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EXCLUSIVE MONTEREY REPORT RECORD $100mSALES 251 CARS RATED Keith Martin's D-type $2.1m November 2006 Stolen '65 GT350, Recovered on eBay $9k Savage Sign is Heap Good Deal Sports CarMarket Dramatic,Distinctive, Desirable The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends


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Sports CarMarket Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends 50 911RS, the prototype November 2006 .Volume 18. Number 11 44 A bargain Speed Six 58 Short nose and tall fin COLLECTOR CAR PROFILES 40 1957 Ferrari TRC Spider Provenance pays off for this splendid racer. Steve Ahlgrim 44 1929 Bentley Speed Six The $2-million Bentley bargain. Diane Brandon 48 1960 Autobianchi Bianchina Cabriolet Jolly good fun in a $23k Bianchina. Donald Osborne 50 1972 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Prototype $334,000 for a used 911? You bet. Jim Schrager 54 1957 Lincoln Indianapolis by Boano You've never seen a Lincoln like it. Carl Bomstead 58 1956 Jaguar D-type Nothing could touch it then. At $2.1m, that's still the case. Thor Thorson Cover photograph: Bonhams & Butterfields 251 CARS RATED BY OUR EXPERTS 68 Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, CA The $21m sale brings the long week to a fitting end. Dave Kinney 80 Christie's, Monterey, CA An eight-pack of Porsches steals the show on Thursday night. Dave Kinney 92 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA $5.6m Ferrari 412S leads all comers as RM tops the weekend. Carl Bomstead 106 Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA No reserve, no problem, as 156 cars sell at the Marriott. SCM Staff 112 Bonhams & Butterfields, Carmel Valley, CA B&B raises its bar and posts a big $12.4m result. Donald Osborne 122 Kruse International, Seaside, CA Mussolini's Alfa 8C leads this $1m Concorso Italiano sale. Brad Brioux 126 eBay Motors If you build it, they will come.... Geoff Archer


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30 62 Delahaye at Pebble Beach Blurring the line between corsa and stradale COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears Keith Martin 26 Affordable Classic The Studebaker that wouldn't die Rob Sass 28 Legal Files The case of the stolen Shelby John Draneas 42 Sheehan Speaks: Replica SWBs for you and me Michael Sheehan 46 English Patient A DB4 tale from the crypt Steve Serio 52 Porsche Gespräch Inside the 356 Registry Jim Schrager 56 Domestic Affairs The best and the rest at Monterey Colin Comer 128 Motobilia Bibendum could be Thai'd up for a while Carl Bomstead 132 Bike Buys Suzuki's collectible Gixxer Paul Duchene 146 eWatch Big bucks for Indian globes and Savage signs Carl Bomstead FEATURES 30 Collecting Thoughts: Ferraris at Speed 32 The Quail: Recounting the Gathering 36 NWAPA: Driving to the Sun in 20 Cars 62 Monterey: Reflections on theWeekend DEPARTMENTS 12 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 14 The Inside Line 16 You Write, We Read 18 Display Advertisers Index 22 Neat Stuff 24 Our Cars: 1966 Chevrolet Nova, 1971 BMW 2800CS, 1974 Ferrari 365 Boxer 27 20 Year Picture 115 Glovebox Notes: 2006 Mazda RX8, 2006 MazdaSpeed 6 GT 119 Alfa Bits 127 FreshMeat: 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 “Super Bee,” 2007 Mercedes-Benz SL 550, 2007 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS 130 Featured Artist: Ken Eberts 134 Mystery Photo 135 Comments with Your Renewal 136 Showcase Gallery 139 Crossword Puzzle 140 Resource Directory The high bid of $140,000 was insufficient to win the coach—I suppose there just weren't two western-theme restaurant owners in the audience.—Donald Osborne's report on the Bonhams Quail Lodge sale begins on p. 112


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin A Six Pack of Sense and Sensibility W e at SCM have long maintained that a well-filled garage is like a well-stocked wine cellar. Just as different times of day, different events, and different meals call for different pourings, so, too, do different motoring adven- tures require different motoring choices. And just as each wine has its own trademark taste, bouquet, and color, each car that captivates a collector's interest has its own unique approach to motoring. A car worth collecting has an essence to it: it is a reflection of the time in which it was built, of the skills of the drivetrain engineers and the desire of the stylists to make their statement on the automotive world as they knew it. Looking at the current market, and at the types of activities in which we at SCM like to engage, here are the top six cars I think are both good buys and also have an essence that can make what is otherwise just a trip to the mall into a sensuous automotive adventure. 1958–62 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA SPRINT VELOCE TIPO 101 This car started the entire small-displacement, high-speed touring GT tradition. They have a sleek, greyhound-like apperance, a spacious interior for two plus a week's worth of luggage, and when updated with a later 5-speed (shhh—don't tell the purists) can cruise at 80 mph all day long. Under the hood is a visual all-alloy feast of twin cams, twin Webers, baffled sump, and robust five-main bearing 1300-cc engine. The supple suspension offers comfort, brilliant braking, and first-rate handling. Hard to find in excellent condition, as so few came to this country, you should budget $30,000 to $40,000 for one you'd be proud to own. 1961–67 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES I Everyone should have a Series I E-type Jaguar at one time or another. In terms of visual “rightness,” the E-type stands as an example of a car that just works, from every angle, and in every way. The WWII fighter-plane cockpit, full of unlabeled toggle switches, along with black-on-white analog Smiths gauges, could be the example of what the dash of the British car should look like. Figure on $30,000 to $40,000 for a coupe in the condition you'd like to own (meaning a handsome driver, not a trophy winner), and $40,000 to $60,000 for a similar convertible. 1967–69 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 The Z/28 represents the era when manufacturers would offer per- formance options for street cars as a pre-requisite for getting them onto their race cars, so neat stuff like four-wheel disc brakes and Cross Ram manifolds filtered down to the end-user market. A nice, numbers-matching Z/28 should set you back around $60,000; the equivalent base 327/350 from $25,000 to $35,000. 1963–65 PORSCHE 356 Porsche 356s, especially the 1963–65 S and SC models, are perhaps the most user-friendly classic sports cars of all time. The C is the ultimate iteration of the four-cylinder Porsche, will never let you down, has room for your luggage, and, when properly set up, will cover thousands of miles with little or no attention whatsoever. What more can you ask? Pay $30,000 for a nice coupe. You'll never be sorry. 1956–59 LANCIA AURELIA The first time I really noticed a 1956–59 Lancia Aurelia convertible (not spyder), was when I was driving in the rain-filled 1991 Mille Miglia. While I was in a car with NO weather equipment, those in the Lancia had the top raised, and were thoroughly enjoying themselves in their toasty little compartment, while I was hoping that drowning would put me out of my chilly, water-soaked misery. Find a convertible for $125,000, ship it to Europe, and spend a sum- mer participating in touring events that allow the car to showcase both its visual appeal and mechanical prowess. 1960–62 FERRARI 250 GT SWB And finally, is there anyone who disagrees that the 1960–62 250 GT SWB is the most perfect car ever built? The SWB is all about performance, with a stark interior and an engine that makes sounds so erotic owners risk arrest for being purveyors of auto-pornography. When I win the lottery, this will be the car I buy. Today, it will cost at least $1,500,000 for a no-stories car (more than double that of three years ago) and even at that, it is a bargain. u Clockwise from top left: Alfa, Camaro, Lancia, Porsche, Ferrari, Jaguar November 2006 3 Birte Moller


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Crossing the Block Jim Pickering Auction Calendar All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm dates and locations before attending any event. Email auction info to: jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com. Chandler NCRS Top Flight 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 at Gooding October Gooding & Company— Otis Chandler Collection Where: Oxnard, CA When: October 21 More: www.goodingco.com Newspaper mogul Oits Chandler was passionate about cars, and his eclectic tastes will be well represented at this important no reserve sale. Bidders will see everything from a 1904 Mercedes 40/45 Sports Touring to a 2004 Porsche Carrera GT cross the block, with an array of significant motorcycles as well. The Worldwide Group— The Hilton Head Auction Where:Hilton Head, SC When: November 4 More: www.wwgauctions.com Held alongside the Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance, this sale promises to be big. Some of the planned lots include the No. 3 1952 Glockler-Porsche roadster, a 1969 ZL-1 Camaro, a 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda, and a 1954 Corvette roadster with just 1,374 documented original miles. Shannons—Australian International Motor Show Auction Where: Sydney, AUS When:November 5 More:www.shannons.com.au Last year: 32 cars sold / $323k Shannons returns to the Australian International Motor Show to offer some rare and vintage lots, including a 1971 Chrysler Charger R/T E38 coupe, a 1968 Holden HK 327 GTS Monaro “Bathurst” coupe, and a 1930 Cadillac V16 Series 452 “Madam X” 7-seater limousine. RM Auctions—The Cappy Collection Where: Addison, IL When: November 11 More: www.rmauctions.com To be held at the estate of Jerry Capizzi, the Cappy 12 Collection includes many rare and meticulously restored Fords and Lincolns. More than 60 cars from the 1930s to the 1970s will be sold, including a 1957 Ford Skyliner F-code Retractable hard top, a 1937 Lincoln Zephyr, and a 1938 Lincoln K Brunn SemiCollapsible Cabriolet. Bonhams and Butterfields— The Steve McQueen Sale Where: Los Angeles, CA When: November 11 More: www.bonhams.com Hosted at the Petersen Museum, the sale will focus exclusively on Steve McQueen's motorcycles and memorabilia, including his 1929 HarleyDavidson Model B and a four-inch folding knife given to him by Von Dutch—said to have been one of his most prized possessions. Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions—41st Exotic Car Show & Auction Where: Palm Springs, CA When: November 18–19 More:www.classic-carauction.com Last Year: 235 cars sold / $4m With 21 more cars up for auc- tion this year, Keith McCormick's semi-annual event promises to have something for everyone. Held once again on the grounds of the Spa Resort Casino, it will feature a fully restored, one-owner 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster. Leake Auction Company—Fall Dallas Where: Dallas, TX When:November 17–19 More:www.leakecar.com Last Year: 245 cars sold / $7m Leake posted big results last year, and with 600 cars lined up this year, expect nothing less. Look for lots of American muscle, including a 1967 Camaro RS, a 1973 Corvette coupe, a 1969 Mustang Mach 1 428 CJ, and a 1965 Shelby GT350.u 4—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, UK 6-7— CLASSIC AUTOMOBILE AUCTIONS OF AMERICA Biloxi, MS 6-7—SANTIAGO Albuquerque, NM 5—BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS Hershey, PA 5-8—HERSHEY Hershey, PA 6-8—MECUM St. Charles, IL 7—GENEVA CLASSICS Geneva, CH 7—SILVER Portland, OR 13—STERLING Danville, VA 18—H&H Kempton, UK 20-21—COX Branson, MO 20-22—RM Toronto, CAN 21—GOODING & COMPANY Oxnard, CA 21—ICA Louisville, KY 23-24—BARONS Surrey, UK 27—KRUSE Las Vegas, NV 28—COYS Padua, IT November 3—BONHAMS London, UK 3-5—KRUSE Auburn, IN 4—WORLDWIDE Hilton Head, SC 5—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 11—BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS Los Angeles, CA 11—BONHAMS Harrogate, UK 11—RM Addison, IL 11—SILVER Spokane, WA 17—LEAKE Dallas, TX 18—MCCORMICK Palm Springs, CA 18—AUTOMOBILIA AUCTIONS Wethersfield, CT 21-22—H&H Buxton, UK 24-25—ICA Gilbert, AZ 24-25—ICA Houston, TX 26—BONHAMS & GOODMAN Sydney, AUS 27—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 29-30—H&H Cheltenham, UK December 1-3—MECUM Kansas City, MO 1-2—SANTIAGO Oklahoma City, OK 4—BONHAMS London, UK 5—CHRISTIE'S London, UK 7—COYS London, UK 9-10—SANTIAGO Oklahoma City, OK 11-12—BARONS Surrey, UK 15–16—KRUSE Houston, TX 16—BONHAMS Gstaad, CH Sports Car Market


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Inside Line Stefan Lomard News n Automotive industry icon Lee Iacocca has lent his name to a new award, The Lee Iaccoca Award. It is given in recognition of dedication to excellence in perpetuating the American automotive tradition, and will be available to car shows and clubs for presentation. The award is part of the Iacocca Foundation's campaign to raise awareness and funds in the fight against diabetes. Clubs and car shows wishing to participate in the award program should call 310.806.4013, www .iacoccafoundation.org (CA) Events n At the Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance, dozens of activities lead up to the concours on Sunday, November 5, at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. Events include a tribute to Frank Sinatra and a vintage track day. www.hhiconcours.com (SC) n The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run kicks off on November 5. Organized by the Royal Automobile Club, the world's oldest continuously run motoring event sees pre-1905 automobiles and cycle cars depart Hyde Park for the 60-mile journey to the Sussex seaside resort. www.lbvcr.com (UK) n Winner of the Indy 500, Trans-Am series, sports car grand prix, stock-car and off-road marathons, and a constructor of the Formula One series, Parnelli Jones has become a motorsports legend. The Petersen Museum will pay tribute to his achievements at An Evening with Parnelli Jones November 9 in Los Angeles. Jones's family and friends, such as Mario Andretti and Dan Gurney, will help celebrate with a dinner and interviews. 323.964.6356, www .petersen.org (CA) n The great Mexican road race, La Carrera Panamericana, begins in the Gulf city of Veracruz on November 10. Over the next seven days, more than 70 vintage cars and their drivers / co-drivers will race 2,000 miles to the Texas border. www.panamrace.com (MEX) n The Naples Concours d'Elegance is a new event that will take place at Fiddler's Creek Golf Course November 17–19, and feature the Duesenberg marque. As it is in SCMer Miles Collier's home town, don't be surprised to see a car or two from his collection. 239.272.2097, www.naplesconcoursdelegance .com (FL) n Mark your calendar for The Kiwi Trial, a “gently competitive” historic rally across New Zealand's South Island from November 23 to December 8. The rally is open to any two-wheeldrive car built before 1977, with several classes available for the scope of eligible vehicles. www .thetrial.nl (NZ) n If you aren't yet ready to let racing go for the winter, the HSR Sebring Historic Fall Classic, held November 30 in Florida, will offer Historic GTP/Group C/WSC Series racing, the Jo Bonnier Cup 2-Liter Challenge, and the World Championship of Once a year, it's off to Sussex Makes, plus more. www.hsrrace .com (FL) Transitions n SCM welcomes its new Auctions Editor, Jim Pickering. He has a degree in creative writing, with an emphasis in poetry, from Pacific University. He's been a gearhead all his life, and he built his first car—a 1966 Chevrolet Caprice—in high school. He spends his Friday nights racing that same car, posting a best time of 12.47 sec at 110 mph. Before joining SCM, Pickering worked for six years as a mechanic at Keith's Auto Service here in Portland. Pickering and his high school sweetheart 14 n SCM's Web Development Manager Matt Webb, and his wife, Dawn, welcomed their second son into the world on September 7. Justin Iwao Webb weighed 6 lbs, 11 oz, and much to his follicly-challenged father's chagrin, he has a full head of hair.u Event Calendar 5—Hilton Head Concours d'Elegance www.hhiconcours.com 5—London to Brighton Veteran Car Run www.vccofgb.co.uk/lontobri/ 9—An Evening with Parnelli Jones www.petersen.org 10–16—La Carrera Panamericana www.panamrace.com 17–19—Naples Concours d'Elegance www.naplesconcoursdelegance.com 23–Dec. 8—The Kiwi Trial www.thetrial.nl 30—HSR Sebring Historic Fall Classic www.hsrrace.com Sports Car Market NOVEMBER


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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com AUCTION ADVICE FROM A MAN WHO KNOWS I read your interesting re- view of Bonhams's Les Grandes Marques à Monaco sale last May and would like to offer a little additional insight into two of the three highest prices. The Ferrari 250 GT Lusso with period competition history (1965 Targa Florio, etc.), which was also the subject of your September cover story (“$600k Comp Lusso—Slow But Sweet”), was consigned by the owner to Bonhams via our company and so we are familiar with its background. The original reserve on this car was in fact higher than the final sale price, but research into the car's history prior to cataloging revealed that the engine had been swapped at some point for an earlier 250 GT unit. This was added to the catalog text, and the reserve was lowered significantly to allow for this fact, which had apparently escaped the French dealer who had sold the car in recent years (he was kind enough to point it out to Bonhams when they began advertising the car, the owner having decided against consigning it to the aforementioned dealer). The car sold under the hammer in Monaco for €420,000 plus premium ($595,425 total), which probably represents a discount of €100,000 ($128,000) for the non-original engine. Another highlight of Bonhams's Monaco sale, the very elegant 1938 Delahaye 135M roadster by Chapron, which had been consigned along with a dozen or so other cars by the new owner of the Rosso Bianco Collection, was discovered to have a non-original, post-war replacement engine just shortly before the auction, which necessitated a prominent Sales Room Notice on the car's windscreen during the viewing, informing potential bidders of the fact. This lot was hammered sold at €300,000 plus premium ($427,125 total), again a discount due to the non-original engine. We were asked to advise bidders on this car and can attest that the engine issue put at least one of them off taking part in the auction. 16 Sports CarMarket Editor & Publisher KEITH MARTIN V.P. Operations DAVID SLAMA V.P. Business Development/ General Counsel ROB SASS Art Director KIRSTEN ONODAY Senior Editor PAUL DUCHENE Managing Editor STEFAN LOMBARD Auction Editor JIM PICKERING Copy Editor BILL NEILL Senior Auction Analysts DAVE KINNEY RICHARD HUDSON-EVANS (EUROPE) B. MITCHELL CARLSON Auction Analysts DANIEL GRUNWALD JOHN CLUCAS (AUSTRALIA) NORM MORT (CANADA) JOE SEVERNS Contributing Editors STEVE AHLGRIM GARY ANDERSON CARL BOMSTEAD COLIN COMER JOHN DRANEAS DONALD OSBORNE JIM SCHRAGER MICHAEL SHEEHAN THOR THORSON The car sold under the hammer in Monaco for $595,425, which probably represents a discount of $128,000 for the nonoriginal engine A word of advice therefore to potential auction vendors: It's worth researching your car and giving the auction company all the facts, good and bad, before negotiating terms with them. Quite apart from the fact that they may have a potential claim against you if their chances of selling your car and recouping their investment are reduced after you've struck an agreement with them based on incorrect information about your car, nothing unsettles potential bidders like last-minute bad news concerning the object of their desire. Know what you're selling before you sign and let the auction house decide how best to inform bidders.—Simon Kidston, Geneva, CH NOT ALL TALBOTS ARE FRENCH I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw two fine London Talbots in the French section of Bonhams's Hendon sale in the September issue of SCM. These were English cars through and through. Georges Roesch, not Charles, was the famed Swiss designer who rescued the English company of Talbot in 1927 by building the 14/45 straight off the drawing board and having an instant success. He developed the range of cars through the very successful competition 90s and 105s to the final 110s, one of the '30s finest touring cars. This very flourishing arm of the STD combine (Sunbeam, Talbot, Darracq) was brought down in 1935 by the demise of Sunbeam—mired in debt from its racing glory days in the 1920s. The quality names of Sunbeam and Talbot were taken over by the Rootes Brothers and built down to badge-engineered Hillmans and Humbers. The English-owned Contributors JOHN APEN KATHYDONOHUE RAYMOND MILO MARIT ANNE PETERSON STEVE SERIO MARTIN EMMISON (U.K.) Information Technology JARED MANN MATT WEBB BRYAN WOLFE Financial Manager NIKKI NALUM Editorial Intern JENNIFER DAVIS Strategic Planner BILL WOODARD ADVERTISING Advertising Sales GARY GOODRICH 877.219.2605 ext. 213 gary.goodrich@sportscarmarket.com CINDY MEITLE 877.219.2605, ext. 262 cmeitle@sportscarmarket.com ED PRISCO 877.219.2605, ext. 212 ed.prisco@sportscarmarket.com Sales and Marketing Coordinator VALARIE HUSTON 877.219.2605, ext. 211 valarie.huston@sportscarmarket.com SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions Coordinator CATHY GRIFFIS 877.219.2605 ext. 204 cathy.griffis@sportscarmarket.com New 800.289.2819 Current 877.219.2605, ext. 204 service@sportscarmarket.com fax 503.253.2234 www.sportscarmarket.com CORRESPONDENCE General P.O. Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292 FedEx/DHL/UPS 401 NE 19th, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232


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Darracq company in Suresnes, Paris, was taken over by its managing director Tony Lago and became Talbot Lagos or Lago Talbots, famous in their own right with their wonderful late-'30s swoopy coachwork and subsequent racing successes. These are the cars that most people in the U.S. recognize as Talbots, but the pronunciation is French as opposed to the English pronunciation of the Roesch and earlier cars. Interestingly and confusingly (as is most of the STD story), the cars made in Paris before 1935 were called Talbots when sold in France and Darracqs when sold in the U.K. Anyone the slightest bit inter- ested in London Talbots should find a copy of Anthony Blight's The Invincible Talbot—generally recognized as one of the best onemarque books and guaranteed to turn the most doubtful enthusiast into a lifelong convert.—Robert Follows, West Vancouver, CAN IT'S ONLY A NORTHERN SONG As a long-time reader on the other side of the pond, I was amused to read Richard HudsonEvans's preamble to the H&H auction at Buxton in your September issue. Lest some of your readers gain the impression that the venue is “back of beyond,” requiring a long-haul drive by trans-Atlantic or European attendees, I would inform you that Buxton is half an hour's drive from Manchester's International Airport, which has daily scheduled flights to Boston, Chicago, Miami, and Atlanta and, for those traveling up from the South of England, long-haul is around 200 miles—not quite the definition you Americans would relate to, is it? I would add that I have no connection with H&H but am merely a resident of the seemingly isolated North.—Sydney Brown, Comberbach, Cheshire, U.K. THE WING'S THE THING— OR NOT Just a note on the Bonhams Monte Carlo auction which featured, among others, an ex-de Angelis, Andretti, and Mansell racer that you noted was missing November 2006 Notable by its absence is Mario's front wing, which wasnot the result of a racing incident; it ran that way the entire weekend its front wing. Attached is a picture of Mario at Watkins Glen in 1980, photo by me, taken where the long course rejoins the short course. Notable by its absence is Mario's front wing, which was not the result of a racing incident; it ran that way the entire weekend. Probably others as well, but I'm not a Lotus expert.—Jim Nelson, nelson-motorsports.com I couldn't miss the 1980 Essex Lotus 81/3 reported sold by Bonhams in your September 2006 issue. It turns out, I photographed Mario Andretti in this chassis at the 1980 USGP, Watkins Glen. The description struck me a bit odd, as “missing front wing” would be correct for a 1980 sliding skirt car. It was often raced without one. Only in 1981 was a tea-tray front wing added, to compensate for the loss of downforce once skirts were outlawed. Also, it seemed unusual the car would have been raced by Andretti, de Angelis, and Mansell. Mansell was primarily a test driver in 1980. Although you are correct to largely dismiss the Lotus 81 as a non-winning and indeed uncompetitive F1 Lotus, there is one example that is historically significant. Nigel Mansell made his Grand Prix debut in a Lotus 81 at the 1980 Austrian GP. Chassis 81/3 is not it, if my sources are correct. The one to look for is 81B/4. The car sold appears to have been raced 14 times by Elio de Angelis. Mario raced it twice, at the U.S. and Canadian GPs in 1980. There is no evidence that Nigel Mansell ever raced it. Elio raced it into 1981, which would account for the “missing front wing” and Elio's number 11 on the nose. As this car did finish on the podium twice (Jarama 1980 and Kyalami 1981) with the late de Angelis driving, was raced by Mario in the U.S., and was the last Lotus raced by him, it could be talked up a bit. It could also be cleaned up considerably by Classic Team Lotus, run by Colin Chapman's son Clive, which ex- ists to restore Lotus F1 cars to factory standards. Only Ferrari offers a similar service.—Roy Glikin, via e-mail WOO-HOO FOR THE WOOSIM Regarding Kent Bain's Seat Time (September, p. 47), the WSM was Sprite-derived, not 3000, although they did build at least one Healey 3000 WSM as far as I remember. My WSM originally had a 1,098-cc engine, but when it ran at Sebring in 1964, it had an 1,160-cc. It ran SCCA D Production with a Weber rather than the SU. In later years, we got permission to put the 1,275cc engine in, as the 1,098 was a notoriously weak engine when stressed. It didn't hurt having the extra displacement, either. The WSM pictured is now back on the Isle of Man with the son of the man that built all of the WSMs. He's managed to collect most of the surviving WSMs and he takes them to Goodwood 17


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Ad Index Alan Taylor and Company ...................... 47 Autosport Design .................................... 73 Bald Head Garage ................................... 49 Bart Holland BV Restoration Co. ........ 133 BB One Exports .................................... 125 Blackhawk/Auto Collections Inc ............ 89 Bonhams ................................................. 23 Bonhams & Butterfields .......................... 75 Bonhams & Goodman ............................. 25 Brian D. Moore Restorations ................ 143 British Motor Corp ................................ 136 Cadillac ..................................................... 7 Coker Tire ............................................. 145 Collectors Guild .................................... 145 Cosdel ................................................... 143 Davidoff Zino Platinum ........................ 144 Digit Motorsport ..................................... 57 Doc's Jags ............................................. 144 Ebay Motors .............................................. 9 Exotic Car Transport ............................. 144 Family Classic Cars ................................ 83 Fantasy Junction ...................................... 53 FECC Passport Auto Transport ............... 19 Fourintune Garage Inc .......................... 145 GMP Diecast ........................................... 55 GoFastAuction.com ................................ 21 Gooding & Company ................................ 2 Gregor Fisken .........................................111 Griot's Garage ......................................... 81 Grundy Worldwide .................................. 11 Hagerty Insurance ................................. 148 Horseless Carriage ................................ 145 Hyman, LTD ........................................... 87 Intercity Lines ......................................... 27 Italian Car Parts ..................................... 138 J.J. Best Banc & Co. ............................. 137 JR Rouse Real Estate ............................ 113 Maserati North America .......................... 69 Mecum Auction ..................................... 103 Mershons ................................................. 77 Morris & Welford, LLC .......................... 79 Motorhead Extraordinaire, Inc. ............. 145 Naples Concours d' Elegance ............... 129 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions ........ 117 Parish Heacock Insurance ....................... 29 Park Place LTD ....................................... 91 Paul Russell and Company ..................... 95 Premier Financial Services ................... 147 Pro Team Corvette .................................. 97 Putnam Leasing ....................................... 15 Re-Originals .......................................... 123 Renaissance Design .............................. 121 RM Auctions .......................................... 4,5 Ron Tonkin .............................................. 93 RPM Motorbooks ................................. 145 Russo & Steele ........................................ 85 Shannons ................................................. 71 Silver Auctions ........................................ 13 Symbolic Motors ....................................... 3 Tubi Style USA Inc ............................... 107 Vette Brakes & Products ....................... 145 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ................... 101 Vintage Rallies ...................................... 105 VintageAutoPosters.com ....................... 143 World Wide Group .................................. 34 Zymol ...................................................... 41 18 Given the choice, I know I'd be driving the Super Bee, and that's coming from a man who owned three 'Cudas each year with his bunch of WSM fanatics. Thanks again for including my comments in the article.—Walter Donaghy, North Kingstown, RI CHALLENGER TO THE 'CUDA Just read the September '06 issue of SCM. The commentary on some muscle cars should be taken with a salt lick or two. The comment about Challengers not bringing 'Cuda money is a misnomer, to say the least. In some cases, Challenger R/Ts will bring much more money than a 'Cuda due to the rarity of certain options. The Shaker hood on a Challenger R/T is much scarcer than on a 'Cuda, as it was available for a shorter period of time before being discontinued. All other things being equal, a Shaker Challenger when factory-issued will outgun a 'Cuda for money. The same goes for RT/SE Challengers compared to the Gran Coupe version by Plymouth. The latter wasn't nearly as convincing as a luxury sport car, nor was it as desirable then or now. Evidence of this abounds in a sea of Gran Coupes converted to 'Cuda livery in hopes of a better sales bang. Looking at lot #555 from Mecum's Belvidere, Illinois, sale, we have an example of a typical Hemi Challenger R/T with minimal options. They were highproduction cars compared to the 'Cuda from the same model year. This one with average trim and options fetched $210,000, which was good but not silly money. If it had a few nice options on it, the figure would twist into the $260,000 range without drama. I know buyers who are waiting, gold-plated checks in hand, for the right one. The curious yellow 'Cuda convertible, lot #S584, is typical of the clone variety of E-bodies. It takes more than a Shaker hood, chin spoilers, and paint to make a big block car. One hopes the slantsix chassis parts were upgraded for the owner's safety. All told, this was $90,000 poorly spent. It would've been better to return the car to stock six-banger ragtop status. When was the last time you saw one? This brings me to the Super Bee #SP03 at RM Novi. Plum Crazy Purple, assumed numbers-matching automatic car with restoration and authentication. If it was asstated, this catapults this car into the steal column. Production of this model was very low, with V code and high-impact paint. The former owner actually left money at the table on this one. Given the choice, I know I'd be driving the Super Bee, and that's coming from a man who owned three 'Cudas: two 1971s and a 1973.—Patrick Smith, Halton Hills, CAN Colin Comer responds: I scanned my September '06 SCM after reading your letter and found the comment you refer to by analyst Dan Grunwald in his report on the Mecum Belvidere sale, lot #F555, mentioning the relationship between 'Cuda and Challenger prices. Grunwald stated, “Challengers don't generally bring 'Cuda prices.…” I agree with Grunwald's statement. As you mention, in some cases Challengers with rare options Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read will bring more than 'Cudas. With every rule there is an exception; however, all things being equal, generally 'Cudas do bring more than Challengers. Let's jump back to Mecum lot #F555. This was a black on black, nicely restored, and very well documented 1970 Hemi Challenger R/T that sold for $210,000 with the buyer's premium. Had this car been a similarly equipped 1970 'Cuda, black on black, with paperwork and in similar condition, I would expect it to bring around $300,000. Yes, a Shaker hood was standard on the Hemi 'Cuda and not on the Challenger, but, even with an optional Shaker hood, I cannot see the Challenger in question bringing more than a comparable 'Cuda. A Shakerequipped 440 Six Pack Challenger will bring about the same money, or perhaps just a touch more, as a Shaker-equipped 440 Six Pack 'Cuda. Again, as a general rule, 'Cuda values are generally higher than Challengers, with the rare exception being a uniquely equipped Challenger. As far as lot #S584 and clone cars in general, well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I don't find clone cars to be money well spent either, but they do have their place. For relatively short money compared to the real thing, a guy can buy a clone car at 50 cents on the dollar and have fun. As long as it is looked upon as a purchase with no financial upside, I don't see any harm in buying such a car at pennies on the dollar compared to the real thing. Lastly, let's discuss the 1970 Super Bee V code car that sold at RM's Novi sale, lot #SP03, for $65,500. If the car did indeed check out, I think $65k was a fair deal for both buyer and seller, but not necessarily a steal. The 1970 Coronet body style has never been an easy sell; most buyers prefer the 1969 version without the dual chrome hoop front end. Plus, this example being an automatic transmission car, and described as having an incorrect “basic black” undercarriage, I see $65k as near retail for a #3+/ #2- V code 1970 'Bee. And yes, if I needed to have one Mopar to drive, it would tide of enthusiasm lifting all boats—even big, black Russian ones. LEARNING FROM DAD… AND OUR READERS After reading Keith Martin's I suspect the seller wanted to make them seem a little rarer than they are to hype his price—he seems to have hyped itclear up into the $40,000 range be a B-body car. They are a more user-friendly proposition than the E-body 'Cudas and Challengers, although not as fun to look at. BLACK RUSSIAN ON THE ROCKS I read on the web your piece on the GAZ-13 Chaika by Paul Duchene (May 2006). He seems to think they have a curse on them and that everyone keeps their distance. I hate to disagree with the man, but every old-car event I've ever been to in Eastern Europe has had privately owned Chaikas on display (five of them last year at OMMMA in Magdeburg, Germany), and they're always surrounded by spectators. That includes events right in Moscow. I suspect that the seller wanted to make them seem a little rarer than they are to hype his price—and indeed, with the going rate at around $15,000 or so for a nice example, he seems to have hyped this car clear up into the $40,000 range where it sold. I don't know what the club you publicized (Packards International) is doing, but The Packard Club (the original, the oldest, and the largest) has had a Chaika registry for several years and has run several pieces about these cars in its various publications. Several Europeans with Chaikas are Packard Club members, incidentally, as are many owners of the Stalin-era ZIS-110 (you can find this organization at www.packardclub.org).—George Hamlin, via e-mail Paul Duchene responds: Thanks for the observation. I suspect the attitude toward Chaikas is rather different in the liberated Eastern Bloc. There is a wonderful dark side to the Slavic sense of humor, and I wouldn't be surprised to hear that Chaikas have a kind of reverse chic—a bit like buying your own taxi when you succeed in London and hiring a guy to drive it for you. When I was referring to the dark symbolism of Chaikas, I was thinking about people I've known in the West who escaped Eastern Europe before Perestroika and never got to see the changes. You are indeed correct about prices in Europe. The seller of the car you mention bought his in England for about that sum. January's selling price is another example of the Barrett-Jackson nostalgic column, “A Steering Wheel as the Circle of Life” in the August issue, I had a tear in my eye. Like him, I spent my pre-teen years growing up on a farm, but in rural Long Island, New York. A friend of my father had given me a 1939 Crosley car when I was 13. Dad followed up by giving me a tool roll of combination open end/box wrenches from 3/8” up to 1 1/2”, which I still have and use. I had just installed new brake cylinders in my Isetta right before I read your editorial. To get the front aluminum dust covers off the Isetta, I had to use one of those larger wrenches. I also learned a lot from dear old Dad, who gave me the gift of fixing things and working with my hands. As the MasterCard ads say, “Assorted nuts and bolts, $10. Tools, $29.95. Learning from Dad, priceless.” Also, please tell Donald Osborne that Crosley used Waukesha air-cooled 2-cylinder industrial engines on his economy cars from 1939 until 1942. In 1943, during the war with a scarcity of steel, Powell Crosley made “soft” engine blocks from brazedup stampings approximating head gaskets. I was one of the SCMers who also participated in the Moto Giro d'Italia on my 1955 MV Augusta 175 CS. It was delightful to read Paul Duchene's story and know exactly what he was seeing and feeling. He even mentioned Pirro, the event mechanic, who is restoring four other Giro bikes for me at his shop in Spoleto.—Burt Richmond, Lotus Tours, Chicago, IL ERRATA In the Kensington Bridge- hampton, NY, sale covered in the October issue, the sold price including premium for lot #52, the 1955 Jaguar XK 140 MC on p. 109, is actually $93,500, not the $102,850 reported.u 20 Sports Car Market


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Stuff Neat by Kristen Hall-Geisler WHAT YOU NEED AND HOW TO GET IT Fly through the gears of this 1:6-scale model Ferrari 250 GTO engine from GMP, complete with realistic sound. It features six twin-throat Weber 38 DCN carburetors with functional throttle linkage, the dipstick is removable, and it even has a tiny Baldwin oil filter. See and hear the engine in action on the web site. $499.95. www.gmpdiecast.com Lino Franceschini was, at one time, a driver for Scuderia del Portello, the Alfa Romeo race team. After retiring from the track, he started Rosso Corsa, a boutique fashion company that recently developed this line of race-inspired sport watches. Each watch has a “tipo” and “chassis” number, and are registered on a build sheet, à la Ferrari. A special chassis number may be requested, and is then retired. Limited to 888 pieces. $290–$720. www.rossocorsa.usa Columnist, host of Spike TV's “Powerblock,” and former host of “Overhaulin',” Courtney Hansen has compiled an automotive guide for the newbie of any gender. The Garage Girl's Guide to Everything You Need to Know about Your Car is a slim volume that covers the basics, from chapter one, “Buying Your Ride,” to chapter 15, “Souping Up and Tricking Out!” Plenty of space is devoted to maintenance and troubleshooting, plus photos of Hansen in the garage. Her dad, SCCA champ Jerry Hansen, provides the forward. $18.95. www.courtneyhansen.com Relive the best moments in Formula One with the 2007 Motorsport Memories Dynamic Duels calendar from Saison 73. Each period photograph is captioned in English, German, Italian, and Japanese, and there are no holidays indicated in the crisp, clean monthly grid, leaving plenty of room for marking race weekends all season long. Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell, Emerson Fittipaldi, and dozens of others make appearances in color and black and white. $15 plus $5 shipping and handling. www.saison73.com Weld Racing has introduced its new line of rod and custom forged-aluminum wheels. The twelve available designs range from 15” x 4.5” to 20” x 16” and use lighter, stronger aluminum alloys that resist tarnish. $475–$1,200. www .weldracing.com/hotrod 22 The Rent Exotic Cars Network is the largest, most complete listing of luxury and exotic car rental companies on the Internet. Use the interactive map of the U.S. to find a rental car company with highend vehicles close to home or in a destination state. Rental agencies, who do not pay a listing fee with the network, are vetted to make sure they have a physical presence in the city for which they are listed. The site also reviews the rental inventory to assure they meet the test for the index. www .rentexoticcars.netu Sports Car Market


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SCM Our Cars “I Coulda Been a Contender,” said the Boxer When a 365 BB appeared in our shop with transmission problems—which evolved into a “might-as-well” engine rebuild—I bought it 1966 CHEVROLET NOVA Owner: Daniel Grunwald, Auction Analyst Purchase date: May 2003 Price: $12,600 Mileage since purchase: 50 Recent work: Removed engine, transmission, differential, interior, and front clip; installed new front springs and disc brakes I had been looking for a '66 or '67 Nova with no rust for a while, and when this one appeared I 1971 BMW 2800CS Owner: Rob Sass, VP Business Development/ General Counsel Purchase date: August 2005 Price: $11,000 Mileage since purchase: 3,000 Recent work: Carburetor adjustment, water pump, brake pads and rotors In keeping with the gradual westward migration of my possessions, my BMW 2800CS now resides in Portland. In July, I covered Lewis and Clark's 1,800-mile route from St. Louis to Portland in about two and a half days, a much speedier trim compared to the years it took them. They should have waited around and done it in a BMW coupe. Other than the 100-plus-degree heat, the trip was pleasantly uneventful. The a/c even kept pace as temperatures climbed. I have to say, however, that I was disappointed with the scenery. I-80 through Nebraska was predictably uninteresting. If Route 66 is the “mother road,” then I-80 must be something like the “tediously dull in-law road.” I was almost grateful to the state trooper who ticketed me for speeding. At the very least it broke up the monotony. Even Wyoming and Idaho weren't as picturesque as I had imagined. Eastern Oregon and the Columbia River Gorge were glorious, however. Upon arrival, I had the carbs re-adjusted and pads and rotors done. Nothing else suffered in spite of the heat and the miles. Numerous motoring scribes in the early '70s pegged the 2800CS / 3.0CS as one of the best cars extant. The car's ability to eat up miles in total comfort convinced me they were right. Hopefully the CS will fare better in Oregon than Kermit the 2002. (See “It Ain't Easy Being Green,” July, pg. 36). 24 pulled the trigger. It was a three-owner car with 64,000 original miles, a solid body, a six-cylinder automatic, and a clean bench seat interior. Though the six-banger had some chrome, headers, dual exhaust, and a neat-looking four-barrel intake, the carb was way oversized for the engine, and it ran like crap unless you held the pedal to the floor. The car came undercoated, and it worked well to protect against rust demons, but it looked so ugly I decided to remove it. That was last year, and I am still scraping it off. It's a miserable job, but it looks so much better, and I am determined to get it all. I've already done the brakes and suspension. My plans now call for a small block V8 with around 400 hp, a/c, a four- or five-speed manual, a 12-bolt differential, and all-new brake and fuel lines. Hopefully I'll get it finished in my lifetime, and hopefully old Novas will continue to escalate in price so my wife will be able to sell it for a minimal loss after I'm gone. In the meantime, if I can find a home for that straight six with headers and four barrel…. Hmmm. I'm starting to feel better already. Think I'll go out to the garage tonight and scrape some more undercoating. 1974 FERRARI 365 BOXER Owner: John Apen, Contributor Purchase date: February 1985 Price: $12,000 in pieces, plus an $8k shop bill Mileage since purchase: about 2,000 Recent Work: Major service—belts, valve adjust, water pump Like most of my cars, it found me. I had sold many Boxers in the late 1970s and driven all varieties. Most Ferrari aficionados agree the 365 was the one to have. It had higher rev limits and horsepower than the 512 and great sounding three-throat Webers, which meant that it actually attained the advertised top speed of 168 mph. With an elegant Pininfarina body, the 365 was the definitive early '80s supercar. And it was rare. Of the 2,323 Boxers built, only 387 were 365s, compared with 1,936 512s. And in 1985 you could get them for 308 prices. So when one appeared in our shop with transmission problems— which evolved into a “might-as-well” engine rebuild—I bought it and figured our shop could finish it as a fill-in project. Despite the relatively high production number (50% more than the Daytona), Boxers are fairly rare. They were all Euro cars and had to be converted, which was much more difficult for the carb cars compared to the cleaner running FI cars, so fewer carb Boxers were brought to the U.S., with many exported to Japan during the late '80s madness. Years ago, Dyke Ridgley, past President of FCA, told me there were less than ten left in the U.S. Since then I've tried to track down all 365 BBs and have come up with less than ten. I'm sure there are more, but not a lot more. Still, appreciation has been modest, although the third 365 made just sold at Gooding in Pebble Beach for $123,200.u Sports Car Market


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Affordable Classic Rob Sass Avanti II—The First Continuation Car The hurdle many owners encounter is a big one—any money spent on a restoration is just being thrown down a rat hole six intrepid souls have been passionate enough about Raymond Loewy and Tom Kellogg's creation to keep the car from dying—even when all but the nuttiest should have been looking for a wooden stake or a silver bullet. The Avanti IIs sold to the public in 1966 were T really the first “continuation cars,” built long before that dubious term was coined. Studebaker, which had been building wagons since the mid19th century, finally expired that year. It built its last cars in exile in Hamilton, Ontario. The consolation prize for the city of South Bend, IN—Studebaker's former main manufacturing center—was the sale of the Avanti rights, tools, molds, and part of the plant to local dealers Leo Newman and Nate Altman. CHECKER THOUGHT IT TOO UGLY Newman and Altman shopped the idea of reviving the Avanti to Checker Motors. Checker refused, deeming the car both uglier than their Marathon and unable to accommodate roof lights, a meter and more than two fares in the back seat. Newman and Altman decided to go it alone. Improbably, things worked out for them; having access to Studebaker's tooling and development work gave them a head start over other cottage industry manufacturers. Soon, Avantis were being turned out again on Lafayette Ave. in South Bend. Aside from looking under the hood, the only way to tell an early II from a Stude was by the badging, and by the fact that the car had lost its pronounced forward rake. Wisely, the pair decided to substitute Chevy's 327, one of the sweetest small-block V8s ever, for Studebaker's uninspired 289-ci lump. They also decided their future was not in competing with volume-produced cars—so they turned the Avanti into a handbuilt, made-to-order car that would appeal to someone who wanted something a bit more exclusive than a Thunderbird or a Riviera. LIKE BUYING A SAVILE ROW SUIT Ordering an Avanti in the '60s and '70s was not unlike having a Savile Row suit made. My own circa-1977 recollection of then Sales Manager Chuck Solliday's office was that of a relatively small room with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves filled with phone book-sized volumes containing paint, carpet, cloth, leather, and suede samples. Solliday evidently followed the prime directive of non-interference with customer choices as I witnessed a metallic lime green car with silver leather nearing completion. My dad and I chose a much more restrained (although no less '70s) shade of dark metallic brown with saddle leather and brown suede inserts. From 1966 until 1983, when Stephen Blake bought the company, there were few sub- stantive changes. The 327 gave way to the 350- and 400-ci units, and 305-ci Chevrolet engines were used as well. In general, post-1973 cars suffered just like other American cars as a result of emission controls. They also grew ugly rubber rams mounted on impact cylinders under the main bumper. Most owners remove these nasty appendages. LARK IN A GILDED CAGE Dynamically, it's best not to expect too much of an Avanti II. They were still based on the totally conventional Lark chassis, an X-frame with a live rear axle and leaf springs. For this reason, Road & Track called the Studebaker Avanti “a Lark in a gilded cage.” Power steering is typically numb and the rear end comes around quite easily, especially in the rain. Modern tires do a bit to curb this. At least Avantis stop well, with four-wheel disc brakes. Avanti IIs face few restoration hurdles other than the big one— any money spent restoring an Avanti II will never be recovered. Best to find a well-cared-for example (and there are plenty) and drive the wheels off it. Try to find one in a color you can live with, without a wornout interior and without a rusty frame or “hog troughs,” which are Avanti-speak for the torque boxes that mate the frame to the body. Replacing them is a nasty and costly job. Trim parts are available and mechanical items are NAPA stuff. Avantis were built to order and interesting options like the Blaupunkt Berlin stalk radio and smoked glass moonroofs abound. Avoid Avanti IIs without air or with the he Avanti may be one of the most polarizing designs ever created. Those who love it really love it and those who don't appreciate it loathe it. But among the former, at least 26 Sports Car Market


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anemic 305-ci engine. The most common wheel choices were chrome Magnum 500s just like a Mustang—these actually look good on the car. Less common were the starpattern Studebaker wheel covers and the holy grail—a set of real Borrani knockoffs. EARLIER CARS ARE THE BEST BET The earliest Avanti IIs were probably the most appeal- ing and the best performing, with the 327/300 motor and an available Borg-Warner T10 four-speed. An Avanti so equipped is rare and probably a better car than a supercharged Studebaker R2. The early cars also had most of the vintage Stude touches like a funky two-spoke steering wheel, additional trim on the hood bulge, glass headlight covers and more attractive gauges. As a collectible, the Avanti II market will not be heating up any time soon. Studebaker-built Avantis will always be more desirable and currently, even the AMC AMX is far more collectible. Unless original Avantis shoot out of sight, IIs will always be fairly hopeless. Those polarizing looks will always work against it. But if you can live with this fact, an Avanti II provides you with a distinctive and in most cases a very well built car with adequate performance, so there's absolutely no harm in shelling out $12,000–$14,000 for a decent one. u ROB SASS has been collecting and restoring affordable classics since he was 16. His stories have appeared in the New York Times and Business Week Online. 1971-74 Jensen Interceptor III $10,000 $15,000 $20,000 $25,000 $30,000 1973-74 Iso Lele 1965-75 Avanti Coupe 20 Year Picture Prices are for cars in excellent condition. This information is provided by Black Book and Cars of Particular Interest Collectible Vehicle Value Guide, www.blackbookusa.com. November 2006 27 1987 1992 1997 2002 2006


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Legal Files John Draneas Snatched Shelby Sale is a Trail of Tears The eBay seller tried to negotiate the purchase of his recovered stolen car from the insurance company, hoping to salvage his investment “Stolen, never recovered”—until now H oward Pardee, registrar of 1965 and 1966 Shelby GT350s for the Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC), was surfing eBay Motors recently to track market trends, when he ran across a nice 1965 Shelby GT350. The listing identified the car with its correct Shelby serial number, and even gave the Ford serial number, which is not visible on the car unless the Shelby VIN or the fenders are removed. Pardee gave the car a routine check in the Shelby American factory records. As registrar, he is the only person who has these records. The Shelby American factory records listed a differ- ent Ford serial number for this car, so Pardee ran the Ford number through all his records. He found that it matched a different Shelby serial number. This Shelby was listed as “stolen/never recovered” in the Shelby American World Registries of 1982, 1987, and 1997. STOLEN, NEVER RECOVERED The eBay seller had purchased the car in 1980 with a reproduction Shelby serial number tag and had a clean New York title. Apparently, the thief had taken the Shelby serial number from a prior 1976 Shelby registry listing that indicated no owner for that particular car, so he figured he was safe using the number on his repro tag. The eBay seller stated he had no knowledge that the car was stolen. That seemed to be true, as he wouldn't have put the Ford serial number in his eBay auction listing if he had known. After further research, Pardee was able to locate the 28 original owner of the car, who confirmed that his Shelby had been stolen in 1979 and never recovered. He was amazed that the same car was apparently available on eBay, at a current bid of $121,000. He was even more amazed when Pardee advised him that, based on the condition seen in the photos on eBay, the Shelby's current market value was likely $150,000–$175,000. Here the plot thickens into a “Legal Files” story. The original owner had filed a theft claim with his insurance company in 1979. When it became evident that the Shelby was not going to be recovered, the insurance company paid him $6,500 to settle the claim. Assuming he would be able to get the Shelby back, he notified the insurance company that his car had been found and where it was. He then notified police, who contacted the eBay seller. The Shelby was promptly withdrawn from the auction, and the police impounded it, pending resolution of the ownership. YOU CAN'T TAKE TITLE FROM A THIEF The eBay seller had paid good money to an apparent accomplice of the thief for the Shelby, unaware that it was stolen. But he's just plain out of luck here and can't keep the car. The strength of his ownership interest in the Shelby comes from his seller. Since his seller had no valid ownership interest in the car at all, as it was stolen, he could not transfer any legitimate ownership interest to anyone else. Further, the “valid” New York title was obtained by fraud and was easily cancelable. Miraculously, 26 years later, the original owner was ready to be reunited with his long-lost Shelby. “Not so fast,” says the insurance company. “We paid you $6,500 in 1979 when the car was stolen, and you signed the title over to us as a result. It's our Shelby now.” And they make a very good point. While this may seem to be an unfair windfall for the insurance company, most stolen cars that are recovered many years later will usually not have appreciated in value. If this had been a base Mustang, not well cared for and worth $500 when recovered, it would not be fair for the insurance company to give it back to the original owner and demand a $6,000 refund. Likewise, the original owner can't just refund the $6,500 and take the car back. Sports Car Market


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DON'T CRY FOR THE ORIGINAL OWNER And, the insurance company would say, don't cry too hard for the original owner. He got paid a fair amount for the car, and he could easily have used the $6,500 to buy another Shelby GT350 in 1979. If he had chosen to do that, and had kept the Shelby until now, he would have a $150,000–$175,000 automobile. Instead, he chose to use the insurance proceeds in some other way, perhaps in some other investment that appreciated even more. The eBay seller is very aware of both sides of this story. He has approached the insurance company and has tried to negotiate the purchase of the Shelby from them, hoping to salvage something from his investment. So far, the insurance company has not decided what it will do. This must be a fun situation for them and a great change of pace from their normal daily routine of writing checks to cover losses. They're actually going to make some money here, no matter how this turns out. Word is that the thief has already served terms in prison for other auto thefts and extortion. Although he is clearly guilty and liable here, he may get off the hook. He can't be prosecuted for a 26-year-old car theft, as the statute of limitations ran out many years ago. Ditto for the title fraud, so he isn't going to do any jail time for this Shelby. CAN THE EBAY SELLER SUE? The eBay seller clearly has a civil claim against both the thief and his accomplice, but that will depend on the statute of limitations. Undoubtedly, the statute of limitations for civil fraud is shorter than 26 years. However, the key question is when the statute starts to run. Most state laws provide that the statute of limitations will not start to run on a claim of concealed fraud until the fraud is discovered, and that didn't happen until now. If that is the applicable state law, the eBay seller can sue the thief and accomplice to get his money back, likely with interest. Nonetheless, some states place an outside limit on how long a cause of action can last, even in the case of concealment. In Oregon, for instance, the claim would be barred ten years after the fraud occurred, even if it is still concealed and undiscovered at that time. If the eBay seller's state has a similar law, he could be totally out of luck. CHECK AND DOUBLECHECK The lesson here is to be very careful not to wind up in the eBay seller's position. Collector cars have experienced remarkable appreciation in value, and there is ample incentive for thieves to alter serial numbers, etc. The best protection is to thoroughly research a car before buying it. Don't hesitate to use resources like Howard Pardee and the Shelby Registry (saachp@snet.net) and their equivalents with other marques. Contact previous owners if you can identify them. Get all the documentation you can before you buy. A clean title is not enough, as a sophisticated thief knows how to get one of those.u JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney and car collector in Oregon. His comments here are general in nature and not a substitute for a consultation with an attorney. He can be reached at legalfiles@sportscarmarket.com November 2006 29


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Collecting Thoughts Ferrari Perspectives Dual Purpose, Then and Now More than street machines, less than ALMS racers, the Challenge machines serve as today's closest link to the dual-sport racers of yesteryear by Stefan Lombard The Risi Competizione F430 leads going into the Festival Curves at Portland International F 30 errari has always been about racing, and nowhere in the automobile world is the carryover from the track to the street more evident than in the serial production cars from Maranello. Many of the cars that appear in SCM come from the days when nothing but a hand-painted number distinguished a racing car from its street-going sister. Men bought Ferrari 250 TdFs because they were damn fast—period—and on any given day, in capable hands, they could be driven to the track, finish first, and be driven home. These days the differences between corsa and stradale are more pronounced, with the racers sporting corporate logos, giant wings, padded roll cages, shiny fire suppression systems, and all manner of go-fast parts to eek out tenths. I recently achieved a couple of my own Ferrari firsts, each giving me more insight into the dual-sport car's allure and Ferrari's longstanding role in building and defining such machines. To begin with, I attended the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) race here in Portland. In thick, unseasonable heat I watched a lone Ferrari F430GT win the GT2 class. Entered by Risi Competizione—the racing arm of Giuseppe Risi's Ferrari of Houston dealership (www.ferrariofhouston.com)—the Ferrari muscled through a GT2 field thick with factory Porsche 911s, BMW M3s, Panoz Esperantes, and the rest of the four-class grid. Porsche has dominated the ALMS GT2 class since the series began, and it never occurred to me there might be a Ferrari in the field, let alone a competitive one. Go-fast parts and all, there was no mistaking that sophisticated V8 crackle for anything else that went by. Two weeks later, I drove a Ferrari for the first time, charged with piloting an F430 Spider in the Ferrari Challenge Rally over some of Oregon's best driving roads. My journalist co-driver and I weren't in it for the glory, and though he felt badly for navigating me off course following our lunch stop in the tiny Deschutes River town of Maupin, the road he chose to lose me down—Bakeoven—was about the best diversion a Ferrari first-timer could hope for. A long, twisting climb followed by what seemed like an endless, empty straight allowed me to test both the car and my nerve. The quick, intelligent paddle shifters worked perfectly with an equally smart V8, all of it put down through a solid chassis and compliant suspension. Until that ALMS race, I'd never heard a racing Ferrari at full tilt. And until that drive, Sports Car Market Jimmy Sykes


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Squint a little and you can see a 250 SWB I'd never heard a street Ferrari engaged in the same. Each experience serves to reinforce the other, creating for me a kind of dual-sport memory. Bridging the gap between Risi's track effort—as close to a Ferrari factory team as American sports car racing gets—and my own effort on Bakeoven Road, there is the Ferrari Challenge. Competing in identically prepped F430 Challenge racers, amateur driver/owners compete at six venues around North America, with a championship round in Italy. The spec series goes back to 1993 and the 348, and has evolved with each new mid-engined V8 model since. The final North American stop was Portland International, just a few days before the Rally, which gave me a chance to check out the cars up close. Nothing within the engine or transmission differs from the street car, with the majority of changes having to do with safety, weight savings, suspension, braking, and tires. A bit more than street machines, a bit less than ALMS racers, the Challenge racers serve as the closest link to the dual-sport car one is likely to see. Ferrari celebrates its 60th anniversary as a manufac- turer in 2007, and the company looks set to continue playing to its strengths. In Formula One they are deadlocked with Renault in one of the best title fights in decades. Risi Competizione enters the final three ALMS races just nine points down in the championship. New car sales have increased steadily for the last 13 years. And classic Ferrari values continue to strengthen, with those same 250 TdFs now regularly fetching $1.5m. Then as now, there is pedigree in these cars, plain and Lombard and mount in a rare moment of stillness November 2006 31 simple. And for those with the means, the appeal of going damn fast is too great to ignore.u STEFAN LOMBARD is the Managing Editor of SCM. His writing has appeared in Road & Track and forbes.com. Ferrari North America


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Events The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering Sights and Sounds of The Quail Race cars from the Monterey Historics made a dramatic mid-morning entrance, to the aural and visual delight of the crowd by Donald Osborne Part of the Targa Florio 100th Anniversary display, this 250 LM fit equally well among “The Great Ferraris” W 32 ith the conclusion of the fourth edition of The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, it was clear to all who attended that the event has now matured into something world-class. Held at the Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley on Friday August 18, it was strictly limited by the organizers to 3,000 tickets, and it sold out a week before the event. The fortunate people who planned ahead were treated to the now-traditional elegant display of 120 carefully chosen racing and sports cars. DETAILS Displays are arranged according to themes. This year's full plate celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Targa Florio, the 50th anniversary of the Laguna Seca racetrack, the cars of Zagato, “the Great Ferraris,” and the established classes of pre-war sports and racing cars, post-war sports and racing Plan ahead: August 2007 Where: The Quail Lodge, Carmel, CA Eligibility: pre-war to 1974 Cost: $150, includes gourmet food and entrance to Bonhams & Butterfields auction More: www.quaillodge.com cars, sports and racing motorcycles, and contemporary supercars. Targa Florio class entries featured one of two exist- ing Lancia D24 sports racing cars, driven to wins by Fangio, Taruffi, and Villoresi. Also present was a Ferrari 250 GT TdF from the 1958 race, a 1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Competizione that contested three Targas, and the Ferrari 196 SP Dino, winner of the 1961 race in the hands of Gendebien and von Trips. Cars representing the Laguna Seca anniversary included a Gurney Eagle F5000, Porsche 906, 1955 Corvette, and a Shelby GT350. Among the Zagato cars on the green, “Toly” Arutunoff's battle-scarred 1963 Lancia Flaminia Sport was displayed proudly, a stark contrast in condition next Sports Car Market


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to a near-perfect 1954 Maserati A6G 2000 spider owned by Angelo Ferro and the 1929 Alfa Romeo 1750 Zagato spyder of Quail Lodge owner Michael Kadoorie. Since its inception, The Quail has been a component in the Louis Vuitton Classic Concours program, along with shows such as the Cavallino Classic, Amelia Island, Villa d'Este, Meadow Brook, and Pebble Beach. The winner of Best in Show at The Quail competes with winners of these others for the Louis Vuitton Classic Concours Award and invitations to other international events. This year's Best in Show winner, as voted by the other entrants, was the ex-Steve McQueen Jaguar XK-SS from the Petersen Museum. Other award winners included the Nethercutt Collection's Talbot-Lago T150C SS teardrop coupe, Ken and Ann Smith's Delahaye 135 Competition, Bob Lee's Ferrari 166 Barchetta, the 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Zagato of David Sydorick, Gerald Barnes's Porsche Carrera 906, an attractive 1934 Triumph Dolomite 8C-2400 brought by John Ridings Lee, and David Smith's 1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Competizione. The motorcycle award went to Alan Chalk's 1959 Ducati 200 Supersport. Another highlight of The Quail is the participation of selected race cars from the Monterey Historic Races, which make a dramatic entrance to the show in mid-morning, traveling in convoy across the Laureles Grade from the track, to the aural and visual delight of the crowd. SCMers at The Quail Alex Albarian—Glendale, CA 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV Michael Alessandro—Rancho Santa Fe, CA 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder Anatoly Arutunoff—Tulsa, OK 1963 Lancia Flaminia 3C Zagato W. Malcom Barksdale—San Diego, CA 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Gerald Barnes—Anaheim, CA 1966 Porsche 906E, Laguna Seca Award 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Robert Byng—Cayucos, CA 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Wayne Carini—Portland, CT 1926 Bentley 3-liter Speed Alan T. Chalk—Westlake Village, CA 1959 Ducati 200 Super Sport, Sports & Racing Motorcycles Award Arthur B. Cook—Pacific Palisades, CA 1962 Aston Martin DB4 C Vantage Anthony Cosentino—Monterey, CA 1966 Austin Mini Richard De Luna—Woodside, CA 1948 Nardi Corsa Barchetta Brian Dietz—Los Angeles, CA 1984 Ducati TT750 F-1 1955 Aeromera / Capriolo “Face Cam” Racer John Ebey—Santa Monica, CA 1954 Lancia Aurelia Spyder Gary & Mona Eisenberg—Monterey, CA 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB 2003 Ferrari Enzo Frank Enea—Monterey, CA 1969 Porsche 911 Rallye November 2006 James Feldman—Portland, OR 1957 AC Ace Bristol Zagato coupe Jeff Files—Durham, NC 1964 Elva-Porsche Mk VII S Vail & Linda Frost—Alpharetta, GA 1952 Cunningham C-3 James Glickenhaus—Rye, NY 1947 Ferrari 166 S Don Greene—Ventura, CA 1965 Maserati Sebring II Reed & Nan Harman—Palos Verdes Estates, CA 1955 Porsche 356A “Outlaw” Stephen Holmes—Ross, CA 1946 Ford Woody wagon Shawn Junell—Seattle, WA 1954 Lancia D24, Targa Florio Award Michael D. Kadoorie—Hong Kong 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS Zagato Spyder 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 David M. Kelley—Woodside, CA 1958 Porsche 356 Speedster Neal Kirkham—Saratoga, CA 1955 Maserati A6G 2000 Zagato Luke & Laurie Kowalski—Belmont, CA 1963 Ferrari 250 GTE Edward Kwiatkowski—Monterey, CA 1996 Dodge Viper GTS Enrique Landa—Rancho Santa Fe, CA 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Robert M. Lee—Sparks, NV 1948 Ferrari 166 Barchetta, Great Ferrari Award Betty Locke—Alexander, CA 1939 Talbot-Lago T150C SS, Pre-war Sports & Racing Award Michael Malamut—Thousand Oaks, CA 1941 Chrysler Town & Country Barrelback Jeff Mamorsky—Greenwich, CT 1960 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Gary Marquis—Chico, CA 1932 Alvis Speed 20 Sport Tourer Achim Mathon—San Francisco, CA 1963 Alfa Romeo Sprint Speciale Peter McCoy—Beverly Hills, CA 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS David Meese—San Francisco, CA 1996 Ferrari F1 Jeffrey Meier—Woodland Hills, CA 1970 Lamborghini Miura S, Super Cars Award David Mohlman—Coconut Grove, FL 1957 Porsche 356 Carrera GS Timothy Montgomery—Saratoga, CA 1965 Ferrari 365 GTC 1965 Ferrari 365 GTS Jay & Christina Moore—Lahaina, HI 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing John Mozart—Palo Alto, CA 1912 Isotta Fraschini KM Peter Mullin—Los Angeles, CA 1930 Bugatti Type 51 Curt Pindler—Moorpark, CA 1963 Jaguar XKE Jonathan Quint—Oakland, CA 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Michael Regalia—Sun Valley, CA 1963 Ferrari 250 GTL Lusso Gail Reingold—Los Angeles, CA 1935 Bentley Drophead Derby Park Ward John Ridings-Lee—Dallas, TX 1934 Triumph Dolomite 8C-2400, Road & Track Award Barry Rilliet—San Mateo, CA 1958 Porsche 356 Speedster Richard Roeder—Los Angeles, CA 1959 Porsche 356 Carrera 1600 GS cabriolet Chris Rose—San Francisco, CA 1952 Maserati 5000 GT Brian Ross—Cortland, OH 1955 Ferrari 410 Sport Rich Slevin—Los Altos Hills, CA 1958 Jaguar XK 150S roadster Kent & Nicole Sokolow—Pasadena, CA 1954 Kurtis Kraft 500S David & Ginny Sydorick—Beverly Hills, CA 1956 Maserati A6G 2000 Zagato 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Zagato, Zagato Award John Vardanian—Walnut Creek, CA 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Vincent Vento—Miami, FL 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Timothy Walker—Pasadena, CA 1925 Amilcar 4CGS Charles Wegner—Chicago, IL 1961 Ferrari 250 GTL Lusso William Weiner—Los Gatos, CA 1962 Jaguar XKE roadster Malcolm Welford—Costa Mesa, CA 1935 Jaguar SS 90 Philip White—Atherton, CA 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB John Wright—Diablo, CA 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS 33 From left: 1939 Talbot-Lago T150C SS, 1934 Triumph Dolomite, 1926 Bentley 3-liter The Quail is justly noted for its “one price includes all” policy, and in addition to great cars, the attendees enjoyed gourmet food and drink at umbrella-covered tables. As an additional bonus, the Bonhams & Butterfields auction is held at the same location, making it easy to admire cars in the afternoon and buy similar ones in the evening. A sort of ultra-sophisticated “one-stop-shopping” experience for the well-heeled enthusiast. All in all, the Quail is a civilized and memorable event, and a welcome respite in a hectic week.u


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Events Run to the Sun Glovebox Notes: A Boxed Set of 20 The sight of so many new cars lined up at the town's lone Chevron certainly gave the locals plenty to stare at as they passed by by Stefan Lombard 2007 Mercedes-Benz SL 550 Powertrain: 5.5L V8, RWD, 7A MSRP: $94,800 Likes: Sleek, efficient styling in keeping with the entire M-B line. Looks great with hard top up or down. Super smooth V8 and seamless shifting from the 7-speed auto. Top-down cruising is whisper quiet. Gripes: Paddle shifters are no substitute for a manual. Steering is leaden at parking lot speeds. Caveat: My drive consisted mostly of traffic-riddled Seattle freeways. Fun to drive: HHHH Fun to look at: HHHH Overall experience: HHHH The sly crocodile lies in wait as a Boxster and SL 550 fill up E 36 ven if my day job is researching and writing about cranky old cars, none of which has the reliability of a Kia, it's hard to resist an invitation to drive 20 new cars. Each year the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) organizes driving events for local auto journalists, bringing them together with the latest machinery from America, Europe, and Japan. This year, NWAPA added a new event to its calendar in addition to its annual “Mudfest,” a dirt-encrusted SUV jamboree. The “Run to the Sun” involved 20 journalists and 16 manufacturers touring around Washington State in a two-day, 600-mile, 20-car convoy. The route took us north from Seattle on Highway 9 to Bellingham, and included some of the state's most beautiful coastline. Next we took Highway 20 across the North Cascades, a twisty two-lane through a mountain range as jagged and spectacular as any you will find. Before wrapping up day one, we rolled into Winthrop for a gas stop. The sight of so many new cars lined up at the town's lone Chevron certainly gave the locals plenty to stare at as they passed by. We then overnighted just outside of Winthrop at Sun Mountain Lodge, a resort offering four-star accommodations and four-star views. The return trip saw us head east out of the mountains and across the Colville Indian Reservation on State Route 155, winding down past Grand Coulee Dam to Highway 97, and then around the eastern and southern edges of the Wenatchee National Forest to end up on Interstate 90 for the final push back to Seattle. The long straight stretches across Washington's high desert allowed for some ticket-attracting high-speed cruising. Twenty cars in two days makes for a lot of Chinese fire drills, but the event offered this vintage car guy the chance to make plenty of on-the-fly comparisons among so many new cars, both exciting and otherwise. Here are my thumbnail comparisons. Verdict: At 4,220 lbs, it's no lightweight, but the extra 80 horses compensate well. Plenty of pleasure to be had here, with all the power and style you'd expect from this flagship model. 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Powertrain: Turbocharged 2.5L H4, AWD, 6M MSRP: $32,995 Likes: Smooth, consistent power from the turbo. Comfy seats offer great support in turns and don't tire the back on longer stints. Sports Car Market


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Excellent visibility, as you'd expect from a car meant to slide sideways around corners. Strong Brembo discs. Gripes: Subaru grille styling. Goofy rear wing. Sticky Bridgestones have short shelf life. Shifter is slightly numb. Fun to drive: HHHH Fun to look at: HHH Overall experience: HHH Verdict: With 300 hp, adjustable center differential, and race-ready suspension, the STi is a significant performance bargain. Much easier to live with daily than the Mitsubishi Evo. 2007 Jaguar XK convertible Powertrain: Supercharged 3.2L V6, RWD, 5A MSRP: $47,628 Likes: Quick, nimble handling from car built on the previous generation SLK platform. Looks great with the top down. Easyto-navigate instruments, with supportive seats. Lots of go from a standstill. Gripes: Top-up visibility is awful. The 330-hp engine from the SLK32 AMG, mated to the automatic, lacks the punch you'd expect when you mash the pedal at cruising speeds. Fun to drive: HHH Fun to look at: HHH Overall experience: HHH Powertrain: 4.2L V8, RWD, 6A MSRP: $80,835 Likes: New styling adds an edge the previous generation lacked. V8 power makes this cat leap at any speed. User-friendly ergonomics in a comfortable interior. Looks just as good as its hard top sibling. Gripes: Lack of a manual transmission hurts appeal. Design is a too derivative of its Aston Martin cousins. Fun to drive: HHHH Fun to look at: HHHH Overall experience: HHHH Verdict: As comfortable cruising back roads with the top down as it is blasting down the interstate top-up. And perfectly quiet either way. The aggressive new look works, and should fit well around the new XKR due later this year. 2006 Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 convertible Verdict: This was the first Chrysler to get the SRT (Street Racing and Technology) treatment, but the transmission lets it down. It's discontinued for 2007, probably a good thing, as it is long in the tooth and time—and competitors' models—are marching on. 2007 Volvo C70 T5 convertible this car illustrates that effort. As a replacement for both the C70 coupe and soft top convertible, it's a winner. 2006 Dodge Viper SRT-10 looks way too fragile for its own good. Cheapie, spartan interior is a let down. Stiff ride makes for uncomfortable long trips. Fun to drive: HHHH Fun to look at: HHH Overall experience: HHHH Verdict: The Evo is a serious machine, but for anyone over 25, the spoilers, intakes, grilles, and ground effects may just be a little too outlandish and boy-racer. But when that turbo spools…. Powertrain: 8.3L V10, RWD, 6M MSRP: $81,895 Likes: All ten cylinders and the sounds they make. Tight cockpit makes no bones about what the car is made for. Never had to use more than second gear—even at 85 mph. Gripes: Engine and exhaust heat in the cockpit is almost unbearable. Low windshield frame forced me to compact my neck to see beneath it. Construction zones and urban areas meant I never got to get out of second gear. Fun to drive: HHHH Fun to look at: HHH Overall experience: HHHH Verdict: Still a brute after all these years, the Viper delivers exactly what you'd expect it to and never fails to attract a crowd, either by sight or by sound. Powertrain: Turbocharged 2.5L I5, FWD, 6M MSRP: $39,090 Likes: Three-piece power top is an engineering marvel. Comfortable ride, with plenty of power. Trick rear pop-up roll bars in the event of a tipover. Decent trunk space even with the top stowed. Gripes: Front-drive coupled with the low-end power means a fair amount of torque steer when you stand on it. Rear leg room could be better. Fun to drive: HHH Fun to look at: HHHHH Overall experience: HHHH Verdict: This one of the best-looking hard top convertibles out there. Volvo has done well to remain distinct from Ford, and Powertrain: Turbocharged 2.0L I4, AWD, 6M MSRP: $35,189 Likes: Sharp steering and fully adjustable differential lets you tackle any road surface like a rally star. Power delivery on full turbo is nearly violent—and addictive. Crisp shifter with short throws. Gripes: Rear wing is an affront to visual good taste. Entire front end Powertrain: 2.0L I4, RWD, 6M 2006 Mitsubishi Evo MR Powertrain: 4.2L V8, AWD, 6M MSRP: $66,000 Likes: Fit and finish are superb. Power across the rev range is rapid but smooth. Quattro is nearly infallible. Inside, the only way to tell the difference between 55 mph and 105 mph is to glance at the speedo. Gripes: Rear seats are suitable only for kids or adults without legs. Pricey compared to a BMW M3, Cadillac CTS-V, or Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG. This car loves gas. Fun to drive: HHHHH Fun to look at: HHHH Overall experience: HHHHH Verdict: Audi claims the RS4 is track-ready right from the dealership lot, if you're so inclined. The suspension, brakes, and powertrain seem up to the task, and the leather and carbon fiber interior means you can race in luxury. 2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2007 Audi RS4 November 2006 37


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Events Run to the Sun MSRP: $24,500 Likes: The 170-hp engine offers 28 more hp than the lump it replaces, a spirited difference. Short, precise throws from the 6-speed. Engine loves to rev. Handling is just as crisp as it's always been, aided further by 17” rubber. Gripes: Handling may be too soft for some tastes. Interior plastics seem cheap. The 6-speed makes for a lot of shifting in everyday driving. Fun to drive: HHHHH Fun to look at: HHH Overall experience: HHHH Verdict: The formula still works, perhaps even better than before. And with more trunk space, it's a usable roadster for weekend trips. Room for taller adults means the appeal is even more widespread. Huge grin factor per dollar here. 2007 Saturn Sky 2006 Porsche Boxster Overall experience: HHHHH Powertrain: 2.7L H6, RWD, 5M MSRP: $45,000 Likes: Power delivery is smooth and balanced—quick enough, but not white-knuckle. Quick steering means no road is too twisty. Interior fit and finish are superb, with great seats. Gripes: Top-up driving feels claustrophobic, with big blind spots. Radio and climate controls take some getting used to, and are best learned in the driveway. Pricier than other cars in its class. Fun to drive: HHHHH Fun to look at: HHHH Overall experience: HHHHH Verdict: My time in the Boxster included a few miles of open mountain road, and I was able to drive it the way it's meant to be driven. Though not the fastest or most powerful car of the bunch, it was the best driver, and several other journalists agreed. Powertrain: 2.4L I4, RWD, 5A MSRP: $23,595 Likes: Razor-sharp styling evokes lines from its Cadillac XLR and C6 Corvette brothers. Nimble handling from a smart little chassis. Top-up visibility is actually decent. Gripes: The automatic kills the fun here. Jumping into the Sky after a great drive in the MX-5 was a let down. With the top down, there is barely enough room in the trunk for a laptop bag. Fun to drive: HH (as an automatic) Fun to look at: HHHHH Overall experience: HHH Verdict: The Sky is the best-looking Saturn ever, and a car to get excited about. The optional 2.0L turbo should improve performance. But the Miata has a 17-year head start in every ergonomic and usefulness category, so GM has much catching up to do. Powertrain: 3.4L H6, RWD, 6M MSRP: $58,900 Likes: Scalloped roofline at the pillars is a nice touch. The smart Porsche Stability Management is standard. Throttle response is instantaneous and elicits great noises behind your head. Interior is roomy, with enough luggage space fore and aft for a decent trip. Gripes: Fully loaded, the price approaches $70k. Interior controls similar to those in the Boxster present the same learning curve. Fun to drive: HHHHH Fun to look at: HHHHH 2006 Porsche Cayman S Powertrain: Supercharged 5.4L V8, RWD, 6M MSRP: $45,755 Likes: Prodigious power (500 hp) and torque (480 ft-lbs) mean that it's easy to keep straight-line pace with cars costing three times as much. Fat shift knob feels good, with solid throws. Gripes: This is one heavy roofless car, tipping the scales at 4,040 lbs. No independent rear suspension. With the top down, wind noise is pronounced, with plenty of buffeting. Fun to drive: HHH Fun to look at: HH Overall experience: HH Verdict: Sure it's fast, but I never felt comfortable lugging it into corners, despite the fat 18” tires and tuned suspension. There are plenty of other rag tops to spend this kind of money on, but if Ford's your brand, this is your car. 2006 Nissan 350Z Enthusiast convertible 2006 Ford Mustang GT Verdict: Sexy, aggressive styling makes the Cayman something much more than a Boxster with a roof. It fills the pricing and performance void between the Boxster S and the base 911, and does so with aplomb. With typically precise Porsche engineering, this car is sure to please any enthusiast who gets behind the wheel. 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 convertible Powertrain: 3.5L V6, RWD, MSRP: $35,050 Likes: Strong V6 loves to rev. Handling is balanced, thanks in large part to the front-midship placement. The big brakes do a fine job to halt the car. Gripes: The top-up look is awkward. Rear visibility is scary. The revs seem to hang for an eternity, so shifting can be a clunky experience. Cheap feel to the interior materials. Fun to drive: HHH Fun to look at: HH Overall experience: HHH Verdict: There isn't much to touch it for the money, and that engine should last a long time. The styling holds this car back; the whole package looks more like the result of a chop job than a thoughtful, pre-planned convertible. Powertrain: 4.6L V8, RWD, 5M MSRP: $25,275 Likes: V8 makes all the right sounds and does well to get the car moving in a hurry. Interior quality is better than in years past, with easy-to-navigate controls and good ergonomics. Gripes: Despite claims otherwise, styling is not as fresh as Ford hoped it might be. Seats don't offer the support you'd hope for in a car this powerful. Fun to drive: HHH Fun to look at: HHH Overall experience: HHH Verdict: The GT offers lots of bang for the buck. The retro-look interior is in keeping with the retro-look exterior and, like it or not, it works. Once again, Ford's flagship succeeds. 38 Sports Car Market


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2007 Chevrolet Corvette convertible user-friendly it is not. Fun to drive: HHH Fun to look at: HHHH Overall experience: HHH Powertrain: 6.0L V8, RWD, 6A MSRP: $52,085 Likes: C6 generation is the best-looking Corvette since the Split-Window, with none of the visual fat of the C5. Excellent performance for the money. Top-down driving is quiet, even as speeds increase. A 400-hp car with no gas guzzler tax. Gripes: Test car's automatic with wheel-mounted paddle shifters felt awkward and counter-intuitive. More interior plastic than one might expect in Chevy's flagship model. Fun to drive: HHHH Fun to look at: HHHH Overall experience: HHHH Verdict: This “base” convertible is no slouch. With seemingly endless power on tap, and available from as little as 1,000 rpm, the miles fly by quickly and comfortably. I'll take mine with the Tremec 6-speed manual. 2007 Cadillac XLR-V Verdict:Cadillac offers a distinctly American product that re-establishes the marque as a world-class contender. Though the supercharger adds an extra 120 hp over the standard XLR, the performance difference seems minimal and not worth the $20k premium. 2007 Pontiac G6 GT convertible Powertrain: 3.5L V6, FWD, 4A MSRP: $28,500 Likes: The only hard top convertible for the money. Minimal road noise, with decent rigidity when the top is up. Visibility is very good. XM satellite radio. Gripes:Headliner looks and feels more like trunk liner, with the rest of the materials no better. Weak V6, front-wheel-drive, and sluffy automatic do nothing for sporty driving. Fun to drive: HH Fun to look at: HHH Overall experience: HHH Powertrain: Supercharged 4.4L V8, RWD, 6A MSRP: $97,460 Likes: Slab sides and creased edges are still visually stunning. 50/50 weight distribution and shared Corvette architecture makes for great handling. Fast enough to keep up with just about anything Europe can throw at it. Gripes: Electronic gizmos galore, including the push-button door handles. The hidden, quick-release “emergency” door pull makes you wonder why they didn't just install a lever in the first place. Power hard top looks good, but Verdict: As an entry-level retractable hard top, you can't go wrong. You could pony up for the GTP version and get the more powerful 3.9L V6, but with a squishy suspension and little brakes, it still won't be the performance car the Pontiac brand hopes it to be. 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder RS4 and C6 'Vette stop to smell the daisies with a decent driving position and easy console controls. Rockford Fosgate stereo kicks out the jams. Gripes: Near-zero visibility with the top up. Near-zero rear legroom in the back seats. Wicked torque steer. Fun to drive: HH Fun to look at: HHH Overall experience: HHH Verdict:A much better-looking car with the top down than with it up, and it's easier to drive that way as well. The automatic does the V6 little justice, and the torque steer is hard to ignore. Get one with the 6-speed manual and things should improve in the “sporty” department. 2006 Saab 9-3 Aero convertible Powertrain: 3.8L V6, FWD, 5A MSRP: $29,169 Likes: Plenty of go when the pedal is mashed. Good ergonomics, Powertrain: Turbocharged 2.8L V6, FWD, 6M MSRP: $41,900 Likes: Surprising power, with precise shifting from the 6-speed. Comfortable interior, with familiar carryover Saab accoutrements. Good rear seat room and generous trunk space. Gripes: OnStar but no Bluetooth. Blasé standard stereo. Though torque steer is less pronounced than in other front-drivers, understeer is ever-present when pushed. Fun to drive: HHHH Fun to look at: HHHH Overall experience: HHHH Verdict:My miles in the Saab were mostly freeway, but it ate them up, with plenty of power left when I needed it. This was one of the more pleasant surprises of the bunch, but Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Volvo offer stiff competition.u November 2006 39


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Ferrari Profile 1957 Ferrari 500 TRC Spider There were so few even-numbered Ferraris, and owners tend to horde them, so it was rare to see a top example at auction by Steve Ahlgrim DETAILS Year produced: 1957 Number produced: 19 Original list price: $10,000 approx SCM Valuation: $1,400,000–$1,800,000 Cost per hour to race: $500 Distributor caps: $600 (two required) Chassis #: On front cross member Engine #: Center left crankcase above water inlet Club: Ferrari Club of America, P.O. Box 720597, Atlanta, GA 30358 More: www.FerrariClubofAmerica.com Alternatives: 1947–57 Maserati AG6CS, 1953–55 Jaguar D-type, 1955–58 Maserati 300S SCM Investment Grade: A COMPS 1956 Ferrari Testa Rossa Lot #28, S/N 0620 Condition: 2- Chassis number: 0670 MDTR F ollowing Aurelio Lampredi's departure from Ferrari in 1955, a new engineering team was formed for 1956. It soon came up with a new two-liter sports racing car—the 500 TR. This was the first Ferrari designated with the mystical name “Testa Rossa,” Italian for “red head,” the color the camshaft covers were painted. For the 1957 season new Appendix C rules for modi- fied sports cars became effective. The windscreen now had to be 100 centimeters wide, 15 centimeters high, and symmetrical over the axis of the car. A soft top was required, the gas tank capacity was to be 120 liters, and a passenger door was mandated. At the end of 1956, Ferrari announced the 500 TRC. The “C” in the model's name reflected the Appendix C rules. The Ferrari factory sold the TRC to private customers all over the world. Less than one year after the 500 TRC was introduced, it was replaced by the new 250 Testa Rossa with a 3-liter V12 engine. The 500 TRC marked the end of an era: it was Ferrari's last official 4-cylinder-engined sports car. All further models were equipped with either 6- or 8- (Dino) or 12-cylinder engines. This car is the sixth of 19 cars (17 500 TRCs plus two 625 TRCs). In the past 49 years, it has had only five owners. It was sold new to Bernardo Cammarata, a businessman from Palermo, Sicily. He raced the car in Sicily up until 1963. No fewer than five times 0670 MDTR was entered in 40 the legendary Targa Florio, and seven years after its production, it won the famous Monte Pellegrino hillclimb in Palermo. Original owner Cammarata then sold the car to Francesco Tagliavia, another Sicilian who continued to race it for the next three years. Italian Ferrari collector Giulio Dubbini bought 0670 MDTR in 1966 and campaigned it over the next 20 years in historic events. The Ferrari remained in Dubbini's estate until April 1998. Historic racer Corrado Cupellini of Bergamo then took it over and for the next five years entered it in the Shell Ferrari Maserati Challenge race series in Europe. In 2003 the Ferrari was sold to its current owner, Sold at $1,327,500 Christie's, Monterey, CA, 8/8/2004 SCM ID# 34909 1956 Ferrari 860 Monza Lot #453, S/N 0604M Condition: 1- Sold at $2,057,001 who has shown it on two occasions at the Palm Beach Cavallino Classic and campaigned it in historic races. The comprehensive documentation includes a Ferrari Factory Heritage Certificate, FIA RM, Monterey, CA, 8/15/2003 SCM ID# 36112 Papers, Factory Assembly Sheets, an original letter written by the Ferrari Factory which references 0670 MDTR, an original Certificato di Proprietà issued by the Automobile Club Italia, many period racing photographs, and restoration receipts and photos. Chassis 0670 MDTR has matching numbers and is totally authentic. Its entire history is known and has been very carefully documented by marque experts. It sells with a spare 625 TRC engine and spare 500 TR gearbox. It is eligible for almost every historic event in the world. The overall condition is stunning, and this exceptional and significant Ferrari is now ready for road, track, or show. The SCM analysis: This car sold at RM's 2006 Monterey Auction for $2,282,500. The 1950s were the golden age of sports car racing. Hill climbs, time trials, serious long-distance rallies, and track racing regularly took place on almost every continent. Casual competitors fought it out with serious privateers and factory-backed professionals. Sports Car Market


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Enzo Ferrari keenly anticipated the demand for ammunition for this warfare and reacted with a rapidly evolving arsenal. Ferrari built a dizzying array of race cars during this period. There were 12-cylinder cars, inline 6-cylinder cars, V6 cylinder cars, and 4-cylinder cars like 500 TRC, S/N 0670 MDTR. It's difficult to follow early Ferrari nomenclature. Engine identifiers are usually part of a Ferrari's model name, but the mixture of identifying some engines by single cylinder displacement, some by total displacement, and some by project numbers can be maddening. Engine identifiers were complemented by a bewildering assortment of model names, and even equipped with a good reference library and a wall-sized genealogy chart, it is not easy to follow the lineage. If you dismiss 4-cylinder engines as rubber bands for econoboxes, then listen up. Grand Prix rules were changing in the early '50s, and Enzo Ferrari sought an edge. The rules looked to be favorable for campaigning a 2-liter car in Formula 2. Ferrari had been impressed that Norton had designed a 100-hp per liter motorcycle engine and decided that a large bore 4-cylinder power plant might be tuned to deliver higher performance than that of the current twelve. He was rewarded with 1952 and 1953 World Championships. Several years later, a similar engine would establish Ferrari's name in sports car racing. The 4-cylinder Ferrari engine is as impressive in appearance as it is in performance. It is topped with a cylinder head with a large V, each side housing an overhead camshaft. The cams are turned by large gears rather than a chain or belt. It is a twin-plug design with neatly routed wires dressing up the topside. A pair of 2-barrel Weber carburetors feed the machine, and the assembly is like no 4-cylinder you've ever seen. The mechanical sounds of the Ferrari 4 are in a class of their own. At one end is the whirling cadence of the cam gears, and at the other is the buzzing gear set running the magnetos. The big-bore intake adds another note to the orchestra and a thumper exhaust provides the base. It's a symphony you won't forget. I suggest reading Thor Thorson's excellent review of a Ferrari 860 Monza (SCM November 2003, or online under Profiles at www.sportscarmarket.com) for more information on 4-cylinder Ferrari engines. Until 1988, Ferrari production was divided into two camps: the even-numbered cars and the odd-numbered cars. The odd chassis numbers were assigned to models that were primarily designed as street cars, and the even chassis numbers were reserved for the true race cars like 500 TRC S/N 0670. There were few even-numbered Ferraris built, and they are coveted by collectors. Owners tend to horde them, often using them as bargaining chips to trade toward a more important car. It is rare to see a top example at a public sale. 500 TRC S/N 0670 MDTR is truly one of the best even- numbered Ferraris ever to be offered at auction. Race car histories often become vague and incomplete. This car has an exceptionally complete and documented history. The vendor purchased the car in 2003 and decided to return it to its Mille Miglia period appearance. To his credit, he personally researched the car's history and directed vintage Ferrari race car specialists, Intrepid Motor Car Company, to spare no expense. Upon completion, he campaigned it extensively on the vintage race circuit until another race car caught his fancy. The sale price was confirmation of the car's importance, and while well within the presale estimate, this was one of the highest 4-cylinder Ferrari sales ever. The vendor should be pleased, as he recouped his purchase price, restoration cost, and a few extra bucks. The buyer should be pleased, as he is now guardian of a major piece of Ferrari history with a pedigree and preparation that are hard to beat.u STEVE AHLGRIM has been actively involved in the Ferrari business since 1978. Historical information courtesy of the auction company and Mike Sheehan. November 2006 41


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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan Building a Replica 250 SWB by the Numbers You won't get into the Monterey Historics, but you can show at Concorso Italiano, run in some vintage races and rallies, and enjoy the ride F or those who missed the first round of hiring at Microsoft, a Ferrari replica offers the chance to own a classic Ferrari with the right looks, sounds, and performance, at a fraction of the $2.5m–$3.5m cost of the real thing. You won't get into the Monterey Historic races, but you can show it on the lawn at Concorso Italiano, run in vintage races and rallies, and enjoy the ride. At my business we sell many replicas, and with every one we offer, some misguided soul inevitably calls or e-mails and opines that he can build one for less. Dream on. In the mid- to late-1980s a 250 GTE donor car could be found for less than $50,000, and the shops building replicas ran mini-assembly lines with very experienced crews and all the jigs and bucks for every step of work, delivering a finished car at another $150,000 or so beyond the price of the donor car. Times moves on, and the prices of donor cars, parts, labor, and materials have all risen dramatically. If you want a replica today, you are better off buying one that is ready to go, or you can contract with one of the few shops that can build you one. To prove the point, let's run some numbers and build a 250 SWB replica. START WITH $75,000 DONOR There are at least a dozen shops, worldwide, that could build a 250 SWB replica, but thanks to the run-up in Ferrari prices, all these shops have a multi-year backlog of work on original cars. Only Greg Jones in the U.S., Alwin Hietbrink in Holland, and Giovanni Allegretti in Italy still specialize in replicas. I've gone to Greg Jones and his Florida shop for time and price quotes, and Alwin Hietbrink for photos. Today's base price for a complete “donor” 250 GTE is about $75,000, but before you can build a replica, the entire interior, dash and wiring, cooling system, engine, transmission, differential, and suspension must be removed, de-greased, and labeled for rebuild or updates. Once disassembled, the body and all redundant superstructure such as the chassis outriggers must be removed, and everything sorted and disassembled. Figure three weeks, or 120 hours at $80 an hour, plus materials—or about $10,000. Then it's time to shorten the frame, cut out the old cross members, and build and fit new ones. Suspension mount points, spring mounts, track rod bars, pedal box, and steering box mounts need to be fabricated and fitted. Another 100–120 hours, more materials, so another $10,000 Want an all new chassis with the correct lighter weight cross members, the correct “sweep” to the rear frame, and all the right dimensions? Assuming one has the jigs, the patterns, and knows exactly what to do, figure another 100–120 hours and lots of expensive metric tubing, at another $10,000. THINK IN $10,000 INCREMENTS Next up is a secondary frame to support the outriggers, the radiator, the front firewall and cowl, the door posts, door hinge boxes, and door opening. We also need the frameMain frame and secondary frame done, tertiary frame going into place work for the rear bulkhead, the fuel tank sub-framework, ad infinitum. You guessed it, another $10,000. But wait, there's more. A third lightweight structure has to be built to be the riveting and support point for the body sheet metal. When done, this framework mimics the body shape, and our project is beginning to look like a car. That's another $10,000. DOUBLE IT IF YOU MUST MAKE JIGS Once the levels of framework are built, the hood frame and hinges, the door frames and hinges, and trunk frame and hinges all have to be built. All need latch plates built and aligned with the sub-frame. The hood frame, door frames, and trunk frame must all align properly, open, swing with a correct arc, and hopefully latch. Add yet another $10,000. (And if you don't have all the frame, sub-frame and opening panel jigs to do all of this, you can easily double or triple these numbers). Once built, the frame structure must be sand-blasted and primed for rust-proofing. Sadly, as work progresses, the protective primer will be chipped, scratched, and 42 Sports Car Market


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welded on, but it's a lot easier to stop rust now rather than later. Figure $2,000. It's now time to build a body. Building a body is not that expensive, if the shop has all the bucks, and if the fabricator has already built multiple 250 SWBs. Use an experienced shop, spend about $35,000. If you hire a new shop to go through the learning curve, you can double that number. While we're at it we will also need a dashboard at $1,000, a fuel tank with cell at $4,000, and a floor, inner panels, and firewalls at $4,000. Now you have a new body, but all the new alloy body panels have to be painstakingly fitted and the edges folded over the tertiary subframe, hood frame, door frames and trunk frame. The entire body then needs to be metal-finished to perfection. Figure another $30,000, for a grand total—so far—of about $210,000. COMING DOWN TO NUTS AND BOLTS Meanwhile, back at the engine shop, our 250 GTE engine is being transformed into a 250 SWB engine. Figure $25,000 for a basic rebuild. Want to make it a 6carb engine? (Yes, 6-carbs were homologated for racing). Add $10,000 if you are willing to use Daytona carbs, or $15,000–$20,000 if you want period carbs. How about the much-improved SEFAC heads made by Piet Roelofs in Holland? Add another $15,000. Carrillo rods? Another $2,000. If you rebuild and use the four-speed GTE transmis- sion you'll spend $5,000, but an SWB-correct alloy ribbed four-speed box is $20,000. Want a correct rear axle assembly with Watts link? Add $10,000. Correct headers and exhaust system will cost another $5,000 and dyno testing and tuning will be $1,000. Needless to say the entire suspension needs a rebuild and replating, and of course we'll rebuild the calipers, More tertiary framework and supports being installed, roof is test-fitted brake master system, and fit all new bushings, tie rod ends, wheel and hub bearings, hard lines and soft lines, for another $10,000. New wheels and tires will cost another $6,000. Now your total is between $255,000–$300,000. You're still not finished. It's time to mock-up the entire car to confirm the rebuilt engine fits the opening, the engine mounts line up, the radiator fits, the carbs clear the hood, the new four-speed mates with the engine and mounts, the shifter is in the right place, the rear axle assembly fits the chassis, and tire and wheel clearance works through the suspension motion range. The new exhaust must be fitted, and all welding to the frame must be finalized. Once tested, it must come completely apart before it goes to the paint shop. Cost to pre-assemble? $35,000. Lights would also be nice, and a wiring harness with fuse relay board will add $5,000. Everything fits, everything works? It's time for final body work, lots of sanding and blocking, and on to paint the frame, inner structure, and body, at $20,000– $25,000. And now the step I've had to explain, over and over, for years. Once the car is bright and shiny doesn't mean it's done. It's now time to re-install the engine, transmission, suspension, glass, plexiglas, wiring, and interior for the final assembly of the entire car to make sure everything works as it should. Once assembled, hopefully for the last time, multiple test drives, sorting, and systems checks help, at another $25,000–$35,000. Your final result is a 250 SWB built to order, with your choice of chassis, engine specs, color, etc. It'll take a year and cost from $340,000 to $400,000. On the other hand, if you want to buy one ready to go, expect to pay about $250,000 to $300,000. It may not be exactly what you want, but it's here today. And a bargain. Just so long as you don't try to get onto the lawn at Cavallino.u Body being added MICHAEL SHEEHAN has been a Ferrari broker for 30 years, as well as a race car driver. November 2006 43


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1929 Bentley Speed Six Cadogan 4-Seater Any vintage Bentley tourer with its original body commands a premium price—especially a one-off by Diane Brandon DETAILS Years produced: 1928–30 Number produced: 171–182 Original list price: (chassis + body) $11,000–$13,980 for 4-door saloons; $9,875–$10,750 for open tourers SCM Valuation: $400k–$5m depending on coachwork, rarity, and provenance Tune-up/major service: $1,000–$2,000 Chassis #: Three locations—front cross member, right knuckle of front dumbiron, ignition plate Engine #: Lower left side of engine block Club: Bentley Drivers Club, 16 Chearsley Road, Long Crendon, Aylesbury, Bucks HP18 9AW More: www.bdcl.org SCM Investment Grade: A COMPS Photos: ACME Studios Chassis number: SB2773 A t the end of World War I, Walter Owen Bentley gathered a small group of dedicated and skilled artisans to create Bentley Motors. The first Bentleys appeared in 1919, a group of three ex- perimental 3-liter cars. In the following decade, the 3-liter gave way to the 4 1/2-liter, the 6 1/2-liter, the Speed Six, the 8-liter, the supercharged 4 1/2, and finally the subdued 4-liter. The 6 1/2-liter Bentley was introduced in 1926, but work soon began on an upgraded version with increased horsepower to handle heavier coachwork, and to become more competitive on the racing circuit. The original 6 1/2-liter Bentley was powered by a 6,597-cc engine with a single Smith's five-jet carburetor. The upgraded 6 1/2 became known as the “Speed Six,” with a higher compression ratio. The OHC inline six had four-valve heads, twin S.U. carburetors, Bosch magneto, Delco coil dual ignition, and a four-speed transmission. The front of the chassis was supported by a solid axle and leaf springs, and the rear suspension via live axle and semi-elliptic rear springs. The four-wheel mechanical drum brake system with Dewandre servo assist is surprisingly effective at bringing this massive chassis to a smart stop. The system is designed to stop a car at speed, so it's still relatively easy to take out the back wall of your garage. However, when braking from a speed of 70+ mph, it stops quite nicely. SB2773 was delivered in December 1929 to Forrest Lycett, one of the founders of the still-active Bentley November 2006 Drivers Club. In an excerpt from the Bentley Drivers Club Review, published in the Bentley Bedside Book, Lycett recalled, “It was in Spain on the Speed Six where I first attained a genuine 100-mph on a public highway.” Lycett's Speed Six was powered with the new single-port 180-hp engine, with a five-gallon oil sump. It was fitted with a four-seat touring body by Cadogan, and unlike most Vintage Bentleys, this example has retained not only its engine, but also its original one-off coachwork. Three Speed Six Bentleys carried Cadogan coachwork; the other two were closed saloons. Registered as UW 6686, this car was restored in the late 1980s in the U.K. In 1992, it was brought to the U.S. and received the CCCA National First Prize in 1994. Subsequent awards include a CCCA Senior award in 1995, and first place at the Rolls-Royce Owners Club National Meet in 1997. A complete mechanical rebuild was then performed 1930 Bentley Speed Six Le Mans Lot #174, S/N HM2852 Condition: 1 Sold at $605,000 RM, Phoenix, AZ, 1/20/2006 SCM ID# 40659 1930 Bentley Speed Six Lot #83, S/N HM2868 Condition: 3+ Sold at $5,109,665 Christie's, Le Mans, FR, 7/23/2004 SCM ID# 34915 by Robert Jefferson. This well-traveled Bentley was driven on the 2004 tour from Seattle to Monterey, and in 2005 it was driven to Connecticut for the Bentley Drivers Club/RROC meet, where it again received a first place award in the touring class. The SCM Analysis: This car sold for $1,815,000, including commission, at the RM auction in Monterey, California, on August 19, 2006. As impressive as this number is, at this writing, the highest auction price paid for a Bentley Speed Six is more than twice as much—$5,109,665 in July 2004 at Christie's Le Mans Classic sale. The winning bid bought the original 1930 Le Mans tourer (chassis number HM2868) that placed second at the Le Mans 24-hour race in 1930, and was a 1930 Brooklands Double Twelve winner as well. Though cosmetically a bit tatty (who 5


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English Profile cares), it was an honest, original, Vintage Bentley with exceptional racing provenance. Every Bentley Le Mans tourer fabricated since 1930 is a replica of that car. Vintage Bentley cars, or “W.O.s,” refers to the cars produced between 1919 and 1931 under Walter Owen Bentley's direction at Cricklewood. In 1931, Rolls-Royce purchased the Bentley firm and moved it to Derby. Thus, the cars produced there from 1931 until 1940 are commonly referred to as “Derby Bentleys” and have no commonality with Vintage Bentleys, other than the badge. Much has been written about the legendary racing Bentley Boys—John Duff, Dr. J. D. Benjafield, F. C. Clement, Dick Watney, Sammy Davis, Sir Henry Birkin, Jack Dunfee, and the leader, Woolf Barnato, an heir to the De Beers diamond mines. Their exploits on and off the track memorialized the marque then and now. If you were an exceptionally well-heeled, sporting, motor car enthusiast living in the U.K. in the 1920s, chances are you would have driven a Bentley. From the first 3-liter car introduced in 1919 until delivery of the last 8-liter car in 1931, this was the Ferrari of its day. Woolf Barnato was such a sporting gentleman. With $6.8m at his disposal in 1926, Barnato became Bentley Motors' patron and sav- ior, at least for a few years. Barnato raced competitively and successfully in Bentley cars and owned at least 23 of this marque, including three 3-liters, three 4 1/2-liters, two blown 4 1/2-liters, six 6 1/2-liters, three Speed Six cars, and five 8-liters. In May 1929, he took delivery of the first Bentley Speed Six, the 1928 Olympia Show car. The most highly valued Vintage Bentleys are the 4 1/2-liter supercharged models (only 50 produced), the 8-liter (100 produced), and the 6 1/2-liter Speed Six models. There were 544 6 1/2-liter cars produced, and of those, 171 were Speed Six models. Vintage Bentley cars were consistently well made, powerful, responsive, and surpris- ingly easy to drive—once you mastered the synchro-less gearbox. Today, the A, C, D, and F-type boxes are the most desirable since they are easiest to master with their close-ratio gearing. The wide ratio B box is the least desirable. When considering the purchase of a W. O. Bentley, the wise buyer will do quite a bit of research before writing a check. Few marques have had as many coachwork and engine replacements as the 1919–31 Bentleys. Many lovely, original, closed coachwork bodies were needlessly cast aside in favor of more sporting, open tourers. Therefore, a Vintage Bentley that has retained its original body will always demand a premium price. Detailed records of these cars from new are available, so it's relatively easy to determine the real deal. Besides originality, it's imperative to find an example that has been properly main- tained. Since the engine heads are non-detachable, engine work may necessitate pulling the block, an expensive and daunting exercise. The Achilles' heel of the Vintage Bentley is probably the magneto. Its cross-shaft, gear-driven mechanism is heavily loaded and can break. Parts are still available, but at a premium price. Ill-informed collectors have dismissed Vintage Bentleys as too agricultural or having just too much bulk to be truly enjoyed. But I believe the recent success of new Bentleys, Profile cares), it was an honest, original, Vintage Bentley with exceptional racing provenance. Every Bentley Le Mans tourer fabricated since 1930 is a replica of that car. Vintage Bentley cars, or “W.O.s,” refers to the cars produced between 1919 and 1931 under Walter Owen Bentley's direction at Cricklewood. In 1931, Rolls-Royce purchased the Bentley firm and moved it to Derby. Thus, the cars produced there from 1931 until 1940 are commonly referred to as “Derby Bentleys” and have no commonality with Vintage Bentleys, other than the badge. Much has been written about the legendary racing Bentley Boys—John Duff, Dr. J. D. Benjafield, F. C. Clement, Dick Watney, Sammy Davis, Sir Henry Birkin, Jack Dunfee, and the leader, Woolf Barnato, an heir to the De Beers diamond mines. Their exploits on and off the track memorialized the marque then and now. If you were an exceptionally well-heeled, sporting, motor car enthusiast living in the U.K. in the 1920s, chances are you would have driven a Bentley. From the first 3-liter car introduced in 1919 until delivery of the last 8-liter car in 1931, this was the Ferrari of its day. Woolf Barnato was such a sporting gentleman. With $6.8m at his disposal in 1926, Barnato became Bentley Motors' patron and sav- ior, at least for a few years. Barnato raced competitively and successfully in Bentley cars and owned at least 23 of this marque, including three 3-liters, three 4 1/2-liters, two blown 4 1/2-liters, six 6 1/2-liters, three Speed Six cars, and five 8-liters. In May 1929, he took delivery of the first Bentley Speed Six, the 1928 Olympia Show car. The most highly valued Vintage Bentleys are the 4 1/2-liter supercharged models (only 50 produced), the 8-liter (100 produced), and the 6 1/2-liter Speed Six models. There were 544 6 1/2-liter cars produced, and of those, 171 were Speed Six models. Vintage Bentley cars were consistently well made, powerful, responsive, and surpris- ingly easy to drive—once you mastered the synchro-less gearbox. Today, the A, C, D, and F-type boxes are the most desirable since they are easiest to master with their close-ratio gearing. The wide ratio B box is the least desirable. When considering the purchase of a W. O. Bentley, the wise buyer will do quite a bit of research before writing a check. Few marques have had as many coachwork and engine replacements as the 1919–31 Bentleys. Many lovely, original, closed coachwork bodies were needlessly cast aside in favor of more sporting, open tourers. Therefore, a Vintage Bentley that has retained its original body will always demand a premium price. Detailed records of these cars from new are available, so it's relatively easy to determine the real deal. Besides originality, it's imperative to find an example that has been properly main- tained. Since the engine heads are non-detachable, engine work may necessitate pulling the block, an expensive and daunting exercise. The Achilles' heel of the Vintage Bentley is probably the magneto. Its cross-shaft, gear-driven mechanism is heavily loaded and can break. Parts are still available, but at a premium price. Ill-informed collectors have dismissed Vintage Bentleys as too agricultural or having just too much bulk to be truly enjoyed. But I believe the recent success of new Bentleys, combined combined with the company's reawakening to its heritage, is creating a new group of collectors interested in the Vintage cars. Just as the Harley rider identifies his bike with the familiar, “potato, potato” engine sound, so, too, Bentley enthusiasts instantly recognize the distinctive “burble” of a Vintage Bentley. Prices of these cars entered the six-figure arena a de- cade ago and have risen steadily. Now all but the least desirable examples hover in seven figures. Considering the documented history of SB2773, a Speed Six model that has retained its original engine, its original and rare sporting one-off coachwork, and remains in exceptional condition, I'd say at $1,996,500, it was well bought. Rare cars such as this exciting example will continue to increase in value, and the new owner should do well when it comes time to sell.u COMPS DIANE BRANDON was the National Director of the RollsRoyce Owners Club for eight years and a Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance class judge for Rolls-Royce and Bentley for 22 years. Seat Time Steve Norman, Edmonds, WA: We have had our 1929 Bentley Speed Six Martin Walter coupe since January 2000. The Bentley is a W.O. Bentley, which means it was really produced by Bentley before they were bought out by Rolls-Royce. We have driven it to Pebble Beach to watch the events and all over Alaska. The car attracts positive attention wherever we go. Kids wave; moms and dads wave. Cops and bikers even like the car, and dogs look us in the eye. We often get invited to concours to help attract other great cars. For parts, the Bentley Spares Scheme is great for getting what I need. The car has huge power, and the sounds from the exhaust are marvelous. The gearbox takes some getting used to, and the car is very heavy, with a turning circle equal to a small European country. Fortunately, a previous owner installed power steering that works fine. 6 Sports Car Market


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English Patient Bricked-up DB4 Taunts the Living This car is so rusty the animals that called it home have abandoned it for the cruel outside world, and the leather could pass for cardboard by Stephen Serio E ven in the world of passionate auction prose, this one jumped out at me. The enthusiasm must have been as infectious as ebola, judging from the $148,451 paid for lot #124 at the Bonhams Aston Martin Works Service sale on May 13, 2006. The car, a sadly neglected 1961 Aston Martin Series III DB4, S/N DB4/641/R, just didn't fit with the colorful language. Reading between the lines led me to wonder: What was the buyer thinking? You decide. First, the introduction from the Bonhams catalog: MOUTH-WATERING This mouth-watering DB4 “barn discovery” comes with its original logbook recording that the car was first registered on 1st June 1961. The second and third keepers acquired the vehicle on 24th May 1962 and 2nd June 1964 respectively, before the present (now deceased) owner acquired it on 29th June 1965. Chassis number 641 re- tains its original 3.7-litre engine, 370/662, and its original Dubonnet livery, while the interior is upholstered in magnolia leather. We are told that its late owner used the car up until 1974 (around the time of his daughter's wedding) and then laid it up in the family dairy. The affixed tax disc expired in 1975, so this claim has credence. It was a novel experience for Bonhams's staff ear- lier this year when they encountered—for the very first time—a cocooned and untouched DB4. The car is in need of a total restoration, but the panel work of the body appears to be dent- and scratch-free—all in all a quite remarkable state of preservation. DB4/641/R retains so much originality, even down to the radiator blind pulley mechanism by the bonnet release, a detail so often lost over time or disregarded during restorations. At the time of its rediscovery the car was stuck in gear. A team from Aston Martin Works Service (and a truck) were dispatched to the residence to rendezvous with the builder (whose job it was to take down the wall!) on 20th Just another brick in the wall March this year. The car is now restored to mobility, though not yet under its own power. The odometer is reading 09188 and there are three old MoTs on file: 1967–68, 1968–69 and 1969–70. The 1969-issued certificate states the mileage as 71,395, but this is written in blue, whereas the rest of the form is in black—and although similar, the handwriting may not be the same. The two previous MoTs are of an earlier style that does not have a section for mile- age. With the odometer starting with a 0 the mileage for the car is either 109,188 (in which case it averaged 8,900 miles per year to 1969 and 7,500 per year from 1969 to 1974) or as little as 9,188. It would appear probable that the actual mileage covered is 109,188. We offer today perhaps the last ever and, crucially, original and untouched Aston Martin DB4 for restoration. As well as the original logbook, a continuation book, tool roll, jack and owner's instruction book are offered with the car. CURIOUS TO SEE IT I read that auction description and was curious to see this Aston in all its glory when I went to Newport Pagnell for my yearly pilgrimage. Still, I couldn't escape the thought: 46 Sports Car Market


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What kind of person would wall up a car in the first place? Surely the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse lined up outside the auction tent the moment this car hammered sold. And auction-goers must have heard the harbingers of car collector doom banging the kettledrums as soon as auctioneer James Knight uttered: “You, sir, are the proud owner of this car.” “Mouth watering?” That must have referred to some other DB4 in this auction, like the beautifully restored 1960 Series II that deserved its $273,264. That was a mouthwatering car. Lot #124 was simply a mess, period. But surely there must be more? “Dent- and scratch-free?” Dents and scratches didn't begin to describe the sorry corrosion and electrolysis that took place in the 30 years this poor old car languished in its dungeon like the Count of Monte Cristo. Mere dents and scratches might have been an improvement. The moment this DB4 passed the high auction estimate, I realized car collectors don't just want great cars anymore, they want cars with stories. They don't even have to be good stories, either, just something to share with the slack-jawed anoraks at the pub. “And then after the wedding, the old man walled it in…” Here's my question: What happened at that wedding to force this car into the federal protection program? THE DEAD ASTON SKETCH To paraphrase Monty Python's John Cleese and Michael Palin doing the Dead Parrot sketch, let's inspect the facts of lot #124: This DB4 is no more, it is bereft of life, it rests in peace. The last time it went down the local High Street under its own power Richard Nixon was running the country. It's so rusty the animals who called it home have abandoned it for the cruel outside world, the leather couldn't win a cardboard imitation contest, the engine is so seized the anchor company doesn't want it, and it is buried like King Tut in his tomb. This is a clapped-out, useless DB4. This car was sold on the merit that it remains in original form. So is it something of a Holy Grail? Have a strong drink and think about that. This is pure 2006 auction theater, and it defies all market logic. This DB4 sold for over three times its high catalog estimate, a price that could have bought a decent running, driving DB4. It sets a record based on “the story” and nothing else. And the story, in my opinion, is a fable. Not that there aren't romantic stories with their own special “wow factor.” Look at the 1952 Ferrari found under a Devin skin recently, or the Sebring-winning Porsche 550A RS Spyder that hasn't seen the light of day in over 40 years. These are significant race cars to be brought back and preserved. But the barn-find DB4 was just that, a car found in a barn, and it will need everything. And when all is done, it will be “the car found in a barn that was then restored and is now just a DB4.” Exciting, eh? I have to find out what happened at that wedding in 1974.u STEPHEN SERIO is the owner of Aston Martin of New England and regrets selling all the one-owner barn finds in his inventory over the years. He's owned three DB4s, all running and driving. November 2006 47


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1960 Autobianchi Bianchina Cabriolet Autobianchis offer a distinct advantage over the Fiat Jolly in useability— within the limits of the “hot” 25 horsepower powerplant by Donald Osborne DETAILS Years produced: 1960–69 Number produced: 9,000 (Cabriolet) Tune-up cost: $150 Distributor cap: $20 Chassis #: Left side of firewall Engine #: Left side of crankcase support Club Info: Registro Autobianchi, Casella Postale 252 - 10043 Orbassano (Torino) Italy More: www.autobianchi.org Alternatives: 1960–62 BMW Isetta, 1967 Honda S800, 1948–90 Citroen 2CV SCM Investment Grade: C COMPS 1962 Fiat 600 Jolly Lot #30, S/N 1208351 Condition: 2 Sold at $33,570 Artcurial, Paris, FR, 2/12/2006 SCM ID# 41071 Chassis number: 00892 O riginally a bicycle manufacturer, and probably best known as a maker of fine racing motorcycles, Edoardo Bianchi built his first automobile in the early 1900s. A wide variety of models followed over the next 30 years, though by 1940 the firm was concentrating on motorcycles and commercial vehicles. Car manufacture resumed in 1957 under Fiat auspices, Autobianchi's debut model being the Bianchina, based on Fiat's new 500. Positioned up market from the Fiat, the Bianchina debuted as the Trasformabile coupe, with full-length folding sunroof. The Bianchina showed clear signs of American influence, its size excepted, exemplified by two-tone paintwork, whitewall tires and plentiful chromework. In 1960 the newly introduced and more powerful Fiat 500D engine became standard equipment on the Bianchina range, which was augmented by two new models: a Cabriolet and the Panoramica estate car that used the Fiat Giardiniera's space-saving horizontally-opposed engine. A fourth version, the Quattroposti saloon, arrived the following year. This Autobianchi Bianchina Cabriolet is the same model as that used in the original “Pink Panther” November 2006 movie starring Peter Sellers as the bumbling inspector Clouseau. Restored some 5–7 years ago, it is reported as running great and driving well, and is offered with Certificate of Title. The SCM analysis: This car sold for $23,400 at the Bonhams & Butterfields sale at Quail Lodge, Carmel Valley, CA, August 18, 2006. The Fiat “Nuova 500,” introduced in 1955, was the 1961 Abarth Record Monza Lot #646, S/N 984384 Condition: 2Sold at $34,560 post-war successor to the legendary “Topolino”—a car regarded by many as the Model T of Italy. The Topolino allowed the country's lower middle classes to become motorized in numbers far greater than ever before. The new model found similar success after its initially under-powered and spartan Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/26//2005 SCM ID# 36986 character was changed a few years after the launch. It was clear that Topolino buyers may not have had much money but they still wanted to personalize their car and make it as comfortable and “upmarket” as their budgets would allow. A host of suppliers offered the solution through accessories, trim packages, and even mild bodywork modifications to dress up the humble car. The pattern continued with the Nuova 500—a number of Italy's leading carrozzerie offered cars that ranged from slightly tarted to completely different-looking faux sports and luxury treatments. To get a piece of the action, Fiat joined with Bianchi and Pirelli to form a new com- pany to build Autobianchi cars based on the 500, sold through selected Fiat dealers. The Autobianchi featured the previously described “transatlantic”styling by Rapi, designer of 1 Bonhams & Butterfields


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Etceterini & Friends Profile the Fiat 8V sports car, as well as better interior materials and thicker seats than the standard cars. It wasn't all visual, however. Enhanced soundproofing and modified suspensions to help cure the 500's tendency for dramatic rolling in turns meant that Autobianchis also offered a more upmarket driving experience as well. Priced at a 20% premium over the base cars, they sought to be a custom-bodied car with full factory backing for the smart Italian who wanted to be the “Jones” his neighbor had to keep up with. With over 250,000 produced by the late '60s, Fiat bought out its partners in 1968 and absorbed Autobianchi into the main company. In 1969 Fiat launched the successor to the Bianchina, the A112. Based on the mechanicals of the Fiat 127, it even spawned a “hot” Abarth version in 1971. The A112 was made until 1985, at which point it was developed into the Lancia Y10. At that point, the Autobianchi name disappeared from dealerships. Given the shocking rise in values of the Fiat Jolly ($48,386 is the record so far), interest in the other 500 “specials” has also begun to increase. The Autobianchi cars offer a distinct advantage over the Jolly in that they are actually real cars that can be used far more often—keeping in mind the limitations of the “hot” 25-hp powerplant. They may look like smart luxury sports models, but they go like the standard sedan. At least you get to enjoy your leisurely progress much more thanks to the modifications in suspension, sound deadening, and interior. We have begun to see very high level restorations done on Bianchinas, but the cosmetic side can be expensive to do—the little trim bits are particular to the marque and most are impossible to get outside of Italy. The mechanicals of course are quite simple and robust and are not problematic. Bianchinas rust like any other inexpensive European car of the period, but as there isn't much body there, repairs are not generally costly. The car sold here was a mixture of nicely done and quickly done. The catalog reported that the car had been restored some five to seven years ago, and the catalog photo showed it in the typical and correct two-tone treatment with contrasting black paint inside the chrome side spears. However, as seen at the auction, the car had just been freshly painted in a solid red-orange without the contrasting color strip. It also arrived missing the front “grille” trim, as well as that for the rear license plate light and the pair of engine compartment latches. During the preview, a somewhat incorrect reproduction grille was fitted, along with DETAILS a formed stainless piece in the place of the license plate light holder. It lacked any cutout provision for the lamps themselves, which were also not in evidence. The engine lid latches failed to arrive at all. Nevertheless, the car was clean and attractive and seemed to run well. With a little time and detective work, the proper trim pieces could be found and the black paint added to the sides and you wouldn't be much out of pocket. I really liked this car and was an underbidder, hoping against hope that “Jolly fever” wouldn't infect my rival bidders and launch the car into orbit. The fact that it didn't make it into my garage tells you all you need to know about where I valued it, but as a delightfully over-restored Trasformabile coupe sold this year for almost $40,000 at another Monterey auction, perhaps this one has to be rated as a pretty good buy—as long as the Jolly stays a “flavor of the month” and keeps the prices rising. u DONALD OSBORNE is the principal in Automotive Valuation Services. His articles on collector cars have appeared in The New York Times. Vehicle description courtesy of Bonhams & Butterfield's. COMPS 2 Sports Car Market


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German Profile 1972 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Prototype What sets the RS apart is that it's eminently usable today, in a way that few 904s or Carrera Speedsters ever were or will be by Jim Schrager DETAILS Years produced: 1972–73 Number produced: 1,580 (Touring and Lightweight) Original list price: $16,500 approx SCM Valuation: $85,000–$210,000 Tune-up/Major service: $350 Distributor Cap cost: $18 Chassis #: On horizontal bulkhead under front hood Engine #: Stamped into engine block to right of the cooling fan Club: Porsche Club of America, 5530 Edgemont Dr., Alexandria, VA 22310 More: www.pca.org Alternatives: 1961–69 Jaguar E-type coupe, 1968–74 BMW 2800/3.0 CS coupe, 1968–73 Ferrari Daytona coupe SCM Investment Grade: A COMPS Chassis number: 911 360 0012 T his unusual 2.7 Carrera RS was created in 1972, based on the 2.4-liter 911S, and with which Porsche assaulted the 3-liter racing classes. Today, the RS is regarded by many as one of the top five sports cars to emerge from the 1970s. Its versatility is hardly surprising; the 911 was designed from the start to be equally suitable for competition and series production. It is highly usable, both trickling through traffic and competing on the race course or rally route. Thanks to a Nikasil coating on the light alloy cylinder walls, the existing 2.4 S cylinders were bored out to a capacity of 2,687 cc. The fuel-injected six-cylinder air- and oil-cooled engine was the largest used on a road-going Porsche of the time, capable of 158 mph and accelerating from standstill to 62 mph in just over five seconds. Combined with an excellent 5-speed gearbox, powerful, responsive brakes and precise handling, the Carrera RS was more than a match for Ferraris of the day. Initially the RS derivative was to be known as the 2.7 S. Nine pre-production road car prototypes were built, this one being the second, completed in April 1972, some six months before the first production cars. Various letters on file from Porsche AG, corresponding with previous owners, also confirm this early production date. Early factory promotional material depicts this car, which is easily identifiable, not only by the color, but by the fact that it did not originally sport a ducktail rear wing, a signature feature of the production cars. Porsche retained the car until the RS production run of 50 1,580 cars had been completed, and judging from early Austrian registration documents on file, the car passed to the talented young works driver Helmut Koinigg, who took ownership in September 1973. It is reputed the car was a gift, and that he changed the color from Signal Yellow to the iconic Grand Prix White, the color of many RS cars. Through several owners in different continents, the car most recently has been owned and restored by David Mohlman, under the guidance of Porsche specialist Edmond Harris in the U.K. Condition today is a sheer delight, and even to the casual onlooker it is easy to note the unique features of this car, such as the deleted rear spoiler, simple “S” badging, and the period-correct houndstooth front seat inserts. It is both a testament to Porsche for building such a truly usable prototype rather than a hacked mule and to the attention paid during the restoration that we are able to appreciate this extremely important early RS as it is today. With the current wave of enthusiasm for the 911 1973 Porsche Carrera RS Lot #984, S/N 9113600507 Condition: 3+ Sold at $97,200 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/26//2005 SCM ID# 37061 1974 Carrera RSR 3.0 Lot #105, S/N 9114609071 Condition: 3 Sold at $479,765 Christie's, Le Mans, FR, 7/23/2004 SCM ID# 34935 RS, this significant example is certainly one of the most important and individual of the bunch and would surely be a centerpiece in any of the most discerning collections worldwide. The SCM Analysis: This Carrera RS sold for $334,000 at Christie's Monterey sale on August 17, 2006. While this may seem like silly money for a used 911 road car, I judge this to be market correct for this car at this location in today's market. There are several reasons for the price. First, compare this very interesting example with the more numerous Carrera RS Touring, of which approximately 1,500 were made. The RS is a real production car, very Sports Car Market Photos: Christie's


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Seat Time similar in trim to the standard 911S of the day with full interiors and shiny bits on the bumpers and rocker panels. Today, it takes about $150,000 to buy a no-excuses Touring RS, and some owners with exceptional cars are asking near $200,000. Next step up the RS ladder is one of the much rarer lightweight models, of which 80 were built. As you can expect, these models bring a significant premium over the Touring models—at least 50%. This brings us to the $225,000 level for an ordinary RS Lightweight and even more for a special car, such as this prototype. So the extra premium paid here seems reasonable for such an unusual example. The bigger question to ask is how well these staggering prices will hold up in the next five to ten years, and if the Carrera RS and all other early 911 cars (1965–73) will retain their rapidly accelerating values. Less than ten years ago you could buy a rather good RS for about $45,000, and they frequently came to auction at those prices and flopped. These have been heady years for the early 911 crowd, led, as it should be, by the RS, as the last and best of the breed. Another way to frame the question is to compare the worth of this prototype RS, at $334,000, to the last 356 Carrera Speedster, also sold at this venue this year for $345,000. The Carrera Speedster is far rarer, much more exotic with its 4-cam engine, and has been a true collectible for much longer. A 904 sold at the same sale for $565,000, so the Carrera RS price equals about 60% of the 904. Does this seem about right? There were 120 904s built and 1,580 Carrera RS cars, but of course this RS is no ordinary example. While the RS market may be a bit overheated right now, my prediction is that the RS has emerged, for good reasons, as a true collectible, and that the values, although always subject to fluctuation, will hold. They are fast, handsome and fun, but the one difference the RS displays that sets it apart from the two vintage Porsche icons noted above is that the RS is eminently usable today, in a way that few 904s or Carrera Speedsters ever were or will be. Old cars used to end up in museums, other than the lucky few that would trundle to a nearby neighborhood show or go for a leisurely drive down memory lane. But today, people are using old cars for all kinds of events and non-events. Whether touring in Europe, one of the fun runs now in all parts of the U.S., a Porsche Parade, local show, or just going to the kid's soccer game, a Carrera RS is able to get you there in style and with a reliability that almost no other car in its category and price range can match. This fact has not been lost on an emerging band of user-enthusiasts, and is one important reason why the RS is in such demand. As to this specific example, for any of you wanting to learn more about the Carrera RS, take note of the name of a previous owner of this car: David Mohlman. A long-time Porsche enthusiast, he has quietly become one of the world's leading experts on this important model. His cars have a well-deserved reputation for being among the finest examples of the model available. His involvement, in my judgment, added to the luster of this particular car.u JIM SCHRAGER is the author of Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Porsche 356, and he writes for The 356 Registry magazine. Historical and descriptive information courtesy of the auction company. November 2006 Brice's RS John Brice, Ridgefield, CT: The first thing you sense about the car is its simplicity. It looks as if the early 911 just spent a few weeks at the gym. It's a little more toned up, but not yet ready for the Mr. Universe competition. The fender flares are just beginning to bulge, the wider tires still look proportional to the rest of the car. You can tell this car is no poser, but a trained athlete ready to go out and get the job done. Simplicity means low weight, and even with only 210 hp, that equals speed and handling. The motor just wants to rev, thanks to the Nikasil-coated aluminum cylinders, a feature derived from Porsche's 917 racing program. The RS is one of the earliest Porsches to spend significant development time in a wind tunnel. This yielded the functional front chin spoiler and the famous “ducktail” rear spoiler. Yes, the later Turbos and RSRs grew the big muscles and became Porsche's heavy hitters. But the Carrera RS was Porsche's first true all-around gold-medal-athlete. And that's what makes this beauty continue to shine three decades on. Simon Kidston, Geneva, CH: A salesman from Porsche Cars Great Britain came to our house in late 1972 to tell my father about this new “limited edition special,” of which they planned to build just 200, and as he was already a good client, would he like one? I don't know how much persuasion was required—aged five I was not privy to the negotiations—but I remember my father requested a pale lemon color he had seen on another 911 whilst leaving a French motorway toll, which the other driver had told him was called Signal Yellow. Six months or so later a representative from Porsche came up the driveway in a 911 Carrera RS painted a garish orangey-mustard hue, which, he informed my father, was in fact Signal Yellow. Luckily the performance outweighed the color and, 60,000 miles and 33 years later, the car is still sitting in the garage looking and smelling almost new. It's never required restoration and never let anyone in the family down. It still puts me in a good mood every time I drive it. And the color's even come back into fashion! Michael de Mello, Estoril, PT: I have owned S/N 9113600879 since March 1998, when I bought it in Germany. The car was totally restored in 1999 down to the bare metal and repainted its original livery of white with blue lettering. The numbers match as per the factory certificate obtained recently. The car begs to be driven fast and is maneuverable beyond belief. My only gripe is the smoky start-up. After that, it's pure fun with no modern “conveniences” like radios, a/c, or power anything.u de Mello's RS 51


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Porsche Gespräch Jim Schrager 356s By The Numbers Registry events rarely have museum pieces; the 4-cam Carreras whose owners are afraid to start them don't get much attention by Jim Schrager Porsche Gespräch / Jim Schrager trailered to events, and there are the guys with 4-cam Carreras who are afraid to start them. But in general, these cars are not the stars. The most attention is given to those vehicles that are driven and enjoyed. Of the approximately 78,000 356s built, the database holds a bit over 10%. It is frequently estimated that about 50% of all 356s remain in some form, but the Registry database calls this conventional wisdom into question (of which more later). The 356 rusts easily, was always challenging and expensive to repair, and went almost entirely out of favor about a decade after production ceased in 1965. Many of them were abandoned or so seriously rusted that restoration—even in today's heady market, and for all but the most valuable—remains a financial impossibility. The database represents anywhere from Driven to and from, no trailer required I f you want to know what kind of person drives a 356—or more importantly, what kind of 356—the 356 Registry is the place to look. It's one of the largest single-model car clubs any- where, with about 8,000 members and over 8,400 cars in its database. Its records give a unique picture of the types of 356s out there, as well as their condition. But first, some background. The 356 Club was formed in 1975, when its found- ing members felt the Porsche Club of America (PCA) wasn't looking out for 356 owners. These folks felt that ever-escalating standards of concours judging rather than helpful technical advice and fun events were taking the PCA in the wrong direction. As a result, there were no concours judges at 356 Registry events. Instead, the judges were the attendees, and prizes were awarded via people's choice. This eliminated both the pressure of these competitions and the inevitable squabbling from the losers. If you want to do the full Q-tip thing, the PCA offers plenty of that, even though today they are finding it harder to get serious participants in big numbers. FEW MUSEUM PIECES The 356 Registry events are much lower key than PCA functions, with a wide range of driver cars and very few museum pieces. Oh sure, there are a few 356s 52 6% of the less valuable models (1,003 out of 16,053 T-5 and T-6 Coupes, 1960–63) to 100% of the 17 half-million-dollarplus America Roadsters. As expected, the more valuable the car, the more examples have been located: 61% of the twin-grille Roadsters have been entered (152 out of 249 built, 1962), 49% of the 63 Gmund Coupes, 35% of the Belgian-built single-grille Roadsters (165 out of 473 built, 1961), and 25% of all Speedsters (4,144 built, 1954–58). TINY PERCENTAGE OF CONCOURS CARS So what kind of shape are these cars in? Since this is the biggest single-model club with the heaviest-duty fanatics, you'd expect to see a sizable percentage of concours cars, even though these events are not the central mission of the Registry. A shockingly tiny 69 cars are noted as concours in the database. This represents less than 1% of the owners of this most highly involved group. Even the race cars, at 110, outnumber the concours cars. About 61%—by far the largest classification—are described by their owners as “drivers.” The second largest group is project cars or those under restoration, with 15.7%. I am always interested in how the examples we see at auction compare with the underlying population of 356s. Although we see few concours-ready cars, by my estimation, we see a higher percentage than what is represented in the database. LOTS OF DRIVERS ON EBAY Contrast that with eBay, and the sample changes quite a bit. The site rarely has really nice 356s. Instead, we find lots of drivers, as the database would predict, and quite a few marginal and project cars. In this way, eBay more closely reflects the real world, while physical auction venues treat us to more of the cream of the crop. Also of interest is how many 356s remain. As mentioned above, the long-established wisdom has been about 50%. I would not expect to see 50% in the Registry database, as many 356 owners are iconoclasts and just aren't joiners. In addition, the club is U.S.-centric, and although members join from all over the world, it is dominated by those here in America. Sports Car Market


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ONLY 25% OF SPEEDSTERS REMAIN Still, it would be my guess that from Registry num- bers, less than 50% of all 356s remain. For this I point to the Speedster data showing 25% of all Speedsters accounted for. If there was ever a car nobody anywhere ever took for granted, it was the Speedster. This has always been the one that everyone knew was special, from its rakish good looks and its Hollywood roles to its racing trophies. Even way back when, everyone loved the Speedster. And almost all came to the U.S. So to register 25% of this special model from the most involved 356 enthusiasts in the world probably means there are fewer yet of the less special Coupes and Cabriolets surviving. My guess—and it is only a guess—is there are about 25% of all models surviving worldwide, meaning a total of about 20,000 cars. If you own one of them, or desire to, joining the 356 Registry (www.356registry.org), with its classified ads, active e-mail talk list, and wealth of technical articles, is something to put on your must-do list. Although I wasn't a member back in the '70s when I had a 1960 B Cabriolet project car, I now consider my membership and involvement in the club an invaluable resource, whether buying, repairing, restoring, or selling a 356.u Ten-point deduction for the man stuck to the bumper The U.S. received a bit more than half of all 356s made when new, but they have been freely traded back and forth through international ports for decades. For most of that time, 356s came from Europe, but in recent years they have been re-imported into Europe, especially Speedsters and other open cars. JIM SCHRAGER wrote Buying, Driving and Enjoying the Porsche 356 and writes for Excellence Magazine, Porsche Panorama, and the 356 Registry. His latest book on the early 911 will be published in late 2007. Fantasy Junction 1145 Park Avenue Emeryville, California USA 94608 Phone: (510) 653-7555 • Fax: (510) 653-9754 www.fantasyjunction.com Investments in special interest, classic and high performance cars 1955 Ferrari Superamerica, Series I, s/n 0499SA. Rare late Series 1 Short Wheel Base Pinninfarnia Coupe. Ultimate early Ferrari road car. Unmolested and sensitively preserved. Special features including graceful extended hood scoop. $975,000 1939 Delahaye 135 MS Grand Sport. Stunning and unique combination of Figoni et Falaschi open body work and Delahaye triple carburetor competition chassis. Fully restored. Ready for all shows and tours. $1.325,000. November 2006 1935 Auburn 851 Supercharged Speedster. Excellent performance and condition. Ready for any show or event. Timeless Buehrig design by Union City Body Company on rare export RHD chassis. A-C-D Club certified. $385,000. 1983 Porsche 956, s/n 111. Ex-Brun. Extensive competition history including 7th at Le Mans and Fuji 500 win with Schuppan. Restored and race ready with one hour on Porsche Motorsport engine. Some spares. $595,000. 53


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American Profile 1957 Lincoln Indianapolis by Boano The styling is so extreme that it's a personal preference, but the quality of the restoration cannot be questioned by Carl Bomstead DETAILS Year produced: 1955 Number produced: 1 Original list price: n/a SCM Valuation: $1,375,000, at least Tune up/Major service: $300 Distributor cap: $20 Chassis #: N/A Engine #: N/A Club: N/A Alternatives: 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt, 1952 Chrysler D'Elegance, 1954 Pontiac Bonneville COMPS Chassis number: 58W10902 F elice Mario Boano and his coachworks may be little known but the influence that he, his son Gian Paolo and their companies had on the evolution of modern automotive design is vastly out of propor- tion to their size. In the post-war Italian economy, which was strug- gling to rebuild from the devastation of World War II, coachbuilders recognized that an alliance with the intact, powerful, and rich American automotive industry was the key to survival. Boano, through a well-placed friend who worked at Ford, arranged to build a futuristic design on a Ford chassis. Ford supplied a Lincoln chassis and Boano embarked upon a fast-track project to complete the car in time for presentation at the 1955 Turin Motor Show, the coachbuilders' preeminent showcase. After its appearance at the 1955 Turin Motor Show the Indianapolis was shipped to the United States, consigned not to Ford but to Henry Ford II. It is believed that he gave the car to Errol Flynn. The subsequent history has the car passing through a number of hands and being involved in a fire before being acquired by the present owner over 20 years ago. Two years were spent restoring the Boano Lincoln and the result is breathtaking. The extended nose, with vertical-quad headlights and no visible cooling air intake, only starts the extravagant Indianapolis design. Displayed at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and other topranked concours, the Indianapolis is a stunning exercise in creativity and imagination rendered to contemporary standards by an owner and restorer determined to do it right regardless of cost. The SCM analysis: This car sold for $1,375,000 at the Gooding Pebble Beach auction on Sunday, August 20, 2006. 54 Restoring a car is an expensive, arduous, and frustrating undertaking. What starts out being just redoing chrome, paint, and interior quickly evolves into parts hunting and fabrication, panel reconstruction, and all the other unknown gremlins that raise their ugly heads. Restoring a concept car only compounds these problems. The parts are not available on any table at Hershey; the other examples, if there are any, are in museums or factory displays and the owners are not likely to take some part off for you to copy. There sure aren't any manuals for direction. Up the ante a bunch when the car is the only one in 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt Lot # 146, S/N 7807976 Condition: 1 Sold at $1,210,000 RM, Phoenix, AZ, 1/20/2006 SCM ID# 40663 existence, the interior has been destroyed in a fire, and a portion of the car arrives in boxes as a result of a previous owner's attempted and uncompleted restoration. If that doesn't scare you off, throw in the fact that the car, when constructed, was being built against a tight deadline and there was little time to do it right, only to make it look good and get it done. As a result there were numerous shortcuts on this Lincoln; for instance, the hood- 1952 Chrysler D'Elegance Lot # 1306, 321593 Condition: 1 Sold at $1,188,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/14/2006 SCM ID# 40462 release clamps were constructed of pieces of Quaker State oil cans that were bent to fit and painted. The driver's fender was an inch and a half longer than the passenger's, the roof was not straight, and the hood was not aligned properly. In addition, sheet metal was used for chassis bracing rather than cast iron and the windshield was held in place with adhesive. Due to the lack of time when the car was built, large amounts of lead were used to achieve fit (the eventual restorer said that he removed enough to fill half a 55-gallon drum). The most recent owner of this project turned it over to Jim Cox at Sussex Motor and Coachworks and instructed him to restore it the way Gian Paolo Boano would have—if he had the time. Cox has restored several of the owner's rare Packards, so he understood the standard that was expected. Two years later (and after untold expense) the result is stunning. The styling is so extreme that it's a personal preference, but the quality of the restoration cannot be Sports Car Market Photos: Gooding and Company


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questioned. So what do we have? A car that weighs two tons, seats two, has no trunk or luggage storage, does not even have a rear-view mirror, and has a gas tank with a five-gallon capacity. Air intake is through a small cut-out below the front bumper, so over-heating is a problem. The car was obviously not designed for driving comfort or, for that matter, driving at all. But it was designed and built as a concept that touted the capabilities of the Boano firm, and that end was achieved. The market for concept cars has been well documented of late. The Oldsmobile F-88 that sold at Barrett-Jackson in 2004 for $3.2 million set the tone, but even the fortuitous seller of that car will admit that was a moment in time when the sun, the stars, and the moon were in perfect alignment. Dramatic styling, impeccable restoration, and a fascinating history that may have included Errol Flynn would make this the cornerstone of any collection. Was the price paid reasonable? In my opinion, absolutely, and no one will ever be able to say they found one for less.u CARL BOMSTEAD customized his first car, a 1948 Plymouth, when he was 15. Close to 100 cars have passed through his garage since. Historical and descriptive information courtesy of the auction company. November 2006 55


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Domestic Affairs Colin Comer Only Buy the Real Thing Many people have out-witted themselves by buying a car they were sure was going to “take off” because a similar car sold for big bucks A factory competition 427 Cobra, with stories T here's more to learn in Monterey than the emerging trends in plastic surgery or which fine Italian footwear is the most popular. Collectors continue to become more educated and sophisticated and are honing in on the small group of truly premium cars. So should you. The advice I dispense most often is to buy the “right” car, not the “almost right” one. It sounds simple, but you'd be surprised how many times this advice falls on deaf ears. Many people have out-witted themselves by buying a car they were sure was going to “take off” because a similar car sold for a multiple of their car's price. For example, when the Ray Allen Chevelle SS 454 LS6 convertible sold at Barrett- Jackson last January for $1,242,000, you could almost hear the stampede heading for any Chevelle convertible that even vaguely resembled the Allen car. For a stellar example of “If that car is worth $1.2 million, my car is now worth (fill in the blank with a ridiculous number),” check out the eBay motors listing #300011929894 dated August 17, 2006 for a 1970 Chevelle LS6 “Re-Creation” with a “Buy It Now” price of just $242,000. I passed. One record sale does not make a market, so put down your Year One catalog and stop ordering parts to build your Ray Allen LS6 clone. The smart collector knows that the $1.2 million sale of an LS6 does not make his 1970 SS 396/350 convertible instantly jump from $75,000 to $250,000. Certain cars are worth a premium over more common or less pedigreed examples. And their values are not set at a fixed ratio. IT'S ALL IN THE PAPER TRAIL In Monterey, a telling example of this was apparent in the sale of two competi- tion Cobras. CSX3012 was a factory competition 427 car, sold at Russo and Steele. It brought $643,500, including premium. Across the street at RM Auctions, CSX2473, an independent competition 289 car, was hammered sold at a staggering $1,237,500. We all know that a factory competition car is worth more than an independently campaigned car, not to mention the fact that a 289 independent car should bring a fair amount less than a factory 427 car, so what happened? A classic “right” car versus “almost” car showdown. CSX3012 had a less than stellar history, and while provided with the proper original chassis number and ownership, was essentially a new car built around a serial number after a major wreck years ago. This was a great car in its current 56 An independent competition 289 Cobra, without excuses state to drive, race, and enjoy. However, its story will always make it an “almost,” and it won't hit the radar screen of the most serious Shelby collectors. On the other hand, CSX2473 had a continuous his- tory from day one, including the 1968 SCCA National B Production title. It has retained—in spite of a long history of serious racing—its original chassis and body, and it is a great example of the “right” car. Although the price paid is impressive, what speaks louder is the nearly 100% premium over the result for CSX3012. SERIOUS BUYERS AREN'T TRADING UP As the competition Cobras show, it's clear that buyers are doing their homework. In the past, collectors would buy place-holders or “trade bait” and wait to trade up. For example, they might buy a comp Cobra with a story and wait to trade it plus cash for a better car. Or they'd just wait for a better car to come along and sell the lesser car (hopefully for a profit), then pay the difference to move up. Now, when presented with an opportunity to buy a car in less than perfect condition or with a tarnished history, the serious are keeping their wallets closed and opting to wait for the right car to become available. Another case in point from Monterey is the 1965 Shelby GT350 R, S/N 108, that sold at the Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction for $748,000. With significant race history and the 1967 SCCA National B Production championship under its belt, I fully expected this car to bring more. In fact, I was willing to pay more for it, as I was a serious buyer. However, after viewing the car at the auction preview, it was apparent it had serious needs. Sports Car Market


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$150,000 RESTORATION WAITING TO HAPPEN While unquestionably a real car, it was tired. All the important original R bits were missing, the engine was an incorrect assortment of generic Ford parts, and it was far from race-ready. The car showed more than just race scars, it showed the effects of a poorly executed budget restoration in the past, and typical of many domestic cars that come back from Europe, a lot of incorrect parts and “European-style” repairs—functional but not correct. When S/N 108 pulled on the auction stage, it spit and sputtered to the point that a woman seated near me remarked, “That car sounds sick.” I looked at the car as a $150,000 restoration waiting to happen, and I suspect other bidders did as well. Now compare this result to the R model, S/N 102, sold at the RM Auctions sale at Amelia Island in March, 2006 for $990,000. Though some will dispute that one car has a better history than the other (Bob Johnson drove S/N 102, but S/N 108 won the SCCA National Championship, etc.), I chalk up the major discrepancy in the two sales results to presentation. S/N 102 was a reasonably correct and fresh restoration, while S/N 108 was waiting for one. CONTENT TO BE UNDERBIDDER Today's buyers want turn-key cars, be it a result of past experiences with restoration shops or just a desire to go and use their new car right away. Simply looking at S/N 108 and realizing that it would be a year before I could even start restoring it cooled my enthusiasm to the point Knock off $200,000 for a tired presentation where I was content to be the underbidder, stopping $10,000 short of the high bid. The market outside of Monterey exhibits the same characteristics as the examples above. Buyers have done their homework and are fine-tuning their collections. We have seen an incredible rise in values in recent years, and some undeserving cars have benefited. It's time they sank back into the mire and let the really deserving, special examples enjoy the spotlight.u COLIN COMER is founder and president of Colin's Classic Automobiles and an avid collector and enthusiast. November 2006 57


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Race Car Profile 1956 Jaguar D-type This car raises an interesting question: Why do Jaguars sell for half the value given to Italian cars they can walk away from on the track? by Thor Thorson DETAILS Years produced: 1954–957 Number produced: 71 Original list price: $11,000 SCM Valuation: $1,900,000–$2,500,000 Cost per hour to race: $700 Distributor cap: $41 Chassis #: Top of left front suspension mount Engine #: On head between cam covers Club: Jaguar Clubs of North America 234 Buckland Trace Louisville, KY 40245 More: www.jcna.com Alternatives: 1954–55 Ferrari 750 Monza, 1955–58 Maserati 300S, 1953–56 Aston Martin DB3S SCM Investment Grade: A Photos: Bonhams & Butterfields COMPS Chassis number: XKD 553 T his gently patinated, tastefully restored Jaguar sports racing car exemplifies all that was most impressive, most innovative—and perhaps above all most beautiful—about the legendary British manufacturer's mid-'50s design. The immortal D-type survives today as the supreme example of semi-monocoque frontier technology. After three Le Mans wins in 1955, '56, and '57, it was only eliminated by the change to a three-liter engine in 1958. The SCM analysis: This car sold for $2,097,000 at the Bonhams Quail Lodge auction August 18, 2006. The Jaguar D-type's greatest achievement is in some ways also its greatest problem. It was such an advanced design for its time that most people mistake it for a really good late-'50s racer, competition for Testa Rossas, 300S Maseratis, and DBR Aston Martins. In fact, it is a stunning engineering and design tour de force dating from 1953 and early 1954. In an era when the Italians we so venerate were building ladder-framed chassis with transverse-leaf suspension and handing them to various carrozzeria for bodies, Jaguar engineers were designing monocoques, calculating torsional rigidity, lift centers, and aerodynamic drag. Only MercedesBenz, with the Type 194 and 196 (300SL prototype and 300SLR) was as advanced. Jaguar was a rather ordinary car company in the late 1930s, building what were effectively down-market Bentley competitors. Committed to war work in the early '40s, management spent its spare time figuring out what to do when the war ended. The first thing they were going to need was a new engine, something both powerful and impressive looking, to anchor an anticipated line of post-war vehicles. They settled on a six-cylinder dual-overhead cam concept, basically a knock-off of the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 engine, and it came to fruition with the XK (X for experimental, K because the final version was the eleventh concept. A, B, etc.). Rather than blunt the impact of a cool new engine in a staid sedan, Jaguar decided to create a concept sports car for the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show. It was based on a William Lyons design and was called the XK 120 for the engine and the anticipated top speed. Though the car never ran, it was the sensation of the show. The original plan to build 200 XK 120s to allow customers to help sort out the engine (an early “Beta test”) was quickly abandoned as customers clamored for the new car. Plans for an underpowered, four-cylinder XK 100 version were also ditched. To build on their newfound success with the 120 and XK-engined Mk VII sedan, Jaguar set their sights on winning Le Mans. They knew they needed a purpose-built racer to do it and set about the “XK 120 Competition” project. Jaguar's financial success in difficult times in England allowed them to tap a pool of aircraft industry talent to design the car. It was led by an ex-Bristol Aircraft aerodynamicist named Malcom Sayer, 1955 Jaguar D-type Lot #28, S/N XKD529 Condition: 3+ Sold at $1,815,000 Gooding, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/21/2005 SCM ID# 38901 1955 Jaguar D-type Lot #148, S/N XKD528 Condition: 3 Sold at $924,000 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/16/2002 SCM ID# 28801 58 Sports Car Market


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Seat Time Archie Urciuoli, Casey Key, FL: I owned and raced one of the 67 production D-type Jaguars for much of the 1990s. Mine was a BRG 1955 “short nose” model. Like many of the early cars, it had been bored out to 3.8 liters—from its original 3.4—to match the engines of the later “long nose” cars. With their triple Weber-carbureted, 285-hp, dry-sump straight-six engines, these 2,000-lb pure race cars were capable of speeds in excess of 175 mph (in the mid-'50s, no less), and phenomenal stopping power with their then-revolutionary Dunlop disc brakes. Driving the car is a thrill. It's well built and drop-dead gorgeous, and the raucous trademark Jaguar sound Urciuoli coming from the side-mounted straight pipes makes for sensory overload. The “live” rear axle requires some skill in turns, and the right-side steering with left-hand shifting takes some getting used to. In my experience, the D-type's combination of performance and style is truly a winning combination in every sense of the phrase. Gary Bartlett, Muncie, IN: I bought XKD530 in 1997 via Terry Larson. I knew there was an identity problem with the car when I bought it and I was not concerned. Doing your homework on cars like this is imperative. This car had all major original components except the chassis frame. In 2003 I bought the D-type with the original chassis frame at Christie's in London. CKL Developments in Dallington, East Sussex, dismantled both cars and assembled Bartlett one “original” D-type with all of the original documented components, plus one really good replica. I still have the correct car. I have put about 15,000 miles on this car in various events, including six Mille Miglias. The acceleration, even by today's standards, is outstanding, and I have never had the brakes fade. In fact, they are as good as on any car I have ever driven (they should be; there are 20 pads). The only real shortcoming is the brake boost mechanism, which is a pump driven by the transmission output shaft. If the rear brakes lock up, the pump does not do the job intended, and the car can do some very strange things; I have experience with this. I compare getting into this car to putting on a pair of comfortable slippers, and while driving, it almost seems as if you and the car become one. The car is in England but is getting ready to come home. I can't wait until the next time I drive it.u


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Race Car Profile who became the central talent in Jaguar's racing success. Though the “XK 120C” was to share little but the engine and drive train with the XK 120, marketing required that the new car look as similar to the street car as possible. The result was the beautiful and now familiar “C-type,” which dominated the early '50s international racing scene. By mid-1953 it was time to move to a successor, so Sayer was given marching orders to come up with a new design. The “needs to look like a Jaguar” rule was abandoned, which gave Sayer a clean slate and the confidence for a great design. Most of the sports car guys of my generation grew up with a well-established set of conceptions about the national character of various cars. Italian cars were impossibly romantic, impractical, but gloriously desirable fantasies. German cars were paragons of humorless Teutonic efficiency. French cars were, well, um, French. English cars were accessible, friendly and fun, if a little ordinary, sort of like the family dog. Tractor-engined Triumphs, lorry-engined Healeys, and underpowered Sprites were great but “state of the art” and “English” were seldom thought of in the same breath. In view of that, the engineering prowess and sophistication that went into creating the D-type is staggering. First of all, the center section of the D-type was an alu- minum monocoque structure, something that Formula One didn't use for another ten years. The D used disc brakes six years before Ferrari dared try them. The distinctive curved sides of the body weren't a designer's flourish, they were engineered to minimize crosswind and close quarters instability at high speed. The distinctive shape and headrest fairing were the result of aerodynamic calculations and extensive wind tunnel testing, not some designer's whim. Enzo Ferrari notoriously said, “Aerodynamics are for people who can't build engines,” and for a time he may have been right, but for Jaguar, aircraft-quality engineering of all details was the key to success. The result was a car that feels newer than its era. In my first track experience with a D-type, I was comfort- Original Service Handbook courtesy of Gary Bartlett 60 Sports Car Market


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able enough to toss it into corners and use throttle to drift through within a few laps. The chassis stiffness allows compliant suspension settings, and the package feels immensely stable and predictable at speed. I've turned some miles in a 1953 Ferrari 375MM, and it's a truck with a big engine compared to the D-type. There are several details about the design that are worth noting. The chassis design incorporates both a monocoque center section as noted and a tubular framework bolted to it that carries the engine and front suspension. Over the years, these components have been separated, mixed, and matched, which can create a nightmare of provenance issues. The “official” chassis number is stamped on the left front suspension mount, which is on the tubular frame section, but there are also numbers on the monocoque. If they get split, which is the “real” car? The catalog copy for our subject car took pains to note that all numbers were correct. The other detail has to do with configuration. Early factory and all “customer” cars—like this one—used the “short nose.” Beginning in 1955, the works cars got the 7 1/2-inch longer “long nose” for improved air penetration, but they are the only ones; there are no “long nose” cars except factory team cars. The iconic tailfin was not standard on customer cars but could be ordered. Though nicely presented, the subject car was a very ordinary customer D-type with no particular history or outstanding features, and it sold for almost $2.1 million, on the high side of market-correct for what it is. This brings up an interesting conjecture: Why do Jaguars consistently sell for about half of the value given to Italian cars they can walk away from on the track? My guess is that it's two things: the old “friendly but dull” vs. “wildly romantic and unattainable” preconception about British and Italian cars, and the fact that Jaguars use a cast-iron six instead of an aluminum twelve. At the end of the day, I'm afraid all the super- exotics in this category of car are all about fantasies, dreams, image, and cylinder envy. In the case of the D-type, it creates an undervalued car and, I think, a very good buy.u THOR THORSON is president of Vintage Racing Motors of Redmond, WA, and is heavily involved in both the vintage racing and “adrenaline” collector car sides of the business. He has been an active vintage racer for more than 25 years. November 2006 61


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Monterey 2006 Afterthoughts The Second Time Around Nothing comes close to seeing fast cars on the track at Laguna; I don't even mind the fine coat of black rubber that comes with sitting close to the action by Kristen Hall-Geisler T his is my last column as managing editor of SCM, as after nearly five years I am leaving to pursue a career as a full-time freelance writer. I have enjoyed my time here, and developed many strong personal relationships, both with my fellow staff and with enthusiastic SCMers all over the world. This year, my second Monterey gave me a chance to revisit these automotive passions with a more experienced eye and in a more thoughtful way. My first pilgrimage to the Monterey Peninsula in 2005 was overwhelming. There are six auctions, three concours, three days of vintage racing, two days of automobilia, and a partridge in a copyrighted lone cypress tree. But attending a second time allowed me to see the details rather than the seemingly endless parade of Ferraris, Maseratis, Porsches, GT40s, etc., at the above events and on the streets of Monterey, Carmel, and Seaside. This year, I again spent Friday at Concorso Italiano, which means I again missed out on the Quail. My comments at last year's Concorso mostly consisted of “That's a gorgeous Ferrari / Alfa / De Tomaso;” this year I was more discerning, though I did miss that errant Citroën that somehow made it onto the course last year. I also took note of the people of Concorso, both the proud owners and excited attendees. They create a big, boisterous, one-day Italian festival, no matter what their personal heritage might be. I weaved my way through 35 Years of Pantera to dine on chicken parmigiana and tiramisu, and even found time to pop over to the car corrals, where dozens of non-Italian marques and clubs had gathered, when I felt a break from Prancing Horses and Tridents was in order. And SCMer Jay Leno found time to pop over to the SCM booth to say hi. Saturday was my day at Laguna Seca for the Rolex Monterey Historic Races—which I love. It's nice to be able to admire a car's design up close at a concours, and buyers (and auction reporters) can climb all over a car at auction. But nothing comes close to seeing fast cars on a track and hearing their engines at full bore. I don't even mind the fine coating of black rubber that comes with sitting close to the action. Conversations had to be timed between heats, especially when the old Trans Am cars fired up in the late afternoon. Cell phone calls were almost impossible, a welcome respite. Many of SCM's contributors made their way to the track, including British car expert and “English Patient” author Gary Anderson, who came with the featured Mini Cooper contingent. This year even included that rarest of Peninsula events—a bright and sunny morning, with not a wisp of fog to be seen. Once again I saw Jay Leno as he prowled the paddock. To his credit, his professional The Corkscrew challenges drivers and offers fans a close-up glimpse of the action entourage is very small, although his fans are legion. Late Sunday afternoon, I headed to the Pebble Beach Concours before doing booth duty that evening at the Gooding Auction. I was running late, which turned out to be a good thing, though I had to walk against a tide of tired men whose jackets were more rumpled and women whose toes were more pinched than they had been at 10:30 that morning, when the concours began. I wandered through a quiet RetroAuto and took a turn around the almost deserted exhibit of concept cars. Many spectators had left, but most cars were still present on the 18th fairway, with some already in the winners' circle. It was nice to be by myself, where I could look at any car I wanted for as long as I wanted, without the push of a crowd or the pull of a co-worker sick of my new interest in pre-war cars. I was especially taken by the featured Delahaye exhibit at the edge of the bay. The neighboring Voisins, though, looked a bit homely next to the former's sweeping lines. And, just to round out the weekend, onstage jokes were provided by none other than Jay Leno. That guy is inescapable. And he does seem to like his cars.u 62 Sports Car Market


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SCM's Monterey Reflections Diane Brandon Contributor Car I lusted for: A one-off 1937 Derby Bentley 4 1/4-liter Vesters & Neirinck of Brussels fixedhead coupe that sold at RM for a cool $1,265,000. Car I would kick to the curb: One of the featured marques at the Pebble Beach Concours, Voisin. Simply hideous. High point: A conversation I had with Sir Stirling Moss and his adorable wife, Susie. She told me that she was his third wife, and that there was a sign over their bed reading, “You, too, can be replaced.” Low point: Attending Pebble as a spectator for the first time since 1984, when I joined the judging teams. Thanks to my friend who had a car on the field, I had a special parking pass; however, it was a half hour walk back to the polo field to my car. I admit it, I've been spoiled. Overheard: Bob Lee said, when asked how he felt about his Daimler Double Six winning Best in Show at Pebble, “It's about time.” He's had three or four cars accepted and on the field every year that I can remember. David Slama General Manager Car I lusted for: Ferrari Cal Spyder at Pebble Beach Concours. Car I would kick to the curb: 45 hp 1916 Simplex Crane Model 5 at Gooding. High point: Enjoying a warm beer as I watched owners reposition two Diablos for maximum exposure at the Barnyard in Carmel. Low point: Missing out on a trip to the Historics paddock. Overheard: “Bruce Meyer has just won a Nissan!” at the Pebble Beach Concours. Carl Bomstead Contributing Editor Car I lusted for: 1948 Cadillac by Saoutchik at RM on Saturday. Car I would kick to the curb: 1968 Cadillac DeVille at Bonhams. High point:Watching the Pebble Beach awards presentation from When Ford really did have a better idea the comfort of a suite balcony with a glass of Far Niente Chardonnay. Low point: Missing most of the Bonhams automobilia auction due to writing auction reports at RM. Overheard: From a guy who thought he bought a poster from Tony Singer at Automobilia Expo: “Add a zero! You mean it was $25,000, not $2,500?” Steve Serio Contributor Car I lusted for: Tie between a 250 SWB Cabriolet Ferrari, gray, license plate “1st SWB,” and a 250 GT Bertone Ferrari one-off, silver, both at The Quail. Car I would kick to the curb: Ferrari P4/P5. A life-size GoBot. Take the Prancing Horse off and you have the loser in the “Pimp My NSX” contest. Yuck. High point: Golf at Spanish Bay, heaven for golf geeks. And buying a 99.67-point XK 120 roadster at RM. What a pleasant surprise. Low point: Not having overdrive work in the 330 America Ferrari that I drove down from Burlingame. 4,800 rpm only gets you 80 mph or so, and that's loud after 45 minutes. Robert M. Lee's 1931 Daimler Double-Six 50, 2006 Best of Show winner at Pebble November 2006 Overheard: The Paris to Peking Spyker SSUV being referred to as the “PTP Cruiser.” Rob Sass V.P. Buisness Development, General Counsel Car I lusted for: Iso Grifo 7-liter at Concorso Italiano. Car I would kick to the curb: Pontiac Fiero/Ferrari Testarossa replica in the Concorso parking lot (a line was forming to kick it). High point: Nearly talking David Slama into bidding on the Ferrari TdF at Gooding. Low point: My BMW CS's imitation of the Exxon Valdez on the way from Portland to Monterey when it lost its rear oil seal. Overheard: “My God, is that a Maserati?” at Concorso Italiano. Donald Osborne Contributing Editor Car I lusted for: Bob Lee's 1956 Ferrari Boano Spider at Pebble. Car I would kick to the curb: Zagato NART Cadillac at RM. High point: Receiving as a gift the original 1968 pro-forma invoice from Lamborghini for my Islero. Low point: Missing the 100th anniversary celebration of Lancia at Concorso Italiano. Overheard: When introduced to a friend's wife, stating “Oh yes, 63


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Monterey 2006 Afterthoughts I met you in Paris.” The wife replied, “No, I've not been to Paris, you must have met his other wife.” Kristen Hall-Geisler Managing Editor, outgoing Car I lusted for: The matching—but separately owned—pair of Delahayes at Pebble Beach. Car I would kick to the curb: The Lamborghini Diablo SV-R sold at RM with the creepy smiling women painted on it. The car was ugly enough by itself; the running-Annie-Lennox-in-theEurythmics-esque graphic on the nose didn't help. High point: Seeing many of SCM's far-flung correspondents in person. Low point: Editor Martin drove a Corvette Z06 for the weekend; I drove a Kia minivan. Overheard: “I could just spit!” said by a woman in a white fluffy jacket as Jay Leno approached. Apparently, she's not a fan. John Apen Contributor Car I lusted for: 1934 Duesenberg Model J Brunn Riviera Phaeton at Gooding, sold for $1,210,000. Car I would kick to curb: 1930 RollsRoyce 20/25 boattail speedster at Bonhams. Body by an unknown coachbuilder at an unknown date. Sold for $23,400. High Point: Talking to and seeing so many experts on different marques. Low Point: The finest $79-pernight Monterey motels at $290 per night. Overheard: At Pebble Beach, Duesenberg Class: “We rebuilt the whole front end, and it still drives like a truck.” At the Ferrari Class: “Bunch of number collectors, they don't know anything about the cars.” At all the Auctions: “With these prices, we must be in a speculative bubble.” Stefan Lombard Managing Editor, incoming Car I lusted for: 1927 Bugatti Type 35C grand prix racer from Gooding. I hope to age that well. 64 Would that we all will age so gracefully as this '27 Bugatti Type 35C Car I would kick to the curb: Spyker's new SUV. They build fantastic sports cars, but do we really need another one of these things? High point: Standing in the pits at Laguna Seca during the final Friday practice when the 1970–80 IMSA GT cars fired up and rolled away. Low point: The chili cheeseburger I ate on Saturday afternoon. Overheard: “My grandson needs a car, and I heard there was a very nice 1988 Chevy Cavalier for sale here,” said a confused older gentleman at the entrance to the Gooding tent on Saturday morning. In the interest of customer service, the Gooding guy even checked the consignment list just to make sure. Kirsten Onoday Art Director Car I lusted for: 1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S at Gooding. At the risk of sounding like Paris Hilton, “that's hot.” Car I would kick to the curb: The two-tone purple with painted-on wicker 1948 Cadillac Series 62 Saoutchik Cabriolet at Pebble Beach. High point: The look on David Slama's face when I accurately identified a Lamborghini Espada from across a parking lot. Low point: Asking, “Is that a new Jaguar?” and being told, “No, that's a Kia.” Overheard: “This is the only real race car here,” said a man looking at Toyota's new NASCAR racer in the Toyota tent at Laguna Seca. Ed Prisco Senior Advertising Executive Car I lusted for: 1927 Bugatti Type 35C grand prix racer from Gooding. Car I would kick to the curb: 1971 Richard Petty Plymouth Road Runner from Russo. High point: Meeting and interacting with so many great and enthusiastic car people. Low point: Rob Sass's snoring. Overheard: Contributor Raymond Milo, who's 1938 Peugeot crossed the Gooding block near the end of the sale: “I am getting drunk tonight. It will be because my car sold or did not sell. Either way, I am getting drunk.” Keith Martin Publisher Car I lusted for: 1935 Fiat 508S Mille Miglia with aerodynamica bodywork. Car I would kick to the curb: Any Alfa Milano at Concorso. I sold them new and they are still the ugliest, worst built cars on the planet. Except maybe an Alfetta sedan automatic. High point: The display of Voisins at Pebble. Usually I defer to Diane Brandon when it comes to taste, but I think she still had her sleeping shades on when she looked at them (see above). Low point: All the poseurs revving up their F430s all weekend long, thinking they were in special cars. Overheard: On the 18th fairway, a wife asked: “Are these cars all for sale?” Her husband responded: “No, not till next year when they put them up at the Blackhawk Exposition tent.”u Sports Car Market


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SCMers at Pebble Beach Anthony Angotti—Westport, CT 1954 Porsche 356 Reutter Speedster Thomas E. & Susan Armstrong—Issaquah, WA 1953 Cunningham C-3 Vignale coupe 1st in Class Stephen Babinsky—Lebanon, NJ 1925 Packard 236 Merrimac coupe Robert & Sandra Bahre—Oxford, ME 1947 Delahaye 135 M Figoni & Falaschi cabriolet Joe Barone—Blairstown, NJ 1968 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale Scaglione/ Marazzi coupe, 1st in Class Ronald & Carol Benach—Lake Forest, IL 1949 Delahaye 175 S Saoutchik coupe, 1st in Class Ann Bothwell—Woodland Hills, CA 1913 Peugeot L-45 race car Stephan F. Brauer—Bridgeton, MO 1956 Bentley S1 H.J. Mulliner drophead coupe Barry Briskman—Scottsdale, AZ 1937 MG SA Charlesworth tourer Martin & Sandra Button—Carmel, CA 1928 OM Tipo 665 tourer Bernie Carl—Washington, DC 1970 American Motors AMX/3 coupe Bettina Chandler—Oxnard, CA 1931 Lincoln K Waterhouse convertible victoria William N. Chapin—Sewickley, PA 1955 Kurtis 500S roadster, 1st in Class Bob & Ellen Cole—Walnut Creek, CA 1931 Voisin C20 Simoun demi-berline Stephan & Ann Cortinovis—St. Louis, MO 1959 OSCA 372 FS Morelli spider Keith Crain—Detroit, MI 1930 Duesenberg J Murphy convertible coupe Paul Emple—Rancho Santa Fe, CA 1933 Minerva Type AL Van den Plas cabriolet Jim & Evelyn Fasnacht—Houston, TX 1931 Cord L-29 cabriolet James Feldman—Portland, OR 1938 AC 16/90 Competition sports roadster Ed Godshalk—Newberg, OR 1925 Amilcar CGS Duval Sport Peter Hageman—Kirkland, WA 1930 Bentley Speed 6 Hooper tourer Ron Hein—Los Angeles, CA 1953 Siata 208S roadster, 1st in Class Lee Herrington—Bow, NH 1957 Ferrari 410 SA “4.9 Superfast” Pinin Farina coupe, 1st in Class Robert J. Herron III—Sunset Beach, CA 1941 Packard 1908 LeBaron coupe Mark Hyman—St. Louis, MO 1937 Delahaye 135 M Figoni & Falaschi Torpedo cabriolet Michael D. Kadoorie—Hong Kong 1939 Lagonda V12 Rapide Arturo & Deborah Keller—Petaluma, CA 1909 Mercedes Simplex tourer 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn Kurier coupe, 1st in Class 1935 Voisin C28 Aerosport coupe, 1st in Class Robert M. Lee—Sparks, NV 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Boano cabriolet 1930 Bentley 4 1/2-liter Gurney Nutting DHC 1931 Daimler Double-Six 50 Corsica DHC, Best of Show Joe MacPherson—Tustin, CA 1923 Miller 122 race car, 1st in Class Ken & Patty McBride—Seattle, WA 1932 Packard 904 Dietrich convertible victoria, 1st in Class Tom J. McGough Jr.—Shoreview, MN 1963 ATS 2500 GT Scaglione/Allemano coupe Sam & Emily Mann—Englewood, NJ 1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Cann London to Edinburgh tourer John W. Marriott—Bethesda, MD 1938 Darracq/Talbot-Lago T150C Figoni & Falaschi cabriolet 1950 Allard J2 Roadster Antonius Meijer—St. Etienne Du Gres, FRA 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster Don & Diane Meluzio—York, PA 1959 Fiat Abarth Zagato coupe Bruce Meyer—Beverly Hills, CA 1957 Ferrari 625 TRC Scaglietti Spyder James W. Millegan—Lake Oswego, OR 1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III H.J. Mulliner All Weather, 1st in Class Bruce D. Milner—Los Angeles, CA 1970 Monteverdi Hai 450 SS Fissore coupe Charles H. Morse—Seattle, WA 1919 Turcat Mery Million-Guiet Torpedo skiff, 1st in Class 1951 Delahaye 235 Letourneur & Marchand cabriolet John & Heather Mozart—Palo Alto, CA 1911 Cole Series 30 Model L speedster 1930 Deusenberg J Murphy convertible coupe 1931 Deusenberg J Murphy convertible coupe Peter & Merle Mullin—Los Angeles, CA 1939 Delahaye 165 Figoni & Falaschi cabriolet, 1st in Class 1937 Delahaye 145 Grand Prix car, 1st in Class 1938/46 Delahaye 145 Chapron coupe 1937/46 Delahaye 145 Chapron coupe Robert W. Owens—Haverford, PA 1938 Delahaye 135 MS Figoni & Falaschi cabriolet Bill Pope—Paradise Valley, AZ 1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bertone Bolide Malcolm S. Pray, Jr.—Greenwich, CT 1937 Delahaye 135 M Figoni & Falaschi Torpedo cabriolet John W. Rich—Pottsville, PA 1948 Delahaye 135 M Figoni & Falaschi cabriolet 1939 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Labourdette “Vutotal” cabriolet Ray Scherr—Westlake Village, CA 1930 Packard 734 speedster runabout, 1st in Class Ed & Judy Schoenthaler—Oak Brook, IL 1947 Delahaye 135 M Chapron coupe Steven A. Schultz—Chicago, IL 1936 Auburn 852 speedster C. Joel Shapiro & Sharon Shapiro— Los Angeles, CA 1949 Cadillac Series 75 M. Schwartz town car John & Mary Shirley—Medina, WA 1949 Ferrari 166 MM Touring Spyder 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Scaglietti Spyder, 1st in Class Daniel & Carlos Sielecki—Acassuso, ARG 1932 Voisin C23 Gangloff berline James L. Smalley—Wauna, WA 1932 Lincoln KB LeBaron convertible roadster, 1st in Class Chuck & Carol Swimmer—San Diego, CA 1949 Bentley Mark VI Pinin Farina drophead coupe David & Ginny Sydorick—Beverly Hills, CA 1953 Fiat 8V Rapi berlinetta James W. Taylor—Gloversville, NY 1955 Jaguar D-type race car John White—Sacramento, Ca 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 SS Ghia coupe Don Williams—Danville, CA 1929 Mercedes-Benz S tourer 1967 Bizzarrini P538 coupe Steve Wolf—Boca Raton, FL 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Park Ward drophead coupe Lorenzo Zambrano—Monterrey, MEX 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT SWB Scaglietti berlinetta November 2006 65


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Market Reports Overview Monterey's $100m Magic If you came to Monterey to buy a car, you had to work pretty hard to go home empty-handed by Stefan Lomard Top sale of the weekend, 1958 Ferrari 412 S Sports Racer, which brought $5,610,000 at RM M onterey is so much more than just the sum of its many parts. More than concours and races and auctions, Monterey is a reunion, a chance for car guys and gals to reconnect with old friends, to see first hand the latest addition to this person's collection or that person's racing stable. And even though the peninsula's festivities have evolved over the years to encom- pass more than just the weekend—Christie's preview begins the week on Monday and Gooding wraps it all up on Sunday night—there is still not enough time to see and do everything. If all conflicts could be so enticing… If you came to Monterey to buy a car, you had to work hard to go home empty-handed. Last year's $79m weekend total from 374 cars sold set records across the board. So no one expected anything less heading into the third week of August, and this year's numbers speak for themselves: 514 of 616 cars sold for an 83% overall sales rate, with $100,307,333 in total receipts. At Christie's on Thursday night, Senior Analyst Dave Kinney was there to report on the action. What he found impressed him, including the eight-car consignment of important Porsches representing forty years of the marque. Each told a great story, from a 1960 356 GTL Carrera Abarth that missed the mark at $550k, to a rather lumpy but loveable 904 Carrera GTS prototype that brought a strong $565k. Bonhams & Butterfields and Kruse occupied the Friday afternoon spot, the former alongside The Quail, the latter accompanying Concorso Italiano. Donald Osborne made his way out to the Carmel Valley, where sunshine and caviar reigned supreme at The Quail, and a fine $2.1m D-type Jaguar did the same within the B&B tent. The $12.4m sale proved to be the firm's best in years, easily trouncing last year's $4.5m result and besting the $10m total of 2000. Meanwhile, Brad Brioux wandered among the lots at Kruse. The Indiana company 66 has struggled to get its proper footing since joining the Monterey fray in 2004, and this year's effort didn't get them any more traction. Despite its proximity to the crowds of Concorso, the big white tent failed to draw the crowds necessary for a big result. In the end, a 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 once owned by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini earned high sale honors at $426,600. Russo and Steele expanded its sale to Friday as well as Saturday night. This led to a doubling of consignments, and the claimed 100% No-Reserve policy meant that all 156 of them sold. Across the street, RM again staked its claim to the Portola Plaza, and our man Carl Bomstead was there. Like years past, the two-night sale ruled the weekend, upping 2005's strong $30.7m total to $42.8m. The impressive 91% sell-through included the week's top seller, a 1958 Ferrari 412S that brought $5.6m. The sale represented RM's biggest of the year, easily eclipsing the results from Scottsdale, Amelia Island, and Boca Raton. Finally, Gooding & Company capped things off with its now-traditional Sunday night sale. SCM Auction marathoner Dave Kinney attended, and reports on the $21m event. Sixty-two cars changed hands. With a patina most 80-year-olds would kill for, a 1927 Bugatti Type 35C brought high sale at nearly $2.6m.u Sports Car Market


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Top10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1958 Ferrari 412 S Sports Racer, $5,610,000, RM, p. 97 2. 1928 Mercedes-Benz Type S, $3,645,000, Ch p. 84 3. 1927 Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix, $2,585,000, G, p. 72 4. 1957 Ferrari 500 TRC spider, $2,282,500, RM, p. 97 5. 1956 Jaguar D-type, $2,097,000, B, p. 114 6. 1929 Bentley Speed Six, $1,815,000, RM, p. 93 7. 1938 Delahaye 135 MS coupe, $1,712,000, B, p. 118 8. 1930 Duesenberg Model J, $1,650,000, RM, p. 98 9. 1958 Ferrari 250 GT TdF, $1,540,000, G, p. 76 10. 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis, $1,375,000, G, p. 78 Yearly Sold / Offered Summary 2000 2001 Russo & Steele Kruse Gooding Christies 98 / 112 (88%) Bonhams 38 / 69 (55%) n/a n/a n/a Total Sales 2002 59 / 92 (64%) 30 / 64 (46%) 28 / 76 (37%) n/a n/a $35,103,100 1. 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible, $39,950—Ch, p. 90 2. 1929 Duesenburg J convertible coupe, $902,000—G, p. 77 3. 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454, $44,000—RM, p. 104 4. 1947 Delahaye 135MS cabriolet, $375,500—B, p. 118 5. 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Alante Coupe, $682,000—G, p. 72 2002 Monterey By the Numbers Best Buys Top Sales 2000 2001 1966 Ferrari 330 P3, $5,616,000 Christie's 1956 Ferrari 410 Sport Spyder $3,822,500 RM Auctions 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM $6,490,000 RM Auctions 2003 2003 40 / 65 (62%) 39 / 73 (53%) 55 / 55 (100%) n/a n/a $24,523,275 2004 RM 122 / 152 (80%) 109 / 167 (65%) 126 / 183 (69%) 136 / 177 (77%) 162 / 185 (88%) 50 / 86 (58%) 30 / 70 (43%) n/a n/a n/a 29 / 37 (78%) 33 / 65 (51%) 78 / 78 (100%) 18 / 58 (31%) 44 / 58 (76%) $31,787,883 $48,281,155 2005 138 / 153 (90%) 34 / 72 (47%) 46 / 82 (56%) 79 / 79 (100%) 15 / 57 (26%) 62 / 76 (82%) Total Sold / Offered 258 / 333 (77%) 189 / 323 (59%) 243 / 415 (59%) 270 / 370 (73%) 364 / 481 (76%) 374 / 519 (72%) $53,547,508 $79,079,694 Sales Totals $50m $40m $30m $20m $10m RM Auctions Christie's Bonhams & Butterfields SCM 1-6 Scale Condition Rating: November 2006 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 Russo & Steele 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 2006 188 / 206 (91%) 34 / 50 (68%) 56 / 69 (81%) 156 / 156 (100%) 18 / 57 (32%) 62 / 78 (79%) 514 / 616 (83%) $100,560,933 2004 1936 Duesenberg SJ Speedster $4,455,000 Gooding & Company 2005 1967 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART Spyder $3,960,000 Gooding & Company 2006 1958 Ferrari 412 S sports racer $5,610,000 RM Auctions 1956 Ferrari 860 Monza $2,057,001 RM Auctions Kruse International Gooding & Company 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts 67


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Column Author Gooding & Company Pebble Beach, CA The Pebble Beach Auction After only three years at Monterey, the Gooding event shows what good organization, great cars, and excellent people skills can bring to an auction Company Gooding & Company Date August 20, 2006 Location Pebble Beach, CA Auctioneer Charlie Ross Automotive lots sold / offered 62 / 78 Sales rate 79% Sales total $21,168,400 High sale 1927 Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix, sold at $2,585,000 Buyer's premium 10% (included in sold prices) Everything turns to gold in Monterey Report and photos by Dave Kinney Market opinions in italics I Pebble Beach, CA n the scheme of Monterey events, Gooding & Company's Sunday night auction serves as the wrapup, the final curtain, and the last chance to meet and greet in what has become the most important week on the collector car calendar. Gooding & Company has quickly become a tour de force in the domestic auction business. After only three years at Monterey, the Gooding event shows what good organization, great cars, and excellent people skills can bring to an auction. Owner David Gooding is approachable, affable, and knowledgeable—three important traits to bring with you when establishing an auction business. Once again, the sale was staged at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center. And once again, the 6:00 pm start meant attendees could make a leisurely stroll up the hill from Pebble Beach's legendary 18th fairway and the sparkling sheen of the Concours d'Elegance. The auction featured just two more cars than last year (78 vs. 76), with $21,168,400 sold this year compared to last year's $22,062,950. Auctioneer Charlie Ross had his hands full in keeping the attention of the crowd, as many auction-goers had early morning planes to catch—at airports three hours away from Monterey. As the clock struck eleven, only the most hardy of attendees were still paying attention to the cars crossing the block. 68 Notable sales included some truly elegant motor cars such as the Bugatti Type 57C Aravis drophead coupe, which sold for $1,375,000. Even more impressively, a lively 1927 Type 37C—the cover car of the auction catalog—found a new home for a sale-high $2,585,000. If Ferraris were more to your taste, two 365 Daytonas did quite well, with a drop-top GTS/4 bringing $2,000 shy of three-quarters of a million dollars at $748,000, and a hot rodded GTB/4—formerly owned by Bill Harrah—hammering sold at $341,000. Nothing sold below $20,000, and the six cars that man- aged to make it in below $30,000 included a 1972 BMW 3.0CS, a 1949 Crosley wagon, a 1951 Fiat Topolino, a 1964 Ford Thunderbird coupe, a 1912 Ford Model T roadster, and a 1950 VW Beetle cabriolet. Fun, yes, and a great event as well. Just as important, the impressive sales result was achieved by selling a lot of cars at decent prices, rather than pinning 25% or more of the results on one big item. But cars aside, from a strictly human interest point of view, after so many days of sensory overload, David Gooding and his auction should consider starting earlier, accepting fewer cars, or moving them through faster. Besides, I'd hate to see what the Pebble Beach Company would charge for roll-away beds in the auction room.u Sports Car Market


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Gooding & Company Pebble Beach, CA Column Author ENGLISH #41-1935 BENTLEY 3 1/2-LITER three-window coupe. S/N B174DG. Eng. # D7BZ. Black/black. RHD. Odo: 86,002 miles. Coachwork by Kellner of Paris. Very good quality paintwork shows age wear and cracks at the running boards, but remains in the very good category. Brightwork is good to excellent, most comes in at very good. Good interior AT $56,100. I can't prove it, but I believe I remember this car from the early 1970s when it was two-tone gray. Very handsome coachwork. I say this car was very well bought and perhaps one of the bargains of the weekend. It's eligible for many events, and drives more like a modern car than you might think. wood is pleasant but aged, nice cloth seats are well trimmed. Pleasant more than beautiful, a good look. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $308,000. Somehow this car had more of a business like appearance than many other French-bodied cars of its era, certainly not the boutique design often seen. Nonetheless, a very handsome example that brought a handsome price. #85-1939 BENTLEY 4 1/4-LITER Vanvooren pillarless saloon. S/N B3MX. Eng. # B7BN. French Blue/black leather. RHD. Odo: 76,834 miles. Coachwork by Vanvooren. A sunroof coupe in a style remininscent of the post-war Mk VI. Nice coachwork with good attention to detail, now showing a good bit of wear including chips to the paint at door and hood edges. Outside mounted rear spare, found on TDs at auction. Very nicely fitted interior, good dash and gauges. Leather very nice, but not fresh. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $31,900. Sounds expensive, but it's really not. Making an average one this nice would cost you what the new owner paid. Absolutely spoton market-correct price, like it or not. #46-1954 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N S675858. Eng. # F3945-85. Black/red leather. Odo: 272 miles. A very nice presentation showing very good paintwork and brightwork. Good headrest fairing and metal tonneau cover over the passenger seat. Excellently turned-out interior features beauti- very unusual style to the externally exposed rear door hinge. Interior is unusually done with no exposed wood on the dash or door caps, and not what is expected in a Bentley of the era. Instead, all is trimmed with leather. NOT SOLD AT $125,000. A British Bentley, French style. One of the many paint flaws that needed attention was at the right rear door, where someone carelesssly overextended the door's range. The high bid seemed like plenty of money to me, but the seller thought otherwise. #30-1950 BENTLEY MK VI coupe. S/N B181HP. Putty gray & silver/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 29,785 miles. Older restoration. Solid paintwork with good chrome, light pitting is easy to spot. Handsome leather has light patina, wood is in need of attention. A used example, not a show queen. Cond: 3-. SOLD 70 well done. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $269,500. The 3.8-liter 150s are exceedingly rare, with only 89 built. As such, they are highly desirable for those who want a touch more performance in their 150 drophead. This was over-the-top money. I would not be surprised to learn that two or more high-powered bidders duked each other out. #92-1961 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD II saloon. S/N LSXC271. Masons black/tan leather. Odo: 96,675 miles. A nothing-special Cloud II with the two most desirable features—LHD and air conditioning. Decent paint, good chrome, very good glass. Good wood on the dash and door caps shows #43-1952 MG TD roadster. S/N 10875. Green/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 51,978 miles. A happy TD in ready-to-show and ready-torun visual condition. Very clean underhood, well-done paint is much better than recently #94-1959 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD I drophead convertible. S/N LSHF169. Eng. # SF84. Black/red. Odo: 51,902 miles. Coachwork by James Young. An older restoration with good paint, some scratches. Very good chrome, again showing age. Interior is full of patina, aged wood, and leather, with good character lines. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $255,000. A decent example of a rare body style, just not the flavor of the week for buyers at this moment. The Cloud I was the end of the line for the fabled RollsRoyce six, and some collectors prefer them to the later V8s. #67-1960 JAGUAR XK 150S 3.8 drophead coupe. S/N T838651DN. Eng. # VAS11019. British Racing Green/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 65,587 miles. Excellent paint, excellent brightwork. Very good gaps. A pleasing example throughout. Very good leather, excellent dash shows decent gauge faces. Generally ful leather, well-fitted carpets. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $148,500. From the powdercoated frame to the expertly detailed engine compartment, this car's restoration made it a star. The headrest and tonneau cover are icing on the cake, and what the high-end buyers are looking for. Almost one-third more than the low estimate, very well sold. Sports Car Market


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Gooding & Company Pebble Beach, CA Column Author no issues, leather is past patina and into the heavily cracked stages. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $55,000. I'm waiting in the shadow to see if these high numbers spur other buyers to get in the spirit of paying more for Clouds. It might dawn on some that these cars are too cheap. Not here—this Cloud was fully priced and then some in today's marketplace. #34-1963 JAGUAR XKE Series I convert- ible. S/N 879628. Red/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 64,156 miles. Very good paint and brightwork, one stone chip to the windshield, very nice wire wheels. Nicely done leather, console shows light use wear and a few dings. Not you found little disappointing bits. Certainly not a show car, which limits its appeal. This car was fully priced for its condition, even though it was sold for less than its low estimate. FRENCH #36-1927 GEORGES IRAT cabriolet. S/N 2773. Ivory/brown/brown. Odo: 15,711 km. Coachwork by Pourtout. Pleasingly done but not overdone. Very nice paintwork might not be fresh but looks good, brightwork appears to be largely nickel-plated, very subtle and well done. Expertly trimmed interior leather. Woodwork is done at the expert cabinet-maker new, still nice. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $85,800. Market-correct price. Described as a matching-numbers example, and red with tan leather never hurts. Not quite nice enough to win a national show, it still would make the competition at a local show take notice. I think it might be retired to touring at this point. #65-1964 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III saloon. S/N LSFU103. Masons black & garnet/tan leather. Odo: 20,232 miles. Very good paint, now appearing slightly aged and used. Excellent chrome, all glass is very good excepting a small flaw to the rear window, not bad enough to replace. Interior is similar to patina are matched. Inside has a good look as well; the leather-trimmed dash looks tres chic, overall a pleasing look to the interior. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $1,375,000. Well documented ownership history, said to be one of three remaining Aravis cars. A very pleasing body style, very well set up for touring with the dual overhead cam motor. Sold under the estimate, it seemed well priced—but not a bargain. #64-1938 BUGATTI TYPE 57 Atalante coupe. S/N 57633463. Eng. # 463. Black & purple/black leather. RHD. Odo: 98 level. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $170,000. That's the good news, the bad news was that the motor appears to be a BMW unit, close but not correct. This was discovered just hours before the sale by the Gooding staff and obviously had an effect on the sale's result. Still worth the high bid, but not too much more. TOP 10 No. 3 #44-1927 BUGATTI TYPE 35C Grand Prix racer. S/N 4889. Eng. # 152. Blue/black. RHD. Very much an older the outside, very well done leather and wood with light aging. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $68,200. Quite expensive for today's market. This deal could be duplicated easily for $10,000 less in a number of places. They're big, they look expensive, and they are not particularly finicky. #83-1964 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 MK III convertible. S/N HBJ8L25959. Eng. # 29KRUH929. Light blue & white/blue vinyl/ blue. Odo: 86,741 miles. A good look, but not a perfect example. Big sin number one is paintwork done without removing the windshield gasket. Decent paint, plenty of sparkling chrome. Other trim and body jewelry remains nice, welldone interior shows very good wood, dash, and vinyl. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $70,400. Pleasing to look at, but the more you looked the more 72 survivor with a nice patina. Fair paint, fair brightwork. Interior looks to have its original dirt, a very good look. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $2,585,000. Delivered new to Spain, it spent most of its life there until it was brought to the U.S. in 1961. Very complete history to a car with a great presence. The catalog and door gaps, excellent leather. Restoration completed in 2005, it still remains fresh. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $682,000. Color choice aside, a stunningly beautiful example. Pressed into service in London for the French Corps Diplomatique, it stayed in Europe until the late 1980s. Equipped with Lockheed hydraulic brakes, it was said to be custom ordered and had some modifications from the cataloged style, including one-off rear bodywork. Well bought. #52-1939 DELAHAYE 135MS Grand states that it's “consistently numbered as constructed by Bugatti in 1927,” which is a nice way of saying matching numbers. Sale comes complete with weather equipment including Sport roadster. S/N 60158. Eng. # 60158. Black/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 281 km. Coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi. A pleasing restoration, the catalog states that it is fresh, but I would have pegged it for a few years old. Very nice brightwork coupled with good paint. Very good trim outside, inside is well fitted and Sports Car Market km. Coachwork by Gangloff. An excellent appearing example. Beautiful paintwork is both expertly applied and well presented, with no scratches found even under bright lights. Excellent brightwork. Beautiful wood dash fenders, bracket work, and lights. Expensive, but worth it. #38-1938 BUGATTI TYPE 57C Aravis drophead coupe. S/N 57710. Eng. # 510. Dark blue/black cloth/light blue. RHD. Odo: 130 km. Coachwork by Gangloff of Colmar, designed by Jean Bugatti. Some light scratches to very well done paint; its age is showing in places. Very good brightwork, complete and well done. Very good trim, all the wear and


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Gooding & Company Pebble Beach, CA nice, but not fresh. Beautiful dash shows excellent detail. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $1,100,000. A beautiful example very nicely commissioned and executed. Very few Delahayes make it into the million-plus club, but this example undoubtedly deserves to be a member. Coachwork makes all the difference on Delahayes, and this one is falls among the prettiest. #88-1950 TALBOT-LAGO T26 Record coupe. S/N 102018. Eng. # 6893. Light & dark maroon/red ostrich & leather. RHD. Odo: 33,316 km. Coachwork by Chapron. Very nice paint, some light scratches. Excellent chrome, some gaskets are fresh while others are not. Glass is good but has light scratching. Excellent leather, good wood. Nice, but not perfect. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $95,000. Part of me wants to attribute this no-sale result to the fact that by this time in the sale, the audience had dwindled, and many were at their hotel packing for their return flight home. One could also make the argument that a sub-$100,000 result was all this car was worth. GERMAN #72-1950 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE cabriolet. S/N 10176606. Green & cream/light cream cloth/cream cloth. Odo: 1,820 miles. Older restoration with plenty of use and age wear. Good paint is lifting in places, and shows plenty of chips. Good top has fade. Cloth seats show wear. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $27,500. Even though the low estimate was extremely aggressive at $40,000, this Beetle in this condition looks retail-correct from here. Had the car been fresher, I could see a higher price. It's going to take a good bit of recommissioning to make this Beetle shine like new again. #81-1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SC coupe. S/N 1880146500166. Eng. # 1999806500120. Dark blue/gray leather. Odo: 47,479 km. One of 98 made. Excellent paintwork, brightwork, and glass. Very good fit and finish overall. Excellently done leather, the interior is nicely fitted and shows well. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $275,000. Sold at top of the estimate money, getting dangerously close to what one would expect to pay for an open car. These cars were extremely well put together when new and are as solid a driving experience as anything from the 1950s. November 2006 73


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Gooding & Company Pebble Beach, CA Column Author #99-1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Gullwing coupe. S/N 1980406500022. Eng. #1989801000280. Red/fawn leather. Odo: 85,552 km. Paintwork decent, brightwork is good but the non-chrome trim could stand a full polish. Polished rims with painted centers, a good look ruined by over enthusiastic Armor-All application on the tires. Interior shows light wear but remains quite nice. A Inside shows very correct, excellent wood, carpets, and steering wheel. Excellent leather is just the right shade of semi-dull red. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $83,600. I liked the quality and style of this restoration—well done, but not overdone. Mid-'90s restoration by Precision Autoworks of New Jersey; it's holding up very well. Well bought. #75-1960 PORSCHE 356B Super 90 coupe. S/N 108921. Eng. # 800101. White/red cloth & vinyl. Odo: 29,280 miles. A well-loved example with cosmetic needs. Excellent patina throughout. A sunroof coupe with some wideness to the bottom of the doors, much older repaint, some chips and scratches. Inside shows excellent gaps on doors, hood, and trunk. Good patina to the leather. Excellent dash, very good square weave carpets. A good overall look to what appears to be a well done example. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $81,400. Said to be a California car from new. Quite original, with what the catalog describes as “substantial sales documentation and paperwork.” Not a bargain, but actually much closer to market price than I believe most would suspect. #87-1963 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL convertible. S/N 19804210003192. Eng. # 19898210000097. Red/white hardtop/tan leather. Odo: 64,950 km. Alloy motor plus disc brakes, to many the ultimate 300SL Roadster. Very good paint shows well, only very light scratches can be found. Excellent chrome, some brightwork might look better with a bit nicely achieved driver-condition look. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $346,500. The paintwork had seen better days. My guess is that this was the final full shine to be achieved before dullness became permanent. It had plenty of needs that could have been addressed during restoration, but for now, no big deal. The incorrect motor is a big deal, however, and will always limit the top dollar achieved by this car. Still, not too bad. Almost well bought. #70-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SC cabriolet. S/N 188137500031. Eng. # 1989807500026. Black/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 25,951 km. Another excellent restoration, beautiful paintwork. Top is well fitted, brightwork is correct and offers no problems. wear but remains nice. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $51,700. More of a shocker than a surprise. Duplicating this result will be extremely tough. Yes, it's the first Super 90 ever built, but with these needs, it's going to take the price paid or more to make it into a #1 car. #58-1962 PORSCHE 356B twin-grille roadster. S/N 89753. Eng. # 700369. Black/ tan/tan. Odo: 70,840 miles. A very nice presentation. Near perfect paint, flawless brightwork, all gaps appear to be excellent. Very well fitted interior. All is executed to a show standard, a more polish, but no harm done. Good glass includes the factory hardtop. Very good leather and a nice dash. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $396,000. No surprises here, this late SL brought within estimate and a market-correct range. The market continues to separate the early cars from the late. The disc-brake cars are universally lauded as more roadable than the earlier drum-brake version. #78-1967 VOLKSWAGEN WESTFALIA camper. S/N 237134798. White/tan vinyl. Odo: 75,613 miles. Very good paint, good trim as well. Not much chrome to speak of, but what's there is good. Excellent glass, overall a clean and well put-together presentation. The Westfalia interior is just as nice as the exterior, a job well done. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $49,500. Inside shows as new, beautiful leather, excellent wood. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $418,000. Expensive, but likely worth it to the longterm investor. Equipped with fitted luggage and what's described as the full factory tool roll—important accessories to have in a car that is otherwise this complete. Well done—the best always costs the most. #45-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 220SE cabriolet. S/N 12803029501401. Eng. # 2798300809. Gray & off white/red leather. Odo: 52,050 miles. Well done restoration. Excellent paint and brightwork, superb glass. very complete and well put-together example. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $140,800. Prices on all open Porche 356s have been more than creeping up in the past year, and this car takes that creep to a full jump. Yes, it's expensive, but in this market it's likely worth all the money. #51-1963 PORSCHE 356B Super cabrio- let. S/N 157541. Eng. # P704474. Blue/black cloth/gray leather. Odo: 84,299 miles. Very good paint, excellent brightwork. Very good to Anyone still left in the audience by the time this car came up was waiting to see if lightning could strike twice. Alas, no bidding war broke out and no $90,000+ bids could be found. Sad in a way, as this represents huge money for a camper, but the headlines have already been stolen by last year's silliness. #24-1972 BMW 3.0 CS coupe. S/N 2240016. Silver/blue leather. Odo: 97,339 miles. Seen here last year. Good paint, good brightwork, some bubbling is easy to find. Air conditioning, sun roof. Blaupunkt AM/FM stereo. Interior is still very clean with original 74 Sports Car Market


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Gooding & Company Pebble Beach, CA Column Author #73-1947 CISITALIA 202 SPIDER Nuvolari roadster. S/N 011SMM. Eng. # TIPO204019. Red/none/gray leather & cloth. RHD. Older restoration, well used. Pleasing but not perfect paint, brightwork bits have some wear. Good trim. Decent fit to the plexiglass windscreen. Interior is well loved, plenty of wear shown everywhere. A good presentation throughout. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $385,000. leather, very nice wood, decent carpets. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $23,100. Reported sold at last year's auction for $26,400 (SCM #38885), this year it brought a few thousand less. I'm not sure if there is a story behind this, or if someone just decided that the car was not for them—but the miles remain the same as one year ago. #53-2006 FISKER TRAMONTO convertible. S/N WDBSK76F36F116644. Silver/ saddle tan leather. A new car with delivery miles. Excellent fit and finish to the exterior, all paintwork and chrome is excellent. Interior is excellent as expected, with very nicely done large exposed stitching to the saddle tan leather. wheelbase Tour de France. This car had a great story to tell, which included being abandoned at an airport and later sold by the French tax authorities to pay an outstanding debt. With a well-known provenance and quite stunning coachwork, $1.5 million did not surprise. #62-1964 MASERATI 3500 GT coupe. S/N AM1012718. Eng. # 12222. Dark metallic silver/red leather. Odo: 49,012 km. Good paint, now showing some bubbles in places. Chrome is nice, not fresh but plenty shiny, dry gaskets. Very good leather on the seats, light wear to the driver's side. Dash displays all the proper Titled as a 1946. A vintage racer that happened to have exotic bodywork, or an exotic car that happened to have been vintage raced—no matter, it's Mille Miglia and Colorado Grand eligible. Expensive for its condition—as a matter of fact, it's just downright expensive. Perhaps this is where the market is moving. #95-1951 FIAT TOPOLINO coupe. S/N 298013. Eng. # 497132. Green/gray. Odo: 37,930 km. Well-presented paint, not a great job but good enough. Good brightwork, trim is there but not all is well fitted. Good cloth Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $240,000. Don't let anybody tell you otherwise—there was a Mercedes-Benz SL600 underneath that nicelooking body. Plenty of carbon fiber pieces went into making the exterior, and the interior was very nicely fitted with beautiful leather and appointments. Said to be one of only 150 built. ITALIAN #55-1937 MASERATI 6CM Monoposto Voiturette race car. S/N 1540. Eng. # 1540. Red/black leather. Coachwork by Fantuzzi. Older repaint, then used in vintage events, with 2004 and 2005 entry tags present. Inside and out are a good match, with a nice patina throughout. Plenty of age wear evident on top is a roll-back style sunroof, nice interior shows well with light wear. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $22,000. Cute often sells cars, and few cars are cuter than the Topolinos. This overboard price has bought someone bucketloads of cute. It's nice, but give me two decent BMW 2002s instead. TOP 10 No. 9 #68-1958 FERRARI 250 GT LWB Tour de France berlinetta. S/N 0933. Gold/red leather. Odo: 48,603 km. Coachwork de- signed by Pininfarina, constructed by Scaglietti. Great use wear is equal in all places, the car's patina matches from front to rear. Paint quality was excellent, now just good. Plexiglass rear window shows scratches. Decent brightwork. Older leather looks great in the mix, very nice dash. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $1,540,000. The patina really added to the appeal of this long brightwork, overall the way a semi-retired racer should look. Gauges not all matching in clean, functional dash. All business and well trimmed. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $726,000. Really quite a car. Some could make an argument that it was a bit underpriced. With its good ownership history and pleasing bodystyle, let's just call this fairly bought. 76 gauges, excellent carpet. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $60,500. Had this car been done to a nicer standard, I'd have no argument with the sales price, so let's just call this expensive for the condition. It's still fitted with its Lucas fuel injection system—insert your own insensitive British engineering joke here. #86-1970 LAMBORGHINI MIURA P400S coupe. S/N 4027. Eng. # 30355. Red/tan leather. Odo: 55,783 km. Excellent paint, with a few light buff marks. Excellent brightwork, great glass and gaskets with the exception of some windshiled pitting. The restoration appears professional. The interior is well done with excellent leather and a very tidy dash. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $340,000. I'm still having big trouble believing that someone turned down this high bid. Miuras have been big movers this summer; just a month ago this would have been a decent number for an SV. Perhaps when the dust settles the owner will be happy he waited. I say, let's remember 1991. #49-1971 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe. S/N 14169. Eng. # 251. Copper/tobacco & black leather. Odo: 31,516 miles. Ex-Bill Harrah “Hot Rod” Daytona. Excellent paintwork, some of the brightwork has scratches but is still good. Good fit to the doors, hood, and trunk. Extra-wide wheels with Goodyear raised-white-letter tires. Good mouse fur to the dash, interior leather shows well. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $341,000. Lots of obvious and hidden modifications on this car. Harrah likely had plenty of pull with the Ferrari factory as the owner of Modern Classic Motors in Reno. With a fresh Bob Sports Car Market


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Gooding & Company Pebble Beach, CA pricing. Said to have been given a complete mechanical restoration in 2000. Expensive, but likely where the market is going, should the economy hold. #40-1974 FERRARI 365 GT4 Berlinetta Wallace-rebuilt motor, this low-miles example brought all the money and then some. #77-1972 FERRARI 365 GTS/4 Daytona spyder. S/N 16223. Red/black leather. Odo: 33,389 miles. Coachwork designed by Pininfarina, constructed by Scaglietti. Excellent paintwork, excellent chrome, a very clean presentation. Good glass, body gaps are all in order. Use-wear to both seats, very good Boxer coupe. S/N F102AB17257. Red/black leather. Odo: 70,418 km. A nicely turned-out example showing excellent paint, very good blackout trim, good glass with no obvious issues. Mag wheels are bright, free of curb rash, and appear to be freshly polished—if not AMERICAN #32-1914 MARMON 41 speedster. S/N 30781. Eng. # 30781. White/black leather. Odo: 2,336 miles. Factory equipped with a self-starting system; the air shocks might have come later. Excellent paint, brightwork is as good or better. Very pleasing presentation, and the only exterior wear noted is to the wheel dash and console. Platinum award winner at the 2002 FCA National Concours d'Elegance in Los Angeles. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $748,000. Welcome to the new world of Daytona Spyder painted. Great trim, excellent taillights showing no fade. Clean interior is tidy but not crisp, still quite nice. Cond: 2 -. SOLD AT $123,200. Well over the already aggressive estimate, this might be the first public example of a Boxer changing hands above $100k in many, many years. They are available elsewhere for less, but the supply might dry up quicker than the experts suspect. lugs—a normal wear area. Expertly and professionally fitted interior. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $616,000. Formerly owned by Brooks Stevens, James Melton, and more recently SCMers Sam and Emily Mann. Deliciously handsome, sporting, and even rakish, an important brass era car that will look as good in 2106 as it does now. Sold well above the estimate, but I'm not going to argue with this spectacular result for a spectacular car. #71-1929 DUESENBERG J convertible coupe. S/N 2198. Eng. # J179. Black/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 49,967 miles. Coachwork by Murphy. Blue engine-turned November 2006 77


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Gooding & Company Pebble Beach, CA Column Author could be factory. Very nice interior shows only slight wear. Cond: 2 -. SOLD AT $104,500. It usually takes the 8-cylinder Woodies to crack the $100,000 mark, but this car squeaked into that class by virtue of its buyer's commission. I thought the $125,000 low estimate was too high. Just a tad over market-correct price. dash. As new or perhaps much better, excellent paint and brightwork, no issues found with any fit or gaps. A very professional and complete restoration. Auburn Cord Duesenberg Level 1 car. Original and matching numbers engine, chassis, and body. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $902,000. A visually stunning example. Not only is it an excellent restoration, it's a beautiful car as well. At a shade over $900,000, I think this is one of the best buys of the weekend, and perhaps one that will be seen as a remarkable purchase just a few years hence. #60-1934 DUESENBERG MODEL J Riviera phaeton. S/N 2550. Eng. # J440. Black & orange/black leather. Odo: 22,883 miles. Coachwork by Brunn and Company. Brian Joseph restoration. Excellent throughout, CCCA Premier Winner. Beautiful paintwork, no visible flaws found. Excellent brightwork, all well done. Interior is well fitted and done to #35-1948 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY Woody convertible. S/N 7407068. Newport blue/tan. Odo: 16,476 miles. Excellent paint and world class wood, polished to a glasslike finish. Excellent brightwork, with only one tiny divot found on the rear bumper. The interior is as nice as I have ever seen, straight lines, well-fitted, with excellent chrome and SOLD AT $35,000. I know Road Jets are rare, but not here, as no fewer than three showed up for possible sale. Lots of needs here, and a full restoration is in order. A little more than the Muntz market can bear at this point. TOP 10 No. 10 #57-1955 LINCOLN INDIANAPOLIS Exclusive Study coupe. S/N 58WA10902. Orange/white & black leather. Odo: 268 miles. Coachwork by Boano. George Jetson, your car is ready! Very fresh and complete restoration of a totally outragous car—I love it. Excellent paint and brightwork. Very good glass. Excellent interior. Jim Cox restoration. paint to the dash. Slight wear to the driver's seat. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $198,000. Just when I noticed some weakening in the Town & Country market, this car comes along and shores it up. Yes, the restoration is done to a standard the folks at Chrysler never saw, but with maintenance always a paramount issue on wood-bodied cars, why not start out near perfection? Expensive, but likely worth it. a jewel-like quality. Sighting down the sides is like looking into a mirror. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $1,210,000. It's not often you find true #1 cars at auction, but this car met that standard. One of three Brunn Riviera Phaetons, this open 4door body style looks best in this color combination. Sold within the estimate. Duesenbergs have regained some of their lost value, so this could turn out to be an excellent buy. #42-1939 CHEVROLET MASTER DELUXE Woody wagon. S/N JA033614. Metallic light brown/tan vinyl/brown leatherette. Odo: 77,521 miles. Very good paint, very good chrome. Vinyl top is expertly fitted. Wood is also very well done, well-fitted and with a good polish. Some slight mismatch to the graining, but I can't call the car out for that as it #69-1949 CROSLEY Woody wagon. S/N CD101644. Blue/blue & plaid cloth & vinyl. Odo: 32,443 miles. Decent paint, nice wood sides. Chrome is good as well, a good presentation accentuated with lots of '50s props to look Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,375,000. Premiered at the 1950 Turin Motor Show, the car was said to have become the property of Henry Ford II at that point, and was rumored to have been owned by Errol Flynn. This car easily surpasses the outrageousness of the Chrysler Ghia concepts of the same era. In comparison, the price seems downright reasonable. See the American Profile on pg. 54. #80-1965 SHELBY GT350 R fastback. S/N SFM5R108. White/black vinyl. Odo: 3 miles. 289-ci, 4-bbl, 4-sp. An ex-race car that looks the part. Fair quality paint with lots of wear. Full race, plexi windows. Full roll cage, race gauges. Campaigned by Pedro Rodriguez and Freddy Van Beuren, it was the as if it's being used for cross-country travel. Decent interior shows well. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $27,500. The vendor is well known for taking yard sale finds of questionable value, stacking them on cute cars, and getting all the money he can. Well done; he beat the price guides by nearly double. #100-1953 MUNTZ ROAD JET. S/N 53525. Black/gray vinyl/burnt orange. Odo: 30,310 miles. Much older paintwork, most of the chrome is pitted. Complete but with plenty of needs, more of a restoration candidate than ready to be called a survivor. Great, well-worn '50s interior has a persistent odor. Complete gauges, not really nice but a great look. Cond: 4. 78 1967 B Production Champion. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $748,000. It was only a few months ago— ar RM Amelia Island—that we came within $10,000 of having the first ever million-dollar Mustang, another GT350 R. The history is different, as all race cars differ, but someone felt this car was worth about a quarter of a million dollars less.u Sports Car Market


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Morris & Welford, llc SPECIALIST HISTORIC CAR CONSULTANTS AND BROKERS Emerson Fittipaldi, 3rd, Brands Hatch Race of Champions, March 1974. 1973 McLaren M23 F1 Chassis Number M23/004 is the ex Jacky Ickx / Peter Revson / Emerson Fittipaldi M23 McLaren that in 1973 finished 3rd at the Nürburgring (Ickx), 3rd at Monza (Revson), 1st at the Canadian GP at Mosport Park (Revson) and 5th at the US GP Watkins Glen (Revson). For the 1974 season and with Texaco-Marlboro sponsorship, World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi drove it to 3rd in the Race of Champions at Brands Hatch and then Denny hulme took it to Silverstone for the International Trophy. Offered with impeccable history and having had only two owners since being a factory team car, fully prepped and race ready. Other Cars Available 1927 BNC Supercharged Two Seat Open Sports 1935 Jaguar SS 90 1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton 1937/40 Alvis 8C ‘Barson Special' 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet by Letourneur & Marchand 1954 Kurtis 500KK 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL ‘Gullwing' 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupe by Mulliner 1962 Kellison Corvette 1984 Porsche 956 Group C / GTP 1986 Ferrari Testarossa Miles Morris Connecticut Phone: 203 222 3862 Fax: 203 222 3863 Cell: 203 722 3333 E-mail: miles@morrisandwelford.com Malcolm Welford California Phone: 714 434 8562 Fax: 714 434 8155 Cell: 949 500 0585 E-mail: malcolm@morrisandwelford.com www.morrisandwelford.com Photo: LAT Archive


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Christie's Monterey, CA Column Author Exceptional Motor Cars With only 50 cars entered, even those of us with short attention spans were able to concentrate on the task at hand and wait for the final hammer Company Christie's Date August 17, 2006 Location Monterey, CA Auctioneer Dermot Chichester Automotive lots sold / offered 34 / 50 Sales rate 68% Sales total $9,613,538 High sale 1928 Mercedes-Benz Type S by Saoutchik, sold at $3,645,000 Buyer's premium “Let's see... I'll take the Porsche” Report and photos by Dave Kinney Market opinions in italics F Monterey, CA or the third year in a row, Christie's served as the lead-off auction for what has become a full week of automotive festivities on the Monterey Peninsula. With a Wednesday preview day and a Thursday evening sale, attracting a crowd before the weekend was not difficult. Both the preview day and the day of the sale brought the picture-perfect weather to which we long-term Monterey attendees have become accustomed. The venue, an otherwise empty aircraft hangar at the Monterey Airport, lent itself well to the Christie's style of auction. Unlike most other Christie's events, the cars were actually driven onto the stage during the event—quite different from the British norm. I'm actually envious of the Christie's staff—they got to enjoy the weekend, as their toughest work was behind them as most of the other events were just gearing up. After all, Monterey is as much about seeing friends and networking as it is about business. Christie's also tried something a little different this year by having its star car—a 1928 Mercedes-Benz Type S with Saoutchik coachwork—as its final offering of the evening. Like many other auction companies, Christie's interspersed big- and small-dollar cars throughout the sale. With only 50 cars entered, even those of us with short attention spans were able to concentrate on the task at hand and wait for the final hammer. The plan proved successful, as the big Mercedes changed hands for a 80 strong $3,645,000, setting the tone for a weekend of big spending. Other highlight cars included a 1972 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV that sold for a very healthy $477,000, and a 1967 Michelotti-bodied Ferrari 330 2+2 that brought its former owner an eye-popping $345,000. The sale was resplendent with Porsches of all eras, including a consignment of eight cars spanning 40 years of racing and road car history. Seven of them found new homes, including the 1972 911 RS Prototype, which sold for $334,000, and a cosmetically challenged but oddly irresistible 1963 Porsche 904 that brought $565,000. All the fun didn't happen in the upper brackets, how- ever, as a 1939 La Salle coupe brought a bargain basement $11,750. Keeping in the Cadillac family, a 1957 Eldorado Biarritz convertible once owned by the late bassist for The Who, John Entwistle, brought just $39,950, pegging it as one of the bargains of the entire weekend. Notable no-sales included the 1960 Porsche 356 GTL Carrera Abarth that failed at $550,000, as well as a 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III Phase II, which was bid to $52,000, but stalled out before meeting its reserve. With this year's sales results of $9,613,538—up from last year's $9,514,413—Christie's did well once again in setting the stage for the rest of the weekend. With an exciting consignment list staggered to keep the bids coming, the British firm succeeded in cementing its reputation as the place to be to kick off the weekend right. u Sports Car Market 17.5% under $200,000, 10% thereafter (included in sold prices)


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Christie's Monterey, CA Column Author ENGLISH #13-1932 MG J2 roadster. S/N J2679. Light & dark red/tan cloth/red leather. RHD. Odo: 235 miles. Much older restoration, not up to today's standards—plus, it's seen plenty of use and wear. Exterior chrome is fair to good, but nothing correct for the mid-'60s than mid-'50s; still, not a bad custom touch. Nice interior, tidy with nice leather, excellent carpets. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $28,200. I was not sure this car would get close to its estimate—but it got close enough. #3+ money for a #3- car, an optimist would say the owner bought too soon rather than paid too much. #14-1958 MORRIS MINOR convertible. S/N FCA4105732. Eng. # H64143. Red/black soft top/red vinyl. Odo: 1,348 miles. Very appealing with excellent paint and brightwork, a good job was done with very good fit and finish throughout. Interior is quite original and well somewhere so your friends will notice it. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $27,025. The advertising graphics were very cleverly replaced with a Jaguar marque and crest, and signage on the door referred to the Jaguar racing department. With all the auction frequent flyer miles on this Morris, I doubt if the spread between the buy and the sell was much, if any. #42-1962 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL is excellent. Older leather looks good, engine compartment is clean. Turned dash is very nice, as are the gauges. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $28,000. Older MGs are fun, not too fast, and look great, but the antique MG following is not too deep in the U.S. This car was worth the bid price, and finding more will be tough. #51-1950 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH touring limo. S/N WME85. Eng. # W118E. Black/taupe leather & cloth. RHD. Odo: 13,755 miles. Very good paint, excellent chrome. Very good glass, even the gaskets are fresh. Inside shows very well, with leather to done. One of the better jobs seen on these oftenneglected cars. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $19,388. I liked this one, and it was a crowd pleaser as well. Cute convertibles are a hot commodity in the Monterey market, and this car did as well as could be expected. Spot-on in the price parade, well bought and sold. #33-1960 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 MK I 2+2 roadster. S/N HBT7L1428. Eng. # 29FRUH5818. Ice Blue & Old English White/ navy blue soft top/navy blue. Odo: 15,783 miles. Another quite likable but not perfect Healey. Good quality paintwork shows well, the brightwork is a few steps better. Gaps are an the front and cloth to the rear. Excellent wood. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $95,000. The winner of numerous recent awards, it's a very high quality restoration, but not the most beautiful of coachwork. The 4-speed transmission, correct for its age, is not a help as many Wraiths were fitted with the now more desirable automatic. #36-1956 MGA 1500 roadster. S/N HDC4315218. Red/tan/tan. Odo: 2,819 miles. Older paintwork shows cracking in places, still too nice to redo. Good chrome, some scratching. Good center mounted racing stripe is more issue here, straight but not spot-on. Inside shows a different color to the seats front to rear, good carpet, well-done dash. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $58,750. A driver, and until its next restoration, it will remain so. In an era with $25,000 TR6s, this Healey makes decent sense for a driver/investor who wants to have something distinctive and doesn't want to lose a lot to depreciation. #39-1960 MORRIS MINOR van. S/N 0EB496590. Gray/brown vinyl. Odo: 16,341 miles. Sold at the RM Boca Raton sale, February 2005 for $15,515 (SCM# 37344). Seen many times before, now with repainted graphics. Decent paint, what little chrome is present is mostly good. Spartan interior, with a tidy look throughout. This van is all about parking it 82 Sports Car Market not a problem. Excellent interior shows faultless wood and very nice beige leather with green piping. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $152,750. One of 51 left-hand-drive models built. Finished when new to American specifications, much recent restoration work has been done. Good colors don't hurt, very well done throughout. A bit more expensive than I would have expected. #16-1962 JAGUAR XKE Series I 3.8 convertible. S/N 876593. Eng. # R34499. Dark blue/black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 53,380 miles. Well done restoration—not perfect, but not bad. Excellent paint, good gaps, superior fit and finish. Brightwork, glass, and gaskets are well done. Interior is well fitted and close to perfect. A nice look underhood, well done. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $94,000. Straddling the Flying Spur saloon. S/N BC25LCZ. Eng. # C34BC. Forest green/beige leather. Odo: 83,956 miles. Excellent presentation. Paintwork is well done, some buffing marks are present but can be revived. Excellent chrome, very good glass. One of the Michelin XW4 tires has some curb rash to the whitewall—unfortunate, but likely


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Christie's Monterey, CA edge between excellent driver and edgy show car, an unusual place to find any car. Pleasing colors, a well done job, no big surprises in the price department. A nice Jag sells for high, but not unreasonable dollars—no film at eleven. #45-1965 JAGUAR XKE Series I roadster. S/N 1E10059. Eng. # 7E11319. Carmen Red/ tan/tan leather. Odo: 257 miles. A very good restoration, but not a great restoration. Excellent paint, excellent brightwork. The problem is with the details. Loose stuff is easy to find, but items like the door gaps are not an easy fix. Interior is #23-1966 JAGUAR MK X saloon. S/N 1076503BW. Eng. # 7D542799. Metallic silver/black leather. Odo: 9,785 miles. Nice paint is a bit thick, some edges are cracking. Good brightwork, windshield gasket is dry and chipping. Dash and door wood mostly good—not a great varnish job, but no big problems. Leather nicely done and well presented. If well-bought, an excellent car to drive and enjoy. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $135,125. Obviously the new owner and I disagree on this one. Perhaps this was a case of red mist finding a red car. I would assume the buyer thought he was buying a #1 condition car... he didn't. A nice presentation but the devil, as always, remains in the details. looks drier than it actually is, but it feels better than it looks. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $22,325. Sold for a bit higher than I expected. There's only a small, dedicated following looking for one of these full-size Jags to restore. With the needs caught by only a visual inspection, one could assume that there's still some problems hiding and some big bucks to be spent. #20-1967 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 MK III Phase 2 convertible. S/N HBJ8L42191. Green & white/black soft top/black. Odo: 1,900 miles. Well done, not to the over-the-top standards seen often in Monterey, but a very good and enjoyable look with excellent paint and chrome. Good but not great fit and gaps. Interior is correct, well fitted, and tight. Excellent wood, dash and console. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $52,000. Anyone tracking price history on Austin-Healey 3000s is likely to have seen a chart with spikes going up and down on a regular basis, often within the same day. I'm calling this offer market-correct; undoubtedly the owner wished for more. #7-1971 JAGUAR XKE Series III 2+2 coupe. S/N 1S72245BW. Eng. # 7S3059SA. Primrose Yellow/tan. Odo: 66,236 miles. Very good paint preparation and application. Good chrome, some light pitting on trim pieces and a scrape to the rear bumper. Interior appears original. Some flatness to the driver's seat. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $41,125. Whoa, big fella... This is big news if these numbers start to stick to Series III coupes. It might possibly be a one-time auction


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Christie's Monterey, CA Column Author FRENCH #21-1947 BUGATTI TYPE 73C race car. S/N 73002. Eng. # 2. Blue/blue leather. Excellent paint, very good brightwork. Asbestos-wrapped side exhaust, single seat is nicely appointed. Gearchange sits high and is exposed—a good tech look, but not extremely practical. Pianostyle wire wheels. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $323,000. event here, however. If this sticks in the marketplace, watch for rapid increases in the earlier cars, as well as Series III convertibles. #6-1974 MGB convertible. S/N GHN5UE340016G. Eng. # 18Y672ZL26777. Damask Red/black soft top/black. Odo: 50,044 miles. A nicely presented driver with a few paint flaws, very good overall. Bumpers very good, with most of the chrome good or better as well. An interesting history, but not the kind everyone wants to read. Even the catalog refers to the 73C Bugatti as not more than an undeveloped prototype, and its challenging bodywork does little to enhance its value or fortunes. In light of its past, the sale amount seems adequate, if not generous. GERMAN TOP 10 No. 2 Nice top, well-done stock interior. Good dash with factory-style radio delete panel. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $9,400. One wonders if the radio delete panel will be the hardest part to find in the future, as most of these have some sort of sound system installed by now. Sold at the correct price for this car in this condition. #49-4970 JAGUAR XKE Series II 4.2L convertible. S/N 1R13451. Eng. # 7R122709. Black/black vinyl/gray leather. Odo: 35,186 miles. Well done, but showing some age. Very good paint and chrome, good glass. Little details are mostly well handled, but a few remain. wear. The driver's seat shows a kind of “booster” seat back with full padding. A stunning car but not a stunning presentation. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $3,645,000. An incredibly interesting history on this car, it's been owned by one family since new. Beautiful coachwork, the older restoration still looks good, but it is easy to find flaws. Positioned as the last car in the sale, it was also by far the most expensive. Well done all around. #35-1953 MERCEDES-BENZ 300D con- Light wear to leather, very good console and dash. Period-style Philips AM/FM/SW radio. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $52,000. Titled by engine number. This car shouldn't have been too far away from selling. I'd even argue that it's worth a touch more than the final bid; perhaps $55,000 or $57,000 would have gotten the job done. Pricey for a Series II, but likely worth it. 84 vertible. S/N 18601401040. Eng. # 1267186920. Dark blue/blue cloth/gray leather. Odo: 54,020 km. Older, well-done restoration. Paintwork is still good, but much of the chrome has pitting—a very expensive venture to custom plate. Trim is showing its age as well; all the taillight and turn signal lights are losing paint and luster. The soft top is well done, but a few pinched marks have broken, and now the top has issues. Good wood, some discoloration, very good #52-1928 MERCEDES-BENZ 26/120/180 Torpedo Type S roadster. S/N 40156.Eng. # 72151. Cream/tan/red leather. Odo: 31,581 miles. Pleasing, but not perfect. Good paint is to a standard no longer good enough. Some brightwork is dull but still good. Patina is the kind word overall. Interior shows well, good leather and an excellent dash, again showing detail. Wood interior is all custom, but was done in period style. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $25,850. A likeable presentation, this semi-custom Kombi had the look, but the obvious age deterioration was quickly taking its toll. It's not a 21-window, it's just a 52-year-old VW bus that sold for an adequate amount. #24-1959 PORSCHE 356 Carrera GT Speedster. S/N 84954. Ruby red/black. Odo: 9,377 miles. Good paint, good brightwork. Rarer than other Porsche unobtainium, it's fun to watch the Porschephiles crawl over this one. Well detailed throughout, under the hood has a tidy, lightly worn look that works well on this leather. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $100,000. Restoration costs can equal or exceed the price of a condo on these behemoths; when they have needs you have a hurting wallet. I say the high bid should have been high enough. Obviously, the owner thought differently. #22-1954 VOLKSWAGEN KOMBI Model 211 microbus. S/N 20086661. Velvet green & mint/patterned. Odo: 4,919 km. Well-done older restoration, with some unfortunate rust bubbling under excellent paint. All trim is well done, with extreme attention to car. Clean interior again showing wear, overall a great look. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $345,000. The last 356 Carrera GT Speedster built. I did not think of this car as overpriced even though the final dollar amount was $45,000 over the high estimate. Buying this car for this money was a Sports Car Market


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Christie's Monterey, CA Column Author gutsy move. I applaud the buyer, but his real reward will come a few years hence when he sells it. #10-1960 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 12104210016670. Eng. # 12192110016795. Ivory/black/red leather. Odo: 51,094 miles. Recommissioned rather than restored. Very nice paint, chrome is good enough for a clean driver. New top boot, huge rear bumper overriders, good trim. Interior shows well, Nicely dyed seats. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $52,875. 2-. SOLD AT $99,875. Sold well above the estimate, this was a car a number of potential bidders thought they could buy below the $60,000 low estimate. This is the direction seen in prices on open 356s in the past 12 months. #26-1963 PORSCHE 904 CARRERA Yes, the 190SL market is continuing strong, yes, they are selling for more money than last year, and yes, this buyer paid too much for this car in this condition. If I had a 190SL that I wanted to market, I'd drag it to Christie's pronto. This number, as well as the results from Greenwich, is magic for Benz 190SL owners. #25-1960 PORSCHE 356 GTL Carrera Abarth fastback. S/N 1003. Metallic silver/ black & gray vinyl & cloth. Odo: 62,113 miles. Well-done paintwork, chrome shows well, as does most trim. Plexiglas in all windows save the windshield; all is good but not perfect. Windshield has some good sized scratches. Fit to the doors is OK, but good enough here. Seats GTS Prototype fastback. S/N 904003. Eng. # P99120. Silver/blue velour. Odo: 33,769 km. Much older repaint shows lots of ills, including some cracking and bubbling. All trim is worn and in need of attention, windshield is chipped. Pirelli Cinturato tires have discoloration, but is good. Inside looks nice, with seats, steering wheel, and dash all showing some wear. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $38,000. Avast, ye speculators! One sale in January might lift all tides, but it didn't float the boat of this seller. Don't believe the bilge that all Amphicars are now worth over $100,000—investing that way will have you underwater in no time. #27-1967 PORSCHE 911R Prototype coupe. S/N 307670. Eng. # 902030. Citron Yellow/black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 7,453 km. Very nice respray, what little brightwork is present is good. Plexi side and rear windows all show some age and some have cracks. Interior is race car spartan with no carpets. Cloth and vinyl little wear. Well-worn interior shows fade to the cloth seats, some warping to the dash. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $565,000. I haven't checked recently to see what the cost of 904 restorations run; however, we can all assume they are not inexpensive. I still wasn't surprised by this sales amount. 904s are hard to find in any condition. Not cheap, but well bought. #40-1964 PORSCHE 356C coupe. S/N 218100. Red/tan leather. Odo: 140 miles. A clean and well-done coupe. Not fresh, but showing very low miles since restoration. Very good paint, brightwork is let down by a few pitted areas that would be an easy fix. Underhood is are vinyl with cloth inserts, passenger compartment is fully carpeted including rear panel area. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $550,000. One of the more interesting Porsches seen this weekend. An interesting amalgam of German and Italian ideas on how a car should look and be built. When the commissions are added to the final bid, you'd be well over the low estimate. I feel the seller should have taken this offer. #34-1960 PORSCHE 356B cabriolet. S/N 86850. Eng. # 600123. Signal Red/black soft top/tan leather. Odo: 46,723 miles. Very good paint, some flaws found at the windshield base. Excellent chrome. Good gaps, everything appears to have a nice, even look to it. Very clean interior, well-done seats, tidy dash with excellent instruments, and good carpets. A numbersmatching, California delivery example. Cond: 86 quite clean and all business. Very nice interior is well put together, all here is a good look. 912 motor installed. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $41,125. A likeable coupe. Let's not forget that $40k+ is chump change to some Monterey bidders. I liked the price better before the buyer's commissions were added—$35,000 seemed fine to me. Sports Car Market seats show some wear. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $460,000. A tough car to put a value on. Its one-of-a-kind stature is more than interesting, but to the casual observer, it looks just like any other 911. I don't doubt that some day this car will crack the million-dollar mark, it just won't be anytime soon. #28-1971 PORSCHE 911S/T coupe. S/N 9111300647. Light blue & black/black racing. Odo: 68,449 km. Looks like the ex-rally car it is. Decent paint is not show standard, brightwork shows wear and marks. Good glass, dry gaskets in places. Interior is fitted with race kit, roll cage, and safety harness. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD #9-1967 AMPHICAR 770 cabriolet. S/N 106523019. Eng. # GK1673HE. 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Christie's Monterey, CA AT $280,000. Another Porsche with an aggressive estimate that failed to sell. Perhaps the market is a bit thinner than Christie's assumed. Yes, it's interesting. Yes, it has an exciting past, but for now, not enough excitement to reach the reserve. #29-1972 PORSCHE 911 2.7 RS Prototype coupe. S/N 9113600012. Eng. # 6630022. Signal Yellow/houndstooth cloth & black leather. Odo: 20,554 km. Very much a survivor in most respects, it looks like a gently used three-year-old car. Very good paint, chrome, and black trim. Good glass, no issues found. Interior shows now. This, the granddaddy of RSs, was helped by the renewed popularity. See the German Profile on pg. 58. #30-1992 PORSCHE 964 Carrera Cup USA coupe. S/N WPOAB2962NS420579. Eng. # 62N81380. Grand Prix White/black leather. Odo: 487 miles. As new, looks to have been never detailed past its original delivery. Factory orange peel to the original paint, all the blackout well, excellent leather, good cloth. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $334,000. A spectacular backfire on the stage woke the crowd—perhaps that's what it took to get this RS to move off the block and into a new owner's garage. The RS cars have been on an upward climb for quite some time trim is as new. Very slight wear to the driver's seat, all the rest is as new. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $99,875. A time warp Carrera from a time not too long ago; it's only a teenager. Not cheap, but worth it to someone who missed ordering one new. Let's just say no harm done for the end user and leave it at that. #31-1997 PORSCHE 993 Turbo S coupe. S/N WPOAC2993VS376048. Sunoco Blue & racing stripes/blue leather. Odo: 1,657 miles. Almost new. Very good coach and paintwork, no flaws found. Excellent glass, trim to the exterior is excellent as well. Inside is as new excepting some minor light scratches to the door sills, which will clean up without much effort. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $141,000. Ex-Otis Chandler car. Here's a case where I thought the pre-sale estimate was too low. The bidders must have agreed with me, as the final sale amount exceeded the high estimate by $21,000. A great car with a great heritage, but many potential bidders hated the colors—I thought they added to the overall presentation. ITALIAN #44-1951 LANCIA AURELIA B50 con- vertible. S/N B501285. Eng. # B102008. Shell Gray/black/chocolate & gray leather. RHD. Odo: 38,774 miles. Very good to excellent 1948 Packard Custom Victoria 1937 Packard 12 1934 Duesenberg J 1942 Packard Darrin 1968 Jaguar XKE 1936 Cord 810 1923 Dodge Custom Babcock 1966 Austin-Healey 3000 1974 DeTomaso Pantera 1960 Alfa Guilietta racecar 1949 Hudson Commodore 8 1951 Austin Atlantic November 2006 87


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Christie's Monterey, CA Column Author Nothing special under the hood as well. The most it has going for it is the fact that it's a Ferrari 330 GTC in a very hot market. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $170,375. A very surprising result. Christie's had this listed as sold to a dealer, but I don't see much current upside at this price and in this condition. Don't get me wrong, I know that GTCs can bring this and more, just not with this many cosmetic needs. everywhere, attention to detail is top notch. Excellent paint and brightwork, all the trim is well fitted and without excuse. Period-style Michelin tires look great on two-tone rims. The interior is a tribute to the craftsman's work as well as the original designer. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $152,750. Unquestionably the nicest Aurelia I have ever seen at auction. To say I was enchanted with this car would be no understatement. Not perfect, but as close as you would want it to be. I can't even argue with the very aggressive price acheived. Bellisima! #18-1952 FERRARI 225 SPORT spyder. S/N 0160ED. Eng. # 0160ED. Dark red/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 963 km. Another wellpresented example with excellent paint and trim. Very good gaps, even the Plexi windscreen is top notch. Well-done interior shows well-fitted leather, beautiful gauges, and an #38-1967 FERRARI 330 2+2 Michelotti GT coupe. S/N 9083. Eng. # 9083. Burgundy/cream leather. Odo: 31,973 miles. Very good paint and brightwork. Some age and use issues are present, especially in the hood area, with some touchups and stress cracks. Excellent glass and trim. Light patina to the very nice interior, excellent Excellent paintwork and beautiful coachwork well executed. Excellent brightwork, gloriously well-fitted top. Interior is no let-down, excellent wood, leather, dash, and carpets. Automotive jewelry throughout. First in class winner, 1997 Pebble Beach Concours. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $449,500. Do you get the feeling I liked this one? A beautiful car with stunning coachwork and a gorgeous pesentation, this Packard has it all. This is one older restoration that's hiding its age better than any Gabor sister ever could. #46-1939 FORD CUSTOM Fadeway leather, polished Nardi wheel, excellent wood and dash. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $345,000. I've known about this car for most of my adult life. It's gone from being ugly to being a period piece in the past ten years. I've always rather enjoyed its proportions, the back looks great, and the front looks good. Expensive? I think so. #11-1972 LAMBORGHINI MIURA SV excellent steering wheel. Judges Cup winner at the 1997 Cavallino Classic. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,280,000. The catalog calls it the most complete, original, correct, and verifiable 225 Sport Spyder in existence. Sold complete with a history folder as well as tools. While tough to value in this overheated market; somehow the price achieved sounds reasonable. #43-1967 FERRARI 330 GTC coupe. S/N 10377. Eng. # 10377. Bianco White/black leather. Odo: 69,703 miles. A tired example. Older repaint sh ows repaired chips, checking, and cracking, as well as fade and discoloration. Good glass is dirty, brightwork is tired as well. Inside shows some repaired and weak seams to the seats. Dry leather, decent dash and console. those from a German car—perhaps someone is backdating the Lambo merger to an earlier date. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $477,000. Pricey for condition but, as they say, find another cheaper. Rumors abounded over a half-million-dollar price achieved in the weeks before the auction for an SV, which might have helped this dollar growth spurt at Monterey. What seemed overpriced likely is not. AMERICAN #48-1931 PACKARD 840 Deluxe Eight convertible. S/N 188992. Eng. # 189054. Black/black/burgundy leather. Odo: 60 miles. A stunning restoration of a stunning motor car. 88 coupe. S/N 5012. Rosso Corsa/blue leather. Odo: 44,256 km. Very nice paint, good brightwork, excellent glass, good trim. All the detail work is well done. Interior shows well, but some age wear is present. Very nice everywhere, but somehow not perfect anywhere. The non-original style cloth seats look a lot like Ford. Eng. # F09I9JG. Metallic purple/ivory & gold vinyl. A well-documented, very cool '50s custom with a partial re-do. Good paint. Not much brightwork, but what's there is good. No glass, except the windshield; it's good but not great. Vinyl seats are redone in a nice '50s style. New vintage style VDO gauges in the dash. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $90,000. Now that vintage rods and vintage customs are getting harder to find and more expensive, expect more to be dragged out of backyards and barns for resurrection. George Barris history and a pleasing look, just not enough money to get the job done. #8-1939 LASALLE MODEL 50 coupe. S/N 2305392. Black/tan cloth. Odo: 3,564 miles. Lots of paint flaws, yet still retains a good ten-footer status. Paint shows stretching, cracking, and an unfortunate scratch—it's really to the point where only a strip and repaint will do. Very good chrome in most areas, some small trim has big needs. Very nice interior has old-school clear plastic on the front seats. Quite well presented. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $11,750. Cheap, even to the point of being a bargain. With a repaint, this car could find its way onto a Sports Car Market


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Christie's Monterey, CA Column Author show field and not get shooed away, even though it won't take home a first. One would guess the buyer grabbed it because it was just too cheap to let it go. Well done. #12-1939 CHEVROLET Woody 1/2 ton wagon. Eng. # K344660. Black/brown leather. Odo: 948 miles. Very nicely done with excellent paint and brightwork, all the trim and glasswork shows well. Very tall bodystyle, more truck-like than automotive. Superb side curtains, wood shows very well. Interior shows excellent, quite usable Packard was bought well within the correct price range. Fitted with radial tires and an electronic ignition, it recently won a Best In Class at Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance. #37-1948 FORD Woody Street Rod wagon. S/N 899A2148284. Red/tan cloth/mushroom & beige. Odo: 9,402 miles. A well-done custom. Excellent paint, wood work is all excellent, cloth to the hard top is well fitted. Underhood is show car style, with everything monochrome painted or polished. Interior shows wear to both individual bucket seats, nice leather, well-restored dash and carpets. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. This same vehicle was withdrawn from the Greenwich sale because of an issue with paperwork, but still failed to sell here. Really quite well done, but it's a truck and not a car, and a bit big for the average garage. #19-1940 CADILLAC SERIES 40-75 town car. S/N 3320647. Blue/blue vinyl/blue leather & gray cloth. Odo: 203 miles. Well-done older restoration. Very good paint, excellent chrome, with only spots of age discoloration. Front leather and rear cloth both very good. The balance of the dash is excellent, with superior faux wood. Only a series of buttons on the dash show poorly. Premier senior winner, Classic Car wood headliner is a work of art. Air suspension, air conditioned, an excellent driver with an old-school look. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $110,000. Rather a fish out of water at a Christie's sale. Had I been the owner I would have taken this offer and run. As a rule, newer used street rods don't do well. Even with this quality, finding more money will be tough. #41-1951 PACKARD Woody wagon. Eng.# J600377. Seafoam Green/brown cowhide leather. Odo: 79,537 miles. Older paint is still good despite some buff-through. Some chrome shows pitting, but most is good. Windshield shows some delamination. Some Club of America. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $91,650. A lot of classic car for the money, and one of the better buys of the Monterey weekend. This car was perhaps only $3,500 away from being in #2 or #2+ condition. The restoration was very well done and has held up quite well over time. Perhaps this car's time is passing, so buy one now for half the cost of restoration. #32-1940 PACKARD 160 SUPER EIGHT convertible sedan. S/N 13772130. Yellow/tan cloth/green leather. Odo: 1,802 miles. Excellent paint, very good chrome. The car was restored in 2003, but because of a problem with the paint, it was disassembled and repainted last year. Not as fresh as I would have expected, but nice. Cloth top is well fitted, nice interior has light patina, a good look. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $111,625. When restoration costs are considered, this 90 wood separation noted. Interior has great-smelling suede. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. If you thought this car looked a bit unusual, you'd be right. This bodystyle was never built as a Woody, but was custom-fitted with wood by a previous owner. No running to the price guide on this one, but I did feel the high bid was generous. #47-1956 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E56S003291. Eng. # 0525707F56GV. Polo White & silver/white soft top/red vinyl. Odo: 231 miles. Paintwork shows well over the no-issues-found fiberglass, excellent brightwork. Good glass, gaskets, and window felts. Interior is let down by poorly fitted seats. They should be redone for show, but are OK for a driver. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $117,500. Perhaps a bit pricey, but overall worth the money or at least close to it. Get rid of the “Let Uncle Al do the upholstery; he needs the work” seats and you'll have a first-class restoration. #41A-1957 CADILLAC ELDORADO BIARRITZ convertible. S/N 5762012175. Red/white/red & white. Odo: 32,515 miles. Older restoraiton to a car formerly owned by The Who bassist, the late John Entwistle. Seen last year at this same sale, where it did not sell for $70,000. The paintwork is good, most chrome is good, some, however, barely makes it to poor. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $39,950. From turning down $70,000 to accepting a tad under $40,000 in one year's time was not something the seller likely expected. This has to be one of the best buys of the weekend, a no-brainer for anyone looking for a classic Cadillac convertible. The celebrity ownership is icing on the cake—a rocker's Cadillac in red is a cool story on its own. #17-1960 CADILLAC ELDORADO Seville 2-door coupe. S/N 60H085242. Dark metallic blue/white vinyl/light blue leather & cloth. Odo: 52,290 miles. Well done paint and chrome, only a few of the small shiny bits have pitting, and the balance looks good. AGP replacementwindshield is excellent. Air bag suspension has been replaced with conventional springs and shocks. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $56,400. Sold in the middle of Christie's estimated price range. I felt it was aggressive in light of the condition. A good look and a decent example, but expensive in today's market.u Sports Car Market


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Column Author RM Auctions Monterey, CA Sports and Classic Car Auction The history-loaded 1958 Ferrari 412S caused quite a buzz before the sale, and was worth the price of a catalog just to see in person Company RM Auctions Date August 18–19, 2006 Location Monterey, CA Auctioneer Peter Bainbridge Automotive lots sold / offered 188 / 206 Sales rate 91% Sales total $42,862,850 High sale 1958 Ferrari 412S, sold at $5,610,000 Buyer's premium Buyer's premium: 10% (included in sold prices) 1956 300SL Gullwing soared under the hammer, selling at $418,000 Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics R Monterey, CA M's Monterey sale was an outright smash. The Canadian firm increased last year's $30.7m sales total by over $12m, upped the average sold price per car by $5,000, and came away with a 91% sales ratio. All in all, a darn good weekend no matter how you look at it. The most impressive aspect of the sale was the selec- tion of cars offered. There was something exciting for each and every bidder. The history-loaded 1958 Ferrari 412S caused quite a buzz before the sale, with rumors touting it as the next record-setting car sold at auction. Previously it had crossed the block at Sotheby's Maranello sale in June 2005, where it failed at $9.2m. Here it fell short of the $8m estimate, but was still the high sale in Monterey at just over $5.6m, and was worth the price of a catalog just to see in person. In addition to its usual mix of exotics peppered with muscle, RM assembled an assortment of hot rods and custom cars. Many premier designers were represented, including Rick Dore, Ken “Posie” Fenical, Boyd Coddington, and Gary “Chopit” Fioto, who creates his unusual customs without any drawings. The three-volume catalog created by RM presented the offerings in their best light. Both Friday and Saturday ses- 92 sions had their own book, with a third describing the three significant Bentleys offered. Many years ago, a friend of mine bought one of those Bentleys—a 1927 Sport Coupe by Surbiton—for $20,000. He then sold it a few years later for a modest profit. I did not have the heart to ask him what he thought when it sold here for $781,000. This sale featured 60 more lots than last year, and the padding made for a lack of fevered bidding on the no-reserve cars. For the most part, they sold well below the low estimates, with many sellers undoubtedly disappointed in the performance. The culprit was not so much an underestimation of their respective values, but rather it was a case of the cars simply crossing the block at undesirable times—when the most interested bidders were not present to see them. With any number of things going on during the third week of August, it's almost impossible to keep the bidders' undivided attention for a whole evening, and this hurt some of the final dollar figures. The no-reserve auction lots aside, RM did an im- pressive job in attracting a diverse offering for its sale. Presentation and professionalism are something upon which RM prides itself, and the Monterey sale exemplified that. Consider this sale another big win, and make sure to include it on your Monterey to-do list next year.u Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Monterey, CA ENGLISH #447-1911 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP SILVER GHOST roadster. S/N 1592. Eng. # 91. Silver/black fabric/maroon leather. RHD. Odo: 3,259 km. Purchased in 1989 as chassis only. Wilkinson Coachwork built in the '60s and acquired for bare chassis. Rear deck designed to carry balloon basket in the style of the long-lost Mulliner chassis #60785. Recent 7,000-hour restoration to the #489-1927 BENTLEY 6 1/2-LITER sport coupe. S/N TW2713. Eng. # TW2716. Black fabric/black fabric/Hunter Green leather. RHD. Odo: 60,558 km. Coachwork by Surbiton. One of 300 built, and only 20 or so now with original bodies. Originally built to 6 1/2 specifications, and later converted to a Speed Six. Part of the Isle of Man Museum for highest standard. Numerous national awards. Marvelous presentation. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $858,000. This huge engine was among the most advanced of the era, noted for silent, or “ghosting,” operation. Rebodied cars are accepted by the Rolls-Royce Owners Club if done in period coachwork, so no issue there. Elegant coachwork and spectacular restoration make this a no-questions transaction. many years. Recent full and complete restoration. Grille badge and plating worn. Wonderful wood dash. Interesting, but not overly attractive, coachwork. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $781,000. Often referred to as “The Red Bus Bentley,” after a humorous tongue-in-cheek story a previous owner had written. Purchased for $20k in the early '80s, and then sold to an Australian who turned it into a parts car to import it without duty. TOP 10 No. 6 #454-1929 BENTLEY SPEED SIX dual cowl tourer. S/N SB2773. Eng. # NH2731. Green/green fabric/green leather. RHD. Odo: 10,328 km. Coachwork by Cadogan. The Speed Six was an upgraded 6 1/2-liter with increased horsepower. This is one of three bodied by Cadogan, and the only one as a tourer. Retains original coachwork. Well maintained with little to fault. Driven on many tours but still scores well when judged. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,815,000. A perfect example of a Bentley that was driven and maintained. Price paid was on the low side considering its originality and history. See the English Profile on pg. 44. #479-1937 BENTLEY 4 1/4-LITER fixed head coupe. S/N B156KT. Eng. # E9BH. Black/saddle leather. RHD. Odo: 35,089 km. Coachwork by Vesters et Neirinck. Stunning design on a Derby Bentley. One owner for the first 37 years. Paint and interior very original with a nice patina. Large sunroof. Brightwork redone. Engine in original well-maintained condition. Knock-off style hubcaps. Numerous special features. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $1,265,000. Often November 2006 93


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RM Auctions Monterey, CA Column Author #501-1952 NASH HEALEY LE MANS roadster. S/N 2241. White/red leather. Odo: 50,152 miles. A British sports car with a Nash drivetrain. Bodied in Italy by Pininfarina. Older paint with cracks and crazing. Interior decent but shows use. Dash signed by Donald Healey. Equipped with the larger 252-ci engine to have spent $120,000 preparing the car. Re-entered in 1997 and won the class. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $44,000. The new owner rolled the dice on this car, as no one knew what had happened to the engine and other components. The Panamericana race is not known for being gentle on cars. If all is OK, then it was purchased at a rock-bottom price. #476-1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4 GT stated to be the most beautiful Rolls-Bentley in the world. History known since new, and rarely seen in public. Sold at auction in 1989 for a record price. This sale just about doubles the high-water mark for Derby Bentleys. The buzz prior to auction was that the final number here would be seven figures—and how right they were. #464-1937 LAGONDA LG 45 Rapide roadster. S/N 12172R. Eng. # 12172R. Black/ brown leather. RHD. Odo: 134 km. One of only 25 manufactured, all on the same 4-seat tourer body. Recent restoration put this Rapide Alloy coupe. S/N DB4GT0129L. Eng. # 3700133GT. Dark red/tan leather. Odo: 64,427 km. Coachwork to a “Superleggera” design by Touring. Minor paint chips and touch-ups. Body straight with no uneven seams or gaps. Luxurious interior maintains a nice patina. Wilton wool carpets and Connolly leather in available late in 1952. One of only 150 built. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $74,250. A big plus for the '52 Nash Healeys is the switch to steel bodies. These always draw a crowd. A lot of car for not a whole lot of money. A little futzing by the new owner will enhance the value on this one. I'd bet these will be worth a bunch more in a couple of years. #119-1955 JAGUAR XK 140 fixed head coupe. S/N 814640. Eng. # 647288. Red/tan leather. Odo: 6,698 miles. Extensive restoration completed in 1997. Long list of awards since. Leather shows minor use. Paint well presented but not fresh. Chrome well done. The XK 140 in the best light. Nothing to fault here, as this is as close to perfect as they come. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $671,000. This was as good as it gets if Lagondas are your thing. Many people feel you could get a lot more car for this kind of money—but then again if we all liked cherry ice cream, it would be a boring world. #148-1951 ALLARD K2 roadster. S/N 91K1804. British Racing Green/black leather. Odo: 4,497 miles. One of 118 built. Interior shows wear, gauges are worn. Paint is presentable, engine is clean. Sidney Allard-fitted Cadillac OHV V8s in his J2 race cars, and scored majorly worldwide. The K2 was introduced in offers three inches more cockpit room over the earlier 120. Strong presentation. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $66,000. XKs and XKEs are on a number of collectors' lists, and the fixed heads are on the same appreciation course. The price paid was fair considering the current market, but I would not have said that a few years ago. #437-1961 JAGUAR MK II Panamericana saloon race car. S/N 176963DN. Black/black fabric. Recaro racing seat badly worn. Trim scratched and pitted. Shows scars from battle. Prepared to run in the 1997 modified class of the vintage La Carrera Panamericana. Stated good shape. The most powerful British car of the era. 0-60 in 6.1 seconds, with a top end of 153 mph. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $891,000. Little known of the car for first 20 years or so. I would think that the price paid here would be expected for a very presentable DB4 GT with no clouds or questions. Welcome at the most exclusive driving events. #467-1966 ASTON MARTIN DBR1 Replica race car. S/N DB62757L. Green/ black houndstooth cloth. RHD. There were five original DBR1s built. This replica has a DB6 four-liter engine that produces about 40 more horsepower than the original DBR1. Paint chips on nose. Has the proper look and feel. Very well done, if this is your thing. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $275,000. As close as the vast majority of us will get to one of these without winning a major lottery. A couple of bidders liked it, as it ended up on the strong side of the value estimates. FRENCH 1950 with a more modern appearence. It came standard with a Ford V8, but the Cadillac was an option. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $107,250. The price paid here pushed the upper limit, but still was not unrealistic. The K2 is much more practical than earlier models. It should get the new owner into almost any vintage event. 94 #481-1936 BUGATTI TYPE 57 Stelvio cabriolet. S/N 57395. Eng. # 275. Two-tone blue/black/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 844 km. Coachwork by Gangloff. An older restoration that still shows well. Brightwork pitted and tarnished. A twin overhead cam engine provided performance even with the larger sport touring Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Monterey, CA body. The Stelvio is now known as a factory custom. Original body and motor, with history from new. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $396,000. An elegant Bugatti from the mid-'30s that will get the new owner into most any event he desires. A fun and drivable road car, and would be welcome as-is at any local event. Just the right patina to drive and enjoy without worry. #449-1938 DELAGE D8 120 drophead coupe. S/N 51624. Light blue/tan fabric/ivory leather. RHD. Odo: 5,083 km. Coachwork by Chapron. Elegant design that appeals to “old money.” Gaps and seams are perfect. Restored in the past using modern primer and paint. Interior flawless. Cotal electric preselector gearbox and rear spares. External pipes. History known since new. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $715,000. 1 of 10 or 12 built by Chapron with this coachwork, one of which appeared in “An American in Paris.” Shown at 1992 Louis Vuitton Classic at Parc Bagatelle. Sold at the low end of expectations, as the car needs a bit to contend at major events. Even so, a strong presentation. #182-1938 TALBOT-LAGO T23 4-liter cabriolet. S/N 93001. Eng. # 23152. Dark blue/black fabric/blue-gray leather. RHD. Odo: 58,461 km. The T23 was the smaller bodied Talbot-Lago, but often carried the more elegant coachwork. This example is equipped with the larger four-liter engine and a Wilson preselector transmission. Numerous paint chips, door gaps not great. Dash wood is very striking and in great condition. Engine clean. A very desirable design. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $209,000. I doubt if this will get you on the lawn at Pebble, but it's still a desirable car with attractive styling. This four-liter is a full CCCA classic. I would say the price paid was a bit under the money for a car that will get you in a whole bunch of events. I hope the new owner puts the wheels on the road. GERMAN #468-1936 MERCEDES-BENZ 540K Recreation special roadster. S/N 113659. Silver/red leather. Odo: 668 km. Rebodied in 2001 on a 540K chassis. Panel fit is excellent. Minor swirls in paint. Interior flawless, pearl dash is striking. Workmanship to an exceptional standard. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $836,000. Only 24 540K Special Roadsters were produced by Mercedes-Benz. Original examples are now November 2006 95


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RM Auctions Monterey, CA Column Author selling for $5,000,000—and this has the same look and feel for a whole lot less. The drawback is going to the rebodied class at most car shows. #407-1951 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE coupe. S/N 10282839. Light green/tan fabric. Odo: 13,764 miles. Restored ten years ago. Paint showing age and lacking luster. Loaded with options including fender skirts, a fender flagpole, and a bamboo package tray, among others. No sunroof, so it's not the deluxe edition. Interior in excellent condition. No other Average examples are still in the $30k range, as it needs to be in concours condition to warrant this kind of money. This one was close, so no harm done here. #502-1957 BMW ISETTA 300 coupe. S/N 51136. Blue/blue plaid. Odo: 18,848 km. Cute little micro-car. Speeds up to 50 mph—downhill. Recent restoration. Nicknamed “the rolling egg.” Nice presentation with a wicker picnic options. The old leather trunk is a nice touch. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $88,000. 356C, the most desirable version, was introduced in mid-'63. Values of all 356s have been increasing lately, so this is not out of line. A few years ago, it would have been close to silly money for an example that was not dead-solid perfect. major issues. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $30,800. Almost 100,000 Beetles were produced in 1951, but only 550 were sold in the U.S. The price paid was at the low end of estimates, but about double what any price guides suggest is reasonable. You'd have to be a true Beetle fanatic to go for an anemic car that will barely get out of its own way. #463-1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Gullwing. S/N 1980406500294. Eng. # 198980650031. Silver/red leather. Odo: 59,372 miles. Listed in the MB registry. Paint in great condition. Desirable Rudge wheels and fitted luggage. The older restoration still shows #151-1964 VOLKSWAGEN MICROBUS 21-window. S/N 1210934. Red, silver & white/ green vinyl & cloth. Odo: 98,387 miles. Stated to be just one of five 1964 21-window Deluxe Microbus models known in North America. Recent reatoration with complete engine rebuild. Interior redone to original specifications. Extra pop-out windows and Safari front basket. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $29,700. These show up at almost every auction. It's sure to get a lot attention where ever it appears. I don't think it would be a lot of fun on the Interstate, however. The price paid is in line with other recent sales. #419-1962 AMPHICAR 770 convertible. S/N 101513. Red/white vinyl. Odo: 25 miles. The owner said he had five of these, and this was the best. Recent restoration is well done, with a bunch of trophies to prove it. Nothing to fault here. Far and away the finest one of these I've seen. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $57,750. screens. Strong presentation. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $45,100. While these are somewhat rare, they seem to appear with some regularity. Ever since one came close to six figures, they're coming out of the woodwork. That sale was a fluke, but they have doubled in value lately. This was a little light, considering the quality of the restoration. ITALIAN #448-1951 FERRARI 340 America coupe. well. Steering wheel emblem crazed. Some trim slightly oxidized. Engine bay up to standard. Little to fault here. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $418,000. Lately, these are riding the crest of a wave. Rudge wheels add as much as $50k to the package. All in all, this was well bought, considering their current popularity. #439-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL roadster. S/N 7500082. Red/tan fabric/tan leather. Odo: 8,340 miles. Restored a few years ago, and still in good form. Body straight with only a slight bulge on driver's door. Very nice brightwork. Paint deep and luxurious with only minor swirls. Interior shows minimal wear, with leather seats in as-new condition. Well presented. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $77,000. Often thought of as the anemic little brother of the 300SL. Values have been moving up lately, with several having sold in this range recently. 96 S/N 0150A. Eng. # 0150A. Red/tan fabric & red leather. RHD. Odo: 69 km. Coachwork by Ghia. A very significant V12 Ferrari with provenance and originality. Paint lacks luster but is still very acceptable. Glass is scratched, some minor blemishes show on the stainless These are popular at auction lately, with prices all over the map. Considering the condition, this one sold for a song. Compared to the horrible example that sold for $68,200 at the recent Dingman sale, this was an absolute steal. Still silly money for a silly car that went for $25k only a few years ago. #408-1963 PORSCHE 356B Super cab- riolet. S/N 158169. Signal Red/black fabric/ black leather. Odo: 89,861 miles. One owner from new. Verified numbers matching. Paint and body done in 2005, but not as fresh as they could be. Passenger door fit is off a touch. Some buff marks on bright trim. Loaded with trim. Documented race history and ownership since new. Restored in the late '80s with numerous subsequent awards. Still very presentable. Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Monterey, CA Cond: 2. SOLD AT $852,500. I'm surprised this did not sell for a touch more. After all, it's not that often that an original, unmolested V12 Ferrari with all the papers sells for less than seven figures. I have to place this one in the well-bought column. TOP 10 No. 4 #472-1957 FERRARI 500 TRC spider. S/N 0670MDTR. Eng. # 0670MDTR. Red & yellow/red leather. RHD. The first Testa Rossa Ferrari. Targa Florio racing history. Number 6 of 17 built by Scaglietti. Elegant design. Well-restored and maintained with a pleasing patina. Verified matching numbers and history with a Ferrari Heritage Certificate issued in 2004. Complete with 625 TRC spare 500 TRC with provenance worth a half a million more than a California Spyder? In this case it was, and I doubt the new owner will be disappointed. See the Ferrari Profile on pg. 40. TOP 10 No. 1 #465-1958 FERRARI 412S Sports racer. S/N 0744. Eng. # 0744. Red/tan fabric. RHD. Current Scaglietti-made aluminum body commissioned to compete with American V8s. Long list of well-known owners. Well-maintained older restoration, and loaded with documented history. Powered by the engine from the 335S that crashed at the 1957 Mille Miglia, killing 12. It was modifed mil. It fell short, but still brought adult money. What's the correct price for a documented car with this provenance? On this day, it was $5.6 million—and who's to argue. #483-1961 FIAT JOLLY 500. S/N 076159. Red/tan fringe Surrey/tan wicker. Odo: 11,609 miles. Offered without reserve. Stated to have been restored and to be in top mechanicial condition. Decent paint. New wicker seats. Capable of 59 mph, possibly only engine and 500 TR gearbox. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $2,285,500. Striking design and paint. The last of the four-cylinder Ferraris. Price paid was in line with the estimates, and the car is so rare that no other public sales are recorded. Is a and fitted in the 375 F1 chassis for the Race of Two Worlds. Driven by Phil Hill, it finished 3rd. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $5,610,000. This failed to sell at Sotheby's 2005 auction at Maranello at $9.2m (SCM# 38639). The pre-sale buzz was that this would break the record set a few years back when the Ferrari 330 TRI/LM sold for $6.5 downhill. Cute as can be. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $36,300. These have been selling recently for prices all over the board. The price paid here seems fair all around. Perfect transportation for getting around your gated country club in Palm Springs or Scottsdale. #411-1967 FERRARI 330 GTC coupe. S/ N 11077. Silver/red leather. Odo: 11,077 miles. Listed as a 2+2 in the catalog, but corrected November 2006 97


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RM Auctions Monterey, CA Column Author that either, so this may not be all that bad of a deal. However, as a buddy asked, “Isn't an aluminum-bodied Daytona kind of like a steelbodied Corvette?” #459-1996 LAMBORGHINI DIABLO during the display. Driven and showing it. Numerous paint chips, brightwork pitted and oxidized. Body straight with good separation in seams. Restored some years ago, but leather buckets were left untouched. Equipped with power windows and a/c. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $170,500. Made for the comfort-demanding American market. This Ferrari had been used, but not abused. It would have helped if the service records had been on display with the car. The decision for the new owner is whether to drive and enjoy or to spend a ton on restoration. I vote for the former. #462-1967 FERRARI 275 GTB/4 coupe. S/N 09337. Fly Yellow/black leather. Odo: 64,936 km. Successor to the 250 GT SWB. History known from new. Meticulously restored in 2004, and scored 99 points at the 2006 Cavallino Classic. Where it SVR coupe. S/N LA12603. Blue & misc. graphics/black fabric. Odo: 12,253 km. One of 31 Diablo Sport Veloce Racers built for competition. Documented racing history, and offered at no reserve. Interesting paint by French artist $1,650,000. One of six Duesenbergs ordered by Capt. Geo Whittell Jr. Thought to have been given to his mistress. Interesting history since new. The car was fully priced, but new owner should have little concern as the car was striking and told a great story. #135-1932 FORD HI-BOY roadster. Georges Wolinski, but parts of the graphics are peeling. Body has been restored, but engine remains as-raced. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $121,000. The question is, what do you do with this? It's too new for vintage racing, and with no sound deadening or creature comforts, it wouldn't be much fun to drive to dinner. Sold at RM Amelia '03 for $113,000 (SCM #30540). #460-2004 MASERATI MC12 coupe. S/N ZAMBDF44BO00012099. Pearl White & blue/blue leather. Odo: 456 miles. One of 50 built in 2004 and 2005. The first example imported into U.S. Built on an Enzo Ferrari platform. List price of $799,000. Naturally aspirated, paddle shifter, carbon fiber body. In S/N 181355613. Red/tan/tobacco leather. Odo: 3,175 miles. Offered at no reserve. All steel. Engine equipped with Edelbrock heads and an Offy intake manifold. Not fresh, but nothing negative jumps out. Thought to have been built in the '50s. Classic Hi-boy—but not real. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $49,500. Estimates were way off base here; expecting six figures for an off-the-shelf Hi-boy was not going to happen. The final price was a little more realistic. lost a point is anyone's guess, as it looked perfect throughout. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $990,000. Sold in the heady Ferrari days of the early '90s for a touch over a million. The price paid here seems in line with the current market. #474-1972 FERRARI 365 GTS/4 Daytona Alloy Conversion spyder. S/N 14047. Red/ black mohair/red leather. Odo: 46,724 miles. Converted to this alloy spyder body in 1979 after a traffic accident. Could not see if inner fender liners were changed from fiberglass to steel. Rear cowl not converted properly. as-new condition with little sign of use. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,072,500. Top end speed of 205 mph. Zero to 60 in 3.8 seconds. MC12Rs have won two of three FIA GT Championship races. If you want a street-legal race car, this is it. Rarer than an Enzo, but not legal in California—so you don't have to worry about letting a guy named Dietrich drive it and wreck it. AMERICAN TOP 10 No. 8 Numerous paint chips and touch-ups. Older restoration is still presentable. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $253,000. Cut Daytona coupes have consistently brought about $25k more than the actual coupes, and you can't do the work for that. You can't buy a real spyder for 98 #477-1930 DUESENBERG J sport berline. S/N 2035. Eng. # J287. Black/tan fabric. Odo: 4,427 miles. Coachwork by Murphy. One-off design by Franklin Hershey with doors going into roof. Original body, chassis, and engine restored to highest standard in 1998 by Chris Charlton. Chrome wheel covers added. Trunk redesigned since belonging to the Harrah Collection. Striking design that has been well maintained. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT touches. 514-ci Ford crate motor with an A06 automatic transmission. Striking design. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $189,200. Sold for well under the low estimate. The market for six-year-old designs tends to fall off rather quickly. A newer design called “Scrape” sold for $100k more a few years ago. #142-1940 FORD CUSTOM convertible. S/N 5694934. Black/White Carson/black & white vinyl. Odo: 37,423. Built in '48 from Sports Car Market #143-1938 LINCOLN ZEPHYR Lead Zephyr coupe. S/N 2990564. Char-Cool & Mellow Yellow/tan leather. Odo: 9 miles. “Lead Zephyr” was completed six years ago and shows minimal signs of use. Paint still very presentable, and interior as-new. Equipped with a number of unique Coddington


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RM Auctions Monterey, CA Column Author #443-1948 CADILLAC SERIES 62 Custom 4-seat cabriolet. S/N 486237307. Black & violet/black & violet leather. Odo: 29,733 miles. One of two dramatic customs done by Saoutchik on the '48 Cadillac chassis. European styling evident throughout. Excellent panel fit. Swoopy chrome and spears, with an overdone grille. Leather interior flawless. Right a '40 Ford convertible club coupe. Little to fault, with spectacular paint and brightwork. Interior flawless. Four-inch section, dropped front axle and more. Flathead V8 with period speed equipment. Complete restoration in 2005. Award at Pebble that same year. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $236,500. Period hot rods are now geting their deserved respect and interest. They can be cloned, but there is no substitute for the real item. Prices have been reflecting this renewed interest, so I can't fault what was paid here. If anything, it was on the light side. #441-1946 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY roadster. S/N 71000000. Sumac Red & wood/tan/red leather. Odo: 1,326 miles. Built from a 1946 Windsor sedan to create the Town & Country roadster. Advertised, but never built. Constructed to the highest standard, with absolutely perfect woodwork. line was the top Studebaker offering, with only 3,770 convertibles produced in '51, the last year for the bullet-nose. An older restoration is showing signs of time and use. Paint OK, with nice chrome and panel fit. Optional overdrive. Interior far from fresh, but no detracting rips or tears. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $49,500. To my eye, the red interior clashed with the red exterior. The price paid was what I expected. A fun Sunday afternoon car that will get a lot of attention. I would like to see it toned down a bit, however. front fender chrome slightly blemished. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $649,000. The other Saoutchikbodied '48 Cadillac was on the lawn at Pebble Beach. It's rare to see both of them on the same weekend. The new owner joins a long list of noted collectors who have enjoyed this car. The styling does not appeal to all, but it is striking and draws a crowd. It's welcome at almost every venue. The price paid was expected. #496-1949 BUICK ROADMASTER convertible. S/N 15240141. Light yellow/tan Haartz cloth/red leather. Odo: 71,254 miles. Offered at no reserve. Restored in 2003 with limited use since. Engine rebuilt at that time. Never shown. Hood gaps off a bit, which is normal. Passenger window fit also slightly off. Wide whitewalls. Engine compartment properly presented. Horrible Dynaslush automatic Interior at the same level of perfection. Paint in good condition. Once owned by Lloyd Mayes. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $91,750. Sold at the 2002 RM Arizona auction for $143,000 (SCM# 27029). The owner drove 128 miles at a cost of $51,250. I don't want to do the math to figure out how much that is per mile. #458-1948 TUCKER 48 Torpedo sedan. S/N 70052026013. Moss Green/tan fabric. Odo: 3,057 miles. Serial number 1038. Body number 1036. One of 51 built. Paint very acceptable with only minor blemishes. Brightwork deep and luxurious, interior done to a high standard. Four speed Cord preselect transmission. Mileage stated to be from new. transmission. Overall, a very strong presentation. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $71,500. With '53–'54 Skylarks out of sight, shouldn't these be bringing more? With the cost of restoration, I would say yes, but as any decent appraiser will tell you, expense does not equal value. The buyer would have been OK if this had brought another ten grand—but not more. #414-1951 STUDEBAKER COMMANDER State convertible. S/N 8953585. Red/black fabric/red vinyl. Odo: 7,473 miles. The State Restored in 1997. Loaded with history. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $577,500. Most likely the best example offered in recent years. It sold for a premium over recent sales, but below the estimates here. The value was in the low mileage, so the new owner will have to be content to display and show the car. Complete with correct luggage. These always draw a crowd. Well bought. 100 Won its class at Amelia Island in 2002. Faster than any other GT car in 1952. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $374,000. This car had a lot going for it—performance, rarity, and attractive styling. As the catalog stated, “Can be serviced at any Shell station in N. America.” The new owner could have spent a whole lot more for less car. #438-1954 PACKARD CARIBBEAN convertible. S/N 54782393. Red & white/ white vinyl/red & white leather. Odo: 57,744 Sports Car Market #415-1953 MUNTZ JET 2-door hard top convertible. S/N 512. Metallic Plum/white hard top/white leather. Odo: 392 miles. This has received a recent ground-up restoration, and has won an AACA National 1st. It is thought only 49 survive today. Minor paint issues. “Madman” Muntz was known for his zany advertising, and made a fortune selling TVs and used cars. He bought the car manufacturing plant from Kurtis and made the “Jet.” An automotive oddity. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $60,500. Price guides place the value of these unique cars well above what was paid here. Guides and the market do not always agree, and cash on the barrelhead is what determines what a car is worth. All that said, this was a superb example and should have brought at least $5k more. #478-1953 CUNNINGHAM C-3 Continental coupe. S/N 5211. White/brown vinyl. Odo: 38 miles. One of just 20 C-3 coupes. Hemi engine. Minor paint swirls but overall restoration holding up well. Interior very nice. History known from new. Restored by Jerome Sauls in 2001.


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RM Auctions Monterey, CA miles. Number 392 of 400 manufactured. Fully documented restoration. Claimed 472 NOS parts used. Minor paint touch-up, with gap off at driver's side door. Clock reset knob missing. Fininshed to a high standard. Minor fixes needed to bring it up a tad. Continential kit. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $165,000. Striking presentation that sold for an astonishing price. However, you could not build the car for what was paid here. If this is what you lust after, pay the price and buy the best available. You'll be money ahead in the long run. #171-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E54S001406. Polo White/black fabric/red vinyl. Odo: 38,050 miles. Offered at no reserve. The windshield is cracked, the frame is rusty, wires hang down under dash, the seats are shot, and the control knobs are wrong. A cheap aftermarket tape deck is installed. Missing engine air cleaners. The best part of this Corvette is the creative description and photograph in the catalog. It's hard to find redeeming value here. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $33,000. Needs absolutely everything. This is a child only a mother could love. All '54 Corvette soft tops were specified to be beige canvas. This one—the best part of the car—was black. I admire the ambition of the buyer. If he can do a quality restoration for less than $80k, he might finish right side up. I wish him well. #174-1954 BUICK SKYLARK convert- ible. S/N 7A1104302. Arctic White/black fabric/red leather. Odo: 1,616 miles. One of 836 made. AACA National first at Hershey some years ago. Restoration holding up quite well. Minor paint chips and swirls, with hood fit as expected. Brightwork well done. Door gaps excellent. Most people prefer the '53 Skylark styling. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $132,000. The tide that took the '53 Skylark to record heights also lifted its younger brother, but the '54 still lags behind. No real problem with either side of the transaction here, but I imagine the seller was looking for more based on the silly recent $400k sale of a '53. #141-1955 FORD CUSTOM Beatnik Bubbletop. S/N U5UG116632. Lavender/ clear plastic/white pearl vinyl. Odo: 195 miles. Largest bubble top ever constructed. Modified '88 Lincoln Town Car chassis. 1960 Chrysler taillights, modified Cadillac bumpers. Incredible creative design completed without November 2006 101


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RM Auctions Monterey, CA Column Author drawings or sketches. Flawless workmanship. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $396,000. Creative custom in late '50s style reminds me of rocket ships and space travel. It will turn heads wherever it appears. It's difficult to question the price paid, as I doubt you could build it for less. Will the new owner ever get his money out of the car, or does he even care? I hope he drives, shows, and enjoys the heck out of this piece of automotive art. #113-1955 LINCOLN CAPRI Woody convertible. Yellow & wood/tan fabric/cream vinyl & suede. Odo: 49,640 miles. Offered at no reserve. Thought to be one of eight production models built. Restored, but showing some age. Paint presentable, but not great. Stains on driver's seat, dash plastic cracked, steering column scratched. Engine value. Five years ago this would have been a joke, but times have changed and these are now getting proper recognition. Try to find one this nice for less. #157-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE door trim is worn. Power steering and brakes. Other trim shows minor pitting. Engine clean with no fluid stains. No serious issues. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $33,000. Price paid was well under the money. Car is worth at least $40,000, so the buyer got a bargain—or the seller didn't do as well as he'd hoped. Sometimes selling without a reserve will put the big dog on the porch—other times he's under the bed. #466-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N F7FH339062. Starmist Blue/ white vinyl. Odo: 80,342 miles. One of only 205 Supercharged “F-Birds” produced. Most were white, 16 this color. Seams and gaps are straight and uniform, with only minor paint swirls present. Very rare manual transmission compartment OK. A unique car, but not all that attractive. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $88,000. Compared to other desirable Woodies, this sold for a reasonable figure. They were not that popular in their era and never went into full production, so this remains an oddity. The perfect car for the guy that has everythng. #428-1957 DESOTO ADVENTURER convertible. S/N 50415283. Black & gold/tan & gold fabric & vinyl. Odo: 1,144 miles. An older restoration that still shows well. Hupcaps added for auction. Interior is very presentable, mechanicals questionable. Torque-Flite transmission with push buttons on dash. The last with overdrive. No center console. Engine bay is as-new. Fully documented and restored to the highest standard. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $220,000. A friend from Houston was “cleaning out” his garage, and decided to let this one go. Combination of the rare color and a manual transmission put this over the top. Even so, I doubt the buyer will get hurt if he maintains it in its present flawless condition. year for the Hemi, with only 300 convertibles built. A good 10-footer. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $123,750. Desirable late '50s car that is just starting to sprout fins. Big, powerful boulevard cruiser. I have to wonder about mechanicals when the catalog suggests it needs work. No issue with price paid—if the car does not need a complete engine rebuild. #409-1957 FORD FAIRLANE 500 Skyliner retractable hard top. S/N D7FW229313. Inca Gold/white hardtop/white & black vinyl. Odo: 81,707 miles. Offered at no-reserve. Recent cosmetic restoration. Retractable top operational. Interior crisp, but 102 Sports Car Market #500-1957 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE convertible. S/N P857H25797. White/white/ light blue & white leather. Odo: 1,576 miles. Body straight and solid, with minor paint swirls. Brightwork sparkles, and the engine is clean and tidy. Of the 630 convertibles produced in '57, this is one of only eight with a/c. Unusual blue flashers. Restored excellently. Interior as-new. Little to fault on this well-presented Bonneville. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $165,000. Offered without reserve, and sold for correct money. Factory air adds about $15,000 to the Z06 coupe. S/N 30837S1115092. Ermine White/tan leather. 327-ci V8, mechanical fuel injection, 3-sp. The flawless frame-off restoration was completed in 2004 and is as good as it gets. A big tank, big brake, Split-Window 'Vette with a manual 3-speed. Leather interior, radio delete. Proceeds to benefit the Goodman Foundation. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $231,000. This very desirable Z06 Split-Window sold for a reasonable number. Fresh and ready for show. Fully documented and numbers matching. #159-1964 SHELBY COBRA 289 Competition roadster. S/N CSX2473. Guardsman Blue/black & white. Odo: 6,305 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. “The winningest Cobra in history,” documented from new. Paint to high standard with minor swirls and scratches. Driver's seat is two-tone, passenger's black. Engine compartment clean and tidy. Stated to be in perfect mechanical condition. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,237,500. CSX2473 has won races spanning five decades. Purchased for $3,778 in '64. Cobra values continue to escalate, and the documented history put this one near the top of the food chain. The condition and race winning history justify the seven-figure selling price. #453-1964 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL limousine. Black/black leather. Odo: 67,057 miles. Built in four months for Pope Paul VI's 1965 visit to the United Nations. In original


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RM Auctions Monterey, CA Column Author unrestored condition. Equipped with raisable throne-like chair, and has a clear hard top for parades. A dent in the trunk is the only real issue. Has been well maintained and preserved with natural patina from age. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $319,000. Loaded with documented history. Sent to Bogota for the Pope's visit in 1968, and also used for the Apollo 8 crew. Has been in a European museum for the past 16 years. I hope it has found a home in one on this side of the pond. #181-1964 SHELBY COBRA 289 Competition roadster. S/N CSX2109. Candy Apple Red & black/black vinyl hard top/red leather. Odo: 29,654 miles. 289-ci V8, 4x2bbl, 4-sp. Placed in bricked-up basement room for 15 years. Several minor paint touch-ups. Complete with removable hard top and race #431-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 2-door hard top. S/N 12437N635416. Hugger Orange & white/black vinyl. Odo: 48,688 miles. Center console with factory tach. Endura front bumper. Interior shows signs of use. Paint is a little thin in spots. Cross Ram dual-four intake, cam, and heads provide 290 hp. This car is far from Side panel trim tarnished. Brightwork looks a bit tired. Interior is in good repair. Lots of questions here. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $110,000. It's impossible to determine the VIN without taking off the fenders, and the reference books state the 302 engine was used in 1968—so this '67 should have a 289. This car should also have had a 715-cfm Holley carburetor, but was instead equipped with a 600. I hope this was a miscomunication and the buyer knew what he was buying. #112-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS 396 2-door hard top. S/N 124378L312096. Matador Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 71,796. Offered at no reserve. A decent restoration with engine replacement. Nice paint and body fit. Bucket seats show minor wear, but nothing fresh, but very presentable. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $82,500. If all the numbers check out, then the new owner bought a good car at a fair price. Now he just has to decide how much more money he wants to spend to bring it up a notch or two. #505-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454 2-door hard top. S/N 136370L132032. Red/pearl white vinyl. slicks. Raced successfully in Street Stock, then road raced from 1965 to 1968. Restored in 1992. 2006 Gold at the Shelby America Concours. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $660,000. Interesting history from new. A no-questions Cobra that would be welcome at almost anywhere. Price paid was not out of line, considering the pedigree. #484-1967 OLDSMOBILE 442 convert- ible. S/N 338677Z112980. Red/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 26,349 miles. 442 means four-barrel carburetor, four speed manual, and dual exhaust. Full restoration in 2004 with little use since. Gaps and seams are factory correct. Paint has some minor blemishes. Bucket seats show minimal wear. Dash not cracked Odo: 55,395 miles. 454-ci LS5 V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. The ultimate Chevy muscle car with a cowl induction hood and hood pins. Offered here with a/c and a Muncie four speed—a rare serious. Package tray was scratched. Redline tires. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $33,000. This car just did not have the right feeling. The engine change was noted, which raised a bunch of other questions. It takes a couple of hours to check all the numbers on these, and we didn't do it. I hope the new owner did. #166-1969 FORD MUSTANG Cobra Jet coupe. S/N 9R01Q123554. White & black/ black vinyl. Odo: 5,156 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Sold without reserve. Documented history, with authenticated actual mileage. Numerous paint chips throughout. Interior is race-car spartan. Engine clean. Cragar Mags. Built for combination. Older restoration that still shows well. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $44,000. One of the last cars offered—which did not help final number. Offered at no reserve. You need to do your homework on these to make sure it was born with the stated options, but at this price it makes no difference. Sold at a bargain price. or sun damaged. Engine bay sparkles. Strong presentation. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $38,500. These are not hard to find, but restoration is not cheap, so buy the best. The W-30 and Hurst editions introduced later are more desirable. The price paid here was about right, considering the excellent condition, so no problem with either side of this transaction #491-1967 SHELBY GT350 fastback. Lime Green/black vinyl. Odo: 6,915 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Offered at no reserve. Respray in the distant past shows some age. 104 #194-1970 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. S/N ORO5H162582. Wimbledon White/black knitted vinyl. Odo: 22,928. 351ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Actual low mileage Mach 1. Paint has been touched-up, the trim is oxidized, and the door fit is off a bit. Equipped with a Cruise-O-Matic transmission and Eleanor wheels. Engine compartment clean Vic Damone/Ken Venturi Racing. Ordered with a fiberglass hood and without a/c or power accessories to lessen weight. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $99,000. 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RM Auctions Monterey, CA and tidy. Power brakes, power steering, twist lock hood pins, Marti report. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $39,600. Car was “lost” in a shipping container for 13 years. Discovered by a dock employee and sold at the McCormick auction in February for $25k. Freshened up for sale here. A desirable Mustang with an interesting story. Buyer could have paid five grand more and still have been OK. #504-1970 CADILLAC N.A.R.T. coupe. S/N 1486238. Red/black leather. Designed by noted Ferrari distriburor Luigi Chinetti, and built by Zagato. His idea was to offer his clients a high-performance car that would meet new emission standards. This was built as a prototype, and was the only Cadillac N.A.R.T. built. Never restored, but has had some cosmetic attention. In good condition overall. A most interesting vehicle. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $57,750. It's difficult to find the market for a one-of-a-kind oddity. The new owner will get his money's worth of attention at the local shows. On the other hand, he may soon tire of explaining what it is. #163-1971 PLYMOUTH HEMI 'CUDA Replica convertible. S/N BH27C1B126595. Black & orange/black fabric/orange vinyl. Odo: 66,390 miles. 426-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Original 'Cuda born with 383 engine. Two-year restoration started in 2001 with Hemi installed at that time. Striking colors with orange billboards. Flawless restoration to a very high standard. thing. If the market implodes, your exposure is minimized. If it continues to be this silly, it will bring your ‘Cuda along with it. #147-2005 APOLLO MONZA Prototype spyder. S/N 2001204B. Maroon/tan leather. Coachwork by Milt Brown. The prototype for a projected series of limited-edition roadsters. Equipped with a steel and fiberglass body that is unique to this car. Pleasant styling with a luxurous interior. The car is in as-new condition with only minor signs of use. Cond: 1-. Equipped with a long list of options. Nothing to fault here. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $165,000. A stunning car at a fraction of the price of the real SOLD AT $110,000. Brown is best known for building the Apollo 3500/5000 in the mid-'60s. The Apollo here was offered at no-reserve and the final bid was well below expectations. I doubt if the seller was too happy, as they are looking for production orders at a much higher figure.u November 2006 105


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Russo and Steele Monterey, CA Column Author Sports and Muscle at the Marriott Alcazar persuaded the city to shut down the street, then paraded the cars in front of the Mariott—right across the street from RM's events Company Russo and Steele Date August 18–19, 2006 Location Monterey, CA Auctioneer Dennis Wisbey Automotive lots sold / offered 156 / 156 Sales rate 100% Sales total $13,153,690 High sale NASCAR fever came to the Marriott when The King's 1971 Hemi Road Runner sold for $192,500 Report and photos by SCM Staff Market opinions in italics R Monterey, CA usso and Steele returned to the Monterey Marriott this year with its unique no-holds-barred style and flair. Once again the sale had all the hallmark nightclub-style speakers and bright lights bidders have come to associate and appreciate at a Russo auction. Downtown Monterey is prime real estate the third weekend of August, and this Scottsdale-based auction house staked a big claim this year. Not only did the schedule get bigger, increasing from a Saturday-only sale to include Friday night as well, but the space allotted for the increased consignments got bigger as well. Russo still makes good use of the parking garage down the street, though the lighting inside leaves something to be desired when it comes to viewing six- and seven-figure cars. The city also gave Russo carte blanche on Calle Principal, the street fronting the Marriott. With the busy street closed to traffic, Russo was able to line it with consignments, in the process catching a great deal of foot traffic. The cars on offer—all clearly listed at no-reserve— were of excellent quality, representing several top-notch restorations, both older and fresh. American muscle abounded, complete with 13 Shelbys and numerous other examples from the Big Three. One of those Shelbys, a 1966 Cobra 427 competition roadster, made top sale at $643,500. A previously wrecked car that had been rebodied, it had all the documentation needed to warrant the price. But all that fresh work meant that it lacked much of the feeling associated with an alloriginal car, and some in attendance argued that it kept the price down. 106 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Competition, sold at $643,500 Buyer's premium 10% (included in sold prices) Other notable sales included a 1970 Mustang Boss 429 that made a strong $214,500, a nice 1961 MGA that brought $24,750, and a 1966 Dodge Coronet Hemi sold at a surprising $74,800. Deal of the sale had to be the 1989 Walkey LSR Streamliner. Where else can you get 900 hp for $38,500? One of the favorites offered here was Richard Petty's 1971 Plymouth Hemi Road Runner. This was one of the original #43 NASCAR racers from the '71 season, and it sold for $192,500. The dry-sump 426 Hemi sounded amazing, and it tended to draw a crowd everywhere it stopped. Also of interest was a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible equipped with a 435-hp 427. Though it was advertised as non-numbers-matching, it sold for an easy $159,500. No-reserve sales can be a mixed bag. Buyers can luck out and land a deal. And sellers can see their car soar simply because two people “gotta have it.” The downside for sellers, of course, are those landed deals. Thinking your car is worth a million bucks and then seeing a crowd of bidders value it at a fraction of that can be disheartening. Overall, Russo and Steele posted solid results. The extra day meant that the consignment list nearly doubled from last year (79 vs. 156). And total sales increased by nearly $2.5m over last year's $10.6m result. (Of course, given this auction company's liberal buy-back policy, where bidders can reclaim their own cars with little financial risk, the “all no-reserve” claims must always be taken with a grain of salt.—ED.) Hosting a sale in such proximity to the long-established flagship event put on by RM is a challenge, but Drew Alcazar caters to a different crowd. Once again, the effort paid off.u Sports Car Market Russo and Steele


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Russo and Steele Monterey, CA Column Author ENGLISH #F171-1961 MGA roadster. Eng. # 166AU18838. Glacier Blue/black/black leather. An attractive little MGA with excellent paint, engine bay details, and chrome. Unfortunately the door fits are way off on both #F106-1973 PORSCHE 911S Targa. S/N 11491. Signal Yellow/black/black leather. Rare 1973.5 911 CIS, equipped with standard equipment including aluminum calipers, 5-speed transmission, Koni shocks, Fuchs alloy rims, and an injected 2.4-L engine. Recent repaint poorly done, with overspray on trim pieces. Door speakers and interior are ill-fitting, weatherstripping is older. Engine described as about bugs and stone chips. Strong money for an older resto showing its age. #F111-1967 VOLKSWAGEN MICROBUS 21-window. S/N 247089669. Burgundy & white/white/tan cloth. A nice, dry, rust-free microbus painted burgundy and white. The interior is unattractive tan cloth, and the mouldings are slightly pitted. Otherwise, the sides. Painted wires on radials, trumpet air cleaners, added electric fan, and full tonneau cover. Disc brakes and leather interior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $24,750. A nice car except for the door gaps. It sold for the right money based on condition. Good deal for buyer and seller. #F109-1967 MGB SI convertible. S/N GHN3U138261G. Tartan Red/black vinyl/ black leather. Odo: 1,100 miles. Without a doubt one of the finest MGBs I have ever seen. The panel fits are perfect, the underside is stuning, everything is powercoated or painted to perfection. Comes with two sets of wheels and rebuilt with new heat exchangers, but engine bay area is messy. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $26,400. Sold for a strong price considering the quality of restoration. I would question the engine rebuild simply because of the get-ready-for-auction sloppy paint work. The seller gets an “A” for his write up, but I hope the buyer looked at the car closely—it seems the car described was different from the car sold. Lots of fresh undercoating scares me; what was it hiding? rest of the van is nice, with decent engine bay detailing, painted floor pans, new interior, good glass, and headliner. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $33,000. I thought it would have sold for more money—maybe the buyers didn't like the interior either. Well bought. #S208-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL tires, the correct and original Lucas headlamps, Champion N9Y spark plugs, original Vacuum/ Electrical Overdrive Switch, and the original wheel jack. The leather seats have the correct red piping, and Wilton wool carpets are present. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $22,000. MGBs in this shape are rare indeed. The owner was serious about doing this restoration properly and it showed. At this price, it was a fair deal. GERMAN #S253-1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Gullwing coupe. S/N 1980406500082. Red/ red/off-white leather. An older restoration is starting to show flaws. Has a couple of small cracks in the bodywork, with decent driverquality paint. The interior has held up well and is still very nice. The engine bay is clean and tidy, but shows some use. This vehicle is really eye-catching from a distance. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $343,700. I liked this car because you could get in and drive it—and not worry 108 the seats are over-stuffed and the door panels padded. The engine is claimed to be rebuilt, but its overall appearance is dull. The undercarriage appears to be original and is not detailed. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $47,300. Painted in its original color, this car oozes class. A full folder of documents came with the car, showing all services and one owner from 1971 to 2000. This is the best year for these SLs, and for this money it should have had better details and the legendary ZF five-speed. Strong price paid here. convertible. S/N 11304412019200. Navy blue/navy blue/navy blue leather. Original paint in excellent condition. It appears to have its original trunk, but the left front fender looks new. The chrome and wood are excellent. Optioned with an automatic transmission, a/c, and head-rest seats, but missing the original Becker radio. The interior has new leather, but ITALIAN #F156-1970 FERRARI 365 GT 2+2. S/N 12687. Red/red/black leather. Odo: 61,407 miles. Poor paint, scratched trim, dull and rusty Borrani wire wheels, and it sits really low in the rear. The leather has the feel of being dyed, and the carpets are not fresh. The rubber pads on the brake and clutch pedals are worn down to the metal. A potential fright pig. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $149,600. The window card described it as a top-quality car that has just completed a no-expense-spared restoration. I think the seller must have been talking about his other Ferrari, as this one had plenty to pick on. The new owner could find himself upside-down on this fairly non-desirable Ferrari. Ouch. AMERICAN #S240-1948 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY Woody convertible. S/N 7408064. Light green & wood/tan/green & white cloth. This car had some get-readyfor-auction preparation. 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Russo and Steele Monterey, CA rim is cracked. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $53,900. Was it a real Tri-Power or was it made up? Lack of documentation clouded the answer. This dealer also had a '65 Goat ragtop that ran on Saturday, selling for the same amount. #F133-1966 DODGE CORONET HEMI 2-door hard top. S/N WH23H67234363. Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 44,000 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. One of 96 auto Hemi Coronets built, comes with the original title, build sheet, and Certacard. Optioned with power steering, power brakes, and automatic cruisers continue to be in strong demand for the cigar-smoking crowd. I would say this was good money for a car soon to need a complete restoration. #S245-1954 BUICK SKYLARK convert- ible. S/N 7A1106990. White/white/red leather. One of 836 built in 1954. A striking car in the classic white with red interior. Eye-catching red inner fenders. This two-owner car was restored to perfection in 2000, and comes with the original title showing transfer to seller. Snowcrest White/white vinyl/red vinyl. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Better-than-new panel fit and paint, well-detailed throughout. A fresh bodyoff restoration with the chassis and suspension components beadblasted and powdercoated. The body was stripped to raw fiberglass and repainted in original colors. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $72,600. Hard to fault. The buyer got this car for half the cost of the restoration. Well bought. #F143-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S114253. Eng. # T0127IP. Tuxedo Black/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 39,050 miles. 427/425, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Original black-on-black car. Paint shows numerous cracks throughout, and door fit is very poor. Car has been hit hard in the front transmission. Very nice resto includes painted floor pans. Claimed to be original mileage, but nothing stated concerning the engine—I assume it is not the original block. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $74,800. A Hemi selling under $100,000—finally the market is realizing these Coronets are a bit dull and not nearly as desirable as some of their cousins. #S261-1966 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N SFM6S1058. Red & white/black vinyl. Odo: 268 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fully documented and fully restored to show standards. Excellent paint, chrome, interior, Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $154,000. The Harley Earl influence with the new-for-'54 chrome tail fins—a nice touch on these classic cruisers. A beautiful car and believed to be one of approximately 50 left. A fair price for condition and rarity. #S264-1957 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE convertible. S/N P8571431574. Kenya Ivory & Bonneville Red/white/blue & white leather. Odo: 43,173 miles. Thoroughly restored a few years ago with photo documentation. All trim, paint, undercarriage, engine bay, and interior and has had a sub-par repair. Equipped with power steering, teak wheel, side pipes, AM/ FM stereo, and a leather interior. New factorystyle tachometer. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $82,500. Described as a correct numbers-matching car. All dates and codes seem to jibe, but why does it have a brand-new tach? Is it because it was originally a small block car with a lower redline? This car scared me, as the nose is sure to shake loose soon. I think the price reflected what I saw. Good luck to the new owner. #F132-1966 PONTIAC GTO convertible. S/N 242676P283052. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. This is a fresh get-ready-for-auction car. The paint is new, but is of poor quality, and all the trim is dull. The frame is rusty, and there is new undercoating on the body. Console is pitted, steering wheel components are excellent. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $132,000. There were two Bonnevilles for sale in Monterey this weekend, with this one selling for about $25,000 less than the one at RM. The RM car had the super rare a/c and a blue accent instead of the red shown here. #S230-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J59S103045. Roman Red & November 2006 109 and engine bay. Oxide primer underside, and numbers-matching driveline. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $198,000. Hard to fault. A market-correct price for a real stud. #S257-1966 SHELBY COBRA roadster. S/N CSX3012. Dark green/black vinyl. Odo: 2. 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Painted in dark


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Russo and Steele Monterey, CA Column Author green with the number one displayed on the hood and front fenders. White-coated side pipe exhaust. This car has been active in the historic scene and it has some minor scrapes and scars to prove it. Virtually a completely new machine as of the mid-1980s. Definitely mean-looking. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $643,500. The actual car this number applies to was severly damaged in the early '70s, and the owner at the time kept the salvageble parts and the MSO. This car was built in the U.K. by Autocraft's Brian Angliss using those parts. If you want to race one of these, then this is the one. It doesn't really matter if you wreck it, as it's not original. I repect the seller for being so frank about the provenance. Well sold. #F152-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S114414. Marina Blue/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 68,000 miles. 427/435, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Factory big block car with a fresh photo-documented frame-off restoration. Hard-to-fault restoration with nice attention to detail. Optioned with power steering, side pipes, tinted windows, Shelby, with excellent interior, chrome, and engine bay details. Unfortunately, the floor pans show fresh undercoating. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $181,500. Strong money for a non-paperwork, suspiciously-undercoated King of the Road with a repro tag. #S244-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO blue/black vinyl. Odo: 63,307 miles. 428-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. One of the stars of the auction. A complete and well-done restoration. Excellent quality throughout is hard to fault. Fully documented as the only '67 Shelby GT500 to have dealer-installed a/c. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $236,500. Nice documentation and a superior restoration. I'd say it was well bought—and this could reflect a southward movement in the market. #F150-1968 SHELBY GT350 convertible. S/N 8T03J14946701480. Red/white/saddle tan vinyl. Odo: 53,200 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4sp. An unrestored orginal California car with outstanding paint, interior, engine bay, and chrome. Untouched undercarriage shows faded oxide primer on dry floor pans. Equipped with the necessary 4-speed, wheel lip mouldings, Z/28 RS 2-dr hard top. S/N N/A. Garnet Red & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. 302-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Photo-documented restoration of an all-original metal body with exceptional quality and detail throughout. Documented Z/28 with the RS option. Previous titles documenting mileage and ownership history. Optioned with the Endura bumper, RS hide- and leather head-rest seats. Since nothing in the description states it's a numbers-matching car, I assume it has a replacement engine block. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $159,500. This dealer sold an impeccable black-on-black '67 big block convertible at this same auction for $308,000. With this car selling for just half of that, I know which one I would have bought. #F154-1967 SHELBY GT500 fastback. S/N 67400F7A01736. Lime Gold/black vinyl. Odo: 24,975 miles. 428-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4sp. An early inboard-light GT500 in mostly original condition. One past repaint in good away headlights, the rare JL8 rear disc brakes, rosewood tilt wheel, tach, console gauges, rosewood dash, power steering, and front and rear spoilers. Dealer installed Cross Ram setup with the correct prop-up fiberglass hood and GM snowflake intake. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $187,000. Well-done and documented JL8—one of 206 factory produced cars. It's nice to see a real car that not only has dealer paperwork, but also title history verification. Well sold. #S259-1969 SHELBY GT500 convertible. tilt-away steering, extra cooling, power brakes, power steering, and a glass rear window. Documented mileage and owner history in the Shelby registry. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $111,100. A time capsule car in outstanding original condition, seller states too nice to restore, and I agree. I would call this a great buy. Where else do you find them in unrestored, non-abused condition? #S246-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR fastback. S/N 18T02R210171. Black/black vinyl. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Seller owned it for the last 20 years and claims it's a documented blackon-black car. A beautiful and straight black shape. A documented low-mile piece with its orignal interior, engine, tranny, rear end, and body panels. Clean underneath shows faded original oxide primer. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $198,000. Nice time capsule. Pretty well market-correct for an early '67 GT500 with the third pedal. Well bought. #S251-1967 SHELBY GT500 fastback. S/N 67400F4A01825. Wimbledon White & 110 original drivetrain and components. Superb restoration. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $313,500. Sold for good money, but this was super rare and probably one of the nicest Shelby GT500 4speed convertibles in existence. Well bought. #F157-1970 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N 0F02M483182. Competition Red/red/ white vinyl. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of 788 GT350s sold in 1970, and is one of four in this trim combination. Very nice paint, interior, and Sports Car Market S/N 9F03R482667. Black Jade/black/black vinyl. Odo: 24,500 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Outstanding paint and body fits better than new. A stunning Shelby GT500 in convertible trim. Highest scoring '69 Shelby GT500 Convertible Drag Pac 4-speed, as per SAAC. Fully documented with actual mileage of 24,500 and all


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Ram Air III. One of 168 Judge convertibles built in 1970. Nice paint, chrome, and engine bay. Trim tag looks like a replacement. Rare car, with the original build sheet provided. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $162,800. This is a frequent flyer, as it sold in January at BarrettJackson for $199,800 (SCM #40346). A market correction by $37,000 in eight months is pretty staggering. #S249-1970 FORD MUSTANG BOSS engine bay. Nice options including mandatory 4-speed, a/c, AM/FM stereo, and tinted glass. Loads of documentation as well including the build sheet, dealer invoice, and a Marti report. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $101,750. Bold color scheme, with nice attention to detail spent during the restoration. Fair price paid. #S262-1970 OLDSMOBILE 442 W30 convertible. S/N 344670M289772. Aegean Aqua & white/white/pearl vinyl. Odo: 428 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Stunning color rarely seen and completely correct. Very nice paint, chrome, interior, underside, and engine bay. Nothing left untouched. Numbers-matching powerhouse 455 V8 with all the options: 429 fastback. S/N 0F02Z137925. Grabber Orange/black vinyl. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. From a prominent collection. Complete with factory order sheet. The paint, chrome, interior, and engine bay are all excellent, although the GREGOR FISKEN Fine Hi s toric Automobi les Situated in a Kensington Mews, internationally famous for old cars, we are proud to offer a varied selection of historic automobiles. Our prices are keenly competitive in today's market and we are always interested in buying, part exchanging or selling on clients' behalf cars similar to those below. Please write, phone, fax or e-mail with your requirements. 1973 Porsche 911 2.7 RS Lightweight Collected from the Stuttgart works on 30th March 1973 by German racing driver Klaus Samuleit who went on floor pans are not oxide primer. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $214,500. The owner did not furnish any information about the history of the car or its drivetrain, but rather he described the Boss 429 in general, something that would have worried me as a bidder. Still, bought strongly here. #S260-1971 PLYMOUTH HEMI power seats, power windows, power trunk, power steering, power brakes, Tic-Toc-Tach, gauge cluster, tilt wheel, Hurst dual-gate shifter, interior map light, inside hood lock, and AM/FM stereo. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $167,200. This is the gentleman's hot rod, and it's finally gaining the respect it deserves. Strong price paid for a no-paperwork car, but it sure was a good looker with all the right options. I hope the new owner takes it out and smokes those Firestone Wide Ovals to appreciate what he's just purchased. Well sold. #S247-1970 PONTIAC GTO The Judge convertible. S/N 242670Z113014. Cardinal Red/white/red vinyl. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp, ROAD RUNNER race car. Petty STP Blue/Daytona fabric. 426-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. An authentic #43 car, fully documented by the King himself. Race-built dry sump 426 Hemi, 95% original chassis, original front suspension with #43 stamps, and original restoration in Switzerland in 2002 by marque experts and fully prepared for competitive use in rallies such as the to compete in 0972 in no fewer than 42 rallies, races and hill climbs between 1973 and 1977 including 1973 Tour d'Europe, the 1973 German Rally and the 1973 Seen Rally, the car being run by Team Matter of Karlstadt. The Porsche was subject to a painstaking and extensive Tour Auto and Modena Cento Ore in which it has been a successful participant! The Porsche comes with FIA papers and is ready for almost every event imaginable. 1974 Lancia Stratos specification in the Pirelli colours. One of the most iconic dual purpose racers from the Seventies and was recently proven at the Goodwood Festival of Speed by none other than Sandro Munari. Jolly Club and was subsequently raced in Alitalia livery. Notable results include second place in the 1979 Rally Autodromo Monza. A complete restoration was carried out in the Nineties by Foradini to the 1978 ‘Works' CARS IN STOCK Daytona fabric-covered seat and peace sign headrest unique to the Petty-built 1971 cars. Decals supplied by an original Petty supplier. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $192,500. Vintage NASCAR. Very well prepared with race provenance and documentation. Looked and sounded unbelievable.u 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT 1972 Alfa Romeo T33/3 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 ‘Ruddspeed' 1964 Austin Healey 3000 MkIII Works Car 1964 Abarth Simca 1955 Bentley R-Type Continental( Manual) 1931 Bentley 4 ½ Supercharged 1972 De Tomaso Pantera Group4/5 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 1973 Ferrari Daytona 1949 Jaguar XK120 – Aluminium 1974 Lancia Stratos 1954 Maserati A6GCS 1973 Porsche 911RS Lightweight 1970 Porsche 911 2.2S 14 Queens Gate Place Mews, London, SW7 5BQ Telephone 011 44 20 7584 3503 Fax 011 44 20 7584 7403 cars@gregorfisken.com November 2006 www.gregorfisken.com 111 Chassis number 1723 began its illustrious competitive career with the Grifone Team, enjoyed a spell with the


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Bonhams & Butterfields Carmel Valley, CA Column Author Collectors' Motor Cars Bonhams achieved solid results for good cars and was not dependent on the performance of a few multi-million-dollar “star cars” to carry the results Company Bonhams & Butterfields Date August 18, 2006 Location Carmel Valley, CA Auctioneer Malcolm Barber Automotive lots sold / offered 56 / 69 Sales rate 81% Sales total $12,444,099 High sale 1956 Jaguar D-type, sold at $2,097,000 Once a mainstay on the West Coast racing scene, this 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza brought $1,107,000 in Carmel Report and photos by Donald Osborne Market opinions in italics M Carmel Valley, CA ost of the top automotive auction houses seek out major collections to serve as the centerpieces of their sales, and Bonhams followed suit this year at the Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, CA. The collection at the heart of this sale was 18 cars formerly displayed at the Rosso Bianco museum in Aschaffenburg, Germany. Assembled by Peter Kaus, this collection was purchased at the beginning of the year by the Louwman family of the Netherlands. It consisted of more than 200 cars, with an emphasis on sports and racing cars, and was more or less equally divided between French “grand routiers” and more recent race cars. Bonhams has previously demonstrated the ability to sell race cars at auction, which can be a challenge. They did quite well here, with the top sale of $2.1m for a 1956 Jaguar D-type with Sebring history. In a sale loaded with star lots, the ex-Rob Walker 1938 Talbot-Lago T150SS teardrop coupe was perhaps the brightest, but it was a nosale at a bid of $2.8m. Four of the six top sales were race cars; in addition to the Jaguar, top prices achieved included $1.1m for the exPhil Hill 1955 Ferrari Monza, $579,000 for a 1972 Porsche 917/10 CanAm Spyder, and $557,000 for a 1966 Porsche Carrera 6 Type 906. The 1968 AVS Shadow Chevrolet CanAm “Lowline” prototype also realized a good price when it hammered sold at $111,150. In fact, the only race car from the collection that failed to sell was the Ford GT40 #1073, stalling at $600,000. 112 Buyer's premium 17% on the first $100,000, 10% thereafter (included in sold prices) The lots had the usual breadth seen in past years, rang- ing from a 1917 Seagrave Fire Pumper sold at $14,040, to a barn-find 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Springfield Henley convertible coupe, which found a new owner at an astounding $238,000. A near-perfect 1927 Hispano-Suiza H6B Coupe Chauffeur sold for $304,000, and my favorite car of the sale—a 1960 Autobianchi Bianchina convertible—achieved $23,400. The absolute winner as the most bizarre auction offer- ing of the year was the 1865 Abbot Downing stagecoach. Boasting its original chassis with the first-ever full body suspension, it failed to sell at $140,000. I suppose if they had hitched four horses to it and it had been driven across the block rather than pushed, it might have made more of an impression on the crowd. In considering the impressive $12.4m sale total—more that $8m over last year's result—it's worth noting that only three cars sold over the $1m mark. The numbers speak for themselves, including the 79% sale rate this year vs. last year's 56% rate. Looking over the sold list, the majority of the prices fell in the $100k to $300k range. Bonhams achieved solid results for good cars, and demonstrated for the first time in memory that they were really “in the hunt” when it came to bringing home results from their Monterey sale, when compared to their competitors. Further, they were not dependent on the performance of a few multi-million-dollar “star cars” to carry the results. Doing more with less—it's a good route to success.u Sports Car Market


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Bonhams & Butterfields Carmel Valley, CA Column Author ENGLISH #542-1929 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I Springfield Henley convertible coupe. S/N S182PM. Blue/blue leather. A barn find, with excellent panel fit, excluding a badly sagging right door. Dull, cracked paint is flaking in places. Incorrect wheels, bumpers are included but not installed. Brightwork is flat, interior is totally it's ready for the next club event. Well sold at this price. #536-1938 AUSTIN SEVEN Racing Special racer. S/N CRW16103. British Racing Green/black vinyl. Odo: 14,476 km. Superb panel fit, with good gaps around the engine cover. Fair paint, with several stress cracks, chips, and dings on the body and wheels. Clean distressed, engine compartment is dirty. In need of a total restoration. Cond: 6+. SOLD AT $238,000. From the Trager collection. This Brewster Henley convertible coupe is a very handsome style, and this car will be stunning when restored. The amazing price achieved is further evidence of the incredible current vogue for project cars. #568-1930 ROLLS-ROYCE 20/25HP boattail speedster. S/N GDP34. Brown & yellow/beige canvas/brown vinyl. RHD. Odo: 47,346 miles. Doors and hood fit well. Older paint shows rubs, polish scratches, and cracking on rear body. Fair chrome, with many light scratches. Seat is as-new, dash is a bit brightwork with few imperfections. Good seat upholstery. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $22,230. Austin Seven specials are popular and common in the U.K., but rare to see here in the U.S. An attractive little club racer, but not really competitive in any American vintage group. Priced accordingly. #547-1951 BENTLEY MK VI saloon. S/N B213LH. Gray/gray leather & ultrasuede. RHD. Odo: 3,680 miles. Good panel fit. Paint is microblistered, bubbled, cracked, and mottled. Surprisingly good chrome. Front seat leather has moved past patina into worn, rear ultrasuede is very good but baggy. Dry and faded varnish on all interior wood trim. Cond: 5-. faded and dirty. Replacement boattail body in 1978 by unknown hand. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $23,400. The body on this car could have carried a tag from “Carrozzeria Loving Hands From Home.” Rather casual standards of workmanship combined with a most curious color combination. The buyer must have been looking for a 20/25 chassis to body himself. Price was quite generous. #505-1934 BENTLEY 3 1/2-LITER tourer. S/N B90CR. British Racing Green/ black canvas/Cognac vinyl. RHD. Odo: 6,170 miles. Good to fair panel fit. Older paint with some stress cracking, sanding marks, and bubbling. Very good chrome, with some waviness on the radiator shell. Re-sprayed seats are peeling on the backrests and the driver's seat cushion. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $54,590. Nicely rebodied tourer, clearly used but presentable. Since Bentley owners actually drive their cars, 114 SOLD AT $24,750. Virtutis Praemium Honor (“Honor is the reward of virtue”) is painted on the doors of this Hooper-bodied Mk VI. Hard to see either honor or virtue in this one. Supposedly Lee Radziwill is among the former owners. Both were lookers in their youth and pretty frightening to look at now. Sold for $12,190 at Silver Reno in June 2005 (SCM# 39275), so the seller did quite well here. Wilson preselector gearbox. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $29,250. A rare and unusual utility from stodgy old Armstrong-Siddeley. Sold new in Australia, imported to the U.S. and consigned by an SCMer who drove it home to Oregon from the California docks. Eleven-year-old restoration holding up well. Wacky, weird, and wonderful, it was well bought. TOP 10 No. 5 #521-1956 JAGUAR XK D-TYPE racer. S/N XKD553. Eng. # E20469. British Racing Green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 4,154 miles. Excellent panel fit. Very good older paint with a few stress and star cracks, and some fading and polish swirl marks. Interior is nice, with a small hole in crack on left front fender near cowl. Excellent chrome. Very good interior, slightly soiled. Disc wheels and spats. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $102,960. The classic look of a 120 OTS—disc wheels and spats in BRG. Very well done throughout—and worth every penny. #564-1952 ARMSTRONG-SIDDELEY UTILITY truck. S/N SM1810701. Ivory & burgundy/brown vinyl. RHD. Odo: 5,384 miles. Excellent panel fit, very good paint with some stress cracking along base of “C” pillar at body. Very good interior with some soiling on carpets. Missing vent wings. #560-1952 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster ots. S/N 672973. British Racing Green/black canvas/parchment leather. Odo: 492 miles. Excellent panel fit to doors and hood, trunk slightly raised on side. Very good paint shows a the transmission cover panel. Engine compartment looks heavily used, but original. Polished wheels. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $2,097,000. Ex-Rosso Bianco collection, Jack Hensley/Pat O'Connor Sebring 12-Hour car. Maintained Sports Car Market


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Glovebox Notes and lightly restored over many years of various museum displays, it shows a wonderful patina. The price was in the estimate range and spoton, if not a bit of a deal. See the Race Profile on p. 58. #549-1957 BENTLEY S1 CONTINENTAL fastback coupe. S/N BC87BG. Dark blue/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 6,336 miles. Excellent panel fit, very good older paint with several small chips and swirl marks. Good chrome shows light pitting, but hubcap trim rings are missing. Interior has a nice patina, A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM stable. HHHHH is best 2006 MAZDA RX-8 ever, this result proved that the Aston market continues its strong upward movement. Six figures used to be the preserve of #1 or #2 cars. Will this seem a bargain in six months? #562-1963 ASTON MARTIN DB4 VANTAGE Series 5 coupe. S/N DB41176R. Dark blue metallic/black leather. RHD. Odo: 8,271 miles. Good panel fit, except right door alignment. Good paint with much evidence of poor prep—lack of color sanding, sinkholes, overspray in wheel wells, etc. Some pitting and waviness under chrome plating on bumpers. with some fading on top of driver's seat and some light cracking on dashboard varnish. Wide whitewall tires. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $183,000. S1 Continental coupes have the cleanest lines of the style. This one was a very handsome driver, ready for touring. Price was high, but the car was straight and honest. #540-1959 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD Long Wheelbase saloon. S/N CLC40. Dark burgundy & black/tan leather. Odo: 98,969 miles. Outstanding panel fit. Good paint with some waviness and a few small chips, and some checking and shrinkage on doors. Very good chrome and brightwork. Good seats show some wear, dashboard cover split at top seam. Nicks on instrument cluster paint, dirty sill and door plates. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $136,800. A plus for this car is the desirable Vantage high performance spec—the minuses are right-hand drive and the evidence of a quick and dirty tart-up for sale. It raises many questions. The price seems huge, but Vantages don't grow on trees. #532-1964 JAGUAR MK II 3.8 saloon. S/N 232945DN. White/red leather. Odo: 11,517 miles. Excellent panel fit, paint, and chrome. Very good interior, with some small abrasions on driver's seat back. Excellent wood trim. Air conditioning, later cassette radio, and limo tint Nice seats, some dull wood trim, dash top wildly over-varnished. Equipped with divider window and wide whitewall tires. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $43,290. The long wheelbase Silver Cloud sedan was much better looking than just about every Silver Wraith ever made. Very serious and somewhat heavy-looking in this color combo, it's still a lot of car for the money. Well bought. #506A-1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4 S II coupe. S/N DB4527R. Silver/black leather. RHD. Very good panel fit, except a wide right door gap at the rear edge. Excellent paint. Ripples under plating on bumpers and door window surrounds. Grille is poor, dull, and pitted. Nice patina to the interior, but with strange thread holes on upper seat backs—apparently where some sort of plaques were removed. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $128,000. Right-hookers in the U.S. have not been the easiest sell; how November 2006 windows. Vicarage 5-speed transmission, XJ-S power steering rack, competition suspension. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $58,500. Excellently restored 3.8 saloon with desirable wire wheels, sold by an SCMer. Sensibly modified for today's driving, but still retained original appearance. Would make a great vintage rally mount. A high price, but worth it. #539-1965 BENTLEY S3 CONTINENTAL drophead coupe. S/N BC176XC. Regal Red/beige Everflex/beige leather. RHD. Odo: Price as tested: $31,505 Likes: Silky-smooth engine as responsive as ever. Neutral handling, excellent forward visibility, comfortable driver's seat, great brakes, decent Bose stereo. Dislikes: No analog speedometer, with ugly digital numbers floating in tach, while temp, fuel, and oil gauges drift aimlessly in other two faces. Climate controls pure guesswork. Useless mini-doors make for bungled rear quarter; high deck, small windows limit rear visibility. Micro back seat divided by console, dark as a dungeon. Gearshift must be thumped into reverse with left hand. Fun to drive HHH Fun to look at H Overall ownership experience HH Verdict: Frightful disappointment after elegant mid-'90s RX-7. Expensive, ugly, and thirsty—18 mpg, with luck. One from the B team, who should now fall on their swords.—Paul Duchene 2006 MAZDASPEED6 GRAND TOURING Price as tested: $33,440 Likes: Intuitively fast, with 274-hp, 16-valve, turbo 4-cylinder, all-wheel drive with active torque split, slick 6-speed, huge vented brakes. Simple controls, including navigation, Recaro-style leather, heated seats (8-way power for driver), monster Bose stereo with 7 speakers, 6-CD player. Auto up/down on all windows, decent back seat, sizeable trunk. 2.3-liter engine returned almost 30 mpg highway—5 mpg above EPA estimate. Dislikes: Quick clutch must be learned, keyless entry card begs to be left someplace. Needs trick color, like Subaru WRX electric blue, Mitsubishi Evo yellow. Fun to drive HHHHH Fun to look at HHH Overall ownership experience HHHH Verdict: The latest Mazda 6 redo resulted in sales doubling in Europe; I expect the same here, and this front-line fighter should give BMW 3 owners fits.—P.D.u 115


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Bonhams & Butterfields Carmel Valley, CA Column Author Originally thought to be Jackie Stewart's Carl Haas race car, it turned out to be the spare car. It was run by Tom Heyser in 8 rounds of the 1972 CanAm series. Price was right for the corrected history. A great-looking car. #514-1983 JAGUAR XJR-5 IMSA Sports 18,221 miles. Very good panel fit, except left door gap at rear edge. Sound paint, with several small dings, scratches, and touched-up chips. Nicely done interior shows a clean patina, some wear on lower dash bolster. Added air conditioning and a later Kenwood cassette stereo. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $92,430. “Quad Light” is the PC name for these Series 3 cars, which I find attractive even if many don't. A great color combination, it's clearly a dailyish driver and would need much to show. Well bought. #556-1967 JAGUAR XKE 4.2 Series I convertible. S/N 1E14244. British Racing Green/tan canvas/biscuit leather. Odo: 5,477 miles. Hood and trunk fit excellent, both doors misaligned at rear edges. Excellent paint, except for a chip under right door handle. Convertible top in good shape. Excellent chrome shows no marks. Superb interior and seats show a nice Prototype coupe. S/N 009. White & green/ black fiberglass. RHD. Good paint, with some stress cracking and chips on the front fender louvers. Numbers and striping are intact. Functional aluminum interior with full instrumentation. Clean, undetailed engine compartment. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $238,000. Ex-Rosso have completed numerous tours in Europe. Would be an unusual mount for classic tours here. Since I suppose you'll not find another, the price is right. #553-1927 HISPANO-SUIZA H6B Coupe Chauffeur town car. S/N 11767. Light & dark blue/dark blue leather & cloth. RHD. Odo: 19,802 km. Superb panel fit, excellent paint. Chrome shows a few scratches, but otherwise is very good. Well-done interior has some Bianco collection. Brian Redman/Hurley Haywood car in 1984–85. Restored by Group 44 in 1987. Iconic racing Jag, not run for many years and not restarted for the auction. S/N 011 failed to sell at $199k at the 2005 Bonhams Goodwood revival sale (SCM# 39712). This price was fair, but what will recommissioning cost? #531-1987 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE II convertible. S/N SCAZ042A7HCX16579. Royal blue/beige Everflex/beige leather. Odo: 30,461 miles. Very good panel fit, except left door gap at rear edge. Paint has several shrinkage cracks, bubbling, and chips at door edges. staining on rear seat cloth. Engine compartment is cleanly detailed. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $304,000. Ex-Lolita Armour. A truly imposing motor, with a running board mounted spotlight more at home on the Ile de France. 2001 restoration holding up quite well. Shown at many major shows including Pebble Beach, will need freshening to win top prizes again, but is stunning as is. Well bought. patina. Optional fitted luggage intact. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $112,320. The covered-headlight 4.2 Series 1 E-type has it all, especially in this color combo. The best restorations always make six figures, and this one only needs very minor work to be one of the best. Appropriately priced. #517-1971 LOLA-CHEVROLET T260 CanAm racer. S/N T260HU2. White & red/black vinyl. Very good paint, with some small chips and scratches. Striping and lettering are intact. Clean engine compartment with well-running, fuel-injected, 8.1-liter Chevrolet V8. Good interior with clean black vinyl bucket seat and race harness. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $221,500. Ex-Rosso Bianco collection. #523-1938 TALBOT-LAGO T150C SS Good chrome with some light scratches. Seats show a nice patina. Cracks in varnish on wood door caps, console, and dash. Dirty overrugs. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $44,460. Slightly less than an average-driver Corniche, heading towards “beater”. Wear seems high for mileage, but overall still shows decently. Well sold. FRENCH #559-1923 DELAGE DE Tourer torpedo. S/N 12040. Burgundy/tan canvas/black leather. Odo: 27,073 km. Favorable panel fit, thickly applied paint in good condition. Good nickel trim shows well. Seats and convertible top in very good shape, with no visible imperfections. Unpolished turned metal dash and plated steering column aged, but nice. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $76,050. Rarely seen large torpedo dual-cowl French tourer. Done to typical European driving standards, it is reported to 116 NOT SOLD AT $2,800,000. Ex-Rosso Bianco collection, ex-Rob Walker. There are only 16 of these cars, and every top auction for the past few years has had one for sale. Now it was Bonhams's turn. An excellent car, with a high-level restoration now nicely mellowed. Given the prices realized for the last three sold ($3.9m, Gooding, January 2006; $3.7m, RM, Sports Car Market Teardrop coupe. S/N 90109. Dark burgundy metallic/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 1,146 km. Bodied by Figoni et Falaschi. Right door fit is poor at the leading edge. 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Bonhams & Butterfields Carmel Valley, CA Column Author August 2005; $3.5m, Christie's August 2005) over $3m was expected. Perhaps the people who really wanted one already have one. Should be worth more. TOP 10 No. 7 #527-1938 DELAHAYE 135MS coupe. S/N 60112. Black/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 1,321 km. Excellent panel fit, very good paint with some minor sub-surface imperfections and swirl polish marks. Excellent chrome throughout. Original engine and 4-speed transmission. Outstanding interior with excellent wood trim. fit. Good paint with some sanding marks and sinkage on flat panels. Decent chrome, with several dents and nicks in side trim and windshield pillars. Excellent new red leather upholstery. Loose base trim on driver's seat, odd wood radio delete plate. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $194,000. Rather heavy-looking post-war Grand Routier. Refurbished to a good level, rather than restored for show. Price was toward the high end of the SCM guide range, but for a great-looking tour car, it's reasonable. #515-1949 TALBOT-LAGO T26 GS four- seat cabriolet. S/N 100047. Navy blue/navy blue canvas/yellow leather. RHD. Odo: 240 km. Bodied by Figoni et Falaschi. Panel fit is good, but somewhat variable. High quality older paint now shows some small bubbling and swirl polish scratches. Excellent chrome Upholstry appears as-new, with superb patina. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,712,000. Ex-Rosso Bianco collection. Beautifully presented, hard to fault. Compared to the teardrop coupes, the proportions of this larger car are a bit iffy, but taken on its own, it's still a lovely design. Compared to the smaller car, a terrific bargain. #512-1947 DELAHAYE 135MS cabriolet. S/N 800484. Red & black/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Odo: 73,622 km. Bodied by Letourner et Marchand. Wellfitted doors, but hood bottoms are slightly misaligned. Some paint loss on the leading edge of door jambs due to an adjustment problem. Very and engine compartment detailing. Very good interior with seats showing a nice patina. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $375,500. Ex-Rosso Bianco collection. Somewhat awkward coachwork. The design looks better on the shorter wheelbase 2-seater coupes, but this car certainly had a great presence. A fine older restoration, but no longer a show contender. Priced right. #520-1949 TALBOT-LAGO T26 RECORD cabriolet. S/N 101003. Blue/black canvas/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 5,496 km. Bodied by Dubos. Excellent panel fit, except the hood's side gaps. Very good paint with several touched-up chips. Good to very good chrome, with some pitting under plating on bumpers. Faded and scratched dashboard, good older paint, with some light scratches and small touched-up chips. Excellent chrome trim and interior, the latter showing some very light wear. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $375,500. ExRosso Bianco collection. A very handsome and powerful postwar Delahaye, with high-performance specifications. Well presented and ready for touring and rallies. Well bought. #528-1947 DELAHAYE 135M cabriolet. S/N 801339. Black/black canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 43,522 km. Very good panel soiled seats, and door panels. Loose trim on right door cap. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $122,500. Ex-Rosso Bianco collection. Looks to be an older restoration with newer paintwork. Nicely used and honest in its way. Sold in the middle of the estimate range, and seen driving in the area the day following the sale. I'd keep it just as it is and have fun on tours. A fair price for an attractive open T26. Well bought. #526-1950 TALBOT-LAGO T26 GS coupe. S/N 110151. Light & dark blue/blue 118 Sports Car Market leather. RHD. Odo: 6,569 km. Good panel fit, except left door gap at rear edge. Right door alignment slightly off. Trunk lid raised due to overlarge rubber gasket. Very good paint with some polish swirl marks. Excellent chrome. Crack in side rear glass. Excellent interior, with some wear on steering wheel. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $348,000. Ex-Rosso Bianco collection. Wonderful art-deco look from Saoutchik in this high-performance post-war Talbot. Great presence and color combo. Not a show car, but very attractive nonetheless. A big price, but these late Talbot-Lagos continue to rise. GERMAN #529-1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Gullwing coupe. S/N 1980406500287. Red/tan leather. Odo: 3,457 miles. Excellent panel fit with good gaps all around. Superb paint with only a few minor issues, including bubbles on right rear wheelarch eyebrow, and overspray in engine compartment. Good interior, but poorly done door headliners. Later Becker radio and air conditioning. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $430,500. Older high-quality restoration holding up very well, but not done to the current top standards. With the added air conditioning, now a reasonable rally car. Price shows the continued increase in 300SL values, as not long ago this would have been alloy territory. #510-1966 PORSCHE 906 Carrera 6 coupe. S/N 906147. White/red cloth. Good panel fit. Very good paint with minimal polish marks. Engine compartment is clean, but not


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detailed. Evidence of light corrosion on the magnesium components, but period correct throughout. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $557,000. Ex-Rosso Bianco collection. Said to have been delivered new to Jim or Charles Hall and raced in America, although no documented history was supplied. Restored prior to 1990. In excellent condition, but a lack of race history makes the very large price hard to understand. Still, try to find another in this shape. #550-1966 BMW 1800 TI/SA sedan. S/N 995194. White/red & black vinyl. Odo: 82,621 km. Very good panel fit and alignment, with a small dent on right rear door. Nice paint overall, with some checking on hood and trunk. Very good brightwork shows no discernible marks. First-rate interior, partially stripped out. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $39,780. One of 200 TI/SA Recent Il Biscione sales on eBay by Geoff Archer #4649054480-1958 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA 750 Spider market certified. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $91,000. These BMW supercars don't generally get the respect they deserve, but their owners love them. This one seems to be in average-driver condition. Bought by an SCMer who is a noted dealer and has owned lots of them—and had bought another one earlier in the weekend. Obviously there is money still to be made on it. ITALIAN #500-1947 CISITALIA 202 SMM Recreation spyder. S/N N/A. Red/red vinyl. Fair paint shows many scratches, stars, and stress cracks. Good bright trim. Interior shows a nice patina, but has many missing control knobs and loose wires. Unknown engine, transmission, and rear end. Does not run. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $26,325. A fairly well-made copy of the Cisitalia racing sedans made. They were successful in European Touring Car races and are a rare sight on the market. No apparent period racing history, but previously owned and restored by a known BMW CCA member. Price seems reasonable, but how competitive will it be on today's vintage grids? #519-1972 PORSCHE 917/10 CanAm racer. S/N 91710015. White & orange/black cloth. RHD. Somewhat decent paint, with many scratches, chips, and stress cracks. Large loose flakes on engine cover and around rear wheels. Interior shows some wear, but looks correct. Clean engine compartment with original-style twin turbos. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $579,000. Nuvolari Spyder, which begins to convince you until you see a real one. Wrong details abound. Designed for rear spats, but not fitted—it's clear they would never clear the knockoffs on the wheels. Sold as a “rolling chassis” or 1:1 scale model, it's hard to fathom paying $20k over the high estimate for it. #525-1955 FERRARI 750 MONZA Spider Ex-Rosso Bianco collection. Campaigned by Willi Kauhsen in both the European Interserie and U.S. CanAm series. Winner of the 1972 Nürburgring 300 km and Coppa d'Oro at Imola. Later, vintage raced by Monte Shelton. Clearly neglected for some time, it will need lots of recommissioning. Price was not out of line for a race winner with provenance. #555-1981 BMW M1 coupe. S/N WBS59910004301429. White/black leather & cloth. Odo: 13,016 miles. Variable panel fit, as per factory. Good paint, with a large scratch and rub on roof and a touched-up chip on left door. Good black trim, some curb rash. Clean interior, with some sagging on faded driver's seat fabric. Nakamichi CD player radio. California gray November 2006 Rosso Bianco, John von Neumann/Phil Hill car. Great history, connected with two of the leading lights of Ferrari racing in the '50s. As a bonus, it appeared in the 1959 film “On the Beach.” In fine, un-messed around with condition, it into fifth gear. “I haven't driven it in two years and I am paying to store it and insure it.” 11 bids, sf 19, bf 143. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,433. For the buyer who is not put-off by the performance upgrades, this looks like a good deal IF the engine problem really is just the starter motor. It reminds me that I should search the keyword “surgery” on eBay Motors more often.u 119 Corsa. S/N 0492M. Eng. # 0429M. Red/black vinyl. RHD. Excellent panel fit, very good older paint with a dent in the left rear wheelarch. Minimal brightwork in excellent condition. Dirty interior, with a split side bolster on the driver's seat. Dry, somewhat unused-looking engine. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $1,107,000. Ex- seller speeding around Philly area Interstates, “For those non-believers amongst us, who do not think a 50 year old car can be really fast.” #2+ cond. 13 bids, sf 352, bf 80. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $33,200. If eBay is as cooperative with Lower Merion, PA, cops as Google is with Chinese censors... then maybe the embedded YouTube video is not such a hot idea after all. Passing on the right and other moving violations look like fun—maybe even more fun for the buyer who got a deal by $5k–$7k on this very nicely restored car. #3300211137-1960 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA Spider convert- ible. S/N AR149509665. Red/black/black & red piping. Odo: 250 miles. 35 photos. Fairway, KS. $25k invested in 90% complete, but aborted ,resto-mod with more recent 2L engine. Dellortos, a 5-speed, and disc brakes from a 1750 sedan. Bare metal respray. New seatcovers and tires. Chrome redone. Needs top and gauges. Does not start. Won't go convertible. S/N AR139503852. Baby blue/black/black & blue piping. Odo: 93,000 miles. 24 photos. Gaithersburg, MD. “Repainted about 10 years ago, the paint is checking in several places but still has a very clean appearance overall. The interior is very clean, the top is like new, and it drives well.” Needs suspension bushings and drum brake adjustments. #3 Cond. “Buy It Now” purchase, sf 61, bf 1. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,400. Once seated, buyer might not notice how garish baby blue piping looks on black seats. Price befit condition for this interestingly colored “driver.” #3300180179-1958 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA Sprint Veloce 750E coupe. S/N AR149307130. Cloud white/black, white & red. Odo: 25,750 miles. 24 photos. Wayne, PA. One of 1,474 SVs made with 90 hp and an 8k redline. Bare metal respray. New upholstery with factory materials. Matching numbers “tunnel case” 4-speed and completely rebuilt veloce engine. “This car could very well be someone's Weekend Club Racer, with NO modifications.” Embedded youtube.com video shows


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Bonhams & Butterfields Carmel Valley, CA Column Author only needs the recomissioning any museum car requires. Fair deal for both sides. #551-1960 AUTOBIANCHI BIANCHINA convertible. S/N 00892. Red-orange/black canvas/black & white vinyl. Odo: 9,983 km. Variable panel fit, probably as per factory. Very good paint shows few blemishes. Good chrome with some issues, including a crease in front trunk strip and pitting under plating of right rear bumper corner. Hood latches missing, and North Dakota. The first fully suspended stagecoach, this design provided a relatively smooth overland ride. High bid was not sufficient to win the coach—I suppose there weren't two westerntheme restaurant owners in the audience. #548-1929 DUESENBERG J convertible license plate light holder is mocked-up. Very good interior, with some soiling on driver's seat cushion and door panel. Nardi wood-rim wheel and shift knob. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $23,400. Cute as heck Fiat 500-based “luxury” convertible. Not done to “Jolly auction standard,” but oh-so-wonderful. I confess I was the underbidder on this one. Glad I didn't get it, as I live in a place with hills. Fairly priced. See the Etceterini Profile on pg. 48. #552-1970 FERRARI 365 GT 2+2 coupe. S/ N 13041. Dark gray/black leather. Odo: 82,598 miles. Very good panel fit, except hood raised at right rear corner. Nice paint with a few small touched-up chips and stress cracks on righthand “C” and “A” pillars. Excellent chrome, sedan. S/N 2253. Eng. # J245. Teal & navy/ tan canvas/blue leather. Odo: 79,096 miles. Superior panel fit with no exceptions. Paint is consistent, unblemished, and immaculate. Chrome and brightwork are first-rate, showing no marks or flaws. The interior is nice with remarkable upholstery and carpet, and the #567-1937 BUICK 80 Roadmaster sedan. S/N 83281466. Navy blue/gray wool. Odo: 78,992 miles. Very good panel fit. Older paint shows some microblistering, sinkage, and rub marks. Fair to good chrome, with some pitting and wear. Window edges delaminating on rear doors. Good interior, somewhat dirty with a few small moth holes. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $17,550. Non-divider semi-limo. Just more than a bit dull and tired looking. Would be a comfy ride for the family on tours—and at this price, no one gets hurt. #533-1947 FORD SUPER DELUXE Sportsman convertible. S/N 1684761. Dark red/tan canvas/red leather. Odo: 814 miles. Good panel fit, although variable. Paint somewhat thick, and in need of detail color sanding. Wood in remarkable condition. Good chrome, with some nicks and small dents. Excellent engine compartment is extremely clean. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $502,000. Stunning Duesenberg, hard to fault. Started life as a Willoughby -odied sedan/limousine, modified sometime in its history, and finished by past owner Don Criteser as a convertible sedan. Winner at Forest Grove, Palo Alto, and Hillsboro in the last two years, and recently shown at Pebble Beach. Appropriately priced, if not something of a bargain. #544-1932 LUCENTI SPECIAL 2-man except for overspray on right door handle. Very good interior with newer front seats, original rear. Some loss of varnish on console wood trim. Starter switch replaced with non-original type. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $117,000. The Queen Mother, and a very handsome one at that. Great color, seems to have been maintained rather than restored—but that's OK. Well bought. AMERICAN #546-1865 ABBOT DOWNING STAGECOACH. S/N 102. Red & cream/red leather. Replacement body in respectable shape, but paint is heavily weathered. All joinery is in good condition, with good gaps throughout. Chassis original, complete, and tight, but shows some surface rust. Leather suspension straps still intact and in relatively good condition. Cond: 5. NOT SOLD AT $140,000. Built in 1865, this is one of ten Holladay coaches originally ordered for the Overland Mail and Express Company of 120 gauge glass. Graham engine complete, with 4 Winfield carburetors. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $216,000. From the Edward Trager collection. Ran in the 1934 Indy 500, finishing 10th. Spent some time in a junkyard, where children used it as a toy. It's rare to find a Graham-powered racer, and despite the paint, this is very complete and original. A fair price. Ex-Rosso Bianco collection. Stated by Peter Kaus of Rosso Bianco to have been confirmed by Don Nichols as the chassis driven by '74 CanAm champion Jackie Oliver. Given the condition, if the provenance proves correct, a good buy at this price—even after the necessary recommissioning to race it once again.u Sports Car Market Indy Car racer. White & red/red leather. Aluminum body in decent condition. Flat, unoriginal paint covers the body and grille chrome. Some chips, dings, and dents. Interior sparse, with missing seatbacks and broken interior with superb grain painting on dash and door caps. Power windows. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $194,000. Ultra-rare Ford Woody convertible. Not a show car, but a very high-standard driver which wouldn't need much work to be a winner. The best Sportsman would be over $200k, so let's call this one correctly priced. #513-1974 AVS SHADOW-CHEVROLET DN4 CanAm racer. S/N DN42A. Black/black. Very good paint, with some scratches and touched-up chips on the lower front edges. Cracks in lower left front apron. Spartan bare alumimum interior. Clean, undetailed engine compartment. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $381,000.


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Kruse International Seaside, CA Column Author Vintage Auto Auction Once owned by Benito Mussolini and raced by his team in the Mille Miglia and elsewhere, this Alfa's history was better than its overall condition Company Kruse International Date August 17, 2006 Location Seaside, CA Auctioneer Dean Kruse Automotive lots sold / offered 18 / 57 Sales rate 32% Sales total $1,064,556 High sale 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300, sold at $426,600 Buyer's premium 8% (included in sold prices) Attractive 1963 356B goes to new owner at $51,840 Intro by Jim Pickering; report and photos by Brad Brioux Market opinions in italics K Seaside, CA ruse International returned to Monterey this year to host its third sale alongside Concorso Italiano. Just a short stroll away from the clean lines of Italy's most beautiful machines, Kruse put on the show auction-goers have come to expect, with a varied consignment list to fill its big white tent. Unfortunately, “Monterey Magic” didn't quite wave its wand over the block, and the Indiana outfit failed to realize the numbers Dean, Dan, and crew might have hoped for. Kruse is no newcomer to the peninsula, but it hasn't had the luck there that the other auction houses have enjoyed. Bidder attendance once again attested to that, as the chairs were never more than three-quarters full. The weather was gorgeous, as it always seems to be, and though some of the crowd meandering Concorso came by to inspect the Kruse offerings as well, not enough made it a point to buy. Most prominent among the cars that did sell was a 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 that brought $426,600. Once owned by Benito Mussolini and raced by his team in the Mille Miglia and elsewhere, this Alfa's history was better than its overall condition. Another 8-cylinder Alfa, although wildly dissimilar in every other way, the 8C 2900B owned by Miles Collier, won Best in Class up the 122 road at Pebble Beach. With an expensive restoration, this '37 could be a contender on the lawn in the future. Other notable sales included a 1963 Porsche 356B cab- riolet, which sold at $51,840, and a 1975 Maserati Khamsin that went for a higher-than-expected $31,860. One of the crowd favorites was a 1960 Plymouth Fury convertible in excellent salmon and white. It made a cool $62,640. A very nice 1951 Bentley Mk VI R-type drophead was bid to $67,500, but failed to attract anything more. Also going unsold was a nicely restored 1964 Amphicar 770, which floundered at a high bid of $75,000. While the sales percentage was up from last year's 26% (15 of 57) to 32% this year (18 of 57), total sales fell off, from $1.6m to a little over $1m. If one remembers that an even million of last year's figure came from a 2003 Ferrari Enzo, the dollar spread of this year's effort seems to be better distributed. Kruse is no stranger to the auction business, and though it would seem that the Concorso location is prime real estate, perhaps the allure of just looking trumps the temptation to spend. No doubt Kruse will work on its strategy before next year rolls around. After all, it can't be much fun to bring your circus all the way from Auburn to Monterey and not go home with buckets of money.u Sports Car Market


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Kruse International Seaside, CA ENGLISH #411-1951 BENTLEY R-TYPE drophead coupe. S/N B100KM. Silver & burgundy/black cloth/burgundy leather. RHD. Another star of the auction. A beautiful early '50s Bentley with a Park Ward body. Paint, panel fit, chrome, blue leather. A low-mile, fully loaded Azure in great colors. Paint, interior, brightwork, and engine as-new. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $180,000. I didn't see any bids on this big open cruiser. It was the wrong sale, and the wrong audience. GERMAN #429-1960 PORSCHE 356B Sunroof Silver/same/black leather. Formely owned by Jose Canseco, this was one of only 10 made. Paint needs buffing, and the 18” wheels have a few dings on them. Nice two-tone interior. Sold new for $335,000. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. Not sold at less than a quarter of the original sticker price, Wow, now that's depreciation. interior, wood, and engine bay are all show quality. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $67,500. It didn't sell at $67,500, and obviously it was worth far more. A superb Bentley open tourer. #428-1954 MG TF roadster. S/N XPAG32594. Blue/tan cloth/tan leather. Average paint in a non-original color, with average chrome showing some pitting. Some structural weakening evident, as the doors sag when rear—a common problem with these as they rust in the unibody. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $20,000. The dealer hoped to catch a wine-sipping bidder and sell him this because of its low #421-2002 BENTLEY AZURE convertible. S/N SCBZK22E92CX1081. Silver/blue cloth/ coupe. S/N 44777. Red/black leather. A tartedup 356B sunroof coupe with obvious issues. Paint OK, with some marks and scratches. Brightwork in good condition, but not show quality. The wheels are not aligned in the opened. Lightly worn interior still in decent condition. Radial tires mounted on painted wire wheels. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $37,800. Huge money for a wrong-color, weak-wood TF. Well sold. #405-1962 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD II saloon. S/N SAE149. Sand & sable/sand. Odo: 95,575 miles. A big lump. Paint is poor, with cracks and chips through out. Chrome marginal, as is bright trim. Carpet is blood-stained, seats worn. An overall tired Roller. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $27,000. Hammered at $25,000, and the seller was elated to get that much. Well sold—and good riddance. #6002-1996 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL 2-door hard top. S/N SCBZB14C6TCX53100. November 2006 123


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Kruse International Seaside, CA Column Author price and cute factor. It didn't happen, as it was clear the repairs here would be large. #441-1960 MERCEDES-BENZ 300D 4- door hard top. S/N 18901012002187. Silver blue/gray leather. A tired old girl showing signs of cancer in the body. Paint OK, with decent gaps and brightwork. Interior shows heavy the $100,000 Amphicars was a one-time roller. It could have sold here without regrets. ITALIAN #410-1937 ALFA ROMEO 8C 2300 MM coupe. S/N 815025. Black/red leather. RHD. Originally purchased by the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, and raced in the 1937 Mille still holding up well, with good chrome and brightwork. Not seen very often in the 3/4 ton version. Nice interior. Looks like it just drove off the fields of the winery. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $17,500. No money here, as this was not a truck crowd. #433-1950 OLDSMOBILE 88 convert- ible. S/N 8A38432164. Black/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 1,124 miles. Claimed to be actual mileage, but with limited documentation to prove it. Older paint shows signs of chalking, top is newer and in good condition, decent wear on seats, door panels, and carpet. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $13,250. It's hard to sell these diplomat cars. Even at $13,250, the seller couldn't find a taker for this old cruiser. #425-1963 PORSCHE 356B Cabriolet. S/N 158563. Red/black cloth/black leather. Good driver-quality 356B cab. Paint and body average, with door fit slightly off. Top looks Miglia by his team. Decent overall condition showing the age of the restoration. Excellent early styling with a sloping rear deck. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $426,600. Interesting history. The top sale here by a huge margin. #413-1975 MASERATI KHAMSIN 2+2. S/N AM120194. Red/red/black leather. An average car with tired paint and a worn interior. Recently completed repairs exceeding $10,000. interior. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $64,000. There's no way this car should have reached this bid and not sold. The seller here was an older gentleman, and obviously he thought his car was worth a lot more than market value. All in all, a relatively non-desirable lump that should have sold. #409-1960 PLYMOUTH FURY convertible. S/N 3307104505. Salmon & white/ white/salmon. One of the stars of the auction with a striking color combo. Decent overall condition, but some evidence of rust repairs. new and interior is near new. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $51,840. Probably one of the cheapest 356 cabs of the weekend. With any luck it won't disintegrate soon. I have to call it well bought. #420-1964 AMPHICAR 770 convertible. S/N 101768. Regatta Red/white vinyl/white vinyl. Probably the best Amphicar in the world in terms of restoration quality. The seller Cond: 3. SOLD AT $31,860. This car sold later on in the sale, so maybe the wine from Concorso caught someone off guard. Strong money for this part-French-part-Italian car. AMERICAN #446-1941 CHEVROLET 3/4-ton pickup. S/N 5AL102388. Red & black/tan. Older paint Working swing-out seats and optional aero steering wheel, power top, and sport deck faux spare tire. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $62,640. A nice cruiser. Well-sold for an early finned landyacht in driver conditon.u went to all lengths to have everything correct. Nothing left untouched, well-restored. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. I think the wave of 124 Sports Car Market


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eBay Motors Report by Geoff Archer Market opinions in italics P lenty of folks tinker. Who hasn't had an idea or two for a homegrown dream car at some point? This month we give you the DIY cream of the crop. Sort of. Condition inferred from seller's descriptions; cars were not physically examined by the author. sf=seller's feedback; bf=buyer's feedback #4629597979-1986 LAMBORGHINI JALPA Custom roadster. S/N ZA9JB00A8GLA12327. White/black & tan. Odo: 5,157 miles. 23 photos. Portland, OR. “The only Jalpa known with roadster coachwork. $40k in receipts available for review. Rear deck, rockers, and wing all steel. F-40 inspired solid steel roll bars. All custom fabricated.” No dings. 5k miles since customization (no mention of total miles). New tires. “Complete with all design straight 8. “This vehicle does not run or drive, has non-functional brakes, and needs complete restoration.” CA black plate, No title. 23 bids, sf private, bf 1134. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $3,600. Giant red letters at the bottom of the description scream “This is possibly a Roy Rogers Car!!” With no other details or documentation, the seller might just as well have meant the burger franchise. No harm done pulling the “trigger” at this price—could be a steal for a good historian. #4582004530-1948 CHEVROLET Custom dragster. Eng. # 3999289. Burgundy/black. Odo: 2,965 miles. 21 photos. Somerset, VA. Titled as a ‘48 Chevy pickup ProStreet. 454 (2 bolt main) and Turbo 400 automatic. Dana rear. 145” wheelbase. “Professionally welded, this is a strong unit.” Receipts for thousands spent in the Summit and Jeg's catalogs. Almost 3k miles blueprints and styling studies.” #2 condition. 21 bids, sf 542, bf 8. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $27,901. With only 410 built, normal Jalpas are already rare (and already targa-topped). This extensive Hair-O-Dynamic customization surprisingly had no effect on value. Sale price was spot on for a standard #3 car, possibly indicating that this roadster conversion was either ugly in person, or based on a tired car to begin with. #4631848789-1947 BUICK ROADMASTER Custom roadster. S/N 14339745. Yellow and green/rust. 8 photos. Redlands, CA. Stored 30 years in a barn. Claimed to be one of 2 built in Beverly Hills. Used as a promotional vehicle for 7-UP. “Several modifications where made, and lots of Rolls-Royce and other fancy parts where added.” Buick bf private. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $17,854. Is this the spiritual father of the saleproof Chevy SSR? Hard to say who should be bellowing “Who's your daddy?” here... probably the buyer, who probably could not replicate this rig for less than double this bid—assuming they would want to. #4609689772-1958 PLYMOUTH CUSTOM Rocket Car roadster. S/N LP2L20157. Red. 15 photos. Upland, CA. “This is a hand made Rocket Car produced as a one-of-a-kind in 1958. It has the name ‘Tornado' displayed on the main rear fin. When the car was produced, it was a state of the art project with exceptional metal and fiberglass work. It is now in need of a full restoration.” Not running. “All mechanics are standard Plymouth parts, including the glass.” Pushbutton trans. Removable hardtop and extra hood included. 22 bids, sf 771, bf 6. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $25,211. The seller opens his description with the period music reference, “Move over Commando Cody!” Inspired by the multi-million dollar Futurama showcar sales at B-J, I guess the Lost Planet Airmen are now running the show. Either that or somebody knows more than you, me, and the seller about the history of this otherwise not-so-valuable, um, spacecraft. #4607569170-1961 FORD and 25 car shows in the 5 years since completion. 3 bids, sf 1447, bf 1. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $6,059. “So, here is your opportunity to have a radical, dependable, Saturday night hot rod for the summer, without investing the 1-2 years it takes to build.” Exactly. In fact, I would add “for less than the cost of the engine alone.” This was so well bought that the seller/builder will likely spend all the proeeds seeing a therapist. #4609435567-1958 EDSEL RANGER hard top convertible. S/N A9UC740124. President red/snow white. Odo: 24,000 miles. 23 photos. Upland, CA. Claimed to be a one-ofa-kind Ranger two-door sedan modified into a hardtop convertible. Seller ads, “Nicely detailed show car,” but does not explain when the top was chopped or who did the conversion. 5 year restoration completed in 1998. 21 bids, sf 771, 126 and the automatic transmission shifts perfectly.” Wipers don't work. #3 condition. 9 bids, sf 77, bf 51. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $6,100. Hard work seems to have deleted value here, though I personally think it's quite svelte looking. At $6k Sports Car Market THUNDERBIRD Woody Wagon shooting brake. S/N 1Y71Z164741. Black/gray. 24 photos. Los Angeles, CA. 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Fresh Meat Online sales of recent production cars. I was tempted more than once (each of the 3 times it was relisted due to non-paying bidders, in fact). Failure to seal the deal indicates that this “20-footer” is a lot more of a fright pig in person. #4575965558-1972 PONTIAC GRAND VILLE Coca-Cola roadster. S/N 2P49W2C322870. Coca-Cola livery/green dash & black buckets. Odo: 15,030 miles. 12 photos. Orem, Utah. “Very light and extremely fast!” wedge-shaped, sheet-metal-formed custom roadster based on a 1972 Pontiac Grand Ville, done in a red and white Coca-Cola paint scheme. “We have no history on the car, but it looks like it was built for advertising and showing.” Olds hubcaps with “custom tires.” Dragster wing. Faded done a lot worse (with a cheapo fiberglass kit) for the same money. #5663424131-2005 BABY SEAT. Black faux suede. 3 photos. Mooresville, NC. “This is the worlds fastest baby seat. I built it for my grandson hoping he would like it, and we could have some fun. Well, fun wasn't the word for it—we had a BLAST.” Standard baby seat mounted to a gas-powered RC car chassis. Simpson racing belts grabbed the attention of Simpson and the national media at a NASCAR event. Does 35mph+. One tank of gas lasts 5-10 minutes. 2007 DODGE CHARGER SRT8 “SUPER BEE” Date sold: August 28, 2006 Sale location: eBay Motors #280020543050 Details: Super Bee limited edition in Yellow with 6.1L V-8, black hood and hockey stick graphics. SRT equipment packs I, II, and III. Sale result: $43,683, 24 bids Seller's feedback: 0 Buyer's feedback: 96 MSRP: $45,685 Other current offering: Dodge Chrysler Jeep of Winter Haven, Winter Haven, FL, asking $47,907 for an identical new car 2007 MERCEDES-BENZ SL550 green dash. Black speedster buckets. No carpet or door panels. 455 V-8 “starts, runs and drives good. At 15 MPH rolling start it will smoke the tires!” 4 bids, sf 1445, bf 6. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $1,450. Is this a poor man's “Mormon Meteor” tribute? Despite 3rd-grader aerodynamics that make a TR8 look like a cruise missile, there are a lot of features, like flat hubcaps, high-profile tires, stripped interior, huge engine, etc. This, combined with the Utah location, suggest that this may have once been a dry lakes racer. If so, this was a great purchase. If not, this is still one really ugly flying doorstop. #4627009132-1984 J CAR roadster. S/N CA497847. Pale gray/gray cloth/gray leather. Odo: 27,775 miles. 23 photos. San Diego, CA. “No kit, no glass.” Hand-built all-metal roadster on a Ford Mustang chassis with an MG tub/cockpit. Aluminum fenders. Stainless trim and bumpers. Leather buckets. Walnut Dash. German Canvas Top. 5.0L V-8 with 5 speed “Well now his butt has out grown it and its time to build something else.” 84 bids, sf 56, bf 0. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $525. Seller recounts that “if I could have charged $1.00 for every picture taken, we would be very rich.” He also mentions once turning down a $2,500 offer. Sadly either path would have been more lucrative than eBay—where overprotective and particular bidders obsessed over salubrious and clearly irrelevant details—like how you keep the exhaust away from the baby... #4617286835-1973 VOLKSWAGEN SUPER BEETLE Custom. Gray/black. 7 photos. Lantana, FL. “Very interesting integration of two different car makes. Body is from a VW Beetle, but front belongs to a legendary Mercedes Benz.” Cheesegrater, Testarossastyle body mouldings painted rainbow colors. Continental kit with one wire wheel hubcap. Date sold: 08/26/2006 Sale location: eBay Motors #150021520911 Details: 33 options on Mars Red car, including active ventilated seats, AMG rims and trim, Xenon lights, Harman Kardon and Sirius stereo. Sale result: $99,989, “Buy-It-Now” purchase Seller's feedback: 68 Buyer's feedback: 90 MSRP: $109,185 Other current offering: Park Place Motorcars, Dallas, TX, asking $128,900 for a black car. 2007 CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER SS manual. One photo shows many trophies, including, “Best of Class and a Presidents award from the Association of Handcrafted Automobiles.” #2 condition. 30 bids, sf 93, bf private. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $23,001. Well bought (Did I say that out loud?). Really, if you like to think of yourself as a guest star on “Dynasty,” you could have November 2006 VW Type III taillights and rear fender tips. New interior and rubber. FL salvage title. TMU. 22 bids, sf 29, bf 147. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,101. Too bad VW used “Thing” to refer to the Type 181. This thing—a terrifying fusion of Teutonic sheetmetal—is like the automotive Medusa. If you have to see more of her (remember only to look through a mirror) attend www.traderconnection.com. It wasn't the seller who put the hurt on, it was the welder. u Date sold: 08/30/2006 Sale location: eBay Motors # 300022521243 Details: Bidding on the amount over invoice for a custom-ordered 2WD SS. You pick the color and options. Order must be placed “this Saturday.” Sale result: $1075, 6 bids Seller's feedback: 27 Buyer's feedback: 2 MSRP: $31,650 + options - holdback Other current offering: John Thornton Chevrolet, Lithia Springs, GA, asking $40,075 for a silver version. u 127


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Motobilia Carl Bomstead An Extra Seat for My Fat Friend… Bibendum found too far from home, and a Lambo sign that might click 1 1 LAMBO SIGN: $2,500 AND COUNTING I am making an inquiry on be- half of my friend and mechanic, Hank Pacito, who worked at Gauthier's on Canal Street in Salem, Massachusetts in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Gauthier's was a Lincoln-Mercury and Studebaker dealer which took on Mercedes, when they were imported by Studebaker. It also took on Lamborghini for a short time but dropped it, having better luck with Subaru. At that point, my friend was given the Lamborghini showroom sign. He moved to Rhode Island and the sign has been hanging in his shop for the past 15 years or so. The sign is in good but not pristine condition, as there is a small piece missing from the bottom edge and a crack near the top. The lighting arrangements inside were Italian junk to begin with and are now totally useless and dangerous. The sign is 36 inches in diameter and weighs eight to ten pounds. Is it worth making a fuss over? Is it better to just put it on eBay or try to find an auction house that might be interested? What might the sign bring? Many thanks.— John Marks, Wakefield, RI The sign is well worth making a fuss over, as garage art is at the top of its game with no end in sight. Similar Ferrari signs were offered at the recent Automobilia Monterey Expo and were selling in the $3,500 range. Due to rarity, the Lamborghini sign might do even better. If someone is willing to spend $125,000 on a Countach LP400, what's a few grand for a sign to keep it company in the garage? I would start with eBay and place a $2,500 reserve on the sign, as it is a quick and easy path with instant financial gratification. Let me know when you list the sign. 128 3 RUN IT UP THE FLAGPOLE I found this at a local thrift shop and they speculated that it was an old hood ornament. It measures 7 1/4 inches wingtip to wingtip and 3 1/4 tail to beak. It is 2 1/4 inches tall. It is made out of heavy cast metal that is plated. The ball has B.L.P. with National Highways Association on the front and a C within a circle and 2255 stamped below the C. What do you think?—Stan Swartz. Bradenton, FL It is difficult to make an ab- solute statement regarding an item such as this without actually having it in hand, but there are a couple of things that are rather obvious. First, the base is not threaded, and there is not a stud to attach it to a radiator cap. The quality of the casting appears to be rather crude compared to most American-made hood ornaments. I could not find a reference to anything similar to this in any of the hood ornament reference books, but I don't know what to say about the National Highways Association inscription. I am going to go out on a limb and say that it went on the top of a flagpole, but perhaps others have another opinion. Anyone care to weigh in? 3 BIBENDUM THAIS ONE ON I spotted this rather exotic Bibendum sign at a roadside service station in Thailand. I was going to make the proprietor a reasonable offer when rational thought got the better of me; this would most certainly not fit in the overhead bins on the plane. I did, however, manage to take a picture or two.What's it worth?—Mateo Roberaccio, Alexandra, VA Rational thought and collect- ing do not go hand-in-hand, but in this case I don't know what other option you had. This cool sign appears to be about five feet tall, die-cut in design, and relatively free of abuse. Ol' Bib is one of the most recognized logos in the world, and just about anything with his image is very collectible. I would suggest that it could bring about $3,500 if offered at auction here, but as you suggest, it might be a problem getting through airport security. Also, I doubt if there are many Pac n' Ship stores in remote Thailand. Thanks for sharing the pictures. u CARL BOMSTEAD is a decades-long automobilia expert who lives in the Pacific Northwest. Send your questions to: motobilia@sportscarmarket.com. Digital photos, the larger the better, must accompany your queries. Due to the volume of mail we receive, not all questions can be answered. Sports Car Market


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SCM Gallery Featured Artist Ken Eberts, El Presidente My father would have much rather preferred if I'd become a doctor; he figured I was headed for a career as a sign painter by Kathleen Donohue E ver heard of the Kent? The Victory? The Bonzer? Probably not. But don't feel your encyclopedic knowledge of all things auto has failed you—these sports car prototypes were never shown in Detroit or released to the public. But recently, the Petersen Museum displayed renderings of these exotics. The designer? Nineyear-old Ken Eberts. Though Eberts is now one of the most respected and prolific artists in the hobby, back in the '50s, he was just a little kid with big ideas. And when the third-grader/CEO of the fictitious Future Motor Company wasn't out playing stickball in the streets of New York, he was busy drawing the cars that raced through his head. “I even drew my own sales brochures,” says Eberts, who based them on those he'd requested from the General Motors publicity department. For a budding car nut, there was no better place to live than New York City. His parents, Charles and Renee, encouraged his interest and took him to the GM Motorama shows every year, held in the glitzy ballrooms of the Waldorf Astoria. There he saw cars like the 1954 F-88 Oldsmobile and Pontiac Bonneville. “I went every year,” Eberts recalls. “I saw the first Corvette. I saw all the dream cars. In 1959, they put on this incredible stage show. While the girls were singing and dancing to ‘See the USA in a Chevrolet,' they brought out each new car on a mechanical arm, suspended over the audience. The frame was chrome, the car was painted white, and each part was painted a different color. And in 1959 those cars were so wildly styled. It was fantastic.” While attending New York's renowned High School of “Snowbird” Music and Art, Eberts saw an ad in Motor Trend for the Art Center College of Design. It read: “Become a Car Designer.” For Eberts there was no turning back, though his father was less enthusiastic about “the car-drawing thing.” “He would have much rather preferred if I'd become a doctor. As it was, he figured I was headed for a career as a sign painter.” Eberts headed to Los Angeles, and in his senior year, he and roommate Dave McIntosh decided to build their own sports car. They created detailed designs, 1/8-scale clay models, and two full-size fiberglass bodies, one for each of them. After graduation, both young designers headed to Detroit—McIntosh to GM, Eberts to Ford—and each took his fiberglass body with him. He bought a burned-out Corvette chassis, and over the next year, mated it with the body and made it run. Though he enjoyed his job, Eberts missed the California sunshine, so he took a job designing jet interiors at Lockheed, and planned to drive his as-yet-unnamed sports car out west. Before the move, Eberts hadn't had time to apply for registration, so he improvised. “I took the title and registration from my Honda and added an ‘rt' to the name, mak- ing it ‘Hondart.' I was pulled over three times, got one ticket and two warnings, but the registration held up fine.” Eberts's Hondart may still be out there somewhere. It was stolen off the street in front Liz and Ken Eberts Ken Eberts 23-year president of AFAS, winner in 1990 and 1992 of the Peter Helck “Best of Show” award at Pebble Beach. See more and purchase at: www.sportscarmarket.com/artist-gallery 130 of his apartment building. “I saw it once, years later, on a used car lot. I went in to check it out, but they wanted too much for it. I sure would like to find it now.” Meanwhile, Eberts devoted his free time to his passion, painting pictures of cars. He also began to devise a way to make a living from doing what he loved. “Automotive art really didn't exist in the '60s. But I had a girlfriend whose mother was an art agent. I thought she could sell my paintings. I figured I'd give myself five years to make it work.” It worked. Eberts's early paintings were small in scale— 8” x 10” and 11” x 14”—and they sold quickly. At car events, they often sold out before the show's end. “People loved it. Car art was something they hadn't seen before.” Sports Car Market


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“American Iron” Eberts wasn't alone. Through the '70s and the early '80s, the number of talented automotive artists Eberts met at concours, auctions, and other events grew. Finally, in 1983, Eberts and five other artists formed the Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS). The group used a semi-scientific method to determine which artists should be invited to join. “We all made up a list of the best artists we knew, then compared lists. Whoever was on every one of our lists was invited to join.” The organization has only grown in prestige since its debut, and joining its ranks is the ultimate tip of the palette for any automotive artist. In addition to presenting work at both Pebble Beach and Amelia Island each year, the AFAS puts out its own magazine, Automotive Fine Art: A Journal by the AFAS. Because Eberts has been voted president since the beginning, he thinks his peers may have an ulterior motive. His wife Liz acts as secretary, and Eberts muses, “When they elect me, they get Liz too, so it's kind of a two-for-one deal.” At the time of this interview, Eberts had just returned from presiding over another successful AFAS show at Pebble Beach. Each participating artist was asked to bring three new pieces to the show, one of which was entered in competition. “Snowbird” was his competition piece—a white 1960 T-bird in a New York City snowstorm. “I got the idea from an exercise we had back at the Art Center, kind of a joke. The idea was to paint a polar bear in a snowstorm eating marshmallows, and still make it look like something.” The ethereal painting garnered Eberts the Pebble Beach Award of Excellence to add to his collection of honors. Peter Aylett, who has represented Eberts's work through CarArt Inc. for years, says, “He's a very straight-up guy, November 2006 “The Arch at Sousa” a very talented artist, and a great champion of the automotive art world. The AFAS is without peer, and Ken has been their founder, leader and spokesperson for 23 years. That's a tremendous record of service. I don't think there's another person who has done more for the genre of automotive art than Ken Eberts.”u KATHLEEN DONOHUE is a regular contributor to Sports Car Market. See more artists' works at www.sportscarmarket.com/artist-gallery. “Chili's Little Deuce Coupe” 131


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Bike Buys Paul Duchene 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R Ltd The first time I heard the term “squid,” it was applied to a knucklehead on a GSX-R, carving up rush-hour traffic on I-5 in T-shirt, shorts, and tennis shoes H indsight is always 20-20, and everybody can identify a landmark sportbike design—a year later. Look at club road racing entries and the new model will have filled the classes for which it is eligible. Suzuki's SV650 V-twin dominated middleweight superbike classes soon after its introduction in 1999, but the premier example of this phenomenon is actually 20 years old. The Suzuki GSX-R750—the “Gixxer”—brought road-racing bikes to the street as the first repli-racer. GO FAST, GO LIGHT The old maxim of “go fast, go light” is vividly demonstrated by the first GSXR750. At 388 pounds it was 75 pounds lighter than Yamaha's FZ750 and 100 pounds less than Honda's VFR750 Interceptor, which were its competition at the time. Etsuo Yokouchi was Suzuki's race team manager in 1983, and his inspiration for the new model was the XR41, an aluminum-framed 1,000-cc four that won the World Endurance Championship. Suzuki's domestic market GSX-R400 was 19% lighter than its rivals in 1984, and Yokouchi aimed to save 20% in the 750-cc class, while delivering 100 hp. OIL-COOLED LIKE A MERLIN Yokouchi achieved both aims through the use of radical technology. Water cooling would be too heavy, so Yokouchi borrowed a page from the P-51 Mustang, whose Packardbuilt Rolls-Royce Merlin engine was oil-cooled. Suzuki's Advanced Cooling System used two oil pumps, one for lubrication and the other for cooling, via a large radiator in front of the engine. The old air-cooled GSX motor was radically redesigned, and everything became smaller and lighter—and higher revving, with swirl combustion chambers. It boasted four valves per cylinder, delivered peak power at 10,500 rpm through Mikuni flat-slide carbs, and even had a magnesium valve cover—a first. The chassis was aluminum, following lessons learned from the RG250 and GSX750. Chassis engineer Takayoshi Suzuki simplified the frame, reducing it to 21 parts from 96. It weighed a mere 18 pounds, less than half of a comparable steel frame. The package was rounded out with 41-millimeter they're both vintage Rating (HHHHH is best): Fun to ride: HHHH Ease of maintenance: HHHH Appreciation potential: HHH Attention getter: HHH Year produced: 1986 Number produced: 500 Original list price: $6,499 SCM valuation: $3,000–$6,500 Tune-up/major service: $275 Engine: 749-cc, 16-valve, 4-cylinder oil/air-cooled Transmission: 6-speed Weight: 388lbs Engine #: Right side of crankcase Frame #: Right side headstock, right side frame near cylinder head Colors: Red, white, and blue Website: www.soc-usa.org, www.suzuki .mcf.com/suzukiclubs 132 Perfect GSX-R Owner: Still races one; forks, 18-inch wheels (instead of the popular but inadequate 16-inch front wheel), clip-on handlebars and rearset footrests, four-piston disc brakes, and full instruments mounted in foam rubber behind a sleek fairing. The rear suspension was a full-floating monoshock. Top speed was almost 150 mph and a quarter mile ticked off in 11.4 seconds. DID NOT SUFFER FOOLS GLADLY The GSX-R was first shown in 1984 at the Cologne show, was sold in Europe and Japan from March 1985, and made its way to the U.S. in 1986. It was an immediate hit, though it did not suffer fools gladly, with a heavy throttle, razor-sharp power band, and twitchy handling. A tendency to head-shake was reduced with a longer 25 millimeter swing arm for 1986. Racing success was immediate, and the first four bikes in the 1985 British Production TT were GSX-R750s. Future world champion Kevin Schwanz rode Yoshimura- tuned Gixxers. The GSX-R750 proved irresistible to road- and street-racers alike. In fact, the first time I heard the term “squid,” it was applied to a knucklehead on a GSXR, carving up rush-hour traffic on I-5 in T-shirt, shorts and tennis shoes. MotoDarwinism, if you will. Finding a good early “slab-sided” Gixxer will be a test of patience. You're looking for somebody who grew old with one and treasured it. The aluminum frame proved very easy to damage in crashes, and the engine casing is easily punctured if the bike is dropped, leading to a severe loss of oil. BEST BET THE ‘DOUBLE R' The cam chain tensioner must be replaced if the chain starts to rattle, and early fiberglass bodywork is getting hard to find. Later models picked up about 50 pounds in weight with diminished ground clearance, and the GSX-R gained water-cooling in 1992, along with a better frame. The early “slabbies” have collector potential, but rat- bikes won't repay the cost of repairs. The best bet—and most desirable version—is the GSX-R 750R Limited Edition, the “double R” model, with only 500 believed sold in the U.S. These can be identified by the single-seat cowl, dry clutch (instead of the base model's wet-plate unit), dark blue wheels, and tri-color red/white/blue paint, instead of the usual blue/white or red/black. The bars are slightly wider, there's a steering damper, and some sources report the gas tank is aluminum. Front discs are full-floating, the clutch lever is adjustable, and the front suspension is electrically activated. The “double R” was significantly more expensive than the basic Gixxer—$6,499 against $4,499 in 1986—but that increases the chance of its survival. One recently sold on eBay for $3,770, complete but with needs and what looked like the wrong wheels. Portland collector Tom Young has a mint example with just 900 miles on it that he thinks may have recovered its initial cost. BRAKES, TIRES PURE 1980S If you've never ridden a GSX-R750, be aware that it is a pure racing crouch, with moderate power until it comes on cam at about 7,000 rpm. The engine performs at about 90% of modern sportbikes, but the brakes, tires and handling are pure 1980s. The brakes lack feel and the tires are skinny. If you ride hard, they won't last through summer. The trick is to make sure you do. At any bike café, however, you're guaranteed a lot more attention than someone on the latest rocket.u PAUL DUCHENE has been riding, racing, and writing about motorcycles for over 40 years, and has the scars to prove it. Sports Car Market


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Mystery Photo Answers I just love this time of year when the Skylarks come home to nest. —Steve Moseley, Wayzata, MN white truck with red stripes, did you notice what the FOB point was?—Chuck Taylor, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA Charlie's idea of having a combination taxi/ barbershop proved to have some inherent problems.—Robert La Mar, Half Moon Bay, CA I told you! We need to build the ramp a little higher and hit it a little faster next time!—Steven Slebioda, Escondido, CA Originally a stunning Russo Red, Bob's tree car art had been rendered a mess over the years by a flock of birds whom indiscriminately dropped their waste below.—Pete Engquist, Redmond, WA Assignment: Create a stealth car capable of Runner-Up: Having misread his inspector's cap, Hank thought it said “Flight Pig” and gave it a go.—Marie Gilmore, Pacific Grove, CA While practicing on a remote North Carolina road for his NASCAR debut, Juan Pablo Montoya still managed to find himself punted off the road, this time over a cliff by a local driving a McLaren F1.—Mike Sizemore, Springfield, IL For his last stunt, Joey Chitwood tries to jump over Fangorn Forest.—Ken Stone, City, ST USAPPRAISAL This Month's Mystery Photo Response Deadline: October 25, 2006 Our Photo, Your Caption Be the author of the most accurate, creative, or provoca- tive response and receive a sure-to-be-collectible-someday 1/18-scale collector car model, courtesy of USAppraisal. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Fax your response to 503.253.2234; e-mail: mystery photo@sportscarmarket.com; snail mail: Mystery, P.O. Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Please include your name and contact information. Send us your mystery photo. If we use it, you'll get an of- ficial “SCM Fright Pig Inspector” cap. Email photos at 300 dpi in JPEG format. 134 Sports Car Market As the Detroit Autobahn Society crossed the open field, its group leader alerted all to the presence of the rarely seen “red striped AMC Eagle,” and further noted that it could not possibly be a “variegated Ford Falcon,” as they had already migrated east to the Rust Belt.—Norman Vogel, San Francisco, CA How many times do I have to tell you to ask for directions, dear?—Walter Meyer, Eagle, ID Honey, on the contract we signed to buy that climbing trees. Two teams.Winner gets military contract. Both teams succeed in creating cars that can climb trees. “Team Candycane,” however, does not comprehend total assignment. “Team Camouflage,” that's them on the left in the photo, gets it right.—Alan Sosnowitz, Stamford, CT “Whew. That turbo lag kinda caught me off guard.”—Jeff Chavez, Spring, TX We've often thought of publishing a Sports Car Market Spotter's Guide; maybe we'll start with the suggestion from Steve Moseley, this month's winner of a 1/18-scale model from Dave Kinney's USAppraisal.u


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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $44/month ($66 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit sportscarmarket.com/classifieds-post.php to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. E-mail: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snailmail: Showcase, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. ENGLISH 1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4 MK I Bronze with tan leather interior, very complete. This car has been in storage for over fifteen years. $13,000. Sulina Pimentel, 609.371.2601. (NJ) 1959 Triumph TR3 1959 MGA 3.8L, wires, ps, 4-speed with o/d, 3 owners. Runs beautifully; in very original condition. Contact for photos and info. Heritage Certificate. Matching numbers. Peter Dobbs, 250.338.0292. 1967 MGB MkI Roadster Recently completed full concours restoration by Pebble-winning team. Fresh drivetrain with only break-in miles. As nice as you will ever find. $33,000. J. DeMeo, 818.406.7346. (CA) 1961 Jaguar XKE 4.2 Beautifully restored years ago. Now a fantastic driver, all correct, has all weather equipment. Finished in white, black leather interior, black top, tonneau, and side curtains. Lots of fun, great investment. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. More photos on web site: www.deGarmoLtd.com $19,500. Matt deGarmo, 203.852.1670. (CT) 1959 Jaguar 150S Roadster Nice 150S, complete mechanical rebuild with an update to a 5-speed manual transmission. All systems rebuilt and refurbished; brakes, engine, transmission, and suspension. We have completed a full inspection, service, and tune. Detailed engine compartment and undercarriage. A great drive, must see. See photos on ContinentalAutoSports.com. $99,900. Jeff DiSandro, 630.655.3535. (IL) Stunning multiple concours winner. Original California black plate trailer queen subjected to complete, documented, rotisserie restoration. Featured on the cover of Classic Motorsports in May 2004. Extras included. $26,000. Jim Perell, 916.765.9739. (CA) Stunning to drive with 289 ft-lbs and 221 hp. Restored with Eagle-style upgrades including 5-speed, Wilwood brakes, triple Webers. Well balanced. $77,000. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (CA) 1964 Jaguar Mark II 1972 Bentley Corniche Convertible Only 33 of these elegant, open Bentleys were built. Properly maintained example with interesting history. Manual pack and service records from mid1980s. $45,000. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (CA) British Motor Corporation British Motor Corporation is a classic automobile restoration business specializing in high quality restoration and service of Austin Healey's. Our full service facility located in Philadelphia, PA is well known in the collector car industry for providing some of the finest panel fit and finish of restored Austin Healey's available anywhere in the world. GERMAN 1963 Mercedes-Benz European 300SL Roadster 1963-built European roadster. Age dictates the release for sale of #3236. 2nd owner. Both tops, Dare luggage. Extensive mechanical and cosmetics completed. Exceptional car! Consider partial trade for Ford GT Heritage Edition. $410,000. John Glatz, 602.620.8212. (AZ) 1964 Porsche 356C Coupe Our staff of seven technicians are dedicated to the restoration of Austin Healey's. This level of commitment and expertise ensures that your Austin Healey has been restored by a team of the most experienced and talented Healey specialists anywhere in the world. British Motor Corp. 1741 North Front Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122, (215)-291-9666 www.Britishmotorcorp.com 136 Matching numbers, flawless original panels and floor. Perfect gaps. Factory-correct Togo Brown with Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery Fawn interior. Detailed to show standard, mechanically perfect, and ready to gobble up country roads now. www.deGarmoLtd.com $42,500. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd, 203.852.1670. (CT) 1980 Porsche 928 1972 DeTomaso Pantera Tight, excellent running, rust-free car. Largely original interior, Marchal driving and headlights, original owner's handbook, spares, and receipts. $110,000. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (CA) Mocha brown exterior. All original two-owner car. Current owner last 22 years. Arizona car, 74k miles. No rust. All maintenance records available. $18,000. William Wyckoff, 623.566.3962. (AZ) 1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 coupe 1967 Maserati Ghibli Coupe Real survivor, same owner 25 years. Original black interior still excellent. Needs paint to show or drive as is. Excellent mechanics with factory sprint cams. New powder-coated wheels/K.O.'s tires. $39,500. Zachary Schulman, 914.282.4625. (NY) 1967 Lamborghini Miura Fully restored and all original. Red w/black interior. 2nd owner, 28,000 miles. Upgraded radiator, brakes, ignition system, headers, shocks, steering components, and hoses. New paint/chrome, tires, a/c, and much more. Have original invoice and all resto paper trail costs. $44,000. Rick Vaughn, 949.581.5426. (CA) 1972 Lamborghini Jarama Unique Jarama, with new blue pearl paint, interior in excellent condition. Knock-offs rechromed. 40,000 miles. Stainless exhaust. $35,000. Benjamin Chu, 808.22.5430. (HI) 1981 Alfa Romeo Spider 1962 Ferrari 250 GTE European version, 2+2, low miles, excellent running and driving. Daytona seats. Unmolested. Regretfully selling to advance my son's racing career. Price is firm. No dealers. $90,000. Susan Dixon, 860.485.5051. (CT) Rare and approaching unobtainable opportunity to own a wonderful Henderson inline 4-cylinder powered, unrestored, early race car. Documented history and famous owners including: Hoot Gibson, Don Edmunds, and Von Dutch! Books featuring this car, photos, etc. all included. Offers. Desert Classics, 406.565.5277. 1965 Ford Cobra Factory built replica by Superformance with allnew components and motor. Stunning looks and performance. 7,459 miles. $44,000. Scott Kinder, 541.896.3283. (OR) 1966 Shelby GT350H For sale or trade. Polar Silver/black, LSD, Cups, 993 hard back sport seats. 71k. Warranty through 04/2007. Prefer to trade for 356 or similar slow, European '60s classic. Geoff Archer, 415.516.8669. 1996 Porcshe C4S Rare Ocean Blue/cashmere C4S with 29k original miles. Mint with tools, books, keys, compressor etc. $52,500. Zach, 914.282.4625. (NY) ITALIAN 1952 Siata 208S Berlina Red, tan leather, flawless original mousehair dash. A gorgeous and very original car. Beautifully maintained. Needs nothing to drive and enjoy. www .deGarmoLtd.com $98,500. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd, 203.852.1670. (USA) 1952 Siata 208S Berlina by Bertone, S/N CS057L. Paris Show car in 1952. Only 4-seater Otto-Vu built. Charming car that is beautifully restored with known history from new. $275,000. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (CA) 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 Blue/tan. 40k miles, reliable York a/c, Bosch fuel injection and GM's 400 Hydramatic with specially calibrated shift points. V12's four cams are driven by auto tensioning, double roller chain rather than belts. Not perfect, but good. $56,990 obo. Bob Rockwell, 317.255.2350. (IN) JAPANESE 1970 Datsun 240Z Blue with white. 18,000 miles. USA car. Same owner since '73. 2,000 miles on professional mechanical rebuild. S-upgrades, chassis #3288, engine #1627. Manuals. $275,000. Karl Strassman, 215.256.1014. (PA) 1972 Ferrari 246GT Dino Silver, dark red interior, new black top. Only 57,700 original miles. 5-speed manual, 5 new Michelin tires on magnesium Cromodora wheels. Power windows & mirrors. $7,500. J. Brown, 303.514.9900. (CO) 1983 Ferrari 400i Incredible original unmolested car. All correct down to the last detail. 4-speed with period-correct Hurst shifter. Red, gold stripes. Cosmetically pristine, mechanically perfect. Ready to drive or show. www.deGarmoLtd.com. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670. 1966 Shelby GT350 R # 6S747, sold new to its first owner in Sweden thru 1998; 2nd owner set it up as “R” for personal use w/FFSA paperwork, comes w/most original parts removed. Perfect original panels & floors, Cobramotive motor & Tremec tranny, history from new. Call for pricing. See it at www.investmentmotorcars.net. Craig Brody, 954.646.8819. (USA) 1968 Ford Mustang Convertible, completely restored in 2005 with an amazing black cherry paint job. Ask for more pics. ptcurci@yahoo.com. $15,900. Chris, 412.787.4792. (PA) Chevy 350-ci V8, 700R4 transmission, 4-wheel disc. Steel sub-frame by IMSA builder. Performance suspension, soft top, new tires, no frame flex due to extensive bracing. $14,999. James Groos, 714.287.5050. (CA) AMERICAN 1914 Junior Vanderbilt Cup Racer 1970 AMC AMX “Go Pack” Ram Air 390 w/4-speed, warranty replaced w/401 c.1971. Complete original Limelight Green w/Shadowmask paintwork, all original black interior, ps, pb, factory 8-track & rear luggage rack, rust-free barn find w/64k original miles, time warp survivor, drive as-is or restore for show. See it at www.investmentmotorcars.net. $29,500. Craig Brody, 954.646.8819. 138 Sports Car Market


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Corvette Crossword 1970 Chevrolet Corvette LS-5 1 2 3 4 10 454/390 convertible, very rare Daytona Yellow w/ black interior, factory a/c & 4-speed; factory hard top all backed by original build sheet & tank stickers, 67k miles, all matching #s, a very real and rare 'Vette that drives like new and looks fabulous! See it at www.investmentmotorcars.net. $65,000. Craig Brody, 954.646.8819. (USA) Shelby Series I 13 15 18 19 23 25 30 34 S/N 209. 250 original miles. All options including X50 engine. Own a piece of American automotive history at a discount. $110,000. Al Atkins, 904.613.5989. (USA) MISCELLANEOUS 1976 Bultaco Alpina 350 52 57 37 40 45 48 49 50 53 54 58 51 55 56 41 42 43 46 47 31 24 26 27 32 35 36 38 39 44 28 33 29 20 21 22 14 16 17 5 6 7 8 11 9 12 Stunning with 2,825 original miles. Long-term ownership by former Bultaco dealer, with records back to 1981. Nickel-plated frame. $3,500. Gary Briggs, 925.200.0247. (CA) Jet Hangar Across Private jet hangar for sale w/long-term ground lease. Perfect for car collection as well. San Francisco area. Partial collector-car trade? $1,500,000. Gary Briggs, 925.200.0247. (CA) WANTED Corvettes A premium will be paid for 1953 to 1972 Corvettes with NCRS or Bloomington Gold certification, serious. ProTeam, Box 606, Napoleon, OH 435450606. Fax, 419.592.4242. proteamcorvette.com, www.corvetteswanted.com. ProTeam Corvettes, 419.592.5086. (OH)u 1. First Corvette, built in 1952, was presented at this show 6. The first Corvettes had Power ____ automatic transmission 10. Hotel 11. Cleaner 13. 1963 Corvette Coupe 14. Early Corvette engineer, Edward ____ 15. Conditional 16. Expression of surprise 18. Every 20. Majestic 22. Black gold investors 23. Went ahead, by a little 25. Ford ____ 26. Body material for the first production of Corvettes 32. Sir 33. Cut off 34. Color of the first Corvette was ____ white 35. Left the car 38. Presidential initials 40. Morning 41. He persuaded GM to build the first Corvette 42. Corona del ____ 44. Car sales area 46. Between 48. Upcoming Corvette, Blue ____ 51. 1956 Corvette modified for racing (SR-2) 53. Mechanical man 55. Join 57. B2K Twin turbo 58. ____-Power induction Down 1. Corvette rivals 2. Tests 3. Long-lasting 4. Florida city 5. Whatever 7. Zodiac sign 8. Nickname for the first Corvette (2 words) 9. Each, for short 12. Racers that were among the most coveted Corvettes ever built (2 words) 14. 1984 Corvette 17. Guy For solution, go to: www.sportscarmarket.com/crossword November 2006 139 19. Many 21. A Ford Mustang model 24. ____ Dorado 27. 1956 Corvette show car 28. TV screen type 29. Therefore 30. Hot ____ 31. Gave the Corvette a V8 and three-speed manual transmission (first name) 36. Fuel injection system first announced by GM in 1956 37. Auto 38. Where the first Corvettes were hand-made 39. “Old Betsy” builders 43. Scarcer 45. Auction, perhaps 47. BMW model 49. “Gladiator” star middle name 50. Set close to the ground 51. Protein source 52. Engine measurement 54. Arts degree 56. Rolls-Royce, for short


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 x204 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. AUCTION COMPANIES Artcurial-Briest-Poulain-Le Fur. +33.1.42992020, fax +33.1.42992021. Maison de vente aux enchères, 7, RondPoint des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris. artcurial@auction.fr. www.artcurial.com. (FR) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694, fax 480.421.6697. 3020 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrettjackson.com. (AZ) Bonhams & Butterfields. 415.391.4000, fax 415.391.4040. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103. www.butterfields.com. (CA) Bonhams. +44.207.228.8000, fax +44.207.585.0830. Montpelier St., Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH. www.bonhams.com. (UK) Branson Collector Car Auction. 800.335.3063, Jim Cox, fax 417.336.5616. 1316 W. Hwy. 76, Suite 199, Branson, MO 65616. www.bransonauction.com. (MO) Christie's. 310.385.2600, fax 310.385.0246. 360 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. www.christies.com. (CA) eBay Motors. List your car for sale for only $40 and pay $40 more when it sells. Visit the “Services” section on www .ebaymotors.com for more details. Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, fax 310.899.0930. Auctions and brokerage of fine automobiles. 1528 6th Street, Suite 120, Santa Monica, CA 90401. www.goodingco.com. (CA) H&H Classic Auctions. +44.01925.730630, fax +44.01925.730830. Whitegate Farm, Hatton, Cheshire WA4 4BZ England. www.classic-auctions.com (UK) Kensington Motor Group, Inc. 631.537.1868, fax 631.537.2641. P.O. Box 2277, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. Kenmotor@aol.com. (NY) 5230 South 39th Street, Phoenix AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com; www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Santiago Collector Car Auctions. 800.994.2816, fax 405.475.5079. 501 E. Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Rocky: rockydb5@sbcglobal.net. (OK) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com; www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Tom Mack Classics. 888.TOM. MACK. PO Box 1766, Indian Trail, NC 28079. Three annual auctions in Charlotte, NC: April, September, and January. Selling Southern muscle collector, and antique cars with experience and integrity for 24 years. North Carolina auction license 4017. www.tommackclassics.com. (NC) APPRAISALS Auto Appraisal Group. 800.848.2886. Over 60 offices located nationwide. Prepurchase inspection service, insurance matters, charitable donations, resale values, estates, expert witness testimony. On-site inspections. Certified, confidential, prompt, professional. “Not just one man's opinion of value.” See Web site for locations and service descriptions. www.autoappraisal .com. (VA) Dave Brownell's Vintage Auto Appraisals. 802.362.4719, fax 802.362.3007. 25-plus years experience nationwide and internationally. Single cars or entire collections. Brass cars to contemporary supercars. Complete services from pre-purchase to insurance, donation, estate, expert witness. davidbrownell@adelphia.net. (VT) year, anywhere in the USA or Canada. Fast 72-hour turnaround! Hartford, CT. www.automobileinspections.com. (CT) AUTOMOBILIA Campbell Levy Designs LLC. 303.762.7936, fax 303.762.7937. Custom lamp designer and builder since 1974, specializing in crankshaft lamps with exotic wood, select hardwood or granite base. Hand polished or nickel plated. Your treasured crankshaft or one of ours. Proud to be a Colorado company. www.campbelllevydesigns.com.(CO) Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. Specializing in mostly European vintage race and sports cars, especially classic Ferraris of the '50s and '60s as well as Mille Miglia-eligible sports cars. Always looking to buy fabulous classic cars. www.hamannclassiccars.com (CT) Jonathan Kendall LLC. 410.991.2288. Automotive-inspired gifts, handbags, and accessories. Jonathan highlights designs in unique, handcrafted art, fashion, and installations for the collector and the enthusiast. Give the gift of Art+Fashion+Design and enjoy the passion of the automobile together. www.jonathankendall.com. (MD) Kirk F. White. 386.427.6660, fax 386.427.7801. PO Box 999, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170. Always acquiring and conveying the very finest in early European tinplate automotive toys by Marklin, Bing, Carette, Gunthermann, etc. Further seeking tether racers such as Dooling, Alexander, B.B. Korn, Bremer, Matthews, McCoy, Cox Thimble Drome, O & R. Very highest prices paid for over 27 years. Periodic inventory shown at www.kirkfwhite.com. (FL) Spyder Enterprises. 831.659.5335, Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers. 815.568.8888, fax, 815.568.6615. 950 Greenlee St., Marengo, IL 60015. Auctions: Orlando, Kansas City, Rockford, Bloomington Gold, St. Paul, Des Moines, Carlisle, and Chicago. Nobody Sells More Muscle Than Mecum. Nobody. www.mecumauction.com. (IL) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick, 760.320.3290, fax 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262. www.classiccarauction.com. (CA) RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, fax 519.351.1337. Our team of highly qualified professionals with over 25 years of experience will perform complete classic car collection appraisals. Your collection will be assessed by superior appraisers who are exceptionally detailed and want you to get the most value from your collection. RM is the world's largest vintage automobile house specializing in vintage automobile restoration, auctions and appraisals. www.rmauctions.com (CAN) USAppraisal. 703.759.9100. Over 25 years experience with collector automobiles, available nationwide. David H. Kinney, ASA (Accredited Senior Appraiser, American Society of Appraisers). dhkinney@usappraisal.com; www.usappraisal.com. (VA) INSPECTIONS RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, fax 519.351.1337. One Classic Car Dr., Blenheim, ON NOP 1A0. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles. 602.252.2697, fax 602.252.6260. 140 Automobile Inspections LLC. 860.456.4048. The nation's premier provider of pre-purchase inspections on classic, exotic and specialty cars of any fax 831.659.5335. Since 1980, providing serious collectors with the finest selection of authentic, original vintage posters, pre-war thru mid-1960s; mainly focused on Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes, and racing. Producer of “Automobilia Monterey,” August 15–16, 2006. 38-page list of memorabilia available. singer356@aol.com or www.vintageautoposters.com. (CA) BUY/SELL/GENERAL Auto Collectors Garage, Inc. 713.541.2281, fax 713.541.2286. 9848 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77074. For the best in interesting cars from the 1920s to the 1970s. We restore, buy, sell, service, appraise, locate, and inspect all makes and models. Serving the collector car field since 1979. www.autocollectorsgarage.com. (TX) Blackhawk Collection. 925.736.3444, fax 925.736.4375. Purveyors of rolling art. The Blackhawk Collection is one of the world's foremost companies specializing in the acquisition and sale of both American and European classic, coachbuilt, and one-of-a-kind automobiles. www.blackhawkcollection.com. (CA) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Offering a fine selection of classic European vehicles and a world-class restoration facility with two indoor showrooms in one 40,000sq-ft building. Servicing the collector with over 30 years experience in buying, restoring, and selling. Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Colin's Classic Automobiles. 414.964.3747.World-renowned for selling only the best investment-grade sports and muscle cars. Low volume, highest quality, easy to work with. Let Colin's experience in collecting, restoring, racing, evaluating, and showing cars work for you. Buy, sell, trade, restore. www.colinsclassicauto .com. (WI) Craig Brody Investment Motorcars. 954.646.8819.We buy, sell, trade, and consign only the highest-end original cars for the most demanding collectors. Visit our new showroom in Ft. Lauderdale; call ahead for a personal appointment to see the coolest selection of collector cars in the Southeast. www.investmentmotorcars .net. (FL) Dragone Classics. 203.335.4645. 1797 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06604. For 50+ years, the Dragone family has collected, sold, and revived the world's greatest cars, including many at Pebble Beach. Museums and collections depend on Dragone's knowledge, authenticity, and integrity. 60+ car inventory; manny@dragoneclassics. com, david@dragoneclassics.com; www.dragoneclassics.com. (CT) eBay Motors. Everyday drivers, collector cars, auto parts and accessories, motorcycles, and automobilia. List your car for sale for only $40 and pay $40 more when it sells. Every vehicle transaction is covered by $20,000 in free insurance. www.ebaymotors.com. Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555, fax 510.653.9754. 1145 Park Ave., Emeryville, CA 94608. Specializing in European collectible autos and racing cars from the 1920s to the 1970s, with over 50 cars in stock. Bruce Trenery has over 25 years experience in this business, based in the East Bay area. sales@fantasyjunction.com; www.fantasyjunction.com. (CA) Grand Prix Classics. 858.459.3500, fax 858.459.3512. 7456 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037. Specialize in the buying, selling, trading, and consignment of historic sports and racing cars. Been in business for 25 years and maintain an inventory of 15 to 20 historic cars. info@grandprixclassics.com; www.grandprixclassics.com. (CA) Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700. North America's premier muscle car center, specialized in restoring and trading the finest and rarest American muscle. Our 55,000 sq. ft facility and 100 Sports Car Market


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car showroom is the ultimate car heaven and the home of Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.” (ON) Kidston SA. +41 22 740 1939, fax +41 22 740 1945. 7 avenue Pictet-de-Rochemont, 1207 Geneva Switzerland. Expert advice on all aspects of collecting including finance, insurance, and discreet guidance on > selling or help finding the right motor car. Particularly strong contacts in the UK and central Europe, all multilingual and experienced (ex-Bonhams) staff. www.kidston.com. (UK) Kirk F. White. 386.427.6660, fax 386.427.7801. PO Box 999, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170. Always seeking and conveying select, exciting automobiles with a strong emphasis on vintage and contemporary hot rods and significant post-war sports cars, etc. Many years of acquiring superb, esoteric automobiles. Very highest prices paid. Periodic offerings may be reviewed at www.kirkfwhite .com. (FL) Motorcar Portfolio. 866.653.8900, 320 Market Ave S., Canton, OH 44702. America's only classic car dealer located in the lower level of the Canton Marriott McKinley Grand Hotel. Ever-changing collection of 100+ foreign and domestic cars. Model Ts through muscle cars, something for everyone's taste and pocketbook. We buy cars from special people—one or a whole collection. (OH) Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6919. Contact Alex Finigan for the acquisition or sale of great classic European sports, touring, and racing models from the pre-war era through the 1960s. Our experienced body, metal, upholstery, and mechanical craftsmen offer restoration, preservation, and maintenance services. www.paulrussell.com. (MA) ProTeam Corvette. 888.592.5086, fax 419.592.4242. Over 150 Corvettes 1953–2003; also Corvettes wanted. Free catalog. www.proteamcorvette.com; proteam@proteamcorvette.com. (OH) VIR Gallery. 336.210.5508. Quality vintage street and race cars for sale. Located at Virginia International Raceway. Please contact Randall Yow, 1245 Pine Tree Rd., Alton, VA 24520. ryow@virclub .com; www.virgallery.com. (VA) CLASSIC CAR TRANSPORT Auto Transporting by P.C. Bear. 717.849.1585, 321.289.9368, 973.981.8385. Born 1941, car nut since 1943, transporting since 1994. For answers to all your questions, call the guy that loads and drives the truck. www.pcbeartransport.com. (PA) Concours Transport Systems. 702.361.1928, 253.973.3987, fax 702.269.0382. Enclosed auto transport nationwide. Liftgate loading, experienced personnel. Classic and exotic cars. Special events. Fully insured. All major credit cards accepted. Fred Koller, owner. fredkoller@concourstransport.com; www.concourstransport.com. (NV) Cosdel International. 415.777.2000, fax 415.543.5112. Now in its 46th year of international transport. Complete service, including import/export, customs clearances, DOT and EPA, air/ocean, loading and unloading of containers. Contact Martin Button: info@cosdel.com; www.cosdel .com. (CA) FedEx Custom Critical Passport Auto Transport. 800.325.4267, fax November 2006 314.878.7295. Fully enclosed transport from the industry originator. Specializing in events, including Pebble Beach, the Colorado Grand, and Barrett-Jackson. Liftgates for safe loading and winches for inoperable vehicles. Inquire about ultra-expedited, three-day, coast-to-coast service. www.passporttransport.com. (MO) Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936, fax 413.436.9422. Rapid, hassle-free, coast-tocoast service. Insured, enclosed transport for your valuable car at affordable prices. State-of-the-art satellite transport tracking. Complete service for vintage races, auctions, relocations. www.intercitylines .com. (MA) COLLECTOR CAR FINANCING people can afford! Instant quotes at www.parishheacock.com. (FL) COLLECTOR CAR LEASING Premier Financial Services. 203.267.7700, fax 203.267.7773. With over 20 years of experience specializing in exotic, classic and vintage autos, our Lease Purchase plan is ideal for those who wish to own their vehicle at the end of the term, as well as those who like to change cars frequently. Our Simple Interest Early Termination plan allows you the flexibility of financing with the tax advantages of leasing. www.premierfinancialservices .com. (CT) Putnam Leasing. 866.905.3273, Never Classic Car Financial. 877.527.7228, fax 603.424.2117. The nation's fastest growing classic car financing company. We provide our customers with a pleasant and smooth process; person-to-person loans are our specialty. Highly competitive rates and terms with less-than-perfect credit considered. Call or apply online today. Dealer programs available. www .classiccarfinancial.com. (NH) J.J. Best Banc & Company. 800. USA.1965, fax 508.991.8329. The largest national leader on Antique, Classic, Exotic, Rod, and Sports Cars, with low rates starting at 4.99% and long terms. Call, fax, or e-mail your application today for quick ten-minute approval. Dealer inquiries welcome. www.jjbest.com. (MA) COLLECTOR CAR INSURANCE Aon Collector Car Insurance. 877.765.7790. We've protected collector cars for nearly 40 years. Our insurance packages provide more coverage for less money than is available through standard carriers. Substantially lower costs, with minimal usage restrictions, unlimited mileage, in-house claim handling, and online quoting and application. www.aoncollectorcar.com. Hagerty Collector Car Insurance. 800.922.4050. Collector cars aren't like their late-model counterparts. These classics actually appreciate in value so standard market policies that cost significantly more won't do the job. We'll agree on a fair value and cover you for the full amount. No prorated claims, no hassles, no games. www.hagerty.com. (MI) J.C. Taylor Agencies. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified—J.C. Taylor will provide dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle. Agreed value coverage in the continental U.S. and Alaska. Drive through time with peace of mind with J.C. Taylor. Parish Heacock Classic Car Insurance. 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 get in a car with strangers. Custom-tailored, lease-to-own financing for your dream car. Easy, fast, and dependable. Exclusive leasing agent for Barrett-Jackson, Cavallino, and the Ferrari Club of America 2004 International Meet. www.putnamleasing .com. (CT) RESTORATION – GENERAL Guy's Interior Restorations. 503.224.8657, fax 503.223.6953. 431 NW 9th, Portland, OR 97209. Award-winning interior restoration. Leather dyeing and color matching. (OR) Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700. You may have seen our award winning, show quality restorations on Speed TV's Dream Car Garage. We will handle every stage of any restoration. Our 55,000 sq ft facility is specialized in extreme high-end restorations of rare America muscle cars. (ON) Performance Restoration. 440.968.3655. High-quality paint, body, mechanical service. Discreet installation of a/c, cruise control, superchargers. Stock restorations done to exacting standards. Clean, well-equipped shop. Near I-90 since '96. We finish your projects. supercharged@alltel.net. (OH) Vantaaj Restoration & Repair. 866.440.0334, toll-free USA, 303.440.0334 in Colorado. A few dedicated enthusiasts, focused on repairing or restoring one or two cars at a time. We understand they are not mere automobiles; they are family. Please join our family. We are not for everyone— we are for you. www.vantaaj.com. (CO) MosesLudel.Com, LLC. 775.463.5965. Thirty-eight years of authoritative mechanical expertise available to restorers and collectors of 1928–71 American classic and muscle cars. Blueprint engine, transmission, steering, and axle rebuilding. Restorative tuning and performance prepping. Protect your investment. See our Web site, www.mosesludel .com. The Winning Collection, Inc. 888.533.7223, (outside NC), 828.658.9090, fax 828.658.8656. Asheville, NC. Premier automobile restoration company specializing in classic, collector and historic cars of all make and models. 20+ years experience. State of the art, 22,000 sq. ft. facility in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Body-off, frameoff restoration and modification. Conversions. Complete metal, body, and machine shop. www.winningcollection.com (NC) SPORTS AND COMPETITION The Healey Werks. 800.251.2113, 712.944.4900, fax 712.944.4940. Lawton, IA. Premier automobile restoration company specializing in exotic, European and classic cars. Complete structural and body reconstruction, upholstery, world-class paint/refinishing, engineering, prototyping and mechanical services. Transport and logistical services available. www.healeywerks.com. (IA) Morris & Welford, LLC. 203.222.3861 or 203.722.3333 (Miles Morris), 949.260.1636 or 949.500.0585 (Malcolm Welford), fax 203.222.4992 or 949.955.3848. Specialist car consultants and high-end brokerage for important historic cars such as Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Duesenberg, Bugatti, and more. Offices on East and West Coasts. www.morrisandwelford.com. (CT) RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, fax 519.351.1337. RM is the world's largest vintage automobile house specializing in 141


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY vintage automobile restoration, auctions and appraisals; with expertise in sports and competitive classic cars such as Ferrari, Jaguar, Maserati, and Bugatti, as well as other sports and competition automobiles. www.rmauctions.com (CAN) VINTAGE EVENTS Columbus Motor Classic. 866.794.6889. Germain Amphitheater, Polaris, OH, September 22-24, 2006. www. cmcshows.org (OH) The Hamptons Auto Classic, 631.537.1868. 2006 Auction, June 10, Bridgehampton, NY. kenmotor@aol.com (NY) Hamptons Concours d'Elegance, 631.537.1868. June 11, 2006, Bridgehampton, NY. kenmotor@aol.com. (NY) Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival. 863.683.1540. October 14–16. The Lake Mirror Classic is held in restored Lake Mirror Park and downtown Lakeland. Begins Friday evening with the Hot Rod Rendezvous; Saturday enjoy over 500 classic cars in downtown Lakeland and Lake Mirror. For more information about this FREE event or to pre-register, visit www. lakemirrorclassic.com. (FL) Hwy 99, Ste B PMB 424, Vancouver, WA 98665-8813. Oldest national AustinHealey club and factory club heritage. Members receive Austin-Healey Magazine, Resource Book, calendar, tech assistance, book discount. Annual dues still just $35. www.healey.org. (OR) Aston Martin Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959. 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www.vintageracingservices.com, www .automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Autosport Designs Inc. 631.425.1555. 2nd Annual Muscle Car 1000, 949.470.9880. September 25–30, 2006. Five days of exceptional places, people, experiences, and cars from Santa Barbara to San Simeon, Monterey, San Francisco, Napa Valley, and back. Reserved for 1964–73 American muscle cars, 1962–68 Cobras, 1955–73 Corvettes. Apply early, as space is limited. www.musclecar1000. com. (CA) ENGLISH Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) AC AC Owner's Club Limited. 503.643.3225, fax 503.646.4009. US Registrar: Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. The world's largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership not required. Monthly magazine. (OR) JWF Restorations, Inc. 503.643.3225, fax 503.646.4009. Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 972254615. AC restoration specialist. 35 years experience. Partial to full restorations done to street or concours standards. (OR) Austin-Healey Austin-Healey Club USA. 888.4AHCUSA, fax 503.528.0533. 8002 NE 142 The largest independent Aston Martin sales, service, and restoration facility in the U.S.; everything under one roof. All models welcome. Large selection of parts for all Astons. Also specializing in Ferrari, Porsche, and other exotics. Tom Papadopoulos, Scott Rumbold. www .autosport-designs.com. (NY) Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair, and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems, and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www .kevinkayrestorations.net. (CA) Rocky Santiago. 405.843.6117, fax 405.475.5079. E Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Specializing in Aston Martins, all years, all conditions. Buy/ sell/consign. If you are buying or selling, please call. Also have Healeys, MGs, Triumphs, etc. (OK) Jaguar Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www .classicshowcase.com. (CA) Jaguar Clubs of North America. 888.CLUBJAG, JCNA, 1000 Glenbrook Road, Anchorage, KY 40223. The primary organization of Jaguar enthusiasts in the U.S. and Canada. 52 local clubs provide social and other activities. JCNA sponsors championships in concours, rally, slalom. Members receive bi-monthly Jaguar Journal magazine. www.jcna.com. (KY) Rolls-Royce/Bentley Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www.vintageracingservices.com, www.automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Hageman Motorcars. 206.954.1961, fax 425.287.0660. PO Box 554, Kirkland, WA 98033. Pre-war European autos, Bentley, and Rolls-Royce, specializing in vintage Bentleys. www.hagemanmotorcars .com. (WA) ALFA ROMEO Parts Centerline Alfa Parts. 888.750.ALFA (2532). Call for free catalog. New and used parts, accessories, restoration, modification, and information for Giulietta through 164. We know the cars and we have the parts. Visit www.centerlinealfa.com for frequent updates on new items. (CO) International Auto Parts. 800.788.4435, 434.973.0555, fax 434.973.2368. Est. 1971. Over 90,000 Alfa/ Fiat/Lancia parts, 1956 to present, in stock, ready to ship. Fast, knowledgeable service and same-day shipping! Free 76-page catalog. www.international-auto.com. (VA) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www .classicshowcase.com. (CA) Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. 510.525.9435, fax 510.524.3636. 1221 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710. Large selection of parts from 1900 series to Milano. Efficient, personal service. (CA) Performance Motoring Associates. 831.338.9703, fax 831.338.2031. 12895 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006. Over 20 Alfa Romeos in stock, ready for your custom restoration. Specialists in vintage race car preparation for over 20 years. Sebring suspensions and lightweight body panels for 750, 101, and 105 series Sprints, Spiders, and GTVs. alleake@aol.com; www.alfaromeorestorations.com. (CA) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, fax 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for original, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit www .reoriginals.com for complete listing. (TX) Repairs/Restoration Dan Sommers' Veloce Motors. 503.274.0064. 1425 NW Flanders, Portland, OR 97209. More than two decades of helping Alfa, Ferrari, and Lamborghini owners keep their cars on the road while not emptying their bank accounts. Other Italian cars serviced as well. (OR) Nasko's Imports. 503.771.1472, 5409 SE Francis, Portland, OR 97206. Alfas, BMWs and Mercedes our speciality. Oldest Alfa repair facility in Oregon. Ask about our used sports cars for sale. Fast work, fair prices. (OR) FERRARI/MASERATI/LAMBORGHINI Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www.vintageracingservices.com, www .automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Carozzeria Granturismo Milano (Italy). +39.93909285-6, fax +39.02.93908420. Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo, and Lancia. Structural chassis restoration, body restoration, and manufacturing of aluminum and steel body trim and panels. We bring automobiles to exacting original specifications. High-class paint jobs; one-off prototype manufacturing. info@gtmilano.it. (IT) Family Classic Cars. 949.496.3000, fax 949.488.0523. Family Classic Cars specializes in highly rare and valuable vintage Ferraris, fine European cars, classics, hot rods, muscle cars, and modern exotics. Located in San Juan Capistrano, CA, Family Classic Cars is all about selling dreams and investments. sales@familyclassiccars. com; www.familyclassiccars.com. Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. Specializing in mostly European vintage race and sports cars, especially classic Ferraris of the '50s and '60s as well as Mille Miglia-eligible sports cars. Always looking to buy fabulous classic cars. www.hamannclassiccars.com. (CT) Michael Sheehan. 949.646.6086, fax 949.646.6978. Always looking for cars to buy, from rare one-offs to serial production ordinaries. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus. Buyers, let me use my 20,000-car database to help you find a car, or verify the history of one you are looking at. www.ferrarisonline.com. (CA) Randy Simon. 310.274.7440, fax 310.274.9809. I constantly collect and sell all Ferraris, Maseratis, and Lamborghinis. If I don't have what you seek, I can usually find it for you (at low prices). Please call anytime for straight advice on the market. Finder's fee gladly paid. simonrandy@aol .com. (CA) Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo. 800.547.4455, 503.255.7560. Service and parts, 800.944.6483, 503.257.9655. 203 NE 122nd Ave., Portland, OR 97230. America's oldest and most dedicated Ferrari dealer. New and used exotic cars. Also, huge parts department with fast, fast service. www.rtgt.com. (OR) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, fax 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for original, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit www .reoriginals.com for complete listing. (TX) Symbolic Motor Car Company. 858.454.1800. As the world's premier dealer of exotic, collectible, racing and touring automobiles, our highly trained staff has the experience to get you into some of the finest automobiles in the world. Visit us at www.symbolicmotors.com. (CA) GERMAN BMW Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www.vintageracingservices.com, www .automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Mercedes-Benz Alex Dearborn. 978.887.6644, fax 978.887.3889. Topsfield, MA. Buying, selling and trading vintage Mercedes. Specializing in 300SLs. Large database of older M-Bs. www.dearbornauto.com. (MA) Sports Car Market


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Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest and race cars. Sales, restoration and transportation. www.vintageracingservices.com, www .automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Gull Wing Group International, Gary Estep. 530.891.5038 fax. 776 Cessna, Chico, CA 95928. Dedicated to the enjoyment and preservation of 1954 to 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupes and roadsters. Member benefits include: twelve monthly magazines per year plus a national convention that rotates its location around the country. gestep3457@aol.com. (CA) Porsche Shelby Shelby American Automobile Club. 860.364.0449, fax 860.364.0769. PO Box 788, Sharon, CT 06069. Over 5,000 members, 50 regions throughout the world. Dedicated to the care and preservation of the cars that Carroll Shelby produced. Two national conventions a year, semi-annual magazine, bi-monthly newsletter as well as a registry. (CT) PARTS AND ACCESSORIES Greatwest Lubricants. 888.838.6308. Authorized dealer for premium Amsoil synthetic lubrication and filtration products. Protect your investment with the finest lubrication products available and benefit from lower operating costs and extended oil change intervals. All products can be ordered online and shipped from U.S. & Canadian distribution centers. www.greatwestlubricants.ca. (CAN) HotSeat Chassis Inc. 877-GAME- 73rs.com. 310.927.3193. Specializing exclusively in early classic Porsche 911 motor cars, 1965–73. Over 35 years experience in buying and selling only the finest 911s. Cars actively purchased for top money. jack@73rs.com. (CA) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, Sicurvetro windshields for Porsche 356. Speedster bucket seats, driving seats for all models. www.reoriginals.com. (TX) AMERICAN ProTeam Corvette. 888.592.5086, 419.592.4242. Box 606, Napoleon, OH 43545. Corvettes—over 150 mostly 1953 to 1967s. World's largest. 90,000 sq. ft. The Holy Grail of Corvette collections. Money back guarantee. Free catalog. NCRS #136, SEMA, AMRO. proteam@proteamcorvette.com. www .proteamcorvette, www.corvetteswanted .com. (OH) Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) TRX. 111 Napco Dr., Plymouth, CT 06786. HotSeat Chassis Inc., produces HotSeat Solo, Racer, and HotSeat PC Gamer. Creating a total immersion, arcade like experience in the home, the HotSeat envelopes the player in ultra-realistic 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound between its 6 high-powered speakers. (CT) GARAGE/TOOLS Baldhead Cabinet Company. 877.966.2253. Offering a fine selection of quality metal garage cabinets. Many unique modules. SS and custom colors available. Many sizes to choose from. Call for a custom quote and drawing. See ad in this issue. www.baldheadcabinets.com. (CA) ANTIQUES Solvang Antique Center. 805.688.6222. California's Premier Antique Collective features 65 extraordinary dealers. Quality 18th and 19th century furniture, decorative accessories, fine art and estate jewelry. One of the finest selections of antique clocks, watches and music boxes in the world. www.solvangantiques .com. (CA) REAL ESTATE J.R. Rouse Real Estate. 831.645.9696 ext. 100, 831.277.3464, fax 831.645.9357. Connecting car enthusiasts with homes on the Monterey Peninsula. jr@jrrouse.com; www.jrrouse.com. (CA) TRAVEL Stephanie Warrington. 800.594.0805, 503.231.5103. The official travel agent for Sports Car Market. Specializing in international travel, custom vacations, and groups. stephanie@wtpdx.com. (OR)u Legendary Motorcar Company 905.875.4700. North America's premier muscle car center, specialize in restoring and trading the finest and rarest American muscle cars. We are the home of Speed TV's Dream Car Garage. We are professional, discreet, and fair buyer for you quality American Muscle. (ON) November 2006 143


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Carl Bomstead $9k Savages and $8k Indians The Packard guys must have been out driving their cars when this auction ended, as the marque-specific wax went way cheap D uring the summer months, we're usually scrambling to find interesting stuff to talk about. Who wants to have their face in a computer monitor when they can be outside doing something constructive? Still, I guess I'm not the only one without a life, as I saw a ton of great merchandise this month. overspent my SCM paycheck early on and had to leave the following to the rest of you: EBAY#150005691094— HANSON AUTOMOBILE RADIATOR BADGE. Number of Bids: 16. SOLD AT: $420. Date Sold: 7/10/2006. Hanson Automobiles were manufactured between 1918 and 1925 in Atlanta, Georgia. Only 850 cars were produced before George Hanson gave up on the automotive industry and moved on to the more lucrative manufacturing of nursing bottles. “Rare” is an overused term with Internet descriptions, but in this is a case it was appropriate, and the final bid was not out of line. EBAY #230007395731—ORIGINAL 7 OZ. TIN OF PACKARD AUTO WAX. Number of Bids: 10. SOLD AT: $113.61. Date Sold: 7/16/2006. Nice graphics and condition on a Packard tin that dates to the '30s. All things considered, this was a very nice buy. The Packard guys must have been out driving their cars when this auction ended, as it was cheap. EBAY #320011997724—INDIAN GASOLINE GLOBE. Number of Bids: 24. SOLD AT: $8,000. Date Sold: 8/5/2006. This one-piece glass globe for Indian Gasoline sits near the top of the list for guys tha collect this kind of stuff. This particular globe was use between 1915 and 1924. Indian Gasoline was bought o by Texaco in the early '40s. Most likely repainted in the past, but this globe is so desirable that a touchup has little effect on value. Amazing that it has survived this long without any chips or dings. I just hope it is packed well and it survives its journey to its new home, as these things often meet their demise at the hands of the UPS guy. EBAY #320007064091— TIFFANY AUTOMOTIVE FENDER LIGHT COUNTER DISPLAY. Number of Bids: 17. SOLD AT: $202.50. Date Sold: 7/23/2006. This very cool counter display appeared to be in pristine condition. The fender light had three glass jewels, red, green, and clear. Doubt if this was the Tiffany of jewelry fame, but it was an absolute bargain. I'm sorry I didn't find it until after it had sold. EBAY #190010968982—HUPP-YEATS AUTOMOTIVE EBAY #7248213788—STANDARD OIL ZEROLENE DOUBLE SIDED PORCELAIN FLANGE SIGN. Number of Bids: 23. SOLD AT: $4,316.99. Date Sold: 7/15/2006. This is one of the more desirable Standard Oil of California signs, and while not perfect, it was very presentable. It would certainly have been a welcome addition to my car barn. It has the Caloil logo with the bear along with the Zerolene logo, so it has a lot going for it. Great sign; sold for a fair price. EBAY #190011279627—SAVAGE TIRE PORCELAIN DIE-CUT DOUBLE-SIDED FLANGE SIGN. Numb of Bids: 36. SOLD AT: $9,217. Date sold: 7/30/2006. I the world of sign collecting, this is about as good as it gets, with great color, graphics and very presentable condition. Doubt if the slogan “Heap Good Mileage” would pass today's politically correct test, but that was then and this is now. This is absolutely the best sign I have seen offered in years, and I would expect it to sell for even more if it ever shows up again on the open market. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market magazine (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Keith Martin Publications, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and additional entries. Subscription rates are $58 for 12 monthly issues in the US, $78 Canada/Mexico, Europe $88, Asia/Africa/Middle East $98. Subscriptions are payable in advance in US currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 24-hours 800.289.2819, 503.252.5812; fax 503.252.5854. 146 HUBCAP. Number of Bids: 10. SOLD AT: $675. Date Sold: 7/27/2006. The seller had no idea what he was offering, but the bidders obviously knew what they were chasing. The HuppYeats electric car was manufactured between 1911 and 1919. Robert Hupp—the Hupp in the Hupp-Yeats—was also the founder of the Hupmobile Automotive Company, which manufactured more conventional cars from 1909 to the start of WWII. Hupp left his firm to join Yeats—not his brightest move. This hubcap was an interesting and unique piece of automotive history, so how much is too much? EBAY #1700085772230—COCA-CO RED BALL LICENSE PLATE ATTACHMENT. Number of Bids: 20. SOLD AT: $299. Date Sold: 7/22/2006. These were made by Chapman Root, a Florida Coca-Cola bottler whose grandfather invented the hobble skirt bottle and was rewarded with the state franchise. Several were found recently and coveted by Coke, license plate, and automobilia collectors alike. The seller offered another a few days later and it sold for $335. I'm willing to bet that in a few years the price will seem a pittance, as Coke collectors are as goofy as any when it comes to rare stuff. POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 The information in Sports Car Market magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy, and completeness of the information presented. 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