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$2.8M EBAY BARN FIND • BABE RUTH'S LINCOLN • 245 CARS RATED Keith Martin's Sports CarMarket The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends HOLY BATMOBILE! $153k October 2006 AFFORDABLE CLASSIC: '74–'77 Corvette ENZO CRASH: Defending the Driver

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Sports CarMarket Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends 40 52 October 2006 .Volume 18. Number 10 Stately 15/98, Aston's last pre-war car 56 The Babe was here, or was he? 245 CARS RATED BY OUR EXPERTS 60 Bonhams, Northamptonshire, U.K. 22 “proper”motor cars sell on this $1.1m day. Richard Hudson-Evans Gizmos galore in the FW15C COLLECTOR CAR PROFILES 36 1987 Ferrari Mondial 3.2 Cabriolet The demimonde of Mondials. Steve Ahlgrim 40 1938 Aston Martin 15/98 Short-Chassis Tourer Fine value on a mint pre-war sports car. By Stephen Serio 44 1964 Lancia Flaminia 3C 2800 SS Betting on the Flaminia bubble. Donald Osborne 46 1973 BMW 3.0CSL “Batmobile” “Holy M Division, Batman!!!” Rob Sass 52 1940 Lincoln-Zephyr Continental Cabriolet The Lincoln of Swat—or not? Carl Bomstead 56 1993 Williams-Renault FW15C The ultimate F1 car that will never run again. Thor Thorson 90 Christie's, London, U.K. The final pre-war Aston heads the charge at $224k. Richard Hudson-Evans 98 RM Auctions, Kensington, NH The Dingman Ford Collection of flatheads brings $6.2m. Joe Severns 108 Kensington, Bridgehampton, NY Wet weather dilutes this annual sale despite a fine selection. Joe Severns 116 Mecum Auctions, St. Paul, MN Regional or not, $2.2m is big muscle car money. B. Mitchell Carslon 124 eBay Motors Race car deals abound if you know where to look. Geoff Archer Cover photograph: Christie's Images Ltd. 2006 66 Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL Bloomington Gold goes diamond with $10.3m in sales. Daniel Grunwald 74 Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, U.K. Astons of all sorts flex their market muscle as 84% sell. Richard Hudson-Evans 82 H&H Auctions, Brentford, U.K. A $662k Duesie carries the day at this mostly British affair. Richard Hudson-Evans

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28 32 How much would you pay for this Ferrari? COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears Keith Martin 24 Affordable Classic It sure looks like a Corvette… Rob Sass 26 Legal Files The Enzo crash: the Defense speaks John Draneas 38 Sheehan Speaks: Why the right shop is a bargain at nearly any price Michael Sheehan 42 English Patient Jowett's near-mythical and total-failure sports car Gary Anderson 50 Porsche Gespräch The 356 you can't afford to drive Jim Schrager 54 Domestic Affairs Can two wrecks make one collectible? Colin Comer 126 Motobilia Sky-high sign prices at the Dingman sale Carl Bomstead 130 Bike Buys The RGS—Britain's most faked sportbike Paul Duchene 146 eWatch An endless parade of fake Packard thermomete Carl Bomstead 24-hour party at Le Mans FEATURES 28 0202 A: The Ultimate Barn Find 30 Dragonsnakes:Meet the Cobra Elite 32 24 Hours of Le Mans: The Day that Never Ends 34 New England 1000:Quebec or Bust DEPARTMENTS 12 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 14 The Inside Line 16 You Write, We Read 18 Display Advertisers Index 20 Neat Stuff 22 Our Cars: 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS, 1974 JensenHealey, 1976 Porsche 930 25 20 Year Picture 103 Glovebox Notes: 2006 Acura TL A-Spec, 2007 Saturn Sky 122 Alfa Bits 125 FreshMeat: 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63, 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid, 2007 Mercedes-Benz S600 V12 128 Featured Artist: Nicola Wood 132 Mystery Photo 133 Comments with Your Renewal 134 Showcase Gallery 32 How much would you pay for this Ferrari? COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears Keith Martin 24 Affordable Classic It sure looks like a Corvette… Rob Sass 26 Legal Files The Enzo crash: the Defense speaks John Draneas 38 Sheehan Speaks: Why the right shop is a bargain at nearly any price Michael Sheehan 42 English Patient Jowett's near-mythical and total-failure sports car Gary Anderson 50 Porsche Gespräch The 356 you can't afford to drive Jim Schrager 54 Domestic Affairs Can two wrecks make one collectible? Colin Comer 126 Motobilia Sky-high sign prices at the Dingman sale Carl Bomstead 130 Bike Buys The RGS—Britain's most faked sportbike Paul Duchene 146 eWatch An endless parade of fake Packard thermomete Carl Bomstead 24-hour party at Le Mans FEATURES 28 0202 A: The Ultimate Barn Find 30 Dragonsnakes:Meet the Cobra Elite 32 24 Hours of Le Mans: The Day that Never Ends 34 New England 1000:Quebec or Bust DEPARTMENTS 12 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 14 The Inside Line 16 You Write, We Read 18 Display Advertisers Index 20 Neat Stuff 22 Our Cars: 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS, 1974 Jensen- Healey, 1976 Porsche 930 25 20 Year Picture 103 Glovebox Notes: 2006 Acura TL A-Spec, 2007 Saturn Sky 122 Alfa Bits 125 FreshMeat: 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63, 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid, 2007 Mercedes-Benz S600 V12 128 Featured Artist: Nicola Wood 132 Mystery Photo 133 Comments with Your Renewal 134 Showcase Gallery One One could make the argument that this was the first styleside pickup truck. Of course, you'd first have to make the argument that it really is a truck. —B. Mitchell Carlson's report on Mecum St. Paul begins on p. 116

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Shifting Gears Keith Martin Somebody Stop Me! P erhaps SCM should be in the soft adventure business. But rather than offering a chance to para- chute off mountaintops attached to a safety-line, or fly a Russian Mig with an instructor who will keep you from nosing into the ground, we have something even better. Last year, my former editor at Automobile Magazine, Joe Lorio, announced that he had purchased the car, or actually station wagon, of his dreams: a 1968 Mercury Colony Park. When I was last in Detroit, Lorio proudly showed me the wagon and mentioned in passing that he was thinking of selling it. At that very moment, a devil popped up above my head, like the one that cajoles John Belushi in “Animal House.” The evil creature, born of my dark gearhead side, forced me to buy the wagon. On the spot. I don't know what came over me, and I didn't mean to do it. And I promise I won't keep this glorious booty all to myself. But first, here's Lorio's epistle about his wagon: “I had been looking for a '60s station wagon for about four years when I found this one on eBay. After it failed to meet reserve, I called the seller and went to see it in Ohio. The seller was an old guy who lived deep in farm country. The road he lived on was lined with corn on both sides. The car had been bought new locally by a Mrs. Alton George. She traded a '57 Thunderbird for it. The dealership sold the T-Bird on her behalf, to a Ford executive, Jim McDonnell (“a very fine, honest and religious man,” according to a note from the dealership). I have all the paperwork. Mrs. George drove it about 2,000 miles a year for about nine years. Supposedly the car was always kept in a heated garage. After Mrs. George passed away, her daughter kept it stored for a while; eventually the old guy I bought it from convinced her to sell it to him. It had been sitting, so he put on new tires, belts, hoses, battery, gas tank, et cetera. I suspect he also did some body work at the very bottom edge of the rear fenders. He too kept the car in a heated garage and drove it infrequently. The car had 20,000 miles when I bought it. I've driven it less than 1,000 miles and haven't really had to do any- thing to it. I changed the oil a few times, put in a new battery last summer, and had the brakes bled when I first got it because the brake light was on. That's it. It had never failed to start or mechanically misbehaved. The car is dead stock and a thus a complete late-'60s time warp. The most fun I've had with it was driving kids from my son's kindergar- ten class on field trips. (Six-year-old Tommy loves to ride in the way back, and when he finds out I'm selling this car, it's not going to be pretty.) I think the spec is nearly ideal. No power window to break or air-con- ditioning that never works. It does have dual, center-facing third seats (a wagon essential), power steering, power disc brakes, automatic (yes, all these were options), deluxe interior (in a very '60s bronze color with brown carpeting and dashboard), split front seat with dual fold-down armrests, dual Tommy bids farewell to his dream car power seats, tilt steering wheel (seems stuck; I haven't wanted to force it), heavy-duty suspension, deluxe seat and shoulder belts (for eight), remote mirror, AM radio, and limited slip. The engine is the base 390, 2-bbl “Marauder” V8, the transmission a 3-speed, and it has front disc brakes. $1,121.13 worth of options, on top of a $3,760.35 base price, plus $51 destination made for a grand total of $4,932.48 And now it is yours.” WAGON HO In fact, now it belongs to the entire family of SCMers, most of whom I am sure are already chomping at the proverbial bit for their own chance to slide, and I do mean slide, behind the wheel. Help us get the car from Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Portland, Oregon, hopefully in less than the 22 months it took the Fiat to cover approximately the same distance. We're calling this campaign “Wagon Ho.” We also assume, perhaps foolishly, that this big lump of American iron and steel will take more kindly to the highway than the Fiat did, and not leave a trail of Hansel-and-Gretel-inspired Italian-built broken parts behind it. With “crossover” being today's trendy way of saying “station wagon,” what better way to experience the spiritual roots of, say, the Mercedes R-class (I can sense the shudders running through Sindelfingen already) than to spend a few hours behind the wheel of a 1968 Mercury. Shifting Shifting Shifting Shifting Shifting āԈShifting Gears Keith Martin Somebody Stop Me! P erhaps SCM should be in the soft adventure business. But rather than offering a chanc n Somebody Stop Me! P erhaps SCM should be in the soft adventure business. But rather than offering a chance to para- chute off mountaintops attached to a safety-line, or fly a Russian Mig with an instructor who will keep you from nosing into the ground, we have something even better. Last year, my former editor at Automobile Magazine, Joe Lorio, announced that he had purchased the car, or actu- ally station wagon, of his dreams: a 1968 Mercury Colony Park. When I was last in Detroit, Lorio proudly showed me the wagon and mentioned in passing that he was thinking of selling it. At that very moment, a devil popped up above my head, like the one that cajoles Joh Birte Moller

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Crossing the Block Stefan Lombard drag car to a 1963 421 Tempest wagon—the only known example left—Pontiac performance junkies will have plenty to get excited about. Silver Auctions—Fall Portland Where: Portland, OR When: October 7 More: www.silverauctions.com Last Year: 46 cars sold / $425k 1969 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 to be offered at Carlisle Carlisle Events—Fall Classic Where: Carlisle, PA When: September 29–30 More: www.carlisleauctions.com Carlisle looks to build on the success of its inaugural spring sale with another solid consignment list. More than 250 cars are expected, including a 1964 Ford Galaxie 500, a 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396, and a 1969 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2. Hershey Auctions LLC— The Hershey Auction Where: Hershey, PA When: October 5–7 More: www.hersheyauction.com Last Year: 154 cars sold / $6.3m Held within the Giant Center in conjunction with the AACA meet, Hershey will conduct its 6th annual sale. With multimillion dollar receipts from previous sales, 300 cars consigned for this year, and all the gearheads hanging around the Hershey swap meet, it's a recipe for success. Bonhams & Butterfields— Fine Automobilia Where: Hershey, PA When: October 5 More: www.butterfields.com Last Year: 296 lots sold / $210k B&B never fails to impress collectors with its selection of automobilia, and the Hershey sale is perhaps the best place to find what you're looking for, from mascots to signs. One such piece is a rare Great Eastern Pennsylvania Motor Oil doublesided enamel sign, expected to bring between $600 and $800. Mecum Auctions—Fall Premier Where: St. Charles, IL When: October 6 More: www.mecumauctions.com 12 Last Year: 344 cars sold / $21m At its High Performance Auction, Mecum will offer the Randy Williams Super Duty Collection of six classic Pontiacs as one lot. From a rare 1961 Ventura 389 factory Silver returns to the Rose City with its usual mix of European and American metal. Expect plenty of great drivers, as well as the occasional swimmer. RM Auctions— Toronto International Fall Auction Where: Mississauga, CAN When: October 20–22 More: www.rmauctions.com Last Year: 176 cars sold / $2.7m This semiannual event brings 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: stefan@sportscarmarket.com SEPTEMBER 1—BONHAMS Goodwood, UK 2-3—SILVER Sun Valley, ID 4—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 9—BONHAMS Beaulieu, UK 9-10—BARONS Surrey, UK 13—H&H Buxton, UK 16—ICA Sioux Falls, SD 22-23— CLASSIC AUTOMOBILE AUCTIONS OF AMERICA Fredericksburg, TX 22—MIDAMERICA Minneapolis, MN 23-24—RM Novi, MI 23—BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS North Brookfield, MA 24—BONHAMS & GOODMAN Sydney, AUS 28—COYS London, U.K. 29—CARLISLE Carlisle, PA OCTOBER 4—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, U.K. 6-7— CLASSIC AUTOMOBILE AUCTIONS OF AMERICA Biloxi, MS 6-7—SANTIAGO Albuquerque, New Mexico 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 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 Sports Car Market 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—SILVER Spokane, WA 17—LEAKE Dallas, TX 18—MCCORMICK Palm Springs, CA 21-22—H&H Buxton, U.K. 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, U.K. 8-10—KRUSE Houston, TX 9-10—SANTIAGO Oklahoma City, OK 11-12—BARONS Surrey, UK 16—BONHAMS Gstaad, CH together nearly 300 cars and thousands of bidders from all over Canada and the eastern U.S. With results climbing steadily over the last few years, the sale should serve to strengthen RM's already substantial standing in the North American collector car auction scene. Gooding & Company— Otis Chandler Collection Where: Oxnard, CA When: October 21 More: www.goodingco.com At the Vintage Museum of Transportation and Wildlife, Gooding will offer about 50 classic cars, 40 vintage motorcycles, assorted memorabilia, and an 1884 Baldwin steam locomotive from the collection of the late L.A. Times publisher Otis Chandler. u

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Inside Line Kristen Hall-Geisler nents will be introduced this year alone. American muscle cars will be honored this year. www .semashow.com (NV) Transitions n After four and a half years with SCM, Kristen Hall-Geisler is leaving her post as Managing Editor to pursue a career in freelance writing and editing. She has also finished one novel and begun a second, which centers on a cross-country drive that takes place in 1925. We wish her great success. Auction Editor Stefan Lombard has been promoted to fill her position. He has recently had articles published in Road & Track and Forbes.com. n Jared Mann, part of SCM's Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance SCMHappenings n The Sports Car Market/ Fantasy Junction Acura Integra will be running October 14 in the NASA Western Endurance 3-hour at Buttonwillow Raceway in California. The car will also compete on October 21 in the Cascade Sports Car Club 8 hours of Portland, and on October 29 at Laguna Seca, California, in the SCCA Illgen Classic 4 hour enduro, which is where the car won its class in 2005. n The Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance will bring together 100 collector cars and motorcycles on Veteran's Green in Westport, Connecticut, on September 24. Sports Car Market Contributing Editor Donald Osborne will emcee the event, which raises money for Westportbased Save the Children. www .fairfieldcountyconcours.com (CT) Events n A new event, Geneva Classics, will be held October 6–8 at Geneva Palexpo. The exhibition will feature collector cars as well as boats, aircraft, and motorcycles. An auto auction will be held Saturday in the expo center, and Blackhawk Collection will offer a dozen cars for private-treaty sale over the weekend. www.geneva-classics.ch (CH) n Downtown Lakeland, Florida, will host the seventh annual Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival on October 20–21. The 500 cars on display will include sports, race, and muscle cars, plus examples of featured marque Porsche. Auto journalist, SCMer, and Cannonball Run founder Brock Yates will be the event's special guest. www .lakemirrorclassic.com (FL) n The Mercedes-Benz Gullwing and Porsche 356 will be guests of honor at this year's Winter Park Concours d'Elegance on October 22 in Winter Park, Florida. Spectators will also find antique boats, exotic motorcycles, and American hot rods in attendance. www .winterparkconcours.com (FL) n The premier automotive specialty parts show in the world, SEMA, will take place October 31–November 3 in Las Vegas at the Convention Center. The slogan “Where Everthing New Makes Its Debut” is no lie: over 1,400 new parts, tools, and comp- IT team, and his wife Heather welcomed son Lewis Victor into the world on July 18. Lewis weighed 5 lbs, 12 oz, and, like both of his parents, has a head of red hair.u Event Calendar 24—Fairfield County Concours www.fairfieldcountyconcours.com 6-8—Geneva Classics www.geneva-classics.ch 20-21—Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival www.lakemirrorclassic.com 22—Winter Park Concours d'Elegance www.winterparkconcours.com October 31-November 3—SEMA www.semashow.com A small part of the madness that is SEMA 14 Sports Car Market NOVEMBER OCTOBER SEPTEMBER

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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 GRIFO GAINS RESPECT Steve Serio's response to John Fliessbach's question on BBi or Grifo (July, p. 24), while probably not what Ferrari Boxer owners wanted to hear, was right on target: The Iso Grifo has been the sleeper of the sports car world for years and is finally gaining the recognition and value it rightly deserves. Here's a car with all the right things going for it. It has absolutely beautiful styling by Giugiaro, arguably the best and most prolific designer of the '60s; engineering by Bizzarrini, the driving force behind the Ferrari GTO and scores of other automotive icons; incredible handling; a luxurious and comfortable interior, perfectly suited for high-speed driving or touring around town; a hand-made steel and aluminum body; and best of all, a bullet-proof drivetrain not unlike those powering some of the most popular (and sought after) muscle cars of the era. Not to mention a racing heritage, albeit a somewhat truncated one, with competition versions racing at Le Mans, Nurburgring, Sebring, and other illustrious venues during the mid-'60s. The Grifo has it all, and as more and more sports car and muscle car enthusiasts come to that realization, it will quickly become even more sought after. That's the good news—the bad news is that only 412 were produced during its limited production run from 1965 to 1974, so better to find one and buy it now!—Darren Frank, Charlotte, NC CLASSIC MINI: CUTER THAN KITTENS Your efforts get better and better; where else can you read about “Eight Ferraris To Aim For” (August, p. 42) as if some of us have anything to aim with. Still, it is fun to read and dream. I do have to take excep- tion, though, with the article on “Golden-Age Gas Sippers” in the same issue—not for the cars which are included, all of which are fine, but for what it left out: the original Mini, now called the “classic Mini” to separate it from the 16 Sports CarMarket Editor & Publisher KEITH MARTIN V.P. Operations DAVID SLAMA V.P. Business Development/ General Counsel ROB SASS V.P. Finance and Marketing WENDIE STANDISH Art Director KIRSTEN ONODAY Senior Editor PAUL DUCHENE Editorial Manager KRISTEN HALL-GEISLER Auction Editor STEFAN LOMBARD 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 Minis arethe greatest GAGSs ever invented modern BMW product. Minis are the greatest GAGSs ever invented. The classic Mini has the following advantages: -It is cute. -It uses very little fuel (35–40 mpg). It also holds very little fuel, so you frequently get to stop and fill its six-gallon tank and enjoy the pleasure of spending very little money to do so while everyone else in the gas station looks on enviously. I speak from experience. -It is cute. -It goes fast around corners. It will do that at least as quickly as anything else in your list except perhaps the Lotus Elan, which is busy rusting, and the Porsche 914, which is also busy rusting and may not be running either, although the odds are better than with the Lotus. -The Mini is cute. -The late Minis with twin-point engines (see above example) will cruise at 75, start and run reliably, and have much-improved comfort items such as seats, headrests, a good heater, etc. A Mini feels bigger inside than it looks outside, by far. -It is cute. -It requires that your passenger sit close to you. (Not always an asset.) -It is cute. -Kids love it. And finally, so do women. A lot. Not like they do an E-type, but then a good Mini costs one-fourth or less of a good Etype, uses less fuel, requires much cheaper parts, and you can always find a parking space for a Mini in downtown Annapolis, Maryland, which is not true for most cars. Like most SCMers, I have owned a lot of cars, and loved many (not all) of them. The Mini occupies a special place, though. It cost very little, it is a blast to drive, guilt over owning and driving it absolutely does not exist, and it's hard not to grin when people ask you “where are the eight clowns?” And did I mention that it's cute?— Jim Rosenthal, Annapolis, MD Rob Sass responds: Jim, thank you for noting my obvious oversight and for your very well made case for the classic Mini. Any list of “Golden-Age Gas Sippers” should include a classic Mini, in all of its variations. Consider it retroactively added. NEVER TOO OLD FOR A 911 As a long-time subscriber to SCM, I'm hoping Jim Schrager can help me make a life-altering change, as far as car collecting goes. I have just celebrated my Contributing Editors STEVE AHLGRIM GARY ANDERSON CARL BOMSTEAD COLIN COMER JOHN DRANEAS DONALD OSBORNE JIM SCHRAGER MICHAEL SHEEHAN THOR THORSON 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 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. 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75th birthday and have decided to trade my collection of lowend British cars for a “real sports car”—a Porsche 911. The closest I ever came to owning a Porsche was a '57 Karmann Ghia coupe which I owned in the '60s, upgraded with a 40-hp engine and transmission, Porsche wheels, and decambered rear suspension. I dug out your September 2000 article on the 911SC and felt you wrote the article for me and that a 911SC coupe is what I should be looking for. My one question concerns the a/c: How good is the factory system and can it cope with our Phoenix, Arizona, summers? Is there a better year that I should be looking for that has a strong performing a/c system, in addition to the desirable features of the 911SC? The subject of a/c might be a basis for an article as fitted to all popular collectable cars. What years did the manufacturers finally get the a/c systems to perform strong and reliably? I appreciate your thoughts on this subject.—Lou Astroth, Phoenix, AZ Jim Schrager responds: Porsche never got the a/c to really work until the C2/C4 964 models starting in 1989 (C4) and 1990 (C2). All the earlier cars had modest to no air conditioning, although they got better with the 911SC and better still with the 1984–89 Carreras. I remember our 1966 911 had a/c and even with extra condensers and newer compressors, it was still pretty worthless. However, in Phoenix, and in some parts of Texas and Florida, you can have the stock a/c reengineered so that it works well. These modifications cost about $3,000–$4,000, and if you get lucky, you can find a used 911SC (1978–83) or Carrera (1984–89) that someone else has already spent the money on. It's the only way to drive one of the older 911s in comfort on a daily basis in the warmest U.S. cities. Look around in your area and don't be in a hurry. Always ask about the a/c and try it for yourself; most Porsche sellers will tell you the real story. And finally, do realize that with enough money, you can fix anything on a 911. October 2006 The 308 could use a few more horses,but they're plenty fun the way they are CALLING FOR BAT COMPS As an owner of a Euro-spec 1977 308 GTB, I raced through your profile on the car (August, p. 40), and landed on the comparative sales. Holy misrepresentation, Batman. The comps you show at $50,600 and $59,400 are $20k–$30k higher than the main attraction that only went for $30,259. While I would normally be excited to see the market rising on such a beautiful, iconic car, I can't help but notice these comps are for the ill-fated GTBi versions. The “i” version was the worse version of the series. Now, I happen to know that both those cars had some celebrity status, which drove the price up. But please—Ahlgrim goes on about the lack of power and quotes a high valuation of $30k, but then shows comps at twice the price for two cars that have substantially less power and the phantom oil consumption problems.—Paul Grusche, Orange County, CA Steve Ahlgrim responds: Now, Paul, could we have gotten you this excited if we featured a gardenvariety $27,000 comp? We agree that the two comps were oddities, just like the $100,000 TR4 or $100,000 VW Microbus. The fact they are two-valve injected models is just a coincidence. We tend to think that collector car buyers are a shrewd group (all SCMers included, of course), but there's a world out there where people are so numb from losing $50 grand on their five-year-old BMWs that overpaying for a car they think is done depreciating seems to make sense to them. The comps were a reminder that if you work at it, you can even get new-car-style 50% depreciation on a collector car. And you can get it all at once by paying twice market, rather than having to wait five years, as with a new car. I didn't mean to create the impression that 308s lacked power. They lack the wheel-spinning torque of big-displacement V8s, but they have very adequate power—once you learn where it's at. Anyone who goes from a big American V8 to a 308 will be underwhelmed by the power. They'll shift at 4,500 rpm and wonder what the fuss is about. Get that same driver to shift the 308 at the 7,500 rpm sweet spot, and they'll think they're in a different car. The 308 could use a few more horses, but they're plenty fun the way they are. 'VETTE VERIFICATION I was excited when I opened the July issue because it was the first time I'd received an issue of SCM in the mail that covered an auction I'd personally attended, the Palm Springs event in February (p. 72). I was surprised to see the write- up on the 1959 Corvette from this event slated as a Top 10 Sale. I spent a lot of time looking at this car and honestly wasn't impressed beyond the feeling it was a really nice driver. The car did have very nice paintwork; however, the color missed Roman Red by a country mile, looking far too orange, and the motor wasn't original. I remember watching from the front row as this car crossed the block and thinking it would be lucky to hit $60,000. I was shocked when it passed $70,000. I can honestly say as a proud Corvette owner, with '60, '64, and '68s in the garage, that I found myself wishing I'd brought my comparable '60 with me to cross 17

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Ad Index Autosport Designs ...........................123 Bald Head Garage ............................117 Bart Holland BV Restoration Co. ...107 BB One Exports .................. 69,109,145 Blue Highways ...................................97 Bonhams & Butterfields ................9, 23 Bonhams & Goodman .......................25 Brian D. Moore Restorations ..........143 British Motor Corp. ...........................65 Carlisle Events ...................................63 Concours d'elegance Las Vegas ........71 Cosdel .................................................81 Digit Motorsport ................................85 Doc's Jags .........................................144 EG&G Technical Services .................75 Exotic Car Transport ........................144 Fairfield County Concours ................29 Family Classic Cars .........................121 Fantasy Junction .................................73 FECC Passport Auto Transport .........93 Fourintune Garage Inc .....................145 Friends of the House/ Ronald McDonald House ..................95 GMP Diecast ......................................55 Gooding & Company ........................19 Gregor Fisken .....................................65 Griot's Garage ....................................49 Grundy Worldwide ............................11 Hagerty Insurance ............................148 The Hershey Auction .........................68 Hilton Head Island Concours ............51 Horseless Carriage ..........................143 Hotseat Chassis Inc ..........................144 Intercity Lines ...................................27 Italian Car Parts ................................145 J.J. Best Banc & Co. ........................131 JR Rouse Real Estate .......................115 Kirkland Concours .............................89 Kruse International ..........................101 Maserati North America .....................7 Mecum Auction ..............................111 Mershons Corvettes & Classics ........77 Motocorsa Lotus .........................81,109 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions ....83 Parish Heacock Insurance .................41 Park Place Ltd. .....................................2 Paul Russell and Company ..............113 Pontiac ................................................21 Premier Financial Services ..............147 Pro Team Corvette .............................91 Putnam Leasing ..................................15 Re-Originals .....................................119 Renaissance Design .........................144 RM Auctions .....................................4,5 Ron Tonkin .........................................61 Silver Auctions ...................................13 Sportscar Auction of Geneva ............79 Symbolic Motors .................................3 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ...............87 Vintage Rallies ...................................99 VintageAutoPosters.com .................143 World Wide Group ...........................105 18 In the bright Palm Springs sun I missed the differences in shade from Roman Red the block that day. I'd have run out and purchased another one the next day and pocketed the difference. Was the red-orange '59 a nice-looking and -driving Corvette? Sure. Was it a Top 10 Sale? I don't think it's even close.—Doug Shaffer, Las Vegas, NV Carl Bomstead replies: The listing of the Top 10 sales is not something we rank on a subjective basis, but the actual ranking of the top financial transactions from the auction reports for the month. In most months, a car selling for $70k would not make the list, but July was a low-dollar month. I will take your word for stating that the engine was incorrect. Due to the press of time, we often have to rely on the auction company and the owner for many facts regarding a car they are selling, and nothing was mentioned about an engine swap. We try to verify all VINs at a minimum. We agree that the paint work was presentable, but in the bright Palm Springs sun I missed the differences in shade from Roman Red. Was this car worth $65,000 plus commission as a “really nice driver?” In today's inflated world of million-dollar Plymouth Hemis, I would think so. DOWN-HOME LIVING I truly enjoyed reading Editor Martin's latest column. My girls first learned to work a clutch on tractors also, but they were Porsche tractors. This might be the perfect answer for Martin and Alex. I've attached a picture of our 1956 Porsche-Diesel P 111. We use it as the official tow vehicle at the Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles. Last year, it helped along a Duesenberg and an IsottaFraschini, among others. It's a lot of fun, despite the endless “Green Acres” jokes.—Myron Vernis, Akron, OH A SPORT LESS SUPER You may want to correct your It's a lot of fun, despite theendless “Green Acres” jokes files for the Graber-bodied Alfa 6C 2500 sold at the Houston auction (August, p. 66), which your report called an SS (Super Sport) when in fact it is the heavier, long wheel base, single-carb, Sport (S) model. I looked at buying this car a couple of years ago, and it was like driving a truck compared to the three Super Sports I have owned. That is why they have significantly different values, which should be reflected in your auction data base.—Oliver Collins, Toronto, CANu Sports Car Market

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Stuff Neat by Kristen Hall-Geisler WHAT YOU NEED AND HOW TO GET IT MadMaps, Inc., has announced the launch of their new series: Get Outta Town pocket-sized maps. These guides cater to city dwellers wanting bite-sized vacations—day, overnight, and weekend excursions from Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Houston, New York, Seattle, and Washington D.C., with many more on the way. Recommendations for routes, diners, inns, wineries, and more come from scouts on the ground, cartographers, and digital geographic content supplier Tele Atlas. $5.95. www.madmaps.com MAcarbon has created a carbon-fiber ashtray lid for most late model Ferraris, including the 355, 360, 430, Give your car the unmistakable Cherry Bomb rumble. The glasspack from the '60s is back and will debut at the November 2006 SEMA show. The new line includes performance mufflers and accessories for street cars and light trucks from the heyday of the muscle car era to today. For those worried about municipal noise regs, the Cherry Bomb Turbo muffler puts out a performance sound without the high decibels. $25–$35. www.cherrybomb.com and 550. With many of the 360s, 430s, and late-model 550s having carbon-fiber interiors, the stock black ashtray looks out of place sitting in the middle of the carbon center console. The lid can be installed by the owner in under an hour and leaves the ashtray fully functional, for those who aren't concerned about their car's resale value. A carbon-fiber ashtray cup is also available. $245. www.macarbon.com For the very protective or the very paranoid, Sausalito Classic Car Storage offers a passwordprotected web cam trained on your sleeping collectorcar babies. Visit their web site, type in your user name and password, and use the zoom feature to continue obsessing over that little scratch in the fender. Located near the Napa and Sonoma Valleys (and Infineon Raceway), the facility also offers convertible hard top and motorcycle storage. $325/month short term, $275 long term. www.sausalitoclassiccarstorage.com 20 Sports Car Market

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SCM Our Cars Crumpets, Sausage, and Vino The Turbo Carerra is the car our youngest son, now aged 13, most wants to be seen in. That really says it all 1965 FERRARI 275 GTS Owner: Steve Serio, Contributor Purchase date: October 2004 Purchase price: Thankfully, about 50% of what it's worth today Recent work:Major tune, alternator rebuild, brake caliper rebuild, mechanical pump rebuild This Ferrari 275 GTS is my do-over in the car world. My first ride in one came 20 years ago, and I shrugged my shoulders. In retrospect, it was a rather average car with a loose back end. In reading my own words in early issues of SCM, the cars always left me cold “design-wise” and never held a candle to their GTB brothers. I think I even said “big Fiat 124s.” Oopsie. Then a few autumns ago, I sold this very car to a client on the recommendation of a marque expert. I never drove it and, for that matter, sold this nice, 24k-mile car on a set of photos. Later, the same client decided to look for a restored example and was kind enough to engage my services for the resell; that was my kiss of death. Always a sucker for originality and low miles, I strongly suggested that the owner not sell this and continue on his journey for a restored one. Deaf ears are a small blessing; he was having none of it. And so, I had to have it. Already used on the Copperstate 1000 (Alain DeCadenet opined that it was the best one he'd ever driven), this car is smooth shifting, comfortable, perfectly set up, balanced, and has needed very little other than the usual tuning, tires, and occasional electrical fettling. I like the interior more than a 330 GTS, in my opinion it is more exciting to drive than a 250 Series II, and unless I hit the lottery, an SWB California Spyder ain't happening. And I might even be able to get a complimentary “affiliate” membership in the Fiat Club for my earlier comments. 1974 JENSEN-HEALEY Owner: Paul Duchene, Senior Editor Purchase date: July 2006 Price: $5,500 Mileage since purchase: 200 or so Recent work:Make that “future work” and read on I'd finished judging at the Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance and wandered down to the cars for sale. I think this was the cheapest car in the lot and might be the only one that sold, as the others were ambitiously priced. It's an original black car with uncommon factory hardtop, good soft top, and tonneau. Recent (and quite good) paint job, good seats, decent wood, replacement carpets. Full set of manuals and handbooks. One owner until this spring, sold by his widow to a neighbor who revived it. Always garaged. Optional Getrag 5-speed. Good tires, correct checkerboard mag wheels. Shows 36,000 miles, which is claimed to be original; overall condition suggests it is. Two-liter Lotus twin-cam starts easily and runs well, with new fuel pump and throaty aftermarket exhaust. On the downside: Needs new bushings in the gearshift (but they are external, thank goodness); fuel gauge is erratic. Feels like front disc brakes are dragging, though discs and pads are good. Turn signal/wiper switch loose on column. This car was stored for years after its aging owner had an accident. The repaired front cross bar behind bumper suggests right front contact and a new fender. Some surface rust on floors but nothing profound, a notorious weak spot on these cars. Trunk almost rust-free. Panel fit average for mid-'70s British Leyland, which is to say unacceptable anywhere else. To anybody schooled on MGBs, this car works better in every respect. It's faster, handles well, and the controls are simpler. Styling is bland in the TR6 mode, but maybe it will grow on me. 22 1976 PORSCHE TURBO CARRERA Owner: Jim Schrager, Contributing Editor Purchase price: $14,500 Purchase date: circa 1994 Mileage since purchase: 3,000 Recent work: Oil leak repairs, working Blaupunkt radio I've never been a Turbo junkie, but always wanted one to better understand the allure. The complete lack of price appreciation made me a very cautious buyer, as ownership has often been a one-way trip to the poorhouse. This car appeared in AutoWeek for several weeks, and looked just great. Asking price was $15,500, miles were 133k, some maintenance records were included. Like most Turbos, a small fortune had been spent over the years. The inspection report disclosed running too hot and low oil pressure. You couldn't think of a worse pedigree for a 930. Naturally, I bought it. The overheating was easy—we had a bad thermostat to the front oil cooler. The low oil pressure was tougher, but it is good to know smart people in high places: Pete Zimmermann of Red Line Service in Santa Monica diagnosed the problem over the phone, and with the relief valve upgrades he recommended, we got reasonable oil pressure back. This is the car our youngest son, now aged 13, most wants to be seen in. That really says it all about the Turbo. As the first U.S. year, it isn't the fastest, but it's still much more than I could ever use on the street. It is heavy and clumsy below 50 mph and just starts to be fun where our speed limits end. As a stock, original car, I keep it around to compare it with our other Porsches. It is amazing how much better our 1971 911S feels after trundling around in the Turbo. It reminds me of what Porsche was trying to accomplish, even though they didn't really succeed with the initial 930s.u Sports Car Market

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Affordable Classic Rob Sass 1974–77 Plastic (Not So) Fantastic 'Vettes 1975 was the nadir. The base motor was down to 165 hp—the lowest since Chevy abandoned the Blue Flame Six in 1955 by Rob Sass leather upholstery were made standard. And lamentable as these 'Vettes may be to the faithful, they really aren't that bad to live with, nor are they as pitifully slow as one might think. QUICKER THAN A 280Z Most road tests reported 0–60 times in the mid sevens to the mid eights, as fast as a contemporary 911 or a Ferrari 308GT4 and considerably quicker than a Datsun 280Z. Handling, while hardly nimble in the Porsche or Alfa mold, was respectable, especially with the Gymkhana suspension option. And the urethane bumpers left most of the “mako shark” looks intact until 1978, when, unable to offer anything radical like the promised mid-engine or Wankel Corvettes, an ungainly fishbowl rear window was added. Like the 1968–73 cars, the 1974–77 'Vettes are start- ing to look better as the years go by, especially with the slotted alloy wheels that became available after 1973. They are certainly plentiful enough, and at the prices they are trading for, it makes no sense to buy a project. HOW TO FIND ACCIDENT DAMAGE Accident damage and frame rust are the primary is- T he 1970s included some great years for the Corvette—Corvette fans still get slightly dizzy at the mention of the L88 and L71 engine options. Unfortunately, those were the other '70s, the pre-disco, Vietnam-era early '70s that were really more like a brief encore to the '60s. The real '70s, the post-1973 Watergate/disco '70s, were not especially kind to America's only sports car. The twin whammies of bumper and pollution legislation hit all the major manufac- turers with full force in 1974. They responded with varying degrees of success. Nobody got it completely right. Among the worst was MG. A terrible response to the bumper regulations and power that went from adequate to a joke. Porsche seemed to do best. Their answer to the bumpers was excellent, and electronic fuel injection plus a displacement increase coped with the pollution issues while keeping power up (only later did owners discovere that the engines cooked and disassembled themselves). BASE CORVETTE HAD 165 HP The Corvette, like most of the others, got it half right. The urethane-covered front and rear bumpers that debuted in 1974, while maybe not as flashy as the chrome they replaced, were nonetheless a surprisingly clean solution. In the power department, however, the car let down the legions of Corvette fans. The big block 454 expired (along with real dual exhaust) in 1974. But by then, the big block was down to a pathetic 270 hp, or adjusted for gross vs. net horsepower, about what the base small block put out a few years earlier. News was worse for the 350—the base motor was under 200 hp, putting out just 190 hp. It only got worse. 1975 was the nadir. The base motor was down to 165 hp (the lowest since Chevy abandoned the Blue Flame Six in 1955). The “hot” L82 gave only 205 hp. The only good news was that everyone was suffering, and these Corvettes were still among the most powerful cars of the model year. A few undeniably positive things occurred during these years. Former options like power steering, power brakes, and 24 sues to look for. Feel behind panels for factory bonding strips and rough or poorly finished areas indicative of repairs. Headlights should go up and down in unison and fit well when retracted. Another quick way to check for accident damage is to open the fuel filler lid. The gas cap should be centered—if the frame has been tweaked at some point, the tank and the filler neck will have shifted, moving the cap off center. Panel fit on Corvettes should be reasonably good. Doors and hoods were often ground or trimmed to fit when the cars were assembled. Finally, a certain amount of waviness is acceptable on the sides of the car. They are, after all, plastic rather than steel. While Corvette bodies don't rust, chassis certainly do. The most likely places are just in front of the rear wheels and where the frame curves up over the rear suspension. Always have an expert check the condition of the chassis. DO-IT-YOURSELF INTERIOR Corvette interiors present no particular restoration issues. There are no expensive wood veneers to refinish or wool carpet to replace. A complete interior can be purchased inexpensively and an advanced do-it-yourselfer is capable of installing it. Corvettes are notoriously robust mechanically, and the cast-iron pushrod engines are tough as nails. If the C-3 Corvette has an Achilles heel, it is the rear suspen- Sports Car Market

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sion. Hubs, half shafts, wheel bearings, and differential mounts should be looked at carefully, especially in 454-ci cars, although with less horsepower and torque to deal with, this is less of a problem than in earlier cars. APPRECIATING MODESTLY Aside from a convertible, the car to have would prob- ably be an L82 four-speed with air and alloys in a good period color like orange. But from a collecting standpoint, these cars will always lag far behind the chrome bumper C-3 cars with real horsepower. (Of course, by now, most of the Corvettes from this era have been updated with far more powerful engines, often at the expense of originality.) Nevertheless, the aforementioned convertibles, discontinued in 1975 as part of the great open car massextinction, and L82 cars do bring a bit more money. In general, 1974–77 Corvettes have been appreciating modestly. A few years back, they were plentiful in the $7,000–$8,000 range for a standard coupe. Now, $10,000 is more like it. For that money, they represent a tremendous bargain. While an underachiever for a Corvette, you still get a V8 rumble, decent looks, and reasonable performance. When your alternatives for around $10,000 are a Datsun Z car and something like a Triumph TR8, a mid-'70s 'Vette can look fairly compelling. u ROB SASS has been collecting and restoring affordable classics since he was sixteen. His articles have appeared in the New York Times and Business Week Online. 1973 Pontiac Firebird Formula SD-455 $12,000 $24,000 $36,000 $48,000 $60,000 1973 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 1973 Chevrolet Corvette L82 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. October 2006 25 1987 1992 1997 2002 2006

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Legal Files John Draneas Defense with a Capital D Given the high-profile nature of the Enzo crash, Eriksson's prior record, and the deliberate effort to mislead police, not many positives leap to mind L ast month's “Legal Files” dealt with the now infamous Enzo crash. Stefan Eriksson's Ferrari crashed into a power pole at 199 mph, and he escaped with only a cut lip. The Enzo was not as lucky; it broke in two, with pieces scattered down the road. But, as related in the story, the crash started an unimaginable chain reaction—drunk driving, drugs, a ghost named “Dietrich,” the Swedish mafia, two bank-owned Enzos spirited out of Great Britain, a public company that spent millions on lavish lifestyles for its executives before crashing into bankruptcy, guns and ammo, a tiny bus company with an anti-terrorism force, Homeland Security impersonators, a suspect fleeing the country on a boat with the video of the crash—the can of legal worms just kept getting deeper and deeper. If you missed the story, check it out at www.sportscarmarket.com. Eriksson's paradise or penitentiary BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE… Since last month, the pieces of the Enzo and i still-complete black sibling have been sent back to the European banks that own them. The San Gabriel Valley Transit Authority has ceased operations amidst a widening investigation. Its owner was caught impersonating a police officer while trying to claim impounded vehicles. Now, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's office is looking into how the bus company established its police force to begin with, and whether any laws were broken in doing Eriksson's trial is coming up. What sort of defenses we expect to see in the months ahead? WHAT CAN ERIKSSON DO? “Legal Files” contacted Steven W. Thayer for his opinion. Thayer is an avid car collector and vintage racer, as well as one of the most experienced and respected criminal defense attorneys in Vancouver, Washington. He has represented many notorious defendants, including former Olympic ice skater Tonya Harding. Asked what he would do if he were defending Eriksson, he responded: “Any red-blooded car guy would give away his teenagers to make a dawn banzai run down the Pacific Coast Highway in a Ferrari Enzo. Although most of us will only ever have that experience on an xBox, at least in virtual reality, we won't have to worry about the law. “From a legal standpoint, Eriksson obviously has a damage control case. DNA tests identified his blood on the driver's side airbag, collapsing the initial claim that the car had been driven by ‘Dietrich.' At a bare minimum, therefore, the local prosecuting agency can prove DUI and operating a vehicle without a license or insurance. NOT MUCH LEVERAGE “Given the high-profile nature of the case, Eriksson's prior record, and the deliberate effort to mislead police, not many positives leap to mind as potential leverage in negotiating the DUI and related traffic charges, except up-front payment of restitution to repair the damages to the power pole, service charges resulting from the power outage, etc., or positive efforts toward rehab in the form of alcohol counseling. Incidentally, reckless driving 26 and false reporting to law enforcement could also be easily proved, but, curiously, were not charged. “The police searched Eriksson's Bel Air mansion. However, we really can't see how the circumstances of the accident created any probable cause that the search of the residence would uncover evidence of a crime. Nor do we have any indication that a warrant was obtained. “Generally, warrantless searches are presumptively illegal unless fallwithin one or more of the well-defined exceptions to the warrant requirement. For example, no warrant is required if Eriksson consented, but we have no information that that happened, either. Whether the search was based upon warrant, or an exception to the warrant requirement, Eriksson is entitled to judicial review. “Evidence may be excluded if a reviewing court later decides that probable cause did not exist to suport issuance of a warrant, the consent was coerced, Police have to follow the law like everyone else, and when they don't, the remedy is suppression of the illegally seized evidence, which could lead to dismissal of the unlawful possession of a handgun charge. SIX FELONY CHARGES “Eriksson is also facing six felony charges, appar- ently based upon removal of the three vehicles from Great Britain; that is, three counts of embezzlement and three counts of grand theft, probably representing the two Enzos and the McLaren Mercedes. These are presumably charged in the alternative: Embezzlement occurs when property that is lawfully in the taker's possession is fraudulently or unlawfully appropriated by the taker. Theft occurs when the taker appropriates property to which he has no colorable claim or title. “The government's theory is Eriksson wasn't plan- ning to pay back the banks, and whether you call it embezzlement or grand theft, three property crimes had been committed. Eriksson's counsel will undoubtedly contest the charges on jurisdictional grounds and claim lack of criminal intent, characterizing the case as civil breach of contract rather than a crime. Because a major prosecution objective in property crimes is financial res- Sports Car Market www.wreckedexotics.com

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titution, Eriksson's counsel will probably seek dismissal in exchange for a cash settlement with the banks. SUBJECT TO DEPORTATION “Because Eriksson is a Swedish National, and U.S. Immigration has expressed enough interest in the case to place a hold, he is potentially subject to deportation. Normally, the INS relies on a conviction to prove that the criteria for deportation have been met. Categories of conviction that could trigger deportation include aggravated felony, crimes involving moral turpitude, crimes related to controlled substances, and firearms violations. Embezzlement and theft are crimes of moral turpitude, and obviously unlawful possession of a firearm could also lead to removal. BEST CASE / WORST CASE “So what's ahead for Eriksson? Let me preface this with the fact criminal law and procedures vary from state to state, and I do not claim expertise in the laws of California. So, for the purposes of this discussion, let's assume that this case is being tried in Washington. “First of all, the drunk-driving charge. Best-case out- come would be that Eriksson acknowledges that he has an alcohol problem that requires intervention and successfully petitions the court for deferred prosecution. His case would be put on hold for five years, and if he successfully completed counseling as required by the court and avoided re-offense, the case would be dismissed. “As to the firearms and cocaine possession charges, if police failed to obtain a search warrant or the search wasn't conducted pursuant to an exception to the warrant requirement, the cocaine would be suppressed and the charges dismissed. Even if the warrant were obtained, the court could be convinced that a crash on the Coast Highway does not give police probable cause to search a house in Bel Air. “Finally, as to the theft and embezzlement charges, a jury could be pursuaded that Eriksson breached his contract with the bank, but he didn't commit a crime. After all, he simply stopped making payments on a car. Using this logic as leverage, a deal might be negotiated whereby the banks that financed the purchase of the cars would accept a check from Eriksson (assuming he has the resources) in exchange for dismissal of the criminal charges. If Eriksson is successful in avoiding a conviction, it is unlikely that the INS would initiate deportation procedures, and we may see him someday at Pebble Beach. “On the other hand, if Eriksson were convicted of everything on the menu, he would likely, at a minimum, do several months in jail and ultimately face deportation back to England, and a date at the Old Bailey. “What Eriksson needs most of all right now is a good criminal lawyer well versed in Califormia law. Anyone who followed the fortunes of O.J. Simpson knows talent is expensive, and you get what you pay for. Because criminal defense attorneys are not generally allowed to withdraw from a case simply because their client isn't making monthly payments, a substantial retainer would be required in a case of this magnitude. “All things considered, this is a very complicated case, and I don't envy the attorney who takes it on. At the same time,199-mph Enzo crashes are the stuff that legends (and legal careers) can be made from.” Thanks to Thayer for these insights. We'll be watching this case with interest, and will report developments to SCMers as they occur. u JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney and car collector in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and no substitute for a consultation with an attorney (especially in this case). He can be reached at legalfiles@sportscarmarket.com October 2006 27

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Collecting Thoughts Ultimate Barn Find Between the Devin and the Deep Blue Sea Tom Shaughnessy gambled that he was the only one who knew the unknown chassis on eBay was a Ferrari 340 America—and he was right by Paul Duchene I f a desirable “barn find” is the closest a car buff gets to God, as Peter Egan says, then Tom Shaughnessy must be the Almighty's riding mechanic right now. California collector and SCMer Shaughnessy scored a genuine 1952 Ferrari 340 America Spider chassis this summer in a Frankfort, Illinois, garage sale. The sale was on eBay, and Shaughnessy bought it for $26,912—less than one percent of the car's estimated restored value. In a story full of twists, both he and seller Mike Sanfilippo are delighted with the outcome of the auction and plan to be on hand when the restored car is presented to the world. Shaughnessy hopes to have a rolling chassis as soon as next summer. A correct body will follow. ALMOST CUT IT UP “I almost cut up the chassis to make a hotwheels drag- ster out of the Devin body,” says the cheery Sanfilippo, who's a retired drag racer. “Good thing that goofy project never happened!” Sanfilippo replied to condolences (presumably from underbidders) on the Ferrari chat page with breezy cheer. He embraces the profound idea that no one owns historic artifacts; they become chapters in the provenance. “What's with you guys?” he wrote. “I'm getting more condolences than congratulations. I paid $200 over 15 years ago and have no idea of how to restore it properly. That's a 13,500 percent return on my investment in 15 years. Not bad in my book.” Automotive archeologist Tom Cotter (author of The Cobra in the Barn) reckons this might be the best barn find to date. “It's up there with the Delahaye 135M that was discovered in Czechoslovakia and won Pebble Beach,” he says. Shaughnessy's bargain is a case of the smart bird get- ting the worm, as thousands of collectors had the same opportunity to identify the chassis. It carried a Devin fiberglass body for the last 46 years, leading to confusion over its origins. Sanfilippo thought it might be a prototype Devin SS. “Lots of guys were going to come and see it, but only one did,” says Sanfilippo, who dismantled the car for a thorough series of photographs and answered numerous email queries from the U.S. and Europe. 28 0202 A with its Ferrari body 1952, and without in 2006 FACTORY COMPETITION CAR 0202 A Early-Ferrari expert Hilary Rabb examined the car closely once Shaughnessy had bought it, and the two made a surprising discovery. The chassis revealed the number 0202 A, making Shaughnessy's buy even sweeter, and he doubled the finder's fee to the sleuth who directed him to the eBay auction to $20,000. Because it is an even-number chassis, this is a fac- tory competition car, one of 475 made between 1948 and 1974, almost all of which are accounted for. (In case you want to check your own barn, the numbers range from 0002-0896 and 1002-1050). Shaughnessy was prepared to go as high as $264,000 if somebody else recognized 0202 A, but when the auction closed June 20, he had won the car. Finished, it has an estimated value of nearly $3m, estimates Swiss Ferrari expert Marcel Massini. The chassis is one of twenty-five 340 Americas built. Nine were bodied by Touring, eleven by Vignale (this is one) and five by Ghia. Sister cars to this are 0196 A and 0204 A. A full restoration is planned in cooperation with the Ferrari factory in Maranello, which has just formed a Classiche Division to authenticate vintage Ferraris. 1952 LEMANS ENTRY TO DEVIN SPECIAL Massini has tracked the history of 0202 A. The car raced at the 1952 Le Mans with Maurice Trintignant and Louis Rosier, but did not finish. The factory then loaned it to Piero Scotti, who ran several significant races and won three important hillclimbs. Other racers borrowed it until U.S. importer Luigi Chinetti bought it in 1953 and reportedly Sports Car Market Private Collection

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Andy Herron Mansfield races 0202 A sold it to Ernie McAfee in Los Angeles. He owned it until 1958, then sold 0202 A to Paul Owens in Houston, who installed a Chevrolet V8. Worse was to follow. After a crash in which the pas- senger was killed, a Devin fiberglass body was fitted and the resulting combination advertised in Sports Car magazine for $4,250. S/N 0202 A's next stop was Utah in 1963; it later made its way to the Chicago area, and Sanfilippo bought it circa 1990. “I heard about it, and the guy wanted $200; his kid had abandoned it in his garage. I took my trailer and picked it up. I bought it for the cool body,” he recalls. $500,000 TO $600,000 RESTORATION Of course, Shaughnessy's purchase price is just a down payment on what it will cost to restore 0202 A. The front part of the chassis is intact, though the front spring is missing. The center section and rear have been modified with the rear leaf spring mounts cut off. But the brakes are complete and the axles and wheels are correct. Shaughnessy reckons a neophyte who dropped off the chassis at a professional restoration shop could end up writing a check for seven figures—still acceptable, considering the completed value. Shaughnessy thinks a The Devin body at its new home in California capable restorer who knows what he's doing will still have to spend between $500,000 and $600,000. “A 340 motor will cost $200,000, transmission $25,000, differential $20,000, chassis preparation and repair $100,000, and a new body about $200,000,” he says. And here's where Shaughnessy has the edge. “This car went to the best guy in the world to have it,” he says, “me. I already have a running engine, rear end, transmission, pedal box, radiator, and oil cooler.” ORIGINAL MOTOR LOCATED He even thinks he knows where the original V12 engine is and hopes he can persuade the present owner to trade for his motor, which is close to the same number. “I'm pleased as punch,” he says. “There are four pages about it already on www .ferrarichat.com, and that enthusiasm is part of car culture. I'll have to put a sticker on the back of the Ferrari: ‘I bought it on eBay.'” In the way that everything happens at once, Shaughnessy had just bought a Ferrari 375 and scrambled to cover the cost (however modest) of his latest project. “I wholesaled a Porsche and drove across town to put a check in the bank,” he said. Shaughnessy was worried how Sanfilippo would react to inevitable comments that he should have held out for more money, but Sanfilippo wrote to Shaughnessy to reassure him. “Tom was concerned about my response, but I'm good with this,” Sanfilippo said. “I told him I don't have the knowledge, the resources, or the contacts to restore the car properly. I'm totally excited it went to the right person. This car's been missing for 43 years. Let's just be happy it's back.”u October 2006 29

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Collecting Thoughts Dragonsnakes 8 Cobras That Gave No Quarter To obtain FIA certification, Remington fabricated the manifold out of wood, painted it silver, photographed it, and sent the picture off for approval by Dan Hampton CSX 2093 on the U.S. 30 Dragway D 30 uring the halcyon days at Shelby American (circa 1965) someone remarked: “If they gave Cobras away in heaven, everyone would be dying to get in.” Judging from recent auction reports, that's the only way most collectors will ever afford one. The recent sale of CSX 2019, the first factory DragonSnake, for an astounding $1.5 million, brings into focus a rare specie of Shelby's wildlife that has received very little attention from collectors and automotive historians. The evolution of the DragonSnake—like all things Shelby—is very much part of Shelby's “fly by the seat of your pants” ethos. The DragonSnake idea originated with four mechan- ics who worked on Shelby's production line. The four proposed that if Shelby provided the car, they would supply the muscle. Originally, they wanted a 289 Hi-Po Fairlane, but Shelby surprised them with a Cobra. THE ELVIS CAR WENT RACING They couldn't believe their luck. They were given CSX 2019, the 20th Cobra built, which had seen previous duty as a promo car and performed a brief stint in the Elvis Presley movie “Viva Las Vegas.” It was called back to the factory, where it received an upgraded engine, and was sent off to Indy Raceway Park to make its debut. The DragonSnake fraternity is a small one, and while a good number of converted street Cobras found success on the quarter mile, only one or two of those converted independents are recognized for inclusion in this elite group. The lineage of the cars follows the same pecking order that one finds with their road racing brethren: 1. Factory built/factory campaigned: CSX 2019 & 2357 2. Factory built/Independently raced: CSX 2248, 2427, 2472, & 3198 3. Converted street cars to DS Specs: CSX 2093 & 3159 Leveraging the early success of CSX 2019, Shelby put together a DS package that could be ordered through Ford dealers. The price was a staggering $8,990, depending on options (now you know why the fraternity is so small), and it represented a 50% premium over a 289-ci street Cobra. Sports Car Market

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FOUR STAGES OF ENGINE TUNE There were four stages of engine options, three of which conformed to NHRA rules for sport production. Horsepower ranged from 271 to 380. Weber carburetors were used for the Stage III and IV engines. The Weber option proved to be pivotal. It was an in-house design that had been conceptualized very late in the game by Shelby for the 1963 road racing season. So late, in fact, no castings existed. To obtain FIA certification—for a car having no manifold—Shelby's resident genius, Phil Remington, fabricated the manifold out of wood, painted it silver, photographed it, and sent the picture off for approval. It passed with flying colors. Since the Webers were an RPO item, the DragonSnakes could run them in stock class, which gave them a tremendous advantage over their Corvette rivals, whose Rochester fuel injection flowed at a paltry 600 cfm. HEADS TO DIE FOR The death knell to all competitors came in the form of RPO C4SA-604. These were the infamous “NHRA Cylinder Heads.” To ensure their success at the drag strip, Shelby had persuaded NHRA Technical Director Bill “Farmer” Dismuke to allow the Snakes to compete with a modified cylinder head. Traditionally, cars entered in stock classes were strictly prohibited from altering the factory head in any way, shape, or form. Not only were these modified heads, but they were supplied to Shelby not by Ford but by Harvey Crane, the camshaft wizard whose company bears his name. Crane, whose bag of tricks would make magician David Copperfield turn green with envy, provided the heads to dealers at a cost of $325. At that point, the Duntov group was doomed on a national level and would not have a presence in the sport production class for several years. The fearsome foursome at SAI was Tony Stoer, Jere Kirkpatrick, Randy Shaw, and Leonard Parsons. Their baby, CSX 2019, set national records in F/SSP (AHRA) CSX 2019 and AA/SP (NHRA). Originally, Stoer's name was painted on the car as driver, until someone remarked that all you had to do to win was to aim that “damn thing” toward the traps. The lettering changed from “driver” to “aimer.” One of the more interesting sagas involves CSX 2427, which was ordered by John Reimer for his two teenage sons, Don and Mike, to give them something to do during summer vacations. While they competed at only one national event, they were very successful regionally, racking up 71 wins in Pennsylvania and Maryland. When the boys stopped racing, Dad sold the car, and it now belongs to Rich Mason of Carson City, Nevada, who also owns CSX 2196, the legendary Ken Miles “Flip Top.” The only 427 DragonSnake built by the Factory was CSX 3198, which was pur- chased, maintained, and raced for Harr Ford of Worchester, Massachusetts. Piloted by the colorful and often irascible Guz Zuidema, this car was also national record holder in A/SP. It won the '66 Winternationals and '66 Summernationals, and was the runner up for top points in Street Eliminator, Division 1. It never lost a race in A/SP. MOST FAMOUS SNAKE WON 4 CLASSES The Costilow/Larson DS, CSX 2093 is, undoubtedly, the most famous Cobra of this group. Bruce Larson, who cut his fangs early on driving altereds, totally dominated A/SP and AA/SP in 1965 and erased all of the Factory NHRA records by May of that year. He won the NHRA Springnationals, Winternationals, and U.S. Indy Nationals in 1965. After amassing more world points than any competitors in any NHRA class, Larson would have won the World Finals, but he beat his own record by such a margin that he was disqualified. The victories by Larson, incidentally, did not make for a happy Carroll Shelby. As the Costilow/Larson reputation grew and the wins multiplied—at the expense of the factory effort—assistance from Shelby in terms of parts and service became problematic. (Larson went on to build and drive funny cars, winning the 1989 NHRA World Championship and topping off that season by having his car placed in the Smithsonian.) He left the team at the end of the '65 season, and CSX 2093 was sold to Ed Hedrick. Hedrick, who owned a business with NHRA wunderkind Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins and header king Jere Stahl, continued to charge ahead. In 1966, he won the NHRA Springnationals and U.S. Nationals. In '67, he won his class at the Springnationals, Winternationals, U.S. Nationals, and also secured the World Points Championship. With Hedrick at the helm, CSX 2093 continued to set records in B/SP and C/SP until it was sold in l967. By itself, this car held national titles in four separate classes. Like all Cobras—and the DragonSnakes are no exception— succession of ownership is inevitable. Time, interest, and money exact their toll, and reunions are few and far between. 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Events 24 Heures du Mans In the Heart of La Sarthe When you ride the Ferris wheel, the cars come screaming through the Ford S bends literally right underneath you by Brad Brioux Audi broke new ground with its diesel engine L 32 ast year, after our annual RV pilgrimage to the Historic Races at Laguna Seca, my race-obsessed friends and I decided that our next race adventure would be a trip to the 24 Heures du Mans. We boarded our flight to Paris on our way to experi- ence the 74th running of the legendary race. When we arrived to collect our RV, we found a brand-new 24-foot Citroën Pilote camping car with a five-cylinder turbo diesel and a five-speed manual, which, by European standards, was huge. The drive from Paris to La Sarthe circuit took about three hours on the toll freeway; on arrival, we found our camping spot and set up our fort. A quick survey of our location told us that the majority of our neighbors were tenting it, giving us the edge in luxury as well as size. We were surrounded by Germans, Englishmen, Dutch, Swiss, Finns, and, of course, the French. To mark our turf, we raised our Canadian flag. When I heard the first engine fire up in the pits, the gasoline in my veins started to chill. That's when it really hit me: I was actually at the 24 Heures du Mans, the stuff of Ford vs. Ferrari legends, the place where 917s went screaming through the night, the track where drivers and spectators both have met untimely ends. When I saw the row of the 50 garages, which house cars competing in four classes, I thought about how much money has been spent over the years by manufacturers determined to duke it out, head-to-head, in this mostvisible of venues. The action encompasses a full five days of activity, with plenty of exploring to be done throughout La Sarthe circuit. Practice takes place on Wednesday and Thursday from seven p.m. until midnight. The circuit is 13.6 kilometers (8.45 miles); the top cars achieve speeds of 320 kph (200 mph). The pits and garages were continually active as the teams tinkered and fine-tuned their machines, and the tire suppliers were working non-stop in the infield. As the flag dropped for the start of the race and DETAILS Plan ahead: June 2007 Location: Le Mans, France Cost: $75 for a weekend general admission pass More: www.lemans.org the cars screamed past me, it was exhilarating to watch them go under the historic Dunlop Bridge. From our RV, I was able to tell what car was leaving the pits by the engine note. My favorites were the Corvettes, with that old-school V8 thunder—even we Canadians basked a bit in the reflected glow of the engines our friends below the border can build. Sports Car Market

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Audi takes the checker The unmistakable rumble of the Corvette engine under the bridge It's 24 hours of action for crews as well as drivers In the wee hours of the morning, the enthusiasm of the fans was remarkable. The lineup for the Ferris wheel was as long at three a.m. as it was at seven p.m. When you ride the Ferris wheel, the cars come screaming through the Ford S bends literally right underneath you. And it was totally wicked to watch the cars go down the Mulsanne straight doing over 200 mph in the dark. The fireworks in the camping area seem to go on all night, and of course, the partying is non-stop. Our British neighbors were barbequing at four in the morning. As is well known by now, Audi won with a 650-hp diesel TDI, a first in motor sport history for this type of engine. This year was also a record-breaking year for La Sarthe, with 245,000 paying spectators. Perhaps this is the NASCAR of Europe, in terms of the huge crowds and the many vendors. The circuit has many attractions: numerous restaurants, plenty of grandstands, miles of infield, and a carnival within the village. And what gives it a special attractiveness, and edginess, compared to any vintage event, is that the drivers are letting it all hang out for 24 hours. There are no “bumpme-and-you're-out” rules to contend with; it all comes down to who crosses the finish line first. Here's a simple test to determine if you should go to October 2006 Angry-looking Aston Oh, Canada, our home and native van next year's Le Mans: Does staying up for 24 hours watching some of the most brilliant machines and drivers in the world go at it seem like fun? Actually, I already know what your answer is. Enjoy your trip in 2007 and bring me a souvenir.u 33

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Events New England 1000 Triskaidekaphobia Is Not a Joke Just as I was about to take the flag for the first stage, the Islero expired, suffering a total electrical failure by Donald Osborne William Grimsley's 410 Superamerica prances through the hills T 34 he number 13 figured prominently for me in the latest running of the New England 1000 vintage rally. It was the 13th edition of the event, begun by SCMers Rich and Jean Taylor in 1993, and the entry number of my car also happened to be 13. For the rally, it was a lucky 13th—for my car, not so lucky. The Taylors are adept at choosing new routes each year, and the 2006 rally was an international affair. Starting in Stowe, Vermont, at the Topnotch Resort, the cars ran 989 miles through northern Vermont into Quebec and back over four days. After the first night's stop in Bromont, Quebec, we pitched camp at the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City for two nights, driving through the eastern reaches of the province along the St. Lawrence. The scenery was a great mix of open farmland and spectacular water views from little-traveled country roads. Winter in Eastern Canada can be brutal, and some of the surfaces showed it, with frost heaves and potholes making driving fast a challenge in places. Add to that the usual hazards: moose, deer and John Deere tractors, school buses, some fog, and an occasional rainstorm. In addition to the driving, there are always varied activities on the rally. We visited the Bombardier museum in Valcourt, Quebec, to see the original snowmobile and stretched our racing boots at a karting track in Orford. As always on Vintage Rallies' events, SCMers were well represented, and the mix of Plan ahead: June 2007 Where: Route varies Eligibility: Pre-1975 sports, racing, or GT; exotics of any year Cost: $4,995 More: www.vintagerallies.com cars was interesting. It's great to be in an event where you can run with a Mustang Boss 302 and two '64 Corvettes after breakfast, a group of Jaguar XK 120s and a Cunningham C4 on the way to lunch, and a Ferrari Superamerica, 500 Superfast, and 275 GTB/4 in the afternoon. I mentioned the significance of the number DETAILS 13, which was the entry number assigned to my '69 Lamborghini Islero. I had a fast, pleasant, and uneventful four-hour drive up to the Sports Car Market

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Europa meets 120 The Lerch team won the Vintage Spirit Award New England 1000 SCMers Jim Ballheim, Keswick, VA 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Tom Coady, Paxton, IL 1953 Cunningham C-4 coupe Matthew deGarmo, Norwalk, CT 1958 Jaguar XK 150 Peter Efros, Rumson, NJ 1958 Porsche 356A David Fischer, Fort Washington, PA 1974 BMW 2002 tii Thomas Goddard, Newport, RI 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Charles Goolsbee, Houston, TX 1954 Jaguar XK 120 Islero, a not so lucky 13 start from my home the day before the rally began. The next morning, I drove it around to the starting line—and just as I was about to take the flag for the first stage, it died with total electrical failure. As SCMer Matt deGarmo said, when asked what makes the perfect rally car, “Wipers that don't work, an overdrive that's intermittent, a car that leaks when it rains—I mean, you have to have the full experience.” I left my car in the capable hands of the chase mechan- ics from RPM Vermont and drove the rally in one of the loaners from event sponsor Porsche Cars of North America, a 2006 Carrera S. It certainly made light work of every stage, but reminded me of the real reason we want to run 40-year-old cars for hundreds of miles a day. It's so much more interesting when you have to worry about making it to the end of the stage, although in retrospect, perhaps it was best that I didn't have to navigate rough roads with the Islero's four-and-a-half inches of ground clearance. Once again, SCM sponsored the “Vintage Spirit” award, which was given to Michael Lerch and his daughter Alexandra, who were in a 1956 MGA roadster. The nine teams which “zeroed” the rally also took home as prizes one-year complimentary subscriptions to SCM. After more than a decade of working at it, Rich and Jean really know how to both put on a good rally and take care of their participants. When you're putting together your 2007 exercise schedule for your favorite mount, this event certainly merits consideration.u William Grimsley, Sausalito, CA 1959 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Peter Hawkins, Columbus, OH 1959 Austin-Healey 100-6 Bruce Robertson, Lake Forest, IL 1953 Jaguar XK 120 William Scheffler, Westport, CT 1971 Maserati Ghibli SS Tom Smith, Nashville, TN 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Volante Vincent Vento, Miami, FL 1970 Ferrari GTS/4 Daytona Eric Zausner, San Francisco, CA 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast October 2006 35

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Ferrari Profile 1987 Ferrari Mondial 3.2 Cabriolet Rear side windows on Cabriolets cost $1,500 to fix, the engine must be removed for major servicing and any electrical glitch is probably serious by Steve Ahlgrim DETAILS Years produced: 1980–93 Number produced: 6,872 Original list price: $63,939 (1980 Mondial 8 coupe) to $113,000 (1989 Mondial t Cabriolet ) SCM Valuation: $25,000–$35,000 Tune up/Major service: $4,000 Distributor cap: $300 (two required) Chassis #: Right frame high in engine compartment. Engine #: On the top in the V Club: Ferrari Club of America PO Box 720597, Atlanta, GA 30358 More: www.FerrariClubofAmerica.org Alternatives: 1986–89 Mercedes 560SL, 1971–89 Porsche 911 Cabriolet, 1988–94 Jaguar XJS Convertible COMPS 1984 Ferrari Mondial QV Lot #46, S/N ZFFUC15A1E0050575 Condition: 3+ Sold at $43,200 Barrett-Jackson, West Palm Beach, FL, 3/29/2006 SCM ID# 41212 Chassis number: ZFFWD26B0000068037 W 36 hen the Ferrari Mondial 8 was introduced at the Geneva Auto Show in March 1980, it was named in honor of the 4-cylinder, 3-liter sports racing Ferrari of the '60s. The new Mondial had a 3-liter, 8-cylinder motor mounted transversally behind the driver, as in the 308 GT4 it replaced. It also had a ten cm longer wheelbase than the GT4, offering greater comfort to the driver and passengers. In 1983, the engine size was increased to 3.2 liters, and the car was renamed the Mondial 3.2. The horsepower increased to 260 and top speed to 145 mph. The car presented is a 1987 Mondial 3.2 Cabriolet finished in metallic blue with blue top and parchment interior. This Mondial is equipped with 348 wheels and has only been driven 24,420 miles. The SCM Analysis: This car sold at the June 12 Artcurial Auction in Paris, France, for $38,988. I was recently at dinner with a group of car guys, and one of them asked me about Mondials. After the groans subsided, I asked him what was on his mind. He explained that he was considering buying an older Ferrari as a daily driver. He only drove a few miles to work and he wanted something that was more fun than his current car. He ruled out a 308 because he had never warmed up to the styling, and besides, he liked the idea of being able to carry more than his briefcase or take the kids with him on weekends. Ferrari introduced the Mondial as the top model 1986 Ferrari Mondial 3.2 Lot #119, S/N ZFFXC26A9G0065037 Condition: 3Sold at $31,565 RM, Boca Raton, FL, 2/11/2006 SCM ID# 40903 of their V8 series. Replacing the relatively spartan 308 GT4, the Mondial leaned more toward the luxurious Ferrari 400 GT than its sporty V8 siblings. It featured more electronic accessories than any Ferrari before it and was a showcase of new technology throughout its production. While some of the technology marked the future, some of it was short-lived. In the success category, the Mondial, through its various iterations, was the first V8 Ferrari to feature fuel injection, electronic ignition, automatic climate control, anti-dive suspension, ABS brakes, cockpit-adjustable suspension, power steering, t-type transaxle, and an automatic clutch. In the “you won't see these things again” column are Ferrari's first automatic clutch, Michelin TRX tires, an ill-fated electronic monitoring system, and Sports Car Market Photos: Artcurial

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a new-style fuse box that was barely up to the task. I actually like Mondials. I sold them when they were new, and I tried to keep a used one in inventory to drive. They have large doors and a high seat, so you enter gracefully rather than flailing around before sitting on the ground. There's plenty of leg- and headroom, and the steering wheel adjusts. When you drive a Mondial you feel like an adult. It's a safe bet that anyone who knocks a Mondial hasn't driven one. The seating position is excellent and the handling is good. The large steering wheel makes the non-assisted steering on the early models pleasant. While not fast, there were rumors that the coupes were quicker around Ferrari's test track than their GTB counterpart. The cabriolet drives nicely and is free from the cowl shake that plagues many convertibles, but the coupe drives far better, as the roof adds much-needed rigidity to the chassis. Each of the four generations of Mondials is a significant improvement over the pre- vious model. The first version, the 1980 Mondial 8, should be avoided. They are underpowered and prone to engine issues, electrical demons, and rust. If you can steal one to drive until it's dead, you might be okay, but any money spent on restoration is wasted. The 1983 Mondial Quattrovalvole was a big step up. Power increased as much as 60 hp, rust issues seemed to subside, and a cabriolet version, Ferrari's first open top model in ten years, was added to the lineup. With the 1986 Mondial 3.2, Ferrari started to get it right. New body-colored bumpers actually made the Mondial attractive. The 3.2-liter engine made it spirited, and interior updates eliminated electrical issues and improved an already attractive space. The final generation 1989 Mondial t was a giant leap forward. It featured a new and more powerful longitudinally mounted engine mated to Ferrari's new t type transaxle. The suspension was fitted with cockpit-controlled damping, and power-assisted steering eased parking. Cosmetically, the Mondial received more attractive bumpers, new side grilles and new wheels. Inside, the car was again upgraded, this time with sportier seats, new dash, and new trim. Even with the updates, the Mondial t wasn't loved. Mechanical issues caused delays in distribution, and teething problems haunted early cars. A bad rap for difficult tops on Cabriolets, electrical issues, and higher depreciation than two-passenger Ferraris scared off potential buyers. The faults were overblown; the top left a lot to be desired, but electrical issues could be fixed without an umbilical cord to the factory, and depreciation was in line with German competition. Mondials are drivers, and most have a number of miles and accompanying wear. Mechanically they're excellent, with a dependable engine and solid driveline. Interiors on Cabriolets are often sun-bleached. Rear side windows on Cabriolets are prone to seizing either up or down. The windows are $1,500 each to fix—and don't try it at home. The engine is mounted in a sub-frame and both must be removed for major servicing. Any electrical glitch is probably more serious than it appears. On the bright side, if something goes wrong, you'll likely be able to drive to the shop. The Mondial at Artcurial had low mileage and a flashy, but limited-appeal, color scheme. There was no mention of service, which fosters suspicion of deferred maintenance. Mondials are less valuable in Europe, but this car fetched a lot of euros. Nice Mondials are getting rare, and if this is a good car, the buyer did fine. No Ferrari polarizes enthusiasts like a Mondial. You either like them or hate them. There's defensible logic on both sides. My friend figures that being able to drive a Ferrari for less than the cost of new Honda is a pretty good deal. (Of course, that equation falls apart when you pay $4,000 to get your Ferrari tuned, as compared to $400 for your Honda.) But SCM readers already know that owning any used Ferrari is risky. I cautioned him to shop carefully and encouraged him to start looking.u STEVE AHLGRIM has been actively involved in the Ferrari business since 1978. Historical and descriptive information courtesy of the auction company. October 2006 37

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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan Don't Let Restorers Go to School on Your Car I would stop in at lunch to check on progress. It was entertaining at first, but it became quickly apparent that they were over their collective heads Finally finished—at least twice T hanks to this column, I'm often the Dear Abby or Ann Landers of the Ferrari world, and I get many emails about restorations gone wrong. Unfortunately, by the time I'm contacted, it's usu- ally too late. The most frequent problem is simply overeager Ferrari owners picking the wrong shop for the job. There is no lack of top restoration shops specializing in MGs, Austin-Healeys, or Jaguars. Parts are cheap and available. Click on www.victoriabritish.com/icatalog to order a new Healey 3000 hood for a mere $999.95, a new front fender for $1,299.95, or a new door skin for only $499.95. Restoring a Porsche? Click on www.stoddard.com for a new early 911 hood for $2,157.48, a new front fender for $1,281.21, or a new door skin for only $480.36. Every part you need for your Jag, Healey, or Porsche, from body and mechanical parts to trim items, can be found—at prices that don't require refinancing your house. MAKING, NOT CHANGING, PARTS Not so in the Ferrari world. Parts usually don't exist, and when found, they don't fit. Restoring a Healey or Porsche requires lots of parts fitting and changing, while restoring a Ferrari requires parts making, and if your shop can't make a perfectly fitting new hood, a new door skin, or a new fender, you're in the wrong place. 38 THE WORK WAS DONE TWICE Three years later, the Daytona is almost done, and the owner has now spent $350,000 to have the work done twice. To quote from the owner's correspondence: My only request is that you do not associate my chassis number, my name or location in anything you write. I am embarrassed by how stupid/naive I was and do not want this to cast a negative pallor over my car. That said, some thoughts on my experience these last four years. Having a restoration shop close by geographically is hugely attractive. The shop that did my initial work was literally one mile from my office. I would stop in at lunch to check on progress and help with part procurement. It was entertaining at first but it became quickly apparent that they were over their collective heads...then the nightmare began. Moral? Find the best shop specializing in the marque regardless of location, establish a plan, and let them do what they do. It will always cost at least twice what you expect to restore a car. There will al- Sports Car Market In October 2003, I received an email that started with “I am in the process of restor- ing my 1971 Daytona and have a rusty right rear wheel arch that needs a lot of help. We can probably build it up with plastic and new panels, but it would be much stronger and cleaner if we could find an original section to weld in. There have to be a few cars lying around somewhere that are being parted out.” I replied, “You will probably have to buy a new rear fender and while you are at it you will also probably need two new door skins. There are metal fabrication shops that can make up new panels for you that are a perfect fit to replace the original, but... not cheap.” What I did not say was that if the shop working on his Daytona couldn't make the panels, he was at the wrong shop. What I did advise was that the owner needed to visit Wayne Obry at Motion Products in Neenah, Wisconsin, as Motion Products is a Ferrari specialist only a few hours from the Ferrari Daytona owner's home.

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ways be parts that are unavailable or available at only obscene prices. Unknown problems will surface, usually from shoddy prior work. MY MOST EXPENSIVE MISTAKE Specific problems associated with my restoration: 1. NOS parts will not fit in the Ferrari world. Case in point, my door frames. The original doors had been reskinned a number of years earlier and had virtually no rust. Unfortunately, the frames were severely rotted. I elected to have them dip-stripped, which revealed a worse condition than expected. A set of NOS door frames were sourced from Ferrari U.K., which at first blush seemed perfect. When it came time to fit them, it was obvious that significant re-engineering would be necessary. In retrospect, fabricating and fitting new areas to the old frames would have saved me $40,000. It was my most expensive learning mistake. 2. Windshield surrounds need to be removed with care. They are easily distorted and cannot be bent back to shape. I was able to quickly source a used rear for $1,500 but the front eluded me for six months. Finally, I found a NOS front surround for $3,500. At that price you would expect it to drop into place but here again another $2,500 of work was needed for it to fit properly. Total labor and parts cost to properly reset my front and rear glass was $10,000. 3. Finishes. Not knowing the proper finishes for the engine bay, underside of the car or assorted plated parts was a difficult issue. Fortunately, Wayne Obry of Motion Products was able to correct the majority of these sins when he refinished my car. Fasteners were also a problem. Modern stainless steel screws or improper hose clamps detract from an otherwise well-done restoration. Ferraris can require parts fabrication, not just thumbing through a catalog It's all in the details. The Internet can be a wonderful source of these details (such as The Daytona Registry, www.daytonaregistry.com), but nothing can replace the experience of someone who has seen and restored hundreds of cars. 4. Time. Had I brought my car to Wayne initially, it would have been completed years earlier and at less cost. INSTANTLY OVER THEIR HEADS There is a simple moral to this story. The owner's first shop of choice was geographically close, did excellent work on British cars, and was enthusiastic about adding Ferrari experience to their repertoire. The British specialists certainly believed they could do the job and did their best, but as parts changers, not parts makers, they were instantly in over their heads. Their estimate of $100,000 was attractive, but impossible. The Jaguar shop didn't have the years of experience or the expensive and very specialized metal forming equipment to fabricate the wheel arches or the door frames, didn't know how to remove the front and rear glass surrounds, and used the wrong finishes, fasteners and plating. The multi-year learning curve of knowing the right fasteners, the right finishes, the right sources for everything—battery cable ends, underhood decals, fuse box trim, ad infinitum—is gained only from dozens of concours shows over many years. The right shop has the reputation, the experience, the equipment, and half a dozen other Ferraris underway when you walk in. Resist the temptation of instant gratification and the low price of an eager but inexperienced shop. The few top Ferrari shops have long waiting lists, so be prepared to take your place in line; after all, you have other cars to drive. Unless you want to pay for your local restoration shop's learning curve, go to an experienced and reputable Ferrari specialist u MICHAEL SHEEHAN has been a Ferrari expert for 30 years as well as a race car driver and exotic car broker. Details like hose clamps can make all the difference October 2006 39

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English Profile 1938 Aston Martin 15/98 Short-Chassis A pre-war sports car requires more skill and nerve than newer machinery, but the rewards can be enjoyable at speeds just over the legal limit by Stephen Serio DETAILS Years produced: 1936–38 Numbers produced: 50 2/4 Seater Tourers, (25 by Abbey, 25 DHC by Abbot) Original list price: ₤475 (about $2,375) SCM Price Guide: $50,000–$150,000 Tune-up/Major service: $1500–$3500 Distributor cap: N/A, new systems have replaced it Chassis #: on box by footwell Engine #: on block by generator Club: www.amoc-na.org More: AMOC, Attn: Susan Laskey secretary, 645 Fifth Avenue, Suite 900, NY, NY 10022 Alternatives: 1934–56 Frazer Nash, 1937–39 BMW 328, 1929–33 Alfa Romeo 1750 COMPS 1938 Aston Martin Lot #681, S/N B881350 Condition: 4+ Sold at $97,831 Chassis number: E8874SO B y the mid-1930s, Aston Martin was one of the most admired British sporting makes. Solidly engineered, low-built,1.5-liter sports-racers took the team prize in the 1934 Tourist Trophy race in Ulster, followed by an impressive third in the 1935 Le Mans 24 hours. But if the company were to survive, it had to widen its appeal. New cars appeared for the Le Mans 1936 race. They were two-seaters, broadly similar to the Ulster but with a longer stroke, 100-hp, 2-liter version of the well-proven wet-sump engine. Aston Martin combined the new type's fiscal horsepower and rated power for the 15/98 title. The cars had a good synchromesh gearbox, effective hydraulic brakes and magneto ignition. The front axle received an upper-mounted steel cable to locate it and resist front spring wind-up. Built-in axle jacks were provided. A short-chassis sports four-seater managed 82 mph, and for the first time, it seemed that the company had a chassis suitable for four-passenger coachwork. In all, 176 2-liter cars were produced, of which 50 were 2/4 seater open cars (25 Abbott drop-head coupes and 25 Abbey long-chassis tourers). There were also 50 saloons and 76 desirable Speed Models, of which perhaps 40 survive. 40 Aston Martin E8874SO was the last car to be built (in May 1938) at the Feltham works before it concentrated on war work. (The Atom model—G40/900— was being developed but not sold as a production car). This car was sold in the summer of 1938 to a Mr. McCreadie and still carries its original Abbey body. The Aston Martin Owner's Club reports that a Speed Model (dry sump) engine was fitted initially, although this was changed at some point. This was common in the 1950s, when less popular long-chassis models were scrapped. The engine in place in 1999 was D8786LS and ac- Christie's, Rayleigh, U.K., 6/30/2005 SCM ID# 39648 1937 Aston Martin Lot #676, S/N G7 785 LT Condition: 3+ Sold at $59,323 cording to club records, the car to which this belonged had been broken up. This car was repatriated from the U.S. in 1999 and purchased from the importer six months later, after he despaired over the restoration. It was believed the at time of purchase that the car was exported on a west bound Bonhams, Goodwood, U.K., 6/24/2005 SCM ID# 38648 “Liberty” ship in 1942, remaining in the U.S. until its recovery 57 years later. This view was strengthened when, at the start of the restoration, an original bank statement (which has been retained) was found behind the upholstery in the front of the car. It's in the name of one Mr. J. Hurych of New York and of the Chase National Bank. The Club, however, records owners in the U.K. in the early 1950s, so if the car went to the U.S. during WWII, it was repatriated and exported again. The re-import documents from 1999 are available with the car. Sports Car Market Christie's Imaged Ltd. 2006

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When the car was purchased in 1999, it was in origi- nal but dilapidated condition. According to the Club, it had been in the possession of one Lee Weinstein in New York City in 1986 and was visited by a Club member in the early 1990s. In keeping with the high standards of the vendor, this post-vintage thoroughbred has been restored to “as new” condition, without consideration for expense. In 2004, this car was accepted for the Louis Vuitton Classic at Waddesdon Manor, took first prize in the “Step on it, Bertie” class and came third in the People's Choice category. It also won a class prize at the Aston Martin Concours, also at Waddesdon. The 2-liter cars represent the ultimate development of the marque before the war. The model is comfortable and reliable as well as having good acceleration. This car, the “last of the few” pre-war Aston Martins, has its place in history, even if the romantic tale of its dangerous wartime trip across the North Atlantic cannot be substantiated. The SCM Analysis: Lot 170 sold for $224,172 at Christie's Jack Barclay sale in London, June 26, 2006. The first and last examples of any car tend to bring a premium price. This fine Aston was no exception, selling for $34,172 above its high catalog estimate. In my view, this was well bought. It was certainly the last pre-war Aston built, although I'm not sure how you can prove that it was the last one sold, as in that economically-depressed era, a great many of these cars waited awhile to find a proper home. If you have a penchant for such a car and one becomes available privately or at auc- tion in this condition, your purchase might honestly fall into the category of “I should be high bidder today, because where do I find another one like it?” Value? This is a great example of “It's worth what I'm paying for it.” How many pre-war Aston Martins still exist, are for sale, and aren't basket cases? And don't fret about matching numbers, please. Engine swaps were far more common during the first 20 years these cars were around. Pre-war Aston Martins are rare beasts in the United States, with only one officially sold new here prior to 1940. They enjoyed far greater popularity in the U.K., along with competitors such as Frazer-Nash, Alvis, and Lagonda. While the pre-war market is not red hot this side of the ocean, it is getting warmer. Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, and Bentley are better known and perhaps better built, but their values don't allow for entry-level owners. Aston Martins are rarely referred to as bargains, but in this case, it's hard to deny. Common thought among enthusiasts and car dealers is that a great many pre-war cars are slumping in value as the suitors for these vehicles grow older. But I think the sportier models are increasing in value as they provide “seat of your pants” thrills. Any pre-war sports car tends to require a bit more skill and nerve than newer machinery, but the rewards can be enjoyable at speeds just over the legal limit, as this car will surely terrify you more at 60 mph than a DB9 will at 150.u STEPHEN SERIO is the owner of Aston Martin of New England. Catalog description courtesy of the auction company. October 2006 41

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English Patient Gary Anderson Jowett's Flat-Four Fantasy The Jupiter roadster may look like the Jaguar XK's ugly sister, but it won at Le Mans and the Monte Carlo Rally—then Ford pulled the plug and to a top speed of over 90 mph—worth bragging about at that time. HOLY TERRORS IN THEIR DAY Significantly, the Jupiter remained competitive after production ended, and some were holy terrors in their day. One provided John Surtees with his first four-wheeled competition ride in the mid-'50s. Surprisingly, many of the 50% of Jupiters that survive are still raced. To understand why the Jowett Jupiter was so short-lived in spite of its success, we must talk about the sedan—the Javelin—virtually unknown in North America. Jowett never followed the same roads as other British automakers, perhaps because it came from Yorkshire, known for its insular culture. As they say: “You can allus tell a Yorkshireman, but you can't tell him much.” The Jowett Motor Manufacturing Company was founded in Bradford in 1901 by two Jowett brothers and their sister to produce a horizontally-opposed two-cylinder engine for stationary and mobile applications. Jowett produced a line of vehicles beginning in 1907 An unforgettable face I f you're asked to name more than one horizontally-opposed, four-cylinder sports car from the 1950s, don't forget the Jowett Jupiter. Made in Yorkshire in the north of England, Jowett was another small British automaker to survive WWII, but not the ensuing peace. And the Jupiter didn't deserve to die. It won the 1.5-liter class at Le Mans and Monte Carlo in 1951, its first full year of production, beating the best from perennial mini-winners MG and Simca. The Jowett sports car, first called the Javelin Jupiter, and then simply the Jupiter, is distinctive in every respect. Once you've seen one, you aren't likely to forget it, but with a production life of only five years from 1950–54 and fewer than 900 units sold, your odds of coming across one are fairly small. LITTLE ENGINE WITH THE BIG PULL The Jupiter was noted in the period for its innovative use of the horizontally-opposed engine that was so characteristic of Jowett Cars that it formed their trademark, “the little engine with the big pull.” The Jupiter's coachwork had much in common with the Jaguar XK 120 that was introduced at the same time, with long curving front fenders, short-coupled rear quarters, and faired-in headlamps on either side of a vertical grille. But everyone remembers seeing XKs, and few folks recall even pictures of the Jupiter, which underlines the fact that the Jupiter took the same design cues and came up with a different answer—perhaps the wrong one. The Jupiter also had a few other design idiosyncracies—a radiator behind the engine, and carburetors that drew their air from behind the radiator. However, with longitudinal torsion bars in the front, a feature that Jaguar would adopt for its E-types ten years later, transverse torsion bars in the rear, and the engine's low center of gravity, it had amazing handling for the period. The 1.5-liter engine produced 60 hp and could get the car to 60 mph in 15 seconds 42 and were best known for their solid—perhaps stolid might be better—commercial vehicles. The two-cylinder Bradford vans were the company's mainstay, and the same sturdy chassis was used by privateers for competitive trials and hillclimb cars. Jowett survived World War II through wartime ap- plications of their reliable engines, but also planned new civilian products. Even before hostilities ceased, they were ready with the new Jowett Javelin, a small fourdoor sedan with rakish fast-back lines. MONOCOQUE BODY WAS THEIR UNDOING The new sedan was powered by a four-cylinder ver- sion of Jowett's prewar two-cylinder mainstay, but the new car's most innovative features were its monocoque steel body and all-round torsion-bar suspension. The comfortable five-passenger car was very well received, but that innovative steel skin would be the company's undoing. Jowett Cars Limited didn't have the capacity to produce the bodies, so it contracted them out to Briggs Motor Bodies. It didn't have the capital to tool up the new car, so a majority share in the company was sold to investment bankers Lazard Brothers. But no one worried about this as the Bradford vans produced cash flow to service the debt, and the new Javelin was well received. Overseas sales were critical when three-quarters of a company's steel-based products had to be exported to justify the national steel ration. WINNING LE MANS AND MONTE CARLO Even better, the sporting capabilities of the sedan were quickly proven in 1949, with class wins in the Monte Sports Car Market

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Carlo Rally and the 24 hours of Spa-Francorchamps. The Javelin's competitive- ness was not lost on the sporting community, and a group including Tommy Wisdom, Lawrence Pomeroy, editor of The Motor, and Leslie Johnson of ERA encouraged Jowett to build a sports car. Jowett agreed, convinced that a two-seat sports car could be sold successfully in the U.S. Eberan von Eberhorst of Auto Union designed the chassis around the proven Javelin suspension, outside coachbuilders helped Jowett create handbuilt aluminum bodies, and the Jupiter was completed in less than a year. It was introduced in early 1950 and scored class wins at Le Mans and Monte Carlo in 1951, followed by a lucky win at Le Mans in 1952. Good results at tracks in the United States also provided publicity. The Jowett Jupiter found a seam, both in performance and pricing. At $2,549, it Jowetts were campaigned on European and U.S. circuits from Briggs, but Ford accounted for 90% of Briggs production, and in May 1953, Ford bought out Briggs. could comfortably out-perform the cheaper MG and Morgan, while the superior Jaguar XK 120 cost $3,949 and the Aston-Martin DB2 a hefty $5,950. As a result, 731 Mk1 Jupiters were sold in 1951 and early 1952. In October 1952, the company introduced the updated Mk1a, complete with exterior-opening boot, and 94 were sold in 1953 and early 1954. Jowett also produced 75 rolling chassis, nearly all of which were completed by coachbuilders, many as coupes. Even Farina designed four Jupiter coupes, but these were dismissed by the dour Jowett management: “We don't want that foreign muck.” Apparently immune to irony, Jowett developed its own fiberglass version, resembling the Ferrari barchetta. But fate intervened. Jowett had already been having problems, with gearboxes failing and unshipped inventory piling up as the factory waited for parts whose cost exhausted their cash reserves. The death blow was delivered by Ford. Steel bodies for Javelins were still coming NOT OUR FAULT: FORD Ford was accused of forcing Jowett out of business by refusing to build any more bodies for them, but insisted the issue was simply that Jowett couldn't meet Briggs's requirements for volume production. Jowett attempted to circumvent the problem by de- veloping a fiberglass body for the Javelin, but Lazard wouldn't advance the capital. Then International Harvester offered to buy Jowett for its plant, and the bankers capitulated. In September 1953, Jowett's managing director an- nounced that his company “could no longer rely on a supply of bodies for its Javelins, and was turning to other manufacturing interests.” Jowett continued, producing aircraft components and spare parts for existing cars. In 1955, it was sold to Blackburn & General Aircraft, and in 1958, the name was changed to Jowett Engineering. Blackburn was taken over by Hawker Siddeley, which then became part of British Aerospace, and Jowett Engineering ceased trading on December 31, 1963. Today the company name “Jowett Cars Ltd” is retained by the Jowett Car Club (www.jowett.org) as another footnote in the fall of the British automotive industry. It was a sad end to a company whose chairman had written on the occasion of their 50th anniversary in 1951, “Fortified by new blood, encouraged by success, and determined to expand, the Company faces its future with confidence, and I have no doubt that in the generations to come, vehicles produced by Jowett Cars Limited will give their owners as much pride of ownership as they do to-day.” That much may still be true.u GARY ANDERSON is the editor of MC2 Good-enough performance at a cheap-enough price October 2006 (www .mc2magazine.com), the new magazine for Mini owners. 43

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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1964 Lancia Flaminia 3C 2800 SS This car needs someone to sort it out and drive it. When these are right, they make superb vintage rally and tour mounts by Donald Osborne DETAILS Years produced: 1959-64 Number produced: 593 (approx.) Original list price: $7,088 SCM Valuation: $55,000-$90,000 Tune-up/Major service: $650 Distributor cap: $120 Chassis #: Plate on right side of firewall Engine #: Right side of cylinder head Club Info: American Lancia Club, 27744 Via Ventana, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 More: www.americanlanciaclub.org Alternatives: 1960–63 Aston Martin DB4, 1965–67 Alfa Romeo 2600Z, 1963–64 Jaguar E-type SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS 1965 Lancia Flaminia SS 3C 2.8 Lot #273, S/N 826232014 Condition: 1 Sold at $108,675 Chassis number: 826232002132 V incenzo Lancia loved automobiles, driving and motoring competition. The delectable machines that flowed from the factory were the expression of his passion. There were many great designs pre-War: the Lambda V4 of the vintage years; the Augusta, Lancia's first small family car; the nimble little Aprilia of the late 1930's, a roomy economy saloon with racing standards of handling and cornering power. The Flaminia was the first Lancia designed by Antonio Fessia and was the flagship of the range when launched in 1957. Fessia had finally broken with tradition and had discarded the vertical-coil independent front suspension in favor of wishbones. The engine was a 2.5-liter V6 driving through an aft-mounted gearbox and DeDion rear axle. In 1964, the 3C version was introduced with a 2.8liter engine producing 152 bhp. The Flaminia remained in production until 1970. Without doubt the most attractive coachwork on these chassis was the “Double Bubble” coupe by Zagato, of which 187 were built. They are a stunning combination of Italian machinery and cosmetic design. This triple-carburetor Super Sport model was ac- quired by the present owner in 1996. Over the years work has been carried out as and when required, and copies of bills totaling over $12,000 during this ownership are now on file. Work included a complete brake overhaul, a front suspension rebuild with new ball joints and realignment, a new exhaust system, some rewiring, and the fitting of four new tires at a cost of $600. The fuel system was also rebuilt at this time, the front engine mounts were replaced, and air horns were fitted. The paintwork is good, despite having some age, and the interior, finished in black leather, is in good order. We have not had the opportunity to road test the car, but we are informed that it drives well. The SCM analysis: This car sold for $64,625 at the Christie's Greenwich, Connecticut, auction, June 4, 2006. The Aurelia B20GT was a hard act for Lancia to Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MON, 5/16/2005 SCM ID# 38563 1964 Lancia Flaminia SS 3C Lot #230, S/N 2001 Condition: 1Sold at $172,620 Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MON, 5/16/2005 SCM ID# 38561 follow. Considered by most to be the seminal post-war grand touring car, it had great looks and performance, imaginative engineering, and an enviable racing pedigree. Surpassing it would be a challenge, and Lancia eventually offered no fewer than three coupes in its place. This would have been an accomplishment for a focused company with a full bank account, but unfortunately, by the mid-'50s Lancia was neither. The company was about to embark on model proliferation, which would lead to a second crisis and see the company fall into the clutches of Fiat in 1969. The disastrous decision to go racing made by company head Gianni Lancia had created a terrific financial burden, and in 1955, Carlo Pesenti, a cement industrialist, had taken over the company. Pesenti quickly halted the racing program, and chief 44 Sports Car Market Photos: Christie's Images Ltd.2006

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engineer Antonio Fessia was charged with the task of creating new models to earn money for Lancia. Pininfarina had designed and built a series of show cars on the Aurelia chassis called the “Florida.” They had clean, somewhat transatlantic styling, which gave a more modern look to the big Lancia, and were the basis for the new Flaminia sedan and a four-seater coupe built by Pininfarina. The other two models were a two-seater from Carrozzeria Touring, which also spawned a convertible, and the subject of our profile, the Sport coupe from Zagato. The idea was that the businessman would choose the Pininfarina coupe, the playboy the Touring coupe, and the sportsman the Zagato model. While Zagato was primarily known for creating lightweight cars suitable for racing, the race record of the Flaminia Sport was not extensive and certainly never matched that of the Aurelia GT. Its best result was a 2nd overall in the now-neutered Mille Miglia in 1961. There were three distinct series of Zagato coupes made. The first 150 or so had covered headlights and a rounded tail, the second had exposed vertically mounted headlights and the final version reverted to a sleeker front end, some with covered headlights and the most dramatic change, a “kammback” rear end. A handful of early cars were built as lightweight racing specials by Zagato, with Plexiglas side windows, alloy wheels, a longer, streamlined nose, and a hotter engine. All have the signature Zagato “double bubble” roof, which is a distinct design feature. Initially powered by a 119-hp 2.5-liter single carburetor engine, the later models gained the 3B 140-hp engine with either single or triple carbs and ultimately, the 3C 2.8-liter, 152-hp three-carb powerplant. These last cars were renamed Super Sport. All the series have rear-mounted transaxles and 4-speed transmissions. It's hard to know exactly how many of these cars were made, as they shared the platform of the Touringbodied cars, and some numbers assigned to Touring were actually made as Zagato cars. Whatever the number, they are rare and desirable. The car sold here came from a large and noted collection of an SCMer on the East Coast. He had three of this particular model and clearly chose to shed the least of them. It had previously been offered for sale at Christie's May 2002 auction at Rockefeller Center in New York City, where it failed to sell at a high bid of $48,000 (SCM# 28423). At that auction, I observed that the car seemed tired and un-used. It had older, very high quality paintwork, which was beginning to show some issues with cracking, and it needed some interior tidying. Four years later, the interior had been addressed, but there were now problems with the fit of both doors, especially on the left side, which wouldn't close properly. In spite of Editor Martin's experience with his “two- piece” Flaminia Super Sport, which tried to break in half when he put it onto a lift, I don't think this one had a case of terminal rot. Rather, it was an example of the handmade nature of these cars and their sensitivity to adjustment and use. If not closely looked after and regularly driven, small things, like door adjustment, go wrong and start to add up. The triple Webers of the ultimate spec 3C engine can sometimes be difficult to synchronize, but once properly set up, deliver smooth, ample power. It's also important to make sure on Flaminias that the rear-mounted flywheel is correctly balanced to avoid annoying vibrations. When they are right, there are few cars more rewarding to drive, and they make superb vintage rally and tour mounts. This car needs someone to sort it out and make sure it actually gets used. It will not take much to make this a much better car than it currently is. The Flaminia Super Sport is one of the most desirable post-war Lancias, and has steadily been rising in value for the past five years. The sale of this example at over $64,000 indicates that the market continues to improve for these cars, as this would have bought a high #3 or low #2 car not long ago. It was purchased by another noted collector who spares little expense to get his vehicles into top condition, and he has chosen a good starting point. I would say both sides made out well here.u DONALD OSBORNE's articles on collecting have appeared in the New York Times, and he is the principal of Automotive Valuation Services. Vehicle description courtesy of the auction company. October 2006 45

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German Profile 1973 BMW 3.0CSL “Batmobile” Undeniably effective in providing downforce on the track, the aerodynamic add-ons have a juvenile “boy racer” look compared to those of the 911 RS by Rob Sass DETAILS Years Produced: 1971–72 Number Produced: 1,039 SCM Valuation: $19,000–$28,000 Tune-up: $600 Distributor: $19.95 Original List Price: approx. $13,500 (Never sold in the U.S.) Chassis #: Plate right side of engine compartment behind shock tower Engine #: Left side of block above oil filter housing Club: BMW CS Registry, 5341 Gibson Hill, Edinboro, PA 16412 More: www.bmwcsregistry.org Alternatives: 1973 Porsche Carrera 2.7 RS, 1970–74 Ford Capri RS 2600, 1963–77 Alpine A110 COMPS 1972 BMW 3.0 CS Lot #12, S/N 2240016 Condition: 3+ Sold at $26,400 T he BMW 3.0 CSL “Batmobile” was one of the most outrageously brutal road-going homologation specials ever conceived, designed to exploit several loopholes and bring to BMW a German Saloon Car Championship. In order to homologate a more competitive racing car, the monocoque was formed from thinner-gauge steel, and aluminum was employed to skin the hood and trunk. An array of luxuries were deleted, such as the front bumper (the rear bumper was now formed of polyester), power steering, electric windows, thick carpets, comfortable seats, and sound deadening; in total, 250 kgs (approx. 551 lbs) were shaved off the curb weight. Despite this, Ford managed to keep the Capri ahead of the CSL on the track, thanks largely to the supreme efforts of engineers Jochen Neerspach and Martin Braungart. However, in 1972, BMW adopted the attitude that “to beat them you have to buy them,” and thus Neerspach and Braungart joined BMW, becoming catalysts for the formation of BMW Motorsport Gmbh. To improve downforce, Neerspach and Braungart added a deep front air dam, the fenders grew pronounced air guides, and a trunk-lip spoiler was added. Though not able to be sup- plied fitted by the dealers in Germany, the dynamic beast also came with a roof-mounted deflector and a huge rear wing (so large and heavy that BMW had to revert back to a steel trunk panel to support the weight of it under load). Whilst still badged as a 3.0 CSL, the engine's stroke was increased, raising the engine capacity to 3,153 cc. The menacingly staunch profile of the new CSL Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/21/2005 SCM ID# 38885 earned the nickname “Batmobile,” in direct comparison to the Caped Crusader's own mode of transport. Only 110 such road-going examples were produced in this 3.2-liter form in 1973, with a mere 57 more cars leaving the factory until production ceased in December 1975. The homologated improvements allowed BMW to beat Ford in style during the 1973 1982 BMW 635Csi Group A Comp Lot #102, S/N E24RA2 Condition: 3Sold at $20,525 Bonhams, Nurburgring, DE, 8/10/2002 SCM ID# 29312 European Touring Car Championship and made for some of the best racing battles of the era. At the end of the 1974 season, BMW and Ford both withdrew from the series, but in private hands, the Batmobile remained a winner. This particular example has been confirmed by BMW Mobile Tradition as having been finished on September 10, 1973, and delivered two weeks later to BMW dealer Autohaus Vincentz in Kempen, Germany. Acquired by Maurice Gierst, owner of a BMW dealership in Brussels, in the early 1980s, the car was treated to a comprehensive yet highly sympathetic restoration, which included a full engine rebuild with new Mahle 46 Sports Car Market Photos: Christie's Imaged Ltd. 2006

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Fine Art and Fast Cars The first BMW Art Car, by Calder pistons and a lead-free cylinder head conversion. Once completed, it remained in the showroom on display and was only rarely taken out. The SCM Analysis: This car sold for $153,718 at Christie's London sale on June 26, 2006. The car that the CSL begs comparison to is the Porsche 911 2.7 RS. Both were available in several flavors—“touring” and “lightweight” for the 911, and the “city package” (with metal bumpers and front spoiler only) and 3.2-liter “Batmobile” for the BMW. Both were built as homologation specials that resulted in significant production. While the 911 has been a sought-after A-list collectible for quite some time, the CSL has yet to achieve flavor-of-the-month status. The most likely reason is that in street trim, the CSL just isn't as exciting as its looks suggest it should be. In touring form, the 2.7-liter 911 RS made around 210 hp, compared to a 190-hp 2.4-liter 911 S. The extra 20 hp plus tuning differences made for a significantly better-performing car. The CSL, on the other hand, put out 206 hp, just a 6-hp difference over the normal 3.0 CSi. Street CSLs were clocked to 60 in around 7.0 to 7.5 seconds (compared to around 8.0 seconds for a 3.0 CSi). Decent performance for the time to be sure, but nothing spectacular. And then there were the looks. The E9 coupe, upon which the CSL was based, was one of the cleanest and most elegant coupes ever. Unlike the subtle flares and the clever ducktail of a 911 RS (both of which look so right on the car), the Batmobile wing, air splitters, and bizarre tacked-on chrome wheel arch extensions of the CSL (which look more at home on a Florida 560SL with gold accents) do nothing positive for the BMW. Undeniably effective in providing downforce on the track, the aerodynamic add-ons have a juvenile “boy racer” look compared to the 911 RS, which looks purposeful and well executed. In any event, this is an important piece of BMW history. The CSL was the first prod- uct of the Motorsport division, and as such was the progenitor of the famous “M” cars. The competition provenance of the vastly fiercer track versions is impeccable, and they remained competitive in the hands of privateers long after the E9 coupe had gone out of production. While somewhat of a paper tiger, Batmobile CSL production numbers were low, and the car does have a considerable amount of cachet as a result of this and its track success. It would be welcome at events like the Tour Auto and Modena Cento Ore. For the price paid, and in comparison to other homologation specials from the '70s like the RS and even the Plymouth Superbird (sporting an even more garish wing), it represents good value. But because it lacks the performance to match its looks, it will never appreciate at the forefront of the market.u Stella's take on the 3.0 CSL In 1975, BMW commissioned the first piece in its Art Car Collection, a 3.0 CSL designed by sculptor Alexander Calder. Most famous for his sweeping, modern mobiles, Calder applied his aesthetic to the car in paint—bright, bold swaths of color reminiscent of his suspended sculptures. The artist's work was on display that year at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which he attended to see the debut of #93. The Art Car was one of the last works Calder completed before his death the next year. BMW brought out the second in the series in 1976, with a graphic black-and-white design by minimalist painter and sculptor Frank Stella. The stark lines on the 3.0 CSL were in contrast to his use of color and random form in his canvases, but Stella wanted to utilize the technical aspects of the car in this work. As a huge race fan, he felt the BMW's premiere at the 1976 24 Hours of Le Mans was a fitting debut for the piece. BMW has continued the Art Car Collection to this day, with various race models being decorated by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Cesar Manrique, and, most recently, a V12 LMR by word artist Jenny Holzer in 1999. The next car, which will debut in spring 2007, will be created by Danish artist Olafur Eliasson using the hydrogen-powered H2R as his canvas.—Kristen Hall-Geisleru October 2006 47

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Porsche Gespräch Jim Schrager When Porsche Was Off-Track: The 4-cam Carreras Few people drive these cars, with the frightful expense of a rebuild running about $50,000 Porsche Gespräch / Jim Schrager 1955 356C RS, the first 4-cam shipped to the U.S. and part of a seven-Porsche 356 lot offered at Bonhams at Quail Lodge last year I n post-WWII Germany, Ferry Porsche had a problem. His tiny car company was producing the Type 356, a rebodied and mildly hot-rodded Volkswagen Beetle that was exceptionally expensive in a country that could barely afford bicycles. His original estimate of worldwide demand for his 356 was 500 units. Not 500 per year—500 total over the entire run. In spite of this very modest goal, his business problem was the same as any new manufacturer: how to become recognized as selling a product worth a premium price. Porsche's solution was to enter his small, fragile cars in motor racing. This was not a big-budget affair with custom-made machines. The early Porsche “race cars” were simply tuned street cars. They were modestly successful, and Herr Porsche was pleasantly surprised at the significant positive effect on business. He discovered racing was an effective way to promote his cars. NOT UP TO THE TASK After a few years, competition grew, and both the Beetle's chassis and the wimpy pushrod engine proved no longer up to the task. So a race car was designed—midengined, of course—based on his father's pre-war Auto Union designs but with a special motor. That chassis, the 50 550, appeared in early 1953 before the Type-547 4-cam engine was ready. 550-02 and 550-01 finished Le Mans in 15th and 16th place overall that year, a fantastic result for pushrod power, but Ferry knew this would not continue. Late in 1953, the first 4-cam Type 547 engine arrived, and by 1954, it was used to good effect. The factory made frequent modifications to the chassis until late in 1954, when the 550/1500RS race cars were to be shipped to customers. Although Le Mans was a washout for the Spyders in 1954, in 1955 they swept the 1500 class with a 1-2-3 class showing and 4-5-6 overall. Many people believe Ferry Porsche was an engineering and design genius like his father, but a careful reading of history shows Ferry Porsche was also a brilliant businessman. The man given the task of designing the 4-cam engine was a talented engineer, Ernst Fuhrmann. (He was so highly trusted that when Ferry banished all family members from active management roles in 1972, it was Fuhrmann who was given the job of running Porsche. He immediately set out to design the successor to the 911—the 928—and the V8's market failure demonstrated the difference between a great engineer and a great businessman.) THE STUFF OF LEGENDS Porsche's type 547 engine is the stuff of legends, designed around effective combustion chambers and a properly managed flame front. The hemispherical shape with twin-plug ignition was felt to be optimal, with highly angled valves to straighten out the intake and exhaust ports as much as possible. Each bank of two cylinders had two cams, and he chose a complex series of shafts and bevel gears to drive the widely separated camshafts on the horizontally opposed engine. Initial displacement was 1,498 cc for racing in the popular 1,500-cc class. It was dry-sumped and had a roller-bearing crankshaft, both great features Sports Car Market

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for high rpm, high inertial-load racing engines. For the world's wealthy sportsmen, Porsche also began selling 356As in 1955 with 4-cam engines. The 4-cams were available in 100-DIN-hp GS touring models, or for racing, 110 hp GT versions. This was a serious boost above the 60 hp of the popular 1600 Normal. The exterior was almost imperceptibly different from a standard 356A, except the name “Carrera” appeared on the front fenders. The Carrera was available in all three body styles, but for the Cabriolet, only the “touring” GT model was provided. The lightest and most serious for short course racing was the Speedster, with Coupes used in longer-distance events. DISASTER OFTEN STRUCK For those who used their 356A Carreras on the street, disaster struck often. Roller-bearing cranks don't hold oil pressure at lower revs, so rollerbearing four-cams idle at 2,000 rpm or so to keep the oil pressure light from glowing. In addition, roller bearings wear rapidly, as they do not float on a cushion of pressurized oil like a plain bearing does. So roller-bearing bottom ends were the stuff of legendary fragility—and extremely high repair expense—that made these early hot-rod Porsches an acquired taste. Many owners blew up their engines a few times, then gave up trying to keep a 4-cam on the road. In 1958, the Hirth Company announced they were finished building roller cranks—no doubt because of extreme warranty expenses—and Porsche was forced to build plain bearing 4-cam engines. In 1958, the Type 691/1 engine, still at 1,500 cc, was the first. Later that year, the 691/2 engine was increased to 1,587 cc, adding 5 hp to each model. The final increase in displacement was to 1,996 cc, starting in 1962 with the “Carrera 2,” which produced 130 hp in street trim, 160 hp in race trim, and 180 hp in the 1964 904 GTS. The plain-bearing engines eased the burden of blown roller cranks, but added the fragility of remote oil coolers (needed to handle the extra heat caused by the plain bearings) and retained the innate complexity of the valve train and dual ignition systems, relegating the repair of these exotic engines to a handful of factory-trained experts. $50,000 ENGINE REBUILD Prices are all over the map on these cars, ranging from about $125,000 for a lowly 356 Coupe to $150,000 for a Cabriolet, and $175,000 for almost any Carrera Speedster. The state of the engine matters a great deal, as few people drive these cars, with the frightful expense of a rebuild running about $50,000. Next step up the ladder are the 904 GTS cars and the very limited run of Abarth GTL race cars, which start at around $400,000, with ordinary 550 Spyders at about $500,000 and special ones running up to and above $1 million. Most enthusiasts feel—and the market agrees—that the ultimate use for the 4-cam was in the Spyders. Production records indicate approximately 90 550 race cars were produced from 1953 through 1955, with 39 550As in 1956–57, 35 718 RSK models in 1958–59, and the final Spyders being 35 RS60 and RS61 models in the years shown in the final two digits of the model designation. Survival rate is high, even though these were flyweight race cars not meant to plod on for decades. James Dean famously lost his life in one in a street accident, and the chassis has been missing since. After the 4-cam affair, Ferry Porsche—always the astute business- man—realized that his next road car must possess greater reliability and repairability. The performance envelope of the 356 Carrera 2 was the target for the 911, but the 911 had to do much more at much lower cost. Walking away from the technical but expensive brilliance of the 4- cylinder 4-cam, and building a new generation of models on the far more robust flat-6, was a masterful business decision. It formed the basis for making Porsche a true contender at every level of motor sport and the powerful independent company that it is today.u JIM SCHRAGER wrote Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Porsche 356 and writes for Excellence Magazine, Porsche Panorama, and the 356 Registry. His latest book on the early 911 will be published in late 2007. October 2006

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American Profile 1940 Lincoln-Zephyr Continental Cabriolet Without hard evidence of Babe Ruth's ownership, the extra $300,000 paid for this car represents a giant leap of faith by Carl Bomstead DETAILS Years produced: 1940 Number produced: 404 Original list price: $2,840 SCM Valuation: $34,000–$104,500 Tune-up/major service: $500–$1,000 Distributor cap: $450 Chassis #: Right side of cowl Engine #: Left side of crankcase between cylinders 1 and 2 Clubs: Lincoln and Continental Owners Club More: www.lcoc.org Alternatives: 1937–41 Lincoln Zephyr, 1940–41 Packard 160, 1940–41 Cadillac 60 SCM Investment Grade: B- COMPS Chassis number: H100711 T he Continental is acknowledged as the crowning achievement of Edsel Ford and the head of his design department at Ford, Eugene T. “Bob” Gregorie. Like many great accomplishments, it was the creation of a gifted designer in a single, brilliant moment of insight. In 1938, Edsel expressed an interest in a “special con- vertible coupe that was long, low and rakish.” Gregorie hit on the idea of using the Zephyr chassis for Edsel's “special convertible” and in less than an hour sketched out the outline for the two-door, four-seat body over the outline of a Zephyr sedan. The design quickly gained Edsel's enthusiastic approval, and work rushed ahead to complete the one-off in time for his vacation at his home in Hobe Sound, Florida. Based on the 1939 Zephyr, the prototype was completed in less than six months and was the hit of the season when it appeared in Florida. Edsel phoned Gregorie and stated, “I've driven this car around Palm Beach, and I could sell a thousand of them right away.” The story of this Continental relates that it was given to Babe Ruth in 1940 by NY Yankees president Joe McCarthy. The two had a contentious relationship during Ruth's years in New York. The car arrived in Canada during World War II owned by a New York sportswriter. He claimed that Ruth had been given several cars as gifts and had given the Continental to him. The SCM Analysis: This 1940 Lincoln–Zephyr Continental cabriolet sold for $407,000 at RM's Dingman auction in June 2006. The Continental cabriolet was introduced in October of 1939 as the top of the Lincoln-Zephyr line. With a price tag 52 of $2,840, only a few high-end Cadillac and Packard models were more expensive. The Continentals were virtually hand-made with modified Lincoln–Zephyr parts and—as restorers today quickly realize—a great deal of lead paddle work. The hood was seven inches longer than the standard Zephyr and the body three inches lower. It was powered by the legendary (but not universally loved) V12 Zephyr power plant, which generated 120 hp. The first production Continental was sold to actor Jackie Cooper, and 403 more were sold during the model year. The 1940 Continental that was part of the Dingman 1940 Lincoln Continental Lot # 82, S/N H103549 Condition: 1Sold at $104,500 RM, Phoenix, AZ, 1/28/2005 SCM ID# 37411 collection is well known, having been in the hands of several Canadian collectors, as well as being displayed at the Cars of the Stars Museum in Niagara Falls and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. When it was acquired by Michael Dingman in 2001, it was an older restoration. He had it restored again to a high standard. The stated ownership by Babe Ruth is rather curious. The auction catalog states: 1939 Lincoln Model K V12 Lot # 3040, S/N K9552 Condition: 2 Sold at $385,000 RM, Detroit, MI, 9/19/2003 SCM ID# 36386 “As is so often the case with cars of the period, there is no documentary evidence of Ruth's ownership.” Additional information includes that a previous owner found a ticket to the 1940 Dutchess County Fair horse show in Rhinebeck, New York, under the carpet, whatever that means. There are a number of articles that discuss the car as having been presented to Babe in 1940, but hard evidence is lacking. RM spokesman Mike Fairbairn says no documents accompany the Babe Ruth car to prove the provenance, but its history lends credence to the story that it originally belonged to the Bambino. “There wasn't anything tangible like a bill of sale, but it was in a museum in Niagara Falls for a long period in the 1950s when it wasn't that old, and it passes the credibility test. Nobody kept records then as they do now; people can make up their own mind. And if it isn't the best one around, I can't tell you where to find a better one.” In any case, Babe Ruth did not end his Yankee career on a high note. Illness had an Sports Car Market Photos: Simon Clay

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faith, with thin threads of evidence. There is an old adage that states, “If you say something often enough it must be true,” and for the sake of the new owner, I truly hope that is so.u CARL BOMSTEAD customized his first car, a 1948 Plymouth, when he was 15. He has since served as a judge at Pebble Beach, Kirkland Concours, and various Classic Car Club of America national events. Historic and descriptive information courtesy of the auction company. adverse effect on his performance and his salary of $75,000—highest in baseball—was gradually reduced to $25,000. He frequently expressed his desire to manage, but the feeling was that if he could not manage himself—he had a notorious appetite for alcohol and women—how could he manage others? In 1935, he retired from the Yankees and played for the Boston Braves with the hope of managing. That was not to be, and when he was again rebuffed by the Yankees, he became the third base coach for the Dodgers, with designs on taking over as the “skipper.” Leo Durocher won the job, and a disgruntled Ruth slipped into retirement, passing away in 1948 at the age of 52. Anything that Babe Ruth touched has tremendous collector value. The contract that sent him from the Red Sox to the Yankees recently sold at auction for close to a million dollars, and one of his early bats recently went for over $100,000. There is no doubt that a 1940 Continental was presented to him, and you can make a reasonable case that he did not own it for long due to his displeasure with the Yankee organization. The question is, was this car the one, and is it worth the price paid? A well-restored 1940 Lincoln Continental can bring $100,000 if presented to the right audience, and the right audience was present at this auction. Is the Babe Ruth provenance worth another $300,000? No doubt it is, if documented. But here there is a giant leap of The V12 Engine: Much Ado About Nothing The Lincoln Continental V12 engine, which first appeared in the Zephyr in 1936, is much maligned and rightly so. At best they are anemic and at worst an expensive rebuild. Having owned several, I can attest to their poor lubrication, poor crankcase ventilation, aluminum heads, inexperienced dealers in the era, and a silly oil indicator button. There are fixes, but don't expect to run with the big dogs when all is in order, as the performance is not there. The cars are stunningly beautiful, so be content with that. The lubrication issue was addressed in 1942 with a bigger oil pump and the oil passages changed to eliminate Welch plugs and internal cavities, but even that did not completely solve the problem. An oil pump from an early ‘50s Mercury seems to be the answer. The poor crankcase ventilation caused sludge to build up if the car was subjected to slow city driving. These are poor town cars and should be driven in second gear in traffic. High-speed highway driving is a must. The little red button that serves as an oil indicator often did not function properly, but owners got in the habit of relying on it rather that checking the dipstick—with serious consequences. The aluminum heads corroded, leading to overheating. The solution here is to replace them with the cast heads that were used postWW2. The judges won't like them and they are not as attractive, but if you are touring with the car it's a must. Dealers in the era did not see enough of these to become proficient in their repair and owners pay the price today. If you own one of these, membership in the Lincoln & Continental Owners Club (www.lcoc.org) is a must, as they have a wealth of knowledge that will help you get the engine sorted and keep you out of the repair shop and on the road.—C.B. October 2006 53

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Domestic Affairs Colin Comer Dodging the Definition of “Too Far Gone” This poor Dodge Daytona was burned and discarded in 1976, with corrosion so severe that the original air cleaner and valve covers had rusted away A t what point is a car “too far gone” to save? How much of a car can be replaced before it is considered a replica or a rebody? With values of significant cars going through the roof, some previously disposed-of vehicles are being unearthed and “substantially restored.” Case in point: eBay auction #4650800090, which closed on June 20, 2006, was for the earthly remains—what little there were—of an original 1969 Dodge Daytona. The winning bid was $40,600. For this amount, the buyer received legal title to an early production Daytona, S/N XX29L9B355107, a 440/ automatic car originally white in color with a red wing, and uniquely optioned with cruise control and power windows. The auction description says the car has been parked (buried, by all appearances) since 1976. Judging by the photographs, this poor Daytona had been through a terrible tragedy prior to being abandoned. While specifics were not provided, the car looks to have been burned to the ground and then discarded. The 30 years since the fire had not been kind, as the corrosion was so severe that even the original air cleaner and valve covers were rusted away. Literally, all that is left of the car appears to be the VIN from the dash, the original engine and transmission (hopefully rebuildable but perhaps not, due to the method of storage and/or heat and water damage from the “incident”), the original brake rotors, and, per the auction description, “the (rebuildable) rear end of the car.” The rear axle was described as “looking like a large round ball.” Simply put, this is an ambitious project for even the most dedicated Daytona fan. No mention was made of the fender tag, so I assume it perished in the fire. The high bidder did not respond to my email inquiring about his plans for this project car, nor did the seller about his plans for the project. WHEN DOES ONE YELL ‘UNCLE'? This brings up an oft-debated subject. At what point should a restorer throw in the towel and yell “uncle”? With vintage European cars, making new bodies to fit to the original chassis is a relatively common and accepted means of restoring important vehicles to their original configuration. However, many modern production cars, such as muscle cars, are built with an integral chassis—called Two eBay sales could lead to one resurrected Daytona unibody construction. You could have long arguments about which parts are superficial and which comprise the actual heart of a unibody car, i.e., how much can be replaced due to rust or accident damage before the car is really just a new car with an assumed identity. My opinion is that any work that replaces the main structure, such as the cowl or core support, is dangerously close to the fine line past restoration and on to recreation. To clarify further, the manufacturers routinely stamped “hidden” VINs in key areas of cars—almost unanimously in the cowl area, and often additionally in the front (core support) and rear (trunk rail)—for identification purposes if the car became stolen or stripped of its tags. To me, once you cut apart a car to the point of losing these hidden VINs and having to reinstall them on new panels or those sourced from a donor car, you no longer have an “original” car. Rust and accident repair is a necessary evil, and I have seen severely rusted cars brought back in a manner that preserves their original identity and soul. Unfortunately, for many so-called restorers, the quick and easy route is to find a rust- free donor car and just swap tags. Not only is this illegal, it is unethical, and one may as well just build a replica because that is all you create using this method. Now back to our subject, the crispy critter Daytona. It's one of just 503 produced; there is no denying a Daytona is a valuable car. Good non-Hemi examples sell in the $225,000–$400,000 range, and the subject car would bring a premium if it had survived intact due to its early production number and unique options. WHAT TO DO WITH A CRISPY CRITTER? So what do you do with a $40,000 tag, title, and remains to a $300,000-plus car? There are a few options. One is to start the tedious task of restoring what remains. This will involve at least 2,000 hours of metal work, at $60 per hour minimum, or $120,000. Add to that body and paint, interior, and sourcing literally every part that makes a Daytona, and you could easily have exceeded the value of the finished car. Not to mention its history of being a burn victim, even though that could be an excuse to showcase the work of a highly talented restorer. It would not be impossible to restore this car, but it is highly improbable somebody will. However, on July 2, 2006, another interesting auction closed. Item # 260001842880 was for a 1970 Dodge Charger with claimed “all original Daytona parts sourced from a real Daytona donor car over 20 years ago.” This auction closed for $29,100, with the high bidder being the same buyer that purchased the real Daytona. The Charger looked reasonably complete, and even claimed to have the original 440 from the mystery donor Daytona. It had a serviceable original nose cone, rear wing, 54 Sports Car Market

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and the nearly impossible-to-find Daytona scissors jack. The body, while rusty, is far easier to revive than the melted car. SOME COMBINATION SEEMS LIKELY The premium paid over a 1970 Charger in this condition without the Daytona parts was roughly $20,000, or about the value of the original Daytona parts with the bonus being they are bolted together on a rolling Charger storage cart. The seller of this car, along with the previous seller and the buyer of both cars, did not respond to my inquiry as to future plans for the car. So now, one owner has legal title to a Daytona, along with original engine, trans, VIN tag, and a very crusty body. The same owner also has a spare Charger body and extra Daytona parts. One can assume some combination of the two will be used to bring the original Daytona to life in one form or another, utilizing the best efforts of very talented restorers. Certainly we've seen cars rec- reated from less; the Alfa 8C 2900 S/N 412021 that was burned and buried then resurrected and sold for millions of dollars comes to mind. Left, Alfa 8C as found Top, the fninshed product If we had one wish here, it would be that the owner, and subsequent owners, keep a detailed photo album showing the origins of the pieces used to make one car from two, and represent the car accurately. Then everyone is a winner.u COLIN COMER is founder and president of Colin's Classic Automobiles and an avid collector and enthusiast. October 2006 55

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Race Car Profile 1993 Williams-Renault FW15C ABS brought the realization that it was possible to allow computing power to do far more than keep the wheels from locking By Thor Thorson DETAILS Years produced: 1993 Number produced: 7 chassis, 5 cars raced Original list price: N/A SCM Valuation: $410,666, at least Cost per hour to race: You can't afford it Chassis #: Unknown Engine #: Unknown Club: EuroBOSS Championship, PO Box 5508, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 2ZB More: www.eurobossf1.com Alternatives: 1989–93 Arrows, Footwork, Ferrari F1 SCM Investment Grade: C COMPS 1970 Matra MS120 Formula 1 Lot #211, S/N MS120 02 Condition: 2 Sold at $435,960 Chassis number: 005 W orld Champion Alain Prost once described the Williams FW15, as “really a little Airbus” —his way of describing an F1 car in the electronic era. Prost campaigned seven grands prix in the 1993 season, from Germany to Australia. He won the German grand prix where S/N 005 debuted. It was his 51st and final victory on July 25. This victory contributed to his 4th F1 World Champion title, which was awarded two months later, on September 26 at Estoril in Portugal. Again in S/N 005, Alain reached the podium and became world champion. Winner was Michael Schumacher in his Benetton-Ford, who would capture his first World Championship in 1994. Prost drove this same chassis to 2nd place in Suzuka in Japan on October 24 and 2nd in Australia behind Ayrton Senna in a McLaren on November 7. The last race in Adelaide marked the end of Prost's F1 career and that of the Williams-Renault FW15C S/N 005. The SCM Analysis: This car sold for $410,000 at Artcurial's Paris auction on June 12. Formula One is considered to be the ultimate arena for motorsport. It has the fewest rules, biggest budgets, biggest egos, and the biggest international audiences to play to, with frequent high drama and spectacle. It is arguably the most difficult sport in the world in which to attain elite status and endure. In the roughly 40 years that he has been an entrant/ constructor in Formula One, Frank Williams has proven 56 to be one of the most resilient players. Starting with absolutely nothing but commitment and enthusiasm, Williams took an unfunded one-car, back-marker team that he started in the late 1960s and turned it into one of the top contenders, winning the championship nine times. He did it by assembling a team of designers and Bonhams, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 5/16/2005 SCM ID# 38535 engineers who proved capable of leading each successive technical revolution as it unfolded. Ground effects aerodynamics were Lotus's idea in 1979, but Williams perfected the concept and created the dominant design in the FW 07, winning in 1980 and '81. Williams's cars controlled the end of the 3-liter era of Formula One. Then the 1.5 liter Turbo engines took control. Ferrari, McLaren, Porsche, and Renault 1991 Ferrari F1 Tipo 642 Lot #239, S/N 126 Condition: 2 Sold at $352,000 RM, Amelia Island, FL, 3/10/2000 SCM ID# 22405 controlled the early years, but by 1986 Williams had caught up, and with Honda power he won in both 1986 and 1987. He lost the Honda engine deal for 1988, making do with Judd, and 1989 was the beginning of the 3.5-liter normally aspirated rule, so Williams moved back into the middle of the pack while working out engine arrangements with Renault and starting serious development of the new paradigm: active suspension. Ever since Williams started winning and found adequate sponsorship, the team has been committed to spending whatever it takes to stay technically ahead of the competition. Drivers were very important, of course, and Williams had access to the best, but the focus was to create the most advanced cars in the race. In the 1990s, he did. ABS brought the realization that it was possible to allow comput- ing power to do far more than keep wheels from locking. Normally, mechanical springs, anti-roll bars, and shock absorbers controlled suspension movement, feet controlled throttle and clutch, and levers controlled gearboxes, but in the brave new world of space-age technology, why not let a computer do it? Conceptually, it's a stunning idea; Sports Car Market Photos: Ercole Colombo

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practically, it's a nightmare. From 1989 to 1993, Formula One headed down this road, but Williams was way out in front. By 1992 he had the FW 14, which was a fully active car. “Hydro-pneumatic” devices that computers could control replaced the springs and shocks. The computers constantly adjusted ride height, spring rate, and roll stiffness so that the tires stayed in contact with the track and the chassis remained in optimal attitude. This allowed the aerody- namicists to make all their gizmos work in a very small design envelope, which made them immensely efficient. ABS was there, of course, as was traction control to prevent spinning the tires under acceleration. To top it off, Williams designed a computer-controlled gearbox that would shift when the driver tapped a button or do it for him if he didn't. By the time the FW15C arrived, the computer tracked the engine revs so closely that the wheels wouldn't lock up when it downshifted in the wet. The driver's involvement was reduced to pushing very hard on pedals and steering. With the FW 14 for Nigel Mansell and Ricardo Patrese in 1992 and the FW15 for Prost and Damon Hill in 1993 (the FW15 was available in August of 1992, but the 14 was doing so well there was no reason to bring out the new car), Williams set the bar almost impossibly high. Partially because of this, but also because of safety concerns and a need for better on-track competition, active suspension was banned for 1994, and the era came to an end. The Williams FW15C was the final, ultimate product of a wild, almost out-of-control ride to technology's frontiers. The future involved a large step backward, and most of the technologies that made this car work were abandoned. The FW15C ended up being perhaps the most technologically advanced and simultaneously mind-numbingly complex race car of its era—possibly of all time. Alain Prost retired at the end of the 1993 season and this car was apparently given to him as a memento of his time with Williams-Renault—it was his primary car for the last half of the season. As far as I can tell, the car is complete, but the reality is that it is an artifact, not a race car. It will never, ever, run again, either in anger or in joy. Indeed, there are no active suspension cars that are likely to ever run again; they're simply too complex and dangerous to resurrect. Think about it. The suspension isn't springs and shocks, it's pumps and shuttle valves, seals and relays, all controlled by 1993 microprocessors with programs maintained by watch batteries. I'm told it took three laptops to get it going (suspension, engine, and telemetry) and eight of Williams's engineers at the track to make it do the famous “dance” that proved the systems all worked. Those parts have now been sitting for 13 years; do you think they're going to work? Who has those 1993 laptops, anyway? The engine is a pneumatic (air pressure) valve unit, so after at most two days without external pressure, all 50 valves fall open and tangle (engines that run are kept attached to a nitrogen tank when stopped). Somebody would have to rebuild it first, and last I heard, Renault and Williams aren't best friends anymore. So, somebody bought a wonderful museum piece for a bit over $400,000. What could you do if you wanted the real experience? There are several options. The 1968–81, three-liter Formula One cars are available, actively raced, and can be driven by ordinary (very good) drivers. These are available for anywhere from about $150,000 to $450,000. The “turbo” cars are out there and available, but you need to be ready to handle a jump from 300 to 800 (plus) horsepower when the turbo hits, so they're not easy to drive. These generally sell for $120,000 to $150,000, reflecting their general lack of friendliness. You can also buy various lesser post-1994 cars (mostly with Judd V10s) for about $175,000 to $200,000. There's not much to do with the newer cars except rent a track and go scare yourself. The EuroBOSS series in England is trying to provide venues for actual racing, with some success. Ferrari sells and services its old F1 cars as well, if you've got something around a million to spend. But in any circumstances, you won't drive this car, nor will anyone else. This is a situation where power, technology, and adrenaline have become history and art. It's not a race car anymore, it's sports memorabilia.u THOR THORSON is President of Vintage Racing Motors of Redmond, WA, and has been an active vintage racer for over 25 years. Historical and descriptive information courtesy of the auction company; translated from the French by Kristen Hall-Geisler. October 2006 57

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Market Reports Overview From Flatheads to Flying Ladies For enthusiasts of a specific carmaker, single-marque sales are a powerful attractant by Stefan Lombard M ost of the auctions we cover tend to carry a mix of cars. Regional British sales typically have their fair share of Jags, Bentleys, Ferraris, and Porsches, with the occasional Riley or Citroën thrown in for good measure. Once in a while you might see a Series 62 Cadillac or Duesenberg J cross the block. Similarly, regional American sales—and even the bigger in- ternational events like Barrett-Jackson—tend to stick to cars from Detroit. They might feature a handful of exotics, but buyers who attend and SCMers who read these pages typically know what to expect. Last year, auction schedules, magazine deadlines, and plain old happenstance meant that October was an issue full of marquespecific sales. In fact, this very introduction began “Ferraris and Astons and 'Vettes—oh my!” This year, through more of the same, our October issue is again laden with marque-specific sales. Two of them are returnees, with Bonhams once again putting on its Aston Martin sale from Newport Pagnell and Mecum coming up big with Corvettes in St. Charles. Add to that mix RM's sale of the Dingman Ford Collection Rollers were the flavor of the day at Northamptonshire and the annual Bonhams auction of Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars at the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts Club Rally, and we're well on our way to having a marquespecific auction for every taste. And based on the sales figures from each of the above events, as well as the other auctions you'll find in this issue, it's clear those clients were pleased with what they found. Richard Hudson-Evans made his way around England to examine the wares himself, and our Senior Analyst agreed with the bidders. Bonhams' all-Aston sale has been a hit since the inaugural 1999 event. Last year proved to be the biggest on record, with $4.2m in sales from 33 cars. While results dipped slightly this year to $3.5m from 31 cars, Hudson-Evans observed By the Numbers $12m $10m $8m $6m $4m $2m Bonhams 58 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 Bonhams Northamptonshire, U.K. Newport Pagnell, U.K. Christies London, U.K. H&H Brentford, U.K. Kensington Bridgehampton, NY Mecum St. Charles, IL Mecum St. Paul, MN RM Kensington, NH Sports Car Market

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Mecum (MSP) St. Paul, MN, p. 116 Bonhams (B), Northamptonshire, U.K., p. 60 H&H (HH), Brentford, U.K., p. 82 Mecum (MSC) St. Charles, IL, p. 66 RM Auctions (RM) Kensington, NH, p. 98 a bullishness in Aston prices across the board; from the Feltham DB2/4s to the V8s, bidders seemed willing to pay more for the cars that caught their collective eye. This year's RREC sale featured seven more consign- ments than last year, and it also had seven more cars hammered sold. That accounted for an extra $290k over last year's $814k total, with one seriously odd Corsicabodied Bentley 4 1/4-liter at $50,997 catching everyone off guard. Hudson-Evans finished things off with two stops in London. The first was to an H&H sale, where a “once in a while” 1929 Duesenberg 1929 J Murphy convertible coupe made $662,602. Then he was off to Christie's and the Jack Barclay Showroom, where the last pre-WWII Aston Martin 15/98 got plenty of attention and made $224,172. SCM1-6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/ perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts Kensington (K), Bridgehampton, NY, p. 108 Christie's (C), London, U.K., p. 90 Stateside, market analyst Joe Severns spent an early June weekend at two northeastern sales. At the Hamptons Auto Classic, poor weather conspired to stifle bidding, with just 40% of the 68 cars selling. Things worked out differently at RM's sale of the Dingman Ford Collection, where 50 of 50 near-mint flathead V8-powered cars sold, making for a $6.2m day. Meanwhile, Mecum and its Corvette-only Bloomington Gold sale hit another home run. Daniel Grunwald was there, and bidders continued the price push on every collectible generation of America's sports car, with even the hard-to-sell C4 swept up by the rising tide. Finally, Senior Analyst B. Mitchell Carlson paid a visit to Mecum's annual Back to the '50s event in Minnesota. The total sales receipt—more than $2.2m—represented the highest figure that sale has ever seen, and continues a growth trend we've been seeing at every Mecum sale this season. With 245 cars to choose from this month—Fords (ahem, Astons), Rollers, 'Vettes or otherwise—we're sure you'll find the market window you're looking for in the pages that follow.u Top10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1929 Duesenberg J Murphy, $662,602—HH, p. 88 2. 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Kombination roadster, $532,090—HH, p. 87 3. 1940 Lincoln-Zephyr Continental cabriolet, $407,000—RM, p. 104 4. 1964 Chevrolet Corvette coupe, $367,500—MSC, p. 70 5. 1955 Chevrolet Corvette roadster, $346,500—MSC, p. 68 6. 1963 Aston Martin DB4 convertible, $314,868—BNP, p. 77 7. 1940 Ford Deluxe woody wagon, $308,000—RM, p. 104 8. 1947 Ford Super Deluxe Sportsman convertible, $275,000—RM, p. 106 9. 1934 Ford Deluxe woody wagon, $275,000—RM, p. 100 10. 1960 Aston Martin DB4 SII coupe, $273,264—BNP, p. 76 October 2006 1. 1974 Austin Mini Cooper, $4,290—K, p. 110 2. 1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp saloon, $67,811—BN, p. 62 3. 1975 Aston Martin V8 SIII, $19,513—BNP, p. 78 4. 1979 Porsche 911SC Targa, $10,100—MSP, p. 117 5. 1929 Duesenberg J Murphy, $662,602—HH, p. 88 59 Best Buys Bonhams (BNP), Newport Pagnell, U.K., p. 74

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Column Author Bonhams Northamptonshire, U.K. Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and Pre-war Motor Cars The real eye-catcher was the 1935 Bentley restyled with seriously snub and ugly front fenders by Corsica and fitted with a 4-liter motor Company Bonhams Date June 17, 2006 Location Northamptonshire, U.K. Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold / offered 22 / 30 Sales rate 73% Sales total $1,104,121 High sale 1956 Bentley S1 Continental, $134,882 Buyer's premium Mulliner-bodied 1956 Bentley S1 Continental Report and photos by Richard Hudson-Evans Market opinions in italics E Northamptonshire, U.K. ven with only a few more entries consigned than for last year's R-R and Bentley fixture, the Bonhams tent on the RREC Rally field at least looked more fully stocked. With a dateline spread from 1928 to 1995, however, there were no high-dollar Ghost headliners. Following the usual automobilia warm-up—which included the extensive library of the late RREC stalwart, Brian Crookall—a post-war Bentley Continental made $134,882 and headed the $1.1m car sale. Still remarkably original, the Mulliner-bodied 1956 S1 was fresh to market from an estate. The real eye-catcher, however, was the 1935 Bentley. It initially carried sports saloon coachwork by Mayfair and was then restyled with seriously snub and ugly front fenders by Corsica and fitted with a 4-liter motor. Last driven 32 years ago and almost qualifying for project status, it made well over forecast at $50,997. Look out for it on a concours lawn near you. In the past, Bonhams has done well with two “Summer Vintage” Rolls and Bentley sales to fill the calendar gap between April's Hendon sale and the first of two visits to Goodwood in July. But with tasty consignments in short supply for all the houses this season, and with stocked catalogs due for both Astons at Newport Pagnell and Rollers here, the firm opted to drop the early “Vintage” 60 and concentrate its efforts. Instead, and no doubt in the hope of sweeping up consignments that might otherwise have fallen into the clutches of rival houses, Bonhams permitted pre-war cars from non R-R and Bentley marques to enter the sale. In the end, only one such “outsider” sold, a 1930 Swift 10hp P-type, which hammered down at $14,874. As usual with this event—the major Euro-market fixture for all things R-R and Bentley—there were plenty of attractions outside the auction tent competing for visitors' bucks. The usual pack of marque specialists, with trestle-tables piled high with various goodies, certainly did their best—as did the dealers. Based on a swift trawl of dealers' window-displayed figures around the grounds of Kelmarsh Hall, it was your reporter's impression that, where displayed, such retail prices were higher—often considerably so—than the top estimates in the Bonhams catalog. Even so, by the end of the first day's trading, or maybe as a reaction to a lack of business, some “asking prices” had already been marked down to attract offers. And then, as ever, there was the lot full of RREC Members' display cars. And visitor's parking. All of which contained a fair share of “For Sale” signs. Great prey for hunters who prefer to make up their minds more slowly than in the fall of a gavel.u Sports Car Market 15% on the first $55,452, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices (£1 = $1.848)

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Bonhams Northamptonshire, U.K. #415-1929 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I tourer. S/N 83WR. Eng. # ZD65. Gray/black/ red leather. RHD. Odo: 9,858 miles. First fitted with formal, high-rise saloon coachwork by Arthur Mulliner. Taken off the road in 1961 and unused for the next 41 years. Total, costly, fully documented resto to concours standard completed earlier this year. The current 2-cowl, torpedo-backed tourer body in a Barker style is cosmetically perfect. The engine is very detailed, with lots more to polish. The springs are gaitered, amd a Brooks Brexton travel trunk is included. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $120,655. The whole car, particularly the bodywork, looks like it was made yesterday and not 77 years ago. You either like this sort of thing, as the new owner who paid mid-estimate money obviously does, or you don't. It was all too new for me. #403-1930 SWIFT 10HP P-type doctor's coupe. S/N 41778. Eng. # 3P1050. Bright blue & black/black/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 7,118 miles. One of only 196 known survivors world wide of the Coventry-built Swift. Chassis-up resto completed in 1979, with the ash-frame renewed. Dry-stored though regularly maintained in recent years. Long paint shrinkage cracks to both flanks, with some discoloring from the engine on the scuttle side. Lots of black-painted bits, with only radiator chrome to polish. Clean engine and ancillaries. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,834. There aren't many ancient motor industry hands still breathing in the old British Motown who will remember this onetime bicycle-making marque, which finally shut its doors in 1931. So it was a bit surprising that a new benefactor was secured for this rarity among this crowd. Good to see, frankly. #412-1930 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II sedanca de ville. S/N 26XJ. Eng. # QQ95. Coffee & cream/dark brown/dark brown leather & beige cloth. RHD. Odo: 70,306 miles. Engine was rebuilt with new pistons during the 1970s, with little mileage claimed since. Repainted thickly a while ago; front fenders are cracked and severely bubbled, rear fenders are split. Good wood, with renewed front leather badly scuffed and the replaced rear cloth clean. Period Barker dipping headlamps, twin side-mounted spare wheels, wind-down division, and two occasional seats are all from new. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $65,778. A really lovely old dowager, this, and with some nice Mayfair and then Scottish castle early history on file. The sale price, slightly over the high forecast, was fully justified. #405-1934 BENTLEY 3 1/2-LITER 3- position drophead coupe. S/N B22AH. Eng. # M5BN. Black/black/red leather. RHD. Odo: 97,281 miles. U.S. resident before ownership by Nick Mason of Pink Floyd fame from 1989 to '91. Likely to have been given a full resto decades ago, with more recent work to the doors and rear fenders. Long shrinkage cracks to rear paint, particularly bad around the fuel filler flap. Front seat leather is soiled and scuffed, with the leather gear-lever boot full of holes. Newer headliner fabric. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $83,054. October 2006 61

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Bonhams Northamptonshire, U.K. Column Author bay cosmetically unremarkable. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $69,843. With the privileged folk in the rear quarters being able to enjoy the flexibility of a fold-down landau top, this 20/25 raised mid-estimate money, which was about right. #414-1935 BENTLEY 4 1/4-LITER sa- Derby Bentleys continue to pull among men of a certain age. Of the 2,442 3 1/2- and subsequent 4 1/4-Liter chassis built pre-WWII—almost half of which carry Park Ward coachwork—Windoverbodied Bentleys are relatively rare. Likely to be straightforward to sharpen up, this handsome motor car deserved this price, right at the top of the estimate range. #425-1934 ROLLS-ROYCE 20/25HP saloon. S/N GRC25. Eng. # X6U. 2-tone gray/gray leather & black piping. RHD. Odo: 72,225 miles. One family-owned. Benefits from having synchromesh on 3rd and 4th gears. Still highly original, with the engine rebuilt some years ago. Some paint is flaked off the fenders, exposing bare aluminium beneath. Hood edges loon. S/N B68EF. Eng. # D3BEX. Dark blue & silver/2-tone blue leather. RHD. Odo: 91,655 miles. Current larger capacity motor fitted in 1937. Last driven 32 years ago. Likely to be structurally sound, though the now very ancient repaint is matte and much marked. All woodwork is light-bleached, with some minor splits. The old leather retrim is dry but easily retrievable, and the engine bay is very distressed, with Odo: 76,584 miles. Acquired in 1961 by a USAF captain and in New Jersey from 1965 to 1990. Cosmetic and mechanical resto in 1993. Rash of shrinkage cracks and stone chips up front. Bad drop to the driver's door, and the passenger rear side window is delaminating. Nice bevelled glass roof vent flap, with front and back compartments both in good order. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $59,496. The bills on file detailing the considerable work carried out on this V12 limo add up to more than the accepted bid, which came in about $3,000 below the lower guide price. A sign of the times. rusty ancillaries. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $50,997. Downright ugly or acceptably quirky? Beauty, or lack of it, is in the eye of the beholder. Unique, certainly, and therefore extremely difficult to pre-value with any accuracy. About the only future it is likely to have, of course, is as a curio piece at the back of the collection, or as a shining star on some top concours lawn. As ever with such items, the dilemma for the new owner is...should he leave it undisturbed and as-is, or treat it to a ground-up resto? are chipped. Original leather is soft, though passenger side carpets and trim entry are scuffed. RREC, VSCC, plus old RAC and AA badges up front. Fitted hide suitcases in trunk. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $67,811. Deservedly sharing the auction catalog cover with the S1 Continental (lot 416), and having featured in a shelf full of marque reference books, the late Brian Crookall's 20/25hp sports saloon duly achieved a mid-estimate result. The sale's best buy? I think so. #409-1935 ROLLS-ROYCE 20/25HP limousine. S/N GAF73. Eng. # P8G. Black & blue/black/black & gray leather. RHD. Odo: 99,006 miles. Had an extensive resto before 2003. Purchased then at Bonhams RREC in June 2003 for $64k, with only 202 miles since (SCM# 31483). Sound panels, with all four doors shutting well. A few marks to the main surfaces, with A-pillar cracks to the waistline paint and chips to the hood edges. Clean brightwork. Good interior front and back, with the engine #419-1935 ROLLS-ROYCE 20/25HP touring saloon. S/N GLG28. Eng. # T5D. Black/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 23,059 miles. Continental-style coachwork aimed at the owner-driver market rather than the chauffeured set. Much extensive and well-documented work done to different areas over the years. The old repaint shows shrinkage cracks, with paint #402-1947 BENTLEY MK VI coupe. S/N B327CD. Eng. # B39G. Green & cream/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 78,182 miles. Shipped on the Queen Mary to its first Wall Street owner, then returned to the U.K. in 1952. Documented engine change. Last restored in 1982, when it was partially repainted. Now all edges are poorly defined, with some bubbling. Chrome and woodwork are OK, though the old retrim is grubby. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $20,824. Even if the 2-door bodywork wasn't all that sharp and the interior could do with a good spring clean, this coachbuilt Mk VI was fairly valued here. #428-1953 BENTLEY R-TYPE coupe. flaked off the rear fenders. Hood and scuttle top are microblistered; front windshield edge is milky. The door top wood needs a refurb, but the 1980 leather retrim is still soft. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $50,997. Likely to appeal to newer R-R enthusiasts as well as mature ones, this handsome touring sedan on wires made the desired money. Most likely, bare metal panel renovation and repaint will need to be funded sooner rather than later. #407-1936 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III limousine. S/N 3AZ134. Eng. # A54Z. Dark blue/black leather & blue cloth. RHD. 62 Sports Car Market S/N B135SP. Eng. # B317S. Gray & light blue/gray leather & white piping. RHD. Odo: 66,425 miles. One of only 12 Abbott-bodied RHD manual R-types. Despite sharing many distinctive Continental features, they were never officially regarded as such. Unlike so many long-door coupes, no drop here, with both shutting well. Fresh repaint is unmarked, original

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Column Author Bonhams Northamptonshire, U.K. leather is color-rubbed but soft, and the door top sycamore is only fair. Original radio, tool kit, semaphore trafficators and, importantly, lowerline Conti-style Bentley mascot all intact. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $86,103. At this mid-estimate price, this rarity, which received rave press reviews when exhibited at the 1952-53 London Earls Court Shows, was correctly valued by all concerned. #416-1956 BENTLEY S1 CONTINENTAL fastback. S/N BC11BG. Eng. # BC11B. Darkest Green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 75,426 miles. Only three owners and still remarkably original, but static for the last several months. Touchedup scar along the driver's side fender styling line, with the hood showing various marks. The fender chrome is pitted, the dash and door top wood is in need of revival, and the original leather is cracked but still soft and showing a #411-1968 BENTLEY T drophead coupe. S/N CBH3701. Eng. # 3701. Shell Gray & black/black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 28,720 miles. Swiss- and German- driven initially, and from 1990 stored at the Channel Islands Museum. Last refurbished in 2003. The long 51,729 miles. Well-stored the last two years, and claimed to run. Old repaint now is almost matte, with the wheelarch lips rusted through, the front fender chrome holed, and the original leather cracked. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $10,624. There is nothing like a “No Reserve” lot to wake up the punters, and this seriously grotty T-series duly inspired plenty of bids, eventually selling for more than double the guide price. Go figure. #401-1976 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER doors fit surprisingly well. Clean repaint, but pitted fender chrome. Dashtop roll is very rubbed on the driver's side, and the foldaway pockets for the power top and frame are scruffy. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $44,622. If this car had been sharper, and perhaps if the lower bodywork had been a color other than black, it might have brought as much as $10k more. As presented, it was correctly valued at just under the low estimate. #417-1968 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER nice patina. All factory tools are present, including the inspection light underhood. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $134,882. The quickest 4-seater of its day and, once wound up, a Continental like this is still an effortless high-speed cruiser in the grandest manner. No wonder, then, that this wonderfully well-preserved example raised $24k more than forecast. Extravagant? Perhaps, but then where are you going to be able to source another “Sleeping Beauty” like this? #420-1958 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD long-wheelbase saloon. S/N LALC18. Eng. # C17A. Gray over silver/blue & gray leather. Odo: 63,368 km. One of 122 LWB Clouds built. Repainted in 2005 and mostly spotless, but some paint is already lifting along the driver's side rear fender styling line. Door sill finish is only fair when the doors are open. SHADOW saloon. S/N SRH4356. Eng. # 4356. Garnet & Dusk Gray/stone leather. RHD. Odo: 84,623 miles. Three owners, with near-complete factory service history on file. Repainted at some time, now with some marks. Front bumper chrome is sharp, but the rear shows a rusty scab. The re-Connolised original leather is very clean, and all wood is excellent. The engine bay is scruffy, with charred hood insulation hanging down. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $19,124. Although the Bonhams guide price band of $5,550 to $9,200 accurately took into account the recommissioning required following years of inactivity, more than one bidder in the hall was undeterred by this potentially bottomless pit. His specs must have been more rose-tinted than mine. His wallet, too. #404-1977 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER Discreet whitewalls were recently renewed. Picnic tables, and over-mats are nice, but it's a shame about the modern Sony CD stereo. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $15,936. Shadows are plentiful, with more folks looking to unload them than there are to take them on. Given that about the only job on most people's must-do list would be to re-chrome the rear bumper, the money paid here was pretty spot on. #427-1974 BENTLEY T saloon. S/N SBH20228. Eng. # BT044569. Georgian Silver & blue metallic/dark blue leather. RHD. Odo: All chrome is excellent, the re-Connollized leather is lightly cracked, and the engine bay presentation is disappointing. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $50,997. With paint already bubbling and scruffy door apertures, this sale price seemed a bit generous for a Silver Cloud in this condition. Being an LHD model, however, and therefore having a much bigger potential market, perhaps the buyer is more savvy than the car's outside appearances would have us believe. 64 patina. Suspension top mounts are refurbished, but the rest of the engine bay is rather grubby. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $12,324. With so many Shadows struggling to change hands in recent auctions—and for increasingly paltry old money, too—wise auctioneers pitch their expectations low. Most examples seem to be bubbling nicely below tired paint, but this one appeared rather solid. Bonhams and their client should be well pleased therefore with their result, fully $4,000 over forecast. Sports Car Market SHADOW III saloon. S/N SRH31994. Eng. # 31994. Georgian Silver/black Everflex/blue & gray leather. RHD. Odo: 109,076 miles. Seemingly still original, apart from new overrugs. No rot apparent, with panel fit good for the high mileage. Minor marks to the paint and chrome. Interior wood and leather show a nice SHADOW long-wheelbase saloon. S/N LRX11693. Eng. # 11693. Silver metallic/black Everflex/brown leather. Odo: 86,040 miles. One of seven such “Civic Limos” owned by the former chauffeur to the Mayor of Watford. Off the road for the last few years. Repainted a while ago, with touched-up chips to the passenger side rear wheelarch. Brightwork is surprisingly good.

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#430-1978 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH II saloon. S/N LRH35198. Eng. # 35198. Georgian Silver/black Everflex/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 82,180 miles. Two owners, with little exercise during the last ten years. Old repaint is decent, though driver's side door is scratched, the front wheelarch shows rot, and leather is slightly cracked, the wood is good, and the rear seat is little used. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $36,123. Super condition it was not; rather, the genuinely low mileage was authenticated by all attached service records, coupled with its fully charted ownership. This was a strong market performance for an unexceptional Mk II Shadow and very well sold. #424-1993 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL both rear wheelarch lips are rusty. The fender chrome is marked, but the leather and wood are good. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,562. Even though this was a Silver Wraith II rather than the much more common Shadow I or II, it was nearly very nasty indeed. Despite selling for more than $5,000 beneath the low, the amount paid was more than enough. #410-1979 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SHADOW III saloon. S/N SRH37205. Eng. # 37205. Honey & Walnut/magnolia leather & brown piping. RHD. Odo: 1,814 miles. Appears to be free of any tin worm infestation, including the sills. Resprayed at some time, though now with minor shrinkage and a single scab of paint lifted off the passenger side rear C-pillar. The brightwork is lightly polish-scratched, the front Externally cosmetically mint and unmarked, with only minor scuffs to the still original leather and piping. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $67,811. This was about current retail money, which correctly valued this modern Continental.u R coupe. S/N SCBZB03C5RCX52055. Eng. # 80296L410MTKR. Royal Ebony/black leather & red piping. Odo: 88,449 km. Bodywork is resprayed and the alloys freshly painted. 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. 1931 Bentley 41/2 Litre Supercharged. August 1932. This Blower Bentley was subsequently raced by the Bradley Brothers extensively throughout the fifties. MS 3953 then passed through ourselves to its enthusiastic current owner in the early nineties, who has enjoyed the car enormously! Presented very much in the style of a “Birkin Team car”, meticulously prepared mechanically and in wonderfully patinated condition. MS 3953 comes with a comprehensive history file including a Hay report, as well as FIA papers and a FIVA passport. MS 3953 is the last supercharged 41/2 Litre made from a production run of only fifty cars Built to the ultimate late specification in 1931 with a D Type box and supplied by “Bentley Boy” Jack Barclay to its first owner A Storkey in 1967 Ferrari GTB/4 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. By the time the GTB/4 was launched in 1966 the success of the 275, on both road and track, was already a part included the fitting of a roll-bar and full harness seat belts. More recently the 275 has been further maintained by DK Engineering. A hugely impressive long distance Grand Tourer that is ideal for any occasion or competitive event of Ferrari history. This European example, chassis 9617 resided in Spain before being the subject of an extensive restoration by Auto Klassiker in Switzerland. This work CARS IN STOCK 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT 1960 Austin-Healey ‘Ruddspeed' 1955 Bentley R-Type Continental( Manual) 1931 Bentley 4 ½ Supercharged 1972 De Tomaso Pantera Group4/5 1952 Ferrari 212 Coupé ‘The Bumblebee' 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 1973 Ferrari Daytona 1949 Jaguar XK120 – Aluminium 1974 Lancia Stratos 1954 Maserati A6GCS 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 October 2006 1973 Porsche 911RS Lightweight 14 Queens Gate Place Mews, London, SW7 5BQ Telephone 011 44 20 7584 3503 Fax 011 44 20 7584 7403 cars@gregorfisken.com www.gregorfisken.com 65

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Column Author Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL Bloomington Gold You don't see a pink '64 coupe too often, but this car, which once belonged to Bunkie Knudsen's wife, was a big draw here, selling for $367,500 Company Mecum Auctions Date June 16–18, 2006 Location St. Charles, IL Auctioneers Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, and Jim Landis Automotive lots sold / offered 192 / 344 Sales rate 56% Sales total $10,391,009 High sale Sales are just one part of Bloomington Gold 1964 Corvette coupe, $367,500 Buyer's premium Report and photos by Daniel Grunwald Market opinions in italics St. Charles, IL C orvettes have long been viewed by collectors of European cars as overpowered, underbraked, unsophisticated machines. In many respects the label is accurate, but such “nuances” shouldn't exclude America's sports car from the prestigious events that celebrate four-wheeled machines. Bloomington Gold is such an event, and to the delight of Corvette fans everywhere, it's just for them. The majority of the participants are working-class folks who take pride in the reputation of their cars for being, loud, brash, and powerful. Corvette collectors are as serious, as enthusiastic, and as knowledgeable as any you are likely to find. The event features workshops on restoration and judg- ing, as well as a large swap area with thousands of used parts and new reproductions. And of course there is the auction, where some of the most historically important and significant Corvettes ever built can be taken home—for a price. This year's sale featured all the notable and unique 'Vettes enthusiasts have come to expect. The high sale, for instance. You don't see a pink '64 coupe too often, but this car, which once belonged to Bunkie Knudsen's wife, was a big draw here, selling for $367,500 And the first 1953 Corvette ever sold to the public, with an S/N ending 005, got plenty of attention as well. Bid to $800,000 and not sold under the hammer, it later showed up on the Mecum post-sale records as “sold–undisclosed.” 66 $300 on lots up to $5,499; $500 on lots $5,500 to $9,999; 5% thereafter (included in sold prices) (Hence, it is not included in our sold totals.) The mysterious price, paid by a mysterious new owner, was undoubtedly significant, but a car like this can't hide for long, and you can bet the Corvette die-hards are already at work getting the details. Though high-level restorations and high-profile cars tend to overshadow average cars at any sale, plenty of solid drivers changed hands here. As prices have risen across the board, more and more owners have seen the benefits of detailing their “average” cars to a high level to increase profit. To that end, Mecum sent out a last-minute flyer to attract more “driver”-level cars to the sale in an effort to balance out the offerings. With great weather, plentiful parking, happy enthusi- asts, and a fine selection of cars, the money flowed. The numbers tell the story, with a 56 % hit rate on the 344-car field, and with total receipts eclipsing $10m—more than a million over last year's total. Twenty-eight cars made more than $100k. Perhaps it's time European car guys realized that Corvette ends with a vowel, too, and that the history, mystique, and often world-class performance of these cars no longer relegates them to rolled-up t-shirt-sleeved stereotypes. Heck, even Editor Martin's driving one now, and I hear he likes Pinot Noir better than Bud. Chalk up another winner for Mecum and the Corvette community at large.u Sports Car Market

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Column Author Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL #S527-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E53F001005. Polo White/blk/ red. Odo: 76,064 miles. 235 I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Serial #005, the first Corvette sold to the public. Expertly restored, with great paint and chrome. Very nice glass and well-fitted top. Excellent interior. Bloomington Gold 2004, NCRS Top #S553-1956 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E56S001271. Black/black HT/red. Odo: 12,991 miles. 265/225, 2x4-bbl, auto. Two tops. Very nice paint and chrome, but weak chrome on both taillights. Loose hood hinge, so fit is a bit off. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $63,000. In 1956 your new Corvette came standard with the 3-speed transmission, or for $188 you could “upgrade” to the Powerglide. #S533-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J58S104948. Panama Yellow/ yellow HT/black. Odo: 25,027 miles. 283/245, 2x4-bbl. Good paint and chrome in a factory color not often seen. The hard top drip edges are slightly rough. Nice interior, with slight wear to the wheel. Engine block is said to have the correct date code. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $116,025. Flight 99.67%. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $800,000. This was the first production Corvette sold to the public, and it caused a bidding frenzy. Unsold under the hammer, it quickly sold afterward to anonymous bidder for an undisclosed sum. As a reference, S/N 003 sold at Barrett-Jackson 2006 for $1.08m (SCM# 40401). Contact Mecum for more information. #S566-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N EE54S002804. White/tan/red. Odo: 45,169 miles. 235-ci I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Good paint on a decent body. Dented windshield trim and a wear spot to the right door chrome. Light pitting in the chrome of the cast The dual quad engine (RPO469) cars were built in about even numbers in manual and auto versions, but the manual transmission will generally bring more interest to the table today. It failed to sell at 63 large this time, but I predict we will see it again soon, and it will bring a few more dollars. #F528-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E57S105968. Red/white ST/ red. Odo: 64,679 miles. 283/283, FI, 4-sp. Good paint, though all chrome is pitting both outside and in. The top is now showing its age, with Date-coded blocks are not necessarily the same as “numbers-matching” or “original,” but that did not hold back the bidders on this very attractive car. It's difficult to prove what color these early ‘Vettes came with, and I predict we will see more of them painted something other than red in the near future. A grand slam for this dealer. #S532-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J58S102870. White/white HT/red. Odo: 18,669 miles. 283/290, FI, 4-sp. Some dents on the hard top trim, with scratches on the plexiglass. Decent chrome, with slightly wavy rear deck spears, and wear through the right door window chrome. New interior and side spears. Nicely fitted interior. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $89,250. Not as desirable as a ‘53, but a very nice ‘54 nonetheless. Prices for these second-year Blue Flame Six ‘Vettes can be up and down, but this result represents something solid and honest in terms of their correct market value. TOP 10 No. 5 #S539-1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. Gypsy Red/beige/beige. Odo: 221 miles. 265/195, 4-bbl, auto. Close to perfect, though the passenger door appears to fit a bit wide at bottom. Bloomington Gold, NCRS Top wear evident. Clean engine with rust on exhaust manifolds. Both tops. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $64,050. This car appeared to have been stored for a long time. The new owner seemed quite delighted with his new toy. Let's hope he still has a few shekels left to feed it. #F86-1958 KELLISON PANTHER coupe. S/N DPS02ASVE31274202. Red/black. Odo: 34 miles. 283/230, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Poor panel fit and thick orange peel paint, with plenty of cracks and flaws. Dirty racing bucket seat interior. Roll cage, fuel cell, oil cooler, and removable steering wheel indicate this was a road racer rather than clean but not detailed engine. NCRS Top Flight. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $140,000. A Joie Chitwood thrill show car, but used only one season. I'm sure it looks much better now than when he had it performing stunts. I'm not sure, however that I can see the logic in holding off selling at $140k. Seemed like plenty. #S543-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J59S103598. Silver/red. Odo: 75,221 miles. 283/290, FI, 4-sp. Said to be numbers matching. A “big brake” car with radio delete. Recent body-off restoration by Paragon, done to a concours level in and out. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $131,250. Lots of shiny new Flight, Vettefest Triple Crown. A top car. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $346,500. Think this is huge money? Wait a few years and watch it again. If I wanted an early Corvette, the 1955 V8 would be the one for me. And this would be the exact car I'd choose. 68 a drag car. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $17,000. Kellison made kit cars from 1954 to 1972. This one was built on a 1958 Corvette chassis with a 13-inch engine setback for handling. This car was used for road racing and recently registered to drive on the street. A vacuum cleaning of the interior might have helped. parts on this one. Which is easy when you have Paragon's parts bins to pull from. This is a very presentable car any 'Vette lover would be proud of, and it fully deserved the price paid. Sports Car Market

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Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL #F516-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Kit Car convertible. S/N A59B2517221. Red & white/white leather. Odo: 124 miles. 350-ci V8, FI, auto. Built as a kit using a Walker body and frame by Pro Tec customs of DuQuoin, IL. Bright red paint shows a few prep flaws around the fuel filler cap. All new chrome and Boyd and 250 hp may be a rare combination, but that doesn't really count here. You could consider it a good entry level, straight axle 'Vette, but I'd much rather have a manual shift. And a cleaner example. All the money, and then some. #S531-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Coddington wheels. No wipers. Digital dash. Homebuilt title. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $127,050. Bid quickly to around $119k, and then it was a battle for the last dollars. A beautiful custom that surprisingly caught the bidders' attention in this “stock is better” Corvette crowd. #F47-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 20867S108926. Red/white ST/black. Odo: 52,914 miles. 327/250, 4-bbl, auto. Lots of pitted and scratched chrome, and lots of paint waves and flaws. The top shows pinched areas where the braces catch fabric. Inside, the dash pad is wrinkled and pulling loose. Dirty engine, with foam rubber spacers on the radiator sides. Lots of surface rust on the underside, but everything appears solid. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $44,100. A two-speed Powerglide rear deck. Custom bullet headlight covers. Torn driver's seat, with the dash pad pulling loose. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $900,000. Delmo new seats that are sloppily installed and showing wrinkles. The console plate is worn, and the rear glass is scratched. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $68,250. This 'Vette could be the poster child for paintwork shortcuts and detours. It wasn't a bad car, and of course it sold, but at a sale like this details can mean a $50k difference, or more. race car. S/N 20867S105863. White/white HT/black. Odo: 33,952. 327/360, FI, 4-sp. Built for Delmo Johnson by Zora Duntov. Chips and scratches throughout the paint and brightwork, as expected with a race car. Leather hood straps and quick-fill gas cap moved to the center of the Johnson and Dave Morgan took 3rd in class at Sebring in 1962 in this car. Lots of good history here, but the owner values it around 1.5 big ones. It failed to sell at Russo and Steele's Scottsdale sale last January at $950k, so apparently the market values it differently than the seller (SCM# 40453). #S573-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 30837S100775. Red/red. Odo: 51,663 miles. 327/360, FI, 4-sp. The thick paint shows numerous flaws. Varied panel gaps, even for a 'Vette. The chrome bumpers are scratched, and the metal beneath is flawed. The interior has October 2006 69

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Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL #S511-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Column Author coupe. S/N 30837S108848. Silver/red. Odo: 73,896 miles. 327/360, FI, 4-sp. A Z06 car outfitted with the big 36-gallon tank. One small crack noticeable in the paint below the driver's door window. Very nice interior, with no issues. Valve cover decal is coming apart, but that's really the only flaw in the clean engine bay. image projection a guy would have driving a pink Corvette. A rare, odd car that sold for big money to dealer Bob McDorman. There won't ever be another one like it. #S507-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Styling coupe. S/N 40837S101311. Blue/white. Odo: 64,708 miles. 327/365, 4-bbl, 4-sp. GM styling exercise car. Good paint and interior. The body shows a unique hood, with unusual door panels and factory custom side pipes. Nice custom alloy wheels with a blue background to bid seemed right, though another five grand wouldn't have hurt, and it probably would have sold the car. #S552-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194376S124566. Silver/black. Odo: 42,190 miles. 427/425, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed original mileage. Body-off restoration with Bloomington Gold in 2003, NCRS Top Flight in 2004, and Triple Crown in 2005. Lots of historical paperwork as well. I couldn't find a Bloomington Gold Special Collection and Hall of Fame. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $850,000. Packaged together with lot 511.1, a black 1964 Z06 fuelie, and offered as a pair of cars for one bid. Earlier this year, Z06 “tanker” sales at auction came in at $197,640 (SCM# 40325) and $230,050 (SCM# 40900). Here bidding stalled at $850,000 for the pair, and the seller passed. For the life of me, I can't figure out why. #S522-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 40837S113944. Saddle Tan/tan. Odo: 95,766 miles. 327/365, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A few chips and bubbles in the paint, but good otherwise. Driver's door gaps are uneven. Reproduction knock-off wheels. Nice new interior, though it match the car. Custom cut pile carpets. Extra chrome on the engine. Whitewalls with blue stripes. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $278,250. I can't help but love the GM styling Corvettes, though I'm still not sure about the pink one. The sale price seemed fair in this market. Sold to Mike Yager at Mid-America Corvettes. #S518-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194375S119234. Black/black. Odo: 41,417 miles. 396/425, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very nice paint that looks much better than factory. New chrome and new interior. Original Kelsey-Hayes flaw. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $170,100. The only thing that lacked on this car—if such a thing can be said—is that it wasn't a convertible. Highly desirable in all other areas, including awards, powertrain, paperwork, and original mileage. The new owner paid a huge price, but he now owns one of the best Corvettes out there. #S528-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S104883. Red/red HT, black ST/black. Odo: 42,564 miles. 427/435, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Both tops. Some chips, cracks, and pinholes in the paint. Lots of windshield chips. Nice interior, with only minor marks. Clean engine with high gloss radiator paint. has a chemical smell. N03 “big tank” car, one of 36. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $89,250. A rare car with a subtle, pretty color. As purchased, this was a fair price for a tanker, but it would have brought more if it had been a not-so-subtle red. TOP 10 No. 4 #S510-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 40837S102866. Pink/pink. Odo: 18,272 miles. 396/425, 4-bbl, auto. The test vehicle for the upcoming 396 big block that would appear in Corvettes in 1965. Includes many '65 special parts, like the bulged hood to accommodate all that mass. The paint shows age cracking, but the chrome is good all around. Pink dash and seats, and even pinkwall tires. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $367,500. Bunkie Knudsen's wife's car. The low mileage might be due to the anti-macho wheels. Full tools with wheel hammer. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $135,000. With the same owner for the last 21 years. And the 41,000 miles were said to be original. The whole car looked better than the day it left the factory. The high bid seemed a bit light; another $5k to $7k should have done it. #S66-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194376S103086. Mosport Green/ black. Odo: 64,686 miles. 427/390, 4-bbl, auto. Very good paint and chrome. Interior details seem a bit shiny and uneven. Nice woodrim wheel. The engine is clean, but not to show standards, and the left exhaust pipe hangs quite low. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. Mosport Green is a great, rare color, and it looked sharp here with tinted glass. As presented, this was a good local show car or sunny day driver. The Cond: 2. SOLD AT $262,500. This was by no means an excellent car. When new, however, it was the biggest and baddest available in '67, next to the 430-hp L88. With the tri-carb setup and the manual gearbox, as well as having both tops, plenty of people checked this car out as it sat. This was a big price, but not unjustified in the continual swell of the 'Vette market. #S521-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S115539. Silver Pearl/ silver HT/red. Odo: 34,428 miles. 327/350, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good paint and brightwork. Nice glass, with only a few minor scuffs. New, wellfitted headrest interior with telescopic wheel. Sidepipes and Redlines. Clean engine with some driving visible on the intake paint. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $199,500. Red interior wasn't avail- 70 Sports Car Market

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Column Author Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL able on silver cars in '67, but a special COPO order seems to have done the trick. Paperwork was included to show the order, and the original owner was on hand to tell the story. Seemed like all the money to me. #S523-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S11935. Elkhart Blue/ blue HT/Teal. Odo: 8,908 miles. 427/435, 3x2bbl, 4-sp. Numerous paint chips on the front end, with the rest of the paint quite nice. Good original chrome and original interior. The engine shows normal wear and dirt consistent with an 8,908-mile car. Optioned with off-road exhaust, Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $32,500. While the paint looked to be original, the problems with the interior looked like more than 9,600 miles of wear. The owner liked his car better than the bidders did today. #F126-1970 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194670S414805. Black/black HT/red. Odo: 96,214 miles. 350/350, 4-bbl, 4sp. Paint cracks at the headlights and prep flaws throughout. Most chrome shows wear. The windshield is chipped, and the left side window power windows, F41 special suspension, transistor ignition, and tinted glass. Original tank sticker. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $290,000. Comes with plenty of hardware, including Bloomington Gold Benchmark and Survivor, and NCRS Top Flight awards. This was a nice survivor with a few flaws and super low miles. The owner thought $400k was a better fit. Wish him luck. #S542-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 19437S105250. Goodwood Green/ green. Odo: 22,028. 427/430, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of 20 L88 cars built in 1967. Paint chip on the right door and one noticeable crack at the A-pillar. Gap issues on the right as well. The windshield is starting to delaminate. Bloomington is heavily scratched. Inside sports new seat covers over old worn foam. The engine looks to have a newly replaced intake manifold. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $23,625. Black wasn't an option in 1970, so someone painted this car over the original red. And poorly, at that. Who doesn't like red? Fairly bought and sold. #S39-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194371S118163. Red/red. Odo: 44,369 miles. 350/270, 4-bbl, 4-sp. New paint is done to a high standard, with only a few minor imperfections. Same goes for the new interior, with very nice fit and finish. Detailed tank sticker. Matching numbers. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $130,000. Only 188 Corvettes had the LS6 engine option in 1971. That it cost an extra $1,221 might have something to do with that. Seems cheap now, but the base car was only $5,400. Having said that, the bid here seemed like a fair amount of money, and certainly enough to sell the car, but the seller didn't agree. #F500-1972 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1Z37L2S507438. Orange/black. Odo: 28,616 miles. 350/255, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint chips on the nose, with the rest of the body showing well. Good outside chrome. Leather seats show lots of cracking and a tear in the console trim, with some screws loose as well. The shift boot has a repaired tear, and the interior chrome shows pitting. Engine is clean, with shiny exhaust manifolds. Said to be numbers-matching and original miles. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $26,250. Last year of the chrome front bumper C3. The LT1 engine option was a better choice two years earlier when it brought 370 horses to the party rather than this model's paltry 255. Market correct. #S538-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Silver in the 1970s. Mileage is claimed to be original. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $340,000. Rated by the factory at 430 hp, the reality of the L88 engine was closer to 500. In 1967, the L88 was a $900 option on a $4,300 car, and with a radio and heater delete, you really had to want one to get one. The engine seemed original, and lots of restoration history helped, but the lack of factory paperwork might have held it back slightly. #F512-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194377S110582. Maroon/tan. Odo: 9,675 miles. 327/300, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paper on windshield said, “Believed to be original low mileage.” Horrible cracked original paint. Dull chrome. Wiper scratches and stone chips on the windshield. Good seats and carpets, but interior chrome is poor and the speedo glass is broken. Glove box emblem is missing. Engine is dirty and rusty. Undercoated with new exhaust. 72 engine. Lots of original documentation, including POP and dealer shipping documents. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $42,525. Though it had the base engine, it came with good paperwork, which helped its case a great deal. As did the transmission. As a result, this car brought surprisingly strong money. Original documents become more important and valuable every year. #S63-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE LS6 coupe. S/N 194371S113750. Ontario Orange/tan. Odo: 52,709 miles. 454/425, 4bbl, 4-sp. Good paint, with only a few chips on the hood. Driver's seat shows light wear. A highly optioned car, including the luggage rack. Comes with bill of sale, dealer order sheet, and coupe. S/N 1Z8748S415580. Silver & gray/red. Odo: 3 miles. 350/220, FI, auto. Original mileage. The paint shows a few flaws, but the interior appears as-new, with the plastic wrappers intact. Missing rubber hood bumpers on the left side, and the rear rubber bumper paint is starting to dull a bit. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $30,450. A car with 3.7 original miles that was put away in the hope that it might appreciate above its $12,879 sticker price. The window description said it “has never been started.” They even towed it across the block. So I wonder who pushed it for those 3.7 miles? This was a much higher price than I would have guessed. Sports Car Market

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Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL #S18-1981 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1AY8765B5100101. Beige & brown/tan. Odo: 18,769 miles. 350/190, 4-bbl, auto. Built on the first day of production at the Bowling Green factory. Paint chips on the new and clean. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $32,025. Another of those “Limited Edition” cars people bought and put away for investment. Originally, it cost over $51k. Now might be a good time to buy it, but don't expect to make money with it. Instead, just drive it and enjoy. #S534-1996 CHEVROLET CORVETTE mostly by Tom Kendall, who finished 5th in the championship, with one stint by Paul Tracy and one by Johnny Rutherford. Not the cheapest way to go racing, but one of the faster cheap ways to do it. headlight covers and door edges. Driver's seat is torn. Said to have been awarded Bloomington Gold in 1994. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $16,000. This car was only 13 years old in 1994, so Bloomington Gold wasn't really an option. It looked to have been rode hard and not put away at all, so this offer was more than fair. #S513-1989 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Challenge race car. S/N 1G1YY2189K5110314. Blue/black. Odo: 5,835 miles. 350-ci V8, FI, 6-sp. SCCA-certified and raced in the Corvette Challenge Series. Lots of chips to the paint and nicks in the decals, along with dents behind the rear wheels. Front glass is rock-chipped. Racing seats and harnesses. Presented in “as raced” condition. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $58,800. Raced #S14-1995 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Pace Car convertible. S/N 1G1YY32P8S5112535. Maroon & white/white/black & maroon. Odo: 7,683 miles. 350/300, FI auto. One of 527. Good paint and Pace Car decals. Driver's seat bolster is showing a bit of wear. Engine looks factory all around, with no visible wear. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $65,100. Big stickers on the glass read: “Signed by Zora Arkus Duntov” and “Only one of these signed by him.” Does that really work like a signed baseball? With a sticker price new of $44,569, I'd say yes, in this case it did. But when you then figure for inflation, plus all the expenses related to storing a car for ten years.... This was all the money.u Grand Sport coupe. S/N 1G1YY2251T5600042. Blue & white/red. Odo: 1,890 miles. 350/330, FI, 6-sp. Mileage claimed to be actual. Fitted with a high power LT4 engine. Showroom new 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 1961 Jaguar XK-E 4.2. Stunning to drive with 289 ft/lbs and 221 hp. Restored with Eagle style up-grades including 5-speed, Wilwood brakes, triple Webers. Well balanced. $77,000. 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi. Major service with new clutch and catalytic converters just completed. Runs faultlessly. Very good condition. $98,500 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4. Low mileage California car with great cosmetics and mechanics. A/C, P/W, 9” Borranis. Fully detsailed top to bottom. $245,000. 1967 Alfa Romeo 2600 Zagato. Rare example of Zagato style. 1 of 105 built. Solid, straight car with $7,000 is recent brake, carburetor and exhaust work. Excellent event car. $59,500 October 2006 73

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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. Column Author Aston Martin Works Service Like the Ferrari sale in Gstaad each December, this Bonhams fixture has become the main one-stop shop for potential owners of Aston Martins Company Bonhams Date May 13, 2006 Location Newport Pagnell, U.K. Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold / offered 31 / 40 Sales rate 78% Sales total $3,513,333 High sale 1963 Aston Martin DB4 convertible, $314,868 Buyer's premium DB4 S II brought almost $275k Report and photos by Richard Hudson-Evans Market opinions in italics D Newport Pagnell, U.K. uring a well-supported Saturday afternoon in the factory Service Department at Newport Pagnell, 31 Aston Martins changed hands for $3.5m. Aston prices continue to maintain a strength that has seen a steady climb across the vintage model range. Resto-projects raised some eyebrows as well, like the 1961 DB4 Series III coupe, lot 124. Quite tattered and likely the last-ever original and untouched example of the model, it brought more than triple estimate when it hammered sold for $148,451. And lot 122, a less complete 1965 DB5 coupe that more than doubled its guide price, sold at $111,008. Seeing it in the metal, it was hard to comprehend the prospect of the final bill once the Works Service department completed the ground-up rebuild the buyer immediately commissioned them to undertake. As always, however, it was the runners and the stun- ners that carried the day. Of the Feltham-built Astons, a freshly restored DB2/4 Mk I 3-liter earned a mid-estimate $119,328. Meanwhile, a duo of super DB4s, both extensively ren- ovated by marque specialist Chris Shenton Engineering, shared the spotlight. The 1963 convertible brought the sale's high $314,868, with the winning punter shelling $30k over estimate to secure it, while the 1960 Series 2 coupe made $273,264, nearly $50k over. DB5s did more of the same. A '65 coupe with a tidy 1991 restoration sold at $231,660, and a less tidy '65 74 Vantage coupe made near double estimate at $179,655. It seemed to lack mostly in the paint, brightwork, and seats, but the motor seemed ready for another round. A 1967 DB6 Vantage Volante came in below estimate at $221,259. It was an older restoration with a replacement engine, and though it now had the ZF 5-speed, it began life as an automatic. A fair deal. Three of three DB7s sold, with the 2003 Zagato coupe making $179,655, fully $130k less than what the vendor paid new 1300 miles ago. Well bought indeed, but that is a trend that will continue. V8s of all sorts did well, with results headed by Aston's 1989 Birmingham Motor Show car, a Vantage Volante, which brought a sufficient $158,852. And a hot-rodded, Zagato-bodied 1987 Vantage coupe with 7 liters of RS Williams grunt brought plenty at $156,772. Like the Ferrari sale in Gstaad each December, this now-annual Bonhams fixture has also become the main one-stop shop each summer for hopeful vendors and potential owners of Aston Martins and AM Lagondas. As its Car Department's Tim Schofield so acutely observed: “With lots of hands in the air and all bidders' telephones live for most cars, the sale just fizzed!” Indeed, with strong prices and impressive sell-through on the entire spread of models consigned, the event has become a vital barometer for the marque, and its place on the 2007 European auction calendar should be assured.u Sports Car Market 15% on the first $56,733, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices (£1 = $1.891)

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Column Author Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. #139-1952 ASTON MARTIN DB2 coupe. S/N LML50208. Eng. # VB6J126. Blue Haze/black leather. RHD. Odo: 55,544 miles. An older restoration, with unmarked newer paint. Some pitting to the driver's door handle chrome, and heavy marks to the rear bumper. Interior leather is generally sound, though the driver's seat is torn. Retro-fitted woodrim wheel. Looks to be over-tired on Avon radials, rather than period-correct skinny crossplies. Semaphore trafficators are intact. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $87,085. Having been the poor relation since the late 1980s boom, there has been a run on the Feltham Astons of late, with the prices of even tired old things strengthening by the sale. Resto costs can be mighty, though, and there are fewer and fewer motor engineers of the era living, let alone trading. All of which helps to explain why an already-rebuilt car will be at a premium, and why this DB2 with a 3-liter engine flew so high under the hammer. #140-1954 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 Mk I convertible. S/N LML883. Eng. # VB6J358. Dubonnet/tan/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 1,523 miles. One of 73 DB2/4 dropheads. Total mileage is most likely to be around 71,500. Four Ashes engine rebuild in 1977, with a full resto more recently. None of usual splits in the front wheelarches on the hinging hood section. car has had just one owner since 1954. Engine was factory-replaced at 17,155 miles in 1961. Taken off the road at 57,562 miles in 1970s, and dormant until a resto in 1985. Actual mileage is therefore 59,089. Usual fatigue cracks are sorted, paint is OK, with some chrome lightly pitted. The leather is cracked beneath the reConnollizing. Nice refurbished woodwork, period push-button radio, and ye olde trafficators are still present. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $74,604. With single ownership from new and much originality having survived only limited and relatively shallow refurbishment, it should not be a surprise that this time-warp DB2/4 flew off the perch to make $27l more than forecast. That Aston Martin CEO Ulrich Bez was one of the bidders may have had something to do with the size of this take-home price. TOP 10 No. 10 #125-1960 ASTON MARTIN DB4 S II coupe. S/N DB4493R. Eng. # 370506. California Sage Green/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 10,321 miles. Freshly completed restoration by Chris Shenton, to the tune of $265k. Morland Classics refurbed the body, with brightwork by Derby Plating. Chassis is done in 2-pack gloss, Repaint and rechrome are still clean, with bulkhead paint only fair, and brass and copper pipework nicely polished. Starting handle, jack, and plug spanner are all correctly mounted. Avon crossplies are very period. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $119,328. Another already-restored Feltham Aston, with all the big bills footed by someone else. That's the way to do it, of course, though now there seem to be slightly more takers than shedders. Hence this result, bullish and valued correctly. #153-1954 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 Mk I coupe. S/N LML704. Eng. # VB6E501282. Range Rover Cypress Green/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 1,527 miles. Most unusally, this 76 with the suspension powder-coated. Panels, paint, chrome, and leather are all perfect, and the engine bay well detailed. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $273,264. Another result above and beyond pre-sale thinking, but then this newly rebuilt DB4 really was stunning. Besides, when you deduct the cost of the work done, the car itself came for virtually nohing. #124-1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4 S III coupe. S/N DB4641R. Eng. # 370662. Dubonnet/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 9,188 miles. Actual mileage is likely 109,188. Claimed still to be original and untouched by restorers. Appears to be complete, with matted paint and some rot to the driver's side front fender and sill. Rear bumper chrome is shot, the leather is color-rubbed, and the dashboard rail is distressed. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $148,451. With a guide price pitched even lower than that of the scruffy DB5 offered earlier (lot 122), inevitably the competition was even more intense to take Cosmetically spotless in all departments, with low-back buckets and OMP harnesses. Claimed to be physically and mechanically identical to the original 19 Zagato cars. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $1,229,215. After much pre-auction interest in this unique and costly-to-replicate DB4GT Zagato, bidding stalled at $1.2m. With authentic Zagato cars closer to the $2.7m mark, this car might have represented a bit of a deal had it sold. It can't have missed by all that much. #134-1963 ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA Rapide saloon. S/N LR146R. Eng. # 400146. Mason's Black/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 105,037 miles. In only its 2nd family ownership from new. Mileage displayed is verified as genuine by entries on the old annual MOT certificates on file. Current ZF 5-speed box was installed in 1970, when the carpets were replaced. Last repainted in 1974, with door bottoms renewed in 1998. Panels are sound, on this project. Thus, the price paid was over the top. Already restored—not to mention roadworthy—DB4s have been changing hands for very much less, so I can't see the upside to this one. Or the rationale. #158-1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4GT Special coupe. S/N DB4GT0148R. Eng. # 370240GT. Silver metallic/black leather. RHD. Odo: 4,720 miles. Began life as a DB4GT, then returned by the second owner to the Newport Pagnell Works for transformation into a “DB GT Special.” Totally rebuilt again in 2001 into its current DB4GT Zagato form by marque guru Richard Williams, with bodywork by Zagato. Mileage displayed is since the rebuild. Sports Car Market

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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. but some paintwork is now flaking off and touched-up. Poor chrome, and the seat leather is very cracked below the thick paint. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $43,495. Sold at the low end of the estimate range, a valuation that may have been over-generous. Now more than ready for a glass-out, back-to-aluminium paint job at the very least, it is hardly likely to sell for any more next time round. TOP 10 No. 6 #132-1963 ASTON MARTIN DB4 convertible. S/N DB4C1102R. Eng. # 3701106. Champagne Silver/black/red leather. RHD. Odo: 70,346 miles. One of only 70 DB4 convertibles built. Received an engine rebuild and chassis overhaul in 1988, a body resto in 1989, a suspension and handling upgrade in 1990, and an LSD in 1991. Acquired by the vendor at the Brooks Goodwood Festival of Speed auction in 1999. $100k+ spent since on new sills, lower aluminium panels, glass and seals, bare-metal repaint, interior retrim, and show-standard engine bay. The whole car is now cosmetically perfect. The 70-profile Michelin radials might be too low and balloony for some tastes. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $314,868. One of the most marketdesirable and best presented Astons in this annual one-stop shop, it deservedly out-performed its forecast by $31k. As a result, an open DB4 in reasonable cosmetic order should now be able to stand having an on-screen price in the showroom of at least $250k. #122-1965 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB52226R. Eng. # 4002145V. Dubonnet/ tan leather. RHD. Odo: 86,993 miles. Acquired as a rebuild candidate in 1989 and then stored. Claimed to be largely complete, certainly mechanically so. No glass or bumpers, and the fronts of the rear fenders are cut out, Most trim is still in place but very shabby. Cond: 4. had been attractively set to excite suitors. The vendor then left it with Works Service for them to restore. This is already one very expensive DB5, and it won't get cheaper. #129-1965 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N 2083R. Eng. # 4002093. Sierra Blue metallic/oatmeal leather. RHD. Odo: 43,644 miles. First restored in the mid-1970s. A U.S. resident from 1982 to 1989. Inner and outer sills, rear valance, and door skins are renewed, with door frame repairs in 1994. Had a full mechanical rebuild, including unleaded gas and negative earth SOLD AT $111,008. Much viewed, this project magnetized loads of bids until the hammer fell at more than twice the top estimate, one that conversions, in 1997. Nice rechrome, including the elimination of over-rider holes in the bumpers. Leda shocks, LSD, alloy-rim wires. Paint is still generally tidy, with some stone chips touched-in. The interior is still recent looking. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $231,660. DB5s continue to appreciate nearly everywhere they appear. Overtaking the auctioneer's most optimistic forecast, this one cost a new owner nearly $24k October 2006 77

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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. Column Author more than top estimate. The limitations of supply and demand must make further increases likely and, at the very least, should ring-fence some of the recent highwire prices paid. #149-1965 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB51590R. Eng. # 4001593. Dubonnet/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 60,416 miles. Total mileage is likely to be 80,000. Repainted at some time, with the engine rebuilt five years ago. Carbs, brakes, and shocks were overhauled the paintwork is severely microblistered, the chrome and brightwork are poor, and the leather is very cracked beneath the yucky seat paint. Workmanlike engine bay. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $179,655. Being a Vantage spec model from new accounted for this price, fully $41k higher than expected. As with all DB5s these days—hardtopped, topless, pristine, or ragged—prices would appear to be on the rise. more recently, and an electronic fuel pump was newly fitted. Many blemishes and scratches to the passenger side front fender and door. Most chrome is pitted, the interior leather is scuffed but soft, and the woodrim wheel is badly worn. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $138,050. The market clearly loves and wants to buy DB5s at the moment, even if bringing them back to how they should be is likely to cost considerably more than the price paid for this car. A good basis for a perfect DB5, and therefore correctly valued by all concerned. #150-1965 ASTON MARTIN DB5 Special roadster. S/N DB52082R. British Racing Green & yellow/black & green leather. RHD. Odo: 90,515 miles. Built in 1989 from a donor car and transformed to the current, far-from-exact DBR2-looking replica. The cylinder heads were converted to run unleaded by Aston Engineering in 2004. All panels are wearing well, with no dings and all nose chips touched-up. The seat leather is slightly squashed looking, but the woodrim wheel varnish is unmarked, and the gated shifter is fun. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $150,532. Difficult, if not impossible to value in advance, I would have thought. The new owner, however, agreed both with Bonhams and the seller that a mid-estimate price was appropriate for this one-off. #154-1965 ASTON MARTIN DB5 VANTAGE coupe. S/N DB51973R. Eng. # 4002354V. Dubonnet/white leather. RHD. Odo: 12,388 miles. One of 95 DB5s supplied with a triple Weber-fed Vantage motor. Restored in 1980, with concours awards in '81 and '83. Engine and axles were rebuilt at 70,000 miles, so actual mileage is likely to be at least 82,388. Panel surfaces and fit seem sound, however 78 in 1990, with leather re-Connollized as well. Recent full Chris Shenton recommissioning. Paint and chrome are unmarked, windshield edges are milky, and the wire wheels are shiny. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $221,259. This was largely a purist crowd, so having a non-original engine and transmission—even a preferable ZF 5-speed—may well have been responsible for a result below the pre-sale forecast. Compared to all variants of the DB4 or DB5, however, any DB6 does seem to offer better value. #157-1968 ASTON MARTIN DB6 coupe. S/N DB63279R. Eng. # 4002619. Kentucky Blue/black leather. RHD. Odo: 35,706 miles. A static resident in the U.S., where it was allegedly never driven between 1976 and 1988. Then restored in the U.K, with a reconditioned auto gearbox fitted in 2006. Evidence of masking along the door tops, with bubbling and chips around the hood edge. Front quarter-bumper chrome is pitted, the windshield edge is milky, and all leather is acceptably worn. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $69,403. The overall blah cosmetic condition, plus the Webasto-cut roof panel, did not warrant a price this high. In my opinion, of course. But then, if DB4s and DB5s are per- #138-1967 ASTON MARTIN DB6 VOLANTE Mk1 convertible. S/N DBVC3617R. Eng. # 4004841SVC. Dark green/black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 79,589 miles. One of 140. Outfitted to Vantage spec. Damaged in transit to the U.K. from the U.S. in the mid-1980s. Some panels were renewed, with a respray during the subsequent resto. Ex-DBS motor fitted, and the auto-box was changed for current ZF 5-speed. Door panels, seals, headliner, and carpets were renewed side has some paint chips, and the hood paint is sunk in places. Grubby leather. Period 8-track sound system. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $34,796. This price was into low retail territory. With a manual box and no Webasto cut into the roof panel, a Vantage-engined V8 can and will command more. It'll go faster, too. #120-1975 ASTON MARTIN V8 S III coupe. S/N V811345RCA. Eng. # V5401345. Silver/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 37,055 miles. Actual mileage is likely to be 137,055. Much AMOC event exposure since 1983. The partially-original paint is old, matte in places, with some shrinkage cracks and bubbling ceived to be on the up, then why shouldn't a DB6 like this enjoy more modest growth too? #123-1973 ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE coupe. S/N AM6053RA. Eng. # 4004972SVC. Dubonnet/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 39,159 miles. One of 70 6-cylinder Vantages, this one fitted with a Webasto sunroof. Actual mileage is likely to be 143,569. Shows an older restoration, with panels seemingly sound. Driver's along the driver's side front fender bottom. Added Vantage nose spoiler is much chipped. The leather is soiled, and the alloys are scruffy. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,573. Not a bad old V8 manual with some recentish event history, in the hands of the AMOC Chairman too. Inexpensively acquired at this price, so well bought. #130-1979 ASTON MARTIN V8 S IV coupe. S/N 72091. Eng. # V54020915. Aztec Gold/Parchment leather. RHD. Odo: 68,076 Sports Car Market

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Column Author Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. miles. Last major refurb was in 1989, when the inner sills were renewed by Works Service. Mechanical work also included redoing the heads, transmission, brakes, and supension. Now it shows touched-up stone chips, bubbling below the paint, a cracked front windshield, and grubby leather. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $21,748. As presented, this V8 auto—a so called “Oscar India” spec model—was no longer very nice, and should be treated as a driver. Thus, this lower estimate money valued it correctly. #143-1981 ASTON MARTIN V8 VOLANTE convertible. S/N V8COR15153. Eng. # V5805153S. Jubilee Silver/dark blue/ dark blue leather. RHD. Odo: 37,991 miles. In single family ownership since new, with the engine rebuilt at the Aston Workshop in 1997. Cosmetically still largely original, with some paint and door edge chips and microblistering to the hood. Chrome is pitted, alloys are V5800040X. Javelin Gray/black leather. RHD. Odo: 65,412 miles. One of only 52. The engine was first enlarged to 6.3 liters, then to the current 7 liters in 1992. Front suspension is rosejointed, with AP race-spec brakes and different front spoiler fitted in 1993. RS Williams engine rebuild with uprated Cosworth pistons and cams in 2000. Bubbling paint around the roof edge and on the rear fender tops below the side windows. The fronts of both rear wheelarches are heavily gravel-peppered. Driver's seat is very squashed, and the bolster leather is cracked. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $156,772. It was its seriously uprated-spec, rather than the cosmetic condition of the bodywork, that made more than one bidder fight to own this car, thus driving the eventual price to this level. I would have bowed out long ago. #136-1987 ASTON MARTIN marked, and the whitewalls are filthy. Interior leather is acceptably worn but color-faded, and the engine bay is in need of some TLC. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $65,243. The money shelled out here was more than enough for a V8 Volante in need of a full makeover to paint, brightwork, and trim. Perhaps even more than more than enough. #128-1983 ASTON MARTIN V8 VANTAGE S III coupe. S/N V8VOR12353. Eng. # V5802353V. Ferrari Blue Scuro/dark blue leather. RHD. Odo: 76,388 miles. Rear wheelarch lead-ins are stone-peppered, and the front apron is chipped. Chrome is sharp, though the rear Ronal alloy spokes are corroded. Inside, the soft leather is lightly worn. Fitted V8 VOLANTE convertible. S/N SCFCV81C6HTR15520. Eng. # V5855520. Golden Sand metallic/magnolia/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 7,054 miles. Genuinely low mileage. Appears still to be original, with sound panels and sills, good door fit, and no marks seller didn't do too poorly, by all accounts, the new owner will need to enjoy hunting down elusive gremlins in the electrics, and be prepared to stand a potentially big hit when it's time to move it on. #126-1988 ASTON MARTIN V8 VANTAGE VOLANTE X-Pack convertible. S/N SCFCV81V5KTR15713. Eng. # V5805713X. R-R Balmoral Green/Parchment/ Parchment leather & green piping. RHD. Odo: 22,389 miles. 1988 Birmingham Motor Show car, commemorated by a plaque on the transmission tunnel. Looks to have been partially repainted, with panels and paintwork unblemished. Even the alloys are mint. The interior still appears new, apart from the slightly worn driver's seat leather, The “working” engine bay is fair. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $158,852. An open-top with the X-Pack Vantage motor and 5-speed manual is the V8 to have. The Motor Show provenance must add some value to this one, too. Spec, condition, and history warranted the correct valuation here. #141-1994 ASTON MARTIN to the paint or chrome. The interior is only lightly worn, with the driver's seat back leather soiled. Clean engine bay. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $111,008. An open V8 is always going to be market-desirable. One in good cosmetic order and with verified low mileage even more so. All of which helps to explain this big price. #133-1988 ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA with Harvey Bailey handling kit, unleaded gas conversion, big-bore exhaust, lower final drive ratio, glazed headlamp covers, factory-fitted roll bar, and small diameter leather-rimmed alloy steering wheel. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $67,323. Having $68k worth of post-1997 bills on file must have contributed to this highly spec'd V8 Vantage raising top estimate money. Enough. #135-1987 ASTON MARTIN V8 VANTAGE coupe. S/N SCFCV81ZOHTR0040. Eng. # 80 S IV saloon. S/N SCFDL0159XKTR13571. Eng. # 13571. Buckinghamshire Green/magnolia leather & green piping. RHD. One of 645, this one with a center-console plaque highlighting its place at the 1988 British Motor Show. Upgraded engine by Aston Engineering, with a later transmission and dashboard fitted by Works Service. Aquired by the vendor at the Bonhams Aston sale in 2003, and since partially repainted. Still unmarked, with fresh paint to the alloys, and a spotless interior. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $57,631. Eighteen years on, these four-place wedges still look futuristic. At the 2003 sale, it brought $39,560 (SCM# 31119). Here, the buyer paid middle-of-the-road money. Though the VIRAGE Limited Edition coupe. S/N SCFCAM2SZRBR50413. Eng. # 8950413A. Goodwood Green metallic/Havana leather. Odo: 37,457 miles. According to the brass dash plaque, this was number three of only nine such $260k Limited Editions. Many Lynx upgrades, including low compression pistons for the Garrett turbo, F1 engine management, 300 lbs. of weight reduction, tricky DeDion tube with adjustable locating links, comp suspension, special Konis, Alcon race brakes, and fatter rubber on 9x18-inch Compomotives. Paint and alloys are chipped, driver's sill leather trim and Sports Car Market

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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. bolster are scuffed. Dash facings are Kevlar. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $83,965. Compare this with the Virage LE sold here last year for just over $74k (SCM# 38711). That one had heavyweight champ Lennox Lewis provenance, which might have helped it, but none of the go-fast parts. And certainly not 720 hp. If this car has been driven gingerly enough—a relative term for a car spec'd as such—then it was fairly bought. #144-1997 ASTON MARTIN DB7 VOLANTE convertible. S/N SCFAA3118VK201037. Eng. # AM10400873. Highland Blue/dark blue/cream leather & blue piping. RHD. Odo: 45,354 miles. Total mileage confirmed by factory service history. All panels are straight and show what certainly must be a repaint. Externally clean, though the front seat leather is discolored, and the Speedline splitrims show minor marks. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $77,724. The catalog image showed this one doing a “royal drive-by” past Her Majesty Queen Liz II, with their respective top and umbrella raised in salute. Perhaps that boosted this modern Volante's auction performance to a level just above top estimate. Almost extravagant, this humble subject would suggest. #137-2003 ASTON MARTIN DB7 V12 Vantage Volante convertible. S/N SCFAB32343K403982. Eng. # AM204008. Grigio Titanium/dark blue/Parchment leather & blue piping. RHD. Odo: 16,750 miles. One owner. All original and ding-free, with only minor stone chips to nose touched-up and easy to miss. Clean alloys, though both front seats are slightly worn. Fully loaded, with cheap, even though the 165-mph V12 cost the buyer more than he perhaps expected to pay. The feel-good factor should last until some more of that modern car depreciation kicks in. #142-2003 ASTON MARTIN DB7 Zagato coupe. S/N SCFAE12303K700047. Eng. # AM2A00420. AM Racing Green metallic/ Parchment & dark green leather. RHD. Odo: 1,300 miles. Number 47 of 99, at a cost when new of $310,140. Still virtually new, particularly inside. The nose paint is lightly peppered by high speed grit, though the bright red calipers Touchtronic shift, sat-nav, elm veneers, drilled aluminum pedals, leather hood bag, and bigbore tailpipes. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $106,847. By comparison with the previous lot (136), an open Aston which cost just over $4,000 more, this much younger DB7 Volante may seem shine brightly through the spotless alloys, here shod with extremely low-profile Pirellis. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $179,655. When one remembers that the vendor paid $130,485 more only 1,300 miles ago, the price paid by the new owner for this, surely the best looking of all the DB7s, does seem cheap. But he can expect more of the same when it becomes his turn to let it go. Alas, the trappings of the modern exotic.u October 2006 81

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H&H Auctions Brentford, U.K. Column Author Fine Historic Motor Cars at Syon House Much research will be involved as the buyers move forward to determine if the car they bought is in fact the first Cooper F1 car ever built Company H&H Auctions Date May 24, 2006 Location Brentford, Middlesex, U.K. Auctioneer Simon Hope Automotive lots sold / offered 44 / 75 Sales rate 59% Sales total $2,844,270 High sale 1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy convertible coupe, $662,602 The bits and pieces of this 1959 Cooper Type 51 added up to a $47,185 sale Report and photos by Richard Hudson-Evans Market opinions in italics U Brentford, U.K. nlike most of its auction house competition, northern England firm H&H has never been in the business of knocking down antique furniture or ancient pottery, and has instead specialized exclusively in selling collector vehicles and ephemera. The first time Simon Hope and team set up their auc- tion tent on the Duke of Northumberland's lawn at stately Syon House was in 2005. Thanks to securing the dispersal of the Dick Van Dijk Collection, H&H sold 85% of the 85 lots for $3.6m. With the 2006 sale staged much earlier in the summer, and with entries for all houses being in short supply of late, H&H saw only 75 cars consigned, with both sale rate and total down, to 59% and $2.8m respectively. The sale did not lack for attendance and indeed exceeded expectations. The corresponding interest and bidding certainly did not lack either, with more telephone bids than usual. In particular, top-tier cars in good condition generated some determined bidding both in the tent and on the telephone. Curiously, like the 2005 sale, when a $339k 1935 Auburn 851C boattail speedster made top money, it was a pre-war American classic that again starred not only on the catalog cover, but also headed the results. That car, a 1929 Duesenberg Model J, hammered sold to a U.S. buyer at $616,374, well short of estimate, though solid in the market nonetheless. Also selling well was a 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Kombination roadster bodied by Windover. It sold for a forecast $532,090, again heading Stateside. Completing 82 the podium prices, a Bugatti Type 44 bodied as a drophead coupe by Weymann sold for the required $146,576. AC prices were likely strengthened by strong perfor- mances from a 1957 Ace Bristol roadster that achieved $144,568, and also by a 1954 Aceca Bristol coupe with significant show stand and ownership history that sold at the high estimate for $69,272. Regularly outperforming their more mass-produced XKE replacements, XK 150 drophead doupes have also been fetching more in U.K. auctions this season, as demonstrated by a nicely restored 1959 example that raised $95,375. Meanwhile, a 1936 Phantom III Roller with HJ Mulliner sports saloon coachwork made a more-thanexpected $79,311. The most noteworthy non-seller was the 1962 MGB Lightweight roadster, ex-Ed Leslie/Jack Dalton and raced at the 1964 Sebring 12 Hours. Much of the car was likely recreated over the years, and the $89,654 minimum sought proved too steep for those assembled. By contrast, a dusty old “Mystery Cooper-V8” resto project was keenly contested to gavel fall, selling in the end for $47,185 to the sons of David Hepworth, a former double British Hillclimb champ and the car's original owner. Much research as they move forward will determine if the car is in fact the first Cooper F1 car ever built. They also reckon to have the original chassis plate for it somewhere in their workshop. Ye olde auctions still seem to be able to unearth the nuggets and establish their real worth for all the world to see. Until the next time, that is. u Sports Car Market Buyer's premium 7.5% (included in sold prices)

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Column Author H&H Auctions Brentford, U.K. ENGLISH #26-1934 ALVIS SILVER EAGLE 4- seat roadster. S/N 11429. Eng. # 13725. Green/black canvas/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 18,432 miles. Originally a sports saloon bodied by Cross & Ellis. Chopped to current set-up in the 1980s, with aluminum panels up front, and fabric over most of the body. Also fitted with the current 1939 Crested Eagle motor. Much travelled, touring the U.S. in 2000 and NZ in 2003. Chassis and suspension paint are matte and very marked. The fabric is crudely still soft. Most chrome is fine, though the wheel finishers are rusting. The largely new interior is in good order, though the FM radio is inappropriate. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $79,311. More than one bidder really wanted this car, hence a sale price $8,300 over estimate. Slightly too much, if you ask me. #8-1949 ALVIS TA14 drophead coupe. S/N painted, the cycle wings are lumpy, the old leather is worn, and varnished dash wood is too modern looking. Rather large Lucas P100 lights, “Flying Eagle” mascot. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $40,158. Despite being rather awkwardlooking in the fabric, the successful completion of some 6,000 miles on major overseas tours would indicate this Silver Eagle Special is at least likely to be a good runner. Even so, $37k should have been enough to bag a scruffy old bird like this. #51-1935 ALVIS SPEED 20 SC drophead coupe. S/N 12082. Eng. # 12533. Black/black canvas/green leather. RHD. Odo: 2,622 miles. Believed to be the last survivor of four to have been bodied like this. Woken from a 20-year sleep for a concours-standard resto during the 1990s, with modest mileage since then, then stored again. Paintwork is still thick and glossy, with some marks, and the chrome is sharp. The recent retrim looks almost too new, and the wood re-laquered rather obviously. The carpets, hood, steering box, clutch, exhaust and tires were all renewed as well. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $20,079. Yet another old Brit correctly estimated, here at $15,000 to $18,700. A few years down the road, let's hope the paint and leather settle in with some much-needed patina. The marque's fanbase has been in gentle decline for a while now. And those in the market prefer their Alvises pre-war and with six cylinders. A TA14, meanwhile, even a drophead, is unlikely to be on most shopping lists. and only 1,200 miles since the pistons were replaced. Nice patina overall, with good detailing. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $112,442. Although actually unsold under the hammer, this super Alvis did change hands later in a mid-estimate after-sale that valued it correctly. #17-1936 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III saloon. S/N 3AZ136. Eng. # A64Z. Gray & black/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 98,442 miles. Four owners from new. Claimed to have had a $150k chassis-up rebuild, with a further repaint and interior makeover only recently completed. Although the paint is spotless and the roof gutter channels are freshly filled in, some filler is 84 #19-1954 AC ACECA Bristol coupe. S/N AE56. Eng. # 100B23802. Black/red leather. RHD. Odo: 46,136 miles. A factory prototype that became the works demonstrator. Displayed in 1954 at London and Paris shows, then tested by Autocar mag on March 4, 1955. Owned by Donald Campbell, who had the current Bristol 100B2 motor fitted. Treated to five-year resto by Scott-Moncrief between 1983-88. Museum exhibited until 2000, then repainted in 2002, with only gentle rallying since. Mostly unmarked, with some stone chips and minor wear to the leather and carpets. The woodrim looks used. Extinguisher mounted on the dash. The 23178. Eng. # 23178. Maroon & black/black canvas/maroon leather. RHD. Odo: 17,617 miles. Likely about 90,000 total miles. Taken off the road from 1970-83. Then repainted in the current scheme, with a reground crank and renewed pistons, too. Repainted in 1987, perhaps over-brightly for many “Alvisti,” and undetailed engine bay is clean. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $69,272. If you were going to add any Aceca to your portfolio, then this would be the one to capture. The super early history on file, plus the Campbell Jr. provenance, contributed to and fully justified a near top end valuation. Not that long ago, a fixed head Ace could be bought for considerably less than an Aston Martin DB2/4 from the same era. But with this Aceca outperforming most 2/4s at auction recently, that would appear no longer to be the case. #58-1955 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 Mk I coupe. S/N LML948. Eng. # VB6J268. Warwick Blue/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 14,793 miles. A late Mk 1 3-liter, with all numbers still matching. Fully restored, with a more recent unleaded gas conversion. Paintwork is still virtually unmarked, though the wire wheel paint is dull. Some chrome is only fair, particularly the radiator grille. The huge hood/front fender section fit is surprisingly good. Renewed leather and carpets are super, and the old woodrim is much gripped. All chassis and suspension bits seem in good order, and the engine bay is clean. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $64,252. Having actually run out of steam during its turn at $54k, and therefore initially unsold despite some real interest in the tent, an aftersale was eventually concluded for the minimum necessary. Accurately valued at this price. #20-1956 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD saloon. S/N SBC50. Eng. # SC25. Sage & Velvet Green/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 74,824 miles. U.S. owned from 1977, and Sports Car Market

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H&H Auctions Brentford, U.K. driven from Washington D.C. to Santa Monica in 1993. Now back in the U.K., with some Euro-eventing. Shows a recent cosmetic resto, with only minor stone chips and light marks to some brightwork. Good interior, and the working engine bay comes with invoices from respected marque specialists. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $30,118. In marginally better condition than the lot 4 Bentley S1, and therefore worth more. Though they are the same car, the market values the one with a “Spirit of Ecstasy” mascot more highly than that with a mere “Flying B.” It is, after all, only right and proper that social climbers should pay for their privileges. #54-1957 AC ACE Bristol roadster. S/N BEX382. Eng. # 100D1052. Silver/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Reputed to be first AC retailed through Carroll Shelby Sports Cars Inc. Raced in SCCA Class D by Dick Hayes, with the Bristol motor changed for a Ford V8. Returned to the U.K. circa 1989, and since fully rebuilt, converted to RHD, and upgraded with a D2 engine. AC 50th Celebration Donington race winner. Chassis and panels are perfect, and the paint is spotless. Modest wear to the leather, with a new Moto-Lita woodrim and old fire extinguisher on the transmission tunnel. Triple downdraft carb motor is clearly well-cared for. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $144,568. As confirmed by this public transaction at nearly $4,500 more than the top estimate, AC Ace Bristols continue to appreciate strongly, with the top of the hill still over the horizon somewhere. #60-1957 MGA 1500 roadster. S/N HDK1340287. Eng. # 22BOB148. Red/black canvas/black leather & red piping. RHD. Odo: 6,486 miles. Body-off resto in 1988. More recent conversion to competition spec, with a modified B motor, close-ratio gearbox, 60-spoke wires, twin full harnesses, and no bumpers. Much rallied as a result. Cosmetically abused, with panel scuffs, poor fit, wavy sills, and marked paint throughout. Interior is better, with good leather. Engine and ancillaries are presented poorly. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $20,079. Considering the generally shabby condition, the over top guide price achieved looks over-generous. Potentially fairly quick and inexpensive to fettle for events, though. #4-1959 BENTLEY S1 saloon. S/N B108GC. Eng. # BG116. Shell & Tudor Gray/ blue leather. RHD. Odo: 89,704 miles. Mileage displayed is original. Power-assisted steering and R-R electric windows are factory-fitted. Shows an older cosmetic resto. No obvious rot to the panels. The paint shows some chips and all chrome is reasonable. Some wear is evident to the leather, and all wood is good. Engine bay presentation is only fair. The transmission was renewed in the last two years. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $22,087. For the price—right at the top of the estimate—this Bentley-badged sister to the October 2006 85

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Column Author H&H Auctions Brentford, U.K. R-R Silver Cloud provided much classy motor car for the money. Unlike later T-types and Silver Shadows, a reasonable S1 like this is unlikely to get much cheaper. #15-1959 COOPER TYPE 51 single seater. S/N N/A. Blue/black. Billed as the “Mystery” Type 51 hillclimber with some Type 53 bits. Two front chassis-frame members seem to indicate some ancient frontal damage. Current Chevy V8 on 4 Weber 46DCs has been in the tail since pre-1967, when the car was acquired by the vendor's family. Dry barn-stored for several decades, all appears complete and unmolested, with nose dents and much surface #45-1960 TRIUMPH TR3A roadster. S/N TS813850. Eng. # TS81565E. Mallard Green/black HT, black ST/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 8,958 miles. Restored in the early 1980s, then raced at Macau in 1983. Concours appearance in Hong Kong, 1988. Engine was rebuilt to current 2,138-cc capacity in 1996. Chassis is nicely painted, with sound body panels and excellent paintwork, chrome, and trim. Welldetailed engine bay, with chrome and copper rust and corrosion. No chassis plate. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $47,185. This lot generated plenty of pre-sale interest, which resulted in several commission bids. With the knowledge—as suggested by the auctioneers in fact—that this Cooper was their late father David's old hillclimb car and an ex-Brabham F1 too, the Hepworth brothers outbid the competition to buy it back again. When they do rebuild it, though, they have to decide whether to restore it as their dad ran it or return it to works team spec. Tricky. #38-1959 JAGUAR XK 150 drophead coupe. S/N 824931DN. Eng. # V69848. Dark blue/dark blue canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 19,749 miles. Always a U.K. RHD car. Treated to an eleven-year chassis-up resto, only completed 700 miles ago. Two Lucas spotlights, louvred hood, woodrim wheel, low-back buckets, chrome luggage rack on trunk. All work is pipes highly polished. Recent suspension overhaul, also with calipers renewed. Moto-Lita wheel, aeroscreen mounts, Union flags on flanks, chromed GB plate on rear, luggage rack. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $26,103. Most TRs that come to auction in the U.K. these days are not done to this standard. The very strong performance under the hammer can be explained not only by this TR3A's excellent condition, but because the estimate had been attractively pitched to excite bidding. #53-1962 JAGUAR XKE 3.8 flat floor convertible. S/N 850436. Eng. # R46559. Red/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Odo: 7,158 miles. An early flat floor car, first supplied to New Zealand race driver Sybil Lupp. Mileage since a bodywork and engine resto before 2000. The nose and hood are now stonechipped, with the trunk panel micro-blistered, and the chrome beginning to go off. The re- rebuild on the 100D2-spec Bristol engine. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $33,130. Provisionally bid in the tent to just short of the required minimum, this pretty 4-seater was quickly converted into a confirmed result by the H&H backroom team after reality discussions with the vendor. So few Greyhounds cross the block, however, that being able to make an accurate pre-sale forecast must have been tricky. #5-1966 DAIMLER MAJESTIC MAJOR saloon. S/N 137758. Eng. # 94662. Black & silver/red leather. RHD. Odo: 65,767 miles. One of 1180 built, first owned by a Scottish whisky distiller, for whom it was always chauffeur-driven. Seems to be structurally sound beneath an older respray. And while the paint and chrome are marked, inside is largely original, and very nice, with soft good leather and shiny wood, The woolen headlining and period-correct crossplies have been renewed. Comprehensive service history file. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $11,646. Estimated to bring about $9,500, much originality—particularly inside—and some lovely history helped lift this old lady to a result bigger than she was. And well worth it. Surely Daimlers of this type warrant more attention. well done, with panel fit likely to be better than new. Cosmetically mint body and interior, and nicely detailed engine bay. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $95,375. XK 150 dropheads—particuarly fully and freshly rejuvenated examples like this one—are now achieving much higher prices in the U.K. than most E-type roadsters. This car fully warranted the mid-estimate valuation, and another five grand or so would not have surprised. 86 placement leather is acceptably worn, and the Sparco full harnesses are oil-marked. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $48,189. Your reporter gets to view dozens of E-type auction hopefuls each month. Some can be dismissed within seconds, others take longer, while only a few are worthy of closer inspection, for which this very early car qualified. The generally sound condition justified a price right near the top estimate. #40-1963 AC GREYHOUND Bristol coupe. S/N BEF2580. Eng. # 1006D2. Red/gray leather. RHD. Likely to have been progressively restored over several years. Appears structurally sound underneath, with all panels nice, straight and well fitting. Recent repaint is unmarked, and the retrim is excellent, with new carpets. Claimed Sports Car Market #43-1969 JAGUAR XKE SII 4.2 convert- ible. S/N IR1209. Eng. # 7R58999. Silver/black canvas/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 49,674 miles. Fully restored in the late 1980s, with the clutch renewed in '93, a retrim in the mid-'90s, new doors and unleaded head conversion in the late '90s, hood and floor renewed in 2000, and the

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H&H Auctions Brentford, U.K. carbs rebuilt in '04. Panels, paint, and chrome are all reasonably good, with some marks. The old retrim is fair, and the engine and bay are clean. The pair of Cheney E-type suitcases are cool, but the 10-CD changer is not. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $30,118. There are lots of S2 4.2 E-types in rather average condition—like this one—for sale in the retail sector. With so much choice, the seller was therefore wise to accept an offer, even if it was a couple bids below what he had been hoping for. #56-1969 JAGUAR XKE 4.2 convertible. S/N JR10594. Old English White/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 21,856 km. Supplied new to the U.S. in LHD. Reportedly dry-stored 18 years before a recentish resto, which included an engine rebuild and new wiring. Apparently 2-. SOLD AT $40,158. Yet another former export XKE in only average cosmetic condition. Still, it delivered for the vendor by achieving this low retail money. #14-1970 JAGUAR XKE S II coupe. S/N PIR43386BW. Old English White/red leather. RHD. Odo: 19,589 miles. A former LHD export converted to RHD during a restoration around 2000. Mileage is most likely to be 78,589. Panel fit is OK, and the paint and chrome show Black & red/black canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 77,046 miles. One of 1,095 T44s built from 1927-30, a surprisingly large number. Claimed still to have its original body, with signs of an old restoration. Engine was rebuilt at some time, though the gas tank and tires were renewed more recently. Chips throughout the paint. The running boards look too modern. The walnut and old leather retrim are in good order. Twin some marks. The interior is lighty worn, and the woodrim wheel varnish is chipped. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $18,673. Despite being a white 2+2 with auto-shift and a steering conversion—about as unsexy as you're likely to find on the E-type-o-meter—this coupe still brought a thousand higher than expected. Plenty. rust-free, though the paintwork is close to needing its next refreshment. The chrome shows some marks, the retrimmed interior is good, and the engine and chassis are almost clean. Cond: FRENCH #41-1930 BUGATTI TYPE 44 3-position drophead coupe. S/N 441052. Eng. # 788. spares and travel trunk on the back, plus lockers behind both fenders. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $146,576. Not the raciest of Bugs, this, though actually the famous manufacturer's first serious attempt at producing a “Touring” model. The result here fell in the middle of the forecast and should satisfy both parties. GERMAN TOP 10 No. 2 #44-1935 MERCEDES-BENZ 500K Kombination roadster. S/N 123699. Eng. October 2006 87

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H&H Auctions Brentford, U.K. Column Author surprisingly good metallic health, so the price was deserved, about a thousand bucks above top estimate. #7-1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL # 123699. Black/black canvas/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 1,358 miles. A specially commissioned one-off for a 1936 Olympic ski-jumping Brit, later shot down during WWII. Much bespoke detailing, with distinctive pontoon fenders and spats covering the rear wheels. Huge M-B star filler cap, mother of pearl instrument panel, triple Bosch lamps. Total rebuild in the mid-1980s, then Austrian museum-displayed until the early 1990s. Mostly static since, but for a mag test drive. Curvy panels and minimalist chrome are virtually unblemished. Lovely dash but soiled leather. The engine presents well, but the bay is quite scruffy close-up. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $532,090. When the bidding peaked with a best offer from the U.S., the owner gave the green light and Simon Hope's gavel fell at the forecast price. Not only was it a genuine 500K with no skeletons in the locker, but it was also arguably one of the most elegant of the eight to have been bodied by a British coachbuilder (Windover). The price paid was about right, especially as grapevine reports revealed that it had been on the market for some time. #9-1957 PORSCHE 356A coupe. S/N 101353. Eng. # 66573. Silver/red leather. RHD. Odo: 42,293 miles. One of 21,045 made from 1955-59, but rare in RHD. Fully restored in 1994, with the motor rebuilt by Eric Studer. A complete and reputedly overhauled spare transmission is included. Cosmetically, things are still good, though there is some bubbling below the paint on the rear fender, just behind roadster. S/N 11304220008665. Eng. # 12798120007495. Maroon/black HT, black ST/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 28,801 miles. Actual mileage is more likely to be 128,801. Last renovated in 1992, all bodywork appears to be straight, with no rust apparent. Paint shows only minor marks, with brightwork shining brightly. The interior is largely original, with AMERICAN #52-1922 CHEVROLET 490 4-seat tourer. S/N 3A89842. Eng. # 3A89842. Black/beige canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 15,230 miles. Once NY-registered, then acquired in restored condition in Pennsylvania, 1990. Seller insists that mileage is genuine. Body and paint are quite good, with some marks here and there. Top fabric was renewed in 1999. Hickory spoked some wear to the seats. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $24,597. Costing the new owner a smidgeon above forecast, this example was correctly valued by all concerned. Because they were so well put together in the first place, and because maybe—dare one suggest—many owners got bored, SLs from the 1960s through the '90s are in rather too plentiful supply. ITALIAN #36-1972 LANCIA FULVIA SPORT HF Lusso coupe. S/N 8187511715. Eng. # 9189. Dark red/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 61,626 miles. Even fewer of these Zagato-bodied cars have survived the tinworm than the factory-bodied 1600 HFs. Both were rare in RHD anyway. Mileage displayed is likely original. Some welding underneath by a marque specialist at some time, with no rot in sight. The very wheels appear sound. Very good interior, with ancient side windows. 6-volt batteries beneath the floor are recent. Likely to be ready to enjoy immediately. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $10,240. Considering that it was claimed to be on-thebutton and needing nothing, this particular 490 seemed to represent better value than its far more common Model T competition, most of which would likely cost more here. Well bought. TOP 10 No. 1 #55-1929 DUESENBERG J convertible coupe. S/N 2168. Eng. # J147. Black/beige canvas/black leather. Odo: 67,581 miles. Began life as LeBaron Sweep Panel phaeton, gaining the current Murphy body circa 1930. Block, crank, and firewall changed during the 1950s. Previous owners include Bill Veeck Jr, Ken Behring, the Imperial Palace Collection, and Dean Kruse. Claimed never to have been the driver's door. The replacement interior shows a nice patina, while the engine and ancillaries present well. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $38,150. Any 356 that spent most of its life on this side of the pond tends to have some rust, and the few RHD cars to survive are often severely rotten. This one appeared to be mechanically strong and in 88 recent repaint is clean. The driver's seat bolster is re-covered and sensitively re-Connollized, original dash wood is excellent, and the engine bay is well-prepped. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $14,457. Although accurately estimated by H&H and correctly valued by the new owner, this nice example of the Zagato 1600 HF was nonetheless a good buy. Your correspondent must declare an interest, however, having owned three HF Fulvias in period. Accidents—always other people's, of course—did account for the premature demise of two of them. treated to a full resto. Driver's door paint is orange peely, with a recent touch-up to left side front fender. Radiator and headlamp chrome need a refurb, old leather is acceptably worn, and the engine bay is clean and tidy. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $662,602. Technically unsold on the block, this star lot would appear now to be headed home, as a U.S. buyer worked quickly after the fact to secure it for this price, about $85k below the low estimate. The car might have done better in a U.S. sale, so under the circumstances, I'll call it well bought.u Sports Car Market

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Christie's London, U.K. Column Author Jack Barclay Showroom All the other genuine BMW Batmobile lightweights—167 in total—should benefit from this bullish public valuation Company Christie's Date June 26, 2006 Location London, U.K. Auctioneer Rupert Banner Automotive lots sold / offered 22 / 31 Sales rate 71% Sales total $1,412,815 High sale 1938 Aston Martin 15/98 roadster, $224,172 Buyer's premium The last Aston Martin built before WWII Report and photos by Richard Hudson-Evans Market opinions in italics A London, U.K. strong crowd filled Jack Barclay's for one of Christie's regular mini-auctions, and in the process witnessed some noteworthy results. Having been treated to a well-detailed restoration that brought it up to mint in all departments, a 1938 15/98 short-chassis roadster rose high above estimate to sell at $224,172. A bidding battle for the handsome car—documented as the last Aston Martin built prior to WWII—saw the price set a new world record for the model. Also soaring above estimates was the catalog's cover car—and ours, too—a 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL “Batmobile.” (See profile on p. 46) Well-restored and rare for the marque, it raised nearly $14k more than forecast at $153,718. All the other genuine lightweights—167 in all—should benefit from this bullish public valuation. The continued strength in early Veteran-event eli- gible automobiles on these islands was confirmed by the performance of a 1903 Panhard-Levassor 7hp 2-cylinder, with sporting accommodation for two. With the 7-hp Panhard-Levassor generally reckoned to be the most appropriate wheels for London to Brighton Run participation, it raised an appropriate $166,528. Just as the “final” Aston 15/98 proved to be such a showstopper, the most disappointing car turned out to be an Aston “first.” The first 1953 DB2/4 Mk I, which subsequently became the Mk III development hack, had 90 been rescued from dereliction many moons ago, with the latest restoration completed in the early 1990s. It was then reportedly stored outside under a tarpaulin, for some reason. Now scruffy—as one would expect of a car stored in England beneath a tarp—the one-off did not warrant anywhere near the $67,000 being sought. Perhaps the car with the most potential was a 1931 R-R Phantom II Continental. With Barker sports saloon coachwork and period Olympia Motor Show history to display such a body, the $83,264 paid to land it seemed fully justified. Though now just a resto-project, upon completion it will certainly satisfy. And when that day comes, it could become a major beauty on the top concours circuit. “Not only did buyers register to bid from the U.K., France, and Germany,” said auctioneer Rupert Banner, “but also from the U.S., Russia, and the Middle East—a pretty good spread, in fact, and virtually all private collectors.” Banner and the entire Christie's Motor Car Department came away delighted with the end result, a $1.4m day on 71% sales. “On all the cars that we sold, there was competitive bidding, much of it on the telephone.” Such success will surely serve as a springboard as the company heads to France with an equally appealing list of consignments.u Sports Car Market 17% on the first $181,700, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices (£1 = $1.817)

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Christie's London, U.K. ENGLISH #169-1904 REXETTE TRICAR Tandem tourer. S/N 3259. Eng. # 3259. Burgundy/red leather. Combining motorcycle and car features, this eccentric contraption has dual-eligibility for both the London to Brighton Run as well as the Sunbeam Motorcycle Club Pioneer Run. In receipt of a full resto, though likely to have been decades ago. Now it's looking almost original badly indeed. The lure of London to Brighton cannot be ignored with these antiques. #150-1925 VAUXHALL 14/40HP Melton 3-seater tourer. S/N N/A. Eng. # LM4004. Maroon & black/black/no interior. RHD. A poorly stored project from the Sharpe Collection (January, p. 78), swept out of a corner somewhere in one of the brothers' many dilapidated sheds. Certainly incomplete, although the main again, with deep shrinkage cracks to both rear flanks. Regular Brighton Run competitor during the last 20 years. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $44,834. Acquired at a Bonhams auction in June 2005 for $26k (SCM# 39347). Making $22k more here one year later highlights some dramatic appreciation. Such a result also informs the market that more than one bidder wanted this Tricar very components do appear to be present; some items have only been loosely assembled for catalog photography and transport to the auction venue. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $14,945. Probably worth taking on, though at more than double the low estimate, its new and intrepid savior has a seriously steep mountain to climb. #155-1928 AUSTIN SEVEN CHUMMY tourer. S/N 46850. Eng. # M76006. Unpainted/ no interior. RHD. Odo: 3,067 miles. Barn-stored and neglected for decades. Some attempts to commence a resto when the current Chummy body was either added or repanelled with more recent aluminum. Steel front fenders and radiator surround are particularly rusty. No interior. Government V5 registration document, which will be helpful to U.K. buyers with authenticity. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $3,094. Of all the Seven variants, an open and sporty Chummy is the one that is perceived to have the surest future. Despite being incomplete and with much to do, this one was taken on for over top estimate. Once completed, it could be worth four to five times this. #162-1929 AUSTIN 7 Meppacrin saloon. S/N A9566. Eng. # M5243. Yellow & black/black fabric/black leather. RHD. Odo: 497 miles. Nicknamed “Meppacrin,” it once belonged to the nephew of cartoonist Roland Emett, and so carries original Emett-painted graphics on the rear. Dry-stored in recent years, and mechanically recommissioned recently. The old October 2006 91

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Christie's London, U.K. Column Author nine others in the dark corners of his own shed, and now he can build a driver. #174-1931 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM repaint is slightly faded, with nicks throughout and chips at the hood's edge. The refurbished interior is sound, and the engine bay presents well. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $9,179. In much better cosmetic order than most Sevens, and with some unique and quirky provenance too. “Meppacrin” deserved the sale price, despite being nothing more than a humble little saloon beneath the paint job. #156-1931 AUSTIN 7 Box saloon. S/N 153319. Eng. # M154203. Black/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 9,235 miles. Another Sharpe Collection left-over. Claimed to have been in fair condition when put to sleep, but through the fenders and roof, exposing primer. Original interior is super. Claimed to be in running order, with engine trays and Barker wheel discs among the many loose items included. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $83,264. A really handsome candidate for full renovation and eventual top concours entry. Even with the prospect of what will surely be a costly refurbishment, this historic Continental project was not expensive at the mid-estimate price paid. #170-1938 ASTON MARTIN 15/98 poor storage is in now need of full renovation. Some chassis rot and lots of surface rust to body panels. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $1,494. Though $400 less than the low, this price seemed generous for a project that will surely be uneconomic both to revive or to use only for parts. #157-1931 STANDARD LITTLE NINE saloon. S/N 1216. Black/dark blue leather. RHD. Odo: 155 miles. Another paperless, near no-hoper from the darkest corners of the Sharpe Collection, though seemingly complete and still largely original. Many paint scabs on the panels, with the roof fabric largely gone. The de- laminated glass is yellow and virtually opaque, though the leather can be saved. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $2,562. Relatively rare and arguably worth snagging at this price. Perhaps the buyer has 92 Vuitton concours award on completion in 2004. Still totally mint, even chromed exhaust trunking shines brightly. Slight and acceptable wear to driver's seat leather, with perfect dash and instruments. Engine is well detailed, right down to the set of spare spark plugs. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $224,172. This price—more than $30k over top estimate—is almost certainly a record for the model in public auction. Make a note: The sharpest 15/98 in the world now resides in France. See the English Profile on p. 40. #154-1939 AUSTIN BIG SEVEN saloon. S/N 13403. Black/dark green leather. RHD. Short Chassis roadster. S/N E8874SO. Eng. # D8786LS. Black/black/dark green leather. RHD. Odo: 13,701 miles. Final Aston built before WWII. Not all history is fully charted, though likely to have been U.S.-based from 1942 to 1999, with original Speed Model E8/874/SO dry-sump engine replaced with current motor from a long chassis car. Chassis-up resto, with engine rebuilt and new crank. Louis aged, original steering wheel surface is peeling, and the engine and bay need a makeover. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $47,242. From the catalog description, this important Feltham Aston promised much; in the metal, it disappointed big time. With an additional budget required for an urgent glass-out, back-to-metal repaint and brightwork replate—not to mention an internal and external engine and ancillary refurb—the $67k required for a car needing so much could not be justified, even in Cloud Cuckoo Land. #182-1958 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH limousine. S/N FLW97. Black/tan leather & fawn cord. RHD. Odo: 8,130 miles. One of 639 LWB Silver Wraiths, this one R-R's 1957 London Motor Show exhibit, as confirmed by marque reference books. Chrome swage band, enclosed headlamps, powerassisted steering, and electric windows from new. Extensively restored by P&A Wood, and now cosmetically perfect in and out. Original power unit changed to a more powerful S1, with Sports Car Market II Continental saloon. S/N 12JS. Eng. # JB65. Ivory & black/golden brown leather. RHD. Odo: 44,846 miles. Of the 281 Phantom II Continentals built, this one is uniquely bodied by Barker. Served as that firm's London Olympia Show exhibit. Owned briefly in the early 1960s by Brit film star Diana Dors, then onto Honolulu until 1998. Largely intact and structurally rock solid. The old repaint is flaked off Odo: 71,654 miles. Another Sharpe Brothers car that has seen no action for decades. Once again, poorly stored, with plenty of body rust and scabby paint here and there. The leather isn't too bad, and the Pytchley sliding sunroof is intact and likely to work. Could be revived rather simply. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $2,362. Clearly nobody here was in the market for a Big Seven, as it didn't even come close. Increasing the guide price during viewing may have snuffed out any interest there might have been. #173-1953 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 Mk I coupe. S/N LML501. Eng. # DBA4. Burgundy/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 1,340 miles. The first DB2/4, then subsequently a DB2/4 Mk III development car. Declined into distressed project territory until rescued and progressively restored until the early 1990s, with only 300 miles since. Now Mk III hood fit is poor, with some reaction beneath paint, and various scuffs and chips exposing the aluminum. Door edges are touched-up, chrome is pitted, wires are rusty, leather is marked, some carpets are water-dam

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Christie's London, U.K. Column Author #152-1976 ENFIELD 8000 sedan. S/N NA. Eng. # NA. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 19,515 miles. Only about 100 of these electric city cars were ever made. Minor bumps, scars, and bubbling in the matte paint. Sliding window channels are crumbly, and the original interior is shabby. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $1,726. the engine and ancillaries well-detailed, though the bay paintwork is surprisingly only fair. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $128,099. I'd call this price spoton for a really stunning example of the sort of Roller deployed to transport British Royalty, High Commissioners, and Ambassadors in the long ago days of the old Empire. #167-1964 MORRIS MINI COOPER 1275 S hatchback. S/N KA254488687. Eng. # FSAY3121Z. Red/white/black cloth. RHD. Odo: 71,226 miles. Restored for competitive historic special stage rallying, with a Swiftune 1293-cc motor on twin SUs, adjustable Hi-Lo suspension, 6-point cage, plumbed-in extin- just short of the lower guide price. Which was about right, as there are few takers for a rather dull car like this. #175-1965 ROVER P6 2000 convertible coupe. S/N 40010672B. Eggshell White/dark blue/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 2,809 miles. Unique open prototype, specially commissioned from Panelcraft by Rover; never factory-produced. A-pillars are internally beefed up, with B- and C-pillars repositioned. Bracing struts alongside rear seats, with doors and rear fenders lengthened. 2200 TC motor with hotter cam. Early Presumably, there are a few electric vehicle collectors out there, although their breed is likely to be even rarer than the cars they collect. It was hardly surprising, therefore, that there was nobody here for this rather sad looking little example with an uncertain future at any price. #179-1997 BENTLEY TURBO RT sa- loon. S/N SCBZP23C1WCH66417. Dark blue metallic/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 26,000 miles. Vendor-owned since new, with the mileage confirmed by factory service history. Partially repainted at some time, with scratches to the trunk lid lip, a tiny dent from within to the hood guisher system, hi-back buckets, full harnesses, drilled pedals, heated windshield, and Lucas 7-inch lamps. Surprisingly, never rallied since, with low key hillclimb class wins only. Flying gravel chips are various, with external door hinges and side seam finisher strips all in need of repainting. Paint is bubbling beneath and around the rear window rubber, and some brightwork is scratched. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $20,923. No modded, built-up Mini 850, this genuine street-legal 1275 S was correctly valued by all concerned at this price. A regular dribble of these straight-cut whiners comes to market as their disillusioned owners upgrade to 911s or Escorts, just as they did in period. #164-1965 ROVER P6 2000 rally car. S/N 40025095. White & black/red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 41,065 miles. Rover factory team car. Despite two crashes, it finished 22nd in the 1966 Monte Carlo Rally. Owned by former works driver Anne Hall from 1978 to 1984. Corrosion-free shell sourced from the U.S. for a sensitively executed 1988 transplant, with all works mods transferred. Paint, chrome, and interior are all clean. Four extra Lucas lights, heated windshield, twin electric window washer bottles in the warmth of the passenger footwell, and authentic Halda Speed Pilot and Twin Master fitted for retro regularities. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $8,753. Although technically unsold on the block, this convincing works rally Rover was speedily dispatched in an aftersale for 94 1980s restoration. Passenger door is ill-fitting, repainted bodywork is only OK, renewed chrome is good. Replaced leather seats are serviceable. Stored 13 years and now requires recommissioning. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $11,265. Considering the historic significance of this one-off, it is perhaps surprising that nobody appeared to want to buy it, either in the sale or afterwards. Even in disappointing condition, it has to be worth $12k to $14k #176-1972 JAGUAR XKE S III coupe. S/N 1S50890. Eng. # 7S5449SB. Dark blue/red leather. RHD. Odo: 48,023 miles. Partially repainted at some time, now with careless chips to hood's edge. Pitted bumper chrome; original leather is crazed and grubby. Engine bay is clean. Not driven recently, and fitted with new tires. panel, and various minor chips throughout. Original wood and leather are still very good. Nice slightly tinted privacy glass all round. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $68,319. Bought for what is now retail, this gas guzzling Turbo is likely to be increasingly unfashionable. As a result, there is plenty of potential for a big drop next time round. #180-1998 ASTON MARTIN V8 VOLANTE convertible. S/N SCFDAM2C9WBR89007. Dark green metallic/cream leather & green piping. RHD. Odo: 4,535 miles. One owner, genuine low mileage, and all original. Cosmetically almost mint, including the OZ alloys. Some small Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $29,072. Not a bad 2+2 V12, and with the desirable manual shift, too. Not as popular with the punters as the open version, however. Or even the two-seater, for that matter. Alas, nobody here was sufficiently smitten by its condition to match an over-ambitious reserve. Only worth around $27k as-is. Sports Car Market

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Column Author Christie's London, U.K. stone chips, and the front splitter is curb-scuffed. The easily marked leather is clean, and the engine bay is spotless. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $117,424. The buyer paid right near the top of the estimate range to land this thing. But only eight years ago, when new, it cost the vendor nearly three times more. Hope it was worth the $25k yearly depreciation, a trend not likely to abate under new ownership. FRENCH #181-1903 PANHARD-LEVASSOR 7HP 2-seat tourer. S/N 5887. Eng. # 5887. Thistle Green/black leather. RHD. Matching chassis and engine numbers, with most components stamped “P-L.” Driven from Venice to Athens in 1904. Bodied as currently presented for more than half a century. Formerly owned by Lord Montagu's museum. Mainly dormant 1928–59, and since a frequent London to Brighton Run competitor. Acquired by the vendor at a Christie's auction in 1975. Last taxed for road leather was re-Connollized more recently, with good wood dash and cappings. Engine bay and ancillaries are detailed. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $102,479. Believed to be unique as currently bodied and thus difficult to value pre-sale with any accuracy. Christie's underestimated the price paid by nearly $30k, which is likely to be the peak of the graph for the foreseeable future. GERMAN #163-1886 BENZ 3/4HP Replica tricycle. S/N N/A. Green & natural wood/black leather. The real thing survives in the Deutsche Museum in Munich. This full scale, working replica is one of those built by Brit John Bentley between 1986 and 1997 to mark the vehicle's centenary celebration. Still virtually like new, with only minor blemishes. The fully exposed mechanical Twin Master added for Tour Auto in 2004 and ‘05. Het Loo Concours award in 2005. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $153,718. Sensitively restored to look almost original, and yet usefully upgraded, this super example of a genuine, numbers-matching 3-liter CSL thoroughly deserved this price, nearly $14k above forecast. Real ones like this, particularly in nice order, are likely to continue appreciating. See the German Profile on p. 46. ITALIAN #161-1922 FIAT 501 doctor's coupe. S/N 1225724. Eng. # 1125661. Dark green & yellow/green cloth. RHD. Odo: 35,629 miles. Last rebuilt as many as 20 years ago, and then mainly museum-displayed. Last checked out for the road in 2000. Unmarked paint is likely to have been freshened since the resto. Radiator copper is very dull, though it would polish up. Wood use in 1994. Old repaint is matte, with shrinkage cracks. P&H headlamps without acetylene piping, and the large bulb horn is very poop-poop! Cond: 3. SOLD AT $166,528. This model is almost universally regarded as the most userfriendly of London to Brighton candidates. A former Beaulieu postcard and table mat starlet, “500 NOY” magnetized Vet fans during viewing and warranted a new owner's mid-estimate valuation. With more buyers in the market than there are cars for sale, Brighton Run-eligible Vet prices contine to harden. #184-1934 DELAGE D6 11 cabriolet. S/N 37988. Eng. # 1129. Midnight Blue & French Blue/dark blue/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 3,620 miles. D6 11s were only hand-built for two years. This one was totally rebuilt in 1989 and rebodied by Nantou in the original Saoutchik design. French concours and rally awards prior to vendor acquisition in 1995. Paintwork, wheel discs, and chrome are very sharp, though runningboard paint is much marked. Retrimmed items are well-detailed. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $51,239. Looking like it came straight out of a living room to auction, and likely to return to a similar safe house in its new ownership, the mid-estimate performance of this recreation was nonsensical. Unless it was a Merc dealer who wanted a tax-efficient showroom toy, one cannot imagine who would want to pay anything like this sort of money for such a primitive contraption, however well-executed. #177-1973 BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile coupe. S/N 2275512. Eng. # 2275512. Chamonix White/black vinyl. Odo: 20,167 km. Three owners, and confirmed by BMW as being one of 110 “Batmobiles” produced under M Sport branding to achieve eligibility for the 1973 Euro Touring Car Championship. Early 1980s resto, with Mahle pistons fitted during the engine rebuild and lead-free conversion. Very authentic, with unmarked paintwork and only minor impact splits to the front air dam lower edge. Recent seat fabric and steering wheel leather renewal. Getrag 5-speed box, with original 4speed also included, comp manifold, adjustable Bilsteins, anti-roll bars, period-correct Autoflug harnessses, three extra VDO instruments. Halda dash is replacement, with period instruments intact, and the cloth interior acceptably aged. One-door access via the passenger side. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $13,876. Someone really wanted it, and thus paid double the top estimate for this rather quirky and dinky coupe. A surprising result in view of the need for the full mechanical and electrical recommisioning it will need before it can actually be driven anywhere. #172-1928 LANCIA LAMBDA Series VIII saloon. S/N 20145. Eng. # 18097. 2-tone gray/ fawn cloth. RHD. Odo: 94,464 miles. Portuguese restoration pre-1990, then acquired at auction by the vendor shortly after. Goodwood concours in 1995, stored from 1996 until now. Panels appear free of corrosion, though the fender edges are split and various chips are touched-up. Front seat back cloth is cigarette burned; the rear wood with neat inlays is in lovely order. Mechanical recommissioning required. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $59,779. 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Christie's London, U.K. seemed sound enough, and therefore the new owner's forecast investment was fully justified. #166-1930 ALFA ROMEO 6C 1750 Turismo drophead coupe. S/N 0412349. Eng. # 0412319. Red/black/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 12,107 miles. Vendor-owned since 1960, with renovation occurring in stages. Various paint chips, particularly around hood edges. Boyce Motometer mounted atop the lightly marked #165-1953 ALFA ROMEO 1900 Sprint coupe. S/N 1900C01445. Pewter/blue leather & gray cloth. RHD. Odo: 2,146 km. Original 1308 Series motor changed about 1969 for a 1306 Series unit. No longer fitted and instead mounted on a stand, the 1306 is included. Currently has a dry-sumped 2-liter fed by twin Weber 45 DCOE 68s. The whole car received a Church Green #168-1983 FERRARI MONDIAL QV coupe. S/N ZFFUD148000046213. Argento Silver/black leather. Odo: 61,890 miles. Acquired by the third owner from Christie's in 2003 for $19k (SCM# 31410). Panels are sound and fit well, repainted at some time, and now with stone chips to the nose. Alloys need a refurb. Inside, the original leather is lightly worn. More than twice the mileage since that 2003 sale. And with another 2,505 on the clock since chrome radiator surround. Period Jaeger instruments, with nice Le Nivex fuel gauge and Bosch center-switch. Shame about the vinyl. Engine is clean, though looking dormant as the whole car has been garage-bound in recent years. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $72,589. Much less desirable than a pre-war Alfa with more racy Italian coachwork. Then again, a rather staid looking James Young-bodied car like this is much less expensive and still a genuine 6C beneath. Correctly valued at this price. Engineering resto, including a color-change from original red. Unused recently, with paint and brightwork virtually unmarked, though driver's door entry ledge is scuffed. Retrim is clean, the engine bay detailed, though bulkhead paint needs help. Excellent “Superleggera” bodywork by Touring. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $60,846. 1900 Alfas don't come much better than this, with the renovation and all the prep work clearly done to a high standard. Despite a price $3,000 above the high, if one assume this rare RHD example fires up and everything functions, this will quickly prove to be well bought. it was photograped for the catalog, presumably all systems are go. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $15,445. At the last sale, we asked “And how far away is the $6,000 30,000-mile major service?” It's safe to assume that was taken care of, and then the vendor drove this thing like a toy. Which is exactly what you should do with a 2+2 Ferrari the cost equivalent of a Hyundai. And though another service is likely due in the near future, this car deserved another five to seven grand. u October 2006 97

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Column Author RM Auctions Kensington, NH Dingman Ford Collection Though the flathead powerplant united the collection, what delighted bidders most was the overall impact of so many significant cars in one place Company RM Auctions Date June 10–11, 2006 Location Kensington, NH Auctioneers Brent Earlywine and Phil Faulkner Automotive lots sold / offered 50 / 50 Sales rate 100% Sales total $6,174,850 High sale 1940 Lincoln-Zephyr Continental cabriolet, $407,000 Buyer's premium Whipping buyers into a bidding frenzy during the automobilia sale Report and photos by Joe Severns Market opinions in italics K Kensington, NH ensington, New Hampshire, is a picture-postcard town tucked away in the southeastern corner of the state. It was here, in a barn at the crest of a hill, that Michael Dingman kept his collection of pre- and post-war Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury classics. And it was here that RM recently dispersed the collection to an enthusiastic and devoted group of collectors. Most cars carried the flathead V8 that took Ford from a builder of no-frills vehicles purpose-built for the roughand-tumble roads of our growing nation to a company that provided reasonable luxury and power for little money. While that optional and revolutionary powerplant united the collection, the other factor that delighted the gathered bidders was the overall impact of so many expertly restored and highly original survivors. Dingman did not scrimp on his restorations. Billed in the catalog as “a private international investor, philanthropist, company executive, and director of several corporations,” Dingman also served as a Director of Ford Motor Company for 21 years. His self-professed goal in building the collection was to bring together a flatheadengined example of every car Ford offered in the 1930s and early '40s. Anyone who attended the sale would have to agree that he succeeded. And the sale itself succeeded, too. All 50 cars sold, and with a total of nearly $6.2m, that came out to an average of $123k per car. Topping the list—one 98 that included eight Deluxe woody wagons—was a 1940 Lincoln-Zephyr Continental cabriolet. Impeccably restored and with claimed history linking it to Babe Ruth, it brought $407,000. A few oddballs made it into the ranks as well, headed by a 1967 Amphicar 770. Buoyed by the red tide that has lifted them all year, and by the general spending frenzy that pervaded this sale, the condition #5 car made $68k. The venue couldn't have been more suitable: a large wooden barn covered inside and out with porcelain signs advertising things like “Thunderbird Motor Lodge” and “Ford” and “Texaco.” Inside, hundreds of folks clambered to buy a piece of history. All the cars were available for inspection pre-sale, but with space limited in the barn, bidders watched as large flat screen TVs showcased them “on the block” during their time under the gavel. RM's professionalism and organization was ever pres- ent in Kensington. They even brought in students from the local high school who served bidders with enough vittles to survive an entire day of shopping. And in response to the sudden and violent storms that hit the East Coast during the week, RM provided shuttles to ferry customers to and from satellite parking lots. This was the perfect show for Blue Oval fans young and old, and many collectors walked away with excellent and significant Fords—cars that will now serve as centerpieces in several collections, not just Michael Dingman's.u Sports Car Market 10% (included in sold prices)

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RM Auctions Kensington, NH The Collector Michael D. Dingman, 74, has been President of Shipston Group Ltd., a diversified international holding company based in Nassau, Bahamas, since 1994. He was previously Chairman and Chief Executive Officer or President of several major United States-based industrial corporations, including Wheelabrator-Frye Inc., Signal Companies, Inc., AlliedSignal Inc. and its Henley Group, Inc. spinoff. The $1.2 billion Henley public offering in 1986 was the largest in history at the time. He is a former director of Ford Motor Company (21 years), and of Time Inc. and then Time Warner Inc. (24 years), and also a director of Mellon Bank Corporation, Temple Industries Inc., Temple-Inland Inc., Continental Telephone Company and Teekay Shipping Corporation. He is the founder of the Michael D. Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland, his alma mater and that of his father James E. Dingman. The center provides mentor services to emerging growth companies around the world and fosters entrepreneurship though a variety of other programs and services. (Courtesy of the Robert H. Smith School of Business, www.rhsmith.umd.edu.) GERMAN #2203-1967 AMPHICAR 770 convertible. S/N 106523708. Red/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 4,866 miles. Terrible panel gaps, with swirls and orange peel in the paint throughout. Surface rust on hood, and bubbles beneath passenger side door paint. Front bumper is dented, with flaking chrome. Dents and pitting in all other chrome. Steering wheel is cracked and vinyl is discolored. No marine license number. Minor engine bay rust issues. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $68,200. A used and abused example of an automotive/marine oddity. The car's condition shouldn't have brought this much cash, and even the pre-auction estimates of $35k to $50k were high. Crazy money for a crazy car. October 2006 99

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RM Auctions Kensington, NH Column Author #2202-1974 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE Sun Bug convertible. S/N 1542446348. Gold/black vinyl/brown vinyl. Odo: 62 miles. California car with original window sticker and actual mileage. Paint and panel fit are decent better days. Hazy and pitted chrome in places. Lamps, ladders, and all the bells and whistles, literally. Seating for about ten. Exemplifies patina in and out. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $44,000. Just the thing for hauling the kids to soccer practice. Or for the Lions Club parade. Given its condition and high quality repaint, the price paid, even though higher than estimate, should be considered well bought due to the bang-foryour-buck factor. Roll it out for special occassions and have lots of fun. #2154-1932 FORD DELUXE cabriolet. S/N 18229771. Blue & black/green cloth/ brown vinyl. Odo: 64,944 miles. Small dents on the front of the car, as well as stone chips on the hood. Orange peel on the front fenders. Panel gaps are off at passenger side hood, as enough, with excellent chrome. Originally sold for $3,624. Still appears largely as-new. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $31,900. The perfect example of a 1974 time-capsule Beetle. I've not seen a better one in a long time, but still surprised. #2201-1979 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE convertible. S/N 1592009306. Yellow/black vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 2,083 miles. Huge rust issues at leading edge of trunk. Paint suffers from runs, crazing, and popping throughout. Entire is the door fit on that side. Rumble seat. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $105,600. An early flathead, this old girl showed plenty of wear but no tear. Many miles of use, with many more available, there are few cars as fun on a Sunday drive as a rumble seat cab. It sold for a bit over estimates, a price it likely would not achieve elsewhere. paint job is orange-peeled. Runningboards appear rusted under the rubber. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $25,300. 1979 was the last year the Beetle was sold in the U.S. This one had some major problems, and it is a complete mystery to me that it brought so much money in this shape. AMERICAN #2153-1928 FORD AA fire truck. S/N A1573454. Green/black vinyl. Odo: 10 miles. This looks like an unrestored, well-caredfor fire brigade truck. Hand painted gold pinstripes. Ford radiator emblem has seen Interior is well-sorted, with excellent dash and leather. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $133,100. An attractive car with some superficial problems that didn't stop folks from outbidding the estimates again. Chalk this one up to atmosphere, unique colors, and some great wire wheels. A nifty roadster that turned out to be a great sale. #2156-1932 FORD HI-BOY roadster. S/N 18229771. Black/black cloth/red leather. Passenger side door paint is cracked at the gap, 100 Sports Car Market #2155-1932 FORD DELUXE roadster. S/N 18201323. Maroon & black/beige cloth/gray leather. Odo: 586 miles. Most glass is delaminating, and the windshield is cracked. Paint is popped and cracked at the rear cowl, chipped and crazing at the front. Fenders are stonechipped. Rumble seat door is scored from closure. Hazy and marked sidemount chrome. with all other paint very nice and without marks or swirls. Surface rust on taillight chrome. Bias ply wide whites. Orange peel on painted suspension and on passenger side fenders. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $133,100. Jack Roush built the engine in this beauty, and the newer restoration included a two-speed rear axle for highway cruising. An excellent example of a period hot rod hi-boy with a few modern amenities. Well bought and sold. #2157-1932 FORD B400 convertible sedan. S/N 18181596. Blue & black/beige cloth/brown vinyl. Odo: 457 miles. Hazy headlight glass. Original Ford logo paint is chipped. Rear trunk option, with orange peel on the supports. Passenger side door paint is scuffed at top of B-pillar. An excellent car. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $123,750. Another fine example of the pre-war Ford you don't see all that often. This was the most expensive Ford you could buy in 1932, the second and last year of B400 production. No big complaints, as the apparent problems were minor and easily corrected. Rare with a mix of wooden framework and metal coachwork, and worth every penny paid. Perhaps even a bargain. TOP 10 No. 9 #2159-1934 FORD DELUXE woody wagon. S/N 18527385. Black & wood/ black rubber/black vinyl. Odo: 22 miles. Canvas window frames and plastic windows are unusual. Restoration was completed in 2005 by Lowry Auto Restoration, with flaw

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Column Author RM Auctions Kensington, NH less paint, chrome, and wood. Removable back seats. An impeccable car. Cond: 1+. SOLD AT $275,000. There were no “bad” woodies at this sale. Heck, there weren't any “bad” cars, period. and though many in attendance had picked other woodies as the best present, this one seemed to exude concours from every angle. Fairly sold and, considering the condition, well bought. #2160-1934 FORD DELUXE phaeton. S/N 181007106. Cordoba Gray/beige cloth/ green leather. Delaminating windshield. Paint is scratched at cowl, with dirt and bubbles in the driver's side rear fender. Excellent panel fit. Headlights are discolored, but the chrome is spotless. Multiple awards. Cond: 1-. SOLD windshield glass is delaminating. 1991 Antique Automobile Club of America 1st Prize Senior Division. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $86,900. Rare Ford script glass notwithstanding, the high bid on this was more than enough money. Lots of superficial problems, but problems that will nonetheless take some real work to fix. #2164-1935 FORD DELUXE convertible AT $90,750. Winner of the AACA Junior and Senior National First Place awards, and the President's Cup Dearborn Award. The older restoration is beginning to show its age now, but it's a graceful effect, and even throughout the car. And with just 1/10 of a mile on the clock, it's the least travelled car in the collection. Since the resto, that is. #2162-1934 FORD Open Cab roadster pickup. S/N 804309. Red & black/black cloth/ brown vinyl. Odo: 858 miles. Poor top fit. Runs in the hood and driver's door paint, with chips in left front fender. Orange peel and waviness in the bed and on the rails. Runningboard paint has fisheyes on both sides, and the windshield frame paint is dirty and dripped. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $187,000. Built because Ford sedan. S/N 181123562. Dark olive green/tan cloth/camel leather. Odo: 848 miles. Crazed, dimpled, and cracked hood paint, with chips throughout the front and scratches to passenger side door. Orange peel on headlight housings, with the lights themselves hazy. Orange peel #2163-1935 FORD DELUXE cabriolet. S/N 181597773. Gray/tan cloth/camel leather. Odo: 2,831 miles. Top fit issues. Paint chips on the cowl and hood. Driver's door needs a hard slam to shut, and the rumble seat door is rubbing the body. Surface rust on top chrome, and penny. Another Roush engine build and Lowry restoration. The money here seemed high when the hammer fell, but everyone seemed delighted with things, so go figure. #2172-1937 FORD DELUXE phaeton. S/N 183910263. Burgundy/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 47,791 miles. Restored to a very high standard, with no significant chrome issues. Some paint is chipped at right rear door, and the convertible top shows some dirt. Panel fit is good, although a bit tight at the hood line. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $89,100. Appears to have been a Dingman driver. Beautifully restored and cared for; only some very small problems kept it from being perfect. The sale price fell right in the middle of pre-auction estimates, and seemed a fair price both ways. #2173-1937 FORD DELUXE convertible sedan. S/N 183780475. Blue/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 1,194 miles. Slight marking on the passenger side chrome window trim. Good panel fit, though all doors have some minor fit issues, and the hood sits high on the right side. on rear valance panel. Top is dirty. Dash has good patina and is well sorted. Rip in front bench seat on right side. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $95,700. Appears to have been caught in a hailstorm. Lots of small problems on this one. Another less-than-perfect example that brought perfect money and more. #2167-1936 FORD DELUXE roadster. S/N 182906380. Black/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 200 miles. Panel fit is excellent. Excellent paint. Grille chrome appears original and shows a nice patina. Top fits tightly and is high at the center. Loose seat leather. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $143,000. Car shines like a new thought the American farmer needed a drop top, this example suffered from a less than perfect restoration, mostly evident—but also glaringly so—in the paint job. Huge money for a less than well-sorted truck, and thus very well sold. This was a result I didn't expect, and it may take a long time for the slim market to catch up. By which time this truck will need another restoration. 102 Nice, basic interior with no real flaws. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $97,900. Stunning blue as presented in this color, and one of my favorites of the sale. This one didn't see too much road use after its detailed restoration, and the appearance has held up well. Selling well above the estimate, I'd call it worth the price, but achievable only at this sale and only in this atmosphere. #2174-1937 FORD DELUXE Panel Delivery wagon. S/N 183608035. Mint green/beige vinyl. Odo: 68 miles. Excellent panel fit, paint, and chrome. Doors shut with a resounding “click.” Rear mounted spare tire. Excellent rubber on the runningboards. Excellent dash wood, with clean seats and carpets. Even equipment racks in the cargo area are excellent. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $170,500. Formerly a FoMoCo parts and accessories sales development panel delivery truck, it is the only known survivor of 42. You're not likely to find another one soon, and it probably won't be Sports Car Market

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Glovebox Notes #2177-1938 LINCOLN ZEPHYR Continental convertible coupe. S/N H50447. Maroon/tan cloth/marbled brown leather. Odo: 229 miles. Some dirt on driver's side convertible top. Trunk lid is very heavy to lift. Surface rust on side view mirror bolts. Excellent paint A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM stable. HHHHH is best 2006 ACURA TL A-SPEC in this condition. Near-perfect and worth the price, fully $20k over estimate. #2175-1937 FORD DELUXE woody wagon. S/N 184076392. Black & wood/brown vinyl/brown leather. Odo: 50,360 miles. Paint is flawless, with no swirls or marks. Panel fit is excellent, including the wood. One small split in passenger side door wood has been expertly and chrome, with good panel fit all around. Spotless leather and interior trim. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $258,500. Restored over a six-year period by Robert Faustini in Maine, this carappeared to be showroom new, and just one of five known to survive. The sale price doubled the high estimate—a hot rod Zephyr price for a stock example. Well sold. #2179-1938 FORD DELUXE Club cab- repaired. Smooth laquer. Clean wide whitewalls. Interior is mint. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $170,500. A beach car that won't ever see a beach, and hasn't been shown up until now. The sale price $45k above estimate wasn't a surprise. This was a spotless example of an important car. Well bought. #2176-1937 FORD STANDARD Deluxe upgrade pickup. S/N 54147564. Red & black/black vinyl. Odo: 56 miles. Upgraded from the Standard trim and 60 hp to Deluxe trim and 85 hp. Orange peel on the roof at the passenger side door. Bubbles in the paint at the rain gutters, but nothing serious. Sidemount spare. Bed is almost perfect. Exterior horns offensive. Very nice, and rare, banjo spoke steering wheel. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $79,750. Obviously a driver, and since Dingman seemed to own ten of everything, the urge to drive them all must have been quenched some by owning this one. Finally, a sale price that fell in line with pre-auction estimates. Considering the condition and its place within the collection, I'll call it well bought and sold. #2197-1938 HUFF-FORD MIDGET race with bells. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $57,750. One more truck with all the bells and whistles... literally. A Deluxe clone, upgraded during a restoration that took it to AACA Senior National First Prize condition. The selling price was well above estimate—a theme throughout the sale—but if you were looking to buy a rather harmless “clone,” this was it. October 2006 car. S/N N/A. Blue & red/maroon vinyl. Lots of marks, chips, and orange peel, with panel fit to race car standards. Chassis is dirty and greasy, with chipped paint. Rare Scintilla Vertex magneto ignition. Campaigned by the Macione Brothers. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $33,000. Sold at the low end of the estimate. This interesting midget had a great patina and riolet. S/N 4300995. Black/tan cloth/beige leather. Odo: 51,439 miles. Panel fit is terrific. Paint is orange-peeled and marked in places, though nothing serious. Top fit is wavy in places. Worn rubber on runningboards, with some pulling away a little on driver's side. Driver's seat leather is creased and dirty. Interior shows a healthy patina, but nothing Price as tested: $36,140 Likes: Uncompromising boy-racer version of anonymous sedan. Aero kit finesses body design. Fast, comfortable, spacious, simple controls, 258-hp V-TEC, V6, slick 6-speed, quick steering with excellent feedback, great brakes. Invites confidence. 30 mpg at superlegal speeds. Dislikes: Navigation system provokes arguments—alleged hotel addresses were actually owner's home, private individuals (“Do you know what time it is?”) Spandex tires noisy on pebbled freeways. The usual caveat about rims and curbs. Fun to drive HHHH Fun to look at HHH Overall ownership experience HHHH Verdict: $5,200 package turns “who cares” sedan into contender. Long-range travelers could become very fond of this car, especially with 100,000-mile tune-ups.—Paul Duchene 2007 SATURN SKY Price as tested: $26,400 Likes: Low-slung, aggressive body styling in attention-grabbing Sunburst Yellow. 2.4-L inline four is peppy enough. Window in the cloth top is actually big enough to use. 5-speed automatic shift points nicely spaced under full acceleration. Gripes: Engine doesn't make great sounds. Car looks like it should have more power. No trunk space, just like Solstice. Complicated manual top will delight owners of MGTCs and confound everyone else. Fun to drive: HH Fun to look at: HHHHH Overall experience: HHH Verdict:All bark and no bite. While tooling around with the top down, a guy in a van pulled up next to me at a light and yelled, “Is it fast?” I had to answer, “Umm, sort of.” However, no one can believe this hot (looking) little sportscar is a Saturn, which bodes well for the marque and GM.—Kristen Hall-Geisleru 103

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RM Auctions Kensington, NH Column Author #2183-1939 FORD DELUXE convertible coupe. S/N 184669918. Black/black cloth/ camel leather. Odo: 296 miles. Original rubber steps for rumble seat. Top trim also appears original. Some chrome bits have a nice patina, with rest appearing as-new. Loose screws on the interior door panel rattle when you shut the plenty of race history. Well bought at this price and a nice addition to any collection. #2180-1939 FORD DELUXE woody wagon. S/N 184962467. Claret Maroon & wood/brown leatherette/camel leather. Odo: 1 mile. Loose fitting vinyl top. Excellent chrome and paint, with no marks. Some ill-fitting wood at the rear door. Otherwise neat and tidy in and door, and more than likely when you drive the car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $132,000. Awarded the AACA National First Prize in 1989, this older restoration is beginning to show its age. That didn't stop bidders from paying twice the pre-sale estimate. Not surprising, really, with this assemblage of cars and the people gathered to acquire them. TOP 10 No. 7 #2184-1940 FORD DELUXE woody wagon. S/N 185326783. Maroon & wood/brown rubber/brown leather. out. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $231,000. If you'd bought this new for $920, the quarter-million sale here would be quite the return. Like the other woodies present, it sold well above auction estimates, and many present considered this one the finest woody in the sale. #2182-1939 FORD DELUXE convert- ible sedan. S/N 185098575. Dark maroon/tan cloth/tobacco leather. Odo: 845 miles. Some dented and hazy chrome in places hints at an older restoration. But the paint is as flawless as the interior. Headlights are a bit cloudy and appear to be original. 1994 National First with excellent leather and wood throughout. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $308,000. Birdseye maple never looked so good. Ford relied on its vast stores of hardwood at Iron Mountain, MI, to manufacture these wagons. The price paid here doubled the highest estimates. Given the car's 14-year restoration—which earned it 1,000 points at two separate concours—and its history, the price paid was understandable. Prize Winner in Senior Section for the Antique Automobile Club of America. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $101,750. Looked like a driver or parade and show car. Not quite as nice as more than half of this auction's participating cars. As a result, the selling price was dead on the preauction estimates. 104 TOP 10 No. 3 #2186-1940 LINCOLN ZEPHYR Continental cabriolet. S/N H100711. Black/black cloth/red leather. An expertly restored car, with flawless paint, chrome, and glass. Convertible top with red piping is asnew. Claimed to have been a gift from New York Yankees president, Joe McCarthy, to Babe Ruth, though “there is no documentary evidence of Ruth's ownership,” says the catalog. Sports Car Market Odo: 67 miles. Birdseye maple framing with gumwood panels. Some splits to the wood, including at top hinge on driver's side door and an 8-inch split at passenger side rear window bottom trim. Tailgate paint is cracked, with all other paint and chrome in excellent order. Panel gaps and shut lines are to Ford standards. Very nice, clean interior, at auction. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $159,500. An odd example with lots of plywood present. The restoration wasn't nearly as solid as those done to the other woodies here. But it was still an honest car with the stains, scratches, and scars of use. And it still sold at far more than the high estimate. Chalk it up to auction excitement. #2187-1941 MERCURY 19A woody wagon. S/N 99A361421. Maroon & wood/ brown vinyl/maroon leather. Odo: 39,989 miles. Wood shows some cracks if you look hard enough. Hood chrome is hazed, as are the original turn signal lights. Driver's side leather is worn slightly, and interior door looks like it had a bucket of bolts tossed at it. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $170,500. Mercury production Cond: 1. SOLD AT $407,000. A formidable car in its day, it spent the better part of its days with various owners in Canada. Despite the questionable and mysterious provenance, this car brought top dollar, well over auction estimates. If it really did belong to “The Great Bambino,” it didn't for long, and soon became the property of a sportswriter from New York during the Second World War. I'll call this well sold on all counts and extend Ruth's home run record to 715. See the American Profile on p. 52. #2189-1941 FORD DELUXE woody wagon. S/N 186345846. Green & wood/green leatherette/brown vinyl. Odo: 72,782 miles. Hood fits high at the windshield. Issues with hazy chrome in places. Water-stained wood on tailgate around mounting bolts. Swirled paint not up to the high a standard of other examples

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RM Auctions Kensington, NH Column Author was quite low, and smart folks snapped up these attractive woodies as soon as they could. More powerful and fuel efficient than its Ford cousins, this Mercury sold well here, coming in $30k over pre-auction estimates. #2188-1941 FORD SUPER DELUXE con- vertible. S/N 186569310. Black/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 195 miles. Top fit is loose at the passenger side body. Trunk panel fit is high at well-sorted and beautiful, with a dash clock as big as the speedometer. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $71,500. Finally, a clock for folks like me who are near-sighted. The sale price here was in the middle of the estimate, and fair for all. TOP 10 No. 8 #2193-1947 FORD SUPER DELUXE Sportsman convertible. S/N 1953423. Maroon/tan cloth/red leather. Odo: 249 miles.Maple and mahogany panelling and trim looks great, with mostly sound lacquer. Slightly marked chrome in a very small area. Top needs very different prices. Perhaps the guy who lost the first one was determined to get this one. #2195-1993 FORD MUSTANG Cobra R coupe. S/N 1FACP42D6PF169212. Red/gray velour. Odo: 47 miles. Actual mileage. Shut lines are perfect. Four-inch scrape on passenger side front bumper. Plastic headlamps are slightly hazy. Radio delete, pw and ps delete. Good paint and panels appear as-new. A factory racer with right rear quarter, with lots of orange peel in the paint. Eight-inch long scratch on the left front fender. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $68,200. A no-frills Ford and, finally, one that failed to even reach its low estimate. Still a fair deal all around. #2190-1945 FORD GPW utility vehicle. S/N 255202. Olive drab/green canvas/green canvas. Odo: 7,744 miles. Pedestal-mounted 30-caliber machine gun and two rifle scabbards, front pintle hook, tow bar and strap, two walkie talkies, blackout lighting, the works. Thick paint is heavily marked. Panel fit is off almost every to be cleaned. Interior appears as-new. Original blue plastic mascot in almost perfect condition. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $275,000. Called a “shot in the dark” by Ford's Lorin Sorenson, this post-war Ford satisfied America's demand for something new. An important car with excellent pedigree and in almost perfect condition, it was well sold $75k above initial estimates. #2192-1947 MERCURY 79M convertible. S/N 1731862. Burgundy/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 1,939 miles. Paint has been restored to an excellent standard., but scratches at the trunk lid distract from the overall impact. Chrome is near perfect. Art deco style radio in dash is very cool. Wing window trim and rubber has been replaced. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $93,500. Built right after Henry Ford's death, the post-war real guts. 17” wheels from a '94 Mustang GT, four wheel discs, and bulletproof Borg Warner 5-speed transmission. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $42,350. A time capsule survivor. One of just 107 produced, with most seeing work on the track. In order to buy one new, you had to have an SCCA competition license or similar that would ensure that these factory racers were... raced. #2196-2000 FORD MUSTANG Cobra R where. Glass is delaminating. Also includes rucksacks, winch rope, and a spade to get you out of a sticky situation. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $49,500. The sold price here was a far cry from the $300 it used to cost to buy one. Well over twice the high estimate, this one was well sold and then some. #2191-1946 MERCURY 69M convertible. S/N 11A1094917. Black/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 35 miles. Hood shows a small area of slight orange peel. Panel fit is to a very high standard. Chrome and glass are near-perfect. Interior is coupe. S/N 1FAFP47H1YF222893. Red/black cloth. Odo: 36 miles. Acutal mileage. Paint is as-new, as are the glass and upholstery. Two large stone chips on the hood that were fixed improperly. Orange peel is present, just like the day it was new. Front air splitter is undamaged, even after 36 miles. Nice Recaro seats. Brembo Ford and Mercury products held the promise of a new day for their customers. Flashy styling and a more powerful engine were showcased nicely in the new cars. It is not every day you see a post-war Mercury on the streets or at shows, and even though the money here neared the top estimate, it was well bought. #2198-1947 DREYER-FORD MIDGET race car. S/N N/A. Black/red vinyl. Chrome is pitted and exhaust headers are slightly rusted and discolored. Severe orange peeling and all panel fit is to race standards. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $55,000. Race cars are allowed to have horrible paint jobs, provided the cars themselves come with other redeeming qualities. This one came with a good story, including its loss to another man in a card game. Two midgets, two 106 brakes and Cobra R model-only side exhaust. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $62,700. A purebred race machine in as-new condition, this was number two of 300 built. Again, owners had to have a competition license to purchase one. When new, the base car sold for $27,605, plus $23,840 for the Cobra R package and a $300 gas guzzler charge. The money spent here was well over estimates and the deal should be considered well sold. This was all the money and more.u Sports Car Market

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Column Author Kensington Bridgehampton, NY 12th Annual Hamptons Auto Classic The effect of so many Silver Arrows in one place turned Sayre Park into a mini-Mercedes-Benz Classic Center Company Kensington Date June10, 2006 Location Bridgehampton, NY Auctioneers Jim Landis, Omar Landis, and Jeff Knoph Automotive lots sold / offered 27 / 68 Sales rate 40% Sales total $581,185 High sale 1955 Jaguar XK 140 MC, $93,500 Buyer's premium An unexpected storm made for soggy sales Report and photos by Joe Severns Market opinions in italics P Bridgehampton, NY eter Mole and company recently returned to Long Island for the 12th Annual Hamptons Auto Classic. Historically, the event has been one of the bigger summer venues on the East Coast, offering northeast collectors an excellent chance to find concours classics as well as bargain drivers. This year's effort was met with a deluge, complete with 30-knot winds. No local weatherman saw it coming, and it served to change an outcome that surely could have excelled had things been balmy. But rain plus farmland plus millions of dollars in collector cars equals mud, sodden chamois, and buyers and sellers doing all they can to stay dry. More than once I saw a hauler with auction-ready cars in tow turn around and head for home due to the downpour. The weather and the corresponding poor turnout led to a disappointing 40% sell-through and about $582k in receipts, roughly $350k less than last year. That said, the hearty souls who braved the storm were a fun bunch, and they embraced their slickers with smiles, determined to make the most of this atypical summer afternoon. Things got underway with a particularly strong sale, as a driver-quality 1948 MG TC was first to cross the block. It hammered sold at a very strong $55k, no doubt raising hopes that more solid results would follow. 108 But the story of the day turned out to be missed op- portunities. For example, Mercedes-Benz featured highly, including a mint 1955 300S cabriolet and a very good 1956 300C Cabriolet D. A brace of 190SLs also crossed the block, and the effect of so many Silver Arrows in one place turned Sayre Park into a mini-Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. Despite such a selection, however, none of the above sold, with the 300S stalling at $190k, a good $60k short of its target. There were certainly deals for those in the hunt. One such car was a 1974 Austin Mini Cooper that brought $4,290—pocket change, really. Also selling for below retail was a 1988 BMW 635 CSi that brought $9,350 and made me rue not registering to bid. Top sale honors went to a very nice 1955 Jaguar XK 140 MC. The sportiest of all the 140s, it was well-bought at $93,500—about $10,000 light of what I would have expected. As a fixture on the summer auction scene, Peter Mole's event can always be counted upon to provide a healthy mix of sunshine, pristine classics, solid drivers, and plain old used cars. In the past, that's been a formula for success. Though lacking that single key ingredient this year, expect to see the numbers climb next year, when the cars return and Mole works a deal with the local weatherman to keep things clear.u Sports Car Market 10% (included in sold prices)

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Kensington Bridgehampton, NY ENGLISH #1-1948 MG TC roadster. S/N XPAG696TC. Black/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Odo: 22,073 miles. Excellent paint, though the orange grille is poor. Rubber is cracked and broken in places. Very nice tonneau. Some pitting in chrome, but the bulk is sharp. Crack in driver's side floorboard. Split in driver's seat. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $55,000. A claimed three-owner southern car, it was first to cross the block. Usually a car of this caliber would have been offered later, but it sold for a strong result. Both parties were pleased with themselves. #52-1955 JAGUAR XK 140 MC drophead coupe. S/N S817773. Yellow Cream/black cloth/burgundy leather. Odo: 1,555 miles. All chrome is excellent. The top appears newer, but the fit is loose. Panel fit is decent. Handpainted door jambs are awkward. Interior has a slight patina and shows very well overall. Slight surface rust on the radiator grille supports. The MC option adds C-type heads to the inline six, as well as that car's cams, suspension, and wheels. Original Lucas lamps. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $102,850. Outside of the door jambs, this XK had lots going for it, and could have been the perfect car for my wife. It sold well here, within the rapidly advancing 140 market. #12-1957 MGA roadster. S/N HDL3324700. Turquoise/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 48,443 miles. Excellent paint on straight, rust-free panels. The top fit is loose, just like the factory intended it to be. Slight surface rust on the chromed rear luggage rack. All other chrome is excellent. Aftermarket chrome tailpipe sticks out ten inches from the rear bumper and looks a little goofy. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $20,350. This one hit the middle of the estimate, which seemed right. The seller probably could have gotten more dough if he'd have scrapped that tailpipe and fixed the rusted chrome on the luggage rack. As projects for the new owner, they're quite minor, and will only help when it comes time to turn it. #56-1961 JAGUAR XKE convertible. S/N 875139. Red/black HT/black leather. Odo: 87,476 miles. This was #139 of the first batch of 200 cars with outside bonnet locks that required an allen key to operate. All paint, chrome, and glass are nearly perfect, save for the scratched rear window. Console is dented and dirty, but the interior is otherwise perfect. October 2006 109

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Kensington Bridgehampton, NY Column Author a lot of dough. This car needed a good bath and some buff time, but didn't appear to warrant anything more serious. The price was very low, and the buyer should be pleased. #58-2002 LOTUS ESPRIT V8 coupe. S/N SCCDC08262HA10391. Silver/black leather. Odo: 5,021 miles. A 25th Anniversary car, number 46. Panel fit is excellent, along with Desirable wire wheels, but the wide whites look out of place. Restored in 1985 at Red's Jaguar of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. A very attractive car that has obviously spent its life being pampered. There were Post-it notes throughout the dash warning the next owner of various peccadillos like a weak turn signal switch. This one probably needed another five or seven grand to sell. #2-1963 AUSTIN MINI MOKE runabout. S/N AA2575318314M. Blue/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 18,728 miles. Older Earl Scheib respray on straight panels, now with some rust on the hood. Black pushbar at front is a nice touch for all that off-roading these are known AZ, but it never made it. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $49,500. Pity about the chrome and the rubber on this one, as they were really the only issues that held it back. Presented with period Porsche accessories and an old picnic basket, which added to the car's appeal. The high bid was right on the money, and should have bought the car. the paint. Interior appears as-new. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $42,500. The high bid was a bit short, but at the rate these cars are depreciating, it may be enough in a year or two. GERMAN #14-1957 PORSCHE 356 Speedster Replica. S/N 11662267. Guards Red/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 457 miles. A new car. Seller claims it cost $30k to build and that it was driven from Hewitt, NY, to Bridgehampton for the sale. Panel fit is excellent, save for a high spot at the front of the engine cover. #39-1960 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N A1210401000812. Cream/ black cloth/red leather. Odo: 13,239 miles. Excellent chrome. Some hood paint is chipped on the passenger side. The top fits well and appears newer. The repaint is good, but overspray is evident in places. New seat covers fit very loosely, and the new carpets don't cover the floor as they should, with lots of metal showing through. The doors are hard to shut, and require a good slam. Prettied up for auction with wax and Armor All. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $30,000. Black plate California car. The repaint really hurts here, as the standards appear to be very low. Same goes for the inexact interior fit. Would five more minutes of work have hurt? Overall, it looked to be a basket case done up for auction. The seller should have been grateful for this high bid. for. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,510. A decent little beach car. While I inspected it, a young boy said to his father, “Daddy, this would be perfect for the beach, wouldn't it? Much better than your Jeep.” That kid was right. The Mini is much easier to drive, has all the power one would need for a run to the sweet shop near the dunes, and costs 25% of a new Wrangler. Well bought. #3-1974 AUSTIN MINI COOPER hatchback. S/N B397560873. Red/white/black cloth. Odo: 31,186 miles. John Cooper Works stripe kit. Some paint is marked at rear hatch, and some chrome is hazy. Aftermarket stereo and exterior wind deflectors. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $4,290. As an auto-crosser, city car, or country carver, this is a whole lot of fun for not High quality paint, trim, and interior. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $14,850. Speedsters are wonderful if you're 5'7” or less. Though it was all about style and smiles, this was one that would get you relegated to the clone area of any PCA meet, if they let you in at all. I am mystified that the seller let it go so cheap. Well bought. #50-1959 PORSCHE 356A cabriolet. S/N 151633. Black/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 635 miles. Restored to a very high standard. Some chrome is slightly hazy, and the rubber seals are dried and cracked in some places. Claimed to have been prepared for B-J in Scottsdale, #63-1961 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 121042109501393. Red/ black cloth/black leather. Odo: 64,800 miles. Chipped paint at the driver's door bottom. Panel fit is off at the trunk and doors. Taillight chrome is hazy, but all else is excellent. Dirty top. Interior wood trim is faded, but the leather shows an excellent patina. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $26,000. The high bid came in well shy of what the seller was looking for. It wasn't the best 190 out there, but it certainly was a better car than lot 39. The seller was smart to hold on to this one. #5-1965 VOLKSWAGENBEETLE coupe. S/N 11519552. Light blue/tan vinyl. Odo: 69,215 miles. All chrome and panel fits are excellent. Claimed to have had a total restoration, and it looks the part, though some parts lack 110 Sports Car Market

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Column Author Kensington Bridgehampton, NY #21-1973 BMW 3.0 CS coupe. S/N 2240721. Black/black leather. Odo: 87,640 miles. Good paint. Slight rust and hazing on chrome. Old, tired rubber is quite scratched, and the bumpers are in poor condition. Claimed #68-1995 MERCEDES-BENZ SL500 convertible. S/N WDBFA67EISF117208. White/white HT/beige leather. Odo: 66,057 miles. Head lights are discolored. Rear bumper is marked. Slight haze in the paint, with swirl marks throughout. No surprises here; just perfection, like the severe orange peel on the trunk and driver's side rear fender. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $9,240. This was an excellent example of a great starter car, with plenty of parts available anywhere in the world you might like to drive it. The bid here was fair, and both buyer and seller should be happy. #13-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL California convertible. S/N 12009702. Pale green/pale green HT/blue leather. Odo: 87,978 miles. Dirty paint, with slight rust on the top. Pitted chrome on top trim. Euro spec headlights and bumpers. Speedometer in kilometers. Blaupunkt radio. Interior is in excellent to have been serviced and inspected recently. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,400. The 3.0 is one of my favorite cars of all time, and this one sold well above most price guides. The new owner paid plenty and the seller should be dancing in the streets. #4-1973 BMW 2002 tii sedan. S/N 194379S722122. Agave Green/brown vinyl. Odo: 99,268 miles. Claimed restoration in “2002 AD,” with excellent paint and only slight marking on chrome. Incorrect 5-speed transmission from a 320i, a popular upgrade. a well-sorted used car. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $22,550. The SL has always been a very popular automobile for those who have arrived. In the Hamptons, you couldn't swing a cat without hitting four or five of the things. This was a bit more than I would have expected, but nothing over the top. #66-1996 BMW 328 ci convertible. S/N WBABK8327TET92963. Green/beige canvas/beige leather. Odo: 96,357 miles. Dirty paint, interior, and top are indicative of life at a beach. The paint is swirled and the seats order. Dulled paint aside, the whole car has a nice patina. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,675. An all-day exterior detail would do this SL wonders. I wonder, however, why a “California” model has so much European equipment on it. Euro delivery, perhaps? The auto transmission does little for the car, but the hard top is nice to have. A fair deal all around. #53-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304412017898. Red/red HT/beige MB tex. Odo: 27,217 miles. Panel fit and paint are excellent. Chrome is almost perfect, as is the interior. No rust, and no marks of any kind. A superbly presented Pagoda SL. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $27,500. A blue Large split in the driver's seat vinyl. Schrick cam. Sunroof. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $10,500. The car appeared to have been driven and enjoyed in the years since the work was done, but some of the wear indicated that this two-double-oh-two still had problems. The high bid couldn't have missed by much. #11-1987 BMW 635 CSi coupe. S/N WBAEC8408H0613868. Red/black leather. Odo: 96,030 miles. Panel fit is German-precise. Hazy chrome, especially on the front bumper. are worn from heavy use. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,690. This price was in line with wholesale estimates. The car will definitely need a warm soapy bath, as it didn't appear to have been cleaned at all before the sale. Fair money for a used Bimmer. ITALIAN #6-1960 FIAT 1200 Spider. S/N 2118G002115. Red/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 9,060 miles. Well taken care of, with only a slight dent in the driver's side fender trim. Chrome and paint are both excellent, and the interior shows a nice patina. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $8,030. A unique car for very little money. chip convertible, but the high bid just wasn't high enough. The seller wanted a bit more, and I can't blame him. At this level, another ten or even twenty grand wouldn't be out of line. A nearly identical car sold here last year at $55k (SCM# 38588). 112 Driver's side bumper filler is loose. Filthy wheels. The rest of the car is spotless. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $9,350. This selling price was dead on with what the price guides have to say. Neither party should have any regrets on this one. Sports Car Market

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Kensington Bridgehampton, NY And though the price here was on the high side of things, this example was worth it. Buyer and seller should be happy. #19-1975 FERRARI 308 GT4 2+2 coupe. S/N 09998. Rosso Corsa/black leather. Odo: 56,693 miles. What little chrome there is looks good, as does the red paint, of which there is plenty. Windshield is delaminating. Claimed rebuilt transmission and R134A a/c conversion. Rebuilt engine with “Euro” cams and a Odo: 48,841 miles. Heavily marked and chipped paint. Clearcoat is separating from the alloys. Interior is in terrific shape, with no marks or discoloration. A used car. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $2,400. With some TLC, the superficial paint and clearcoat problems could be cleared up, and this would be elevated to the ranks of a nice used car. It's not like these aren't available just about everywhere, so I'm not sure why the seller passed. single distributor electronic ignition. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $28,000. The goofy U.S.-spec bumper takes away from the sharp period lines of this Bertone-styled 2+2. The high bid was smack in the middle of pre-auction estimates, and seemed fair to me. I think the seller may have a hard time finding anything more. JAPANESE #74-1985 MAZDA RX-7 coupe. S/N JM1FB3314F0902072. Blue/gray velour. AMERICAN #34-1953 CADILLAC SERIES 62 Eldorado convertible. S/N 536286117. Red/black cloth/black/ivory leather. Odo: 69,442 miles. Collision damage at driver's side fender skirt. Sloppy panel fit. Mismatched and chipped paint. Rust at the wheelwells. Excellent chrome, though the emblem is pitted, and the gold trim is almost completely worn out. New cloth top is incorrect, with a tiny backlight. Interior leather is great but could use a cleaning. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $42,500. The seller told me that he completed some extensive electrical work over the last two years. The car appeared to be a long-time beach car, with rust up top and underneath. The high bid should have been plenty. #61-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J59S105719. Roman Red/ white/red vinyl. Odo: 86,896 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed frame-up restoration. Slight swirling in the paint. Good chrome. Condensation in the hood logo. Poor fitting October 2006 113

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Kensington Bridgehampton, NY Column Author windshield rubber. Vinyl seat covers are a bit loose. Engine fitted from a later car. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $42,500. I saw no reason for the consignor not to sell here. The high bid was in line with price guides and condition, and the engine really did nothing for value. #28-1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N 24852175374. Red/white canvas/ red & white leather. Odo: 81,125 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Panel fit is to period-variable Detroit standards. Chrome is pitted and marked. Rusty wire wheels. Filthy top and paint, with lots of swirl marks. Plastic back window is melted in places. Lots of rub marks on the door for a tired old horse. Drive it in the salty air and hope that a strong wind doesn't come along and blow it apart. #47-1968 DODGE CHARGER 2-door hard top. S/N XP29H8B452389. Green/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 85,186 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. An a/c car with a 134A upgrade. Delaminating windshield at driver's side top and bottom corners. Stripe kit is marked and the paint is swirled at fenders. High rise manifold, CFI carb, free flow headers. Magnum 500 and jambs from poor fit. Booming aftermarket sound system. Not quite a nasty beast, but no princess, either. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $27,500. An old car with a cheap, loud stereo. The seller decided to showcase the automatic convertible top and gathered sizeable crowd. What should have taken a minute at the most took over five. If the top function was indicative of the overall condition of the car—and it probably was—then seller made out like a bandit. #41-1964 PONTIAC GTO coupe. S/N 824P194016. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 15,878 miles. 396-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Listed as “new paint, new drivetrain.” The metallic paint shows a good luster, though the chrome is pitted. Radir aftermarket wheels appear period-correct. older restoration done to an exacting standard. Panel fit is Lexus-like, with no marks, scratches, or dents on the body. Chrome and glass are excellent, as is the interior. First place finisher at the 2000 AMX National Meet. This was the best AMX I've seen in a long time. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $25,850. Cheap entry into the muscle car hobby, and the purchase price was dead-on with both price guides and the pre-auction estimate. AMXs are the redheaded step children of the muscle car world, but may soon prove to be solid investments. #51-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/ SS 2-door hard top. S/N 124379N585929. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 49,538 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored over the last year to a high standard. Claimed numbers-matching. Slight swirling in the paint. Good chrome, wheels. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $24,000. A slightly different way to get to work. The 383 could be considered the base muscle version of the Charger, but it had decent scoot for a land yacht. This example was well maintained, and looked to have been garaged for most of its life. The bid was light by about six grand. #45-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR 2-door hard top. S/N 8TG2S14345901586. Red/black leather. Odo: 41,528 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Restored to an exacting standard, and chrome, glass, and paint all appear flawless. Ditto the interior. All looks better than the day it first hit the streets. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $150,000. One of the prizes of the show. When Interior vinyl is as-new, with a good patina to the dash and switchgear. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $25,000. The car that started it all. The GTO is still a good buy in muscle car circles, with Hemis and many Chevelles eclipsing the Goat in price long ago. A solid three-box design that ages well. Big surprise that this one didn't sell, as it garnered a lot of attention prior to the auction. #67-1967 FORD MUSTANG convertible. S/N 7T03A198873. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 6,393 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Lots of marks and swirling in the paint. Chrome is pitted and crusted in places. The top is ill-fitting and ripped at the rear, with awrinkled plastic back light. Interior chrome is hazy and dented. This car screams “used and abused.” Cond: 4. SOLD AT $9,900. This was the correct price 114 and nice, clean interior. Engine is superbly detailed. Original style tires and Delco style battery. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $67,500. This car was bid about $10k over what it could and should have sold for, so I'm not sure what the seller was looking for. If there's such a thing as Kensington Fever, this seller had it. Too bad it blurred his senses. #17-1969 CHEVROLET CORVAIR 2-door hard top. S/N 105379W703539. Pale yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 13,692 miles. Mileage believed to be original. Decent paint, with stains from front and rear windshield rubber. Slight crazing at the rain gutters and this bad boy pulled up, everyone took notice, and for good reason. One of the most potent Mustangs ever produced, the KR could be a handful, and quite heavy at the front end, but much more refined than any Chrysler product of the time. There is more money out there for this car, and the owner was smart to hold on to it. #43-1969 AMC AMX fastback. S/N A9C397X111509. Brown metallic & black/tan vinyl. Odo: 41,000 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl. An behind the rear plate. Interior is nearly perfect, with a few use scratches and some hazy steering wheel chrome. The rusted exhaust needs to be replaced. A very nice survivor. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $14,850. A time warp car, with wear consistent with and appropriate for its light use over the years. Well bought and sold.u Sports Car Market

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Column Author Mecum Auctions St. Paul, MN 8th Annual Back to the '50s Auction Once nearly scratched from the calendar, this event has now gotten solid footing and has begun to outpace some of Mecum's longer standing events Company Mecum Auctions Date June 23–24, 2006 Location St. Paul, MN Auctioneers Mike Hagerman, Mark Delzell Automotive lots sold / offered 121 / 226 Sales rate 54% Sales total $2,270,805 High sale 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air, $68,250 Buyer's premium The sale in its interim home, with local aroma included free of charge Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics W St. Paul, MN ith construction underway on a new exhibit building at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, the venue for Mecum's Back to the '50s sale moved for this year out to a parking lot at the far end of the grounds. The relocation removed the sale from one of the main spectator entrances to the fair, and also from the host Minnesota Street Rod Association Back to the '50s event, a huge gathering of rods and customs. But it also provided four acres of flat, paved space for tents, cars, and people, with plenty of elbow room. The move also meant a proximity to the University of Minnesota-St. Paul agriculture campus and its dairy cattle research barns. For those of us with a rural background, the aroma was simply the smell of money. For those city folks less accustomed, it was something else. Particularly on the warm, humid Friday during pre-sale inspection and check-in. The heavens opened up both early and late on Saturday, bracketing the sale with rain. Despite the long walk between the Back to the '50s show and the auction tent, the weather didn't seem to hurt things too much. In fact, it may have helped to keep the lookie-loo spectators down, insuring that those who entered the tent were more intent on buying than they were on looking. The initial numbers from the auction block didn't 116 tell the true story, as several deals were put together post block. Enough, in fact, that the revised sell-through rate, according to the official results released by Mecum, changed from less than half to 54%. While that rate was lower than in recent years, the number of consignments rose dramatically, up 54 from last year's 172. Total sales also enjoyed a modest bump, up $310k from 2005. The sale featured an eclectic mix of cars, with a little something for everyone. One such “little something” was a 1947 Crosley pickup. Novel in its day and equally so today, this nice example brought $9,000, just about right for the narrow market in which they trade. And one notable that failed to sell was also the weekend's slickest custom. A 1932 Studebaker Commander and all stock outside, it crossed the block powered by a crate 5.7-liter ZZ4 Corvette small block, but failed to sell at $55k. Mecum has nearly perfected the regional summertime auction. May and June have seen the Marengo, Illinois firm increase its receipts over years past across the board. A few years ago, it looked liked this sale was on the downturn. Once nearly scratched from the calendar, it has now gotten solid footing and has begun to outpace some of Mecum's longer-standing events. Now with a new home, and more consignments, the future holds a distinct aroma of success. And that's no bullshit.u Sports Car Market $300 on lots up to $5,499; $500 on lots $5,500 to $9,999; 5% thereafter (included in sold prices)

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Mecum Auctions St. Paul, MN GERMAN #S78-1979 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SL convertible. S/N 10704412055962. Silver/ black ST, silver HT/navy MB-Tex. Odo: 139,701 miles. Both tops. Wears several bad, thick repaints. Added wing-type spoiler and third brake light. Both bumpers are heavily scratched and dinged, with sun-baked rubber, and all brightwork is pitted. HT backlight glass is delaminating. No idea of the ST condition. Original vinyl interior is still good below pseudosheepskin covers, but the headrests don't match. Modern DIN-mount stereo. Cracked console decent buy on a solid, southern, drive-it-till-itdrops SL. #S155-1979 PORSCHE 911SC targa. S/N 9119210911. Silver/black fiberglass/black leather. Odo: 99,375 miles. Older body and paintwork are still superb. Front fog lamps point two different directions. Minor scrubbing on both bumpers. Front Recaro leather is hard, with original carpet threadbare in places on the driver's side. Aftermarket leather wheel cover is tattered. Engine bay is dirty, but regular service to drive now and to resell later. Bought well, for the long term. AMERICAN #S534-1932 STUDEBAKER COMMANDER Regal St. Regis Brougham coupe. S/N 8038238. Black/black vinyl insert/black vinyl. Odo: 3,438 miles. Stock from the outside, but powered by a Corvette crate ZZ4 small block with 700R4 automatic transmission. Trick suspension, with custom billet pieces. Custom exhaust makes it sound like no other Stude. Custom stainless fuel tank hangs off the back, making a '72 Pinto look safe. Great paint and panels. Lots of machined bits throughout. Good interior, but the heavy vinyl is wrinkled. Nondescript bias ply whitewall tires seem too weak for all that power. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT wood, with good dash wood. Unkempt engine bay is greasy and dirty, with a badly cracked windshield washer reservoir. Seems to run well. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $6,000. Give it a basic service, drive it with the seat covers on so everyone thinks it has leather, and don't expect to make a dime on it. Dump it as a parts car when something mechanically expensive goes south, and there you have it. A is evident. Documentated timing chain tensioner update to the newer Carrera type. Engine runs well, without scary noises. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $10,100. Sold for a couple of bids past the $9,300 reserve. For someone who would like a longer-term relationship with this car and is willing to do some of the work, finding a set of stock seats on eBay and restoring the interior could yield a Targa that will be rewarding both October 2006 117

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Column Author Mecum Auctions St. Paul, MN $55,000. This was definitely the neatest street rod at the auction, if not the whole Back To The '50s show. It was offered at Mecum's Rockford sale, bid to a no-sale of $67,500. This venue made the most sense as a place to unload it, but after passing in Illinois, there was no way the seller was going to let it go at this bid. I imagine he'll own it for a while longer. #S19-1947 CROSLEY ROUNDSIDE pickup. S/N 47845. Victory Red/black vinyl. Odo: 19,424 miles. New paint upon a well prepped body. Most weatherstrips and seals are new. Missing the gas tank filler tube grommet. Sloppy application of RTV in the windshield gasket seams. Missing passenger side wiper. Aftermarket peep mirror clamped to the driver's doorframe. Cast iron engine block replacement body rides on—Chevy through Cadillac—there are only three words to describe it: Style, Style, Style. Though not the most professional of restorations, and though it required some extra effort by the Mecum staff to get the sale done, Harley Earl and company got this one right, and for $13k it was a harmless way to look good. #S6-1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N P5FH209326. Red/white vinyl ST/black & white vinyl. Odo: 88,343 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. No hard top. Factory optioned with ps and pw. Good older repaint. Chrome is mixed replacement, replated, and original, with some pitting. Non-stock pleated for the original tin COBRA unit. Engine bay is clean enough. Professionally reupholstered seats, with several cracks in the the steering wheel hub. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $9,000. One could make the argument that this was the first styleside pickup truck. That is, if one wants to make the argument that this is really a truck. The seller cut loose his reserve when it hit this final bid, so we can say that this is market correct, even if SCM Crosley expert Donald Osborne disagrees. #S126-1948 PONTIAC SILVER STREAK Eight fastback sedan. S/N P8PB33368. Pale blue & gray/blue velour. Odo: 75,517 miles. Loaded, including a Comet Skyshield aluminum visor, spotlight, fog lamps, bumper guards, and rear window wiper. Good two-tone repaint. Rear fender fit is off, but masked well by good welting. Replated bumpers, with good polished brightwork and only light pitting. Amateur interior work is done well and in a stock-looking pattern, but velour is incorrect for the era. vinyl kick panels in an otherwise stock reupholstery job. Aftermarket sub-dash gauges. Thick undercoating on most of the chassis. Good replacement exhaust. Puffs on startup and under acceleration. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $28,350. The reserve was lifted at $25k, and bidding kept up for a bit after. Sold for a market-correct price, or more like retail plus, as it was an unspectacular example. #S507-1955 CHEVROLET 3100 Cameo 1/2-ton pickup. S/N H255K019461. White/red cloth & whtie vinyl. Odo: 65,189 miles. Powered by a 350-ci Corvette LT1 V8, with a 700R4 auto tranny that looks to be competently done. Good older repaint, with a few scattered nicks. Older rechromed bumpers, with original trim mildly dinged, pitted, or scratched. Aftermarket modern a/c, underdash gauges, Gennie floor-mount seals and weatherstripping are new. New and replated chrome, with most brightwork restored and polished, but for a few nicks. Complete replacement ABC interior is neatly installed, with aftermarket underdash gauges, in-dash stereo CD and package shelf speakers. Clean engine bay, with great underbody detail. Over-throaty non-stock dual exhaust is annoying. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,725. The '57 Chevy has long been the collector's darling, while equivalent Fords have lagged behind somewhat, despite trumping the former in 1957 showrooms across the country. Humidity and salt destroyed many of each, but this Southern California car escaped such a fate. And someone did a fine job to help. Perfectly suited now for cruising, so I'd call it bought well. Especially considering that the effort to do the car must have exceeded this price. #S516-1958 BUICK CENTURY Riviera 2-door hard top. S/N 6E1094589. Black/red/ black & white vinyl. Odo: 35,072 miles. Horrible prepwork, with fresh paint over cracked and lifting paint below. Fin tops show some ripples. Good door fit, if shut with authority. Very good original body chrome. Sticky, tarry sealant from the replacement door seals ran down the forward shifter, and door window frame-mounted peep mirrors. Older replacement interior shows some light wear. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $25,000. Even with its styled fiberglass-fendered box, this topof-the-line pickup was hardly a strong seller in period, but they have now achieved a status shared by big-block 1967 Corvettes, in that there are more in existence today than when new. The powertrain swap didn't help here. It was bought at a market-correct price, but I wouldn't say it was bought well. #S53-1957 FORD FAIRLANE 500 2-door The kick panels have also been redone in this, and are loosely mounted. Generally clean and stock engine compartment. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,125. No matter which GM chassis the immediate post-war 2-door fastback sedanette 118 hard top. S/N C71LV170756. Red & black/red & black vinyl & nylon. Odo: 13,552 miles. Originally painted a monotone Colonial White with a white and blue interior. Fresh, professional frame-off restoration. Arrow-straight body with a superb enamel repaint. All body driver's door frame. Good original interior, with only some light soiling on the driver's end of the bench seat. Newer replacement headliner. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $23,100. To the casual observer, this appeared to be a decent looking car. To the rest of us, we wish they wouldn't have bothered to paint it, so someone else could've done it right. At this price, there isn't any room economically for a repaint. #S550-1958 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-door hard top. S/N F580149217. Light blue/white/blue vinyl & nylon. Odo: 64,465 miles. Fender skirts, aftermarket Eaton a/c, and chromed valve covers. Good repaint, with some color lifting at the two-tone color break. All exterior plating is redone, except the vent window frames and heavily scuffed roof drip rails. Expertly installed seat kit. Non-stock door lock plungers and wrapped steering wheel cover. Engine bay and undercarriage are clean and detailed with glossy black paint. Non-stock straight exhaust and outlets make the 348 raspier than stock. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $33,600. Two- Sports Car Market

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Mecum Auctions St. Paul, MN similarly equipped Chevys of the same year. As an example, this is about what you could expect to spend for a '64 Impala SS 2-door hard top with a 250-hp 327 in it. Therefore, current market-correct price. #S567-1965 CHEVROLET CORVAIR tone was a $32 factory option, but it is rarely encountered these days. At least on an Impala. Though nicely done, there were several liberties taken from stock that could be easily rectified. I don't doubt that the 348 wasn't in it when the car left the Flint assembly plant, either. Everyone did alright on this deal. #S551-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 30837S117200. Riverside Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 59,665 miles. 327/340, 4-bbl, 4-sp. GM-spec panel fit and body prep under the repaint. Most chrome is replacement. Door window seals are threadbare and most weatherstrips are tattered. Good quality reproduction upholstery shows almost no wear. Underhood is engine bits, including the dipstick, fuel lines, and positive battery cable!?! Lots of wear to the engine compartment. Typical failed rear engine mount. Aftermarket finned aluminum oil pan. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $6,500. The consignors needed a reality check here. Not only did they think their $10k reserve was realistic, they dusty and dirty, with surface corrosion on most exposed metal. Aftermarket valve covers and air cleaner. Odd metallic noises at idle. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. The whole car gave the impression that it had been put together rather than conscientiously restored. And the noises in that potent engine were a bit worrisome. The bid was more than enough. #S44-1964 FORD GALAXIE 500 XL 2-door hard top. S/N 4J68X143736. Gold metallic/white vinyl/white & gold vinyl. Odo: 43,247 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Dealerinstalled Select-Aire a/c, ps, pb. Newer paint, with only a few specks in the trunk clearcoat. All trim is highly polished to better-than-new. A few ripples in an otherwise excellent replacement top. New weatherstrips, but for nasty trunk seal. Well-preserved original interior is clean, Aftermarket in-dash AM/FM/cassette. Clean, nicely detailed engine bay and undercarriage. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $21,000. Not as original as the consignor would have you believe, but still was the basis for a pretty nice car. Had this been a Super Sport, the seller would've Monza convertible. S/N 105475W288287. Ermine White/black vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 97,829 miles. Described as a 3-sp, but I found four. Nice panels and prep, with a good repaint. Chrome is replated, replaced, or original. Door glass seals are threadbare. Older top is soiled. Clark's replacement carpet and upholstery are well done, but contrast with some worn original interior panels. Several oddly red-painted fibbed the model year to get it displayed outside the auction for BTT50s, whose cut-off is 1964. Per the dataplate, this car wasn't even built until the fourth week of June in 1965. They need to go back to Indiana and take it to a proper threering circus. #S505-1966 CHEVROLET CAPRICE 2- door hard top. S/N 166476C127401. Butternut Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 13,362 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optioned with a/c, ps, pb. Original California spec car, with functional smog gear still in place. Decent repaint, though door jambs and inner trunk lid wear the original. Professionally buffed chrome and trim. Repro chrome Rallye wheels. Excellent original interior, with slight seam separation on passenger seatback and mothball scent throughout. with a split seam on passenger's side seat back. Underhood shines with clearcoat. Glass-smooth idle with a sedate dual exhaust tone. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $18,375. It seems like '64 Fords are starting to get some respect in the marketplace, ratcheting up in price and keeping pace with October 2006 119

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Column Author Mecum Auctions St. Paul, MN been right to stick to his reserve. However, the notchback Caprice doesn't have anywhere near the demand of the SS, even with a 325-hp big block. In this case, if there was serious interest, a deal should've been put together. #S3-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS 2-door hard top. S/N 124377L113440. Royal Plum & white/white vinyl/white deluxe vinyl. Odo: 10,994 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory options include console with gauge pack, power discs, ps, and a/c (now converted to R134A). Total resto in 1986, with excellent panels and a nice repaint, though now with some chips to both door tops. Sharp brightwork that seems mostly replacement from the resto. Older windshield and gasket, and older repro interior that fits well, with little wear. Late '80s in-dash AM/FM/cassette. Clean and mostly all GM in the engine bay. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $22,500. The $28k reserve was far more realistic than what was offered here. Camaros are still going up in value, even hard tops with vinyl roofs, so the seller was right to pass. #S37-1967 PONTIAC GTO 2-door hard top. S/N 242177G124153. Fathom Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 13,284 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4sp. PHS documented-GTO with ps, pb, Rallye II wheels, close-ratio 4-sp, console, and woodtone steering wheel. Engine is a non-original 1969 block with 1967-ish heads. Good prep and paint. Hood sits high at the cowl and side upper rear valance. New vinyl top is well-fitted. Replacement trim and bumpers, with alignment issues to the latter. Newer seat upholstery, with missing door lock hole gaskets. Tidy and mostly FoMoCo engine bay, though the lump itself runs a bit rough, with hood shake at idle. Aftermarket rear helper leaf springs, with exceptionally long bolts. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,970. I saw this car at the Pioneer auction in Murdo, SD a month ago, bid there to a $10,250 no-sale. Except for 40 extra miles on the clock, nothing's changed since. And my thoughts haven't either, but I was glad the consignor grasped the market reality in those 30 days and did away with his optimistic $14k reserve. #S73-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS Replica 2-door hard top. S/N 123377N101231. Red & white/black vinyl. Odo: 66,357 miles. Non-original, low power 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Cowl induction hood, Rallye wheels with radials. Quickie resale red repaint with minimal prep or masking, plus orange peel on most compound curves. Repro RS emblems are ill-fitted, off-center at nose. All easy chrome is new or replated, but drip rails and vent window frames are old and and patina, but isn't worn through. Underhood there's not much to brag about, and things are pretty dirty. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $10,250. The good news is that it's original. The bad news is that it's original. Somehow, I wouldn't be surprised if the oil was original, and I fully expect the brake fluid to be. Without maintenance and care, you don't have preservation, just wear. It's getting to the point that the only '67 Mustang convertibles that sell for under $10k are in rusty pieces on a pallet. While this one is not that bad, I can't see myself saying this was market pricing, either. #S137-1967 PLYMOUTH GTX 2-door hard top. S/N RS23L1195185. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 44,180 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Aftermarket Weiand 4-barrel intake manifold, spark plug wires, chromed alternator, underdash accessory gauges, 1970ish FM/cassette converter for the stock AM radio. Repro Magnum 500 wheels and Redline tires. Good body prep and repaint. All chrome and trim is reused and mostly good, with light crazing throughout. glass overlaps on both sides. Recently installed interior vinyl kit. Engine bay is clean but bland. Newer undercoating and shock absorbers. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $28,875. Chances are that the original block got lunched back in the days when it was just a used car, so while it will never be “numbers-matching” again, at least it doesn't have a story with an unhappy ending. Average to blah Goat for an average to blah price. #S65-1967 FORD MUSTANG 2-door hard top. S/N 7R01C204820. Red/white vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 9,854 miles. 289-ci V8, 2bbl, auto. Recent aftermarket a/c; repro Rallye wheels with modern generic radials. Excellent repaint, but for unsightly trunk lid edge and 120 rough. Aftermarket wheel, stereo, and rear shelf speakers in bad carpeting. Original driver's seat has some loose seams. Almost nothing is stock underhood. Cheap exhaust system. It had to be jumped in the staging lanes. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $15,750. This was within another jump start of being assigned a #4+ condition. Apart from never seeing the correct engine again, there was really nothing wrong here that couldn't be fixed. But why bother? This was a blue-collar play toy and not an investment. As such, more than enough was paid here. #S103-1967 FORD MUSTANG convert- ible. S/N 7F03C214512. Light yellow/black vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 59,470 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Claimed to be all-original, including the mileage. Original paint has lifted at various places, especially on the left front fender and doors, where rust is also blistering the bottoms. Good fit but tight gaps to the doors. Most chrome and trim is dinged and pitted, including the older rechromed bumpers. Aftermarket mud flaps at all four corners. Interior vinyl shows some wear Good original interior, but not real clean, with scuffed but useable aluminum console trim. Clean engine bay, with no attempt to keep the mechanicals factory stock. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $27,000. Consigned by a long-term owner, so his reserve was where his heart was, and not with the market. The amount bid here was pretty much spot-on for a “box-car” GTX that is basically stock, or else an easy conversion back to stock. #S96-1968 CHEVROLET NOVA Yenko S/C Replica 2-door hard top. S/N 113278W221892. Black & white/black vinyl. Odo: 78,113 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Described as “Yenko options added.” NOM from who knows where? Decent repaint, but with lots of orange peel and dust on door frames and A-pillar. Badly applied stripe, with wrinkles and tiny gap between stripe segments. Easy trim was redone, with original grille and vent window frames pitted. Newer replacement vinyl and black rubber floor “carpet.” The nub from the original column shift lever is still present, while an aftermarket floor-mounted ratchet shifter has replaced it. Nothing underhood is stock or original. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,225. Sports Car Market

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Mecum Auctions St. Paul, MN Plenty of people described this car as a clone as they eyed it, giving plenty of reasons why and how that was the case. But it wasn't copied from a specific car; instead, it was put together as someone's lame fantasy of what he felt a Yenko SC should've been. So rather than also calling it a “clone,” we'll try “replica.” It just sounds better than “falsie.” There are better ways to spend fifteen grand. #S12-1969 MERCURY COUGAR XR-7 2-door hard top. S/N 9F93M531016. Medium blue metallic/navy vinyl/navy leather. Odo: 2,714 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Missouri car. Optioned with ps and pb. Fresh cheapie repaint that doesn't look too bad. One touchedup gouge in the right rear flank. Non-stock dual exhaust system, but runs quiet. Original leather interior is starting to get stiff. Aftermarket indash stereo. Good engine bay detailing, though the hardware in there is a mixed bag. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $8,500. Last seen at Mecum's Spring 2006 Belvidere sale, where it sold for $16,380. The amount offered here was more than appropriate for a garden variety XR-7, rather than the $14k reserve, which was more in line for a big-block car. As it is now, Cougars of this era are overweight cousins to the Mustang, and are still considered a cheap date. #S14-1969 FORD MUSTANG 2-door hard top. S/N 9F01H116313. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 49,576 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Good door fit; trunk and hood not so much. Fresh, thick repaint, especially in the door jambs, with data plate stampings illegible. Replated bumpers, with trim repro replacement. Windshield and backlight seals are old, with all other weatherstripping newly installed after the repaint. Clean and all FoMoCo underhood. Original interior shows a little wear, but is hightly detailed. Repro Magnum 500 wheels on radial tires. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $11,000. Sure, 1969 Mustangs are popular, but most folks aren't after a base-level hard top with a two- barrel 302 and an auto tranny. So here was a Mustang with limited appeal. I wouldn't doubt that more than the amount bid here was put into it, but it may take some effort to find a willing buyer at the desired price. #S156-1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD 2- door hard top. S/N 223379L276984. Blue metallic/white vinyl. Odo: 79,640 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Cheap repaint, with oxidation, peeling, and surface rust throughout, especially

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Recent Il Biscione sales on eBay by Geoff Archer #1400082475-1974 ALFA ROMEO 2000 GTV coupe. S/N AR3024061. Silver/brown. Odo: 83,754 miles. 22 photos. Arlington Heights, IL. Stored 20 years. All original except radio. Spica Injection. “All the chrome and glass are in good shape. Rust in typical spots,” which includes “wholes” in the passenger rocker, quarter, and trunk lid. Solid pans. Needs reupholstering. where original vinyl top used to be. Lots of body filler as well. Older window tint in varying degrees of peel. Tatty interior is not helped by being white. Goofy older dual exhaust with Ferrari-esque turned-up outlets. Filthy engine bay, with haphazard aftermarket parts tacked on over several decades. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $4,000. SCM's Ad-Sales Maven, Cindy Meitle— our resident first-generation Pontiac F-body aficionado—wasn't here to buy it as a gussy-itup-on-the-cheap project ride for the Muscle Car 1000. Thus, I don't foresee life getting better for this tired old Fireturd. #S529-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 2-door hard top. S/N 124379L512048. Hugger Orange & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 74,698 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4sp. Cowl induction hood, power discs, AM/FM. Exceptional repaint, if not a bit thick with muted body character lines. GM-spec panel fit and replacement vinyl roof. Good replacement interior. Spotless engine bay, with lots of chrome, including the tube headers. Light road grunge to the undercarriage. Flowmaster exhaust and Car was parked because “it needed a clutch master cylinder.” 1 bid, sf 4, bf 24. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $2,000. At least the headliner is in good shape. Seriously. this was a fine price for a parts car, but the spread between this basket case and a perfect one is not yet enough to justify undertaking the restoration. #4620216681-1974 ALFA ROMEO 2000 GTV coupe. S/N AR3023002. Red/black cloth. Odo: 27,401 miles. 34 photos. Wichita, KS. 27k local, one-owner, actual miles. “Purchase new in Oklahoma City by the original owner and has spent its life in Witchita.” Front seats recovered in cloth. Battery moved to trunk. Otherwise all original, including the tires, which are not mounted, but are included. Recent valve job and filters. Excellent photos show belled outlets make for an overly beefy and borderline obnoxious exhaust note. Hurst shifter. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $48,000. This had enough trinkets screwed to it to almost call it a modified show car, but it wouldn't take too much to return it to stock concours condition. I'd wait for a Level II VIN inspection on the body before going to that trouble. Until then, plenty was bid here. a decent car with rust just beginning to work on the jack points and behind the left rear wheel. 171 bids, sf 140, bf 0. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,900. It's so hard to give a #3 condition rating when it's so nice topside. But it's equally crazy to call any car with a mildly rusty undercarriage any number starting with a 2. The novice bidder might have been similarly confused, and still has a zero rating a few months after the sale, perhaps indicating that he never made it to Wichita for delivery at this high price. #4626570289-1974 ALFA ROMEO 2000 GTV coupe. S/N AR3025816. Burgundy/black. Odo: 90,594 miles. 18 photos. Sacramento, CA. California car with factory a/c and not a speck of rust. 500 miles on a $20k cosmetic restoration. “The engine was rebuilt #S76-1970 PONTIAC GTO The Judge Replica 2-door hard top. S/N 242378P102071. Omaha Orange/white vinyl. Odo: 70,549 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Horrid repaint looks: a) to have been prepped by spraying the body with dust; b) painted and then dusted; or c) all of the above. Lots of filler beneath had the Fright Pig Detector shrieking. Aftermarket mirrors and most emblems are crooked. The tape stripe and ine paying twelve grand for it, and I don't want to see it again. Anywhere. #S102-1970 OLDSMOBILE 442 W-30 Replica 2-door hard top. S/N 344770E138417. Light blue & black/black vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 99,988 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Mediocre repaint with lazy prep. Door frame mouldings are scuffed, most body trim is original but mildly pitted, and bumpers are rechromed. Newer seat vinyl and carpet, with a detailed dash and redyed dash pad. Underhood, repro cylinder head casting designator is modded to look like W-30 “F” heads. Runs so rough the Ram Air scoop on the air cleaner looks like it's gasping for air. The exhaust sounds bad and smells worse. Sits low on the rear suspension. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $21,000. All W-30s were built only at Oldsmobile's “home” plant in Lansing, MI, (Mcode). This car's VIN carried an E-code, which meant it was built in Linden, NJ, and therefore a no-brainer in the fakey-doo department. At least it was a real 442, the only value in this car. Since no real W-30s were harmed to make it, the bid was plenty here, and it should have sold. #S515-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER T/A Replica 2-door hard top. S/N JH23H0E127976. Dark green metallic & black/black vinyl. Odo: 6,710 miles. 340-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Built in Arizona in the late 1980s from a base-level car. The data plate is missing, fancy that. Excellent older repaint and graphics. Doors line up, but need some grunt to shut. Older interior kit shows almost no wear. Aircraft-style seat belts replace the stock units. Neat and tidy engine bay, with aftermarket tube headers, Edelbrock intake manifold, Mopar Performance cast aluminum eleven years ago and has only 30k on it.” In the seller's words, it's “a three footer.” 40 bids, sf 5, bf 40. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $23,351. Too bad eBay doesn't have a separate field for “$$$ invested in recent restoration.” But that would make it too easy. Buying a car for the restoration cost is almost always a good plan. Conversely, no one ought to make a habit of selling pretty cars for a loss.u 122 graphics are perhaps the best part of the car. Aftermarket stereo and wheel. Older replacement seats are now sun-burned, especially the seat backs. No attempt at a clean-up underhood, with an engine that is at best questionable. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $12,285. I've seen this fakey-doo here at least once before. Frankly, I can't imag- valve covers. Some low quality fixes, including aluminum foil wrapped over the opened a/c line ends. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $30,450. Plenty about this car indicated its false status, including that horrible color. Mopar never used black graphics on such a dark paint color, and a T/A couldn't be ordered in dark green metallic anyway. It's made the rounds this auction season, last seen at Mecum Rockford. At each venue, this was the bid neighborhood, so the dealer consignor probably figured this was the market for a fakey-doo Challenger. Wisely cut loose. #S518-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-door hard top. S/N 136370K178182. Sports Car Market

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Red & black/red vinyl. Odo: 15,727 miles. Loaded, including Positraction, cowl induction hood, Strato bucket seats with center console, a/c, tinted glass, remote right door mirror, tilt wheel, AM/FM, rear defogger, and washer fluid level monitor. Entire powertrain is claimed numbersmatching. Original build sheet, window sticker, and Protect-O-Plate. Fully restored in 1989, and fluffed up in the last year. Superb paint and very good panel fit. All GM underhood, and mostly NOS parts. Hard-to-replace washer reservoir is lightly crazed. Flawless interior. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $49,000. The consignor went to great lengths to market this car, including printing up a full-color 4-page brochure. And though it wasn't quite the bee's knees of SS Chevelles he thought it was, it was a good car and exceptionally marketable. I have a feeling we'll see this one again, and I think it will find the $55k or so required. #S25-1972 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE Malibu 2-door hard top. S/N 1D37H2L548455. Pale yellow & black/white vinyl. Odo: 47,695 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. VIN shows it left the Van Nuys plant as a Malibu with a 2-barrel 350. Factory-style a/c, ps, pb, and now sporting Heavy Chevy graphics. Nice glossy repaint, but with inconsistent hue shifts. Good enough panel gaps. Some bubbles in the graphics. Original chrome and trim show some minor blemishes. Some wear to original, redyed interior. Minimal engine bay and undercarriage detailing. Runs rich, with blue smoke during startup. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,013. The Heavy Chevy package, offered in both 1971 and '72, was Chevy's first wannabe muscle car, as it was all bark and no bite. But for the 454, any V8 could be installed; mostly they came with the self-destructive 307 mill or, like this car, the two-pot 350. Making a fakey-doo Heavy Chevy is a real act of desperation. It took some pleading to get the seller to drop his reserve, but he finally got smart and let it go for this generous offer. #S58-1978 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. S/N 1Q87L8L516227. Medium blue metallic/blue velour. Odo: 94,618 miles. 350ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory a/c, ps, pw, pdiscs. Superficial, well-matched external repaint, but not door jambs or panel gaps. Rear spoiler is slightly darker, perhaps done later. All emblems in moderately varied degrees of sun fade. Two of four headlights are original. Recent non-OEM windshield. Cloth seats are near mint, with some discoloration to steering wheel and door panel ends. 1980s aftermarket Concord in-dash AM/FM/cassette, with factory speakers. Clean engine bay, but not detailed. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $11,500. It reran later in the day, to no avail at one bid less, $11k. As the Trans Am, lot S559, was a better car with similar mileage, the consignor's reserve was way out in left field at $18k. In both cases, the market spoke, and it said “$11k to $12k for your late-'70s / early'80s F-body driver is all you'll get today.” u October 2006 123

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eBay Motors Report by Geoff Archer Market opinions in italics A h, the race car. From the real-deal thoroughbred all the way down to the home-built special, no type of collectible automobile will ever be as tough to value. Here's a selection of some of the more interesting racers we managed to find, and for some bargain-basement prices. Condition inferred from seller's descrip- tions; cars were not physically examined by the author. sf=seller's feedback; bf=buyer's feedback #4586585355-1948 MG TC roadster. S/N TCEXU9867. Green/tan. RHD. 12 photos. Deerfield Beach, FL. Known as “old grandma,” this MG was “raced in Central LA, SW Division SCCA in 1960-1964 by Bill Bradley.” Many 1st place finishes. “The last race was in 1964 and (in the 80s) the car was restored from this era.” Restoration now shows its age; “was 13” Minilites. Modern 5-sp. Some fiberglass is cracking. “It is registered as a 1962, possibly qualifying for some historic vintage events.” 17 bids, sf 728, bf 210. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,600. Though your grandparents or your kids will believe it's a race car (especially if you're wearing your swimming goggles and a long, flowing scarf), no vintage racing group will. This was market price, if not a bit light, for a racy looking street car. #4581670810-1965 TVR GRIFFITH coupe. S/N 400029. White. 7 photos. Central California. “This is a genuine Griffith with California title and license plate ‘GRIFF29'.” Abandoned race car project. Car is apart. Parts include: Hi-Po 302 bored to 342; Salisbury rear; T5 close-ratio 5-sp and new windshield, Panasports, Weber 48s, etc. “Missing is exhaust, sitting for about 4 or 5 years and needs some attention (carbs need adjusting and temp gauge broken...).” Top bows included. 4 bids, sf 12, bf 6. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $14,600. Forgetting the race history, this was a good buy by a couple of grand. The new owner now has to decide what to do with it. Concours restoration? VSCCA race car? Neither path would be economical, so I say fix the foibles, and enjoy it as-is. #4584556649-1962 WESTFIELD ELEVEN Lotus 11 Replica race car. S/N GAN3L47710. Green & yellow/black vinyl. 24 photos. Anacortes, WA. 1,150-pound fiberglass/tube frame replica of a Lotus 11 sports racer. Many authentic Lotus bits, including Smiths gauges and 1600 Twin Cam engine. fuel tank, plumbing.” Your basic race car in a box. 4 bids, sf 1114, bf 55. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $27,500. Seller says, “I have spent a fortune ($36k) already, all you need to do is assemble it.” As we all know, if it were that easy, the seller would just “assemble it.” Therefore we also know that losing only 25% of your money selling a totally disassembled car is a coup. Well sold. #4573379882-1974 JENSEN-HEALEY roadster. S/N 111016922. Red/black/black. 21 photos. Lubbock, TX. Salvage title. 5.0-liter (1990) Mustang drivetrain, including automatic with overdrive, steering column, gauges, and switches. 3.70 posi rear, 8-point roll bar, 12gallon fuel cell, nitrous. “Paint has a few chips, 124 Sports Car Market top has some stitching coming out, interior needs some minor trim work. Great cruiser, autocrosser, drag racer.” 12.43 sec. 1/4 mile. 3 bids, sf 156, bf 57. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $8,000. Better looking than a 1990 Mustang GT convertible, this frankenswap is probably a lot more fun for about the same money. C'mon, I dare you to call it the Jensen-Wheelie. #4571357358-1977 TRIUMPH SPITFIRE roadster. S/N FM64155VO. Red/black. 6 photos. Cullman, AL. Tired-looking race car bought as part of an estate. Seller suggests bargain NASA, SCCA, or autocross use. No log books. “Needs new belts, switch, and fire extinguisher for SCCA Club Racing's new TimeTrials Program.” Also needs paint. 17 bids, sf 160, bf 90. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $2,600. Bargain basement racers are allowed to be ugly. But they need to be safe, too. The go-kart price here did no harm, but the buyer should do no more than bleed the brakes, use and abuse the car, then sell it in Grassroots Motorsports for a break-even when something better comes along. #4581105975-1956 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE coupe. S/N 1244240. Candy Apple Green/green. Odo: 83,099 miles. 6 photos. Sedona, AZ. A racer from new. Known as “Puddlebug,” built by Bruce Mori-Kobu with a Judson supercharger. Canvas “ragtop” sunroof. #53 decals are original and pre-date “Herbie.” Totally rust-free. Hard, old tires. “Original engine was rebuilt at some unknown date; an 8

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Fresh Meat Online sales of recent production cars. 2007 MERCEDES-BENZ CLS 63 dowel EMPI crank and 3/4 cam were installed at that time.” Two superchargers come with, but neither is installed. 19 bids, sf 394, bf 283. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $9,400. Old Beetles appreciate about like they accelerate. Even Judson superchargers can't change that. But period authenticity says this was well bought at about the price of a totally stock Bug. #4588636424-1973 FIAT 128 SL coupe. S/N N/A. Red with white and green stripes/tan. Odo: 99,878 miles. 24 photos. Bellevue, WA. Fastback coupe street car that “used to be used in some SCCA sanctioned rallies, but no pro rallies.” Panasports, headers, quad exhaust. Older lacquer paintjob. 15k miles on clutch. 3rd will go, stop, and turn beautifully, but never be worth much money. #4584759199-1928 FORD A Dry Lakes Special roadster. S/N N/A. Raw aluminum/ black. 24 photos. McMinnville, OR. Single seat (out of a bomber) Dry Lakes racer built from a narrowed Model A. Body is hand-formed aluminum. Nickel-plated radiator shell is from an “Earthmaster Farm Equipment tractor or grader.” Flathead has dual Thomas carbs. “16 inch Kelseytype Ford wires (with cast spinners) Date sold: July 26, 2006 Sale location: eBay Motors #140008712226 Details: Bid for amount over MSRP. Black/ black, Premium 2 pkg. 389 includes phone prewiring, active ventilated seats, nav, power rear window shade, headlamp washing system, Bi-Xenon Active Light System, Keyless Go, high-gloss wood trim, Alcantara head liner, ParkTronic, 19” rims Sale result: $3,650, 11 bids Seller's feedback: 49 Buyer's feedback: 0 MSRP: $92,200 Other current offering: Isringhausen Imports, Springfield, IL, asking $99,695 for a new car 2007 TOYOTA CAMRY HYBRID gear grinds. Worn but presentable car. 46 bids, sf 48, bf 698. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $3,300. TSD rallies require one to drive around, sometimes all day and all night, just to be on time. Taking a FIAT anwhere that requires one to be on time is folly. No harm at this price, but don't expect to win anything but Editor Martin's admiration. #4573478706-1969 DATSUN 2000 road- ster. S/N SPL31119956. Red/black. 9 photos. Spartanburg, SC. “In 1969 a Datsun dealer in Northwest Ohio decided to create his ‘ultimate' C production competition car” using a 1600 trade-in. Engine was BRE-built ($6k in '69). Dealer's wife piped up, and this car never turned a wheel. Car is well-preserved but for are on all four corners- with skinnies up front and track tires out back.” Dash plaque claims 101 mph in 1958. Overall, “Just a BITCHIN' unit!!” 17 bids, sf 676, bf 493. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,500. Seller is selling for a friend who “bought it without discussing it with his wife - and honestly there is not enough room for him to sleep in it - if you get my drift!” SCM staffers must be too busy typing to scoop up all the bargains in Oregon. This one-off hot rod sold for about 1/2 to 1/3 retail. #2900105869-1966 SHELBY GT350 R Replica fastback. Eng. # 3399F05B12. White & blue/black. 9 photos. Encinitas, CA. Shelby GT350 R clone built in 1980 by North County Mustangs as the prototype of an authorized (by Donald Landy, President of Shelby American Holdings) line of turn-key replicas that never Date sold: July 27, 2006 Sale location: eBay Motors #200009433678 Details: 2,800 miles used. Private seller has back problems, needs a Cadillac. XM. Tinted windows Sale result: $25,300, 6 bids Seller's feedback: 39 Buyer's feedback: 202 MSRP: $25,900 Other current offering: Vandergriff Toyota, Arlington, TX asking $29, 998 for a new red car 2007 MERCEDES-BENZ S600 V12 copious paint chips. Period race equipment intact. 10 bids, sf 337, bf 28. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $5,601. Though I know and idolize Pete Brock, his Datsun-branded progeny just don't bring the big bucks unless it's a true BRE factory car, of which there are only a handful. The cool history of this car is its lack of history, and therefore no bad welds, shunts, or clips. So it's a great basis to start a race car build—one that October 2006 happened. New paint, new 347-ci V8, 5-sp, fire system, fuel cell, etc. 4 bids, sf 1, bf 74. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $45,465. At 1/8 the cost of an original, a clone like this can make a lot of sense, either to augment a real trailer queen/show-only car, or to be the collectible itself. Too bad ol' Shel wasn't on any of the scanned docs here, but then again, if he were, this wouldn't have been so well bought. The buyer could have paid $20k to $30k more if SAAC could verify the story. u Date sold: August 2, 2006 Sale location: eBay Motors #140014321285 Details: 5,910 miles used. Recent Trade-in to Galauser MBZ in Westminster, CO Sale result: $135,000 “Buy-It-Now” Seller's feedback: 42 Buyer's feedback: 3254 MSRP: $143,675 Other current offering: Mercedes-Benz of Tampa, Tampa, FL asking $143,675 (MSRP) for a new caru 125

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Motobilia Carl Bomstead Light Up the Sky RM's sale raises the bar, as prices for Mike Dingman's porcelain and neon signs set records M ike Dingman started collecting signs in the traditional manner. We all look for stuff for our cars, stumble across a cool sign and think it would look great in the garage. One leads to two, and off we go. But Mike Dingman did not stop. In a touch over four years, he assembled an astonishing collection, the majority of which was offered at the RM auction on June 10 and 11 in Kensington, New Hampshire. Every year or so, a bellwether event sets the tone for the future. If results from this auction are any indication of interest and pricing, then signs are on solid footing. New buyers spent money with abandon, and the majority of signs went for figures unheard of just a few years ago. But what may have been outlandish then is market correct in today's heated environment. RM offered shipping for these pieces—albeit rather pricey—but at least you could determine what it would cost to get your purchase home, which was a big plus. When a company with the reputation of RM gets in the sign business with service, extensive advertising, a quality catalog, and exposure to their broad customer base, signs have taken a major step towards the mainstream. $1,200–$1,800. SOLD AT: $2,990. This sign was 48” x 48” and was embossed, which gave it a three-dimensional effect. Another example was offered—lot 1408—that had neon and a backing can and sold for $4,888. Let's see… the can, neon, transformer, etc., would cost us about $800, so the buyer could make a tidy profit here. LOT #1093—SANTA FE TRAILS PORCELAIN BUS SIGN. RM Grade: 7+. Estimate: $8,000–$10,000. SOLD AT: $8,050. Bus signs are very collectible, and with the image of a vintage bus and decent condition, the price can easily reach the low five figures. It is difficult to call $8,000 for a sign a good buy, but this was the case here. With only minor edge damage and good luster, the sign could have easily topped the high estimate. I can only speculate that the crowd was saving their money for later. LOT #1123—SHELL PORCELAIN CLAMSHELL SIGN. RM Grade: 8. Estimate: 126 LOT #1143—MARINE GASOLINE PORCELAIN SIGN. RM Grade: 6+. Estimate: $4,000–$6,000. SOLD AT: $4,025. This sign has a great image of a vintage Gar Wood speedboat, but lacked in luster and had several small chips. A number of these were rescued years ago when they were being used as backfill for a bulkhead. They sold for about $100, but that was then and this is now. LOT #1204—BEAR LOT #1177—PORCELAIN PHILLIPS 66 NEON SIGN. RM Grade: 7+. Estimate: $2,500– $3,500. SOLD AT: $5,750. A colorful embossed sign that dates from the early '50s. This example displayed well, with only a few minor chips. These are not that hard to find, so it was surprising to see this one sell for this much. I would think about $4,000 would be all the money. ALLIGNMENT NEON SIGN. RM Grade: 7+. Estimate: $4,000– $6,000. SOLD AT: $7,187. I've never seen this sign with neon, but the auction catalog states that it may have been added later. As such, you have to wonder what the bidders were thinking, as the sign would be a $2,000 on a good day; add another $1,000 for neon. I'd say someone is about $4,000 upside-down on this one. $6,000. SOLD AT: $7,187. Not much going on here, but this sign still brought good money. It was in decent condition, with a few minor touch-ups. This type of price is usually reserved for signs with interesting graphics, but at this auction, all the rules went out the window. LOT #1231—CLOUD 9 LOT #1192—GENERAL MOTORS PARTS PORCELAIN NEON SIGN. RM Grade: 7+. Estimate: $4,000- MOTEL SIGN. RM Grade: 6+. Estimate: $5,000–$6,000. SOLD AT: $21,275. This 15-foot-wide sign was eight feet tall and finished in double stroke neon. At one time, large neon signs were a glut on the market, but Sports Car Market

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that was long ago. Cool piece of Americana. $7,000. SOLD AT: $12,650. This double-sided sign was rather plain, with no interesting graphics, but the colors were bright and it was in good condition. Some years ago I owned one of these and struggled to get a grand for it. LOT #1270—OLDSMOBILE ROCKET DOUBLE-SIDED PORCELAIN NEON SIGN. RM Grade: 7+. Estimate: $6,000– $10,000. SOLD AT: $13,800. This sign was about six feet wide, which is very manageable, and was manufactured by the Walker Sign Company. Porcelain was in good condition, and the Oldsmobile was impressive. A decent buy. It will be the centerpiece of the new owner's garage. lent condition and was the buy of the auction. Signal stuff is popular with the West Coast gas guys, and the dealers must have taken a break when this went across the block, as it's easily worth $2,500. There are bargains at the wildest of auctions. LOT #1382—FORD OVAL PORCELAIN DEALER SIGN. RM Grade: 6. Estimate: $5,000– $7,000. SOLD AT: $7,762. This eight-foot sign was faded and discolored. The mounting holes were chipped, as were the edges. I think this should have had blue neon around the perimeter rather than the red. Seems like a bunch for a sign in marginal condition, but if it had bright lights, a lot of other flaws were overlooked. LOT # 1311— STUDEBAKER PORCELAIN DOUBLE-SIDED NEON DEALER SIGN. RM Grade: 8. Estimate: $8,000–$12,000. SOLD AT: $17,250. This sign was 7 1/2 feet wide and would have cost over $2,000 to ship to the West Coast. Manufactured by the Walker Sign Company, it was in excellent condition and would be a great addition to any automotive sign collection. Would a Studebaker collector pay this kind of money for garage art? Not the ones in my part of the world. LOT #1355—DOUBLE- SIDED LINCOLN SALES & SERVICE PORCELAIN SIGN WITH HOOD. RM Grade: 8. Estimate: $8,000–$12,000. SOLD AT: $8,050. The estimate was a bit aggressive, as several of these signs have appeared lately. Condition was a big plus, and the one that recently sold at auction in Ohio did not have the hood when it sold for $4,000. A lesser example sold for $1,955, so if you want quality, you obviously need to dig deeper. LOT #1392—FORD LOT #1308—DOUBLE- SIDED EDSEL PORCELAIN NEON DEALER SIGN. RM Grade: 7+. Estimate: $12,000– $16,000. SOLD AT: $15,525. This sign was a touch over ten feet tall and was finished in double stroke neon. They were only made for two years, and with the Edsel's demise, Ford collected them from the dealers and destroyed them. So they are rare…but can't you buy an actual Edsel for what was paid here? LOT #1328—MOBIL PEGASUS PORCELAIN NEON SIGN. RM Grade: 7+. Estimate: $4,500–$7,000. SOLD AT: $13,800. Another 7 1/2 feet wide, this right-facing sign was in terrific condition. The right-facing version is very difficult to find and sold for $8,000 more than lot #1319, which faced the other way. Just think, for a touch over $20,000, you could have owned the pair. LOT #1350—PORCELAIN LOT # 1309—ELECTRIC AUTO-LITE SERVICE PORCELAIN NEON SIGN. RM Grade: 8. Estimate: $5,000– SIGNAL GASOLINE TRUCK STRIP SIGN. RM Grade: 9. Estimate: $1,000–$1,500. SOLD AT: $850. This sign was in excel- LOT #1357—DOUBLE- SIDED PORCELAIN LINCOLN MERCURY SERVICE NEON DEALER SIGN. RM Grade: 7. Estimate: $12,000–$16,000. SOLD AT: $14,375. This was a stylish die-cut dealer sign in presentable condition and very well bought. Dealer signs have been very strong of late, and they were over the top at this event, so acquiring one at a reasonable price was not the norm. DOUBLE-SIDED NEON DEALER SIGN. RM Grade: 8+. Estimate: $12,000–$16,000. SOLD AT: $19,500. This Ford neon dealer sign was eight feet tall and in exceptional condition. At one time, Ford guys had a reputation of keeping their wallets close at hand, but this wonderful sign would have had even the most tight-fisted thinking about waving their bidder's paddle. LOT #1431—UNITED MOTORS SERVICE METAL SIGN. RM Grade: 6. Estimate: $3,000–$4,000. SOLD AT: $9,200. This sign was faded and badly weathered but still managed an astonishing amount of money. I bought one of these some years ago for $600, and when I tired of it, thought I was a stud when I tripled my money.u October 2006 127

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SCM Gallery Featured Artist Nicola Wood: Not One of the Boys “I don't think I'll ever be one of the boys,” she says with a smile, “but I'll just have to keep them in line” by Kathleen Donohue Y ou'd think after 25 years in the hobby, classically trained painter Nicola Wood wouldn't have to introduce herself. By sheer talent, she's earned the respect of her peers and automotive journal- ists for her evocative style and technical prowess. But even with four Athena Awards, a Peter Helck Award, and being honored three times as the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance featured artist, there is still the sense of surprise that these brilliant automotive portraits were created by a woman. PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG GIRL It's all a matter of perception. And it's something Wood has been dealing with since she was a child in Northern England who displayed a rare talent few around her could appreciate, not even her family. But there was one very perceptive person who knew talent when he saw it. “Mr. Asbridge—he was wonderful,” she says of her primary school art teacher. “Anything that he asked for in class—a bird, a cat—I did.” Obviously, her drawings showed promise. Five years later, long after she'd left Mr. Asbridge's class, he remembered the talent of little Nicola and surprised her by nominating her for a scholarship to the Southport Art School in Northern England. For a young girl with a troubled home and an alcoholic mother, she'd been offered a lifeline. She worked hard to learn everything she could. “The more praise I got, the better I became. I wanted to please,” says Wood. “I got wonderful training. If I have any money when I die, I'm going to leave it to that school for scholarships for children like myself. It meant the world to me.” School was a safe haven from home, where her moth- er's substance-abuse problems were getting worse. When Wood was 16, her stepfather advised her that leaving home was the only safe option. An attempted stay with her best friend's family didn't work out, so the teenager decided to go it alone. She got a job in a movie house at night, selling ice cream to cover the cost of rent and paints. Nothing else mattered. She never talked to the teachers about what was going on at home. “It's strange when you're a child, you just don't know when you're bad off. I was so happy at art school. When I think back, I don't know how I did it.” After graduating, she left for London to apply to the Royal College of Art postgraduate program, the most prestigious in the world. At age 17, she was told she was “too young,” so she went to Manchester Regional College of Art to get the national diploma required for entrance at the Royal College. She graduated with honors and finally was accepted at the Royal College of Art, where she was one of just eight admitted to the textile program. 128 Lipsticks CARS COME INTO THE PICTURE When she earned a little money designing fabrics, she bought a Porsche. “I loved to drive fast, and I was a good driver. We had a different way of driving in those days; it wasn't crowded like it is now. Good drivers would spot each other, maybe race and give each other the thumbs-up. One time I raced a guy from London to Cornwall, six hours away. I had a little French poodle, Kiki, who rode with me. He knew how to lean when I turned corners so he wouldn't get thrown into the dashboard.” She likens a well-designed car to being “an extension of your own body. It's like playing beautiful music. It's thrilling.” Wood's work at the Royal College of Art earned her, upon graduation, a Fulbright scholarship to the Parsons School of Design in New York, where she focused on illustration and design. She took her portfolio up and down Madison Avenue, and landed lucrative work designing book jackets and magazine illustrations. She returned to London where she had a successful career in textile and wallpaper design. In 1976, she moved to Los Angeles and continued her design work, but what she really wanted to do was paint the vast and varied landscape of America, especially California, land of deserts, beaches, movie stars, and those incredible cars. She decided to give up design, live off her savings, and just paint. “One day, I saw a black '59 Cadillac outside the apartment where I lived. It was so long, and had those big bullets on the end, the shark fins, all the chrome—it was an incredible piece of sculpture. That was my first automotive painting.” Wood began to paint more American cars, as taken with them as she was with icons like Marilyn Monroe and James Dean. She decided she wanted an automotive exhibition, so she just kept painting cars. And she was always on the hunt for more. “In those days, I could find such great cars on Melrose Avenue. If I saw one on the road, I'd chase it down, follow it home. Then a friend told me about the Pomona swap meet. Miles and miles of cars. Just heaven.” At one car show, Wood noticed a fellow artist displaying his car paintings. “I thought I was the only one painting cars.” The fellow artist was none other than founding president of the AFAS Ken Eberts. “I told him I painted cars too.” Impressed with her talent, he Sports Car Market

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Delahaye in Death Valley introduced her to fellow AFAS artist Bill Motta, who was equally taken with her work. “They decided I should be a guest artist at Pebble Beach. But they were a bit reluctant, because I was painting '50s Caddies, really not the thing for Pebble Beach.” LUCKY LADY FOLLOWS HER PASSION The AFAS boys didn't quite know what to do with Wood; she wasn't voted into the “club” on the first ballot. Eventually, they got used to her, and she made it in the next year. “My subject matter is a little different, and my background is completely different. They have more contact with the industry. Most other artists are more technical. I don't think I'll ever be one of the boys,” she says with a smile, “but I'll just have to keep them in line.” These days, Wood is known more for her ethereal portraits of Delahayes, which she calls “the most beautiful cars in the world,” than she is for Caddys. She works mostly in oils, and her painstaking technique can require 600 hours per painting. Her pet project of the moment is a giant collage of James Dean, using a 10' by 15' photograph she painstakingly removed from her old studio wall in London and transported to LA. Her plan is leave the photo pretty much as is, with the patina of decades of smoke and wear, and paint in the '49 Merc from “Rebel Without a Cause” and the fateful Porsche he crashed in. It will take four separate canvases to support the massive collage. If the popularity of James Dean is any indicator, competition for this one-of-a-kind piece should be fast and furious. As for the future of women in the hobby, whether collecting or painting or both, Wood Nicola Wood Available: Originals, commissions, giclées, prints See more and purchase at: www.sportscarmarket.com/artist-gallery is optimistic. “When I started driving in England, there weren't many women drivers either,” she laughs. “And a lot of women come up to me at shows and tell me how wonderful it is that a woman is doing something like this. I love what I do. I couldn't encourage it more. I've been very lucky.”u KATHLEEN DONOHUE is a regular contributor to Sports Car Market. See more artists' works at www.sportscarmarket.com/artist-gallery. October 2006 129

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Bike Buys Paul Duchene 1962–63 BSA Rocket Gold Star The RGS was such an obvious combination of the best of the old world that it may be the most-faked British sportbike E ngland was changing in the early 1960s. The Beatles came back from Hamburg to energize British rock 'n‘ roll, café-racer Teddy Boys turned into Rockers ready to battle scooter-mounted Mods, and big singles like the Norton Manx and Gold Star yielded to twins. But the old world had one last hurrah, one of the rarest and most collectible British sportbikes—the Rocket Gold Star. BSA's big 500-cc and 650-cc A7 and A10 twins were the company's workhorses through the 1950s, until the advent of unit construction in 1962. Stodgy but reliable, they formed the basis of innumerable café racers, fitted with clip-on handlebars, lightweight fenders, and rear seats. I can still recall listening to Henry Higgins' red and silver bike ticking over on one cylinder as he picked up his girlfriend Shirley two doors down in Southern England in 1959. Throughout the 1950s, BSA attempted to sharpen the A10 image. The 1950 Golden Flash evolved into the Super Flash, Road Rocket, and finally the Super Rocket of 1958, which cranked out 43 bhp and could top 105 mph. But the range was always overshadowed by the more glamorous Gold Star, those elegant 350-cc and 500-cc singles beloved of every street racer who hung around the original Ace Café on London's North Circular Road—now revived in sanitized form. At the Ace, coffee-bar cowboys would gather to trade tall stories, pick up “birds,” or drop money into the jukebox and try to make it to the roundabout and back before “Rock Around The Clock” had finished. The iconic “Goldie”—particularly in DBD34 Clubman trim, was famous for its stylish OHC motor, twittering exhaust, low-level clip-ons, and eye-level gauges. But it was also notoriously hard to start, difficult to keep idling, and its 110-mph performance came at the cost of such high gearing you'd be slipping the clutch to 30 mph. The solution didn't arrive until 1962 and was such Perfect RGS Owner: Was 86'd from the original Ace Café for kicking the jukebox Rating (HHHHH is best): Fun to ride: HHHH Ease of maintenance: HHHH Appreciation potential: HHHH Attention getter: HHHH Years produced: 1962-63 Number produced: 1,584 Original list price: ₤250 ($1,250 approx.) SCM Valuation: $8,500-$15,000 Tune-up/major service: Under $50 DIY Engine: 650-cc vertical twin Transmission: 4-speed Weight: 420 lbs Engine #: Left side of case, below cylinder Frame #: Plate on headstock Colors: Red, black, or silver Club: BSAOC, PO Box 27, Crewe, CW1 6GE, UK More: www.bsaoc.demon.co.uk an obvious and attractive combination that it may be the most-faked British sport bike ever. For a brief period of a little over a year, a tweaked version of the Super Rocket twin was available with Gold Star frame and forks, to create the Rocket Gold Star. It was really a stopgap measure, as the unit con- struction A50 and A65 models bowed in 1962, and the Lightning Clubman models would generate 53 bhp and touch 115 mph. The Rocket Gold Star was designed to use up leftover Gold Star frames and A10 engines, and many were exported. Only 1,584 RGSs were manufactured between January 31, 1962, and October 15, 1963, with most coming to the U.S as Gold Star Twins. Of these, 272 were scramblers, sometimes sold as Spitfire Scramblers. Nine specials were made for Hap Alzina in California, including one fitted to a Watsonian sidecar for the London motorcycle show at Earls Court in 1962. Brian Slark, who's the technical advisor at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama, recalls restoring an RGS years ago and that the American version differed from the European one in having twin pipes and the small two-gallon tank. European bikes had siamesed pipes and the four-gallon tank. Brian Pollitt of the BSA Club in England says he 130 thinks the chances of finding a real RGS are much better in the U.S., as it's not so fashionable to fake them over here. “There are about 20 distinct differences, but not all are generally known,” he says. Slark says the main difference is the front engine mount, which is a forged lug instead of a welded mount like the basic A10. These Gold Star frames are the only ones marked A10, he says. All other similar ones are stamped A7—the 500 Gold Star frame. Portland restorer Rob Couch recalls a couple of other differences. “Look under the cylinder head; the last two numbers will have been ground off and replaced with 71 or 72. It's a different head to an A10 with bigger valves,” he says. Couch also notes that the bottom lug that holds the oil tank is moved 3/8 of an inch in the Gold Star frame because the A10 oil tank is bigger. Couch thinks gas tanks are the hardest things to find— “that and information.” Slark says most of the parts are available in England, but principal supplier George Prew doesn't like to send parts to America because American buyers are too picky. “I had somebody walk in and buy some pipes for me over the counter,” he says. Slark and Pollitt both say the main strength of the RGS is that the twin is smoother running, easier to start, and easier to tune to idle. “It's a single-carburetor engine and it runs extremely sweetly,” says Slark. Look for bikes with the correct close-ratio RRT2 gear- box and be aware that either steel or alloy rims are correct. Scrambler models were sometimes sold in the U.S., but the bike is really too big to be much more than a gravel road trailie. If you find a Rocket Gold Star, expect to pay between $2,500 for a basket case and up to $15,000 for a really nice restoration. The British-style clubman's racing trim is not as popular in the U.S., as longer distances make the hunched-over riding position uncomfortable. “I don't think there are any new bikes in crates, but I'm waiting for the rumor to start—just like every other rumor about these bikes,” sighs Pollitt. The RGS engine is a durable unit and should run smoothly without any rumbling or rattling. Like an A10, the oil must be changed regularly and the correct timing side bushing must be used in a rebuild or oil pressure to the big ends will drop with drastic results. Pollitt and Slark urge a potential buyer to take an expert with them to buy an RGS due to the number of counterfeits out there. The most common route is to modify a more common A10 Super Rocket. “I won't tell you everything to look for, because if the fakers know everything, they will just make better fakes,” says Pollitt.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 www.vintagebike.co.uk

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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 1954 Jaguar SE 1,430 cc, twin SUs, twin tanks, Jack Knight 5-speed, 3.10 final, adj suspension, genuine 10” Minilites w/Yokohama 032R, Electromotive ignition, 4 pot front, minifin rear, MK V shell, Cooper lea seating, drive lamps, Lucas b/u lamp, correct Tartan red/ black, very low miles. $35,000. Harvey Mendelson, 707.592.4949. (CA) 1986 Jaguar XJS12 OTS #S674300. Modified prior to 1961. Raced. Supercharger, magneto, spares. Always in California. Never rusty. 2 owners. Any information prior to 1961 appreciated. Contact for more information and e-photographs. $65,000. Jim Thiessen, 707.486.3047. (USA) 1959 Triumph TR3 49k miles. Recent service. Fresh daily driver quality. BRG paint with photos. Everything works. Looks to be never driven in rain. Perfect interior. $9,750. David Hanson, 330.307.5433. (OH) 1989 Morgan Plus 8 ‘63-built European roadster. Age dictates the release for sale #3236. 2nd owner. Both tops, Dare luggage. Extensive mechanical & cosmetics completed. Exceptional car! Consider partial trade of Ford GT Heritage Edition $410,000. John Glatz, 602.620.8212. (AZ) 1964 Porsche 356 C Coupe 5-liter HO, automatic, full leather interior, handcarved teak interior. $110,000. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (CA) GERMAN 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 D Cabriolet 2002 Porsche 911 C4S Coupe Arctic Silver w/black full leather interior. Newer Michelins. Gorgeous car with an anecdotally interesting history. $52,000. Fred Hammond, 201.341.1112. (NJ) 2006 Porsche Boxter This 2006 Boxter Demo with less than 500 miles is offered in Carmon Red Metallic and Stone Gray interior. MSRP is $49,535. $43,000. Robert F. Baylor, 540.777.3671. (VA) VIN 18601402890/52, medium (D5) red exterior, cream leather interior, tan carpets, tan top, tan boot, and tan luggage. ODO 2,300 miles, older paint (1989). Fresh engine rebuild, new glass, SS muffler. $85,000. D. Soltis, 415.381.4309. (CA) 1963 Mercedes European 300SL Roadster Rare 4.0 liter with matching numbers. Original paint. Completely rebuilt, from the radiator back to the gas tanks, to very high standards. All new interior, top, and trunk. Seats and door panels done in Turin. A web site has been set up showing restoration timeline. http://tinyurl.com/h6wk6. Email for copy of restoration details. POA Frank Mandarano, 206.310.8380. (WA) 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider No rust ever. Beautiful correct red exterior. New brakes, transmission, tires, springs, and Koni shocks. Email for pictures. $17,000. Leon Todaro, (NY) 1972 Ferrari 246GT Dino Very nice example of fun-to-drive traditional English sports car. Fully EPA/DOT compliant and California registered. Low miles, LHD, LPG fueled. $38,500. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (CA) 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) 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark lll Restored original Golden Beige metallic with black leather, Wilton rugs, 1 of 550. Gold concours-quality restoration, build book, Daytons. Perfect, no-excuse car. British Motor Corporation, 908.463.6633. (NJ) 1969 Jaguar XKE convertible Sleek and sexy—SE JCNA concours winner, low mileage, numbers matching, a/c, complete frame-up rebuild. Photos and info, www.islandcottagevillas.com/Jag.htm $75,000. Mark Treworgy, 386.439.0092. (FL) 1971 Mini Cooper FVS4. Very rare and simply spectacular. Correct Chrysler 300 Hemi, runs and drives as new. Finished in sliver, red leather. Recent comprehensive service, detailed throughout. www.deGarmoLtd.com $95,000. Mattew L. deGarmo Ltd, 203.852.1670. (USA) 1992 Talbo FRENCH 1858 Facel Vega FVS4 Matching numbers, flawless original panels and floor. Perfect gaps. Factory correct Togo Brown with 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) 1974 Porsche Carrera 2.7 Euro Spec ITALIAN 1967 Maserati Mistral Spyder 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) 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS Rare carb model. Complete engine service done in March—belts, hoses, clutch, great running car. Black/black. $32,500. Andrew Christopher, 541.479.5102. (OR) 1979 Ferrari 400 GT Euro-spec Carrera with 2.7 911-83 RS engine, all #s match, unmolested true survivor, no rust, great panel fit, fully documented, fresh engine, one of 1026. $67,000. Jurgen Rott, 49.5691.912460. (Germany) 1978 Mercedes 450SL Entirely hand-built TLC Carrossiers with dedicated custom chassis providing superb handling. Ford 134 With hardtop and storage rack. Rebuilt transmission. Excellent condition. Contact for more info and pics. Only 2 owners. 20+ yrs service records. Motivated seller. 78mercedes@comcast.net. $17,500. Pam Pound, (IL) Rare convertible conversion in excellent cosmetic condition. Ideal for top-down summer driving. Modular wheels, twin subwoofers and 6-disc CD changer. $39,500. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (CA) Sports Car Market

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1983 Ferrari 400i 1968 Chevrolet SCCA A Production Corvette A production 454-ci “Big Block” Corvette raced by Skip Panzerella in SCCA in the mid-1970s. Runoffs and some Trans-Am history. An exquisite restoration. $85,000. Fred Hammond, 201.341.1112. (NJ) 1969 Pontiac Firebird Convertible Blue/tan. 40k miles, reliable York a/c, Bosch fuel injection and GM's 400 Hydramatic with specially calibrated shift point(s). V12's four cams are driven by auto tensioning, double roller chain rather than belts. Not perfect, but good. $26,900. Bob Rockwell, 317.255.2350. (IN) JAPANESE 1970 Datsun S10 SCCA GT3/GTL racecar SCCA Club racing logbook 1971-85. Preston prepped 1600 w/FIA and 50-mm Mikuni Solex, 5-speed, 2 sets wheels, many more parts. Not a turnkey but close. $8,795. Rick Albrechtson. (WI) AMERICAN 1946 Chrysler Town and Country Convertible Custom show car. Teal to purple chameleon exterior, Momo (black w/red cloth/leather) interior, “build” Pontiac 350 H.O., 4-speed, HRE 3-piece wheels, 1600-watt ICE (full restoration). Appraised at $95K. www.toms-toys.com. $75,000. Thomas Bush, 715.839.9129. (WI) 1997 Chrysler Viper GTS-R � � � �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� Alfa Fun � �� �� �� �� � � � � � �� �� �� Team Oreca Chassis C3. One of the best documented Vipers and a real piece of Viper history with racing heritage. $375,000. Specialty Sales, 800.600.2262. (CA) Body-off restored to Pebble Beach standards. 100% correct and fully documented. Not a finer example anywhere. Correct burgundy with burg/crème interior, burgundy top. Flawless throughout. www .deGarmoLtd.com $175,000. Mattew L. deGarmo Ltd, 203.852.1670. (USA) 1955 Chevrolet Pickup 1999 Shelby Series I Across 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. WANTED “Five Window” pickup. Multiple concours winner with complete photo and written documentation of flawless restoration. 100% authentic and correct. Completed and sorted mechanically. Show or drive anywhere. www.deGarmoLtd.com $35,000 firm. Mattew L. deGarmo Ltd, 203.852.1670. (CT) 1967 Oldsmobile Tornado 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) 456 GTA etc. 412 Suto, 456 GTA, and 512BB and/or BBi. Prefer silver or blue exterior, but will consider all with no (bad) stories for cash. Bob Rockwell, 317.255.2350. (IN)u Highly original and well-preserved California example of GM's technological tour de force. Less than 5,000 miles on rebuilt engine, trans, brakes, and suspension. $17,500. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (CA) October 2006 1. Italian aristrocrat who founded Darracq Italiana 5. Alfa's first designer 10. ___ stop 11. ___ and when 13. Go ___, young man 15. “The Girl from ____ “ 17. An Alfa built for the Italian police 19. Carry out 20. Compass point 21. 60's Alfa (2 words) 26. Brazilian grand prix town 27. Evil 28. Smallest state 29. Promotion 31. Italian police Alfas 36. Sign a contract 38. Exists 39. Mena locale 40. Sun ___ 41. Inseguimento 43. ___ target 44. Tourer 46. Neapolitan entrepreneur who took over direction of the company in 1916 48. Computer for a dude 50. An Alfasud model 51. Unwell 53. Period of years 54. Alfa owners 56. ____the engine 57. Rest 58. ____ Newton-John of “Grease” 59. 80's top of the range model: ___ leaf 60. __ Havilland Down 1. Alfa in “The Graduate” 2. _____ 33 3. Airport abbreviation 4. Goal 6. Shows 7. Have 8. Jet ___ 9. Somewhat, suffix 12. Won the 1950 World Championship in an 158 Alfa 14. Bo Derek movie 16. Birds that don't fly 18. Fix 21. Opening scene locale of “The Bourne Supremacy” 22. ____ one's wounds 23. Spoon bender Geller 24. Longing for 25. Seafood delicacy 30. British princess 32. Drinks area 33. Philosopher suffix 34. Tell on 35. Successor to 5 Across 37. Won the 1935 German Grand Prix in an Alfa 40. First car badged as an Alfa Romeo 41. Very successful Alfa in the 80's 42. Stored away, of a car 44. Relative, abbr. 45. Give color to 47. Florida city 49. 1975 Alfa 52. “The ___ Bunch” 55. Santa __ For solution, go to: www.sportscarmarket.com/crossword 135

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Insider's Catalog Showcase Holiday Season Classic Industry Camaro Catalog Classic Industries offers the largest selection of parts and accessories for GM vehicles. This full-color catalog is over 924 pages filled with restoration and performance parts for 1967–2002 Camaro models. Get yours today! 800.854.1280 www.ClassicIndustries.com The Collectors Guild A supplier of quality die-cast model cars and automotive collectibles. Founded in 1993, our mission is to offer serious collectors thousands of high quality die-cast cars, trucks, automotive accessories and much, much more. Call us to order your Free Catalog today! 800.653.0251 www.diecastbymail.com National Parts Depot Mustang Catalog Get the action-packed catalog from the company that saves you time and money! National Parts Depot, the LARGEST supplier of concours-correct restoration parts for your 1965–73 Mustang delivers your orders with LIGHTNING speed! Order your free catalog. 800.874.7595 National Parts Depot Chevelle Catalog Get the action-packed catalog from the company that saves you time and money! National Parts Depot stocks HUGE inventories of concours-correct restoration parts for your 1964–87 Chevelle, El Camino, & Malibu, and delivers with SCORCHING speed! Order your free catalog. 800.874.7595 National Parts Depot NPD Ford Truck and Bronco National Parts Depot now offers 1948–96 FORD TRUCK and Bronco parts and accessories at the same savings you're used to from NPD and incredible service that you deserve! Order your free catalog. 800.874.7595 National Parts Depot Camaro Catalog Get the action-packed catalog from the company that saves you time and money! National Parts Depot stocks HUGE inventories of concours–correct restoration parts for your 1967–81 Camaro at 4 major distribution centers! Order your free catalog. 800.874.7595 National Parts Depot Thunderbird Catalog Get the action-packed catalog from the company that saves you time and money! National Parts Depot stocks a HUGE inventory of concours-correct restoration parts for your 1955–57 Thunderbird & delivers with SCORCHING speed! Order your free catalog. 800.874.7595 Gagliano Image 10 Dr. Irving Domsky wrote “you may very well have created one of the finest ongoing maintenance polishes in the world.”Available exclusively through our website or by calling our toll–free number, Gagliano is who you turn to when image is everything. For free shipping, mention this ad or enter promo code CL609 888.424.5426/865.246.1047 www.image10finish.com

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Mid America Motorworks Pursue Your Passion for Corvettes at Mid America Motorworks. Our FREE, full-color catalog covers every year Corvette: 1953–2007 (C1–C6). The catalog includes restoration, maintenance, and performance parts, plus car care products, Corvette clothing, and lifestyle accessories. Everything you need to make your Corvette and you unique. FREE. Mention Code: SCM06 800.500.1500 www.mamotorworks.com/corvette GMP Diecasts Supplier of limited-edition replicas. Our GMP staff has a passion for detail and the craftsmanship that goes into each diecast car we build. Ken Miles was the driver of this Cobra from June of '64 thru May of '65. Retail $499.95 1:12 scale Over 500 parts 800.536.1637 www.gmpdiecast.com The Worldwide Group Established by John Kruse and Roderick C. Egan, The Worldwide Group is the result of their passion and lifelong dedication to the collector car industry. WWG specializes in the procurement and sale of some of the world's finest automobiles through Catalogue auctions and individualized concierge services. The Worldwide Group is committed through personalized service and integrity to maximize results for all their clients. For additional information, contact our cor- porate headquarters or visit our website. 866.273.6394 www.wwgauctions.com. Concours d'Elegance Las Vegas Featuring 25 Years of Mustang TPC the Canyons PGA Golf Resort October 20–22, 2006 Weekend Events Include: • VIP Reception • Driving Tour to Red Rock Canyon with Picnic Lunch • Dine in the Desert featuring World Renowned Chefs in Las Vegas • Charity Auction • Morgan Stanley Art Exhibit • Celebrity Golf Tournament 480.659.9413 www.LasVegasConcours.com Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate Specializing in representing buyers who need a home with 3–15+ car garages. Custom search for a buyer's specific need. Marketing Listings for Homes with the Auto Enthusiast in Mind! Denise G. Ham, REALTOR® 480.213.1613 www.HomesForCars.com J.C. Taylor Insurance J.C. Taylor Antique Auto Insurance. Protecting collector autos and their owners for nearly fifty years. We always include agreed value coverage, and unparalleled, no-hassle claims service. Insure with J.C. Taylor and you can Drive Through Time with Peace of Mind. www.jctaylor.com Potts Auction Co. Potts Auction Company specializes in real estate auctions of land and farms. We are also equipped to handle any type of sale including estates, equipment, and automobiles. We offer complete auction services from listing to closing. With our experienced auction crew, we provide all necessary components of a successful auction. Jeff and Rick Potts, 7444 North Hwy 27, P.O. Box One, Rock Spring, GA 30739 800.601.2888 www.pottsauction.com The Stables Delivering high-end, secure storage for both collectors and enthusiasts alike, The Stables handles all aspects of properly storing your automobile, from basic battery maintenance to fully enclosed transporter pick-up and delivery. Looking for outside services to be performed while in storage? Leave it to The Stables Concierge, he will get it done. An automotive facility built by a car guy, for a car guy! 480.699.3095 www.TheStablesAZ.com

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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 x204 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. AUCTION COMPANIES Artcurial-Briest-Poulain-Le Fur. +33.1.42992020, fax +33.1.42992021. Maison de vente aux enchères, 7, RondPoint des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris. artcurial@auction.fr. www.artcurial.com. (FR) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694, fax 480.421.6697. 3020 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrettjackson.com. (AZ) Bonhams & Butterfields. 415.391.4000, fax 415.391.4040. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103. www.butterfields.com. (CA) Bonhams. +, fax +44.207.585.0830. Montpelier St., Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH. www .bonhams.com. (UK) Branson Collector Car 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) 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. Pre-purchase inspection service, insurance matters, charitable donations, resale values, estates, expert witness testimony. On-site inspections. Certified, confidential, prompt, professional. “Not just one man's opinion of value.” See web site for locations and service descriptions. www .autoappraisal.com. (VA) 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) 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 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, 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) 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 .classic-carauction.com. (CA) RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, fax 519.351.1337. One Classic Car Dr., Blenheim, ON NOP 1A0. www.rmauctions .com. (CAN) Russo and Steele Collector Automo- biles. 602.252.2697, fax 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th Street, Phoenix AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com; www .russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Automobile Inspections LLC. 860.456.4048. The nation's premier provider of pre-purchase inspections on classic, exotic and specialty cars of any year, anywhere in the USA or Canada. Fast 72-hour turnaround! Hartford, CT. www .automobileinspections.com. (CT) AUTOMOBILIA Campbell Levy Designs LLC. 303.762.7936, fax 303.762.7937. Custom lamp designer and builder since 1974, specializing in crankshaft lamps with exotic wood, select hardwood or granite base. Hand polished or nickel plated. Your treasured crankshaft or one of ours. Proud to be a Colorado company. www.campbelllevydesigns.com.(CO) 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 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) 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 car showroom is the ultimate car heaven and the home of Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.” (ON) 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) 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) 140 Sports Car Market

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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. fredkol ler@concourstransport.com; www .concourstransport.com. (NV) Cosdel International. 415.777.2000, fax 415.543.5112. Now in its 46th year of international transport. Complete service, including import/export, customs clearances, DOT and EPA, air/ocean, loading and unloading of containers. Contact Martin Button: info@cosdel.com; www.cosdel .com. (CA) FedEx Custom Critical Passport Auto Transport. 800.325.4267, fax 314.878.7295. Fully enclosed transport from the industry originator. Specializing in events, including Pebble Beach, the Colorado Grand, and Barrett-Jackson. Liftgates for safe loading and winches for inoperable vehicles. Inquire about 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-to- October 2006 coast service. Insured, enclosed transport for your valuable car at affordable prices. State-of-the-art satellite transport tracking. Complete service for vintage races, auctions, relocations. www.intercitylines .com. (MA) Murphy's Transport, Inc. 508.697.4027. Enclosed auto transporter with liftgate loading. In-op service available. Fully insured, competitive pricing. Door-to-door service east of the Mississippi. Car shows, corporate moves, collectors, etc. Family owned and operated assures personal attention. www.murphystransport .com. (MA) COLLECTOR CAR FINANCING claim service and paying by credit card. We provide classic car insurance at rates people can afford! Instant quotes at www .parishheacock.com. (FL) COLLECTOR CAR LEASING Premier Financial Services. 203.267.7700, fax 203.267.7773. With over 20 years of experience specializing in exotic, classic and vintage autos, our Lease Purchase plan is ideal for those who wish to own their vehicle at the end of the term, as well as those who like to change cars frequently. Our Simple Interest Early Termination plan allows you the flexibility of financing with the tax advantages of leasing. www.premierfinancialservices .com. (CT) 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 .aon-collectorcar.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 Putnam Leasing. 866.905.3273, Never get in a car with strangers. Customtailored, lease-to-own financing for your dream car. Easy, fast, and dependable. Exclusive leasing agent for Barrett-Jackson, Cavallino, and the Ferrari Club of America 2004 International Meet. www .putnamleasing.com. (CT) RESTORATION – GENERAL Guy's Interior Restorations. 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 & Re- pair. 866.440.0334, toll-free USA, 303.440.0334 in Colorado. A few dedicated enthusiasts, focused on repairing or restoring one or two cars at a time. We understand they are not mere automobiles; they are family. Please join our family. We are not for everyone—we are for you. www.vantaaj.com. (CO) 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) VINTAGE EVENTS Columbus Motor Classic. 866.794.6889. Germain Amphitheater, Polaris, OH, September 22-24, 2006. www. cmcshows.org (OH) 141

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RESOURCE DIRECTORY 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) 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. The largest independent Aston Martin sales, service, and restoration facility in the U.S.; everything under one roof. All models welcome. Large selection of parts for all Astons. Also specializing in Ferrari, Porsche, and other exotics. Tom Papadopoulos, Scott Rumbold. www.autosportdesigns.com. (NY) 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. 888.4AH- CUSA, fax 503.528.0533. 8002 NE 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 142 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 76page catalog. www.international-auto .com. (VA) Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. 510.525.9435, fax 510.524.3636. 1221 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710. Large selection of parts from 1900 series to Milano. Efficient, personal service. (CA) Performance Motoring Associates. 831.338.9703, fax 831.338.2031. 12895 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006. Over 20 Alfa Romeos in stock, ready for your custom restoration. Specialists in vintage race car preparation for over 20 years. Sebring suspensions and lightweight body panels for 750, 101, and 105 series Sprints, Spiders, and GTVs. alleake@aol.com; www.alfaromeorestorations.com. (CA) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, fax 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for original, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit www .reoriginals.com for complete listing. (TX) Repairs/Restoration Dan Sommers' Veloce Motors. 503.274.0064. 1425 NW Flanders, Portland, OR 97209. More than two decades of helping Alfa, Ferrari, and Lamborghini owners keep their cars on the road while not emptying their bank accounts. Other Italian cars serviced as well. (OR) Nasko's Imports. 503.771.1472, 5409 SE Francis, Portland, OR 97206. Alfas, BMWs and Mercedes our speciality. Oldest Alfa repair facility in Oregon. Ask about our used sports cars for sale. Fast work, fair prices. (OR) FERRARI/MASERATI/LAMBORGHINI Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www .vintageracingservices.com, www.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) 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) 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) Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Clas- Sports Car Market

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sic, 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) 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) 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 October 2006 143

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Carl Bomstead Real Automobilia = Real Bargains The seller who offered a replica Packard thermometer with a starting bid of $350 deserves the creative writing award for the month T here were seven of the ubiquitous “vintage” Packard thermometers recently offered on eBay, with prices all over the board. They are fantasy pieces that were created about five years ago in two sizes, 27” and 39”. When new, the smaller one sold for $9.95 and the larger for $15.50—which was about right—and the sellers were forthright about their origin. The seller who offered one with a starting bid of $350 (no takers) deserves the creative writing award for the month. Perhaps he was practicing for the coming political season? EBAY # 6634783070—1905 CALIFORNIA LICENSE PLATE. Number of Bids: 21. SOLD AT: $3,000. Date Sold: 6/9/2006. This was said to be the 75thlicense number authorized by California, and this was the first year that they issued plate numbers. California did not issue the actual plates until 1914, so it was up to the motorist to find a source to make one. This was thought to be made by Moisey Klinker Company in San Francisco. Not in the best condition, but a rare and expensive item that obviously appealed to folks who dig deep for unusual plates. EBAY We were expected to believe that “This rare and unusual piece of Packard memorabilia was discovered in an old barn where it had been since my grandfather brought it home from the local Packard dealer…” He, of course, did not want to clean off the decades of dirt and grime, leaving that to the new owner. As we know, you always get the best results when selling something if you make sure it looks as grubby as possible. I can only wonder how long it took him (or someone) to rub all that dirt onto it. Here are some more items, but with more realistic descriptions: EBAY #8823806990—ORIGINAL BARNEY OLDFIELD PHOTOGRAPH WITH SIGNATURE. Number of Bids: 17. SOLD AT: $660. Date Sold: 6/12/2006. This offering was an original photograph of Barney Oldfield sitting in the famed Ford 999. On the back it was signed “You know me, Barney E Oldfield.” The seller found it in the attic among his deceased father's belongings, so he had no idea of its history. It's a cool piece that dates from the early 1900s. My sources tell me that items with Oldfield's signature bring $200 at most, so the price paid here was aggressive. Then again, go find another. EBAY #7251080020— THREE PORCELAIN ESKIMO PIE SIGNS. Number of Bids: 21. SOLD AT: $1,781.56. Date Sold: 6/28/2006. No, we are not losing focus. It's just that two pieces of this set (the ice cream bar was missing) sold at the RM's Brucker auction for $1,719. Pricing this stuff is like nailing Jell-O to the wall. #6633252838— 1913 BROOKLYN CHAUFFEUR'S RIDING AND CLUB BADGE. Number of Bids: 4. SOLD AT: $158.05. Date Sold: 6/3/2006. The blue and white silk ribbon was a bit tattered, but the badge itself, which featured a period race car, was stunning. A wonderful item for those who appreciate very early automotive memorabilia, and it sold for a modest sum. It went to a prominent collection in Connecticut. EBAY #120003619732—DAGMAR RADIATOR BADGE. Number of Bids: 34. SOLD AT: $355. Date Sold: 7/06/2006. Dagmars were made between 1921 and 1926 by the M.P. Moller Motor Company of Hagerstown, MD. The car was named after Moller's daughter, who was stuck with the name after the cars ceased production in 1926. Best known for copying the Packard grille shape and hexagonal hubcaps, the Moller Company made taxicabs and custom body trucks into the mid-'30s. A rare and unusual badge for the right money. EBAY #150008240450—ROLLS-ROYCE SCHNEIDER SEAPLANE MASCOT. Number of Bids: 20. SOLD AT: ₤931 (approx $1,706). Date sold: 7/19/2006. This mascot was created to commemorate the British “S6B” winning the 1929 Schneider Cup international seaplane race. It was created by Rolls-Royce in limited numbers, as they supplied the engines for the plane. Of great importance is the Rolls-Royce stamping under one of the pontoon floats. These are infrequently offered in this pristine condition; this one sold for an aggressive but not unrealistic price. 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 POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 EBAY #230002384429— AMERICA FIRST HOOD ORNAMENT. Number of Bids: 10. SOLD AT: $931. Date Sold: 7/4/2006. America First was an isolationist movement formed prior to World War I to keep America out of the pending European conflict. This was well restored, albeit a bit over the top. An example in original, unrestored condition sold at the BarrettJackson automobilia auction in January of this year for $2,875, which gives an idea of how much you stand to lose if you unnecessarily restore a mascot rather than keep it original. 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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