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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 2014 . Volume 26 . Number 10 FERRARI This Month’s Market Movers Up Close by Steve Ahlgrim 44 ENGLISH AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why by Reid Trummel 46 197 Vehicles Rated at Eight Sales BONHAMS 64 76 1987 Ferrari Testarossa Koenig Competition Evolution II $161,969 / Artcurial Enzo wouldn’t like this car, but bidders did ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne 48 1954 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupe $47,707 / H&H A wood frame may call for a stiff upper lip GERMAN by Paul Hardiman 50 100 110 1963 Maserati 3500 GTi Coupe $176,000 / Bonhams A low-mileage, fairly original car brings strong money AMERICAN 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster $200,360 / RM by Colin Comer 52 RACE 122 $118,128 / Bonhams Condition, color and Monaco affect prices by Thor Thorson 58 88 Chichester, U.K.: 60 of 89 cars sell for $38m at the Goodwood Festival of Speed — Paul Hardiman ARTCURIAL Le Mans, FRA: Vintage racers ply the historic track, and 90 out of 110 lots sell for a total $17.7m — Paul Hardiman BONHAMS Stuttgart, DEU: Gullwings, 540Ks and Pontons roll to $16m at the Mercedes-Benz Museum, and 32 of 46 lots change ownership — Pierre Hedary AUCTIONS AMERICA Portola Valley, CA: 119 of 122 military vehicles blast expectations, totaling $9.9m — B. Mitchell Carlson BONHAMS Oxford, U.K.: The Bonhams Summer Classic hits 90% sold and $2.7m total when 71 of 79 cars make the cut — Paul Hardiman ROUNDUP Highlights from Barons in Surrey, U.K.; Leake in Tulsa, OK; and Twin Cities in St. Paul, MN — Paul Hardiman, Doug Schultz, B. Mitchell Carlson 1964 AC Cobra 289 Mk II 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra $1,033,992 / Artcurial $885,000 / Mecum How original does the DNA have to be? 6 1968–69 Lotus-Cosworth Ford Type 49B F1 1966 Brabham-Repco BT20 F1 $1,147,136 / Bonhams $1,502,701 / RM Two historic F1 racers; why the price gap? Cover photo: 1968–69 Lotus-Cosworth Ford Type 49B F1; courtesy of Bonhams Sports Car Market


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38 2014 Mille Miglia COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears Is it time to say goodbye to your beloved car? Keith Martin 30 Affordable Classic One outlier sale doesn’t mean the market sun is shining on the Fiat X1/9 Jeff Zurschmeide 32 Legal Files Keep an eye on the market and regularly adjust your agreed-value insurance policy John Draneas 34 Simon Says Meet the Old Guard and the New Guard of the collecting world Simon Kidston 56 The Cumberford Perspective The early Shelby Cobra is the absolute essence of sports car Robert Cumberford 146 eWatch Babe Ruth’s 1918 Boston Red Sox contract sold for $1.02m, but you can get $8k for your 1962 Chrysler Imperial Asahi tin toy — if your mom didn’t throw out the box Carl Bomstead FEATURES 38 2014 Mille Miglia: Fabulous cars from the café seats 40 2014 Forest Grove Concours: Italian beauty on campus DEPARTMENTS 14 Auction Calendar 14 Crossing the Block 18 The Inside Line: Fall Carlisle, French Lick Concours, Hilton Head Motoring Festival 20 Contributors: Get to know our writers 22 You Write, We Read: Datsun 1600 vs. MGB, Third Reich 540K, a Field-Find Chevy Monza 24 Display Advertisers Index 26 Time Pieces: Railroad-approved wrist watches 26 Neat Stuff: Neat Stuff goes domestic 28 In Miniature: 1927 Mercedes-Benz Type 710 SS Cabriolet 28 Speaking Volumes: USRRC: A Record of the United States Road Racing Championship 1963–1968 84 Glovebox Notes: 2014 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E sedan, 2014 Volkswagen Jetta TDI sedan 86 Fresh Meat: 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition, 2013 Shelby GT500 126 Rising Sun: Recent sales of Japanese cars 134 Mystery Photo: “German porn is so weird” 134 Comments with Your Renewal: “I would be interested in learning what SCM subscribers’ responses to the Insider’s Panel questions would be” 136 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 140 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs 8 Sports Car Market Bill Rothermel


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin When It’s Time to Say Goodbye Falling out of love with the car, having too many cars or wanting a life-changing chunk of cash are reasons to sell Too many cars Sometimes you decide you’ve just got too many cars. A surplus of automotive riches leads to diminished seat time for each car, and cars rot when they are not used. If you have 20 cars, are you really going to put 1,000 miles on each of them each year? Probably not. Consequently, there is some logic behind deciding which four or five cars you use most often and bring you the most pleasure — and culling your collection down to those. Why punish your family? As collectors come of a certain age, we be- How many is too many? I s it fair to say that we love our cars? Over time, we develop relationships with them based on the things we have done with them — from changing spark plugs to repairing upholstery to going on tours and rallies. In a way, a favorite car is like a faithful Labrador retriever. It sits and waits for us, and when we turn the key, it jumps to its wheels and wags its exhaust pipes. Our favorite cars exist to be our companions in adventure. But a relationship with a pet comes to a natural end. Dogs and cats age and pass, and we remember them through pictures and stories. Cars, on the other hand, can live forever, as we renew one piece after another, and either restore them or allow them to mellow nicely in their own “eau de patination.” So when we decide to say goodbye to a car, it can be a very difficult decision. Imagine having 10 great years with your Labrador and then selling the dog to a stranger. Not likely. How we decide There are many reasons to sell a collector car. Sometimes you just fall out of love with it. This generally happens during the first couple of years of ownership with a car, especially when it stubbornly resists efforts to make it into a “service vehicle” — one that is on the button, starts, turns and stops as you would expect, and is always ready to take out for a run. We all speak fondly of cars that “never let us down.” On the other hand, there are cars that “always let us down.” No matter how often we fix them, something else decides to break — or the repairs we’ve just made don’t hold. The result is the weekend of joy in a vintage car tour turns into 72 hours of misery. You limp from cell service area to cell service area, calling for advice, trying to get parts sent to NoWhere U.S.A., where you are currently stranded. You’re an unhappy camper when everyone around you is talking about what a great drive they had that day. While you might miss this car, you don’t miss the continued aggravation and its fun-spoiling, cantankerous nature. 10 come aware that our family may not share our passion for our cars. That’s the same as any hobby, whether it is horticulture (who’s going to fertilize the roses when you’re gone?), or collecting coins or vintage wristwatches. What sets cars apart from other collectibles is the amount of space they take up — and how much constant attention they need to stay viable as operable machines. Imagine someone who has little affinity for old cars trying to start a vintage Bentley. They will struggle to decipher the spark advance, hand throttle and more. If the car hasn’t been run in a long time, the gas may be bad, the battery dead and the carburetors gummed up. It’s a recipe for frustration. Rather than leave their assemblage of cars for their families to deal with, some collectors are deciding to turn some of their cars into money, which can then be put into trusts and other instruments that are both simpler to transfer and can have attractive tax aspects. And then there’s the money A final reason to say goodbye to a car is that it has simply become worth too much money to keep around. For example, a friend owned a 289 Cobra for decades — he paid less than $30k for it. He recently commented that his car was now worth nearly as much as his house. The Cobra now represented so much of his net worth that he wasn’t comfortable driving it. Further, he had done everything he wanted with the car, including tours, rallies, extended vacation trips and more. With the car’s value exceeding $1m, turning the car into money could offer him choices in his liquid-asset base that would make a measurable difference in his life. Whether he ends up taking a trip around the world with his wife, buying a second home or funding a trust for his children, he has had the best of both worlds — a lifetime of driving a spectacular car, and then a “lottery payoff” bonus at the end for his stewardship. So while it was difficult for him to say goodbye to his Cobra, in this instance it was time for the car to move on to a new owner who can begin creating his own memories. And it was time for the seller to bask in all the good things the Cobra had brought to his life. Selling a collector car that is dear to you is no easy thing. But there is logic to looking at your collection and deciding whether each car is bringing you the pleasure and enjoyment it should. You may decide that you just can’t let go of a beloved car. Or you decide to turn that car into money — and then purchase a different kind of pleasure and satisfaction. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Tony Piff Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Star Car: 1907 American Underslung roadster at Bonhams Philadelphia VanDerBrink — The “Big John” Collection Where: Minden, NE Where: October 4 More: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com Bonhams — Preserving the Automobile Where: Philadelphia, PA When: October 6 Last year: 57/65 cars sold / $2.8m Featured cars: • Star Car: 1907 American Underslung roadster, one of four owned by Pennsylvania oil man FC Deemer, and the one he took on his honeymoon in 1907. Auction Calendar Email auction info to: chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com. SEPTEMBER 2—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 3–6—MECUM Dallas, TX 4—SILVERSTONE London, U.K. 6—BONHAMS Beaulieu, U.K. 6—VANDERBRINK Grant, NE 6—SILVER Loveland, CO 8—RM London, U.K. 13—BONHAMS Chichester, U.K. 19–20—ELECTRIC GARAGE Red Deer, AB, CAN 14 19–20—SILVER Portland, OR 20—SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, U.K. 20—VANDERBRINK Vining, MN 20—PETERSEN Salem, OR 24—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, U.K. 25–27—BARRETTJACKSON Las Vegas, NV 25–27—RUSSO AND STEELE Las Vegas, NV 26–27—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Austin, TX Bonhams expects the car to exceed $900k • 1917 Cadillac Model 51 four-passenger roadster More: www.bonhams.com H&H — Imperial War Museum Where: Duxford, U.K. When: October 8 Last year: 74/98 cars sold / $4m Featured cars: • Star Car: 1902 Locke Puritan runabout • 1930 Lagonda 2-liter low-chassis tourer More: www.handh.co.uk RM Auctions — Hershey 2014 Where: Hershey, PA When: October 9–10 Last year: 104/115 cars sold / $9.7m Featured cars: • Star Car: 1930 Cadillac V-16 sport phaeton, the long-term heart of a prominent private collection. RM estimate: $375k–$450k • 1915 Stanley Model 820 12-passenger mountain wagon. RM estimate: $200k– $250k • 1941 Chris-Craft 27-foot custom 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. 29—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS OCTOBER 4—VANDERBRINK Minden, NE 6—BONHAMS Philadelphia, PA 8—H&H Duxford, U.K. 9–10—RM Hershey, PA 9–11—MECUM Chicago, IL 9–11—VICARI Biloxi, MS 10—BONHAMS Knokke-Heist, BEL 10–12—J.WOOD & CO Birmingham, AL 11—COYS Ascot, U.K. 17–18—BRANSON Branson, MO 18—TOM MACK Charlotte, NC 18—SPECIALTY AUTO Loveland, CO 19—BONHAMS Stafford, U.K. 24–25—G. POTTER KING Atlantic City, NJ 25—THEODORE BRUCE Melbourne, AUS 25—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Murfreesboro, TN 28—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 31—BONHAMS London, U.K. Sports Car Market 31—MOTOSTALGIA Austin, TX 31–NOV 2—COLLECTOR CAR PRODUCTIONS Toronto, ON, CAN NOVEMBER 2—ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA 6–8—GAA Greensboro, NC 8—SMITHS Paducah, KY 12—BONHAMS Harrogate, U.K. 12—H&H Buxton, U.K. 13–15—MECUM Anaheim, CA 15—SILVERSTONE Birmingham, U.K. 17—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 21–23—LEAKE Dallas, TX 21–23—MCCORMICK’S Palm Springs, CA 26—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, U.K. 28–29—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Houston, TX 28–29—SILVER Fort McDowell, AZ 30—BONHAMS London, U.K.


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Crossing the Block Tony Piff Images courtesy of the respective auction companies Tom Mack Classics Where: Charlotte, NC When: October 18 More: www.tommackclassics.com G. Potter King — The Fall Classics Where: Atlantic City, NJ When: October 24–25 More: www.acclassiccars.com Theodore Bruce — Motorclassica Where: Melbourne, AUS When: October 25 More: www.theodorebruceauctions.com.au Southern Classic — 40th Semi-Annual Music City Fall Classic Where: Murfreesboro, TN When: October 25 More: www.southernclassicauctions.com Barons Autumn Classic Where: Surrey, U.K. When: October 27 More: www.barons-auctions.com Star Car: 1902 Locke Puritan runabout at H&H Duxford barrelback runabout “Runaway Jane.” RM estimate: $225k–$275k More: www.rmauctions.com Mecum — Chicago 2014 Where: Chicago, IL When: October 9–11 Last year: 615/917 cars sold / $18.2m More: www.mecum.com Vicari — Cruisin’ the Coast Where: Biloxi, MS When: October 9–11 More: www.vicariauction.com Bonhams — The Zoute Sale Where: Knokke-Heist, BEL When: October 10 Last year: 29/45 cars sold / $3.2m Featured cars: • 1957 Lancia Aurelia B24S convertible with hard top. Ex-Gaston de Gerlache. Bonhams estimate: $400k–$535k • 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4. Bonhams estimate: $320k–$375k • 1970 Porsche 911E 2.2 cabriolet. Believed one of six cabriolet prototypes. Bonhams estimate: $80k–$135k More: www.bonhams.com J. Wood & Company — Barber Vintage Festival Classic Motorcycle Auction Where: Birmingham, AL When: October 10–12 More: www.jwoodandcompany.com Coys — Ascot Racecourse Where: Ascot, U.K. 16 Star Car: 1930 Cadillac V-16 sport phaeton at RM Hershey, PA Sports Car Market The Branson Auction Where: Branson, MO When: October 17–18 Last year: 103/215 cars sold / $2.3m More: www.bransonauction.com Specialty Auto Auctions — Larimer County Fairgrounds (The Ranch) Fall 2014 Where: Loveland, CO When: October 18 More: www.saaasinc.com When: October 11 More: www.coys.co.uk Bonhams — London to Brighton Run Sale Where: London, U.K. When: October 31 Last year: 13/14 cars sold / $2.9m More: www.bonhams.com Motostalgia Auctions d’Elegance — 2nd Annual Collector Car Grand Prix Auction Where: Austin, TX When: October 31 More: www.motostalgia.com Collector Car Productions — The Toronto Fall Classic Car Auction Where: Toronto, ON, CAN When: October 31–November 2 Last year: 175/278 cars sold / $3.1m More: www.collectorcarproductions.com ♦


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Inside Line Alex Martin-Banzer Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com. Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance Events ■ Fall Carlisle provides a three-for-one event from October 1 to 5. Consisting of a gigantic collector car swapmeet, a car corral and an auction, this Carlisle event makes it easy to discover something you didn’t know you needed. Venues open at 7 a.m. For pricing and event passes, visit www.carlisleevents.com (PA) ■ Concours d’Elegance at French Lick Resort throttles up through the weekend of October 3–5. The concours was formerly known as the Louisville Concours d’Elegance. Cars from the personal collections of Carroll Shelby and Ferruccio Lamborghini will grace the field. A driving tour will leave the West Baden Springs Hotel at 7:30 a.m. on October 4. A tribute event to Indiana’s Automotive History is scheduled for 2 p.m. On October 5, the Concours d’Elegance will start at 10 a.m. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. www.frenchlickconcours.com (IN) 18 ■ Niello Concours at Ser- rano takes place on October 5 in El Dorado Hills, CA, and the 11th edition will feature Packard Motor Cars and 100 years of Maserati. The event opens at 10 a.m. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the gate. www.nielloconcoursatserrano.com (CA) ■ More than 150 high-perfor- mance automobiles will fill San Diego’s world-famous Gaslamp Quarter on October 12 for the sixth annual Fifth Avenue Auto Showcase. Expect a wide variety of vehicles, ranging from traditional classics to contemporary luxury. This free event starts at 11 a.m. www.gaslamp.org (CA) ■ The Hilton Head Is- land Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance returns for another great week of automotive events. This year the honored marque is Jaguar. The Savannah Speed Classic will take place October 24–26 at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa. The following weekend, November 1–2, Hilton Head Island becomes the grand venue. The Car Club Jamboree takes place on November 1 starting at 9 a.m. On November 2, the Concours d’Elegance will start at 9 a.m. The Motoring Midway will be taking place on both Saturday and Sunday starting at 9 a.m. For pricing and packages, please visit www. hhiconcours.com (SC) ♦ Concours d’Elegance at French Lick Resort Sports Car Market Courtesy of Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance Dyan Duncan


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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 / 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 Editors at Large Colin Comer , Simon Kidston, Donald Osborne Copy Editors Yael Abel, David Tomaro Intern Alec Ebert Senior Auction Analysts B. 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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com There are so many MGBs that survive today, it negatively affects their value… Datsun 1600 vs. MGB To the Editor: You had to know there would be a response to settle the aspersions leveled at the MGB in the Datsun 1600 article (June 2014, “Etceterini Profile” p. 72). For example: 1. The MGBs started production in 1962, so yes, the Datsun was heavily influenced by the MGB. 2. The MGB used chrome, leather and wool up to 1970, while the Datsun was, well, let’s just say it is far from British — chrome, vinyl and nylon. 3. The MGB may not have had a first-gear synchro until 1967, but it was available with a 6-speed overdrive transmission. 4. There are so many MGBs that survive today, it negatively affects their value. And the fact that so many survive speaks to comparing the quality of the product. — Victor Van Tress, Rocky Peak, CA 22 Two great cars To the Editor: After reading Keith Martin’s comments on two-car collections at differing price points and what you can get (August 2014, p. 18), I offer up my two old cars as a great example of desirable and complementary collector cars at the $150k point. They are: a 1964 Jaguar Series 1 FHC and a 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce. The Jag provides instant torque with GT comforts abounding and beauty. The Giulietta provides wind in your face, light and immediate steering, and beauty. Driving one after the other only proves the adage “vive la différence.” — Norman Vogel, San Francisco, CA A field-find Monza To the Editor: I have a 1976 Chevy Monza 2+2 that is not in drivable condition of any sort. I bought it for $50 from a guy, and now the County Motor Vehicles Office wants me to give them a value for it, but I’ve been unable to find any legitimate information about this particular car. If it’s worth less than $500, then I don’t have to buy title insurance. It cannot be driven until a complete restoration has been conducted on it. It sat in a field without a carburetor for over 12 years, and field mice made a home out of the intake manifold. The interior is something out of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” — it’ll need a lot of work before anyone can sit inside it without feeling that something is crawling on them. I looked at this page: http:// collectorcarpricetracker.com/ auctions/make/Chevrolet/model/ monza/years/1975-1976, but all of these cars are in a condition that far exceeds the condition of mine. Do you know of any place where I can find a definitive value for this car? — Ron Gulette, via email Executive Editor Chester Allen responds: Ron, thanks for your note. The website you checked is actually ours. Collector Car Price Tracker keeps tabs of eBay collector car sales, and it’s a great place to get a handle on car values. That said, I think it’s safe to say that Collector Car Price Tracker would not put a high value on your Monza. In fact, it’s safe to say that your car is worth far less than $500. I would even say that your car is worth less than $100. I guess you could see that as a good or a bad thing in your case. If the county gives you a hard time, invite them out to sit in your car. Problem solved. Toly weighs in on the Third Reich 540K To the Editor: It’s been way too quiet in the letters column, and, well, I don’t know where to start (September 2014, “Collecting Thoughts,” p. 56). Could be why I got a B in Sports Car Market


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You WriAd Indexte We Read Adamson Industries .........................................67 AIG Insurance ..................................................54 Alan Taylor Company, Inc ...............................98 Amalgam - Fine Model Cars ............................65 American Car Collector .................................138 Antique Auto Restoration ................................42 Artcurial ...........................................................29 Aston Martin of New England .......................123 Atlantic City Classic Car Show & Auction ....105 Authentic Classics ..........................................138 Auto Kennel .....................................................82 Automotive Restorations Inc. ........................117 Autosport Designs Inc ....................................131 Barrett-Jackson ..........................................27, 54 Bennett Law Office ........................................138 Beverly Hills Car Club ...................................128 Blackhawk/Auto Collections Inc .....................93 BMW Car Club of America, Inc. .....................91 Boca Raton Concours ......................................97 Bonhams / SF .......................................17, 19, 21 Branson Collector Car Auction ........................43 Canepa ............................................................127 Carlisle Events ...............................................107 CarPoolTables.com ........................................120 Centerline Alfa Parts ........................................85 Chequered Flag International ...........................42 Chubb Personal Insurance ................................23 Classic Assets Motorsports Center ...................77 Classic Showcase ...........................................115 Collector Car Price Tracker ...........................138 Collector Studio .............................................135 Copley Motorcars ...........................................129 Dan Kruse Classics ..........................................31 DC Automotive ................................................85 deGarmo Ltd., Classic Motorcars ..................133 Dragone Classic Motorcars Inc. .............103, 139 Driversource Houston LLC ......................95, 133 E-Types USA....................................................69 European Collectibles ....................................119 Exotic Classics ...............................................130 Fantasy Junction ...............................................61 Fourintune Garage Inc ...................................129 Gooding & Company ..................................... 2-3 Greensboro Auto Auction ..............................101 Grundy Worldwide .........................................123 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. .............................119 Hamann Classic Cars .......................................83 Heritage Classics ..............................................41 Hilton Head Island Concours .........................121 Hyman, LTD ....................................................87 Intercity Lines ..................................................33 JC Taylor ........................................................109 Jeff Brynan .....................................................129 JJ Best Banc & Co .........................................137 John R. Olson Inc. ...........................124 129, 139 Kendall Bend Porsche ......................................81 Kevin Kay Restorations .................................127 Kidston ...............................................................7 L.A. Prep ........................................................138 Leake Auction Company ..................................89 Legendary Motorcar Company ........................79 Luxury Brokers International ...........................98 Mac Neil Automotive Products Ltd ...............113 Maserati North America .................................148 Maxted-Page Limited .......................................35 Mercedes Classic Center ..................................25 Mershon’s World Of Cars ..............................120 Morphy Auctions .............................................99 Motor Classic & Competition Corp. ..............139 Motostalgia ......................................................57 Octane ............................................................132 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions ...................75 Passport Transport ..................................136, 138 Paul Russell And Company ...........................125 porsport.com ....................................................72 Premier Financial Services ............................147 Putnam Leasing ..................................................9 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd. ...............................39 RB Collection.................................................121 Reliable Carriers ..............................................63 RM Auctions ..............................................13, 15 Road Scholars ..................................................73 Robert Glover LTD ........................................125 Russo & Steele LLC ........................................37 Silver Collector Car Auctions ........................118 Sports Car Market ............................................74 Symbolic Motor Car Co ...................................11 T.D.C. Risk Management .................................54 The Auto Collections .....................................111 The Flying Dutchman Co. ..............................135 The Stable, Ltd. ................................................71 Tony Labella Classic Cars..............................138 Tour Auto Optic 2000 ......................................12 Velocity Channel ..............................................36 Vicari Auctions ............................................... 4-5 Vintage Car Research .....................................129 Vintage Rallies ...............................................131 Watchworks ....................................................139 West Coast Classics, LLC ..............................143 24 You Write We Read If the new owner wants to eliminate a Nazi relic and can afford a 540K Cab rebuild, it’s not for us to do anything but express our point of view… Logic in college. Let’s start with “Such an op- tion does not exist,” in reference to the possibility of restoring the car as a 540K Spezial Aktion P saloon or reverting to its original 540K Cabriolet B incarnation. If you own the car and are not Mr. Collier, the option exists. If someone buys the Mona Lisa and paints a beard on it — in the real world — so freaking what? Do you need the original when there are so many good copies around to study? If the new owner wants to eliminate a Nazi relic and can afford a 540K Cab rebuild, it’s not for us to do anything but express our point of view. If a wealthy Israelite wants to buy the car and crush it into a block for a coffee table, that’s fine with me — and I’m happy to announce my DNA analysis showed I’m 3% Jewish. When Joel Finn presented the pre-World War II Mercedes (I forget the model) at Pebble Beach around 1986, he told a great story about finding the original discarded weaving machines to make the fabric for the wire looms. He also said that the car was in the exact condition as it was when it appeared at its first race. Years later a friend told me I’d blurted out, “No it isn’t — it has no swastikas on the headrest.” My overview is this: If some- one showed up with a Soviet race car with a huge hammer and sickle on the bonnet, just how many would complain? And yet this ongoing philosophy still exists — and it is at least the equal in evil to the Nazis. What sets me off at any time is someone saying what someone else can do with their property. That’s why I’m proud to be one of the founders of the Oklahoma Libertarian party. — I remain, annoyingly yours, Anatoly Arutunoff Best pun of 2014 — so far To the Editor: Maybe you can’t tell a Norwegian much, but Thor Thorson needs to be told this: France, the country, is “La France.” It is never “Le France,” as it is referred to in the text of his otherwise informative piece on the 1964 Alpine M64 (August 2014, “Race Profile,” p. 72). His statement that the M64 “achieved glory for Le France at Le Mans” is Gauling, to put it mildly! — David Colman, Sausalito, CA Executive Editor Chester Allen responds: David, thanks for the tip on France, French culture and the French language. Your pun was pure English, and I dare you to drop it into conversation during a visit to Paris. Give it a shot on a hot day — the instant, ultrafrosty air conditioning will be welcome. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg By the late 1950s, a wave of modernism and Railroad-Approved Wrist Watches progress was replacing older technologies. By this time, it was quite unusual for the average man or woman to use a pocket or pendant watch for accurate timekeeping — except in rather specific applications. An exception to the obsolescence of pocket watches was found in railroading, where the standards that were adopted in the late 1880s — and which steadily became more stringent during the first half of the 20th century — were still in effect. Railroad employees were required to use approved watches to maintain their employ. However, as 98% of watches were worn on the wrist in 1960, the watch manufacturers scrambled to get wristwatches into production that could be accepted by the major railroad lines around the country. In 1961, the Elgin National Watch Company unveiled the first wrist watch approved for railroad service in the United States. It was called the B.W. Raymond to honor one of Elgin’s founders. In an article published in Headlight, the New York Central Railroad magazine, the acceptance of the B.W. Raymond was announced, and the watch was touted as being as accurate and robust as any railway-approved pocket watch. The B.W. Raymond employed a split-second setting function that allowed the watch to be synchronized to the second with other watches. It also featured an iron dial that served to shield the movement from harmful magnetic fields that modern diesel-electric locomotives create. Elgin’s new watch also had a balance wheel that could be “dynamically poised” or adjusted while in the watch rather than out of the watch. This improved both accuracy and ease of service. The B.W. Raymond model had a Details Production date: 1962 Best place for one: While driving a car with really big fins Ratings ( Rarity: Durability: Parts/service availability: Cool factor: is best): manually wound, 23-jewel, nickelplated movement that was as high quality as any wrist watch on the market. The Hamilton Watch Company of Lancaster, PA, a leading manufacturer and innovator of watches since 1886, had experimented with electric wristwatches since the 1940s. After the major railroads accepted the B.W. Raymond, Hamilton attempted Neat Stuff by Tony Piff What’s shakin’? I spotted this cool salt-and-pepper set in Jay Leno’s ultimate man cave. The polished shakers are perforated with “S” and “P,” and the body swings open to store toothpicks, sugar packets and other stashables. A no-slip finish covers the bottom. $79.95 from www.carguygarage. com is the best price I’ve found. to compete in the railroad wrist-watch market by employing their new electric technology. Well-respected for their fine pocket watches — and ever the innovator — Hamilton offered a futuristic electric railroad watch. Their concept was to replace the traditional source of power — the mainspring — with a small power cell that impulsed a balance wheel. The watch pictured is an example of the first generation of electric railway-approved watches which were introduced in 1961 for a retail price of $89.50. Sadly for Hamilton, their electric watches initially sold well but proved somewhat unreliable and difficult to repair. Bulova entered both the railroad wrist-watch market and the electric watch market with the “Accutron” series, which employed a completely new paradigm for watch design: a watch that was powered by a battery but whose timekeeping capabilities came from a tiny vibrating tuning fork whose steady frequency indexed a gear train that was quite reliable and serviceable. As the frequency was perfectly fixed and rapid, the watch was hard to disrupt. Also competing in the marketplace was the Ball Watch Company of Cleveland, OH. Ball Watch had gained quite a bit of notoriety and market share when their founder, Web C. Ball, helped to create some of the railroad watch standards. Ball did not make the pocket watches that bore their name but rather had them manufactured by companies such as Elgin, Waltham, Hamilton and others to their specifications. As a result, they opted to import Swiss movements in their Ball Official Standard wrist watches, which may have hindered their market share, as the railroads were suspicious of their build quality. In our age of computer-controlled signals and switches and automated rail operations — as well as cheap, accurate and quartz watches — railway-approved wrist watches seem to have little relevance — other than to watch collectors. As collectibles, the most plentiful of the pieces are the Accutrons, which regularly sell in working order for as little as $150. As Ball is still marketing their railroad watches — with new pieces starting at more than $2,500 — the vintage ones in nice condition are probably some of the more expensive. Of course, the watches from European brands, such as Omega and Zenith, which never gained a foothold in the U.S. market, are hotter still. Heirlooms loomed here Minnesota-based Faribault Woolen Mill is “the last true vertical woolen mill in America.” They’ve been at it for 150 years, so they probably know what they’re doing. SCM Advertising & Events Manager and de-facto office style consultant Erin Olson suggested these military blankets for “Cool Stuff” inclusion, saying, “They’re kind of manly, and I like them.” $139–$200 from www.faribaultmill.com © 26 Sports Car Market


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck 1927 Mercedes-Benz Type 710 SS Cabriolet, Chassis 35213 The stunning 1927 Mercedes-Benz Type 710 SS Cabriolet, with its unique one-off coachwork from S. Armbruster of Austria, has been comfortably residing in the collection of Arturo Keller for a number of years now. The car is spotted with other concours trailer queens every now and then. That said, there is little information available on this car and its history, but leave it to Mikhail Bashmashnikov, proprietor of B&G Historic Models, to locate and gather all the necessary documentation to produce an accurate and fabulously detailed 1:43-scale model. Originally, this 710 was built as shown here, with two-tone cream with brown on the sides, and wire wheels painted body color with the outer edges of the rims polished metal. This was replicated on this model. Naturally, the high-gloss paint is free of blemishes. This is the second release in the B&G Model Details Production date: 2012 Quantity: 75 of the original twotone cream and brown, 125 of the restored two-tone red SCM five-star rating: Overall quality: Authenticity: Overall value: Web: No website yet. Contact Mikhail Bashmashnikov via telephone 1.203.968.8550 or by email at msbash@gmail.com EUROLINE series, and EMC produces it exclusively for them. EMC is regarded as the best of the top-tier producers of 1:43-scale collector models. Perhaps they should be called 1:43 Jewelry. All of their models are that good. B&G models are not inexpensive, but you get substantial value for money, and they always give you more than you pay for. These are serious collectibles and true limited editions. I’ve never been one to suggest collecting one brand, but if I had to pick one, this company would surely be in the top three on my list of finalists. This small, specialist firm has made some of Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton USRRC: A Record of the United States Road Racing Championship 1963–1968 By Mike Martin, Dead Pedal Press, 344 pages, $100 If you are looking for a defining moment in American racing — that pivotal time when the right people came together to change things in ways they had never imagined — look no further than the U.S. Road Racing Championship. Like the comet that made life for dinosaurs bleaker than rain during Spring Break, the USRRC was a seismic change to racing that was both inevitable and unpredictable. Despite hanging on to the notion of “amateur racers” after World War II and through the creation and demise of USAC road racing, the SCCA finally embraced professional road racing in 1963, and the USRRC was born. Author Mike Martin has devoted a decade to piecing together the history of the USRRC, the series that set the stage for the golden years of Can-Am, Trans-Am and the SCCA’s Grand Prix Championship. He has created a race-by-race account of the entire run, each race accom- panied by a race recap, statistics, programs, track maps and plenty of images. The USRRC was actually several championships in the early years, with drivers competing for titles in over- and under-2-liter classes, plus a manufacturer title. Changes came year by year. The early years were dominated by Carroll Shelby’s Cobras. There were also lots of familiar GT cars — and more than a few big blocks stuffed into smaller European sports racers. But only five years on, the series was little more than a developmental tool 28 for the bigger Can-Am events. Roger Penske and some of the other big-hitter teams in Can-Am ran both series, and while under-2-liter cars were still allowed, they didn’t have their own class and none took the green flag by 1968. As a reference source or as a readable history of the USRRC, Martin’s book covers all the bases, from the rapid technological development (just look at Jim Hall’s Chaparrals) to the swing to big horsepower and big money. Provenance: This is a work of facts and more facts. Detailed quali- fying times, fastest race laps, finishes, points and original programs are as close to being there as you can get. Fit and finish: Designed by David Burngasser, the layout and typogra- phy are subtle and don’t get in the way. The printing is solid. The downside is some really low-quality images, but that is a source-material issue, and it asks the question: Do you care about the content, or the grain? Drivability: Make no mistake, this is a resource, not a narrative. Each race is recounted in an often spare, stenographic style. So what you get is who did what to whom and when, rather than the more human stories inside a race. That’s an understandable choice, since to turn each race into a drama would take five more volumes to contain. But as a resource, Martin has done an admirable, thorough job of gathering all the pieces, all the fragments and shards, to create a coherent overview of one of the most important eras in American motorsports. ♦ Sports Car Market the most delectable handbuilt gems in 1:43 scale for years. B&G is based in Stamford, CT, and EMC is a small Ukraine-based maker of model cars. Two versions of the 710 are available. The version shown here is of the original car, and the other is the restored version, in two-tone red with chrome wire wheels. Both versions are great. Each model is made up of 180 parts, including some nickel-plated, cast-brass pieces made in the same manner as in jewelry making. Other parts are made of photo-etched brass. The wealth of fine detail is everywhere, especially in the very thin, properly scaled windshield wipers, complex multipiece bumpers and the detail inside of the headlamps. The fit of the clear windshield and trim is a lesson in precision. This interior is very correct. Door panels have wood trim, separate door handles and window cranks, and the dash is complete with all gauges and switchgear. The interior on the restored version is really something else. It captures the over-the-top alligator skin upholstery, which leads me to wonder if the crew at EMC are actually raising miniature alligators. The good news is there is a very, very small quantity re- maining available — if you hurry. The bad news is that they are expensive. Prices have risen since the model was released in 2012. The red restored car is $525. The model of the car in original condition is $770.


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Affordable Classic 1974–90 Fiat X1/9 Is the X1/9 Emerging from the Shadows? With showroom-level condition and 2,370 miles since new, one X1/9 recently sold for more than $30k by Jeff Zurschmeide ering a purchase, look only at 1980–90 models with the Bosch fuel injection and 5-speed gearbox. The prices will be just about the same as the lower-powered models. Still affordable, despite a nutso outlier Thanks to decades in the shadows of the collector car world, the X1/9 remains extremely affordable. The SCM Pocket Price Guide lists a range of $3,500 to $5,500 for all years. That valuation is borne out in actual auction results, which show only one car beating the high end of that range in the last 10 years, until a recent Silverstone Auctions sale in Britain blew the curve. In 1983, someone across the pond purchased a new The nutso outlier — this pristine, low-mileage 1983 Fiat X1/9 Bertone sold for $30,016 at Silverstone in April T he Fiat X1/9 has been all but forgotten in the 40 years since it was introduced to North American markets. Most collectors just ignore the little mid-engine, twoseater convertible. Many see the car as Fiat’s underpowered and somewhat halfhearted effort to hold onto the American market — and really, who wouldn’t rather have a Fiat 124 Spider of the same vintage, all things being equal? On the other hand, autocrossers, track-day addicts and those who just wanted an agile sports car prized the X1/9 in its era. But Toyota’s MR2 came along in 1984, and Mazda’s ultra-popular MX-5 Miata arrived during the summer of 1989. Those models sealed the doom for the X1/9 as a competition car, and its popularity dwindled to cult status among Fiat enthusiasts. The X1/9 story Although European production began in 1972, the X1/9 was not introduced to American buyers until 1974. Production continued under the Fiat badge until the company abandoned the American market in 1983. The X1/9 was then sold until 1990 as a Bertone car. In all, about 160,000 X1/9s were produced over the lifetime of the model, with about 20,000 of those carrying Bertone badges. The X1/9 began its run with a 1,290-cc version of Fiat’s standard single-overheadcam engine, mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. For 1974, American export cars were rated at 66.5 net horsepower on the SAE scale. In 1975, that dropped to 61 horsepower, where it stayed through the 1978 model year. In 1979, Fiat changed to a 5-speed gearbox and in- Details Years produced: 1974–90 Price range: $3,500 to $5,500 Number built: More than 150,000 Pros: A quick, agile open sports car for credit-card money, and one outlier sale may spike prices out of the Cheap Fun range Cons: Rust, finding parts can be tough, and one outlier sale may spike prices out of the Cheap Fun range Best place to drive one: Any two-lane, twisty highway with sunshine overhead and excellent cell phone coverage A typical owner: A poverty-stricken student — or an open-minded gearhead who loves pushing agile, modestly powered cars to their limits 30 creased engine displacement to 1,498-cc, but this only bumped the horsepower back up to 67. In 1980, buyers could opt for Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection, which pushed engine output up to 75 horsepower. Bosch fuel injection became standard in 1981, and the drivetrain remained unchanged through the end of production. In the years since it was introduced, the X1/9 has shown the same propensity to rust as other European cars of the era, and taller drivers may struggle to find comfort in the Lilliputian cockpit. Parts availability has dwindled over the years, but a strong network of enthusiasts has kept the model viable. If you’re consid- X1/9 and then drove just 751 miles over the car’s first decade. The second owner put just 1,619 additional miles on the Fiat before the car went up for auction this spring. With showroom-level condition and the odometer showing 2,370 miles since new, this little X1/9 sold for $30,016. That’s about three times more than the nexthighest auction result ever, and about five to 10 times the going rate for a reasonable example. It’s tempting to say that this sale is an anomaly — and doesn’t mean anything in the larger market. Mark your calendars, because this time we’re yielding to temptation. This purchase cannot possibly herald a big run-up in value for the X1/9 — even for those kept in asnew condition. However, the sale may bring some X1/9s out of storage and onto the auction block in hopes of a second lightning strike. Just think about this: For the money this buyer paid, he could have had an award-winning Fiat 124 Spider, a very nice Alfa Kamm-tail Spider, a good Alfa Duetto, or a drivable Ferrari 400i — and any of those cars would leave you with some money in the bank today and a lot more upside potential tomorrow. For the foreseeable future, the Fiat X1/9 will remain first and foremost an exceptionally fun and affordable car — and enough of a classic to be respectable. That’s right and proper because the design is sound, and the performance, while not breathtaking, is comparable to other cars launched in the same era, such as the MG Midget 1500 or early 1.7-liter Porsche 914. X1/9 enthusiasts may dream of riches in their garage, but that’s likely to remain a dream for the foreseeable future. ♦ 1974 Fiat X1/9 Sports Car Market


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Legal Files John Draneas Car Damage, Insurance and Agreed-Value Policies In today’s hot collector-car market, the major advantage of an agreed-value policy can also be its major defect Finally, your auto-policy carrier might do all the work for you, per- haps avoiding unrecoverable legal fees on your part. If the shop is liable for the loss, your insurance carrier will undoubt- edly pursue the claim against the shop’s carrier. That liability arises under a legal principle called “subrogation.” By paying your claim, your insurance carrier acquires your legal rights against the shop, and can pursue that claim against the shop and its insurance carrier. You should not be penalized by your carrier for the claim. In the case of the RSR, which was the property of the shop owner, reporting the loss to his insurance company would be his only recourse, as there is no third party involved. Shop liability In the case of the Porsche fire, whether the shop is liable for the loss of customers’ cars depends entirely upon whether it was negligent. Legally, the shop is required to exercise reasonable care in stor- T wo recent cases that attracted a lot of attention seem to involve different issues, but they actually have a lot in common. In one, SCM and ACC contributor John Stein brought to our attention a recent fire in a Sacramento repair shop that destroyed a number of Porsches. In the other, SCMer Joel Gardner shared a very lengthy Internet chat-board thread about a Ferrari FF that was damaged while being driven by a dealer’s employee. Two calamities The Sacramento shop was completely destroyed during a three- alarm fire that also destroyed a number of Porsches — 356s, Speedsters, early 911s, 914s, and the owner’s 1973 911 Carrera RSR, which was reputed to be the world’s most original RSR. The cause of the fire has not been officially determined, but at least one report attributed it to arson. The owner of the Ferrari FF had purchased it three months earlier and had driven it about 1,700 miles. He returned it to the dealer to fix a wheel-vibration issue. While test driving it, the mechanic crashed it to the tune of a $50,000 repair. The FF has been repaired, but the owner says he is hesitant to pick it up and wants a new FF. In each of these Legal Files, there are two separate insurance cover- ages that apply. One is the owner’s auto policy. The other is the shop’s liability policy. The coverage probably overlaps. Always file a claim on your policy In each case, it is critical for the car owner to make a claim on his auto policy. That is clearly contrary to the overwhelming sentiment of the posters in the 11-page Internet chat about the FF, but that is how these things work. The owner should not hesitate to bring his insurance carrier into the mix for several reasons: First, it is hard to know that the shop’s policy will cover the loss, and failure to promptly report the claim to your auto-policy carrier could leave you without any coverage. Second, the shop’s policy may carry lower coverage amounts than your auto policy. 32 ing and securing customers’ cars. In the case of a fire, that turns on the cause of the fire and whether the shop should have taken steps to prevent it. For example, if the cause was leaving oily rags next to a 50-gallon gas drum, negligence would seem to be likely. If it was faulty electrical wiring, the shop might not be liable unless it had reason to know about the condition. If the cause was arson, then liability would require some pretty unusual facts, such as leaving the shop unlocked at night and so on. In the case of the crashed FF, we can easily imagine scenarios in which the mechanic just screwed up and crashed the car. If that happened, then the dealer would be liable, as the employer is liable for the employee’s negligence. But if the crash was attributable to another driver’s negligence, then the dealer would not be liable, and recourse would have to be aimed at the other driver. The point to take away is that the shop or dealer is not automatically liable just because they had possession of your car. They are not insurers. Their liability is based entirely upon their negligence, and if they weren’t negligent, then your policy is the only source of recovery. Another angle is that the shop’s insurance coverage may be insuf- ficient to cover all of the damage to all of the cars. The Porsche shop fire would likely be considered a single event, and insurance liability is undoubtedly limited to some policy amount. If the limit is small, then all owners would be required to share the available coverage and seek recovery from the shop for the uninsured losses. That could bankrupt a repair shop, leaving the owners with no good source of recovery other than their own policies. For these reasons, it is clear that the owners should not hesitate to make claims on their own policies as a protective measure. Replacing the FF The overwhelming majority of the chat-board posters are adamant that the dealer should “do the right thing” and give the owner a new FF. As eminently fair as that may sound, that isn’t necessarily how the world works. First off, it’s not up to the dealership to decide anything. The dealer has undoubtedly filed a claim with its insurance carrier, and that makes the resolution of the claim entirely up to the insurance carrier. Under the terms of its policy, the dealer is required to keep quiet and let its carrier do its job as it deems appropriate. If the dealer tries to “fix” the problem, there is a risk of losing the insurance coverage. Second, the owner did not have a new Ferrari — he had a 1,700-mile Sports Car Market


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Ferrari. In the Ferrari resale world, that’s actually a lot of miles. Giving him a new FF would put him in a better economic position than he was in before the damage occurred. Still, the owner is not necessarily required to take the repaired FF and call it good. The repaired FF will unquestionably be subject to “diminished value” no matter how expertly the repair is carried out. As a general rule, the diminished value is typically about 25% of the pre-loss value of the car. The owner is entitled to recover that loss in addition to getting the car repaired. Let’s run the numbers on the FF. The owner posted that he paid $350,000 for the FF. Let’s say that, with 1,700 miles on the odometer, the resale value was $300,000. If the diminution in value is 25%, that is a $75,000 value loss. The owner would be entitled to have the FF repaired plus get a check for $75,000. He could then sell the repaired car for $225,000, add the $75,000 cash, add another $50,000 to cover the depreciation caused by his 1,700 miles of use, and he has $350,000 with which to buy a new FF. That all sounds simple enough, but making the deal is not likely to be simple. The owner should get competent legal help right away, and the attorney will want to bring in a qualified automotive appraiser to establish the magnitude of the diminished value. That is all going to cost the owner some money, which he is not likely to recover, but there is little likelihood that the same settlement would be reached without attorney involvement. Sorry about that, but that is reality. Restoring the RSR The Internet photos show that the RSR was a total loss. Once the shop owner’s insurance carrier pays the claim, the insurance carrier becomes the owner of the burned-out Porsche. Insurance carriers know how the hobby works — the wreck has value because it is what is left of a real RSR, and most anything can be restored. It won’t be original any longer, and it won’t be numbersmatching any more, but it should end up with greater value than the cost of the restoration in today’s market. That means that the “salvage” has value, which can be tapped to recoup some of the carrier’s loss on the claim. The carrier will certainly hire a consultant for advice on what can be done. The shop owner may consider buying the salvage back from the insurance carrier. It won’t be free, but he might be able to negotiate a decent buy because the insurance carrier saves a lot of effort and expense in reselling the salvage. The owner can then restore the car himself — and even make a profit, assuming he gets into it all at the right price and the market stays hot. Check your coverage Both cases suggest that we should all be careful about our agreed- value insurance policies. Under an agreed-value policy, the owner and the insurance carrier agree on the value of the car when the policy is purchased or renewed. If it is totaled, the insurance company pays the agreed value without hesitation, and that avoids all legal wrangling about the value of the car. For this reason, “Legal Files” has always recommended agreed-value policies. In today’s hot collector car market, the major advantage of an agreed-value policy can also be its major defect — it sets the value of the car and neither party can dispute it. When the market moves up as quickly as it has in recent years, the agreed value can easily be under market. That means that your insurance payoff will not be enough to replace the car. The obvious solution is to keep a good eye on the market and adjust the agreed value accordingly. Most advisors will suggest you do that at each annual renewal, but in today’s market, with some collector cars, that may not be often enough. Just look at the recent skyrocketing values of Porsche RSRs, McLaren F1s, Ferrari GTOs, and other blue-chip collectibles. ♦ JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. He can be reached through www.draneaslaw.com. October 2014 33


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Simon Says Simon Kidston Old Guard: Meet the New Guard Times are changing: Is there a future for pre-war classics? next to the grandest pre-war entries. Chances are they’re over 50, probably by a fair margin. They know their cars, their ownership periods are measured in years or decades — not weeks or months — and they didn’t buy it as an alternative to a hedge fund or a rental condominium. They don’t have a LaFerrari on order, and they don’t have immaculate books or tools displayed behind their car — as it never came with any. For real work, they have proper tools at home — ones that a blacksmith would recognize but which don’t fit into a natty logofestooned pouch. These gentlemen (sorry, ladies, you’re far too practical) are the Old Guard. Next, and for a change of pace 1938 Talbot-Lago 150C SS — beautiful, but how many collectors still know how to drive one? houses will be playing down the new record to beat for the most expensive car ever sold at auction. The latter is easy to guess, and I talked about it last month — it’s red, swoopy and is B sure to generate endless column inches — most of them poorly informed. The former is tougher to call, as the Pebble Beach selectors keep details of who’s made the final concours cut secret until the last minute. One bet carries short odds, though: The car crowned the most beautiful of them all will have been delivered before World War II broke out in September 1939. And that’s the irony. The collector car market is on fire, stoked by various forces with their own agendas but fed primarily by series-built, easily recognizable exotica constructed from the glory days of the 1950s sports car right up until, well, this morning if you consider the latest crop of four-wheeled commodity hypercars (I don’t doubt their hybrid eco credentials, but I suspect owners will be more interested in rates of return than CO2 emissions). On the hallowed lawn at Pebble Beach, however, no post-war car has triumphed since 1968, when the show — and the world — were very different places. That it was a fouryear-old Maserati Mistral coupe illustrates just how different. The changing of the guard The fact is, we’re witnessing a changing of the guard, and it’s one of the dilemmas which faces anyone who trades, restores or collects what Americans define as “Classics” and we in Europe simply refer to as “pre-war” cars. Will the next generation of enthusiasts want them, will they know how to use them, and where will they all end up: on the road, in museums or forgotten in cavernous storage vaults like the last scene from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”? Take a stroll around any of the world’s top concours events — Pebble Beach, Villa d’Este, Hampton Court and Amelia Island come to mind — and look at who is standing 34 y the time you read this, the dust will have settled after the Monterey weekend. One very proud collector will be walking on air, having taken home the classic motoring world’s most prestigious trophy — Best of Show at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance — and barring a last-minute case of force majeure, rival and scenery, cast your eye around at an “important” car auction (we don’t like understatement in this business). Who’s waving their bidder’s paddle when the really big-ticket items cross the ramp with all the razzmatazz? It’s probably adorned with prancing horse badges, either from Maranello or Stuttgart (the car, al- though I’ve seen some bravely liveried owners, too). You can be pretty sure the buyer didn’t inherit his money, isn’t planning retirement anytime soon, and didn’t collect cars like this a generation ago either because he wasn’t old enough to drive — or because the cars weren’t built yet. Meet the New Guard. Times change — but the cars remain Back in distant 1971, the record price for a motorcar at auction was set by the late Dr. Peter Williamson, who stunned onlookers at Sotheby’s in Los Angeles with a then-unheard-of bid for an original Bugatti Type 57S Atlantic. That same year, a British enthusiast wrote a check for two second-hand Ferrari 250 GTOs that no-one else wanted. The ratios make you realize how the pendulum has swung: $59,000 for the Bugatti, $12,000 for the Ferraris (yes, the pair). They’ve gone from one-tenth of the price to parity. Swap the sexy Atlantic for a leviathan Royale ($9.8 million in 1987 against $1.5 million for the GTO a few months earlier) and the reversal is even more striking. I hope I’m still judging at Pebble Beach in 2034, and I find the prospect of evolving tastes, new collectors from different cultures, fresh ways to enjoy our cars and better practices on the business side really exciting. But to sweep away the diverse classes of spectacular, coach-built beauties in favor of almost-identical sports cars differentiated only by restoration would be a disservice to history and future generations. Will a McLaren F1 and a Bugatti Royale ever reach parity? Now that would be tempting... ♦ Sports Car Market David Tomaro


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Feature 2014 Mille Miglia The Mille Miglia from the Sidelines The Italians take this thing seriously. It is, for all intents and purposes, a national obsession Story and photos by Bill Rothermel ending stream of 300SLs was, in itself worth the price of admission — which, by the way, is free. While the original Mille Miglia was run pedal jammed to the metal from 1927 to 1957 — with a break during World War II — the modern-day version is a time/ speed/distance rally open to the same make and model cars that competed in the original. Sir Stirling Moss set the record in 1955 when he completed the event in a little more than 10 hours at an average speed of 98.53 mph. Today, the Mille Miglia is divided into four segments over a like number of days. It doesn’t always follow the route of the original. Still, by the looks on the faces of the drivers and navi- gators, the modern Mille is grueling on its own terms. It is best to find a place to watch the cars at speed — where you not only see them but also hear them. We got lucky in Volterra, a charming medieval town about 1,770 feet above sea level with gorgeous views of the Tuscan countryside. Happening upon the town square, we got word that The arrival of the Mercedes-Benz 300SLs was an unforgettable moment tolerance of my obsession with cars, well, even more tolerant. Among other things, I can recall two fur coats, a trip to see the “Tonight Show” and Jay Leno’s collection; and most recently, in concert with fellow enthusiast and AACA Museum Executive Director Mark Lizewskie and his wife, Lois, a villa in Tuscany for a week. As chance would have it, the villa, less than 20 minutes from Pisa, was available C Details Plan ahead: The next Mille Miglia is scheduled for May 16–19, 2015 Where: The start and finish are in Brescia. The 1,000-mile route takes drivers and cars south to Rome and then back to Brescia Cost: Free for spectators More: www.1000miglia.it 38 during the week of the Mille Miglia, from May 15 to 18, 2014. Strike off one more item on my bucket list. The women were convinced this was going to be another “car” trip. It wasn’t — at least not entirely. I asked SCM Editor Chester Allen, “Do you want a story about the Mille Miglia from the spectator’s perspective while traveling through Italy — call it a human interest story?” He approved. Cut to the chase. The weather was perfect for eight days! The cars were amazing, and I still love Italy as much as I did during my three previous visits. Were it not for the fact that I am Pennsylvania Dutch German, I could just as well be Italian, as I love the food, the wine, the history, the culture and, of course, the cars. The northern Italy town of Brescia is home base and site of the start/finish line. Call it Mecca for the Mille Miglia. Cars — and throngs of spectators — are everywhere. It reminds you of a certain concours where you strain to catch a glimpse; not really satisfactory, yet that glimpse provides you with a sight you might never have seen before. There are countless great cars (about 450 for 2014) amid the backdrop of this lovely Italian city. Were it not for all the people, it would be difficult to take a bad photo. The arrival of the Mercedes-Benz contingent and an un- 1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B MM Spider Touring — a crowd favorite all along the route Sports Car Market ar events over the years have cost me a few bucks. Don’t get me wrong. I wasn’t forced to spend the money, and I’m happy to help the benefiting charity. My significant other of 29 years will admit that certain events make her the cars would be arriving soon. We found a café where, by sheer luck, we got four front-row seats right where the cars roared past literally inches away. The local band triumphantly announced each passing car. It’s a thrill to spot friends and acquaintances as they drive on by. A couple of observations: The Italians take this thing seriously. It is, for all intents and purposes, a national obsession, and it’s nice to see such excitement from the rank and file about vintage automobiles. Second, I was surprised at the number of women par- ticipants — both drivers and navigators. For that matter, there were a number of all-female teams. Bravo! Even more impressive were the grandparent/grand- child entrants. I was glad to see there are younger people finding their way to the hobby, even at its wealthiest extremes. Imagine the bonding experience with an elder family member in a vintage motorcar while traveling the Italian countryside. Consider me jealous. Anyone care to adopt a 55-year-old? ♦


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Feature 2014 Forest Grove Concours Che Bella Macchina! Alfa Romeo royalty graces the lawns of Pacific University Report and photos by Alec Ebert The day, which started with clouds that gave way to warm sunshine, wasn’t just about world-class Alfa Romeos. The show field was full of great cars — from Porsches to Ferraris to American Muscle and everything in between. Sports Car Market and American Car Collector were sponsors of the event, Contributing and SCM publisher Keith Martin and Editor Donald Osborne returned as emcees. Bill and Linda Lindquist’s David and Adele Cohen’s 1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS — Best Classic Car noon. The cars nestle nicely on the green, sun-dappled Pacific University lawns. This year’s theme was “The Art of Italian Motoring,” and many important cars W showed up to delight a large turnout of old-car enthusiasts. Two pre-war Alfa Romeos were the stars: SCMer Jon Shirley, of Medina, WA, brought his 1938 Alfa 8C 2900B coupe — winner of Best of Show in the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. No one was surprised when this handsome car took Best in Show at Forest Grove. SCMer David Cohen brought his 1933 6C 1750 GS — a veteran of the 1935 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it finished in 6th place — from Vancouver, B.C. Gearheads marveled at this rare car — the only one of its model with a Figoni body. This car was a runner-up to Best of Show at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. hen was the last time you saw a gathering of world-class cars in a little college town out in Oregon farm country? Well, it happens every July at the Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance. This was the 42nd year, and it was a perfect way to spend a Sunday after- nicely restored 1968 MercedesBenz 280SL attracted attention. Bill Lindquist showed off all of the original maintenance records — down to the last oil change — and the original toolkit from the car. “The car came from a collection on the East Coast and then came to us through an auction in Arizona,” said Lindquist, from Portland, OR. “We’ve owned it ever since, drive it as much as we can, and we enjoy every minute of it.” This Concours d’Elegance is a fund raiser for the Forest Grove Rotary Club, and it has raised more than $1 million for scholarships and other good works during the past 42 years. Each year, Forest Grove attracts people who love classic cars — and do everything they can to keep these cars on the road. These people keep car collecting alive. Great weather, a great turnout, and some amazing vehicles will keep all Details those people — and their children — coming back to this rural Oregon town each July for years to come. ♦ Plan ahead: The 2015 Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for July 19, 2015 Where: Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR Cost: $20 More: www.forestgroveconcours.org Jon Shirley’s 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B coupe — Best in Show 40 Bill and Linda Lindquist’s 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Sports Car Market


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Ferrari Profile 1987 Ferrari Testarossa Koenig Competition Evolution II Despite the vendor’s 800-hp claim, without turbos, it probably packed no more than 450 horses by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 1985–92 Number produced: About 21 Original list price: $120,000, plus $30,000 for Koenig conversion Current SCM Valuation: $140,000– $160,000 Major service: $8,000–$14,000 Distributor caps: $500 Chassis # location: On top of steering column Engine # location: Pad forward of cylinder head on right side Club: Ferrari Club of America More: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: RUF Porsche 911, AMG Mercedes Hammer, Michelotto 308 GTB SCM Investment Grade: C Comps Chassis number: ZFFAA17B000076967 F or some people, the best is not enough. In 1984, the Koenig Workshop, a German preparer based in Munich, developed an extreme highperformance car that was given the name Ferrari Testarossa Koenig Competition Evolution. As the name reveals, the model used as a starting point was extraordinary in its own right, as the Testarossa was a car that ordinary mortals could only dream of. However, Koenig went even further, making this supercar a hypercar before its time. Clients could get 1,000 or more horsepower if requested. Meticulously reworked running gear set on a widened track, stabilizers, anti-roll bars and wide rims were a standard upgrade. The cars were equipped with a special stainless-steel sports exhaust system and comprehensively modified body panels. The interior was also revised, with omnipresent leather upholstery available in a wide choice of colors. From the start, the car left no doubt about its road-going capabilities. Where the “ordinary” Testarossa had set a new benchmark for its performance, the Koenig version surpassed this with ease. This car has a complete conversion of the body and the majority of the other modifications. The original Rosso Corsa color was retained, and it has matching leather interior. Although the V12 engine is naturally aspirated, its power has reportedly been increased to 800 horsepower, allowing the car to travel from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.5 seconds. Nevertheless, the current owner says the car is easy to drive. 44 With 45,603 km (28,336 miles) on the clock today, the car has recently benefited from a full service at Forza Service in Holland, and it is presented in immaculate condition. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 220, sold for $161,969, including buyer’s premium, at Artcurial’s Le Mans Classic auction on July 5, 2014. The European counterpart of a U.S. speed shop is called a tuner. Like their American brethren, tuners are often frustrated racers selling parts and services to finance a racing jones. Some tuners, such as Alpina or Brabus, are like Carroll Shelby and align themselves with a major manufacturer. They work with the manufacture to produce a product that respects the manufacturer’s philosophy. They are rewarded with distribution through the manufacturer’s dealer network and factory warranties. Other tuners are outlaws — building variations of the manufacturer’s products that are not necessarily complementary to the manufacturer’s image. Willy Koenig’s Koenig Specials falls in the latter category. Hot-rodding Ferraris Racing and Ferraris run through Willy Koenig’s blood. The Koenig Specials website reports that he won the 1962 German Mountain Climb Championship in a Ferrari 250 SWB. Later he apparently raced a competition 275 GTB and an assortment of non-Ferrari sports cars. The website 1986 Ferrari Testarossa Lot 223, s/n ZFFTA17C000064989 Condition 2Sold at $73,285 Bonhams, Oxford, U.K., 3/8/14 SCM# 239073 Sports Car Market 1985 Ferrari Testarossa Lot 525, s/n ZFFSA17AF0058547 Condition 2+ Sold at $78,100 Auctions America, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 3/14/14 SCM# 239104 1991 Ferrari Testarossa Lot 469, s/n ZFFSG17AM0086993 Condition 1Sold at $77,000 Leake, Dallas, TX, 4/25/14 SCM# 243381 Courtesy of Artcurial


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notes Enzo Ferrari personally invited Koenig to Maranello for an event to honor his Mountain championship. That was a decision Ferrari may have later regretted. Legend has it that Koenig was unhappy with the performance of his new Ferrari 365 Boxer, so he sent it to a tuner for upgrades. He was so pleased with the results that he started Koenig Specials to market modified Ferraris. Unlike most tuners, Koenig was a businessman rather than a mad scientist. At first, the business outsourced their design and production to other specialists, but as the business grew, Koenig hired a staff, and most work was performed in-house. Koenig’s early focus was on Ferraris, particularly Boxers and 308s. Later he added Mercedes, Porsche and even Lamborghini models to his offerings. Modifications available were limited only by imagination, but they generally included a body modification, with interior and performance upgrades. Drivetrain-twisting power One of my customers had Koenig build two Testarossas for him. The first was a twin-turbo Competition with mild body mods. When Koenig developed his more radical “Competition Evolution,” the customer traded us his first Koenig for a brand-new Testarossa, which he sent across the pond for the new Koenig treatment. The car returned with a color change, chopped top, ostrich interior, twin turbochargers, and a supercharger that boosted power until the turbos kick in. It proudly wore a badge noting its 1,000 horsepower. It also featured a Plexiglas window in the hood, displaying the engine for everyone to see. The Testarossa’s drivetrain wasn’t designed to handle 1,000 horse- power, and after twisting two axles — and then breaking a transaxle — the car was sent to us to sell. A man from Las Vegas came out to Atlanta to buy the car. He had a busy schedule and could only arrange to come in on a 2 a.m. flight — and then leave at 6 a.m. We did a 3 a.m. test drive. The client did several low- to high-speed runs at full throttle down a nearly deserted beltway. The exhaust was open except for the turbochargers, and in the silent night you could hear our antics miles away. It’s a wonder that we didn’t end up in jail. A couple of years later, we got a call from the same client. He was in a federal correctional facility and was interested in buying an F40 when he got out. Before he hung up, he passed the phone to another guest of the feds. The second guy turned out to be the man who bought that first Koenig Testarossa from us. They had been talking cars in the cafeteria and discovered the Koenig connection. Koenig Ferraris are polarizing cars. Koenig made 1,000-hp street cars in an era when 400 hp put you near the top of the horsepower chain. It would be more than 15 years before Bugatti bettered the number with their Veyron. The brute power and outrageous cosmetics put Koenig Specials on the cover of magazines worldwide. It was hard not to daydream about what all that power would feel like on the road. On the other hand, purists view modifying a Ferrari as blasphemy and would ostracize a Koenig Ferrari at most Ferrari events. A strong price for a polarizing car Artcurial’s Testarossa was a Koenig Competition Evolution II model. It featured a normally aspirated motor. Despite the vendor’s 800-hp claim, without turbos, it probably packed no more than 450 horses. The body modifications were reasonable and restrained, with an F40-inspired rear end and an F512 M-inspired front end. The interior was a bit over the top, with custom design done in lipstick-red leather. The car appears to have a well-known history and has been in the hands of enthusiasts who appreciated it. It also appeared to be in very good condition. It’s said that Enzo Ferrari despised Koenig’s creations and de- manded Koenig remove the Ferrari logos from his cars. Apparently, not everyone felt the same way. Artcurial’s car sold near the top of its estimate — and as much as $100,000 more than a non-Koenig version of the car would bring. The premium covered the cost of the conversion and then some. Willy Koenig had his share of cover cars, but this wasn’t one. This car has the Koenig look, but without the expensive blowers it misses the outrageousness that’s the Koenig hallmark. The seller should be happy with his purse. The buyer got center-ring attention without the worry of hand-grenade mechanicals. Nobody got hurt in this battle. ♦ (Introductory descriptions courtesy of Artcurial.) October 2014 45


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English Profile 1954 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupe Understatement, that most British quality, was out of place here. England’s post-war upper classes were ready to splurge by Reid Trummel Details Years produced: 1950–54 Number produced: 77 (also variously reported as 88 and 91) Original list price: £1,917 (includes £417 purchase tax) Current SCM Valuation: $35,000–$50,000 Tune-up cost: $300–$400 Distributor cap: $25 Chassis # location: Stamped on brass plaque riveted to firewall. Also stamped on the chassis next to the right-hand engine mount Engine # location: Stamped on the same brass plaque as chassis number. Also stamped on the timing chain cover Clubs: Association of Healey Owners More: www.healey.dsl.pipex.com/aoho/ aoho.htm Alternatives: 1951–54 Jaguar XK 120, 1950–53 Aston Martin DB2, 1951–54 Alfa Romeo 1900 SCM Investment Grade: C Comps Chassis number: F3044 ownership since 2007, the car was entrusted to marque specialists Classic Restorations Ltd. in 2009 to carry out soda blasting of the body and a bare-metal respray, followed by a thorough engine overhaul in 2010. All five wheels were also blasted, powder-coated and O painted. Invoices for the work carried out are contained in the car’s accompanying history file. The most recent service was carried out by Speedweld of Farley Hill in April 2014. Finished most attractively in red with beige interior, she is described as being in “good” condition as regards bodywork, paintwork, interior, engine and transmission, and is offered with Swansea V5 document, history file of invoices and correspondence and road-fund license to March 31, 2015. MoT-exempt, the most recent certificate with no advisories expired on 15 May, 2014. The engine overhaul referred to in the catalog descrip- tion included the fitting of a replacement engine and clutch by marque specialists Classic Restorations Ltd. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 65, sold for $47,707, including buyer’s premium, at H&H Auctions’ Rockingham, U.K., sale on June 21, 2014. Immediately after World War II, Donald Healey returned to what he loved: sporting cars. Only this time he founded his own company and began the chal- 46 ne of just 91 examples produced with coachwork by Abbott of Farnham during a four-year production run, OLY136 was first registered on March 25, 1954. In the current lenging task of building expensive, limited-production, coachbuilt cars. His business model seemed unlikely to succeed in Britain in the aftermath of a war that had consumed so much of the country’s human and material resources. Britain’s post-war economy was in dire condition. Almost everything was in short supply. The Donald Healey Motor Company built cars in Quonset huts that had been an old aircraft components factory, and recycling war surplus was a necessity. Parts of his cars may have been shot down by the Luftwaffe — and even common hardware wasn’t common. How much market could there have been for such cars at that time, especially considering the well-established competition in the market segment? However, while Healey’s company didn’t exactly flourish, it did survive. Heavy, lumbering cars The cars they built in these post-war years — and this is before the Austin connection that resulted in the Austin-Healey going into production in 1953 — were, by today’s standards, heavy, lumbering projectiles whose sheer kinetic energy at speed outclassed the brakes and the heart of most drivers. However, the handling was exceptional for the era, and they would cruise at 80 mph all day long. While the steering was heavy, they were otherwise pleasant enough to drive and sportier than their appearance might lead you to believe. The Abbott was introduced in late 1950 — along with the Tickford — as the second generation of Healey cars. 1951 Healey Tickford Lot 226, s/n C1902 Condition 3+ Sold at $55,103 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 9/14/13 SCM# 227863 1951 Healey Abbott Lot 767, s/n C1899 Condition 1Sold at $35,639 Bonhams, London, U.K., 4/30/07 SCM# 45388 1954 Healey Abbott Lot 700, s/n F3044 Condition 2- Not sold at $22,080 Bonhams, Beaulieu, U.K., 9/10/2005 SCM# 40096 Sports Car Market Courtesy of H&H Auctions


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With improved chassis and the addition of Girling brakes, the Tickford was a 2-door, 4-seat sports saloon, and the Abbott was the drophead coupe version — in other words, the convertible. The start of something special Healey Abbotts were built until early 1954. During this period, only 77 cars were produced, demonstrating the small company’s limited production capacity — and that it was spread thin with other projects. After all, the Healey Hundred had made its debut at the 1952 London Motor Show, and production of the car as the Austin-Healey 100 began in the spring of 1953. By that time, Healey’s tiny company had turned much of its attention to development and refinement of the 100. Healey also was deeply involved in record-speed attempts on the Bonneville Salt Flats and entries in selected races, such as Le Mans and the Mille Miglia. As a car aimed at a small-but-wealthy clientele, the Healey Abbott interior appointments were a combination of leather and wool, with walnut on the dashboard and door caps. The driver’s and passenger’s seats were covered in leather and were wide and comfortable, while the rear seat passengers were provided a bench seat that included a center armrest. The design was at once both dated and uniquely Healey. The sky- ward ascent of the fender lines and confusion of compound curves combined to reflect a drama of design worthy of England’s medieval cathedrals. This car looked right at home parked next to their flying buttresses. Understatement, that most British quality, was out of place here. England’s post-war upper classes were ready to splurge and indulge in high-speed motoring again, and a dramatic motorcar was just the device needed. Wood body sprouts trouble The Abbott, like many of Healey’s post-war designs, was named after the body fabricator, and construction followed the traditional coachbuilding method of an ash frame with aluminum body panels. Thus restoration and repair are not simple or cheap. Building a new wooden frame will quickly deplete reserves of cash and patience. Like many of Healey’s cars of the era, the Abbott had a tuned ver- sion of the venerable Riley 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine producing 104 horsepower at 4,500 RPM — if you dared rev it that high. The engine is a twin cam, but the cams are in the block, not overhead, so it’s also a push-rod motor. Compression was just 6.9:1 even in this “tuned” version, and 0–60 mph was achieved in 14.6 seconds, which was hardly neck-snapping. The engine was still capable of hurtling the car to speeds just “over the ton” — in excess of 100 mph. This example is reported to be in “good” condition as regards bodywork, paintwork, interior, engine and transmission. Notice that there is no mention of the frame. This car is very attractive — with the exception of the neglected engine compartment. If the frame is sound, then I call it slightly well bought. If frame re- pairs are needed, then I call it well sold and wish the buyer stiff upper lip, a deep bank account and plenty of patience. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of H&H Auctions.) October 2014 47


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1963 Maserati 3500 GTi Coupe There is nothing wrong with a low-mileage, nicely patinated car with worn paint and a broken-in interior by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1957–65 Number produced: 1,991 Original list price: $13,600 Current SCM Valuation: $90,000– $165,000 Tune-up cost: $1,750 Distributor caps: $279 Chassis # location: Engine compartment on firewall Engine # location: Stamped on side of block Club: Maserati Club International More: www.maseratinet.com Alternatives: 1958–62 Aston Martin DB4, 1963–68 Ferrari 330GT 2+2, 1966–68 Mercedes-Benz 250SE coupe SCM Investment Grade: C Comps 1963 Maserati 3500 GTi coupe Lot 40, s/n 10101741 Condition 3Sold at $220,000 Chassis number: AM1012638 Engine number: AM1012638 A rare survivor, this very original 31,370-milefrom-new 3500 GTi spent four decades in the care of a single California owner. The Amaranto Rame paint has taken on an added layer of char- acter over the years, while the tan leather interior is clean and inviting. Benefiting from all of the final production upgrades bestowed upon it within the last two years of production, this fuel-injected 3500 retains its original engine. It is reported that a recent drive by a Maserati specialist produced enthusiastic comments on the car’s performance and preservation. As with any unrestored motorcar, it is recommended that a degree of mechanical inspection is done prior to active use. Unquestionably one of the best-looking models to leave the Maserati Works, 3500s continue to represent good value when compared with the contemporary offerings from Maranello. Whether purchased with an eye toward restoration or preservation, this Maserati will make an excellent addition to any garage. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 323, sold for $176,000, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Greenwich, CT, sale on June 1, 2014. The presentation and sale of this car touch upon several 48 of what I consider to be among the most provocative issues in the current collector car market. When I received my assignment from Executive Editor Chester Allen, I had a moment of paralysis. I wondered how I could possibly limit myself to the approximately 1,000 words desired when I was sure I could do a fairly hefty book instead. What are those issues? The market movement of “un- dervalued” cars, the appeal of the “original/barn find/ preservation/virgin restoration candidate,” and auction presentation and the way vehicles are marketed were those in my mind. I gathered myself and began to organize a plan of attack. First, I hadn’t been able to attend the sale. My challenge was that making a determination if the car was near — or past — the tipping point from preservation to restoration is best made with the vehicle under your fingertips. Failing that opportunity, I turned to SCM’s man on the ground in Greenwich, Adam Blumenthal, to give me a detailed view of what he observed. Adam shared that he was “…really drawn to the car.” And that part of the appeal was “…its dull and dusty presentation” which “…lent the car real character and excellent patina.” However, he also noted a certain “… disconnect between its condition and low miles — a mere 31,378.” He considered it far from a barn find, not least Worldwide, Montgomery, TX, 5/3/14 SCM# 243578 1963 Maserati 3500 GTi coupe Lot 606, s/n AM1011988 Condition 3+ Sold at $73,123 Coys, London, 12/4/12 SCM# 214588 1964 Maserati 3500 GTi coupe Lot 507, s/n AM1012850 Condition 1Sold at $122,619 Bonhams, Brooklands, U.K., 12/6/10 SCM# 168185 Sports Car Market Pawel Litwinski, courtesy of Bonhams


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because it actually ran, and he felt strongly that it appeared to be a “largely original” example that would benefit from cleaning but shouldn’t be “sanitized” with a full restoration. He firmly felt it to be in the land of preservation. A long undervalued car I’ve written more times that I can count (but I’m sure there are SCMers out there who can and will tell me) that I feel just about every car Maserati built before 1980 is woefully undervalued relative to the cars which would qualify for inclusion in what we appraisers refer to as the Principle of Substitution. It is an exercise not unlike that of the wellknown “which doesn’t belong?” question from the SAT. If you couldn’t have an Aston Martin DB4, which other 6-cylinder, DOHC, 2+2 GT coupe might you buy? You see where I went there. The Italian Aston is indeed the equivalent of the British Ferrari. Prices for Astons have made a steady rise from 2009 to today, but a nice DB4 Saloon could be had for around $100k in 2005 — at the very same time that a very nice 3500 GT was not much less, about $70k. The Aston is now trading for four times the price of the Maserati. I doubt that the Aston has suddenly become four times more interesting while no one was looking. It’s interesting that while the center of values for 3500s has moved upwards in the past few years, with the best examples no longer available under $150k, the $100k level was achieved five years ago and significant movement hasn’t been seen since. Rewarding crumbling cars Then there’s the “let’s buy dirt” factor that has arisen in recent years. This is a phe- nomenon in which a car that is not particularly original or well preserved — but covered in debris from its recent disinterment from abandonment — is bid to a level beyond that of a correctly and expertly restored example of the same model. The romance of discovery — the idea that you can be as Howard Carter was when opening the tomb of Tutankhamun, bringing an untouched treasure to the light of day — burns brightly in the minds of many. That most of these “discoveries” are the actual equivalent of finding an original copy of the Declaration of Independence that someone has hand-colored in the 1950s to go better with the wallpaper in the powder room is lost on many of these dreamers. The presenters of these cars aid and abet the fantasy, perhaps not to the level of codependency but near enough by ensuring that the appropriate level of decay hovers about these automotive Miss Havishams. There’s nothing romantic about abandoning a thoroughbred car and nothing wrong with a low-mileage, nicely patinated car with somewhat worn paint and a broken-in interior that’s actually clean enough to walk by without soiling your clothes. A bad paint job lessens originality The “degree of mechanical inspection” required before use could be a full rebuild to ensure that it doesn’t become a fire starter for your next barbecue — or a quick check to see that it doesn’t launch a wheel into the hedges the first time you take a corner at more than 25 mph. I am grateful for Adam’s account of his up-close and personal encounter. I can’t dispute his observations, which seem spot-on, but after inspecting the catalog photos and reading the copy, I can respectfully disagree with his conclusion. There’s no indication of what is actually original, and to their credit, the auction company leaves open the option of “preservation or restoration.” On the plus side, the panel fit appears to be excellent, the car happily retains the Lucas fuel injection which can now be made to work with confidence, and it looks to have the original radio. The dashboard and door trim seem straight and unmolested. The chrome trim seems to have suffered most, being dull and pitted, but the alloy trim appears respectable and it wears original Superleggera badges — not reproductions. However, the close-up shots show paint which has certainly seen large areas of blow-in repairs or touchups — and evidence of masking around trim shows it was most likely a casual job in a non-specialist shop. As Adam noted, there does seem to be a disconnect between the low mileage and the faintly abandoned air the car gives off. The concept of Conservato The preserved and valued deserves to be saved and esteemed, and the poorly attended and neglected deserves to be restored to proper honor. This is another chance for me to promote the Italian concept of Conservato. Literally the word means “preserved” but also means “cherished.” It is in this sense that it calls for celebrating those cars that have always been used as they should. They have been maintained well over the years, with quality resprays in the original color when they needed them, repairs and retrims in the same vein and the regular mechanical upkeep that comes from love. And when we see them they’ll be clean and shiny — perhaps not totally original in regards to the finishes that came from the factory they day they were built. They’ll certainly be worth more than neglected, dirty cars. As for this sale, I can be pleased that at least two bidders desired a very fine Maserati in the late, most-interesting specification and paid a price hitherto only brought by a finely restored example. I only hope that the next correctly restored and or lovingly cared-for-from-new example brings even more. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) October 2014 49


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German Profile Column Author Two Mercedes-Benz 190SL Cars, One Price Gap Small differences make a big difference in price, but these cars have still quadrupled in value in 10 years by Paul Hardiman Details Years produced: 1955–62 (1963 cars were made in ’62) Number produced: 25,881 Original list price: $4,295 Current SCM Valuation: $75,000–$150,000 Major service: $500 Distributor cap: $25 Chassis # location: On scuttle on right side behind battery. Also on plate on subframe on right, under the voltage regulator, and stamped above the tag in the sheet metal Engine # location: Left side of engine block under #1 spark plug. Post-1961, the number was under the #4 plug Club: The International 190SL Group More: www.190slgroup.com Alternatives: 1954 Kaiser-Darrin, 1955–62 Borgward Isabella coupe/cabriolet, 1954–55 Swallow Doretti SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Lot 4123, s/n 12104010017435 Condition 2 Sold at $145,750 Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 5/9/14 SCM# 243710 something that he could easily sell in America. The 190SL was first displayed as a show car at New P 50 York in 1954. This high-quality, two-seat roadster was based upon a shortened 180 Ponton chassis and came with 105 horsepower from its 1,897-cc, 4-cylinder SOHC engine on twin Solex carburetors. The car featured an optional hard top. A production version was launched at Geneva in 1955, retailing for $3,998 with a soft top or $4,295 with an additional removable hard top. That was little more than half the cost of the 300SL and, as such, nearly eight times as many 190SLs were sold in the next eight years. roduction of the Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster can be credited to New York importer Max Hoffman, who foresaw that the competition success of the 300SL Gullwing would translate into Ultimately, 25,881 Mercedes-Benz 190SLs were pro- duced. That works out to 270 cars every month — with 70% being delivered to the U.S. — which was close to the goal that Hoffman had promised Daimler-Benz executives. The baby SL is a regular fixture at auctions, and in May 2014, two 190SLs sold at auction in mainland Europe — at very different prices. Let’s take a look at the sales and figure out how this happened. The RM Auctions 190SL 1959 chassis 12104010014912 SCM Analysis This car, Lot 180, sold for $200,360, including buyer’s premium, at RM Auctions’ Monaco sale on May 10, 2014. 1963 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Lot 371, s/n 12104010025168 Condition 2 Sold at $210,343 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 2/7/14 SCM# 232471 Sports Car Market 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Lot 27, s/n 12104010016336 Condition 2+ Sold at $170,500 Worldwide Auctioneers, Montgomery, TX, 5/3/14 SCM# 243571 Cymon Taylor ©2014, courtesy of RM Auctions


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This is a European-delivery car that was acquired by the consignor in 2008 and then restored by what the catalog describes as “a noted Mercedes-Benz specialist, formerly employed by Techning Ltd in Padua,” who completely rebuilt the drivetrain and electrical system and performed a highly detailed and well-documented restoration of the body in its original colors. The catalog describes this as a “frame-off” restoration, which is a misnomer be- cause the SL has a unibody. Anyway, the interior was restored using correct original materials supplied by Ferraresi of Ferrara. The new leather is still lovely and plump, which suits these SLs well. The Solex carburetors were rebuilt by Dazzi of Parma. Even the dashboard clock was sent to clockmaker Gian Carlo Martini for rebuild. As the catalog claimed, the car remains in exceptional condition, allowing the new owner to enjoy what is essentially a brand-new car, as the 740 km (460 miles) I noted on the clock are presumably all it has covered since restoration. The car has a coupe chassis prefix — 040 — where roadsters are 042. That means it was originally supplied with a hard top only and no convertible roof. There were other detail differences between the coupe and the roadster, notably in the door trim, until they were standardized in March 1956, which obviously doesn’t affect our cars. A larger rear window came along for both in 1959. The Bonhams 190SL 1957 chassis 1210427501737 This car, Lot 54, sold at Bonhams’ Spa auction in Belgium on May 18, 2014, for $118,128, including buyer’s premium. This is a significantly lower purchase price than our other subject 190SL. This 190SL Roadster was delivered new to Los Angeles in 1957, and it was imported into Italy in the 1990s. Restored in its original colors in 2005, it retains matching chassis, engine and gearbox numbers and also comes with the original mechanical dashboard clock. Obviously having a few miles under its belt since the restoration was completed, the engine bay was used and grubby. This was an older restoration, and even the car’s owner would only go as far as “generally very good to excellent” in his description of the car — and you know how subjective those opinions can be. As you’d expect after almost 10 years of use, however sparing, the seat leather was baggy, and the paint and structure simply could not be as sharp as a more recently, expensively restored car evidently displaying little use. Indeed, SCM Auction Reporter Leo van Hoorick, who saw the car at Spa, said: “There was something not feeling right. Was it the color scheme (described as Old English White but very beige to me)? I couldn’t figure it out.” Now this one has a Roadster chassis number, 042, meaning that it was originally supplied only with a soft top and not a hard roof, which after 1956 were all steel, not aluminum. Bonhams correctly describes it as a “Roadster with hardtop” and goes on to describe this as a “factory hard top,” so we can infer that this was ordered from the factory at the same time as the car. The extra cost was around $300 at the car’s launch in 1955. Puzzling out the price gap Does the technical difference between the two cars matter? Will anyone notice? I doubt it. Both hard tops appear to have been from the factory — and with the cars when they were new. Further, any soft roof dating from the 1950s would almost certainly have been replaced by now, canceling out any kudos for originality. October 2014 51 the chassis numbers suggest that wasn’t the case when they were new. I doubt Both cars offer the same options of roofwear, even if these cars are ever actually driven with the hard top in place, which is probably why our coupe grew a soft roof. Alex Finigan of Paul Russell and Company confirmed that the chassis number makes no difference to values today: “It’s all about the condition,” Finigan said. There was nothing else you could put your finger on that would have made such a difference in price. Both cars still had their original airboxes, where very often the twin Solexes wear aftermarket K&N filters — or even Weber DCOE replacements. All 190s are manual shift, which is probably only an advantage to auto-snobbish U.K. buyers, but that gearbox does help make the most of the 190SL’s modest 104 horsepower — this is not a car that’s ever going to cause your pantaloons to combust. Interestingly, 1959 was the lowest production number (the 104 cars listed as made in 1963 were produced in 1962). Only 1,551 cars were produced in 1959, as opposed to 3,332 in 1957. So let’s put half the price difference — $40k — down to the variance in condition, and another $15k down to the color – the cream paint. Sorry, OEW on this car looks like primer, and buyers are suckers for silver, especially on Merc SLs and Astons. The final $25k is the sprinkling of fairy dust — aka The Monaco Effect — which always artificially inflates prices. What’s more certain is the ongoing rise of the 190SL. Only 10 years ago, $50k was the norm, which means these cars have quadrupled in price in just a decade. ♦ Courtesy of Bonhams


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American Profile A Tale of Two Cobras If COX6010 had more of its original DNA — and even sold for twice what CSX2135 did — it could have been the better deal by Colin Comer 1963 Shelby 289, Mecum Lot S134 more public life in France, including an 18th-place finish in the 1964 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Interestingly, the two cars realized prices within 15% of each other. At first glance, any Cobra enthusiast would tell you it is preposterous that a street Cobra should bring anywhere near what a factory Comp Cobra would. But, as we all know, there are more to books than just covers. Let’s dissect the two cars and their respective sales: R Exhibit A: 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra Chassis CSX2135 From the Mecum Auctions description: CSX2135 is one of the first Cobras to employ rack-and-pinion steering. Originally finished in white with a red interior, it arrived in New York on June 27, 1963, aboard the SS American Commander. It was consigned on August 24 to W.J. Janner of Ford Motor Company Car Sales Promotion, Dearborn, MI, and shipped via Shelby American transporter to the FoMoCo district office in Kansas City, MO. On September 16, it was invoiced to Ford executive and future Ford Racing director Jacques Passino, listing the “Class A” accessory group that included chromed 5.5-inch wire wheels with “AC” knockoffs, a dash-mounted rear-view mirror, wind wings, chromed bumperettes and a quick-fill fuel cap, a luggage rack and whitewall tires. Including freight and the Ford discount of $300, the car listed at $5,387. After a busy year of various demonstrator duties in the Kansas City area, the car was returned to Shelby with an odometer reading of 5,300 miles and Ford work order number 1077, which authorized Shelby to recondition it for resale. Shelby completely repainted the car in White Lucite, installed five new six-inch painted wire wheels, 52 Sports Car Market ecently we witnessed the sale of two unique 289 Cobras — at two different auctions, within two months of each other. One was a modified streetspecification car that has lived a quiet life in the United States. The other was a factory-prepared Competition car that has lived a much new carpets, soft top, side curtains and seat belts, a new windshield, rear bumper overriders and mufflers, all at an estimated cost of $1,125. The completed Cobra was then sold to Beverly Hills Sports Cars on March 31, 1965, at a cost of $4,250 — plus a $10 delivery charge. While its first owner is unknown, it was registered with the California black plate RFG 836. In 1967, it appeared for sale in Walnut Creek, CA, on the Brant Motors used-car lot, where it was purchased by California resident Tom Ellis. In the mid-1970s, Ellis sold the car to Alan T. Lloyd of El Cajon, CA. Lloyd brought 2135 to SAAC 3 in Pasadena in August 1978, by John Hollansworth Jr., courtesy of Mecum Auctions


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1964 AC Cobra, Artcurial Lot 240 which time it had been repainted in 1966 Ford Emberglo (essentially a metallic Copper color) with twin black stripes and black upholstery. The car’s wheelwell flares, unfortunately finished in brown primer, had been widened from the early version to the later type, designed to accommodate the new wider six-inch wheels installed beginning with CSX2160; front fender side vents had also been installed. After being advertised for sale in 1983 and 1984, the car appeared with Lloyd in the same condition at SAAC 9 at Anaheim in August of 1984. Three months later, Lloyd reported the car stolen. In 1989, CSX2135 reappeared and was purchased by Milton Janzen of San Francisco, who soon realized he had bought a stolen car. He immediately contacted title holders State Farm Insurance, who demanded the car’s immediate return. Instead, Janzen convinced State Farm to sell him the title, which he then registered with plate number 2ZSL192. Janzen then commenced a restoration that included refinishing the Cobra in dark blue paint with a contrasting Saddle leather interior, fitting Weber carburetors and reproduction Halibrand six-spoke knockoff wheels. In June 1993, the car was purchased by John Duffield of Bakersfield, who changed the upholstery to black. The Cobra was advertised for sale and described thus: “CSX2135, 289 hi-po. This car is an original and is beautiful; no-expense-spared restoration completed 4/99. Color is Mercedes Midnight Blue with black leather; rack-and-pinion car with roll bar, sidepipes, Webers and Halibrands. $167,500.” After 35 years in California, CSX2135 found a new home in the hands of Jim Carrolo of Steamboat Springs, CO, who bought it as a regular driver. In 2006, the original 289 HiPo engine was replaced by a 347-ci “fun motor,” and the 289 was placed in storage. Today, CSX2135 presents in beautifully pristine condition, needing nothing to make it completely ready for its new home with a committed Shelby Cobra enthusiast. The original 289-ci engine as well as a set of 5.5-inch Shelby knockoff wire wheels are included with this exceptional and rare early rack-and-pinion demonstration Cobra. SCM Analysis CSX2135, Lot S134, sold for $885,000, including buyer’s commission, at Mecum Auctions’ Spring Classic sale in Indianapolis, IN, on May 18, 2014. A few years ago, $885k for any 289 Cobra would have been headline news, especially for a modified car such as 2135. The updated fender flares, added fender vents, exterior and interior color change, and a hot-rod 347 stroker motor with Weber carbs under the hood are all things a purist would see as detractions, regardless of how much driving excitement they may offer over the stock configuration. But in today’s world, a good rack-and-pinion 289 Cobra is very tough to find at any price, let alone under six figures. And what 2135 does possess, as they say, is good “bones.” It is a Cobra with a well-documented and continuous history from new, with a short list of caring, enthusiast owners. It was indeed used as a Shelby and Ford PR car when new, assigned to Jacques Passino, an important figure in Ford Motorsports history and a nice name to have on the résumé. And, Cobras being the simple machines they are, as 2135 came with its original engine and other bits, you’d be hard-pressed to spend more than 10% of the hammer price here to put the car back to as-delivered condition and specification if so desired. This means the $885k Mecum sale price leaves the buyer plenty of options for CSX2135, none of which involve submerging in financial water. October 2014 53 Exhibit B: 1964 AC Cobra Chassis COX6010 From the Artcurial auction description: COX6010 was delivered to the official French marque importer, Établissements Chardonnet, in Pantin near Paris, on March 19, 1964. COX6010 was liveried in Princess Blue with red leather interior. On April 2, 1964, it was acquired by Count Jean de Montemart, although it was Chardonnet who entered the car for the 1964 Le Mans 24 Hours. As Count de Montemart bought the car on 2 April, the race entry was actually in his name with Régis Fraissinet. These gentlemen proved equal to the challenge and finished the race in 18th place. Montemart had an accident later on and sold the car to Jean Marie Vincent. The car remained with him for a few years as he continued to race Cobras. He owned CSX2001, CSX2142 and COX6010 at the same time. He fixed the front of the car using the first front quarter of the frame taken from CSX2142 and made an uglybut-convenient fiberglass front bonnet and continued to race. After some time, the car was found untended in a private car park and as the rent had not been paid, the owner called the gendarmerie and the car was towed away to a junkyard near Paris. Bernard Maitre bought it straight away for 250 francs. This gentleman was the co-founder with Jacques Lavost of the AC Automobile Club in France in 1967 and more recently, consultant for the FIA and FFSA for historic racing cars. A great AC enthusiast, he saved the car from being destroyed. The car was in poor condition but pretty much complete — apart from the engine (a 289-ci block was sitting on the passenger’s side) and the missing wheels. Maitre remembers that the car had the serial Courtesy of Artcurial


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American Profile Details 1964 AC Cobra 289 Mk II Years produced: 1963–65 Number produced: 62 Original list price: N/A Current SCM Valuation: $675,000– $750,000 Tune-up cost: $250 Chassis # location: Data plate on cowl Engine # location: Left side of engine Club: AC Owners Club Website: www.acownersclub.co.uk Alternatives: 1963–65 Shelby 289 Cobra, 1961–62 Jaguar E-type Series I roadster, 1967 Sunbeam Tiger Mk II SCM Investment Grade: A 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra Years produced: 1963–65 Number produced: 580 Original list price: $5,995 Current SCM Valuation: $775,000 to $975,000 Tune-up cost: $250 Chassis # location: Tag in engine compartment, hood latch, inside door Engine # location: Left side of engine Club: Shelby American Automobile Club Website: www.saac.com Alternatives: 1965–67 Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster, 1971 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda convertible, 1967 Sunbeam Tiger Mk II SCM Investment Grade: A Comps At best, the description leads one to the conclusion that the only part of the car Artcurial sold with ties to Le Mans 1964 may be the doors, hood, and trunk lid, but based on the photos of COX6010 as found in the scrapyard, even that may be a stretch. However, I don’t want to unfairly judge any Cobra — especially one with ties to Le Mans. I rang up Ned Scudder, SAAC’s Cobra Registrar, to get his take on COX6010. Ned, never at a loss for words, had this to say: “6010 1963 Shelby 289, Mecum Lot S134 numbers 6010 stamped on the doors and on the trunk He sold it in August 1969 to Bernard Alter, who was in the process of restoring COX6002, another French Cobra. Bernard Afchain registered COX6010 in his name on September 15, 1974, and undertook a complete restoration. As the chassis was damaged, he ordered a chassis from David Sanderson in England, and had his original chassis number stamped on it. The car underwent certain modifications mechani- 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Lot 549, s/n CSX2023 Condition 2+ Sold at $825,000 Auctions America, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 3/14/14 SCM# 239095 cally and to the body, which was made by Brian Angliss. The bodywork was renewed during this restoration, and it is interesting to note that the interior of the doors, bonnet and boot-lid have the original paint, and the series number 6010 is stamped on all these opening parts. They even show some of the white paint along the tubing. The bonnet with 6010 stamped on it was bought back later from JM Vincent to complete the restoration. The interior of the right door still shows the location of the light (now covered) used to illuminate the racing number for the timekeepers at night. It comes with its side screens and the original red leather internal door handle, as well as the original gearbox and the rear axle (on the side). This is a highly important Cobra. Its history was made at the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours. COX6010 and its list of options and modifications are recorded in the Shelby American World Registry. It has belonged to the current owner since 1985 and was restored the right way. It shows a very nice patina and runs very strong.” SCM Analysis COX6010, Lot 240, sold for $1,033,992, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Artcurial’s Le Mans Auction in Le Mans, France, on July 5, 2014. The above is an edited version of Artcurial’s catalog 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 Lot 104, s/n CSX2393 Condition 3+ Sold at $819,500 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/18/13 SCM# 227457 copy; I assure you in its entirety the story is no less confusing. I’m going to classify the written account of COX6010’s life as the hamburger method of delivering bad news. In this case, start out with the great original specification and the Le Mans effort as the tasty crown of the (brioche?) bun, throw in that COX6010 was largely destroyed in the 1960s and left for dead as our protein (covered in cheese and other accoutrements) — and then finish with COX6010’s subsequent resurrection and recent history as the solid (brioche?) heel. While most people would be distracted with the beauti- 1961 AC Cobra Mk II Lot 541, s/n COB6034 Condition 1 Not sold at $312,500 Bonhams, Brooklands, U.K., 12/6/10 SCM# 168209 54 ful bakery, nice presentation, and side of (French?) fries, I read the history and smelled some bad meat. Digging into my SAAC World Registry, the footnotes for COX6010 agreed with Artcurial’s text — minus the burger. I immediately thought the Le Mans history of COX6010 wasn’t something that should have transferred to a new chassis, a new body, and a new drivetrain built for current-day competition in Europe. Sports Car Market was parted out in the rebuild of CSX2142, leaving just paperwork behind. That paperwork was transformed into a brand-new automobile in 2000, which was some 35 years after the construction of the original. The new chassis was built by David Sanderson, and Brian Angliss provided the new FIA bodywork. It has a new 289 engine and completely new ancillaries. Hence, it is really no longer a Cobra with any connection to Thames Ditton, which seriously challenges its value, and the serial number’s competition history should remain separated from the newly built car.” Well, that answers that. Another Competition Cobra that raises the same question as Theseus’ Paradox? Another item worth noting with the sale of COX6010 is that of its chassis number. CSX (C= third Ace series, S= Shelby, X= LHD eXport) chassis number cars, the prefix that identifies Shelby Cobras that were built at Shelby American in California from 1962 to 1967, typically hold an edge in value to the COB (CObra Britain — AC home market cars in RHD) and COX (CObra eXport — LHD cars built for the rest of the European market) cars, which were essentially built under license from Shelby for “rest of world” consumption, completed at AC Cars in England, and not called “Shelby Cobras” but rather “AC Cobra 289s.” This edge in value for CSX chassis cars is much more pronounced on this side of the pond for obvious reasons. The verdict Had both of these Cobras been in the condition of CSX2135, which is to say, used, lightly modified, but with their original chassis, aluminum skins, and drivetrains, the sales results clearly wouldn’t be so close — nor would our ability to clearly pick a winner in this face-off. If COX6010 had kept more of its original DNA — and even sold for twice what CSX2135 did, it still could have been the better deal. That said, I do not think I am alone in having a hard time carrying forth the value of being an original Comp car and the Le Mans 1964 finish to the Artcurial sale at Le Mans in 2014 for COX6010. Therefore, between these two Cobras — after weighing history, chassis numbers, and originality — I call the sale of CSX2135 as a completely market-correct sale that was fair to both buyer and seller, and call COX6010 extremely well sold, or as SAAC’s Ned Scudder said: “The seller of COX6010 lucky? Incredibly so!” ♦


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American Profile The Cumberford Perspective Rip, rip, rip… and get this beauty By Robert Cumberford 1 T o many, the absolute essence of “sports car” is expressed in early Shelby Cobras. For all that, it is a basic 1948 Touring body design, imitated with less grace by race car builder John Tojeiro in the early 1950s and reworked when he sold rights to his MG Special to AC Cars. Carroll Shelby’s team then reworked the design many times. In any case, this superb shape is cohesive, characterful and classical. It’s hard not to appreciate this design, which is carefully distilled rather than developed. And it is a cold soul indeed who has seen a Cobra and not wanted to drive it — at least once. As a working street vehicle, Cobras embody every undesirable British design element: side curtains, no outside door controls and leaky, difficult-to-erect “hoods.” The car also has — inevitably — Lucas electrics. Trunks were not really water-tight, the cockpit is cramped and so on. But as a track car? There, the car comes into its own, a nearracer that can be driven every day if you accept all the quirky features. Like the MGs that brought sports cars to America in the late 1940s, the value of t its focus on d on riding co far as you c Google’s aut people mov Good. ♦ 12 6 3 2 5 4 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 Are there any early Cobras that haven’t been modified? These flares are moderate, but not original, yet they look perfectly correct. 2 The road-going wind- shield only emphasizes the truly small size of the car. The pattern cars were 2-liter models, and even the early 260 Cobras more than doubled that displacement. 3 AC Cars did well in extending the central part of the nose, giving these early Cobras an elegant profile. The “sad mouth” shape of the tubular bumper is unfortunate, though. 4 There is something extremely satisfying about headlamps serving as spear tips in traditional sports car designs. This is an excellent example. Done right, they are not even aerodynamically disadvantageous. 5 Call me a traditionalist, but I much preferred the original wire wheels to these oversized imitation Halibrands. But Shelby used the alloy wheels on his race cars, so why not? 6 Another acceptable — but probably unnecessary — modification from the original body design. These vents look fine, but so did the unaltered body profile. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 This rounded cowl relates to the original Touring 7 barchetta shape, and design thinking from the 1930s, when the center of sports car bodies were much like single-seaters in form. 8 The external fuel cap seems so much a part of the design that it’s hard to imagine this was an optional accessory. 9 These tiny taillights seem anachronistic, even in the early 1960s. But they met legal requirements, were light and — important for small builders like AC — cheap. 10 The rear bumper loop is reminiscent of dirt-track race car design, and it is perfectly appropriate for the Cobra. 11 The sweeping sill curve is a vestige of Touring design, 8 9 but is closer to the ground than was typical for earlier Italian designs. 12 The way the fender turns under ahead of the tire allows the headlamp to protrude and provide visual thrust from any angle. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) No Italian design sensibil- ity here. The interior is exquisitely, perfectly executed traditional British roadster. The steering wheel lends perhaps a trace of Italia, but the rest of it is fixed in the long-ago world. Even the military-style aircraft seat belts are vestiges of World War II design. The delicate little mirrors, the hand brake — even the rounded r — speak of actice. 10 56 11 Sports Car Market


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Race Car Profile 1966 Brabham-Repco BT20 F1 and 1968–69 Lotus-Cosworth Ford Type 49B F1 Two great cars with great stories both bring big money, but why did the Brabham beat the Lotus on the block? by Thor Thorson Details Years produced: Brabham, 1966; Lotus 49, 1967–69 Number produced: Brabham BT20, two; Lotus 49, nine (six remain) Original list price: N/A Current SCM Valuation: Brabham BT20, $1,200,000–$1,500,000; Lotus 49, $1,800,000–$2,400,000 Engine # location: Varies Chassis # location: Varies Club: Historic Grand Prix Cars Association More: www.hgpca.net Alternatives: McLaren M7A, Ferrari 312, BRM P-126 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1966 Brabham-Repco BT20 F1, RM Lot 179 1966 Brabham-Repco BT20 F1 W hen the FIA announced in late 1963 that a 3-liter limit would be imposed on Formula One racing in 1966, a scramble ensued among competitors to develop suitable new engines. Jack Brabham turned to Repco, an Australian parts supplier. Development centered on Oldsmobile’s F-85 V8 block, which offered the advantage of a preexisting and proven crankcase to create a 300-hp, 2,994cc SOHC V8 engine. Jack Brabham began the 1966 season driving the sole BT19 chassis, but within a matter of months, two BT20 cars were built. Chassis F1266, the second of these two cars, commenced racing at the French Grand Prix on July 3, 1966, achieving the 3rd place finish. Two weeks later, at the British Grand Prix, Hulme roared to a 2nd place finish and then 3rd at Monza on September 4. Another 2nd place at Oulton Park followed on September 17, with a 3rd place at the season-concluding Mexican Grand Prix on October 23, sealing Brabham’s 1966 Constructors’ Championship. The 1967 season proved to be even more significant for F1266, as the car became a focal point of the Brabham team’s efforts. The car was driven exclusively by Hulme for the first half of the season, finishing 4th at Kyalami on January 2, 2nd at Oulton Park on April 15, and taking its first checkered flag on May 7 at the Monaco Grand Prix. This car, Lot 179, sold for $1,502,701, including buyer’s premium, at RM’s Monaco auction on May 10, 2014. 58 1968–69 Lotus-Cosworth Ford Type 49B F1 On June 4, 1967, Formula One motor racing’s entire world was turned upside down by what transpired in the Dutch Grand Prix race at Zandvoort. The British Lotus team had arrived for that Grand Prix with two brandspanking-new Formula One cars in their transporter. Star driver Graham Hill had immediately qualified his on pole position for its debut race. On race day he had led before his new Cosworth-Ford DFV engine failed, whereupon his teammate Jim Clark had taken over, set fastest lap, and ran away to an utterly dominant victory. The brand-new Lotus-Ford Type 49 had completely rewritten 3-Liter Formula One’s contemporary performance standards. In effect, only nine Lotus-Ford 49s were built (and rebuilt again) under twelve chassis numbers, from 1967 to ’69. In three seasons, the Lotus-Ford 49 won 12 World Championship-qualifying Grand Prix races, while the Cosworth DFV V8 engine became the first Formula One unit ever to score 100 victories — and ended up with 155 to its credit. Only six of these transcendent Formula One cars survive today. Since this now-legendary Lotus design then saw frontline service through no fewer than four Formula One seasons, 1967–70, the Type 49 also became one of the longest-lived of Grand Prix car designs. This car, Lot 342, sold for $1,147,136, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Goodwood Auction on June 27, 2014. 1967 Brabham-Repco BT20 Formula One Lot 333, s/n F1266 Condition 2+ Sold at $533,498 Christie’s, Paris, FRA, 2/16/07 SCM# 44298 1969 Ferrari 312 Formula One Lot 59, s/n 017 Condition 2+ Sold at $1,320,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/21/05 SCM# 38949 1970 Lotus-Ford 72 Formula One Lot 54, s/n 724 Condition 3+ Sold at $580,580 H&H Auctions, Kempton Park, U.K., 7/25/07 SCM# 46785 Sports Car Market Tim Scott ©2014, courtesy of RM Auctions


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1968–69 Lotus-Cosworth Ford Type 49B F1, Bonhams Lot 342 SCM Analysis Regular readers of this profile know that I frequently assert that any vintage racing car is valued based on a combination of “weapons-grade” values (the ones relating to actually racing a car) and “collector” values (intangible ones related to all the other reasons why you’d want to own one). In general, I also believe that selling primarily weapons-grade cars at auction is a terrible idea. This is because the bidder pool for these cars is small and pragmatic: They know exactly what they are bidding on and why they want to buy. The proverbial wild card “trial lawyer from Dallas” who drives the bidding with emotion because “it will look cool in my collection” isn’t there to force the price up. It’s really tough to sell pure racing cars at auction. In short, assuming you are knowledgeable and careful, there is nothing wrong with buying a weapons-grade car at auction (it’s often an advantage), but being the consignor is a very risky proposition. Today’s subject cars are two Formula One racers that are very simi- lar (they are both first-generation 3-liter F1 cars with good histories) and also profoundly different in both the weapons and collector values they offer. Interestingly, the prices realized in the two sales are roughly the inverse of what I, at least, would have expected, and trying to figure out what we can learn from this is our challenge for today. Built to race — and only to race To start with, any formula (open-wheeled) racer is by definition a weapons-grade car. You can’t take it to the grocery store or on a tour, and your wife’s garden club (or your own country-club friends, for that matter) won’t stop and admire its voluptuous curves in passing. It’s also unlikely that you will be qualified to tinker with it. They were built to race and win on a professional level, and that’s pretty much it. That said, Grand Prix cars certainly have collector values worth paying for — you just have to understand what they are. The most basic is the antique collectors’ adage: “What was special then is special now.” Even the most plebian of GP cars at some point played at the absolute pinnacle of the sport, were watched and/or cheered by hundreds of thousands of spectators, and had some role to play in that most extreme of blood sports — Grand Prix racing. It’s a subtler vibe than the “Ooh, can I touch it?” macho sexiness of some sports racers, but just as real. GP cars can be damned charismatic and handsome. 1966 Brabham-Repco BT20 F1 October 2014 1968–69 Lotus-Cosworth Ford Type 49B F1 59 Courtesy of Bonhams


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Race Car Profile 1966 Brabham-Repco BT20 F1 Add in good stories… The best cars, of course, have stories to tell along with physical at- tractiveness, and the more and greater the stories, the more collector value a car will have. They can be of personal courage and charisma (great drivers and great races), or of innovation and importance to the development of the sport (we’ll discuss the Lotus 49 shortly), or just sheer quirkiness, but the more stories the better. These two cars have very different stories. The Brabham BT20 played a huge part in Brabham’s 1966 and 1967 world championships, and it was arguably the dominant GP car of those years, but, in honesty, there wasn’t much competition. The beginning of the 3-liter formula seemed to catch everybody by surprise: Nobody had a good 3-liter race engine and the new chassis had to deal with both more horsepower and wider tires, so the cars of the first few years were more evolving experiments than developed concepts. The BT20 was beautiful, important and dominant, but it was not particularly fast — at least by the standards of the years to come. Denny Hulme took 2nd at Silverstone in 1966 with an average lap time of 1:40. The Lotus 49 came along in mid-1967 and is arguably the most sig- nificant and successful car in Grand Prix history. With a monocoque front tub mounted to a stressed-member engine — and introducing the Cosworth DFV engine that would dominate 3-liter racing for the next 10 years — the Lotus 49 made every car prior to its introduction instantly obsolete. With few exceptions (and no successful ones), every GP car that followed it was an attempt to be what it was. This car simply changed the paradigm. The car was a front-runner for four seasons and remained in the hunt after that. In the 1969 Silverstone GP, a Lotus 49C turned a lap time of 1:30. 1968–69 Lotus-Cosworth Ford Type 49B F1 Track-weapon value Both cars have plenty of stories to tell, although the Lotus 49 has far greater and more compelling ones than the Brabham, so it should have greater collector value. What about the competitive side of things? The problem here is that the FIA sets the vintage GP grid for the early cars as 1966 through 1972. The winning 1972 car at Silverstone had an average lap time of 1:25, 15 seconds a lap faster than the Brabham’s 1966 time and five seconds faster than the Lotus 49’s time, which means that if you care about winning the race (or even being mid-pack), the Brabham doesn’t have a chance. Interestingly, the Lotus is close enough that with a good driver and care- ful improvements, it could run at or near the front, plus the Cosworth DFV is easy to maintain or replace, while the Repco engines are hens’-teeth rare and relatively fragile. The weapons-grade value clearly goes to the Lotus. Why did the Brabham bring more? Okay, so by my calculations the Lotus has the Brabham easily in both collector values and competitiveness. Why did the Brabham sell for $350k more than the Lotus? I don’t know, either. I know of some private sales of pre-Lotus 49 3-liter cars that suggest that the Brabham sold at the high side of the range and of some private sales of Lotus 49s that suggest this one went for well under market. Why? My observation is that two consignors entered the “racing car at auction” lottery and for whatever reasons, one was successful and one was disappointed. The Brabham was well sold, while the Lotus 49 was very, very well bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) 1966 Brabham-Repco BT20 F1 60 1968–69 Lotus-Cosworth Ford Type 49B F1 Sports Car Market


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Market Reports Overview Expensive Mercedes Across the Board There weren’t many cheap buys at Bonhams’ “The Mercedes-Benz Sale” in July Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1954 Ferrari 375 MM+ sports racer, $18,224,224—BonChi, p. 72 2. 1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster, $4,170,946— BonDEU, p. 92 3. 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K cabriolet A, $3,012,350— BonDEU, p. 90 4. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, $1,853,754—BonDEU, p. 94 5. 1902 De Dietrich 16-HP “Paris-Vienna” rear-entrance tonneau, $1,691,843—BonChi, p. 70 6. 1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 Periscopio coupe, $1,615,920—BonChi, p. 74 7. 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, $1,515,877—ArtFRA, p. 80 8. 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, $1,235,836—BonDEU, p. 94 9. 1963 Aston Martin DB4 convertible, $1,188,849— BonChi, p. 68 10. 1964 Shelby Cobra Mk II roadster, $1,179,359—BonChi, p. 74 Best Buys 1970 DeTomaso Mangusta coupe, $283,446—ArtFRA, p. 85 62 1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB tourer, $136,259—BonOx, p. 112 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 Adenauer sedan, $84,963—BonDEU, p. 92 1975 Saab 96 V4 sedan, $5,867— Barons, p. 128 Bowen-McLaughlin-York M274A2 Mechanical Mule, $5,750—AA, p. 106 Sports Car Market 1934 Mercedes-Benz 500 Nürburg tourer, sold at $703,541, and the not-so-full-size 1961 Ferbedo Mercedes-Benz pedal car, sold at $4,634 By Tony Piff M ercedes are expensively built and expensive to maintain, and you don’t want to buy one with deferred maintenance. As the expression goes, “The most expensive Mercedes is the cheapest one to buy.” Let it suffice to say, there weren’t many cheap buys at Bonhams’ “The Mercedes-Benz Sale” in July. Sales surpassed $16m among 32 sold cars, which works out to an average sold price of $503k. The Gullwings, Roadsters and 540Ks with seven-digit price tags helped pull up that average, as the high-sale outliers always do, but there were strong prices here all down the line. A 1901 Benz 7-hp “Contra” Motor vis-à-vis tourer tripled its $200k high estimate and found a new owner at $630k, a 1960 220SE cabriolet in less-than-perfect condition made $200k, and a 1961 Ferbedo child’s pedal car in the shape of a 220S Ponton charmed its way to nearly $5k. But it was a real Ponton that made me chuckle out loud. The 1959 180D 4-door was far from sporting; yet, with its diesel engine, it might be “the most reliable form of classic motoring,” wrote Auction Analyst Pierre Hedary, half joking. The car sold for $10k. “The least expensive car here,” Hedary continued, “and the one with the highest intrinsic value, in a sense.” ♦ Sales Totals Barons Surrey, U.K. April 29 Leake Tulsa, OK June 6–8 Bonhams Oxford, U.K. June 7 Twin Cities St. Paul, MN June 20–21 Bonhams Chichester, U.K. June 27 Artcurial Le Mans, FRA July 5 Auctions America Portola Valley, CA July 11 Bonhams Stuttgart, DEU July 12 $0 $10m $17.7m $9.9m $16.1m $20m 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 $30m $40m $443k $10m $2.8m $1.6m $38.9m


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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. Bonhams — Goodwood Festival of Speed A WWII German bomb blew open a shed and revealed a 1902 De Dietrich hidden since 1912. The car sold here for $1.7m Company Bonhams Date June 27, 2014 Location Chichester, U.K. Auctioneer Robert Brooks Automotive lots sold/offered 60/89 Sales rate 67% Sales total $38,920,119 High sale 1954 Ferrari 375 MM+, sold at $18,315,845 Buyer’s premium 1902 De Dietrich 16-HP “Paris-Vienna” rear-entrance tonneau, sold at $1,691,843 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics ever come to market ($30m); the year before that it was the Birkin Blower Bentley ($7.8m, same story, because there’s only one); and this year it was the “Fearsome Four-Nine” Ferrari 375 MM+, chassis 0384, ex-Mille Miglia, ex-Jim Kimberly, ex-Karl Kleve and ex-Jacques Swaters (and ex-lots of litigation). Final price: $18.2m, a world auction record for a Ferrari sports-racing car, the thirdhighest price for any car sold at auction, and almost half B onhams always gets the big car sold at its annual Festival of Speed sale. Last year it was the only Mercedes W-196 that will the day’s total. But the sale appears steeped in confusion. Bonhams says it has been paid, but the joint sellers are apparently still squabbling (see “Legal Files,” September 2014). A 1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 “Periscopio” set a new world record of $1.6m, and probably the best flat-floor Jaguar E-type coupe in the world sold for a very strong $344,000 — the same as was fetched for a very original XK 150S 3.8. Looking pre-war, Banfield’s 1927 Bentley 3/4½ sold in a post-auction deal for Chichester, U.K. $344k, a fair bit north of the $320k it attracted on the day. A 1902 4-cylinder De Dietrich from the Michael Banfield Collection had a great story and achieved $1.7m. Identical in specification to the 4.1-liter Sales Totals Works cars built for the 1902 Paris-Vienna race, this one was discovered during World War II, when a German bomb demolished the stable in which it had been sleeping on blocks since 1912. More recently it’s proven itself on the London to Brighton Veteran Run. A 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K that had been rebuilt in 1943 into an armored “PanzerLimousinen” for the Reich-Chancellery motor pool was a fascinating artifact, selling for $762k. While the high spots were outstanding, 1954 Ferrari 375 MM+ sports racer, sold at $18,224,224 64 selling for huge money, there were more gaps in the results than usual. It will be interesting to take stock of things post-Monterey, when Bonhams returns here for the Goodwood Revival. ♦ $60m $40m $50m $30m $20m $10m $0 Sports Car Market 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 15% on the first $85,162; 12% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1 = £0.59)


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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. ENGLISH #311-1937 ALTA SUPERCHARGED single-seater. S/N 611S. Silver/red leather. MHD. Famous old warhorse, built as a hillclimber, in splendidly used condition with incredibly lived-in seat leather. Much of chassis replaced as part on an unfinished restoration, but old tubes are included in the sale. Has been a 2-liter and then a 1,500 (and then a AT $942,890. In this ownership since 1986. Even though this was the car that persuaded David Brown to buy Aston Martin—kickstarting a chain of events that led to the DB4 and 5—the Atom is a little-known secret. Perhaps too secret, as it failed to sell against a $1m bottom estimate. #331-1955 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100S 2-liter again), currently fitted with a freshly built 2-liter producing 250 hp. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $269,624. From the collection of the late Graham Galliers, who paid £105k (about $190k) in 2004, and sold near the top estimate. It’ll have the legs on a Bugatti 35B at a fraction of the price. #321-1937 JAGUAR SS 100 roadster. S/N 18064. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 7,701 miles. Good older resto and paint with mild mods to body and exhaust. Twin spares and non-standard early Morris Minor-type rear lights. Lightly creased leather, and retains the bar under rear deck lip. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $1,147,136. Long and well-known race history. Most recently has run on the past few Mille Miglia retrospectives, and sold right where expected. Looks pricey, but so much cheaper than buying a C-type Jag. #385-1956 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 MK “NW 100” registration. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $355,467. Formerly owned by the late comic and film star Norman Wisdom (he was big in Albania, you know). Sold bang on the nail for an SS 100, as values have held very steady for the past couple of years. The registration number is probably worth $10k, canceling out any penalty for the mods. #357-1939 ASTON MARTIN ATOM. S/N G40900. Silver/red leather. RHD. Odo: 2,382 miles. Unique Claude Hill-designed concept car commissioned by Aston thenowner Gordon Sutherland, who said, “The whole point of the Atom was to make the smallest, lightest, quietest enclosed saloon possible.” Perfect restored order, almost certainly sharper than new, with Cotal electric shift. 2,382 miles on odo but has covered more like 250,000 in its life. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD 66 II coupe. S/N AM3001185. Eng. # 370PP3001185. Black & silver/red leather. Odo: 55,223 miles. Coupe instead of the usual hatchback 2/4 (one of 34, according to the catalog). Has a 3.7 motor from a DB4 fitted, apparently after two failures of stock 3-liter units. Panel fit fairly good for a 2/4, paint okay, leather is nicely rubbed in. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $469,925. Originally sold to France in Sea Green with Alfin brake drums. Sold well over estimate, in fact almost twice the minimum that was expected—and even more than the and given the more Ace-like registration number “360 KPL.” Cond: 2. SOLD AT $250,547. Time was when an AC-engine car made headlines when it hit the £100k ($160k) mark. Bought at Bonhams’ Greenwich sale in June of 2011 for $189k (SCM# 182237), then offered a few months later at the Goodwood Revival sale in September (high bid $117k, SCM# 186151). This time sold right for its new condition. #334-1960 JAGUAR XK 150S 3.8 con- vertible. S/N T827553DN. Eng. # VAS11609. Red/buff cloth/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 35,300 miles. Good “driver” order, mileage is Sports Car Market roadster. S/N AHS3509. Green/black leather. RHD. Odo: 10,466 miles. Well-known and campaigned 100S “the green car.” Well used but in good order. Later seats and discreet roll now with 5-speed gearbox, but original 4-speed is included in the deal. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $317,315. One of only four built including the prototype, in the U.S. from 1967 to 2003 and again in 2009, when it was in the Blackhawk Collection. $160k–$200k was the expected money, so it did just fine. #363-1958 AC ACE roadster. S/N AEX416. Eng. # CL2347WT. Silver/black leather. Odo: 130 miles. Lovely order, recently repainted, completing the refurbishment work begun after it emerged from 35 years of storage in Philadelphia. When I last saw it in 2011, it was white with a crudely wrapped steering wheel. Now painted and made nicer, ex-Peter Collins Mk I example (3/4 inch lower roofline, Aston anoraks) fetched at Bonhams’ Aston Martin sale earlier in the year ($445k, SCM# 244192). So without the boost of that extra provenance and with the wrong motor, however effective it is, very well sold. #340-1956 HRG TWIN-CAM roadster. S/N 1N502TL. Eng. # 476000451. Green/red leather. RHD. Odo: 17,306 miles. Exquisite little British-built racer with all-independent suspension and unusual wheel/hub/disc brake configuration. Motor is Singer SM with twincam head. Nicely patinated outside and in,


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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. plus 100,000. Has been blue, but renovated and put back to its original red. Original leather wearing well. Original painted wires, over-riders and spotlights included in the nearest month. I doubt you’ll find a better “matching-numbers” car except for a real matching-numbers car. Only driven a couple of hundred miles since restoration and only once in the rain. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $345,929. Uncle Quentin thought he should be on for at least $250 grand, and his predictions were true. I’d suggest you couldn’t repeat it for the money, though. #388-1962 JAGUAR XKE “Evolution deal. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $345,929. Formerly owned by collector George Milliken and in his family for 49 years, this sold more than twice over its very realistic estimate. Interestingly, reached exactly the same price as Lot 364, Quentin Willson’s restored S1 E-type coupe. Second-most-expensive XK 150S ever, behind the very original car that found $489k at RM London last September (SCM# 227692). #305-1960 LOTUS ELITE LX coupe. S/N 1255. Green/red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 41,337 miles. The famous 2-liter Elite that was built to win Le Mans outright (the smaller-engined cars had to make do with class wins) but never ran there after a series of accidents caused lead driver Innes Ireland to go home before the Roadster.”. S/N 878663. Silver/black leather. Odo: 44,818 miles. “Updated” car commissioned by John Coombs of 1960s Jag racing fame (recently deceased). Excellent execution and condition, but you have to question the aesthetics: de-seamed, bulgeless front is aluminum but looks like a plastic molding, and Cond: 2. SOLD AT $101,752. For a model beaten so severely with the ugly stick, these have inexplicably picked up massively in the U.K. in the past couple of years, with the result that more nice cars come through the market as more get restored, and near £60k ($100k) is the norm for a nice one—although you’d expect a bit less from a left-handed auto. Happy days for Angry Catfish owners— Uncle Quentin, who sold Lot 364, his early E-type coupe, for a whopping $344k, has three... the interior trim looks like it escaped from an ‘80s Cadillac. Originally left-hand drive, right-hand when Coombs got it, and converted back as he was by then resident in Monaco. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $132,274. Sold for decent S1 E-type roadster money at the top end of the estimate band. Un-messed with, it might have gotten more. Still, there’s the cachet of it being “the last Coombs Jag.” event. Reconstructed in recent years using correct type 1,964-cc FPF, in good order for racer. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $212,395. A fascinating might-have-been but no serious race provenance. Sold near the high end of estimate range. Decent road cars and racers currently sell in the $100k–$125k range. #364-1961 JAGUAR XKE coupe. S/N 860022. Metallic blue/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 83,943 miles. Perfectly restored to obsessive period detail by TV car pundit Quentin Willson. Even the plug caps are the correct type, and all parts are period-correct to the #319-1963 ASTON MARTIN DB4 convertible. S/N DB4C1091R. Gunmetal/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 87,195 miles. Said to be one of 70 convertibles. Originally Caribbean Pearl with blue leather, good overall order following 1990s Aston Martin Works Service restoration. Good chrome, reasonable paint, leather slightly TOP 10 No. 9 Also included in the deal is its very Bond-like original number EON 666D. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $298,238. Another DB6... another auto... sold smack in the middle of the estimate range at this month’s market norm. #360-1966 FORD LOTUS CORTINA 2-dr sedan. S/N BA74EK59827. Eng. # LP4- baggy, motor in “user” condition. As it was not used on the road for more than 20 years, the catalog warns that it may require some gentle recommissioning. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $1,194,826. Bought at auction at Beaulieu in September 1993 and in the Sondes Fields Collection since (Bonhams disposed of some of its cars at its recent Oxford sale). Sold right here. #327-1963 DAIMLER SP250 convert- ible. S/N 101553. Eng. # 97382. Silver/gray vinyl/red leather. Odo: 73,068 km. Excellent 68 Sports Car Market #383-1966 ASTON MARTIN DB6 coupe. S/N DB62471. Eng. # 4002429. Metallic blue/red leather. RHD. Odo: 33,362 miles. Straight, repainted, good underneath, good chrome and with very ’60s sliding sunroof. former concours winner, restored 1992 with just a few dust marks in paint. Only the driver’s leather is lightly creased. Motor and ancillaries polished within an inch of their lives. Now with electronic ignition and electric fan.


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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. 408LBA. White/black vinyl. Odo: 36,878 miles. Very original car still with original paint in trunk (and original-type steel shake-proof nuts on rear axle U-bolts, trivia freaks). Excellent rust-free order. Seams and panel joints still visible on body. Interior vinyl all excellent. Extra battery cut-off on dash. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $102,706. Originally supplied to the U.S., back to the U.K. 2005. This had been for sale with the dealer vendor asking $20k more (when I drove it a few weeks before the sale), but here he settled for a more realistic offer. Still well sold. #342-1968 LOTUS 49/49B racer. S/N 49BR8. Red, white & gold/black vinyl. MHD. The car that changed the face of F1 racing. Originally a 2.5-liter Tasman-series car, upgunned to 3-liter F1 spec in 1969. Good restored order, although wearing wider tires than it did in period. Complete and running, with DFV, but will need rebuilding if it’s to race again. Now considered a classic; ironically, all the 49s were sold off after 1969 by Colin Chapman to force his drivers to take to the not with this car). Won the inaugural Roger Albert Clark Rally (2004) with “the original Stig” Blomqvist and owner Ana Goñi. All the right bits and continually rebuilt, presented in excellent order for a working rally car. Only 50 miles on the engine and transmission. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $195,000. A David Sutton car all its life, although latterly technically owned by his backer Ana Goñi, this was Historic Motorsport’s hero car—or “hack” if you prefer—for the past decade or more, driven by Waldegård, etc., in all manner of historic events. Bidding didn’t get near the ambitious asking price of $220k. You couldn’t build it again for the price—but the market has yet to agree. The same fate befell the even more special Stobart-sponsored ex-McRae Mk II at Silverstone’s Race Retro sale back in February ($99k no-sale, SCM# 238905). FRENCH TOP 10 No. 5 #329-1902 DE DIETRICH 16-HP “Paris-Vienna” rear-entrance tonneau. S/N 1036. Eng. # 558. Blue/ new 4WD 63. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $1,147,136. Nine built (although there are 12 chassis numbers) and six survive. First raced in New Zealand by Graham Hill in 1969, later as an F1 car by Richard Attwood (4th and fastest lap at Monaco 1969) and Hill (7th, British GP 1969) then bought by Jo Bonnier, who sold it to South Africa in 1970. Last car to be sold from the John Dawson-Damer Collection. (D-D lost his life at the top of Goodwood hillclimb in 2000 at the wheel of a Lotus 63.) It went at a not-spectacular price, about $160k under lower estimate. (See the profile, p. 58.) #336-1975 FORD ESCORT RS1800 Group 4 rally car. S/N 1CBA84889. Eng. # HML20001. White/black velour. Excellent order for a rally car, driven by Airikkala, Vatanen and Clark in period, won the 1977 Mintex with Vatanen and then reshelled when bent by Waldegård in the 1979 Scottish Rally—all with the same “privateer” team that won the 1981 WRC with Vatanen (although ready to go. Believed by a previous owner to have been the reserve Works car for the ParisVienna race and has worn closed coachwork. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $1,700,349. From the collection of Michael Banfield, whose 3/4½ Bentley was also in the sale (Lot 315, $346k). These two had been displayed at the Banfield Collection sale in Kent a couple weeks before, but star status bounced them up to the Goodwood sale. With Banfield’s widow and son watching from the front row, this nearly cracked a million quid, significantly over top estimate. Which is quite something for a car that can go out on the Brighton Run (and has many times). #318-1925 BUGATTI TYPE 23 roadster. S/N 2519. Black/brown leather. RHD. Good restored (1983–85) order with a nice bit of patina. Reckoned to be one of only five Brescias with original major components and body, 70 black leather. RHD. Superb condition. Found in WWII when a German shell blew down the shed in which it had been hidden, first restored in 1946 and again in the ’70s. So much brass you need a small boy on retainer to clean it all. Buttoned leather in good nick, and there’s so much lacquer on the wheel spokes the timber positively glows. Drive chains in good nick, as like all Banfield’s cars, it’s on the button and although it had a new engine block in 2003. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $746,532. Originally sold to Paris, then moved to Czechoslovakia, then in the U.K. from 1959. Sold twice over its lower estimate of $330k. Huge money for a Brescia—even the “Bugatti in the lake” fetched less than half this ($365k, Bonhams Paris 2010, SCM# 156970). Previously sold at a 1986 Coys sale in London for $200k (SCM# 4104). #302-1962 FACEL VEGA II coupe. S/N HK2B148. Metallic blue/black leather. RHD. Odo: 38,980 miles. Older restoration mildly deteriorating. Small ding in one flank, most of brightwork is quite passable, Rudge wheels. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $208,579. Former Earls Court Motor Show car, recently discovered in London after 21 years in storage. Sold just over the high end of the estimate range, but even basket cases have been getting good money recently—like the rust-addled car that sold for $211k at Bonhams’ Paris auction in February (SCM# 232436). GERMAN #373-1938 MERCEDES-BENZ 540K 2-dr sedan. S/N 408377. Bare aluminum. Originally a 540K cabriolet B, rebuilt by Mercedes like a tank. Literally. Ex-Reich Chancellery Berlin motor pool armor-plated limo. Stripped, bent and rippled, but nearly everything is there. Apparently Hitler decided after the 1942 grenade assassination of Reinhard Heydrich that his staff should be better protected, and this was the result. Some built on new chassis, others on clawbacks. 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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. Built as transport for senior personnel of the Volkswagenwerke that would eventually turn out the Beetle, then requisitioned by the Nazis. Captured and taken to Estonia, then acquired in an amazing barter deal involving schooling for the seller’s daughter. Now one of three surviving examples out of 20 such cars. This sold at the bottom end of the wide estimate range. Worth every penny for its amazing story. #389-1989 PORSCHE 911 Speedster. S/N WPOZZZ91KZS152028. Guards Red/ cream leather. RHD. Odo: 1,156 miles. Said to be one of 65 right-hand-drive Speedsters imported to the U.K. Almost like new, with some swirl/polish marks in paint. Only the driver’s seat looks lightly sat in. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $212,395. Like many of the final batch of MGBs, quite a few of these were put away as investments when new. Bought at Bonhams’ 1999 Beaulieu auction with 1,081 miles. Sold here at the money now expected, in line with what very low-mileage Speedsters have been getting. ITALIAN TOP 10 No. 1 #320-1954 FERRARI 375 MM+ sports racer. S/N 0384. Red/black racing bucket. RHD. “The fearsome Four-Nine.” Better than new, with the original body—or rather, what’s left of it—displayed on a skeleton frame at the back of the tent. Original motor out of the car. Special bidding conditions require bidders to register their interest 48 hours in advance. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $18,315,845. Market-correct, if you can call this crazy Monopoly money “correct.” This is the kind of thing that parodies are made of: “It’s all original, but...” Massive but very checkered history including crashes and, more recently, litigation, resulting in, effectively, a joint sale with the proceeds split between claimants—although the sale itself seems to be in doubt (see September 2014 “Legal Files”). #356-1965 DETOMASO VALLE- LUNGA Competizione coupe. S/N VLD1611. Yellow/black leather. RHD. Exquisite small GT car, essentially riding on a Lotus Europa-like backbone chassis with Ford/Lotus Twin Cam power. Straightish with slightly variable panel fits, as you’d expect from a low-production quasi-racer, and paint fair apart from one small chip in front of driver’s door. Sock filters look out of place. No speedo or odo (so not sure how it’ll get an English MoT). Cond: 2. SOLD AT $164,704. Said to be one of only two RHD cars made and three built to Competizione spec, yet sold 30% 72 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. the engine lid lines up, rare for one of these. Unusually, has body-colored top. Some light polish marks under chrome, dash top a bit lumpy. With period Blaupunkt Madrid 23 radio/cassette, modern a/c and unleaded-tolerant heads. Ferrari Classiche-certified, but no history before 2012. With tools and jack. Belgian registered. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $446,080. This is the new territory for Dinos. This week... TOP 10 No. 6 under lower estimate. Last sold—also cheap— at Bonhams Sydney December 2009 for a whisker under $100k (SCM# 154257). #374-1967 ISO GRIFO coupe. S/N GL739138D. Eng. # 823F1215P. Gunmetal/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 58,608 miles. Beautifully restored in 2010 after a color change to black; incredibly shiny, with new leather. Now runs a TH350 trans instead of original Powerglide, #337-1975 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP400 Periscopio coupe. S/N 1120 070. Eng. # 1120068. Blue/gray leather & black velour. RHD. Odo: 12,500 km. One of 110 “Periscopios” built 1974–76. Good overall but unremarkable, I mistakenly thought, and didn’t look too hard. Repainted in $300k a couple of years ago? Sold about $150k higher than even Bonhams expected. AMERICAN #375-1962 DAVIES CAN-AM sports racer. S/N 12790. Metallic blue/black racing bucket. RHD. Neat little sports racer that everyone thought was a Genie, as it resembles the Joe Huffaker-built cars and uses a Huffaker transmission (Corvette gearset, trivia fans). Actually a one-off built in the U.S. by Fred Davies, an Englishman who had worked for Bill Sadler, although he never raced it. Nice order with that quick-change transmission, Bizzarrini wheels, Holley double-pumper on Edelbrock manifold. Sold through an Eng- plus large aluminum radiator and electric fan. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $326,853. U.K. market car, but spent time in Monaco with its English owner in the ’90s. Hammered mid-estimate. Pictured on Miura wheels, but originals are included in the deal. #359-1973 FERRARI 246 GTS DINO Spyder. S/N 06176. Eng. # 10898. Red/red fiberglass/black leather. Odo: 20,742 km. Originally silver with black leather. Really sharp resto with excellent panel gaps—even the ’90s, no scuffs outside thanks to very little use in this ownership, unworn interior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,624,044. A stonking price and sold for twice its estimate, garnering this sale lots of ink, as nobody saw this coming. These have suddenly crept up out of nowhere (well, $300k) to seemingly overtake the Miura. #330-1990 FERRARI F40 coupe. S/N ZFFGJ34B00084454. Red/red racing buckets. Odo: 13,466 km. Always residing in Italy until now, and those 13,500 kms must have been hard ones, as it’s looking a bit used... Needs paint... Driver’s seat wearing a little baggy. With electric windows option, plus books and tools including unused tire goop. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $1,051,754. Hang on, weren’t these lish dealer in 1975, raced in Sweden until 2004, then sold to Belgium. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $94,019. Offered at no reserve and sold at one-tenth the price of a Lola T70. Perhaps the Lola Mk 6 might be a closer comparison, but it’s cheaper even than that. Offered at no reserve and let go at half the high estimate, it represents the bottom-line entry to historic big-banger racing. Previously offered but not sold about a year ago at Bonhams’ May 2013 Spa sale ($110k high bid, SCM# 221986); the seller would have been wise to take the money then. The buyer here got an even better deal. And that transmission must be worth a bundle. #353-1964 SHELBY COBRA Mk II roadster. S/N CSX2423. Green/black leather. Odo: 4,179 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Rack-and-pinion car but still leaf springs. Last rebuilt in 1990 and still shinier than new. Steering-wheel rim is worn. Later SW gauges, lightly creased leather. Cond: 2. TOP 10 No. 10 Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends SUBSCRIBE TO SCM 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 SportsCarMarket.com/subscribe 74 ™ SOLD AT $1,185,288. Originally supplied to Los Angeles. Bought at Bonhams’ June 2007 Festival of Speed sale for $454k with 2,000 fewer miles (SCM# 45877). Here sold at the top of the estimate range and at what was 427 money three years ago. It’s only an Ace ($250k) with a Ford V8... © Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Le Mans, FRA Artcurial Motorcars — Le Mans Classic 2014 Many lots exceeded their estimates, such as the 1991 Ferrari F40 that changed hands for $939k against a $600k–$675k estimate Company Artcurial Date July 5, 2014 Location Le Mans, FRA Auctioneer Hervé Poulain Automotive lots sold/offered 90/110 Sales rate 82% Sales total $17,742,449 High sale 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster with hard top, sold at $1,515,877 Buyer’s premium An included scale model may have helped this 1991 Ferrari F40 coupe exceed its high-sale estimate of $690k, selling for $939,420 Report by Paul Hardiman Photos by Stratford Godfrey Market opinions in italics “S elling sports and racing cars at Le Mans Classic is like offering antique marbles at the foot of the Acropolis,” observed the maître, Hervé Poulain, who this year celebrates a 4 year career as an auctioneer, including 40 y of collector car sales. “Enthusiasts come to for this sale.” Classic and historic racing cars roared a the famous 24-hour circuit in a series of oneraces at this biennial extravaganza of historic m torsport. More than 2,000 people packed into the sale room, and Artcurial reported that more than half of the successful bidders were non-French Europeans, 15% were Americans, and a further 250 registered to bid via the Internet. Many lots exceeded their estimates, such as the 1991 Ferrari F40 that changed hands for $939k against a $600k–$675k estimate, and a unique 1953 Jaguar Mk VII with cabriolet body by Beutler that sold for $219k when only about $80k had been expected. A 1958 Aston Martin DB Mk III cabriolet sold for close to three times its pre-sale estimate of $325k– $375k, following a fierce battle between bidders on the telephone and in the room, setting a new world record for the model of $818k. A 1953 DB2 cabriolet offered by the same Monaco-based seller sold to a European col- 76 16% up to $815,280; 12% up to $1,902,320; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00 = €0.74) ector for $591k against an estimate of $300k–$350k. Other rare gems included the two-owner, low-mileage Porsche Le Mans, FRA 911 Carrera RS 2.7, discovered in Marseille and sold for $789k. The car had its stripes deleted before supply at the first owner’s request and upon his death it was gifted to the second owner, who used it sparingly and simply looked after it. Showing that the later Carreras are beginning to catch up, a 1995 993 RS Clubsport hit a strong $275k, and an RS Komfort Touring from the same year made $358k. An “Interim” 1967 Lamborghini 400GT, still with the earlier 350GT styling, was the pick of the family and sold for $826k, just over its top estimate. But an AC Cobra Mk II race car, whose chassis number at least had a 1964 Le Mans run notched up earlier in its convoluted history, had its estimate radically revised down during the proceedings to $675k–$1.1m. It almost hit the top figure at $1m, selling to another European collector. The sale finished with a “Solo Lancia” sec- tion of 20 cars, featuring a significant Italian private collection. A Stratos sold for $567k, following Artcurial’s trial of the Solo Alfa sale at Rétromobile in February. Matthieu Lamoure, director of Sales Totals $18m $15m the motor- ing department, commented, “Sales in France continue to set new records and are attracting an international clientèle, with clients coming from as far afield as South Africa, the West Coast of the U.S. and South America.” ♦ $12m $9m $6m $3m 0 Sports Car Market 2014 2013 2012 NO AUCTION


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Artcurial Le Mans, FRA ENGLISH #246-1953 ASTON MARTIN DB2 drop- head coupe. S/N LML50384. Eng. # VB6E501235. Black/beige cloth/red leather. Odo: 75,822 km. Said to be one of only 75 left-handdrive examples. Straight and very shiny, beautifully restored with almost unused leather, excellent chrome. Engine number corresponds to Vantage-spec unit giving 20 hp more. Mo- interior, with lightly faded veneers that don’t look out of place and matching Pianola radio. Grease gun still clipped to right inner fender. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $116,618. Sold new to orado, in France by 1991, having been through the hands of later-to-be-SCM-contributor Steve Serio. Sold right in the middle of the estimate range to a European collector at the same money as a decent stock example, so all that money spent on mods has gone down the drain. Why can’t people leave things alone? Canada, originally black. Last sold for $79k in 2010 at Artcurial’s Paris sale with the same mileage (SCM# 159167), so it’s either not been used or more likely the speedo cable’s broken. AC motor means this is the cheapest, but even at this price over top estimate, it’s still only half the equivalent Ace roadster. A small profit for the owner after commissions. naco title. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $591,187. Supplied new to Paris and being sold by the same Monaco-resident seller as Lot 245, the DB Mk III convertible. It was almost the same story: sold for twice the lowish estimate to a European collector. But £300k–£350k ($500k– $575k) is the norm for convertibles these days, so it doesn’t look too far off. #210-1953 JAGUAR MK VII cabriolet. S/N 737908BW. White/green leather. Odo: 16,682 miles. Vaguely Graber-looking one-off from coachbuilder Beutler in Switzerland, apparently exhibited at the 1953 Geneva Motor Show. Slab sides pretty straight, although door fit slightly off at front corners. Seat leather and top still good and don’t look very old. Carpets fresh, dash renovated. Has new to the actor Lee Patterson in Los Angeles, to a French collector about 1990, then in 1996 sold by Hervé Poulain to an American living in Monaco, where it’s been since. Sold to a South American collector here, way over the €240k–€280k ($331k–$386k) estimate. Very well sold. #247-1960 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series 4-speed, but chassis number is for an auto car. French title. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $218,658. Nothing to compare it with except a Graber Alvis (also bodied in Switzerland), but it sold twice over top estimate, which itself was pitched at about twice the price of a standard Mk VII. An interesting alternative to a coachbuilt Delahaye or Alfa, but as it cost more than either, I can’t say it was a great value. Still, someone loved it enough to stump up the inflated price. #239-1957 AC ACECA hatchback. S/N AEX569. Red/red leather. Odo: 43,916 miles. AC-motored Ace. Straightish, shiny, door fits a little off, as is very common (57-year-old hand-formed aluminum). Nicely patinated 78 II coupe. S/N DB4376L. Green/black leather. Odo: 21,624 km. Originally Black Pearl with blue leather. Lightly hot-rodded, with GT-like headlight fairings, slightly pulled rear arches, fat wheels, big tank with massive Monza filler cap, new but vaguely period-looking bucket seats and roll cage. Restored again in 2010. #245-1958 ASTON MARTIN DB MK III drophead coupe. S/N AM30031719. Maroon/ gray vinyl/beige leather. Odo: 63,395 km. In good order all around, maintained for past two decades by British Motors in Monaco. Monaco title. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $817,943. Sold Mans marker light was fitted. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $1,033,992. Finished 18th at Le Mans in 1964, later found in a scrapyard wearing some of the frame and parts from CSX2142. With this owner since 1985 and sold to a European collector for much the same as a nicely restored standard Mk II at Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed sale ($1.2m, SCM# 244707). It would appear that its history, or the history of the bits of the car that are no longer with us, somewhat makes up for its lack of originality—note that the SAAC doesn’t consider this an “original” car. (See the profile, p. 52.) #241-1967 AUSTIN MINI Cooper 2-dr sedan. S/N CA2S7956608. Eng. # 9FSAY44439. Red/red & gray vinyl. RHD. Odo: 37,172 miles. Recently restored. Straight and tidy, super clean underneath, new exhaust. Subframes epoxy-coated and rockers rot-free. Motor now has alternator. Period mods include steering column drop bracket, add-on rev counter on dash shelf and Paddy Hopkirk #240-1964 AC COBRA Mk II roadster. S/N COX6010. Metallic blue/blue hard top/ red leather. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Well-used old thing with slightly ripply body and obvious repairs in the rear fenders and arches. Replacement chassis by David Sanderson with body by Brian Angliss of Autokraft, replacement gearbox and diff. Obviously set up for competition with Weber IDFs and electrical cut-outs plus fire bottle. No interior trim; seats newish, but leather is lightly soiled. Original leather coverings included in the lot, and still with patch inside the right door where the Le Motor is now a 4.2 on triple DCOE 50s. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $512,268. Supplied new to Col- throttle-pad extension (so you can heel and toe), plus Britax inertia-reel seat belts. Nice to see one on the original wheels for a change. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $40,981. This one ticked Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Le Mans, FRA all the boxes and, selling mid-estimate, was the right money for a decent restored “real” Mini Cooper. #212-1992 JAGUAR XJ 220 coupe. S/N SAJJEAEX8AX220875. Silver/gray leather & velour. Odo: 11,230 km. Number 26 of 281. Low mileage, clean, tidy and unscuffed with full service history. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $275,347. Sold near high end of estimate, but condition of the body, but not surprising when you see what needs-everything project cars have been fetching recently. This could be a driver for a while, but eventually it’s going to need as large a resto job as those basket cases. #237-1970 RENAULT 8 Gordini 1300 it’s taken a long time to get there, as these hung around unloved for ages. Folks are put off by the girth, but if you try one, you’ll find they’re surprisingly usable on the road. Perhaps it’s the Metro-era Leyland/Rover Group connotations, as it does rather remind you of an overgrown MGF. FRENCH #235-1959 DB PANHARD HBR5 coupe. S/N 1283. Eng. # 165063. Blue/red leather. RHD. Odo: 1,471 miles. Typical weird French Etceterini devised for a crack at the Index of Thermal Efficiency at Le Mans, and ran there three times, the first time in 1959 as an aluminum-bodied barchetta with 744-cc motor and chassis number 1092; highest placing of 19th in 1960 with 848-cc and a roof. Restored with new body to 1960 form, now with some roll sedan. S/N 0202944. Blue/black vinyl. Good, straight, rot-free and gone through by various specialists. Conrero motor rebuilt, new hydraulics, etc., although no engine or interior shots in catalog and no certainty this is a real #204-1974 ALPINE RENAULT A110 1600SC coupe. S/N 20174. Blue/black vinyl & brown velour. Odo: 12,828 km. This is the late, more civilized one with double-wishbone rear suspension. In good unscuffed order, paint redone in the 1980s. Interior looks original, motor tidy. Mildly boy-racered up with a half roll cage, Weber 45s and a battery cut-off switch. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $105,280. With one owner 1977 to 1983, the next 1983 to 1995 and the last from then, only being sold due to his passing. Sold at top of estimate range, but finding one this original is rare. GERMAN TOP 10 No. 7 #232-1961 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL roadster. S/N 19804210002781. Black/black hard top/cream leather. Odo: 42,229 km. Beautiful restoration by Mercedes Grunning & Sohn, incorporating new factory alloy engine block in 1984. Originally white with red leather. With original hard R1135 Gordini. Rally tripmeter in glovebox. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $64,788. Former F1 driver René Arnoux’s personal car, according to the catalog (technically owned by his father). Well sold, at slightly more than Escort Mexico money. #236-1971 ALPINE RENAULT A110 Group 4 coupe. S/N 17327. Metallic blue/ black vinyl. Odo: 42,254 km. This’ll be the snorty one, then, a 1600VB customer competition Group 4 car with flared arches and Gotti wheels, roll cages and harnesses, plus Halda Speedpilot twin tripmeter. Recent paint, origi- protection and new seats. I know the wheels look like alloys—they are the brake drums. Yes, the speedo is in mph... Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $161,969. Offered at no reserve and sold a nadge under lower estimate. But... it’s a cheap entry to the Le Mans Classic, and you’d be star of the show at La Vie en Bleu at Prescott. Nothing to compare it with except perhaps a Lotus Elite, which is more expensive. #234-1960 FACEL-VEGA HK500 coupe. S/N BS9. Silver/red. Straightish body, sides a bit wavy and rockers a little lumpy. Door fit looks a little off (and right one is a slightly different color). All brightwork is there. Interior leather original and beautifully patinated. Manual shift a nice rarity. Dual quads. French title. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $275,347. Sold 25% over estimate, which is surprising given the 80 nal interior, fairly unscuffed condition, thanks to what the catalog describes as “a fairly quiet career.” French title. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $145,772. Two owners from new. This sold at the lower end of estimate range and for the most potent customer A110, it looks like a good value compared with a real rally-prepared RS1600 Escort. Halda’s worth a grand, too. Sports Car Market top still in original wooden packing case, plus fitted luggage and toolkit. Dutch title. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,515,877. Only the second one to have disc brakes. Sold new to California and then repatriated to Germany. Estimated €1.1m–€1.2m ($1.5m–$1.65m) and sold right in the ballpark to a European collector. #217-1970 PORSCHE 911S 2.2 coupe. S/N 9110301560. Eng. # 6302101. Light Ivory/black vinyl. Odo: 93,430 km. Delivered new to Paris, repainted in ’90s, stored afterward and remains in very original and rot-free condition. Still with original “2.2” sticker in the back window. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT


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Artcurial Le Mans, FRA $202,461. Ahh... The market catches on that the 2.2S is rare, light and fast, too—even outaccelerating the 2.4 in certain places. Sold 50% over the lower estimate but still less money than most 2.4s, and a fraction of the cost of an RS 2.7. Anyone else getting a bit tired of those? #216-1973 PORSCHE 911 RS 2.7 coupe. S/N 9113600485. Eng. # 6630355. Light Ivory/black vinyl. Odo: 77,500 km. Touring model from the first batch of 500, although supplied without Carrera side scripts and with an S front bumper. Very well kept and maintained, no rot or damage and said to be origi- #257-1989 PORSCHE 911 Turbo-look Speedster. S/N WPOZZZ91ZKS151832. Eng. # 63K04194. Guards Red/black leather. Odo: 917 miles. Low mileage, clean and unscuffed, although it’s been painted already. Still with paint-code sticker under front lid, plus tools and books. Not road registered until 2012. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $261,651. Almost identi- mond” wheels only noted deviations from standard. French title. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $275,347. The 993 has been hardening in gen- nal paint. With history and books. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $788,789. Offered by the second owner, to whom it was gifted upon the death of the first owner. Sold massively over the $550k low estimate to a European collector, but with great history, which matters much with these. Given that U.K.-based Autofarm just sold one with superb history for £500k (about $800k), this looks frighteningly market-correct. cal car to the one Bonhams sold at the Goodwood Festival of Speed the same month, except that one hadn’t been painted (Lot 389, $211k, SCM# 244586), and the same applies: Lots of these were put away as investments, and with the rise of all 911s (following the stratospheric gains of the small-bumper cars and RS Carreras in particular), more than one owner has decided to cash in. #254-1995 PORSCHE 911 CARRERA RS Clubsport coupe. S/N WPOZZZ99ZSS390114. Orange/black velour & orange paint. Odo: 45,083 km. In good original order, paintcode sticker still in place under front lid. Space-saver unused. Big exhaust and “dia- eral, due to its status as the last air-cooled 911 and dissatisfaction with the preceding 964, but this was something special, and the market agreed. Proper RSs have gone ballistic, and these will be next, so I call it wisely and farsightedly bought. #253-1998 PORSCHE 911 CARRERA Turbo S coupe. S/N WPOZZZ99ZWS370500. Black/black leather. Odo: 53,435 km. 82 Sports Car Market


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Glovebox Notes 2014 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E sedan Artcurial Le Mans, FRA A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM garage. HHHHH is best. Price as tested: $47,925 Equipment: 2.9-L 302-hp super- and turbocharged 4-cyl, 8-speed automatic, Platinum package, Technology Package, Blind Spot Information (BLIS) Package, 19-inch BOR Diamond Cut wheels EPA mileage: 24/35 Likes: Sleek, smart, un-boxy styling. Comfortable seats, luxurious finishes. Impressive versatility from the super- and turbocharged engine: refined and economical when tooling around the city with family in tow; neck-snappingly sporty when no one is looking. Dislikes: Reminds me of a supercharged Honda Civic, which I mean as a compliment, but which also makes the $50k price tag seem outrageous. “Drive-E”? Pronounced “drivey”? Fun to drive: HHHHH Eye appeal: HHHH Overall experience: HHHHH Verdict: If you are in the market for a $50k sport sedan, don’t overlook this very compelling candidate. For what it is, it’s pretty much perfect. — Tony Piff 2014 Volkswagen Jetta TDI sedan Good original order in and out. Lightly creased leather. All ID tags match, as does original service book. With optional GT2 wheels, as well as aluminum pack, carbon pack, telephone kit (remember them?), a/c, tinted power windows, Turbo S Aerokit and Cargraphic sports exhaust with stainless-steel outlets. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $340,135. Said to be one of 345 built 1997–98. Like Lot 254, the 993 RS Clubsport, this sold just on top estimate but fair, as all of these are hardening. ITALIAN #277-1960 MASERATI 3500 GT coupe. S/N AM101692. Dark blue/red leather. RHD. Good body and paint following 1980 restoration. Sits well on Borranis. Leather and carpets hardly used; period radio. With front discs and 5-speed ZF, motor clean and tidy. Cond: 3+. charmingly original but knackered old thing needing everything. Seats have been re-covered, but in fabric. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $170,067. Originally supplied to Rome, in Italy most of its life. In this family ownership since 1975. Well bought in today’s market, compared with the similar car sold for $270k at RM Paris in February (SCM# 232241). #227-1967 LAMBORGHINI 400GT coupe. S/N 0574. Eng. # 0527. Silver. Odo: 78,791 km. One of 23 “Interim” cars with the earlier 350GT styling but the larger 4-liter engine. Restored 1997, though leather looks hardly used; all brightwork—chrome and stainless—looks excellent. Chrome headlight SOLD AT $340,135. This market-correct price makes me ask again: Why are these not the same price as a DB5, which they mirror in mechanics, layout and general construction? James Bond has a lot to answer for... #311-1965 LANCIA FLAMINIA Super Price as tested: $27,215 Equipment: 2.0-L 140-hp I4, TDI clean diesel engine, 6-speed DSG automatic transmission, Premium Features, Driver Care Package EPA mileage: 30/42 Likes: Nice package with real-life practicality and user-friendliness. Decent performance for a diesel. Spacious interior. The Fender premium sound system is a plus, especially while sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Dislikes: Considering the price point, there’s not much to dislike. I could complain about the abundance of interior plastic, which adds to the low-budget feel, but it’s expected. Fun to drive: HHH Eye appeal: HH½ Overall experience: HHH Verdict: A very decent car for a very decent price, with nice features that make for a pleasant, usable everyday driver: push-button start, excellent fuel mileage, great entertainment system, ample room for four and best-in-class trunk space. VW even throws in no-charge scheduled maintenance for two years or 24,000 miles. — Jeff Stites 84 Sport Zagato coupe. S/N 826232002022. Eng. # 8262002148. Blue/beige leather. Odo: 71,128 km. Nicely restored car with straightish body, okay panel fit, nice paint and brightwork, interior looks unworn. Sits right on tall Michelin Xs. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $288,305. Only two owners in past 40 years surrounds deleted, at request of owner. Motor very sharp in factory finishes, instruments very nice. Belgian title. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $826,042. Originally sold into Switzerland, with this owner for past 20 years. Sold to a European collector at the top end of the €450k–€550k ($620k–$760k) estimate. Looks like a lot for a 400GT. #226-1968 BIZZARRINI 5300 GT Strada coupe. S/N 318. Red/black leather. Odo: 39,062 km. Aluminum body slightly wavy in places. Last painted about 10 years ago, has been various colors before; chassis number exposed after rubbing off layers of paint. Interior slightly lived-in, with old and grubby carpets. Dash and instruments good. Seat leather lightly creased and fading, but not (and a daily driver in the ’70s and ’80s), estimated €170k–€210k ($235k–$290k), compares very favorably with the beautifully restored car that RM sold in Monaco for a huge-formodel €571k ($786k, SCM# 244119)—although that was the “holy grail,” one of 99 first-series cars with covered headlights. #298-1965 LANCIA FLAMINIA Super Sport Zagato coupe. S/N 826232002015. Red/black cloth. “With a charming patina, presenting an exceptional base for restoration,” as the catalog has it. So essentially a overly worn. Wider rear wheels than standard. Maserati Bora front brakes, original Campagnolos supplied in the deal. French title. Cond: Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Le Mans, FRA 3. SOLD AT $728,860. Delivered new to France. Sold mid-estimate to a South African collector. I’d call this quite bravely bought— or at least blithely—as judging by the state of the body, there’s money to be spent if the new owner wants it perfect. As a driver, still a slightly pricey deal. #270-1970 AFLA ROMEO GTA 1300 Junior Corsa coupe. S/N AR775347. Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 31,774 km. Autodelta-prepared car in fair condition, correct wobbly rivets (if they’re too straight, you worry), motor and engine bay slightly grubby. Some of shell has been replaced and numbers re- stamped. Now with 1600 engine and side exhaust. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $129,575. From a small collection of historic race Alfas housed in a Milan museum. One owner for the past 30 years, but sounds like the usual slightly shaky provenance of most GTAs. Price suggests that the buyer regarded it (or enough of it) as the real thing. If so, fair. BEST BUY #276-1970 DETOMASO MANGUSTA coupe. S/N 8MA1174. Yellow/black leather. Odo: 11,239 km. Well restored. Panel and door fits all pretty good, beetle-wing rear doors look undamaged, interior appears all fresh and unworn. French title. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $283,446. With Mangustas selling at Bonhams London in December and RM’s more recent RM Monaco sale for $333k and $370k, respectively (SCM# 231862, 243926), this third car represents something of a glut for the market, as the catalog reckons only about half the 401 built survive. Price looked cheap by comparison with the other two cars, which were near perfect and, coincidentally, the same very fetching period metallic lime green. #215-1971 FIAT DINO 2400 Spider. S/N 1423. Yellow/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 23,000 km. Good condition, restored 1995–96. Originally red, color a bit sudden. With hard top. More recently had rockers and side rails. Wears Dino hubcaps, but originals come with car. Mercifully, no one’s added a prancing October 2014 85


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Fresh Meat by Chad Tyson Artcurial Le Mans, FRA Online sales of contemporary cars 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Date sold: 07/30/14 eBay auction ID: 181473394122 Seller’s eBay ID: europeanmotorcars Sale type: Used car with 1,014 miles VIN: WDDHF9CB0EA841360 Details: Silver over black leather; 5.5-L V8 rated at 550 hp, 7-sp auto, AWD Sale result: $73,300, 29 bids, sf 4 MSRP: $92,770 (base) Other current offering: Braman Motors in Miami, FL, asking $98,850 for a 135-mile, silver over black leather E63 AMG. 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition leather. Tatty prototype for the U.S. market, so wet sump. Sold unregistered and with no chassis number stated, but is said to be undergoing Ferrari Classiche certification. Apparently has run with registration numbers, but it was confiscated “by the Italian authorities,” so not quite sure how it’s come to sale. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $145,772. A slightly odd purchase destined to be a museum/show car since you can’t use it, so I’d call it very well sold at the price of a decent fiberglass GTB. Presumably the owner will have to pay for the Classiche ticket if he wants it. horse badge to the tail, as happens to many of these. All hard-to-replace interior bits appear to be there, plus books, jack and tools. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $189,504. The 2400 Spider is considered the most desirable of all (although I reckon it looks like a turtle and prefer the coupe). They’ve taken a huge rise in the past five years. $35k used to buy you the best in the world. This sold a healthy margin over top estimate, but the world is still catching up. #228-1972 FERRARI 246 GT DINO coupe. S/N 02566. Red/tan leather. Odo: 55,776 km. Looks like an original, well-preserved car that’s been unused for a time. Original interior wearing well, panels fit not great, engine-cover lid fit a bit off at corners, as usual. Paint a little edgy. With jack and tools. Date sold: 07/29/14 eBay auction ID: 111415868047 Seller’s eBay ID: brads-ww2-items Sale type: Used car with 3,767 miles VIN: JN1AR5EG1EM110040 Details: Blue over black leather; 3.8-L turbocharged V6 rated at 545 hp, 6-sp manual, AWD Sale result: $81,100, 32 bids, sf 3844 MSRP: $115,710 (base) Other current offering: Euro Motorsport in Fort Lauderdale, FL, offering a Deep Blue Pearl GT-R with 3,200 miles for $99,950. 2013 Shelby GT500 French title. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $346,766. This was not particularly stiff money for a Dino in today’s market, but it wasn’t the sharpest car. Last sold in 2008 for a “marketcorrect” $178k at Coys’ Padua sale (SCM# 118711). Price was likely 25% low not just for the cosmetics, but because you never really know what’s lurking under the skin of an unrestored Dino. Date sold: 07/22/14 eBay auction ID: 161367615180 Seller’s eBay ID: carguys02 Sale type: New car with 104 miles VIN: 1ZVBP8JZ0D5265703 Details: Black with red stripes over black leather with red accents; 5.8-L supercharged V8 rated at 662 hp, 6-sp manual, RWD Sale result: $55,774, 16 bids, sf 168 MSRP: $54,200 (base) Other current offering: Uptown Ford in Milwaukee, WI, asking $55,924 for a 1,820-mile 2013 GT500 in red over black leather. ♦ #224-1976 FERRARI 308 GTS Vetroresina prototype Spyder. S/N N/A. Red/tan car. With tools, books, Ferrari Tribute road books and caps and even a scale model. Ferrari Classiche certification (2008) and Dutch title. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $939,420. Sold to a South African collector for way over the €450k–€500k ($620k–$690k) estimate—surprising for a crashed car which generally nobody will touch with a bargepole. You might have expected that to lower the price, but instead it went high. © 86 Sports Car Market #307-1978 LANCIA STRATOS coupe. S/N 1545. Red/black vinyl & tan suede. Body unscuffed, front and rear clamshells fit where they touch, as usual. Older restoration, looks very original, seat suede not worn. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $566,891. In the hands of a wellknown French Stratos collector 1993-1997, to a South African collector today. Sold correct for the market depite lowish estimate of €280k–€320k ($385k–$441k). #219-1991 FERRARI F40 coupe. S/N ZFFGJ34B000088538. Red/red weave. Odo: 22,691 km. Appears all good with no scrapes or cracks, seats unworn and unsoiled, following rebuild after crash damage at 11,142 km in 1998. Rebuilt by Ferrari Classiche dealer Forza Service in Holland with a new speedo set at 7,118 km; old speedo comes with the


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Bonhams Stuttgart, DEU Bonhams — The Mercedes-Benz Sale A 1934 500K Special Roadster was rescued from behind the Iron Curtain in the ’70s, and today it sold for a strong $4.2m Company Bonhams Date July 12, 2014 Location Stuttgart, DEU Auctioneers Malcom Barber, Jamie Knight Automotive lots sold/offered 32/46 Sales rate 70% Sales total $16,113,440 High sale 1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster at $4,221,248 Buyer’s premium High seller of this marque-specific auction — 1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster, sold at $4,221,248 15%, included in sold prices ($1 = €0.74) Report by Pierre Hedary Photos by Mike Ciocchetti Market opinions in italics T he 300SL and 540K have been blue-chip collectibles forever. At The MercedesBenz Sale in June, Bonhams sold a preserved, unrestored 1955 Gullwing right where expected at $1.85m, and a French 1936 540K sold for just over $3m. But the 1934 500K Special Roadster stole the show and sold for a strong $4.2m, despite some needs and complicated Stuttgart, DEU history. It was a charity car, it looked stunning in red, and it had a great backstory, having been rescued from behind the Iron Curtain in the ’70s. Prices here also showed that the Type 300 Adenauer, the W-109 300SEL, the C107 SLC and even the humble Ponton have a strong pull in the market. These lesser-known cars have been the best-kept secret of the automotive universe for years, I think, but this is starting to change. The market for pre-1926 Daimler and Benz products was a bit more omplicated. Bidding for these lots was strong but often stalled about $100k shy of reserve, indicating that perceived values and true market values have not found a happy place. While these cars have not gone out of style, they are hard to use and maintain, and the market in Europe is clearly slanted towards drivable cars. The more modern 1930s cars, by con- trast, sold like clockwork, with only Lot 33, the 230 Graber Cabriolet, failing to find a home. Lot 30, the 320 Cabriolet A, sold exceptionally well, closing at $494k. The numbers suggest that this auction has a future: 32 of the 46 lots sold, leading to an overall sell-through of 70%. Overall sales total was $16,113,440, which equates to an average price per lot of over half a million. ♦ Gullwings were present, including this 1954 M-B 300SL, which didn’t sell on the block but bid to $2,516,000 88 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Stuttgart, DEU GERMAN #10-1901 BENZ 7-HP “Contra-Motor” vis-a-vis tourer. S/N N/A. Eng. # 2549. Black/brown leather. A true veteran from the pre-merger years. Tidy body with aging paint. Honest brass trim. Sumptuous leather with nice patina. Mechanically in order, and run on London to Brighton in the past three decades. Had some restoration done in mid-’70s, and #38-1934 MERCEDES-BENZ 500 Nür- burg tourer. S/N 104951. Eng. # 104951. Black/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 1,446 km. Mechanical cousin of the 500K. Paint presents well, with some waviness. Chrome has dulled but is original. Top looks good, but top frame has dulled a bit. Leather almost certainly original, with some fatigue to tops of doors. Engine has been rebuilt recently, and it #21-1935 MERCEDES-BENZ 500K cab- riolet. S/N 123683. Eng. # 123683. Black/ black canvas/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 38,202 miles. 500K with British Mulliner body, exRolf Meyer, and then in the States for a decade. Very good paint with minor swirl marks. Chrome well cared for, with no real flaws. Mother-of-pearl dash is very nice, as is wood, but seats look poorly done and baggy. Top is excellent, as is all weathersealing. Engine bay full of chrome goodies, but not showing much use. Radiator and cooling system in reasonable order. This one should drive well after a out of 34-year ownership. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $641,004. This surprised us all. While Bonhams was fairly confident about its $204k high estimate, we were all blown away when it kept going up, up and up. Malcolm Barber finally sold it at more than twice the high estimate. I have a feeling that the next one (if it exists) will do just as well. If you have to have it... #27-1912 MERCEDES 10/25-HP depot hack. S/N MVIND339874IND. Olive drab/ canvas/natural canvas. RHD. This old lorry used to be an open tourer until it was rebodied for service in the war. Originally from England, then on to the U.S. Paint came out of a can, but body and chassis are solid. Interior very plain and functional. Engine a drippy wet mess. Will need a mechanical going-through if it is to be enjoyed. Titled on engine number. shows. Previous owner was a Mercedes-Benz agent. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $703,541. Mercedes from the early ’30s are perceived as more usable and, therefore, desirable. This car was just sinister in its presentation, and all of the finicky bits looked just fine. My favorite car of the auction. Well bought. Last seen in 1999, when it sold for $200k at Brooks’ Stuttgart sale (SCM# 13193). TOP 10 No. 2 #16-1934 MERCEDES-BENZ 500K Special Roadster. S/N 105136. Eng. # 105136. Red/black canvas/cream leather. Odo: 21 km. Stunning restoration with a great backstory. All special touches from original build left intact. Chrome, weatherstripping and gaps are all excellent. Interior is also nice, but leather is not nearly the quality of original. Mechanicals look nice, with good attention to detail. Radiator shows some signs of leakage, which can be expensive to put right. Generously donated to two Swedish thorough service and showers of bank notes. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $938,055. Of the grand supercharged 500/540Ks here, this was the best value for the money. The coachwork did not deviate much from a Daimler cabriolet A body, and the cabin was a bit more spacious. Owning one of these is quite expensive—a carburetor/blower rebuild from Mercedes can run north of $50k, for example. I hope whoever owns this now is prepared to sort it out. Today, very well bought for a car that will give you an excellent upper-body workout. TOP 10 No. 3 #29-1936 MERCEDES-BENZ 540K cabriolet A. S/N 130946. Eng. # 130946. Blue & cream/black canvas/black & cream leather. Odo: 32,764 km. Early-production 540K delivered new to France. In original owner’s possession until his death in the 1990s. Sympathetic 1993 restoration retains much original charm. Paint has aged gracefully, chrome similar. Door and hood fit acceptable. Typical paint chips by hood latches. Seats are bunchy, but dash and wood are superb. Engine clean and possibly never rebuilt. Radiator is dripping from several Cond: 5. NOT SOLD AT $61,200. The other side of Daimler-Benz history that we don’t often see involves these lesser models, many of which were exploited in times of need. This poor old truck was a Cinderella, in need of a new body to bring her back to her former glory. It almost made me cry thinking of it. Or maybe it was the eye-watering $190k high estimate that would only be fulfilled in a fairy tale. 90 medical research organizations, sold at no reserve. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $4,221,248. Any of these cars that comes to auction will either be an unrestored original that needs help, or a very well-restored show piece. This car was very close to the latter. However, it also started life as a 380K, and was then updated to 500K specification. Eventually, the factory added a 540K engine. The complicated history may have held this car back. For those who can afford these cars, only the best bring the biggest bids. Well sold. tubes. Central lubricator inactive. No sign of recent use, but said to run and drive well. Colors are original. On Monaco plates. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $3,048,679. Arguably the most historically sound of the three 500K/540Ks at this auction. An interim car with 500K styling and Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Stuttgart, DEU factory 5.4 engine. Delivered new to a nightclub owner in Paris, this car has probably seen its fair share of naughty behavior. Hopefully the new owner will behave himself. These often end up being family members, staying with their purchasing families for long stints. Given this car’s history and charming condition, I would say well bought. It last sold for $1.6m at Christie’s in Paris 2007 (SCM# 44241). #30-1938 MERCEDES-BENZ 320 cab- riolet A. S/N 407846. Burgundy & ivory/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 77,357 km. Like a little 540K, restored carefully in late ’80s. Paint and chrome laudable. Left door out a bit but shuts fine. Wood very honest, as are seats, dash, carpet. Seats restored with correct materials. Engine bay just as good, with all correct finishes and a feeling of confidence. Driven ing luggage and radio. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $142,272. These are better loved in Europe, where expertise exists for the complex body. A car very far ahead of its time, the 230 is still usable today, minus a serious lack of power. Correctly bought, right in the middle of the estimate. Price will look cheap in a few years. #25-1951 MERCEDES-BENZ 170S cab- riolet A. S/N 1360425440151. Eng. # 13692207357. Middle Green/tan canvas/cream leather. Odo: 49,741 km. Very clean 170 cabriolet. Hard to fault, with nice gaps and swirl marks in paint. Doors open and close properly. Chrome has pock marks and scratches. Same issue with door latches as Lot 22, but not as bad. Leather looks very authentic, but is somewhat soiled. Wood has shiny finish, which is a SOLD AT $85,988. The market has strengthened as of late, and if there is some sort of silly bubble, these are outside of it. The 300 Adenauer represents the beginning of the modern Mercedes product, and these are highly prized as good drivers with strong mechanicals and an attractive body. Well bought for a car that was unmessed-with. New owner should be beaming with delight. #22-1954 MERCEDES-BENZ 220 cab- riolet A. S/N 1870124500387. Eng. # 1809204500403. Red/black canvas/gray leather. Odo: 2,941 miles. Very good paint in a color that probably did not come with this car; paint tag missing also. Chrome looks fresh, despite older restoration. Upon opening the doors, door-latch bolts are missing or very loose, indicating issues with structural wood. Chrome sill plates are also not fitted well, with incorrect screws. Seats have aged well, same as dash and wood. Carpets sumptuous and trimmed properly. En- often and fully sorted, it has been serviced regularly, too. With TUV certificate to 2016. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $500,296. The 320 was not well known outside Europe. A bit underpowered, its main virtue is its appearance. These are difficult to restore, but they are less of a handful on the road than their bigger brethren. If any of you have one of these hidden in your garage, you should be hopeful. These are on the rise. The wooden substructures also checked out, meaning that this was a good buy. #14-1941 MERCEDES-BENZ 230 cab- riolet A. S/N 1530121641. Eng. # 15153074002. Cream & brown/brown canvas/red leather. Very tidy 230 cab with Norwegian history. Restored in early ’90s in Germany to high standards and holding up perfectly. Chrome and paint as one would expect for an older job. Leather is original and very romantic, with deep creases. Structural wood excel- bit excessive. Motor looks very happy and clean and sounds good too. Starting is difficult, mostly because car has been laid up for a while. Undercarriage, especially where wood is, looks solid. With Telefunken radio. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $156,343. Although more expensive than Lot 22, it was a better car, through and through, with correct screws, good chrome sill-plate fit, and a more authentic presentation. If you own one of these, you need to educate yourself about their body nuances, or your bidders will do it for you. Well bought. BEST BUY #42-1953 MERCEDES-BENZ 300 Adenauer sedan. S/N 1860110011353. Eng. # 18692000128. Black/tan leather. Odo: 50,347 km. Paint is at least 30 years old, and it shows. Chrome is original, with tiny pock marks and good patina. Some rubber needs to be replaced. Honest body with nice lines and gaps. Interior is reproduction, and wood has heavy patina. Aftermarket a/c installed under dash. Engine is very clean and has lots of correct bits that most of these lose gine bay has modern clamps fitted. With Becker radio. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $140,708. This was a U.S. car with a blingtastic U.S. restoration, and I was not surprised that it floundered under scrutiny. W-187s are supported by a wooden substructure that extends from the windshield frame to the B-pillar. Any rot, and you have to disassemble them. Many of these cars hide sins under their skin, and whenever loose screws start to show up in the sills, further investigation is needed. Usable, but very well sold for all of the questions that it raised. A hasty purchase. #26-1954 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Gullwing. S/N 1980404500019. Eng. # 1989804500003. Silver/blue plaid cloth. Odo: 54,740 km. There is no such thing as a perfect restoration, but this one is close. Early 300SL, with Paris Auto Salon and London Motor Show under its belt. Also tested by Denis Jenkinson for Autocar, and used as a route-mapping vehicle before the Mille Miglia of 1955, lent, as are carpet and interior chrome. Engine is very nice, with evidence of use. Has match- 92 over time. Overall, a really neat original example. Dutch car, with history from new. With flag mountings and Becker radio. Cond: 2-. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Stuttgart, DEU with Sir Stirling at the wheel. Sanitary restoration, with nothing to fault concerning paint, chrome, panel fit or interior. Blue plaid done as it would have been in 1954. Underhood less so, with modern clamps and polished intake. I hear it drives properly, too. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $2,516,000. While the combination of it being an early, historically significant car and the affiliation with Stirling and Jenks should have sold it, the market inclination at this auction was more towards usable examples rather than artifacts. It would be a bit hairy to use this car on long tours or other situations where that perfect restoration could be marred. Appeared to sell on the block, but not listed in final results, although Bonhams says it “definitely” sold at a “confidential” sum. TOP 10 No. 4 #39-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Gullwing. S/N 1980405500852. Eng. # 198 9805500840. White-gray/red leather. Odo: 17,954 km. A very well-preserved 300SL with original finishes. Paint cracking and shrinking on fenders. Chrome still holds luster, but not much. Rubber has stood up well. Panel fit is like new. Leather and most of interior dead-sexy. Engine bay Leather creased and cracked, but cannot be replicated. Underhood not so nice—drippy Solexes, tacky polished valve cover, plug wires and ignition a hot mess. Engine is most likely a replacement. Undercarriage original. Out of recent Belgian ownership. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $56,283. Well, for those of you who thought the mechanics in Europe were neater, cleaner and better—not so much. I was creeped out by this car’s neglected mechanical presentation. However, given the nice body and interior, it should be easy to rectify. Sold for all the money, with more needed. However, it is only money, and that lovely, original leather is priceless. I hope the new owner agrees with me. #15-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N 1980428500212. Eng. # 198 0428500219. Silver/silver hard top/ black canvas soft top/red leather. Odo: 34,500 km. Early-production 300SL out of Portugal. While paint and chrome are free of blemishes, silver paint is not well applied. Hard top is in great shape. Leather is original and hard to fault, as is the rest of the interior. Engine is tidy, but has incorrect hose clamps, polished intake and valve cover and other useless bling details. Engine also noticeably leaks oil. Service history is continuous, and car has been TOP 10 No. 8 expected, but looks ready to go. No signs of front suspension lube being carried out. Equipped with optional foglights. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $10,162. What Mercedes auction would be complete without a diesel? With no distributor, carbs or spark plugs, this is the most reliable form of classic motoring you can get. The 180 will outperform a Morris Minor with this engine and return similar fuel economy. Later Mercedes diesels are just as much fun, for about the same money. The least expensive car here, and the one with the highest intrinsic value, in a sense. Well bought, with no reserve. #41-1960 MERCEDES-BENZ 220SE cabriolet. S/N 12803011003044. Eng. # 12798311000114. Silver/blue canvas/blue leather. Odo: 39,319 km. Dutch 220SE wearing pretty silver paint and hampered by fuddyduddy whitewall tires. Hard to believe the silver-and-blue combo was factory, but it could have been. Paint very nice, with some nitpicks about prep work. Body very straight, with great gaps. Chrome also pretty good, with minor fit issues. Interior wood is flashy, in line with all instrumentation. Seat cover pattern wrong for this model, and leather is aged but with most original hoses and clamps. Sold new in Spain, then on to Belgium, and finally the Netherlands. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $1,876,110. The 300SL we all dream of. It looked even more honest positioned next to Lot 15, the glitzy silver Roadster. My biggest fear with these cars is that someone with too much capital and too little sense will try to freshen it. I would rather have this than the Stirling Moss car. Fairly bought. #7-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 220S coupe. S/N 1800378516330. Eng. # 180924209507002. Dark blue/cognac leather. Odo: 17,214 km. Highly original Swiss delivery Ponton coupe. Paint has swirl marks, microblisters and some small scratches, but overall endearing. Chrome has small pits. Two odd holes in deck lid, possibly for a “CH” emblem. used regularly. Fitted luggage, Becker Mexico and FIVA passport are all present. Disc brakes added. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,250,740. The 300SL has taken its place in the million-dollar car club, which it has deserved for a long time, in my opinion. However, this car needed to lose its gold chain and unbuttoned shirt to impress me. While I could not put my finger on it, something about the car was not quite right. Part of it had to do with its immodest engine detail and the paint flaws that my photographer spotted in the pictures. The disc-brake addition does make it more user-friendly, though. Market value, with a little room for error. #3-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 180D se- dan. S/N 12011010006235. Black/gray check cloth. Odo: 31,532 km. Late-production (model year 1960) 180 Diesel with OM621 OHC engine. Laid up in a barn for 35 years, but recommissioned. Paint is in poor shape but is completely original. Same for all glass, rubber and brightwork. Body has numerous dings but no rust. Left and right front doors sag, hood is tight by fenders. Interior far better, with only slight deterioration on seats. All Bakelite trim looks good. Engine drippy as 94 incorrect grain. Engine bay very clean, with no monkey business on injection system. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $203,245. These have gone along with 190SLs, doubling in value. At this price, the car should be both a great driver and a concours queen. I did not know how it drove, and worse yet, it did not seem like it was authentically done. However, the fuel-injected engine really makes the car, and these have so much more power that they are worth the extra $100k above a 220S. While I could call it well sold, it is a sign of things to come. However, vendor could use a clue from the 1958 220S coupe for his interior trim. #1-1961 FERBEDO MERCEDES-BENZ pedal car. S/N N/A. Red/blue plastic. MHD. Very cute model of a Mercedes 220S Ponton cabriolet by toy manufacturer Ferbedo. Paint Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Stuttgart, DEU is original and aging. Exterior trim is very orderly, showing this one was not abused. Interior shows the effects of long-term dry storage. All small parts seem to be present. hides. Under the hood, a/c system is embarrassingly cobbled together. Wrong hose clamps and tape aplenty over electronic injection wiring harness. Manifold pressure sensor from 4.5-liter V8 installed. Undercarriage ac- Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $4,634. This charming little pedal car seemed like it was never used by a child. If it was, said child took very good care of it. The craftsmanship was above and beyond that of any Barbie jeep, and it was recognizable as a Ponton cab replica. I would have a hard time calling this well bought, but the condition was certainly exceptional. #36-1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 600 Pull- man LWB limousine. S/N 10001412000165. Eng. # 10098012000159. Black/cognac leather. Odo: 21,165 km. Preserved early 600, and former car of Chen Yi. Forty-five-year-old paint is impressive. Rubber similar. Chrome has small pits. Doors fit well, but door-closing assist does not work. Passenger’s front door does not cooperate. Interior is heavenly, with all original seat leather, timber, chrome... Hard to fault such a well-kept car. Engine bay a ceptable. Ex-John O’Quinn. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $140,708. Previously sold for $77k at RM Plymouth in July of 2013 (SCM# 227538). This car’s value was in its production number. If it had been number 2 or later, it would have been worth half the price. Despite the claimed engine and transmission rebuild (two things that never fail on these cars), it seemed there was much sorting left to do to make the EFI system work right. These are very nice cars when properly sorted. Hopefully the new owner won’t mind doing the last bits. Sold fairly for what it is. #19-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE 3.5 cabriolet. S/N 11102712003296. Eng. # 1169801202922. Icon Gold/brown canvas/red leather. Odo: 66,753 km. Ex-Geneva motor show, and the most desirable of the W-111s. Very original example with one good respray in its past. Extra chrome trim from W-112 installed from new. Tonneau cover and snaps are also a bit odd. Bundt alloys on whitewalls do not help, either. Interior is original, with flawless leather and wood. Engine bay should be letdown, with wrong hoses and clamps and other signs of carelessness. Air suspension in good working order with new valves. Comfort hydraulics might need help. No a/c. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $234,514. This was the best of the three W-100s on offer, and it deserved its high bid and then some. The only curiosity was the lack of a/c. Chen Yi was one of Chairman Mao’s right-hand men during China’s communist revolution. Do some work to the engine compartment, and then take it to dinner. Well bought. I will take 10 at this price. #18-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE 3.5 coupe. S/N 11102612000001. Eng. # 11698012000003. Red metallic/cream leather. Odo: 16,323 km. First production 280SE 3.5 coupe, wearing its original colors. Decent paint (and DB571 Red is hard to spray). Refreshed bright trim. Weatherstripping is new. Interior wood and dash are nice. Seats have been retrimmed, but new leather is nothing like the old Roser October 2014 used as a textbook study of the 3.5, with correct Aeroquip a/c hoses, but many hose clamps are wrong. Front suspension neglected. Undercarriage virgin. With Behr a/c, Becker radio and foglights. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $265,782. Of the 3.5 variants, this was the best at the show. Other vendors of similar cars should study this one. Well bought for now, and would be prettier with steel wheels and wheel covers. New owner should treat himself to a glass of Chandon. #48-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304410018903. Anthracite Gray/black canvas/bamboo leather. Odo: 52,314 km. Stick-shift car, ex-Dutch royal 95


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Bonhams Stuttgart, DEU family. Paint is fair but very cloudy. Rust falling out of rockers, floors and rear wheelarches. Chrome all complete and a bit cloudy. Seat covers are reproduction, with little use. Dash and radio are original. Carpet may be replacement. Engine bay is messy, and might even be a 1968–69 model replacement, judging by valve cover. Car is a bit of a driving basket MOG 4x4 double-cab truck. S/N 40614510027969. Olive green/green vinyl. Odo: 13,066 km. Freshened Unimog after a long stint in the German army as a tug. Clean paint and interior following comprehensive cosmetic restoration. Weatherstripping and glass are great. Mechanically good, too, having been used as a hunting rig. Gearbox, differential and engine are dry. Appropriately powered paid what was necessary to get it. Fair deal for everyone. #45-1989 MERCEDES-BENZ 190E 2.5- 16 sedan. S/N 612472. Eng. # 000429. Blueblack/black leather. Odo: 217,730 km. Very clean W-201, with big Cossie motor. Recent paint to high standards. Body panels and spoilers fit well. Rubber trim is free of serious deterioration. Interior unbelievable for mileage, with all delicate plastic trim and door panels in good order. Engine bay does not raise any red flags, but much of the stuff that used to be in case, with much metalwork needed and some engine bay sorting. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $71,918. Somehow this still sold for close to top estimate, even though it needed significant structural work. While we might call this well sold, if they made 28,000 280SLs and 29,000 people want one, this is the new “market-correct.” Part of me is bothered that such a needy car would sell for this much. The other part of me is delighted that I already own one. Please, keep bidding them up. They are the best open two-seaters money can buy. #4-1972 MERCEDES-BENZ 350SLC coupe. S/N 10702312004425. Silver/blue vinyl & cloth. Odo: 99,464 km. Very tidy 350SLC wearing high-quality silver respray. Some possible repair to front fenders. Bright trim, rubber and glass are all either new or very well preserved. Rear quarter-windows (an SLC weak point) as-new. Alloys also excellent. Interior original and clean. Blue dash is excellent. Engine bay well preserved, with signs of recent service. Front suspension re- by the big OM352 diesel. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $112,567. This was also a big surprise for the crowd—someone in the U.S. bought it on the phone. Early 404 Unimogs are much less expensive, mostly due to the gasoline M180 powerplant they used. The 406 “Doka” was a much improved truck. They rarely come to market in this condition, and I, unlike the audience, was not surprised at all that it sold for the price of a good 280SL. Find another. #47-1987 MERCEDES-BENZ 560SL convertible. S/N HA064424. Black/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 52,314 miles. Madonna’s 560SL, a gift from Sean Penn when they were together. Paint very close to new, thanks to long stint in Oregon. Antenna hole in trunk lid. Paint, chrome and rubber otherwise very close to new. Some wrinkling on driver’s seat, but near perfect inside. Wood and dash are delicately preserved. Wrong radio. Engine bay as-new, with hints of Cosmoline—even retains distributor cover. All stickers present. I yellow zinc is now corroded. Hydraulic rear suspension operational. Undercarriage hard to inspect. Straight out of the U.K. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $34,395. The 2.5 16-valve was the follow-up to the 2.3-liter car. This was a very straight, well-preserved car, but critics say the 2.3 drives better. These have to have regular valve adjustments and lots of exercise. Let’s hope the mechanicals are as good as the cosmetics. Fair price if this is the case. If the motor is tired, then buying the car was the cheap part. #23-2005 MERCEDES-BENZ C-CLASS DTM touring car racer. S/N RS05012. Black/black cloth. Ex Mika Hakkinen DTM car. Finished 1st at Spa in 2005. Typical panel fit for a racer. Interior spartan. No real resemblance to a production C-class under the skin. Engine not available for inspection. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $625,370. A rare offering, and the cently rebuilt. No leaks from engine. Undercarriage clean and original. Ex-Paris Auto Salon. With Becker Grand Prix. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,797. This French-market car was a bit nicer cosmetically than Lot 2. It was certainly kept at someone’s country estate. The 3.5-liter motor will rev to the high sixes, and with Bosch fuel injection it is also quite reliable. This version of the SLC also never made it to the States, which is a shame. Price was strong, but the Auto Show history helped it a bit. Fair deal. #11-1976 MERCEDES-BENZ 406 UNI96 wonder how the chain guides are... or if it has any of Madonna’s personal items left under the seat. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $94,587. Bidding on this car crawled up in increments of 500 euros, with no end in site. Madonna apparently kept it for 10 years, and then it went to the Petersen Museum. While its condition was exceptional, the celebrity connection really sold it, so don’t go around thinking your low-mileage W-107 is a $90k car. High bidder auction was the best part. A proud father of two was encouraging his pre-adolescent eldest son to bid on it. The price kept going up and up, and the young man kept looking at his father for more go-ahead signals. It is always a good idea to teach your kids to spend money on cars, but racing this will make the purchase price look like the less expensive part. The show was enjoyable, so we will call it well bought. © Sports Car Market


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Auctions America Portola Valley, CA Auctions America — The Littlefield Collection Historic armor, weapons and military vehicles make an earth-shaking $9.9m Company Auctions America Date July 11–12, 2014 Location Portola Valley, CA Auctioneers Brent Earlywine, Mike Shackleton Automotive lots sold/offered 119/122 Sales rate 98% Sales total $9,864,815 High sale 1942 Borgward Sd.Kfz. 7 8-ton half track, sold at $1,207,500 Buyer’s premium Auctions America aims high and hits the mark, with nearly 100% of MVs sold Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics T anks, half-tracks and APCs. Not your typical “sports car” fare, but I doubt there’s a gearhead alive who would turn down the chance to watch a Scud missile launcher sell at auction. If you were at Auctions America’s mid- July sale in Portola Valley, CA, you could’ve seen Jacques Littlefield’s 1955 ZIL 8K11 Scud-A missile launcher (of Soviet origin) sell for $345k, along with 118 other military vehicles collected from around the world. The earth-shaking total: $9.9m. It was one of the most significant auctions of military vehicles since we reported on the Chet Krause jeep sale in these pages in January of 2011. Littlefield’s focus was armor — especially armored personnel carriers and tanks. Littlefield was financially able to start collect- ing military vehicles after he retired, establishing the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation. After his death in 2009, the MVTF partnered with the Collings Foundation of Stow, MA. Eighty-four vehicles from Littlefield’s collection will form the cornerstone of a new museum annex there. The remaining 122 pieces were put up for this auction, to raise funds for both the museum construction and for shipping the core 84 units across the country. 100 The collection was housed Portola Valley, CA in a set of purpose-designed buildings on Littlefield’s property in the foothills over Silicon Valley. Due to the rugged terrain and narrow, winding roads, AA arranged for a third-party rigging and trucking company to transport the lots to a staging area downhill after the sale. Each lot had a set transport fee, ranging from $70 for a Swiss handcart to $7,920 for a 70-ton British FV221 Conqueror main battle tank. All in all, it worked, and AA realized some spectacular prices. And nearly $10m in sales should help the Collings Foundation offset the expense of transporting the new acquisitions to their new home. ♦ 15%, included in sold prices Honey, you’ll never guess what I bought today Sports Car Market


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Auctions America Portola Valley, CA CZECH #1060-1968 ZTS MARTIN T-54AR battle tank. S/N 595WAA. Dark flat gray-green/ black vinyl. Stated that it will move under its own power. Scruffy and battle-worn, as opposed to just worn from extended sitting. Heavier paint flaking on fender-mounted fuel tanks. No painted markings on exterior. Heavily sun-faded and tattered turret bellows. Gun rendered inoperative by neatly cutting the breech and painting the cut-out sections red, akin to a training cut-away. Generally well-fitted interior, alistic. This was also one of the few pieces that I feel also did better specifically because it had a live weapon, as the 37-mm was fitted to a number of vehicles and carriages that are quite popular in the MV collecting world. #1039-1942 VICKERS VALENTINE MK V WD infantry tank. S/N T60072. Desert tan/green canvas. MHD. Powered by a GM Diesel model 6004. Main gun deactivated by cutting off the barrel within three inches of the inside wall of the turret, removing the breech and most of the chamber. Potentially not repainted since new, although it likely was resprayed for desert service after WWII. Occasional surface problems on the outside, and dented mudguards for the track and the drop tank. Getting a bit shabby inside also, but still has the seats and most bolted-on equip- opened for access to inspect any part of the interior or engine bay. $1,980 off-site removal cost. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $26,450. One of 12 “destructive devices” at the auction, as determined by the ATF. Being French, it may also be a self-destructive device. No one was really feeling the love here, as the prospect of a dead unit needing cosmetic work to be museumdisplayable or maybe even up to a full restoration meant that this was fully priced. So it’s not just American Motors that has underappreciated AMXs. #1037-1984 PANHARD M3 VTT ar- but also well lived in. $4,356 off-site transport fee. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $86,250. While some Czech production was for domestic use, most was intended for export to the Third World—especially the Middle East, where this one most likely came from. Stated that it appeared in three movies in the 1990s: “Tank Girl,” “Mars Attacks,” and “Courage Under Fire.” This is the most widely used tank series in the post-war era, so parts logistics should be good, making this a reasonable purchase for someone who has a need for a running tank—such as a rental for more movies. ENGLISH #1069-1942 HUMBER MK IV armored car. S/N F117981. Olive drab/black vinyl. Odo: 9,024 miles. Restored over a decade ago and still presents quite well. Repaint now has light rust where it has chipped or scraped off. Nicknamed “Olive” with a graphic of Olive Oyl on the front hull, in addition to unit markings. Tires are serviceable but showing their age. A bit untidy in parts of the crew compartment, but should clean up well. The 37-mm M6 gun is live, so ATF transfer of “destructive mored personnel carrier. S/N 46060. Desert tan camo/white painted steel. Odo: 59,023 miles. Four-speed high-range and low-range transmissions. In as-discharged condition. Stated that it runs, but the clutch and brakes will need work. Most recent repaint is pretty decent inside and out but has heavy overspray in the engine bay and weak masking inside around the gauges. Generally complete, with freshly painted pioneer tools, plenty of jerry cans on racks, and a forest of radio antennas. Newer NATO-spec Michelin tires. $660 off- ment, including radio and intercom sets. $2,112 off-site removal fee. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $109,250. The Valentine was one of the workhorse tanks of the British Empire, well liked by crews for better speed and good protection compared with its contemporaries. They saw heavy use in North Africa. At least the Brits were smart enough to insist on diesel powerplants, as the gasoline-powered Stuarts used in that theater earned the nickname “Ronsons”—a reference to the popular cigarette lighter known for lighting on the first strike. Seems a bit dear price-wise for one that probably doesn’t run. FRENCH #1038-1959 AMX 13 medium tank. S/N 1657. Olive drab/tan & green vinyl. Stated that the motor is inoperative and will need a rebuild. Not much done with this since it was taken out of service, although one thing still considered serviceable is the main gun. Twenty-footer repaint with lots of chips and scrapes over several layers. Fitted with fieldexpedient service parts on the hull, such as bogie wheel and track links, plus a full NATOspec bag of camo netting. No hatches were site transport fee. Reportedly used in Iraq before being retired and ending up in the collection. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $39,100. If it was used in Iraq, it’s the unit in the collection to see battle most recently, with the possible exception of the desert-tan Humvee. These were used by several Third World countries, and it wasn’t stipulated which country used it in Iraq—possibly the Iraqis themselves, as they were a customer. Interesting in that while it’s French, it was not adopted by the French armed forces—export only. Even with some vague historical provenance, this still sold well enough. GERMAN #1062-1969 KRAUSS-MAFFEI 1A1A4 LEOPARD battle tank. S/N 8479. NATO camo/dark green vinyl. RHD. Odo: 20,115 device” laws apply. $924 off-site transport fee. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $97,750. Being a rarer variant of an Anglo-American combination— let alone the fully functional and authentic restoration—makes this selling price look re- 102 Sports Car Market


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Auctions America Portola Valley, CA km. Last roadgoing technical inspection while it was in the Bundeswehr was valid until 1995. Well repainted while it was part of the German tank museum Littlefield got it from. Generally complete inside, although seats are heavily torn. Engine runs fine but will not shift into gear. As such, it also includes a MercedesBenz V12 engine/MTU transmission power pack from a Leopard II (with no mention of its functionality). $5,016 off-site transport fee. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $198,950. The main battle tank for West Germany from the late ’60s through Cold War era, replaced with the upgraded Leopard IIs. Arguably, the premier main battle tank in the West until the advent of the U.S. M1 Abrams. I heard a couple of MV enthusiasts grousing after the auction that “the Leopard went way too cheap.” Well, even including a spare powertrain pack, it’s more than just an evening engine swap. I say it sold market-correct, since literally everyone globally who’d be a serious player was dialed in. ISRAELI #1040-1956 IDF M50 upgraded M4A4 Sherman tank. S/N 111D5. Desert tan/tan vinyl. Odo: 200 miles. Original data plates gone; data plate in engine bay indicates that it was last overhauled by the Israelis on June 11, 1973. Still in excellent condition, looking like it was just decommissioned. Based off a WWII-era Chrysler-hulled Sherman, then apply. Driver and co-pilot seats look like grade-school classroom chairs. Heavier paint wear on pedals and steering wheel. Original markings on troop seats in back, indicating coded functions such as machine gunner and RPG comrade. $1,848 off-site transport fee. so call it sold very well, $10k over top estimate. #1054-1955 UVZ 1S12/1RL1238 tracked mobile radar. S/N 6825180. Olive drab/black vinyl. Odo: 81 km. The underlying platform is based on an AT-T (essentially a T-54 tank turned 180 degrees), with a sectioned and widened cab from a ZIS-150. Stated that the engine runs, but the truck has not been driven since arrival on site. Old repaint. Door skins rusting out. Rubber-block steel tracks are in pretty decent shape. Interior looks more like a Soviet bomber’s cockpit than a truck; dash covered with gauges, switches, radios. Radar functionality unknown, and I’m not going to flip any switches. $4,752 off-site transport fee. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $8,625. A joint venture between Czechoslovakia and Poland; the former provided air-cooled Tatra V8 diesel engines and Praga pre-selector transmissions, while the latter built the hulls and weapons systems and did final assembly. They were well built and very popular for export to Third World countries, with several still in service today. Since parts are doable, and if all else fails it’s marketable outside of the U.S. as a working vehicle (provided that you can get an export license from the State Department), this was actually well bought. SOVIET #1001-1959 ZIL BTR 152 armored per- sonnel carrier. S/N 888817. Eng. # 888817. Flat desert tan/bare wood. Odo: 90,880 km. Appears to have been repainted at least once, but always in the same general shade. Markings on doors attributed to Egyptian military but also has a few smaller markings in Hebrew. Gauges are in Cyrillic, with a couple dated 1959. U.S. Army-marked siren on left front fender, along with the U.S. pattern trunnion for a machine-gun cradle. Corroded and dingy under the armored hood; engine appears modified by the Israelis with HVSS suspension, a late-1950s Cummins diesel, and a French 75-mm gun—accomplished by lengthening the turret. Tidy and well-equipped interior. Live main gun, secured shut with cable locks. $4,488 off-site transport fee. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $239,250. The Israelis are the masters of making anything fit or work. Not really a U.S.-made Sherman anymore, but not looking too far off the mark; price paid was pretty much the going rate for a functional Sherman at this sale. POLISH #1005-1967 FSC OT-64 armored person- nel carrier. S/N 214412067. Flat green/tan fiberglass. Odo: 2,621 km. Main gun removed, but otherwise original and generally complete. Said to run out well. It’s amphibious, so there are prop drives in the rear corners. Also features all-wheel drive and a central tire inflation system, so the mechanically inept need not 104 Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $40,250. I worked around tactical radar systems when I was in the Air Force. We compartmentalized everything, and the radar was towed, so if a truck went wonky, we could swap components to another one. The Soviets put all their eggs in one big tracked basket. They can go more places quicker this way when everything works... The truck cab is a nut-and-bolt copy of the International K-6 through K-11 trucks that they got from us during WWII via LendLease. About as specialized as anything here, so what it sells for is the market. Period. #1067-1955 ZIL 8K11 Scud-A tracked missile launcher. S/N 663B0536. Olive drab/ black vinyl. Odo: 97 km. Reportedly runs, but has uneven idle due to issues with the governor. Last repaint may have been done when under communist control; it certainly isn’t a work of art. Additional track links and minimal pioneer tools attached to hull. All gauge faces are broken or cracked; last two characters on odo can’t be read. Interior looks like it was used to carry livestock rather than a nuclear missile launch crew. Missile payload is a crew trainer, inert in propulsion system and never to have been painted. Appears to have been a non-runner for some time. $1,188 offsite transport fee. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $34,500. Built from 1950 to 1962; the Soviets supplied these to several Mideast countries, including Egypt. Israel also put them to work after salvaging some off the battlefield during several skirmishes with unfriendly neighbors. Littlefield acquired several vehicles from the Israelis, so that is the most probable scenario for this one. Even with the Iron Curtain brought down, parts availability is sporadic, Sports Car Market


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Auctions America Portola Valley, CA warhead. $4,488 off-site transport fee. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $345,000. The launcher is mounted on the chassis of an ISU-152 selfpropelled gun. Everything that I researched on this seems to contradict everything else, with darn little that’s conclusive. Placard displayed with it from the previous collection (where it was licensed street-legal in England for a short time until Jacques imported it) appears to be from a completely different piece of equipment. But it’s the only one in North America, so the price is what it is. AMERICAN #1106- BOWEN-MCLAUGHLINYORK M274A2 Mechanical Mule. S/N N/A. Desert camo/olive drab canvas. Replacement body tag pop-riveted on some time after the last brush repaint; not stamped with any data. Complete and authentic, without typical post-military add-ons such as a full electrical system and multiple seats. Engine guard and side rails are generally straight (they are commonly dented and bent). Driveshaft for front differential and an extra fuel tank filler included. Tires are not worn BEST BUY used diesel exclusively for their armor, and while the Brits tried to get every tank they could from Lend-Lease with diesels in them, they still got these. A bit more manageable in civilian hands than a Sherman, they have attracted strong collector interest for quite some time. Final bid seems a bit rich for one that’s a pretty big project, but that was the general trend at this venue. #1083-1943 INTERNATIONAL M9A1 military half track. S/N M9A11735. Desert tan/olive drab canvas. Odo: 1,599 miles. 318ci fuel-injected V6, 5-sp. Originally LendLease, but depot rebuilt and altered by the Israelis. Significantly better to drive than the original configuration; repowered with a 6V53 Detroit Diesel, replacing original IH Red Diamond 450 6-banger, along with power steering. Sports a 1992 U.K. tax disc and painted number plate on the ditch roller. Exterior paint getting tired. Very heavily torn-up driver’s seat down. They all have minimal tread like this when new. $660 off-site transport fee. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $5,750. A better nickname would’ve been the Mechanical Ant: These are adaptable, frugal, hard to kill, and at one time were crawling all over military bases and combat theaters—plus, they can carry more than their own weight (the only truck in the Army’s history capable of such a feat). In a way, the military has come around full circle, as today the John Deere Gator fulfills several of the same roles as the M274. One of the few lightweight vehicles here that was actually well bought. #1065-1942 ACF M3A1 STUART light tank. S/N 7153. Olive drab/white-painted steel. Given a quickie exterior paint job and vinyl decal graphics for this auction. Underneath the fresh-smelling paint it’s still a restoration project, although it would be fine as a static display. The main gun’s barrel is lying in front of the tank with the breech missing. Has a few pioneer tools on the rear racks, plus a dummy M1919A4 Browning machine gun on top of the engine bay. Heavily worn tracks and wheels. The 7-cylinder radial engine looks like it won’t need too much coaxing to start. $1,716 off-site transport fee. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $155,250. The M3A1’s biggest flaw was that it was gasoline-powered, so a hit to the fuel tanks was usually fatal. The Germans 106 complete it are included loose—such as the wet ammunition magazines. Good paintwork inside and out. Missing main data plate. Fitted with rubber-block tracks, which are in pretty good condition. Said to be fully operable under its own power. $5,016 off-site transport fee. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $800,000. Late in WWII, Ordnance came up with the idea of keeping the main gun ammunition in liquid, to keep it cool and minimize the chance of cooking off or blowing up the tank in the event of a direct hit to the magazine. Of the 267 Jumbo Shermans, only two are known to be in civilian hands—and the owner of the other one was here and said his is not for sale. One of the five select lots with a reserve, which I’d guesstimate was a million. #1074-1945 CHRYSLER M4A3(105) pad—the only position that still has a pad left. $1,320 off-site transport fee. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $31,625. IH built 3,433 M9A1 half-tracks, and all but a handful (kept stateside for training) were sent out as Lend-Lease. French forces in particular cottoned to the Cornbinder half tracks—and that’s where the Israelis went shopping for them, extending their usefulness with mods. This’ll likely get returned to its as-shipped overseas configuration (at least cosmetically). The under-bidder on Lot 1049, the M16 MGMC, wrote a rather hefty check to get this—so everyone who really wanted to spend a lot of money on a half track was able to. #5005-1944 FISHER BODY DIVISION M4A3E2 Jumbo Sherman assault tank. S/N 50331. Olive drab/black vinyl. Odo: 4 miles. Recent restoration in progress; exterior completed except gunner’s sight and turret spot- Sherman medium tank. S/N 74247. Dark green/white-painted steel. Odo: 3,022 miles. Powered by the Ford GAA gasoline V8. Restoration started on exterior cosmetics but not completed. Done up in post-WWII USMC colors and markings. Missing various bits and pieces on the outside. Interior rust shows that it sat outside for some time. Data plates are missing. None of the crew seats have cushions on them, but some repro cushions are loose inside. The turret basket is missing, along with all the ammo racks. Stated that it runs out well. $3,960 off-site transport fee. Cond: 3-. light. Needs interior turret components installed. Turret rotates exceptionally well manually. Crew compartment is generally complete, and most components needed to SOLD AT $287,500. Chrysler and Cadillac may have built a lot of tanks during WWII, but they certainly didn’t ride like luxury cars. 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Auctions America Portola Valley, CA however. And if not getting continually bounced and rattled around meant the crew was able to maintain better control over all of the tank’s functions, it was worth upgrading the fleet. Opening bid of $200k, and the second bidder (over the phone) only had to bid once to get it. #1012-1952 INTERNATIONAL M75 armored personnel carrier. S/N 543. OD green/white paint. Generally complete but in need of a full restoration. Appears to have been sitting outside for quite some time. All hatches do open, with nothing rusted shut. Looks like one repaint. Some sections of the armor have been cut out by a torch along the bottom edges of the sides. Dashboard removed, but troop seats still in place. Lots of accumulated junk inside. Heavy coat of grease in engine bay, but seems complete aside from engine covers. $2,640 off-site transport fee. hasn’t run in a while, as the muffler outlet is welded shut and has been painted over several times. Hatch seals leaking; components beneath rusted away. Driver’s seat bottom rusted completely away. Still, the main gun is complete enough for the ATF to decree that it’s a destructive device. $5,280 off-site removal cost. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $46,000. This is representative of a big problem with tanks that have survived this long: They end up as “gate guards” parked for display outside a VFW or American Legion post. While having the Boy Scouts put a fresh coat of paint on every three years keeps the exterior presentable, they fall apart from the inside out. $46k is way too much to pay for scrap, so the new owner better have access to barrels of WD-40. Or hope Jay Leno is looking for a long-block core for his Blastolene roadster, as both share the same air-cooled Continental V12. #1094-1958 FMC M79 armored person- nel carrier. S/N F3961. Olive drab/black vinyl. Odo: 11,217 miles. Powered by twin GMC truck gasoline engines—one on each side of the hull. Very authentic restoration, done better than any depot-level overhaul. Excellent repaint inside and out. Modern vinyl graphics for exterior markings rather than the original white-painted stencils. New rubber mud deflectors on sides. Typical wear on the hard rubber pad tracks, with the bogie wheel rubber very good. Engines cleaned up and Cond: 5. SOLD AT $10,350. The M75 was the U.S. Army’s first true APC, as it was fully tracked and fully enclosed. It was developed and produced jointly by FMC and International Harvester. In later years, it was lambasted for being too heavy and too expensive at $72k a pop in 1952 defense dollars. There’s a photo from the IHC archives that makes me chuckle every time I think of it: three engineer types wearing goggles, helmets and coveralls over their suits and ties aboard the first prototype off the line. With all that it’ll take to resurrect this, well sold. #1063-1953 CHRYSLER M47E1 PAT- TON medium tank. S/N 384. Tri-tone green camo/black vinyl. Odo: 463 miles. Generally complete, but has sat outdoors for an extended period. Exterior doesn’t look all that bad, with several coats of paint and all major components still attached. However, it definitely and a roll of duct tape. Has all four fold-down beds, rear step, heater, and two litters in the back. Same paint used everywhere else was sprayed on most everything under the hood. Stated that it runs and drives with no issues. $660 off-site transport fee. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $34,500. It’s easy to see that all the relatively “normal” smaller military vehicles were riding the bubble of the higher prices that big armor commands. After several hours of bidders watching tanks and self-propelled guns sell for tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars, a decent-looking old ambulance seems cheap at $30k—even if it is double the usual going rate. #1107-1970 CONSOLIDATED M561 GAMA GOAT 6x6 articulated truck. S/N 2252S00674. USMC camo/olive drab canvas/ olive drab canvas. Odo: 2,066 miles. Originally a U.S. Marine Corps asset, per paint markings and original build tag. Several repaints; most recent was a couple of decades ago. Generally in as-dismissed configuration and condition. Stated to be a runner, but somewhat forlorn-looking. Two tires are getting noticeably low, but all seem structurally sound. Missing the cargo box canvas top. Heavier wear and fading to all seat cushions. lightly detailed since they were depot rebuilt in 1962. Seat upholstery is in good condition. $2,600 off-site transport fee. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $60,375. A leaner, meaner (and less expensive) replacement for the M75, developed by FMC (Food Machinery Corporation). Littlefield had quite a few FMC vehicles here, including prototypes—rather conveniently perhaps, since their defense-systems division was at the foot of the mountain in Santa Clara. These tracked armored boxes are hardly the sexiest thing out there, but if APCs are your thing, this was about as nice as they get. #1109-1965 DODGE M43B1 4x4 mili- tary ambulance. S/N 17501. Olive drab/brown vinyl. Odo: 22,177 miles. 230-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Better-than-depot-level repaint, but a long way from show quality. Good application of the red crosses, but no unit ID or hood numbers. No passenger’s seat, but does have the battery-box cover. Driver’s seat upholstered with a stiff sheet of industrial vinyl 108 Heavier yellowing of driver’s compartment soft top backlight. $660 off-site transport fee. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $16,675. The classic example of what happens when a contractor goes too far to get a contract. The Gama Goat was too complex, too noisy with its “whistling Jimmy” Detroit Diesel engine, and too expensive compared with the M37 Dodge ¾-ton truck or the M714 Kaiser-Willys 1¼-ton, both of which could do as much work and go as many places. 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Bonhams Oxford, U.K. The Bonhams Summer Classic A 1958 Messerschmitt TG500 reached $102k, suggesting that similar recent sales have not been blips Company Bonhams Date June 7, 2014 Location Oxford, U.K. Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold/offered 71/79 Sales rate 90% Sales total $2,773,036 High sale 1966 Aston Martin DB6 coupe, sold at $228,657 Buyers’ premium You know it must be fun with 49,902 miles on the odo — 1958 FMR TG500 “Tiger” microcar, sold at $101,599 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics time you could actually walk through the sale room while bidding was live, suggesting the numbers were down slightly from the usual crowbarred-in crowd. This semirural sale attracts a slightly different crowd from Bonhams’ usual auctions, with a higher preponderance of riggers’ boots and overalls among the familiar dealer faces. The most expensive lot of the sale was a B onhams’ June auction in Oxford, U.K., almost doubled the $2.3m total of 2013’s gathering. Attendance was strong, but this Capri Blue 1966 Aston Martin DB6 that overcame its Mk I status, automatic transmission and need for “recommissioning,” finally selling to a telephone bidder for $229k. A nicely redone 1971 DBS V8 with 5-speed sold for a strong-but-correct $136k. James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director, said, “Yet again we see an- Oxford, U.K. other fantastic Summer Classic Sale. After the recent Aston Martin Works sale in Newport Pagnell, we were not surprised to see that the brand continues to do well at our classic car auctions.” A BMW 2002 Turbo raised eyebrows when it soared past its $37k–$44k estimate to sell for $78k, with a Maserati Merak almost achieving the same to reach $76k. Elsewhere, a 1935 Alvis Speed 20 SB Tourer in nice, usable order sold for $134k, half what a dealer a little further west has been asking for a perfect, restored example, and a 1958 Messerschmitt TG500 reached a market-normal $100k, suggesting that other recent $100k sales have not been blips. This was one of a dozen Kabinenrollers in the sale from the John Perkins Collection, which included a replica of the record-breaking FR200 Super ($19k), an early 1955 KR175 ($50k), a Mini-engined “TG1400” Special ($18k) and seven basket-case restorations. Sadly, the long-awaited MV Agusta 1100 D2 Sales Totals $3m $2.5m $2m Top seller, 1966 Aston Martin DB6 coupe, sold at $228,657 110 Autocarro rescheduled from Bonhams’ Hendon sale earlier in the year once again failed to turn up and will be staying in Italy, but another unusual pickup in the shape of a delightful 1967 Steyr-Daimler-Puch Haflinger fetched $16k. All the new owner needed was a Pinzgauer for it to ride in. ♦ $1.5m $1m $.5m 0 Sports Car Market 2014 2013 2012 15% up to $84,127, 12% thereafter ($1 = £0.59)


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Bonhams Oxford, U.K. AUSTRALIAN #229-1970 MORRIS MINI MOKE beach car. S/N AB000630L813295. Eng. # 8ACUH3497. White/white & blue cloth/white & blue cloth. Odo: 61,221 km. Probably earlier than 1970, as by then Mokes were built in Australia with 1,098-cc rather than 848-cc A-series motor and 13-inch wheels instead of original 10-inchers, plus different taillights. 16, and the mainstay of Bean production from 1919 and through the ’20s in car and commercial form. This started life as a four-seat tourer. Good older restored condition, with lovely Indeed, chassis number indicates it’s an English-built pre-September 1969 Austin... Anyway, repainted and with new top and seat covers, as old ones were faded last time I saw it. Said to need a new water pump. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,349. Bought by the vendor with Italian registration at Bonhams’ 2012 Monaco sale for $14,886 (SCM# 206578). Here it sold well enough to cover the seller’s commissions and expenses. AUSTRIAN #207-1967 STEYR-DAIMLER-PUCH HAFLINGER truck. S/N 5358499. Eng. # 5359631. Olive drab/green vinyl. Odo: 15,943 km. Designed by Erich Ledwinka, son of Hans Ledwinka (who designed the Tatra that the VW Beetle so closely resembles), and named after a horse... And at 600 kg, its six occupants interior wood paneling. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $28,637. Just one of the nine Beans offered at this sale, all from the Hilltop Bean collection: five cars, one van, two trucks and a bus, and like all the others obtained from the Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway at auction in 2010. Offered at no reserve and the only one to sell fairly strongly. The others all sold light, especially Lot 173, the 1930 14-hp truck that sold for $15,689—about half what Bonhams had anticipated. #181-1926 ROLLS-ROYCE 20-HP tourer. S/N GOK2. Eng. # G1572. Gray/black cloth/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 5,897 miles. Lovely paint and plating, with nicely subdued radiator shell, although headlights look too small for it. Newish, only lightly creased selling the maroon Jaguar Mk X (Lot 180, $14,708). The same week a dealer was asking almost twice what this fetched for a beautifully restored example with Cross and Ellis body, making this look like a very good value. The buyer who bought the car for a friend in Belgium pronounced himself “very pleased” with the deal. I would have been, too. #185-1939 LAGONDA V12 Saloon de Ville. S/N 16035. Eng. # 133. Maroon & black/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 51,247 miles. Imposing, but only fair paint and plating almost 30 years after restoration. Front shroud detached, radiator and hood loosely fitted, motor in bits beside it following metal-stitch- ing repair to a cracked block, so unused since 2000. Leather creased and cracked. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $56,113. With work still left to do, this sold where expected, right in the middle of Bonhams’ $51k–$68k pre-sale estimate. leather. Instrument bezels and steering wheel controls gold-plated, which isn’t as horrible as it sounds. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $87,071. Originally sold into Singapore and restored there 1980–90, more recently in the Sondes Fields Collection. Hammered sold $8k under lower estimate. can carry it if it gets stuck. Good older-restored order all around, with jump seats in rear. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,479. I’ve so always wanted one of these. You just want to pick it up and cuddle it, or put it in your handbag for later. Sold a tad under lower estimate, where Bonhams was hoping for up to $24k. ENGLISH #169-1923 BEAN 11.9-HP van. S/N 476024. Green/black vinyl/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 5,699 miles. Essentially a retread of the 11.9-hp Perry car made in Birmingham 1914– 112 #183-1934 ALVIS SPEED 20 SB tourer. S/N 11286. Black/black cloth/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 99,543 miles. Ninety hp and 90 mph. Second series (SB) means it has all-synchro ’box (although older SA unit isn’t difficult to use) and more importantly, new independent front suspension. Good overall, with flashing indicators, one ding in headlight and a little recommissioning needed, as it’s not been on the road since 2006. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $134,435. The right model with the right coachwork, originally supplied to Charles Follet in London (they’re still going). More recently part of the Sondes Fields Collection, which was also BEST BUY #189-1947 JAGUAR MK IV saloon. S/N 510568. Eng. # P586. Black/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 79,115 miles. Very original, last used 1978 but straight and all there. Motor is lightly corroded. Chrome would likely clean up, and creased leather would revive. Almost a full toolkit in the trunk. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $25,154. Offered at no reserve, from a deceased’s estate, sold right for condition. Doesn’t need a full restoration, which would Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Oxford, U.K. very quickly put the new owner deep underwater; it would be fun to change all the rubber and fluids, wipe it over with an oily rag and use it as-is. #222-1954 BENTLEY R-TYPE 4½ Litre saloon. S/N B170WH. Eng. # B85W. Black/ brown leather. RHD. Odo: 36,196 miles. Really lovely old thing. Straight and shiny with good plating, nice timber and varnishing, excellent headlining, only lightly creased leather. Good paper trail and full toolkit, which the tion 20 years ago. Straight with good panel fit, and very shiny with nice deep older paint. Chassis rails straight and only very lightly dinged, new stainless exhaust. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $61,917. BN6 is the more elegant two-seater. Repatriated in 1999 and sold right where expected—$19k or so more than Lot 194, the very sad 100-4. Big Healey prices are all over the shop, but I’d call this a fair deal. trade likes, and retains the James Young sparewheel cover fitted from new. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $49,340. Sold post-sale about $8k under the lower estimate, near where usually lurks the reserve, so the seller and buyer obviously had a quick rethink and met somewhere in the middle... which is what the auction process is for, no? #165-1957 ASTON MARTIN DB MK III coupe. S/N AM3003B1401. Eng. # DBD1099. Red/red leather. RHD. Odo: 91,941 miles. The first production chassis with discs as standard rather than optional, although it only wears them on the front. Looks like a total nightmare with the hood stripped of paint, rear door bent, and left door handle pulling off, but chassis and outriggers are solid, and panel gaps are pretty good for one of these. Gearbox is out. tance for the steering. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $14,512. Supplied to South Africa and back to the U.K. in 1977 (hence the “S” plate), when it entered the Sondes Fields Collection. Last on the road in 2006. Offered at no reserve and sold mid-estimate to a member of the trade (who bravely drove it straight back to London), to eventually emerge with some fresh paint, a more appropriate registration number and a $15k higher price tag. There were two dealers bidding against each other, so it wasn’t a steal, but fairly bought for an unknown quantity. Leather is well creased and cracked. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $167,676. Last on the road in 1971, bought at a Bonhams sale in 2011. Sold on the block at double the low estimate, in line with what resto DB2/4s have been reaching in the past couple of years, but final results have it as a no-sale. A flier for Bonhams’ September Beaulieu sale appears to show the same car on offer with the same $85k–$100k estimate. #162-1959 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-6 BN6 roadster. S/N BN6L4390. Eng. # 26DRUH75734. Blue & white/black leather. RHD. 114 #215-1964 TRIUMPH GTR4 Dové hatchback. S/N CT228390. Eng. # CT23132E. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 69,366 miles. Shiny but with huge front fender/door panel gaps; door rear shutlines taper, as is common. Rest of body is a bit ripply under slightly edgy paint. Chrome is fair, Webasto roof in good shape, seat vinyl lightly creased and baggy but in good order. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $34,828. Sold about where expected at the same price as a half-decent TR4. The market will always be divided on these. Sure, it’s got rarity on its #180-1964 JAGUAR MK X saloon. S/N 306644DN. Eng. # ZB20468. Maroon/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 51,111 miles. A very sound old thing, and nice to find one with manual/overdrive. Restored 1994 (was blue), paint on front fenders and hood lightly microblistered, interior retrimmed in leather (though it feels like Ambla), with added power assis- time. Has been off the road and will require recommissioning.” Cond: 3. SOLD AT $228,657. Vendor bought the car at auction in 2001, and although it was expected to be cheap, it went well over the $170k top estimate, not far behind recent prices of some very clean and sharp cars. Well sold. #209-1966 JAGUAR 420 FT Bertone coupe. S/N 1B78923DN. Metallic blue/tan leather. Odo: 26,416 km. Looking like an E28 5-series that’s been startled from behind by an XJ6, this one-off was styled by Bertone. Appears okay aside from one small ding in front bumper and scratch in hood paint. Interior getting a bit tired, with perforated leather split on driver’s seat. With a/c. Not used for eight years and doesn’t start, but motor turns over. side—but why drive a TR4 without a convertible top? #210-1966 ASTON MARTIN DB6 coupe. S/N DB62563R. Eng. # 4002461. Blue/black leather. RHD. Odo: 27,645 miles. A few dust marks in paint. Decent chrome with three-eared spinners fitted from new. Creased black leather isn’t the original, which was blue, but has clearly been there for some Odo: 52,547 miles. Converted from left- to right-hand drive, presumably during restora- Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $57,897. First appeared at 1966 Geneva Motor Show. Not registered until 1969 in Italy, and in one-family ownership there since then—with whom it re- Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Oxford, U.K. mains, as nobody was prepared to stump up the near $100k required to buy it. #219-1971 ASTON MARTIN DBS V8 coupe. S/N DBSV810187R. Eng. # V540107. Metallic blue/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 6,583 miles. Nicely restored, straight and shiny. Windows-in repaint is a little orange-peeled in places, and there are a couple of tiny bubbles under the back window. Rockers and jacking points all solid, brightwork all passable with they’ve been there since new. Last on the road 2008. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,447. Offered at no reserve with expectations as low as $5k, but sold for three times that, at the same price as an excellent factory-stock MGB GT V8. A period curiosity. #217-1974 FORD CAPRI Mk II “Stam- some light polish marks visible under bumper rechrome. Leather redone in 2001 and only lightly creased. Still with fuel injection (many early injection cars were converted to carbs) and said to have Vantage-spec suspension, wheels and tires. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $134,435. Sold slightly over estimate, but I’d call this right because if a nicely restored DBS “six” is £60k–£70k ($100k–$120k), then the V8 ought to be worth a bit more, especially with a 5-speed. #212-1971 ASTON MARTIN DBS V8 coupe. S/N DBSV810334RC. Eng. # V540320. Red/red leather. Restoration project, although body is straight and rockers don’t look too bad. Red leather grubby and dusty but would likely clean up. Still with fuel injection. Originally right-hand drive, converted presumably when it was sold to Germany in pede” fastback. S/N WFOCXXGAECPU01693. Eng. # CF02F302. Pearlescent white/ black vinyl/gray vinyl & velour. RHD. Odo: 21,262 miles. V8-converted Capri by Jeff Uren, who stuffed bigger engines into many types of unsuspecting Fords in the ’70s and ’80s—V6s into Mk II Cortinas and so on—but the Stampede was his only V8, mimicking the South African Peranas. All in good order, in- cluding very ’70s custom paint. What looks like rust stars on the front corners are actually airbrushed highlights. Interior unworn. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $27,572. Mk II is the ghastliest Capri, but even with its vinyl roof, this is kicked up a notch from utterly naff by dint of its 302 V8, and with the same owner from new. Quite understandably, nobody really wanted it on the day, but sold post-sale at just enough to creep over the reserve, or a bit less than you pay for a well-restored or preserved Mk I V6. #211-1982 JAGUAR C-TYPE Proteus 1993. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $41,061. Priced right, which would have got you a decent running car not too many years ago. DBS is cheapest of the V8s and costs little more than a DBS “six,” but I reckon the four-headlight front is the most elegant—yes, even with those Mk II Cortina indicators. #157-1971 MGB GT V8 Costello coupe. S/N GHD52599819G. Eng. # 18V582H328. Blue/brown vinyl/brown vinyl & velour. RHD. Odo: 71,712 miles. Ken Costello converted about 200 MGBs to V8 power before BL started making them in-house—but he used the full-strength 155-hp Rover P6 version rather than the low-compression 137-hp lump the factory cars got. In good order all around, with very ’70s slot mags and front spoiler, but October 2014 replica racer. S/N 1B3053DN. Eng. # 7D566968. Green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 6,758 miles. Well made in aluminum, and these early cars are more faithful in their taillight treatment, although the Proteus is a hair larger than the real thing. Identity and overdrive ’box are from 1963 donor, most likely an S-type. Engine is claimed from S1 E-type, although number corresponds to a 4.2 from a Mk X or 420G. Sits right on tall crossplies, which should also ensure beautifully progressive drifts... Front clamshell and paint new in 2004, unworn leather. Only fault is that stainless side exhaust shield a bit scratched. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $96,746. One of Proteus’ first aluminum cars and once the company show car. Sold at a very keen price for a Proteus C, which is about £75k new (about $125k) and 117


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Bonhams Oxford, U.K. the road since 1995 and will need recommissioning, but engine was started before the sale. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $100,515. One of 320 made. On the money and in line with the past couple of TG500 auction sales. Owner paid £30,000 for it in 1993 (about $51k), so he’s doubled his money in only, er, 21 years. #198-1960 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 much nicer than the horribly misshapen “Dtype” plastic pondliners in the same sale (although admittedly they were both less than half the money paid). Slightly well bought, although this was all the money the seller was looking for. FRENCH #182-1927 HISPANO-SUIZA 27-HP T49 Weymann saloon. S/N 7874. Red & black/ brown leather. RHD. Odo: 95,485 miles. Splendidly patinated old thing, bordering on dilapidated. Lovely soft nickel-plated radiator shell and Marchal lights with Barker dipping mechanism. Well-distressed leather, cracked “Would run if fitted with an exhaust system.” Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $19,349. Sold at high estimate at the same £11,500 the vendor paid for it in 1993, when it was described as “immaculate.” However, 21 years of inflation has been as unkind to the money as two decades of storage have been to its condition, and his money’s worth a lot less this time around. black cloth top, trunk on rear, and still with factory toolkit. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $96,746. From the Sondes Fields Collection. Sold under the expected money, but with its size and condition, always a limited market. Its sheer originality must have saved the day here. GERMAN #199-1958 FMR TG500 “Tiger” micro- car. S/N 20578. Turquoise/blue Perspex/gray check velour. Odo: 49,902 miles. Older restoration of the high-performance Messerschmitt. With lightly bubbled paint, rust on cockpit sides, rear carrier and some wheels. Nice blue Perspex top. Seat velour in good nick. Not on #192-1974 BMW 2002 Turbo 2-dr sedan. S/N 4291057. White/black vinyl. Odo: 76,464 km. Clean and straight, but the way the outer fenders bow away from inners suggests a fair bit of repaired crash or rust damage, and front fender/door alignment is a bit off. Some weld repairs under rockers, all covered with sticky a 20A, but a sale room notice corrected this to 20. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $69,657. Sold new to Australia (to “notorious gangster Joe ‘Squizzy’ Taylor,” says the catalog) and bodied there, imported to the U.K. in 2013. Diatto is not a well-known marque in the U.K., but this still sold at top estimate, at less than a decent Lancia Lambda would cost. #191-1982 MASERATI MERAK SS black underseal. No rot in front structure, which is a plus. Interior okay, but red instrument panel is wearing through, as normal. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $77,397. Italian registered, in Germany until 1994. Brisk bidding in the room sailed it past the realistic estimate— and kept going, selling for top Turbo dollar. It wasn’t a top car, so well sold. IRISH #224-1937 DRA 9-HP special roadster. S/N 1100. Eng. # 10598. Red/black leather. RHD. Riley-based special built by W T Doherty, a garage owner from Adare, Ireland, who drove it in the 1938 Limerick Grand Prix. 118 Sports Car Market coupe. S/N AM122A657. Yellow/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 59,015 km. Originally Marrone, refinished in yellow in 2001 and all still good, apart from damaged area behind Super replica single-seater. S/N 74682. White/ blue vinyl. MHD. Odo: 1,892 km. Replica of the recordbreaking (64 mph for 24 hours) FR200 Super, and one of the dozen Kabinenrollers at the sale in various states of repair—or disrepair, in several cases. Tatty and edgy with one headlight missing, though seat vinyl is okay. Ran when parked, or rather: Apparently parts from 27 makes of car went into it, including Straker-Squire fuel tank and Citroën radiator shell. Motor is high-cam Riley Nine. In fair but faded order, following its last restoration in 1967. Seat leather cracked and odo barrels have fallen out. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $58,047. DRA stands for Doherty Racing Automobile. Tatty but charming—I’d leave it as-is. Sold a smidge under lower estimate at Riley Nine money. ITALIAN #178-1923 DIATTO TIPO 20 tourer. S/N 20308. Eng. # 20304. Blue & black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 27,009 km. In very good refurbished order (1980s), rather than fully restored. Radiator-shell plating polished through, seat leather lightly worn, leather door panels delightfully patinated. Catalog had it as


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Bonhams Oxford, U.K. left rear wheelarch where paint is flaking off. Interior all good, with lightly creased leather. RHD but speedo in km. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $75,462. These were always a bit less than Ferrari 308 money but the market’s moved on. The market’s always been a bit wary of these, though, possibly because of their Citroën SM connections... And for good reason, apparently: Here its purchase price almost—but not quite—covers the bills it’s generated since 2002... AMERICAN #159-1955 SEBRING sports racer. S/N N/A. Green. RHD. Mystery racer, well-constructed chassis with Lotus-like de Dion rear but no engine, floors or lower body sides. Originally used a Coventry Climax motor and MG gearbox. Rear body section molded from a D-type Jaguar. More modern radiator fitted plus, weirdly, some new coolant hoses and clips. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $25,154. Bought in Florida in 1997 by Robin Hanauer, who showed it to me then in a lockup, where it stayed until it was bought by the vendor only a few months ago, which tells its own story. Offered at no reserve and sold a little better than expected, offering the new owner, as the catalog put it, “a wide range of final specification.” A working Climax engine would have added at least $8k. #218-1974 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1Z37245405331. Red/black leather. Odo: 65,611 miles. 454-ci 270-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very well-kept T-top car, repainted and no cracks in fiberglass, although as usual the bumpers don’t quite line up. Leather lightly creased. Spot the Hillman Hunter/Imp corner lights neatly integrated as front orange indicators. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $52,243. It’s a shame the ’74s and ’75s are the naffest Corvettes, but most Brits don’t make the distinction—and it does have the 454, although in rather diluted form by this time. Has been part of a collection of supercars for the past eight years, and the HSCC sticker in the windscreen is an intriguing clue. Sold strong. © 120 Sports Car Market


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Roundup Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report Global Auction Highlights ENGLISH #124-1951 AC 2-LITER 2-dr sedan. S/N EL1796. Eng. # UMB1797W. Black/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 8,311 miles. Part-restored. Ash frame has had new timber sections inserted at rear, with some new panelwork and various other titivations. Older microblistered paint. Dash and instruments okay. Rest of internal timber has been refinished. Older cream leather lightly cracked and has been painted. 1969 Intermeccanica Italia convertible, sold at $111,100 LEAKE AUCTION COMPANY Location: Tulsa, OK Date: June 6–8, 2014 Auctioneers: Jim Richie, Brian Marshall, Bobby Ehlert, Tony Langdon, Gary Dehler Automotive lots sold/offered: 413/596 Sales rate: 69% Sales total: $10,036,950 High sale: 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 coupe, sold at $144,100 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Doug Schultz On Camac truck tires. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $10,426. This is how they restored cars a few years ago. It’s eminently usable if not quite as exciting as the one I spotted at Goodwood a couple of years back packing a 428. But a worthy device in its own right, and sold within the low estimate range of $8,300–$11,700. Barons, Surrey, U.K., 04/14. #142-1952 JOWETT JUPITER convert- ible. S/N E2SA694R. Eng. # E1PD19626. Red/black vinyl/black leather. RHD. Odo: 71,356 miles. Restored in 2000 and straight with good paint, fairly recent leather is just settling in. Motor clean and tidy, now with oil cooler and electronic distributor. Original Pye 1963 Jaguar XKE coupe, sold at $76,512 BARONS AUCTIONEERS Location: Surrey, U.K. Date: April 29, 2014 Auctioneer: Fabian Hine Automotive lots sold/offered: 34/50 Sales rate: 68% Sales total: $442,792 High sale: 1963 Jaguar XKE Series I coupe, sold at $75,833 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.69) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman 122 1968 AMC Javelin SST 2-dr hard top, sold at $10,968 TWIN CITIES AUCTIONS Location: St. Paul, MN Date: June 20–21, 2014 Auctioneers: Dave Talberg, Gary Dehler Automotive lots sold/offered: 98/180 Sales rate: 54% Sales total: $1,600,878 High sale: 1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible, sold at $112,350 Prices include 7% on-site buyer’s fee ($300 minimum) Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson radio. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $36,995. You wouldn’t think so to look at one, but Jowetts have quite a competition pedigree. This is a notable car in Jowett circles, as it was being sold by Phil Green, who was Jowett’s test driver from 1951 to ’53, and he was on hand at the sale. Still managed to go $3k under the lowest estimate, but it’s a very small market. Barons, Surrey, U.K., 04/14. #139-1963 JAGUAR XKE coupe. S/N 861330. Eng. # LBZ6698. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 6,047 miles. Restored, fair in door shuts, just put back together and super-clean underneath. Motor near concours-level, block Sports Car Market


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Roundup is from a Mk II. Newish black leather, aluminum center console shows a few small scratch marks. Period-style black plastic battery and still with tools. Now runs Series II discs with near top of the estimate range, but there’s a sniff left in it for retail. Barons, Surrey, U.K., 04/14. #135-1970 AUSTIN MINI Cooper S 2-dr sedan. S/N XAD1245762A. Eng. # 12H397F543. Bronze Yellow/black vinyl & velour. RHD. Odo: 86,476 miles. Mk III Cooper in very good order. It’s had rockers, which is normal, as they should be seen as consumables on a Mini, plus the usual small weld repairs in the floors and some slightly messy weld repairs on the doors, which structurally doesn’t matter. Weathershield sunroof, aftermarket wood dash and door cappings plus extra instruments, aftermarket Corbeau bucket seats, Coopercraft calipers, electronic ignition, alternator disguised as dynamo and spin-on oil filter. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $76,512. Minor mods haven’t affected the value, as they’re common in the U.K. to render the car more usable, and the engine block looks the same. A fair deal at slightly more than Barons was predicting pre-sale. Barons, Surrey, U.K., 04/14. #150-1967 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III convertible. S/N HBJ8L. Black & white/ blue vinyl/ blue vinyl. RHD. Odo: 62,704 miles. Converted from left-hand drive, presumably during older restoration. Chassis rails only lightly hammered, newish stainless exhaust. Paint holding up well over decent panel fit and chrome. Redone leather just settling in, Moto-Lita wheel, Minilite lookalikes, various shiny dress-up bits on motor. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $16,816. One owner from new, and all the additions are period, so it almost makes sense to keep them rather than return it to bone-stock, which the discerning buyer prefers... but probably doesn’t affect the value of a Mk III too much. An entertaining drive at half the money of a top Mk I, with good “period piece” backstory. I’d call it well bought at $8k behind estimate, and the dealer who bought it obviously thought so, too, as he instantly removed the hood stripes and marked it up $6k. Barons, Surrey, U.K., 04/14. dash veneer good. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $57,174. Repatriated in late ’80s and never on the market in the U.K. before, as it remained in the importer/restorer’s family. Sold fair #138-1972 ROVER P5B sedan. S/N 84505629D. Blue & birch/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 68,988 miles. B is for Buick, as it uses the 215-ci aluminium V8. Repainted over good structure (rocker spotwelds well defined). Original leather lightly soiled and creased. Brightwork all good with rechromed bumpers, C-pillar trims a bit wavy. Webasto sunroof. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $12,780. Nicer of the two P5Bs in this auction, with just three owners. Originally chauffeur-driven, as so many of these were. Sold at the right money well over the artificially low estimate. The other one, a saloon, did $8,433. Barons, Surrey, U.K., 04/14. #34-1979 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH II sedan. S/N LRK38829. Platinum/dark blue vinyl/dark blue leather. Odo: 54,770 miles. Said to be a “100% original” car, but has masking lines on bottoms of A-pillars. Otherwise, no reason to argue about the originality, as it’s been very well maintained. Commensurate light wear on driver’s seat, carpeting and roof vinyl for the indicated miles. Optional cassette tape module integrated into the bottom of the center stack on the dashboard. Faded Rolls-Royce Owner’s Club decal on the original windshield. Newer Kumho radial tires. Engine bay shows it to be regularly cared for, but not detailed. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $12,750. I would guess that this was resprayed very early in its existence—possibly pre-delivery (Rollers weren’t as finely cosseted in transit as some would think). Most of these from the late ’70s are deferred-maintenance train wrecks ready to start blistering rust and spitting out broken parts. If you’ve always wanted to scratch this itch, this was one of the better ways to do it. Consignor was well aware of that, so he wasn’t going to give it away. Twin Cities Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/14. GERMAN #141-1976 PORSCHE 911 CARRERA 3.0 coupe. S/N 9117600151. Eng. # 6660153. Silver/blue vinyl & velour. RHD. Odo: 93,992 miles. Rare model but rather unloved, and in storage for much of the past 25 years, with no MoT. Dings in driver’s door, roof and wing. Rear arch scraped and pushed out of shape, engine and oil pipes painted silver. But interior largely unworn, and front fender bolts appear undisturbed. Wisely described as a “rolling restoration project.” Cond: 3-. SOLD AT 124 Sports Car Market


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Rising Sun A cross-section of early U.S.-market Toyotas by Tony Piff (All text within quotes minimally edited from online descriptions) # 271558510039-1971 TOYOTA CROWN Deluxe sedan. S/N 55158456. 39,584 miles. “One of the nicest-condition LHD Crowns in existence. Impeccable paint job done in 2010 and cost over $3,500. Everything original except steering wheel and rims, but I have the original steering wheel. Everything works.” Condition: 2+. SOLD AT $10,100. Top-of-the-line luxury Toyota in its day. Pretty dang rare, and the few examples you do see seem to all end up dropped on big modern wheels. The fender mirrors are stock, though, and not an add-on. Price seems fair for condition and the easily reversed mods. eBay Motors, 8/4/2014. # 231259362523-1973 TOYOTA CORONA Deluxe wagon. S/N RT89004650. 47,479 Miles. “One owner. Runs, drives, stops good. Very solid, with some minor dents and dings. Gauges, horn, radio, wipers, etc. all work.” Condition: 2-. $31,950. Original owner was The William Bong Company—to which all Elton John’s cars were registered. Given how SCs and Carrera 3.2s have come up recently, it was inevitable this would sell for strong money even with challenged cosmetics. Barons was expecting a bit more, but I’d call this fair. Barons, Surrey, U.K., 04/14. #131-1987 AUDI QUATTRO coupe. S/N WAUZZZ85ZHA900513. Eng. # WR007712. Pearl white/gray leather. RHD. WR Quattro, recommissioned after eight years in storage, repainted 2012. All good and unscuffed, rear window seal is a bit manky. Inside, lightly creased and baggy leather, digi LCD dash good apart from three filled-in screw holes. Lots of play in steering makes it feels quite tired—although it’s said to have Delrin steer- just a refinished scratch in the wood on dash panel. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $111,100. This was the only vehicle that I came to the auction knowing that I would be bidding on. My limit was $75,000, but I never got the chance to raise my hand. Two bidders fervently needed to possess this car and bid all the money and then some. I saw the seller a couple hours later, and he was still grinning. Well sold, but where are you going to find another? With its Ferrari styling and rarity, in a few years the buyer may be the one grinning. Leake, Tulsa, OK, 06/14. #142A-1992 LANCIA DELTA HF Inte- grale 16v hatchback. S/N ZLA831AB000538338. Gunmetal/gray striped velour. Odo: 63,050 km. Repainted, so no bubbles around windshield or hatch, although it looks like the painter forgot the rain gutters. Alcantara (synthetic suede) dash top doing well, although there are two big holes in parcel shelf where speakers used to be. Alloys a little corroded, but looks like a nice example for the year and, crucially, standard transmission. Cond: 3+. Roundup SOLD AT $4,000. Toyota’s mid-level offering. Not particularly sought-after, but rare and likely to be worth more later. Well bought. I wonder if these feel a whole lot bigger than similar-vintage Corolla wagons… eBay Motors, 6/21/2014. # 261473046080-1974 TOYOTA COROLLA 1600 Deluxe 2-dr sedan. S/N TE21680723. 18,000 Miles. “One family since new. Actual miles. Very clean. Runs and drives like new. Very straight and solid. Paint and trim is very clean and looks great. Original interior is in near-perfect condition!” Condition: 2+. ing bushes, and last MoT listed an advisory to tighten rack bolts, which apparently has been done. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $15,555. Probably a fair price for what looks like a fundamentally sound car, but if there are steering-rack issues, what’s the transmission going to be like? At this price, you’re always taking a punt on an ur-Quattro, which is probably why it bid to no more than lower estimate, although WRs will always be worth less than MBs. For the record, I wouldn’t have risked it. Barons, Surrey, U.K., 04/14. ITALIAN #2460-1969 INTERMECCANICA ITA- SOLD AT $13,100. The supply of Malaise-era Corollas in “Deluxe” trim is pretty strong, and I don’t foresee prices moving much any time soon. This was quite the time capsule, though. As an example of the quintessential ’70s Japanese econobox, I could see this ending up in a museum some day. eBay Motors, 5/12/2014. ♦ 126 LIA convertible. S/N 50045. Black/black fabric/black leather. Odo: 3,379 miles. A personal favorite, this already rare Italia was treated to many one-off modifications. Customized by Andy Granatelli (CEO of STP) in the 1980s; cosmetically restored in 2010, including new paint and leather interior. Gorgeous throughout; the only minor imperfections are a small scratch touched up on top of right quarter-panel and slight orange peel on top of passenger’s door. Small stitched-up tear in boot. Interior mint, with SOLD AT $13,032. Buying a second-hand Integrale is fraught with as many potentially expensive difficulties as buying a used Quattro—but the search for a good one is worth it for the sublime driving experience. This, a veteran of at least one previous Barons sale, appeared honest, not messed-with—and was let go $4k under lower estimate. A fraction of the cost of an E30 M3, although for half this money you could be into a Scooby WRX STI, which will whup both of them. Barons, Surrey, U.K., 04/14. SWEDISH #132-1975 SAAB 96 V4 sedan. S/N 96752012928. Eng. # 350510. Silver/ brown vinyl & velour. RHD. Odo: 68,989 miles. Lovely! Excellent condition, solid and sound body with good floors and rockers. Paint blown in at a couple of places BEST BUY Sports Car Market


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Roundup and lightly orange-peeled. Motor is tidy, seat trim unworn. With original order form, service has not started to chip. Doors still fit darn good for a pre-war wood-framed body. Engine is a bit fussy. Exceptionally well-upholstered and cared-for interior, only showing light wear on the driver’s seat bottom and floor carpeting. Priced at $995 when new—when that five bucks short of a grand mattered. Cond: 3+. banged up from 79 years of use. And it is an actual Ford-made stake-pocket flatbed. Authentically painted side stakes and wood floor decking. Replated front bumper and mostly reproduction trim. Dinged-up original hubcaps. Spiffed up with stainless-steel lug nuts and mirrors on both doors. Very tidy engine bay. Twelve-volt alternator. Expertly history and workshop manual. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $5,381. A good classic daily driver, as the catalog suggested, and the lowish mileage and original supporting paperwork make it a retailer’s dream. And sure enough, it soon popped up at a dealer in Sussex asking £6,490 ($10,800), or just about twice the sale price. Barons, Surrey, U.K., 04/14. AMERICAN #125-1931 HUDSON GREATER EIGHT Series T sedan. S/N 924157. Dark blue & black/gray broadcloth. Odo: 928 miles. Dual sidemount spares with modern cloth covers. Restored 1978–80. A year later, it earned an AACA National 1st Place and Senior award. Thirty-three years later, the paint is starting to crack along character lines, but it SOLD AT $21,400. During the Depression years, Hudson was a strong competitor in the mid-priced market and even the lower end of the upper-crust market. The formal-yet-stylish looks pulled sales away from the likes of Packard and Cadillac at a time when every company needed every single sale it could get. No-sale at $20k when it crossed the block against a $27k reserve. However, it was declared sold from the block a few cars later. Twin Cities Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/14. #10-1935 FORD MODEL 51 1½-ton flat- bed. S/N 2181598. Green & black/black vinyl. Odo: 65,002 miles. Excellent prep and paint application on cab and fenders. Bed is rather reupholstered seat, repro door panels. Yellowed original gauge faces. Non-stock dual exhaust, but it does sound quite good. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $15,515. Originally a no-sale on the block at $13,500. This was owned by one of the more prevalent consignors of restored pickups today. While it’s a bit big compared with his usual fare, it was about as well restored. He didn’t go over the top like he might have with a pickup, simply because he knows that once you get beyond a standard garage-sized vehicle, its market share plummets. Mostly likely, a farmer with a barn took a closer look (being in farm country helped) 128 Sports Car Market


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Roundup and agreed with the consignor that it really was a $15k truck. Twin Cities Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/14. #60-1952 BUICK SUPER convertible. S/N 66491010. Eng. # 66496495. Light green/black cloth/green leather. Odo: 1,822 miles. 263-ci I8, 2-bbl, auto. Titled off engine number. Optional Dynaflow automatic and power windows. Older acceptable repaint, recently buffed out. New door seals, but door fit and gaps are still a bit wonky. Good replate of the larger chrome bits. Top is showing some light weathering, but not raised for inspection. Better-quality seat reskin with non-stock generic pleats. The redone door panels are more hand-finished under windshield. Dash has been repainted, with a few dust marks. Decent chrome. Seat vinyl original and in good order. Push-button auto. Power roof said to work fine, with new motor. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $20,179. Imported from Texas in 2011. At least the second time around at a Barons sale, and with the “Indy four,” rear transaxle and “rope” prop, not a car well understood in the U.K. Still, this offered lesser Mustang convertible-type motoring for much less money. Barons, Surrey, U.K., 04/14. authentic. Non-stock switch for the power top. Recent fluff-and-buff under the hood. Sheetmetal screws secure the body tag. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $27,820. Last seen a year ago at the USAuctioneers Del DeYoung estate auction in Wisconsin, then selling at $23,100 (SCM# 226923). Here, it originally no-saled on the block at $25k, published as a post-block sale the next morning. Spruced up over the winter to make it a slightly better car, but can be argued that the extra it brought now didn’t pay for the work put into it. Twin Cities Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/14. #516-1963 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N 4Y85Z169355. Rangoon Red/black leather. Odo: 96,519 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Driver-quality car that looks good from 10 feet. Several paint chips throughout; some touched up, some not. Noticeable crack on top of right quarter-panel. Some aggressive buff marks. All chrome in aged condition and will have to be redone if a restoration is undertaken. Glass in good condition. Interior shows same wear as rest of car. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $21,175. When I was reviewing this car, someone asked me what I thought it would sell for. I was high by $875. Fair value. Leake, Tulsa, OK, 06/14. #134-1963 PONTIAC TEMPEST Le- Mans convertible. S/N 263P118680. Red/ brown vinyl/brown vinyl. Odo: 35,000 miles. 195-ci I4, 1-bbl, auto. Tidy and straight. Older repaint has a few small chips; looks a bit 130 extended-shaft valve-cover wing nuts, and air cleaner on the dusty motor. Haphazardly routed red heater hoses. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,725. The 7-liter was a one-year-only package for the Galaxie 500—a step above an XL, but not an XL despite bucket seats and console. Some folks think that the Q-code 428 was the only engine available, but another Ford engine with seven liters of displacement could be optioned: the hallowed 427 (and at least one convertible is known to have been built that way). Fair enough deal for both buyer and seller on this one, with a slight edge to the seller. Twin Cities Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/14. #32-1968 AMC JAVELIN SST 2-dr hard top. S/N A8C797T188559. Light green metallic/white vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 32,967 miles. 343-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Power steering Sports Car Market #73-1966 FORD GALAXIE 500 7-litre 2-dr hard top. S/N 6D61Q131978. Dark aqua metallic/two-tone aqua vinyl. Odo: 83,509 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional a/c, tinted glass, power windows, and 8-track. 7-Litre Registry Member decal on rear quarter-window. Good older color-change repaint from original white, with correct pinstriping. Replated bumpers blend well with the good original trim. Good panel gaps and door fit. Good mostly original interior. Aftermarket ignition wiring, alloy intake manifold, chrome


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Roundup and brakes. Believed mostly original and showing actual miles. Paint has some light stone chips and occasional buff-through on panel creases. Good original chrome with some fading on painted portions. Modern repro Magnum 500 wheels, Redline radial #1120-1969 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO pickup. S/N 136809Z365188. Burgundy/black vinyl. Odo: 64,888 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Presentable paint, with some fisheye in right quarter-panel. Some waves on passenger’s door. Hood and passenger’s door fit less than stellar. Chrome shows some age. Glass good. Interior nice except for a plug to keep the dashpad down. Aftermarket stereo. Bright Blue Metallic with a blue interior, powered by a 2-barrel 351 with 3-speed manual. High-quality prep and paint, good panel fit. Repro interior well fitted. Aftermarket shifter and stereo. Detailed to look stock under the hood but has aftermarket induction, stockstyle shaker hood scoop, Pertronix ignition tires. Roof vinyl seems too good to be 46 years old. Interior is pretty nice also, but has enough light patina to be believably original. Engine bay and undercarriage could stand to be cleaned and detailed. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $10,968. AMC was the last to enter the pony car wars, arriving in ’68 with a double-shot of the Javelin and the AMX (essentially a shortened Javelin without a back seat). Since AMXs tended to be the focus of preservation over the years, plenty of Javelins ended up parted out to keep them running. In recent years, interest in Javelins seems to be picking up, and they’re bringing more across the block. Call this one a decent buy, especially if the very period color scheme works for you. Twin Cities Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/14. Couldn’t inspect engine compartment. SS hood and emblems added. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $13,200. Owner claimed that the 350-ci engine produced 300 hp. This was a decent muscle truck with power disc brakes, power steering and a/c. The price paid seemed deadon for an El Camino of this quality. Leake, Tulsa, OK, 06/14. #40-1970 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. S/N 0F05H145359. Grabber Orange/ black vinyl. Odo: 83,234 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Marti Report shows that this sold new in the Phoenix area in Medium with coil, and modern quick-disconnect coupler to the starter. Modern Shelby alloys. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $31,565. It seems like more original 3-speed muscle cars have been surfacing lately. That trend must have some traction, because damn near everything else about the car has been changed. Top money for what started as a bottom-rung stripper Mach 1, so what they bought is the workmanship, which happens to be connected to a car to play with. Don’t feel bad for the consignor, since the reserve was passed at $28k. Twin Cities Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/14. © 132 Sports Car Market


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Mystery Photo Answers German porn is so weird. — Steve Dodds, Jackson Heights, NY RUNNER-UP: Nine months later, a Golf was born. — Mitchell A. Josephs, Palm Beach, FL Dr. Martin, come quick! The egg.... it’s starting to divide again! — Chris Henry, via email There’s nothing worse than a cheap restoration paint job. You can practically see the original color underneath it. — James S. Eubanks, Marietta, GA I know a car can’t be bipolar, but this one has a very dark side. — Dan Pegg, via email An entomological novelty in transit to the Natural History Museum. It’s the “Siamese Co-joined Floorpan Beetle.” — Norman Vogel, San Francisco, CA Living in Florida, we know these pesky bugs well! We always carry fabric softener sheets and several gallons of water to get them off the front of our Porsches. Whenever we traverse the state, they are truly doing the “Love Bug” thing like this pair! — Peter Tyson, Vero Beach, FL Get a room! — Chuck Meschter, Victorville, CA Son, that’s how VWs are born. — Suzi and Jamie Spitzley, Cambria, CA The new owner is going to be upside-down on his new purchase no matter how you look at it. — Mark Rein, Rockton, IL I don’t know whatcha got on the trailer, but I’ll give ya five bucks for the orange cone. — Leslie Dreist, Troy, MI To grow, beetles must shed their shells and carry them until they eventually fall off. Awkward. — Steve Schefbauer, Monroe, CT Somebody please tell them to get a garage! — Andrew Raicevich, Lakewood, CO Me and my shadow rolling down the avenue.... — George H. Crist Jr., Reno, NV And when you feel like driv- ing the blue one, we turn it over for you. — Linn Matthews, via email Yellow Bugs are from Mars, blue Bugs are from Venus. — Paulo L. Teixeira, Memphis, TN So, this is how a Jetta is made? — Jason Horst, Denver, CO Rare Siamese twin beetles, sharing wheels and joined at the frame from front to back. — Dan This Month’s Mystery Photo Response Deadline: September 25, 2014 Faustman, Elk Grove, CA Volkswagen’s prototype sym- metrical all-wheel-drive vehicle. A few bugs needed to be worked out. — Randy Zelin, via email Usually when I see a black beetle stuck on its back, I keep my distance rather than flip it. This situation is no different. — Erik Olson, Dublin, CA Steve Dodds wins two SCM hats for the perfect combination of two German exports. © Comments With Your Renewals Dear Keith and SCM Our Photo, Your Caption Email your caption to us at mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com, or fax to 503.253.2234. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Do you have a mystery photo? Email it to mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket. com at 300 dpi in JPEG format. Please include your name and contact information. If we use your photo, you’ll get an official SCM cap. 134 staff, I thoroughly enjoyed the “Collecting Thoughts/ SCM Insider’s Panel” article dealing with rising prices in the collector-car field. Everyone that was queried I felt gave a careful and measured response to the questions. I would also be interested in learning what SCM subscribers’ responses to the same questions would be. Perhaps you could set up a blog on your website and allow people to write responses with an imposed word-count limit. Or allow each respondent to answer just one of the questions instead of all three, again with a word limit. The results would be a huge insight into the SCM subscriber base; everyone would have an opinion regarding these prices and their rapid ascent. Thank you for your time. — Wayne Pierce, Milwaukie, OR Wayne, this is an excellent suggestion. We’ve had the same type of request to have subscribers submit their own choices for a “Best Two-Car Collection.” The Web team is working on it. — KM More positive articles about vintage Maseratis Bora/ Ghibli, etc. — Robert Altieri, Fairfield, CT Thank you. I have only just started reading the magazine version a few months ago. Congratulations on the fantastic and very useful content. — Mark Coulson, Perth, Australia Thank you all for your continued renewals and thoughtful comments. — Keith Martin Sports Car Market James S. Eubanks


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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 1959 Triumph TR3A roadster wrapped in Vredestein rubber, although we do have the chrome wire wheels. Top and side curtains are in excellent condition, and have been used exactly once. Original engine #CT22601, original gearbox #3188HR. $28,900. Contact Dave, 616.836.5307, Email: dave@pagcars.com Web: www.pagcars.com 1966 Jaguar E-type coupe S/N 128987. Champagne Yellow/black. 38,680 miles. h6, 4-sp manual. Matching numbers and a very well-optioned and rust-free longtime California car. The car is a pleasure to drive, and includes 4-speed factory locking trans, chrome wheels, Golden electric sunroof, fog lights, Blaupunkt radio, two loudspeakers and antenna. A spectacular example. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com Web: classicshowcase.com/index. php/inventory/detail/402 (CA) 1967 Porsche 911 S coupe Signal Red/black leather. Chrome wires, white top and full tonneau. Body-off restoration, frame powder coated, mechanical rebuild. Was SW U.S. car, original rust-free body panels. Restored to British Heritage build sheet as shipped to U.S. in December 1959. Selected for the Triumph stand at the Canadian International Auto Show in 2012 (image shown). A true matching-numbers collector vehicle. $44,900. Contact Chris, Email: chrisjbarnett@ rogers.com (CAN) 1962 Jaguar XKE Series 1 3.8 roadster S/N 1E31482. Opalescent Blue/dark blue. I6, 4-sp automatic. This beautiful matching-numbers E-type is a California black-plate car with low, original miles. It has been professionally restored to a show/ driver level and comes in its spectacular original color combination. A Heritage Certificate and DVD of the restoration process is included. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: webmaster@classicshowcase. com Web: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/ detail/377 (CA) 1970 Morgan Plus 8 roadster owner example, automatic transmission, Becker Mexico radio, 79,747 original miles, a rare opportunity to own one of only 65 of this beautiful model ever produced, complete with documentation, runs and drives beautifully. $450,000. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, 310.657.9699, Email: sales@ heritageclassics.com Web: www.heritageclassics. com/inventory/detail/1161-mercedes-benz-300-dcabriolet.html (CA) 1964 Porsche 356 SC sunroof coupe Red/black. Pelle Rossa with original black leather interior, equipped with 5-speed transmission, four-wheel disc brakes, 16-inch Borrani disc wheels, Marshall Equilux headlamps and power windows; a gorgeous and very exciting original example, runs and drives great. $188,500. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, 310.657.9699, Email: sales@ heritageclassics.com Web: www.heritageclassics.com/ inventory/detail/1162-maserati-3500-gt-body-bytouring.html (CA) 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 coupe Italian 1963 Maserati 3500 GT Body by Touring coupe S/N 307206S. Sand Beige/black leather and wool Houndstooth. 500 miles. H6, 5-sp manual. Two-owner California car. Numbers matching with Kardex. Meticulous 1,000-plus-hour restoration done very correct. Factory wood steering wheel. Factory 15x4½ date-stamped Fuchs. Austrian wool Peppita inserts. Factory headrests. Over 100 photos available on our site. $249,990 OBO. Contact Paul, AutoKennel, 714.335.4911, Email: paul@autokennel.com Web: www.autokennel.com (CA) 1976 Porsche 914 2.0 convertible S/N 877151. Carmen Red/black. 100 miles. I6, 4-sp manual. Numbers-matching, early production XKE that just completed a show-driver level restoration by Jaguar specialists at Classic Showcase. Longterm single ownership, original colors and great maintenance history. With a highly collectible status amongst collectors, perfect for collectors demanding originality. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com Web: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/414 (CA) 1964 Morgan Plus 4 roadster S/N 754130R7253. British Racing Green/black. 3,959 miles. V8, 4-sp manual. A rare opportunity. This Plus 8 is the most original (non-restored) and lowest-mile Morgan known. Wonderfully preserved leather, paint, chrome, mechanics and, of course that classic look. Fully documented. Comes with ownership history, tonneau, side curtains and top. Still wearing its original Dunlops. Performs as-new. $75,000 OBO. Contact Chuck, Central Classic Cars, 419.618.3855, Email: chuckputsch@hotmail.com Web: centralclassiccars.com (OH) German 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300D cabriolet S/N 5452. I4, manual. Purchased by our good client in 2005. It underwent an older restoration, with the paint still in excellent condition and the interior in very good condition. Utilizes the renowned Triumph TR-4 motor. Currently sits on Panasport wheels Blue/blue. Light blue (DB344) with blue leather interior and blue canvas soft top, gorgeous one- S/N 4752403994. Summer Yellow/Cinnamon. 41,425 miles. H4, 5-sp manual. Two-owner, low-mileage, matching-numbers, fuel-injected 2.0-liter, with original drivetrain, paint, interior, etc. Porsche COA. Two sets of wheels—black aftermarket Type II with brand-new Michelins (shown) and set of BBS honeycombs (not shown). Straight body with minor chips/rust spots on fender lips and lower door edges. Tub and battery box are rust-free. Front air dam has curb damage (new replacement included). Engine, transmission, CVs are recently serviced. Car runs well. New brakes (rotors, rebuilt calipers, pads) on all four corners. Many factory upgrades. Non-original Blaupunkt CD/stereo with amp and speakers without any holes cut to return car back to stock (original stereo not available). Full details and many additional images available on Web link. $26,000 OBO. Contact Steve, 503.887.8894, Email: sportracer@earthlink. net Web: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjZ7Zy2f (OR) Red/tan. V8, 4-sp automatic. Ford 351C, 4-bbl. engine, upgraded Chris Alston G-Force adjustable front suspension. New 11¼-inch Wilwood disc brakes on all four corners. Small area of encapsulated rust in passenger inner rocker but overall solid car. Original engine rebuilt and blue-printed with custom pistons, roller rockers, Edelbrock aluminum water pump and intake manifold. Holley 360-cfm carb and Griffin aluminum radiator. $84,900 OBO. Contact Alfred, 800.734.6019 x207, Email: alsantoro@ titleesq.com (NJ) 1976 Alfa Romeo GT 1600 Junior coupe S/N 330GT6561. Red/black. 90,000 miles. This beautiful numbers-matching 330 GT has benefited from recent restoration services, and stands in excellent running and driving condition. Features newly upholstered leather seats, 12-cylinder engine with Weber carbs, 4-speed manual trans, new exhaust system, and a fully restored set of Borrani wire wheels, ready to roll. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com Web: classicshowcase.com/ index.php/inventory/detail/403 (CA) 1971 Intermeccanica Italia coupe S/N AR115340001178. Rosso Alfa/tex cuoio. I4, manual. Ordered new from an Alfa dealer in Rome in 1976. Copy of the original bill of sale by the dealer in Rome is included, along with all documentation for the service history, starting with the first 136 Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery oil change April 6, 1976, when the car had 1,166 km on it. This is a true two-owner car, being offered on consignment for the second owner. Recent service includes replaced heater unit, ignition, front and rear trailing arm bushings, speedo cable, fuel lines, quarter-window hinges and parking brake. Truly collectible, completely and thoroughly documented, and one of the only GT 1600 Juniors in the country. European model with full documentation of its importation and EPA/DOT release papers. $27,900. Contact Dave, 616.836.5307, Email: dave@pagcars. com Web: www.pagcars.com American 1964 Cadillac Eldorado convertible sale. Runs and drives very well, everything works. Driver condition 3+ out of 5. Original 429-ci engine and automatic transmission. Only thing changed is upholstery and top. Also have a 1964 Fleetwood available. $26,000 OBO. Contact Rick, 970.859.7392, Email: wr_woodard@msn.com (CO) 1994 Dodge Viper RT/10 roadster WHAT’S YOUR CAR WORTH? FIND OUT AT Yellow/129,000 miles. V8, automatic. In same family for more than 25 years. Have history from original S/N 1B3BR65E8RV100872. Black/gray leather. 22,400 miles. V10, 6-sp manual. Leather interior, original low mileage, a/c, soft top, side windows, cockpit cover, recent tires, just serviced and inspected by the local dealer; one owner since new, clean AutoCheck. $32,500 OBO. Contact Brian, Buxton Motorsports, Inc, 812.760.5513, Email: brianbuxton@buxtonmotorsports.com Web: www.BuxtonMotorsports.com (IN) © NOW FREE! The world’s largest collector car price guide based on over 500,000 sold transactions from . Updated weekly. CAR COLLECTOR AMERICAN ™ AmericanCarCollector.com/subscribe SUBSCRIBE TO ACC 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 138 Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s collectorcarpricetracker.com


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San Francisco: (415) 391-4000 New York: (212) 644-9001 Los Angeles: (323) 850-7500 London: +44 20 7447-7447 Paris: +33 1 42 61 10 10 www.bonhams.com/motors A premier international collector car auction house offering the rarest and finest automobiles on the world market. Motostalgia publishes a full photographic catalog presenting and documenting professional descriptions and provenance. Motostalgia’s diverse automotive experts offer bidders and consigners alike an accurate understanding of the global automotive market. With venues that parallel the most exciting automotive events like the US Grand Prix and Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance, Motostalgia offers an upscale experience that not only showcases the most collectable cars, but also provides a unique and exciting social environment that is befitting of the rarest and finest automobiles. www.motostalgia.com email: info@motostalgia.com facebook.com/Motostalgia Twitter: @Motostalgia RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371. 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) Russo and Steele Collector Auto- 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) Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942. 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. 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) 140 Lucky Collector Car Auctions. 888.672.0020. Lucky Collector Car Auctions is aptly named after Harold “Lucky” Lemay. Based in the majestic, pastoral ground of Marymount, home to the Lemay Family Collection Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541.689.6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February-Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, The Vicari Auction Company hosts fast-paced, high energy auctions along Sports Car Market Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290. 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 A family-run auction house producing two large classic cars auctions per year. McCormick’s Palm Springs Auctions has been in business for over 25 years, and each auction features over 500 classics & exotics. www.classic-carauction.com. (CA) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485. 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) RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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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) wide. 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. Celebrate your ownership experiWorldwide 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.) We also offer specialist-appraisal, estate-management and collectionconsultancy 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) Alfa Romeo Motostalgia. 512.813.0636. 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) Aa premier international collector car auction house and professional appraisal company. Motostalgia’s diverse and multilingual automotive experts offer collectors and investors alike an accurate understanding of the global and domestic automotive market. Motostalgia’s international offices have the capability of appraising collector cars around the globe. With decades of global collector car market knowledge our experts can accurately value your most prized automobiles, ranging from a single pre-purchase appraisal to full collection valuations. www.motostalgia.com email: info@motostalgia.com facebook.com/Motostalgia Twitter: @Motostalgia 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 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). Auto Appraisal Group. 800.848.2886. Offices located nationOctober 2014 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) ence! Automotive designer & illustrator, Steve Anderson is a specialist in the creation of owner-specified, fine art illustrations. Each original piece is hand crafted to portray the exact specification of individual automobiles & collections. All marques, eras, driven, concours and race. Ferrari & Porsche licensed Illustrator. For image samples, additional information or to discuss your project, please call us at 818.822.3063 or visit www.saillustrations.com (CA) Steve Austin’s Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434. European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. 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) Classic Assets Motor Sports CenVintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, 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 Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Collector car sales, both road and race, have been a key activity for over 35 years. Our sales professionals actively seek consignments on a global basis. We also offer vehicle “search and find” for rare models. We undertake pre-purchase inspections worldwide. We provide auction support, including in person or telephone bidding for absentee buyers. Restoration management and special event assistance are also included in our services. Our aim is to make sure that your collector car passion is as enjoyable and worry free as possible. www.automotiverestorations.com Restoration 760.758.6119. Always buying: Offering top dollar for your European classics. Always selling: 3 showrooms with an excellent selection to choose from. Always Restoring: We feature an award-winning, world-class restoration facility, with the expertise to restore you car to any level, including modifications. Super craftsmanship; attention to detail; knowledgeable staff; servicing all of the collector’s needs. Located in San Diego County. Email: sales@classicshowcase.com, www.classicshowcase.com (CA) ter. 760-452-6609 or 858-554-0331. A first-rate used car dealership specializing in vintage rally-eligible vehicles as well as an eclectic private collection of investment-grade automobiles including classic cars, vintage rally cars and super cars. Our business is buying and selling classic, collectable motorcars. We are considered to be the go-to resource for collector cars in San Diego. We are constantly seeking new additions. Top quality, collectable trades always considered. We are available to assist buyers and sellers with all aspects regarding classic cars including import and export. www.ca-motorsportscenter. com. (CA) tory spanning over 50,000 sf. We can meet all your classic car needs with our unprecedented selection; from top of the line models to projects cars. We buy classic cars in any shape or condition & provide the quickest payment & pickup anywhere in the U.S. 310.975.0272 www.beverlyhillscarclub.com (CA) LETTING GO! 847.774.4857. Use Joe’s 50+ years of experience for professional assistance in marketing your collector cars to get top dollar out of the marketplace. Joe Bortz, 10:00– 10:00 CST. BortzCars@gmail.com (IL) Cosmopolitan Motors, LLC. Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the largest European classic car dealerships in the nation with an extensive inven- 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) 141


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. 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) 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 condition. We pick up from anywhere in the U.S. Quick payment & pick up. 718.545.0500. www.gullwingmotorcars.com Motor Classic & Competition. 914.997.9133. Since 1979 we have been racing, restoring, servicing, buying and selling high-quality sports, racing and GT cars. Motor Classic & Competition is where enthusiasts find their dream. We specialize in Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Lotus, Aston Martin, Ford GT40, Cobras and all European sports and vintage racing cars. www.motorclassiccorp.com Heritage Classics Motorcar Com- pany. 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 Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6092. www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the Preservation and Sales of European Classics, pre-war through the 1970s, since 1978. You can rely on our decades of experience with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine collectibles. Repeat customers are the lifeblood of our business. Contact us today to join them. Car Sales Manager, Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell.com. (MA) 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 shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com Collector Car Insurance Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173. We Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse Woodies USA. 949.922.7707, Hyman Ltd Classic Cars. 314.524.6000. One of the largest inventories of vintage cars in the world. Please visit our website often, www.hymnaltd.com to see our current stock. Hyman Ltd Classic Cars, 2310 Chaffee Drive, St. Louis, MO. 63146 314-524-6000 sales@hymnaltd.com 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) Classic Car Transport Kastner & Partners Garage. 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 Passport Transport. 800.736.0575. 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 142 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. Chubb Collector Car Insurance. 1.866.CAR.9648. With Chubb you’ll have flexibility and control with worldclass coverage and claim service. There are no mileage restrictions, “Agreed Value” is included and you’re free to use the restoration shop of your choice for covered repairs. Special pricing is also available for large collections. For more information, call 1-866-227-9648 or visit www.chubbcollectorcar.com. 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) 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) 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 Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. 800.922.4050. is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com. (MI) 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. English Grundy Worldwide. 888.647.8639. L.A. Prep. 562.997.0170. L.A. 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 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) 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) Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Kevin Kay Restorations. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. restoration 760.758.6119. World class full service restoration facility. Creating show/show drivers, and driver restorations. Specializing in British, German and Italian classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship; knowledgeable staff; passionate on quality. Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) 530.241.8337. 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations.net. (CA) Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini 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 more information about our shop, and see photos of past events. www.RMCCAR.com. Finance Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. J. J. BEST BANC & CO. provides 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! Fourintune Garages Inc. 262.375.0876. www.fourintune.com. Complete ground-up restoration on British Marques — specializing in Austin-Healeys since 1976. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process which includes a complete quotation on Healeys. Located in historic Cedarburg — just minutes north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (WI) 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. 410.517.1681. The Mid-Atlantic’s premier facility for the maintenance, repair, and light restoration of exotic Italian and fine European automobiles. 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. 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) German 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 October 2014 June 2014 143


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. 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) carquotes@cosdel.com. www.cosdel.com. (CA) Italian 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. Ferrari & Maserati of Seattle. Porsche of Bend. 800.842.1584. Located in Central Oregon since 1982, Porsche of Bend is the Northwest’s destination dealership for New and Pre-Owned Porsches. Formerly Carrera Motors, Porsche of Bend continues to proudly sell and service one of the most desired brand names in North America. www.bend.porschedealer.com (OR) 206.329.7070. Family owned and operated, Ferrari of Seattle is Washington State’s only Official Ferrari dealer. Named “Ferrari Top Dealer-World Champion 2013,” our customer service and knowledge of the Ferrari brand is second to none. 1401 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 www.ferrariofseattle.com 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 Mercedes-Benz Baldhead Cabinets. 877.966.2253. Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. with more than 30 years in the industry and worldwide clientele in dealing in European race and sports cars, specializes in classic Ferraris of the '50s & '60s. www.ferrari4you.com 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 Leasing The SL Market Letter. 612.567.0234. NOT just SLs but all rare and collectible Mercedes! A key resource on Mercedes since 1982. 100s of Mercedes for sale, market news, price analysis & special reports in every issue & website. 1 & 2 yr. subscriptions open the door to one-on-one SLML help finding & selling specific models. Ask about our private sales program. www.slmarket.com (MN) 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) Museums California Car Cover Company. 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 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 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 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) More than just custom-fit car covers, California Car Cover is the home of complete car care and automotive lifestyle products. Offering the best in car accessories, garage items, detailing products, nostalgic collectibles, apparel and more! Call 1-800-423-5525 or visit Calcarcover.com for a free catalog. The garage is no longer a place to cast off items unwanted. It is a destination in itself. We are a full-service, family owned company that designs and manufactures custom metal cabinets in Bend, OR. Choose from meticulously crafted storage cabinets, TV cabinets, sink cabinets, or our ever popular pull out fastener bin cabinet, just to name a few. www.baldheadcabinets.com Parts, Accessories & Car Care Apex Detail. 201.308.3839. Apex Detail provides bespoke paint correction and detail services to discerning individuals wishing to restore, preserve, protect and maintain their fine automotive, aerospace and marine investments. From a single automobile to large collections Apex Detail has the experience to make a difference. Specializing in ultra-exotic, luxury and classic cars Apex Detail offers a wide range of products and services. www.theapexdetail.com Griot’s Garage —Car Care for LeMay Family Collection Founda- 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) 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 • www.griotsgarage.com www.inmygarage.com. (WA) QuickSilver Exhaust Systems. 305.219.8882. Our customers are sophisticated enthusiasts who choose our exhaust system for various reasons —durability, weight reduction and enhanced sound. QuickSilver are the default choice for many of the most important classics. Originality is essential but there’s no reason why subtle improvements cannot be introduced. QuickSilver use superior materials 144 Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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and modern manufacturing techniques unavailable when the cars were new. www.quicksilverexhausts.com 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 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) Swissvax. 305.219.8882. Since 1930 the Swiss family company creates magnificent wax formulations. The non abrasive system consists of a pre-wax fluid and a high-content Carnauba wax. Unlike ordinary polishes, Swissvax restores the valuable oils of the paint finish that become starved over time and is safe for all paint finishes. Swissvax is also world wide OEM supplier to Rolls-Royce Motorcars, Bugatti, Lamborghini. www.swissvax.com www. swissvax.us 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 Bob Smith Coachworks Inc. Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Founded in 1978, we are well established practitioners of the art and craft of vehicle restoration, preservation and service. Nearly 40 experienced craftspeople focused on the art and entertainment to be enjoyed with great cars describes our culture. Our staff and expertise encompasses a broad range of skills and specific vehicle experience. Proper project management and control produce the quality & attention to detail we have come to be known for in all we produce. See much more on the web at www.automotiverestorations.com 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) Hahn - Vorbach & Associates Bright Motorsports. 480.483.4682. 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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) © High Mountain Classics. Classic Restoration. 303.761.1245, 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 145


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Carl Bomstead eWatch The Box is as Valuable as the Toy Packaging and condition of toys makes all the difference in value, so just hope your mom did not throw out the boxes — mine did! Thought Carl’s Goldin Auctions, at their Babe Ruth Centennial Auction held at the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum at Camden Yards in Baltimore, MD, on July 11–12, sold his signed 1918 contract for $1.02 million including the vig. It was also signed by the American League president Ban Johnson and H.H. Frazee, president of the Boston Red Sox. All three signatures were perfect, and the contract called for Ruth to get a raise from $3,500 to $5,000, which was the last time he was paid a paltry five figures. The terms of this contract were in place until 1922, when he signed his first contract with the Yankees. This is the earliest Babe Ruth contract known and hence the serious interest. Here are a few other pieces we found that have nothing to do with “The Babe” but are still cool: EBAY# 331176599448— PACKARD MOTOR CAR CO. RECORD SET FOR THE PACKARD SIX. Number of Bids: 19. SOLD AT: $437. Date: 4/20/2014. The description stated that these records were from the 1930s, but the Packard Six was introduced in 1920. After poor initial sales, the car was reintroduced in 1922 with much better results. The image on the records would suggest they were early 1920s and not for the later Packard Six and 110. Each side of the records featured a Packard executive speaking of the virtues of the Packard Six. I would hazard a guess that they were used as part of the cars’ introduction to dealers. They were in very nice condition, complete with the sleeves, and rare as heck. Date: 6/1/2014. These NOS 289 Cobra badges were complete with the original packaging. The seller photographed them next to a reproduced badge to show the marked difference in quality. The 427 Cobra badge, which is more common, is also very different. Pricey, but if you have a 289 Cobra in your garage, what’s a grand or so to have the finishing touch on the hood and deck lid? All things considered, the price was not out of line. EBAY #131229145251—1962 EBAY# 251570827696— EBAY #141294999182 — NOS SET OF SHELBY COBRA 289 BADGES. Number of Bids: 29. SOLD AT: $1,235. 1925 AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF ARIZONA VISITOR’S BADGE. Number of Bids: 10. SOLD AT: $519. Date: 7/2/2014. This painted copper badge measured 3¾ inches in diameter and was in exceptional condition. I would suggest that these were given to automobile club members when visiting Arizona, and they would affix them on the radiator of their car. Since it was a different time, folks would notice they were visitors and go out of their way to give them a helping hand. I could not find a reference to one of these in all the normal sources, so they are rare indeed. CHRYSLER IMPERIAL TIN TOY BY ASAHI. Number of Bids: 43. SOLD AT: $8,450. Date: 7/6/2014. This desirable Japanese tin toy was offered in red, blue and black and is highly detailed. This example, without the box, had some crazing in the paint, and the trim was tarnished, but it was otherwise complete. The same seller sold a black version, which was missing some parts, for $5,750 after 45 bids. A red example with the box was offered for $28,000 with no takers. Packaging and condition of toys makes all the difference in value, so just hope your mom did not throw out the boxes—mine did! 5/28/2014. This very unusual die-cut tin sign was made by the H.D. Beach Company and most likely dates to the early 1930s. The sign had a few minor rust spots, and there was some water damage on one side. It was two feet tall, and the colors were bold and vibrant. Even with the minor damage, it was a find, and sold for a most reasonable price. EBAY #201095567126— EBAY #281344299146— CHAMPION SPARK PLUG DIE-CUT TIN FLANGE SIGN. Number of Bids: 6. SOLD AT: $2,146. Date: 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. 146 1934 SHELL POSTER BY GEO HAM. Number of Bids: 5. SOLD AT: $1,136.11. Date: 5/30/2014. Geo Ham was a wellknown French illustrator who specialized in airplanes and race cars. His illustrations for the Monaco Grand Prix are especially famous and are frequently reproduced. This dramatic Shell poster is typical of his work, and reproductions are offered for a touch over $100. Seller guaranteed that this was an original 1934 first printing of this iconic piece, but it sold for a song, which again shows how fakeydoos bring down the value of the real stuff. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market