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Corvette Fuelies 211 Cars Rated By Our Experts Sports CarMarket $9.3 Million Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Red Head 200 mph at the Isle of Man Art & Cars Follow the Money 1932 Alfa 8C 2300 $2.8m at Goodwood September 2007 www.sportscarmarket.com


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Sports CarMarket Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends September 2007 . Volume 19 . Number 9 44 The final Testa Rossa—1962 330 TRI/LM 64 Alfa 8C—Borzacchini was here 56 2.0—The ultimate 914 IN-DEPTH PROFILES What You Need To Know 44 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM Testa Rossa $9.3 million Le Mans winner breaks the bank at Maranello. Steve Ahlgrim 50 Aston Martin DB6 Mk II Volante Tastefully refined and fully worth the $852k pricetag. Steve Serio 54 1961 Facel Vega HK500 The French Bentley wins on style points Donald Osborne 56 1974 Porsche 914 2.0 Roadster At $24k, you have a lot of choices, so why this one? Jim Schrager 60 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Sport Coupe $104k for the first Camaro. One of them, anyway. Jim Pickering 64 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spyder Corto Italy's first supercar rules the Goodwood roost. Thor Thorson GLOBAL AUCTION COVERAGE 211 Cars Examined and Rated at Seven Sales 68 RM, Maranello, ITA Prancing Horses bring $45m in their home stable. Richard Hudson-Evans 80 Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MCO Ghia's XK 120 goes Supersonic at this $8.1m sale. Julian Shoolheifer 90 Mecum, Belvidere, IL A $26.5m tally, and it's a Duesenberg that leads the charge. B. Mitchell Carlson & Dan Grunwald 106 Christie's, Greenwich, CT Barn-find Bugatti brings $852k at this third annual event. Dave Kinney 118 Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, UK Aston continues its market climb as receipts total $4m. Julian Shoolheifer 126 MidAmerica, Blaine, MN Midwest muscle no-sales see results drop by half to $680k. B. Mitchell Carlsom 136 Bonhams & Butterfields, Half Moon Bay, CA Classic motorcycles total $803k at this first-time sale. Paul Duchene 142 eBay Motors Cover photograph: RM Auctions Cooler ways to be cool on on 17-Mile Drive. Geoff Archer


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42 Isle of Man—Death is no stranger here 144 Art and Cars—Who's buying what COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears Buy, sell, or hold? Keith Martin 36 Affordable Classic Lancia Beta, an Italian GT for the bottom feeder Rob Sass 38 Legal Files How to make lemonade when your car's a lemon John Draneas 48 Sheehan Speaks Ferrari's user-friendly 2+2s Michael Sheehan 52 English Patient Sunbeam's V8 bargain Gary Anderson 58 Porsche Gespräch Five 911s you should own Jim Schrager 62 Domestic Affairs Fuel injection secrets to keep your 'Vette rumbling Colin Comer 146 Motobilia Gas memorabilia at premium prices Carl Bomstead 150 Bike Buys Paso, the Ducati you CAN afford Paul Duchene 162 eWatch Cadillac sign sets the standard Carl Bomstead FEATURES 40 Small Wheels: The 1:12 World of Brooks Berdan 42 Isle of Man: Great Speed and Stone Walls New! DEPARTMENTS 12 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 14 The Inside Line 18 You Write, We Read: Crooks, Rallies, and Cougars 20 Display Advertisers Index 26 Neat Stuff: SL nirvana, accident insurance, dry interiors 30 In Miniature: Ferrari 330 TRI, Aston DB3S, Facel Vega HK500 32 Icons: Bell helmets, MG Mitten, Nardi wheels 34 Our Cars: 1969 Porsche 912, 1967 Jaguar XKE SI 4.2 Convertible, 1971 Mercury Cougar XR7 Convertible 37 20 Year Picture: Cosworth Vega, Fiat 124, Lancia Beta 96 Glovebox Notes: 2007 BMW Z4 Roadster 3.0i, 2007 Volkswagen Eos 2.0T 116 Alfa Bits: Spider 2000 140 Museum Spotlight: Volo Auto Museum 143 Fresh Meat: 2007 Jaguar XKR Convertible, 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe 2.5S, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Indy Pace Car 144 Automotive Investor: Big and Biggest: Cars and Art 152 Mystery Photo 153 Comments with Your Renewal 153 Wagon Ho! Colony Park comes home 154 Showcase Gallery 157 Crossword Puzzle 158 Resource Directory


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin Time to Buy, Sell, or Hold? I t's been nearly 25 years since we've seen prices like this in the sports and exotic market. As nearly everyone knows by now, RM came within just $500,000 of setting the record for the most expensive car ever to sell at auction at their Maranello sale, where the 330 TRI/LM, s/n 0808, brought $9,281,250. It is our cover car this month, and ably profiled by Steve Ahlgrim inside this issue. The previous high sale, long ago in 1987, was of a Bugatti Royale that brought $9,800,000. There is no doubt this price will be topped in the next few months—all it will take is the right lot coming to open market. The strength in values is consistent across the board for cars that embody the characteristics of a collectible: rarity, beauty, historical significance, and provenance. But unlike 1991, when garden-variety Ferraris like 328s and Testarossas were being snapped up for multiples of their MSRPs, collectors today are buying smart. New Ferraris of all stripes are depreciating like stones, while vintage cars are skyrocketing. This is as it should be. There are various schools of thought as to why the market is doing so well, but the one constant among them, and what sets 2007 apart from 1991, is that there is simply more money chasing the same number of collectible cars. This new money is coming from successful businessmen in countries with emerging economies, including Russia, China, and India. At the same time, the Euro continues to be very strong, making sales in America a bargain for Europeans. Muscle, Anyone? The muscle car market has continued to percolate along, with top cars like documented big-block Corvettes, bringing six-figure results as regularly as a clock chimes. At the same time, as we predicted earlier this year, clones and those odd ducks known as resto-rods and resto-mods have hit the wall. Just as buyers of sports and exotics have gotten smarter over the years, and are demanding “real cars” when they are putting up real money, muscle car collectors have had a collective “wake up and smell the Hemi” moment. Especially with American cars, which are so easily cloned from base models into imitations of limited-production exotic ones, having bulletproof paperwork that shows beyond a doubt that a car is what it claims to be is critically important to value. Ferrari hasn't let this need for documentation go unnoticed. In a very shrewd move in terms of protecting brand heritage, Ferrari's founding of the Ferrari Classiche Program has let them have a large degree of control over the presentation of their past product. According to those who attended the RM sale in Maranello, there was no greater assurance of correctness and history than having a Ferrariproduced Certificate of Authenticity. Further, the ability and willingness of the factory to cast properly-numbered replacement blocks (for a hefty price, of course) means those rare Ferraris that have been languishing value-wise because of incorrect engines can now be made whole, with the blessing of the factory. For American cars, we have Galen Govier for Mopars, and the Marti Report for Fords, as well as NCRS and Bloomington Gold for Corvettes. As an aside, wouldn't it be interesting if the manufacturers themselves decided their heritage was worth protecting, and developed a factory certification program for Ford, GM, and Chrysler? If SCM had the choice between a factory-recast block, provided with official documentation, for 10 More exclusive than a private jet our 1963 Sting Ray, as opposed to a slightly shady “restoration restamp,” there's no question which path we would take. Looking Forward During the next six months, we predict that blue chip muscle will give up a little of its strength, perhaps 10%, but with continued demand for top-rated, documented cars. Lesser cars and fakes, which are already proving to be a difficult sale, will become even tougher to find buyers for. Part of the reason for this market adjustment is there is simply no overseas interest in American muscle; while the continued growth in global wealth may increase pressure on European exotics, it has no discernible effect on American cars. As for Ferraris and the like, we don't believe we've seen the end of the price gains. There is simply too much demand for too few cars. Even at the very bottom of the 12-cylinder food chain, the relatively primitive 250 GTE, a $60,000 car in restored condition for the past twenty years, has now become a $160,000 car in the U.S., and the $200,000 that one made in Maranello didn't surprise. At the same time, as our own Mike Sheehan writes in this issue, 456 GTs have fallen to $75,000, and show no signs of being caught up in the price surge of the older cars. Buyers are simply too savvy today to be fooled into thinking anything modern, built serially, has any hope of going up in value. Should You Buy or Sell? So is it a time to buy or sell? Assuming you are not a dealer (and if you are, you are buying and selling all the time, and making your money by timing the market correctly), it all comes down to what else you would do with the money, or the car. In general, no one buying a $3 million Ferrari SWB needs to finance it; cash deals are the norm. Which means that whether the $3 million car goes to $6 million or drops to $1 million, it's won't significantly affect the net worth of the new owner. Furthermore, the upward pressure on the market for blue-chip collectibles is not going to ease up in the next few years. There is simply too much new wealth being created around the world, and this new wealth is chasing the symbols of accomplishment and stature, as the freshly-minted rich so often do. So if you can afford a top-quality exotic, and if you want one and entrée to the events and camaraderie that go with it, go ahead and buy it. After all, it's easier to write the check to put a $35m private jet in your hangar than it is to get invited to the next 250 GTO reunion. For the seller, it can be a different proposition. While there are fewer long-term owners of exotics every day, nonetheless from time to time we do come across enthusiasts who paid $25,000 for their 275 GTB/4 many years ago. Getting $1m might change their lives. In that case, I wouldn't try to outguess the market, but would sell the car in the near future. Further, capital gains taxes are unlikely to remain at their current historically low rates forever, meaning a seller can keep more of his newfound booty in his pocket. Finally, in 1991, I watched numerous arrogant owners of Ferraris (and Astons) decide they were going to wring every last penny out of their suddenly-valuable steeds, and when the market collapsed quickly, they were left with cars instead of money, and all of their greedily-made plans went up in smoke. If selling your long-held car will let you move on to do other things with your life, then now is the time to act.u Sports Car Market


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Column Author Crossing the Block Jim Pickering held at his classic car dealership, the Classical Gas Station. A 1929 Ford Model A coupe, a 1950 Mercury Club coupe, a 1963 Corvette Split-Window, a 1967 Chevrolet Malibu convertible, and a 1963 Studebaker Avanti will be featured among many other cars, rare parts, and collectibles. 1959 Cadillac at RM Silver Auctions—Sun Valley Auction Where: Sun Valley, ID When: September 1–2 More: www.silverauctions.com Last Year: 86 cars sold / $1.5m This annual Labor Day weekend sale will take place at the five-star Sun Valley resort, located at nearly 6,000 feet above sea level in Idaho's Wood River Valley. Vintage, classic, sports, and exotic cars will be divided into four categories, with untouched original, restored, neo-classic, and fully customized cars of all sorts available to the highest bidder. Bonhams—Beaulieu International Autojumble Where: Hampshire, UK When: September 8 More: www.bonhams.com Last Year: 47 cars sold / $1.1m Bonhams's sale at the Beaulieu Autojumble is one of the most prestigious events on the company's calendar, and this year's line-up of consignments will feature several cars from the estate of Arthur Jeddere Fisher. His well-known VSCC event car 1921 Vauxhall 30-98 E-type, acquired from a jetty in Iran in 1951, will be available, as well as a 1929 Morgan-JAP Aero Sports he bought as a basket-case in 1971. Kruse International—The E. Howard Brandon Collection Where: Murray, KY When: September 14–16 More: www.kruse.com An outstanding collection of low-mileage mint-condition original cars, the E. Howard Brandon collection will feature plenty of classics offered at no reserve. Expect to see a 1937 Master Deluxe 2-dr hard top, a 1959 Crosley coupe, a 1913 Ford Model T touring, a 1962 GMC shortbed pickup, a 1962 Nash Metropolitan, and a 1958 Pontiac 12 Star Chief 4-dr sedan among the consignments. Silver Auctions—Classical Gas Station Auction Where: Eaton, CO When: September 15 More: www.silverauctions.com Over 500 pieces of automo- bilia will be offered alongside 150 cars at this no-reserve sale of Verne Leyendecker's estate, RM Auctions—The Fawcett Movie Cars Where: Whitby, Ontario, CAN When: September 15–16 More: www.rmauctions.com RM's sale of Ron Fawcett's movie car collection will feature star-studded examples of classics ranging from the 1920s through the 1980s, including a 1925 Hupmobile roadster used in the movie “Chicago,” a 1925 Lincoln 7-passenger limousine that appeared in “Cinderella Man,” a 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville featured in the movie “Truth, Auction Calendar All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm dates and locations before attending any event. Email auction info to: jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com. August 4—RM Rochester, MI 9-12—SILVER Reno, NV 11—COYS Nürburg, DEU 11-12—CODDINGTON Pomona, CA 16—CHRISTIE'S Monterey, CA 16-18—RUSSO AND STEELE Monterey, CA 17—BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS Carmel, CA 17—KRUSE Monterey, CA 17-18—RM Monterey, CA 18—CHEFFINS Harrogate, UK 18-19—GOODING & COMPANY Pebble Beach, CA 24-25—CARLISLE Carlisle, PA 26—ICA Deadwood, SD 30-SEPT 4—KRUSE Auburn, IN 31—BONHAMS Sussex, UK September 1-2—SILVER Sun Valley, ID 3—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 8—BONHAMS Hampshire, UK 8—KRUSE Edmonton, CAN 9—COYS Warwickshire, UK 10-11—BARONS Surrey, UK 14-16—KRUSE Murray, KY 15—ICA Sioux Falls, SD 15-16—RM Ontario, CAN 15—SILVER Eaton, CO 21-22—CLASSIC AUTOMOBILE AUCTIONS OF AMERICA Fredericksburg, TX 22—MIDAMERICA Blaine, MN 28-29—KRUSE Little Rock, AR 28-29—SANTIAGO Tulsa, OK 30—ARTCURIAL Le Mans, FRA October 5-6—CARLISLE Carlisle, PA 5-6—CLASSIC AUTOMOBILE AUCTIONS OF AMERICA Biloxi, MS 5-6—MIDAMERICA St. Paul, MN 5-7—MECUM St. Charles, IL 6—SILVER Spokane, WA 6—THE SPORTSCAR AUCTION Geneva, CHE 9-10—H&H Duxford, UK 11—BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS Hershey, PA Sports Car Market 11-13—KRUSE Hershey, PA 12—RM Hershey, PA 13—BONHAMS & GOODMAN Sydney, AUS 14—ARTCURIAL Osenat, FRA 19-20—COX Branson, MO 19-21—RM Toronto, CAN 20—CHEFFINS Sutton, UK 20—ICA Louisville, KY 20—SILVER Portland, OR 21—BONHAMS Staffordshire, UK 21—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 22-23—BARONS Surrey, UK 31—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, UK Justice, & The American Way,” and a rare 1931 Auburn 8-98 convertible coupe equipped with a rumble seat and a Lycoming V8. Classic Automobile Auctions of America—Fredericksburg 2007 Where: Fredericksburg, TX When: September 21–22 More: www.classicaaa.com Held in conjunction with Kruse International, the 66th Semi-Annual Hill Country Classic at the FBG Event Center will feature over 250 classic and muscle cars. Chief among them will be a completely restored 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, a 1970 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler SJ with special-order paint and a Super Cobra Jet 429, a 1970 1/2 Pontiac Trans Am Ram Air III, and a 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible that has had a complete nut-and-bolt restoration.u


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Inside Line Stefan Lombard Send your news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com. n Automotive artist Harold Cleworth's 1975 painting “Pink Fin” will be auctioned at Gooding & Company's Pebble Beach sale on Saturday, August 18. The famous painting, which has been part of a private collection for 20 years, depicts the tail of a 1959 Cadillac, and is recognized as a pioneering piece in the modern automotive art movement. (CA) Events n Don't miss the Kirkland Callaway C16 coupe News n Since 1987, Reeves Callaway has partnered with Chevrolet to build turbocharged and supercharged versions of America's sports car. The company recently unveiled its newest Corvette supercar, the C6-based C16, which celebrates the 20-year partnership between Callaway and Chevrolet. The 206-mph custom is available as either coupe or cabriolet, and can be ordered with an optional 616 hp. “I saw our first Corvette project as a way to show American cars in a new light,” said Callaway from his operation in Old Lyme, Connecticut. “We were glad to work with Corvettes then and are thrilled to be associated with the legendary brand 20 years later.” The package starts at $71,680, plus the $45,000 cost of a C6 donor car. www .callawaycars.com. (CT) n Coker Tire and the Great Race will present the second annual Coker Tire Challenge scheduled for September 21 through 23. The Coker Tire Challenge is a three-day “regional” rally, based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and is open to automobiles of any era. www.cokertirechallenge.com. (TN) 14 Concours d'Elegance, held September 6–9 on the shores of Seattle's Lake Washington at Carillon Point. Make a weekend of it and drive in the Tour d'Elegance or the Century of Motoring Caravan, which will test the mettle of centenarian wheels through the beautiful scenery of the Cascades. Publisher Martin will once again MC, along with actor/collector Edward Herrmann. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for kids 7–17. www .kirklandconcours.com. (WA) n From September 7 to 9, in Malvern, Pennsylvania, the 100 Motor Cars of Radnor Hunt will honor Pierce-Arrow, Classic Coupes, cars of the Mille Miglia, and Velocette Motorcycles. The weekend will feature a Welcome BBQ, Black Tie Gala, and VIP Luncheon. Tickets are $25, and proceeds benefit the Willistown Conservation Trust and the Thorncroft equestrian center. www.radnorconcours.org (PA) n The Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles, held from September 14 to 16, is a collection of over 200 invitationonly vehicles, from Edwardians and Full Classics to sports cars, muscle cars, and motorcycles. This year's event pays tribute to Cadillac—Standard of the World, 100 years of Alternative Fuel Vehicles, the 1932 Ford, and an eclectic mix of vintage travel trailers. Edward Herrmann will serve as Grand Marshall. All events except the Countryside Tour are open to the public. www .glenmoorgathering.com. (OH) n More than 120 classic cars and motorcycles will grace the Fairfield County Gold Coast Concours d'Elegance on September 16, which this year takes place at a new venue—the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, Connecticut. The concours will honor the machines of Japan, and several notable representative cars will be on hand, including the Toyota 2000GT, Datsun 240Z, and various rotary-powered Mazdas. Also expect to see former Pebble Beach winners and an exhibit celebrating Maserati's Formula One history. Single tickets are $20, with family tickets priced at $40. www.fairfieldcountygoldcoastconcours.com. (CT) n The countdown in millisec- onds (literally, on the web site) has begun to the 14th Corvette Funfest, which takes place September 21–23 on the grounds of Mid America Motorworks in Effingham, Illinois. The weekend is regarded as the largest gathering of Corvettes in the world, with more than 14,000 showing up to shine in the sun last year. Look for the ultracustom 1973 Stingray from the movie “Corvette Summer,” sit in on a seminar with George Barris, and shake your tail with Three Dog Night. All the weekend's activities are free. www.mamotorworks.com. (IL)u Event Calendar Aug 31-Sept 1 Rolex Vintage Festival (CT) www.generalracing.com 1-2 Historic American Cup (NLD) www.historicamericancup.com 1-2 European Concours (DEU) www.oldtimergala.de 2 Steamworks Concours (CAN) www.steamworks.com 2 Rocky Mountain Concours (CO) www.rmconcours.com 6-9 Kirkland Concours (WA) www.kirklandconcours.com 7-9 Radnor Hunt Concours (PA) www.radnorconcours.org 9 Chico Concours (CA) www.chicoconcours.com 13-15 Autoclassica (ARG) www.autoclassic.com.br 14-16 Barrington Concours (IL) www.barringtonconcours.org 14-16 Glenmoor Gathering (OH) www.glenmoorgathering.com 15-16 Palos Verdes Concours (CA) www.pvconcours.com 16 Buckingham Auto Show Concours (PA) www.buckinghamautoshow.org 16 Dayton Concours (OH) www.daytonconcours.com 16 Fairfield County Gold Coast Concours (CT) www.fairfieldcountygoldcoastconcours.com 21-23 Corvette Funfest (IL) www.mamotorworks.com 21-23 Concours de Graylin (NC) www.concoursdegraylin.com 28-30 St. Michaels Concours (MD) www.stmichaelsconcours.com 1936 Cadillac V16 Aerodynamic Coupe at Glenmoor Gathering Sports Car Market


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Sports Car Market Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 V.P. Business Development/General Counsel Rob Sass rob.sass@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 214 Art Director Kirsten Onoday kirsten.onoday@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Executive Editor Paul Duchene paul.duchene@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Managing Editor Stefan Lombard stefan.lombard@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Auction Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Copy Editors Yael Abel, Kristen Hall-Geisler, Bill Neill Senior Auction Analysts Dave Kinney, Richard Hudson-Evans (Europe), B. Mitchell Carlson Auction Analysts Daniel Grunwald, John Clucas (Australia), Norm Mort (Canada), Joe Severns Contributing Editors Steve Ahlgrim (Ferrari), Gary Anderson (English), Carl Bomstead (Automobilia), Colin Comer (Muscle Cars), John Draneas (Legal), Donald Osborne (Etceterini), Jim Schrager (Porsche), Michael Sheehan (Ferrari), Thor Thorson (Race Cars) Contributors John Apen, Diane Brandon, Miles Collier, Kathy Donohue, Raymond Milo, Steve Serio, Martin Emmison (U.K.) Information Technology/Internet Bryan Wolfe bryan.wolfe@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 215 Controller Jimmy Carter jimmy.carter@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 205 Financial Manager Nikki Nalum nikki.nalum@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Strategic Planner Bill Woodard Executive Producer, SCM Television Roger Williams Editorial Assistant Jennifer Davis jennifer.davis@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 209 ADVERTISING Advertising Sales Cindy Meitle cindy.meitle@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605, ext. 262 Cody Wilson cody.wilson@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 ext. 213 Sales and Marketing Coordinator Valarie Huston valarie.huston@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605, ext. 211 SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions Coordinator Nikki Nalum nikki.nalum@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 ext. 207 To order new subscriptions 800.289.2819 Questions about current supscriptions 877.219.2605, ext. 207, service@sportscarmarket.com, fax 503.253.2234 www.sportscarmarket.com CORRESPONDENCE Fax 503.253.2234 General P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 FedEx/DHL/UPS 401 NE 19th, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232 The information in Sports Car Market magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy, and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2007 by Sports Car Market, Inc., Automotive Investor Media Group and Automotive In- vestor in this format and any other used by Sports Car Market magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. PRINTED IN USA 16 Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com Guilty, guilty, guilty In regards to comments made in the article about the Peter Brotman fraud case (July, “Fraud Case Deposits Dealer in Prison,” p. 42), perhaps I didn't understand what was written. It appears he sold cars he did not own and kept the money, to the tune of $1.2m. There were additional frauds committed for other amounts. What baffles me are the comments in the last paragraphs of the article. First is his attorney attempt- ing to justify his actions because he “did not prey on the unsophisticated consumer” or those “not knowledgeable in the collector car trade.” I fail to see how this offers any sort of defense at all. When you ask someone to sell something for you, shouldn't you expect actually to receive the money for the item, regardless of your level of sophistication or business savvy? But I suppose he has to make some sort of defense for his client, even if it is a lame attempt. More shocking to me, however, are the statements of dealers who were sympathetic to him. Cited were “a fluctuating market...” and “errors in judgment...” What on earth does any of that have to do with anything? If you sell the car, you take your commission and forward the rest of the money. A fluctuating market is irrelevant. It is one thing for car to have been sold for less than expected, but what we are talking about here is that he sold the car and kept ALL of the money. Any dealer who thinks that is okay should have his name printed in bold type in this publication so that we all can avoid doing business with him. As for “errors in judgement,” that's just a PC way of saying “crime.” Finally, as for the dealer who said $1.8m is not worth five years of someone's life, apparently he fails to understand that the idea of punishment is A) to discourage the person from doing it again, B) to discourage others from doing it, and C) to make the action not worth taking. As it is, this breaks down to $360,000 per year. In my book, he got off light. If any dealer believes it is 18 Brotman lost a large amount of money. It is that, judging from his guilty plea and your account of his actions, he turned to lying, cheating, and stealing to cover his losses. This distinction is far more important than any automotive detail or appraisal. The stories in your publica- tion in which high ethical standards figure prominently, such as Christie's postponed sale of the Auto Union Silver Arrow over questions of provenance, indicate there is an editorial appreciation of the importance of high integrity in people, organizations, and vehicles. So where was it in the If any dealer believes it is alright to sell a car on consignment and keep all the money, he is seriously morally challenged, which is to say, as crooked as a snake alright to sell a car on consignment and keep all the money, he is seriously morally challenged, which is to say as crooked as a snake. I hope the next time you send cars to auction, the auction house keeps all of the proceeds. After all, you are not unsophisticated and are knowledgeable in the collector car trade, so that must make it okay. Right?—Bob Greene, Phoenix, AZ Regarding your July article on Peter Brotman, I am repulsed by the claims made in his defense. He most certainly preyed on unsophisticated, vulnerable consumers, and there were many more victims than his indictment mentions. The claim that a similar fate can befall anyone trading in a fluctuating market also disgusts me. Since 2002, when the frauds listed in his indictment began, the market has only been rising. Plus, it takes a seriously criminal mind to steal so much money. Brotman is a scary psychopath. And any classic car dealer who sympathizes with this bum is even scarier. As a service to all your honest subscribers, please print their names, so we know who to avoid.—Robert Johnson, Philadelphia, PA SCM had fast been reach- ing a status as my favorite car magazine until last month, when I read Paul Duchene's article on Peter Brotman. I don't think I have ever been so dismayed by such a publication. Much of the pleasure of SCM is in the minute distinctions you make, whether it's an incorrect air cleaner sticker or a poorly masked respray. Invariably, these involve value judgments. Shame on the owner of the overpriced Vega wagon! But when it comes to Mr. Brotman, a confessed, convicted felon, a thief of millions of dollars in money and property, no one can come up with a negative word. One of your interviewees describes Brotman's actions as a “mistake,” and the author says that many of your writers sympathize with this character. An anonymous dealer states, “I don't think $1.8 million is worth losing five years of your life.” Have all of you taken leave of your senses? The problem is not that Brotman story? Journalistic balance would suggest getting a quote from, say, one of the many people victimized by Brotman, not just from his apologists. An editorial comment wouldn't have been out of place. “Some of us like the guy and we wish him the best in this very tricky business. But we condemn his choice to turn to crime rather than to legitimate bankruptcy procedures.” Without some indication of this sort, it begins to seem as though authenticity for this magazine is a material fetish but not really an ethical stance. I don't believe that it is the case, but after so much discussion of many very small judgment calls, surely a few more words on this very large one are in order. Your magazine has been exemplary in so many ways, but your further comments on this issue will affect my potential interest as a continuing reader. I hope that others of your readers share my concerns.—Charles L. Rosenblum, Pittsburgh, PA Keith Martin responds: The court has already found Brotman guilty as charged, and SCM simply reported on the crime and its punishment. We felt no need to solicit quotes from the victims; Brotman's incarceration was evidence enough they had been wronged. 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You Write We Read shipper of automobiles to these events worldwide, I promise to be more vigilant and outspoken when an owner asks us to ship his car to an unknown event. Believe me.—Martin E. Button San Francisco, CA English retrospective Gary Anderson's story on The 2000 may not have been a sports car, but it was a sporty drive from Denver up to Steamboat Springs. It was comfortable and unique, and I am still hooked on the concept of ‘more smiles per mile' needed information, they admitted the event had failed and they pulled the plug. This was just one week before the Lufthansa cut-off to cancel the charter, which was to load half the cars in Chicago and the other half in San Francisco before taking off directly to Madrid. The duo blamed the loss of their venue as the reason it failed, but I cannot believe this is completely true, and am sure that if everything was lined up except the venue, they would have found another place to hold the event. A park or somewhere. Of course, as in the Hong Kong fiasco, most of the entry money had been spent. I have been told that the 16 entrants who paid their entry fee will get €700 ($950) back with a faint hope of more if some mysterious law suits against various parties in Spain succeed. I wouldn't hold my breath on that one, fellas. I do not believe Hornig, Rott, or L'Homme and Dorado started out with the intent of defrauding anyone. I think they all had the best of intentions, initially. But where I do hold them at fault is their timing of the decision to cancel their respective events. They all knew, in my opinion, 22 long before they pulled their respective plugs, that they were doomed to failure. They really failed to act responsibly and continued to lead their entrants down the garden path long after the “writing was on the wall,” costing the entrants dearly in the process. There are many great car events in the world today, and I strongly urge SCM readers to continue enjoying them. I have participated in the Mille Miglia and the California Mille several times each, the Millas Sport Argentina more than ten times now, the Carrera PanAmericana and the Ecurie Ecosse rallies, and my wife and I annually do the Brighton Run, the oldest car event in the world. They are all great fun. As an avid rallier and concours frequenter myself, I must admit I have never over the years looked seriously at the reality of whether an event will actually take place at all. It is taken for granted that if you send your money, the event happens. But from this year on, I will certainly look more closely when entering an event that does not have a solid track record and known organizers. And as a the 1949 Triumph 2000 roadster (May, “English Patient,” p. 50) brought back great memories for me; I coveted that car when I attended Industrial Design & Architecture school, and I seriously envied one of my classmates who had one way back then in 1958. I have since owned two of them. The last was a major restoration project when I was living in Denver. It may not have been a sports car, but it was a sporty drive from Denver up to the higher altitude of Steamboat Springs, where it won a second place ribbon in the Colorado Concours. It was comfortable and unique, and I am still hooked on the concept of “more smiles per mile.”—Burt Richmond, Chicago, IL You shoulda had a Z8 Your disdain for the BMW Z8 as a collectible exotic sports car has always been clear, but despite being lumped together with most other modern exotics, which experience precipitous declines in value shortly after being produced, the Z8's value is going in the opposite direction. Evidence of its special nature was available as early as 2003, the last year of production, when it was declared to have the best five-year residual value of any car in production by the editors at Edmunds. More recently, according to Paul Hardiman, reporting in the June issue of Octane magazine, prices for used Z8s in Europe have risen to virtually the same level they sold for when new. Name another supercar of that vintage which can boast the same performance? Perhaps it's time for you to rethink your position on the limited-production, hand-built Z8, which represents the high water mark for BMW design with its beautiful Henrik Fisker-penned aluminum body.—Bruce Jodar, Bozeman, MT Keith Martin responds: I reviewed a Z8 for the New York Times, and found it a thoroughly enjoyable high-performance roadster. However, BMW has never been in the business of building two-seat convertible supercars, so the Z8 has no historical lineage (no matter how hard their PR flacks may try to connect it with the 507—an attempt as futile as that of DaimlerChrysler's to connect Maybachs old and new, or of VW to associate their new Bugatti with the authentic ones. What is it about the Germans and instant heritage, anyway?) As far as their values, I just checked eBay and there were three Z8s listed, ranging in price from $85,000 to $105,000, which indeed reflects a high percentage Perhaps it's time for you to rethink your position on the limited-production, hand-built Z8 Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read about their cars, so you might just make a new friend in the process. 3. Always—and I mean always—look at the car yourself or have someone you trust such as a knowledgeable friend or local club member look at the car for you. 4. One of my secrets is if I By my calculations, the cost to upgrade the 512 BB from 340 hp to 471 hp came out to a little over $38 for each extra horse gained. That is an excellent bargain of value retention compared to their 2003 MSRP of around $130,000. However, it is SCM's position that the Z8, with 5,000 built, with no distinguishing mechanical characteristics (they are, after all, essentially rebodied 7-series sedans), and no performance heritage whatsoever, will never be first-tier, or even second-tier collectibles. They are a great drive, and a stylish package, and will never be any more—or less—than that. Fast money As a past automotive machine shop worker and then owner and current Mercedes restorer, I enjoyed Michael Sheehan's p. 52 article in the July issue (“Sheehan Speaks”). I would like to offer a variation on the article's teaser, which ends, “...and speed costs money. How fast do you want to go?” Our shop mantra was “Speed costs money, how fast can you afford to go?” A variation on that theme cropped up when a customer wanted to bore and stroke a block and make it bigger. We said “Sure, cubic inches cost cubic dollars; how many can you afford?” It would be fun to hear other variations on the theme of gaining horsepower. I hope others write in with their sound bites. 24 I would like to add that the cost of upgrading the 512 BB from 340 hp to 471 hp apparently only cost an extra $5k over the normal rebuild cost. My calculations say that is a little over $38 for each extra horse gained. That is an excellent bargain.—Will Samples, S&S Imports, Dallas, TX Online lessons learned What a great article on p. 40 of the July issue (“Cougar Club Saves the Day”), and a great example of doing things right. It reminded me of my first buying experience of a high-dollar car over the Internet. I was not as fortunate (nor as smart) as your reader in this instance. In December 2004, there was a car for sale from a Florida dealer (who shall remain nameless). I sent an email asking questions about the car. It was claimed to be a low-mileage original. The seller insisted on talking on the phone. He came off as a best friend-type of salesman. He said he was a doctor who liked to sell cars from his museum on occasion. He also told me I was very fortunate to be getting this car. Once I committed, he was in a very big rush to be paid, which should have raised a flag or two. When the car arrived, needless to say, it had loads of undisclosed and misrepresented problems. Six months and tens of thousands of dollars later, the car was getting close to the as-represented condition. I consider the dollars well spent, as any education is expensive. I have learned several lessons from this and I now never deviate from them. 1. I will not buy a car on eBay from anyone with less than 98% feedback. I won't get into the math, but a 97.9 feedback rating means a lot more than 3% of the buyers are dissatisfied (think back to your undergrad stats class). In this case, the seller had numerous rescinded feedbacks where he had worked out a settlement with angry buyers. 2. Join the club or talk to an active club member before buying. Club folks make their cars their life and know every nuance about them. In many instances, they will know the exact car, as I found out with my purchase after joining the club some two months after receiving the car. Certain clubs such as those for Ferrari or Shelby have detailed registries on every car known. The few dollars a year to be a member will pay back in spades. And they love talking really want the car and I can't get someone there for some reason, I will Google a local photographer in the town of the seller and ask them to shoot it. The $500 or so to hire the photographer will at least give you very good quality high resolution and untouched images of the car. Photographers typically have several lenses and can even photograph the smallest number stampings and such. This has worked for me on several occasions, and the investment, even if it means the deal does not move forward, is very much worth it.—John Lyons, West Hartford, CT Errata On p. 82 of our July coverage of the Gene Ponder Collection sold by RM (“Market Reports”), we incorrectly assessed lot 2242, a 1974 Ferrari 246 GTS Dino. The car was far from original, and the report should have read: “Decent repaint, brightwork OK. Interior finished in incorrect colors, mouse fur on dash worn out. Non-original steering wheel, shift knob, and stereo fitted. Aftermarket speakers installed in doors. Engine clean, but not exceptional. Knock-off Borranis and inner fender shields added. “In the not too distant past, Dinos of this vintage were mostly ignored by Ferrari collectors. Their appreciation over the last few years is likely a nod to their superb handling and balanced character. This example was far from perfect—or correct—but it still made an over-the-top price.” It has been updated on the web as SCM# 44863. u Sports Car Market


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Stuff Neat Stuff Neat by Stefan Lombard WHAT YOU NEED AND HOW TO GET IT Because a car accident can occur anywhere and at anytime, there is nothing better than being prepared for one. To that end, DocuDent is an accident documentation kit small enough to store in your glovebox, but complete enough to get all the facts before the situation turns into a case of “He said, she said.” The DocuDent kit includes a camera with flash, relevant accident documentation instructions and forms, measuring tape, flashlight, pen, and a whistle. Using the kit following an accident could go a long way toward preventing insurance fraud, which today totals about $39 billion a year. DocuDent is endorsed by countless police organizations, Homeland Security, and insurance groups like Allstate, Farmers, Countrywide, and more. As a convenient safety net for a difficult time, its $15 price tag can't be beat. www.docudentusa.com. Mercedes enthusiasts should check out www.ourSL.com, the world's largest online Mercedes-Benz SL community. The site is a clearing- house of information on all things SL, from the first Gullwing to the newest SLR McLaren. It features forums where you'll find discussions with 6,800 current users, as well as hundreds of detailed articles covering every car in the SL family. Browse classifieds of nearly 475 SLs for sale, plus all the parts that make them go, and dive into their extensive database for the answers to just about any SL question you might have. Nearly 30,000 people visit the site monthly, and unrestricted access to its most esoteric regions is only $49 per year—certainly worth the price if you're in the market for an SL. www.ourSL.com. The California Car Cover company now has covers for you. With its vintage-designed T-shirts for your inner rebel, you can show off with pride the hot rod shop or motorcycle club you wish you belonged to. All the shirts and apparel are 100% pre-shrunk cotton, and there are over half a dozen different brands and lines from which to choose. The Phantom Hot Rod, Motor Cult, and Wicked Quick lines offer several replicas of vintage car club shirts, like the Throttlers and Asphalt Assault Association designs. If hot rod shop logos are more your style, check out two of the most famous—Mooneyes and the So-Cal Speed Shop. Over a dozen Mooneyes and So-Cal Speed Shop designs are available from Cal Car Cover. All T-shirts start at $20. www.calcarcover.com. Fall is just around the corner and with it the kind of weather that could spell disaster for your collector car if not stored properly. It doesn't take much moisture to ruin a car's interior, a lesson SCM learned last year with its moldy 911SC. Enter Griot's Garage. With its Compact Heating Rods for keeping your ride dry and free of moisture, and its aptly named Stinky-Be-Gone odor absorption system, you don't have to worry about your car's interior when you're not around. The 19-inch Compact Heating Rod plugs into any outlet, sits just off the floor of your car, and eliminates dampness, mildew, condensation, and humidity by maintaining a nice ambient temperature. To eliminate musty air, food, and even gasoline odors in your closed car, place a two-pound bag of Stinky-Be-Gone under the seat. The bag of porous volcanic rock contains Zeolite, an odor-neutralizing mineral that will last forever. Compact Heating Rods are $40, while the Stinky-Be-Gone will set you back $15 for a single bag, or $40 for three. www.griotsgarage.comu 26 Sports Car Market


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In Miniature Marshall Buck Chinese TRIs, Rare Facels, and Moss's Aston The rest of the “what's wrong” list could fill several pages, but if I owned an HK500—or any Facel Vega—I'd be happy to shell out the $20 to $40 required SCM welcomes model expert Marshall Buck. His column will offer a schooled perspective on models, pointing out the strengths and weaknesses of various offerin 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI This is a 1:24-scale hand-built model of the 1962 Le Ma winning Ferrari 330 TRI from Q-Models. It is a curbside model, meaning a static model with no opening panels. This piece is not perfect; some body areas are mildly inaccurate, the windshield frame is replicated incorrectly with black paint, and the wheels should have been painted silver That being said, the detail level is high and the piece as a wh is well done. When these were new ten years ago, kits sold for around $ factory-builts brought well over $600. Unfortunately, both are long out of production and are now nearly impossible to find. Undoubtedly, you are asking why I would tempt you with an unobtanium model. Well, due sometime in fall 2007 is a new release of the TRI in 1:24 scale from Red Line Models. I've seen a preproduction sample of their 250 TR 61 model, due around the same time, and it looks promising, with a few inconsistencies that will hopefully be corrected before production. Each will be made of resin, metal, and many photoetched detail parts—the same formula as the Q-Models piece—and both will be unlimited production runs built in China of anywhere from 1,000 to 6,000. Despite being neither rare nor limited, each should be a worthy addition to any Ferrari or Le Mans collection. Expect to pay around $195 each. Available from: 800.249.3763; info@ 1956 Aston Martin DB3S This is a future r from Island Collecti of the factory-campaigned 1956 Aston Martin DB3S. This highly detailed 1:24 scale curbside mode made of resin and ph parts and will be ava end of the year as bo Shown here is ch Collins and Stirling actually that of DB3 cession on the body as is the cockpit, with correct switch gear and legible dash gauges. Though production numbers are not finalized, a previous run of just 15 hand-builts and 50 kits is a good indication they'll be hard to come by. Expect kit prices for this American-made model to be about $160, with the hand-built somewhere from $700 to $900. If you've got to have one, order soon or they may be gone in the blink of an eye... again. Available from: Island Collectibles, Inc., 329 Maryland Ave, Massapequa Park, NY 11762; 516.795.3020; ed427vette@aol.com; www.islandcollectibles.net MARSHALL BUCK is the founder of Creative Miniature Associates (www .cmamodels.com). He has been involved with high-end automotive miniatures since 1982 as a collector, model maker, manufacturer, and broker. He wrote a featured model column for Vintage Motorsport magazine from 1988 to 1999. 30 Sports Car Market Facel Vega HK500 Any model in any scale of any Facel Vega is tough to find. In the past there have been a few produced in 1:43 scale, and most of those were of the Facel Vega II. The piece shown here, one of over 3,000 produced by Sun Star, is available in four colors—blue, silver, black, and cream. I'd put this one under the heading “Good News/ Bad News.” Good in that there is actually a model of the HK500, it is larger than 1:43, it's clear what it is, and ably priced at $20 to $40. Bad in that just by t it, the lack of accuracy in shape and detail . Some proportions are way off, the lack of tail is substantial, and the same can be said erior. It's a model best displayed with all sed. y sample (kindly loaned to me) was dressed st a bit by its owner, with front grilles led in a light wash of black paint. That was a quick and simple area to address and makes r a big improvement over the stock, fully omed grilles. The rest of the “what's wrong” ould fill several pages, but if I owned an 0—or any Facel Vega—I'd be happy to shell e $20 to $40 required. Though they are out of n, many dealers still have some in stock, and e also available on eBay, so you should have ble finding one. ble from: Die Cast Cars, 5108 South State Road 7, Hollywood, FL 33314; 866.314.6523; info@diecastcars.tv; www.diecastcars.tv


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Icons MG Mittens, Nardi Steering Wheels, Bell Helmets Mittens, Wheels, and Head Buckets Despite automakers' best efforts to fill their cars with ugly steering wheels, Nardi ensured that graceful, elegant wheels weren't hard to come by by Rob Sass MG Mitten Ads In the 1960s and '70s, Marion Weber ran a mail order outfit in Pasadena, California, called MG Mitten, named after the tailored car covers that were the first such items on the market. The business expanded to sell just about every bauble and accessory Baby Boomer sports car enthusiasts hold dear—Carello fog lamps, Talbot bullet mirrors, Heuer timers and chronographs, and plenty more. Think of it as JC Whitney for the sports car set. In looking at the yellowed old pre-inflation ads, few of us can avoid wishing we could still pop cash, a check, or money order in the mail to P.O. Box 4156, Pasadena, California, and receive a new/old Heuer Carrera chronograph in 4–6 weeks for just $69.50, a far cry from the $1,500 and up a new one will set you back. Bell Helmets An offshoot of Bell Auto Parts of Bell, California, the company manufactured its first helmet—the 500—in 1954. By 1955, when Bell-wearing Cal Niday bashed the wall in the 1955 Indy 500, Bell received the first of what would become thousands of testimonials from professional drivers asserting that a Bell helmet had saved their lives. Bell introduced the classic 500-TX helmet in 1957, and it became the choice of racers around the world. In 1967 came the Star—the world's first full face helmet— which was first used by Dan Gurney in the next year's Indianapolis 500. Currently, there are four Bell helmets on permanent display in the New York Museum of Modern Art, a definition of iconic. Given the advances in helmet technology, it is understandable that Vintage Bell Stars have little value; mint-and-boxed ones go for $40 on eBay and are best used in historic dioramas. (www.bellracing.com). Nardi Steering Wheels Despite 1970s automakers' best efforts to fill their cars with ugly steering wheels (think Mercedes 450SL, Triumph TR6, and Jensen Interceptor), aftermarket suppliers ensured that graceful, elegant wheels weren't hard to come by. One such company was Nardi, based in Torino Italy. Founded in 1951 by Enrico Nardi, they could supply a full line of wheels and horn buttons that are still commonly found on these cars. The 15 1/4-inch Mahogany wheel with a black inlaid stripe and polished aluminum spokes was the classic design. It's still available from Finish Line, Inc. (www.nardiwheelsinc.com) for $450. A far cry from the $69.95 Vilém B. Haan was asking in 1976, but beans for the genuine article.u 32 Sports Car Market


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Morris & Welford, llc INTERNATIONAL SPECIALIST HISTORIC CAR CONSULTANTS & BROKERS 1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster 1 family ownership from new This original 300SL Roadster was purchased new in late 1959 by the current owner's father who collected it directly from the Mercedes factory in Stuttgart prior to export to the USA. Highly original, all matching numbers and fitted with its original Hardtop, the recorded mileage is just 70,388. Subsequently dry stored since the late 1970s, the car is complete and ready for restoration. Offered for sale now for the first time in 48 years. Other Cars Available 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Alpine Eagle 1929 Lagonda Two Litre High Chassis Speed Model 1929 Hispano Suiza H6C Open Drive Landaulette by Kellner 1937 Rolls-Royce 25/30 Drophead Coupe by Windovers 1938 Bugatti T57 Cabriolet by Letourneur & Marchand 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 C SS Coupe by Ghia 1955 Jaguar XK140MC Roadster 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 FIA Racecar 1985 Tiga GT285 (Camel Lights) Sports Prototype Please Contact Miles Morris Connecticut Tel: 203 222 3862 Fax: 203 222 3863 Cell: 203 722 3333 E-mail: miles@morrisandwelford.com Mark Donaldson Hampshire, UK Tel: 01252 845818 Fax: 01252 845974 Mobile: 07901 712255 E-mail: mark@morrisandwelford.co.uk www.morrisandwelford.com Malcolm Welford California Tel: 714 434 8562 Fax: 714 434 8155 Cell: 949 500 0585 E-mail: malcolm@morrisandwelford.com


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SCM Our Cars Craigslist Special, E-type Update, and a Cross-Country Cougar I pumped out cardinal car-buying sins like a Gatling gun: I neither started nor drove the car, I paid full price, and I forgot to look at any of the records 1971 Mercury Cougar XR7 Convertible Owner: John Scharff, Advertising Sales Executive, Corvette Market magazine Purchase date: Summer 1988 Price: $4,500 Mileage since purchase: 150,000 Recent work: Replaced all hoses, belts, interior, but that was a decade ago In 1988, a friend of mine told me about a 1971 Mercury Cougar XR7 convertible with 50,000 1969 Porsche 912 Owner: Geoff Archer, eBay Auction Analyst Purchase date: May 31, 2007 Price: $5,000 Mileage since purchase: Ten laps around the block Recent work: New battery I found this car on Craigslist in Redmond, Oregon, by searching “tangerine Porsche.” The price was less than half of what Dave Kinney's Cars that Matter price guide suggests for a 5-speed car in #4 condition, so I knew I had to act fast. Geography was on my side, as Redmond is near nothing, really. The Porsche community from Portland had not yet had the time (or a weekend) to make the trip. I had a scheduled flight to Chicago the next day to meet up with SCM's Jim Schrager, so with no time to spare, I added an extra five hours to my standard three-hour drive from the coast to the airport. Drifting my proletarian Camry wagon up and through spectacular, mile-high passes with foreboding names like “Tombstone,” I worked furiously to compensate for my own miscalculations. The drive took so long that I ended up with only ten minutes to look at the car (and later only made my flight by eleven minutes). My harried visit (and accompanying personality) broadcast my hand to the seller, a laid-back cabinet-maker who had been besieged with emails. In my panic, I was pumping out cardinal car-buying sins like a Gatling gun: I neither started nor drove the car, I paid full price, and I forgot to look at any of the service records. At $5k, it would have been fine if the en- gine was seized, which it wasn't. The car purrs like a Mexico City taxicab. Which reminds me, nothing can prepare a 911 owner for his first 912. I know a 912 is a 4-cylinder 911, but still, the experience is bizarre. It looks, feels, shifts, stops, and smells like my '69 911E, but of course it sounds and goes like a Beetle! So weird. Good weird. But still, WEIRD. 34 miles that I might be interested in. I had always considered owning one, but I also knew the 1971–73 body was not a popular Cougar. I also remember one of the most attractive girls I'd ever seen driving a new Cougar in high school, which always gives cars a certain mystique. Although it came equipped with the same 351 Cleveland found in the Mustang Mach 1 and the DeTomaso Pantera, the Cougar really couldn't be regarded as a muscle car. And while I was a diehard Plymouth Road Runner kind of guy, I paid attention to how luxurious the Cougar seemed compared to other cars. When I saw the car my friend had unearthed, I couldn't believe how good it looked. It was medium metallic blue with white leather interior and a white top, a scheme with real pop. Most Cougars of the era came in Tobacco Brown, Robin's Egg Blue and maroon, and when they got any type of age on them they looked bleak. This one changed everything and I fell in love with it. I was rebuilding a 1971 Barracuda convertible at the time, a project that was taking far too long, and the Cougar was right there and ready to go. I bought it then and there, thinking I'd paid a ridiculous sum. But what the hell—I wanted it and was tired of waiting for a nice ride to use every day. Since then the Cougar has taken me from St. Louis to Los Angeles and back twelve times. It has over 200,000 miles and won't idle at a stoplight unless I put it into neutral, and a bit of rust is now showing in the quarters, too. Currently, it lives under two car covers as a static display in the driveway, but there's no way I'm ever giving up on this one. 1967 Jaguar E-type Series I 4.2 Convertible Owner: Rob Sass, VP of Business Development, General Counsel Purchase date: June 13, 2006 Price: $12,000 plus a 1962 Daimler SP250 Mileage since purchase: 1,500 Recent work: Changed fluids, new clutch slave cylinder, rebuilt alternator, fixed a vacuum leak, new wire wheels I feared the worst with my first E-type—which is to say a series of constant breakdowns that would spoil the ownership experience in short order. Plan B? Temporarily remove the large window from the front of my house, drain the fluids and park it on top of the oriental rug in my living room. If it's good enough for MOMA, it's good enough for the Sass living room. As it turns out, the car has been no more finicky or unreliable than any of the other English cars I've owned. There have been a couple of minor hiccups along the way; however, SCMers Gary Bartlett and Fred Garcia have been there for support. Fred owns Garcia's Restorations just over the river from me in Illinois. A four-time Colorado Grander, he's probably the most experienced E-type guy in the region. He's fair, and he never fails to calm me down when I assume the worst. The driving experience has been sublime. The Porsche and Ferrari crowd seem to have made everyone think of E-types as lovely cars that just don't work very well. BS, I say. Even by today's standards, E-types are supple-riding cars with enough power to surprise a Boxster. I use the car fairly often and believe that has contributed to its surprising reliability. It starts right up, the heater works, the top seals reasonably well, and it hasn't set itself on fire yet. Just as my dad dropped me off at school 35 years ago in his SIII E-type, I occasionally do the same for my daughter in the SI. I'm amazed at how many middle-school kids recognize it as “an old-school Jaguar.” There may yet be hope yet for the next generation of collectors.u Sports Car Market


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Affordable Classic Lancia Beta Beta Than You Think Even rubber-bumper MG prices have left Betas in the dust, though its DOHC engine was designed by Aurelio Lampredi of Ferrari fame by Rob Sass ply does not show up on the radar of the few American Lancia c lectors out there. It's often derided as just another bad 1970s Fia The recent rise in collector car prices has thinned the ran F of sub-$5,000 “credit card cars.” The bump in prices, howev has not affected the Beta one lick, meaning that even perenn D-listers like rubber bumper MGBs and Midgets have left the in the dust. Along with wretched refuse like the Alfa Romeo Alfetta G Volvo 262C, and the Renault 17 Gordini, the Beta is among th cheapest '70s European GTs available to committed “value seek ers.” It may also be the most underrated. Designed by Lancia, not Fiat Fans of Aurelias, Flaminias, and even Fulvias are unlikely to give the Beta a second look because of its perceived status as a fancy Fiat. This, however, ignores the fact that the Beta was designed by Lancia rather than Fiat engineers. And although powered by a Fiat motor, the 1.8- or 2.0-liter DOHC unit was designed by Aurelio Lampredi of Ferrari fame. Lancia re-entered the U.S. market in 1975 with consider- able fanfare, a fairly large advertising budget, and a full line of very attractive cars. They included the Beta coupe and Berlina (sedan), which were joined a year later by the Scorpion, a midengined sports car, and the HPE (for “high power estate”), a pretty two-door wagon not unlike the Volvo P1800ES or Reliant Scimitar. The final model to appear was the Beta Zagato, a targa-roof version of the Beta coupe with a folding back window resembling an early soft-rear-window Porsche 911. “So lovely, so agile, so slow” Early U.S. Betas were carbureted and set up for low emis- sions rather than power or drivability. In 1976, Road & Track called the Scorpion “so lovely, so agile and so slow.” As for the Beta coupe, the then-opinionated magazine characterized it by saying, “Beauty can be only skin deep.” Fuel injection and an increase in displacement from 1,800 cc to 2,000 cc helped, but straight-line acceleration was not what the Beta was about. These days, however, where the cars n have to pass smog tests, different carburetion, cams, and exhaust can make them the decent performers their European cousins were. Relatively low power meant torque steer was not a problem, and the Beta is gener- ally regarded as one of the better handling front-wheel-drive cars of the '70s. Sharp handling was mated with a very pleasant ride and a luxurious interior with full instrumentation. Most Betas came with leather seats that were comfortable and stylish. The leather used was also surprisingly hard-wearing for an Italian car. Betas one the road today generally have intact but dry leather with, at worst, some pulled seams. Aside from a lack of power, a rubbery shift linkage and slightly vague power steer- ing were the car's only liabilities from a driving standpoint. Changes were few during the Beta's life in the U.S. A new dash and steering wheel, displacement increase, and fuel injection, plus a chrome grille surround for the final two years was about it. Unfortunately, the U.S. never saw the Volumex supercharged model that Europe 36 got, as Lancia exited the U.S. market along with Fiat in 1982. Early interiors (1975–78) are generally regarded as more attractive and sported a better-looking steering wheel than the 1979–82 cars. Air conditioning was a fairly common option, given the cars' position as a small luxury GT, but the odds of finding one in working condition today are up there with spotting an ivory-billed woodpecker. Rust-prone an understatement To say the Beta is rust-prone is an understatement of massive proportions. Anyplace is fair game as far as Sports Car Market or most collectors, the Lancia story effectively e if not with the Fiat takeover in 1969, then certai with the end of Fulvia production in 1976. The Beta introduced in Europe in 1972 and in 1975 in the U.S.—si


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rust; crappy Soviet steel is to blame. In the U.K., a large export market for the Beta, there are stories of front subframes separating from the rest of the unit structure. There were lawsuits over the rust issues and Lancia even replaced some cars. The tinworm will certainly be the big- gest impediment to finding a car worth owning. Zagatos are rumored to be better rustproofed, but even these can perforate anywhere, including around the folding rear window on the deck. Because of the shared Fiat components, mechanical parts are reasonably available. Head gaskets, poor synchromesh, and copious oil consumption are the usual problems. If the car you are looking at doesn't have a receipt for a timing belt, do it immediately. A Beta with bent valves isn't even worth anything to the Kidney Foundation. Trim items beyond badges and rubber are problematic. One item that is completely unobtanium is the Zagato taillight lens. It is unique to the car. Individuals have bought entire parts cars just for a set. Never massive sellers in the U.S., rust 20 Year Picture 1971–77 Cosworth Vega Coupe 1972–84 Lancia Beta Coupe 1969–77 Fiat 124 Coupe and hamfisted repairs by tightwad owners that resulted in vehicular destruction have thinned the ranks of survivors considerably. Surprisingly, though, they appear frequently either on eBay, Collector Car Trader Online, and even Craigslist on the West Coast. Acceptable Beta coupes can be had in the $2,500 to $3,000 range and Zagatos go for about a thousand more. Don't be tempted by the numerous $500 cars out there. It's simply not worth bothering, when good cars trade in the low thousands. For an outlay of almost nothing, a Beta coupe can be a stylish and even fairly cushy Prices are for cars in excellent condition. This information is provided by Black Book and Cars of Particular Interest Collectible Vehicle Value Guide, www.blackbookusa.com. Italian GT with a decent exhaust note and handsome looks. The HPE adds some practicality and is quite beautiful. The Zagato is one of the few open sports cars around with passable rear seating. If an Alfa 2000 GTV or even a Lancia Fulvia isn't in the cards, a Beta will give you a decent portion of what small displacement Italian GTs are about for the cost of a few cases of Chianti.u ROB SASS has been collecting and repairing affordable classics since he was 16. His latest “credit card car” is a 1976 912E. His work has appeared in the New York Times and on businessweek.com Details Years Produced: 1975–82 (US) Number produced: 111,801 (Coupe), 9,390 (Zagato Spider) Original list price: $6,800 (1975 Beta Coupe) SCM Valuation: $3,500–$4,000 (Zagato) Tune-up cost: $350 Distributor cap: $22.95 Chassis #: Door jamb and engine compartment Engine #: Block front side of transverse engine Club: American Lancia Club—P.O. Box 1402 Bishop, CA 93515 More: www.americanlanciaclub.org; www.flu.org Alternatives: 1967–75 Fiat 124 Coupe; 1974–80 Lotus Elite; 1976 Porsche 912E SCM Investment Grade: F September 2007 37 1988 1993 1998 2003 2007


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Legal Files John Draneas Porsche Lemon Nets Owner $266k—and the 911 The service advisor explained that the computer did not find any error codes, so there couldn't be anything wrong 2003 Turbo, from the court's perspective W isconsin attorney Bruce Tammi was a car guy from when he was a kid. His all-time favorites were Porsches, and he owned two of them—a 1978 911 Turbo and a 1999 Carrera. But one night his barn took a direct hit by lightning, and the resulting fire destroyed both Porsches. Armed with an insurance settlement, Bruce leased a new, $133,000 2003 Turbo from one of the three Wisconsin Porsche dealers. He thought it an awesome car, but it developed an annoying glitch. Intermittently, after the rear spoiler had deployed at about 70 mph, Bruce would hear a loud whistling sound, and the dash light indicating a spoiler control failure would come on. Manual control wouldn't help. The only way to correct the situation was to pull over, shut the engine down, remove the key from the ignition, then restart the motor. The occurrences became more frequent. He didn't warn his wife Then he let his wife borrow the car without warning her about its quirk. He got a frantic phone call from the very dark side of the road, guided her through the “fix” and she was on her way, but presumably not very happy about the behavior of her husband's very expensive toy. At the top of Bruce's list the next day was to take the car to the dealer for repair. But when Bruce picked up the car, the service advisor explained that the computer did not find any error codes, so there couldn't be anything wrong. “If it happens again, bring it back when it is broken.” The Porsche quit a few weeks later, and Bruce drove straight to the dealer. Sorry, they were too busy to look at it, and he would have to come back in three weeks. He did that, and the diagnosis was the same—no 38 error codes. But it failed on the way home. Bruce drove right back to the dealer, but when he got there the service department was closed. Tried all three dealers So Bruce went to another dealer... and another, who replaced the spoiler drive. That didn't fix it, either. Bruce was out of options, as he had been to all three Wisconsin Porsche dealers. So Bruce boned up on the Lemon Laws. He found that the basis for this branch of the law is the 1975 federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. Generally, if a consumer makes reasonable attempts to get a warranty item on a new car corrected (usually three to four tries), the consumer can bring legal action to receive either a refund of the purchase price (less a reasonable use allowance) or a replacement car. And, importantly, the consumer can recover his legal expenses. The states have their own Lemon Laws—essentially similar to the federal Lemon Law—except that many of them give broader protection to the consumer. Thus, most Lemon Law claims are brought in state court. That was Bruce's approach, as he learned that Wisconsin had a very tough Lemon Law. Check your state's version Under all of the Lemon Law variations, the first thing to do is to fully document the claim. You need a good record of your attempts to get the problem fixed, the work that was done by the dealer, and the outcome. Check your state law to determine how many attempts that requires. Next, you have to make written demand on the manufacturer to either refund your purchase price or to replace the car. When the manufacturer refuses to do that, procedural steps vary from state to state. In Wisconsin, the manufacturer gets the option to force the dispute into an ap- proved non-binding arbitration program. If Porsche had done that, Bruce would have had to participate before he could sue. Instead, Porsche offered a different arbitration program. Bruce rejected that, then filed suit. The litigation dragged on and Bruce kept driving the Porsche, but the whistling problem had worsened to the point that he experienced a failure every ten minutes or so, which made it impossible to take any lengthy trip. Exasperated, he took the car back to the dealer, who commendably tried again to fix it. Bruce and the dealer learned that a microprocessor in the instrument cluster controls the spoiler and stores any Sports Car Market


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error codes. This microprocessor didn't store any error codes, so the dealer replaced the instrument cluster. That helped a little—the problem wasn't solved, but at least now the error codes were being stored. If you want something done… When the dealer lost motivation, Bruce bought a shop manual and found a procedure to diagnose the problem. After eliminating everything that had already been tried, he decided the problem had to be in the fuse box. When he inspected it, he found that it was arcing between two fuses and the problem was solved. Soon after, Bruce's case came to trial. Both sides presented their witnesses, including experts. The Porsche was found to be a “lemon,” and the focus turned to determining the measure of damages. Wisconsin law gets fuzzy here. Since Porsche re- fused to replace the car, the recovery would be money damages—generally the cost of the car. When the car is leased, the cost clearly includes the total of the lease payments, but what about the cost of the buy-out at the end of the lease? In this case, the judge ruled that the buy-out was included in Bruce's damages, which made his damage claim the entire $133,000 cost of the Porsche. Under federal Lemon Law, matters would have ended there. But the Wisconsin Lemon Law is much more favorable, and provides that the court must double this amount as a penalty, making the judgment $266,000. And, to add icing to the cake, the judge ruled that applicable Wisconsin legal precedent meant that Bruce did not have to give the car back. Bruce ended up with a 2003 Porsche Turbo and $133,000 in his pocket ($266,000 damages minus the $133,000 paid for the car). Not a good deal for either side Those are big numbers, but it's likely not a good deal for either side. Bruce invested several years of his life in difficult litigation. If he had paid for the legal services, the bill would have been well over $60,000 based on his time, and I think he was being more efficient than an independent attorney. Porsche spent a lot of money defending the claim. It could have avoided the loss early by fixing the car. It could have settled the case at several points, but made only very modest settlement offers of $10,000 and $24,000. It could have tried to settle the case after the trial ended, but didn't even make an offer. Instead, it filed an appeal and will incur even more in attorney fees. And that will make it more costly for Bruce as well. If your new car is acting up and you can't get it repaired, Lemon Laws can be strong friends. You can learn a lot about your state's Lemon Laws on the Internet, and many states' motor vehicle or transportation departments have helpful web sites and forms. But all Lemon Laws are complicated, and there is a mind-numbing range of options and decisions. It is best to consult an attorney who is skilled in Lemon Law claims, and if you don't want to incur the full expense, at least hire an experienced attorney to coach you. But keep the attorney informed about your progress, and have him tell you when it's time to turn it over to professionals.u JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney and car collector in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and no substitute for consultation with an attorney. He can be reached at legalfiles@sportscarmarket.com. September 2007 39


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Collecting Thoughts Small Wheels Brooks Berdan, Model Citizen All compound curves and subtle gradients, Berdan's Eagle has the all the proportions of the real thing by Tom Kelly STP Lotus shop in Monrovia, California. In addition to his exotic cars, racing motorcycles, and racing karts, Berdan has B amassed more than a thousand large-scale, highly detailed automotive models, most selected for the historical significance of their prototypes. As a champion kart racer, his perfectionist, 10/10ths racer's attitude also car- ries over to his approach to model collecting. “There needs to be a hook,” he says. “Something that captures my attention. I like cars that have historical importance, and if the model itself is especially fine, I'll find a spot on a shelf for it. Somehow.” One such model is a Dennis Koleber-built 1:12-scale model of the STP Lotus 56 four-wheel-drive gas-turbine car that nearly won the Indianapolis 500 in 1967 and 1968. Driven by Parnelli Jones in '67, the Andy Granatelli-commissioned prototype led the 500 until it flamed out ten miles from the finish. Berdan had been so taken by the brilliant orange Lotus 56 that he approached Koleber and commissioned him to build a miniature of it. The result is a model of meticulous craftsmanship. “I feel incredibly lucky that he would build a car for me,” says Berdan. “Especially this car.” The Lotus is one of two Koleber-built models in Berdan's collection. The other, the 1:12-scale 1979 Ferrari 312T4 of World Champion Jody Scheckter, is one commissioned by the World Champion himself. When Koleber told Berdan that Scheckter had 40 rooks Berdan's automotive collection includes a Lamborghini Countach and a Pantera that won Best of Marque at the 2005 Concorso Italiano, but it doesn't stop at his garage door. It extends into the living room, the kitchen, the family room, and the rest of the house. It's even made its way to his high-end audio commissioned the car, Berdan asked if he could have one too. On the wall next to the model hangs a congratulatory letter from Scheckter expressing his admiration for the car and Koleber's craftsmanship. Berdan's 1:12-scale Honda RA272 Formula One car by Tamiya represents yet another motorsports milestone. Honda's first F1 win came at the Mexico City Grand Prix, the last event of the 1965 F1 season, and also the last running of F1's naturally aspirated, 1.5-liter limit. After 65 laps, Richie Ginther's white Honda with the transverse V12 and bedecked with the red sun led Jack Brabham's Brabham-Climax to the finish line with less than three seconds to spare. Sharing a living room with models of charismatic race cars isn't quite like sharing a couch with Claudia Schiffer, but the flow of adrenaline definitely increases. And even in the presence of other great cars, Berdan's 1:8-scale GMP model of Dan Gurney's beautiful AAR (All American Racers) Eagle dominates its surroundings. All compound curves and subtle gradients, Berdan's model—number 88 of 350 built and now long out of production—has the all the proportions of the real thing. Sports Car Market


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Honda RA272 Formula One The finish and detailing are meticulous; even the metallic tints of the magnesium frame and titanium exhaust system ring true. Arguably, no American race car is more iconic than the Ford GT40. And chassis 1075, the only car ever to win Le Mans two years in succession, stands above the rest. GMP's excellent 1:12-scale rendering, liveried in full Gulf regalia, is every bit the “working model.” Every panel opens, every decal is in its proper location, and the Perspex windows slide just as they should. No detail was too small to be copied by the perfectionists who de- signed and built the piece. Aside from its historical importance, the GT40 has always occupied a unique place in Berdan's heart. As a teenager, he built an Avenger replica of the Le Mans car to use as his daily driver. This was no Beetle-sourced plastic toy posing as a supercar; Berdan converted the Corvair-powered car into a tube-framed special powered by a 215-ci GM aluminum-block V8. “It was my first really fast car,” he says, “and my first GT40 replica.” A precursor, it seems, to a long line of Berdan-owned supercars, in all sizes large and small. u TOM KELLY owns an advertising and graphic design business in Pasadena, CA. He has owned a variety of sports cars over the years, and currently has two Daytona Cobras, an Alfa 8C 2900, a Delage T26-C, and a Ferrari 375. They sit on shelves in his living room. September 2007 GT 40 41


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Events Isle of Man Roadracing to the Manx More than 200 racers have died in the TT's history and death is not particular by Paul Duchene The turn at Quarter Bridge after 160-mph Bray Hill E ven as a former road racer, nothing prepared me for the Isle of Man TT. For two weeks, 190-mph motorcycles roared through city streets and country lanes, like supersonic bulls at Pamplona. This year was the 100th anniversary of the world's most dangerous road race. Growing up in England in the 1960s, I always meant to go to the TT. It's Mecca for motorcyclists—a place when leathery, oil-stained wretches are welcome. But I was broke and in school; then I was broke as a cub reporter. And anyway, how could I ride a BSA Bantam across the Irish Sea to an island? Even Moses would have had a tough time with that. Then, last Christmas, I ran into Cliff Baker, an old racing friend (Scotch was in- volved), and woke up with a page of scribbled schedules and a dim recollection we had decided it was time to go to the TT. I would be fulfilling my youthful dreams, and Cliff would be reliving his (and getting to visit with his mother, whom he hadn't seen in 33 years.) Cliff raced a Yamaha in the Isle of Man Manx Grand Prix in 1969 and 1970 and hadn't been back to England—even to see his mum—since. He offered to photograph the races, pointing out he'd know exactly where the riders would be. He was right, and his racing record gave him credibility with riders and officials alike. Stuck in time The Isle of Man hadn't changed since Cliff was there last. The clock stopped at 1953 and the place looked green as Ireland, with whitewashed cottages, fishing villages, narrow lanes and misty mountains. Douglas, the island's capital, resembled a very tidy south coast English town. Victorian-style hotels lined the seafront where thousands of bikers partied and pulled wheelies during race week. The serious business went on up the hill, where terraced houses border leafy streets. Spectators chattered behind barriers at the Shell gas station on Glencrutchery Road as we crossed the footbridge and headed for the grandstand. Five hundred yards away, two riders launched a practice lap. Crouched on 200- 42 horsepower, 1,000-cc Superbikes, they averaged 125 mph around the 37.7-mile circuit, which wound through tiny villages and over the 2,000-foot Snaefell Mountain. And all the while they rode between stone walls. Success (and survival) depends on memorizing 266 turns. Riders change gear over 1,000 times on each lap and must anticipate hundreds of bumps, damp patches, loose gravel, and slippery paint. One corner taken wrong leads to the next one taken worse, and then a wall. There were 92 recorded accidents during the two weeks. More than 200 racers have died in the TT's history and death is not particular. When TT champ David Jefferies was killed in 2003, he was the best. This year, TT newcomer Marc Ramsbotham collided with four spectators in the Senior TT, killing two of them and himself. Two survivors were airlifted to a hospital. By the time the bikes reached our footbridge, they were doing 130 mph. Bray Hill then plunged steeply to traffic lights at Tromode Road, which the racers blew through at 160 mph, whether the light was red or not. TT racebikes are shriekingly loud, and exhausts echoed off the houses. Imagine being buzzed by a P-51 Mustang at 100 feet and you get the idea. The scene was disturbing. Bray Hill is a city street with terraced houses, pedestrian crossings, schools, and shops. Ordinary people live there…. What safety issues? But perhaps they aren't so ordinary after all. Manx Sports Car Market


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racing dates back to 1904, when the world's longest-running democracy (founded in 979 AD) opened its gravel roads and patient hearts. Safety complaints date back to 1912, but there's an underlying pride that this event is unique. You can't do this or see this anywhere else in the world. And apart from the difficulty of getting to this 29-by-13-mile island, midway between Liverpool and Belfast, most spectators watch for free. A grandstand seat costs $20, but thousands of fans lined grassy banks bordering pubs and parking lots in famous spots like Quarter Bridge, Ballacraine, Ballaugh Bridge (famous for its jump), and Creg-ny-Baa. More than 600 press photographers peeked from hedges and gardens, watched by 3,200 track marshals with line-of-sight contact around the course. The island even has its own TT radio station to keeps fans up to speed. There were 1,000-cc Superbike and Superstock classes and a 600-cc Supersport race, along with two sidecar races and the granddaddy of them all, the 1,000-cc Senior TT. Sidecars ran three laps, Superstock and Supersport ran four laps, and the Senior TT and Superbike races were six laps—that's 226.38 miles with two fuel stops. In the races, riders were released singly every ten seconds and raced against the clock. This means that the leader on the road may not be the winner and riders depend on lap scoreboards (run by Boy Scouts) for position. If you catch the rider ahead of you, he is slow, or you are fast. Part of the TT Centenary was the invitation of 108 historic TT competition bikes for a Lap of Honor, led off by the 250-cc Honda 6-cylinder once ridden by Mike Hailwood, the loudest bike ever raced here. A Parade of World Champions followed the Senior TT with John Surtees, Giacomo Agostini, Neil Hodgson, Carl Fogarty, Phil Read, Mick Grant, and other diehards. The island's population of 76,000 (30,000 of whom live in Douglas) swelled by 40,000 for the TT. Almost 20,000 people brought their motorcycles by ferry from the mainland; others flew in from London and Manchester. Fans came from all over Europe and as far as Australia and New Zealand, as did entrants. Race commentary was broadcast in English, French, and German. The island buzzed with visiting motorcycles and climaxed with “Mad Sunday,” when wannabe racers roared around the TT course with boundless confidence and less ability. Despite signs asking riders to “Love Life, Love the TT, and Take it Easy,” one was ticketed for 130 mph in a 30-mph zone in Union Mills. He reportedly asked, “Is that all?” TT visitors can camp, stay in hotels, or use the homestay program in which Manxmen (natives)—usually very well versed in TT news—open their homes to bed-and-breakfast guests, or else take a vacation and rent out their houses. (Check out www.iomguide. com and book now for next year. Accommodation is the first thing you need to confirm; next is a rental car.) 182 mph The Tourist Trophy races began in 1907. Matchless-mounted Charlie Collier won the single-cylinder TT at 38.22 mph over roads like streambeds. He fell off or broke down on every lap and had to close gates behind him. It took 50 years for Bob McIntyre to set the first 100-mph lap in 1957. This year John McGuinness (13 wins) posted a record lap of 130.354 mph on his 1,000-cc Honda. Radar at Sulby Straight caught him at 182 mph, while others touched 200 mph. Sidecar racer Nick Crowe recorded 142 mph. Multiple TT winners in the past include world champions Geoff Duke, John Surtees, Giacomo Agostini, Mike Hailwood and Carl Fogarty. The most amazing record was compiled by Ulster rider Joey Dunlop, with 26 TT wins in 24 years. Only Hailwood at 14 has more than half that number. A check of riders this year confirmed that experience is the key; the youngest riders were mid20s, with most in their 30s or 40s. Manx rider Conor Cummins was only 21, but had 350 more days each year to practice, as he lives there. British bikes like Norton, Velocette, and Douglas dominated the 1920s and 1930s; Italian Gilera and MV Agusta held sway in the '50s and '60s until the Japanese Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, and Kawasaki teams seized control. This year, Honda surpassed Yamaha's record of 130 TT wins, despite Yamaha taking September 2007 over the town of Ramsey (“Yamsey” during the races). Americans have raced here intermittently. Indian fielded a strong team in 1911, finishing 1-2-3, but entries since then have mostly been individual efforts. The TT was stripped from the World Championship schedule in 1977 over safety concerns. But the question it poses is still the same: Are you tough enough? Riding a booming Aprilia V-twin, Mark Miller from Los Angeles ran the TT for the second year but isn't sure he'll return. Miller remains concerned about the TT's zero margin for error. He raced and roomed with late TT champion Jefferies at the Macau Grand Prix. Kiwi Shaun Harris, who was badly hurt in practice, is a friend. “I love it here. It's wild, flying through what would be a 30 mph bend in a car. I have friends here… but one mistake in a two-hour race and you can be shattered or killed. Things happen. It'll get you eventually,” he said. After a shaky start in the Senior TT, Miller roared back to 17th place. Jimmy Moore, from Eugene, Oregon, was the other American racer, lured by Miller's enthusiastic report from last year. Joining veteran Ian Lougher's team (80 starts since 1983, seven TT wins), Moore adjusted quickly to the tortuous circuit, improving his times and position steadily. At 39, Moore is a two-time AMA national champion ,but he goggled at the complexity of the TT course. “It's like a 3,000-piece jigsaw puzzle,” he said, preparing for his first race. Fuel consumption turned out to be Moore's Achilles heel. He almost ran out of gas twice in two races, but finished 33rd in the Superbike and 25th in the Superstock race, out of about 80 riders. He ran a blitzing 600-cc race to finish 15th, five places behind teammate Lougher, with a final lap of 121 mph. Based on this, Moore started 31st in the Senior TT and climbed to about 15th place, when the gas light came on in Ramsey on lap four. He got halfway over the mountain and he was done. Moore hopes to return to the TT next year, but he's well aware of high-speed risks after a horrific accident at 160 mph in 2003 at Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota. The night before his first TT race he told his mother, who attended the races, over dinner: “If I make a mistake tomorrow I may not be coming home with you.” u Senior TT winner John McGuinness leads Adrian Archibald at Ballacraine on his record lap 43


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Ferrari Profile 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM Testa Rossa Phil Hill's 1962 Le Mans winner—the last of its line—sells for a cool $9.25 million and heads for a museum in Argentina by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 1956–62 Number produced: 34 (Testa Rossas) Original list price: $13,000 approx SCM Valuation: $7m–$14m Tune-up cost: $2,500 Distributor cap: $450 (two required) Chassis #: Left frame member by steering box Engine #: Right rear above motor mount Club: Ferrari Club of America, P.O. Box 720597 Atlanta, GA 30358 More: www.FerrariClubofAmerica.org Alternatives: 1962–64 Ferrari 250 GTO, 1964–65 Cobra Daytona Coupe, 1960–63 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 0808 T he first car in a series is good. But the last car is best. A real, documented and important history makes it better. Commercial success is good, but success in competition is better, and the overall winner of the 24 Heures du Mans is the best of all. The expression of all these attributes is the 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM, chassis number 0808. The only 4liter Testa Rossa built, it is also the last Testa Rossa and the last front-engined sports racing car built by Ferrari. Driven by Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien, it is the last front-engined car to capture the overall victory at Le Mans. Restructured rules and classifications for 1962 placed emphasis upon GT cars and eliminated the 3-liter sports-racing class the Testa Rossas had dominated. The displacement limit for GTs was increased to 4 liters and a new Experimental category was added with a 4liter displacement limit. Ferrari's current sports-racers were by now mid-engined and V6 or V8 powered, but Ferrari decided to create the ultimate Testa Rossa for the Experimental category, the 330 TRI/LM. Fantuzzi created the longer body, which Phil Hill described in a Road & Track article as “…a combination of the old Testa Rossa shape, but with the double nostril nose and the cutoff tail-with-a-spoiler that were used on the mid-engine cars.” He continued, “Testa Rossas were the reason Ferrari was able to dominate sports car racing in much of the world, and produce some of the most beautiful sports racing cars of the postwar era. In 1962… the TR lineage was about to end and the 330 44 [TRI/LM] became the last Testa Rossa. Seen from that view, the big car's lines look even better, flowing yet tough, the graceful shape only interrupted when necessary by an air scoop, a bonnet handle or a leather strap, …the rounded looks-good-to-theeye shape of the '50s ending at the scientific cutoff Kamm tail of the '60s.” Following Le Mans, the 330 TRI/LM was sold to Luigi Chinetti's North American Racing Team and on to Don Rodriguez. Having seen the car's success firsthand, he was determined to put Pedro in it for the North American season. N.A.R.T. returned to Le Mans with the 330 TRI/LM in 1963, where it ran in third until after midnight, when the engine threw a connecting rod. The damaged 0808 was sent back to Ferrari, where it was rebodied, first as a spider and later with a unique coupe body. Shipped back to the United States, it was sold to Hisashi Okada, who drove the TRI/LM for nine years on the streets of New York before succumbing in 1974 to the entreaties of Pierre Bardinon. Bardinon restored 0808 to its 1962 Le Mans configuration, commissioning original coachbuilder Fantuzzi to recreate its work of 1962. Completed to a very high standard under the supervision of the experienced staff at Bardinon's Mas du Clos collection, it took its place among a peerless collection of some of the world's finest Ferraris. Since being acquired in 2002 by the present 1962 Ferrari TRI/LM Testa Rossa Lot# 143, s/n 0808 (same car) Condition: 1 Sold at $6,490,000 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/16/2002 SCM# 28836 1962 Ferrari TRI/LM Testa Rossa Lot# 119, s/n 0808 (same car) Condition: 1 Not sold at $8,050,000 Sotheby's, Maranello, ITA, 6/28/2005 SCM# 38638 1956 Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa Lot# 28, s/n 0620 Condition: 2- Sold at $1,327,500 Christie's, Monterey, CA, 8/8/2004 SCM# 34909 Sports Car Market Photos: RM Auctions


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owner, 0808 has led an active life as part of a small, exclusive collection of the finest and most important sports and sports-racing cars. It is quite simply the most important Ferrari ever offered for public sale. SCM Analysis This car sold for $9,281,250 at RM's Leggenda e Passione Auction in Maranello, Italy, on May 20, 2007. The $9 million-plus sale of Testa Rossa #0808 was the highest price ever paid at auction for a Ferrari and narrowly missed the record for the most expensive car ever to sell at an auction. It is the fastest Testa Rossa, a Le Mans winner, the last Testa Rossa, and the end of the line for frontengine sports racers, yet it sold a couple million dollars short of the upper end of earlier vintage Testa Rossa values. Was the car undersold? The first time RM declared #0808 the most important Ferrari offered for public sale was at its August 2002 Monterey auction. When the dust sett after that auction, the car changed hands for $6,490,0 an incredible amount of money for a Ferrari at the ti It was big news and gave high-end buyers confidence to write big checks. 330 was on his dream list The buyer at that sale was the seller at this sale, and I had a chance to ask him why he bought #0808. His candid reply was that as a kid, he had a dream list of cars he would like to own, and a Testa Rossa was one of the cars on the list. He said he had not necessarily had his sights on this Testa Rossa, but the opportunity came along at the right time so he bought it. I didn't ask what else was on his list, but since both this car and Carroll Shelby's personal Cobra Daytona Coupe have graced his garage, it's a good bet there are few spots for tick marks left on the list. During the four years he has owned the car, he has driven it over 7,000 miles. It has been a participant in everything from the Copperstate 1000 to local events. It often went for weekend drives and I wouldn't be surprised if it made a few trips to the drive-through window. Under Luca Di Montezemolo's leadership, Ferrari has metamorphosed from a small manufacturer of sports and racing cars to one of the world's most admired lifestyle brands. You can find their name on licensed products from tennis shoes to barometers. They produce events for their customers like the Ferrari Challenge Series and the recent 60th Anniversary Concours. They conduct impressive driving schools for their clients and host a popular web site specifically for Ferrari owners. Most recently, Ferrari has introduced the Ferrari Classiche program, a factory-based restoration and certification program for classic Ferraris. Part of the objective of this program is for Ferrari to become more involved in the ownership experience. One of the ways to do that is an auction of classic Ferraris. Sotheby's was chosen as their partner and in June 2005, the Sotheby's at Ferrari Auction was held at Maranello, the first ever classic event to be held at the factory. While brilliant in concept, the event was less than stellar. Bad timing meant it attracted few real buyers, and those who did show up found the presentation of the vehicles imperfect. This car was consigned to the ill-fated auction, where it was listed as a no-sale at $8,050,000, a number probably enhanced by a favorable tailwind courtesy of the auctioneer. Sales exceeded early 1990s levels Failure is not an option at Ferrari, and for 2007, the auction was revamped. RM was chosen to sell the cars and the auction format was changed to allow better presentation of them. RM's comprehensive mailing list and advertising reached the right buyers. Also, Ferrari Classiche inspected and certified the cars before the auction. The results were nothing short of spectacular, with a 97% sale rate and many sales exceeding the highest sales of the early 1990s. #0808 was the feature car at the auction, and it did not disappoint. But the buyer didn't stop with this TR; he apparently bought two more high-end Ferraris, spending nearly $20 million on the afternoon. The three are rumored to be September 2007 45


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headed to a museum in Argentina, where it's a fair bet #0808 will not be making Starbucks runs anymore. So if the high end of Testa Rossa values is upwards of $10 million, was there money left on the table? While #0808 has plenty on its side, it also has a few warts. For years it was branded as having been built on the modified chassis of Testa Rossa #0780TR. The motor had been called into question, and it has been rebodied three times. Ferrari cleared up the chassis issue with an invoice showing that a new chassis was constructed especially for #0808 and also certified the motor as original, but the rebody still hurts the car. More serious to the value is its age. As a 1962, it is not Mille Miglia eligible and at events like the Monterey Historics it will have to run with '60s era cars rather than other Testa Rossas. Then there's the golden rule of collector cars: Looks sell. #0808 is no slouch in the looks department, but next to a pontoon fender TR it just falls short—maybe a couple million dollars short. #0808 may be the most important TR, but it's not the most valuable. Then again, at $9.2 million, it's not far behind. When and if a 250 TR comes up for sale, we'll find out just what the gap is.u STEVE AHLGRIM of Atlanta, GA, has been actively involved in the Ferrari business since 1978. (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) Seat Time Carl Bomstead: During the 2006 Copperstate 1000 I got to know Jim Spiro, then owner of the 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM. I was very aware of the history of the car and that he had paid a record $6.5m price for it a few years back at RM's 2002 Monterey sale, but he was more interested in talking about our '68 Italia Roadster, a car costing a small fraction of his. During a lunch break I tossed him the keys to our car and he took it for a brief drive. On his return he asked if I would like a ride in the Ferrari. He did not have to ask twice. Off I went with his friend and mechanic Jim Lindsey at the wheel. The poor ergonomics were more than offset by the sound of the V12 as Jim worked it through the gears. He told me on the drive that Spiro often drove the car to work, in sharp contrast to the one thought that raced through my head throughout my stint—that I was riding in the actual car that carried Phil Hill to victory at Le Mans almost 45 years ago. I have driven many cars in my day, but that one ride on Colorado back roads will stay with me for a very long time. u 46 Sports Car Market Colin Comer


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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan 4-Seat Supercars Most 456 owners go straight to the 30,000-mile service, at a “starting” cost of about $5,000 Part II: Bring the kids. Contemporary 2+2s M odern four-seat Ferraris are user-friendly, entry-level supercars. You might compromise on the number of seats, but not on performance. Last month I reviewed Ferraris with more seats than doors, starting with the 250 GTE and going through the 412. This month, we'll take you from the 456 to the current 612. 456 GT The 456 GT was launched at the FF40 International Ferrari Celebrations held in Brussels and Spa Francorchamps in September 1992. Although designed as a world car, because of U.S. emissions and safety regulations, the 456 didn't make it to North America until the summer of 1994, where it debuted at Monterey when Ferrari was the featured marque at the Historics. Originally billed as a replacement for the 365 GTB/4 Daytona, the 456 really replaced the 365 GTC/4. The new 456 GT combined the looks and performance of a two-seat Berlinetta with seating for four. Based on a steel tube frame, the 456 GT offered Sport and Touring suspension settings as well as speed-sensitive power steering. An all-new 5,474-cc, 65-degree V12 gave 442 hp at 6,250 rpm. The new dry-sump engine featured Bosch Motronic 2.7 digital engine management, giving a top speed of 186 mph, with a 0–60 time of 5.3 seconds and a quarter-mile in 13.4 seconds at 107.5 mph. The Pininfarina body hinted at the Daytona. The cockpit featured Connolly leather, adjustable seats, easy-to-read gauges, and innovative door windows that lowered when the doors were opened. The air conditioning and heating were world-class, and while the 456 may lack the wonderful exhaust sound of the C/4, its quiet cockpit will make a 200-mile drive to your vacation home a pleasant experience. There was no 1996 U.S. model because of warranty problems, including door window sealing, cracking windshields, malfunctioning seat belt retractors and seats adjusters, myriad ECU problems, and Ferrari's rush to develop an automatic transaxle for the next year's 456 GTA. 456 M The updated 456 M, or “Modificato,” was launched in March 1998 at the Geneva Salon. It featured a larger, more aggressive egg crate grille with a pair of extra driving lights and a more pointed hood—now carbon fiber. The cockpit had improved seats and a new dash. The 456 M GTA added twin Bosch Motronic M5.2 engine management programs, integrated with the automatic transaxle. Production of the 456 ended in 2004 with 1,548 456 GTs and 403 GTAs, while 640 6-speed 456 Ms and 631 456 M automatics were built. 48 1993 456 GT Living with a 456 The 456 GT and 456 M are user-friendly. Power is seamless and the front seats comfortable, while the rear is tolerable for short people on short drives. Clutches, traditionally a weak spot in Ferraris, are good for 15,000–20,000 miles. Cam and front seals tend to start leaking after about 10,000 miles, so most owners skip the 15,000mile service and go straight to the 30,000-mile service, which includes cam seals, cam belts, tensioner bearings, adjusting the mechanical valves, degreeing the cams, and more, at a starting cost of about $5,000. Door windows on early cars had seal problems, and when new were a $5,000 fix, for- tunately covered under warranty. Virtually all early cars have been repaired, and for those few that have not, a skilled shop can handle the job but expect to spend $5,000 or more. While the automatic is sluggish in the GT, it's better integrated in the 456 M au- tomatic, and the 6-speed gives both the 456 GT and 456 M supercar performance. A pre-purchase inspection is mandatory, and it is not uncommon to do a compression and leak-down check on a low-mileage 456 and find major problems with poor ring seating and/or leaky valve seats. If the compression on a car is weak, keep looking, as it's a $15,000-plus, engine-out, heads-off fix. Because of the large windows, the sun can cook the dash and seats. While the leather interior is both spacious and luxurious, there's so much of it that replacement is expensive. From a window sticker of $225,000–$250,000 new, the 456 is now more-or-less fully depreciated. It's the best bang for the buck in a modern Ferrari, if you want to take a friend or the kids along. However, routine service is costly. Every 10,000 miles or three years, expect to spend $5,000 for a major service, $2,000 for a set of tires, $2,000 for brakes, and another $2,000 for rear shocks. The good news is that averages out to less than $4,000 a year—cheap in Ferrari terms. You will pay $65,000 to $85,000 for a GT and $85,000 to $130,000 for an ultra low-mile 2004 456 M. Add another $4,000 for a Tubi exhaust and enjoy the sounds. 612 The 612 Scaglietti continues Ferrari's tradition of building the most exotic 2+2 on the planet. The all-new 612 was engineered with aluminum supplier Alcoa around an alloy semi-spaceframe similar in concept to the 360. It employs extruded main frame Sports Car Market


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a Bentley Continental or Aston Martin Vanquish on a winding road. New prices start at $265,000, and one suspects that $200,000 buys the car while $65,000 subsidizes the Ferrari F1 team. Standard equipment includes HID headlights, 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels, high-speed tires, dual-zone climate control, power front seats, a power-closing trunk, heated exterior mirrors, and a Bose audio system with a trunk-mounted sixdisc CD changer. Expensive optional extras include a rear parking camera at $3,035, Daytona-style seats at $3,648, diamond stitched leather headliner at $1,394, fender shields at $1,743, ball polished modular wheels at $7,195, a space-saver spare tire kit at $1,142, run-flat tires at $1,653, a six-piece fitted leather luggage set at $6,970, a carbon fiber interior trim option at $7,544, and much more. For those who are willing to step up to ceramic brakes and the GTC handling package, add another $27,274. Needless to say, prospective 612 buyers can also request special exterior paint and additional changes at extra cost. The 612 is easily six seconds a lap faster than the 456 M around Ferrari's Fiorano test track, and the optional ceramic brakes are a part of that. But by the time you need ceramic brakes, you'll be so far over American speed limits that any mistakes will be big ones. The 612: “Honest, it's really comfy back there” rails connected by cast modules and reinforced with sheet stampings. The frame and body are built using self-piercing rivets and MIG (metal-inert-gas) welding so no structural adhesives are used. The all-aluminum construction is a first for a V12 Ferrari, and just as weight is down, torsional rigidity is up by over 50%. At about 4,100 pounds, the 612 is no lightweight, but it is far more spacious and also about 130 lbs. lighter than the 456 M, and about 600 lbs lighter than the Bentley Continental GT. Powered by an evolution of the 575 M Maranello V12, the 5,748-cc engine uses a state-of-the-art Bosch ME7 controller with four knock sensors, so the compression ratio can be tweaked up to 11.2:1, while the long nose allows a longer, lower-restriction intake that improves airflow to the engine, giving 533 hp and 434 ft-lbs of torque. The 612 is the first Ferrari 2+2 with F1 paddle shifting, yielding 0–60 mph in 4.2 seconds en route to a politically correct 199-mph top speed. The 612's V12 is mounted in a front-mid-engine position, with a 46/54 front/rear weight balance (as opposed to the 456 M's 57/43), and 85% of the 612's weight is between the axles. The car stretches over 16 feet, with a wheelbase longer than a Chevrolet Tahoe. The 612 is the largest Ferrari ever, an ultra-high performance 2+2 with room for four adults that will smoke Living with a 612 U.S. delivery started in late 2004. Many were sold to ultra-wealthy enthusiasts eager to garner the friendship of their local Ferrari dealer as a way to secure a place in line for the upcoming two-seat 599. The 612 has proven to be a delight for those who can afford the ultimate 2+2. Production has slowed somewhat due to focus on the new 599, so most 612s now go to buyers willing to wait for delivery. Thanks to a booming world economy, staggering performance, and owner-friendly design, the 612 has sold far better than the 456. While few 612s have much mileage, expect to replace the brakes and tires at 10,000 miles. The latest generation F1 gearbox is so good that only one in ten 612s are being delivered with a 6-speed. Unfortunately a great racing gearbox involves a compromise in traffic, and the combination of weight, power, and performance means that the F1 clutch will need an $8,000 replacement at about 10,000 miles. Like all modern supercars, depreciation hits hard, with $60,000–$100,000 in the first year. The 612 is still new enough that most are sold through dealers. A well-optioned 2007 will leave no change from $300,000 (plus tax and license), while a low-mile 2006 will be offered in the $250,000 range and a 2005 at $220,000. The 612 continues Ferrari's tradition of offering performance that can rarely be used at a price that ensures exclusivity. On the collectibility side, no 2+2s have ever skyrocketed the way their two-seat stablemates have, and neither the 456 nor the 612 are likely to become collectibles. They are simply daily-driver Ferraris, and like an exclusive Swiss watch, are bought as much for the statement they make as for the performance they offer.u MIKE SHEEHAN has been a Ferrari broker and race driver for 30 years. He has raced in the Mazda Pro Series, as well as IMSA GTO and IMSA Camel-Lite, with three drives in the 24 Hours of Daytona. 2004 612 September 2007 49


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English Profile Aston Martin DB6 Mk II Volante This sale proves that a rare car can be slightly modified from original with nary a complaint from a qualified and educated buyer by Steve Serio Details Years produced: 1969–70 Numbers produced: 38 Original list price: £6,089 (about $15,000) SCM Valuation: $250,000–$400,000 Tune-up cost: $1,200–$2,400 Distributor cap: $55 Chassis #: Under hood on right side near firewall: Stamped in chassis, left hand lower side near the bottom of the suspension wishbone Engine #: On chassis plate & on left front of block Club: AMOC, Attn: Susan Laskey (secretary), 1301 Avenue of the Americas, 30th Floor, NY, NY 10019 More: www.astonmartin.com Alternatives: 1972–74 Ferrari 365 GTS, 1966–70 Bentley T1 DHC Park Ward, 1971–72 Maserati Ghibli Spider 4.9 SS Comps Chassis number: DB6MK2VC3768R T his quite exceptional DB6 Mk II Volante comes with what is surely every Aston enthusiast's dream provenance—a complete, illustrated record of its total restoration at Works Service. Prepared by the Aston Martin Heritage Center, this report runs to more than 80 pages and is thus far too lengthy to reproduce here. Included within it are details of every phase of the restoration, from the accident damage found after stripping, to the dynamometer reading of the engine on the test bed. A team of eight people—among them possessing 105 years of Aston Martin experience—were hand-picked to carry out this restoration. Records have been produced tracking every item on this car, from being stripped to being reworked to being refitted. During this process many photographs were taken, not only to aid restoration but also to build up an in-depth provenance record. The intention of this restoration was to return DB6/3768/R to its original condition in keeping with the “car for life” program of the Heritage Center Aston Martin Works Service department, whereby knowledge of the past and benefits of the future are brought together to enhance the ownership of the car. A further objective was to bring the DB6 into the 21st century, modifying and updating where possible without spoiling its original appearance. Thus the restoration was carried out using modern techniques and materials such as “E” coating the chassis to bring it up to present day standards of corrosion prevention. In total, there were 750 individual items needing some 50 kind of attention in order to complete this restoration. The car was fully stripped down to the bare chassis and sand blasted to reveal any hidden corrosion. Once the chassis had been fully restored it was then “E” coated. Wherever possible, the exterior body panels were chemically dipped to remove any surface corrosion and then reworked on the original body jigs to the correct shape, grafting in new aluminum as required. With the hand-formed panels fully covering the chassis, the car was given its exterior color using a modern painting system, and then the paintwork was flatted and polished to give a high gloss finish to the coachwork. The car was now ready for the installation of its entire complement of fully refurbished items that had been removed many months previously. Once all the mechanical and trim items had been carefully reinstalled, the car underwent an extensive inspection and road test program before customer hand-over. Specification highlights of this wonderful car include Goodwood Green livery, classic grain, hide upholstery in Warm Beige, black mohair hood with beige backing, 4.2-liter engine converted to accept unleaded fuel, stainless steel exhaust system, SU electric fuel pump, Optronic electronic ignition, 5speed ZF gearbox, 3.77:1 rear axle with limited-slip differential, 15-inch Turrino wire wheels shod with 205HR/15 radial tires, negative earth electrics, vehicle tracker, and CD stereo system. 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Volante Lot # 286, s/n DBVC3633R Condition: 3Sold at $220,000 RM, Phoenix, AZ, 1/19/2007 SCM# 44091 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Volante Mk I Lot# 138, s/n DBVC3617R Condition: 2+ Sold at $221,259 Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, UK, 5/13/2006 SCM# 41965 1969 Aston Martin DB6 Volante MkI Lot# 96, s/n BDVC3728R Condition: 2+ Sold at $183,724 Christie's, London, UK, 6/7/2004 SCM# 34557 Sports Car Market Photos: Bonhams


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Completed in July 2005, DB6/3768/R is offered with restoration invoices, current MoT and Swansea V5 registration document, and represents a possibly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a virtually “as-new” example of one of the most desirable of all Aston Martins, restored at the factory to better-than-new specification and possessing impeccable provenance. SCM Analysis This car sold for $852,390 at the Bonhams Aston Martin Works Service sale in Newport Pagnell, England, on May 12, 2007. Do we credit this result as “long overdue market notice” or once-in-a-lifetime price? Is this the Aston Martin equivalent of the four members of the Boston Red Sox recently hitting back-to-back-to-back-to-back home runs, or is it the respect that the DB series of 1960s open cars deserves? Me thinks the latter. On occasion, auction offerings hit monetary grand slams for no good reason, and a gargantuan price is realized for something that is not rare, sadly presented, or not terribly desirable. Collectors and traders mutter amongst themselves and remain baffled during such times of auction day calamity. However, this successful sale should surprise no one and I'll explain why. You could have bid over the phone The write-up for lot 216 was explicit. You could have bid on this over the phone without ever attending the auction, and you knew what was going to be delivered to your garage. Bravo to the owner, writer, and Bonhams on this. Many catalog descriptions are useless or vague; this was the polar opposite. Restored by the Aston Martin factory Heritage department and presented with over 80 pages of documentation—please add a premium, pass GO and collect $200. Every sentence was informative and needed. Now, the automobile itself is ultra rare (the rarest of Seat Time all open DB series cars and the last of the breed with just 38 examples ever manufactured) and in Aston terms, is desirable, beautiful, and restored with impeccable taste. Surely, obviously, two identical models could have brought over $800,000, as there was a legitimate underbidder. No excuses here. This car was prepared with a few modern touches: Gone is the positive earth, non-original rims were fitted, a CD player added, modern undercoating applied, and more importantly, a massaged 4.2-liter motor was built. I don't know for sure, but I'll bet the original color combination was shown the door to make way for this tasteful marriage of Goodwood Green and beige. What I'm getting at is this: “Who cared and grumbled?” No one with the money, is the answer. As always, buy what you like. If you can, buy what you like in the best condition and with the best provenance—or what simply turns out to be the best driving example—and don't get caught up in the foolish hype of worrying about some anorak dork who will ask if it's September 2007 the original color, or what happened to the original Motorola 8-track? Scram, you chassis-number-collector, before you get hit with this non-original knock-off hammer! Slightly modified without complaint This car proves that a rare, expensive, desirable, not-easily-replaced car can be slightly modified from original with nary an uttering of complaint from a qualified and educated buyer (I know the end user; this applies to him). Any useless jargon about “dos and don'ts” of proper restoration from some brochure-collecting monkey in the peanut gallery will be quickly dismissed. This was no fluke, folks. This particular car is the contemporary stablemate to a Ferrari 365 GTS in rarity, and on this day, it hit the grand slam for price, and deservedly so. u STEVE SERIO is president of Aston Martin of New England. Verna Pyplacz, Langley, British Columbia, CAN: My husband, Laurence Fraser, and I have three vintage Astons—a DB4, DB6, and a DB6 Volante. The Volante is mostly my car, and I drive it occasionally. There were 140 Volante Mk Is made and 38 Mk IIs, and this makes them rare indeed. I like power, handling, and luxury in my cars, and the Volante is a very luxurious car for its time (1967), with an electric convertible top, select-a-ride suspension, air conditioning, power steering, and an automatic transmission. The steering and the good brakes, along with its power, make it very easy to enjoy driving. Perhaps the nicest thing about the Volante is that it seats four people, so you can take friends or children on a Sunday drive.u 51


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English Patient Gary Anderson Sunbeam's Snakebit Tiger I asked a group of gearheads why Tigers can be bought so cheaply, and almost in unison they said: “Because of the styling” by Gary Anderson T he story of the Sunbeam Tiger remains a frustrating one to aficionados, who struggle with a version of the Rodney Dangerfield Syndrome. If the car can win respect for its performance, why doesn't it bring more money? Heavily influenced by the immensely success- ful AC Cobra, the Tiger was an effort to make an English sports car aimed at American muscle car buyers. Its parent company, the Rootes Group, was best known for stodgy family sedans, but cranked out the Tiger project in 14 months instead of its usual four or five years. However, in spite of its successful reception, the Sunbeam Tiger was withdrawn from production after only 36 months, with just over 7,000 units built. Low production, Carroll Shelby design, and Ford V8 power have failed to energize the Tiger market. A genuine Tiger in very nice condition can be purchased today for one-tenth the price of a genuine Shelby AC Cobra, which after all is just another English sports car with a Ford V8 engine. Why is that? Here's the story. In 1955, Sir William Rootes demanded a sports car to compete with Austin-Healey, MG, and arch-rival Standard-Triumph's TR3. Four years later, the Sunbeam Alpine emerged with the same name as the early '50s Sunbeam-Talbot roadster in which Stirling Moss won the French Alpine rally. Though it scored a cameo role in the first James Bond movie, “Dr. No”, the 1959 Alpine is more often associated with Liz Taylor in “Butterfield 8.” Relatively underpowered, it was branded “a secretary's car.” Don't tell Dad At the time the Alpine was introduced, Ian Garrad was managing Rootes's opera- tions in California, hot bed of U.S. automotive creativity. Probably inspired by Jack Brabham's suggestion to Norman Garrad, Ian's father and manager of Rootes's Works Competitions Department, that Rootes should follow AC's example and insert an American V8 engine into the Alpine, Ian went to see Carroll Shelby. Shelby took some measurements and concluded that a Ford 260-ci V8 could be shoehorned into the Alpine. He offered to produce a prototype in eight weeks for $10,000. At that point, Garrad met Brian Rootes, son of Sir William and director of market- ing for Rootes, in a bar in San Francisco in February of 1963. During a long, liquid evening, Ian pitched Brian. Brian's response, as Shelby tells the story, was: “Go ahead, but keep it quiet from Dad until you hear from me. I'll work the $10,000 out some way, possibly from the advertising account.” As a sidelight, Ken Miles, another Brit and West Coast racer, told Ian he could test the concept by putting a Ford V8 with automatic transmission into an Alpine for about $500, which he did in only ten days. Miles determined that handling and power were going to be issues, but Shelby was confident he could manage. Because the Alpine steering rack took up needed space behind the engine, an MGA rack was mounted ahead of the front cross-member. To handle the engine's power, a narrowed rear end from a Ford Galaxie, located with a Panhard rod, was substituted. Because all the ancillary equipment—especially the distributor—was at the front of the engine, the rest of the fit required only some well-placed hammer blows to the firewall. 52 260-ci lump under the hood Convinced they had a winner When the prototype was completed, the young Garrad spent a weekend with Rootes's U.S. manager, John Panks, driving backroads in Southern California. The two were convinced they had a winner and Brian Rootes told his father. Lord Rootes would agree to nothing until he had seen the car, so it was sent to England in July. Norman Garrad was the first to drive it, then Peter Wilson, second in command in engineering. As Wilson later said, “I was expecting some sort of crude lash-up but Shelby had done a great job and it felt right, straightaway.” Then Lord Rootes—who by that time almost never drove cars—took the car out with his chauffeur following, returning alone when the chauffeur was unable to keep up with him. In a decision totally out of character, he approved the car for production, aimed at the 1964 New York Auto Show, only eight months away. Henry Ford II happened to be in Europe, so Lord Rootes met with him about engines and transmissions. The MGA steering rack was replaced by a Rootes design, and the Ford rear end was replaced by a Salisbury. But who to build it? Shelby wanted the contract, but urged more radical modifications to the Alpine's chassis, and he was closely tied to Ford. Instead, the job went to Jensen, which was making bodies for the Austin-Healey, but could put the car into production immediately. Though the car had carried the project name “Thunderbolt,” by the time it appeared, Rootes had named it the “Tiger,” paying tribute to a famous Sunbeam race car of the 1920s. Rootes sold every Tiger produced Sports Car Market


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Though production was slow to ramp up, Rootes was able to sell every Tiger Jensen could produce and for only $3,500—a price $550 more than the Alpine but less than the Austin-Healey. In the two production years of 1965 and 1966, nearly 6,500 Tigers were sold. Journalists were pleased with the performance, though more with the Tiger's good manners than its fullthrottle character. One noted that if the car was revved up and the clutch dropped, it would go off at a blistering rate, but often at a severe angle to its intended course. Once underway, the brakes proved inadequate. In late 1965, when the Alpines were restyled, the Tiger got the same styling on the model now called by fans the “Tiger 1A.” The 289-ci V8 was substituted for model year 1967, with that model known as the Tiger II. The bigger engine raised the Tiger's horsepower from 136 to 174, adding 27 additional pound-feet of torque. The only other change was in badging, but it was significant. Where the Tiger I carried a badge on its flank that heralded “Powered by Ford 260,” the Tiger II's badge said, instead, “Sunbeam V8.” The change was required because Lord Rootes had solved his cash problems by selling 30% of voting shares and 50% of non-voting shares to the Chrysler Corporation. Chrysler insisted the word “Ford” be removed from the car. Unfortunately, no amount of Chrysler control could shoehorn a Chrysler V8—with its rear-mounted distributor—into the Tiger. So, with approximately 600 units of the Tiger II produced (different sources say 633 and 591) Chrysler forced Rootes to pull the plug. Why are Tigers so cheap? In a world where Austin-Healeys powered by a 6-cylinder lump now sell for six figures and real AC Cobras with Ford 289 engines can bring $500,000 (even a replica may fetch $75,000), why can a really good Tiger be bought for less than $50,000? I asked a group of fellow gearheads that question, and almost in unison they answered: “Because of the styling.” The AC body style on the 289 Cobras, and the derivative style on the 427 are accepted as a classic car design. By contrast, the Tiger looks like an Alpine and is one of several slab-sided British cars of the period, and not the best at that. The AC Cobra is rarer, but there aren't many real Tigers around, either. That's another problem; it's easy to fake a Tiger. In fact, there are so many V8s stuffed into donor Alpines that the Sunbeam Tiger Owners Association (www.stoatigerclub.com) can authenticate Tigers on the basis of subtle differences. Not that it seems to matter much; a fake with an excellent body, good engine, and high-quality workmanship (the club calls them “Al-gers”) can still bring more than a ratty-but-right Tiger. But find a good Tiger and you've got a car that's acceptable to the classic muscle car crowd and also tweedy British car lovers. Either way, drive it carefully until you get used to its power and handling quirks, and then go have fun with your British muscle car.u GARY ANDERSON is the founder of MC2, (www.mc2magazine.com), the magazine for Mini owners and is a three-time participant in the Monterey Historic Races. September 2007 53


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1961 Facel Vega HK500 The ultra-glamorous French coupe became the car of choice for owners including Picasso, Tony Curtis, Ava Gardner, and Stirling Moss by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1959–61 Number produced: 458 Original list price: $9,795 SCM Valuation: $37,000–$75,000 Tune-up cost: $400 Distributor cap: $35 Chassis #: Center of firewall in engine compartment Engine #: N/A Club: Facel Club USA, P.O. Box 6142 San Pedro, CA 90734 More: www.club.facel-vega.com Alternatives: 1964–68 Gordon-Keeble GT, 1955–59 Bentley S1 Continental, 1960–63 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: HK1BM8 A lmost all automobile marques carry the name of their creator. But that's not the case of FACEL (Forges et Ateliers de Construction d'Eure-et-Loir), the company founded in 1939 by Jean Daninos, which became Facel-Métalion in 1945 with two distinct activities—aviation and automobiles. The HK500 was presented in May 1958 and replaced the FV3 of 1956. The car was equipped with a Chrysler type TY7 Typhoon engine of almost 6.3 liters, which gave the respectable power output of 360 hp at 5,200 rpm. This allowed the new four-seater a speed of 155 mph. Replaced in 1961 by the Facel II, the HK500 was one of the great French luxury cars, of which the car presented here is the perfect example. The coachwork of this car was completely restored by Lecoq. The interior, done in superb red leather, was sent to England for reconstruction. The mechanicals were entrusted to the care of the Parisian specialist Tisserand. The car is equipped with Spax shock absorbers and 205x15 Avon radial tires. The alignment of the body panels is perfect, as are all the numerous stainless trim pieces. It is a magnificent automobile, a very grand French classic, in a superb state of presentation. SCM Analysis This car sold for $78,799 at the Artcurial Paris sale on June 18, 2007. The lure of the transatlantic gran turismo is a strong one. The combination of lazy, strong American grunt married to a sophisticated European chassis and 54 coachwork seems to be a natural. Effortless, reliable power in a relatively inexpensive package has been used by Jensen, Iso, Bristol, DeTomaso, Monteverdi, Qvale, and Intermeccanica, to name a few. One of the earliest, and for a time, quite successful, was Facel Vega. Jean Daninos was the head of a metal working company that produced a range of items from jet engine parts to kitchen sinks. As a supplier of complete body shells to the French auto industry he observed the combination of poor marketing, lack of management skills, and punitive taxation that saw the decline and later demise of Delahaye, Delage, Hotchkiss, and Bugatti in the immediate post-war period. French in the prestige market Sensing a void, he sought to re-establish the French in the prestige car market. Daninos first rebodied a Bentley Mk VI chassis for his own use, and exhibited it at the Paris Motor Show. Interest in the car was high and he received a number of orders. Apparently, the appeal of his sportier Bentley wasn't lost on Rolls-Royce, which was at the same time planning what would become the R-type Continental coupe. They cut off the supply of chassis to Daninos so as not to encourage a competitor. At the same time, a lost contract with Panhard—a result of their switching from primarily aluminum to steel bodies as part of their 1954 redesign—convinced Daninos to start manufacturing a range of cars of his 1962 Facel Vega II Lot# 746.1, s/n 145 Condition: 1Sold at $121,500 Kruse, Auburn, IN, 8/30/2006 SCM# 42923 1958 Facel Vega FVS Lot# 55, s/n FV3B58311 Condition: 2Sold at $55,485 Christie's, Apeldorn, NLD, 8/31/2003 SCM# 36311 1958 Facel Vega HK500 Lot# 60, s/n FV3B58311 Condition: 2+ Sold at: $43,381 Christie's, London, UK, 12/4/2001 SCM# 24420 Sports Car Market Artcurial


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own. The first Facel Vega to hit the market was the FV in 1954. It featured contemporary, somewhat transatlantic sharp-edged styling in a bold form, combined with a 276-ci Chrysler Hemi V8 and Powerflite transmission. Lance Macklin, noted English racing driver, had a hand in the chassis design. With 120 mph performance, it clearly seemed to be the world-beater Daninos wanted it to be. From 1955 through 1958, the Chrysler engines used steadily increased in size and power. Next came the FVS and the wonderful and hopefully named “Excellence,” a pillarless 4-door hard top with rear suicide doors. Legend has always held that the body engineering on the Excellence was suspect, with tales of doors either popping open on the move or being stuck closed when parked on an uneven surface. However, given Daninos's experience in the metal trades, it would have been sur- prising if these rumors had been true. This issue was addressed in an April 1962 Motor Trend comparison test when the Facel was put up against a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud and Mercedes 300; the testers found no evidence of body twist. The HK500 debuted in 1959, with a 383-ci Chrysler V8 delivering 360 hp and a massive 460 ft-lbs of torque at 2,800 rpm. It boasted a 0–60 time of 8.4 seconds and a top speed of over 130 mph. The ultra-glamorous French coupe rapidly became the car of choice for the dolce vita (or should I say, “la vie doux”) crowd. Facel owners ran the gamut from Picasso to Tony Curtis, Ava Gardner to Stirling Moss. An unfortunate association with a well-known name was Albert Camus. The famous writer was a passenger in his publisher's Facel when it left the road and drove into a tree and they were both killed. The handling of the car was blamed, although the conditions of the road in January and the speed at which they were traveling may have had more to do with the outcome. Nevertheless, it was the first of several blows to Facel's reputation, from which it would not recover. Far more crippling was yet another French tax, this time on imported engines. Forced to develop his own power plant for a planned new smaller GT, the Facellia, Daninos turned to transmission (and manhole cover) maker Pont-a-Mousson for a solution. The DOHC 4-cylinder they created was a disaster, resulting in numerous warranty claims, which for all intents and purposes destroyed the company. Before it went under, a replacement for the HK500, the Facel II, was launched in late 1961. A cleaner, more European-looking coupe, it continued using the Chrysler 383 and offered 150 mph performance. The tariff on the engine, however, made it much more expensive than the older model and sales were disappointing. An attempt was made to save the Facellia by dropping the troublesome French four and replacing it with a Volvo engine. The Facel III, as it was now called, was too little, too late. Daninos attempted to sign a contract with Rover to supply an engine in exchange for building Land Rovers in France. The French government scuppered that deal as well and in 1964, only a decade after beginning with such promise, the last Facel left the factory. I must confess in the name of disclosure that the HK500 has long been one of my favorite cars. The typically '50s styling and neat details such as the trompe l'oeil “wood graining” on the metal dashboard and aircraft-like toggle switches make it quite unlike any other cars in its class. The handling is certainly as good as most of its European competition and much better than American cars of the period. Build quality and detailing are excellent, and you certainly won't have to worry about being one of many Facel Vegas at any show or vintage rally you attend. In fact, as a vintage rally/tour car, an HK500 would be hard to beat, since any mechanical issues that might arise could be easily addressed at the nearest NAPA store, and its easy power and comfortable seats would be welcome on a thousand-mile trip. The most desirable last year The Facel sold by Artcurial is the most desirable HK500 from the final year of pro- duction. In addition, it is in a great color combination, with the preferred wire wheels and 4-speed manual gearbox. The market has long valued the later Facel II higher than the HK; I think it's more for the design than anything else, as the basic underpinnings are little changed from the last HK500, which gained the four-wheel disc brakes standard on all Facel IIs. I happen to find the earlier car more attractive, as it doesn't have the “chopped” roof look of its successor. This sale, at the top of the SCM Price Guide range, seems to be market correct. Facels trade in a fairly thin market, but when a really good one comes up, there always seem to be willing buyers available. Given the intrinsic appeal of these Franco-American hybrids, this may seem like a bargain not too long from now.u DONALD OSBORNE is the principal in appraisers Automotive Valuation Services. His articles on collector cars have appeared in the New York Times. (Introductory description courtesy of Artcurial.) September 2007 Seat Time Rodes's HK500 Peter Phillips, Peoria, AZ: I currently own an HK500, a car that was way ahead of its time. Mine has 70,000 miles and has spent all of its life in Arizona, so it is rust free. All of the suspension components are original but upgraded with new shocks and bushings. I recently drove the Copperstate 1000 and it performed flawlessly, sometimes driving at speeds over 80. The HK500 was the Bentley GT of its time, and I say that with confidence, as I own both. These cars have been underappreciated from a value standpoint for a long time, but the few who have owned them know otherwise. You actually have a picture of my car—it appears on p. 44 of the July issue in Colin Comer's coverage of the Copperstate. Cesar Rodes, via email: I recently purchased a 1961 HK500 with the Pont-a-Mousson transmission—my fourth Facel in the last 20 years. This is a really nice car with only 28,000 miles on it, and I am only the third owner. The original owner, a Mr. Wilbur Rice from Vermont, was a close friend of Facel founder Jean Daninos. He ordered the car new from Facel and had them custom install a manual steel sliding sunroof, which is unusual. The car came with two large notebooks of original documents and letters between Mr. Rice and Mr. Daninos well into the 1990s. I even have the original invoice. I plan on keeping this one a long time. Driving an HK500 is an interesting experience. I love the combination of power, comfort, and exclusivity. The instrument panels with their comprehensive gauges are among the best looking ever put into a car. I even like the hand-painted simulated wood (it's steel). The front seats are spacious and comfortable, and the cars cruise effortlessly at high speeds. In fact, they really don't get into their own until about 80 mph. Late one night I raced a guy in a 930 Porsche near Pasadena from 75 mph up. We were neck and neck all the way down a straight until we came upon a long, sweeping curve and I had to get on the brakes. Man, was he surprised that I gave such a run. Not bad for an old car. Another time I got pulled over by a sheriff who just wanted to know what type of car it was. The HK500 has a pretty stiff ride around town, but the Achilles heel of these cars are the brakes and steering. The 1961 HK500s came with four-wheel Dunlop brakes, but the remote mounted vacuum booster was a Kelsey-Hayes unit designed for drum-braked 1950s American iron. The brakes are spongy and the boosters unreliable. I've lost my brakes several times in Facels, and it's usually the booster at fault. On my current car, I installed a dual circuit master cylinder with an electric booster. The brakes feel great and are safe now. The power steering on HK500s is overly complex, hard to maintain, and prone to breakage. I removed the power steering from my first HK500 and also the one I have now. I converted the steering to manual factory specs for safety. You can install a power steering box to remedy the situation, but this is hard to do, as the pitman and idler are unique to Facel. I don't mind the heavy steering around town. Once you are moving, the manual steering feels much more precise and the effort is not bad. All in all, the HK500 is a great car once it's sorted out. Most HK500s have been off the road for decades due either to steering or brakes. Once you get these issues resolved, they are very reliable and mechanically simple. 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German Profile 1974 Porsche 914 2.0 Roadster The 914 changed the rules. For starters, you paid extra for chrome bumpers and vinyl-covered roof sections. Excuse me? by Jim Schrager Details Years produced: 1970–76 (2.0 1973–76) Number produced: 100,000 plus total Original list price: $3,495 (1973 2.0 $4,975) SCM Valuation: $6,000–$9,000 Tune-up cost: $250 Distributor cap: $12 Chassis #: On bulkhead under front hood Engine #: Stamped into engine block Club: Porsche Club of America, 5530 Edgemont Dr., Alexandria, VA 22310 More: www.pca.org Alternatives: 1963–74 MGB, 1961–68 Triumph TR4, 1966–69 Alfa Romeo Duetto SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 4742903831 bought the “appearance group” option that included chrome bumpers as well as an aluminum-trimmed vinyl covering for the roof pillars. Oddly enough, buyers on the West Coast had to pay an additional $100 for the privilege of the chrome and vinyl option. The car was built by long-time Porsche body builder P Karmann and assembled with a VW engine. Initial public reaction was muted, but nevertheless sales were steady and reliable, which were attributes of the car itself. The removable fiberglass roof section promised open-air motoring in safe style. The flat-4 air-cooled powerplant, with fuel injection, provided reasonable performance and spirited touring, and the chassis was often praised because of its near neutral handling. This beautifully presented Metallic Silver example was acquired by the previous owner, who resided in Fairfield, Connecticut. Visually, the car is stunning, as it has been treated to a refinish and shows no obvious blemishes or imperfections. The interior is in very fine condition with no tears or signs of wear. Similarly, the engine bay is very well presented throughout. Purchased at the 2006 Christie's Greenwich sale (for $15,275), this 914 has been treated to a number of maintenance tasks, including a new fuel filter, cleaning of the fuel injection, new front brake pads and rotors, as well 56 orsche introduced the 914 at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1969, and it became available in the U.S. in the spring of 1970. Priced at just under $3,500 (for the 4-cylinder car), an extra $200 as parking brake calipers. The current owner has decided to sell due to a rapidly growing collection and space constraints. Rarely found in such prime condition, we advise consideration of this highly usable Porsche. SCM Analysis Although estimated at an aggressive $14,000–$18,000 and offered at no reserve, this pretty 914 made $24,200 at Christie's auction in Greenwich, CT, on June 3, 2007. The price is well above the going market rate, and would be tough to duplicate. The 914 changed all the rules for Porsches of the day, with some of the changes just too much for marque enthusiasts to deal with. For starters, you paid extra to have chrome bumpers and vinyl covered roof-pillar sections. Excuse me? Porsche buyers famously avoided bling on their cherished 356s and 911s, and you simply never saw a vinyl roof on any of these cars, in spite of the significant popularity of the option on other cars of the day. Chrome bumpers? Not exactly a hot seller for traditional Porsche buyers, but an extra cost option—frequently purchased—by the 914 buyer. The engine in the middle makes servicing an act best left to those who have trained on the high wire in a circus, but to make matters worse, there was a heavily electrified fuel injection system that no one who hadn't been factory schooled could even begin to 1970 Porsche 914 1.7 Roadster Lot# 62, s/n 4702912989 Condition: 2Sold at $18,360 B-J, West Palm Beach, FL, 3/29/2006 SCM# 41213 1971 Porsche 914 1.7 Roadster Lot# 639, s/n 4712905482 Condition: 3Sold at $4,452 Cox, Branson, MO, 4/20/2007 SCM #44994 1973 Porsche 914 2.0 Roadster Lot# 731, s/n 4732920996 Condition: 2Sold at: $9,680 Kruse, Hershey, PA, 10/7/2005 SCM# 39513 Sports Car Market Images: Christie's


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troubleshoot. The fact it was a humble VW engine didn't kill the car, but it didn't help much either. Gone was that useful back seat Then there was that interior. Gone was the tremendously useful back seat area for kids, groceries, and other necessities of modern life. However, Porsche design folks understood the Spartan nature of the 914 design and the interior has held up quite well over time, seeming functional and almost welcoming in today's stark and harsh high tech world. The lack of rear seats has become a non-issue. The exterior design was always another matter. Some have said the car looks like it was designed by a committee, and in fact, it was. Let's call the looks distinctive, and in some ways, daring. But it had none of the intuitive streamlining and grace of the 356 and 911 cars that preceded it. With all these differences from the core of the Porsche brand, you might expect the car would fall on its face, but it was a nice success for Porsche. With over 100,000 sold, and all the 4-cylinder cars built outside the busy Porsche factory, this was a clever way to sell more cars and make more money without having to invest in plant capacity. But it fell far short of its mission of replacing the 911 (perhaps more rumor than fact), and Porsche went in two different directions for its next cars: The down-market, water-cooled, frontengined 924 slotted below the 911, and the up-market, water-cooled, front-engined 928 slotted above. The values of 914s have been moving upward gently, but few who can afford a 911 would select a 914 instead, so the pressure on 914 prices will remain modest. There is no shortage of 914s, but the 2.0 is the best of the 4cylinder cars and in many ways, better even than the 914-6, due to the simplicity and low cost of the 4-cylinder engine. Even though it's a lovely car in the rare color of Metallic Silver, this result is about twice the going rate for similar cars. We'll call this one very well sold.u JIM SCHRAGER wrote Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Porsche 356. His latest book on the early 911 will be published later this year. (Introductory description courtesy of Christie's.) Seat Time Stan Hanks, Camas, WA: I had four of these off and on between 1986 and 2004, including one SCCA ITA racer. They're tremendously unsuspecting—more cargo space than a 911, slot-car-like handling, comfortable even on longish road trips. That said, driving one is an exercise in conservation of momentum, because even though the 2.0-liter engine is a huge improvement on the 1.8 liter and the 1.7 before it, it's still no horsepower giant. The worst part of the car is the fuel pump location, which dooms you to vapor lock from time to time on hot days until you apply the “fuel pump relocation” fix. The best part is the sheer fun per cubic dollar. It just can't be beat by anything. Jim Sucharski, Orlando, FL: I had a 1975 914 that I bought from the original owner—a family friend—in 1995. The car came from the salty central New York region and was absolutely original, with only about 60,000 miles. It had been sitting in a garage for about ten years. I spent a week vacation getting the car road ready, including new tires, battery, brake fluid, plugs, etc., and drove it to my then-home of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The car just kept running better and better on the trip, except for an occasional failure to run at all. It took me about 750 miles and three or four failed attempts to finally diagnose the problem as a bad ground on the electric fuel pump, located in the front of the car behind an access panel behind the spare tire. When I got the car home, I found that it failed a test promulgated by the 914 owners club called the “Big Butt” test, wherein you invite the nearest corpulent volunteer to sit in the seat while you measure the door gaps before and after he sits down. This lead to an examination of the sheet metal structural longitudinals below the passenger compartment running from the suspension consoles in the rear to the door posts in the front. Salted roads had taken their toll, and the car required immediate work. I replaced as much metal as I could, and then used Brad Mayeur, from East Peoria, Illinois, to supply strengthening panels that he makes for 914s with this problem. Brad proved to be a great resource for all things and procedures 914 and enabled me to enjoy this car for the ten years I owned it. Greatest moments included a return to the New York area for the 50/50 combined Porsche and Watkins Glen anniversary celebration, where I got to drive the course. I also autocrossed the car with the Central Iowa Porsche Club, and it was typical of me to fly around the autocross track with my horn sounding in all the parts that required fast steering wheel work. Examining the ownership experience, I'm most impressed by the outstanding driveability from a 1970s emission-controlled car, the ability to maintain fast point-to-point velocities by conserving momentum with high cornering speeds and modest acceleration, and outstanding ergonomics and surprising comfort for my 6'2” frame.u September 2007 57


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Porsche Gespräch Jim Schrager Best Investments? Dial 911 Low-mileage cars are a funny part of the hobby; you can't use your new toy or you drive away its distinction Porsche Gespräch / Jim Schrager A ll 911s were not created equal, and they are not treated equally by vintage car buyers. Each move in the market favors certain models, making superstars out of some and leaving others behind. Herewith we present the top five gainers in the vintage 911 world, with an eye toward which might be best to scratch your itch. Early 911S (1967–73) These cars have roughly doubled in the last five years, from about $25,000 for a nice driver to $50,000—and you can double those prices again for the always-steep value increase from #2 to #1 condition. In some ways this is no surprise, as the S model has always been the ultimate street-going 911 (other than the Euro-only, single-year, Carrera RS, of which more later). On the other hand, there are surprises in the strength of the S cars. In the first place, S cars are tremendously similar to the “lesser” cars in the line. Yes, the S has more horsepower and extra options like the iconic Fuchs forged alloy wheels, bigger brakes, special trim, and from 1969 to 1973, mechanical fuel injection. But at the end of the day, many other 911 models are still great cars for all-around enjoyment. Second, these are not rare, with over 11,500 made over seven years. That's quite a large number for a car heading into the price stratosphere. But buyers are seeing them as “exceptionally rare” (to quote a recent eBay ad) and sellers seem happy to add fuel to that fire. In the end, the S will remain a great early 911 to own, and I recommend that every serious Porsche fan own at least one true, first-generation 911S sometime. Original 911 (1965–66) These are still quite reasonable compared to the 911S cars, and they are rarer, too. Don't go thinking they are slow as a toad; they aren't. Much more of a city car than an early S, these 911s have delightful gobs of torque up to about 4,500 rpm, then not much pulling power beyond. The early S cars, by contrast, are all about high rpm torque, and if that's your ticket, only an S will do. The first two years of the 911 have their unique charms, such as wood dashboards and steering wheels, chrome road wheels, gas heaters, Hella fog lamps—all standard. They are the most ornate of the 911s and forge the closest link to the well-loved 356s. Find one of these in nice condition and it can be worth all of $25,000— perhaps more in the right venue. Because of their rarity, these are harder to find than a nice early S, and a bit more of an acquired taste. Ultra-original, low-mile 911 (1967–1973) This is one of the recent surprises: that almost any 58 1973 911S Targa lowly 911, even the T model, can bring big, silly money—say $50,000-plus—if it is dead original with verifiably low miles. It's a funny part of the hobby because you can't use your new toy much or you risk driving away the distinction for which you paid so dearly. Any good 911 is a great car to drive; few were parked and most were driven, mak- ing true low-mileage examples tough to source. Be sure to verify mileage with service documents, as 911s wear like iron and looks can be deceiving. Soft-rear-window Targa (1967–71) These weren't a good idea when new, hence the short life span. Just like the 356 Speedster that preceded the soft Targa, they didn't make much sense unless you were located in one of the few parts of the world with permanent sunshine. Now that we only drive our cars on sunny days, they are in great demand. You almost can't pay too much, and you'll be helped by the elite Porsche cognoscenti who previously would not have owned anything but a Coupe. Hey, it was the same for 356s, with the vast majority of new ones being Coupes. But what's worth the big money today? Speedsters. All Targas were soft in 1967, there were some built in 1968, and just a few from 1969 to 1971. Although any 912 is worth less than any 911, you can even buy a 912 and do well if it is a soft Targa. Soft Targa 911S cars are especially delightful, and confined mostly to 1967. Prices vary widely based on model and condition, but expect to pay anywhere from $25,000 to $45,000. Carrera RS (1973) These have gone to the moon, doubling a few times since a decade ago when a driver could be had for $40,000, even though over 1,500 were made, taking them out of the truly rare category. Today it takes over $200,000 for a decent car, maybe $250,000 for a Touring model with no stories and a bit of street provenance. Beware of anyone pushing a car at much less money, and be certain you understand why it is on the market cheaply. As with any certified collectible, liquidity on one of these is high and there are few good reasons you'll find one being given away. Sports Car Market


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1969 911E soft-rear-window Targa Most cars will be the street version, known as the Touring model, although there is a Lightweight version and also a full race RSR. Some Touring cars have been converted to Lightweights and they sell at the same price as if they were original Touring models. Color changes to another originally available hue also don't seem to hurt the value much, as long as they are well executed. About 20% of all cars had sunroofs, far higher than the regular production cars (estimated at 5%), and many buyers like this option for a street car. Few race their original RS cars anymore, even in club races, as clones are much cheaper. Watch out for re-tubbed cars with correct data plates but wrong numbers, especially 1973 Carrera RS the hidden pre-production chassis number underneath the knee pad directly below the radio. Your biggest gamble with an RS at today's prices is how well the market in general will hold up. If it stays strong, you'll be fine, as these are highly desirable. But if it stumbles, these will suffer. If you're feeling lucky today, go ahead and write the check. Overall, early 911s, if bought in good condition, are easy to live with and reliable. It seems as though collectors, after ignoring them for many years, have finally figured out they have been undervalued and are now prepared to pay a premium. Given how old they are now, and how few truly unmolested, excellent examples remain, I can only call honest cars fairly priced, even at today's values.u Fantasy Junction 1145 Park Avenue Emeryville, California USA 94608 Phone: (510) 653-7555 • Fax: (510) 653-9754 www.fantasyjunction.com Investments in special interest, classic and high performance cars 1954 Maserati A6GCS, S/N 2053. Desirable and competitive car. Restored. Eligible for all events. Ideal entry for Ferrari Challenge $200,000 in additional receipts from Epifani Restorations. Great provenance. FIA Historical Technical Passport pending. $1,500,000 1966 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint Zagato. True example of Alfa/Zagato synergy combining lightened body work with straight six performance. Phenomenal mechanical condition with excellent original interior. 1 of 105 built. Recent work including Weber carburetors. Excellent for any event. $92,000 September 2007 1956 Cooper T-39 Bobtail, s/n CSII/6/56, engine # FWA4006/69/75. Important and attractive sports racer. The “wide body” version of Cooper's innovative mid-engine F-II car from which sprung the past fifty years of race cars. Ready to race with some spares. $175,000. 1966 Hamill-McKee, SR-3. One of only two remaining Hamill-McKee cars. Fully restored and documented early tube frame CanAm car. Exciting, rare car. Sure to accepted everywhere. Zero time on Bud Gilbert 355 Chevy. Tube chassis class winner 2004 “Big Bore Bash”. Race ready. $118,500. 59


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American Profile 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Sport Coupe It seems hard to justify the extra $75,000 to own #1, especially as there's another #1 out there from the Norwood plant by Jim Pickering Details Years produced: 1970–81 Number produced: 1,936,869 (124,901 in 1970) Original list price: $2,839 SCM Valuation: $22,000–$35,000 (for Z/28) Tune-up cost: $275 Distributor cap: $20 Chassis #: Driver's side dash at windshield Engine #: Passenger side front of cylinder head Clubs: American Camaro Organization, The F-Body Organization More: www.americancamaro.org, www.f-body.org Alternatives: 1970 Pontiac Firebird, 1970 Ford Mustang, 1970 AMC AMX SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 124870L500001 I ntroduced to the public on February 26, 1970, the 1970 Camaro series stayed in production for twelve years. This handsome design survived gas crises, “big bumper” redesigns, and emasculating emis- sions. Attesting to its popularity, the last year's production in 1981 totaled 126,139 units, almost the same as the 1970 model year, when 124,901 cars were produced. In all, Chevrolet built 1,936,869 second-generation Camaros, which makes the very first one an important automobile. Chevy had two production lines, and this car—L500001—was built in Van Nuys, California. It is the first of one of the longest lines of sports cars ever built. The other production line at Norwood, Ohio, is characterized with the prefix “N.” The second generation Camaro was dramatically restyled, with a long nose, short deck, and square grille. This first car has a full-width front bumper over horizontal parking lights, as opposed to the half bumpers and round turn signals in the Rally Sport. It's on the same 108-inch wheelbase as the earlier cars but is three inches longer overall. Plain, smooth sides lead to a blind C-pillar and Kamm tail with round taillights. This car has just completed a comprehensive restora- tion, and has been repainted in its original classic white with a black vinyl roof and blue interior. It's powered by its original 350-ci, 250-hp “NN” V8 with a 350 Turbo Hydramatic auto transmission. The original assembly sheet was salvaged and the car has its original options—air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, 60 console, tinted glass, white letter tires, convenience lamps, pushbutton radio, windshield antenna, clock, custom seats, and deluxe interior. Records indicate this Camaro was originally a courtesy car in the regional test fleet, and it's sure to be welcome at both concours and Chevrolet events as a centerpiece. SCM Analysis This car sold for $104,500 at Worldwide's Houston Classic Auction, in Seabrook, Texas, on May 5. It's hard to think of the second-generation Camaro as groundbreaking in the history of American sports cars, but at its introduction in February 1970, it was a complete departure from GM's previous pony cars. Road & Track touted it as “the best American car we've ever driven” and “the first effort since the 1963 Corvette to create a real American GT.” It was longer, lower, and wider, with styling supposedly influenced by contemporary Europeans. Only a coupe was offered, and everything from a 250-ci, 155-hp straight 6 to a 396-ci, 375-hp V8 could be fitted from the factory. The basic Sport Coupe, like this car, featured a one-piece front bumper. Glue-on windshield rearview mirrors made their Camaro debut here, as did in-glass radio antennas. The Rally Sport package (RPO Z22) dropped the hidden headlights from the '67–'69 models, and instead consisted of small split 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Trans Am Lot# 162, s/n 72AS43 Condition: 3 Sold at $77,000 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/18/2006 SCM# 42789 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Lot# 40, s/n 124870L500589 Condition: 2Sold at $18,020 Silver, Portland, OR, 10/7/2006 SCM# 43180 1970 Chevrolet Camaro RS Lot# C84, s/n 124870L510113 Condition: 2 Not sold at $9,000 Mecum, St. Paul, MN, 6/18/2005 SCM# 38491 Sports Car Market Photos: The Worldwide Group


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bumpers and marker lights on either side of a blacked-out grille. It was available on both SS and Z/28 models, and was arguably the most attractive of the options offered. The second-gen Z/28 package dropped the high-winding 302 in favor of a solid-lifter 360-hp 350 V8, which could be had with an automatic for the first time. While built on the same style unitized chassis as the earlier cars, the '70 was equipped with a more heavily reinforced front subframe and updated suspension and steering components. A-arms and coil springs were again used up front, while the rear suspension still made use of leaf springs and a live axle. Because of this, handling was predictable and relatively responsive, and GM's bulletproof small- and big-block engines provided reliable performance and cheap maintenance. Long doors drop half an inch Part of Chevrolet's new styling included the removal of the rear quarter windows used on the '69. The doors were lengthened to make up the difference, and steel crash bars were installed inside to protect occupants in the event of a side impact—another Camaro first. Anyone who has driven one will point out how long and awkward the doors are, and that getting out of a second-gen in a Civic-sized parking space with the windows rolled up is an exercise in contortion. If you parked facing uphill, you might as well just stay in the car. Door hinge pins don't live long here, and because of that, Camaro doors are known to drop about a half-inch when opened, and they usually require a healthy slam to close. Cars built after 1973 succumbed to the same emissions and safety regulations that hurt both the performance and styling of everything else in the U.S. at the time. Plastic bumpers, square taillights, leaky T-tops, and an ugly wrap-around rear window became synonymous with GM's F-bodies, and because of that, pre-1974 cars have become the most desirable among Camaro fans. This price represents the highest amount paid at auction for a run-of-the-mill second-gen. SCM Auction Analyst Carl Bomstead stated in his report that $30,000 is the top of the market for a restored early car, and I have to agree, although even that number seems optimistic considering the current softening market for American muscle. Aside from museum display or drawing a crowd at an all-Chevy show, it's hard to justify the extra $75,000 spent to own the first—especially considering there's September 2007 61 another 00001 out there wearing an “N” from the other Camaro assembly plant, in Norwood.u JIM PICKERING is SCM's Auctions Editor. He has driven, raced and restored GM muscle cars and his own car is a 540-hp, 468-ci 1966 Chevrolet Caprice dragracer. (Introductory description courtesy of Worldwide.)


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Domestic Affairs Colin Comer Fuelies—The Story Behind the Story So is it worth paying a 15%–20% premium for a car with a notoriously troublesome FI system? The market seems to say it is gine. It produced 310 hp, as opposed to the 290-hp Tri-Power carbureted version, the next best performance option. Bendix's electromatic gamble While GM was cranking out these somewhat primitive Rochester FI systems, Bendix Automotive was working on a state-of-the-art electronic system for AMC and Chrysler. Called the “Electrojector,” this system was similar to what hit the market nearly 30 years later in the mid-1980s. It was a throttle-bodybased system with two “black box” electronic control units that used various sensors to measure engine load, temperature, atmospheric pressure, and just about every other parameter imaginable. The Electrojector was adapted from Bendix's Rochester FI unit atop 283 V8 I n the early years of the horsepower wars, in the mid1950s, Detroit was looking for ways to get a jump on the competition. The new frontier was fuel injection, with Mercedes-Benz introducing mechanical fuel injection on the 300SL in 1954. Racers were also using fuel injection as a power- adding device, so why not make it a regular production option? By 1956, Zora Arkus-Duntov had worked with Rochester to develop the Ram Jet fuel injection system, which became the first domestic fuel injection system offered to the public. The Ram Jet was a continuous flow system that operated on various vacuum signals and low-pressure fuel injection nozzles, unlike Mercedes' diesel-style high-pressure nozzle metering system. The option was available mid-year on the 1957 Corvette and its 283 ci engine, and it became the first engine to have an advertised one horsepower-per-cubic inch. Officially, the Ram Jet-injected 283 produced over 290 hp in factory testing, but for advertising it just sounded so much better to have it be 283/283. The Corvette wasn't the only car to benefit from this new system, as Chevrolet made fuel injection available on its entire line, in both 283-hp solid-lifter and 250-hp hydraulic-lifter versions. FI was a $484 option, or about 15% of the $3,465 base price of a new Corvette. GM also offered a very similar Rochester FI system on the 1957 Pontiac Bonneville, fitted to its 347-ci en- 62 aviation FI system, and to make it work in an automotive application, Bendix had to take a system mainly concerned with idle and wide-open throttle and make it tractable throughout the rev range. This was perhaps an overly optimistic goal, given the quality of available electronic components at the time; waxpaper covered resistors and capacitors didn't have the weather or vibration resistance needed for automotive applications. The first installation of the Electrojector system was on a handful of 1957 Rambler Rebels with the 327-ci engine. In this application, the 327 made 288 hp. Unfortunately, teething troubles resulted in all of these cars being retrofitted with conventional four-barrel carburetors before being sold. Undeterred, Chrysler also opted to try the Electrojector system on 35 cars in 1958, including 16 Chrysler 300D letter cars and five DeSoto Adventurers. At a staggering $637, against a base price of $4,071, not many buyers stepped up for this 361-ci/345-hp option. Those who did weren't happy, as in real world conditions, it just didn't work. All Bendix Electrojector-equipped cars were recalled and fitted with dual four-barrel induction by Chrysler. Only one 1958 EFI DeSoto is reported to have survived with its original Bendix system intact. As proof of just how far ahead of its time Bendix was, and how great an idea the EFI system was for automotive use, Bosch purchased the Electrojector system and all patents from Bendix. If you have a car with EFI today, chances are it is a Bosch system, and chances are a Bendix engineer from the early 1950s would feel right at home under the hood. Rochester FI still worth the premium Today, Rochester FI cars are the only domestic fuel-injected collectible car most of us will ever have to care for and feed. So is it worth paying a premium for a car with a notoriously troublesome FI system? The market seems to say it is, as 1957–65 FI Corvettes and 1957 Bonnevilles bring roughly a 15%–20% premium over their carbureted stablemates, which oddly enough, is the same premium they brought when new. If all you wish to do is keep an early FI car for display and never drive it, great; just push it into position and throw away the keys. However, if you wish to drive it, most notorious Ram Jet sins really are a result of uninformed mechanics or years of neglect. The main Rochester FI issues have always been cold starting, hot engine vapor lock, and a nasty tendency to leak down and fill cylinders with fuel, quickly hydro-locking the engine so connecting rods get pretzeled when the car is started. The key is setting up the system correctly using a manometer and tuning the engine under load. Once it is set, don't fool with it. It is tempting to turn just that one little screw, but Sports Car Market Tyler Townsley


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diculously low levels, down from well over 250 degrees in the 1960s to about 150 degrees today. Low boil off means that fuel percolates easily, and your car won't run right, if at all. In a modern high-pressure EFI system this doesn't matter, as high pressure raises the boil-off level, and modern EFI runs idle pressures of 40 psi and up. A Rochester FI system has a whopping 0.2 psi at the injectors at idle. Quick fix: race gas. Always use straight 110 octane leaded race fuel for your Ram Jet car. Besides “adjusting” things yourself, the biggest problem is letting an FI system sit. They need to be run at least once a month. Aftermarket kits are available to stop fuel leakdown when the ignition is turned off, and they are a good idea. Another key issue with restored cars is making sure the engine builder used an FI-friendly camshaft. When in doubt, use a stock grind cam. Lastly, always carry a spare fuel injection drive cable with you, and make sure to follow the proper starting procedure when cold (no throttle) and hot (3/4 throttle). With a little care, these remnants of the first round 1957 283/283 'Vette, part of the Special Collection at Bloomington Gold you won't like the result. Many issues aren't really even caused by the FI unit, but rather by poor ignition system performance. Reproduction plug wires suck, and it is crucial to find the now-discontinued AC #46 spark plugs or a modern equivalent. FI engines need perfect spark, spot-on ignition timing, and good fuel. Too quick to boil Which brings us to point #2—modern reformulated fuel is even more damaging to performance than repop plug wires. Fuel “boil-off” levels have been reduced to ri- of Detroit's horsepower wars are actually worth the premium. Nothing sounds like a finely tuned “Fuelie,” and like the fellow at the recent Bloomington Gold Corvette show in St. Charles, Illinois, who had covered 250k-plus miles with his, you can even drive them a little as well. u COLIN COMER is founder and president of Colin's Classic Automobiles and recently completed the Copperstate 1000 in his 289 Shelby Cobra. September 2007 63


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Race Car Profile 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spyder Corto The Alfa is so light and quick, you almost forget it's pre-war. Imagine a tall Lotus 7 with 19-inch tires and a lot more horsepower by Thor Thorson Details Years produced: 1931–34 Number produced: 188 Original list price: 80,000–125,000 Lira ($4,100–$6,400) SCM Valuation: $1.5m–$5m or more Cost per hour to race: $500 Chassis #: Right rear frame rail above wheel Engine #: Left rear engine mount Club: Alfa Romeo Owners Club More: www.aroc-usa.org Alternatives: 1931–35 Bugatti Type 51, 1934–39 ERA, 1930–34 Maserati 26M SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 2211051 T he chassis serial associated with this 8C 2300 is 2211051. This serial was the earliest number applied to the second-series of 8C 2300s, the brainchild of Alfa Romeo's fabled chief engineer, Vittorio Jano. Alfa Romeo 8C 2300s appeared in 1931 in a variety of forms, achieving four consecutive wins in the Le Mans 24-hour race (plus a close second in 1935), two wins in the Spa 24 hours, three consecutive victories in the Targa Florio, and three more in the Mille Miglia. The 8C 2300 design also spawned the short-wheel- base Monza Grand Prix car, followed by the single-seatopen-wheeled Tipo B Monoposto, one of the landmarks of motor racing history at its highest level. This car was restored in the 1980s by the late British Alfista David Black and maintained by his family since his death in 1990. Much of 2211051's provenance is recorded and key details are incontrovertible. It was a Scuderia Ferrari entry in the 1933 Mille Miglia and, driven by Mario Borzacchini, actually led the race for a while. It then passed through various Italian owners—even spending time in Africa—before being sold to the U.S. in the early 1960s. By 1975, it was in pieces, with a later 6-cylinder engine, incorrect independent front suspension, and little body work. At this point, David Black bought the remains for a bargain £600 and set about building up 64 a replacement 8-cylinder engine, correct axle, and bodywork, largely with pre-WWII parts. A recent restoration from 1999 to 2002 cost $160,000. SCM Analysis This car sold for $2,819,000 at the Bonhams Chichester auc- tion at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 22, 2007. It is difficult to overstate the importance of Alfa Romeo's 8C 2300 series of cars in the history of the performance automobile. Despite the relatively small production (188 cars) it was the dominant European racing car of the early '30s and arguably the first Italian “Supercar.” It defined the careers of many of the great drivers of the era, particularly Nuvolari, Caracciola, and Chinetti. It set Enzo Ferrari firmly on the path to automotive greatness, and it established the standards of quality, technological excellence, and beauty that have defined the Italian automobile to the present day. As such, it has been one of the holy grails of performance car collecting for as long as that passion has been around. ALFA (which stands for Lombardy Motorcar Manufacturing Company, roughly translated) was formed in 1910 around the remains of a collapsed Darracq taxicab factory and immediately showed 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza Lot# 75, s/n 2211125 Condition: 2 Sold at $2,530,000 RM, Amelia Island FL, 3/9/2002 SCM# 27253 1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Corto Lot# 108 , s/n 2211080 Condition: 2Sold at $894,280 Bonhams, Goodwood, UK, 9/5/2003 SCM# 36356 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Corto Corsa Lot# 520, s/n 2111027 Condition: 3- Sold at $1,530,730 Bonhams & Brooks, Northamptonshire, UK, 8/25/2001 SCM# 24299 Sports Car Market Images: Bonhams


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its Italian racing passion by entering two cars in the 1911 Targa Florio, where one led briefly. Through the teens, and particularly after industrialist Nicola Romeo took over after WWI, competition (both in racing and with their Torinese rival FIAT) was at the core of Alfa Romeo's self-concept. Vittorio Jano upgraded Alfa A group of talented young racing drivers coalesced around the factory in the early 1920s, including one named Enzo Ferrari. Legend has it that in 1923, Ferrari himself persuaded Fiat's top racing designer, Vittorio Jano, to move to Milan and join Alfa Romeo, but this may be more a good story than reality. Once established in Milan, Jano quickly moved to upgrade Alfa's automotive offerings, dumping the pushrod RL series in favor of a new series of overhead-cam engines with far greater performance. The 6C 1500 and its development, the 6C 1750, were extremely successful through the late '20s, both in competition and as road cars. It's important to remember that Alfa Romeo was not a small specialist manufacturer like Maserati. The Romeo industrial empire was one of Europe's greatest, and Alfa manufactured road cars, buses, trucks, and aircraft engines while the other Romeo companies built industrial, mining, and railway equipment, munitions, etc. With just 533 cars built in 1928, the automotive side of Alfa was more a high-profile jewel in the crown than a core industry. This allowed Jano the freedom to pursue engineering and artistic excellence, and to position Alfa Romeo as an exclusive performance car manufacturer, effectively the Ferrari of its time. The decision to build a supercharged 8-cylinder car to top the product line was made in early 1929, and design work started immediately, but the first cars weren't produced until 1931. Students of history will recall that an awful lot changed between early 1929 and 1931, so the new Alfa 8C 2300 supercar arrived on the market at an inauspicious time. At 80,000–125,000 Lira ($52,000–$82,000 in 2007 dollars), these were very expensive cars, particularly in the depths of a worldwide depression. So their market was limited to those few with both the money to spend and the passion for performance and beauty. I've said in past columns that the first rule of antiques and collectibles is, “what was special then is special now,” and the 8C 2300 is a poster child for that truism. With the possible exception of the 8C 2900 that succeeded it, there is no more desirable pre-war Italian car. The design was an engineering and aesthetic tour de force, innovative with con- cepts like driving the cams, supercharger, and accessories off the middle of the engine, and displaying light alloy casting quality and detail that is still stunning 75 years later. Bugatti engines of the era were minimalist blocks and Mercedes and Bentley units were huge cast lumps, while Alfa's were voluptuous sculptures, all curves and fins. The chassis were likewise light and quick, the cars very easy to drive. Drive an Alfa with your wrists There is a wonderful aphorism that states, “You drive a Bentley with your shoul- ders, a Bugatti with your forearms, and an Alfa Romeo with your wrists.” I have spent some time in an 8C 2300 Monza and plenty of time in Bentleys, and I can attest that this is an accurate statement. The Alfa is so light, quick, and easy to drive that you almost forget that it's a prewar car. Imagine a tall Lotus 7 with skinny 19-inch tires (and a lot more horsepower) and you get the feeling. My experience has been with a Monza, the pure-race variant, and as such the lightest and quickest of the lot. I can only guess that the road versions drove as well. Though the car was originally produced in both long and short chassis versions with everything from pur sang racing bodywork to full four-door Berlina sedans, most of the pedestrian versions have either not survived or been converted to sporting recreations. There are very few original-bodied road-going 8C 2300s left. Like most highly collectible cars from the pre-war period, there is a huge variation in the quality, history, and resulting market values for various examples. There appears to be a period in virtually any car's life, generally between eight and 20 years after it was built, when it's just a difficult, unreliable used-up old car. For the 8C 2300, this period happened to coincide with WWII, with the result that many were broken up for scrap drives, either completely or partially. When they became collectible again in the '50s and later, many cars got reassembled from what parts were available. Known history, originality, and matching numbers are thus of huge consequence in the way the market values these cars. The bottom of the pile are “bitsas” (bits of this car, bits of that car) with tenuous claims to chassis numbers and history, if any. In today's market these are worth something in the range of $1.25 million. At the top would be a factory competition car with famous driver history, all original parts, and a known provenance. A few of these exist, but they are emphatically not for sale. If one were, the number would start with at least a five, probably more. The subject car fits comfortably in the middle of this range. It is a known chassis with good history and an established provenance, but the original engine was lost and a replacement built from parts. Most of the body is new, as is the front suspension. It's a good and very acceptable but not great car, and at $2.8 million, I think was correctly valued for what it is. I'd say honestly and fairly bought.u THOR THORSON is president of Vintage Racing Motors of Bellevue, WA, and is heavily involved with vintage racing and “adrenaline” collector cars. He has been an active vintage racer for 25 years. (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) September 2007 65


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Market Reports Overview Europeans Accelerate, Muscle Hits The Wall Eleven Ferraris broke the million-dollar mark, while Detroit iron struggled due to optimistic reserves by Jim Pickering F erraris and Aston Martins were big news in the early summer months, with European sales of each marque setting new records and provoking a reset of the market. At the same time here in the U.S., SCM's Auction Analysts watched the market for American muscle crumble, as Chargers, 'Cudas, Chevelles, and Mustangs in less than perfect condition again failed to bring results at several sales in the Midwest. Senior Auction Analyst Richard Hudson- Sales Totals Evans traveled to Maranello, Italy, for RM's Ferrari sale, where he noted a $45m total from just 32 cars. It was a near sell-out at 97%, with eleven cars breaking the milliondollar mark. The high sale of the day went to the 1962 Le Mans-winning 330 TRI/LM at nearly $9.3m, and RM's North American show-biz style helped to bring some other very high results at the home of Ferrari. Bonhams's Aston Martin sale in Newport Pagnell also brought some big numbers, with a continuation of the upward trend as seen at last year's event. Twenty-five cars brought a total of $4m, and even though Auction Analyst Julian Shoolheifer noted that nine fewer cars were consigned and six fewer sold, totals were up over $500k from last year, indicating a continuing upswing in the market for these cars. Astons were strong at this year's Bonhams Monaco sale as well, where Shoolheifer noted eight examples from a French collector bringing some hefty prices. The Gran Turismo Classic Collection of sports and GT cars from the '60s and '70s was also featured here, with a Ghia-bodied Jaguar XK 120 Supersonic coupe gaining high sale honors at just over $50m $40m $30m $10m $20m Total Sales Results 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 RM, Maranello Mecum, Belvidere Bonhams, Monte Carlo Bonhams, Newport Pagnell Christie's, Greenwich MidAmerica, Blaine Bonhams & Butterfields, Half Moon Bay $803,850 $680,653 $2,396,020 $4,099,550 $26,528,067 $8,164,091 $45,144,000 $1m. Totals here grew almost $700k from marks set in '06, and only three more cars were sold, again showing a strong market in Europe. Mid-May saw Senior Auction Analyst B. Mitchell Carlson make his way to Blaine, Minnesota, for MidAmerica's 21st Annual Spring Twin Cities Classic Car Auction, where he found sales to be roughly half of the $1.2m realized at last year's event. A final total of $680,653 came from 54 cars this time around, with only 38% of those on offer finding new homes. Optimistic reserves have been a problem in the Midwest of late, and here was no different, with sellers generally unwill- Mecum Belvidere, IL RM Maranello, ITA 66 Bonhams Monte Carlo, MCO Bonhams Newport Pagnell, UK Christie's Greenwich, CT MidAmerica Blaine, MN Bonhams & Butterfields Half Moon Bay, CA Sports Car Market


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Bonhams & Butterfields (BB) Half Moon Bay, CA, p. 136 MidAmerica Auctions (MA) Blaine, MN, p. 126 Mecum Auctions (M) Belvidere, IL, p. 90 ing to negotiate down from last year's prices and buyers not wanting to pay up for #2 and #3 examples. He later teamed up with Auction Analyst Dan Grunwald at Mecum's Belvidere sale, where the same problem lead to final numbers dropping $2.5m below last year's $29m total. Mecum is known for selling muscle, but in an effort to combat this softening market, the company made a strategic move to change up its consignment list, with this year's cars including a Duesenberg, a Delahaye, and an Isotta Fraschini—and even though this was a smart move for the company, it didn't lead to a growth in totals for Mecum. Numbers were also down at Christie's sale at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, despite the sale of a SCM 1-6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/ perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts Christie's (C) Greenwich, CT, p. 106 Bonhams (BNP) Newport Pagnell, UK, p. 118 RM Auctions (RM) Maranello, ITA, p. 68 Bonhams (BM) Monte Carlo, MCO, p. 80 barn-find 1938 Bugatti Type 57C at $852,500, a 1931 Bugatti Type 49 Sports coupe at $395,000, and a 1965 Porsche 911 at an astounding $71,500. Even though excellent consignments had been lined up, four fewer were available, and Senior Auction Analyst Dave Kinney noted the day's totals to be about $600k below last year's final take. SCM Executive Editor Paul Duchene made his way to Half Moon Bay, California, at the beginning of May for the Bonhams & Butterfields Legend of the Motorcycle sale, where 31 bikes sold for a total of just over $800k. Attendance was high at the sale, held in conjunction with the second annual Legend of the Motorcycle Concours, and the prices achieved demonstrated a growing market for excellent examples of motorcycling history. Finally, for something completely different, SCM's eBay Analyst Geoff Archer found a selection of cars that will help you stand out from the crowd, without having to empty your wallet, in this month's report.u Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM Testa Rossa Spyder, $9,281,250—RM, p. 70 2. 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Competizione coupe, $5,717,250—RM, p.70 3. 1970 Ferrari 512 S Prototype racer, $3,564,000—RM, p. 74 4. 1966 Ferrari 206 SP Dino Prototype racer, $3,267,000—RM, p.72 5. 1953 Ferrari 340 MM Spyder, $3,118,500—RM, p.70 6. 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competizione coupe, $2,821,500—RM, p.70 7. 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB coupe, $2,524,500—RM, p.70 8. 2006 Ferrari 248 F1 single seat racer, $2,227,500—RM, p.78 9. 2003 Ferrari F2003-GA F1 single seat racer, 2,079,000—RM, p.78 10. 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona spyder, $1,410,750—RM, p.74 September 2007 1. 1988 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante convertible, $138,006—BN, p.124 2. 1967 Ferrari 365 California convertible, $965,250—RM, p.74 3. 1966 Chevrolet Corvair 500 coupe, $4,620—C, p.116 4. 1964 Oldsmobile F-85 Cutlass 442 2-dr hard top, $32,025—M, p.100 5. 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage saloon, $69,863—BM, p.82 67 Best Buys


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RM Auctions Maranello, IT Column Author Ferrari: Leggenda e Passione The ex-Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien 1962 Le Mans-winning 330 TRI/LM raised a way-over-forecast $9,281,250 Company RM Auctions Date May 20, 2007 Location Maranello, Italy Auctioneer Peter Bainbridge Automotive lots sold / offered 32 / 33 Sales rate 97% Sales total $45,144,000 High sale At $9.3m, 330 TRI/LM is most expensive Ferrari ever sold at auction Report and photos by Richard Hudson-Evans Market opinions in italics A lthough this was actually the second time that RM held a sale in Maranello, this year's Maranello, IT 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM Testa Rossa Spyder, sold at $9,282,250 Buyer's premium 10%, included in sold prices (€1.00=$1.35) The superstar performer was the Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien 1962 Le Mans-winning 330 TRI/LM Testa Rossa Spyder, which raised a way-over-fore- Ferrari bonanza really put the Canadian house on the European collector vehicle auctions map. The sale was staged in association with former top car market leaders Sotheby's, whose London offices are providing the launching pad for RM's current push into the Sterling and Euro zones. This year's sale was staged just before the traditional Monaco auctions that mark the start of Grand Prix week, and buyers were able to witness the star items in action right outside the auction hall, as works test driver Luca Badoer was on hand to drive the lots around the Fiorano circuit con brio. Sale-goers were entertained by a well choreographed production with far more audio-visuals than have been the norm at European auctions since the excesses of the late 1980s. The sale cars were driven—or in the case of the F1s, pushed—onto the block with a lot of razzmatazz, where they were introduced by European Department Chief Max Girardo before being auctioned by RM's Peter Bainbridge. This North American-style show-biz approach certainly paid off big-time, with a near sell-out 97% hit rate achieved. 68 cast $9,281,250. The same buyer's number was also declared when the hammer fell at $5,717,250 for the 1953 340/375 MM Berlinetta Competizione, as well as on the $3,118,500 340 MM Competition Spyder entered by the factory in the 1953 Mille Miglia. All three cars are rumored to be heading to Argentina for museum display. Another bullish valuation of $3,564,000 was given to the ex-NART 1970 512 S, once campaigned by Posey, Bucknum, Gregory, and Rodriguez. With still much to do to bring it back to authentic specifications, the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione driven by the ill-fated Jo Schlesser to third place in the 1960 Montlhery 1,000 made $2,821,500—close its top guide price. The sale proved to be a most accurate barometer reading for Ferrari Grand Prix car resale performance, with four changes of ownership recorded. Occupying pole position for the highest price achieved by a Ferrari single-seater here was Felipe Massa's 2006 Turkish GP-winning Type 248, a virtually current works F1 no less, for which $2,227,500 was accepted. The Rubens Barrichello 2003 Japanese GP-winning F2003GA sold for $2,079,000, and the Michael Schumacher 1997 Monaco- and Spa-winning F310B raised a less-than-expected $1,039,500. By contrast, Patrick Tambay's 1983 San Marino-winning 126 C2B achieved a top guide price $564,300. Ferrari made the most of a potent marketing occasion to ensure those involved in the collector market were aware of the services offered by Ferrari Classiche, which had issued most sale cars with its value-enhancing “Certificate of Authenticity.” Final dollar totals surpassed $45m, and with such a high sell-through rate, all involved in this extraordinary event are justified in being extremely pleased.u Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Maranello, IT Column Author TOP 10 No. 5 #222-1953 FERRARI 340 MM racer. S/N 0268M. Eng. # 0268M. Dark red & gray/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 57,346 km. Coachwork by Touring. One of ten 340 MMs built, and last of two bodied as spyders by Touring. Giuseppe Farina 1953 Mille Miglia factory entry, 3-Hours Algiers and Montlhery winner, in fatal accident 12 Hours Hyeres. Superleggera and Touring-badged bodywork in good order, paint clean. Brooklands-style wind great beauty, $1.5m above the high estimate of $4,224,000 should not be a surprise. TOP 10 No. 6 #214-1960 FERRARI 250 GT SWB Competizione coupe. S/N 2209GT. White & green/black leather & brown cord. Coachwork by Pininfarina and Scaglietti. One of 165 built. First owned and raced by Jo Schlesser. Took 3rd in 1960 1,000k Montlhery, 3rd in class at Monza, 4th in GT Corsica Rally. Colorful past includes theft. Aluminium body corrected and fully restored by Ferrari Classiche. Fresh repaint unmarked, no brightwork fitted, lights out, dash unpainted and without trim. TOP 10 No. 1 #221-1962 FERRARI 330 TRI/LM Testa Rossa racer. S/N 0808. Eng. # 0808. Red/black leather. RHD. Coachwork by Fantuzzi. The Phil Hill/Olivier Gendebien 1962 Le Mans winner. Also owned by NART, then raced by Pedro Rodriguez to win the Bridgehampton Double 500. Rodriguez/ Graham Hill 3rd 1963 Sebring, crashed at Le Mans the same year. Rebodied first as spider, then a coupe. Driven daily in NYC from '65–'74. 2004 Pebble Beach Concours, 2006 Copperstate 1000, regularly used for commuting. Windscreen frame looks heavier in period shield, bevelled edges to driver's mirror, yellow gearshift knob. Chassis tubing visible in cockpit. As seen in 1953 MM start ramp photos, one rear light sits higher than the other. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $3,118,500. Another unique Ferrari racer that deserved its near top estimate valuation. Even though the death of the unfortunate Boncompagni at the wheel of 0268 MM will always mark it in the minds of some, ownership should mean a first-class entry ticket to all the major events, including the Mille Miglia, where this car's extraordinary story started. TOP 10 No. 2 #233-1953 FERRARI 340/375 MM Competizione coupe. S/N 0322AM. Eng. # 0322 AM. Red/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 372 km. One of two surviving 340 MMs from only three built. Ex-works Marzotto Bros 1953 Le Mans 5th, Maglioli/ Carini Rheims 12 Hours. Factory-upgraded to 375 MM spec, Farina/Hawthorn Spa 24 Hours winner. In Scuderia Guastalla ownership, Mancini/Serena Carrera Panamericana 4th. First resto mid-1960s. Presented as driven on Carrera Panamericana, with broken scrutineer 1960 short-block newly made by works, period-correct comp-spec engine and gearbox out of car. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $2,821,500. Last seen at Bonhams Gstaad sale in December '02, where it didn't sell at $639,367 (SCM# 29700). After several layers of murky interim past had been peeled back and early race provenance of this car had been unearthed, then this latest topestimate valuation was understandable. With the supply of genuine 250 GT SWBs being finite and demand for them holding up so well, once completed, 2209GT will almost certainly fetch even more when next it crosses the block. TOP 10 No. 7 #218-1962 FERRARI 250 GT SWB coupe. S/N 3401GT. Eng. # 3401 GT. Red/tan leather. Odo: 41,936 miles. The 135th of 165 250 GT SWBs built, one of 36 built in '62. Color changed from original green during '70s rebuild, further refurbishment in '87, restored again in '93. Monza quick-fill gas cap fitted. Retro-raced for some seasons without original engine. Ferrari Classiche warns chassis tubes were incorrect for factory certification to be granted. Paint and pics. Stone-peppered nose paint, lack of seatbelts correct. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $9,281,250. Sold previously at RM Monterey in 2002 for $6.49m (SCM# 28836). Last seen at Sotheby's Maranello sale in June '05, a no-sale at $8,050,000 (SCM# 38638). Being unique, Le Mans-winning, capable of transporting two around circuits or on the road, and one of the most important Ferraris ever to cross the block, it wasn't surprising that 0808 achieved a new record high price at more than mid-estimate money here. RM and its client should be delighted, and over time the new owner should see further appreciation—albeit at a slower rate. #202-1963 FERRARI 250 GTE 2+2 coupe. S/N 4093. Eng. # 4093. Silver/red leather. Odo: 37,900 km. Body removed from chassis during extensive 2005 resto by Touring Garage. Trunk lid gaps inconsistent, especially around driver's side front corner. Front overrider chrome poor, other plating looks new. Refurbished Borranis show some dimples to rims, newer tires fitted. sticker sealing driver's door. Bodywork in super order, panel fit good, paint virtually unmarked, engine bay well prepped and spotless. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $5,717,250. Last seen at Gooding's Pebble Beach sale in '05, where it didn't sell at $3,650,000 (SCM# 38918). Driven by the Scuderia's finest to become the highest placed Ferrari in every race in which it competed in 1953, accounting for 13 of Ferrari's points in the Constructor's Championship that year. With such potent provenance, rarity, 5-liter V12 power, stunning on-the-button condition, and 70 brightwork generally clean, door aperture fair, trunk lid edge chipped. Steering wheel paint scuffed, driver's seat leather soiled, carpets worn. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $2,524,500. Complete, running, and with all numbers matching, this 250 GT SWB seemed to represent better value for the near top guide price paid than the earlier and incomplete Competizione project with period race history (Lot 214). Unless the present bull market runs out of puff, the prices of all genuine 250 SWBs are likely going to continue to move upward. Engine bay worn and in need of makeover. Full set of tools present. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $193,050. Once bought as donor vehicles to satisfy the GTO replica market, these have now appreciated in their own right. The big result here can be explained by this car's cosmetic condition, which was mainly good all over. More than one clearly very determined bidder wanted to land it at the ultimate sale location for the marque, and the price achieved reflected that. #210-1965 FERRARI 330 GT SII 2+2 coupe. S/N 8663. Eng. # 7375. Silver/dark blue leather. Odo: 81,081 km. One of 423 built in LHD. Supplied from the factory with power Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Maranello, IT Column Author windows, special-order central cushion between seats, and black Formica dash. Swiss resident from new, fully restored in '00. Paint still generally good, Borrani rims lightly marked, door sill finishers worn. Undetailed engine bay clean, interior almost too new-looking. Recent Ferrari Classiche service, full complement of original manuals and tools present. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $118,800. Last seen at Sotheby's Zurich sale in March '93, where it sold at $25,950 (SCM# 8281). The 330 GT allowed owners to travel at high speed with luggage and more than one passenger. In awarding this reasonable example a mid-estimate valuation, the new owner paid a full retail price. #232-1965 FERRARI 275 GTB Short Nose coupe. S/N 06913. Eng. # 06913. Red/tan leather. Odo: 63,685 km. First finished in Nocciola with beige leather, now painted red with tan interior. In receipt of full restoration not that long ago, more recent Luppi of Modena retrim. Externally mint apart from marked Borrani rims. Driver's side seat leather and carpets oil-soiled, undetailed engine bay clean. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $816,750. Easily tweaked into a livery, body and wheel paint sharp for a race car. Leather-covered steering wheel rim renewed, modern Simpson wide-belt harness fitted. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $3,267,000. Last seen at RM's Monterey '05 sale, where it didn't sell at $2m (SCM# 39208). With a former driver's log reading like a Who's Who of 1960s sports car racing, and with the claimed original engine, gearbox, and even bodywork retained beneath fresh paint, market watchers should not be unduly fazed by $700,000 over the high estimate of $2,574,000. concours winner with some TLC to the wheels and engine compartment, this fine early example of what many marque aficionados rate as being the most desirable production Ferrari ever built deservedly attracted $90,000 above its $726,000 high estimate. Even in short-nose configuration, the 275 GTB is one of Ferrari's last true road-/race-capable Berlinettas. #215-1966 FERRARI 330 GT SI 2+2 coupe. S/N 7375. Eng. # 8663. Black metalflake/tan leather. Odo: 21,729 km. One of 1138 330GTs built. 4-headlamp treatment, 5-speed box and hanging pedals of an interim model. In receipt of Touring Garage cosmetic resto in '05, Sport #231-1966 FERRARI 275 GTS convert- ible. S/N 07563. Eng. # 07563. Red/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 46,009 km. One of 200 built, well-preserved from mainly Californian residency. Recent detailing carried out to paint, interior, and engine bay. Panel fit good, paint mostly blemish-free, brightwork and Borranis unmarked. Largely still original leather lightly cracked, carpets replaced. Regularly serviced by Ron Tonkin Ferrari of Portland, Oregon. Evidence of recent Weber linkage lubrication, Fram oil filter and alternator drive belt look fresh. Full tool roll and handbook present. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $571,725. Well received when introduced at the 1964 Paris Auto Show, and Becker Mexico push-button radio nice. Correct owner's manual present. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $222,750. First seen at Mecum's Rockford sale in June '91, where it was a no-sale at $119,000 (SCM# 15623). Later sold at RM's Monterey sale in August '06 for $170,500 (SCM# 42700). While not the most loved Ferrari, these are excellent civilized drivers built for comfort over all-out performance. By this point in the sale, the audience was fully warmed up, and this usable example brought just above high estimate money. #206-1967 FERRARI 275 GTB/4 coupe. S/N 09803. Eng. # 09803. Silver/magnolia leather. Odo: 40,586 km. One of only 331 built. Two owners from new. Claimed never to have been fully restored, although the 30-year-old respray is worn out. Driver's door edge abused, front fender chrome marked, rear fender dinged, wheel spinner plating pitted. Interior certainly original, with scruffy door trim, seat leather redyed at some time, and no varnish left on woodrim wheel. Engine bay and underside Garage mechanical rebuild in '06, unused since. Non-original metalflake near mint, brightwork perfect, Borranis shine brightly. Tailpipes still feature ANSA stickers, interior retrim as new, engine bay spotless. Appropriate manuals and tools present. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $89,100. Even though the condition of this very shiny 4-headlamp 2+2 warranted a higher price, the non-period color was a turn-off for many purists present, and including premium, just under the lower estimate proved to be enough to buy it. TOP 10 No. 4 #229-1966 FERRARI 206 SP DINO Prototype racer. S/N 008. Eng. # 008. Red, blue, & white/red leather. RHD. Coachwork by Drogo. The fourth 206 SP built. Exfactory team Rodriguez/Ginther, then NART-run Kolb/Follmer/Schlesser/Gregory/Gregg. Harley Cluxton owned, in Walter Medlin Collection for 20+ years. Ron Shanahan resto in '97. Rosso Ferrari and Goodwood appearances that same year. Refurbished in '03, Cavallino Classic in '04. Presented in NART Nurburgring 1,000k to combat competition from rivals Lamborghini with their independently sprung 330 GT, the 275 GTS had independent rear suspension, discs all around, and a rear-mounted 5-speed transaxle. Forty-one years later, these boulevard cruisers still pull movers and shakers, one of whom was prepared to part with $200,000 more than the high estimate of $370,000. #204-1967 FERRARI 330 GTC coupe. S/N 11077. Eng. # 11077. Silver/red leather. Odo: 65,694 km. One of around 600 built. Fitted with power windows and a/c. Last repainted with a dash retrim in 1990, maintained by Ferrari Washington. Solid body shows good panel fit, with only minor wear to paint and chrome visible. Original leather dirty and cracked, but still soft. Luggage retaining straps in back renewed. Gearshift lever plating distressed, likely to be original woodrim wheel slightly worn, period freshened up recently, exhaust system renewed. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $816,750. Unveiled at the 1966 Paris Salon, the 275 GTB/4 was the first production Ferrari to be treated to a quad-cam V12. It has become the most desirable of all the street-legal models, and in pulling top estimate money here, this remarkable time-warp example helped boost prices for all other 4-cams. The $1m 275 GTB/4 may be just around the corner. 72 Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Maranello, IT Column Author #228-1967 FERRARI 365 California convertible. S/N 9849. Eng. # 9849. Black/black canvas/Havana leather. Odo: 39,003 miles. The seventh of only 14 365 Californias built, first supplied to a New York buyer. Superamerica nose and tail treatment, scooped-out rear brake ducts containing Dinostyle door handles. Some mods corrected, in receipt of Michael Regalia restoration to standard spec in '93, Pebble Beach shown in '93, Cavallino Classic '00 award. Still totally mint. Paint, chrome and leather all unmarked, engine bay well detailed. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $965,250. In pristine near-concours condition and looking drop-dead gorgeous, it was surprising that this extremely long beauty didn't do better than a mid-estimate valuation under the hammer. A very good buy at this price. #230-1967 FERRARI 330 GT Series II 2+2 coupe. S/N 8601. Silver/black leather. Odo: 21,518 km. Never treated to a complete restoration. Driver's side rear fender scratched, paint chipped throughout, with cracks to driver's side A- and C-pillar bases and rear window corners. Wheel paint matte and dimpled, front and rear bumpers rechromed, ancient sill finishers much kicked. Original leather cracked but soft, carpets renewed at some time. Ye olde woodrim worn, chain smoker's ashtray with crossed flags really prominent on tunnel, period Blaupunkt push- paintwork to passenger side front, possibly due to accident repairs. Touched-up chips on nose and hood. Bumper chrome marked, other brightwork decent. Original leather sound and soft, inlaid wood dash in good order. Shabby engine bay in need of complete detailing. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $222,750. Although the mid-estimate price paid here would have been considered top retail not that long ago, the Ferrari market has moved on. This still fairly original 365 GTC 2-seater may therefore soon be reckoned to have been well bought by the new owner. TOP 10 No. 3 #208-1970 FERRARI 512 S Prototype racer. S/N 1006. Eng. # 1006. Red/red & black fabric. RHD. One of 22 built, one of only four 512 S models completed. Ex-Luigi Chinetti/NART Posey/Bucknum 1970 Le Mans entry, Rodriguez Mid-Ohio Can Am 11th and Elkhart Lake 7th, Posey Buenos Aires 1000k 8th and 1971 Daytona 24 Hours 2nd, Gregory-Eaton Le Mans entry, all while in topless “S” configuration. Major components appear original to car. Bodywork refurbished to race car standard. Paint marked, panel fit fair, interior a working area. Engine and gearbox well presented, short or stored at some time. Panel fit good, paint clean, windshield wiper-marked on the driver's side. Borranis rather dull, minimal other brightwork OK. Possibly still original leather seats and wheel rim generally good. Bolster entry-marked, shoulder strap scuffed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,410,750. Apart from being extremely rare in genuine factory-made form, this utterly correct Daytona Spyder was also being offered in public auction for the first time. With this iconic model still rated so highly in the high fashion stakes, it should not be all that surprising that 14671 exceeded RM's optimistic $980,000 forecast by such a high mark-up. Another milestone in the current bull market. #203-1973 FERRARI 246 GT Dino coupe. S/N 06384. Red/black leather. Odo: 78,487 km. One of 571 coupes built in 1973. First owned by former F1 World Champ Niki Lauda's uncle, several other Austrian owners since. Fully restored from '02-'04, with chassis and bodywork by Theodor Erhard, drivetrain by RWS Motorsport, and the original interior cleverly button radio fitted. Engine bay clean, but undetailed. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $96,525. Evolved from the 250 GTE, the 330 GT is actually a significantly different Ferrari, with this Second Series example having the more purposeful-looking two- rather than four-headlamp treatment of the early cars. Although mostly unrestored cars continue to be a plus for some, this one was overdue for a makeover, which was reflected by a wisely accepted offer below the car's $99,000 low estimate. #220-1968 FERRARI 365 GTC coupe. S/N 11985. Eng. # 738A. Light blue metallic/ black leather. Odo: 71,431 km. One of around 150 365 GTCs built, equipped from the factory with power windows and a/c. Evidence of some 74 long-tail body parts included. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $3,564,000. Not sold at RM's Monterey sale in August '00 at $1,320,000 (SCM# 10099), later sold at RM's Monterey sale in August '05 for $1,947,000 (SCM# 39212). Even though cosmetically disappointing close up, the competition history on file justified a $400,000 above estimate valuation. One of the only cars to give the 917s a run for their Deutschmarks in period, and eligible for just about everything, including the Le Mans Classic, Targa Florio, and European Master Series. Well bought, as it'll cost even more next time. TOP 10 No. 10 #213-1971 FERRARI 365 GTS/4 Daytona spyder. S/N 14671. Yellow/ black canvas/black leather. Odo: 17,272 miles. The 26th of 121 Daytona Spyders built, with Scaglietti body number 636. Factory a/c. Originally supplied via Chinetti Connecticut and then Penske Michigan to first owner in NY, acquired by the Edsel Ford II Collection and re retained. Paint and brightwork spotless, only minor marks to Cromodora wheel paint. Engine bay as dull as it left the factory. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $178,200. Lauda family provenance plus relatively recent cosmetic and mechanical work contributed to another really strong performance under Peter Bainbridge's smoking gavel. $33k above a high estimate of $145k was mega-money for a 246 GT in any condition. #211-1973 FERRARI 246 GTS Dino targa. S/N 05694. Yellow/black top/black leather. Odo: 5,004 km. Supplied new to California with factory-fit fender flares, power windows, and a/c. Shipped to Germany in 1989, colorchanged from red during Bernhofer of Salzburg restoration in 2006. Paint and brightwork super clean, Cromodoras freshly refurbished, Daytona seats fitted to brand new interior. Well detailed engine bay to non-concours standard, noisy 5th gear declared. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $185,625. The 246 GTS targa offered the Dino buyer the open-top experience of a more traditional sports car. Although perhaps rather too brightly turned out for many Euro-zone conservatives, this Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Maranello, IT Column Author 1983 GP car like this is a much more practical proposition for a private owner and friends to exercise without works assistance than a more contemporary, high-tech F1 racer. Well bought at this price. #207-1985 FERRARI 288 GTO coupe. well-prepped example did raise mid-estimate money, which was a high valuation considering the Lauda family 1973 246 GT (Lot 203) cost slightly less. #223-1981 FERRARI 512 BB coupe. S/N 37499. Eng. # F102B00000901. Red & black/ tan leather. Odo: 17,792 km. One of the last carburetor-equipped BBs built. Largely original, including Michelin XWX TRXs. Relatively low mileage likely to be genuine. Unrestored paintwork clean with minor blemishes, black bumper paint freshened, original leather age- S/N ZFFPA16B000057701. Red/black leather & orange cloth. Odo: 1,235 km. From the personal collection of a Ferrari dealer in Toronto. Optioned with power windows and a/c—the only options offered. European-spec. Virtually unused, incredibly low mileage genuine. Freshly serviced with belts renewed. Virtually unmarked cosmetically, although some pinhead blemishes to hood and apron paintwork are visible. Interior #201-1986 FERRARI 328 GTS targa. S/N 67587. Red/black/black leather. Odo: 6,081 km. Driven 5,000k before its first service, clocked up 1,000k over the next 20 years by one owner. Freshly serviced before the auction. Unrestored apart from some recent detailing. Relatively minor rock chips to body paint and alloys. All original interior, minor scuffs to leather. Dealer-supplied booklets in leather wallet, full set of tools and jack in correct pouches. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $59,400. The first lot to test the market at the sale, but not a particularly exceptional example of a pop-model. The bidding hit the low estimate, which, including premium, was a reasonable EEC retail result for both RM and its client. #225-1987 FERRARI F40 Prototype coupe. darkened, Cromodora alloys marked and worn. Service booklet last stamped at 3,100k. Manuals, tools, and jack present. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $126,225. The ravages of time, abusive driving behavior, and corner-cutting maintenance by some contemporary owners has culled the number of sound originals, so there is a short supply out there for buyers. This example was in great shape overall, which helps explain a result $7k over the high estimate of $119,000. #209-1983 FERRARI 126 C2B F1 single seater. S/N 065. Red/tan suede. Patrick Tambay's 1983 San Marino GP-winning chassis 065, also 2nd Spa, 3rd Montreal, 4ths at Paul Ricard and Monaco, 5th Rio. Authentic refurbishment well looked after. Bodywork unmarked, 650-hp 1.5liter V6 and suspension clean and tidy. Momo suede-covered steering wheel rim with Prancing Horse center, Schedoni of Modena seat in suede as new, engine bay clean and visibly cared for. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $594,000. In addition to the limited-production run of 200 GTOs built to comply with the Group B regulations, a further 72 were built to satisfy demand. Unloved for a time, the 288 GTO is still fairly rare, and as the $100,000 more than top estimate paid here for this example showed, collectors have latched on to them. Prices will likely continue to rise by the sale, so this can be considered a good buy. #224-1985 FERRARI 288 GTO Prototype coupe. S/N ZFFPA16B000047649. Fly Yellow/ black leather. Odo: 9,908 km. The sole survivor of four prototypes, and the only 288 GTO in Fly Yellow. Development status excludes it from the 272 production examples built. Low mileage displayed mostly clocked up by works test drivers, for whom 4-point Sabelt harnesses and a fire extinguisher system were factory- S/N 74049. Red/red suede. Odo: 1,013 km. One of eight known prototypes, identified by five louvres below spoiler instead of four and extra vents on Plexiglas engine cover. Production chassis, lighter body panels to Euro spec, Lexan side windows with sliding hatches as per the first 50 or so F40s. Factory a/c, no side-impact strengthening, 5-point Sabelt full harnesses for both occupants, belly pan in Kevlar. Bodywork fit and finish virtually unmarked, interior spotless, Speedline rims spanner-dinged. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $621,000. The only no-sale at this event. Despite being a most interesting F40 with a likely to be unique spec, a post-catalog saleroom notice warning punters that it could not be physically imported to the U.S. as a street car may have contributed to its failure to sell. However, the hospitality unit chatter in Monaco during GP week was that an after-sale at circa $675,000 was in the cards. leather, Arexons narrow-belt 6-point harness. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $564,300. Even though motor sports history will not rate Tambay as one of the greatest Prancing Horse tamers, he did occupy all three places on the roster in 065, which made just over top estimate money. A 76 fitted. Paint still sharp, apart from front apron marks. Original leather soft and only lightly worn. Mechanically checked-out during recent Ferrari Classiche service. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $683,100. Unique, unmolested, and well presented, hence a result nearly $90,000 above the high estimate of $594,000. The only prototype 288 GTO on the radar is hardly likely to suffer any depreciation any time soon, as the production models are strong and will likely continue to be, at least for now. #216-1992 FERRARI F40 coupe. S/N 93762. Red/red cloth. Odo: 25,694 km. One of 213 U.S.-legal F40s built. Factory-fit cats, full service history. Two owners from new, latterly German resident with “D” sticker on tail. Paint rubbed off where front panel hinges down to A-posts, minor marks to Speedline split-rims. Interior very clean, high sills and door cards in scuff-resistant Kevlar. Working engine bay shows minor oil leaks, triple-exhaust pipes at rear excellent. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $371,250. Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Maranello, IT Column Author but at more than $150,000 below estimate, it's clear this has been recognized as being less valuable than earlier stock. A unique item, nonetheless, which may become more valuable in time. Well bought. TOP 10 No. 9 Although some traders are more ambitious with their on-screen requirements, most F40s have been changing hands lately within RM's estimates of $317k–$370k. Seemingly ready to run, this well cared-for example deserved its top estimate valuation. #219-1997 FERRARI F310B F1 single seater. S/N 175. Red/black Kevlar. Schumacher's 1997 Monaco- and Spa-winning F310B, more recently part of two U.S. collections, Ferrari of Houston-maintained, reportedly on-the-button and track-ready. Cosmetically only just short of the current F1 standards of presentation. More patina than any obvious wear, totally period-authentic with correct decals. Not physically present at the sale due to delays with U.S. Customs. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $1,039,500. Assuming signing up for the factory's Corse Cliente program can be afforded, which would unlikely be a problem for a buyer who has spent just over $1m on the car, a Ferrari F1 from this era can at least now be exercised and need not be forever on static display. RM and their client had been seeking $214,500 more for this ex-Schumi F1, but the high bid was enough to seal the deal. #226-2001 FERRARI 550 F133 Experimental LWB 2+2 coupe. S/N 143658. Red/tan leather. Odo: 3,904 km. Produced in '96, altered in '00, road-registered in '05. Production 550 stretched to provide room for exhaust and catalyst outside chassis. Longer body permits gap between engine and firewall. Hood and fenders lengthened, fuel tank cooled Clienti support package, including familiarization shake-down at Fiorano. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $2,079,000. With no guide price band published in the catalog, the outside world will never really know how much Jean Todt and the Accounts Department had been seeking for 233. Suffice it to say that the best offer made by the new owner was enough. The market also now knows from this public event that a 2006 248 is worth some $150,000 more, a 1997 F310B around half, and a 1983 126 C2B about a quarter. Old F1 cars are notoriously difficult to shift in or out of an auction, and yet all of them sold here. TOP 10 No. 8 #205-2006 FERRARI 248 F1 single seater. S/N 252. Red/black Kevlar. The 52nd Ferrari built for the F1 World Championship. Felipe Massa's 2006 Turkish GP winner, and Ferrari's first win with a V8 in 40 years. Massa came 9th at Bahrain, 5th Malaysia, 2nd US, 3rd French, 2nd German, 7th Hungary, and 9th Italy in this car. Full F1 Corse Clienti support package included. interior fitted with single high-sided OMP/ F430GT-branded bucket with manual back-up gearshift linkage mounted alongside. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $594,000. Aimed at beating Porsche in FIA GT2 racing, the straight-out-of-the-box FIA-regs compliant F340 GT did just that in 2006. If not crossing the block and raising top estimate money here, it might have retained the series title this season. The street versions of this are still sliding down the new car depreciation slope, so the new owner of this spent a lot on recent race provenance. #217-2006 FERRARI 599 GTB Fiorano coupe. S/N 146728. Tour de France Blue & white/magnolia leather. Odo: 40,000 km. One of 2 “Ferrari Panamerican 20,000” Brazil to NY runners, hence underguard in 4mm-thick duralumin and raised suspension. Rosso Corsa sister car in Galleria Ferrari. Considering mileage, most of paintwork is surprisingly clean. Front apron #227-2003 FERRARI F2003-GA F1 single seater. S/N 233. Red/black Kevlar. Rubens Barrichello 2003 Jap GP winner, 3rd Monza, 49th F1 built by Ferrari. Gearbox casing in cast titanium, hydraulically-actuated gear shift. Likely to have been freshened up after just two races, then retained and maintained in race-ready condition by Ferrari. Cosmetically, virtually still as new. Offered direct from works team with F1 Corse ation for a virtually current Ferrari F1, even though it still required a truckload of gizmos to start and run. #212-2006 FERRARI F430 GT coupe. S/N F131EVOGT2426. Red & yellow/black fabric. Coachwork by Pininfarina and Michelotti. Dedicated racer run by Italian-based AF Corse team and driven by Jaime Melo to 2006 FIA GT World Champ driver's and manufacturer's titles. Compliant with current international race regulations. Reportedly on-the-button, Fiorano familiarization session included. Paint chipped at nose, windshield has taken some rock hits, BBS alloys spanner wrench-damaged. Bare with air vents, pedals adjustable to accommodate toe-heel requirements. Factory-original, genuine low mileage, paint and interior mint, wheels and calipers appear unused. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $222,750. An interesting test mule, 78 Fresh mechanical and cosmetic refurb by factory. Numerous winglets and fins, Bridgestone shod BBS wheels new. Lots of buttons to press on carbon-fiber wheel with info screen, 6-point Sabelt harness. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $2,227,500. The first of four GP cars, all of which sold. The price paid had to be the newly established valu- lip chipped, huge “Hi United States,” Statue of Liberty, and sponsor decals not to everybody's taste. Driver's seat leather slightly soiled. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $400,950. Considering that this 599 GTB was no longer new, the $58,000 above estimate price paid was more than generous. That said, it had been checked out and test-driven by Michael Schumacher around the Fiorano test track right outside the auction hall during viewing, which more than likely boosted its auction performance.u Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Monte Carlo, MCO Column Author Les Grandes Marques a Monaco After a lengthy struggle, the Ghia-bodied Jaguar XK 120 Supersonic went home at an expensive yet still decent $1,016,550 Company Bonhams Date May 21, 2007 Location Monte Carlo, Monaco Auctioneer James Knight & Malcolm Barber Automotive lots sold / offered 64 / 79 Sales rate 81% Sales total $8,164,091 High sale Supersonic Jag, one of three built and now valued at $1m Report and photos by Julian Shoolheifer Market opinions in italics M onaco and motoring are of course inextricably linked, and there is always something very special about any major motoring event there, be it the F1 Grand Prix, the Historic Grand Prix, or indeed the May auctions. It is hard to believe that Bonhams's most recent event was its 13th annual sale in the Principality, and this year's affair was true to form, attracting an excellent variation of vehicles and pulling some rare and beautiful cars out of the woodwork. It's always nice, from an auction house point of view, to build a sale around a collection. Bonhams consigned two, the first being the Gran Turismo Classic Collection, comprising sports and GT cars from the 1960s and 1970s, and the second, eight Aston Martins from a French collector. Both collections were presented in superb condition, and the quality of the lots encouraged keen bidding on sale day, reinforcing the old adage “buy the best you can afford.” The highlight of the sale was undoubtedly the 1952 Jaguar XK 120 Supersonic coupe. It was one of just three bodied by Ghia, and of them only two are known to exist. The car was absolutely earth-shattering in its beauty, and bidding ultimately ended up in a battle between a telephone bidder and someone in the room. After a lengthy struggle, the Jag went home with the man in the room at an expensive yet still decent $1,016,550. 80 Monte Carlo, MCO 1952 Jaguar XK 120 Ghia Supersonic coupe, sold at $1,016,550 Buyer's premium 15% on the first $135,000, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices (€1.00=$1.34) Aston Martin had an exceptional day, re-establishing prices for most of the David Brown-era cars at an extraordinary level. This seems to have pulled up prices for the historically less-loved DBS Vantage, which has been considered long overdue by some in the Aston world. The 1970 Iso Grifo on offer was to ultimate 7-liter specification, of which only 17 were built. Nearly perfect all over, it found new ownership at $162,675. An Auburn Boattail speedster replica represented a good value for its end user at $58,995, while a 1995 Bugatti EB110 GT coupe—one of the last produced before the factory shut down—sold for $259,200, or $29,700 more than a similar car sold here last year. Notable no-sales included a 1935 Mercedes- Benz Nurburg 500 landaulette once owned by His Royal Highness Rama VIII, King of Siam. With slightly bulky coachwork, it failed to sell at a high bid of $270,000. On the other end of the size scale, a 1937 Fiat Topolino SIATA Gran Sport with FIA papers couldn't bring more than a $40,000 high bid, which should have been more than enough for its owner to let it go. Bonhams was able to achieve an increase of al- most $700k over last year's $7.5m, with only three more cars sold. The key factor to the excellent prices achieved was quality, as it seems modern buyers with deep pockets and little time just want to buy the best examples they can without having to get their hands dirty. And who can blame them? With restoration costs continuing to spiral, buying this way is ultimately the very best investment.u Sales Totals ��� ��� ��� ���� ���� 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Monte Carlo, MCO Column Author ENGLISH #103-1952 NASH-HEALEY roadster. S/N N2130. Eng. # NHA 110. Metallic blue-gray/ burgundy leather. Odo: 54,168 km. Restored in Holland in '01 and '02, with supporting documentation and bills. Bright and shiny paint and chrome, excellent panel gaps and body. Nice glass and trim, whitewall tires ID of VB6B501108 for this car's original Vantage-spec 2.6-liter powerplant, but the car was fitted with a later non-Vantage 3-liter here. Despite this, and one can only assume due to its fabulous condition alone, it made 50% over expectations. #152-1958 ASTON MARTIN DB Mk III unmarked. Leather interior slightly cracked, but still supple to the touch. Oversize woodrim steering wheel fitted. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $100,913. The market for Nash-Healeys seems to have come a long way in a very short period of time. Strong but not crazy money means this kind of price is becoming the rule rather than the exception. #150-1952 JAGUAR XK 120 Supersonic coupe. S/N 679768. Burgundy/magnolia leather. Odo: 21,859 km. One of three built with coachwork by Ghia. Bodywork and panel gaps excellent, paint very bright, chrome plating unmarked. Interior probably original, with age-darkened and very lightly cracked leather. Superb painted dash with period-correct instruments and switches. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $1,016,550. The 1954 Paris Show Car. Firmly saloon. S/N AM30031321. Eng. # DBA940. Old English White/Bordeaux leather. Odo: 240 km. Body-off restoration carried out by Garage Lamy. Panels have good fit, paint virtually unblemished, chrome nice and sharp. Interior in as-new condition with woodrim wheel. and water pump recently replaced. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $244,350. Whichever way you look at them, Astons seem to be untouchable at present. Their own little microcosm has evolved, and the strength of the better models is really pulling up the also-rans, such as the DBS. This high-quality Lamy restoration clearly helped this car achieve this price, and the modern classic Aston buyer doesn't expect anything less. Strong, strong money. #155-1967 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Vantage saloon. S/N DB62721R. Eng. # 4002670V. Red/black leather. Odo: 34,411 km. Body very straight, panel fit excellent. Minor marks only to the paintwork, especially around nose and on door edges. Chrome lightly scratched Rebuilt engine in tidy engine bay not yet run in. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $214,650. Two owners from new. This final price was astounding and well over the high estimate of $114,274. David Brown-era cars just seem to go from strength to strength at present, and this one was in great shape overall. #157-1960 ASTON MARTIN DB4 SI in the realms of the dream car, not only due to its rocket-ship styling, but also because its underpinnings are powerful and potentially reliable. This car doubled its pre-sale estimate to much excitement in the room, and was nearly twice as powerful as the similar '53 Fiat 8V Supersonic that sold for $452,800 at The Sportscar Auction in Geneva in October '06 (SCM# 43295). Still a good buy, even at this price. #158-1952 ASTON MARTIN DB2 sa- loon. S/N LML50278. Eng. # VB6J432. Silver-gray/burgundy leather. RHD. Odo: 96 km. Full body and mechanical restoration in '06. In mint condition throughout, including wheels, under hood, interior, and chassis. Paint shows minor swirl polish marks. Fantastic overall. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $162,675. Aston Martin Owner's Club records different engine 82 bay clean but not detailed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $274,050. Garage Lamy restoration in '98. There is little more to be said about these cars' current meteoric price rises, other than when will it end? Condition is key, and excellent condition at present just seems to blow all preconceptions away. saloon. S/N DB4185L. Eng. # 370178. Dark blue/black leather. Odo: 3,154 km. Cosmetically very good with only minor flaws to paint, chrome and interior. Nice wire wheels, newer tires, rubber seals still pliable. Engine through polishing. Original leather cracked, but still soft. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $170,100. Subject of a Garage Lamy restoration in '97. Bonhams stated that a different engine ID was shown for this car in the Aston Martin Owner's Club Register than was in the car at the sale. The discrepancy seemed to have little effect on the value, as current-market money was forthcoming. #160-1967 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Vantage saloon. S/N DB63599LAC. Eng. # 4004028VC. Red/black leather. Rolled and heavily damaged at one point. Roof partly repaired, but still very bumpy. All glass mashed and missing, otherwise appears to be complete. Several other nicks and dings evident in flat repaint, hood shot in primer. Interior good and needs only minor refurbishment. Engine claimed to run, Webers overhauled. Optional ps and a/c fitted. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $69,863. I would have thought that this was plenty of money for a DB6 requiring such a large amount Sports Car Market #154-1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4 SIII saloon. S/N DB4701L. Eng. # 370725. Royal Claret metallic/white leather. Odo: 11 km. Fully restored in '04 by Garage Lamy. Excellent bodywork, unmarked paint and chrome, leather and carpets only lightly used. Nice clean engine bay seems to be to original spec, aside from triple SU induction. Optional overdrive gearbox and oil cooler fitted, clutch


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Bonhams Monte Carlo, MCO Column Author is everything. Although this one was nice, this was still all the money. #114-2004 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM. S/N SCA1S680944XD0269. Silver-gray & gray metallic/white leather. Odo: 80,000 km. In original condition, with only minor marks to paint and brightwork. One side window broken, body straight and solid. Only light use of work, but considering the way things are going with these cars, this was a great buy. The car actually had a lot going for it spec-wise, and the trim would still come back well with a little work. A very shrewd buy for someone willing to complete it. #116-1969 ASTON MARTIN DBS Vantage saloon. S/N DBS5291L. Dark blue/dark blue leather. Odo: 28,201 km. Nice glossy paint shows minor bubbling around rear window, windshield frame shows signs of going next. Brightwork lightly scratched from polishing, but otherwise fair. Leather interior nice and showing to the interior. Engine bay all original and uneventful. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $255,000. A one-owner-from-new car with one year of factory warranty remaining. This price fell just short of expectations, which wasn't surprising due to the minor issues noted. Can't wait for them to be Turbo R money. FRENCH #109-1974 CITROËN DS23ie Pallas sa- supple, engine compartment clean. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $139,725. Much refurbishment has been undertaken on this car, including a baremetal repaint in 2005. The market for Astons is starting to move at all levels, and this was a high price and a great sign for the much-undervalued DBS. #120-1975 JENSEN INTERCEPTOR SIII convertible. S/N 23201413. Golden bronze metallic/cream top/cream leather. Odo: 121,219 km. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Ex-Geneva Motor Show. Paintwork bright, panels appear rot-free, brightwork very good. Windshield delaminating at one corner, leather on the driver's loon. S/N DSFG01FG0722. Cream & bright green metallic/tan leather. Very good bodywork, decent panel gaps, repaint thickly applied. Some general marking to the brightwork, glass and rubber trim still OK. Interior tidy throughout. Clean engine bay not detailed. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $16,301. A recent fresh restoration, very good, with minor scuffs evident throughout. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $270,000. Formerly owned by His Royal Highness Rama VIII, King of Siam. Big money for these cars always seems to come in cabriolet form, and the sheer bulk of the landaulette coachwork just didn't have the appeal needed to sell here. although declared on a sale room notice to require work to the injection system. Despite this potentially bad news, this was an exceptional price. Once these cars start to need work, their problems compound, and most saloons don't justify the cost of getting them right. When they break you can't roll them, steer them, stop them, or even get them on a trailer. #122-1995 BUGATTI EB110 GT coupe. seat darkened, front carpets soiled. Top cover dirty, top well-fitted. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $55,890. Acquired by the vendor in 2003, since when treated to a full restoration. More recent work includes an a/c recharge. This was a very strong price for a convertible. While rarity in Europe is a factor, condition with one of these 84 S/N ZA9AB01EOPCD39022. Eng. # 034. Silver metallic/two-tone gray leather. Odo: 11,907 km. One of 154, and one of the final three built before the factory closed down in '95. Spotless throughout, excellent fit and finish. No chips or marks to the wheels or the leading edges of the bodywork. Interior leather perfect and very soft, engine bay immaculately presented. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $259,200. Offered without reserve. A '94 failed to sell here last #142-1954 MERCEDES-BENZ 300S cabriolet. S/N 1880104500025. Dark blue/ dark blue cloth/red leather. Odo: 19,286 km. Older restoration mellowing nicely and still looking very original. Paint and chrome excellent, trim nice, whitewall tires very grubby. year at a high bid of $229,500 (SCM# 41926), and it was in much the same condition as this newer model. Well bought, although prices could be slowing as Veyrons come onto the pre-owned market. GERMAN #108-1935 MERCEDES-BENZ NÜRBURG 500 landaulette. S/N 10113559. Eng. # 113559. Dark blue & black/blue leather front, blue cloth rear. Odo: 73,144 km. Good older restoration, although crudely brush painted around lip of opening roof section. Front bumper chrome split. Interior generally Interior slightly worn, but still acceptable overall. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $214,650. This was a firm selling price for Mercedes-Benz's post-war flagship, and it reflected this car's excellent condition. Both buyer and seller should be pleased. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Monte Carlo, MCO Column Author #147-1963 MESSERSCHMITT KR201 cabriolet. S/N 702187. Eng. # 272231. Black/ black canvas/black leather & snakeskin. Odo: 426 km. Generally well restored, with unmarked paint and chrome. Top nice, glass and bright trim show very well. Tandem-seating to interior, nicely detailed engine bay. Cond: 1. 44370), and others have been seen trading in the upper $300k range. This was all the money and more. ITALIAN #144-1937 FIAT TOPOLINO SIATA SOLD AT $41,918. One of just 300 factorybuilt cabrios—the most glamorous of all the bubblecars. This was as good as they get. This high price partly reflected the fact that the supply of bubblecars at auction in Europe seems to have dried up over the last couple of years. The new owner bought one of the best, so he should have no complaints. #130-1981 PORSCHE 928S Competition coupe. S/N WPOZZZ92ZBS840994. Eng. # M28118210518. Black & white/red cloth. Ex-Jean Blaton (“Jean Burlys”), and now suitable for circuits or track days only. Racerspec bodywork marked all over and crudely painted. Headlamp flaps taped up, plastic side windows and rear window installed. Cut out Gran Sport cabriolet. S/N 012925. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 1,667 km. Coachwork by Ghia. The subject of several restorations. Thick recent repaint is crudely finished under wheel arches and chipped in places. Brightwork wear to seats and carpets. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $104,018. So I've missed the boat with these. I used to be taken to school in one of these in the '70s, and I nearly bought my own five years ago at an asking price of $20,000. I figured I'd leave it to see if prices would level out, but they didn't. Last year saw a dramatic increase in price for these elegant, understated cars, and it seems the trend is continuing. #126-1963 FERRARI 250 GT Lusso coupe. needs polishing, wheel paint still shows well. Interior retrim now slightly worn. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. FIA-papered and eligible for many events, although the recorded 26-owner history is nothing to be proud of. The seller should have taken this bid, as whatever it might be eligible for, it will still be agonizingly slow and you won't look cool. in rear screen for large Monza filler, gas tank in trunk. Interior stripped out and fitted with a single OMP bucket seat. Split rims, race slicks on all four corners, Porsche Turbo brakes. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $15,525. You could buy a great 928S and make a track-day car for about the same money, and you'd be safe in the knowledge that it hadn't already been driven into the ground by someone else. Well sold. #166-2005 MERCEDES-BENZ SLR McLaren coupe. S/N WDD1993761M000029. Gris Argent/burgundy leather. Odo: 22,000 km. All original panels perfect, no cosmetic wear apparent. Wheels as new, interior as new, engine bay spotless. Optional turbine wheels fitted, special seats, 300SL-style trim. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $407,700. Last serviced with tires about 2,000 km ago. There is now a reasonable history of these selling at auction, and pricing them is becoming less difficult. Another example with less use sold in Virginia at Motley's Auction in March '07 for $320,000 (SCM# 86 #141-1938 LANCIA ASTURA 4th Series cabriolet. S/N 413195. Eng. # 41301. Black/ black cloth/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 33,076 km. The 1947 Turin Motor Show car, with oneoff coachwork by Pinin Farina. Great bodywork, good panel fit, decent paint shows chips on the nose. Brightwork slightly worn, glass clear and unmarked. Original interior retained, appears original and only lightly worn, possibly commensurate with mileage. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $390,000. Fitted with engine 2025GT from a 250 GT Competition SWB following a rebuild in 1976. This important engine was still in place in 2004, when it was issued with a Ferrari certificate of origin. Given the potential value of the engine fitted to this car, I am not surprised the seller didn't take this bid. There was a lot of obvious potential here. period-looking dash nice. Leather now dark and dirty in places. Engine bay presentable, although not detailed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $233,955. This chassis was built in 1938, when it was delivered to Pinin Farina for the body to be fitted, but the intervention of war halted completion until 1947. Given that a concours #151-1963 MASERATI 3500 GTi spyder. S/N AM1012771. Eng. # AM1012771. Gold metallic/magnolia cloth/off-white leather. Coachwork by Vignale. One of 245 SWB Spyders built, fitted with 5-speed gearbox and disc brakes all around. Older restoration has chipped paint in places and marked brightwork. Sports Car Market S/N 4363. Eng. # 2025GT. Silver metallic/red leather. Odo: 40,980 km. Claimed to be largely original apart from a respray. Large blister on driver's side rear quarter light corner, chrome plating lifting off quarter light frames, grille surround bent. Rear lamp lens broken, older detailing to engine bay slightly stale. Interior coupe made $408,240 two years ago (SCM# 38547), setting an auction record as it did so, this was good money—but not overly expensive considering this car's rarity. #106-1958 MASERATI 3500 GT coupe. S/N AM101662. Gunmetal/magnolia leather. Consistent panel fit, paintwork very good with only minor blemishes evident. Brightwork unmarked, glass excellent, gaskets pliable. Engine compartment well done and factorycorrect, clean interior shows only slight light


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Bonhams Monte Carlo, MCO Column Author market expectations, this was an exceptional price, and the quality of the restoration was undoubtedly the key here. Low values have meant that cars of this ilk are unlikely to have had the money spent on them, so they are a bit grotty and their values are kept low. It just takes a really nice one to set the market again, and that's what happened here. #115-1969 FERRARI 365 GTC coupe. Sound interior shows some minor darkening with age. Stated to be in running condition with Lucas fuel injection still fitted, but engine presentation only fair. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $133,515. Last seen at Bonhams Monaco sale in May '06, where it sold for $108,503 (SCM# 41914). Still in needy condition, this time it sold toward the lower end of market value for a decent Spyder, despite having many of the “right” bits in place. A little work will go a long way here. #149-1965 FERRARI 275 GTS convert- ible. S/N 275GTS07615. Red/black leather. Odo: 10,509 km. Restored in the late '80s. Front of driver's side sill finisher lifting, windshield starting to delaminate, refurbished leather now starting to wear acceptably. Wood S/N 12291. Eng. # 845. Red/black leather. Odo: 1,272 km. Restoration from the '90s still cosmetically good throughout. Driver's side sill trim lifting, other chrome and brightwork nice. Unmarked glass, clean engine compartment. Leather probably original and only panel fit. Good quality paint shows no marks or dings. Chrome-plating starting to lift off the wheel centers, other chrome and brightwork decent. Soft leather seats show cracking from age. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $162,675. With just two private owners from new, the car was briefly in the U.S. The big block Grifo is the one to have, and there is now a strong resurgence of interest in them. This was a good top-range price for this car, and its stunning condition helped get it there. #124-1974 ISO LELE Marlboro coupe. showing signs of light use. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $239,895. This car had a lot going for it: classic Ferrari color combination, great condition, and a fairly recent restoration. This price was right on the money for a car in this condition. Well bought and sold. on dash good, engine bay tidy but unexceptional. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $373,545. A few very minor flaws were evident with this one, but all of them were forgivable and easily fixed. The money was squarely where it should have been. Well bought and sold. #117-1969 LAMBORGHINI ISLERO S coupe. S/N 400GT2216558. Bottle green metallic/black leather. Odo: 58,103 km. Coachwork by Touring. Body straight, panel gaps consistent. Excellent paint, brightwork virtually flawless. Possibly original interior period and in keeping with the rest of the car. Leather slightly worn and faded, cloth inserts grubby, wood rim steering wheel nice. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $116,438. Subject of a restoration in Holland in the early '90s. At 50% above #136-1970 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe. S/N 13373. Red/magnolia leather w/ black inserts. Odo: 30,293 miles. Generally good older repaint shows chips to driver's door edge and front panels. Chrome and brightwork decent, but not perfect. Left side indicator lamp lens opaque, Plexiglas headlight cover doesn't match and was S/N F500204. Red/black leather & cloth. Odo: 10,211 km. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Coachwork by Bertone. Panels and gaps very good, quality repaint still unmarked with no chips. All Iso Marlboro stickers appear authentic. Interior seems largely original with only light wear to seats. Engine bay tidily presented, but not detailed. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $62,100. Only four owners from new, one of which was a collection. SCM shows a +45% change in the fortunes of Leles over the last twelve months, and the rarity of this Marlboro variation and its exceptional condition reset the market yet again. #169-1981 LANCIA BETA Montecarlo possibly renewed. Alloy wheels scruffy, interior generally grubby. Claimed $20,000 spent on recent overhaul. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $228,000. Daytonas seem to be struggling lately, and fashion has perhaps a lot to do with that, as booming Daytona prices are just “sooo '80s.” Condition again plays a major part in the value of Daytonas, and I would not want to write the restoration check on one of them. This bid represented realistic money, but the seller was looking for more. #121-1970 ISO GRIFO 7-liter coupe. S/N 7L030322. Powder blue/black leather. Odo: 48,734 km. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. One of 17 7-liters built. Excellent bodywork, nice 88 Sports Car Market Group 5 Turbo Prototype coupe. S/N 1009. White, blue, black, & red/red cloth. The first 2-liter Group 5 car home at Le Mans in '81, 8th overall. Externally as last raced, with period-correct decals. Slightly shabby, with flat and very marked paint. Interior dusty, working engine bay dull and unloved. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $303,750. Acquired by the seller directly


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from the factory. Lancia's sporting heritage is huge, and while not a race-winner itself, chassis 1009 nevertheless contributed to Lancia's wider success in 1981. This was a rare opportunity to buy into this hugely successful period of Lancia's history, so I have to call it well bought. #164-1985 FERRARI 288 GTO coupe. S/N ZFFPA1B000056195. Red/black leather. A very original-looking car, although substantial mechanical refurbishment was undertaken in '01. Many spares come with car, including new cylinder heads, wheels, turbos, fuel injectors, starter, and alternator. Paint chip-free, minor marks to split rims, interior lightly worn with minor scuffs to leather. Engine bay and ancillaries clean and tidy. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $585,900. Personally supplied by Enzo Ferrari to F1 driver Michele Alboreto, and now only two owners from new. Strong money and well above market value, but considering this provenance, the spares included, and its condition, this was not a bad buy. AMERICAN #118-2004 AUBURN BOATTAIL SPEEDSTER Replica. S/N AZ274747. Gold metallic/beige canvas/cream leather. Odo: 349 miles. Built by Speedster Motorcars. A lowmileage one-owner example, still cosmetically sharp. Built in Florida in fiberglass over a steel tube frame. Paint, brightwork, and leather all unmarked. Engine bay very presentable, whitewall tires show minor use. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $58,995. This was great value for the money on a virtually new car. As with most decent replicas, you get all the looks with modern performance and ease of maintenance—just don't expect to make anything when you go to sell it. To a lot of old car buffs, these aren't really cricket, but they make a lot of sense.u September 2007 89


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Mecum Auctions Belvidere, IL Column Author Belvidere High Performance Auction In response to a changing market, Mecum mixed up its consignment list with a Duesenberg, a Delahaye, and an Isotta Fraschini Company Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers Date May 23–28, 2007 Location Belvidere, Illinois Auctioneer Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, & Jim Landis Automotive lots sold / offered 552 / 1,179 Sales rate 47% Sales total $26,650,792 High sale 1929 Duesenberg Model J, surprise high sale at $1m Report and photos by Dan Grunwald & B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics looked at you like you just came into town from Mars. The company did an excellent job of selling muscle cars in the 2006 event, far outpacing the previous year's sales. However, with an ever-changing market, especially with some general flattening of the price curve on most muscle cars, Dana Mecum decided it was time to broaden the sale's appeal with a wider ranging group of consignments. Mecum remained true to its roots in consigning O mainly American muscle cars, and those offered brought with them respectable results. A restored 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona with a Hemi and a 4-speed made $603,750, which was due to a combination of its verifiable provenance and excellent condition. The 1971 Sox & Martin Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda racer managed to make the highest on-the-block sale of the weekend at $929,250, with open headers that cackled loud enough to wake the dead. Lots of Corvettes were available as well, with a nice driver-condition 1963 Split-Window fitted with rare factory a/c bringing $63,525. Sunday was set aside for more unique higher end cars, which was a change for Mecum. In particular, pre-war CCCA-eligible Classics made a relatively strong pres- 90 h what a difference a year makes… Last year, if you would've asked me about consigning an Isotta Fraschini at a Mecum auction, I would've Belvidere, IL 1929 Duesenberg model J Murphy convertible, sold at $1,002,750 Buyer's premium $300 on the first $5,499, $500 from $5,500 to $9,999, 5% thereafter (included in sold prices) ence, with nearly a dozen consigned. The quality of the majority of those cars was very high and on par with what one would expect at a Bonhams or RM auction. The high sale of the event went to a 1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy convertible that sold at $1,002,750 post block. An ACD Category I car, it had documented ownership since new. A 1936 Packard Twelve phaeton with coachwork by Dietrich also generated a lot of buzz, selling for $236,250. One of the most interesting lots at the sale, the 1928 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8AS boattail speedster, didn't manage to sell at a high bid of $1,000,000. Although it had won a First in Class at the Amelia Island Concours in '06, it appeared to need a little attention around the brightwork, and the seller wasn't comfortable letting it go even at just under reserve money. A 1947 Delahaye 135MS with coachwork by Leganthal also failed to sell at an insufficient $185,000, while a 1959 BMW 503 coupe in need of some cosmetics stayed with Sales Totals its seller at $85,000. As has been the case in almost all recent sales across the Midwest, consignors didn't seem to want to negotiate with their reserves, and even slight adjustments would have made a world of difference in end-of-sale totals. This year's $26.6m came in $2.5m behind last year's result of almost $29m, with 47% sold versus the 58% sold in '06. Even though these numbers don't represent growth for Mecum, the choice to change its inventory was likely a smart decision, as sky-rocketing growth, at least for the foreseeable future, no longer lies in bright colors, vinyl tops, and tire-scorching big blocks.u $5m $10m $15m $20m $25m $30m 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Belvidere, IL Column Author ENGLISH #F95-1951 MG TD roadster. S/N PAGTDLHX7144. Light yellow/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 334 miles. Older well-done repaint with a few visible masking lines present. Nice headlights, mildly scratched grille shell, decent bumpers. Remaining chrome and brightwork lightly pitted and crazed. Body weatherstripping mostly cracked. Silver painted wheels, old dry-rotted bias-ply tires. Engine bay shows some recent work. Interior shows nice dashboard wood veneer and older lightly worn seat leather. Steering wheel paint has several light radial cracks. Older replacement top in good condition. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,063. Since this was painted the same color as Lot T196 (1960 M-B 190 sedan) and was consigned by the same party, one wonders how many other compromises were taken on these cars when they were restored. Sold well enough, as prices of TDs continue to be as stagnant as the Salton Sea. #S35-1974 JAGUAR XKE SIII convert- ible. S/N UE1S25782. Chocolate brown/black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 42,409 miles. Original miles from new. Factory installed a/c. Original paint shows some polish swirls and lightly touched up chips, mostly on the door and hood edges. Wire wheels rusty, other chrome and trim OK. Runs out quite well, but is quite rich and not as smooth as expected. Top bows have some corrosion on the ends, original top vinyl still very good. Seat padding has collapsed, but black vinyl. Odo: 2,450 miles. Older repaint glossy, masking weak around windshield frame and side window seals. Original door jambs one shade lighter than new paint. Sunburnt plastic bumper trim recently painted gloss black. Most body seals cracked. Older replacement top, recent reproduction carpet, seat vinyl, and dashpad. Engine compartment shows a fair number of aftermarket items, including a massive oil cooler. A whole pasta bar of various added wiring makes the original Lucas setup look reliable and well thought out. Minilite alloy wheels, radial tires. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $4,000. It may have been billed by the seller as “economical, top-down summer fun for not much money,” but that was just up front. With the hodge-podge of work completed, the cheapest thing you could do with this was buy it. This seller was looking for more, and until that changes, this little sunburned tart won't go anywhere. FRENCH #U109-1947 DELAHAYE 135MS 2-dr hard top. S/N 800490. Silver, blue striping/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 41,329 km. Coachwork by Leganthal. More of an older cosmetic touch-up rather a restoration. Old repaint shows a thickly painted center stripe that wasn't masked off well. Body paint has several chips, mostly on panel edges and the exposed door hinges. Some chrome replated, door handles and side scallop trim lightly pitted. Silver figural toad hood ornament tarnished. Seats moderately worn, with some light cracking to the leather. Undercarriage wears older, if see at this sale. It gave something of a contrast in relative value, as it was around muscle cars that were worth more. The final bid seemed a bit weak, although the $250k reserve was steep considering the car's worn and not entirely original condition. GERMAN #U59-1952 MERCEDES-BENZ 300 convertible. S/N 1861600134152. Maroon/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 33,856 km. European Market configuration. 1999 AACA National First Place winner #W11947. Was restored shortly before then to world-class standards. Excellent bare body repaint now has a few light polishing swirls. Every piece of rubber on the body has been replaced. Rear bumper chrome slightly foggy, front bumper shows light waves, all other trim replated to a high standard. Top shows some wear, interior wood superb. Mild wrinkling evident to the driver's seat. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $84,000. This was one of those “write the deal up on an if, and we'll see if we can get the seller to agree to it” deals. However, unlike most of the time, the consignor released his reserve, and the car was publicly declared sold within an hour of crossing the block. This early 300 would still do quite well in MBCA judging, although there could be some areas to freshen up without too much difficulty. Besides, this car couldn't be restored for this kind of money. Well bought. #U100-1959 BMW 503 2-dr hard top coupe. S/N 69383. Silver/butterscotch leather. Odo: 60,869 km. European market car, fitted with Rudge wheels. Mostly original paint has a medium gloss with cloudy metallic. Touch-ups thick in places, taillight housings and gaskets painted over. Nice door and panel fit, most chrome original and excellent. Leather interior shows a nice patina, with moderate wrinkling to the front seating surfaces. Older engine compartment detailing cleaned up recently, original is still better than average. Leather lightly worn and still supple. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $46,725. The consigning agent claimed the car was recently tuned. If so, I wouldn't recommend the shop that did it. Mediocre tune-up or not, the general originality of this car drew considerable interest, and it exceeded its optimistic reserve of $44k by one bid. In general, we're seeing some moderate increases in both prices and interest in Series III E-types, but not quite to this level. Well sold. #T48-1977 MG B convertible. S/N GHN5HU430038G. Dark orange/black vinyl/ 92 not original, chipped and soiled undercoating. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $185,000. First seen at Kruse Auburn in September '98, when it sold at $150,000 (SCM# 3893). Later offered at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale event in January '03, where it was a no-sale at a high bid of $162,000 (SCM# 30136). Along with the Isotta, this was not exactly what one expected to cowl-mounted toolbox stashed in trunk. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $85,000. 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Mecum Auctions Belvidere, IL Column Author unique 503 cast engine components, so I'll call it a stock 503 powertrain. Then again, these cars were virtually hand-made, so no two were completely alike. Compared to the 503 that sold at RM's Biltmore sale in January at $165k (SCM# 44070), I'd take this one, giving a nod to originality vs. restoration. This is a rather thin market, and the final bid was about right for the car. #T196-1960 MERCEDES-BENZ 190D 4-dr sedan. S/N A120110109504849. Light yellow/maroon corduroy. Odo: 23,043 miles. Fitted with period Becker Mexico AM/FM radio. Decent recent repaint over straight bodywork. Heavily pitted vent window frames, moderate pitting to all other trim. Windshield wiper arms spray-painted silver, bland undercarriage and engine bay both moderately grubby. Original headliner water stained and falling apart, door panels reupholstered in correct vinyl. Faded, disintegrating non-stock plated, fitted with an aftermarket remote oil filter. Older interior work consists of new seat covers. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $23,000. As it sat, this would have made a pretty decent driver, especially with later disc brakes installed. However, as an investment, forget it. It would take too much time and money to set it right, and because of that, this final bid was the best that the consignor could realistically expect—not the $30k he wanted. ITALIAN #U72-1928 ISOTTA FRASCHINI TIPO 8A S boattail speedster. S/N 1474. Eng. # 1307. Two-tone violet/violet cloth/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 49,243 miles. Fitted with a Lalique eagle's head crystal radiator cap ornament. Awarded First in Class at Amelia Island and honorable mention at Meadow Brook in '06. High quality paint prep and application to both body and chassis. Upper panels wavy due to central hood hinge. Nickel plating starting to yellow have this level of paranoia foisted upon it. While it was a swing and a miss on the auction block at $920k, a much later post-block sale made it top dog of the event. Not bad for a near-two-decade-old restoration on the most common body fitted to a Duesie. Well sold. #U61-1936 PACKARD TWELVE series 1408 phaeton. S/N 950202. Light yellow/ black cloth/black leather. Odo: 57,912 miles. Coachwork by Dietrich. Fitted with dual side mounts with mirrors, dual spot lights, Packard Goose radiator cap hood ornament, vent wing windows, and accessory rear windshield. Fresh frame-off restoration. Unmarked high gloss paint application, straight body. All trim and bumpers fuzzy polyester corduroy cloth seat upholstery hard to the touch and crumbles apart without much effort. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $8,000. Billed on the windshield card as being a “Great collector piece!!!” Well, it was a piece of something, all right.... I certainly hope that whoever had commissioned this job didn't have high hopes, as a repaint and a piecemeal interior replacement on the cheap is hardly a restoration. This was the second lousy example of a late '50s Mercedes 190 sedan I'd encountered within two sales, and I certainly hope it wasn't the start of a trend—lest all of the crappy 450SLs out there feel they are being upstaged. #U141-1960 PORSCHE 356 coupe. S/N 111744. Black/maroon vinyl. Odo: 68,854 miles. Nardi wood-rimmed steering wheel and multi-band in-dash radio. Retrofitted with 356C front disc brakes and motor. Repainted to factory specs, with a few light instances of ripple and orange peel. Residue in cracks and crevices of the engine bay hints at an engine fire. Good panel gaps, although the driver's door needs a hard slam to latch properly. Grubby belly pan, engine components chrome AMERICAN #U51-1929 DUESENBERG J convertible. S/N 2198. Eng. # J179. Midnight blue/navy cloth/blue leather. Odo: 49,974 miles. Coachwork by Murphy. ACD Club category I car. Documented ownership since day one, when purchased by an engineer at General Electric. Frame-off restoration and complete engine rebuild by Stone Barn in 1988. Mellowed paint shows lots of polish swirls. Chrome replated, aluminum needs a rebuff. Undercarriage as nice as on top, except for light corrosion to exhaust pipes. Interior in near unused condition, with light wear to driver's seat. Overall, an aging, high-quality restoration that won't get you invited to Pebble Beach. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,002,750. Notice the staff in the background hurrying to get this example of America's grand classic secured with plastic fencing... even the Isotta didn't 94 and tarnish, whitewall tires show age. Highly detailed engine bay, very light signs of use to the chassis. No indications of wear or use on the entire interior, to include the singleplace rumble seat. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $1,000,000. While several thought of this as more of a halo car, there was a surprising amount to interest in it. The final bid was just shy of the reserve, bid by an SCMer who specializes in muscle cars. See, it doesn't hurt to diversify... With some light work needed, this high bid should have been enough to buy the car. replated, but not to the highest standard, as there is some waviness in several pieces. Correctly detailed engine bay, no wear to carpeting or seats. The only thing needed here is an invite to Pebble Beach or Meadow Brook. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $236,250. It took a little while to get the job done, but it exceeded the $220k reserve with a couple of bids to spare. Dietrich-bodied anythings continue to be one of the few blue chip investments in big-iron Classics, and this one was a knock-out. Well bought and sold. #U160-1947 CROSLEY CROSMOBILE 2-dr sedan. S/N CC4714387. Gunmetal/maroon vinyl. Odo: 301 miles. One-off fastback sedan body, fabricated for its original West German owner. 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Column Author Glovebox Notes A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM stable. HH HH is best 2007 BMW Z4 Roadster 3.0i undercoating, but some of the fuel tank straps have shifted to show heavy rust underneath. Retrofitted with the cast iron CIBA engine, replacing the original sheet metal COBRA engine. Low-budget seat recovering job tight in some places, loose in others. Carpets threadbare on both sides. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $6,250. Crosmobile was the name for export Crosleys, so it might not be overly appropriate to call that a model name. What may be appropriate would be to call it a quickie older redo, which regardless of the one-off nature of its body, was hardly worth the $10,500 reserve. Price as tested: $46,325 (automatic) Likes: 215-hp punch from tried and true straight six; auto top is quick and painless; comfortable, supportive driving position just right to stare down long nose. Gripes: Despite responsive paddle shifters, car is dull as an automatic, so why pay $1,275 extra for a thrill-killer? Exhaust note too muted and kills part of the fun of top-down driving. Fun to drive: HHH Fun to look at: HHH Overall ownership experience: HHH Verdict: I'm not offended by the Z4's slashy looks, and I like the smooth power delivery. But at this price, the poise, mid-engine balance and $45,600 MSRP of a Porsche Boxster are too great to ignore. Or how about a pair of his & hers Miatas? Or for the truly adventuresome, an Elise? In today's sports car market, there are a lot of choices, and the Z4 simply doesn't stand out.—Stefan Lombard 2007 Volkwagen Eos 2.0T #M31-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 20867S105472. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 639 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4bbl, 4-sp. Includes hard top with crazed side Plexiglas windows. Good paint and chrome, common headlight trim spear misfit. Very nice only for the well heeled. Right out of the gate with the first car auctioned, we had a rag-bag beater that was just as bad as my Minnesotanative '62 Monza convertible project car, the Rusty Dog. I put that car out of its misery when I bought a rust-free stripped car from New Mexico. The new owner should have done the same here, as there will be no upside with this unless he parts out cars as a hobby. #M21-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 30837S116920. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 73,030 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. A Split-Window coupe with factory a/c. Several paint chips visible, chrome and bright trim well fitted. Right outside mirror loose, interior with clear gauge faces and nice clock trim. Detailed engine appears all GM. Cracked windshield weatherstripping, other rubber still OK. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $55,000. This nicely restored convertible made for a reliable driver with a high fun quotient, so the owner was right to hold out for more money. #W1-1963 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Price as tested: $31,695 Likes: Crowd-pleasing retractable top is weather-tight and with huge sunroof. 200horsepower turbo four quick enough, with electronic limited slip, Tiptronic auto. Simple controls, reasonable rear seat, 13-cubic foot trunk leaves 7 cubic feet with top stowed. Gripes: Tall and dumpy looking (gotta put the top someplace), homely face. High trunk and rear headrests limit visibility. Info panel between tach and speedo is intrusive. Annoying lag shifting between drive and reverse. Doors too high to be elbow rests. Fun to drive: HHH Fun to look at: H (HHHH with top in motion) Overall ownership experience: HHH Verdict: Feels like a $24,000 Golf with a $7,000, computer-controlled top. Lease it and walk away after three years or just rent it on holiday. Watch that top fold up once and you know it won't work forever.—Paul Ducheneu 96 Monza convertible. S/N 90967W259131. Dark brown metallic/tan vinyl/fawn vinyl. Odo: 15,508 miles. Incredibly rusty body includes tops of front fenders, behind front wheel wells, rocker panels, upper corners of engine compartment, below battery, lower rear fenders... I dared not pull up the '70s-vintage shag carpet, just in case it had become a structural member of the floor. Old repaint has no redeeming qualities apart from disguising some of the rust. Replacement top shows some frayed edges with chipping paint around the base. Engine compartment nicely restored. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $63,525. A 1990 NCRS Top Flight car still showing well. Only 278 '63 Corvettes were built with factory a/c, making this otherwise base-model example relatively rare. I kept visualizing it sitting in my garage, but someone else got it at fair money. #F19-1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI 2- dr coupe. S/N 63R2116. Gold metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 11,497 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Tired original paint shows crazing on the left front fender between headlight and turn signal lens, chipping on wheelwell edges, and fading on most upper surfaces. Foggy original bumpers, moderate pitting to original chrome trim and vent window frames. Older home- and a heavily sunburnt back window. Original seating has several seam separations along the pleats. Grubby engine bay. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $2,100. This car was proof positive that not all the cars here were megabuck investments grown undercoating, engine compartment needs detailing. Decent original interior sports redyed vinyl and musty-smelling carpets. Superfly vintage Truspoke wire wheels, older radial tires. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $12,075. Our in-house Avantiphile Dave Kinney tells me that almost all of the Stude-made (read that as real) Avantis either had a supercharger or a/c. Rarely did they have both or neither, so we'll chalk this up as a somewhat stingy first-year example. 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Mecum Auctions Belvidere, IL Column Author Odo: 69,243 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of 38 big tank coupes built in 1964. Fuelie tags on fenders, power windows. Some visible scratching and cracking on paint. Rust and heavy pitting on bumpers, original knockoff alloy wheels decent. Interior shows rust and pitting on all metal surfaces. 6-inch tear in driver's seat. Power windows. Non-original parts on engine include carburetor. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $100,000. A rare car with a lot of original parts—but not totally original. Due to its needs, the big buyers passed on this one. #F219-1964 OLDSMOBILE F-85 Cutlass 442 2-dr hard top. S/N 824M227837. White/aqua vinyl. Odo: 45,598 miles. 330-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Original Protect-o-Plate and build sheet confirm the 442 package. Recent high-quality restoration with authentic imperfect paint application and typical GM panel gaps. All chrome and trim highly buffed out, original glass lightly scratched. Replacement reproduction interior Sun tach and Stewart-Warner gauges are all period items. Fresh exhaust, fuel tank, brake lines, and shock absorbers. Factory power brakes. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $57,000. The consignor claimed that this was an original red car, but the body tag revealed M-code Wimbledon White. The windshield card also said that only the carpet was replaced, but the dashpad lacked the patina of the seats. When it crossed the block, it was stated to have only 10k miles on the clock. By the time the bid got to $50k, that was corrected to 40k miles, and the bidding ground to a halt. While it had not been taken apart, it wasn't quite as original as some would purport, and this final bid was more than generous. #U154-1964 CROWN SUPER COACH motor home conversion bus. S/N 34852. Cream & brown/gray velour. Odo: 115,376 miles. RV conversion by Sundance. Purchased new by the Atomic Energy Commission as an equipment van. Acquired by the consignor in the late 1980s, converted in 1993. Mid-mounted Cummins 235 6-cylinder, Allison 6-speed automatic, original air ride bags, specially calibrated Koni shock absorbers. Clocked at 106 mph on California Speedway's oval in Fontana in '04. Repaint shows some chips and minor cracks, but the first day of production. Featured at Ford's Centennial celebration in 2003, used at the wedding of William Clay Ford's granddaughter this winter. Equipped with ps, pb, power top, console, back up lights, Rally Pac, and tinted windshield. Original door and trunk lid weatherstrips cracked. Trim and chrome mostly original, tail light trim lightly pitted. Engine detailed, chassis undercoated. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $100,000. If it hadn't been for the fact that this was documented as the first convertible off the River Rouge assembly line on the first day of regular Mustang production, it would have been a $35k car on its best day. The Henry Ford Museum already has the first Mustang, and Ford doesn't have the money to spend on this one, so the seller is going to have to hunt for a deep-pocketed buyer who's really over-the-top for Mustangs... or get a reality check on his optimistic price. #M27-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194678S116419. Maroon/ white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 5,353 miles. 327ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good chrome and paint show some minor prep flaws. Convertible top torn, panel gaps decent. Interior new with rusty Hurst shifter and new radio with non- components include copies of delivery instruction tags. Fitted with optional power steering, console-mounted tachometer, and two-prong spinner wire wheel covers on reproduction Redline tires. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $32,025. One of the 1,842 built in the initial year for the 442, which was based primarily on the police package F-85 sedan. While nowhere near as popular with collectors as the later years, it was worth the price of admission due both to being this first landmark year and the quality of the restoration work done. Well bought, if not a bargain. #S72-1964 FORD GALAXIE 500 2-dr hard top. S/N 4P66R155139. Rangoon Red/ red vinyl. Odo: 40,601 miles. 427-ci 425-hp R-code V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Miles claimed original. AACA National Senior Award in '02. Originally Wimbledon White, red repaint nicely done. Rechromed bumpers, some trim replaced. Door glass and vent window frames show light pitting. Nearly all FoMoCo in a well-detailed engine compartment. Carpet and dashpad replaced, remaining interior components original. 100 is still serviceable. Chrome peeling in places, custom-made vinyl nose bra fitted. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $60,000. Crown school buses and Firecoaches, despite the fact they have been out of production for about 20 years, are still a staple of Southern California life, and they have a cult following. The consignor had something of a pie-in-the-sky reserve north of $150k, likely just to give it an auction block appraisal. The market for 16-ton motorhomes that can confidently handle 100 mph is rather thin, but this should be able to bring more from the right buyer. #S121-1965 FORD MUSTANG convert- ible. S/N 5F08F100212. White/blue vinyl/ blue vinyl. Odo: 56,543 miles. 260-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. This was Job #1 for all Mustang convertibles, being built on March 9, 1964— matching knobs. Clean engine, Torq-Thrust II wheels. Originally silver. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $42,000. Part of the Nickey Chevrolet collection, and said to be numbers-matching, but the repaint and slight issues were enough to keep the bidders from going any higher. This would have made an excellent driver in the $45k range, but any more would have been over the money. #F126-1967 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N 67210F8A1355. Brittany Blue & white/ black vinyl. Odo: 74,479 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Narrow fog lamp configuration. Very good sheen to older repaint, but paint layer separation is showing along top edge of windshield weatherstripping. Straight body, good panel fit. Fresh engine cosmetics include exhaust manifold dressing. All Ford under the Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Belvidere, IL Column Author hood, except for the battery. Engine bay has an oily film to it, as if it was wiped down with WD-40 or the like. Newer undercoating used throughout. Good quality older reproduction interior vinyl and carpet. Original steering wheel shows cracked wood on the inside edge, yet the outer edge still looks fine. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $90,000. The narrow foglight cars were generally part of original 1967 production, until several states served notice that it wasn't legal in those municipalities. The seller was smart to hold on to it at this price, as there's more money out there for this car—but not a whole lot more. #M37-1968 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N 8T02S14459301905. Red & white/black vinyl. Odo: 53,378 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Marti report, fitted with ps, pb, SwingAway steering, wheelwell moldings, Sport Deck folding rear seat, extra cooling, and visibility package. Good quality older buffed out repaint shows a few small swirls. Door and panel gaps to '60s Ford specs. Bumpers and most trim replated, driver's mirror has light pitting. Older underhood detail work shows age 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Paint has cracks, chips, and preparation flaws. Engine looks rough and dirty, PCV valve on valve cover missing. Windshield starting to delaminate, rear bumper crooked, door jambs show excess glue. Interior not much better, with the driver's seat back torn. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $62,000. This looked like a lot of work, but it showed well at 20 feet. Even in this condition, 435-hp convertibles are still desirable. That said, considering all the work needed, it seemed like these dollars should have sold the car. #F246-1969 DODGE CHARGER Daytona 2-dr hard top. S/N XX29J9B409075. Copper & white/white vinyl. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4sp. Later production car, original build sheet, recognized by the Chrysler Registry. Factory options include power steering, power front disc brakes, full gauge pack, simulated wood steering wheel, and bucket seats with console. Bare-body restoration shows superb bodywork and paint application. Color mismatched between the nose and the rest of the body, panel shows almost no wear. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $283,500. Reggie was more than happy to come out and explain the changes he made to the car when he owned it. He also indicated that he still had the original motor, which is something the buyer of the car should probably pursue, although trying to convince him that an all-original low-mileage car outweighs the uniqueness of what was created will likely fall upon deaf ears. The rare engine caused a $100k over market result for this '69 Z/28. #S134-1969 MERCURY COUGAR convertible. S/N 9F94R577924. Medium emerald metallic/white vinyl/parchment vinyl. Odo: 88,134 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Ram Air, a/c, ps, pb, AM/8-track, and sport mirror with chrome base. Class award winner at the 2004 Cougar Club of America national meet. Close to original bare body repaint, passenger door gap wide at forward edge, hood has a slight overbite compared to the fenders and the grille assembly. Bumpers replated, undercarriage recently fluffed up to near concours standards. and use. Fender top bolts painted silver after the car was repainted. Well-preserved original interior shows minor wear to driver's seat bottom. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $107,500. I got the feeling that most of Monday's consignors really didn't have their hearts set on selling. It seemed to be more of a case of “If someone is willing to pay a new benchmark price, I'll let them do it.” That said, while this money was right for this Shelby, it was not enough for the seller, so back on the trailer it went. #M58-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194679S701456. Yellow/ white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 413,379 miles. gaps decent. Excellent engine compartment and chassis detailing. High quality interior restoration to factory specs. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $603,750. Although this was one of nearly a dozen Mopar Winged Wonders at Belvidere, this one stood out from the herd. It was one of only 70 Hemi-powered Charger Daytonas of the 503 built. Verifiable provenance and a quality restoration brought home a nice check for the consignor, and it was purchased by an SCM Gold dealer, so there's likely still some money left in it. #S102-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. S/N 124379N709156. Cortez Silver & black/black houndstooth vinyl & cloth. Odo: 16,278 miles. 302-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Ex-Reggie Jackson. Smokey Yunickprepared TransAm prototype hemi-headed 302 installed in the 1980s, complete with a Yunick-tuned Cross Ram intake. Cosmetically, headers, a specially-made air cleaner decal, and silk-screened head rests are the only deviations from stock. Excellent repaint has the correct sheen. Nice original chrome, clean undercarriage uses bright hardware throughout. Fantastic underhood detail, nice interior Engine well detailed, nearly all FoMoCo, and recently cleaned. Interior a mix of original and reproduction components. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $54,000. One of 96 Cobra Jetequipped Cougar convertibles built in '69. The consignor was expecting to see at least $75k out of this, as he sold a far better example within the last year for over $100k. Initially that seemed plausible, as my initial gut reaction to the car was that it was a weak #2. The seller told me that he felt it was more of a strong #3, having lived with it for about three years. The more I looked at it, the more I agreed, as did the bidders. #3+ was where the car really was, and that wasn't worth $75k. #F249-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. S/N 0F02Z135271. White/black deluxe vinyl. Odo: 55,434 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Kar Kraft build number KK2396. Awarded an AACA Senior National First Prize in '00 and a Senior Grand National in '02. Equipped with the deluxe interior package, console, Rim-Blow steering wheel, and Magnum 500 wheels. Better-than-factory body prep, excellent paint. All new chrome and trim. Undercarriage and engine bay correctly detailed, although there is some light corrosion on bare metal fasteners. Fully restored interior shows only light dust due to its age. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $152,250. The market for Boss 429s definitely shows a preference for low-mileage, unrestored examples. This was downright cheap compared to what lesser Bosses have 102 Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Belvidere, IL Column Author done this year—even at this sale. Lot M28, an unrestored '70 with 5,000 miles on the clock, was bid to $365,000 against a half-million dollar reserve. Considering that, this was very well bought. #S103-1970 PONTIAC GTO Judge Ram Air IV convertible. S/N 242670P177238. Black/tan vinyl/sandalwood vinyl. Odo: 4,005 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Ram Air IV, ps, pb, AM/FM, power top. Meticulous restoration to top concours levels. Fresh paint still degassing, excellent graphics, all new weatherstripping. Trim either replaced with reproduction pieces or buffed out, except scratched windshield frame. Good detailing under the hood, with mediocre repaint on the engine. Fresh chassis hardware $173,250. Around here, we'll never really get over the fact that a Nova can be expected to bring over $150k on a regular basis, even if it was blessed by Don Yenko—especially since the nicest Yenko Stinger on the planet will cost no more than $50k, can outrun a Yenko Deuce, and will take corners to boot. This was over market by $10k for an excellent example, and while it was expensive, it wasn't out of line for an original car. #S265-1970 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS SX 2-dr hard top. S/N 342570M308525. White/gold vinyl/gold vinyl. Odo: 40,650 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optioned with pb, ps, aluminum differential cover, and Hurst Dual Gate shifter. Also fitted with an '80s vintage air/fuel mixture monitor and a Cowl Induction-type hood. Very good body prep and repaint, all new weatherstripping installed. Replated bumpers, mostly reproduction trim, older engine detailing recently cleaned up. Stock-type exhaust tips stick out further than stock. Seat vinyl not aligned SOLD AT $929,250. By the end of the auction on Monday, this was the high sale of the weekend, and remains as the highest on-the-block sale of the event. The bidding storm was as intense as the thunderstorm outside the tent, bringing home a very respectable sale on a landmark car from the NHRA's past. #S99-1977 CHEVROLET CAMARO IROC racer. S/N BP7720IROC14. Pink/black vinyl. IROC-spec race car, which was Bobby Allison's mount starting with the second season of the series. While also campaigned by other drivers, Allison won the 1980 championship of this series in this car. The tube-framed chassis is signed by him on the driver's side roof section. Restored about a decade ago to turn-key racing spec. Campaigned on the vintage racing circuit and shown at the 2005 Amelia Island concours. Average race car fit and finish, or as good as one can expect with body panels attached to a tube frame with Dzus fasteners. The motor and bare metal components. Interior professionally redone. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $350,000. Last seen at RM's Boca Raton sale in February '06, where it sold for a record $410,000 (SCM# 40792). Only 162 1970 Judge convertibles were built, and the fact that the consigning dealer turned this offer down didn't really surprise me. These cars seem to induce “stick and carrot” pricing, in that if the final bid was the seller's $375k reserve, the seller wouldn't be pleased with that either. A low supply of verifiable cars like this will continue to defy any market adjustments until more have crossed the auction block. #S132-1970 CHEVROLET NOVA Yenko Deuce 2-dr sedan. S/N 114270W351046. Red & black/black vinyl. Odo: 44,005 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Ex-Reggie Jackson. Claimed original miles, heavily buffed paint looks original as well. Trunk lid edge shows signs of rust. Older heavily detailed all-GM engine bay recently cleaned up. Bright and shiny front undercarriage, not so shiny rear. Clusterpack of Stewart Warner gauges, replacement seat vinyl and carpet, door panels and dashboard appear original. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT between seat bottoms and backs. First in class at the '03 Olds Nationals in Cincinnati, OH. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $29,000. The 442 was the flashy hot rod from the Olds division, and the SX was created to include more standard creature comforts and have the W-30 go-fast bits—being more of a Q-ship with the look of your father's Olds. They are generally underappreciated, except by those of us who are still upset that GM shafted the Olds division. These are finally starting to get some well-deserved attention, and I can't blame the consignor for holding on to this one based on what was bid. #S115-1971 PLYMOUTH HEMI 'CUDA Sox & Martin Pro-stock racer. S/N N/A. White, red, & blue/black vinyl. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Driven by Ronnie Sox and campaigned by the Sox & Martin team during the 1971 season to 14 wins. Excellent bare body repaint and decal application. Engine bay configured with '71 season parts, including a is actually identifiable as a small-block Chevy, with a moderate number of racing components. Plenty of pink overspray on the underpinnings. The cabin has minimal performance gauges on an aluminum dashboard, plus an MSD box and a coolant overflow tank in the passenger's side floorboard. American Racing ten-hole steel wheels on race slicks. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $37,500. It might seem a little out of character for Bobby Allison to run a pink car, but he was fairly successful with this one. Race car pricing is pretty much a case of what two people are almost willing to pay and what one person is really willing to pay, so apart from feeling that what was offered seemed realistic, we won't go any further than that. #S19-1995 CORVETTE ZR1 fastback. S/N 1G1YZ22J6S5800052. White/Black leather. Odo: 11,325 miles. Paint crack in headlight door. Some light patina to leather seating. Couple of windshield chips. Last high-nickel engine block, factory-supplied aluminum dual-plug cylinder heads, dual magneto ignition, Weiand tunnel ram intake, and dual Holley double-pumper carbs. Equipped with stock door panels, carpet, and glass. Even if you're deaf, you can hear it running. Cond: 2. 104 year of ZR1 production. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $32,550. Looks like an 11,000 mile car should. ZR1 option list price was $31,258 on top of the $36,785.00 base Corvette cost. New, special edition cars are a great way to lose money. Perhaps now the ZR1 is the best Corvette bargain there is.u Sports Car Market


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Christie's Greenwich, CT Column Author Greenwich Concours d'Elegance The 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante coupe barn find sold at $852,500 to an SCMer—a whopping $452,500 above its high estimate Company Christie's Date June 3, 2007 Location Greenwich, Connecticut Auctioneer Hugh Edmeades Automotive lots sold / offered 26 / 36 Sales rate 72% Sales total $2,396,020 High sale 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante coupe, sold at $852,500 Buyer's premium Untouched for years, Type 57C made $852k Report and photos by Dave Kinney Market opinions in italics all of them can be counted as positives. The first and most important change for the potential buyer was Christie's new commission rate of 10%—a major reduction in buyer's fees from the 17.5% (on the first $200,000, and 10% thereafter) seen in previous years. Secondly, the sale itself moved to slightly higher ground just a few hundred feet from where it was last year, giving Christie's more breathing space as well as putting the event a bit farther away from the mud that accompanied last year's spring rains. Drawing mainly from the New York metropolitan C Greenwich, CT area, this sale is an easy drive for northern New Jersey, New York City, and eastern Connecticut residents. The quality and interesting nature of many of the cars drew bidders from a wider area, however, with bidding both in person and by phone from many different parts of the globe. Two stars of the sale were Bugattis. The catalog cover car, a 1931 Type 49 Sports coupe with Jean Bugattidesigned coachwork, was stunning in person despite having a history of being difficult to photograph. It sold at $396,000, or just $4k below its high estimate of $400k. The second Bugatti, a 1938 Type 57C Atalante coupe, was a barn find that drew understandable atten- 106 hristie's third annual auction at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance brought with it a number of changes this year, and tion, both in the house and over the phone. Rarely have auction theatrics played out so well, with bids coming in all manner of increments until the hammer dramatically dropped at $852,500—$452,500 above the high estimate of $400k, and sold to a long-time SCMer. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day was an early production 1965 Porsche 911 coupe that brought a near astonishing $71,500 against an estimate range of $25,000–$35,000. While a nice car, it was nowhere near perfect, and as the bidding picked up, there were audible gasps and a number of shaking heads visible in the audience. Many in attendance considered this car expensive at its high estimate alone. Notable no-sales included a 1925 Stutz Speedway Sportster 4-door tourer that failed to find a new home at a high bid of $28,000, despite having had an older restoration that had held up quite well over the years. A nearly perfect 1963 Triumph TR4 Surrey top didn't manage to bring more than an insufficient $35,000 high bid, and a 1959 Jaguar XK 150 with a few needs failed to sell at $140,000. This year's number of consignments dropped to 36 from last year's 40, and both the final sales percentage of 76% and the final total of just under $2.4m were down from the 78% and $3.1m realized at this event in '06. Consignment quality on the whole still seemed to match Christie's style, but despite a few record high prices and high-profile cars, the company just didn't manage to see any growth in numbers. Whether or not the market is to blame remains to be seen, and it should make the events in Monterey that much more interesting to watch as they unfold.u Sales Totals ����� ��� ����� ����� ��� ����� ��� Sports Car Market 2007 2006 2005 10%, included in sold prices


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Christie's Greenwich, CT Column Author ENGLISH #35-1911 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50hp SILVER GHOST Roi-des-Belges tourer. S/N 1676. Eng. # 114P. White/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 800 miles. Coachwork by George Hartley, circa 1980. Great patina throughout. Some chips and a few scratches in paint, brass is not polished. Seats show great wear and patina to match the exterior. Lots of period motoring equipment, including two horns, lights, and Coachwork by Brewster. An older restoration that could be easily recommissioned. Good quality paintwork shows some nicks and a few chips. Brightwork complete and still nice, but many years off a full polish. Well-fitted cloth top dirty, very good leather and carpets. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $150,000. As a Springfieldbuilt car with a Brewster body, it's automatically a desirable example. I'll stick with my “easy to recommission” statement, and argue this car was worth a bit more than the high bid. #5-1949 JAGUAR Mk V saloon. S/N wipers. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $580,000. More or less the perfect representation of fine Edwardian motorcar style, even if Edward was dead and we are only days away from the Titanic era. You've seen this car before, as it was used as the template for the Franklin Mint model Silver Ghost. The car was only a few dollars away from its $600,000 low estimate, and I was quite surprised it wasn't announced sold at this price. #30-1915 VAUXHALL 25hp D-TYPE Staff Car. S/N D471. Eng. # D889. Dark green & black/green leather. RHD. Odo: 6,502 miles. Humdrum overall. More original than tired, but it has elements of both. Lots of dull areas to the paint, brightwork is complete but not without flaws. Single sidemount spare, rear windshield, flag mounted to radiator cap. reserve. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $7,150. We could generously refer to this as an ambitious project, or less generously just a parts car. Mark Vs are handsome and actually quite fun to drive, but restoration costs would be prohibitive as even the nicest examples only bring $40,000 or a bit more. The new owner certainly has his work cut out for him. Interior worn, but complete. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $77,000. Last seen at Christie's London in November '99, where it sold for $62,257 (SCM# 4650). A very rare British WWI staff car, said to have a full history file and sold with its old-style log book and VCC dating certificate. To say the potential base of owners who could appreciate this car is small would be an understatement, but those who do want it appreciate it well. #27-1926 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I 4-dr tourer. S/N S452FL. Eng. # 20526. Black/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 39,065 miles. 108 #11-1950 BENTLEY Mk VI saloon. S/N B87LFU. Eng. # B293F. Black/tan leather. Odo: 83,383 miles. Fitted with sunroof and multi-band radio. Plenty of paint issues include cracks and bi-metallic lifting around parking lights. Interior shows decent older leather and good wood. Firestone wide whitewall tires, good chrome and trim. A three-owner example with its full tool kit and service records from the late '60s. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $19,800. Last seen at Christie's Monterey sale in August '04, where it sold for $25,850 (SCM# 34599). Worth the money, as with all the typical coachwork needs usually presented on Mk VI and R-type Bentleys, this one has quite a few things going for it. Its ownership history was known, it was a rare left-hand drive U.S.delivery model, and it was serviced by Albers Rolls-Royce in Indiana. That said, the new soft top, now 54 years old. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $66,000. This car brought a price at the low end of its estimate, and I would have expected a bit more. Presentation was everything here, and this car was well represented by its owner, who was present to answer questions as well as explain its physical condition. Well bought, but both parties involved in this transaction should be pleased. #19-1959 JAGUAR XK 150S roadster. S/N T831755DN. Eng. # VS16279. Black/tan cloth/black leather. Odo: 42,368 miles. Well turned out with excellent paint and chrome, very good gaps, and straight sides. Nice leather, carpets, and dash. The interior as a 627032. Gray/gray leather. Odo: 94,481 miles. A barn find in need of total restoration. Coachwork appears complete and solid, all glass and chrome is present. Gaskets worn as expected. Interior is a mess, and some rodents appear to have lost their home. Offered without owner will end up upside-down quickly unless he spends his money wisely. #14-1954 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100 BN1 roadster. S/N BN1158875. Eng. # 1B214474. Dark green/dark green vinyl/green leather. Odo: 23,879 miles. Restoration completed in '04. Excellent paint and brightwork, nice panel gaps, straight bodywork. Owner states body and panels are original to car. Well fitted interior still shows well. Sells with the original whole is outstanding, with no flaws worth noting. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $140,000. Sold new in New Jersey, where it had spent its entire life. The seller had owned the car since the mid-1980s. A no-sale against a low estimate of just $10,000 more. I can't say that I blame the seller for holding on to it. Sports Car Market


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Christie's Greenwich, CT #13-1960 JAGUAR XK 150 drophead Column Author coupe. S/N S838943BW. Eng. # BA20399. Old English White/black cloth/burgundy leather. Odo: 64,795 miles. Repaint from '99 still holding up well. Excellent brightwork shows no issues. Good quality top, interior shows well, nice leather, carpets and dash. The seller is proud that his car is driven and a driver or a complete restoration to be show. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $23,100. Last seen at Christie's Rockefeller Center sale in May '02, where it sold at $19,975 (SCM# 28441). This body style is best described as a canvas-topped bread van, as it was originally used to deliver bread in France. It needed quite a bit of work, but the price was right for such an oddity. #20-1931 BUGATTI TYPE 49 Sports new owner. Again, using the theory of restoration costs versus the here and now of having a concours-quality TR4 ready to go, this would have been the better deal. not trailered to meets and events, as he should be. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $73,700. Built as an automatic, with the 4-speed manual and overdrive added during restoration. This was not exactly cheap, but it was well bought considering its condition and with disclosure of the transmission change. This was a great driver that was likely well sorted out. #34-1960 MORRIS MINOR pickup. S/N 0FB493435. Green/white canvas/gray vinyl. Odo: 945 miles. Well applied paint, one scary tear in door metal below vent window. Most brightwork good, door handles show pitting. Canvas canopy-style top, clean bed area. Inside shows an interior that appears to be an upgrade few months parked on the street in New York City. Offered without reserve. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $3,850. Strike one was the 2+2 body style. Strike two, Willow Green. The third strike would have been an automatic transmission, but this one escaped by having a 4-speed. This was the perfect example of a parts car bringing a parts car price. Well bought for those in the business of dismantling or building Jaguarbased hot rods. FRENCH from the standard Morris commercial guts. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $22,000. Acceptable money paid on the fun scale, but perhaps a bit pricey if we are talking investments. With distinctive colors and a striking appearance from its canvas top, this might make a good advertising “vehicle” for a small business. Not cheap, but not bad either. #16-1963 TRIUMPH TR4 Surrey Top roadster. S/N CT10529L. Eng. # CT10756E. Black/red leather. Odo: 54,923 miles. An excellent presentation. Arrow-straight sides, mirror-like finish. Unmarked chrome, glass, and gaskets. Lucas fogs mounted on front bumper. Underhood is much nicer than the day it left the factory. Interior also well turned-out, with a nearly perfect dash, well-done seats, and a clean wood wheel. Superb inside and out. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $35,000. I fully expected this car to do well here and have a 110 #22-1925 PEUGEOT 9/10 CV Type 177B Boulangere Normande utility. S/N 57089. Eng. # 58999. Brown & black/white cloth/ black leather. RHD. Part wood body, rear enclosed open space for goods. Paint suffers from various chips and scrapes, and shows lots of needs. Older top aged, seats nice, wood is worn in places. In need of slight refurbishment to be some of the interior bits might be saved. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $852,500. If you were looking for auction entertainment, this was bidding drama at its finest. Lasting what seemed like forever, the action in the room was matched by action on the telephone, and in the end, this Bugatti stayed in the U.S. At double its high estimate, this was one ambitious project, but the result Sports Car Market #6-1970 JAGUAR XKE 2+2 coupe. S/N 1R43373. Eng. # 7R350419. Willow Green/ biscuit leather. Odo: 13,147 miles. Every panel has a dent, excepting the rear hatch. Most chrome either mutilated or rusted, most glass still looks good. Surprisingly complete, but in need of absolutely everything. A perfectly good example of what your car could look like after a coupe. S/N 49194. Eng. # 32. Blue & black/ fawn cloth. RHD. Odo: 85,402 km. Featured on the Bugatti stand at the 1932 Berlin Motor Show. Great paint has some easy-to-find flaws, excellent brightwork shows some light aging. Unbelievably nice interior, glove soft leather, beautiful woodwork in burl, steering wheel has a natural wood veneer. All well detailed with artful touches throughout. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $396,000. This car looked quite beautiful in person, but is rather ordinary in one dimension. The roofline looks like it was cut in the manner of a hot rod, but it wasn't, this was part of Jean Bugatti's original design. Complete with a fascinating history, the car was disassembled and hidden from the Germans during WWII, and many of its original sales documents were included in the sale. Not especially inexpensive or overwhelmingly desirable, but a beautiful example of the coachbuilder's art. #39-1938 BUGATTI TYPE 57C Atalante coupe. S/N 57766. Eng. # C57. Black & tan/saddle leather. RHD. Odo: 13,428 km. Coachwork displayed at the 1939 New York World's Fair in the French Pavilion. Pretty much the ultimate barn find in commensurate condition, and loaded with needs everywhere. Inactive since 1962. All well past the patina stage. The leather has suffered the most, but


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Christie's Greenwich, CT Column Author will be worthwhile. If you could see through the dirt, it was truly a beautiful Bugatti. #33-1949 DELAHAYE 135M cabriolet. S/N 800980. Dark blue/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 12 km. Coachwork by Antem. Paint not perfect, but a good job nonetheless. Well done brightwork, but the rear end aesthetics are not helped by a pair of added-on truck-style taillights—a temporary arrangement. Excellent interior and engine compartment. Sale includes a black hard top. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $56,100. The best one-word statement to describe the car is “complete,” and the best word to describe the new owner is “optimistic.” In a world of ever-increasing prices for most all collectible cars, Porsche continues to do well. This sales result was a jolt, but not a shock. #10-1965 PORSCHE 911 coupe. S/N dash, very good leather, carpets could have a better fit. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $180,000. Reported sold at Christie's Retromobile in '07 for $231,542 (SCM# 44232). I absolutely agree that this car was worth more than the $180,000 bid, perhaps even as high as its last reported sale, but as a post-war car, its value is a bit limited. That said, I'd have no problem parking it in my garage. GERMAN #12-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 7502900. Eng. # 7502902. Red/ tan vinyl. Odo: 741 miles. Nicely done. Very good paint and well-done brightwork have no flaws worth noting. Fitted luggage, very clean underhood. Interior done in factory style. Transverse seat in the back a nice touch—it's 302795. Eng. # 902879. Dark green/black vinyl & houndstooth cloth. Odo: 84,876 miles. Good paint, very good brightwork, excellent glass. Window gaskets and felts look new, clean interior appears all stock. Excellent seats, dashboard straight and without vinyl problems, period radio, wood steering wheel. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $71,500. No, the price achieved is not a misprint. That's what the car really sold for against a pre-sale estimate of $25k–$35k. The methodical bidding produced more than a few audible gasps as well as lots of shaking heads. Very expensive and overpriced, but it should serve as a wake-up call to early 911 owners that their cars have fully arrived on the collector car scene. seating for one latitudinally. Complete fitted luggage included. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $60,500. Sold mid-estimate, which to my way of thinking was more than a bit optimistic. I'll admit to having little love for 190SLs, and while their recent surge in values is understandable, I don't think it's entirely justified. That said, the market makes the decisions, we don't. #38-1964 PORSCHE 356 SC cabriolet. S/N 159408. Eng. # P810410. White/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 20,976 miles. Barn find, 1974 New York inspection sticker on windshield. Paint both tired and sad, driver's door mismatched and peeling. Visible rust-through in places, worn out chrome. Very tired original 112 #25-1968 MERCEDES-BENZ 250SL California coupe. S/N 11304310003913. Eng. # 12998210001992. White/saddle vinyl. Odo: 90,648 miles. Some flaws to good paint, which will benefit from a full buff and light sanding. Most brightwork decent, passenger side door handle is not. Tidy interior shows light wear, a cigarette burn to the driver's seat, and decent wood. Underhood is used-car style clean, but not detailed. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $24,200. The location, where it sold for $15,275 (SCM# 41910), which seemed quite strong at the time. Only 200 miles had been covered since. Last year my notation included this sentence, “One can assume that this car will continue to appreciate if the miles are kept low and the condition is maintained.” I didn't think the difference would be quite so dramatic in the course of a year, but this car sold for $8,925 more this time. Sports Car Market but poorly-showing Fuchs rims with lots of grit and no polish. Clean interior features good seats, dash, and instrumentation. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $19,000. A very nice example, but there wasn't anything special enough to make this car a star or even a standout. Today's crowd had no problem overpaying for other Porsches, but this car didn't get lucky in that way here. #28-1974 PORSCHE 914 targa. S/N 4742903831. Silver/black/black vinyl. Odo: 23,407 miles. Well done overall, with excellent paint, very good gaps, and only several scratches to well-done brightwork. Glass and window rubber nice, clean interior has no fit or finish issues whatsoever. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $24,200. Last seen one year ago at the same California coupe featured a removable hard top, but no convertible top, and an extra bench seat was added where the top would have folded. With 4-speed manual transmissions, 250 and 280SLs not only attract more attention than their two-pedal sisters, but are likely better investments for both the short and long term... and they're just more fun to drive. Well bought, as this driver-quality car will likely provide a good ownership experience if it was as well sorted as it looked. #24-1970 PORSCHE 911 E coupe. S/N 9110220390. Eng. # 6200321. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 97,854 miles. Older good quality paint is mostly nice, with some chips and dings in the front deck lid. Brightwork clean and unmarked, glass and window rubber still decent. Yokohama Avid H4 radials mounted on correct


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Christie's Greenwich, CT Column Author 914s are on the move, and this sale made that point in a big way. Not easily duplicated. AMERICAN #31-1909 CHALMERS DETROIT THIRTY touring. Eng. # K12889. Blue/tan top/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 4,191 miles. Paint problems include runs, drips, and a few stone chips. Brass solid and all there, but some needs polishing. Top is dirty and has will polish out to a nice shine. Very well fitted interior is vinyl, not leather. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $28,000. In fact, the restoration was an older one of good quality. This was a former display piece, and it had apparently aged quite well. This straight up and down 4-door with two-box styling was among the cheapest you'll likely find of the marque, but this bid was not enough for the seller. #37-1931 FORD MODEL A Deluxe road- several stains. Very good leather to nearly excellent, but not show-quality interior. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $38,500. This car needed quite a bit more than a freshening, but it would be an easy car to put back to touring or driver condition. As such, it was very well bought, and it will likely be money in the bank for the new owner. #8-1914 MAXWELL 50-6 7-Passenger tourer. S/N 58407. Eng. # 59254. Gray & black/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 4,469 miles. Many earmarks of an older restoration visible, but still nice overall. Good paint, brightwork dull in some areas. Excellent wood, interior leather very nice throughout. Catalog reports it to have been in a static display for a ster. S/N A3752902. Black/tan cloth/saddle vinyl. Odo: 3,203 miles. Good to very good older paint now showing some divots and wear. Soft top and spare tire cover worn, stained, and discolored. Brightwork still good, but not perfect. The interior shows well with no issues. An poor joints and cracks keep it from being excellent. OK interior, third seat missing. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $159,500. Even with Woody fever running rampant, I was surprised by this result and would have guessed this car to sell for perhaps $20k-$30k less. The new owner could likely enjoy this car without spending any major money anytime soon, but he'll need to keep his eye on the woodwork. easy fix. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $26,400. Claimed recent recommissioning was of the mechanical sort, so the cosmetic bits remain for the new owner to fix. While no one has taken the time to notice, Model As have been increasing in value despite what the experts thought. #32-1932 PACKARD 833 Dual Cowl pha- number of years and suggests that it will need some mechanical reconditioning before use. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $44,000. The Maxwell name does not have the panache of a number of American antique automobiles, and in fact, the marque is still mostly associated with its most famous “owner,” Jack Benny. This sale price was a bit ambitious for a car with announced mechanical needs, but it was not unreasonable. #9-1925 STUTZ SPEEDWAY SPORTSTER Series 695 4-dr tourer. S/N 14823. Eng. # 14964. Green & black/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 31,402 miles. Recent appearing restoration good, but not excellent. Nickel silver headlights and grille decent and 114 eton. S/N 181108. Eng. # 327489. Tan & brown/ tan cloth/brown cloth. Odo: 29,682 miles. The Birthday Packard, a car with a great (and true) story. Very original through and through, paintwork is dull and tired but original. Top shows wear to the binding at edges. Original interior, fitted luggage, owner's manual, and key fob still with car. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $120,000. Last seen at Bonhams Brookline '05, where it didn't sell at $105,000 (SCM# #17-1944 STUTZ MODEL 4E Bearcat Replica. S/N 1337. Red & black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 151 miles. A very nicely done reproduction. Excellent paint, very good brightwork, period-correct style. Built from a reproduction frame with original and reproduction parts. The work was carried out by Paul 38019). Possibly the most original Packard in existence, definitely the most original of cars from the '30s. Given to its first owner as a birthday present, it never changed hands until 1973. Selling this car might be as hard as it looks, and it's going to take the right caring individual with enough coin to get it done. #18-1937 FORD MODEL 78 Deluxe Woody wagon. S/N 183526745. Black & wood/black vinyl/saddle vinyl. Odo: 1,632 miles. Nice paint, wood looks freshly revarnished. Excellent glass, well fitted trim includes the top. Woodwork is decent, but some Freehill of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, a noted Stutz expert. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $99,000. As a oneoff as well as a replica, it's hard to grasp the values here, so it's best to go back to the potential cost of reproducing this car. If you had to have a Bearcat, or if you wanted a second car to use as a tourer, this was your chance. #7-1949 HUDSON COMMODORE 8 convertible brougham. S/N 49487337. Silver/ red vinyl. Odo: 5,058 miles. Fair to good quality repaint with some cracking on seams. Very good chrome, decent trim. Inside shows wellfitted vinyl and good trim, dash, and gauges. Sports Car Market


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Column Author Alfa Bits Recent Il Biscione sales on eBay by Geoff Archer (All creative English within quotes exactly as presented by sellers on eBay.) #250103587997-1991 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER 2000 convertible. S/N ZARBB32N2M6004735. Burgundy/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 65,352 miles. 5 photos. Louisville, KY. For the sake of thoroughness, I will now reproduce this vehicle's description in its entirety. This, folks, is exactly every Everything is there, and while it's not fresh, it looks like an excellent driver-quality car. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $41,800. Featured in “The Two Jakes,” with Jack Nicholson. Reported sold at Christie's Le Mans July '06 for $42,195 (SCM# 42373), but it was back and for sale here again, for whatever reason. It was interesting to see it bring within a few dollars of the bid one year ago, and one can hope its found a more permanent home this time around. word: “VERY SPORTY, DRIVES OUT GREAT!” I don't even know what that second clause means. 21 bids, sf 1, bf 66. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $10,611. Market price, despite the lack of marketing effort. I hope the buyer was local and took a long hard look at it in person before handing over any money. #280103581460-1991 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER 2000 convertible. S/N ZARBB32N1M6009201. Silver/black canvas/ tan leather. Odo: 46,997 miles. 23 photos. Milwaukee, WI. “Low mileage, excellent condition example with Fuel injected, twin cam four cylinder engine, five speed trans, A/C and power windows. Repainted in original silver. New Pirelli P4000 tires and alignment. Excellent interior with the exception of the fake #26-1949 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY convertible. S/N 7410049. Eng. # C4614881. Thunder Gray/tan cloth/beige leather & tan cloth. Odo: 26,396 miles. Possibly original paint thin and worn through in places. Excellent wood recently redone. Chrome has some wear-through areas as well, but it's not too obvious against this color. Engine compartment correct, but worn. Interior shows some second owner, who claims miles are original. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $4,620. An extremely good buy for the end user, and a great example of a starter collector car for very little money. You won't win any major shows or events with this car, but as a curiosity at the local show ‘n shine, you'll enjoy every minute. suede seat inserts which seem to look worn even when new.” No mention of mechanical condition. 30 bids, sf 113, bf 110. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $10,000. A buyer could have comfortably paid into the bottom of the teens if the paint and interior had been nice and original. This was market price for one that's been “restored” like this, but I want to know why such a young car needed the refurb in the first place. #4649270183-1993 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER 2000 convertible. S/N ZARBB32N5P7006218. Yellow/black/black. Odo: 99,362 miles. 24 photos. Holland, MI. “1 of only 14 spiders produced in Fly yellow....The spider is in great shape with no dents or dings.” No accidents. “No rips or tears and overall stains to cloth seats, good dash and carpets. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. It's no surprise that this car didn't find a new home here at $70,000, as it was worth more than that. Perhaps no one in the house appreciated the excellent patina that this car offered. The seller was right to hang on to it. #29-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E57S105176. Eng. # F6I2EL. Venetian Red/orange vinyl. Odo: 86 miles. 283-ci 283-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. A full-on restoration to a quality not often seen. Excellent paint, brightwork done to a very high standard. Underhood is clean and correct, with all GM components. The interior is a correctly done job, with excellent door panels, seats, and awesome inside...The car runs and drives awesome. No leaks which is a small feat for an Alfa.” 21 bids, sf 192, bf 20. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $7,300. This well-informed seller is probably an SCMer (or should be), but he was slightly over-optimistic here given the mileage. “Current CPI Book (cars of particular interest) shows that the car has a #3 book of $10,400 and #2 book of $14,000. This car is well between those numbers. I also realize that e-bay never pulls all of book money so someone is going to get a great car at a deal.” A fair price for both sides. u 116 become a bit of an auction frequent flyer, but it has also found new owners at each stop. Rumors persist that this car was subject to a $100,000 restoration sometime in the past. Sold at Kruse-Hershey in October '05 for $25,300 (SCM# 39515), and Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach '06 for $27,000 (SCM# 41236). If you were looking for a Corvair convertible, this was the one to get. Very well bought at this price.u Sports Car Market #36-1966 CHEVROLET CORVAIR convertible. S/N 105676W145817. Yellow/white vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 86,519 miles. Excellent presentation, AACA award-winning restoration. Very good paint, excellent brightwork, clean underhood. Great options include headrest seats and air conditioning. Upgraded to Corsa specifications, but not a true Corsa. Offered without reserve. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $17,600. Over the past few years this car has a well-done dash. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $99,000. This price was quite reasonable in this market. With fuel injection, 283 hp, and a 4-speed transmission, it's hard to ask for more in a '57. The catalog stated that the numbers for the engine, transmission, fuel injection unit, and rear end are all correct for late 1957—but that was not saying this was an original numbersmatching car. Still, well bought. #21-1966 CHEVROLET CORVAIR 500 coupe. S/N 101376W118862. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 29,582 miles. Lots of filled-in chips to the edge of hood, a few in other places as well. Paint decent, body straight, panel gaps consistent. Underhood tidy and all GM, interior clean but slightly worn. 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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, UK Column Author Aston Martin Works Service The 1952 DB2 drophead coupe could be smelled before it was seen, but it still made a firm $90,090 against a coy $30,000–$35,000 estimate. Company Bonhams Date May 12, 2007 Location Newport Pagnell, England Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold / offered 25 / 31 Sales rate 80% Sales total $4,099,550 High sale 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante, sold at $852,390 Auction goers line up to smell the $90k DB2 basket case Report and photos by Julian Shoolheifer Market opinions in italics T he Bonhams auction team returned to Newport Pagnell on May 12 for the eighth edition of its Aston Martin Lagonda Works Service sale. The event has become firmly etched on the Euro auction calendar in recent years, and it's no longer solely in the realm of Astononly devotees, as it provides the general classic car enthusiast and buyer a rare insight into the inner workings of the Aston workshop. The lots consigned almost always inspire strong bidding and the possibility of an amazing price, and again this year, the crowds were not disappointed. Strong viewing on sale day in the relatively made a firm $90,090 against a coy $30,000–$35,000 estimate. Several DB4s were available in vastly different conditions, and prices for them Newport Pagnell, UK were expectedly impressive. A 1960 Series II with accident damage to the nose sold for a full $107,514, while a restored Series IV Vantage with a performance 4.2-liter found a new home at $198,990. Standard DB6 saloons continue to sell well and show the market to be very firm, and the $238,194 achieved for a decent 1966 DB6 Vantage against a $100,000–$110,000 estimate was over the top. While the $440,000– $500,000 estimate on the Goodwood Green 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk II Volante seemed strong, even for a car as rare as it was, its final price of $852,390 must be a record for any DB6. By comparison, the $438,570 achieved for the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 convertible was firm in the market, but was compact workshops added significantly to the general atmosphere and gave a feeling of intimacy without overcrowding. Faces not usually seen at general sales tend to appear here, and many of them are young, rich, citydwellers looking to buy into the heritage that is Aston… and James Bond. This was graphically illustrated when the already buoyant automobilia section saw two DB4 GT workshop manuals each achieve $25,300, followed shortly by the gear knob with its ejector-seat button from Bond's DB5 in the film “Goldfinger,” selling for an astounding $82,200. As the hammer fell, the room erupted into gasps of incredulity and simultaneous applause. The only DB2 entered, a 1952 drophead coupe requir- ing total restoration, was one of the most viewed lots at the sale. It could be smelled before it was seen, but it still 118 by no means a bargain buy. V8s were also strong, with a 1978 Vantage in de- cent driver condition bringing $68,310, a 1986 Volante convertible selling for $72,666, and a 1988 Vantage Volante convertible with the X-pack 432-hp V8 finding a new home at $138,006. A stunning and near-perfect 2000 Vantage Volante Special Edition convertible sold well at $471,240, while the 2005 Aston Martin DBR9 racer fell a little short of the reserve and remained unsold, bid as it was to $880,000. Even though the total number of cars consigned was down to 31 from last year's 40 and six fewer cars were sold, total dollar figures were up by over $500,000 at this year's event, showing that the upward trend seen last year has continued for Astons in the European market.u Sales Totals ��� ��� ��� ��� ��� 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 Buyer's premium 15% on first $59,400, 10% thereafter (£1.00=$1.98) Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, UK #207-1952 ASTON MARTIN DB2 Column Author drophead coupe. S/N LML50237. Eng. # VB6B501120. Metallic blue/black vinyl/black vinyl. RHD. Single-family ownership for over 30 years. Dents and corrosion to all panels, paint heavily marked and worn. Mildewed interior in need of total restoration. Engine bay original, but heavily corroded. A worn out project car. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $90,090. An exceptional find and an impressive price. The car could be smelled way before it could be seen, due its level of mold and corrosion. Seemingly complete, this was arguably the most viewed lot at the sale, and it sold for three times the pre-sale estimate. Although not mentioned in the Bonhams catalog, the engine number indicated a big-valve Vantage-spec engine, which might explain the heightened level of fervor. #210-1960 ASTON MARTIN DB4 SII saloon. S/N DB4533R. Eng. # 370640. Red/ cream leather. RHD. Odo: 108,171 miles. Accident damage to the front of the car, bumper and grille removed for sale viewing. Remaining bodywork well done. Brightwork ripply and blistered, chrome wires rusty. Cream leather interior generally worn and tired looking, driver's seat saggy and worn. Disappointing good panel gaps, superb paint. All brightwork excellent, recent chrome wires fitted. Engine bay correct, tidy, and presentable. Upholstery fresh and plump, interior still smells like new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $198,990. Not originally a Vantage, but upgraded with an original Vantage engine and overdrive gearbox at some point. In much better condition but with less cachet than the DB5 saloon (lot 209), it still brought the same high-estimate money. Well bought and sold. #209-1965 ASTON MARTIN DB5 sa- loon. S/N DB52160R. Eng. # 4001533. Dark Tulip/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 29,825 miles. Arrow-straight bodywork, generally fair paint. Flaws include blisters above driver's door and chips and small blisters to nose. Chrome thin in places, with light pitting throughout. Chrome wires reported to have been replaced a number of times in the car's life, and this set is rusty front of the car prove it to be regularly driven. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $438,570. Maintained rather than restored. With the exception of a quality repaint and other cosmetics seven years ago, this car had a comfortable feel to it. I find it hard to accept that these cars are worth nearly $500k now, but the market consistently proves they are. There might still be a profit if a Works Service restoration is carried out, but that would be a shame, as the feel of this car was so right as it sat. #222-1966 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Vantage saloon. S/N DB62475R. Eng. # 4002498V. Metallic gray/black leather. RHD. Odo: 68,733 miles. Nice bodywork, passenger door gap tight at bottom. Decent repaint shows one very visible blister to the top of a rear fender. Chrome wires mellowed and missing a bit of sparkle. Driver's seat shows slight sagging and light creasing. Another usable-looking but not upon first-hand inspection. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $107,514. This car started life painted blue, has had a number of owners, and has been through the hands of a number of Aston workshops. Despite the obvious damage, it was a very solid basis for a restoration. While the costs of a ground-up redo would probably not be recouped at this price, it still makes sense to rectify the body with nice paint and trim, as it won't likely create much of a loss for the new owner. #212-1962 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Vantage SIV saloon. S/N DB4866R. Eng. # 3701135SS. Dubonnet Rosso/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 92,260 miles. Rebuild from the '80s only recently completed and done to a very high standard, including an engine bore to 4.2 liters by RS Williams. Perfect bodywork, very 120 and dirty. Interior leather generally good, but slightly saggy with creasing to the driver's seat. Carpets nice, Webasto roof installed. A sound, usable example. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $198,990. Clearly used frequently and well maintained throughout its life, and probably one of the best to buy if you want limited hassle. Not perfect in any way, but this car had a great feel to it and some nice quirks, including bogus “arm” and “fire” switches for a non-existent Bond-esque ejector seat. A solid driver firmly sold within its pre-sale estimate. #221-1965 ASTON MARTIN DB5 convertible. S/N DB5C2102R. Eng. # 4002095. Pacific Blue/dark blue/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 46,420 miles. Straight bodywork, excellent panel gaps. Quality repaint carried out in 2000, with only a few small chips to the leading edges of the hood. Older unrestored fixtures and fittings stand out against restored body. Windshield cloudy at the edges, leather only slightly saggy on the driver's seat base, original seat belts still fitted. Dead bugs on the over pampered example. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $238,194. At no point during the sale viewing were there less than a dozen people around this car. A genuine Vantage in a great color and with excellent leather, it was certain that something exciting was going to happen when this one came up. Bidding did not let up, and the car soared to double its estimate. While this event has always seen high prices, it would seem that new levels have again been set for DB6s in all categories. #208-1967 ASTON MARTIN DB6 saloon. S/N DB63032R. Eng. # 4003046. Aegean Blue/dark blue leather. RHD. Odo: 24,995 miles. Restored in the U.K. between 1999 and 2002, still presents extremely well. Excellent bodywork, high-quality repaint in an appealing color. Older chrome wire wheels not perfect, but nice. Other chrome and trim unmarked. Interior leather, carpets, headliner, and dash all close to perfect. Period radio fitted. A quality restored car in very good order throughout. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $100,980. 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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, UK Column Author revealed the need for a bare metal respray. Still, it was bid to nearly the top estimate, which was probably due to its excellent history with marque specialists Trinity Engineering and RS Williams. Not a bad buy, but slightly over the money considering the paint issues. #223-1979 ASTON MARTIN V8 sa- a superb interior. History from the mid-1970s placed this car in the U.S. in the ownership of film producer Rick Albert. Selling very well against the $70,000–$80,000 pre-sale estimates, this was a great buy in what has become a very fast-moving Aston market. #211-1969 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Mk II saloon. S/N DB6MK24136R. Eng. # 4004375. Maroon/black leather. RHD. Odo: 79,753 miles. A fair older restoration now starting to show its age. Decent bodywork, door gap issues present at bottom on both sides. Paint good at ten yards, with microblistering and shrinking evident most notably across the rear body. Rechromed bumpers very wavy, old chrome wires and spinners have lost their Although the market in the U.K. is generally only fair, the bidders didn't have to get their hands dirty with this one... but they did have to pay up to own it. Expensive, but worth it for one of the best. #201-1972 ASTON MARTIN DBS Vantage saloon. S/N DBS5824R. Eng. # 4004684SVC. Black/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 68,843 miles. Shiny repaint thick in places, with some bubbling above the windshield. New chrome plated wheels mix well with good original brightwork. Engine bay presentable, with some rust showing in inner wheelarches. Cream loon. S/N V8SOR12160. Eng. # V5402160S. Metallic blue/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 49,576 miles. Light scratching all over likely caused by a cover, although said to have been repainted in 1998. Minor chips to nose, panel gaps appear factory. Brightwork looks original and is in fine order with no major faults. Nice unmarked wheels, excellent glass. Automatic transmission a minus, but still a sound, usable car. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $40,986. Last seen at sparkle. Interior fair, driver's seat sagging, engine bay presentable. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $103,158. Restored between 1975 and 1981, covered about 450 miles since. While cosmetically challenged in some areas, the restoration work had generally withstood the test of time well. Some recommissioning here would likely provide many years of trouble-free motoring... But the new owner might have to redo all the mechanical work previously completed, and this will ultimately be the key factor as to whether it was cheap or not. #216-1970 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Mk II Volante convertible. S/N DB6MK2VC3768R. Eng. # 4004508. Goodwood Green/black mohair/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 457 miles. One of 38 built. Stunning presentation appears asnew all over. Perfect bodywork complemented by excellent paint, chrome, and trim. Complete documented restoration undertaken by Works Service. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $852,390. Restored to the highest possible standard, this car was testament to Works Service's exquisite level of skill and care. A hand-picked team of eight people restored this car, and an 80-page document was produced to record the work undertaken. After some fevered bidding, the car made double its already heady estimate. 122 leather interior nice, with slight sagging to the driver's seat. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $50,094. All in all, a very nice example and in generally good condition—and the original Vantage spec definitely helped this car's value. The buzz that these sales have generated in recent years now seems to be established, and DBSs are soon going to have their day. #202-1978 ASTON MARTIN V8 Vantage saloon. S/N V811918RCAV. Silver/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 53,861 miles. Excellent bodywork, factory gaps, straight panels. Paint looks great at ten yards, but close inspection reveals issues, with blisters and bubbles in many places. Rechromed bumpers very wavy from the plating process, other trim still nice. Refurbished wheels mint, clean original interior features saggy seat covers. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $68,310. A genuine Vantage. This car looked great until closer inspection H&H's London sale in May '06, where it sold for $28,110 (SCM# 42257). Despite the fervor shown towards fours, fives, and sixes at present, the market for standard V8 saloons has grown—and these still represent great value. Cars like this Series IV were built to a higher standard when new, and if used regularly and maintained thoroughly, they are still the ones to buy if you want reliable “budget” Aston motoring. Nearly double the last sale price, but still a decent buy in this market. #200-1984 ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA saloon. S/N 13332. Eng. # V5803332. Red/ cream leather. RHD. Odo: 69,990 miles. Panels fair, door gaps passable, paint shows major issues. Hood crazed and scratched, door edges heavily chipped, trunk lid microblistered. Alloy wheels badly corroded, minimal brightwork dull. Interior heavily creased and very dirty, but not cracked or damaged. Generally tired. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $23,225. Not as nice as I expected, and the major surprise was the paint, which was terrible all over despite having been done in 2002. These cars have a lot of electrical problems, and even some Aston books altogether neglect to mention them. All Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, UK Column Author the electronics apparently worked on this one, so perhaps not all was lost. Sold 50% above estimate, which was a great price for an unloved model in below average condition. #205-1986 ASTON MARTIN V8 Volante convertible. S/N SCFCV81C3GTR15442. Dark blue/blue cloth/parchment leather. RHD. Odo: 30,132 miles. Great body, excellent factory gaps, original paint shows only a few chips to the back of driver's door. Nice brightwork, very tidy looking original wheels, lug nuts tired and rusty. Interior generally very good, with well-fitted wood caps throughout. Seats bonus of being fitted with the optional X-pack 432-hp engine from new. At slightly under estimate, this was an excellent buy. It's hard to imagine a better example at any price. #206-1989 ASTON MARTIN V8 Volante Zagato convertible. S/N SCFCV81Z4JTR30044. Eng. # V5850044. Javelin Gray/black cloth/parchment leather. RHD. Odo: 2,555 miles. Coachwork by Zagato. Straight bodywork shows no visible flaws. Repaint on nose has slight orange peel, panel gaps as-new. Windshield delaminating at the edges, top shows a few light wrinkles. Slight wear and creasing to the driver's seat worse 3-year-old Subaru and screwed wooden blocks to the pedals. #204-1996 ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE coupe. S/N SCFDAM2545BR70110. Eng. # 59070110M. Metallic maroon/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 5,042 miles. Flawless condition, as-new in all respects. Bodywork and paint exceptional, trim totally unmarked, alloy wheels perfect. Engine bay appears almost unused, with a twin-supercharged V8 producing 550 slightly saggy, decent convertible top. Number plates removed before sale, support brackets rusty. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $72,666. A really nice and very original looking car, but it was let down by the fact that the registration number transfer had not been completed before the sale, meaning the car was presented without license plates. It wasn't that big of an issue, but it meant the car could not be driven away from the sale for a few days and the rusty plate brackets looked shabby. Bought well below guide price. #214-1988 ASTON MARTIN V8 Vantage Volante convertible. S/N SCFCV81V9JTR15695. Eng. # V5805695XA. Royal Blue metallic/tan cloth/ tan leather. RHD. Odo: 35,383 miles. Factoryquality paint on very straight bodywork shows light scratching in several places. Excellent unmarked factory rims, trim and chrome nice. Interior leather virtually faultless, all dash than mileage would imply. Generally nice overall. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $100,000. Owned from new by Simon Le Bon of '80s band Duran Duran. A good example of a very rare car with only 37 having been built by the end of production in 1990. Good history and low mileage were marred slightly by a repaint and slight wear to the interior. There were no takers, despite both its rarity and a revival in the band. #219-1989 ASTON MARTIN JUNIOR 4:7-scale model convertible. Metallic green/ oatmeal leather. RHD. Good fiberglass bodywork, decent paint. Honda 4-stroke engine, automatic clutch, five forward speeds, capable of 40 mph. Lights, horn, and stereo fitted. Interior nicely trimmed in Connolly leather. Beautifully made wheels replicate original full-sized rims. Superb detailing throughout. A fun working hp. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $155,430. The ex-Earls Court Motor Show car, effectively mothballed and appearing virtually new. Despite its low mileage, it was serviced by the Aston Martin Works Service crew and by JCT600, which has kept it perfect rather than stagnant, as some low-mile cars can be. Likely the best example out there, and its just-over-high estimate price was well deserved. #224-2000 ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE Volante Special Edition convertible. S/N SCFDAM2C2YBR71001. Eng. # 590R71001M. Antrim Blue/blue mohair/ parchment leather. RHD. Odo: 13,000 miles. Perfect panel fit, unmarked coachwork, flawless bumpers and alloy wheels. Interior appears as new, with completely unblemished walnut trim. Perfect convertible top, excellent detailing throughout. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $471,240. wood as-new. Steering wheel looks undersized and odd. High-quality throughout. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $138,006. Restored in 2005 by Aston agents HWM, and nearly $50,000 was spent on the paint and interior at that time. It was very near perfect, and it has the added 124 model for the under five-foot crowd. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,047. Many a child's dream. No expense was spared in its manufacture, and it actually bore close inspection, unlike many other “tot rods.” Estimated at a fair $12k–$16k for the quality of build, someone's little angel is going to get thoroughly spoiled. For the same money, you could have bought the kids a One of just nine produced, and although numbered 001, it was actually the last of the cars built. Designed to be the ultimate convertible Aston Martin, each of the cars in this series represented the best design and build quality the factory could offer. Each car was slightly different in spec, and this one featured the 600hp Vantage Le Mans engine as well as other Le Mans add-ons. The market correctly valued this unique vehicle very highly, as it was rare, fast, and had a top that went down.u Sports Car Market


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'48 DELAHAYE 135M by Southchik A superb two door cabriolet in good running condition, featured in several books on French coachbuilders. '56 PORSCHE SPEEDSTER Probably one of the last barn finds. Straight, in need of complete restoration. '53 FERRARI BARCHETTA 166/53 Competition Barchetta by Oblain The only thing more stunning than its present condition is its documented provenance in major international events. '53 NASH HEALY ROADSTER Perfectly restored in original colors (Willow Green, yellow hides) with desirable options: big engine, wire wheels and factory hard top. Raymond Milo, le Patron bbone@dslextreme.com cell 323.864.0999 8375 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA fax 323.654.8788 phone 323.656.7483 90069 By Appointment Only Please


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MidAmerica Auctions Blaine, MN Column Author 21st Annual Spring Twin Cities Classic Car Auction Just like the majority of recent Midwest sales, buyers didn't step up to the plate, and sellers still held fast to their reserves Company MidAmerica Auctions Date May 12–13, 2007 Location Blaine, Minnesota Auctioneer Dave Talberg & Todd Fiskness Automotive lots sold / offered 54 / 141 Sales rate 38% Sales total $680,653 High sale 1941 International K-1 1/2-ton Woody wagon, sold at $79,500 1969 Dodge Charger with replacement Hemi, not sold at $105k Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics W hile MidAmerica's Spring auction in its hometown venue of the National Sports Center in suburban Blaine may have come of age this year, it was also given a hard dose of reality. For several reasons, the sell-through rate was just a tick above one third. While we haven't generally seen sell-through rates this low since the bust years of the early 1990s, a modest trend toward readjusting values is likely to blame. This sale was very similar to the major- ity of sales I've followed in the Midwest so far in 2007, in that consignors were generally not interested in parting ways with their cars unless they could get last year's prices for them. Buyers aren't stepping up to the plate, and sellers are still holding fast to their reserves. The weather also worked against MidAmerica this year, as it was just too nice outside. Potential buyers were either out doing spring projects or partaking of the real major event of the day on Saturday—Minnesota's fishing season opener. With light attendance comes fewer dollars, so MidAmerica was facing an uphill battle from the beginning. The top sale ended up being something of a shock. It was a 1941 International Woody wagon that brought $79,500. As a Cornbinder aficionado, I was rather 126 pleased but still somewhat surprised by this final result. My ego can be shot back down to the ground by the fact that the great interest in the truck was solely due to the fact it was a Woody. The three Hemi cars present at the sale didn't lead the pack as expected, which was likely due to none of them having all their original parts. One actually featured a “rebody”—a term usually reserved for Ferraris or Duesenbergs, not Chryslers. Unlike previous years at this venue, the lower rung cars sold at a higher ratio. Blaine, MN Most were cheap, but few were bargains. The cheapest car sold was another one of my automotive fetishes—a 1961 Chevy Corvair Monza 4-door sedan. While not a bargain (if it was, I'd be bragging about buying it), it did sell quite reasonably. A 1969 Ford Thunderbird Landau in rough shape failed to sell at a market-correct $2,100, and a 1971 Jaguar XKE SIII 2+2 stalled at $11,000. The only Oldsmobile at the auction—a 1962 98 convertible—returned home with its seller after being bid to $24,000, which should have been enough considering its driverquality condition. This year's numbers fell distantly short of the 95 cars sold in 2006. Nineteen fewer cars were offered for sale, but the final total of $680,653 only represented roughly half of the $1.2m sold last year. Consignors had no interest in putting deals together on Friday evening, and I've heard that the sale might go back to a oneday format because of it. Regardless, the market has clearly taken a turn away from where it was in '06, and whether or not the slump continues will depend upon sellers letting go of last year's price points and buyers looking for a car rather than a deal.u ����� ����� ����� ����� ��� ����� Sales Totals 2007 2006 2005 2004 Buyer's premium 6%, included in sold prices Sports Car Market


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MidAmerica Auctions Blaine, MN Column Author ENGLISH #122-1971 JAGUAR XKE SIII 2+2 coupe. S/N 1S14476W. Dark aqua metallic/tan leather. Odo: 43,375 miles. Old repaint cracked around antenna, tops of wheelarches on hood, tops of rear fenders, and around backlight. Replated door glass frames. Serviceable original bumpers, some light corrosion on chrome wire wheels. Some clean-up is evident in the engine bay, but is still little more than dolledup used-car quality. Radial tires at least two won't get it, and its absence certainly didn't help this car's result. #144-1984 MERCEDES-BENZ 500SL convertible. S/N WDB10704612003363. Light purple metallic/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 71,860 miles. A gray market personal import from the late 1980s. High quality trim-off repaint in light purple metallic completed for the seller's wife. Mediocre original trim and bumpers have light crazing. Average grubby decades old. Non-stock exhaust system, rockhard seat leather, typical deteriorating seat and headrest padding. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $11,000. The consignor, who I know through Corvair circles, was hoping to see closer to $15k on this. Before the sale, I told him that might make for some tough sledding at this auction, but he told me that it was going on eBay Monday if it didn't sell. He was not the only consignor I heard say that, which explains a lot about the sell-through rate both here and at sales around the country. GERMAN #10-1982 MERCEDES-BENZ 380SL convertible. S/N WBBA4SA2CB010468. Astral Silver/black cloth/gray MB-Tex. Odo: 94,548 miles. Original dealer window sticker included. Sold new in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Body dinged considerably around hard top mounts (someone's aim wasn't worth a damn). Most cast metal trim pitted, bumper chrome scuffed. Wheels heavily pitted, three of four wheel center caps missing. Small rust bubbles forming on left rear wheelwell lip and lower right rear rocker panels. Solid door fit, newer soft top, Interior upholstery done on the cheap, with non-stock fuzzy polyester cloth. Steering wheel paint cracked and worn. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $16,500. The seller's reserve on this car was right at $20k. However, this car and its mate, a '41 convertible, made an appearance two weeks later at Mecum's Belvidere auction. Out there, they were offered as a pair, getting a no-sale bid of $55k. The bid here represented reality, and all that was accomplished in Illinois was to burn up a lot of transportation costs and prove that the sellers don't know when to just move on. used car engine bay and undercarriage. Chewed up driver's seat outboard bolster and seat belts, banged up rear compartment panels and aftermarket speaker grilles. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $9,000. If this purple dinosaur could speak, it would say: “I love you, you love me, a purple gray-market Benz is quite scary.” This high bid was all the money and more. #102-1985 MERCEDES-BENZ 380SL convertible. S/N WDBBA45CBFA025671. Dark blue metallic/navy cloth/gray leather. Odo: 139,434 miles. Older average-quality repaint. Aluminum trim very dull, bumpers OK. Newer replacement top, rough plastic backlight. Both the undercarriage and the engine bay are nothing to write home about, as they are pretty much unattended. Newer seat hides #161-1941 INTERNATIONAL K-1 Woody wagon. S/N K120430. Maroon & wood/black vinyl/brown vinyl. Odo: 39,280 miles. Coachwork by Cantrell. One-family owned until 1987. Wood body never disassembled, just regularly maintained and varnished. Steel bodywork and fenders restored, with excellent bodywork and paint application. Replated chrome trim and bumpers, reproduction wheel covers, aftermarket trim rings and rear-view mirror head on the driver's door post. Generally clean engine bay features incorrect moderate wear to driver's seat. Rusty exhaust system has an original muffler that is about to split (in more ways than one). Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $5,000. Ran again on Saturday as lot 95 and bid to $5,200, but it still failed to sell, as the indicated reserve was somewhere north of $6k. Had this been a leather upholstered car instead of MB-Tex, $6k would've been somewhat reasonable. The consignor said the hard top was included, but it was not at the sale. Even if it's in writing that the top comes with the car, smart buyers assume they 128 installed a couple of years ago, but the driver's side is already starting to show wear. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $5,300. The final bid didn't come to a definitive conclusion, but instead kind of petered out. That lack of buyer enthusiasm for this ratty Benz and its final selling price may have made the consignors of the other 380SLs (lots 10 & 95) kick themselves. If not, they should have. AMERICAN #150-1941 MERCURY EIGHT coupe. S/N S33404343. Dark red/tan cloth. Odo: 1,813 miles. Restored from a dead carcass over a decade ago. Mediocre average repaint, heavily weathered vent windows and seals masked-off poorly. Panel gaps OK, door fit off on both sides. Bumpers and grille replated without the pits repaired, all other trim is reproduction. fittings and engine paint. Interior upholstery job is not stock, with material that appears to be from a late '70s Ford truck. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $79,500. As a Cornbinder fan, I figured this would do $50k. The final result also surprised just about everyone else at the sale. Bought by a hardcore IH truck nut out of Wisconsin over the phone, to match a near identical 1949 KB-1 Cantrell-bodied woody that he already owns. Beyond $60k, all three of his competing bidders were also on the phone. Hmm, if I cut up the cab on my '39 D-15 pickup and call in a cabinet maker... #147-1961 FORD THUNDERBIRD Woody Wagon shooting brake. S/N 1Y71Z164741. Black & varnished wood/black vinyl/gray cloth. Odo: 62,558 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Built in the early '70s in Southern California. Chunks of body filler cracking and falling off rear corners above taillights, orangepeeled paint old and cracked. Recently replated front bumper, heavily pitted vent window Sports Car Market


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MidAmerica Auctions Blaine, MN Column Author frames. Ford high back bucket seats crudely reupholstered in non-stock fabric. Chewed up original-style front carpet, '70s shag carpet on rear deck. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $8,000. Last seen on eBay in August '06, when it sold for $6,100 (SCM# 42690). One must bear in mind that this was likely a $500 car before it was done up as a wagon. The seller, with all seriousness, had a $25k reserve on this car, but there was no interest at even half that amount. This high bid was all the money for this old conversion considering its serious needs, and the seller would have been smart to take it. #124-1962 OLDSMOBILE 98 convert- ible. S/N 628C01304. White/maroon cloth/ maroon vinyl. Odo: 17,365 miles. 394-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Non-stock cloth soft top added. Factory options include a/c, power seats, and AM/FM radio. Generally good quality repaint shows several masking lines. Some panels slightly off hue, as it they were painted at different times. Rechromed bumpers, buffed out preserved interior, with only some very mild pitting to horn ring. Mild seat and carpet wear commensurate with the miles indicated. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $21,500. While Minnesota has a well-deserved reputation for being harsh on cars that are used year round, cars that are not used in the winter and have low mileage tend to be in better shape than those in most other locations. Additionally, when they are used in the summer, they don't get as heavily baked as in the southern states. The consigning dealer felt this bid was shy by nearly $10k, and while this car was worth more, the bid was close to market. #194-1963 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza Spyder 2-dr sedan. S/N 30927O109526. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 25,712 miles. Restored by Duffy's in the early 1990s. Thick, glossy repaint has been heavily buffed out. Door and panel fit to GM specs. Lower budget bumper rechroming, engine bay done up in a random selection of incorrect colors. Low-budget reproduction seat covers and carpeting don't fit right. Redyed original door panels loose, Clark's replacement dashpad covers and air cleaner. Original interior shows minimal wear. Worn seat belts have loose mounts. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $10,250. The post-auction report on MidAmerica's web site indicated this car was bid to $10,250, but the bidding seemed to die at $9,100 on the block. This consignor over-estimated the station wagon market, and he might have been in better shape had he left this car alone. Some of the minor mods, like the whole fake 427 thing, were more of a buzzkill than anything. #137-1966 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA fastback. S/N EP29D62561486. White/gold vinyl. Odo: 15,415 miles. 273-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Seller claims original mileage. Airtemp a/c, ps. Original window sticker, Certicard, and all paperwork. Nice original paint shows almost no marks, chrome and trim still decent. Engine compartment clean, valve covers repainted and match factory engine paint quite trim. Mild spray-can detailing to chassis and engine bay. Interior shows light patina from age. '70s-era GM seat belts fitted to the front seat. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $24,000. Oddly enough, this was the only Olds at this auction. It didn't seem to get much interest on the block, as it wasn't the more in-demand Starfire. There was no mention of a reserve as it rolled off the block, but this bid was in the ballpark for the car. #159-1962 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2- dr hard top. S/N 21847L234555. Twilight Blue metallic/aqua vinyl. Odo: 49,892 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory a/c, tinted glass, AM radio. Repaint mellowed and close to original, well preserved trim and chrome appears to be two years old rather than 46. Recently refurbished brake system from master cylinder to wheel cylinders, stock style exhaust. Very well nice. Generally enveloped in moderately thick dust from sitting a long time, probably in close proximity to a gravel road. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $3,710. Once on the block, it was bid to $2,600 with the commentary of needing over three grand for it to sell. Shortly thereafter, someone ponied up the cash to take it home. If the buyer is well versed in Corvairs, it can be put back to being a decent car with a lot of work. If he's not well versed in Corvairs, it's a lost cause. Fixing a hasty restoration can be just as bad, and is usually worse, than starting from scratch on a rough original... and with that in mind, this was a lot of money. #128-1966 FORD COUNTRY SEDAN 6-passenger wagon. S/N 6P72X158751. Light green metallic/light green vinyl. Odo: 68,907 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl auto. Consignor claims original miles. Fitted with period rear air shock absorbers and Thermo King a/c. Generally well-preserved original paint glossy through heavy buffing. Nice panel fit and door operation including the three-way tailgate. Good original chrome, bumpers have some dents, dings, and scuffing from use. 427 side emblems added by the seller, as were 427-style chrome valve well. Recent reproduction washer jug installed. Well-preserved interior has nearly no signs of wear or aging. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $15,000. “Fish bowl” Barracudas aren't seen anywhere as often as their later brethren. They more closely resemble the Valiant they are based upon than the later generations, and they don't tend to bring a whole lot of money. This seller was looking for closer to $19k, and although the car wasn't perfect, in this case I had to agree. #166-1966 FORD MUSTANG convert- ible. S/N 6F08C183522. Red/white vinyl/ parchment vinyl. Odo: 1,037 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Pony interior, fog lamp grille, Rally Pac, wood steering wheel. Modern non-stock cast aluminum Cobra valve covers, “Mustang” in-dash AM/FM/cassette deck with remote CD player. Good quality repaint, semi-gloss black undercarriage, replacement brightwork. Trunk trim loose. Engine bay once nicely done, but now is rather dirty. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $28,620. Not restored, but instead made up to be someone's play toy in lieu of accurately replicating its original configuration. With that in mind, the price was right. The seller must have also figured this out, as he dropped his reserve when the bidding ended. 130 Sports Car Market


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MidAmerica Auctions Blaine, MN #177-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Column Author coupe. S/N 194376S106270. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 81,996 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Consignor claims all powertrain components original to car. Fitted with side pipes, AM/FM radio, and wood wheel. Good quality older repaint, excellent door fit on both sides, factory specification hood gaps. All brightwork either replated or replaced. Reproduction carpets and seat covers, seat foam looks and feels collapsed. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $36,500. It does seem a bit out of place for a car with the base-level engine to also have side pipes, but it could be optioned that way from the factory. As a nice driver, this was about as cheap as you'll get a respectable '66 in today's market. However, the consignor didn't agree, and the car stayed with him. #142-1967 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 2-dr hard top. S/N 138177Z122233. Gold metallic/gold vinyl/gold vinyl. Odo: 36,394 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Rally wheels, pb, teak steering wheel. High-quality older restoration, excellent body prep and paint, better-than-stock panel fit. Expertly reskinned vinyl roof shows slight UV fade. All GM under the hood, except for the spark plug wires and aftermarket a/c vents cut into the center of dashboard in a workman-like manner. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $22,500. Initially ran as lot 3 on Friday night, having not sold at $22,500. Very neatly and professionally redone, but several exits and a rest stop away from stock. The workmanship made this worth the final bid, as it must be the only 6-banger resto-mod out there. #145-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194378S415156. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 91,247 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Originally a bare-bones no-options car. Consignor claims original miles. Non-stock alloy wheels with hokey gold anodized threeprong spinners, '70s vintage in-dash cassette deck, prerequisite chrome valve covers and air cleaner. Ancient dust-impregnated repaint, door latch chrome peeling off, one headlight stuck up, weatherstripping expired. Quasiteak steering wheel patched in a few places. plated, rear turn signal bezels pitted. Gloss black undercarriage, optional front and rear spoilers. Mostly stock reproduction interior features a Hurst shifter, modern stereo, and triple underdash aftermarket gauges. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $28,620. Bid to $25k, then declared a post-block sale shortly after. Even if it was a real SS 396, too much had been messed with to make it a blue chip investment—although it was better than a cow chip investment. If you really have a jones for an aqua big block, buy it as a play toy and start trolling eBay for the correct pieces... but don't expect to make a dime on it. #28-1969 FORD THUNDERBIRD Landau 4-dr sedan. S/N 9Y87N136652. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 13,181 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Equipped with door edge guards and AM/FM stereo. Older cheap repaint, trim appears to have been masked off and buffed on the car. Downright ugly, dirty, and spider-web infested undercarriage has a new muffler. Generally dirty and unkempt under the hood. Right front power window inoperative, interior has a distinct musty smell. Long tear in driver's seat bottom, heavy wear on driver's seat back and carpeting. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $2,100. The consignor claimed this was a factory executive battery. '70s era HEI distributor installed. Sun tachometer mounted between dashboard and console, 1980s vintage cassette deck installed. Correct reproduction carpet, no detectable wear to repop seat vinyl. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $22,500. While a lot of cars were bid to a reasonable amount, this car was a long way under the money. Granted, there were some original parts that would have to be chased down, but it was ready to run as it sat. The high bid was about 5/8ths of what it should have done on a bad day. #139-1968 FORD MUSTANG convertible. S/N 8F03T163172. Red/maroon vinyl/maroon vinyl. Odo: 22,119 miles. 200-ci straight 6, 1bbl, 3-sp. Reproduction data plate on driver's door. Aftermarket R-134A a/c. Over-the-top high quality bare body repaint, decent panel gaps. Door jambs and rocker panels drilled out for rust proofing, plastic plugs installed in the holes. All easy to replace chrome and trim has been replaced, except for dull original wheel covers. Door pull straps added to door panels, 132 Sports Car Market Original interior has cigarette burns. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $13,500. This car's only option, per se, was its body color. During this era, if a dealer ordered a basic Corvette without choosing so much as color, he got an all-black car with a vinyl interior. There was no upside here. ‘68s had horrid build quality, so smart buyers don't want unrestored examples... and the aftermarket bits on this one made it even less desirable. #186-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS coupe. S/N 124378S371354. Tripoli Turquoise & black/black vinyl. Odo: 60,872 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recently rebuilt motor with several internal tweaks. MSD box, Edelbrock intake manifold, Holley carburetor, Hooker headers. Repaint thick and glossy. Bumpers re car when new. It had 9,800 miles at that time, leaving some folks thinking the car only had the indicated 13k on it. On condition alone, it was safe to say the odometer rolled over at least once. In the mid to late '70s, some folks were forecasting that these were going to be the next 1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertible or 1978 Corvette Indy Pace Car. In a way, they were right, because those too were generally set aside and still aren't worth that much more. #141-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 2-dr hard top. S/N 136379A325451. Pearl red & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 72,272 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Featured on the cover of Super Chevy magazine in January 1985. 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MidAmerica Auctions Blaine, MN Column Author job also showing almost no wear. Aftermarket race tach clamped to steering column, three Sun gauges fitted below the dashboard. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $23,000. Back when this car was featured in Super Chevy, it was pretty much a $5k car on a good day. Today, on a not so good day, this was bid to where an older modified Chevelle SS should be. #162-1969 DODGE CHARGER R/T 2-dr hard top. S/N XS29J9B352118. Red & white/black vinyl. Odo: 27,860 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Magnum 500 wheels, ps, pb, AM radio. Circa 1968 replacement engine. Two-year-old bare body restoration. Nice door and panel fit, expert body prep and paint application. Reproduction inspection stickers on undercarriage and all-Mopar engine bay. All interior components have either been replaced with reproduction pieces or have been well restored. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $105,000. This was perhaps the most straight forward of the Hemis present, as the replacement engine considering what had been done to it, this bid should have been enough to buy it. #181-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 Replica coupe. S/N 124379N574781. Cortez Silver & black/black vinyl. Odo: 41,651 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Cowl Induction hood, 3.73 Positraction differential, Hurst shifter, aftermarket wood wheel, traction bars, and American Racing wheels. Recent average repaint, panel gaps slightly off all over. Driver's door won't latch properly no matter how hard you close it. Original turn signal installation, catalog restoration of the interior shows almost no indication of wear. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $41,000. While this car was starting to show the effects of being driven, the fact that it was an original Six-Pack with an Air Grabber hood should have made it worth more. Bids were weak, and no one seemed all that interested. Well under the money—even in today's readjusting market. #132-1971 FORD RANCHERO 500 lenses faded and crazed. Engine compartment home to all sorts of aftermarket bits. Recently installed reproduction seats, heavily corroded windshield base covered in thick layers of gloss black. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $25,000. A hobble-cobble fakey-doo that was hardly worth bidding on, especially at over $15k. The seller would have been wise to take this money, as non-original drivers like this are feeling the muscle car market's downturn the most. #135-1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI 'CUDA story was far more plausible than the stories attached to the 'Cudas here. With Hemi prices vacillating all over the place but generally going flat, the middle ground between this bid and the consignor's $115k reserve was where this car should have been, at least for now. That is, if there was a real desire to sell it. #169-1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD 2-dr hard top. S/N 223379U108519. Red/parchment vinyl. Odo: 5,730 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Originally all blue inside and out. Replacement engine block, ps, pb, Ram Air III, Rally II wheels on Redline tires. Trunk mounted rear spoiler questionably authentic at best. Aftermarket a/c, Hurst shifter. Good quality repaint shows a few light polishing scratches. Glass new, all 2-dr hard top. S/N BS23R0B172848. In Violet & black/white vinyl. Odo: 48,268 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Described as rebodied and not numbers-matching. Complete rebuild to a high quality standard. Excellent panel fit, body prep, and repaint. Correctly configured engine bay done to concours standards. Reproduction interior shows minimal wear to driver's seat. Aftermarket volt meter under dash. Restored to match the VIN and fender tag, neither of earlier and are now chipping and touched up. Hood gap miles off on the passenger side, OK elsewhere. All chrome either replaced or replated, aluminum trim somewhat dull. Aftermarket locking gas cap, newer vinyl on roof and seats. Engine compartment and undercarriage appear mostly FoMoCo. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $14,000. Even though this car had a few fit and finish issues, the offer wasn't unrealistic considering the 429 Cobra Jet under the hood. A little clean-up work will result in more money for the seller, so he was wise to hang on to it at this price. #201-1973 FORD MUSTANG convert- which are original to the car. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $140,000. The reserve was somewhere above $150k, but by the end of this car's time on the block, that was what the consignor was looking for. All E-bodies are unibodies, so to say this one was rebodied was side-stepping the truth by a wide berth. Ferraris are rebodied, and when they are they take a severe hit in value. Things were not too different here, as nobody wanted to take a chance on a car that wasn't what it claimed to be. #163-1970 PLYMOUTH GTX 2-dr hard chrome either replated or replaced. Flowmaster exhaust system emits a respectable rumble. All new interior soft trim, redyed dashboard and console. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $32,000. There wasn't much that was still stock about this car, but despite all the changes made to it, it was still an overall decent car. Without the Ram Air III option, this would have been correct money for an original car. However, 134 top. S/N RS23V0A198355. In Violet metallic, white, & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 80,571 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Bare-body rotisserie restoration in 2000, high quality body prep and repaint. Driver's door misaligned and won't latch properly without a hearty slam, passenger side isn't much better. Near sanitary and all-Mopar engine bay (apart from the battery). Newer exhaust system completely rusted. Sloppy replacement windshield point, but now dirty. AM/FM/cassette in-dash stereo, speakers cut into rear seat kick panels. Older replacement seat vinyl upholstery kit expertly installed, driver's arm rest wrapped in black duct tape. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $11,000. As the last year for a Mustang convertible until 1983, a large number of 1973s Sports Car Market ible. S/N 3F03F180176. Red & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 95,440 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Recent good quality repaint and graphics application, original bumpers and trim worn. Grubby undercarriage, non-stock dual exhaust system. Nice original top shows a grubby mechanism. Engine bay detailed at one pickup. S/N 1A47C177222. Medium blue metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 19,793 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Options include a/c, ps, pb, and hood-mounted tach. Decent repaint on the body, A-pillars repainted much


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MidAmerica Auctions Blaine, MN have survived, having both been bought new as “future collectibles” and fixed up because they are '73s. Engine availability doesn't help or hinder too much, as all the V8s by then were yawners. This one was used and patched up as needed rather than just being pickled, as many were. A realistic bid, given the light needs noted. #190-1974 AMC AMX coupe. S/N A4M798P401923. Yellow & black/tan vinyl & cloth. Odo: 39,893 miles. 360-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Go Pack, Twin-Grip differential, Rally Pac gauges. Bare-body restoration, miles claimed original. Better than factory-spec paint and this level. Even the consignor's $18,500 reserve was likely less than the cost of this restoration. #176-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Indy Pace Car coupe. S/N 1Z87L8S900075. Black & silver/silver leather. Odo: 2,293 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Equipped with only one option—cruise control. Consignor claims original mileage. Factory paint appears to have been buffed out at one time, considering how lousy it was when new. Light superficial cleaning of near-new engine bay. Light rust on exhaust manifolds and EGR valve at #18-1980 LINCOLN VERSAILLES 4-dr sedan. S/N 0W84F616076. White/white vinyl/ burgundy leather. Odo: 57,838 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Traded in on a new car at a local Lincoln-Mercury dealer. Factory options include a/c, AM/FM/quadrasonic 8-track stereo, and forged aluminum wheels. All original panel fit, chrome replated and aluminum trim thoroughly buffed. Flowmaster exhaust, clean and nearly all AMC under the hood. Seat covers either extremely well preserved or OEM replacement, expertly redyed dashboard and door panels. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $17,000. The Javelin-based Coke-bottle AMXs don't pop up too often, and really nice restorations are almost non-existent. Based upon what was bid here, we can see why these don't generally get restored to the base of the carburetor. Interior shows no wear whatsoever. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $24,000. Big surprise here; another collector car auction, another near virgin '78 Indy Pace Car Corvette. Considering that the last one I saw sold at Mecum's Fall Kansas City sale for $26,250 with fewer miles and no brakes (SCM# 43771), I'd say that these have now nested in at just under $30k. paint shows some light chipping on the front and sides. Light soiling of heavily textured white vinyl top. Original chrome and trim shows only a few light dings. Interior wear and tear commensurate with the miles indicated. Lightly cleaned up unrestored engine bay. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $3,180. This car didn't have trouble exceeding its $2,750 reserve. While most folks make fun of these as overpriced Granadas, the street rod and muscle car crowd lust after them for their disc-brake 9-inch rear axles. A lot of decent cars met their fate as axle donors, which is too bad, as these tend to hold together quite well and aren't real wallowy like the typical Yankee luxobarge. Hopefully, the younger guy that bought it purchased it as a low-mileage original car, rather than a parts donor for his project.u September 2007 135


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Bonhams & Butterfields Half Moon Bay, CA Column Author Legend of the Motorcycle Hendersons were the highlight of the concours and the sale, with a 1915 winning best of show and a 1914 bringing high sale honors at $93,600 Company Bonhams & Butterfields Date May 5, 2007 Location Half Moon Bay, California Auctioneer Malcolm Barber Automotive lots sold / offered 31 / 42 Sales rate 74% Sales total $803,850 High sale 1914 Henderson and 1929 Indian-Crocker, each sold at $93,600 Buyer's premium 1915 Henderson, a winner on the lawn, while 1914 model won in the tent Report and photos by Paul Duchene, assisted by Tom Young Market opinions in italics T he clearest sign that the second annual Legend of the Motorcycle Concours d'Elegance has found its target audience occurred dur- ing trophy presentations, mid-afternoon on May 5, 2007. At a podium on the cliffs by the Ritz Carlton Hotel at Half Moon Bay, emcee Alain de Cadenet invited the 6,000-strong crowd to watch 31 wind-blown judges hand out awards in 16 classes. Judges included manufacturer Eric Buell, designers Pierre Terblanche of Ducati, Dirk Biehler of BMW and Mark Kennedy of Triumph, as well as racing legends like Mert Lawwill, Marty Dickerson, and Bud Ekins. Vincent was the headliner at the concours, and where went to Mike Madden's immaculate 1915 Henderson 4-cylinder, and as the crowd thinned, he nonchalantly rode it away. Inside the auction, Bonhams & Butterfields auctioneer Malcom Barber reported Half Moon Bay, CA 74% of the 42 bikes offered sold for a total of $803,850. The top sellers brought $93,600 each and consisted of a magnificently scruffy 1914 Henderson 4-cylinder and a garish yellow 1929 Indian Scout with a Crocker OHV conversion. Both bikes went to England, thanks to a favorable conversion rate of $2 to the pound. Meanwhile, Willie G. Davidson bought the bizarrely customized 1958 Harley-Davidson FLH “Number One Playboy Dresser.” With plenty of chrome, '57 Chevy-styled fins, and lots of leather fringe, it went home with the company's namesake for $32,175. Other notable buys were a 1923 Norton Big Four with a sidecar for a bargain $16,380, and an obscure Swiss 1908 Moto Reve V-twin for $19,890. On a more modest level, a 1975 Honda CB550K that had only covered 34 miles sold for $7,254. The Brough Superior trademark was also offered by Bonhams else will you see 55 in one place? Every significant model was represented—Rapide, Comet, Grey Flash, Black Shadow, Black Prince, even ten Black Lightings, along with Godet and Egli specials, and even a couple of choppers. Pride of place went to Rollie Free's Bonneville record holder. Free rode it 150 mph in 1948, famously attired in swim trunks and tennis shoes, stretching out over the back fender, having removed the seat to aid streamlining. (He said he could have gone 151 mph without the tennis shoes, but photos suggest missing a few meals might have helped.) The Best of Show award 136 & Butterfields by sealed bid. A 1958 Triumph TR6 trophy motorcycle with an overdone recent restoration didn't sell at $14,000, while the owner of a 1939 Harley-Davidson 45 WL in scruffy condition couldn't bring himself to take a more-than-fair $9,000 offer. Alan Cathcart's “Old Yello,” a race-prepped 1973 Ducati 750 Sport, couldn't bring more than a $25,000 high bid, despite having excellent history and a decent overall condition. We'll likely see it again soon, and hopefully it'll make its way back to the track. With such high attendance, it's clear the Legend of the Motorcycle Concours d'Elegance has taken its place in the collector motorcycle world, and Bonhams & Butterfields's sale in Half Moon Bay made itself the place to be in May for buyers looking for the best on two wheels.u Sports Car Market 17% up to $100,000, 10% thereafter (included in sold prices)


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Bonhams & Butterfields Half Moon Bay, CA Column Author ENGLISH #32-1922 SCOTT STANDARD TOURER motorcycle. S/N 2772. Eng. # 6020. Black & red. Odo: 16,609 miles. Old restoration of a super original. A driver right down to acetylene lights and oil pump controls, though 1922 seems late for acetylene. Great patina, able with the mix of information here, and bidding petered out below the $15,000 estimate. #24-1959 TRIUMPH T120 Bonneville motorcycle. S/N 026227. Eng. # 026227. Tangerine & pearl gray. Odo: 323 miles. Rare early color most unpopular when new, replaced with blue after only six months, and now much in demand. Restored in U.K. to high standard presented with fresh paint and media-blasted crankcases. Somewhat dull aluminum polishing, rubber cracking. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $7,313. Significantly refurbished in good taste, and although this Earles-fork model is rare, it's also awfully slow. OK around town on nice afternoons, but all the money. #41-1966 BMW R69S motorcycle. S/N 660857. Eng. # 660857. Cream. Odo: 48,262 miles. A solid driver with a Steib 500 sidecar. Some paint chips, Denfeld pillion seat cut, correct mufflers and heads. Bosch light, Earles some polish, a nice feel. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $16,380. Two-stroke Scotts are an acquired taste, and the faithful are very faithful indeed. Somebody was thrilled to find this and picked up an eccentric but swift and useful machine. Well bought. #27-1950 NORTON 500 T motorcycle. S/N E3T34015. Eng. # 31292. Silver & black. An observed trials bike, which was a very strong ISDT contender in its day. One of 875 made between 1949-54, only 70 of which came in 2005. Correct decals, excellent attention to detail. Hard to fault. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $21,060. Prices continue to rise for this model. Several sold at MidAmerica's Las Vegas sale in January '07 in the teens, including a 1966 model that brought $12,720 (SCM# 44479). This was a safe bet, if you can stand the color. #48-1967 BSA B44 VICTOR Ex-works motorcycle. S/N B441830. Eng. # B44R2407. Black & silver. The peak of BSA's MX development, with magnesium crank cases, fork legs, drilled drums, and no kick starter. It followed lot 47—another 1967 B44—and both were forks, no battery, period Dunlops. Cheesy overstuffed sidecar seat, uneven pinstripes. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $23,400. This very pretty driver opened at $9,500 and went quickly to $17,000. A literally bulletproof combination that can certainly be enjoyed, and it wasn't black. Well bought. ITALIAN #55-1959 DUCATI ELITE motor- cycle. S/N 151887. Red. Odo: 1 mile. Elegant Andrea Pisani Italian restoration hard to fault. Everything polished and plated, new paint covers a few minor frame dings. Covered just to the U.S. Tail and brake light added for road use. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,945. Very rare, and in beautiful condition with old pinstriping on the aluminum tank. In #1 condition, it could bring $12,000. Well bought at this price. #29-1958 TRIUMPH TR6 trophy motor- cycle. S/N 013794. Eng. # TR6013794. Orange & white. English restoration of a U.S. bike looks like a typically overdone California job, with polished rocker boxes and intake manifold. Front tire correct but cracked, modern trials tire mounted on the rear. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $14,000. Buyers seemed uncomfort- restored by Bob Achterberg. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $14,000. Both bikes were restored for static display, and perhaps buyers wanted something they could ride. Sophisticated and well-known in their day, with riders like Jeff Smith and Arthur Lampkin, both fizzled out at $14,000, which seemed like more than enough in both cases. GERMAN #30-1956 BMW R26 motorcycle. S/N 344188. Black. Odo: 22,705 miles. Well one mile since restoration. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $16,380. As desirable as Ducati singles can get. Beautiful work, although the paint seemed a little too red—almost '76 Lincoln “lipstick.” Lots of money and likely a record for an Elite without significant history. #46-1973 DUCATI 750 Sport motorcycle. S/N N/A. Eng. # 753342. Yellow & black. Alan Cathcart campaigned “Old Yello” which was prepared by Syd and Malcolm Tunstall. Originally a 750, it's now an 885-cc and has a terrific racing record, having never been dropped or failed to finish a race in ten years of top-flight competition from '76–'86. Once timed at 146 mph, it is perhaps the fastest bevel-drive competition Ducati. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $25,000. Old race bikes are a tough sell, even with such a glorious history as this. Museums are lukewarm, perhaps because the 138 Sports Car Market


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Museum Spotlight Column Author Volo Auto Museum by Jennifer Davis the pedals look much too new. Brooks saddle, much nickel plate, miniature Druid forks, highway pegs. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $19,890. A lovely timepiece that apparently ran well. Even at the high estimate valuation, it can still be considered very well bought... try to find another one. AMERICAN #39-1914 HENDERSON 4-CYLINDER explanatory notes are so lengthy. Few riders of average talent want to risk life, limb, or property on such explosive machinery. We'll see it again and I bet around $40,000 will buy it, hopefully from somebody who will race it. A bout 500,000 people visit the Volo Auto Museum each year, and this year marks its 47th as a gearhead destination. Under the direction of founders William Grams and his sons, Greg and Bill, the 30-acre park began as a dairy farm and used-furniture business, and quickly evolved into a small but locally popular collection of unrestored pre-war cars and parts. Word about the collection spread, and today, still under the direction of the Grams family, about 300 vintage cars are displayed in five climate-controlled showrooms. And every one of them is for sale, an aspect of the collection that dates to its beginnings. Gone is the furniture business, but in its place are three thriving antique malls where 350 dealers display their wares, plus a Mercantile that boasts the Midwest's largest collection of diecast models. Think of it as Wall Drug with cars. Unique The museum is home to special children's exhibits as well as the George Barris TV and Movie Car Collection, which includes the General Lee, the “Miami Vice” Ferrari Daytona Spyder, the original Batmobile, and several other Kustoms from the legendary builder. A recent addition to the museum is the Combat Zone, a military display full of vehicles, weapons, and fullsized battle dioramas. Where 27582 Volo Village Road Volo, IL 60073 815.385.3644 www.volocars.com What 300 classic, muscle, and sports cars on display and for sale in five showrooms. Located 50 miles north of Chicago, 50 miles east of Rockford, and 50 miles southwest of Milwaukee. Hours Open daily 10 am to 5 pm. Admission Adults: $9; Seniors: $7; Kids 5–12: $5; Free for kids under 5 and military personnel in uniform. Memberships and group rates available.u 140 JAPANESE #21-1975 HONDA CB550 K motorcycle. S/N 120017D. Eng. # CB550E 035144. Flake Sunrise Orange. Odo: 33 miles. A smaller version of the CB750, effectively new in all respects. Some corrosion on crankcase and front wheel, expensive 4-into-4 pipes perfect, gauges not faded. Present owner rode it 18 miles. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $7,254. The CB550 Exposed valve springs with tiny oil pots to excite the mechanically inclined. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $93,600. Rock-solid provenance and $2 to the pound sent this back to the U.K. in a heartbeat, and probably for good. A wonderful piece of history, and a decent runner too. Fully priced, but still worth it. #37-1926 EXCELSIOR SUPER X mo- corrected the clutch and shift linkage problems of the 350, 400 and 500-cc models, and sales equalled all of the others. Some say it's the best of the Honda SOHC fours, but now what? Do you ride it, or tow it around to shows hoping the value goes up? Rare Japanese sport bikes (and there aren't many) may be going up in value, but this belongs with flared pants and floral shirts. Unless it completes a museum set, I'd ride it. SWISS #31-1908 MOTO REVE V-TWIN mo- torcycle. Eng. # 983. Pale blue. Ingenious Swiss V-twin from the very early days. Very sympathetic restoration 20 years ago, even if torcycle. Eng. # 2944. Green & yellow. A scruffy survivor, with hand-shift 3-speed, new seat, and electric lights. Possibly fluffed and buffed for the sale, but still maintains an motorcycle. Eng. # 2705. Dark blue. Magnificently scruffy older restoration with full provenance back to Scotland when new, including WWI photos. Brush marks on front fender, gear driven speedo, carbide lighting. overall worn original appearance. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $60,840. Once again, originality and a good story take you to the front of the bus. This reportedly ran well, had decent provenance, and will draw more attention as it sat. I'd say well bought, as you can ride it and even rain can't hurt it. #53-1929 INDIAN-CROCKER OHV conversion motorcycle. Eng. # GBHV05. Yellow. Rare Indian OHV conversion, which is how Crocker started. The OHV heads were actually copied by restorer Gwen Banquer from an original, with some improvements, and the frame was modified to accept the taller engine. New yellow paint, reproduction tank, Sportster Sports Car Market


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Bonhams & Butterfields Half Moon Bay, CA Indian Chief (lot 60, which sold for $29,250) was nicer in every regard, but this bike spoke to me. It was real, it was scruffy, and it was the right color. I guess it depends what you want to do, ride or show. $7,000 would have fixed this one up. #36-1958 HARLEY-DAVIDSON FLH to this $9,000 no-sale. I'd have grabbed the money and faded into the crowd. #56-1947 INDIAN CHIEF motorcycle. connecting rods, S&S crank, Hepolite pistons. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $93,600. OK, so it was one of seven built, but it was a resto-mod, like a fake Yenko or a Baldwin-Motion Camaro. As such, this seemed like a great deal of money. I guess the Crocker magic extends to neoCrockers too, at least for now. This is a market to watch. #28-1939 HARLEY-DAVIDSON 45 WL motorcycle. Eng. # DR15479CA. Orange & black. Scruffy old rat looks like a mix of parts and paint colors... possibly even an Army WLC model originally. Might need everything, or might just be fun. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $9,000. The buyers must have been estimating repair and restoration costs on hand-held calculators, as bidding crawled from $3,000 on back, horns, spotlights, and bags. Exhaust pipes stick out two feet, with some tarnishing apparent. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $32,175. “It ain't over ‘til it's overdone,” as legendary drag queen Darcelle says. Willie G. Davidson himself bought this monument to questionable taste, although if he's going to corner this market, he has his work cut out for him.u S/N 3471934. Red. Older restoration of what appears to be a sound bike done to rider quality. Pitted chrome around headlight and on front shock, rusty and illegible speedo. Let down by a bunch of small details. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $22,230. Without question, the other 1947 motorcycle. Eng. # 58FLH2244. Black & silver. Odo: 21,758. Number One Playboy Dresser. Garish custom cluttered with chrome, 20 taillights, and cut-out '57 Chevy fins. Fitted with number one bunny symbol


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eBay Motors Online Sales Column Author Monterey Cruisers The Spyker was a deal at 20%–30% below retail—even if it was the automotive equivalent of Paris Hilton Report by Geoff Archer Market opinions in italics M onterey is all about cars and the image they convey, and for those of you who don't want to blend in with all the other Ferrari 360 Spiders on 17-Mile Drive, here's a collection of rides to make you stand out from the crowd. Condition inferred from seller's descriptions; cars were not physically examined by the author. All quoted material taken from the eBay listings. sf=seller's feedback; #300122219282-1928 INVICTA 3 LITER convertible. S/N LC218. Eng. # 6778. Burgundy & black/tan canvas/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 36,327 miles. 22 photos. Elverson, PA. “Body by Cadogan, rumble seat style... This was the last 3 litre they produced (they then switched up to the 4.5 Litre). This is the last car—this one, that was made as a 3 litre!” Six Rudge wheels. “Fully restored and running—garage kept. Lacks the starting jets for the real cold weather.” Top and tires getting old. “There is a seperate touring body available that was custom made, that is a seperate price, and seperate issue...” Would be fun to see that posted next. 16 bids, sf 705, bf private. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $65,000. Robust bidding combined with eBay Motors' reach allows me to call this a market price, even if few other resources exist. SCM's Paul Duchene concurs, adding, “This is a high-chassis car and Cadogan is a Granny body, not sporty. Dead-on and not very desirable.” #300054343826-1983 RENAULT R5 TURBO II hatchback. S/N VF1822000E0000188. White/black leather. Odo: 3,559 miles. 10 photos. Royal Oak, MI. 3k miles. “THIS IS THE FINEST R5 TURBO 2 AVAILABLE TODAY. IT HAS NEVER BEEN REGISTERED... I HAVE NOT STARTED IF FOR AT LEAST TWO YEARS. THE INTERIOR IS LEATHER. NO DENTS, SCRATCHES OR SIGN OF USE. THE CAR COMES WITH 142 Sports Car Market THE ORIGINAL WHEELS AND VERY BAD MICHELIN TIRES THAT CAUSED MOST OF THESE 1,400 CARS TO CRASH GOING BACKWARDS.” Gotti wheels and tires on the car currently rectified this spontaneous rotation problem. 56 bids, sf 117, bf 2. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $32,600. Strong money, but not out of line for a very nice low-mileage example of a “white hot” hatchback. #280068115057-1967 INTERMECCANICA ITALIA convertible. S/N 50007. Black/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 44,265 miles. 23 photos. Littleton, CO. 7th Italia-Torino built. “BODY CONDITION IS #2 IN APPREARANCE, MINOR DINGS & SMALL SCRATCHES PLUS SOME LACQUER PAINT CRAZING. THE BLACK HAS A VERY DEEP SHINE TO IT. ALL BODY LINES ARE EXCELLENT.” 289-ci 271-hp HiPo Cobra V8, 4-speed, 9” rear. “VERY RELIABLE.” Overall, “JUST ONE FAST, GREAT LOOKING ITALIAN BODIED SPORTSCAR THAT HAS IT ALL........LOOKS, RELIABILITY, HANDLING AND GO FAST MOTOR.........” 1 bid, sf 58, bf 106. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $46,500. I couldn't make this quote up: “WHY BUY A COBRA OR FERRARI MADE IN THE 60'S FOR $250,000 WHEN YOU CAN HAVE AN INTERMECCANICA FOR A QUARTER OF THAT COST. LOOK IT UP IN THE LATEST SPORTSCAR MARKET MAGAZINE, THEY ARE RISING VERY RAPIDLY AT THE MOMENT.” #280026350805-1965 TOYOTA SPORTS 800 targa. S/N UP1511894. Red & silver/beige vinyl. Odo: 56,247. 20 photos. El Lay, CA. One of 68 built in LHD. “I located this car in the Philippines in place called Quezon City, affectionately known as ‘the pearl of the philippines.' And rightfully so: Gorgeous women. 50 cents for a beer. and a pack of smokes runs about a dollar. but im digressing again... back to the car. I would describe this S800 as a very good to excellent restoration of a rust free car” 33 bids, sf 208, bf 20. SOLD AT $15,856. eBay user italspeed sells some pretty cool stuff on the site, mostly Alfas. It's probably worth adding him to your “favorite seller” list, because although this price was correct, try finding another car like it. #270085139452-1927 FORD MODEL T Custom 5-window coupe. S/N 343434. Lime primer/black & white vinyl. 13 photos. Neptune, NJ. “Chopped, channelled, and super bad, this


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Fresh Meat Online sales of recent production cars. car speaks for itself....titled and used as a daily driver, drive it anywhere. Ready to go, no rust, no rot, no goofy crap! Rare Eddie Meyer of Hollywood hi-rise intake, zoomies, nice welds, and a removable top for summer time cruising....Due to buying an old famous 32 hot rod for crazy money, it's time to weed out the collection.... It looks absolutely insane going down the road and the stares never stop.” 41 bids, sf 82, bf 5. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,500. I was in trouble with a couple of friends for passing around this link via email AFTER the auction closed. Usually, my SCM-reading buddies and I just get a chuckle out of things in the “other” category, but this time we all agreed this was a raging bargain—perhaps half price. #110094664545-1959 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. S/N 37385459E039704. Eng. # 039704. White/black canvas/gray leather. Odo: 42,189 miles. 24 photos. Port Angeles, WA. “My ‘Grandpa Andy' passed away recently, and this car was left to us in his will. Although it is a BEAUTIFUL car, I am a 28 year old Mother of Two small children... Frankly, it would be impossible for me to afford to fill the tank with gas on this boat! The fins seem to have been modified...and I CANNOT tell you WHO altered them, WHEN it happened, or WHY anyone did such a thing....” 31 bids, sf 312, bf 161. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $52,600. The flap about the truncated fins not matching the Biarritz body codes hurt the price here. Folks were speculating all kinds of things, like maybe it was a ‘test mule.' Anyway, the British buyer did so well here that he can certainly afford to put them back (this time with functional rocket boosters). #4628374928-1964 ASTON MARTIN ZAGATO Replica coupe. S/N 2783343. Yellow & white/black vinyl. 11 photos. Mt. Clemens, MI. “Hand built 1964 Aston Martin Zagato (Low Roof line model) The body was built by taking a mold off of an original Zagato and Constructed of carbon fiber and aluminum. The front and rear glass is custom formed safety while you watch the slideshow until you can figure out how to turn her off. Car is perfect. 8 bids, sf 87, bf 103. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $206,300. Known more for fast drives on the Gumball Rally than in real race environments, Spyker may one day be a contender in F1. For the moment, this is an exotic car that is to some degree “famous for being famous.” I am always a fan of saving 25%–30% on a nearly new car—even if it is the automotive equivalent of Paris Hilton. u September 2007 Date sold: 03/26/07 eBay auction ID: 140100524331 Seller: Courtesy Chevrolet, Orlando, FL, www. courtesychevroletairport.com Sale Type: BIDDING ON AMOUNT OVER MSRP, NOT CAR ITSELF Details: 1 of 500 built Sale result: $9,998, 7 bids, sf 42, bf 5. MSRP: $66,995 Other current offering: Lynn Smith Chevrolet in Burleson, TX, www.lynnsmithchev.com, asking $61,059 for new car in stock.u 143 TORINO ITALY, FOR STUTZ MOTORCAR OF AMERICA. ELVIS HAD 4, SAMMY DAVIS JR. HAD 3, KENNY ROGERS, WILLY MAYS AND MANY OTHERS OWNED ONE OF THESE ELITE CARS. NOW IT'S YOUR TURN.” 14 bids, sf 0, bf 90. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,000. Price was spot on, maybe a tad light given the low mileage. You have to ask yourself, would Kenny Rogers hold 'em, fold 'em, or run? #180129042212-2006 SPYKER C8 road- ster. S/N XL9AA11G86Z363113. Black metallic/brown leather. Odo: 103 miles. 37 photos. Costa Mesa, CA. “Factory options” include 19” aeroblade wheels, whisper mode, xenon lights, turned aluminum dash, and quilted leather trim. Trippy robot girl reads the eBay listing to you glass, the side windows are lexan and slide open they do not roll down. Corvette chassis with many race quality modifications. The engine is a small block chevy automatic with air and cruise control. it runs and drives beautifully air blows cold.” 8 bids, sf 29, bf 106. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $20,600. Proving once again there is more than one way to skin a Corvette. Well sold, not that he made any money doing it. #130036167833-1974 STUTZ BLACKHAWK coupe. Black/cream. Odo: 19,408. 17 photos. Valparaiso, IN. “THIS WAS THE ULTIMIT LUXURY CAR OF IT'S DAY. NARDI STEERING WHEEL, GOLD PLATED INTERIOR, LEATHER & WOOD GRAIN DASH, FUR LINED TRUNK. THESE WERE HAND CRAFTED BY GHIA IN 2007 Jaguar XKR Convertible Date sold: 04/20/07 eBay auction ID: 120109376313 Seller: Private party in Tulsa, OK Sale Type: Used car, 1,100 miles Details: Black/black/tan. Adaptive Bi-Xenon lights, 420 hp, Bluetoooth-NAV, keyless. 19-inch wheels Sale result: $87,250, 1 “Best Offer” bid, sf 26, bf private. MSRP: $97,975 Other current offering: Jaguar of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, www.jaguarofcincinnati.com, asking $96,880 for red car with 3,253 miles. 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe 2.5S Date sold: 06/19/07 eBay auction ID: 110140382700 Seller: Open Road Nissan, Morristown, NJ, www.openroadnissan.com Sale Type: New car for order, no ETA given Details: Any color/options you want Sale result: $19,165, 1 bid, sf 8, bf 17. MSRP: $20,165 Other current offering: Andy Mohr Nissan, Indianapolis, IN, www.andymohr-nissan.com, asking $29,390 for loaded, Precision Gray car. 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Indy Pace Car


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Automotive Investor What We Buy: Cars and Art Since 2002 $100m total results from Monterey and Arizona stun us, but single paintings fetch that figure with regularity during the spring and fall in New York City by Stefan Lombard T here is virtually no limit to the number and kinds of things people collect—guns, furniture, vases, spoons, dolls, you name it—and over time, auction companies have diversified by adding and altering sale categories to meet the demands of such niche collectors. Motor Cars, for example, represent just 1/92nd of Christie's sale categories, and are surrounded by sales of everything from corkscrews and glass to teddy bears and wine. The firm recently sold the stamp collection of bond investor William Gross for $9.1m. While it is SCM's mission to cover the goings on of the collector car market, journals of varying sophistication exist to report on all the above categories, their subcategories, and so on. And if you were to browse abstracts from each of them, one thing would stand out: across the board, collectors are spending more money than they ever have to own the things they covet. This month we are examining just two of the thousands of things people collect—cars and art. And just as the American-based segment of the collector car market has its yearly barometers in Arizona and Monterey, so too does the art market, as major players converge in New York City for two weeks each May and November to shop Christie's and Sotheby's, first for Impressionist/Modern and then Post War/Contemporary works of art. Each firm's two-week “season” is anchored by two evening sales—one for each category—with two or three daytime sales taking place on subsequent afternoons. And while those of us with our magnifying glasses aimed squarely at the collector car world marvel at last year's $100m week in Monterey or this year's $167m week in Arizona, in May of this year, Christie's and Sotheby's combined to sell more than $1.4 billion in art during their ten total sales. The figure represents a $595m bump from the spring 2006 sales, and tops the $1.3b collectors spent in November 2006—yet another notch in the ever increasing dollars flooding the art market over the last six years. John Shirley, former president and CEO of Microsoft, current chairman of the board of the Seattle Art Museum, and long-time SCMer, collects both vintage cars and works of art. He attributes such spending to an over-abundance of money worldwide. “There is huge liquidity in the world today. A lot of it is in new hands, in Eastern Europe and Russia, and those people are starting to buy art. Some into the Impressionist/Modern world, Warhol's 1963 Green Car Crash, yours for just $72m but more are buying into the Contemporary market.” And it is the latter market that has made the most noise as the New York sales have grown. In 2002, Post War/Contemporary art accounted for 30%, or $118m, of the $387m tally for the two firms. When the final hammer fell last May, newer works by artists like Andy Total Sales at Major Car and Art Auctions, 2002–2007 $1.5b $1.2b $900m $600m $300m Arizona Car Auctions Monterey Car Auctions Spring NYC Art Fall NYC Art 2002 144 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 Sports Car Market


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Warhol, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, and Willem de Kooning represented 60%, or $822m, of the take. This marked the only time since 2002 that the sale of Post War/Contemporary works outperformed those in the Impressionist/Modern fields. The shift doesn't mean people have stopped buying older works by artists like Monet, Cezanne, and Picasso; Gustav Kl imt 's 1912 Por t rai t Adele Bloch-Bauer II hammered sold at Christie's November 2006 evening sale for $88m, a record for the artist. In fact, during the same 2002–2007 period, sales of I/M works have gone from $269m to $620m, with an even bigger $847m recorded at the 2006 fall sale. But the long, steep rise in the sales success of P/C works does indicate changing tastes in a changing, newly moneyed culture of buyers. Anthony Ba r zi lay Freund, Edi tor in Chief Art+Auction magazine, says the reasons are fairly simple. “There's less material in the Impressionist and Modern realm—less f resh to market. As result, Post War and Contemporary have exploded, and many people don't necessarily care what it is they're buying, but they want to get in.” Such frenzy is driving the market, and record prices seem to be popping up left and '67 Ferrari 275 NART Spyder, twelve more cylinders and $68m cheaper than the Warhol right. Sotheby's sold Rothko's 1950 White Center (Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose) at its evening sale for an artist's record $73m, while one night later Warhol's disturbing 1963 Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I) sold at Christie's for $72m, a Warhol record and more than double its high estimate. One result of the stratospheric climb is that even younger (read still alive) artists are getting swept in. Says Freund, “New collectors gravitate toward younger artists. There's a lot of great work being done by them, and the galleries push them. There's been a real shift in taste by this influx of collectors.” A shift in taste. Car collectors 2002–2007 Aggregate Totals $579,914,900 $278,548,157 ing more selective, with the gap widening in most areas between ‘the best' and ‘the rest.' That's not to suggest that fashions aren't changing all the time, but overall I expect iconic models to hold their value while those with a narrow market will be affected by local economic conditions. Muscle cars are a good example, as they are only prized in the U.S.” Which might explain an interesting trend begin- $3,531,753,000 $4,133,298,000 might recognize something eerily similar in the way muscle took off at Amer ican auct ions dur ing the last several years. Simon Kidston, former head of Bonhams Europe and cur rent pr incipal of Kidston SA, a f inancial services consul - tancy that specializes in managing high-end collections, keeps close t a b s o n t h e v i n t a g e c a r m a r k e t worldwide. “Most exper ts would concur that the market is becom- ning to emerge at U.S. auctions this season. Though Barrett-Jackson's total sales figure was up from the $98m of 2006, it took an extra day and 176 more lots to achieve. At many other sales across the country, muscle has deflated, as those who wanted in, got in, got the good stuff and are done—at least for awhile. For the first time in who knows how long, the high sale at Mecum's May Belvidere sale was not a 'Cuda, Shelby, or Chevelle, but a 1929 Duesenberg Model J. We are on the barometric doorstep of Monterey, and there is little doubt the results will be big, but how big? “The decline of the dollar is having a pretty strong effect on prices,” says Shirley. “And like RM's recent $45m Ferrari sale in Italy, Monterey will need some buyers who are not American.” u Changing Tastes: Where the Money's Going Fall NYC Art 6,551 works sold Average Price: $539,117 Spring NYC Art 7,247 works sold Average Price: $570,346 Monterey Car Auctions 1,765 cars sold Average Price: $162,917 Arizona Car Auctions 9,520 cars sold Average Price: $60,915 September 2007 $1b $800m $600m $400m $200m S F 2002 Post War Impressionist S F 2003 S F 2004 S F 2005 S F 2006 S 2007 145


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Motobilia Carl Bomstead Fill 'er up: A High-Octane Sale Mecum and Matthews score in gas memorabilia sale; aero signs make premium prices M atthews Auctions conducted a six-day sale of gas and oil related collectibles before the Mecum High Performance Auction in Belvidere, Illinois, May 23–28. The first day Matthews offered 500 lots from the Mobil Oil collection of Dave Mercer. The offerings were, for the most part, of exceptional quality and items infrequently offered at public sale. As a result, even though the crowds for the car auction had yet to assemble, prices were strong, with few pieces falling through the cracks. The event was well publicized and phone and Internet bidding compensated for the limited attendance. This sale was a first-time collaboration for the two auction companies in this way, and with some refinements, the event could become a fixture. Ratings are from Matthews and based on a 1–10 scale, with 9.5–10 being perfect and 7.5–7.9 being heavily worn. entire set. This was thought to be the rarest, but it was not the most expensive. I'd say this was well bought, as they are seldom offered. LOT 38. TIN MOBIL BASEBALL SCOREBOARD. Condition: 8.5. SOLD AT: $2,420. This embossed scoreboard was 42 inches long and displayed the Mobiloil and Mobilgas logos along with the slogan, “Another Friendly Service from Your Socony Dealer” in the middle. Only a handful of these are known and this one sold for a bit less than the last. Cool sign for baseball collectors and the gas guys. LOT 56. MOBIL MARINE LOT 48. SOCONY VACUUM TIN TOURING SERVICE SIGN. Condition: 8.25. SOLD AT: $605. In the era when service meant something, gas stations offered directions, maps, and other touring services. This tin sign promoted that service. The sign was in excellent condition, considering the limited durability of tin, and sold for a very fair price. LOT 53. MOBIL AERO PORCELAIN PUMP PLATE. Condition: 8. SOLD AT: $990. This is one of the more desirable pump plates but had some edge touch-up and someone had foolishly clear-coated it. Unnecessary amateur restoration will detract from the value of a sign; this should have sold for at least $2,000 if it had just been left alone. PORCELAIN PUMP PLATE. Condition: 9.75. SOLD AT: $4,400. A very desirable Mobil pump plate dated 1947 and in exceptional condition. I dropped out early in the game as two determined bidders drove the price about $2,000 above the going rate. PUMP PLATE. Condition: 8.75. SOLD AT: $3,080. Another of the more desirable pump plates, and this one was in very acceptable condition. Any gas/oil item related to airplanes brings a sizable premium and this was no exception. LOT 39. DOUBLE SIDED GENERAL GASOLINE PORCELAIN SIGN. Condition: 9. SOLD AT: $2,310. This was a transitional sign, as Mobil had purchased General Petroleum. On one side the General had been painted out and Mobil painted in. Interesting piece worth the price paid, considering condition and significance. 146 LOT 60. MOBILHEAT LOT 52. MOBIL KEROSENE PORCELAIN PUMP PLATE. Condition: 8.5. SOLD AT: $2,420. There were about 24 different Mobil pump plates and the consignor had the LOT 54. MOBIL AIRCRAFT PORCELAIN PORCELAIN SHIELD WITH HANGING SIGN. Condition: 9.5. SOLD AT: $4,675. Rarely is this sign offered; it's even rarer to find both signs together in near-perfect condition. An unusual opportunity for a Mobil collector to own a sign of this caliber. The price was aggressive but not out of line. Sports Car Market


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condition, although the metal globe body had been repainted. Aircraft related items go to the head of the class, and this was no exception. The price paid was a bit light, so credit this one to the buyer. 8.5. SOLD AT: $2,090. Gilmore stuff is always popular, and even though this sign had a chip or two, it still sold for serious money, considering the graphics were rather bland. LOT 76. VACUUM MOTOR CAR OIL PORCELAIN FLANGE SIGN. Condition: Restored. SOLD AT: $550. A very attractive early sign with a square gallon Mobiloil can, but restored to within an inch of its life. As such, it sold for a fraction of its value and for less than the cost of restoration. But it was a good buy, it's colorful, and if displayed properly, few will know it was heavily restored. LOT 167. “MOBILHEAT LOT 125. RICHFIELD “THE GASOLINE OF POWER” GAS PUMP GLOBE. Condition: 8. SOLD AT: $1,430. This globe had the West Coast Richfield logo with the eagle. One side was in decent condition, while the other showed light wear. Richfield gas stuff has a strong following, so I was surprised this did not sell for more. Perhaps collectors in the Midwest don't get excited about left coast stuff. LOT 116. OVAL MOBILOIL GLASS GLOBE. Condition: 8. SOLD AT: $1,320. These globes went on top of a cabinet that held a gas station's inventory of oil products. This example was heavily touched up, which hurt its value. Untouched and in good condition it would bring $1,750–$2,000. LOT 165. GENERAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION PAINTED WOOD SAFETY AWARD. Condition: 9. SOLD AT: $770. This wooden sign proclaimed 586,701 man-hours without an accident between 1939 and May 1952. I'd hate to have been the guy who ended the streak by doing something stupid. In amazing condition for a 55-yearold wooden sign. LOT 222. MAPCO LOT 224. AC SPARK LOT 119. AERO MOBILGAS GLASS GLOBE. Condition: 9. SOLD AT: $2,860. The lenses in this gas pump globe were in exceptional PLUG CLEANING TIN FLANGE SIGN. Condition: 8. SOLD AT: $495. Spark plug items are always of interest and anything with AC's “Sparky” will bring serious money. That said, this sold for a bit under the money, so chalk this one up for the buyer. LOT 192. GILMORE OIL “CHEK CHART” PORCELAIN SIGN. Condition: SPEEDWAY COILS TIN SIGN. Condition: 7.5. SOLD AT: $193. This cute little sign featured an Indy car but had a few issues. It had a few paint chips and a tweak on the bottom edge. These have sold for as much as $1,000, so the flaws were the key to the value. SOLD HERE” TIN SIGN. Condition: 9.75. SOLD AT: $990. This was an early tin sign promoting heating oil for stoves. The as-new condition provoked over-enthusiastic bidding, but a committed Mobil collector was determined to own it. He won, but at a price above market. LOT 194. GILMORE OIL CHECKER BOARD CLOTH FLAG. Condition: 8. SOLD AT: $770. There were two versions of Gilmore flags and they were used, among other things, during the Gilmore Economy Run. The other version, which was also offered here, was a bit older and was in poorer condition. It sold for a few hundred bucks more than this one but both sold for a premium. September 2007 147


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Motobilia Carl Bomstead LOT 272: BUG-A-BOO CARDBOARD EASEL-BACK COUNTERTOP DISPLAY. Condition: 9. SOLD AT: $1,980. Bug-a-Boo was Mobil's insect spray, promoted with the cartoonish little bugs. I missed this on eBay a few years back where it sold for $400. I wasn't going to miss it this time but when it climbed into silly money I gave up. I'd have thought $600 would have owned it. LOT 556. APPROVED LOT 558. FIAT PORCELAIN SIGN. Condition: 9. SOLD AT: $605. This sign was in great condition, but the graphics were not all that interesting. Sold for no money; maybe there aren't any Fiat collectors in the Midwest. PACKARD SERVICE PORCELAIN SIGN. Condition: 9. SOLD AT: $7,975. This 42inch, double-sided sign was the very rare small version. It was in excellent condition and sold for serious but not silly money. LOT 581. WAYNE 80 SCRIPT TOP PUMP. Condition: 8. SOLD AT: $1,760. Professionally restored to a barely acceptable standard. Finished in correct period colors, but the pump plate was a reproduction, which cheapened the presentation. Marginal quality held down the bidding. These should sell for $2,000 if in more original condition. LOT 556A. AVIO Lot 551. OLDSMOBILE LOT 335. GILMORE OIL ONE-POUND GREASE CAN. Condition: 8. SOLD AT: $330. As we know, Gilmore stuff is desirable, and this can was a decent buy. When buying cans, condition is key and this one, with just a scratch on the face, will do in a collection until a better one comes along. SERVICE PORCELAIN SIGN. Condition: 8. SOLD AT: $1,980. This double-sided sign had the Oldsmobile world logo and, except for a few chips, was in decent condition. Made by Walker & Co., it sold for the going rate. GASOLINE PORCELAIN SIGN. Condition: 7. SOLD AT: $10,175. This Midwest Oil Company porcelain sign with an airplane suffered from a major chunk out of the lower area. It was found in a recently leased warehouse and will help with the first month's rent. Strong money considering the condition. LOT 625. GENERAL MOTORS GMC TRUCKS PORCELAIN SIGN. Condition: 7.5. SOLD AT: $2,970. This sign had numerous small chips and was lacking a bit of the original gloss. The price was about right. The more desirable version of this sign states “Trucks and Trailers” and sells for about double this sum. LOT 554. PONTIAC LOT 437. THREE EARLY ROAD MAPS. Condition: 8. SOLD AT: $110. These maps dated from the '30s and had attractive graphics. There is a dedicated group of map collectors, and maps with interesting graphics bring the bucks. At $35 apiece, these were well-bought for the buyer's extensive collection. 148 FACTORY-ENGINEERED PARTS SIGN. Condition: 8.5. SOLD AT: $3,520. This doublesided tin sign had the full-feathered Indian, favored by Pontiac collectors. Sign had a bit of wear in the center of both sides, but that did not hold back bidders. An infrequently offered sign that sold for strong money. LOT 567. TEXACO STAINED GLASS WINDOW. Condition: 5. SOLD AT: $193. These stained glass windows were fitted to the peaks of vintage Texaco stations. In decent condition they bring over $1,000, but this one was faded, chipped, and several of the panels were cracked. It was worth the price paid here. LOT 747. 1932 FORD ROADSTER GAS-POWERED GO-KART. Condition: 8. SOLD AT: $2,420. I'd have thought this would have sold for a lot more. The perfect starter race car for grandkids, though parents might not agree. u Sports Car Market


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Bike Buys Paul Duchene The Weber That Barbecued Ducati Even with revised timing and camshafts, the Paso's carburetor hesitates, has flat spots, and backfires when hot T wenty years later, what might still be Ducati's boldest styling exercise—the Paso—is now the biggest bargain. This is partly due to the fully enclosed bodywork style falling out of fashion and the rest to the company's infamous attempt to adapt a Weber automobile carburetor to a motorcycle engine. Nevertheless the bikes are uncommon and can provide a stylish ride for as little as $2,000, with few topping $5,000. There were three generations of Paso—the 750 from 1985 to '89, the 906 from 1989 to '91, and the fuel-injected 907IE model (which dropped the Paso name) from 1991 to '92. The Paso (named for designer Massimo Tamburini's friend, GP racer Renzo Pasolini, killed at Monza in 1973) was introduced at the Milan show in 1985. The enclosed sporttourer was a huge departure from the uncompromisingly harsh 750F1 and represented a serious attempt by new owners, the Castiglione brothers, to broaden the appeal of the marque. (It's hard to find an owner who's ridden a 750F1 more than 500 miles—me included—though enthusiasts admire them). The Good and the bad The Paso was a mixture of new and old ideas; some worked and some didn't. The belt-driven, desmodromic V-twin (in which levers close valves, instead of springs) was no longer a stressed member. Instead it was slung in a square tube cradle, based on the frame Tamburini designed for the Yamaha FJ1100, and with a removable section for maintenance. It's a good job the whole assembly is covered by bodywork; it's messy when it's exposed. The Paso's swing arm was longer than the F1's and Perfect Ducati Paso owner: Is a lot tougher than he looks Rating (HHHHH is best): Fun to ride: HHHH Ease of maintenance: HHH Appreciation potential: HH Attention getter: HHH Years produced: 1985–92 Number produced: 4,863 (750); 1,802 (906); 2,303 (907IE) Original list price: $6,000 in 1986 SCM Valuation: $2,000–$5,000 Tune-up cost: $500–$600 including valve adjust Engine: 750-cc air- and oil-cooled V-twin, 904-cc water-cooled V-twin Transmission: 5-speed and 6-speed Weight: 495–507 lbs Engine#: Behind rear cylinder Frame #: Headstock Colors: Red, white, blue, black metallic Club: Ducati Online, USDesmo More: www.ducati.net; www.usdesmo.com 150 the steering steeper, for a quicker-turning, more comfortable ride. The Paso used 42 mm Marzocchi forks and an Ohlins rising rate rear monoshock. In a boon for mechanics, the Paso engine was the first to use a rocker arm clip, enabling the camshaft to slide sideways, so valve shims can be changed more easily, eliminating the need to remove the camshaft as on earlier Ducatis. The gearbox on the Paso was also the first with a fine-splined narrow countershaft, instead of the coarsesplined shaft on earlier models, which wears badly and is now unavailable. Much-improved switchgear also made an appearance (though the ignition switch is a weak point), along with the Kokusan ignition, which has a smoother advance curve. The Paso was also the first Ducati with full-flow oil coolers—one on each side—and a fuel gauge. So much for the good stuff. The Paso also had 16- inch wheels front and back, with low-profile Pirelli radial tires and a tendency to flop into corners, and then understeer. Silentium mufflers reduced the familiar Ducati bark to a murmur. The worst idea came from a good one. The 650-cc Elefant enduro (introduced a year earlier as a Cagiva Alazzurra spinoff) boasted a rear cylinder rotated so that both intakes faced each other between the cylinders. This meant that intakes could be the same length and perhaps one carburetor might serve both cylinders. Unfortunately, the carburetor Ducati chose was the Weber 44DCNF 107. Flats pots, hesitation, backfiring Even with revised timing and camshaft profile, the Weber carburetor suffered off-idle and mid-range flats pots, hesitation, and backfiring when hot. A solution finally arrived in 1991 with the 907IE, which used Marelli fuel injection from the 851. The 907IE solved all the problems associated with Paso performance—it even got 17-inch wheels and bigger brakes. But it arrived too late to save the model. The Paso name was dropped when the 907IE was introduced, and the entire design abandoned in 1993. Original Pasos were so frustrating that low-mileage examples of the original air-cooled 750 and the watercooled 906 can still be found. (The “6” of 906 indicates 6 speeds; the engine is actually 904 cc). The Achilles heel of both the 750 and 906 is the carburetor, but fixing it requires several steps. A pair of Dell'Ortos or Mikuni carburetors from a 900SS might seem like a good answer, but unless you change the camshafts, you'll trade one set of problems for another. 900SS or Elefant camshafts are the solution. The best answer, of course, is to look for a water-cooled 907IE, which runs better and steers better with 17-inch tires instead of the hard-to-find 16s of the early Paso. The 907 also has an air vent integrated into the body-color windshield to reduce buffeting of the rider's head at speed. Valve adjustment intervals were extended from 6,000 miles to 10,000 miles for the 907, but that seems more like a factory decision than a technical change. If you're looking for a Paso, buy one that's complete— bodywork is expensive, hard to find, and the bike is ugly without it. There's enough knowledge and enough parts around that you can make a 750 Paso work; just make sure you do the job properly. A nice Paso is handsome and comfortable. It's still a controversial design, but a good-running Paso will surprise skeptics, including past owners. “The Paso is an outright bargain,” says John Foyston, former owner of Eurosport Ducati dealership in Tigard, OR. “Anybody will tell you the 907IE is the one to get.”u PAUL DUCHENE has been riding, racing, and writing about motorcycles for 45 years. His work has appeared in the New York Times and Chicago Tribune. Sports Car Market


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Mystery Photo Answers Yeah... that's right son, it even happens to cars when they come out of cold water. —Frank Boyle, Stockton, CA the Mechanical Soldiers.”—Antoine T. Crettol, Huntington Station, NY This Volkswagen is the one of the earliest examples of German- Swiss hybrid technology. Based on Heuer 17-jewel movement, it was a vast improvement on BMW's cuckoo clock-based Isetta 250. Unfortunately, it was quickly overtaken in the marketplace by the Subaru-Seiko self-winding 360.—Chris Attias, Felton, CA While convinced that the extremely rare Rudge-type optional wind- up key would give him the “wow” factor concours judges were looking for, Klaus neglected to notice that the key was mistakenly inserted in his Volkswagen's air cleaner rather than in its correct position, the crank shaft.—Norman Vogel, San Francisco, CA It's a great car, easy to park, and it gets 25 miles per wind-up. However, it's damn hard to get in and out, especially when we've put it away at night in its cardboard box.—Bill Vatter, Kennesaw, GA Although plagued by the need for frequent “re-powering” stops, Volkswagen's answer to the hybrid, the new “Spring Thing,” has raised the fuel economy bar to a new height.—Gary Crum, Junction City, OR Volkswagen's well-disguised Eos Hybrid looked silly, but with all RUNNER-UP: Finally, the perfect car for those winding New England back roads.—Robert La Mar, Half Moon Bay, CA To compete with the Smart, VW has introduced the Stupid.—Kick Wheeler, New Milford, CT Sparky McBug, upon realizing that his stellar performance in “Cars” had been completely cut, left the studio and was never seen again.—Lance Lambert, Seattle, WA Schuco Smart.—Bruce Perrone, Pittsburgh, PA When syrup of ipecac is simply not enough.—Al Nelson, Pentwater, MI The Love Bug meets The Love Toy.—Bob Peterson, Brooks, GA Next up on the auction block, a cast member from the movie “March of USAPPRAISAL This Month's Mystery Photo Response Deadline: August 25, 2007 Our Photo, Your Caption Be the author of the most accurate, creative, or provocative response and receive a sure-to-be-collectible-someday 1/18-scale collector car model, courtesy of USAppraisal. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Fax your response to 503.253.2234; email: mysteryphoto@ sportscarmarket.com; snail mail: Mystery, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797. Please include your name and contact information. Send us your mystery photo. If we use it, you'll get an official “SCM Fright Pig Inspector” cap. Email photos at 300 dpi in JPEG format. 152 Sports Car Market the cellphone cameras out there these days...—Peter Zimmermann, Bakersfield, CA Glovebox Notes: 2008 VW Beetle Hybrid. Likes: Cute as a bug, unlimited mileage. Dislikes: Stopping every 45 seconds to wind motor is tough on arms. Verdict: Biceps-building character and fun in the sun.—Daryl Pinter, Algonquin, IL Now look what you've done. It's wound up so tight, it shrunk.— John McNulty, W. Winfield, NY Schuco unveils its new line of life-size, user-friendly wind-up toy cars meant to nurture the inner child in aging Baby Boomers. No special license required.—Ron Christenson, Costa Mesa, CA This month's winner of a sure-to-be-collectible 1:18 scale model, courtesy of Dave Kinney's USAppraisal, is Frank Boyle, for using the Mystery Photo to help unravel some of life's mysteries for his son.u


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Comments with your renewal I'd like to see an article on odom- eter rollback. What are the legalities when performing a full restoration and resetting the odometer back to zero?—E. Greenback, Tempe, AZ Keeps getting better and better. Keep up the good work. —S. Grunnah, Plymouth, WI Good magazine. —D. Westerdale, Santa Paula, CA Taking us through major restora- tion steps and the cost of popular projects, such as mid-year Corvettes, Ferraris, and Porsches, would be fun.—P. Pizzo, Tampa, FL Great publication.—G. Hand, Eugene, OR Lighten up on all of the Rolls- Royce and Bentley coverage. It's a bit boring on these cars.—R. Girasa, Van Nuys, CA. Would you like more Hemi 'Cudas instead?—KM More European cars and less Mopar, please.—G. Deschodt, Tampa, FL. Okay, fewer Hemi 'Cudas, more Bentleys.—KM Stick to your core mission, let others wander into the “circus” end of the business.—T. Kozar, Owens Cross Roads, AL I love your coverage. —G. Cornell, Lebanon, IL Look forward to the “Legal Files.”—C. Vickrey, El Paso, TX Great magazine. I wish I could afford to buy the cars.—R. Raspet, University, MS A little more coverage of the big concours, like Pebble Beach.—R. Levy, Frankfort, IL. We are increasing our concours coverage, especially from the preview perspective, so that you will know what you'll be able to look forward to on the green.—KM Love the magazine. —M. Phillips, Rancho Santa Fe, CA Enjoy the muscle car articles and your careful comments about Barrett-Jackson.—J. Boone, Colleyville, TX. Would you like to read more about Rolls-Royces as well?—KM Keep up the great work with the magazine.—Will Samples, Dallas, TX And thanks to all of you for your thoughtful comments and your renewals.—KMu but it has the same pleasure-inducing effect with far less anxiety. Yes, I made it to SCM world headquarters, and the Wagon's carburetor celebrated by cascading gas from every orifice as I handed over the keys (maybe just being on the same block as their 1968 BMW 2002 caused it to want to break down.) This month you get the pictures, next month the blow-by-blow (or steak-bysteak, as this trip crossed the land of aged beef) description.u Colony Park and Tetons, shown to scale September 2007 153 Home James, and Don't Spare the Horses SCM's '68 Mercury Colony Park wagon takes the long way through the Badlands… by Doug Hartman I promised myself, no more road trips. I mean the thousandsof-miles-over-several-- days kind of road trips. But then I found myself suckered into another one of Publisher Martin's hair-brained adventures. Somehow, I find myself at the airport in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. SCMer Bruce Eide keeps repeating the word disaster after running out of gas on his way to get me, and all I can think about is my commitment to be in the lan of Lawrence Welk by 5 pm, at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD, for my 1968 high school class reunion. I make it at 5:20. This 1968 Mercury Colony Park station wagon time machine is about to transport me through a flood of memories that cover a lifetime. It's 2,095 miles from my childhood home to the West Coast, through the Badlands, Black Hills, Bighorn Mountains, Yellowstone, the Tetons, Craters of the Moon, the Blue Mountains, and finally the Columbia River Gorge. This Mercury wagon is clearly a differrojects, such as mid-year Corvettes, Ferraris, and Porsches, would be fun.—P. Pizzo, Tampa, FL Great publication.—G. Hand, Eugene, OR Lighten up on all of the Rolls- Royce and Bentley coverage. It's a bit boring on these cars.—R. Girasa, Van Nuys, CA. Would you like more Hemi 'Cudas instead?—KM More European cars and less Mopar, please.—G. Deschodt, Tampa, FL. Okay, fewer Hemi 'C- High plains drifter WAGON HO! Eide hands off to Hartman


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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $44/month ($66 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit sportscarmarket.com/classifieds-post.php to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snailmail: Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. Leather interior, 2-door, V12, manual, 22,800 miles, green & tan, a/c. Well-maintained. Original mileage. Exceptional car. $55,000. Andy Greene, a.greene@agsvrc.com, 912.210.0780. (GA) 1974 Triumph TR6 English 1961 Jaguar XKE Series I 1966 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III. plates, factory hard top, rebuilt overdrive, original magenta paint/black interior. Unused original convertible top. Drive anywhere. $13,900. Doug Taber, gdv27@charter.net, 805.927.5044. 1974 Jaguar XKE Convertible 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Coupe Immaculate condition throughout. 1600 Normal. Silver, blue leather, blue top, very rare factory removable roll bar, correct radio. There isn't a better driving B Roadster anywhere. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., www.deGarmoLtd.com, 203.852.1670. (CT) One family-owned from new! Original paint still in wonderful condition. No rust, no issues. Exceptional find. Car is in California. $29,900. 2shores Classic Cars, jr@2-shores.com, www.2-shores.com, 49 (0) 5691 912460. (DEU) 1973 Porsche 911RS Beautifully restored example of early welded louver, flat floor model. Matching numbers. Very sharp. Tool kit, manuals, cover. Receipts. $98,000. Fantasy Junction, chris@fantasyjunction.com, www.fantasyjunction.com, 510.653.7555. (CA) 1965 Jaguar XKE 4.2 coupe Concours Registry-certified, Matching-numbers. Spectacular, professional, documented frame-off restoration. Less than 600 miles since. Healey Blue/ Ivory coves, blue leather. Wire wheels, Michelins, overdrive. Original six-blade fan / rare car jack. Private collector seller. $77,500. Garforth54@aol .com or call 941.366.5754. (FL) 1967 Jaguar XKE Restored in CA in 1990. Driven summers only and meticulously cared for since by two fussy owners. Teal green, saddle leather. Lovely car, ready to enjoy now. $18,500. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., www.deGarmoLtd.com, 203.852.1670. (CT) French 1924 Amilcar Grand Sport Desirable and appreciating model in excellent condition. Recent major service and much additional work by Motion Products West. Fitted with correct type and series engine. Factory electric sunroof. $198,500. Fantasy Junction, chris@fantasyjunction. com, www.fantasyjunction.com, 510.653.7555. (CA) 1974 Porsche Carrera 2.7 Euro spec coupe Multiple JCNA Best of Show and People's Choice. Complete documentation of restoration on twoowner, low-mileage, rust-free car. Ownership history back to new. All numbers-matching. Red, black leather with all factory original books and tools. The best there is, bar none. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd, www.deGarmoLtd.com, 203.852.1670. (CT) 1965 Austin-Healey 3000 roadster 2-door, 4-speed, 15 miles, red, black, s/n 1E14922. Professional (every part removed) concours restoration just completed. Factory-documented original red with black interior. Matching-numbers, original manual, service book, warranty, tools, brochures. Second owner 20 years. Hickock seatbelts, original Blaupunkt radio. Everything meticulously restored to factory specs. Exceptional fit and body work. $134,900. Richard, RDRGolf@hotmail.com, 303.316.7121. (CO) 1971 Triumph TR6 4-speed, Colorado Red/black. This striking AustinHealey 3000 (s/n HBJ8L30469) was most recently owned and restored by the three-term President of the Minnesota Austin-Healey Club. This car was correctly restored, with extra attention given to to the roadster's reliability and performance. The certificate from the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust verifies that Colorado Red is the original color. It also indicates that the engine is original to the car (matching numbers). Photos of the process of restoration are available for this car. $48,000. Yesterdays Auto, al@yesterdaysauto.com, www .yesterdaysauto.com, 612.872.9733. (MN) New paint, complete new interior, top, windshield, chrome dash, tires, rebuilt carbs, no rust, no accidents. Runs great. $16,500. Darryl Flink, 360.582.0338. (WA) 1972 Jaguar XKE V12 convertible with 8,000 original miles. Rare Willow Green exterior, suede green interior. Drives great. Michael Pacult, 800.331.1532 x11. 1973 Triumph TR6 Roadster Original California car since new, 93k miles, Blue 154 Sports Car Market Purchased & garaged since 1968, manual, Gunmetal Gray, red leather, black soft top, & white metal hard top, full body restoration in 2002, no rust, new brakes, SS exhaust system, service records, original engine, etc. runs great! $37,500. Richard Ball, turningpointtutor@hotmail.com, 970.217.6810. (CO) 1961 Porsche 356B Roadster For sale, a rare and authentic 1924 Amilcar Grand Sport (CGS3), restored and fully sorted. Reinout de Waal, amilcarcgs@mac.com, +31 654 654 832, (NLD) German 1958 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Convertible Stunning lime green Euro Carrera with correct 911-83 (RS) engine. This car is part of a private collection in the U.S. No disappointment! Very rare! $72,000. 2shores Classic Cars, jr@2-shores.com, www.2-shores.com, 49 (0) 5691 912460. (DEU) Porsche 914-6 This 914-6 was built as a “cost no object” project. Featured in Porsche Excellence, extremely fast and track ready. Car is in the U.S. 2shores Classic Cars, jr@2-shores.com, www.2-shores.com, 49 (0) 5691 912460. (DEU) 1982 Porsche 911SC SOLD


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SCM Showcase Gallery Targa turbo look, no fiberglass or bondo. 62k actual miles, original CA car, 5-spd. Immaculate and dropdead gorgeous from every angle. Call for more details. $24,500. Lou Savaglio, autogallery@wishcom .net, 815.382.3222. (IL) 2002 BMW M3 convertible CD changer, Indigo Blue Pearl/Dove Gray leather. $18,900. Mike Iannelli, 305.248.1700. (FL) Italian 1954 Moretti 750 GS A sound and complete car that was recently restored w/ its original parts and w/ new old stock parts where needed to #1 condition. The car has its original Pininfarina steel hard top, also restored. Awardwinner. Call for details. List is too long for the ad. $45,000. Steven Kernyansky, kernyansky@yahoo .com, 918.272.6468 / 918.272.9744. (OK) 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC 39,000 miles, excellent condition, Carbon Black with rare red leather interior, 6-speed, navigation system, BMW phone, bi-Xenon, heated seats, park distance, HK Premium sound, CD changer, 6-yr/ 100k-mile engine warranty. Garaged, no smokers, kids, or pets. View in Pebble Beach August 15–20. $37,500. Ron Palladino, ron@rencodesign .com, 805.688.6222. (CA) 2003 Volkswagen Passat W8 1972 Alfa Romeo 1300 Jr. Zagato S/n 1294S. Restored by Butch Bucciarelli with vintage racing in mind, with Carrillo rods, Moldex crank, and improved oiling. Comes with headlights and original glass windshield. Easily adapted for tours and other events. Fantasy Junction, chris@fantasyjunction.com, www.fantasyjunction .com, 510.653.7555. (CA) 1965 Alfa Romeo Guilia Spider 1600 Normale All steel original body, restored in the '60s. Lacquer paint, '61 Corvette 283 dual quad solid lifter motor, 4-speed, updated suspension. A real time capsule '60s hot rod. $55,000. Michael Albano, 413.443.7674. (MA) 1964 Ford Ranchero S/n 9303, 53k mi, excellent unmolested original condition. New XWXs. Runs great, no smoke. Same owner 20 years. Consider Ford GT in partial trade. $228,000. Ted Burns, tburns@dresser-rand.com, 630.961.1990. (IL) American 1940 Ford Deluxe Convertible FI 302 ci, 5-speed, Ford 9”, Flowmasters, HD sway bar, HD shocks, vented disc brakes, etc. This is a bare-metal respray of a no rust CA car with new weatherstrips, window mouldings, etc. Strong #2 condition. Very quick and reliable. $17,500. Ron Bennett, 562.431.6584. (CA) 6-speed, BBS wheels, sport suspension, quattro, chipped to 300 hp, synthetic oil only, 15,000 miles, '72 1300 Jr. Zagato with 1750 engine. Red, tan leather interior. Strightingly LaBella car. Will be at Concorso Italiano 2007 Monterey. Barry, ruthieonline@sbcglobal.net, 949.646.1096. (CA) 1973 De Tomaso Pantera Group 4 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS S/n THPNMR02846. Run by Leuzinger and van der Werff at Sebring in 1977 and 1978. Currently set-up for both track days and street use. California title. $175,000. Fantasy Junction, chris@fantasyjunction. com, www.fantasyjunction.com, 510.653.7555. (CA) 1984 Ferrari 308 GTB QV Stunning. Black leather with red piping. Third owner. Complete records from new. Daily driver. Only 748 GTB QVs made. $28,500. Don Meyer, dmeyer@kslaw.com, 404.572.4707. (GA) Japanese 1971 Datsun 240Z Faithful and meticulous recreation of SS 396. Beautifully restored with little concern for cost. Blue metallic, black interior, automatic transmission. Show quality throughout, drives flawlessly. $35,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., www.deGarmoLtd.com, 203.852.1670. (CT) 1995 Dodge Viper RT/10 300+ hp Ford 302 V8, 5-speed, custom paint & bodywork. Professionally done, fully sorted, very fast & fun. $12,500. Charles Cote, crcrote@mindspring .com, 404.822.6250. (GA) 156 Sports Car Market RS/SS 350, 4-speed, Butternut with black top. Last registered 1977, now needs total restoration. Cowl tag verifies options. Serious offers. Jon Romas, runner3367@yahoo.com. 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 Convertible


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A/C, 3 tops, polished 5-spoke wheels, stainless headers, big exhaust, original paint, never damaged. Emerald Green/Tan Leather. 24,000 miles. $37,000. Bob Hoeksema, 248.787.7700 (MI) Ford GT40 11 17 Serial number GT40-P-1125. Car originally owned by Vern Schuppan. Second owner. Beautiful car still in like-new condition. Only two miles on odometer, bought originally without engine, still without engine. Available as-is or completed. Brady Pack, brady.pack@l-3com., 513.943.2139 / 513.831.0927. (OH) Miscellaneous Barchetta 3500 36 40 42 Hand-built exotic, full aluminum monocoque, aluminum V8 Quad Webers, 1,600 lbs, 270 hp. Stunning performance. Turnkey. $80,000. Darryl Fling, www .olympus.net/barchetta, 360.582.0338. (WA) Automobilia Collection For Sale 52 53 56 58 57 59 43 48 49 54 55 19 20 21 26 27 28 29 33 37 41 44 45 50 51 46 47 34 38 39 30 31 35 32 12 Lamborghini 1 2 9 13 18 22 23 24 25 14 3 4 5 10 15 16 6 7 8 Hundreds of unique items. Programs, books, posters, ticket stubs, autographs, some NASCAR die casts. Email for details. Frank Battaglia, automobilia@aol.com. Bugatti Royale Piston Across Model 41 Royale. Piston weighs 5 lb, 5 oz. It is 14.5 mm tall, and has been cracked and repaired. Shows excellent repair. Purchased at the Stable Thoroughbred auction in December 1965. The car brought $6.4m at the Harrah auction following his death. Also looking to get rid of 183 copies (mint condition) of Automobile Quartetly (Vol 1, #1–Vol 46, #3). If anyone would care to make an offer, it will be taken into consideration, and appreciated. Ed Chappell, trapperlee@rivercto.net, 336.835.1720. (NC)u 1. Lamborghini badge creature 3. Lamborghini's 1965 Turin spectacular 6. See 42 across 9. Bro's childhood nemesis 11. Current owner of Lamborghini (with 10 down) 13. Touring's 1966 400 GT-based concept car (2 words) 17. The fastest things __ wheels 18. Iron, for short 19. Have title in hand 21. Man who snubbed Ferruccio Lamborghini 24. Add money to the pot 26. Wedding words 27. 1980s Lamborghini featured in “Rocky IV” 30. 1980s Lamborghini of record 33. Tater snack 34. Vinci or Gama? 35. ___ Paolo, Brazil 36. Competitive driving event 37. First open Lamborghini 41. Car club 42. Italdesign's stillborn 1982 Lamborghini concept (with 6 across) 44. Go down 46. Friend of a lass 48. __ shucks! 49. Lambo's SUV 50. Mode or carte (2 words) 52. America got the P111 version 54. Lamborghini's van concept 56. Compass direction 57. Grid position 58. Best selling Lamborghini of all time 59. Lambo's V10 “baby” supercar Down 1. Bertone's 1974 Lamborghini concept 2. Tricked (2 words) 3. Peeved 4. Lambo named for the bull that killed Manolete 5. ___ des Belges 7. Not in 8. Rower 10. See 11 across 12. Not out 14. Not that either 15. Saint, briefly 16. Pro driver 20. New Deal agency For solution, go to: www.sportscarmarket.com/crossword September 2007 157 21. Punto maker 22. Shakespearean fuss 23. Electronically charged atom 24. What rockets do 25. California lake to keep blue 27. Lamborghini's 1970s sports coupe 28. Naval rank between Lt. and Cdr. 29. 19th century horror writer 30. 1995 Lamborghini concept car 31. Single in Madrid? 32. Industrial diesel machine, for short 34. Lamborghini's devil 38. Tricked 39. For example 40. Aviator Hughes 43. Sports or concept? 45. Car part with gaps 46. Light show light 47. Ducati owner's grp. 51. __ Mans 52. Naval ship initials 53. Neither Dem. nor Ind. 54. India's smallest state 55. Elbow 57. Film rating


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 x211 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Auction Companies Artcurial-Briest-Poulain-Le Fur. 33.1.4299202, 33.1.42292021. Maison de vente aux enchères, 7, Rond-Point des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris. artcurial@auction.fr www.artcurial .com. (FR) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694, 480.421.6697. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Bonhams. +44.207.228.8000, +44.207.585.0830. Montpelier St., Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH. www.bonhams.com. (UK) Bonhams & Butterfields. 415.391.4000, 415.391.4040. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103 www.butterfields.com. (CA) Branson Collector Car Auction. 800.355.3063, 417.336.5616. 1316 W. Hwy. 76, Suite 199, Branson, MO 65616. www.bransonauction.com. (MO) Mecum Collector Car Auction- eers. 815.568.8888, 815.568.6615. 950 Greenlee St., Marengo, IL 60015. Auctions: Orlando, Kansas City, Rockford, Bloomington Gold, St. Paul, Des Moines, Carlisle, and Chicago. Nobody Sells More Muscle Than Mecum. Nobody. www.mecumauction.com. (IL) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290, 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262 www .classic-carauction.com. (CA) ing over 35 auctions per year. Home of the 480-acre Auction Park in Auburn, IN, where the 37th Annual Labor Day Auction will be held with over 5,000 cars and 150,000 people. www.kruse .com. (IN) ary. Selling Southern muscle, collector, and antique cars with experience and integrity for 24 years. North Carolina auction license 4017. www.tommackclassics.com. (NC) RM Auctions, Inc.. 800.211.4371, Alfa Romeo Centerline Alfa Parts. 888.750. ALFA(2532), Call for free catalog, or visit www.centerlinealfa.com for online shopping, color product photos, tech tips, photo galleries and more. Exclusively Alfa for over 25 years, we have hands-on experience with Giulietta through 164. We're constantly adding new parts, accessories, and performance items, so check in often for the latest updates. www.centerlinealfa .com. (CO) Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. 510.524.3636, 1221 Fourth Street, Berkley, CA 94710. Large selection of parts from 1900 series to Milano. Efficient, personal service. 510.525.9435. (CA) Carlisle Collector Car Auctions. 717.243.7855, 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle, PA 17013. Spring and Fall Auctions. High-line cars cross the block. Hundreds of muscle cars, antique, collector, and special-interest cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Real Cars. Real Prices. www.carlisleauctions.com. (PA) Christie's. 310.385.2600, 310.385.0246. 360 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. www.christies .com. (CA) American Shelby American Automotobile RM Auctions, Inc.. 800.211.4371, 519.351.1337. Our team of highly qualified professionals with over 25 years of experience will perform complete classic car collection appraisals. Your collection will be assessed by superior appraisers who are exceptionally detailed and want you to get the most value from your collection. RM is the world's largest vintage automobile house specializing in vintage automobile restoration, auctions and appraisals. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) Russo and Steele Collector AutoGooding & Company. 310.899.1960, 310.899.0930. (August 18 and 19) - The Pebble Beach Auction has added a Saturday evening auction to the week's events. Now offering more of the finest cars traditionally available on Sunday's famed auction following the Concours d'Elegance. www.goodingco .com. (CA) H&H Classic Auctions. +44.01925.730630, +44.01925.730830. Whitegate Farm, Hatton, Cheshire WA4 4BZ England. www.classic-auctions .com. (UK) Kensington Motor Group, Inc. 631.537.1868, 631.537.2641. P.O. Box 2277, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. Kenmotor@aol.com. (NY) The Worldwide Group. 866.273.6394, Established by John Kruse and Rod C. Egan, The Worldwide Group— Auctioneers, Appraisers and Brokers —is one of the world's premier auction houses, specializing in the procurement and sale of the world's finest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www.wwgauctions.com. (TX) Tom Mack Classics. 888.TOM. Kruse International. 800.968.4444, 5540 CR llA Auburn, IN 46706. Largest Collector Car Auction Company, hold- 158 MACK, PO Box 1766, Indian Trail, NC 28079. Three annual auctions in Charlotte, NC: April, September, and Janu- 2shores International. 49.5691.912460, 49.5691.912480. Based Sports Car Market Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, Gooding & Company's experts are well qualified to appraise automotive and collectible estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust, or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to help you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) mobiles. 602.252.2697, 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th Street, Phoenix AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com; www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Santiago Collector Car Auctions. 405.475.5079, 501 E. Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Rocky: rockydb5@sbcglobal.net. (OK) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485, 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Club. 860.364.0449, 860.364.0769. PO Box 788, Sharon, CT 06069. Over 5,000 members, 50 regions throughout the world. Dedicated to the care and preservation of the cars that Carroll Shelby produced. Two national conventions a year, semi-annual magazine, bi-monthly newsletter as well as a registry. (CT) Antiques Solvang Antique Center. 805.688.6222, California's Premier Antique Collective features 65 extraordinary dealers. Quality 18th and 19th century furniture, decorative accessories, fine art and estate jewelry. One of the finest selections of antique clocks, watches and music boxes in the world. www.solvangantiques.com. (CA) Appraisals California Dream Cars Apprais- als. 888.314.3366, Over 30 years experience in Southern California appraising classic, antique, special interest, muscle and custom to current-year models. Specializing in pre-purchase inspections, stated value insurance appraisals, insurance disputes, and expert witness testimony. For more info, visit our web site. www.caldreamcars.net.. (CA) 519.351.1337. Our team of highly qualified professionals with over 25 years of experience will perform complete classic car collection appraisals. Your collection will be assessed by superior appraisers who are exceptionally detailed and want you to get the most value from your collection. RM is the world's largest vintage automobile house specializing in vintage automobile restoration, auctions and appraisals. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) USAppraisal. 703.759.9100, Over 25 years experience with collector automobiles, available nationwide. David H. Kinney, ASA (Accredited Senior Appraiser, American Society of Appraisers). dhkinney@usappraisal.com www .usappraisal.com. (VA) Automobilia GMP. 800.536.1637, GMP offers the best value possible in accurately detailed diecast models through exhaustive research and development followed by uncompromising quality control standards in design, modeling, and manufacturing. We are the diecast leaders. Your collection starts here. www .gmpdiecast.com. (GA) Spyder Enterprises. 831.659.5335, 831.659.5335. Since 1980, providing serious collectors with the finest selection of authentic, original vintage posters, pre-war thru mid-1960s; mainly focused on Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes, and racing. Producer of “Automobilia Monterey,” with 38-page list of memorabilia available. singer356@aol.com www .vintageautoposters.com. (CA) Steve Austin's Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434, European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations .com. Buy/Sell/General


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in Germany, working worldwide. Connecting buyers and sellers of collectible cars in a global market place. International Classic Car Events. Serving our clients with compassion, loyalty, and 15 years of experience. Your trusted partner in Europe! www.2-shores-classics .com. (DE) Blackhawk Collection. 925.736.3444, 925.736.4375. Purveyors of rolling art. The Blackhawk Collection is one of the world's foremost companies specializing in the acquisition and sale of both American and European classic, coachbuilt, and one-of-akind automobiles. www.blackhawkcollection.com. (CA) Classic Car Transport Auto Transporting by P.C. Bear. 717.859.1585/321.287.9368, Born 1941, car nut since 1943, transporting since 1994. For answers to all your questions, call the guy that loads and drives the truck. www.pcbeartransport.com. (PA) Intercity Lines, Inc.. 800.221.3936, 413.436.9422. Rapid, hassle-free, coastto-coast service. Insured enclosed transport for your valuable car at affordable prices. State-of-the-art satellite transport tracking. Complete service for vintage races, auctions, relocations. www.intercity.lines.com. (MA) Motor Auto Express, Inc.. 360.661.1734, Enclosed Transport. MAX cares for what you care for. We offer Personal, Private, Professional services with liftgate loading for your vehicles. Please contact Randy McKinley, Owner. maxiet@gmail.com. (WA) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, 760.758.0600. sales 760.758.6100.Fullservice restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase .com www.classicshowcase.cin. (CA) Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700, North America's premier muscle car center, specialized in restoring and trading the finest and rarest American muscle. Our 55,000 sq. ft facility and 100 car showroom is the ultimate car heaven and the home of Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.” www .legendarymotorcar.com. (ON) Collector Car Financing J.J. BEST BANC & CO. 800. USA.1965, Call Now or Apply Online. The nation's oldest and largest classic car financing specialist. Low national fixed rates starting at 6.99%. Five-minute approvals. Terms up to 12 years. Simple interest. Pre-qualify for auctions. Financing for Antique, Classic, Exotic, Hot Rod, Kit, Muscle, Luxury & Sports cars. Dealer inquiries welcome. www.jjbest.com. (MA) Collector Car Insurance Email, mcooke@evolution.bm. Limits up to $1,000,000 including accident medical and helicopter evacuation. Comp Capital Ltd. can obtain coverage at competive rates including drivers over the age of 65. Either 12 month policy covering a whole season and or for specific events. Please contact Mark Cooke and or Kevin Way. www.swiftbermuda.com. English AC Owner's Club Limited. 503.643.3225, 503.646.4009. US Registrar: Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. The world's largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership not required. Monthly magazine. (OR) Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini Randy Simon. 310.274.7440, 310.274.9809. I constantly collect and sell all Ferraris, Maseratis, and Lamborghinis. If I don't have what you seek, I can usually find it for you (at low prices). Please call anytime for straight advice on the market. Finder's fee gladly paid. simonrandy@aol.com (CA) Garage/Tools Baldhead Cabinet Company. Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959, 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www .astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) Austin-Healey Club USA. 888.4AHCUSA, 503.528.0533. 8002 NE Hwy 99, Ste B PMB 424, Vancouver, WA 98665-8813. Oldest national Austin-Healey club and factory club heritage. Members recieve Austin-Healey Magazine, Resource Book, calendar, tech assistance, book discount. Annual dues still just $35. www.healey.org. (OR) 877.966.2253, Offering a fine selection of quality metal garage cabinets suitable for shop and residential garage applications. SS and custom colors available. Many modules to choose from. Call for a custom quote and drawing. See ad in this issue. www.baldheadcabinets .com. (CA) Deltran Battery Tender. 386.736.7900, Our chargers are the most technologically advanced in the world. Microprocessor-controlled fully automatic “smart chip” charging applies the correct logic to extend battery life significantly! Safe, dependable and will not over-charge your car battery! www .batterytender.com. (FL) German Alex Dearborn. 978.887.6644, Grundy Worldwide. 800.338.4005, Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6092, 978.768.3525. Since 1978, offering restoration and sales of classic European sports and touring models from pre-war through 1960s. Successfully brokering MercedesBenz, Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar, BMW, Alfa Romeo. Guidance given with emphasis on building long-term relationships. Sales Manager Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell.com www.paulrussell.com. (MA) With 60 years of experience in servicing and preserving the collector vehicle hobby, Grundy provides “The Gold Standard” of insurance, offering the most options to you: Agreed Value, No Model Year Limitation, Unlimited Mileage, and coverage options for Spare Parts, Trip Interruption, Towing and Labor Costs, Inflation Guard, and Auto Show Medical Reimbursement. Fast, immediate quotes. www.grundy .com. (PA) Doc's Jags. 480.951.0777, 480.951.3339. Restoration Center 623.869.8777. 23047 N. 15 Lane, Phoenix, AZ. 85027. The world's BIGGEST and BEST Jaguar Web site. #1 in Jaguars WORLDWIDE. Largest inventory of all models. Ask for “DOC.” Email doc@docsjags.com www.docsjags .com. (AZ) JWF Restorations, Inc.. 503.643.3225, 503.646.4009. Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. AC restoration specialist. 35 years experience. Partial to full restorations done to street or concours standards. (OR) Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173, We The Carcierge. 561.541.6696, 461.241.6613. At The Carcierge, our facility has been designed to provide secure storage at appropriate temperature and humidity levels. We also offer our CarCare program, designed to protect your automobile from the damage that can occur when it is idle. www.thecarcierge.com. (FL) understand the passion and needs of the classic car owner; agreed value, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and paying by credit card. We provide classic car insurance at rates people can afford! Instant quotes at www.heacockclassic.com. www.heacockclassic .com. (FL) Motor Sport Personal Accident Coverage. 441.297.9439, 441.296.2543. Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337, 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair, and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems, and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations .net. (CA) 978.887.3889. Topsfield, MA. Buying, selling and trading vintage Mercedes. Specializign in 300SLs. Large database of older M-Bs. www.dearbornauto.com. (MA) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, 760.758.0600. sales 760.758.6100.Fullservice restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase .com www.classicshowcase.cin. (CA) Gull Wing Group International, Gary Estep. 530.891.5038, 776 Cessna, Chico, CA 95928. Dedicated to the enjoyment and preservaton of 1954 to 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupes and roadsters. Member benefits include: twelve monthly magazines per year plus a national convention that rotates its location around the country. gestep3457@aol.com. (CA) September 2007 159


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 x211 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for original, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit our website for complete listing. www.reoriginals.com. (TX) Inspections Performance Restoration. Automobile Inspections LLC.. 860.456.4048, The nation's premier provider of pre-purchase inspections on classic, exotic and specialty cars of any year, anywhere in the USA or Canada. Fast 72-hour turnaround! Hartford, CT. www.automobileinspections.com. (CT) Parts and Accessories Covercraft Industries. 800.4.COV- ERS (426.8377), World's largest manufacturer of custom vehicle covers. Over 58,000 patterns in our library and we can custom make a cover to your dimensions. Thirteen (13) fabrics for indoor/outdoor protection of your classic or daily driver. Made in USA www .covercraft.com. (OK) 440.968.3655, High-quality paint, body, mechanical service. Discreet installation of a/c, cruise control, superchargers. Stock restorations done to exacting standards. Clean, well-equipped shop. Near I-90 since '96. We finish your projects. supercharged@alltel .net. (OH) Sports and Competition Morris and Welford. 714.434.8562 /203.222.3862, We operate an international specialist historic car consultancy and brokerage company based on both the East/West Coasts of the US and the UK offering specialist brokerage services of important historic cars to buyers and sellers throughout the world. www .morrisandwelford.com. (CA/CT/UK) Vintage Events 623.869.8777. 23047 N. 15 Lane, Phoenix, AZ. 85027. The world's BIGGEST and BEST Jaguar Web site. #1 in Jaguars WORLDWIDE. Largest inventory of all models. Ask for “DOC.” Email doc@docsjags.com www.docsjags .com. (AZ) Guy's Interior Restorations. 503.224.8657, 503.223.3953. 431 NW 9th, Portland, OR 97209. Award-winning interior restoration. Leather dyeing and color matching. (OR) Griot's Garage. 800.345.5789, The ultimate online store for automotive accessories and car care products. www .griotsgarage.com. (WA) Muscle Car 1000. 949.838.7076, Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for original, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit our website for complete listing. www.reoriginals.com. (TX) Restoration - General October 7–12, 2007. This six-day luxury tour of Southern California includes exceptional muscle cars, exclusive activities, exquisite dinners, premium hotels, great friends, and fine wine. We're covering Orange County, San Diego, Palm Desert, Lake Arrowhead, Beverly Hills, and a great deal in between. Reserved for 1964-73 American muscle cars, 1962–68 Cobras, 1955–73 Corvettes. Apply early, as space is limited. www.musclecar1000.com. (CA)u Doc's Jags. 480.951.0777, 480.951.3339. Restoration Center 160 Sports Car Market


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Carl Bomstead eWatch Hudson Nightmare, Cadillac Dream Bargain toys, pin prices back to normal, and the perfect gift for a Ferrari wannabe Thought Carl's In July, we reported on a 1933 Washington, DC, Inaugural license plate that sold for $6,300. Someone saw that and hauled out another one: After 23 bids, it sold for $6,099.99. Both were in exceptional condition and are extremely rare. Both sold for a premium and proved that license plate collectors aren't tightfisted, just weird. EBAY #290120547723— EBAY #120130681910—1949 TO EBAY #230143597029— DANBURY MINT 1934 PACKARD V12 DIECAST. Number of bids: 4. SOLD AT: $18.49. Date sold: 6/22/2007. These diecast models of a Packard LeBaron Boattail Speedster once sold for about $125. They are well made with intricate detail, but with “limited” editions of 25,000, they have not held their value. This seems to be the going rate, so if you bought a few of these at the top of the market, don't expect to come out ahead. SERVICE STATION. Number of bi 7. SOLD AT: $118.15. Date sold: 6/20/2007. This cute little wood and cardboard toy service station included the box, although it was a lit beat up. The station had a plastic roll door and gas pumps. It sold for a song gas stations usually sell for $300–$400. EBAY #150131986279—MOHAWK GASOLINE SERVICE STATION ATTENDANT'S PIN. Number of bids: 5. SOLD AT: $230.05. Date sold: 6/18/2007. This brass and enamel two-inch pin showed a bit of wear but was still a desirable piece. A few years ago this would have sold for at least twice what was paid here. At that time these types of pins were a hot item and a couple of well-heeled collectors were paying whatever it took to acquire ones they did not have. Prices went beyond silly, but these guys are now into something else and prices have returned to a reasonable level. EBAY MOTORS EBAY #270123120—MOBILGAS RESTROOM PLEDGE SIGN. Number of bids: 20. SOLD AT: $762.80. Date sold: 5/27/2007. These little orcelain signs told customers how committed Mobil was to maintaining clean estrooms. There were two different versions, one for each side of the country. erbiage was slightly different, as was the logo. In the collecting world they are both valued at about $500 each, so the buyer here got a little carried away. EBAY MOTORS #220120718616—UNCUT ENZO FERRARI KEY. Number of bids: 24. SOLD AT: $425. Date sold: 6/17/2007. This genuine Ferrari key will also fit a 360 Modena and a 550 Maranello, as well as a few other models. Seller claims Ferrari will not sell uncut keys anymore, and based on the price paid, I assume the buyer did his homework and verified that. Included was a gift box, key ring, and authenticity card. The perfect gift for a Ferrari wannabe at a fraction of the cost of a car. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market magazine (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $58 for 12 monthly issues in the US, $78 Canada/Mexico, Europe $88, Asia/Africa/Middle East $98. Subscriptions are payable in advance in US currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 24-hours 800.289.2819, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 162 #260127765983—1949 HUDSON COMMODORE SEDAN. Number of bids: 21. SOLD AT: $2,120.95. Date sold: 6/18/2007. This Commodore Custom Six was equipped with the 121-horsepower straight 6 rather than the more desirable 8. It was driven into a garage in 1965, where it rested until recently. The car does not look all that bad, but it needs bodywork, interior, chrome, and a lot of time under the hood. Unfortunately, that will total about $30,000, which is a lot more than the finished car is worth. POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market CADILLAC “STANDARD OF THE WORLD” DEALERSHIP PORCELAIN SIGN. Number of bids: 21. SOLD AT: $12,126. Date sold: 6/02/2007. This was an outstanding original doublesided sign that was complete with a metal illuminated canopy. It was in amazing original condition with only a few light scratches and great depth of color. Blues do not age well on porcelain signs but that was not the case here. The canopy even had the original tags and decals. The sign sold for serious money but was worth every penny.