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203 Cars Rated Inside Sports CarMarket TH ANNIVERSARY Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Gullwing Soars to $557k OUR TOP 20 ‰ Ferraris at Any Price ‰ Porsches for Driving ‰ American Iron ‰ British Charmers ‰Weird Vintage Bikes ‰ Legal Tips www.sportscarmarket.com September 2008


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Sports CarMarket Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends September 2008 .Volume 20 . Number 9 EARS EAR E IN-DEPTH PROFILES What You Need To Know FERRARI 44 1951 Ferrari 340 America Coupe Nobody ever accused it of being pretty. Thor Thorson ENGLISH 48 1961 Morgan Plus 4 Family-friendly British fl air for $38,500. Gary Anderson ETCETERINI 52 1952 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Villa d'Este Cabriolet Lovely lines and welcome everywhere. Donald Osborne GERMAN 54 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe $557k for a not-quite-correct Gullwing, c'est la vie! Jérôme Hardy AMERICAN 58 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 The thoroughbred of pony cars makes $248k. Thomas Glatch RACE 62 1923 Miller 122 Supercharged A mechanical marvel of the board track era. Miles Collier Cover photograph: Bonhams GLOBAL AUCTION COVERAGE 203 Cars Examined and Rated at Seven Sales BONHAMS 66 Newport Pagnell, UK: Totals jump to $9m at the house that Aston built. Paul Hardiman MECUM AUCTIONS 80 Indianapolis, IN: Dana Mecum's Spring Classic hits $21m at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. B. Mitchell Carlson BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS 94 Greenwhich, CT: $364k Rolls-Royce Phantom I headlines B&B's $2.5minaugural Greenwich Concours sale. Don Schoeny CARLISLE 102 Carlisle, PA: Carlisle sees totals drop slightly to $2m at its annual spring event. Chip Lamb BONHAMS 118 Hendon, UK: Bonhams sells 87% for a $3m day at the RAF Museum. Paul Hardiman H&H AUCTIONS 130 Harrogate, UK: $2m in collector cars sell at H&H's fi rst Harrogate event. Paul Hardiman EBAY MOTORS 142 How to get noticed on 17-Mile Drive. Geoff Archer


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EARS EAR E COLUMNS 16 Shifting Gears Just a year away from being legal Keith Martin 32 Affordable Classic Karmann-Ghia—the VW in a fi ne Italian suit Rob Sass 34 Legal Files 20 rules for buyers and sellers John Draneas 46 Sheehan Speaks 20 Ferraris you can't resist Michael Sheehan 50 English Patient 20 high-octane choices from Britannia Gary Anderson 56 Porsche Gespräch 20 Porsches you must drive Jim Schrager 60 Domestic Affairs 20 of America's best machines Colin Comer 148 Motobilia Joe's Garage is open for business Carl Bomstead 150 Bike Buys 20 two-wheelers worth riding Paul Duchene 162 eWatch The best memorabilia stays strong Carl Bomstead FEATURE 36 SCM at 20: SCM Contributors remember 38 Portuguese Barn Find II: The latest scoop on the Internet's biggest car story 40 Tour Auto: Five days of fl ooring it in France 42 Hartford Concorso: Ferraris loosen up Connecticut 144 Top 20 Sales: Milestones from the auction block DEPARTMENTS 18 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 20 The Inside Line 22 Contributors 24 You Write, We Read 26 Display Advertisers Index 28 Neat Stuff 30 In Miniature: Amphicar, Morgan, and Boss 429 33 20 Year Picture 76,78 Glovebox Notes: 2008 Honda Civic sedan, 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited AWD, 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen, 2008 Mazdaspeed3 Grand Touring 86 Alfa Bits 106 Our Cars: 1967 Maserati Mistral, 2008 Tomos LX 143 FreshMeat: 2006 Ford GTX1, 2009 BMW M3 convertible, 2005 Porsche Carrera GT 146 Book Reviews: 50 cars you don't want to own 152 Mystery Photo 152 Comments with Your Renewal 154 Showcase Gallery 158 Resource Directory


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin SCM at 20—Now a Survivor I n 1988, I had just finished a stint as a sales manager for Ferrari dealer Ron Tonkin at his Portland Gran Turismo store, and was beginning to sell col- lector cars, by the container-full, to the then-hot European market. While at the GT store, I had discov- ered Gerald Roush's Ferrari Market Letter, the grandfather of all collector car value publications. Later, a Maserati Mistral I bought and sold had some correspondence in it from Frank Mandarano and a copy of his fledgling Maserati Market Letter. I became aware of the Porsche Market Letter as well. As an Alfa guy, it seemed odd there ® found value in presenting their products to our readers. After two decades and over 200 is- Two decades of collector-car white water was no publication that focused on the market values of these cars. Then again, who wanted to read about the current prices of an impossible-totune 1979 Spider, a leaking-head-gasketed GTV-6, or a dreaded Milano automatic? Not letting logic stand in the way, in a fit of entrepreneurship I tore the “Write your ad here” page out of Hemmings. “Subscribe Today to the Alfa Romeo Market Letter. Hundreds of cars for sale in every issue. Accurate Market Reports. Price Guides. Just $33 for one year.” A month later, I had 30 subscriptions. I also had an obligation to pro- duce the first issue of ARML. It featured a review of Al Guggisberg's Old Timer Auction in Geneva, and the description of the paint on a cast-iron 2000 Spider read, “Orange peel so deep that Sunkist would be proud,” thereby establishing the tradition of call-it-like-you-see-it auction reporting. A couple years later I started a sister publication, English Car Market Letter. Our staff numbered two—me, doing all the writing, editing, and graphic design (I taught myself Pagemaker), and my then-wife Cindy Banzer handling the copyediting and subscriptions. My preteen stepsons, Eric and McKean, folded, addressed, and mailed each copy. By 1992, times had become difficult; the collector car market had collapsed, along with both overseas car sales and inquiries about subscriptions. To make ends meet, I started reviewing new cars for the Oregonian, partially filling a position created by the departure of Paul Duchene, who many years later has become SCM's Executive Editor. Additionally, I began hosting a weekly television show in San Francisco, “SF Car News,” backed by Martin Swig. I was also the editor of a publication called Automotive Investor, which was making a valiant effort to track the entire collector car market in a thoughtful way. Overwhelmed by the burden of putting out my two market letters, I offered them to the owner of Automotive Investor for the princely sum of $500 each. She declined, and I recall going into my basement office and design- ing the first cover of Sports Car Market Letter, which featured a Porsche 356, an Alfa Giulietta, and a Jaguar XK 120. I created a German car section to complement the English, and I added Italian to the Alfa mix. The first issue was mailed in October 1993. Auction companies showed interest in advertising in SCML because it covered the entire market. Our first outside back cover advertiser was Rick Cole, Don Williams, and Richie Clyne's World Classic, touting its upcoming “The Auction” in Las Vegas. We dropped “Letter” from the title when we went to four-color for- mat and newsstand sales. My writing expanded to include the New York Times, Automobile, AutoWeek, and Road & Track, and my television work evolved into being an analyst for the Barrett-Jackson broadcast on Speed, and now the host and co-host of collector car shows on ESPN, ESPN2, and Discovery's HD Theater. Through all of this, we have been sustained by our loyal subscribers and their remarkable renewal rate, and consistent advertisers, who have 16 sues of market commentary and insight, the constant theme throughout the history of ARML/ECML/SCML/SCM has been a focus on price. We have long believed that market value is a significant determinant not only in the collectibility of a car, but also of its perception by the market at large. Alfa SZs hold a different place in the collector car universe at today's $300,000 (and “I'll pay more if you can find a great one”) than they did at 1998's $50,000 (“It's just a reskinned Sprint with a tiny engine”). The next twenty If we look forward to the next 20 years, collector prices will go up, and they will go down, and they will go up again. But each dip will not go as low as the previous one, so over time cars will increase in value. In five years, we will look back upon today's bubble with bemusement, but Dinos will sink only from $250,000 to $150,000, not back to the $85,000 of 1996. Land-based collector car auctions are here to stay. They will be augmented by Internet auctions, but there is no substitute for a qualitative evaluation done first-hand. And the social aspects of the auction community cannot be understated. We will see continued sophistication on the part of collectors as they realize that a car can be restored many times but is only original once. Miles Collier and David Burroughs have been the valiant pioneers here—Collier dedicated to bringing the imprimatur of fine art connoisseurship to collecting, and Burroughs working to standardize just what constitutes an “original” car. Car collecting is a young field, so the emerging introspection and thoughtfulness about the objects we collect is no surprise. For the sake of perspective, look at a Duesenberg SJ that has been restored, rerestored, and “reidentified” so many times that no one can remember just exactly what its original configuration was. Ask yourself how you would feel if each successive owner of the Mona Lisa had tweaked the painting just slightly, updating the colors to fit the then-current tastes. Great cars, like great paintings, have the right to be left as their creators made them, and they deserve our caretaking, not transmogrification to suit our personal whims. The melding of the print, live, and Internet auction worlds is upon us. To that end, SCM will be announcing at the Pebble Beach RetroAuto the results of a partnership with eBay Motors, which has led to the development of the first real-time, online Price Guide based solely on actual sold transactions. Called the Price Tracker, and directed by my wife Wendie, it will launch with value guides based on over 500,000 transactions and will feature sophisticated graphing capabilities that will show you price trends, specific transaction information, and information concerning which cars sell best, for how much, in what months, and in what areas of the country. It will be a formidable tool to analyze the most numerically active segment of the market. Watch this space for details. As for the next 20 years, SCM will continue to provide a forum where our contributors, all of whom are experts in their fields, offer thoughtful opinions on the market. We will continue to present this information with first-rate art direction, and we will continue to have a staff of inquisitive, knowledgeable gearheads who work in unison each month to create your SCM. And I promise we won't forget that we're fortunate to be able to spend so much time huffing, puffing, and otherwise pontificating about cranky old cars, and having fun while we're doing it. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Jim Pickering 1922 GN Vitesse and 1930 Brough Superior SS80 combination at Bonhams Beaulieu Autojumble Tom Mack—Super Fall Auction Where: Charlotte, NC When: September 5–6 More: www.tommackclassics.com Headlining this year's Super Fall Auction, which will take place at Lowe's Motor Speedway, just north of Charlotte, NC, is a 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL convertible with only 73 original miles. Fitted with a 352-ci V8 and Cruise-O-Matic, the car was reportedly parked in a barn when new after the owner decided he would never be able to get accustomed to the feeling of its power steering. Still in excellent condition, it will be offered at no reserve. Cox Auctions—The Branson Auction Where: Branson, MO When: September 12–13 More: www.bransonauction.com The Spring Branson Collector Car Auction in April saw 144 of 210 cars sell for a combined total of over $3.4m at the new Branson-Hilton Convention Center, and this first-time September event will feature more than 250 consignments, including everything from American classics to European sports cars. 18 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. Auction Calendar August 1-2—KRUSE Denver, CO 2—KRUSE Verona, NY 2—RM Rochester, MI 7-10—SILVER Reno, NV 9—BONHAMS Sussex, UK 9—COYS Nürburg, DEU 14-16—RUSSO AND STEELE Monterey, CA 15—BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS Carmel, CA 15—KRUSE Seaside, CA 15-16—RM Monterey, CA 16—CHEFFINS Harrogate, UK 16-17—GOODING & COMPANY Pebble Beach, CA 22-23—CARLISLE Carlisle, PA 24—ICA Deadwood, SD 28-September 2—KRUSE Auburn, IN 30-31—SILVER Sun Valley, ID 30—WORLDWIDE Auburn, IN September 1—BONHAMS London, UK 1—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 3—PETERSEN Salem, OR 5-6—MECUM Canal Winchester, OH 5-6—TOM MACK Charlotte, NC 7—BONHAMS & GOODMAN Melbourne, AUS 8-9—BARONS Surrey, UK 12-13—COX Branson, MO 13—BONHAMS Beaulieu, UK 14—BONHAMS & GOODMAN Nelson, NZL 19—BONHAMS Chichester, UK 19-20—MIDAMERICA Blaine, MN 19-20—SANTIAGO Tulsa, OK 20—ICA Sioux Falls, SD 20—LEAKE Houston, TX 26-27—BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS Owls Head, ME 27—SILVER Portland, OR October 3-4—CARLISLE Carlisle, PA 3-5—MECUM St. Charles, IL 4—BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS Brookline, MA 4—KRUSE Morehead, KY 4—POTTS Hampton, GA 8-11—KRUSE Hershey, PA 10-11—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Biloxi, MS 10—RM Hershey, PA 16-18—BARRETTJACKSON Las Vegas, NV 17-18—SILVER Las Vegas, NV Sports Car Market 18—CHEFFINS Cambridge, UK 18—KRUSE Dover, DE 19—BONHAMS Stafford, UK 19—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 20-21—BARONS Surrey, UK 22—H&H Sparkford, UK 24-25—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Fredericksburg, TX 24-26—RM Toronto, CAN 25—BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS Los Angeles, CA 29—RM London, UK 31—BONHAMS London, UK


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Bonhams—The Beaulieu Autojumble Where: Beaulieu, U.K. When: September 13 More: www.bonhams.com Last Year: 69/75 cars sold / $2.7m The Stafford East Collection of vintage light cars and motorcycles will headline this year's auction at the Beaulieu Autojumble. Several chaindriven GNs will be available, including a 1920 model known as “Kim II,” which won over 100 races in a long history of both hillclimbs and speed events. Raced by Archie Frazer-Nash in its later years, it's expected to fetch upwards of $139k. A 1930 Brough Superior with sports sidecar will also cross the auction block, estimated at $39k–$49k. Bonhams & Goodman— Collectors' Car Auction Where: Nelson, NZL When: September 14 More: www.bonhamsandgoodman.com.au In honor of the 90th an- niversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force, this inaugural event held at the World of Wearable Arts and Classic Car Museum in Nelson will feature not only collectible cars, but also a Supermarine Spitfi re Mk XVI. Constructed in April 1945, it saw active service with the RAF before being fl own in the 1957 Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. It is thought to be one of about 44 airworthy examples surviving today. Bonhams—The Goodwood Revival Where: Chichester, U.K. When: September 19 More: www.bonhams.com Last Year: 37/51 cars sold / $5.2m The Goodwood Revival offers racing events for cars and motorcycles that would have competed in the circuit's active years between 1948 and 1966. Bonhams's auction will feature both competition and collector cars alongside the weekend's motorsport events, with F1 memorabilia, automobilia, and models also crossing the auction block. MidAmerica—Classic Automobiles Where: Blaine, MN When: September 19–20 More: www.midamericaauctions .com September 2008 Last Year: 44/126 cars sold / $527k The National Sports Center in Blaine will again play host to MidAmerica's Spring Twin Cities Classic Car Auction. Now in its 22nd year, this sale typically draws around 130 cars, and it's a great place to fi nd that next affordable classic, with a large number of the cars on offer traditionally trading hands at under $25k. Leake— Houston 2008 Collector Car Auction Where: Houston, TX When: September 20 More: www.leakecarauction.com Three-hundred cars are ex- pected at this fourth annual event held in conjunction with Kruse International at the Reliant Center in Houston, with two auction rings planned to operate simultaneously. Highlights include a 1970 Dodge Super Bee, a 1968 Shelby GT350 convertible, a 1972 Corvette convertible, and a 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird. Bonhams & Butterfields— The Paine Collection Where: Owls Head, ME When: September 26–27 More: www.bonhams.com The Owls Head Transportation Museum will host this sale of the Richard C. Paine Jr. Collection, which includes examples of American and European marques dating from the early 1900s through the 1960s. Highlights include a 1908 Sharp Arrow 40hp Raceabout, a 1913 Pierce-Arrow 48-B Tourer, a 1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp 7-Passenger Silver Ghost Tourer, and a 1903 Winton Runabout. Silver Auctions—Fall Portland Where: Portland, OR When: September 27 More: www.silverauctions.com Last Year: 43/134 cars sold / $372k The Expo Center will again serve as backdrop for this annual fall event, where around 140 cars ranging from late-model Europeans to driver-quality vintage Detroit iron typically cross the auction block. Look for a number of entry-level collectibles, with many priced under $20k. ♦ SCM Q&A: The Auburn Auction The Worldwide Group recently announced the addition of The Auburn Auction to its annual line-up, which will be held alongside the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival on August 30. SCM sat down with Rod Egan, WWG Auction Principal, to get his thoughts on this inaugural event. With your new auction headquarters under construction in Auburn, is this event shaping up to be a new fl agship event for the company? There is no doubt that The Auburn Auction will grow to be a fl agship auction for us. The decision to build a world-class auction facility and corporate headquarters in Auburn was a very deliberate one. The tradition and heritage of Auburn, Indiana, is well known throughout the nation in collector car circles, and we are excited to be a big part of all the festivities taking place that weekend. Worldwide Auctioneers will be host to some of the most important collector car auctions in Auburn for many years to come. How does the Worldwide Group see itself fi tting into the events of this already-popular weekend? The weekend will kick off the night of Thursday, August 28, with the ACD Museum Gala. Friday evening is our preview reception for registered bidders, consignors, and other select VIPs. And Saturday during the day is the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, with the ACD Club National Meet in the morning. We will hold our auction that same evening. Everything will fl ow very well between the events. We have received overwhelming support in the community and from collectors from all over, including Europe and as far as China. We are delighted to be an integral part of one of the collector car hobby's greatest weekends. What sorts of consignments will headline this fi rst-time sale? Will it be sized about the same as your Houston and Hilton Head sales? We have limited our auction to 80 exceptional motorcars. We primarily cater to signifi cant col- lectors, investors, and enthusiasts who prefer cars of very high quality and importance. Some of the consignments include a 1959 Ferrari 410 Superamerica SWB Series III and two Duesenbergs, including one of the original 36 factory-supercharged examples. We have James Cagney's Auburn V12 Salon Cabriolet, several signifi cant Packards, and custom-bodied cars such as the 1933 Pierce-Arrow 1247 Convertible Sedan by LeBaron. We have cars from the Brass Era as well, specifi cally a 1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost that will be sold without reserve. Those are a few I can think of off the top of my head, and auction-goers can expect many more great cars to complement those few. We are defi nitely expecting a large group of interested parties, considering the selection of important cars being offered. TheWorldwideGroup's fi rst annual Auburn Auction will take place August 30 at 6 pm. Preview hours are August 29, 10 am to 5 pm, and August 30, 9 am to 5 pm. Auction catalogs are $50 and include admission for one. Visit www.wwgauctions.com for more information. Cagney's Auburn V12 Salon Cabriolet 19


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Inside Line Stefan Lombard Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com. SCM News ■ Publisher Martin will serve as co-MC with Edward Herrmann at the Kirkland Concours on September 7. The event will showcase 16-cylinder Marmons and Cadillacs, Brass Era cars, and significant hot rods. www.kirklandconcours.com. (WA) News ■ Beginning in October, Discovery's HD Theater will premiere a new show, “Chasing Classic Cars,” with SCMer Wayne Carini, of F40 Motorsports in Connecticut. The show follows him as he uncovers some of the world's rarest and most exotic cars, and examines the elite group of restorers and collectors who maintain some of the most exclusive garages in the country. The series begins with the story of the “barn find” Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic coupe sold last spring by Christie's for $853k (September 2007, “Market Reports,” p. 110) and later seen in the Preservation Class at Pebble Beach. It's one of the neat things about the show, in that we follow the car from the moment it was winched from the garage, to its sale at auction, to the shop where it was recommissioned, and finally to the 18th fairway. The season consists of twelve half-hour segments, to be followed by rebroadcasts of Publisher Martin's show “Appraise My Car.” Check local listings for times. www.dhd .discovery.com. Events ■ The Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles takes place September 12 to 14 in Canton, Ohio. This year will celebrate 100 years of General Motors, 100 years of the Model T, and the cars of Porsche. Featured Event The fifth annual Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance returns to the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, Connecticut, on September 20 and 21. Now with presenting sponsorship from Porsche Cars North America, the show founded by SCMers Bill Scheffler and John Shuck expects to have more than 140 vintage, classic, and historic cars and motorcycles participating. Special exhibits on Sunday will include a selection of past winners from Amelia Island, a celebration of “60 Years of Racing at Watkins Glen,” and an interesting “Artful Dodgers” display of top-level re-creations and replicas. A few of the important cars scheduled to appear include the 1958 Ferrari Testa Rossa of Ralph Lauren, Michael Schudroff's Corvette Rondine show car, Joseph Cassini's 1938 Horch 853A Sport Cabriolet, and Peter Glickenhaus's 2006 Ferrari Pininfarina P4/5. Narrated “field walks” will be led by experts to share the history and significance of the cars on display. Saturday will feature the “Nutmeg Tour for Autism,” which benefits autism charities, plus a gala celebrity dinner. Sunday adult tickets are $20. www.fairfieldcountyconcours.com. (CT) Mountain Mille Special displays will include a group demonstrating how to assemble a running Model T in minutes, a gathering of woodies, and the centennial anniversary of Alice Ramsey's 1909 drive across the U.S., the first such journey made by a woman. Tickets $15, with kids under twelve free. www.glenmoorgath- ering.com. (OH) ■ The Sunriver Festival of Cars moves to a new location this year—the Woodlands Golfcourse at Oregon's Sunriver Resort. The event runs from September 12 to 14, with the casual yet competitive judged concours on Saturday and a twohour scenic drive on Sunday. SCM's “Legal Files” author John Draneas is the organizer, and Publisher Martin is the MC. www.sunriverfestivalofcars.com. (OR) ■ Rich and Jean Taylor of Vintage Rallies will again host the Mountain Mille, which runs from September 21 to 26. The rally begins and ends at the historic Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia, and in between traverses the scenic two-lane roads of Virginia and West Virginia. Each day will cover about 250 miles, with meals and accommodations suitable for distinctive tastes. Cost is $5,995 for one car and two participants. www .vintagerallies.com. (VA) ■ This year the Newport Beach Concours d'Elegance turns 26. The concours will be held at the St. Regis Resort on September 26 to 28. About 125 vintage cars are expected, and the weekend kicks off on Friday with the Tour d'Elegance along the Orange County Gold Coast. Saturday will feature a tour of private collections, as well as the “Roaring Good Time Gala.” Proceeds from the weekend benefit local charities. Tickets start 20 at $50. www.newportbeachcon- cours.com. (CA) ■ The St. Michaels Concours d' Elegance will hold its second annual event on September 28 in St. Michaels, Maryland. The concours will feature “The Best of the Best,” a collection of 50 award-winning automobiles built 1900 to 1942 and previously shown at top concours throughout the U.S. Tickets start at $50. www.stmichaelsconcours.com. (MD) ♦ Event Calendar 6-7—The Concorso (MD) www.concorsoforuso.com 6-7—European Concours (DEU) www.oldtimergala.de 7—Kirkland Concours (WA) www.kirklandconcours.com 7—Chico Concours (CA) www.chicoconcours.com 7-13—Great American Run (CA) www.greatamericanrun.com 11-13—Goodwood Revival (UK) www.goodwood.co.uk 12-14—Glenmoor Gathering (OH) www.glenmoorgathering.com 12-14—Radnor Hunt (PA) www.radnorconcours.com 12-14—Sunriver Festival of Cars www.sunriverfestivalofcars.com 14—Buckingham Concours (PA) www.buckinghamautoshow.org 14—Concours of the San Juans (WA) www.sanjuanconcours.org 14—Dayton Concours (OH) www.daytonconcours.com 19-21—Palos Verdes Concours (CA) www.pvconcours.com 21—Fairfield Concours (CT) www.fairfieldcountyconcours.com 21-26—Mountain Mille (VA) www.vintagerallies.com 26-28—St. Michaels Concours (MD) www.stmichaelsconcours.com 27—Ironstone Concours (CA) ironstonefoundation.org 28—East African Concours (KEN) www.concourskenya.com 28—Newport Beach Concours (CA) www.newportbeachconcours.com 19-21—Corvette Funfest (IL) www.mamotorworks.com 28—Oklahoma City Concours (OK) www.okcconcours.com Sports Car Market


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SCM Contributors MILES C. COLLIER is a retired business executive, practicing artist, investor, philanthropist, and noted authority on vintage automobiles. He nurtured his interest in art at Yale University, where he received a B.A. in Painting. When family business intervened, he received an MBA from Columbia University. He retired as Managing Partner of Collier Enterprises in 1995 and returned to painting, studying for three years with the noted Graham Nickson at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture. Today, he paints professionally. Collier maintains a private automobile collection in Naples, Florida, and hosts biennial symposiums on automobile connoisseurship. This month he profiles one of Henry Miller's creations, the 122 Supercharged board track racer. You'll find it on p. 62. TOM COTTER began to search for old cars out of his school bus window as a 12-yearold. Then, on the weekends, he would climb on his bicycle and investigate those cars more closely. He still searches for old cars today, as chronicled in his barn-finding books: The Cobra In The Barn and The Hemi In The Barn. Professionally, Cotter was employed for 20 years in the motorsport marketing and public relations industry. Today, besides his work as a contributing editor for Road & Track and co-chairman of the Amelia Island Concours, he is constantly in search for another elusive Cobra in a barn. Last year, after much Internet speculation, Cotter told us the real story of the Portuguese barn find in May 2007. His followup article appears on p. 38. MARTIN EMMISON'S early sports car enthusiasm was fueled by the cars of his native England—the MG TA, Turner, AC Ace, Morgan, Triumph TR3A, and Jaguar XK 140. He was bitten badly by the Ferrari V12 bug in the 1980s and owned a 250 GTE, 275 GTB, an LWB California Spyder rebuilt from a wreck, and he now shares a 365 GTC/ 4. Emmison lives in a 15th century house in Essex, England, and as a lawyer in London he represents collectors, dealers, auctioneers, and restorers in the high-value deals and disputes regarding historic cars. He is a late convert to Alfa Romeo, but his pleasure and European rally motoring comes mostly from his favorite driver, a 1963 289 Cobra, CSX 2187. He recently drove it at speed all over France in the Tour Auto, and this month he shares his adventure on p. 40. DONALD OSBORNE has a particular affinity for old, odd European cars. He regularly attends major automotive events around the world and then writes about them for publications like the New York Times, BusinessWeek Online, and Road & Track. He first subscribed to the Alfa Romeo Market Letter in 1992 and contributed his first story to SCM in March 1996, entitled “Mr. Osborne Builds His Dream Car.” He is a member of the Vintage Sports Car Club of America and the American Lancia Club, for whose magazine, Lanciana, he serves as Editor. He is the principal of collector vehicle appraisers Automotive Valuation Services, and lives in Connecticut. 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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 A word from the rotary club As an RX-7 fan and humble reader, I am stunned, pleased, and tweaked at Rob Sass's July “Affordable Classics” article (“Zoom-Zoom, Slurp-Slurp,” p. 28). Great to see my beloved little Japanese non-collectible amongst the usual Ferrari and Porsche write-ups. I do take issue with a few points, however. Yes, Mr. Sass, fi rst-gen RX- 7s are a blast to drive. But no, Mr. Sass, they do not, as you say, “sound like a chain saw on steroids.” RX-7s—all rotaries, in fact—have always been commented upon as being much quieter than their piston-engined contemporaries. At best, a stock RX-7 will emit a bit of metallic rasp mixed with a bit of induction noise from the Nikki 4-barrel carb most RX-7s came with. And, to be picky, only the so-called “SA” model of 1979–80 was available with either a 4-speed or a 5-speed manual. The 4-speed disappeared with the restyled '81 “FB” body. I agree that rust is a typical issue with RX-7s, though not because of any leakage with sunroofs. These are simple, lift-out panels with excellent drainage, and I have never heard any owner claim these were responsible for generating rust. Finally, I would suggest that, while the last GSLSE model with the larger 13b injected engine and all the bellsand-whistles rates as a desirable model, like the Datsun 240Z vs. the 280Z or the Healey 100 vs. the 3000, the SA '79–'80 cars may represent the purest expression of the RX-7 style, and there is a real charm in the simplicity and clean execution of the original model. I purchased my two-owner, low-mileage 1980 SA RX-7 from a California seller through eBay and have watched these auctions for several years. Excellent original examples of these early cars consistently sell at the top end of the RX-7 value range and are very highly regarded by the RX-7/rotary fraternity. As is so often the case with many sports cars, sometimes the fi rst version ends up being the best.—Stu Aull, Fairbanks, AK 24 The SA '79–'80 cars may represent the purest expression of the RX-7 style, and there is a real charm in the simplicity and clean execution of the original model And it had four seats! In 1967, I was a 15-year-old high school sophomore living in Manhattan. I had been reading R&T for about four years and knew a bit about cars. One Saturday I took the train to the NYC Coliseum where the New York International Auto Show was on. I wandered the manufacturers' displays and spent a lot of time wondering what those models looked like naked. Then I came upon the Ferrari stand, and I saw the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. It was the 330 GT 2+2. When I discovered it was a Ferrari with four seats, I was blown away. I had loved Ferraris for years, but this was something else. At dinner that night I told my dad about the car, in which “you could double date at 150 mph!” My Dad smiled and said that maybe someday I could get a used one. Twenty years later I had the means, and I looked for a 330 2+2. I quickly learned it was the single least desirable vintage V12 with the least investment potential, but even a 275 GTB/4 didn't do to me what a 330 GT still did. I found and bought s/n 10085 and did some work to it. Refi nished the dash myself, and had it painted by Bill de Carr. My art director girlfriend and I worked with Bill to get a color we called “scab red.” Over the next few years, I drove it all over Southern California alone, with that art director woman (who's still here,) and with friends. I even double dated, but at a bit less than 150 mph. I had the car until '95 or '96, when it was horribly vandalized and stripped. I didn't have the heart to put it back together, and it was shipped off to England, where someone—I believe—has put it back to whole. It's still the least desirable, most maligned vintage V12 Ferrari, and it still has the least investment potential. I've learned a lot about cars since 1967, but show me a picture of a 330 GT 2+2, and I become that 15-yearold kid in the New York City Coliseum on a Saturday afternoon in 1967.—“bettysdad,” from the SCM Blog The fi rst GT, huh? With SCM's July issue tum- bling through the letter box just days after my favorite hot rod had appeared on June's cover (and I love the front, as it is), I saw William Corke's name in the Aurelia piece (“Seat Time,” p. 45). In the great photo, his B20 is receiving some TLC just up the road from me. Proximity aside, in the profi le, Donald Osborne writes, “It is an undeniable fact that the fi rst car to carry the initials “GT” was the 1951 Lancia Aurelia B20.” What? This “undeniable fact” presumably excludes the Alfa 6C 1750 GT of 1930, '31, and '32, as well as the 1900 GT of 1933 and the 6C 2300 GT built 1934–38. As ever, the rest of the magazine was most enjoyable (except perhaps Ed Godshalk's harrowing tale of the rear suspension breakage on his own Aurelia).—Peter Marshall, West Sussex, UK (AR1900 Register + 6C2300/2500) Donald Osborne responds: Thanks for your letter, Peter. The mistake was indeed my own, and please chalk it up to Total Brain Fade. Yes, I was aware of Alfa's use of the “GT” nomenclature, having written a profi le of the exMussolini 6C 2300 Pescara just the prior month, in which I referenced the 6C 2300 GT chassis. What I really should have written was that while there had


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.............................121 Gooding & Company ..........................2, 21 Gran Turismo Motorsports ....................141 Griot's Garage, Inc. ...............................109 Grundy Worldwide ..................................35 Hagerty Insurance ...................................25 Hamann .................................................127 Heacock Classic ...................................149 Hotseat Chassis Inc ...............................161 HUB International ...................................57 Hyman, Ltd. ............................................67 Intercity Lines .........................................33 Italian Car Parts .....................................160 J.D Classics .............................................69 JC Taylor .................................................39 Jim Russell ............................................139 JJ Best Banc & Co ................................155 Joe Sackey Classics ...............................137 Kirkland Concours ..................................71 Kruse International ................................110 La Jolla Motor Car Classic ...................131 Lowes Motor Speedway .......................151 Macneil Automotive ................................97 Maserati North America ..........................13 Miller's Incorporated ............................161 Morris & Welford, LLC ..........................23 Motorcar Portfolio ................................115 Newport Beach Concours d'Elegance ..125 NW Classic .............................................70 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions ..........93 Park Place LTD .......................................79 Paul Russell and Company ...................125 Pierce Manifolds .....................................89 Plycon Transportation Group ................119 Poff Transportation ...............................161 Premier ..................................................163 Putnam Leasing .......................................27 Re-Originals ..........................................149 Rinstad Auctions, LLC..........................113 RM Auctions ...................................4, 5, 65 Ron Tonkin ............................................131 RPM Motorbooks .................................160 Russo And Steele ..............................29, 31 Silver Auctions ........................................81 Sports Car Shop ....................................127 Spyker .....................................................83 St Michael's Concours ..........................117 St. Louis Car Museum .........................145 Swissvax ...............................................149 Symbolic Motor Car Co ............................3 Ulysse Nardin Watches .........................164 US Appraisal .........................................145 Vintage Rallies ......................................123 VintageAutoPosters.com .......................161 Web Steel Sales, Inc. .............................161 Worldwide Group ............................6–9, 11 26 been vehicles which carried the “GT” name, the Aurelia B20GT really defined the postwar “Grand Touring” car. I do feel that some of the Alfas that bore the designation “GT” were indeed what we think of today as “Grand Touring” automobiles, but many were not, carrying upright saloon or rather formal drophead coupe bodies. It's certainly arguable that Alfa used “Gran Turismo” more as a contrast to the lower-powered “Turismo” versions than to indicate an overtly sporting model, which I think we would agree were the “Gran Sport” chassis. In any event, it's good to be held to a proper standard by people who know. Rethinking “well bought” You well know I've been an SCMer and one of your biggest fans since you started the magazine. But with all due respect, at $275,000, I simply cannot digest the term “well bought” with respect to a Ghia L6.4 (July, “American Profile,” p. 50). There is no greater admirer of the L6.4 than I. As a star-struck, car-loving teenager from New York City who got transplanted to Beverly Hills in the late 1960s, I loved spotting celebrities and matching them up with their cars. There was no better star-sighting, however, than Dean Martin cruising his silver Ghia L6.4 down Sunset Boulevard. He helped to What I really should have written was that while there had been vehicles which carried the “GT” name, the Aurelia B20GT really defined the postwar ‘Grand Touring' car make the L6.4 one of the coolest cars on the road at the time, and I knew way back then I had to have one. As my auction business grew through the 1970s and into the '80s, I was fortunate to develop a reputation as Hollywood's “go-to guy” for buying and selling cars. Because I got those calls, I actually ended up buying Dino's L6.4 from Jeanne Martin (his ex) after their divorce. I'm also the guy who convinced Frank Sinatra to part with his black L6.4, nicknamed the “Spaceship,” and I counseled Gary Morton (Mr. Lucille Ball) on pricing his silverblue version when he decided to sell. But in reality, the L6.4 was nothing more than a last-ditch effort to save Dual Motors—an overpriced, space-age attempt to better their Ghia convertible, which itself was nothing more than a replica of the Dodge Firearrow. To place the L6.4 in the major leagues of car collecting is simply not right. The L6.4 achieved a pedigree only from the celebrities who stepped up to the plate at the time to buy something a little different… kind of like the Stutz Blackhawk, another shortlived, overweight and overpriced specialty vehicle with which, coincidentally, most of the Rat Pack chose to replace their beloved L6.4s in the 1970s. Certainly the words “well bought” are not appropriate when a Stutz Blackhawk crosses an auction block. I'd honor the cost of an “on the lawn” restoration in a purchase of one of these cars, but the added value of the car itself would not be in my six figure range.—Rick Cole, Toluca Lake, CA The L6.4 was nothing more than a last-ditch effort to save Dual Motors—an overpriced, space-age attempt to better their Ghia convertible, which itself was nothing more than a replica of the Dodge Firearrow Errata On p. 26 in the “You Write” section of our August issue, we incorrectly listed the contact number for Bob Aronson, whose 1935 Ford speedster is pictured on the page. Anyone with information about the car should contact Bob at 203.215.4846 or at 203.874.7916. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Stuff Neat by Stefan Lombard FIRE! You just spent umpteen thousand dollars turning that old beater into a vintage beauty, so you should do everything you can to keep it safe. That includes proper fire suppression equipment. In addition to the fire itself, dry-chemical fire extinguishers can wreak havoc on your car's vital parts. Griot's has the answer with its Halotron 1 Fire Extinguisher and Compact Billet Band Clamp & Flat Surface Mount. Halotron 1 is a pressurized clear liquid that vaporizes upon release and has a shelf life of up to eleven years. Best of all, it is an EPA-approved, environmentally friendlier option than Halon 1211. Each bottle is sturdily constructed and finished to a mirrored shine, and each features a simple mounting bracket with quickrelease latches for easy access when it counts. Keep one in the house, one in the garage, and one in the car. $140 from www.griotsgarage.com. WHAT YOU NEED AND HOW TO GET IT A shadowy flight into the dangerous world The North Star is so Christopher Columbus, maps are so Lewis & Clark, and ordinary GPS systems are so Soccer Mom. Perhaps that's why Mio Technology has come out with its Knight Rider GPS, a natural extension of the iconic 1980s TV series. With a design inspired by the Knight Industries Two Thousand, or K.I.T.T., and directions calmly dictated to you by William Daniels (voice of the show's K.I.T.T.), all you need is a black leather jacket, crime to fight, and some stuff to jump. You'll find all that and 4 million other points of reference on the 4.3-inch widescreen interface. And just like the real K.I.T.T., when the unit talks to you, an active LED anamorphic equalizer moves in sync with the voice. Discovering new lands has never been so cool. The unit retails for $270, and you'll find more at www.mio.com. Italy's finest Sure, you could drive a Chevette. And yeah, you can open a bottle of wine with a screwdriver. But you drive a Lamborghini, so it only makes sense that you open your Brunello di Montalcino with the same kind of style. Lamborghini Products will help you crack that bottle with its Taster and Connoisseur bar sets. Each comes encased in a polished black wooden box with the Lamborghini logo and silver clasp. The Taster includes such necessities as twin bottle stoppers, a wine thermometer, corkscrews, a drip stopper, and a waiter's corkscrew. The Connoisseur adds a pourer and a serving plate. All instruments are finished in silver. The kits' small size makes them ideal for picnics, and it also means they'll actually fit in the Lambo. You'll find them for $58 to $61 at www.lamborghiniproducts.com. 28 Sports Car Market


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In Miniature Marshall Buck Models That Float Your Boat An Amphicar that won't sink your budget, a Morgan 4/4 that won't jar your fillings loose, and a Boss 429 that doesn't get 8 mpg 1961 Amphicar 770 Convertible Regardless of the fact that the Amphicar was Amphicar Details Production Date: 2008– Quantity: 300 to 500 of each color Ratings: Overall Quality: Authenticity: Overall Value: Web: www.neoscalemodels.com 1956 Morgan 4/4 Series II My 1956 Morgan 4/4 Series Morgan Details Production Dates: 1999–2007 Quantity: Unknown total made Ratings: Overall Quality: Authenticity: Overall Value: Web: www.kyosho.com II will never jar my fillings loose, but only because it's a 1:18-scale model by Kyosho. This is an older release of theirs, still available from some dealers, and of course on eBay as well. Aside from the BRG color, you'll find red, blue, white, and a Plus 4 Supersport version. Considering this model was first issued ten years ago, it stands up quite well. The body lines have been captured, and the model features the usual working bits. As with all Kyosho models, the fit and finish of all parts are excellent. The cockpit could be better but features an excellent genuine wood-faced dash made of an ultrathin veneer appliqué. When you open the piano-hinged hood, you won't be bowled over by the detail (there's not much of it); though quite simple, it is accurate. Wheels and tires look great. Doors have those old-tech dogleg hinges, which on this model are so small and placed so low they are hardly noticeable. It's a good model overall, and if you own a Morgan, you should have one. Prices on eBay range from about $60 to $100. 1969 Ford Boss 429 Mustang The first time I saw a 1969 Boss 429 Mustang, I wanted one. This black beauty is a highly detailed 1:24-scale model from the Danbury Mint. Here they go again, showing how well made a mass-produced diecast model can be. I'll start with the list of working features: the suspension is active and the steering is workable; the antenna goes up and down, as do the sun visors; the front seatbacks tilt forward; and the rear window louvers are hinged, as are the doors, trunk, and hood, which has complex hinges with springs. Beyond that, detail is everywhere. The trunk houses a space-saver spare and battery. Individual chrome letters spelling out Mustang are applied to the trunk lid, and all ½ neither a particularly good car or boat, there's now a great 1:43-scale model of it. It is from a relatively new model manufacturer—Neo Scale Models of the Netherlands—and like so many others these days, their models are produced in China. There are four color choices: red, light blue, white, and mint. The model is loaded with detail. All the exterior trim and other parts, including propellers, are separate pieces, right down to the delicate chrome “amphicar” script on the front fenders. The interior is great; even the corrugated metal floor has been replicated as a photo-etched part. All the switchgear and control levers are represented. Disappointing are the roughly finished steering wheel and the cast inside door handles and window cranks, which only have a little silver paint on their fronts. Given that this is an open-cockpit model, and the level of detail work Neo is capable of producing, these items could have been taken care of easily, and they should have been. This is a wonderful model, just slightly let down by cutting a couple of corners. But if this one rings your bell, go buy one before they all sink— I mean sell. Reasonably priced at around $69. Available from Sinclair's MiniAuto, 814.838.2274; www.miniauto.com. Boss 429 Details Production Date: 2003– Quantity: 10,000 plus Ratings: Overall Quality: Authenticity: Overall Value: Web: www.danburymint.com other emblems are exquisite. Go back up front to the engine bay, and you won't know where to look first. Components, wires, hoses, labels, and more are all there and all correct. Ride height is also perfect, which some manufacturers have a problem achieving. One thing I can't stand is the 1969 license plates; they take away from the model. That aside, this is one great model, reasonably priced at $120. Buy one before they're gone. Available from the Danbury Mint, 800.243.4664; www.danburymint.com. 30 Sports Car Market


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Affordable Classic Karmann-Ghia A Beetle in a Lovely Italian Suit The real bug with any Karmann-Ghia is rust. It's claimed nearly all of the early cars, and it can appear anywhere on the body by Rob Sass B y the mid-1950s, it appeared certain that the West German economic miracle would be sustained. Luxury models from BMW and Mercedes-Benz began to reappear. Even Volkswagen began to consider something more special than the prosaic Beetle sedan. The Italian coachbuilder Ghia had proposed designs for Studebaker and Chrysler, though they both came to naught. Ghia then suggested a variation on its Studebaker work to Volkswagen, modifying the design to fit on a chassis twelve inches wider than a Beetle sedan. VW accepted, and they showed the car at the 1953 Paris show. Production began in 1955 for the 1956 model year, with Karmann building the bodies to Ghia's design. The workmanship was exquisite. Unlike the Beetle, fenders were welded, not bolted, and seams were carefully leaded. Interior fittings were done to a higher standard as well. Unfortunately, nothing was done with the standard 1,200-cc VW Type 1 air-cooled motor. With less than 40 hp and a split-case transmission with a crash first, in spite of advertising copy, the Karmann-Ghia was no sports car. Still, it was a solid hit for VW, selling over 10,000 copies in its first year. Performance was leisurely at best, and Road & Track concluded that the Karmann-Ghia was simply “a Beetle in an Italian suit.” At least it's a lovely suit. Industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague named the Karmann-Ghia one of the 100 best-designed products in the world in 1958. Built until 1974, when it was replaced by the Rabbit-based Giugiaro-designed Scirocco, the Karmann-Ghia changed very little over its long production life. Early cars rarest and most expensive Years produced: 1956–74 Number produced: 445,238 Original list price: $2,950 SCM Valuation: $15,000–$20,000 (1958–59 cabriolet) Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $8.95 The earliest cars are identified by headlights mounted lower on the fender than post-1959 Ghias. A cabriolet was added in 1958. Changes were minor until 1967, when 12-volt electricals appeared, along with a 1,500-cc engine. Thereafter, the safety police got into high gear; the Details Chassis #: On top of the frame “tunnel,” just forward of transmission linkage access cover Engine#: Base of alternator or generator stand Club: The Karmann Ghia Club of N.A. 4200 Park Blvd, #151 Oakland, CA 94602 More: www.karmannghia.org Alternatives: 1969 Porsche 912 Targa; 1960–62 Triumph Herald convertible; 1960–62 Studebaker Lark convertible; SCM Investment Grade: C handsome painted dash went away, and the taillights quadrupled in size. Impact bumpers spoiled the last two years of Karmann-Ghia production. As an aside, 1969 at least brought real independent rear suspension, and 1970 saw the introduction of the 1,600-cc motor. The vestigial rear seats were eliminated in 1973. Early cars (especially cabriolets) are frightfully expensive to restore, with trim items and original upholstery scarce and expensive. Count on spending several thousand to replace the lined convertible top of a cabriolet. Mechanically, however, everything is straight- forward Beetle and generally cheap, with the exception of cars equipped with VW's tricky and undesirable “Automatic Stickshift.” Similar to Porsche's Sportomatic, it was a clutchless, two-pedal semi-automatic transmission. Parts for it are scarce, 32 and it's hardly worthwhile, making an already slow car even slower. A perfect, orange, autostick-equipped, 14,000-mile, 1971 cabriolet sold at Silver's Reno auction in August 2007 (SCM# 46896) for a modest $25,380, thanks to the gearbox. You can go faster, but not fast Speaking of slow, at least that can be remedied. Most of the early Type 1 speed equipment from EMPI and other manufacturers is still available in one form or another. Doubling the original horsepower and making significant chassis upgrades is not too difficult if that's your thing. Most of the period alloy wheels that were such nice upgrades over the steel wheel and dogdish hubcaps are also still available, along with most mechanical parts from Mid America Motorworks, www .mamotorworks.com. The real bug with any Karmann-Ghia, however, is rust. It's claimed nearly all of the early low-headlight cars, and it can appear nearly anywhere on the body. Floors, rockers, and fenders behind the headlights are all fair game. And in any Karmann-Ghia, the protruding nose is particularly vulnerable. A K-G that hasn't been popped in the nose is as rare as a sunny day in January in Portland. And it doesn't help that a badly rusted or hardhit Ghia can require a complete front clip. And you'll get that where? In any case, a stock Karmann-Ghia is really no Sports Car Market


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more than an attractive ice creamgetter. With 0–60 mph times in the 20-second-range and 80 mph flat out, a K-G has no place in modern freeway traffic. At least the ride is relatively comfortable and the styling is attractive enough to provoke backward glances when you leave it in a parking lot. As one would expect, collec- tors seem to prefer the earliest cars, which are the rarest, purest, and highest quality Ghias—any pre1967 steel-dash car is desirable. Also reasonably well liked are the 1969s, with small taillights and fully independent suspension. Nice Karmann-Ghias (espe- cially cabriolets) have long since risen above the ranks of credit card cars. Perhaps it's the law of substitution coming into play. As Porsche 356 prices have soared, K-Gs have become more desirable, and prices have gone up. No, they're not going to set any quarter-mile records, but K-Gs are well made, comfortable, easy to maintain, and very pretty. Sort of like a VW 190SL. ♦ 20-Year Picture 1956–65 VW Karmann-Ghia Coupe $12,000 $15,000 $3,000 $6,000 $9,000 1989 1994 1999 2004 2008 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. 1964–69 MG B-GT 1969–75 Fiat 124 Coupe September 2008 33


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Legal Files John Draneas Buy or Sell in Haste, Repent at Leisure 20 traps to avoid before you part with your hard-earned money or your collector car I n the spirit of the 20th anniversary of SCM, “Legal Files” has compiled a list of the top 20 traps that sellers and buyers of collector cars can fall into. I'll split the list in half, with ten each for sellers and buyers. THE SELLERS' TOP 10 When you're the seller, your two primary legal concerns are to get all your money and to not to get sued later. Most of the Sellers' Top 10 fits into one of those categories. Here they are, in reverse order: 10 Watch what your broker says Your broker is acting as your agent when talking to buyers about your car. As such, you can be legally liable to the buyer if your broker makes inaccurate statements about the car. Make sure you give your broker complete and accurate information, and make it clear that he is not authorized to say more. That way, the broker will be liable to you for any ensuing legal problems he might create. 9 Check out your consignee When you consign your car to a dealer, be aware that the dealer can pass legal title to a buyer who pays him for the car, even if you don't get paid. Since you chose to entrust the car to a dealer, the law believes that the customer is entitled to own what he has paid for, and you take the risk that the dealer might be unscrupulous. It isn't enough to hold back the legal title, as you can be forced to sign it over. Your best protection is to check out the dealer ahead of time. 8 Beware the stupid buyer Be cautious when the buyer doesn't seem to know what he is doing. It's easy to not worry about what a fool is going to do with his money, but this type of buyer will sometimes find out later that he overpaid or didn't get a good car. Sometimes he will then decide he got cheated and sue to get his money back. Similarly, recent Internet scams involve quick responses to your ad, wanting to buy your car sight-unseen, and seeking information about how to get the money into your account. Don't fall for that ruse. 7 Watch the buyer who just wants a driver Be careful when the buyer tells you he doesn't want a perfect car, but just a driver. This type of buyer will get the car home and start showing it to his friends, who will point out every little defect. Pretty soon, the “nice driver” will become a rust-bucket fraudulently passed off as a great car, with a lawsuit to follow. Your best protection here is a good contract that is specific about the condition, and the as-is nature of the sale. 6 Don't promise too much It's pretty easy for your mouth to move faster than your brain. You can easily wind up telling the buyer all sorts of things about the car's condition that you really don't know anything about. For example, don't say the car is rust-free just because you don't remember ever seeing any—did you really look as closely as the buyer will later? This kind of fast talking can get you sued for misrepresentation. 5 Cashier's checks aren't foolproof Ever notice that when you buy a cashier's check from a bank, they just print one off on their laser printer? How hard do you think it would be for a crook to print one that looks just like it? Also, it really is possible to stop payment on a cashier's check. Don't release the car until the cashier's check clears. Note that this is the other part of the recent scam described in #8. 4 Real pitfalls at no-reserve auctions Don't think you can put your car into a no-reserve auction and protect yourself by bidding on it or having a friend do so. That is an illegal practice. The law requires that the car be sold to the highest real bidder. If the auctioneer knows you're bidding on your own car, the auctioneer is required to ignore your bids and sell to the real bidder. 34 You can easily end up very disappointed. If you want to protect your financial position, insist on a reserve price—that's why reserves exist. 3 Don't use vague descriptions When describing your car, avoid using terms that are vague, imprecise, or able to be interpreted with multiple meanings. We are dealing with one situation now where the seller stated the car did not have any “significant rust.” You guessed it—they disagree about what is “significant.” We've also handled situations where cars “need nothing,” have been “totally restored,” “run and drive excellent,” and have “paint that shines like new.” 2 Don't misrepresent the car Selling a clone as a real car, faking matching numbers on the basis that they're all the same now, saying the engine has been rebuilt when it just had a top-end rebuild, and similar situations are fraud, and will get you absolutely no slack from a judge or jury. Play it straight. 1 Wait for the cash Don't release the car until you have collected funds and they are in your bank account. Checks can bounce, even cashier's checks (see #5 above), so make sure they've cleared. If the buyer will owe you money, hire a lawyer to make sure the debt is properly documented and collateralized. THE BUYERS' TOP 10 When you're the buyer, your main legal concerns are to be sure you know exactly what you're buying, to get good title to the car, and to not overpay unknowingly. Here are the Buyers' Top 10, again in reverse order: 10 Don't buy the salesman's pitch Salesmen are usually good folks, but don't believe everything they say without getting independent confirmation. Remember, they are selling someone else's car, and their knowledge about the car really is limited. Sports Car Market


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9 Why sellers can't be trusted No matter how honest the owner seems to be, verify everything for yourself. Even if the seller doesn't actually lie to you, less despicable errors come from wanting to make the sale too badly. It's easy for a seller to get carried away and tell you more than he really knows. Also people see the same things differently. It's very hard for many sellers to see the problems with their cars. 8 Really check that title “Legal Files” has already pointed out how easy it can be to wash a car title. Dig deeper, run a Carfax, and do all you can to confirm the title history for yourself. 7 Make sure it's not a fake If authenticity is important, confirm it yourself. Cars are pretty easy to fake. Spend the money to hire an expert to verify that the car is exactly what it is supposed to be. Get your own documentation from reputable sources, as crooks know how to fake that, too. 6 Always get an inspection Never buy a collector car without a professional inspection, as mechanical issues are hard to spot. I once bought a Porsche 930 that ran so strong I almost wrote a check without an inspection. Luckily, my mechanic noticed several broken head studs and rings. That rebuild ended up on the seller's bill, not mine. 5 Be sure to get the title Don't give up your money until you have a properly signed-off title certificate, including from any lien holders. There are many examples of buyers who paid for and took possession of the car and then couldn't find the seller or get him to produce a title certificate. That makes it pretty hard to sell the car later. 4 Don't bid against a chandelier Before bidding at an auction, learn how auctions work. Sometimes, the auctioneer will manufacture bids, trying to get you up to the reserve. Or the seller will be bidding against you in a no-reserve auction. Learn how to recognize when this is happening. If the car doesn't sell, you can always negotiate with the seller afterward. 3 Know what's included in the sale Don't assume anything. The books don't automatically come with the Ferrari. The spares don't necessarily come with the race car. The Rudge wheels don't always come with the Gullwing. Get a clear understanding of what's included, especially with Internet sales. 2 Call and ask questions It's amazing how many people buy a car on eBay without even calling the seller to ask about it. This is just crazy! Everything looks great in those low-resolution photos. Everything sounds perfect in those glowing descriptions. It's so easy to fall into the trap of thinking you're going to get a great car. Call the seller and ask lots of questions. 1 NEVER buy sight-unseen There is no substitute for seeing the car yourself before you buy it. Having an expert or a friend check it out is good, but you're the one who is going to have to like the car, and you're the one with the most critical eye. If it's too much trouble or expense to travel to inspect the car, pass on it and wait for one to pop up closer to home. That's one suggestion for each year that SCM has been publishing. They all seem pretty straightforward, but as we all know, once the red mist of buying or selling a car you really want to own or really want to sell gets mixed into the equation, rational thought sometimes just seems to go out the window. Which is part of what keeps our hobby so interesting. ♦ September 2008 35


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Years of SCM SCM is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and we asked some of the voices of SCM, past and present, to share their thoughts on their involvement with the magazine. s of SCM SCM is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and we asked some of the voices of SCM, past and present, to share their thoughts on their involvement with the magazine. 1997 1997 s of SCM SCM is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and we asked some of the voices of SCM, past and present, to share their thoughts on their involvement with the magazine. 1997 John John Apen, Contributor Snippets of several memories stand out for me. I've watched Keith's daughter Alexandra grow up, and I remember carrying her to the car at Pebble Beach after a dinner with Robert Brooks, when he was trying to recruit Keith to join his organization. Some years later, I watched as Alex excitedly sold magazines for a dollar at Concorso Italiano, and then counted the money after each transaction. I'll also never forget the SCM trip to Goodwood in 2002. And I still have great friends as a result of one of the early SCM Insider's Seminars, held at Barrett-Jackson in 1998, including a dear couple who open up their guest house to my wife, Carol, and I each January. Geoff Archer, eBay Analyst I remember owning a 1957 Austin Cambrian A55 for seven years (and about 150 terrifying miles), selling it to a friend for $3,500, and two years later fi nding it in SCM, having just sold for almost twice as much. I guess I failed to maximize. And if I ever feel stupid about that, I remember that Keith traded a Plymouth Superbird for two Alfa Montreals. Then I feel okay again. Dave Brownell, former Editor Back in 1999, when SCM was just beginning to really roll, Keith hired me as editor. I had just left Hemmings and Special Interest Autos magazines and was looking for work, so this was serendipitous. I was to edit from my home in Vermont (this was the computer age, right?) and presto, a magazine would emerge each month. I had been doing auction reports for SCM previously, so I thought it would be fun to assign them instead of write them. It didn't turn out to be that simple, of course. Working by myself, armed with telephone, fax, and computer, wasn't the cakewalk we 36 1992 1995 thought it would be, despite Keith's full support and encouragement. After about six months, we concluded the only way to really edit the magazine professionally was for me to move to Oregon and work side by side with him, to which I said, “No, thanks.” I had recently taken on a new wife and a new family and, really, even in the best of circumstances, moving house (and cars and all that go with them) makes the prospect of a root canal without anesthesia seem positively pleasant by comparison. So I demurred and continued writing auction reports and profi les, and Keith resumed the editor's chair. But it sure was fun while it lasted, and I got to know some terrifi c people on staff and in the fi eld. Today, due to my position as eastern U.S. representative for Gooding & Company, I no longer do auction reports due to the perception of confl ict of interest. Which is all perfectly right and sensible. But I do miss knocking out commentary on the four-wheeled good, bad, and ugly. B. Mitchell Carlson, Senior Auction Analyst If I had to choose a defi ning moment in my SCM tenure, I'd have to go with an assignment I took to cover the Kucera Corvair auction down in Holbrook, Nebraska, in August 2005 (January, “Market Reports,” p. 92). Former Editor Jeff Sabatini sent me, as he was keen to get the scoop on a '65 Corsa coupe scheduled to cross the block. There were about 87 Corvairs out there, mostly derelict, but Corvairs are Corvairs, and there was no way I couldn't not go. When I got down to the site on the evening before the auction, I started doing recon on the 'Vairs, getting VIN and data plate info from the ones out back of the deceased owner's shop. Being fi xated on the task at hand, it took me a while to notice that my co-driver Roy had begun laughing his ass off. When I cut back at him that I was in the process of conducting Sports Car Market


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1999 2002 2005 2000 2004 serious research, he just said, “Look around.” Then I noticed it. Most of the weeds I had been walking through and pushing out of the way to get at and into the cars were actually, well, weed. As in marijuana, likely from when it had been grown in the area during WWII as a source of hemp fi bers for rope. The more I looked, the more I realized just how prevalent it was, some if it as tall as six feet. Turns out that the '65 Corsa wasn't that great, but I'll never forget that day in Nebraska. Raymond Milo, Contributor I had a phone relationship with our captain extraordinaire in the days of Alfa Market Letter. The fi rst time I broke bread (and some wine) with him was about 15 years ago in Vancouver, BC, of all the places. The occasion was an auction by SCMer Fairly Honest Bob Lefl ufy, and fi nally I was sitting in a pleasant restaurant across the table from three Martins. The third Martin was a tiny bundle in a stroller, baby Alexandra, who slept, well, like a baby, through our dinner. My fl ashback to that evening occurred on the occasion of Alexandra's coming of age 16th birthday, which was celebrated recently in Los Angeles, and I had the honor and pleasure to have dinner once again with father and daughter. Looking at the bright young woman sitting across the table from me brought back fond memories of that long-ago night. And just as she has grown up beautifully, so too has SCM, from a few black and white pages into a major magazine. Keith is still Keith, a few gray hairs here and there, but still youthful-looking and a proud and doting papa of not only Alexandra but now of baby Bradley McDowell Martin, and has a lovely wife, Wendie. I, on the other hand, have grown only older and not wiser, but still love this wacky world of weird and wonderful cars and the light SCM continues to shine upon it. September 2008 9 2002 2005 2000 2004 serious research, he just said, “Look around.” Then I noticed it. Most of the weeds I had been walking through and pushing out of the way to get at and into the cars were actually, well, weed. As in marijuana, likely from when it had been grown in the area during WWII as a source of hemp fi bers for rope. The more I looked, the more I realized just how prevalent it was, some if it as tall as six feet. Turns out that the '65 Corsa wasn't that great, but I'll never forget that day in Nebraska. Raymond Milo, Contributor I had a phone relationship with our captain extraordinaire in the days of Alfa Market Letter. The fi rst time I broke bread (and some wine) with him was about 15 years ago in Vancouver, BC, of all the places. The occasion was an auction by SCMer Fairly Honest Bob Lefl ufy, and fi nally I was sitting in a pleasant restaurant across the table from three Martins. The third Martin was a tiny bundle in a stroller, baby Alexandra, who slept, well, like a baby, through our dinner. My fl ashback to that evening occurred on the occasion of Alexandra's coming of age 16th birthday, which was celebrated recently in Los Angeles, and I had the honor and pleasure to have din- ner once again with father and daughter. Looking at the bright young woman sitting across the table from me brought back fond memories of that long-ago night. And just as she has grown up beautifully, so too has SCM, from a few black and white pages into a major magazine. Keith is still Keith, a few gray hairs here and there, but still youthful-looking and a proud and doting papa of not only Alexandra but now of baby Bradley McDowell Martin, and has a lovely wife, Wendie. I, on the other hand, have grown only older and not wiser, but still love this wacky world of weird and wonderful cars and the light SCM continues to shine upon it. September 2008 Jim Jim Schrager, Contributing Editor I had written Keith several times to correct various small errors in the reports on Porsches at auction. He called one day at dinnertime, and when I heard who it was, I jumped up from the table to take his call. It was like the Pope calling. He grilled me on all the errors I had noticed and asked me to state serial number differences from memory between 356 Cabriolets and 356 Roadsters (Roadsters have fi ve digits and start with an “8,” while B/C Cabs have six digits and start with a “1”). We chatted about a range of topics, and I assumed he was carefully taking notes to take back to his crew. Instead, at the end of the call, he said, “Why don't you write for us? We could use some help on the Porsche cars.” And so a decade of fun began. It was a very unusual but quite effective job interview, and it remains my favorite SCM memory. Thor Thorson, Contributing Editor My most seminal memory is from the summer of 2003. I had known Keith for years and was one of the very early subscribers, but that was pretty much the limit of my involvement. I was at some kind of summer car show when Keith cornered me and proceeded to try to convince me to write a racing car profi le for SCM. I had never written so much as a letter to the editor for publication and was happily very busy with the racing car business, so I was reluctant to agree, but as we all know, Keith can be rather persuasive when he sets his mind to it. I agreed to try writing a profi le of a Brabham BT8 that had sold in the U.K. It had been a car my company had previously owned for about fi ve years and one I had personally raced a bit, so I was comfortable writing about it. I sent it in, SCM published it and sent me, as I recall, $100, and I guess I became a staff writer. I've written a piece for SCM every month since then and a few longer pieces for FORZA, so I guess I've become a writer, and it's all Keith's doing. ♦ 37


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Collecting Thoughts Portuguese Barn Find Shutting the (Portuguese) Barn Door Even my 82-year-old mother emailed the story to me, proud of what she had discovered on the Internet By Tom Cotter I n January 2007, the “Portuguese barn-find” story burst upon the car collecting world, complete with a fairy tale to introduce it. Internet readers were invited to believe that 180 collector cars were discovered hidden away in a decrepit building in Portugal by a retired New York couple who bought the entire farm as a vacation property. And they had no idea about the contents of the storage building! The story included dozens of photos taken in tantalizingly bad light. Since I first wrote about this cache in SCM's May 2007 1947 Ford coupe; and some half wiped-off, right down the middle, like a yellow 1948 Studebaker sedan. They were quite recognizable from the original photographs. Other stories continued to circulate: I even received a letter from Portuguese lawyer Arnaldo Miranda, who said he had handled the estate sale of the farm, as the original owner had no heirs—lending some credibility to the “retired New York couple” yarn. Once the cars were discovered, plenty of people came forward to claim them. But finally this January, Michael Bowler, editor of UK-based The Automobile magazine, laid this fairy tale to rest once and for all: “Thanks to a reader's And there they were, just sitting there issue, the magazine's web site has received a half million hits on the topic. The photos have been described as “vintage car porn” by BMW collector Bill Gau. The story sounded too good to be true. I wrote last year that huge collections don't just happen. Cars are accumulated by someone with a purpose. Even so, the original fable is still rattling around the Internet—my 82-year-old mother just sent it to me. But the cars are real. Enthusiast Bruce Valley told me he had visited the collection. He had a Packard restored in Portugal by a restorer named Arnenio Valentim. “One day he asked if I wanted to see Portugal's greatest car collection,” says Valley. “It was in the sleepy little town of Serrades—Rio de Moura, which sits between Lisbon, Sintra, Caiscais, and Estoril.” Eagle-eye Koen De Beer of Antwerp, Belgium, noticed that many of the cars in One helluva barn to just “stumble upon” contacts and to the curator of the car museum at Caramulo in the northern half of Portugal, we traced the dealer's son, Lourenço Ferreira de Almeida, Av Antonio Augusto, Aguiar No 58A, Lisboa, Portugal, trading as ClassicosOnline. He can be reached on 00351 213 539 491, or info@classicosonline .com. The company restores and sells cars, hires to film companies or for special events, and rents others out for a year through their Gentlemen's Driving Club. Mystery solved.” A final note that should raise the blood pressure of a the pictures featured Dutch “Old-Timer” license tags. “It makes me wonder if the cars were kept in Portugal to avoid paying Dutch taxes,” he said. Some readers informed me that many Portuguese collectors are hoarders. Tom Longfellow has a home there and was not surprised. “One of my neighbors has 30 cars—mostly Porsches, VWs, and old Citroëns—parked under the almond trees,” he says. He is hoping to snag a Porsche 356 for himself. But where was the barn? Peter Bliss of Australia used Google Earth (presumably on the extreme “find Osama bin Laden” setting) to locate a building that looked the right size, in the right place. Meanwhile, my Portuguese translator Clara Dixon helped me find Manuel Menezes Morais, who shot the original barn find photographs. He confirmed that the owner was a car dealer who had saved the more interesting cars he had found in the 1970s and 1980s. Were they for sale? Supposedly not, but then an SCMer sent us a link to numerous cars from the “Ali Baba Cavern in Portugal” at a show in Lisbon last April. Some were dusty, like a 1930s Chrysler tourer; some cleaned up, like a maroon number of SCMers: Ferreira de Almeida confirms he is interested in selling some of the barn finds. But, before you get too excited, he's keeping the crown jewel of the collection, his father's favorite—the Lancia B24 Spider America he's owned for 25 years. ♦ The Portugal story in words and pictures Check out the link to Tom's SCM story last May: www.sportscarmarket.com/barnfind The Google Earth photo of the mystery barn: www.sportscarmarket.com/barnfindmap And the SCM barn-find slide show from last spring: www.sportscarmarket.com/barnfindshow 38 Sports Car Market


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Event Tour Auto Cobras in the Mist Noting a Pantera parked neatly at 45 degrees in the ditch, we backed off and dropped 30 seconds on that test by Martin Emmison CSX 2187, top down in a moment of tranquility A 40 s we've heard them say out West: There's the Right Way, the Wrong Way, and the Cowboy Way. Opt for the third trail and you might find yourself on the start line of the Tour Auto in Paris in a classic, bare-bones '50s or '60s sports car. The Tour Auto is a five-day, 1,500-plus kilometer competitive road rally from Paris to the South of France. Run this year from April 14 to 19, it is organized (and very well organized, I might add) by Patrick Peter's team for around 230 cars and two-person crews. The event evokes the Tour de France Automobile, which in the post-WWII era ran from 1951 to 1964, and after a four-year gap from 1969 to 1986. The Ferrari “Tour de France” berlinetta earned its name from the sweeping successes of that 250 GT model between 1956 and 1959. To enter the Tour Auto in the modern era, you need a sports or GT car of the type and model which ran in the Tour de France in period. Experience suggests avoiding popular cars such as a Jaguar XKE or Porsche 911, because you are likely to be turned down. Try something exotic like a Siata, Maserati A6G2000, or Ferrari 250 or 275 GTB; Plan ahead: April 2009 Where: Paris, to all points in France Cost: $10,000–$12,000, depending on accomodations More:www.tour-auto.com or maybe something unusual, like a Renault Dauphine or DeTomaso Pantera. You also need helmets, a competent co-driver (or long-suffering wife), chronometric watches, and an entry fee around €7,000–€8,000 (say $12,000), depending on the quality of hotels you choose. “Basic” is pretty basic in hotel terms, and “Superior” is sometimes marginally better than basic. The hotels in Paris at the start are not included in the price, Details Sports Car Market


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perhaps because the entry list is strongly French and Parisian-based. Next decision is which category to enter— Competition or Regularity. The serious racer will want to choose Competition, which requires full FIA race licenses for both drivers and normally involves a dedicated or shared support crew, which adds to the cost. The racing element includes several closed-road tests or hillclimbs against the clock, and an eight-lap race at each of four race circuits. This year the circuits were Dijon, Magny Cours, Charade at ClermontFerrand, and Paul Ricard, Bernie Ecclestone's magnificent facility in the South of France. Competitors in the Regularity section drive the same circuits as the racers, but at their own chosen speed. Having set a target time on your key “green flag” lap, the skill is to repeat that time exactly to the second on each of the next three laps. On the hillclimb tests you aim to drive at a pre-set average, according to the speed category you have chosen at the outset—fast, medium or slow. We chose the fast category of Regularity in my 1963 street Cobra, s/n CSX 2187. Generally we had to drive the hillclimbs as fast as possible, particularly on the penultimate day, when the test was at night in the rain. Having noted a Pantera neatly parked at 45 degrees in the ditch, we decided not to repeat that maneuver and dropped 30 seconds on that test. Which brings me to the weather. For three of the five days it was cold, and for that penultimate day it was cold and very wet, with snow on the high ground—so much so that the Mount Ventoux hillclimb section was canceled. Starting up the cars in the parc fermé at Dijon early on the second morning looked and felt like the South Pole: cold engines, frozen hands and ears, and frosted windshields. When the morning mist freezes on both sides of the glass of your Morgan or Cobra (because only wimps wear their ragtops), do you scrape like mad, do you peer round the side or top, or do you just stop and have a coffee? That morning got markedly better, as we spent a delicious hour following four scarlet Ferraris (a 250 GT SWB and three 275 GTBs) at high speed through the rolling D roads of rural France. With much credit to Messrs. Pininfarina and Scaglietti, I have always thought the short-wheelbase berlinetta just about the sexiest car in the universe—even better if it's running with no bumpers. It's a thrill to chase that neatest of all automotive derrieres. How long before the Greenies make that harmless pleasure illegal? So who won? Only cars built up to 1965 may win the Tour Auto attracts some serious sheetmetal Competition category, and in previous years outright victory has often gone to a Lotus Elan. This year, the 289 Cobras dominated the Competition category, partly because the Magny Cours and Paul Ricard circuits reward brute power. Frenchman Ludovic Caron managed to avoid being squeezed into the wall by another Cobra at Paul Ricard and took victory, leading home a pack of 289 Cobras, E-types, Elans, Alfas and Porsches. Carroll Shelby would have been proud, notwithstanding that (as a Brit) I maintain the Cobra is basically a British sports car…. If you enjoy driving expensively-prepared historic cars under pressure against the clock, on roads that are sometimes narrow and rough, getting up early and usually arriving late, tired, and hungry, then this is for you. If not, there are many more relaxed old car events to enjoy in Europe. ♦ Tour Auto SCMers Bessade/Magnin—FRA 1965 Ford GT40 Bilton/Bilton—USA 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Bouzanquet/Vial—FRA 1960 Jaguar XK 150S Brooks/Novo—USA/FRA 1956 Ferrari 250 GT PF Cochin/Loth—FRA 1970 Alpine Renault A110 1800 Gr. 4 Cochin/Moreau—FRA 1958 Jaguar XK 150 Roadster Darling/Driscoll—USA 1963 Ferrari 250 GTL Lusso Davis/Nee—USA 1953 OSCA MT4 Vignale Dudley/Dudley—USA 1964 Lotus Elan Earl/Pickering—UK 1953 OSCA MT4 Emmison/Vercoutere—UK/FRA 1963 AC Cobra And top up in a moment of weakness September 2008 41 End/End—DEU 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia TI Super Evans/Greaves—UK 1969 Morgan Plus 8 Goutal/Goutal—USA/FRA 1971 Alpine Renault A110 1600 Kantor/Rageys—UK/FRA 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT Koel/Koel—NLD 1969 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super Laidlaw/Abbott—USA/UK 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Logan/Hampton—USA/UK 1954 Porsche 356 Lundgren/Lundgren—USA/CAN 1973 Porsche 911 RS 2.7 Meier/Hagenmueller—CHE 1965 Alfa Romeo 1600 GTA Meiners/Mhitarian—ITA/FRA 1965 Alfa Romeo TZ Moss/Moss—UK 1962 MG B Noon/Arnott—USA 1965 Austin Mini Cooper Pozner/Forfar—UK 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Queen/Queen—USA 1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Read/Olson—USA 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Sage/Cathiard—USA 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS Singleton/Singleton—USA 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Slavic/Demole—CHE 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Terrell/Maujean—UK 1952 Jaguar XK 120 Tomasetti/Ulrike—ITA/DEU 1963 Lancia Flavia Zagato Walton/Walton—USA 1965 Alfa Romeo TZ Willis/Willis—UK 1956 MG A Photo: Ivan Vercoutere


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Event Hartford Concorso The Enzo Justifies the Means One hundred Ferraris prompt normally reticent Yankees to kick over traces in Hartford, for a children's benefit by Donald Osborne 275 GTB Speciale, 275 GTB/ 4 NART Spyder, and 365 GTC H 42 artford, Connecticut, has long been known as “the insurance capital of America.” Insurance companies and their employees are notoriously conservative, and this part of the state, which I call home, often reflects a special kind of Yankee reticence. However, you'd have been hard pressed to tell on Sunday, June 15, as the flamboyant ninth annual Concorso Ferrari took over the grounds of the incongruously Gothic- and French Renaissance-style Connecticut State Capitol building. More than 3,000 spectators were treated to the sight of almost 120 examples of the Prancing Horse under a gray and somewhat misty sky. The show, presented by the New England Region of the Ferrari Club of America, was founded by Stanley Cohen and is a benefit for the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Since the show's start, more Details Plan ahead: June 14, 2009 Where: Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford Cost: free More:www.fca-newengland.org than $650,000 has been given to the hospital and other children's charities—over $100,000 this year alone. It's more than money, however; a unique feature of the show is a tour that gives rides to young patients from the hospital to the capitol building in a fleet of Ferrari show cars, led Sports Car Market


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by a Connecticut State Police escort. When they arrived at the capitol, they were greeted by the Italian Consul, who gave each a medallion on a ribbon proclaiming them to be “Honorary Italian Citizens.” In addition to the expected assorted 308s, 328s, and 355s, Cohen's team, including Peter Lombardo, Charlie Vest, Bob LaRosa, Charlie Lenore, Fiona Friar, Steve Daly, and others, rounded up some truly spectacular Ferraris for the Hartford event. These included the Best in Show 375 GTB/4 NART Spyder of Lawrence Auriana, the 250 GT California Spyder of Barney Hallingby, winner of the F40 Motorsports Most Desirable Car to Drive Home prize, and Herb Chambers's 275 GTB/4 Speciale, which took the Exceptional Merit Award. Other cars of note were the freshly restored 330 GTC of Dick Vorisek, taking the J. Namnoun Galleries nod for Best Restoration. Longtime owner Paul Damraese won the Miller Motorcars “Most Exciting Car” trophy with his 275 GTB, and founder Cohen's 2003 Enzo was given the special David Friar Connecticut Children's Medical Center Children's Choice Award, the recipient picked by the young honored guests themselves. With live music, good food, and a terrific silent auction, the Concorso Ferrari proves that all you need to get Yankees to loosen up a little is a hundred Ferraris and some great causes. ♦ 250 GT Cal Spyder of Barney Hallingby Tour cars line up for a run to the capitol September 2008 43


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Ferrari Profile 1951 Ferrari 340 America Coupe “Prime Motoring Fool” Bob Sutherland took a savage pleasure in driving anything, but said his 340 Mexico was just too awful by Thor Thorson Details Years produced: 1950–52 Number produced: 23 Original list price: $8,500 approx. SCM Valuation: $600,000–$2,000,000 Cost per hour to race: $1,000 Chassis #: Left frame rail at third header Engine #: Right rear near magneto drive Club: Ferrari Club of America PO Box 720597 Atlanta, GA 30358 More: ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 1947–57 Maserati A6G, 1953–54 Talbot-Lago GS, 1955–57 Aston Martin DB2/4 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1951 Ferrari 340 America Lot# 273, s/n 0126A Condition 2Sold at $973,500 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/19/2005 SCM# 39216 Chassis number: 0150A I ntended primarily as a competition car for wealthy privateers, the 340 was directed specifically at a new and increasingly profitable market—the United States. Aptly named “America,” the 340 became the first of many subsequent sports racing Ferraris built to meet the demands of the American market, where it proved to be both competitive and profitable. In the 340 America, the 4.1-liter Lampredi V12 engine developed 220 to 230 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. A 5-speed non-synchromesh gearbox was fitted behind the engine in the typical Ferrari twin-oval, paralleltube chassis with its unequal length parallel wishbone and transverse leaf front suspension. Rear suspension was by solid axle with semi-elliptic longitudinal leaf springs, parallel trailing arms, and the same Houdaille shock absorbers as in front. As was commonplace for Ferrari, body construction was handled by independent carrozzeria like Touring, Vignale, and in the case of 0150A, Ghia. Only 23 340 Americas were built, and of these Vignale accounted for eleven, Touring for eight, and Ghia for just four—the rarest of all. The lines and proportions of 0150A are well suited to the chassis. The larger Lampredi engine is reflected in the long hood and comparatively more 44 compact passenger compartment; this is a large car, yet it seats only two. Although the exact delivery date is unknown, the car was sold to noted Ferrari patron Antonio “Tony” Parravano. It was the first of many Ferraris he would own and race, and it was delivered much as it looks today. Chassis 0150A's first appearance on the track was July 20, 1952, at Torrey Pines, with Bill Pollack driving. Parravano had done well in the first two editions of the Carrera Panamericana, racing Cadillacs in 1950 and 1951, with Jack McAfee driving. As a result, he decided to enter his new Ferrari in the third running of the legendary Carrera Panamericana in November 1952. The Carrera was one of the toughest events of its time, and McAfee's 5th-place finish was a startling achievement in a field dominated by factory entries. SCM Analysis This car sold for $889,813 at the RM Auctions Ferrari sale in Maranello, Italy, on May 18, 2008. Everything Enzo Ferrari had anything to do with seems to be collectible these days. I wouldn't be surprised to see a bidding frenzy over the bathroom fixtures from his office at some Italian-themed auction or Sports Car Market 1953 Ferrari 212 Inter Lot# 263, s/n 0275EU Condition 2+ Sold at $556,740 RM, London, UK, 10/31/2007 SCM# 48047 1951 Ferrari 340 America Lot# 88, s/n 0148A Condition n/a Sold at $391,000 Christie's, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/19/2001 SCM# 23328 Photos: RM Auctions


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another (I wonder if they're all Rosso Corsa as well). That said, everything Ferrari is not equally desirable or collectible, even the cars with real competition history. While it's been booming over the past few years, the Ferrari market has also been evolving substantially, with the result that some cars that you'd expect to be sought after really aren't. All Ferrari cognoscenti claim to revere history, speaking in hushed, respectful terms of the glorious early years and early cars that set the stage for the truly great cars to come, but few are actually willing to buy them. The market reality is that even while queues form to pay historic prices for SWBs and 275s (even 2+2s and GTEs, for heaven's sake), it's extremely tough to sell Ferraris built before the 750 Monza came along. Ferraris should be sexy, fast, and huge fun If you think about it, there are plenty of reasons for this. We lust after Ferraris for multiple reasons. They should be beautiful, sexy, fast, mythically unattainable (like any worthwhile dream), and ideally huge fun to drive and be seen in. Did I say sexy? Okay, now let's talk about the 340 America. Despite the early romantic notions of dozens of tiny, prancing cylinders running away from the competition, Ferrari quickly realized that if you want to go faster, there is no substitute for cubic inches. The original Colombo V12 was effectively limited to 3 liters because of cylinder bore spacing issues, so Aurelio Lampredi was charged with designing a new V12 to fill the large engine niche of Ferrari's product line. European markets at the time faced highly punitive displacement taxes on large engines, but the American market did not, and Enzo had high expectations of getting his share of our postwar prosperity. The new “long-block” engine was aimed squarely at our shores. As evidence, all Lampredi-engined, closed-wheel cars Ferrari built are designated with an A (for America) in their chassis numbers. The 340 Americas were big cars. Trying to make a 2- or 2.5-liter car go fast required a lot of design restraint, because the cars had to be somewhere between small and tiny to keep the weight under control, but having a 4-plus-liter engine to power things changed the rules. Ferrari also made the assumption (possibly correct) that Americans wanted big, hefty, resilient cars in their garages, with the result that the “Americas” were anything but svelte. Big and long-legged were the design goals; heavy and clumsy just sort of tagged along. It didn't help that Ferrari's legendary passion for technical excellence pretty much stopped with the drivetrain; the chassis and suspension Ferrari used were truck-like even by 1952 standards. The 340 body designs didn't help either. It has been pointed out to me that Ferrari was so obsessed by the mechanical package (mostly the engine) and winning races that it had no vision of what the “brand” should look like. Jaguar and Mercedes had corporate teams of designers working on sexy designs for their flagship cars, but Ferrari just sent chassis off to various coachbuilders who pretty much built what they wanted. “Interesting” seems to trump “beautiful” The result was a few very pretty cars and a lot of really clunky ones, particularly in the 340 America series, where “distinctive” and “interesting” seem to trump “beautiful” when it comes to adjectives. It's subjective, I know, but it seems to me that this particular car is anything but sexy. The icing on the (un)desirability cake is that all of the 340/375 America cars were notoriously uncomfortable to drive. I haven't sat in or driven this car, so I'm guessing, but I know many people who have owned the Lampredi coupes, and nobody has ever mentioned how much they love driving them. Bob Sutherland created the Colorado Grand and personified the “Prime Motoring Fool” that remains the ultimate Grand award. He took a savage pleasure in driving anything. Well, not quite anything; he refused to drive his 340 Mexico after a few tries, and said it was just too awful. As we've watched the Ferrari market go crazy in the past few years, it's been easy to lose track of the fact that they are just cars, and their individual value is still a function of both static components like historic importance and beauty, and dynamic components like sex, fun, and status. For cars to have serious collector value, they need to have all of these attributes, and the early Ferraris for the most part don't. At just under $900,000, this car sold for roughly half the published low estimate, but it did sell. We can only wonder whether the seller believed in the estimate but took a deep breath and accepted what the market offered, or whether he knew in his heart what the real value was but hoped a stratospheric estimate would push somebody to do something foolish. Either way, I think 0150A changed hands for very close to correct money for a car like this. The price might have been a little light, but these cars are tough to sell. I'd say fairly purchased. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) September 2008 45


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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan 20 Ferraris You Shouldn't Resist It's not about money. Well, okay, yes it is, but it's still more about driving the essence of superb engineering and timeless style Porsche Gespräch / Jim Schrager I 've known Keith Martin for more than 20 years and have been involved with SCM nearly from the start. In the earliest days, 1989–90, he was buying and selling Alfa Romeos like there was no tomorrow (read: like there was no 1991). I've watched with interest as he has gone on to build SCM, and have been pleased to be able to contribute my thoughts. At the same time, I have made the transition from having a fully staffed sales and restoration shop to being primarily a broker. Lack of overhead can be a wonderful thing. In celebration of 20 years of SCM, I've created the following list of 20 Ferraris I think you should own. Having owned, raced, or brokered almost every model Ferrari built, from 159 S s/n 002C, built in 1947, to today's 612s, 430s, and 599s, I know which ones are at the top of my wish list. I've grouped them into four categories, from hedge-fund-manager-money to the “mere mortal” budget. Here they are—all you need is a checkbook. serious collection. Few change hands, and when they do, eyebrows are raised. Expect to pay $30 million. FOR THE TRULY RICH AND FAMOUS Ferrari started production in 1947, and in only four years became a top team in Formula One with the dominant 4.5-liter 375 F1. When the FIA changed the rules for 1952, Ferrari took a room full of now-obsolete 375 F1 engines and went in two directions, building the 375 MM sport racer and the coachbuilt 375 America. 6 1953–54 375 America Price range: $600,000–$1.2 million Number made: 12 Very limited, ultra-expensive, 1971 512 M WHEN MONEY IS NO OBJECT Ferrari's hard-fought reputa- tion was built on the toughest race tracks, and the most desirable (and most expensive) Ferraris are those that won on them. 1 1969–71 512 S / 512 M Price range: $3 million–$4 million Number made: 25 Built to run flat-out at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. With a factory-rated 600 hp and weighing only 1,800 lb, their performance is staggering. Not for the timid but a joy to drive, with massive torque, a power curve that goes on forever, and acceptable brakes. If you have $3 millionplus to spend, you could win the Ferrari Historics. 2 1971–74 365 GTB/4C Price range: $2 million–$3.5 million Number made: 15 factory, 10 privateer cars This was the car to win the 46 4 3 GT class at Le Mans, the Tour de France, or any other major endurance race in the early 1970s. It takes well over $3 million to own one of the 15 factory cars, and $2 million-plus for a non-factory car with period race history. If you're a glutton for punishment, you can drive it to local events. 1956–61 250 Testa Rossa Price range: $10 million–$16 million, Number made: 34 Easily the best all-around 1950s racing Ferrari, and eligible for the Mille Miglia and the lawn at Pebble Beach. Light, nimble, and easy to drive, the 250 TR is very forgiving at speed, gives lots of feedback, and makes bad drivers look good. Entry-level starts well above $10 million, making them a welcome but expensive ticket to any event. 1956–59 250 TdF Price range: $3 million–$10 million Number made: 77 5 Ferrari's GT class winner in the mid- and late-1950s earned its name by winning the Tour de France and dusting off the 300SLs, Corvettes, and Porsches in the GT classes. Nothing has changed in five decades; the 250 TdF is a great race car that rewards the skillful without punishing lesser talents. A roof, wipers, windows, and a token defroster make it a great event car on those less than sunny days. Alas, they are now $3 million-plus—an expensive ticket to the Mille Miglia. 1962–64 250 GTO Price range: $30 million and up Number made: 39 Ownership guarantees an invitation to almost any event or concours. It also means you're a top player in the world of collector cars and have the trophy to prove it. Virtually every GTO serves as the centerpiece for a and ultra-fast luxury cars for captains of industry and European nobility. As the name implies, most 375 Americas came to the U.S., as America had emerged unscathed from WWII with a taste for the best Europe offered. 375 Americas were sold to people like Howard Keck, owner of Superior Oil Co., and Robert Wilke of Leader Cards, both of whom sponsored Indy cars, plus noted racer Tony Parravano. Bland Pininfarina or Vignale styling puts values mostly below $1 million. 7 1956–59 410 Superamerica Price range: $1 million–$3 million Number made: 34 One of the Ferraris of choice for Pebble Beach or the Cavallino Classic. Also a great Colorado Grand car, offering freight train top-end performance. With bodies by Pininfarina, Vignale, and Boano, the 410 SA has proven to be a needed piece of any coachbuilt Ferrari collection. 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8 1960–64 400 Superamerica Price range: $1.2 million–$1.8 million Number made: 47 (36 coupes, 11 convertibles) Double the cost of a new Rolls-Royce, this was Ferrari's top-of-the-line model. Thanks to the 340-hp Colombo V12, the 400 SA was good for a top speed of 160 mph, the fastest road car of its day. Bodied by Pininfarina in both coupe and convertible; expect to pay well over $1 million. 9 1964–66 500 Superfast Price range: $750,000–$900,000 Number made: 36 Last of the coachbuilt coupes. Thanks to a 5-liter, 400-hp engine, the Superfast combined around-town torque and effortless high-speed cruising. Eligible for the best tours and Pebble Beach. A more or less standard body by Pininfarina, so prices still lag. 10 1966–67 365 California Price range: $850,000–$1.3 million Number made: 14 The last of the big-engined, coachbuilt Ferraris, with only 14 built. Attractive from some angles, but the slender nose did not match the Kamm-back tail. Eligible for every major concours or tour, the 365 California is hard to value, as few change hands. Today's number would be $1 million or so. 13 BEST OF THE 1960s AND 1970s 14 11 1968–73 365 GTB/4 Daytona Price range: $300,000–$400,000 Number made: 1,273 The Daytona is the poster child for 1970s supercars, with staggering performance and timeless Pininfarina profile. It is the last of the pre-Fiat, front-engined Berlinettas. The Daytona name results from Ferrari's 1-2-3 victory at the 1967 Daytona 24 Hours. The definitive GT of its time, and cheap thrills at $300,000–$400,000, still down from its 1989 peak. 121972–73 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder Price range: $1.25 million–$1.5 million Number made: 121 The Daytona Spyder raised the bar as a stunning drop top. The 365 GTS/4 shared the 365 GTB/4's performance, beautiful Pininfarina bodywork, and a place in history as the last pre-Fiat front-engined Ferrari. Now back at 1989 prices. 1966–68 275 GTB/4 Price range: $1.2 million–$1.5 million Number made: 330 Introduced at the Paris Salon in October 1966 as the last evolution of the desirable 275 GTB series. Thanks to a six-carb, four-cam engine, dry sump, and torque tube, the 275 GTB/4 represents the pinnacle of 1960s performance. 16 1962–64 250 GTL Lusso Price range: $500,000–$700,000 Number made: 350 Ferrari's last intermediate model, it fit in between competition GTs and luxurious yet fast 2+2s. Thanks to exceptional performance and svelte good looks, the GTL is widely regarded as Pininfarina's best design of the 1960s. Very successful yet forgiving in vintage events, such as the Tour Auto. 15 1971–72 365 GTC/4 Price range: $120,000–$145,000 Number made: 505 Sister car to Ferrari's GTB/4 Daytona, replacing the two-cam 365 GTC and offering an alternative to the huge 365 GT 2+2. Thanks to a/c, power steering, an easy-to-shift, front-mounted gearbox, and an exhaust note to die for, the 365 GTC/4 is the bargain of 1970s Ferraris. CARS YOU CAN AFFORD TO USE 1996–2003 550 Maranello Price range: $85,000–$100,000 Number made: 3,600 The 550 marked Ferrari's return to a front-engined V12, two-seat Berlinetta, a complete departure from the mid-engined Boxer and Testarossa. The 550 offers stunning yet subtle good looks, a you'll-never-use-it-if- 19 18 17 you're-smart 198-mph top speed, and a great reliability record with rational repair costs, at least by V12 Ferrari standards. Easily the best buy in a luxurious supercar today. 2002–05 575 Maranello Price range: $125,000–$175,000 Number made: 2,100 Everything the 550 brought to market, plus the option of an F1 gearbox. Faster, lighter, and with bigger brakes than the 550, the 575 also offered an electronic shock absorber system, which adapts to driving conditions. 1999–2004 360 Modena Price range: $100,000–$150,000 Number made: 16,365 All-new car with alloy chassis and body, potent V8, and the choice of a 6-speed manual or F1 gearbox. Wrapped in a stunning Pininfarina coupe or spyder body, the 360 series has become the first Ferrari for a whole new generation. Coupes can be found around $100,000 and spyders for about $125,000. Ferrari exclusivity at Mercedes prices. 1992–2004 456 GT / 456 M Price range: $60,000–$120,000 Number made: GT – 1,548, M – 1,271 The first of the Montezemolo- era Ferraris, an all-new frontengined 2+2 in the mode of the 365 GTC/4. Ferrari added an automatic gearbox in 1996 and launched the 456 M in 1998. With GTs available at $60,000 and Ms at $75,000–$100,000, the 456 offers four-seat Ferrari goodness at Lexus prices. 20 2006–present 599 GTB Fiorano Price range: $320,000–$395,000 Number made: n/a Ferrari's latest front-engined two-seater flagship, powered by an Enzo-derived 620-hp V12 in an all-alloy chassis. When introduced, the 599 sold for $300,000 over the $280,000 sticker. Sticker is now closer to $320,000, with an extra $75,000 to move to the head of the line. With prices from $60,000 to $30 million, there is a Ferrari in this group for almost anyone, from user-friendly, low-cost street cars to the best of the best. I've appreciated my two 1971 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder September 2008 decades as a part of the SCM family and look forward to reflecting on Ferraris with you for the next two. ♦ 47


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English Profile 1961 Morgan Plus 4 If the buyer plans sedate ice-cream runs with grandkids in the back, four seats might have an advantage by Gary Anderson Details Years produced: 1954–68 Number produced: 3,390 Original list price: $2,645 SCM Valuation: $30,000–$50,000 Tune-up cost: $300–$500 Distributor cap: $25 Chassis #: Plate on firewall Engine #: Stamped on left side of block below cylinder head Club: Morgan Sports Car Club c/o Dolphin House, Durford Wood Petersfield, England GU31 5AW More: www.mscc.uk.com Alternatives: 1953–63 Triumph TR2/3, 1949–53 MG TD, 1953–56 Austin-Healey 100 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 4652STC I n 1936, the Morgan 4/4 debuted as the company's first four-wheeled car. The designation 4/4 stood for four cylinders and four wheels. The vehicles that Morgan had produced prior to the 4/4 were three-wheelers with V-twin engines, hence the need to differentiate. Production of the 4/4 continued for over 70 years, except for a short halt during World War II and another in the early 1950s. After WWII, the Morgan company was faced with a problem, which it surmounted in a sporting manner. In 1947, the Standard Motor Company informed Morgan that after 1949, the little 1,267-cc engine would not be available, due to their new “one-engine policy.” That “one-engine” was a bigger 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder that Morgan bought, to its everlasting benefit. More powerful, it powered the new-for-1950 Plus 4 in various displacements for the next 20 years, as well as Triumph TR2s, TR3s, and TR4s. In 1956, the Plus 4 received a Triumph TR3 engine with 100 horsepower. The Plus 4 could be ordered with lightweight aluminum bodies and was excellent for competition. In 1959, performance and safety were enhanced by the addition of Girling disc brakes. In 1961, the Plus 4 Super Sport was introduced. With the highly-tuned Triumph engine producing 116 horsepower, speeds exceeding 115 mph were easily achieved. The Morgan Plus 4 Super Sport owes its existence to the tuning and driving skills of Chris Lawrence, who prepared, tuned, and drove his Morgan Plus 4 to resounding success in the 1959 season in England. In 1960, Lawrence entered the full 22-race schedule for the Freddie Dixon Trophy; he won 21 of them and finished third in the other. Completely restored only three years ago in Houston, Texas, this four-seat Plus 4 has been carefully maintained since and shows only 1,000 miles on the odometer since coming out of the restoration. The paint and chrome both 48 still appear as new. Likewise, the red interior, top, and tonneau cover are all in top condition. The car is mechanically sound, with a rebuilt engine, and the walnut trim has been refinished. SCM Analysis This Morgan Plus 4 sold for $38,500 at the Worldwide Group's Houston Classic auction in Seabrook, Texas, on May 3, 2008. It's always disappointing when an auction catalog simply paraphrases a standard reference source and includes little information about the actual car for sale. Not only does the potential buyer learn little about what he is bidding on, but the information may also be irrelevant at best or misleading at worst. For example, the catalog devotes a full paragraph to Chris Lawrence and the genesis of the Super Sport competition version of the Morgan, when the only relationship between this car and the SS is that they were both produced in the same year, and both had the new 2,138-cc version of the Triumph engine. In fact, as noted earlier in the description, the first Plus 4 was introduced in 1950, when Standard discontinued the 1.3-liter engine it had been supplying to Morgan. Morgan agreed to accept the 2.1-liter Vanguard engine later used in the TR2 (and which incidentally was also used in Ferguson tractors; hence the “tractor engine” insult often thrown at British cars). With the added power, Morgan wanted to differentiate the new model from the old 4/4, so they called it the Plus 4. It's nice, but it's no Super Sport So what were the bidders looking at in Houston? Certainly, with the 2,138-cc Triumph engine, which had just been introduced in the Triumph TR3B in the U.S. and then in the TR4 globally, this is a 1961 Plus 4. However, unlike the Super Sport, with its Weber 1956 Morgan Plus 4 Lot# 45, s/n 3557 Condition 1Sold at $62,427 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 2/19/2007 SCM# 44576 1959 Morgan Plus 4 Lot# 915, s/n 4086 Condition 3+ Sold at $30,800 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/12/2008 SCM# 48260 1967 Morgan Plus 4 Lot# 319, s/n 6450 Condition 4 Sold at $30,788 Christie's, Paris, FRA, 2/16/2007 SCM# 44242 Sports Car Market Photos: The Worldwide Group


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carbureted-engine producing 115 hp, this Morgan has the much more common version of the Triumph engine with dual SUs, capable in the day of producing 100–105 hp. The Plus 4 was available in three body styles: a roadster, a drophead coupe, and a four-seat convertible. The Super Sport was made in the roadster body style only and used pounded aluminum for key components such as the fenders, rather than the heavier stamped steel components of the basic Morgan. This example is the four-seat “touring” version. As with other classic cars, the four-seat body style is always less desirable than the two-seat roadster, but with Morgans the differences in value are generally small enough that they can be overshadowed by restoration quality or the uses to which the buyer puts the car. In this case, if the buyer was visualizing sedate ice- cream runs with smiling grandkids in the back seat, rather than aggressive attacks on unsuspecting backroad curves, the body style might even have been an advantage. The four-seaters do have convertible tops, though we rarely see them with the “hood erected,” since the lines of the car with the top up are more than a little awkward. Regardless of flapping side curtains, weather protection is still limited. One additional interesting comparison of this car to the SS: Only the Super Sports came standard with wire wheels—and they would have been painted—while all the other Plus 4 and 4/4 cars were sold with solid steel wheels. Chrome wires look good, not standard The chrome wires on this example are a great comple- ment to shiny black paint and red upholstery, but they weren't standard. The downside of deviations from original specifications, of course, is that they suggest the owner may have modified the car in other ways to suit his personal taste, which can be a red flag to buyers. Sports Car Market values the Triumph-powered Morgan Plus 4 at $30,000 to $50,000, though we rarely see this price achieved at auction, since excellent examples more often change hands privately. In this case, the seller perhaps tired of the car's rough ride after a few years, and after paying considerably more than this price to have it restored. In any case, he got good money in this market, and while there is unlikely to be any significant upside in the near future, this was a fair enough deal for all parties involved. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Worldwide Group.) Seat Time Dick Elgin, St. James, MO: I bought my first Morgan in 1971 while in college. It was a right-hand-drive 1967 Plus 4 in BRG. As my only car in those days, I drove it daily and loved it. To help finance my PhD, I sold it. What a mistake. In retrospect, I should have kept the Morgan and ditched the education. But a few years ago I found a well-restored 1964 Plus 4 and bought it without hesitation. Through an inquiry to the very helpful folks at Morgan Motor Company, LTD, I discovered that my Morgan, s/n 5452, in Kingfisher Blue, was dispatched to L. Spence Imports of Los Angeles on August 27, 1963. Over the years I have owned and driven lots of mid-level sports cars, but I enjoy my Morgan more Elgin and friend than any other. The Morgan is strong, reliable, and drives like it is on rails. The TR4 motor is torquey enough (when you are “born from tractors,” what does one expect?), it smells great, and is inexpensive to operate. The car's termite inspection is current. When I show the Morgan, three distinct groups of people comment on the car: Group 1 says, “Is that a kit car?” or, “Is that an MG TF?” This group gets a scowl. Group 2 says, “Oh, what a cute car. What is it?” This group gets a kind explanation, to include the part about the wooden frame, and how you can still today buy one new from Morgan that looks just like mine. They don't believe the wood frame story, nor that the same car is still being built in England. Group 3 says, “Oh my! A Morgan!” And they go on to tell me how their uncle had one or their friend's dad had one, or their college roommate had one, or perhaps they owned one once and how they loved the car. This group falls in love with my Morgan all over again. Most want to buy it. I'm not making that mistake again. This beauty is not for sale. Robert La Mar, Half Moon Bay, CA: My love affair with Morgans began in 2002 on a foggy summer morning on the Coast Highway in Northern California. I was driving north when one of the most beautiful cars I had ever seen magically appeared out of the fog heading south. It was a classic Morgan Plus 4. As I marvelled at my good fortune, La Mar on parade in his Plus 4 another Morgan appeared, and then another and another. Unbeknownst to me, I was on the route of an event called “Morgans Across America,” an international rally that goes from coast to coast. By the time I reached Half Moon Bay, I had seen more than 15 of these fabulous cars and had developed an itch that just had to be scratched. So without even having set foot in a Morgan, let alone having driven one, I became the owner of a beautiful 1964 Plus 4. I wasn't disappointed. Mine has been the ultimate driving experience—close to the road, open to the elements, and beautifully responsive. It's a car that demands your attention every moment and rewards that attention ten-fold. That said, if you are looking for comfort and low maintenance—or even an adjustable seat—look elsewhere. If you are looking for pure motoring experience, you could do a lot worse than a 1964 Morgan Plus 4. One word of caution: The Morgan experience can be quite addictive. I now have one from the 1950s and one from the 1970s as well as my original 1964 Plus 4. They seem to be easier to acquire than to part with. Terry O'Reilly, San Mateo, CA: My first sports car was a 1964 Morgan Plus 4. When I left law school and took my first job, I went straight down to the Morgan dealer in Santa Monica and bought a black Plus 4 with red leather Dunlopillo seats. You had to blow the seat up to get the right pressure. Several years later, I foolishly sold the car because my new wife had a brand new Fiat 124 her daddy had given her. We couldn't afford two cars. I advertised the Morgan in the San Francisco Chronicle. The ad headline read: Newlywed Sells First Love. It sold for my full price in a flash—$1,750, as I recall. Some years later I saw the car, by then in horrible condition, and it was the saddest thing I ever saw. The Plus 4 required good driving, and the Moss box made you think and plan corners. It was a supremely poised car without too much power, so that the agricultural suspension could be balanced rather nicely. An E-type would go roaring off on the straights, but the Morgan was nimble and a little quicker in the twisties. And surprisingly comfortable, too. Mostly, though, the Plus 4 always had a jaunty air about it, and an almost defiant joie de vivre was irresistible next to Detroit tin lumbering down the road. I have a hard time remembering when there was not a pretty girl in the front seat. Perhaps that's why my wife made me sell it.♦ September 2008 49


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English Patient Gary Anderson Just What the Doctor Ordered With inheritance check in hand, I made a list of my favorite 20 British sports cars. It took only 20 minutes… by Gary Anderson W 1 hat a coincidence. I've just been left a great deal of money and been informed I must pick the top 20 British cars I've admired in my years at SCM. It took me less than 20 minutes to make a list. I started with the easiest to find and then threw in place-holders to tide me over until I find the cars I really want. 1966–67 MG B Roadster Mk I Price range: $15,000–$25,000 Number made: 387,675 The MG B is the most popu- lar British sports car ever made. Good examples are easy to find, and I can drive it to check out the other cars I want. A good MG B costs the same as the cheapest new car on the road. I'd look for a “Mk I” with the pull handles and the five-main-bearing engine. 2 1953–55 Sunbeam Alpine Price range: $11,000–$20,000 Number made: 2,000 Every collection needs an upright and unusual model like the 1950s Sunbeam Alpines popularized in rallies by Stirling Moss and on screen by Grace Kelly. These offer distinctive looks and reasonable performance, but with so few made, it will take a while to find one. In the meantime, I'll take a '52–'53 Sunbeam-Talbot four-seat convertible, which was the basis for the first Alpines. 31958–61 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Price range: $12,000–$25,000 Number made: 48,987 Only a few British cars are immediately recognizable to people who can't tell a Healey from an MG A, and the Bugeye is right at the top of the list. I might opt for one of the two remaining examples of the four Sprites that ran at Sebring in 1959, at about $150,000, or 50 6 1959 Bugeye Sprite one of the “Sebring Sprites” that were equipped with 1960 Sebring dealer upgrades. 4 1956–57 Triumph TR3/3A/3B Price range: $21,000–$35,000 Number made: 75,000 While not as sleek or in as great demand as Austin-Healeys, Triumphs sold in greater numbers, and the TR3s, with their low-cut doors, are the most distinctive of the line. The “widemouth” 3As, or even better, the 3B with the engine later used in the TR4, would be my pick. All are capable of modern highway speeds and could even be a daily driver—at least on sunny days. 5 1960–67 Jaguar Mk II 3.8 Price range: $28,000–$45,000 Number made: 30,140 The Mk II saloon was the original “high-performance sports sedan” years before BMW appropriated the idea. With 205 horsepower, it was the fastest sedan on the market, and its interior and exterior elegance make it a great two-couple car for evenings on the town. 1945–53 “Flat-Rad” Morgan Price range: $30,000–$40,000 Number made: 750 How can anyone resist a roadster from the last indepen8 7 dent British auto maker? The rarer '60–'69 SS model might be a better collector's car, with its high-performance engine in a lightweight body and the later curved radiator, but it would cost twice as much. I really like the chunky, no-nonsense look of the flat-radiator model. 1945–49 MG TC Price range: $30,000–$45,000 Number made: 10,000 Few British cars were exported to America before WWII, but a good collection should have at least one example of the “square-rigged” look that typified prewar British sports cars, with vertical radiator, separate headlamps, and cycle fenders. The TC design dates to the early 1930s, and it's as much fun to drive as it is to look at. 1958–63 Lotus Elite S1 & S2 Price range: $35,000–$50,000 Number made: 1,076 As the most creative competi- tion designer in British automotive history, Colin Chapman deserves at least one slot, and his Elite, built to help fund his racing, is ideal. To my eye, it is one of the most beautiful minimalist designs. The fact that it's just a fiberglass shell with drivetrain and suspension bolted to it means you shouldn't buy anything but an excellent, restored example. 91964–66 Austin/Morris Mini Cooper S Price range: $18,000–$30,000 Number made: 13,922 The Austin/Morris Mini is ranked as one of the two or three most significant automobiles of all time, with its small size and sideways-mounted frontwheel-drive engine. What better choice than one of John Cooper's rally-winning models from the mid-1960s? A true “Works rally car” would be tempting, but they are expensive and Spartan, so I'll take an original street version instead. 10 1922–39 Austin 7 Special Price range: $20,000–$50,000 Number made: 290,000 (all models) The Austin 7 put the British middle class on wheels just like the Ford Model T in the U.S. Rare “Ulster” and “Nippy” roadsters were usefully quick, and there were a huge number of handmade club racers. Since I'd like a few race-ready cars, and these are accepted at all historic races, I'd look for a competitive, race-ready Special. 11 1955–56 Austin-Healey 100M Price range: $60,000–$85,000 Number made: 640 Mention British sports cars and the Austin-Healey is what everyone pictures. Though these cars have recently gotten pricey, I must have at least one Big Healey, and what better than the desirable, factory-built 100M, of course with numbers-matching engine, body panels, and Le Mans modifications. 12 1934–35 Aston Martin Ulster Price range: $80,000–$150,000 Number made: 21 If you're looking for iconic, prewar, and race-ready, the best Sports Car Market


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choice is the Aston Martin Ulster. It has good power and handling, is streetable (for the hardy), and easy to convert to race trim for historic events. The insignia of the exclusive British Racing Drivers Club identifies this car as typifying British racing. Any prewar Aston, Singer Le Mans, or Riley roadster could fill the bill until an Ulster comes along. 131949–50 Jaguar XK 120 Alloy Roadster Price range: $175,000–$275,000 Number made: 240 I'd argue that the Jaguar XK 120 was the first serial-production sports car when it was introduced in 1949. Every enthusiast owes a debt to Sir William Lyons for the concept. Long, swooping fenders, tight hindquarters, excellent power, and nimble handling in an affordable package—it was all there. I'd go for the rare alloybodied preproduction versions. Until a good one shows up, any XK 120 or XK 140 roadster will do. 14 1962 AC Ace (Zephyr engine) Price range: $190,000–$260,000 Number made: 19 I'll pass on an AC Cobra with bulging fenders and that monstrous Ford engine; it's too loud, too impractical, and too American to make my list. But I want an AC-bodied sports car in the collection, so I'm opting for one of the rare examples with the 3-liter English Ford Zephyr engine that replaced the Bristol motor just before AC became a body supplier to Shelby. 1931 Bentley 4½ Blower 15 1955 Austin-Healey 100S Price range: $225,000–$300,000 Number made: 50 This practical and desirable racer could easily be used for exclusive tours and even more exclusive vintage racing events, and I could maintain it myself without hiring a live-in mechanic. The 100S has looks, heritage, excitement, and practicality in one car. 161952–55 Bentley R-type Continental Price range: $350,000–$500,000 Number made: 208 With sleek good looks, luxurious interior, exceptional performance, and light weight, the Mulliner-bodied Bentley Continentals were designed for fast, comfortable trips from London to the French Riviera. The R-type tops my A-list, but until the right one turns up, I'll settle for a 1955–59 S-type. It looks similar but lacks the lightweight body. 17 1927–31 Bentley Price range: $200,000–$4.5 million Number made: 2,000 approx. One can dream of a numbers- matching Le Mans-style 4½-liter “Blower Bentley,” but frankly, any Bentley built between '27 and '31 would put me among the Bentley Boys. My only caveat: The car must still have its original body and numbers-matching components. I simply can't abide the plethora of Bentleys that have been turned into Le Mans replicas over the years. 181960–63 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Price range: $2.5 million–$4 million Number made: 19 No self-respecting British car collection needs a “James Bond” Aston Martin, as the DB5 has become known. Since I'm rich, I'll take a DB4GT Zagato, the most sublime body ever wrapped around a high-performance drivetrain. 19 1961–62 Jaguar XKE Lightweight Price range: $1.3 million–$1.7 million Number made: 6 For an E-type, I'll take the most desirable lightweight version, which is race-ready, gorgeous, and easy to drive. Since it may take a while to find an owner who's ready to sell, I'll take any Series I E-type convertible, with a preference for the early flat-floor version. 20 1950–1953 Jaguar XKC-type Price range: $1.8 million–$2.5 million Number made: 54 At number one on my list, 1961 DB4GT Zagato September 2008 there's only one choice—the car that put Jaguar on the map by winning Le Mans. The C-type is fast, fun, practical for touring, and offers as much cachet as any British car ever made. While I'm waiting for a real one, I wouldn't mind having a reproduction, but I promise not to put a Jaguar logo on it. ♦ 51


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1952 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Villa d'Este Cabriolet Hand-built and extremely rare, it's the last example of the kind of cars that made the company's reputation between the wars by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1939–53 Number produced: 36 (Villa d'Este coupes & cabriolets) Original list price: $5,500 (1952 chassis) SCM Valuation: $750,000–$850,000 Tune-up cost: $750 Distributor cap: $100 (Bosch equivalent) Chassis #: Bulkhead Engine #: Intake side of block Club Info: International 6C 2500 Register More: www.6c2500.org Alternatives: 1946–53 Delahaye 135M, 1951–56 Bugatti 101, 1953–54 Talbot-Lago T26 Gran Sport SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 918100 I n 1935, Alfa Romeo introduced a new model, the 6C 2300B. Once again, the work of the great Vittorio Jano was to take Alfa Romeo in a new direction by offering one of the first cars available with fully independent suspension—pure racing technology from the current Grand Prix car. The influence of this engineer cannot be over- estimated, and his superb work was still being used on Alfa production cars into the early 1950s, long after his departure from the company. Felice Bianchi Anderloni was head of the testing department at Isotta Fraschini. Through a temporary stake from Cesare Isotta and the brothers Fraschini, in 1927 he was able to buy a coachbuilding company, Carrozzeria Falco, which became Carrozzeria Touring of Milan. He knew the enemy of performance was weight and was determined to deal with the legacy of weight that stemmed from the wood-framed horse carriages of the past. Felice had an idea he had developed from his interest in aircraft construction, a semi-rigid system of stretching aluminum panels over light steel tubes. By 1937, Anderloni's perfected system required a patent, which was secured in the name of Superleggera by Touring of Milan. At the end of the war, Alfa Romeo's factories had largely been reduced to rubble and they had lost over two-thirds of their production equipment. By 1947, car construction slowly restarted with the prewar 1939 6C 2500 series. Still hand-built on an order for order basis, the factory offered the Freccia d'Oro coupe, and 52 as usual, customers could order their coachwork from a host of Italian and European firms. The model range included Turismo, Gran Turismo, and Sport on the long chassis and Super Sport and Corsa on the short chassis. The final development of the 2500 Super Sport engine for the road offered 110 hp. The magnificent Villa d'Este on the shores of Lake Como dates from 1568. By 1925, the ownership passed into the hands of the Municipality of Como, which turned it into a magnificent hotel. In 1929, the first major concours d'elegance for automobiles was held in the surrounds of the hotel. Touring showed a new coupe there in 1949, executed on the 6C 2500 Super Sport, and received the Gran Premio Referendum (People's Choice). Since that day, this design has been designated “Villa d'Este.” Just 36 cars in total were made, all coupes except for four cabriolets on the long wheelbase and one short-wheelbase cabriolet. This car is one of the last of the series, a long- wheelbase cabriolet from 1952 and has a documented provenance from new, with five U.S. owners, the first of which took delivery in Europe. The present keeper purchased the car in 1997, and that same year a lengthy and detailed restoration was undertaken by Eric Rosenall of Ramona, California. SCM Analysis This car sold for $825,000 at the Worldwide Group's Houston Classic auction on May 3, 2008. Many of us think of concours d'elegance events as Sports Car Market 1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Lot# 160, s/n 01580 Condition 2+ Sold at $146,625 Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/20/2006 SCM# 41918 1950 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Lot# 208, s/n 915870 Condition 3Sold at $348,860 Bonhams, Gstaad, CHE, 12/19/2007 SCM# 48096 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Lot# 169, s/n 915660 Condition 2+ Sold at $195,713 Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/20/2006 SCM# 41923 Photos: The Worldwide Group


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gatherings in which carefully restored vintage cars are displayed on a lawn for anal-retentive inspection by judges looking for evidence of dust on the carburetors or errant blades of grass in the tire treads. Such competitions are more accurately “concours d'etat” or “competition of condition,” rather than those of “elegance.” Most true concours d'elegance took place in Europe in the years between WWI and WWII, and were opportunities for owners to show off their fancy new custom-built cars and for the coachbuilders to discreetly prospect for new business. The vehicles were driven to a central judging area, accompanied by lithe and elegant young women wearing couture frocks, which complemented the color and feel of a given car's design. Following WWII, they made a comeback of sorts, and even our own Pebble Beach Concours began in this model in 1950; a “vintage” car did not win best of show until Phil Hill started the tradition with his 1931 Pierce-Arrow taking the top prize. A masterpiece of design and detail One of the leading traditional concours in Europe was held at the Villa d'Este on Lake Como in northern Italy. Winning a prize at Villa d'Este almost guaranteed the sale of similar new cars from the manufacturer and was a highly coveted goal. The 6C 2500 was, like most of the European cars of the time, a prewar design. Although they were clothed in the latest fashion, automotive engineering was steadily moving forward, and it was soon clear that more up-to-date chassis were needed to succeed in the postwar world. Nevertheless, the Alfa was an advanced car for the 1930s and still held its own until the new 1900 model was unveiled in 1950. Its aging chassis notwithstanding, the Touring-bodied 6C 2500 Villa d'Este coupe is, in the opinion of most, including this author, one of the most beautiful cars ever and an absolute masterpiece of design and detail. It incorporates the best of prewar streamlining with postwar unity of form. It is a perfectly proportioned design and has no bad angles. It is no surprise that it was recognized at the Villa d'Este event; the only remarkable fact is that it “only” won the People's Choice award rather than the top judged prize, which went to a Ghia-bodied car. Notice I specifically mentioned the “coupe.” The cabriolet, to my eyes, lacks the complete form of the coupe and seems a bit heavy-looking, especially with the top raised, due to the thick C-pillar. Touring employed many of the visual elements of the Villa d'Este on designs for other chassis, such as the sculpturing around the front end and sweeping fender creases, and these cabriolets in particular are almost dead ringers for the Bristol 402 drophead coupe, not the world's most lovely car. Still, it is a hand-built, extremely rare Alfa Romeo, the last example of the cars that made the company's reputation between the wars. These Villa d'Este cars rarely come up for sale. The last entry in the SCM database is a 1949 coupe, which sold for $256,000 at the 2005 Bonhams Monte Carlo sale (SCM# 38549). For a very long time, the postwar “big” Alfas were not the flavor of the month. The great 6C 1750s, 6C 2300s, and 8C 2900s have long had their diehard adherents. Likewise, the cars of the Giulietta/Giulia era defined the marque for millions of people worldwide. Eligible for any event or concours on the planet The postwar 6C 2500 sits uncomfortably between the great prewar and later post- war Alfas. Not particularly fast, even in the three-carb SS configuration, they are mostly appreciated for the great style given them by leading Italian coachbuilders. Still, they're products of the master engineering of Jano, even if it is his older work, and they are eligible for any event or concours on the planet, including of course the modern show at the Villa d'Este. Now, these 6C 2500s are more desired for their aesthetic attributes than for their dynamic properties, much like the postwar Delahaye 135M. From the photographs and catalog description of this Alfa, it appears to have been restored to a very high standard and remains in excellent condition. It also has a complete ownership history and is one of only five open Villa d'Este cars. As such, determining value is very much a subjective exercise. It's a classic case of “If you want one, when will the next one be available?” It therefore has to be judged appropriately priced. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Worldwide Group.) September 2008 53


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German Profile 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe At its launch, the 300SL cost more than twice the price of a Jaguar XK 140. Today, it's worth about four times as much by Jérôme Hardy Details Year produced: 1954–57 Number produced: 1,400, plus 29 with alloy body Original list price: $8,000 in 1954 at NYC SCM Valuation: $500,000–$700,000 Tune-up cost: $2,000–$3,500 Distributor cap: $150 Chassis #: Left front frame; center firewall Engine #: Below cylinder head Club info: Gull Wing Group 776 Cessna Ave. Chico, CA 95928 More: www.gullwinggroup.org Alternatives: 1952–55 Bentley R Continental, 1970–73 Maserati Ghibli SS coupe, 1964–66 Ferrari 275 GTB/2 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 1980406500274 M ercedes-Benz returned to postwar competition in 1952, fielding two of its new 300SL (W194) sports cars in the Mille Miglia. The pair finished a creditable 2nd and 4th overall in this most difficult of events, and the promising start was followed up by a win in the challenging La Carrera Panamericana. The Works first raced the 300SL (Sport Leicht) in open form, but for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, a trio of “gullwing”-doored coupes was entered. High sills were a feature of the multi-tubular spaceframe chassis, and while access was not a problem in the open car, the coupe bodywork required innovative thinking, hence the doors. Karl Kling and Hans Klenk duly brought their “Silver Arrow” home in first place, and the 300SL was on its way to becoming a motorsport legend. Launched in 1954, the production 300SL retained the space-frame chassis and lightweight aluminum-alloy bodywork of the W194 racer, while its mechanical underpinning, like the latter's, owed much to the contemporary Mercedes-Benz 300 luxury saloon. The 2,996-cc overhead-camshaft inline-6 cylinder engine was canted at 45 degrees to achieve a low hood line and produced 215 hp at 5,800 rpm, using Bosch mechanical fuel injection. A 4-speed, all-synchromesh manual gearbox transmitted power to the hypoid bevel rear axle. Suspension was independent all around—by wishbones and coil springs at the front, with swing axles and coil springs at the rear. A production 300SL (W198) was tested by Road & Track magazine in 1955, accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 140 mph. Half expecting the long-awaited car to provide an anticlimax, R&T were delighted to find it “far beyond our wildest expectations. In fact, we can state unequivocally that in our opinion the 300SL coupe is the ultimate in an allaround sports car. It combines more desirable features in one streamlined package than we ever imagined or 54 hoped would be possible. Performance? It accelerates from a dead start to 100 mph in just over 17 seconds. Dual purpose? A production model 300SL can make a very acceptable showing in any type of sports car competition. Yet the car is extremely tractable and easy to drive in traffic. Comfort? The fully enclosed 300SL is the most comfortable (and safe) high-speed ‘cross-country' car built today.” A 300SL roadster featuring conventional doors was first exhibited at the Geneva Salon in May 1957, and, although built in greater numbers, has never matched the Gullwing for desirability. Its racing parentage notwithstanding, the 300SL remains a thoroughly practical car, as civilized in city traffic as it is exhilarating on the autostrada. By the time 300SL coupe production ceased in 1957, some 1,400 examples had found customers. Today, the model is both rare and sought-after. This 300SL Gullwing, chassis number 6500274, was sold new in Paris, France, on November 13, 1956, and from 1979 until the present (2008) has been in the hands of only one owner. The car has covered just 52,313 kilometers from new and in 1984 (at 51,712 kilometers) underwent substantial mechanical refurbishment that included overhauling the cylinder head, brakes, starter, and cooling system. The silver body and chocolate leather interior, with its fine patina, are in original condition and the car is said to run well. It is offered with Dutch import papers (1979) and an original set of instruction books. SCM Analysis This car sold for $557,225 at the Bonhams Grandes Marques à Monaco auction on May 10, 2008. The Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing coupe is such an iconic automobile that numerous experts have praised its beauty, advanced technology, efficiency and quality. Rather than rephrasing existing information, I will sum up a few points and go straight to some pricing analysis. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Lot# 237, s/n 5500677 Condition 1Sold at $649,530 RM, London, UK, 10/31/2007 SCM# 48032 Sports Car Market 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Lot# 22, s/n 1980405500110 Condition 2+ Sold at $609,546 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 2/8/2008 SCM# 51891 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Lot# 66, s/n 1980405500581 Condition 2Sold at $605,000 Gooding, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/19/2008 SCM# 48802 Bonhams


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Let's thank Max Hoffman, North America's East Coast importer of a number of European marques after WWII, for convincing the Mercedes-Benz board that he could sell hundreds of unique and well-built sport coupes if he was offered the chance. As a result, the 300SL Gullwing was launched in New York City—rather than in Germany or elsewhere in Europe—at the auto show in February 1954. Hoffman delivered the first 300SL to a customer in March 1955. As promised, North America absorbed 1,100 of the 1,400 SL Gullwings produced. Production numbers were 167 in 1954, 877 in 1955, 311 in 1956 and 79 in 1957. These include the 29 full-alloy cars (26 in 1955, three in 1956), which are today all accounted for, with a current going rate above $1,000,000—if you can find one. Most desirable options for a 300SL are the Rudge wheels with central locking and a fitted luggage set. Not surprisingly, given the period, air conditioning was never offered, although some cars have been retroactively equipped. Body undertrays have quite often been removed to increase air flow and improve interior cooling. Gullwings please a range of enthusiasts Now let's discuss pricing. When launched, the 300SL was an expensive car, more than twice the price of a Jaguar XK 140/150. Today, it is worth about four times as much. In 1954, it was desirable for a variety of individuals: Gentleman drivers liked the engine, racers the handling and sheer speed, movie stars the “gullwing effect,” and everyone liked the fit and finish. Gullwings still please a wide assortment of enthusiasts. Analyzing carefully the 41 300SLs in the SCM database sold between 2000 and 2008 (two 1954 models, 24 1955s, 13 1956s, and two 1957s), it is easy to trace the steady increase in value. A steel car in #2 condition cost roughly $150,000 in 2000, $200,000 in 2001/2002, $300,000 in 2003/2004, $400,000 in 2005/2006, and $550,000 in 2007/2008. These are average numbers that take into account different options, history, and originality. All in all, this translates to an 18% annual return on the period, compared with about 1% for the Dow-Jones. By comparison, a similar analysis on the Ferrari 275 GTB/4 indicates an 18% annual return from $400,000 in 2000 to $2,000,000 in 2008; different entry point, same ROI. Never seen at auction before Going back to s/n 6500274, the 2008-published Mercedes 300SL Coupe/Gullwing Register by Eric Le Moine (available for $260 on www.mercedes300slregister .com) indicates this Gullwing left the factory on November 13, 1956 as a black car with natural leather. It confirms the car had been in the hands of its Dutch owner since 1979 and had never been seen at auction. The car is today silver with dark brown leather and equipped with factory steel wheels. When I personally examined it at the auction, I found it to be tidy cosmetically—straight panels, even shutlines, and good paint, though some minor prep issues were visible. All chrome and glass were perfect, and the non-original leather showed a good patina, with a perfect dash and steering wheel. Although not mentioned in the catalog, Bonhams is- sued an addendum before the auction stating the engine was a non-matching numbers unit fitted from a later 1957 roadster, though it had been recently overhauled and ran very well. The new owner appears to be a French Riviera enthu- siast who does not care much about matching numbers but cares a lot about having a fully functional car in a distinguished color combination, ready to be enjoyed. I cannot agree more. And even if it's not the engine this car came with, it's no Chevy V8, either. A roadster lump seems close enough. September 2008 Seat Time Simon Kidston, Geneva, CHE: After almost 20 years trying to track down the Gullwing my late father bought new, in 2006 I came across one which ticked all the boxes for me: Rudge wheels, luggage, Becker radio, Nardi wheel, and a cool original color scheme of black over red leather. It has exceeded all my expectations, including maintenance costs, which have been eye watering, although I take the view that if you are going to buy a “proper” car and enjoy it, you might as well have it looked after by the best. I use HK Engineering in Germany, and the car runs better and better every year. Next winter I'm considering fitting a 5-speed gearbox, front discs, and further tweaking the engine, all of which is reversible. The car has proven a match for 275 GTBs on the Tour d'Espagne, and in April I drove a thousand wet Kidston cruising at 130 mph miles in three days from Stuttgart to Geneva and then to Villa d'Este and back without missing a beat, all at a brisk pace. Not a car to appreciate on a quick acquaintance, but if you remember it's a mid-1950s supercar—with strong and weak points like every supercar ever since—you'll realize its place in motoring history is deserved. Ken McBride, Seattle, WA: I currently own two 300SLs, a Roadster and a Gullwing, s/n 5500115. What a pair. The Gullwing may be the single most identifiable automotive icon/art object in the world, if you don't count the VW Beetle. It's fast, reliable, comfortable, iconic, has competition history, is not too rare but also not too common. You might say it's just right. To me, the 300SL Gullwing embodies virtually everything that makes a car collectible. Stephen Ross, Calgary, Alberta, CAN: I own a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing. It was one of the few Canadian-delivery cars, and I am the fourth owner. I have driven this car to many points in North America for a number of vintage rallies. The car was also shipped to Australia for participation in the 2004 Classic Adelaide Rally. When purchased, there were 94,000 original miles on the odometer; now there are over 107,000, many of which have been quite spirited. It is always enjoyable to drive, seldom offers trouble, and constantly puts a smile of the face of this driver, as well as those it passes on the roads. Donald C. Mann, Franklin, TN: I've Mann's SL, beautiful from all angles owned over 40 collector cars in the past four decades, and not one comes close to the combination of style, craftsmanship, reliability, and performance of my 300SL, s/n 5500368. Mine was delivered new to Nebraska and came with the Rudge wheels, the Becker signal-seeking radio, the fitted luggage, and the sport cam. It was restored by the second owner (also in Nebraska) in the early 1970s and then stored for many years. I am the fourth owner and had to replace all of the soft parts when I put it back on the road in 1997. Since then, I've put about 50,000 reliable miles on it, and outside of fluids and lubrication, the car has required a radiator leak repair, a replacement turn signal flasher, and a brake adjustment. That's it for maintenance. Albrecht Stachel retorqued everything during the car's eleven-year checkup, but couldn't really find anything to fix, adjust, or repair. It's got a great patina; it wears minor dings and scratches like the road wounds they are, and carries the light sheen that comes with age and polishing and use. I'd say it's damn near perfect and will never let it go. ♦ 55 Prices of ladder-chassis, live-axle, carbureted, pre- war designs (1958 Ferrari 250 GT Ellena and her sisters) are in the $550,000 territory today, and I believe there is still room for an increase in Gullwing values, partly because the design is so much more sophisticated and usable. Gullwings have always been blue-chip collectibles, possessing style, performance, and an impeccable pedigree. This car, given its “driving” condition, and nonnumbers-matching engine, brought a fair price in today's market. It will appreciate along with the Gullwing market at large, but due to its shortcomings, not at the head of it. I don't believe the new owner cares much at all about that. A decent buy. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.)


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Porsche Gespräch Jim Schrager Porsches You Have To Drive When the slogan says there is no substitute, it means there is no substitute outside the family Porsche Gespräch / Jim Schrager Y 1 ou can't understand the Porsche gestalt without driving the cars. Looking at pictures and reading stories is a great way to prepare yourself, but true enlightenment only comes to those who drink the Kool-Aid. As my way of celebrating SCM's 20th anniversary, here's my list of 20 cars that will speak to you when you drive them and whisper (or, in some cases, shout) the inside story of a marque built around exceptional performance. Prices can vary widely, and should be adjusted for condition, provenance, and numerous other factors. Here they are, in chronological order: 1950–53 Pre-A 356 Coupe Price range: $125,000–$160,000 Number made: 1,700 approx. The first production Porsches will surprise you by how old and fragile they feel. Most Porsches, even 40-year-old ones, have a modern feel about them. But not these, many of which had crash gearboxes, VW steering gearboxes, narrow tires, and lightly modified VW engines with modest power. These set the stage for how far Germany had to come post-WWII, and without this starting point the gains are hard to appreciate. 2 1954–55 550RS Spyder Price range: $900,000–$1.7 million Number made: 90 Porsche was Lotus before Colin Chapman figured out the game is won by removing weight. The 550 is an aluminum can, the closest thing to a modern superbike you'll find on four skinny tires. The people who drove these had to have fearsome courage because a crash of any nature was going to be bad. Driving this car will teach you that racing back then was equal measures of skill and nerve. 3 1954–1959 356/356A Speedster Price range: $125,000–$220,000 Number made: 4,243 Drive the legend just to see the great fun of pure simplicity. Still recognized as one of the ultimate statements of a thoughtful collector with refined taste. 4 1957–63 356A/356B 1600 Normal Coupe Price range: $35,000–$75,000 Number made: 18,000 approx. These were the cars that built 56 6 1964 Porsche 356SC the legend, with the much improved 1600 engine, full synchro gearboxes, and Porsche-designed steering gearboxes. The newer the better, but 60 hp (DIN) never felt so good, due to both the tremendous flexibility and the way the engine joyfully reaches for the redline at every shift. 5 1964 904 GTS Price range: $700,000–$1.1 million Number made: 122 Dramatic, dynamic race car, the last that could be driven on the street and the last use of the 550RS-derived 4-cam race engine. The whole car is an anomaly for Porsche, being a plastic/steel composite and using an old rather than new engine, but it's an important, fascinating, and beautiful diversion. 1963–65 356SC Price range: $40,000–$75,000 Number made: 7,000 approx. The last of the original series and a fully developed, tremendously flexible and enjoyable 8 car to drive anywhere, anytime. Progress from the first 356s is simply astounding. 7 1965–68 911 Coupe Price range: $25,000–$50,000 Number made: 9,737 The first fully new street car designed by Porsche, with no leftover VW parts to be found. A shocking step up from the 356, but with much development remaining. 1967–68 911S Price range: $45,000–$85,000 Number made: 3,000 approx. A tremendously competent car, the first 911 that really has it all. Feels worlds better than any 356, a surprising improvement over the standard 911, and with excellent durability. If you have room for only one vintage 911, this model should be high on your list. 9 1969–71 917 Price range: $1.7 million–$3 million Number made: 70 World-beating, but positively frightening, as the engines were 14 13 12 11 10 faster than the rest of the car. Built just as highly useful applications of aerodynamics arrived in motor sports, these cars had that 550RS quality in that you had to be brave to drive one. 1970–71 911S Price range: $45,000–$85,000 Number made: 4,500 approx. Ultimate statement of the mechanical fuel injection early 911, with race car power right to redline. Later models have more horsepower but are not as sporting as this iteration. 1973 Carrera RS Price range: $200,000–$300,000 Number made: 1,580 Race car for the street, this one stands atop the 911 hierarchy, and for good reason, being great fun to drive with tons of midrange torque, yet the 911S cams still rev to redline. Feels heavier than the earliest 911S cars, but goes faster with less fuss. 1973–76 914 2.0 Price range: $10,000–$16,000 Number made: 12,000 approx. Surprisingly good bargain- basement mid-engine offering that will shock you with its humble origins yet large fun-todrive quotient. 1976–77 930 Turbo Price range: $28,000–$38,000 Number made: 2,596 The first street Turbos, these are highly unusual cars for what they aren't, which is anything like previous Porsches. Tedious to drive at legal speeds, they compromised everything to go shockingly fast on open roads. 1992–95 968 Cabrio Price range: $18,000–$30,000 Number made: 3,959 Ultimate derivation of the 924/944 mass market models, this is one heck of a good car, with superb performance and great styling. Proves, along with the 928 GTS, that Porsche can engineer a great car that isn't rear-engined. Sports Car Market


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15 1993–95 928 GTS Price range: $38,000–$52,000 Number made: 2,831 These continue to confuse traditional Porsche buyers, but when we measure performance, they scream with gobs of horizon-streaking power and prodigious road-holding capabilities. Different is good. 16 1982–94 956/962 Price range: $600,000–$2 million Number made: 180 The modern, all-conquering, techo-laden sports prototypes. These brutishly beautiful cars show what Porsche is able to do against the best the world has to offer, seemingly without breathing hard. 17 1987–89 959 Price range: $275,000–$400,000 Number made: 330 approx. Porsche's ultimate statement confirming the rear-engined future of the marque. Loaded with forward-looking technology, this car set the stage for most of what was to follow, from all-wheel drive to twin turbos to electronic driving aids. 19 1987 Porsche 959 18 1996–98 993 Price range: $30,000–$40,000 Number made: 47,099 Last iteration of the original chassis with big power and flashes of the future everywhere. Shows how much can be accomplished from humble beginnings. 1997–present Boxster / S Price range: $20,000–$35,000 Number made: 150,000 plus Everything today's Porsche sports car should be and more. 20 No one steps out of this thoroughly modern mid-engined treat without smiling, and that is the point, isn't it? 2008 997 GT3 RS Price: $200,000 Number made: 225 approx. Fitting that a brand new variant makes our list, because in addition to being one of the most profitable auto companies on a per-unit basis, the folks running Porsche understand the essence of its brand is perfor- mance. This one delivers on that promise with a loud bang. These 20 Porsches paint a detailed picture of what the brand represents. You won't go wrong spending time behind the wheel of any of them, although I might say that you will need a vastly different venue for the 917 than the 914, even if they are only three numbers apart. Decide on your budget, decide on your driving needs, and then happy hunting. ♦ September 2008 57


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American Profile 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 The aluminum heads had intakes that could swallow a tennis ball, which was great for 200-mph laps around Daytona by Thomas Glatch Details Years produced: 1969–70 Number produced: 1,356 (857 in 1969, 499 in 1970) Original list price: $5,000 approx. SCM Valuation: $175,000–$275,000 Tune-up cost: $350 Distributor cap: $43.35 Chassis #: KK number on inside of driver's door above Ford warranty plate Engine #: KK number on rear of block Club: Mustang Club of America 4051 Barrancas Ave. PMB 102 Pensacola, FL 32507 More: www.mustang.org Alternatives: 1969 ZL1 Camaro, 1970–71 Hemi 'Cuda and Challenger SCM Investment Grade: B Chassis number: 9F02Z172964KK1689 I n 1969, Ford introduced a limited-production model to the Mustang line. This addition was the Boss 429. It was the most powerful Mustang, and the name referred to its 429-ci engine, which was built in response to Chrysler's 426-ci Hemi and its success in NASCAR. Named after stylist Larry Shinoda's nickname for Ford president “Bunkie” (Boss) Knudson, the Boss 429s were built for homologation purposes to qualify the 429 engine for the NASCAR race circuit. The Boss 429 package came with a fully race- prepared 429-ci engine putting out a conservative 375 hp, with ram air induction, an aluminum high-rise manifold, and header exhausts. It included a 4-speed as the only available transmission and a 3.91:1 “traction loc” rear axle. Also included were several other performance items such as an oil cooler, trunk-mounted battery, race suspension, and the best interior Mustang offered. To meet homologation requirements, Ford had to offer the 429 engine as a “regular” production option and build a minimum of 500 cars for the street. Ironically, Ford offered the new engine in the Mustang, even though the Torino was used in NASCAR. Due to the sheer size of the engine, extensive modification was necessary at the front of the car, which was too narrow. So Ford contracted with Kar Kraft to build the cars. Staring in January 1969, Super Cobra Jet Mustangs were shipped from the Dearborn plant to Kar Kraft in Brighton, Michigan, where they were converted. The Boss 429 used scores of parts only fitted to that model. On completion, each car was assigned a KK429 NASCAR production number. Through July 1969, Kar Kraft built 858 Boss 429s. Each car cost $4,800, and the only option was a choice of color—Raven Black, Royal Maroon, Black Jade, 58 Candy Apple Red, or Wimbledon White. Due to the cost of the conversion, Ford took a loss on each car. With low production, big power, and a racing pedi- gree, the Boss 429 came at the height of the muscle car party and made its mark like no other muscle car could. SCM Analysis This car sold for $248,000 at the Worldwide Group's Houston Classic Auction in Seabrook, Texas, on May 3, 2008. The March 1969 issue of Car Life magazine called the Mustang Mach 1 “the first great Mustang.” Four months later they recanted, saying “... but now, the engineers have really done it. The Boss 429. There is even more power and more tire on the ground, but this time the engineers didn't stop at the surface. They attacked the chassis and added every heavy-duty item they could find in Ford's stock, plus a few that weren't. It is, quite frankly, the best enthusiast car Ford has ever produced.” Those are interesting (if over-the-top) comments from a magazine I always respected. I grew up during the muscle car era, and the feeling on the street was the “Boss 9” was a dog. A good 428 SCJ Mach 1 would usually win a stoplight street fight with a Boss 429, so that is probably the source of the bad rap. Truth is, a good 440 Six-Pack Mopar would beat a Hemi in a similar situation. But get above 60 mph or so, and these racebred engines really come to life. Car Life saw quartermile times of 14.09 seconds at 102.85 mph with their Boss—quite good for street tires and full exhaust (Hi Performance Cars magazine published times of 13.60 at 106 mph that same year). The secret to the Boss 429's success in NASCAR was that it was developed with full-throttle superspeedway racing in mind, and the purpose-built aluminum heads Sports Car Market 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Lot# F518, s/n 9FO2Z150456 Condition 1 Sold at $253,000 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/2008 SCM# 48549 Comps 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Lot# F249, s/n OFO221135271 Condition 1Sold at $152,250 Mecum, Belvidere, IL, 5/23/2007 SCM# 45398 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Lot 91#, s/n KK1494 Condition 1Sold at $319,000 Worldwide Group, Seabrook, TX, 5/5/2007 SCM# 45366 Photos: The Worldwide Group


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had massive, round intake ports that could almost swallow a tennis ball. That design was great for 200 mph laps around Talladega but killed low-end torque and power, which is what a street racer needs. Get out of town and onto the open road, and the Boss 429 becomes a different car. The Boss 429 was more than just a huge engine stuffed in a pony car. The revised front suspension, wide F60-15 Goodyear Polyglas tires, and power front disc brakes were engineered around the huge powerplant. Again, Car Life was awed: “The power disc brakes produced deceleration rates repeatedly above one g (32.2 ft/sec/sec) ... Suspension changes have brought the handling up to a level approaching an honest race car; and while not exactly in the Corvette's league, predictability is well within the acceptable range. It's comfortable. It's stylish. It comes standard with detail items that enthusiasts usually have to special order, or add later: Oil cooler, battery in the back, suspension modifications, honest spoilers. It's all there.” Seat Time Jim Sucharski, Orlando, FL: I was the original owner of a Canary Yellow 1970 Mustang fastback The bargain days are over Car Life's conclusion: “The Boss 429, seemingly, has everything, and everything in this case goes for $5,000. That has to be the bargain of the year.” Well, the bargain days are over. Four years ago, a Boss 429 could be bought for under $100,000. Last January, Russo and Steele sold a Wimbledon White '69—a former race car with 62 miles on the odometer— for $253,000. On May 17, at Dana Mecum's Original Spring Classic auction, a Raven Black '69 from the Dave Christenholz collection sold for $275,000. Top price was brought by a Black Jade '69 sold by Worldwide Group in May 2007 for $319,000. Our 1969 feature car was a matching-numbers, one- owner car with 30,000 miles on it, restored on an “as needed” basis after a 30-year hiatus. All the important documents were present, including the build sheet, and September 2008 with the 428 Cobra Jet engine. My father was a business owner who leased trucks from Roger Penske, from whom I was to pur- chase the car. I was possessed of some extra money obtained as a settlement for a motorcycle accident, so with time on my hands and a broken leg, I special-ordered the Mustang. It was a basic fastback with the 390-hp CJ engine and an automatic transmission. I specified a Detroit Locker 3.50 limited-slip rear axle, and I remember the car being supplied with a manual choke and wide oval 70-series tires. I avoided ordering anything that gave away the nature of the car; with no stripes or scoops, it was a real “sleeper.” I think I paid in the neighborhood of $3,500 back then. It was probably the fastest car I ever owned from 40 mph to 80 mph (second gear). The car was decidedly nose heavy and inclined to push in a tight corner but was correctable with the throttle. It was also prone to serious aquaplaning and was a terrible handful under slippery conditions, often encountered in snowy and rainy Syracuse, New York, where I lived at the time. I remember it would spin the wheels in the slightest snow cover when placed in drive, even with the engine just idling. The build quality on the car was excellent by the standards of the time, and it never suffered any mechanical issues, despite a lot of abuse at my young hands. I traded the Mustang for a Volvo P1800 when I became enamored of the foreign car experience. The timing was fortunate, as I made the trade about one week before the original oil embargo, and the 8-mpg Mustang sat on the dealer's lot for most of a year. ♦ 59 the interior was in excellent original condition, a testament to the original owner's care. It seems the rest of the world is finally discovering what Mustang enthusiasts have known all along: The Boss 429 is deserving of the elite status in the marketplace that Hemi 'Cudas and Challengers and ZL1 Camaros have had for years. This car was the real deal and priced accordingly. (Introductory description courtesy of Worldwide Group.) ♦


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Domestic Affairs Colin Comer America's Difference-Makers If somebody out there has a GT40 and a Daytona Coupe in the same garage, please, let me live there. I promise to take good care of your cars T 1 o celebrate SCM's 20th birthday, I hereby offer my take on a Top 20 list. The criteria were simple: I didn't focus on a particular era or type of car. I just picked cars I would like to see in my garage. That can be because they are historically significant, or really fast, or particularly pleasing to look at. No rhyme or reason; the common theme is they are cars I admire. As you will see, similar cars or various years of the same models have been lumped together in some cases. Within each of these categories, there could be multiple cars I like, or cars so similar that others may like one or the other. For example, Ford Mustangs—this includes K Codes, Boss 302 and 429s, etc. This is a “pick your poison” grouping. If you think I'm nuts, you're probably right—but then all of us in this hobby are a little (or more than a little) nuts, don't you agree? 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe Price range: $10 million–$15 million Number made: 6 Cobra roadsters are the aero- dynamic equivalent of the broad side of a barn. Peter Brock fixed that with his coupe body designed to get the Cobra to 180-plus mph. It worked, and the coupe won the World Manufacturer's Championship for Shelby. They only built six. 'Nuff said. 2 1962–1965 Shelby 260/289 Cobra Price range: $550,000–$2.5 million Number made: 592, including street/comp/prototypes Ridiculously crude and unrefined result of Carroll Shelby shoving a Ford V8 in the antiquated AC Ace chassis. He used the car to let the sports car world know he was kicking ass and taking names. “Entry level” is a 260-ci worm-and- sector-steering street car; upper end are factorybacked Comp cars. I'm biased, but few cars have ever captured the magic or delivered more than Shelby's original creation. If you can only have one collector car, get one of these. 31965–1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Price range: $600,000–$2.5 million Number made: 312, including street/comp/prototypes The lithe little 289 Cobra was now a fire-breathing, big-block muscle car of sorts. A new coilspring chassis helped handle the power, although the 427 never captured the charm (or race record) of the small-block cars. Far lower production numbers than the 289 and lots more street 60 5 1967 GT40 Mk III cred. If you're going to be a bear, be a grizzly, right? Nobody will ever ask you, “Couldn't you have gotten something a little faster?” 41965 Shelby GT350 / GT350 R Price range: $200,000–$1 million Number made: 562, including street/drag/prototypes and 34 Competition (R) The car that was so damn good it changed how people looked at Mustangs (and Shelby) forever. R models are the top dog, nearly unbeatable in competition and a precious commodity today. Even the street cars are raw and elemental. Shelby built Mustangs through 1970, but none as focused as the original. A 250 SWB for 10% of the price, and NAPA has a complete tune-up kit for fifty bucks. 1965–1967 Ford GT40 Mk I, II, III, and J Cars Price range: $2 million–$15 million Number made: About 106, depending on who you ask The Ford that beat Ferrari 1-2- 3 at Le Mans in 1966, regardless of what order they were told to cross the line. Another Herculean 7 feat pulled of by an underdog, this time thanks to the vengeful Henry “The Deuce” Ford II and his bottomless pockets. If somebody out there has a GT40 and a Daytona Coupe in the same garage, please, let me live there. I promise to take good care of your cars. 61932 Ford V8 Price range: $10,000 to huge money for historic period-built hot rods Number made: Far more than Ford ever built Undeterred by one of the worst economic times in history, in 1932 Ford introduced an affordable V8 car for the masses. The new 221-ci flathead made 65 hp and could reach nearly 80 mph. Post-WWII the '32 Ford, or Deuce, became the car to hot rod and still is to this day. A milestone car that still has people dreaming about it. 1955–1957 Chevrolet 150, 210, Bel Air, and Nomad Price range: $10,000–$150,000 Number made: 4.1 million When you tell somebody to picture a classic Chevy, they think of a Tri-Five car. First to use the legendary small-block V8, and many performance versions were available. The '55 with its Ferrari-like egg-crate grille and clean styling is the purest of the bunch, while the '56 facelift missed the mark. '57 is by far the flashiest version and inspires “retro” industrial designs to this day. 283/283 '57 was the performance king. 81964–1971 Pontiac GTO Price range: $10,000–$500,000 Number made: 500,000 The '64 GTO may not have been the first car with muscle, but it is the first muscle car. Two basic generations are included here, the '64–'67 cars, and the '68–'71. Like everything else, the further out they got, the more they became like Fat Elvis, but they always had style and more than just big engines. Top picks are the early Tri-Power cars, and later Ram Air and HO cars, especially with the Judge package and a top that goes down. Everybody else copied the concept, some for better, some for worse, but there is only one GTO. 9 1955–1961 Chrysler 300 Letter Cars Price range: $35,000–$250,000 Number made: 9,557 Some of the best-looking and best-performing cars ever to roll out of Detroit. Often referred to as “Beautiful Brutes,” the famed Letter Cars were stuffed with huge horsepower and luxury. Tremendous long-haul road cars. I'll take a '61 300G convertible with the rare short-ram intake and Pont-à-Mousson 4-speed manual gearbox, please. 101953–1962 Corvette C1 Price range: $25,000–$350,000 Number made: 69,015 A limited run of 300 mildly disguised passenger cars masquerading as sports cars in 1953 started perhaps the most legendary car in American automotive history. Almost dead in the water by '54 and saved by the small-block V8 in '55. 1957 Sports Car Market


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brought 1 hp per cubic inch with the 283-ci Fuelie motor and all kinds of performance options. Chevy never looked back. Pick your favorite; there isn't a dog in the bunch, and everybody should own a solid-axle Corvette before they die. 111963–1967 Corvette C2 Price range: $15,000–$750,000 Number made: 117,964 Not much is better looking than a mid-year Corvette, even 45 years later. Everything from 250-hp small-blocks with 2-speed automatics to the 500-plus-hp L88 427 of 1967 was available. One look and nobody will ever ask why you bought one. The '63 Split Window is the undisputed best-looker, while '65–'67 cars with 4-wheel disc brakes and numerous improvements are the best driving. Garden-variety versions are inexpensive to buy and all are inexpensive to own. Capable, usable, beautiful. How could you not want one? 121965–1970 Ford Mustang Price range: $5,000–$500,000 Number made: 3 million The car that started the Pony Car wars, which is still being duked out in Detroit some 40 years later. Everything from plane-Jane cars to Boss 429 earth movers are here. Pick your generation and size—Small '65–'66, Medium '67–'68, or Large '69– '70. All have plenty of options to suit the desired use. Would we have had Camaros, Challengers, Barracudas, Javelins, etc., without the Mustang? 131969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Price range: $500,000–$850,000 Number made: 69 What do you get when a Chevy dealer is strong enough to push through a Central Office Production Order for 69 Camaros with an all-aluminum 427-ci engine? The baddest factory-built Camaro ever. Horsepower estimates are around 500, and it feels like all of that. Huge dough for a Camaro, but that's what it takes to have the big dog. 14 Yenko Chevrolet Camaros/ Novas/Chevelles Price range: $125,000–$500,000 Number made: 614, all versions “Supercars” were a big deal in the heyday of muscle cars, and nobody did it better than Don Yenko. From 427 Camaros and September 2008 Novas to Corvette LT-1-engined Novas, Yenko engineered complete supercars. He called them Yenko Sportscar Conversions. Good ones are as rare as hen's teeth, but the good news is that Yenko production records exist, so you can verify the real cars from the UFO's, which keeps values safe. 15 1970/1971 Dodge and Plymouth Hemi E-Body convertibles Price range: $800,000–$2,000,000 Number made: 41 Muscle cars are all about excess, and nothing is as ridiculous as a 426 Hemi 'Cuda or Challenger convertible. Buyers figured this out; hence only 41 were ordered. That fact, coupled with the sheer lunacy of 425 hp in a unibody Mopar with the structural rigidity of a toboggan, puts these among the most desired of all muscle cars. Nobody said crappy cars have to be cheap. 16 1953 Buick-Olds-Cadillac “Triple Crown” Cars Price range: $100,000–$300,000 Number made: 2,680 total In 1953, GM ruled the world and could do whatever it wanted, evidenced by the existence of the Skylark, Eldorado, and Fiesta—largely hand-built show cars that were actually put into 1953 Hudson Hornet with Twin H-Power production and sold to the public. GM reportedly lost money on every one, despite selling them for $5k–$8k when new, a huge amount in 1953. It's all about image, babe, and GM had it in spades in 1953. 171948 Tucker 48 Price range: $350,000–$500,000 Number made: 51 Preston Tucker's dream, and the most futuristic and advanced car to hit postwar America in 1948. As flawed as the man himself, but chock full of groundbreaking safety and performance ideas. If Tucker could have made his Spruce Goose fly, who knows what we'd be driving today. Unquestionably a milestone car and a great American tale. 18 1953 Cunningham C4-R and C4-RK Price range: Mr. Gates, your car is ready Number made: 3 The definitive Cunningham race car clearly inspired countless similar creations since, including the Shelby Cobra. B.S. Cunningham himself finished 4th at Le Mans in his C4-RK. While the C5-R that followed may have been a better car, to me the C4-R is the one to own. American sportsmanship never looked better. 19 1956–1957 Lincoln Continental Mk II Price range: $25,000–$100,000 Number made: 1,769 Lincoln's shot at a personal “ultra luxury car” to top all others. Meticulously engineered and styled, and hugely expensive for Ford to build. Even with an original price of $9,900, Ford claimed to have lost over $1,000 on every one sold. If they'd made five of them, these would be milliondollar cars, so enjoy the selection and discount. 201951–1953 Hudson Hornet Price range: $15,000–$100,000 Number made: 106,785 Another postwar milestone car, with performance that other manufacturers couldn't touch until years later—and from a 6-cylinder, too! The “Fabulous Hudson Hornets” absolutely dominated stock car racing for quite some time. The “Twin-H Power”-equipped examples are the ones to get. Style and speed all in one. There you have it. It's a list as diverse as the American auto industry, and every car listed has its merits and deserves its place here. I'd be willing to wager that when we do a “Top 40” list in 2028, for SCM's four-decade celebration, every one of these cars will still make the cut. ♦ 61


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Race Car Profile 1923 Miller 122 Supercharged Estate sales can recirculate heretofore unobtainable cars, which—absent their owners' passing—would have remained tucked away indefinitely by Miles Collier Details Years produced: 1922–29 Number produced: 37 Original list price: $10,000–$15,000 SCM Valuation: $750,000–$2,000,000 Chassis #: None, the AAA issued registration plaques Engine #: Middle of right cam box cover Tune-up cost: $2,000 approx Magneto cap: $3,500 Club: Vintage Sports Car Club The Old Post Office, West Street, Chipping Norton, England OX75EL More: www.vscc.co.uk Alternatives: 1927 Delage 15-S-8 GP car, 1925 Duesenberg board track car, 1927 Bugatti Type 35C GP car SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Engine number: 20 H arry Miller's name may not ring a bell as loudly as Ettore Bugatti's, but Bugatti acquired Miller race cars to study before producing his first dual overhead camshaft engine in the Type 50 of 1930. New Indianapolis 500 competition rules for 1923 limited engine displacement to two liters and eliminated the riding mechanic, so Miller designer Leo Goossen gave working drawings of the Model 122 to shop foreman Fred Offenhauser, who had been with Miller since 1915. With the exception of wheels, tires, ignition parts, gauges, and a few other items, every part was produced on the premises. Miller required that parts be simple, lightweight, and sculptural, and the creation of these “simple” parts required tremendous skill and patience. The engine design was straightforward. The archi- tecture of the successful 183 was retained but scaled down. The cylinder head was cast integrally with the blocks, of which there were two, each with four cylinders. These were mounted on a barrel-type aluminum crankcase, with a five-bearing crankshaft. The car was purposely narrow, while the chassis can be described as automotive jewelry. The fit was to the highest standards, finishes included gun bluing, and all the castings were hand-scraped, with a near-polished finish. A total of seven 122s were completed before the 1923 Indianapolis 500 race, and Cliff Durant, the wealthy son of GM founder William Crapo Durant, purchased five. A credible driver in his own right, Cliff was Miller's chief patron during this Golden Era. Joe MacPherson's car was one of the five purchased by Durant. Its racing career began with a fourth-place finish at Indianapolis, driven by Eddie Hearne, who followed with two firsts, three seconds, and a fifth at board track 62 races. In 1924, Hearne had fuel problems at Indy and finished 19th. In February of 1925, Stuart Wilkinson crashed the car at Culver City Board Track. During the rebuild, it was updated with a supercharger, and Earl Cooper took over as driver for the remainder of the year. Cooper started fourth in the Indianapolis 500 and ran well, taking the lead from Ralph Hepburn on the 121st lap. On the 124th lap, however, he hit the wall on the southwest turn and finished 17th at an average speed of 110.487 miles per hour. Cooper ran eight board track races that year, gaining two third place finishes in 250-mile events. The Miller 122's career wound down in 1926. With its engine displacement reduced to the newly mandated 1.5-liter (91-ci) formula, the car participated in four board track events early in the year but engine damage kept it out of the Indy 500. The Miller next appeared in September of 1928, when Bill Albertson of Penn Yan, New York, bought the car and finished sixth in a 100-mile race at the Atlantic City board track. For the 1929 Indianapolis 500, Albertson's Miller was driven by Frank Farmer. Farmer started 26th and ran as high as sixth, but his supercharger broke on lap 140. Later that year, Albertson won at Lehighton and Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. The highpoint of the car's 1930 season was Albertson's winning of a 100-mile race at Toledo, Ohio. But his luck ran out on August 16 and he was killed during a race in Middletown, New York. Albertson's widow sold the car to Horace Shaw, and in 1932, Shaw's driver Malcolm Fox scored three second-place dirt track finishes. Photos of the car taken in the mid- to late-1930s indicate that it was a “Reddy's Special” with Joe Silvia driving, but no competition record has been found. In the 1940s, a man named Schwartz acquired the 1930 Miller Lion Head Special Lot# 142, s/n N/A Condition 1Sold at $297,000 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/16/2002 SCM# 28829 1925 Miller 122 FWD Lot# 543, s/n 18 Condition 2+ Sold at $495,000 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/17/2007 SCM# 45360 1935 Miller-Ford Lot# 29, s/n 5 Condition 1 Sold at $310,000 Christie's, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/17/2003 SCM# 36201 Sports Car Market Photos: RM Auctions


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Miller, then sold it to Edmund Dunn in the 1950s. Dunn sold it to Massachusetts collector Edgar Roy in the 1960s. In 1968, Carl Bross of Michigan acquired the car but had an inaccurate body built. Upon Bross's death the car was sold to Anthony Bamford in England, where it remained until bought by race car collector Bob Sutherland. His collection was dispersed on his death, and the Miller was bought by Joe MacPherson. A remarkable survivor, it retained its original frame rails, front end, rear axle, engine, transmission, steering components, brakes, and even pedals. In his approach to the restoration of the Miller, MacPherson decided to replicate its appearance in supercharged form, as driven by Earl Cooper in the 1925 Indianapolis 500. As presented, this Miller 122 Supercharged race car can rightfully take a place of honor in the most sophisticated of car collections. It has incredible racing history, known lineage, and an amazing tale of survival. SCM Analysis This car sold for $2,035,000 at RM's auction of the Joe's Garage MacPherson Collection in Tustin, California, on June 14, 2008. The Miller 122 was the high-selling lot at this estate liquidation sale. It had been estimated at $900,000–$1,200,000, so the $2,035,000 result was double that and four times the Miller record to date. The cause and effect here is simple and straightforward. First, an estate sale tends to attract serious bidders, given the event's focus on liquidation. I clearly recall the great results from the sale of the Browning Collection, the Otis Chandler Collection, and so forth. These poignant events have the macroeconomic role of recirculating heretofore unobtainable cars, which—absent their owners' passing—would have remained tucked away indefinitely. Second, we're in one of those periods in the collector car cycle where there are lots of buyers looking for great objects and few great objects to be had. Estate sales of top-flight collections are one of the rare occasions when first-class cars surface. Third, this car is well known among today's disciples of Harry Miller for its long- term existence, passing as it did through the hands of such connoisseurs as Anthony Bamford, Bob Sutherland, and Joe MacPherson. Most significantly, it is known for its high degree of originality and authenticity. The Miller as a collectible Now, let's look at Miller cars within the context of collectible cars. Great col- lectibles share one or more of three important characteristics: they look great, they dominated on the track or in the market of the day, and their engineering and build quality are superb. Millers look fantastic. Harry Miller relentlessly optimized his cars for their mis- sion—to win long-distance circle track races. As such, they have the pared-down, lethally effective look of a perfected instrument. Bodies are no more than 18 inches wide, and components are exquisitely designed to minimize weight and wind resistance. The sinister gleam of the inline 8-cylinder, twin-cam, centrifugally supercharged engine, with its intricate intercooling intake manifold, results in gearhead overload. It took the artists at Miller's shop 6,500 hours to build a complete Miller car, of which perhaps 1,000 hours went toward fit and finish; if it wasn't hand-scraped to a polish, it was gun-blued. No more beautifully turned-out racing cars were ever built. Millers were dominant in their era. American racing in those days, and even now, was show business. Owners invested in equipment they felt would maximize their chances of putting on a good show and making money. Millers were the way to go. They were very fast and dead reliable, as well as being the most exquisitely engineered and fabricated cars in the history of American racing, arguably in the top five built by anyone anywhere. From the ground-breaking 183s of 1921 (once teething problems with the camshaft were cured by a little industrial espionage at Duesenberg), the marque dominated professional board track and Indy racing until 1930. Millers became victims of their own success Augie and Fred Duesenberg's racers put up brave resis- tance, winning just enough to keep things slightly uncertain, but Miller was the class of the field. Between 1920 and 1930, Millers won Indy six times and occupied 50% of the podium slots. So competitive were Millers that the cars became victims of their own success. Their components were reworked into cars September 2008 63 for other racing series to keep winning and earning. Consequently, very few of the roughly 37 Miller cars built survived, as they were reconstituted or cannibalized. When the great Frank Lockhart was asked how much power his specially tuned Miller 91 made to set the record 164 mph average (and an incredible 171 mph one way) at his Muroc Dry Lake record run, he replied, “Any number I want. It's just a question of tuning.” The horsepower was subsequently estimated from the drag coefficient and speed at 285. And as the late Griff Borgeson said, it was Ettore Bugatti's inspection of two Miller 91 front-drive cars traded to him by Leon Duray that convinced him to switch to twin-cam architecture in 1930. World-class technical execution goes without saying if the notoriously arrogant Bugatti took a master class from Harry Miller. Few “no stories” Millers Let's return to the MacPherson Miller. As mentioned above, Miller automobiles were never plentiful. It is a sad fact of Miller collecting that extraordinarily few “no stories” Miller cars exist. A few examples were sequestered in shops or barns, the most significant being the two front-drive cars confined for decades at Bugatti in Molsheim until acquired by Griff Borgeson. The MacPherson car is another. Most Millers are made up out of substantially origi- nal bits, but lack the all-important chassis longerons that comprise the original frame. Under the modern rubric, these reconstructed cars are either “bitsas,” if their components come from a variety of sources, or “resurrections,” if the resultant car is derived largely from one antecedent. Our subject car has no such problem. It's the real deal. While Miller board track cars are hugely evocative of the great age of the board tracks, they are not very usable, being optimized for high-speed circle track racing. Their woeful transmissions make them happiest at the annual Miller event at the Milwaukee Mile, and as featured masterpieces in the collections of connoisseurs. 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Market Reports Overview Aston Martins, European Classics, and American Muscle Total $39m 1960s DBs again brought record results, and well-documented American muscle saw some strong prices by Jim Pickering D espite a turbulent economy both in the U.S. and abroad, recent sales in the collector car market again showed solid results. Many of the sales taking place from April through June saw numbers either matching or topping those set in the same locations just a year earlier. SCM's Auction Analyst were out in force, cameras and notepads in hand, to cover the cars as they crossed the block. Analyst Paul Hardiman made his way to Newport Pagnell in May for Bonhams's annual sale of Aston Martin and Lagonda motor cars, where this year's total of nearly $9m more than doubled last year's $4m take. A 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT made high sale honors here at $2.1m, and nearly all of the other lots sold were valued with sale prices well over their presale high estimates. Mecum Auctions hosted its annual Spring Classic the weekend of May 15–18, and Senior Analyst B. Mitchell Carlson traveled to the auction's new location in Indianapolis to cover the action. He noted that a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS ZL1 from the Dave Christenholz collection was the high sale of the event at $800k, while the 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 “Tobacco King” Rocket Car brought $376k (See the August “American Profile,” p. 58). Final total here, at $21m, dropped from the $26m realized in 2007, but Carlson found the new venue much better suited than the previous, longstanding location in Belvidere, Illinois, and the average price per car rose by over $7k. Bonhams & Butterfields traveled to Greenwich, Connecticut, in early June for its inaugural auction held in conjunction with the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, with 53% of the 49 lots on offer trading hands for nearly $2.5m—a slightly higher result than Christie's $2.4m sale SCM1-6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/ perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts 64 Sales Totals Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, UK Mecum, Indianapolis, IN Bonhams & Butterfields, Greenwich, CT Carlisle, Carlisle, PA Bonhams, Hendon, UK H&H, Harrogate, UK $8,860,719 $21,429,554 $2,074,646 $3,076,104 $2,458,780 $2,004,240 at the concours last year. Analyst Don Schoeny noted that marginal cars were a tough sell, while the strong euro meant many of the lots sold would be headed to new homes across the Atlantic. Analyst Chip Lamb again traveled to Carlisle in late April for the company's annual Spring Carlisle event, where 106 of 248 lots sold for $2m. Lamb noted a lack of high-end consignments as compared to years past, which likely lead to this year's final totals dropping slightly from last year's $2.2m result. Bonhams returned to Hendon for its annual spring sale at the RAF Museum in April, where 53 lots sold for a total of $3m. Although the sales percentage remained the same as it was at last year's event, the final total fell by nearly $700k. Analyst Paul Hardiman noted that two of the star lots were removed from the sale last minute, but results were solid nonetheless, as many of the lots on offer sold in excess of their high estimates. The newly refurbished Royal Hall served as backdrop for H&H at its inaugural Harrogate sale in April, where 41 lots changed hands at just over $2m—a considerable increase over last year's larger $1.1m Buxton event. Aston Martins brought some of the biggest money here, with a 1966 DB6 Short Chassis Volante selling at $642k and a 1962 DB4 Series IV Vantage bringing $413k. Finally, if you feel you've seen one too many Ferrari 430s or Lamborghini Gallardos in Monterey during the annual August events, Geoff Archer's eBay Motors report should have just what you need to stand out from the crowd on 17-Mile Drive. ♦ Top10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT coupe, $2,115,820—Bon NP, p.68 2. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS ZL1 coupe, $800,000—Mec, p.90 3. 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Short Chassis Volante convertible, $642,510—H&H, p.134 4. 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante convertible, $606,620—Bon NP, p.72 5. 1976 Lagonda V8 Series I saloon, $498,820—Bon NP, p.74 6. 1905 Sunbeam 12/14hp Side Entrance tonneau, $482,130—Bon Hendon, p.120 7. 1969 Aston Martin DB6 Volante coupe, $455,700—Bon NP, p.74 8. 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV Vantage coupe, $413,820—H&H, p. 134 9. 1964 Aston Martin DB5 coupe, $391,020—Bon NP, p.72 10. 1935 Packard Twelve convertible, $378,000—Mec, p.84 1. 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I convertible sedan, $364,500—B&B, p.96 2. 1937 Lagonda LG45 drophead coupe, $174,240—H&H, p.132 3. 1950 Bentley Mk VI Standard Steel saloon, $87,912—Bon Hendon, p.122 4. 1966 Ford Fairlane 500 XL “Cammer” 2-dr hard top, $131,250—Mec, p.88 5. 1970 Mercury Cougar XR-7 coupe, $3,045—Car, p.112 Sports Car Market Best Buys


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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, UK Aston Martin and Lagonda Motor Cars Fifty per cent over estimate was the norm, with a DB4GT that topped $2m demonstrating that Aston Martins are still climbing Company Bonhams Date May 17, 2008 Location Newport Pagnell, England Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold / offered 35 / 42 Sales rate 83% Sales total $8,860,719 High sale 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT, sold at $2,115,820 Buyer's premium DB5 made $316k, the rising tide lifting other Aston boats Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics A ll market observers know the DB5 has gone stratospheric in the past three years, but at this sale, the rest of the range was pulled up in its slip- stream. The three DB5s offered here were on or just over the current market levels, but practically all other lots older than Virages were fetching up to 50% more than their high estimates—including a beautifully original reference-standard 1961 DB4GT that brought an astonishing $2.1m against a best presale guess of $1.3m–$1.5m. Other notable results included $606,620 for a 1968 DB6 Mk I Volante, $498,820—a new record—for a much-improved 1976 Lagonda V8 Series 1 four-door saloon, and $358,680 for a 1955 DB2/4 Mk II drophead coupe. However, the biggest percentages were reserved for the restoration projects: $175,420 was forthcoming for a “barn-find” DB2/4 Mk II that had once been owned by Richard Attwood, and a surprising $132,300 was achieved for a basket-case DB4 Series IV that needed everything. Each had been estimated at around $30k. A jubilant James Knight explained that Bonhams grossed almost $9m, which was double the 2007 total and was the company's best result in nine years of running this unique sale from within the Aston Martin workshops. He went on to say, “The phenomenal results confirm the enduring appeal of Aston Martin. And I 66 think being on the company site lends confidence.” Crowds packed into the saleroom, which was made up of one end of Works Newport Pagnell, UK Service's workshops that had been cleared out for the weekend, and many of the cars on offer were displayed on the shop's lifts. Those bidders and spectators who were present got to witness an unprecedented 97% of all lots sell, including the automobilia lots offered before the cars crossed the auction block. In addition to visitors from Japan, Australia, and the U.S., plenty of locals and club members were in attendance at this sale, which is one of the AMOC's important gatherings of the year, perhaps drawn by the fact that the famous factory across the road had recently been demolished. Several Continental buyers were on hand to bid on the left-hand-drive cars, no doubt attracted by the strong euro. The automobilia included two special lots: two of the 1,500 certificated bricks from the factory, numbered 007 and 1500, for which Bonhams raised an astonishing $11,000 each. Outside, the other 1,498 of these little slices of Aston Martin history were each available for a charity contribution of $50 or more. Perhaps the rejuvenation of interest in Aston Martin following Ford's sale of the marque to independent new owners galvanized buyers into acquiring part of the 94-year-old company's heritage at any price. With the final automotive sales rate of 83% and a total of nearly $9m as compared to last year's $4m for 86% sold, it certainly looked that way. ♦ Sales Totals $2m $4m $6m $8m $10m 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 15% on the first $58,800, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £1.96) Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, UK #309-1953 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 convertible. S/N LML558. Eng. # DP10139. Sea Green/black mohair/buff leather. RHD. Odo: 28,685 miles. Ex-works demonstrator/development car, raced by David Brown's daughter in period. Concours restoration in late '80s and again from '04–'06 after four seasons of historic racing. Body sharp, paint and interior all good. Modern foam air filter in period- from the catalog pictures, Dickie's got another stashed away in his barn. #321-1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series II coupe. S/N DB4541R. Eng. # 370555. Silver/red leather. RHD. Odo: 68,410 miles. Straight body, decent paint dates to 1991. Mostly good rechrome, floors excellent, rear of looking fabricated airbox. Borrani lookalikes, Avon ZZs. Needed a valet after it had been sat in and fiddled with all day. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $294,000. Sold slap in the middle of estimates. Since it was always a development car, one shouldn't worry too much about its time as a racer and subsequent return to the road. This was expected to make more due to its works history, but at this price it was fairly bought and sold. #335-1955 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 Mk II drophead coupe. S/N AM3001104. Eng. # VB6J625L1. White/blue mohair/black leather. RHD. Odo: 2,244 miles. Multiple concours winner. Restored between '96 and '00 with little mileage since, so it looks like the job was window rubbers perished. Unmarked chrome, dash immaculate, heavy patina to seats. New carpets but originals come with car. Looks almost untouched apart from brake caliper rebuild, new coils, and a stainless steel exhaust. A “reference car” for anybody restoring one. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $2,115,820. An expensive sale against a $1.3m–$1.5m estimate. Auctioneer Jamie Knight was heard saying, “I knew I had interest from a buyer in the room at $1.5m but he didn't even get his hand up before it went to the telephones.” Rare in this original condition, and well bought and sold. #301-1962 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series sill/floor joints a bit crumbly. Very nice patina to original red leather, dash and instruments perfect. Sensitively upgraded and quite lovely, lots of original paperwork. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $240,100. $40k over top estimate. This one had a good feel, and in this still-rising market, it was worth all the money spent here. #329-1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series IV coupe. S/N DB4760R. Eng. # 370631. Green metallic/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 30,674 miles. Excellent body and paint rejuvenated in '04, finished back to original color. IV coupe. S/N DB4831R. Eng. # DB4859. Silver/red leather. RHD. Odo: 80,347 miles. Rotten basket case left in presumably damp barn since '80s, now needing complete restoration but all there. Rust dropping out of it, damp smelling inside. Chassis needs at least new outriggers. Bumpers (though not over-riders) would rechrome, but that's small consolation. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $132,300. Sold at about done last month. Perfect in every respect. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $358,680. Last sold by Bonhams at Works Service in May '03 at $93,920 (SCM# 31906). It's gone up a bit in value since then, and this time it fetched twice what was expected—a huge price for a 2/4, and very well sold at $65k more than the other near-concours 2/4 drophead offered as lot 309. #339-1957 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 Mk II coupe. S/N AM3001211. Eng. # VB6J834L1. Silver & gray/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 10,909 miles. “Barn-find” property of Richard Attwood, unused for 30 years. Complete and better than it first looks, with some welding to chassis X-frame and OK door fit. L1 spec denotes high-lift cams. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $175,420. Originally estimated at $24k–$30k, this sold after a protracted battle between rival bidders. The price does not compute, although auctioneer Jamie Knight said, “We thought we'd let the cars find the market.” Judging 68 Very good chrome, rims slightly wider than standard. Super-sharp chassis and floors, sill folds as per factory. Door hinges replated, very clean leather and carpets. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $283,220. $25k over top estimate and top of the market for a DB4, but still a better value than either of the two DB4 restoration projects (lots 301 and 340) available at this sale. TOP 10 No. 1 #345-1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4GT coupe. S/N DB4GT0145R. Eng. # 3700162GT. Green/buff leather. RHD. Odo: 18,273 miles. One of 75 built, 45 of which were supplied in RHD. Super order for a completely original 47year-old car. Light surface rust under sills, four times its estimate. It was the first of the big surprises of the day after being hotly fought over by “eight or nine” telephone bidders. Possibly influenced by the Series III selling at Artcurial's Paris sale in February '08 for $465k (SCM# 51889)—but that was a one-owner car that was both completely original and near perfect. “The charm of this was that it was a virgin car,” said Bonhams' Jamie Knight, but it still needs a $300,000 restoration, and the same sale valued a nice example at around $280k. #340-1962 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series IV coupe. S/N DB4851R. Eng. # 370856. Blue/black leather. RHD. Odo: 92,433 miles. Off the road from the '70s through the '90s, said to have been restored in '86. Poor paint over ripply and bubbly body, rough sills but main chassis rails look OK. Black leather worn, but just savable. Dash good, Moto-Lita wheel fitted. Has MOT to June 20 of this year. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $127,988. $30k over top estimate. This was better than the basket-case Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, UK tolerant 4.2 upgrade that looks just put back together. New stainless exhaust, more serious tires than most Astons of this vintage. Webasto sunroof. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $192,668. This was nearer to the expected price range than several others at this sale, but it still brought $40k over its top estimate. Clearly it convinced someone. #310-1965 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. “virgin” DB4, but sold for less. Budget at least another $200k to restore either. #323-1963 LAGONDA RAPIDE saloon. S/N LR149R. Eng. # 400149. Dark blue/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 7,051 miles. Restored from '94–'96 at cost of $120k with leading specialists Goldsmith & Young, after which it won concours awards. Now fitted with a 4.2 with Cosworth pistons and unleaded-tolerant head, work by Aston Workshop from '01-'03. Power steering, negative earth electrics, interior retrim, and other works by Desmond Smail in '06. Body straight, paint good, chrome fair, dash and interior clean. A fine-appearing car with no stories. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $315,560. This car had a great look, and the price was bang on the money for a good, usable example that's a little off concours. TOP 10 No. 9 #326-1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB51453R. Eng. # 4001427. Pale blue metallic/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 47,343 miles. Really straight and proper, following comprehensive restorations in '93 and '06 that included a new wiring loom. All original parts apart from recent brake overhaul. Body good and straight, chrome OK. Dash revarnished, leather fresh and tidy. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $164,640. This was estimated at $40k–$50k, but an opportunity to buy a fully sorted example of a rare car meant the buyer could confidently treat the rules with impunity. #307-1963 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series V Vantage coupe. S/N DB41141R. Eng. # 3701123. Maroon/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 70,944 miles. Looks very original, and off the road throughout the '80s and '90s. Repainted in '04 but not dismantled first. New undercoating, sill bottoms look OK, but closing panels not too Vantage cams. Chrome excellent, concours engine bay, new black leather. Mileage probably over 100k, which is irrelevant due to the work completed. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $391,020. $70k over top estimate. On the money for a really nice example that's better than new and should need nothing for the foreseeable future. #305-1965 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Mk I 4.2 Vantage coupe. S/N DB62403R. Eng. # 4002435V. Dark blue/black leather. RHD. Odo: 8,297 miles. Initially shows all the hallmarks of a quick cosmetic resto, including dripping undercoating as well as saggy door hinges and new rubber seals, but actually $200k was spent from '00–'07. Body straight, paint smooth, very good rechrome. Engine now an unleaded- clever. Dash, wheel, carpets, and headliner OK, some mold in rear seat. Chrome decent, new rear brake calipers fitted for MOT. Unleaded cylinder head. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $240,100. Another sale over its top estimate, this time by $60,000. This could be a perfectly usable car, or it could be an ongoing restoration project. Only time will tell. #324-1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB51583R. Eng. # 4001519. Cumberland Gray/biscuit leather. RHD. Odo: 73,702 miles. Refurbished in Switzerland in the '90s, more 72 in '04, including conversion from auto to 5-speed. Other improvements include power steering and hidden satellite navigation. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $358,680. Sold slightly over estimate, but worth every cent if the upward trend of prices at this sale are any indication of where Aston prices are continuing to go. #319-1966 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Mk I Vantage coupe. S/N DB62452R. Eng. # 4002499V. Red/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 84,489 miles. Decent paint from 1995 and apparently mechanically up to snuff. Interior OK, chrome nice, glass unmarked. Rubber seals perished, recent undercoating does not completely hide S/N DB52209R. Eng. # 4002222. Silver/red leather. RHD. Odo: 6,448 miles. Body, paint, chrome, and interior excellent. Very straight and proper having been extensively restored by a leading and meticulous specialist RS Williams some corrosion under sills. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $143,080. Middle-estimate money and low for this sale, which reflected buyers' caution. Originally in California, repatriated in 1986. It's hard to see what's going on here, as a much nicer one in the same color but fitted with an automatic fetched $92k at Bonhams' Race Retro sale in March (SCM# 115999). TOP 10 No. 4 #304-1968 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Volante convertible. S/N DBVC3682R. Eng. # 4003475. Brown/ tan cloth/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 83,700 miles. Nice but not overdone 1981 restoration holding up OK. A former concours winner, but this is a case of fading glory. Leather and carpets good, Moto-Lita and original wheel, good rechrome has some evidence of polish marks. Finish Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, UK just a restoration project, and these cars cost $300k to do properly. Are we on our way to the first million-dollar DB6 Volante? #318-1971 ASTON MARTIN DBS coupe. S/N DBSFI5736R. Eng. # 4004851SFI. Red/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 36,826 miles. Stored in barn 14 years and now showing worn paint, bubbles around windshield, and microblistered chrome. Patch welds underneath and covered in tarry undercoating. Now fitted with carbs, around windshield not nice. You'd want to take the glass out to fix it, and then you could paint it a nicer color ... but then where would you stop? Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $606,620. Another amazing price, this one at $240k over top estimate. The price would have been fair enough if this had been perfect, but it wasn't, and the color did it no favors either. Well sold. #342-1969 ASTON MARTIN DB6 coupe. S/N DB64068R. Eng. # 4004250. Gunmetal Gray/red leather. RHD. Odo: 1,287 miles. Completely restored by marque specialists Four Ashes Garage in '06 and '07. Straight body, was Brico injection. New exhaust, black leather interior just fair. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $46,207. Valued by the new owner at twice the presale high estimate. This is probably a very usable old bus with lots of life left in it, but there's nothing left in the budget to make it nice. Very well sold. #302-1973 ASTON MARTIN V8 Series II coupe. S/N V810731RCA. Eng. # V540586. Pale green metallic/green leather. RHD. Odo: 24,098 km. Good paint and alloys, some chrome microblistering. Green leather good, dash top in good shape. Still with original fuel injection—many now fitted with carbs. Class good paint, underside sharp. Nice rechrome, recently replaced interior and wheels. New exhaust. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $175,420. $15k over top estimate. Astons are still edging up, so this could be seen as an adjustment for inflation. A fair deal both ways. TOP 10 No. 7 #325-1969 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Volante coupe. S/N DBVC3705R. Eng. # 4003832. Dubonnet Rosso/buff leather. RHD. Odo: 33,782 miles. Two owners from new. Dull paint, dinged and scratched chrome. Although sills and floors look OK, there are a few bumps and bubbles in the body. Leather very original and showing much patina. winner in club concours in 1999, but not now. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $54,096. This price was about on the money in the current market—an unremarkable car at an unremarkable price. At this end of the market, and with gas in the U.K. at nearly $9 per gallon in U.S. dollars, U.K. buyers were scared off by the thought of 12 mpg. #327-1973 ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE Sure, it drives fine, but I'd call this the makings of a restoration project. At least it's got all its original bits and is said to be mechanically OK. Speedo changes mean real mileage is 75,700. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $455,700. This price was a huge amount of money for a car that really was 74 coupe. S/N AM6022RA. Eng. # 4004913SVC. White/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 49,723 miles. Restored in '89, painted again in '04 and holding up decently apart from bubbles in doors and at back of front fenders. Various bits of welding underneath, rust under sills and front outriggers not too clever. Interior worn but serviceable, with OK blue leather and a nice dash. Engine refreshed 500 miles ago, engine compartment very tidy. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $40,572. This was one of the few cars to go under top estimate at this sale, and it was probably a reasonable with navigation, a/c, etc. Body and paint excellent, one rear door fit slightly off, tiny dings above air vents on both sides. Refurbished alloys, leather and carpets very good. Hardly any miles on engine. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $498,820. The $140k over top estimate paid here reflected the work that had gone into this unique car. Twice the price of the best Bentley S2 Continental, but just try to find another. (See the August 2008 “English Profile,” p.48.) #341-1977 ASTON MARTIN V8 Vantage coupe. S/N V811870RCAV. Eng. # V5401870W. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 68,742 miles. The prototype “Oscar India” car. Several dings in tail, a few bubbles and sink marks in paint, chrome good. Floors look solid with all drain holes open, sills done in '04. deal for the end user. As the older cars and V8s climb, this could have been a shrewd buy as nothing fundamental was wrong. TOP 10 No. 5 #320-1976 LAGONDA V8 Series I saloon. S/N L12007RCAC. Eng. # V5402007. Metallic blue/black leather. RHD. Odo: 6,358 miles. Probably the best of the seven factory cars built (one other came later). Extensively rebuilt, developed, and reengineered by RS Williams, now a 7-liter auto Interior fair, with black leather showing a nice patina. Mechanically up to snuff with lots of bills. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $78,400. Originally sold at the end of its life as a development car by the works at its own auction in 1981, this one sold here at right where you'd expect for Sports Car Market


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Glovebox Notes A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM stable. HHHHH is best. 2008 Honda Civic sedan a well-used but looked-after car with noted history. #306-1979 ASTON MARTIN V8 Volante convertible. S/N V8COR15120. Eng. # V5802400V. Blue metallic/dark blue mohair/ cream leather. RHD. Odo: 34,826 miles. Body straight, rear arches perfect. Good repaint shows some overspray on interior trim, but previous sill repairs underneath are a bit ugly. Price: $21,444 EPA Mileage: 25/36 Likes: Laundry list of options found on much more expensive cars: XM radio, navigation, heated leather seats, sunroof, one-touch driver's power widow and sunroof. 1.8-liter VTEC delivers adequate 140 hp, 5-speed auto, cruise, a/c, ABS, and delivered 36 mpg highway, as advertised. Simple controls, three sets of airbags, back seat okay for adults, big trunk. Gripes: Having to individually unlock doors to let passengers out. Intrusive road noise at highway speeds. No analog speedo. Fun to drive: HHH Fun to look at: HHH Overall experience: HHH Verdict: Basic unit of transportation now loaded with extras. Not as much of a bargain as the Accord—for only $7,500 more, you get a 3.5-liter, full-size car that still gets 29 mpg highway.—Paul Duchene 2009 VW Jetta SportWagen S working. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $45,080. A fair price for as nice an example as you're likely to find, and close to the price of a V8 coupe in similar condition. #316-1986 ASTON MARTIN V8 Vantage Zagato coupe. S/N V8IZXGTR20013. Eng. # V5800013XR. Red/black velour. RHD. Rowan Atkinson's racer, extensively and expensively ($400k+) prepared by Works Service from 1998 for AMOC competition, now retired and softened a little for road use. Essentially “Nimrod” Le Mans engine, big brakes, five-linked rear. Cream leather and veneer to dash nice, some cracking and lifting on shifter surround. New autobox in 2005, new top. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $67,620. This sale price was a whisker under bottom estimate, which made it the exception at this sale, and it left a bit in the kitty for tidying up those sill joints. #328-1980 ASTON MARTIN V8 Volante convertible. S/N V8COR15142. Eng. # V5405142S. Tourmaline Blue/blue mohair/ cream leather. RHD. Odo: 26,000 miles. Body and twelve-year-old paint mostly good. Floors OK but starting to look a bit crusty, rust has Very clean and tidy and in overall sharp condition for a racer with a few tiny wrinkles. All interior components still in place. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $240,100. $60k over top estimate. Protracted bidding between two AM dealer clients was eventually won by the buyer from Latvia. Whether that price was due to celebrity ownership or that it represented about half the sum of this cost-no-object racer's parts, I'd say fairly bought. #315-1987 ASTON MARTIN V8 Volante Series II convertible. S/N SCFCV8108GTL15466. White/black mohair/ cream leather. Odo: 53,851 km. Good sound condition, but older blowover does it no favors, with paint peeling around door handles and badges. Chrome excellent but trunk fit off, some surface rust underneath. Leather OK, veneers good, $20k recently spent on major Price as tested: $20,099, 170 hp, 2.5L 5-cyl., 5-speed, ABS, ASR EPA Mileage: 21/29 Likes: Crisp appearance, extremely comfortable and attractive cloth interior, zippy performance with manual (a loaded, leather-clad automatic we also tested was most unimpressive by comparison). Dislikes: Would like to see better city mileage, and find a dealer who isn't adding additional profit to the sticker. Fun to drive: HHHHH Fun to look at: HHHH Overall experience: HHHHH Verdict: In general, I'm not much of a fan of VWs, as I find them overpriced, with cramped interiors and too many complicated things going on, many of which have a history of going south as the miles rack up. This car, however, was roomy, comfortable, peppy, and—most impressive of all for a VW—very attractively priced.—Keith Martin ♦ 76 blown paint at front of rear wheelarches (blocked drain holes?), chrome fair, cream leather OK. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $71,932. Sold slap in mid-estimate territory. A nice car, but sorting that rust properly and painting it afterward will cost at least $15k. #322-1984 ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA saloon. S/N LOOR13196. Eng. # V5803196. Metallic blue/gray leather. RHD. Ex-AML Engineering Department, still straight and tidy. Good paint and alloys, nice leather. Fluorescent touch-sensitive dash still intact and apparently service. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $121,520. This one brought $30k over its top estimate. First registered in Monaco, sold by Brooks in London in March '97 for $73,094 (SCM# 22077), offered again and not sold at $48,000 by Bonhams at Works Service in May '03 (SCM# 31117). Slightly high price for a sound car in unflattering color—although it's probably better than it initially appeared. #308-1989 ASTON MARTIN V8 Vantage Volante convertible. S/N SCFCV81VOKTL15794. Eng. # V5805794X. Black/cream cloth/cream leather. Odo: 8,284 Sports Car Market


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Glovebox Notes A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM stable. HHHHH is best. 2008 Mazdaspeed3 Grand Touring #343-1995 ASTON MARTIN VIRAGE VOLANTE Wide Body convertible. S/N 60091. Eng. # 8960091A. Blue/blue mohair/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 22,358 miles. Converted to wide body specs by the Works shortly after delivery. Body straight, paint good, Price as tested: $25,120, 2.3L DOHC 16v 4-cyl. turbo, 6-speed manual, DSC, TCS EPA Mileage: 18/26 Likes: Very cool boy-racer look from edgy exterior to leather and alcantara seats. Grownups can fit in rear seats. Crisp gearbox, turbo leads to stoplight drag racing. Dislikes: 18 mpg in the city makes this the Hummer of little cars; surely Mazda can do better. Fun to drive: HHHHH Fun to look at: HHHHH Overall experience: HHHHH Verdict: Mazda gets so many things right it makes you wonder why its owner, Ford, seems to get so many things wrong. This is a pocketrocket with manners for the 21st century, without the “beat-you-to-death-and-then-you'llpowerslide-off-the-road” irrationality of the WRX and the Evo. Kids could probably even convince their parents this is a “practical” car; I know mine has already tried.—Keith Martin 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited AWD Price: $32,165 EPA Mileage: 17/24 Likes: Crisp redesign of goofy original Santa Fe—looks like a larger Tucson. Leather interior, w/heated seats, satellite radio, intelligent navigation/CD/climate control displays, reasonable back seat, or room to carry a bale of hay, 3.3-liter V6/5-speed automatic delivers adequate power smoothly. Gripes: Priced right at the top of very competitive market. Appalling gas mileage for small-tomedium SUV (they claim 24 highway, I got 20) Fun to drive: HHH Fun to look at: HHHH Overall experience: HH Verdict: I had this pegged as a bargain around $27,000, so $32,000 was a Toyota-sized shock. The mileage was the coup de grace. 20 mpg highway can be approached by a Ford Excursion. Bang the gong, please.—Paul Duchene ♦ look new. Interior leather good except for one tiny nick to green dash top as well as some veneer cracking and discoloring. Full service history. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $207,760. This sale price was right in the current ballpark for a V8 Vantage Volante convertible in this condition, so both the buyer and seller should be happy. #336-1990 ASTON MARTIN VIRAGE coupe. S/N SCFCAM157LBR50139. Eng. # 8950139A. Buckingham Green/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 59,099 miles. Good overall order, with a few touched-in stone chips on hood. Earlier work to cure rust bubbles at windshield km. Body straight and tidy, paint nearly perfect, good cream leather. Veneers spotless and alloys only marked where stick-on balance weights have been. Very clean throughout. One owner from new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $261,660. $60k over top estimate. Originally sold by an Italian dealer, but has been in Switzerland and France since. Very collectible whether or not you can stand the plastic add-ons, and probably a shrewd buy at this time. #338-1989 ASTON MARTIN V8 Vantage Volante convertible. S/N 15779. Eng. # V5805779X. Green/white leather. RHD. Odo: 12,079 miles. Straight and clean body and paint after repaint in original color by Works Service in '02. Floors and chassis good, rear shocks alloys unmarked. Good leather and veneers with some light use commensurate with mileage. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $89,180. Sold right at top estimate money. Virages are a great value as the model is a bit unloved, and this was all the money for a nice example. Well sold. #311-1997 ASTON MARTIN DB7 Volante convertible. S/N SCFAA3115VK201058. Eng. # AM10400895. Green/black mohair/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 20,613 miles. Nice original low-mileage example with no dings, scuffs, or scrapes. Well-fitted interior with light use evident, unmarked paint, clean engine compartment. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $60,858. A fair market price for first Jag-derived Aston which is just acquiring classic status within the market. #337-2000 ASTON MARTIN DB7 Vantage coupe. S/N SCFAB1237IK301304. Eng. # AM201339. Blue/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 12,000 miles. Presented dirty, but almost as new. Alloys unmarked, interior good, engine compartment clean. Service history from new. base evident. Sports exhaust and Volante wheels fitted. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $40,572. Yes, Virages really are that cheap. This was one of just a few cars to sell under its top estimate here, but the price paid was right on the money for an example in this condition. 78 Cond: 2. SOLD AT $65,366. Sold at just over bottom estimate, or a third of its original purchase price, and a fair deal both ways. At this sale, only the older iron blew past presale high estimates. More recent fare such as this ran to normal retail money, and quite rightly, as there are plenty of others on the market. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Indianapolis, IN Dana Mecum's Spring Classic The Dave Christenholz Collection was a cornerstone at this sale, with the $800k high sale of the weekend going to a 1969 Camaro RS ZL1 Company Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers Date May 15–18, 2008 Location Indianapolis, Indiana Auctioneer Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, & Jim Landis Automotive lots sold / offered 411 / 752 Sales rate 55% Sales total $21,429,554 High sale 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS ZL1 coupe, sold at $800,000 Buyer's premium '69 Camaro ZL1 topped the weekend charts Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics L ast year, like all the years before, the Spring Classic was held at the Kane County Fairgrounds in Belvidere, Illinois. Sure, it was tent city, but sales $300 on the first $5,499, $500 from $5,500 to $9,999, 5% thereafter, included in sold prices spotlight—and a massive influx of visitors—that weekend. Likely because of the move, the overall numbers were down for the big were over $26m, with 1,276 consigned. This year, the event moved southeast to the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. In all respects, this site was significantly better than the other, with all the cars parked inside buildings and driven on pavement or concrete 100% of the time. Generally speaking, cars were assigned to specific buildings for the specific day each was scheduled to cross the block. Of course, Mother Nature decided that since there Indianapolis, IN weekend compared to last year in Chicagoland, but despite that, the average selling price per car rose from $20,500 to $27,600. Some of this also underscores the current market, where high-quality cars are tending to sell in lieu of lesser cars. The sale of the Dave Christenholz Collection was a cornerstone of this year's Spring Classic, having been publicized since it had a special showing during the January Arizona auction mega-weekend in Scottsdale. While not a complete sell-off, most of the lots offered sold, and for quite respectable prices, to boot. The feature car was also the top was no opportunity to help create mud, the weather was generally quite pleasant over the weekend, with the exception of brief, light sprinkles. It was a vastly different situation compared to last year's near typhoon midday on Saturday. Building up to the Spring Classic, Mecum had a weekly auction at this site every Saturday evening— broadcast on Discovery HD Theater—for six weeks before the big event. This change resulted in the usual spring auction in Kansas City losing a few of its consignments. Additionally, the Spring Classic was moved up by one weekend, as it was not held over Memorial Day weekend due to the Indy 500's grasp of the global 80 sale, Christenholz's 1969 Camaro RS ZL1, which hammered sold at $800,000. Other impressive sales included a 1970 Buick GSX Stage 1 two-door hard top at $170,625, as well as the 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 “Tobacco King” Rocket car at $376,000 (see the August “American Profile,” p. 58). While there may be uncertainty in some markets, one thing for certain is that Mecum seems to have found a winning combination with this new venue. I'd be surprised if the “Saturday Night Fights” lead-up auctions continue next year, as some of the regulars seemed to think a lot of the cars got stale from being there several times. Regardless, this venue was a big improvement. As for next year, it would be a good thing if the Spring Classic were back home again in Indiana. ♦ Sales Totals $5m $10m $15m $20m $25m $30m 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Indianapolis, IN ENGLISH #S91-1953 NASH-HEALEY SERIES 25 roadster. S/N NHA1367. Maroon/tan cloth/ maroon vinyl. Odo: 85,551 miles. Factory optional Borg-Warner overdrive unit. Restored from a white-painted car and “a pile of parts” 25 years ago, and updated and freshened up slowly since then. Quarter-century-old repaint decent from 20 feet, but shows a crack near right rear door window mounting post. All replated chrome, most of which done about two decades ago and starting to mellow. Older the globe (the a/c compressor is a Ford item, so the AMC comparison is fitting), it's a little difficult to say whether the consignor was prudent or silly for not cutting it loose. If the hood is shut, one would think the former, but if it's open, the latter would prevail. GERMAN #F122-1957 BMW ISETTA 300 coupe. S/N AU101589. White & blue/black vinyl/maroon vinyl. Odo: 30,255 miles. Period aftermarket luggage rack fitted. Ancient repaint has some crazing on the door. Decals indicate Microcar Club activities in the early 1980s. Newer generic perimeter seal on the refrigerator door, serviceable original chrome, original vinyl sunroof cover weathered and slightly shrunken. Faded original tail lamp lenses, UV damaged windshield seal and trim. Newer right side rear fold-down seats heavily faded, floor carpeting less faded but nearly threadbare. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. There didn't seem to be much interest in the car, as I never really saw anyone scrutinize it before it crossed the block. There also wasn't much interest in it when it was up for bids, yet the amount bid there seemed about right. If you claim that you've got the first of a certain model, you'd best be ready to prove it, so that may have been a factor in the lack of interest here. #U32-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE cabriolet. S/N 11102512004379. Blue/gray cloth/navy leather. Odo: 89,610 miles. A U.S.-spec car fitted with ps, pw, Becker Grand Prix radio with power antenna, tinted glass, and Behr a/c. Relatively recent repaint shows several polishing scratches and a few cracks at rocker panels. Good older rechromed bumpers and trim, dark blue top boot a bit mottled with age. Rear suspension sagging quite a bit. Older replacement cloth soft top lightly weathered. Two-decade-old upholstery and carpeting mostly kept up well, but shows some patina. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $90,000. The owner is one of the foremost experts on Nash-Healeys and has had a number of parts made up for this car and others. While I figured that it should have been a done deal at $100k, he wanted to move the bar up a notch or two with a $150k sale. However, he told me that he's actually afraid to drive it in modern traffic anymore. Since he's not getting any younger, he'll probably get a deal put together in between these figures sometime this summer. #U5-1972 JENSEN INTERCEPTOR III coupe. S/N 1335756. Red/black leather. Odo: 68,892 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fitted with a/c, ps, and original 5-spoke alloy wheels. Older mediocre repaint with some heavier wear in door jambs and fuel filler door. Serviceable original chrome and trim with some pitting on rear bumper over exhaust outlets. Left rear bumper guard rubber strip reglued and dried while lifting back off. Windshield delaminating in both bottom corners. Well cared for seat axle housing casting, with fresh bolts connecting it to the differential. Older reupholstered seat, bottom cushion cover somewhat loose. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $13,500. This appeared to have been dolled up when microcars made their first comeback, circa 1978–82. It was not quite ratty enough to rerestore, yet it was definitely not a showboat. The bar for restoration has moved vastly above this example, especially now that BMW Mobile Tradition supports vastly superior parts availability. Bid to all of the money in the world, at least for the time being. #U70-1960 PORSCHE 356B Super 90 coupe. S/N 180921. Ivory/red & maroon vinyl & cloth. Odo: 29,305 miles. Per Porsche, this is the first Super 90 built. Claimed to have a Porsche certificate of authenticity, but it isn't provided. Excellent older repaint, all weather seals staring to crack. Good original chrome with light scuffing, generally clean engine bay. Front seats reupholstered in a non-stock pattern with fuzzy cloth inserts, original vinyl rear seats somewhat faded. Carpeted backs of rear hides and interior vinyl, engine shows cheap dress-up items and performance parts stickers. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $19,000. Since Interceptors don't pop up too often, the look from the rear struck me as bearing more than a slight resemblance to an AMC Pacer rather than a Road Runner with a British accent. Then again, with all the bits that came from all over 82 Sports Car Market engine detailing is now greasy again, recently replaced fuel pump. High quality older interior restoration includes leather seating, door panels, dash pad, and high-gloss refinished wood. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $76,000. Last seen at Gooding's Palm Beach sale in January '06, where it sold at $72,600 (SCM# 40580). It had been used a bit since then, and the six-banger didn't help the value either. This was basically V8 money on a six, and a bid of $4k more than was paid two years ago should have made it fly out the door with the final bidder. #F47-1975 VOLKSWAGEN SUPER BEETLE convertible. S/N 1552011112. Orange/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 33,378 miles. Good older repaint shows some masking lines. Single ding on lower left side of rear fascia. Serviceable original bumpers with light scuffing, all other brightwork out of a restoration catalog. Faded original right rear turn signal lens, cracked reproduction left rear turn signal lens. Some soiling of what appears to be the original top, some reproduction weatherstripping fitted. Economy seat reupholstery with a few wrinkles, repop carpet and dash pad. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $10,000. The


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Mecum Auctions Indianapolis, IN consignor claimed that orange with a white top and black interior was a rare color combo, but I actually encounter it quite often. The selling price was a bit strong for the bits-and-pieces refurbishment done here, but the buyer didn't get taken. Sold well. #T27-1981 PORSCHE 928 coupe. S/N WPOJA092XBS20700. Bamboo Beige/brown leather. Odo: 37,993 miles. Consigned by the second owner, mileage claimed original. Porsche Zertificat issued within the last two years verifies equipment. Nineties vintage S4 wheels on fresh tires, rear spoiler, AM/FM/ XM/CD in-dash stereo with corresponding antenna on forward lip of hatch. Well-preserved original paint with a few light nicks up front. Well maintained original engine, minimal rust on bare metal chassis hardware. Superbly door panels, seats, and carpeting. Dashboard has carbon-fiber-look overlay applied, console has different pattern of carbon-fiber-look overlay. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. This was almost an over-the-top caricature of how not to modify (or would that be mortify) a Pantera. Tacky is as tacky does. Are any goldchain egomaniacs even buying these anymore? There was no investment value here, and there was no real interest here either. #U54-2001 FERRARI 550 BARCHETTA convertible. S/N ZFFZR52A610124373. Ferrari Red/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 564 miles. Number 395 of the 448 limitededition Barchettas built. Fitted with pw, a/c, and 6-speed manual. Originally owned by Robert Peterson. With 564 miles on the clock, this is for all intents and purposes a new car, with when the bidding stopped. While this Twelve still presented well, it was starting to unwind a bit. It was a long way from having to be redone, but thanks to the paint issues, you won't be able to go back to where it was by spit and polish like the rest of the car. Capital-C Classics are back in vogue again—even if they aren't wearing Vogues—and this price was not out of line. #J25-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N VC55O051836. Two-tone blue/blue vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 46,112 miles. 265-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent older repaint over good body prep. Mostly replacement emblems and trim, some flash rust starting at top cover snaps. Good quality engine bay detailing starting to get dusty and dingy. Reproduction preserved original interior with minimal wear and supple leather seating surfaces. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $10,763. For those of you who always write in and complain about us beating up on the 928, this is for you. If you ever wanted an investment-grade two-valve 928, this was the car to get. Not only will you be hard pressed to find a better-preserved original (despite needing a set of original alloys), but this was a rarely seen optional color to boot. The consignor thought he should see about ten grand out of the car, and despite dropping the reserve at $9k, he hit his mark. Bought well, provided that a two-valve 928 does it for you. ITALIAN #S34-1974 DETOMASO PANTERA Custom coupe. S/N THPNPU07316. Red/ black leather. Odo: 58,202 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. A poster child for every type of ground effects add-on that could be thrown at a Pantera. Decent paint, body wave on most of the aftermarket body parts. Home Depotsourced prepunched steel décor grating directly behind back window replaces stock intake grille. Passenger's door fit off, driver's side good. The only stock interior pieces are the no appreciable wear either inside or outside. Basically as clean as when delivered new, with only some dust to undercarriage from light use. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $200,000. Sold by Gooding at its Pebble Beach sale in August '07 for $258,500 (SCM# 47518). There was no serious interest here. It may have been trotted out as some exotic eye candy to add to the mix of muscle cars on offer. AMERICAN TOP 10 No. 10 #U50-1935 PACKARD TWELVE convertible. S/N 839250. Cream yellow/beige cloth/tan leather. Odo: 511 miles. Restored by RM over a decade ago, has won several AACA & CCCA National First Places from '00 to '03. CCCA Senior badge 2395. Fitted with Packard accessory driving lights, spot light, donut pusher hood ornament, and single, rear-mounted spare tire. Excellent repaint with some crazing on cowl, yellowing Lester wide whitewall tires. Rechromed brightwork excellent, light weathering to cloth top, engine compartment show-ready. Seating surfaces wrinkled inside, otherwise still concours interior. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $378,000. The reserve was wisely dropped 84 AM/FM/cassette deck made to fit the dash, Hurst shifter in the stock location. Last three digit segments of the odometer line up poorly and have digits obscured. Reproduction interior soft trim in like-new condition. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $68,250. Not a show car by any means, yet still a good car to show to your non-car buddies to impress them with your pretty, shiny 'Vette. Thus, plenty paid. #S152-1962 PONTIAC CATALINA Super Duty 2-dr hard top. S/N 362P45507. White/ maroon & cream vinyl & nylon. Odo: 74 miles. 421-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. PHS documented as an original 421 SD factory lightweight production car, with remnants of the original window Sports Car Market interior soft trim starting to show some slight wear, especially at driver's seat bottom and carpeting. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $49,250. On the block, this was declared as “sold on an if,” as the owner wasn't present to drop the reserve. On the Mecum-issued post auction report, it was as I had figured—not sold. It should have, as this price was more than fair on a '55 in this condition. #S27-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J58S108854. Red & white/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 20,537 miles. 283-ci 245-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. 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Alfa Bits Recent Il Biscione sales on eBay by Geoff Archer (All English within quotes exactly as presented by sellers on eBay.) #280204933000-1957 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA Spider 750D SWB roadster. S/N AR149501858. Red/none/black rubber. 24 Photos. Philadelphia, PA. “This is a great project for someone who loves to tinker in their garage ... Sandblasted straight all metal body with a cheap Red paint job. Wet sanding and polishing would make it very nice, though there are still some pin holes in the floors that need to be filled. A very early 1300 Normale Engine that is Running but not connected, with good compression, new water pump, a Solex Carb, and two piece headers... This is not a car you would make concours.” 28 bids, sf 86, bf 13. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $6,600. Although you would never make any money finishing this car, it is old, cute, and potentially valuable enough to tempt you into starting the job (especially if you're building a racer). Better condition than most of the projects seen at this price, so I would dare to call this one slightly well bought. #180251939824-1969 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER Duetto convert- ible. S/N N/A. Red/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 69,000 miles. 24 Photos. Fallbrook, CA. Trashed and crashed, rusted and busted. “The first picture is not current. The car is much more run down now. I tapped a minivan from the rear, and it left a softball size dent in the front.” (More like a medicine ball.) “I poked most of the floor with an ice pick sticker displayed on the driver's side rear quarter window. Campaigned when new as the “Packer Pontiac” by Howard Maseles, who also assisted in the frame-off restoration. Excellent quality repaint, with replicated original graphics painted on and clear coated over. All of the original interior was reinstalled. Period Sun tachometer clamped to the top of the steering column. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $450,000. The 84th of 179 Super Duty cars built with aluminum front bodywork. This car also held the NHRA C-Stock class record at the Indianapolis Dragway with a 11.73-second run at 118 mph. Still, at a bid just shy of half a mil, what was the consignor thinking? Sox & Martin or Grumpy Jenkins cars don't do too much better beyond this, and they are nationally known to a far greater extent. #F157-1963 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. S/N 31847J200434. Palomar Red/black vinyl. Odo: 98,110 miles. 409-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Fitted with 425-hp V8, 4-speed, and 4.11 Positraction. Also fitted with tachometer, tinted glass, and rear antenna. Expert body prep and paint, all new weatherstrips throughout. Replated bumpers, reproduction trim and emblems, some light and found no soft spots which would indicate rust.” (Interesting choice.) “Vehicle runs well, driven weekly.” (Don't you mean weakly?) “Please bring your wife to beautiful Fallbrook and see the car!!” (What?) 11 bids, sf 268, bf 248. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $5,700. The perfect carpool vehicle for your Masochist Anonymous meetings. Your friends can run behind you and pick up the pieces that fall off. Mightily sold. #190231747610-1978 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER convertible. S/N AR115410004514. Silver/gray canvas/red. Odo: 29,252 miles. 13 Photos. Toledo, OH. “Car must be hauled... Unrestored 29,000 miles. Comes with a removable hardtop. Car is complete as far as I can tell. 20yr old repaint is tired and dull but another scuff and spray would suffice. Carpet is faded but in good shape. Engine cranks over. The only issues with the car I see are related to it scuffing of lower windshield trim likely from installation. Authentically detailed under the hood, reproduction interior soft trim expertly installed. Runs out quite well with a stock exhaust note. Good enough to be Gold Certified by the VCCA. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $52,500. While not perfect, this is one of the nicer realdeal 409/425 4-speed '64s that I've seen on the auction circuit in some time. When the bidding ceased at $50k, the consignor lifted the reserve. A decent deal for both parties involved. #S75-1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI R2 being parked for 14 years. Bad gas. The whole fuel system needs flushed, new lines and in the worst case the SPICA® EFI pump needs rebuilt.” 9 bids, sf 43, bf 28. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $3,551. Pop quiz—if you have the skills to resurrect this car, you should: a) work on customer cars for $100/hr.; b) find a more deserving example to begin with; c) find a more valuable model to begin with; d) realize that you will be losing money just thinking about this car; e) all of the above? Well sold. ♦ 86 coupe. S/N 63R3537. Aqua metallic/aqua vinyl. Odo: 55,412 miles. 289-ci supercharged V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fitted with Paxton supercharger, ps, pb, pw, and seat belts. Original miles from new, one older repaint faithful to original build quality, including typical fiberglass body wave. Door jambs not repainted, original seals in Driven a limited amount and stored for nearly four decades. Original paint with few nicks, original chrome nice. A discriminating nose can detect new car smell inside, albeit very faint. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $376,000. A rolling history lesson in cost-is-no-object 1960s aftermarket performance, and therefore difficult to value. Although declared sold on the auction block, it was actually bought back by the consignor in one of the more expensive cases of consignor's remorse we've seen in a while. (See the August 2008 “American Profile,” p. 58.) #S137-1964 SHELBY COBRA Mk I road- ster. S/N CSX2271. Silver Mink/red leather. Odo: 55,280 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Originally owned by E.C. Keikhafer, owner of Mercury Marine outboard motor manufacturing and 1955 NASCAR team champion. Sports Car Market serviceable condition and show original sloppy glue application. Replated bumpers, Studebaker Driver's Club member sticker in driver's side rear quarter window. Mostly original engine bay, well-preserved, all-original interior with minimal wear. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $27,300. I was acquainted with this car when it was owned by a late collector I knew in Duluth, MN, during the 1990s. Therefore, I knew it was a pretty straightforward example without stories. It easily went past the $22k reserve, which would seem to be about right, yet the final selling price seemed a bit rich. However, due to the general originality of the car, plus considering that real Avantis (made when Studebaker was a functional entity) seem to be increasing in value, this was a good deal on both ends. #S139-1964 FORD GALAXIE 500 Tobacco King Rocket Car 2-dr hard top. S/N 4N66Z153373. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 3,611 miles. 427-ci supercharged V8, auto. Purchased new by tobacco heir Zachary Reynolds. 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Mecum Auctions Indianapolis, IN Fitted with class A accessories from new, plus a Motorola AM radio, which is still installed in the car. Paint prepped and applied quite well, replated brightwork looks good. Newer leather upholstery, original competition-type seat belts. Ol' Shel's hen-scratch is on the glove box door in silver ink. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $560,000. Since Keikhafer tended to stay close to Mopars, it's not too surprising that he parted company with this a year and a half—and 1,800 miles—after buying it. The better of the two Cobras here, both in condition and provenance, it was bid to $560k against a $650k reserve. No matter how you arrange the first two numbers, it was in the range of market pricing. However, it was sold at Mecum's St. Charles sale in October '07 for $630k, so this was an exercise in futility. #S134-1965 FORD MUSTANG Indy Pace Car convertible. S/N 5F08F100241. White, black & gold/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 3,375 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Verified by multiple sources as the actual pace car used at the Indy 500 for 1964. Holman & Moodyprepped Mk I GT40 engine and modified suspension. Better than stock body prep, panel fit, paint, and decals. Replated bumpers, replated but missing one rivet (with a reproduction in its place). Fresh, authentic, and concours-ready engine compartment, repop seating comes off with a bit of metallic sheen, while the steering wheel is quite a bit off from the rest of the off-white components. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $80,000. One of the 185 replicas made by Ford and distributed to dealers based upon a sales contest. In 1964, almost nobody wanted a car with Pace Car decals on the sides, so the vast majority of these had their decals removed or were painted different colors. This was also one of four replicas at the sale, and the best restoration of them, since all were restored to some extent. However, even being one of 107, $80K seems to be about the end of the road for one, especially since all are coupes with a lukewarm powertrain. #U20-1966 CHEVROLET CORVAIR CORSA Yenko Stinger 2-dr hard top. S/N 107376W131385 YS028. White & blue/black vinyl. Odo: 8,859 miles. Declared as “rebodied” several years ago. Semi-glossy repaint especially flat at C-pillars. Wide gap between front lip of engine lid to body, other gaps OK. Repop Stinger decals in fiberglass sail panels but missing on front and rear fascias. Stage II decals, documentation shows it as a Stage I car. TorqThust-D wheels on oversized tires, right front vinyl. Airtight provenance as one of the first dedicated race-only Stage III Stingers. Campaigned by Jim Spencer, who won the 1966 SCCA Central Division D-Production class points totals. Restored to better than race prepared quality, as the paint and bodywork are better than on most new cars. Engine bay near sterile. Gutted out stock dashboard still retains instrument bezels. Fitted with a dash-top mounted competition tachometer and Westach gauges in the center of the dash. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $63,000. Ah, if I could do five laps on the Nurburgring with this car, I could die a happy man in want of nothing else—except for a few laps on Road America with it. Wellknown within Yenko Stinger circles, this is one of the Holy Grails of Corvairdom, and it has now been restored to the point where it's too nice to compete anymore. It was going to take an offer somewhere north of $100k for it to change hands. #S147-1966 FORD FAIRLANE 500 XL 2-dr hard top. S/N 6A47Z175140. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 60,319 miles. 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Originally equipped with a 390 motor, but sent when new to Holman & Moody to install a SOHC 427-ci “cammer” engine for street use. Modified with relocated front spring towers, NASCAR-spec front suspension, revised steering geometry, and 9-inch full-floating rear axle. Restored in the late '80s and early '90s. Good but not exceptional repaint, or NOS emblems and trim. Seats, door panels, and steering wheel starting to yellow from age, carpeting has some light fading. Original Motorola HF radio and flag standards on rear bumper. Thoroughbred status in Mustang Club of America concours judging. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $300,000. This is probably one of the five most important Mustangs of all time, since it was built on the first day of Mustang production and is the actual Pace Car. In addition, it's also one of the five most important Indy Pace Cars of all time. With a combination like that, $300k is a paltry sum. #S135-1965 FORD MUSTANG Indy Pace Car coupe. S/N 5F07F113248. White, black & gold/parchment vinyl. Odo: 9,913 miles. 260-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Recently restored to the original configuration. Excellent body prep and repaint, reproduction decals and stripes applied under clearcoat. Replacement brightwork and weatherstripping, data plate reattached to door 88 wheel lip molding damaged from tire contact. Motor runs out fine but is loud due to aftermarket headers and minimal exhaust. Older Clark's seat upholstery kit. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $23,100. Back when a good Corsa coupe would be hard pressed to fetch $1k, and when Stingers were generally double that, several rusted-out, beat-up Stingers gave their ID tags to live on in one of those plentiful late-model coupes. This was a no-sale on Thursday as T147 at $16,500, but on Sunday morning it ran again and passed the $18k reserve on its way to this price. While it was the closest I've been able to get to buying a Stinger in quite some time, I really couldn't warm to this host for a Yenko VIN. #S194-1966 CHEVROLET CORVAIR CORSA Yenko Stinger 2-dr hard top. S/N 107376W132036 YS086. White & blue/black decent door fit, good quality bumper replate. Detailed motor generally configured correctly. Original interior reused and somewhat musty. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $131,250. Built for one John R. Fulp, Jr. of South Carolina as the ultimate street sleeper. There was quite a bit of interest in the car, and after a bit of cajoling, the reserve was lifted after the bidding dried up at this amount. As a sum of its parts, including the “cammer” 427 (generally trading around $30k to $50k today), a big-block '66 Fairlane, a mess of vintage NASCAR suspension parts, and the Holman & Moody pedigree, this was bought well. #T31.1-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S106674. Marina Blue & white/blue hard top & white vinyl soft Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Indianapolis, IN top/white leather. Odo: 30 miles. 427-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Factory options include ps, pb, a/c, tilt/telescoping steering column, AM/FM radio, headrests, both tops, and side pipes. A few seasons have passed on a frame-off restoration, utilizing a non-original one-piece front clip. Fiberglass cracking is starting just behind the passenger's door handle. Respectable repaint on a bare body, rear leaf spring retrofitted with a fiberglass monoleaf. Interior is just starting to show some light wear. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $137,000. A lack of documentation led to a lack of interest here, with many wondering how many of the options fitted had been with the car when it was assembled new. Someone found it to be worth over the high estimate of $120k, so hopefully for him the documentation comes through in his favor. #S80-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE Yenko 2-dr hard top. S/N 136379B408923. Hugger Orange & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 26,069 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Documented as an actual Yenko. Optioned with Hurst dual gate shifter, Stewart-Warner gauge pack, and 5-spoke alloy wheels. Mileage claimed correct. Paint and graphics original except for hood, some light chipping on several edges of stripes. Powertrain-out engine and undercarriage restoration performed in '06. Very light interior wear is most noticeable on floorboard carpeting and driver's seat. miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Confirmed by several sources as prepared by Chrysler for the 1969 Auto Show circuit, including verbiage as such on a second fender tag. Heavily optioned, including power moonroof, ps, pb, pw, AM/FM radio, console, leather seating, rally gauges, and Rally wheels. Bare body repaint over good body prep, better than typical Chrysler body panel fit. Replated bumpers and emblems, expertly reskinned roof, exceptionally clean engine bay. Mostly reproduction interior soft trim. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $110,000. While any 1969 Chrysler product with a moonroof is a very rare duck, that doesn't make it a $200k car (and that's what the consigning dealer was hoping for here). When last seen at Mecum's Kissimmee sale, it was bid to an insufficient $120k (SCM# 48832), so we are going the wrong direction as far as the dealer is concerned. TOP 10 No. 2 #S99-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS ZL1 coupe. S/N 134379N641266. LeMans lue & white/white vinyl/parch- ment vinyl. Odo: 7,413 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Documented as the most heavily optioned ZL1. Fitted with Rally Sport equipment, disc brakes, ps, simulated Rosewood steering wheel, AM radio, and console. GM warranty replacement ZL1, original ZL1 found and included with the car. Original paint with some old touchups, several light body ripples on trunk lid and confirms Ram Air III, 3.55 diff, ps, pb, rear defogger, and Rally II wheels. Bare-body rotisserie restoration completed in 2005. Has earned a number of high-level awards in both POCI and the Trans Am Nationals. The only non-stock items in the car are a Ram Air IV camshaft and the alternator. When last judged by POCI, it earned 397 of 400 points, and has not deteriorated since then. No indication of wear or use anywhere on the car. Cond: 1+. NOT SOLD AT $125,000. There were two '69 Trans Ams out here this weekend, and by far this was the best of them. It's easy to see why $125k wouldn't take it home. #T115-1970 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. S/N 0F05M118457. Light Ivy Yellow/black deluxe vinyl. Odo: 81,596 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fitted with ps, pb, center console, Sports Deck rear seat, rear window louvers, AM/FM radio, a/c, and Magnum 500 wheels. Marti report claimed but not present Consigned by an SCM Platinum subscriber. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $252,000. Don Yenko certainly had a fair amount of clout in 1969. To create a Yenko Chevelle, aside from the obvious and well documented powertrain conversion, he had to order the SS hard top body with emblem delete from Fisher Body. That way, the fenders and rear valance wouldn't be stamped with mounting holes for the emblems usually used on a 300 series. This price was right in the ballpark where the consignor thought it was going to go, as he cut the reserve loose when the music stopped at $240k. #S88-1969 DODGE CHARGER SE 2- dr hard top. S/N XS29V0G100933. Hemi Orange/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 75,540 90 Bupper rear quarter panels. Steel rims scuffed and scratched on the outer rim, light wear and heavier soiling at driver's seat and door panel. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $800,000. Formerly part of the Otis Chandler Collection. Starting at $500k, this saw some spirited bidding surpassing its $750k reserve, upon which the final bidder placed his one and only bid. This car had great documentation, and it just goes to show that rare cars such as this with the right paperwork can still command big dollars. #S124-1969 PONTIAC TRANS AM Ram Air III coupe. S/N 223379N104963. White & blue/blue deluxe vinyl. Odo: 82,608 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. PHS documentation on the car. Freshly rebuilt and somewhat welldetailed motor, original paint buffed almost to primer. Touched-up original hood graphics, poor quality repaint of trunk lid spoiler, good original bumpers and trim. Poor fit of older replacement seat upholstery, especially at seat bottoms. Driver's armrest patched with black duct tape. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $22,050. While being generally original, there was quite a bit here that wasn't. Coupled with a generally undesirable color, this was pretty much as cheap as you'll find a halfway decent '70 Mach 1 in this market. Bought well, but not quite a smokin' hot deal. #F267-1970 PLYMOUTH 'CUDA Hemi 2-dr hard top. S/N BS23R0B242027. Ice Blue Metallic & black/black vinyl. Odo: 9,436 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Chrysler Registry contends this was the only light blue metallic 1970 Hemi 'Cuda. Factory options include pb, Tic-Toc-Tach, and Rally wheels. Circa 2004 rotisserie restoration with average body prep and repaint. Left rear tape stripe conceals a large particle underneath both the stripe and the paint. Replated bumpers, decent trim. 1970 replacement engine claimed as installed in that Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Indianapolis, IN spots. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $18,900. This was a pretty healthy final bid on a chrome bumper coupe with a small-block and an automatic, and it passed the $17,500 reserve with a couple of bids to spare. #S44-1972 OLDSMOBILE 442 Indy year not to concours levels. Reproduction interior soft trim expertly installed. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $140,000. Last seen at Silver's Hot August Nights sale in August '02, where it sold for $95,550 (SCM# 29362). This was more of a nice driver-grade restoration than a show car restoration. Coupled with an unpopular color for a Hemi (rare for a reason—who wants a light blue bad-boy car?) and the abscessed current market for Hemis, this car was destined to be a no-sale. #S107-1970 BUICK GSX 2-dr hard top. S/N 446370H290161. Saturn Yellow & black/ black vinyl. Odo: 48,843 miles. 455-ci V8, 4bbl, 4-sp. Fast-ratio ps, pb, Rallye Ride Control suspension, full tinted glass, convenience group, and custom interior with mini console. Exquisite and authentic enough of a restoration to have earned 397 of 400 points in Buick Club of America concours judging. Shortly afterwards, was added to the Otis Chandler collection, which pretty much sums the car up. Since being acquired by Dave Christenholz, the eleven Ram Air IV 4-speed '70 Judge convertibles built. I had figured that it would do at least this amount, and I was a bit surprised to see the reserve surpassed at $340k. A fair deal all around. #S183-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T 2-dr hard top. S/N JS23V0B440373. Panther Pink & magenta/black vinyl & houndstooth cloth. Odo: 74,611 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2bbl, 4-sp. Chrysler Registry documentation. Factory optional Six Pack with shaker hood scoop, 4.10 Dana 60 Super Track Pack diff, ps, pb, rally dash gauges. Professional bare body restoration with better than original body Pace Car convertible. S/N 3J67U2M231809. White, gold & black/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 49,795 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Documented IPC edition fitted with ps, pb, a/c, power top, Hurst Dual Gate shifter, rally gauges, AM/8-track radio, and Olds rally wheels. Somewhat recently restored with high-quality repaint and decal installation. Replated bumpers with mostly reproduction trim. GM-spec panel gaps, average quality replacement top installation. Reproduction door panels with a few staples lifting along window channel and door gaps. Repop seat upholstery and carpeting, restored dashboard and console. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $44,625. One quickly got the impression that the restoration on this car was more superficial than substantive. Therefore, sold better than bought. it has been exceptionally well maintained and has no signs of wear or use. Cond: 1+. SOLD AT $170,625. Another Chistenholtz car, also acquired from the Otis Chandler collection. This price was high, but there were no excuses, and the new owner should be happy with his purchase. #S113-1970 PONTIAC GTO The Judge convertible. S/N 242670P208971. Paladium Silver & blue/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 81,611 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Factory options include Ram Air IV, M21 close-ratio 4speed, ps, pb, tinted windshield, console, simulated wood steering wheel, hood-mounted tach, AM radio, light group, and Rally II wheels. Superbly restored to better than new condition. Some primer overspray on replacement fuel tank and bottoms of exhaust pipes behind rear axle. Some light oxidation of radiator and heater hoses, window crank knobs yellowing. Otherwise, there is no indication of wear or use. Cond: 1+. SOLD AT $378,000. One of 92 prep and repaint. Mopar-spec panel fit with a few panel gaps off slightly. All original glass, replated bumpers, mostly reproduction trim and emblems. All reproduction interior soft trim, with well restored dashboard and console. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $183,750. If the consignor had charged a buck for every attendee's wife, girlfriend, or daughter who posed for a photo in front of this car, he would not have to have been worried about dropping his reserve after the final bid. Any way you look at it, he made out quite well, getting Hemi money for a Six Pack car. #F177-1972 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1Z37K2S511562. Mille Miglia Red/black leather. Odo: 24,084 miles. 350-ci 200-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory optional a/c, ps, pb, leather interior, tilt/telescopic steering column, and dealer installed luggage rack. Above average repaint with a few masking miscues in scattered places. Replated bumpers on both ends, some filler paint in side vent trim chipped. Generally well-preserved and cleaned-up interior, although the silver Mylar trim in the dash and the console has some weak the hood, with some paint chipping on the stock cast aluminum valve covers, some of the wiring in general disarray, and lots of dust overall. Some yellowing of interior plastics and T-top panel retaining straps in the rear compartment. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,275. It isn't too difficult to find examples that are better (or worse) than this one. However, if you really wanted one with monster mudder tires, this may have been your chance. The seller was wise to cut it loose when it hit this final bid, so this wasn't too bad of a deal on either end.♦ Sports Car Market #F150-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Indy Pace Car Edition coupe. S/N 1Z8748S903612. Black & silver/smoked glass/ silver leather. Odo: 22,443 miles. 350-ci 220hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. AM/FM/CB radio. Correct factory alloy wheels, light truck off-road-tread tires. Better than factory quality repaint and decal application with almost no body wave underneath. Several door and glass seals starting to crumble away. Not too spectacular under


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Bonhams & Butterfields Greenwich, CT Collectors' Motorcars at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance The award-winning 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Convertible Sedan with exceptional provenance brought $364k, making it one of the best buys Company Bonhams & Butterfields Date June 8, 2008 Location Greenwich, Connecticut Auctioneer Malcolm Barber Automotive lots sold / offered 26 / 49 Sales rate 53% Sales total $2,458,780 High sale 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Convertible Sedan, sold at $364,500 1929 Rolls led the way in Greenwich Report and photos by Don Schoeny Market opinions in italics D espite Manhattan's reputation for being anti-car (or at least, antihigh-end car), there are a large number of aficionados both in New York City as well as the surrounding areas of Long Island, northern New Jersey, and southern Connecticut, and they came out in large numbers to both the Greenwich Concours and the Bonhams & Butterfields auction. This was the company's first sale connected with the established concours, which in the past had held auctions with the now defunct Christie's automotive department, and in spite of a heat wave that kept many in their air conditioned homes, B&B was able to sell 53% of the lots on offer. The always affable Malcolm Barber presided over Greenwich, CT Buyer's premium 15% on the first $100k, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices several other Rolls-Royces in a well known East Coast collection. An unusual Gangloff-bodied 1934 Bugatti Type 57 Double Cabriolet Stelvio made a strong $326,000 over the phone and will be going back to Europe. It had all the right bits and pieces, but it will be a major undertaking to bring back to its former glory. There was also big interest in the 1965 McLaren-Elva M1A “Cro-Sal” Special driven in the '60s by Ralph Salyer. This stunningly restored car was raced in the USRRC series, the predecessor to the CanAm, and is an important part of vintage racing history. It went to a West Coast phone bidder for $249,000. Also worthy of note was the 1928 Vauxhall 20/60 Hurlingham Speedster, bought in the tent well below the low estimate at $139,000 by a couple from New Jersey for use on European tours. Notable no-sales included the cover car for the marketing brochure, a “circa” 1931 the proceedings, and the bidding was both lively in the tent and persistent on the phone. The effects of the weak dollar and subsequently strong euro led to many of the lots returning to their respective oversees homelands. To loud applause, top sale honors went to a gorgeous 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Convertible Sedan at $364,500. This car had great provenance (ex-Jacqueline de Rothschild and the late John Webb de Campi), had won numerous concours awards, and will join a stable of Maserati Tipo 8C-2800. Made up in the 1990s from a collection of “original and re-sourced” pieces, it was unclear which (if any) were period parts, and the bidding stalled at $400,000—well below the low estimate of $600,000. Six Porsche 356s were offered, but only two sold, and although bidding on a couple of Cabriolets went well over $100,000, it did not trigger a change of ownership. Many of the no-sales here were the result of overly optimistic reserves, so often the case at sales during the last half year, but trends in the market were consistent with other recent results: marginal cars were a tough sell, pedestrian American cars were slow movers, and the strong euro trumped many bidders in the tent. Still, Bonhams & Butterfields should be pleased with its inaugural sale at Greenwich, as last year's Christie's event sold 26/36 cars for a final total of $2.4m, and Bonhams & Butterfields was able to match the number of cars sold and achieve a slightly higher final total, in spite of the oppressive heat. ♦ 94 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams & Butterfields Greenwich, CT ENGLISH #211-1928 VAUXHALL 20/60 HURLINGHAM speedster. S/N RPA023931. Eng. # T871. Royal Blue/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 1,604 km. Original wood and sheet metal body, excellent paint and finish work. Fitted with 20-inch wheels with discs, spotlight, and rumble seat. New leather interior, very nice '82, shown at Pebble in '89. Aged quite a bit since then. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $155,500. A delicately proportioned long-wheelbase Aston Martin. There was spirited bidding both in the tent and on the phone, with the phone bidder winning at mid-estimate money. Could use a general freshening, but it was a good buy as is. engine compartment. Not much to fault. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $139,000. A fabulous car from the Abba Kogan collection. Nicely restored, but much had been left original. Spirited bidding on the phone and in the tent led to its purchase by a local couple for use in tours. Expect to see it at the Targa Florio and Mille Miglia soon. Very well bought at considerably below the $l60k low estimate. #220-1929 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I convertible sedan. S/ N S235KR. Eng. # 20359. Navy Blue & gray/navy cloth/navy leather. Odo: 98,193 miles. Coachwork by Hibbard & Darrin. Restored in '98, still stunning throughout. Great wood running boards, paint and brightwork are flawless. No faults. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $364,500. Last seen at the Bonhams Newport #219-1938 MG TA Tickford drophead coupe. S/N TA2926. Eng. # MPJG3169. Tan & cream/tan cloth/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 38,400 miles. Well-done two-tone paint. Chassis and frame redone some time ago, door fit solid. New carpets, top, and leather interior. Engine Ultimately, the three women bidding locally lost out to the strong euro, and the car is going back across the Atlantic for 10% over the high estimate. Well sold. #208-1950 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N 670756. Red/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 53,526 miles. Non-original engine. Horrible corrosion on bumpers and taillights, filthy interior with improper/missing gauges on dash and extra wires hanging down. Copious amounts of old black silicone sealant under windshield. Grille corroded and doesn't fit, edges of rear wheel wells cracked. Old weatherstripping for wheel spats fitted, spats appear to be missing. Rough. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $46,800. History before 1979 unknown, when it was acquired by the seller's family before being passed to several heirs. It looked passable at 100 feet, but the closer you got, the faster you wanted to run away. This will be a major undertaking for someone, and with the needs noted, it will be difficult for that person to stay above water. Very well sold. #229-1956 AC ACE roadster. S/N AEX116. rebuilt and upgraded a few years ago. Turn signals added to original trafficators, 19-inch silver wire wheels fitted. Wood dash excellent. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $49,725. A very nice TA Tickford that has been restored over a long period to better than driver standards. It will be a great touring and local showpiece, and it was well bought at under the low estimate of $60k. sale in August '03, where it sold at $250,000 (SCM# 35853). Ex-Jacqueline de Rothschild and the late John Webb de Campi (Rolls-Royce historian and author). This magnificent car was restored in 1998 and subsequently won at numerous concours. Sold to a standing ovation in the tent. The happy new owner is a well known R-R collector who will add this to his other dozen Rolls-Royces. Expensive? Yes, but it may be the prettiest Rolls-Royce Phantom on the planet. Well bought. #206-1934 ASTON MARTIN 1½ LITER Mk II Sport saloon. S/N K4513L. Royal Blue/gray leather. RHD. Coachwork by Bertelli. Sunroof, trafficators in B-pillar, Lucas “King of the Road” headlamps. Radiator shell plating poor, cracks in A-pillar on both sides. Paint flaws on rear fender and roof, brightwork slightly pitted. Concours winner in the U.K. in 96 Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $55,575. This car was just plain cute, and it generated a lot of interest in the tent. The bidding opened on the phone at $25k, and it went up rapidly from there. #225-1949 AUSTIN A-90 Atlantic convertible. S/N LB6759538227. Ivory/tan cloth/ burgundy leather. Odo: 62,146 miles. Restored in Canada in the '90s. Paint still very nice, brightwork generally good with minor pitting to the three hood ornaments. Tidy engine compartment to driver standards, nice interior. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $216,000. This beautiful Ace received a comprehensive restoration in 2003, and pictures and receipts adding up to $125k were provided with the car. It still looked excellent inside and out, and the strong euro brought the car back to Europe via a phone bid at 20% over the high estimate. Well bought and sold. #243-1956 ELVA-CLIMAX Mk I Sports racer. S/N REB338ECC. British Racing Green/ black vinyl. RHD. Fiberglass body nicely finished with well-detailed engine compartment. Alfin drum brakes and 4.5-inch wire wheels. Coventry-Climax 1,100-cc FWA engine fitted Sports Car Market Eng. # CL2225W. British Racing Green/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 42,044 miles. Flawless paint, brightwork very good with slight pitting on gas cap. Yellow 3M adhesive shows on driver's side door weatherstripping. Excellent engine compartment, very good silver double-laced wires with Michelin X tires.


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Bonhams & Butterfields Greenwich, CT Cond: 2. SOLD AT $24,570. Why does a car with 9,440 original miles have new paint, a new top, new leather seats, rebuilt carbs, and overhauled brake hydraulics? This was a very attractive TR6 from the last year before ugly rubber bumpers became standard. Everyone did OK on this deal, but that's assuming the car was as reliable as it looked. I hope we don't see it in ten years with the same mileage. #221-1974 JAGUAR XKE S III convert- with twin Weber 40DCOE carbs (rather than the SUs listed in the catalog). Better than normal race car finish throughout. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $32,175. Every time the seller started the engine, people ran for cover holding their ears. There was some mystery about the early history and the “rebuilt” car serial number, but it will be very fun on the track and was well bought at 20% below the low estimate. #224-1965 MCLAREN-ELVA M1A “Cro-Sal” Special racer. S/N 2006. Midnight Blue/red leather. RHD. 358-ci V8, 4x2-bbl, 5-sp. Very well prepared and certainly much nicer than when racing in period. Excellently applied paint to a high standard, polished aluminum panels and wheels. Engine compartment detailed, quad Webers and straight zoomie pipes look very ominous. Cond: 2. ible. S/N UE1S24457BW. Regency Red/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 26,507 miles. Superb paint with one minor rock touch-up on nose. Most brightwork excellent, light pitting to top windshield trim. All tools and records from one-year restoration included. Original parts used Cadillac DTS, this is quite a nice way to go down the road. This well-maintained, oneowner car should provide years of ultra comfortable service for its new owner. Mid-estimate money was fair to both buyer and seller. GERMAN #204-1886 BENZ PATENT MOTORWAGEN Replica. S/N 080. Wood/ black leather. Odo: 25 miles. Replica from the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 3/4-hp horizontal single-cylinder engine, tiller steering, chain drive. Single front wheel, larger rear wheels. Traveled less than 25 miles reused, numbers-matching running gear still fitted. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $64,350. Complete restoration by the late Reggie Ray, noted Etype expert, over a twelve-month period. In my opinion, the only detractions here were the horrid rubber bumpers and the automatic transmission. An attractive car at a fair price. #207-1975 ASTON MARTIN V8 S III SOLD AT $249,000. An attractively restored, important piece of racing history. These cars were the transition from the early rear-engined Cooper Monaco with Coventry-Climax 2.5-2.7 Liter FPF to the later Can-Am series, which McLarens dominated. This will get you an entry to the Monterey Historics and virtually any other vintage race on the planet. Bought near the low estimate of $250k, this can be considered a super buy. #228-1973 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. S/N CF4454UO. Dark Carmine/black vinyl/ black leather. Odo: 9,440 miles. Excellent new paint and brightwork. Redline tires and original wheels and trim rings fitted. Driver's side door operation and fit poor, other panel gaps factory. Looks virtually new. Recent mechanical work includes rebuilt carbs and overhauled brakes. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $38,025. These are fine driving automobiles, but they're generally unloved among collectors. Definitely the “Ugly Betty” of the marque, this car was not helped by an automatic transmission and a sign that warned people not to start the engine. Huge money, very well sold. #215-1979 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH II saloon. S/N LRK38414. Silver Sand & black/black Everflex/beige leather. Odo: 22,248 miles. One owner, low mileage claimed genuine. Repaint from Navy Blue to Silver Sand and black looks quite attractive in person. Complete service records included. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $29,250. For the price of a 98 Sports Car Market coupe. S/N V811390LCA. Golden Beige/ Golden Beige leather. Odo: 30,486 miles. Straight body with good factory-consistent gaps, decent paint. Interior dirty, weatherstripping cracked. Goodyear Eagle blackwall tires still have plenty of tread remaining. A used car. since new in 2003. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $39,780. A faithful replica of the car by Karl Benz that is widely regarded as the origin of the automobile. The original car is in the Deutsches Museum in Munich. This replica has been owned since new by the seller, and it was presented in like-new condition. An interesting piece of history, and a decent deal at the price paid. #242-1958 PORSCHE 356A 1600 coupe. S/N 103256. Eng. # 69556. Glacier White/red leather. Good door gaps and fit. Very nice paint, headlight screens fitted over glass covers. “Super” hubcaps on silver painted wheels, good engine compartment with original Normal engine. Interior very nice and showing little wear. Jack and tools included in sale. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $60,840. Not too many years ago,


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Bonhams & Butterfields Greenwich, CT a non-sunroof A coupe was a $20k car. This market-correct mid-estimate sale will bring the new owner many years of happy motoring. ITALIAN #216-1957 FIAT 1200TV roadster. S/N 1036115003704. Gray/blue canvas/blue & gray leather. Odo: 71,468 miles. Brightwork and paint generally good, with gray finish showing few issues. Pivoting seats fitted. Knobs and levers need a redo, turn signal lever missing. Add-on gauges under center of dash, tan leather. Odo: 64,255 miles. Superb paint, nicely refinished wood with slight graying at lower rear. Minor pitting on window frames, other chrome unblemished. Attractive two-tone leather interior with little wear, good dash and gauges. Wide whitewall tires with chrome trim rings fitted. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $150,000. Mostly original, this was a very honestlooking Town & Country. It was a great example of Chrysler's flagship, and it will be a good addition to any collection at the market-correct $150k high estimate. vas/black vinyl. Rare body style open pickup. Multiple defects to very old paint, unfinished work-grade truck bed. Chrome radiator shell has moderate pitting. Dark brown vinyl seat in rough interior. Engine compartment filthy with flaking paint on cylinder head. Nice green wire wheels. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $14,040. Even with all the cosmetic issues noted, this was a very attractive truck, and it went to a new home for a good price. Look for it at a parade near you. Well bought. large boom-box speakers in area behind seats. 2007 California registration. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $39,780. There was a lot of interest in this car in the room (my wife took three pictures of the pivoting seats). These are relatively rare in the U.S., so there likely won't be another one at your local Italian car show. A fun summer cruiser, and the mid-estimate price paid was fair to all. AMERICAN #233-1915 STUTZ BEARCAT Replica speedster. S/N 2576. Red & black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 10,180 miles. 1930 Ford Model B engine and transmission. Straight body with good paint, Autolite prism headlights. Clean engine compartment, nice seats. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $29,250. Stated in the catalog to #230-1936 FORD MODEL 68 Deluxe phaeton. S/N 3015704. Navy Blue/tan cloth/ brown vinyl. Odo: 20,486 miles. Average paint shows some marks throughout, minor pitting to brightwork. Good door fit, very nice interior with only light wear noted. Restored in 1997 for show. Highly optioned with Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels, Hy-Style group, and E-Z Vision group. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $64,350. 1954 Plymouth Belvedere convertibles are quite rare, and this one had an attractive (and very '50s) color scheme. Bidding was spirited, and the sale reached high estimate money, but even so, this was a decent deal for both parties. and driven only 300 miles since. Mileage believed to be original. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $52,650. A great example of a very low-mileage car in a sought-after body style. The first owner used it sparingly as a summer car, and the current owner has owned it for 46 years. A good buy at well under the $65k low estimate. #239-1948 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY convertible. S/N 7406635. Seacrest Green & wood/tan cloth/green & be an original Bearcat with a replacement engine, the estimate was listed at $100k–$150k. Corrected from the auction podium, the car was said to be a complete re-creation, and the estimate was dropped to $30k–$40k. At the sale price just under the revised low estimate, it will be fun to drive, but it's no Stutz. #200-1929 FORD MODEL A roadster pickup. S/N DRV57579. Black/black can- battery mounted in very original engine compartment. Pontiac eight-lug alloy wheels and alloy brake drums. Long list of factory options includes a/c, ps, and pb. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $105,300. Received the Grand National Award from the AACA in 2003. This is a true American land yacht, and it had been restored to a very nice level. Pricey at over $100k, but it is still a good buy considering its condition and options. A good deal for both parties. ♦ #214-1960 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE convertible. S/N 860P22220. White/white vinyl/two-tone blue vinyl. Odo: 1,238 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Rotisserie restoration several years old. Very good paint and chrome, body sides straight and true. Modern flat-top #231-1954 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE convertible. S/N 13631935. Santa Rosa Coral/ tan cloth/coral & cream vinyl. Odo: 61,936 miles. Great paint, door fit off at bottom of passenger side. Attractive interior and exterior door caps lined with “Woodweave” trim. Tidy and proper engine compartment ready 100 Sports Car Market


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Carlisle Auctions Carlisle, PA Spring Carlisle 2008 Despite solid final results, the lack of high-echelon cars was clear, and the average lot price was down from last fall's event Company Carlisle Auctions Date April 25–26, 2008 Location Carlisle, Pennsylvania Auctioneer Jeffrey Knosp & Jimmy Landis Automotive lots sold / offered 106 / 248 Sales rate 45% Sales total $2,004,240 High sale 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302, sold at $67,725 Buyer's premium 5%, included in sold prices European, muscle, and hot rods are standard fare at Carlisle Report and photos by Chip Lamb Market opinions in italics S pring was in the air at Carlisle's initial auction for 2008. The looming threat of rain and high winds abated, and the tempera- tures never got higher than the mid-70s during the day. Despite worries that Carlisle's chief event, the swap meet across the street at the fairgrounds, would see a decline due to the impact of eBay and other venues both on- and off-line, there was an incredible turnout; I've never seen the place so crowded with happy gearheads. There was a lack of high-echelon cars, late-model, classic, or otherwise. The average lot price was down from last fall. A 1970 Plymouth 'Cuda 440-6 with a concoursquality restoration and claimed single ownership brought the highest bid of any no-sale at $90,000, which was just over half of what its consignor was seeking. The high sale of the weekend went to a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 at $67,725, with a 2006 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Copperhead taking second at $61,425, and a Carlisle, PA Riverside Red Corvette convertible from 1965 coming in third at $55,650. Surprisingly, this was the sole early Corvette to sell here, while a considerable number of cars that didn't sell last fall returned to almost the same result a year later. Note to sellers: the market for most American iron isn't getting any stronger, so maybe it's time to be more realistic about your reserves. Other notable sales included a 1959 Chevrolet Impala two-door hard top fitted with a 348 and Tri- Power. Despite having some minor cosmetic issues, this was a solid car, and the new owner was pleased to pay $29,138 to take it home. A 1969 Oldsmobile 442 convertible brought $50,400, while a 1975 Chevrolet Caprice Classic convertible with extremely low miles traded hands at $36,750. Last year's event sold 97 of 253 cars on offer for a 38% sales rate and a total of $2.2m. Totals fell slightly this year to $2m, but more cars sold, raising the sell-through to 45%—a pretty solid result in an unstable economy. ♦ $500k $1m $1.5m $2m $2.5m $3m Sales Totals 2008 2007 2006 102 Sports Car Market


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Carlisle Auctions Carlisle, PA ENGLISH #F21-1952 JAGUAR XK 120 Custom coupe. S/N W48708679681. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 5,309 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Highquality newer red paint over rough bodywork. Abysmal door fit with chips to edges notable as a result. Light overspray on gaskets and trim. Spats initially off the car and later propped up against the rear wheels, but radial truck tires on original 16-inch steel rims prevent use. Brightwork decent, side window surrounds would have expected another bid or two since we are going into summer, and I'm sure the consignor agreed. #F57-1968 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304410002697. Green/tan cloth/bamboo MB-Tex. Odo: 27,495 miles. Light clearcoat and swirl mark issues to otherwise high-quality repaint, light sags and dirt evident on cowl, touch ups to convertible top cover. Nice hard top hidden away for the duration of the sale, soft top never raised. Bamboo Tex interior in excellent condition, blacked out. Seats redone incorrectly in pattern and material, dash and door panels likewise incorrect. GM van door pulls particularly chintzy. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $20,475. Did someone think this was an XJ6? Goofy conversion. This abomination would be difficult to put back to the real thing, so unless someone wants to make the aesthetics somewhat more pleasing, going back to the original XK would be cost-prohibitive—especially if all that red paint hides significant and similarly campy bodywork. Well sold. GERMAN #S156-1962 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE Käfer convertible. S/N 4763954. Red/black vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 52,075 miles. Claimed original miles and one-owner Virginia example sports an older repaint with numerous surface imperfections and chips at panel edges. Chrome and brightwork appear original with pitting in some places. Black convertible top appears recently replaced, tan interior may be original, gray carpet is reproduction. Upholstered top wood refinishing appears to have been done with spar varnish left over from a boat project. Later Becker Europa incorrect to this vintage. Engine bay detail well executed down to polished cam cover. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $37,000. With two very similar 4-speed 280SLs in this sale and this one running first, it's very plausible that some bidders were holding out for the better car. However, neither one sold, and this car's stated reserve another $15k away just about completely guaranteed that it went home with its consignor. #F85-2000 PORSCHE BOXSTER convertible. S/N WP0CA2987YU623652. Lapis Blue/blue cloth/black leather. Odo: 92,159 miles. Original paint largely saved by plastic film on nose and mirrors, but now this is impacted and yellowed slightly. Original top getting a bit threadbare. Leather a bit dry, vinyl. Odo: 50,752 miles. Partially original red paint combined with a mix of different retouches, mostly around rear. Once black spoilers now red like a '90s example. Light edge flaws to finish. Brightwork pitted, pot metal top mounts and trim around top damaged. Cloth top still seems to be intact. Interior original and very nice, engine bay shows signs of maintenance but likely no detailing ever with corrosion on all aluminum parts. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,305. Last seen here at Carlisle last fall, where it sold for $7,245 (SCM# 47139). Despite Publisher Martin's disdain for these gutless children of the original Spiders, there are plenty of human children of the female persuasion who would find this plenty interesting enough here in Richmond at this price. Well bought, since the car is essentially unchanged from last year's go-around. AMERICAN #F61-1932 CHEVROLET CONFEDERATE 2-dr sedan. S/N 12BA0317505. Maroon & black/brown wool. Odo: 46,613 miles. Light uniform ripple and orange peel to newer maroon and black paint scheme. Some chips around door openings largely touched up. Optional trunk fitted to luggage rack matches rest of car well. Brightwork and chrome not too shiny and correct for vintage and position in the marketplace. Exceptional interior, original instrumentation. hinge covers original and show age. Engine compartment clean but not detailed. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $10,238. Selling right at the reserve price, this little Beetle won't win a drag race or be a whole lot of fun down at the track, but for the money there's not much more fun to be had for something that ought to keep going quite a while longer before needing much more. I 104 rest of interior OK. Factory audio displays “CODE,” so hopefully the books are there. Engine bay reflects service but is undetailed. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $11,000. Merely an eight-year-old used car, nothing more, nothing special. Had it been an S, perhaps there would have been another bid or two, but in average condition, perhaps nearby Manheim's Highline sale would have been a better audience. ITALIAN #F116-1988 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER Graduate convertible. S/N ZARBA5643J1062846. Red/black cloth/black Engine compartment clean with only light use evident. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $21,525. While early Chevys have not done well here in the recent past, this car broke through its reserve and took a few more bids before finding a new home. A nicely optioned and likely excellent tour-grade car with dead-on reliability is a fine addition to anyone's collection, and with this being a big GM sale, this was no disappointment for either buyer or seller. Sports Car Market


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Our Cars 1967 Maserati Mistral Owner: Rob Sass, Contributor Purchase date: June 13, 2008 Price: $41,000 Mileage since purchase: About 100 Recent work: None The Mistral has always struck me as at- tractive car, supposedly let down by its rather lazy long-stroke six. Mine is highly original, with the desirable 4-liter twin-plug engine and a 5-speed. I had the car looked at and then flew to Baltimore to complete the deal. A week later, it arrived and I've gotten to spend some quality time with my first Italian exotic. Compared to my '67 E-type, the Maserati feels and sounds much less labored above 4,000 rpm than the Jag. Build quality is light years better in the Maser; it is buttoned-down and tight, and it feels expensive. My hope is that I will be able to enjoy the car and that the market will keep pace with any necessary cash infusions. The car is one-quarter the price of an Aston DB6, more attractive, just as rare, and a better performer. I may just come out okay on this one. 2008 Tomos LX 50cc #S159-1938 FORD DELUXE 2-dr sedan. S/N 184330391. Gray/tan bedford cord. Odo: 66,290 miles. Well-preserved older restoration, beautiful paint and bodywork. Brightwork authentic to era and not overdone. Running board rubber cracking lightly, nice solid wood dashboard, carpets and correct interior material show only light wear from use since restoration. Older detailing to engine bay needs a bit of a redo before showing. Battery hold-down missing. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $22,575. This was the sole all-original pre-war Ford V8 at this sale without some degree of hot rod treatment. A neat year, a period color, and a well-turnedout older restoration equaled good value here. Well bought and sold. #F43-1959 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. S/N F59K165272. White/aqua vinyl & cloth. Odo: 24 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 3-sp. Older white paint chipped around trim but still shows well overall. Chrome a mix of reproduction and restoration, brightwork remains to be done and shows light reinstallation marks and some surrounding chipped paint. Light delamination to some original glass. Interior uniformly well redone, including dash, seats, Owner: Stefan Lombard, Managing Editor Purchase date: June 24, 2008 Price: $1,844 Mileage since purchase: 350 Recent work: 22-tooth rear sprocket, bigger jet and air filter, bar-end mirrors, first service My commute is short and all on surface streets, so I started looking at scooters. I found the Tomos online at a local place called Ptown Scooters and fell in love, which is an odd thing to say about a 2-hp Slovenian moped. I chose pegs over pedals for that faux motorcycle look. The thing is sexy—again, if such a thing can be said. Publisher Martin even thinks it's cool. With drag bars and a bullet headlight, it has the look of a small '60s café racer. It tops out about 37 mph and gives me 100 miles from its one-gallon tank. I've joined the Moped Army (www.mopedarmy.com) and recently took part in my first “swarm,” which saw 75 of us buzz all over town, red lights bedamned. I love the attention it gets, from the moped guys, from the motorcycle guys, from people on the street. That never happens in my wife's Volvo. ♦ 106 and carpet. Tri-Power 348 engine not overdone, incorrect clamps and battery hold it to excellent driver status. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $29,138. I liked this car for its thoroughness and integrity, and was not surprised when the $26,000 reserve came off and bidding continued in small increments for another $1,750. Well bought and sold, and the buyer was spotted the next day wearing a wide grin as he drove out the gate and onto a trailer. #F41-1962 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N 21537B182975. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 11,336 miles. 409-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Older high-quality paint over light blue original shows chipping and some light edge issues—unusual since this car never saw a dragstrip. Chrome and brightwork done to a reasonably high standard. Vent window trim reasonably tidy despite filthy modern battery sticking out like a sore thumb. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $20,000. Even though this Pontiac did have a few light needs here and there, it was basically solid throughout and would have made a nice drop-top cruiser for someone willing to take the time to fix the few minor issues noted. But that person wasn't this buyer. He had some second thoughts the following morning and decided to run it through the auction again. He made a $1,000 profit on the deal. Well bought and sold, both times. #F90-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194675S104371. Riverside Red/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 67,360 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Red paint and bodywork to a high standard, some light headlamp door issues visible. Light scratches and ripples to bumpers, brightwork similar. Sports Car Market slightly rusty, interior nicely restored with correct cloth and vinyl. Engine bay very clean and fresh with fresh stroker 409 with two modern 4-bbl Edelbrocks and custom headers. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $25,000. Last seen at G. Potter King's Atlantic City sale in February '92, where it failed to sell at $45,000 (SCM# 21232). This replica of Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins' “Old Reliable II” was one of the nicer period tributes of a local drag-night champion. I overheard two guys say, “I remember this when it was raced,” and they were not too disappointed to find out it was not the real thing. While not yet proven at the strip, this was after all just a replica, and thus bid no higher than the likely value of the parts used. #F75-1964 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE convertible. S/N 884P265253. Gold metallic/ white vinyl/gold leather. Odo: 69,882 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older sympathetic repaint to highly original car shows flaws from use. Older white top still very serviceable. Chrome and brightwork presentable and reasonably well redone. 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Carlisle Auctions Carlisle, PA Interior well done, walnut steering wheel caps off the sporting look. Newer short Hurst shifter and white ball slightly detracts from the proper look. A box of spare engine parts behind the seat is questionable. Engine bay clean but undetailed, Edelbrock Performer intake manifold fitted. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $55,650. Parked just inside one of the doors to the Expo Center all weekend, this car had plenty of exposure during the preview and was the only attractive 'Vette convertible of any stripe to sell here. Numbers matching or not, the fit and finish makes for an attractive car to show or go. Well bought and sold. #F47-1966 CADILLAC DEVILLE convertible. S/N F6238197. Black/black vinyl/ black leather. Odo: 42,119 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Near flawless black paint over a good, straight, honest body with few imperfections. Chrome and brightwork redone to a high standard, light buffing marks to stainless trim. Black leather correct and fresh, black vinyl top tidy and well trimmed. Engine compartment clean but showing older detailing that could use some touch-ups. Engine runs strong and very pitted. Interior surprisingly tidy and possibly original. Engine and transmission appear to be freshly painted and reportedly the subjects of recent overhaul. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $20,738. One had to wonder whether the seller thought he had a gold mine in this barn-find Chevelle. When the reserve came off at the top bid, someone got a unique project for reasonable money ... unless the muscle market continues to recede as it has over the last year. #F58-1967 MERCURY COUGAR coupe. S/N 7F91C639681. Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 75,248 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent paint and body with factory or better panel gaps throughout. Evident as a California car from new due to absence of rust and smog equipment fitted. Chrome and brightwork near flawless and extending to the often troublesome front grille and other diecast items. Interior absolutely without flaw, only described as the “correct-year block.” The reserve was disclosed as north of $50k, and those watching this go through generally agreed it was a nice driver-quality car but just not a contender, and as such, the high bid was all the money. #F53-1969 OLDSMOBILE 442 convert- ible. S/N 344679M428321. Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 91,370 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. High quality body and paint restoration, doors and hood hinges rather stiff. Excellent brightwork and chrome, down to period-correct Magnum wheels. Stainless steel well buffed. Interior near flawless, 442marked Hurst shifter likely not period. Factory a/c engine compartment well detailed, aside smoothly, suggesting possibly correct mileage and good maintenance. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $30,450. As the car rolled onto the block, Carlisle CEO Bill Miller introduced it as a two-owner California original recently traded into the local Corvette dealer on a new Z06. I'm sure someone made a good penny here, but there's more to be made down the road with a little expert tweaking. From what I hear, this will be achieved with small effort by one of the most talented tweakers in this business. Well sold, but well bought too. #F68-1966 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-dr hard top. S/N 138176A110081. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 49,720 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-bbl. Claimed alloriginal car likely the subject of an average repaint sometime during the 1970s prior to being put in storage for a reputed 27 years. Lots of chips, puckering, and lacquer checking to paint. Driver door bottom rusted through, as are a few areas in rear quarters. Original chrome and brightwork mostly straight but dull and 108 but chintzy floor mats may have cost it a little legitimacy. Engine bay absolutely correct, aside from light fit and finish issues and modern battery. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $20,475. Cougars are not stellar performers at these auctions, but they are nice period luxo-muscle cars that are considerably more understated than Mustangs or similar cars. While a 4-speed would have made this special, chances are it was restored to its showroom-new equipment level, and it should provide its new owner with many happy returns. Well bought. #F19-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS 350 coupe. S/N 124379N571476. White & orange/white vinyl & houndstooth cloth. Odo: 10,593 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed ten-year-old restoration appears to be holding up well, doors stiff but panel gaps factory or better. Chrome decent, roof rail and other brightwork relatively dull. Interior very tidy except dashboard fit issues stand out. Rosewood steering wheel and console gauges present well. Engine compartment well detailed, down to correct battery and cowl-induction air cleaner. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $46,000. While Z10 was present on the affixed cowl tag, the engine was from newer-style worm-drive clamps and some wiring. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $50,400. Brought to sale by an SCMer who usually deals only in European sports cars, this did really rather well compared to similar cars at this sale. When the bidding reached $48,000, the reserve came off. This was described as possibly but not definitively carrying its original and now heavily tuned powertrain. The price was strong if the engine was wrong, but it was right on the money if the numbers check out. #F74-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194379S734008. Cortez Silver/ black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 81,491 miles. 350ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older silver repaint shows light scuffs and scrapes from use. Wiper door to cowl alignment slightly out of whack, driver's door low at top and perhaps a later replacement, other gaps factory or better. Chrome sidepipes look odd. 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Carlisle Auctions Carlisle, PA shield delaminating in a pattern indicative of an engine fire. Interior clean, loose knob laying on console. Factory a/c engine bay detailed but now only driver quality. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $27,038. Last seen here in October '07 in a lot less well-sorted condition, where it failed to sell at $22k (SCM# 47114). Its current owner took it home for the winter and exorcised many of this car's demons. The price paid was fair for condition, and likely this weekend's purchaser did not see it in worse condition six short months ago. I was impressed at how much better this car presented here than it did last fall. #S169-1969 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. S/N 9T02H212288. Black & red/black & red vinyl. Odo: 47,397 miles. 351-ci V8, 4bbl, 4-sp. VIN states car came with a 250-hp 2bbl 351 V8. Black paint shows dirt and flaws to top surfaces, paint finish and add-on rear spoiler do not look correct. Rear window scratched, bumpers and brightwork lightly overbuffed. High-quality interior restoration includes Hurst shifter and wood wheel. Correct battery, excessive chrome dress-up in engine compartment. cables and connections detract somewhat. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $42,000. I thought this was a pretty honest piece, aside from the boomboom stereo work evident under the hood. I didn't get deep enough into the car to find where the modern stereo equipment was hidden, but it had been very well done. The seller was proud of this work, along with the general restoration, but I don't think there was any sort of premium here for the aftermarket additions. #S155-1970 MERCURY COUGAR XR-7 coupe. S/N 0F93H558759. Yellow/brown vinyl/brown vinyl. Odo: 89,294 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older sympathetic repaint shows light overspray and hand-painted brown pinstripes likely dated to the early '80s. Chrome and brightwork original, rear bumper dented. Brown vinyl top original and near perfect, medium brown vinyl interior lightly worn on driver's seat. Steering column a color that adds a premium. High bid was light, but the announced $170k reserve price was way out of line for a 440—Six Pack or not. #S201-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. S/N 0F02G169890. Red & black/ black vinyl. Odo: 5,242 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Original Lime car with high-level color change showing no sign of the original. Trunk gap very wide at right rear, door dings down both sides testify to some use since restoration. Chrome bumpers lightly wavy, brightwork flawed from installation and small issues that were overlooked. Interior redone correctly Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $24,413. This lot almost failed to get going and then proceeded slowly to the $20k mark. I think the crowd noticed the slightly amateurish work performed here and just didn't have the enthusiasm needed to get the job done. However, the mood shifted in the consignor's favor when the reserve came off just south of $22k, and the fervor picked up again in $250 increments for this hot 4-speed driver example. Well bought and sold. #S228-1969 OLDSMOBILE 442 convert- ible. S/N 344679Z123430. Light blue metallic/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 17,060 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Uniform high-quality restoration to factory or better specifications throughout paint and body. Bumpers lightly oversanded under finish, other brightwork excellent with slight installation marks evident. Well-executed interior includes original underdash 8-track, AM/FM stereo, and factory a/c. White convertible top lightly dirty around the edges, but still nicely fitted. Engine compartment well detailed, although big audio power scratched lightly, dash nice. Well-optioned example includes factory a/c and AM/FM stereo. Engine bay intact but completely undetailed, yet shows regular maintenance. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $3,045. This grandma special has been inside from new and it showed, but it also indicated recent sitting in very sticky brakes and rough running across the block. Easily the diamond in the rough at this sale, at least from a fix-for-profit perspective. While Cougars don't usually clean up at auction, this was still very well bought. #S191-1970 PLYMOUTH 'CUDA 2-dr hard top. S/N BS23V0B178740. Black & white/white vinyl. Odo: 42,794 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fresh black paint to original specifications and then some. Door fit good, but factory original balance lost in restoration. Chrome and brightwork hit the mark all around. Interior as new, including wood pistol-grip shifter and steering wheel with 'Cuda center. Engine compartment detailing above and beyond factory original. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $90,000. From the same owner over the last 36 years and with extensive Govier documentation, broadcast sheet, and everything else one would expect; however, it's not a Hemi, and although built originally as shown, black is not with a mix of reproduction and original items. Original Boss 302/4-speed engine bay unusually correct for a non-Shelby. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $67,725. Built by one of the Boss 302 and Mach 1 experts who literally wrote two books on these cars, this example was purchased by a Pennsylvania Corvette and muscle car dealer. It wouldn't take much to bring this car up a little in the condition department, as the needs noted appeared to be mostly due to light use since restoration. Strong money for a strong car, and a decent deal for both parties. #F28-1975 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1Z37J5S437522. White/tan leather. Odo: 6,315 miles. 350-ci 190-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Old and possibly original white paint with some retouching and damage around headlamp doors, tacky old brown and tan tape stripes rough. Factory gaps throughout, no evident crash damage. Interior very tatty, driver's seat ripe for replacement, steering column and wheel appear to be from a later model car. Engine bay absolutely unrestored with no evidence of recent maintenance. Fast approaching junkyard condition overall. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $7,875. This made a lot less sense to me than a few decent drivable C4s that ran later in the sale. A 1975 Corvette is nothing to slow down for, and an example in this condition will assure any buyer at this price of being underwater for quite a while longer. Well sold. #S167-1975 CHEVROLET CAPRICE Classic convertible. S/N 1N67Y5Y206824. White/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 6 miles. 112 Sports Car Market


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Carlisle Auctions Carlisle, PA 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Absolutely as-new inside and out. Original GM lacquer without flaws, aside from production line shortcomings. Chrome, brightwork, vinyl top, and interior excellent. Engine compartment shows light wear but no modifications except a newerstyle battery. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $36,750. The chatter around this car all weekend was that it had been a world traveler and would not meet its consignor's high-value expectations. This was almost proved correct, but the consignor apparently tired of driving this car a tenth of a mile at a time and cut it loose at the top bid just as the gavel was being put aside. They're only all-original once, but there can't be too many big-block, high-option Caprice convertibles like this one, so don't assume your driver example just tripled in value. #S202-1986 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1YY0787G5127194. Red/black glass/gray leather. Odo: 134,501 miles. 350-ci 235-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Possibly original paint holding up well against mileage and use indications, weatherstripping crackly but not coming apart yet. Front bumper shows repainting. Seats amazingly intact, rear carpet and front speaker grilles faded to blue. Steering wheel rough. Engine bay clean and shows age and improper care. Rear carpet unfaded and indicates indoor storage. American Racing mag wheels fitted. Engine bay lightly detailed and shows maintenance and care. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $11,000. OK, so the miles are low, but it's an early C4 automatic without much else going for it. Was this a slight deal or a collection of headaches caused by irregular use just waiting to happen ? #S139-1993 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 40th Anniversary coupe. S/N 1G1YY23P5P5112282. Ruby Red Metallic/ black glass/Ruby Red leather. Odo: 76,739 miles. 350-ci 300-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Excellent paint and body throughout, likely original and well kept throughout the car's lifetime. Weatherstripping and trim details also crisp. Driver's seat outer bolster tatty from entry wear, dash and console pristine. Rear compartment carpet in as-new condition. Engine compartment clean but undetailed. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $14,963. This was another surprisingly well-taken-care-of C4 with likely only highway mileage, given it lacked evidence of abuse. The final bid came up a little short, but after a bit of negotiation, it was called sold. Examples such as this one, in a condition like this, automatic transmission or not, should appreciate further. A slight deal for the buyer. maintenance but is completely undetailed. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $5,040. This was little more than a used car, but it was likely always spared the brunt of the elements when not in use. This was a nice deal for cheap wheels and likely better any day of the week than a comparable early C4 with half the miles. When the reserve came off at $4,500, there still wasn't a whole lot of interest in this car, and it found a new owner who's got to have a pretty sharp smile on his face. #F99-1987 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1YY2184H5114098. Red/gray leather. Odo: 42,572 miles. 350-ci 240-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Likely original red paint shows light stressing at wheelwell openings, mirrors discolored to a lighter shade of red. Gray leather very presentable if a bit dry from 114 #F120-1998 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1YY22G7W5122327. Red/ black glass/tan leather. Odo: 134,341 miles. 5.7-liter 345-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Brilliant original red paint virtually unmarred throughout with very few touch-ups to front bumper and mirrors. Alloy rims lightly marked. Interior Engine compartment not detailed but showing maintenance throughout. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,250. An attractive and powerful car. A $24,000 reserve was not the end of spirited bidding on this, as three individuals duked it out another $1,000 before the gavel fell. This consignor brought this and a 2001 model with a few more miles but in better cosmetic condition that ran two lots later, so the underbidders had another chance at nearly the same car. ♦ Sports Car Market Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $21,525. Surprisingly, despite the extra year and 13,000 miles, this example was cleaner than its younger brother in lot F102. I call this car the deal for those who looked over the differences between the cars, and if there's someone out there that can feel the difference of 20 horsepower between these Corvettes, well, he should have bought the other one. #F102-2002 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 coupe. S/N 1G1YY125625117662. Red/ black leather. Odo: 18,256 miles. 5.7-liter 405hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Light stress damage and markings to front bumper and lower spoiler lip, light swirl marks in original paint and body. Interior near mint, driver's seat seems a bit dry. as good as some cars with 100,000 fewer miles, engine bay similar. Very clean without the usual Armor-All treatment. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $15,750. I'm not sure where the last owner(s) traveled, except perhaps back and forth across the country. He or she must have been about 90 pounds dripping wet and covered in leather treatment as well to keep the interior as tidy as the exterior. I'm surprised at how well the car did, given it was the last lot on Friday night, but it sure did well, regardless of the mileage and automatic transmission. Well sold. #F104-2001 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 coupe. S/N 1G1YY12S715126207. Red/black leather. Odo: 31,517 miles. 5.7-liter 385-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Paint and body excellent, showing care and proper storage. Interior supple and smooth, with only light wear to steering wheel and center console. Light scuffing to graphite gray rims, engine compartment clean but likely not detailed since new.


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Bonhams Hendon, UK The Royal Air Force Museum The place is a marvelous setting, with lots nestled under and around preserved fighters and bombers dating from the beginning of air combat Company Bonhams Date April 21, 2008 Location Hendon, England Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold / offered 53 / 61 Sales rate 87% Sales total $3,076,104 High sale 1905 Sunbeam 12/14hp, sold at $482,130 Buyer's premium All models shown to scale Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics A lthough the two star lots were mysteriously withdrawn on sale day, Bonhams got most of the rest of its lots away to record an impressive 87% success rate at this year's RAF Museum sale in April. Two clear messages came out of this auction: the British public (and dealers) are still buying cars, and the Edwardian iron was seriously undervalued, with almost all the pre-WWI cars selling for half as much again as their estimates. The only disadvantage for buyers is that the museum remains live, so doors of consigned lots have to be locked shut to keep out prying hands. But where else can you examine a Ferrari under the embrace of the last Hawker Typhoon, or ponder vintage Royces while being loftily watched over by a couple of their Merlin cousins high on the wing of a Lancaster bomber? Tim Schofield, head of Bonhams's U.K. Motoring Department, said, “The well-attended auction and large number of telephone bidders ensured that the day's offerings achieved high bids, many of which were well in excess of their estimates.” The 1910 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost and the 1899 “Miles Benz”—both well-known cars; the Royce immaculately renovated and kept, and the Benz almost original—were withdrawn on the morning of the sale, with the overseas owner citing “a family decision” as 118 the reason for removing them. Considerable costs had been accrued promoting the cars, including Bonhams showing the Royce at various venues, which the sellers had agreed to take on the chin. There was, apparently, sufficient interest in both cars to have bought them, so Bonhams might well expect to charge expenses of a similar level to its earnings had it actually sold the cars—something in the order of $150,000 in buyer's premiums alone. An expensive exercise. As well as the $482,130 high-sale Sunbeam, whose inflated price was due to its eligibility for the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run (despite being made in 1905), significant others included an original and dilapidated but still running '28 Lanchester drophead coupe at $67,172, a sharp Lotus Europa Special at $19,355 (and almost immediately retailed for $12k more), plus various postwar restoration-project British saloons and two Ford Ts—one excellent, one a basket-case. Looking a little out of place in this market was a fiberglass Ford V8-powered California Spyder replica alleged to be from the movie “Ferris Bueller's Day Off.” Sold by a Ferrari collector, it was expensive at $72,666. Last year's sale here saw 65 of 75 lots sell for Sales Totals an 87% sell-through rate and a total of $3.7m. Although this year's event saw a drop in totals to almost $3.1m, the 53 of 61 cars trading hands resulted in the same final sales percentage as seen here in 2007. The market needed a positive sale with solid results for reassurance at this time, and solid results are what Bonhams delivered. ♦ $500k $1m $1.5m $2m $2.5m $3m $3.5m $4m 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 15% on first $54,900, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £1.98) Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Hendon, UK ENGLISH TOP 10 No. 6 #535-1905 SUNBEAM 12/14hp SideEntrance tonneau. S/N 260. Eng. # 29. Blue/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Last restored in 1988, body, paint, and interior still excellent, perfect brass includes Lucas 721 sidelights and acetylene headlamp. leather & tan cloth. RHD. Coachwork by the Burlington Carriage Co. Nicely kept onefamily owned example of a rare car. Restored in the late '80s and in collections for many years. No documents included, but the DVLA has confirmed it can keep its number. Equipped with CAV electric headlamps, diver's helmet rear lamps,. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $39,848. In need of some light work before being roadworthy once again, this sold right at its top estimate of $39k, so all parties should be happy. #539-1923 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50hp Silver Ghost “Salamanca” sedanca de ville. S/N 112JH. Dark blue/black vinyl/black leather. RHD. Odo: 12,854 miles. Coachwork by New Haven. Springfield Royce with threeway body. Very sharp and well detailed, with excellent paint, trim, and nickel plating. Engine “Grandfather rights” for London to Brighton run (as it was originally dated by the VCC as a 1904 model) stay with the car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $482,130. Although not blowing its reserve by half like other Edwardians at the sale, this price was near the top estimate of $496k, so the seller should be pleased with the result. #519-1904 SWIFT 7hp Four Seater tourer. S/N 176. Eng. # 2886. Green/black leather. RHD. Originally a two-seater, but period-style rear bench more recently added (maybe making up for lack of cylinders). Good used/usable condition, with sundry paint chips. Very good bay perfect, now has a/c and modern oil filter. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $377,586. Sold at $60k over top estimate. In South Africa in 1969. Achieved a world record price for a Springfield Ghost of £38,000 ($65k) in 1977 before heading back to the U.S. and then back to England in 1999. A decent deal for both parties involved. #558-1928 LANCHESTER 21hp drophead coupe. S/N 3401. Eng. # 3399. Black/black cloth. RHD. Odo: 73,000. Delightfully dilapidated and imposing rare car on short wheelbase chassis. Stored 40 years, but proving Lanchester's superb engineering, recently started up and drove—and brakes worked. Alloy body basically sound under all-but-missing brass fittings, including Perfecta acetylene headlamps and Lucas side oil lamps. Later Zenith carburetor and more modern coil fitted. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $151,074. Another 50% over high estimate transaction, which matched the trend for London to Brighton-eligible runners at this sale. #540-1920 ARMSTRONG-SIDDELEY 30HP Series E Open-Drive limousine. S/N 1936E. Eng. # 13221. Burgundy/black paint, leather bench seat and dickey still OK, roof covering torn on journey to auction. Radiator and headlights polished through. 12-volt ignition. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $67,172. This found a new owner at rather more than the expected $48k–$52k. A restored similar car is currently asking $135k. Let's hope there's no budget left for a full, shiny restoration, as careful renovation would seem more appropriate. 120 Sports Car Market Very good interior. Claimed to be one of only four survivors of 200 built. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,533. This brought a price above its top estimate of $14k, but it was on the same level as an equivalent Austin, so this was a fair price for a fully working, usable British saloon. #538-1934 LAGONDA RAPIER 4-Seat tourer. S/N D11063. Eng. # D2813. Green/ black/buff leather. RHD. Odo: 57,642 miles. Smaller sports Lagonda with jewel-like DOHC engine and preselector gearbox. Restored and just about perfect. Straight body, shiny paint, nice chrome. Interior looks new with excellent original instruments and dash. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $74,844. In the U.S. from 1970–90, sold #564-1932 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50hpPHANTOM II sedanca de ville. S/N 171GN. Eng. # BH85. Blue & white/black leather. RHD. Coachwork by Barker & Co. Slightly tired body and paint, timber fading, all plating holding up well. Color change in the '70s from original black. Good interior and tidy motor following an expensive rebuild in '03, and not yet fully run in. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $85,734. Last sold by Bonhams at Beaulieu September '03 for $49,963. This was $5k under the lower estimate, but it was a fair price for a very usable example. #503-1934 SUNBEAM DAWN 4-dr sedan. S/N 6193S. Eng. # 6193S. Black/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 39,551 miles. Body straight, paint slightly tired, chrome decent. Condition consistent with claim of restoration in the mid-'80s. $10k engine rebuild ten years ago, “dry stored since and only driven in the local village fete.”


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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 1927 Bugatti Type 37 Replica, s/n BC50. Bugatti Owners Club acknowledged with assigned number. Meticulously constructed and detailed to the highest standards of accuracy by master craftsman David Willis. $325,000. 1963 Ferrari 250 GTL Lusso Speciale, s/n 4383. Fantuzzi period transformazione, additions by Tom Meade. Stored for 24 years with recent, sympathetic re-commission. Solid, taut car. Responsive engine and gearbox. $795,000. 1965 Jaguar D-Type by Wingfield. Stunningly beautiful and correct copy of Ecurrie Ecosse's 1956 Le Mans winner. Aluminum body, live axle, 1956 engine, dry-sump, Webers. Excellent mechanical condition. Track or tours. $128,500. 1959 Porsche RSK F2, s/n 718-030. Well documented and significant race car in show quality condition. Ex-Jean Behra, one of only six center seat cars built. Exceptional history including Targa Florio, Spa and Reims. $1,435,000.


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Bonhams Hendon, UK by Bonhams at Beaulieu for $54,486 in July '98 (SCM# 14683), since when it had been improved mechanically. Sold again at Bonhams Sussex for $72,016 in July '06 (SCM# 42330). Well bought and sold at just over the high estimate of $71k. #560-1935 RILEY FALCON Mk I 1½-liter saloon. S/N 22T391. Black/green leather. RHD. Odo: 2,642 miles. A restoration project, but all there and laid up with plenty of oil and lubricants. Surface rust breaking out all over, two set to rocket in price a couple of years ago and never did, so they still look like good value for the money, although they're twice the price of a top-condition “Standard Steel” S2. Fairly bought just shy of bottom estimate of $99k. #514-1963 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk windows cracked, two wheels with Easyclean discs. Seat leather and door trims have survived well. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $11,385. Sold smack between upper and lower estimates, so someone else out there wasn't bothered by its cosmetically poor but mechanically sound condition. Should be a rewarding project. #550-1950 BENTLEY Mk VI Standard Steel saloon. S/N B42JO. Eng. # B21J. Midnight Blue & sil- ver/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 17,614 miles. Coachwork by Bentley Motors. Originally black, restored to this condition in '04 and reproduction and fit is OK, although side trims are on back to front. Engine bay concours, with motor set up to run unleaded. One door handle pulled loose by punters by the end of the day. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $52,371. Spot on spec for a IIA, and it busted its $43k estimate by a substantial margin—although this was still a fair price considering its condition. This could go straight into the showroom, and it probably will with an asking price of around $60k. #554-1963 ROVER 95 saloon. S/N still excellent inside and out. Concours wins with both the Bentley Drivers' Club and the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club. Perfect panels, paint, and interior. Now with added a/c. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $87,912. This probably couldn't be repeated for the money. Although way above the estimate range of $56k–$64k, the price paid was still behind likely retail for what must be one of the best Mk VIs in the U.K. #536-1960 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL Flying Spur saloon. S/N BC126AR. Eng. # BC125BC. Brewster Green/red leather. RHD. Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner. Nice and original with several titled owners, including Roger Daltrey between 1974 and 1977. Straight body shows a few blemishes coming through paint. Plating fair to good, interior leather beautifully worn in and fitted with discreet modern speakers. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $92,268. These were 122 all there, perfect dash, leather good. A really lovely old thing, and effectively one owner from new. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $13,207. Sold at almost $4k over the top estimate. These never fetch very much money, but for such a nice example, this was worth every cent. Both buyer and seller should feel they've got the best deal. Sports Car Market 76001172A. Eng. # 76001319A. Gray & black/ gray leather. RHD. Odo: 69,400 miles. Almost concours “Auntie” Rover, following renovation and repaint in '95 and '96. Very straight, with excellent paint and decent chrome. Trim IIA 2+2 convertible. S/N HBJL723767. Eng. # 29FRUH4443. Colorado Red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 693 miles. Fully restored starting in 1991 but looks recently finished. Body straight and panel fit good, paint shiny with a couple of water marks visible. Chassis rails not pretty, but look solid enough. Some chrome with no noted chips or scratches. Interior timber faded, leather still nice but showing some age. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,761. Supposedly the 240 is the least desirable example of this body, but condition matters more, and this car fetched the expected market price. A fair deal on both sides. #551-1968 JAGUAR Mk II 3.4 saloon. S/N 1J52089DN. Eng. # 7J52708. White/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 127,000 miles. Described as a Mk II but looks more like a 340 with slimmer bumpers, no foglights, and a leather retrim. Floors, chassis rails, and sills good. Body fit fair, paint shows no issues, chrome #557-1968 JAGUAR 240 saloon. S/N 1J2195DN. Eng. # 7J23788. White/black leather. RHD. Odo: 73,907 miles. Straight body, panel fit OK but not perfect, paint good in good order. Timber excellent and lustrous, tan leather interior looks recent and shows little wear. Moto-Lita wheel, overdrive, and Coopercraft brakes fitted. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,761. A market-correct valuation for a good but not concours car. Interestingly, this brought the same price as the 240 (lot 557) in a similar color and condition that came later in the sale. #510-1972 JAGUAR XKE S III convert- ible. S/N 1S1344. Eng. # 7S5926SA. Red/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 68,025 miles. Good overall appearance with no obvious rust issues. Nice panel fit, some roughness in upper door shuts and overspray on door seals. Dash fair, engine bay tidy, seat leather shows


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Bonhams Hendon, UK a nice patina. From a discerning owner who over the last five years commissioned a baremetal respray and gearbox overhaul. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $64,326. This brought slightly over its high estimate of $59,500, but the price was on the money for a nice manual convertible. Well bought and sold. #553-1973 MG B-GT coupe. S/N GHD5333229G. Red/black leather. RHD. Body and paint OK, prep looks a bit rushed at ripply rear valance. Rocker panel detail sharp and door fit good, floors and chassis rails look OK. Nice reproduction chrome, engine bay FRENCH #515-1900 CLÉMENT-PANHARD 4½hp TYPE VCP Voiture Légère two-seater. S/N 244. Eng. # 356. Green/red leather. Good order and a regular Brighton runner. Restored in this ownership 30 years ago. Generally used It's better now, but the best ones are appreciating, and even at this price, it might look a deal in a couple years' time. #541-1993 EVANTE convertible. S/N SA9CG21Y4PA026001. Eng. # D16891. Red/ black/gray vinyl. RHD. Odo: 6,429 miles. The Evante is an updated Elan which uses a weldedtube backbone, Ford Zetec engine, and ugly taillights. This one, made when the marque was tidy. Interior good, with red-piped black leather seats. Overdrive. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $10,930. The buyer must have read the extensive history and decided the price was fair. Even though it was about $4k above mid-estimate, the money spent was about right. #552-1974 JENSEN INTERCEPTOR SIII coupe. S/N 22409394. Blue/black leather. RHD. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Floors and rocker panels solid, which can be expensive to do on these. Paint good, apart from one tiny ding and two bubbles. Alloys unscuffed, but some of condition with leather showing a nice patina. Fitted with Lucas 722 lights, sold with original instruction manual. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $155,430. There was a time when Brighton runners were $20k a cylinder and $20k a seat, but that rule of thumb seems to have doubled over the past few years. owned by the Fleur De Lys pastiche van company, has worn well. Fiberglass good, alloys not scuffed, top looks new. Seats a bit grubby, some mildew on steering wheel rim. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $6,831. Sold just over the top estimate of $6k. A cheap sportster in anyone's book, and in much better shape than a Miata at the same money. Well bought and sold. #504-2000 ROVER MINI COOPER Sport 500 2-dr sedan. S/N SAXXNPAZE1D188258. Eng. # 12A3LK70382066. Metallic blue/gray & black velour. RHD. Odo: 25,000 miles. Last 500 “proper” Minis like this were loaded with every extra the factory could cram in (although not automatics and a/c like Japanese-market cars). Last one was built October 4, 2000, but the chrome won't be with us for much longer. Grille and rest of trim fine. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,394. Prices of these were supposed to have been hardening recently, but that didn't happen for this one. A good buy, even slightly ahead of its $14k top estimate. #555-1991 LOTUS ELAN SE Turbo convertible. S/N SCC100ZT1MHD18475. Eng. # 111709. Red/black cloth/gray leather & velour. RHD. Odo: 90,000 miles. Very good unscuffed fiberglass, paint recently refinished, alloys unmarked. Interior almost as new, engine bay (with Isuzu turbo “four”) tidy and without leaks. History to '00 and 64,173 miles. Best on the market in the U.K.? Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $11,613. Almost $2k over top estimate, gaining over $4k since it was last sold by Bonhams in November '07 at Harrogate for $7,344 when I described it as “a bargain” (SCM# 47686). 124 regular Brighton runners. Body first fitted to a Serpollet. Excellent brass includes remade radiator and Lanardini headlamps, well detailed throughout. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $351,450. Sold almost smack on the top estimate of $357k. A market-correct price for well-known and very usable London to Brighton veteran. this one was not registered until the following March. Pretty much as new, although there's a small patch of rust bubbling out under right headlight and a few body blemishes. Interior excellent. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $11,840. This brought slightly more than expected, but it was still a market-correct price. These rust faster than Alfasuds, so it needs preserving now. With that done, this will be a fair prospect. #520-1929 TALBOT 14/45hp Closecoupled Faux Cabriolet coupe. Black/brown leather. RHD. Pleasingly original or tatty, depending on your point of view. Fabric body intact, paint cracking off, brass radiator shell dull and dented. Leather shows a heavy patina, modern mirror looks out of place, modern indicators and stop lights a necessary evil. Has been in Killarney Motor Museum. No documents, but Irish registered. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $15,038. Although this price was well below the presale low estimate of $24k, the seller still decided to let it go. It'll require quite a bit Sports Car Market #530-1904 SMA 24/40hp Open-Drive landaulette. S/N 5063. Eng. # 9869. Blue/black leather/black leather, gray & red cloth. RHD. Coachwork by Italiana Cesare Sala. Nearperfect restored condition having been found in Sardinia in the late '70s, and one of the quicker


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Bonhams Hendon, UK #546-1990 BMW Z1 roadster. S/N WBABA91090ALO1317. Ancient Green/ cream leather. Odo: 116,117 km. Produced late in 1989. Body fair with some imperfect fit here and there, but doors work OK. Retrim in cream leather is a bit “hand finished” around the edges, shroud over instruments has suffered with no leaks. “Runs but no brakes” posted on the car. Imported from the U.S. in 1991. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $31,423. Sold at 50% over its top estimate. An attractive car, but with questions over the body and paint damage and work still to do throughout, this was best suited for someone well versed in these cars. #516-1966 FERRARI 330 GT 2+2 coupe. of time and money to be brought back to life, and hopefully much of its originality will be retained. GERMAN #537-1910 ADLER 12hp Four-Seat tourer. S/N 2908. Eng. # 2911K. Green/white canvas/ cream leather. RHD. Good body, fair paint, repainted fenders. Fitted with brass acetylene headlamps, oil side lamps and fittings show from either sun or fingers. Alloys OK, BMW service history to October '02 and 106,500 km. Will need registering to stay in the U.K. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $22,770. One of the cheapest Z1s to hit the U.K. market. With BMW service history until recently, its reliability is probably a fair bet for the new owner. Well bought. #542-1992 BMW M5 4-dr sedan. S/N WBSHC91020GD62184. Blue metallic/gray leather. Very well kept German import, although with little history. No dings but one small scratch, front bumper and two alloys lightly scuffed. Mechanical condition unknown and original under the hood with no leaks from engine or trans. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $81,378. This price was slightly low for very usable V12 Ferrari with bags of character that so far has been pleasantly unaffected by the inexorable rise of big Modena motors. Well bought. #505-1967 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA well. Canvas top a little ragged at edges, seats grubby. Not run for a while, magneto known to need attention. No documents. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $77,022. 50% over the top estimate of $49k. This was definately rare, but it was also quite tatty, and how it managed to make this much is a mystery. #548-1959 BORGWARD ISABELLA coupe. S/N 367117. Eng. # 1337715. Silver/red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 2,517 miles. Has had two restorations and looks to be nearing the end of the third, and body seems solid. Paint good, engine rebuilt, but carpets and door trim not yet fitted. Doors have dropped a little, other panel gaps decent. Chrome mostly good, bumpers Sprint GT Veloce coupe. S/N 298423. Eng. # 0053608955. Red/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 37,021 miles. In single family ownership and completely original, with all that you'd expect that entails. Door fit excellent, body bubbly. and rodents have been at some of the engine bay wiring. Still needs U.K. registration. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,742. This car was undoubtedly a bit of a risk with the little history on file, and with some wiring issues likely needing to be worked out, this will cost its new owner some money before being road worthy once again. Still, these are great cars, and this one was cheap enough to be worth taking a punt. ITALIAN #543-1963 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA 1600 spider. S/N AR374021. White/gray velour. Odo: 21,385 km. Good appearance, but thick 1994 repaint cracking on rear deck and some soft-top fixings missing. Floors and sills OK. Interior clean and well fitted, engine bay tidy poor. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $12,524. With styling conceived to appeal to “American tastes,” the Isabella was a commercial success in its home market, but it didn't do so well in sales elsewhere. This was a market-correct price for a relatively rare car in good overall condition, so both the buyer and seller should be pleased. 126 Floors, footwells, and underside seem OK. Tired and tatty seats with a musty smell inside, engine bay crusty. Neglected, but should respond to a bit of love. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,939. Right on lower estimate. Allowing for a bit of tidying and profit, this price was the full retail value. Well sold. #549-1967 ALFA ROMEO DUETTO spider. S/N AR710188. Eng. # 16451. White/ black vinyl/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 42,616 miles. Although presented in various slightly different shades of white, a very sound original car, and more appealing the more you look around it. Good metal in scuttle, footwells, sills and floors, no Bondo in rear arches. Trunk lid fits well, recent exhaust installed, engine bay tidy but used. Clean interior with perfect dash and original (now unobtainable) rubber mats. Sports Car Market S/N 9071. Eng. # 9071. Red/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 13,067 miles. The 1966 Earls Court Motor Show car. Restored in the '80s with engine rebuild at that time. Body straight with one or two character dings, Borranis fitted, chrome not too shiny. Gray leather seats worn in nicely, tidy


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Bonhams Hendon, UK #556-1985 MODENA SPYDER CALIFORNIA convertible. S/N CA395186. Red/tan leather. Odo: 47,367 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fiberglass body ripple-free with good opening panel fits. Retimmed interior, one headlight cover cracked. Allegedly built for the movie “Ferris Bueller's Day Off,” and it appears to have gained wing windows since Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $25,502. Sold at $5k in front of top estimate of $20k, but worth every penny for such a nice, unmolested example. Would retail for much more, which of course may be the idea. Well bought. #501-1979 LANCIA BETA Zagato targa. S/N 82BS1003990. Red/black fiberglass & vinyl/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 75,807 miles. Shabby looking but not rusty in usual places such as A-pillars, thanks to rustproofing from new. Corroded/scuffed alloys, but interior is good and DOHC Fiat engines are strong (except its silver screen appearance. Being sold by a Ferrari collector. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $72,666. This price looks a lot higher than the high estimate of $60k, but don't forget that VAT was due on the whole price and premium, not just the premium, plus import duty (10% in the U.K.) will be payable on registration. This 289 would have been cheaper had it been left in the more desirable Mustang convertible. #562-1994 MASERATI 430 4V 4-dr sedan. S/N PB290444. Eng. # 650272. Dark metallic blue/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 54,000 miles. Grown-up Biturbo with 4-valve V6 plus better rear differential, brakes, and suspension. No rot or dings in body, paint still shines, alloys for an occasional weakness for head gaskets). Effectively one owner from new. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $3,643. These are rare in the market as there aren't many left, and it's hard to find one without serious rust. No intrinsic value. The public's (misguided) perception is that their engines fall out, so these are cheap to buy. This one was solid enough to have been worth spending a little more on cosmetics. #547-1984 FERRARI 308 GTS QV targa. S/N ZFFLA13B000049125. Red/black fiberglass/black leather. Odo: 49,357 km. Imported from Italy. Cam belts and clutch done at 49k km (new bolts/washers under rear support this). Exhaust OK, new tires fitted. Body straight with a couple tiny bubbles and one ding in unscuffed. Interior clean and tidy, history from 15k miles. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $6,376. This was a great car, but the shadow of the Biturbo hangs over these, which keeps prices down. A great 325i/190E 2.3-16 alternative with more style at less money. Both parties should be happy. AMERICAN #525-1914 FORD MODEL T tourer. S/N 58480. Yellow/black leather. Odo: 17,635 km. driver's door, paint possibly original. Alloys unmarked, leather good. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $43,263. Although this was way over the presale estimate range of $24k–$28k, it was the right money for a tidy GTS, even allowing a little leeway for LHD here in the UK. This same price gets you a very average RHD 308 GTB in this market, so this was not a bad deal. 128 fair order but mildy scuffed at corners. Nothing missing from interior. Seller reports it's not running right, and there are remnants of a manual choke conversion evident. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $29,601. OK, there were small issues, but each of them should be a matter of patience rather than big money. Therefore, this sale at nearly 50% over the top estimate of $20k doesn't look out of order. ♦ Overdrive rear axle, twin spares. In Ohio museum before entering the Van Dyck collection in '98. Irish registered. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $19,127. This was about the same price as a good Ford Model T in the same condition, but this is rarer, faster, and better equipped. Well bought. #534-1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD Sports Roadster convertible. S/N 2Y89Z173307. Red/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 79,497 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Straight body with no obvious rust, poorly detailed respray with driver's door mismatch. Some trim bent, some badly fitted and hanging off. Power top in From the Sharpe Collection, most of which was sold off a couple years ago. A complete restoration project, but all the pieces appear to be present. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $10,247. Half the price of the same thing in good running order. Restoration, unless done entirely at home on no budget, will cost more, so the sums don't really add up here. Well sold. #532-1918 OAKLAND MODEL 34B roadster. S/N C23988. Green/black cloth/ black leather. Tidy appearance with good body and paint, nice dash and instruments, wellfitted leather, detachable-rim wheels in good shape, and nice period cans on running board. Sports Car Market


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CHEQUERED FLAG INTL INC 4128 LINCOLN BLVD, MARINA DEL REY CALIFORNIA 90292, USA 310-827-8665 P/B, P/W, P/S. Restored. $49,500 1956 TBIRD ROADSTER 283/ Auto. Continental kit. $38,500 1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR Black Plates, recent Red leather, etc. $16,900 1958 MERCEDES 220S SEDAN 1959 FIAT 1200 by PININFARINA Lovely original specimen. $37,500 A/C, brakes and trans just overhauled. $36,500 1962 BENTLEY S II RHD 4 speed, Restpred. Superb. $159,000 1966 SHELBY GT 350 O/D, C/W/W, leather - restored. $26,500 1967 MGB ROADSTER 1967 FERRARI 330 GTC Superb! $219,000 1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ROADSTER 327 CI, 4 speed. Stunning. $64,500 1969 JAGUAR E-TYPE 4.2 COUPE 4 speed. $26,500 Fresh engine rebuild, new clutch, etc. $34,500 1970 PORSCHE 911T COUPE. Very straight. Needs paint, 2 tops, Auto. $31,500 WWW.CHEQUEREDFLAG.COM ALWAYS 100+ CARS FOR SALE 1971 MERCEDES 280SL


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H&H Auctions Harrogate, UK Collectors Motor Cars and Motorcycles Rare Aston Martins made over $1m at the inaugural Harrogate auction, proving the European collector market remains healthy Company H&H Auctions Date April 16, 2008 Location Harrogate, England Auctioneer Simon Hope Automotive lots sold / offered 41 / 59 Sales rate 69% Sales total $2,074,646 High sale Aston Martin DB6 Short Chassis Volante, sold at $642,510 Elaborate Royal Hall, vintage backdrop for a vintage sale Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics D espite presale jitters in the week when most of the U.K. finally realized the credit crunch had hit, H&H managed a successful sale on its first visit to Harrogate. The magnificent and newly refurbished Royal Hall was not yet open to the public, but H&H boss Simon Hope managed to swing the venue as an alternative to H&H's normal northern base of Buxton, whose Pavilion Gardens center is also being redone. Hope got the two most significant of the Buyer's premium 10%, included in sold prices ($1.00=£1.98) The tidy 1987 Chevrolet Corvette failed to sell at a high bid of $16,000, and this was no real surprise, as C4s are still below the radar of U.K. buyers. But a rollcaged Peugeot 205 GTi 1.9 was a cheap and entertaining sprint/track day car at just $2,475. A 1956 Jaguar XK 140 restoration project wearing the highly-collectible Harrogate, UK three Astons away for top prices. The rare DB6 Short Chassis Volante, restored to a condition a bit short of concours, sold to Europe for a new auction record of $642,510. The 1962 DB4 Series IV Vantage, one of 45 and described as “the thinking man's DB5,” had undergone a recent sharp restoration and was bought by an American collector for $413,820. Prewar cars featured strongly, and a highlight among them was a very original 1937 Lagonda LG45 drophead coupe. Entered by a Northern Irish collector, it was sold to a European enthusiast for $174,240. From the same Lincolnshire stable, the 1926 Delage D1 Tourer and 1935 Railton Eight Saloon fetched $35,937 and $34,848, respectively. All four of the cataloged Bentleys changed hands, with the highest price going to the 1951/1969 Bentley Mk VI special at $54,500—a fearsome brute with an air of the original Excalibur about its lines, but with a turbocharger and drum brakes underneath. 130 registration number XKA 1 comfortably exceeded its high estimate to fetch $63,162, and the three cars consigned from the Yorkshire Motor Museum found new owners as well, with a delightful 1923 Wolseley 10hp “200 Mile Race” replica recording $50,094, a 2003 Jaguar XKR bringing $37,026, and a 1970 Triumph TR6 totaling $20,147. The bikes on offer didn't do as well. Of the 14 lots offered, the two stars, the 1979 endurance racing Honda RS1000 and the later version that took Joey Dunlop to a world championship, failed to reach their reserves of nearly $200,000 each. Still, a nice Ariel Square Four with Watsonian sidecar found a new owner at $15,246. Of the other square fours offered, two Suzuki GP racers with Barry Sheene provenance did not sell, but an earlier “customer” machine fetched $21,780. As the cars offered here demon- strated, buyers are still spending, which went a long way to restoring confidence after H&H's disappointing Cheltenham auction in February, where the sale rate dipped to 55%. Last year's Buxton event saw 61 of 86 cars change hands for a combined total of $1.1m, and although fewer cars were offered at this new venue, final totals grew by almost $1m. ♦ Sales Totals $500k $1m $1.5m $2m $2.5m 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctions Harrogate, UK ENGLISH #36-1921 WOLSELEY 10hp torpedo. S/N 30982. Polished aluminum/black leather. RHD. Odo: 84. A replica of the 10hp that came in 10th in the 1923 Junior Car Club Brooklands 200-mile race. Correct year frame, correct style OHC engine. Beautifully crafted and looks Odo: 856 miles. Recently repatriated from America where it was restored. Good paint, excellent chrome, nice door fit. Dash in good order, leather nice, no leaks or worries on Powerdome straight-eight. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $34,848. Last sold at auction at Christie's Beaulieu in July '70, where it made $3,106 (SCM# 5631). This was in need of very little, and both the buyer and seller should be comfortable with the price paid. A nice car and a fair deal. #22-1936 DAIMLER LIGHT TWENTY Sports saloon. S/N 4266. Red & black/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 58,370 miles. Good paint, straight body, good and sound chassis. Excellent chrome and headlights. Plenty of ongoing restoration/refurb work over the years 50 years old. Last scrutineering stickers from VSCC Yorkshire sprints in 2005. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $50,094. About half the price of a Brescia Bugatti, and accepted by the VSCC. Below top Bentleys and Bugattis, vintage values are fairly stable, so while it won't shoot up in value as a true collector car, it shouldn't go down either. Fairly bought. #35-1925 BAYLISS-THOMAS tourer. S/N 6220. Blue/black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 833 miles. Restored with straight body, good paint, original brass door handles, and pleasing brass instruments. Full set Lucas King of the Road lights in good order. Magneto and 12- includes recent motor freshen-up. Cracked leather front seats are about the last thing to do. Rears OK, new headliner fitted. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,424. Sold at a couple thousand over the high estimate of $14k. Not fashionable, but well engineered and ready for more years of service. A decent buy. #38-1937 LAGONDA LG45 drophead coupe. S/N 12211G10. Black/black mohair/green leather. RHD. Odo: 10,516 miles. Straight body, older repaint, good detailing as a result of an original car being painstakingly “kept up” rather than fully restored. Good door fit, one handle missing but replacement ordered. air of decay, with musty smell, cracking leather, and lacquer flaking off timber. A big restoration project offered at no reserve. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $21,344. Sold after some batting between two phone bidders. A restoration of this “country club on wheels” gone to seed will be an expensive, protracted project, and that made the price paid all the more surprising. Well sold. volt electrics fitted. Owned by the consignor 45 years. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,335. Rare, and therefore more desirable than the more numerous Morris Oxford/Cowley. The price paid here was fair for a usable example in this condition. Well bought. #33-1935 RAILTON EIGHT saloon. S/N 546726. Black/black vinyl/gray leather. RHD. New top, seat leather newish but looks old. Lots of history. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $174,240. Worth every penny of the price paid for this “object lesson in conservation” that had been well used and enjoyed but beautifully kept. This was far more valuable than a fully restored car, so the money spent was almost irrelevant in this case. Well bought. #12-1951 RILEY RMB 2.5-Liter saloon. S/N 61S9173. Gray/red leather. RHD. Odo: 9,594 miles. Good overall appearance from a distance, but up close looks tired. Repaint from 2002 shows needs, with water marks in hood as 132 Sports Car Market #27-1956 BEDFORD RLHZ “Green Goddess” truck. S/N N/A. Green/green vinyl. RHD. Odo: 2,900 miles. One of 1,800 4wd RHLZs made. Good order, with only 2,900 miles covered from new. Full inventory of pipes, nozzles, axe, boathook, and portable Coventry-Climax Godiva water pump. There's every chance this is fully operational. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $4,356. These have a warm place in Brits' hearts, as although they were well as minor scratches, chips, and bubbles beginning around wheel arches. Filler in running boards. Door fit good, interior all there, engine bay tidy. Motor apparently rebuilt and unleaded-converted in 2001. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $10,019. Provisional acceptance of the top bid was quickly converted into a sale as the owner was in the room and didn't want to take it home. Obviously both parties were happy with the fair price achieved for this faded example #3-1956 BENTLEY S1 saloon. S/N B289AP. Blue/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 54,383 miles. Coachwork by Freestone & Webb. One owner since since 1969, now being sold from the deceased's estate. Dusty and unloved, with matte paint and door fit well out at bottoms. Chassis cruciform is OK, said to run and drive. General


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H&H Auctions Harrogate, UK designed to provide a water supply after nuclear attack (at 900 gallons a minute), more recently they have been used by the Army to fight conflagrations when the Fire Brigade has gone on strike. This price was bang on the money for one of the last to be decommissioned and sold off. But where would you keep it? #10-1958 AUSTIN A105 saloon. S/N B57HCO48825. Gray & white/red & gray vinyl. RHD. Odo: 29,847 miles. A top-line “sedan with Healey 100 engine.” One of 6,770 made, loaded with period accessories. Left-hand front No definite rust issues, but doors sag, paint shows issues, and interior has a general air of shabbiness with dirty and split seats. Newish top, chrome OK. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $29,258. Last sold at H&H Buxton in June '00 for $30,374, described then as “excellent, restored, original.” This time, bids stopped at $28k, but this provisional offer was later converted into a sale. Under estimate, but all the money for a chop that could turn into a potentially expensive project. TOP 10 No. 8 fender fit is off and bulging with internal corrosion at top. Some chassis rail repairs beneath lots of undercoating underneath. New-looking exhaust, Goodrich whitewalls. Good interior, mileage probably genuine. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $10,019. Sold slightly ahead of the top estimate despite the work needed on the front fender. Good looking, but the needs noted made this well sold. #54-1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk II 2+2 roadster. S/N HBT7L14997. Red/white fiberglass/black & red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 96,596 miles. Originally supplied to California, re-imported to the U.K. in 1989 and expensively modified in 2001 to usual road/race/rally Healey specs. RHD conversion, bent and straightened out in 1992. Paint well done with #37-1962 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series IV Vantage coupe. S/N DB4952R. Silver Birch/black leather. RHD. Odo: 92,261 miles. Really nice restoration carried out from '04 to '07 after overbore of original 3,670-cc engine. Originally Dubonnet Rosso. Well-done body and paint, clean underneath with new exhaust and heat shielding, really sharp floors. Excellent detail in engine green/white & black velour. RHD. Odo: 24,650 miles. Correct shell and Twin Cam engine. Fair body with some Bondo in places and some welding underneath. Paint burns show rollcage installed quite recently. Was a rally car made into a racer, now unwanted and configured as a rally car again. Last MOT expired Sept '06. Bumpers included. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $23,583. This price was less than half what a prepped genuine Lotus Cortina would cost. Not a beauty, but a fair price for the assemblage of components—and it's ready to rally. #4-1966 FORD CORTINA Mk II GT 2-dr sedan. S/N BA96FA63580. Alpina Green/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 65,599 miles. Reportedly the 28th Mk II GT produced—an export model with reinforced body and sump guard. Sharp body and door fit, some light scratching in paint, chrome good. Floors excellent, strut tops perfect, replica decals fitted in tidy engine bay. Superb interior with extra instruments. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $14,919. A fair price for such a nice, sharp, and rare example. With FIA historics eligibility and an export shell, look for it to appear next as a race or rally car or a Lotus-Cortina replica. TOP 10 No. 3 bay with correct components used throughout. Doors need a slam, but that's probably due to new seals. Excellent chrome, interior and dash good. One of 45, and the first customer car. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $413,820. Sold at just over the bottom estimate of $395k, which was probably not far behind the cost of restoration. On the button for a really good example of the best DB4, and nicer than the more expensive DB6 Volante offered here as lot 30. These won't be going down in price anytime soon, so consider this well bought. a few dust marks, door fit OK, chassis legs straight. Finned alloy sump, no carpets, no roll cage. Moto-Lita wheel, 72-spoke wires. Older FIA papers. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $45,302. A typical modded Healey, and a good basis for a sprint or race car. Lots of money spent, but on competition cars like this, it's hard to get it back. Price paid was about right. #6-1962 JAGUAR XKE SI 3.8 convert- ible. S/N 860391. Eng. # RA17819. Green/ black cloth/buff vinyl. RHD. Odo: 5,861 miles. Claimed to have been restored in 1992—which is maybe when it was converted from a coupe—and another $40,000 spent since 2000. 134 #16-1965 FORD LOTUS CORTINA 2-dr sedan. S/N BA74EUO1887. White & #30-1966 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Short Chassis Volante convertible. S/N DBVC2323R. Pacific Blue/tan Everflex/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 76,086 miles. Recently restored example of the most desirable DB6. One of 37 built, 31 of which were RHD. Was completely apart, sandblasted, painted, and reassembled. Body straight and shiny with good panel fit. Mechanically as new, but not as sharp as the coupe in the same sale. Good dash, original wheel, new top and carpets. Recolored original leather seats a bit of a let down. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $642,510. Given recent market jitters, H&H did well to get this away slap between the top and bottom estimates of $592k–$691k. Still, this could prove to be a shrewd purchase once the waters have cleared. Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctions Harrogate, UK As a matching-numbers car still with its nice original registration number, it was a very fair deal on both sides. #39-1966 JAGUAR S-TYPE 3.8 saloon. S/N A1B57232. White/red Ambla. RHD. Odo: 98,741 miles. South African import. Body straight enough but shows rust trying to creep out from various joints, floors and sills good with lots of oily rust protection throughout. it on quickly. In doing so, he dropped around half the money, but this must be the cheapest lived-in old Roller on the market. Hard to say who's the winner and who's the loser here. #9-1969 DAIMLER V8 250 saloon. S/N PIK4719BW. Red/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 87,803 miles. Shiny seven-year-old repaint doesn't hide anything. Sills and floors good, nice door fit, excellent chrome, tidy engine bay. Repaint OK but with a few dust and sink marks. Decent chrome lightly scratched in places. Interior timber OK, driver's seat lightly cracked. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $10,672. A fair price for an honest but slightly tired Jag. Bought well under the $15k estimate, so the new owner should be happy. #2-1967 DAIMLER SOVEREIGN 4.2 sa- loon. S/N 1A30873BW. Gray/red leather. RHD. Odo: 87,292 miles. Body straight, chassis solid, door fit good. Paint fair but shows some subsurface dust, chrome has a few pinhole marks. Tidy engine bay. Red leather interior looks recent and even smells new. Timber shows well Interior timber shows well with sharp detailing, seats too shiny. Driver's door pull loose. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $16,430. Bidding started at $8k, and the high bid of $14,700 was provisionally accepted and confirmed later in sale. These Daimlers inexplicably lag behind their sister Mk IIs even though they're sweet to drive and quicker than the 2.4 Jag. Well bought slightly under estimate. #21-1969 BENTLEY Mk VI Turbocharged throughout. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,405. The original provisional bid of $1,200 under the bottom estimate of $8,000 was accepted before the end of the auction, adding up to $7,405 with premium. A good value for an imposing luxury saloon in decent driver condition. #1-1969 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SHADOW saloon. S/N SRH5498. Silver/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 15,936 miles. Straight body with no obvious rust issues, although some blowover is visible under rocker panels and a few bubbles are appearing on the rear arches— but no Bondo, as is usually the case. Some paint beginning to flake off hood. Leather is OK, wood intact but a little faded. Main hydraulic reservoir damp on top. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $4,574. Last sold at H&H's Cheltenham sale in February '08 at $7,308. Perhaps the seller, expecting a lovely old thing to smoke around in, found it full of horrors and decided to move 136 Special roadster. S/N BHR02. Red & silver/ black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 50,673 miles. Turbo, heroically-sized 8-lb boost gauge, drum brakes all around. Built by Harry Rose and later driven by his daughter Ann Shoosmith. Chassis solid, no cracks in fiberglass tub, suspension appears beginning to discolor. 1,950-cc overbore and unleaded conversion, overdrive transmission. Last used in 2004. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,712. Although not the prettiest car in the room, this was good value for a chrome-bumper B convertible. Well bought at slightly below the $8,900 low estimate. #28-1975 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. well sorted. Obviously stored for a while, but $20k recently spent including new turbo, gearbox, and radiator. MOT until September. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $54,450. This was not expensive considering all the engineering that went into it. On the minus side, Bentley Specials—a peculiarly British institution—come in varying S/N CR6622O. White/black mohair/blue & black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 80,639 miles. Chassis looks fine, but rust is creeping out of bulkhead joints under hood. Engine bay otherwise tidy, door fit good, no visible rust in rear deck. Newish exhaust, new mohair top, dash dull. Moto-Lita wheel, oversize tires on decent chrome wires. Overdrive. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,424. Although over the high estimate of al Sports Car Market degrees of elegance, and this was near the bottom of that scale. Well bought, I'd say, at $10k below the low estimate. And bloody good luck. #7-1970 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. S/N CP50493O. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 95,194 miles. In Yorkshire Motor Museum since 2006. Body straight and panel fit good following earlier restoration. Paint microblistered in places, bumpers rechromed. Tidy interior with good seats and dash, MotoLita wheel. Chassis plate identifies it as an early injection (150-hp) car, although now it's fitted with carbs. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $20,147. This brought $1,500 over its top estimate, so the buyer in the room obviously didn't mind the slightly aberrant low-tune carbureted U.S.spec engine, which should have dropped the value. Well sold. #14-1974 MG B convertible. S/N GWN572839JE. Green/black vinyl/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 36,676 miles. Body condition and panel fit good. Floors and sills in good shape after early '90s restoration, hood paint shows a few bubbles. Nice chrome wheels, bumpers


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H&H Auctions Harrogate, UK Although in relatively decent condition overall, this one found new ownership way behind the $68k–$72k estimate range. Even though it needed a bit of mechanical work, it was well bought at this price. #45-1988 PEUGEOT 205 GTi 1.9 hatch- most $15k, the price paid for this decent driverquality example was fair for both parties. #5-1980 TRIUMPH SPITFIRE 1500 convertible. S/N FH130256. Red/black & white check cloth. RHD. Odo: 51,912 miles. Fairly tidy. Claimed to have had a body-off restoration from '05 through '06, but looks more like it received new sills and a repaint. Driver's door dropped a bit, chrome beginning to rust but Yorkshire Motor Museum in 2006. No dings or scrapes in body but one patch of lacquer has lifted off front number. Alloys unscuffed, interior good. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $37,026. The cheapest, twelve-year-old “cooking” XK8s can be bought well under $20k now, so a much newer supercharged variant looks like a good value at twice the price. Well bought. FRENCH #32-1926 DELAGE D1 Four Seat tourer. S/N 22572. Green/black canvas/green vinyl. RHD. Odo: 7,676 miles. Elegant '20s tourer restored in 1995. VdP-style body has good appearance with straight metal and nice paint, would clean up. Checkered cloth seats good, Mountney wheel, overdrive gearbox. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,446. Given the $16,000 alleged to have been spent on its restoration, the price paid looks like a great value, and the steel hardtop was a bonus. The same money would get you a usable but scruffy original car. #26-1986 BENTLEY MULSANNE S saloon. S/N 23032. Vermillion/parchment leather. RHD. Odo: 13,903 miles. One of the last rectangular-headlight cars. One owner, very low mileage. Almost like new, so there's little to say. None of the usual bubbling or Bondo in rear arches or missing/skewed bumpers and trim corroded. Stock half-leather interior good, well fitted cage, stock engine compartment apart from foam filter. Cam belt last done at 143k (so 40k miles until next one). Slightly scary mileage, but said to have good compressions and no clutch slip. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $2,475. This price was about on the money, as these have yet to increase in value, even though few good unsullied/uncrashed ones are left. Cars like this are ideal for track days, sprints, or driving to the shops, and they'll teach you lots about sudden lift-off oversteer. So cheap it's criminal. ITALIAN #15-1972 LAMBORGHINI ESPADA although doors have dropped and one headlamp is cauliflowered. Top, dash, and interior tidy. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $35,937. Just slightly over the bottom estimate of $35,500, and half the price of a Lancia Lambda—although not as sophisticated. #29-1932 DELAGE D6 Faux Cabriolet coupe. S/N 34938. Two-tone blue/black rexine/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 25,328 miles. Supplied new to England and owned by Bernie Ecclestone from 1993. Good body, paint, top, dash, and headlining, carpets newer. Seat leather beginning to crack. Runs but engine needs more help. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $41,285. that usually afflict these. Just a very straight, proper car. Alloys unscuffed, Avon Turbosteels probably original and need changing before use. Interior clean, overcarpets fitted. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $31,037. Although the color did it no favors, this was probably one of the best examples available in the U.K, so the price paid doesn't look expensive. #19-2003 JAGUAR XKR coupe. S/N 933435434. Silver/black leather. RHD. Odo: 84,079 km. One owner before acquisition by 140 new exhaust. Allegedly $40k spent in last two years. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $32,916. $3k under the low estimate. Last sold at Bonhams MPH in November '06 at $33,230. Although it had alleged celebrity former ownership (Bono of U2), dealers weren't fighting to bid on this one. A $24k commission bid kicked it off and a top bid of $30k was provisionally accepted and confirmed later in the sale. A fair price, as average cars are $25k, and this was better. ♦ Sports Car Market coupe. S/N 400GT29442. Eng. # 41319. Pale blue/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 42,995 miles. One of 456 made. Good body, sharp sills, lots of undercoating underneath. Dashboard all present and correct, very good leather, chrome and trim all good. Clean and restored under the hood with no leaks. Rebuilt Webers, back. S/N VF320CD6201555418. Anthracite/ gray leather. RHD. Odo: 162,606 miles. The “'80s Mini Cooper” soon acquiring classic status as hilarious, quick, and lightweight. Lightly modded with roll cage. Small rust bubbles in paint, more in door shuts, alloys curbed and


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eBay Motors Online Sales Alternative Rides for 17-Mile Drive Here's your chance to grab a couple tons of that howlin', driftin', mountainroad carvin', Jake-brakin', moanin', honkin' stuff for pennies per pound Report by Geoff Archer Market opinions in italics E veryone and his brother will have a Veyron or Phantom or CGT in Monterey. If you really want to stand out and arrive in your own kind of style, check these out. 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; bf=buyer's feedback #290198204708-1957 MERCEDES- BENZ 300SL roadster. S/N 1980427500428. White/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 78,175 km. 40 Photos. Cave Creek, AZ. “Originally a battleship grey DB190 vehicle with a burgundy interior. Sold to a member of the Hilton family before it was acquired by its current owner in 1982. Retrofitted with Rudge wheels, the car also sports a speedometer in kilometer and the elegant euro headlights. Currently finished in White over Burgundy fragrant Roser leather, it market price with so few examples out there, and fewer still with so few miles. It's even harder to call this a market price when a 34k-mile white one sold 100 days earlier for $18k. Well sold. #250252777005-1975 LAMBORGHINI URRACO P250 coupe. S/N 15738. Light blue metallic/tan leather & brown cloth. Odo: 34,616 miles. 16 Photos. Newport Beach, CA. Description consists mostly of plagiarized stats. What little pertains to this actual car starts off defensively with, “Yes I have the louvers, in a box.” Continuing with the rationale for selling: “I purchased the vehicle from an exotic import dealer in 2003 Not Running. The Engine needs retains its original patinaed interior. Running and driveable as is, and would be a prime candidate for a restoration.” 30 bids, sf 281, bf private. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $392,306. Winning bid includes 6% premium for American Concours Foundation. Ironically, many of the cars sold for this charity are projects that have never seen a Q-Tip or a fairway. There is no real detail on what aspects of this car call for restoration, but “the works” is well suggested. With that sort of expense on the horizon, this might be considered well sold, especially since finished cars trade for less than $100k more. #290221829128-1979 BMW M1 coupe. S/N 4301231. White w/M stripes/white leather w/M-colored inserts. Odo: 32,719 km. 23 Photos. Houston, TX. “Coachbuilt by Styling Garage Spezialkarosserien in Germany for the former Prime Minister of Qatar. The body has been reworked to incorporate the flared fenders, rear wing, and lower front spoiler from the race spec M1 ProCars. The paint and interior were refinished at the same time, both using the BMW 142 that's not all that Exceptional!!) but it's there and it's original. Interior and Exterior is in amazing condition- no dash cracks, seats in excellent condition, Headliner perfect, all glass good, Car has been well cared for and babied throughout its life and it shows.” 29 bids, sf 3, bf 0. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $26,355. It's hard to call this a ONLY SEVEN US FEDARLIZED CARS.” 1 Buy-It-Now bid, sf 0, bf 1. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $1,500,000. Too bad this deal looks so faux (newbie feedback before and after the click). Could have been an interesting datapoint for supercar fans. I'll bet the seller (Forza Collezione) would call that an understatement. Sports Car Market M tri-colors as a contrast to the pearl white paint finish. Custom BBS Racing wheels were built for the car, and finished in matching white. Sound and ready to be driven.” 11 bids, sf 23, bf 65. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $140,100. We called this very car a buy at $105,840 18 months ago at RM's Ft. Lauderdale sale (SCM# 44288). It's not often you see eBay trump a physical auction so strongly. The buyer was American, so we can sorta rule out the ascendant euro (unless the buyer was a dealer). Could have simply been a case of the “gottahavits.” Fully priced either way. #220209715634-1985 AUDI QUATTRO Turbo coupe. S/N WAUDC0852FA900651. Metallic red/gray leather. Odo: 48,990 miles. 36 Photos. Beverly Hills, CA. “One of 73 imported... Always garaged, California car from new, Probably one of the most original examples around in this exceptional condition- right down to the factory Rothenburg Stereo (OK so maybe a valve job and piston rings to run. I have other projects and don't have time for this one. Overall, the car is in good condition.” 12 bids, sf 61, bf 3. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $14,339. Rebuilding this engine would cost more than the car, I assume. A better idea would be to eBay the Lambo engine and swap in a hi-po political statement, like a 500-hp Audi 2.7 Twin-Turbo. Better yet, swap in an American crate motor, Pantera-style. Best of all, just wait for a perfect one to come along in the mid-20s. Market price for a one-way trip to powerplant purgatory. #260244943445-2005 MASERATI MC12 coupe. S/N ZAMDF44B000012103. White & blue/white carbon fiber/blue leather. Odo: 102 miles. 46 Photos. Orlando, FL. Complete description reads, “THIS IS A NEW CAR WITH ONLY DELIVERY MILES. ONE OF


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Fresh Meat Online sales of contemporary cars. #280192227803-1952 CROSLEY 2-dr sedan. S/N CD402650. Black primer/checkered fabric/black vinyl. Odo: 4,000 miles. 9 Photos.Cleveland, TN. Ratrod based on a “1952 CROSLEY. THE REAR END AND FRAME ARE OUT OF A 1955 FORD. IT HAS A 1948 FORD STRAIGHT AXLE...RADIATOR IS OFF A 1966 FORD FAIRLANE...FORD MODEL A GRILL SHELL...1927 FORD HEADLIGHTS WITH 12 VOLT BULBS. 1956 BUICK NAIL HEAD 322 CUBIC INCH. ALSO, IT HAS A POSITIVE TRACTION REAR END AND #140224599908-1976 AMC PACER 2- dr sedan. S/N A6A667C355147. Baby blue w/flames/blue vinyl. Odo: 25,565 miles. 9 Photos. Columbus, OH. “This is a rare chance to own a real Paramount pictures-built Wayne's World Pacer. This once wound as a prop for the Paramount Kings Island ride, Stan Milenkos. Then was sold to the Volo Museum and is part of the George Barris Star Car collection. This car will also be featured in the up coming movie 5-25-77... Has all typical pacer problems, saggy Drivers door, cracked door panels... I (Descriptions exactly as presented by sellers, including non-stop capitalization and creative grammar.) 2006 Ford GTX1 WILL SPIN THE WHEELS IN 1ST, 2ND, AND 3RD GEARS...THE INTERIOR IS SHEET METAL WITH ROLLED, PLEATED BENCH SEAT...” No title. 4k miles since build. 36 bids, sf 293, bf 132. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,750. It's funny that the seller was able put 4k miles on a car with no title (and one would assume no registration). It's even funnier that a human body could actually withstand the attendant physical abuse, heat, and fumes for 4k miles. Though ratrods are designed to look cheap, this one was a real work of art. We know it looks the part, and it's reliable and fun. Very well bought. #120258584910-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 30837S105613. Eng. # 3892657. Sebring Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 85,305 miles. 18 Photos. Portland, OR (where else?). “Owned, maintained and enjoyed for the last two and a half years by collector car personality Keith Martin, ESPN2 television commentator wouldn't drive it any long distances... needs some TLC.” 91 bids, sf 621, bf 30. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,500. This is typical Pacer money, maybe slightly strong for the condition, but this is the Holy Grail of four-wheeled fishbowls! I can't even look at this picture without banging my head to whatever Queen lyrics it has forced me to recall, “Thunderbolts and lightning, very, very frightening ... Galileo! Galileo! ... I see a little silhouette o of a man” who got a great deal on a famously bad car. “Magnifico...o....o...o.” #150255872188-1986 MACK SUPER LINER Regular Cab log truck. S/N 1M2AY10C0GM001712. Blue w/sunset stripe decals/gray cloth. Odo: 373,385 miles. 8 Photos. Jackson, MO. 10-wheeler. “This truck is used for logging!” Thick surface rust all over chassis and wheels, bumper chrome looks to be peeling off in chunks. “Driver window is out of the track but still in the door.... The engine is an inline 6 350-hp diesel.... 10 speed Date sold: 04/28/2008 eBay auction ID: 140227250147 Seller ID: eBay user “cantav” Sale Type: Rights to buy only, not the car itself. Details: Jerez Black Metallic over Silver Novillo leather, technology package, HD/satellite radio, BMW TeleServices Sale result: $1,525, 10 bids, sf 21, bf 21. MSRP: $78,795 Other current offering: Momentum BMW West, Houston, TX, www.bmwwest.com, asking $78,795 for black/silver car with 6 miles. 2005 Porsche Carrera GT Date sold: 04/21/2008 eBay auction ID: 260230396626 Seller: Carriage House Motor Cars, Greenwich, CT, www.carriagehousemotorcars.com Sale Type: Used car, 671 miles. VIN: 1FAFP90S96Y400571 Details: #9 of 500, Sparco race seats, GTX1 logo on Wilwood calipers, adjustable shocks, Sony audio, short-throw shifter, extra 125 hp Sale result: $225,000, 3 bids, sf 5, bf 42 MSRP: $150k, plus $48,000 conversion Other current offering: Forza Collezione, Orlando, FL, www.forzacollezione.com, asking $285,000 for similar Tungsten Gray car with 1,532 miles. 2009 BMW M3 convertible and publisher of Sports Car Market.” Nicely restored “not NCRS” ten years ago. “Straighter sides and less orange peel than factory.... Interior, carpet, door panels and dash all show very well.” Non-original engine. “We wouldn't hesitate to get in it and hit Route 66 tomorrow. Like all the SCM cars, it is ready to go.” 43 bids, sf 129, bf 32. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $58,100. Right on the money for a Split-Window 4-speed with a non-original engine. This was a particularly well, ahem, vetted example, and it should prove a value in the long run. A fair deal all around. Don't do anything we wouldn't do to it. September 2008 transmission 5 hi-low + reverse hi-low... in good shape, just went to PA and back with no problems.” 7 bids, sf 266, bf 51. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $4,500. Forget the Bugatti Veyron or anything Craig Breedlove might be waxing. Everybody knows that an empty logging truck is the fastest vehicle on earth. Now I'm not a “Heavy Equipment Trader” Platinum subscriber. I'm just saying. Here's your chance to grab a couple tons of that howlin', driftin', mountainroad carvin', Jake-brakin', moanin', honkin', Yosemite Sam mudflappin', tailgatin', 10-wheel lock-uppin' go-fast stuff for pennies per pound. Get ya some! ♦ Date sold: 04/15/2008 eBay auction ID: 280216281554 Seller: eBay user “vipertestarossa” Sale Type: Used car with 3,100 miles VIN: WP0CA29855L001410 Details: Fayence Yellow, XT seats, 3M paint protection film, “just serviced Pristine Perfect in every way.” Sale result: $410,000, 1 bids, sf 129, bf 0 MSRP: $440,000 (2005) Other current offering: Scottsdale Ferrari Maserati, Scottsdale, AZ, www.scottsdaleferrari.com, asking $429,999 for a Guards Red car with 3,207 miles. ♦ 143


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Top Sales of All Time This list represents the most expensive cars ever to cross the block, and you'll note the last four years have been busy ones RM Auctions 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder, record-setter Rank Car 1 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder 2 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe 3 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM Sports Racer 4 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster 5 1929 Mercedes-Benz 38/250 SSK 6 1904 Rolls-Royce 10hp Two-Seater 7 1962 Ferrari 250 LM Sports Racer 8 1931 Bugatti Royale Berline de Voyager 9 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM Sports Racer 10 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Competition Coupe 11 1966 Ferrari 330 P3 Prototype Racer 12 1958 Ferrari 412 S Sports Racer 13 1966 Shelby Cobra Super Snake 14 1930 Bentley Speed Six Tourer 15 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder 16 1931 Bentley 4½-Liter Boattail Roadster 17 1935 Duesenberg SJ Speedster 18 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder 19 1935 Duesenberg SJ Town Cabriolet 20 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe Sold Price Location $10,894,400 RM, Maranello, ITA $9,800,000 Christie's, London, UK $9,281,250 RM, Maranello, ITA $8,235,112 RM, London, UK $7,443,070 Bonhams, Sussex, UK $7,254,290 Bonhams, Olympia, UK $6,979,225 RM, Maranello, ITA $6,500,000 Kruse, Las Vegas, NV $6,490,000 RM, Monterey, CA $5,717,250 RM, Maranello, ITA Date 5/18/08 11/17/87 5/20/07 10/31/07 9/3/04 12/3/07 5/18/08 6/15/86 8/16/02 5/20/07 $5,616,000 Christie's, Pebble Beach, CA 8/19/00 $5,610,000 RM, Monterey, CA $5,500,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $5,109,665 Christie's, Le Mans, FRA $4,950,000 RM, Monterey, CA $4,510,000 Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, CA $4,455,000 Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, CA $4,450,000 Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, CA $4,400,000 RM, Monterey, CA $4,400,000 RM, Monterey, CA 8/18/06 1/18/07 7/23/04 8/17/07 8/18/07 8/15/04 8/18/07 8/17/07 8/19/00 Lot # 328 10 221 225 144 604 339A n/a 143 233 89 465 1301 83 560 112 37 144 569 454 AFI* $18,688,324 $9,697,098 $8,604,088 $8,535,771 $7,579,320 $12,847,701 $7,815,129 $5,973,413 $7,065,072 $6,028,301 $5,746,429 $5,859,804 $5,171,786 $4,712,071 $5,109,029 $4,649,383 $4,597,143 $5,535,312 * 2007 and earlier results adjusted for infl ation to 2008 prices; statistics calculated using Consumer Price Index courtesy www.bls.gov Auction sales only, as represented in the SCM Digital Platinum database 144 Sports Car Market


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Book Reviews Mark Wigginton Bottom Feeding with “Top Gear” Porter gets marked down for picking the Datsun B210. I got lucky in one on a special night, so to me it's better than a Pinto, a Gremlin, or Biturbo Porsche High-Performance Driving Handbook by Vic Elford, Motorbooks, 2008, 174 pages, $19.77 at Amazon.com Vic Elford was a star in the cockpit, from the time he first won in rally cars to his long success in endurance racing during the heyday of manufacturer participation. Those epic battles at legendary tracks, from Le Mans to Daytona, from the Targa Florio to the Monte Carlo Rally, showcased his courage, grit, and undeniable talent. The question is, can talent be taught any more than height? Here, Elford skirts the issue in a book that is just as much a memoir as a driving manual. Provenance:  Anyone who has driven and won over the icy Alps on the way to Monte Carlo or sur- vived the grueling mental test that is 240 mph on the Mulsanne Straight at night in the rain is the real deal. Fit and finish:  The historic images are plentiful, but the print quality, especially in black and white, is spotty. The layout is unimaginative, but the stories are colorful. Drivability:  Your driving skills are bound to improve after reading almost any racing instructional book. Elford's is different because so much of the book is made of stories from his past, which are used to illustrate concepts. The stories are the reason to read; that you might be smoother and faster in a car by the end of the book is just a bonus. Ford Pickup Trucks by Mike Mueller, Motorbooks, 2008, 192 pages, $12.21 at Amazon.com After hundreds of cruise-ins, concours, and street car shows, I've noted a subtle shift in my attractions. I keep getting drawn to the shy beauties hanging around the periphery, their curves, their sturdy power, their plucky charms: my eye has strayed toward vintage trucks. They evoke Jean Arthur, not Veronica Lake, someone to laugh and play with, not jealously squire around. Mike Mueller's overview of the highlights of Ford trucks plays to that new fascination, sort of the mail-order bride catalog of Ford trucks—not very deep, but lots of photos to obsess over. This new obsession of mine, and perhaps yours as well, will be fueled by this book, and it could turn out to be costly. Provenance:  Decade by decade, Mueller gives a colorful guided tour of the main models of Ford trucks, from the earliest T-based 1925s to the bling and bulky attitude of the present. The short history for each decade is fact-packed and just long enough to keep all of the color photos from banging together, a Whitman Sampler of trucks. Fit and finish:  Bright red trucks, bright blue trucks, bright green trucks, and then some more bright red ones. They are all beautifully photographed and reproduced—truck eye candy in a pleasing package. Drivability:  Ford Pickup Trucks doesn't strive to be more than an overview, so if you are looking for deep trivia, behind-the-scenes stories, or much more than a Joe Friday “Just the facts, Ma'am” package, look elsewhere. 146 Crap Cars by Richard Porter, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2005, 110 pages, $10.17 at Amazon.com If MSNBC talking head Keith Olbermann gets away with counting down the top five stories of the day, Richard Porter takes a slightly wider view, counting down the worst 50 cars from four decades. While the sheet metal was swell and the bell bottoms in the advertising photos were idyllic, underneath the pitch was the reality: 50 cars from the '60s to the '90s totally scornworthy by Porter. There are the obvious choices, as anyone can agree to hate the Yugo GV, the Pontiac Aztek, or the Chevrolet Vega. But Porter reaches for some clunkers that might, just might, grace the pages of Sports Car Market from time to time (DeLorean anyone?). As always, your mileage may vary, but you'll find plenty of laughs in this slight book. Provenance:  Porter certainly pretends to know cars, and as his day job as a writer for the best damned car show on television (“Top Gear”) shows, it's not always what you know, it's how much attitude you bring to the punchline that counts. Fit and finish:  Great reproduction of mostly high- quality press materials, placed in a nicely designed, tidy package. Ah, it's so lovely when pros are at work. Drivability:  A giggle on every page (Obligatory example about the Chrysler TC by Maserati: “… And look at those seats. Ever wonder what it'd be like to see your grandparents naked?”). Of course Porter gets marked down for picking the Datsun B210 for the list. I got lucky in one, which makes it better, at least for me on that night, than a Pinto, a Gremlin, or a Maserati Biturbo. Sports Car Market


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Motobilia Carl Bomstead Only Premium at Joe's Garage Spectacular signs, early original automotive art, and Ardun heads make the forecourt bell ring-a-ding-ding J oe MacPherson was the consummate collector. He was extremely successful in the automotive industry and built Joe's Garage as a tribute to the evolution of California motoring. His interests included Midgets, custom hot rods, vintage motorcycles, and virtually anything else that had a set of wheels. His museum also featured an interesting and varied collection of auto-related memorabilia. The 83 pieces of motobilia that were sold at his RM auction on June 14 of this year included signs, vintage gas pumps, and automotive parts. Two complete NOS sets of Ardun heads were offered—one for the 1938–53 Ford flathead V8 and the other for the 1937–40 Ford V8-60 engine. The more “common” 24-stud set, with fewer than 300 manufactured, sold for $25,300, while the extremely rare—only four sets known—V8-60 heads sold for $28,759, a relative bargain. Here are a few others from his sale that I found of interest: LOT 180. NOS ARDUN LOT 150. CHAMPION LOT 108. THREE BLAKELY MOTOR OIL CANS. Estimate: $100–$150. SOLD AT: $575. Blakely operated about 60 service stations around Arizona and was bought out by Gulf in the early '60s. They used a rocket in their advertising, and “Rocket Ahead” was their slogan. They sponsored a race car whose image appeared on their later advertising and their oil cans. At a touch under $200 apiece, these were a good buy as they once—in the heyday of oil can collecting— sold for as much as $450. LOT 140. SEASIDE GASOLINE PORCELAIN SIGN. Estimate: $1,800–$2,500. SOLD AT: $10,350. Seaside Oil Company was founded in Santa Barbara, California, in 1899 and was bought by Getty/Flying A in 1946. It was their second brand, until they were all bought by Phillips in 1966. The brand was discontinued in 1973. This 66″x60″ porcelain sign was in excellent condition but nonetheless sold for an astonishing figure. I'd have thought $4,000 would have been all the money, but pricing quality porcelain signs has become an inexact endeavor recently. SPARK PLUGS TIN SIGN. Estimate: $400–$600. SOLD AT: $2,645. This 30″x14″ self-framed tin Champion Spark Plugs sign was in exceptional condition. This sign is fairly common, and the estimates were about right for an example in decent condition. The money here was in the bright colors and near-flawless condition. This is another example of a buyer paying a premium for quality, and I'm not going to fault his decision. OHV CYLINDER HEADS FOR 1938–1953 FORD FLATHEAD V8. Estimate: $10,000–$15,000. SOLD AT: $25,300. In 1947, Ardun Development Corporation, which was founded by Zora Arkus-Duntov and his brother Yura, designed and produced an overhead-valve cylinder head conversion for the flathead Ford V8 engine. These were popular with early hot rodders, as they could turn the inexpensive Ford “flattie” into a high-performance machine. The company did not fare as well, as they went out of business in early 1949. This NOS set of heads was for the earlier 24-stud engine, but would bolt onto the later versions as well. Fewer than 300 sets were produced, but reproductions are currently available for $13,950, so is $25,000 out of line for a real NOS set? I think not. LOT 182. FORD V8-60 LOT 147. GILMORE LION LOT 136. MOBIL KEYHOLE SIGN. Estimate: $800–$1,200. SOLD AT: $2,350. These signs were placed in front of service stations and had a heavy cast-iron base that was embossed with “Mobil.” They were handy targets for kids with rocks and other objects, so they were often abused by the little brats. They are fairly common, but this one was in excellent condition, which accounted for the aggressive but not out-of-line selling price. 148 HEAD GASOLINE TIN SIGN. Estimate: $300–$500. SOLD AT: $1,265. This 31″x13″ embossed tin sign was one of a hundred or so that were made from the original dies in the '70s. The only real difference is the slight color variation in the lion's mane and the border. Not really a reproduction, but not of the era either, so I'd call it a reissue. The dies were subsequently destroyed, so any done now are of much lesser quality. This was well bought as the reissues have been known to sell for twice what was paid here. LOT 177. RENE VINCENT PEUGEOT FRAMED ORIGINAL ART. Estimate: $8,000–$12,000. SOLD AT: $14,950. This is thought to be one of only four original examples of this 59″x 74″ piece that dates to 1919. It is the only racing-related art that Vincent created and features a Peugeot race car at speed with G. Boillot at the wheel. Reproductions of this piece are common and sell for $400 or so. Price paid exceeded the high estimate by $3,000, but was still in line for an exceptional piece of original, early automotive art. DISPLAY ENGINE. Estimate: $5,000–$7,000. SOLD AT: $10,350. These engines were offered by Ford from 1937 to 1940 as a less expensive alternative to the 85-hp flathead. This display engine was built by Art Chrisman to the highest standard, with chrome liberally applied. It has dual Stromberg “81” carburetors, Edelbrock intake manifold, and Eddie Meyer finned highcompression cylinder heads. The polished block was painted in Candy Apple Red. The engine was lacking internals, so it was strictly a cool, albeit expensive, display piece. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Bike Buys Paul Duchene 20 Bikes to Kick-Start the Imagination Hub steering, winged wheels, six-cylinders, rotary engines, half-tracks— unconventional designs are irresistible by Paul Duchene S ports Car Market has covered collectible bike buys on a monthly basis since 2000, and I've been writing them since 2003. In all, I reckon we have nearly 100 buyer's guides, which make very useful and specific “how to buy” recommendations. Publisher Martin is frequently frustrated by the obscure objects of my desire, which is why we spend an equal amount of time between the bikes you couldn't resist if you could find them and the bikes, as he points out, “I can actually BUY.” (And at that point he usually reminds me that I used to own a dual-engined, 4x4 Citroën Sahara as my daily driver.) However, when it comes to my top 20, in celebration of SCM's 20th, the gloves are off. I'm picking the marques and models I've always wanted (and occasionally owned). So here goes. 1 1991–94 Bimota Tesi 1D Price range: $20,000–$25,000 Number made: 366 Hub-steered Rubik's Cube from skunkworks in Bologna is a magnet for bikers trying to figure how it works. Troublesome design was almost abandoned by factory, until journalist Alan Cathcart nearly a broke track record during testing. 2 1925–39 Bohmerland Price range: $40,000–$75,000 Number made: n/a, but about 30 left Extraordinary bike, looks like it's made for circus clowns. Bright red and yellow, ten feet long, seats three in a line. Add a sidecar and five or six people can travel. Powered by 600-cc single with two transmissions. 3 1994–98 Britten Price range: $250,000 and up Number made: 10 Dazzling pink and blue 1,000-cc V-twin carbon fiber racer from New Zealand. Dominated twins racing in the 150 5 1990s and scored five Daytona wins. Original in every respect. Company dissolved after cancer death of inventor/genius John Britten. 41924–40 Brough Superior SS100 Price range: $40,000–$150,000 Number made: 383 The Brough Superior that killed T.E. Lawrence will probably bring $1 million if it ever sells. SS100 is the first superbike; Lawrence famously beat a Bristol fighter (top speed 118 mph) in a race on his 1,000cc V-twin. Most desirable? An Alpine Grand Sport—six made in 1934, two in 1935. 1948–63 BSA Gold Star Price range: $7,500–$25,000 Number made: 15,000 The essential British '60s café racer, with unmistakable twit- 1949 Vincent Black Shadow tering exhaust note on overrun. Buy a Clubman's model 500-cc DBD34 (one of 5,100). Make sure it's not a fake and has the RRT2 close-ratio gearbox. Get a studded leather jacket, white silk scarf, and leather flying boots, and put a mini-skirted bird wearing go-go boots on the back. 61949–61 Cyclemaster Winged Wheel Price range: $500–$2,000 Number made: 180,000 Rear-wheel-mounted 32-cc motor for your everyday bicycle delivered almost 300 mpg at 20 mph. Spectacular design by German engineers sent to Holland as reparations after WWII. A huge hit in its day, surely bound to be revived. 7 2003–08 Buell XB9/12 Price range: $4,000–$10,000 Number made: 47,774 Erik Buell's better mouse- traps, fuel in frame, oil in swingarm, rim disc brakes, horizontal rear spring, but let down by archaic H-D engines. Fascinating, but reliable. 8 1974 Ducati 750 SS Price range: $80,000–$120,000 Number made: 401 The ultimate 2-valve Ducati desmo café racer twin, and getting to be expensive. Light, handsome, great colors … also uncomfortable and thrillingly noisy. Watch out for fakes. 91894–97 Hildebrand & Wolfmuller Price range: $250,000 and up Number made: 400 approx. The first real motorcycle is a huge woman's bicycle with 1,500-cc water-cooled twin under the frame, cranks like a steam engine driving the back Sports Car Market


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wheel. Hot tube ignition meant most caught fi re. Complaints bankrupted the company. 10 1969–72 Hodaka Super Rat Price range: $100–$10,500 Number made: 18,000 Smart redesign of sound Japanese dirt bike gave major manufacturers fi ts for 14 years. Goofy names and small-townAmerica-aw-shucks background means you join a family. Parts are cheap, supply dependable. Super Rats were all racers and highly sought after; avoid lower-performance streetbike Wombats. 11 1978–82 Honda CBX 1000 Price range: $5,000–$11,000 Number made: n/a Astonishing cross-frame 6-cylinder of mind-boggling complexity. Engine draws crowds, but handling is suspect and maintenance a nightmare. Early roadsters are preferred and still a bargain. 12 1949–51 Imme R100 Price range: $1,000–$10,000 Number made: 12,000 approx. Brilliant minimalist 100-cc lightweight built around engine used to start Me-262 fi ghter. Single-sided fork and swing-arm, exhaust in frame tube, quick release wheels, twist-grip gears. Find one in Germany. 13 1921–25 Megola Price range: $150,000–$200,000 Number made: 2,000 Bizarre front-wheel-drive apparition. Looks like Ner-a-car but has revolving 5-cylinder engine inside the wheel, no clutch and no gearbox. Can do 90 mph and won German Championship in 1924. Jay Leno has one. 14 1966–90 Munch Mammoth Price range: $40,000–$60,000 Number made: 260 Designer Friedl Munch's uber-bike, with 1,200-cc– 2,000-cc NSU sports car 4-cylinder engine. Huge, quite stylish, and worth learning to master, it's the P-47 Thunderbolt of bikes. No fairing and 155 mph—yikes. Many lurk in museums. 15 1946–63 Norton Manx Price range: $15,000–$50,000 Number made: 2,000 approx. Benchmark 350-cc–500-cc single-cylinder club racer domiSeptember 2008 18 nated with 1949 “featherbed” frame, then fought rearguard action against Italian multis through 1950s. All were racebikes; provenance is everything. Very competitive vintage racer. 161990–91 Norton NSR588 Rotary Price range: $15,000–$40,000 Number made: 1,000 approx. Norton's last gasp proved a water-cooled rotary engine could work in bikes, after other notable fl ops. Lightweight, ear-splitting exhaust, blindingly fast (Isle of Man lap speed stood for seven years). Too bad it was made by a company in its death throes. Final German-built bikes are the best. 17 NSU Kettenkrad HK 101 Price range: $12,500–$40,000 Number made: 9,421 Incredible Third Reich German tracked motorcycle that proved its worth in the mud and snow of Russia. Cheap, considering the amazement factor, and will do 50 mph. Buy one as an orchard tractor and take the write-off. 1927–39 Scott Flying Squirrel Price range: $2,500–$10,000 Number made: 16,500 Contrarian icon that at- tracts passionate followers. Watercooled, 2-stroke twin looks odd, works well, and is famous for its howling exhaust. Modifi ed racers are still upsetting much more handsome vintage grids. 191985–89 Suzuki RG500 GAMMA Price range: $4,000–$20,000 Number made: 9,800 Gray market street copy of 4-cylinder, 2-stroke F1 world champion. Lighting fast to 150 mph, only 340 pounds. Sounds like a supercharged chainsaw; an unforgettable experience. 201948–56 Vincent Black Shadow Price range: $40,000–$100,000 Number made: 1,700 Iconic British 1,000-cc sports twin noted for mechanical sophistication and near-150 mph performance. Sought worldwide (Australia is a hotbed) and increasingly expensive. Black Lightning (think Rollie Free) is the racing version. Only 16 built, so good luck. ♦ ORDER YOURS TODAY! Just $17.95, plus shipping. Keith Martin's Guide to Car Collecting is an almanac worth its weight in vintage Weber carburetors. Created especially for fans of collectible cars and Sports Car Market. Filled with over 300 pages of incisive articles, hard data, market analysis, and the world's largest resource directory for collectors. To Order: Phone 800.289.2819; Fax 503.253.2234; Online at www.sportscarmarket.com 151


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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. E-mail: 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. English 1957 AC Ace Bristol sics. Perfect #1 condition. Plenty of pictures during restoriation. Matching numbers, heritage cert. 150 miles since restoration. Original hard top. Ronald Bosi, ronbosi@ronbosi.com (847) 602-8602. 1226 South Point Court. 1966 Jaguar XKE Convertible S/n BEX378, Stag II. The combination of a light nimble chassis and sophisticated Bristol engine make for this ideal event car. Recent bare metal restoration with photo documentation. $255,000 Fantasy Junction, management@fantasyjunction.com; www.fantasyjunction.com. 510.653.7555. (CA) 1959 Austin Healey 100-6 BN6 Gaudy money spent on spectacular restoration to way better than new condition. British Racing green, black interior. The best looking and driving TR we've seen in 20 years.$35,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 4.2 Litre Series one car finished in green with biscuit Connolly hides. Immaculate rust free body, numbers matching. Superb, fully sorted mechanicals. Owned by meticulous enthusiast for many years. $95,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670 Website: www .deGarmoLtd.com. 1967 Jaguar XKE Convertible Complete cosmetic restoration, ie, paint, chrome, top, interior, dash, tires, all body trim, trim rings, rebuilt carbs, runs great. $16,500. 360.582.0338. 1974 Triumph TR6 Convertible, 2, 6, 4 Speed, 69756, White, Black $39,000, This car has had a frame off restoration. It is a true 2 seat Healey. It is one of the last of the production of both the 2 seat configuration and the 100-6 designation, before changed to the 3000 marque. Car is a show winner and also the best Healey driver I've ever experienced. Restoration photos transferred with sale. Richard Jefferson, mgobjefferson@yahoo.com, 410-374-6330, (1114 So. Carroll St, Hampstead MD) 1962 Bentley Silver Cloud 4 The subject of a rolling restoration begun in 1994, the car is all done. Receipts (included for work) total $50k. Starts easily and drives smoothly. $41,500 OBO. Charlie 203.655.2510, charlesengland@sbcglobal.net 1967 Sunbeam Mk 1A Roadster Midnight Blue, Gray/Blue, B376LDW. Owned for the past 30 years by prominent collector. LHD w/ AC incl. rear air. Power steering, power windows and rear seat trays. Midnight blue ext. with gray/blue int. Have build sheet. Grand Prix Classics, info@grandprixclassics. com, 858-459-3500, (7456 La Jolla Blvd) www.grandprixclassics.com 1966 Jaguar Roadster 6Cyl., 4-Speed, 34,000, Carmine Red, Biscuit. $110,000. Just had complete restoration by Solid Gold Clas- 154 Removeable hard top, 2, 260 V8, 4 speed manual, BRG, Black, B382002443LRXFE $56,900, Completely & professionally restored original car, with 3 tops, many & Light Blue, Blue. Grand Prix Classics, Manual, 900, White, Black/Grey, WP0CB2964RS465358. $135,000. Time capsule 964 Speedster manual; 900 Sports Car Market Yellow exterior, Complete nut and bolt restoration, Original bill of sale and owners manual. Must see! $110,000. Dan@269.207.0913 1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk I Black, Dark Red, 215629. A three owner car which has been restored correct to its build certificate. Original engine, transmission, and options. Professionally restored to a very high level. Recent engine rebuild includes new crankshaft, rods, pistons etc. to SC spec. Grand Prix Classics, info@grandprixclassics.com. 858.459.3500. www.grandprixclassics.com. (CA) 1971 Porsche 911T 1971 Triumph TR6 extras. One owner since 1978, 87,500 miles. Pictures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/a2carguy/ Conrad Zumhagen, a2carguy@comcast.net; 734.645.5778 (MI) 1967 Triumph TR4A info@grandprixclassics.com, 858.459.3500, www .grandprixclassics.com 1966 Mercedes 230 SL Roadster white/black, third owner, restoration completed in 2000; concours condition - 2 gold certificates in VTR concours since restoration; all service records from new, photo documentation of restoration; $29,000. 941.639.6394, ccling28@gmail.com. (FL) 1969 Triumph TR6 Restored from the ground up by Bob Platz at a cost of $160k, with full documentation. Ultra rare ZF 5-speed transmission. Looks, runs, drives as new. Two tops, books, tools. Absolutely flawless throughout. Green, cognac leather. $85,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1969 Mercedes 280SL 95K miles, very good driver condition. Quite complete, including manuals. Drive and enjoy or restore at leisure. $17,500. Photos on request. DPisland@gmail .com. (MA) 1964 Porsche 356C Coupe Restored in California in early 90's. Driven summers only and meticulously cared for by two fussy owners since. Teal green, saddle leather. A really lovely car, ready to drive and enjoy. $18,500. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) German 1958 BMW Isetta Targa, Conv, 67,000 miles. $25,000. A solid and straight Colorado titled car. Excellent to drive with old re-paint in original color. Wonderful original interior. 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SCM Showcase Gallery miles; Grand Prix White; this car is new! 60mi/yr to maintain mechanical integrity; Stored properly (top up) and serviced in heated garage. A/C; Cruise; Radio; Rare Speedster seats. Laurence Kenyon, lkenyon@kenyonconstruction.com, 303.817.8780. 1997 Porsche 911 / 993 Cabriolet tory Spyder. Highly original and irreplaceable historic artifact. Interesting history with one California owner. Straight and corrosion free. $1,450,000 Fantasy Junction, management@fantasyjunction.com; www .fantasyjunction.com. 510.653.7555. (CA) 1973 Ferrari 246 GTS Dino Spyder Conv, 38,000 miles. Black, Tan $45,000. No paint work, no issues. Immaculate car with low miles and in need of nothing. Absolutely gorgeous car with all records from new. Steve Markowski, rpm@rpmvt.com, 802.877.2645 or 802.598.0385. www.rpmvt.com. (VT) 1973 Porsche 914 2.0 67,530 miles. Metallic Blue, Tan Leather, 05806 $175,000. A USA version with tan leather interior, power windows and air conditioning. Owned last 20 plus years by a prominent Ferrari collector. Grand Prix Classics, info@grandprixclassics.com; 858.459.3500. www.grandprixclassics.com. (CA) 1973 Ferrari 246 GTS Factory red 4 speed from California. Nice solid driver with emissions and all unique parts intact. Mustang or Shelby partial trades considered. Price: $98,500. Contact: Bill Collins 717.648.6600. Car located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Fantastic driver in Olympic Blue over black interior. New tires on Fuch wheels. 98,000 miles. Rebuilt Euro engine (110 bhp) and transmission. Many upgrades, new parts and extras. Summer fun just waiting for you. $10,450. Mark Greene 253.905.3306 mandjgreene@comcast .net (WA) Italian 1972 Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 Yellow, Black. $43,000 recently spent on an engine, trans, brakes, cooling system, etc. Car drives without fault. Old repaint and original interior. You would be hard pressed to find a nicer driving 246. $195,000. Steve Markowski, rpm@rpmvt.com, 802.877.2645 or 802.598.0385. www.rpmvt.com. (VT) 1975 Ferrari 308 GT4 Two year restoration by Toyota Dealer in Southern California. As original in color, interior, engine, trans, 4x5, etc. $29,900. Pete 208.726.5759; peterbsmith@cox.net American 1995 Buick Roadmaster Downs Engineering, all the best, 70k invested! Super car. Sold less engine (Hiabusa) $7,700 including spares! Great car, great deal. Please call Bill Hair 805.466.1015 or e-mail to: automojo@hughes.net Immaculate, rare electric sunroof, E-mail for photos and information, $18,900, lon@sedona.net, AZ, 928-282-4223 1960 Ferrari 250 PF Series II Coupe Burgundy, Tan Leather, 10,740 miles. $25,000. Air conditioning, power windows, leather, stereo, in very good condition, original interior and great service history. Grand Prix Classics, info@grandprixclassics.com; 858.459.3500. www.grandprixclassics.com. (CA) 2001 Ferrari 360 Spyder Modern classic icon, 55k documented orig. miles. Maintained to perfection, runs and drives as new. CA. car, no rust ever. Simply beautiful to drive and look at. Incredibly these cars get 21-24 MPG as well! None better at any price. $7,900. 805.466.1015 or e-mail: automojo@hughes.net 1959 Raymond Loewy Cadillac Coupe de Ville Custom Concept Car S/n 1637. Low mileage example sympathetically restored by knowledgeable owner to retain its honest original feel and detailing. Crisp, taut performer. Matching numbers. $275,000 Fantasy Junction, management@fantasyjunction.com; www.fantasyjunction.com. 510.653.7555. (CA) 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Spyder Show/race restored. Tel. 415.987.1942 or 415.868.2940 1947 Grand Prix S/n 14389. Wonderfully original and unmolested fac156 One female owner from new; 4000 original miles. Grigio Alloy, dark blue interior. All services done including timing belts. Immaculate throughout. $129,000 or best offer. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670 Website: www.deGarmoLtd.com Numbers matching, a totally original, untouched car. Rare black/black. Superb original body, flawless frame. 283/290. Mechanically fully sorted. Needs absolutely nothing. Factory hardtop included. $120,000/offer. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670 Website: www .deGarmoLtd.com Concourse with complete history.Tel. 415.987.1942 or 415.868.2940 1959 Formula Junior Front engine, race ready. Tel. 415.987.1942 or 415.868.2940 ♦ Sports Car Market 3.6 Liter, F-1 Box, 10,795 miles, Black, Black, ZFFYT43A010123001. Gorgeous Black on Black, Full service including timing belts and clutch. Capristio exhaust, carbon intake boxes, sport seats, red calipers, stunning paint. $145,000. 0% APR for 48 months with 20% down O.A.C. Sports Car Shop, 541.683.6101 www.sportscarshop.com. (OR) 2002 Ferrari 360 Modena First time ever offered for sale publicly. 1 of 1. Bodied by Pichon-Parat of Sens, France in 1959. Designed, owned, and driven by Raymond Loewy 41,000 km until 1971, and stored since then. A well-known, documented, historically important, signature automotive piece. Period photos pictured. Car currently needs straightforward restoration. Serious Inquiries Only, Please. Kurt Tanner Restorations. 909.944.5598; 909.241.1051. 1960 Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster Never hit, orig. paint, full SCCA cage, ported, stainless exhaust, sorted. Runs and drives as new. Fast, safe, reliable. Track ready today. This is the one to buy, no regrets. $14.5 Please call: Bill Hair 805.466.1015 or e-mail automojo@hughes.net 1928 Sprint Car Porsche 911SC Track Car Race C- Sport S/N 2053. Desirable and competitive car. $200,000 in Epifani Restorations receipts. Eligible for all events. FIA Historical Technical Passport. Correct spare A6GCS engine # 2067. John de Boer history. $1,950,000. Fantasy Junction, management@fantasyjunction.com; www.fantasyjunction.com. 510.653.7555. (CA) Japanese 1977 Toyota FJ40 The real deal and the best one on the planet. National concours level, and fully sorted for driving. 100% correct and authentic. Original black with gold stripes, correct original automatic transmission. $225,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd.com ‘69 Shelby GT500 1954 Maserati A6GCS 1966 Shelby GT350 H


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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) Bonhams. +44.207.228.8000, +44.207.585.0830. Montpelier St., Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH. www.bonhams.com. (UK) Bonhams & Butterfi elds. 415.391.4000, 415.391.4040. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103 www.butterfi elds.com. (CA) RM Auctions, Inc.. 800.211.4371, 519.351.1337. Our team of highly qualifi ed 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) Branson Collector Car Auction. 800.335.3063, 417.336.5616. 1316 W. Hwy. 76, Suite 199, Branson, MO 65616. www.bransonauction.com. (MO) Russo and Steele Collector Auto- mobiles. 602.252.2697, 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th Street, Phoenix AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com; www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) 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) eBay Motors. List your car for sale for only $40 and pay $40 more when it sells. Visit the “Services” section on www.ebaymotors.com for more details. www.ebaymotors.com. Santiago Collector Car Auctions. 405.475.5079, 501 E. Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Rocky: rockydb5@sbcglobal.net. (OK) Auto Appraisal Group. Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485, 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) 800.848.2886, Offi ces located nationwide. Pre-purchase inspection service, insurance matters, charitable donations, resale vales, estates, expert witness testimony. On-site inspection. Certifi ed, confi dential, prompt, professional. “Not just one man's opinion of value.” See web site for locations and service descriptions. www.autoappraisal.com. California Dream Cars AppraisThe Worldwide Group. Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, 310.899.0930. Gooding & Company offers the rarest examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues to its international clientele. Our team of well qualifi ed experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the offi cial auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August and record-setting Scottsdale Auction in January. www.goodingco.com. (CA) H&H Classic Auctions. +44.01925.730630, +44.01925.730830. Whitegate Farm, Hatton, Cheshire WA4 4BZ England. www.classicauctions.com. (UK) 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 fi nest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www.wwgauctions.com. (TX) Tom Mack Classics. 888.TOM. MACK, PO Box 1766, Indian Trail, NC 28079. Three annual auctions in Charlotte, NC: April, September, and January. Selling Southern muscle, collector, and antique cars with experience and integrity for 24 years. North Carolina auction license 4017. www.tommackclassics.com. (NC) Alfa Romeo Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. 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, 158 510.524.3636, 1221 Fourth Street, Berkley, CA 94710. Large selection of parts from 1900 series to Milano. Effi cient, personal service. 510.525.9435. (CA) Motoring Investments. 619-238- 1977, Award winning restorations, brokerage, sales & locating. Vintage German, Italian & British Mercedes specialist - SL, Pagoda & other models “Our website is a virtual buyer's guide for the 280SL.” www.motoringinvestments.com. RM Auctions, Inc.. 800.211.4371, 519.351.1337. Our team of highly qualifi ed 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 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 Sports Car Market Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, Gooding & Company's experts are well qualifi ed 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) 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) 2shores International. 49.5691.912460, 49.5691.912480. Take advantage of the strong Euro and let us market your car in Europe! Based in Germany, working worldwide. Connecting buyers and sellers of collectible automobiles in a global marketplace since 1990. We put our market knowledge to work for you. Your trusted partner in Europe! Call Jurgen today! www.2-shores-classics.com. (DE) 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262 www .classic-carauction.com. (CA) American your collection. RM is the world's largest vintage automobile house specializing in vintage automobile restoration, auctions and appraisals. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700, North America's premier muscle car center, specialize in restoring and trading the fi nest and rarest American muscle cars. We are the home of Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.: We are a professional, discreet, and fair buyer for your quality American Muscle. www.legendarymotorcar.com. (ON) Shelby American Automotobile 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) Appraisals 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 toll free: at 800.872.7772 www .usappraisal.com. (VA) Automobilia Steve Austin's Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434, European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. Buy/Sell/General Brighton Motorsports. 480.483.4682, Brighton Motorsports, Scottsdale Arizona is a unique dealership specializing in Vintage European and American Collector Cars with their Sales/Showroom and Mechanical Repair facility in the heart of Scottsdale's legendary auction arena. They also have a state of the art paint & body shop specially equipped to do all levels of repair and restoration just down the road, creating a one stop shop for the avid car enthusiast. www.brightonmotorsports.com. (AZ)


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classics. Superb fi t; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase .com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Woodies USA. 480.694.7929, We Family Classics. 949.496.3000, Our showroom houses some of the world's most prized classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars, and modern exotics. If we don't have what you want, check backor tel us what you want. We're equipped to fi nd numbers matching 100-point restorations, low-mileage survivors or just beautiful, reliable drivers. www .familyclassiccars.com. buy and sell great woodies - hundreds to date. If you are buying or selling give us a call. We can help. Woodies are fun! Every car collection should have at least one. Located in Scottsdale, Arizona. www.woodiesusa.com. (AZ) Classic Car Transport Motor Auto Express, Inc.. 360.661.1734, Enclosed Transport. MAX cares for what you care for. We offer Personal, Private, Professional services with liftgate loading for your vehicles. Please contact Randy McKinley, Owner. maxiet@gmail.com. (WA) Collector Car Insurance Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700, North America's premier muscle car center, specialized in restoring and trading the fi nest 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) Aston Martin of New England. Grundy Worldwide. 800.338.4005, Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000, Park Place LTD is the West Coast's largest luxury, sports and special interest auto dealership. We're an authorized dealer for Aston Martin, Lotus, Spyker, Shelby, Superformance, and Speedster Recreations and carry collector and special interest vehicles of all kinds. 20 years in the business and familyowned; Park Place LTD is driven to excellence. www.ParkPlaceLTD.com. 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, Infl ation Guard, and Auto Show Medical Reimbursement. Fast, immediate quotes. www.grundy .com. (PA) 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) Insurance will provide dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., even Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online. www.JCTaylor.com. (PA) Motor Sport Personal Accident Coverage. 441.297.9439, 441.296.2543. Email, mcooke@evolution.bm. Limits up to $1,000,000 including accident medical and helicopter evacuation. Comp Capital Ltd. can obtain coverage at competive rates including drivers over the age of 65. Either 12 month policy covering a whole season and or for specifi c events. Please contact Mark Cooke and or Kevin Way. English 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 fi nd it for you (at low prices). Please call anytime for straight advice on the market. Finder's fee gladly paid. simonrandy@aol.com (CA) T. Rutlands. 800.638.1444, The largest independent Ferrari parts source in the business. Our vast inventory includes new, used and rebuilt parts for vintage and contemporary Ferraris. Buy your parts where the Ferrari shops do. Now, shop 24/7 at www.TRutlands. com www.TRutlands.com. (GA) Garage/Tools Baldhead Cabinet Company. 877.966.2253, Offering a fi ne 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) 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) Hagerty Collector Car Insurance. 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) 800.922.4050, Collector cars aren't like their late-model counterparts. These classics actually appreciate in value so standard market policies that cost signifi - cantly more won't do the job. We'll agree on a fair value and cover you for the full amount. No prorated claims, no hassles, no games. www.hagerty.com. (MI) 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) Motoring Investments. 619-238Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173, We The Carcierge. 561.241.6696, 561.241.6613. 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) September 2008 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) 1977, Award winning restorations, brokerage, sales & locating. Vintage German, Italian & British Mercedes specialist - SL, Pagoda & other models “Our website is a virtual buyer's guide for the 280SL.” www.motoringinvestments.com. Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini Motoring Investments. 619-238- JC Taylor. 800.345.8290, Antique, classic, muscle or modifi ed-J.C. Taylor 1977, Award winning restorations, brokerage, sales & locating. Vintage German, Italian & British Mercedes specialist - SL, Pagoda & other models “Our website is a virtual buyer's guide for the 280SL.” www.motoringinvestments.com. Racehouse Design. 541.330.8766, GARAGE DESIGN PLANS FOR SALE. Racehouse Design has four portfolios of garage designs: “SPEEDCLUB GARAGES”, “COACH QUARTERS”, “CLASSIC GARAGES”, and “CAR COTTAGES”. Each plan is professionally designed by Lawren Duncan, Designer and Race Enthusiast. www.racehousedesign.com. (OR) German 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 fi t; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase .com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Motoring Investments. 619-238- 1977, Award winning restorations, brokerage, sales & locating. 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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 x211 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Inspections nix, 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) Automobile Inspections LLC.. 860.456.4048, “When you need the job done right.” The nation's premier provider of pre-purchase inspections on classic, exotic and specialty cars of any year, anywhere in the USA or Canada. Fast 72-hour turnaround! Hartford, CT. www.automobileinspections.com. (CT) Parts and Accessories Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700, You may have seen our award winning, show quality restoration. Our 55,000 sq ft facility is specialized in extreme high-end restorations of rare American muscle cars. www .legendary-motorcar.com. (ON) toration company specializing in exotic, European and classic cars. Complete structural and body reconstruction, upholstery, world-class paint/refi nishing, engineering, prototyping and mechanical services. Transport and logistical services available. www.healeywerks .com. (IA) Sports and Competition Morris and Welford. 714.434.856 2/203.222.3862, 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/United Kingdom) Performance Restoration. Griot's Garage. 800.345.5789, The ultimate online store for automotive accessories and car care products. www .griotsgarage.com. (WA) Restoration - General 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 fi nish your projects. supercharged@alltel.net. (OH) RM Auctions, Inc.. 800.211.4371, Doc's Jags. 480.951.0777, 480.951.3339. Restoration Center 623.869.8777. 23047 N. 15 Lane, Phoe- The Healey Werks. 800.251.2113, 712.944.4940. Premier automobile res- 519.351.1337. Our team of highly qualifi ed 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) Muscle Car 1000. 949.838.7076, October 2008. This six-day luxury tour of Southern California includes exceptional muscle cars, exclusive activities, exquisite dinners, premium hotels, great friends, and fi ne 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) ♦ Tires Only Oldies Garage. 480.966.9887, The Southwests Only Coker Tire Distributor! Contact us for Best Pricing on all Classic Tires. Only Oldies Specializes in all Classic Service from Pre-war - 60's Muscle. We Don't Restore ‘em… We Keep ‘em Running Right. www .onlyoldiesgarage.com. (AZ) Vintage Events 160 Sports Car Market


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Carl Bomstead eWatch Tucker Mascot Leads Expensive Parade We're in an economic slowdown, and though average items may suffer, blue-chip collectible memorablia will always find a home Thought Carl's I found a bunch of very cool, albeit expensive, stuff this month. At first glance, as we are in an economic slowdown, you would expect the market to soften, as collectors worry about tomorrow. Having attended several recent auctions and spent way too much time in front of my monitor watching these items, I can say that is not the case. Average materials may suffer, but true blue-chip collectible automobilia will always find a home for strong money. EBAY #160247905080— 1925 NEWCASTLE AUTOMOBILE CLUB BADGE. Number of Bids: 26. SOLD AT: $5,200. Date old: 6/14/2008. This ornate and elaborate badge had the Royal Automobile Club of Australia logo n one side and the wcastle Automobile Club logo on the other. The RACA was founded in 1903 as the Australian Automobile Club and was granted royal patronage in 1919. They allowed affiliates to use the reverse of their badge for the local clubs. This example, known as Type 5D, had some enamel loss on both sides, but that did not stop some very determined bidders from pushing this to an aggressive price. EBAY #110259031850—1920'S MICHELIN TIRE DISPLAY. Number of Bids: 3. SOLD AT: $2,500. Date Sold: 6/10/2008. This painted tin tire display featured Bibendum beating the drum for Michelin Tires. The display was made by the American Arts Works Co. and was exceptional. The quality of the piece brought the money here, as we have seen these sell for a heck of a lot less, however, they were not nearly this nice. EBAY #160245451457—NOS '50s PVTA DASH PLAQUE. Number of Bids: 14. SOLD AT: $735.77. Date Sold: 6/04/2008. This was an original Pomona Valley Timing Association timing tag that had not been stamped. The association was made up of the Choppers, Varmints, and the Gripers, who sound like a bunch of scary guys. They did help, however, with the first official event that was sanctioned by Wally Parks and the National Hot Rod Association held at the Pomona Drags in April 1953. These timing tags show up from time to time, but they are usually stamped with the date and the quarter-mile time. This is a neat piece of period hot rod memorabilia that brought strong but not unreasonable money. EBAY #320238778915—24″ OILZUM DOUBLE-SIDED PAINTED SIGN. Number of Bids: 29. SOLD AT: $4,916.79. Date Sold: 5/28/2008. I have always had a thing for Oswald, the Oilzum man, and have been filling the walls and shelves with stuff with the logo for years. I have never seen this sign in such good condition. These signs were in a frame and placed outside of stations that sold Oilzum oils, so they were subject to kids with sling shots and other ravages of time. The price bordered on silly money, but a well-known Oilzum collector and dealer bought it, so he must think at some money was left on the table. EBAY #270242526081—LALIQUE VITESSE HOOD ORNAMENT. Number of Bids: 40. SOLD AT: $12,000. Date Sold: 6/08/2008. This is one of the more striking Lalique hood ornaments offered in the late '20s and early '30s. It was introduced in September 1929 with a cost of 420 francs, or about $30. This is one of the key pieces for any Lalique collection, and values continue to escalate as more collectors discover the beauty and elegance of the piece. If anything, the price was a touch under recent other sales. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage EBAY #300228613750— 1990s PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS d'ELEGANCE 2nd PLACE TROPHY. Number of Bids: 26. SOLD AT: $1,685. Date Sold: 6/03/2008. This was listed as a 1940s auto race trophy, but that was far from the case, as this design was used by Pebble Beach for many years for the class awards. This was expensive, but a whole lot less than the cost of actually winning one. I'd love to hear the story the new owner will be concocting on how he “won” the trophy. ♦ POSTMASTER 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 Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market EBAY MOTORS #330236748378—1948 TUCKER HOOD ORNAMENT. Number of Bids: 14 SOLD AT: $4,000. Date Sold: 5/26/2008. The story of Preston Tucker is firmly established in automotive lore. Con man or victim of the overzealous Securities and Exchange Commission? We'll never know, but anything to do with his cars is collectible. He manufactured 51 Tucker 48s, and 47 remain. No one knows how many hood ornaments were manufactured, but it was certainly more than 51. Regardless, they are extremely scarce, and there is not even one pictured in the Williams/Ames book Motoring Mascots of the World, the bible for mascot collectors. This mascot was pricey but not out of line.