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.9m 1929 4½ Litre “Blower” Birkin Bentley CM’s New Tech Expert Dennis Simanaitis Gets Into Its Guts Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Supercar rising $242k 2005 Ford GT ™ October 2012 Legal Files: The Fight Over Carroll Shelby’s Remains Sheehan: Classic Ferraris Might Never Gain Traction in China Deal of the Year: 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 — $4.2m www.sportscarmarket.com CLASSIC CAR MAGAZINE IN THE VOTED THE BEST WORLD www.about.com


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Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s JOIN US The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends 48 1954 Bentley R-type Continental Fastback October 2012 . Volume 24 . Number 10 50 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spyder Lungo IN-DEPTH PROFILES What You Need To Know FERRARI 44 1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 BB — $199,064/Artcurial After several years of Europeans raiding U.S. cars, it looks like the tables have turned. Reports from European auctions indicate that Americans are buying some of the big cars Steve Ahlgrim ENGLISH 48 1954 Bentley R-type Continental Fastback — $981,078/ Bonhams This was, as dealers are fond of saying, a rare opportunity. Once again, supply and demand dictate that the best take top dollar. When will they break a million? Paul Hardiman ETCETERINI 50 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spyder Lungo — $4,196,927/Bonhams This was a very good factory team car with known history and the 1932 “street” body still with it. It could have sold for at least a million dollars more than it did Thor Thorson GERMAN 52 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster — $132,709/Artcurial This car sold at a price well above the auction company estimate of $86,000 to $110,000. This suggests a possible uptick in desirability for the series — or that this one had some unseen special appeal Alex Dearborn AMERICAN 56 2005 Ford GT — $242,000/RM Something happened that shocked even Ford GT owners — prices started to go up. This happens with very few modern supercars, and usually not within the first decade Colin Comer RACE 58 1929 4½ Litre “Blower” Birkin Bentley — $7,867,190/Bonhams The money was always going to be huge, and, once past the number that the market felt would have fairly bought it, what’s another million between determined collectors? Paul Hardiman 6 Sports Car Market GLOBAL AUCTION COVERAGE 171 Cars Examined and Rated at Ten Sales BONHAMS 66 Sussex, U.K.: $7.8m “Blower” Birkin Bentley pushes Bonhams Festival of Speed to record-breaking $34m Paul Hardiman RM AUCTIONS 74 Plymouth, MI: A 1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Victoria Sells for $957k, part of a $6.8m total at the Inn at St. John’s Kevin Coakley BONHAMS 82 Oxford, U.K.: Perfect restorations and Mille Miglia-eligible projects pull totals to a strong $1.2m Paul Hardiman BARRETT-JACKSON 88 Orange County, CA: B-J’s third-annual SoCal event hits 99% sold and $13.8m in total Carl Bomstead WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS 96 Montgomery, TX: Worldwide Auctioneers showcases a new venue for the Houston Classic Auction, bringing $6.6m SCM Staff H&H 104 Northamptonshire, U.K.: H&H successfully wheedles $1.8m out of the RREC Paul Hardiman ROUNDUP 112 Highlights from Mecum St. Paul, Girard Wakonda, Petersen Roseburg and Leake Tulsa B. Mitchell Carlson, Jack Tockston, Phil Skinner EBAY MOTORS 124 Scary cars for Halloween night Chad Tyson Cover photo: © 2012, courtesy of RM Auctions SCM Anytime, Anywhere Download our new free app on iTunes!


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38 2012 Quail Motorcycle Gathering COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears Auctions and the market — the focus of SCM — are just a small segment of the collector car hobby. Clubs and the activities they promote are a huge part of this thing of ours Keith Martin 28 Affordable Classic: Maserati Merak The trick is to avoid the formerly $10k cars, which are now on the market at $20k. These cars will cost you an additional $40k in work to become $30k examples Donald Osborne 30 Legal Files Carroll Shelby was no stranger to controversy, but he probably couldn’t have imagined the legal battle over the disposition of his remains John Draneas 46 Sheehan Speaks To quote a Chinese client, “You won’t see many old cars in China; people in China generally don’t like used cars….” Michael Sheehan 60 Under the Skin The technical wizardry of Amherst Villiers trumps the engineering judgment of W.O. Bentley on the 1929 4½ Litre “Blower” Bentley — but just this once Dennis Simanaitis 138 eWatch An investment in a can of paint remover and a little labor nets 10 large — not a bad return! Carl Bomstead SCM Digital 8 Did you know your digital issue is included free with your print subscription? Go to www.sportscarmarket. com/digital or call 503.261.0555 Ext. 1 FEATURES 32 Concours d’Elegance of Texas: George Harrison’s Aston Martin DB5, a Worldwide auction and $1m for charity 34 Rodeo Drive Concours: Real beauties and one stunning impostor 36 Greystone Concours: This excellent show’s development bodes well for the future 38 2012 Quail Motorcycle Gathering: It’s all about the bikes 40 Donald Osborne — Collecting Thoughts: The pure fun of a car weekend with friends and enthusiasts DEPARTMENTS 12 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 16 The Inside Line: Just-released Mullen Museum book, Hilton Head Motoring Festival, Fall Carlisle, new director at Petersen 18 Contributors: Get to know our writers 20 You Write, We Read: The importance of VIN, missing Martin Swig, and what’s up with Porsche and Jaguar prices? 22 Display Advertisers Index 24 Time Pieces: Steve McQueen’s gift watch 24 Neat Stuff: Dubbin’ and Scrubbin’ 26 In Miniature: 1965 Alfa Romeo TZ-2 26 Book Review: How To Design, Build & Equip Your Automotive Workshop on a Budget 86 Fresh Meat: 2008 Mercedes-Benz CL550, 2013 Nissan GT-R Black Edition, 2012 Cadillac CTS-V sedan 110 Glovebox Notes: 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth hatchback 126 Mystery Photo: “If you think this is cool, wait until you see what I did to the lawn tractor!” 126 Comments with Your Renewal: “Pure excellence in conception and writing skills!” 128 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 134 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs Sports Car Market Murphy O’Brien


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin The Triumph of Time Own an old car for the paths you take and the people you meet SCM SEO consultant Michael Cottam and his son Benjamin were in our imported-from-England, off-road competition-prepared 1984 RHD diesel Defender 90 200 TDi (another accidental purchase I still don’t completely understand). The trip was put together and stewarded by Oregon’s resident Rover guru, Doug Shipman. Our days included breaking trail through snow above 8,000 feet in the Ochoco Mountains, and primitive camping at night — in campgrounds with no facilities. I’ll leave it to you to imagine exactly what that means. The children and the dogs found the camping experience somewhat more appealing than Wendie did, although we are still married. I can say for sure that in my 40-plus years of Alfa Romeo owner- ship, I’ve never sloshed across a three-foot-deep stream in one — or lugged along a six-person tent, two coolers and cooking equipment. Without our ownership of a Rover (well, two Rovers), we would never have had the chance to be a part of this experience. Saab story On the other hand, we’re still waiting to find local traction for the A beaming Bob Russell with his “Spirit of Motoring” award F ifty years ago, Bob Russell was driving home from work when a flashy red sports car caught his eye. “I had been thinking that we needed a second car, and my wife needed to learn to drive a stick,” Russell, 84, said. “So I just bought it.” He brought the 1962 Triumph TR3B home and presented it to his wife, Wanda. It has been in their family ever since. He recalled fitting a single seatbelt in the rear to strap in his two daughters, Cindy and Becky, “to keep them safe.” At the recent All Triumph Drive-In, held on the campus of Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR, I presented the SCM “Spirit of Motoring” award to Bob. As I looked at his car (repainted at least once in the original red, with what appeared to be the original red leather on the seats), I thought about all of the memories this little Triumph had helped create over the past 50 years as a part of Bob’s life. What a different world it was in 1962, when sports cars were small, nimble alternatives to the American cars of the day. Contrast a 1962 Impala or Galaxie with a same-year Healey BJ7 or Porsche 356B coupe. Safety wasn’t even an afterthought then; you can imagine the out- cry today if someone strapped two kids into the back of their TR3 and drove down the highway. Bob’s DNA has been passed down to his daughter Becky. Last year, she bought a 1958 Robin’s Egg Blue TR3, which she proudly displayed next to her dad’s car. Chances are she’ll have hers 50 years as well. Better than ever Auctions and the market — which are the focus of SCM — are just a small segment of the collector-car hobby. Clubs and the activities they promote are the largest part of our world. In fact, we maintain that the primary reasons to have a collector car are the people it causes you to meet, the things you learn and the paths you take — often ones that you might not even have known existed. It works that way for us. Last May, we were part of a Pacific Coast Rover Club (www.pcrc.net) five-day, 900-mile safari through central Oregon, starting in Prineville, population 9,192. The bucolic town is best known today for housing a Facebook data center, with another planned by Apple. So finding a Starbucks was not a surprise. Wendie, Bradley and I — and our two dogs Enzo and Teddy — were in our trusty 1989 Range Rover Classic, and good friend and 10 1972 Saab Sonett III we bought on BringATrailer.com some months ago. The car has been exactly as we thought it would be: 95% sorted and ready to go. But the installed base of Sonetts and their brethren, 93s and 96s, is small, and consequently, activities seem to be limited. We’ll give ourselves a year to find out just how busy the Saab community is in Portland, and that will determine if the diminutive Swede is a long-term keeper or a short-term visitor. This brings us back to Bob Russell and his half-century of owner- ship. I am sure that part of what has kept his love affair with his TR going is all of the things he can do with his car in conjunction with the very active Portland Triumph Owners Association (www.portlandtriumph.org). They are very well organized and offer a variety of ways for like-minded car lovers to get together, kick tires, tell lies and drink warm English beer. I’d like to thank Bob, Wanda, Becky and the entire Portland Triumph community for having us as a part of their Triumph Drive-In. Now, if only we could find a good GT6 or Spitfire Mk I/II to drive to next year’s event, we’d have a place on their lawn. You vote for the best Last year marked the first International Historic Motoring Awards, presented by private banking specialists EFG International and Octane magazine. A panel of well-known classic-car enthusiasts and experts chose winners in a variety of categories, such as Museum of the Year, Restoration of the Year, Motoring Event of the Year, Lifetime achievement Award and Car of the Year. I have been asked to join the judges this year — a group that in- cludes Derek Bell, Simon Kidston, Ed Gilbertson, McKeel Hagerty, Jay Leno, Bruce Meyer and Murray Smith among others — and SCM is an official media partner of the awards. For a complete list of the judges, and more information about the awards, go to www.historicmotoringawards.com. We need your input. To make suggestions for this year’s awards, please go to www.sportscarmarket.com/IHMA2012, look over the various categories and enter who and what you think should be considered. Your nominations must be received by September 20, and the awards ceremony will be in London on November 29. Welcome Mr. Simanaitis You’ll find a new column, “Under the Skin” on p. 60 of this issue. With it, good friend and former Engineering Editor of Road & Track Dennis Simanaitis joins the SCM team. During his 33-year tenure at R&T, Dennis always made mysterious mechanical things comprehensible, and his friendly writing style always brought a smile. We are honored to have him aboard. © Sports Car Market Bob Pengraph, nwspeedshots.com


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Crossing the Block Tony Piff H&H—Imperial War Museum Where: Duxford, U.K. When: October 4 More: www.handh.co.uk Last year: 40/84 cars sold / $4m H&H returns to the Imperial War Museum for their annual Fall Duxford sale. Headlining the 2012 event is a 1954 Frazer Nash Le Mans replica. Chassis 421200209 was only partially assembled at the factory but wears genuine bodywork taken from one of the 30 Le Mans replicas actually completed by the Works (H&H estimate: $700k–$860k). Also significant is a 1922 Brough Superior SS80 — the personal motorcycle of George Brough ($390k–$420k). Auctions America by RM—Fall Carlisle Where: Carlisle, PA When: October 4–5 More: www.auctionsamerica.com Last year: 150/273 cars sold / $2.8m Featured early consignments at this annual sale, held alongside the world’s largest swapmeet, include a 1948 Buick Roadmaster custom, a 1968 Chrysler 300 convertible and a 1960 Dodge Phoenix. Bonhams—Preserving the Automobile Where: Philadelphia, PA When: October 8 More: www.bonhams.com Among important cars at Bonhams’ new Philadelphia auction are a 1915 Packard Model 3-38 Gentleman’s Roadster, offered for the first time in 84 years; a 1928 Packard 443 seven-passenger touring, in the same family ownership for over 40 years; a 1903 Knox; a 1904 Buckmobile; a 1912 Metz; and a 1936 Lincoln Model K sedan by Brunn. The sale will take place at the Simeone Foundation Museum. RM—Vintage Motorcars of Hershey Where: Hershey, PA When: October 11–12 More: www.rmauctions.com Last year: 97/115 cars sold / $10m This two-day auction coincides with the AACA Eastern Division Fall Meet and boasts a strong track record for early Brass Era automobiles. Among the 120 cars expected are a 1931 Duesenberg Model J Dual Windshield “Barrelside” Phaeton by LeBaron, in single ownership since 1986 (RM estimate: $1.2m–$1.5m); a 1929 Duesenberg Model J Sport Sedan by Murphy ($700k– $900k); a 1900 DeDion-engined Quadricycle; a 1903 Ford Model A rear-entry tonneau; and a 1906 American Tourist Roi Des Belges touring. The Branson Auction Where: Branson, MO When: October 12–13 More: www.bransonauction.com At this long-running sale in historic downtown Branson, MO, look for an eclectic mix of collector cars at a range of price points, from pre-war heavy iron to high-quality Detroit muscle, as well as European, sports, luxury and exotics. Crown—The Florida Fall Classic Where: Tampa, FL When: October 19–20 More: www.crowncollectorcars. com Crown’s second annual Fall Classic at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo hall will feature classics, muscle and exotics. Notable lots include a 1949 Ford Country Squire woodie wagon, a 1958 Dodge Coronet two-door hard top, a 1969 Chevrolet Impala 427 convertible and a 2002 Panoz Esperante convertible. 1954 Frazer Nash Le Mans Replica at H&H Duxford, U.K. 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: chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com. SEPTEMBER 1–2—SILVER Sun Valley, ID 5–8—MECUM Dallas, TX 8—BONHAMS Beaulieu, U.K. 8—SILVERSTONE Cheshire, U.K. 15—CHEFFINS Consett, U.K. 15—BONHAMS Chichester, U.K. 15—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Austin, TX 15—VANDERBRINK Spearfish, SD 15—PETERSEN Eugene, OR 15–16—CLASSIC MOTORCAR AUCTIONS Canton, OH 18—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 19—H&H Newbury, U.K. 20—TOM MACK Charlotte, NC 20–22—BARRETT– JACKSON Las Vegas, NV 21–22—AUCTIONS AMERICA BY RM Rollinsford, NH 21–22—ELECTRIC GARAGE Red Deer, AB, CAN 21–22—SILVER Portland, OR 1915 Packard Model 3-38 Gentleman’s Roadster at Bonhams’ Preserving the Automobile auction in Philadelphia at the Simeone Foundation Museum 12 26—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, U.K. 29—VANDERBRINK Echo, MN OCTOBER 4—H&H Duxford, U.K. 4–5—AUCTIONS AMERICA BY RM Carlisle, PA 6–7—VANDERBRINK Cologne, MN 6—SPECIALTY AUTO Loveland, CO 8—BONHAMS Philadelphia, PA 11–12—RM Hershey, PA 12–13—VICARI Biloxi, MS 12–13—BRANSON Branson, MO 13—COYS Ascot, U.K. 17—H&H Buxton, U.K. 19–20—CROWN Tampa, FL 20—CHEFFINS Cambridge, U.K. 20—DRAGONE Westport, CT 20—HIGGENBOTHAM Lakeland, FL 20—VANDERBRINK Stockton, KS 20—RM Grapevine, TX 21—BONHAMS Stafford, U.K. 22—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 25—WEBBS Auckland, NZ 25–27—MECUM St. Charles, IL 26–28—COLLECTOR CAR PRODUCTIONS Toronto, ON, CAN 28—MOTORCLASSICA Melbourne, AUS 30—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 31—RM London, U.K. NOVEMBER 2—BONHAMS London, U.K. 3—SMITHS Paducah, KY 11—ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA 14—BONHAMS Harrogate, U.K. 15–17—MECUM Anaheim, CA 16–18—LEAKE Dallas, TX 16–18—MCCORMICKS Palm Springs, CA 17—SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, U.K. 19—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 24—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Houston, TX 28—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, U.K. 30–DEC 1—RALEIGH CLASSIC Raleigh, NC 30–DEC 1—VICARI New Orleans, LA Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Tony Piff 1931 Duesenberg J dual windshield “Barrelside” Phaeton by LeBaron at RM Hershey Dragone—Fall 2012 Where: Westport, CT When: October 20 More: www.dragoneclassic.com Dragone follows up on their successful May sale with their first-ever fall auction. Heavy hitters include a 1924 Lancia Lambda tourer with three owners from new, including the president of the U.S. Lancia club; a 1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Pall Mall phaeton; a 1939 Chevrolet woodie suburban; and a 1955 Moretti 1200S Spyder, shown by Moretti at the Paris and Torino Auto shows in 1955. RM—The Charlie Thomas Collection Where: Grapevine, TX When: October 20 More: www.rmauctions.com On October 20, RM will sell the collection of Charlie Thomas, a successful businessman and one-time owner of the Houston Rockets. Sale highlights include a fully optioned 1935 Ford Deluxe three-window coupe finished in Washington Blue, an award-winning 1941 Ford Super Deluxe convertible, a 1954 Ford Skyliner “Glasstop” and an exceptionally restored 1958 Lincoln Continental convertible. More than 150 cars will be offered without reserve. Mecum—Fall Premier Where: St. Charles, IL When: October 25–27 More: www.mecum.com Star consignments at Mecum’s Fall St. Charles sale include a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 fastback with matching numbers and 59k actual miles; a 1962 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 Big-Brake Fuelie with 4-speed; and a hot rod 1950 International L110 pickup with 6-71 supercharger, nitrous and a custom wood bed. Motorclassica—Australian International Concours d’Elegance Where: Melbourne, AUS When: October 26–28 More: www.motorclassica.com.au Now in its third year, RACV Motorclassica will take place at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne. Standouts from the long list of notable consignments include a 1907 Fiat Brevetti landaulet once owned by American Grand Prix Champion Phil Hill; a 1935 Bentley 3½ Litre once in the possession of former Australian Governor-General Lord Casey; a 1950 Tatra T87 aerodynamic limousine; a 1967 Elfin 300; the Coupe des Alpeswinning 1933 MG J3 Midget, one of only 22 built; and a 1969 Lamborghini Miura S, originally owned by ’60s fashion icon Twiggy. RM—Automobiles of London Where: London, U.K. When: October 31 More: www.rmauctions.com Last year: 99/125 cars sold / $21.9m More than 80 blue-chip collectibles will cross the block at this important annual sale. Early highlights include a 1952 Bentley R-type Continental, the 1952 London Motor Show car and the very first R-type Continental seen by the public; an early 1951 Ferrari 195 Inter; a 1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental drophead coupe; and a select group of automobiles from the Dutch Zeegwart Collection, including a 2008 Bugatti Veyron. ♦ 1954 Ford Skyliner Glasstop to be at RM’s Charlie Thomas Collection Auction 14 1950 Tatra T87 presented in Melbourne at the Motorclassica Concours d’Elegance Sports Car Market Darin Schnabel © 2012 courtesy of RM Auctions Courtesy of RM Auctions


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Inside Line Chester Allen Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com. The Fall Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet & Corral offers 150 acres of automotive bliss retiring after a very successful two-year run. Karges was vice president of sales and marketing for Venchurs Inc., a Michigan OEM supplier. Karges is a former vice president of Roush Performance, and he helped make that company one of the largest high-performance brands in the world. He has also held marketing management positions at Disneyland, SeaWorld and Marine World. “As a lifelong automotive Industry news ■ The Mullin Automotive Museum has released its latest book: Vitesse — Élégance: French Expression of Flight and Motion, by Serge Bellu, Philipp Moch and the Mullin Automotive Museum editorial team. Historical documents, vintage photographs and gorgeous studio photography help tell the story of the automotive world — and the designers — during the first half of the 20th century. www.mul- linautomotivemuseum.com. ■ Terry L. Karges is the new executive director of the Los Angeles-based Petersen Automotive Museum. Karges succeeds Buddy Pepp, who is 16 design enthusiast and someone who spent his formative years at tracks like Riverside and Laguna Seca, the opportunity to take the reins at The Petersen — arguably one of the premier automotive museums in the world — is a humbling and thrilling prospect,” Karges said. www.petersen.org Events ■ Some gearheads claim that the Internet has made swapmeets obsolete. Well, they haven’t been to the giant Fall Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet & Corral, which will run from October 3 to 7. This year, the event program is produced by American Car Collector. Thousands of people arrive in Carlisle to buy, sell and celebrate all things automotive. All these people wander over 150 acres with 8,100 vending spaces — and at least 2,000 cars await new owners in the car corral. This is the place to find that rare part. Adult admission is $10, and children 8 years and younger get in for free. It’s a small price to pay for getting lost in cars, car parts and motorheads. www.carlisleevents.com (PA) ■ Louisville, KY, is famous for Churchill Downs, the site of the Kentucky Derby every May. Thoroughbred cars will join thoroughbred horses at Churchill Downs during the Louisville Concours d’Elegance from October 5 to 7. The weekend includes a dawn brunch and private viewing of race horses during their morning workouts. The infield of Churchill Downs will host vintage cars during the concours on October 7, with Cadillac and Porsche race cars as the stars. Other classes include American Muscle Cars 1964 to 1974, Auburn Cord Duesenberg, and Vintage Automobiles 1916 to 1924. The day ends with winners driving their cars into the Winners Circle. www.concourslouisville.com (KY) ■ The ninth annual Niello Concours at Serrano on October 7 will celebrate the life of Carroll Shelby and the 50 years of the Shelby Cobra. Pierce-Arrow cars will also be the center of attention. Concours admission is $35 in advance or $45 at the gate. www.nielloconcoursatserrano. com (CA) ■ Visitors to the fourth annual Fifth Avenue Auto Showcase on October 14 will see Italian and European exotics, Detroit Muscle, American Legends, CCCA Classics and much more. Several blocks just off of Fifth Avenue in San Diego’s famous Gaslamp Quarter will host beautiful cars and vintage motorcycles. Entering your car is $40, but walking on by and admiring automotive beauty is free. www.gaslamp.org (CA) ■ The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance revs to life on October 26 and ends on November 4, and while 10 days seems like a long time, there are enough fun events to keep engines running for at least 30 days. This extravaganza crams a famous concours, the Savannah Speed Classic vintage races, the Motoring Midway mix of car history and technology, the Car Club Jamboree and other activities into less than two weeks. Event prices range from $15 to $30, and there are deals for multiple-day tickets. Children younger than 12 get in for free. www.hhiconcours.com ♦ Sports Car Market


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SCM Contributors ALEX DEARBORN, SCM Contributor, is a retired vintage-car dealer and former Mercedes-Benz restorer. His vintage racing mounts include a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, a 190SL and a Lotus. Alex lives in Kittery Point, ME, and continues to exercise various old cars on road trips, often while doing appraisals. In this issue, he takes a look at a familiar car — a 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL roadster — in the German Profile on p. 52. PAUL HARDIMAN, SCM Contributor, still has the old-car madness, reinforced by his claim that he is never happier than when checking out the heat exchangers under a 911. After half a lifetime in a staff job, he now writes for all the leading U.K. classic-car magazines, a feat he puts down to “being cheaper, and anonymous.” When he’s not working as SCM’s European correspondent, he lives quietly near Oxford, England, with an old race car, these days most often spotted on the school run. This month, he is all over the magazine, with reports on Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed auction on p. 66 and Bonhams’ Oxford Auction on p. 82. If that isn’t enough, he profiles the 1929 4½ Litre “Blower” Birkin Bentley on p. 58 and a 1954 Bentley R-type Continental fastback on p. 48. DONALD OSBORNE, SCM Contributing Editor, lives for old cars, especially those of the odd European variety. He regularly attends major automotive events around the world and has been a longtime contributing editor and auction analyst for SCM. His writing on classic cars has also appeared in the New York Times, Hagerty’s Magazine, Art & Antiques, BusinessWeek Online and Road & Track. He is a member of many clubs including the American Lancia Club, for whose magazine, Lanciana, he serves as Editor. He appraises and consults on collector vehicles internationally through his company Automotive Valuation Services, and recently relocated to California. On p. 40, he shares his adventures during a recent car-saturated weekend in Oregon, and he makes the case for including the Maserati Merak as an Affordable Classic on p. 28. JOHN L. STEIN, SCM Contributor, served as the Editor of Corvette Quarterly, the award-winning official journal for Corvette, from 1998 to 2005, and he remains the only independent editor to lead GM’s halo magazine. Stein has driven every generation of Corvette, from the original 1953 model up through the 2008 Pratt & Miller C6RS, and tested or raced them at Daytona, Laguna Seca, Sebring and other tracks. He writes the Corvette Market column in our sister magazine, American Car Collector, and he is an avid motorcyclist. He showed his 1972 Ducati 750 Imola Factory Racer at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. In this issue, Stein takes us to the 2012 Quail Motorcycle Gathering on p. 38. Sports Car Market Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director David Tomaro david.tomaro@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Managing Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Digital Media Director Jeff Stites jeff.stites@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Auctions Editor and Photographer Tony Piff tony.piff@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Associate Editor Chad Tyson chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Copy Editors Yael Abel, David Tomaro Senior Auction Analysts B. 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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com Which parts matter more? To the Editor: I read the letter written by Christian Jenny (on replicas of Jaguar C-type and D-type cars, August 2012, p. 28). He has his view, I have mine and I need to explain why we differ. In 1954, most — if not all — states in the United States used the engine number as the VIN number to identify a vehicle. California was one of these states. Granted, most people today think that he who has the chassis has the car, but in legal terms, the identity goes with the engine. Then of course, I also had the California title to E10238. Christian Jenny has the chassis with the numbers XKC023, which is the original chassis from the factory. He probably had the gear box, generator and many other items from the original car, but none of these items were used legally to identify this C-type. The car with the chassis of XKC023 had been made into a car with a fiberglass Devon body and had a title from an XKE. Somehow, Mr. Jenny’s viewpoint is that his creation, using the chassis and title of an E-type, makes his car authentic — and mine with the engine and California title is a replica. Well, he now owns both, so yes, he has arrived, as he now has all the bits. —Bill Tracy, via email. More Swig memories To the Editor: I made Martin Swig’s acquaintance over the telephone on April 9, 2012. He phoned to inquire on our 1976 Lancia Beta coupe that was for sale on an eBay auction. At just 26K miles, rust-free, and fully recommissioned with nearly $12k spent (thankfully not all by ourselves!), we declared the Beta to likely be the best original example in the country. Martin seemed to agree, and since he had been an original Lancia distributor when the marque was reintroduced to the American market in 1975, he let on that his nostalgia for that time left him “tempted” to acquire our car. He didn’t seem to blink at our rather optimistic asking price of 20 I felt that his warmth, humor and enthusiasm were simply infectious. Sadly, our face-to-face meeting will now never occur, and I feel much poorer for it $14,995. Over the next 30 minutes of conversation, I felt that I had made a new friend. While initially concentrating on the Beta, our talk began to digress into the mutual friends we knew, the parallel experiences we have enjoyed, and all manner of cartalk about the idiosyncrasies of various makes and models of fun old autos. We came back to the subject of the Beta several times with the conversational goal of wrapping up our talk, but we always seemed to go off on another tangent of the hobby, and we also shared many chuckles. I mentioned that I had worked briefly for Editor Martin years ago and that I was familiar with the folks at Bonhams, for whom his son David now works. In the end, Martin was able to resist our Beta, and it eventually sold on the auction. Martin insisted that we meet at the upcoming Concorso Italiano and I readily agreed. I felt that his warmth, humor, and enthusiasm were simply infectious. Sadly, our face-to-face meeting will now never occur, and I feel much poorer for it. — Bill Penny, Lake Oswego, OR Porsche 550 outruns Price Guide To the Editor: Today, I received your price guide. I am a collector of Porsche cars (three 550s and an RSK prototype), and I’m interested in the price developments of those cars. You reported already about the Amelia Island sale where a 550 — serial number 0062 — was sold for almost $3.7 million (June 2012, p. 40). In Germany, a 550 sold in April for $3.5 million. Sports Car Market Courtesy of David Swig


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You WriAd Indexte We Read 109 Cheese & Wine ................................... 123 2shores International ...................................111 Adam’s Polishes, Inc .................................... 89 Alan Taylor Company, Inc ..................... 41, 42 Aston Martin of New England ..................... 25 Auctions America ......................................... 11 Automotive Restorations Inc. .................... 131 Autosport Designs Inc .................................. 23 B & T Specialty Classic Car Auctions ....... 105 Barrett-Jackson ............................................ 17 Bennett Law Office .................................... 133 Beverly Hills Car Club ................................111 Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance ............... 69 Bonhams / SF ................................................. 5 Branson Collector Car Auction .................... 97 Canepa .......................................................... 61 Carlisle Events ........................................... 103 Century 1031 Exchange, Inc. ..................... 133 Charles Prince Classic Cars ......................... 83 Chubb Personal Insurance ............................ 19 Classic Motorcar Auctions ......................... 109 Classic Restoration ....................................... 85 Classic Showcase ......................................... 77 CMC Classic Model Cars .......................... 127 Cobalt Automotive LLC ............................ 139 Collector Car Price Tracker ....................... 133 Copley Motorcars ....................................... 133 Dan Kruse Classics ...................................... 13 Donn Vickrey Fraud Prevention ................ 131 Dragone Classic Motorcars Inc. ................... 62 Driversource Houston LLC ........................ 121 Driversource Houston LLC .......................... 87 European Collectibles ................................ 115 Exotic Classics ........................................... 132 F40 Motorsports ......................................... 115 Fantasy Junction ......................................... 117 Glenmoor Gathering .................................... 93 Gooding & Company ..................................... 2 Graber Sportgarage AG .............................. 121 Grand Prix Classics - La Jolla CA ............. 119 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. ......................... 125 H&H Sales Limited ...................................... 73 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. ................... 27 Hamann Classic Cars ............................. 81, 95 Heacock Classic .......................................... 15 Heritage Classics .......................................... 37 High Mountain Classics ................................. 4 Hilton Head Island Concours ..................... 113 Hyman, LTD ................................................ 91 Intercity Lines .............................................. 31 JC Taylor ...................................................... 75 Jeff Brynan ................................................. 132 JJ Best Banc & Co ..................................... 129 Laguna Classic Cars & Automotive Art ..... 132 LeMay — America’s Car Museum ............ 113 Liberty Motors, USA ................................. 133 Mac Neil Automotive Products Ltd ........... 101 Mercedes Classic Center .............................. 55 Mershon’s World Of Cars .......................... 109 Mid America Auctions ................................. 39 Miller’s Mercedes Parts, Inc ...................... 133 Motor Classic & Competition Corp. .......... 131 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions ............... 43 Paramount Classic Cars ............................... 79 Paul Russell And Company ......................... 29 Photos By Teej ........................................... 117 Premier Classic Car Collection .................. 140 Putnam Leasing ............................................ 47 Reliable Carriers .......................................... 65 RM Auctions .............................................. 7, 9 Road Ready Certified ................................. 107 Road Scholars .............................................. 99 Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo ......................... 127 RPM Auto Books ....................................... 132 Silver Collector Car Auctions ...................... 21 Specialty Auto Auctions, Inc ...................... 122 Sports & Specialist Cars ............................ 119 Sports Car Market ........................ 62, 102, 107 SWISSVAX AG ........................................... 67 Symbolic Motor Car Co ................................. 3 T. Rutlands ................................................... 35 The Auto Collections ................................... 71 The Last Detail ........................................... 123 The Stable, Ltd. .......................................... 105 Thoumsin ..................................................... 42 Vicari Auctions ............................................. 33 Vintage Rallies ........................................... 115 VintageAutoPosters.com ............................ 131 You Write We Read I know it is very difficult in this thin market to give price indications. But the indication you give ($1 million to $1,250,000) is not realistic I know it is very difficult in this thin market to give price indications. But the indication you give ($1m–$1.25m) is not realistic.— Albert Westerman, via email. Keith Martin responds: Albert, thanks for your note — and the photos of your terrific collection. In this case, the Porsche 550 surprised all of us. You’ll see prices adjusted accordingly in the next SCM Pocket Price Guide. More stars needed? To the Editor: In the August issue, on page 96, a 1954 Jaguar XK 140 roadster, Lot 125, Coys Monte Carlo in Condition 1, sold at $134,299. Mr. Hardy’s comment, “XKs are hot,” seems to contradict what I am seeing in the 2012 Summer/ Fall Pocket Price Guide. SCM gives only two stars for the XK 140 Roadster and coupe, while virtually all other “vintage” Jaguars have three stars. Your description of two-star cars is: “Somewhat overpriced today, or a car is slightly out of favor etc....” Well, which is it? Thank you — Jim Farr, via email. Keith Martin responds: Jim, I suspect the key factor on this high price was the car’s stellar condition — and perhaps the auction location in Monte Carlo. The Pocket Price Guide’s two-star key also goes on to say: 22 “May represent a good buying opportunity if you think the market’s opinion of the car will change.” That might be happening. In any case, we’ll revisit the car’s rating before issuing the next SCM Pocket Price Guide. Paglia’s final Porsche shot To the Editor: I was certainly flattered to see that my opinions had caused such excitement on the “You Write/We Read” pages in the July 2012 issue of Sports Car Market, but I do feel the need to respond. Apparently my use of the word “retardataire” was not fully understood, because, as an appraisal of the body design of the 1958 Porsche 356A Carrera GS Coupe, it is not an opinion of mine that it represents the interests of an earlier time — it’s a fact. And one that’s easy to verify through actual knowledge of the history of automobile design. The Porsche, like its cousin the VW Beetle, is part of the streamlined zeitgeist that appeared in the mid-1930s and pretty much petered out in the early 1950s — a few years before this particular car was built. Sometimes it’s referred to as the “bathtub” body type. Examples abound and would include the 1934 Tatra 77, the 1934 to 1937 Chrysler/DeSoto Airflow, the 1937 Fiat Topolino, the 1949–50 Packard, and the Nash of the same years. Other cars of the same date and type as the Porsche — this is what’s called “comparative analysis”— also make the point that its body design is part of an earlier tradition and thus was not quite up-to-the-moment. On the inside front cover of the July issue of Sports Car Market, Gooding & Company is offering a 1955 Maserati A6G/54 Berlinetta with coachwork by Frua that reveals what a cuttingedge sports car design of the mid-1950s looks like. Other examples of this functionalist sports car aesthetic of that time are seen in various iterations of the Aston Martin, the AC Ace and, of course, all manner of Ferraris, among many others. This is not to mention the mid-’50s Corvettes and Thunderbirds. Porsche, not unlike Morgan, has opted to produce cars that are essentially done (with a few exceptions) in homage to the earliest iterations of the marque. There’s nothing wrong with that; it just doesn’t allow Porsche to make as big a mark on the history of car design as its many fans would like to believe it has, and it inevitably leads to designs that are retardataire. — Michael Paglia, Denver, CO ♦ Sports Car Market


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg Steve McQueen, Derek Bell and a Special Heuer Watch A t a recent event held at Buochs, a small airstrip near Lucerne, Switzerland, I met legendary British racer Derek Bell, whose career includes an amazing five wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and four wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona. Bell, who is now the world ambassador for Bentley Motors, was in attendance at an event hosted by Breitling Watch Company. Bell, along with a team of professional drivers, was offering guests the opportunity to drive the new Bentley Continental GT at high speed on a slalom course set up on the runway. In addition, Derek himself was taking passengers on a short — but fearsome— hillclimb demo up into the nearby countryside. Apparently, last year at the same event, the Swiss police presented Bell with a speeding ticket. I got two attempts to put a new Bentley Continental GT through its paces on a wet airstrip, but more on that later. During the day, there was ample opportunity to chat up Bell, a living legend and one of the most affable and well-liked racers of all time. I did not ask about his most exciting wins or his many brushes with death, such as when his Ferrari 512 caught fire with him in it. Instead, I a about the watches he won and was given his 40-plus-years career. Although Bell accumulated ma watches, he was quick to name two that meant the most to him: the Heuer Autavia that Steve McQueen gave him during the filming of “Le Mans,” and the 18k gold Heuer Carrera that he was able to purchase in 1972 at an insider price as a member of Scuderia Ferrari. Bell, whose racing career began in 1964 driving Lotus cars, quickly graduated to bigger and more powerful cars, and with that growth garnered seven wins in 1967 and opportunities to drive in many of the major races. When McQueen bega putting together the equipment and talent to make a film about the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Bell was one of the many professional drivers involved. As an added benefit to what some call the most important film about motorsports ever, McQueen gave Bell the stainless-steel Heuer Autavia automatic chronograph. An engraving on the case back commemorates their friendship. The Autavia featured a wholly new technology that incorpo- rated a watch fitted with stopwatch features that was self-winding as well. Before this, a watch either was a chronograph or it was self-winding, but watch designers had not figured out how to accommodate both in the same case. Bell told me that the Autavia had been refurbished a few years ago to like-new condition, but he hadn’t seen it for a while. “I think it may be lost in the lining of a chair in my home in Sussex,” he said hopefully. The second watch Derek remembers most fondly was one that he purchased directly through Heuer, as his fellow Ferrari teammates all had them. “It was the in thing to wear,” he recalled. “Long before Heuer’s direct in- 24 Derek Bell and Steve McQueen nt in motorsports, Jo Siffert chose to wear a er and met with the owner, Jack Heuer and veloped the initial Heuer sponsorships. Once the Chronomatic badge appeared on driving suits and car fenders, everyone started wearing them.” Bell, who became friends with Jack euer during the filming of “Le Mans,” purhased an unusual 18k gold “Carrera” watch quipped with the same automatic chronoaph. As Heuers were almost always stainless eel, this must have been one of their most xpensive models. Many years later, during chance meeting with Heuer at the Austrian ased Ennstal-Classic, Bell and Heuer were aring the same rare gold Heuer. We reminisced about our watches and the nt of the times, and that made me love the A stainless steel Heuer Autavia automatic chronograph, identical to the one McQueen gifted to Bell he more,” Bell recalled. Through the years, Derek won and received quite a few other watches. With regard to his other timepieces, Derek recalled with a chuckle, “Funnily enough, when I won Le Mans in 1987, I was driving a Porsche, wearing a Breitling — and I was given a Ferrari watch.” Meanwhile, back at the event, now sitting next to one of the Bentley staffers in the luxurious, leather-bound cockpit of the GT, I asked at which speed the car would lose its grip on the tarmac. I got a direct, pointed answer. “There is no speed at which this car will spin — drive the course as fast and hard as you like,” I was told. Given that sort of carte blanche, I did what anybody would do with a car that doesn’t belong to them — I treated it like a rental car. Out of the 40 or so contestants who drove that day, I was pleased to receive from Bell a lovely Breitling T-shirt and Bentley hat for making the best time. Alas, the car was not in the offing. Given recent news that a Bell in action (left), and an 18k gold “Carrera” like the one he purchased Heuer Monaco that belonged to McQueen sold at auction for roughly $800,000, I think I need to send a note to Bell encouraging him to search that chair in Sussex for his missing watch. © Sports Car Market


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Neat Stuff by Tony Piff Perfect Portable Car Wash Double Dubbin’ With its garage-friendly size and very-towable 1,323 pounds, the Dub Box is a funky, compact alternative to a super-sized RV. Assembled trailers start at $17,990 and can be customized and configured to suit your needs — and to match your VW hippie bus. The build-ityourself kit is $8,990. Contact www.dub-box-usa. com in Lake Oswego, OR, just down the Willamette River from SCM World Headquarters. © We know the frustration of detailing your ride before the car show — only to have it crusted with insect entrails by the time you get there. The Travel Detail Bag from Adam’s Polishes includes a combination of products suggested by Adam’s loyal customers for just such a situation: Adam’s Detail Spray, Waterless Wash, Brilliant Glaze and Super VRT Tire & Trim Dressing, plus all the right towels, brushes and applicators. Adam’s Polishes was recently named the official licensed car care product for the 2013 Camaro and Corvette. $199.95 from www.adamspolishes. com October 2012 25


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck 1965 Alfa Romeo TZ-2 Developed from the earlier TZ by Carlo Chiti’s Autodelta, only 12 of the TZ-2 racers were built. Diminutive in size — just one inch taller than a GT40 — light in overall weight, wearing Zagato-designed fiberglass bodies, and capable of topping 150 mph, the TZ-2 combination seemed like a formula for success. Although race results were not stellar, the TZ-2 cars did manage several first-inclass finishes during their brief factorycampaigned career. AutoArt has struck again, this time with their new release of the TZ-2; specifically of Chassis 750115, which is in the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese, Milan, Italy. The models are produced in China and are in 1:18 scale. Prior to this release, if you wanted a miniature of the TZ-2, your choices were limited to either 1:43 scale, or one of the very limited, build-ityourself 1:24 scale kits — or a very rare and not-so-good 1:14 scale piece. Good news, bad news. This is an extremely well-made and quite accurate replication of a museum car that has never seen a racetrack — except to pose on one for photos. This will most likely be the only version offered. Modeling any of the race versions calls for detail Model Details Production Date: 2012 Quantity: 6,000-plus models SCM Five-Star Rating: Overal Quality: Authenticity: Overall Value: Web: www.autoartmodels.com ½ differences, most notably the cut-back headlight covers to accommodate extra lights up front. Well, at least they didn’t forget to model the exterior hood latches. The overall look, fit and finish receive top marks. Working features consist of poseable front wheels, opening doors, hood, and the small rect- Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton How to Design, Build & Equip Your Automotive Workshop on a Budget By Jeffrey Zurschmeide, CarTech, 144 pages, $26.95 (Amazon) In the car-collector world, the big collec- tion is part of a lifestyle package that includes a garage the size of a museum, million-dollar cars and a 300-foot yacht. The cars that make magazine covers are more, um, aspirational for the rest of us. We can’t afford the garages of those collectors. We can satisfy that itch by browsing the plentiful garage porn out there, books on Ultimate Garages, Dream Garages and Garage Mahals (okay, I made that one up, but just you wait). But for the rest of us, our lonely, modest collector car is sharing space with the spouse’s minivan, and we are worried more about door dings than where to put the restored jukebox in the restored malt shop at the back of the collection. But, modest though they are, we have needs, too: good lighting, ready air and power, storage for the bits going on or off the car — and a way to stay warm during long winter evenings. Automotive journalist and SCM contributor Jeff Zurschmeide has writ- ten the guide for the rest of us. With eyes wide open and a few moths flying from his wallet, Z (as he is known in the business) walks you through the process to turn your basic garage into a well-designed place to maintain or restore the vehicle of your choice. From blank sheet of paper (and recognizing the needs of Mr./Mrs. Isaidnodammit, who shares your space), Z offers solutions for putting an air compressor in a place that won’t drive you mad, how to route air and power lines, create storage on the cheap, stay warm, safe and more. Essentially Z 26 walks you through all the tasks that need to be well thought out before you start taking apart your next project. Most of the jobs can be done by the same semi-skilled hands that will work on the car, which is another way to save money for the real goal: taking care of that beauty in the garage. Your Automotive Workshop is just the ticket to put you on the right path to Garage Nirvana (another book yet to be written). The guidance in this book will save you more money than it costs to create Garage Nirvana when you take on your first project car. Provenance: Zurschmeide knows his way around a garage, with plenty of time on his back under various race cars, street cars and collectibles. His journalism background means he asks the right questions and knows how to find the answers. Fit and finish: CarTech has a template that works well. Concise text and 300-plus photos, all in color, all well-reproduced on nice paper — and no surprises. Drivability: Sure, we all want at least 10,000 square feet of garage that looks like a cross between the McLaren F1 team shop and a French manor house. But short of winning the lottery, the rest of us will be scrambling for decent working space. Your Automotive Workshop not only recognizes that, but it embraces our inner and outer cheapskate. Some of the info will be too general or basic for some people, but for those of us who are tool-challenged (“Tell me why the electrons in the outlet don’t leak onto the floor,” as one friend asked), it is a terrific starting point for the People’s Garage. ♦ Sports Car Market angular vent on the nose between the headlights. However, the vent was stuck closed on my sample. Windows are perfectly clear, so all of the spartan interior can be easily seen — whether you are peering in though any of the glass or through the expertly hinged doors. All of the delicate emblems really stand out — from the classic multi-color Alfa Romeo badge up front to the Zagato “Z” on the sides to the “GIULIA TZ” on the tail — everything is clean, crisp, precise and legible! This model packs in a healthy amount of detail. Although it is not all perfect, you do get good value. This TZ-2 features a forward-tilting front end, which exposes a well-represented engine, surrounding components and framework. If you don’t expect super-fine detail, then you won’t be disappointed. The finish of the bright trim pieces should not be chrome. In the cockpit, pretty much everything is there, and even if it looks just a tad too plastic, it’s still very good. Black hides a lot. Outside, the wheels are replicated well, although the fronts are a little too flat and should have a bit more dish to them. One great and positive surprise was the superb pantograph windshield wiper, which is so much better than what they have made in the past. Definitely a recommended purchase; priced at $164.


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Affordable Classic Maserati Merak A Perfect Balance of Enjoyment and Expense If you accept that the performance will not be on a par with the Bora, the Merak can be a satisfying companion by Donald Osborne 1974 Maserati Merak O ne of the best things about some affordable classics is that they can give you the opportunity to sample the product of a top-rank manufacturer at a lower financial outlay. Well, that’s the theory, anyway. When it comes to buying the inexpensive models of a limited-production, luxury sports-car maker, the purchase price may be reasonable, but the maintenance costs are aligned with the values of the rarest and most desirable models. Nevertheless, as most of us don’t consider an affordable classic as a major invest- ment opportunity — and if you do, you shouldn’t — a normal consideration of ownership costs balanced against driving enjoyment will suffice. The Maserati Merak provides a terrific balance Details between enjoyment and expense. Conceived as a junior version of the company’s first mid-engine chassis, it was to compete with Ferrari’s Dino 308 GT4 and Lamborghini’s Urraco. All three companies had visions of selling cars in volume to compete with Porsche’s 911. Citroën bits, Bora body The Merak was also another way to take advan- tage of the economies of scale that theoretically came with the Citroën takeover of Maserati in 1968. The 4-cam V6 engine that powered the Citroën SM also was the motive power for the Merak — and while it is a terrific engine, it is a slight underachiever. As the V8 Maseratis competed at a disadvantage in the cylinder wars with the 12-cylinder 28 Years produced: 1972–82 Number produced: 2,109 (including the SS models) Original list price: $21,700 Current SCM Valuation: $18,000–$25,000 Tune-up cost: $750 Distributor cap: $475 Chassis #: On rear suspension upper support beam Engine #: On bell of motor where it mates to transaxle Club: Maserati Club International, Box 1015, Mercer Island, WA 98040 Web Site: www.maseratinet.com Alternatives: 1974–79 Ferrari Dino 308 GT4, 1972–76 Lamborghini Urraco P250, 1967–68 Porsche 911S SCM Investment Grade: C offerings from Ferrari and Lamborghini, the V6 Merak battled the 308 GT4 and Urraco V8s with a two-cylinder deficit. It also gave away 60 horsepower in rated power to the V8s. The Merak shared the basic body shell of the V8 Bora and, with a shorter engine and relocated fuel tank, added tiny “plus 2” seats inside, as had the GT4 and Urraco. Ital Design’s Giugiaro gave both cars a thoroughly modern and clean form, which has proven to be timeless in its simplicity and strength. Of course, the Merak was designed to incorporate Citroën’s hydraulics for brakes, clutch and headlight pod operation and — as a further cost-saving measure— used the complete dashboard with single-arm steering wheel of the SM until 1976. Considering their origin, the elements actually work quite well with the design. I am convinced that if no one knew the Citroën pedigree, there would be no complaints. With the parting of Citroën and Maserati and the takeover by Alessandro DeTomaso, the Merak SS was introduced. The hydraulics and the SM dashboard were removed, and an increase in Europe to 220 horsepower made it more of a match for its competitors. However, the U.S. version, thanks to ever-tightening emissions controls, had to make do with 40 fewer horses. The SS is also said to weigh anywhere from 100 to a bit over 300 pounds less than the launch model, but Italian manufacturers’ weight figures in this period should always be Sports Car Market


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taken with at least a pinch of salt. Despite the horrific reputation of the hydraulics — which is quite undeserved — all Meraks should be reliable, usable cars. Any disappointment that may arise stems largely from what the car isn’t rather than what it is. It is not a Bora, which is a V8 car and a genuine high-performance road burner — a true mid-engined heir to the mantle of the Ghibli. In comparison, the Merak is to the Bora what the Ferrari 308 GT4 is to the Ferrari 365 GT4 BB — but at least Ferrari didn’t put a V8 into the Berlinetta Boxer body to confuse the world. If you accept that the performance will not be on a par with the Bora, the Merak can be a satisfying companion. The chassis is beautifully balanced, the view out is not bad at all for a mid-engined car, and with the flat rear deck and open rear buttresses, is much better than that of the Bora. Avoid neglected cars These cars aren’t slugs by any stretch of the imagination. When new, a top speed above 130 mph was quoted, far more than we’d ever use today, so there’s lots on hand for contemporary driving. As for maintenance, the usual warnings on seeking an example with a good and detailed service history become even more important. Because the Merak was less expensive and stayed that way through the depreciation years, many found their way into the hands of less-than-solvent owners, who cut corners and costs whenever possible. Corrosion issues are no different than for any small-production car of this age, but a special eye should be given to the fuel tanks. The design of their installation is such that major corrosion can form because of trapped water in the body area where they are located on both sides of the car. The floor and chassis underneath them can become corroded — as can the tanks themselves. I have heard of a fix for the problem that involves welding shut some of the ventilation louvers on the rear deck lid, but I would check to see if such a drastic solution is necessary. In the engine, some experts suggest replacing the original sodium-filled valves with stainless-steel pieces and to pay close attention to the condition of the valve guides. For good engine health, the mechanical chain tensioner on the earlier cars should also be monitored on a regular basis for proper adjustment. It was replaced by hydraulic tensioners — and then gear-driven — on the last SS models. 1977 Merak SS Values have begun to drift upward on the Merak, reflecting a wider market trend wherein high-quality examples of overlooked or under-loved models are being acknowledged as such, and they are no longer being lumped in with the badly maintained fright pigs. As such, they have sold recently for as much as $58k, which is not what all are worth. Today, an excellent example should be yours for the high $30k to $40k range. The trick is to avoid the formerly $10k cars, which are now on the market at $20k. These cars will cost you an additional $40k in work to become $30k examples. Find a good one, drive the hell out of it and enjoy the thrill of Italian supercar motoring, junior division. ♦ October 2012 29 Courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers


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Legal Files John Draneas Shelby’s Family Battles Over His Remains The surviving spouse isn’t necessarily the lifelong partner, as was the norm in earlier eras — she was always with him, Michael lived in another state (Texas), and Cleo had “saved his life” on several previous occasions. Cleo also described a pretty amazing story. Shelby had been hos- pitalized in Los Angeles — where he was attended to by his longtime medical team — on February 14, 2012, for shortness of breath. She visited and attended to him daily. On April 3, she arrived at the hospital and found an empty room. Fearing that Shelby had died, she questioned the staff and learned that Michael had removed Shelby from the hospital and flew him to a hospital in Texas. She rushed to Texas, but Michael prevented her from seeing Shelby except on a “very limited number of occasions.” She last spoke with Shelby on May 6. Cleo claimed that the 2012 directive appointing Michael was an invalid forgery — there was no possible way that Carroll could have signed it in his condition. And, if he did actually sign it, then it was invalid as the result of undue influence. There were several points that Cleo failed to mention: 1. According to Michael, there were seven witnesses present when Shelby signed the directive. 2. Shelby’s signature was notarized. 3. Shelby’s attorney signed a declaration that he reviewed the effect of the directive with Shelby and that he had supervised the signing. 4. Shelby had filed for divorce from Cleo in 2010, which was still pending. 5. In April 2012, Shelby filed for an annulment of their marriage, claiming that Cleo had lied about her assets, name and past life. Carroll Shelby T he collector car world lost one of its most colorful icons on May 10, 2012, when Carroll Shelby died at age 89. Shelby was no stranger to controversy, but he probably couldn’t have imagined the legal battle among his three children and his last wife, Cleo, over the disposition of his remains. The battle ended with a negotiated settlement on July 23, on the eve of trial, whereby his remains would be cremated and divided in five shares — one each for his three children, one for Cleo, and one to be buried in his parents’ family plot in Texas. Shelby’s body remained in cold storage at the Dallas County medi- cal examiner’s office for the near 11-week period between his death and the settlement. The kids’ story The three children had a pretty simple position. They filed legal ac- tion to compel the medical examiner to give them their father’s remains so he could be cremated. They presented a February 8, 2012, Advance Health Care Directive that Shelby signed in Los Angeles, CA, where he resided. The directive named his son, Michael Shelby, as his agent to make medical decisions on his behalf, including the disposition of his remains. The directive also stated that Shelby wanted to be cremated, with the cremation remains divided in equal shares, one for each of his children and one to be buried in his parents’ family plot in Texas. The wife’s story Cleo Shelby’s story was much more colorful. She presented a 2010 document that appointed her as Carroll’s health care agent. This document was signed by Carroll Shelby while he was hospitalized in Wisconsin after his third stroke. Cleo Shelby claimed that Michael was present when Shelby explained why he was naming Cleo as his agent 30 Shelby’s not the only one Shelby isn’t the first celebrity to be ensnarled in such posthumous battles. Former Playboy Playmate of the Year Anna Nicole Smith died in The Bahamas, survived by her lawyer/cohabitant Howard K. Stern, her estranged mother and her infant daughter. Her dearest relative, son Daniel, had died in 2006 and was buried in The Bahamas. There was testimony that she wanted to be buried alongside him, and had purchased several burial plots for that purpose. Nonetheless, her mother claimed that she should be buried in Texas. The court ruled that the decision belonged to her next of kin — her infant daughter — who was represented by a guardian. The guardian decided Smith should be buried in The Bahamas next to her son. The ruling was upheld on appeal many months later. Ted Williams Baseball great Ted Williams left a will stating that he wanted to be cremated and his ashes scattered off the Florida coast. Nonetheless, his children presented a subsequently signed, small, stained piece of paper stating that he wanted to be cryogenically frozen so they could all be reunited in the future, “even if it is only a chance.” His head is now frozen in a capsule in Arizona, with his body frozen in another one. Marlon Brando Famous actor Marlon Brandon’s ashes were given to his son, Christian. When Christian died in 2008, his girlfriend took control of the ashes. Christian’s mother, who was married to Brando for only two years, has filed suit to take control of the ashes. The girlfriend claims that Christian did not want his mother to have any of “his property,” so she scattered the ashes in Franklin Canyon in Beverly Hills, CA. Sports Car Market


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James Brown James “Godfather of Soul” Brown’s death spawned a legal battle among his children, his “wife” (who really wasn’t, because she was married to someone else when she married Brown), and his executors over where he would be buried — all while his body was kept refrigerated waiting for resolution. Billy Graham The children of evangelist Billy Graham lodged “a struggle worthy of the Old Testament” over their parents’ final resting place. The very odd thing was that the Grahams were both still alive during the battle. Kirby Puckett Lastly, Minnesota Twins Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett died in Arizona of a massive stroke. His body was sent to Minnesota and cremated six days later. His fiancée, to whom he would have been married 90 days later, and his family fought over the disposition of his ashes. The court ruled that because Puckett was not legally married when he died, his children had the legal right to determine the disposition. Since they were all minors, the decision fell to their legal guardian, Puckett’s ex-wife, with whom he had a very hostile relationship. Planning ahead What can you do to avoid these battles over your remains? The law generally leaves the decision to your next of kin — typically, in order, your surviving spouse, children, parents, siblings and so on. The problem with this approach is that the family structure has changed dramatically in recent times. As the Shelby case illustrates, the surviving spouse isn’t necessar- ily the lifelong partner, as was the norm in earlier eras. Further, the “spouse” may be a “significant other” and not technically a spouse. Or, it could be a same-sex partner. The law doesn’t deal with these situa- tions very well at all. Wills have been used for this purpose, but with limited effective- ness — as these decisions are often made before anyone ever sees the will. And, as the Ted Williams case illustrates, a will can be trumped by a writing signed after the will is signed. Most states allow you to name an agent to make these decisions for you — as in the Shelby case. But that shifts the decision to the agent, and there are substantial questions about how your agent can be forced to carry out your wishes. Some states allow you to dictate what must happen with your remains, with clear (or sometimes not-so-clear) enforcement provisions. And some states allow you to do both — name an agent, plus dictate what the agent must do. The situation can become complicated when you move to another state. In the Shelby case, his wife argued that his directive was invalid because it did not meet the technical legal requirements of California, where it was signed, or Texas, where he died. She argued both because it was not clear which state’s law would apply. The laws in the various states are not uniform, and it is not always clear if your directive will be effective after you move. The best one can do is to cover all the bases. Get solid legal ad- vice about how to make sure your wishes are followed. Have a frank conversation with your family about exactly what you want them to do. Make sure that your documents are up to date and reflect your current wishes. And, if you move to another state, get legal advice about whether your documents are still effective. As the Shelby case demonstrates, consistent attention to detail and good communication are your most effective tools. ♦ JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. October 2012 31


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Feature 2012 Houston Concours Inaugural Concours d’Elegance of Texas Special displays included Beatle George Harrison’s Aston Martin DB5, which was making its U.S. debut by SCM staff SCMers won Best of Show Post-War and Pre-War — Jeff Moore’s 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera and John Groendyke’s 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500/540K Cabriolet A F rom May 4 to 6, the award-winning La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa welcomed thousands of visitors for the inaugural Concours d’Elegance of Texas, which was a highlight of the Houston Classic Weekend. The Texas Tour d’Elegance got the weekend off to a racing start on May 4, as concours participants took to the open road on a 50-mile scenic tour, with a distinctly Texas-style lunch at the Thomas Ranch. Event partners Worldwide Auctioneers presented the 11th annual Houston Classic Auction on May 5, packing the Versailles Ballroom with a global audience of bidders. The inaugural Concours d’Elegance of Texas on Sunday attracted a stunning array of entrants, with 16 classes from pre- and post-war classics, American and European sports cars, woodies, performance cars, competition cars and pre- and post-war motorcycles. Longtime collector, judge, writer and exhibitor Roger C. Willbanks Jr. served as chief judge. Best in Show Pre-War went to SCMer John Groendyke’s spectacular 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500/540K Cabriolet A. Groendyke is from Enid, OK. SCMer Jeff Moore of Houston, TX, saw his 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera coupe win the Best in Show Post-War award. J.B. Saunders’ beautiful 1937 Ford Darrin Convertible Cabriolet appropriately won the People’s Choice Award. Special displays on Sunday included Beatle Details Plan ahead: The Second Annual Concours d’Elegance of Texas is scheduled for May 3-5, 2013. Where: La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa, Montgomery, TX Cost: Concours admission is $25 More: www.concoursoftexas.org 32 George Harrison’s Aston Martin DB5, which was making its U.S. debut; an awesome trio of hand-built tribute Cobras; and a rarely seen collection of historic military vehicles and antique tractors. The 2102 Houston Classic Weekend raised more than $1 million for charity. The Concours d’Elegance of Texas honors the Texas Children’s Hospital and the Collectors Foundation as its official charities. Proceeds from the Houston Classic Auction sale of the Paul J. Meyer Estate Collection of cars and memorabilia, auctioned at Worldwide’s Houston Classic Auction, were donated to the Paul and Jane Meyer Family Foundation. George Harrison’s famous Aston Martin DB5 was on display to help raise funds for its anonymous owner’s chosen charity, Faith Comes by Hearing. ♦ George Harrison’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5, shown here at auction, made its U.S. debut at the concours Sports Car Market


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Feature 2012 Rodeo Drive Concours Head-Turning Bodies on Rodeo Drive The Jaguar Aerodyne Coupe was built on a 1956 XK 140 chassis and wears a fabricated body penned by the late Nissan model maker John Toom Story and photos by Mike Daly in 1982 and remained largely under wraps until Meyer bought the car last March. The renowned collector quickly retained Canepa Motorsports to conduct a full restoration, and this showing marked the first time in 30 years that the car was publicly displayed. Sponsoring local exotic dealerships the Auto Gallery and O’Gara Coach Company both fielded high-profile booths of late-model hypercars including a McLaren MP4-12C, a Bugatti Veyron, and an Audi R8, while Ferrari of Beverly Hills bookended a vintage 250 GT with a 458 Italia Spyder and an FF. The Petersen Museum remained a bit truer to the show’s theme with its 1905 Daimler limousine formerly used by King George V, which was restored at great effort for a run at Pebble Beach last summer. But the real show stealers sat at Ron Kellogg’s Jaguar Aerodyne coupe T here probably aren’t many days on the calendar more quintessentially American than Father’s Day, so there was a certain poetic justice when an American classic won a British-themed car show in Beverly Hills on June 17. Aaron Weiss’ swell-decorated 1929 Auburn 8-90 Boattail Speedster took home another award, winning Best of Show at the 2012 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, the free annual Father’s Day show that sees action from many of Southern California’s accomplished collectors. Aston Martin demonstrated its principle sponsorship of the event with a full block of vintage and modern cars, and SCMer Arthur Cook’s 1962 DB4 convertible took the award for best Aston Martin. There were plenty of standard British treats in the form of several nicely presented Morgans and Healeys, but Dennis Boses’s unusual Ray Loewy-bodied 1966 Jaguar E-type stood out for its rarity — if not for its beauty. Loewy drove the car while he lived in Paris, and it is apparently one of just two Jaguars that the prolific designer penned. (The other was a 1955 XK 140 owned by 1950s light heavyweight champ Archie Moore that was lost to a fire.) Amid a block of more-European fare, SCMer Bruce Meyer’s Porsche 935 K3 drew more gawks than gazes. The 700-horsepower winner of the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans was donated to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation Details Plan ahead: June 16, 2013 Where: Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA Cost: Free for spectators More: www.rodeodrive-bh.com Dennis Boses’s1966 Ray Loewy-bodied Jaguar E-type 34 Peter Mullin’s 1938 Talbot-Lago T150 C SS Teardrop coupe Sports Car Market center stage. Positioned at the middle of the lineup, SCMer Peter Mullin’s 1938 Talbot-Lago T150 C SS Teardrop coupe earned the Rodeo Drive Award for Style. Nearby sat a stunner of French proportions — but with a curious pedigree. As effective a pre-war European retro-mod job as can be seen, Ron Kellogg’s so-called Jaguar Aerodyne coupe was built on a 1956 XK 140 chassis and wears a fabricated body penned by the late Nissan model maker John Toom that clearly draws on pre-war French-curve designs. Convincing down to the details, such as the Art Deco-styled fender-skirt spears capped with the Jaguar head logo, the beautiful imposter won the Most Unique Car award for design. Of course the Aerodyne’s true identity remained a mystery to most passersby, as Kellogg later noted with bemusement. Referring to the Chopard decals that adorn the fenders, the result of a deal he is quietly developing with the watchmaker, Kellogg recalls with a chuckle, “Many people walked by and said, ‘Oh look, it’s a Chopard.’” ♦


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Feature 2012 Greystone Concours d’Elegance An Ambitious Toddler Walks with Style If you wanted a top prize at Greystone, having a Bugatti, an Alfa Romeo or a Zagato-bodied car considerably raised your odds by Donald Osborne SCMer Bill Pope’s 1939 Bugatti T57 took home Best in Class — Euro Classics A parent, in considering the developmental milestones for a 3-year-old child, look for signs, such as the ability to feed himself, walk in a straight line, jump with both feet, know where things usually belong and to match circles with squares. Judging the progress seen in the third edition of the Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance in Beverly Hills, CA, on May 6, 2012, this toddler’s doing just fine, thank you. We were fed beautifully, entering and maneuvering through the site were easy, the quality of the entry took a leap upward, the field layout was attractive and logical and the cars that won awards were well matched to the honor. I had the pleasure of delivering a talk in the seminar program, which this year also included my SCM colleague and friend Carl Bomstead holding forth on automobilia. I also served as co-emcee at the show, partnering with another friend, KABC TV Los Angeles’ auto specialist, Dave Kunz. The delightful and infectiously enthusiastic Cindy Brynan, director of the concours, reported that the event was a sellout, with 3,000 in attendance. The guests saw more than 150 cars and motorcycles, ranging from Brass Era beauties through dramatic European and American Classics to a truly mouth-watering selection of post-war sports cars and a careful selection of 1950s Yank tanks and 1960s muscle. Among the highlights for me were Details Plan ahead: May 5, 2013 Where: Greystone Mansion, Beverly Hills, CA Cost: $108 per person, which includes food and drink More: www.beverlyhills.org 36 the 1953 Bentley Continental R-type owned by SCMer and RM specialist Don Rose, parked on the concours field fresh from its run on the Copperstate 1000 rally, and SCMer Jay Leno’s 1917 Fiat 22-liter aero-engined “Botafogo Special,” the arrival of which almost, but not quite, upstaged my singing of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Of course, SCMer Bill Pope’s 1939 Bugatti Type 57 Galibier sedan caught my eye and heart, given my well-known passion for this particular model. As the award ceremony unfolded, I remember thinking that if you wanted a top prize at this event, having a Bugatti, an Alfa Romeo or a Zagato-bodied car considerably raised your odds, with many winners coming from those ranks. If you had both, then you won Best of Show Concours d’Elegance, which went to SCMer David Sydorick’s magnificent 1932 Alfa 8C 2300 Zagato. SCMer Ron Hein’s slick 1964 Alfa TZ drove away with Best of Show Concours de Sport. Mind you, I’m not complaining — I would have certainly chosen either to drive home. The 4th Annual Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance will be on May 5, 2013. If you’re anywhere near Southern California, you should go and see how much progress this precocious kid made in another year. With the tireless volunteers and tasty vehicles combining to work their magic once again, my guess is that the show will have its driver’s license, be dating and ready for college. ♦ Jay Leno arriving in the Botafogo Special Sports Car Market


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Feature 2012 Quail Motorcycle Gathering This One’s All About the Bikes When cars and motorcycles are shown together, the bikes always seem a bit inconsequential. Not so at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering by John L. Stein But there’s more — a lot more — because McCall’s vision includes every type of motorcycle over nearly a century’s time span, including such bookends this year as a rare Milwaukee-built 1914 Feilbach Limited and Ducati’s latest 1199 Panigale superbike. In between were BSAs and Indians, Vincents and BMWs, and some specials that boasted terrific fabrication quality. Invariably, when cars and bikes are shown together (such as at Pebble Beach the past few years), the motorcycles always seem a bit inconsequential. But so would Lindbergh’s Ryan N-X-211 “Spirit of St. Louis” parked at Dallas/Fort Worth’s Terminal D. It’s just the way it is with big and small things. However, take the cars out of the equation, and the motorbikes seem to grow like Chia Pets on a spring day. Plenty of car guys moonlighting as bikers were at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering. Carmel resident and SCMer Jim Truitt A chorus line of MV Agustas A still. We witnessed this firsthand at Gordon McCall’s 4th Annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering at the Quail Lodge Golf Club in Carmel, CA, on May 4-5, 2012. This bikes-only event complements McCall’s Quail Motorsports Gathering and Jet Center Party in August. For the first time, the Motorcycle Gathering featured eight judged classes on Saturday. It also continued the tradition of a Friday tour and elegant dinner. Motorcycling luminaries, such as three-time 500-cc world champion Wayne Rainey, AMA Grand National champ Mert Lawwill, filmmaker Peter Starr and Vincent-builder and Bonneville legend Marty Dickerson attended this year’s dinner. Wandering the Quail fairway studded with terrific bikes is like strolling through the Tiffany & Co. store on New York’s Fifth Avenue. Extremely compact and focused compared with even the smallest sports and racing cars, the motorcycles invite — no, they demand — that you drop to ground level to fully appreciate their intricacies. For example, the Best of Show winner, Simon Graham’s 1974 MV Agusta 750 S, mirrors a Swiss watch with its tiny bank of Dell’Orto carburetors, its quartet of exhaust megaphones, and its exquisite air-cooled DOHC four engine, a direct descendent of first Gilera and then MV’s own racing program. Details Plan ahead: May 2013 Where: Quail Lodge, Carmel, CA Cost: $65, including a gourmet lunch More: www.quaillodgeevents.com 38 s any veteran concours-goer will tell you, it’s inspiring to discover the breadth and quality of machinery at a high-caliber show. And when the event in question covers a parallel universe, such as bikes, boats or planes, the pleasure is greater road-raced bikes at tracks such as Riverside and Santa Barbara in the early 1960s, has owned Ferraris, including Enzo’s personal Superamerica, and currently drives a 550 Maranello. A crash ended Truitt’s racing career decades ago, but he never forgot the motorcycles of his dreams. He now owns Norton Manx and Matchless G50 grand prix bikes, and spent a happy day with his wife, Elaine, showing them at The Quail. “It’s a good venue and a nice presentation with a friendly ambience,” he said. “But I wish the event would focus on historically important machines instead of resto-mods, which are becoming more and more prevalent.” On much of the Friday tour, a distinctive french-fries odor filtered through the pack. It was from the Hayes Diesel MD690R2, a proprietary diesel engine nested in a Kawasaki KRL650 chassis. Designed for the U.S. military’s single-battlefield-fuel doctrine, it was actually running on refined waste vegetable oil — and keeping up just fine. The design is highly versatile: One version recorded 143 mpg, and a turbo model hit 117 mph at Bonneville — a FIM world record for diesel bikes. “Diesel is already fully entrenched in European culture,” creator Fred Hayes said. “I believe it is the true transitional fuel, and that clean diesel is where we will be going.” Hayes took home the Craig Vetter Fuel Economy Challenge Award. Wendy Newton, a data-center infrastructure provider, showed up at the show. Her own collection includes a 993-series Porsche 911 4S, a 1964 Dodge Dart GT convertible, and 18 motorcycles, including several vintage road racers that she actually races. Wendy hit the Quail Marketplace sales corral first, looking for “something small, appealing and racy” but didn’t find anything — although she nearly scored a Montesa that arrived later. “Bikes are easier than cars to work on and restore, and there’s a revival of people interested in them,” she said. “What I love about motorcycle shows is that it doesn’t matter what you ride in on, what you do, or what end of the Earth you’re from — it’s about the bikes.” ♦ Sports Car Market Murphy O’Brien


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Collecting Thoughts A Portland, OR, Car Weekend Simple Pleasures with Friends We left with a renewed sense of how pure joy can be experienced with the right combination of people, cars and place by Donald Osborne U ltimately, the difference between an owner who uses a vehicle only for transportation and one who views it as an object of value, and is an enthusiast, is the strong emotional connection that might be made with a car or motorcycle or truck. That much would seem obvious to the gentle readers of this magazine. But to experience an almost complete atmosphere of passionate enthusiasm rarely happens. Certainly it might be found on some of the vintage rallies and race events held throughout the world, but it can also happen in and outside of structured events — if you put together just the right elements. In the middle of July of this year I had a spectacular “car guy” experience. It was a long weekend of driving interesting cars both old and new, spending quality non-work time with a good friend, meeting fun people, eating good food and enjoying a few glasses of terrific wine. I did a good amount of work as well, which is typical of my weekends during the car event season, but as I truly love what I do, it was hardly a burden. I spend a great deal of time at concours d’elegance events, here in the U.S. and abroad, and rather less time at “car shows.” The difference, you might ask? I have had many conversations over the years with people involved in running collector-car events, and recently the discussion has begun to turn to the question of whether it’s best to name a gathering of cars, motorcycles and sometimes trucks on a lawn or parking lot a “concours,” or “car show” — or something else. Does the term “concours” connote something snooty or unapproachable? Perhaps, perhaps not. What I did discover in a long weekend spent in Oregon recently that it matters less what the event is called than what the event delivers. Car madness with the Martin family I was delighted to be able to attend this year’s Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance, which was celebrating its 40th anniversary. I had been invited to co-emcee last year with Publisher Keith Martin — only to come down with pneumonia a few days beforehand. This obviously meant that the doctor took a dim view to the idea of sitting in the germ stew which an airplane cabin can be, especially since it was likely that one such trip was the source of the infection in the first place. This year all was clear. Arriving in Portland, OR, on a Thursday, accom- panied by my partner Frank, we were immediately embraced in the bosom of Martin family hospitality and car madness. Picking us up at the airport in his ’89 Range Rover, Keith announced that on our way to the bed and breakfast where we were to stay — right across the street from Schloss Martin — we would be making a stop to pick up his Land Rover D90 from the shop so he could take it home in preparation for its appearance in the concours. With one look at the battle-scarred offroad veteran (the Rover, not Keith) it quickly became 40 The best of both worlds — 2006 Lotus Elise and 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider Veloce clear this “concours” was going to be a bit different than what might be expected. After settling in, the next job was choosing our rides for the weekend. The SCM fleet lay before me, and I tried very hard to select horses for courses. Cars and drives For the planned drive on Friday up to Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood, we picked the 2006 Lotus Elise and the evergreen 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider Veloce. What a perfect chance to compare and contrast two cars designed decades apart, but each of which perfectly delivers what their manufacturers intended — maximum fun with minimal distraction. On the mountain roads leading up to Timberline, the Lotus was, as expected, a blast to drive. Surefooted, smooth and responsive, it was the very antithesis of the heavy, dull, anesthetized modern luxury sports cars from Mercedes, Porsche and Audi— and even I might say, Lamborghini and Ferrari. It’s a thoroughly modern throwback to the sports cars of the 1950s — the Porsches, Siatas and the like. To move from the Lotus to the Alfa Spider was not that wide a leap for that very reason. Sure, the levels of grip are lower — especially on the somewhat antique tires on Keith’s Spider. But the suspension is so well-sorted on this car that you have absolute confidence that the car will go wherever you point it. The engine is also flexible and responsive through a wide range, making mountain roads effortless. We drove the Alfa down from Timberline to the small town of Hood River for lunch. Even on the highway blast back to town, the Alfa was a fun drive. On Saturday, the concours hosted a tour that wound from downtown Forest Grove through lovely farmland to stops at a winery, a beautiful lake — where rides were offered in vintage wooden runabouts — and a sake distillery. Our steed for this adventure was Keith’s 1972 Saab Sonett III. Recently acquired from Randy Nonnenberg of BringATrailer.com and appropriately period orange in color, it proved to be a surprisingly satisfying drive. Anyone who owns or is considering an MGB GT should try to sample this very interesting alternative. Besides a rather agricultural engine, whose roughness may have been exacerbated Sports Car Market


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by an exhaust manifold leak, the Saab was rattle-free, handled beautifully and had extremely comfortable seats for touring and fast cornering. A gathering of friendly enthusiasts The next day was the concours. SCM had five cars — that’s to say, four cars and the Rover — entered, and we took the 1967 Alfa Romeo GTV. I’ve always loved these little coupes that combine an elegant, simple Giugiaro design with fun, modern — yet interesting — driving characteristics. The featured marque at this year’s concours was Mercedes-Benz, and a deep and impressive field was on hand to celebrate the marque. Star among the three-pointed stars was without a doubt the 1952 Mercedes-Benz W194 300SL owned by SCMer Bruce McCaw, the very race car that won the 1952 24 Hours of Le Mans with Hermann Lang and Fritz Reiss sharing time behind the wheel. This is the kind of celebrated car found only at the top rank of concours d’elegance or vintage racing events. I started this article with musings on what defined an enthusiast, and whether there is a difference between a “concours” and a “car show.” Quite frequently, extraordinary cars are encountered at a concours, sometimes without their owners anywhere in the vicinity. Car shows often feature rather common production models — which have a com- pelling story that connects them to their owners. It is rare not to have an owner and his family and friends sitting behind the car in their lawn chairs for the entire day, ready to share their story with any who care to ask. The Forest Grove event was an engaging combination of concours and car show. One such at Forest Grove was a man named Dave Vandervort, who was showing his 1954 Studebaker Commander two-door sedan. Dave had purchased the car at 19, immediately on his discharge from the military. He drove it on dates with the woman who would become his wife and used it regularly for years. It was then laid up in his garage for decades, with the intention of doing a restora- tion upon his retirement. The day came, he began the work, and five years later, the finished car was making its debut on the field at Forest Grove. Vandervort’s wife had created a scrapbook, which had photos of the car from the time Dave first bought it, receipts — including the original sales agreement — and every detail of the restoration. It was such a treat to share their enthusiasm and to enjoy the car, which was beautifully finished and won a class award. 1972 Saab Sonett III The Mercedes W194’s owner was also on hand. Although his schedule meant that he flew down the morning of the show — and he couldn’t stay to the end of the award ceremonies — McCaw sat in his car and cheerfully answered questions and displayed the unalloyed joy he feels when in the presence of this historic car and the role he played in restoring it to its proper period configuration. This was true throughout the field at Forest Grove — you knew you were among true enthusiasts, who regardless of the value of their vehicles, felt that their cars changed their lives in some way. We left Portland on Monday with a renewed sense of what it means to truly be an enthusiast and how pure joy — aesthetic, physical and emotional — can be experienced with the right combination of people, cars and place. Very little, if any of that joy has any relation with the value of what I drove or saw. Indeed, the value was in the lesson itself. ♦


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Ferrari Profile 1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 BB Rather than lamenting the value of their Boxers, owners should be thankful they are worth as much as they are by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 1974–76 Number produced: 367 Original list price: $35,000, plus an additional $10,000 for DOT/EPA compliance Current SCM Valuation: $167,500– $237,500 Major service: $8,000 for engine-out service with belts Distributor caps: $350 Chassis #: On frame tube in engine bay Engine #: Top of block Club: Ferrari Club of America More: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 1966–72 Lamborghini Miura, 1971–80 Maserati Bora, 1969–70 DeTomaso Mangusta SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 18023 I n November 1971, Ferrari unveiled at the International Exhibition in Turin a Pininfarina prototype called the Ferrari BB Berlinetta Boxer. The style reflected the design of the Dino 246 GT with fewer curves. The engine was very similar to that of the famous 312B and 312P, with a displacement of 4.4 liters, the same as the Daytona’s. Two years later, a production Boxer was introduced at the Paris Salon of 1973. The car on offer is being sold by its second owner. The black leather interior was restored by Luppi in Italy. It is equipped with a period Voxson radio and cassette and its original leather pouch containing the warranty booklet, the owner’s manual and assistance card. This is a very nice example in a most elegant color combination. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 155, sold for $199,064, including buyer’s premium, at Artcurial’s Le Mans auction on July 7, 2012. A couple of minor manufacturers produced mid-en- gine cars in the 1960s, but it took Lamborghini’s Miura for the configuration to gain legitimacy as a viable production sports car. In 1965, Lamborghini had been building cars for about a year, and a group of their young engineers came up with the idea to transversely mount their 12-cylinder engine in a mid-engine chassis as a way to attract attention at an auto show. The concept was so popular that 10 orders were taken on the spot. Over the next few months, Bertone designed and produced an outrageously exotic body for the chassis — and the Miura put Lamborghini 44 on the map. Ferrari was racing mid-engine Formula and sports cars in the early 1960s, but Enzo Ferrari felt uncomfortable putting customers in mid-engine road cars. He reluctantly agreed to build a mid-engine car — but only if it was a 6-cylinder model. In 1967, the 206 Dino, Ferrari’s first mid-engine production car, was introduced. Ferrari’s response to Lamborghini’s incredible Miura and Maserati’s impressive Bora was the 365 GTB/4 “Daytona,” which was a formidable car — but also another front-engine 12. Soon the writing was on the wall, as the motoring press and the public thought the Daytona was yesterday’s technology. They wanted a mid-engine 12, and Ferrari finally obliged. The 365 Berlinetta Boxer concept was shown in 1971, and by 1974 the first cars were delivered. The rarest of three versions There are three versions of the Boxer: the 365 GT4 BB, 512 BB, and the 512 BBi. The 365 was the first Boxer, and with only 367 built, it is the rarest. The 365 featured a 360-hp, 4.4-liter boxer engine with three 4-barrel Weber carburetors. The 512 BB has a 340-hp, 5-liter boxer engine, again with three 4-barrel Webers. There were 929 carbureted 512s built. The 512 BBi was the final Boxer. The BBi featured the 5-liter boxer engine — but with Bosch fuel injection replacing the Webers. 1,007 examples of the 512 BBi were built. The total number of Boxers is a small 1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 BB Lot 201, s/n F102AB18057 Condition 2+ Not sold at $145,600 Bonhams, Gstaad, SWI, 12/22/08 SCM# 118982 1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 BB Lot 320299283711, s/n 18133 Condition 2+ Sold at $195,000 eBay, 2/19/09 SCM# 119747 1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 BB Lot 207, s/n 17927 Condition 2+ Sold at $173,938 RM Auctions, Maranello, IT, 5/17/09 SCM# 120494 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Artcurial


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number by today’s Ferrari production standards — but is a flood of cars in the world of serious collector cars. The 365s have a single-disc clutch and wet-sump lubri- cation. The 512s have a dual-disc clutch with dry sump lubrication. The 365s are easily distinguished from a 512. The 365 does not have a chin spoiler, it has three taillights per side where the 512 has just two, and the original 365 mufflers have three small exhaust tips per side, while the 512 has two large ones. Among other things, the 512s have NACA ducts in front of the rear wheels, which sets them apart from the 365s. Steep maintenance hurts values Boxer owners are always lamenting why Boxers aren’t worth more, ignoring that there are only a handful of post1975 cars that are worth more than they were new. All decent Boxers are worth more than they sold for when new, and some of them are worth more than twice what they sold for new. Many Boxers are preserved in collector condition. It just isn’t hard to find a great Boxer, so buyers don’t need to pay up for one. Boxers also eat money without moving. They require ex- pensive engine-out belt service every five or so years, which can run as much as 10% of the value of the car. Late Boxers have Michelin TRX tires which, if you can find them, run about $2,000 per set. Rather than lamenting the value of their Boxers, owners should be thankful they are worth as much as they are. In the hierarchy of Boxer values, the 365s lead the pack. The carbureted 512s are in the middle and the BBis trail behind. The 365 Boxers have a reputation for being faster than the 512s, but that’s only partially true. The 512s have more torque and are a little faster getting to 60 mph. The 365 Boxers are geared quite high. They are slow getting off the line, but they explode to life at around 30 mph. The 512 is a better all-around car, but the rawness and exclusivity of the 365 gives it a 50% to 100% value premium over a BBi. Buyer and seller both win Artcurial’s Boxer is a 365 model. It was described as being a two-owner example in excellent condition. The mileage was reported to be around 17,500 miles. It was complete with briefcase-style tool kit and a complete owner’s pouch. The color combination is attractive — but not a first choice. There is no mention of a service, which is a bad sign on a car that has to have an engine-out belt change. Also, it was noted that the car had a new interior, which is quite suspicious with a 17,000-mile car. SCM’s Platinum Auction Database shows 2011 high sales of $211,000 and $220,000. SCM’s Pocket Price Guide values 365 Boxers at $167,500 to $237,500. Europeans usually pay up for higher-performance models, and this car should have rung the bell. The sale price of 160,800 euro converts to roughly $199,064, which at first glance appears a little short. The euro has taken quite a beating lately, and a fairer comparison would be to use an older conversion rate. Converting the result at July 2011 rates would show a sale of $229,000, which is right on the money. Ferraris are a world currency. They flow to where the economy is good and currency is strong. The Artcurial Boxer sold for a high price in euro, but it is a good value in dollars. After several years of Europeans raiding U.S. cars, it looks like the tables have turned. Reports from European auctions indicate that Americans are buying some of the big cars. It doesn’t look like the European economy is going to recover soon, so the trend will continue. It may be a good time to go shopping for Ferraris in Europe. Artcurial’s Boxer sold right at high estimate. The result was indicative of a great low-mile car put before an international audience. The buyer overpaid if the service wasn’t done — but not by much. The seller got all the money. Both sides came out fine, and I call this one a draw. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Artcurial.) October 2012 45


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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan The Brave New World of Ferraris in China Very few Enzo-era Ferraris have gone to China, and the culture prefers new cars over older, collector cars formed an Asian-Pacific office, which grew into the combined Ferrari distributorship for China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Today, China has 20 dealers from Shenzhen adjacent to Hong Kong to Guangzhou in the southwest to Kunming in the southeast to Ordos in Inner Mongolia and as far as Harbin in the far north — above North Korea. Each offers sales, service and parts. The Greater China distributor claimed sales of 777 new Ferraris in 2011. The used Ferrari market consists of a few out-of-vogue 360s and F430s. Ferrari cranks up the PR machine Ferrari expanded their public presence A gathering of supercars at the Shanghai racetrack can attract as many as 500 examples E very few days, I’m asked (or told) about the many Enzo-era cars going to China — or asked what are the best Enzo-era Ferraris to buy and hold in anticipation of the Chinese bidding the market up to the madness last seen when the Japanese started buying in 1986. The reality is that very few Enzo-Era Ferraris have gone to China, and it will be a long wait before they go in volume — if ever. A little history China’s long road to economic reform began in 1972 with Richard Nixon’s unex- pected trip to China, which opened diplomatic relationships. In December of 1978, Deng Xiaoping de-collectivized agriculture, opened China to foreign investment and allowed rural entrepreneurs to start businesses. A decade later, Deng began to dismantle or privatize massive state industries, and eliminated price controls and multiple layers of regulations. Deng is often quoted as saying “To get rich is glorious.” Well-connected communist cadres used their power and positions to do exactly that. China slowly opened to outside movies, music and culture. Jeep was the first foreign automaker to build an assembly plant in China, in 1983, followed by Volkswagen and Peugeot in 1984. By 2006, China had passed Japan as the planet’s second-largest vehicle market, and in 2009 passed the United States as the largest car market on the planet. Humble beginnings In 1993, Italian Motors, the Ferrari dealer in neighboring Hong Kong, sent a 348 ts to the Beijing International Conference Center in support of Beijing’s 2000 Olympic aspirations. This first Ferrari was sold to Li Xiaohua, one of China’s very early self-made millionaires. It was an instant status symbol, complete with a Beijing “A00001” license plate. Visiting dignitaries all wanted to meet Li Xiaohua, including Presidents Bush (father and son) and Clinton, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Russian leader Vladimir Putin and more. All signed his 348 ts, making Li Xiaohua an instant celebrity in China and the voice of the new class of Chinese entrepreneurs. From 1993 to 2004, Italian Motors, the Ferrari dealer in Hong Kong, was the importer until being replaced by a joint venture by Ferrari and a Chinese partner. In 2006, Ferrari 46 with the “Ferrari 15,000 Red Miles” tour of China in a pair of 612 Scagliettis driven from Shanghai to Mongolia, down to Lhasa in Tibet, across the Gobi desert and back to Shanghai. A pair of Fiats with factory mechanics and two parts-packed Iveco trucks followed to ensure that both 612s completed the journey. Next up was the launch of the 599 GTO at the 2012 Beijing Auto show. In May 2012, Ferrari opened its second museum, “The Ferrari Myth,” in the Italian Centre at the Shanghai Expo Park in China. As per Ferrari, the new museum “was opened by Ferrari vice chairman and son of founder Enzo Ferrari, Piero Ferrari… and will be continually updated throughout its three-year run to document the evolution of the company and its products. The aim is to introduce the Chinese people to Ferrari, allowing them to experience firsthand the history, cars, technologies and passion of the iconic Italian marque.” The new museum showcases “a 348 ts, the first Ferrari to enter the Chinese mainland market, a 275 GTB/4, a 365 GTB/4 Daytona, a 750 Monza sports prototype, and Ferrari’s first 4-seater four-wheel drive — the Ferrari FF.” No used cars China closed the door to used imports in 2010, but the Chinese culture does a better job of keeping them out. To Do these come with a chauffeur? Sports Car Market


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quote a Chinese client, “You won’t see many old cars in China; people in China generally don’t like used cars, the same as they don’t like to buy used houses or getting married to a ‘used’ — (i.e. divorced) — wife.” “Car collecting is not a culture to be found in China for the time being. Old cars are not their cup of tea,” he said. “When it comes to car culture, China was in turmoil most of the time since the first car was born 120 years ago, so car culture started only in the late 1980s.” The rich and the truly rich The very rich in China all have chauffeurs, as most cannot drive. Status is found sitting in the back seat, and to drive one’s own car would be to lose status. Culturally, only truck and bus drivers are trained to drive a stick shift. Ferrari and other supercars only really started to sell well with the introduction of the F1 shifters. Many super-rich buy Ferraris and other exotics as presents for young wives or their mistresses, so China has the highest percentage of female Ferrari owners in the world market. The sons and grandsons, young wives and mistresses of the very rich have never learned to drive a manual box, and they find it stupid to drive a manual when they can have F1 shifting to deal with China’s traffic congestion. Although China is a member of the World Trade Organization, the numbers don’t really add up. For example, a new 458 Spider lists for about $257k in the U.S. — plus a $2,600 gas-guzzler tax and a sales tax and registration of about 10%, so the total price is about $290k. The same 458 Spider is about $750k in China because of compounded import and registration taxes on cars over three liters displacement. While America’s left may complain of inequality between the reviled one percent and blue-collar workers, in China a Ferrari 458 is equivalent to 250 years of salary for a factory worker. 500 exotics at a supercar festival In the past few years, a cult of both Ferrari and supercar gatherings at the Shanghai racetrack has developed, with as many as 300 new Ferraris or 500 supercars of all makes at each gathering. Alas, wallet size and ego often exceed talent on the race track. High-speed “Cannonball-type” tours that run from city to city on China’s little-used toll freeways have also come into vogue for the super-rich. Only the latest supercars make the run, as Don’t expect it to show up on a used-Ferrari lot any older Ferraris would be left in the dust. While there are a handful of Enzo-era Ferraris and three late model F1 cars in China, they are truly the exception. Ferrari has become a common name in China mainly because of F1 and Michael Schumacher. Whenever a car looks sporty, whether it is a Porsche or Lambo, people in the street will always call it “Fa-la-li.” An owner of one of the first Hong Kong-based McLaren MP4-12C cars recently drove to China. As usual, the supercar was called a Fa-la-li, but when the locals approached closer and saw the McLaren badge, they curiously asked if Nike has recently developed sport cars. When the owner told them that the car is a McLaren, they simply replied that no way could McDonald’s build a sports car after making hamburgers. I couldn’t make this up. ♦ October 2012 47


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English Profile 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback The R-type was a discreet British hot rod — a distillation of the superb into the extraordinary by Paul Hardiman Details Years produced: 1954–55 Number produced: 208 Original list price: $17,350 Current SCM Valuation: $475,000– $790,000 Tune-up cost: $800 (oil and filters changed, timing and valve clearance check/adjust) Distributor cap: $160 Chassis #: Plate on left side of firewall Engine #: Left side of cylinder block Club: Bentley Drivers Club More: www.bdcl.org Alternatives: 1949 Cadillac Series 62, 1956–58 Mercedes 300SC, 1954–62 Facel-Vega FVS/HK500 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: BC28C Engine number: BCC27 T o describe this magnificent Bentley R-type Continental, it is difficult to improve upon the typically perceptive and balanced analysis that George Daniels himself wrote of the car for his autobiography All in Good Time — Reflections of a Watchmaker, published in 2000: “The ease with which the Continental will cover vast distances without discomfort to its occupants is now legendary. It is silent, smooth and spaciously comfortable. At the cool, thin-rimmed steering wheel, one looks along a long, slender bonnet reaching proudly into the distance. The controls are beautifully weighted so that one can sense the road and the car’s response to changes in surface and conditions. And, of course, it is very beautiful to behold.” This car was ordered originally by the Taylor Woodrow construction company for founder Frank Taylor, finished in blue/gray (today, the car’s color looks very much like a Royal Air Force blue) with matching pale-blue interior with the desirable option of lightweight seats. It was first registered to Taylor Woodrow on March 12, 1954, with 5% discount on the price for being “frequent clients” of Rolls-Royce Ltd. Frank Taylor moved operations to London in 1930, Taylor Woodrow becoming based in Southall, Middlesex, and was building 1,200–1,500 houses each year by the mid-1930s. The company, much enlarged, was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1935. Taylor Woodrow Construction became engaged in defense work, and for six years through World War II built military camps, airfields, factories and many com- 48 ponents of the Normandy Landings’ Mulberry Harbor. Immediately post-war, Taylor Woodrow began building internationally, and by the time the R-type Continental was purchased, the company’s projects involved sites in Africa, Australia, Canada and the Middle East. It was against this dynamic, profit-based background that this Continental was kept by Taylor Woodrow for less than a year before the company probably realized a useful profit by selling it to the car’s second owner, a Mr. J.B. Ashbrook, who took title to it on February 1, 1955. The car remained with Mr. Ashbrook for the next 23 years until July 25, 1978, when it was acquired — via Stanley Sedgwick of Bentley Drivers Club fame — by George Daniels, a horologist and watchmaker. This is a three-owner, low-mileage Bentley R-type Continental with the highly desirable specification of manual transmission and lightweight seats that, in its 58th year, is surely one of the finest examples of its illustrious and thoroughbred breed. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 208, sold for $981,078, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ annual sale at the Goodwood Festival of Speed near Chichester, U.K., on June 29, 2012. Not to be confused with the similar-looking S-type variants that came later, the R-type was a discreet British hot rod — a distillation of the superb into the extraordinary. Compare this car’s elegant, swooping lines with the staid R-type saloon it is based on, and you wouldn’t think they came out of the same factory 1955 Bentley R-type Continental Lot 64, s/n BC16LD Condition 4+ Sold at $770,000 Gooding & Co., Amelia Island, FL, 3/11/11 SCM# 176317 1954 Bentley R-type Continental Lot 269, s/n BC64C Condition 3+ Sold at $458,167 Bonhams, Goodwood, U.K., 9/16/11 SCM# 186152 1955 Bentley R-type Continental Lot 139, s/n BC7E Condition 2 Sold at $575,805 RM Auctions, London, U.K., 6/23/11 SCM# 182293 Sports Car Market Simon Clay, courtesy of Bonhams


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— or even the same era. It’s a consummate ground-coverer that must have looked like a teleportation machine to a mere mortal whose tired old Hillman Minx might wheeze up to 65 mph — and sometimes even more — but not for long. Lighter, sleeker and faster Relatively light in weight at 1,651 kg (3,639 pounds), 230 kg (507 pounds) less than a standard R-type, our subject car can manage near 120 mph, thanks to taller gearing allowed by the sleeker shape and more torque from the motor enhancements. It’s faster to 60 mph than the S1 Conti, but what the num- bers can’t convey is the lithe swiftness, a lightness of passage that eluded the later cars — and the R-type Continental fastback could travel huge distances without exhausting its occupants. The former owner, George Daniels, a Manx resident who made bespoke watches for individuals — sometimes as a surprise — used this car for blasts up and down the U.K. and abroad. After such a trip, he wrote: “I remember an occasion in Yorkshire when heading for Heysham and the ferry boat to the Isle of Man. I had driven from Cornwall by a long circuitous route to take in several appointments on the way. My left leg and shoulder were tired from gear changing in heavy stop-and-start traffic. In Leeds, I was stuck in a traffic jam, and, as I sat there, longing for arrival in Heysham, the words of Laurence Pomeroy, motor correspondent and bon viveur, when testing the Continental in 1953, came back to me. ‘This car,’ he wrote: ‘...is a magic carpet which will carry its occupants to the ends of the Earth, and when they alight, they will be as fresh as when they set out....’” Better and more rare than an S-type Accomplishments aside, the reason the R-type is so much more valuable than the S-type is that it’s better, much like a first-500 Porsche Carrera RS 2.7 against a bigbumper ’74, and it is rare. Only 208 R-type Continentals (including the prototype) were built against 431 S-type Continentals. That’s out of a total of 2,323 R-types, 295 of which had coachbuilt bodies. Most (165) of those cars were right-hand drive, and they were delivered as rolling chassis to H.J. Mulliner & Co. of London, which built nearly all of them in fastback coupe form like this one, and it’s no secret that the rear styling is directly ripped off from the 1949 Cadillac. Park Ward (London) built six, including a drophead coupe version, Franay (Paris) built five, Graber (Wichtrach, Switzerland) three, one of them later altered by Köng (Basel, Switzerland), and Pininfarina made one. James Young (London) built a Sports Saloon in 1954 for the owner of the company, James Barclay. The early Continental has the same engine as the standard R-type, but with modified carburetion, induction and exhaust manifolds, and most importantly, higher gear ratios, which the motor can pull thanks to the more slippery profile. From July 1954 on, the bores were enlarged to 94.62 mm (3.7 inch) giving 4,887 cc (298 cubic inches). Daniels bought this car for rebuilding as a therapeu- tic exercise during a bout of cancer. He wrote: “Each morning, I attended Middlesex Hospital at 7 a.m., arriving by motorcycle...(and) during the weeks of the treatment, I dismantled and rebuilt the Continental so that it, and the treatment, were finished at the same time. The results, successful in both cases, were celebrated by a tour of France and Switzerland in the car, which behaved impeccably.” Not a concours car The panel fits are excellent and the paint is still good, although there is a little bubbling at the door and front wing bottoms. The interior is all original, although the timber has been refinished and remains excellent, as does all the brightwork. This is not a 100-point concours car, and it is all the nicer for it. Low mileage, history and provenance insinuate a far higher cachet here. Although none has yet broken through the million- dollar mark, R-type Continentals are edging ever nearer to it, while S-type fastbacks — even at the top of the market — have yet to manage half that. Perhaps that is apt, with twice as many to choose from. As Bonhams put it, this is a very well-known individual among an exclusive, rarefied and much-coveted family of high-performance, luxurious true Grand Touring cars. It still has its original documents, handbook and tool kit, and now reads just 34,700 miles on the clock. Just to play devil’s advocate — you could just have a ’49 Cadillac, which is arguably as smooth and powerful and probably better equipped, for $100,000 and be done with it. But if you prefer lifetime shoes to new ones, if you pre- fer single malts to bourbon, or proper Czech Budweiser to the rice-brewed pretender, you would appreciate the way the Bentley meshes its pure and simple ingredients to transcend the consumer into a wholly elevated (and discreet) experience. This was, as dealers are fond of saying, a rare oppor- tunity. Once again, supply and demand dictate that the best take top dollar. When will they break a million? ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) October 2012 49


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spyder Lungo One bidder saw what this car really is — and scored one of the great buys of recent auction history by Thor Thorson Details Years produced: 1931–34 Number produced: 188 Original list price: $9,500 (in 1932 dollars) SCM valuation: $5,500,000– $7,000,000 Chassis #: Plate on firewall bulkhead Engine #: Right side rear crankcase Club: Alfa Romeo Owners Club More: www.aroc-usa.org Alternatives: 1931–35 Bugatti Type 51, 1927–31 Bentley 4½ Litre, 1928–32 Mercedes-Benz SSK SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 2211065 Engine number: 2211065 F ew great classic sports cars can match the intense sensory overload provided by the supreme Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 in raucous action. Add the historic importance and cachet of the Le Mans 24 Hours race, of Sir Henry “Tim” Birkin, of Francis, Earl Howe and of Marshal Italo Balbo — and it becomes patently obvious that this is a thoroughbred sports car of great stature. This particular car was first registered by the Alfa Romeo Company on June 3, 1932. Sixteen days later, it became the third of Alfa Romeo’s 1932 Works-entered Le Mans 24 Hour cars, being co-driven in the French endurance classic by the intensely competitive and capable British aristocrats Sir Henry Birkin and Earl Howe, and carrying the race number 9. It was fitted with regulation racing bodywork by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan. Among the 25 starters in that Depression-era 24-Hour race, “065” now offered here led for a period before being forced to retire. The car was taken straight to England for repair. It was then run in that year’s RAC Tourist Trophy at Ards, Ulster, on August 20, being driven by Earl Howe. This Alfa Romeo went particularly well, and Earl Howe was actually the fastest finisher, completing his assigned 30lap distance, 410 miles, in five hours, nine minutes, 56 seconds. The ex-Birkin/Howe car was then returned to Alfa Romeo in Italy. On September 27, 1932, it was sold to Giuseppe Campari. Simon Moore believes that it formed part of his remuneration deal as an Alfa Romeo Worksbacked driver and Italian celebrity. It appears that Campari consigned the car to the Farina coachbuilding company of Turin to be rebodied from its Carrozzeria 50 Touring-made racing-regulation style, to become a road-usable drophead coupe. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 206, sold for $4,196,927, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed auction on June 29, 2012. The 8C 2300 Alfa Romeo is without question one of the most collectible automobiles in the world. It has basically everything that the serious collec- tor of performance and racing cars looks for when considering what to add to his stable: It is rare, incredibly advanced mechanically for its time, aesthetically breathtaking, a joy to drive and the dominant competitive automobile of its era. The basic collector’s rule, “What was special and desirable then is collectible now,” applies in spades to the 8C Alfas. That said, in these cars there is a spectacular range of value between the less-desirable and the ultimate examples. For the astute collector with the wherewithal to par- ticipate in the game, the trick is both to understand why the market assigns value to certain cars, and, when it fails to see the true value and undervalues something, to grab it. My thesis today is that the buyer of this Alfa scored — big-time. Let me explain. When Alfa Romeo set their premier design engineer, Vittorio Jano, to work on a new 8-cylinder, twin-cam, supercharged engine, it was purely with the intent of creating a racing car that could compete and win at the highest levels of motorsport. They had been doing well in the smaller classes with their 6C 1500 and 6C 1750 cars, but after the withdrawal of Fiat from racing, 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 drophead coupe Lot 139, s/n 2311214 Condition 1 Sold at $4,180,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/16/09 SCM# 141197 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza Lot 117, s/n 2311218 Condition 3 Sold at $6,710,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/14/10 SCM# 165774 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Corto Lot 366, s/n 2211051 Condition 1 Sold at $2,819,000 Bonhams, Goodwood, U.K., 6/22/07 SCM# 45863 Sports Car Market Simon Clay, courtesy of Bonhams


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Alfa Romeo considered itself to be the de facto Italian national racing team, and they wanted a car that could challenge the Germans, French and British for overall wins. The result was the 8C 2300. Then as now, racing was con- ducted under a number of different categories, but — unlike now — in those days a single mechanical package could be adapted to all categories. The Lungo and Corto of the 8C Alfa thus designed their new car with three different chas- sis lengths: Lungo (long, for touring cars), Corto (short, for sports cars) and Monza (effectively Grand Prix configuration). Originally pure racing cars, their success allowed substantial sales of street versions through the early 1930s, and the longer chassis was more adaptable for this purpose. The result was that of 189 cars built, roughly 60% of the total production was Lungo, with most of the rest Corto and only a few Monzas. In all of racing during that period, probably the most impor- tant venue was the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was long, brutal, and intensely watched in the automotive world, so every manufacturer who wanted to prove they were fast and reliable pretty much had to do it there. In the early 1930s, Alfa Romeo was the car to beat at Le Mans, but nobody managed the job. Alfa 8C 2300s won in 1931, ’32, ’33 and ’34, and finished a close 2nd in 1935. It was one of the most complete dominations in sport to that time, and it brought glory and sales to Alfa Romeo. Unfortunately, the Le Mans cars weren’t very sexy or useful when the race was done. Le Mans was for “touring” cars, which in that era, meant four-seater bodies with operable tops. The four-seat requirement forced Alfa to use the Lungo chassis for its Le Mans cars, but racing weight meant that the bodies were designed for function above beauty — so they made lousy street cars later. Money was tight, so many of the team cars were returned to the factory after racing, “refreshed” with street bodywork and resold. That is what happened to our subject car: It got a pretty-but-heavy drophead coupe body and ended up a parade car for Italo Balbo, a prominent fascist general, before the normal procession of owners brought it to the 1990s. George Daniels then bought it and rebodied it to its 1932 racing configuration. Collectors are a persnickety bunch, particularly at the higher end of the market. Ideally, they want originality, beauty, history, performance, rarity, famous associations, sexiness and provenance, all in varying degrees of importance — the more of each, the better. There is also a particular term — “rebodied” — that will spook bidders quicker than light on a cockroach. The obvious reason is that most rebodies take old, frumpy saloons and turn them into sexy racer wannabes. These cars may look cool, but they’re not very collectible. A combination of the above factors presented quite a problem for the subject Alfa, but it also created an opportunity for a savvy investor. Seeing the Birkin and Howe Le Mans car The first problem was the Lungo chassis; they just aren’t as sexy as the shorter ones, no matter what the history. The second — and biggest — problem was not just that it had been rebodied, but more importantly, it was how it was presented for sale. Although it had been rebodied back into the factory Le Mans race car that it originally was (and the 1932 Pininfarina drophead body came with it), the Touring Le Mans design just wasn’t very attractive. To realize the Alfa’s true value, the seller needed to emphasize its history and provenance, and that just didn’t happen. For all his qualities, Daniels never made the car look like a 1932 racer. It was painted bright red and lacked the details to remind buyers of why it was important. His estate obviously just gave it to the auction company and waited for somebody to raise a paddle, which was either too bad — or great, depending on your point of view. Imagine if, instead, someone had taken the time to paint it the chalky oxblood red that it would have been — and had gotten the patina right. Details, such as the racing numbers painted onto the grille and bonnet, a separate Brooklands screen for the driver, and maybe an old lap counter mounted on the dash, would have been cues to remind the potential buyers that this was a heroic chariot for the iconic drivers Tim Birkin and Earl Howe at Le Mans — and again for Howe at the RAC Tourist Trophy — driving as a factory entry, no less. Chassis 2211065 was a very important racing 8C 2300 with most of the factors that collectors want, but it wasn’t presented that way. It was just a too shiny and not very pretty 8C Alfa, and most of the bidders looked the other way. One bidder didn’t, though, and in seeing what this car really was, scored one of the great buys of recent auction history. 8C 2300 Alfas in today’s market range in price from about $3 million for a good bitsa to more than $10 million for a completely original Zagato-bodied Monza. This was a very good factory team car with known history and the 1932 “street” body still with it. It could have sold for as much as a million dollars more without surprise. I’d say this car was very, very well bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) October 2012 51


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German Profile 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster Why spend $132,709 for this car? One reason: Mercedes-Benz provides service and parts to keep it running by Alex Dearborn Details Years produced: 1954–63 Number produced: 25,881 Original list price: $4,145 (1955) Current SCM Valuation: $45,000–$90,000 Tune-up cost: $400 Distributor cap: $15.95 Chassis #: Passenger’s side of firewall Engine #: Left rear of block Club: 190SL Group, Mercedes-Benz Club of America Club Website: www.190slgroup.com Alternatives: 1954–57 Jaguar XK 140, 1963–67 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8, 1962–63 Porsche 356B Cabriolet SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1958 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Lot 414, s/n 1210428500787 Condition 2Sold at $54,990 Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 6/3/12 SCM# 202035 Chassis number: 1210428500679 M ercedes-Benz managed, starting in May 1955, to produce a sports car that cost less than half the price of the very desirable — but hardly accessible — 300SL. The 190SL was a strong and sturdy car, and it was for a clientele more interested in a stylish machine than one of performance. It was very well built, as has always been the case with Mercedes, so this car could be used on a daily basis, and a number of 190SLs have covered very impressive mileages. The car was offered in three versions: a roadster, which was a convertible with a finish that was rather crude; a coupe with more luxury and an optional removable hard top; and the Tourensports-wagen, which was intended as a more serious sportster that was lighter and equipped with windowless doors and a flyscreen instead of the windshield. The car on offer is impressive, as its restoration has been very well executed. Looking at the 190SL, we immediately understand the quality of work done in terms of bodywork, mechanicals and interior. The owner bought this car with no backlog of bills, just got behind the wheel, and started using it with the understanding that this car is beautiful in every way. Nothing was left to chance — the car’s red leather upholstery is like new, and the carpets and the hood are of the same color. The 52 paint is of a high quality, and the color combination is very elegant. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 122, sold for $132,709, including buyer’s premium, at Artcurial’s Le Mans auction on July 7, 2012. The example presented looks worthy of consideration for any buyer with the same profile as the original intended customer — a person looking for a sturdy, well-constructed and pretty two-seater with readily available parts and service. Mercedes-Benz built and sold about 25,000 examples of this car, so it is certainly not rare. What, then, is the rationale for spending $132,709 for one? Then, as now, the company that built it makes available service and parts to keep it running, and hindsight informs us that the series has been durable over the past 50 years. That reassurance, plus its undeniable beauty, has perhaps kept the values of 190SLs abreast of less-wellmade, albeit sportier, two-seater roadsters. Other compelling 190SL virtues include luxurious features, such as door-operated courtesy lights, roll-up windows, leather seating adjustable for rake, a quickfolding and tight-fitting convertible top, a weather-tight and lockable trunk, aluminum deck lids and doors with 1955 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Lot 124, s/n A1210425500986 Condition 3+ Sold at $67,478 Artcurial, Paris, FR, 10/30/11 SCM# 187826 1962 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Lot 142, s/n 12192820023473 Condition 2Sold at $66,846 Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 11/4/11 SCM# 189929 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Artcurial


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cast aluminum frames, independent front and rear suspension, and Alfin brake drums with power assist. The next big thing? The subject example sold at a price well above the auction company estimate of $86,000 to $110,000. This suggests that there may have been an uptick in desirability for the series, or that this one had some unseen special appeal. Maybe the market thinks that this is the “next big thing.” If that is so, this trend is just starting, as a quick run through the SCM Platinum Database shows no big spike in 190SL prices at auction. Cars sold during the past three or so years range from the mid-$50k range to the low $70k range. Perhaps this car appealed to two or more buyers at this auction, and a bidding war drove the price far beyond what was expected. This is the dream for those who consign their cars to auction, and all it takes is two bidders and a little red mist. In any case, I would argue that of the 25,000 cars made, there are greater ones out there to compete with this car in the $130k bracket. A few marque specialists have produced fastidiously well-restored examples in recent years. A beautiful car with some shortcomings The car appears to have had a quality rebuild, but it is let down by several glaring shortcomings in authenticity. As post-war production sports cars become more and more expensive, correctness and provenance become more and more important. First noted is the lack of body-matching paint on the hubcaps. Then one sees the off-brand clock in place of the German VDO, the use of red carpet on the front floors instead of rubber mats, the choice of a non-period red top fabric, the change of color from the original 158 white-gray to the present silver, and the listing, and perhaps titling, of the car as a 1961, when it was made in February 1958. No mention was made of a matching removable hard top, or fitted luggage, which are common period options which would increase value. The convenience of finding a good 190SL at auction may outrank the hard work involved in finding a great one in the marketplace. I’d value that convenience factor at $20,000 and declare the car well sold. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Artcurial.) October 2012 53


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German Profile The Cumberford Perspective Plenty of style but almost no substance By Robert Cumberford 2 tonishing model Mercedes-Benz ever produced in series — the almost-equally striking 190SL following it to market a year later was disappointingly heavy, slow and clumsy. True, almost 26,000 were made from 1955 to 1963, so it was appreciated as a boulevard cruiser, but lovely lines — and that Mercedes build quality — were really all it had going for it. But those excellent propor- I tions, with a wider track than the 300SL mitigating the higher hood line, and a hood long enough to house a straight eight instead of the upright 4-cylinder, were enough to create customer desire — despite a stiff price for Volkswagen-level handling and asthmatic acceleration. That there were no apparent seams between panels — everything was leaded after welding — gave the car the impression of being milled from solid, an impression backed up by beautiful hardware detailing. High-profile whitewall tires on tiny wheels, massive separate bumpers, lamps at the ends of the fenders and the massively oversized — by today’s standards — steering wheel give away its age, but the 190SL remains an extremely attractive machine. So long as you don’t have to actually drive it. ♦ 10 12 6 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 Thrusting fenders set apart from the central body are not aerodynamically optimal, but don’t they look wonderful? 2 A single bulge in the hood provides a visual link to the double-bump 300SL and gives some character to the huge panel. 3 The folding top is elegantly shaped and offers a refined profile, something of a rarity on German convertibles. And it disappeared when down, also rare on German cars. 4 A fascinating surface detail is the front fender profile suddenly jogging upward to align with the side window profile. Nicely conceived and elegantly executed. 5 The “banana” fairings of the 7 8 f the mid-1950s production 300SL was one of the greatest sports cars of all time — and certainly the most as- 1 4 3 5 300SL, needed for clearance at full jounce and full lock, are kept here for stylistic continuity, not functional necessity. 6 Massive chrome bumpers with big vertical overriders are an absolute time stamp. No one can imagine such discrete appendages today. But they were practical. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 An elegant and expensive solution has all the non-moveable exterior panels — apart from the “bananas” — joined in a single continuous surface, unthinkable today. 8 The protruding fuel filler is an almost-shocking contrast to the refinement and elegance of the rest of the car. 9 A surprisingly subtle and understated style detail are the very thin chrome accents on the bottoms of both the fender trims and the lower sill. 10 The rather upright and closeset windshield benefits from being nicely curved in plan view — and having a complete chrome surround. 11 Wide whitewalls and oversize chromed hubcaps plus separate trim rings are elements firmly fixed in past sensibilities. But they are coherent and suit the design. 12 A silly little mirror mounted on the forward door cut is better than nothing. But not much better. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) Sumptuous seats were much less comfortable than they appear to be, very hard and not terribly ergonomic in profile. And they were quite heavy as well. The huge, ivory-colored steer- ing wheel, fixed in a seemingly too-high position, was adorned with a chrome horn ring. It did offer good instrument visibility. The two main instruments 11 9 Profile The Cumberford Perspective Plenty of style but almost no substance By Robert Cumberford 2 tonishing model Mercedes-Benz ever produced in series — the almost-equally striking 190SL following it to market a year later was disappointingly heavy, slow and clumsy. True, almost 26,000 were made from 1955 to 1963, so it was appreciated as a boulevard cruiser, but lovely lines — and that Mercedes build quality — were really all it had going for it. But those excellent propor- I tions, with a wider track than the 300SL mitigating the higher hood line, and a hood long enough to house a straight eight instead of the upright 4-cylinder, were enough to create customer desire — despite a stiff price for Volkswagen-level handling and asthmatic acceleration. That there were no apparent seams between panels — everything was leaded after welding — gave the car the impression of being milled from solid, an impression backed up by beautiful hardware detailing. High-profile whitewall tires on tiny wheels, massive separate bumpers, lamps at the ends of the fenders and the massively oversized — by today’s standards — steering wheel give away its age, but the 190SL remains an extremely attractive machine. So long as you don’t have to actually drive it. ♦ 10 12 6 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 Thrusting fenders set apart from the central body are not aerodynamically optimal, but don’t they look wonderful? 2 A single bulge in the hood provides a visual link to the double-bump 300SL and gives some character to the huge panel. 3 The folding top is elegantly shaped and offers a refined profile, something of a rarity on German convertibles. And it disappeared when down, also rare on German cars. 4 A fascinating surface detail is the front fender profile suddenly jogging upward to align with the side window profile. Nicely con- ceived and elegantly executed. 5 The “banana” fairings of the 7 8 f the mid-1950s production 300SL was one of the great- est sports cars of all time — and certainly the most as- 1 4 3 5 300SL, needed for clearance at full jounce and full lock, are kept here for stylistic continuity, not functional necessity. 6 Massive chrome bumpers with big vertical overriders are an absolute time stamp. No one can imagine such discrete appendages today. But they were practical. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 An elegant and expensive solution has all the non-moveable exterior panels — apart from the “bananas” — joined in a single continuous surface, unthinkable today. 8 The protruding fuel filler is an almost-shocking contrast to the refinement and elegance of the rest of the car. 9 A surprisingly subtle and understated style detail are the very thin chrome accents on the bottoms of both the fender trims and the lower sill. 10 The rather upright and close- set windshield benefits from being nicely curved in plan view — and having a complete chrome surround. 11 Wide whitewalls and oversize chromed hubcaps plus separate trim rings are elements firmly fixed in past sensibilities. But they are coherent and suit the design. 12 A silly little mirror mounted on the forward door cut is better than nothing. But not much better. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) Sumptuous seats were much less comfortable than they appear to be, very hard and not terribly ergonomic in profile. And they were quite heavy as well. The huge, ivory-colored steer- ing wheel, fixed in a seemingly too-high position, was adorned with a chrome horn ring. It did offer good instrument visibility. The two main instruments 11 9 Sports Sports Car Market were intelligently placed, high and central to the driver— and very prescient for the time.


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American Car Collector Profile 2005 Ford GT When Ford announced the original MSRP of $139,995, it was irrelevant by Colin Comer Details Years produced: 2005–06 Number produced: 4,038 Original list price: $149,995 Current SCM Valuation: $160,000– $190,000 Tune-up cost: $850 Chassis #: Driver’s side dashtop Engine #: Bar code sticker on valve cover Club: FordGT, Ford GT Forum More: www.fordgt.org, www.fordgtforum. com Alternatives: 2007–09 Corvette Callaway C16, 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, 2003–05 Saleen S7 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 2005 Ford GT Lot 345.1, s/n 1FAFP90S25Y401561 Condition 1Sold at $165,000 Chassis number: 1FAFP90S55Y400002 clared the GT40 “the ultimate living legend.” Further, he added, “It’s a true supercar with appeal equal to that of the greatest sports cars in the world, but with the addition of a heritage no one can match.” Such was the roaring approval from both the press A and public alike that Ford’s CEO, William Clay Ford Jr., decided to give a limited production version the green light. Full production began in the spring of 2004, with a limit of no more than 4,500 cars set. Assembly of the GT began at Mayflower Vehicle Systems in Norwalk, OH, and they were transferred to Saleen for paint application at their facility in Troy, MI. The engines were built at Ford’s Romeo Engine Plant, with final assembly handled by the SVT team at Ford’s Wixom, MI, plant. All GTs are designated 2005 and 2006 models, with the first examples delivered in August 2004. The first Ford GT made available to any member of the general public was chassis #10. Other examples were offered to select clientele; the purchase agreement included a clause that the owner had to hold the car for at least 24 months, during which Ford had the right of first refusal to buy the car back. Chassis numbers 01 through 09 were reserved for “internal 56 t the 2002 introduction of the modern-day GT40 concept car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI, Ford’s vice president of design, J. Mays, de- use” by Ford, following a long tradition of those first examples being offered mainly to Ford family members and certain executives. Michael Dingman served on the board of directors of the Ford Motor Co. for more than two decades and was offered one of these special reserve vehicles. On the order form sent to Dingman on May 18, 2004, a handwritten notation in the offering letter reads “car #2.” It is believed that chassis #01 is retained directly by Ford Motor Company. Chassis #02 is finished in Mark II Black (which is understood to have not been available to the public until later in the production cycle) and optioned with full stripes, BBS aluminum wheels, and the McIntosh Audiophile Sound System. The total production of the Ford GT was just 4,038 examples, ending on September 21, 2006. With a top speed of 205 mph, the Ford GT offers performance and a legendary pedigree. It resides in the elite club of modern supercars, and this example will be set apart from all others due to the exceptional pedigree of its existence and its illustrious first owner. SCM Analysis This 2005 Ford GT, Lot 845, sold for $242,000, including buyer’s commission, at RM’s Dingman Collection sale on June 6, 2012. Throw your Kelly Blue Books away; we are about to enter the realm of Ford GT values. Sports Car Market 2005 Ford GT Lot 600, s/n 1FAFP90S05Y401588 Condition 2+ Sold at $154,000 Auctions America by RM, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 3/4/11 SCM# 169148 Barrett-Jackson, Orange County, CA, 6/25/11 SCM# 182144 2005 Ford GT Lot 14, s/n 1FAFP90S65Y401272 Condition: 1 Sold at $117,070 Bonhams, Reims, FR, 9/11/10 SCM# 166030 Courtesy of RM Auctions


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From the moment Ford introduced the modern GT40 concept car in 2002, it was a superstar. Chief designer Camilo Pardo and his team at Ford’s “Living Legends” studio simply nailed it, remaining true to the original Le Mans-winning legend, while creating a modern supercar that is still relevant today. Willing buyers lobbied Ford to put the car into production, and once it became official, the game was on. I attended the Christie’s Pebble Beach auction in August 2003 to watch Ford sell Chassis #10 for charity, and SCMer Jon Shirley was the lucky high bidder at $557,500. That only furthered the FGT feeding frenzy that was already in place. Rocketing out of the gate When Ford announced the original MSRP of $139,995, it was irrelevant, as buy- ers were willing to pay upwards of $100k over sticker to get one, and dealers were only too willing to type up those “Additional Dealer Markup” addendums to Ford’s window stickers. Soon, the fittingly named www.fordgtprices.com website went live and started tracking Ford GT prices and listings. It was the virtual barometer of the market. Most all Ford GTs came “loaded” with all four options Ford offered: BBS wheels, McIntosh stereo, Le Mans stripes and painted brake calipers. These four options combined added roughly $13,500 to the base price. Powered with a 5.4-liter, 550-hp, supercharged V8 with a 6-speed transmission, the top speed is limited to 205 mph, with a 0–60 mph time of under 3.5 seconds. The Shelby American Automobile Club has tracked Ford GTs by serial number for their World Registry since the beginning. Some more entertaining histories show cars being sold as many as 10 times in the first 12 months before finding more permanent homes. An expected stall, a surprising rise Like any instant collectible with huge premiums, supply soon met demand (or at least got close) and prices stabilized. By 2007, you could buy a new Ford GT for near MSRP, and once many became “just used cars,” prices dropped further — especially for cars with miles on them or damage history. Wise buyers scanned wreckedexotics. com/gt40 (yes, really) to see whether the car they were considering was a past feature car. And then something happened that shocked even Ford GT owners — prices started to go up. This happens with very few modern supercars, and usually not within the first decade (the Ferrari F40 is one of the few exceptions I can think of). Today, a near-new 2006 Ford GT with low miles will easily sell for $175k-plus —roughly $15k over MSRP — and demand for great examples again outstrips supply. Why the bump? I attribute it to the fact that Ford GTs are a stunning and usable supercar that appeals to many buyers who wouldn’t consider a Ferrari or Lamborghini. The Ford GT is a truly exotic modern American supercar. You cannot take one anywhere without drawing a crowd or stopping traffic; they are that impressive in person. Bang for the buck, I contend a Ford GT is nearly impossible to beat. As for Michael Dingman’s Chassis #02 car, while the market typically favors later (2006) cars to avoid some well-publicized early car bugs, the opportunity to get the lowest serial number production car that will ever be available trumps all else. It is also an essentially zero-mile car in the right colors, and the Dingman provenance is among the best you can get — right up there with Jay Leno’s or Jon Shirley’s Ford GTs. I viewed RM’s pre-sale estimate of $325,000– $375,000 as spot-on, and the $242,000 all-in result surprised me. This FGT brought a very small premium over market pricing for a “regular” GT, and I consider it extremely well bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) October 2012 57


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Race Car Profile 1929 4½ Litre “Blower” Birkin Bentley This is a fairly unmodified piece of history — saved thanks to the patronage of watchmaker Daniels, who loved his 4½s — and it’s unrepeatable by Paul Hardiman Details Year produced: 1929 Number produced: 1 Original list price: Immeasurable Current SCM Valuation $975,000– $2,750,000 Tune-up cost: $2,000 Chassis #: Engine compartment firewall Engine #: Stamped on engine bearer, blower number on front of blower Club: Bentley Drivers Club More: www.bdcl.org Alternatives: 1928–35 Mercedes-Benz SS Tourer, 1931–34 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza, 1931–35 Bugatti Type 51 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: HB3402 Engine number: SM3901 A mong all Brooklands habitués of the 1920–30s, perhaps the most glamorous and charismatic of all the historic motor course’s racing celebrities was the diminutive Bentley- driving Baronet, Sir Henry Ralph Stanley “Tim” Birkin. He combined his “Bentley Boy” high-society image with a fearless driving talent. With fellow enthusiast/racer Mike Couper, Birkin & Couper Ltd was established at Welwyn, where it produced the prototype 4½ Litre “Blower” Bentley in the summer of 1929. W.O. Bentley recalled: “They would lack in their preparation all the experience we had built up in (our own) racing department over 10 years. I feared the worst and looked forward to their first appearance with anxiety....” Birkin ran his prototype tourer-bodied car in the Brooklands 6-Hour race on June 29, 1929. The car retired. In the RAC Tourist Trophy at Ards in Ulster, Bernard Rubin’s “Blower” overturned while Birkin, who had challenged W.O. to act as his riding mechanic (the marque’s founder accepting), placed a worthy second overall and won his class. W.O. summed it up as follows: “The supercharged 4½ never won a race, suffered a never-ending series of mechanical failures, brought the marque Bentley disrepute and incidentally cost Dorothy Paget a large sum before she decided to withdraw her support in October 1930...” The assertion that the “Blower” Bentley never won a race is wrong. The car offered here is the exception. At the Birkin & Couper Ltd Works in Welwyn, this special track-racing “Blower” Bentley was developed. In its 1930 form, with Villiers’ supercharger driven from the crankshaft nose and inhaling through two huge horizontal SU carburetors, the car’s engine developed some 240 horsepower on alcohol fuel mix, some 65 horse- 58 power more than a standard “Blower” Bentley on petrol. The first Brooklands Meeting of 1930 saw Birkin tak- ing second place in the three-lap Kent Short Handicap race. His flying lap was clocked at 123.89 mph. He then contested the meeting’s Surrey Short Handicap, setting fastest lap at 124.51 mph. In the four-lap Kent Long Handicap, Birkin then won by one second at a 119.13 mph average, and setting fastest lap at 126.73 mph. This was the first race victory ever achieved by a “Blower” Bentley. Brooklands’ Easter meeting then saw Birkin cam- paign his single-seater before a crowd of 20,000, easily winning the Bedford Short Handicap at 117.81 mph. In the BRDC 500 Miles on October 4, 1930, a front tire burst at top speed during practice, which both car and driver survived despite “some astonishing subsequent gyrations.” Dorothy Paget withdrew her backing from the “Blower” Bentley endurance racing team but retained the successful single-seater. The BARC Whitsun Meeting in 1931 saw the great car’s return to Brooklands, but again Birkin’s best efforts with it were overshadowed, as it lapped at a best of 128.69 mph in the Gold Star Handicap, then 131.06 mph in the Somerset Senior Long before retiring. For 1932, the single-seater was resprayed red in place of its original blue, and its engine was re-bored to 100.5 mm, providing a capacity of 4,442 cc. The new season opened on Easter Monday, but four days prior to that meeting, Birkin attacked the Kay Don Outer Circuit lap record and broke it at last — raising the mark to 137.96 mph. Birkin died in 1933 at the age of 36 after contracting septicemia from burning his arm on the exhaust while racing a Maserati in Italy. Dorothy Paget retained the 1931 Bentley 4½ Litre Blower Lot 166, s/n MS3929 Condition 2+ Not sold at $3,910,000 Sportscar, Geneva, SWI, 10/6/07 SCM# 48165 1930 Bentley 4½ Litre Blower Lot 114, s/n MS3928 Condition 2 Sold at $1,760,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/13/08 SCM# 117564 1931 Bentley 4½ Litre Blower “The Green Hornet” Lot 112, s/n SM3916 Condition 3 Sold at $4,510,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/18/07 SCM# 46587 Sports Car Market Simon Clay, courtesy of Bonhams


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single-seater until 1939, resisting all offers from would-be buyers until Bentley enthusiast Peter Robertson-Rodger blew up the engine of his exBirkin French GP “Blower” at Donington Park, and he charmed her into selling him the track car, so he could use its engine in the sister Birkin car. Then came World War II. The number one “Blower” engine was then returned to the single-seater, which Robertson-Rodger decided to convert into a two-seat roadster. The project was finally completed in the late 1940s using a two-seat body designed by Robertson-Rodger and made by Chalmers of Redhill. Bentley specialist and VSCC luminary John Morley subsequently worked on the great car, and when Peter Robertson-Rodger died in 1958, he bequeathed the single-seater in his will to Morley. Meanwhile, boyhood Birkin fan and Bentley enthusiast “Rusty” Russ- Turner heard the car was for sale and bought it, with the single-seat body included in the deal. After Russ-Turner’s death, George Daniels was lucky enough to ac- quire it, and it is now offered here as a machine with a unique place in racing history. The Bentley comes with road equipment including wings, an extensive history file including correspondence, road-registration documents and large-format photo album. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 204, sold for $7,867,190, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed sale on June 29, 2012. Now this is a proper old bit of British tackle, from an age when drivers and cars were truly heroic, and is the exception to the W.O. Bentley rule that “the supercharged 4½ never won a race.” The Paget/Bentley/racing story is a bit confuddled, but the basic consensus is that Paget was extremely wealthy and decided to invest in motor racing after having been a horse-racing backer. The racing world has traditionally gritted its teeth and put up with wealthy backers. So, when Sir Henry Birkin, Bt (baronets inherit their title) wanted to go racing, and furthermore decided on a blown Bentley, of which its designer disapproved, it must have been a match made in heaven — or at least the concrete of Brooklands. Birkin was a physically slight man. Brooklands is famously — and terrifyingly at high speeds — bumpy. Yet he managed to wrest 137 mph from this beast, sometimes with wheels off the floor. You had to turn left or you’d slide over the top of the banking — into what’s now a housing estate. Many have been the times I have stood halfway up the curve of what’s left (about 300 yards) and wondered quite how they did it. It’s a haunting moment, and if ever you are in the U.K., I advise you strongly to make the trip to Weybridge, see the wonderful museum, wallow in history and then go and stand there yourself. Yes, there’s a sign there saying you shouldn’t, but these moments have to be snatched. Same as it ever was Still wearing the Villiers blower “No 1,” this car is roughly as Birkin got out of it, save now for a token speedo mounted in the left side of the cockpit to satisfy U.K. law (although the Isle of Man, where Daniels lived, is not part of the U.K., it forms part of the British Isles). You might particularly enjoy the earlier speed estimation device, as speeds were marked on the rev-counter in top, based on 36 mph per 1,000 rpm. Doing the math, that is 126 mph at 3,500, 144 at 4,000 and a projected 160 mph at 4,500, although the upper figure was rather hopeful as the rev limit was set at 4,000 rpm. “It can get very expensive around there,” said one- time owner Rusty Russ-Turner. Later he suffered a fatal heart attack at Silverstone while racing the car, after which it was acquired by George Daniels. Robert Coucher, editor at large of Octane, got a chance to sample it at Goodwood and said, “The supercharged 4½ starts lazily and immediately emits that wonderful ‘bloody thump’ from its fintail exhaust: deep, mellow, typical of a large-capacity 4-cylinder engine running on low compression. The throttle pedal is located centrally, and just feathering it elicits an instant response from this lusty engine. On the move, the Bentley belies its lorry-like dimensions and is fast but well-behaved. The engine spins with verve (it was heavily reworked in its day), the big carbs suck hungrily and the blower provides instant torque. The chassis is composed and the ride is surprisingly comfortable, while the brakes are strong and reassuring.” But the Birkin is no short-track sprinter. It is set up to crack 137.96 mph on the outer circuit at Brooklands. Rather “Tiger Tim” than me. Price no object for provenance This is a fairly unmodified piece of history, saved thanks to the patronage of watchmaker Daniels, who loved his 4½s, and it’s unrepeatable. The price paid is almost irrelevant, as it was to the anonymous bidder who bought it on the phone, raising the bar from the opening suggestion of £1.8 ($2.8m) to £3m ($4.7m) in one go, and then, when the underbidder timidly suggested another £100,000 ($156,000), steamrollered back with a £3.5m ($5.5m) answering bid. At just over £4m ($6.2m), he responded with a £4.5m ($7m) punt, which blew away the opposition and secured the car. Well — and stylishly —bought indeed. There’s nothing with which to properly compare it, except perhaps the original “Mother Gun” 1927 Le Mans runner (retired after an accident), which is also now a single-seater, or YW2557, the 4½ Litre Le Mans that finished third at Le Mans in 1929 and is coming up with Gooding & Co. on August 18, 2012, at Pebble Beach with an estimate of $5.5m–7.5m. The last “real” Blower not to sell at auction, five years ago in Geneva, was asking $4.25m, and this car easily surpassed that. The money was always going to be huge, and, once past the number that the market felt would have fairly bought it, what’s another million between determined collectors? The main issue is: May we please see it run some more? ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) October 2012 59


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Under the Skin Dennis Simanaitis 1929 4½ Litre “Blower” Bentley The technical wizardry of Amherst Villiers trumps the engineering judgment of W.O. Bentley — but just this once A s far as W.O. Bentley was concerned, “To supercharge a Bentley engine was to pervert its design and corrupt its performance…” Bentley Boy Tim Birkin, his patroness Dorothy Paget and technical wizard Charles Amherst Villiers felt otherwise. Villiers (his preferred pronunciation: “Vill-ers”) had already built the Villiers Supercharge Vauxhall for Raymond Mays. And it’s Villiers’ supercharging that contributed to the success of Tim Birkin’s 1929 4½ Litre “Blower” Bentley. (W.O.’s view wasn’t completely amiss, however, as this particular car pretty much summed up success among supercharged Bentleys of the era.) If air weren’t so highly compressible, there’d be no reason for forced induction. But, in fact, cram more air into a combustion chamber — with commensurately more fuel added — and there’s more power produced. A supercharger does this while deriving its spin through mechanical linkage with the engine. (A turbocharger relies on the energy of exhaust flow without any direct mechanical connection.) There are two types of superchargers: positive-displacement devices, like the Roots that Villiers favored, and those like the centrifugal type that compress air according to other principles of momentum and flow. Among the positive-displacement variety, a Roots is further characterized by having no compression take place within the device; think of the air piling up on itself further downstream in the engine’s intake tract. Villiers’ Roots design contains a pair of twin-lobe rotors geared to mesh in counter- rotating fashion. Air trapped in pockets surrounding these lobes is pushed from the inlet to the outlet side of the device. (Other Roots designs can have three or more lobes per rotor.) In Blower Bentley ap- plications, the supercharger is driven off the front of the crankshaft. Twin SU carburetors reside on its inlet. The supercharger housing and outlet portion are finned to dissipate the heat of the device’s operation. In fact, there’s a neat story concerning Villiers’ design of the housing. It’s said that, in lieu of royalties, he intended “Amherst Villiers Mark IV” to be embossed on the unit’s front casting. 60 Sports Car Market Alas, this was overlooked when Bentley exhibited the first of 50 supercharged examples required for Le Mans homologation. Lawyers got involved, and the outcome was a small plaque — not much larger than a postage stamp — affixed to the casting. A normally aspirated Bentley 4½ Litre produced 110 horsepower in touring trim and 130 horsepower in racing tune. In his book, Full Throttle, Tim Birkin wrote that the supercharger gave “…an increase of 100 hp — 35 of which it required for its operation.” It’s estimated that in fully developed form, the “Blower” Birkin Bentley produced 240 horsepower and gobbled fuel at 2 mpg — and that’s Imperial gallons. An excellent source on all this is The Man Who Supercharged Bond: The Extraordinary Story of Charles Amherst Villiers, by Paul Kenny (Haynes, 2009). Last, being the Anglophile that I am — indeed, a Bentley Boy at heart — I had assumed the Roots supercharger was of English origin. Not so, I learned. Philander and Francis Marion Roots of Connersville, IN, patented the device in 1860 as a means of supplying air to blast furnaces. ♦ Simon Clay, courtesy of Bonhams COLUMN! NEW


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Market Reports Overview Pre-War Heavy Iron Steals the Spotlight Ten sales make $76m, topped by a good selection of Bentleys and Duesenbergs By Tony Piff the 1920s, ’30s or early ’40s. At Bonhams’ annual Goodwood sale, the 1929 P “Blower” Birkin Bentley changed hands for $7.9m, making it the most expensive British car ever sold at auction, and the most expensive car in this issue. (See the English Profile on p. 48) That car was followed closely by “The Corgi,” a 1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Double Pullman limousine, at $7.3m. The three other cars that successfully broke the million-dollar barrier were all pre-1940: a 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 at $4.2m, a 1908 Itala Grand Prix “Floretta” racer at $2.7m and a 1928 Bentley 4½ Litre Supercharged tourer at $1.2m. The story was similar but on a smaller scale at H&H Rockingham. The top four sale slots were all pre-1930: A 1926 Bentley 6½ Litre Le Mans-style tourer at $573k, a 1927 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model tourer at $330k, a 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II coupe at $142k and a 1904 Renault Type T tonneau at $100k. This was H&H’s first sale at the Rockingham Castle, following Bonhams’ departure from the venue after their 2011 sale, and while the 53% sales rate leaves room for improvement, the $1.8m total was still a healthy increase over the $1.5m seen by Bonhams last year. Bonhams followed up their 100%-sold Oxford sale in March of this year with another Oxford sale on the same weekend as H&H’s Rockingham event. High-sale honors were shared between a 1936 Alvis Speed 25 tourer and a 1950 Healey Silverstone roadster, both sold just shy of $100k. Interesting projects and barn finds seemed to be the focus here, and price per car averaged $26k. Stateside, RM held their annual Plymouth sale at SCM 1-6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/ perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts 64 re-war automobiles continued to dominate the high-sale lists into the summer. At eight out of 10 auctions covered in this issue, on both sides of the Atlantic, the top honors went to a car from $34,414,568 Sales Totals Bonhams, Chichester, U.K. Barrett-Jackson, Orange County, CA RM, Plymouth, MI Worldwide, Montgomery, TX H&H, Rockingham, U.K. Bonhams, Oxford, U.K. $13,845,725 $6,826,600 $1,279,291 $6,582,210 $1,805,596 the Inn at St. John’s. This auction traditionally features Full Classics, and the right bidders turned out in force, buying a 1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Victoria at $957k, a 1933 Packard Twelve convertible for $385k and the 1927 Cadillac “Al Capone” sedan for $341k. A meticulously correct replica of a 1931 Cord L-29 Boattail Speedster earned a whopping $369k. Overall sales here dropped to $6.8m from $7.6m last year, but the $112k average price per car is in line with past sales. Worldwide moved their Houston sale from Seabrook to Montgomery this year, and the company saw strong growth by every measure. Totals jumped to $6.6m from $5m last year, and average price per car increased to $65k from $52k. Here again, it was Duesenbergs, Packards and Cords at the top of the chart. A 1932 Duesenberg Model J LWB custom Speedster sold for $297k, a 1937 Cord 812 Sportsman convertible sold for $242k and a 1936 Packard Twelve sold for $215k. Barrett-Jackson’s third annual Orange County sale grew to $13.8m, up from $13.4m last year, but there wasn’t a Full Classic in sight. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the big money here went to muscle, customs and sports cars. A 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback was the top sale of the day, at $253k, and a 1968 Shelby GT500 fastback made $138k, and a 1967 Jaguar XKE convertible was the top import at $107k. And in the Global Roundup, we highlight important sales from Leake Tulsa, Girard Wakonda, Petersen Roseburg and Mecum St. Paul. Chad Tyson wraps up the market reports with a collection of eBay finds that are, for one reason or another, fundamentally scary to drive. ♦ Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1929 4½ Litre Supercharged “Blower” Birkin Bentley racer, $7,867,190—BonCh, p. 68 2. 1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp “The Corgi” Double Pullman limousine, $7,342,867—BonCh, p. 68 3. 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spyder Lungo, $4,196,927—BonCh, p. 72 4. 1908 Itala Grand Prix “Floretta” roadster, $2,711,344—BonCh, p. 72 5. 1954 Bentley R-type Continental fastback, $981,078—BonCh, p. 70 6. 1930 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Victoria, $957,000—RM, p. 76 7. 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS Spyder, $876,213—BonCh, p. 72 8. 1929 Bentley 4½ Litre tourer, $736,393—BonCh, p. 68 9. 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk II Volante convertible, $631,529—BonCh, p. 70 10. 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS Supercharged Spyder, $579,096—BonCh, p. 72 1. 1961 Triumph TR10 wagon, $14,025—Lke, p. 112 2. 1935 Packard Twelve convertible sedan, $203,500—WWA, p. 100 3. 1936 Alvis Speed 25 tourer, $99,632—BonOx, p. 84 4. 1961 Cadillac Series 62 convertible, $27,500—B-J, p. 94 5. 1937 Ford 78 Deluxe phaeton, $46,750—RM, p. 78 Sports Car Market Best Buys


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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. Bonhams at The Goodwood Festival of Speed Bonhams almost swept the board at its Festival of Speed sale, setting a new British auction record as over $34m changed hands in seven hours Company Bonhams Date June 29, 2012 Location Sussex, U.K. Auctioneers Robert Brooks and Malcolm Barber Automotive lots sold/offered 67/84 Sales rate 80% Sales total $34,414,568 High sale 1929 Bentley 4½ Litre Birkin “Blower” racer — $7,867,190 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics in seven hours. Top of the list was the exSir Henry “Tim” Birkin 1929 “Blower” Bentley at $7.9m — the highest price ever paid for a British car sold at auction (see the profile, p. 58). In single-seater form, it raised the Brooklands Outer Circuit record to 137 mph and has remained largely untouched since, in the hands of Isle of Man-domiciled collector and watchmaker, the late George Daniels. His 1932 Alfa 8C 2300 Spyder, driven by Birkin and Earl Howe as a Works entry in that year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, sold for $4.2m (also profiled, p. 50). The rest of the Daniels cache, which included two B Sunbeam motorcycles, fetched the right numbers too: The famous “Floretta” 1908 Itala Grand Prix racer brought $2.7m, a very original 1907 Daimler TP 45 Tourer made $562k and a 1954 Bentley R-type Continental sold at $981k. (See the profile, p. 48). His 1929 4½ Litre tourer ($736,393) provided an interesting counterpoint to the single-seater—Daniels loved his 4½s. Following the Daniels Collection were the 22 Lotuses of Olav Glasius, plus two important cars from the late John O’Quinn’s collection bookending the other end of the sale. O’Quinn’s immaculately presented ‘Corgi’ 1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Double Pullman Limousine sold for a record-breaking $7.3m, although his ex-Ettore 66 onhams almost swept the board at its Festival of Speed sale, setting a new British auction record as $34m changed hands Bugatti Type 57C failed to find a new owner, despite the top bid approaching the nearly $1.4m paid for it in 2009. The top hitter from the Glasius Collection was the 1929 Bentley 4½ Litre supercharged single-seat racer, sold at $7,867,190 Buyer’s premium 15% on the first $46,815; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1 = £0.64) Chichester, Sussex, U.K. 1962 Lotus 19 sports racer, now returned to its original Buick power, at $247k. One of the Eleven team cars from the 1957 Le Mans race was also sold, making $238k. The collection also featured the cheapest car in the sale — $13k for a tidy left-handdrive 1981 Eclat, offered at no reserve but expected to make at least $18k. A small collection from the estate of the late glass magnate Sir Anthony Pilkington was topped by an Aston Martin DB6 Mk II convertible at $632k, while a 1925 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model, from the collection of the late Peter Gwynn, whose very original Aston Martin DB4 convertible Bonhams sold re- cently for almost $1m, exceeded its estimate by a comfortable margin to realize $348k. Yet another Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 crept out of a barn, this time fetching $124k, and among the automobilia the top price was $54k for an original “heavy” crankcase, sump and crankshaft for a Bentley 4½ Litre. This sale overtakes the previous $29m re- Sales Totals $30m cord set by RM pre-credit crunch, when cars from the Ecclestone, Kogan and Prevosti Collections were dispersed at Battersea in October 2007. Bonhams’ chairman and motoring department founder Robert Brooks made a rare appearance at the rostrum, sharing the auctioneering duties with U.S. CEO Malcolm Barber, and said, “We always believed that the Goodwood Festival of Speed was the perfect place to sell two of Britain’s most iconic cars. These results again prove the value of provenance and rarity, offered for sale in the best possible surroundings.” ♦ $20m $25m $15m $10m $5m $0 Sports Car Market 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008


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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. ENGLISH #209-1907 DAIMLER TP 45 tourer. S/N 4325. Dark blue/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 10,751 miles. Fantastic originality and patina, having never been restored; copper plating probably added about 1910. Beautifully aged—brushed varnish and paint faded to black and flaking. Mildly verdigrised Ducellier lamps. Factory-fitted Rudge Odo: 46,464 miles. Very straight and shiny, although skinned in metal rather than usual VDP fabric. Good lights and a few freckles on chromed radiator shell. Seats with nice patina, July, 2010 for $75,848 (SCM# 165486). Allowing for a bit of inflation, holding its value just fine. Whitworth wheels. Electric starter and discreet flashing indicators. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $561,619. Originally the property of the Fourth Earl of Craven, came to Daniels in 1983. As he said, “All the uncomplicated charm of the primitive creation—the very essence of the horseless carriage.” Quite delightful and wouldn’t change a thing. And the 85 mph speedo rather concentrates the mind. TOP 10 No. 2 #272-1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP “The Corgi” Double Pullman limousine. S/N 1907. Eng. # 127. Beige/beige brocade. RHD. Odo: 53 miles. Most famous Royce after original Silver Ghost. Believed to be only Barker limousine built without division window, and the only Barker limousine to survive. Restored to concours condition with ornate tapestry uphol- original dash and instruments, canvas top faded to gray. Engine clean and tidy. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $736,393. Owned for its first 35 years by the Maharajah of Bhavnagar, in England by 1971, then in the Cheddar Motor Museum; entered the Daniels Collection in 2003, the last of his 4½s. Sold on the money, and not greedy for a car with such with good provenance and history. #204-1929 BENTLEY 4½ LITRE “Blower” Birkin racer. S/N HB3402. Eng. # SM3901. Red/black leather. MHD. Odo: 4,597 miles. “Tim” Birkin singleseater, with Villiers blower. #1 condition almost irrelevant here, but car has nice patina, is usable and recently driven; evidence of blows from high-mounted side exhaust. Speedo mounted inside of cockpit. Supplied with TOP 10 No. 1 odometer. These are building blocks of British motor racing scene. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $39,480. A basic Seven special could be put together for around $16,000 if you’re handy with fabrication, but here was a ready-built one with proven history and provenance for a little over twice that. And the owner is preserving an important piece of motor racing history. Back-slaps all around. #239-1953 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-4 stery and cut-glass opera lamps, Elliott gauges. Impeccably maintained. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $7,342,867. Darla Lexington, partner of late owner John O’Quinn, was seated center of the front row as it sold, eventually, after a drawn-out bidding battle between two bidders before being knocked to a well-known collector acting for an anonymous bidder. Last sold at Gooding & Co. at Pebble Beach in August 2007 for $2,970,000 (SCM# 46539), also with 53 miles recorded (although it has been driven). TOP 10 No. 8 68 #207-1929 BENTLEY 4½ LITRE tourer. S/N NX3452. Green/gray & black canvas/ brown leather. RHD. fenders. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,867,190. In the long-term ownership of watchmaker George Daniels, it was always going to sell, and it was always going to hit more than $5m. The buyer’s anonymous, and Bonhams wouldn’t even confirm whether the car would be staying in England. See profile on p. 58. #235-1929 RILEY BROOKLANDS Monoposto racer. S/N 8052. Green/brown leather. Riley special in good order, taking on a little patina and paint chipped at removable panel edges, newish leather, Monza filler cap, no odo. Engine runs E.R.A. conrods, blower sits behind it. With VSCC Buff Form. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $86,139. Originally a factory practice car and effectively a baby E.R.A., synonymous with marque hero Bob Gerard when it was known as the Silver Bullet. In Italy from 2000 until it was sold at this sale in BN1 roadster. S/N BN1L138040. Eng. # 1B139008. Metallic green/green leather. Odo: 9,504 miles. Tenth production Healey, alloybodied, and presented bumperless as designer Gerry Coker intended. Recently restored for events such as Mille Miglia, chassis rails straight and unhammered, good door fit, nice #285-1930 AUSTIN SEVEN “White Rabbit” Monoposto racer. S/N 107471. Eng. # M62211. White/black leather. MHD. Tiny, well-known Cozette-blown racer built by Marcus Chambers in ’30s, well-used and now with new body built 2009–10, complete with tortoise shell on prop tunnel. Nicely worn-in old leather, new tires, last scrutineering sticker from 2011. Minimal instruments don’t include interior, side exhaust. Now with high-torque starter and electronic ignition. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $104,584. Originally delivered in Cali- Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. fornia, offered with Danish registration. Big money for a BN1, but, like the XK 120 aluminium-bodied cars, these are always worth more, and it’s got condition and provenance on its side. TOP 10 No. 5 #208-1954 BENTLEY R-TYPE Continental fastback. S/N BC28C. Eng. # BCC27. Blue/blue & gray leather. RHD. Odo: 34,683 miles. Excellent overall condition, refurbished by George Daniels himself; near-perfect chrome, older repaint with a few small bubbles in door and sill bottoms. Perished window rubbers, leather slightly worn at edges. Veneers excellent, still car. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $238,286. This was pricey, as it’s the real deal or very close to it, and one of the few cars built with wider frames to satisfy Le Mans’ cockpit-size regulations following the fiery crash of 1955. Good cars with lesser provenance are around $150k. A nice thing to have hanging in your living room; even nicer at Goodwood or Classic Le Mans. Market value. with original tools and handbook, engine near concours. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $981,078. Another from the Daniels Collection, originally owned by Frank Taylor of Taylor Woodrow Construc tion, then one of the U.K.’s biggest building firms. With Daniels by 1978. Sold well over estimate, but not out of order considering low mileage, history, condition and rare manual transmission. See the profile on p. 48. #245-1954 LOTUS MK VI racer. S/N MK624. Aluminium/red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 659 miles. Straight and tidy, with few scratches in bare aluminum body, offered with alternative tail sections for racing or road use. Vinyl seat in good shape. Climax engine clean and tidy. Built up from parts in ’90s, but with fitted in U.S. in early ’60s by first owner Rod Carveth. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $247,025. Highest-selling car from the Glasius Collection, formerly in the Rosso Bianco Collection in Germany. Confusingly, also the chassis number of the 1956 Mk IX ordered by James Dean and sold by World Classic, November 2, 1991, for $52,000. F.I.A. Historic Vehicle Identity Form. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $75,371. First car from the Olav Glasius Collection, one of three collections included in this sale. Seems cheap, but that’s because it wasn’t built by Lotus. Strikes me as a good deal for an eminently usable, Goodwood-eligible car. #249-1956 LOTUS ELEVEN Le Mans racer. S/N 211. Green/none/red vinyl. RHD. Team Lotus entry at Le Mans in 1956 with Cliff Allison and Keith Hall and restored with “some original frame members.” Very good 70 motor still has correct-type twin Bakelite coils. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $281,980. Ex-Jack Lemon Burton, a Bugatti specialist, then “Sam” Sports Car Market #212-1963 SUNBEAM ALPINE Harrington V8 fastback. S/N B92053100DHRO. Eng. # 484F21KA. Gold/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 39,086 miles. One of about 200 #251-1962 LOTUS TYPE 19 Monte Carlo racer. S/N 962. Black/red vinyl. RHD. Very clean and straight, restored to period USRRC spec by meticulous marque expert Peter Denty. Seat vinyl a little baggy. Presented with original-type Bradex fire extinguisher, so not race-ready. Most had 2½-liter Climax engines, but this has Buick V8, as period Radiomobile. In Vantage spec with three Webers instead of SUs. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $631,529. Since 1979, in ownership of Pilkington family, who bought it from the same man who supplied the Daytona Spyder conversion. Not long ago this was DB5 convertible money, but Volantes have always been worth proportionally more than the DB6 coupes than their older ragtop sisters. FRENCH #223-1930 BUGATTI TYPE 46 4-dr sedan. S/N 46534. Eng. # 383. Black/green leather. RHD. Odo: 40,074 miles. U.K.-sup plied and bodied “Baby Royale” of good overall appearance. Hood almost lines up and doors fit well. Excellent lights, good radiator shell, tidy and clean trim including almostunworn leather and excellent dash. Twin-plug condition, slight wear to seats, dash trimmed in same material, Climax engine nice and tidy. No odo. Never actually road registered: ‘DEC 494’ was the number off Cliff Allison’s road Alpines converted by Harrington into fastbacks; converted to Tiger mechanical spec and V8 around 1982. No obvious rot in structure, although paint runoff on sills. Original-looking black vinyl inside, and fair underhood. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $30,508. Last sold at Bonhams’ September 2006 sale (SCM# 42994) at $28,480 with 38,111 miles, this time offered at no reserve and once again sold at cheap Tiger money. Still, looks like a very good value compared with a V8-converted Aceca (one in the same sale hit $98,476), and is an interesting and fast period piece. #219-1970 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Mk II Volante convertible. S/N DB6Mk2VC3771R. Eng. # 40040000. Metallic blue/black cloth/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 58,060 miles. Good, with small paint drips and polish marks under rechrome. Body straight with no bubbles, and floors and rocker panels are solid. Repainted brake calipers and new master cylinders. Lightly creased leather, TOP 10 No. 9


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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. Clutton of the VSCC, so the right names are attached. Gentle conservation rather than restoration paid dividends here, as it sold well, although fairly. Offered but not sold by Bonhams in London for $92,300 in December 2001 (SCM# 28073). ITALIAN #202-1908 ITALA GRAND PRIX “Floretta” roadster. S/N 871. Eng. # 871. Red/tan leather. RHD. Comes from list of illustrious owners, including former club president “Sam” Clutton. Straight, shiny, lots of patina but poor door fit. Brass very nice and well polished. Battered leather TOP 10 No. 4 buffed leather, and modern Stack rev counter. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $4,196,927. Ex-Works car, ran at 1932 Le Mans with “Tim” Birkin and Earl Howe, in U.K. by 1935. Last sold at auction by Sotheby’s for $166,139 in London, December 1981 (SCM# 17808). Now back on original U.K. registration instead of previous Isle of Man plates, and sold at lower estimate to the underbidder on the “Blower” Bentley. See profile on p. 50. #238-1963 MASERATI SEBRING with a nice patina. No odometer but extra oil gauge and ammeter supplement original fivebar oil pressure gauge on floorboards. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $2,711,344. Owned by horologist George Daniels since around 1990, always in public view and here sold right on bottom estimate. TOP 10 No. 10 #234-1929 ALFA ROMEO 6C 1750 SS Supercharged Spyder. S/N 0312897. Eng. # 0312897. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 21,322 miles. Repro Zagato-style body fitted in 2002, straight apart from one ding in left door, well-polished radiator shell slightly wavy, one Bosch light has repro glass, newish pleated leather and later injection. Odo plus 100,000 miles. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $121,187. The 1963 Earl’s Court Motor Show car, and it sold for as much as was reasonably expected. But, as I keep asking, why are these a quarter of the price of a DB5 when they cost a quarter more when new? manual choke control all point to car being used and enjoyed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $579,096. Well-known car, in this ownership for 47 years in various different forms, first with different body replacing the original James Young coachwork and unblown. The man who bought the 8C was the underbidder but he didn’t get this one, even just under lower estimate. TOP 10 No. 3 #206-1932 ALFA ROMEO 8C 2300 Spyder Lungo. S/N 2211065. Eng. # 2211 065. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 12,811 miles. Rebodied back to original 72 #224-1964 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA Sprint Speciale coupe. S/N AR381237. Red/black leather & vinyl. Odo: 19,447 km. Well-prepared and heavily campaigned racer coupe. S/N 101011817. Verde Metallico/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 21,145 miles. Near perfect, concours condition following long-term restoration. Door fit as good as they get. Almost unused leather. Brightwork excellent. Motor clean and tidy and still with Lucas fuel Classiche certified. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $876,213. One of only 19 right-hand-drive cars. Originally supplied to Charles Lucas, who may or may not have been the Charlie Lucas running an F3 team for Jonathan Williams and Piers Courage, and has latterly been in Hong Kong. Sold well over estimate, but you couldn’t ask for better. #217-1973 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Spyder conversion. S/N 16735. Silver/blue cloth/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 40,555 miles. Good, straight and tidy with just 12,000 miles since 1989–91 restoration following conversion in 1980. Well-done chop, good door fit, newish blue top and new carpets. Leather lightly creased, exhausts and hangers in good shape. Touring form about 1991, still all in very good order. Paint rubbed through in places, nicely with only one event since 2010 and already a scuff mark down driver’s side. Newish leather on seats, quilted vinyl on tunnel, fresh engine rebuild. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $53,837. Wellenjoyed too. Last sold at this auction in July 2010 for $52,440 (SCM# 165429), and before that at the same sale in 2004 for $31,395, after an alleged $80k was put into it (SCM# 34544). Four years ago we said, “It’s been a good investment, even with the difference in exchange rates, and was not spendy here.” This time, the price was the same as two years ago, so the new owner got a bit of a deal. #231-1965 FERRARI 275 GTS Spyder. S/N 07293. Red/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 64,263 miles. Body and paint like a new pin, excellent rechrome, motor clean, tidy, and correct, leather lightly worn and creased, new carpets, exhausts all in good shape, new Borranis and Kenlowe cooling fan. With tools and all handbooks, Ferrari TOP 10 No. 7 Still on eight-inch rears, sold with original jack bag. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $351,890. Slicing the roofs off Ferraris just doesn’t make financial sense anymore, and at least one 275 has been put back to a coupe. This did well to raise coupe money, around 10% more than had been expected; not enough upside here to make it back into a hard top again. © Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Plymouth, MI The Inn at St. John’s by RM 61 of 74 cars sell for $6.8m at this annual sale of heavy metal classics Company RM Auctions Date July 28, 2012 Location Plymouth, MI Auctioneer Max Girardo Automotive lots sold/offered 61/74 Sales rate 82% Sales total $6,826,000 High sale 1930 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Victoria — $957,000 Report and photos by Kevin Coakley Market opinions in italics F or this year’s auction at St. John’s, RM staff assembled a nice selection of mostly pre-war American Iron, featuring four electric automobiles, several desirable Packards, a few wood-clad cars and some very affordable classic sedans. The preview kicked off Friday afternoon with torrential rains blowing through the area, making for quite a weatherstripping test for those cars not sheltered by the auction tent, not to mention a bath as well. Things started gradually on Saturday, with several Plymouth, MI 1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Victoria, sold at $957,000 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices over $50k, and a 1934 Pierce-Arrow Twelve sedan in #2 condition, offered at no reserve, went for $40k—likely half what was spent on the paint alone. For the average Joe who can only look on in bewilderment when a 1930 Duesenberg model J Convertible Victoria sells for nearly $1m, these sales are an important reminder of the good deals to be had at high-end catalog sales. This year’s event also featured several lots offered at no reserve from the collection of William Ruger Jr., including what I thought were the two deals of the show: a beautiful 1937 Ford Deluxe phaeton, sold at $47k, and a very solid 1940 Cadillac V16 seven-passenger formal sedan with coachwork by Fleetwood, at $55k. It seemed like the shoppers woke up for the second half of the auction, with several early lots selling well below their low estimates. A very well-prepared 1957 Oldsmobile convertible with the J-2 dual 4-barrel intake in #2 condition sold at just a little V12 roadsters by Packard and Cadillac prompting spirited bidding. A 1931 Cadillac 355A brought $165k, and a 1933 Packard Twelve made $385k, far surpassing its $325k high estimate. Auctioneer Max Girardo kept things moving and entertaining, coaxing bids from reluctant bidders. The previously mentioned electrics made a strong showing, with three lots comfortably beating their low estimates and the fourth, a 1912 Baker Special Extension coupe, sold for $148,500 — blowing away its high estimate by almost $24k. A steam-powered 1911 Stanley Model 63 Toy Tonneau had no trouble making a solid $165k. Even with total sales dollars dipping Sales Totals 2005 Ford GT coupe — $170,500 74 around 11% year over year, an 82% sell rate is nothing to sneeze at, proving that RM knows how to bring together the right cars and the right people. ♦ $2m $4m $6m $8m $10m 0 Sports Car Market 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008


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RM Auctions Plymouth, MI AMERICAN #159-1912 BAKER SPECIAL extension coupe. S/N 7713. Black/brown broadcloth & brocade. Odo: 7,654 miles. Beautiful paint over aluminum bodywork. Patent leather fenders and rockers reportedly reconstructed by Amish craftsmen. Crystal-clear glass, hand- Restored in 2006 and is holding up very well. Excellent paint. Crystal-clear glass. Interior upholstery with petit-point embroidery on the seats. Comes with original DC charger. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $56,100. There’s not a lot out there in the market with which to compare it. This sale included a 1914 Detroit Electric in a lot rougher shape that sold for $99k, and a spotless 1912 Baker that sold for $148,500. Considering both of those transactions, I’d have to say this was well bought, a bit above the $50k low estimate. #125-1924 MOON MODEL 6-50 Series A touring. S/N 21479. Dark blue & silver/ blue Haartz cloth/gray leather. Odo: 11,591 miles. Good paint and brightwork. Whitewalls starting to yellow a bit. Interior holding up well. Clean engine compartment. Cond: 2. painted pinstripes, spotless undercarriage. Interior just as nice as exterior. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $148,500. This one blew away the $80k high estimate by almost double. It was nice, and two people just had to have it. Well sold indeed. #132-1918 DETROIT ELECTRIC MODEL 75B brougham. S/N 11667. Prussian Blue & black/two-tone brown. Original paint cracked, crazed and seriously chipped. Glass clear, rubber seals dried out. Wire wheels rusty. Interior holding up remarkably well. Updated with modern 12-volt lights, which run off a separate battery. Offered with- Window Convertible Victoria body it wears today. Beautiful paint, brightwork sparkles, as does the engine. Spotless interior. Fitted with removable, leather-clad trunk. Driving lights appear to need some adjustment. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $957,000. Our records show this one sold at RM’s Amelia Island sale in 2001 for $687,500 (SCM# 27960). Thirty percent appreciation over 11 years? That’s a better result than the stock market could have produced. Market-correct price for a very nice automobile. SOLD AT $26,400. Previously sold at RM’s 2007 Amelia Island auction for $38,500 (SCM# 73519). When you can buy a car that appears to need nothing at less then half what it would take to restore it, how can it not be a good deal? #152-1928 CADILLAC 341A “Al Capone” sedan. S/N 306449. Green & black/black vinyl/brown cloth. Odo: 39,654 miles. The “Al Capone” armored Cadillac, history now confirmed back to 1932. Laquer paint shows well except for some bubbling, chips and cracks. Chrome plating worn through on radiator-surround, otherwise nice. out reserve from the Ruger Collection. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $44,000. Electrics were hot today. (Lot 160, a DE convertible, sold here for $99,000.) If this trend continues, and I have no reason to believe it won’t, a good paint job could be completed without getting underwater. A bit over the $40k low estimate, and a good deal both ways. #148-1922 MILBURN ELECTRIC LIGHT brougham. S/N 231757. Silver & black/blue & gray cloth. Odo: 60,554 miles. Good panel fit. Interior surprisingly fresh. Fitted with bulletproof glass and armor plate. Well-documented history coming out of the John O’Quinn Collection. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $341,000. Last appears in the SCM Platinum Database at RM’s 2006 Phoenix sale, selling for $621,500 (SCM# 72779). Price today looked market-correct or slightly well bought. TOP 10 No. 6 76 #158-1930 DUESENBERG MODEL SJ Convertible Victoria. S/N 2293. Two-tone maroon/tan Haartz cloth/Oxblood leather. Odo: 51,358 miles. $275,000. Third change of ownership in less than a year. Last seen at Mecum Kissimmee in January, where it sold for $249,000 (SCM# 200985); prior to that, it sold for $238,500 at Mecum Monterey in August 2011 (SCM# 200985). As it came in right at the $275k low estimate today, I think there might still be some meat left on the bone. Fair deal to both parties. #120-1931 CADILLAC 355A convert- ible. S/N 808246. Silver & black/black Haartz cloth/gray leather. Odo: 33 miles. Beautiful, fresh paint shows well, good panel fit, exceptional chrome and brightwork. Beautiful interior except for a noticeable dirt smudge on the driver’s seat and passenger’s door lever laying on the floor. Clean, well-presented engine compartment. Equipped with Trippe driving lights and fold-down luggage rack. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $165,000. Last seen at Worldwide’s Montgomery sale, where it sold at $154,000 (SCM# 209166), p. 96. With restoration completed in 2011, the car scored 99.75 out of 100 points at CCCA Grand Classic in Sports Car Market #155-1930 PACKARD DELUXE EIGHT Model 745 Convertible Victoria. S/N 185625. Black/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 12,000 miles. Paint shows very well with striking red beltline accent. Brightwork very good. Huge chrome disc wheels give it a bit of a sinister look. 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RM Auctions Plymouth, MI out of the Ruger Collection. It looked like a good deal at the price paid. #142-1933 PACKARD TWELVE Club sedan. S/N 63640. Dark blue/brown broadcloth. Odo: 68,459 miles. Late ’90s respray holding up well with some expected wear. Brightwork also decent, with some still wearing its original plating. Except for a valve job cloth. Odo: 46,641 miles. Very nice paint shows a sizable chip in the right-side cowl. Good brightwork and glass. Interior very nicely done with a beautiful chrome dashboard gauge pod. Offered without reserve. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $39,600. This result didn’t come close to what it cost to get this car in its present state. Well bought for sure. October. Price paid today was a pretty strong result, but I can’t say it wasn’t worth it. #149-1931 CORD L-29A Boattail Speedster. S/N 2927156. Maroon & cream/tan Haartz cloth/maroon leather. Odo: 58 miles. A 20,000-hour build of the 1931 New York Salon/Paris Auto Show car. Work completed mid-’90s and holding up remarkably well. Flawless paint, show-quality brightwork, spotless engine bay. Beautiful interior features #117-1935 PACKARD TWELVE Model 1207 limousine. S/N 1207215. Dark gray/black leather/burgundy leather. Odo: 48,712 miles. Paint shows some scrapes and chips, rear fender welting looking a little rough. Beautiful interior woodwork. Engine let down by paint burned off the exhaust manifold. Equipped with fold-down rack and re- noted, the engine has never been torn down and looks presentable. Interior holding up well. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $110,000. Another offering from the Ruger Collection offered at no reserve. Sold near the middle of the $80k– $130k pre-sale estimate range, making this a fair deal both ways. #151-1933 PACKARD TWELVE con- cigar rack concealed in the driver’s door, and a similar compartment in the passenger’s door contains a bar set with decanters. A multiple award-winner including Meadow Brook Blue Ribbon in 2004. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $368,500. Previously sold by RM in Phoenix 2007 for $418,000 (SCM# 74317), then by Bonhams in Scottsdale in January for $290,800 (SCM# 191700). Seller today made 22% on his investment in just seven months. Well sold. #143-1932 LINCOLN MODEL KB coupe. S/N KB473. Birmingham Green & Jade Mist/dark green vinyl/brown broadcloth. Odo: 58,738 miles. Very nice paint and body gaps. Bright work shows very well. All pot metal bits replaced by cast brass bronze by previous owner. Recently overhauled engine looks fantastic. Upgraded with a transmission as possibly the last 1933 Packard Twelve produced. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $325,000. This one had it all: good lines, great colors and just enough chrome to make it pop, along with the well documented history. It’s no Duesenberg, but—hitting the high estimate squarely on the head—in my opinion, a great deal for the money. Well bought. #119-1934 PIERCE-ARROW TWELVE sedan. S/N 400144. Tan & dark green/brown vertible. S/N 901615. Green/ green cloth/green leather. Odo: 28,219 miles. Striking, flawless fresh paint. Brilliant bright bits. Spotless engine compartment. Interior beautifully done and, like the exterior, immaculate. Equipped with dual hard-cover sidemounts and tracking driving lights. Advertised movable trunk. Originally owned by Marjorie Merriweather Post, heir to the Postum Cereal Company and spouse of banker E.F. Hutton. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $56,100. The chassis was purchased in 1935 and the body transfered from a ’28 Rolls-Royce by Homer-Binder Co. in New York. A lot of custom body car for not a lot of money, sold without reserve. #162-1937 DODGE WESTCHESTER Suburban woodie wagon. S/N 8178600. Brewster Green & wood/black vinyl/maroon leather. Odo: 95,146 miles. Completely restored in 1993 with a motor rebuild in 2007 by RM’s restoration shop. Awarded Best in Class at the Willstead Concours d’Elegance in 2008. Paint and wood finish show well; wood slats and panels look really good. Clear glass, brightwork shows well. Interior looks fresh and well done. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $88,000. A very sharp woodie, bought a fair bit under the $100k low estimate. Looks like a good buy to me. BEST BUY and rear axle from a ’35 for better highway cruising. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $154,000. A handsome, well-sorted Full Classic coming 78 #136-1937 FORD 78 Deluxe phaeton. S/N 183614546. Washing ton Blue/tan Haartz cloth/brown leather. Odo: 1,228 miles. A former Dearborn awardwinner. Paint shows well under tent light with a few minor scratches visible, good panel fit, above-average shiny bits, engine bay clean and tidy, includes side curtains; equipped with Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Plymouth, MI fog lights, wind wings, dual side mirrors, bumper guards front and rear, and locking Collection. That’s a lot of V16 car for not a lot of money. I say leave it alone, drive it and enjoy it for what it is, and call it well bought. #157-1947 BUICK SUPER woodie wagon. S/N 49596645. Dark blue/black vinyl/ brown leather. Odo: 36,791 miles. 248-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Paint shows well under the tent lights. Wood mostly original and holding up well, but wood finish needs some attention. hood latch. Overall, a really nice presentation. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $46,750. Driven a little over 100 miles since its last recorded sale at auction, at Bonhams’ 2007 Aurora, OR, sale for $117,000 (SCM# 46720). The reporter called it a bit of a bargain then, and I can’t argue that call, as the economic bubble had yet to burst. Coming in well under the $60k low estimate today, this was an enormous deal. #138-1937 PACKARD TWELVE road- ster. S/N 1039238. Roosevelt Maroon/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 69,215 miles. Beautiful paint holding up very well, as is brightwork. Spotless engine bay and interior. Fitted with covered dual sidemounts and fold-down lug- pitting on window frames. Presentable engine compartment. Tidy interior with really nice faux-wood dash finish. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $51,700. This car was previously part of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum Collection, and it hit dead in the middle of the estimated $40k–$60k. Looked like a fair exchange both ways. Engine bay looks good, interior looks very good, especially the roof ribs. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $63,250. Last seen at RM’s 2007 Meadow Brook sale, where it was called a great deal at $68,750 (SCM# 46006). The zero miles added since makes this result today an awesome buy. #131-1948 HUDSON COMMODORE Eight woodie wagon. S/N 48480899. Maroon & wood/light brown leather. Odo: 80,151 miles. 254-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. A one-off creation built in modern times from a vintage drawing, using a 1948 Hudson Commodore Eight sedan as the basis. Paint, wood and brightwork present well but have some flaws. Glass is clear, gaskets look fresh. Interior very tidy except for dirty door panels. Engine com- gage rack. Offered without reserve and wearing a reproduction data tag, with all numbers verified. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $352,000. RM issued an addendum to the catalog stating they located the original data plate and that it was included with the sale. It hammered a bit north of the $350k high estimate. Well sold, but still looks like a decent deal for the package as presented. #141-1940 CADILLAC V16 sedan. S/N 5320019. Black/black leather/black leather & tan cloth. Odo: 65,737 miles. Paint shows expected wear, some brightwork pitting. Leather cracking in the seams. Interior wear commensurate with age. Driver-quality engine com- partment clean and well detailed. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $159,500. Young Hudson illustrator Don Butler, hired in 1946, sketched this never-built car, which remained buried until publication of the 1982 book The History of Hudson. Impressed with the design, Bill Eggert set out to create the model that never was, debuting it publicly in 2007. As a one-ofnone that’s nonetheless historically relevant, I’d call this strong price a decent buy, towards the bottom of the $150k–$200k estimate. #123-1948 PACKARD EIGHT woodie partment. One of five produced and three known surviving examples. Three owners from new. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $55,000. Offered at no reserve from the Ruger 80 wagon. S/N 22932250. Golden Green & wood/brown vinyl & cloth. Odo: 48,817 miles. 288-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Acceptable paint shows some chips around hood. Nice decorative frame wood, finish shows some drips, wood panel inserts look like contact-paper drawer liner. Door fit off all around, but the wood may actually make fit look worse than it really is. Decent brightwork shows some #128-1955 PACKARD CARIBBEAN convertible. S/N 55881335. White, light blue & dark blue/white vinyl/white, light blue & dark blue leather. Odo: 39,737 miles. 352-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Paint shows cracks and scratches. Poor panel fit all around. Rough brightwork with bends, dings and dents. Windshield and vent glass starting to delaminate. Interior yellowed, radio knobs missing, speedo cable disconnected and hanging below the dash, driver’s door handle lying on the floor. Grungy engine compartment. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $41,250. The automatic leveling system did not seem to be working, as the rear end was considerably jacked on the block. Good examples regularly sell for twice the money, but after investing another $41k on top of this purchase price, you’ll still be writing checks to finish it. #150-2005 FORD GT coupe. S/N 1FAFP90S75Y400065. Mark IV Red/black leather. Odo: 1,315 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Factory-fresh, showroom-new. Equipped with all four factory options: McIntosh CD stereo, painted white stripes, lightweight BBS wheels and color-matched Brembo brake calipers. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $170,500. 0–60 in 3.6 seconds? Yes, please. A fair deal all around, if not slightly well bought. © Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Oxford, U.K. The Oxford Sale by Bonhams Attention was on the quartet of early Healeys, all technically eligible for top events such as the Mille Miglia Company Bonhams Date June 16, 2012 Location Oxford, U.K. Auctioneer Sholto Gilbertson Automotive lots sold/offered 50/64 Sales rate 78% Sales total $1,279,291 High sale (tie) 1936 Alvis Speed 25 tourer and 1950 Healey Silverstone roadster, both sold at $99,632 Buyer’s premium 1936 Alvis Speed 25 tourer — $99,632 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics F our crumbling restoration projects were all the news at Bonhams’ second fixture at its Oxford outpost, an extra date crowbarred into the schedule after a brilliant 100% sale earlier in the year. This sale featured a pack of motorcycles, as it coincided with the Banbury Run, but all attention was on the quartet of early Healeys, projects all, but all technically eligible for top events such as the Mille Miglia. Most important was the Silverstone, a 1950 D-type sportster wearing a later, wider E-type body. With much worldwide interest shown, Bonhams sold it to a Dutch dealer for $100k. Perhaps even more remarkably, the sole surviving Healey BN1 sold for $47k, and a sharp left-hand-drive 3000 Mk II fetched $39k. A 1957 Triumph TR3A, which seemed to have been deliberately estimated at a low $14k–$16k to attract interest, did just that and sold for a market-correct $30k, while Oxford, U.K. a recently repainted 1974 Jensen Interceptor Series III convertible was $62k. The ex-Elton John 1975 Bentley Corniche convertible bid to only $65k, which wasn’t enough, but auctioneer Gilbertson found $34k for a 1976 Rolls-Royce version of the same. Other restoration projects included a 1929 Alvis 12/50 tourer in completely dismantled kit form at $15k, although a 98% finished and very sharp Alvis Speed 25 Tourer made from a saloon tied with the Silverstone for the highest price of the day at $100k, closely followed by the 1947 ex-Earls Court Motor Show Bentley Mk VI 4¼ sedanca at $86k. Bonhams always manages to field a few oddballs at its regional sales, and an NSU Duncan Drone made $43k, but the 1947 car with a minimal square-rigged body (devised to avoid sales tax when new) uses the same chassis as the Silverstone and therefore could become a replica. And you can run boltfor-bolt copies in most European historic events if they can gain a Historic Technical Passport. A 1952 AlvisHealey from the same collection, whose aluminium body would probably restore, fetched $61k, and the 1948 Healey Duncan, disintegrating into the tarmac but using a Silverstone-type chassis, was $16k, sold to a telephone bidder in Australia. Brit ragtops were all market-correct: A nice Austin- 82 Ro 80 with rusty rockers fetched $8k, a recently converted Bentley Mulsanne station wagon, in good condition but in a hideous color scheme, attracted a brave bid of $27k, translating to a $31k final price, and a VW Beetle-based Bugatti Type 35 replica fetched an eyebrow-raising $11k. There was even a fire engine (unsold), and a little gray Fergie FE35 tractor, unused since 2008 but running when parked, which sold for $2k. Alhough this wasn’t Bonhams’ normal fare, it is still finding its level at its newish Oxford venue. As the number of projects on offer at its traditional annual sale of restoration cars at Beaulieu every September has dwindled in recent years, this seemed a logical home for them. The sales rate looked healthy, in a month when the U.K. auction market had suf- fered a slight wobble, possibly due to further worries over the economy against the specter of an imminent Greek pullout of the Euro. That didn’t happen in the end, but we weren’t to know that on Saturday. ♦ Sports Car Market 15% up to $46,643; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1 = £0.64)


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Bonhams Oxford, U.K. ENGLISH #257-1927 BEAN 18/50HP tourer. S/N 52175. Eng. # 6762. Black/buff canvas/black leather. RHD. Older restoration in very nice used and loved order. Good, straight body, a little blistering in paint but that doesn’t matter. Nice dull-nickel finish to radiator shell and lights. Leather in good condition, dash in good nick, but speedo’s out, so mileage unknown. Twin-carb Meadows engine tidy. Sold with Subject of ongoing restoration, very good and straight, with a few small sink marks and bub- bles in paint. Sunroof still slides, fair dash with one crack in varnish. Nicely creased leather with good patina may be original. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $58,877. Perhaps it was there as a spoiler to H&H’s sale of Royces and Bentleys the same day, but this attractive car took the right money and looked a good value. original handbook, bills and a box of spares. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $29,500. Was in Hong Kong after being bought at auction in the U.K. in 2002, per catalog description. Bills and FIVA passport indicate it’s spent time in Australia too; back in the U.K. 2008; stored since. It was declared sold on the day, some ways over the $23k high estimate, but the deal apparently fell through later. #211-1927 TALBOT 14/45 Weymann sedan. S/N AF23222. Eng. # 2175. Rust/red cloth & brown leather. RHD. Odo: 54,287 miles. Really appealing in a desiccated sort of way. Needs a complete restoration, but it’s all there, and the interior is quite good, with nice red headlining and old leather that should revive beautifully. Weymann body intact and screen glass, but the uprights are included. New, slightly baggy leather, excellent chrome. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $99,632. Originally a Charlesworth-bodied saloon and compares well with the rebodied 1937 Speed 25 sold for $147,945 at H&H’s May Buxton sale (SCM# 202224). This doesn’t need $50k to finish, so I reckon the new owner has done all right here. #222-1947 HEALEY DUNCAN DRONE roadster. S/N B1738. Eng. # N585B267. Bare alloy/red leather. RHD. Odo: 2,611 miles. The sole surviving Duncan Drone roadster. It was this ugly for a purpose: It was simply a slave body to avoid the 66% tax levied in period on fairly rigid; doors shut well. Best of all, it’s completely original. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $9,278. Owned by one family since 1966, this would be the ideal blank-canvas starting point for restoration of one of these refined, small saloons with pre-selector gearchange. Offered at no reserve, it sold where expected, while nice restored examples get more than $30k. #232-1934 BENTLEY 3½ LITRE Sports sedan. S/N B87BL. Eng. # Y2BC. Brown & black/green leather. RHD. Odo: 7,982 miles. Really sharp Derby Bentley with the most common body—the lowline four-door sedan. 84 Sports Car Market Healey chassis with high-cam Riley Big Four and trailing-arm front suspension. Probably cheaper than the Drone because there’s more work to do stripping the chassis before you can make it into a Silverstone replica, but in a perverse sort of way, you hope that some bloke in a shed with huge talent and vision will rebuild it exactly as it was made in the first place. Would a likely invite to Goodwood’s Style et Luxe concours be sufficient reward? #221-1950 HEALEY SILVERSTONE roadster. S/N D31. Eng. # 3925. Bare alloy/ cream leather. RHD. Odo: 8,582 miles. Restoration project held together by gravity, although the D-type chassis is supporting an E-type body, which is wider. Aluminium body has various small dings and splodges of Bondo in places, but it would restore and looks #259-1936 ALVIS SPEED 25 tourer. S/N 13131. Black/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Odo: 90,146 miles. In superb order very near the end of its restoration, which includes a new body and interior trim. Still needs a dashboard, but all the instruments are there on a slave panel; needs wind- BEST BUY complete cars costing more than £1,000. Believed the only one left of 10, as most were promptly rebodied, per the plan. Body straight-ish, mechanicals all there, leather cracked and distressed, but none of that really matters; neither does lack of keys. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $42,819. Aesthetics notwithstanding, value here is in the fact that it shares the generic Healey running gear of the period with the Silverstone; therefore, the price paid of twice over estimate isn’t surprising. Will the instinct of preservation overcome the forces of commerce? I doubt it: Expect to see this reincarnated, like a butterfly out of a caterpillar, as a Silverstone replica before too long. #223-1948 HEALEY DUNCAN Sports sedan. S/N B1711. Eng. # 1233. Green. RHD. Practically disappearing into the tarmac, and it gets lighter every time you move it, as more falls off. Which is a shame, as this was a brave attempt to make an elegant saloon under all sorts of cost and material constraints. Very little salvageable, but not without its own intrinsic value. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $16,414. Yet another likely donor project, based on generic


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Fresh Meat by Chad Tyson Bonhams Oxford, U.K. Online sales of contemporary cars 2008 Mercedes-Benz CL550 Date sold: 08/05/2012 eBay auction ID: 190707863777 Seller’s eBay ID: Italiacars Sale Type: Used car with 34,585 miles VIN: WDDEJ71X48A015104 Details: Designo Mystic White over Porcelain leather; 5.5-liter V8 rated at 382 hp, 7-sp auto, RWD Sale Result: $59,800, Best Offer, sf 21 MSRP: $103,600 (Base) Other current offering: Benzel Busch in Englewood, NJ, asking $53,005 for Iridium Silver Metallic over gray 2008 CL550 with 32,047 miles. 2013 Nissan GT-R Black Edition mostly all there—including high-cam Riley engine and weird parallelogram trailing-arm front suspension, which has plenty of grease around the joints. Chassis has light surface rust (you can see it, as there are no floorboards), and leather might recover. Spare gearbox and diff with torque tube behind car. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $99,632. Although “purposeful” rather than elegant, these are historically important with good competition pedigree—and eligible for events such as Goodwood and the Mille Miglia. “Worldwide interest” pushed it to a not-surprising price, knocked down in the room by a Dutch dealer. #236-1951 LAGONDA 2.6-LITER drophead coupe. S/N LAG50267. Eng. # LB650327. Gray/black cloth/brown vinyl. RHD. Odo: 2,691 miles. Complete project with lots of spares inside. Thick gray paint, including on wing beading and hood handles. Seat vinyl and all timber have survived OK, but it all #258-1957 TRIUMPH TR3A roadster. S/N 5585088. Black/black canvas/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 99,290 miles. Well restored at some indeterminate time, still shiny and straight, good chrome. Nice original interior with good dash, carpets and seat vinyl. Tidy under the hood. Sits on too-small low-profile radials, but that’s easy to put right. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $30,330. From same deceased collection as the Bean, Citroën Type C3 and Alvis Speed 25. The low $11k–$14k estimate stirred much interest, with everyone asking why it was so cheap. It eventually clambered up to this market-correct price, to the disappointment of anyone who was expecting to steal it. #230-1959 MGA Twin Cam roadster. Date sold: 08/04/2012 eBay auction ID: 230831810795 Seller’s eBay ID: Lawmnsuu Sale Type: Used car with 2,000 miles VIN: JN1AR5EF0DM260372 Details: Super Silver over black leather w/red trim; 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 rated at 545 hp, 6-sp manual, AWD Sale Result: $92,500, 1 bid, sf 93 MSRP: $110,320 (As equipped) Other current offering: Courtesy Nissan in Richardson, TX, asking $107,600 for a new, Pearl White 2013 GT-R Black Edition with 10 miles. 2012 Cadillac CTS-V sedan S/N YO11979. Eng. # 16GBU1645. Ivory/ black vinyl/red leather. RHD. Odo: 19,984 miles. Tidy and usable but with a couple of small cracks in repaint and a small ding under left rear light. Lovely patina on original needs pulling apart and redoing. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $34,791. Unused since 1996, and included here because a perfectly restored example went though Bonhams’ May Aston Martin sale at $122,824 (SCM# 202017). So there’s not enough upside here yet to warrant a total restoration—but that was the case for DBSs not so long ago. #233-1954 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-4 roadster. S/N 50445619. Eng. # 18213514M. Green/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 27,595 miles. Tidy and original, panels line up well— and, refreshingly, no hood louvers. Paint deep and shiny. Chassis rails straight, but crossmembers a bit hammered. Chrome all good leather; dash in good order. Motor tidy, said to have good oil pressure. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $42,819. One owner until 2010. Not big money for a Twin Cam, but this was all that was expected for a driver-quality car. Date sold: 08/03/2012 eBay auction ID: 251117862419 Seller’s eBay ID: Shelbygt500mustangshop Sale Type: Used car with 1,941 miles VIN: 1G6DV5EP6C0121449 Details: Black Diamond Tricoat over Midnight Sapele Black leather; 6.2-liter supercharged V8 rated at 556 hp, 6-sp auto, RWD Sale Result: $61,900, Best Offer, sf 2,051 MSRP: $63,215 (Base) Other current offering: McCaddon Cadillac in Boulder, CO, asking $63,871 for 2012 CTS-V sedan in Black Raven over Ebony. ♦ 86 #238-1960 MORRIS MINI Minor Deluxe 2-dr sedan. S/N MA2S416503. Blue/blue & white vinyl. RHD. Odo: 19,984 miles. Nice and straight, clean and tidy. A little light rust starting to creep out of the body including wheels, although it would originally have had painted wires. Quoted chassis number looks a bit odd, though, as it should start “BN1.” Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $47,280. Discovered in “dilapidated” condition 30 years ago and restored, this sold right on the money for a nice early Healey in its purest form. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Oxford, U.K. joints. Rear subframe looks good and rust-free (the front ones are almost always protected by leaking oil), replacement rocker looks solid. Very original interior with correct two-tone patterned vinyl. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $7,137. Early floor-button starter “magic wand” Minis are all the rage since Bonhams sold a rotten one at $65,424 at their April 2012 sale (SCM# 201434), but this one went for average sedan money. #244-1969 FORD CORTINA Mk II Deluxe sedan. S/N BA93JB03472. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 69,176 miles. 1600E lookalike done well with all the right bits. Good appearance from a few paces, although a few cracks and bubbles in paint are disappointing, especially at base of left C-pillar. Dash and vinyl correct for condition. Declared sold on the block, but not shown on the final results, so it must’ve fallen through. #217-1983 BENTLEY MULSANNE Turbo Sports wagon. S/N SCBZS0T04DCH07397. Mustard & claret/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 35,293 miles. Expensively modified Mulsanne in bold color. In really good condition, since it has done only 3,000 miles since modification and repaint. Good interior has no discernible wear to leather. Complete with awning, according to the cata- are good, and there’s a small wood-rim wheel. Motor lightly dressed up with mesh air filter and polished alloy rocker cover. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $6,066. Real 1600Es go for a lot more, so this looked fair, even sold at nearly double the expected $3,200–$3,700. #250-1971 ROVER P5B coupe. S/N 84505638D. Eng. # 84014615. Blue/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 45,237 miles. P5B is the Buick V8-engined one and the low-roof coupe is the most collectible of the series. In really nice order. No rot in structure, excellent chrome, a few small sink marks in paint, perished windshield rubber is its worst point. Leather like new after $13k retrim. Has extras log. Mileage most likely genuine. Originally supplied to the Channel Islands (where there’s a 40 mph speed limit); back in U.K. by 2003. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $31,222. Other cars in the owner’s collection included a Beetle-based Bugatti replica (which sold for an amazing $11k) and a 2+2 E-type in white. At the bottom of the $30k–$40k estimate, this brought about twice the price of a decent unmolested saloon. GERMAN #242-1975 NSU RO 80 sedan. S/N 08410- 00725. Agate Brown/brown cloth. RHD. Odo: 75,301 miles. Fair to good overall example, following replacement of rockers and repaint in 1994. A few chips and bubbles, good around windshields, but rockers are starting to rust again—catchable, for now. Wankel engine replaced some time in its first 60,000 miles, which is typical. Fitted with stainless steel such as satnav and parking camera. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $23,047. Formerly known as the “poor man’s Rolls-Royce.” Today you could get a very nice early Shadow for this money, but this was the top end of P5B coupe prices, due to the excellent condition. The lower estimate was dropped £2k the night before the sale, but that wasn’t necessary, as it soared straight past to a price that looked very October 2012 exhaust and Jaguar electric mirrors. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $7,493. Owned since 2007 by noted motor noter Ronald “Steady” Barker. Sold a fair way under the $11k low estimate, which was probably wise and a fair deal both ways. There aren’t a lot to choose from, (although the buyer list isn’t large either) and this fundamentally good car that needed a little cosmetic help was probably worth exactly this money. © 87


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Barrett-Jackson Orange County, CA Barrett-Jackson Orange County 2012 A 1969 Mustang Boss 429 fastback took the non-charity high-sale spot at $253k, ahead of a custom 1965 Ranchero pickup, sold for charity at $200k Company Barrett-Jackson Date June 22–24, 2012 Location Costa Mesa, CA Auctioneers Tom “Spanky” Assiter and Associates Automotive lots sold/offered 406/412 Sales rate 99% Sales total $13,845,725 High sale 1969 Ford Boss 429 Fastback, sold at $253,000 Buyer’s premium 1963 Chevrolet Corvette coupe — $110,000 Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics F ord muscle reigned supreme at Barrett-Jackson’s third annual Southern California sale. A 1969 Mustang Boss 429 fastback, one of only 859 built and with just over 28,000 miles on the clock, took the non-charity high-sale spot at $253k, ahead of a custom 1965 Ranchero pickup, sold for charity at $200k; a very nice ’68 Shelby GT500 fastback finished in the unusual shade of Sunlit Gold realized $138k, which was about right for a quality example; and a 1970 Boss 302 fastback, a ’37 street rod and a ’48 street rod woodie wagon all sold for $110k. (By comparison, a slightly modified 1969 428 CJ-“R” could only garner $77k, illustrating the “cost” of non-factory modifications.) Fifty-four thousand people reportedly threaded the turnstiles at this year’s event. Orange County, CA The honoring of Carroll Shelby, who passed away in May of this year, was a central theme. He was such a close friend of Barrett-Jackson that Craig Jackson’s daughter is named after him. Memorable past Carroll Shelby moments include the 2007 sale of the 1966 Cobra 427 Super Snake, CSX 3015, for $5.5m. Eight charity cars raised an impressive $1.1m, with all funds directly benefiting charity. The biggest earner was a 2013 SRT Viper, at $300k, and the top foreign charity lot was a 2012 Lotus Evora S coupe, at $200k. In addition to Mustangs, street rods and modern European sports cars selling for huge money, there were plenty of excellent deals to be had across nearly every automotive genre. A 1961 Cadillac Series 62 convertible restored some time ago as part of a larger collection still looked great today. It went for $28k, but could have made $40k. An impeccable 1954 Buick Skylark made a market-correct $121k. The car had won Best of Show at the 2006 Buick Nationals with very limited use since. A 1962 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk I BN7 restored by a noted marque specialist to near-perfection was let go for $54k, after the seller turned down an offer of $64k earlier in the year. While average price per car dipped to $34k from 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 fastback — $106,700 88 $41k last year, B-J consigned and sold more cars than ever, and overall revenue notched up to $13.8m from $13.4m. Combine those numbers with a nearperfect 99% sell-through rate, an ideal setting like the Orange County Fairgrounds and collector-carobsessed Southern California, and you’ve got an unstoppable formula. ♦ Sales Totals $10m $15m $20m $5m 0 Sports Car Market 2012 2011 2010 10% (included in sold prices)


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Barrett-Jackson Orange County, CA ENGLISH #352.2-1962 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk I BN7 roadster. S/N HBT7L18410. Colorado Red/black fabric/black vinyl. Older comprehensive restoration by noted marque specialist. BMIHT certified. Paint sparkles and brightwork with deep luster. No radio. Odo reset to zero at time of restoration. Excellent top fit. Engine bay cleaned to perfection. A blue. Solid presentation of timeless design. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $66,000. XKEs have lost a bit of their glitter during the past few years, although the gap between this price and the $99,000 it cost in January 2012 at RM in Scottsdale (SCM# 194328) is quite wide. Market-correct price today, and I doubt if they will be down for long, so we’ll call this wellbought. GERMAN #61.1-1963 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- PORTER Safari Split-Window bus. S/N 989122. White & green/green & white. Odo: 95,033 miles. Well-restored VW Transporter. Vintage roof rack. Interior finished to perfection. Paint very presentable. 0–60 in about a minute. Top speed stated to be 70 mph. Less strong example. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $53,900. This was last seen at McCormick’s February sale this year, where it was a no-sale at $64,000 (SCM# 196898). While the price may have been high last time, this new owner came out smelling like a rose with a near-perfect quality Big Healey. #62-1962 BENTLEY S2 4-dr sedan. S/N B395DV. Black & silver/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 64,216 km. Recently restored with new interior. Massive grille overlooked and rather dull. Radiator badge worn. Windscreen scratched. Very attractive burl-wood dash. than 100 miles since restoration. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $77,000. Sellers of these have been attempting to catch the moonbeam that struck a year ago or so when one sold for $200k. No such luck here, as the price paid was about what should be expected. Very elegant. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $33,000. No mention of service records, so price paid could very well be the least of the new owner’s expenses. If all’s in good order, then buyer has an elegant ride at a fair price. #353.1-1970 JAGUAR XKE Series II 4.2 convertible. S/N 4R6572. Silver blue/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 45,126 miles. Desirable Series II with open headlamps and 4.2 under the bonnet. Restored to high standard and appeared to have been properly maintained. Black leather interior in good order. Neat and tidy in engine bay. Properly applied respray in attractive shade of silver #41.1-1967 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE convertible. S/N 157344685. Ruby Red/white vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 22,829 miles. Body-off restoration with new interior and top. Rebuilt engine with bike rack and front bumper guards. Presented with matching bicycle. First year for 12V. Quality example. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $5,500. Certainly inexpensive enough. Perfect first car for your teenage daughter. AMERICAN #378-1948 CADILLAC SERIES 62 con- vertible. S/N 486228570. Dove Gray/black fabric/gray leather. Odo: 67,102 miles. 346-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older nut-and-bolt restoration to high standard. Very nice Dove Gray livery. P-38-inspired tailfins. Trim scratched and nicked with buffer. Equipped with AM radio, clock and fender skirts. Rear power window does not go all the way up. Impressive postwar convertible. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $88,000. The 1949 Cadillac Series 62 is not recognized by the Classic Car Club of America, so club activities are somewhat limited. As such, price paid here was a bit aggressive, but the car will do well at the local shows and as a fun tour car. #378.1-1950 BUICK ROADMASTER woodie wagon. S/N 15883626. Green & wood/red leatherette. Odo: 96,040 miles. 320ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Very original Buick Roadmaster woodie wagon. Wood in expected deteriorated condition. Original seats sag. SOLD AT $21,450. Hard to believe that you could buy the car and complete a body-off restoration and engine rebuild for what was paid here. On the surface, it appears the seller/dealer took a bath on this one. On the other hand, the buyer should be all smiles. #7-1973 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2-dr sedan. S/N 1332827476. Light blue/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 67,674 miles. Equipped with sun visor and roof luggage rack. Interior worn and trim scratched. Paint applied to marginal standard with noticeable over-spray. Cute from a distance. Cond: 3+. 90 Paint worn. DynaFlow transmission. Long list of needs. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $37,400. Price paid was cheap enough, but there’s a long road ahead. This will not be the last check the new owner writes. Maybe best to drive as-is and pick away at over time. Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson Orange County, CA #54.1-1954 BUICK ROADMASTER Series 76C 2-dr hard top. S/N A2007295. Titan Red & Arctic White/red leather & black fabric. Odo: 61,483 miles. 322-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Bold two-tone paint has a few scratches and dings. Trim with minor dents. Roadmaster was top of the line, with plush leather and 2-. SOLD AT $22,000. This was last seen at this year’s Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach sale in April, where it sold for $27,500 (SCM# 202523). Buyer paid an average price for an average Olds 98. #376-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR con- vertible. S/N VC55L017710. Orange & cream/tan vinyl/orange & cream vinyl & fabric. Odo: 6,304 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Recently restored to high standard. Equipped with Continental kit and front bumper guard. Top well-fitted with no wrinkles or gaps. Door 98,092 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Professional restoration completed in 2009. Full set of photos and receipts. Limited use since completion. Power seats and windows. Black hard top with portholes. Very tidy underhood. Very strong presentation. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $66,000. Quality T-birds are getting recognition at long last. For years they were stuck in the mid-twenties regardless of condition. Price paid here was more realistic. #376.2-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E57S100968. Venetian Red/tan fabric/red vinyl. Odo: 57,863 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent quality restoration with replacement Al Knoch interior and top. Engine replaced with 350 of undetermined horsepower; fitted with five-fin alumi- broadcloth interior. Power steering, brakes and DynaFlow came standard. Foxcraft fender skirts installed along with Continental kit. Sonomatic radio. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $29,700. A rather average ’54 Roadmaster hard top that sold for a slightly above-average price. No harm done, so all should be happy here. #368-1954 BUICK SKYLARK convert- ible. S/N 7A1079426. Black/black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 28,305 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Comprenhensive, documented restoration to high standard. New red leather interior. Stated that everything replaced and car rarely driven. Best of Show at 2007 Buick Nationals. fit to factory spec. Very attractive paint. Most desirable of Tri-Five convertibles. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $61,600. The bloom is off the rose on these, and they have not been bringing the money from a few years back. This would have been a bargain a few years back, but today it’s market-correct. #73.2-1956 FORD PARKLANE custom wagon. S/N M6DR103802. Red & black/white vinyl & red fabric. Odo: 386,465 miles. 350-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Recent respray loaded with orange peel. Trim and hood ornament pitted. Air added. Wind wing is delami- num valve covers to mimic 283. Will make an excellent driver, but not NCRS car. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $92,400. This was last seen at Barrett-Jackson’s April 2012 Palm Beach sale, where it sold for $74,800 (SCM# 197713). A good-looking car, although the price paid was in line with a “real” 283/245. Might as well enjoy it. #358-1958 BUICK LIMITED convert- ible. S/N 8E2011646. Black/black fabric/red leather. Odo: 25,750 miles. 364-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older two-year frame-off restoration still shows well. Interior restored in correct combination of leather and vinyl. Six-way power seats. Loaded with brightwork. Only 839 pro- One of 837 produced. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $121,000. Five years ago, this would have sold for at least double what was paid here, but Skylarks of late have yet to shake off their doldrums. Their time will again come, so with patience, this will prove to be a good buy. #87-1954 OLDSMOBILE 98 custom 2-dr hard top. S/N 549T3666. Turquoise & white/blue leather & fabric. Odo: 17,380 miles. 324-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Mild custom with shaved nose and lakes plugs. Also equipped with fender skirts, tachometer, and Continental kit out back. Attractive paint with nating. GM 350 underhood with 2-speed automatic with overdrive. Very presentable interior. Lecarra steering wheel. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $20,350. Not a lot of money for an average Parklane 2-door wagon. A little elbow grease and a few weekends will do wonders. This just may very well turn out to be a decent buy. #378.2-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N P6FH356098. Colonial White/black vinyl/black & white vinyl. Odo: duced in ’58. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $110,000. If you’re jonesing for one of these, this is the way to acquire one. These are difficult to restore and require multiple large checks to be written prior to completion. Price bid was light by at least $25k, so the right buyer just wasn’t in the room on this day. The seller should do better next time out. #349.1-1959 CHEVROLET IMPALA mild pinstriping. Brightwork on bumper dull and scratched. Interior in good order. Cond: 92 2-dr hard top. S/N F59S291276. Roman Red/red, gray & white vinyl. Odo: 37,234 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. 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Barrett-Jackson Orange County, CA skirts. Hood trim and windshield scratched. Pitting on steering wheel. Acceptable paint. jected engine and 4.11 Positraction rear end. Tinted glass. Glove box signed by Noland Mist/dark blue leather. Odo: 78,531 miles. 428-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Very rare Q-code 428 with Tri-Power added. Tonneau cover a dealer add-on. Loaded with options including Love-it-or-leave-it styling. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $53,900. This was last seen at Mecum’s May 2010 sale, where it failed to sell when bid to $35,000. Seller knew his business and made the right and profitable decision when he brought it here. Price paid, however, would have bought a decent convertible, so we’ll call this well-sold. BEST BUY #44.1-1961 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. S/N 61F083806. Black/white fabric/black & white leather. Odo: 51,893 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older restoration well-maintained as part of large collection. Trim and bumpers scratched. Paint presentable. Interior in good Adams. Engine very sanitary. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $110,000. A very solid example finished in an unusual shade of saddle tan. Restoration with little to fault, and the owner who worked the car the entire weekend was rewarded with a market-correct sales price. One of the few times a coupe is worth more than a convertible. #382-1964 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 4-dr convertible. S/N 4Y86N435050. White/ white/red & white leather. Odo: 32,641 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Impressive from a distance, but with needs. Top fit sloppy and trim scratched from buffer work. Paint checking in places. Missing door lock, and rear door out about half an inch. Very nice interior with air, power steering, and AM/FM. Documented with original invoice. Minor blemishes in paint. Brightwork just OK. Interior in good order. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $30,800. Have to think that if the seller had left the original 4-barrel on the rare 428 engine, it would have brought a touch more. Even so, price paid was a bit on the light side, so I’ll call this well bought for a decent T-bird. #66-1966 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. S/N 6Y86G444782. Venetian Yellow/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 79,044 miles. 462-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Properly maintained. Respray loaded with orange peel. Dash order. Power bucket seats. A little brother to Biarritz convertibles. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $27,500. This Series 62 Caddy convertible should have brought at least $40k considering the condition. It slipped through the cracks, and the buyer got a screaming deal. Well bought indeed. #340-1962 IMPERIAL CROWN 4-dr hard top. S/N 9223214543. Gold/red leather. Odo: 48,201 miles. 413-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older restoration looking rough around the edges. Stated as numbers-matching. Minor minor wear. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $43,450. Last seen at this year’s McCormick’s February sale, where it realized $19,950 (SCM# 198682). Seller cleared the bases on this one, doubling his money in four short months. The seller spotted a bargain and ran with it, as the price paid here was about right for a slab-side Lincoln in average condition. #355-1965 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr sedan. S/N 237275K127600. Iris Mist/parchment. Odo: 11,015 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Highly documented with original window sticker, invoice and Protect-O-Plate. Finished in wonderful shade of Iris Mist. Trim scratched. Equipped with power steering and worn. Both bumpers scratched. Slab sides straight but driver’s door fit off a bit. Excellent candidate for a driver. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $31,900. We are looking at an average price for an average car. A great car to get your money’s worth. #52-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/ SS convertible. S/N 124677N186580. Deepwater Blue/white vinyl/parchment vinyl. Odo: 57,676 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Documented restoration. Solid presentation with snug and proper top fit. Unusual shade of Deepwater Blue. Equipped with L48 350 engine, Powerglide automatic and popular RS paint flaws. Dash scratched. No a/c. Massive Imperial taillights. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,750. Not a lot of money for a powerful Imperial that will be a fun take-the-gang-todinner car, and I’ll bet you get front-row parking. #3701-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 30837S120001. Saddle tan/saddle leather. Odo: 27,123 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Three-year body-off restoration recognized with NCRS Second Fight in 2011. Equipped with L84 fuel-in- 94 rear antenna. Deluxe bucket seats in good order. An attractive package. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $38,500. In any other livery this would be a high price, but original color or not, the repaint more than paid for itself. Well sold. #49.1-1966 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N 6Y85Q116536. Night and SS packages. Presented with Protect-OPlate. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $44,000. The Super Sport and Rally Sport packages can add as much as 60% to the value, so it helps if Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson Orange County, CA they’re documented. None offered here, so buyer is rolling the dice. #366.2-1968 SHELBY GT500 fastback. S/N 8T02S149567. Sunlit Gold/black vinyl. Odo: 26,267 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Rotisserie restoration to high standard, documented with build sheet and Marti Report. Unique shade of Sunlit Gold, professionally applied. Interior with no issues noted. One of paid was on the money for a 400/350 GTO in above-average condition. If it had been a real Judge, we would be talking at least double the money. 1,044 produced. A no-questions GT500. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $137,500. The SCM Price Guide places this at close to $125k in #2 condition, but this was a better car than that. The original sales invoice and build sheet make the difference. Market-correct. #66.1-1969 PONTIAC GTO convertible. S/N 242679R171766. Matador Red/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 53,555 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. 400/350 underhood dressed up with Ram Air III decals. Judge package also added. Original interior in good order. Rally wheels. One of 2,415 GTO convertibles with 400 motor and 4-speed. Very attractive paint. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $42,900. Price #46.1-1970 FORD MUSTANG fastback. S/N 0T05M156677. Grabber Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 38,466 miles. 393-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Boss 302 recreation with 393 stroker motor kicking out 504 horsepower. Full set of Boss 302 tape stripes and Magnum 500 wheels. Shaker hood. Limited use since build. attractive Boss 302 package. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $37,400. A well-restored Mach 1 Sportsroof Mustang should sell in the mid-$40ks. The seller spent a lot of money creating a “recreation,” which may have gone unrecovered. A good deal for the buyer, however. #377-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. S/N 0F02G163395. Yellow/black buckets. Odo: 37,955 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Restored to high level with long list of documentation, including original factory invoice, Marti Report, and Buck Tag. Miles stated as original, and no reason to doubt Born as Mach 1 with 351 under the hood. Very claim. Optioned with Magnum 500 wheels, deluxe interior, spoiler and Trac-Lok. Lacking shaker hood. Stunning Boss 302. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $106,700. Price paid was a bit aggressive for a Boss 302, but the folder full of documentation makes the difference. New owner has the assurance he has a no-questions low-miles Boss 302. © October 2012 95


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Worldwide Auctioneers Montgomery, TX The Houston Classic by Worldwide Auctioneers Bidding was lively, and the Paul J. Meyer Estate Collection of classic Fords drew particular interest Company Worldwide Auctioneers Date May 5, 2012 Location Montgomery, TX Auctioneer Rod Egan Automotive lots sold/offered 101/119 Sales rate 85% Sales total $6,582,210 High sale 1932 Duesenberg Model J LWB Speedster Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices 1936 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria — $214,500 Report and photos by SCM Staff Market opinions in italics A fter many years of presenting the H Classic Auction in Seabrook, Worldwide Auctioneers made the bold decision to move the auction to the north side of Houston for 2012, with the benefits of offering more amenitie for their buyers and plenty of room for an eleg display of the auction vehicles. The move was cess, especially when coupled with the first d’Elegance of Texas. Montgomery, TX The Auction was held at the beautiful La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa on Lake Conroe, which is conveniently located north of Bush Airport. The facility features world-class restaurants, pools, golf, and an award-winning spa onsite, allowing participants to relax without any parking or logistical hassles. The resort’s airconditioned Versailles Ballroom worked well for the packed auction on Saturday, with 101 out of 119 cars selling for a solid 85% sales e, and 100% sell-through on the 71 lots of memorabilia. Bidding lively throughout the day, beginning with the Paul J. Meyer Estate Collection of 1936 Fords and Ford memorabilia drawing particular in- terest. High sale of the Auction was the 1932 Duesenberg Model J LWB Custom Speedster at $297,000, closely followed by a 1937 Cord 812 “Sportsman” convertible coupe at $242,000. The mood at the event was very upbeat and 1958 AC Ace Bristol roadster — $181,500 96 relaxed, and the hard work by the Worldwide Auctioneers staff enhanced the well-run and well-attended event. Worldwide Auctioneers should be able to carry the momentum from the Houston Classic through to their two night Auburn Auction, which will be held for the first time in the historic Cord L-29 building on the NATM/ACD Campus in downtown Auburn during the ACD Festival on Labor Day weekend. ♦ $10m $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 Sports Car Market 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 Sales Totals


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Worldwide Auctioneers Montgomery, TX ENGLISH #89-1953 NASH-HEALEY roadster. S/N 2321. White/red leather. Odo: 62,735 miles. 252-ci I6, 2x1-bbl, 3-sp. Sharp red interior. Older paint with a few minor flaws; chrome could be original but still looks good. Clean engine bay, nice panel fit. Fitted with over- A fair deal for all, and maybe just a bit in favor of the seller in today’s E-type market. GERMAN #54-1963 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2-dr sedan. S/N 5444460. Guards Red/light tan leather. Odo: 8,203 miles. Clean paint over straight bodywork. Nice interior shows minor wear. Cool billet running boards and bumpers, folding canvas sunroof, custom EMPI wheels. detailing, original Fuchs wheels, and the big tank option. PCA documents included. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $118,250. Hard rear-window option hurts the value, as all Targas would soon be fitted with fixed glass, and it is the soft rear-window cars that are rare and desirable. Full documentation from original owner always a big plus. A nice, clean 911S from the early years (1967–68) prior to MFI. Full price paid but early S cars in great condition continue to do very well. (See the German Profile, SCM August 2012, p. 52.) AMERICAN #62-1911 PACKARD MODEL 30 limou- drive. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $78,375. This car was just a bit of chrome and some paintwork away from being outstanding. As it sat, it would make a spectacular driver, or it could be pushed right to the top with further investment. Good money spent here, but a fair deal to both sides. #46-1958 AC ACE Bristol roadster. S/N AEX478. Burgundy/black leather. Odo: 51,483 miles. Performance-tuned Bristol engine installed for racing early on. Car in storage for 30 years, recently acquired by seller. New paint professionally applied over good sine. S/N 16482. Burgundy/tan leather. Odo: 80,995 miles. A highly original example, with good patina and very nice woodwork. Paint thin, upholstery worn, but everything is there. An amazing time capsule that runs and drives. Sold to benefit the Concours d’Elegance of Texas charities. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $17,600. A custom Beetle that sounded great and is probably a blast to drive. Well sold thanks to several bidders supporting the Concours charities. #65-1965 PORSCHE 356C cabriolet. S/N 161726. Slate Grey/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 40,708 miles. California car all its life. Previously owned by and restored for past 356 Club of California president. Restoration completed in 2004, with multiple Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $176,000. Originality is rewarded in the current market, with honest cars that years ago would have been restored now bringing even better money untouched. A fine purchase, but an even better sale. body, seats and doors original. Mechanically rebuilt and freshened. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $181,500. A very appealing Ace roadster, ready to rip. Considering that the Bristol mill was not original to the car, price paid looked correct. Well bought and well sold. #78-1962 JAGUAR XKE Series I con- vertible. S/N R56649. Red/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 70,369 miles. A few touring upgrades, including Koni shocks, aluminum radiator and electronic ignition. Well cared for, with one owner since 1985. Cosmetically very sharp, but not show-detailed under the hood. concours wins. Regularly exercised and maintained, although engine block is not original to the car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $162,250. Slate Grey is a great color for any Porsche, and this had obviously been meticulously cared for, but the N.O.M. should’ve held back bidding. Very well sold. #86-1968 PORSCHE 911S Targa. S/N 11850164. Eng. # 4080563. Red/black leather. Odo: 23,699 miles. Especially unusual with solid rear window. Very clean inside and out, only minor wear to interior. Great paint and #91-1929 PACKARD EIGHT Model 626 convertible. S/N 62611. Black/tan leather. Odo: 8 miles. A wonderful presentation, with deep finishes, fine detailing, and unique threeposition top. A very impressive formal Packard Eight with a quality restoration. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $82,000. These are wonderful touring cars, as they’re comfortable and dry. And as a CCCA Full Classic, this one was well purchased by an enthusiastic buyer. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $110,000. A tidy example of an early E-type. It sounded great and was fully sorted for touring, with no obvious needs. 98 #31-1931 CADILLAC 355A convertible. S/N 808246. Silver/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 25 miles. Restored to concours standard in 2011, driven less than 200 miles since, no sign of deterioration. Excellent paint, gaps, chrome, interior. Dual sidemounts fitted. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $154,000. This was every bit as nice as it looked. Market-correct price, getting towards the top of the $140k– $160k pre-sale estimate range. Well bought Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Montgomery, TX and sold. Seen again at RM’s Plymouth sale in July, where it sold at $165,000 (SCM# 209037, see p. 76). #53-1931 CORD L-29 cabriolet. S/N 2929040. Red & black/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 45,091 miles. High-quality restoration holding up well. Low, rakish lines flattered by black accents. Good paint and chrome. Accessory driving lights, cowl lights there isn’t much needed to bring this back to show condition, and where are you going to find another? #63-1935 PACKARD TWELVE convertible sedan. S/N 8738355. Red/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 78,726 miles. Qualified for Packard International Circle of Champions in 2009. Expensive on restoration since. Excellent paint, very nice BEST BUY carefully on jack stands. From the Paul J. Meyer Collection. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $74,800. There was absolutely nothing to quibble with here, as this car was very nicely presented. A stellar car sold at a very nice price, so I’d call it both well bought and sold. #25-1936 PACKARD TWELVE Convertible Victoria. S/N 904719. Packard Blue/tan Haartz cloth/tan leather. Odo: 16,434 miles. Multiple award-winning CCCA Senior and AACA National First Place winner. Retains original body, engine and data plates. Nicely preserved older paint has some signs of use. Chrome good but not perfect. Good inte- and sidemount spares all present well. Immaculate interior. Engine bay and chassis well detailed. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $220,000. A beautifully restored CCCA Full Classic, ready to show or go. Well bought at the $220k low estimate. #79-1932 DUESENBERG MODEL J LWB Speedster. S/N 2522. Burgundy & tan leather/tan & brown leather. Widely referred to as the “Tom Mix Duesenberg,” although catalog is careful to state that there is “no known proof to confirm it.” Born with Beverly Berline-style coachwork from the Walter M. Murphy Company. Current speedster body chrome, superb panel fit. Interior presents very well. With Trippe lights. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $203,500. Previously sold at RM’s July 2010 sale in Rochester, MI, showing 78723 miles for $214,500, which we called “well bought” (SCM# 166196). Buyer got an excellent deal today. #10-1936 FORD DELUXE phaeton. S/N 182210016. Maroon/beige canvas/tan leather. Odo: 16 miles. A beautiful restoration, acknowledged by Dearborn Awards in 1993 and 1995, as well as an AACA Grand National Senior Award in 1994. Deep paint, very shiny chrome, excellent interior, clean engine bay. added some decades later. Paint in nice shape, leather body showing some age. Good brightwork and bumpers. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $297,000. A true icon of “taste.” Last seen at Bonhams’ August 2011 Carmel sale, where it was not sold at a high bid of $300k (SCM# 183080), making the price paid today look bang-on-the-money correct. #7-1935 FORD BREWSTER limousine. S/N 1021871. Black/tan leather. Odo: 53,800 miles. Built on a stretched 1934 chassis. Titled as a 1935, with ’36 body panels. One of 27 built. Good paint, very nice interior, clean overall, but grille surround needs attention. Claimed to have been purchased new by Charlie Chaplain, regularly shown at Pebble Beach in the 1970s. From the Paul J. Meyer Collection. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $94,600. A good transaction for both buyer and seller— 100 rior shows some age. Equipped with rare AM radio, chrome headlamps, dual side-mount spares with matching metal covers and mirrors, chrome wire wheels with wide whitewalls and trunk rack. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $214,500. Previously sold for $385,000 at RM’s 2008 Rochester sale, which we called “a fair deal for both buyer and seller” (SCM# 117395). It would appear that the seller took a rather significant haircut this time around. Well bought. #83-1937 CORD 812 convertible. S/N 8121433F. Yellow/black Haartz cloth/maroon leather. Odo: 100,432 miles. Earned ACD Level 1 certification in 1999, driven only for show and maintenance since, restored in 2006 to high standards. Show-quality chrome, good paint shows only minor flaws. Interior well Great detailing throughout. Fitted with desirable two-speed Columbia rear axle. From the Paul J. Meyer Collection. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $81,400. This ’36 had the right awards and a great overall condition. Elegant and well-detailed throughout, it brought a healthy price here. Well sold. #16-1936 FORD MODEL 48 3-Window coupe. S/N 182501409. Green/tan cloth. Odo: 16 miles. Very nice paint and detail throughout. Nearly perfect interior, spotless engine bay. Dearborn Award-winner with 997 points out of 1,000 in 1996. Reportedly covered only 100 miles in last decade, and has been stored restored, excellent engine-turned dash, minor wear visible on passenger’s seat. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $242,000. This car would be eligible for any CCCA or ACD events, and it looked like a capable tourer. Fairly bought Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Montgomery, TX and sold, smack in the middle of the $225k– $250k pre-sale estimate. #71-1950 JEEP JEEPSTER King Ranch convertible. S/N 4T23633. Cream/white canvas/brown leather. Odo: 53,711 miles. 148ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Older cosmetic restoration still in good condition throughout—but it’s no trailer queen. Nice top and interior. Unusual store, with acres of paint and yards of chrome. Interior and chrome nearly flawless, paint nice but not stunning, with some issues throughout. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $110,000. Last seen at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale in January of 2012, where it sold at $139,700 (SCM# 193086). This outstanding Buick was bid to just decent money. The owner was justified to hang on at this level, as another day may see more offered. 6-cylinder 4x4 combination. Bought new by Bob Kleberg, Jr. of King Ranch fame. From the John O’Quinn Collection, and offered at no reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $28,050. A very cool piece of Texas lore, although I’m not sure the wood trunk out back helps it. The King Ranch connection seems to have added a bit to the price here. #58-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E53F001062. Polo White/red vinyl. Odo: 56,647 miles. 235-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Corvette #62. An NCRS Top Flight award winner, Bloomington Goldcertified. One of just 14 ’53s to earn the Duntov Award. Presents well from 20 feet, not perfect up close, but very original and com- plete. Cracks in paint. Said to be a strong runner. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $209,000. This car was seen here two years ago at Worldwide’s 2010 Houston Classic, where it failed to meet reserve at a high bid of $230,000 (SCM# 162428). Seller was right to let it go today at this market-correct offer. #34-1954 BUICK SKYLARK convert- ible. S/N 7A1097299. Black/black canvas/red vinyl. Odo: 4,270 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Highly desirable and expensive to re- Mecum’s Dallas sale in October 2011, where it failed to sell at $150k (SCM# 190826). Seen before that at Worldwide’s Auburn auction in September 2010, where it sold at $170,500 (SCM# 166277). Not quite sharp enough for the concours circuit, but awfully nice for a driver, this Ghia seemed to run aground somewhere in between. A solid car that the owner decided to keep. #43-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO COPO coupe. S/N 124379N638805. Hugger Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 40,224 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Highly detailed COPO. Older restoration with only show and exercise miles since work was completed. Great paint, correct interior, and the proper 425-hp V8 and M20 4-speed. Said to have a numbers-matching drivetrain and Canadian export paperwork. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $148,500. One of just ave SCM at your fingertips. Download our free app rldwide Auctioneers Montgomery, TX and sold, smack in the middle of the $225k– $250k pre-sale estimate. #71-1950 JEEP JEEPSTER King Ranch convertible. S/N 4T23633. Cream/white canvas/brown leather. Odo: 53,711 miles. 148- ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Older cosmetic restoration still in good condition throughout—but it’s no trailer queen. Nice top and interior. Unusual store, with acres of paint and yards of chrome. Interior and chrome nearly flawless, paint nice but not stunning, with some issues throughout. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $110,000. Last seen at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale in January of 2012, where it sold at $139,700 (SCM# 193086). This outstanding Buick was bid to just decent money. The owner was justi- fied to hang on at this level, as another day may see more offered. 6-cylinder 4x4 combination. Bought new by Bob Kleberg, Jr. of King Ranch fame. From the John O’Quinn Collection, and offered at no reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $28,050. A very cool piece of Texas lore, although I’m not sure the wood trunk out back helps it. The King Ranch connection seems to have added a bit to the price here. #58-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E53F001062. Polo White/red vinyl. Odo: 56,647 miles. 235-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Corvette #62. An NCRS Top Flight award winner, Bloomington Gold- certified. One of just 14 ’53s to earn the Duntov Award. Presents well from 20 feet, not perfect up close, but very original and com- plete. Cracks in paint. Said to be a strong run- ner. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $209,000. This car was seen here two years ago at Worldwide’s 2010 Houston Classic, where it failed to meet reserve at a high bid of $230,000 (SCM# 162428). Seller was right to let it go today at this market-correct offer. #34-1954 BUICK SKYLARK convert- ible. S/N 7A1097299. Black/black canvas/red vinyl. Odo: 4,270 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Highly desirable and expensive to re- Mecum’s Dallas sale in October 2011, where it failed to sell at $150k (SCM# 190826). Seen before that at Worldwide’s Auburn auction in September 2010, where it sold at $170,500 (SCM# 166277). Not quite sharp enough for the concours circuit, but awfully nice for a driver, this Ghia seemed to run aground some- where in between. A solid car that the owner decided to keep. #43-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO COPO coupe. S/N 124379N638805. Hugger Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 40,224 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Highly detailed COPO. Older restoration with only show and exercise miles since work was completed. Great paint, cor- rect interior, and the proper 425-hp V8 and M20 4-speed. Said to have a numbers-match- ing drivetrain and Canadian export paperwork. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $148,500. One of just ave SCM at your fingertips. Download our free app om om the Apple unes Store. Last seen at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction in January of 2012, where it sold at $66,780 (SCM# 199632). What’s not to love? 454 bigblock, factory a/c, and red on red. There was a lot of interest in this car, for good reason. But despite its matching numbers, it wasn’t completely stock inside, and that could have been a limiting factor. Bidding was just short enough for it to return home. #94-1979 DUESENBERG II replica Boattail Speedster. S/N J106E. Black & red/maroon leather. Odo: 8,400 miles. Very good cosmetic condition in line with low mileage. Shiny paint and trim, very good interior. Created by Elite Heritage Motorcars with Ford #97-1957 DUAL-GHIA convertible. S/N 134. Red/tan canvas/white leather. Odo: 11,120 miles. 315-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. A nicely restored example that is still very presentable, with just a few minor paint and chrome flaws evident. Light wear on the interior, a few rough spots in the bright work, and some wear apparent on the top. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $175,000. Last seen at 822 factory COPO 9561 cars, with a very original drivetrain. The catalog copy claimed the car to be one of the most complete and accurate numbers-matching COPOs known today. At this price, considering its history and condition, I have to call this one well bought. #56-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454 LS5 convertible. S/N 136670B182169. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 392 miles. 454ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Great panel fit and finish, very good chrome. Nice bucket-seat interior with very minor wear. Good Super Sport wheels, aftermarket stereo, factory a/c, numbers-matching driveline with build sheet. Engine said to be rebuilt with solid lifters, forged internals, and a Holley 800-cfm 4-bbl carburetor. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. 460 V8, C3 automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes and a/c. Mechanically well maintained. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $220,000. If you couldn’t afford $297,000 for Lot 79, the real Duesenberg, maybe this price seemed like a deal. 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H&H Auctions Rockingham, UK H&H at Rockingham Castle The 1926 Bentley 6½ Litre had spent 10 years as a breakdown truck, but ready to rally again, it was on the money at $573k Company Bonhams Date June 16, 2012 Location Rockingham, U.K. Auctioneer Richard Madley Automotive lots sold/offered 19/36 Sales rate 53% Sales total $1,805,596 High sale 1926 Bentley 6½ Litre Le Mans-style tourer, sold at $573,406 1926 Bentley 6½ Litre Le Mans-style tourer — $573,406 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics A lthough H&H Classics got away only 19 of the 36 cars offered at its first running of the traditional sale at the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club’s an- nual meet, it raised the right money on a pair of vintage Bentleys. The 1927 3 Litre Speed Model Tourer featured its original Vanden Plas coachwork and had once been the property of Sir Malcolm Campbell. It quite rightly sold above estimate at $330k. The 1926 6½ Litre had spent 10 years as a breakdown truck, but, bodied as a Vanden Plas Le Mans-style Tourer since the early ’80s and ready to rally again, it was on the money at $573k. These two cars made up half the sale takings. Since taking over the slot vacated by Bonhams, H&H has broadened the catalog to include more than Rolls and Bentleys. The metallic pink ’59 Cadillac Fleetwood was perhaps pushing it a bit here at the RREC’s traditional social gathering of the year. Although it provided amusement for members, it failed to reach the $30k needed. But much interest was shown in the three barn-find Lagondas — especially Rockingham, U.K. the 1937 LG45 saloon De Ville that seduced lovers of unmolested cars, like the vintage Royce and Bentley dealer who had to force himself to walk away. With newspapers inside dating its retirement to 1955, it was offered at no reserve and eventually fetched $42k, while the 1952 2.6-liter drophead coupe found a new home for $28k. (A perfect restored example recently sold for more than $100k.) Topping the trio was Hugh Howorth’s famous and much-modified M45 competition car — of which his wife once lost control in a sprint at Hartlepool, plunging 30 feet to the rocky beach beyond the finish line. It made $45k, sans hood or front fenders. On to other marques, the 1904 Renault Type T Tonneau that had been in the same family ownership since 1959 fetched $101k, a restored manual-transmission Mercedes 190SL earned $90k, and a really nice 1961 Alvis TD21 drophead coupe went for $52k. Of the Rolls-Royces that sold, the best was the Phantom II short-coupled saloon with coachwork by Société Weymann. In green with brown trim, it is believed to have been exhibited at the 1929 Paris Salon, and it sold for $142k. An elegantly presented and former concours award-winning 1937 Bentley 4¼ Litre with pillarless coachwork by Vanden Plas performed well to make $75k, compared with a similar 3½-liter example that Bonhams sold at Oxford on the same day for $59k. If you were buying by the yard, a 1985 Bentley-grilled Rolls-Royce Silver Spur stretch limo by Jankel looked like a fair value at $24k. All of these sold slightly behind their lower estimates. Perhaps H&H is finding, as Bonhams did before it, that this sale isn’t an earner. 1934 Lagonda M45 Howorth special roadster — $45,177 104 But it’s got plenty of new dates on its calendar, the next being its Coupes & Cabriolets sale at Donnington Priory, Newbury, on August 8, held in partnership with Dreweatts, followed by its first “open sale” at Stoneleigh Park on the 26th. ♦ Sports Car Market Buyer’s premium 12%, included in auction prices ($1 = £0.64)


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H&H Auctions Rockingham, UK ENGLISH #20-1926 BENTLEY 6½ LITRE Le Mans-style tourer. S/N WB2567. Green/black canvas/green leather. RHD. Odo: 9,177 miles. Le Mans-type replica: big, shiny and imposing. Originally a Weymann saloon, then reconfigured as a breakdown truck in 1935, and an open car on slightly shortened chassis about Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $142,483. Thought to be the 1929 Paris Salon show car, this had been in the U.S. and was not U.K.-registered. It was consigned by a well-known London dealer, and the price paid looked fair to both parties. 10 years later. Current fabric body created in early ’80s and in good shape. Some paint lightly sandblasted, as it has been well rallied. Leather just taking on some patina. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $573,406. Originally built in this form for Steve O’Rourke, longtime manager of Pink Floyd. Right money paid for a very usable 6½ replica, and the top sale of the day. #37-1927 BENTLEY 3 LITRE Speed Model tourer. S/N BL1607. Black/black canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 8,896 miles. Straight body, good older paint, radiator plating glows, headlights beautifully dull and softened. New brake shaft gaiters, hardly any leaks from motor or trans. Beautiful older texture to leather, but it needs feeding now. and obsolete cassette player under dash. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $34,752. Conceived, designed and built by Peter Jackson, long-standing RREC member (for half a century) who passed away last year. You can get a 20/25 cheaper, but in this case ownership and provenance kept up the money. Even so, a likely candidate for another rebody. Rudimentary alloy dash has a few scratches. 4½ Litre steering column fitted during the tenure of Sir Malcolm Campbell. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $330,143. Strong money for a 3 Litre, but original body is rare to find. Onetime ownership by Sir Malcolm Campbell less so, as he and Donald went through lots of cars. #29-1929 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II sedan. S/N 33WJ. Green/black Rexine/ brown leather. RHD. Odo: 48,960 miles. Really sharp and straight—hood nearly lines up with scuttle. Shiny paint has a few small scratches, very nice plating and lights. Wheel discs are straight. Underneath, it’s clean with all suspension painted. Motor steam-cleaned with no leaks. Excellent inside with newsmelling leather and good refurbished timber. 106 #5-1930 ROLLS-ROYCE 20/25 sedan. S/N GDP30. Maroon & black/black vinyl/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 14,159 miles. Good and straight, with nice timber running boards, older paint. Vinyl top in good order except for one cut in rear door and a small split in right rear door frame. Hubs and spokes going slightly rusty. Nice original dash, leather #2-1930 ROLLS-ROYCE 20/25 tourer. S/N GLR43. Blue & aluminum/red leather. RHD. Odo: 90,630 miles. Slightly oddly bodied car, but well known in RREC circles. Good fabric, dulled aluminium hood. Newer seat leather just taking on a bit of character. Mostly good plating, although some if it rescued with silver tape. Period 1960s spotlamps slightly worn. Rocker cover loose and leaking. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $27,802. This was in the U.S. for most of its life until 2005. Today it fetched the right money for a very average but usable 20/25. #16-1932 ROLLS-ROYCE 20/25 limou- sine. S/N GHW69. Yellow & black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 91,254 miles. Body sound, except for crack in roof paint over limo division. Paint and plating good, radiator shell lightly microblistered. Fairly recent leather, excellent headlining, nicely refinished timber done a while ago. Motor dusty but dry. There’s a nice useful trunk on the back, as well as flashing indicators. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $27,802. By this sale’s standards, this is the right money for a nice, usable 20/25. Well bought and sold. #28-1934 LAGONDA M45 Howorth spe- cial roadster. S/N M45216. Green/tartan cloth. RHD. Odo: 78,678 miles. Once-famous racer with a swath of exploits and adventures behind it. Now has independent front suspension. Hood and front fenders missing. Rusty and dusty, but on a new set of Dunlop Road Speed crossplies. Ancillaries off the car but included. No VIN, titled on engine number, offered without reserve. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $45,177. Rescued from a mill basement. This looked dangerous just standing still and could be made into a potent post-vintage racer/hillclimber. Someone else thought so, too, as it fetched quite the big bucks. #8-1937 BENTLEY 4¼ LITRE sedan. S/N B127JY. Brown & cream/ivory & brown leather. RHD. Odo: 10,438 miles. Former concours-winner, still very shiny (originally gunmetal, repainted about 15 years ago), with perfect engine bay (new block and head) and chromed tools. Excellent headlining, sunroof still slides, timber has deep and lustrous finish, leather lightly creased, fitted luggage included. Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctions Rockingham, UK not very old. Color and mesh grille work against it, as if it’s trying to emulate a Mulsanne turbo. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $65,160. This was offered at H&H’s previous sale at Buxton in May (SCM# 208953) but did not sell at an approximately equivalent bid. This time the seller was more realistic and correctly let it go. #23-1951 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER Only a slightly rippled radiator shell and tiny bits of overspray in the door shuts count against it. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $74,717. This was a really nice low-line 4¼, but Bonhams was running a spoiler in the shape of a very similar saloon at its Oxford sale on the same day. Buyer got a slight deal. #11-1937 LAGONDA LG45 Saloon de Ville. S/N 12212G10. Black/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 78,808 miles. Magnificently dilapidated and, judging by newspapers inside, unused since 1955. Dusty but complete and unmolested, although a ding across the radiator shell has appeared since the catalog pictures were taken, taking with it the enameled badge. Doors still fit and shut well. Original trous dash with good instruments. Mileage could be genuine. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $62,553. In Belgium from 1985, which might explain the modern rear fog lights. Wraiths aren’t always an easy sell, as the mechanically identical standard steel Bentley Mk VI is cheaper and more friendly-looking, especially compared with a bulky, official-looking body like this one. Even 10% under the $70k lower estimate (as were many of the sales today), I’d say well sold. leather is creased and split but could probably be saved. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $41,702. One Rolls-Royce dealer had to physically tear himself away, as this would have been just one project too many. Offered at no reserve, its unmolested condition was the draw here, pushing it beyond what anyone expected. It’ll be a $100k car when done, so the sums probably just about balance out for a careful renovation. #26-1950 BENTLEY MK VI tourer. S/N B391LH. Rolls Royce Claret/red Everflex/ beige leather. Odo: 40,430 miles. Originally a standard steel saloon, now with replica VdP drophead-coupe bodywork. New paint, leather ous ownership since Brooks’ 1997 Olympia auction, according to the catalog, and unsold at H&H’s Duxford sale in April at an undisclosed high bid (SCM# 203319), so re-offered here. Not huge money for a nice TD21 drophead, but there were no bills or photos to support the restoration. #7-1961 BENTLEY S2 sedan. S/N B724CU. Black & silver/red leather. RHD. 108 #30-1961 ALVIS TD21 convertible. S/N 26526. Green/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 153 miles. Really nice, straight and shiny. Good paint and panel fit, good chrome following mid-’90s restoration in Germany. Nice redone veneers and new leather with green piping. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $52,128. In previ- WRAITH Teviot III limousine. S/N WME55. Black/red leather. RHD. Odo: 13,055 miles. Straight, incredibly shiny, and so very Hooper. Excellent rechrome and headlining, original leather slightly distressed. With electric sliding division, blue police light, chrome standard-bearer, chauffeur’s window and drop-down aerial. Deep and lus- Odo: 50,841 miles. Good door fit, body mounts look solid, decent repaint and good chrome. Nice original leather, and good dash and instruments. Tidy, partly repainted engine. Big old BF Goodrich commercial tires don’t suit it at all and rather spoil the effect. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $31,277. About the right money for a nice, usable S1 or 2, although the $35k– $41k catalog estimate was slightly ambitious, considering the many other lots at this sale. Fairly bought and sold. #33-1966 DAIMLER MAJESTIC Major sedan. S/N 137758. Gray & black/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 59,111 miles. Straight and mostly good. Chassis looks solid, but some bubbles noted in paint at edges. Grille chrome good, bumpers microblistered, chrome falling off hubcaps. Inside, new headliner and cracked and worn original leather would most likely revive. Oil pressure gauge and manual switch for cooling fan in driver’s cubbyhole—and four inches of slack at the wheel rim. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $6,255. These are rare and surprisingly rapid. Offered and knocked down for much less than the $8,750 it apparently sold for at H&H’s previous sale at Buxton on May 24 (SCM# 202163). Before that, it made $11,646 at H&H in London, 2006 (SCM# 42241). About the same money as a tired old Shadow, as effective, and with about the same amount of ownership worries. #34-1985 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SPUR limousine. S/N SCAZN0008FCH12718. Black/black/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 100,692 miles. Stretched when new. Straight and shiny, one small ding on right rear door, some small blisters and bubbles in paint in places, brightwork all good. Interior retrimmed in gray leather, veneers have been painted black. With Bentley grille and wheels for past 10 years. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $24,326. Twice the price of a decent standard-length Spirit-family car, but by the yard it didn’t look like such a bad deal. If this was a stock-length Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctions Rockingham, UK Glovebox Notes 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth hatchback A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM garage. HHHHH is best. tive bargain. H&H’s zero-commission deal for sellers means they can accept a lower bid and come out even, however, as it’s just the buyer who takes the brunt. GERMAN saloon with paint bubbles and an ID change, you’d be lucky to get $8k. Price as tested: $27,050; 1.4-liter 160-hp I4; front-wheel drive; 5-speed manual transmission. Likes: The power is appreciable. At full boost the horsepower is 160, which breaks down to an impressive 114 hp per liter (1.4-liter I4). Steering is tight and responsive at parking lot and highway speeds — unusual for an electric unit. Parking is easy given the car’s diminutive size. Bose Premium audio system is more than loud enough to drown wind and exhaust noise. Although I wouldn’t want it loud enough to drown out that pleasing exhaust note. Dislikes: It’s still an economy car with plastic interior bits. The 17-inch Hyper Black wheels ($1k option) were extremely prone to scuffing and damage. Driver positioning can be awkward. Seating position is high, as I hit my head on the ceiling several times. Clutch pedal depresses much further than brake or accelerator, a good thing if your left leg is longer than your right. Steering wheel is adjustable only up and down, telescoping would be convenient. Rear visibility is obscured by thick B- and C-pillars. Fun to drive: HHHH½ Fun to look at: HHH½ Overall experience: HHHH Verdict: “A racing machine alive on the streets.” Tons of fun for the money. Watch out on the options — things will add up very quickly. This example went from $22k base to over $27k with just six ticks on the option list. (With a short option list, there were only a few left off of this particular car.) Taking advantage of the car’s quickness still yielded close to the 28 city mpgs, as I averaged 25 with a heavy foot. The only direct competition for the 500 Abarth is the MINI Cooper S, and the 500 starts at two grand less. The Fiat 500 Abarth is worth a look when you want a fun, quick way to commute. — Chad Tyson #10-1990 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL SIII convertible. S/N SCBZD00A4LCH30149. Silver/gray cloth/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 78,911 miles. A Corniche by another name. Straight and tidy, some small bubbles in paint on driver’s door, but alloys are unscruffed. Leather unmarked and unworn except driver’s seat, which is slightly creased and cracked. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $46,915. Bought from #35-1961 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 12104010015758. Silver/ blue cloth/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 52,849 miles. Very nicely restored. Excellent body fit, paint and chrome. Floors straight, rockers good. Newish leather is unworn. Motor clean and tidy, although cam cover is polished. With Becker radio. No hard top. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $90,355. H&H previously sold this car for $63,569 at their October 2010 Pavilion Gardens sale (SCM# 173051). This is about the new market price for one of these in such good condition, but considering the lack of a hard top, I’ll call it slightly well sold. The Chelsea Workshop in 2010 for $90k, and sold here out of estate. This represented a good deal when the former Elton John Corniche convertible (which wasn’t as nice) failed to sell at Bonhams Goodwood on the same day for $65,000. Buyers can’t always be in two places at once, and the one who got this car was either wise or lucky. FRENCH #19-1904 RENAULT TYPE T tourer. S/N 3107. Blue/black leather. RHD. Clean and tidy, correctly brush-painted and with nice (and extensive) brass. Excellent Ducellier light set, but bulb horn is slightly dented. No odo. Fitted with a Humber gearbox, but a correcttype Renault unit is included in the deal, so the AMERICAN #17-1959 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD 75 sedan. S/N 59R111927. White & fuchsia/ tan leather. Odo: 48,887 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good from a distance. Repainted, brightwork all good, although some of it’s held on with self-tappers, and the front bumper is micro-blistered. Chassis and rockers solid. Some overspray underneath and in door shuts. Door seals coming undone. Inside, leather is lightly creased, dash top a bit lumpy, Vintage Car Club can verify it. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $100,842. In one-family ownership since 1959. Brighton Run eligibility keeps the price healthy here, but it still went for a rela- 110 and it smells musty. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $26,563. Considering that this was the first RREC sale to include anything other than Rolls and Bentleys, the old-guard crew quite enjoyed this. Sadly, its similarity to the Ghostbusters’ ambulance probably means a life of promo work or hen-night transport lies ahead, once it finds a new owner. Another four-door sold for $93,500 at Auctions America by RM’s Fort Lauderdale sale in March (SCM# 197135), so the owner here may be justified in holding out for more. © Sports Car Market


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Roundup Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report Highlights from Mecum St. Paul, Girard Wakonda, Petersen Roseburg and Leake Tulsa Mecum Back to the ’50s Girard’s 14th Annual Collector Car, Truck & Motorcycle Auction ENGLISH #177-1961 TRIUMPH TR10 wagon. S/N TBE55327L5C. White & blue/ dark blue vinyl. Odo: 6 miles. Totally unrestored. Shows some minor repairs, but mostly as it left the factory 50-plus years ago. Paint aging with a few dings here and there, but no sign of rust-out. Good original interior suggests odo was reset, rather than rolled over. Still has factory plastic protectors on most BEST BUY 1950 Chevrolet 3100 pickup — $24,380 Company: Mecum Auctions Location: St. Paul, MN Date: June 16, 2012 Auctioneers: Mike Hagerman, Matt Moravec, Bobby McGlothlen Automotive lots sold/offered: 89/170 Sales rate: 52% Sale total: $1,604,345 High sale: 1941 Willys street rod, sold at $90,100 Buyer’s premium: $300 on the first $5,499, $500 from $5,500 to $9,999, 6% thereafter, included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Petersen’s Graffiti Weekend Leake’s 40th Annual Tulsa Auction 1962 Volvo P1800 coupe — $15,000 Company: Girard Auction & Land Co. Location: Wakonda, SD Date: June 30, 2012 Auctioneers: Marv, Kenny & Mike Girard Automotive lots sold/offered: 137/137 Sales rate: 100% Sale total: $1,067,200 High sale: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, sold at $92,000 Buyer’s premium: no fee for on-site sales; 18% for online sales, included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson door panels. Literature includes original sales invoice and advertising material. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $14,025. While it was well preserved, this car would benefit from a good cosmetic and mechanical restoration to original specs. With the right eye appeal and the right crowd, this car has the potential to do $35k–$40k, I’ll bet. Leake, Tulsa, OK, 06/12. #S153-1963 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk II convertible. S/N HBJ7L20541. White/ black vinyl/black leather. miles. Rotisserie restoration within last few years. Body and paint no better or worse than new. Replacement windshield. Reproduction bias-ply tires on the stock painted wire knockoff wheels. Decent-fitting replacement top. Less-than- 1968 Chevrolet Camaro coupe — $25,250 Company: Petersen Collector Car Auctions Location: Roseburg, Oregon Date: July 7, 2012 Auctioneers: Fred Bewley, Chris Leach, Brad Caldwell Automotive lots sold/offered: 36/74 Sales rate: 49% Sales total: $531,793 High Sale: 1932 Ford highboy roadster, sold at $37,630 Buyer’s premium: 6%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Jack Tockston 112 1973 Jaguar XKE Series III convertible — $22,550 Company: Leake Auction Company Location: Tulsa, OK Date: June 8–10, 2012 Auctioneers: Jim Richie, Daniel Kruse, Brian Marshall, Jeff Knosp Automotive lots sold/offered: 399/646 Sales rate: 62% Sales total: $8,360,000 High sale: 1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 40/50hp Oxford tourer Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Phil Skinner expert fitting of door panel tops and dashboard vinyl. Some switches in dash not installed well. Engine bay show-ready except for some incorrect hose clamps. Odo reset to 00,000. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $37,000. As it sits, it’s in that nether region between very nice driver and almost show car. Value is somewhere between what was bid here and the consignor’s $45k reserve. Mecum Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/12. #462-1967 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III convertible. S/N HBJ8L37412. White & red/black vinyl/Saddle leather. Odo: 67,487 miles. A good amateur restoration, paint and prep work below factory standard but not bad. Interior well fitted and showing just minor wear. Displayed with top down, but backlight Sports Car Market


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Roundup looks clear with no cracks or scratches. Driver’s door hinges a little sloppy. Good tires, clean spokes, electrical system reportedly working as designed. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $48,000. Although Healeys are off their high of a few years back, interest remains high. With about $25k invested, this car might bring $75k, so I think the high bid was pretty spot-on. Seller’s $60k reserve was not realistic. Leake, Tulsa, OK, 06/12. #S106-1971 JAGUAR XKE Series III coupe. S/N 1S70593. Maroon/black leather. Odo: 94,211 miles. Older cosmetic restoration, highlighted by an authentic trim-off repaint, now with a few chips and polishing scratches. Jaguar MN club decal in windshield. Mix of original and replated chrome. Newer radiator, ignition wiring, distributor cap, tires and ex- haust. Recent carburetor work. Tidy under the bonnet. Typical collapsing seat upholstery with light patina on leather. Carpets worn and dirty. Radio replaced by 1980s Kenwood tape deck. With a/c. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $14,750. While the owner needn’t wait at the mailbox for his invite to Pebble Beach, this was a better car than the money offered. Seller was right to hold. Mecum Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/12. #725-1973 JAGUAR XKE Series III convertible. S/N 1S74419. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 72 miles. Originally a 2+2 coupe, as indicated by the “BW” suffix removed from the VIN. Conversion done quite well, with no sign of major body panel alterations. (Firewall-mounted body tag does look odd.) Paint needs freshening, interior needs detailing. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $22,550. The seller revealed nothing about the car’s story October 2012 113


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Roundup until after the car was declared sold at $32,250, but when the altered VIN was then discovered, Leake promptly nullified the sale. On its second run over the block with the VIN issue disclosed, a couple of dealers followed it up to $20k. One more bid bought it, and the seller was not complaining. Leake, Tulsa, OK, 06/12. #S202-1988 JAGUAR XJ-S coupe. S/N SAJNA5846JC145990. Atlantic Blue/navy blue leather. Odo: 53,000 miles. Exactly 53,000 miles, and essentially original. Well cared-for original paint and brightwork. Retrofitted with Euro-style headlights. Light fading and wear evident on seating surfaces, rug and mechanized seatbelts. Tidy V12 engine bay. Optional power sunroof, a/c, heated seats, cruise control and polished alloy wheels. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $5,750. A rust-free Arizona car, and not sun-baked. It’s worth all of what was bid, and not a penny more. Mecum Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/12. FRENCH #206-1965 CITROËN 2CV sedan. S/N 1906757. Battleship Gray gloss/Claypipe Red fabric. Odo: 37,935 km. Appears to be a realdeal 1960s 2CV. Story goes, it was owned by some nuns who only used it on Saturday to pick up church supplies. Body straight, doors secure, as is the flimsy hood and deck lid. Some new glass, gray sliding top recently replaced. Several vintage oil stickers from the headlights. Upholstery looks original and slightly baggy. Sun-baked wood trim fingersmeared with unknown thick substance; nice dash now contains modern CD unit. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $11,800. One of the three known owners held onto this car for 36 years. Mentions of “Rust cut out” and “fair” condition soft top did not inspire confidence. The mostly hot rod-oriented crowd predictably had little interest at this price point, and bidding petered out at roughly 25% of low estimate. Seller was right to keep it. Petersen, Roseburg, OR, 07/12. #22-1966 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE Baja Bug 2-dr sedan. S/N 116888693. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 25,843 miles. Windows-in repaint in bright yellow with runs, orange peel, and lifting. Panels wavy. On wide aftermarket rims, new off-road suspension, tires and brakes. Right rear tire going Odo: 134,262 miles. Restoration completed a while ago by previous owner. Re painted in original white, matching “pagoda” hard top affixed. Original steel wheels, trim rings, caps. Excellent brightwork, new windshield, Euro board gauges and controls. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $6,500. Nothing about this inspired confidence, but it was nice enough at a glance to surpass the $5,750 reserve. Well sold. Mecum Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/12. #36-1976 VOLKSWAGEN SUPER BEETLE convertible. S/N 1562125485. White/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 62,092 miles. Older repaint gone bad on the rear fenders and around the engine compartment with cracking and flaking. Economy-grade replacement running boards now lumpy. Motor has been maintained and looks presentable. Front suspension rides high, rear rides low. Older replacement radial tires. Top heavily worn. Heavier seat upholstery wrinkling. Speaker holes cut into door panels; set of box speakers crudely wired under the dash. Has a/c. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $5,000. The description card read, “Runs great, daily driver all summer, has normal wear.” Too bad about the flaking paint. Plenty paid for the daily driver that it is. Girard, Wakonda, SD, 06/12. #21-1982 MERCEDES-BENZ 380SL convertible. S/N WDBA45A1CB010011. Coffee/light brown canvas/tan leather. Odo: 89,919 miles. Very good paint, glass, chrome and stainless. Left front fender has shallow waves and sanding marks indicating minor repair. Aftermarket stainless steel caps on fender lips. Polished factory alloys. Clean original interior, sheepskins cover mint tan 1970s intact. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $12,100. There are tens of thousands of these little guys out there, but only a handful are 100% legal in the States, and this appeared to be the genuine article. The seller liked the car but was a dealer and felt anything over $10k would make it go away. For the new owner, this was a fair price, and was right about book value for the condition. Well bought and well sold. Leake, Tulsa, OK, 06/12. GERMAN #63-1964 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL convertible. S/N 11304210007156. White/ black canvas/white hard top/tan velour & vinyl. 114 flat. Clean interior with race buckets. Clean engine upgraded to 1,600 cc. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $3,500. A typical Baja conversion that looked ready for the dunes, with cosmetic condition judged like that for race cars. Since the recent upgrades probably cost as much as the high bid, seller kept it. Petersen, Roseburg, OR, 07/12. #S46.1-1972 VOLKSWAGEN SUPER BEETLE convertible. S/N 1522014436. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 47,570 miles. Older very average respray (from orange), with paint over the bumper-bracket grommets. Sloppy window fit. Piecemeal trim replacement. Dingy used-car motor. Battery needs frequent jump-starts. Sloppy, low-budget reupholstery. Lots of overspray on dash- seating. Power windows, a/c, low miles. Underhood clean, appears factory original. Owner says stowed convertible top serviceable, hard top mounted. Oil drip noted. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,904. Consigned by an SCMer, his two-owner roadster looked ready for judging. As with many babied SLs, interiors tend to wear like iron and look fresh despite the years. (When in doubt, check under Sports Car Market


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Roundup seats for tan powder that gives away dying foam. This one was OK.) The mostly rod-and custom-oriented bidders showed little interest, but the seller let it go anyway, just over half of low market value. Well bought. Petersen, Roseburg, OR, 07/12. #25-1982 MERCEDES-BENZ 500SL convertible. S/N WDB10704612001494. Red/black canvas/tan leather. Odo: 69,469 miles. Euro-spec car. Red paint in good condition, hard top mounted, convertible top reportedly in good condition. Good bumpers, stainless, and glass. 1995-or-newer painted factory alloys. Rubber bumper extrusions excellent. Engine compartment dusty and stock. could easily make his money back on eBay, one component at a time. Girard, Wakonda, SD, 06/12. SWEDISH #52-1962 VOLVO P1800 coupe. S/N P18395VA2626. White/red vinyl. Odo: 24,893 miles. A “rotisserie restoration” to driver standard. Good panel prep and paint. Doors sag a bit and require a little attention. Appears to ride slightly lower than stock. Tidy under the hood. Reupholstered seats and new carpeting; door panels and dash are original and serviceable. Crazed gauge lenses. Economy radial tractor-style aluminum front bumper, rear is late-model steel in chrome. Painted steel cargo box with functional lift in good condition. Decent paint and glass. Black vinyl used in benched interior, workman-like ambiance includes three S-W gauges under nice original dash, floor shifter for 3-speed manual below Interior clean with little evidence of use. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $9,858. A handful of these gray-market cars snuck through our borders (mostly via Canada), and that’s why domestic price guides don’t list them for 1982. This example looked well cared for, and it would be interesting to find out its history. Here and now, its market value was almost an even $10k. All parties involved should be pleased. Petersen, Roseburg, OR, 07/12. JAPANESE #12-1969 DATSUN 1600 convertible. S/N SPL31125342. Red/black vinyl soft top/black fiberglass hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 79,671 miles. The debris field that is this disassembled car includes soft top and aftermarket accessory hard top. Exploratory sanding indicates it’s been painted most of the colors these were offered in: at the very least, red, green, yellow, orange and the current red, with gray primer in between a few resprays. Generally solid body, door fit is a bit wobbly. tires. Fitted with modern a/c and stereo. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,000. From the first full year of production, by Jensen in England, with all the early production traits, including Smiths gauges. By 1964, production moved to Sweden, where quality improved. Like similarvintage Karmann Ghias, these perform best parked. As a true global-market car, this could sell for as much in rural South Dakota as anywhere else in the world. Girard, Wakonda, SD, 06/12. AMERICAN #S150-1937 LINCOLN ZEPHYR sedan. S/N H28054. Light blue metallic/gray & blue broadcloth. Odo: 1,602 miles. Better-quality repaint, weatherstripping redone at that time. Most chrome redone but cloudy. Dealeraccessory headlight peak ornaments, spoked trim rings on the wheels and fog lamps. Professional, better-than-new interior uphol- that. Tidy underhood. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $5,600. If only this truck could talk, the stories it could tell—including how many times that odometer has been around. It had obviously been kept indoors most of its life, and would be just the thing for hauling stuff from town to the homestead. This rural Oregon venue was the right place to find an appreciative audience, and final bid was a hair under low market value. That was not enough for the owner, who put it back in his shed. Petersen, Roseburg, OR, 07/12. #S52-1953 CHEVROLET 3100 pickup. S/N H53S021554. Dark blue metallic/brown vinyl. Odo: 505 miles. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. A little on the over-restored side. Glossy clearcoated repaint, all chrome or polished stainless brightwork, twin mirrors, twin bumpers, highgloss varnish on the replacement bed wood with polished retaining strips, matching oak sideboards, period dealer-accessory door handle scratch guards, period aftermarket running Motor has duct tape over the open intake and exhaust manifolds (always reassuring when starting a restoration). Claimed to be a 2000 but is a 1600, per the VIN. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $1,000. The problem with starting on someone else’s project is you really don’t know where you are with it. Best to assume that you are missing the most important and expensive pieces. No harm done here, as the new owner 116 stery. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $24,910. When it no-saled across the block at a high bid of $23k, it was reportedly announced that $35k was the magic number needed. But, as usual in post-sale land, money talks and high reserves walk. A bit flashier than authentic, but still bought well. Mecum Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/12. #78-1940 INTERNATIONAL D2 pickup. S/N HD21374106. Red & black/black vinyl. Odo: 28,266 miles. 213-ci I6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Beefy-looking pre-WWII pickup. Semi- board step plates, and new wide whitewall bias-ply tires. Authentically detailed under the hood, with minimal corrosion from use. Authentic, like-new interior with with minimal wear. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $22,790. Bidding stalled at $19k, but the seller stuck to his $23k reserve. This deal came together later, proving him right. Mecum Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/12. #S157-1953 HUDSON HORNET sedan. S/N 7C214181. Light green & white/two-tone green cloth. Odo: 91,819 miles. 308-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Very old repaint, with overspray Sports Car Market


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Roundup on the very tired door seals and thick masking lines along the trim. Crazed paint on the tops of the front fenders, distinctly darker paint from the front doors forward. Heavier gouge on door. Locally fabricated rear bumper hitch. Aside from heavier driver’s-side wear, original remaining glass presents as mint with new rubber seals. Dual mirrors, full-sized mud with original and lightly pitted side trim. Recently upholstered in modern synthetic velour, in a diamond-tufted pattern on the seats. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $15,000. My dad bought one of these as his first new car, in the same original colors as this, on the Friday when the new Fords came out—remember when we cared about that? The next night, he hit a deer with it. The money offered today seemed like plenty, even compared with the $19,000 high bid declined at Mecum’s St. Charles sale last fall (SCM# 188977). Mecum Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/12. #S56-1958 BUICK SPECIAL Riviera seat upholstery in decent shape, with period accessory seat pad on the front bench. Mississippi Air National Guard, U.S. flag and Rebel flag decals in window. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $7,000. Hudsons were always popular in the south, due to their NASCAR dominance from the start. While this example looked a bit ragged around the edges, it was still quite the period piece and worth what was paid. Mecum Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/12. #67-1953 PLYMOUTH SUBURBAN wagon. S/N 25584060. Rose Mist flake & white/gold & tan vinyl & cloth. Odo: 96 miles. Decent maroon-ish metallic paint. Louvered hood has paint cracks on nose. Variable panel gaps, dual spotlights, body lowered onto chromed Prime alloys. Straight-6 with Edelbrock aluminum head, dual 2-bbl carbs, random wires, 12-volt conversion, unprotected fuse panel on firewall. Bucket-seated interior flaps. Immaculate 235-ci straight-6 stands proud underhood, with all supporting equipment ready. Spartan interior presents as new; mint original dash. New dump cylinder needed to be functional. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $10,000. This Model 6400 was ready for any truck concours. Failing to meet reserve, we’ll see this one cross the block again at another venue. Petersen, Roseburg, OR, 07/12. #17-1955 NASH RAMBLER wagon. S/N D245622. Red & white/black & gray vinyl & cloth. Odo: 70,312 miles. 196-ci I6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Old paint peeling, chrome weak, potmetal grille corroded, hood ornament missing. Underhood complete, not detailed. Interior stock except for hot rod-style gray tweed cloth on door panels. Original steel wheels, old whitewall tires, aftermarket full-moon hubcaps. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,300. Eyecatching, but righting the wrongs would put a restorer promptly underwater. The vibe was of a loss of enthusiasm for the project. It brought a mid-market price that I will call well sold. Petersen, Roseburg, OR, 07/12. upholstered in gold and tan using vinyl and cloth; Hurst shifter on floor. Driver’s door will not close, chassis recently undercoated. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $10,000. Showing just 96 miles, this was a fresh build on a vehicle rarely seen today. Bidding interest was lukewarm, and the action petered out well below probable build cost. Perhaps with attention to the few shortfalls in quality, the seller can get closer to his reserve. Petersen, Roseburg, OR, 07/12. #49-1954 CHEVROLET 6400 dump truck. S/N W54000878. Yellow & black/gold cloth & tan vinyl. Odo: 59,790 miles. 235-ci I6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Bought new here in Roseburg, Oregon, restored in 2005, driven 100 miles, then stored. Quality yellow paint. New door handles, windshield lightly wiper-scratched, 118 #S135-1957 FORD CUSTOM 300 2-dr sedan. S/N A7DG242172. Red/gray velour. Odo: 93,779 miles. 312-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 3-sp. Originally a two-tone 6-cyl in Dresden Blue and Colonial White. Also converted to front disc brakes with dual master-cylinder and electric wipers. Retains original 3-speed manual transmission with overdrive. Low-effort repaint, with even lower-effort masking. Replated bumpers, new grille and emblems, Cracking on steering-wheel rim. Older rattlecan repaint on the motor. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,660. One of the popular low-budget customizing tricks on these cars back in the day was to replace the chrome squares in the grille with drawer pulls. Speaking of pulls, the consignor pulled the reserve at the $8,500 point, and the bidding woke up from there. Not a spectacular car, but a decent price considering that most everything seemed to work. Mecum Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/12. #S199-1958 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N F58J134326. Off-white pearl/gray vinyl & nylon. Odo: 62,933 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older repaint, replated bumpers, buffed-out trim. Twin rear antennas. Doors need a good slam, due to the newer seals. Newer repro seat upholstery and carpet. Good original door panels, but have wood 2-dr hard top. S/N 4E4015297. Black/black nylon & white vinyl. Odo: 97,097 miles. 364ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older repaint, with some cracking at bases of C-pillars. Newer bumper rechrome, with a mix of buffed-out stainless trim and some lightly pitting or peeling chrome trim. Wavy, re-covered door panels. Either someone found a bolt of original seat upholstery or the seats are very good originals. fitted instead of pads on the arm rests. Retrolook in-dash tape deck. Freshly repainted rebuilt motor. Powerglide, power steering, power brakes. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $12,190. Just a cruise night special, but less common than the ubiquitous Impala of the same year, and worth the price paid for that reason alone. Mecum Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/12. Sports Car Market


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Roundup #35-1961 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. S/N 11837J216103. Ermine White/ red vinyl. Odo: 27,887 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Very good respray, front bumper lightly scratched, rear bumper new. Original glass good except for light wiper scratches. Hood fit off, remaining panels aligned better than factory. Dual antennae. Engine compartment clean. Full interior reproduction, factory AM radio retained. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT V8 and 2-speed Ford-O-Matic slushbox; now with period-correct 406 with over-the-counter FoMoCo three-deuce induction and 4-speed $20,500. A classic bubble-top cruiser. The 3-speed manual was a surprise if you were expecting a fourth gear, but maybe this was ordered for eighth-mile sprints. The redpainted steel wheels, full hubcaps, and wide whitewalls looked so very ’60s. This one found a new owner who paid just over low market value. Exceptionally well bought for condition; buyer should be doing his happy dance. Petersen, Roseburg, OR, 07/12. #76-1961 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N 1Y73Z101277. Pale yellow/ white vinyl/ivory vinyl. Odo: 98,155 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Color reminds of British “Pale Primrose.” Paint bubbles starting on hood and trunk. Good chrome front and rear that would take a king’s ransom to replate. Hole in ragtop. Driver-quality underhood, all stock with power steering and brakes noted. Stock ivory interior in good order, no evidence of crash damage or repairs. Chrome-reverse stick. Round aftermarket gauges in custom panel. Otherwise cosmetically restored to look stock. Better-quality paint, bumper replating, and reproduction interior workmanship. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $19,080. A 406 with the “notchback” 2-door hard-top body is correct for the December 10 build date, just not this exact car. Value is pretty much the sum of the parts, as confirmed by the price paid. Mecum Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/12. #30-1966 CHEVROLET IMPALA con- vertible. S/N 164676D110104. White/white vinyl/two-tone blue vinyl. Odo: 12,972 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent white paint with no flaws detected. New white convertible top fits perfectly. New glass back window. Excellent bumpers, stainless, jewelry. Minor pitting on chrome Rally wheels. Excellent underhood with new insulation; chrome valve covers on big block neatly painted Chevy or- tenna; blanking plate laying on floor. Quickie red repaint, although it originally was Rally Red. Plenty of overspray on bottom of engine. Aftermarket bodyside moldings. Rear bumper and all brackets have been removed. Slightly oversized tire has caught the upper edge of the front left wheelwell lip and turned it over. Decent original interior, with dingy carpeting and lots of dust on dash. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $4,500. This was called a ’69, despite the missing side marker lights and the fact that the VIN was in the wrong place—both federal requirements by then. (There isn’t even a nine anywhere in the VIN.) Do your homework. Girard, Wakonda, SD, 06/12. #55-1967 KELLISON ASTRA GT coupe. S/N DRF90525. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 24,264 miles. 327-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Near-flawless silver paint on body. Rebuilt Chevy 327-ci fuel-injected engine enlarged to 355; World heads, roller rockers, steel crank, headers and side exhaust. Black vinyl interior all business with competition belts, full gauge assortment, row of switches on right side of dash. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD wheels with baby moons boost the cruiser vibe. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,250. Inland Pacific Northwest cars are usually rust-free, so the emerging rust bubbles here suggest this Bird may have spent time in salt country. It was a driver-quality ride in attractive colors that could be enjoyed without the paranoia that comes with show-car ownership. Attendees seemed to agree, with one taking it home for a couple of grand above low market value. Buyer and seller should be pleased with the outcome. Petersen, Roseburg, OR, 07/12. #S12-1963 FORD GALAXIE 500 2-dr hard top. S/N 3N63F119801. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 41 miles. 406-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Originally built at Norfolk with a 260-ci 120 ange, splash shields look factory-new. Interior is complete new kit in original two-tone blue, factory AM radio retained. Minor chips in driver’s door jamb. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $21,200. This was probably the best restoration at this auction. The attention to detail was first-rate, for an overall factory-fresh impression. Reportedly, most of the work was done by the dedicated owner, and now that it’s finished, he was ready to move on. Well sold and very well bought. Petersen, Roseburg, OR, 07/12. #120-1967 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza 2-dr hard top. S/N 105377W125172. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 59,744 miles. 164-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, auto. Incorrectly listed as a 1969. Radio-delete car, without provision for an- AT $27,500. This one-owner, factory-built Kellison Astra GT weighed just 2,560 pounds; and with its modified ’62 Corvette Fuelie engine, it should be a real kick in the backside. These originally listed at $6,700 complete— considerable premium over a $4,300 Corvette. Today, anyone can pose with a Cobra replica, but this plastic fantastic is the real deal. High bid would buy a decent used C6 Corvette coupe, but the seller wanted more. We’ll see if that happens. Petersen, Roseburg, OR, 07/12. #S64-1967 PONTIAC FIREBIRD HO coupe. S/N 223377U157174. Aqua metallic/ aqua vinyl. Odo: 42,144 miles. 326-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Repainted and restriped in specialorder paint color. While bumpers have been redone, window trim rather dull. Newer seats and carpet; original door panels have heavier cracking in arm rests. Aftermarket tape deck. Good effort at correct engine-bay detailing, but not quite there yet. Heavily optioned with a/c, power steering and brakes, tilt steering column, cruise control, and fold-down rear seat. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $18,500. The Firebird’s introductory year of 1967 was also the only year that it had a 326 under the hood, Sports Car Market


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Roundup let alone the higher-horsepower version. Rarely seen today, as 400s and 455s tended to replace them as they became cheap used cars. However, this was not the greatest example of a 326 HO, so high bid should’ve been enough. Mecum Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/12. #43-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO coupe. S/N 124378N44617. Dark red & gold/black vinyl. Odo: 48,005 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. 300 miles on frame-off restoration. 1962 327 bored .030, small cam, M20 Muncie 4-speed manual, new clutch and linkage. Polished American Racing five-spoke wheels, power front and rear drilled disc brakes. New power steering and gas tank. Chassis freshly undercoated. Custom interior fresh from headliner to thresholds. Flawless miles. 360-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Original paperwork includes build sheet, window sticker, owner’s manual, and warranty card. Miles believed actual. Good trim-on repaint. There’s still not worth more than a garden-variety GTO and graphics kit. And not expecting that situation to change any time soon. Mecum Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/12. rust out on the bottom of the right front fender—but that’s all. Rubber floor mat is the most heavily worn interior component. With optional power steering, power brakes, and dual fuel tanks. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $6,500. My dad had a ’68 Ford F-100 with a 360 in it that I drove in high school. Trust me, those dual tanks come in handy at 8–10 mpg. The consignor had a $7k reserve, but since it’s hardly an untouched virgin, this bid seemed close to a fair offer. Mecum Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/12. #S139-1970 PONTIAC GTO Judge rep- show paint, dark red on horizontal surfaces, gold on sides. Underhood show-ready, along with everything else. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,250. Though the colors differed, the paint design reminded me of Smokey Yunick’s blackand-gold version prepared for Trans Am racing and currently owned by Vic Edelbrock. This car drew admirers all day, and a big hammer number was expected. When the action came to a stop, winning bid was just over the $22k low estimate, for well bought and sold transaction. Petersen, Roseburg, OR, 07/12. #S163-1969 FORD F-250 Ranger Camper Special pickup. S/N F25YKF93975. Olive green & white/black vinyl. Odo: 59,048 tach, a/c, power windows. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $25,970. Another well-executed fakey-doo, lica 2-dr hard top. S/N 242370Z114251. Dark blue metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 73,600 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good trim-off repaint. Said trim is mostly repro or expertly buffed out. Good panel gaps except for trunk lid. Tidy and generally stock-appearing under the hood. All new interior soft trim. Hood #9-1972 FORD F-100 pickup. S/N F10GRN41944. Blue & gray/gray cloth. Odo: 25,426 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. 20-footer paint quality over debris, shallow dents and dings. Scratched chrome front bumper, tube bumper aft. Radio mast missing. Original aluminum grille sand-blasted, door mirrors corroded. Straight cargo box painted speckled gray. Engine area clean, stock, painted gray, engine rattle-canned Ford blue. Interior completely redone in gray cloth, including dash and door panels. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $6,572. This was a good-looking pickup that received a lot of thought but fell short in execution. Fine for showing off at the local burger palace, but not for judging. Selling price was just under market entry-level for a stock one, so this was a decent value for condition. Well bought and sold. Petersen, Roseburg, OR, 07/12. #S151-1972 FORD GRAN TORINO Sport 2-dr hard top. S/N 2A30F263195. Ivy Green metallic/green nylon. Odo: 32,502 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Miles believed actual, car claimed to be generally original, but has obviously been repainted. Light polishing swirls in chrome and trim. Aftermarket covers on steering wheel rim and dashboard, moderate soiling and wear on the carpeting. 1970s nylon seats are impervious to nuclear attack and holding up just fine. Engine paint too nice to be original. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $10,000. A hard-top version of the fastback that was made famous in the film “Gran Torino.” Which, I’ll dare say, should’ve used a Mustang instead, since they were actually built in Dearborn, unlike Torinos. Spielberg, Lucas and Eastwood—you can get my number from SCM’s main office and consult me next time. For now, this was spot-on market correct for a base-engine example. Mecum Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/12.© 122 Sports Car Market


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eBay Motors Online Sales Scary Drivers You might not make it to your Halloween party in one of these H alloween is coming, and with it the inspiration for teenage-like pranks to frighten the ever-living bejabbers out of the unaware. Along those lines, safety scares have always been part of the automotive world — Mary Ward died from a broken neck in 1869 after falling out of a steam-powered carriage and under a wheel. In modern times, we had Toyota’s “unintended acceleration” issues. Our drive this month through eBay Motors takes a peek at some of the scariest designs that made it out of the drafting room. You should be glad somebody else bought them. Condition inferred from seller’s descriptions; cars were not physically examined by the author. All quoted material taken from the eBay listings. (sf=seller’s feedback) by Chad Tyson Market opinions in italics #221081608663-1977 FORD PINTO coupe. S/N 7XY10Y121647. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 56,807 miles. 25 photos. Island Park, NY. “Car is a classic. Very popular in its day, odd to see today. Car runs and drives well. Car was very well maintained and recently driven. Has new brakes and brake line, new shocks, new exhaust, new tires, clean oil, recent tune-up, aftermarket radio. Has covers on front seats, underneath seats have tears. Body has rust as pictured. Have the books and help but wonder if that didn’t already happen. The asking price isn’t out of line, but setting the opening bid at market level doesn’t exactly incite feverish bidding. #271023861687-1987 SUZUKI SAMURAI JX SUV. S/N JS4JC51V8H4131908. Red & Gray & Black/gray vinyl. Odo: 19,847 miles. 24 photos. San Diego, CA “One owner. 19k original guaranteed miles. Like-factory condition. Carpet like new. Paint and interior as it left the showroom. Factory emblems still intact. Original spark plugs like new and kept for the prospective lucky buyer. New plugs installed as a service item July 2012. No a/c. Just completed full inspection and bumper to bumper service. Can manuals. Car is a survivor.” 6 bids. sf 229 Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $1,222. It is a survivor, the same as with anyone who’s driven it. Just kidding. The “exploding Pinto” has been debunked as mostly hype and lingered as a myth. Twenty-seven people were still confirmed dead due to Pinto fires, not the potential thousands expected. Regardless of whether you buy into the stories, this was still a grand or two light from fair market. #170879885749-1984 MASERATI BITURBO coupe. S/N ZAMAL1100EB317350. White/tan leather. Odo: 40,915 miles. 13 photos. Blairstown, NJ “Runs strong. Looks great. Original-type Pirelli tires. Carello headlights. New computer and fuse box. Original radio and interior. Front seats have sheepskin covers. Repainted original be driven across the states.” 8 bids. sf 123. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $6,700. Prone to roll over. Well, at least rated that way when new by Consumer Reports. Suzuki sued the magazine in the ’90s for damaging their reputation. Even money at near the top of the market, but it won’t be that way for long given the rising tide for ’70s and ’80s Japanese collector cars. #150865599367-1990 YUGO GVX con- vertible. S/N VX1BF2514LK446618. White/ black vinyl/gray cloth. Odo: 92,077 miles. 18 photos. Hopkinsville, KY “Very rare, only 75 imported before the destruction of the plant. white with pearl topcoat. Right-side turbo needs rebuilt. Rebuilt engine. Excellent oil pressure.” 0 bids. sf 21. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $3,200. The reputation is that the fuel lines rupture and spray onto the hot turbos, sending them up in flames. With new paint, computer and rebuilt engine, I can’t 124 Mechanically, it has been well maintained. New performance brake discs and pads. Wheels and tires are good. Two rear tires are new (<500 mi).” 14 bids. sf 14. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $5,000. It wasn’t so much of an inherent design flaw, but driver error that garnered 1984–88 Corvettes the highest death rate for cars of that era, according to the IIHS (more than nine times the Volvo 240 wagon’s death rate). That said, the price here was perhaps a bit low. Well bought. © Sports Car Market Gets great mpg and runs pretty good. It is a little weak until it warms up. Free of any major cosmetic or mechanical defects, however there are a couple of small surface rust spots and some cracking paint on some plastic parts. Fuel pump replaced. Is a joy to drive and gets lots of looks and many people ask what it is. Has a clean Kentucky title. Mechanical top and no cracks or anything on the dashboard.” 39 bids. sf 25. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,260. The seller kept referring to a carburetor on the car, but the GVX was fuelinjected. Even though 1988–91 Yugos are considered the “best” in terms of build quality, the GV suffers from a reputation steeped in poor construction. Thanks goes to Malcolm Bricklin for importing these gems as well as the Fiat X1/9 and his namesake SV-1. The price paid here wasn’t terribly out of line for convertibles. Go figure. #230826188487-1984 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Targa. S/N 1G1AY078XE5124160. White/burgundy leather. Odo: 93,000 miles. 13 photos. Stamford, CT “Crossfire engine, leather and power seats, Targa top, leather steering wheel trim, cruise control, AM/FM/Delco Bose. Power windows, door locks and mirrors. Fog lights. Interior is original. Seats show no wear and no cracks.


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Mystery Photo Answers If you think this is cool, wait until you see what I did to the lawn tractor! — Graham Bouton, Baltimore, MD Comments With Your Renewals Hats off to you. Keeping up the great effort to produce the best car magazine each month is no small feat. Great job. Keep it up. — Elliot Miller, Northbrook, IL Thanks! A great read every month! Love the Cumberford column. — Donald Greco, Bedford, NH Pure excellence in concep- tion and writing skills! It’s a delight every time it arrives. Please give my regards to Keith and everyone there. — David M. Moore, Covington, LA Just GREAT! Missed while RUNNER-UP: With fresh rubber in your wallet, and the same on the outside of mom’s car, never underestimate the excitement and anticipation of prom night. This is gonna be great. — Paul Filion, Virginia Beach, VA I inflated my tires like the president told me to, but for some reason my fuel economy is not improving. — Erik Olson, Dublin, CA These bulging tires and acne on the back seats is proof positive that steroids are now an epidemic in sports car collecting. — Chris Racelis, LaGrange, IL Who is it? It’s Mr. “I can’t drive my car because the tires are too big.” — Joe Amft, Evanston, IL Drift racing with my muscle car wheels and tires — I cannot lose. — T.A. Douglas, Atlanta, GA Zero miles since installing the significantly oversized Hoosier slicks. Hmmmmmmmmmm. — Jim Graham, New Canaan, CT Okay, pal, now try to drift it! — Peter Zimmerman, Bakersfield, CA After Dad’s very generous high-school graduation gift, he wanted to make sure his daughter always remembered the answer to 126 the question, “Hoosier Daddy?” — Billy Hufnagel, Placentia, CA Did I see this car in a Fat Tire Beer ad? — Gray Francis, Chico, CA Hoosier Daddy? — Daryl Pinter, Lake in the Hills, IL Tire Man Al took his instruc- tions from his boss “to think outside the box” perhaps a bit too literally. — Rick Morris, via email The Craigslist ad stated “1963 Cobra, pristine, numbersmatching,” but I suspect a body swap — Leslie Dreist, Troy, MI Don’t laugh. Plantar fasciitis can be very painful. — Norman Vogel, San Francisco, CA Graham Bouton wins a slightly grass-stained SCM hat for opening up Mystery Photo to the mostly hidden world of lawntractor racers. © This Month’s Mystery Photo Response Deadline: September 25, 2012 Our Photo, Your Caption Be the author of the most accurate, creative or provocative response and receive a Sports Car Market cap. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Fax your response to 503.253.2234; email: mysteryphoto@sportscar-market.com; snail mail: Mystery, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797. Please include your name and contact information. Send us your mystery photo. If we use it, you’ll also get an official SCM cap. Email photos at 300 dpi in JPEG format. I was overseas. — Don Harris, Gibsons, BC, Canada I tried to renew online twice, but it was too difficult. Poorly designed site. — Doug Escriva, Portland, OR Doug, our website is like a restoration that is 90% complete. Have patience and stay tuned. — KM I read every word. Excellent magazine!! Keep up the great work. — Ian Cook, Shingle Springs, CA Remember when it was black and white! Gets better all the time! — J.C. Bennett, Los Angeles, CA Great mag — solid, 1 condition Maserati Merak SSs are into the low $40k range, especially Concours Awarded, FIVA Acceptance Papers, etc… (update your high range?). — Bruce Wagner, Salinas, CA More on less-expensive cars. — C.F. Jost, Melbourne Beach, FL Great magazine — look forward to it every month. — Michael McGuinness, San Diego, CA And thanks to all of you for your thoughtful comments and your renewals. — Keith Martin Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit sportscarmarket.com/classifieds/place-ad to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snail mail: Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. English 1934 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk I BT7 specialist Classic Showcase. With a gorgeous black and red color combo, this is a fantastic early XKE example. 760.758.6100, Email: sales@classicshowcase.com Web: www.classicshowcase.com (CA) 1963 Jaguar XKE Series I 3.8 OTS 1967 Jaguar XKE OTS scoring 100 points in 3 consecutive shows in 2011. This example presents a rare opportunity for the discerning collector ready for competition. 760.758.6100, Email: sales@classicshowcase.com Web: www.classicshowcase.com (CA) Fully restored by Classic Showcase, only 850 miles since restoration to a show/driver level. Features 5-speed, and spectacular stereo system. Good driver, great investment. 760.758.6100, Email: sales@ classicshowcase.com Web: www.classicshowcase. com (CA) 1966 MGB roadster Totally new from top to tires. Every nut, bolt, piston, etc. restored or new. Heritage certificate. JCNA score 100. The finest on the market. $140,000. Contact Richard, 909.949.2556, (CA) 1974 Jaguar XKE convertible One of Bentley’s most magnificent cars with its original Vanden Plas Open Tourer body. Known provenance. Regularly exercised. Eligible for premier events worldwide. $995,000. 510.653.7555, Email: sales@fantasyjunction.com Web: www. fantasyjunction.com (CA) 1938 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Thrupp Maberly All-weather Coming soon: The best early 3000 on the planet. Matching numbers, two owners from new, low original mileage; all original factory books, tools, weather equipment. Comes with its factory original hard top. Never rusted, damaged, dinged or dented, ever. Razor straight. Absolutely flawless condition, drives as new. Call for complete details. 203.852.1670, Email: matt@deGarmoLtd.com Web: www.deGarmoLtd.com 1961 Jaguar XK 150 3.8 drophead coupe Very desirable early model with small chrome bumpers, pull style door handles and overdrive. A superb driver that is 100% fully sorted for touring with complete confidence. Finished in red with a black interior. Immaculate rust-free body. Has new top and proper tonneau cover and comes with an incredibly rare factory hard top. $16,500 OBO. 203.852.1670, Email: matt@deGarmoLtd.com Web: www.deGarmoLtd.com (CT) 1966 Jaguar XKE Series I 4.2 OTS Just out of a 26-year slumber in a heated garage. Only 4,493 miles. All original components and visually stunning. Silver with red leather. Contact Dennis, 203.494.2458, 1974 Austin Mini Moke S/N XL2S1N21292A. Red/Black. 3,500 miles. 1,275cc, 4-sp. Total restoration in 2005. Full weather equipment, top/side curtains, heater, alloy wheels, right hand drive, used sparingly. See pictures on our website. $17,000 OBO. Contact Ned, 401.323.7005, Email: championms@aol.com Web: championms. com (MA) 1990 Bentley Continental S/N B137LE. Dark blue over black/Dark blue. 4257cc 6-cylinder, 4-sp. Excellent condition. Engine no. C8BL. $310,000 OBO. Contact David, 610.836.2716, Email: dlgeorge3@gmail.com Web: www.dlgeorge. com (PA) 1949 MG TC Maroon w/Biscuit interior, twin spares, chrome wheels and many MG accessories. 1,080 miles since ground-up restoration. Multiple award winner. Never in rain. Owned and restored in Texas. $35,000. Contact Christopher, Email: chlowner@ yahoo.com (MA) 1957 Morgan Plus Four An exceptional early XKE restored to show/driver level by Classic Showcase, numbers matching, a first place winner for the serious collector ready to show or drive this remarkable example. 760.758.6100, Email: sales@classicshowcase.com Web: www.classicshowcase.com (CA) One owner from new until the 1990s. Restored to beyond new standards with some wonderful performance mods making it the best driving Morgan on the planet. Finished in British racing green, green Connolly leather; Triumph powered with twin Webers, oil cooler, full belly pans, Brooklands windscreens, stainless steel exhaust. $55,000. 203.852.1670, Email: matt@deGarmoLtd.com Web: www.deGarmoLtd.com 128 1962 Jaguar XKE Series I 3.8 coupe Factory Vantage coupe. Unquestionably the best DB series car ever in our inventory. National level concours condition, flawless in every respect. Three owner history, low original mileage. Finished in gray metallic, Biscuit interior. Call for complete details. 203.852.1670, Email: matt@deGarmoLtd. com Web: www.deGarmoLtd.com 1967 Jaguar XKE Series I 4.2 OTS Spectacular Imperial Maroon/Biscuit color combo with a no-expense spared restoration by Jaguar professionals. This XK 150 is a JCNA national champion, scoring 100 points in 3 consecutive 2011 shows. Excellent opportunity for the serious collector. 760.758.6100, Email: sales@classicshowcase.com Web: www.classicshowcase.com (CA) 1962 Jaguar XKE Series I 3.8 OTS A crowning achievement, this E-Type is a show-level champion and subject of a no-expense-spared restoration. One of the finest XKE examples available in the world today. An amazing opportunity for the discerning collector. 760.758.6100, Email: sales@classicshowcase.com Web: www.classicshowcase.com (CA) 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage This rare LHD Bentley was delivered new to the U.S. Under 32k original miles with documented, unblemished history. Elegant, yet understated. Black with saddle leather. $85,000. Contact Dennis, 203.494.2458, German 1939 BMW 326 cabriolet S/N 112736. Black/red. 40,000 miles. I6, 4-sp. Older restoration with new gauges. Beautiful condition, would make a great driver. Runs very well with little-to-no oil burn. Photos upon request. Contact Star, 719.599.0011, Email: starletteyoung@gmail. com (CO) 1941 BMW 327 cabriolet S/N 87279. Black/Red. 48,000 miles. I6, 4-sp. One of 1,369 produced between 1936–41. Great driver, restoration completed in the late ‘80s, but still in excellent condition. New gauges (only 500 km on them). Photos and complete history available upon request. Contact Star, 719.599.0011, Email: starletteyoung@gmail.com (CO) 1973 Volkswagen Thing This beautiful matching-numbers E-Type has been recently elevated to show/driver level by marque Restored by Classic Showcase, this matchingnumbers XKE is a current JCNA national champion, S/N 1833023202. White/Black. 30,000 miles. 1600cc, 4-sp. No rust ever. Runs great, looks great, new interior and top. Completely stock in appearence and mechanically. Factory roll bar, factory brush guard, spare tire carrier on rear bumper. See our website for pictures. $12,500 OBO. 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SCM Showcase Gallery 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC 1974 DeTomaso Pantera GTS 1955 Buick Roadmaster Riviera 1966 Shelby GT350 S/N WDBCA45E4KA495983. An original, unrestored, immaculate coupe with known history, books and tools. Mechanically refurbished to as-new condition: Heads, injectors, suspension and tires. Strong #2. 91k miles. $16,750. Contact Joseph, 503.260.1992, Email: joseph_silver@msn.com Italian 1947 Fiat 500A Topolino Show quality two owner car. Stunning condition in every way. Rare factory GTS, professionally rebuilt motor to 450+ horsepower. Finished in red, black leather. Fitted with GT5 seats for comfort, original seats come with car. Runs and drives without fault. $75,000. 203.852.1670, Email: matt@deGarmoLtd. com Web: www.deGarmoLtd.com (CT) 1997 Ferrari 456 GTA Fantastico, royal dark blue and tan hides. 38k miles. Properly maintained by second owner. $67,000. Contact Robert, 317.255.2350, (IN) Maserati 300S Engine and Transaxle Long term ownership by president of Belgian FOC. New paint, interior and rebuilt engine. Runs and drives very well. Sure to attract friendly crowds everywhere it goes. $39,500. 510.653.7555, Email: sales@fantasyjunction.com Web: www.fantasyjunction.com (CA) 1953 Siata Gran Sport Available separately or together. Both Cameron Miller replicas with extremely low hours. Dyno sheet and other details available upon request. $225,000. Contact Jamie, 650.216.6740, Email: jamie@ bowmanmotors.com S/N SLO217. Red/tan. 18,700 miles. I4 DOHC, 5-sp. Beautifully restored. Shown at Ameila Island, featured in Classic Motorsports magazine. Classic Italian coachwork. Excellent condition and ready for tour, rally or show. Dozens of pictures and full details at website. Underpriced. $135,000 OBO. Contact Dennis, 757.941.8040, Email: dburks@cox. net Web: www.siata4sale.com (VA) 1953 Siata 208S Two owner Business coupe. Model 40. Full frame-off restoration to factory specs. Exceptional black exterior and immaculate tan interior. 248-ci straight-8, 3-sp manual. Must see. $33,900. 847.689.8822, Web: www.thelastdetail.com (IL) S/N BS518. One of 37 produced. Exquisite. Carefully fitted with 289 V8. Comes with engine #BS078, 208S transmission, Jaeger instruments and other parts. $750,000. 510.653.7555, Email: sales@ fantasyjunction.com Web: www.fantasyjunction. com (CA) 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 1947 Lincoln Continental cabriolet ’66 Chevrolet running gear, ‘76 Cadillac interior. Documented. Shipped to Mexico by Lincoln with km speedo and radio/heater delete. Everything works. Looks and runs good. $11,500. Contact Bob, 323.653.7736, Email: redhar@dslextreme. com (CA) 1953 Chevrolet Corvette S/N 14155. Motion Products restoration with Bill Badurski 395-hp engine. Cosmetically and mechanically outstanding. Original tools and books. Extensive records. $435,000. 510.653.7555, Email: sales@fantasyjunction.com Web: www.fantasyjunction.com (CA) S/N 39. Polo White. Body-off restored. Concoursshow condition. Top Flight. Bloomington. Includes matching 2003 50th Anniversary convertible, VIN #39. $350,000. Contact Terry, Email: tmichaelis@ charter.net 355-ci V8, 400 hp, Weber sidedraft 45 DCOE carbs, 4-sp, tube frame, C4 suspension, power rack and pinion, Posi, power 4-wheel disc brakes, coil-over shocks. Stunning car. Runs perfect. $75,000. Contact Richard, 949.510.4841. Rare Impala SS factory ordered with 427/385 V8. All numbers-matching drivetrain. Flawless Nantucket Blue and mint Medium Blue Strato bucket interior, console, SS gauge package. $48,900. 847.689.8822, Web: www.thelastdetail.com (IL) 1968 AMC AMX S/N A8M397N255058. Red/Black. 290, 4-sp. 1968 AMX, 4-sp, 290 4-bbl carb, brand new correct interior, restored original steering wheel, never rusted. Looks and runs great. See our website for pictures. $15,900 OBO. Contact Ned, 401.323.7005, Email: championms@aol.com Web: championms. com (MA) 130 Sports Car Market American 1940 Buick Special Businessman’s coupe 283/270. Red/white, 4-sp, dual 4-bbls, Posi, power windows, Wonder bar radio, very clean. Restored, numbers-matching car. Body, paint, plating and dash very good. $55,000 OBO. Contact Dave, Email: mtdavo@aol.com 1962 Ford Thunderbird 2-dr hard top Original big rear window custom cab on a 1979 Chevrolet one-ton chassis, 350 engine, TH400 auto, a/c. $19,900. Contact Steve, 602.295.0011, Email: sohcit2me@aol.com (AZ) 1961 Chevrolet Corvette Incredible original car. Two owner history from new, low original mileage, immaculate, rust-free, razor straight body. Never damaged, raced or abused in any way. Matching number engine and transmission (automatic). Finished in white with gold stripes, black interior. Fitted with period correct air conditioning. A rare opportunity to own a blue chip car that’s original. $135,000. 203.852.1670, Email: matt@deGarmoLtd.com Web: www.deGarmoLtd. com (CT) 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible S/N 194676S113981. Black/White. 427, 4-sp. Original 427/390, 4-sp. Black with white leather interior and white convertible soft top/black factory hard top. Factory headrests, knock off wheels, side pipes, AM/FM radio, GoldLine tires, Teak steering wheel. It is absolutely stunning. See our website for pictures. $69,000 OBO. Contact Ned, 401.323.7005, Email: championms@aol.com Web: championms. com (MA) 1966 Pontiac GTO Complete frame-off restoration on a Series 70 Model 76R 2-dr hard top. Finished in the original Cadet Blue over Temple Gray. Two-tone blue interior. 322 Fireball V8 with Dynaflow automatic. Stunning. $47,900. 847.689.8822, Web: www.thelastdetail. com (IL) 1956 Ford F-350 car hauler S/N 2040. This car is in excellent restored and lightly driven condition. Numbers correct, documented ownership. Original bill of sale, Shelby invoice, copies of all registration and titles. $160,000. Contact David, 801.699.3928, (UT) 1966 Shelby GT350 H Comprehensive rebuild of CA car. Brake and a/c upgrades. Drivetrain and suspension rebuilt extensively. $15,900. Contact Larry, 262.821.1868, Email: merxke@wi.rr.com 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport replica PHS-documented factory GTO survivor. Original Cameo Ivory exterior and red bucket seat interior. 389 Tri-Power w/4-sp. Factory gauges and tach. Immaculate undercarriage and engine bay. $45,900. 847.689.8822, Web: www.thelastdetail.com (IL) 1967 Chevrolet Impala SS 427


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SCM Showcase Gallery 1970 Buick GS Stage 1 Automobile Driving Museum library for a tax deduction? Contact Gary, 310.909.0950 (CA) 1956 Porsche 356A racer Meticulous frame-off restoration. Red/black color combination. Documented with build sheet and Sloan Report. 455-ci, 4-sp with consolette and a/c. Loaded with rare factory options. Possibly one of one. $89,900. 847.689.8822, Web: www.thelastdetail.com (IL) 2000 Chevy Camaro S/N 57503. Guards Red/Black. 1620 cc, 744. Accepted at racing events all over the West coast hosted by such clubs as GR, HMSA, CSRG and SOVREN. Visit the website to share the inside story of what makes up the heart and soul of this beauty. Take a look and enjoy. Contact Ken, 775.721.0020, Email: hollmank@sbcglobal.net Web: www.porsche356vintage.com (NE) 1959 Turner Mk 1 Navy blue/ebony. 70,377 miles. 5.7-L, 6-sp. Dark Navy Blue Metallic. Power everything. Cruise, T-tops. Show car. Award of Excellence at Carlisle GM Nationals. Many trophies from local car shows. New GM Performance LS1 crate engine w/1,318 miles. SLP induction lid, MAF sensor, exhaust. Stainless emblems. Alpine subs and amp w/Pioneer head. $19,000 OBO. Contact Thomas, 717.554.6964, Email: czim1211@gmail.com (PA) Race Books and Magazines Wanted Do you have car books and/or magazines you don’t know what to do with? Why not donate them to the Long SCCA and VSCCA race history, very competitive small bore racer in any USA racing group. Five hours on potent 948-cc BMC engine, racing trans, tubular chassis, restored fiberglass body, Hallibrand wheels, fuel cell, roll bar, very well prepared and ready to race. See extensive description and clear photos at website. Contact Daniel, Web: www. newenglandclassics.com/cars/NE-1959-19 © 132 Sports Car Market


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Auction Companies Artcurial-Briest-Poulain-Le Fur. 33 (0)1 42 99 2056, 33 (0)1 42 99 1639. 7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France. Email: motorcars@auction.fr. www.artcurial.com/motorcars. (FR) Exoticars USA. 908.996.4889, Wil Auctions America. 877.906.2437, Formed in July 2010 as a subsidiary of RM Auctions, the Auctions America by RM team, led by collector car expert Donnie Gould, specializes in American classics, Detroit muscle, hot rods, customs and vintage motorcycles. Consign With Confidence. www.auctionsamerica.com. (IN) de Groot’s Exoticars USA has serviced and restored Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini in the NJ, PA, NY region since 1979. We’re passionate about keeping your car fast, reliable, beautiful and authentic. Our mechanical, paint/ body, electronic, machining and fabricating work is unsurpassed and awardwinning. We have specialized equipment and knowledge to service newer and vintage models and everything in between. www.exoticars-usa.com. (NJ) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485, Mecum Collector Car Auction- eers. 815.568.8888, 815.568.6615. The Mecum Auction Company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for over 23 years, offering an industryleading 5,000 collector cars per year. Watch Mecum Auctions live on Discovery’s HD Theater. Consignment, bidder and event information is available online. 950 Greenlee St., Marengo, IL 60015 www.mecumauction.com. (IL) MotoeXotica Classic Cars & AucBarrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694, 480.421.6697. For nearly four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Bonhams. +44.207.228.8000, +44.207.585.0830. Montpelier St., Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH. www.bonhams.com. (UK) Bonhams. 415.391.4000, 415.391.4040. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103 www.bonhams.com. (CA) Branson Collector Car Auction. 800.335.3063, 417.336.5616. 1316 W. Hwy. 76, Suite 199, Branson, MO 65616. www.bransonauction.com. (MO) Hollywood Wheels Auctions & Shows 800.237.8954, Hosting two auctions a year in beautiful Palm Beach FL, March & December. Offering quality collector cars and personalized service, all in a climate-controlled, state-of-theart facility. Come be a part of the excitement! Check us out at www.hollywoodcarauctions.com... Where Collectors Collect! See You On The Block! Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, 310.899.0930. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, award-winning examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues. Our team of well-qualified experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the official auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, the recordsetting Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) H&H Classic Auctions. +44 8458 334455, +44 8458 334433. The Motor House, Lyncastle Road, Warrington, England. WA4 4BSN www.handh.co.uk. (UK) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290, 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 A family-run auction house producing two large classic cars auctions per year. McCormick’s Palm Springs Auctions has been in business for over 25 years, and each auction features over 500 classics & exotics. www.classic-carauction.com. (CA) Worldwide Auctioneers. RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, Carlisle Collector Car Auctions. 717.243.7855, 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle, PA 17013. Spring and Fall Auctions. High-line cars cross the block. Hundreds of muscle cars, antique, collector, and special-interest cars, trucks and motorcycles. Real Cars. Real Prices. www.carlisleauctions.com. (PA) 134 519.351.1337. With over three decades of experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) 800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789, Worldwide Auctioneers was formed over a decade ago by vintage motorcar specialists Rod Egan and John Kruse. The sale and acquisition of classic automobiles is our core business, and no one is better qualified. Worldwide is unique in having owners who are also our chief auctioneers, so you deal directly with the auctioneer, and we are wholly invested in achieving the best result for you. Our auctions are catalogue-based, offering a limited number of higher-end consignments, with an emphasis on quality rather than volume. (We don’t limit ourselves to only selling the most expensive cars in the world, but do ensure that every car we consign is the very best of its type.) In addition to helping collectors buy and sell cars at auction, we offer specialist-appraisal, estate-management and collection-consultancy services. Our dedicated private sales division serves the needs of individual collectors who seek privacy or to acquire vehicles that may not be available on the open market. www.worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) Russo and Steele Collector AutoLeake Auctions. 800.722.9942, Join Leake Auction Company as they celebrate 40 years in the collector car mobile Auctions. 602.252.2697, Fax: 602.252.6260. Specializing in the finest European sports, American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles; 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, Sports Car Market tions. 866.543.9393, After 24 years of selling classic cars, MotoeXotica has branched out with classic & exotic car auctions. MotoeXotica currently has auctions in St. Louis, MO; Springfield, MO; and Phoenix, AZ. Combining some of the industry’s lowest entry fees and commissions MotoeXotica is poised to keep expanding while maintaining superior customer service. Contact MotoeXotica today at 866-5439393 or online at www.motoexotica. com. Worth the trip! Silver Auctions isn’t successful because we auction the most expensive cars, we’re successful because we auction the cars that you love. Silver Auction’s staff, bidders and consignor are everyday people with a passion for Nostalgic and Collector cars. Come see the difference at Silver Auctions. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@ silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) eBay Motors. List your car for sale. $0 insertion fee. $60 listing fee if vehicle sells for under or at $2,000, $125 if it sells for over $2,000. Visit the “Services” section on www.ebaymotors.com for more details. auction industry. Their unsurpassed customer service and fast-paced twolane auction ring makes them a leader in the business. 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and antique cars with experience and integrity for 24 years. North Carolina auction license 4017. www.tommackclassics.com. (NC) Alfa Romeo Centerline Products. 888.750. ALFA, Exclusively Alfa Romeo for over 30 years — rely on our experience to build and maintain your dream Alfa. Restoration, maintenance and performance parts in stock for Giulietta through 164. Newly developed products introduced regularly. Check our web site for online store, new arrivals, tech tips, and special offers. www.centerlinealfa.com. (CO) als and pre-purchase inspections; It is IAAA, the largest association that certifies auto appraisers, who follow ethics, participate in ongoing training for IAAA/Uniform Standards for Automotive Appraisal Procedures™. Certifications include Master Automotive Appraiser™ and Automotive Arbitration/Mediation Umpire™. The apprentice program was used by Mitchell International and other qualified applicants from the automotive industry. Locate IAAA members and get association info. www.autoappraisersassociation.com. can rely on our decades of experience with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine collectibles. Repeat customers are the lifeblood of our business. Contact us today to join them. Car Sales Manager, Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell.com. (MA) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100, West Coast Auto Appraisals. 310.827.8400, Pre purchase, diminished value, total loss settlements, expert witness. Let us be your eyes and ears, friendly and very knowledgeable car experts, muscle cars, street rods, Europeans, full classics, modern day and more. Servicing all of California, nationwide for larger car collections. Member of IAAA and AMA. Check out our web site for a full list of services. www.thecarappraiser.com. (CA) Jon Norman’s Alfa Parts. 800.890.2532, 510.525.9519. 1221 Fourth Street, Berkley, CA 94710. Large selection of parts from Giulietta to 164. Efficient, personal service. www.alfapartscatalog.com. (CA) Appraisals Automobilia Steve Austin’s Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434, European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. restoration 760.758.6119. Always buying: Offering top dollar for your European classics. Always selling: 3 showrooms with an excellent selection to choose from. Always Restoring: We feature an award-winning, world-class restoration facility, with the expertise to restore you car to any level, including modifications. Super craftsmanship; attention to detail; knowledgeable staff; servicing all of the collector’s needs. Located in San Diego County. sales@ classicshowcase.com www.classicshowcase.comm. (CA) Hartek Automotive, 319.337.4140, Hartek Automotive is a division of Hartwig Motors Inc., one of the oldest automotive retailers in the Midwest since 1912. Hartek Automotive specializes in the maintenance and sale of sports and prestige automobiles. Their reputation for service continues with a very personalized approach to maintenance of an individual’s daily driver, to the restoration of that special automobile. Hartek Automotive also offers pre-sale or post-sale inspections. Located in Iowa, we are equally accessible for the enthusiast from anywhere. Drive in or fly in...you will find us most accommodating. www.hartekautomotive.org (IA) The Last Detail. 847.689.8822 North Chicago / Kenilworth, IL, As “Trusted Advisors” for over 35 years, we have been helping enthusiasts make critical decisions before creating costly mistakes. Whether servicing, buying or selling, your one stop destination for all of your automotive needs, Down to.... The Last Detail! www.thelastdetail.com. (IL) Classic Car Transport Motor Auto Express, Inc. 360.661.1734, Enclosed Transport. MAX cares for what you care for. We offer Personal, Private, Professional services with liftgate loading for your vehicles. Please contact Randy McKinley, Owner. maxiet@gmail.com. (WA) Passport Transport. 800.736.0575, Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Auto Appraisal Group. 800.848.2886, Offices located nationwide. Pre-purchase inspection service, insurance matters, charitable donations, resale vales, estates, expert witness testimony. On-site inspection. Certified, confidential, prompt, professional. “Not just one man’s opinion of value.” See web site for locations and service descriptions. www.autoappraisal.com. Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters.com. Buy/Sell/General indiGO Classic Cars. 888.255.5546, indiGO Classic Cars buys individual cars and collections specializing in the purchase of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, Porsche and Mercedes. indiGO will pay for shipping, handle paperwork and will gladly pay finder’s fees. indiGO has capital and large lines of credit to pay the highest prices. indiGO Classic Cars is an indiGO Auto Group dealership. www.indigoclassiccars.com. (TX) Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a classic, a ’60s muscle car or a modern exotic, you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles, and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com. Collector Car Insurance Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, Gooding & Company’s experts are well-qualified to appraise individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to assist you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) Brighton Motorsports. 480.483.4682, Brighton Motorsports, Scottsdale, AZ, is a unique dealership specializing in Vintage European and American Collector Cars with their Sales/Showroom and Mechanical Repair facility in the heart of Scottsdale’s legendary auction arena. They also have a state-of-the-art paint & body shop specially equipped to do all levels of repair and restoration just down the road, creating a one-stop shop for the avid car enthusiast. www.brightonmotorsports.com. (AZ) International Auto Appraisers Resource. Use IAAA Appraisers’ to perform insurance and legal apprais- October 2012 Luxury Brokers International. Specializing in the Purchase, Sales, and Brokerage of Fine Automobiles and Alternative Investments. Adolfo Massari 610.716.2331 or Andrew Mastin 215.459.1606. Email: Sales@lbilimited. com. Web: www.LBILimited.com. Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6092, www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the Preservation and Sales of European Classics, pre-war through the 1970s, since 1978. You a new breed of insurance for classic, antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary classic and limited-edition cars. To get a quote is even easier with our new online improvements. Go to www. barrett-jackson.com/insurance/, select Get a Quote, enter in a couple key pieces of information about your vehicle and get an estimated quote within seconds! It’s that easy. Don’t be caught without the right insurance for your vehicle. 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Chubb Collector Car Insurance. 1.866.CAR.9648, The Chubb Collector Car Insurance program provides flexibility by allowing you to choose the agreed value and restoration shop. Broad coverage includes no mileage restrictions and special pricing for large schedules. For more information, contact us at 1(866)CAR-9648 or www.chubbcollectorcar.com. Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. Motor Sport Personal Accident Coverage. 441.297.9439, 441.296.2543. Email, mcooke@evolution.bm. Limits up to $1,000,000 including accident medical and helicopter evacuation. Comp Capital Ltd. can obtain coverage at competive rates including drivers over the age of 65. Either 12-month policy covering a whole season and or for specific events. Please contact Mark Cooke and or Kevin Way. English Grundy Worldwide. 888.647.8639, Grundy Worldwide offers agreed value insurance with no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, and high liability limits. Our coverages are specifically designed for collectible-car owners. From classic cars to muscle cars, Grundy Worldwide has you covered. (*Zero deductible available in most states.) 888.6GRUNDY (888.647.8639). www.grundyworldwide.com. (PA) Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337, 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations.net. (CA) Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini eter. Our two-car enclosed transporter makes getting your car to our shop within the Northeast a breeze. www.rpmvt.com. German Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100, Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959, 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) Carobu Engineering. 949.722.9307, Ferrari specialist. Engine rebuilding/ development, dyno-testing, parts and service. Your source for high-performance brakes, suspension, gaskets, engine parts, wheels and exhaust. Dealer for Tubi, Brembo, Koni, Razzo Rosso, Sangalli, Zanzi, Novitech Rosso and X-Ost. WWW.CAROBU.COM. restoration 760.758.6119. World class full-service restoration facility. Creating show/show drivers, and driver restorations. Specializing in German, British, and Italian classics. Superb fit, attention to detail, great craftsmanship, knowledgeable staff, passionate on quality. Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) European Collectibles, Inc. Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. 800.922.4050, is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com. (MI) AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC. 631.425.1555, All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servicingcomplete mechanical restorations/rebuilds — cosmetic repair/paintwork to complete frame-off restoration. Large inventory of parts. All services as well as our current unventory of automobiles for sale can be seen at www.autosportdesigns.com. (NY) FerrariChat.com. The largest on- line Ferrari community in the world, with over 80,000 registered users. 3,000 new posts a day from Ferrari owners, historians, and enthusiasts along with 5 million in our archives. Over 1,000 ads in our Classifieds www.ferrarichat.com. Lamborghini Houston. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100, Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173, We understand the passion and needs of the classic-car owner; agreed value, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and paying by credit card. We provide classic car insurance at rates people can afford! Instant quotes at www.heacockclassic.com. (FL) restoration 760.758.6119. World class full service restoration facility. Creating show/show drivers, and driver restorations. Specializing in British, German and Italian classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship; knowledgeable staff; passionate on quality. Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) 888.588.7634, Lamborghini Houston is a factory authorized Lamborghini dealership offering customers new and pre-owned Lamborghinis in addition to one of the largest selections of exotic cars in the United States. With one of the finest service facilities in the world, Lamborghini Houston consistently services all exotic cars including Ferraris, Maseratis, Lamborghinis, Bentleys and Aston Martins. Lamborghini Houston offers shipping nationwide. Lamborghini Houston is an indiGO Auto Group dealership. www.lamborghinihouston.com. (TX) 949.650.4718, European Collectibles has been buying, consigning, selling and restoring classic European sports cars since 1986. We specialize in Porsche (356 and 911) 1950s to early 1970s along with other marks including Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari, MG, Austin Healey & Jaguar with 40 vehicles in stock to choose from. European Collectibles also offers complete mechanical and cosmetic restorations to concours level along with routine service. Located in Orange County, CA, between Los Angeles and San Diego. Sales@europeancollectibles.com or visit our website www.europeancollectibles.com. (CA) Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1.866.MB.CLASSIC, The center of competence for classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts — for vintage car sales, meticulous restorations by manufacturer-trained technicians and the widest selection of Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts, we are the source. www.mbclassiccenter.com. (CA) Fourintune Garages Inc. J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290, Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed 136 262.375.0876, www.fourintune.com. With over 25 years of experience in complete ground-up restoration on British marques — specializing in AustinHealeys for 35 years. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our web site for details on our restoration process. Located in historic Cedarburg since 1976 — just minutes north of Milwaukee. (WI) RPM Classic Sports Cars. 802.877.2645, With over 25 years of experience in Classic Italian Sports cars, we know how to make your car perform as new. Please visit our web site showing numerous cars for sale and a frequently updated blog to see what is going on in our busy shop, including video links of engines being run on a test stand and on a chassis dynamom- Porsche of North Houston. 888.588.7634, Porsche of North Houston is a factory authorized Porsche dealership committed to all things Porsche. Porsche of North Houston activates experiential Porsche ownership for customers offering a large selection of new, pre-owned and vintage Porsches. We offer nationwide shipping. Porsche of North Houston is an indiGO Auto Group dealership. www.porscheofnorthhouston.com.(TX) Sports Car Market


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Import/Export well as an educational center and library. The campus also contains a 3.5-acre show field, theater, café, banquet hall and meeting facilities. To become an ACM member, volunteer or make a donation, visit www.lemaymuseum.org. (WA) Parts and Accessories Autobahn Power Cosdel International Transportation. Since 1960 Cosdel International Transportation has been handling international shipments by air, ocean and truck. Honest service, competitive pricing and product expertise have made Cosdel the natural shipping choice for the world’s best-known collectors, dealers and auction houses. If you are moving a car, racing or rallying, or attending a concours event overseas, Cosdel is your comprehensive, worldwide resource for all of your nationwide and international shipping needs. We are your automobile Export Import Experts. 415.777.2000 carquotes@cosdel.com. www.cosdel.com. (CA) Inspections 877.683.3001 We specialize in complete Performance and Modification Projects for all types of vehicles. Spanning decades, we have completed literally hundreds of project cars. Many are used for daily drivers that can aggressively ramp it up for performance venues. Located in the heart of the Midwest, we’re easily accessible. If you’ve got a project in mind, we know you want a trusted source for quality work in performance, efficiency and safe upgrades to your ride. Choose us! Autobahn Power! Visit us at autobahnpower.com. facility that offers world-class restoration, repair and fabrication services. Highly organized, fiscally responsible and providing biweekly detailed billing, we keep you abreast of the rapid progress of your project in every way. Check out our excellent web site for details. Email doug@classicrestodenver.com. www.classicrestodenver.com. (CO) destination providing the highest quality services from basic maintenance to full frame-off restorations. www.thelastdetail.com. (IL) Performance Restoration. The Guild of Automotive RestorAutomobile Inspections LLC. 860.456.4048, “When you need the job done right.” The nation’s premier provider of pre-purchase inspections on classic, exotic and specialty cars of any year, anywhere in the USA or Canada. Fast 72-hour turnaround! Hartford, CT. www.automobileinspections.com. (CT) Italian Griot’s Garage. 800.345.5789, Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300, with more than 30 years in the industry and worldwide clientele in dealing in European race and sports cars, specializes in classic Ferraris of the ’50s & ’60s. www.ferrari4you.com Literature WeatherTech® Automotive AcVia Corsa Car Lover’s Guide- books. Travel the world with guidebooks written for car enthusiasts! We cover car museums, factory tours, race tracks, auctions, and major events. Exclusive interviews with Alice Cooper, Hans-Joachim Stuck, Derek Bell, Mario Andretti, and more! Our guidebooks are available at motorbooks.com and amazon.com. Museums LeMay—America’s Car Museum, opened in June 2012 in Tacoma, WA, explores how the automobile has fulfilled a distinctive role at the core of the American experience and shaped our society. The spacious museum with rotating exhibits is designed to be the centerpiece for automotive history as October 2012 The Last Detail. 847.689.8822 Classic Restoration. 303.761.1245, Classic Restoration by Country Club Auto, located in Colorado, is a large North Chicago / Kenilworth, Il., As “Trusted Advisors” for over 35 years, we have been assisting enthusiasts make critical decisions before creating costly mistakes. Whether servicing, buying or selling, TLD is your one stop 137 cessories. 800.441.8527, MacNeil Automotive Products Limited providing Automotive Accessories for your vehicles for over 20 years. MacNeil has defined high quality vehicle protection with the WeatherTech® line of Automotive Accessories. Choose from allweather floor mats, extreme-duty floor liners, cargo/trunk liners, side window deflectors, no-drill mudflaps, many different options of license plate frames and more. We have products available for virtually every make and model. To see and buy everything, go to www. WeatherTech.com. Restoration — General Griot’s Garage celebrating over 21 years as your best source for a full line of car care cleaners, polishes, waxes, sealants and detailing accessories. You’ll also find garage organizational products, premium automotive accessories, tools, clothing and more. Call to receive a full color handbook/catalog or enjoy the easy-to-use website for fast, fun and easy ordering. Sign up for weekly email specials. Have fun through our blog, Inmygarage.com or join us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube where you’ll find numerous howto videos for proper car care tips and tricks. Our number one goal is to ensure that you always... Have fun in your garage! www.griotsgarage.com. (WA) ers. 905.775.0499. The Guild is one of the most recognizable names in the business of restoring antique and classic cars, and with good reason. We are a multi service facility, which means that your car is fully restored under one roof and the process is under full control at all times. Projects are carefully managed through all tasks, and owners are kept informed with weekly email reports, phone calls and photographs. We are skilled in all aspects of the craft of restoration and are as comfortable coach building a car from scratch as we are doing light maintenance on rare and valuable cars or tune-ups on the family’s original heirloom Model T. If you want your car worked on by a company that still maintains their passion of the hobby and provides you with the accountability of good friends, give us a call, we look forward to hearing from you. David Grainger/Janice Stone, proprietors. www.guildclassiccars.com (CAN) 440.635.0053, Exciting new location in Northeast Ohio, close to major highways. As always, an open, clean, well-equipped, busy facility. Several projects from antique to sports cars in the works. Always time to help fellow enthusiasts with advice. What can we help you with? supercharged@windstream.net. (OH) RPM Classic Sports Cars. 802.877.2645, With over 25 years of experience in Classic Italian Sports cars, we know how to make your car perform as new. Please visit our web site showing numerous cars for sale and a frequently updated blog to see what is going on in our busy shop, including video links of engines being run on a test stand and on a chassis dynamometer. Our two-car, enclosed transporter makes getting your car to our shop within the Northeast a breeze. www.rpmvt.com. Sports and Competition RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, High Mountain Classics. 970.532.2339, World-class restoration, repair, and maintenance. Many Pebble Beach Class wins and Best of Show evidence our pursuit of restoration excellence. We service and maintain blue-chip collectibles, race cars, and other investment-grade cars, and provide vintage race track support. We have particular excellence with Bugatti and other pre-war marques. www.HighMountainClassics.com JWF Restorations, Inc. Special- izing in AC restoration from street to concours, U.S. Registrar AC Owners Club (U.K.). Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St. Portland, OR 97225 503-706-8250 Fax 503-646-4009 The world’s largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership is not required. Monthly magazine. Email:jim@jwfrestoration.com (OR) 519.351.1337. Celebrating 30 years in the collector car industry, RM Auctions and its associated companies are responsible for acquisitions, restorations and sales of the world’s rarest and most valuable vintage automobiles, including record-breaking sales in Maranello, Italy and London, U.K. RM’s restoration division achieved unprecedented accolades in 2006, when the company earned “Best of Show” honors at the world’s top three collector car events in a single year. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) © FOLLOW SCM


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Carl Bomstead eWatch Paint Remover Plus Elbow Grease Equals a $10k Sign A free, found sign pays off for a hard-working, careful SCMer Thought Carl’s The rest of the story: In the July eWatch, we reported on a 30-inch Sunset Gasoline sign that sold for $10,500. An SCMer from could buy the sign. The garage owner said, “Heck, you can have the darn thing.” Our SCMer spent a few hours carefully removing the white paint, and the sign we reported on was the result. An investment in a can of paint remover and a little labor nets 10 large — not a bad return! Here are a few that did not require any effort, but they are not 10 grand either: Bibendum, the Latin gerundive meaning “drinking to be done,” is extremely popular and collectible. The earlier, cigar-smoking versions are of particular interest, and this pump always attracts attention. Considering it was complete, the price was more than fair and a good buy. EBAY #251107985845— RITELUBE MOTOR OIL ONE QUART CAN. Number of Bids: 19. SOLD AT: $471.99. Date: 7/19/2012. Quart cans are well off their high of a few years back, but this one created quite a stir, as it was from Sunset Oil Company, which is a favorite of Left Coast collectors. The graphics were not all that exciting, but it was in decent condition. Fair price in today’s world. SALINA KANSAS LICENSE PLATE. Number of Bids: 7. SOLD AT: $923. Date Sold: 7/21/2012. Kansas first issued license plates in 1913, but it looks like the town of Salina was not going to let the state interfere with their revenue stream and also issued their own. The question is, did a motorist have to display both, or did the state-issued plate trump the one issued by Salina? Friends who live in Salina came up empty when the question was posed, but they sure thought the plate was cool. Portland, OR, provided an interesting backstory on the sign. It seems that a collector had been driving by an old garage for some time and noticed a round sign, painted white, hanging from the wall. Curiosity finally got the best of him, and he stopped and asked if he EBAY #290734042454— EBAY #2510511272959— EBAY #170872190113— MICHELIN MAN “BIBENDUM” AIR PUMP. Number of Bids: 21. SOLD AT: $1,621. Date: 7/14/2012. This portable air pump featured “Bibendum.” He was a bit chipped up, but overall the pump was in very acceptable condition. It was complete with the air hose and electrical plug, which was unusual. GILMORE GASOLINE PORCELAIN SIGN. Number of Bids: 31. SOLD AT: $4,250. Date: 5/6/2012. This sign dated to the late 1920s with the primitive lion logo. It was stated to have a “few issues,” which was an understatement. Even so, it received a lot of attention, and considering the shabby condition, was bid to a rather aggressive price. PORSCHE DEALERSHIP SIGN. Number of Bids: 26. SOLD AT: $2,247.22. Date: 7/1/2012. This porcelain Porsche sign was in wonderful condition and features the Prancing Horse in the center. The horse is from the coat of arms for Stuttgart and differs from the Ferrari Cavallino Rampante in that both of the legs on the Porsche horse are on the ground. The sign is seldom offered, and is the perfect go-with for a garage full of 356s and 911s. EBAY #140807044712— EBAY #261067227912—1913 MAZDA GENERAL ELECTRIC AUTO LAMP PORCELAIN BOX. Number of Bids: 3. SOLD AT: $375. Date: 7/25/2012. This display box was in wonderful condition and was complete with the interior shelves. It even had the reference sheet for the cars and correct bulb. The newest car listed was from 1931, which dates the piece. There is a version of this box with yellow graphics that sells for about $800, and this one usually goes for at least $550, so this was a screaming deal. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $65 for 12 monthly issues in the U.S., $95 Canada/Mexico, Europe $105, Asia/Africa/Middle East $115. Subscriptions are payable in advance in U.S. currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 877.219.2605, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 138 EBAY #170863000851— MICHELIN PORCELAIN SIGN. Number of Bids: 24 SOLD AT: $695.95. Date: 6/25/2012. This sign received a lot of attention with 24 bids, which was unfortunate, as the paint was barely dry. These were made in Argentina and have been showing up in the past year or so. Slimy seller knew what he was selling and even turned around and listed another one.♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market