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Sports Car Market PROFILES Keith Martin’s JOIN US The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Subscribe! October 2013 . Volume 25 . Number 10 FERRARI This Month’s Market Movers Up Close by Steve Ahlgrim 42 ENGLISH AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why 189 Vehicles Rated at Nine Sales by Paul Hardiman 44 58 68 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB $2,839,200 / RM Each Coupe Aerodinamico differs subtly ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne 48 1953 Austin-Healey 100 Special Test Car $1,182,019 / Bonhams A very original car that’s also very restored GERMAN by Prescott Kelly 50 90 78 BONHAMS Chichester, U.K.: 54 out of 63 cars hammer sold at the $53.6m Goodwood Festival of Speed sale — Paul Hardiman ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA: A 1939 Horch brings $905k, total sales reach $11.2m and 81 of 91 cars sell — Paul Hardiman RUSSO AND STEELE Newport Beach, CA: At this inaugural SoCal sale, totals hit $6.5m, and 105 cars find new garages — Michael Leven BONHAMS Oxford, U.K.: Bonhams hits a 90% sell-through rate and $2.1m total at the 67-car Banbury Run sale — Paul Hardiman 100 H&H 2009 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione $135,431 / Bonhams Investment? Maybe, but definitely drive it AMERICAN by Dale Novak 52 1970 Porsche 914/6 $57,750 / Russo and Steele Many 911 collectors now want a 914/6 RACE by Thor Thorson 54 110 Rockingham, U.K.: 37 Rolls and Bentleys sell for $1.7m, topped by a $226k 1937 Bentley 4¼ Litre Vanden Plas coupe — Paul Hardiman ROUNDUP Highlights from Silver Coeur d’Alene, ID; Mecum Bloomington Gold; MidAmerica St. Paul, MN; and Dragone Westport, CT — John Boyle, Pat Campion, B. Mitchell Carlson, John Lyons 1958 Chevrolet Cameo NAPCO 4x4 $67,100 / Russo and Steele A gentleman’s truck with traction 6 1954 Mercedes-Benz W-196 $29,496,308 / Bonhams Ultra-cool, ultra-historic, ultra-expensive Cover photo: 1954 Mercedes-Benz W-196 Formula One racer; courtesy of Bonhams Sports Car Market


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COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears Getting pleasure out of driving isn’t so prevalent today, as cars have become better as machines but worse as passion-inducing devices Keith Martin 28 Affordable Classic BMW’s first-gen M3: Race-car performance on the street Steve Johnson 30 From the Paddock The 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed was a feast for the senses Murray Smith 32 Legal Files Leasing a collector car is different than leasing a new car John Draneas 34 Simon Says Why $30m for an old Mercedes Silver Arrow? Simon Kidston 46 The Cumberford Perspective 1953 Austin-Healey 100 — a wonderful MG TE Robert Cumberford 138 eWatch The city of Harrisburg, PA, auctions off Doc Holliday’s sword for a good price, and were SCM staffers the buyers of some old Oregon license plates? Carl Bomstead FEATURES 36 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed: Watching — and touching — history 38 Aston Martin Centenary Display: The past and the future come together 40 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance: An event with a delightful split personality DEPARTMENTS 12 Auction Calendar 12 Crossing the Block 16 The Inside Line: Hilton Head, Fall Carlisle and Louisville Concours 18 Contributors: Get to know our writers 20 You Write: Readers opine on how John Draneas should handle his E-type 22 Display Advertisers Index 24 Time Pieces: A riddle answered, and Omega’s Seamaster Diver ENTZ 24 Neat Stuff: A minimalist key shackle and Mr. McQueen’s new jacket 26 In Miniature: 1933 Duesenberg SJ Beverly Berline 26 Book Review: Hunt vs. Lauda: The Epic 1976 Formula 1 Season 84 Rising Sun: Recent sales of Japanese collector cars 108 Fresh Meat: 2011 Lotus Exige S 260, 2012 Cadillac CTS V coupe, 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S coupe 126 Mystery Photo: “Calling it a limo would be a stretch” 127 Comments with Your Renewal: “I always think of Keith in my red mist moments…. Run away, walk away or write the check” 28 Affordable Classic 8 128 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 132 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs Sports Car Market 38 Aston Martin celebrates 100 years Fred Larimer Matt DeLorenzo


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin Passing Into History A recent run with vintage Alfas highlights the vanishing art of driving on two-lane roads Remember passing? On every two-lane section of road, we were the only car that was passing anyone. No matter how straight and open the stretches, the cars, SUVs and pickups ahead of us would fall meekly into a single line, and cruise along between 55 and 60 miles an hour. For us, with our 97-cubic-inch engine — no matter how sophisti- cated with its overhead cams, dual Webers and tubular exhaust headers — to be moving more quickly than these modern cars was ridiculous. We passed carefully, always waiting for a long, open stretch, as we didn’t have great acceleration on tap. We also didn’t have the brakes or suspension necessary to make quick, effective emergency maneuvers. Our road superiority ended the instant we hit I-5. Suddenly, the plodders became the blitzkriegers — accelerating to 85 mph and more, hanging on our tail, passing with wild abandon on all sides, and displaying complete ignorance of road etiquette. In retrospect, I think Americans have simply forgotten how to drive on two-lane roads. Perhaps the younger generation has never learned. In earlier times, when the majority of roads were not interstate Lost in time on California’s Lost Coast W e just put 1,611 delightful miles on our 1965 Giulia Spider Veloce. It was our first real road trip in years, and it brought home the reasons we fool around with these old cars. The occasion was the Alfa Romeo National Convention, held in Rohnert Park, CA, south of Santa Rosa. Good friend Doug Hartman was my co-pilot on the way down, and Wendie flew down to ride with me on the way back. We’ve owned the Spider nearly 30 years, selling it once and buy- ing it back during that period. Conrad Stevenson in Berkeley did the engine and transmission several years ago, Bill Gillham oversaw the redo of the interior using original materials sourced by Matt Jones, and Tom Black put the finishing touches on preserving the aged paint. In short, it has never run nor looked better. The trip down was uneventful. Our convoy of Northwest Alfas drove Interstate 5 to Eugene, Highway 126 across to Florence, then 101 to Santa Rosa with an overnight in Eureka. All the Alfas performed well except for a 750 Giulietta Spider that lost its water pump in Eureka; it was towed to the convention, repaired and driven home. I’ve known most of these club guys for decades, and we remarked on how much better prepared our cars were than in the 1980s. As they have evolved into collectible artifacts, we have started lavishing unprecedented amounts of care and money on their maintenance. The Alfas are rarely used for daily tasks, they are not left out in the weather, they get regular infusions of fresh, modern, high-quality oil (with the correct zinc content), they are tuned often and anything slightly off is replaced. In fact, I have started referring to certain repairs, such as engine overhauls, as “lifetime fixes.” Given the 1,500–3,000 miles a year we put on our old cars — and the degree to which we cosset them — an engine should easily last 75,000 miles or 25 years. The odds are that I’ll be tuning up my Veloce walker in 2038, not my Spider Veloce. The 1600-cc Veloce engine is just getting broken in, having covered around 5,000 miles, and it revved more easily with each passing hour. Our GPS told us we were traveling between 70 and 75 mph most of the time, which seemed like the sweet spot for the car, with its skinny tires and dated brakes. But we noticed something on the trip that surprised us. 10 superhighways, if you drove an imported car with a puny powerplant, you learned to pick your passing spots carefully. You got a running start on the car ahead, and the instant the road was clear, you pulled out and slowly inched past them. Why bother to pass? Simple. You wanted to have a clear road ahead when you came to the twisty bits — the kind of roads your car was made for — so that you could wring the maximum pleasure out of your trip. Having fun driving isn’t so prevalent today, as cars have become better as machines but worse as passion-inducing devices. Figuring out which gear you need to be in, at what rpm, as you prepare to pass is an art form unto itself. Knowing how deep you can afford to go into a corner at 75 mph on your 175/170/15 tires requires experience. Doing all this while making sure your oil pressure and temperature gauges, and water temperature reading, are all staying within acceptable limits requires a degree of multitasking. Today’s drivers also multitask, but generally they are concerned with finding the right XM radio station, making sure their Bluetooth phone is properly hooked up and checking to see if any important texts or emails have come through. Again, please Overall, the trip was a 10 on a scale of 1–10. The weather was good, the food and wine excellent, and the company even better. The Alfa used about a quart of oil, never overheated, and simply behaved itself. We only put the top up when we were on the freeway, as the buffeting from large, modern-day cars makes expressway driving a miserable experience. We learned several things on this trip. First, our mantra: Prepare, prepare, prepare pays off. Before you set out, have your car properly serviced by a specialist, in our case Nasko’s Imports, and do things right — even if that means spending some money. Second, a wellprepared vintage car is a reliable vintage car. These were good cars when they were new, and many of them have now been brought back to “nearly-new” condition. They are comfortable, they can cruise at modern speeds, and they turn tarmac into an amusement ride. And finally, if drivers of modern cars don’t see the fun in passing on two-lane roads, that’s fine. In fact, I prefer that they lumber along in the slow lane like motorized pachyderms and move over just slightly as our goofy old cars, driven by the guys and girls with the big grins, go whistling by. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Tony Piff Images courtesy of the respective auction companies Regional Fall Meet. Some early highlights include a restored 1910 Pierce-Arrow 48-SS 7-passenger touring, a First Junior AACA award-winner (RM estimate: $550k–$750k); an extremely original 1911 Packard Model UEFR ‘30’ limousine with impressive patina and fresh mechanical service ($175k–$250k); a Dietrichdesigned 1934 Packard Eight convertible Victoria with numerous Best of Show awards 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 coupe at Auctions America Fall Carlisle Auctions America — Fall Carlisle Where: Carlisle, PA When: October 3–4 More: www.auctionsamerica.com Last year: 162/295 cars sold / $2.5m The 300 collector cars ex- pected at Fall Carlisle include a roster of American muscle cars, classics, exotics and hot rods to suit a broad range of automotive tastes and budgets. The featured early entries are a well-documented, frame-off-restored 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 coupe with 4-speed transmission and 12-bolt rear end; a restored 1950 Plymouth Special Deluxe station wagon; and a 1929 Packard 626 Type A limousine. The weekend also features an extensive car corral and swapmeet. Bonhams — Preserving the Automobile Where: Philadelphia, PA When: October 7 More: www.bonhams.com Last year: 50/62 cars sold / $2.6m This is Bonhams’ second “Preserving the Automobile” auction, dedicated to unrestored, original and preserved motorcars. Some highlights include a 1932 Cadillac 452B V16 all-weather phaeton, all original, with over half a century of single-family ownership; a 1986 Aston Martin V8 Volante, one owner from new, fewer than 22k original miles; a 1903 Oldsmobile Model R curveddash runabout, formerly part of the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, offered without reserve; and a 1934 Packard 1101 Eight 7-passenger touring, formerly part of the Richard Paine Collection, offered without reserve. RM — Vintage Motorcars of Hershey Where: Hershey, PA When: October 10–11 More: www.rmauctions.com Last year: 110/118 cars sold / $9.9m Pre-war Classics take center stage at this sale, held in conjunction with the AACA Eastern including Pebble Beach in 1975 ($150k–$250k); a remarkably original 1934 Packard Twelve 7-passenger limousine, with original paint and interior ($80k–$100k); a 1912 Dunbar Model 1200 Popcorn Wagon that is one of only nine known to exist and is completely and accurately restored ($175k–$200k); and a 1926 Cretors Model D Popcorn Wagon that may be horse-drawn or steam-driven ($110k–$125k). 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. OCTOBER SEPTEMBER 4–7—MECUM Dallas, TX 7—BONHAMS Beaulieu, U.K. 8–9—RM London, U.K. 14—BONHAMS Chichester, U.K. 14—VANDERBRINK Donnelly, MN 14—MIDAMERICA Del Mar, CA 17—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 20–21—ELECTRIC GARAGE Red Deer, AB, CAN 21—WORLDWIDE Lake Forest, IL 23—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 25—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, U.K. 26–28—BARRETTJACKSON Las Vegas, NV 26–28—RUSSO AND STEELE Las Vegas, NV 27–28—SILVER Portland, OR 28—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Austin, TX 28–29—VANDERBRINK Pierce, NE 1912 Dunbar Model 1200 Popcorn Wagon at RM Hershey 12 Sports Car Market 3–4—AUCTIONS AMERICA Carlisle, PA 7—BONHAMS Philadelphia, PA 10–11—RM Hershey, PA 10–12—MECUM Schaumburg, IL 10–12—VICARI Biloxi, MS 11—BONHAMS Brussels, BEL 12—J. WOOD & CO. Birmingham, AL 16—H&H Duxford, U.K. 18–19—BRANSON Branson, MO 19—CHEFFINS Cambridge, U.K. 19—HIGGENBOTHAM Lakeland, FL 19—VANDERBRINK Farmington, MN 19—SPECIALTY AUTO Loveland, CO 20—ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA 20—BONHAMS Stafford, U.K. 21—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 25–27—THEODORE BRUCE Melbourne, AUS 26—COYS Ascot, U.K. 26—VANDERBRINK Spencer, IA 29—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 30—H&H Buxton, U.K. 30–DEC 1—SILVER Fort McDowell, AZ NOVEMBER 1—BONHAMS London, U.K. 1–3—RKM Charlotte, NC 1–3—COLLECTOR CAR PRODUCTIONS Toronto, ON, CAN 2—SMITHS Paducah, KY 2—MECUM Davenport, IA 8–9—VICARI Panama City, FL 13—BONHAMS Harrogate, U.K. 16—SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, U.K. 21—RM New York, NY 21–23—MECUM Anaheim, CA 22–24—LEAKE Dallas, TX 22–24—MCCORMICKS Palm Springs, CA 27—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, U.K. 30—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Houston, TX


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Crossing the Block Tony Piff Images courtesy of the respective auction companies Mecum — Chicago 2013 Where: Schaumburg, IL When: October 10–12 More: www.mecum.com Mecum predicts 1,000 cars at their Chicago sale, and there is sure to be an impressive selection of muscle, pickups, Corvettes and customs. The Mike Guarise Collection features four 1970 Buick GS Stage 1s in a range of “ultimate” configurations and colors. Velocity: A Discovery Network will broadcast the sale on live TV. Bonhams — The Zoute Sale Where: Knokke-Le Zoute, BEL When: October 11 This is the second of two new Belgium auctions for Bonhams this year. The sale will be held in the fashionable seaside town of Knokke-Le Zoute during the Zoute Grand Prix Rally and the Zoute Concours d’Elégance. The early consignments already feature two Mille Miglia-eligible sports cars: a 1954 Ferrari 212/250 (Bonhams estimate: $790k–$1.2m) and a 1957 Maserati A6G/54 ($600k–$860k). H&H — Imperial War Museum Where: Duxford, U.K. When: October 16 More: www.handh.co.uk Last year: 76/140 cars sold / $2.3m This annual fall sale takes place at the Imperial War Museum. The early headliners for 2013 are a private collection of 13 Rolls-Royce and Bentley motorcars, including a 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Park Ward touring saloon (ex-Olympia Motor Show), a 1935 Bentley 3½ Litre saloon and a 1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 saloon. A 1969 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage will also cross the block. The Aston is believed Last year: 58/73 cars sold / $3.75m The star car at Artcurial’s annual fall sale is a 1968 Lamborghini Miura. This annual sale attracts all manner of European collectibles at a range of prices. The average sold price here last year was $64k, and a 1974 Lancia Stratos Group 4 racer took high-sale honors at $457k. Shannons — Sydney Spring Classic Where: Sydney, AUS When: October 21 More: www.shannons.com.au Last year: 21/27 cars sold / $656k Some of the rarest Harley- Davidsons in the world will cross the auction block with no reserve at the Sydney Spring Classic Auction: a 1914 Model 10F V-Twin with 2-speed rear hub in unrestored condition; a 1930 Model D 750-cc SV Twin, only two miles traveled since restoration; a 1941 U Model 1,200-cc Twin Cam; a 1977 AMF XLCR 1000 cafe racer in original, unrestored condition; a 1929 JDH in very complete condition; a 1942 XA 750 Experimental Army bike; a 1920 Model W Flat Twin; a 1925 JD Electric Model; a 1942 WLA chopper; and a 1975 AMF SX250. Mecum is offering four 1970 Buick GS Stage 1 cars at their Chicago sale to be the only Mk I example finished in Bahama Yellow. The Branson Auction Where: Branson, MO When: October 18–19 More: www.bransonauction.com Last year: 124/233 cars sold / $2m This well-established sale takes place in historic downtown Branson, MO. The consignments are always diverse and high-quality, spanning a range of prices. You can expect an eclectic mix including pre-war heavy iron, high-quality Detroit muscle and European luxury sports cars. Artcurial — Automobiles sur les Champs VI Where: Paris, FRA When: October 20 More: www.artcurial.com Theodore Bruce — Motorclassica Where: Melbourne, AUS When: October 25–27 More: www.motorclassica.com.au For 2013, auction house Theodore Bruce takes the helm of this annual auction, which takes place in conjunction with the RACV MotorClassica, the Australian International Concours d’Elegance. The star cars are a Lamborghini Miura P400 and Holden prototype KJ400, the oldest Holden in private ownership. ♦ 1954 Ferrari 212/250 at Bonhams Zoute 14 1968 Lamborghini Miura at Artcurial Paris Sports Car Market


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Inside Line Alex Martin-Banzer Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com. Fall Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet and Corral, with directory by American Car Collector Events ■ Combine 150 acres with 8,100 automotive vendors and you have the Fall Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet & Corral. Considered one of the largest car swapmeets in the world, this event will be filled to the brim with enthusiasts and collectors from October 2 to 6. Bring the family so they can help you pick out one of the 2,000 vehicles for sale at the car corral. Admission is $10 for Wednesday to Saturday, and only $5 on Sunday. An event pass is available for $30. www.carsatcarlisle.com (PA) ■ F. Scott Fitzgerald is the fad of the year, making it perfect that the featured marque of the Louisville Concours d’Elegance is the Packard and the gala is Great Gatsby-themed. Mark your collector-car calendar busy for the weekend of October 5–6, 2013, and head over to the West Baden Springs Hotel. On Saturday, spend the day on a back-road tour of Southern Indiana, with a sweep through the Hoosier National Forest. After ending the drive at Cedar Farm, the next stop is the Prohibition-era gala that is complete with big-band music. During the Sunday Concours, American classics, including post-war and muscle cars, will be in attendance along with European models. There is even a class for European cars with American 16 drivetrains. Sunday admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Pricing for the other events can be found online at www.louisvilleconcours.com (KY) ■ Just because it’s October doesn’t mean it’s time to stop celebrating 50 years of Lamborghini and the Porsche 911. Join other enthusiasts on October 6 for the anniversaries that keep on giving at Niello Concours at Serrano. The featured marque is Rolls- Royce. Bruce Canepa will be Grand Marshal. The show opens to the public at 10 a.m. Admission is $35 in advance and $45 at the gate. www.nielloconcoursatserrano.com (CA) ■ If you happen to be in San Diego on October 13, and have the urge to do some shopping on Fifth Avenue, stroll the streets! The 5th Annual Fifth Avenue Auto Showcase will be in full swing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 150 automobiles ranging from the traditional classics to high-performance machines of today will be showcased between E and L Street. Best of all, this event is open to the public and free to view. www.gaslamp.org (CA) ■ From October 25 to No- vember 3, two islands will share their exuberant passion for automobiles. At the end of October, at Hutchinson Island, GA, the Speed Classic will be under way. SCM Publisher Martin will be a guest judge. This is a great experience and opportunity to see the inner workings of racing. Hot-lap rides, test drives and pit access make for a full-throttle weekend. For the 12th Annual Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, classic cars will be showcased that would make Jay Gatsby enviously green — which is a good thing since that is the theme of the November 2–3 weekend. For more information and pricing, visit www.hhimotoringfestival. com (SC and GA) ♦ 1938 Jaguar SS coupe — the 2012 Best of Show winner at Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance Sports Car Market Rob Kaufman, Kaufman Photography


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Sports Car Market EDITORIAL 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 221 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 Editor at Large Colin Comer Copy Editors Yael Abel, David Tomaro Senior Auction Analysts B. 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He started his career at Coys, leaving to co-found Bonhams Europe in Geneva. Over the next decade, he staged high-profile auctions around the world, branching out on his own in 2006 to found Kidston SA, a consultancy responsible for some of the larger deals you rarely hear about. Simon also judges at Pebble Beach and is “the voice” of the Villa d’Este Concours and the Mille Miglia. Turn to p. 34 for his thoughts on the stunning $30m sale of the Fangio W-196 Silver Arrow. STEVE JOHNSON, SCM Contributor, started to love of cars when he was 5 years old and sitting on the front porch with his father, who could tell what type of car was coming by the location of the headlights. He discovered road racing at Riverside Raceway, and crewed on a couple of Porsche pro teams in the 1980s. He became a fan of BMWs after driving a 2002 in 1971, and he has owned many since then, including a 1989 M3, a 1972 3.0 CS and an E91 wagon. He is the current Executive Vice President of the BMW Car Club of America and has been an Instructor in their high-performance driving program for 15 years. His Affordable Classic profile on the BMW M3 (p. 28) is his first story for SCM. 18 JOHN DRANEAS, SCM Columnist, practices law in the Portland, OR, suburb of Lake Oswego, where he focuses on tax and estate planning, business organizations and transactions, and representation of collectorcar owners. He is a past president of the Oregon region of the Porsche Club of America and served as the chairman of the PCA’s 2006 parade. His collection includes two Porsches, a Ferrari, an Alfa, a Lotus, a BMW daily driver, a John Deere tractor — and one increasingly famous Jaguar E-type. This month’s “You Write, We Read” on p. 20 is full of SCMer advice on whether Draneas should restore his Jag. In addition, he examines leasing in his regular Legal Files column on p. 32.


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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 Editor’s note: “Legal Files” columnist John Draneas recently added a 1963 Jaguar E-type to his collection. In the August issue of SCM (Shifting Gears, p. 20), Publisher Keith Martin wrote about his conversation with Jaguar restoration expert Tom Krefetz about the car — and the possible $30,000 in work that the car needs to become a reliable driver. Publisher Martin also asked SCMers for their opinion on what should — and shouldn’t — be done. This month’s You Write contains some of your answers. Fix it and drive it To the Editor: Regarding John Draneas’ nice E-type Jaguar, I believe cars were designed and built to be driven. Garage queens are like birds in a cage. However beautiful they are, they cease being a real car. So the $30k put into engine bay work will be money well spent. Who wants a car that has to be towed in every few months because another worn-out part failed? Do the engine work and then drive that sucker. The rest of the restoration I regard as optional. If John wants a concours car, he can write more checks. But I would not. FYI, I own a clean, low-mileage, 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet. I am not a collector and I don’t show it — I drive it. — Donald Dickmann, East Lansing, MI Patina over perfection To the Editor: While I understand the necessity to have a vehicle mechanically refreshed, I would question the need to restore the cosmetics of an E-type if it is merely showing the use of age. Originality and patination are much more interesting than perfection. Surely the move to barn finds, preservation classes and “oily rag” cars tells us that people’s interest is moving in this direction. There is also a small consid- eration of cost. While you can enjoy your $70,000 E-type with no concerns, your $170,000-plus restored car not only strains the bank account but causes anxiety 20 Originality and patination are much more interesting than perfection every time you take it out on the road. Location appears to be a major factor. In the U.S., an unrestored car, although of interest, still seems to be an object for restoration. In the U.K. and Europe, generally, the unrestored car is more appreciated for its history and patination. On the recent Bugatti Owners Club International Rally in Scotland, out of the 100 Bugattis, a goodly proportion were in very used but very useable condition and all the more interesting for it. John Draneas should save his money and enjoy his car. There is always the possibility of bias in your Jaguar restoration expert’s opinion! — Robert Follows, via email No joking: Mechanicals yes, paint no…. To the Editor: I own a 1964 Series 1 E-type FHC. I have upgraded its known inherent weaknesses (including a 5-speed) and have made it mechanically reliable. The paint, with its issues, has deliberately NOT been done because I drive this car regularly on West Marin back roads. I do not want to live in fear of the rock chip. It must be said that I do not encounter any other E-types on these roads. I do see them in numbers at concours. So my answer to, “Will John be happy?” (without the perfect cosmetics), is resoundingly “Yes!” If he can forgo the temptation of the paint and just regularly drive the car, he will experience what these beautiful, great performers are all about. That is better than a trophy. Just maintain it and drive the heck out of it. — Norman Vogel, San Francisco, CA The E-type Meaning of Life To the Editor: “What are the chances that John will be happy with an okay ride that drives well if he ‘just says no’ to a full restoration?” You are asking the Meaning of Life question for collector-car ownership. Before we can answer that, we would need to know more about John and how he intends to use his new XKE. There is no question that the mechanical sorting recommended by Tom Krefetz needs to be done. Nothing is more frustrating than bringing your new toy on a club tour or vintage rally and having the failure of a $2 part send you home on a flatbed. But whether John should invest in a cosmetic restoration really depends on how he intends to use the car, how long he plans to own it, and yes, his psychological profile. From the photos, the car looks presentable. John won’t be embarrassed bringing it to events such as vintage rallies or “Cars & Coffee” gatherings. In fact, having a few stone chips and bumper dings can be a real liberating experience for that sort of use, since you can drive your car worry-free. On the other hand, if John plans on showing his XKE, it will certainly need restoration. If he wants to show it seriously, a $30,000 budget is no doubt light. How long does John plan on owning the XKE? It is usually tough to recover the cost of a professionally done restoration, but if John keeps the car for a while, at least he will get some enjoyment out of admiring his shiny new Jag. If he plans to sell soon, he will simply be giving the next owner the opportunity to “buy the car and get the restoration for free.” John’s net worth and ego are also factors. Some people Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read Ad Index 356 Registry ............................................... 137 Alan Taylor Company, Inc ......................... 131 American Car Collector ............................. 130 Antique Auto Restoration .......................... 123 Aston Martin of New England ................... 115 Auctions America ......................................... 17 Auto Kennel ............................................... 121 Automotive Restorations Inc. .................... 135 Autosport Designs Inc ................................ 124 B R M North America .................................. 71 Barrett-Jackson ............................................ 13 Bennett Law Office .................................... 130 Best Cars Shop.com ................................... 122 Beverly Hills Car Club ................................. 88 Black Bart’s Emporium .............................. 137 Black Horse Garage ..................................... 95 BMW Car Club of America, Inc. ................. 31 Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance ............... 83 Bonhams / SF ............................................... 19 Branson Collector Car Auction .................... 25 Canepa ........................................................ 113 Carlisle Events ........................................... 109 Chequered Flag International ....................... 88 Chubb Personal Insurance ............................ 37 Classic Showcase ......................................... 93 Collector Studio ......................................... 120 Continental AutoSports ............................. 117 Copley Motorcars ....................................... 112 Dino Motors ............................................... 137 Driversource Houston LLC ............ 61, 97, 117 E-Types USA................................................ 21 European Collectibles ................................ 114 Exotic Classics ........................................... 130 Fantasy Junction ......................................... 121 Ferrari Cars Italia Greensboro ..................... 77 Gooding & Company ..................................... 2 GP Enterprises ............................................ 137 Grand Prix Classics - La Jolla CA ............. 119 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. ......................... 125 Heacock Classic .......................................... 23 Heritage Classics .......................................... 65 High Mountain Classics ............................... 63 Hilton Head Island Concours ..................... 113 Hyman, LTD ................................................ 81 Intercity Lines .............................................. 33 JC Taylor ...................................................... 79 Jeff Brynan ................................................. 137 JJ Best Banc & Co ..................................... 129 Kevin Kay Restorations ............................... 39 Kidston ........................................................... 7 Kirkland Concours d’Elegance .................. 107 L.A. Prep ...................................................... 69 LeMay - America’s Car Museum ............... 124 Lucky Collector Car Auctions ................... 105 Luxury Brokers International ..................... 125 Mac Neil Automotive Products Ltd ............. 91 Maserati North America ............................. 140 Mercedes Classic Center .............................. 35 Mershon’s World Of Cars ............................ 89 Mid America Auctions ............................... 101 Miller’s Mercedes Parts, Inc ...................... 112 Motor Classic & Competition Corp. .......... 135 Motorbooks .................................................. 99 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions ............... 87 Paul Russell And Company ....................... 123 Premier Financial Services ........................ 139 Putnam Leasing .............................................. 9 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd. ........................... 27 RB Collection ............................................. 119 Reliable Carriers .......................................... 57 RKM Collector Car Auctions ....................... 47 RM Auctions ................................................ 15 Road Scholars .............................................. 59 Russo & Steele LLC ...................................4-5 Silver Collector Car Auctions ...................... 41 Specialty Auto Auctions, Inc ...................... 135 Sports & Specialist Cars ............................ 131 Sports Car Market ...................................... 130 Suixtil USA .................................................. 75 Swissvax USA, LLC .................................... 67 Symbolic Motor Car Co ................................. 3 The Auto Collections ................................. 103 The Stable, Ltd. ............................................ 73 Vicari Auctions ............................................. 85 Vintage Rallies ........................................... 115 VintageAutoPosters.com ............................ 135 Waterfront Automobili Inc. ........................ 137 Worldwide Group ......................................... 11 Zymol Florida .............................................. 29 22 You Write We Read enjoy the process of restoration and have the means to finance it. Others can’t bear to be seen with a less-than-perfect car. If John fits this profile, then the time and money required for a full restoration will just be a satisfying part of his ownership experience. — Jay Mackro, San Juan Capistrano, CA Write the check, John To the Editor: I loved the column on John Draneas’ 63 E -type. As you correctly observe, $30k is barely a bump in the road. Several years ago, I bought a 63 E Type with 88,000 miles, intending to make it a “driver.” It sat in my garage for several years before I decided, in the words of Nike, to Just Do It. It was fun to drive, but I always held my breath. Deciding to do a minor restoration, I quickly found out that when you’re in for a penny with such a restoration, you’re in for a pound. Fourteen months and a few pennies less than $100k later, I have a spectacular car and, frankly, I couldn’t be happier. Essentially, a frame-off restoration has given me a Series 1 red roadster that turns more heads, runs better and is more fun to drive than most of the other two dozen vehicles I own. My advice to John is to suck it up and just do it! You will never regret it. — Mark A. Dombroff, McLean, VA Peace of mind costs money! To the Editor: John, if you plan to keep and drive the Jag, don’t even think about it. Just spend the $30k! Here is my story: I purchased a 1972 911 with 49,000 miles from the original owner. It had been parked for 17 years under a cover in the back of his garage. The body and interior were excellent, but the mechanicals were an unknown, as the motor had not been turned over since the car was parked. It was obvious that the brake calipers had seized when we moved the car out. After some initial exploratory work, it was clear that the motor needed a top end rebuild (the motor had been built to 911S-plus specs by a German tuner). However, on disassembly, some of the work was dodgy, I take the cover off the car, climb in, pull the hand throttle and the car starts on the first try — just like it does all the time so we did a complete rebuild of the lower end as well so that we could install updates such as oil squirters and a bearing at the end of the intermediate shaft. We also rebuilt the front calipers and installed new rear calipers, master cylinder, all the brake and fuel lines, etc. Add in the clutch kit, new starter and pretty much everything else mechanical except the alternator and the transmission. Cost was about the $30k that John is contemplating. That was in mid-2008. What has happened since? I live in Vancouver, B.C., so the car gets parked from November until April. Come April, I take the cover off the car, climb in, pull the hand throttle and the car starts on the first try — just like it does all the time. The car goes to the shop for annual services. That’s it. No breakdowns, no trips home on the back of a truck. In summary, spend the money now. If you don’t, odds are you will spend the same (or more) later. And the peace of mind that comes from doing it right is priceless! — Jack Habart, Vancouver, B.C. John Draneas replies: I’m flabbergasted by all this great advice. I am trying to take all of it in. I start with where I want to end. I drive all my cars. To me, the perfect car is a 2+, as it will turn heads, hold its ground in a club concours and you can drive it without worries about rock chips. So, I took the E-type to Ed Grayson at Portland’s Consolidated Jaguar. It’s great that the exterior and interior will be #2 with a decent detailing. First improvements were: • A new stainless exhaust to replace the rusted-out original ($1,000). • A new aluminum radiator with electric fan ($1,200). • A new condenser ($5) to replace the one that died on my first trip home. We’ve done some little tweaks to make it run better. We decided to clean the engine compartment without removing the engine, and the black paint is coming off pretty easily to expose the imperfections of the blue underneath. All paid off, and it was run- ning and driving great the other day — when the head gasket blew from sitting-idle corrosion. We decided to just replace the gasket and call it good, avoiding the “while-we’re-at-it” syndrome that would end up as a $900 discount on a full restoration. But we ran into a couple of ugly valves, so the head is at a machine shop now. That will let Ed polish the cam covers and carbs, and paint the engine. I’m figuring I’ll be into the car the $50,000 I paid for it plus another $20k–$30k. The icing on the cake — my wife still says she likes the car! ♦ Sports Car Market


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg A Skydiver’s Watch and a Sailor’s Watch Two SCM issues ago (SCM August 2013, p. 34), I de- scribed a large Omega pocket timer mounted in a strange oversized housing with an enormous Velcro strap that counted down from an initial start of 10 minutes and ran backwards to zero. I posed the question: “What the heck is this thing?” Some of you took the time to send me answers to this horo- logical riddle. All but one of those answers was the same: It is a regatta, or sailing race, timer. Sailors are warned in advance with a cannon shot from a committee boat 10 minutes before the start of the race — and then at subsequent shorter intervals to indicate that the race will begin shortly. The skippers of the boats jockey their craft to gain strategic posi- tioning in regard to the wind direction, other contestant boats and the starting buoy. Why? So that when the final cannon shot heralds the start of the race, the boat that is typically highest up on the wind and closest to the starting line — and possibly blocking the wind of other boats — has a big advantage. The notion of a regatta timer did occur to me, but I dismissed it for a few reasons: Such a watch typically has clearly indicated five-minute intervals shown, while this one did not. Although water resistant, it was not sealed to the standard of other watches made for watersports, and the housing made the watch nearly impossible to wear on a wrist. Regattas are often — although certainly not exclusively — run in fair weather, and this would only sit on a wrist ov very heavy layers of clothing. So, regatta timer was NOT the right answer. The correct answer came from two sources: Omega’s historical archives offered the official answer, and longtime SCM reader and collector (cars, watches, pinball machines and comic books) Stephen Gentner of Portland, OR. Gentner looked the watch over carefully for a few minute and without hesitation or prior knowledge, shrewdly deduced the watch’s true purpose. “It’s a parachutist’s timer,” he said. Details Production date: Summer 2013 Best place to wear one: On the wrist of Mr. Gentner, as I push him out of a plane for being a smart-ass — all the more so for thinking he might be rewarded with a free watch rather than the beautiful SCM hat and tote bag sent to him as a reward. is best): Ratings ( Rarity: Durability: Parts/service availability: Cool factor: Web: www.omegawatches.com To this absurd answer, I first rolled my eyes and then constructed my argument in opposition. But, by golly, he was right. Here is the response from Omega: “It is a stopwatch for skydivers, manufactured and sold end of the ’60s, beginning ’70s as a part of the Neat Stuff by Tony Piff Shackle Your Keys The M II Key Shackle combines an overbuilt key holder and an overbuilt bottle opener, cut from solid hot-rolled steel. All J.L. Lawson Co. products are hand-machined withou CNC assistance in Joshua Tree, CA. $42, finished in black or stainless, from www.jllawsonco.com A Jacket Fit for a King Porsche has released th vintage-style jacket ($500) t celebrate their 2014 return t Le Mans. Numerous swag ger-worthy details include a “McQueen Racing” patch, “Steve McQueen” embroidered in cursive name-tag script, and a massive graph on the inner liner featuring the King of Cool himself leaning against a 908. A women’s version ($550) is a available. web: shop.porsche.com © 24 Sports Car Market so-called “Nuit spatial” (Space Night) collection. Your picture shows the watch fixed into a special wrist support, to protect the watch. At the same time, it allows a proper functioning during the free-fall. The watch could also be fixed into a support case to be worn around the neck.” Knowing absolutely nothing about skydiving, I did a quick search on the subject of timers for skydivers. I can find no other timing products available. It seems that prior to accurate portable altimeters, skydivers might have relied on timers and watches to monitor their free-falls, but my research does not show any other company offering a skydiving timer. As the actual one I own is the only one that pops up during Web research, Omega must not have sold very many of them. A new one from Omega On the subject of Omega and regatta timing, Omega just introduced a new chronograph that has purpose-built regatta timing features to commemorate the 34th racing of the America’s Cup yacht challenge being held this summer in San Francisco harbor — and Omega’s support for the Emirates Team New Zealand. Omega has had a partnership with the New Zealand team since 1995, when Sir Peter Blake skippered that team to America’s Cup wins in 1995 and 2000. Made in a limited series of 2013 pieces and known as the Omega Seamaster Diver ENTZ, the new mechanical, self-winding nograph is housed in a 44-mm brushed and polished ainless steel case that features a matte black ceramic bezel and a helium escape valve, and is sealed and rated to a depth of 300 meters. It is equipped both with a black rubber strap that has a folding deployment buckle and a heavy steel bracelet. An unusual and interesting aspect of the manufacture of this watch is the use of two different com- pounds that glow in the dark on the dial and bezel. To assist in low-light differentiation of the hands, the main markers and hour hand glow a gentle blue color and the minute hand and bezel dot glow a soft green. The dial is typically laid out denoting the hours, minutes and seconds on broad white skeletonized hands, and the cor- responding recording hands for the 12-hour chronograph features are painted to match in a deep red, which matches the embossed Omega logo on the rubber strap. In the tradition of regatta racing start procedures, the red track around the minute recording dial, located at 3 o’clock, has a five-minute countdown to denote the start of a race. Bearing a retail price of $6,600, the new Seamaster ENTZ is an extraordinarily capable watch that celebrates years of America’s Cup history. Given that the first five minutes of the chronograph recording dial run backwards to start, you might also skydive with it....


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck 1933 Duesenberg SJ Beverly Berline Duesenbergs are some of the grand- est, most sophisticated and desirable automobiles ever to put rubber to the road. With coachwork by Murphy, the Gordon Buehrig design incorporating a low roof line and distinctive triangular windshield side panels was unique to the Beverly Berline. Only 12 were built. B&G Historic Line, based in Connecticut, is one of a handful of artisan model-car firms making true limitededition collectible models for connoisseurs. Each is handmade for B&G at the renowned EMC model factory in the Ukraine. These 1:43-scale editions are exclusive to B&G and have been painstakingly researched prior to making and designing any of the masters to produce the editions. Every model from B&G and EMC is fine miniature automotive jewelry. In fact, they actually do use some manufacturing techniques found in jewelry making. For example, each bumper is made up of cast brass parts soldered together — and then nickel plated and polished. Many other metal parts are also cast brass with nickel plating. This Midnight Blue SJ Beverly Berline model Model Details Production Date: 2013 Quantities: Dark blue, 150; two-tone, 100; VIP two-tone, 10 SCM Five-Star Rating: Overall Quality: Authenticity: Overall Value: Web: No website yet. Contact Mikhail Bashmashnikov at B&G Historic Models; phone 1.203.968.8550 or email msbash@gmail.com is an exacting miniature of #2538J512 from the collection of Joseph Cassini III. The real car has numerous concours wins to its credit, including the “Best of Show” title at the 2011 Greenwich Concours. At just over five inches long, this gem packs in an amazing amount of fine detail. It consists of 240 parts, and 150 of those are delicate little nickel-plated, photo-etched metal detail bits. I am often disappointed when some model makers cut corners on wheels and tires, as they often use something generic that they put on many different models. Well, the boys at B&G did not let Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Hunt vs. Lauda: The Epic 1976 Formula 1 Season By Paul Fearnley, David Bull, 160 pages, $37.95, Amazon The Hollywood media machine is cranking into full roar this month for the release of “Rush.” Ron Howa new film depicts the legendary 1976 Formula One s son — the famous season-long battle between Jam Hunt, the playboy driver for McLaren, and the cereb Niki Lauda, driving for Ferrari. The friends raced and played hard, but no one wa more dedicated than Lauda, who came back from hi horrible, fiery mid-season crash to take the champion ship fight to the last race in Japan. Howard’s film will attempt to do for Formula One what he did for the Apollo 13 mission to the moon — showcase the heroic acts of singular men under high stress, while remaining true to the facts. In the wake of the already months-long monster marketing push, opportunity exists. And like those wily little fish that hang close to a shark’s mouth, a nimble publisher sees opportunity. Enter Hunt vs. Lauda, which is the right book, perfectly timed to ride what everyone hopes is a hit. Paul Fearnley, the former editor of Motoring News, F1 Racing and Motor Sport, has created the perfect companion to the movie, a fast-reading account of the fateful season. Hunt and Lauda came to F1 together, both impressing team bosses with spirited drives in awful equipment before getting shots at greatness. They were great friends off the track who grabbed big handfuls of fun, knowing their sport was cruel and could take their lives at any time. On the 26 track, they were fierce competitors who trusted each other. It’s a perfect setup for a great story, in print or in film. The fact it was true is just icing on the cake. You should already know the full story of 1976. If you don’t, then I won’t spoil it for you. Let’s just say the script didn’t need to be punched up; reality was dramatic enough. Provenance: Paul Fearnley knows his way around racing, with long experience as a writer and editor of top English motorsports magazines. Fit and finish: A lovely design, plus the book is full of well-printed color images of the careers of both Hunt and Lauda Drivability: Fearnley’s idiosyncratic style can be rring at times, with lots of idiomatic and iché-filled sentences. Sure, it’s a friendly style, but while the story gets told, it just doesn’t flow. Surprisingly, Fearnley’s text lacks the drama of the actual story, remaining aloof from the men who fought so hard through a long, difficult season of racing. But think of this as a companion to the movie, rather than a piece that stands on its own. The images alone are worth the price. ♦ Sports Car Market that happen, as the wheels and tires were made just for the Duesenberg — and are correct, right down to the tiny raised sidewall lettering! The chest-like trunk is made up of 38 parts, and if you look carefully, you’ll see the word “STOP” inside each taillight. There is no skimping on detail. Although the light gray interior is difficult to see (but made easier with a mini LED light), it’s all there as well. The dash shows every single gauge, the pedals are all the correct shapes and are individual parts — as are the gear shift and hand brake. Door panels are spot-on, as is the simulated wood trim throughout. The rear seating area is just as complete — right down to the set of gauges for passengers to monitor speed, accumulated mileage and altitude. Priced at $495, this model is worth every penny. The other offering shown in the background is a much different Beverly Berline, this one being a non-supercharged J model with numerous detail differences all around, along with its distinctive two-tone burgundy and tan color scheme. It represents #2508J485 as restored by marque expert Randy Ema, and it is Jay Leno’s car. This one is marketed as the “Jay Leno’s Garage” version and is priced at $495. Both versions also have a bit of chassis detail and come mounted in a display case with an engraved, numbered plaque. Still wanting something a little more exclusive? Well, if you hurry, you might be able to grab the VIP edition of Jay Leno’s Beverly, which comes in a special display case along with a plaque with Leno’s autograph, which he did just for these models. That one will set you back $950.


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Affordable Classic 1988–91 BMW E30 M3 A Boy Racer for the Ages Go ahead and say “boy racer” now. The E30 was — and still is — an autobahn stud by Steve Johnson block rather than the 6-cylinder because the larger crankshaft would take longer to vibrate in the 4-cylinder engine. The new engine was given the designation S14. The crank was stout enough in the S14 to sustain revs at 10,000 rpm, which was much greater than the 6-cylinder engine. Amazingly, Rosche devel- oped the first 4-cylinder prototype in just 14 days, hence the engine name S14. Other differences from the 1988 M3 — BMW’s boy racer in street-car clothing A t first glance, the first-generation BMW M3 looks like a boy racer’s dream. You see a big air dam, a big spoiler and big wheels rolling under big flares. You have to get into this car, start it and roll it down the road before you know exactly what the E30 (BMW’s internal designation for the car) is all about. In its first four years of production, it won more races and titles than any other BMW ever — and it is still the most successful racing saloon of all time. The 1988–91 M3 represents a purity of purpose that BMW had not shown before — or since. The car was developed in reverse order of most — if not all — of the production cars of today. BMW first developed the race version of the M3 and then made it into a saleable homologation. Some will argue the M1 also fits this, but the E30 M3 was designed to go racing first, then became a road car. The M1 was developed as a sports car and then as a racer. The tightly wound, high- Details Years produced: 1988–91 Number produced: 17,790 (all versions) Original list price: $34,950 Current SCM Valuation: $17,000–$30,000 Tune-up cost: $800 (with valve adjustment) Pros: Race-car-like handling, great gas mileage and boy-racer looks revving 4-cylinder engine was developed in the mid-1980s by Paul Rosche, technical director of BMW M GmbH. Rosche chose to use an existing 4-cylinder engine — and the head from the iconic M1 — after chopping off two cylinders. Rosche chose the 4-cylinder 28 Cons: People think it’s a kit car, doesn’t like short hops (fouled plugs) and boy-racer looks Best place to drive one: Tail of the Dragon A typical owner: This is an unusual car, as it appeals to people in their 20s — and their 60s. All of them are motorsport enthusiasts, and very few of them drive an M3 every day Club: BMW Car Club of America More: www.bmwcca.org Alternatives: Mercedes-Benz 190 16V Cosworth, Mitsubishi EVO, Porsche 944 SCM Investment Grade: C 6-cylinder 3 series included five-lug wheels as opposed to four lugs. There are box-flared wheelarches to accommodate the larger wheels, a large front air dam with side aero package and an extended C-pillar to help air flow to the added large rear wing. All this is why some refer to this car as the “boy racer.” That’s okay, as there is real power and performance under the glitz. The M3 features special brake calipers and rotors on all four wheels and a Getrag 5-speed gearbox. The engine performance was — and still is — stunning. The U.S. version of the 2.3-liter engine hit 62 mph in 6.9 seconds — with a top speed of 143 mph. This same engine, which is what you’ll find in most M3s living in the United States, puts out 192 horsepower at 6,750 rpm and tons of torque. These are outstanding numbers even today, more than two decades later. The 197-hp engine in the much-coveted Sport EVO version topped out at more than 150 mph. Go ahead and say “boy racer” now. The car was — and still is — an autobahn stud. A driver’s car All this equipment made for a very successful rally and race car. It’s also a wonderful driver as a sports car. In 2007, Automobile Magazine named the M3 as one of the Top Five greatest driver’s cars of all time. This car rewards the driver with crisp turn-ins and fabulous brakes. A vibration runs through this car, the mirror shakes, the shifter vibrates and the throttle feels like that of a race car. The M3 still runs with the newer high-horsepower cars of today with no problem in the hands of a competent driver. Because of its excellent balance and horsepower-to-weight ratio, higher entry speeds and exit speeds are the reward. This car puts a huge smile on my face every time I drive it. The M3 was introduced to the United States during the 1988 model year, and it sold out in no time. The car was not cheap, at a base sticker price of $34,950 plus dealer cost. Sales slowed during the 1989 model year — some cars stayed on Sports Car Market Tom Loeser


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the dock — thanks to the much higher sticker price than the standard 3 Series BMW. Because of this, there is a small group — mine included — of 1989 cars titled as 1990 cars. In addition, these cars have some cost-cutting measures, such as no opening rear windows, heated seats or airbags. The real 1990 cars have airbags. Pure joy on the road The E30 M3 set the bar for a race car that could be sold as a street car; no other car re-creates the handling and pure joy of driving that comes from the E30 M3. For me, it’s the peak of the mountain, and everything else is just not quite as good. I, like most SCMers, have a few cars, but the M3 is my favorite to drive. The SCM Pocket Price Guide gives the E30 M3 a collectibility rating of “C” and values them in the $12,000 to $22,000 range. I’m guessing these are pedestrian cars, as I see plenty of M3 sales in the mid-$20k range with great regularity for good cars. Really good, lowmileage, unmolested cars sell into the $30k range. I know I would not even consider a number under $20,000 for my car. Publisher Martin can attest to that, as he has tried to buy my car, which still puts a smile on my face. Not a commuter car This is not an everyday driving car. The ride is slightly harsh, the steering is heavy, and it’s loud. The mechanicals are complicated, and you can expect to dish out $15,000 for a typical rebuild. Like many other special cars, this one attracts a hard-core group of followers. The Special Interest Group (E30 M3 SIG) is a very active worldwide forum that is helpful to any potential owner. And, of course, there’s the BMW Club of America. The E30 M3 was produced in three models: the base 2.3-liter ver- sion, the Cabriolet, and the much-sought-after Sport EVO with its larger 2.5-liter engine. Both the Cabriolet and the Sport EVO did not make it to the United States in their initial runs. Since then, a few have made it over here. They cost the moon and the skies, but, yes, I want one of them. You can call me a boy racer anytime. ♦ October 2013 29 Fred Larimer Fred Larimer


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From the Paddock Murray Smith The Festival of Speed’s Tasty Treats For the enthusiast of the competition automobile, there was an unparalleled feast of extraordinary stuff Barry Sheene and Vittorio Rossi — no shrinking violets — sug- gested that rather than race on the Isle of Man, you might as well go ’round the corner and shoot yourself forthwith. If you want to know more about that lunacy, read Rick Broadbent’s That Near Death Thing. In attendance were a plethora of famous bikers, from John Surtees to that most glamorous of riders, the peerless Giacomo Agostini, who is apparently as speedy with ladies in the paddock as he was with motorcycles on the racetracks. Historic sports and racing cars I savored more mouthwatering machinery at the Cathedral Paddock, where vintage GP cars were on display, including Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Vanwall and no fewer than four BRMs. Sports cars ranged from the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Aero coupe to Ferrari GTO and 250 SWB cars to D-type, C-type and lightweight E-type Jaguars. Also at the table were Aston Martin DB4s, a gaggle of other Alfas Our Mr. Smith in the Collier Collection Cunningham C6-R T he fabulous triple-peaked tribute to Porsche in front of Goodwood House — three 911s skewered like aerodynamic kebabs a hundred feet up in the cloudless sky — was merely an appetizer to the endless treats to follow at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed. From July 11 to 14, Goodwood really was a banquet for gearheads. Let’s just start with the cars. How about the array of amazing cars on display and on the hill — where else could you see a bunch of current or near-current Formula One cars screeching their way up, interspersed with programmed halts to allow them to display their ability to destroy a set of Pirellis? In one fell noisy swoop. I do believe that the opportunity to get really close to the cars and drivers that grace this year’s Formula One World Championship was a treat that isn’t on the menu in the closely guarded environment in which they normally perform. Naturally, the endless display of supercars caters to most tastes — even if they are totally inappropriate for use as normal transport on normal highways. Andy Wallace told me that some of the current Veyrons he demonstrates for a living are faster than anything which he ever took round a track — and this is a man who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Sebring 12 Hours and the Rolex 24 at Daytona. While one may become jaded at the appearance of yet another 200- mph road car, one has to admit that audience lining the hay bales all the way up the hill was obviously enthralled that here, now, in one morning, they could see virtually all that was on offer in the supercar ranks — not in a showroom window, or in a double-page spread in a magazine — but right there, sight and sound, and occasionally, the somewhat bitter smell of embarrassment as a lovely creation swiped the barriers. Monsters and maniacs I spotted the Audi R18 E-Tron diesel Le Mans monster, which was still besmirched with the dust and crap of Le Sarthe and driven by the ever-sporting Allan McNish, who later asked me where he could buy a pair of green shoes like mine to go with his Tartan evening trousers. The Festival of Speed was littered with motorcycles of every ilk, including the intrepid steeds of that most dangerous of all motor sporting events — the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy. God help us, this year, the average speed of the fastest 37-plus-miles lap was over 131 mph. 30 from the factory and some simply stunning pre-war gems, such as cars from Delage and Bugatti. To cap it all, a couple of Land Speed Record cars were there, including Babs, exhumed from the Pendine Sands, where it unfortunately decapitated its driver in 1927. Babs is now running, which is a little scary — and very impressive. Add to this rich and spicy stew a bunch of NASCAR cars and some Pikes Peak vehicles, including the Peugeot that the intrepid Sébastien Loeb drove to pulverize the Pikes Peak Hill record in June. And really, what more could you ask for after such a rich meal? I suppose one might say, “Well, I would like a little drive up the hill, please.” A Cunningham treat Happily, my personal prayer was answered for the umpteenth time since the Festival of Speed was first run 20 years ago, and I got to drive the Cunningham C6-R from the Collier Collection in Florida. This was a real treat, as the car has never been modified, developed, or even painted since it ran at Le Mans and Elkhart Lake in the 1950s. Originally a Cunningham space frame designed to run with a de- velopment of the Indy Offy motor, it finally was raced with a D-type Jaguar engine, gearbox and front bodywork. A purposeful tool, as you can see from the accompanying photo- graph, and the more stimulating because nothing has been changed in all these years. Even the scrutineering tickets from the races it ran long ago are still in the indie of the door. It’s a different experience to drive a real car as it was built with only careful maintenance rather than a hot rod in original-looking bodywork. When, as the drivers did then, you must pay attention to the brakes until they reach operating temperature and so on — talk about a drive back into time. And be sure not to put a scratch on it. Fireworks for dessert I had the pleasure of sitting between the Duchess of Richmond, Charles March’s mother, and one of my heroes from the 1950s, the splendid Tony Brooks, at dinner. The visual fireworks — better than ever — included a Formula One car on the center of the stage screaming its head off, motorcycles flying through the air like summer bats, and the sound of The Eagles’ “Hotel California” emanating from the house — another gourmet banquet at Goodwood… ♦ Sports Car Market


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Legal Files John Draneas Leasing to Play The combination of a smaller down payment, a longer term and a larger residual will produce the lowest possible initial and monthly outlay about 5.5%. The 20% down payment can be more or less. The residual, typically about 50% of the amount financed, can be higher in order to reduce the payments. Ewing said these assumptions can be tailored to the situation. Say you are a well-heeled speculator who wants to make a major purchase — and then flip the car at an auction about a year later. The combination of a smaller down payment, a longer term and a larger residual will produce the lowest possible initial and monthly outlay. When the car sells a year later, the leasing company gets paid off, and you walk away with the big profit on the small cash investment. Assuming, that is, that you picked the right car. Lease or buy? Run the numbers after you run the car A uto leasing hit historic highs in the past couple of years and now finances about 27% of new-car sales. Leasing is particularly popular with the luxury brands — 75% to 80% of new Mercedes-Benzes and about 50% of new BMWs are leased. And specialty collector-car leasing companies such as Putnam Leasing and Premier Financial Services have become major players in financing collector-car transactions. J.J. Best Banc & Co., prominent in the field as well, offers traditional financing. But leases in the collector-car market are quite different from those in the new-car market. Different ends Traditional, new-car leases are called “closed end” leases. You lease the car for a fixed period of time, say three or five years. There may be some up-front consideration, such as a down payment. At the end of the lease term, your lease obligation ends. You can just give the car back and walk away. Or, you can buy it for the pre-determined residual value, which was set at the beginning of the lease term. Collector-car leases are typically “open-end” leases. They also last for a fixed term. However, the up-front consideration — down payment — is much more substantial. And, most importantly, you are legally obligated to pay the pre-determined residual value at the end of the lease term and buy the car outright. Collector-car leases look more like a financed purchase with a big balloon payment at the end of the term. Running some numbers Doug Ewing, Vice President of Sales at Premier Financial Services, helped “Legal Files” with an illustration. To pick a familiar example, say I wanted to lease my new E-type rather than buy it outright. At my $50,000 purchase price, my up-front payment would be $10,000 (a 20% down payment), plus a $995 lease fee and titling costs. My monthly lease payments would be $490 for 60 months. At the end of that term, my residual would be $20,000, which I would have to pay. If I decide to sell the car after 36 months, my pay-off would be $28,667, and I keep the rest of the sale price. Of course, all of these amounts are negotiable, based upon my creditworthiness and the size of the deal. As I requested, Ewing used mid-range assumptions for the illustration. The interest rate can be anywhere from just over 5% to about 6.5% — in the illustration it is 32 Getting out of the lease All collector-car leasing companies offer friendly lease exit terms if you want to end the deal. For example, this is the deal with Premier: Any time after 12 months, you can buy out the lease based upon the remaining unamortized balance owed on the car, plus one month’s lease payment. That makes the lease work pretty much the same as a loan. That is starkly different than the buy-out of a traditional closed-end new-car lease. If you want to get out early, the buyout is pretty simple — you add up all the remaining lease payments, plus the residual, and that’s what you pay and you own the car. New business opportunities Sometimes, people need to get out of their leases, especially with new cars. When the economy tanked a few years back, many people were sud- denly unable to make their lease payments. And, to make things worse, they couldn’t get out of their leases. In response, a number of Internet-based companies were created to match people who wanted out of their leases with people who were willing to take them over. Scot Hall, Executive Vice President of Swapalease.com, explained how this works: First step: The seller and buyer find themselves on the website, which Hall describes as a “dating service for leases,” and negotiate their deal. There are numerous variables. Depending upon the value of the lease, the deal could be a straight takeover, or either party might pay the other something to do the deal. Second step: The deal is submitted to the leasing company to ap- prove the lease assumption. Third step: Transfer documents are prepared and signed. Once the buyer assumes the lease, he becomes responsible for all future payments and obligations, and has the right to buy or return the car at the end. The seller is off the hook. Hall describes all this as a big win-win. The seller gets out of the lease without further obligation. The buyer steps into what is now a short-term lease with a fixed monthly payment and can walk away at the end — or perhaps even buy the car and resell at a profit. It’s an easy way to cycle through a variety of cars every couple of years with no big cash outlay. Traps to watch for As simple as all this sounds, there are a number of ways that a lease swap can go wrong. First off, the buyer is buying a used car. 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car needs work, the buyer is required to fix it under the terms of the lease he has assumed. Many leases charge extra for mileage over a set maximum. If the seller has used up a lot of the allotted miles, the buyer ends up paying the tab. Hall said Swapalease has addressed this by creating a network of car inspectors who will check out the car for a $150 fee. Hall also said that the risks are usually pretty manageable. These are new cars on leases, and the sellers usually take good care of them because they are required to under the lease. Most important, the cars typically carry new-car warranties, so the risk is fairly contained. Still, there’s a lot of room for hurt here, and the buyer needs to be as careful as in any other used-car deal. The seller’s biggest consideration is to make sure that the lease as- sumption relieves him of all further obligations under the lease. Some assumptions don’t do that, and keep the seller on the hook for anything the buyer fails to do. Really dangerous stuff People aren’t supposed to do this, but there have been incidents in which the leasing company declines the assumption but the parties just decide to do it anyway. That is a ridiculously dangerous situation for the seller. Ewing shared a story of just how bad that can turn out: Premier had leased a Ferrari 575 to a Utah resident a few years back. When the economy turned bad, the client couldn’t afford the $2,000 monthly lease payments and looked for a way out. Premier, like all collector-car leasing companies, won’t consent to an assumption — a lease swap. Given the easy-out structure, they prefer to just write a new lease with the buyer. That wouldn’t work here, as selling the 575 wouldn’t bring enough to pay the balance due on the lease. So the lessee found someone to “take over” the lease on the QT. To the buyer, it was an opportunity to drive a Ferrari 575 for $2,000 per month for as long as he wanted, so he adopted a “drive it like you stole it” attitude about it. Soon, Ewing got a call from the Maryland police. The Ferrari had been involved in a high-speed chase and had been impounded. Premier was the legal owner, and the cops wanted to know who the lessee was. The Utah lessee ended up on the hook for impound and storage fees, $10,000 in repair costs, and the full amount of the residual. Underwater before, he was now submerged even deeper, given the diminished condition and lower resale value of the Ferrari. Does this make sense? I’m pretty intrigued with leasing new and collector cars. Take my E-type. I wrote a check to buy it. If I had leased it, I would have used only 20% of my cash, and I would still have the cash needed to fix it up. The payments aren’t very high. After several years, I could sell the car at a profit and pay off the lease. Of course, if I end up wanting to keep the car forever, I’m just paying interest on borrowed money, which I might even be able to borrow for less elsewhere. A new-car lease is also interesting. I’ve never owned a BMW M3, but I would like to one day. I found a Swapalease listing for a 2012 M3 with 15 months remaining on its lease. The lease payments are $1,021 per month, but the seller is offering to pay me $2,500 to bring the effective payments down to $854 per month, which is really a pretty painless way to “rent” an M3 and see if I like it. At the end of the lease, I can walk away with no regrets. Or I could buy the M3 for the $46,131 residual, sell it for more and keep the profit, reducing my cost even more. The seller’s listing ends with the words that are music to the ears of any car collector: “Make me an offer!” Both of these easy opportunities to spend money could get me into real trouble! ♦ 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 2013 33


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Simon Says Simon Kidston Star Quality The new owner of the Mercedes-Benz W-196 has something no one else has T hirty million dollars. That’s a lot of money for something with four wheels — think grand country estate, 150-foot yacht and enough change for a great car collection — but it’s what the new owner of Fangio’s tired old Grand Prix Mercedes-Benz W-196 has just shelled out. Peeling paint, dents galore — and don’t even think about starting it. What makes a long-dormant German racer worth so much when the immaculately prepared Maserati 250F in which the Argentine maestro famously clinched his fifth and final world championship against all odds at the Nürburgring (he was 48 seconds behind the leading Ferrari duo with 10 laps to go) struggled to a no-sale high bid of just $2m when offered a few years ago? Sure, Mercedes didn’t sell cars to privateers, which has ensured the exclusivity of any Silver Arrow, but the savviest ex-car dealer in the world (think 5-foot-2 multi-billionaire) parted with his older 250F just months before the Fangio sale for considerably less. Why? Every detail matters If the value of your home is all down to Location, Location, Location, the value of your car is down to Detail, Detail, Detail. And those details are a lot more subtle than most rational people would ever imagine, but then fanatical collectors aren’t always rational — which perhaps accounts for why they are often phenomenally successful in their chosen field.... Veteran British car dealer John Lunn once shared with me his “Three-Question Test” which collectors subconsciously use to measure up their competition. The conversation usually goes something like this, but you can substitute pretty much any landmark model: “So you own a Ferrari California Spyder — congratulations,” one smiles to the other. Now the detail jousting begins. “Short wheelbase?” “Matching numbers?” “Covered headlights?” Answer “no” to any of the three questions, and you’re toast. Three yesses, on the other hand, are the collecting equivalent of ringing the jackpot on a slot machine. If you happen to be selling, all that remains to negotiate is the price. The irony, of course, is that most of the answers won’t make the slightest difference to how the car feels, and ask most owners what they mean technically (Two-cam? Four-cam? Split-sump?), and I’ll wager that you’ll get a blank look. But that’s not the point. Big-stakes collecting is practiced by Type A entrepreneurs, not engineers. Not just a car phenomenon Don’t think this growing fanaticism for detail is confined to cars, either. My friend Aurel Bacs, Christie’s authoritative watch expert, explains: “A decade ago, a Rolex reference 5513 was simply known as a ‘classic no-date Submariner’; nowadays collectors like to divide them into ‘pointed crown guard,’ ‘lacquer dial with exclamation mark’ or ‘underline.’” The terms sound as much like gobbledygook to non-watch people as “two-cam” and “four-cam” outside the car world, but the price differences will be familiar: $3,000 for the basic model, but up to 10 times that much if you’ve got those all-important tiny details. “Perfect condition” comes down to degrees of detail as well. How many times have you heard an owner explaining: “I restored it to drive, so didn’t do this or that, but I think it’s just as good as the supposedly concours one which sold for ‘X’ recently.” From behind the wheel he may be right, but buyers are rarely driving when they decide to buy something — they’re more impressed by folders of invoices and concours trophies, so never underestimate the value of a big-name restoration in the marketplace. And as anyone who has written the checks will tell you, it’s the last two points of a 100-point restoration that account for 50% of the cost. 34 The W-196 — what price exclusivity? Star quality trumps all other details So, what, after all, made Fangio’s hack — which hasn’t run in a decade, won’t roar again until the new owner spends the equivalent of a new Mercedes (or several) on it, and when ready would, at best, occupy the mid-field of a historic racing grid — obliterate the record for any car ever sold at auction? Thankfully, there’s one detail that can’t be added after purchase, can’t be duplicated and can’t even be easily quantified: star quality. The man who now contemplates the W-196 in his motor house (cars like this don’t reside in humble garages, nor do they get out much) takes comfort in the fact that for almost two decades, this work of automotive art laid claim to be the most valuable car ever sold (not merely at auction). Further, he is confident that it has changed hands rarely during its nearly six-decade life, and only between three ultra-wealthy, secretive private owners. Finally, nobody else in the world — until the day he himself chooses to sell — will own one of the all-conquering, eerily distinctive-sounding, straight-8, post-war Silver Arrows. My disappointment at being outbid was tempered by renewed faith that some collectors can see beyond a Prancing Horse. Just don’t ask me how desmodromic valve gear actually works... ♦ Sports Car Market


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Feature 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed A Festival of Old, New and Very Expensive Lord March’s July 12–14 celebration of all things automotive appealed to a broader group of enthusiasts and drew an even bigger crowd by Robert Ames Queenie Louwman tears up the track in a 1939 V12 Lagonda Le Mans U ntil this year, I’d attended the Goodwood Festival of Speed only once before, and that was on the rebound from a trip to Milan, chasing a Touring-bodied Ferrari 212 that turned out to be a waste of time. The Revival has been my Goodwood passion, and I’ve made it to all of them — including the first, when I drove the 750 Monza I’d sold my friend Evert Louwman. The Revival is all about things as they were, with period dress and race cars as they were prior to 1966, when the track was closed. And the vintage cars are raced, really raced, in a competitive way unmatched in the United States. Lord March’s July 12–14 celebration of all things automotive appealed to a broader group of enthusiasts and drew an even bigger crowd. There is something for every type of gearhead. Where else on the planet might you see two ex-Campbell Land Speed Record cars, a Plymouth Hemi wheel stander, Nico Rosberg doing burnouts in his Mercedes-Benz GP car and Peter Fonda waving to the crowd from his “Easy Rider” chopper? The festival is also an increasingly popular venue for new-model and concept-car unveilings, and it now ranks among the world’s premier motor shows in that regard. The 2013 debutantes included the Jaguar XKF Project 7, the new Maserati Ghibli, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe, a 300-hp Caterham Seven, the Alfa-Romeo 4C and Mexico’s first supercar, the Vuhl 05. As a consequence of this — and an open paddock whose occupants included all the major Formula One teams — the press turnout is immense, from United Kingdom newspapers to fashion magazines to TV crews everywhere. The traditional Hill Climb is emblematic of the “all-comers” nature of this event. This year, in addition to the F1 cars, rally cars from the 1960s through 2012 and an Americana class, which included Can-Am, NASCAR and Trans-Am veterans, all roared up the hill. There were classes for both pre- and post-war Grand Prix cars, racing motorcycles of nearly all ages, Group C cars, historic Indy cars and classic endurance racers from the 1920s to the 1950s. Goodwood also celebrated 50 years of McLaren, with Details Plan ahead: July 2014 Where: Goodwood Estate, Chichester, West Sussex, U.K. Cost: From $58 to $91 for a general admission ticket, depending on the day. Tickets are only available by advance purchase More: www.goodwood.co.uk 36 a display of nearly everything the company has ever sold or raced. The event also marked 50 years of the Porsche 911, three examples of which were hung on the mammoth pylons in Goodwood House’s front yard. Around the side was what has become a premier concours: the Cartier Style et Luxe. Here, to my eye, the most spectacular participant was one of the two, three or four — depending on whom you believe — Type 57SC Bugatti Atlantics, this one having been run over by a train early in its life. Another great Goodwood lawn party, but why did I really pick this year for an encore? The Bonhams Auction! This was indeed a happening — one of those “Where were you when?” car events. Like many of you, I’d happily take a dollar for every time I’d been asked what I thought the Mercedes-Benz W-196 would fetch. I also heard all the reasons bidding shouldn’t reach new heights: not a car for a Colorado Grand; a single seater, after all; and God knows what recommissioning might involve. The drop of the hammer on Lot 20 at nearly $30 mil- lion was also in some ways a defining moment in the auto auction world. The line between collectible cars and investment-grade art had been publicly crossed. Sure, I’ve heard all the talk about private sales of Ferrari GTOs and Bugatti Atlantics at similar levels. The difference here is we all came a lot closer to actually seeing the money. Like every SCM writer, I’ve been in a lot of auction rooms. This one had an electric atmosphere I’ve seldom felt when cars crossed the auction block. This was not a 15-minutes-of-fame moment at a Monterey auction. It was serious money chasing a once-in-a-lifetime chance — the ownership of a Fangio Silver Arrow. It was an amazing moment during an amazing trip. ♦ Type 57SC Bugatti Atlantic Sports Car Market Robert Ames


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Feature Aston Martin at 100 Aston Martin Celebrates 100 Years A display in London’s Kensington Gardens shows off the past and reveals the future by Matt DeLorenzo The earliest known Aston Martin in existence — the 1922 A3 F CC100 concept car created for the Centenary Celebration or low-information enthusiasts, James Bond’s association with the Aston Martin DB5 probably put this small British sports car maker on their radar screens. But as the July 21 centenary display of more than 100 significant Aston Martins in London’s Kensington Gardens showed, the marque’s story is far richer and more exciting than an Ian Fleming novel. The Centenary Timeline Display in Kensington Gardens showed off the rarest and most significant Aston Martin cars — and took onlookers through 100 years of Aston Martin history. Aston traces its roots back to a pair of Singer sales agents, Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin. The pair decided in 1913 that rather than selling tuned versions of the 10-hp Singer with which Lionel had great success in various races and hillclimbs, they would build their own car, starting first with an Isotta Fraschini fitted with a Simplex Coventry engine. The car they would eventually produce would be registered as an Aston Martin in honor of Lionel’s success at the Aston Clinton Hillclimb outside London. Sadly, those first cars are lost. The earliest Aston Martin in existence, a model known as A3, one of just three cars built in 1922, led the timeline display in Kensington Gardens. After fits and starts that included World War I and bankruptcy — as well as the departure of both Bamford and Martin — the company was formally reorganized as Aston Martin Ltd. in 1926. Key additions to the management team included William Renwick, who designed a new 1.5-liter SOHC 4-cylinder engine, and Augustus “Bert” Bertelli, who would engineer the cars. The first Bertelli Aston debuted in 1927 and featured a worm-drive rear axle supplied by David Brown Gear Co., a supplier whose founder’s grandson would play a pivotal role in Aston history. Le Mans history Le Mans, not Bond, is what properly defines the Aston legacy. When David Brown answered a 1947 ad in The Times offering up the automaker, he was well aware of that legacy and the prospects for the company as a result of having driven the Atom, a futuristic concept created in 1939 by chief engineer Claude Hill. Brown set a goal of winning Le Mans and putting Aston back into road-car produc- tion. The first car of the Brown era was actually the 2-liter Spa Sports, a factory special raced at the 24 Hours of Spa in 1948. Aston was back at the first post-war Le Mans in 1949 with three factory coupes based on the new DB1. Part of Brown’s reason for buying Lagonda was for its W.O. Bentley-designed 2.6-liter straight 6, in order to have a competitive engine for racing. 100 years on display The motorsports area featured a wide display of cars beginning with the LM10 entered at Le Mans in 1928. The company’s cars would be represented in every 2438 hour race run at the circuit between 1931 and 1964. Also on display was one of the team DBR1/4s driven by Paul Frere and Maurice Trintignant to 2nd place behind Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby, who took the first overall win for Aston at Le Mans in 1959. Later Group C cars, including the Nimrod and AMR1, were also represented in the circle. It’s perhaps no coincidence that 1964 was the last year of the David Brown cars to compete at Le Mans and the next year would see the beginning of the Bond era, with the DB5 becoming a pop cultural icon. Down the hill from the main display was a Bond area that featured a DB5, as well as various Vanquish, DB9 and DBS models (including the wrecked stunt car from “Casino Royale”) used in later 007 films. While Aston Martin’s history is firmly rooted in motorsports, design is another key element, as demonstrated by the company’s long association with Italian stylists such as Zagato and Bertone. Among the specials on display were the 1961 Bertone Jet, DB4 GT Zagato and a DB2/4 Bertone racing special commissioned by Chicagoan Harold “Wacky” Arnoldt. David Brown was said to not like the Arnoldt Aston Martin badging — and refused to sell him additional chassis. Subsequently, the Arnoldt Bristol was born. Glimpses of the future Aston’s avant-garde side was seen in the mid-engine 1980 Bulldog Concept and the William Towns-designed Series 2 Lagonda right up through the twin-cockpit CC100 concept car designed specifically for the Centenary Celebration. In addition to having the current Aston Martin cars on display — including the limitedrun One-77 supercar — Aston also revealed a Zagatostyled DB9 coupe and a DBS convertible. With its rich history, devoted clients and ever- growing range of new products on display, Aston Martin entered its second century at Kensington Park with the kind of style and grace that enthusiasts have come to expect from the brand. ♦ Sports Car Market Matt DeLorenzo


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Feature 2013 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance Two Days Each Year for 18 Years Greenwich always splits into two days — Saturdays for U.S.-made cars and Sundays for imports by Bill Rothermel Saturday winners The sinister-looking 1930 Weymann-bodied Stutz SV16 Monte Carlo sedan of Joseph III and Margie Cassini was awarded Most Outstanding Vintage Car 1930–31. Sonny and Joan Abagnale’s 1929 Duesenberg J-108 convertible coupe, by Murphy, received the Timeless Elegance Award. Making for an interesting comparison, Arthur Zimmerman’s 1941 Hupp Skylark Sedan was juxtaposed with SCMer Malcolm Pray’s 1937 Cord 812 Sportsman convertible. Pray’s Cord was honored with Most Outstanding Best of Show International — 1947 Ferrari 159 S Spyder Corsa owned by SCMer Jim Glickenhaus F or the past 18 years, the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance has followed its own delightful split personality. Held on June 1–2 (the first weekend of June each year), the concours always splits into two days — Concours Americana on Saturday for U.S.-made vehicles and Concours International on Sunday for imported vehicles. Also featuring a laid-back atmosphere and an intimate setting in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park along Greenwich’s waterfront, it has become an annual rite of spring for Northeastern car addicts. For those same 18 years, AmeriCares, headquartered in nearby Stamford, has been the benefiting charity. Less than 40 minutes by train from Manhattan and adjacent to Interstate 95, this well-to-do town of 60,000 is home to many financial institutions and is nicknamed the “Hedge Fund Capital of the United States.” All this helps bring out a bevy of high-end horsepower and classic motorcars. The parking lot is as interesting as the show field itself, as evidenced by the number of shutterbugs stationed along the roads leading to the Concours. Adding to the weekend’s festivities was Bonham’s annual Sunday auction of automobilia and nearly 100 collector cars. And if vintage cars are not your thing, new-car manufacturers were prevalent, too. Cadillac showed both the yet-to-be introduced ELR and the 2014 CTS sedan; Chevrolet the new C7 Corvette Stingray convertible, and Mercedes-Benz debuted the 2014 E-class wagon. Exotics, including Bugatti, Ferrari, McLaren, Rolls-Royce, and Bentley, were on hand. Both BMW and Cadillac offered ride-and-drive programs of their latest models. Show-field stars Details Plan ahead: The 19th Annual Greenwich Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for May 31–June 1, 2014 Where: Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, Greenwich, CT More than 200 cars competed for awards, with the recently restored 1914 Locomobile Model 48 Touring of Piers M. MacDonald winning Best of Show Americana on Saturday. Sunday, the oldest known Ferrari in existence, a 1947 159S Spyder Corsa owned by Jim Glickenhaus, took Best of Show in the Concours International. A total of 100 awards were given over two days, Cost: $30 for one day, $45 for two days More: www.greenwichconcours.com 40 and more than 16,500 spectators attended. Poster Car for the event was SCMer Michael Schudroff’s unusual one-off 1954 Jaguar XK 140 coupe by Ghia, which won an Award of Excellence on Sunday. Sports Car Pre-World War II on Saturday. SCMer Paul Rudolph was presented with the Most Outstanding Closed Car Award 1961–65 for his 1964 Checker Marathon Sedan — proving that not all of Saturday’s award winners followed typical concours fashion. An Award of Excellence winner was the oh-so-cool 1935 Wetteroth Schoof Special single-seat racer from Lee and Judith Duran’s garage. Sunday’s top cars Sunday’s Concours International offered an inter- esting mix of cars, and Porsches and Ferraris were in abundance. Parked side-by-side were the 1974 BMW 3.0 CSL coupe of Neal Heffron and the 1973 BMW 3.0CS coupe of SCMer Michael Balaban, with Balaban being awarded Best BMW. The People’s Choice Award and the Most Outstanding Maserati Spider were presented to Herb Wolf’s 1957 Maserati 300S Barchetta by Savonuzzi; one of just 28 produced from 1955 to ’58. Most Distinguished Rolls-Royce Pre-World War II was deservedly given to the owner-restored 1930 Phantom II drophead coupe of Hans Deamer. Most unusual was the one-off Lancia-powered 1968 Neri and Bonacini Studio GT coupe fielded by John, Steven, and Lisa Mastroianni. Another oddity was the 1966 Saab Sonnet of Bruce and Lori Turk, which received Best Swedish Car. Greenwich’s location amid the wealthy suburbs of New York and Connecticut — along with this being one of the first big events on the annual car calendar — are arguably the Concours’ biggest assets. So, too, should be its waterfront location, although organizers placed exhibitors and Bonhams’ tents on the perimeter of the field, which blocked the water views. Hopefully, the planners for 2014 will take note. ♦ The one-off 1968 Neri & Bonacini Studio GT coupe Sports Car Market Bill Rothermel


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Ferrari Profile 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB The sale was at the high end of the market, but it was not a surprise, as it is an important car in show condition by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 1959–64 Number produced: 36 coupes Original list price: $29,000 Current SCM Valuation: $900,000– $1,700,000 Tune-up cost: $3,000 Chassis #: Left frame member by steering box Engine #: Right rear above motor mount Club: Ferrari Club of America, P.O. Box 720597, Atlanta, GA 30358 More: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 1959–63 Aston Martin DB4GT, 1952–55 Bentley R Continental, 1955–58 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc coupe SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 3559SA Engine number: 3559SA A s the echoes of World War II austerity faded in Europe, it occurred to Enzo Ferrari that his wealthiest clients were ready for a super-fast, road-going gran turismo. The result was a se- ries of exclusive Ferraris built with especially powerful engines wrapped in elegant bodies from the finest Italian coachbuilders. Each car was individually tailored to its owner’s requests, blisteringly fast, and sophisticated enough to transport a royal. One model in the series was the 400 Superamerica. Enzo Ferrari drove a 400 Superamerica, as did the Aga Khan, Gianni Agnelli, European royalty, and major Hollywood stars. No doubt, they were impressed by the top speed of 160 mph and its acceleration from 0 to 100 mph in 18 seconds, figures that remain impressive in an era of variable valve timing and sophisticated direct fuel injection. The car offered here, 3559SA, was built to the most desirable specification. It is a covered headlight Coupé Aerodinamico built on a short-wheelbase chassis, finished in Blu Sera with Blu leather. Originally delivered to Luigi Chinetti Motors in Greenwich, CT, in 1962, it was supplied new to C.O. Marshall, of Toledo, OH, who showed it at the fifth annual Ferrari Club of America meet in Greenwich in March 1968, winning the Judge’s Choice Award. It passed through only a few owners before coming into the ownership of its present caretaker, legendary racing driver Skip Barber. Almost all of the owners enjoyed sharing the car with others, and 3559SA has been 42 seen at events throughout North America and Europe. Mr. Barber continued the sharing tradition. He con- tracted noted Prancing Horse specialist Greg Jones to prepare the car for the 2012 Cavallino Classic event, where it won a coveted Platinum Award. Jones also facilitated Ferrari Classiche certification for the car. With the ride-ranging travels and religious mainte- nance, this covered-headlight SWB 400 Superamerica stands as among the bluest of the blue-chip Ferraris. It ranks among the finest examples of its type that RM has ever had the pleasure of offering. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 120, sold for $2,839,200, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM’s Villa Erba auction on May 25, 2013. A Ferrari starts as an engine. It is the engine that a series of Ferraris is built around, and it is the engine that the series is traditionally named after. While other manufacturers may offer a choice of block sizes for the same model, a Ferrari model generally starts life with one block size that is kept through the model run. Take, for example, the 365 series: The 365 GTB/4, 365 GTC/4, 365 GT 2+2, 365 GTC, 365 GTS, and 365 GT4 2+2 all use the same basic block. The range envelopes two-cam, four-cam, three-carb, sixcarb, down-draft, and side-draft configurations, but the blocks are virtually the same. The logic applies to nearly all Ferrari models. 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Aerodinamico Lot 264, s/n 3221SA Condition 2- Not sold at $900,000 Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 8/14/09 SCM# 142108 Sports Car Market 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Aerodinamico Lot 34, s/n 3949 Condition 2- Sold at $3,365,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/18/12 SCM# 209421 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Aerodinamico (profile car) Lot 252, s/n 3559SA Condition 2+ Sold at $2,090,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/21/11 SCM# 183108 Tim Scott ©2013, courtesy of RM Auctions


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12 cylinders, 4 liters displacement The 400 Superamerica began with a Ferrari Type 163 engine. The engine was a direct descendant of the Gioacchino Colombo-designed 1.5-liter 12-cylinder used to power Ferrari’s first model. The “Colombo” engine became the basis for almost all Ferrari production models — and the majority of their sports racing models. The Type 163 was named the 400 SA for its total 4-liter displacement and its in- tended use — in the 400 Superamerica. This was the first time a Ferrari production car engine was named for the total displacement of the engine rather than a cylinder displacement, but then Ferrari nomenclature has always been an inexact science. The special name was perhaps an announcement of the greatness of the car. While the physical size of the 400SA block was similar to Ferrari’s popular 250 block, the displacement was a third greater. The rated horsepower was 340, an optimistic number that was probably chosen to compare the model favorably with its 410 predecessor rather than representing true output. No matter — as the Superamerica’s performance eclipsed most other Ferraris of the time. Pininfarina Aerodinamico The 400 Superamerica is part of Ferrari’s exclusive “America” series. The Americas were a line of premium Gran Touring models aimed at the enthusiast who wanted the best in the world with little regard to price. The series began in 1950 with the introduction of the 340 America. It would prog- ress through the 342 and 375 Americas to the 410 and 400 Superamericas —then to the 500 Superfast, named after the Superfast series of Superamerica show cars. Ferrari would later resurrect the America name for the 330 America and the flip- top 575M Superamerica, but these later offerings were not in the same class as the über-premium models that preceded them. The total production of 400 Superamericas topped out at 47 examples: 36 coupes and 11 cabriolets. As they were all built to order, the variations were so diverse that the engine was the predominant commonality of many examples. The first of the series was a one-off coupe built for Giovanni Agnelli of Fiat fame. His car featured a square grille and looked nothing like any of the Superamericas that followed it. Several examples borrowed liberally from 250 designs, including one that closely resembled a 250 California Spyder. There are long-wheelbase examples and short-wheelbase examples. There are coupes and cabriolets, open-headlight and closed-headlight examples, but the paramount 400 Superamerica design has to be the Coupe Aerodinamico. The Coupe Aerodinamico design came directly from Pininfarina’s Superfast series of show cars. It was avantgarde in period and still looks modern today. When offered as an available design for the 400 Superamerica, about 19 clients chose the coachwork. Each Coupe Aerodinamico is subtly different from the others, yet each is immediately identifiable as part of the series. A good car sold well RM’s 400 Superamerica Coupe Aerodinamico 3559SA was a well-documented example in reportedly excellent condition. SCM’s Platinum Auction Database notes that it was sold at RM’s 2011 Monterey auction for $2,090,000, presumably to Mr. Barber. This most recent sale could have netted Mr. Barber an enviable annual return of about 11%. Expenses would have put a good dent in that number, but in all, there are few current investments that would have given a better return. The sale was at the high end of the market, but it was certainly not unexpected. This was an important car in show condition with a good pedigree at a very exclusive auction. Additionally, it had the Classiche certificate, which is becoming increasingly de rigueur for high-end Ferraris. Mr. Barber didn’t get the out-of-the-park home run some long-term owners have been seeing lately, but for a short-term gain, he should be happy. Well done and well sold. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) October 2013 43


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English Profile 1953 Austin-Healey 100 Special Test Car Underneath the paint, this car is very special, but restorations have removed all historical patina by Paul Hardiman Details Year produced: 1953 Number produced: Four Original list price: N/A Current SCM Valuation: $1,000,000– $1,500,000 Tune-up cost: $300 Distributor cap: $30 Chassis #: Plate on engine firewall Engine #: Stamped on top flange of engine block Club: Austin-Healey Club, Helen House, Great Cornbow, Halesowen, West Midlands, B63 3AB More: www.austinhealeyclub.com Alternatives: 1953–55 Triumph TR2, 1954–55 Swallow Doretti, 1953–56 AC Ace SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: SPL225B Engine number: 1B136876 T his remarkably well-documented ex-Mille Miglia, ex-Le Mans 24-Hour race Austin-Healey Works car began life as one of the Donald Healey Motor Company’s pre-production competition vehicles — properly referred to as the Special Test Cars — destined for use in International motor races and world-class distance and speed-record attempts. Of the four Special Test Cars built in 1953, NOJ 392 is the sole remaining car in original 100-specification guise. By February 1953, Donald Healey had three of his first batch of 20 pre-production Austin-Healey 100 cars ready for publicity purposes, including motor shows in Europe and the United States. Four of the pre-production cars were carefully built at Warwick to a detailed competition specification, serials SPL 224B, 225B, 226B and 227B. The first three were, respectively, road-registered NOJ 391, 392 and 393 while the fourth car, chassis 227B, remained unregistered as the endurance and speed-record car. In 1953, NOJ 392 offered here was the car crewed in the round-Italy Mille Miglia road race by pre-war Austin Works racing driver Bert Hadley and Flight Lt. Bertie Mercer of the Royal Air Force. The car suffered throttlejamming problems as the linkage’s spring-loaded brass ball joints failed before Ravenna on the southerly leg. Later in 1953, Dutch rally star Maurice Gatsonides and well-known racing motor-cyclist Johnny Lockett co-drove NOJ 392 at Le Mans. It wore start number 34 and Gatsonides/Lockett brought it home in 12th place overall and second in class, covering 2,153 miles and averaging 89.59 mph. After Le Mans, this Special Test Car was adapted to match standard production road trim. Bumper over-riders were added together with a tailpipe exhaust system. The aero screen and Le Mans-regulation bonnet strap 44 were deleted, and a normal full-width windscreen was refitted. The car’s twin driving lights were more closely spaced, it is assumed in order to clear the newly fitted bumper overriders. This Austin-Healey then entered a third phase of fac- tory use, being used from mid-1954 as a development vehicle. Its most significant modification during this period was the mounting of a set of Girling disc brakes in place of its original drum system. World-renowned Austin-Healey specialist The Healey Factory (of Melbourne, Australia) restored the car in 1994–95. Proprietor Rob Roland has been quoted as saying, “It had not been previously restored and was in amazingly original condition.” NOJ 392 was rebuilt to its 1953 Le Mans configuration, with the exception that its later disc-brake system would be retained in place of the period drums. In late 2009, the present owner commenced an 18- month refreshment of the Australian restoration, with the remit to make NOJ 392 as it appeared at the start of Le Mans in 1953. The body and chassis were stripped and repainted in the correct shade of cellulose paint, the engine and gearbox were rebuilt, suspension re-bushed, brake pipes renewed and the interior re-trimmed. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 350, sold for $1,182,019, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed sale on July 12, 2013. Although this car looks like a standard Healey 100, it is very special, and riddled with Works features. It was custom-made under the direction of chief en- gineer Geoff Healey and experimental engineer Roger Menadue (who once proudly boasted that he had never used a torque wrench in his life) at The Cape, Warwick, 1953 Austin-Healey 100 pre-production prototype Lot 452, s/n BN1L134370 Condition 1 Sold at $161,288 Bonhams, Brooklands, U.K., 12/1/11 SCM# 190046 Sports Car Market 1954 Austin-Healey 100-4 BN1 Lot 239, s/n BN1L138040 Condition 1 Sold at $104,584 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 6/29/12 SCM# 209105 1953 Austin-Healey 100S prototype Lot 433, s/n SPL226B Condition 5 Sold at $1,323,915 Bonhams, Brooklands, U.K., 12/1/11 SCM# 190045 Courtesy of Bonhams


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during the early months of 1953. The men had the assignment to build cars that would look like the new production 100 model but in reality would be much faster, mostly through “adding lightness,” as engine power only rose from the standard 90 horsepower to 103 horsepower. The car retains the distinctive silhouette, but the whole body is in aluminum/mag- nesium alloy — Birmabright, the same stuff used to make Land Rovers — rather than just the front and rear shrouds. Even the bumpers are aluminum, their polished finish masquerading as stock chromed-steel items. There are disc brakes all round, as used in its later life (it did the 1953 Le Mans on drums), and the overdrive switch is mounted on the steering wheel spokes, as opposed to later Abingdon Works-built rally cars that carried it in the gear knob as an even faster way to change. This was the Healey team feeling its way through competition preparation of a new model. Patina only in historic photos Although it has fantastic continuous history — and is the only Special Test Car to survive in its original form — as presented at Goodwood it was devoid of character after multiple restorations. The last resto was a sympathetic job, to be sure, and the paint wasn’t too shiny, but it looked like a new car, with unworn seat leather. We were reminded of its past life not from the patina oozing from the old warhorse in question, but by the montage of blown-up pictures of it in action in the auction room. In addition, the auction catalog showed several pleasing period pictures depicting it at Le Mans — on track, on the starting grid and receiving attention at the Chateau de Chaisine, which was the Healey team’s base during the race. The restorations have been meticulous. In 1994, the body was able to be re-used, al- though it needed floors, so new-but-correct pre-production flat pans were used, along with new sills. All associated original components were then refurbished rather than replaced. While it would have been simpler and cheaper to fit heavy chromed-steel bumpers, it would have been period-incorrect, so new aluminum parts were manufactured at great expense. Extra-large holes, believed to have been drilled during fitting of the larger fuel tank used at Le Mans in 1953, were found beneath the boot lining and fuel tank. The car also keeps the correct “taxi” gearbox with overdrive, complete with its original mounting brackets. The documentation file included a report by Austin-Healey authority Nick Howell and Special Test Car/100S expert Joe Jarick, which was commissioned in 2009 just before the last refreshment. The report says, “Competition cars, by their very nature and use, are very often subject to major changes in the components during their career. NOJ 392 not only has its original and unique very early chassis, but also a large number of original major and minor components.” The only major deviation from the original spec is the brakes. The Girling discs fitted in 1954 were still on the rear, but the front discs had been replaced by 3000 Mk1-type parts. With the assistance of both Geoffrey Healey and Roger Menadue (both now deceased), the original specification was defined and a reproduction set of Girling discs and calipers was produced and mounted at the front. There’s also a slightly bumpier camshaft, fitted during that restoration in the 1990s with an eye to competitive events. So it’s a very original car that’s also very restored, if that isn’t a contradiction in terms. Perhaps “very restored but as original as can be” is closer to the mark. Another famous 100 Let’s compare it with its sister, NOJ 393, also known as the “Death Crash Car” after it was involved in sparking the terrible 1955 Le Mans disaster in which more than 80 people died, including Mercedes W-196 driver Pierre Levegh. Just for the record, I reckon the Healey driver, Lance Macklin, was the patsy and the Jaguar D-type-mounted Brit golden boy Mike Hawthorn was to blame, but political expediency pointed the finger at the Healey driver, who later sued Hawthorn for libel. Bonhams sold that car as a floorless basket case two years ago, it having been abandoned since 1969 after having had something of a club-racing life. Like this car, that one was recently restored in Australia. The “Death Crash Car” fetched $1.3m in its unre- stored state, which is not altogether surprising when you consider that for a certain type of collector, the sky would be the limit for a car so entwined in history. Our subject car, although more original under the paint and with much more important — although less memorable — competition provenance, was probably never going to bring as much across the block. However, no doubt buoyed by its sale of “393,” Bonhams had high hopes, setting the estimate range at £500–£600k ($770k–$925k). This was more than double the top price achieved so far at auction by an ex-Works rally Healey. As it happened, our subject exceeded the top estimate by £185,000 ($285,000), reaching almost $1.2m — a figure very close to the then-world-record price paid in 2008, just five years ago, for the Pat Moss 1960 LiegeRome-Liege rally-winning 3000. As the catalog pointed out, had these special Healeys been Ferrari 250 GTs, they would be described as alloybodied Competizione models. They are far rarer than their Italian counterparts. This one has retained all its major components, having never been substantially crashed or damaged, modified or abused. It will also pretty much open the doors to the best international historic events in the world — at far less money than a comparable red or silver car with similar provenance. Is it worth eight times as much as an almost indistin- guishable early aluminum production 100? Only the bidders can answer that, but at least one of them certainly thought so. ♦ (Introductory description abridged from Bonhams’ catalog entry.) October 2013 45


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English Profile The Cumberford Perspective A wonderful MG TE By Robert Cumberford 1 D onald Healey concocted his magnificent 100 model from discarded elements from the dismally misguided Austin A-90 Atlantic, which was an attempt to make a dollar-earning product for Americans. It failed, properly. But take its big 4-cylinder engine, block off the stumppulling first gear for an all-synchro 3-speed, add a magnificent two-seater body, and Healey had a winner. A day after the “Healey Hundred” introduction at London’s Earls Court, it was conscripted by Herbert Austin, destined for the big time. The lovely design is attributed to Gerry Coker. However, according to the late Ken Miles, who worked for British car distributor Gough Industries in 1954 when I collaborated with him on the body of his R-2 “Flying Shingle,” the body tooling was resuscitated scrap from a sleek shape meant to be the MG TE. Management thought MG buyers demanded late-1920s styling, and they canceled the TE. The TF wasn’t a great success, so in 1955 MG offered the MGA — based on the aerodynamic MG TD that George Phillips ran at Le Mans in 1951 — as its successor. Whatever the truth of its origins, the AustinHealey 100 was — and is — a beautiful sports car, a high point of British design eclipsed only by the Jaguar E-type, Lotus 14 Elite and McLaren F1. ♦ 46 4 2 3 5 6 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 The haunches of the rear fenders give an impression of cat-like ability to instantly spring forward. 2 The slide-forward reclin- ing windscreen was a wonderful idea aesthetically — if not functionally. 3 The long, curving front fender profile evokes, but does not copy, the earlier XK120 and BMW 328 sports roadsters, as it places the headlamps far apart. 4 This elegant grille’s outline could easily have accommo- dated an MG octagon badge at top center, with chrome triangles to the outer peaks. Did it at one time? 5 This joint line, carried full length on top, makes the front fender outer panel an easy, medium-draw stamping, ideal for inexpensive production. 6 Indenting fender and door panels with this elegant dropping line gives the profile even more grace and strengthens the panels a bit. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 The inadequacy of the tipped windshield to protect the driver’s visage is emphasized by the classical British aero screen addition. 8 External trunk hinges are one of two vintage timestamps in the design. 9 The other is these tiny taillights, without reflectors, separate brake lights or backup lamps. 10 This straight, matter-offact bumper bar adds visual width to the really small Austin-Healey, which is actually shorter and narrower than the original Mazda Miata. 11 A mechanical clue to the 7 8 performance nature of this specific car is the racing-style side exhaust. 12 Key to the proportional perfection of this design is the excellent placement of the wheels and tires within the volumes of the body form. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) No ergonomic studies, no airbags or padding and a truly antique steering wheel, but what extraordinary ambiance, what functional beauty. It is unmistakably British through and through. 9 12 10 11 Sports Car Market


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 2009 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione Coupe For Europe, the U.K. and Japan, this was a dramatic halo model, soaring atop the other Alfas on the showroom floor by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 2007–09 Number produced: 1,000 total, 50 of which were delivered to the U.S. Original list price: $265,000 Current SCM Valuation: $100,000– $130,000 Tune-up cost: $1,700 (annual service) Chassis #: On top of dashboard at base of windshield on left Engine #: Stamped on side of block Club: Alfa Romeo Owners Club More: www.aroc-usa.org Alternatives: 2003 BMW Z8, 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, 2006 Ford GT, 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: ZAR92000000040895 Engine Number: 1390 F irst seen in concept-car form at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2003, the Alfa Romeo 8C revived a famous name from the Italian company’s illustrious past when it entered production in 2006. The original 8C (8-cylinder) Alfa engine had been designed in 1931 by the legendary Vittorio Jano and was used to power Alfa Romeo’s most prestigious road models — as well as its sports-racing and Grand Prix cars — until the decade’s end. Styled by Wolfgang Egger, the modern-day 8C was received with universal acclaim, the car’s gorgeous looks recalling those of Carrozzeria Touring’s aerodynamic Alfa sports-racers of the late 1930s, while from the side there was more than a hint of Zagato’s original Giulia TZ. The genesis of the 8C Competizione graphically illustrates the close links between Italy’s premier marques: Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Maserati, all of whom are owned by Fiat. Designed at Alfa Centro Stile in Arese, the 8C used a development of the Maserati Quattroporte double-wishbone suspension (albeit on a shorter-wheelbase chassis) and is powered by a Ferraribuilt V8 engine, with final assembly taking place at the Maserati factory in Modena. An enlarged version of that found in the Maserati Quattroporte and GranTurismo, the 4.7-litre V8 produces 450 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and drives via a 6-speed, semi-automatic, paddle-shift gearbox, which is located immediately ahead of the rear axle in the interests of mass centralization. The Pirelli P Zero tires were specially developed 48 for the 20-inch alloy wheels. As is the norm with 21st century supercars, the 8C Competizione also features switchable performance modes. The main chassis and its engine/gearbox/suspension subframes are steel, with carbon fiber used for the passenger’s cell and external body panels. Carbon fiber and aluminum both feature in the stylish interior, which is equipped with lightweight, leather-trimmed seats by Poltrona Frau of Turin. Alfa claimed a 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) time of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of around 290 km/h (181 mph), despite the fact that an 8C had reached 186 mph during testing. Acquired new by the current owner in February 2009, this left-hand-drive 8C Competizione had covered only 8,124 miles at time of cataloging and is presented in quite exceptional condition. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 345, sold for $135,431 (£90,000), including buyer’s pre- mium, at Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed sale at Chichester, U.K., on July 12, 2013. (Sale held in GBPs, £1= $1.52.) Whenever you see a profile in SCM on a car with a year of manufacture later than say, 1980, chances are we’ve strayed into the land of the “instant collectible,” “modern classic” or whatever you might call a limitedproduction, late-model vehicle of particular interest or notoriety. Often, such cars are heavily pre-ordered at dealers with hefty deposits, sold for multiples over their MSRP for months after introduction, and driven trace mileages before being parked in anticipation of instant profit. 2008 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione Lot 280291135332, s/n ZARJA181980040907 Condition 1 Not sold at $200,900 eBay, 12/17/08 SCM# 118981 2001 BMW Z8 Lot 617, s/n WBAEJ11090AF77448 Condition 1Sold at $137,500 Auctions America by RM, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 2/23/13 SCM# 215710 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Lot 28, s/n WDDAJ76FO5M800530 Condition: 1Sold at $225,000 Gooding & Co., Amelia Island, FL, 3/8/13 SCM# 215586 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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Usually, the excitement wears off as the waiting list evaporates. Following a period akin to the “Phony War” of 1940 in Europe — when resale values are theoretical because no used cars come to the market — the reality of depreciation rears its ugly head, and some are left standing when the game of musical chairs stops. From the last convertible Cadillac Eldorado to the early-production Plymouth Prowler and the last VW Beetle convertible, the casualties of overoptimistic “investors” litter the used-car lots and late auction-lot lists of the world. Then again… On the other hand, there have been a handful of cars that really have defined the words “modern classic”— if not “instant collectible” — and enthusiasts of these automobiles regularly kick themselves for not timing the market exactly right to get them at the bottom of their accelerated and brief value lows. The byword for this is of course the McLaren F1, which was recognized at its launch as something extraordinary. Through its reputation on the road and the track, the F1 established itself as one of the high points of the 20th century automobile. On a lower level stand the Ford GT and BMW Z8, two recent high- performance halo models that basked in pre-introduction hype and post-launch frenzy that abated into real-life depreciation — but with a curve back up into appreciation quickly enough to attract notice. Is the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione in this same company, or is it more akin to the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, which has seen a more dramatic value decline with no bottom yet in sight? I was fortunate to visit the Maserati factory in Modena when the 8C coupe was in production. It was fantastic to see them being built alongside their cousin — the Gran Turismo coupe — by a surprisingly young, attentive and enthusiastic work force. The carbon-fiber body panels and numerous lightweight and high-tech components contrasted wonderfully with the very traditional leather-wrapped cabin. The look of the car recalled the 33 Stradale, Giulia TZ and, to my eye, more than a bit of the Bertone “Canguro” show car of 1964. A rise from ordinary Alfas The 8C Competizione meant different things depending on where in the world you stood. For Europe, the U.K. and Japan, it was a dramatic halo model, soaring atop the other everyday Alfas on the showroom floor. In 2007, Alfa dealers offered the 166 luxury sedan, the 159 sport sedan and wagon, the 147 compact 5- and 3-door hatchbacks, the Spider and two coupes, the 147-based GT and the 159-based Brera. It was obvious that a judicious jaunt through the better areas of the Fiat Group parts bin could, with relative ease, result in a new range-topping car that would generate much-needed column inches of press to help move the more pedestrian metal. As a bonus, all this would simultaneously invoke the most glorious memories of the storied brand, when the pre-war 8-cylinder Alfas were the McLaren F1s of their day. Carrot denied To long-suffering U.S. Alfisti, the 8C was a dazzling carrot, held out to prove once and for all that talk of Alfa’s imminent return to our shores was more than an illu- sion. Alfisti hoped that not soon after the 8C, new Alfa sedans, coupes and roadsters would appear for the first time since 1995. Not only that, but Alfa was going to come back with what would be the successor to the ultra-exotic Tipo 33 Stradale, that brilliantly conceived GT version of the 4-cam V8 Tipo 33 sports racing car. Only 18 examples of the 33 Stradale were built from 1967 to 1969, and the new 8C was to be limited to 500 copies worldwide. That the anticipated full-line return didn’t happen during the run of the 8C Competizione Coupe (or Spider, for that matter) broke hearts, but so it goes. Mild depreciation now The MSRP of the 8C coupe in the U.S. in 2009 was $265,000. Miller Motorcars, a leading exotic-car dealer in Connecticut, delivered the very first 8C in America to SCMer Jim Glickenhaus, and has sold a good number of the U.S. allotment of 50 coupes during the run. They have also sold a number of these Alfas as pre- owned examples and report that there is interest in the used-car market for the 8C, and when one does come up for sale it moves quickly. The owners of these Alfas also do seem to be using their cars, although not as much as a contemporary Ferrari 458. They don’t seem to have been submerged in aspic, awaiting a new dawn. Rising values ahead? Looking at the comparison of the MSRP with a re- cent dealer sale is instructive when compared to the Bonhams transaction. In the U.S., a 2008 with 4,296 miles went for $215,000, which is 81% of the original U.S. list price. The Bonhams car, at £90,000 and approximately 6,000 miles, was exactly the same 81% of the (lower) U.K. MSRP. For a four-year-old supercar, that’s not a bad re- sidual value. To compare, a 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren that listed for $450,000 was trading in the $300,000 range in 2009 as a four-year-old used car. That price was 67% of MSRP. By 2013, a 213-mile example sold for $225,500, which is now 50% off the original price. Of course, there were also approximately 2,000 SLRs built compared with 1,000 8Cs, but we will have to see if the Alfa’s swing downward is near its end. It seems likely not to lose much more and could be an entertaining “investment.” But for heaven’s sake, drive it. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) October 2013 49


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German Profile Column Author 1970 Porsche 914/6 Mixed parentage and high price kept immediate popularity at bay by Prescott Kelly Details Years produced: 1970–72 Number produced: 3,338 Original list price: $5,999 East Coast; $6,099 West Coast Current SCM Valuation: $22,000–$26,000 Tune-up cost: About $800 with valve adjustment Distributor cap: $30 Chassis #: Stamped into front fender; tag on right headlight bucket; tag on A-pillar Engine #: Vertical stamping on fan stand Club: Porsche Club of America More: www.pca.org Alternatives: 1970 Datsun 240Z, 1970 MGB GT, 1970 Lotus Europa SCM Investment Grade: B Comps • The ultimate, best-performing Porsche 914 model • Well known in PCA circles; 30 years of single ownership • Excellent older restoration; rare and powerful mid-engine Porsche • Complete with toolkit and owner’s manual SCM Analysis This car, Lot S651, sold for $57,750, including buyer’s premium, at Russo and Steele’s Newport, CA, auction on June 22, 2013. For readers who are accustomed to thinking of 914s as Volkswagens minus two seats, this sales result might come as a shock. But to aficionados who appreciate the differences between a 914/4 and a 914/6, that result was not a surprise. The 914 was the result of a well-known collaboration between Porsche and VW. Each company needed a new sports car: Porsche to replace the 912 as its entry-level car and Volkswagen to replace the moribund Karmann Ghia 1500 Type 3 and move upmarket. Volkswagen wanted to burnish its image and add panache to its dependable — but hardly inspiring — product line. Enter mid-engine street cars Porsche and VW had a business relationship dat- ing back to 1948, when VW agreed to pay royalties to Porsche for the design of the VW Beetle. In that deal, Porsche contracted to do engineering projects for VW. Twenty years later when the 914 project was broached, mid-engine sports cars were just beginning to be seen at 50 car shows and on the street. Porsche had designed mid-engine race cars going back to the Auto Union “Silver Arrows” of the 1930s. The 1948 Porsche prototype — and all of Porsche’s racing cars of the 1950s and 1960s — were mid-engine cars. Conversely, Porsche’s and VW’s production cars were all rear-engine because the judgment had always been that even vestigial back seats were necessary to sell cars in volume. With Ferrari’s Dino, Lamborghini’s Miura and the DeTomaso moving forward, the time seemed ripe to introduce a mid-engine German sports car. Penned largely by the industrial-design firm Gugelot of Neu-Ulm, with many compromises and refinements by Porsche’s engineers, the final 914 design was a mix of performance and practicality. Although rectangular, the car was low, with air drag equal to a 911. It had storage both front and rear for 16 cubic feet of “stuff.” The hard shell, non-folding, Targa-style top also fit into the rear compartment. It was as rigid as a 911 coupe and more rigid than a 911 Targa. With performance tires, the 914 would pull 1.0 g on the skid pad, something no 911 did until the 1973 Carrera RS. The bodies were built at the Karmann factory, which was a trusted supplier to VW and Porsche. The 914/4s were completely assembled at Karmann, while the 914/6s left Osnabruck as tubs to go to Stuttgart for assembly on the same production line as 911s. Both a VW and a Porsche The 914 was designed to accommodate both a new VW engine and an existing 911 unit. The VW powerplant Sports Car Market 1970 Porsche 914/6 Lot 416, s/n 9140432381 Condition 3+ Sold at $44,850 Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 8/17/12 SCM# 209445 1970 Porsche 914/6 GT Works Rally Lot 170, s/n 9141430141 Condition 3+ Not sold at $323,100 Bonhams, Paris, 2/7/09 SCM# 119720 1970 Porsche 914/6 Lot 415, s/n 9140432560 Condition 3+ Sold at $32,450 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/07 SCM# 44013 Courtesy of Russo and Steele


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was the 1.7-liter, electronic fuel-injected, flat 4-cylinder engine of 85 horsepower designed for the Type 411. The engine was later built out to 1.8 and 2.0 liters. Porsche’s engine was the 2.0-liter, 130-horsepower, Weber-carbureted 6-cylinder taken from the 911T. The 914 had lightly modified Porsche front suspension and steering. Porsche’s torsion-bar suspension could not be adapted to the rear of the car, however, as the engine was very much in the way. Thus, the 914 became the first street Porsche with a coil-over rear suspension. The gearbox was a flipped-over Type 901 5-speed unit from the 911. 914/4s used four-stud hubs and wheels, VW front brakes, and newly designed rear disc brakes, while 914/6 cars used typical Porsche five-stud units and Porsche brakes. The interior of the car was functional, with a large, three-dial dashboard and a wide area between the seats that, with a cushion added, would lead to the car being occasionally called a three-seater. The passenger’s seat was fixed, while the driver’s seat had seven inches of travel with just four fixed settings for height/rake, necessitated by the engine bulkhead right behind the seats. The passenger’s seat was made to match in 1972. Never a Porsche emblem While the 914 was under development, there was a major management change at VW. The 914 project was caught up in it. Out of that upheaval came the new worldwide VW-Audi-Porsche distribution system, including Porsche-Audi of America, significantly higher priced tubs for Porsche’s 914/6, and VW-Porsche as the brand name for all 914s — except in the United States, where the distributor fought hard to use only “Porsche.” The 914 never had a Porsche hood emblem, although many were added by own- ers. P-O-R-S-C-H-E letters were placed across the engine lid just behind the rear windscreen and a unique “VW-Porsche” nameplate was on the face of the rear lid in Europe. The 914 was introduced to the world at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September 1969. Initial U.S. distribution of the 4-cylinder car began in January 1970, and the 6-cylinder car followed in March. The road testers had a field day with the 914/4. At best, most considered it to be a superior VW but a truly inferior Porsche. The interior — and especially the shifter — were roundly panned. The exterior styling drew mixed reviews, with more boos than huzzahs. A lower-priced, decontented Porsche was not a viable option for the motoring press. The 914/6 was better received, but broadly considered a bad alternative versus spending only $500 additional for the more highly developed 911T. 914/4s weighed in at 1,980 pounds and 914/6s at 2,070. Initial U.S. pricing was $3,575/$3,675 (East Coast/West Coast) for the 914/4 and $5,999/$6,099 for the 914/6. One 914 succeeded and one failed First-year 914/4 sales were about 50% of expectation overall, and they were even worse for the 914/6. For its lifetime through the 1976 model year, however, the 914/4 sold more than 125,000 cars, with a high of 27,660 in 1973. Despite its shaky beginnings, the 914/4 was considered a success. Not so the 914/6. After building 3,338 production cars in 1970–72, 2,657 in 1970, Three Valuable 914 Models 914/6 GT: Early on, Porsche went looking for positive PR through racing, hoping to boost sales. The resultant 914/6 GT generated some notable successes: class wins at Le Mans and the Daytona 24 Hours, and a 1-2-3 finish at the 86-hour Route de la Marathon at Nürburgring. All of this was sandwiched around a notable failure at the Monte Carlo rally. The cars also had success in IMSA and (less so) in the SCCA B Production class. Porsche produced about 55 914/6 GTs over three years. 916: Porsche knew the 914 chassis would take a lot more horsepower. As October 2013 432 in 1971, and 249 in 1972, the 914/6 quietly slipped away. Truth be told, the 914/6 was a fine concept that appeared in the wrong environment. Its mixed parentage, unusual design elements and high price that was too close to that of a 911 all conspired to keep it from being widely accepted. In succeeding decades the 914/6 was largely ignored as a collector car. Then, when early 911 prices took off, enthusiasts slowly turned to the 914/6 — and now many dedicated 911 collectors want a good example. All of which brings us to our auction car. It was apparently a European model, with the VW-Porsche nameplate on the rear deck, in a very popular color: tangerine. The car had one 30-year PCA enthusiast owner and had an older restoration. It had its owner’s manual and its toolkit. Mileage was not disclosed, nor was information on whether the engine/gearbox and body panels were original. At the price realized, one would assume all was in order, that the car was plastic-free, and that it had not been wrecked. Two 914/6s are publicly for sale currently: a white one in North Carolina with 95,000 miles but in excellent original condition for $55,000; and a tangerine example in Denver with 57,000 miles, streetconcours restored, for $65,000. Our auction car seemed to have been bought at the market. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Russo and Steele.) sales waned, the idea of an uprated model gained ground, and the 916 was born. It utilized a 914 body with a welded-on steel roof and the 190-horsepower 2.4-liter engine from the 1972 911S. The 916 ran seven-inch rims with 185 tires under wide steel flares — and had handsome integrated front and rear spoilers. Eleven prototypes were built, but when the projected price exceeded that of a 911 by 50%, the car was shelved just weeks before its intended press introduction. The Porsche family and the factory kept five cars, and six were sold to known loyal customers — with just one coming to the U.S. for Peter Gregg. 914/8: Porsche stuffed Type 908 3-liter, 8-cylinder engines into two 914s in 1969, one in detuned street trim for Ferry Porsche’s 60th birthday present and one in race-engine trim for Engineering Director Ferdinand Piech. Your columnist saw Dr. Porsche’s at the Factory in January 1985. The 908 installation was surprisingly easily accomplished. The rear bodywork was neither cut up nor jury-rigged. So how valuable are these 914 variants? A verified factory-built 914/6 GT probably starts at about $200k and climbs quickly to $1,000,000 to $2,000,000 for a Route de Marathon or Le Mans class-winning car. Those cars are all accounted for and in very secure long-term hands. A 916 starts over $300,000. The blue one sold privately at Essen’s Auto Techno in April 2013 for $430,000. And a 914/8? 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American Profile 1958 Chevrolet Cameo NAPCO 4x4 Truck values have begun to climb for extremely nice restorations. This truck is a shiny example of that by Dale Novak Details Years produced: 1955–58 Number produced: 1,405 (all 1958 Cameos) Original list price: $2,273 (plus NAPCO Powr-Pak $1,248 option) Current SCM Valuation: $25,000–$40,000 Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $25 Chassis #: On plate attached to the rear face of left-hand door hinge pillar and on right side of cowl under hood Engine #: Passenger’s side forward of the cylinder head Clubs: www.napco4X4.org, www.cameotruckclub.com More: www.facebook.com/NAPCO4x4 Alternatives: 1958 Chevrolet Cameo (without Powr-Pak), 1958 Chevrolet Apache, 1958 Dodge Sweptside SCM Investment Grade: C Comps Chassis number: V3A58K108689 T his 1958 Chevrolet Apache Cameo Carrier is the rarest of the Cameos, and it was the last year it was produced. Just 1,405 were made for 1958, and only a few were fitted with the NAPCO 4x4 system. This Cameo was treated to an exhaustive, noexpense-spared, frame-off restoration to the most exacting standards. The truck has been driven only five miles since the restoration was completed. This is its first time offered for public sale at auction. It is a two-owner truck from new, with known history from new. SCM Analysis This truck, Lot S650, sold for $67,100, including buyer’s pre- mium, at the Russo and Steele auction on June 20–22 in Newport Beach, CA. Throughout World War II, a thriving industrial parts supply firm by the name of Northwestern Auto Parts Company, aka NAPCO, was busy as a beaver knocking out parts for our boys in uniform fighting oversees. NAPCO was part of our industrialized military machine, and the company was instrumental in the production of specialized automotive parts and assemblies for military vehicles. After World War II, and the evaporation of U.S. gov- ernment contracts, NAPCO had to shift gears and find another way to keep the shop lights on. With that, the 52 notion that they could design and build kit 4x4 drive systems seemed logical. After all, if they can build parts for tanks, they surely could build one hell of a 4x4 system. As it turns out, they did. The Powr-Pak 4x4 The exact date of the very first NAPCO 4x4 Powr- Pak conversion kit is not well known, and it is a point of endless debate in various forums. That said, there is agreement that NAPCO reached an accord with GM in 1956 to supply the Powr-Pak conversion kits, so the nifty, easy-to-install system could be bolted up on the factory assembly line. GMC would be the first truck line to use the 1,410-pound kit. The system would be used until 1960, when GM changed the front axle design so that it was incompatible with the NAPCO system. These NAPCO trucks would quickly earn the name “Mountain Goat” due to their ability to traverse rough terrain, which was something a factory-built American production truck did not do well. Actually, trucks off the line could barely slog through a muddy field. That all changed with the NAPCO 4x4 system in- stalled. Now ranchers, farmers, and sportsmen had a vehicle that could handle the task. NAPCO ads featuring the system proclaimed proudly that you could “now have a standard Chevrolet four-wheel-drive pickup 1957 Chevrolet Cameo Lot 116, s/n V3A5L105020 Condition 3+ Not sold at $49,500 Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/20/12 SCM# 191587 1955 Chevrolet Cameo Lot S110, s/n H255FO19333 Condition 2 Sold at $49,820 Mecum, Kansas City, MO, 4/27/13 SCM# 216447 1957 Chevrolet Suburban NAPCO Lot 713, s/n 3A5S120214 Condition 1Sold at $75,600 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/14/06 SCM# 40333 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Russo and Steele


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featuring the traction power of a tank, or, at the flip of a finger, a smoother-riding, high-speed, over-the-road truck. Aptly named the Mountain Goat, this full-sized pickup will literally leap up mountains, as well as carry you through deep mud, sand, or snow.” Initially, the system could be ordered only on a Chevrolet truck with the 235-ci, 6-cylinder engine, while GMC owners could have it installed on V8 configurations. If you were late to the party, a dealer could install the system and convert your formerly two-wheel-drive truck into a fourwheel-drive ground pounder. NAPCO’s Powr-Pak system was not only easy for a dealer to install, but easy to service as well. Their twospeed 4x4 conversions were composed of 85% GM parts. That meant getting your off-road tank serviced at the local garage or dealer was not difficult. An up-and-down market Over the years, the truck market has been on a slow, te- dious climb. For the most part, most collectors pretty much ignored them up until a sudden value boom started in 2009. Sure, there would be the occasional penny-loafer truck guy who thought they were worth more — and would pay it — but for the most part, it simply wasn’t worth it to spend a yard of green fill (cash, that is) to restore a two-wheel-drive 1950s truck, let alone a field rat 4x4 NAPCO work truck. Most trucks, especially a work-a-thon hardware hauler, rotted from the elements. Guys generally did not buy them to tote golf clubs around. These were trucks built for guys who wore rubber boots and overalls, and could work in a frozen field without even donning a pair of leather gloves. They were tough trucks, built for tough guys. Gaining traction That all seemed to change as shiny, over-restored, minty pickups started testing the waters. Super-nice trucks started to flow into the auctions and found remarkable money — by truck standards, at least. As the market grabbed hold and gained traction, more and more formerly gunshot trucks started to get pulled out of barns and fields as restorers hunted them down. The better the body, the more a guy would pay. Eventually, too much supply and less demand took over, and that — coupled with the Great Recession — took some of the air out of the truck market. Recently, however, the truck market has once again sparked with collectors, and values have begun to climb for extremely nice restorations. Our subject truck is a shiny example of that. An extraordinarily rare Cameo Most NAPCO 4x4 systems are usually found on a more muscular truck, such as a Suburban or 3200 Series Apache. Conversions were done to transform a work truck into a better work truck, one that could haul parts, a load of fill or a bed full of manure across a muddy field. Our subject truck breaks that stereotype. Cameos were not trucks that usually found their ass-end hitched to a chain to pull out a tree stump. Cameos were stylish and marketed to an elite crowd. Most of the vintage ads that I found pictured the truck with well-dressed gentlemen and their best gals overlook- ing pristine horse farms — not cow pastures. A gentleman’s truck for sure. This truck as equipped likely listed somewhere in the neighborhood of $3,521 back in 1958, which was not cheap. In comparison, a workaday strippy would have set you back about $1,600. Our subject truck was reported to be in very fine 2 condition — and perhaps even knocking on 1 condition under the right lighting. There are not many comps in SCM’s Platinum Auction Database — and no comps for a Cameo with work clothes on. A very nice Sunday-go-to-meetin’ Cameo will fetch about $45,000 to $55,000 at the right venue, and I’ve seen them knock on $100,000 when in jewel-like condition. It doesn’t surprise me to see the ultra-rare NAPCO PowrPak system add 50% to the value. There is one NAPCO in our Platinum Database, albeit for a Suburban (SCM# 40333), that sold for $75,600 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2006 Scottsdale auction. There is no wonder that this gorgeous truck found such solid money. It’s just extremely rare — how rare is anybody’s guess. It includes known history from new and stands tall, not only off the ground but in presentation as well. This was a smart purchase for a finite example, and the new owner should be pleased. Given that, I would consider this 1958 Cameo to be well bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Russo and Steele.) October 2013 53


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Race Car Profile 1954 Mercedes-Benz W-196 Formula One Racer There is no techno-geek worth his dirty fingernails who couldn’t spend hours happily contemplating any given cubic foot of the entire car by Thor Thorson Details Years produced: 1954–55 Number produced: 14 Original list price: N/A Current SCM Valuation: $25,000,000 to $33,000,000 Engine #: Front top behind crank dampener Chassis #: Front upper frame crossmember Club: Unobtanium Owners Association Alternatives: 1956 Maserati 250F, Lancia D-50, Ferrari 625 F1 SCM Investment Grade: A+ Comps 1956 Maserati 250F Lot 215, s/n 2526 Condition 2 Not sold at $1,856,250 RM Auctions, Maranello, ITA, 5/17/09 SCM# 120560 W ith the approach of the new Formula 1 that was due to begin with the 1954 season, Daimler-Benz announced that they would be represented by an entirely new team of Mercedes-Benz racing cars. When these entirely new W-196 cars emerged at Reims, fans recoiled in astonishment. These sleek new silver rocket ships were futuristically alien machines from Mars. Juan Fangio and Karl Kling immediately qualified first and second, then finished 1-2 in this their debut race. Over the fleeting 14 months that followed — com- pleting the 1954 season and on through 1955 — the Mercedes Benz A W-196 single-seater contested 12 World Championship qualifying Grands Prix. They won nine of them, confirmed Fangio’s 1954 Driver’s World Championship, and then carried him to a second consecutive Driver’s title in 1955. Through that second season of the W-196’s meteorically brief career, the Daimler-Benz factory team had also campaigned its related 300SLR sports-racing cars. They proved fantastically unbeatable, winning every Sports Car World Championship race entered except Le Mans, from which the team was withdrawn when running 1-2. On October 16, 1955, Stirling Moss and Peter Collins won the Targa Florio in Sicily to add the Sports Car title to Fangio’s Formula 1 Driver’s crown. With both World Championships won and total road-racing domination re-established, Mercedes-Benz had nothing left to prove. 54 SCM Analysis This car, Lot 320, sold for $29,496,308, including buyer’s pre- mium but not including European VAT, at Bonhams’ auction in Chichester, U.K., on July 12, 2013. I’m going to open this discussion with a disclaimer: I am not qualified to address the issue of the value that this car returned — not that this is going to stop me, of course. I well understand historic racing cars and the market for them, and this is unquestionably one of the greatest of racing cars, but that market does not address what happened here. This car sold as collectible fine art that happens to be an automobile — a 1,600-pound mechanical Rembrandt, if you will. Understanding this sale requires considering both the collector automobile and the fineart markets in today’s world. Miles Collier did a wonderful job of explaining the W-196 and why it is both important and collectible in the July edition of this magazine (“Collecting Thoughts,” p. 36), so I will summarize rather than rehash his excellent work. It has been said that the Mercedes W-196 was the car that Mercedes built to demonstrate that Germany should not have lost the war — or at least that it wasn’t Mercedes’ fault that they did. The W-196 hit the automobile racing world like a blitzkrieg — an overwhelming display of technical, financial, and organizational prowess that simply changed the rules of the game for as long as Mercedes chose to remain in it. In many ways, Mercedes changed them forever. 1939 Auto Union D-type Grand Prix Lot 297, s/n 19 Condition 2 Not sold at $6,000,000 Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 8/14/09 SCM# 142076 1954 Ferrari 500/625 F1 Lot 1559, s/n 0210 Condition 1 Sold at $632,000 Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 8/12/04 SCM# 34784 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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A giant leap in technology I have had occasion to spend considerable time around various Mercedes W-196 cars, and the technical sophistication and engineering quality are simply staggering. The straight-8 engine is effectively two 4-cylinder units joined with the power takeoff in the middle, which keeps the crank and camshafts from getting too long. The crankshaft is a built-up Hirth unit running in roller bearings. On the 2.5-liter GP W-196, the cylinder blocks are welded up from machined steel plates, not cast units, which makes them both light and strong — but very difficult to actually build (the 3-liter SLR sports racers use cast blocks). “Valve float” at high RPM was a serious problem with the spring technology available in the early 1950s, so Mercedes chose to implement a desmodromic system, in which the cams both open and close the valves. This car used the world’s first automotive direct fuel injection. The litany of won- der goes on and on — from the inboard brake front suspension to the pumps mounted at the back of the transaxle. Save possibly the gauges, there are no components on the entire car that were not designed, engineered, and constructed specifically for the W-196. There is no techno-geek anywhere worth his dirty fingernails who couldn’t spend hours happily contemplating any given cubic foot of the entire car. It’s that cool. The car as fine art Despite all the techno marvels, history and coolness, this W-196 is still an old rac- ing car — even if arguably the ultimate one — and as such, its value should have been more constrained. As a rule, open-wheel single-seat GP cars carry half to two-thirds the value of their sports-car equivalents, primarily because there are fewer things you can do with a GP car. Going into the auction, there was broad consensus among those who are supposed to know — including Miles Collier and myself — that the car would sell somewhere in the $12 million to $15 million range. I at least will continue to argue that this was the appropriate value for the car as a racing automobile. The car was a tough sale (i.e. fully valued) at $9 million in 2000, and adjusting for inflation and a strong market would get you to the figure we had. What we didn’t factor in was the art-market component. The first thing for ordinary mortals to understand about the “big art” market is that it doesn’t follow any of the standard rules about value. Maybe an essential point is that it is not about value at all — at least not in the sense that most of us perceive the term. An art market specialist once pointed out that no painting bought for more than $30 million has ever been resold for a profit, yet buyers have happily shelled out $87 million for a Rothko or $120 million for Munch’s “The Scream.” Obviously, different rules apply here; it’s as much about being able to have something that others want as about productive places to put your money. Art is about desirability, exclusivity, and peer prestige — and knowing you have a collection nobody else can match. It’s a game the super-rich can and do play, and lately it looks like it has expanded to include the very top of the collector-car market. Exclusivity is extremely important here, and Mercedes’ Silver Arrows easily top the list. To the best of my knowledge, Mercedes has never willingly parted with any of its pure racing cars (they did sell of a few W-194s, which were the 300SL prototypes). The handful of pre-World War II Silver Arrows that are in private hands escaped because they were moved to Eastern Europe to avoid Allied bombing and ended up forfeited behind the Iron Curtain before making it back West after its fall. Today’s W-196 was originally loaned to the Beaulieu Museum, but a very poorly worded agreement left the window open, and the museum needed capital improvements. So they sold the car to a private party, and it was lost to Mercedes. It is extremely unlikely that Mercedes will ever allow this to happen again, so the available set of factory Silver Arrows can be counted on one hand, and the post-war subset is likely forever limited to just one: our subject car. Price not a barrier So the question on people’s minds as the bidding re- ally got going was: “What is the art premium going to run to?” There was no shortage of bidders, including one of the previous owners who really, really wanted it back, but the bidding kept going. It is interesting to note that the seller was the government of Qatar (long story), so if the buyer was a European national, there was another 5% in EU import duties to be paid. A friend of mine was sitting in the room close to the phones, and he noticed that the representative on the line with the winning bidder was speaking German, so this is probably the case. That means the real cost was just under $31 million. Not that it probably mattered much, though. This was one very determined buyer in a swarm of couldn’t-quite-get-theres. As I stated when I opened the discussion, I’m not qualified to pass judgment on whether this car was well or poorly bought. It brought roughly 100% art premium over the core value, but it was the only chance for a very long time to have one, and the top 0.01% operate by rules I can only guess at. By the time you read this, Monterey will have hap- pened. There are a number of cars entered there that are expecting (depending on) a substantial fine-art premium to justify their reserves, so we will then know a lot more about the degree to which the market will accept this new premium and on which cars it will be bestowed. For now — and in the circumstance of the ultimate Mercedes — I can only observe that the successful bidder was probably pleased and that the others were bitterly disappointed. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) October 2013 55


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Market Reports Overview A New World Record Our $29.5m cover car accounts for more than one-third of the total sale amount in this issue By Tony Piff http://bit.ly/ZOf8zr I f you combine the totals of all nine auctions covered in this issue, more than a third of those dollars came from the sale of one car. The much anticipated 1954 Mercedes-Benz W-196 race car, which we pegged at $13m when we previewed it in July, and which adorns this issue’s cover, fetched a jaw-dropping $29.5m at Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed sale. Our in-depth analysis of that price is on page 54. Suffice it to say, the market is hot and headed nowhere but up. Bonhams’ Festival of Speed sale showed accelerating growth since 2009. Sales totaled $11.5m in 2011, $34.4m in 2012 and $53.6m this time around — helped in no small part by the storied Mercedes racer. A 1955 Maserati 300S Spider made $6m — the second-most-expensive car in this issue. All told, six cars sold above $1m. Artcurial also saw dramatic growth. Their Paris sale totaled $11.2m, up from $7.6m last year. The top five sales were all pre-1940, led by a 1939 Horch 853A convertible at $906k and three Bugatti Type 57s, ranging in price from $480k to $740k. The sell-through rate came in just shy of 90%, and average price per car was $139k. Bonhams returned to Oxford for their second June sale here. They consigned and sold about 40 more cars than last year, which pushed totals to nearly double the 2012 figure ($2.3m, up from $1.3m). Average price held solid at $26k. The top lots were a 1966 Aston Martin DB6, a 1953 Bentley R-type Special Roadster and a 1952 Cisitalia Nuvolari Spider (by Auto Italia), sold at $210k, $116k and $108k, respectively. The totals held about flat at H&H’s RREC sale in Rockingham, notching down to $1.7m from $1.8m last year, despite consigning and selling more cars, for a sell-through Scan this code with your smartphone for complete results of each auction covered in this issue, or go to URL listed (left) Sales Totals Bonhams, Chichester, U.K. Artcurial, Paris, FRA Russo and Steele, Newport Beach, CA Dragone, Westport, CT Bonhams, Oxford, U.K. Mecum, Champaign, IL MidAmerica, St. Paul, MN H&H, Rockingham, U.K. Silver, Coeur d’Alene, ID $53,618,318 $11,239,183 $6,503,865 $802,686 $1,889,190 $1,658,827 $2,540,940 $2,342,654 $1,897,354 rate of 65%, up from 53%. Rolls and Bentleys are the theme of this sale, and a 1954 Bentley R-type Special sedan and a 1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I tourer tied for second place at $149k. A 1937 Bentley 4¼ Litre Vanden Plas coupe was the biggest sale at $226k. Our lone North American feature in this issue is Russo and Steele’s debut Newport Beach sale. Russo broke the million-dollar mark here with a 2008 Bugatti Veyron at $1.1m. A 1968 Aston Martin DB6 came next at $457k, which is a record price for a DB6 that was neither a convertible nor Vantage-spec. A 2004 Porsche Carrera GT rounded out the podium at $297k. The 31% sell-through rate leaves room for growth, but this inaugural event still pulled in a respectable $6.5m total. We conclude the market reports with our Global Roundup. In this issue, we look at high- lights from Silver Coeur d’Alene, ID; Mecum Bloomington Gold; MidAmerica St. Paul, MN; and Dragone Westport, CT. ♦ 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 56 Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1954 Mercedes-Benz W-196 racer, $29,496,308—BonCh, p. 64 2. 1955 Maserati 300S sports racer, $6,069,605—BonCh, p. 64 3. 1934 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 tourer, $2,867,394—BonCh, p. 64 4. 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast coupe, $1,283,142—BonCh, p. 66 5. 1929 Mercedes-Benz 630K tourer, $1,215,727—BonCh, p. 62 6. 1953 Austin-Healey 100 Special Test Car racer, $1,182,019—BonCh, p. 62 7. 1913 Rolls-Royce 45/50hp Silver Ghost London-to-Edinburgh tourer, $1,080,897—BonCh, p. 60 8. 1936 Lagonda LG45 Rapide tourer, $929,213—BonCh, p. 60 9. 1939 Horch 853A cabriolet, $905,995—Art, p. 74 10. 1952 Bentley R-type Continental coupe, $811,237—BonCh, p. 61 1. 1950 Allard J2 roadster, $204,502—BonCh, p. 61 2. 1926 Rolls-Royce 20hp tourer, $65,095—H&H, p. 102 3. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette coupe, $54,570—Mec, p. 122 4. 1956 Bentley S1 Radford sedan, $48,860—BonOx, p. 94 5. 1929 Morgan Aero Anzani threewheeler, $45,240—BonOx, p. 92 Sports Car Market Best Buys


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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. Bonhams — Goodwood Festival of Speed From a $5.3m starting bid, the 1954 Mercedes-Benz W-196 soon shot past the $14m that market experts had predicted Company Bonhams Date July 12, 2013 Location Chichester, U.K. Auctioneer Robert Brooks Automotive lots sold/offered 54/63 Sales rate 86% Sales total $53,618,318 High sale 1954 Mercedes-Benz W-196, sold at $29,496,308 Buyer’s premium 1954 Mercedes-Benz W-196 racer, sold at $29,496,308 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics B onhams made history at its annual Goodwood Festival of Speed sale, shattering the record for a car sold at auction by rais- ing the bar to $29.5m for a Mercedes W-196 Grand Prix racer — the only example outside factory ownership. The previous record was $16.4m paid for a 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa at Gooding’s Pebble Beach sale in 2011. Chassis 00006 took five-time champion Chichester, Sussex, U.K. 1,000-strong crowd, company chairman Robert Brooks also dropped the hammer on a 1955 Maserati 300S sports-racer to reach a new marque record of $6m. A 1934 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 went for $2.9m, and the 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 first owned by John Lennon roared past its usual value of around $200k to well over $500k. (There was another, nicer example in the sale that went for the “proper” price.) The tone had been set by the first lot, the earliest right-hand drive Porsche 911S imported into the U.K., selling for $46k — double its pre-sale estimate despite being completely rotten with no floors. Two more famous racers did well here at this annual celebration of motorsport. One of the Austin-Healey Sales Totals Juan Manuel Fangio to the second of his Formula 1 world titles in 1954, but retired at the end of the following season and has raced only once since. It remains in almost completely original and untouched form. As some of its close family lined up in the race pad- docks outside Goodwood House to demonstrate up the hill, Bonhams knew with bidding registrations required on this lot 48 hours before the sale that it had massive interest. From a $5.3m starting bid, the price soon shot past the $14m that market experts had predicted, stalling at $22m. But new money came in, and one by one, five of the six phone bidders dropped out, leaving the hammer to fall at $26.5m ($29.5 with buyer’s premium) to an undisclosed bidder, with the underbidder sitting in the front row $750k behind. (See the profile on p. 54.) On the way to a European-record sale in front of a 58 Special Test Cars, NOJ 392, sister car to the infamous NOJ 393 1955 Le Mans car, fetched almost $1.2m (see the profile on p. 45) — and the former Sir John Whitmore Alan Mann Racing Lotus Cortina KPU 392C sold for $276k. It was very original (although Lot 163A was an alloy door skin left over from when Whitmore rolled it in pre-race testing). Fangio’s racer was introduced by Michael Bock, head of M-B Classic, who declared it would be the only W-196 ever to be sold. Robert Brooks said afterwards, “It was a personal privilege to preside over the sale of the Mercedes-Benz W-196, which is not only one of the most significant motor cars of the 20th century, but also the most important historic Grand Prix racing car ever offered for sale.” ♦ $60m $40m $50m $30m $20m $10m $0 Sports Car Market 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 15% on first $75,240 bid; 12% thereafter, included in sale prices ($1 = £0.66)


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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. ENGLISH TOP 10 No. 7 #347-1913 ROLLS-ROYCE 45/50HP Silver Ghost London-to-Edinburgh tourer. S/N 2643. Eng. # 70R. Cream/ red leather. RHD. Odo: 10,256 miles. Tidy and straight. Rebodied in this style in the early ’60s—previously a limousine, then a breakdown truck. Older (1976) paint getting a little edgy. Lovely nickel plating, Elliott instru- SOLD AT $48,454. Bought by the vendor in 2011 before his plans changed, but no doubt we’ll be seeing it out in VSCC competition before too long. Bought at quite reasonable money. ments and controls, plus Auster rear screen. Nice patina on buttoned leather. Starter motor noted not to work. Some modern wiring and switches hidden under dash. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $1,080,897. In this family ownership 48 years, having previously seen service as a mobile surgery vehicle for the pioneer of maxillofacial surgery Auguste Charles Valadier. Sold at very close to the price of the Mercedes 630K (the preceding lot), while perhaps the room was on a roll. #331-1921 VAUXHALL 30-98 E-type Velox tourer. S/N RE8303. Eng. # E328. Blue & black/black cloth/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 6,883 miles. Lovely old thing with straight body and supple leather. Radiator shell is perfect, plating to lights not quite as good. Built up from parts including an alternator and Delage D8 front axle with bigger brakes, but brakes, which Bentley did not fit until 1924. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $314,051. Delivered new to Australia. Formerly the property of late Bonhams specialist and BDC Northern Region chairman Mike Smith. This earned big money for a 3 Litre, and rightly so for such a perfectly mellowed example. #321-1929 BENTLEY 4½ LITRE tourer. S/N FB3324. Eng. # XF3513. Green/black cloth/green leather. RHD. Odo: 22,450 miles. Originally a saloon, this body (its third) fitted in 1976. Straight body, shiny new paint with some orange-peel. Good headlight plating, some marks in rad nickel. Nicely creased old leather. BDC and VSCC badges an encourag- “bitsa” status doesn’t hurt the value of Vintage Bentleys much. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $242,000. These should cost a little more than a 3 Litre Bentley—they’re better to drive than a 4½—so the vendor was right to hold out for more. #356-1922 GN/FRAZER NASH SPE- CIAL roadster. S/N 2488. Eng. # 5001. Aluminum & red/black leather. RHD. Built in past two decades but looks more recent, still tidy and clean, chains and sprockets all look good. Engine-turned dash, lightly creased leather. Nice touch on bronze-head V-twin is Perspex windows in head covers to check on cams and followers. No speedo or odo. Cond: 3+. 60 and cracked, dash excellent. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $929,213. The eighth Rapide out of 25 made (and 24 left), “Mathilda” was first owned by Alan P. Good, chairman of Lagonda Motors, followed by long-term ownership in the U.S. Sold here at mid-estimate approaching Speed Six money, or 50% more than a Bentley 4½ Litre. #339-1936 LAGONDA RAPIER Gran- ing sign. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $503,656. Has had a 3-liter motor but since 1976 has had the correct-type 4½. Offered but not sold at Bon- ville Grenfell Special roadster. S/N R11488. Eng. # SCR3236. Maroon/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 2,065 miles. Well-known car. Straight but with a well-rounded patina, fenders are recent repro replacements. Radiator Sports Car Market #314-1923 BENTLEY 3 LITRE roadster. S/N 296. Eng. # 298. Maroon/black leather. RHD. Odo: 6,988 miles. “Victoria Plum” in lovely burnished order with polished brass and bronze sloper carbs. Lightly creased buttoned leather. Glowing nickel on radiator shell and lights. Still with center throttle but added front order, although rear door fit a little out. Black vinyl top in good order. Light cracking at bases of windshield pillars; rubber perishing. Decent leather. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $111,806. Last offered but not sold in December 2012 by Coys in London, seven miles ago at a high bid of $115k (SCM# 214589). So two hits at similar money peg the value in today’s market. #325-1936 LAGONDA LG45 Rapide tourer. S/N 12171R. Green/beige cloth/green leather. RHD. Massive, imposing, restored, with swoopy Frank Feeley-designed body on normally square-rigged LG45. Body straight and shiny, leather creased TOP 10 No. 8 hams’ Hendon sale in April at an undisclosed high bid (SCM# 224753), this time sold at the slightly light end of the right money. That won’t be down to the non-original engine or body, as Vintage Bentleys are famously mix ’n’ match. #352-1935 BENTLEY 3½ LITRE shoot- ing brake. S/N B80DG. Eng. # R7BL. Green & wood/black vinyl/black leather. RHD. Odo: 55,835 miles. Attractive woodie converted from a drophead coupe early in its life in 1937. Radiator shell scratched, rechromed lights much better, varnished timber in good


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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. shell lovely nickel, headlight chrome lightly pitted. Leather patina to the point of distress. seen in as many months, although in much nicer order than the black car Bonhams sold for $76k at Oxford in March (SCM# 215785). Sold right at middling Derby money. #317-1939 AC 16/90 Supercharged tourer. S/N L662. Eng. # UBS7613. Blue/blue cloth/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 1,783 miles. Shiny recent resto with reskinned body—although it was a fenders-on repaint, as body beads have been painted over. Excellent new chrome. New carpets and leather lightly worn Preselector ’box. Period SU, original bronze carburetor could be refitted. Original 19-inch wheels included. Electric fan. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $123,604. Discovered in a poor state in 1992 and rejuvenated. I drove this last year, and it goes better than it should. Well bought and sold. #359-1937 BENTLEY 3½ LITRE Tor- pedo roadster. S/N B62KT. Eng. # D4BW. Green/black cloth/green leather. RHD. Odo: 2,969 miles. Looks like a “Promenade Percy” body on a vintage Bentley, but is in fact based on a Derby—although it’s a 4¼ chassis, originally a Park Ward saloon, with a 3½ engine. Very well made in early ’90s by the same on driver’s outer bolster. New top and sidescreens. Replacement motor with new block and internals. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $238,209. Believed one of three remaining, in this family ownership since 1963. Sold on the phone to a European buyer at an accepted bid slap in the middle of the estimate range for, interestingly enough, about the price of an AC Ace. #306-1950 ALLARD J2 roadster. S/N J1570. Black/green leather. RHD. Odo: 25,429 miles. Good order with older paint lightly cracking at edges, lightly creased leather and good competition history. Original Cadillac engine has been lost. Now powered by a Ford Windsor, most likely a 351, BEST BUY company that makes very convincing 8 Litre replicas. Painted wires behind Easiclean discs. Monaco-registered. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $238,209. Bought from Royce and Bentley specialist The Real Car Co Ltd. in 2011. All that effort was worth it, because this fetched proper Vintage 3 Litre money, or more than twice the price of an average Derby 3½. #349-1938 BENTLEY 4¼ LITRE “High Vision” sedan. S/N B28MR. Silver & gray/ gray leather. RHD. Odo: 104,322 miles. High Vision has Perspex bubble built into front of roof—here in good transparent shape. Excellent restored order, perfect door fit, nice paint and plating, instruments and dash perfect. Un- with Alvis gearbox. Ancient Cinturatos flag indicates how little it’s been used in the past two decades. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $204,502. Bought by the vendor at auction in 1995 and before that sold by Coys in 1985 for $114k (SCM# 11292). Unusually cheap for an Allard when J2Xs routinely hoover up more than $270k. So that’s why 331 Cadillacs are so expensive. TOP 10 No. 10 #330-1952 BENTLEY R-TYPE Continental coupe. S/N BC24A. Turquoise/ tan leather. RHD. Odo: 81,571 worn lightly creased leather. Full toolkit still in trunk lid. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $104,332. Has been in South Africa. Second of these I’ve October 2013 miles. Very straight with even panel gaps and fairly new paint. Good chrome with a few small scratches. Leather newer than rest of car and slightly creased, couple of cracks in dash veneer, but lovely. Original radio converted with modern internals. Not original motor, 61


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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. having the 4.9 upgrade in period. Not U.K. registered—KMA 6 is its former number. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $811,237. Among the most expensive cars in the world and originally built for export only. This one first lived in the south of France, then the U.K., then the U.S. These cracked £500,000 ($766k) awhile ago, and the very best make almost $1m these days. Here I’d say correctly bought, although there’s an extra 5% tax to pay if it stays in the European Union. TOP 10 No. 6 #350-1953 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100 Special Test Car racer. S/N SPL225B. Eng. # 1B136876. Green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 3,415 miles. Very restored car with attention paid to keeping as much of it as original as possible, with new floors and some body metalwork. New paint and leather. Only deviation from original spec is that it retains the disc brakes fitted in 1955. O/D switch in nal alloy front wings. Lack of roll bar dates it. Chassis appears solid and body not too rotten. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $36,340. Has been in Australia since 2002. Offered at no reserve and compares well (i.e., it’s cheaper) with the very rusty and neglected historic rally car that Bonhams sold recently at Oxford. Given its provenance, condition and special parts remaining, this looked a far better bet. #316-1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5 con- steering-wheel spokes. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,182,019. One of the four aluminum-bodied lightweight specials—and the only one to survive in its original form, having run in the Mille Miglia and at Le Mans before serving as a press test car and company hack. Sold for big money at eight times the price of an early alloy-bodied 100, but less than the $1.3m its notorious sister NOJ 393 got as a basket-case at Bonhams Brooklands in December 2011 (SCM# 190045). See the profile on p. 44. #326-1956 AC ACE Bristol roadster. S/N BEX222. Eng. # 100D21038. Silver/black vertible. S/N DB5C1503R. Green/beige cloth/ beige leather. RHD. Odo: 87,762 miles. Straight car. Older (1986) repaint just getting a bit chipped at hood edges. Slightly dulled chrome. Cracked and creased original leather, 8-track player still with a French “Golden Age vinyl/red leather. RHD. Odo: 3,002 miles. Body straight and doors fit fairly flush, though shut gaps are a bit freehand, which isn’t uncommon. Recent leather and carpets. Overdrive switch on (Triumph) gearknob, later D2 engine. Avon ZZ rubber is always a good sign. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $212,929. Was originally a left-hander sold to the USA. Sold under low estimate which is a little surprising as these have been on the up in the past three years— and Bristol-engined cars are the ones to have. Must be the conversion, though it doesn’t hurt TRs and Healeys. #302-1962 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk II roadster. S/N HBJ721662. Eng. # 29FRUH2513. Red/white fiberglass/blue vinyl. RHD. Works-prepared car (for an Italian customer) with 12-port head and three SUs on fabricated steel manifolds, still with Works straight-cut gearbox and real Minilites. Has lost its origi- #315-1965 FORD LOTUS CORTINA 2-dr sedan. S/N BA74EU59019. Eng. # LP2864 LBA. Red/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 11,475 miles. One of the famous Alan Mann racers, campaigned by Sir John Whitmore to win the 1965 European Touring Car Championship, which then included hillclimbs as well as races. Very original and terrifyingly standard-looking. Rear roll hoop has been added (and Lot 163A was a mashed alloy door skin from where Sir John rolled it in testing). Paint’s a little cracked and dulled, with a lovely patina, and a few dings and scrapes along rockers. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $276,130. Alan Mann Racing was effectively the Ford factory race team, so this is a bit like a Parnelli Jones Mustang, and in recent years it’s been in the U.S. Hasn’t been raced to death, so although it sold way over estimate, it’s a little slice of history, and probably cheaper than an Alfa GTA with similar provenance. Whitmore owned it between 1967 and 1995 and this year drove it at the Goodwood press day, but obviously it didn’t run up the hill. But it could (by invitation) with its new owner... GERMAN #346-1929 MERCEDES-BENZ 630K tourer. S/N 35407. Eng. # 68580. Brown/beige cloth/brown leather. Odo: 31,621 miles. Beautifully original and unmolested to the point of tatty. Distressed interior, although front seat bases have been redone. All instruments are there, one part of steering wheel bound with tape. Radiator shell lightly dinged. Carl Ziess lamps intact. New Jubilee TOP 10 No. 5 of the Rolling Stones” tape. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $802,810. Only 123 of the 1,021 DB5s were convertibles. Nice to see one settling in and not over-restored, but not as threadbare as some of the very original DB4 ragtops that have come to sale in the past couple of years. Market-correctly bought and sold. 62 clips to intake pipes suggest it’s a runner. Lovely Waldbauer trunk on rear. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $1,215,727. Bought from the M-B Classic Centre in Stuttgart in 2006 for a private collection; supplied after bodying to the U.S. I’d love to wipe this over with an oily Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. rag, lay a Mexican blanket over the seats and use as-is. Sold four times over mid-estimate, so someone else liked it, too. #322-1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 540K Sports Saloon. S/N 169341. Eng. # 169341. Dark blue/gray velour. Odo: 55,385 km. Unusual saloon. Very straight older restoration, paint aged but holding up well and some chrome flaking off radiator shell. Very good and original inside, steering wheel rim only sister must be worth something like half that. See the profile on p. 54. #301-1966 PORSCHE 911S coupe. S/N 305328. Eng. # 960043. Orange/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 74,038 miles. The first right-handdrive 911S imported to the U.K., originally white; also served on Porsche GB’s press fleet. Collapsed basket case with no floors, so tunnel is resting on the ground, engine and trans out. Even the one surviving decent panel has been ruined by an ugly retro-fit sunroof. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $45,858. Some confusion on chassis number here, as this chassis number needs B201082. Pale blue/black velour. RHD. Odo: 37,541 km. Replica of the lightweight 1952 Mille Miglia cars which were broken up. Well done with period Nardi bits (twin carbs, floor change), although with a few modern touches due to its participation in recent competition, such as big velour bucket seats, roll cage and modern steering wheel, plus lots of holes for lightly cracked and seat velour wearing well. Door fit excellent. An easy and light restoration or enjoy as-is. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $794,383. Only 28 built like this. Simon Kidston predicted several years ago that these sedan 540s would be the next big thing, and sure enough, this did more than twice its top estimate. TOP 10 No. 1 #320-1954 MERCEDES-BENZ W-196 racer. S/N W1960100000654. Silver/tartan cloth. MHD. “The Fangio car.” Slightly tired looking, in the form in which it finished racing in 1955. (Slightly different body style from 1954.) Paint flaking off, to reveal original aircraft-type silver underneath. Seat cover looks more recent, as do the fuel pipes, presumably replaced before it last raced at Monaco in 2000. Originally gifted by Mercedes to National Motor Museum in England, sold to Sir Anthony Bamford, then quickly on to French collector Jacques Setton in 1990. Out of sight more than a decade until an “S” after it. Engine is a correct S for the 1967 model year. Sold in Europe in 1966 but built as a 1967 model year. Over the two days of viewing and sale, even more of it crumbled onto the carpet, creating an even bigger pile of rust. If it had been the first 911 into England or even the first press car, it might have had a bit more going for it. I know, small-bumper cars have gone crazy, but this didn’t even have them anymore. All I can think is that it was bought for its identity to legitimize a pile of better bits, at absolute top dollar. ITALIAN TOP 10 No. 3 #327-1934 ALFA ROMEO 8C 2300 tourer. S/N 2311221. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 8,389 miles. Nicely used old thing. Straight, various shades of red, newish leather. Radiator plating good, barring a couple of chips. Motor nicely “oily,” now a 2.6 with ported heads, originals come wiring and extras. Good order for a competition car, good panel gaps and a couple of minor dents that hardly show. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $120,233. Bought by the vendor at Bonhams’ 2007 Goodwood Festival of Speed sale for $179k (SCM # 45866) 500 km ago. Now with FIA Historic Technical Passport, but it’s clearly not done much and sold here some little way under low estimate. Either the vendor had great expectations for a replica, or someone got a bit of a deal. #348-1955 LANCIA AURELIA B20GT coupe. S/N B203422. Eng. # B204650. Black/ tan cloth. RHD. Odo: 5,120 km. Fourth-series car with sixth-series engine, very sharply restored condition and with all the right Nardi bits. Hot, special-equipment engine, floor change. Perfect rechrome, interior retrimmed. Original tinted glass. Sold with dyno printout dated April 2013. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $162,367. This car sold at Bonhams & Brooks 2013. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $29,496,308. Sale of the century (so far). The only W-196 GP car out of Mercedes’ hands (and things will stay that way, growled M-B Classic boss Michael Bock, as he introduced the car). From a $5.3m start, the money quickly gathered to $22m among six bidders. One big bid of $25.8m from a man in the front row was topped by $26.6m on the phone. New world record for a car at auction. I thought this was about right—if “722” ever came up for sale, it would have to be $75m, so its less usable little 64 with car. Once wore a Corsica coupe body, rebodied in original “Le Mans” style. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $2,867,394. Owned from new until 1964 by Viscount Ridley, who fitted the coupe body in 1947. In this ownership for 44 years, and it was always going to do this sort of money. #329-1951 LANCIA AURELIA replica B20GT lightweight aluminum coupe. S/N Northamptonshire 2001 for $34k (SCM# 24308). When it sold at Bonhams Paris 2012 for $127k with 5,881 km, we said, “The 4th Series B20 is the car to have, achieving the best balance of performance and refinement. The result today illustrates the appreciation the world finally now has for these wonderful cars. A bit on the high side, but not for long” (SCM# 192609). And what a bargain it looks with the benefit of a year’s hindsight. #340-1955 MASERATI 300S sports racer. S/N 3053. Red/brown leather. RHD. Ex-Bill Spear/Sherwood Johnston racer in the U.S. Shiny and perfect, and TOP 10 No. 2 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. much better than it would have left the factory, with excellent panel gaps and door fit. Polished alloy interior is showing some wear marks. Not original engine, but it’s included. Jack Knight-modified 5-speed transaxle installed, although original 4-speed comes with spot weld, new exhausts and hangers. Newish black leather. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $212,929. The other 330 GT here, and nicer than the Lennon car. Delivered new to the U.S. via Luigi Chinetti, into the U.K. 2011 for restoration. This is the market-correct price. #337-1965 FERRARI 500 SUPERFAST coupe. S/N 6661. Eng. # 6661. Metallic blue/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 49,506 miles. Straight, newish paint, lightly creased leather, nice chrome. Three-vent wings, no rear seat. Ferrari Classiche-certified, TOP 10 No. 4 black velour. Tidy and clean following rebuilds in 1990 and 2010. Good door fit, almost too good to rally. All the right bits—no speedo or odo, but there’s a Tripmaster. Monaco registered. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $55,376. Originally supplied to Switzerland. This isn’t an original Jolly Club (effectively the Works entry) car, but it’ll give the same experience at a lot less money. In 2010, this competed on the proper snowy French historic Monte; pranged and straightened to run again in 2011 and 2012. Offered at no reserve and correctly sold, somewhere between the values of a built-up Mk I Escort and a similar Mini with similar historic rally provenance. AMERICAN the car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $6,069,605. Like the W-196 before it, special bidder registration 48 hours in advance was required with this one, so Bonhams knew who the players were well before sale day. According to the SCM Platinum Auction Database, this car last sold at auction at Christie’s Pebble Beach sale in 1991 at a price of $1m (SCM# 16541). Market-correct today. #311-1965 FERRARI 330 GT 2+2 coupe. S/N 6781. Blue/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 83,007 miles. Freshly painted back to original color (has been red) and shiny with a few dust marks, decent rechrome. Leather just starting to take on some life. Solid underneath, with now reunited with its original chassis number. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $1,283,142. One of only eight right-handers built, rejected by first owner on arrival. In this ownership for 20 years, sold at lower end of estimate range. Market-correct. #355-1969 ALFA ROMEO GTA 1300 Junior coupe. S/N 775358. Red/black velour. Odo: 18,250 km. Tidy, restored 1985, repainted. Good panel fit with usual wobbly rivets in rain gutters (almost obscured by thick paint). Newish leather bucket seats, rear roll power top and altimeter, there’s also a portable Remington shaver. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $147,199. Gifted to President Tito of Yugoslavia by the U.S. government. Has been in the Netherlands since shortly after his death in 1980. Massively wide estimate here ($75k– $130k), as with few precedents, nobody could be quite sure what it was worth. Well sold. new exhaust hangers. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $541,577. First owned by John Lennon and as a result sold for $300k more than it was really “worth,” and $160k over top estimate. The other non-celebrity 330 GT 2+2 in the same sale was slightly nicer at less than half the money. #324-1965 FERRARI 330 GT 2+2 coupe. S/N 6135. Eng. # 6135. Gunmetal/black leather. Odo: 53,270 miles. Straight car. Recent windows-out repaint a little cloudy. Stainless-steel trim all straight and undinged. Solid underneath, with good definition on rocker #360-1969 DODGE CHARGER General hoop. Tidy twin-plug Balduzzi-built motor. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $221,355. Autodelta car, winner of the 1969 Budapest Grand Prix, part of the European Touring Car Challenge. Market-correct for a real factory GTA with history, although Bonhams had perhaps expected a smidge more. #342-1970 LANCIA FULVIA HF1600 Group 4 racer. S/N 818540001992. Red/ Lee replica 2-dr hard top. S/N XP29G9B150362. Eng. # 7T440E. Orange/black vinyl & velour. Odo: 57,359 miles. 500-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Straight, tidy, repainted, chrome rough in places. stroked to 500 ci, big sump. Add-on rear anti-roll bar. Modern bucket seats #354-1960 CADILLAC SERIES 75 convertible limousine. S/N 60S107172. Black/ white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 54,965 km. 390-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Converted from a Fleetwood 6733 chassis limousine by Ghia. Good and straightish, some paint pickling and one small ding in right rear flank. Chrome all good, leather a little worn. Along with the and roll cage. Fake Hazzard County plates signed by John Schneider. Union flag on roof, rather than Confederate. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $32,879. Has competed at the Brighton Speed Trials 2009 and 2011; said to have only 400 miles since restoration. Quite a tool at average Mustang money. © 66 Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA Artcurial — Automobiles Sur Les Champs V Four little ASA 4-banger sports coupes, with engines effectively one-third of a 250 GT’s V12, totaled $771k Company Artcurial Date June 10, 2013 Location Paris, FRA Auctioneer Hervé Poulain Automotive lots sold/offered 81/91 Sales rate 89% Sales total $11,239,183 High sale 1939 Horch 853A Cabriolet, sold at $905,995 Buyer’s premium The top seller of four ASAs offered. A 1966 ASA RB 613 racer, sold at $301,999 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics T his was a sale of collections, displayed for viewing beforehand in Artcurial’s slightly gloomy basement garage under their headquar- ters in the center of Paris. Chief among the collections was the 26-car cache of Andre Lecoq, a noted restorer who liked to let his workmanship speak for itself. Many of the cars from his ownership had been restored two decades previously but were invariably holding up magnificently. Case in point: one of his earliest jobs, a Horch 835A cabrio that fetched almost $1m. At the other end of the scale was a 1929 Austin Seven tourer that Lecoq liked to drive in his later years, displayed with a scale model beside it and fetching a strong Paris, FRA 17% up to $792,540, 11% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00 = €0.76) $25k. The oldest car of the collection was a 1908 Renault AX phaeton. It sold at $79k, twice its pre-sale estimate. The 1938 Renault Viva Grand Sport cabriolet that sold for $223k came from the collection of Jean Redele, founder of Alpine. Next was the small clutch of ASAs. These beautiful little 4-banger sports coupes were originally intended as “Ferrarinas,” and their engines are effectively one-third of a 250 GT’s V12. The lightweight 411 was one of just four built, and it fetched four times its pre-sale estimate at almost $250k, as did the following very original and faded 1000 GT coupe. Of the three Type 57 Bugattis, all eyes were on the restored-tovery-original 1938 coach Ventoux that had been used for outings by the current owner’s family for nearly 20 years. It fetched $691k — twice its pre-sale estimate and way more than the similar car that came later in the sale at $480k. The 1935 coupe by Gangloff was the nicest of the bunch and took the best price of $739k. As is usually the case with Artcurial, many 1939 Horch 853A cabriolet, sold at $905,995 68 of the lots — most in this case — were offered at no reserve, which always seems to encourage bidding. Prices were generally higher than the same cars would have fetched in the U.K., and I have to give credit to the energy of the auction. Inside Theatre du Rond-Point, two spotters out front caught the bids American-style and relayed them back to Poulain, who, after a lot of arm-waving, appeared to pluck a number out of thin air. It was all very effective, as confirmed yet again by the big prices and big totals. ♦ $12m $15m $3m $6m $9m 0 Sports Car Market Sales Totals 2013 2012


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Artcurial Paris, FRA ENGLISH #215-1929 AUSTIN SEVEN tourer. S/N 102256. Eng. # MI04633. Blue/black vinyl/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 7 miles. Straight and unfeasibly shiny for a Seven, having been restored through André Lecoq’s workshops. Newish leather. As Lecoq got older and couldn’t manage the bigger cars so well, this original drums. It once had a small-block Chevy, but now with correct Coventry Climax and a spare FWB, plus spare gearbox for rebuild and six spare wheels. Clean and tidy for a racer with 80% of body still claimed original. Last competed in 2012. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $182,789. Ex-Sebring 1955 car (No. 78 with Norman Scott). Still in recent use, with five Le Mans Classics under its wheels. Sold under low estimate. #262-1958 ASTON MARTIN DB MK III coupe. S/N AM30031744. Eng. # DBD1429. Silver/black leather. Odo: 52,304 km. Very straight body, highlighted by matte silver paint that really suits it despite my preconceptions—a prettier take on presenting cars in bare metal. Restored 2006. New carpets, older well-creased leather may be original. With trip meter for rallies. French title. Cond: 2-. SOLD was the one he liked to drive, apparently. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $25,431. Offered at no reserve and sold for what would be strong money in its homeland. Something of an oddity in France, home of the cyclecar, which might explain the slightly loaded price. #258-1948 LEA-FRANCIS 14HP Sports roadster. S/N 7010. Eng. # 52863. Green/ black cloth/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 6,126 miles. Body is tidy, shiny and straight, with older paint. No bumpers. Modern tail-lights. Grubby interior, nice Jaeger instruments in engine-turned dash. Something sticky on seat. AT $270,209. Originally delivered to Algiers, and thought to be the only DBD-engined Mk III delivered to French territories in 1958, one of probably 50 in all. Although it was cleaner on the outside than in, this isn’t surprising money if you look at the rising prices of all Astons except the DB5, evidenced by Bonhams’ recent sell-out Aston auction at Newport Pagnell. FRENCH #259-1932 RENAULT VIVASTELLA sedan. S/N 530365. Green/black Rexine/green velour. RHD. Odo: 28,614 km. Body straight, but original paint is fading weirdly, chrome okay. Rexine top fine for now but it’ll be hard English registered. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $50,863. The story we all dream of: Buy a cottage in Tuscany and find a classic roadster sitting in the garage, after it had been “lost” for 20 years. Not particularly sporty, but it’s rare (14 left) and good-looking, so the midestimate price paid looks fair. #263-1955 LOTUS IX racer. S/N 55SEB2. Blue/tartan velour. RHD. This is the one with the mad pop-up lights (from under the hood). Now with front disc brakes instead of to paint up to it. Interior velour unworn. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $23,182. Sold under low estimate, but a charming old thing with much the same appeal and pricing as a Ford A or B. #257-1935 BUGATTI TYPE 57 Gangloff coupe. S/N 57250. Eng. # 57294. Black/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 4 km. Magnificently restored 1996–2013. Complicated and eventful 70 cracks in dash veneer. Paint still deep as a mirror and no leaks from motor. What a proper older restoration should look like. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $691,417. Star of the André Lecoq Collection. Offered at no reserve, as were more than half the cars in this sale, but sold at double its lower estimate. Originality, even restored originality, is what the market is paying for. #256-1938 BUGATTI TYPE 57 Ventoux coupe. S/N 57634. Eng. # 335. Green & cream/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 46,400 km. Hydraulic-brake, rubber-mounted-engine model. Originally a demonstrator for the Bugatti dealer in Marseille. Engine changed in 1960s. Repainted 1991 and holding up well, slightly ripply chrome on radiator shell. Redone leather just taking on a bit of life. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $480,019. Sold at high end of estimate like a lot of cars in this sale. I’d say well shifted despite its obvious historic appeal, Sports Car Market history includes being discovered engineless in Geneva in 1955 and later having its hood stolen. Paint very even with good chrome and headlamp lenses that glow lovingly at you. Vinyl top smooth. Original dash has a few nicks and scrapes. Leather is new, with one mark and a couple of creases. New carpets. Motor very clean and tidy, but a shame about the modern blue hose clips. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $739,102. The most expensive 57 at this sale and quite rightly, but only sold at the bottom of the slightly hopeful $663k–$928k estimate range, making it look fairly bought. Maybe lack of originality counts against it, but they’ve all had some history, sir. #212-1938 BUGATTI TYPE 57 Ventoux coupe. S/N 57704. Eng. # 503. Black/sliding steel sunroof/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 70,447 km. 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Artcurial Paris, FRA #226-1948 DELAHAYE 135M cabriolet. S/N 800980. Blue/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 12 km. One of two cars displayed on ramps. Older restoration holding up brilliantly. Wires with Easiclean discs. Cotal electric gearchange. Good older leather, lightly creased in front. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $405,314. Last of- as the other two 57s in the sale were nicer. The SCM Platinum Auction Database shows that it sold for $13,845 in 1970 at Christie’s Geneva sale (SCM# 17419). #229-1938 PANHARD X77 DYNAMIC 140 Berline sedan. S/N 221959. Brown & cream/brown velour. MHD. Odo: 74,804 km. Streamliner with baroque appearance that looks straight out of Wacky Races, powered by sleeve-valve engine and with center steer (actually slightly offset to the right). Berline is of mat and stress cracks showing through the faded paint. Seat vinyl quite good if a little baggy. Sun has cracked the dash top, hard top lining is well stained. Smells musty inside. Black vinyl soft top still present. Dusty underhood, with 850-cc flat-twin engine replacing original optional 954. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $28,611. And where would we be without a bit of French-made bonkersness? DB Panhards like this would apparently reach 100 mph and did actually run at Le Mans. Offered at no reserve and sold for something around lower estimate; I’d say very generously bought. #275-1964 HOTCHKISS M201 military fered but not sold by Bonhams at Rétromobile in 2011 (SCM# 175138). Before that, it nosaled at $180k at Christie’s Greenwich sale in 2007 (SCM# 45530), having been bought at Christie’s Rétromobile sale a few months earlier for $231k (SCM# 44232). (It was identified as a 1949 then.) Car sold well today at high end of estimate range. #269-1952 PEUGEOT 203A coupe. S/N 203A1282396. Blue/gray leather. Odo: 2,550 km. Rare and attractive coupe. Body is nice and straight, paint fair with a few dust marks, chrome good. All the aluminum body trim parts are present and correct. Seats and door the long-wheelbase version. Good, straight, older repaint, seat velour unworn. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $55,631. Artcurial sold a similar car in black for much the same money at last year’s Rétromobile sale (SCM# 197256), so we must conclude that the price was about right, to the right sort of buyer—and there can’t be many. #231-1938 RENAULT VIVA Grand Sport cabriolet. S/N 882330. White/black cloth/gray leather. Odo: 786 km. Huge and imposing—bigger than it looks. Good, restored (1980s) condition. Even paint, good chrome, brightwork all there. New top and leather. Splendid Deco dash with octagonal instruments. From the collection of Jean Ré- SOLD AT $15,894. Offered at no reserve and cheap for a Willys or Ford—but that’s because it’s a French-made Hotchkiss version, which is always going to be cheaper. Valued commensurate with its condition here. cards have been redone in leather. Bakelite steering wheel rim is cracked. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $63,579. This seems a lot of money for what is effectively France’s Morris Minor. But it’s a rare thing that was expected to get this far, and it was bought for less than it cost to restore. #288-1961 DB PANHARD LE MANS cabriolet. S/N 5143. Blue/red vinyl. Odo: 61,973 km. Dusty and dull old thing with lots délé, founder of Alpine. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $222,525. No precedent for this, as they were produced in such small numbers. Only a dozen are thought to survive, and I’ve never seen one at auction before. It tipped over the high end of the estimate range, so we can only assume well sold. 72 and fetched very strong money—judging by the $66k–$93k estimate range, Artcurial expected it, even though it’s nowhere near as nice as the exceptional and over-restored car that they sold for $171k at Rétromobile (SCM# 215239). The home country is obviously the place to market your SM. Very well sold. #228-1974 KV MINI 1 Voiturette. S/N 531. Green/gray vinyl. Odo: 1,251 km. Mini- Sports Car Market #254-1974 CITROËN SM coupe. S/N 00SC3124. Gold/brown leather. Odo: 53,280 km. Good and tidy, no rot, rockers sharp and repainted, refinished under wheelarches. Leather lightly creased and likely original. With original Continental Edison radio. Replacement engine in ’80s, fully stamped service book, Dutch title. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $79,473. Nicer of the two SMs offered here vehicle. S/N 24854. Eng. # 40955. Khaki/ green canvas/green vinyl. Odo: 44,624 km. Just about as it left service, repainted with a thick brush. Front seat vinyl redone. With tools and jerrycan. Central rear seat. Cond: 3-.


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Artcurial Paris, FRA mal cyclecar looks like it belongs on a fairground ride. Single-cylinder engine, friction-drive “transmission” direct to tires and “brakes.” Original and unrestored, and not quite tatty. They weren’t much better when new, although this one has some rust holes in the toeboards. Bicycle speedo/odo about the distributor. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $375,114. From the Lecoq Collection and offered at no reserve. Well bought and sold at high end of estimate range. #261-1952 MERCEDES-BENZ 220 Cab- riolet A. S/N 18701203396. Black/black cloth/ tan leather. Odo: 13,068 km. Body and paint straight and shiny, excellent plating. Rosewood dash and interior. Period Becker radio. Replacement engine is of the correct type. today, at the same money that would just about get you a running but rough pre-Defender Land Rover. GERMAN TOP 10 No. 9 most sophisticated bit on the car. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $2,861. One of these won “Worst of Show” at the Concours d’LeMons in 2009, and I include it to show that the world is plagued by more than one. Belonged to Canadian artist Jean-Paul Riopelle, who apparently used it to putter around Cannes, which makes the mileage believable, even if the rest of it isn’t. #210-1974 PEUGEOT 504 cabriolet. S/N 1956699. Silver-gray/beige cord. Odo: 95,246 km. Good-looking Pinin Pug has PRV V6 motor, all in good order here. Body is good and straight, repaint following attention to the rocker panels is a little orange-peely. Weird cord velour interior presents as unworn. New 1-. SOLD AT $905,995. Like the rest of the collection, offered at no reserve but sold (to Russia) at something approaching double the expected money. The last time Hervé Poulain sold one of these in Paris, 10 years ago, it was one-third of this price (SCM# 30414), although a special-bodied concours car fetched $5m with RM last year in Monterey (SCM# 209464). original-type Michelin TRX tires on refinished wheels. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $44,505. A rare thing with the V6, even in France (fewer than 1,000 V6 ragtops made, all told), and a homegrown alternative to a Fiat Dino. Offered at no reserve and sold high, with the top (phone) bid matching the high end of the estimate. Well sold. #272-1977 CITROËN MEHARI utility. S/N 8CA3479. Green/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 5,530 miles. 2CV-based utility. No rust because it’s plastic, but hood is bowed with heat and blown-over lime green paint is flaking off, exposing military khaki underneath. Seat vinyl is okay, side windows almost opaque. Odo is plus 100,000 km. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $10,332. It’s the 45th anniversary of the Mehari. This one was bought at auction in November 1995. It sold where expected 74 #218-1939 MERCEDES-BENZ 320/340 Cabriolet B. S/N 434963. Two-tone blue/blue vinyl/gray leather. Odo: 82,018 km. One of 56 320s built with the 340 engine, according to the catalog. Shinily restored, leather just beginning to wear in, perfect glossy dash and instruments, steering wheel and horn ring intact. Now with alternator plus modern coil and bit small for it. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $230,472. Previously seen at Bonhams’ May 2011 Monte Carlo auction, where it no-saled at an undisclosed high bid (SCM# 180067). The car got an entry for the Mille Miglia, but when the owner (who also consigned the Mistral convertible, Lot 242) realized how tough it was, he didn’t go. About on track with the way Speedsters have been going, but not one of the nicest, so well sold. ITALIAN #223-1935 FIAT 508S Balilla Coppa d’Oro spider. S/N 13283. Eng. # 863885. Red/black leather. Odo: 201 km. Straight, shiny, repainted, leather redone not long ago. Extra water gauge. Bigger-than-standard 1,220-cc motor (should be 995-cc side-valve) and gearbox come from the related Simca Sports Car Market #216-1939 HORCH 853A cabriolet. S/N 854320A. Eng. # 852078. Red & black/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 36,686 km. The magnificent centerpiece of the Lecoq Collection, restored by his firm as a conquest car to showcase the quality of their work. Still excellent. New top. Spare hubcaps in trunk. Leather only lightly creased. Cond: French-delivered. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $147,821. Nothing like the money of the superrare 300S, which shares the same body and structure, so you could see this as a bargain lookalike—and an overhead-cam motor in 1952 was pretty advanced too. #241-1956 PORSCHE 356A Speedster. S/N 82730. Eng. # 63379. Red/black cloth/ black leather. Odo: 55,126 km. Straight, shiny, some swirl marks in paint, all outer trims present and correct. Floorpans are a bit battered, which has knocked off some of the sticky underseal. Nicely burnished original leather. Chrome wheels starting to corrode, tires look a


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33,626 km. Restored about 10 years ago and holding up well. Straight and shiny, new carpets, seats redone in leather, nice dash and instruments, Nardi wheel, tidy motor. Cond: 8. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $127,158. Offered at no reserve and sold bang in the middle of the estimate range. Symbolic in San Diego is advertising a similar car with factory (Siata) competition engine at $219k, making this look like a good value, although this engine being two steps removed will account for a lot of the difference. #251-1958 FERRARI 250 GT coupe. S/N 1023GT. Eng. # 3563. Gray & red/red leather. Odo: 55,810 km. Recently restored in England and quite magnificent. Leather plump and new. Non-original engine and now with out- steel body. Very original, dulled paint. Motor grubby, perforated vinyl interior has survived well, except for missing shift knob and a few dash switches. One door taped shut. Record player under dash on passenger’s side. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $71,525. The personal driver of Orazio De Nora for a time, this car has been stored since ’80s. Offered at no reserve and sold for twice the top estimate, so call it well sold. But it looks a lot less insane when you compare it with the prices paid for the other ASAs on offer here. 2. SOLD AT $150,999. Although the 411 (Lot 237) was shiniest, this was the nicest of the three ASA coupes overall. Like its sisters, offered at no reserve, and like its sisters, just about doubled its estimate. Didn’t fetch as much as the 411, but not as rare, with possibly 70 ASAs of all types built. #237-1965 ASA 411 GT coupe. S/N 1014. Eng. # 173189. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 7,239 km. ASA was originally the “Ferrarina” with an 850-cc “four,” essentially a slice of the 250 GT V12, and a separate company created to make it. 411 GT is a lighter, aluminium-bodied version of the 1000 GT, with a slightly larger engine. Shiniest of the bunch here, mo- #239-1966 ASA RB 613 racer. S/N 21000. Eng. # 63379. White/black leather. Odo: 160 km. RB (for “roll bar”) is the targa version with fiberglass body; 613 means it’s a 6-cylinder 1.3, two of which ran in the 1966 Le Mans. In good order for a racer, although it has never raced; unworn leather on single bucket seat. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $301,999. side-plug heads, new exhaust and hangers. Unused since resto. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $445,051. Has been in the U.S. and then Holland. Sold slightly under mid-estimate, but a fair deal given that it’s unlikely to get Ferrari Classiche papers. #250-1964 FERRARI 330 GT 2+2 coupe. S/N 6113. Gold/tan leather. Odo: 39,704 km. Better than it looks from the catalog or from 10 paces. Recently restored, straight, clean and tidy, nice paint and new chrome. Sits right on refurbished Borranis. New leather. Ferrari tor clean and tidy, unworn perforated vinyl trim. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $246,368. First in a collection of ASAs from the De Nora family which built the cars, and one of four 411s built. Offered at no reserve, it more than doubled its high estimate. Well sold and well bought—an incredibly rare piece for the Etceterini collector. #238-1966 ASA 1000 GT coupe. S/N 1214. Eng. # 173207. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 29,329 km. This is the “standard” one with Last one of only three RBs made, none of which sold to customers. More recently prepared for historic racing with the hope that it could run in the Le Mans Classic, but that would have meant changing the hoop, which the restorers weren’t prepared to do. So it remains ineligible, although it does have an FIA Technical Passport. Something of an orphan, then, which helps explain why it was let go slightly under low estimate. #242-1969 MASERATI MISTRAL Spy- der. S/N AM109S731. Silver/black leather. Odo: 30,913 km. Good car restored 10 years ago, still with its fuel injection and original heat shields underhood. Original black leather unworn but going a little baggy; decent dash, trim and carpets. With books and tools, which Classiche certified, Belgian title. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $230,472. Offered at no reserve but sold for stronger money than S1s have been getting in the U.K. Single-headlight S2s will always be worth more (and some have been converted), but this was well sold. #240-1965 ASA 1000 GT coupe. S/N 1138. Eng. # 173115. Red/brown leather. Odo: 76 pleases retailers. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $368,756. From the same owner as Lot 241, the Porsche Speedster. This sold right where expected in a fair deal both ways—and still half the price of a roughly mechanically equivalent Aston Martin. © Sports Car Market


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Russo and Steele Newport Beach, CA Russo and Steele — Newport Beach 2013 A well-restored Aston Martin DB6 went for $457k — a record for a non-Vantage coupe Company Russo and Steele Date June 21–22, 2013 Location Newport Beach, CA Auctioneers Frank Bizzarro, Chuck Engelmann, Phil Gee, Dan Roush, Rob Row, Jeff Stokes Automotive lots sold/offered 105/343 Sales rate 31% Sales total $6,503,865 High sale 1968 Aston Martin DB6 coupe, sold at $456,500 Report and photos by Michael Leven Market opinions in italics D espite SoCal’s deep car-culture roots, collector-car auctions have shown lackluster performance here time and again. Russo and Steele is the latest auction house to try and crack the tricky Southern California market. When they held their first event here in late June, Drew Alcazar and his team made a respectable debut, with total sales of $6.5m and an average sold price of $62k. At the Newport Dunes Beachfront Resort 2008 Bugatti Veyron, sold at $1,078,000 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices ing to cash in on the red-hot market for “das Bus.” Honors for top sale went to a 2008 Bugatti Veyron, which broke into the seven- Newport Beach, CA in Newport Beach, Russo and Steele brought together their usual mix of upscale European sports and luxury cars, American muscle, customs, resto-mods and historic race cars. There were more 20 Mustangs of various flavors, including five Boss models, and multiple Shelbys, both real and replica. No fewer than four VW Transporters crossed the block here, all well restored and clearly try- figure column, selling for $1.1m. The next-highest sale was for a well-restored Aston Martin DB6 that went for $457k — a record for a non-Vantage coupe. The highest amount paid for an American car was $270k for a one-of-one, no-questions 1970 W-30 Oldsmobile 442. The only example ordered new with the W-27 option aluminum rear-axle carrier, it was restored to an extraordinary level and sold post-block for the staggering sum. A trio of historic drag cars did quite well. The “Stone Age Man” AA/FD front-engine rail sold for a very respectable $94k, as did Kenny Bernstein’s 1980 “Budweiser King” Funny Car. Finally, another late ‘60s Top Fuel digger named “Blood, Sweat, and Nitro” went for a healthy $74k (profiled in SCM’s sister publication—American Car Collector, Sept-Oct 2013 issue). A few cars fell into the “very well bought” category. A 2006 Jaguar XJ Super V8 with 23k miles found a new home at $26k; a 1957 E-code baby ’Bird was a screaming deal at $41k, and a ’55 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible sold just under $50k. Other good values included a matching-numbers ’68 Pontiac Firebird 400 at $16k, an exceptionally well-done ’72 Dodge Demon resto-mod at $36k, and a ’70 Boss 302 Mustang at an even $55k. In total, 105 cars sold out of 343 offered, which works out to a 31% sell-through rate. While on the surface it might seem a relatively modest figure, Russo and Steele was new to the area, and they faced competition from the nearby Dana Point Concours. Additionally, a lot of the attendees were clearly new to the collector-car market and bid only tentatively. Just as important, many of the consignors set top-of-the-market reserves and refused to budge when bidding ceased at more realistic numbers. Looking forward, the Russo and Steele team, with the remarkable energy and 1963 Porsche 356B cabriolet, sold at $126,500 78 tenacity of Drew Alcazar behind them, has a great chance at success in this market. They have talked about making a long-term commitment to the area, and that will help, too. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Russo and Steele Newport Beach, CA ENGLISH #S739-1952 TOJEIRO BARCHETTA roadster. S/N RMS1. Silver/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 10,574 miles. Fully documented period racer. Body style inspired the later, John Tojeiro-penned AC Ace. Alloy-bodied car weighs 1,200 pounds and is powered by 1.4-L MG engine. Bulged hood held down by leather straps—no latch. Very good paint. Left and right Monza-type fuel fillers. Several makes of #F548-1968 ASTON MARTIN DB6 coupe. S/N DB63365L. Black/black leather. Odo: 45,917 miles. Overall workmanship to very high standard. Paint is excellent; only nits are a slight issue on right rear rain gutter and rough edges at stainless trim on beltline of both sides. Trim and shutlines to show standard. Distinctly blue tinted glass and headlight covers. Retrofitted with NOS adjustable rear shocks. Original build sheet included. Origi- GERMAN #S654-1953 VOLKSWAGEN TYPE 14A replica Hebmüller cabriolet. S/N 10539041. Metallic blue/gray cloth/periwinkle leather. Odo: 112,967 miles. A replica car built on a real “date-coded” 1953 VW chassis. New panels made from re-created stampings. Shares few panels with even a cabriolet of the time. Fantastic build quality. Painted exceptionally well in a modern-looking, but claimed 1953, VW color. All trim parts either authentic restored originals or NOS. Motor rebuilt to 36hp spec from original 25 hp. Beautifully done gauges in turned aluminum dash. A unique piece of vintage-racing history. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $159,500. A frequent flier, this car crossed the block twice in the past two years unsuccessfully, no-saling at RM Scottsdale 2011 at $143k (SCM# 168565) and at RM Monterey 2012 at $154k (SCM# 212846). Those previous offers make this price look market-correct. #S622-1967 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III roadster. S/N HBJ8L39220. Healey Blue & Old English White/blue vinyl/blue leather. Odo: 90,812 miles. A genuine driver without pretense. Panel fit good. Trim all there and straight, but lightly pitted everywhere. Paint uneven with various chips around door edges. A good buffing would do wonders. Newish upholstery and carpets. Wooden dash with clear gauges. Wire wheels in good shape. Straight six and engine bay look fine, but like nally Platinum-colored. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $456,500. Last sold in 2005 at RM Monterey for $91k (SCM# 39194). The first owner of this car was Heinrich Nordhoff, the post-war head of Volkswagen, but he died a month after taking delivery. This was a “world record” price for a non-Vantage/Volante DB6. Aston Martin values are moving very fast, so it is hard to pin down a market-correct price. While this sale might appear to break through and set a new standard, it may just be ahead of the market. At least until the next sale, well sold. #F561-1993 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL R 2-dr sedan. S/N SZBZB03D5PCX42129. Black/black leather. Odo: 64,752 miles. Originally owned by actor Kelsey Grammer; purchased new for $425k. $35k worth of receipts over past six years. Panels laser-straight. Most of the original paint still looks fantastic. Cracking around headlight bezels only demerit. Leather looks very good but broken in, commensurate with age and mileage. Not legal felt-like top. Leather seats very inviting. Asnew throughout. Fewer than 1,000 “Hebs” were built, and about 100 are thought to survive. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $53,000. Principals enlisted former Mercedes stamp maker to create the stamps. Commitment to excellence shows in every aspect of this car. Consignor—and project partner—called the car “coachbuilt” and seemed to bristle at notion of selling kits. Hope this is an ongoing project. I got the impression they will build more. Market-correct bid? Depends on how many they make. It certainly did not cover prototype build cost. #S753-1963 PORSCHE 356B cabriolet. S/N 158169. Signal Red/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 91,693 miles. Late B Cabriolet. Panel alignment good; stainless unblemished and straight; trim pieces with light pitting throughout. Paint is very nice, with light scratching on driver’s door. Some rubber poorly fitted around right taillight and windshield seal. Wood steering wheel nice. Engine rebuilt with big-bore kit (to 1750 cc). Ported everything else, show clear signs of use. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. Quite possibly my favorite colors on a 3000. Classic. This car looked like it just drove in from afar, both in condition amd presentation. It felt like an honest piece, and I advised one interested bidder that if he could have it for $40k, he would be doing well. Alas, the bidding died at $45k, and the car was a no-sale. Healey prices have cooled considerably since their high-water days; the best cars can still push six figures, but lots of really good ones can be had for $50k–$60k. 80 in California due to as-delivered engine modifications. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $30,800. At this price, celebrity ownership clearly did not bring any premium. Higher mileage and fear of that first repair bill, or that the car could not be licensed in California, might have hampered the bidding. But with all the service and repair documents provided, one could go forward with some confidence. Purchased by the same Arizona dealer who bought the slightly nicer Lot S620, the ’95 Continental R, for just over $40k. Both cars were well bought. and polished heads breathing through incorrect Webers. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $126,500. Mostly well-turned-out tub. Looks great in Signal Red. A little weekend work will fix the niggling things. While the devoted all like to Sports Car Market


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Russo and Steele Newport Beach, CA tweak their cars, it might be frowned upon at shows. This car was sold at RM’s 2006 Monterey auction with 89,861 miles and in #3 condition for $88k (SCM# 42701). Clearly the car has enjoyed some TLC and money spent on it in the interim, to its benefit. Top-of-the-market price for condition, but no harm done in the long run. #S712-1969 PORSCHE 911S coupe. S/N 119301008. Tangerine/black leather. Odo: 30,306 miles. Matching numbers per Kardex. Original owner’s manual, warranty book, toolkit. Gaps mostly good; driver’s door tight at front edge. Stainless with some pitting and scratching. Recent paint to show standards. Door window seals two inches too long and stick out of rails and into the wind; same with rubber on front overriders. Seats firm and full. Driver’s seat back on passenger’s side and vice versa. Package shelf rough. Engine clean but not detailed; not happy at startup and right front corner. Interior nicely preserved. With Momo steering wheel. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $57,750. Consignor had several other cars for sale, and each was extremely well presented and highly detailed. He was constantly working and polishing his steeds, and the result here reflects it. Two years ago this would have been a market-leading price, but I have witnessed two $50k-plus sales in the last year. Likely coat-tailing on same-era early 911 pricing. Welcome to the new reality for this formerly scorned VW/Porsche hybrid. See the profile on p. 50. #F469-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE coupe. S/N 11102612000305. Dark blue/ Parchment leather. Odo: 90,439 miles. A SoCal desert car from new. Consignor is second owner who kept car in sealed, filtered air chamber. Spectacular repaint let down by variable gaps. Rubber all very good except cracking at rear window. Chrome very good; trim laser-straight and unmarred. Nicely preserved leather with slight wear; driver’s side arm rest cracked. Top of rear seat cracked. Wood ap- by Al Leake; CSRG and HMSA vintage racing-eligible. Paint to better-than-race standard. Smooth and well applied. Most trim removed, but window-surrounds still nice. Plexiglas windows. Triangulated roll bar, not a full cage. Engine compartment spartan and tidy to raceprep standards. Limited-slip diff. Five-hour run time since engine rebuild. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $34,000. Claimed and appeared ready to race, but of course you’d need to have it fully vetted before doing so. Looked great on repro Minilites. Hard to say if the car is competitive, but some of the vintage organizations discourage flat-out racing anyway. Likely could not be club raced, as safety cell not to current standard. Not a lot of money for a whole lot of fun. Bidding seemed on the low end of correct, based on quality of work. #S747-1967 FERRARI 330 GTC coupe. S/N 9159. Silver/black leather. Odo: 5,026 miles. 1966 Turin show car. Cosmetically very good. Metallic silver paint well applied over flawless prep. Dust and debris in the paint spoil the party. Gaps better than new. Trim mostly excellent except right headlight ring with strip of missing chrome. Wood dash clear and bright. Seat leather somewhat dull but with lovely patina. Classic Ferrari 3-Weber blowing a little white smoke. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $110,000. What can you say about early 911 prices? This was a real S in a great Porsche color and could have pulled a really big number. Given the recent trends, the high bid might look on the light side, but the shoddy detail work such as the seat backs and rubber trim are the bright red flags of a rush job. And I haven’t priced a 911 rebuild in 25 years, but even back then a stock job cost over $6k. Car did not inspire confidence, so I can see why bidders did not go any higher. #S651-1970 PORSCHE 914/6. S/N 9140431057. Tangerine/black vinyl/black leather. Most recent steward restored car 20 years ago during 30-year ownership. Barebody repaint in Tangerine cost $10k at that time; still looks very good. Front “Porsche” crest gone, holes filled during respray. Incorrect Euro rear badge reads “914-6 VW Porsche.” European taillights a common period retrofit. Trim lightly pitted throughout, chrome very good. Targa top worn through at pears to be redone. Dealer-installed a/c. Rare factory sunroof. Said to be number 305 of 1,320. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $46,200. A clearly well-loved and very well-maintained car. While not a hot rod like the 6.3-L sedan, these first-generation 3.5-L V8s have very usable power and torque and hold their own in modern traffic. Easy to see oneself using a car like this for a fine night on the town or a longdistance cruise. A hair pricey, but not overly so. This car could be bought with confidence, and what little was wrong could be fixed without going upside-down. Market-correct. ITALIAN #S624-1964 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA Sprint coupe. S/N AR385765. Blue/black vinyl. Striking in bright French Blue. Restored layout under hood, but strong smell of stale gas a little disturbing for a car of this caliber. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $505,000. As one of the few “affordable” Enzo V12s left, 330 pricing looks to be moving very fast. A red ’66 sold for $737k at Gooding Scottsdale in January against a nearly $500k high estimate (SCM# 214765). Consignor here might have been trying to capture some of that lightning, and if I were sitting on a 330, I’d be willing to wait and roll the dice, too. #S660-1967 FIAT DINO Spider. S/N 13SAS0000689. Red/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 84,030 miles. One of 1,133 Turin-built Dinos, from a total of 1,989. From same consignor as Lot S651, the Porsche 914/6, and equally well presented. Correct single-stage 82 Sports Car Market


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Rising Sun Recent sales of Japanese collector cars by Tony Piff (All text within quotes minimally edited from online descriptions) #111130463237-1967 Toyota Crown Deluxe sedan. S/N MS4510749. 88,463 miles. “Straight 6, single overhead cam, 4-speed manual, power disc brakes. Original miles. All original except for a repaint in original color. Rust in rocker panels was cut out with new metal welded in. Runs and drives well, not perfect. Includes owner’s manuals, factory jack and tools. Correct hubcaps are in the trunk.” Condition: 3. Russo and Steele Newport Beach, CA paint lustrous; very well done. Gaps to factory standard. Trim mostly good. Big flaw in hood, has to be seen in the right light, but it’s there. Windshield-surround badly pitted. Front bumper with some polishing scratches; chrome otherwise very good. Newish leather looks, feels and smells delicious. With original tool kit. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $57,500. Definitely on the rise over the past few years; Fiat Dino prices spiked in 2008 and never went down, possibly because so few come to market. This model may also be trending like or coat-tailing on—albeit well behind—246 Dinos. More sporty than sports car, this was a very nice example and worth more than the high bid. Seller knew what he had and will come back another day to fetch $5k–$10k more. #S609-1970 FIAT ABARTH 595 2-dr SOLD AT $3,101. The four-door sedan body style doesn’t help collectibility, but the 6-banger under the hood doesn’t hurt. Pre-1970 production Toyotas are essentially orphan cars, valued at whatever they sell for on the day of auction. This certainly looks like the bottom of the market. Well bought. eBay Motors. #271205873697-1990 Honda CRX Si coupe. S/N JHMED9362LS002872. 237,489 miles.“5speed. All-original, interior spotless, seats excellent, original floor mats. No scratches or dings. Drives well and is tight.” Condition: 3+. sedan. S/N 110F24678232512. White/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 136 miles. Restored in Turin in 2011. Repaint to driver-plus quality. Filler and paint in rain gutters rough and cracked. Both front inner fender wells wavy and not to factory standard; possible repaired crash damage. Interior nicest part of car. Little 2-cylinder with Abarth sump and valve cover; standard Fiat intake with incorrect Weber carb. Registered with Associazione Sportiva Abarth leather. Odo: 25,333 miles. Nice, nearly stock, low-mile example of a period icon. Unrestored. Orange paint still very nice. Gaps to factory, trim straight. Later, large rubber bumpers correct but unfortunate. Stock interior all there, nice and well detailed. Gated shifter a handsome nod to Maranello. Most engine mods internal: massaged heads, hot cam. Takes me back to my youth. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $46,000. Along with the famous Farrah Fawcett pin-up, Pantera posters adorned the walls of countless teenage boys back in the ’70s. I was lucky—while I never got to meet Miss Fawcett, I did get to wash my dad’s Grabber Blue Pantera every Saturday! The rumble of that Cleveland in your back was amazing... Sorry, where was I? Thankfully free of whiz-bang customizations and in an unusual and attractive color, this was still a middle-of-the-spectrum car that could have sold at this middle-of-the-spectrum price. JAPANESE #F468-1966 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ45 pickup. S/N FJ4526410. Gray/black vinyl. Odo: 15,974 miles. Modest refurbishment with subsequent use. Newish, incorrect gray paint applied reasonably well over okay prep, already showing signs of age. Flip-down windshield. Door handles, hood latches badly pitted; no other trim to review. Various hinges showing rust. Diamond-plate panel covers most of bed floor. POR-15 or similar applied throughout bed; otherwise truck appears solid. SOLD AT $4,300. Teenage customizers have obliterated the supply of these sporty econocars, which may give complete, unmolested examples a headstart on future collectibility. Only concern here is the replaced front valance, which should be black. If no wreck damage underneath, this looks marketcorrect, as mileage truly doesn’t matter, and Si trim is a bonus. eBay Motors. #161048405412-1972 Datsun 240Z coupe. S/N HLS3053726. 64,789 miles. “California 240Z in fantastic restored condition. Meticulously maintained. Extensive service history and receipts. Original rebuilt drivetrain. No sign of rust or collision damage. Seats and carpet redone. Dash is cracked under cover. Modern stereo.” Condition: 2-. and Fiat Registro Storico. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $33,000. A well-known Etceterini expert advised me, “Make sure it’s not built from a kit and is a real (Abarth) factory car.” This car’s early history was very convoluted; multiple sales and license plate changes, then disappearing for many years only to be “rediscovered” (in Italy) and restored to its claimed original spec (in Italy). Factory cars are very easy to re-create, and with all the red flags, further research is warranted. Cheap as a factory car, overpriced as a kit, or really expensive as a hotted Cinquecento. #S630-1974 DETOMASO PANTERA coupe. S/N THPNPY07197. Orange/black F1 engine rebuilt 3,000 miles ago. With 4wd and newish BFG A/T tires. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $24,500. These simple and rugged trucks make a period Chevy feel positively luxurious. They are completely devoid of creature comforts. Probably rides like a buckboard, so not suited to commuting, but looks cool and would handle any big job without breaking a sweat. Admiration aside, these are not particularly rare, and the final bid looks steep for condition. That should have taken it home. AMERICAN SOLD AT $8,852. Great price for a small-bumper Z with no pressing needs. Incorrect body-colored grille and taillight panel should be easy to correct. Very well bought. eBay Motors. ♦ 84 #F464-1946 FORD SUPER DELUXE convertible. S/N 899A2275500. Tan/brown cloth/brown leather. Odo: 76,848 miles. 239-ci V8, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Claimed all-original save paint; gaps, bodywork could be factory. Chrome polished well but a bit worn; trim straight and mostly very good. Both wing windows delaminating. Painted woodgrain dash Sports Car Market


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Russo and Steele Newport Beach, CA scuffed in spots, cracking throughout. Gauges clear and very nice. Original upholstery in good condition and, except for lightly mottled coloration, belies its age; exterior overspray on passenger’s seatback. Engine bay tidy. Still glory. Period-correct Ed Pink rebuild with 2,500 hp. Mooneyham blower. Paint redone in final iteration of period scheme. Pearl White body with thick band of red roses the length of #S741-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. S/N 9F02Z173010. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 26,838 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Offered with a Deluxe Marti Report. California car from new. Paint dull with poor taping all around; rain gutters rough, perhaps to factory standards. Streaked and thin paint under rear bumper. “Mustang” letters across rear hatch uneven. Magnum 500 wheels. Upholstery may be original. All looks correct under hood, including overspray and running on six volts. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $33,000. Museum display for many years accounts for the admirable preservation. Nice period accessories—grille guard, spotlights, wheelskirts, power top, Fenton headers—make this a great piece for cruise night. When I reviewed this car last year at B&T Specialty’s Hot August Nights sale, I said, “The high bid ($38k) was sufficiently close to the reserve ($40k) to wonder about the economics of taking it home and trying again later” (SCM# 213442). The market has spoken again; this honest car isn’t getting any better and deserves a new home. #S758-1966 DODGE HEMI CORONET 2-dr hard top. S/N WP23H67268107. Gold Metallic/gold vinyl. Odo: 7,872 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Plain-Jane appearance on the outside, serious business on the inside. Said to be one of 300 1966 Coronet 500 Hemis, and one of 34 in this rather subdued gold color. Dog-dish hubcaps. Only external nod to performance is the Redline tires. Decent paint. Most trim very good—a bit dull at rear. Car the car. Just enough room in cockpit to place your legs over the top, and your manhood directly against the diff. Owner/Driver George Hutcheson present at auction. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $93,500. After its racing days, this car was loaned to a college for its vocational education program! Nearly four decades later, in 2009, George Hutcheson reclaimed and restored his car to its former glory. Hutcheson is perhaps most famous for having red ostrich feathers sprouting from his helmet. In one famous picture, driving the car down Mulholland Drive in LA, he lit the feathers on fire with his zoomies. That kind of history is worth every penny of $93,500. #F525-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. S/N 9F02G197417. Wimbledon White/Light Blue Kiwi vinyl. Odo: 294 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed to be one of two ’69 Boss 302s in Wimbledon White with Light Blue Kiwi interior (for good reason, methinks). Repaint very well done with good gaps; rain gutters rough, however. Rear deck sits low. Bumpers nicely rechromed. Unique interior could be original. Just as well, as I am not sure the repro market keeps a lot of Light inspections stickers. Kar Kraft #1520. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $165,000. Not the worst Boss 429 I’ve seen lately, but certainly not the best either; bidding reflects the condition. Serious 429 buyers, like hardcore Corvette guys, are pretty particular. They know what’s right and wrong, and every type of nut and bolt down to the lugs. This car sold at Mecum Anaheim in November for $186k, well below the top of the market. This is even further below that, so no wonder it didn’t sell. #F546-1970 DODGE HEMI CHALLENGER R/T 2-dr hard top. S/N JS23R0B376276. Go Mango/black vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 57,274 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Real-deal, R-code R/T Hemi Challenger with non-original, date-coded block. One of 287 hard tops in 1970, said to be one of one optioned like this in Go Mango. Older paint and restoration holding up well. Vinyl top still excellent. Gaps very good. Trim mostly good, locked throughout preview, but interior looks good through windows. Tidy underhood. Dana Sure Grip rear end puts all that Hemi power down. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $65,000. It seemed this car flew completely under the bidders’ radar. Ironically, the original owner probably ordered it with such invisibility in mind. Could have sold at this price based on condition, but consignor may be waiting for Hemi madness to make a comeback. #S756-1968 RACE CAR SPECIALTIES “Stone Age Man” dragster. S/N N/A. Pearl White & black/black. MHD. 392-ci supercharged V8. Well-known and successful car around the drag stips of SoCal in the days of front-engine rails. Now restored to former 86 Blue Kiwi on hand. Laughable claimed horsepower rating of 290 (same as the Z/28) is actually closer to 400. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $56,100. This car was a $47k no-sale at Russo’s Scottsdale auction this past January (SCM# 214980). Hammer price here was a little better, and the consignor was wise to cut it loose. That said, it was well bought for an iconic, highly desirable artifact of factory homologation. Despite the rarity of the “Kiwi” upholstery, I think future value might be enhanced with a new, black interior. (Oh, the blasphemy!) with heavy polishing marks in places. Upholstery good but slightly dirty from use. Tidy underneath with new exhaust system. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $100,000. Not sure how the restoration looked when done, but this one is no longer a show queen and clearly gets used. And with the replacement block, seems that there is little to lose in letting this thumper do its thing and enjoying all that power and torque. High bid was $10k–$20k under market for even a driver-quality car. © Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Oxford, U.K. Bonhams — The Banbury Run An Austin Seven engine sold for $12,900 after it turned out to be a rare Ulster unit Company Bonhams Date June 15, 2013 Location Oxford, U.K. Auctioneer Sholto Gilbertson Automotive lots sold/offered 90/105 Sales rate 86% Sales total $2,342,654 High sale 1952 Cisitalia Nuvolari Spyder Auto Italia sports racer, sold at $108,105 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics A fter hitting a home run at this venue a few months ago, Bonhams returned in June for a second 2013 Oxford sale. The auction coincided with The Banbury Run, so motorcycles featured heavily. They almost swept the board, with some amazing prices raised at what has traditionally been regarded as a small regional sale. A small-bumper Porsche 911T 2.4 with plenty 1966 Aston Martin DB6, sold at $210,326 Buyers’ premium 15% up to $78,115, 12% thereafter ($1 = £0.64) 308 GTSi QV hit a high $85k (remarkable, considering its rusty and folded rocker joints), while a 1989 Audi Quattro with 36,000 miles, offered at no reserve, sold for $29k against an expectation of $16k–$19k. The lot following, a low-mile Sierra Oxford, U.K. of needs hit $76k against a $19k–$24k estimate — presumably as the basis for an RS 2.7 rep (even if the numbers don’t stack up) — and an Austin Seven engine, part of a job lot of parts that could form the basis of a racer, sold for $12,900 after it turned out to be a rare Ulster unit; pre-sale it was expected to make just $300–$500. From the Leven Collection, a low-mileage Ferrari Sapphire RS Cosworth 4x4 from the collection, topped $29k against a similar presale estimate. Showing that ’90s performance cars are in vogue, a Fiat coupe turbo from the same ownership sold for $14k against a $7k–$10k estimate, no doubt helped by low mileage. The final car offered from the collection, a Big Healey rally car that had obviously been left outside to rust for a decade, sold for $34k, also beating its estimate. All 19 cars from the collection were offered at no reserve, and they totaled $639k. There are no really huge numbers here, so the high spot was taken at $210k for a DB6 — respectable for a tired car, although still in regular use. In the “celebrity” spot, the 1988 Jaguar XJ-S V12 first used by Sarah, Duchess of York, and later subjected to KWE upgrades, sold for $22k. Or if you wanted to spend a little bit more, you could have had a 1966 AEC RML Routemaster bus for $31k. A 1953 Bentley R-type Special reached $117k against an $80k–$95k estimate, which was $30k less than a similar car being sold three counties away on the same day by H&H, and a 1952 Cisitalia “Nuvolari Spyder” (by Auto Italia) realized an above-estimate $108k. The only non-sellers were a Lancia Fulvia Zagato 1600, “Steady” Barker’s old NSU Ro 80, an average Bentley Eight, a 1922 Delahaye Type 87 tourer, a Maserati BiTurbo Spider and two Morgan projects, all near the end of the sale. As ever, the sale room was packed. John 1953 Bentley R-type Special roadster, sold at $116,918 90 Polson, Motor Car Department Specialist, observed, “People were even bidding from outside.” ♦ $2.5m $1.5m $2m $.5m $1m 0 Sports Car Market Sales Totals 2013 2012


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Bonhams Oxford, U.K. ENGLISH BEST BUY #144-1929 MORGAN AERO Anzani 3-wheeler. S/N 1251A. Eng. # M31321. Blue/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Clean, tidy and restored condition. Radiator shell glows nicely, varnished timber is bright, paint looks good. Has had the work for you. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $34,383. Offered at no reserve, sold at lower estimate and then immediately retailed for £6k ($10k) more by the dealer who consigned the Morris Minor pickup. Not the most handsome of things, but looks an exceptional value compared with a Mk V Jag or Mk VI Bentley. $7,500, but two things counted against it: 1) looks and 2) it’s not Vintage, and that limits event eligibility. #145-1934 MORGAN SPORTS various motors over the years but now wears a period-correct Anzani M3 V-twin, rebuilt in 2009. Two-speed manual ’box and no reverse. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $45,240. Bought at low estimate. A similar car is being advertised at £39,950 (about $62k) by a British dealer right now, so it looks as if the buyer got a bit of a deal. #137A-1930 AUSTIN SEVEN special roadster. S/N N/A. Gray primer/gray vinyl. RHD. Kit of parts, probably enough there with a few duplicates to make a complete shortchassis Speedex or Hamblin Cadet-type Seven special. Chassis not overly rusty, body good JAP engine, although Lot 145A was an Anzani 8-valve V-twin, which this car may once have used. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $54,289. Sold at lower estimate, looking a fair deal for a nice driver. Interestingly, it’s about the same price as a new Morgan 3 Wheeler, now available in the U.S. (You gotta try one!) #126-1949 DAIMLER DB18 drophead and straight, seats intact. Rummaging though the boxes will use up a few evenings. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $527. Sold where expected, at bottom of estimate range, and will no doubt make one man and his shed very happy for beer money. Yes, there is a market for this tat. #101-1934 AUSTIN SEVEN Special roadster. S/N 204501. Green/black cloth/ black leather. miles. Well-made special but with slightly ungainly, slabby looks due to long wheelbase, and an uninspiring dashboard. Homemade independent front suspension is thoughtfully done. Some tuning parts including later SU on motor. Remote gear selector from an MG. Seat leather lightly worn and creased. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $9,952. First car offered from the 19-car Leven Collection, and like the others, no reserve. It fetched more than the unusually low estimate of $4,500– 92 coupe. S/N 53288. Silver & gray/black cloth/ red leather. RHD. Odo: 72,939 miles. Generally excellent, straight and restored. Door fit is a little out. Goodish older chrome. New leather, carpets and top. Original instruments now look a little out of place in shinily redone dash. Motor not up to the same cosmetic standard as rest of car. These have a 4-speed Wil- 3-wheeler. S/N D1055. Eng. # LTOWZD26826SKC. Green/red leather. RHD. Tidy and clean with good radiator plating. Odo is at zero, having reached 10,000 miles. Obviously much used and enjoyed, judging by the event stickers it wears. Power is from a watercooled #141-1952 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH “Teviot” Touring limousine. S/N WVH16. Eng. # W15H. Black/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 99,096 km. Very straight, good door fit—not easy with panels this huge. Very shiny with deep paint and excellent chrome. Leather is creased and cracked, most likely original. Crazed and distressed lacquer to dash, but veneers are good. All quite charming. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $63,337. Originally supplied to Paris (sold at the Paris Salon), into the U.K. 1971, in the Netherlands since 1987. The paltry $28k–$38k estimate wouldn’t even get you a nice Bentley Mk VI (to which this is related). Sold for double the estimate, and deservedly so. #129-1953 BENTLEY R-TYPE special roadster. S/N B109TO. Eng. # B54T. Dark blue/blue cloth/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 6,694 miles. R-type chopped down into a special, in finest Bentley tradition (chassis, shortened, engine moved back a foot and half). Very well made, and you’d never know it was fiberglass. Beautifully done with superb finishes and ex- cellent plating. Repainted again in past two years. Lightly worn leather, tatty and faded carpets. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $116,918. Elegant, but not quite as well proportioned as the similar car that H&H sold on the same day for $149k. Still, half the price of even the cheapest vintage Bentley, and a lot of folks won’t know the difference. #139-1953 FERGUSON TED20 tractor. son pre-selector ’box and Daimler’s “fluid flywheel,” so it’s a manual but does some of S/N TED177774. Gray. MHD. Restored 2007 and on new rear tires. Diesel pump is leaking and blue top hose looks out of place. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Oxford, U.K. Roll-hoop’s an “’elf an’ safety” thing, but could easily be unbolted. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,524. Yes, these things are collectible, and people restore them. This one was bought at Bonhams in 2009 as a birthday present. Offered at no reserve here and not pricey. #159-1956 BENTLEY S1 Radford sedan. S/N B193CM. Eng. # BC346. Black & silver/gray leather. Radford conversion, but not with the full hatchback— this has fold-down rear seats giving access to the trunk and space for longer items, and a picnic tray that folds out from the trunk lid. In good overall order, following restorations in BEST BUY spending money on a new steering wheel instead of welding up the alloy spokes have made more sense than new leather and carpets? Run away! Imported from the U.S. in 2012. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $43,431. One of the cheapest XKs you’ll buy, and not just because the owner probably didn’t want to drive it back to Holland. Most Americans probably don’t realize that for a sporty car in Europe, an autobox is an instant dealbreaker 98% of the time. In fairness in this case, XKs aren’t that sporty, so it kinda’ coulda’ made sense. No, what counted against this is just that it wasn’t a very nice car. As the catalog put it: “A solid basis for further improvement.” If we Brits overdo anything, it’s our understatement. #119-1958 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-6 BN4 2+2 convertible. S/N BN4O60963. Green/white fiberglass/black velour. RHD. Former historic rally car looks as if it’s been left outside in the rain for at least 10 years. Steel fenders and hood. Rust everywhere, which has blown off a lot of the paint and filler. Chassis looks straight and unhammered, #130-1962 JAGUAR XKE coupe. S/N 860874. Eng. # R74839. Dark blue/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 8,834 miles. Good and straight, decent in door shuts, although backs of rockers are rusting through. A few dust marks in respray. Lightly worn and soiled older leather. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $63,337. Sold about $15k behind Lot 115, the restored 4.2 coupe, and a dealer I know is pondering whether to ask $80k for a similar car in similar condition, so there’s some money in hand to sort it. Whether it’s a good buy comes down to how much you can fix the rockers and paint it for, and for how long it’ll hold up before you need to get into a major restoration. #122-1962 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM V limousine. S/N 5BX82. Green & cream/ green leather. RHD. Odo: 33,699 miles. Restored and repainted 1996. Intricate latticework on sides is a wrap. Loaded with extras that cost a ton at the time, including TV, video player, fax machine, three phones, wine cooler and cocktail cabinet. Originally registered to Hanson Haulage Ltd and with the Hanson 1972 and 1982, with decent paint, chrome and leather. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $48,860. In this ownership since 1962. Interestingly, this is the second of these rare, “less ambitious” S-type/ Cloud Radfords to come on the market in the same month, as Artcurial had a similar 1956 Royce-badged example in Paris that sold for $75k. Well bought. #160-1957 JAGUAR XK 140 SE coupe. S/N S834046BW. Green/black leather. Odo: 70,013 miles. Not too bad looking (at least the color is right), but paint is chipped and has areas of sinkage, chrome is scratched and rustspeckled. Door fit only fair and tight on right side, and hinges have dropped. And wouldn’t but rear crossmember has rotted. Still with Autostorica twin tripmeter. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $34,383. Originally left-hand drive, probably converted when made into a rally car about 20 years ago. A fairly amazing amount of money for a heap of work and trouble, when essentially you’re only buying the running gear—and that’s all rotten. Tripmeter must be worth something, though. #114-1960 MGA Twin Cam roadster. S/N YD31729. Eng. # 16GBU1302. White/red leather. RHD. Odo: 283 miles. Restored about 20 years ago and almost unused since, hence the tiny mileage. Tidy, with usual variable panel gaps. New leather. Motor clean in origi- family until 1996, when it was acquired by the seller. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $86,862. One of several Royce limos that have been filtering through Bonhams from the Harrods fleet— hence the distinctive livery. Offered but not sold at $135k at Bonhams’ annual RREC sale in Northamptonshire 2002 (SCM# 28719). Didn’t look a huge amount of money for such a huge car, as Bonhams did better with its sister 5BV97 at Hendon earlier this year at $124k (SCM# 222006), but it was within the estimate range. nal finishes. With original jack and tools. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $54,289. From the Leven Collection, all of which have been unused in the recent past. Sold where expected, and a fair deal unless there are nasty surprises before it runs again. 94 #111-1965 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III BJ8 Phase II convertible. S/N HBJ8L33832. Green & white/black cloth/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 2,286 miles. Another from the Leven Collection. Very straight and shiny, good chrome except where it’s flaking off the headlight rims, top tatty. Good repro vinyl seats. Was left-hand drive, presumably converted during 1990s restoration. Has been off the road for a time, so will need “recom- Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Oxford, U.K. which is in this case distressed with ripply, puffy-looking panels under cracked and pickled paint. But outriggers have only surface rust, and it’s been looked after mechanically, with new plug leads, heater valve and relatively new exhaust. Bumpers have a few ripples. Leather is likely original, creased and split. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $210,326. In this ownership since 1972, and sold for twice the lower estimate of $90k. I’d say not worth it given the further expense likely needed, but against recent sales of cars with “issues,” market-correct. missioning”—which could cover everything from a fluid change to a rebuild. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $56,098. This is the one with windup windows and the possibility of actual rear suspension movement, which ought to dilute the appeal somewhat, but has always been one of the most popular models. Priced about right, with perhaps a breath left in it for retail. #127-1966 AEC ROUTEMASTER RML bus. S/N 2569. Red/tartan velour. RHD. Overall fairly good appearance for a 50-year-old working vehicle, with some rivet repairs to body. Original AEC six replaced with Cummins C-series, as normal. Tires, a major expense, are decent Kumhos front and Michelins #115-1966 JAGUAR XKE coupe. S/N 1E21020. Eng. # 7E63049. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 99,979 miles. Very good all around. Former concours entrant, marred only by leather ripped through on both seats—by vermin, according to the catalog. Excellent paint and chrome. Very clean and tidy under- neath. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $77,814. Alhough the estimate was a low $30k–$45k, this was the right sort of money for a decent early coupe (although all non-barn-find Es have slipped back a bit since their 50th birthday two years ago). I’d say fairly bought and sold, and interestingly, the exact same price as the V12 roadster two lots earlier. rear. Rear deck area has clip-on cover. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $30,763. Withdrawn from service 2004. RML is the long-wheelbase version— handy, as this has been used for weddings and other functions, a role it is no doubt destined to continue. Slightly light of market money, so marginally well bought. #125-1966 ASTON MARTIN DB6 coupe. S/N DB62607R. Eng. # 4002615. Blue/blue Webasto/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 95,171 miles. Much better than some of the resto projects that have sold recently, but you never know what’s lurking under the skin— good order all round, nice paint. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $14,477. Bought by a dealer at H&H Duxford for $15k in April (SCM# 216317). Not sold on the day here, but appeared in the results later for this fair price. Seller took a haircut here. #112-1973 JAGUAR XKE S3 V12 con- vertible. S/N 1S2241. Eng. # 7S12997SA. Blue/black cloth/blue leather. RHD. Odo: October 2013 95 #167-1971 MORRIS MINOR pickup. S/N 296707. Maroon/maroon leather. RHD. Odo: 46,441 miles. Nicely presented and lightly rodded with disc brakes and electronic ignition, retrimmed in maroon leather. Former concours winner, and quite a rare beast. In


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Bonhams Oxford, U.K. 45,065 miles. In good order all around, following restoration in 1990, but has been off the road since 1989 and will require “recommissioning.” Some dust marks in respray. KWE (although spec is unclear). Repaint is a little orange-peely, no rot in structure, but a hint of the red stuff creeping out of the rocker seams. Lightly creased leather, excellent veneers, Momo wheel. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $21,715. The other unique selling point was that it was first driven by Sarah, Duchess of York, but does that make any difference to value? Given the money spent at KWE, this looks something of a bargain and let go well under lower estimate, but still twice the price of an average one. Redone leather and carpets still good. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $77,814. If the earlier cars have slipped back a bit, it looks as though the ugly V12 is holding even, as this was a fair price for a decent car with imperfect paint. The same price as the SI 4.2 coupe two lots later, and I know which I’d prefer, ripped seats and all. #124-1981 TALBOT SUNBEAM LOTUS hatchback. S/N T4DCYAL322865. Moonstone Blue/black velour. RHD. Odo: 62,840 miles. Although it looks like a Dodge Omni, these were serious rally rivals to the Mk2 Escort back in the day. This one’s been lightly prepped with roll cage and hydraulic hand brake, Brantz tripmeter, sumpguard. #120-1991 TVR V8S convertible. S/N N/A. Blue/black cloth & fiberglass/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 3,563 miles. Unused since 1994. V8S has a Rover, née Buick, V8 lump, replacing earlier versions’ Ford 2.8-liter. Think of it as an uglier Griffith, with which it overlapped. Good, tidy and unscuffed following rebuild after accident damage (not unusual...) that totaled it. Mileage is since completion. Ruched leather unworn. Unusually, dash ve- leather original and good apart from a couple of marks on back seat. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $50,669. Was in Oklahoma, then the Netherlands before arriving in Italy. From same collection as the Cisitalia. Let go under lower estimate, which was probably wise. #149-1972 PORSCHE 911T coupe. S/N Skidded underneath but retains complete interior. Straight, no rot, but repainted with the windows in. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,096. Sold slightly under estimate for about the same as a stock RS2000 road car would cost you—with which this would wipe the floor. A cost-effective way into grass-roots motorsport and suitable for road rallies, sprints and hillclimbs. Well bought. #147-1988 JAGUAR XJ-S convertible. S/N SAJJNADW3DA150787. Blue/blue cloth/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 91,169 miles. Well-kept and largely rust-free XJ-S, which is a rare thing. But the point here is that it was rebuilt and upgraded by marque specialist neers are holding up well. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $11,762. From the 19-lot Leven Collection at this sale. Sold quite high for one of these, but a lot of it was new. There’s a typical TVR story here. In trying to ascertain the chassis number, we couldn’t open the solenoid-opened hood or trunk lids, due to a flat battery. Where’s the battery? Under one of these lids, which won’t open. Later Griffiths and Chimaeras have sneaky mechanical releases. GERMAN #148-1962 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 microcar. S/N 78846. Red/clear Perspex/black vinyl. MHD. Odo: 49,167 miles. Restored in 2010. Excellent and very sharp, nice paint, retrimmed. Rare Perspex top has a few marks in bubble, but that’s to be expected. Cond: 2-. vived well. Presumably most attractive as a donor for an RS 2.7 replica. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $76,004. From a deceased’s estate, and who knows how much longer it would have stayed there? It sold for four times the money anyone expected (including Bonhams), so we were all singing off the same hymnsheet. This would have bought you a nice runner a couple of years ago, and was simply mad money for a car with so many needs—and this was the poverty model, remember. But note the price Bonhams got for the complete wreck at Goodwood Lot 301. I wish I’d bought a load of rotten old small-bumper 911s 20 years ago. SOLD AT $38,002. Before restoration, this was used by the British Museum curator for 96 #166-1975 NSU RO 80 sedan. S/N 0841000725. Eng. # XM205491. Agate Brown/blue velour. RHD. Odo: 75,304 miles. Good up top following repaint in original color in 1994. Sports Car Market 9112501863. Eng. # 6523175. Silver/blue vinyl. RHD. Odo: 47,221 miles. Doesn’t look too bad, but has rot issues in the floors, scuttle and kidney bowls. And it’s several different shades of silver, all done with the windows in. Trunk floor doesn’t look too bad, and wing bolts are undisturbed, although they’ll be the first things off. Most of the interior has sur- his daily commute into London. Prices have been climbing steadily in Europe in the past few years, and although this sold well over estimate, it’s not far off the mark in today’s money. #153-1966 MERCEDES-BENZ 600 se- dan. S/N 100012000764. Maroon/gray leather. Odo: 5,350 km. Standard-length 600, sits level, okay paint, some polish marks on chrome, plating of badges polished through. Exhaust welded and sloppy. Timber good,


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Bonhams Oxford, U.K. Lightly rusted and creased rockers, all stainless trim in good order. Seat velour has worn well. Formerly owned by legendary motoring writer Ronald “Steady” Barker (although he collection, for which it was acquired at Bonhams’ Monaco sale in 2003. Sold where expected today. #156-1964 FIAT 500D 2-dr sedan. S/N N/A. Green/black vinyl/green & white vinyl. Odo: 79,103 km. Suicide-door 500, good appearance, solid underneath, restored 2009 in Italy. Tidy motor, seats redone in vinyl. Couldn’t release trunk lid to check chassis did only 500 miles in it between 2007 and 2012). Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $5,400. Bought at Bonhams’ June 2012 Oxford sale for £4,830 (about $7,500) and consigned here with a $7,600–$11k estimate by the same vendor who was selling the Morris Minor pickup (Lot 167). Fair offer, but perhaps he couldn’t afford to lose money on two lots. #105-1989 AUDI QUATTRO coupe. S/N WAUZZZ85ZKA000109. Black/black leather. Odo: 59,270 km. Tidy, original (apart from gearknob) and unscuffed, and exhaust manifold didn’t blow when fired up. (It hadn’t run number—and presumably neither could Bonhams. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $11,762. Marketcorrect for a nice, clean and usable 500, whose prices have remained fairly steady for much of the past decade—even though it’s recently been voted “sexiest car” by readers of Top Gear magazine. #154-1971 FIAT ABARTH 595SS replica 2-dr sedan. S/N 110F2886385. Eng. # 126A4047981. White/black vinyl. Odo: 59,524 km. Shiny repaint with some cracks in seams. Ding in left front fender. Weak jacking points, re- black fiberglass/black leather. RHD. Odo: 15,834 miles. Looks good from up top, but rocker seams are folded-over and rusty, and there’s red overspray over thick underseal. Good, lightly creased leather. Engine bay is tidy. And yes, the front trunk lid has been refinished. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $85,052. Bought for the Leven Collection in 1990 from a wellknown Ferrari dealer. This looked promising, but I reckon the buyer overpaid given the remedial work needed—the $30k–$45k estimate reflects its real value, and the “necessary recommissioning” will swallow a few thousand if it requires belts. Would you chance it? Still, the “A308 RHD” plate must be worth something. #104-1998 FIAT COUPE Turbo coupe. S/N ZFA17500P0057816. Yellow/black leather. RHD. Odo: 3,549 miles. Almost like new and unscuffed thanks to low mileage, although a little dusty. Underhood protective coating still in place, seats unworn. I never for “several years.”) Cond: 2. SOLD AT $28,592. Offered at no reserve from the Leven Collection. Unmolested Ur-Quattros (badged with small q on definitive early model) have been rising in price, so although it fetched way above estimate, I’d call this fairly bought. ITALIAN #152-1952 CISITALIA NUVOLARI SPYDER Auto Italia sports racer. S/N SC01. Eng. # SC1. Red/brown leather. The first post-Dusio “Cisi” built by Auto Italia, based on the 202SMM Nuvolari Spyder but four inches shorter. Nicely made and aging sulting in creases in both rockers. Motor is based on a 126 unit—a common choice, as they’re probably cheaper, easier to find and ever so slightly stronger than the original 500 motor. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,286. Strong money for a car with some issues, however good-looking. #108-1984 FERRARI 308 GTSI QV Spyder. S/N ZFFLA13C000051031. Red/ understood these, but the rest of the world raved about them. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $13,572. Unused since 2003, offered at no reserve from the Leven Collection, and sold some way over the $6k–$9k estimate. This must have been unrepeatable. AMERICAN #140-1899 COLUMBIA motor buggy. S/N N/A. Red/black leather. RHD. Overall good order, powered by a two-stroke “twin.” Assembled from parts in early ’80s, took part in the 1986 London to Brighton, settling back well. Excellent door fit. Nicely creased leather. No speedo or odo. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $108,105. Raced in Argentina before coming back to Italy. First lot from a private European 98 ever since. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $18,096. Sold well behind estimate, being something of an unknown quantity, as it may actually date from 1905, thus rendering it ineligible for future Runs—which is where the value of Veteran cars lies. © Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctions Rockingham, U.K. H&H at Rockingham Castle A 1937 Bentley 4¼ Litre sold at $225k, and an 80k-mile 1982 Silver Spirit found $7,944 Company H&H Date June 15, 2013 Location Rockingham, U.K. Auctioneer Simon Hope Automotive lots sold/offered 37/57 Sales rate 65% Sales total $1,658,827 High sale 1937 Bentley 4¼ Litre Vanden Plas coupe, sold at $225,721 1937 Bentley 4¼ Litre coupe, sold at $225,721 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics H &H introduced a few more non-Cricklewood, non-Crewe and non-Derby cars to the lineup at its third sale at the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club’s annual extravaganza — but inside the tent it remained true to tradition, almost wall-to-wall Rolls-Royce and Bentley. As well as a gathering of the R-R clans, this is an opportunity to swap cars and stock, as outside the auction tent two of the biggest dealers in vintage Royces and Bentleys had brought along seemingly half their wares. Rather than being in competition with the auction, they see it as a way to reshuffle their stock, both buying and selling cars in the auction. Top seller this year was a Bentley — a sharply re- Buyer’s premium 12%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.64) stored former concours-winning 1937 4¼ with Vanden Plas coupe body, sold at $225k. Top-selling Royce was the Phantom I Tourer that last saw paint and trim in the 1970s, at $149k. It’s no longer supercharged, but engine tweaks mean it still puts out more than 200 hp at the wheels. The lovely Le Zebre special — an Edwardian cyclecar powered by a World Rockingham, U.K. War I 10-liter V8 Curtiss aero engine, and which has grown lights and mudguards since being built 20 years ago as a racer — shared the front stage with a super and elegant Bentley R-type special. Both sold, fetching $122k (50% over estimate) and $149k, respectively, as did a 1949 Bentley Mk VI H.J. Mulliner drophead coupe with aging paint at $129k. The $15k paid for a 1972 Silver Shadow can be explained by the 24,515 total mileage, good bodywork and fresh MoT, while an 80k-mile 1982 Silver Spirit with MoT offered the third owner several acres of motorcar for $7,944. A tidy 1984 Cadillac Seville Elegante — the big front-driver sported by an RREC member presumably as a statement of irony — trumped that at $5,424. Other non-R-R and non-Bentley fare in- cluded a 1931 Lagonda 2 Litre supercharged tourer, sold at the right money at $134k, and a recently restored 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II at $58k. A 1960 Frogeye (or Bugeye) Sprite made a strong $20k. At the cheaper end of the scale, a tidy Fiat 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II BT7 2+2 roadster, sold at $57,743 100 Barchetta auctioned to benefit the Kolkata City Mission fetched $3,850, and a tidy Morris Minor 1000 convertible sold for $14k. The last lot of the sale was, appropriately, a Rolls. The very well-kept, repainted, small-bumper Corniche looked a good value at $26k, confirming that this sale really does have a Rolls or Bentley for every price point. ♦ $2.5m $1.5m $2m $.5m $1m 0 Sports Car Market Sales Totals 2013 2012


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H&H Auctions Rockingham, U.K. ENGLISH #34-1920 SUNBEAM 16HP tourer. S/N 16264120. Green/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 9,929 miles. Straight body, goodish older repaint done during restoration 23 years ago, now getting a bit edgy. Black wings have been redone. Lovely nickel and brass including Auster rear screen. Buttoned black leather in good order. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $57,743. Last sold at H&H Buxton 2010 for tion Database shows that this car came to auction in 1998 at Sotheby’s Northamptonshire sale and failed to sell at an undisclosed high bid (SCM# 3844). In the U.S. 1960–98. Sold post-auction for the sort of money that a decent 20HP should attract; attractive looks and that Auster screen no doubt helped. Bought by a well-known vintage-Royce dealer and immediately retailed for £67,500 (about $104k). $50k, when we said, “Thought to be one of 16 surviving, this sold for the money expected, and it was quite deserved for such an original rarity” (SCM# 162088). But considering that the vendor rebuilt the engine and brakes and painted the wings within his $8,000 “profit,” I’d say the buyer’s got an even better deal here. #13-1926 ROLLS-ROYCE 20HP sedan. S/N GYK19. Maroon/black vinyl/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 8,121 miles. Good, straight, clean and tidy, but origins of the body are unknown. Leather lightly creased. Modern remote oil filter a sensible precaution. Only 305 miles in the past decade and unused for #14-1926 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM 1 tourer. S/N 74SC. Brown/black cloth/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 14,490 miles. The “Supercharged” Phantom, but no longer blown. Now with later SUs and fabricated exhaust headers following fire and rejuvenation in late ’70s. Very straight body is at least its third. Older paint still shiny and holding up well; a few tiny cracks around door hinges hardly show. mechanicals completely rebuilt. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $225,721. One of only two Derby Bentleys to wear this Vanden Plas style 1386, and the other car still exists, too. Originally supplied to Max Hoffmann in Vienna. Sold where expected for much the same price as a 3 Litre vintage Bentley. A fair deal both ways. #9-1939 ROLLS-ROYCE WRAITH the past two years, but has recently been run, and there’s a new battery. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $26,481. Probably the cheapest way into a Vintage Royce, and this one sold probably $15k behind retail, so a good deal. Post-1925, so four-wheel brakes, too. BEST BUY #21-1926 ROLLS-ROYCE 20HP tourer. S/N GUK50. Eng. # U2J. Primrose & black/black cloth/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 8,593 miles. Good overall, straight body, older paint wearing through at edges. Nice nickel plating, but has a couple of dings in headlights. Newish leather is unworn. New top. Auster rear screen. Good history reveals an engine change in 1959. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $65,095. The SCM Platinum Auc- 102 is lovely with real depth—and there’s lots of it. Painted wires behind Easiclean discs. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $85,739. One of the rarest preWorld War II Royces, this example apparently was not registered until 1944, which would make sense, as there was a world war in the Sports Car Market Nickel plating has lovely luster, leather now showing a little creasing. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $148,731. On the money for an interesting and usable lot with a good back-story. Centric blower was included in the deal in case anyone is brave enough to re-install it, but since it already does 205 hp at the back wheels, more than twice the standard output, that’s probably quite enough. #19-1931 LAGONDA 2-LITRE supercharged tourer. S/N OH9932. Eng. # 1816. Black/black cloth/green leather. RHD. Odo: James Young sedan. S/N WEC27. Yellow & black/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 63,758 miles. Straight, with nice paint and plating. Restoration in early ’90s included a proper rewire using correct materials and terminals. Motor tidy but not concours. Newish leather, timber 2,808 miles. Good appearance following rebuild by noted expert David Ayre. Excellent body fabric, alloy hood and scuttle straight. Excellent radiator plating, headlights dull with some plating coming off. Leather creased and baggy, some piping wearing through. Dash timber good but lacquer cracking. Likely not original engine. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $133,858. Unused for past four years but recently recommissioned. H&H has done well with 2-liter Lagondas in the past two years, and this was no exception, although the money here was just fair rather than strong—possibly due to that engine change, for at this vintage these things matter. (Unless it’s a Bentley.) #22-1937 BENTLEY 4¼ LITRE coupe. S/N B128KT. Red & black/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 82,986 miles. Really sharp, straight and proper following restoration five years ago, with much of body renewed. Good new paint, newish leather with maroon piping,


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H&H Auctions Rockingham, U.K. way. Sold where expected and a fair deal both ways. #28-1947 MG TC roadster. S/N TC3841. Red/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 51,360 miles. Good from 10 paces, although it turns out to be an older restoration and paint job. Some creases in old leather, some weeps and leaks pleted 20 years ago and wearing very well. Sold for $32k more than a similar car offered by Bonhams in Oxford the same day. #20-1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk II BT7 2+2 roadster. S/N HBT714215. Red/ black vinyl/red leather. RHD. Odo: 930 miles. Restored mid-noughties, mileage recorded is since completion. Door and panel fit pretty good, chassis straight (although lightly ham- though you could still have a Miata and a Fiat Barchetta for the same money). No price difference between Healey and MG variants (and remember, this was a Healey design). #57-1972 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE from motor. Rim cracked on Bluemels Brooklands steering wheel. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $20,122. Sold pretty light at lower end of estimate range. You could live with the cosmetics for a while, but the motor looks like it’s going to need sorting. #35-1949 BENTLEY MK VI drophead coupe. S/N B409DZ. Gunmetal/beige cloth/ gray leather. RHD. Odo: 52,102 miles. Very original car thanks to lowish mileage. Good older paint with a little microblistering. Nice chrome with a few rust speckles on spotlights. Well-worn leather could be original. mered and jacked). New leather and carpets. Motor concours in factory finishes, but it’s mildly hopped up to BJ8 spec. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $57,743. Original supplied to Canada as a left-hander, back to U.K. 2005. Sold right for model and condition. #37-1962 MORRIS MINOR 1000 con- vertible. S/N MA255D991868. White/red vinyl/red & white vinyl. RHD. Odo: 11,052 miles. Tidy car, converted from a saloon by Charles Ware’s Morris Minor Centre following an insurance write-off in 1995. Solid structure has had some welding underneath. Repro seats and top. Now with 1,098-cc motor (1962 is all in good order and the leather is lightly creased. Odometer is plus 100,000. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $26,247. In this ownership 20 years. Small-bumper cars are the most elegant but still seem to sell cheap, as the later cars are dynamically better and less rusty. Sold just under lower estimate at probably 50% more than a four-door Shadow in similar condition, and should retail for more, so cautiously good value. Timber is all good, but lacquer is cracked, so it could do with refinishing. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $129,484. One of four made, this sold just below low estimate. Despite Mulliner-bodied cars being sought-after, this one might have just been slightly out of fashion. #27-1954 BENTLEY R-TYPE Special roadster. S/N B191WG. Silver/green leather. Odo: 72,586 miles. Superbly built by one man and well proportioned. Front suspension is clean. Overdrive works on all four forward ratios. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $148,731. Com- was the changeover point from the 948, but a 1,098 car will have the larger combined sidelights and indicators) and alternator. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $13,998. Fairly priced given that an original car in the same condition would fetch $17k. Engine and alternator won’t hurt the price, as these are seen as sensible upgrades if you actually want to drive the car. #40-1970 AUSTIN-HEALEY SPRITE convertible. S/N HAN1085506G. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 1,102 miles. Tidy, rot-free and repainted following restoration in 2007. Spring boxes are in good order. Good original interior vinyl, new carpets. Motor tidy, mildly hopped up and now runs on unleaded. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $10,149. Priced right at about two-thirds to one-half the money of a Frogeye—a similar driving experience, except that this can get out of its own way (al- 104 #30-1972 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SHADOW sedan. S/N SRH13004. Blue/ beige leather. RHD. Odo: 24,666 miles. Good overall. Some small scrapes in repaint that would polish out. Rear arches have likely had repair. Leather unworn, dash timber nice, although door caps want redoing. Mileage is 2-dr sedan. S/N CRH13257. Blue/black leather. RHD. Odo: 23,042 miles. One of the first Corniches (the two-door hard tops in this style were known as Mulliner Park Ward Fixed Head Coupes up to 1971). Really nicely kept, with nice chrome, very tidy motor. Repaint is a little cloudy in places. Inside, timber believed genuine from new. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,311. The right money for something better than an old smoker and likely won’t lose Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctions Rockingham, U.K. value now. Such distinguished elegance of the small-bumper car for daily-driver money might even make you forget the super-vague steering. #5-1974 MGB GT Lenham convertible. S/N GHD535314G. Green/black cloth/black velour. RHD. Odo: 1,697 miles. Looks a bit odd, but repainted, tidy, straight and no rot. This was an attempt to make a 2+2 by slicing the roof off a GT. They made 19 but obviously couldn’t work out how to stop the soft-top Heating system said to need “attention.” Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,311. In an unusual color combo and with at least one issue that could cost money, this did well to get this far. Well sold, especially this early in the sale. #6-1982 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SPIRIT sedan. S/N SCAZ50004CCH04507. Silver/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 79,600 miles. Tidy, original condition. No obvious faults, although I confess to not getting down on hands and knees to check for a leaky steering rack (common), as usually I ignore these ten- sagging in the middle. Seat velour wearing well. Walnut dash. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,136. Yes, somebody bought this abomination. What’s next? Front-drive ’80s Caddies? (See Lot 2.) #61-1976 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE convertible. S/N DRH22585. Garnet Red/ black mohair/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 93,491 miles. Series 1A car—lighter than previous version and with a better turning circle. Straight, nice repaint though with bubbles now appearing in right door bottom. Rear arches are okay, rechrome shows a few sub-surface lightly soiled and creased. Suede dash top still black. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,248. Chassis has done 1,100 miles and motor has done 12,000. Nobody wanted them when new, and obviously few people want them now—hence the low estimate and selling price, about the same as an average TVR Griffith. FRENCH #54-1918 LE ZEBRE SPORTS replica a-penny sedans. Still with complete toolkit, which is a good sign. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,944. Included just to show how cheaply you can get into a Royce if you can stand the slabby looks—after all, it’s effectively a Shadow underneath. With two owners and some service history, this looked like a fairly safe bet. #23-1991 LOTUS ELAN SE Turbo con- polish marks, timber and veneers all good. LPG conversion should make it almost affordable to run. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $71,741. And following the usual inexplicable rule of thumb, sold for more than twice the price of the hard top parked behind it. Most buyers today won’t be aware of detail improvements over the earlier cars, that were in any case ongoing through the Shadow family’s life, and that won’t affect values. Was it really worth twice as much? Well sold at 10 times the price of a tired saloon. #7-1978 BENTLEY T2 sedan. S/N SBH34777. Green/beige cloth. RHD. Odo: 90,626 miles. Good overall with a few small bubbles and scrapes in repaint. Good chrome, rear arches okay. Dash veneer getting a bit edgy, lacquer cracked and lifting from front door timber caps. Unusual beige cloth interior. 106 vertible. S/N SCC100ZTZMHD0122055. Red/black cloth/red, gray & black leather. RHD. Odo: 38,612 miles. Good, original, mostly unscuffed. Right rear corner shows some crazing, likely after being hit. Some silicon sealer around windshield. Seats almost roadster. S/N N/A. Maroon/brown leather. RHD. Edwardian Special built by a VSCC member abut 20 years ago using Le Zebre axles and Peugeot frame. Looks older than it really is, with “instant patina” to the paint, but seat leather now taking on a nice character. Powered by a WWI Curtiss OX-5 8.2-liter V8 aero engine and an amazing round-the-houses 2-speed epicyclic transmission (all it needs #26-2003 AC ACE Brooklands convert- ible. S/N SA9AC3029YA621104. Red/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 1,500 miles. AC’s attempt at a Cobra replacement, completed outside of the factory, hence “09” plates. Clean and tidy, with hard top. Some bubbles in flanks and smells a little damp inside. Ruched leather due to light weight and immense torque, about 350 lb-ft). And, er, no front brakes. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $122,484. I drove this a few years ago before it grew lights and fenders, and I have to a agree with the builder’s assessment: “It goes like a rat up a drainpipe” (while the driver is mesmerized by the open valvegear flailing about.) We should salute the ingenuity of the the British eccentrics who build and race these devices. Sold 50% over of the £50k ($77k) estimate and worth every penny, a fraction of the price of a Bugatti T37. unworn, all switches intact. New top. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,224. These have been quietly hardening in value. Although the interiors don’t usually last well, fixing the minor body damage will be easier. Fair price for a tidy car. ITALIAN #10-1997 FIAT BARCHETTA convert- ible. S/N 00031722. Silver/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 54,519 miles. Clean and tidy, leather unworn, new sports exhaust. Above average for the year, lowish mileage helps. Sports Car Market


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Fresh Meat by Chad Tyson H&H Auctions Rockingham, U.K. Online sales of contemporary cars 2011 Lotus Exige S 260 $9,004. Sold over estimate but less than half what a GPW or even a Hotchkiss would cost— cheapish fun for someone at Series Land Rover starter money. #55-1967 FORD MUSTANG fastback. Date sold: 08/06/13 eBay auction ID: 390635660227 Seller’s eBay ID: wrightautomotive Sale type: Used car with 3,268 miles VIN: SCCLHHAC4BHA12364 Details: Arctic Silver over Ebony leather; 1.8-liter supercharged DOHC I4 rated at 257 hp, 6-sp manual, RWD Sale result: $66,500, 26 bids, sf 2 MSRP: $74,950 (base) Other current offering: Aston Martin and Lotus Cars Orlando in Orlando, FL, asking $69,620 for a 2011 S 260 in Starlight Black with Magnolia leather, sporting only seven miles. 2012 Cadillac CTS V coupe Electric door mirrors stated to be “problematic.” Some small splits in roof vinyl. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $3,850. Plenty of these on the market at similar fair money, but this was being sold to benefit charity (www.kolkatacitymission.org). AMERICAN #12-1926 BUICK STANDARD SIX tourer. S/N 2525X. Primrose & maroon/black vinyl/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 66,393 miles. Straight, older paint. New SU fuel pump alongside vintage Autovac. Copper-plated Date sold: 08/06/13 eBay auction ID: 111131900765 Seller’s eBay ID: gvillecars Sale type: Used car with 12,500 miles VIN: 1G6DV1EP6C0126689 Details: Black over black and gray leather; 6.2-liter supercharged V8 rated at 556 hp, 6-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $51,000, 17 bids, sf 143 MSRP: $63,215 (base) Other current offering: Specialty Car Company in North Wilkesboro, NC, offering a black over black 2012 CTS V coupe with 17,110 miles for $54,500. 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S coupe original hood scoop over double-pumper Holley sitting on new 351 Windsor replacing original 2-bbl 289. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $39,370. There are always plenty of Mustangs on the market in the U.K., partly because they fit our roads better than, say, a ’64 Galaxie. Given all the bits, this looks a good value at much the same price as a first-gen fastback. The fact that it hasn’t been made into a “Bullitt” replica is noteworthy in itself. Non-originality won’t bother most Brits, so I’d say a very fair deal. #2-1984 CADILLAC SEVILLE Elegante tailpipe. Floor trimmed in bathroom carpet. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,935. Originally supplied to Australia, imported to the U.K. in 1979. Sold under lower estimate at a price that compares well with a Ford A. #29-1955 WILLYS JEEP M38A1 military vehicle. S/N MD10711. Olive drab/khaki canvas/green canvas. Odo: 39,258 km. Brushpainted over some corrosion—worst on front body quarters; ammo boxes are corroded through, and seat canvas is wearing though. sedan. S/N IG6AS6952ECS13153. Brown/ brown leather. Odo: 47,425 km. 350-ci fuelinjected V8, auto. Yes! In all its ghastliness, there’s one in the U.K.! Good original condition, no faults noted (apart from being built in the first place, of course). Oh well—it could have been worse (a Cimarron). The catalog describes it as “imposing.” I guess they were S/N 7TO2C92217. Lime Gold/black vinyl & velour. Odo: 17,157 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Straight and rot-free with good repaint following refurb in 2012. Good chrome, factory a/c. Extra gauges. Non-original bucket seats in black velour, handbrake broken off. New seatbelts including rears. Global West front suspension, new master cylinder. Non- Date sold: 08/04/13 eBay auction ID: 370870609382 Seller’s eBay ID: benzpompano Sale type: Used car with 1,982 miles VIN: WP0AB2A95CS122157 Details: Carrera White over Agate and Pebble Gray; 3.8-liter H6 rated at 385 hp, 6-sp manual, RWD Sale result: $94,000, Best offer, sf 219 MSRP: $91,900 (base) Other current offering: Chariots of Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, FL, asking $92,900 for a 9,600mile 2012 911 Carrera S coupe in Platinum Silver Metallic. ♦ 108 Said to have new springs all around and a recent engine overhaul. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT lost for words. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $5,424. Originally supplied to Switzerland and still not U.K.-registered. Owned by an RREC member, presumably with a well-developed sense of irony, but who must have realized his mistake within the six-month registration window. Where do you price such a thing? Weighing in cars for scrap currently gets you about $250, so for this you might expect little more. But, no—somebody bought it. © Sports Car Market


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Roundup Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report Highlights from Silver Coeur d’Alene, ID; Mecum Bloomington Gold; MidAmerica St. Paul, MN; and Dragone Westport, CT Car d’Lane 2013 entirely original. A remarkable preservation piece. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $80,000. This car had eyeball and was the definition of a preservation car. It did not sell on the block but sold almost immediately after for market-correct money. Dragone, Westport, CT, 05/13. #82-1955 MG TF roadster. S/N HDP467765. Cream/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 66,815 miles. Older frame-off restoration. Good repaint with an authentic sheen to it. Vinyl graphics on top of fuel tank for the book The Last Open Road. Mellowing older replating. Older bias-ply wide whites mounted to older painted wire wheels. Modern aftermarket wind wings, homemade cord-wrapped steering-wheel rim cover. Light wear and Vintage, classic and muscle cars crossed the block at Silver’s Coeur d’Alene auction Company: Silver Auctions Location: Coeur d’Alene, ID Date: June 15, 2013 Auctioneers: Mitch Silver, Matt Backs Automotive lots sold/offered: 51/118 Bloomington Gold Company: Mecum Auctions Location: Champaign, IL Date: June 29, 2013 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Jimmy Landis Automotive lots sold/offered: 51/124 Sales rate: 41% Sales total: $1,897,354 High sale: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette coupe, sold at $107,000 Buyer’s premium: 7% ($500 minimum), included in sold prices Report and photos by Pat Campion 27th Annual Twin Cities Spring Classic Company: MidAmerica Auctions Location: St. Paul, MN Date: June 21–22, 2013 Auctioneers: Dave Talberg, Todd Fiskness, Scott Mihalic Automotive lots sold/offered: 105/172 110 Sales rate: 43% Sales total: $802,686 High sale: 1951 Buick Super, sold at $102,600 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices Report and photos by John Boyle Sales rate: 61% Sales total: $1,889,190 High sale: 2012 Chevrolet COPO Camaro, sold at $151,200 Buyer’s premium: 8% ($125 minimum), included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Dragone Westport Company: Dragone Location: Westport, CT Date: May 31, 2013 Auctioneer: George Cole Automotive lots sold/offered: 28/63 Sales rate: 44% Sales total: $2,540,940 High sale: 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Piccadilly roadster, sold at $225,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by John Lyons wrinkling on the reupholstered seats and door panels. Topical engine cleanup, with heavier surface rust taking hold on the undercarriage. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $24,570. This was offered at last year’s spring auction, then a nosale at $20k (SCM# 201821). Initially a no-sale here at $21k, the auctioneer noted while rolling it off the block that $24k would take it. Square deal all around. Okay, maybe octagonal. MidAmerica, St. Paul, MN, 06/13. #60-1958 JAGUAR XK 150S roadster. S/N T831629DN. Red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 2,650 miles. Very highly restored a couple years ago. Great gaps and door fit. ENGLISH #63-1952 JAGUAR XK 120 coupe. S/N 679530. Black/red leather. Odo: 15,234 miles. Stunning original car with only a repaint from new. Spotless trim and chrome. Very nice interior looks like a five-year-old restoration but is Sports Car Market


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Roundup Nearly flawless paint. Very few blemishes. Very nice top. Very nice interior with good leather and carpeting. Show-detailed engine bay. Documented with restoration receipts, ownership history and Heritage Trust certificate. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $90,000. This was a nicely restored and enjoyed car that was still strong enough for any JCNA event. With similar-condition cars selling for over the money offered here, the seller was right to hold on when the high bid on the block did not satisfy. Several days later, the high bidder offered more, and the car sold. Dragone, Westport, CT, 05/13. #113-1961 MORRIS MINOR 1000 con- vertible. S/N MAT3L793234. Silver & black/ off-white vinyl/butterscotch leather. Odo: 56,365 miles. Fitted with trafficators. Older repaint with minimal body prep, unfinished sanded patches visible beneath the surface, light dings not floated out beforehand. Light pitting on all brightwork. Clunky, floppy doors and door glass. Uneven door gaps. Likely of drivetrain. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $8,208. Like Jeeps, these didn’t have perfect bodies when new, so we shouldn’t judge them too harshly 50 years on. These bring big money when restored to show-condition, so this price looks fair for a ranch truck or as a starting point for a restoration. Despite having aluminum body skins, these are known for rust, so the verdict won’t be known until the new owner gets it on a lift. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/13. #133-1967 SUNBEAM ALPINE Series V convertible. S/N 395010320. Black/black hard top/black vinyl soft top/black vinyl. Odo: 66,008 miles. Includes both hard and soft tops, plus tonneau cover. The former has a rear window that is almost opaque white; latter two have never seen the light of day. Seller refused to open hood, but car seemed to run out well enough. Fitted with period Lucas driving lights and modern alloy wheels shod with performance radials. Old repaint with pronounced Older recovered seat. Original engine bay very dirty. Crank start. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $27,500. What a difference seven years make. These built in the London Brighton years are worth many multiples of the selling price here. Sold for similar-style Model T money. Buyer should be pleased. Dragone, Westport, CT, 05/13. #51-1910 RENAULT TYPE R town car. S/N 24365. Black/black vinyl/black leather. RHD. Incredible original car with original paint, accessories, trim, interior and engine all never touched from new. Very attractive removable curved roof. Incredibly original interior with only a re-covered front seat bottom original top with the header-strip seam lifting. Newer replacement seats and door panels, and not from the same bolt of vinyl. Not the best fit for the new carpeting. At least it seems to run out okay. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $5,400. The consignor boldy described this as “low mile, original condition, rust free.” Cut loose at the $4,500 point; someone else now gets a shot at doing this right. MidAmerica, St. Paul, MN, 06/13. #46-1966 LAND ROVER SERIES IIA utility. S/N 31800105B. Tan/tan vinyl. Odo: 35,004 miles. Thick paint over wavy panels with small dents. Top very wavy. Engine undetailed but clean. Underhood support brace for hood-mounted spare has cracks and rust. Interior nicer than exterior, with thick grained vinyl on front bench and side-facing seats. Underside looks clean with spray-paint touchup. Seller claims recent rebuilt head and valve job, which might raise questions about the rest trim masking lines, dust and scratches in paint. All-original brightwork with moderate pitting. Older seat re-dye wearing through on piping. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $8,100. The seller stated that he purchased this in 1983 from Rootes Group driver and engineer Dick Trenk, that this was Dick’s personal car, and that it included notes from him on the car. So why would a factory engineer in the U.K. have a left-hook car? Or why lessen the value with a conversion? One hopes the alleged ownership is why it did as well as it did, since it’s rougher than a cob to bring this much otherwise. MidAmerica, St. Paul, MN, 06/13. FRENCH #72-1910 DARRACQ MODEL 15 Tor- pedo. S/N 21674. Yellow/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 91,726 miles. From the Helmut Peitz Collection. Older restored car. Chips on door edges and other vulnerable areas. Good door fit. Rushmore headlamps. mobile. This drew a lot of attention, and bidders were enthusiastic. It sold slightly over high estimate, going to a prestigious collection in the Midwest. Well bought and sold. Dragone, Westport, CT, 05/13. GERMAN #8-1967 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL con- vertible. S/N 11304210017678. White/dark brown cloth/tan vinyl. Odo: 69,667 miles. October 2013 111 changed from new. Spotless passenger compartment. Dirty original engine bay. From the Helmut Peitz Collection. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $170,500. Awesome design and look. Remarkably well preserved as well. Bidders always love a good preservation find, and bid this car went well past high estimate. I have to call it a fair deal for both buyer and seller. Dragone, Westport, CT, 05/13. #28-1925 CITROËN 5CV roadster. S/N 76149. Yellow/black cloth/brown leather. RHD. Original car with cosmetic restoration as needed. Original sheet metal. Original wood. Older placement cloth top. Original interior with re-covered front seats. Original floors, dash and instruments. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $23,100. A unique and rarely seen auto


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Roundup Hard top included but not shown. Decent older repaint. Good panel fit; doors latch with the slightest effort. Decent original brightwork. Aftermarket Lucas fog lamps. Light cracking on steering-wheel spokes. Older sheepskin covers hide newer repop seat upholstery; similar newer door panels. Poorly fitted and sloppily glued replacement dashpad. Wood refinished well, but with a higher gloss than stock. Newer Blaupunkt AM/FM radio. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $31,320. The consignor cut it loose at $23k when the bidding started to peter out, despite a reserve of $30k. This prompted another wave of bidding, however, slowly working up to the desired price. Well bought and sold. MidAmerica, St. Paul, MN, 06/13. #84-1971 VOLKSWAGEN KARMANN GHIA coupe. S/N 1412436805. Black/tan vinyl. Odo: 3,635 miles. Originally mustard yellow; decent older color-change repaint. Upgraded to front disc brakes. Lightly scuffed original bumpers and trim. Sits slightly high in the rear, due in part to newer struts and halfshafts. Heavy older undercoating. Generally tidy and stock motor topside. Newer seats and door panels. Light wear and loose-fitting older replacement carpeting. Stick-on woodgrained vinyl on dash. Aftermarket wood steering wheel. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $9,828. An okay driver that brought better money than its condition, but not by much. Someone’s daughter will be pleased. MidAmerica, St. Paul, MN, 06/13. #16-1974 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE convertible. S/N 1542781051. Orange/white vinyl/white vinyl. Fairly recent repaint with stain on front trunk lid. Right front cowl shows welding repair, Chrome well worn, window felt missing from passenger’s side. Driver’s vent window on verge of falling out. Engine bay clean with no sign of leaks. Seat frames badly cracked. Dash cracked. Door cards bowed with empty holes for speakers. Running boards re-covered in incorrect vinyl. Fairly recent top could be better fitted. Newer wheels. Owner states that radio, odometer and gas gauge are inoperable but says car is a 112 as it is missing a digit. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $9,180. How fitting that the last four digits in the VIN are 1776 for a U.S.-spec car sold in the year of our bicentennial! All it needs is a dark blue top. Okay, so I’m easily amused with number sequences. And usually not very amused by 450SLs, since most get used, abused and poorly maintained. This seemed a rather well-sorted original, however, and it was a good deal for all parties involved. MidAmerica, St. Paul, MN, 06/13. JAPANESE #87-1970 DATSUN 1600 convertible. S/N SPL31127662. White pearl/black vinyl/red cloth & vinyl. Odo: 27,780 miles. Thick white pearl paint over wavy sides with orange peel. Original trim worn, scratched and dinged. Overspray on windshield rubber, poor mask- “good summer vehicle.” Cond: 4. SOLD AT $6,156. Beetle convertibles are cute and fun, but values are down from their highs of a few years ago. The clean engine bay instilled some confidence in the mechanical condition, and the paint is adequate for a summer driver. Sold for correct money. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/13. #116-1976 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SL convertible. S/N 10704412931776. Red/black cloth/cream leather. Odo: 77,889 miles. Claimed to be a generally original car. Nice original paint with a recent buff-out. Muted original brightwork and moderate discoloring of blackout trim. Good original cloth top. Light scuffing on door-top trim. Good original interior soft trim. Well-kept engine bay. Older undercoating and radial tires. Error on the title, Sports Car Market


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Roundup ing on passenger’s window. Interior looks original and appears to be holding up well for age. Original top with yellow rear windows. Engine bay worn and dirty. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $5,292. Odd paint choice aside, it looked the way it would have looked circa 1985 after two or three owners. Its good points (currently a running driver, decent interior) and the low price paid give the new owner some room for improvement before going underwater. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/13. AMERICAN #45-1907 COLUMBIA MK LXCVIII electric surrey. S/N 6270. Black/black cloth/ black leather. Incredibly well-preserved older restoration. Beautiful paint and panels. Passenger’s compartment a thing of beauty, with imposing surrey top so well crafted that it blocks out sound from the outside. From the Helmut Peitz Collection. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $167,200. This car was the subject of many inspections over the week prior to the sale, and when it drove over the block under its own power, bidders were captivated. Opened close to estimate range and bid right through seemingly with no end in site. Finally, a famed Rhode Island collector came away with the prize at nearly 60% over estimate. Top-of-themarket price for an electric car and yet not a bad deal for the buyer. Dragone, Westport, CT, 05/13. #70-1910 SCHACHT MODEL K high wheeler. S/N 839. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. RHD. Original older restored car. Average paint. Newer top. Original wheels. Very old re-covered leather. Original engine. Runs and drives. From the Helmut Peitz Collection. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $34,100. Interest in highwheeler buggies from this era continues to climb, and this car had three very interested bidders. Sold mid-estimate, which is a fair deal with the likelihood of good appreciation ahead for new owner. Dragone, Westport, CT, 05/13. #68-1911 HUPMOBILE MODEL 20 roadster. S/N 7168F. Blue/black vinyl/black leather. RHD. A nice old car with very old restoration. Lots of chips and checking of paint. Nice nickel headlamps. Old interior with dryness and minor wear. Dirty engine with lots of stains and active drips. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $30,800. Sold for correct money given the 6-cylinder engine and age of restoration. No harm done on either side. Dragone, Westport, CT, 05/13. #39-1911 MITCHELL MODEL T 40-hp town car. S/N 15812. Black/red leather. RHD. Incredibly correct and partially restored Brass 114 Sports Car Market


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Roundup Era automobile. Older paint in nice condition. All-original brass and accessories. Interior beautiful, with brand-new rear-seat materials. Driver’s compartment also excellent, with out. Excellent paint. Buffing and other service marks. Good glass. Very tidy interior. Excellent leather and other trim bits. Nice engine bay very well detailed. From the Peitz Collection. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $96,800. Beautiful car that was restored probably 20 years ago and then virtually shrink-wrapped. Electrics continue to grow in popularity, and prices over $100k are becoming more commonplace. This was a nice piece, and while high bid was not a record-breaker, it was fair market value. Dragone, Westport, CT, 05/13. #57-1915 SIMPLEX CRANE MODEL 5 original leather on front seat. Very stately car with large presence. From the Helmut Peitz Collection. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $90,000. This car was partially preservation and partially restored, which just didn’t quite work for this crowd, but it quickly found a new home within days of the sale as a post-block deal was negotiated. Dragone, Westport, CT, 05/13. #64-1911 OVERLAND MODEL 45 roadster. S/N 451006. Red/black vinyl/red leather. RHD. Very good older restoration well maintained. Good paint with minor chips and maintenance marks. Small dent in gas canister. Clean engine. Clean undercarriage. Older re- the Helmut Peitz Collection. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $145,750. This was one of the most talkedabout cars of the auction, with several major collectors coming for this car specifically. After a long bidding war between two other bidders and one on the phone, the phone bidder prevailed right at high estimate. Very well bought. Dragone, Westport, CT, 05/13. #55-1916 LOCOMOBILE MODEL 48 stored interior with fading of seats but overall nice look. Another from the Helmut Peitz Collection. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $31,350. Not very common at auction, this was a cute driver with which new owners should have a lot of fun and qualify for a lot of events. No harm done at price paid. Dragone, Westport, CT, 05/13. #40-1913 BROC MODEL D electric coupe. S/N D599. Green & black/brown leather. Odo: 8,191 miles. Outstanding and unused older restoration of an early electric vehicle. Very good door fit and gaps through- coupe. S/N 10398. Yellow & black/black/red leather. Odo: 67,241 miles. Sold with acceptance to Pebble Beach Concours. Striking color combination with a well-executed restoration. Very elegant car with strong presence inside and out. Original instruments. Older leather on seat. Original door panels. Detailed Speedcar. S/N 2064. Green/brown leather. Odo: 52,455 miles. Exciting and sporting car. Very good sheet metal. Average paint and hood fit. Very nice original interior with only seat bottoms not original. Excellent wood and floors. Spotless undetailed engine bay. From Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $200,750. This car brought a lot of attention. Five years ago it would have sold for substantially more money, but they have drawn down since. While the car sold well into estimate range, I think five years from now, this will represent a bargain as they rebound. Very well bought. Dragone, Westport, CT, 05/13. #53-1927 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I Piccadilly roadster. S/N S447FL. Gray/tan cloth/beige leather. Odo: 86,469 miles. Older restored car with recent major engine servicing. Very good door and panel fit. Sidemounts. New tires. Nice interior. Excellent carpets and seats. Restored instruments and gauges. From #49-1916 PACKARD TWIN SIX Tour- ing. S/N 86371. Blue/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 38,350 miles. Fantastic older restoration of a landmark car. Very nice older paint showing nice patina. Correct accessories and headlamps. Interior restored at same time with minimal use. Older vinyl top. Clean engine bay. From the Helmut Peitz Collection. the Helmut Peitz Collection. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $225,500. This was a PI, not a Ghost, but it sold for almost Ghost-like money. The quality of restoration and recent major service contributed a bunch to the result. A fair deal with slight advantage to the seller. Dragone, Westport, CT, 05/13. #56-1929 PACKARD EIGHT dual-cowl phaeton. S/N 169722. Burgundy/tan cloth/ black leather. Odo: 48,289 miles. Excellent restoration. All-original coachwork, chassis and engine. Striking paint and show-quality engine bay. Twin rear-mounted spares. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $192,500. This car had serious eyeball, with everyone who glimpsed it wandering over for a closer look. The Pebble Beach invite was also quite enticing. Sold a bit below estimate, but given its patchwork of restoration history, no harm done. The SCM Platinum Auction Database shows that Coys sold this car for $28k in 1984 in the U.K. (SCM# 9418). Dragone, Westport, CT, 05/13. 116 Sports Car Market


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Roundup chrome and trim. Rear tires replaced recently; front ones yellowing and old. Nice interior with perfect leather and all details properly attended to. Spotless engine bay. Show-detailed undercarriage. From the John Curtiss Collection. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $187,000. This was the longest car in the auction for sure. Not many of these dual cowls survive, but Packard prices have corrected steeply in the past six or so years. Final selling price would have been a bargain back in the day and will probably look like a bargain a few years from now. Very well bought. Dragone, Westport, CT, 05/13. #36-1930 PACKARD EIGHT 740 coupe. S/N 184879. Beige & green/brown leather. Odo: 1,353 miles. Excellent original with repaint and some other detailing as needed. Older repaint with some checking and blemishes. Average panel fit. Sidemounts. Very tidy older restored interior with correct materials and good care since. Older detailed engine bay. Clean undercarriage. From the Helmut bit. Put this squarely in the well-bought column. Dragone, Westport, CT, 05/13. #46-1934 CADILLAC 355D convertible. S/N 313922. Green/tan cloth/ beige leather. Odo: 80,086 miles. Beautiful older restoration. Nice paint in a dated color scheme. Good door and panel gaps. Older cloth top with minor staining but good fit. Nice interior with good leather and older clean instruments. Rearmounted spare and few other major accesso- ries. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $137,500. To many, 1934 represents the pinnacle of Art Deco design from GM, and Cadillac represents the pinnacle of GM during the era. This car is exceptionally rare and has a look that few others of the era can claim. Sold post-block and was a bit of a bargain. Dragone, Westport, CT, 05/13. Peitz Collection. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $69,000. It was refreshing to run across an unmolested and unaltered 3-window coupe. Being second from the top-series 845, it represented something of a unique and rare buying opportunity and was worth more than what was bid here. One of only a couple of Peitz cars to not sell on the block, but sold for fair market value immediately post-block. Dragone, Westport, CT, 05/13. #52-1931 CADILLAC 370A convertible. S/N MT0034. Tan/tan cloth/red leather. Odo: 86,469 miles. Older restored car. Average paint in drab color. Good door alignment. Lots of accessories including luggage rack, sidemounts, outside mirrors and spotlight. Interior same age as exterior, with nice leather and good instruments. Clean engine. Clean chassis #65-1934 FORD MODEL 40 roadster. S/N C18MF448. Black/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 5,726 miles. High-dollar restoration. Multiple award-winner. Perfect paint and trim. Interior very good with slight seat fit issues. Perfect instruments and controls. Show-detailed engine bay. Dual sidemounts, wind wings and lots of other accessories. Mesloh Collection. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $198,000. This car was a clear demonstration of what lack of ACD certification means in this arena. I had no fewer than three close associates bidding on the car, one of whom flew in for the specific purpose of inspecting it—and none bid because of the lack of certification. Had this been a certified car, it would have sold for 50% more with ease. The new owner either got a great deal and with certification will make out fine, or if the car fails to certify, who knows? A fair deal but not without risk. Dragone, Westport, CT, 05/13. #74-1941 BUICK SERIES 70 Roadmas- ter convertible. S/N 14121387. Black/tan cloth/red leather. Odo: 77,407 miles. Very old restoration with lots of parts overlooked. Pitting in chrome and trim throughout. Average paint with chips and checking. Old top with minor staining and faded color. Interior similarly aged since restoration. Knobs and controls all showing patina. Original instru- Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $84,700. This was a welldocumented car with rare factory options and accessories. It was a national AACA winner in 2011 and had seen little use since. Still ready for high-level show competition. Sold for strong money, but the cost of restoration was likely substantially higher. Well bought. Dragone, Westport, CT, 05/13. #50-1937 CORD 812 SC Sportsman and underside. From the John Mesloh Collection. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $192,500. Beautiful car, but so-so colors might have held it back a 118 roadster. S/N 2036F. Eng. # FC2737. Yellow/ black cloth/black leather. Odo: 5,182 miles. Very nice older restored car. Average paint with some minor chipping and checking. Original trim with few buffing marks but no pitting. Interior excellent with minimal use in past several years. Excellent instruments and controls. Engine bay tidy but not detailed. Great supercharger sound. From the John Sports Car Market ments with fading and dust evident. Original engine bay very dirty and grimy. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $74,250. The fact that the car had the word “Roadmaster” on the side apparently ruled the day. Restoring this car will be expensive to say the least, and the best in the world is maybe worth $150k on a good day? Well sold. Dragone, Westport, CT, 05/13. #71-1949 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY convertible. S/N 7410754. Bronze metallic/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 36,654 miles. 323.5-ci I8, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Another car from the John Mesloh Collection. Of the two T&C convertibles, this was the vastly superior car. Excellent paint and trim. Spot


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Roundup lessly detailed engine bay. Beautiful and correct interior. Excellent top. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $78,100. Had this been a ’48 in this condition, it would have sold for twice the money paid here with ease. That said, and in spite of the restoration costs probably being far higher than the selling price, the car sold for marketcorrect money for a very strong ’49. Dragone, Westport, CT, 05/13. #S57-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J58S202032. Midnight Blue & silver/black vinyl/gray leather. Odo: 16,596 miles. 283-ci 230-hp V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Nice restoration. Modern paint color scheme. Modern interior in gray leather. Has original engine, standard 283. Overall great condition. #138-1960 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK V 2-dr hard top. S/N 0Y83H416841. Platinum Blue/black leather. Odo: 28,468 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint with plenty of body prep imperfections. Wavy rear bumper chrome. Lazy masking on rear windowseals. All-original interior. Seat upholstery starting to wrinkle and pull from seams at side trim. Threadbare carpet around pedals. Older valve cover repaint, rest of engine bay original due to neglect. Dingy undercarriage, #91-1961 MERCURY MONTEREY con- vertible. S/N 1J65X500985. Aqua metallic/ white vinyl/aqua vinyl. Odo: 12,384 miles. 352-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older repaint; certainly not the first respray, judging by the masking lines and missing door bumpers, which reveal paint layers like a tree’s rings. Slight crease in left front fender. Light pitting and/or surface rust on all topside trim. Heavily cracked passenger’s door glass will need replacement. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $67,410. The SCM Pocket Price Guide values a base-engine ’58 in #2 condition at $39,500–$76,500. This one wasn’t stock, but it did have its original engine, and the workmanship was excellent. Call it well bought and well sold. Mecum Auctions, Champaign, IL, 06/13. with old coil-over rear shocks doing their part to keep the rear end from dragging too badly. Optional power seat plus T&C AM radio. Period-accessory seatbelts. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,720. A brief description sheet in the car left over from when it was privately offered approximately two years ago stated an asking price of $19,977. If you’ve composed yourself after laughing, chuckling, or choking on whatever you were drinking, we’ll continue. Not that I can blame you, because this was all the money in the world. MidAmerica, St. Paul, MN, 06/13. Recently installed top. Newer seat-insert redo, with generic vinyl and pleats rather than original-style nylon. Optional power windows, tinted glass, simulated wire wheel covers and stainless-steel fender skirts. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $13,500. 1961 Mercury convertibles are fairly rare animals, which makes fixing this one more of a challenge. And don’t think for a minute that you’ll just cruise around with it until you get around to picking up the parts that’ll start falling off. Very wisely cut loose. MidAmerica, St. Paul, MN, 06/13. #25-1963 CHEVROLET BISCAYNE 2-dr sedan. S/N 31111A168492. White/blue 120 Sports Car Market


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Roundup vinyl. Odo: 21,499 miles. 409-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent paint, body gaps per factory. Original stainless is a bit dull, front bumper worn. Seller says interior is all original except for carpets. Underhood all-stock with GM hoses and date-coded wires. Factory wheels and hubcaps come with car. Said to have alloriginal sheet metal. Comes with original sales receipt, shipping order, owner’s manual and but several serious buyers got the reserve lifted. At the price paid, this was a great buy. The seller was hoping for close to $70k. Mecum Auctions, Champaign, IL, 06/13. #18-1965 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL binder with service and restoration receipts. A manual-steering-and-brake car now with the big engine in a lightweight body. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $28,080. A 6-cylinder car now with a 409. Built on 2-26-63, sold new for $2,651.50 by Meredith Chevrolet, Lavonia, GA, a week later. If it was an original 409 car, it would be worth more than double what it brought here. Before the auction, it was offered by a dealer for a few thousand more. That, along with the solid condition, makes me think it was slightly well bought. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/13. BEST BUY #S59-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 30837S119717. White/red vinyl. Odo: 60,000 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older restoration of a Split-Window coupe. Several flaws and chips in paint. Has factory knockoff rims. Higher horsepower small-block. Could use some spruce-up in the rubber moldings. Really nice driver quality. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $54,570. Bidding reached the mid-$40ks and stalled. The car left the red carpet as unsold, sedan. S/N 5Y82N434012. Blue/blue cloth. Odo: 87,529 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original sedan with partial repaint as needed; otherwise entirely original. Factory a/c. Minor rust repair in rockers and quarters. Original interior in very good condition. Solid rust-free as-is. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $74,900. Amazing how a same-year convertible with a small block in very nice condition struggles to reach $50k (Lot S56), and this one with the big-block 427, in need of complete restoration, sells for $70k. Good sale. Mecum Auctions, Champaign, IL, 06/13. #S83-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 19437S114876. Mosport Green/ dark green vinyl. Odo: 61,210 miles. 427-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent restoration inside and out. No expense spared. Very good paint and brightwork. The Mosport Green with dark green interior is an unusual and appealing color combination. Equipped with original L72 big block, radio delete, J56 Heavy Duty undercarriage. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $6,930. The second car of the sale, and things were just getting warmed up. This was a nice original, and the level of preservation was impressive. Sold for market-correct money given condition and the fact that it was an East Coast car. Dragone, Westport, CT, 05/13. #S66-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194376S117960. Laguna Blue/ black vinyl. Odo: 57,501 miles. 427-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Unmolested surviving original big-block coupe. Original paint, original interior. Several flaws in brightwork and interior. Would need a complete restoration, or leave it Brakes, plus J50 Power Brakes. One of the nicer Corvettes here. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $83,460. This car went somewhat later in the afternoon. I talked to the seller early in the day, and he was not interested in taking this one home. They brought it here to sell. Bidding worked up to the low $70ks, and the seller lowered the reserve. Great buy. Mecum Auctions, Champaign, IL, 06/13. #S93-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194678S412320. International Blue/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 58,447 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent no-expense-spared restoration, with nice blue paint and interior. All original, with matching numbers. Has power brakes, power windows and power steering and is an a/c car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $46,010. Lots of interest in this well-optioned, well-documented, wellrestored car. With receipts totaling $115k, the buyer got a great deal here. Mecum Auctions, Champaign, IL, 06/13. © 122 Sports Car Market


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Mystery Photo Answers Surely this Corvette CruisaFresno inspired the Porsche Panamera — Gary Francis, Chico, CA RUNNER-UP: Ron Burgundy and the entire San Diego news crew pulling up at this year’s Emmy Awards. — Mitchell Josephs, Palm Beach, FL The latest addition to the Redneck Limousine Service’s fleet. — John Brumder, via email After she delivered triplets, Bob’s wife insisted that he trade in the sports car for an SUV. But he had a better idea. — Pete Warner, Taos, NM Enzo is sure to roll over in his grave when he sees what the new pope ordered. — Bobby Lynn, Kewaskum, WI It’s going to be hard to win Best of Show with that paint chip on the fender. — Leslie Dreist, Troy, MI Zora Duntov not only rolled over in his grave, he did a back flip with a half-gainer. — Steve Schefbauer, Monroe, CT Uh oh! Double Trouble is here! — Neil McGinley, Marietta, GA Barbie’s Corvette: The limited “Bondo Bondage” edition. — Luke Kowalski, Belmont, CA 4-door Corvette total sales: 126 This Month’s Mystery Photo Response Deadline: September 25, 2013 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@sports- carmarket.com; snail mail: Mystery, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 972084797. 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. four. 4-door Porsche Panamera total sales: 75,000-plus. Porsche wins the 4-door sports car war! — Phil Schroeder, Platte City, MO I wonder if it moves like a camel, too. — Jock Rodgers, Philadelphia, PA Calling it a limo would be a stretch. — Joe Amft, Evanston, IL Certified Bloomington Mold and NCRS Top Fright. — Roland Aviles, Hoboken, NJ Now that Prop 8 has been struck down, our time has come! — Mitchell Quaranta, Los Angeles, CA Proving once again that mushroom tea and fiberglass resin don’t mix. — Gary West, St. Petersburg, FL Corvette engineers could have beat Porsche to the 4-door coupe by 30-plus years. — James S. Eubanks, Marietta, GA Nature fact: The 1970s Corvette digests its prey more slowly than the Cobra. — Norman Vogel, San Francisco, CA It takes some talent to insult every Porsche Panamera — and an entire city in California — in just eight words, so Gary Francis takes home two SCM hats glued together. © 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 www.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 1957 Austin-Healey 55 Marine sport boat 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark III BJ8 convertible S/N 12926322. V12, Carbon-fiber Ralph Lauren Atlantic tribute. BMW V12. AC/PW/leather. See at RetroAuto and Palos Verdes. $250k+. Contact Terry, 201.400.5528, Email: delahayeusa@aol.com Web: www.delahayeusa.com (NJ) German 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Speedster 36,000 miles. H6, Silver with black interior. Tools, spare and owner’s manuals. Porsche C of A, excellent condition. $55,000. Contact Natale, 631.848.7674, Email: nlanza@fly-efi.com (NY) 2004 BMW M3 S/N WBSBR93444PK07675. Mystic Blue/Black leather. 47,900 miles. I6, 6-spd manual. E46 era: Minty, no mods, waxed/detailed twice a year. 333 hp, 0–60 in about five seconds... yet 25 mpg hwy. Heated seats, self-leveling HID lights, BMW Harman Karden Stereo (10 speaker, seven discs, speedsensitive volume) last of BMW low-tech sports cars. $27,500. Contact Nathan, 612.868.2982, Email: Nwestgor@comcast.net (MN) S/N 80584. H4, Engine no. P35480. Solid and beautifully restored. 1500 Type 546/2 engine with 912 rockers, Elgin cam, ’58 Super spec carbs. Excellent and very original body. Weather equipment. $215,000. Contact Chris, Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555, Email: sales@fantasyjunction.com Web: www.fantasyjunction.com (CA) S/N 1109. Mahogany wood varnished/red and white. I4, Very rare, and meticulously restored by Classic Showcase. Powered by a 1500 MGA engine, and is ready to contend in your favorite vintage boat show! A restored trailer is included. Engine: Healey Marine (151 VH 258), 60 bhp. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: sales@classicshowcase. com (CA) 1961 Jaguar XK 150 drophead coupe S/N 42788G. British Racing Green/black. 70,707 miles. I6, 4-spd automatic. The last of the Healey 3000s. All of the final updates including roll-up windows and mechanical improvements. A rock-solid original car that has been refurbished to show-condition. Numbers match. Trades welcome, financing available. $64,500. Motorcar Gallery, 954.522.9900, Email: Contact@motorcargallery.com Web: www. MotorcarGallery.com (FL) 1967 Jaguar 340 sedan 1958 Porsche 356A Speedster S/N 84136. H4, Sold new in California. Exceptionally good body, panel match, gaps throughout. Original floors. Runs and drives well. Recent major service. Certificate of Authenticity. Tools, books, weather equipment. $210,000. Contact Chris, Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555, Email: sales@fantasyjunction. com Web: www.fantasyjunction.com (CA) 1960 Porsche 356B roadster S/N S838630DN. Imperial Maroon/Biscuit. 0 miles. I6, 4-spd manual. Spectacular Imperial Maroon/ Biscuit color combo with a no-expense-spared restoration by Jaguar professionals, this 3.8 DHC is a JCNA national champion, scoring 100 points in three consecutive 2011 shows! Excellent opportunity for the serious collector. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: sales@classicshowcase.com Web: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/252 (CA) 1966 Jaguar XKE Series 1 4.2 roadster S/N 1J80048DN. Jaguar Dark Blue/gray. 70 miles. I6, 4-spd manual. This striking 340 Mark II sedan is a one-owner, California black-plate car with a beautiful color combo of Jaguar Dark Blue and gray. Documented restoration to a high show/driver level by Classic Showcase, and features 4-speed overdrive. Own the best. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: sales@classicshowcase.com Web: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/38 (CA) 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage coupe H4, Emory Motorsports restoration in Outlaw trim. Zero time on Rothsport engine. Period and vintage race history. Has successfully run SOVREN, HMSA, CSRG and SCCA. OFFERS. Contact Chris, Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555, Email: sales@fantasyjunction.com Web: www.fantasyjunction.com (CA) 1962 Porsche 356B Twin Grille roadster S/N 03352. 16,900 miles. V6, Nocciola Metallic with tan leather interior. Spectacular original unrestored example. USA delivery car. Power windows, XWXs. Complete with books, tools, leather binder and Ferrari Classiche Certification. Mechanically superb. Among the best anywhere. $295,000. Contact Marc, 973.715.4779, Email: Taubercars@yahoo.com Japanese 1973 Datsun 240Z fastback S/N 10200. Red/Black. 40,234 miles. V12, 5-spd manual. Cost-no-object restoration for a major collector. Excellent condition inside and out. Complete with notebook documenting history back to day one plus service receipts and more. Miura-style knockoff wheels. Trades welcome, financing available. $69,900. Motorcar Gallery, 954.522.9900, Email: Contact@motorcargallery.com Web: www.MotorcarGallery.com (FL) 1972 Ferrari 246 GT coupe Italian 1971 Lamborghini Jarama coupe French 1938 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic replica coupe 1977 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera coupe S/N 1E11911. Black/black. 55 miles. 4-spd manual. 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. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: sales@classicshowcase.com Web: classicshowcase.com (CA) S/N SCFBB03B77GC04431. Silver Ice Metallic/Chancellor Red. 13,750 miles. V8, 6-Spd Manual. Heavily optioned, built for 2007 Detroit Auto Show. Perfect condition, with 3M clear bra, all keys and remotes. $69,500 OBO. Contact Brian, Buxton Motorsports, Inc., 812.760.5513, Email: brianbuxton@buxtonmotorsports.com Web: www. BuxtonMotorsports.com (IN) H4, Exceptionally well-restored T6. Matching numbers. “Maestro Massaged” 95 hp engine. Certificate of Authenticity. Records, Blaupunkt, tools with roll. $255,000. Contact Chris, Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555, Email: sales@fantasyjunction.com Web: www.fantasyjunction.com (CA) S/N HLS30-149055. Red (Persimmon)/black. 96,160 miles. I6, manual. Original owner, purchased new and always garaged. Used only in summer for past 37 years. Runs great “like a Z,” professionally maintained. Interior is great. Spectacular, original dash, free of any blemishes. All-original equipment (radio replaced w/4 spkr Pioneer). $12,500. Contact Ken, 509.251.2295, Email: knplass@q.com (WA) 128 Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery CAR COLLECTOR AMERICAN ™ SCM Showcase Gallery SUBSCRIBE TO ACC American 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Fuelie coupe Red, with painted Pearl White stripes and black vinyl interior. Auto trans and 1972 302 V8 with 9.5:1 compression, 1964 Hi-Po heads, and built to a very high standard. $29,950. Contact Brian, Buxton Motorsports, Inc., 812-760-5513, Email: brianbuxton@buxtonmotorsports.com Web: www. buxtonmotorsports.com/7.php (IN) 1987 AM General M923A1 military truck S/N 101979. Milano Maroon/Saddle. 59,590 miles. V8, 4-spd automatic. Rare 375 hp Fuelie coupe with 4-speed, power windows and power brakes. Also features teak and telescopic steering wheel plus knockoff wheels. Restored to excellent condition inside and out. Numbers match. Trades welcome, financing available. $89,900. Motorcar Gallery, 954.522.9900, Email: Contact@motorcargallery.com Web: www.MotorcarGallery.com (FL) 1966 Ford Mustang fastback 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 AmericanCarCollector.com S/N 6F09C132646. Candy Apple Red/black. 44,150 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-spd automatic. Candy Apple S/N C52308486. Camo/green. 954 miles. I6, 5-spd automatic. Military soft top M923A1 5-ton 6x6 monster cargo truck (rebuilt/refurbished in 2009 by Red River Army Depot.) Unit is in NICE shape, great for a military museum, Desert Machine, Be the King of Your Neighborhood. Only 954 MILES! $17,500 OBO. Contact Brent, Military Surplus Liquidation, 714.863.1553, Email: brent@militarysurplusliquidation.com Web: www.militarysurplusliquidation. com/ (CA) © Each pin: 10, Two for $ Exclusive SCM 25th Anniversary Pins Now Available! 15, Three for $ *Limited quantity available, order today. (Sent free to subscribers from 1990 and earlier) Order yours by calling 877.219.2605 ext. 219 or online: www.sportscarmarket.com/25 130 Sports Car Market Shipping included for U.S. orders only 18 FREE to Subscribers at any SCM Event Booth Keith Martin’s


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Dan, and daughters Tiffany, Tedra and Tara, manage the company. 866.495.8111 Dankruseclassics.com (TX) tic, pastoral ground of Marymount, home to the Lemay Family Collection Foundation near Tacoma, WA, the collection, formerly the biggest in the world according to Guinness, now hosts an unrivaled event center, art collection and charitable foundation, which features two exceptional collector car auctions a year. www.luckyoldcar.com (WA) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485, Mecum Auction Company. Gooding & Company. Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694, 480.421.6697. For nearly four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions 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) 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) 262.275.5050. The Mecum Auction Company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 25 years, now offering more than 12,000 vehicles per year. Mecum Auctions is the world leader of collector car, exotics, vintage motorcycles and road art sales. Auctions are held throughout the United States and broadcast live on Velocity, Discovery Network. For further information, visit www.Mecum.com. 445 South Main Street Walworth, WI 53184. 262.275.5050 (WI) 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 consignors are everyday people with a passion for Nostalgic and Collector cars. Come see the difference at Silver Auctions. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. Email: silver@silverauctions.com, www.silverauctions.com. (WA) The Vicari Auction Company hosts fast-paced, high energy auctions along the Gulf Coast, offering an entertaining destination to car collectors, enthusiasts and travelers. The company prides itself on personal service, providing cars for everyone from the avid collector to the first-time buyer. For more information, contact Vicari Auction at 1900 Destrehan Ave., Harvey, LA 70058; call 504.875.3563; or visit www.vicariauction.com. (LA) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Hollywood Wheels Auctions & Shows 800.237.8954, Hosting two auctions a year in beautiful Palm Beach, FL, March & December. Offering quality collector cars and personalized service, all in a climate-controlled, state-of-the-art facility. Come be a part of the excitement! Check us out at www.hollywoodcarauctions.com. Where Collectors Collect! See You On The Block! RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371,. Bonhams. +44.207.228.8000, +44.207.585.0830. Montpelier St., Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH. www.bonhams.com. (U.K.) Bonhams. 415.391.4000, 415.391.4040. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103. www.bonhams.com. (CA) Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942, 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) FOLLOW SCM Join Leake Auction Company as they celebrate 40 years in the collector car auction industry. Their unsurpassed customer service and fast-paced twolane auction ring makes them a leader in the business. Leake currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Dallas and San Antonio. Visit them online at www.leakecar.com or call 800.722.9942. With offices and auctions throughout North America and Europe, RM is the largest auction house globally that caters to collectors of high-end vintage automobiles. The RM team of car specialists is the largest in the world, offering services in a numbers of languages and decades of experience in buying, selling, racing, and restoring collector cars. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) 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. 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 AutoLucky Collector Car Auctions. 888.672.0020, Lucky Collector Car Auctions is aptly named after Harold “Lucky” Lemay. Based in the majes- 132 mobile Auctions. 602.252.2697, Fax: 602.252.6260. Specializing in the finest European sports, American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles; Russo and Steele now hosts four record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in June; Monterey, CA, every August; Las Vegas in September, and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. www.russoandsteele. com. (AZ) 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) Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Steve Austin’s Automobilia & 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 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 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. condition. We pick up from anywhere in the U.S. Quick payment & pick up. 718.545.0500. www.gullwingmotorcars.com Paul Russell and Company. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. 310.657.9699, www.heritageclassics.com. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, the premier West Coast classic car dealership established in 1985. Offering one of the largest indoor showrooms in Southern California with an exceptional inventory of the very finest American and European classic cars available. We buy, sell and consign collectible automobiles, offering the best consignment terms available, contact us at sales@heritageclassics.com When in Southern California visit our beautiful showroom and specialty automotive bookstore, Heritage Classics Motorbooks, open Monday–Saturday. For current inventory and to visit our virtual bookstore visit www.heritageclassics.com Hartek Automotive, 319.337.4140, Cosmopolitan Motors, LLC. 206.467.6531 , For over a quarter century Cosmopolitan Motors has been at the center of the world for collector cars changing hands. Their unparalleled experience in tracking valuations makes them uniquely capable of valuating the rare and unusual. Estates, settlements, collections, insurance. Let their billion dollars worth of experience supply the results you seek. “We covet the rare and unusual whether pedigreed or proletarian”. www. cosmopolitanmotors.com (WA) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100, 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. Email: sales@classicshowcase.com, www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) 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.hartek.org (IA) Classic Car Transport 978.768.6092, www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the Preservation and Sales of European Classics, pre-war through the 1970s, since 1978. You can rely on our decades of experience with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine collectibles. Repeat customers are the lifeblood of our business. Contact us today to join them. Car Sales Manager, Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell.com. (MA) Woodies USA. 949.922.7707, 949.412.8812, We buy and sell great woodies — hundreds to date. If you are buying or selling give us a call. We can help. Woodies are fun! Every car collection should have at least one. Located in Laguna Niguel, California. www.woodiesusa.com. (CA) Passport Transport. 800.736.0575, Kastner & Partners Garage. 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) Automobilia Coachbuilt Press. 215-925-4233, Coachbuilt Press creates limited edition automotive titles for the discriminating motoring enthusiast. We present exceptional material on the most significant collections, museums and marques with a balance of authoritative writing, precise research, unique historical documents and the modern photography of Michael Furman. Please visit our website to view our latest titles and order. www.CoachbuiltPress.com (PA). Cosmopolitan Motors, LLC. 206.467.6531 , Experts in worldwide acquisition, collection management, disposition and appraisal. For more than a quarter century, Cosmopolitan Motors has lived by its motto, “We covet the rare and unusual, whether pedigreed or proletarian.” Absurdly eclectic and proud of it. Find your treasure here, or pass it along to the next generation. www.cosmopolitanmotors. com (WA) From our spectacular Santa Monica location, Kastner & Partners Garage strives to offer some of the finest collector vehicles available, combined with unparalleled service. If we do not currently have that which you are looking for or, if you have a classic that you’re looking to sell, please let us know. 150 Pico Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90405 310.593.2080 www.kastnerandpartnersgarage.com Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a classic, a ’60s muscle car or a modern exotic, you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles, and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com. L.A. Prep. 562.997.0170, L.A. Gullwing Motor Cars stocks more than 100 cars at our warehouse location, 27 years of experience; visited by customers across the country and overseas. We specialize in European and American cars and we are always looking to buy classic cars in any October 2013 Luxury Brokers International. 215.459.1606, specializing in the sales, purchase and brokerage of classic automobiles for the astute collector with a new-age, contemporary approach. Focusing on original, high-quality examples as enjoyable, tangible investments. Classic car storage, classic car consignment, brokerage, and other consulting services are available as well. We actively pursue the purchase and sales of any investment grade classic car. Since 2009 we have offered a unique opportunity for collectors, enthusiasts, and other industry professionals. www.lbilimited.com, sales@ lbilimited.com (PA) Prep brings its 30 years of experience transporting vehicles for the automotive industry’s top manufacturers to discriminating luxury and exotic car owners and collectors across the United States. Its highly-skilled and experienced staff delivers an unsurpassed level of service and takes care of your car with the highest quality equipment available in trucks and trailers that are as clean and well maintained as the valuable assets that they carry. www.LAPrepTransport.com Reliable Carriers, Inc. 877.744.7889, As the country’s largest enclosed auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event, or 133


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com Collector Car Insurance commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com. (MI) 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) more information about our shop, and see photos of past events. www.RMCCAR.com. Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173, We Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse a new breed of insurance for classic, antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary classic and limited-edition cars. To get a quote is even easier with our new online improvements. Go to www. barrett-jackson.com/insurance/, select Get a Quote, enter in a couple of key pieces of information about your vehicle and get an estimated quote within seconds! It’s that easy. Don’t be caught without the right insurance for your vehicle. In the unfortunate aftermath of damage to your vehicle, learning that your insurance won’t restore your prized possession to its former glory, or appropriately compensate you for your loss, is the last thing you want to hear. To get a quote by phone, call 877.545.2522. 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) Fourintune Garages Inc. 262.375.0876, www.fourintune. com. Complete ground-up restoration on British Marques – specializing in Austin-Healeys for 35 years. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process. Located in historic Cedarburg since 1976 – just minutes north of Milwaukee, WI. T. Rutlands & T. Rutlands West J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290, Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. 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. English J. J. BEST BANC & CO. provides www.wirewheel.com, 772.299.9788. 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) 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) British Sports and Race Cars BoughtSold-Traded. Located in Beautiful Vero Beach, Florida. In business for over 25 years, specializing in Lotus, TVR, Griffith, Jaguar, Austin Healey, MG, Marcos, Panoz, Lola, and more. Over 50 sports and race cars always in stock. Please check our website for our latest inventory offerings: www.wirewheel.com. (FL) Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini 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) 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, 134 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. Radcliffe Motor Company. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100, restoration 760.758.6119. World class full service restoration facility. Creating show/show drivers, and driver 410.517.1681, The Mid-Atlantic’s premier facility for the maintenance, repair, and light restoration of exotic Italian and fine European automobiles. Having gained the trust of the exotic car community we are known for our proficiency and workmanship. Host of the annual Vintage Ferrari All Italian Car Event each May, you are cordially invited to attend. Visit our website for financing on classic cars ranging from 1900 to today. Visit our website at www.jjbest.com or call 1-800-USA-1965 and get a loan approval in as little as 5 minutes! 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) provides international service from one of the world’s largest Ferrari parts inventories coast to coast. We have more Ferrari parts, more Ferrari parts experience and better Ferrari parts prices than most anyone. Since 1981 T. Rutlands has been building valuable partnerships with the Ferrari industry’s most respected repair shops, professionals and car owners seeking to provide a one-stop shopping experience for Ferrari parts, tools and accessories. Ferrari parts are our only business and we are true product and service specialists in every sense of the word. When you need a comprehensive parts selection for both vintage and contemporary Ferraris, you can count on a single-source leader in the Ferrari parts business…T. Rutlands. Call us Toll Free 800.638.1444, Internationally 770.493.8852. Email: Sales@ trutlands.com. www.trutlands.com Finance Ferrari Financial Services. 201.510.2500, As the world’s only Ferrari-owned finance company, no one understands a Ferrari customer’s unique perspective better than the company that designed these iconic sports cars. Whether it’s a line of credit for owners interested in utilizing the equity in their collection, or a simple interest loan, we stand committed to help our clients enhance their collection — without origination or early termination fees. “FFS” offers a level of expertise that cannot be matched by other lenders. Premier Financial Services is the nation’s leading lessor of vintage and exotic motorcars. Our Simple Lease Program is ideal for those who wish to own their vehicle at the end of the term, as well as for those who like to change cars frequently. Our Simple Interest Early Termination Program allows you the flexibility of financing with the tax advantages of leasing. Contact Premier at 877.973.7700 or info@pfsllc.com. www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. German Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100, 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) 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) Italian LeMay Family Collection FoundaHamann 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 Leasing European Collectibles, Inc. 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) tion at Marymount Events Center near Tacoma, WA, hosts an epic backdrop for your next event. Home to 500 fabulous collector cars, world class art exhibits, and assorted ephemera, consider your next event here. Weddings, swap meets, conventions, auctions. The facility can likely exceed your expectations. Visit during the 37th annual open house along with 13,000 other enthusiasts. 253.272.2336 www.lemaymarymount. org (WA) Parts and Accessories Bob Smith Coachworks Inc. 940.668-8622, 960.665.4657 (fax). Complete exotic and vintage automobile restoration performed by master craftsmen to the highest standards of excellence. Bob Smith Coachworks Inc., 1600 Floral Dr., Gainesville, TX 76240. Email: bsmith@bobsmithcoachworks.com. (TX) & Transmission Rebuilding, Machine Shop, Award-Winning Upholstery, Paint Shop and Pattern Making & Castings. Providing these services in-house has proved to be highly efficient and has enabled us to provide our clients with the highest level of old-fashioned quality workmanship, professionalism and client services. www.alantaylorcompany.com Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. For over 30 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. Its Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than one million dollars, with terms extending up to 84 months contact the oldest and most experienced leasing company in the country by calling 1.866.90.LEASE. Or just visit www.putnamleasing.com. 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) Import/Export Legal Law Offices of Bruce Shaw Collector Car Fraud Specialists, www.shawlaws.com. A motorhead law firm with real practical knowledge and experience in the Collector Car Field. Experience: Chain of speed shops, Body Shops, Car Dealerships, former NCRS judge as well as licensed attorneys. Estate planning and divorce settlements concerning Collector Cars. 50 State Representation. 215.657.2377 Museums Griot’s Garage —Car Care for the Perfectionist! Griot’s Garage celebrates over 22 years as your best source for a full line of quality car care products. We Make It. We Teach It. We Guarantee It. Call today for your free catalog or enjoy the easy-to-use website for fast, fun and easy ordering. Our number one goal is to ensure that you always...Have fun in your garage! 800.345.5789 • ww.griotsgarage.com www.inmygarage.com. (WA) Classic Restoration. 303.761.1245, Classic Restoration by Country Club Auto, located in Colorado, is a large facility that offers world-class restoration, repair and fabrication services. Highly organized, fiscally responsible and providing 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) WeatherTech® Automotive Ac- 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 LeMay—America’s Car Museum Cosdel International Transportation. Since 1960 Cosdel International Transportation has been handling international shipments by air, ocean and truck. Honest service, competitive pricing FOLLOW SCM spotlights America’s love affair with the automobile. The museum rests on a nine-acre campus featuring rotating galleries, a 3.5-acre show field, theatre, café, banquet halls, racing simulators and slot car racing. ACM hosts annual events, concerts and even drive-in movies. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors/students/military and $8 for youth. ACM is free for members and kids five and under. www.lemaymuseum.org. (WA) 136 Alan Taylor Company Inc. 760.489.0657, is a full-service automotive restoration and repair facility that specializes in Pre and Post-War European and American Automobiles. With an emphasis on French Marques including Bugatti & Delahaye and over 50 years of experience in the automotive field, we have proven to be a leader in the automotive industry. Our facility provides a full-array of services including Fabrication, Metal-Shaping, Engine 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 Sports Car Market Fantasy Junction. 510.653-7555. For 30 years, Owner/Enthusiast Bruce Trenery has operated Fantasy Junction from the San Francisco Bay Area. The dealership enjoys an outstanding worldwide reputation for integrity and knowledge in the collector car field. Many of the world’s greatest sports cars have passed through the doors with both buyers and sellers enjoying expert representation. Email sales@fantasyjunction.com, www.fantasyjunction. com. (CA) RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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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) ration of vintage racecars, classic and contemporary sports cars. Authorized Lotus Dealer. Founded in 1974 by Rob Burt. Partners with Steel Wings, specializing in parts, service and performance upgrades for vintage Aston Martins. sales@princetonlotus.com Located near Princeton, NJ at 49 East Broad Street, Hopewell, NJ 09525 www.steelwings.com (NJ) The Guild of Automotive RestorRPM 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. ers. 905.775.0499. No matter whether your car is bound to the concours or for the road we are the sensible choice. We are expert in our craft and we combine this with unimpeachable integrity doing something that we enjoy as much as our clients enjoy the fruits of our labors. Share our passion for your passion. Give us a call, we look forward to hearing from you. David Grainger and Janice Stone Proprietors. www.guildclassiccars.com (CAN) Vintage Motor Group F. Roxas Inc. 708.598.1000. Brid- Sports and Specialist Cars Inc. 609.466.5305. Sales, service and resto- geview, IL. The Only Thing Better Than New is a Fran Roxas Restoration. Recent restorations include Duesenberg, Packard 12, 8-liter Bentley, Cadillac V16, Delahaye, Stutz DV32, Ferrari, 1950s & 60s Concept Cars. We take pride in enhancing our clients’ investments by bringing these truly one-ofa-kind cars back to life, maybe an even better life. The quality of our work has been nationally recognized since 1970 with consistent 1st place winners at concours around the world. (IL) © October 2013 137


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Carl Bomstead eWatch Mashies, Brassies and Oregon Plates One big sale of Doc Holliday’s sword cane still leaves Harrisburg’s failed museum underwater, but golf club oilers are on a roll Thought Carl’s Seems the city of Harrisburg, PA, got itself in a $300 million pickle when a plan to make money with a trash incinerator went sideways. The then-mayor decided to rectify the problem by creating a Western museum and went on a $7 million spending spree with city funds. He bought 10,000 items, many of which ended up being of questionable origin. The collection sat in storage for years before city officials decided to cut their losses and have Guernsey’s Auction dispose of the remaining items. Lot 5028 was Doc Holliday’s sword cane in a display case along with some documentation. It had an estimate of $4,000–$6,000 and ended up selling for $17,250, including 25% Internet premium. It was one of only a handful of items that did well, as the auction netted only $2.7 million, so it won’t make much of a dent in Harrisburg’s financial problems. the large four-piece Pegasus that measures about eight feet from the tip of the hoof to the top of the wing. It was in very acceptable condition, with only minor edge wear. These are always popular, and larger signs have been bringing the money, so no issue here. EBAY #380664524635— ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER GHOST “SPIRIT OF ECSTASY” HOOD ORNAMENT. Number of Bids: 11. SOLD AT: $3,196. Date: 7/121/2013. The “Spirit of Ecstasy” first appeared on the magnificent 40/50 Silver Ghost in 1911 and has appeared in one form or another on every Rolls-Royce since. The early silver-plated examples were used only between 1911 and 1914 and are signed by Charles Sykes. They are also marked: “Rolls-Royce Limited February 6, 1911.” This example appeared to be in pristine condition, and while expensive, was not unreasonable. shape of the famed Packard grille, was only 1 1/8 inches by 1 3/8 inches, but it was in very nice condition. It was marked Whitehead & Hoag 9/21, so we can assume it was from the 1920s. These show up from time to time, but they never sell at this kind of a number. The price seems a bit aggressive. PLATES FROM 1908, 1909 AND 1910. Number of Bids: 27. SOLD AT: $3,716.66. Date: 6/23/2013. The state of Oregon first issued license plates in 1911, but a firm in Idaho offered Oregon residents plates starting in 1908 so car owners did not have to make their own. These three very rare steel license plates were from that era. Wonder if one of the big-buck “suits” at SCM World Headquarters in Portland scarfed these up? EBAY #380675747858— 1950s “ARISTOCRATS” CAR CLUB PLAQUE. Number of Bids: 21. SOLD AT: $292.50. Date Sold: 7/20/2013. The Aristocrats must have been real studs to put a Rolls-Royce on their car club plaque. The plaque was from a foundry in Bell, CA. Offered from a prolific and highly rated dealer and stated to be the real deal. Price was not out of line if these are your thing. EBAY #231009874030—TV SPACE PATROL JAPANESE TIN TOY WITH BOX. Number of Bids: 16. SOLD AT: $8,000. Date Sold: 7/9/2013. This unique tin toy had absolutely no play wear, and even the box was nearly mint. It was from an era when the novelties of television and space travel were just evolving, and this toy combined both. This was an expensive purchase, but space toys have a following of their own, and the condition and box were huge pluses. EBAY# 330949680841— EBAY #121129141100—MO- BIL PEGASUS “FLYING RED HORSE” PORCELAIN SIGN. Number of Bids: 21. SOLD AT: $5,700. Date: 6/25/2013. This was EBAY #370806900716— EARLY PACKARD EMPLOYEE BADGE. Number of Bids: 17. SOLD AT: $1,175. Date: 5/9/2013. This little badge, in the EBAY #171059750020— THREE OREGON LICENSE 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 SKELLY OIL COMPANY “GOLFER’S OIL” HANDY OILER. Number of Bids: 20. SOLD AT: $2,907.57. Date: 7/8/2013. This little three-ounce oiler had wonderful graphics. The oil was to be rubbed on the hickory shafts of mashie and brassie golf clubs to keep them limber. Oval handy oilers are very collectible, and this one sold for half again as much as any that we have seen sell. Then again, this is the first “Golfer’s Oil” we have seen, so who’s to say how much is too much? ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market