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• Fake Ferrari 250 SWB Gets Real Money at $163k
• MGC - The Healey That Never Was
• 1960 Ford Square Bird - Four Seats and Ten Times the Sales
• Alfa 1750 Berlina - $22,000 In Receipts, $7,000 Buys It
• M-B 3005 - A Vanishing Breed, Too Expensive To Restore
LAGONDA V-12 TWO
SEPTEMBER 21, 2002
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1968 FERRARI 330 GTC
1957 FORD FAIRLANE
1969 DODGE CORONET 427
HEMI SUPER BEE
1947 PACKARD FASTBACK
1949 PACKARD SEDAN
EX WILLIAM HARRAH 1950
1941 CADILLAC SERIES 60
1959 FORD GALAXIE 500
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'62 Elite with twin 40s
and IF box brings 535k
at Bonhams Goodwood.
September 2002 / Vol. 14, #9
Keith Martin, Editor and Publisher
ON-SITE MARKET REPORTS
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181962 Ferrari 250 GT
Even the experts were fooled.
221968 MGC Convertible
A nose-heavy cult car.
541969 Alfa Romeo 1750
Best of the worst.
561966 Lancia Flaminia
2.8 3C SS Coupe
The flagship of a vanished breed.
Experienced collectors only, please.
611960 Ford Thunderbird
A shareholder's dream car.
52 Price Guide
6 Shifting Gears
8 The Inside Line
Ask The X-perts
Dealing in Exotics
by SCM Analysts
Downs/Ups of GTOs
by Michael Sheehan
The English Patient
Debunking XKE Myths
by Gary Anderson
The Terrible Turbo
by Jim Schrager
Notes From Europe
by Robert Coucher
1974-79 Ferrari GT4
by Alex Leventhal
Gas Bash Petroliana
by Carl Bomstead
'56 BMW R50
by Bill Neill
by Carl Bomstead
10 You Write, We Read
11 Auction Calendar
57 Display Advertisers
60 Vintage Rally Calendar
69 Mystery Photo
69 Mystery Photo Answers
70 Twenty Year Picture
71 Comments With Your
72 Neat Stuff
72 Glovebox Notes
55 Alfa Romeo
60 Vintage Race Cars
73 Showcase Gallery
74 Resource Directory
371960 Jaguar XK 150
DHC - Slushbox 150 gets
auction world-record price of $121k.
291996 Ford Indigo
Roadster - Nonrunning
concept with dummy V12 makes
1978 Ferrari 512 BB
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way from $250k.
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Shifting Gears / Keith Martin
hile getting ready to take our Healey to the frame shop (more
on that later), I thought back on the collector cars Ms. Banzer
and I have owned over the past few years.
A few, like the '72 Datsun 240Z, were painless experiences.
Others, including our '59 Isetta and '72 Chevy Impala convertible,
involved minor automotive bumps and bruises, while bringing our '62
Ferrari 330 America back to life was like being caught in an endless loop of
"Night of the Living Dead."
Despite all appearances to the contrary, there really has been a method
to our serial collecting. Our plan has been to buy decent machines of
various marques that were new to us and reasonably priced for condition.
By owning them, we would be able to experience first-hand those
things that made them both special and/or
horrible. Each purchase has been preceded
by conversations with various SCM specialists.
Alas, even with all of our careful planning,
buying old, used sports cars has been
like walking through a minefield of brake
jobs, clutch replacements and tune-ups. Invariably,
caught up in the romantic red mist
of a new acquisition, we have not looked
closely enough to spot obvious problems.
Or, in a throwback to my Reed College student
days of poverty, we have tried to get
the model we wanted for the least amount
of money (bottom feeding, in other words),
rather than getting the best car within our
budget. There's a difference.
For instance, the first car in our proW
It's a Jungle Out There
A red with cream 1963 BJ7, we bought it sight-unseen from a Healey
specialist who was doing some work on it for the seller. Restored more
than 20 years ago to hobbyist standards, it had a completely rebuilt front
end including brakes, new painted wires and exhaust system, and an overdrive
overhaul. A done car for $17,000—a fair enough price, in the estimation
of SCM Healey specialist Rocky Santiago. In a hurry to get the car
home, we passed on the offer to have it put up on a rack for an inspection.
What could it need? That was a mistake.
The car performed well, getting us to Tahoe in June for the Healey
convention. But once there, an Oregon Healey club member asked if we
knew that the frame on our car had been welded in front of the driver's side
A-arm. An unwelcomed surprise.
Our '68 911L
looked good, needed everything.
gram of marque exploration was a 1968 Porsche 911L for which we paid
$6,200. A bargain, proclaimed the specialists who performed the prepurchase
inspection, given its 97,000 documented miles, five-speed transmission,
S gauge package, perfect silver exterior and nicely patinated
black leather interior.
But the car had been improperly stored for some time. During the first
week of use, the clutch and brakes went out. Despite repeated tunings, the
car never pulled smoothly through the rev ranges, suggesting a distributor
rebuild was in order. Then the chain tensioners collapsed in our driveway,
and when our mechanic, Nasko, replaced them, he mentioned ominous
bearing noises in the tranny.
Exhausted by the continuing problems, it was time to get out. SCM'er
Jurgen End, of Saarbrucken, Germany, took the car with all its problems
disclosed, and set about performing the full restoration the car deserved.
In retrospect, if we had budgeted $12,000 for a very nice, early 911, we
would have been far ahead—certainly in terms of time spent shuttling the
car from shop to shop and the emotionally draining experience of dealing
with things that were constantly breaking.
Proving that we hadn't learned a thing, we then pulled our 1962 Ferrari
330 America out of long-term storage in a Missoula, Montana, barn. The
price, at $22,000 was an irresistible bargain—our chance to own a V12 for
cheap! We then began a two-year decimation of our finances as we attempted
to make it roadworthy and reliable.
The $20,000 we spent on repairs got us a complete braking system,
reupholstered front seats and carpets, remanufactured carburetors by Pierce
Manifolds, a rebuilt front suspension, a new clutch assembly, a new exhaust
system, a re-cored radiator, rebuilt shocks and sorted-out electricals.
All that it then needed was a $20,000 motor overhaul, which would have
resulted in a total investment of $62,000 in a $40,000 car. So off it went as
well, to a subscriber in the Midwest who was "looking for a V12 with a
smoking engine so he could rebuild it himself" Perfect.
The $10,000 we lost on the car was very cheap tuition for our course
in Ferrari V12 Ownership 101. But if I were to do it again, I'd find a way
to beg, borrow or steal the $50,000 or so necessary to have a finished
250/330. I've learned my lesson.
Which brings us back to the Healey.
It's not a big deal—a local shop estimates
about $250 to set the frame right. Yes, it
would have been nice if we had taken a few
moments to inspect it on a lift; it would
have been nicer if those who knew about the
problem had pointed it out to us before we
made the purchase. Would we have bought
it anyway? The car already drives well; the
frame correction will simply allow us to set
the front-end alignment properly. But now
we have a car with a story, and you only
have to read our very own auction reports
to see that stories aren't always good things
when it comes to value. Ultimately, we chalk
it up as another lesson learned the hard way.
Our "investment" in the Healey now
hovers at the $20,000 mark, which seems
about right, and given that we've already
driven it 1,500 miles, perhaps a small bargain.
We won't have the Healey forever, but we've enjoyed the automotive
experience of the throaty, torquey straight-six. It's not as sophisticated as
the 911L, but has more soul than the 240Z, while being infinitely more
kind to our pocket book than the 330 America.
What we've learned so far on this expedition through the world of
vintage sports cars is that buying a 30- or 40-year-old machine will always
be an adventure, and being possessed of a good sense of humor is a prerequisite
before putting one in your garage.
In life, we seek out and pay for unique moments. Each of these old,
imperfect cars allows us to enter a time warp, and experience driving as
defined by the engineers and stylists of a long-ago era.
All things considered, given the distinctive qualities we've enjoyed
from each car we have owned, from the raucous thundering of the 300horsepower
V12 to the petite chug-a-lugging of the Isetta, the price we
have paid so far doesn't seem very high at all.
On the Cover
The evocative work of Italian artist Enzo Naso has long been an especial
favorite of SCM. His painting of a Ferrari TdF was the first full-color
image used on a cover of SCM in 1995; the original oil hangs in my office.
Depicted on this month's cover is a 1931 Mercedes-Benz SSK, a sixcylinder,
7-liter car similar to the one that won the MM in 1931, driven by
Rudolf Caracciola and Wilhelm Sebastian. The car depicted here is owned
by a gentleman in Berlin who drives it in the Mille Miglia today.
Naso was trained as a mechanical engineer before beginning his career
as an automotive artist in 1987. He has created many of the official posters
for the Mille Miglia retrospective. For Ferrari North America, he realized
the posters of the 355 and 360 Challenge in 1998 and 2000. At the Meadow
Brook Hall Concours d'Elegance, in 2000, he was awarded the prestigious
"Strother MacMinn Art Award" for the artist who best depicts the automobile
A member of the AIAP, the Italian association of graphic designers,
Naso is married with two children and lives in Naples where his studio is
located. For information about ordering prints of his work and purchasing
original art, visit his Web site, www.enzonaso.com .•
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A Sale of Collectors' Motorcars,
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11 October 2002
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6/Sign up now for SCM's
sixth annual Insider's Seminars
at the 2003 Barrett-Jackson
auction. Three days of seminars,
straight talk, expert advice,
unlimited consultation with SCM
experts, and the famous field walk
where we look at cars you are interested
in bidding on (1/18-20/02).
Sponsors include Barrett-Jackson,
Hagerty Insurance, Passport
Transport, Premier Financial and
USAppraisal. See page 26 for details,
or contact David.Slama@sportscarmarket
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6/Automobilia Auctions will hold its third
annual after-Hershey no-reserve auction on Saturday,
10/26, at the Clearing House Auction
Gallery in Wethersfield, CT. Enamel and tin
motoring-related signs, automotive sales literature,
surplus literature from the Crawford AutoAviation
Museum Library, and a collection of
Tootsietoys and other brands of small "slush"
toys of the period will all be on offer. Quality
consignments are still being accepted. Contact
Jerry Lettieri at 860/529-7177 or Dave Brownell
at 802/362-4719, email@example.com for
consignment and auction information. (VT)
I/European Correspondent Joe Tomasetti
and Editor Martin will take Tomasetti's GTA
and join 90 other classic car teams from around
the world in the 2002 Tour de Espaiia Classic,
sponsored by Alfa Romeo. The event, 11/0610/02,
begins in Granada and ends in Valencia.
Call +33 (0)1 22.214.171.124, fax +33 (0)1
6/Mercedes-Benz has donated 15 ML320s
to schools nationwide involved with Automotive
Youth Educational Services, Inc. The vehicles
will be used as training and educational
tools in the schools' automotive programs.
I/BMW's new Z4 roadster features two different
high-torque in-line sixes. The 3.0i offers
225 horsepower and the 2.5i produces 184 horsepower.
The 3.0i comes standard with a six-speed
6/The Saratoga Automobile Museum, located
in the newly renovated Bottling Plant, located
on the grounds of the Saratoga
Spa State Park in New York, recently
opened its doors to visitors. The
Museum plans on developing an annual
concours d'elegance as well.
t/The Specialty Market
Equipment Association (SEMA)
has awarded 60 scholarships totaling
$80,000 this year to college
students who plan on furthering
their education towards careers in
the automobile aftermarket industry.
SEMA has also announced that the 2002
SEMA Show will be held 11/05-08/02 at the
Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada.
i/Visit the Southeast Auto Jumble on
Controversial styling in two states of tune.
manual with a five-speed Steptronic transmission
optional, while the 2.5i is available with either
a five-speed manual or Steptronic.
6/Kruse International has teamed with
KidsCharities.org, a nonprofit, Internet-based
organization of children's charities, to host a
series of charity auctions at Kruse events. The
partnership debuted at Kruse's annual Fall Auburn
event, held Labor Day weekend.
9/08/02 at the Globe Theatre in Atlanta, GA.
There will be a car corral, car parts for sale
and trade, as well as any number of automotive-related
items: sales brochures, magazines,
models, posters, art and lithographs,
NASCAR items, performance parts, tire and
wheel vendors, detailers. $5 at the door.
autostradaventures.com , autostrada75
@hotmail.com , 678/
I/An expected 400
participants will meet in
the third MercedesBenz
9/09-15/02, in Luxembourg.
Classic Car Club International
inviting M-Bs that are
at least 20 years old to
a program of regularity
tests, sporting and tourist
outings, and cultural
and social gatherings.
The oldest participating
car will be a 1925 15/
70/100hp model. +49
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+49 (0)711-17-2 36 66.
6/Acura returns as
sponsor of the 10th annual
Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance, held
at the Ocean Trails Gold Club in Rancho Palos
Verdes, CA, 9/22/02. Parnelli Jones will serve
as Grand Marshal, and 175 cars are scheduled
to compete in 20 classes. For the first time,
motorcycles will be invited to compete.
t/The annual Forza Mille V12, presented
by Rich and Jean Taylor's Vintage Rallies and
sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, gets underway
9/28-10/04/02. Starting in Stowe, VT, 50 cars
will drive to Quebec City, Mont Tremblant
and Le Circuit Mont Tremblant, Montreal and
the Montreal Grand Prix course, then back to
Stowe. www.vintagerallies.com , 800/6456069.
I/Join XKs Unlimited at their Open
House, 10/04-06/02. The weekend includes a
reception at the Quality Suites hotel in San
Luis Obispo, CA, a car show, dinner dance, a
90-minute rally on Sunday, and concludes with
the Jaguar Club of North America Points
Concours d'Elegance. Call 805/544-7864,
6/Jaguar sponsors the Gauthier Classic
2002, 10/25-28/02. Approximately 40 classic
cars from North America and Europe will tour
Arizona's scenic desert landscape. Starting in
Scottsdale, cars must be pre-1971, of European
make, have some historical significance, and be
of limited production. Proceeds benefit the Todd
Thomas Foundation. Call 480/941-1707,
jewelrybygauthier.com/classic.html . (AZ)
6/Visit the Best of France and Italy car
show and swap meet, 11/03/02, 9 a.m. to 5
p.m., at Woodley Park in Van Nuys, CA. This
is a non-judged car gathering. 626/797-4221,
www.franceanditaly.com . (CA)
t/Rws 9/21/02 New
York Auto Salon auction,
held in the WaldorfAstoria,
will feature a
1939 Lagonda V12 twoplace
3 1 0 / 2 4 6 - 9 8 8 0 ,
rmauctions.com . (CA)
6/Classic Cars International
will hold its
annual Fall Branson Collector
Car Auction, 10/
18-20/02, in Branson,
MO. To view a list of
or call 800/3353063.
M-B Classic Days: 200 cars, 26 clubs.
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and commercials. The awards were
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and for a half-hour television special featuring
the Audi S8. All three episodes appeared
on Speedvision in 2001. Said SCM'er Jim
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am fortunate to be part of a team of television
professionals who know how to create
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Dear SCM: In reading the notes
on Tom Congleton's passing (August
2002, "Inside Line," page 8),
it occurred to me that he had one
other memorable impact on my life.
I met Ms. Banzer and Editor Martin
because of Tom. I was riding
with Tom in his Maserati Spyder
and Keith wanted a chance to drive
it. So I drove a Neon with Ms.
Banzer as a passenger for several
miles, while Keith drove the Maser.
It was a great chance to discuss
left and right politics while driving
down the middle of the road.
At last year's No Frills Iron
Bottom Motoring Tour, instead of
observing a moment of silence for
Ray Brock, we all gave our engines
an extra revving—it just seems more
appropriate for car guys. We will
do the same for Tom on April 10,
2003.—Ed Pasini, via e-mail
Dear SCM: On page 66 of your
June 2002 issue, you reported on a
"1953 OSCA MT4 Race Car" not
selling at Atlantic City for $50k.
Rather than blaming the venue for
the low bid, I humbly submit my
own reasons for it not achieving a
1. The body was not very
OSCA-like and not original to the
2. The engine was not correct
(and unlikely to be an OSCAdesigned
3. It shares chassis numbers
with at least one other MT4 that
was simultaneously being peddled
across the Atlantic (which was also
loaded up with its share of incorrect
bits but looked more the part).
I examined both cars late last
year and came to the conclusion
that they must each have been rebuilt
from very few pieces of the
same OSCA (which had a good history
until it crashed in the late '50s).
I assume that after the crash, different
pieces ended up in various
shops, each rebuilding a car around
the odd part they had salvaged.—
Jonathan Spira, via e-mail
Dear SCM: I do not understand
your caption of the Ferrari body
pictured at the bottom left of page
14 of the July 2002 issue. It seems
to indicate that the car is a replica.
In fact, the car shown is Ferrari
0672 TR, a 1957 625 TRC. It was
fitted with a 250 TR V12 engine in
Los Angeles in the late 1950s. The
chassis and body as shown are almost
completely original, although
restored, and the present owner is
installing a V12, returning the car
to the configuration in which it was
last raced in the early 1960s. This
car has nothing to do with any
Boano as mentioned in the caption,
nor was it in any way part of the
RM Auction held in conjunction
with the Ferrari Club of America
Annual Convention.—Michael T
Lynch, via e-mail
Oops. Did we hurt someone's.
feelings here? SCM regrets the perceived
Dear SCM: In your July issue
(page 32) you feature a 1982
Lamborghini Countach 5000S, Lot
#815 from the Kruse Spring Auburn
Being silver with blue interior,
not entirely the most common
color combination, there is a strong
possibility that this was actually
ZA9C00500CLA12507, in which
case it does have some history.
It was the first 5-liter Countach
imported into America by
Lamborghini of North America.
The car was fitted with fuel injection
and emission controls designed
by Jas Rarewala and the crew at
Lamborghini of North America. It
was then tested at EPA in Ann Arbor,
Michigan, and was the emissions
prototype for the 1982-85
US-type certified fuel-injected
Countach 5-liter that was fully legal
in all 50 states.
The car was subsequently
shipped back to the factory and
used by them as the production
model for the US Countach.
The car then came back to the
US and I sold it to a Lamborghini
dealer in Rhode Island, who, if I
remember correctly, sold it to a
gentleman from Michigan.—Trefor
Thomas, Former Managing Director,
Lamborghini of North
Dear SCM: In the July issue,
Gary L. Koch wrote about the negative
attitudes many Ferrari purists
express against the 365 GTC/4
(page 68). I was drawn to his letter
because there was a picture of my
C4 accompanying it. What a pleasant
I am also one of the apparent
minority that thinks the C4 is one
of Ferrari's best touring cars. The
performance is much better than
many of the later V8s and earlier
V12s. It is comfortable almost to
the point of luxurious with an ex-
cellent air conditioning system
and heaters, unobtrusive power
steering that is on par with modern
systems, a supple but excellent
suspension, and a cabin with
plenty of room for the driver and
companion. Almost as important,
the sound will raise the hair on
the back of your neck when you
put your foot down on the accelerator.
Finally, as Mr. Koch
points out, it is much more affordable
than most of the older
Die-hard tifosi always compare
these cars to the Daytona, failing
to understand that the C4 was not
intended to compete with it, but
rather to offer an alternative to the
more aggressive Berlinetta. It should
be remembered that the C4 was the
replacement for the 365 GTC,
which was also considered a fine
touring car. I have had the opportunity
to drive a number of older
Ferraris and find that none offer the
combination of comfort and performance
that a C4 does.
My experience over the last
three years with a C4 has been
superb. Mine has been completely
rebuilt (not restored) and,
after more than 10,000 miles, has
had absolutely no problems of
any kind. Some "experienced experts"
warn of the high cost of
maintenance and particularly, the
difficulty of keeping the six carburetors
in tune. I believe that
most of the problems are caused
by inexperienced mechanics and
As for the design, beauty is truly
in eye of the beholder. I think the
C4 looks better in dark colors so
that the "clown mouth" is camouflaged.
It also looks great in the flesh,
and much better than most photos.
The C4 is a great car. As someone
wrote, the C4 is a Ferrari for
the mature enthusiast who doesn't
need a red one.—Jack Curtis, Laguna
In the July issue, page 36, Lot
#455's mileage should have been
listed as 125,642, not 25,642 as
Regarding the July Shifting
Gears (page 6), thanks to James G.
Cobb, editor of the Automobile section
of The New York Times, for
pointing out that the Ford Fairlane's
first year of production was 1955.
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"Daddy Won't Let Me Broker Ferraris"
perts: I recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts,
Amherst, and I would like to make buying, selling and
brokering Ferraris of all vintages my business. Indeed, myfamily
is in the car business, I have been in contact with it my whole life,
and I have worked in the business (while going to school) since I was 18.
However, my family is unwilling to help me in my endeavors with regards
to Ferraris, as they would rather see me go into the family business dealing
in pedestrian cars like Toyotas and Dodges. I see this as a very good
beginning, but Ferraris are my passion.
For this reason, I write to you; to seek your professional opinion as to
how one gets into the Ferrari business.—B.
via e mail
Michael Sheehan replies:I know many car dealers who dabble in Ferraris
on the side. The Dodges and Toyotas pay for the dirt, provide the cash flow,
the bank connections, keep a roof over everyone's head, a few morsels of
sustenance on the table and keep the lupine pest from the portals.
If (and this is a big and important if) you can successfully run a Toyota
or Dodge store, you will have earned the right to dabble in some fun side
projects. I don't have a clue how big your family stores are, how many
you have, their location or allocations, but, in California, a well-run store
can net $1,000,000 a year, pre-tax, without too much drama. You will not
earn that kind of money brokering Ferraris. You will also never get the
bank connections, and so on.
While earning your spurs in the family mass-market dealerships, set
up a small area that can be used for a few toys. Use your wholesale license
to buy and sell. Use your dealer's license to avoid sales tax and fines for
flipping titles. Use your dealer plates to drive and enjoy the car and avoid
emissions-inspection hassles. And while you learn about exotics, write off
your inevitable mistakes against the profits of the mainline stores.
Selling Toyotas allows you to play with Ferraris.
After ten years of this, you should have developed a wide range of
contacts and connections. If, by then, you have also demonstrated a track
record of being able to consistently make money with your mainline business
and your hobby store, in good times and bad, then, and only then,
should you try to turn your little boutique into a real business.
The bottom line is, you have to learn the trade, please the family, and learn
and earn your Ferrari connections before you are ready to branch out into the
very specialized Ferrari business. For every story you hear about someone
making a quick $50,000 flipping a Modena Spyder, there are five stories about
guys who lost tens of thousands because their gray-market imports got stuck
in customs for two years, or they bought a Daytona that ended up needing a
$25,000 engine, or they guessed wrong on the market and bought Boxers for
$250,000 just as they started their rapid slide towards today's $75,000 value.
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Dear X-perts: I'm looking at a 1969 Porsche 912 Targa with about
120,000 miles, and is in very nice condition. Apparently there were only
about 800 made, and a proper valuation is hard to determine.
Any suggestions as to where I can get the info I seek or how we can go
about setting a fair price?-111. K., via e-mail
Keith Martin replies: I don't know exactly how many 912s were made
in 1969, but a whopping 29,212 were made during their 1966-69 life span
(and another 2,099 in a later version offered in 1976).
Dear X-perts: What's the story with the lack of available information
and mention of the Porsche America Roadsters? I bought a 1992 model in
1998 not knowing anything about them, just liking the looks and the drive.
I paid $40,000 and the mileage was at 65,000; it is now at 68,000. It is
triple black in color and in excellent condition. Jam trying to get a handle
on the collectibility or non-collectibility ofthis car Can you enlighten me?—
R.R.K., Miami Beach, FL
Jim Schrager replies: The America Roadster, produced in 1992, was a
promotional model of the C2 Cabriolet. Equipped with the standard 3.6liter
engine, it featured "Turbo-look" bodywork, and only 250 were built.
It took its name from the alloy-bodied 1952 356 roadster, of which just 18
From 1989-92, Porsche struggled to overcome sluggish sales caused by
the defects of the engines and clutches in the 3.6-liter C2/C4 cars. In an
effort to increase sales, Porsche introduced four special edition cars in the
1992-93 period. In addition to the America Roadster, they offered the C2
Speedster, the 911 Celebration (a paint and interior package), and the RS
3.8, which had a slightly larger engine.
America Roadsters are mentioned in Original Porsche 911 (MBI) by
Peter Morgan; in general you won't find much written about them as they
are too new to be of interest to most collectors, and, as a badge-special, are
not on the radar screen of serious Porschephiles.
Buy two more cylinders and be happier.
We value them between $5,000 and $7,500, with extremely nice ones
going all the way up to $10,000. You should only buy a good one, as the
repair costs on 912s, even though they have wimpy four-cylinder engines,
Personally, I wouldn't waste my time with a 912 if you can afford the
$12,000 or so it will take to get into a decent 911. The 912 is slow, and the
first thing you will probably do is take off the 912 badge so other Porsche
owners won't snicker as you drive by.
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1971 Ferrari 365 GTC/4
black/tan, 18,000 miles,
Borranis, fresh service,
Calif. car, great one! $65,000
1957 Stanguellini Formula Jr.
good vintage racer, needs
some minor sorting, good
overall, red $27,900
In general, the "Turbo-look" cars have not shown strength in the marketplace.
A better bet for collectibility in this series would be the 1993 RS
3.8 coupes, of which about 100 were made. This is a performance-oriented
car similar in concept to the original 2.7 RS of 1973, and offered 300
horsepower, 50 more than the standard 3.6.
America Roadsters are priced based on condition and miles, with a
premium, perhaps 10%, for the America package. An America Roadster
with 5,000 miles could bring as much as $50,000; yours, with its significantly
higher miles, is probably worth $30,000 to $35,000.
Send your collector car questions to the X-perts. E-mail:
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1962 250 GTE/250 GT SWB Bedinetta
Chassis number: CA 749761 or 4015
ntroduced in 1960, the short-wheelbase was
available in street or competition spec, with
alloy bodywork on the lighter competition cars.
All SWBs were more than capable as road cars,
with a level of trim and sound and weather proofing
that seemed luxurious for their day.
Much of the development work carried out on
the Ferrari GT cars filtered down into some of
Ferrari's non-competition-oriented cars, such as
the 250 GTE. Lessons learned in making the V12
engines competitive in endurance races helped factory
engineers develop the more pedestrian roadgoing
engines' reliability, while lessons learned on
chassis improvements required on such testing events as the Carrera Pan
Americana were fed into all the products of the Maranello firm.
As a result, it is relatively simple, on paper, to convert a car like a GTE
to the specifications and style of the legendary SWB. As is often the case,
"on paper" is not as easy as it sounds.
Reproducing a car such as this is a labor of love for some, a way of
creating a dream for less than the cost of the original. The reality is that the
resultant car will never be valued at anything like its build cost. To some
who love Ferrari, though, this is of small concern. The joy of owning such
an immaculate piece of automotive art is value enough, and for subsequent
owners, the joy of ownership of an icon is a much more viable prospect—
a chance to drive a legend.
This immaculate SWB re-creation is based on a 1962 250 GTE chassis,
though so accurate is the re-creation that it was, for many years, considered
to be an original 250 SWB. Some years later the "original" car came to
light and this car's identity was clarified. However this car is understood
to have changed hands in the past for a high six-figure price commensurate
with the original examples.
This car sold for $163,436, including buyer's premium, at the BarrettJackson/Coys
Monaco sale, May 17, 2002.
Lord Brocket lived a life nearly everyone could
admire. He was a titled Baron, the third Baron of
Brocket He lived on a 57-acre family estate, was
married to an outrageously beautiful lady and played
polo with Prince Charles. He had a world-class automobile
collection, including many highly prized vintage
cars. He was also a crook.
Original list price
Lord Brocket's desire for the good things in life
exceeded his ability to pay for them. He amassed a
multi-million-dollar debt and engaged in a number
of schemes to pay it off ranging from embellishing
facts to add value to his cars, to a faked theft of
several important cars in an attempt to collect an
exaggerated insurance settlement. The latter ruse led
to his eventual downfall.
The car shown here is a well-known Lord Brocket
scam. As the story goes, he wanted a Ferrari SWB
and, being a bit short on funds, decided to build one
instead ofbuying one. He purchased 250 GTE #4015,
250 GTE approx. $13,000,
250 SWB approx. $13,500
$450 (two required)
SCM Price Guide 250 GTE, $32,500-$45,000;
250 SWB, $850,000-$950,000
Left frame member by steering box
Right rear above motor mount
Ferrari Club of America,
P.O. Box 720597, Atlanta, GA 30358;
Ferrari Owner's Club,
8642 Cleta St., Downey, CA 90241
Fake 250 GTO,
fake Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato,
fake Hemi Dodge Challenger R/T
a partially completed SWB replica project, and brought it to England where
it was finished by master craftsmen. He (allegedly) fraudulently stamped
the chassis and engine with the number of a long-lost SWB, #3565. The
result was a counterfeit SWB so authentic it would fool experts for years.
1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB
Lot #44, S/N 3565 (the real car)
As Brocket's financial problems deteriorated, he sold the car as the real
#3565 to a well-known East Coast dealer. The dealer in turn sold it to a
prominent American collector for a reported $750,000, the going rate for
a real SWB at that time. The trick was exposed when the real #3565 was
brought out of hibernation. The embarrassed owner of the counterfeit
quickly dumped the car, properly identiffing his #3565 as a reproduction.
It is frowned upon to sell a car with a fictitious ID number, so a stateassigned
number was obtained giving the car a new identity, #749761.
This car could not be duplicated for anywhere
near the auction price of $163k. It is still crisp and in
a condition worthy ofany collection. It is also a forgery;
an out-and-out rip-off of Ferrari 's design and
someone else's SWB. Any future owner will have to
either lie about what it is or give an elaborate explanation
whenever someone admires his car.
The owner reportedly sold the car for $125,000
(ouch)—a quick, "get it out of my life" price. The next
owner put the car upfor resale at $200,000 and eventually
traded itfor much less. It was then offered at about
$145,000 before selling at Monaco.
250 GTE 1960-63;
250 SWB 1959-62
250 GTE 955;
250 SWB 165
The real #3565 was thoroughly restored and
changed hands in 1999 for $695,000. It was then
resold a month later for $832,652.
Lord Brocket received five years in prison for
his attempted insurance scam. When the SWB
scheme was discovered, an additional two years was
added to his sentence.
In terms of replacement cost, this car should be
considered well bought. Now clearly identified as a classy fake, the notorious
Brocket provenance may even add a bit to its value down the road.—
(Historic data and photos courtesy of auction company)•
Coys; London, England; November 21, 1999
Sold at $832,652
SCM ID# 22527
Brooks; Gstaad, Switzerland; December 17, 1999
Sold at $113,400
SCM ID# 6432
1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB replica
Lot #434, S/N 2835
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The Ups and Downs and Ups of the 250 GTO
he legendary Ferrari 250 GTO was first shown to the
press at Ferrari's annual press conference in February
1962. This newest Ferrari was both strikingly beautiful
and, as history would prove, a race winner out of the box.
With only 36 cars built (and three of the 4-liter 330 GTO),
it was the last of a line of highly competitive dual-purpose
racing Ferraris. It has become the most valuable, sought after,
and instantly recognizable racing Ferrari of all time. Further,
with its tremendous performance coupled with superb balance,
the 250 GTO is one of those rare race cars that can make
even a bad driver (read that as wealthy amateur) look good on
GTO stands for Gran Turismo Omologato, meaning homologated
for FIA racing. The 250 GTO was a development of the 250
SWB, with the addition of dry-sump lubrication, larger valves, a
five-speed gearbox, six carburetors, an oil cooler, a coil spring
shock absorber combination in front and rear, and Watts linkage
rear suspension. All of this made the car's handling much more
stable and predictable than its predecessor, the 250 SWB.
And, as with all things valuable, the market prices of GTOs have had
peaks and valleys over the years.
When introduced in early 1962, 250 GTO SN 3387 was sold by
Ferrari to Luigi Chinetti Motors for $9,700 and immediately resold to
Bob Grossman for $12,000, plus $1,600 for Le Mans preparation.
Because GTOs were very competitive racecars through the early and
mid 1960s, they were highly sought after and changed hands in the $12,000
to $18,000 range throughout the early and mid-1960s.
But by the very early 1970s the 250 GTOs had become merely old,
non-competitive racecars, used as macho but impractical street machines.
The ultimate dual-purpose Ferrari.
Prices dropped, with S/N 5573 going to Kirk White for $5,800 and S/N
3769 sold to Gordon Barrett for $8,500, both in 1971.
By the late '70s the collector car market had started to blossom and
prices were rising. 250 GTO SN 3757 went to Nick Mason, drummer for
Pink Floyd, for approximately $86,000 in 1978. In the early 1980s Ferrari
prices continued to rise, and Joe Marchetti paid what was then the unbelievably
high price of $285,000 for 250 GTO S/N 4091.
In 1985, as the Ferrari market gathered momentum, 250 GTO S/N 3987
sold to Ralph Lauren of Polo fame for $650,000, and S/N 3705 went to
Yoshiyuki Hayashi for $500,000.
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In 1986 the Ferrari frenzy was gathering steam and SIN 3589 went to
Frank Gallogly for $1 million. Mr. Gallogly did well with his 250 GTO,
selling it in August of 1988, to Bert Stieger in Switzerland for $4.2 million.
The Ferrari madness of the late 1980s peaked in 1989 with the sale by this
author of 250 GTO SIN 3909 to Kato in Japan for $13,837,500. The only
higher price ever paid for a Ferrari was $17,000,000, paid in January 1990 to
Arnold and Werner Meier of Switzerland for their 330 GTO, S/N 4561 SA.
By 1990, the collector car market had started its collapse, and 250
GTO S/N 3607 was sold to Giorgio Perfetti in Switzerland for what
seemed like a bargain at $9,588,780.
The market bottom was defined in January 1993 with 250 GTO S/N
4219 going to Brandon Wang for $3.5m and, in September of 1994, with
the ex-Kato car (S/N 3909), previously purchased for $13,837,500, going
to John Collins of Talacrest for $2.7m.
But no bear market lasts forever, and by 1996 the Ferrari market was
again on the rise. 250 GTO S/N 3455 went to Matsuda in Japan for $4.2m,
and 250 GTO S/N 4293 sold to Patrick Ma in Hong Kong for $4.1m.
In the late '90s, prices continued to rise. Out of respect for the privacy of
the recent purchasers, we won't name any names. However, SN 3729 went
to a Northwest SCM'er for $5.25m; SN 3413 to another SCM'er in the same
region for $5.5m; S/N 3909 to the Bay Area for $7m; and, in the highest price
recorded in the recent market, 250 GTO SN 4293 was sold to an SCM'er in
Asia for $9m, a number close to the nose-bleed prices of late 1989.
While no one can foresee the future, I would offer that a GTO is a
pretty safe investment at the current time, at least in financial terms. While
they haven't yet hit their former peak prices, if financial uncertainties
continue to roil the world's markets, owning one of 36 GTOs certainly
seems prudent compared to owning several million shares of any number
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53 212, Inter PF coupe, s/n 0265, ex-Ingrid
Bergman car, perfectly restored by Bob Smith
in red with tan leather interior, Best in Class
at Pebble Beach in 1985. $375,000. 510-6537555.
61 250 CT 2+2, good solid body, restore or
parts. $3,500. 610-666-1966. PA
63 250, Pininfarina Cabriolet, red, Bon -anis,
restored. Manny Dragone, 203-335-4643. CT
64 500, Superfast, original Turin show car in
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65 GTB, zero rust, never wrecked, excellent
throughout. $195,000. 509-448-6879. WA
65 275 GTS, fly yellow/black, an exceptional
example, fresh engine, fresh paint, impressive
ownership history, 53,289 miles.
$178,500. 954-522-9900. FL
66330 GT, red, black leather, low miles, original,
power windows. 816-455-3033. MO
67 330 GTC, #11251, red/black, late car
with hood vents, upgraded transaxle and
CV joints. Drives well, everything works.
Good cosmetics including paint. $89,900.
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67 275 GTB/4, #9993, red/black, exceptional
mechanicals, excellent original interior,
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Priced for a quick sale. $289,900.
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69 365 GTC, red with newly done Connolly
black leather interior, a/c, wires, very clean &
in excellent mechanical condition, rare, 1 of
150 produced. $105,000. 510-653-7555. CA
71 GTC/4, red with black/red interior, 6,800
real miles, major service just completed. 860435-6444.
72 246 GT, sin 05028, beautiful black paint,
tan interior, 34K miles, a/c, pw, books and
tools, excellent condition in and out.
$69,900. 301-526-2419. MD
74 246 GTS, s/n 02768, metallic blue, navy
interior, 26K miles, original owner, looks
runs great. $82,500. 440-442-4088. OH
75 308 GT4 DINO, total restoration, pristine
condition, original owner Mrs. Bill
Harrah of Reno, NV. $23,000 serious buyers
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air and AM/FM CD, complete service history
with books, tools, EPA papers and
showroom brochure, this concours condition
car runs and drives perfectly. $71,900.
77 308 GTB, grey/red, 18,500 miles, desirable
Euro dry sump motor, Koenig prepared, nice
condition, drives great, service recommended,
original books. $27,000. 310-274-9809. CA
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black seats with red piping & red inserts,
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English Car Profile
1968 MGC Convertible
Chassis number: GCN1 1078-G
y the late 1960s the MGB, now with a 1.8-liter
engine, had been in production for five years and
was firmly established in the hearts of enthusiasts
around the world. Its performance, however, was
outpaced by sports models and—on occasion—tuned sedans
from other factories. The engineers at MG's Abingdon
works knew there was plenty of development in the B's
compact unitary bodyshell and running gear, and in 1967 the
3-liter MGC-GT and roadster were unveiled at the Earls
Court Motor Show.
BMC had shoehorned into the B's bodyshell a sevenmain-bearing,
2912-cc straight-six engine with pushrod
valves and twin SU carburetors, evolved from that used in
the big Austin-Healey.
The new engine yielded 150 horsepower, significantly
better than the four-cylinder's 95 horsepower, and endowed
the C with a top speed in excess of 125 miles per hour.
However, the long engine dictated that a front cross-member be removed
and torsion bar independent front suspension had to be introduced. Rear
suspension was the same as the MGB.
Other worthwhile improvements included a new four-speed allsynchromesh
gearbox (with optional overdrive) shared with the MGB Mk
II and larger, servo-assisted disc brakes at the front.
Wheel diameter was increased to 15 inches to allow Dunlop SP41 tires
to be fitted. Apart from a broad bulge across the bonnet to clear the engine
and an identifying badge in the rear panel, there was little to distinguish the
C from its smaller-engined brethren, but the character of the car was radically
changed. It was now a high-geared, very fast grand tourer.
Well-made by a factory workforce who took much pride in their jobs,
the car still received a cool response from the motoring press. But during
its three-year production life, MG enthusiasts took
the type to their hearts, and it has long had what can
only be described as a cult following.
The certificate supplied by the British Motor
Industry Heritage Trust confirms that this MGC
was originally a right-hand-drive UK model produced
on May 17, 1968. It was sold new through
Manchester agent Joseph Cockshoot & Co. The
document also notes that its present mineral blue
with black interior livery is the same as when it
was originally sold, and that at some stage it has
had an engine change, although the correct MG
replacement unit's number correlates with the series
of the original.
SCM Investment Grade
In more recent times the car has been the subject of a $30,000 restoration
by marque specialists Autech of Bromsgrove. This work is detailed
through a comprehensive file offered with the car, and supported by photographs.
It was subsequently acquired by the current owner in 1995 from
MG specialists Former Glory of Middlesex.
This MGC remains in excellent condition and, although it appears to
have seen limited use in recent years, it has been regularly maintained and
performed well on a recent test drive. It is presented complete with convertible
top and full-length tonneau cover.
This car sold for $13,348, including buyer 's premium, at Christie's
London sale, March 25, 2002.
Lot #201, S/N GCD1111G
Christie's; London, England; October 31, 1999
Sold at $24,623
SCM ID# 16892
Though the MG engine has the same bore and stroke dimensions as
the Healey, and consequently the same capacity, it was a complete redesign.
The engine has seven main bearings to the Healey 's four: is two
inches shorter; and 44 pounds lighter than the Healey engine.
As had been done with the Sprite and Midget, BMC originally
planned to badge-engineer an Austin-Healey 3000 Mk IV out of the
MGC to replace the outdated and less comfortable 3000 Mk III, in
addition to selling the car as a high-end alternative to the MGB.
However, Donald Healey refused to have his name attached to a car
that he thought was rife with compromises.
Number produced .... 4,544 convertibles, 4,458 GTs
Original list price
SCM Price Guide
The lukewarm press response isn't surprising. The engine weighed in
excess of 200 pounds more than the MGB, making the car distinctly noseheavy
It handled, many said, like a lorry. Though top speed was higher
and the engine smoother, acceleration was lazy due
largely to the heavyflywheel.
Left inner fender, just behind radiator
On block, under middle spark plugs
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The car cost almost 20 percent more than the
MGB but was almost indistinguishable on the outside.
It had exactly the same interior, too, which was
another negative in the marketplace.
Even with the price differential, however; high development
and manufacturing costs made the car unprofitable.
With the creation ofBritish Leyland in 1968,
the bean counters wasted no time in ending production
of the MGC, so it was never able to reach its potential.
Modern enthusiasts have found ways to improve
the suspension, and with some mods to the drive-
train, including substantially lightening the flywheel, a fine performing
highway cruiser can be achieved.
Value guides disagree on whether or not the MGC should command a
premium over the MGB, so condition ends up being more important than
model in deciding which to purchase.
In our view, an MGC simply offers different qualities than the MGB. If
you expect to do a lot of long-distance driving, the C would be preferable, but
ifyou just want a quick, good-handling sportster, the B is the better choice.
Assuming this car was in the good condition characteristic ofmost Christie's
offerings, its price was in line with market value, and certainly represented
a bargain compared to what was spent on restoring it.—Gary Anderson
(Historic data and photo courtesy of auction company)
1969 MGC Convertible
Lot #818, S/N GCNL 2481G
Brooks ; Sussex, England; June 20, 1997
Sold at $14,490
SCM ID# 5022
The English Patient / Gary Anderson
Eight E-Type Myths
uying an E-type can be a tricky affair. As with any old car, there are
plenty of potential financial pitfalls. Knowing what to watch for can
save you thousands of dollars and lots of time. Before rushing into
a perilous purchase, look at several cars, take your time and find the
one that's right for you. More than 70,000 XKEs left the factory, so buyers
can afford to explore their options. Learn about the marque and model, and
get help in evaluating it and fixing up the few things that may be wrong. If you
do, you'll be rewarded with a car that looks great, attracts admiring glances
everywhere you go, and gives you a marvelous feeling as it swiftly takes you
down the interstate or propels you around the curves of a country road.
When shopping for a Jaguar XKE, like any number of other cars, there
are plenty of things that require vigiliance. Included in this are disingenuous
sellers who will try to hook you with sales pitches that are full of
information that is just plain wrong.
Below are eight of the more common creative interpretations of Jagselling
reality we've come across, and our responses.
1. Series I, II and III [-types
are all equal in value.
Certainly all E-types are collectible, but their desirability, and hence their
values, vary. Because collectors consider it to be the "purest" of the breed, the
Series 1(1961-67) has the greatest value even though minor improvements
X_KE that not only has matching numbers on all components, but exactly the
tight marks on every nut and bolt. The car also has to be spotless, which
means you'll have to trailer it to the meet behind your Chevy Suburban.
If driving the Jag on a twisty, dusty country lane is more your idea of
fun, then you don't need to spend the low six figures that a JCNA 99point
car can fetch in today's market. You can probably find a car to enjoy
for half that or less.
4. Replacing the 3.8-liter engine with a later
4.2 enhances an early car's value.
Any engine swaps in any collectible-category marque invariably reduce
the value of that car. However, if the asking price is around half the
value of a comparable original-engine car in the same condition, and you
don't intend to show the car in competitive Jaguar concours events, then
Keeping the 3.8 is a wise decision in terms of an investment.
Series Is are worth the most.
made when the Series 11 (1968-71) was introduced (such as an improved
cooling system and more comfortable seats) make it a better driver. The value
of the Series 111 (1971-74), with the power of its V12 engine and inevitable
comparisons with V12 Ferraris, falls in between the Series I and Series II.
2. Series II and III Jags with automatics
are highly desired.
This is a sports car. Sports cars are defined by their manual transmissions.
On the other hand, there's a proper price for everything and if your better half
doesn't appreciate the finer points of double clutching, an automatic priced
about $10,000 less than a comparable manual might be fine. Just make sure
before you buy that the auto box is in good operating order. Some nice transmission
conversions are available (typical is a five-speed Ford Mustang box
with competition gears) that replace the often-temperamental four-speed gearbox.
These conversions can be cheaper than the cost of a transmission rebuild,
but an original transmission in good condition is still best in terms of value.
3. You can use the same E-type
for show and go.
Before venturing into the market, you have to decide what kind of Jaguar
owner you will be. There are the concours competitors and then there are the
owners who enjoy driving their cars. If you're not the kind of person who is
going to delight in spending every free moment prepping your car for the
next Jaguar Club concours, then you don't need a concours-level XKE. To
win a concours trophy in the Jaguar Clubs of North America, you need an
there's no reason to shy away from the cross-generational hybrid. On the
other hand, if it's a 350-c.i. Chevy V8 nestled under that curvaceous hood,
you're not likely to be welcomed into most Jaguar circles.
5. Servicing the E-type's racing-style
discs is no big deal.
It's not difficult to change pads, but if you have to replace the rotors or
service the calipers on the rear brakes, be prepared for a large charge. To get
at the brakes, the rear suspension has to be dropped after first removing
the exhaust system. If, like many well-used cars, your exhaust is rusted
into place, you've got two large problems rather than only one small one.
6. Clutch slips? Don't worry.
Clutches on Jaguars shouldn't slip. Certainly the problem will never be
as simple as a slave cylinder. And that innovative monocoque tub, copied
from the racing D-types, around which the Jaguar chassis is hung comes
with a price. To service the clutch, the entire engine and transmission has
to be dropped out from beneath the car since there is no access from above.
This is not an inexpensive job.
7. Any body shop can take care
of that bonnet fit problem.
An all-too-typical occurrence is the bonnet fit problem. The only outward
symptom may be an inconsistent gap between the rear edge of the
bonnet and the front edge of the car. This can be caused by several different
problems—or a combination of many—all of which are expensive to fix.
The one-piece, forward-opening bonnet of the XKE is its most distinctive
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styling feature. However, it is the most vulnerable and most complicated
piece of metal on the car. Series Is in particular were easily damaged. If not
carefully opened, the front of the bonnet could hit the ground, denting the
bonnet or, even worse, bending it out of alignment. Early cars have absolutely
no bumper protection so, consequently, the bonnets frequently took
the brunt of careless drivers. They were almost as often badly repaired.
8. A coupe is worth just as much
as a convertible.
Any designer will tell you that the coupe (with the exception of the
ungainly later 2+2 body style) is the most elegant version of the Jaguar XIKE
design. The coupe was the original show car when the model was introduced
Like most other collector cars, XKE buyers pay more for it /nd -tousled hair
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in Geneva in 1961. However, designers and enthusiasts don't always think
alike, and in the contemporary vintage car world when collector cars are only
driven on sunny days, a convertible will always be worth more than a coupe.
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56 BRISTOL, #BEX226, BRG, moss green
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version. E-mail: email@example.com
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69 428, cony, one of only 3 LHD 4-spd
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62 DB4, Body to DB4GT specs, outside fuel
fillers, etc. Total rebuild. Will be painted
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67 DB6, black, red leather, LHD, records,
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$59,000 obo. 813-287-2654. FL
49 SILVERSTONE, very fast, strong engine,
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4 BN1, spruce green, stalled restoration,
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$6,300. 515-891-3526. MI
55 100S, Lobelia blue over white, restoration
finished 2001. Fully race-prepared engine,
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56 100M, red over black factory, Heritage
certificate, fresh restoration nearly complete,
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firstname.lastname@example.org $48,000. Mary Ellen Ford,
67 3000 BJ8 Mk III/Ph2, Colorado red,
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60,000 miles, records, maintained to
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49 MARK V, saloon, 3-1/2 liter engine,
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52 XIC 120, roadster, OE white, red leather,
low mileage on a complete 1994 restoration,
early steel body, matching numbers, steel
wheels and skirts, looks and runs as a 120
should. $38,000 obo. 615-297-4823. 615386-0255.TN
54 XK 120, roadster, a never-rusted California
car in exceptional condition, white with
red interior, body, interior and mechanicals
very close to perfect, owned by longtime
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56 XK 140MC, red/black, stunning, 100%
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62 XICE, E-type roadster, white/blue, re-built
h-p motor and suspension, this car was extensively
raced at the Chicago Historics and
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69 XICE SII, roadster, red, black, both tops,
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74 OTS, silver, blue top and interior, restored
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$42,500. 317-845-9818. IN
TYPE, roadster, matching numbers, V12,
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64 SUPER 7, LHD, street car, yellow/black,
1500 Cosworth (rebuilt), frame strengthened,
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66 ELAN S2,
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71 EUROPAS, (2) S2 Renault engined, both
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32 J2, black w/cream wheels, well documented
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46 TC, cream/tan, older restoration, excellent
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50 TD, rare RHD, metallic green, 4-cyl,
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53 TD, black, white top, red interior, same
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55 TF, 1500cc, numbers match, very good
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65 SILVER CLOUD III MPW, Convertible,
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67 TIGER Mk 1A, white/black, no rust,
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Sports Car Market
M Market Report 4.“Vss
ollector car market Viagra. That's
what the stock market is these days.
After a decade of watching stock
valuations climb mindlessly, each
new advance fueling the next, the current crash
has been no surprise.
We veterans of the 1987-91 Gold Rush were
reminded of Maserati Ghibli convertibles hitting
$250,000, Alfa 2600 Spiders going to
$75,000, and even lowly Ferrari 250 GTEs
To someone who bought a Daytona for
$150,000 and sold it a week later for $250,000,
the bull market in cars was a very good thing.
Just like for those who took their profits and
got out while stock prices were still skyrocketing,
the inflated valuations of Qwest, AOL and
Global Crossing were just fine.
Whether the prices of the cars or stocks were
justified were irrelevant. Savvy traders knew
when they had made enough, sold and got out.
But someone is always left standing when
the music stops. With cars, it was the speculators
with garages full of late-model Testarossas
that fell from $250,000 to $65,000 and have
never recovered, or Alfa Romeo TZ- 1 s that
peaked at $750,000 and have only recently returned
to the $200,000 mark.
As a speculative market hits its moment of
ultimate frenzy, all the latecomers want in.
They've watched enviously from the sidelines
as their friends have made money over the past
few years, and want a little of the no-brainer
booty in their pocket as well.
But the market knows no friends, takes no
prisoners and has no mercy. Those it made
wealthy it also makes poor, without regard for
shattered dreams or devastated lifestyles.
The stock market won't stop going down
until it reaches its natural bottom, however high
or low that might be.
Collector cars, on the other hand, reached
their low point a decade ago, and have been
climbing slowly and carefully since. At current
prices, they are not over-inflated, and there is
definitely room for some upside. Certainly,
there's a greater chance for the Dow to fall to
5,000 than there is for a million-dollar 250 SWB
to drop to $125,000.
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on cars from last month's "Safe Buy"
to a "Very Strong Buy." But with a warning—if
car prices start to zoom and you have the chance
to double your money on the '69 Camaro RS/SS
396 convertible you bought for $25,000, take
the money and run. Never forget that in any
investment situation, it's the pigs that get fat,
and the hogs that get slaughtered.—ED.
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: A non-running car in wretched physical condition
that is probably only good for parts.
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Top 10 Ten
Sales This Issue
1. '92 Ford Focus concept Ghia roadster, $1,107,500,
2. '97 Mercury MC4 concept coupe, $645,500, C
3. '92 Ford Mustang Mach Ill concept convertible,
4. '93 Lagonda Vignale concept sedan, $403,500,
5. '31 Bentley 8-Litre Sportsman's Coupe, $326,276,
6. '31 Bentley 8-Litre Dual Cowl Tourer, $249,550,
7. '95 Peugeot Type 9 Tourer, $232,500, B
8. '61 Jaguar XKE Si 3.8 lightweight coupe,
9. '60 Jaguar XK 150 DHC, $121,000, KMG
10. '65 Aston Martin DB5 coupe, $111,445, B
"As a firsttime
can only be
viewed as a
All tile Money
'00 Ford Mustang Bullitt concept, S68,150, C (pg.30)
'51 Bentley Mk VI 4.25 roadster, $64,950, B (pg. 34)
'60 Jaguar XK 150 DHC, $121,000, KMG (pg. 37)
'63 Ford Falcon Sprint coupe, $9,646, E/K (pg. 46)
Put It On My Credit Card
'29 Rolls-Royce Phantom II chassis $6,555, B (pg. 32)
'83 Ford concept minivan $5,288, C (pg.28)
'87 Maserati BiTurbo $2,750, KMG (pg.39)
'59 Mercedes 219 sedan $3,000, KMG (pg.38)
Going, Going, Gone
911s sold this month_
'68 911 coupe $17,825, B (pg.51)
'71 911T Targa $12,500, KMG (pg.38)
'82 911 coupe, $21,200, E/K (pg. 44)
Unique Design Prototype
and Concept Auto Show Models
June 16, 2002
Auctioneer: Dermot Chichester
Number of automotive lots: 51
Number of automotive lots sold: 51
Sale rate: 100%
Sale total: $4,365,968
High: Lot #32, 1992 Ford Focus concept
by Ghia sold at $1,107,500,
including buyer's premium
Buyer's premium on sold lots included:
17.5% on the first $100,000, 10% thereafter
Report by Kirk Seaman
Market opinions in italics
romptly at 2 p.m. on June 16, 2002—
the 99th anniversary of the Ford Motor
Company's creation—four decades of
Ford's design heritage went up for sale
to the highest bidder. In an unprecedented event,
Ford auctioned off 51 of its concept show cars
and prototypes without reserve, and donated the
proceeds to a variety of Ford Motor Company
Fund charities. As stated by J Mays, the
company's vice president of Design, in his welcoming
remarks, the intent was in line with the
"populist democracy of Henry Ford, to put the
cars back in the hands of the people."
The room was full of bidders, at least 200 by
my estimate, and Christie's had at least 15 staff
working the room. There was no doom and gloom
talk of the economy here, just buzz about this
Of the cars sold that day, the majority were
static displays, and many of them had no interiors
whatsoever. Only 15 had been driveable at
some point in their past, and as the bidders were
reminded at the start of the auction, none of
them were engineered or certifiable for driving
on public roads. Legally, none of these cars can
do more than drive on and off the car carrier—
once they're finally up and running, that is.
Which is a shame, when you learn what's
under the hood of some of these cars. The star
of the show, the 1992 Ford Focus concept by
Ghia, went for $1,107,500 and sports the 227horsepower
engine and all-wheel-drive setup
from the Ford Escort RS Cosworth. The 1992
Mustang Mach III, selling for $491,500, boasts
a 450-horsepower supercharged V8 and a sixspeed
manual transmission. Legal or not, don't
be surprised if one of these vehicles is out for a
clandestine road test—who wants to spend this
kind of cash for what is otherwise just an incredibly
cool garage sculpture?
What can be discerned from this auction's
results? These cars are all one-of-a-kind; what
does it matter if the panel fit may be off or the
paint is chipped and crazed? If they ever cross
the block again, it's hard to say if the prices
would be higher or lower. Sometimes a specialty
auction like this creates a kind of feeding frenzy
among the bidders, as no one wants to go home
empty handed. To put a value on them before
the auction was nearly impossible—witness the
$100,000 low estimates for the '92 Ghia Focus
and '92 Mustang Mach III. Christie's took their
best stab at the values, and in many cases simply
But now these cars have had a value put on
them by the marketplace. And from now on,
they will be referred to as pieces of history,
with a public price tag attached. And while
J Mays's interpretation of Mr. Ford's philosophy
of returning cars to the people is admirable,
I can't help but wonder if history wouldn't
have been better served if these cars had stayed
together, and been properly displayed as a group
by their creator, Ford Motor Company.—K.S.
#41-1960 GHIA IXG Single-Seater. S/N
N/A. Red/black vinyl. Uneven panel fit around
engine cover and bubble canopy. Paint
Christie's, Dearborn, MI
Dash and vinyl in good shape but cloth bolsters
on driver's seat worn down to the foam.
Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $44,650. Built on either
a late 1970s Mustang or Pinto chassis, buyer
is probably glad Ford did the favor of removing
the 2.3-liter four-cylinder and automatic
transmission. A hallmark in automotive aerodynamics,
now ready for the living room. Will
never drip oil.
#37-1983 FORD PROBE IV CONCEPT
Coupe. S/N N/A. Metallic silver/light gray velour.
LHD. Wide panel gaps. Paint scratches on
chipped around canopy. Splits in vinyl seat.
Created to set drag-racing records. So much
emphasis was placed on aerodynamics that there
was no way to install the 948-cc Innocenti engine.
Cond: 2. SOLD AT $42,300. One of the
early pioneers in employing aerodynamic data
to improve performance, but with that planned
Innocenti engine, any notions of performance
were really of a whimsical nature.
#55-1962 GHIA SELENE II "DREAM
CAR" Coupe. S/N N/A. Pearl white/black and
white vinyl. LHD. No signs of ever having
driver's door and mirror. Interior dirty but not
worn. Instrument panel plastic showing its age.
Glass delaminating. Built on running chassis that
no longer runs. One of two on offer—the other
sold for $11,750. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $48,175.
The Probe IV was the sum total ofFord's aerodynamic
experience to that point, and its 0.152 coefL
ficient ofdrag—the same as an F-16 fighter—is a
testament to all that went into its design. Would
make a great PlayStation2 play station.
#50-1983 FORD MINI MAX Minivan.
S/N N/A. Silver/red velour. LHD. Paint chipped
engine or drivetrain. Suspension appears nonfunctional.
Signs of repainting. Chrome pitted
and oxidized on canopy. Vinyl ripped and
cracked on rear passenger seats. Carpeting tatty.
Condition good for a 40-year-old concept car.
Cond: 2. SOLD AT $88,125. Designed by Virgil
Exner, Jr., along with his father, and perhaps
the epitome of the space age bubble car folks
back then thought we'd all be driving by now.
#10-1979 FORD PROBE I CONCEPT
Coupe. S/N N/A. Red with black lower body/
red cloth. LHD. Introduced at '79 Frankfurt
auto show. One of Ford's first forays into passenger-vehicle
aerodynamics. Paint chipping on
nose. Driver's door dinged and badly scraped.
Sports Car Market
and crazed. Interior fair. Only driver's door
works, and droops when open. Cond: 4. SOLD
AT $5,288. The deal of the auction, and one of
only two lots that sold below estimate.
Minivans, even when offered as exotic concept
cars, get no respect.
#49-1985 FORD PROBE V CONCEPT
Coupe. S/N N/A. Candy Apple Red/gray. LHD.
Paint is comprehensively chipped, scratched,
scraped and dinged all around. Interior possibly
Christie's, Dearborn, MI
served as overflow housing for chimpanzees from
the Detroit Zoo. Mid-engined, but no longer
running. Working suspension, steering, and sliding
doors. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $19,975. Aerodynamic
lessons learned here showed up on the
first generation Taurus. A seriously unloved concept
car, but going to a good home where the
buyer appreciates the history and vows to restore
it to the condition it deserves.
#35-1988 FORD SPLASH Roadster. S/N
N/A. Metallic blue/blue and gray neoprene. LHD.
Non-working. Various touched-up paint chips.
Seats dirty with signs of wear. Hot pink
via a cable box and electric motors. Cond: 2+.
SOLD AT $25,850. Although it doesn1 run, the
Contour was the platform for features such as a
patented transversely mounted straight-eight
front-wheel-drive system (detailed mock-up
underhood), fiber optic lighting, and a chemically
bonded modular aluminum chassis.
#32-1992 GHIA FOCUS CONCEPT Road-
ster. S/N N/A. Metallic gunmetal/two-tone
brown leather. LHD. 227 hp, 2,100-lb curb
nental. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $403,500. Nitpicking
theflaws in this car is like complaining about
the paint quality of the Mona Lisa, but it is sobering
to see how this automotive treasure has
fared over the last decade. Sold for seven times
the low estimate of $60,000.
#20-1993 FORD SYNTHESIS 2010 Sedan.
S/N N/A. Ceramic blue/gray leather. LHD. Aluminum
unit body. Hood shows unevenness and
poor fit, but rest of gaps are very good.
gauge lettering chipping off like cheap nail polish.
Ken and Barbie not included. Designed by
four students from Detroit's Center for Creative
Studies. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $70,500. Full of
innovations like retractable mud flaps, adjustable
ride height, and detachable body panels.
Splash is a concept that has more appeal than
some of the vehicles aimed at today's youth market
(did somebody say Pontiac Vibe?).
#57-1990 FORD ZIG Roadster. Body by
Ghia. SN N/A. Mica black/royal blue fabric with
neon green. LHD. Fiesta platform. Big gaps
weight. Paint developing a beautiful patina
due to nickel/copper primer. Panel fit showing
through paint. Interior leather scratched
and water stained on both seat bottoms. Cond:
1-. SOLD AT $1,107,500. Perhaps the
epitome of everything a show car should be:
flashy, unique, full of exotic details and materials,
and completely impractical. Ifyou ever
wondered what would happen if filmmaker
David Cronenberg started designing cars, this
is your answer.
#56-1992 MUSTANG MACH III CONCEPT
Convertible. S/N N/A. Jungle green
pearl/gray. LHD. Excellent repaint over original
Gorgeous paint. Chrome on door shows some
pitting. Driver's window absent to allow showgoers
easy access to internal view. Taurus styling
lines abound. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $18,800.
On the anniversary of Partnership for a New
Generation of Vehicles (PNGV) in 1994, Synthesis
2010 appeared at the White House as an
example of low emissions, recyclable autos. Vintage
cell phone in console reminds us ofhowfar
technology has progressed in the past ten years.
#9-1994 FORD POWER STROKE Pickup
Truck. S/N N/A. Sierra sun pearl/gray leather.
LHD. Intended to introduce Ford's PowerStroke
around doors. Large scratch on passenger door.
Dirty interior, but no signs of wear. Rear-view
mirror "stalk" is mangled. Odd color dash design
is deteriorating. Appeared at 1990 Geneva Auto
Show. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $49,350. An exercise
in illustrating how vastly different vehicles
can share the same platform. Counterpart Zag
#11-1991 FORD CONTOUR CONCEPT
Coupe. S/N N/A. Dark sapphire pearl/light blue
leather. LHD. Paint in great shape, interior leather
red paint. Water stains on seats. Carpet very
dirty. Built on production Mustang chassis with
450-hp, 4.6-liter supercharged V8 and six-speed
manual transmission. Cond: 1. SOLD AT
$491,500. SVT boss John Coletti's response to
GM's 1993 Camaro and Trans Am. Body made
from special composite material, and in true
speedster spirit, has no provision for a top. The
ultimate Mustang, and sale price—at twice the
high estimate—shows it.
#15-1993 LAGONDA VIGNALE Sedan.
S/N N/A. Sorrent blue metallic/parchment
leather and beechwood. LHD. Built by Ghia.
and large scratch in front passenger's side window.
Plastic wheels. Dummy interior; doors and
hood do not open. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $47,000.
Undeniably cool to look at, and looking at it is
all you can do with this non-running design exercise.
At least if the doors opened, you could
take naps in it.
#17-1996 FORD INDIGO Roadster. S/N
very good. Driver's side window missing (or never
existed); suicide rear doors. Wheels showing quite
a bit of oxidation, and almost look tarnished. Steers
Peeling and flaking chrome around window
frames. Fiberglass cloth weave showing heavily
through paint, small scratches on hood and front
doors. Brake and gas pedal chrome wearing hard.
Based on the chassis and drivetrain of a Conti-
N/A. Red/black leather with gray inserts. LHD.
Built by Reynard. Steering works, but dummy
V12 under engine cover. Paint chips around door
tops from one too many Bo and Luke Duke
entries and exits? For a car that doesn't
7.3-liter turbo-diesel engines without giving
away future truck designs. Show-quality
pearlescent paint, flawless leather interior. Extremely
shiny chrome. Built on a 1993 F-350
extended cab dually chassis. Cond: 1-. SOLD
AT $44,650. Fifih-wheel hitch in non-drivable
truck perfect for that non-towable trailer you've
got hanging around. A strand of Ford's truck
DNA for the price of a loaded Expedition.
#44-1995 LINCOLN SENTINEL Sedan.
S/N N/A. Midnight gray green/gray cloth. LHD.
Small paint scratches, small pits in chrome,
Bonhams, Rolls Royce. UK
drive, it has lots of wear on four-point harnesses
and raised tire lettering. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT
$88,125. One of two Indigos offered, this one
had a complete interior and working doors; its
counterpart had a dummy interior and sold for
$42,300. Great appeal for wannabes: jump in,
put your copy of "Sounds of Sebring" on the
stereo and crank it up.
1996 FORD SYNERGY 2010 Coupe.
S/N N/A. Titanium frost pearl/gray cloth. LHD.
Uneven panel fit, paint chips in front
spoiler. Interior very good. Photocopied operating
instructions included for operating sideview
mirror cameras, front and rear doors, courtesy/fog
lamps, etc. Non-running platform.
Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $58,750. The Synergy 2010
was Ford's answer to the PNGV, stuffed full of
expensive technology andfew driver interfaces—
much like the nearly impossible new BMW 7
"Why Drive?" Series.
but finish is full of swirls and scratches. Crazing
on driver's door. Fiberglass body. Chrome very
good. No soft top. Interior good except for wear
to driver's seat bolster. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT
$103,400. Based on Lincoln LS running gear
Could all those paint swirls be the result of
Jacques Nasser 's late-night polishing sessions,
seeking automotive therapy while his career was
going down the tubes?
2000 FORD MUSTANG BULLITT
1997 MERCURY MC4 Coupe. S/N
N/A. Dark green graphite/beige suede leather.
LIID. Uneven gaps and misaligned panels. Beautiful
color, especially under auction lights.
CONCEPT Coupe. S/N 1FAFP42XOYF1000.
Dark highland green metallic/dark charcoal. LHD.
Typical Mustang build quality. Paint lightly
duction model. A true example ofthe craftsmanship
that goes into manufacturing show cars.
Sold for almost the same money as the production
model, and built with ten times the care.
1999 FORD THUNDERBIRD CON-
CEPT Convertible. S/N N/A. Evening black/
bright red leather. LHD. Stunning at a distance,
Rolls-Royce and Bentley sale, RREC Rally
Weekend, Towcester Racecourse,
June 22, 2002
Auctioneer: Malcolm Barber
Number of automotive lots: 29
Number of automotive lots sold: 18
Sale rate: 62%
Sale total: $802,035
High: Lot #321, 1921 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp
Silver Ghost Park Ward Salamanca
Cabriolet sold at $101,250
Buyer's premium on sold lots included:
15% on the first $80,000, 10% thereafter
Report by Richard Hudson-Evans
Market opinions in italics
Some paint mars, some scratches on brushed
aluminum grille. Front seats dirty but not worn.
Glass delaminating from header over driver's side.
Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $645,500. The MC4 blew
the top estimate of $120,000 into the weeds.
Designed in the "New Edge" style and built on a
1996 Thunderbird running chassis with a 4.6liter
V8, it has undeniable presence. Should have
made it to production.
#14-1999 LINCOLN BLACKWOOD
CONCEPT Pickup Truck. S/N N/A. Black
with Wenge wood trim/black leather. LHD. Paint
in overall good shape with a small scratch in the
right rear-passenger door and a flaw in the Wenge
wood tailgate trim. Scuffs and scrapes in pickup
bed's nickel plating. Interior good with some
signs of wear. Based on running Navigator platform.
Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $52,875. Second
prototype built, and almost identical to the pro-
scratched overall, probably from innumerable
auto show cleanings with paper towels and
Windex. Leather good. Headliner pulling away
from windshield header. No floor mats. Running
platform. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $68,150.
Indistinguishable from the production model
it inspired, and sold for many thousands over
one you can actually take on the road. Aside
from bragging rights, it's hard to tell what
was purchased here.•
Proof That There's a
Bottom for Every Seat
'00 XK8 coupe salvage, $28,299, E/K (pg. 42)
'29 Ford Model A replica, $11,660, E/K (pg. 44)
'39 Studebaker pickup rod, $16,165, E/K (pg. 45)
'47 Tucker sedan, $57,240, E/K (pg. 45)
'63 Mini 1000 SWB coupe, $9,810, B (pg. 50)
or their annual Rolls-Royce and Bentleyonly
fixture, Bonhams once again pitched
their auction tent on former Fl team
owner Lord Hesketh's Towcester Racecourse
and provided the main entertainment
during the first day of the RREC Rally weekend.
Although the audience here is always one
of the most marque-informed on the auction
calendar, there is no guarantee that very many
of them will wave their hands in the air and
open their wallets. As is the case with so many
Motor Club members who have an inflated
idea of what their own cars are worth, consignors
traditionally tend to cling to reserves that
exceed market reality.
This year, at least all the stock on offer
was well displayed within the marquee—
there were no second-class citizens parked
outside. Happily, and unlike so many general
collector car auctions at the moment, sad Shadows
seeking final owners were in mercifully
In the absence of any superstar lots this
year (rivals Christie's having just sold Prince
Michael of Kent's 1981 Phantom VI limousine
for $238,875 in London, three times the
lower estimate), four lots were worthy of
Very elegant indeed was the 1921 40/50hp
Silver Ghost with Salamanca coachwork by Park
Ward, which was the high sale of the auction at
$101,250 and had recently been exercised in the
Queen's Golden Jubilee Tribute at Windsor
Castle. Looking like a miniature Silver Ghost, a
1923 20hp Open-Drive Landaulette by Hooper
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features custom coachwork by Franay of Paris. Voted "Best of
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price tag. Combining fastback styling with the
latest fins of the time, an H J Mulliner-bodied
1959 Bentley S1 Continental made $69,075
thanks in part to having first-owner provenance
of actor Peter Sellers on file. Meanwhile, the
customary barn find—in this case a 1929 40/
50hp Phantom II just-about-rolling chassis—
was by far the most viewed lot by dreamers,
though in the real world the project only raised
$6,555 from the trade. Investing in such daunting
tasks at any price continues to make questionable
Compared to Bonhams 62% sale rate at
Towcester in Northamptonshire, on the very
same afternoon in the next county of
Bedfordshire at Shuttleworth House, Cambridge
auctioneers Cheffins shifted all three
of their Rollers, with a 1980 Phantom VI limo
from Japan making $71,514. The provincial
minnows, who still charge their buyers a 5%
premium rather than the 15% levied by the
London houses, also clocked up their first
$750,000 sale total.
However, this milestone performance was
greatly helped, as reported in SCM last month
("Inside Line," page 8), by a humble 1973
MGB-GT coupe, belonging to the late John
Thornley, who was General Manager at MG
from 1952 to 1969. This car achieved an absolutely
incredible $186,375. How could this be?
Why, on account of the highly collectible "MG
1" registration, for which a license plate dealer
beat off MG-Rover themselves in what will
certainly be remembered as one of the most
fantastic saleroom shootouts of the year. As
for the car, it is never going to be worth more
than $4,500 or so.—R.H-E.
Bonhams, Rolls-Royce, UK
makeover in 1988. Shrinkage cracks in roof paint.
Minor blistering to rear fender paint. Ivory fittings
and wood inlays in rear. Mint Wefco spring
gaiters. "Communications porthole" in sliding
division. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $71,550. Although
a serious collector paid near midestimate
money, which was high for any 20hp,
this mini-Ghost did have Hooper coachwork,
as preferred by Royalty at the time.
#322A-1927 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM
I 40/50HP Permanent Salamanca Town Car.
S/N S445FL. Black over dark olive green/black
leather, beige cloth. LHD. Odo: 5,016 miles. Division.
First owned in New York. Original US
Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $6,555. How do auction
houses keep on unearthing these projects? Entrant
was lookingfor an ambitious $9,000. Luckily
for him, a British prewar R-R dealer was
actually willing to take on this seemingly hopeless
project, albeit for less.
#315-1930 ROLLS-ROYCE 20/25HP Limousine
de Ville. Body by Thrupp & Maberly.
S/N GNS44. Black over maroon over black/black
leather and beige cloth. RHD. Block and head
#321-1921 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP SILVER
GHOST Salamanca Cabriolet. Body
by Park Ward. S/N 182AG. Black over green
over black/red. RHD. Odo: 5,768 miles. US resident
1930 to early 1970s. Paraded at Queen
coachwork. Various touched-up marks to paint.
Nickel-plated fittings all good, including Bausch
& Lomb drum-type lamps. Chrome spare
wheel carriers. Tinted glass and speaking tube
for rear passengers. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD
AT $78,000. Cosmetics not sharp enough for
RREC crowd, none of whom were prepared to
meet the $90,000 sought.
#311A-1928 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM
I 40/50HP Torpedo Tourer. S/N 21CL. Twotone
green. RHD. Odo: 6,739 miles. Aluminum
hood. Rebodied by unknown coachbuilder in
renewed in 1994. Paint rubbed av■ ay from
driver's door edge. Bubbles on front fender.
Poor plating on windshield surround and front
window frames. Cracked front leather sagging.
Water-marked rear corduroy. Cond: 2-. SOLD
AT $30,975. Really in need of a cosmetic
makeover, hence $3,500 under the low estimate
was wisely accepted.
#309-1933 ROLLS-ROYCE 20/25HP Barrel-Sided
Tourer. S/N GSY79. Ivory over black/
green. RHD. Odo: 24,730 miles. Replica Barker
body installed by unknown coachbuilder about
Mum's 100th Birthday and E II's Golden Jubilee
bash. Older restoration still mainly good, apart
from shrinkage cracks in black paint on B-pillars
and tops of rear doors. Huge CAV headlamps
perfect. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $101,250. Surprisingly,
$11,250 below the lower estimate bought
one of most elegant R-R Salamancas to hit the
open market in recent years.
#317-1923 ROLLS-ROYCE 20HP OpenDrive
Landaulette. Body by Hooper. S/N
81K6. Black over dark blue/black leather, blue
cloth. RHD. Given sympathetic cosmetic
1970s. Touched-up fender blemishes. Good
nickel-plate. Fair wood. Worn seats. Dual-cowl
hinged rear cover complete with Auster screen
and side deflectors. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT
$66,600. Even at near mid-estimate valuation,
this was a good value for an open Phantom.
#305-1929 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II
40150HP Rolling Chassis. S/N 12XJ. Rusty
black. RHD. Odo: 47,704 miles. Once a sales
promo Sedanca for Thrupp & Maberly. Ended
up doing funereal duties from 1937-67. Chassis,
engine, box, steering, suspension and brakes
included, all with traces of proverbial straw.
seven years ago. Paint stone-chipped.
Brightwork freshly rechromed. Leather cracked.
Workmanlike engine bay presentation. Large
travelling trunk on back. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT
$31,050. Not particularly nice (or nasty). Correctly
valued, especially with plenty of future
wedding hire potential.
#313-1935 ROLLS-ROYCE 20/25HP
Sedanca de Ville. Body by Barker. S/N GSF15.
Mason's black over ivory/brown hide. RHD.
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SHE'S 50 YEARS OLD.
SEEN A LOT OF NILES.
SMOKES LIKE A FIEND
AND DRINKS LIKE
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Bonhams, Rolls-Royce, UK
rebuild. Fabulous paint, brightwork, trim and
wood with vulnerable fins still sound. Minor
scratches around door locks. Milky windshield
base. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $69,075.
Allowing for the necessary correction of the
minor flaws, this car was correctly valued at
just over the lower estimate.
$53,400. An attractive one-off coachbuilt Mark
VI in good mechanical—if not cosmetic—order,
which raised a top-estimate price.
#311-1951 BENTLEY Mk VI 4.25 Road-
Odo: 60,680 miles. Division. Stored for 35
years before recent refurbishment. Chrome
on headlamps, driving lamp and horns pitted.
Top of front passenger window yellowing.
Retrimmed front bench seat, rear leather
looks to be original. Original cocktail cabinet
intact. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $43,500.
Although blessed with preferred Barker
coachwork, the $52,500 minimum required
bid was too optimistic.
#320-1937 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP
PHANTOM III Sedanca de Ville. Body by J
Gurney Nutting. S/N 3BU162. Midnight blue
over black/burgundy. RHD. Odo: 26,671 miles.
ster. S/N B35KL. Verdant green/tan leather.
RHD. Odo: 4,530 miles. Body by Nostalgia Cars
of Honiton, Devon, in early 1990s. Well-crafted
#316-1962 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM V
Limousine. Body by Park Ward. SN 5BX82.
Green/green leather with cloth inserts. RHD.
Odo: 31,732 miles. Automatic, division.
Good paint. Bulkhead corroded. Carburetor
crudely painted. Rear squab leather poor. Raked
division sealing rubber hanging loose. Integral
luggage trunk generous. Cond: 2. SOLD AT
$57,525. Fresh to market, having been in Portugal
since the 1980s. Requiring a recommissioning,
though, so consider this Pill correctly
valued at just under the low estimate.
#306-1949 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER
WRAITH Touring Limousine. Body by H J
Mulliner. S/N WDC30. Brown over mushroom
over brown/tan. RHD. Odo: 15,792 kms. Division.
$21,000 in receipts for recent mechanical
Jag SS 100-styled special only recently completed.
Super Bentley Le Mans EXP8 paint,
brightwork, trim, top and wiring. Only less-thanstunning
engine bay detailing disappointed.
Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $64,950. A great looker
well executed. The result, which was $12,450
over the top estimate, flabbergasted the vendor
#308-1958 BENTLEY S14.9 CONTINENTAL
Coupe. Body by James Young. S/N
BC29EL. Dark green/beige leather. RHD. Odo:
40,361 miles. Automatic, whitewalls. Last restored
in mid-1980s. Paint only fair with minor
$150,000 spent on over-the-top restoration including
TV/VCR, fax, telephones in both rear
armrests, Champagne cooler, rear-view security
camera, darkened glass and silk blinds. Paint,
brightwork, trim and wood all perfect. Cond: 1.
NOT SOLD AT $135,000. Significantly higher
spec than originally delivered. No takers at the
$200,000+ required. Without Royal/major celeb
provenance, the reserve was far too expensive.
#322-1962 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER
CLOUD II LWB Sedan. Body by James Young.
S/N LCD1. Two-tone green/magnolia leather.
RHD. Odo: 82,513 miles. Automatic. Thickly
marks and chipped door edges. Brightwork good.
Interior clean. Original picnic tables and smoker's
companion intact. Non-period Radiomobile.
Cond: 2. SOLD AT $43,500. One of only 14
four-door Contis from JY. Repainted, it would
have made $12,000 more.
work on file. Poor paint with a large flake missing
off of driver's door. In need of a rechrome.
Worn, dirty leather. Interior vanity light assembly
missing from one rear pillar. Cond: 3.
NOT SOLD AT $13,500. Required a complete
cosmetic makeover, so it should have sold.
Owner was optimistically looking for more.
#310-1951 BENTLEY Mk VI 4.25
Drophead Coupe. Body by Derek LeyshonJames.
S/N B242MD. Green metallic/tan leather.
RHD. Odo: 77,063 miles. Fully restored in early
1990s, concours winner in 1992. Still glossy,
though with some cracks. Scuffs to seat leather.
Original wood only fair. Cond: 2. SOLD AT
#324-1959 BENTLEY S14.9 CONTINENTAL
Coupe. Body by H J Mulliner. S/N
BC5OFM. Red/magnolia leather with red piping.
RHD. Odo: 36,099 miles. Automatic.
Owned by actor Peter Sellers, then inherited by
his son. Recent body-off restoration and engine
orange peel to paint. Windshield rubber splitting.
Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $11,730. Allthe money
and then some at this near-retail price. There's
no shortage of these in the classifieds, they will
never go up in value, and they are horrendously
expensive to maintain, let alone repair or restore.
#320A-1968 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM
VI Limousine. Body by Mulliner Park Ward.
S/N PRH4181. Black over maroon/burgundy
leather, beige cloth. RHD. Odo: 70,650 miles.
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repainted. Lower paint poor. Badly touched-up
door edges. Unsightly cracked front seat leather.
Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $22,500. The required
$30,000 was unobtainable. $22,000
would have been generous, even for a JY LWB.
#302-1967 BENTLEY T Sedan. S/N
SBH2482. Dark blue/gray leather. RHD. Odo:
115,443 miles. Automatic. Bubbling, cracks and
Bonhams, Rolls-Royce, UK
Ward. S/N CRH7499. Silver sand over garnet.
RHD. Odo: 38,026 miles. Claimed to be
unrestored. Various paint chips. Cracks to paint
on rear fender ledge. Badly scored front fender
chrome. Front leather cracked. Cond: 2. SOLD
AT $19,838. This two-door coachbuilt Shadow
was accurately reserved by the entrant and correctly
valued by the new owner
#301-1970 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER
SHADOW I Sedan. S/N SRH8507. Two-tone
blue/red leather. RHD. Odo: 9,563 miles. Automatic.
Poor paint and brightwork. Sills freshly
Automatic, division. Good early mayoral history.
Totally and expensively refurbished since
1995. Superb. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $69,000.
Considering the exceptional condition, landing
this PVI at $6,000 below the low estimate made
this the best buy of the sale.
#312-1968 ROLLS-ROYCE Convertible.
Body by H J Mulliner. S/N CRH5011. Burgundy/magnolia
leather. RHD. Odo: 80,457
renewed. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $6,000. With
the glut ofdiscarded Shadow Is on the market,
ones like this have little chance at any price. And
"sillsfi-eshly renewed" hardly inspires confidence.
#314-1975 BENTLEY CORNICHE Si
Convertible. Body by Mulliner Park Ward.
S/N DBH 21403. Dark green/black leather. RHD.
Odo: 63,573 miles. Factory-fit black gloss wood,
miles. Automatic. Paint and brightwork fair.
Worn and dirty seats. Engine bay uncared for.
Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $24,150. Correctly valued
by all concerned With some serious cleanup,
might be worth quite a bit more.
#318-1969 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER
SHADOW Convertible. Body by Mulliner
Park Ward. S/N DRH6971. Gray metallic/burgundy
leather. RHD. Odo: 84,565 miles. Automatic.
Last repainted in 1984. Bubbling under
with dark brown. RHD. Odo: 120,355 miles.
Automatic. Older repaint with rear wheel arch
bubbling. Window rubber cracking. Color gone
from driver's seat. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $12,075.
One of only 24 Mulsanne Turbos on LWB chassis.
Mid-estimate valuation about right. High
miles for this type of luxury car, and they probably
haven't been easy ones.
#323-1995 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER
SPUR III Sedan. S/N SCAZS12C6TCH
851322410M/NIT. Silver/gray leather with
dark gray piping. RHD. Odo: 41,540 miles.
Automatic. Occasional tables in rear.
#304A-1983 BENTLEY MULSANNE
TURBO LWB Sedan. S/N SCBZNOTOE
CH08595. Willow gold/oatmeal leather
front seat headrests and Sundym glass. Modern
steering wheel. Paint okay. Leather
cracked, particularly in front. Engine bay unloved.
Quite rare. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT
$28,500. $30,000 all-in would probably have
gotten the job done.
Decanters and glasses all present. Wedgwood
china tea service. Kettle in armrest. Refrigerator
in trunk. Lambs wool over-rugs. All original
and very nearly as new. Only light wear
from seat belts. Cond: I-. SOLD AT $38,813.
family owned and fully deserving top
passenger door paint. Dirty marked seats. Top
renewed in 2000. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT
$21,750. Simply not smart enough to warrant
the $28,000 required When new, these Rollers
make a powerful statement ofwealth, albeit perhaps
a bit taste-challenged But when they become
just used cars, their values plummet.
#319-1969 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER
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Kensington Motor Group
The Hamptons Auto Classic,
Bridgehampton, New York
May 25, 2002
Auctioneers: Chuck Adcock,
Omar Landis, Jim Landis
Number of automotive lots: 91
Number of automotive lots sold: 27
Sale rate: 30%
Sale total: $556,600
High: Lot #27, 1960 Jaguar XK 150
drophead coupe, sold at $121,000,
including buyer's premium
Buyer's premium on sold lots included: 10%
Report by Dave Kinney
Market opinions in italics
emorial Day weekend is the unofficial
kick-off of summer, and The
Hamptons Auto Classic, held in
Bridgehampton, Long Island, is as
good a place as any to spend it.
Bridgehampton is a bit of a drive from New
York City, but the early season crowd of beach
house renters, locals and weekenders make the
shopkeepers and restauranteurs a happy bunch.
Peter Mole, the owner of Kensington Motor
Group, is happy to contribute to the local
economy in a town where a "cottage," if located
in the right neighborhood, can be a multimillion
dollar affair. Mole is the driving force
behind the Saturday Hampton Auto Classic as
well as the Sunday event, The Hamptons
Concours d'Elegance. This year's Concours
was held as a benefit for the Carol M. Baldwin
Breast Cancer Research Fund. Actor Alec
Baldwin, son of Ms. Baldwin, aided this worthy
cause by serving as the honorary chief
judge as well as the co-master of ceremonies of
The 2002 event got cooperation from the
weather that was missing last year—no torrential
rains to turn the auction field into a sea of
Goodyear-grabbing mud. The turnout was also
improved, no doubt for the same reason. With
approximately 100 cars to be auctioned, the size
of the event is just about right for a casual
afternoon's worth of tire kicking. After all, most
buyers at auctions end up first as lookers, then
registered bidders, finally reaching the "Honey,
guess what I bought today!" stage.
A world-record sale price of $121,000 was
set for a quite nice, yet not perfect, 1960 Jaguar
XK 150. Two 1955 Cadillac Eldorados sold,
one for $19,580, while the other found a new
home for $49,500.
While Peter Mole wished the results had
been higher, he was still upbeat about the weekend
as a whole. "We had around 3,000 people
out to look at the cars on both days, a significant
increase from last year," remarked Mole.
"Certainly, I would have preferred that we had
sold more cars, but auctions rarely become successful
in just a few years. It takes time to es-
Kensington, Bridgehampton, IVY
tablish traditions and to become a fixture on
collectors' and enthusiasts' calendars. With the
quality of cars improving each year, we're expecting
an even bigger event next year."
The Hamptons area has a rich history of
automobile events—Bridgehampton was until
recently the site of one of the finer drivers' racetracks
in the world. With continued hard work
on the part of the organizers, we expect that
both the Hamptons Auto Classic Auction and
the Hamptons Concours d'Elegance will assume
increasing importance in the collector car
#34-1954 JAGUAR XK 120 Roadster. SIN
N/A. Olde English White/red leather. LHD. Odo:
77,923 miles. Some slight problems with door
leather is chipped and torn. Wood has been refillished
in incorrect color. Broken antenna, filthy carpets.
Paintwork okay. Overall, not awful, not good.
Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $20,500. An over-thetop
bidfor a left-hand-drive example in this shape.
It's the same old dilemma here: a nice one is worth
twice this bid, but the restoration costs to make this
into a nice example would exceed $35,000. Buy
nice cars: spend more, save more.
#68-1959 JAGUAR XK 150 Roadster. S/N
W143GP. Imperial maroon/black leather. LHD.
Odo: 50,667 miles. Four-speed, chrome wires.
gaps, but still a decent recently restored example.
Painted wires. Full side curtains. Cloth
top is dirty and shows signs of improper storage.
A light cleaning will help. Cond: 2-. NOT
SOLD AT $35,000. I'll call this high bid underpriced,
but not by lots. A fully restored example
is a tough haul at anything above
$55,000. Seller was wise to hang on and wait
for a more generous bid.
#5-1957 MGA Convertible. S/N MDR43/
68106. Dark green/saddle leather. LHD. Odo:
57,164 miles. A very honest restoration, not
Fresh carpets, interior kit was correct but has
some mottling. Very good interior, new top.
Straight sides, some panel gap problems. Good
color combination, very attractive presentation.
Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $52,000. If the high
bidder wasn't the potted palm in the back of the
tent, then this one should have gone to a new
ownerfor the amount bid. Quite a nice example,
but it takes a great car to bring much more. This
car was nice, but not spectacular.
#21-1960 JAGUAR XK 150 Fixed-Head
Coupe. SN N/A. Olde English White/red leather.
LHD. Odo: 1,491 miles. Automatic. Poor door
and vent fit, trunk fit horrible. Good chrome.
totally correct but not overdone. In need of lots
of light cleaning at the preview. Good chrome,
very good paint and interior. Top is like new.
Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $11,000. A few thousand
short of what the owner might have expected,
but within the range for a less-than-topnotch
MGA. Lots of reasons to like this car,
including colors and condition.
#60-1959 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER
CLOUD I Saloon. S/N LSNH132. Dark blue/
red leather. LHD. Odo: 60,704 miles. Blaupunkt
AM/FM cassette, Lucas fog lamps. No A/C.
Replaced leather to front is incorrect type, rear
Interior is all there, yet suffers from poor fit on
dash and door panels. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT
$22,000. Car card says it's a '59, it's really a '60.
Driving and enjoying this one is the only way to
come out on top here. Too much of a work in
progress for most tastes. And Jag automatics have
never been anyone's favorite mode of shifting.
Sports Car Market
Kensington, Bridgehampton, IVY
#27-1960 JAGUAR XK 150 Drophead
Coupe. S/N N/A. Red/tan leather. LHD. Odo:
87,583 miles. Automatic. Fresh body-off 100point
restoration—owner says over $100k was
FM cassette. Very good paint, interior is fresh,
recently refinished. Trim bits show early signs
of corrosion reappearing—possible beach use
since restoration? Fresh Michelin LTX radials.
Fog lamp, safari roof. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT
$17,000. A likeable Landy, but at this kind of
price there is plenty of competition with later
models that have less panache but more creature
comforts. All the money, but not enough to
make the owner let this one loose.
#6-1962 MORRIS MINI MOKE Convert-
ible. S/N 99H147H. British Racing Green/black
vinyl. LHD. Odo: 23,406 kms. Lots of incorrect
bits (wheels, steering wheel, rubber matting,
later-style countered seats), but with
spent. Also says the car is an AACA winner,
but no tag was displayed. Straight sides, clean.
Vent window rubbers dry, chrome on wire wheels
shows light rust areas. Cond: 2. SOLD AT
$121,000. Not a 100-pointer in my book, yet this
must be a world record price at an auction for
an XK 150 drophead coupe with an automatic.
Let's hope the buyer intends on getting his payback
through years of service—an impossible
price to replicate.
#36-1961 JAGUAR XKE 3.8 SI Convert-
ible. S/N 875088. Dark blue/tan leather. LHD.
Odo: 9,761 miles. Very nice presentation. Excellent
interior, leather and console. Carpets are
Mokes, anything goes. Paint has some scratches,
interior is clean. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT
$8,600. These are cars that you either get or you
don't. I get them because I've driven dozens of
Mini Mokes and they are more fun than a regular
Mini to drive. Bid seemed fair enough to me;
owner thought otherwise.
#17-1964 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III
Convertible. S/N HBJ8L-27155. Silver blue.
LHD. Odo: 20,744 miles. Full restoration completed
in the spring 2002. Rebuilt motor. New
car Tough to guess why the buyer didn't let this
one follow the high bidder home. $10,500 is a
respectable bid for a nice example with fewflaws
#64-1967 CATERHAM SUPER 7 Roadster.
SN N/A. Unpainted aluminum/black leather.
LHD. Odo: 1,226 miles. Motor blueprinted to
nicely fitted and correct. Paint and chrome are
excellent and without flaws. Pirelli P4000 radials
make a logical, if not correct, choice. Cond:
2+. NOT SOLD AT $80,000. Ran through
again to a $55,000 high bid. Everyone in the
crowd liked this one, and with good reason. I
am still trying to guess why the owner didn't cut
this one loose at $80k. I have an idea, and you
probably do as well.
#70-1962 LAND ROVER SWB 88" Utility
Wagon. S/N 24406812A. Creme tan/black vinyl.
LHD. Odo: 3,741 miles. 4x4. Sony AM/
Formula Ford specs. MSD electronic ignition,
eight-gallon fuel cell, five-point racing harnesses,
double adjustable Spax coil-overs front and rear.
FIA roll bar with removable brace, Mini-Lites, aluminum
honeycomb sides and floor. Cond: 3+.
SOLD AT $21,450. There is a distinct pecking
order to the Lotus Super 7, Rotus, Caterham, Birkin,
et. al continuation crowd. Once we get past the
Lotus portion of the equation, I get lost in the details.
Nice car; seller thought it was worth more.
#32-1969 MGC Convertible. S/N
GCNIU7390G. Maroon/black vinyl. LHD. Odo:
52,325 miles. Tidy interior and new top. Seat
upholstery is well fitted, with no sags or torn
hydraulics, wiring, chrome, leather. 72-spoke
chrome Dayton wires. British Motor Heritage
certificate. Recently unsold at a high bid of
$42,000 at Christie's Rockefeller Center auction.
Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $34,000. Just
not the right crowd for this one to find a new
home. For a big Healey to bring top money,
you've got to have the combination of an eager
crowd with several motivated bidders, and a
great car Will bring more the next time around.
#69-1967 MGB Convertible. S/N
GHN34119292. Olde English White/black vinyl.
LHD. Odo: 82,705 miles. Different type of
carpet in front and rear. No radio. Older restoration
on what appears to be a very honest car.
Very good paint and chrome. Some wear to interior,
door panels have light scuffing. A great driver
with local show potential. Two tops. Cond: 3+.
NOT SOLD AT $10,500. This was a nice example,
but by no means a world-class
bits. Carpets show wear. Very good paint is not
quite to show quality. Star hit in windshield.
Strangely, most rubber trim looks replaced, yet
headlight gasket is flaky. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT
$7,260. The MGC-GT and convertible was a
one-year-only import to the States. The buyer
got an excellent deal on this hard-to-find sixcylinder
sports car Not a steal, but certainly a
money-in-the-bank keeper to the right owner
#93-1975 JENSEN INTERCEPTOR III
Convertible. S/N 23111676. Dark blue/saddle
tan leather. LHD. Odo: 14,530 miles. Chrysler
V8. Interior redone in original style, minus the
Kensington, Bridgehampton, NY
#7-1971 PORSCHE 911T Targa.
S/N 9111111320. Red/black vinyl. LHD. Odo:
73,193 miles. Sony AM/FM cassette. Plenty of
Velcroed-on headrests. Good wood, removablefaceplate
radio. Decent paintwork, but still lacks
some "oomph." Might color-sand out to be better.
Missing passenger door mirror. Cond: 3+. NOT
SOLD AT $23,000. And you were hoping to sell
for how much? This is the end ofthe line dollarwise
for an Interceptor in this shape. With a hood gap
that only a British dentist could love, the seller 's
boat might have just set sail.
#14-1984 JAGUAR XJS Coupe.
S/N SAJNV5583EC114262. British Racing
Green/tan leather. LHD. Odo: 60,932 miles.
XJRS suspension, brakes, bumpers. Pioneer
AM/FM CD, Pirelli P6000 tires. Very nice
51,390 miles. Sony AM/FM CD. At one time
this car was waxed with paste wax and left to
sit—only swirls remain where the paint once
stood. Nasty interior has faded and torn leather,
carpets and mats. No visible rust-through. Rusty
chrome. Miles reportedly original. Cond: 5+.
SOLD AT $3,000. You gotta love these cars to
see any hope here, but they do have their following.
Was said to be nice mechanically; let 's hope
that rumor was true. About as far fi-om a babe
magnet as any Benz ever got. After-auction sale.
#53-1968 MERCEDES-BENZ 2805E
Cabriolet. S/N 111025101173. Burgundy/black
leather. LHD. Odo: 4,976 miles. Original Becker
wear showing in refreshingly untouched interior.
Flat seats, worn-through carpets, dye worn
off of intact steering wheel. Good paint has some
light bubbling at points of contact with chrome.
Cond: 3. SOLD AT $12,500. Car was bid to
$10,500 on the block, sold shortly afterwards
for $2,000 more (including commission). Well
over what the experts say to pay here, but to me
this appeared to be an honest and stock example.
#2-1986 PORSCHE 944 TURBO Coupe.
S/N WPOAA0951GN153189. Red/black leather.
LHD. Odo: 103,767 miles. Sunroof, AM/FM
interior, good paint, very good chrome. Cond:
3+. SOLD AT $8,305. Said to be one of 24 cars
with a 3.6-liter and a five-speed. These are more
used cars than collector vehicles, and that unlikely
to change with the passage of time. A potential
savvy buy for a dedicated Jag collector,
or maybe just cheap fun for today.
#49-1986 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE II
Convertible. Body by Mulliner Park Ward. SN
SCAZD42A3GCX13936. Mason's black/saddle
tan. LHD. Odo: 46,609 miles. Nardi wood
Europa T2 radio, plus Alpine AM/FM CD under
dash. Very good paint, has a few touch-up
spots, but nothing serious. Excellent chrome,
fresh top. Very good interior in original style
and with original content. Cond: 3+. NOT
SOLD AT $24,000. The high bid was a little
light, but not entirely unfair. Another $5,000
might just have gotten the job done. Super examples
struggle to reach the $40,000 mark.
#28-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL Road-
ster. S/N 11304415012391. Silver/black leather.
LHD. Odo: 77,028 miles. Automatic. Correct
Blaupunkt AM/FM, FrigiKing air conditioning.
cassette. Recent detail job on "just a Porsche."
Scrapes and dents on driver's side, broken
"Turbo" badge in the rear, dings on passenger
door. Buffed-through paint. Clean interior shows
less wear than miles indicate. Cond: 4. SOLD
AT $7,700. Did someone hear the siren call of
"Daddy, buy me a Porsche" and succumb? A
bit on the high side for miles and condition, but
it sure is red! As with all cheap sports cars, the
real question concerns the costs looming ahead.
#15-1990 MERCEDES-BENZ 500SL Con-
vertible. S/N WDBFA66E8LF005539. White/
gray leather. LHD. Odo: 65,727 miles. Normal
steering wheel. Some nicks and chips in front
bumper, balance of paint laid thick in some places.
Very good leather, excellent wood. Offered for sale
TMU—Total Miles Unknown. Cond: 3. NOT
SOLD AT $33,000. 1986 was the first year of
importationfor the Comiche II Way too cheap for
a 1986 Corniche II convertible, even with the guessing
game miles factored in. Seller did not even
have to think about selling at this level.
#92-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 219 Sedan.
S/N 2199501188. Gray/red leather. LHD. Odo:
Good paint, very good seats, wood and chrome.
Shows very well throughout, though there are
some paint flaws visible under the rear deck lid
and on the hard top. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT
$28,000. Even though it looks like an add-on
unit, the air conditioning setup is correct. Seller
could have taken this generous offer without
regret. There are lots of 280SLs to choose from
in this price range.
wear to interior, nothing hateful on the exterior.
Service stickers indicate Florida history. Paint
and bodywork good, top appears fresh. No hard
top. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $30,800. The introduction
of the new SL has not been a good thing
for older SL values. These cars were eclipsing
$40,000 12 months ago.
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#24-1993 MERCEDES-BENZ 500SEC
Coupe. S/N WDBGA70E3PA140854. White/
tan leather. LHD. Odo: 69,296 miles. Moonroof,
full console, full leather to front and rear.
$19,000. Owner states $10,000 spent since 1999,
which is believable. If you don't mind a sign on
the back of your car that reads, "Yes, it's a Fiat,
but it has a Ferrari engine," then this Dino is
for you. Good presentation, worth a little more.
#38-1969 FERRARI 365 GT 2+2 Coupe.
S/N 13041. Gray metalflake/black leather. LHD.
Odo: 80,065 miles. Blaupunkt AM/FM stereo,
portant feature, as replacing it will cost half as
much as the car, and its needed to count off the
minutes to your next repair At least the injected
cars were the best of the series.
#75-1995 SAAB 900 TURBO Convertible.
S/N Y53AL76L4R7002482. Red/tan leather.
LHD. Odo: 51,331 miles. Front bumper shows
Some scrapes in both bumpers, but other bodywork
good. Driver's seat leather hard but still
serviceable. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT
$21,000. The 500SEC is a bank vault on wheels,
laden with features. The bid price was a tad
light, but not far off the mark. Yesteryear 's glamour
car can be a tough sell as the times change.
Who brags about owning a 9-year-old
#35-1965 FERRARI 275 GTS Spyder. Body
by Pininfarina. S/N 6923. Red/saddle tan. LHD.
Odo: 67,498 miles. Very good chrome and
Nardi wood steering wheel with black spokes
and center. Power windows. Very nice paint and
chrome. Large chunk of leather tom away on
headrest, balance of leather dry but serviceable.
Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. The honesty
of seeing a car this age with original leather is
always nice, but when large sections ofhide turn
up MIA, even the Brits have trouble passing it
off as patina. A likeable example, fully priced at
the high bid.
#11-1982 FERRARI 308 GTSi Targa. SN
ZFFAA02A2C0042389. Red/black leather.
LHD. Odo: 29,839 miles. Rock-hard, extra-dry
plenty of use by the park-by-touch crowd, balance
of bodywork clean. Good Michelins, clean
interior, paintwork appears original and still
bright. Plenty of miles left on this used car. Cond:
3. SOLD AT $8,500. Car was bid to $5,600 on
the block and announced "sold with an if." That
"if" cost the new owner quite a bit more, yet the
buyer got a good deal on a decent example.
#56-1967 BIRIUN SUPER 7 Roadster. S/N
N/A. Gray with red stripes/black vinyl. LHD.
Odo: 760 miles. 2.0-liter Ford Zetec engine.
Exotic Car Transport
paintwork, good dash wood. Some wear to seats
and console. Carpets strong but not perfect. Very
nice car, owner displayed known for-sale listings
for this very car on card—a good presentation.
Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $125,000. The
275 GTS seems to be the official auction car of
2002. I've seen more of these than 330 2+2s at
recent auctions. Bid was definitely on the light
side, as we've seen super examples change hands
nearer to $200,000.
#23-1967 FIAT DINO Spider. Body by
Pininfarina. S/N 1350S0000449. Red/black vinyl.
LHD. Odo: 27,309 lcms. Cromodora knockoffs,
RJS Safety Equipment harness belts. Alu-
leather seats, plenty of fresh ArmorAll to seats
and top. Front bumper cracked and mottled.
Star chips on front fender, plenty of other chips
and touch-ups. $30,000 reserve. Cond: 4. NOT
SOLD AT $21,500. The high bid was a fully
priced amount for a 308 GTSi in this condition
and with this many visible flaws. You can buy a
no-excuses example with ultra-low miles for
around $30,000, your choice of colors.
#13-1987 MASERATI BiTURBO SI Coupe.
S/N ZAMAM1102HB317061. Black/saddle
tan. LHD. Odo: 33,737 miles. Blaupunkt
Open and Enclosed
"Get the whole story of Exotic Car Transport,
visit us on the Worldwide Web."
minum dash. Very good paint and chrome. Interior
shows wear, has a kind of "Italian vinyl
patina" that make flaws appear less troublesome.
New Konis, rocker panels and top-end
motor rebuild. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT
AM/FM cassette, most wood in dash good
Some wear to seats and console. Extremely ugly
red covering on steering wheel. Some light rust
bubbling on window trim under driver's door
windows. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $2,750. Missing
the Maserati clock on the dashboard—an im-
of Exotic, Vintage and
Indoor Storage Available
bidder interest at this venue equated to no sale.
Willys don't have the cachet of the Fiat and
Renault wicker-basket specials; this bid could
have been taken.
#57-1951 BUICK ROADMASTER Convertible.
S/N 46215086. Baby blue/dark and
baby blue leather and vinyl. LHD. Odo: 67,977
Kensington, Bridgehampton, NY
#44-1955 OLDSMOBILE SUPER 88
Coupe. S/N 558L18491. Yellow and white/yellow
and white cloth and vinyl. LHD. Odo:
Carbon fiber nose, dash, front fenders. RCI fivepoint
harness on both seats, 13x17-inch
Panasport wheels. "Titled in Texas as a 1967,
no emissions." A new car with only dirt under
its fingernails. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT
$20,500. A brand-new car with less than 1,000
miles and lots of options. Its tough to figure out
the market segment these cars appeal to. They
are clearly the best 7s ever built, but they are
eligible for exactly zero vintage events. So what
do you do with them?
#58-1942 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER
Convertible. S/N 6675753. Dark green. LHD.
Odo: 555 miles. When making plastic trim to
miles. Some good paint over seriously flawed
and wavy bodywork. Door jambs appear to
be painted with a brush. Very clean and fresh
interior, new top. Optimistic racing seat belts.
Cond: 4-. NOT SOLD AT $16,500. A true
20-footer, this Buick looks good at a distance,
but fatal flaws lurk everywhere. A full restoration
away from being a nice example, the
sellers made a major mistake by not setting
this Bondo buoy adrift.
#54-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Convertible.
S/N 3503. Polo White/red vinyl. LHD.
Odo: 1,749 miles. NCRS Top Flight award. Fully
40,487 miles. Note to seller: leaving work
gloves and twine on the front seat does not
build confidence in potential buyers. Incorrect
interior, dash painted yellow. Still has a wellfaded
sticker from a previous auction. Etched
yellow roses in both rear windows. Cond: 4+.
SOLD AT $5,610. A homegrown incorrect
restoration, full of lots of "personalized" items
that mean only problems to the next owner. I'll
count this as a good deal for both buyer and
seller, provided the buyer likes the silly bits
added and gets to keep the gloves.
#29-1955 CADILLAC ELDORADO Convertible.
S/N 6200703. Medium blue/white and
blue leather. LHD. Odo: 68,531 miles. Automatic,
Autronic eye. Power windows, seat,
look like wood was still a new thing, this car
was king. Very nice paint and cloth top, good
chrome trim. Interior really falls down with cheap
vinyl and some loose trim. A great ten-footer.
Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $18,000. Very few
cars were assembled in 1942, as the start of
WWII put an end to production. Fewer still had
anywhere near this much chrome, as it was being
saved for the war effort. High bid was light
by perhaps 30%.
#22-1949 WILLYS JEEPSTER Convert-
ible. SiN 44162497. White/maroon vinyl. LHD.
Odo: 78,715 miles. Very clean throughout. Excellent
vinyl interior, good paint, fresh tires.
restored, with some light dirt and lighter wear.
Outside of cloth top shows age. Very clean
underhood and detailed chassis. All numbers
correct. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $49,000.
Lots of choices for the potential 1954 Corvette
buyer are available in the high $40,000 range.
This car was not worth stretching beyond
$50,000—cars at this price level should have a
crispness this one lacked.
#39-1955 CADILLAC ELDORADO Convertible.
S/N 556264193. Dark blue/red and
white leather. LHD. Odo: 96,060 miles. Dual
top, steering and brakes. A very nice, recent
restoration with some use. Great paint and
chrome, excellent top. Very light pitting on interior
chrome, some wear to seats. Cond: 3+.
SOLD AT $49,500. Quality restorations hold
up better than those just thrown together. This
one was quality. A great buy on a well-restored
yet no-longer-new Eldo. Guide books don't
cross $50,000 for these cars, so consider this
one fully priced.
#83-1956 FORD F-150 Pickup. S/N
FlOD6R21161. Red/red cloth and vinyl. LHD.
Odo: 48,383 miles. Carpeted, Jensen AM/FM
CD. Was "road restored," then used as a work
Incorrect carpet, but looks good nonetheless.
Top is a frame only, which is no help, but it's a
beach car anyway. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT
$14,000. Even though beach cars continue to be
a hot segment of the collector car market, no
four-barrel carbs. Some dings and scrapes, but
decent paintwork otherwise. Was last used in
New York Yankees baseball club parade. Very
nice interior. A driver, not a show vehicle. Cond:
4+. SOLD AT $19,580. Dead-on correct in the
pricing department, this friendly appearing
Cadillac should provide the new owner with lots
of summertime fim. Keep it away from any restoration,
keep the fluids fresh and drive it once a
week. Enjoy a good buy.
truck afterwards. Paint quality is fair to good,
lots of shine and overspray. Rear stakes made
of 2x4s, stained plywood floor cover. A cheapo
restoration. Bronco GT tires on Pep Boys mags.
Cond: 4-. NOT SOLD AT $4,000. A mild custom
pickup that is truly neither unique nor
Sports Car Market
eElag / Kruse, Las Vegas, NV
stock—just a mix of assembled-in-a-hurry bits
and shiny red paint. Pickup trucks continue to
be a hot corner in the collector-car world. You
could argue that the high bid was near the cost
#43-1959 CADILLAC 62 Convertible. S/N
60L132669. White/red and white leather. LHD.
Odo: 22,912 miles. California black-plate car.
Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada
May 31-June 2, 2002
Auctioneers: Dean Kruse, Daniel Kruse,
1988 AACA Junior first. Power windows without
power vents. Air conditioning. Older restoration
shows some flaws, yet is still too nice
to re-restore. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT
$35,000. The seller wanted $55,000, which
would have been fine if it were an Eldorado.
High bid was close to market correct for a 62,
perhaps a few thousand short of where it should
#12-1982 CHEVROLET CORVETTE TTop
Coupe. S/N 1G 1 AY078XC5122342. Gold/
gold leather. LHD. Odo: 19,004 miles. V8, Cross
Fire injection, automatic. "Collector Edition,"
Number of automotive lots: 311
Number of automotive lots sold: 177
Sale rate: 56.9%
Sale total: $3,928,195
High: Lot #201, 2002 Shelby Cobra roadster,
sold at $212,000, including buyer's premium
Buyer's premium on sold lots included: 6%
Sony AM/FM CD added. Air conditioning.
Power brakes, steering, seat, windows, locks.
Full gold leather does not show wear well. Very
tacky rubber floor mats don't help. $21,000
reserve. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $16,000.
Splitting the difference between the bid price
and the reserve would get us to $18,500, right
where this car belongs. If the buyer and seller
read this and agree, just send me a coupon for
a free dinner at a non-chain restaurant somewhere
'30 Durant L35 sedan $8,268, E/K (pg.44)
'31 Bentley 8-Litre Tourer, $326,276 B (pg.48)
'33 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Tourer, $31,050, B (pg.32)
'36 MG-PB, $21,160, B (pg.49)
'62 Rambler American, $6,042, E/K (pg. 46)
'74 Pontiac, $3,180, E/K (pg. 46)
'55 Cadillac Eldorado, $19,580, KMG (pg.40)
'69 MGC, $7,260, KMG (pg. 37)
'62 Jaguar XKE, $65,410, B (pg.49)
Report by Dave Kinney
Market opinions in italics
all it the giant meeting of the bays, if
you will. EBay Motors/Kruse meets
Mandalay Bay for the first time.
The Mandalay Bay hotel is one
of the newer mega-properties in Las Vegas, with
all the resort features one can expect in a hotel
with thousands of rooms, a huge series of casinos
and a few dozen restaurants—normal stuff
only in a city as abnormal as Vegas.
EBay Motors/Kruse is, of course, one of the
largest players in the collector car game by any
standard, producing numerous auctions around
the country, with a series of new venues replacing
some of the older, now-dropped locations.
The auction was held in the event center at
the hotel, a large auditorium with stadium seating
for observers and the floor reserved for the
cars, the auction-goers and booths and vendors'
stalls. There was no room inside for the cars
that were in the lineup to be sold, so they were
kept a good hike away in one of the hotel garages.
This less-than-perfect arrangement will
be remedied when the now-under-construction
convention center opens next door and the auction
moves to that attached facility. Some other
premiere event teething problems surfaced, but
there remains plenty of time before next year's
Las Vegas auction to get things straightened out.
As a first-time effort, Mandalay Bay can
only be viewed as a success. With a sale rate of
57% and $3.9m in sales, expect the auction to
return next year.
Three out of six Ferraris changed hands,
with a 1978 512 BB taking top honors in that
category at $59,360. To 400i owners' collective
dismay, both examples offered this weekend
went unsold at $32,000 and $22,500. A
nice 1959 Porsche Convertible D sold for
$51,940, which was expensive but reasonable,
considering its known history.
Both television cars brought to this sale returned
home with their consignors. The Green
Hornet was passed over at $51,000, while the
"Force III" Trans Am (don't worry if you've
never heard of the show, most of America hasn't
#180-1954 MG-TF Roadster. S/N
XPAGTF3225. Black/red leather. LHD. Odo:
57,132 miles. Disc wheels. Older restoration,
either) barely raised a yawn, let alone a bid. It
buzzed off the block at $10,600.
The spirit of this auction was upbeat, and
even giddy at times. The formula that these two
companies are working out—selling cars while
filling hotel rooms at a time of year when bookings
are low—is a winning combination. And if
there is anything Vegas claims to like, it's winners.—
plenty of wear on paint at seams, around gas
tank and at hood welting. Chrome fair to very
good. Seats, door panels and dash holding up
well. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,310. A good buy
for an end user With fresh paint and some detail
work, this could be a solid #2 car Best bet would
be to use and enjoy it as is, keep it for a few
years, then sell it with no regrets and a possible
small financial gain.
#714-1965 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER
CLOUD III Sedan. S/N SKP275. Regal Red/
tan leather. RHD. Odo: 61,807 miles. Not a bad
example, unlike so many right-hand-drive
Clouds found at auction. Original leather has
light respray and some hardening, but could be
improved with Hide Food. Good wood, good
paint. Appears to be a recent import. Cond: 3.
SOLD AT $17,066. Send it back! This car is
worth more in a right-hand-drive country where
it has real value as a usable piece, unlike here,
where it remains a tough-to-drive also-ran.
Cheap enough at this price to repatriate and
make a good profit.
#512-1969 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER
SHADOW Sedan. S/N SRD21050. Black/black
leather. LHD. Odo: 38,699 miles. Registered to
Frank Zappa's International Absurdities, Inc.,
in North Hollywood. Includes Quadrasonic 8track
and Blaupunkt AM/FM. A tired example
with weak wood, worn leather, average paint
and good chrome. License plate reads
"RDNZL." Cond: 4-. NOT SOLD AT $25,000.
eBag / Kruse, Las Vegas, NV
If anyone tries to tell you this was the Rolls
that Zappa drove, they're wrong—he didn't
drive. It was his car, though, and was driven
by his wife. It's a $10,000 Shadow at best with
a $15,000 boost for celeb value. Mrs. Zappa
thinks it's worth more.
#421-1971 JAGUAR )(ICE SH 4.2 Convert-
ible. S/N 2RA3786. Primrose/black leather.
LHD. Odo: 70,090 miles. Owned by Dean
Kruse. An okay older restoration, now with
overall. No reserve. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT
$14,045. A decent buy, but by no means a bargain
on a second-year Spur The carpets are
an inexpensive fix, the overlays can be tossed,
and a full detail job would be a big help. Not
much hope for a big gain, though, as high miles
limit the outside price.
#470-1995 ROLLS-ROYCE FLYING
SPUR LWB Sedan. S/N SCAZGO3C1SC
X55126. Mason's black/saddle leather. LHD.
Odo: 123,040 miles. Automatic. CD changer,
and let it go. A salvage title is about the same as
a death certificate on newer cars—Jaguars,
Benzs and exotics especially. Half price, but no
#515-1972 CITROEN DELIVERY Wagon.
S/N 05AK7148. Ivory/saddle vinyl. LHD. Odo:
76,503 miles. More than $12,000 invested in
some miles. Rear bumper chrome has lost much
plating, some door and hood gap problems. A
nice older driver. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $28,090.
In 1971 Jag offered both an inline-six and a
V12 version of the E-type. A good retail buy.
Not too much of a chance of turning it for a
profit, but it is possible to make it into a good
driver or local show contender.
#517-1977 ROLLS-ROYCE CARMARGUE
Coupe. Body by Pininfarina. S/N JRE25330.
Sable brown/saddle leather. LHD. Odo: 21,481
miles. Faded lamb's wool overcarpets, but good
heated memory seating. One owner. Some wear
to seat piping on both front seats. Good paint
with some light scratching, scratches on front
bumper stainless. Lots of miles, no reserve. Cond:
3. SOLD AT $37,100. Ninth of 50 built. Someone
was asleep at the switch here—a Flying Spur
for Silver Spur money The Flying Spur was a
limited edition model, and this one went a full
$20,000 under retail. Not a bad day's work for
the new owner a savvy SCM subscriber.
#508-1999 BENTLEY ARNAGE Sedan.
S/N SCBLB51E1XCX01401. Mason's black/
tan and saddle leather. LHD. Odo: 24,297 miles.
restoration. Very good paint and interior (such
that it is). Lots of wear to suspended seats.
Dash is clean and uncracked. Quite nice for a
2CV, unacceptable in a real car. Cond: 3. SOLD
AT $7,950. If you own a French bakery, restaurant
or wine shop, you missed your chance
to own a decent car to paint the business name
on and hire underlings in berets and striped
shirts to drive it around town. A decent buy
for the right user.
#199-1959 PORSCHE 356A Convertible
D. Body by Drauz. S/N 86154. Eng.# 73454.
Ivory/black leather. LHD. Odo: 13,063 miles.
leather and wood in interior. Original paintwork
has lots of dings and dents in wheel arches and
both doors. Sony AM/FM cassette, cell phone.
Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $21,000. First
owned by Carol Burnett, next owned by George
Marciano of Guess? jeans. This Carmargue has
been around and around in its search for a new
owner Uninspired both in condition and '70s
color, high bid should have been plenty.
#749-1982 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER
SPUR Sedan. S/N SCAZS42AXCCX05431.
Ivory/saddle leather with ivory piping. LHD.
Odo: 92,584 miles. Reportedly bought new by
rocker Alice Cooper for his mom, Rita Cooper.
Wear to seats. Good wood, bad carpets and overlays.
Paint and chrome good, but car is tired
All options including keyless entry, sunroof,
telephone. Some buff marks on paint. 20-inch
wheels with Michelin XGT Z4 tires on Gianelle
wheels. Wear on driver's seat heavier than expected
for miles indicated. Cond: 2-. NOT
SOLD AT $98,000. Owned by a local Rolls/
Bentley dealer who decided to run one across
the block, this none-too-inspiring used carfailed
to impress. Worth slightly more than $100,000,
but dropping fast. There are lots of cars with
fewer miles on the market right now.
#426-2000 JAGUAR XK8 Coupe.
S/N SAJJA41C9YNA00891. Black/black
leather. LHD. Odo: 9,189 miles. Salvage title,
"check engine" light on. Extensive repaint work
after car slid off a snowy road. 18-inch wheels,
Pirelli tires, XKR louvered hood. Looks good,
but looks can deceive. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT
$28,299. Ran across originally as Lot #173, to
a $29,500 high bid. Seller reconsidered
Factory Kardex with matching numbers. Delivered
new by Hoffman Motors. US lights and
bumpers from new. Car has reportedly been
driven 10,000 miles since restoration. Very nice
throughout. Very good gaps, paint, chrome and
leather. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $51,940. All the
money here, but no harm done if it turns out to
run as well as it looks. A known history goes a
long way in a Porsche, and the owner 's research
paid a dividend.
Sports Car Market
"No Sir, we don't remember you asking
for all original parts on your '56 Dodge."
Do you remember when the shop you took your '56 Dodge
to asked if you wanted concours and you answered, "No, just
a nice driver"? Do you feel that after spending a King's ransom
to restore it, perhaps they may have taken one shortcut
too many? Perhaps used the odd non-original part?
We understand the difference between concours and nice
driver, but when you are done your car should still look as
if it could win a Concours d'Elegance even if you intend to
use it every day.
The Guild is one of the largest restoration shops in North
America, and while we may be sitting here in Canada rather
than California, the expertise and professionalism that we
bring to the art of restoration meets or exceeds anything
you will find anywhere else in the world.
Of course, the Canadian dollar means that you get a
great discount on every job we do for you. Mind you, it
wouldn't matter if the two currencies were at par, the job
you get in our shop is still going to be the best value you
can get while pursuing your hobby. Old cars are a disease
that is often expensive, and for exactly that reason
you should make damned sure that if you're going to
throw a ton of money into a car whose name doesn't
even ring a bell with 90% of the population, you should
at least spend it just once for the right job. If you want to
take your Talbot to concours, we can do that, but if you
just want a decent driver done correctly, we understand.
Oh, and by the way, we will use the right parts for your
car on your car.
The Guild of Automotive Restorers
44 Bridge Street, PO Box 1150
Bradford, ON L3Z 2B5 Canada
Tel: 905-775-0499 Fax: 905-775-0944
#524-1982 PORSCHE 911 Turbo Coupe.
SIN WPOZZZ93ZCS000320. Dark silver/opart
cloth and vinyl. LHD. Odo: 53,072 miles.
#201-1978 FERRARI 512 BB Coupe. SN
24519. Red/saddle leather. LHD. Odo: 50,836
kms. Decent paint. Older original interior leather
eBay / Kruse, Las Vegas, NV
Pep Boys "Turbo" sticker on dash. Pioneer AM/
FM cassette. Turbo wide body, whale tail, Gotti
wheels, sunroof. Well-done repaint, yet still a
scary auction car. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $21,200.
Last seen at "The Auction," Apri12002, where it
no-saled for $19,000. Now with nine more miles.
An uninspired Euro Porsche no longer in search
of a new home. The seller did well; let's hope the
new owner doesn't face any nasty surprises.
#721-1981 DELOREAN DMC-12 Coupe.
S/N SCEDT26TOBD002001. Stainless steel/
black leather. LHD. Odo: 41,591 miles.
has what seller would call "patina," what buyer
would call "major use." Cromodora mags have lots
of chips, some dashboard seams pulling apart. New
radio and seat belts, custom exhaust. Cond: 3.
SOLD AT $59,360. In the past two years 512 BBs
have gonefrom hopeless cases with nowhere to go
to 12-cylinder cars with possible investment futures.
Yes, Testarossa owners, maybe your salvation
is just a scant 15 years away
#409-1985 FERRARI MONDIAL Cabriolet
S/N ZFFUC15A7F0054095. Red/tan leather.
LHD. Odo: 57,840 miles. Lots of wear and tear
in the interior from use. Paint on the entire front
Inc. in 1978. Fiberglass body, plenty of accessories.
Rumble seat, dual side mounts, air conditioning.
302-c.i. V8. Power steering and brakes.
8-track, dual exhaust. Interior smells musty. Lots
of repro and VW parts. Good paint, light interior
wear, good chrome, clean top. No reserve.
Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,660. Appears to be the
same as a car known as a Glassic, which was
built in the early '70s. If anyone is still in the
market for a Model A replica, the sale price
sounds fair enough.
#184-1930 DURANT L35 Sedan.
S/N L3528. Ivory with deep red fenders/medium
brown mohair. LHD. Odo: 62,307 miles.
Automatic. Both front and back bumpers are
substantially darker than the original color (even
more than usual). Very light wear to interior, no
visible dings or scratches. Lots of miles on this
first-year gullwing. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,780.
Is it my imagination or are these cars gaining
some respect? This was a well-used but clean
example that might have struggled to exceed
$12,000 two years ago. The five-speeds are
worth more, so this was a strong price.
#500-1962 DUAL GHIA Coupe.
S/N 31100P. Black/burgundy leather. LHD. Odo:
81,178 miles. Automatic, air conditioning. Power
steering, brakes and windows. Very good paint
has a little waviness under a few panels, though
not of enough concern to warrant a repaint. Good
glass and chrome trim. Very original interior
could use some detailing. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD
AT $50,000. I'm still waiting for a Single or
Triple Ghia to show up. The ride of choice for
the Rat Pack, Vegas would seem to be the perfect
venue to flog one of these dream cars come to
life. No interest here; worth more, but not much.
Reagan administration. Unmarked paint, very light
wear to driver's seat, good chrome, fresh Pirelli P7
radials. Car card states this is a US model, but
speedometer reads in kph. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD
AT $31,750. Last year of production; one of 410
built. One of the nicest Jalpas around, but Jalpas
remain nearly saleproof Would it be savvy to buy
one and put it away (properly) for ten years? I
don't know, but this might be the ideal candidate.
#750-1929 FORD MODEL A REPLICA
Convertible. SN 1225. Yellow/black vinyl.
LHD. Odo: 14,243 miles. Made by Replicars,
Paint, chrome, leather, carpets, top, dash, radio
and underhood all need attention. Cond: 4-.
SOLD AT $20,140. This was your chance to
start with a solid example of a prewar Buick,
Sports Car Market
end discolored, and touch-up marks abound. Evidence
of repaint. Hole in trunk where antenna
was mounted. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $32,860. A
red/tan example with almost 60,000 miles is practically
destined to become auction fodder Very
pricey for a non-3.2-liter car Rejoice, Mondial
owners, they appear to be selling!
#564-1988 LAMBORGHINI JALPA Targa.
SN ZA9JBOOAXJLA12382. Red/saddle leather
with red piping. LHD. Odo: 7,221 km. Not perfect,
but the best example I've seen since the
Very fresh restoration. All paintwork, interior,
chrome, wood and details are as fresh as
new. A great example of the two-box styling
breakthrough pioneered during the Depression
(this is not meant to be a compliment).
Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $8,268. Originally ran
across to a $16,000 high bid. Well below the
cost of restoration. Not too many Durant collectors
remain, and those who do have the
car they want, thus there isn't a lot of competition
to boost prices. Ready for a museum
and not much else.
#210-1939 BUICK 81C ROADMASTER
Convertible Sedan. SN 13457478. Black/maroon
leather. LHD. Odo: 90,959 miles. Very
complete but in need of absolutely everything.
eBay / Kruse, Las Vegas, NV
spend three years of your life restoring it, and
end up getting a $1-an-hour wage for your
work. When finished, however, you would have
a very cool car.
#415-1939 STUDEBAKER PICKUP Street
Rod. S/N AZ232776. Silver/blue and gray tweed.
LHD. Odo: 6,567 miles. 1991 Chevrolet S-10
pickup with a Cobra Enterprises conversion
was not. Unless you are the owner of an original
Tucker chassis with motor, this will be tough
to return to original condition. The sale price
was less than 1/4 the price ofa complete one, but
still no bargain.
#430-1948 DAVIS THREE-WHEEL Road-
ster. S/N 482E99. Grape and silver/two-tone
grape and dark blue vinyl. LHD. Odo: 6,241
miles. Aluminum body with removable hard top.
SOLD AT $30,740. A stone bargain of a buy.
It's complete, it's all there and it's really not half
bad. A few long weekends in the garage with
some basic skills and a toothbrush would make
this a #2- car and worth at least $10,000 more.
A very good deal.
#473-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR Convertible.
S/N VC55KDD4627. Mint and dark
green/dark and light green. LHD. Odo: 3,749
miles. Power top. Radio, tissue dispenser. A very
package. "Freshened" motor and transmission;
new exhaust and springs. Power brakes, locks,
steering. Air conditioning, AM/FM cassette, tilt
front end, mahogany bed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT
$16,165. It is doubtful that a single Studebaker
part was used in this conversion—it just has a
look that pays a tribute to Studebaker styling.
Lots of money for a 1991 5-10 pickup, but not
hateful for a usable custom cruiser.
#498-1939 PACKARD 1708 Convertible
Sedan. S/N B602309. Eng.# B602309. Dark
green/green leather. LHD. Odo: 202 miles. 139inch
wheelbase. Freshly restored to an almostperfect
level. Three national first place awards
A virtual run through the early Ford parts bin.
Still carries an Oregon license plate that expired
in 1976. Lots and lots of dings, up and down.
Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $11,660. Ninth of 17 built.
Quite cheap for a decent example of a very wellpublicized
piece ofautomobile history. With styling
that can best be described as "bumper car
meets UFO" the Davis has the power to turn
heads even today, and even in Las Vegas.
#743-1950 MERCURY CUSTOM Convert-
ible. S/N 50LA119887M. Burgundy and flames/
white leather. LHD. Odo: 1,838 miles. All-steel
body shaved, decked and nosed. Drop spindles
nice and very correct restoration. Some light
cleaning needed on driver's seat. Interior
chrome, paint and carpets all good. Fresh
Cushion-Aire wide whites. Some paint dropout
in right rear quarter panel. Cond: 2. NOT
SOLD AT $45,000. Three years ago 195557
Chevy convertibles went wild at BarrettJackson.
Word got out that they were bringing
$50k plus (more for '57s), and suddenly
500 more came on the market, filling the pipeline.
Supply now exceeds demand.
#469-1957 BUICK 76-C ROADMASTER
Convertible. S/N 7D4036600. White/white vinyl.
LHD. Odo: 27,316 miles. Continental kit,
in 2000. Owner states all records and complete
documentation is available. Excellent in
all categories. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT
$160,000. Worth the high bid, but it's becoming
increasingly evident that the expensive
American classics are no longer cars that sell
at many venues. Auburn, Pebble Beach or
Hershey still might have interested bidders,
but Vegas did not.
#480-1947 TUCKER Sedan. S/N 1046.
Gold/black brocade. LHD. Odo: 73,810 miles.
Air conditioning, power brakes, power windows.
Very old and tired paint with poor
and Firestone bags on all four corners. Power
steering and brakes. DeSoto grille, '49 Caddy
hubcaps, '59 Caddy taillights. CD changer in
trunk. Flamed fake sidepipes, flamed door panels,
flamed paint. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT
$34,000. The same things that make a car an
individual statement—flames, pipes, interior
design, paint—are the same things that limit its
resale potential. As soon as you buy it, you're
driving someone else's car. Fully priced given
its lack of national show history.
#460-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
Roadster. S/N E54S001183. White/red vinyl.
LHD. Odo: 11,555 miles. A few chips around
the edges. Supposed full restoration five years
ago. Fit on all seats good, but not great. Cond: 3-.
fender skirts, air conditioning. Power steering
brakes and windows. Paint is almost flawless
chrome is excellent. Replaced interior shows
wear. Very nice overall. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD
AT $48,000. The 76-C series Roadmaster was
only available as a fully equipped model, and
4,364 were built. High bid was a powerful statement
about the condition of this Roadmonster
Unfortunately, the owner thought he might get
more. Hard to imagine, but possible.
#172-1960 IMPERIAL LE BARON Sedan.
SiN 9304103456. Dark blue/gray cloth. LHD.
Odo: 62,068 miles. Dash-button automatic.
Power seats, windows, steering and brakes. Fair
paint, good chrome. Driver's seat cloth has one
overspray. Chrome has pitting. Complete dash
from '64 Merc installed. Modified, mounted on
a 1964 Mercury chassis (work executed in 1964).
No reserve. A sad pseudo-survivor Cond: 4-.
SOLD AT $57,240. Preston Tucker 's dream this
button popping off. Very complete, could be used
as is, but is still a long way from being a show car.
No reserve. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $4,134. The
1960 Imperial, with design by Virgil "Excess"
Exner, is the high point for non-GMjukebox styling.
Cost a whopping $6,318 new. Let's put this
into the good buy column, but who needs one?
#566-1962 RAMBLER AMERICAN 400
Convertible. S/N B484379. Red/black with red
vinyl. LHD. Odo: 51,793 miles. A nice, but not
eBay / Kruse, Las Vegas, NV
ible top, but it 's not a stretch to see why this cute
cruiser found a new home. For MasterCard
money, someone got a reliable, easy-to-fix '60s
car with little downside. Well done.
#487-1966 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL Sedan.
SN YM43J63195604. Black/black leather.
LHD. Odo: 14,604 miles. The only "Green
Hornet" used in the television series of the same
curate, the post-block price was off base. Cars
with needs often go begging, this one included
#143-1974 PONTIAC GRAND VILLE Convertible.
SN 2P67Y4X109572. White/white
and red vinyl. LHD. Odo: 25,335 miles. Automatic.
Driven and used. Another survivor from
too nice, car. Redone seats. Full hubcaps, lots of
neat features. Newer top and paint. A restoration
to a driver standard, lacks the sparkle needed
to make it an inspiring car. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT
$6,042. Sold to the detail specialist and SCM
subscriber from Oregon who made magic happen
with "Lavender and Lace." This car will
soon have the benefit of a full and complete detail,
done by a pro with experience. Stay tuned
#735-1962 STUDEBAKER GRAN
TURISMO HAWK Coupe. SN 62V34682.
Gold/saddle vinyl. LHD. Odo: 95,309 miles.
Dual exhaust, power steering, front seat belts,
name. Built by custom car builder and designer Dean
Jeffries. Clean, mostly original-style interior. Allblack
bodywork has some waves in panels. No
chrome. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $51,000. The
Green Hornet TV series was an also-ran to the
campy Batman series of the same time, and is less
well known. While Batman has legs, The Hornet's
wings remain clipped Neat car and neat history, but
its no Batmobile. Fully priced at top bid
#725-1967 INTERNATIONAL TRAVELALL
SUV. S/N G13 107H677093. Tan and white/gold
vinyl. LHD. Odo: 35,572 miles. Add-on air con-
the '70s. Missing seat upholstery buttons and
one piece of sectioned vinyl in the interior. Good
paintwork, no visible rust. No reserve. Cond:
4+. SOLD AT $3,180. One ofabout 3,000 Grand
Ville convertibles produced in 1974. A minor
bargain for a driver that will continue to have
collector interest in the near future. If the air
conditioning works, its a full bargain
#748-1986 PONTIAC TRANS AM Coupe.
SN 1G2FW878HGL204836. Silver blue/gray
tweed. LHD. Odo: 613 miles. 1-Tops no longer
function. Built by Dick Dean and commissioned
by George Barris for the short-lived TV series,
"Force III." Equipped with missiles in the front,
rear and doors. Rear seats removed for rocket
launcher. Hood paint peeling. Beat up. Cond:
tachometer, bucket seats. Incorrect seat covering
and carpets. No rust evident, appears solid
and complete throughout. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT
$9,010. Studebakers seem to be losing their recent
history as unloved orphans, as more and
more collectors have taken a second look at
their styling and features and like what they see.
Excellent Hawks can bring into the mid-teens,
so consider this a good buy.
#560-1963 FORD FALCON SPRINT
Coupe. SN 3R17F180394. Ivory/green vinyl.
LHD. Odo: 14,852 miles. Air conditioning.
Stock, except for the Cragar SS mags and wooden
ditioning. AM radio, seat belts, trailer brakes, single
side-facing seat in rear. One-family owned from new.
Some surface rust, but no serious sins found. Could
use some freshening. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $3,604.
Another survivor, this one with a twist—it remains
useable as both a truck and a fashion statement.
Very well equippedfor an early pre-SUV-era trailer
hauler; its worth more just to have a spare working
vehicle around the homestead Great buy.
#123-1973 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS S
442 Coupe. SN 3G37M3R206072. Dark blue
with white stripes/white vinyl. LHD. Odo:
52,311 miles. 350 Rocket V8, automatic. Air
3-. NOT SOLD AT $10,600. Here is a car that
requires some care to use—just try dropping
someone off at the airport with this. Its a Hollywood
prop that has outlived its use, and few remember
the TV series. High bid sounds like plenty.
#471-1999 DODGE VIPER RT-10 Convert-
ible. S/N 1B3ER65E4XV502964. Red, seascape,
flames/black leather. LHD. Hand-painted
steering wheel. Some chips at door edges and
stain at gas tank filler neck. Pin-hole rust bubble
on left rear quarter panel. Excellent original interior.
Some chrome has pitting, but most is excellent.
Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,646. This might be
a record price for a Falcon without a convert-
conditioning, swivel bucket seats, console
Rallye wheels. Owner states miles are original
California car. Driver's seat slightly worn, as are
carpets. Fresh HP 4000 Radial GT tires. Very
straight body. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT
$8,700. Show-car potential with 75 to 100 hours
of detail work and $1,000 in parts. Post-block
asking price of $12,500. The bid price was ac-
by Christian Lassen at a cost of $175,000. All the
usual Viper features. Said to have very low miles,
but the dead battery paired with the electronic
odometer make that claim difficult to verify. Was
a $100,000 no-sale in Santa Clara, 2001. Cond: 2.
NOT SOLD AT $100,000. Are penicillin shots
available to cure what this car has? Mr Lassen,
known for dancing dolphins and other water/
Hawaii/fish scenes, is a great marketer As a Viper
painter he does good fish.•
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Goodwood Festival of Speed,
Goodwood House, Sussex, UK
July 12, 2002
Auctioneers: Robert Brooks,
Malcolm Barber and James Knight
Number of automotive lots: 93
Number of automotive lots sold: 56
Sale rate: 60%
Sale total: $2,786,485
High: Lot #1I32, 1931 Bentley 8-litre
Freestone & Webb Sportsman's Coupe, sold
at $326,276, including buyer's premium
Buyer's premium on sold lots included: 15%
on the first $80,000, 10% thereafter
Report by Richard Hudson-Evans
Market opinions in italics
hairman Robert Brooks and his
Bonhams team once again offered their
clients lots under canvas on the back
lawn of stately Goodwood House,
during the warm-up day for the annual Festival
of Speed weekend. The must-be-seen-at event
has become a curious bash that combines a Speed
Hill Climb up Lord March's ancestral driveway,
dangerously narrow in parts, with concours and
celebratory displays—this year honoring the
Tyrrell and Lotus marques with former works
pilots Sir Jackie Stewart and Emerson Fittipaldi
guest-driving their world-champion steeds. With
heavy rain putting a damper on outside activities
during Friday, the auction tent became a giantsized
umbrella for many and the sale attendance
was noticeably up this year.
Although perhaps surprisingly in view of
the venue and the captive historic racer audience,
neither a 1953 Connaught A-Type GP car
with impeccable period history nor a 1959 Cooper-Maser
Mk IV recreation with no period
provenance found buyers, being declared unsold
at $186,000 and $108,500, respectively.
The superbly revived Lola-Ford Mk VI GT with
1963 Le Mans form, which was evaluated by
Bruce McLaren for Ford to perfect their GT40
project, also failed to change hands with an insufficient
$496,000 displayed on the big board.
However, four out of ten of the more modern
GP cars being auctioned from the collection of
Minardi Fl team boss Paul Stoddart were
knocked down to new stables—three Tyrrells
from the 1978, 1982 and 1995 seasons (all without
engines) making $62,000, $63,705 and
$52,595, and a 1994 Lotus 109 without Honda
VI 0 earning $58,590.
By far the oldest machine in this sale was an
1895 Peugeot Type 9 with quaint handlebar steer-
ing and sociable vis-a-vis accommodation. Unlike
so many of the very early primitives, which
have taken root in museums and will never go
anywhere under their own steam again, this
Panhard et Levassor-built, Daimler V-twin powered
vet was claimed to be fully streetworthy.
Being guaranteed a really early London-toBrighton
starting number and therefore front row
of the starting grid exposure, the $232,500 top
estimate price paid was understandable.
While so many low-interest entries in average
condition become familiar sights to saleroom
regulars as they depreciate unloved through the
various auction houses to reappear again in another
catalog, such trade-sheddings were mercifully
few here. Indeed, 17 lots had been consigned
from Michael Wilcock's Jersey Motor
Museum and were, in effect, entirely fresh to
the current market.
The $326,276 jewel in this Channel Islands
cache was a regularly exercised 8-liter Bentley
with Sportsman's Coupe coachwork by Freestone
& Webb—a rare survivor that wasn't given
the chop. Another example of the same
coachbuilder's craftsmanship was his 1936
Rolls-Royce Phantom III 40/50hp sedan that
provided much car for the $46,345 money.
Wilcock's one-owner-since-1972 E-type Jag
V12 coupe with manual shift and a mere 7,703
miles on the clock must have been unrepeatable,
too, hence it cost the second owner $29,858. His
1936 MG-PB, an older restoration following postNazi
occupation discovery in a Jersey barn, was
inexpensively landed for $21,160.
As for my buy of the sale, a 1992 Lancia
Delta HF Integrale Evo One pocket rocket for
$13,369 would have to take the pole. Mind you,
the 1962 Lotus Elite Series II Climax coupe
bought for $34,759 was a particularly sharp
example—and the 1925 Alfa with boattailed
sporting accommodation for four was also particularly
drool-worthy as long as the $101,835
required wasn't a problem. Sadly it was for me.
#1167-1927 BENTLEY 6.5 All-Weather
Tourer. Body by Corsica. S/N K.D2106. British
Racing Green/British Racing Green. RHD.
Bonhams, Goodwood, UK
#1132-1931 BENTLEY 8.0 Sportsman's
Fixed-Head Coupe. Body by Freestone &
Webb. S/N YF 5021. Green/dark green. RHD.
Odo: 14,443 miles. Painted wires. Worn leather,
though still lovely and soft, in front and back.
Postwar Cibie rally lamps inappropriate. Huge
"Tenor" horn mounted alongside motor. Last
taxed for street use in Jersey in 1981. Cond: 2.
SOLD AT $326,276. Closed 8-liter Bentleys that
have survived chop jobs are rare, and this one
had been owned mainly by one family since new
too. Hence, just less than the bullish low estimate
of $340,000 resulted.
#1145-1931 BENTLEY 8.0 Dual Cowl
Tourer. Body by Grosvenor Panelcraft. S/N YX
5103. British Racing Green/burgundy. RHD.
Odo: 9,445 miles. Painted wires. Formerly fitted
with Thrupp & Maberly sedan, then shooting
brake coachwork for grouse moor duties.
Retriever dog mascot in engine bay. Present dual
cowl body crafted in 1986. Paint now chipped,
with cracks to both rear mudguards. Cond: 1-.
SOLD AT $249,550. This characterful conversion
with gilt-edged McAlpine,fatnily provenance
achieved the desired money. Worth it, too.
#1135-1936 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM
III 40/50HP Close-Coupled Sedan. SfN 3AZ
186. Black over green over black/green. RHD.
Odo: 8,530 miles. Division. All matching numbers.
All coachbuilder fittings intact. Some WWII
Odo: 99,323 miles. First coupe-bodied by
Hooper, present coachwork fitted in 1937.
Marked paint. Minor dents to Lucas headlamp
rims. Wood rather DIY. Cracked leather is possibly
original. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT
$201,500. Even with prewar coachwork, the
minimum estimate—and likely the reserve—of
$295,000 was much too expensive.
service. Older restoration. Paint only okay.
Brightwork poor. Leather still good after last
retrim. Marked wood could have done with
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some freshening up. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT
$46,345. Lovely old thing, and the buy of the
sale for my money.
#1131-1936 MG-PB Roadster. S/N PB0526.
Black/red. RHD. Odo: 23,548 miles. Painted
wires. Older restoration. Unused since 1994.
#1157-1951 JAGUAR XK 120 Fixed-Head
Coupe. S/N 679112. Bronze metallic/red. RHD.
#1115-1959 COOPER-MASEFtATI T51 Mk
IV GP Race Car. Body by Cooper. S/N F2/16/
59. Red and white/black. Owned by Joel Finn in
1977. Acquired as an engineless rolling chassis
at Monaco in 1990. 2-litre Maser motor claimed
Minor marks to paint, some bubbling around
sidelamps. Good chrome. Trim slightly
shabby. Carpets dirty. Engine could do with
a good cleaning. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT
$21,160. Keenly acquired by the trade for
half the estimate.
#1144-1937 RILEY SPRITE 1.5 Roadster.
S/N S27S 6797. Dark blue/red. RHD. Odo:
90,491 miles. Most of the original panels have
Converted from left- to right-hand drive. 111th
fixed-head built. First exported to New York
agent Hoffman. Superbly restored in 1998, although
it might be a tad over-glossy now. Cond:
1. SOLD AT $53,475. Well worth the top-estimate
money. The new owner told me he may
have the paint flattened down.
to be ex-Tony Parravano. Whole package raceprep
by Neil Twyman 2001. Paintwork race
acceptable. Well-presented suspension. Cond:
2+. NOT SOLD AT $108,500. Despite the chassis
having proven Aussie period race history,
the car had too much of a modern build-up to
achieve the desired $124,000.
1951 MG-TD Roadster. S/N 11157.
Black/red. RHD. Odo: 1,073 miles. Driven in
Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), 1952-91. Paint and
#1175-1961 JAGUAR XKE SI 3.8 LIGHTWEIGHT
Coupe. S/N 850120. Silver/black.
RHD. Odo: 3,194 miles. 1997 reproduction said
to have cost $232,500. Fuel and fire systems
been retained, inner rear wheel arches and
apron and some timber renewed by Nick
Jarvis. Engine rebuilt by Nev Farquahar, gearbox
by Bill Morris. Repaint still good. Leather
much sat upon. Headlamp reflectors dull.
Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $84,165. Distinctive
"bird cage" grille. This prewar gem was fully
deserving of the sale price.
#1106-1948 BRISTOL 401 PROTOTYPE
Fixed-Head Coupe. Body by Touring. S/N 401
206. Red/beige. RHD. One of only three Touring
coachbuilt prototypes known to still exist.
Just over $2,000 worth of transport dents on
the right rear fender. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT
$33,868. The transport bruises failed to deter
bidders, but did drop the result $12,500 below
the estimate. Even though rare and pretty, it was
most probably over-reserved before the damage,
and now correctly valued
Race-distressed paint. Polished front suspension.
Large Jaeger tachometer. Exhaust along cockpit
wisely heat-shielded. Car totaled in 1957,
badly damaged by fire in 1960. Most recently
driven by Michael "Spike" Milligan. Fresh engine
and box. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT
$186,000. Even the 1953 Salvadori race history
failed to hook a buyer Reserved at $217,000,
and most likely worth it.
RHD. Odo: 45,349 miles. Genuine total mileage.
ZF box. Twin 40s. Very good paint. Minimal
wear to seats. Workmanlike engine bay.
Sounded crisp when started up during viewing.
Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $34,759. A sparkling car
that was nicely bought near the top estimate.
#1155-1962 JAGUAR XICE S13.8 Roadster.
SN 850484. Gunmetal/red. RHD. Odo: 92,170
miles. $100,000 restoration completed in 1992.
All-synchro box from a 4.2. Still retail sharp
with good paint, interior and underhood presentation.
Cond: 1. SOLD AT $65,410. Keenly
brightwork good from older restoration,
apart from the steel wheel finish. Steering
wheel as new. Seats and dash sound, though
instrument faces scratched. Wonky third
gear declared. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $14,260.
$1,240 less than the estimate was accepted,
making this genuine right-hand-drive TD
#1148-1953 CONNAUGHT A-TYPE GP
Race Car. Body by Connaught Engineering.
S/N A7. British Racing Green, yellow/black.
upgraded for 2002 season. Humped roof. Rows
of rivets attaching panels. Monza quick-release
filler caps. Tiny removable Racetech steering
wheel. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $162,595. Considering
spec, cost of replicating same and recently
proven FIA endurance race potential, car
was worth mid-estimate valuation.
#1178-1962 LOTUS ELITE S2 CLIMAX
Coupe. S/N EB2191573. Silver over red/black.
bay. Close-ratio gearbox, fresh limited-slip differential.
Twin tanks and pumps. Trimmed in
leather. Wood rim steering wheel. TRW harnesses.
Rear cage. Little used. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT
$24,510. Considering spec and condition of everything,
this works-replica B was well bought.
#1141-1965 ASTON MARTIN DB5 Coupe.
Body by Touring. S/N DB5/1827/R.
bid up to the top estimate. About right for a
matching-numbers, original right-hand-drive E
in such condition, even with the tranny upgrade.
#1153-1963 LOLA Mk IV FORD GT
Coupe. S/N LGT1. Green/black. RHD. 289-c.i.
Ford V8. Raced at 1963 Le Mans, then track-
test assessed by Bruce McLaren for Ford prior
to their launching their own GT program. In
receipt of $400,000 restoration in 2001 by the
consignor. Minor blemishes from recent retro
eventing. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $496,000.
Clocked at 183 mph on Mulsanne 2001. Super
provenance and in super condition, but true
value not established here.
#1149-1963 MINI 1000 SWB Coupe. S/N
N/A. Red with white/beige. RHD. Odo: 41,000
Converted from left- to right-hand drive. Older restoration.
Poor paint. Pitted door handles and taillamp
bodies. Scuffed seats. Rusty scabs on front frame.
Recently refurbished engine. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT
$32,085. Rather scrujA to look at, but clearly worked
well enough to impress more than one bidder to
raise the price $8,800 over the estimate.
#1185-1967 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk HI
Roadster. S/N H-BJ8-U/42337-G. Red/black.
RHD. Odo: 60,848 miles. Phase 2. Converted
miles. Created by Andy Saunders. This extremely
wacky "Short Mini" two-seater was created in
1999. No concours belle. A TV show regular.
Cond: 2. SOLD AT $9,810. Much viewed and
keenly contested until the hammer fell at $1,700
above the estimate.
#1107-1964 MGB SEBRING-STYLE Road-
ster. S/N GHN3-L/51320. Tartan red/black.
RHD. Painted wires. 1840-cc, 110-hp Oselli
motor with single 45DCOE in pristine engine
from left- to right-hand drive. Former US resident
repatriated in 1989, since when it has been
restored to an acceptable standard. Unmarked
paint, chrome and interior. Clean underhood.
Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $39,215. Yet another retail-ready
big Healey which, considering the
sharper examples for sale, surprisingly exceeded
the estimate band by $5,000.
#1134-1972 JAGUAR XICE Sill V12 Coupe.
S/N 15.51091. Willow green/tan. RHD. Odo:
7,703 miles. Factory disc wheels. Manual. Genuine
low mileage, though factory engine change at
Cumberland gay metallic/beige. LH1D. Odo: 2,000
miles. Restoration completed in 2001 with little use
since. 3995-cc motor upgraded to 4.2, Cosworth
pistons, head converted for unleaded gas. Harvey
Bailey handling kit. Paint and brightwork nearly
perfect. Original leather properly run-in. Cond: 1-.
SOLD AT $111,445. The most desirable DB model
ofthem all, this one had super spec and was in great
condition. Top retail result.
#1100-1966 JAGUAR XICE SI 4.2 Roadster.
S/N 1E3822. Red/black. RHD. Odo: 2,665 miles.
5,000 miles (presumably after averaging 144
mph in the flying kilometer). Original paint,
brightwork and leather all good. Moto-Lita
wood-rim steering wheel. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT
$29,858. One-owner V12 fixed head, and with
manual shifi too. That combination is likely to
be unrepeatable, thus the top-estimate result.
#1188-1982 TYRRELL-COSWORTH 011
Fl Race Car. S/N 011-3. Green and black
Benetton/black. GP driven by recently deceased
Bonhams, Goodwood, UK
Michele Alboreto. Donington Collection exhibited
with current DFV show motor. Good museum
standard presentation. Cond: 2+. SOLD
AT $63,705. A fine example of a Tyrrell, which
was the last team to harness a naturally aspirated
Ford Cossie V8 in a modern F 1 . Being
practical to employ again in Historic GPs, this
car deserved this bid.
#1119-1990 ASTON MARTIN VIRAGE 6.3
Coupe. S/N SCFCAMIS2LBR50114. Green
metallic/parchment. RHD. Odo: 63,000 miles.
In receipt of wide-body spec in 1992. Uprated
to 6.3 by Tickford in 1996. Repainted with evidence
of masking along door tops. Bubbling on
thin C-posts. Retrimmed interior unmarked.
Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $52,584. Despite raising
$3,000 more than the estimate, this $310,000
supercar (the total cost logged so far!) seemed
to have been seriously cheap, but then most
Virages of this vintage are. Too cumbersome?
Insufficiently refined? Perhaps.
#1196-1994 LOTUS-HONDA T109 Fl
Race Car. S/N 109-01. White, yellow and black/
black. Driven by Johnny Herbert in seven GPs,
with four finishes. Offered without MugenHonda
V10. Presentation worthy of the starting
grid. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $58,590. Mid-
Sports Car Market
Bonham, Goodwood, UK
price paid and, in effect, the donor car was a
bonus. As a ready-to-rally 911, car was correctly
#1164-1925 ALFA ROMEO 22/90 RLSS
Boattail Roadster. Body by Thornton. S/N
9045. Maroon over black/black. RHD. Odo:
9,940 miles. V-pointed radiator and windshield
estimate valuation is about right for this engineless
Fl Lotus. Locating a working Japanese ZA5C or
6C motor will be a challenge, to say the least.
#1162-1895 PEUGEOT TYPE 9 Tourer.
S/N 126. Red over black/black. Central tiller
steering, with nickel-plated handlebars. Older
are very characterful. Handsome torpedo
coachwork installed in period. Black headlamp
bodies. Minor marks to paint. Suspension irons
required repaint. Engine bay in need of TLC.
Interior and trim refreshed in 1999. Cond: 2-.
SOLD AT $101,835. Much admired during viewing,
which resulted in keen bidding and topestimate
valuation. Well worth it.
#1140-1992 LANCIA DELTA HF
INTEGTRALE EVO 1 Competition Sedan.
S/N ZLA831AB000568514. Burgundy metallic/black.
LHD. Odo: 90,455 kms. Speedline
alloys in gold, shod with fat Bridgestones.
Plastic windows. Safety Devices full roll cage
with door bars. Sparcos and full harnesses.
Minor flying stone/squashed bug nicks.
Stripped-out interior mint. Cond: 1-. SOLD
AT $13,369. Much more exclusive than usual
Italian Racing Rosso. With max boost at 1.5
bar deployed and resultant 318 bhp to play
with in this 2,530-pound car, this bolide represented
the most go per dollar at the auction.
Vendor had been hoping for at least $3,680
#1104-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD Convertible.
SN P6FH-207567. Red/red and white.
LHD. Odo: 9,500 miles. Hard top, automatic.
1111111111111114 7111111 6!'s
paint job with usual shrinkage and vibro-cracks.
Four-speed gear selector, brake lever and roof
frame. Huge chainwheel. Really early, very
primitive. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $232,500. Probably
the most usable of the Daimler-engined
Peugeot survivors, of which only three others
are reckoned to be roadworthy—most have become
museum-rooted. Top estimate valuation
by new owner cannot be questioned.
#1150-1968 PORSCHE 911 Coupe. S/N
11810570. Blood orange/black. RHD. Restored
in 1997 with minimalist interior. Welded-in roll
Last restored at least five years ago and still
reasonably tidy. Cracked door glass with replacement
in trunk. Last two years in storage. Cond:
2. SOLD AT $27,985. Entered by Sheri of London
(to settle previous owner 's debt) and so reckoned
to be potentially cheap. Not so. This early
T-bird was much viewed and keenly contested,
eventually costing the winner $4,700 over the
more realistic estimate.•
1971 Porsche 911E
Insured Value: $25,000
Annual Premium: $209
cage, Sparco high-back buckets, Willans full
harnesses and a pair of hood-mounted Cibies
for serious rallying. Paint only fair. Fuchs alloys
in need of refurbishment. Cond: 2-. SOLD
AT $17,825. While some would regard such
mods as permanent vandalism, the buyer realized
that replication of spec would cost him
much more than just over the lower-estimate
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The Price Guide reflects a retail buying and selling range for cars in very good to near excellent condition-significantly above a "daily driver" and
one step below regional concours; a strong #2 on the accepted 1-6 scale, 1 being the best. These values are set by sales activity, primarily in the United
States, as well as conversations with owners, dealers and collectors. As condition and history are the ultimate determinants of value,
each car must be
evaluated according to its own merits. Prices below assume cars with "no stories attached." An automobile priced above our guide is not necessarily
overpriced, nor is one priced below a bargain. * Indicates approximate production numbers.
50 55 356 Coupe "pre-A"
50 55 356 Cabriolet
54 55 356 Speedster
56-59 356A Coupe
56-59 356A Cabriolet
56-58 356A Speedster
356A Convertible D
(356, 356A: Add $2,000 for Super engine.)
56-59 356A Carrera GS Coupe
(This is total production for all GS and GT cars. Numbers below included.)
56-59 356A Carrera GS Cab.
56-59 356A Carrera Speedster
56-59 356A Carrera GI Coupe
56-59 356A Carrera GI Speedster
(There were 7 pushrod GT Speedsters built.)
60-61 356B Coupe (1-5 body)
60-61 3658 Cabriolet (1-5)
60-61 356B Roadster (1-5)
60-61 356B Notchback (1-5)
62-63 356B Coupe (1-6)
$20,000 - $25,000
(Two-piece windshield until April, '52. One-piece 'bent" window until Oct. '55.
Standard one-piece curved from then on.)
$45,000 - $55,000
$27,500 - $35,000
$42,500 - $65,000
$45,000 - $55,000
$80,000 - $90,000
$12,000 - $15,000
$25,000 - $32,000
$35,000 - $45,000
$9,000 - $13,000
$16,000 - $20,000
(Spotter's Note: T-5 body has gas filler cap inside trunk, T-6 has external gas filler cap.)
(Add for 356 B: Super engine, add $2,000 ; Super-90, add $3,000.)
356B Cabriolet (1-6)
356B "twin grille" Rdstr. (1-6)
356B Notchback (1-6)
Carrera 2 GS
Carrera 2 Cab.
356 Coupe SC
356 Cabriolet SC
- $175,000 10%
(Additions for all 356 Porsches: sunroof, $3,000 ; Rudge wheels, $10,000; hard top
on a Cabriolet, $1,000 ; hard top on a Speedster, $4,000.
Deductions: wrong engine per Kardex, subtract 15% of value; improper exterior color
for year of car, subtract 25% of value.)
911: Small Bumper, Short Wheelbase
911 Coupe 2.0
911 Coupe 2.0
911 Targa 2.0
911S Coupe 2.0
911S Targa 2.0
911L Coupe 2.0
911L Targa 2.0
911: Small Bumper , Long Wheelbase
9111 Coupe 2.2
9111 Targa 2.2
911E Coupe 2.2
911E Targa 2.2
911S Coupe 2.2
- $20,000 21%
- $19,000 16%
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9115 Targa 2.2
(Deduct 75% for 2.0L 7969 cars.)
9111 Coupe 2.4
911T Targa 2.4
(Add $2,000 for 1973 1/2 977T with CIS injection.)
911E Coupe 2.4
911E Targa 2.4
9115 Coupe 2.4
9115 Targa 2.4
(Additions: sunroof, $7,000; soft-window Targa, $3,000. Deductions: four-speed
transmission, $1,000; Sportomatic transmission, $7,500.)
Carrera RSL "Touring"
Carrera RS "Lightweight"
911: Federalized Bumper, Narrow Body
74-75 Carrera Cpe. 2.7 Euro
74-77 911S Coupe 2.7
74-77 9115 Targa 2.7
74-77 Carrera Cpe. 2.7 US
74-77 Carrera Targa 2.7 US
76-77 Carrera Cpe. Euro 3.0
76-77 Carrera Targa Euro 3.0
78-83 9115C Coupe
78-83 911SC Targa
911 "Weissach" Ed.
911 Ferry Porsche Ed.
911SC: Federalized Bumper, Wide Body
Turbo: 930 / 911/ 993
930 Turbo Coupe (3.0L)
76-77 930 Turbo Coupe (3.0L)
78-85 930 Turbo Coupe (3.3L)
911 Turbo Cab. (3.3L)
911 Turbo Slant (3.3L)
911 Turbo Targa (3 3L)
C2 Turbo Cpe. (Type 964)
(Deduct 25% for gray market.)
Carrera and Speedster
911 Carrera Targa
911 Carrera Cabriolet
911 Carrera Targa
911 Carrera Cabriolet
(Add $4,000 for factory turbo look.)
911 Carrera Club Sport
(339 coupes, 7 Targa.)
911 25th Anniv. Coupe
911 25th Anniv. Cab.
C2 / C4 / Smooth Bumpers
911 Carrera 2
911 Carrera 2 Targa
911 Carr. 2 Cab.
911 Carrera 4
911 Carr. 4 Targa
911 Carr. 4 Cab.
911 America Rdstr.
911 Carr. 2 Speedster
(For US, 720 coupes, 700 cabs, 80 Targas.)
(Price ranges for Competition Porsches are determined by provenance, completeness
and originality. A car with all of its original parts and no stories will bring three to
four times what a "bitsa" that has only a few authentic pads will.)
695GS Abarth Carrera
RS 60/RS 61
(Production includes 704 four-
1966 906 Carrera 6
69-71 917 LH/K/10/20/30
73-74 Carrera RSR 2.7
Carrera RSR 3.0
86-88 959 "Komfort"
cylinder 904s, 72 six-
(25 FIA non-turbo endurance cars, 20 Can57
(75 3.0 RSRs were built in 7974 for IROC)
Carrera RSR 2.8
(Includes Le Mans coupes. Most 550As were sold in the US and have only SCCA
history. Add at least 25% for cars with international, documented provenance.)
cylinder 904s, 6 eight-
Am type open cars.)
$55,000 - $75,000 4%
(Some 959s were built up from parts, and VIN numbers higher than 290 have been
observed "Komfort" street models were equipped with power leather seats, A/C, pw, etc.)•
- $750,000 9%
(Add 20% for 1992 380 hp S models. 80 built.)
993 Twin Turbo
- $23,000 11%
- $75,000 new entry
- $120,000 new entry
$17,000 $17,000 11%
$16,000 - $22,000
$18,000 - $23,000
$18,000 - $25,000
(2,978 US legal production. All 7975, 1980-85 930s are gray-market. Deduct 35%
for gray-market, 50% if no EPA /DOT papers.)
911 Turbo (3.3L)
66 69 912 Cpe. (1.6L)
912E Coupe (2L) (Add $500 for Targa.)
70-73 914-4 1.7L
916 (2.7 RS spec eng.)
914S (a.k.a. 914-8)
73-76 914-4 2.0L
74-76 914-4 1.8L
77-82 924 924
(Add $7,500 for 928 GT.)
93-95 928 GTS
83-85 944 Coupe
86-87 944 Coupe
88-89 944 Coupe
89-91 944S2 Coupe
90-91 944S2 Cabriolet
92-93 968 Coupe
92-93 968 Cabriolet
('S' add $750, Turbo add $2,000, 'S' Turbo add $2500.)
Boxster S Roadster
(Custom built for Porsche family members.)
78-83 924 Turbo
87-88 9245 Coupe
$11,000 - $14,000
- $24,000 -12%
- $40,000 new entry
$14,000 - $18,000 -15%
$20,000 - $25,000
$11,500 - $14,000
$14,500 - $20,000
$27,000 - $38,000 -10%
$40,000 - $50,000 new entry
1969 1750 Berlina
Chassis number: AR1555614
Described by the seller on eBay Motors:
his is a USA car converted to
carburetors (Webers) as a European
model. Engine redone 3,000
miles ago. New transmission, new
$3,000 paint with new rubber throughout.
Original interior in near-mint condition. No
cracks on dash. Extensive work mechanically
and otherwise. Drives and looks like
new. $500 remote control stereo system.
Excellent, almost-new Pirelli tires. Doesn't
need anything. Your gain, my loss. Between
last owner and me, over $22,000 in
this Alfa. I've never seen a better one. Turn key, fast
and classic. I have the original fuel injection gear,
European manual from 1969 and many receipts. Serious
buyers only, please. This car is the real thing. Starts
every time and I'm open to inspections.
This car, item number 1843160613, sold on eBay
Motors fora mind-boggling $6,995 on July 16, 2002.
From time to time, a sale comes along that blows
a hole in the Price Guide large enough to drive a
Lincoln Navigator through. Rarely, however, is the
vehicle in question a four-door sedan, and in this
case, arguably the least interesting model of Alfa
saloon ever imported to the United States.
What factors would conspire to cause someone
to pay twice the going rate for an unloved
car? Strangely enough, you will find them familiar.
Rarity and condition.
It is a seemingly oxymoronic truism in the collector
car world that the most common cars often
have the lowest survival rates. Who would want to
preserve, for instance, a Chevette or a Mustang II?
But after the drudgery of daily use has decimated
the ranks of these plebian commuters, the survivors
develop an attractiveness all their own. Witness
the 1979 Ford Pinto, as new with only 328
miles showing, that sold at the 2001 eBay/Kruse
Spring Auburn auction for $6,466, nearly twice what
the car cost new. So, even though more than
100,000 1750 Berlinas were built, there are few
left today, and far fewer in excellent condition.
When introduced to the US in 1969, the Alfa
Berlina was the stylistically uninspired follower of
the quirky but cute Giulia Super.
While the predecessor Giulia sedans got everything
right, the 1750 seemed to get almost everything
wrong, beginning with a fuel-delivery system that the
factory refused to make user serviceable, and a dramatic
propensity to rust. A dual-circuit brake system
was one of the federal mandates for this model, and
the 1750 fitted two failure-prone and expensive (at
$300 each) Binaldi brake boosters in the engine bay
A 60-mm increase in wheelbase made the car roomier
1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Coupe
Lot #410, SN N/A
Bonhams & Brooks; Hendon, England; Feb. 26, 2001
Sold at $1,316
SCM 1D# 23747
but less nimble than the Giulia sedan. Interior
changes included less supportive
seats and a secondary instrument cluster
placed on the center console, out of the
driver 's line of sight.
As time passed, Berlinas, like Alfas
in general, aged poorly and expensively.
While the values of Berlinas plummeted
on the resale market, the costs of a valve
or clutch job remained the same as the
more cherished sporting models. Who
would bother to put a $3,000 paint job
on a $1,500 car?
And that brings us to the car in quesFor
an Alfa enthusiast who, for what-
ever reason, is looking for a perfect Berlina, this
was a brilliant buy. The previous two owners, perhaps
after smoking something stronger than Camels,
succeeding in reportedly "investing" more than
$22,000 in this car.
Original list price
SCM Price Guide
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Intake side of block, near distributor
10 Raskin Road, Morristown, NJ 07960
Fiat 124 or 131 sedans,
Lancia Beta sedan
They addressed the SPICA issue by converting the
car to European-spec Weber induction, and one would
hope that it was done properly, with the correct European
intake manifold, conversion of the throttle linkage
and installation of the cold-air canister
Assuming that the $22,000 spent went for proper
overhauls and refurbishments of the suspension and
mechanicals, for less than $7,000 the new owner
has a better-than-new car, a perfect example of one
of the last of the front-mounted transmission, 105series
Is this a good investment? Perhaps. At the 1988
Alfa National Convention held in Tulsa, Oklahoma,
a burgundy Berlina, similar to this car, and restored
to showroom perfect, attracted the most attention of
any car in the concours and was awarded the
"People's & Judge's Choice." Why? Because while
restored Giulietta Spiders and even SZs are a relatively
common sight at Alfa gatherings, rarely does
a restored Berlina make an appearance.
So long as the car is kept in its current pristine
condition, the owner is likely to be able to get his
money back upon sale. But there lies the conundrum.
If he drives and enjoys his new, 30-year-old car, he is
subjecting it to the risk of rock chips, parking lot
dings, worn upholstery and all the other indignities
that accompany daily use. This car is only a few imperfections
away from being a $3,000 Berlina.
Our advice? Since the car will never be worth
significantly more than it is today, holding it for
investment purposes is futile. Far better to take it
out and enjoy it, and should it depreciate to half
its current value through use-induced road rash,
view that as simply the price paid for driving a
time-warp car—Pat Braden
(Historic data and photo courtesy of auction
1968 Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV Sprint
Lot #707A, SN 50808
Brooks; London, England; December 1, 1998
Sold at $2,657
SCM ID# 3107
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55 1900 CSS SERIES III, Touring body, to
restore, best candidate you could ever hope
to find. $30,000. 949-650-3445. CA
58 GIULIETTA SPIDER, red, vintage prepared,
all West Coast major events, CSRG,
HMSA logbook, 5-spd, orig by Grisold
Racing, history, all chrome, glass, many extras,
dependable (never a DNF), street licensed.
58 GIULIETTA SPIDER, good running
condition, needs new top. $7,800. 585-5543860.
61 GIULIETTA SPIDER, Normale, good
condition, always garaged, never winter
driven, owned 26 years, price includes '62
parts car and treasure trove of parts. E-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org $11,000. 612-9619837.
61 GIULIETTA SPIDER, runs, complete,
needs frame, rails, rockers and floor work, materials
included. E-mail: email@example.com
$750. 262-780-0039. WI
62 GIULIETTA SPIDER, rebuilt 1600 engine,
new cloth top, new brakes, rebuilt hydraulics,
rechromed bumpers, needs assembly
and paint. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
$2,400. 262-780-0039. WI
64 GIULIA, Sprint Speciale, restoration
needs to be completed, solid body in primer,
95% of chrome redone. $10,000 obo. Jeff, 610746-0317.
66 DUETTO SPIDER, rust-free Califomia
car, runs, needs restoration. $2,700. 479751-7993.
66 GIULIA SPRINT GT, green with tan
interior, completely original, no aftermarket
parts or modifications, excellent mechanical
condition, rebuilt engine, trans, brakes
(ATE), and much more. $5,500 obo. 312-7876771
day. 708-442-7951 eve. IL
67 GIULIA SPRINT GT, Veloce, dark
green, tan interior, very good condition,
solid, original, unmolested, 78,000 miles,
excellent mechanicals, no rust in floors or
trunk, rockers, quarter, wheel wells, etc.
$10,500. Pat, 208-265-2909. ID
74 GTV 2000, exceptional mechanical condition,
white with original black interior,
body and trim straight, very good reliable
daily driver. email@example.com $4,600.
Don Jacobsen, 214-942-0059. TX
74 GTV 2000, red/black, 53,000 miles,
Pirellis on Cromodoras, Ansa, a/c, Weber
40s, meticulously maintained and detailed
throughout, drive, show or delivery available
to anywhere, 2nd owner car with known
history, serious buyers only. $18,000. 305672-6615.
83 SPIDER, 13,000 miles, teal with black
leather, showroom, paint and interior are
perfect, Texas car, always garaged. E-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org offers. 304-645-7102.
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Giulietta 1300 & Guilia 1600 Spider
2000/2600 Touring Spider
Giulia Sprint GT, GTV
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Alfetta GTV 2000 - GTV6 2500
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2600 Sprint Zagato
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1966 Lancia Flaminia 2.8 3C Super Sport
Chassis number: 826232-002100
he Flaminia was the first Lancia designed
by Antonia Fessici and was the
company's flagship when launched in
1957. Fessici had finally broken with
tradition and discarded the previously used vertical
coil independent front suspension in favor of wishbones.
The engine was a 2.5-liter V6 driving through
an aft-mounted gearbox and de Dion rear axle. In
1964 the 3C version was introduced with a 2.8-liter
engine producing 152 horsepower.
Without doubt the most attractive coachwork
on these chassis was the "Double Bubble" coupe
by Zagato, of which 187 were built. They are quite
simply a stunning combination of all Italian machinery
and cosmetic design.
This original triple-carburetor Super Sport
was sold new in Milan in 1966, and spent a num-
ber of years in a Swiss collection. It was later imported to the UK and
at one time was in the ownership of Martin Cliffe, the owner and
founder of renowned Lancia specialist Omicron Engineering. When
contacted recently by the present owner, Mr. Cliffe confirmed the car
to be a correct and original example that had never undergone major
restoration simply because it had never been necessary. Nevertheless,
over the years work has been carried out as when required, and records
of the work are on file. He also confirmed that it had been a former
National Lancia Concours trophy winner.
Today, the car presents well. Its paintwork, despite now having some
age, is good, and the interior, which has at some time been refurbished in
red leather, is in very good order. We have not had the opportunity to road
test the car, but we are informed that it drives well
and that a new clutch has been recently fitted.
This car sold for $55,795, including buyer's premium,
at Christie's Nine Elms sale in London, March
Original list price
SCM Price Guide
The Flaminia Sport, the last of the truly great
Lancias, is little known outside of Italy. Following
Lancia 's acquisition by Fiat in 1969 the marque began
a slow, painful slide into badge-engineering mediocrity.
Earlier Lancias have a cult following in the
US, and a near-secret underground ofdevotees exists
to keep these cars on the road.
which provided the original Sport with 119 horsepower. Lancia upgraded
carburetion from the single twin-choke Solex of the original configuration
to three twin-choke Webers on 2.8-liter configuration, which produced 152
horsepower in its final version.
The Flaminia Sport was offered in three model series over the years.
The Series I had covered cowled headlights, body-enclosed door handles,
and the 2.5-liter single-carb setup. The Series II cars had exposed headlights,
more conventional door handles, and the 2.5-liter engine with single
or triple carbs. A few had the 2.8 3C setup. The Series III cars, as illustrated
here, were the most refined These cars had a cut-off Kamm tail and
reverted to the cowled teardrop headlight design.
Designed as the replacementfor thefamous Aurelia,
the Flaminia Sport arrived in 1959 as one of three
coachbuilt derivatives ofthefour-door Flaminia Berlina, the other two being a
Pininfarina coupe and Touring coupe/convertible. While the Pininfarina and
Touring cars are both attractive designs, it is the Zagato-bodied Sport that
stands out. Lighter, faster and the most sporting, the Zagato body was hammered
by hand from sheets of aluminum. The signature "double bubble"
roofline is easily identifiable as the Zagato design trademark
The Sport is a two-passenger coupe, with a surprising amount of interior
room, including a parcel area behind the seats, and a pass-through
door from the driver 's compartment into the trunk that can accommodate
a pair of skis. The trunk is surprisingly large, another testimony to the fact
that this model was designed as a useable grand touring car
The Flaminia retained the 2458-cc aluminum V6 engine from the Aurelia,
1966 Lancia Flaminia 2.8 3C SS Coupe
Lot #224, S/N 826232-002100
SCM Investment Grade
Web site www.americanlanciaclub.org
Alternatives .. Aston Martin DB4, Jensen C-V8,
Porsche 356 S90, Jaguar E-type
27744 Via Ventana, Los Altos Hills,
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Plate on right side of firewall
Right side of cylinder head
American Lancia Club,
I personally took delivery of a Flaminia Sport Zagato—a 2.8-liter,
rounded-tail, three-carb version—some nine months
ago. I had long desired the opportunity to own an
aluminum-bodied Zagato creation and jumped at the
chance when a complete Sport in need of some attention
came along. Sorting it out would have been a
tedious undertaking if I hadn't been so enthralled by
the process. First attention was given to the duplex
braking system, which is unique to say the least, and
let 's not forget the in-board rear disc brakes or the
transaxle with rear-mounted clutch assembly. Then
came the synchronization of the triple Webers.
But with the help of noted Lancia restorer Tony
Nicosia, everything came together very nicely, and
within two weeks of ownership my six-year-old son
and I drove to an Italian under-3.0-liter meeting some 70 miles from our
home. (Fortunately we had Tony behind us in his Aurelia convertible.) The
car is quick enough to keep up with modern traffic, handles well, and
makes the kinds ofnoises that only a triple-carbed Italian V6 can produce.
The car is a true motoring pleasure at 75 miles per hour on the open road.
While I'm hardly an unbiased critic, I think that if the car pictured here
was as described, and drives well, then it was properly priced in the
current market, and both buyer and seller can be pleased Few Zagatobodied
Sports were made, and far fewer remain today. The new owner has
acquired a vintage car with abundant personality, and one that is a pleasure
to behold—Chet Andrews
(Historic data and photo courtesy of auction company)•
Bonhams; Monte Carlo, Monaco; May 21, 2001
Sold at $39,863
SCM 1D# 23597
1965 Lancia Flaminia 2.8 SS Coupe
Lot #172, S/N 2067
Brooks Europe; NOrburgring, Germany; Aug. 6, 1999
Sold at $123,494
SCM ID# 1675
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72 240Z, 4-spd, a/c, 29,900 miles, original
owner, brown/tan, excellent original condition.
$16,500. Dave, 310-450-8933. CA
81 less than 10,000 original miles, garaged,
well maintained. E-mail: cranda1148@
earthlink.net $20,000 obo. 310-373-1305. CA
81 24K miles, automatic, gray leather.
$12,500. Larry, 616-241-3086. MI
69 MANGUSTA, burgundy, black interior,
complete mechanical and cosmetic restoration
on 19,000 mile car by Collector's Choice,
magnificent car with many major concours
wins. $45,000. Josh, 973-334-3360. NJ
74 PANTE1RA GTS, rare model, limited production,
red/black, 5-spd, no rust, strong
driver. 949-650-4718. CA
60 EXCELLENCE, excellent original condition
paint and interior, black, red leather,
2 owners from new, rust-free, rare 4-spd with
360 hp, 40,000 original miles, incredible.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org $50,000.
62 FACEL H, First Place at Pebble Beach,
metallic burgundy, beige interior, 2 owners
from new, rare 4-spd with 390 hp, disc brakes,
a/c, Borranis. E-mail: email@example.com
$110,000. 310-478-0555. CA
59 500, in good cond, 2-cyl, 499cc, air
cooled, runs/drives, less than 10 ft in length,
fun to drive, head turner, spare motor, 650cc
& spare parts available. $3,900. 905-4756513.
68 DINO SPIDER, red/tan, 2.4 motor, ZF
trans, restored professionally, excellent condition,
must sell now. $23,000 obo. 830377-7571.
71 124 SPORT SPIDER, used to run, new
soft top, new fuel pump, needs work, many
spare parts. E-mail: Ijmiller@earthlink.net
$775. 603-826-3327. NH
67 GRIFO, red/black, low miles, 4-speed,
Campys, excellent original interior, rust
free, recent paint. $44,900. www.con
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69 GRIFO, Fidia, rare 4-dr body by Ghia,
Corvette 350-350 hp with 4-spd and air conditioning,
beautifully restored car, silver
with red leather, low mileage. E-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org $23,500. Dr Zeiger,
71 RIVOLTA, Lele, 4-spd, silver/Cordovan,
celebrity history, 327. $16,500. 941-3556500.
73 LELE, fast, comfortable and reliable
Bertone-bodied grand tourer, factory-fitted
Ford 351 Cleveland motor, cold air conditioning,
automatic, full power, 43,882 miles,
excellent throughout. $17,900. 954-5229900.
89 COUNTACH, Anniversary, red/tan, red
piping, Euro bumper, less than 3,000 mi, still
on factory MSO, never registered, has spare
set (4) of Pirelli tires, gift of Pirelli, car in
northern CA. E-mail: email@example.com
53 B53 BERLINETTA, 1-off by Balboa,
RHD, twin carb Nardi manifold, mechanically
redone, needs paint, all vintage event
eligible, priced to sell. E-mail: bbone8v@
pacbell.net 323-656-7483. CA
57 AURELIA B24S, convertible, blue
AZZUITO, brand new black leather interior,
body stripped to bare metal and repainted,
new rebuilt engine, kept original by Lancia
technician of the day. $65,000. 9 14-6324039.
82 ZAGATO, rust-free CA car, 2.0 Fl, 5-spd,
a/c pw, ps, ph, exc condition, new belts, hoses,
tires, injectors, both tops, exc, fun, clean, rare.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org $4,995 obo.
59 3500 GT, metallic gray, black interior, 5speed,
front disc brakes, CA black plate car,
placed 2nd in Class, Concorso Italiano 2000,
original Webers, Borrani disc wheels. Email:
email@example.com $25,995. 925484-1697.
63 3500GT, red/black, the most desirable
spec. Late example: 5-speed, disc brakes,
wire wheels, converted to Webers (original
fuel injection included). New tires. A wonderful
car to drive. Strong mechanicals.
$34,900. ww.continentalautosports.com ,
67 ALPINE A110, 1300S, competition
front radiator, quick ratio steering, lightweight
body, French blue. $25,000 USD.
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1955 Mercedes-Benz 300S Cabriolet
Chassis number: 4500019
Engine number: 1889203500380
aving resumed production in 1946 with the 170
in unchanged, pre-WWII form, Mercedes-Benz
introduced its first all-new designs of the postwar
era—the 220 and 300—at the Frankfurt
Auto Show in 1951. While the 220 was an advance on the
170, the 300 re-established Mercedes-Benz in the front rank
of prestige car manufacturers, marking as it did a return to
the marque's tradition of building high-performance luxury
automobiles of the finest quality. The 300's oval-tube
chassis followed the lines of the 170S and 220, with independent
suspension all around and four-wheel drum brakes, but
incorporated the added refinements of hypoid bevel final
drive, dynamically balanced wheels, and remote electrical
control of the rear suspension ride height.
The conservatively styled sedan was soon joined by
the 300S (Super), a model that succeeded in recapturing the
elegance of the prewar 540K. Built in coupe and Cabriolet forms on a
shortened 300 sedan chassis, the 300S weighed considerably less than the
300 sedan and was more powerful, its engine gaining triple (as opposed to
twin) Solex carburetors and a raised compression ratio. Maximum power
output was 150 horsepower and top speed was 110 miles per hour. Only
one significant change was made in the model's lifetime: the introduction in
1955 of the fuel-injected 300Sc, which incorporated alterations—including
revised rear suspension—also made to the sedan.
More expensive than the 300SL, and almost twice the price of the
contemporary top-of-the-range Cadillac, the 300S was one of the world's
most exclusive automobiles. Inevitably, production was limited. Only 760
examples of the 300S and 300Sc left the factory between 1951 and 1958.
This Cabriolet has been in the same ownership
for 30 years and has never been restored, having been
acquired directly from the original owner, a German
factory owner in Offenbach. The car is elegantly finished
in black with cream leather interior—the latter
featuring superb wood veneer and equipped with a
dashboard-mounted Heuer stopwatch—and comes
complete with fitted luggage. The convertible top and
interior benefited from restoration work costing more
than $50,000, while the paintwork is still the original
Original list price
SCM Price Guide
This car soldfor $155,938, including buyer 's premium,
at the Bonhams Geneva sale, March 11, 2002.
The 300S/Sc market has been a roller coaster
ride for the last ten years. These cars were
Mercedes-Benz's premier postwar model, costing more than $12,000
in 1952. At that time, the most expensive Cadillac you could buy was
less than $5,000, and even the 300SL Gullwing, when introduced two
years later, cost less than $8,000.
leather, along with panel fits complicated enough to make a restorer crazy.
The body is welded to the chassis and the car is extremely heavy, so putting
it on a rotisserie is out of the question. And since these are some of the last
hand-built cars Mercedes offered, the time and care required to do a
quality job far surpasses its contemporaries.
And when you're all done, the value of a 300S is much less than that
of a 300SL. Consequently, few people are financially willing or able to
restore them to their former glory. As the head of the Classic Car Sales
department at Paul Russell and Co., I can 't even count on one hand the
inquiries I've had over the past year from someone looking to purchase
or restore a 300S, and we've only fully restored three over the past 25
years. In comparison, we have restored more than 50 300SLs and done
partial restorations on hundreds more.
Right front chassis rail
Left rear side of block, below head
Mercedes-Benz Club of America,
1907 Lelaray Street, Colorado Springs, CO
SCM Investment Grade
1960-62 Rolls-Royce SC II
DHC, 1955-59 Bentley Si Continental
Great to look at, the 300S is heavy to drive around
town. No power steering and manual four-speed transmissions
can make for a long day commuting over the
Laurels Grade Road in Carmel Valley. This model tends
to attract an older crowd, which, frankly isn't the majority
of the buying public anymore. Generally, anyone
looking for a high-end '50s or '60s Mercedes is after a
3005L. The purchaser or restorer of a 300S is someone
secure in his collecting and who knows exactly
what he is getting, unlike first-time exotic buyers who
often gravitate towards' Gullwings.
This example, described as largely unrestored
with a retrimmed interior, should be considered
The 300S, hand-built in the manner of the 500/540K prewar models
that preceded it, counted royalty and movie stars among its owners. Unfortunately,
the same, almost custom-built features that made it desirable
for the relative few who could afford it when new are contributing to its
gradual disappearance today.
As a rule of thumb, these cars cost twice as much to restore correctly as
either a 300SL Gullwing or roadster. There is far more chrome, wood and
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300S Cabriolet
Lot #790, SfN 18801200266
fully priced. Assuming the car is mechanically okay,
that the new owner is comfortable with its current cosmetic condition
and that he plans to keep it for a long time, inflation should protect his
investment. If he decides to resell within a year or two, he might have to
work very hard to totally recoup the amount paid. If he decides to
perform a complete mechanical and cosmetic restoration to Pebble
Beach standards, he should budget at least $300,000. The resultant
perfect Benz should then be viewed as a four-wheeled monument to his
financial success in other ventures, which allowed him to bury himself
so deeply in this one.—Alex Finigan (Paul Russell and Co. is located in
Essex, Massachusetts, www.paulrussell.com .)
(Historic data and photo courtesy of auction company.)•
Bonhams; London, England; December 12, 2001
Sold at $134,900
SCM ID# 28048
Comparables 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Cabriolet
Lot #238, S/N 00215-53
RM Auctions; Amelia Island, Florida; March 10, 2000
Sold at $103,400
SCM ID# 14170
Porsche Gesprach / Jim Schrager
A Porsche for Mr. Leadfoot
he 930 Turbo was Porsche's first serial-production muscle car. And
like its American counterparts that sacrificed driveability in their
ferocious pursuit of raw horsepower, the 930 Turbo marked a
radical departure from the traditional 911 virtues of lightness,
finesse and modesty.
Porsche 356s and early 911s through 1973 do a lot with a little, and I
admire that. Although the 911s have smallish powerrlants, ranging from
2.0 to 2.4 liters, they extract horsepower from their flat-sixes in a very
efficient manner, and are quite lively to drive. Despite diminutive outside
dimensions, they have loads of room inside. Without exotic suspension
pieces or gargantuan tires, excellent road holding is delivered along with,
rather than instead of, decent ride quality. No power assists to any of the
controls are required because the cars are so well balanced. Shifting gears is
a true joy. In essence, they are a definitive point-to-point GT car, equally
as comfortable in urban traffic as on twisting mountain roads.
In most cases, you can fix anything that goes wrong yourself—short of
a complete engine rebuild. Ownership is less a display (sometimes vulgar)
of how much borrowing power you have amassed, than a statement of
how much automotive wisdom you have acquired.
None of the above is true with a Turbo. They go very fast when on
boost but trade off every other traditional Porsche virtue to do so. The
Turbo in my warehouse is a US model 1976 930 sunroof coupe, silver
with black leather, and in very nice condition. There is nothing especially
unusual about the car except that it is completely stock. No toilet-bowlsized
turbo upgrade, no boy-racer muffler, no body aero geegaws, no
double-wide wheels and monster tires. It is well cared for, to be sure, with
glossy paint and an original interior in excellent condition.
Introduced in 1975, the 911 Turbo was Porsche's response to the need
to homologize the wildly powerful Turbo for FIA GT competition. Of
course, the CanAm 917-10 and 917-30 cars with their turbocharged flat-12s
had demolished all competitors. How wonderful to have a Porsche Turbo
for the street! The original street Turbo engines for the US market displaced
3.0 liters and produced 245 horsepower. In 1978 they grew to 3.3 liters and
added an intercooler to make 20 extra horsepower. Zero to 60 times of about
6.2 seconds were a bit slower than the Carrera RS's 5.7. But above 60 miles
per hour, the Turbo had giant reserves of power. For example, when Road &
Track tested the 1976 Turbo, they just barely got into second gear at 51
miles per hour, and just out of second at 85 miles per hour while exercising
the car in a 0 to 100-mph sprint. They did not use fourth gear at all.
My Turbo would be a perfect car for everyday driving if I lived in
Montana and had to drive 100 miles on the Interstate every day to work.
At 95 miles per hour, the car is steady and serene. But below 70, where
most of us do the vast majority of our driving, the Turbo is harsh, sluggish
and heavy. Below 50 miles per hour, driving the Turbo is a chore.
The four-speed transmission is clunky to shift. The good news is that
within US speed limits you won't shift often. If you want to be "on
boost" at normal highway speeds, things happen very quickly in first gear,
and when you get to boost in second you're already at the speed limit.
Third and fourth are both distant overdrives here, efficient devices for
collecting very expensive tickets.
Because of all the complexity and requisite plumbing stuffed into the
engine compartment, along with the air conditioning equipment, there is
little room for the home mechanic to fiddle. Changing the distributor cap
on my Turbo can be a two-hour job, and my car doesn't even have the
giant intercooler, standard from 1978 on. To change the spark plugs, begin
by removing the air-conditioning compressor. It will take awhile; I know.
The Turbo is not for those with faint egos. Between the giant fender
flares and the whale tail, the car screams "look at me!" Finesse? Brute
force is more like it. The strangest part is that when off boost, say below
3,500 rpm, it's a dog. There is more weight and less torque than a similar
911SC (1978 to 1983).
But wait, it gets worse, as the fewer gear ratios of the Turbo four-speed
versus the 911SC five-speed make that lesser power seem even further out
of reach. The giant (and stiff) tires make most 930s ride like heavily laden
pickup trucks on anything but perfectly smooth racecourse tarmac.
Goes like the wind, rides like a truck.
If you must have a 930 Turbo, avoid gray-market cars. By now, many
years after their importation, they can be difficult to smog. Don't consider
any cars that don't have good service histories, either. A 930 with a mysterious
past simply can't be cheap enough. Have any prospective acquisition
inspected by someone fluent in Turbos. In today's market, expect to
pay $35,000 to $45,000 for a best-in-the-world example, and $25,000 to
$35,000 for a nice car with no bad stories.
Despite all the above, I enjoy having my stock Turbo, as an example of a
direction that Porsche took in the late '70s that was so diametrically opposed
to everything they had done before.
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56 190SL, new shocks, tie rod ends, tires,
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63 190SL, red with black interior, black soft
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400SL. $29,500. 541-469-9686. OR
64 230SL, Euro, 4-spd, 2 top roadster, complete
w/o interior, usual rust, floor, rocker
and quarter panels, includes 230SL parts
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lid, front grille w/o star, complete f&r
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68 250SL, hard top, white, tan interior, CA
car, no rust, 4-spd, 90K miles, excellent condition.
68 280SL, cony, silver, 6-cyl, 20K miles, all
original, both tops, brand new convertible top,
complete restoration in Y2K, all mechanicals
rebuilt OEM, automatic trans, new tires, excellent
chrome, black leather interior, all records
and manuals. $36,000. 315-656-7910 eve. Fax
315-449-6116 day. NY
70 280SL, hard top, burgundy, beige, black,
new paint, 4-spd, 73,435 miles, many new
parts, strong driver, rust free Tennessee car.
$14,500. 203-322-2787. CT
72 350SL, AMG styling, pearl white, rare
car in US, both tops, ready to enjoy. $19,800.
78 450SL, convertible, silver, red interior,
82,000 original miles, auto, recent stainless
steel exhaust, new original radiator & battery,
great mechanicals, rust-free car, can use
complete paint job as well as seat covers,
hard top included. $8,500 offers. 201-5050626.
59 356B, Cabriolet, 1600S, red/tan, blk top,
new interior, carpet, top liner, tires, chrome,
wheels, excellent condition. $29,000. 610434-8778.
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63 356B T6, #119864, silver/red int, new
paint orig, 1 owner car, complete, needs work,
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Outlaw 356, red/ black interior, designed &
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Motor Speedway 2001, private owner.
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57 DEVIN, wide-bodied Special, beautiful lines,
undisputable fastest sports racer of 1950s era,
turnkey and all fresh mechanicals, 283 of 327
SBC, extremely reliable, multiple concours winner.
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59 LOTUS, Formula Junior 18, front discs,
Newland, Ford, Cosworth, Class J, this machine
has never lost a race in 9 years, fresh
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Class winner in VARA, GTV front
spindles, rack-and-pinion steering, disc
brakes, 2-liter with 45 DCOE Webers, Watts
linkage, fuel cell, spare 5.10 limited slip, extra
wheels. $13,500. 858-695-3882. CA
66 SHELBY, GT 350, SFM 2306, SVRA
Gold Medallion, grid ready, fully sorted race
car, red with white LeMans stripes, will sell
with or without engine, will trade for other
interesting high-performance Fords, '95 Cobra
R, 2000 Cobra R, etc. $58,000 w/engine.
905-988-9004. CANADA ON
67 ALFA, Duetto, fly yellow, absolutely race
ready and super competitive, front running,
fresh Beck/Steck 2-liter, close ratio, limited
slip, fire system, Accusump, track spares.
$40,000. Bob Colaizzi, 937-433-3282. OH
67 LOTUS, 51A, #51A/FF/82, white w/gray
chassis, original components (matching serial
numbers), including 1600cc Crossflow,
Renault R-8 Type 330 transaxle, Arch Motors
chassis, 3-piece body, dry sumped,
Aeroquip, fuel cell. 530-625-1015. CA
69 OLDS, 442 Holiday coupe, Model
#4487, serial #4436, 400 ci 350 hp, 4-spd
Muncie transmission, option #M20, Hurst
shifter, 3.23 limited-slip positraction differential,
option #G91, Rally-Pac std,
124K original miles. $14,250. 408-7271488
xt. 11. CA
72 LOLA, T-242 FB roller, in need of restoration,
701 bare black, bare Hart big valve head,
FT-200 with new adapter, new 45 DCOEs,
timing chest. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
$18,000 firm. 218-828-8134. MN
72 PORSCHE, 911S, factory modified for racing,
short LSD trans, 3.0 Andial 935 case #,
factory twin plug distributor, mechanically fuel
injected, black steel wide body, black leather
with factory race seat, harness, roll bar, 2100
lbs, 250 hp. $25,999. 954-983-8850 eve. FL
Help, need information about a car called
the McCormack, built in the late 1950s,
possibly a kit car? Thank you. 516-5791462.
Vintage Rally Calendar
Mille Autunno Della Cinque
Passi, 12-15. Open to any and all
cars built before 1972. Entry fee is
$2,000 per car. Entry deadline is
August 1, 2002. Contact Martin Swig,
The 14th Classic Marathon, 8-14.
To Colditz Castle and into Prague. New
route, organized by Dave Whittock. Email:
email@example.com, fax: 011
44 1235 851292. (UK)
Mille Autunno/New England,
22-26. For Mille Miglia-type cars,
but cars up to 1972 allowed. Starting
from Saratoga Springs, NY,
going through the Adirondacks,
crossing Lake Champlain by ferry,
through New Hampshire and Maine,
then back to Saratoga Springs. Great
fall colors! Martin Swig, 415/5618401,
or Dan Radowicz, 415/5618422.
Ferrari Maserati Lancia Fiat
Fax: +31(0)172-240536 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alphen aid Rijn-Holland
Beyond the West Rally of South
Dakota, 23-28. A limit of 55 vintage
and modern cars accepted. Two touring
lefs and to "pedal to the metal"
legs. Registration: $4,000. Event
benefits South Dakota Highway Officers.
Forza Mille, 28-October 4. Open to
any Ferrari or 12-cylinder car of any
year. Presented by Mercedes-Benz USA.
Contact Rich and Jean Taylor, 800/
645-6069; vintagerallies.com . (CT)
London-Lisbon Classic Rally, 514.
Starting from London's historic
Hampton Court Palace, spend 12 days
driving the roads of France, Spain and
Portugal. For more information, contact
Historic Endurance Rallying Organization,
phone 011 44 1886 833505,
fax 011 44 1886 833144. (UK)
The London to Athens World Cup
Rally, 5-17. New enlarged category
for classics, sponsored by Holden
Vintage and Classics, with the World
Cup Trophy for cars up to 1400-cc
(of any age) and a route that takes in
sections from the Monte, the Alpine,
the Liege Sofia Liege, and the Acropolis.
This is the event for drivers who
enjoy a competitive drive. E-mail:
email@example.com, fax: 011 44
1235 851292. (UK)
Texas 1000, 3-8. Pre-1975 sports,
racing or GT cars, or any Ford-powered
(interpreted to be Aston Martin,
Jaguar, Panoz, Talbot, Saleen, SVT,
and Cobra CSX 4000, among others)
sports car of any year. Presented by
Ford Motor Company. Contact Rich
and Jean Taylor, 800/645-6069;
vintagerall ies.com. (CT)•
Sports Car Market
American Car Profile
Chassis number: 0Y73J162501
1960 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
1111--n11 111 III
he classic Thunderbird was introduced
in 1955 in response to
the Corvette. With the same
wheelbase, the T-Bird was designed
to be more comfortable and luxurious.
The 1958-60 models added more
chrome and two seats. This car is one of the
rare "J" code cars—only 250 were built in
1960— with a 430-c.i., 350-horsepower
Lincoln engine, a $177 option. Other features
include Cruise-O-Matic transmission,
tinted power windows, power seats
and air conditioning. In show condition
following a three-year ground-up restoration,
this car is a multiple first place winner,
including Best of Show at the VTCI
regional in San Diego and the Knott's
III 111:111 III Hi
10 ill ill li
Berry Farm All-Ford Show. Restoration detail is superb, right down to
the correct underhood decals.
At Christie's Rockefeller Center auction on May 18, 2002, this T-Bird
brought an amazingly high $47,000, including buyer 's premium. This represents
a new record price for a "Square Bird."
I'll never forget that night at the local drive-in, 45 years ago, when
the first pictures of the '58 Thunderbird were passed around. We budding
car nuts couldn't believe that Ford had scrapped its sleek twoseater
for a four-passenger barge with squared-off lines and too much
chrome. Then the first test reports came out, showing the two-ton sled
to take 13.5 seconds to get to 60 miles per hour (as
compared to 9.3 seconds for the '57 T-Bird). Handling?
Forget it. One report alleged, "that while
smooth and comfortable for freeway travel, it is
not particularly maneuverable. It leans and plows
on hard turns. The suspension is much too soft for
superior handling...steering is excessively slow. '
Just while Chevrolet was turning the Corvette into
a serious performance car, Ford had invented our
father 's Olds before Oldsmobile did. We all swore
never to buy a Ford.
Original list price
But in the market at large, the car was a smash hit,
as 37,892 Square Birds—more than 70% of the entire
three-year 53,155 production run ofthe "Little Bird"—
were snapped up in thefirst year Robert S. McNamara,
the ex-Litton whiz kid that Henry Jr hired to save Ford, had invented the
'Personal luxury" car By the time the "Bullet Bird" replaced it in 1961, over
195,000 Square Birds had rolled out of the Lincoln plant in Wixom, Michigan—almost
four times the two-seater's total production. And it outsold Corvette
during the three years ten to one. The money rolled in, with Ford's
reported profit being $1,000 per unit (about $6,000 in today's money).
In its own way, the Square Bird was a revolutionary car Monocoque
construction was new for Ford, and allowed the seats to be recessed into
the floor pan, reducing overall height to an unheard-of 52.5 inches (as a
comparison, the 1960 Chrysler 300F stood 55.1 inches tall). There was
more interior space than in a full-size Cadillac 62.
1960 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
Lot #422, S/N 0Y73J162501
Front of left cylinder head
Club International (VTCI),
P.O. Box 2250, Dearborn,
MI 48123; 316/794-8132
1961-66 Olds Starfire convertible,
1960-61 Chrysler New Yorker,
1964 Chrysler 300K convertible
However, due to the new lower body, the driveshaft tunnel was quite
tall. William Boyer, a Ford designer whoflew airplanes in WWII, was used
to having a big mass between the pilot and copilot. So, as a solution, hejust
put a lot of stuff on top of the tunnel and invented the automobile center
console, which was widely copied by Ford's competition.
An all-new 352-c.i. V8 replaced the venerable Y block. It featured high
compression, improved breathing and a front-mounted distributor For
1959 the new Lincoln 430-c.i. V8 with 350 horsepower was an option,
although rarely ordered. Its massive 490 ft-lbs of torque cut 0 to 60 times
to 8.2 seconds, but its greater bulk only made handling matters worse.
Why the record price for this car? First, like
most well-restored cars, the sale price was less than
the restoration itself cost. Once again, a buyer paid
for a restoration and got the underlying car for free.
Second, the car was already done, and ready to
be shown at the Hamptons Concours. Even a restoration
that goes perfectly—and none of them do—
will take twice as long as you imagine, cost three
times as much as you expect, and will cause the
antacid consumption in the house to go up ten-fold.
Third, its concours victories are at Vintage
Thunderbird Club International (VTCI) events,
where judges are probably as compulsive as those
at Porsche or Corvette gatherings. My own Gold
Medallion '57 once lost a point because of a wrinkle
Left front door pillar
in a hard-to-see underdash trim edging.
And finally, maybe the Square Bird offered a moment of nostalgia for
the buyer One of our older buddies, whose dad let him take his '60 T-Bird
on dates, did find the rear seat had some advantages at the drive-in.
Perhaps the new owner of this Bird has similar fond memories.
The Square Bird is another example of enthusiasts' losses resulting in a
bottom-line gain for the car company. As a gearhead, I wish the T-Bird had
gone on to become a Corvette fighter But if I had been a shareholder of Ford
Motor Company at the time, I would have been standing on my chair, applauding
as the sales results for this new model rolled in.—John Apen
(Historic data and photo courtesy of auction company)•
Barrett-Jackson; Scottsdale, AZ; Jan. 19, 2002
Sold at $61,560
Barrett-Jackson; Scottsdale, AZ; Jan. 19, 2001
Sold at $58,320
1960 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
Lot #406, S/N 0Y73Y149977
American Cars for Sale
33 V12, boattail salon speedster, ACD certified
#1, Pebble Beach 2000, correct restoration,
dark red and maroon, Model 12-165,
magnificent, dependable. $275,000. 800728-2832
56 CORVETTE, Aztec copper, numbers
matching, body-off restoration, show-quality
paint and chrome, Al Knoch interior, correct
soft and hard tops, totally rebuilt correct
265-ci, 4-barrel engine, great looking California
car. $33,500. 858-759-5645. CA
60 CORVETTE, solid axle, 2nd owner, original
matching numbers, fully documented,
46,121 miles, sateen silver, red interior, 4spd,
2 tops, 283/230 hp, Wonderbar radio,
positraction, stainless steel exhaust system.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org $60,000 firm. John
Conley, 908-879-8815. NJ
66 CHEVELLE SS, #s matching 396/325
with rare #s matching Holley, regal red with
red bench seat int, auto, cold factory air, power
windows, power steering, power brakes,
power ant, bumper guards. E-mail: johns
ccrtc.com $33,800. 765-795-2225. IN
67 CAMARO RS/SS, 350/295 hp, auto,
numbers matching, meticulously frame-off
restored, AM/FM, tach, console, gauges, ps,
power front disc brakes, black deluxe int, red
ext, 100% stock car. $29,500. 302-323-1800
day. Fax 302-378-2532 eve. DE
67 CORVETTE, convertible, 327/350,
matching #s, 4-spd, 3.70 posi, A-31, K-19,
both tops, s/s brakes, Lyndale blue, black
interior, same owner since 1981, car purchased
in southern CA. $35,500. 360-6520260.
ALL CLASSIFIEDS INCLUDE INTERNET POSTING!
Regular classified only $15 per month.
68 IMPALA SS, cony, triple black, very rare
427-390hp, matching numbers, air, ps, pb,
tilt, AM/FM, factory tach, gauges, fiber optics,
4-spd, posi 3:31, Flowmasters. $32,000.
68 CAMARO SS, 396, 325 hp, #s match,
Protect-O-Plate, frame-off restoration a/t, ps,
pb, yellow exterior, black standard interior,
console, family owned for 30 years, totally
stock, includes hubcaps, 133,000 mi,
$21,500. 253-841-9316. WA
68 CHEVELLE SS, 396, auto, matching
numbers, extensive body-off restoration, 1st
Place Super Chevy winner, ext quasar blue,
int black, driven 100 mi since restoration,
highly detailed, no short cuts, never wet.
E-mail: email@example.com $27,500. 727787-7264.
70 MONTE CARLO SS, 454, Turbo 400,
#s match, autumn gold, black top, black
buckets, cold air cond, tach and gauges,
power door locks, posi, family owned since
new, always garaged, never abused, engine
and trans rebuilt, 100% rust free, runs and
looks great. $12,500. 718-234-6770. NY
73 CORVETTE, 454/275, 4-spd, air, full
power, #s match, lots of work done on car the
past 4 years, 3,000 miles, orange, black, glass
T-tops, past owner 20 years. $17,900. 217687-4200
69 CHARGER, 500 model w/NASCAR
intended aerodynamics, matching #s 440 el/
4-bbl, a/t console, restored CA car, green,
rare factory air, window sticker. E-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org $30,000 firm.
69 SUPER BEE, 383 Magnum, auto column
shift, pillarless, Magnum 500, vinyl roof,
rotisserie resto, no expense spared. 514-7350555.
70 CHARGER R/T, 43,969 miles, all original,
#s match, unmolested car, original sublime
changed to brown in 1974 by 2nd owner
of 28 years, 383 Magnum, column shift, auto,
white bucket interior, 391 posi, Rally-Pac,
car is arrow straight and all original except
color. $27,500. 330-478-0735. OH
65 FAIRLANE, hardtop, numbers matching
289 high-performance (K-code), 4-speed,
4:11 rear, less than 100 K-code Fairlanes
were produced in 1965, featured in Muscle
Car Review, May 2001, correct Ford tri-power
installed. $16,900. Gary, 313-274-1513. MI
65 MUSTANG, 289 V8, auto trans, all numbers
match, very clean and straight car, 40,000
original miles, transmission/motor rebuilt,
new: dual exhaust, steering parts, tires, gaskets
all over, factory AM radio, bucket seats,
factory a/c and console. $11,000 negotiable.
65 MUSTANG GT, coupe, original family/
owner, matching numbers, California car,
289 V8, 4-spd, GT rims, factory GT package,
no rust, straight body needs paint, runs
like a brand new car. E-mail: dthhrgrpS
hotmail.com $13,000. Daren, 909-4671620.
GREAT VINTAGE RALLIES/
V ermont 8e Que6ec. 1 ofig,
7th annual FORZA MILLE V-1 2 1
September 28 to October 4, 2002
Txae #11 Couffe-r-g,
5t1-1 annual TEXAS 1000
November 3 to 8, 2002
A five day/1000 mile TSD rally through the historic and lovely Texas Hill
Country, featuring a Concours on Alamo Plaza, river cruise to Marble Falls
and incredible winding ranch roads. View beautiful canyons, rocky streams,
live oaks, golden pastures and Victorian towns. Enjoy gracious Texas
hospitality and fine dining, plus unique gifts and prizes.
Open to any 1975 or earlier sports, racing or GT car or any Ford
performance car of any year (Jaguar, Aston, Panoz, Shelby, etc.).
Presented by Ford Motor Company. $3995. per couple, all-inclusive.
A gracious 1000 mile TSD rally starting at Stowe Mountain Resort in Stowe,
Vermont, then heading north. Overnights at Manoir des Sables in Magog,
Chateau Frontenac in Quebec, two nights at Fairmont Mount Tremblant
before returning to Stowe. Time trials at Le Circuit Mt. Tremblant, winding
roads in the Laurentian mountains, spectacular fall foliage, terrific dining and
warm hospitality. Beautiful gifts and prizes!
Open to any Ferrari, any Mercedes SI or any 12-cylinder car of any year.
Presented by Mercedes-Benz USA. $4495. per couple, all-inclusive.
MORE GREAT RALLIES
FORZA AMELIA: March 9-14, 2003
NEW ENGLAND 1000: May 18-23, 2003
To enter or be added to our mailing list:
VINTAGE RALLIES, INC.
Jackson Hill Road, Sharon, CT 06069
800-645-6069 fax: 860-364-5899
Sports Car Market
66 MUSTANG, K-code convertible, candy
red/red, rare documented automatic, GT options:
pony, Rally-Pac, console, wood
wheel, styled steels, 4 seat belts, white top,
rotisserie restoration of 37,000 original mile
car, detailed undercarriage. $37,500. 714848-9255.
69 MUSTANG CJ, convertible, 4-spd,
shaker hood, red exterior, black interior,
black top, 4-year concours restoration, only
44 made, serious inquiries only. Adam, 203335-2109
day. 203-874-1036 eve. CT
66 SATELLITE, 528 Hemi, 850+ hp, 727
trans, manual valve body, Weld wheels,
chromoly roll bar w/swingout bars, front disc
brakes, 4 inch exhaust, black w/black interior,
car was never cut or tubbed. Charlie, 973398-3434
day. Fax 973-770-6386 (eve). NJ
70 'CUDA, BS23V0B, 440 Six-Pack, 4-spd,
Dana, shaker, wing, rubber bumper, purple,
black, real FC7 car with does, 205 point out
of 220 at 2000 Mopar Nationals, no reproduction
parts, 130 miles. $52,000. 402-4556229.
70 SUPERBIRD, 440 4-barrel, auto on column,
ps, pb, nice 77,000-mile unrestored
mostly original car, numbers matching blck
and trans, have build sheet, decoded by Galen
Govier. E-mail: email@example.com
$46,500. 801-954-8779. UT
65 GTO, convertible, PHS documented, accurate
frame-off restoration, original 389, trippower,
4-spd, marina turqouise paint with a
deep reflecting pool shine, white top, ps, pb,
wood steering wheel. $42,000. 307-2358624.
Notes from Europe / Robert Coucher
Liege-Rome-Liege Goes To Venice
A number of intrepid, hard-driving Americans competed in this year 's
challenging "Liege-Rome-Liege Goes To Venice" historic rally. SCM contributor
Robert Coucher took part in his scrujj5) but effective Porsche 356
he black Mercedes 300SL swept past on the rain-lashed road at
full chat, throwing up a long plume of spray. This was provocation
enough to drop a gear and begin the pursuit up yet another
winding Alpine pass. The well-flogged Mercedes responded to
the challenge and began bellowing up the tight hairpin bends. The powerful
Roadster was slithered, wheelspun and thrown through the corners with
serious commitment. After a few miles ofhigh-speed tag we reached the next
"Tulips": not just a flower.
Too often in America, vintage
rallies are a game of cat and mouse
between local police and participants
with irate citizens on cell
phones joining in as they resent
the presence of speeding foreign
cars in their towns. In Europe the
rules of engagement are different.
Townspeople have been brought
up on sports cars enjoying their
country roads and they line the
streets and cheer you on—grandmothers, mothers and small boys alike.
These vintage rallies are regarded by the participants as annual holidays.
The drivers are competitive types and, for them, lying on a beach is
anathema. That said, everything is very well organized on the Liege with
superb hotels all the way, detailed route books provided and useful vans
following along behind with all the luggage. The Liege cost $4,500 to enter,
which is a good value for six nights fully inclusive plus the sumptuous gala
dinner at the finish in Venice. Bar bills, petrol, any mechanical mishaps and
fender bending is down to the entrants.
Dahmen throwing his SL through the Alps.
time control where the driver climbed out and cracked a smile. "Now that
was some drive," said the normally languid Lloyd Dahmen. "There's
nothing like sliding a powerful historic automobile about on skinny tires in
the wet," he added. I have to agree. These are the moments car guys cherish...
Run from June 22-26, this year's llth annual Liege-Rome-Liege regularity
rally attracted the full complement of 200 automobiles. This retrospective
rally is based upon the original flat-out road race first run in 1931 until 1960,
which was always regarded as the toughest of endurance tests for both man
and machine. While today's rally is not quite flat-out, it is still a real challenge.
The route is made up of long road sections where the teams have to clock
in at time controls. If you are late, you lose points. The really difficult
sections are the regularities where drivers have to average 35 miles per hour.
It sounds easy, but these regularities are always located on the tight, almost
vertical hairpin sections. Navigators use stopwatches, maps and "Tulips"—
detailed diagrams of the route to be followed. Times are taken from markers
along the route and the driver has to get used to being bellowed at. The
succinct vocabulary consists largely of "speed up," "slow
down" or "you've missed the bloody turning!"
Adding a bit of variation to the format this year,
gentleman organizer Alain Defalle decided to end the
event in Venice, over 1,000 hard-driving miles by way of
challenging Alpine roads. Restricted to pre-war and historic
cars of the type that took part in the original race,
the field consisted of no less than 33 Porsche 356s, 22
Jaguars and an impressive 13 vintage and post-vintage
These European events have no real counterpart on
the American scene. They start earlier, finish later and
include difficult navigational and driving tests. Importantly,
they are embraced by the local communities passed
through. As these rallies are in homage to great races
gone by, participants are treated with consideration by
the polizei, as long as common courtesies such as obeying
speed limits in the villages are observed.
Finishing 121st doesn't take away from the fun.
No special competition licenses are required, although the vehicles
need a FIVA certificate (a form that describes the historic car's specifications),
which is no big deal. Modern racing seats and other equipment is
actually discouraged as the automobiles should be as period as possible.
Any modern navigational equipment is totally forbidden with the threat of
exclusion. It's down to stopwatches and the navigators' wits.
Although primarily a British and European event, America was well
represented by the aforementioned Dahmen from Boston as well as Alberto
and Arielle Hodari in a Jaguar XK 140, John Ryckalts in
an MGA, Don and Sabrina Longega Wilson in an Arnolt
Bristol, Stephen and Camilla Brauer in a Bentley RType
Continental and Christian and Patricia Heuber in
their "developed" Continental.
R-Type, as driven by Stephen Brauer.
A juicy car-guy aside: Heuber lives between Pennsylvania
and London and is the custodian of the international
Bentley Continental Register—SCM'er Gary
Moore and other Bentley owners must log on to
www.continental.org.uk and weep and gnash their teeth
with awe and envy. Heuber has taken what is regarded
as one of the best cars ever to have come out of Britain
and subtly massaged it to the point where it is now a
truly astounding machine. The engine's output has been
increased from a sufficient 153 horsepower to a purposeful
226 with an astounding 334 pound-feet of torque
at just 2,950 rpm, thanks to lightweight aluminum pistons,
Carrillo rods, triple SU carbs, extractor exhaust
and other clever tweaks. The suspension
has been tightened down
and an anti-sway bar fitted to the
rear with Alfin aluminum drums at
each corner. The Bentley runs on
Dunlop Racing Tires as used by
D-type Jaguars and its top speed
is north of 135 miles per hour with
the 1/4 mile timed at 16 seconds.
Not bad, old boy.
The Wilson Arnolt Bristol.
Having done the 1998 Tour Auto
Tour de France with my friend Mark
Venning from Santiago, Chile, I invited
him once again to join me. I
provided my trusty old Porsche 356,
which is also my daily driver in London
town and yenning brought along
his considerable navigational and
mathematical brain. Setting off early
from London, we took the Channel
Tunnel across from Folkestone to Calais in France and blasted down to Liege
in Belgium for the start, some 250 miles away. There the Porsche was
scrutineered, which is basically a check for general roadworthiness. We lost 30
points for my fitted racing seat—I compete in the Historic Sports Car Championships
when not trundling down to the shops. Naturally, I'd given the
Porsche a good service before leaving, checking the Avon tires, dropping the oil
and fitting a fresh filter and front brake pads. This is an arduous 1,000-mile
event, so the cars need to be in good shape. Running a daily driver cum racer is
a good thing because the Porsche is well sorted and reliable. Usually.
Anyway, the next morning the teams set off from the courtyard of the
impressive Palais des Eveques in Liege on
the first leg through the thick woods of the
Ardennes, the legendary Black Forest and
up to the German spa town of Baden Baden,
270 miles hence. The sun was shining and
the sweeping roads and tortuous "regularity"
sections—where the competitors have
to keep to the exact speed, timed to the second—provided
a good mix of driving for the
first day of competition. We were competing
in the later class (car number 1 was a
1916 Talbot 15/20hp!), which was dominated
by 356s. As is usually the case, we took a
wrong turn (or "wrong slotted") due to overenthusiasm,
picking up 40 penalty points.
Hindsight decrees: one should start cau-
Heuber's "developed" Continental, after a run.
tiously and read the map very carefully. Taking the wrong turn cost dearly.
Thereafter, and once our brains were in sync, we did very well.
Day two saw the cars running through Switzerland, where the drivers
had to contend with high temperatures and boiling radiators (not a problem
in the Porsche, of course) but the lunch stop at the scenic Lake
Constance was a delight. Then snow was encountered on the high Fluellapas
pass heading towards the Italian ski resort of Livigno. A number of cars
had suffered fuel vaporization, but the rain and snow soon cooled the air.
And the accompanying Polizia Stradale on their Moto Guzzi motorcycles
were a joy to watch slicing through the rivulets on the roads.
Madonna di Campiglio followed the next day amid thunder and lightening.
Heavy rain battered competitors in open cars and made the going
treacherous. At least the heavy fog concealed the long and sheer drops over
the edge! Paloma Picasso, navigating in a Porsche 356 commented, "This
was a really difficult drive. At one point I tried to defog the windscreen but
discovered the mist was on the outside."
Next the heights of Val di Trento were crested and the cars thundered
on to the most evocative of rally names.. .Cortina. Here the roads were
really tough and, for the first time ever the Porsche's brakes disappeared
on one of the interminable downhill hairpins. With my heart in my mouth
I furiously pumped the brake pedal and just managed to scrabble the 356
around a tight turn with a deep valley opening up right in front of us. I
remember a friend commenting about the time he shot off a mountainside,
"The really frightening bit is the silence as you fly through the air." Yes, I
can now well imagine. Then, just
before the last regularity section
the Porsche's speedometer cable
snapped, leaving navigator
yenning blind. I ran around the
parking lot and found a fellow British
entrant had a spare and managed
to fit it in four minutes flat,
which kept us in the running.
After 1,148 miles the final
day's route was a little easier, but
it turned into a real dash for the
finish in beautiful Venice. The
automobiles were helped along
the fast roads by the polizia lying
flat on the gas tanks of their
roaring Guzzis. Only in Italy!
No monotonous freeways
were encountered at all en route as
the historic automobiles hammered
up and down the steep mountain
roads. The drivers had to deal with
snow, slush, rain and brake-fading
switchbacks from the golden motoring
age gone by. A couple of
entrants went "off piste" and many more -ironed" their front fenders
negotiating the tight hairpins while trying to maintain the set regularity
speed of 35 miles per hour—quite a feat in a classic car when your brakes
are cooked and you have to continually snatch first gear around the bends.
A Belgian driver modified his $1 million Ferrari 250 SWB, making it a
really short-wheelbase SWB and dryly commented
afterwards, "shit happens." (Essential
components in a road-racer's toolkit are
a mobile phone and large checkbook.)
Of course, all-important on these historic
events is the "apres-rallying." Alain Defalle
ensured that all teams were fed and watered
in superb hotels and the evening celebrations
went on through the small hours; nothing like
firing up your historic machine with a cracking
Cuban cigar-enhanced hangover. Never
mind, the adrenaline soon clears the head.
The finish in Venice was spectacular.
Svelte motor launches ferried competitors
between the gondolas to the breathtaking
Pisani Moretta Palace right on the Grand
2nd overall: Williamson/Bayliss:
Aston Martin Speed Model
1st overall: Schrauwen/Schrauwen:
3rd overall: Gatsonides/Gatsonides:
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31st overall: CoucherNenning*:
30th: Dahmen/Gasse: Mercedes
33rd: Heuber/Heuber*: Bentley
70th: Wilson/Wilson*: Arnolt
121st: Ryckalts/Ketola: MGA
165th: Brauer/Brauer*: Bentley
116th: Hodari/Hodari: Jaguar
Canal where the superb gourmet gala dinner was enjoyed by candlelight
amid the frescos. Well-dressed but tired drivers and navigators basked in
the warm glow of yet another achievement notched up on the dashboard
of historic motor sport life.
In a time of increasingly crowded roads, it is rare that we motoring
enthusiasts have the chance to run our cars at speed on open and challenging
routes. The opportunities to enjoy these types of events can't last
forever, so enjoy them while you can.
Thanks to Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management for their generous
sponsorship of this event and for the beautiful Hanhart stopwatches
given to each crew Photos: Monika Hilbrink for Deutsche Bank Private
Coucher receiving a welcome in Venice.
Robert Coucher is motoring
editor of Bentley
magazine and contributes
to The Daily Telegraph
newspaper and a number
of Porsche and other specialist
He been driving
his Porsche 356 since
1978 when his father, who
owned it from nearly new,
gave it to him.•
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1974-79 Ferrari 308 GT4 2 + 2
n 1973 Ferrari replaced the Dino 246 GT V6
with the Dino 308 GT4 V8. Unusually,
they did not choose Pininfarina to style the
car, instead opting for Bertone, where a
young Marcello Gandini did the actual design. In
typical Ferrari practice, construction was done
at the Scaglietti works. Oddly, Ferrari asked
Bertone to make the car a 2+2, as they felt this
was one area the Porsche 911 had held an advantage
over the 246 GT. When it debuted, the
Bertone design was not well received. While it
was simple and elegant, it was also very angular
and slab-sided in a manner typical of Bertone's
then-current wedge fetish.
(or, in SCM terms, "unloved") and the performance
is still exemplary. The GT4 offers a powerful
combination of vintage Ferrari sound and
feel (no power steering, a tube frame, four twinchoke
Webers) and modern performance (midengine
and IRS, as opposed to the earlier cars'
front engine and live axle). Best of all, it is a
Ferrari, which means it can be used for anything
from FCA track days to road trips to many
vintage rallies. Even better, it is affordable.
The GT4 is a great way to own a vintage
Ferrari without spending a fortune. The price
guide range of $15,000 to $22,500 is below that
of nearly any other Ferrari listed, many of which
have performance that is far inferior. The most
difficult part of buying a used GT4 is finding a
good one. Low price not withstanding, these cars
cost as much to fa as any other Ferrari—expect
to pay for a $3k major service every 15k miles,
and be aware that a gearbox rebuild can run $10k.
For this reason, finding a good car is the only
way to avoid fiscal self-immolation. Look for a
car that has been frequently exercised and has a
full service history. Don't buy a car without a
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If the styling was controversial, the performance
certainly was not. In its original Series I
form, the 3-liter all-alloy V8 cranked out 255
horsepower, which was good enough for 0 to 60
in 6.4 seconds. Top speed was claimed to be
north of 150 miles per hour. Handling was excellent
due to a low center of gravity, a full tube
frame and four-wheel double wishbone suspension.
Braking was by four-wheel discs. The ride
was surprisingly good, as the low roll center
and light weight allowed the use of relatively
soft springs while maintaining good roll control.
Today, the car's styling is still controversial
floors in the GT4 make it better than earlier cars
from this perspective. Series I cars (1973-77) are
the most desirable as they have no catalytic converters
and more radical cams.
by a qualified shop. Garage
queens that have sat for
years can cost tens of thousands
of dollars to sort out,
even if they look spotless.
Don't believe low mileage
claims unless they are
verified with years of
records, and don't shun a
higher mileage car, so long
as the required services have
been performed. Be vigilant
for rust, rust, and more rust,
although the fiberglass
As far as value is concerned, a bad GT4 with
serious needs is no bargain even if it is given to
you for free. Conversely, paying way above book
value for a totally sorted car with recent vintage
tour or rally history to prove its reliability can
turn out to be a wise move in the long run.
If, and this is the big if, you can find a good
car, it can be a wonderful, fast, tossable entry
into the world of vintage Ferraris and a cheap
way to start running US-style vintage rallies.
Besides, you can't see the styling from behind
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Porsche 911 Red
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prototypes to 1999
of whom I am one,
need to know everything about their cars, especially
if they bought them used. They would
turn to a book like this to find answers to questions
like, "Was the plaid-covered, turbocharged
ashtray an option on my 1983 SC, and if so,
what did it cost?"
Upon first glance, these facts seem to be
present, just encrypted in small print reminiscent
of my old college zoology textbook. Delving
deeper into the book, it quickly becomes
apparent that more effort is required to extract
the facts than first expected. No problem, the
same was true of Zoology.
But getting information out of the Porsche
911 Red Book is no easy task. For instance, in
order to determine what options were available
on any 1978-93 911, you must refer to a combined
option list for all the models. The list,
three pages long in tiny type, includes everything
from police equipment to a slant nose.
This makes it essentially useless for determining
what options were available in specific years
for specific models.
The options list is incomplete as well, with a
footnote specifically stating that minor options are
not listed. Nor are prices for options listed, something
we have come to expect from other books of
this sort. These deficiencies are acceptable in a coffee
table book, but not a reference guide.
When queried, Paternie explained that
Porsche AG would not supply him with option
lists for each model year and that their early
record keeping was not of a high standard.
The physical layout is poor, especially for a
text- and numbers-laden reference book. Model
years and production years between US and
European cars are reported in a confusing fashion.
For example, information about the '89 C4
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about the 1994 Turbo (which is pictured more
often than any other model) is tacked onto the
1993 P Program cars.
Paternie is aware of these shortcomings and
intends to address them in a planned later edition.
While this book is much better than having
no resource guide at all, it is still far away from
being as useful as it could be.—David Slama
Porsche 911SC Service Manual
81/4x11 inches, paperback,
911SCs are now beginning to be priced within
the range of the brave do-it-yourselfer, with cars
needing work often selling below $15,000. If
you want a tremendous amount of performance
in a truly well-designed and engineered package,
and are interested in doing your own work, this
is the book for you.
For years, the official Porsche service publications
were the final word in maintenance and
repair procedures. The only hitch was that they
cost hundreds of dollars, priced almost as if you
had to be a shop to afford
them. This manual has all
the quality and information
of the originals, at a
fraction of the price.
The book goes way beyond
the classic highly detailed
engine and transmission
teardowns that have
always been the centerpiece
of the official factory publi-
cations. It includes full maintenance schedules, oil
weight suggestions, tire pressures, brake pad thicknesses,
and more. I always like to see torque curves
for the engines in my Porsches, and when I reviewed
the ones in this book, I found the early
911SCs in 1978 and '79 to produce about 9%
more torque than the later 1980-83 cars, despite
the fact that both have the same displacement of 3
liters and the same horsepower of 175 DIN at
5,500 rpm. I have found some variance in the way
different 911SCs feel, so these torque curve numbers
provide part of the explanation.
There is an excellent section on troubleshooting
and evaluating the general health of your
engine. This includes the likely causes of screeching
or squealing noises (loose V-belts), growling
or rumbling that varies with engine rpm (bad
alternator or air conditioning compressor bearings),
a "light metallic tapping" (low oil pressure
or defective rocker arms); or the dreaded
light metallic knock with the oil light blinking
(go straight to the shop on the back of a flatbed,
do not pass go).
The photos are sharp, the exploded view
drawings clear, the text is complete. This is a
must-have if you plan to work on your
Restorer's Guide, 1969-1974
Original Pontiac GTO: The
9x12 inches, hardbound,
Goat herders ****
Casual enthusiasts **
The GTO's appearance in 1964 was a momentous
occasion, its 389-cubic-inch engine
in a lightweight body creating a performance
sensation. During its ten-year run, the Pontiac
Motor Division acquired a halo of glory, using
marketing buzzwords like The Judge,
Hurst shifter and
The goal of Original
Pontiac GTO is to
identify the proper
equipment on each
year of GTO. It may
not be entertaining to
the casual reader, but
it is informative to the
owner who wants to
know exactly what he
is getting when he is buying a car, or how to
make things right when taking one through a
The book takes the GTO from its origins in
1964 with horizontal quad headlights, through
the comprehensive redesign in 1968, to the Judge
models of the early '70s and the car's eventual
demise in 1974. Close-up photos show engines,
the placement of spoilers and exterior decals,
Rallye wheels, and shift knobs. However, many
of the cars featured are beautifully restored, but
with incorrect details.
Option codes are given by number, such as
#694 for heavy-duty front brakes with aluminum
front drums, though listing the original
prices would have been helpful as well. Boxes
identify available engines and differentials for
each year. Even so-called "Dealer-Installed Oddities"
such as car compass and chrome tissue
dispenser are mentioned.
An appendix provides color codes for paint,
stripes, interior and convertible tops. There are
also production numbers by year and instructions
for decoding VINs and cowl tags.
This book is ideal for savvy collectors who
want to know what a correct GTO should look
like, and what equipment options were available
from the factory when it was built.—Bill
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by Carl Bomstead
A Columbus Discovery
Object: Knight Engine Cutaway Showroom Display—Lot #64
Auction: Aumann Auctions, Inc.; Columbus, Ohio; June 14, 2002
Estimate: None given
Sale price: $3,410, including 10% buyer's premium
es, gas and oil collectors do have conventions,
wear nametags, and have a fancy name for the
stuff they collect (petroliana). There are two
large and well-attended national events, along
with dozens of local and regional swap meets, all called
Gas Bashes. Collecting petroliana has historical roots;
one local Bash in Southern California has been taking
place for 22 years.
There always seems to be an item or two at an
event that catches everyone, even the most experienced
of collectors, off guard. Our case in point occurred
at the 16th Annual Petroliana Collectors Convention,
held in Columbus, Ohio, June 14, 2002.
There were about 120 vendors set up, so while not
the size of Hershey, for a specialized affair it attracted
a sizeable crowd. For the first time, a live
auction, conducted by Aumann Auctions, concluded
the two-day gathering.
Almost 300 lots of gas- and oil-related items were
offered without reserve or minimum bids. Gas pumps,
Sleeve valve model sells for $3,410.
The surprise of the auction was a working model of a Knight sleevevalve
engine that was about three feet tall and weighed about 100 pounds.
The sleeve-valve engine was invented by Charles Knight and was first
used in English Daimlers in 1909. It was subsequently used in several
other European marques, including Voisin. John Willys bought the American
rights to the engine in 1913 and it was used in the Willys-Overland and
Willys-Knight until about 1932. The last known use of the engine was in
the 1940 Minerva.
globes, signs, oil cans and just about anything else that would have been
used at a neighborhood service station crossed the auction block. In all, the
auction logged a sale total of $85,000.
The engine differed from the traditional poppetvalve
engine in that holes cut in the wall of double
sliding sleeves provided the exhaust and intake ports.
The advantages of this system were that it eliminated
the problem of valve springs breaking, and it ran very
quietly when compared to contemporary engines with
poppet valves. Of course, manufacturers of engines
with traditional valves claimed that their noisiness
was a safety factor—if the noise increased dramatically,
it was a signal that the engine needed attention.
The Knight engine working display, stated to be
one of two known, probably would have been shown
in a dealership or at auto shows. Electrically operated,
the single cylinder was cut away so that the
operation of the sleeve-valve could be observed.
Was $3,410 a reasonable price to pay for such a
unique display piece? I would suggest it was a bargain,
especially for collectors of engines, or for those
involved with any period vehicle that utilized the
sleeve-valve engine. If offered at a tonier venue, such
as an upscale booth at Hershey or Retromobile in
Paris, it would sell quickly for close to twice the
price paid here. •
ong before BMW began building bulbous,
chromed caricatures of motorcycles,
like the R1200 James Bond rode
in "Tomorrow Never Dies," they earned
a reputation for two-wheeled excellence from
models like the venerable R50.
Built from 1955 to 1969, and producing a basic
26 horsepower from its opposed two cylinders,
R50s were reliable workhorses in their era.
For a motorcycle of this period, the engine is
smooth, in part due to the modest 500-cc displacement.
Described as "gutless" by some
owners, it can still cruise endlessly at 65 miles
per hour, unusual for a vintage machine. Unlike
an old British twin, it won't jar your fillings
loose by the end of a day's ride.
The bike is almost perfectly symmetrical from
left to right. Each side contains one carburetor, one
cylinder, one spark plug, one exhaust pipe, etc.
The hinged rear fender makes it easy to remove the
wheel in case you need to change the tire. Turn
signals weren't an option when the R50 was first
produced, but became standard in 1961, when the
model was renamed the R50/2. A 6-volt battery is
located under the black rubber Steiger seat.
The original R50 has a kick start only, with
the lever on the left side of the bike. Electric start
became optional in the final year of production.
Both wheels are fitted with drum brakes, effective
for the 1950s, but with stopping distances
1956 BMW R50
that require some forethought when riding today.
In the 1950s, well-behaved German citizens
did not steal motorcycles, so BMW saw no need
for a secure ignition key on their motorcycles.
Instead, they provided a one-size-fits-all plug
that the owner inserted into a socket on top of
the headlight to activate the ignition. Any plug
would operate any BMW. The fork lock, however,
has a real key, and the same key opens a
toolbox in the side of the gas tank.
R50s are not in great demand, lacking race history,
rarity, or any special features. Think of them
as the Volkswagen Beetle of old motorcycles, offering
the virtues of simplicity and reliability rather
than high performance. Their survival rate has been
high, and consequently demand for them today is
lukewarm compared to their numbers.
Known for being responsible if not downright
fussy, most BMW owners maintain their machines
carefully. However, older bikes of lesser performance,
like the R50, often become neglected. As
with many other bikes of the '50s, mechanical
parts for BMWs are not hard to find. It's the sheetmetal
bits such as fenders and gas tanks that are
rare. Be prepared to spend hours on the Internet
sourcing pieces if you buy an R50 with missing or
dented parts. Of course, as bikes in excellent condition
normally cost between $4,000 and $5,000,
you can save yourself a lot of trouble just by getting
a nice one in the first place.—Bill Neill.
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only moderate success, vis-a-vis the more
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The automotive editor had heard that Alfa
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due to the cell phone static, the photographer
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Editor Martin, out for a spin in his new,
green toy, cautiously attempts to negotiate another
speed bump, mindful of the body flex,
cowl shake, and front spoiler scraping that he
now knows are part of the joys of Mondial Cab
ownership.—Ric Schumann, Atlanta, GA
The couple in the back seat are giving it "all
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Though the shady nook offered an inviting
spot for impromptu top-down romance, the
requirement for admission cooled ardor
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The Cathedral finally gives Quasimoto a private
parking space for his Ferrari.—John
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Onlookers were puzzled as Lance suddenly
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A brief look at cars of interest that have
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*1,1-wc;f is best
2002 BMW 745i
Escape From Turin
one of the many
from the 1969 movie
"The Italian Job,"
Price as tested: $75,795
Likes: Big, roomy sedan handles like a compact;
325-hp V8 is silkier and more responsive
than ever; huge 19-inch wheels look great and
aid ride/handling; vault-tight and absolutely
loaded with safety-oriented gadgets; perhaps the
comfiest seats in the business.
Gripes: No real manual shift control or
manual gearbox; steering-column shifter is awkwardly
placed; brakes felt unexpectedly
overboosted and touchy compared to other
BMW models; iDrive is mandatory for many
functions, and a confusing obstacle to those who
Fun to drive: ***
Fun to look at: *Ir**
Verdict: It seems that the ultimate driving
machine has become the ultimate geek toy on
wheels. Beautiful new "Seven" makes a very
strong design statement inside and out, but overall
comes across as more gimmicky than functional.
Look beyond the bewildering maze of
wires and gadgets, and it's perhaps the best car
BMW has ever made.—Bengt Halvorson
2002 Mercedes SL500
starring Michael Caine. In the scene depicted,
drivers in several Austin Minis are stealing away
(down the stairs!) with the gold, quite successfully
evading both the police and the mafia. The
sale of these prints goes to support The Italian
Job Touring Event, an annual drive through Europe
in vintage Minis to help raise money for
children's charities. Prints are A2-sized (approximately
23x17 inches), signed and numbered.
Price: $55.00. Italian Job Trading, 011 44 1273
Open Pipe Symphony
If you want to
dream of being at a real
Fl race, put this CD in,
crank up the volume,
and close your eyes.
The compilation includes
recordings of screaming
engines from Ferrari, Peugeot, Renault, Mercedes,
and Porsche, and even a 1928 Bugatti Type 35—
all taken at the track or in testing. The deadpan
liner notes warn: "This recording should be
played full blast to obtain the full effect. However,
hearing loss, neighbor complaint, and divorce
threats may result." Price: $14.95. Griot's
Garage, 800/345-5789, www.griotsgarage.com .
Price as tested: $97,640
Likes: The faster you push it, the better it
performs; power hard top goes up in 16 seconds;
mega-swagger when you drive up to the
athletic club; makes owners of previous SLs feel
like part of the one-step-behind gang.
Gripes: Confusing interior ergonomics; insulting
economy-sized auxiliary cup holder;
hopeless navigation system; styling is striking
but not particularly handsome.
Fun to drive: *****
Fun to look at: ***
Verdict: If any car is worth $100,000, it's
this one. A technological tour de force. But
strange things, like the plastic radiator grille
and mixed-up interior appointments, are not
up to what we've come to expect from a
Mercedes supercar.—Keith Martin
Sick of garage floor
messes from the oozing,
dripping funnels you use to
add fluids? This funnel
keeper is made of steel and
mounts neatly on the wall
or any vertical surface. The
long, translucent plastic funnel
(included) is held firmly
in place with a spring and
remaining fluids are collected
in the plastic bottle
below. The top keeps dust
and dirt from getting inside
the funnel. Price: $29.95.
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Corvette Style Couch
This retro-inspired love seat is modeled after
the 1957 Corvette and built by Corbin, the
respected motorcycle saddle-maker, with highquality
American leather. It's available in several
paint and color schemes. The back is finished
as well, so you don't have to place it
against a wall. The couch has a standard AC
wall-socket plug for the illuminated blue ground
effects and exhaust pipes and the red brake lights.
Includes a classic Corvette emblem. 68" wide x
32" high x 35" deep. Similar Corbin furniture is
also inspired by the '57 Chevy, '51 Mercury, and
Shelby Cobra. Price: $2,995. Corbin, 800/5387035,
Recaro GT3 Racing Seat
Keep yourself comfortably
in place during track
events with this black
leather-finished Recaro racing
seat, just like the one used
in the Porsche GT3 racer. The
seats are FIA-approved and
compatible with both fourand
Made to fit Porsche Boxster
and 996 models only. The trademark Porsche
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Oregon's oldest and most respected Alfa
repair and performance tuning facility.
Milano spoken here! Ask about our used
Alfas for sale. Fast work, fair prices.
Italian Performance/GTV City.
503/274-0064. 1425 NW Flanders, Portland,
0R97209. More than two decades of
Dan Sommers's Veloce Motors.
619/454-1800, fax 619/454-1890. 7440 La
Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92307. Largest
dealer ofexotic Ferraris, Jaguars, Alfas and
other cars in the world. Always a superb
array of important cars on display. Interesting
trades always considered. By
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2 9 7 1, fax 818/546-2812. 741 W.
Broadway, Glendale, CA 91204. Ferrari
service, sales and concours-winning restorations.
Enthusiast-owned and operated
with an experienced and friendly technical
team ready to deliver the complete
Ferrari ownership experience.
Michael Sheehan. 949/646-6086,
fax 949/646-6978. Always looking for cars
to buy, from rare one-offs to serial production
ordinaries. Ferrari, Lamborghini,
Lotus—call me first or call me last, I'll
make you the best cash offer. Buyers—let
me use my thousand-plus car database to
help you fmd a car, or verify the history of
one you are looking at. (CA)
Gran Turismo Motors. 818/546-
ing. 949/366-6211, fax 949/366-6827.
Professional buyer of Ferraris, primarily
'50s, '60s and '70s. Also have extensive
Lambo and Maser experience. Additionally
deal in Ferrari engines. Plus—have
more than 350 Ferrari wheels in stock.
Call today for straight talk and honest
advice. San Clemente, CA.
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Automotive Restorations, Inc./
Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (AR!!
VRS). 203/377-6745, fax 203/386-0486,
Automotive Restorations, Inc./Vintage
Racing Services, Inc. (ARUVRS),
203/377-6745, fax 203/386-0486, 1785
Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic,
special interest and race cars. Sales,
restoration and transportation.
9111, fax 505/838-1222. Send check or
Visa/MC to PML/SC, P.O. Box 567,
Socorro, NM 87801. Find the Porsche
you've been looking for. Over 1,000 Porsches
for sale in every issue. 1 year, 12 issues
only $55. (Can/Mex $65, overseas $100).
356 Registry. 356 Registry, 27244
Ryan Road, Warren, MI 48092. A club for
those interested in 356 Porsches. The
Registry Magazine is published six times
a year. 356 ownership not necessary. Dues
$30 annually. Membership information:
Barbara Skinnants. www.356registry.org .
Porsche 356 used parts, 717/865-
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body parts, we ship worldwide. 12 Park
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Shelby American Automobile Club.
860/364-0449, fax 860/364-0769. P.O.
Box 788, Sharon, CT 06069. Over 5,000
members, 50 Regions throughout the
world. Dedicated to the care and preservation
of the cars that Carroll Shelby
produced. Two national conventions a
year, semi-annual mOagazine, bi-monthly
newsletter as well as a registry.•
that role. The Motor Service Club never got off
the ground but the little five-inch tin plaque—
which was never used—will make a nice addition,
at a very reasonable price, to the buyer's extensive
collection of early automotive memorabilia.
EBAY MOTORS #1835866537-1997
FERRARI 550 MARANELLO. First bid: $100.
Number of bids: 36. SOLD AT: $135,000. Date
here did all the good stuffgo? I can
only surmise that the summer
months drew car guys out of their
dimly lit dens and onto the road.
Listings of interest were few and far between, and
bidding was lackluster at best. It seemed like a
much higher percentage of items than normal
failed to meet sellers' expectations.
A very presentable—at least at 72 dpi-1961
Porsche 356B roadster was offered on eBay
Motors and 36 bids pushed it to $40,100, which
the seller found unacceptable. It was a T-5, which
has the gas filler cap inside the trunk, and was
bodied in Belgium. The SCMPrice Guide places
the value at $35,000 to $45,000, which makes
the high bid about right. However, the seller
quoted results from Christie's Pebble Beach sale
last year, where a pair of roadsters sold for
$52,875 and $76,875 a piece. My advice to the
seller? No matter how big your monitor might
be, it's not a substitute for the magic of the
Monterey Weekend, when all the heavy hitters
come together to duke it out for some cute toys.
While a land auction can never match the variety
of an on-line one, neither can an electronic
auction ever duplicate the energy and passion
of a live one.
Among one of the 1,189 items offered on
eBay that related to Route 66 was a 75th anniversary
license plate frame that was signed by
Martin Milner. It didn't get any bids. Either did
a large neon sign, with a required $5,000 starting
bid, from the Thunderbird Motel, a landmark
on the highway. Fame is fleeting.
A 1994 Alfa Romeo Veloce was offered on
eBay Motors but failed to sell when 18 bids
"only" got to $14,500. Normally this would be
enough to get the job done, with a trip to the
factory thrown in as well and a bunch of spending
money left over afterwards. This was, however,
number 64 of the 195 commemorative editions
built (which means it had a tacky badge on
the nose and a cheap inscribed plate on the dash)
and the seller thought it was worth much more.
A very desirable and colorful B.F. Goodrich
tire sign showing a Canadian Mountie in full dress
also failed to meet reserve. Eight bids pushed it
to $2,850 and, considering the bullet hole in the
main image, that should have been close to the
correct price. The seller thought otherwise.
Here are a few pieces that did change hands:
EBAY #2113427040—TEXACO HANDY
OILER. First bid: $5. Number of bids: 12.
SOLD AT: $301.99. Date sold: 6/25/2002. On
the desirability scale,
Handy Oilers that are
oval rather than rectangular
sought after as they
are older. With
"Black T"—the color
of the outlined T in
the logo—items are
worth a premium as
they predate WWII.
This example had all
the pluses and appeared
to be in excellent
condition, but it
still sold for a song. A similar piece, in lesser
condition, sold at auction earlier this year for $715,
so this buyer is well ahead of the game.
PLATE ATACHMENT. First bid: $75. Number
of bids: 17. SOLD AT: $315.99. Date sold: 7/2/
2002. This Texaco
piece has the
"White T" in the
logo, which means
it was most likely
used in the 1950s.
License plate attachments
used to advertise
and just about
K. E. LINDSAY
everything else imaginable. Replaced by ubiquitous
tasteless bumper stickers, this is a case
where change is not necessarily beneficial. This
is one of the few Internet sales this month where
the expected price was exceeded and it is due to
condition and rarity. This is one of only a few
known to exist.
EBAY #2111978581—MOTOR SERVICE
CLUB CAR BADGE. First bid: $22. Number
of bids: 2. SOLD AT: $34. Date sold: 6/17/
2002. The Automobile
Club of America
(AAA) is the predominant
auto club in
the country, but in
the '20s and '30s
there were any number
that were attempting
to get established in
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sold: 6/7/2002. This one was acquired by SCM'er
Larry Honig and a few months ago had been
offered for sale by SCM's very own Michael
Sheehan for $149,900. It is a low-mileage example,
but burdened with a verde interior. To
top it off, Michael suggested, in a recent SCM
article (June 2002, "Sheehan Speaks," page 15),
that Maranellos were headed south and should
end up at the $125k level by the end of the year.
This again proves that SCM'ers are a brave lot
and often let their hearts rule their pocketbooks.
15" GLOBE. First bid: $9.99. Number of bids:
17. SOLD AT: $3,878. Date sold: 6/16/2002. It is
amazing that so many of
these glass globes from the
pre-war era survived.
Those with interesting
graphics are continuing to
command major dollars.
This was only one lens and
it was from an obscure
West Coast independent company. If anything,
the price paid was a little on the light side, as
prices for "picture globes" continue to escalate.
EBAY MOTORS #1842298572-1961
PORSCHE 356B CABRIOLET. First bid:
$22,500. Number of bids: 8. SOLD AT: $31,601.
Date sold: 7/14/2002. Assuming there are no
surprises when this 356 rolls off the delivery
truck, the new owner is in for a treat. The description
states that the engine was rebuilt a
few years ago and the rust-free body has benefited
from a respray. If it all rings true, it was
bought at a fair price and there should be no
regrets on either side of the transaction.•
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1936A.C. Coupe, 14KOriginal Miles
1968 Alfa Romeo GTVJr., Straight, Complete, Runs
1969 Alfa Romeo GTV, Driver
1969 Alfa Romeo GTV, Restored to Club Concours Specs
1974 Alfa Romeo 2000 Berlina, Webers
1981 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce, Brown
1999 Audi A6 Quatro, Silver/Black
1936 Austin 7 Roadster
1963 Austin London Taxi, Barn Find
1963 Bentley S
RIM, A Fine Example
1993 BMW 850Ci, Black/Black, 33K1VIiles
1937 Bugatti Type 57c Atalante Etc,couvrable
1974 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible
1967 Chrysler 300 Coupe, Great Original/New 440 V8
1939 Delage D6 Drophead 3.0, Figoni & Falaschi
1936 Delahaye 135 Labourdette 3-Position Drophead
1946 Delahaye 135 MS Gentleman's Racer
1952 Delahaye 235 Chapron, Former Pebble Beach Entrant ....
1950 Desoto Sedan, Older Restoration
1960 Dodge Pickup, 01' Yeller
1999 Dodge Viper RT/10, Hand-painted by Lassen
1964 Facel Vega Face! HI, Driver/Project
1966 Ferrari 330 GTS, Long-term Owner
1982 Ferrari 4001 A, Black, great driver
1950 Ford FI50 Pickup, Original
1950 Jaguar Mark V Drophead, 3.4 Litre
1959 Jaguar Mark I, Recent Partial Restoration
"We Covet the Rare and Unusual, Whether Pedigreed or Proletarian"
1961 Jaguar Markin, Custom Cabriolet, Project
1958 LanciaAureliaC,onvertible, 2.8/3C V-6 SSZ Motor
1965 Lancia Flaminia Super Sport Zagato, SeriesV
1972 Lancia Fulvia 7agato, 1600cc
1962 Land Rover, LHD, 88", Driver
1948Lincoln Continental Coupe
1964 Lincoln Continental, Loner
1931 Mercedes-Benz 370 Manheim Cabriolet
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupe, Black/Fitted Luggage
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, Ex-Paul O'Shea
1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 d, Ivory/Red, Restored
1967 Mercedes-Benz 250 SEb, Nice Driver
1969 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL, Nicely Restored
1968 MercuryMontego MXConvertible
2002 Mini Cooper, Several in Stock
1961 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 Convertible
1965 Pontiac TempestConvertible, 326
1957 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I, White
1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II, Rococo meets Tim Leary $25,500.00
1959 Rover, American Conversion, Sweetie Pie
1979 TransAm, Tired Project
1947Westem Fairliner Torpedo
Fully restored to Lake Tahoe specs
1947 Harco 40' Mahogany Pleasure Yacht
Twin 440s. Cruises AT 35 Ids. Art Deco head turner.
Very expensive when new.
1955 Chriscraft 29' Beautifid ex Tahoe Mahogany Speedboat $48,500.00
Twin Hercules 6 cyl. Small galley and head. Recent
re-fitting. Fascinating history.
1958 Richardson 41'
Formerly of the Miller Brewing family, hence its name
"High life". Very nice boat
PUR SANG DE ARGENTINA
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supercharger. Virtually all parts are interchangeable with original. Blindingly
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electric cars. Bugatti vices and spare parts. Experdycrafted and finished by our
brothers down south in the land of silver and metal crafting masters. Cosmopolitan
Motors LLC is proud to be the Exclusive Importer for Pur Sang in North
Expensive, extensive, eclectic collection of significant wines of Bordeaux,
Burgundy, California, Washington, Oregon, and Italy. Old vintages to recent
RECYCLED OLD GROWTH TIMBER
Hundreds of thousands of board feet of old growth Douglas Fir. Tongue
and groove, clear vertical grain with no nail holes. Eighty years old from
five hundred year old trees, also California Redwood, 2x4, 2x6, 4x6, 6x8,
3x12, perfect original condition, previously used in food production
never exposed to toxins or chemicals. Impossible to find on today's
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SAN ANTONIO/AUSTIN CLASSIC CAR AUCTION
Sept 28th - 29th, 2002 I New Braunfels, TX
Held at the Wursthalle
Over 300 Vehicles Expected!
Just Consigned -1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible,
283 V-8 with very rare dual 4's and
batwing air cleaner. Dual exhaust,
powerglide automatic, power top.
Very nice restoration. Super nice
paint, interior and chrome.
Complimenting white top.
Exceptional Results at Texas' Greatest Auction
This 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
"Fuelie" Convertible sold at
New Braunfels in March for
1970 Dodge Challenger Convertible
V-8, four speed, pistol grip, sure grip,
build sheet, B5 Blue with White interior.
Sold for $25,750
1932 Ford HiBoy
Roadster '32 Gibbons body, 400 small
block V-8 Chevy, 383 Stroker, 350 Trans,
9" Reared, 900 miles since rebuilt,
$35,000 Invested. SOLD for $33,250
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
Roadster. SOLD for $29,000
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OCT9BER 18, 19 & 20, 2002
We invite you to attend the
twentieth annual Branson Collector
Car Auction when we will offer a diverse
selection of three hundred antique, vintage,
classic and sports cars as well as customs and
street rods. Branson, Missouri is a destination
resort area catering to over 7,000,000 visitors annually
and provides our customers with a wide selection of
accommodations, dining, and entertainment
venues. Each sale day concludes at 6:00 P.M. to allow
participants time to enjoy the many attractions and to allow
us to provide the kind of service we feel our customers deserve.