned with original Marchal headlamps. The older restora- TOP 10 No. 7 Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,001,000. Beautiful automobile that is beautifully constructed, but, as with lot 820, I have to wonder what you do with it. Best guess would be nothing. Just put it your 78 Sports Car Market age, but no real concerns. Crisp, sharp styling in a pleasing livery. Older CCCA Senior badge. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $522,500. This Marmon represents an exceptionally rare, exceptionally well documented, and well presented CCCA Full Classic that will always have strong market appeal. Not much effort would be needed to bring this beautiful relic back to its full glory. Fully priced, but not beyond expectations. #826-1932 STUTZ DV­32 convertible. S/N DV1282012. Maroon/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 276 miles. This Stutz convertible coupe is based on a Rollston design. Modified in the 1950s with lowered and raked windshield. It was restored in the 1980s, and was converted to DV-32 specifications with the coachwork further modified. Massive Ryan- also rolls on disc wheels rather than the more common wires. The car was restored in the early 1990s, and has been maintained to a high standard since. Once in the Otis Chandler Collection. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,210,000. An absolutely stunning and unique Full Classic that will always have a strong following. Fully documented with an unusual and desirable history, there are no mysteries surrounding this superb automobile. Joined the Million Dollar Club here, and deservedly so. TOP 10 No. 5 #821-1934 CADILLAC 452D Custom roadster. S/N 5100137. Light yellow/dark green leather. Odo: 42 miles. The second V16 constructed by Fran Roxas in the early 1990s, and based on another original Fleetwood design. Design developed by Strother McMinn and Dave Hollis. Body on 154-inch wheelbase. 1934 “bi-plane” bumpers. Deco rear wheel covers. 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RM Auctions Boca Raton, FL collection and show your friends what you bought for a million bucks. 1101 Convertible Victoria. S/N 72742. Butterscotch/tan 63,501 miles. Beautiful #822-1934 PACKARD EIGHT Model canvas/ tan leather. Odo: Dietrich-designed Factory Convertible Victoria. Restored in the mid-'70s, and promptly won Best in Show at Pebble Beach in 1975. Options include Trippe driving lights and fitted luggage in the trunk. Lacking radio. Exceptional condition considering the age of restoration. Featured on 1976 Unusual window treatment. Still very presentable considering it was built 30 years ago. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $962,500. A delightful car built to a very high standard, but what do you do with it? Few concours have a New Coachwork class, and the CCCA won't touch it. Although built from original Cadillac drawings, no significant history is included with purchase. Will certainly attract attention, but at a substantial price. Very well sold. #824-1938 CADILLAC 38­90 convert- Pebble Beach poster. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $308,000. The 1934 Packard design is favored by many collectors, and, when coupled with true Pebble Beach glory, this car had broad appeal. The bidding exceeded expectations, but the new owner can always point to the Pebble Beach win. The high bid is also substantially less than what it would take to build a car that could win today. With its winning pedigree, I'll say well bought. #804-1936 FORD MODEL 68 DELUXE convertible. S/N 182906380. Black/tan canvas/brown leather. Odo: 242 miles. Only 3,862 Deluxe Roadsters built in 1936. Restored in 2004 with correct date-coded Ford script glass. Paint shows a few minor swirls. Very attractive leather interior with minor patina on drivers seat. Engine rebuilt and properly de- ible. S/N 5270095. Maroon/tan canvas/brown leather. Odo: 2,342 miles. First year for secondseries Cadillac V16. Thought to have once been owned by Gary Cooper, but no documentation is presented. Restored eight years ago to a high standard, and subsequently won Second in Class at Pebble Beach. Very nice paint with minor buffer swirls. Handsome interior with excellent wood-grain dash and window mold- $330,000. An immaculate and striking LincolnZephyr, but the purchase here came at an extremely strong price. The money was certainly in the room, and this sale was simply a “have to have it” bid. An excellent example of a beautiful and historic car, but I doubt we will see a Zephyr convertible sell anywhere near this figure anytime soon. Very well sold. #808-1941 CHRYSLER WINDSOR Town & Country wagon. S/N 7712513. Polo Green/red leather. Odo: 64,160 miles. Restored shortly before previous sale in 2008. Parts-car purchased just for plastic interior pieces. FluidDrive Vacamatic transmission and clamshell rear door. Excellent body with the majority of wood being new. T&C Registry states only 17–20 nine-passenger examples remain. A stunning example of a desirable, but underpowered “Barrelback.” Cond: 1. SOLD AT $572,000. This particular “Barrelback” sold ings. Minor wear on driver's seat. Small jump seats in rear. Believed to be one of ten V16 Convertible Coupes built in 1938. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $440,000. This car sold at RM's June 2008 Art Astor sale, where it realized $616,000 (SCM #117258). It was noted at that time to have sold for the going rate, but it was not appreciated here. Will call this well bought as it is rare, correctly restored, and has a desirable V16 under hood. A figure closer to half a million would not have been out of line. tailed. Apple Green wheels set off the full wheel covers. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $192,500. Price paid here created a minor commotion because it far exceeded expectations. As one auction-goer stated, “Well, at least it's a Deluxe,” but all open Fords were in 1936. Looks like auction fever from here. TOP 10 No. 8 #820-1937 CADILLAC 37­90 Custom phaeton. S/N 5130311. Black/tan leather. Odo: 633 miles. This car was built in the early 1980s by Fran Roxas, and was based on an original Cadillac Fleetwood design. It later won First in Class in the New Coachwork class at the 1984 Pebble Beach Concours. Built from a Cadillac Series 90 Limousine donor. Top disappears completely under hinged cover, and an optional tonneau cover is housed in the luggage compartment. 80 #815-1938 LINCOLN­ZEPHYR TWELVE convertible. S/N H50447. Red/tan canvas/ brown leather. Odo: 229 miles. Smooth, streamlined styling with twin grilles. Only 600 convertible coupes were produced in 1938. Dash features “cycloptic” gauges and an unusual shift handle that protruded from the center console. Subject of a recent restoration that sparkles. Paint glistens, and brightwork in good order. Engine clean and properly detailed. A strong presentation. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT at RM's Art Astor sale in June 2008 for $335,500 (SCM #117253), and, at the time, it established a new high for this market. I was astounded when it sold for a new record price here. Driven only 28 miles in the intervening years between sales, the restoration has held up quite nicely. However, I have no other explanation for the price than two determined bidders just had to have it. Well sold. #838-1946 JOHN DEERE MODEL LA tractor. S/N LA11249. Green. These are know nas “Johnny Poppers” due to the distinctive sound of the engine. The Model LA had large cast-iron rear wheels. A properly restored ex- ample of the twin-cylinder “compact tractor.” Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $9,350. Price paid was a bit higher than what these normally sell for, but we'll attribute that to the excitement of the Milhous sale. Well sold. #837-1947 WHIZZER MOTORBIKE. S/N H133468. Black & white. The Whizzer single-cylinder, air-cooled engine was designed to be mounted on a bicycle frame. 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RM Auctions Boca Raton, FL was mounted on a Schwinn Admiral bicycle with a front headlight and luggage carrier with exterior sun visor, fender skirts and fog lights. Originally ordered without radio or heater. An excellent usable example. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $162,250. This was yesterday's over-the-top price, but, today, well-presented woodies are commanding ever stronger money. Considering the older restoration needs a bit of attention, I will call this well sold and see if I'm corrected a year from now. on the rear fender. A real hoot to ride after you get the hang of it. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $9,775. Price paid here had Whizzer owners re-evaluating their plans, as this was about twice what excellent examples normally sell for. These are fun as heck to ride, but I doubt the guy who bought this one will ever get it on the road. I believe it is probably destined for static viewing. Very well sold. #839-1948 MCCORMICK FARMALL CUB. S/N 32600. Red. The Farmall Cub was introduced in 1948 to compete with the John Deere Model L compact tractor. It was very popular, and they were sold up until 1975. Unlike the John Deere, the Farmall had dual headlamps. This example was properly restored, but not to the standard of the automo- ample, but I was a bit surprised to see such an aggressive price for a Nash convertible that has limited usability and an underpowered sixcylinder engine. Cars like this one, although not everyone's cup of tea, can hold relevant value and high interest within particular niches. There is an active Nash Car Club, for example, where this car would be more than welcome. Well sold. #833-1949 INDIAN SCOUT motorcycle. S/N 2498713. Black/black leather. Odo: 2,895 miles. The 1949 Indian Scout was often referred to as the “Scout 249.” The vertical twin's displacement was under the American racing limit of 500-cc for overhead-valve engines, but still managed to rival the Chief as the company's most important model. This example was #817-1949 ROUNDS ROCKET race car. S/N 269. Blue/red leather. MHD. The first midengine, rear-drive Indy car built, but it failed to qualify for the 500 in both 1949 and 1950. Made a cameo appearance in the 1949 Mickey Rooney film “The Big Wheel.” Stored in Beverly Hills until discovered by Bill Harrah. Restored some years back, and displayed at Pebble Beach in 1993. Properly maintained with no issues noted. 1950 AACA Race Car badge on dash. History suggests Howard biles. Just the thing every gentleman farmer should have on display. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $11,000. This tractor was slightly less powerful than the previously offered John Deere “Johnny Popper,” but it sold for a touch more. I can't help but think the price had more to do with this tractor being the last item in the sale than the actual value, as John Deeres have a stronger following. Well sold. #813-1948 NASH AMBASSADOR CUSTOM Series 60 convertible. S/N R503768. Blue/black canvas/brown leather & cloth. Odo: 7,904 miles. Only 1,000 Nash convertibles were built in 1948, and only about 60 Ambassadors survive today. This example carries an older restoration that still shows well. Equipped with radio, Weather Eye heating, twin Nash spotlights, and overdrive, which Nash called the “Cruising Gear.” A few age related issues, but nothing serious. An unusual but stylish Nash Ambassador convertible. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $115,500. A very nice ex- 82 in very original condition, and was a nice example of the last Scout. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $19,550. Price paid was aggressive, as these models are not highly favored by serious vintage motorcycle folks due to their lack of performance. However, many units were produced for use in World War II, and the little bikes became utilitarian transports the world over. Perhaps the iconic name and increased recent interest drove the sale here. Well sold. #811-1949 MERCURY 9CM woodie station wagon. S/N 9CM261120. Black/red leather. Odo: 9,259 miles. Only 8,000 Mercury station wagons were sold from 1946–48. This example won an AACA National First award in 1992, and has been well maintained since. Retains original wood, but with varnish lifting here and there. A few minor paint chips. Red leather interior shows some signs of use. Fitted Hughes may also have been involved in the development and financing of initial build. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $275,000. Although loaded with interesting and compelling racing history, with no real competitive success, the price paid seems a bit much. If it had made the grid at Indianapolis, the price could be justified. However, it never made the grid, and despite its innovative construction, does not possess the pedigree one would expect at this price. As such, I would call it well sold. #803-1949 SNOWBERGER­OFFEN- HAUSER Automobile Shippers Special roadster. S/N 36. Eng. # 130. Orange & black/black leather. MHD. 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RM Auctions Boca Raton, FL but failed to qualify. Attempted and failed to qualify again in 1951. Historic photos in the Indy Motor Speedway photographic archives confirm the car's attempt, however. Restored in 1996 to 1950 configuration, and shown at Pebble Beach. Has been well maintained since. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $192,500. Although lacking the prestigious racing pedigree of its 1950 Indy 500 stablemate, the argument can still be made that this is a historically significant race car. The old racer has been restored to its former glory, and is a beautiful example of the thoroughbreds of the era. Crisp, clean design that sold for the current market value. A significant addition to any vintage racing collection. Fair price. See the profile on p. 56. #825-1951 MERCURY Custom coupe. S/N 51LA39108M. Mauve/white canvas/gray & white leather. Odo: 54,106 miles. 255-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Built by George Barris for the 1955 film “Running Wild” starring Mamie Van Doren and Keenan Wynn. Roof removed and replaced with white Carson top. Lowered, nosed, decked, and headlights frenched. Side trim from a 1953 Buick. Mercury flathead with period speed equipment including Edelbrock heads and dual carbs. A classic example of a dition, and the price paid here was well under the money. The American 50's cars are in a slump at the moment, but this price was a real surprise. Think this would get front-row parking at your favorite restaurant? Just don't let the valet guy drive it. Well bought indeed. #802-1958 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE Super DeLuxe 2­dr hard top. S/N C558H3252. Two-tone green/green vinyl & cloth. Odo: 1,058 miles. 347-ci, 4-bbl, auto. A well-restored Bonneville Super Deluxe that is loaded with options, such as Tri-Power and the StratoFlite Hydra-Matic transmission. Also equipped with the Trans-Portable radio, fender skirts, and the seldom-seen pull-down front sun visor. Interior shows minor signs of use, but nothing of significant concern. Calypso and Burma green livery not to everyone's taste. today. Very good trim and body panel fit. Can't look at this Corvette without thinking of Tod and Buz in “Route 66.” Cond: 2. SOLD AT $66,000. This was a “Plain Jane” Corvette, and the money follows the options checked when the car was ordered. Because the options on this example were selected for “pleasure rather than competition,” the bidding was justifiably tempered. As such, the price paid, while under the estimates, was market correct. #828-1962 LESOVSKY INDIANAPOLIS race car. S/N N/A. Blue/black Harley Earl's last hoorah. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $121,000. GM celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1958, and they pulled out all the styling stops. Bold and often garish colors were the norm. The desirable Tri-Power and other unique accessories on this example made for a desirable package. Price paid was well within reason, and it could have gone at least $10k higher without concern. I'll call it well bought considering the accessories. period Barris custom that has been well maintained and is displaying only minor signs of age. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $423,500. Customs are normally a tough sell because they express individual tastes, but this is an iconic period piece. George Barris is, after all, known as the “King of Kustomizers.” I still would have thought the number would have been found somewhere between the $200k–$300k estimate. Another example of the big boys having to have it. Well sold. BEST BUY #801-1956 IMPERIAL CROWN C­79 limousine. S/N C561064. Black/gray leather & cloth. Odo: 45,167 miles. 353-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Styled with Virgil Exner's “Forward Look” design. Gun-sight taillights unique to Imperial. One of just 119 Crown Imperial limos built. Equipped with power windows, a/c, PowerFlite automatic transmission, and an extensive list of other options. Interior is in wonderful condi- panel by trunk. Incorrect top fabric, but easily corrected. A stunning restoration of a stunning car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $195,250. This Imperial last sold at RM's Art Astor sale in June 2008 for $297,000 (SCM #117251). At that time I stated that I doubted the buyer would ever get his money back, and that certainly turned out to be the case. The soft state of the '50s American car market took its toll here on an otherwise exceptional vehicle. Well bought. tion with leather front seats, and contrasting leather and fabric in rear. Minor paint issues with very presentable brightwork. The lap of luxury. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $126,500. These cars are rarely offered in such handsome con- 84 #807-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 208675110072. Ermine White/white vinyl/red. Odo: 80,278 miles. 327-ci 250hp V8, 4-bl, auto. Last of the C1 Corvettes. Fitted with the base-level engine with Powerglide transmission that was ordered condition, with no major flaws noted. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $17,250. Considering the other sales at this amazing auction, this Harley was almost a giveaway. Price seemed fair, especially with the added bragging rights as to where it was purchased. Sports Car Market #816-1959 IMPERIAL CROWN con- vertible. S/N M637103534. Black/beige canvas/tan leather. Odo: 156 miles. 413-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent frame–off restoration. Car is equipped with every factory option, including Highway Hi-Fi record player, MirrorMatic rear view mirror, and swivel seats. Also features faux spare tire in trunk lid, and Auto Pilot speed control. Minor paint flaw in left rear piece of racing history. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $330,000. A beautiful example of an authentic, historic race car. Although the price paid here exceeded the auction estimates, I don't find it to be too far out of line. I just hope it ends up in a racing museum so all can enjoy. Well sold. #832-1972 HARLEY­DAVIDSON FLH 1200 motorcycle. S/N 2A41690H2. Black & white/black leather. MHD. Odo: 22,813 miles. The “Electric-Glide” offered an electric starter, which was first introduced in 1965. Fitted with the “Shovelhead” V-twin engine. With limited use, this motorcycle was in very good original leather. Commissioned by Elmer and Mari George, and built by Lujie Lesovsky as an offset Offenhauser-powered roadster. Mari George was the daughter of Tony Hulman, then owner of Indy Motor Speedway. Car qualified for both 1962 and 1963 Indy 500 races. Restored in 1994 to original Sarkes Tarzian livery. Has been displayed around the country. A period on 10% of '62 Corvettes. The car was restored some years back, but remains quite presentable


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RM Auctions Boca Raton, FL SOLD AT: $24,150. These models were made in the ‘50s by a sailor on a British Naval ship while on duty in the South China Sea. About a dozen of them were discovered at Hershey many years ago and these five ended up in the Milhous Collection. The wheelbases ranged from 9 to 13 inches and were finished to exacting detail. As I recall, they were expensive at Hershey and were even more so here. ESTIMATE: $2,000–$2,500. SOLD AT: $4,025. This collection of about a dozen valentine cards dated to the early 1900s and featured automobiles, trains and ships. They were in very nice condition but were pricey indeed. Someone needed an instant collection and was willing to pay for it. LOT 265—1927 AUBURN SPEEDSTER PEDAL CAR. ESTIMATE: $10,000– $15,000. SOLD AT: $26,450. This recently constructed pedal car had a 43-inch wheelbase and was constructed to exacting detail. It had four electric lights, lots of brightwork, leather seats and with the exception of a few minor dings, it was in excellent condition. It sold well beyond the estimates and was just the thing for a spoiled grandchild to cruise the estate when he comes to visit. LOT 266—COLLECTION OF LOT 446—FIVE MOTORCYCLE MODELS. ESTIMATE: 86 $18,000–$25,000. FLAT AND THREE­DIMENSIONAL VICTORIAN VALENTINE CARDS. LOT 296—JENNINGS CIGAROLLER DISPENSER. ESTIMATE: $7,000–$10,000. SOLD AT: $6,325. This large machine was Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Boca Raton, FL in excellent original condition. Operation included inserting dimes and nickels and pulling the one-arm bandit. Depending on the points you would receive packs of cigarettes. Ten points equaled three packs of Camels while seven gave you two packs of Chesterfield and only one of Camels. tempted to purchase while his gas was being pumped. This one had about $500 worth of Shell goodies on display, but the pump itself sold for about twice what good examples typically bring. LOT 630—PONTIAC NEON DEALER LOT 466—1929 BENTLEY 4 ½ LITRE VDP TOURER MODEL. ESTIMATE: $18,000–$22,000. SOLD AT: $31,050. This was one of 25 models produced by the German firm Sapor Modelltechnik. Over 3,000 parts were used in completing this highly detailed Bentley that measured 26 inches in length. Several other outstanding models by the same firm were offered and they all sold in the expected range. LOT 634—CHEVROLET DOUBLE- SIDED DEALERSHIP SIGN. ESTIMATE: $8,000–$12,000. SOLD AT: $82,800. This vertical sign was about 12 feet tall and had a clock on both sides. The body of the sign had been repainted and it was difficult to tell if any of the original porcelain remained. Price paid was from left field and was at least six or seven times the current going rate. LOT 730—EARLY 1900s MORTIER 115­KEY DANCE ORGAN. ESTIMATE: $175,000–$225,000. SOLD AT: $293,250. This delightful 115-key dance organ was 36 feet long and 19 feet in height. It had ranks of pipes, brass trumpets and other percussion instruments that played from a digital MIDI player. It had been recently restored and was truly stunning. Once owned by Houston legendary Judge Roy Hofheinz. SIGN. ESTIMATE; $8,000–$12,000. SOLD AT: $34,500. This large Pontiac sign, manufactured by the Walker Sign Co, had numerous touch-ups and was about 75 inches in length. Had lots of eyeball, which attracted the bidders, but the final price paid was about three times the current market. LOT 782—GAVIOLI 110­KEY LOT 297—MILLS “DEWEY” MUSICAL NICKEL SLOT MACHINE. ESTIMATE: $16,000–$24,000. SOLD AT: $27,600. The player could place multiple bets prior to cranking the handle and the machine would play music during the process. The musical portion of the machine was not functioning, which didn't have adverse effect on the value. A rare and unique machine. 88 LOT 651—SHELL WAYNE 50 DISPLAY GAS PUMP. ESTIMATE: $15,000–$25,000. SOLD AT: $39,100. These display pumps were used to promote point-ofsale merchandise that the motorist might be FAIRGROUND ORGAN. ESTIMATE: $850,000–$1,200,000. SOLD AT: $575,000. Gavioli & Cie was the largest French fairground organ builder. This example has been restored and expanded from a smaller version. It is 25 feet in length and includes 11 cherubs, four dancing couples, a bandleader, two bellringers and five gold-leaf griffins. It plays from cardboard book music or a MIDI player system. The imposing instrument is a treat to listen to while watching the animated figures. Sports Car Market


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Glovebox Notes 2012 Jaguar XJL Portfolio RM Auctions Boca Raton, FL A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM garage. HHHHH is best. Price as tested: $90,275, 385-hp 5.0-L V8, 6-sp automatic transmission w/paddle shift EPA mileage: 15/22 Likes: It's big inside. I'm six feet tall, so the back seat of any car is usually my nemesis, but I could comfortably sit in this back seat all day long. The long wheelbase adds an extra five inches of legroom. Eight-inch monitors mounted in the back of each headrest seal the deal. The heated leather seats and steering wheel, burl walnut veneer and suede cloth headliner combine for an utterly tactile experience. Other nice tech features include a navigation system, a blind-spot monitor, and a shift-knob that rises from the console on ignition. Dislikes: All that legroom comes back to haunt you. Simply parking inside the lines was a precision operation, as is parallel parking on a crowded city street. But with backup cameras and warning beeps (called “front and rear parking aid”), it wasn't difficult. The virtual instrument panel seems out of place. If you're going to put an analog clock on the dash, I'd expect some tastefully crafted instruments to go with it. Fun to drive: HHH½ Fun to look at: HHHH½ Overall experience: HHHH½ Verdict: Great lines, excellent luxury features and a livable package. It looks and feels the way a $90,000 luxury car in this class should — a great choice for buyers in the market for a high-level driver but who want something different than a BMW or Benz. — Erin Olson LOT 779—1913 WELTE WOTAN Glovebox Notes on sportscarmarket.com • 2012 Audi A6 3.0T Quattro • 2012 Subaru Impreza • 2012 Infiniti FX35 AWD • 2012 Nissan Rogue SV AWD • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo BRASS BAND ORCHESTRION. ESTIMATE; $1,500,000–$2,500,000. SOLD AT: $1,092,500. This organ was built for the “Boblo Island” Amusement Park which was located on the Detroit River and opened in 1898. It was restored in 1987 with the majority of the wood cabinet being replaced. It contains 419 pipes, a brass drum, orchestra bells as well as other brass instruments. It plays reproducing piano rolls, 100-note Welte Piano Orchestrion rolls or from MIDI digital files. The other known example is in the Nethercutt San Sylmar Collection. A remarkable piece with an amazing sound. ORGAN. LOT 738—1910 HUPFELD SUPER PAN ORCHESTRA. ESTIMATE: $800,000– $1,200,000. SOLD AT: $569,250. One of only four Hupfeld Pan Orchestras known. It was restored in the 1980s, with a replicated cabinet and art glass obtained in early 1970s. It plays highly multiplexed 124-note Hupfeld rolls that control the Ronisch reproducing piano, 338 pipes and reeds, cello, drums and other instruments. The sophisticated player mechanism is able to play several musical parts at the same time. Price paid was well below the estimates, but few of the instruments with seven-figure estimates reached that level. LOT 790—GAUDIN 125­KEY DANCE ESTIMATE: $1,200,000. SOLD AT; $1,150,000. This is the largest Gaudin organ known. It was completely restored as moisture had severely damaged the instrument. In addition to the organ, there's a series of carillon bells, the largest of which weighs 600 pounds. The attention to detail is exceptional and it features four ninefoot tall statues. Impressive to look at with a sound to match. $1,000,000– LOT 796—1998 46­FOOT CUSTOM CAROUSEL. ESTIMATE: $1,000,000– $1,500,000. SOLD AT: $1,207,500. This custom built carousel is complete with 42 animals, two chariots and a Wurlitzer 153 band organ. The figures are based on rare well-known pieces that were professionally replicated. The Wurlitzer 150-band organ has 164 pipes, 16 orchestra bells, brass and snare drums and a cymbal. The duplex roll allows one roll to rewind while the other plays. The cost of construction far exceeded the price paid, so all the new owner needs is a building to display it. ♦ 90 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Paris, FRA The Paris Sale The top sale of the day was a rare and beautifully presented 1961 Aston Paris, FRA The Paris Sale The top sale of the day was a rare and beautifully presented 1961 Aston Company Company Bonhams Date February 2, 2012 ocation Paris, France Auctioneer Marielle Digard Automotive lots sold/offered 78/132 Sales rate 59% Sales total $9,291,074 High sale 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT coupe, sold at $1,325,113 Buyer's premium 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT coupe sold for $1,325,113 s Paris, FRA The Paris Sale The top sale of the day was a rare and beautifully presented 1961 Aston Company Bonhams Date February 2, 2012 ocation Paris, France Auctioneer Marielle Digard Automotive lots sold/offered 78/132 Sales rate 59% Sales total $9,291,074 High sale 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT coupe, sold at $1,325,113 Buyer's premium 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT coupe sold for $1,325,113 Market Market opinions in italics F or their second year outside the Porte de Versailles complex, Bonhams put together the best-looking assortment they've yet fielded in Paris, FRA Paris. The glamorous and historic precincts of the Grand Palais were traded for the hip, if somewhat distant, Halle Freyssinet in the 13th Arrondissement of the city. The former 19th Century train depot is most often the site of edgy runway fashion shows, and for Bonhams it proved equally effective as a sale room, as transformed by their creative department. A deep cold snap had Paris firmly in its grip during the sale, resulting in temperatures that struggled to reach 30 degrees Fahrenheit. The ice-box-like conditions at both the Porte de Versailles Rétromobile saleroom and in the cavernous Grand Palais were distant memories, thanks to the cozy warmth of the former train station's hall. And a café and lounge on a mezzanine overlooking the sale room floor added a touch of Paris chic and a clublike atmosphere in which to sip coffee and take in the sale. The ever-charming Marielle Digard once again held forth at the podium as auctioneer. “Un Porsche pour le printemps?” she teased the crowd — “A Porsche for the spring?” Worries about drawing an audience to the location proved unfounded, as a good crowd filled the hall 92 and mezzanine, but the sale results proved to be slightly disappointing considering the quality of the cars on offer. I think it may have been a miscalculation to have the star cars remain parked on platforms on either side of the main hall and behind the seats as the rest of the lots were driven across the ramp. Having the show stoppers remain static took some of the energy out of the sale at the very moments that should have been the most exciting. The top sale of the day was a rare and beautifully presented 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT, which sat silently on the side as it failed to meet reserve during its time in the spotlight. An announcement was made of its sale a few minutes later, which was heartening, but perhaps the deal could have been sealed on the block had we seen, and heard, the Aston in action. Collections usually do well in auctions, but they almost always do best when offered at no reserve. At this sale this year, one man's gathering of a group of seven Morgans found only one moving on, thanks to bids that failed to meet reserves. Final totals rang in at just short of $9.3m for 78 lots, which was a bit off from last year's $12.5m for the same number of sold items. But overall, I'd call this new venue a success for Bonhams, and if the overall quality of the consignments can be kept as high as it was here, and a bit more dynamism in the presentation can be incorporated, this should become a very satisfying event for Bonhams Europe. ♦ Sales Totals $3m $6m $9m $12m $15m 0 Sports Car Market 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 15% up to $196,410, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00 = €0.76)


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Bonhams Paris, FRA AUSTRIA #222-1913 AUSTRO­DAIMLER 14/32 HP tourer. S/N 1156. Eng. # 1099. White/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Built up from a bodyless barn-find chassis in the Czech Republic a few years ago. Acceptable panel fit. Paint is shiny but porous, showing dirt smudges and runs. Brass trim is good, but shows some dings and small dents. Recent interior is very leather. Odo: 59,169 miles. Very good panel fit. Quality paint over some casual bodywork on right front fender area into wear, but of the good kind. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $62,491. Vintage rally-prepared replica of door. Overall chrome is good, with scratches on the radiator shell and some areas of fading. Good interior has soiling on the front seats, worn window '60s Works cars. Very well prepared and detailed. Active bidding took this car to a good mid-market result—certainly less than the cost of creating the car. nice. Equipped Porsche-designed engine. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $72,500. Previously with massive Ferdinand offered by Bonhams at Beaulieu in September of 2010 where it was also a no-sale (SCM# 184634). The body looked rather ungainly, and white does it no favors. High bid seemed like a very reasonable offer. BELGIAN #224-1963 APAL­PORSCHE 1600 coupe. S/N 1250736. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 23,243 km. Approximate panel fit. Semi-gloss paint is covered in microblisters, with many star and stress cracks in gelcoat. Interior shows wear, with collapsing filling in seat-backs. Full Porsche gauges in dashboard with random rubbers, but very good wood trim and carpets. Equipped with a/c. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $169,000. First of the Silver Cloud models, and the last 6-cylinder Rolls-Royce. The original Mulliner DHC cars are very expensive, but this one was converted from sedan to convertible by an unknown hand. The work seemed fairly well done overall, but the fine details were lacking. Without history on the conversion, bidding went as far as could be expected. High bid could have done the deal. TOP 10 No. 4 #254-1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4GT coupe. S/N DB4GT0142L. Eng. 3700143GT. Silver/black leather. Odo: # 22,746 km. Excellent panel fit and paint. Very good chrome. Interior is very good overall, let down only by slightly sagging headliner. Three-inch racing seatbelts fitted. Originally sold in the U.S. One of 75 short-wheelbase, wood grain trim. Assorted unlabeled switchgear, VW pedals. One registered owner from new. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $36,139. A sort of homemade, less attractive Abarth Carrera, built by Belgium's leading producer of beach buggies. Unusual, rare and striking, for most of the wrong reasons. But no harm done at this price. ENGLISH #216-1957 ROLLS­ROYCE SILVER CLOUD I converted drophead coupe. S/N SDD172. Burgundy/beige 94 canvas/parchment lightweight DB4s built to run in GT and rally competition. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,325,113. The ultimate Aston, surpassed perhaps only by the 19 original DB4GT Zagato cars. Very well prepared cosmetically, this one also has its road chops, winning the 2005 Tour Auto regularity class. It just missed being sold on the block, but a deal was closed a few minutes later. Market-priced, even a bit cheap. II Rally Spec roadster. S/N HBT7L18395. Dark green/white/black #204-1962 AUSTIN­HEALEY 3000 Mk vinyl/black leather. Odo: 31,202 miles. Variable panel fit, with both doors out at rear edge and wide hood and trunk gaps. Presentable paint shows various small stress cracks and touched-in chips, especially on the factory hard top. Good bright trim. Very good seats; polished dashboard panels show Sports Car Market a/c and three-band radio. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $115,947. Ferruccio Tarchini commissioned this prototype from Bertone, based on the Jaguar 420 platform. The resulting big coupe has undeniable presence; some hate it, I loved it. The project to manufacture more didn't work out, and this remained a one-off. It needs everything, as it cannot be preserved as-is. But once done, it would be welcome at concours worldwide. I hoped to steal it—but not at this price. Well sold. FRENCH #208-1926 DELAGE D1 sedan. S/N #232-1966 JAGUAR FT prototype coupe. S/N A1F25417DN. Eng. # 7F21098. Black/ black leather. Odo: 32,426 km. Very good panel fit, with right door slightly out at rear edge. Thick older paint is quite distressed, with shrinkage, cracking, fisheyes and sinkage all visible. Bright trim mostly faded and scratched. Very good seats and headliner. Dashboard wood is faded and dry. Missing passenger's door window switch. Equipped with Frigette


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Bonhams Paris, FRA 19825. Eng. # 6448. Maroon & black/red cloth. RHD. Odo: 67,422 km. Very good panel fit, except left front door out a bit at rear edge. Paint holds a shine, but body shows many stress cracks, rubs and fading. All bright trim is dull. Weathered and insect-eaten interior is complete and good for patterns, some may be savable. Finely inlaid wood trim survives well. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $20,000. This handsome sedan from a little-known coachbuilder could be preserved as-is, but it's a close call. The formal styling may have put the bidders off—it should be worth a bit more. #220-1928 AMILCAR C6/CO Voiturette racer. S/N 39. Blue/black leather. RHD. The catalog cover car, ex Chris Leydon. Well presented as a well used vintage event entrant. Shiny paint shows microblistering. Faded radiator shell. Good seats, faded dashboard. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $567,600. Amilcar is known for its 4-cylinder voiturette racers, very Appealing faux-wood grain painting on dashboard. Equipped with HMV two-band radio. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $106,913. Facel Vega's most popular model, the HK500, has great appeal with Continental style, a well-tuned chassis and American power. This one was in great colors, and while the details were not done to the highest level, it still presented well. A thorough clean and sort would do wonders. Sold right, just under the $110k high estimate. successful in period and popular in European vintage events. This is one of the very rare 6-cylinders from the marque. Unknown early history but starry modern provenance. It should be expensive, but it failed just short of reserve. Driving it across the block might have helped, as in static display it lacked excitement. #230-1956 TALBOT­LAGO T14 LS coupe. S/N 140031. Eng. # 16025. Silver/gray cloth & leather. RHD. Odo: 4,308 km. Originally delivered to Works driver Louis Rosier, for whom front end was modified. Restored in 1994. Excellent panel fit. Otherwise excellent paint has some small touched-in chips on right door. Somewhat faded chrome. Good interior shows light wear and fading in good carpet, clean dashboard. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $184,000. Values have gone wild for these Citroën convertibles, especially in their native France. But to get the huge numbers they have to be top cars. This one was good, but not great. The high bid could have made a deal here. GERMAN places. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $210,813. The small-engined Talbot-Lago coupe of the '50s. Sold to the vendor by Bonhams in 2003 at Goodwood for $68,847 when rated #1- condition (SCM# 36355), it has been well maintained 96 #231-1959 BMW 503 coupe. S/N 69308. Eng. # 30460. Gray/red leather. Odo: 3,217 km. Very good panel fit. Paint is shiny, but a bit thick, showing body work at nose, fisheye and scrapes on the left door. Generally good chrome Sports Car Market wheel. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $37,645. Interest in the short-wheelbase 911 has steadily risen, and prices for the original 912 have moved alongside. This was a nice car, but it lacked either the spark of a really crisply restored example or the integrity of a well preserved original. Selling price was strong. ITALIAN #228-1953 ISO ISETTA coupe. S/N 14176. Blue & white/black vinyl. Rare original #223-1965 CITROËN DS21 Decapotable convertible. S/N 4350040. Silver/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 88,780 km. Excellent panel fit. Very good paint has a few small touched-in chips. Bright trim is in fair condition, showing some scratches and light pitting on trunk handle. Slightly dry seats, very liner. Equipped with Becker Le Mans radio. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $132,000. Appreciation is growing for the V8 coupes and cabriolets of BMW, which deserve at least the reflected glow from the shining star 507 roadster. This car seemed rather casually restored and may have held some surprises underneath the glossy finish, which apparently held the bidders down. #226-1967 PORSCHE 912 coupe. S/N 355546. Eng. # 755990. Beige/black vinyl. Odo: 66,110 miles. Very good panel fit and paint. Bright trim shows pitting on window surrounds. Very good wheels and rear grilles. Good original interior, with slightly baggy cushions. Retains original wood-rim steering and properly used since. While the 4.5-liter Grand Sport will always command a premium, these should not be overlooked. Sold right. #218-1961 FACEL VEGA HK500 coupe. S/N X30535. Eng. # TY713873. Silver/beige leather. Odo: 98,494 km. Panel fit acceptable, with doors slightly out at rear edge and trunk lid a bit high. Very good paint shows a few small touch-ins. Good bright trim has some light pitting on door handles. Soiled seats and door panels also show a bit of entry and exit wear. Steering wheel rim has typical cracking. has some waviness in the rear bumper and loose left side trim at the rear. Nice patina on seats, wear visible on door panels and head


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Bonhams Paris, FRA Italian-made Isetta by Iso. (Most by far were made by BMW under license.) Restored, or at least refurbished, to a decent level. Shiny but thick paint, painted over door hinge rubbers. Faded bright trim. Very good seat, quickly painted instrument binnacle. No functional odometer. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $37,645. This Mille Miglia-eligible car would get a really, really early start number. That makes a difference in how many people are lining the streets when you come through town. Everyone would see you—spectators, as well as every other competitor as they passed you. #209-1955 LANCIA AURELIA B20 4th Series coupe. S/N B203422. Black/tan cloth. RHD. Odo: 4,881 km. Excellent panel fit. Paint is presentable, but shows age-related flaws, touched-in chips and polish scratches. Very good replated bumpers, fair alloy trim. Nicely done interior with very good dash and instru- SOLD AT $21,081. The early 2-liter Dino has, to my eye, better detailing than the later 2.4liter model. However, the latter has the better engine. This car seemed to have been stored away for a time, then quickly refurbished for sale—not inspiring when you really want to buy a loved example. A market-correct price. #225-1968 MASERATI GHIBLI coupe. ments, but sagging headliner. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $127,994. The 4th Series B20 is the car to have, achieving the best balance of performance and refinement. This example sold at Bonhams' Silverstone sale in 2001 for $33,520 (SCM# 24308). The result today illustrates the appreciation the world finally now has for these wonderful cars. A bit on the high side, but not for long. #211-1959 FERRARI 250 GT coupe. S/N 1239GT. Eng. # 1239GT. Black/black leather. Odo: 6,824 km. Variable panel fit. Shiny paint shows some small touched-in chips, areas of microblistering and polish scratches. Waviness in bumpers, light pitting on window frames. Self-tapping screws used in roof trim. Interior shows ample patina and dyed seats. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $316,220. These cars are full of Carpets quite worn, plating on steering wheel spokes is dull. The plywood radio blanking plate is quite unfortunate. On strange Pirelli thin-stripe whitewall tires. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $153,593. This Ferrari 2+2 had clearly seen much event use. For a low #3 car in need of some love, this brought solid #2 money. Well sold. character and utterly emblematic of their period. It's hard to imagine that not long ago, the elegant Pinin Farina 250 GT coupe was regarded as little more than a donor car for TdF and GTO clones. This one was unrestored but not unmolested, having been repainted and the 98 #201-1968 FIAT DINO coupe. S/N 135BC0002670. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 3,152 km. Very good panel fit. Thick paint is shiny, but microblistered with some sinkage, drips and light overspray on right front fender vents. Good bright trim, except for deep pitting on exterior rear-view mirror base and door handles. Clean interior is generally good, espe- Sports Car Market headliner a bit baggy. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $95,000. Maserati's first production car has come up in market respect and attention in the past five years. This was sold by BarrettJackson/Coys at Monaco in '02 for $30,298 (SCM# 28363). Given the description then, work has been done, but not to a very high level. High bid was appropriate. #212-1961 FERRARI 250 GTE 2+2 coupe. S/N 2337GT. Eng. # 2337GT. Silver/red leather. Odo: 82,337 km. Variable panel fit. Attractive paint shows some prep flaws. Chrome is fair to good. Interior appears original with nicely worn seats that are a bit dry and losing their foam filling, but not too creased. slight entry wear on left bolster of driver's seat. Equipped with Blaupunkt Dallas cassette radio. Ex-Sammy Davis, Jr. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $103,901. While Sammy was a car guy, he was not known for exceptionally discerning taste— he owned the Zimmer-esque neo-classic Buick Centurion “El Grande,” after all. So, not much of a celebrity bounce here, even in France. Car sold right on the market for condition. #203-1972 MASERATI INDY coupe. S/N AM1M116491708. Red/beige leather. Odo: 51,591 km. Very good panel fit. Paint shows orange peel, sinkage, overspray on badges and stress cracking. Good bright trim. Very dirty S/N AM115578. Yellow/black leather. Odo: 47,732 km. Restored 10 years ago, now settled a bit. Good panel fit, with right door slightly out at rear edge. Nice paint shows some small stress cracks and touch-ins at door edges. Shiny chrome has some pitting on window frames. Water-stained dash, very good seats show original green leather interior dyed black. It offered the canvas for a wonderful restoration. Given that, the price achieved was quite strong. Well sold. S/N #210-1960 MASERATI 3500 GT coupe. AM101992. Silver/red leather. Odo: 48,434 km. A five-footer, seemingly done quickly for turnover. Fresh-looking paint is very shiny, but covers corrosion bubbling in right rear wheelarch and shows areas of poor preparation in roof corners. Excellent panel fit. Bright trim is good to fair. Very good seats, cially seats. Some wear on armrests, faded dashboard and steering wheel wood. Missing right sun visor. Smell of mold inside. Cond: 3-.


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Bonhams Paris, FRA upholstery and carpets, very good instruments and dash top. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $22,587. Maserati's V8 2+2 Indy can seat four real people, which makes no one care about them, especially the slushbox version. This U.S. delivery automatic was sold by Bonhams in May 2004 at their Monaco sale (SCM# 115376) for $17,641. So the seller realized a 15% return, which isn't bad. Sold at market price. #206-1975 ALFA ROMEO 1600 JUNIOR ZAGATO coupe. S/N AR3060249. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 42,406 km. Variable panel fit. Paint shows sanding marks in finish, touched-in chips, stress cracks, light polish scratches. Front plastic “grille” is badly cracked on right side. Very good seats, split dash top, wrinkled Subscribe Today lower bolster edge and headliner. Front bumpers removed. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $24,093. The Zagato version of the 1300 and 1600 Alfa was not conceived to race, which has held down values. They have a marvelous look but very fragile trim. This one seemed really tired and somewhat neglected. Winning bid was generous and then some. #205-1978 FIAT 900T Service truck. S/N 200B1453782. Red/white/black vinyl. Odo: 65,257 km. Shockingly good panel fit, except right door slightly out at rear edge. Original paint shows dents, dings, scrapes, scratches and several areas of rust-through on lower edges. Splits in driver's seat cushion, stains on rubber floor mats, shrunken left door panel For 24 years, Keith Martin's Sports Car Market has been the informed, authoritative voice card. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $23,340. Ex-Garage Francorchamps service van, 1978–88. Cargo van version of Fiat 850 Multipla successor, the 900T. Not in running order. The marvelous livery painted on this very worn truck was enough to send this puppy on to a new home, at a very stout price, more than double the high estimate. The challenge will be to stabilize the rust while still preserving the historic finish. Well sold. © 100 of the collector car hobby. Call 877.219.2605 ext. 1 www.sportscarmarket.com/ offer65 Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Northamptonshire, UK Race Retro Classic Car Sale The Tojeiro Jaguar sold for $452,259, roughly the same money as its contemporary, a Lister Jaguar Company Silverstone Auctions Date February 25, 2012 Location Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, UK Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert Automotive lots sold/offered 57/77 Sales rate 74% Sales total $2,609,631 High sale 1958 Tojeiro Jaguar sports racer, sold at $452,259 Buyer's premium 1958 Tojeiro Jaguar sports racer, high sale 10%, included in sold prices ($1 = £0.63) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics A fter both Bonhams and H&H had tried the Race Retro slot, found that selling cars at shows was not ideal and withdrew, Silverstone Auctions — which held its first sale in 2011 — gave it a go. And the numbers were good this time, with 57 of the 77 lots on offer finding new homes for a combined total of $2.6m. In total, 69 of the lots on offer were cars, 28 of which were racers — a notoriously hard sell at auction. These were topped by the high sale of the day, the second Tojeiro Jaguar built. Restored in the early '90s by the men who had made it almost 40 years before, it sold for $452,259, or roughly the same money as its contemporary, a Lister Jaguar. A very tidy Ford Anglia racer that had failed to at- realistic money after two over-estimated drive Maserati 3500 GT racer was a brave buy at $59,142. Sadly, the Capri Perana re-creation — a Mk1 with a 302 under the hood — was withdrawn before sale, but there's every hope it will appear in the future. Road cars included an Aston Martin DB4 SII, recently out of restoration, which Warwickshire, UK shifted to a new owner at $268,825 in a post-sale deal having stalled at $15k less at the rostrum, and an Allard K1 which made a strong $73,057. In addition, a beautiful recreation of the ‘Twini' Mini — a four-wheel-drive 1965 Austin Mini Cooper 1275 ‘S' that had been lovingly converted into one dedicated engineer's vision of the twin-engined car that BMC and Downton ran on the 1963 Targa Florio — sold for just $46,096, which was unrepeatable. A mild-custom 1953 Chevy 3100 stepside truck, now with a V8, sold for $24,352, which was a bit more than half what a stock example had sold for the previous month at Coys. In the Porsche category, a rare 914-6 GT fetched $50,444. A tidy and real 1966 Shelby GT350 fastback fetched the right money at $161,769 — it turned out to have once been owned by petrolhead and known vintage Ferrari lover Chris Evans. Nick Whale, Silverstone's managing director, said, “We have worked hard on tract the right bidders at Silverstone's last sale fetched $35,659, or twice what a similar car brought at Coys' Autosport International sale in January. A Metro 6R4, offered at cars had failed to sell at auction in recent months, changed hands here for $73,057, after being offered at H&H Duxford last September. A “plastic fantastic” '64 Ford Falcon racer made $60,011, and a left-hand- 102 behalf of our vendors and achieved some excellent prices for both classic and competition vehicles. Everyone has been delighted and we are extremely proud of our achievements in our first visit to Race Retro.” Perhaps being separated from the main halls is what worked for this sale, keeping it from becoming bogged down in bystanders (who would have had to pay the catalog price) wandering in to gawk at another attraction. Either way, Silverstone is clearly boosted as it looks forward to its next sale back at its home in the Silverstone Wing Building on May 18. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Northamptonshire, UK ENGLISH #144-1932 MG MAGNA F1 roadster. S/N F1013. Eng. # 1180AF. Black/black canvas/green & blue leather. RHD. Straight and shiny older restoration with very sharp body lines. Replated radiator and lights very good. Older leather still bright, dash and instru- cars. Good appearance, with probably better body fit than new. Even paint dating from 2007 looks good apart from a few small cracks (Allards vibrate and shudder). Brightwork is good, including portholes. Dash and instru- shape, driver's window held up with string. Engine very clean and tidy. Has hardly been ments clean and tidy. Fitted with extra flashing indicators, as it's been used for touring. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $61,055. Off the road from 1955 until early '90s. Today it brought correct money for the market, a little cheaper than hoped for by the seller. #139-1934 MG PA Supercharged Sports roadster. S/N P0522. Eng. # 821AP. Green/red leather. RHD. Odo: 6,391 miles. Rebuilt following 1987 garage collapse. Shiny but slightly orange-peeled paint, excellent chrome. Older red leather on Collingburn seats still in good shape, shiny dash and excellent instruments. Tidy motor with Arnott supercharger. 62-year ownership with noted former Lancaster bomber pilot Len Miller, who bailed from his plane in ments are in good order, and leather is only three years old, with no time to wear or sag. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $73,057. A lot of money has been invested in this rare car (only 151 were built), and decent ones are appreciating in value. The seller, who'd owned it more than 20 years, probably got more than his money back, and the buyer paid a realistic price, still under that of a cheap XK Jag, for a rarer, though much cruder device. Well sold, therefore, and well bought. #150-1953 SUNBEAM ALPINE convert- ible. S/N A3014104RR0. Metallic blue/black vinyl/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 76,313 miles. Paint not perfect, but generally straight and tidy. Nice interior with all period fittings, such as central rev-counter. Newish leather hardly worn. Column-shift not changed to floor-shift like the rally cars. Pleasingly original apart run, so health of engine is unknown. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $85,418. Sold well under the expected money. Considering that barn-find examples have been fetching up to $140k in recent years, this looked like very little to spend for an appreciating model. Well bought. #179-1956 FORD ZEPHYR Zodiac race car. S/N N/A. Gray & maroon/black velour & vinyl. RHD. Odo: 10,649 miles. Marvelous old thing (did you know that the Mk1 Zephyr was the first to use Earl S. MacPherson's revolutionary new suspension struts?) prepped into a racer, unlikely as that may seem, but Jeff Uren raced them in period. Solid and straight shell. Discs on the front (yes, allowed at Goodwood and in HRDC basically to prevent casualties). Rare Aquaplane inlet manifold hosting triple 1944 and parachuted 20,000 feet into German territory, as told in the book Bomber Squadron: Men who Flew with XV. 15 Squadron group stickers on rear. Copy of book included. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $63,490. Miller passed away in 2002, but his legacy lives on. The fantastic story may have added $20k to the price here— Miller would reportedly drive his six-man crew onto the tarmac in this very car. Well bought for a priceless piece of history. #171-1948 ALLARD K1 roadster. S/N 647. Eng. # 7200763. Metallic gray/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Odo: 72,568 miles. Simple, light, Ford flatheadpowered hot-rod, built in Clapham, south London, with origins in trials and competition 104 blue & from added flashing indicators. Former South African car. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $41,747. Part of the reason these have a large following is that they performed well in Alpine rallies (in this color, even), two being driven by then F1 stars Stirling Moss and Peter Collins. (The Collins ex-Works car is for sale at Sherwood Restorations, asking $118k.) This one fetched the right or slightly strong money. #108-1954 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 3­liter saloon. S/N LML789. Eng. # VB6J263. Blue/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 7,395 Straightish body following restoration around 2007, with enormous panel gaps in front (factory-quality). Some imperfections under shiny paint. Chassis solid. Refurbished dash with good instruments, leather in fine BEST BUY SUs on bellmouths, so head is possibly a Raymond Mays, still covered in racetrack dust. Motor, originally a 2.6, could be anything up to 3.4 liters. Marvelous. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $20,004. God bless Julius Thurgood (and Goodwood) for giving “gray porridge” somewhere to race. This had been a rally car before its racing conversion, and it sold where expected, but you wouldn't dare customize a stock Zephyr today. A cheap buy for those looking for a Goodwood entry, or there is the newish HRDC series in the U.K. A good time will be had by all. S/N TAD158N2. Eng. # T0106. Metallic blue/bare #158-1958 TOJEIRO JAGUAR racer. alloy. RHD. Odo: 7,010 miles. Originally ordered by businessman and auto enthusiast John Ogier for possible use at Le Mans by Scottish race team Ecurie Ecosse (hence the color). But the rules changed to a 3-liter limit, and another car (#159) was built. Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Northamptonshire, UK Raced last year at Portimao. In good shape for a racer. Rolls on Dunlop wheels. Cond: 3+. RHD. Odo: 1,998 miles. Exquisitely crafted road-going re-creation of the 1963 Targa Florio car, based on an original Cooper S and with two 1,275-cc Cooper S motors, plus real Minilites. Beautifully done, said to drive well on either or both engines, and perfect in every detail, including door fit. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $46,096. I loved it. This looked a total bargain and couldn't be replicated for the money. Rather pointless, but let's hear it for British inventors! As this is the nearest we'll ever get to the real thing, let's hope we see it at Goodwood soon. Well bought. SOLD AT $452,259. “Toj” Jags were the AC Ace designer's idea of a better, lighter, faster D-type—rather like a Lister Jag. This car, the second built, came out of the woodwork and was authenticated and restored by John Tojeiro himself before his death last year. Sold for around the same price as Lister re-creation money, with the U.K.'s major Ecurie Ecosse collector notably absent. Fair price for a potent and serious historic racer. #145-1960 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series II coupe. S/N DB4291R. Eng. # 370313. Metallic blue/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 85,945 miles. Fresh out of restoration following near 30-year dormancy. Excellent panel gaps, paint and chrome, perfect lines, no ripples or dings. Chassis and floors dead straight. Recent leather, dash and instruments look immaculate. Cond: termarket walnut dash. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $6,958. Offered at no reserve, perhaps wisely. Mk Is are sought-after, and everything here was repairable, but there's probably $5k of body and paint required, leaving you with no upside at this price, very near what you'd expect to pay for a pristine restored original. Therefore, fairly bought and sold—just depends how you want to slice the work and the money. #110-1968 FORD ESCORT rally replica 1-. SOLD AT $268,825. Sold for just about what the seller was looking for, but I reckon it could have gone a bit further, so don't be surprised to see it retailed again soon (was at the Aston Workshop). As the DB6 has climbed following the inexorable rise of the DB5, these— even more elegant, arguably—must follow. #105-1965 AUSTIN MINI Cooper S “Twini” 2­dr sedan. S/N CA2S7676896. Almond Green & ivory/green & black leather. 2­dr sedan. S/N BB42GB0029380. White/ black velour. RHD. Rally replica built from 2006–08 from a two-door 1100, with 2-liter Pinto power and Sierra Type 9 5-speed—the usual boy-racer stuff—like my own car. Good and clean, although body sides are wavy. Other goodies include five-linked and turreted Atlas #102-1967 MORRIS MINI Mk I 2­dr sedan. S/N MA2S4S490542. Eng. # 1244280. Red/red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 94,000 miles. Shiny from 10 paces but closer up there are bubbles in the 10-year-old repaint. Has had floor and rocker patching and still needs one rocker, though rot has not yet crept up body sides. Red vinyl is nice and original, though there's an af- cracks in dashboard veneer. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $25,744. Sold slightly higher than expected, approaching Twin Cam money, but that probably doesn't cover the bills. A good Europa is a joy to drive, and a bad one is horrible. This one looked like the former, which makes it worth the price. #107-1970 LOTUS ELAN 2+2 coupe. S/N SPY2085. Eng. # F21581. Red/black racing bucket. RHD. Odo: 84,968 Largely uncracked Elan body built as sprint/hillclimb/track car on new Spyder chassis. Paint fairly recent, only Historic Rally Championship (but check the eligbility of that gearbox), so this could potentially be an easy entry into historic motorsport—and cheap compared with the $125k a Group 4 BDA/BDG Mk2 will cost you. #142-1969 LOTUS EUROPA Series 2 coupe. S/N 542108. Eng. # 1845. Silver/red leather. RHD. Odo: 47,175 miles. Extensively rebuilt and nicely done, now with body-color bumpers. Chassis appears solid, no scuffs or cracks in fiberglass. Redone interior (original would have been black vinyl) with a few light one seat in bare interior. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $10,785. Offered at no reserve, and I was surprised it did this well, as many potential buyers prefer a usable interior for road use. But it sold for about what it cost to convert, which means you're getting the base car for free. Fair transaction. #131-1970 LOTUS ELAN 2+2 convert- axle, plus 3-inch front springs. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $29,571. Sold where expected and for less than it would have cost to build. There's a class for Pinto-engined cars in the British 106 ible conversion. S/N 73121849L. Eng. # P31576. Gold/black canvas/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 20,212 miles. Coupe chopped into a cabriolet, and presented as a roughly assembled and unfinished restoration project. Ripply and cracked body, bubbled paint, top is good. Alloys unscuffed. Motor grubby but all there, with Dell'Orto carbs. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $7,132. Offered at no reserve and did well to get this far, as a 2+2 cabrio was never offered by the factory. So the chops are obvious, Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Northamptonshire, UK Freshly rebuilt and ready to go. Sold with set of wets on Minilites. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $24,352. This car holds two U.K. track lap records for its class and is a former winner of the MG Car Club BCV8 Championship. As ever, it sold far more cheaply than it could be replicated for and looked like a super deal. #149-1979 VAUXHALL CHEVETTE and things are a bit awkward around the rear deck. The good news is that Elans are homerestorable if you're remotely handy, but this is just as likely to go back in a shed for another 20 years. Well sold. #125-1970 LOTUS ELAN S4 SE coupe. S/N 7004080066E. Eng. # L2256. Yellow/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 97 miles. Beautifully restored, and improved over the years with bigger motor, Tony Thompson suspension, etc. No cracks or scuffs in body, new paint nice and even, new interior perfect. Lots of extra relays under the hood not original but still a good Wheels are from a Vega. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $18,264. The 16-valve, 5-speed HS2300 was a 400-off homologation special for rallying, where developed cars could keep up with, and occasionally beat, Mk2 Escorts. This one sold for roughly the same as a stock Mk2 RS2000 (a much cruder device), and probably half the price of its proper equivalent, the RS1800. Well bought. #104-1985 JAGUAR C­TYPE Proteus thing. Also has fabricated alloy airbox, as the originals often get lost. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $37,050. It's horses for courses here, but I am very jealous of the lucky buyer. Hardly anyone's going to complain about the rebuild and few mods, as the car looks outwardly standard. It fetched about the same as a pristine original, so call it well bought and well sold. #135-1972 MGB race car. S/N GHN527938G. White/black fiberglass/black velour. RHD. Tidy race car, no exact spec stated, but claimed 200 hp, so it must be a 1950. Fiberglass hood and the usual orangepeeled paint. No interior, split Webers (as famously and controversially used on '60s Monte Minis) on S/T manifold a rare period feature. replica roadster. S/N 1J50761DN. Eng. # 1J509828. Black/beige leather. RHD. Built in the mid-'80s by Proteus founder Jim Marland, retaining identity of 1968 donor car. Alloy tub and doors, but fiberglass front, as the Superform process had not yet been invented. In good but used condition, with expensively hot-rodded motor, race cams, three Webers, alloy radiator, Getrag 5-speed and limited-slip diff. Slightly aging leather and carpets, but this potent pack- SOLD AT $73,057. The second 6R4 offered at auction in as many months, the last failing to make its required $125k. This sold for more realistic money; as they are no longer homologated for rallying, there's less you can do with them: rallycross, GpB demos, hillclimbs and sprints is it. Offered but not sold at H&H's sale at Duxford September 21, 2011 (SCM #187616). #106-2004 MG TF convertible. S/N SARRDWBKC4D632661. Eng. # 18K4FP27140751. Metallic blue/black canvas/black cloth & vinyl. RHD. Odo: 83,000 miles. TF is the steel-sprung update of original MGF (with the Hydragas suspension), which should mean HS2300 hatchback. S/N 9B08RJ135330. Eng. # 7712316. Silver/red & black vinyl & velour. RHD. Odo: 77,440 miles. Very good, original appearance with original tartan weave interior. Some cracks in repaint. Under the skin, it's reengineered with uprated suspension, limitedslip diff, big brakes and mapped fuel injection. ered and more authentic-feeling replica looked fair at the money. It sold a little better than expected, perhaps thanks to former celebrity ownership. #152-1987 MG METRO 6R4 hatchback. S/N SAXXRWNP7AD570173. Orange/black velour. Barking ugly-as-sin Metro-based Group B challenger. Powered by 4-cam V6 that eventually went (turbocharged) into the XJ220. All the right bits including Goodman Racing motor—limited to 10,750 rpm! Recently rallied, and sold with some spares. Cond: 3+. age, with detachable roll bar and harnesses, is definitely a user. Formerly owned by pianist, big band leader and discerning petrolhead Jools Holland. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $67,839. New Proteus C-types with fuel injection and four taillights are about $140k and ask around $120k in used condition, so this nicely weath- 108 fewer troubles in the future. This example tidy and unscuffed all around, with Scorpion exhaust. Nice MG number goes with it. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $3,479. This modern mid-engined roadster is included here as it was something of a bargain at sub-Miata money. Despite worries over parts supply following MG's demise, fixes for failed head gaskets are well known, and there's a good specialist network. So, a decent punt on a quirky roadster for the slightly brave. Expect to see it retailed for more soon. Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Northamptonshire, UK GERMAN #138-1967 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- PORTER Westfalia Campmobile bus. S/N 237004089. Eng. # 6117041. White & green/white fiberglass/ply veneer & white formica. Odo: 4,947 miles. Rare options and last year of the split windshield, with all Campmobile features and fittings, including “Rock and Roll” bed. Rebuilt and repainted. Door seals a bit tired and a little rust in bottom excellent with redone seats in leather; otherwise all original vinyl. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $11,828. These have never really taken off dramatically in the U.K., but they have been gathering speed gently. This Florida car, imported in 2005, hit just enough to sell, near retail money. Well bought. #161-1976 PORSCHE 934 Jagermeister of side door. No rot underneath, one split in floor vinyl. Motor tidy. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $37,572. Brought into the U.K. in 2006 and restored. Sold right where expected. It's not quite as sought-after as a 23-window Samba in the U.K., I reckon, but then it's a few grand behind one of those. Fair money for a collector's item in a discerning market. #157-1973 PORSCHE 911 Carrera RSR replica coupe. S/N 9113200498. 6231260. Eng. White/black # velour. RHD. Odo: 38,930 miles. All the right bits in a sound '73 shell, though with a little rust and crumbliness in trunk. Exhausts and oil pipes OK. Competition look and prep, with big tank, 2.8 RSR crank in S cases, twin-plug heads, Jenvey Cond: 2. SOLD AT $123,849. Offered for sale due to a last-minute change of plans, this climbed healthily over the expected money. Although the price looked quite big, it was only $15k–$20k more than a good RS 2.7 costs to do, and this car carried a lot more expensive hardware. Little intrinsic value as a collectible, but great value for someone who wanted a bigbore weapon. injectors and big 917 brakes, sorted by all the big names in the U.K. 911 world. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $81,754. This would be a cool entry for events such as Tour Britannia, and it should be able to get HTP Gp4 papers if reverted to mechanical injection. Really nice RS 2.7 replicas fetch $65k–$75k, which makes this look a little expensive. #146-1974 PORSCHE 914 2.0 Targa. S/N 4742919700. Eng. # 014342. Orange/black leather & vinyl. Odo: 38,781 miles. No obvious rot in structure. Tidy and straight, but feels a bit 110 ITALIAN #111-1990 LANCIA DELTA INTE- GRALE 16v 2­dr sedan. S/N ZLA831ABO00510610. Anthracite/striped velour. Odo: 65,333 km. This is the one with the improved 47/53% f/r torque split and electrovalve that allowed temporary overboost to 220 ft-lb. Appears good and original, with only two owners and full service history, including two cambelt changes already, plus a clutch (not uncommon). No bubbles around the front windshield or pillars. Velour interior unworn. Offered on a Swedish registration but race replica coupe. S/N 9306700633. Eng. # 6760757. Orange/black velour. RHD. Good 934 replica based on a 930 turbo with all the right bits (but shouldn't it be left-hand drive?). Hardly used, as it was only completed mid2011. Straight and tidy. Fitted with some cockpit electronics. Sold with eight spare wheels. with EU import taxes paid. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $20,526. The holy ‘Grale. Prices for these vary wildly, as there's a bewildering number of different evolutions and specs, in escalating degrees of fierceness, and all values are complicated by individual service history and degree of rust. This one seemed honest and looked-after, and it fetched market-value money. Fairly bought and sold, and hard to find unmessed-with. AMERICAN #134-1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N P5FH199717. Red/white fiberglass hard top/white vinyl soft top/red & white vinyl. Odo: 13,315 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. First year of T-bird production. Straight over solid chassis with good paint, shows a few small flaws in the chrome, one mirror missing. Interior good and original, with excellent dash. Equipped with Continental kit, fiberglass port- edgy, with some dust and sink marks in paint. Alloys original and unscuffed. Interior is hole hardtop, plus slightly grubby white vinyl soft top. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $33,224. This presented as an honest enough car, but it just seemed like bidders who would care were elsewhere. The porthole top is a bonus. It reportedly last sold in 1998 for $52k, but $42k is about top of the market for a '55 today. Well bought. #162-1964 FORD FALCON race car. S/N N/A. Orange/black vinyl. 358-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Jellymold-looking modified racer, claimed the most highly developed Falcon in the U.K., built at a reputed cost of $200k-plus, for series that run to much looser specs than FIA. Flared arches and wavy fiberglass, so finish not utmost in the builder's mind, but equipped with trick suspension, red-hot engine, Jerico gearbox, water-cooled 6-pot front calipers, fully linked camber- and toe-adjustable rear axle (via CVJs), plus lots of other expen- Sports Car Market


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sive goodies. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $60,011. Decent FIA race Mustangs start at about $85k in Europe, and Falcons perhaps cost a little less. This was even cheaper, reflecting its lack of broad appeal. But, as ever, sold for far less than it would have cost to build, considering which, this monster looks cheap. #130-1964 SHELBY GT350 coupe. S/N SFM6S2042. White & blue/black vinyl. Odo: 70,335 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Real example of a car that's rare in the U.K. Originally supplied in Ivy Green with rear seat. Straight and tidy, age of windows-in repaint is unclear, although it could be as early as '78. Now with some rust bubbling out under the door kick plates. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $161,769. In England by 1977, once owned by celeb DJ Chris Evans and being sold by a previous owner who bought it back. Price paid was on the money for a Shelby in England. © May 2012 111


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The Worldwide Group Atlantic City, NJ The Classics at the Trump Taj Mahal The 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429, initially hammered as a no-sale for $220,000, became the top seller of the event post-block at $222,000 Company Worldwide Auctioneers Date February 24, 2012 Location Atlantic City, NJ Auctioneers Rod Egan, John Kruse Automotive lots sold/offered 33/66 Sales rate 50% Sales total $2,104,420 High sale 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429, sold at $222,000 Buyer's premium 10%, included in sold prices 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 — $222,000 Report and photos by Chip Lamb Market opinions in italics I n late February, Worldwide Auctioneers returned to the Trump Taj Mahal to host its second high-end collector car auction during Atlantic City's established car show weekend. While promoter John Chiara's G. Potter King auction, swap meet and car corral at the massive Atlantic City Convention Center across town continues to prosper, it makes sense that a higher-end catalog-style event would also still do well in its own right. After all, for nearly a decade, Chiara put on his own “high-line” sale at the Taj as well as at the Borgata around the corner before putting the boys from Auburn in charge last year. And last year, Worldwide Auctioneers was able to achieve $2.9m in sales from just 32 cars, with an average price per car of $91,614. Leading up to Worldwide's first event for 2012, many regulars were unsure whether the Indiana company would return for a second bite at the New Jersey sale. But they did and bidders were not disappointed when they arrived at the Trump Taj Mahal. Worldwide handily fielded an eclectic group of high-quality consignments that epitomized “something for everyone.” High-sale honors fell to an aged 1929 Auburn 8-125 Boattail Speedster at $165,000, followed by a 1931 112 Atlantic City, NJ Cadillac 355A Phaeton that reached $138,600. Right behind it, a 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz sold for just $1,100 less. A day or two later, company president John Kruse announced that a deal had come together on the 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 which had initially been hammered as a no-sale for $220,000. After some negotiation, $222,000 became the “all-in” price, and the car took over the top spot in the results list. Notable no-sales included a beautiful 1953 Cadillac Eldorado at a high bid of $185,000, a claimed all-original 1971 Challenger R/T Hemi $170,000, and a genuine 1968 Plymouth Barracuda B029 Hemi dragster at for $140,000. Worldwide put on an entertaining auction; the talents and decades of experience in their field firmly establish John Kruse and Rod Egan, as well as many of their staff, well into the upper rungs in the auction industry. Although results were slightly down from the $2.9m achieved last year, final totals were still well beyond what was achieved back in the days of G. Potter King's Borgata sale. I can't help but think that an earlier catalog (it was a bit late this year) might have boosted the bottom line here, as it would have drummed up more interest earlier on. But even so, the company still achieved a good result in Atlantic City. ♦ Sales Totals $3m $2.5m $2m $1.5m $1m $.5m 0 Sports Car Market 2012 2011


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The Worldwide Group Atlantic City, NJ ENGLISH #60-1949 MG YT roadster. S/N HX56754. Red/tan cloth/red leather. Odo: 336 miles. High-quality restoration exhibits great paint quality and panel fit, apart from adjustment of door latches, which rattle when shut. Chrome and brightwork show only the slightest marks. Interior authentic and tidy throughout, top same. Engine compartment nicely detailed and mechanically up to snuff. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $55,000. One of the most interesting cars in Atlantic City all weekend, this powerful postwar MG tourer had beautiful lines and was a U.S.- or Continental-specification export model to boot. I think the low bidding was just a case of a late consignment running late in the auction to a diminishing crowd. Well bought. #2-1950 SUNBEAM­TALBOT 90 Mk I drophead coupe. S/N 3803445. Ivory/tan cloth/red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 91,080 miles. Older respray exhibits numerous scrapes, scuffs, chips and touch-up spots. Lacquer finish lightly crazed. Body fit not terrible but was likely somewhat better when new. Chrome pitted, even down to base plating on bumpers; brightwork better and likewise original. Interior redone by boat shop to driver quality, not the detailed but not overdone, porcelain exhaust manifolds correct and appealing. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. Restored sometime since the mid-1990s, this car went on to score well at a 2003 JCNA national meet. It wouldn't do it again today, but signs of use and graceful aging keep it an attractive and desirable piece. That said, the high bid should have been close enough to initiate negotiations. The dealer seller likely took it home. highest-quality materials. Engine compartment clean but undetailed and shows some evidence of haphazard wiring repairs. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $17,500. Very cool if rather dowdy, this car was said to be the only example in the U.S. The Thrupp & Maberly coachwork makes it more interesting but doesn't warrant more than the high bid. Seller should have taken the reserve off well before it was bid this far. #35-1959 TURNER MK I roadster. S/N 60275. White/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 67,156 miles. Not restored, but repainted some time ago. Limited brightwork decent, wire wheels exhibit no damage. Roll bar cut into rear body 114 #40-1967 AUSTIN­HEALEY 3000 Mk III BJ8 convertible. S/N 29KRVH16957. Red & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 70,123 tailed. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,900. A goodlooking Ponton and an S to boot; the reserve came off at the high bid, and it hammered sold before another bid or two might have come in. I thought about it, but even two dollars more would have put the price into five figures, shipping charges notwithstanding. Considering the overall condition, it was fairly bought and sold. #18-1961 PORSCHE 356B 1600 Super coupe. S/N 116267. White/tan vinyl. Odo: 45 miles. Fresh restoration exhibits less-than-fantastic door and panel fit, right side of cowl beneath windshield is scuffed. Rear window original and scratched. Chrome and brightwork without issue. Interior all redone and inviting. but likely vintage racing-legal. Interior a bit shabby with older harnesses and some scary wiring under dash. Engine bay serviceable but not detailed to any standard. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $21,000. While this was a Turner and possibly one of Turner's own original team cars (not documented outside of the catalog), it would require quite a bit to run with any of today's sanctioning bodies. As one might say, “You lost me with the scary wiring.” Correctly bid for condition. #25-1966 JAGUAR XKE Series I convertible. S/N 1E11264. Red/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 3,430 miles. Older restoration uniform throughout, with only mild polishing marks to finish. Chrome and brightwork likewise, no major failings. Tan top and soft boot undamaged, light fading. Interior exhibits signs of use and light age. Engine compartment well miles. Not really a restoration but an older refurbishment with good quality paint now suffering from age. Chrome and brightwork somewhat marked but uniform in quality. Interior redone in incorrect shiny vinyl. Engine compartment detailed more recently but firewall and sides callously done with a can of black paint. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $38,000. Probably a fine Sunday driver, but nothing to show off at even a British car show. This final-year Big Healey didn't look all that bad unless you got up close, where its shortcomings were many. That said, price was a little on the light side. GERMAN #6-1957 MERCEDES­BENZ 220S sedan. S/N 1800107508344. Black/red leather. Odo: 92,630 miles. Old paint could be corrected some but not to show condition. Uniform rustfree body is straight down both sides. Chrome and brightwork worn, pitted. Leather re-dyed some years ago, wood along door tops shows wear. Engine compartment clean but not de- Engine compartment well detailed, but has strong smell of raw fuel. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $64,000. Polar White on this car was a little polarizing, and for a B coupe, the money seen here was all of it and a little more, considering Sports Car Market


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The Worldwide Group Atlantic City, NJ some of the issues that need to be corrected. Seller should have cut it loose. #34-1969 MERCEDES­BENZ 280SE convertible. S/N 11102512002241. Signal Red/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 41,322 miles. Modern red seems inappropriate on this classic W111, and overspray in door jambs doesn't help either. Chrome and brightwork lightly scratched and marked. Incorrect turn signals on front date from 1970 and later. Interior, by contrast, looks both pristine and authentic. Engine compartment detailing not authentic or comprehensive; polished cam cover and intake manifold stand out atop somewhat grungy engine and firewall. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $62,500. Incorrect in a number of ways. High bid was all the money in the world and then some for the weak condition and correctness. Seller should have cut and run. #14-1969 MERCEDES­BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11301412011309. Medium red/medium red hard top/black cloth soft top/parchment MB-Tex. Odo: 57,259 miles. Older comprehensive respray not part of a full restoration but extends well into jambs. Body straight and sound. Chrome bumpers quite possibly redone, brightwork appears to be original, with light polishing marks. Interior redone, texture and fit of MB-Tex on seats is incorrect. partment sub-par. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $71,000. A no-sale in June 2011 at Bonhams' Greenwich sale for an undisclosed high bid (SCM# 182723), then a $70,000 no-sale in August 2011 at Bonhams' Carmel sale (SCM# 183070), not to mention relentless attempts on eBay in the “Other Makes” category. Now requiring restoration and with an alloy body, the serious collectors who would want it are also savvy enough to know what they're getting into. A market bid. #3-1985 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER Veloce convertible. S/N ZARBA541XF1021498. Mint green metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 44,061 miles. Uniform finish marred by a few small bubble spots on varied panel edges. Driver's door fits poorly. Windshield cloudy from light delamination. brightwork average Chrome and with rusty fasteners. Interior and top original and very presentable. wheels not badly marked. Interior dry and exhibits more wear than expected for mileage. Engine compartment clean but not detailed. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $32,450. The key broke off in the ignition lock as it approached the block, but even that bad omen did not dissuade the bidders. Despite being auctioned from the side of the room, it still sold for what one with no wear or rust might have brought. Very well sold. JAPANESE #1-1969 DATSUN 1600 Fairlady convert- ible. S/N 22411. Champagne metallic/black vinyl soft top/white vinyl hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 81,762 miles. Decent driver-quality finish exhibits some age and shrinkage. Similarly straight unrestored body does not appear to hide much. White vinyl-covered removable hard top fits poorly and looks terrible. Chrome and brightwork likely original and average, if 74,867 km. Heavy older respray exhibits flaws but is shiny. Chrome and brightwork somewhat pitted. Wheels, hubcaps and trim rings are from a later Aurelia. Interior wear has gone a bit too far, with front seats sacked out. Engine com- Engine compartment gussied up with polished cam cover and inlet manifold, some detailing remains to be done. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $56,100. A somewhat average 280SL, this sold across the block for the price of a fully restored example with a 4-speed manual. I don't think this is an indicator of anything but a retail buyer at one auction who liked the car enough to keep raising his paddle. ITALIAN #56-1950 LANCIA AURELIA B50 cab- riolet. S/N B501159. Eng. # B101197. Navy blue/tan cloth/brown 116 leather. RHD. Odo: Engine compartment in driver condition. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,125. These little Alfas are getting some love lately, so with a little spot paint work and some very heavy detailing, this Spider Veloce will get to the next level without much trouble. The car recently sold for $3,850 at Auctions America by RM's 2011 Fall Carlisle sale (SCM# 186009), making this price look about market-correct. #5-1992 FERRARI 348 TS targa. S/N ZFFRG36AXN0090710. Rosso Corsa/tan leather. Odo: 39,131 miles. Paint issues through driver's door, nose and mismatched targa top are only warnings of things to come. On opening both doors, a frightening amount of rust is visible where the rocker panels meet the sill plates nearly along the whole length. Trim and slightly below driver standard. Interior largely original and shows no major issues. Engine compartment exhibits recent maintenance but no attempt at detailing. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $10,120. Worldwide were wise to pull the top off shortly before the auction, but did not then put the soft boot on all the way. Not a bad price for the first lot off the line, particularly considering the condition. Well sold. AMERICAN #32-1929 AUBURN 8­125 boattail speed- ster. S/N 342441. Cream & orange/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 53,296 miles. 1970sera restoration still shows well, paint only slightly nicked apart from scratches and shrinkage that do not overly detract. Chrome decent, but plating has peeled up right-hand side of windshield and is pitting on headlamps. Interior well preserved, engine compartment exhibits signs of touring but regular and recent use. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $165,000. This boattail has been rebodied, but unlike many, it Sports Car Market


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The Worldwide Group Atlantic City, NJ actually started out as one. As such, the engine number matches the frame number. This is a well-known car in AACA and CCCA circles, so despite being naturally aspirated and a bit dowdy, it is reportedly off for a trip across the ocean due no doubt in part to provenance. #58-1929 PACKARD EIGHT Model 633 phaeton. S/N 259184. Green & black/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 905 miles. High-quality older restoration likely done in the 1980s. Lacquer crazed somewhat on fenders and is a bit flat on the body, although will likely buff out. Chrome and brightwork remain well done and preserved throughout. Tan cloth top very pretty, leather rear trunk not bad either. Tan hood beneath finish. Body otherwise flawless. Radiator shell exhibits light polishing marks, rest of chrome and brightwork unblemished. Interior crisp if slightly dry. Engine compartment remains highly detailed, though light use is evident. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $138,600. Offered without reserve in the catalog and from the time the gavel went up, bidding was spirited from the $80,000 mark to $120,000. From there, thousand dollar increments did in all but one of its suitors until it finally changed hands. The chrome wires are a bit much, but we are in New Jersey after all, where a little more bling is always appreciated. #38-1933 CHEVROLET MASTER EAGLE rumble seat cabriolet. S/N 336927. Orange & brown/tan cloth/brown vinyl. Odo: 903 miles. Abysmal old refurbishment, dying lacquer paint heavy with multiple defects and blemishes throughout. Body seems straight and solid. Nickel and chrome flat throughout. Tan difference at the higher price, at least at this venue. I consider this slightly well sold, since it's not exactly made to be driven except perhaps on a new airport runway. #41-1937 CADILLAC SERIES 85 V12 limousine. S/N 41320. Maroon/black vinyl/tan cloth. Odo: 47,691 miles. Great older restoration exhibits even panel fit and only minor scuffs and light marks to finish. Chrome and brightwork aged slightly. Interior slightly worn and very original in appearance. Engine com- hides on seats and other interior fittings immaculate though driver's seat somewhat bunched. Period engine compartment detailing not unwound from extensive touring. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $125,000. A very likable car on par with lot 20, the 1931 Cadillac that sold without reserve for $138,600; one more bid would might have been enough to get this sold for a similar price. But it did not, and it went back home. #20-1931 CADILLAC 355A sport phaeton. S/N 806299. Black/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 55,934 miles. Comprehensive restoration likely dates back a decade or more. Paint uniform, flaws noted on right side of Ford V8 likewise odd. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $104,500. I started out thinking that the big drawback to this was that it was done in fiberglass, but the amount of time and investment to craft it in metal wouldn't have made up the 118 restored apart from unsightly exhaust manifolds. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $53,900. The big Cadillac V8s had porcelainized exhaust manifolds through the last flathead in 1948 and they are immediately evident as they straddle the intake manifold. The last pair I had redone from scratch didn't cost more than $400, so addressing this will not cost the new owner much to improve lots of eyeball under the hood. Slightly well bought. Sports Car Market cloth top faded and loose-fitting. Redone vinyl interior reminiscent of a school bus. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $22,000. This quasi-photogenic car presented much better in the catalog than in reality. While about the top of the line for Chevrolet in 1933, this example looked fit only for restoration. Well sold. boattail speedster. S/N 12885875. Orange & black/black #26-1936 FORD LOCKHART TRIBUTE cloth/black miles. Hand-laid fiberglass body fits well, finish quality excellent with only small rub marks on panel edges. Cloth top fits well and looks good. Jaguar XK-inspired seats simple and unobstrusive. Engine compartment detailed with faux Ferrari valve covers atop SOHC modular leather. Odo: 101 partment highly detailed. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $76,000. Used in the television show “The Munsters” during the 1960s, this car was originally owned by a Southern California physician who drove it only sparingly. Though reportedly resprayed just once, I thought it looked like more had been done, most likely by the television producer Bob Mosier, who owned the car for a few decades. High bid was a little light, but not by much. #15-1939 LASALLE SERIES 50 convert- ible. S/N 2309432. Blue-gray/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 58,297 miles. Comprehensively restored, paint and body uniform, correct and very hard to fault. Underbody not overdone, though car likely not a frame-off restoration. Chrome and brightwork exhibit light use, accessory grille guard a nice touch. Interior hard to fault throughout. Engine compartment nicely


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The Worldwide Group Atlantic City, NJ #47-1939 PACKARD TWELVE All Weather Cabriolet. S/N E17082016. Black/tan cloth/gray leather & tan cloth. Odo: 17,354 miles. Older repaint uniform and still decent despite age. Chrome redone, right hood handle latch loose and comes off. Top likely original, with removable top over driver's compartment and landau type over the rear seating area. Interior original, save for back-rest on driver's side, re-covered in vinyl. Engine appears freshly refinished, and catalog mentions recent work. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $120,000. Said to be one of four built. Over $11,000 had reportedly been spent on this car in mechanical work. Those two things considered, it's obvious why the seller was reluctant to let it go. #7-1941 FORD SUPER DELUXE con- vertible. S/N 186708995. Olive green/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 168 miles. Older two-year body-off-the-frame restoration. Shows shrinkage, numerous shortcuts and defects in prep work and finish quality. Some panel fit issues. Uniform chrome and much shiny chrome. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $105,000. I've never seen a high-quality street rod based on one of these woodie wagons, due at least in part to the cars' high values in stock trim. This was probably a real project at one point, given all the new wood and the other custom touches. The high bid seemed generous to me, but without any comparable examples. It's a hard one to call. #55-1948 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY Barrelback sedan. S/N 71003475. Maroon & wood/red vinyl & Highlander plaid cloth. Odo: 64,443 miles. 250-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Two-decade-old restoration very well preserved. Excellent paint has just a few touch-ups and other blemishes. Original white ash wood remains well preserved, though trunk lid very high at front corners. Chrome and brightwork show only very light aging. Interior nice, though the original SOLD AT $41,800. A striking car due to its body style and rarity (one of just 1,822 built in 1951) as a commercial-bodied Pontiac. It lacked the same curb appeal as lot #4, the '52 Pontiac Chieftain convertible, but it still sold well to someone about as fascinated with it as I was but with a little more love for the marque. #4-1952 PONTIAC CHIEFTAIN Deluxe convertible. S/N K8WH24666. Black/tan cloth/maroon leather. Odo: 70,226 miles. 268ci I8, 2-bbl, auto. Older refurbishment has lost much luster. Uniform polishing marks, spidering and numerous touch-ups date the finish. Passenger's door fits and closes poorly. Chrome and brightwork redone in places, preserved original in others. Threadbare tan top very likely original. Interior tidy but likewise shows brightwork. Top and interior redone but aging. Engine compartment detailing has unwound slightly. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $36,000. This Super Deluxe was redone perhaps 15 years ago, and the color was not particularly appealing or accurate. The high bid may have been light, but not by much. woodie wagon. S/N 20FKK23371. Navy blue metallic/blue leather. Odo: 1,019 #44-1948 CHEVROLET FLEETLINE cloth/tan miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Exquisitely restored with authentic looks on the outside and modern amenities underneath and inside. Paint nearly flawless, wood all looks more like new reproduction or custom-made. Driver's door shuts poorly. Chrome and brightwork newly done and uniform. Interior very interesting with leather seats and lots of modern trim. Engine compartment dressed for success with 120 Highlander interior had leather and not vinyl. Engine compartment shows signs of two decades' worth of use but would only require very mild detailing. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $120,000. This stunner was let down by the base 6-cylinder engine. The original wood helps, but the warped rear deck lid makes parking outside more than the usual precarious situation, since chances are it's going to leak. High bid was a little light across the block, but the deal got done in post-sale a day later. #61-1951 PONTIAC SEDAN DELIVERY Model 2571 wagon. S/N P8UH58401. Black/brown vinyl. Odo: 41,917 miles. 268-ci I8, 2-bbl, auto. Very old restoration is not without surface flaws, shrinkage and waviness to exterior finish. Panel fit remains good, probably as built. Chrome and brightwork both appear older and may be original. Spartan interior includes a heater, although rear compartment fully carpeted in high-quality materials. Engine compartment sports older detailing. Cond: 3+. Sports Car Market its age. Engine compartment detailing dates back decades. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. Not much curb appeal here despite over 20 factory options on a rare car. In order to get this to the sort of “excitement” Pontiac later touted in their advertising, a fairly comprehensive restoration would be needed. This bid would have bought a similarly nice (or nicer) 1952 Cadillac Series 62 convertible, so this definitely should have sold. BEST BUY #45-1953 BUICK ROADMASTER Skylark convertible. S/N 17052256. Black/white vinyl/red & white leather. Odo: 75,642 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto.


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The Worldwide Group Atlantic City, NJ Older thick black lacquer covered in newer dust, body shows numerous dings and dents. Correct original red wheelwells appear solid. Body and door gaps fair to poor. Stainless trim not overly abused, diecast metal pitting, chrome bumpers pitted and rusty in tight areas. Petrified weatherstripping throughout, older top barely intact and pulling in all directions, original interior still suffering. Engine bay likewise original. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $51,700. Last seen at Keenan's Ernie Clair auction in September, 2007 where it sold for $78,100 allin (SCM #47153). I saw it then as now, so the barn find look it sported today was a little ridiculous (even though the catalog photo also showed it clean). Surprisingly, the reserve came off around $45,000, and it garnered a few more bids before selling on to a new owner. Well bought. #16-1953 CADILLAC ELDORADO con- vertible. S/N 536244133. Azure Blue/dark blue cloth/white leather. Odo: 1,375 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Comprehensive overrestoration appears recent and without issue, though the car they started with may have been somewhat rusty at the beginning. Chrome and brightwork faultless. Interior likewise along with good-fitting Haartz cloth top. Engine compartment surprisingly not as blinged-out as a mismatch. Engine compartment tidy and well detailed but does not appear professional. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $57,000. One of 701 pace-car replicas built for 1954, this is without argument a rare car, but the word “restoration” can mean so many different things. Here it was the combination of professional paint over DIY assembly. The high bid was all the money given the number of corrections needed. #12-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- the rest of the car. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $185,000. A few tiny issues held this $250kplus restoration back a bit, but then again so do some add-ons such as the Continental kit, and for that matter, the color scheme inside and out. A Motorama car with very low production figures and rare in this sort of exuberant restoration, but the high bid was not that far off in this marketplace. #54-1954 CHEVROLET “Tin Woodie” wagon. S/N B54K060898. Tan & painted wood/tan vinyl. Odo: 20,511 miles. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, 5-sp. Painted “wood” skillfully executed. Paint mismatch between hood and front fenders, otherwise uniform. Chrome lightly marked, brightwork possibly unrestored and just pol- behind seat reveals no convertible top or frame. Engine compartment exhibits light use and could stand re-detailing for show. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $52,500. The auction description emphasized that both tops were included, but anyone who inspected the boot might have been confused. High bid looked like a fair price, but it wasn't enough for this seller. I tend to think it ought to have been. 122 vertible. S/N P6FH163962. Peacock Blue/white hard top/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 70,860 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Comprehensive older restoration uniform in quality of paint and body fit, except for the passenger's door, which does not readily close. Chrome and brightwork largely redone, some brightwork original and carefully polished. Interior likewise presents well, though cover wall and inner fenders. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $137,500. This car played havoc with Worldwide's dedicated staff, and I am confident that the gas smell and starting problems were rectified by auction time. There's always some drama when a car experiences technical difficulties during an auction, and Worldwide's persistence made this one of the top sales of the night. Well bought and sold, nicely in the middle of the $92k–$164k SCM price guide range. #13-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2­dr hard top. S/N VC57B209371. Colonial Cream Yellow & white steel/yellow & black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 62,572 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Claimed original paintwork appears correct and unmolested throughout jambs, engine compartment and rear into door well. Polished through a bit on front fenders. Body straight and solid throughout. Original chrome and brightwork in appropriate condition for mileage. Interior completely original and ex- ished. Interior tidy and carefully crafted, particularly around custom 5-speed Tremec floor shifter. Engine compartment tidy, not over-detailed, with finned valve cover. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $29,000. A cool surf wagon that looked good and usable, particularly with the custom 5-speed, but high bid seemed about right. Seller might take it out west and do better marketing it to surfers. #22-1954 DODGE ROYAL Indy 500 pace car convertible. S/N 38530446. Yellow/black cloth/yellow & black vinyl. Odo: 87,334 miles. 241-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older restoration exhibits some corners cut with below-average panel fit. Lots of filler at front lip of hood suggests that rust was a big problem. Mild blemishes to chrome and brightwork. Interior redone, looks older than paint, and dyed yellow stands out as #30-1957 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. S/N 5762084802. Bahama Blue/white vinyl/medium blue leather. Odo: 12,003 miles. 365-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. High-quality older restoration with uniform finish shows only light shrinkage and fading throughout. Chrome and brightwork uniform from bumpers to Sabre wheels, just very slight pitting to diecast items dates the work a bit. Interior fastidiously executed and preserved since. Engine compartment reeks of raw fuel and is dusty against the pristine paint on fire- hibits similar wear. Engine compartment steam-cleaned at one point and down to bare metal on valve covers and other accessories in places. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $42,625. Doing such a hard clean on something this old hurts it more than having a little dirt over much of those original finishes. I've seen this sort of treatment take off years of patina; perhaps I'm lucky that I learned never to polish my silver dollars as a child. This was a little on the tatty side, even as a surviving example, so the high bid was a little bit generous for condition. Slightly well sold. Sports Car Market


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The Worldwide Group Atlantic City, NJ #52-1958 CHEVROLET IMPALA con- vertible. S/N F58L131697. Rio Red/white vinyl/orange, black & gray vinyl. Odo: 2,029 miles. 348-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored a decade or so ago by a well-known custom car builder, and remains in great condition. Panel fit slightly off at left front fender to driver's door, paint and body otherwise uniform. Chrome and brightwork exhibit a light haze and have some polishing marks. Interior and well turned out. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $55,000. Restored originally over a decade ago and “freshened” last year, this was a pretty good looking car all around. It bid to $50,000 on the block, but the seller held out for more, which he got in post-sale a day or so later. #46-1965 FORD MUSTANG 2+2 fast- top remain as restored. Engine compartment nearly faultless. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $121,000. An AACA Senior car in 2005 and a more recent award-winner at the New England Concours in 2009, this was a nice example with the big 348 and factory a/c, plus some other good options. Prices for these cars are all over the map, but the good ones still break $100k on a regular basis. This one disappointed neither buyer or seller. #51-1964 SHELBY DAYTONA replica coupe. S/N 4H170206325. Gray/aluminum racing seats. Odo: 1,791 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Great paint finish and overall body and panel fit let down somewhat by balky driver's door and latch. Glass and plexiglass fresh. Spartan interior very tidy. Engine com- nicely turned out with digital instruments and plush seats. Engine compartment done in restomod trim and looks the part. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $36,300. The guy who built this did it right—he started out with a rust-free Arizona C-code fastback and made it to suit his taste. It wasn't too outrageous, since more than a few in the room handily took this past the reserve price. I'd say well sold, but then again, I'd probably rather have one of these than pay the same amount for a new car. partment well prepared. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $49,500. This well constructed and well engineered tribute to the Shelby Daytona. Probably cost more to build than was bid here. But it was far from a comfortable street GT and not exactly vintage-eligible, despite the hand of Peter Brock behind it. The seller will be hard-pressed to do much better. #37-1965 FORD MUSTANG convertible. S/N 5F08K643867. Poppy Red/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 4,894 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. High-quality restoration must have hit a snag later on, as paint mismatch from right rear quarter into door is obvious. Body fit decent. Chrome redone, brightwork original and scratched, most heavily around windshield. Interior pristine, as is top. Engine compartment 124 4­dr convertible. S/N 5Y86N425263. Black/white #8-1965 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL vinyl/dark green leather. Odo: 5,402 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Straight and solid body. Paint claimed original. Chrome and brightwork have no major issues apart from light aging. White top possibly original, green leather interior definitely so, with serious foam issues in driver's seat. Engine compart- need of renewal. Engine compartment clean but undetailed. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $27,000. Unsuccessfully bid to $27k across the block, the car had little appeal beyond being a usable driver. I don't see an upside at anything above, say, $20k, given that a near-complete restoration is in order. High bid should really have been enough and then some. #42-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194377S114949. Sunfire Yellow/brown leather. Odo: 47,014 miles. 427ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Older respray on highly original car remains very presentable. Chrome and brightwork appear original, uni- Sports Car Market back. S/N 5R09C184822. Electric blue/white leather. Odo: 407 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Unusual resto-mod redone in a more vibrant color than offered by Ford in 1965. Paint quality uniform throughout with only minor flaws and sub-surface prep issues. Body solid and straight. Chrome and brightwork nice. Rear window scratched somewhat. Interior very compartment hastily detailed. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,250. Hardly a stunning example, but an interesting driver nonetheless with the dualquad 425. It took some valiant efforts on the part of auctioneer Rod Egan to get the reserve off at this number, but his perseverance paid off. Well bought by someone who can do more, well sold by someone who might not have been able to. #59-1967 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2­dr hard top. S/N 138177B175946. Aqua metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 82,616 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Numerous surface imperfections under older respray, including dirt and pitting to underlying metal. Panel fit subpar. Chrome heavily pitted, brightwork original and scuffed. Interior likewise original and in ment undetailed and somewhat dirty. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $30,000. The green leather was interesting but the driver's seat was in need of attention, and the rest was just not as crisp or clean as I'd expected. The high bid plus the 10% commission on top of it really ought to have been enough. #11-1966 BUICK RIVIERA GS 2­dr hard top. S/N 494876H923089. Aqua metallic/white vinyl. Odo: 80,319 miles. 425-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older respray appears to have been done in stages or incompletely, as panels do not match perfectly. Chrome bumpers redone, brightwork around windows and other diecast pieces original. Original interior features re-dyed seats and a musty odor. Engine


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The Worldwide Group Atlantic City, NJ form and well-preserved. Kelsey-Hayes bolton alloy wheels may not be original. Original leather interior nicer than in many restored cars. Engine bay hastily detailed with leaves a nice impression. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $41,800. With just one mile added since it sold for $37,400 at 2011 Fall Carlisle just months ago, the seller took a bit of a haircut when you factor in commission and costs (SCM# 186049). A market-correct transaction then and today. #21-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE something that's really only good for the nostalgic drag racing circuit. #29-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO a rattlecan, but most original accessories intact. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $71,500. There was a little work to be done here, but the end result will be worthwhile—particularly with the original brown leather and L71 powertrain. Fairly bought and sold here. #39-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. S/N 124378N426369. Matador Red & white/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 62,378 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older exterior restoration shows just light scratches and swirls from polishing. Chrome and brightwork well above average. Interior exhibits many original elements but also some wear. Engine compartment tidy, but detailing has come slightly COPO coupe. S/N 124379N690437. Tuxedo Black/black vinyl. Odo: 15,550 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. High-quality body and paint arguably better than when it left the dealership showroom in 1969. Correctable buffing marks on rear deck lid just held it back a bit. Chrome and brightwork faultless, as is interior. Engine compartment detailing completely correct and show-prepared. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $140,000. Reportedly one of three COPO L71 convertible. S/N 194679S720191. Cordovan Maroon/black vinyl soft top/maroon hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 62,363 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Older NCRS Top Flight restoration exhibits light pitting and shrinkage to otherwise uniform finish. Scuffing on rear deck from hard top. Chrome and brightwork well preserved and may well be original apart from added sidepipes. Interior undone. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. A desirable one-of-one combination with the white vinyl roof and M21 close-ratio 4-speed, this Z/28 unfortunately lost its original engine in 1969, but the DZ302 was the correct replacement. It also sported the 4.56:1 Positraction rear axle, so you know it really was born to race. Not bad, but not good enough to pull more than this. #50-1968 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA B029 Hemi Super Stock Lightweight 2­dr hard top. S/N B029M8B390673. White/black vinyl. Odo: 41 miles. 580-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. 33-mile original car. Comprehensive long-term restoration took 14 years and was completed about six years ago. Uniform paint quality throughout, with no evident flaws. Chrome, brightwork and other trim elements are similar. Interior clean. Engine compartment well prepared and spotless. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $140,000. Mechanically rebuilt after being run a 1/4-mile at a time; there wasn't much wrong with the car's cosmetics, and all the stuff that made it go was backed up by plenty of receipts. That said, seller turned down a lot of money for 126 Camaros with a 4.56:1 rear end and kitted out with the M22 Rock Crusher transmission, it's likely that the mileage on this one is original, making restoration that much more pleasant when done to this standard. Seller had a bunch of signs surrounding the car and hovered over all comers—a benefit in certain sales—but might have hurt him a little here, as it made careful examination difficult during preview. At the price bid, seller was correct to hold on. #23-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS 396 coupe. S/N 124379N581331. Frost green/black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 320 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Straight body and highquality finish leave little to be desired. Chrome restored, brightwork original and lightly marred by installation. Driver's door and deck lid fit could stand adjustment. Interior compre- nice, with much originality and little wear. Engine compartment more authentic but lacks a bit of eyeball from older detailing. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $75,900. This was all the money for a C3 L71 in this sort of condition. It's no longer show-worthy, and getting it there would put the new owner underwater very quickly. Here's hoping that it's a fantastic driver beyond all expectations. #33-1969 SHELBY GT500 fastback. S/N 9F02R482578. Grabber Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 79,770 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older restoration has its issues: Hood bowed about halfway down front clip, driver's door fits poorly and rattles. Color a bit too fluorescent, likely due to modern materials. Chrome redone, brightwork original and both show some polishing marks. Interior well done and may have some originality. Engine compartment lightly detailed but exhibits signs of use. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $82,500. While documented as one of 16 in Grabber Yellow with a Marti Report, the execution of this GT500 just wasn't up to par. The high bid would have been enough for a better car, and it really should have sold. #36-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 hensively new throughout, although seats overstuffed, and steering wheel restored to very high-gloss finish stands out and looks incorrect. Engine compartment with factory a/c fastback. S/N 0F02Z137929. Grabber Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 32,240 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Well presented older restoration not badly aged or overdone. Paint uniform Sports Car Market


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The Worldwide Group Atlantic City, NJ throughout, body straight and sound. Chrome and brightwork without much complaint. Interior possibly original to the car or from shelf-worn N.O.S. items and seems a bit weak. Engine compartment correct and nicely turned recent respray not without flaws in and beneath surface. Chrome and brightwork original and show the patina of age. Vinyl top original and dirty, interior not much better and smells a bit funny. Engine compartment detailing older but remains tidy. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $14,300. While these rare GTs handle better than the stock cars, this example was not particularly original, attractive or appealing beyond that fact. I was surprised that it brought this much in this condition, unless I missed that gas prices were going down. Well sold. #43-1971 DODGE HEMI CHAL- out. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $222,000. Previously sold for $42,000 at Barret-Jackson's 1999 Scottsdale sale (SCM# 16888). Initially unsold across the block today, it was reported sold following the auction, perhaps even over the following weekend. Unlike many cars here, the car was locked up tight during much of the preview, and the owner was inaccessible for most of the time as well. Access to the documentation that likely got it sold, finally, could have saved the owner and potential suitors the headache of waiting until later. #49-1970 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. S/N 0T05R109834. Dark Ivy Green/black vinyl. Odo: 6,099 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older accurate restoration of a solid original car. Paint lightly swirled throughout from repeated polishing. Driver's door fit off and shuts poorly. Chrome and brightwork likewise older and uniform with no major flaws. Older interior generally tidy, although cloudy gauges do not appear to have been re- does not present as authentic. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $170,000. With a Govier-certified warranty engine replacement, the numbers didn't match here, plus the originality of the car was hard to gauge. The low miles were interesting, but much of what one looks for in a lowmileage car just wasn't here in the details. Seller should have taken this bid. #57-1992 DODGE VIPER RT/10 road- done. Engine compartment shows some use. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $52,250. A Marti Report R-code Mach 1 in a great color. It just lacked some pop, with a decade or more since the major work was done. Hammer price plus commission accounted for all of these factors quite well. #48-1970 OLDSMOBILE TORONADO GT 2­dr hard top. S/N 394870M606824. Nugget Gold/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 72,909 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Heavy across the block that this particular unit was used by Dodge for promotional purposes, which may be how a good number of its few miles were acquired. This was almost tempting, until I remembered just how spartan the first few years of Vipers really were. I also remembered that I might want to drive it occasionally, too. Above-market high bid looked correct for exceptional condition. © May 2012 127 ster. S/N 1B3BR65E5NV100063. Red/black cloth targa top/gray vinyl. Odo: 288 miles. 488ci fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. Remarkably and amazingly new in every respect, this “in the wrapper” Viper has indeed been perfectly stored. Just as nice as a new one in the showroom—inside, outside and underneath. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $43,000. It was mentioned LENGER R/T 2­dr hard top. S/N JS23R1B383597. Top Banana Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 16,240 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Reportedly wears original paint, but entire front clip has been resprayed. Bumpers scratched and lightly crazed, brightwork better with good uniform quality. Interior likely original and very nice throughout. Engine compartment was hastily refinished at one time and


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H&H Auctions Buxton, UK Collectors' Motorcars at Race Retro Also raising eyebrows was the $53,435 paid for a Lagonda special, reckoned to be the only surviving 2.6-litre prototype chassis Company H&H Auctions Date February 16, 2012 Location Buxton, UK Auctioneer Simon Hope Automotive lots sold/offered 34/59 Sales rate 58% Sales total $915,157 High sale 1969 Aston Martin DB6 Mk II, sold at $379,220 Buyer's premium 1947 Lagonda 2.6-Litre prototype roadster Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics drawn). But even so, the company realized a respectable sales rate at its season-opener at its spiritual home of the Octagon Theatre in the pretty Peak District town of Buxton. It was a hike from London, but dealers and private buyers both appeared to enjoy the trip. Top price of the event was a strong $379,220 H for an upgraded Aston Martin DB6. The 1969 Mk II had been bored from 4 to 4.2 liters, and its many upgrades included a modern four-speed automatic transmission replacing the original three-speed Borg Warner. Although it showed a few bubbles and imperfections in the paint, it raised twice what was expected, approaching the lower end of the DB5 market. Why? Simply because two men decided they had to have it after four other bidders dropped out at around $235k. Also raising eyebrows was the $53,435 paid for a Lagonda special, a heroic-looking device that's reckoned to be the only surviving 2.6-litre prototype chassis, now sporting open roadster bodywork of indeterminate age that could have been styled for Wacky Races' Dick Dastardly. Other interesting lots included a 1934 Vauxhall Big Six BXL Limousine, one of only four left running in the world, rescued by a group of enthusiasts after being 128 &H opened its season with a slightly smaller sale than usual, with just 59 cars offered (after three late lots replaced three with- swapped for a 1970 Chrysler 2 Litre and driven to the sale; it fetched $12,497, which meant the sellers nearly got their money back, but they had preserved an important car. Another “limo,” a 1933 Austin Seven stretch (it was originally an ambulance) sold for $6,895 with no tax or MoT, although thankfully it had 850cc Reliant power rather than the original 747cc 13-hp Austin four. A 1941 Ford Woody station wagon that had originally been supplied to Pakistan, rough in detail but straight in body and obviously in fairly recent use, failed to raise its $23,500 estimate. A Lamm Mini convertible was $15,944, which was slightly lower than hoped, a tidy 1989 Porsche 911 turbo cabriolet sold for a strong but market-correct $48,703, and a nicely understated but well kept, used and enjoyed 1954 Bentley R-type Warwickshire, UK fetched $37,922. In addition, a slightly tired 1959 Cadillac Sedan de Ville was $13,790, no doubt destined for promotional activities. A 1946 REO Speedwagon truck made $16,375, while a tidy 2002 Jaguar XK8 in good order and with relatively low mileage showed where the market for these coupes is now, at $9,653. A Lotus Elan SE turbo that had previously been offered at sale looked good value this time at $5,171, and the cheapest car of the sale was an up and running Morris Minor restoration project at $940, and with its current MoT, it could have been driven home from the sale. H&H is known for providing a good selec- tion of grassroots collectibles at its numerous auctions, and with an average price per lot of $26,916, this year's season opener was no disappointment. ♦ $1.8m $300k $600k $900k $1.2m $1.5m 0 Sports Car Market Sales Totals 10%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.64) 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008


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H&H Auctions Buxton, UK ENGLISH #19-1933 AUSTIN SEVEN limousine. S/N 167312. Cream & orange/black vinyl/red leather. RHD. Odo: 41,300 km. And now for something completely different: a stretch limo Seven, based on a WWII ambulance. Now a wedding limo, thankfully with Reliant 850 and 4-speed, giving around twice the power of the original 747-cc Austin. Interior is nice, in a was originally a Park Ward-bodied Sports saloon. Little known history, but rebodied in Vanden Plas style by 1996. Recent repaint isn't the greatest. Fair chrome with a few polish marks, newish blue leather lightly creasing in, a 1948 9A. Unfinished restoration project complete but stripped, per current fashion. Despite rough looks, it's said to run well. All there; steel fenders are in fairly good shape, aluminium body won't require a huge amount more work before painting. Fitted with non-original dash timber refinished with a few small chips. “T7” registration number included in the deal. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $101,856. Not sold on the day with a top bid some ways under the slightly Negotiations continued after chintzy sort of way. Nice timber and a sliding division, too. On the down-side, motorcycle tires and no MoT. And, presumably, extended stopping distances and terrifying chassis flex. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $6,895. Cheaper than a post-war Seven but also not really usable. Vendor was hoping for a bit more, which it might have got if it was a “drive-away,” but I'd call it an oddity fairly bought at the buyer's risk. #50-1934 VAUXHALL BIG SIX Grosvenor Westminster limousine. S/N BXL640436. Blue & black/brown leather. RHD. Restored by a group of enthusiasts, with straight body over new mahogany frame. Nice paint. Very original interior with worn and faded dash and cracked original leather, though headlining is new and some of the timber has been refinished. Beautifully burnished radiator hopeful $125k–$150k estimate. the sale with every expectation that a deal would be struck at just a little more, which would be a fair deal all round, especially as that includes the valuable number. #32-1947 LAGONDA 2.6­LITRE proto- type roadster. S/N LBSEX1. Black/black leather & bare alloy. RHD. Odo: 4,330 miles. As Smokey Yunick once described one of his race cars, “like a Python that had just swallowed a piano.” This very British hot rod is believed to be the only Lagonda 2.6-liter prototype chassis left, fitted with a body of indeterminate age or origin. Engine is now a 3-liter unit with DB3S cams and head mods. All looks well executed, with engine-turned dash, and grab handle for the unfortunate passenger. taillights set into rear fenders. Interior mostly done, dash and instruments good (although odometer is illegible), engine looks all there. Chrome in fair shape, plus there's a decent set of weather equipment. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $5,171. Very rare as home-market cars. Believed originally supplied to Pakistan, then returned home via France, where it was stripped. Priced about right for a car that needs probably another $7k–$10k to finish professionally—or you could just plumb and wire it and use it as a little British rat-rod. #27-1954 AUSTIN­HEALEY 100­4 roadster. S/N BN1155913. Ice right-hand-drive car mohair/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 29,351 miles. Original Blue/blue wearing 100M-type kit (bigger 1 3/4-inch SUs and louvered hood with leather strap) as so many early 100s do, but believed done soon after it left the factory. Beautifully and comphrensively restored in 2009 and mileage believed genuine. Good body and panel fit, but with a few sink Cond: 2. SOLD AT $53,435. Last offered but not sold by Bonhams at Brooklands in shell and lights, still with Lucas owl's eye taillight. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $12,497. One of nine such cars known to exist, of which only four are on the road. Originally swapped for a 1969 Chrysler 2-liter and a late arrival to the sale. Let go for 25% less than hoped for, but more important to the seller's representative is that it went to a good home. #59-1937 BENTLEY 4 1/4 LITRE tourer. S/N B183JY. Blue/blue mohair/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 74,583 miles. 4 1/4 Derby Bentley 130 December of 2011 (SCM #191767). Would be a fitting ride for Dick Dastardly and probably quite an exciting prospect if you can live with the “Wacky Races” image. Hard to value as a one-off, but on a par with a Bentley Mk VI special, which it probably would outperform, just looking at the engine specs—but not really eligible for any serious vintage events, which kills a lot of the fun factor. Price paid seems fair, all things considered. #1-1947 SINGER NINE A tourer. S/N A637R. Bare metal/maroon leather. RHD. Declared a 1947 A, but chassis number says it's marks in paint. Recent retrim and rechrome excellent. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $57,979. In one-family ownership from 1966–2008. Not sold on the day of this high bid, but negotiations continued after the sale with every hope of a deal. Compares well with the 100 prototype in similar condition and color at Bonhams' December 2011 Brooklands sale, which fetched $161,288 (SCM #190046). Would have been a good deal at this price. ster. #12-1955 AUSTIN­HEALEY 100­4 roadS/N BN1221536. Green & cream/beige/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 12,000 Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctions Buxton, UK miles. Older restoration with good panel fit. Some small blemishes in paint, chrome fair, chassis straight and un-dinged. Leather retrimmed in probably non-original color and holding up well, but then it's only covered 12,000 miles since the rebuild. Has the 100M-type mods commonly seen with a lot of BN1s, including 1 3/4-inch SUs and cold-air box under louvered hood. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $39,176. The Healey market has hardened slightly, with the older, purer models gathering value faster than the late 3000s. Although it didn't attract enough money on the day, postsale negotations resulted in this “all-in” figure which probably still allowed a little profit for H&H. With all that in mind, I'd say fairly bought at very close to what the seller was hoping for. #28-1961 MG MIDGET convertible. S/N GAN1906. White/black vinyl/black vinyl & white piping. RHD. Odo: 24,094 miles. MK1 Midget, so quarter-elliptics, 948-cc, drums, and no outer door handles. Older restoration, body straight with recent paint and appears rot-free: sills, floors and spring boxes all good. Replacement engine said to be a good runner. leather just right—creasing in but not cracked. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $32,751. The right money for a proper car. It wasn't in perfect shape, which would cost $10k–$12k more, but it was out of that danger area where shaky, flaky old heaps lurk in wait for the unsuspecting or naïve buyer. Real mileage of 106,300 isn't out of order for 46 years, and regular ongoing maintenance suggests trouble-free motoring. So I'll cautiously suggest a good buy, especially as the auctioneer was hoping for a little more. #45-1969 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Mk II coupe. S/N DB6MK24116R. Blue/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 80,720 miles. Tidy but not concours, with various small bubbles and blemishes in paint, especially at door bottoms and rocker panels, plus a couple of stone chips in the hood. Leather is lightly creased, now with rear seatbelts. Expensively mechanically upgraded with 4.2-liter motor, modern 4-speed autobox by noted transmission specialist, plus Everything is available for these, and it all unbolts, so reviving this could be a straightforward job, even a rolling restoration. However, either as a tired, faded driver or a blank canvas for a concours resto, not worth any more than the price paid. #43-1977 MGB GT coupe. S/N GHD5448170G. Red/gray leather & red piping. RHD. Odo: 52,028 miles. Rubber-bumper car converted to steels with Webasto sunroof as fitted to so many GTs. Solid, clean and tidy following 2010 restoration. On aftermarket chrome wires. Inside still smells new with fresh leather and carpets, plus shiny walnut dash and Tidy interior could be original. New exhaust. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $8,963. At the winning bid, this was potentially a very nice little buy, if you can live with the period Ace wheel trims— usually seen on 1950s Bedford coaches, and rather hideous on a sports car, yet very periodcorrect and interesting to see. #24-1965 BENTLEY S3 saloon. S/N B244HN. Black over Shell Gray/red leather. RHD. Odo: 6,300 miles. Charming old thing, not immaculate but good where it matters. Small amounts of paint flaking at edges (painted with windows in, sadly) and black polished through to base silver aren't as important as all the body panels lining up, with good door fit and shuts. Dash nicely mellowed, 132 new brake master cylinders and servo. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $379,220. Huge money for a DB6, especially with slight cosmetic needs, and approaching the bottom end of the DB5 market, but the Mk II is the one to have and expensive upgrades don't affect value much either way. There were six bidders on this, down to two at the $235k mark where it probably should have sold. From then on it was just a matter of figuring out who wanted it more. #62-1970 MORRIS 1000 2­dr sedan. S/N MA2S5D1284211. Eng. # 57336. Maroon/red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 5,720 km. Late Minor with 1100-cc engine and glovebox lid. A complete restoration project as it sits, with some surface rust, though doesn't appear to be rotted out. Interior is all original and all there, with rear seat vinyl excellent, though fronts have gray velour covers and are most likely not. Has a current MoT and therefore could be driven from the sale. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $940. door handles. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $10,859. Biggish money for a GT, but fair for a fresh car that could be a daily user, bought at half what it cost to restore. Walnut interior always polarizes buyers' market opinions, but obviously this buyer didn't mind. I'd say it's got retail at £9,995 (about $16k) stamped all over it. #48-1991 JAGUAR XJR 4.0 sedan. S/N 181451. Flamenco Red/beige leather. Odo: 43,648 miles. Not just your usual old smoker fare. 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H&H Auctions Buxton, UK SOLD AT $12,411. This was the replacement for the original XJ6, and the model now has old banger status, with values in the hundreds rather than thousands. This was an exceptional example worth bending the rules for, perhaps, but this massive price paid was twice what anyone expected. Very well sold. #33-1991 LOTUS ELAN SE convertible. S/N MHD17159. Red/black canvas/gray & red leather. RHD. Odo: 91,245 miles. Isuzuengined front-wheel drive “Lotus,” styled by Peter Stevens and possessed of class-leading handling in its day. Shiny and unmarked, aside from one bruise under right headlight. Leather lightly worn and creased, with a few scuffs on seat backs, and window-to-door seals less than perfect. Only real issue is the driver's door It sold a fair bit under estimate, but both buyer and seller should find this a fair deal. FRENCH #18-1936 MATHIS PY coupe. S/N 602826. Black/fawn fabric/red cord. RHD. Charming but with a few quirks—such as lowprofile tires and unfortunate hand-lettered “Mathis” script on sides and wheels. Trunk lid dinged and rippled, interior good. Dull and orange-peeled paint, brasswork dulled and quite Cond: 2. SOLD AT $58,607. The 250 isn't the most desirable SL, but condition counts for more at this level, and this was correctly estimated at $60k–$72k, selling just a little under—a fair deal for both parties. #40-1989 PORSCHE 911 Turbo cabrio- lock, noted to be faulty. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,171. Prices for these looked like they were hardening a couple of years ago, but that appears to have been a spike, as decent cars are once again available for Miata money. The Miata is more reliable, but these are still different enough to warrant attention. I'd say the buyer got the slightly better deal here. ible. S/N SAXXNWBMBBD021925. Nightfire Metallic #39-1991 ROVER MINI Lamm convertRed/black mohair/gray leather & white piping. Odo: 8,423 miles. In good order all around, although door fit mediocre, as by 1991, the Mini tooling was pretty worn out. No issues with paint, alloys unscuffed. Driver's seat leather mildly creased, but otherwise presents as new. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $15,944. but dinged, welded and ripply. Inside, vinyl is probably original, and in good order. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $3,479. A rare car and worth preserving, though not highly valued as a collectible. This one was rough, but not beyond the point of no return. Considering the very obvious issues, it sold at around the right money. Lamm is a German conversion kit for Minis, involving massive strengthening GERMAN girders in body sides, and it is sold by Rover. For something so laughably pointless, this did quite well, attracting the kind of money you'd expect for one of the very last Rover Mini Coopers salted away and with zero miles, or for the bottom end of the market in real classic Coopers. 134 #51-1968 MERCEDES­BENZ 250SL convertible. S/N 11304322002137. Silver/ black mohair/red leather. RHD. Odo: 54,224 miles. Straight body, nice paint done in 2010, door trims rechromed. Door and swage line fit well. Dash original and intact with correctly dulled dash top; floors and sills excellent. Sports Car Market pipes and heat exchangers OK. Sold with two sets of keys and original manuals and service book. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $48,703. Turbo coupes have been firming up and Cabriolets, although less rigid and less useful, can bring more. Contrast this to a Targa on earlier cars which can drop the value by 10 - 15% in Europe. 5-speed and lowish miles means this car should have brought more. Well bought, especially in Europe where prices on Turbos are higher than in the USA. #58-1998 BMW 840CI Sport coupe. S/N WBAEF82060CC67173. Metallic blue/gray charming. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,619. This restored car had been not been run for three years. Hard to value as they're so rare, but looks a comparable or better value than, say, a Morris Eight—which is more common and less elegant. Well bought. #17-1967 RENAULT CARAVELLE coupe. S/N 134920. Silver/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 61,122 miles. Seems rust-free but with an awful paint job that looks put on by hand. Painted-over dinged bumpers don't help, and things are particularly grim around the side windows. Chassis and floors look solid enough, let. S/N WPOZZZ93ZK5020217. Metallic blue/blue mohair/gray & black leather. RHD. Odo: 52,107 miles. Straight and tidy, not hit in front and still wearing paint code sticker under trunk lid. A couple of touched-in stone chips under headlights, though more worrying is the poor door fit. Top is excellent, alloys are unscuffed and leather only lightly creased, though door trims and pockets are more worn. Oil Engine tidy but not concours. Equipped with hard and soft tops and period Becker radio.


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H&H Auctions Buxton, UK leather. RHD. One of two 8-series Bimmers offered at this sale. Tidy and unscuffed, with every indication it's been well cared for. BMW service history to 2008 and specialist servicing since. Leather lightly creased, commensurate with car's age, but that's it. Digital dash, unable to note mileage. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $11,204. These are cheap to buy because they are eyewateringly expensive to look after. This one looked slightly better than the price paid, and unless it generates big bills soon, the new owner has something of a deal. ITALIAN #46-1978 FERRARI 308 GT4 coupe. S/N 13836. White/red leather. RHD. Odo: 40,033 miles. Unusual color but appears straight and sharp following respray in 2010. Floors and sills unrippled, gutter trim a bit chewed. Interior very good with unworn leather and immaculate dash. Engine bay dusty and grubby, newish windows, none of which do it any favors. Interior retrimmed in the wrong materials, but dash is like new. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $12,144. Pity at all the recent money spent in all the wrong places, as getting the rust out of the shell is going to cost a lot more (there's almost no such thing as an uncorroded Z in the U.K.). It did pretty well to get this far, about $5k behind what the seller fondly imagined, but he did the right thing by letting it go. AMERICAN #11-1946 REO SPEEDWAGON pickup. S/N 77834. Black & red/gray vinyl. Odo: 54,894 miles. Restored truck, slightly rippled, but the panels are big and it's black—the worst color for imperfect sheet metal, and sure to highlight flaws. Paint a little orange-peely, but exhaust, suspension rubbers all good. On oversized alloys. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $29,303. Pretty strong money for a GT4, approaching bottom end of the GTB market, especially as this wasn't quite as good as it first looked from 10 paces. The rot-free shell must have been the selling point here. JAPANESE #25-1972 DATSUN 240Z coupe. S/N HS3001577. Orange/black leather & cream piping. RHD. Odo: 24,843 miles. Touted as completely original and with low mileage, but disappointing up close, as the rust has been at it, and there are dings and ripples in both doors. Floors are good, but right front wing is breaking away at bottom, and rust in the front of a Z always goes much further than that. Some small water bubbles in paint are the least of load bed is unworked and unscraped. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,375. Bidding halted well under what the seller was hoping for, but purchase price looked about right for an odd, old American pickup this side of the Atlantic. Now destined for a life in film. #20-1959 CADILLAC DEVILLE 4­dr hard top. S/N 59L094378. White & red/red leather. Odo: 81,154 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Presented on half-flat tires and looking generally unloved. A few dings and scrapes, and probably some plop on the body. Orangepeely white paint, overspray on the chassis your worries. Rechrome is fair. Later alloys fitted, along with glass sunroof and electric May 2012 rails, badges hand-painted (in red). Chrome all there and mostly fair, just needs a clean. No MoT. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $13,790. This car had been in private U.K. collection for the past three years. Someone needs to show it some love seriously soon, or a static life back in a collection, or worse—as a promo vehicle— beckons. Sold about right for condition. © 135


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Roundup Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report ENGLISH CompanyName auction_cityauction_stateauction_country Highlights from Mecum Kissimmee and G. Potter King Atlantic City #U125-1951 MG TD roadster. S/N AGTDLHX5021. Yellow/green vinyl. Odo: 201 miles. A well-worn TD in most every regard. Paint overall looks fairly dull and lifeless, mismatched on the trunk. Chrome is pitted and tattered. Interior looks newer, but showing much age and wear. Gauges and steering wheel 1961 Chevrolet Corvette Gulf Race Car awaits a buyer at Mecum's Kissimmee auction Kissimmee High Performance Auction Company: Mecum Location: Kissimmee, FL Date: January 24–29, 2012 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell—Lead Auctioneer, Jimmy Landis, Steve Holt, Matt Moravec, Mike Hagerman Cars sold/offered: 1,546/2,243 Sales rate: 69% Sales total: $58,549,174 High sale: 1963 Shelby Cobra Dragon Snake, sold at $901,000 Buyer's premium: $300 for $0–$5,499; $500 for $5,500–$9,999; 6% after; 10% for boats. Report and photos by Dale Novak are faded and dull. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $12,985. This was simply a driver and really nothing else, but it was well bought at this price. Buyer can drive and enjoy it until the wheels fall off. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/12. #S204-1953 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N 673020. White/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 4 miles. Both front fenders are hammered out from the inside from previous damage, which does not instill confidence in the restoration. Paint issues on rear deck with some fisheyes noted. Replated chrome is somewhat wavy. Driver's door tight to quarter panel, trunk tight to passenger's quarter, passenger's door is out. Nicely polished engine bay is fastidiously 1956 Chevrolet Nomad wagon sold for $73,500 at G. Potter King's auction in Atlantic City, NJ Atlantic City Classic Car Show & Auction Company: G. Potter King Location: Atlantic City, NJ Date: February 24–26, 2012 Auctioneers: Brian Marshall, Jeff Knosp Cars sold/offered: 205/405 136 Sales rate: 51% Sales total: $4,579,754 High sale: 1954 Cadillac Eldorado, sold at $88,500 Buyer's premium: 5%, not to exceed $3,500 Report and photos by John Lyons clean and tidy. Fantastic Jag until you spend a bunch of time dissecting it. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $127,200. This was a gorgeous motorcar that presented initially as a high-quality, concours-style restoration. Upon closer scrutiny, however, I noted issues that brought it significantly down. The bidders apparently noticed as well, resulting in a final price that was a fair deal and perhaps even slightly well bought. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/12. #F124-1957 MGA convertible. S/N HDL4330150. Iris Blue/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 40,173 miles. Reported to have been restored by a British car expert. Some fisheyes noted in paintwork. Chip on rocker panel. Blemish on the passenger's fender. Driver's door out of alignment, but other gaps Sports Car Market


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Roundup are very nice. Side-curtain trim is pitted. Nicely done interior with excellent gauges and dash. Seats show some use and wear, but not overly offer a more reliable driving experience. A very nice first-year Tiger. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $74,200. I could easily go with a #2+ on this, dash, controls, and other interior pieces. No overdrive. A NADA edition, meaning North American Dollar Area in Rover-speak. Cond: so. Engine bay is fresh, tidy, and in show condition. Very nice car overall. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $44,000. Last seen at Auctions America by RM, Carlisle, PA, on September 29, 2011, as a no-sale at $29,000 (SCM #186041). The unique Iris Blue color looks great and gave the car a nice, upscale feel. Engine has been upgraded to 1800-cc with an MGB gearbox with highway gears for better freeway traveling. Not much to fault here. This was a very strong offer, and seemed like it should have been enough. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/12. #F36-1960 MGA convertible. S/N GHNL86936. Red/tan vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 4,796 miles. An MGA in Resale Red. Orange peel noted in paint, along with fisheyes, bubbling, blistering, etc. Body filler noted in several areas. Passenger door fitment is out. Rocker panel on passenger's side looks a different shade of red, which may indicate post- but when they're this nice, I have a tendency to penalize them for minor issues, such as the beat-up trim pieces inside the trunk. For years, Tigers sat on the sidelines of collectibility, presumably due to their upright styling and generally small size. And yet, I've always observed tons of guys drooling over them at shows and auctions. I think they money has officially caught up with the drooling. Big price paid, but this was a very nice example. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/12. #1467-1967 AUSTIN­HEALEY 3000 Mk III BJ8 convertible. S/N HLBJ8L35243. Silver blue/dark blue vinyl/navy blue leather. Odo: 46,156 miles. Gorgeous car. Older restoration appears fresh, high-level re-detailing in 2007. Outstanding color combination, excellent prep and paint, chrome and trim present as perfect. Navy blue interior is absolutely brilliant. Equipped with factory overdrive and AM 2. SOLD AT $47,700. Publisher Martin asked that I capture this Landy for our report, and it caught my eye on our first walk through the crowd of mostly domestic cars on offer. He suggested that the interior color might be nonfactory, and that a “real” Rover might need to be a tad more weathered to fire up a club member. Nevertheless, this was a smashing example by my book and looked ready to use just as it was. Market price for a shiny restoration that might only be driven to the country club. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/12. #T154-1973 JAGUAR XKE Series III coupe. S/N UD1S75154. Red/tan cloth. Odo: 53,130 miles. Body relatively solid, but overall just old and worn out. Appears to have been painted blue in another life. Passenger's door sags. Rear bumper heavily scuffed. Weatherstripping is painted red. Interior labels peeling off the switches. Worn, tired carpet. Interior restoration repair. Gaps are average, as is the balance of the car. Interior poorly fitted. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $23,320. Another fluff-and-buff special. MGAs, called “mini-Jags” by some enthusiasts, are fine little machines and nicely styled. They feature great interiors and are fun to drive. That said, this was one to pass on. Chasing down the rust issues would be an unending project. Well sold. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/12. #F263-1965 SUNBEAM TIGER convert- ible. S/N 9472600. British Racing Green/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 1,508 miles. Paint well applied over very good prep. Both doors out. Fantastic steering wheel, seat material fit could be better. Trunk cardboard pieces banged up a little. Very tidy engine bay, right at show quality, with mild modifications that presumably May 2012 radio. Show-detailed engine bay. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. While I loved this car and the restoration, Healey prices have been soft, and sometimes it is wise to just take the money. The auctioneer and bidders' assistants did a phenomenal job of staying on the money here. There were no fewer than three bidders still on this car at $50k, and I think they would have taken things further if the seller had lifted his reserve. High bid was toward the low end of market value. G. Potter King, Atlantic City, NJ, 02/12. #S132-1967 LAND ROVER SERIES IIA NADA SUV. S/N 34300649A. Sand/brown vinyl. Odo: 846 miles. Great Landie. Overall, a very authentic looking Series IIA with just the right stance and condition for a collector. Galvanized trim in good condition. Aircraftstyle interior showing some wear and use, but in a jolly good way. Nice patina showing to the panels are warped. Sagging headliner. Fitted with a/c. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $19,080. The good news: The car was pretty solid with good sheet metal. 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Roundup interior showing some wear on knobs and switches. The seats show some light use as well, but are still very presentable. Drivergrade engine bay, but appears clean and original with an authentic look. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $56,180. Claimed to have been restored in 1993, and by the overall presentation, I'd say that would be spot-on. The restoration was beginning to soften in a pleasant way. Very nice 12-cylinder Jag with a slush-box transmission, which I'm sure hurt the overall appeal. Still, this looked like one that was done right and appeared roadworthy and well sorted. Dead-on market price given the overall presentation. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/12. #F37-1974 MGB convertible. S/N GHN5UE330428G. Red/tan vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 93,211 miles. Trunk sits high, and driver's door is tight to fender. Nick in paint from the tight door fit. Windshield frame is dull with nearly zero sheen. Interior is literally as-new, tight and clean. Driver's door panel is coming loose, with some quick-fix tape trying to hold it in place. Very nice chassis detail. Excellent prep with well-applied paint. Well done overall, one of the best I've seen. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $23,320. At this predominantly domestic panel. Seats look like an old catcher's mitt. Engine fitted with headers. Well worn overall. A legitimate 20-footer. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $39,220. The mileage on the auction card was “believed to be actual,” but even so, it was a hard 22,000 miles. This car was obviously unloved, or simply driven with disregard. Very well sold. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/12. #1407-1978 TRIUMPH SPITFIRE con- vertible. S/N FM5099U. Orange/black vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 37,570 miles. Driven to the event by the seller. Driver's door has a slight sag when opened. Pitting on front and rear bumpers. Ungainly federalized impact bumpers intact. Original throughout with one done. Splits and tears in the upholstery along with some light soiling. Utilitarian interior offers few thrills. Engine bay looks good, again, for a nice driver. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,575. I'll never claim to be an expert on every car in the world—for example, this car. I'd never seen one before. That said, this presented as a very nice driver, and the miles were reported to be actual. The chrome and trim looked great, and the paintwork reportedly cost $10,000, which was believable. Buyer got a lot of car for the money. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/12. GERMAN #U137-1957 BMW ISETTA 300 coupe. S/N 498905. Blue/white & blue vinyl. Odo: 19,867 miles. Microcar complete with microbar in tow. Paint well applied over better-thanaverage prep. Some micro-blistering noted. Pitting noted on some of the chrome pieces. Cloth top fit could be better. Interior presents well, as does the novelty matching bar. Missing wheel trim. Quite well done overall. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $48,000. A fun car, and well older respray in correct color scheme. Original interior in presentable condition. Features newly rebuilt brakes and fuel system. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $3,098. Finding a rust-free and good-running Spitfire can be a challenge. For the money spent here, the new owner has a great summer cruiser he can sell in the fall and probably walk away even. Well bought. G. Potter King, Atlantic City, NJ, 02/12. FRENCH BEST BUY sale, this little B seemed to have a large crowd just about every time I walked by it. Plenty of guys reminisced about how they had one back in high school or when they were in college. The leather interior was spot-on and super tight. You generally don't see these restored to this level and I'm sure the seller was deep into the money on it. A fair deal given the stellar condition. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/12. #F38-1978 MORGAN 4/4 roadster. S/N B4216. Red/black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 22,709 miles. A later-model Morgan 4/4. Taillight housing cracked. Large-scale brush touch-up in spots. Chrome peeling in areas. Rear-view mirror pitted. Spray-painted dash 138 Sports Car Market #W104-1967 RENAULT CARAVELLE convertible. S/N R11330192363. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 33,687 miles. Trunk is high at the rear, gap is wide on driver's side. Most chrome is decent but driver-quality. Black duct tape holds air hose leading to the cabin vents. Taillights pitted. Paintwork looks fairly fresh and is well packaged for the sale. Nothing else like it, and if you wanted a great conversation piece, this was just the ticket. Nice condition and dressed out in some great colors. Question is, could the little bugger pull the bar fully loaded with adult beverages, ice, and a full crew of passengers? The current owner must think so, because the bidding went well above the SCM Pocket Price Guide's assessment with no sign of finding a reserve. Very generous bidding went unrewarded here. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/12. #2012-1957 MERCEDES­BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 1210407500246. 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Roundup Correct restored interior with newer seats and carpeting. Correct Mercedes multi-band radio and factory clock. Factory passenger adjustable reading light. Tidy engine bay and trunk clean but not detailed. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $49,875. This car sold at the Mecum spring 2011 auction in Indianapolis for $37,000 (SCM #179352). Without much additional work being performed, the owner turned it over here in New Jersey for a healthy profit. These cars have been pacing nicely behind their 300SL brethren, with perfect 190s selling upwards of $100k. In this instance, however, I'd have to call this one well sold. G. Potter King, Atlantic City, NJ, 02/12. #T136-1958 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2­dr sedan. S/N 1664875. Black Cherry/white ragtop/white vinyl. Odo: 12,775 miles. Rare ragtop model. Solid and straight body, which is mandatory for a black car (because the dark color conceals nothing), but sanding marks and dry spray noted in the paintwork. Older respray would be a safe guess. Steering wheel cracked, dash weathered. Radio heavily pitted. White interior dingy-looking. Engine fitted with head- execution throughout. Terrific paint prep and application, outstanding chrome and trim. Correct interior restored to the same standards. Equipped with AM radio, hidden aftermarket stereo with 6x9 speakers in the rear. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $15,750. VW Beetles have been the darling of the collector market for the past several years, as there is no shortage of buyers who remember learning to drive in one all those years ago. Finding one of this quality on the East Coast was a treat for me — so much so that I was the under-bidder. Fair price paid. G. Potter King, Atlantic City, NJ, 02/12. #S37-1964 PORSCHE 356C coupe. S/N 216651. Red/black. Odo: 21,362 miles. Paint has numerous issues, far too many to describe, but body seems decent overall. Budget paintwork converted to red over an original yellow car. Yellowed headlamp covers. Cracked back glass. Cracked, dry, weatherstripping. Driver's seat droops to the floor. Brakes are not good, so states a handwritten warning note attached to the dash. Driver-quality engine bay. Cond: 4-. repairs noted. Heavily soiled interior with some items looking decent and others well worn, faded, and stained. Label maker stickers affixed to the dash controls. Steering wheel is nice. “Tank/Temp” gauge is very weathered and cracked. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $43,460. Usually, when these show up at auction, they are fully restored and almost look unusable since everything would deteriorate quickly if you ever plopped them in the water. This one had actually been used, which is nice to see. If you ever wanted to buy one of these and see if it actually floats, this was the one to get. Well sold. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/12. #T109-1995 PORSCHE 911 convertible. S/N WP0CA2997SS340485. Guards Red/tan leather. Odo: 62,296 miles. A 10-footer. Nose has been spot-painted, with numerous fisheyes noted. Rubber around door handles is cracked. Convertible top somewhat faded. Lightly soiled seats are a tad wrinkled as well. Engine bay is that of a used car with 62,000 miles. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $28,000. One of the ers, twin carbs, and some chrome accessories. EMPI intake. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $15,900. These early ragtops are rare and hard to find in good condition. I've seen $10,000 paid for solid examples, and upwards of $30,000 for trailer queens. This one hit right in the middle, and the price was probably about right given the overall condition. The body was very straight, and most of the chrome was in good shape. There should be some room to fix some of the issues and still find a decent return. Market-correct price. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/12. #2021-1963 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2­dr sedan. S/N 4880777. Burgundy/black ragtop/tan. Odo: 13,270 miles. Brilliant restoration completed three years ago with excellent SOLD AT $33,920. The seller claimed new paint since the car was removed from storage. That said, it was obviously rushed and completed to poor standards. Several areas offered peek-a-boo glimpses at the former yellow livery. Lots of issues here, and much needed to get it back on the road. The handwritten note about the brakes was just icing on the cake. Sold at no reserve, so that may have snagged a few bidders. Very well sold. Snorkel and mask not included. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/12. #K44-1967 AMPHICAR 770 convertible. S/N 106523322. Red/white vinyl/black & white vinyl. Odo: 6,321 miles. Driver's door is out of alignment, which can't be a good thing when you're in the water. Bumper strips are shrunk back. All weatherstripping is crazed, checked, and cracked. Fisheyes noted in the paint. Most chrome is lightly pitted. Some top last air-cooled 911s, which some guys consider the last “real” 911s. This was basically a used sports car in good overall condition. Nothing looked beat to death or out of sorts. It was loaded with the typical options for the year, such as a/c, power windows, power steering, cruise control and 6-speed transmission. Offer seemed totally fair given the current SCM Price Guide valuation of $25k to $30k for a #2 car. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/12. IRISH #F48-1981 DELOREAN DMC­12 coupe. S/N SCEDT26T8BD002604. Stainless/black leather. Odo: 10,625 miles. Reported to be John Delorean's attorney's car. Miles stated as actual. Tires are original from 1981. Gaps are excellent, but rear taillight panel is very tight to the body. Very good interior and engine bay. An easy #2 car with a nod towards a #2+ by some observations. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $31,270. 140 Sports Car Market


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Roundup There seems to be one Delorean at every large sale. These cars have never really caught fire with collectors, and most likely never will. They are not particularly fast —slow, actually, taking about 10 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour. Still, this was about as good an example as I've ever seen. Well preserved and in excellent condition. Being Delorean's attorney's car is probably good for more than a few laughs at meets and shows. A fair deal. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/12. ITALIAN #1412-1971 FIAT 850 Special 2­dr sedan. S/N 100G0870152. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 80,628 miles. Recent cosmetic exterior restoration. Slight orange peel evident throughout. Bit of filler in the rockers. Most chrome and trim good, but door handles very pitted. Driver's door sags a bit when opened. Aftermarket flipup sunroof added. Nice original interior, dirty original engine bay. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,825. Microcars are a great segment of the presented. The money offered here was just about right, but I'm sure the low mileage and original paint convinced the seller it was worth more. He might be right. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/12. #S290-1981 FERRARI 512 BB coupe. S/N F102BB38385. Black/ivory leather. Odo: 18,002 miles. Cracks in paintwork in small areas. Chip from road use noted. Driver's door is for, one-owner 360. Has couple of small rock chips from road use. Top fit is wrinkled and shows some creases. Soft-touch interior knobs are very sticky. Floor mats well soiled. Otherwise, interior is decent and still looks fairly new. Engine under glass looks neat, clean out. Black trim looks hand-painted and cheap. Interior could be cleaner and more prepared for the sale. Switches are weathered. Hole in the carpet by the clutch pedal; rubber clutch pedal pad is sitting on the floor. Nardi hobby, with several clubs supporting their ownership. The Fiat 850s were sold by the millions worldwide, but the survival rate here in the U.S. was low due to reliability and rust issues. This example had suffered somewhat from the latter, but price paid looked like a fair deal all around. G. Potter King, Atlantic City, NJ, 02/12. #T201-1972 DETOMASO PANTERA coupe. S/N THPNMA02993. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 18,918 miles. Mileage claimed actual. Finish does show some gaffes and issues, but also appears as original with no evidence of paintwork. Dent in passenger's quarter. Door weatherstripping is coming loose. Steering wheel looks to have been brush painted. A couple of old, mismatched screws hold some interior panels in place. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD steering wheel. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $95,000. Last seen at Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, on August 21, 2011, as a no-sale at $115,000 (SCM #184919). Here we have another no-sale for $20,000 less, which must have the seller scratching his head. He may do a little better with a lot of prep work, but as it sat here, this was a market-correct bid. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/12. #1490-1984 FERRARI 308 GTS. S/N 2FFLAI3B000049001. Red/black targa/tan. Odo: 44,380 miles. Original car with one correct repaint. Said to be one of 100 estimated gray-market cars in the U.S. Original interior with slight visible wear commensurate with mileage. Clean original engine bay and underside. Books, tools and manuals with car. No major service since 2007. Some minor interval and tidy. Noted to be fully serviced and up-todate with receipts included. The owner stated low miles, but the readout is digital, so exact mileage is a mystery. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $137,800. What could be more iconic than a red-over-tan Ferrari—especially one with a top that folds down? If you were in the market for a 360, this might have been a good choice, as it looked to be well-cared-for, serviced, and in very nice condition. Confirmed by the retail result. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/12. JAPANESE #2003-1971 HONDA 600 2­dr sedan. S/N AN6001028524. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 44,438 miles. One older repaint, overspray throughout. Good door and panel fit. No sign of rust repair anywhere. Original glass in good condition. Untouched interior very tidy. AM radio. Engine smokes from under the AT $52,500. Although the paint was not very nice, it looked to be factory applied with a few issues here and there, but nothing that stopped you cold in your tracks. The interior also looked to be unrestored and in very good condition. Low miles, very original, and nicely 142 servicing done in the meantime. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $31,000. While waiting for this car to cross the block, I watched at least five potential bidders ask the seller about the major service. That major service runs $10k. When they were told it had been five years, it signaled the kiss of death for this car in every instance. Seller is not likely to get a better offer. G. Potter King, Atlantic City, NJ, 02/12. #S155-2004 FERRARI 360 Spyder. S/N ZFFYT53A240136164. Red/black cloth/tan leather. Appears to be a well-kept, well-cared- hood when running. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $7,000. This car sits squarely in a segment of the hobby that is emerging. Japanese cars from the late '60s and early '70s are on the upswing, with good examples bringing many times what they were selling for even four years ago. High bid looked correct, especially considering the very obvious issues (which should nonetheless be easy to address). G. Potter King, Atlantic City, NJ, 02/12. #T30-1972 HONDA N600 2­dr sedan. S/N AN6001056309. Green/black vinyl. Odo: 54,663 miles. Paint well applied. Driver's door gap wide at quarter-panel, and rear hatch is out. Driver-level chrome, but on the plus side of that statement. Nice grille. Honda logo is excellent. Very tidy interior remains in excellent Sports Car Market


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Roundup condition. Driver's seat a bit baggy. Nice dash. Presents well. Small car in very nice condition. #1762-1940 PACKARD 110 Club Coupe. S/N 13857926. Centennial Blue/tan mohair. Odo: 71,205 miles. Very original car with new paint. Lots and lots of pitting on chrome and trim. Window-surrounds show pitting as well. Very original interior with light staining on seats. Wood worn with lovely patina. Original running boards, original clean engine bay with no additional detailing done. Clean original plication with slight orange peel. Very slight prep issues at top of the driver's B-pillar. Beautiful chrome and trim. Door fit superb. Very well-restored interior with all correct reproduction materials used. Minimal wear evident. Equipped with dual exhaust, power Cond: 2. SOLD AT $17,490. There were not a lot of foreign makes at this sale, and many of them seemed in lesser condition overall. Not this one. The N600 is not rare because Honda didn't build them by the bucket loads, but because they were cheap, inexpensive automobiles back when they were new, and not many survived. When I was in high school, a teacher drove one, and the football team routinely carried the car and placed it between two massive oak trees. Good times. Very well sold, but it might be the best one in the country. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/12. AMERICAN #1737-1920 DODGE BROTHERS 30 tourer. S/N 548423. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 8,952 miles. Older restoration of a nice original car. Complete ownership history, beginning in NYC on July 15, 1920, with original purchase and sales documents and title included. Very nice paint and gaps. Minimal chrome and trim. Front and rear bumpers, rearmounted spare. Interior restored in vinyl; was likely mohair originally. Original 4-cylinder engine dirty, with some evidence of leaking trunk with jack and spare. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $25,725. This car looked great from 10 feet away, sporting what was arguably Packard's best color for 1940 (a color they would eventually sell to Ford). The disappointment came on closer inspection, as the pitting and ignored exterior details became apparent. The fine original interior, however, I would not touch. The auction team worked hard for what was a very strong result, given the condition. G. Potter King, Atlantic City, NJ, 02/12. #1756-1954 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. S/N 546277279. Black/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 66,821 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Stunning in triple-black and fully restored. Fit and finish beyond factory ability, chrome and trim to near concours condition. Magazine feature car and an AACA award-winner. Engine and trunk highly showdetailed. Interior restored to correct specifications. Equipped with power steering, power steering and brakes, clock, tissue dispenser, AM radio and emergency flashers. Highly detailed engine bay. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $73,500. One of the stars of the sale, this car sold for very strong money near the top end of the market range. There was continuous foot traffic looking at it all weekend, and when its moment in the sun came, the car shone. These were pushing $100k in this condition five years ago but have fallen considerably since. It was nice to see a bounce-back for a car of this caliber. Fair deal for all parties given the condition. G. Potter King, Atlantic City, NJ, 02/12. #S141-1963 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS “Sportsroof” 2­dr hard top. S/N 31847A111787. Orange/orange & black. Odo: 67,956 miles. 350-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Built from illustration by noted hot rod designer Steve Stanford. “Sportsroof” transplanted from '60 Plymouth Fury. Claimed to have 67,000 actual miles. Small dents in front bumper, other chrome excellent. Very nice glass. Weatherstrip installation lacks attention to detail. Custom interior with superb steering wheel. Air-ride suspension, disc brakes. GM radiator fluid. Clean underside. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $19,163. Dodge Brothers started building cars in 1915. The 1920 models were very similar in design and carried the 4-cylinder engine and 3-speed manual transmission. This one had great history with good documentation and obvious excellent care throughout the decades. At the price paid, new owner has something much more interesting than a Model T at about the same price. G. Potter King, Atlantic City, NJ, 02/12. 144 brakes, AM radio and factory heater. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $88,500. Another star of the sale. This car was really impressive. The triple-black color combination gave it an incredible presence, and no matter where the car goes, it will always be a draw for any collection. Price paid looked very strong, but the car was purchased by a dealer, which would seem to confirm the car's truly impressive presentation and condition. A very fair deal for a very nice car. G. Potter King, Atlantic City, NJ, 02/12. #1850-1956 CHEVROLET NOMAD wagon. S/N VC56F118119. Red & tan/red & tan vinyl & cloth. Odo: 60,374 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Excellent paint prep and ap- crate motor. Small chip in the paint inside the door jamb. Featured in numerous magazines and a multiple award-winner at many highprofile shows. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $97,520. This car grabbed everyone's attention, as it was parked in the main showroom right at the entrance. The attention to detail was very high, with only very minor nits to disrupt the presentation. Considering build cost and initial purchase price, the price paid was fair for both parties, but the value will drop with every mile put on it. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/12. #1478-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194375S120884. Black/green & black vinyl. Odo: 24,505 miles. 327-ci 300-hp Sports Car Market


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Roundup Fresh Meat by Chad Tyson Online sales of contemporary cars 2007 Porsche 911 GT3RS V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Cosmetic restoration to correct factory standards completed in 2010. Good chrome and trim, whitewall tires, spinner knockoff wheels. Retains original black vinyl seats with green carpeting. Engine bay ignored at restoration and very dirty. Equipped with AM radio, power steering and power spray noted with some trash in the paint. Wetsanded cowl is not buffed out. Tight interior looks fairly new. Engine bay is neat and tidy, but does show some use and aging. Correct Winters cross-ram intake. Rare JL8 brake option, which adds four-wheel disc brakes to the build. Scored 988 at the Winter Nationals with no year noted, and owner notes that all defi- Date sold: 2/29/2012 eBay auction ID: 290677549643 Seller: playboymd (eBay ID) VIN: WP0AC29947S792614 Details: Green over black leather; 3.6L flat six rated at 415 hp, 6-spd manual, RWD Sale Result: $85,000, Best Offer, sf 119 MSRP: $123,200 (base) Other current offering: Exclusive Motorcars in Los Angeles, CA, asking $119,995. 2008 Shelby GT500 Super Snake brakes. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $40,425. There were several 1965 coupes at this sale, and this one featured the unusual (though not all that appealing) interior color combo of green carpeting and black seats. Prepping fiberglass for paint is difficult, and this car showed its fair share of minor prep issues. And why did the seller not spend a small amount of money to correctly detail the engine bay? All these things held back the action, resulting in a minor score for the buyer. Well bought. G. Potter King, Atlantic City, NJ, 02/12. #S125-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO Date sold: 2/29/2012 eBay auction ID: 180831945754 Seller: lawlesssvl4phf (eBay ID) VIN: 1ZVHT88S285100580 Details: Gray over black leather; 5.4L supercharged V8 rated at 750 hp, 6-spd manual, RWD Sale Result: $65,000, 1 bid, sf 56 MSRP: $70,680 (base) Other current offering: Exotic Classics in Syosset, NY, asking $79,900 2011 Maserati Quattroporte RS/SS 396 coupe. S/N 124378L345428. Maroon/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 6,353 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older respray with dirt and micro-blisters showing. Mismatched paint on passenger's door. Some dry-spray noted in paintwork. Trunk skewed. Vinyl top is bubbling. Kick panel is scuffed. Door panels are bubbling. Fitted with a/c. Older engine paint with some flaking and peeling noted. Cheater top battery cover. Stickers added under hood. Rare options include bench ciencies have been corrected. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $127,200. Last seen here at Mecum's 2011 Kissimmee sale as a no-sale at $71,000 (SCM #168852). Driven only six miles since. What a difference one year makes, with the car selling for six figures this go-around. The condition was unwinding just a tad, but this is a very rare example with some desirable options, and is reported to be one of only 206 with the JL8 brake option. Documentation includes the Protect-O-Plate and a dealer inspection form that confirms the build. A fair deal in today's market. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/12. #S126-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454 2­dr hard top. S/N 136370B160814. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 270 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Frame-off restoration. Body is straight and presents well, but the paint prep is lacking. Passenger's door touched up. Some pitting noted in brightwork. Dash is painted silver on the trim. Tear in driver's seat. Rattlecan work shows under the hood in areas. A/C compressor is painted orange, water pump is chrome, top of battery is painted black. Cond: Date sold: 2/28/2012 eBay auction ID: 190644709539 Seller: 727auctions (eBay ID) VIN: ZAM39JKA0B0058848 Details: Red over beige leather. 4.7L V8 rated at 425 hp, 6-spd automatic, RWD Sale Result: $95,000, Buy It Now, sf 232 MSRP: $126,750 (base) Other current offering: Scozak Auto Systems in Hallandale, FL, asking $89,900. ♦ seat with automatic on the column, power brakes, power windows, cruise control, electric trunk release, and a special interior package. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $43,460. A bit tattered around the edges, but still a big-block 396 RS/ SS Camaro. Reported to be numbers-matching, which helps the valuation. Many times, what makes a car rare today is simply that very few people would have ever ordered a new car with certain options. Rare? Yes. Super desirable? That's up for debate. Well sold by the condition, a fair deal for the rare build. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/12. #S131-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS Z/28 2­dr coupe. S/N 124379N591217. White & black/black. Odo: 35,239 miles. 302ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Numbers-matching. Door out at top, trunk tight at passenger's side. Dry- 146 3-. SOLD AT $44,520. Last seen at BarrettJackson, West Palm Beach, FL, on April 7, 2011 (SCM #178069), where it changed hands for $46,200. The seller took a hit on this one when factoring in tag, title, fees, commission and shipping costs, not to mention any repair cost that may have been in play soon after his purchase. That said, this was more of a street car built for driving rather than investment. There was no mention of a build sheet, so that in itself would have plenty of guys passing on it. Nice sheet metal but plenty of needs noted. Well sold. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/12 © Sports Car Market


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eBay Motors Online Sales Buying a Race Car on the Cheap Buying a car is only the first lap of an expensive sport T he top levels of racing enjoy corporate sponsorships, manufacturer support — and millions of dollars. But with few driver's jobs available — not forgetting the intense competition for them — many of us go, well, downscale to get our racing kicks. Whether it be NHRA drags, SCCA road course or Legends racing, our trip through eBay Motors this month shows the entry price can be cheap. Staying involved and continuing racing, however, is another story. Condition inferred from seller's descriptions; cars were not physically examined by the author. All quoted material taken from the eBay listings. (sf=seller's feedback) by Chad Tyson Market opinions in italics #170782516191-1968 TRIUMPH SPIT- FIRE SCCA race car. S/N N/A. Red/black. 12 photos. Albany, NY. “SCCA F Production/ Vintage. Car is solid and ready to use. Engine and transmission rebuilt in 08 and has had approximately 4 hours of track time since. SCCA logbooks from 1980 thru 2006. Car has been used in driver education events since. NASCAR-style oil filtration. Full locked 4.11 rear end. Race prepared 4-spd transmission. One piece fiberglass nose. Could be used in run the car since it was redone so, it is all fresh. The car comes with lots of spares.” 29 bids. sf 251. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $16,000. The seller said to have put nearly this selling price into the car after buying it from a client. And that was before the first engine blew a head gasket. So kudos to the new owner on the deal scored here. Having a spare engine is useful too, even if it needs to be rebuilt. One downside is the seller says they haven't ran the car since the rebuild, so it'll probably take a bit of time and more money to get the car shaken down. #180816389351-1981 MITSUBISHI vintage, SCCA, NASA, or even autocross. Extra wheels with rain tire and many other extra parts and supplies.” 2 bids. sf 384. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,249. This was a long time racer, but appeared to have been well-cared for. The reason the seller had for unloading it was to finance the completion of an Alfa Romeo GTV for vintage racing. Like all of the cars here, it can't be built for the price paid. #270910997490-1986 PORSCHE 944 Turbo race car. S/N WP0AA0953GN150133. Orange/black cloth. 97 photos. Milwaukie, OR. “I bought this car last year to race the local 8 hour enduro and the 25 hours of Thunderhill. It was already a PCA race car that was grouped in to GT3-S and SCCA ITE. I spent about $15k in getting the car ready for the races. But in the first race in the 6th hour a new driver got in and trophies from racing career with over 75% being first place.” 39 bids. sf 4. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $3,777. The winningest of the racers featured here and definitely the ugliest. Just goes to show beauty in racing only matters with who hangs on the winner's arm. It's also been sitting unused for six years on a trailer, so there is the matter of potentially nursing the car back to health. Cheap entry if all it needs is a battery and tires. #300661811068-1939 CHEVROLET misread the tachometer sticker. I bought a used 951 engine and had it fully rebuilt. I have not 148 MASTER Legends race car. S/N N/A. Black & white/black cloth. 9 photos. Gadsden, AL “Race ready for small child driver. Also have a medium-sized seat for adult. 333 gear, red box ignition, extra set of wheels and Federal tires. COLT race car. S/N N/A. Tan/tan vinyl. 8 photos. Delaware, OH. “This vehicle has been sitting for six years. 1989–1995 SCCA regional Autocross Champ. Built to SCCA Autocross street prepared specs. 125hp, Mikuni 40mm side draft carb, limited slip diff, cobra lightweight drivers seat, 5-way restraint systems, twin stick shifter w/high and low range, essential and 8-spd transmission. 1” front and rear sway bars. Car is extremely fast and set up for Solo II and Autocross competition. Over 150 Car is INEX up to date. INEX sealed Yamaha 1250, has VIN plate, Borla muffler, brake proprortional valve, on-board fire protection system. Finished 1st in two of the last 7 races and 5 top 3'S.” 4 bids. sf 24. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,674. What could be more fun than driving a 5/8 scale car powered by a Yamaha motorcycle engine around a track? It sold for potentially four times the cost of a go-kart (something I was familiar with as a child), but still for a couple thousand less than other Legends-ready racers. Fairly bought. #160743802449-1972 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE race car. S/N N/A. Red/black vinyl. 15 photos. Chattanooga, TN. “This car has too many new parts to list. Goes down the track very straight and hooks well. Has seven passes on motor and trans. 3,080lbs. Runs 6.50's in the 1/8 mile. Has a 6” cowl hood, paint one year old, new tires and has an alternator. You don't have to charge the battery after every run. Brodix heads, roller cam, roller rockers, stud girdles, new fuel pump, new tach, trans brake with delay box, line lock. No title. Just need driver. The scoop on the carbs does not go with the car.” 1 bid. sf 84. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,500. It would be difficult, depending on the exact internal parts, to build this big-block Chevy for the price paid here and still have any money leftover to find a car to put it in, nevermind a shell that was the last of the attractive Chevelles. Well bought. © Sports Car Market


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Mystery Photo Answers Another lawyer goes down the drain in the Bathtub Special — it's absolutely Draneas. — George Giese, Portland, OR Spider well sold. — John Kernan, Marco Island, FL Only after attending the concorso did he realize that his prototype needed ceramic brakes and a carbon-fiber tub — not the other way around. — Tony Yazzolino, Portland, OR When building his Speedster replica, Ralph took the term “bathtub Porsche” a little too literally. — Peter Perros, Falls Church, VA Rub a dub dub…SCMer in the tub? — Chris Racelis, LaGrange, IL Sports Car Market advice: Personal mods may cause potential profits to go down the drain when it's time to sell. — Jeff Brock, Nashville, TN George Giese wins a slightly soggy SCM ball cap for recognizing when things are going down the (John) Draneas here in Oregon. © RUNNER-UP: You may take a bath when you sell it, but this thing comes with everything but the kitchen sink. — Brian Peters, Washington, D.C. His license plate frame reads: “My other car is a toilet.” — Pat Dougherty, Solana Beach, CA All right, so I had some legal trouble, lost my woman, my cars and worst of all my bathtub — then fate and eBay intervened. Problem solved! — Matthew Flier, Portland, OR When George brought his replica Porsche Speedster to the concours last year, snide remarks were made about “When had the organizers let plastic bathtubs enter?” This year he decided to up the ante a little. — Simon Lamacraft, Melbourne, AUS My day was going fine until the woman I was doing the Cialis commercial with left me for an SCMer with a better tub. — Mike Buettell, Balboa Island, CA Although they definitely weren't elitist, the car club voted to never allow another retired plumber into the ranks. — John M. Reeder, via email I took a wrong turn some- where. How do I get to the Concours d'LeMons from here? — Leslie Dreist, Troy, MI At $250,000, I would rate this early Kohler 250 California Comments With Your Renewals One of the things I enjoy about your magazine is keeping old issues around, just to hand out to other car lovers I meet along the way. Great way to share the sport, hopefully I've created some new subscribers! — Greg McKim, San Diego, CA When can I subscribe to Motorcycle Market? When will SCM be available on DVD? — Richard Davis, Sacramento, CA I hope you're making enough money to continue your efforts. — Thomas Casale, Williamsport, PA Thanks for a good read every month. — Eddye Abbott, Covina, CA And thanks to all of you for your thoughtful comments and your renewals.—Keith Martin 150 Sports Car Market 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: mysteryphoto@sportscar- market.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. This Month's Mystery Photo Response Deadline: April 25, 2012


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Our Cars Norm Mort 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider A Details bout six years ago, I was in Italy at a Mazda launch. While picking up our test cars, there in the middle of the airport parking lot was an immaculate black Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider. It was love at first sight, and immediately visions of my plastic Monogram model racing across the living room floor came surging back from my childhood. Of course, I had also been totally brainwashed by Monsieur Martin's glowing prose on the driving bliss of Alfas and his particular fondness for the stylish Giulietta. So, it must have been fate when I visited an insurance appraisal cli- ent and found this Alfa under a dust cover. I wanted it. That night, I emailed the client, asking if he knew of any other Giulietta Spiders for sale. His reply was, “Let me know when you get serious.” A couple of months passed, but the vision of the Alfa remained, and life is far too short to wait another sunny summer. Besides, the number of Giulietta Spiders available in Canada is few and far between, and here was one about half an hour from home. This 1961 Normale had been sup- Owner: Norm Mort Purchase date: October 2011 Purchase Price: $25,000 Mileage since purchase: 337 Recent work: (For mandatory Provincial Safety Certificate) idler arm, bulbs, travel limiter strap posedly fully restored in Montreal, but my client (who is an SCM subscriber), soon discovered that was a bit — no, a lot — of an exaggeration. Although cosmetically decent enough, the mechanicals required a complete rebuild — sometimes twice. Upgrades included front disc brakes and a Weber carb, while all the original parts were saved. Driving the Alfa has been everything Keith has always said. What a wonderful revving twin cam engine — and only 1300 cc. The tranny is smooth — albeit not the quickest, so I can understand why many have bolted on the later 5-speed. The comfort, handling and road holding were years ahead of many of its contemporaries and are admirable even today. Although I thoroughly enjoy driving my TR4, its tractor-like characteristics are no match for this Alfa's sophistication. © May 2012 151


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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit sportscarmarket.com/classifieds-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. English 1925 Bentley 3 Litre Gurney-Nutting touring SU carbs, proper airbox. Show or race. Details and photos on website. Exotic Classics. Contact Craig516.885.9356, email: craig@exoticclassics.com. Website: www.exoticclassics.com. 1954 Jaguar XK 120 Original chassis, engine and bodywork. Recent servicing, upgraded SU carburetors and electric fan. Vintage Motor Cars USA. $274,900. Contact Vintage216.496.9492, Website: www.vintagemotorcarsusa. com. 1935 Aston Martin 1 1/2 Liter Mk II Successful three time California Mille participant. Mechanically outstanding, super solid, straight car show pleasant cosmetic patina. Ready for its next adventure. Fantasy Junction. $82,500. Contact Fantasy- 510.653.7555, email: sales@ fantasyjunction.com. Website: www.fantasyjunction. com. (CA) 1956 Bentley S1 Third series. Owned by one Texas family from 1955 to 2010. Runs extremely well. Solid, complete and correct. Fantasy Junction. $185,000. Contact Fantasy510.653.7555, email: sales@fantasyjunction.com. Website: www.fantasyjunction.com. (CA) 1936 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Tourer Vermillion over black. Just 17,300 one owner miles. Always garage kept, exceptional condition, lots of spares. Motorcar Gallery. $14,900. Contact Motorcar954.522.9900, Website: www.motorcargallery. com. (FL) Pearl White/tan leather. Good wood, new ss exhaust system, new dual a/c. Nice solid car. $16,000. Contact Brian- 916.635.3559, (CA) 1960 Alvis T D21 Total custom Alpine built to show or race. Zero track miles. SCCA logbook. Featured in many books and magazines. Details and photos on website. Exotic Classics. Contact Craig- 516.885.9356, email: craig@exoticclassics.com. Website: www. exoticclassics.com. 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Original chassis and matching engine with lovely touring body built in the U.K. in the 1950s. A superb car that's a rally/tour veteran. Drives flawlessly, cosmetically gorgeous. Turn key and ready to enjoy. Please call for complete details. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@deGarmoLtd.com. Website: www. deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1953 Austin-Healey BN1/100M Right hand drive, manual transmission, engine rebuilt. Needs restoration. Some work done, mostly complete. English log book, plates, manuals. Number 88 of 180 made. Consider trades. $12,500. Contact Gary- email: grautoworks@yahoo.com. (NH) 1961 Sunbeam Harrington GT Light blue/light tan. Excellent condition, original owner, service records from new. 130k miles. Winters in SC, no rust. $4,900. Contact Randy607.257.5939, email: rmarcus@bgdmolaw.com. Totally restoration 2008, upgraded with authentic LeMans engine kit to 100M specs. Weslake head, 152 Silver blue over blue connolly hide. $150k restoration. Harwell engine. Shown at Pebble Beach, Blue over blue leather. Full nut and bolt photodocumented restoration in 2008. Scored 98-99 Sports Car Market Healey Blue over dark blue hides. This is a documented Kurt Tanner rotisserie restoration and has been driven less than 800 miles since completion. Car has overdrive, chrome wire wheels and Heritage Trust Certificate. Mid-Atlantic Sports Cars. $78,900. Contact Wayne- 304.284.0192, 1969 Jaguar E-Type Roadster Red/black. Ford 302/345hp. Aluminum car hand built by original craftsmen on original bucks, 2nd owner, original paint, service records, gorgeous. 23k miles. $89,000. Contact Mark- 484.919.3528, email: m_terlecky@yahoo.com. (PA) 1999 Jaguar XJ8 1985 AC Cobra Mk IV Fully restored by Classic Showcase, only 850 miles since restoration to a show driver level. Features 5-spd and spectacular stereo system. Remarkable condition, great investment. Classic Showcase. Contact Jeff- 760.758.6100, email: sales@ classicshowcase.com. Website: www.classicshowcase. com. (CA) 1964 Sunbeam Alpine Racer This southern car has never had rust and is extremely clean throughout. One repaint in its original Mallard Green over light beige leather. Extensive service history, tonneau cover and boot for top. Very high quality driver. Mid-Atlantic Sports Cars. $14,900. Contact Wayne- 304.284.0192, 1977 MG B Beatiful, restored condition. Among the last truly coachbuilt Bentleys. RHD. $7,256 in fresh service receipts. New boot and tires. Fantasy Junction. $158,500. Contact Fantasy- 510.653.7555, email: sales@fantasyjunction.com. Website: www. fantasyjunction.com. (CA) 1963 Jaguar XKE Series 1 Roadster Amelia, Palo Alto. Absolutely superb. Details and photos on website. Exotic Classics. Contact Craig516.885.9356, email: craig@exoticclassics.com. Website: www.exoticclassics.com. 1963 Bentley S3 Continental Mulliner Park Ward points JCNA driven class. Air-conditioned from new. Photos at website. Exotic Classics. Contact Craig516.885.9356, email: craig@exoticclassics.com. Website: www.exoticclassics.com. 1974 Jaguar E-type Primrose Yellow over black leather. 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SCM Showcase Gallery German 1951 Mercedes-Benz 220 sedan and photos on website. Exotic Classics. Contact Steve917.951.2069, email: steve@exoticclassics.com. Website: www.exoticclassics.com. 1961 Volkswagen Double Cab 1986 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL One owner until 2008. Successful 2010 California Mille participant. Unbelievably cool and fun. Fantasy Junction. $89,500. Contact Fantasy- 510.653.7555, email: sales@fantasyjunction.com. Website: www. fantasyjunction.com. (CA) Ferrari 250 Berlinetta SWB Original unrestored complete car. One of 3,453 produced in 1951. Owners manual, workshop manual, custom made car cover. Ran when properly stored 40 years ago. $10,000. Contact Rodney310.840.8213, (CA) 1955 Porsche Speedster Re-Creation Rare drop-gate double cab restored to concours condition with performance upgrades for enhanced driveability. Multiple award winner. Magazine feature car. Details and photos on website. Exotic Classics. Contact Steve- 917.951.2069, email: steve@exoticclassics.com. Website: www. exoticclassics.com. 1963 Porsche 356B Outlaw Professionally built w/some original parts and high performance 4-cyl Porsche engine. 0-60 in approx. 4 seconds. Porsche Red/black interior. Roll bar. Approx. 400 miles since build. This immaculate Porsche cost over $48k, must sell immediately. $36,000. Contact Ric- 416.503.3217, email: ric1@ sympatico.ca. 1959 Porsche 356A Super Sunroof coupe Fantastic driving car with 2.0-liter 914 motor @ 120-hp. Comes with matching number original engine too. Upgraded seats, but original seats come with car. White, red leather. Super clean, super quick. Well documented. Matthew L deGarmo Ltd. $55,000. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@deGarmoLtd.com. Website: www. deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1973 Porsche 911T Numbers matching, COA Ruby Red w/ black Super w/ correct date stamped wheels, wedge turn signals, etc, 41 years w/ same owner in NV, records back to '71 . Solid original floors, great running car ready for the driving/show season. Contact Tom617.428.5762, email: PDQ356@gmail.com. (MA) 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Limited ownership. Impeccably maintained car, thorough mechanical restoration, $8k invested in the engine rebuild w/Molly pistions, CIS fuel-injection. Highly collectible great driver. Classic Showcase. Contact Jeff- 760.758.6100, email: sales@ classicshowcase.com. Website: www.classicshowcase. com. (CA) White/black. 33k original miles. Three owner car w/history, service records and manuals. Flawless interior. Rare hard top included, fully sorted out. Just finished a complete comprehensive service. The Last Detail. $78,900. Contact The Last847.689.8822, Website: www.thelastdetail.com. (IL) 1960 Porsche 356B Roadster Totally original Weissach Edition. One of 400. Three-time Metro PCA first place award winner 2011. Superb example. Details and photos on website. Exotic Classics. Contact Steve- 917.951.2069, email: steve@exoticclassics.com. Website: www. exoticclassics.com. Matching numbers, Ruby Red, fawn leather. Super 1600 motor. Documented restoration. 15k miles from new. Show winner, $150k restoration. Details 154 1980 Porsche 911 Weissach Rare pearl black exterior. Dove Grey leather. Both tops. Mechanically and cosmetically exceptional. Garaged, service records, manual, tools and cover. A fine automobile. $16,500. Contact Rick951.676.8169, (CA) 1988 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL Highly detailed hand-built model by Terzo & Stefano Dalia, Maranello Italy, 2006, 1/3rd scale, 54” long, limited ed., #00 of 50. Contact JacquesWebsite: www.arteauto.com. (TX) 1962 Alfa-Romeo 2000 Spider Two owner Florida car. Gray leather, sun roof, new Michelins. 90k miles, great condition. $7,500. Contact Joseph- 781.789.1585, 1987 Porsche 911 Turbo Red with black leather. Borrani wheels. Original California black-plate car with new paint and leather. Stunning car drives beautifully. Photos on website. Exotic Classics. Contact Craig- 516.885.9356, email: craig@exoticclassics.com. Website: www. exoticclassics.com. 1972 DeTomaso Pantera 1987 Porsche 911 Turbo. Three owner 35K mile coupe. White with blue interior. Owned since 2005. Certificate of Authenticity. Beautiful original body, paint, and interior. Contact Jim- 253.845.3975, email: james.shepherd7@comcast.net. 1988 Porsche 930 Turbo Cab Rare triple-black factory slantnose with only 26k miles. Complete history. Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Franz Blam upgrades. Details and photos website. Exotic Classics. Contact Steve917.951.2069, email: steve@exoticclassics.com. Website: www.exoticclassics.com. 1991 Porsche 944 S2 cabriolet Very original car, except for updated radio, radiator, paint and carpet. 37k original miles. $40,000. Contact Tony- 904.372.4155, email: tspuria@ comcast.net. 1974 DeTomaso Pantera GTS Triple black and loaded. Spectacular condition (garage kept) and fully serviced w/65k miles. Contact Michael- 917.620.8158, email: maxforza@ aol.com. 2005 Porsche 911 Turbo S Speed Yellow over black full leather w/matching factory hard top. Only 6k miles. Heavily-optioned. $155k msrp. As-new condition. Details and photos on website. Exotic Classics. Contact Lenny516.428.1435, email: lenny@exoticclassics.com. Website: www.exoticclassics.com. Italian 1958 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Highly original example showing only 53,325 miles. Series III with power steering, excellent paint, carpets and leather. Former Arizona car. Rare factory automatic transmission. This Espada drives just the way it should. 33,000 miles. $31,500. Contact Craig- 402.731.1181 or 402.556.1498 (eves.), (NE) Sports Car Market 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. Website: www.deGarmoLtd. com. 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SCM Showcase Gallery 2001 Ferrari 360 F1 American 1924 Custer Electric 1961 Pontiac Bonneville convertible 1966 Shelby GT350 H Black over black seats w/red Daytona inserts. Tubi, Challenge grille. Financing available. Motorcar Gallery. $94,500. Contact Motorcar- 954.522.9900, Website: www.motorcargallery.com. (FL) 1960-65 Osca Zagato 1600 GT WANTED: Early 1960s Osca Zagato 1600 GT coupe. Must be totally restored, very excellent car with no history of significant accidents or rust of any significance. Also could be interested in an Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider in similar condition. Contact Tom- 510.697.2414, email: tomclaridge@ sbcglobal.net. 1967-76 Ferrari P4/BBCM Extremely rare electric car built in Dayton Ohio. Custer Specialty Car Company began producing electric cars and wheelchairs in 1920. The car is powered by two batteries and could run for about 10 miles before recharging. Top speed was only about 8 mph. It is fully restored and would be a welcome addition to any auto collection. $9,500. Contact Steve- 978.423.3770, email: scontarino@ adamsonindustries.com. 1927 Stutz Challenger 8 AA Speedster 95 hp original 54k miles, Automatic. Near new condition. Rady to enjoy. Contact Ken641.751.9547, (IA) 1965 Chevrolet Corvette coupe WANTED: Campagnolo/technomagnisio wheels. Also looking for select automotive magazine back issues; various titles and dates. Call for details. Contact Albert- 910.864.3155 (days), 910.875.4261 (evenings), (NC) Japanese 1976 Datsun 280Z Silver over black preservation car with 17,811 miles. Two owners from new. 4-spd, a/c. Beautiful original condition. Details and photos on website. Exotic Classics. Contact Jeffrey- 516.303.5769, email: jeffrey@exoticclassics.com. Website: www. exoticclassics.com. 1990 Mazda Miata Monterey Blue, professionally restored with everything replaced or rebuilt--body, paint, chrome, mechanics, interior. Drives and shows perfectly. Spent $40,000. $29,000. Contact Bernie416.255.8164, (ONT) Silver over black w/factory alloy wheels. 17k miles. This car comes with original paint, no rust and no accidents. Mid-Atlantic Sports Cars. $12,900. Contact Wayne- 304.284.0192, Swedish 1973 Volvo 1800ES Documented $236k custom restoration. Built by SoCal Speed Shop. Multiple award winner. Magenta red, carbon fiber accents, custom black leather/suede interior. Flawless. Too much to list. The Last Detail. $119,900. Contact The Last- 847.689.8822, Website: www.thelastdetail.com. (IL) Only 90 original miles. From private collection of Kansas City Volvo dealer. Professionally cherished and conserved. Unrepeatable opportunity. Details and photos on website. Exotic Classics. Contact Craig516.885.9356, email: craig@exoticclassics.com. Website: www.exoticclassics.com. 156 Sports Car Market 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Resto Mod Running, barn find for sale. Rare, matching number Challenger 100-hp OHC engine (Bugatti designed), highest horsepower of any car sold in U.S.A. in 1927. Car needs restoration, engine was rebuilt and is running now. Solid car w/dual side mounts, wire wheels. Nearly complete. Also have spare Stutz 8 engine. $49,000. Contact Walter- 315.247.2388, email: info@autolit.com. (NY) 1948 Desoto Custom SII coupe Recent restoration. 396, 4-sp., non-matching, period correct. Over $20k in new parts. Aftermarket a/c and radio. Consider trade or cash. $46,900. Contact Mark- 479.644.1909, (AR) 1965 Ford Mustang Beautiful fastback in bronze over black. 4-spd, correct 289 V8, cold a/c, Rally Pac. Detailed engine compartment and undercarriage. Details and photos on website. Exotic Classics. Contact Steve917.951.2069, email: steve@exoticclassics.com. Website: www.exoticclassics.com. 1966 Cadillac Coupe DeVille “One owner.” Rally Red/Red. Naber's body-off restoration. NCRS Top Flight (chapter, regional, national.) Bloomington Special Collection. Gold certified. Aluminum heads, PB, M-22, posi, J56 brakes, F-41 suspension, off-road exhaust, smog system. Contact Terry- 419.392.2701, email: tmichaelis@charter.net. (OH) 1970 Cadillac DeVille convertible Silver Pearl over Teal Blue w/matching hard top, black soft top. 327/300, 4-spd, positraction, 60k miles. 5-time NCRS Top Flight, 98.6 points. Details and photos on website. Exotic Classics. Contact Lenny- 516.428.1435, email: lenny@exoticclassics. com. Website: www.exoticclassics.com. 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 convertible Perhaps the most original 1961 Bonneville in existance. Everything is original (except for exhaust, trunk liner, carpet and plastic rear window), PS, PB, Slim Jim Hydramatic, 8 lug wheels & much more. Complete PHS documentation Certified 45,000 miles. Car is located in Albuquerque, NM. $49,900. Contact Don- 312.391.5103, email: don@urbanciz. com. (NM) 1965 Chevrolet Corvair 500 Sport Coupe One of the best survivors we've ever seen. Two owners from new, low original mileage. Except for respray 25 years ago, completely original. Beautifully maintained. Runs and drives without fault. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. $135,000. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@ deGarmoLtd.com. Website: www.deGarmoLtd. com. (CT) 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible 15k original miles. Original black exterior. Immaculate original red interior in “like new” condition. Fully loaded, ice cold a/c, 429-ci. Exceptional unrestored survivor. Needs nothing. The Last Detail. $34,900. Contact The Last847.689.8822, Website: www.thelastdetail.com. (IL) Outstanding, meticulously maintained condition. Beautiful Corinthian blue, white convertible top and original dark blue leather interior. All in excellent condition. Loaded w/fully functional factory options. The Last Detail. $31,900. Contact The Last847.689.8822, Website: www.thelastdetail.com. (IL)


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1970 Plymouth Cuda convertible Comprehensive restoration to a show/driver level. Upgraded 440 Six Pack, shaker hood, factory a/c, auto, power top. Original color combination. A high performance head-turning style sure to please you. Classic Showcase. Contact Jeff- 760.758.6100, email: sales@classicshowcase.com. Website: www. classicshowcase.com. (CA) 1971 Chevrolet Corvette convertible Two tops, ZR2/LS6 (1 of 2), M-22. Ontario Orange, Body-off restoration. Documented export car!!! This is the last known LS6 and ZR2 car. Bloomington Gold Special Collection. Hall of Fame. Tank sticker, owner history and 3-ring binder. $550,000. Contact Terry- 419.392.2701, email: tmichaelis@charter. net. (OH) 2006 Chrysler Crossfire Limited Impeccable Crossfire still like new. Absolutely perfect in every way. V6, 6-speed, leather interior, black top. 7,000 actual papered miles. $21,000. Contact Dick- 314.434.8822, (MO) Race 1964 Cooper Monaco CM 3-64 Completely restored, all-original Chevy 327 small block. Hilborn injection, mated to Huffaker gearbox and differential. Many spares, including second engine. $275,000. Contact K.- 614.419.2446, email: kgrim@ruscilli.com. 1995 Ford Thunderbird #6 Valvoline Driven by Mark Martin. Ran Winston Cup from 1992 through 1996, winning Charlotte in 95. Many pics at: http://s1100. photobucket.com/albums/g405/Shelbyman92646/ Mark%20Martins%201995%20Ford%20 Thunderbird/#!cpZZ1QQtppZZ20 Contact Sandy714.330.3059, email: shelbyman@socal.rr.com. © May 2012 157


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Auction Companies Artcurial­Briest­Poulain­Le Fur. 33 (0)1 42 99 2056, 33 (0)1 42 99 1639. 7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France. Email: motorcars@auction.fr. www.artcurial.com/motorcars. (FR) Exoticars USA. 908.996.4889, Wil Auctions America. 877.906.2437, Formed in July 2010 as a subsidiary of RM Auctions, the Auctions America by RM team led by collector car expert Donnie Gould, specializes in American classics, Detroit muscle, hot rods, customs, and vintage motorcycles. Consign With Confidence. www.auctionsamerica.com. (IN) de Groot's Exoticars USA has serviced and restored Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini in the NJ, PA, NY region since 1979. We're passionate about keeping your car fast, reliable, beautiful and authentic. Our mechanical, paint/ body, electronic, machining and fabricating work is unsurpassed and award winning. We have specialized equipment and knowledge to service newer and vintage models and everything in between. www.exoticars-usa.com. (NJ) eBay Motors. List your car for sale. $0 insertion fee. $60 listing fee if vehicle sells for under or at $2,000, $125 if it sells for over $2,000. Visit the “Services” section on www.ebaymotors.com for more details. customer service and fast paced twolane auction ring makes them a leader in the business. Leake currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Dallas and San Antonio. Visit them online at www.leakecar.com or call 800.722.9942. San Antonio – April 20-21, 2012 at Freeman Coliseum Tulsa – June 8-10, 2012 at QuikTrip Center Dallas – November 16-18, 2012 at Dallas Market Hall 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) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485, Mecum Collector Car Auction- 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) Barrett­Jackson 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) Hollywood Wheels Auctions & Shows 800.237.8954, Hosting two auctions a year in beautiful Palm Beach FL, March & December. Offering quality collector cars and personalized service, all in a climate controlled, state of the art facility. Come be a part of the excitement! Check us out at www.hollywoodcarauctions.com... 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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 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 Sports Car Market MotoeXotica Classic Cars & AucGooding & 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. 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Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@ silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Specialty Auto Auctions and Sales. 800.901.0022, Established by Bruce and Helen Douglas in 1987. Based in Colorado and doing auctions in Colorado, Nevada and South Dakota. This year we will join forces with Hot August Nights and B & T Custom Rods for two sales in Nevada. We will also be working with Automania for sales in South Dakota. For personalized service contact us. www.saaasinc.com. (CO)


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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) Appraisals 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. Drive in or fly in...you will find us most accommodating. www.hartekautomotive.org (IA) 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) indiGO Classic Cars. Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, 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. Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters.com. Buy/Sell/General 888.255.5546, indiGO Classic Cars buys individual cars and collections specializing in the purchase of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, Porsche and Mercedes. indiGO will pay for shipping, handle paperwork and will gladly pay finder's fees. indiGO has capital and large lines of credit to pay the highest prices. indiGO Classic Cars is an indiGO Auto Group dealership. www.indigoclassiccars.com. (TX) Passport Transport. 800.736.0575, Luxury Brokers International. Specializing in the Purchase, Sales, and Brokerage of Fine Automobiles and Alternative Investments. Adolfo Massari 610.716.2331 or Andrew Mastin 215.459.1606. Email: Sales@lbilimited. com. Web: www.LBILimited.com. Brighton Motorsports. 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) 480.483.4682, Brighton Motorsports, Scottsdale, Arizona, is a unique dealership specializing in Vintage European and American Collector Cars with their Sales/Showroom and Mechanical Repair facility in the heart of Scottsdale's legendary auction arena. They also have a state-of-the-art paint & body shop specially equipped to do all levels of repair and restoration just down the road, creating a one stop shop for the avid car enthusiast. www.brightonmotorsports.com. (AZ) International Auto Appraisers Resource. Use IAAA Appraisers' to perform insurance and legal appraisals and pre-purchase inspections; It is IAAA the largest association that certifies auto 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. 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) Barrett­Jackson is proud to endorse a new breed of insurance for classic, antique, exotic, special interest, contemporary classic and limited-edition cars. To get a quote is even easier with our new on-line improvements. Go to www. barrett-jackson.com/insurance/, select Get a Quote, enter in a couple key pieces of information about your vehicle and get an estimated quote within seconds! It's that easy. Don't be caught without the right insurance for your vehicle. In the unfortunate aftermath of damage to your vehicle, learning that your insurance won't restore your prized possession to its former glory, or appropriately compensate you for your loss, is the last thing you want to hear. To get a quote by phone, call 877.545.2522. 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) 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) May 2012 Hartek Automotive, 319.337.4140, Hartek Automotive is a division of Hartwig Motors Inc, one of the oldest automotive retailers in the Midwest since 1912. Hartek Automotive specializes in the maintenance and sale of sports and prestige automobiles. Their reputation for service continues with a very personalized approach to maintenance of an individual's daily driver, to the restoration of that special automobile. Hartek Automotive also offers presale or post-sale inspections. Uniquely located in Iowa we are equally accessible for the enthusiast from anywhere. 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) Grundy Worldwide. 888.647.8639, Grundy Worldwide offers agreed value insurance with no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, and high liability limits. Our coverages are specifically designed for collectible-car owners. From classic cars to muscle cars, Grun- 159 The Last Detail. 847.689.8822 North Chicago / Kenilworth, Il., As “Trusted Advisors” for over 35 years we have been assisting enthusiasts make critical decisions before creating costly mistakes. Whether servicing, buying or selling, your one stop destination for all of your automotive needs, Down to....The Last Detail! www.thelastdetail.com. (IL) 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. Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a classic, a '60s muscle car, or a modern exotic you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com. Collector Car Insurance


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dy Worldwide has you covered. (*Zero deductible available in most states.) 888.6GRUNDY (888.647.8639). www.grundyworldwide.com. (PA) Aston Martin of New England. Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. 800.922.4050, is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com. (MI) 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) 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. European Collectibles, Inc. Lamborghini Houston. AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC.. 631.425.1555, All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servcingcomplete 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) 888.588.7634, Lamborghini Houston is a factory authorized Lamborghini dealership offering customers new and pre-owned Lamborghinis in addition to one of the largest selections of exotic cars in the United States. With one of the finest service facilities in the world, Lamborghini Houston consistently services all exotic cars including Ferraris, Maseratis, Lamborghinis, Bentleys and Aston Martins. Lamborghini Houston offers shipping nationwide. Lamborghini Houston is an indiGO Auto Group dealership. www.lamborghinihouston.com. (TX) Fourintune Garages Inc. Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173, We understand the passion and needs of the classic car owner; agreed value, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and paying by credit card. We provide classic car insurance at rates people can afford! Instant quotes at www.heacockclassic.com. (FL) 262.375.0876, www.fourintune.com. With over 25 years of experience in complete ground-up restoration on British Marques — specializing in Austin-Healeys for 35 years. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process. Located in historic Cedarburg since 1976 — just minutes north of Milwaukee. (WI) 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) 949.650.4718, European Collectibles has been buying, consigning, selling and restoring classic European Sports Cars since 1986. We specialize in Porsche (356 and 911) 1950s to early 1970s along with other marks including Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari, MG, Austin Healey & Jaguar with 40 vehicle in stock to chose from. European Collectibles also offers complete mechanical and cosmetic restorations to Concours level along with routine service. Located in Orange County, California between Los Angeles and San Diego. Sales@europeancollectibles. com or visit our website www.europeancollectibles.com. (CA) Mercedes­Benz 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) Porsche of North Houston. RPM Classic Sports Cars. J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290, Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. 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. 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. Email: jim@jwfrestoration.com. (OR) 160 Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337, 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair, and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems, and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations.net. (CA) Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini 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. German Cosdel International Transportation. Carobu Engineering. 949.722.9307, Ferrari specialist. Engine rebuilding/ development, dyno-testing, parts and service. Your source for high performance brakes, suspension, gaskets, engine parts, wheels and exhaust. Dealer for Tubi, Brembo, Koni, Razzo Rosso, Sangalli, Zanzi, Novitech Rosso and X-Ost. WWW.CAROBU.COM. 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) Since 1960 Cosdel International Transportation has been handling international shipments by air, ocean and truck. Honest service, competitive pricing and product expertise have made Cosdel the natural shipping choice for the world's best-known collectors, dealers, and auction houses. If you are moving a car, racing or rallying, or attending a concours event overseas, Cosdel is your comprehensive, worldwide resource for all of your nationwide and international shipping needs. We are your automobile Export Import Experts. 415.777.2000 carquotes@cosdel.com. www.cosdel.com. (CA) Sports Car Market 888.588.7634, Porsche of North Houston is a factory authorized Porsche dealership committed to all things Porsche. Porsche of North Houston activates experiential Porsche ownership for customers offering a large selection of new, pre-owned and vintage Porsches. We offer nationwide shipping. Porsche of North Houston is an indiGO Auto Group dealership. www.porscheofnorthhouston.com.(TX) Import/Export


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Inspections ity services from basic maintenance to full frame-off restorations. www.thelastdetail.com. (IL) Sports and Competition Automobile Inspections LLC. 860.456.4048, “When you need the job done right.” The nation's premier provider of pre-purchase inspections on classic, exotic and specialty cars of any year, anywhere in the USA or Canada. Fast 72-hour turnaround! Hartford, CT. www.automobileinspections.com. (CT) Italian MMRsite.com. The on-line inforHamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300, with more than 30 years in the industry and world wide clientele in dealing in European race and sports cars, specializes in classic Ferrari of the '50s & '60s. www.ferrari4you.com Literature 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 LeMay—America's Car Museum, set for a June 2012 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 3.5-acre show field, theatre, café, banquet hall and meeting facilities. To become an ACM member, volunteer or make a donation, visit www.lemaymuseum.org. (WA) Parts and Accessories Autobahn Power 877.683.3001 We specialize in complete Performance and Modification Projects for all types of vehicles. Spanning decades we have completed literally hundreds of project cars. Many are used for daily drivers that can aggressively ramp it up for performance venues. Located in the heart of the Midwest, we're easily accessible. If you've got a project in mind, we know you want a trusted source for quality work in performance, efficiency and safe upgrades to your ride. Choose us! Autobahn Power! Visit us at autobahnpower.com. May 2012 mation and entertainment resource for enthusiasts of European cars and motorcycles. Interactive database features include 1,300 selected suppliers of goods and services. Interesting classified ads, book and DVD reviews, blog, forum and MMR store. Subscribe today to receive our MMR Community Newsletter and help us build this site. www. MMRsite.com. RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, Griot's Garage. 800.345.5789, The ultimate online store for car care products and automotive accessories. www.griotsgarage.com. (WA) Performance Restoration. 440.635.0053, Exciting new location in North East Ohio, close to major highways. As always, an open, clean, well-equipped, busy facility. Several projects from antique to sports cars in the works. Always time to help fellow enthusiasts with advice. What can we help you with? supercharged@alltel.net. (OH) 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) © RPM Classic Sports Cars. WeatherTech® Automotive Acces- sories. 800.441.8527, MacNeil Automotive Products Limited providing Automotive Accessories for your vehicles for over 20 years. MacNeil has defined high quality vehicle protection with the WeatherTech® line of Automotive Accessories. Choose from All-Weather Floor Mats, Extreme-Duty Floor Liners, Cargo/Trunk Liners, Side Window Deflectors, No-Drill MudFlaps, many different options of License Plate Frames and more. We have products available for virtually every make and model. To see and buy everything, go to www.WeatherTech.com. Restoration — General 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. FOLLOW SCM Classic Restoration. 303.761.1245, Classic Restoration by Country Club Auto, located in Colorado, is a large facility that offers world-class restoration, repair and fabrication services. Highly organized, fiscally responsible and providing bi-weekly detailed billing, we keep you abreast of the rapid progress of your project in every way. Check out our excellent website for details. Email doug@classicrestodenver.com. www.classicrestodenver.com. (CO) The Last Detail. 847.689.8822 North Chicago / Kenilworth, Il., As “Trusted Advisors” for over 35 years we have been assisting enthusiasts make critical decisions before creating costly mistakes. Whether servicing, buying or selling, TLD is your one stop destination providing the highest qual- 161


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Carl Bomstead eWatch Old Porcelain can't beat Batman or the Green Lantern There is a group of collectors who shark around for unusual 30-inch signs, and they'll pay the big bucks to get them Thought Carl's An elderly aunt recently passed away, and two nephews were told that they could split the boxes of old comic books that their uncle Detective Comics #27, which featured the introduction of Batman and sold for $522,813. Batman #1 realized $274,850, and All American Comics #16, which introduced the Green Lantern, brought $203,150. Here are a few things that were most likely found in the attic but were not worth that kind of money: eBAY #330688995033— 1908 VANDERBILT CUP RACE PENNANT. Number of Bids: 29. SOLD AT: $4,051. Date: 2/24/2012. This very original pennant was 28 inches in length and, considering its age, was in amazing condition. A Locomobile, number 16, won the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup, which was a first for an American car. A rare piece of automotive history — but at a price. Expensive, but I doubt if you'll find another in this condition. MATTHEWS SPRING PEOTONE AUCTION LOT #56 —PENN­EMPIRE GASOLINE 30­INCH PORCELAIN SIGN. SOLD AT: $7,188. Date: 3/2/2012. This double-sided, 30-inch porcelain was not in the best of condition, with a few chips and edge wear. It is rare as heck, and as such, sold for a very aggressive price. There is a group of collectors who “need” any and all unusual 30-inch signs, and for the unusual, money be damned. MATTHEWS SPRING PEOTONE AUCTION LOT #89—EDISON MAZDA AUTO LAMPS CARDBOARD DISPLAY. SOLD AT: $3,565. Date: cardboard eBAY #200682918100— NOMURA 9 1/2­INCH TOY VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE CONVERTIBLE. Number of Bids: 24. SOLD AT: $1,813.44. Date: 12/7/2011. This was an unusual version of the Volkswagen Beetle, as it had the top in the up position. It was made in the late 1950s, with an unusual plaid interior. It was about 9½ inches in length and was in very acceptable condition. Full price at the price paid. 3/2/2012. This die-cut countertop display measured about 16 inches in length and was 11 inches tall. Great graphics and the condition was certainly there. Price paid was “silly money,” and I say that as the underbidder. ISH BOTTLE. Number of Bids: 4. SOLD AT: $109.50. Date: 1/29/2012. This half-pint bottle of polish was full and was about six inches in height. Cute graphics with Parker Cox Brownies on the back. The label was in great condition, and this is just the thing Dick DeLuna and his buddy Dennis Varner chase all over Hershey as they look for additions to their extensive Whiz collections. PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR #1 LICENSE PLATE. Number of Bids: 8. SOLD AT: $5,988.88. Date: 2/5/2012. This plate was unused, and there was no doubt it was authentic. But was it a plate that John Fisher, governor of Pennsylvania from 1927 until 1931, would have used — or was it some sort of commemorative plate? The bidding was active, and the winning bid was adult money, so the serious collectors were on board. had purchased when he was a youngster. They dated from 1938 to 1941, and after a little research, they realized the collection included 44 of the top 100 comics as rated by the Overstreet Price Guide. In late February, Heritage Auctions presented the collection at auction, and they realized $3.5m. The highlights of the collection included MATTHEWS SPRING eBAY #2320733667073— EARLY WHIZ AUTO POL- eBAY #120852082590—1929 SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $65 for 12 monthly issues in the U.S., $95 Canada/Mexico, Europe $105, Asia/Africa/Middle East $115. Subscriptions are payable in advance in U.S. currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 877.219.2605, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 162 PEOTONE AUCTION LOT #29—1922 AUTOMOBILE BLUE BOOK HOTEL PORCELAIN SIGN. SOLD AT: $3,450. Date: 3/2/2012. The Automobile Blue Book was one of any number of organizations that rated hotels, garages and restaurants for motorists in the 1920s and 1930s, a service they provided for a fee. This was for 1922, but little date plaques would update the sign. It was in excellent condition, and as such, it sold for a fair price. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market