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Sports Car Market 893kFantastico SCM Drives Three 1974 MGBs to Reno 211 Collector Cars Rated Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends $ TUBOLARE 300SL Values Keep Rising: 1957 Roadster makes $752k First $1m Motorcycle: 1948 Vincent "Bathing Suit" Bike '59 Ferrari Cal Spyder Finally Sells at $3.6m DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE! FEATURING VIDEOS OF SELECT VEHICLES CLASSIC CAR MAGAZINE IN THE VOTED THE BEST 2011 WORLD www.about.com


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Sports Car Market Keith Martin's JOIN US The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends 58 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder September 2011 . Volume 23 . Number 9 68 1959 Chevrolet Impala Fuelie convertible IN-DEPTH PROFILES What You Need To Know FERRARI (VIDEO) 58 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder—$3,596,040/RM Persistence and a rising market took this car, a no-sale at three previous auctions, into the elite price range John Apen ENGLISH (VIDEO) 62 1958 AC Ace roadster—$188,500/Bonhams The best AC Aces now approach $300,000 in the U.K.—partly because they have ridden the coattails of Shelby Cobras Paul Hardiman ETCETERINI (VIDEO) 64 1938 Talbot-Lago T150C SS Teardrop Coupe—$4,475,072/RM It's hard to picture a car that sells for almost $4.5m as a bargain, but that may eventually be the case with this Talbot-Lago Teardrop Toby Ross GERMAN (VIDEO) 66 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster—$752,130/Artcurial This sale is more evidence of the skyrocketing value of 300SLs, as good Roadsters were in the $500,000 range a year ago Alex Finigan AMERICAN (VIDEO) 68 1959 Chevrolet Impala Fuelie convertible—$81,900/Bonhams Of the 1.4 million cars built of the Bel Air, Biscayne, and Impala line in 1959, only a small fraction came from the factory with Fuelie engines—which makes them hot commodities today Jim Pickering RACE (VIDEO) 70 1964 Alfa Romeo TZ coupe—$895,014/RM Auctions This TZ is almost the best of the best, but some of its patina and originality has been lost Thor Thorson GLOBAL AUCTION COVERAGE 211 Cars Examined and Rated at Seven Sales BARRETT-JACKSON 78 Orange County, CA: The second Orange County event totals $13.4m from 330 lots Carl Bomstead BONHAMS 92 Newport Pagnell, UK: Bonhams' twelfth Works Service sale sees 44 Astons sell for $9.5m Paul Hardiman RM AUCTIONS 102 Syon Park, Middlesex, UK: RM's first ever Salon Privé sale totals $8.2m, led by a 1929 Bentley Speed Six at $756k Paul Hardiman BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS 112 Greenwich, CT: The annual Greenwich auction nets a solid $3.3m from 56 lots Don Schoeny BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS 124 Portland, OR: A $99k 1959 Chevrolet Corvette 283/283 Fuelie leads the pack in this collection of American muscle, where 97 lots brought $3m Chad Tyson and Jim Pickering VANDERBRINK AUCTIONS 136 Adams, ND: Projects, rust buckets, and drivers bring $230k in North Dakota B. Mitchell Carlson BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS 146 Carmel, CA: B&B's all-bike event at The Quail totals $589k, led by an ex-McQueen Husqvarna at $144k Tod Rafferty EBAY MOTORS 148 Monterey head-turners Geoff Archer & Chad Tyson Cover photograph: Dirk De Jager ©2011 Courtesy of RM Auctions


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54 SCM's Road to Reno COLUMNS 22 Shifting Gears When the three diminutive MGBs were the only cars visible on the two-lane roads for dozens of miles, I felt like I could have stepped back in time 40 years. Keith Martin 38 Affordable Classic: Triumph TR7 and TR8 As with the Sunbeam Tiger of the 1960s, there is much to like about the TR8. TR7s will remain somewhat hopeless indefinitely Rob Sass 40 Legal Files If collector-car funds become a new factor in the marketplace, we should just get used to it. But, does investing in such funds makes sense for a car collector? John Draneas 60 Sheehan Speaks Boom or bust, the most-collectible, best-appreciating Ferraris have always been—and will always be—the early Enzo-era cars Michael Sheehan 162 eWatch Paying $4,400 for a brass paperweight seems like a heavy price, but it was a Packard paperweight Carl Bomstead FEATURES 42 Donald Osborne—Collecting Thoughts: Four sedans that give coupes and roadsters a run for the money 46 John L. Stein—Collecting Thoughts: 1948 Vincent “Bathing Suit Bike” Brings Record $1m 48 2011 California Mille: Two views of Martin Swig's favorite back roads 52 Kuwait Concours d'Elegance: The organizers did a great job of enticing collectors from Japan, Europe and the Americas and put on a classy show 54 The Road to Reno: SCM writers Thor Thorson, Miles Collier, Donald Osborne and John Draneas join Keith and Wendie Martin and three old MGBs to drive from Portland, OR to Reno for the MG All Register Meet 56 Murray Smith—From the Paddock: At the scene when Stirling Moss retired from racing DEPARTMENTS 24 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 26 The Inside Line: Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, Sunriver Festival of Cars 28 Contributors: Get to know our writers 30 You Write, We Read: Sure, all Lotus cars are fragile. That is not a bad thing. A Gulfstream jet is fragile too 32 Display Advertisers Index 34 Time Pieces: Chopard Mille Miglia watch 34 Neat Stuff: Hard tops made easy; a full-bore picnic basket 36 In Miniature: 1937 Delage D8-120-S and 1934 Voisin C27 Aerosport 36 Book Review: My First Car 90 Glovebox Notes: 2011 BMW 335i Coupe 132 Fresh Meat: 2009 Mosler MT900S, 2011 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, 1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello 150 Mystery Photo: “The Mars Rover, last seen going over the horizon on Mars, mysteriously appeared as a parts hauler at the Portland Swap Meet” SCM Digital Bonus Additional Seat Time contributions, videos and images are available in this issue's Digital Edition, included with every print subscription. To sign up for your Digital Issue, go to www.sportscarmarket.com/digital or call 503.261.0555 ext. 1 150 Comments with Your Renewal: “Only downside is eWatch, as it means I've reached the end.” 151 SCM Weekly Poll Results: What will the Ferrari 250 GTO be worth in 20 years? 152 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 158 Resource Directory: Meet your car's needs


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin A “B-Ticket” Ride number one—never buy a cheap car you have to ship) and a slew of deferred-maintenance issues with the suspension and brakes, we had another $4,431 “invested” in the car—for a total of $8,931—before it was ready to go. The white roadster was next. Also a 1974, we bought it locally for $4,100 from Craigslist and no shipping costs. It was straight enough, and drove well, but had incorrect cloth-and- vinyl burgundy seats which were comfy, but wrong. Worse, it had a horrid burgundy dash cap—which we had SCM's interior guru, Guy Rekordon, of Portland-based Guy's Interior Restoration, replace. Repairs to this car were significantly less, just $3,134. The bill read An MG caravansary “Old Spider Tour.” Think horses for courses. So when the National MG Register announced that O ld cars are admission tickets to old car events. You can't go on the Mille Miglia unless you have a pre-1958 car similar to one that was raced in the event. Pre-1968 Alfa convertibles are the preferred ride for the local Alfa Club's annual its annual convention would be in Reno, 600 miles away, and a local MG group decided they would caravan down with an overnight stop at Crater Lake Lodge in Crater Lake National Park, SCM was in! The only problem was we didn't have an MG to drive. So we defined the quarry and set out on our chrome-bumper safari. Our goal grew to not one but three 1971–74 MGBs (still with petite bumpers and sans the puffy Abingdon dash of the 1968–1970 models). After surveying eBay and Craigslist, I set a goal of $5,000 per car, and I expected to find straight, strong-running examples that needed little for that amount. I was right and wrong about that. Decent Drivers The team I assembled for the drive, writers Miles Collier, John Draneas, Donald Osborne and Thor Thorson, plus my wife Wendie, were experienced drivers in cars ranging from McLaren F1s to Porsche 356s to Fiat Cinquecentos. My goal was that the MGBs that they—with more than a little trepidation—had agreed to pilot would be straight, clean, comfortable and reliable. Notice I didn't say concours-prepped or fitted with new engines, gearboxes or rear ends. Renewed or refurbished as necessary were the watchwords. Most of the work was done in Portland, OR, at Harold's Auto Service, with ace mechanic Wayne Atkinson doing the work and manager Chris Lichens coordinating it all. Parts manager Bob McNabb did the yeoman's work of getting all the little (and big) bits needed. Additional fettling was performed by Ed Grayson of Consolidated Autoworks. Labor rates were fair, and parts for MGs are not expensive. But even $32 bumper guards add up when you're buying eight of them—and $30 seat cushions become a $750 repair bill when all three cars have seats that need to be restuffed and rebuilt. Pay to Play With entry fees alone at major events ranging upwards of $10,000, my goal was to spend $20,000 in total for three cars including necessary repairs, enjoy our self-made tour then sell them for about $6,500 each (they would be worth more after all the work was done to them, wouldn't they?), meaning we could have our “B Team” adventure for a net cost of $500. Free, in other words. It didn't exactly work out that way. The first car, a 1974 burgundy roadster, came from Durango, CO. Initial price was $4,500, but between a shipping cost of $600 (lesson 22 like a Reader's Digest condensed version of the burgundy roadster's invoices—brake lines, bushings, rear springs, dash lights, and so on. The final car, the 1974 MGB GT, was everyone's favorite. I found it on Craigslist outside of Seattle, about 180 miles from Portland. The owner had records for the car going back to the ‘70s, and the owner of the shop that had serviced it spoke highly of the owner and his car. Selling price was $4,400, plus another $200 to have it delivered. It had an upgraded leather interior and a period wooden steering wheel. Repairs to this car were $2,176, the big-ticket item being four new tires, as we couldn't get the ones on it to balance properly. And I wasn't about to inflict a car with steering-wheel shimmy on the team. When all the Whitworth wrenches had stopped turning, the repair bill for all three cars came to $9,741, for a total “investment” of $22,741. Going Home Again The drive was glorious, as is reflected in the stories that emerged (see p. 54). The cars acquitted themselves well, with all the blinkers blinking, the wipers wiping, the heaters heating and the lights lighting. They used little oil, didn't smoke and cruised easily at 65 mph (these were all non-overdrive cars). At some points, when the three diminutive MGBs were the only cars visible on the two-lane roads for dozens of miles, I felt like I could have stepped back in time 40 years, and was on a weekend romp to nowhere in particular with my best buddies. These old cars deserve to be exercised on the roads they were built for, which are the gently curving, two-lane highways of the ‘50s and ‘60s, not the Esplanade-crowded superhighways of today. Every hour we would stop to stretch our legs and marvel at just what a good time we were having, in these most-affordable and fully-sorted cars. The MGs are leaving the SCM garage now. The white roadster sold on eBay for $5,000, so I expect the other two to bring about the same. It appears that a good-looking 1971–74 B is a $5,000 car, no matter how good or bad it is under the skin. I expect our total loss will be around $7,500. Could I have taken all six of us on another type of three-day ad- venture for the same amount? If we'd done this with Big Healeys, our initial investment would have been at least $100,000 for cars in similar condition. With Alfa Giuliettas, the same. And I would expect that the cost of the fettling would have been substantially more as well. So as a price-point project, the MGBs were clearly winners. How about treating everyone to a couple of days at a first-class re- sort instead? We might have done that for less, but that really wasn't the point. As gearheads, we crave the opportunity to be with our buddies, and to drive new-to-us cars on new-to-us roads. The Road to Reno was a chance to escape from reality for a few days—and to wake up knowing that the only thing that mattered was getting behind the wheel and heading south. In the end, I would call this adventure Well Bought. P.S. Do you think three TR6s could make it from Portland, OR to Anchorage, AK? ♦ Sports Car Market Photo: John Draneas


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Crossing the Block Tony Piff Auctions America by RM—The Auburn Fall Collector Car Auction Where: Auburn, IN When: Sept 1–4 More: www.auctionsamerica.com Last year: 532/1,012 cars sold / $13.4m It was one year ago that RM subsidiary, Auctions America by RM, held their debut sale at Auburn Cord Duesenberg Weekend in Auburn, bringing in over $13m. This years features include a restored 1935 Auburn Boattail Speedster (estimate: $400k–$450k); a 1934 Auburn Twelve Salon Phaeton ($275k– $375k); a supercharged 1937 Cord 812 SC Phaeton ($150k– $200k); and a restored 1932 Duesenberg Boattail Speedster ($600k–$750k). Worldwide Auctioneers—The Auburn Auction Where: Auburn, IN When: Sept 2–4 More: www.wwgauctions.com Last year: 161/455 cars sold / $8.1m Star cars for “The Main Event,” happening Saturday evening, include “The First Funny Car,” a 1964 Dodge Charger SF/X, the “Greatful Dead Bus,” which is represented as being one of the vehicles the rock group toured in, a concours-ready 1930 Cadillac V16 convertible coupe, and a 1925 Bentley 3 Litre Tourer with Gurney Nutting coachwork and documented history. The “More Great Cars” sale runs all three days and is headlined by the DeSimone Collection of eighteen European sports cars. Bonhams—Beaulieu Autojumble Where: Beaulieu, UK When: Sept 10 More: www.bonhams.com Last year: 40/43 cars sold / $205k The Beaulieu Autojumble is Europe's largest outdoor automotive sale of the year. Look for a range of good European collectibles, including a 1925 Bentley 3 Litre shooting brake, in current ownership since 1963 ($130k–$160k); a 1963 Citroën DS convertible ($110k–$150k); and a 1912 Isotta Fraschini Tipo FC 2 Open Tourer, in single family ownership from new ($30k–$50k). Mecum—St. Charles Auction Where: St. Charles, IL When: Sept 15–18 More: www.mecum.com Last year: 528/996 cars sold / $14.1m Over 1,000 cars are antici- pated at this annual super sale. “Muscle and More” is Mecum's slogan, and there will be a lot of prime Detroit iron on hand, but it will all be rounded out with a sampling of pickups, sports cars, and exotics, too—many at driver-level prices. The featured early consignment is a 1970 Plymouth AAR 'Cuda, with 340, Six-Pack, and 4-speed. The auction will be broadcast live on Discovery HD Theater. Bonhams—Goodwood Revival Where: Sussex, UK When: Sept 16 More: www.bonhams.com Last year: 51/78 cars sold / $4.5m Bonhams returns once again as a founding sponsor of the Goodwood Revival motoring event. Featured early consignments at this annual sale include a 1972 Lola T290 DFV ($480k–$560) and the 1938 Paris Salon Bentley 4 ¼ Litre Razor Edge Coupe, with coachwork by de Villars ($175k–$240k). Barrett-Jackson—Last Vegas Where: Las Vegas, NV When: Sept 22–24 More: www.barrett-jackson.com Last year: 527/527 cars sold / $22.9m B-J's Las Vegas sale is their last of their 40th anniversary celebration. Expect about 500 cars to cross the block, mostly without reserve. There's always a ton of prime American muscle, balanced out with a mix of classics, customs, sports cars, racers, and exotics. Adding to the intensity of the high-energy event will be the SPEED Channel cameras, broadcasting everything live. Auctions America by RM—Fall Carlisle Auction Where: Carlisle, PA When: Sept 29–Oct 1 More: www.auctionsamerica.com Last year: 143/271 cars sold / $2.2m At Fall Carlisle 2011, look for an assortment of quality collectibles at many different price points, from pre-war American classics to classic 1960s muscle, European luxury grand tourers, and Italian exotics. Outside the auction, you can wade through 150 acres of the world's largest swap meet and try to check out all 8,100 vendor booths. ♦ Auction Calendar All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm dates and locations before attending any event. Email auction info to: chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com. AUGUST 5-6—MECUM Walworth, WI 6—VANDERBRINK St. Croix Falls, WI 6-7—SPECIALTY AUTO South Lake Tahoe, NV 11-14—SPECIALTY AUTO Reno, NV 13—COYS Nürburg, DEU 13—VICARI Hiawassee, GA 18-19—BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS Carmel, CA 18-20—RUSSO AND STEELE Monterey, CA 18-20—MECUM Monterey, CA 19-20—VANDERBRINK Corsica, SD 19-20—RM Monterey, CA 19-21—MIDAMERICA Monterey, CA 20—CHEFFINS Harrogate, UK 20-21—GOODING & CO Pebble Beach, CA 25-28—SILVER Carson City, NV 27—LANKES Valkenburg, NL SEPTEMBER 1-4—AUCTIONS AMERICA BY RM Auburn, IN 1964 Dodge Charger—Worldwide's The Auburn Auction 24 Sports Car Market 2-4—WORLDWIDE Auburn, IN 3-4—SILVER Sun Valley, ID 10—BONHAMS Beaulieu, UK 14—H&H Buxton, UK 15-18—MECUM St. Charles, IL 16—BONHAMS Sussex, UK 17—CLASSIC MOTORCAR Canton, OH 18—BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS Westport, CT 19-20—BARONS Surrey, UK 21—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, UK 22-24—BARRETT-JACKSON Las Vegas, NV 23-25—MECUM Geneva Lake, WI 24—SILVER Portland, OR 29-OCT 1—AUCTIONS AMERICA BY RM Carlisle, PA OCTOBER 1—BONHAMS Munich, DEU 1-2—VANDERBRINK Greenwood, NE 6-7—RM Hershey, PA 7-8—VICARI Biloxi, MS 7-8—MECUM Dallas, TX 8—COYS Ascot, UK 14-15—TOM MACK Charlotte, NC 14-15—CROWN Tampa, FL 15—CHEFFINS Cambridge, UK 15—SPECIALTY AUTO AUCTIONS Loveland, CO 19—H&H Buxton, UK 19—WEBB'S Auckland, NZ 21-22—BRANSON Branson, MO 21-23—COLLECTOR CAR PRODUCTIONS Ontario, CAN 22—VANDERBRINK Westville, OK 26—RM London, UK 28-29—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS San Marcos, TX 29—SPECIALTY AUTO AUCTIONS Loveland, CO 29—COYS Padova, IT 30—ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA 31-NOV 1—BARONS Surrey, UK


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Inside Line Chester Allen Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com. Calendar September 1–5—Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival (IN) www.acdfestival.org 7–11—Gullwing Group Convention (VA) www.wsbdev.com 11—Kirkland Concours (WA) www.kirklandconcours.com 11—Chico Concours d'Elegance (CA) www.chicoconcours.com 16–18—Glenmoor Gathering (OH) www.glenmoorgathering.com 2010 Kirkland Concours d'Elegance Best of Show—Delahaye Figoni & Falaschi owned by Peter & Merle Mullen Events ■ The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival bills itself as “The World's Greatest Classic Car Show and Festival,” and it is just that to the thousands of gearheads who ease into Auburn, IN during Labor Day weekend. Dozens of events are sched- uled for September 1-5, and it's impossible to do them all. However, no one should miss these: e· More than 700 cars are D· The Auburn Cord uesenberg Automobile Museum's gala ball. p· Worldwide Auctioneers will the block from September 2-4. A· And if that's not enough, uctions American by RM plans four days of collector-car auctions from September 1-4. Many other events—large and small—are scheduled, and most of them celebrate Auburn, Cord or Duesenberg cars. Imagine that! www.acdfestival.org (IN) ■ The 9th Annual Kirkland Concours d'Elegance returns to beautiful Carillon Point on the shores of Lake Washington on September 11. SCM is returning as a sponsor, and Publisher Keith Martin returns as event coemcee, along with Ed Herrmann. Aston Martin is the featured class of this year's event. Straight Axle Corvettes, light-duty trucks made between 1925 and 1950, 26 ut classic and collectible cars on xpected in the 36th Annual Hoosier Tour and Downtown Cruise-in. 16–18—Goodwood Revival (UK) www.goodwood.co.uk Pierce-Arrows, vintage wooden boats, vintage motorcycles, Brass Era cars and CCCA Classics are among the other classes. Tickets are $25 for adults; $10 for ages 7 through 17. www.kirklandconcours.com. (WA) ■ SCM will once again be the presenting sponsor of the Sunriver Festival of Cars on September 16-18. Italian Sports Cars make up this year's featured class, but all sports and exotic cars are welcome to this relaxed weekend in one of most beautiful parts of Oregon. The Festival Symphony of Sound, which is a chance for car owners to rev engines and make a beautiful racket, is always a highlight. The weekend includes a casual concours, with People's Choice awards at the Saturday evening dinner and charity auction. All proceeds benefit healing Reins, which connects special-needs riders with horses. On-the-road outings include a run from Sunriver over twisty, beautiful Central Oregon roads. www.sunriverfestivalofcars.com (OR) ■ Early Front-Wheel Drive Cars, 16-Cylinder Motorcars and Automobiles of Darrin will be the featured classes of the 2011 Glenmoor Gathering on September 16-18. A Classic Car Club of America Grand Classic and vintage British motorcycles also highlight the weekend's events. The Passport Transport Countryside Tour, seminars, a cocktail party and Gala Dinner are scheduled. If all this isn't enough, Classic Motorcar Auctions will put on the 2nd Annual Grande Salon Antique and Classic Car Auction on September 17. www.glenmoorgathering.com (OH) ■ A Classic Car Club of America Grand Classic, Porsche Cars, 50 years of E-type Jaguars, Woodies and Preservation Vehicles are some of the attractions at the 8th Annual Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance on September 17-18. More than 100 rare cars will be on display during the CCCA Classic on September 17, and many car and motorcycle clubs will display their vehicles. The concours, 16–18—Corvette Funfest (IL) www.corvettefunfest.com 16–18—Sunriver Festival of Cars (OR) www.sunriverfestivalofcars.com 17–18—Fairfield Concours (CT) www.fairfieldcountyconcours.com 18—Buckingham Concours (PA) www.buckinghamautoshow.org 18—Dayton Concours (OH) www.daytonconcours.com with more than 200 cars, is scheduled for September 18. Bonhams also will hold an auction of Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia on September 18. www.fairfieldcountyconcours. com (CT) ♦ Event 1926 Pontiac 2-dr Coach at the 2009 Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance Sports Car Market


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SCM Contributors TOBY ROSS, SCM Contributor, was born in England where his enthusiasm for fine automobiles started at a young age, preparing his father's Aston DB 2/4 for concours events, and later using it in hill climbs. He moved to France 25 years ago, and after a couple of years working for the Aston Martin importer, became a classic car broker, mainly for Ferrari. Living in France awakened an interest in the great French marques, and a long learning curve began. Over the years, Toby has discovered some great cars sleeping in France ranging from a Ferrari Daytona Competition to a Talbot Teardrop. Toby now lives on the small island of Malta, where he helps organize races and shows for the thriving classic car community. On p. 64, he takes a look at a 1938 Talbot-Lago T150C SS Teardrop coupe. JIM PICKERING, SCM Managing Editor, grew up in a small neighborhood of car guys, so the bug bit him early, and rides in his neighbor's over-powered street rods sealed the deal for good. His first car was a '66 Caprice with a big-block Chevy—a car which landed him his first job as a mechanic after high school and through college, got him into drag racing, and much to the distress of his wife Kristina, caused his recent home search to take a full year—the Caprice is 19 feet long and gets parked inside. In addition to the Caprice, also maintains a 1972 Chevrolet K10 4x4 and a 2001 Camaro SS. See his thoughts on a 1959 Chevrolet Impala Fuelie convertible on p. 68. JOHNAPEN, SCM Contributor, holds degrees in engineering and operations research from the University of California-Berkeley, New York University, and Johns Hopkins. He vintage raced a Ferrari TdF for 13 years and has been restoring old cars for nearly 50 years. He owned the Atlanta Ferrari- Maserati dealership, FAF, for 17 years. He's always had an affinity for obscure American cars, and in high school, he drove a 1936 Packard convertible coupe, followed by a 1949 Olds Holiday hardtop that got him through college. Today his garage includes 11 cars, including a Top Flight 1960 Corvette he's owned since day one, a 1957 T-Bird, and several vintage Ferraris. His automotive library contains over 5,000 magazines and books and 1,800 auction catalogs. He has contributed to SCM since 1996. On pg. 58 this month, he profiles a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder. JOHNL. STEIN, SCM Contributor, is the product of the 1960s SoCal car and bike culture and has been screwing around with Ducati motorcycles since he was 16. An unhealthy tri-polar interest in cars, bikes, and boats saw him simultaneously gripped by the ownership of a twin-cam Lotus Europa and Kaiser Special, NSU Super Max and Ducati 750 GT motorbikes, and a mahogany Chris-Craft runabout. Some of them actually ran. After leaving his job as Road Test Editor at Cycle magazine, he had short-lived career in marine biology before becoming Associate Editor at Automobile and then Editor of Corvette Quarterly, GM's official journal for Corvette. He takes a look at the first million-dollar motorcycle sale—the famous 1948 Vincent Black Lightning “Bathing Suit Bike” on p. 46. 28 Sports Car Market Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Operations Manager Ryan Brinkley ryan.brinkley@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 218 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director Jeff Stites jeff.stites@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Managing Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Auction Editor Tony Piff tony.piff@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Data Analyst Chad Tyson chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Copy Editors Yael Abel, Bill Neill Senior Auction Analysts B. 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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com Too fast is not too smart To the Editor: The article by Michael Sheehan on “too fast” Ferraris is spot-on (May 2011, p. 46). I write about sports cars and ride with a lot of owners as part of what I do. If the car is a new, fast car, all too often the owner tries to “impress” me by going too fast and taking stupid chances on public roads. I, on the other hand, drive at realistic speeds, so I can spend my time judging handling, road feel, brakes, ergonomics, and so on—and not looking in my mirror. But not so with some others—for example, a mechanic who had just upgraded the turbo on a Porsche, went 130 mph in rush hour traffic, abruptly changing lanes and cutting people off. Stupidity doesn't deserve any publicity, and I never wrote about him or his shop. But what really worries me is the collective stupidity that happens when a caravan of sporty cars, ignited by driver testosterone, get together and try to outdo each other. I have seen some of this on rallies, but I recall a trip home from the Montreal F1 race where a group of over a dozen guys banded together at the McDonald's at the border, and in a pack, drove south at triple-digit speeds. Fortunately, I didn't see any accidents as I followed far behind but one by one, like WWII bombers headed for Berlin, the New York State Police picked them off. I have been driving on the track since 1977 and have only had one speeding ticket (at a famous Cape Cod speed trap in Eastham, MA) and no accidents. And, while I do not drive slowly, I think triple digit speeds on the street is irresponsible. Mr. Sheehan should be applauded for his article. Well said.—Dom Milano, via email. Reconsidering rebodied Bentleys To the Editor: I read Publisher Martin's response to the “fakey-doo” adventure letter, where he quite reasonably defended his remarks having enjoyed driving the Isotta Fraschini “Flying Star”(August, 2011, p. 30). However, I think it's reasonable to ask Keith to recon- 30 what really worries me is the collective stupidity that happens when a caravan of sporty cars, ignited by driver testosterone, get together and try to outdo each other sider his general remarks about rebodied cars when he writes, “It is no more or less real than the many rebodied Bentleys tooling around.” If a car left the factory fit- ted with a body, and later was re-bodied, then yes, it can be considered a fakey-doo. However, Bentley Motors never built a factory body on any of their chassis until after World War II. All prewar Bentley cars went from the Works to a coachbuilder, where they were fitted with a body to the original owners' specifications. Therefore, if a pre-WWII Bentley's original body has been damaged or is beyond restoration, it is perfectly acceptable to rebody the chassis. Otherwise the bare chassis would not be usable, and a valuable chassis, albeit unusable without a body, would rot away in storage. If a carmaker such as Bentley Motors never built their own car bodies when new, but the car was later rebodied either with a period-correct authentic body appropriate for the chassis—or a new body was built as a replica of one that was period-correct and authentic in every way—then it is acceptable and not a “fakey-doo.” The Bentley Drivers' Club, the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club and the Rolls-Royce Owners' Club all accept correct rebodies. The major concours, including Pebble Beach and Amelia Island, also accept these rebodied cars. Regarding value, of course an original-bodied car will always be the most desirable, and in many cases, their value can be 100% more than a re-bodied chassis. It's just a fine point, but as we car guys know, it's all in the details.—Diane Brandon, via email Ford GT upgrade? To the Editor: As always I looked forward to my new issue of SCM and the bonus Pocket Price Guide. However, I am having trouble sorting out what seems like an inconsistency. The first edition of the 2011 Pocket Price Guide contends the 2005–2006 Ford GT is merely a C Grade investment, whereas just over year ago, in the March 2010 SCM, the GT was rated an A investment and singled out as improving “25 percent over its original MSRP” (American Profile, p. 42–43). I have followed the GT market closely in the last year and have bought two 2006 GTs. Based on what I have seen, the market continues to move up. Sure there is the aberrational auction sale or private sale, but by and large, this car continues to move up. What am I missing?—Terry Bagley, via email. Keith Martin responds: Terry, I agree with you that a C rating does not reflect the market, and that has been changed in our next Price Guide. Ford GTs seem to be pretty stable in the $160,000 range for zero-miles cars. Terry Bagley responds: Keith, as always, you are a stand-up guy. You may not remember, but you helped me when I was buying Bob Lutz' 1992 Viper. We remain friends, and I got an advance copy of his new book from him a few months ago (Car Guys vs. Bean Counters). Good read. In the last year, I have worked with some of the top sellers of GTs Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read Ad Index 32 Aston Martin of New England................... 137 Auctions America................................... 19, 21 Autobooks-Aerobooks............................... 157 Autosport Designs...................................... 117 Barrett-Jackson ............................................ 35 Bonhams .......................................... 27, 31, 33 Bonhams & Butterfields............................... 25 Branson Collector Car Auction.................. 119 Brighton Motorsports................................. 135 Canepa........................................................ 105 Cavallo Motorsports................................... 137 Chevau-Légers Auctions.............................. 53 Chubb Personal Insurance............................ 29 Classic Cars West....................................... 151 Classic Motorcar Auctions......................... 129 Classic Restoration..................................... 107 Classic Showcase......................................... 99 Cobalt Automotive LLC ............................ 163 Collector Studio ......................................... 141 Copley Motorcars....................................... 122 Cosdel .......................................................... 83 Cosmopolitan Motors................................... 89 Credit Suisse .......................................... 12–13 Crevier Classic Cars, LLC......................... 155 Crown Collector Car Auctions..................... 43 Driversource Houston LLC.................. 91, 139 European Collectibles ................................ 141 Exhibitions & Trade Fairs............................ 87 F40 Motorsports........................................... 45 Fairfield County Concours......................... 115 Fantasy Junction......................................... 131 Ferrari of Seattle ........................................ 121 Gooding & Company..................................... 2 Grand Prix Classics ~ Lajolla, Ca.............. 143 Grundy Worldwide..................................... 131 Guild of Automotive Restorers .................. 155 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc.......................... 139 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. ................... 23 Hamann Classic Cars................................. 109 Heacock Classic .......................................... 73 Heritage Classics.......................................... 81 Hillsborough Concours...............................111 Hollywood Wheels Inc........................... 74–75 Hyman, LTD ................................................ 85 Intercity Lines .............................................. 41 JC Taylor.................................................... 103 JJ Best Banc & Co ..................................... 153 Kastner & Partners Garage ........................ 145 Kidston................................................... 10–11 Kinekt......................................................... 151 Kirkland Concours d'Elegance.................. 127 Lake Mirror Classic ................................... 113 LeMay - America's Car Museum............... 118 Mac Neil Automotive Products Ltd............. 79 Mecum Auction...........................................4-5 Mercedes Classic Center............................ 164 Mid America Auctions................................. 47 Miller's Mercedes Parts, Inc...................... 122 Morris & Welford, LLC............................... 95 Motor Classic & Competition Corp........... 161 Motorcar Gallery.......................................... 51 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions............... 97 Park Place LTD............................................ 39 Paul Russell And Company ....................... 133 Poff Transportation .................................... 161 Portland Art Museum................................... 49 Pro -Team Corvette Sales, Inc.................... 123 Putnam Leasing............................................ 61 Reliable Carriers .......................................... 77 RM Auctions.......................................... 16–17 RockAuto LLC........................................... 157 Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo ......................... 143 RPM Autobooks......................................... 151 RPM Autobooks......................................... 156 Russo & Steele LLC .................................... 37 Silver Collector Car Auctions ................ 14–15 Sports & Specialist Cars ............................ 135 Sun River Concours................................... 101 SWISSVAX AG........................................... 93 Symbolic Motor Car Co................................. 3 The Stable, Ltd........................................... 125 Thomas C Sunday Inc.................................. 90 Universal Autosports.................................. 133 Vicari Motorsports ..................................... 145 Vintage Rallies............................................. 57 VintageAutoPosters.com............................ 157 VIP Transport Inc....................................... 157 Watchworks................................................ 157 Worldwide Group............................... 6–7, 8–9 You Write We Read I have followed the GT market closely in the last year and have bought two 2006 GTs. Based on what I have seen, the market continues to move up and bought an 2006 white/blue (2,700 miles) for $165,000 and a 2006 Heritage Gulf livery (which has become the Holy Grail) with 300 miles for $215,000 (just saw one go for $229k recently). I would say a late-production 2005 (after the kinks) and any 2006 with less than 1,000 miles would go $160k to $172k, depending on the color. Red-and-white cars are the cheapest—due to number. And all-black and Heritage cars take the big bucks. Stop whipping the Lotus Turbo Esprit To the Editor: The whipping boy I want to defend today is the Giugiaro Lotus Esprit Turbo. In the latest Pocket Price Guide, it was hailed as one of the 13 worst collectibles for reasons that included kit-car quality, shoddiness, and fragility. I think this boy gets picked on unfairly! As for kit-car quality/shod- diness, many early Lotuses into the 1970s were sold as kit cars to avoid heavy British taxes to potential buyers, but undoubtedly, Lotus construction and materials quality by the 1980s improved vastly from earlier decades. Perhaps part of the problem is that we have long memories! By the mid-1980s, I think construction quality was on par with the majority of competitors from the era, and materials used were extremely good, including Connolly leather everywhere, wool carpets, galvanized chassis, Bosch electronics by the mid-1980s, and extensive use of aluminum in drivetrain, suspension, and hardware. Some people think fragility equals low quality, which is untrue. Think Gulfstream or any quality aircraft—they are high-quality but still fragile. Sure, all Lotus cars are fragile. That is not a bad thing. A Gulfstream jet is fragile too, but nobody thinks that is bad. A Porsche 550 is as fragile as the Lotus Elite it sometimes raced against in the 1950s, but nobody calls a 550 fragile in a negative way. Those early Porsches and Lotuses are fragile because they were designed and constructed to be light, almost to an obsession, because weight is the enemy of performance. You guys have an Elise and know that there is nothing as sublime as the handling of a harddriven Lotus. God forbid you use it for anything other than an extreme driving experience, though! But for most people, cars are not about extreme driving, and that makes a Lotus a bad car for them. They also have to be handled with care. You shouldn't slam doors or crank on things, just like you don't manhandle things on a light aircraft. So, here is my bold prediction. When people get it, I think respect will come. These whipping boy Lotus Esprit Turbos (the later into the 1980s the better) will see significant increases in value in the near future, just like what happened with a previous whipping boy—Lamborghini. Keep the great magazine coming, and thanks for putting up with some of us that are defending some of the current whipping boys!—Victor Holtorf, Fort Collins, CO ♦ Sports Car Market


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg Chopard Timekeeping at the Mille Miglia The world of vintage auto rallies has no greater supporter than the venerable Swiss watch manufacturer Chopard. Since 1988, Chopard has been world sponsor and the official timekeeper for the most famous vintage automobile rally in the world, the Mille Miglia. First run as a true road race in 1927, the Mille Miglia proved to be a dangerous and difficult 1,000-mile endurance race that started and ended in Brescia, Italy. The race passed through 56 cities and towns while winding across ancient mountain roads and narrow city streets. The race was often deadly, and it was officially ended in 1957 after a fatal accident took the lives of a driver/navigator team as well as nine spectators (five of them children). Reborn in 1977 as a timed event rather than a race, the Mille Miglia features cars with significant racing history from no later than 1957. The event has attracted rare cars from around the world and brings thousands of spectators to the area every year for this three-day run. From the first year of Chopard's sponsorship of the rally, entrants have been rewarded with fine watches to commemorate their travails. Louis Ulysse Chopard Details Production Date: 1988–present Best place to wear one: While navigating in Jim Feldman's four-time Mille Miglia entrant, a 1957 AC Ace Bristol Zagato coupe. Ratings ( Rarity: Durability: Parts/Service Availability: Cool Factor: Web: www.chopard.com is best): established Chopard in 1860 in Fleurier, Switzerland. The company is now owned and operated by the Scheufele family, with Karl-Friedrich acting as co-president of the watch division and his sister Caroline heading up the jewelry division. It was KarlFriedrich who launched the first Mille Miglia watch, which became a cornerstone of their success. Although some Mille Miglia commemorative watches have been equipped with leather straps or metal Neat Stuff by Tony Piff Easy Solution for Hard Top Storage There's still lots of summer driving left, which means your removable hard top is probably taking up floor space in your garage as we speak—and getting kicked every time your teenager takes out the recycling. Furthermore, it's going to take the careful attention of two people to lift it back into place when gloomy weather finally returns. The Glassworks Garage Lift System ($795) is an ingeniously simple solution for both problems: a four-point winch that gently hoists your hard top straight up. All you have to do is park your car, hook up the straps, push the button on the keychain remote, and forget about it until the seasons change. When lowering back down, guide the top into place by hand. Contact The Hardtop Shop at 877-VET-TOPS or visit them online at www. thehardtopshop.com. 34 bracelets, one of the most distinguishing features of the typical MM watch is the black rubber strap that is patterned after a Dunlop racing tire tread. The other indentifying feature of these watches is the red arrow Mille Miglia logo that emulates a course marking sign. The 2011 Chopard Mille Miglia is a 44 mm self-winding stainless steel chronograph that features a glareproofed, cambered sapphire crystal that has both a 12 and 6 applied to the inside as hour markers that seem to float above the technical—yet legible—dial. The chronograph subdials relate to dashboard instrumentation, and the black center has a subtle, engine-turned circular patterning that speaks of fine automotive finish work. The engine within is shown through an additional sapphire rear crystal and boasts a 46-hour power reserve and is independently certi- fied to be a chronometer (superb timekeeper) by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronometres, and has both a calendar feature and a twelve-hour recording stopwatch. The watch lists for $8,500. Upon introducing the first Mille Miglia watches to the public, Karl- Friedrich offered these thoughts: “People say that lovers of fine cars also have a great weakness for fine timepieces and vice versa. In both cases, sporting elegance and outstanding performance are especially important.” And to that, I say, “Amen.” Keep an eye out for Yogi Every Sunday drive includes the mid-day pit stop at a familiar watering hole or café. But if, perhaps, you want to venture farther afield without risking nutritional or culinary compromise, consider the freedom afforded by a well-stocked picnic basket. The “Ascot Huntsman” basket ($263.50) from picnicworld.net includes full place settings for four, with ceramic dishes, flatware, glass stemware, and cloth napkins, as well as salt-and-pepper shakers, corkscrew, and insulated storage for food and wine. The included blanket (secured by leather strap) unrolls to transform any shady spot of earth into an exclusive, five-star affair. You just supply the vittles. Two-person wicker baskets start as low as $34.49. www.picnicworld.net/picnic-bags-318169.html ♦ Sports Car Market


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck 1937 Delage D8-120-S; 1934 Voisin C27 Aerosport I am a sucker for classic cars, and even more so for those French autos clothed in stunning Art Deco coachwork. Just say the names Delage and Voisin to any self-respecting classic car aficionado, and you'll see a smile and a better mood. The 1:43 scale models we have here are produced in China by Spark, a company that offers quite an eclectic mix of cars. Spark has only Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton My First Car By Matt Stone, Motorbooks, 224 pages, $16.50, Amazon It was a faded root beer color, with rust on the wire wheels and a peeling half-circle of paint missing from the driver's door—where, not too long ago, there had been a number. There were competition belts, a single-hoop roll bar and air-cleaner-less velocity stacks on the oversized, side-draft SU carburetors. It sat on flat, well-worn, treadless Goodyear Blue Streak tires. I was instantly in love. Five hundred dollars later, in 1968, just days older than 16, that 1960 Bugeye Sprite was mine. It was my first car. Every car guy (and gal) has a variation of that story. It revolves recently branched out from producing mostly sports cars and racing cars to models of some of the most stunning classic cars ever to hit the road. However, they did also produce a Delage D6 in road and Le Mans race trim several years ago. Back to our two pieces of eye candy. These are extremely well- finished, volume-produced, hand-built resin models. Each comes mounted in a nice display case. Paint finish on both is very good— not perfect, but very, very good. Panel lines on both are crisp, and on the Voisin they have gone the extra step to paint in the panel lines with black to give that little extra punch often needed on a small model that is painted white. Well done. Continuing with the Voisin, it appears that someone at Spark was particularly enamored with this car, as it has a wealth of detail, down to the hard-to-see, photo-etched pedals replicating the unique items in the real car! And the rest of the interior... wow. Love it or hate it, the interesting geometric pattern of the fabric covering the entire passenger compartment has also been simulated, and even the headliner has been covered. If you look closely, you'll see it is not the correct pattern, but it still looks fairly convincing. The exterior is equally complete and has a surprising amount of photoetched trim parts, all around the lower edges of the body, including the wheel openings, which replicates the real deal. You have to see this model in person to appreciate it. The overall shape has been very well captured, though a few areas at the front are off just a little—but not enough to be bothersome. I do recall another manufacturer in Europe modeling this car once before, as a very limited run, but not to this level of detail, and the price was also about four or five times more. So yes, even with the glitches, this model is a bargain at $64.95. Delage chassis number 51620, with coachwork by Portout, was Louis Delage's personal car, and I'd expect nothing less for him. This car, which won Pebble Beach Best of Show in 2005, is one of my all-time-favorite automobiles and also happens to be one which I have extensively researched. Overall, Spark has done a fine job, but there are several misses. The model sits too low, the wheel rims are missing chrome trim rings, the window trim is a little heavy, the radiator shell doesn't have the correct rake, the front fender bottoms at front are a little too low, and the exhaust pipe is the wrong style and in the wrong location. The exhaust pipe should be dead center, not on the right side as on the model. Pluses do abound. The overall shape is excellent, the blue interior is well done with a good amount of detail, and there are numerous fine details, such as hood latches, photo-etched window trim and tiny Portout emblems. Another nice touch is the correct split between the front and rear side windows. Heco has modeled this car in their Challenge series—and at more than three times the price of this Spark edition. So, even with the issues, the model is a stunner and a highly recommended bargain at $64.95. 36 Model Details Production date: 2011 Quantity: 800 to 1,500 of each model SCM Five-Star Rating: Overal Quality: Authenticity: Overall Value: Web: www.sunrichtoy.com around a hand-me-down family car that got tricked out with goodies from the JC Whitney catalog, and the improvements that made sense only to you. Or the leftovers and cast-offs from grandparents, uncles and neighbors, or the gottahave-it hot rods that kept you awake with dreams more feverish than the girl next door (twins Patty and Pam, in my case). In his new book, Matt Stone, former Senior Editor of Motor Trend and Editor of Motor Trend Classic, asked a simple question of a long list of car guys and gals: What was your first car? The resulting compilation tells their stories (actually, when you boil it down, it's it's the same story, over and over again, but all the smiles and heart tugs are in the details). Whether famous drivers (Dan Gurney, Danica Patrick or Tony Stewart); auto industry bigwigs (Bob Lutz, Chip Foose, Piero Ferrari); stars (über car guy Jay Leno, Morgan Freeman or Johnny Carson); or athletes (John McEnroe, Arnold Palmer, Natalie Gulbis), it's the same: boy/girl meets car, falls in love, loses car, remembers car forever. And the cars often fit so well. It makes sense that Dan Gurney's first ride was a '33 Ford V8 roadster. But then Father Time shows up to disturb The Force. Danica Patrick's first was a 1996 Mustang SVT Cobra? Really? Am I that old? Maybe so, as even Ye Olde Publisher Keith Martin's Bugeye tale is included. Some of the stories have a happy ending, with several of those first cars still in the garages of the story tellers. For me, I dragged that Sprite around for nearly 40 years, like the blanket that Linus could never relinquish. I finally found a home for my first car with a big-time collector who was seeking a bit of his own past. It went to a good home, a humble rig that got me through high school now sitting alongside singular and important cars. I'll always miss it. Provenance: Tales straight from the owners are surely burnished by time and the telling, but do you really want to over-verify good stories? Fit and finish: Nice design, with simple text and, where possible, period images of the subject and their first rides. Drivability: There is a certain comfort in well-told tales, whether around a camp- fire or in your favorite chair with a book. The universality of the tale told and retold here is what makes My First Car enjoyable and rewarding. Not all the stories are that impressive, and not all are cars you might even want to drive, but the shared sense of wide-eyed wonder at having the freedom of your first car makes you at one with your tribe, the car people. It's a nice place to be, and Matt Stone made it a little bit easier to access with this book. The big question is: Can I buy back that Sprite? ♦ Sports Car Market


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Affordable Classic Triumph TR7 and TR8 Is the TR8 Lemon Due for Some Sugar? The 8-cylinder performance, combined with a drop top and rarity, are special. But wedge styling and reliability worries hold it back by Rob Sass for many more years). Most of the 400 pre-production cars were automatic coupes. Amazingly, most of them were sold via the Jaguar-RoverTriumph dealer network as used cars after the evaluation period ended. The TR8 was built for the 1981 and 1982 model years. All California cars were Bosch fuel-injected, as were all 1982 cars. The rest had a pair of Zenith-Stromberg carburetors. Only 2,700 were built, most in somewhat odd metallic colors ranging from 1978 Triumph TR8 Prototype T he last volume-produced traditional British roadster was the Triumph TR6. Even in 1969 when it was introduced, it was obsolete. Magazines such as Road & Track clamored for better, newer sports cars with modern engines, chassis and unibody construction—cars that would finally dispense with antiquated features like lever-action shocks and feeble heaters. In early 1975, Triumph finally introduced such a car in the TR7, which would be sold alongside the TR6 for about a year. Dubbed in ads as “the shape of things to come,” the TR7 was the most extreme example of the wedge style then in vogue. Legend has it that stylist Harris Mann sketched the original design on a cocktail napkin (perhaps after too many cocktails). Generally regarded as less than pretty, the most unsuccessful portions of the design were the notchback roofline of the coupe and the upswept character line on the side. Power came from a 2-liter, 8-valve, 4-cylinder overhead cam engine of about 100 horsepower that was, oddly enough, shared with the Saab 99. Strangely, experiments using the Dolomite Sprint's 16-valve unit went nowhere. Acceleration was less than brisk—0–60 mph in about eleven seconds. The design reverted from the independent rear suspension of the TR4A/TR6 mod- els to a well-located live axle. Although this seemed like a retrograde step, in light of the generally mediocre design of the previous IRS, it wasn't, and the TR7 developed a reputation as a very good handler on the street and the track—most famously with Bob Tullius and Group 44 Racing. Details Years produced: 1975–82 (TR7) 1981–82 (TR8) Number produced: 112,368 (TR7) 2,750 (TR8) Original list price: $5,250 (TR7) $11,125 (TR8) SCM Valuation: $2,000–$5,000 for TR7s; $5,000–$11,000 for TR8s Tune-up cost: $250 (TR7) $350 (TR8) Distributor cap: $16.95 Chassis #: Pre-1981 driver's door jamb; after 1981 it was on the A-pillar Engine #: On the cylinder block between the carburetors Club: Vintage Triumph Register More: www.vtr.org Alternatives: 1973–75 Jensen-Healey; 1983–87 TVR 280i; 1990–92 Lotus Elan M100 SCM Investment Grade: C for the TR8 convertible; D for the TR7 38 TR7 lemon and TR8 lemonade? However, the primary reputation the TR7 devel- oped was that of a serious lemon. Early cars built in Speke near Liverpool were particularly bad, and the plant—which was subsequently closed—was the epicenter of the self-destructive tactics British labor deployed in the 1970s. Later cars built in Solihull were considerably better. Initially, the TR7 was available only in coupe form because of fears that the United States would outlaw convertibles. This never came to pass, and in 1979, a drophead version was added. More significantly, Triumph addressed the lack of performance around the same time with the introduction of the TR8, which was powered by the aluminum 215-ci V8 engine found in Buicks, Oldsmobiles and Pontiacs (with versions used by various Land Rovers green to aqua. Many had very period plaid seats. The TR7/8 cockpit is reasonably comfortable. Wider and more spacious than the TR4 to TR6 cars, it also had far less character. Gone was the wood dash, replaced by a nondescript, plastic affair that could have come from any contemporary sedan. At least ventilation was greatly improved, and a/c was available. Ride, handling, braking and fuel economy were deemed excellent by Road & Track, who said “the only other thing we could ask for is good looks.” Numerous special edition TR7s were built, includ- ing the “Victory Edition” with garish stripes and white “spoker” wheels and the altogether more handsomer “Spyder” edition with black paint, red accents and TR8 alloy wheels. Individual vices mostly came from the abysmal quality control of early cars. Thankfully, like similarly afflicted early Jaguar XJS models, most of these cars have disappeared, becoming one with the earth at various breaking yards around the world. Rust, head gaskets and overheating 4- and 8-cylinder cars suffered the usual rust mala- dies and overheating issues—but not to the extent of earlier TRs. The 4-cylinder cars had head gasket troubles as well. From a parts-support standpoint, things aren't nearly as rosy as they are for separate-body-and-chassis TRs and Spitfires. Lack of popularity and low survivorship are the reasons. The collectability equation is interesting. It would seem that the TR8 is long overdue for a market-bump. The car's 8-cylinder performance, combined with a drop top and genuine rarity, bodes in its favor. An abysmal (and somewhat undeserved) reputation for unreliability, as well as the controversial wedge styling (somewhat mitigated in drophead form), are probably responsible for the lack of interest thus far. But, as with the Sunbeam Tiger of the 1960s, there is much to like about the TR8. TR7s will remain somewhat hopeless indefinitely, with the supply of decent coupes nearly zero and convertibles perennially occupying the same lowest-of-the-low rung as Fiat Spider 2000s and rubber bumper MG Midgets. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Legal Files John Draneas Collector Car Funds: Not For Collectors Perhaps the investors should know nothing about collector cars—but see them as a savvy alternative asset to stocks or real estate Early in my career, a real estate developer client taught me that “you make your money when you buy the property, not when you sell it.” That should apply to cars as well. One of the funds Emmison described pointed out that they hadn't reached formation yet, but they had already been offered $150 million worth of collector cars. This fact was offered as validation that collectors were willing to sell their top-of-the-market cars to such a fund. Seriously? Does it make sense that owners of the “best of the best” collector cars would, in today's frothy market, have such few sale options that they would solicit a fund that didn't have any money yet—but might soon have some—to spend on collector cars? Seems to me more a case of a school of sharks circling around blood in the water. Car selection Don't expect these funds to invest in a condition 2 Jaguar A perfect start to any fund—Ferrari 250 GTO M artin Emmison stood in last month with a very interesting “Legal Files” column about the emergence of collector car investment funds. Emmison is absolutely correct that, if such funds are going to become a new factor in the marketplace, we should just get used to it. But, does investing in such funds makes sense for a car collector? In my view, there are a lot of reasons why they will have limited appeal to the car collector. The most obvious shortcoming is that the investor probably never gets to enjoy the investment. At every Ferrari National Meet I've ever attended, I've enjoyed Ferrari Club Chief Judge Ed Gilbertson extolling, “Ferraris are meant to be driven!” Of course, that doesn't mean daily commuting. But, without doubt, the ability to occasionally drive our investment is one of the greatest benefits of ownership. And, unfortunately, that won't happen with these funds. Financial hurdles That said, let's look at some of the financial im- pediments to these deals. One immediate qualification here—I am not specifically commenting on the two funds Emmison described last month. Rather, my comments are based upon the structure that many of these funds will probably follow. The first trouble point to come to mind is the likely overpayment when the cars are purchased. Once a fund has achieved its target funding, it will have immense pressure to actually own some collector cars. And, when the focus is on buying the “best of the best,” there very well could be a lot of dollars chasing too few cars. The funds will insist that their experts will do every- thing possible, including all sorts of secretive dealings, to assure that all purchases are good deals. However, the fact will remain that all purchases will be made by people who are being paid to buy cars with other people's money. That will always place an upward pressure on the purchase price—a factor which should not be discounted. 40 E-Type “older restoration that is aging well.” To justify their existence and value, they have to buy the “best of the best.” And, to stand any chance of beating the odds, the funds have to diversify into at least several cars, not just one or two highly promising investment cars. So do the math—how many cars, of what aver- age caliber, is a particular fund going to be buying? Obviously, the answer is different based upon the expected size of the fund. Once you've identified the caliber of the cars that a fund is likely to invest in, the next question is whether you think that segment of the market is most likely to appreciate in the future. the next question is whether that is the right type of investment to be making now. Management fees and other expenses The funds Emmison mentioned charge seemingly modest management fees of 1.5% and 2% of the fund's value each year. But there are hidden problems with that: No fund can invest all its assets in cars—the fund has to hold back some of the funds to store and maintain the cars, and to have cash to pay its management fees. One fund indicated that only 70% of its assets would be invested in cars. If a 1.5%–2% management fee is applied to the entire fund value, the fee becomes a very large drain on the cash reserves. For example, a 2% annual fee over five years becomes 10% of the initial value of the fund, and one-third of the cash reserve. And, if the cars appreciate, the management fee increases as well. The funds will encounter many more expenses than just their management fees. The cars have to be located, purchased, stored, secured, insured, maintained, transported, shown, and sold. Every one of those activities will generate expenses that will likely not be part of the management fees paid by the funds. As in any fund, management fees cover just that—generalized management by the managers—and not services rendered by others. And, these expenses will not be cheap. After all, we are talking about the “best of the best” here. You can't keep the 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO in a corner of your garage; it has to be kept in a state-of-the-art, climate-controlled, secure facility—that is probably located in some major city. You can't use your no-name mechanic who has uncanny skill with these cars; they have to be maintained by the best-recognized shops in the country. And don't think you can get away with paying your cousin's expenses to transport the car to the next concours. Everything has to be professional. The management fees do not cover the costs of creating and capitalizing the funds. The legal, accounting and securities compliance fees come off the top. The same situation exists with any investment marketing costs. Performance fees These funds will routinely involve “performance fees” paid to the managers. That is, when cars are sold at a profit, the managers get a share of that profit as additional compensation. That is always sold on the basis that, “we make money when you do,” but closer inspection raises questions about its propriety. After all, the managers have no investment in the fund—all its expenses are paid out of the initial capitalization, Sports Car Market


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and they get paid management fees every year whether money is made or not. What, then, is the economic basis for the performance fee? Actually, what it really does is to dilute the investors' return. Tax inefficiencies Car collectors in the United States are well aware that they can avoid paying in- come taxes on their collector car gains by participating in Section 1031 (like kind) exchanges when they sell their collector cars. By reinvesting the sale proceeds in one or more replacement collector cars, the taxation of your gain can be deferred until the replacement cars are sold. That effective tax planning strategy is lost when you invest through a fund. A like kind exchange would have to be made by the fund, not by the individual investor. It is highly unlikely that the funds would make exchanges. They would generally take their gains in cash when they can, so the investors can get a cash return on their investment and so the managers can get paid. Also, don't discount timing. A collector can control when he sells his car, so he doesn't pick up a large taxable event in the wrong year. An investor in these funds will not have any control over when the fun chooses to sell a car and (hopefully) generate taxable income. Big profits become small profits Let's put all this into a hypothetical situation. Say the fund raises $10 million and invests $7 million in cars. Say I'm right, and the fund overpays by 5% or so, so it ends up with cars worth $6,700,000. The $3 million reserved is all used up for car expenses and management fees over the next five years. At that point, the cars are all sold with a 5% selling expense. The managers get a 20% performance fee. How much appreciation does there need to be for the investors to get $20,110,000, which is a 15% annualized rate of return on their $10 million investment? For that to happen, the cars have to appreciate to $24,946,667 in the five years. Here are the numbers: • Sales value: $24,946,667 • Less 5% selling expenses: ($1,247,333) • Net sales proceeds: $23,699,334 • Less 20% Performance fee to managers: ($3,589,333) • Net to investors: $20,110,001 This is a shade over a 30% annualized rate of return on the collector cars held by the fund. Are you willing to bet on that happening? Is it a bubble? I don't see these funds as attractive opportunities for the car collector. We are all able to buy and maintain our own cars, and we all value the ability to use them. Perhaps the better investor for these funds is the in- vestor who knows nothing about collector cars, doesn't want to own any, but sees the collector car market as a savvy alternative asset class to stocks, real estate and other more traditional investments. For that investor, a collector car fund might be an acceptable approach to dipping into a totally foreign asset class. If so, then we can dismiss these funds as opportunities for those who can't fend for themselves. But on a higher plane, is there is another message here? I have vivid memories of two financial bubble bursts—the dot com and the housing bubbles. After each bubble burst, we all looked back to discern what happened and how we could have seen it coming. Each time, we identified a number of things that we accepted as truths at the time, but later recognized as too-crazy or too-good-to-be-true signs that we were in a bubble that was soon to burst. Will we one day look back at these funds as such a sign? I hope not, but the question needs to be asked. ♦ JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. September 2011 41


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Collecting Thoughts Bang-For-the-Buck Sedans Great 4-Doors with Rich Bloodlines and Modest Costs There are homely Alfa berlinas that any honest Alfista will admit actually handle better than just about all the spiders by Donald Osborne 1947 Talbot-Lago T26 Record D o you pity the poor unfortunate collectors who must make do with 4-door sedans instead of sexy roadsters or coupes? Well, it might be time to think again about the orphan stepchil- dren of great marques. Even if you don't have children to carry around in your collector car—and you can afford any model you wish—there are sound reasons why certain berlinas might be as valid a choice as a spider and some saloons a more-than-viable option to a fixed head coupe. When considering the attributes of value that drive the elusive state of “collectability,” aesthetics play a large part. Most often, the design of a sedan is very practical—to best accommodate four or more passengers and their luggage in reasonable comfort. These considerations rarely intrude in the styling of a two-place roadster, but it also doesn't mean that practical must equal hideous. Besides, aren't we all moving towards a state of sophistication in which the total package means more than just good looks? Maybe not yet, but here's help along that road to enlightenment. Good performance for less There are at least three very important reasons to se- riously consider sedans: the first is that quite often, due to more even weight distribution and a longer wheelbase, they ride and handle more comfortably and predictably than their sportier relatives. The second is that the best of them will offer much of the performance that makes a coupe or roadster a great continent-crosser, but with the 42 luggage space to allow the packing of more than a toothbrush and a paperback novel. Third, no matter how much money you may have, you'll spend less of it on a 4-door and keeping money—not spending it—is how the merely rich become wealthy. Let's take a look at some recent sales which illustrate the opportunities available to an open-minded enthusiast (such as me): 1947 Talbot-Lago T26 Let's start with the 1947 Talbot-Lago T26 Record Sedan that sold at the RM Amelia Island sale on March 12, 2011 for $66,000. Full disclosure: I was an underbidder. I had been intrigued by the car in the catalog and made arrangements to inspect it when I arrived in Florida. It was stated to be in mostly original condition and so it seemed. In fact it was just seedy enough to have character, but presentable enough to be seen anywhere you would want to take it. Driving it sold me completely. The pre-selector gearbox was superb, smooth and responsive, which makes you wonder why we aren't still using them—at least when they work. The car was solid and sure-footed, and handled in a predictable way. It would make a terrific vintage rally car, with the wide power band the big, dual-carburetor DOHC inline six offers. Even without the top-end power of the triple carburetor GS or the sexy body of a Saoutchik or Figoni et Falaschi, you would surprise many on the road with the performance of this upright and supremely comfortable sedan. Going back three years, the SCM Platinum Database shows only 2-door T26s, the cheapest of which sold for $133,000. Do you really think that coupe offered twice the pleasure of the sedan? A Bugatti 4-door Type 57 Firmly on my list of Things I Must Have Before I Go is a Bugatti Type 57. I vow I shall have one before I leave here to meet Jean Bugatti on “the other side.” My Bugatti will not be a swoopy Atalante coupe or a dashing Stevio or Aravis cabriolet—it will be a Galibier 4-door sedan. And, not because it's the method “le plus bon marché”— Sports Car Market Photos: RM Auctions


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Collecting Thoughts Bang-For-the-Buck Sedans A DB5 with four doors and a nose job Finally, we end our 4-door tour in the U.K., where the prince of all British motorcars, the Aston Martin, reigns supreme. The Lagonda Rapide is nothing less than an Aston Martin DB5 with four doors and a nose job. Admittedly, the Lagonda didn't go to the most talented plastic surgeon on the staff, but the four-headlight front end has a definite 1960s look, and the basic form of the Touring Superleggera coupe works rather well when stretched to accommodate two additional doors. As most came equipped with automatic transmissions, some questioned its sportiness, but the 4-liter engine was certainly capable enough. With only 55 built, its rarity can make finding one a challenge. Yet, a surprising number have come up for auction in the past decade, with one in particular crossing my path twice in the last five years. At a Bonhams sale in Brookline, MA in May, 2006, I 1957 Bugatti Galibier that's “the cheapest” to non-Francophones—as the Ventoux 2-door sedan is even less costly. Designed by Jean Bugatti alongside the 2-door Ventoux and Atalante models, the Galibier has a surprisingly modern feel, with big windows, a nicely rounded greenhouse and a low belt line. As was common at the time, although it was a factory body, no two are exactly alike, and the cars vary in details large and small. The 1939 Type 57C sedan sold by Gooding & Co. at their 2008 Pebble Beach sale caught my eye. From the noted Williamson collection, it was simple and quiet, with solid cream paint in place of the more currently common two-tone finishes. The new owner paid $396,000, which was a bit of a premium, thanks to the supercharged engine and provenance, but it's still a bargain compared to a Stelvio or Aravis. The car also comes with invitations to every function and event welcoming Bugattis. Maserati Quattroporte Leaving France and heading south over the Alpes Maritimes, you'll find another tempting sedan. Acknowledged when new as “the world's fastest fourdoor,” the first-generation Maserati Quattroporte has stunning dolce vita lines by Frua, a four-cam V8 engine descended from the great racing Maseratis of the 1950s. The car channels the essence of Marcello Mastroianni, on an early morning in Rome hurling four Gucci suitcases into the deep trunk and checking his Panerai Marina Militare watch before heading off for Paris for dinner. A nearly perfect 1966 example was sold for $47,100 at the H&H Auctions sale in Buxton, U.K., in February 2010. The Quattroporte is both a genuinely commodious four-seater and an absolute hoot to drive. The sound alone is worth the price of admission, and few engines have the locomotive pull of this V8. Not long ago the best of these Modenese executive expresses could be had in the mid $20k range. 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide Saloon was smitten with a deep blue Lagonda Rapide. A righthand-drive example which had had its original automatic transmission replaced with a ZF 5-speed manual as fitted to the DB5 and a factory engine replacement sometime in its past, it was in “old comfortable shoe” condition and very tempting. At a time when DB5s were already bringing between $150–$225k, it sold for a ridiculous $18,135. I kicked myself for not raising my paddle. With apparently little more than a freshening of the paint and with the engine swap's timing now uncertain, it appeared at Bonhams' Greenwich, CT sale in June 2011 and realized $105,000. Try finding nearly six times appreciation over that period in your stock portfolio—yet it's still less than half of what a DB5 coupe in comparable condition would bring in almost any market. Bigger bargains exist To forestall the deluge of emails complaining about unrealistic elitism, we can fill in the space below that $66k Talbot-Lago with any number of terrific Jaguar saloons which go begging while indifferent E-types are chosen. And there are homely Alfa berlinas that any honest Alfista will admit actually handle better than just about all the spiders. We can't pretend that there isn't a downside to choosing a sedan, especially one from these thoroughbred marques. While they may cost less to buy, the prices of parts and labor are skewed towards the much-more-valuable 2-doors. So, it pays to buy the best mechanical example you can find—but they frequently will be challenged cosmetically, as they tend not to have been restored to the highest level and get more frequent use. Nevertheless, look beyond the four doors, and you'll see that what one of these sedans may give up in flash, they more than make up in individuality, usability—and potential for appreciation. ♦ 44 Sports Car Market


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Collecting Thoughts 1948 Vincent “Bathing Suit Bike” The First $1 Million Motorcycle Motorcycles have now become mainstream, which means that car guys are now also bike guys. So, values for top bikes have been climbing by John L. Stein have become mainstream, which means that car guys are now also bike guys. Accordingly, top collector-bike values have been climbing, with numerous sales in the low six figures reported. The second factor is Vincent's outstanding name and reputation among collectors. Third is this bike's record-setting provenance, undisputed chain of ownership, and rarity. The Rollie Free record Vincent isn't one of a hundred, or one of five. It is one of one: the Black Lightning prototype, the bike that Free set the record on, and the bike in that iconic photo. As such, the sale of the Rollie Free bike was uncharted territory for motorcycling, for Vincent bikes, and for the buyer and seller alike. “How can you walk into such a big sale with no price guide?” Harris said. “No one had ever sold a motorcycle for a million dollars before. The answer is, by agreeing on the price we did on that day, we just created the market.” He probably wasn't wearing sunscreen either So many cars have traded hands in recent decades for over $1 million that when the whack of an auctioneer's gavel catalyzes another sale, it barely makes any waves. And whether the cool mil is for a Duesenberg, a Ferrari or some big-block with a snake emblem, it's gotten to be a pretty large club. You can't say the same thing with motorcycles just yet. Only late last year did the world's first $1 million motorcycle sale occur, forming a newly exclusive club of precisely one member. That bike was Texas attorney Herb Harris' 1948 Vincent Black Lightning prototype, Bonneville record holder, AKA the “Bathing Suit Bike,” which netted an even $1 million from well-known collector and SCMer Chip Connor. By measure of popular culture, the “Captain America” Harley chopper from “Easy Rider,” the Brough Superior SS100 that killed author T.E. Lawrence, or even the Britbike that Hagrid flew in the Harry Potter series of books, are certainly more famous. But fame and provenance are two different things. While these bikes are known through entertainment, the Bathing Suit Bike accomplished something real in its day—a 150.313 mph speed record at Bonneville with Rollie Free aboard— lying prone and wearing nothing but swim trunks and canvas shoes to lower wind resistance. The photograph of Free at speed is the quintessential Vincent image. How it all added up to $1m Several circumstances combined for the $1 million Vincent sale last November. The first is that motorcycles History of a record-setting bike A bit of history of the Rollie Free Vincent is in order. Originally, auto racing sponsor John Edgar ordered it for Free to ride at Bonneville, and its success there pioneered the Black Lightning model. Afterwards, Edgar rode it on the street in California before loaning it to another racer, who eventually sold it to an automotive engineer, who then moved to Michigan, where the Vincent remained in mostly original condition until Harris bought it. At most auctions, the room is awash in sound, the bids seem to come from any- where and everywhere, and it's hard to know the actual dynamics of any sale. That's why it was refreshing to hear from Harris how the Vincent sale went down. “Bikes and cars like this rarely trade publicly,” he said. “As a general rule, the best ones always trade privately.” Mind you, Harris took care to properly expose the bike over the years. “You have to keep it in the public eye, but there is definitely a sweet spot between overexposed and underexposed.” The transaction began when Harris received a phone call from car collector and long-time SCMer Bruce Meyer. “He said, ‘A good friend of mine called me and is interested in buying your motorcycle,'” Harris said. “The best approach with me is something subtle, and that's what he did.” Negotiations lasted two or three days, all by phone and email. “We were kind of dancing around on price,” Harris said. “When the offer got to be what it was, I looked at Bruce's last email and then walked in and told my wife, ‘They have offered us a million dollars for the Edgar bike. What do you think?' She said, ‘Are you crazy—you are going to turn down a million dollars for a bike?' I slept on it for a couple of days before deciding. It also helped that the bike was going to one of the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet.” Fortunately, the precedent-setting sale has not left Harris without Vincents. He still retains several examples, operates a Vincent restoration shop (www.harrisvincentgallery.com), and enjoys his 1979 Porsche 911SC and a 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish. It's also gotten him thinking more about investing in the upswing of motorcycle values. “I wish that somehow I could get some guys with money to start a motorcycle hedge fund,” Harris said. “As the guy who sold the first million-dollar motorcycle, I don't know why it would not work.” ♦ 46 Sports Car Market


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Event 2011 California Mille Two Views of the 2011 California Mille Dawdling along in a Renault Dauphine and coaxing an Alfa Romeo back to life over 1,000 miles of twisty back roads put new gaskets on, installed a new clutch—and then prayed for the best. Well, the good news was it ran strong. The bad news was it had a mystery oil consumption drama. As usual, our shakedown testing was limited to driving to the gas station, filling the tank, and buying a case of oil for the journey from my home in Stockton, CA, to the Fairmont Hotel starting line in San Francisco, which was 90 miles and four quarts of oil later. Longtime California Mille partici- pant Mark Ronfeldt, from Seattle, WA, figured out that the oil was hightailing it out of the valve cover's breather pipe. Quick fix? We routed the breather hose into an empty plastic jar wedged into the engine bay. We only had to stop about every 50 miles and pour the captured oil back into the motor, kind of an eco-sensitive recycling moment. We became quite proficient at this task—and it worked. The first test of the trip was the Kicking tires at the Keller Estate (Publisher's Note: I asked two participants in this year's California Mille to share their experiences with fellow SCMers. Here are their stories.) Praying to the God of Drum Brakes Dick McClure, 1957 Renault Dauphine A Renault Dauphine on the California Mille? At first thought, this is not a combination that pops into your mind, but the Dauphine does meet the eligibility requirements. Production began in 1956, and the car was raced, rallied, and hill climbed (I do not know why, but more on that later), and most importantly, in 1957, renowned Belgian race driver and journalist Paul Frere entered the Mille Miglia with a Dauphine, and not only finished, but earned a class victory. Yes, philosophically the car meets all of organizer Martin Swig's entry criteria for participation in this world-class event. Now let's talk reality. Renault built well over a million Dauphines during a 15-year production run—it was built in Argentina until 1971. The 845-cc engine produced 32.5 horsepower and was mated to a three speed transaxle. So I am sure that when Frere hit the finish line in Brescia, they had taken down the clock and put up a calendar. Ever-intrepid co-driver, Wayne Carini, host of “Chasing Classic Cars,” and I found a jewel of a Dauphine on the San Francisco Bay Craigslist site for a whopping $300. Surprisingly, the car turned out to be pretty solid, with a good body, minimal rust issues, and all of its parts. A quickie resto ensued, with new paint, headliner, seat upholstery, tires and so on. We tried to keep as much of the original components and patina as possible. The engine did prove—kind of—to be a strong point. Yes, it did run, but we pulled the motor and rebuilt the starter, generator, water pump, 48 route over Marin's 2,571-foot Mount Tamalpais during a rainstorm, and we made it with no problem (remember the hill-climb history) warm and snug in the Dauphine's dry interior environment. Our first laughter began on the downhill section, when we were behind a 1955 Kurtis open roadster whose occupants looked cold and wet—and were driving somewhat gingerly over the wet and slippery tarmac. We spent some time at Sears Point's Raceway, and after a few hot laps, a track employee said we had just set a new lap record for a Renault Dauphine. He then said that it was the only Dauphine to ever drive on the track. The record will probably stand for a while—perhaps forever? Event participants spent three nights in the tiny Solage resort in Calistoga at the north end of the beautiful Napa Valley. Tuesday's route from Calistoga to Mendocino and back via Highway 1 was a drop-dead gorgeous day, with the weather finally cooperating. Wayne did most of the day's driving and was not intimidated by the tricked-out MGA that passed us—but was eventually pulled over and issued a very costly speeding ticket. More laughter as we motored past them, waving. The nice thing about hubbing out of one place during a four-day event is you can take a day off from driving—if you like. Wednesday was just such a day, and we weren't the only ones desiring a hot-mud, full-body-cleansing, mind-and-soul rejuvenating treatment. Heck, we even saw some road truants in a hot air balloon. Thursday's route took us back to the Pacific Ocean and Highway 1. Wayne and I studied the route map and thought it was a piece of cake. But, by mid-morning, a road over the Coast Range proved somewhat testing. The yellow road signs that show a squiggly line with an arrow usually mean “fun ahead,” but in a 32.5-horsepower Dauphine, a yellow sign reading “12% Grade Next Six Miles” means an uphill, Sir Edmund Hillary ascent in 1st gear at about 10 mph. We made it to the top, only to find another—even more interesting—yellow sign that read “18% Downgrade Next 8 Miles.” I looked at Wayne, and we were both fervently praying to the great God of Drum Brakes. Sports Car Market


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Event 2011 California Mille The McClure and Carini Renault Dauphine We successfully made it down and continued to lunch at Rancho Nicasio—and then on to the well-earned finish line in Historic Sonoma, with nothing but fond memories and a great respect for our Dauphine. The car performed admirably and provided us with many wonderful moments and a ton of good laughs. We got a keeper of a car and we look forward to doing another event with her. An overall 42 mpg doesn't hurt either! Viva La France? LOL in French? Oui! Lost and Stalled in the Zagato Cathy Milner, 1956 Alfa 1900 SSZ This was my husband, Bruce, and my first Mille. We were on the road for less than an hour before we found ourselves stuck on the side of the road with no telephone number to call for help. I made a mental note to Martin Swig—please include telephone numbers of the mechanics in the brochure. It was stressful, as always, getting out of San Francisco, with my husband checking to make sure the wipers, lights and fan were working—while he was driving in the rain. It took us less than 30 minutes to get lost while following four cars to Mount Tamalpais. First rookie mistake—do not follow other cars instead of reading the directions. We were the last car to turn around. We decided to stop at a hardware store, returned to the car and, while we were waiting for the light to turn green, our 1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Zagato died. There we sat, lost, with no idea who to call. I hoped someone would find us, someday. We finally jump-started the car and were happy, and ready to go. Twenty minutes later, we were lost again, driving 20 miles back and forth to the same location. Miraculously, we arrived at Keller Estates in time for lunch. It was a rough start, but it ended with a great afternoon of driving. We arrived at the beautiful Solage Calistoga resort and enjoyed a wonderful evening with friends. We were determined not to get lost on Day Two. We left with a group of seasoned drivers, driving in a pack through Stewart's Point. The weather was ideal, the scenery magnificent. As the road became a series of twists and blind 50 The 1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 SSZ of Bruce and Cathy Milner Sports Car Market turns, one by one, cars were passing us, which, from our perspective, was simultaneously terrifying and impressive. Passing on the twisties was not only beyond our driving experience, but we also had a strong desire to survive our first Mille. Thankfully, the remainder of the drive was not as challenging. We had a delicious lunch at Little River Inn and loved the gorgeous ocean views along the way. We drove like pros for the rest of the trip. It was exciting to drive at Thunderhill Raceway, even if it was only two practice laps. We were so lucky to have such perfect weather. Between the stunning redwoods along the country roads, and the narrow, winding Fort Ross Road on the last day, I couldn't stop taking pictures! By the end of the trip, it was the camaraderie, meeting new people, and enjoying the bond that brought us together that made it so special. For my husband, the best part of the trip came at the end of each day, relieved that the car had no major problems and he could finally relax and enjoy a few glasses of wine. I thought both the car and driver performed flawlessly. We can't wait for our next California Mille adventure! ♦ Photos: Zach Hammer


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SCMers at the 2011 California Mille Stan & Justin Bauer, Beverly Hills, CA 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce Richard Beveal & Bill Kilpatrick, Prescott, AZ 1956 Jaguar XK 140 MC fixed head coupe Garrett Bouton & Fritz Bullman, San Francisco, CA 1939 Jaguar SS 100 David & Lee Buchanan, Palo Alto, CA 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Joel & Raquel Carash, Stockton, CA 1927 Bentley 3 Litre Brian & Susan Currie, La Quinta, CA 1952 Siata Daina Gran Sport Tom & Debby Davidson, Kona, HI 1957 Alfa Romeo Sprint Veloce Lightweight Craig Davis & Shane Houlihan, Pebble Beach, CA 1934 Lagonda M45 Rapide Bill & Linda Feldhorn, Malibu, CA 1957 Jaguar XK 150 Jim Feldman & Terry Jondahl, Portland, OR 1957 AC Ace Bristol Zagato John & Betty Fitzpatrick, Redding, CA 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Peter & Barbara Fodor, Los Angeles, CA 1956 Jaguar XK 140 Frank & Leah Gabrielli, Danville, CA 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce Ted Gildred & Doug Skeen, Solana Beach, CA 1957 Porsche 356A convertible D Charles & Barbara Goodman, San Rafael, CA 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulia Bill Grimsley & Steve Moal, Sausalito, CA 1957 Ferrari Special Paul Halford & Kerry Dines, Auckland, New Zealand 1955 Ferrari 250 GT Europa Steven Harris & Lucien Rees Roberts, New York, NY 1949 Jaguar XK 120 Jason Hymes & Sally Pai, Beverly Hills, CA 1960 Porsche 356B roadster Max & Sue Jamiesson, Carmel Valley, CA 1957 Chevrolet Corvette coupe Kay & Theresa Jones, Shoreline, WA 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce David Kelley & Eric Zausner, Woodside, CA 1952 Hudson Hornet Neal & Tait Kirkham, Saratoga, CA 1961 Alfa Romeo Sprint Zagato Peter Lambert & Christine Rotolo, Muir Beach, CA 1937 Lancia Aprilia Gerry & Helen Leumann, Meggen, Switzerland 1929 Invicta S-Type Tom & Sharon Malloy, Corona, CA 1934 Ford Phaeton September 2011 Keith & Wendie Martin, Portland, OR 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Bruce & Sandra Massman, Beverly Hills, CA 1926 Bentley 6 ½ Litre Le Mans Richard Mattei & Jim Stokes, Normandy Park, WA 1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Dick McClure & Wayne Carini, Stockton, CA 1957 Renault Dauphine Bruce & Cathy Milner, Santa Monica, CA 1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 SSZ Robert Mirvis & Sergio Diaz-Cerda, Beverly Hills, CA 1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS Dave Nee & Harry Garschagen, Pebble Beach, CA 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Terry O'Reilly & Andrea Pierceall, San Francisco, CA 1954 Bentley Special Doug & Joan Prestine, Los Angeles, CA 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Ronald & Deborah Rader, Los Angeles, CA 1957 Jaguar XK 150 fixed head coupe Jerry Rosenstock & Robert Follows, Encino, CA 1956 AC Ace Bristol Simon Rubin & Jim Heise, Calabasas, CA 1953 Jaguar XK 120 open two-seater Ray & Janet Scherr, Westlake Village, CA 1958 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder Steven & Danielle Schmidt, Newport Beach, CA 1957 Porsche 356A Carrera GT Tony & Belle Schwartz, Calabasas, CA 1952 Jaguar XK 120 open two-seater Matthew Sell & Peggy Ann Rupp, Boise, ID 1939 BMW 328 Larry Solomon & Jay Briggs, Woodside, CA 1953 Alfa Romeo 1900 CS Camilo & Carmen Steuer, Bogota, Columbia 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spyder Veloce David Swig, San Francisco, CA 1953 Fiat 1100 Martin & Esta Swig, Sausalito, CA 1925 Lancia Lambda Tom & Melissa Thornhill, San Rafael, CA 1955 Lancia Aurelia B20S Jim & Gordon Walton, Alamo, CA 1953 Nash-Healey Doug & Ellen Weitman, Malibu, CA 1957 AC Bristol Doug & Linda Wood, Montecito, CA 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL David Word, San Francisco, CA 1957 AC Ace Bristol Herb & Rose Marie Wysard, Fullerton, CA 1957 Porsche 356A Carrera Cory & Robin Youngberg, Newport Beach, CA 1956 Lancia Aurelia B24 51


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Event 2011 Kuwait Concours d'Elegance 2nd Annual Kuwait Concours d'Elegance The Best of Show award went to a remarkable 1934 Mercedes-Benz 380K Kombinationswagen from Germany Mohammad Al-Ahmed Al- Sabah—a car enthusiast to the core—showed up to cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the Concours festivities. A few days later, His Highness invited all of us judges to the government palace for a reception to talk about—what else—cars. At the concours field alongside the Marina Crescent Mall, the classes of cars ranged from early vintage (1910–1930), the pre-war years and World War II (1931–1945), the post-war era (1946–1960), and early modern (1961–1975). The variety of cars was remarkable, from a 1921 Ford Model C from Kuwait to a 1913 Bugatti T22—with a 3-seat Vinet body—from Italy. Other cars included a variety of Isotta-Fraschini models from Italy, a Bugatti 57SC Atalante Coupe from the United States, a Jaguar SS 100 from Japan, a 1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Zagato coupe from California and two Lamborghini Miura show cars from Switzerland. All this is merely a sampling of the 60 cars on display. The judges, too, were selected Bugatti leads the parade of cars along the Marina Crescent Mall I was quite surprised to get an invitation to be a judge at the 2011 Kuwait Concours d'Elegance. I was not aware that there was a Kuwait Historical, Vintage & Classic Cars Museum which had put on the initial Kuwait Concours in January 2010 to celebrate the centennial of the first automobile in Kuwait. The invitation came from Zakaria Dashti, Director of the Media Committee of the Museum, and the concours was “under the patronage of His Highness the Prime Minister of Kuwait Sheikh Nasser AlMohammad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, who is a genuine car enthusiast.” Who could say no to this? February 2011 was a great time to visit Kuwait, as it celebrated its 50th anniversary of independence from British rule—and the 20th anniversary of “the liberation of the state of Kuwait” from Saddam Hussein's Iraqi army. The full week of automotive events included a mixture of modern American sports cars and trucks; La Bella Italia, which featured Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Maseratis and more; The Bike Show, which was put together by Kuwait Riders, a group of motorcycle enthusiasts; Porsche Club of Kuwait's gathering of classic and modern Porsches; and finally, Muscle & Classic, which brought together an impressive number of 1960s and 1970s muscle cars owned by enthusiasts in Kuwait—and one car from New Jersey! The big show, of course, was the Concours d'Elegance, which fea- tured some 60 magnificent automobiles from around the globe. The organizers did a great job of enticing collectors from Japan, Europe and the Americas to bring their cars and help put on a classy show. The Kuwaiti Prime Minister His Highness Sheik Nasser Al- 52 from around the world and I found myself in the company of many old friends and new ones. The chief judge was Leonardo Fioravanti, one of Italy's most prolific stylists, who was director of design at Pininfarina and is responsible for a number of classic Ferraris, such as the Daytona, the 308 GTB and GTS, the 288 GTO and the F40. Other designers on the judging team included Chris Bangle, who was design chief at BMW for 16 years; Marek Reichman, design director at Aston Martin; and Tom Tjaarda, who has lived in Italy for some 50 years and has designed for Pininfarina, Ghia, Fiat and more. Also among the design experts was Andrea Zagato, grandson of the founder of the famous Italian design studio. Sandra Button, chair of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and creator of such events as the Pebble Beach Tour, the Retro-Auto and the Motoring Classic, was also a judge. The day after the judging of the Concours, the organizers had ar- ranged a parade of the cars along the sidewalk of the Marina Crescent Mall, so the public could enjoy the sight of these classic cars in motion. On Sunday evening, a Gala Celebration was held to present the trophies to the winners of the various classes. The Best of Show award went to a remarkable 1934 Mercedes-Benz 380K Kombinationswagen from Germany, which barely edged out a 1930 Isotta-Fraschini Castagna Torpedo Sport 8A SS from Italy. The Gala was delightful, but my flight back to the U.S. left shortly after midnight, so it was time to pack up and head to the airport. As I settled into my seat on the plane, I reckoned that the Kuwait Concours had provided a week of new adventures and new friends with a universal passion for cars.—Thomas Bryant ♦ Sports Car Market


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Event 2011 Road to Reno Friends Rattling to Reno in MGBs The quirky suspension translates the road to hands, bum and feet directly, the scent of gasoline and mown hay are clues that this is an adventure The Road to Reno Crew, from left: Donald Osborne, Thor Thorson, John Draneas, Publisher Martin, Wendie Martin and Miles Collier W e at SCM World Headquarters are used to Publisher Martin's harebrained schemes, but the notion of driving three MGBs from Portland, OR to the 2011 All MG Register Event in Reno, NV scared the daylights out of the entire staff. Publisher Martin then turned to four good friends and his wife, who are evidently an easy mark when it comes to enticing them into a trip in ancient cars. Here are their stories: Wendie Martin Most people would think that three Land Rovers, three BMWs, two Alfa Romeos, two Mercedes Pontons, a 1964 Nova Wagon, a Lotus Elise and a Porsche Boxster would be enough cars for driving, events, weather and terrain. But my husband, Keith Martin, whom I affectionately call Noah, as his garage is a collector-car ark, likes to buy cars in pairs and triplets. If the cars sound fun—and he has a road trip with friends in mind— he will buy them. So, it was no surprise when Keith said “Let's buy 3 MGBs and drive to Reno for the 2011 MG National Convention.” Aloud, I said, “Sure, honey that sounds like a great idea,” while think- ing to myself, “Well, here we go again.” Within three weeks, we had acquired a MGB burgundy convertible, a MGB white convertible, and a burgundy MGB GT. They were all 1974 cars and all fairly drivable. Keith had his six MGB Team members assembled quickly. By May, the cars had been fettled and Keith had made new friends with every British car shop on the West Coast. His goal was to make the cars good drivers. Next came the team SWAG. There were car stickers, hats, shirts, bags, water bottles, all sporting “Road to Reno” and “The B-Team” Wherever we went, people would know us. When all this was done, we barely had time to gather our friends and hit the road. A good road trip is determined by the event, the roads, the cars' drivability, the people—and the shopping. The “Road To Reno” trip was exceptional in many ways. First, we only got seriously lost once—right when we left Portland, OR. We were supposed to meet 100 other MG cars and drivers in nearby Oregon City, but the GPS took us to a cow pasture in the forest. That was Day One. We 54 finally made it to the Crater Lake Lodge in Crater Lake National Park at 5 pm, thanks to the great, don't-go-more-than 65 mph speed that only a non-overdrive MGB owner can appreciate. There were no breakdowns, and the entire team was intact. It was a good night, and Crater Lake was beautiful with nine feet of snow in June. On Day Two, the white MGB's heater melted my sunglasses and burned my feet. Yet, this was still an above-average trip because there was no oil or water leaking on me. I was still waiting for shopping opportunities. The roads were beautiful and the weather cooperated. We arrived in Reno at 5 pm—just in time for some real shopping at the MG swap meet. I didn't know you could buy a British flag bathing suit and a matching beach ball. I quickly snapped both up. Yes! The B-Team made it to from Portland, OR to Reno, NV in three 37-year-old MGBs. This proved that with a little cash and a lot of imagination, you can drive on great roads for a small investment. Keith is already looking for another set of three cars to buy for his next event. I'll give my approval after he promises to buy me a new pair of sunglasses. Thor Thorson Although I have written for SCM for eight years now, I was pretty much the outsider in the group of drivers. I started out with little more than a nodding acquaintance with any of them, even our beloved publisher. The run was thus very social for me, much more than just a road trip. Second, I'm primarily a racer, and my normal experience has to do with flying to an event, driving in races and helping support my clients and friends to do the same. Although I've done various events, such as the Colorado Grand, I Sports Car Market


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hadn't done a simple road trip in a sports car for probably 30 years, so this was a special treat. Third, since anything worth doing is worth doing to excess, I arranged for my wife to meet me in Reno and, having spent two days driving down, we turned around and drove right back to Portland. Some of my thoughts are associated with the back half—just the two of us alone in an old MGB. A road trip is a great way to get to know peo- ple. With three cars and six drivers, we stopped about every hundred miles to mix and match cars, drivers, and riders. Even in an open MGB, there's plenty of time and opportunity for the kind of relaxed conversations that build close friendships. It's a more interesting alternative than playing golf. In an MGB, the speed limit is your friend. The kind of fire-breathing bolide that most old car road trip fantasies envision is a real pain, at least if keeping your driving record clean is a priority. The really hot collector cars buck and jerk and load up plugs at anything like legal speeds in the U.S. these days. Not so the MGB: they're perfectly happy at 55 or 60 mph, just running along watching the scenery go by, comfortable as anything. Cars don't have to be expensive or exotic to be attractive. My wife is more attuned to these kinds of things than I am, and within an hour of getting into the GT for the run home, she observed that it was getting much more attention from women than our Aston Martin ever gets. Go figure. You can go home again. Well, sort of. My wife and I both grew up in small towns. We stopped for lunch in Adin, CA (population 250?). At the Oney Freeze we sat outside in the shade eating hand-formed burgers, listening to the locals gossiping about people and crops, and it could have been 50 years ago sitting with my father at the Dairy Freeze in Parkersburg, IA. Small farm towns just never seem to change (yeah, there's some change, one local rancher got up, said his goodbyes, and drove off in a dusty white 993 Porsche.) Another road trip? Sure, I'd do it in a heartbeat. Miles Collier I was invited to drive one of Keith Martin's three MGs to the national meet in Reno. The thing that made the invitation a bit of a thinly veiled threat was that Keith had explained that as part of the game, he hadn't spent more than $4,500 on any of the cars. So, how was it out there? Well, quite remarkable. While there were obvious quality differences among the three cars, two roadsters and a GT, they had to be the greatest transportation buy in history, as they motored down to Reno from Portland without missing a beat, didn't use any fluids except gas, and simultaneously supplying a true “vintage car on tour” experience. Now, I've driven all kinds of cars on old car tours from Porsche Spyders to Alfa 2.9s, Cunningham C-4Rs to Speed Six Bentleys, and I will state that the MG experience was every bit as satisfying from an old car experience as any of the aforementioned big-buck rides. In the end, old cars have more in common than they have differences. Snugly ensconced in the MG, you are back in nature in a way no modern car affords. The quirky suspension translates the road to hands, bum and feet directly, the scent of gasoline, aged vinyl and mown hay are immediate clues that this is an adventure. Naturally, such cars should stay on the secondary routes, but that's the charm. Interstates are alienating thoroughfares for grinding out the miles, while back roads are pregnant with the unknown and unexpected. I am now convinced that an enormous amount of fun is available to anyone through buying one of these never-to-be-collectible but fun-to-drive old cars. Just sign up with the appropriate marque club, and let the good times roll. Donald Osborne When Keith asked if I would join in driving three bargain MGBs from September 2011 The GT —everyone's favorite Portland to Reno, NV via Crater Lake, OR I agreed shockingly quickly. While I'm still not sure exactly why I did, I'm certainly happy I did. The opportunity for a road trip in an old car is always appealing, and the fact that Lady Martin was going to be along indicated to me that, to preserve conjugal bliss, the mechanical state of the cars would have to be fairly sanitary. And so it proved—although it seemed that the cars themselves knew that the outbound trip was what we were really asking of them. Having arrived in Reno, they began to collapse in various ways. But on the way, they delivered heroically. It also served as an extended test drive for me, as I have long wanted to own an MGB GT—after all, it's one-quarter Italian, with its Pininfarina designed roof. Living with MGBs, open and closed, for five days proved to be a hoot. It's easy to see why they are so popular—predictable handing, more than enough power to entertain and a surprisingly high build quality for the price and ridiculously vast parts availability make them easy to own. Driving up to 7,000 feet at Crater Lake on endless s-curves between two six-foot-tall walls of snow was fun, but better still was California 139 from Scotty Place past Eagle Lake on the way to Susanville. It was 45 minutes of the most pure driving pleasure I have ever had, in any car, in any situation. Truly magical. Of course, swapping back and forth in the cars did bring on some brain fade. It was a magical moment when I was at the wheel and turned to Thor and shouted “Where's the white roadster? I can't see it!” then the beat when we both realized we couldn't see it because we were in it…. John Draneas I have to admit it—I was the first one to tell Publisher Martin he was crazy when he came up with this idea. But it turned out to be a very cool automotive adventure. A big part of that was the camaraderie. I hadn't met Miles or Thor before, and I never get to see Donald often enough. It was great to spend two days together on the road. I had never driven an MG before, but I was very favorably impressed with these cars. Our experience proved that a good one will cost you in the $7k-$10k range. But at that minimal (in our world) investment, you get a very complete vintage feel. The suspension is relatively soft, yielding a comfortable ride. They lean a fair amount, but not so much as to wash out the handling, which is typical of sports cars of their era. They have enough power to carry momentum through turns and give you a decent launch on exit, plus the ability to maintain speed going uphill and even pass some slower traffic. The little 4-cylinder engines make some pretty good sounds. And most people you encounter will like the cars and smile at you. If you are going to buy one of these, you have to drive it for yourself because of the individual variations. And, you have to push your mechanic to fix things, as they often have a “that's the way these old cars drive” attitude. ♦ 55


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From the Paddock Murray Smith Stirling Moss' Farewell to Racing Seeing Stirling waiting for his car was like a live replay of all of those great photographs of him leaping into Aston Martins and Birdcages The legend in his office A few weeks ago, I was on my way to Bury St. Edmunds, a small market town a couple of hours northeast of London. I was to interview Sir Stirling Moss as a fundraiser for the Theatre Royal, which has recently gotten a nuts-and-bolts, chassis-off restoration. I had conducted several successful public conversations with Stirling in the past and all the proceeds of this show were to be devoted to the Theatre Royal Restoration Fund. In addition to the stage show, where I would grill Stirling, there would be a further 45 minutes of questions from the packed audience. Then there was a meet-and-greet session outside in the theatre car park, where a truly impressive group of cars which had featured strongly in Stirling's career had been assembled. So having spent the night at “The Old Bakery” with Andy Prill and his divine and patient wife Siobhan, I drove to the theatre to meet Stirling and his wife, Suzie, for the afternoon show. When I arrived, they were happily ensconced in the Dame Judy Dench dressing room eating cucumber sandwiches. We wandered around the theatre to take a look, where we found Jeremy Barker and several pals wrangling a little 500-cc Cooper onto the stage. The car was the same type that Stirling used at the start of his stellar career. Apparently, the plan was for me to open the proceedings with an appreciation of Stirling's career, while a smoke machine and 56 strobe lights would provide a dramatic background for the great man's arrival on stage. Then, after having assumed our seats, we would get on with the afternoon show. A walk into a fast past Before the show, we took a walk around the car park. There was a Vanwall of the type with which Stirling and Tony Brooks first took the Formula One Fight to the Italians—and in which poor Stuart Lewis Evans met an untimely and unfortunate end. A Maserati 300S and Maserati Birdcage sat near a C-type Jaguar. In a corner, resplendent in the blue and white livery of Rob Walker's team, stood the Lotus Climax 18 which Stirling drove in one of his greatest races to win the Monaco Grand Prix, even as Ginther and Hill drove much more powerful Ferraris. Every lap was a record lap, every ounce of talent and concentration deployed.... This sort of reminiscing got us both in the mood as the theatre filled up. Every seat was filled as the house lights dimmed, the director opened the program, and I walked out to the very front and center of the stage. The three tiers of balconies were so close, and I waltzed into a eu- logy of Stirling's fabulous career: the great victories, the meaningless defeats, the greatest all-round race driver the world has ever known— here with us NOW, on this stage. Sports Car Market


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The smoke machine went into action, the strobe lights bounced off the polished aluminum coachwork of the little Cooper, and then, looming through the fog, came the legend himself. We both carefully avoided falling off the stage into the audience, took our seats and raced off down the magnificent virtual road which has been Stirling's career. It was 45 minutes of the Mille Miglia, the relationships built on trust alone with people like Rob Walker, sportsmanship, and above all, Stirling's dedication to and love of his craft—to be the very best, the very fastest driver in anything he steered. We took a break and then did a further 45 minutes of questions that Stirling answered with humor, insight and unselfish honesty. We talked about his meeting with Enzo Ferrari himself, who promised to build Stirling whatever he wanted—and paint it blue and white if that is what he wanted. Then we brought out Suzie Moss, his wife and greatest fan, to a standing ovation from the audience and Stirling himself. The whole affair went really well, and we raised lots of money for the Theatre Royal Restoration fund. We had dinner at a local spot and made a date to meet at Le Mans one week later, where Stirling was to drive his RS 61 Porsche in the historic “Legends” Race preceding the 24 Hour Race. Le Mans Tracy Krohn and Jeff Hazell were kind enough to let Stirling and his crew use the front of their Ferrari 430 pit during the Historic Race practice and qualifying. People started to congregate around Stirling, who was wearing his light blue overalls with his traditional Herbert Johnson Crash Helmet. Stirling donned his string-back gloves as he waited for his co-driver, Ian Nuthall, to complete a few laps. Danny Binks, the famed crew chief from the factory Corvette Team, left race preparations to pay homage—it was an emotional and truly sincere moment which leapt across several generations of motor sports history. Seeing Stirling sitting there waiting for the arrival of his car was like a live replay of all of those great photographs of him leaping into Aston Martins and Birdcages. It was a Jesse Alexander picture in real time. And what was to follow was no less historic. In came Nuthall, in climbed Stirling, and off went the Porsche down that fabled pit lane. One lap later, in came the Porsche. Stirling climbed out. A word to his mechanic. A word to Suzie. He sat next to me in the pit. “How was the car, Stirling?” I said. “The car was fine,” Stirling said. “But I'll tell you what, boy, I wasn't. I didn't enjoy myself, and that's the first time I have been in a racing car and felt that. I don't need to drive around at the back. That's it!” “That's it?” I said. He looked me straight in the eye with that young glance of his— which is so often full of humor—and I knew it was true. A man standing nearby in the pit lane burst into tears when the news started to circulate. So this piece, which had started off as a story about an afternoon with Stirling and Suzie at a historic theatre in England, has become a farewell to the amazing and historic career of a personal hero—and friend. But, as Jackie Stewart said to me the next day, we should all be delighted that Stirling has retired, more or less in one piece, and with his achievements all around him—and to be honored by all who truly love the sport to which he has given so much. ♦ September 2011 57


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Ferrari Profile 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder How do you get from $3,600 to almost $3,600,000? 12 owners, three restorations, five paint jobs and lots of documentation Profile 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder How do you get from $3,600 to almost $3,600,000? 12 owners, three restorations, five paint jobs and lots of documentation Details Details Years Produced: 1957–1960 Number produced all variations: 49 LWB, 51 SWB Original Price: $12,500 SCM Valuation: $3,100,000–$3,900,000; Alloy-bodied cars $5,000,000– $7,000,000 Tune-up cost: $3,000 Distributor cap: $600 Chassis #: Front frame tube Engine #: Engine rear mount Club: Ferrari Club of America More: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 1960-62 Ferrari 250 SWB Berlinetta 1960-63 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato 1953-55 Jaguar D-type SCM Investment Grade: A Comps errari Profile 1 errari Profile 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder How do you get from $3,600 to almost $3,600,000? 12 owners, three restorations, five paint jobs and lots of documentation Details Years Produced: 1957–1960 Number produced all variations: 49 LWB, 51 SWB Original Price: $12,500 SCM Valuation: $3,100,000–$3,900,000; Alloy-bodied cars $5,000,000– $7,000,000 Tune-up cost: $3,000 Distributor cap: $600 Chassis #: Front frame tube Engine #: Engine rear mount Club: Ferrari Club of America More: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 1960-62 Ferrari 250 SWB Berlinetta 1960-63 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato 1953-55 Jaguar D-type SCM Investment Grade: A Comps I I n the pantheon of open Ferraris, the 250 California Spyder is head and shoulders above the rest. It has all the elements Ferraristi look for, the desirable Colombo V12, rarity, and a successful competition pedigree. The California Spyder, in contrast to the luxurious 250 cabriolets, was intended for those who wanted a fast, sparsely equipped sports car, an open counterpart to the Tour de France Berlinetta, perfect not only for spirited driving and all-out racing. This Ferrari is the 23rd of the 49 long-wheelbase, LWB Cal Spyders built and has several distinctive features, including a dash modified to accommodate a radio, Superamerica style front fender vents and a competition cold-air box with velocity stacks on the carburetors. Prince Alvise Hercolani bought it new in March, 1959 but sold it after only six months to the racing driver and car dealer, Wolfgang Seidel. It is believed that the hardtop, from a BMW 507, was adapted to this car during Seidel's ownership. He sold the car in 1961 and after two more owners it was sold in 1966 to Ed Niles, a California attorney and Ferrari broker. It had been repainted once—to turquoise metallic. Niles repainted it metallic cherry red. The car then passed through two other owners before it was acquired in 1968 by 29-year-old Jim Swartout, who paid $3,600. He owned the car for 30 years and after trying to sell it—starting in 1989—finally sold it to Jonas Liden of Sweden in 1999. Liden commissioned a full restoration in Italy. Liden had it painted in the “original metallic Turquoise found under multiple layers of paint when the body was stripped during its restoration.” 58 After participating in the Texas 1000 and New England 1000 rallies, the car was stripped to bare metal and refinished in a deep blue, complemented by its silver hardtop. In addition to being shown at Meadow Brook in 2005, it was at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours in the non-judged California Spyder class. Most recently, the owner invested $115,000 to bring the car to the Platinum award level of the Ferrari Club of America. Marque specialist and restorer Greg Jones did a complete motor and suspension rebuild. The convertible top and bows were restored, and the entire car was superbly detailed. This exhaustive work has been documented with photographs and, most importantly, was certified by Ferrari Classiche, confirming the car is precisely the way it left the factory. Car 1307 has several other unique features. Most ap- parent is the switch box placed over the driveshaft tunnel aft of the shift lever. It contains the ignition switch and other controls which normally would be mounted below the dash board. These switches were moved from their usual position so the dash could be expanded to accommodate a radio. Its Weber carburetors breathe through a factory-fitted cold air box, which is a highly desirable performance option. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 122, sold for $3,596,040, including buyer's pre- mium, at RM's Villa d'Este auction on May 21, 2011. This was a strong price for an open-headlight, steelbody California. The pre-auction estimate was an aggressive $2,400,000 to $2,900,000. So RM and the seller did well. Just as all Picasso etchings are not the same, all LWB California's are not the same—and achieve dif- 1959 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder LWB Lot 44, s/n 1215GT Condition 1- Sold at $3,300,000 Gooding, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/19/08 SCM# 48791 1959 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder LWB Lot 144, s/n 1431GT Condition 1 Sold at $4,455,000 Gooding, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/18/07 SCM# 46559 1959 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder LWB Lot 109, s/n 1505GT Condition 1Sold at $628,603 Bonhams, Geneva, CHE, 3/11/02 SCM# 27306 Sports Car Market Photos: Shooterz.biz ©2011 Courtesy of RM Auctions


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SCM Digital Bonus ferent market values The bodies of all Californias vary in details, such as trim, vents, trunk design and taillights. However, a very important difference in headlights changed the aesthetics of a design that many call one of the most beautiful open, sporting Ferraris. The majority of LWB Cals had covered headlights, faired into the fender and enclosed and beautifully integrated with the body lines with a Plexiglass cover. But Scaglietti also made ten LWBs with regular open headlights, giving the car a look closely allied to the 250 GT PF cabriolet Series II cars that were more luxurious, sedate and aimed at a more conservative market. 1307 is one of the open headlight cars. Another important change was the engine. Early California Spyders cars used the 128C or 128D, inside plug V12 with 6 port intakes, while eight of the later cars had the more potent 128F or 168 outside plug V12 with 12 port intakes, which gave better gas flow and more power. At about the same time, Dunlop disk brakes replaced the long-venerated drum brakes. These changes improved the drivability greatly, so LWB's from the second half of production drive much better than the earlier cars. This car has the earlier 128D inside plug engine and drum brakes. Finally, nine LWBs were “competition” versions with all-alloy bodies. Two of these cars had open headlights, and four of the nine were raced in their time. As with any older Ferrari, competition versions are highly desirable. So the pinnacle of California Spyder LWB value is a closed-headlight, all-alloy car with a hot 168 type engine. One of these, 1603, just set a new record by being the most expensive LWB auctioned, selling for $7,260,000 in August 2010. In contrast, our subject car is an open-headlight, steel-body model, and it is fitted with the earlier 128D engine and drum brakes. Our car is certainly not at the top of the LWB pecking order. The competition car (alloy, outside plug engine, with open headlights) that Grossman brought into 5th overall at Le Mans sold in 2007 for right under $5 million. Some called this California the most important example. As an aside, should we assume that open headlights add $2m—or 40%—to the value of a Cal Spyder? Probably not, as the open-headlight sale was in 2007, and the closed-headlight from 2010. The figures are just not comparable, as the value has increased substantially for Enzo Era Ferraris during the last 4 years. Shall we be open? However, at Gooding's 2007 Pebble Beach auction—the same month Grossman's comp California sold—a beautifully restored steel body, closed-headlight car, 1431, brought another record price of $4.5 million—again showing strong preferences for the closed headlight cars. As the SCM profile said: “For all the virtues of the Grossman car, it was missing the one thing that would stop me from buying it—covered headlights. Against all logic, I'd trade the alloy body and the racing history for covered headlights, and judging from the prices, some other buyers agreed” And I agree, so this sale of 1307 was a good sale at a generous price for an open light, non-comp, steel, inside plug car. The winding road to $3.6m How did we get to $3.6 million? There are good lessons of how to sell a collector car from the last 10 years of price history. First, persistence, detailing, documentation, an elegant color change and picking a rising market all contributed. This car was offered at auction four times since 2002 and failed to sell during the first three auctions. In 2002 it was a no sale in New York at a high bid of $924,000, a price that SCM said: “considering comparable sales and the particulars of this example, bid should have been enough.” In 2003 at Amelia Island, it was again a no sale at an $850,000 bid. It was still in the same unattractive turquoise metallic paint that it had in the 2002 auction, and I rated it a condition 3. In 2009 at Amelia Island, it was no go again at $1,975,000. It now had elegant, more attractive dark blue paint, better panel fit, and a condition rating of 1-. So with this history, the 2011 Villa d'Este auction was a winner. Why? Well, the car was competently detailed and many non-original items were cor- rected. Superamerica fender vents were now on the car. The engine and suspension were rebuilt, and it was now had a Ferrari Classiche designation, so it appears that the dash mods were original. There were still no results from approved Ferrari club judges. This was strange, as the car was listed as attending the 2011 January Cavallino Classic Meet, but it was not entered in judging. A Platinum award would have added to validation of its correctness, and helped assure bidders. Going up and down and up… Learning all the above important lessons is great, but they are not always sufficient. If we look at the price history from 1989 to 1999, there are lessons about Ferrari markets not only going up but also going down. In 1989 the car was offered at $1,750,000 and the seller turned down three offers of over a million dollars for a car advertised as running but “needs a complete, frame-off restoration.” SCM's own Mike Sheehan, who finally sold this car in 1999 for $395,000, said: “good older car, patina, patina, patina. A car that would be great for the Colorado Grand.” But as the 1999 seller learned after turning down that 1989 offer of $1.3m, and then waiting 10 years to sell at $395,000, it's not always easy to make money on old Ferraris. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images, Seat Time and more... September 2011 59


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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan Ferrari's Cycle of Booms and Busts The best Ferraris have certainly been a better investment than a strip mall in Florida, Nevada or Arizona estate and autos, so the Ferrari market kept on climbing through 1988 to the end of 1989. Japan defies financial gravity As other stock markets headed down during the late 1980s, the Japanese Nikkei index kept climbing through 1988 and 1989, reaching a peak of 38,915.87 on December 29, 1989. While Americans and Europeans had started to pull back from the Ferrari market, the Japanese were very aggressive buyers, and they kept redefining the market upwards. The crash of the Nikkei index in December of 1989, coupled with the following implosion of the Japanese real estate market, brought everything to a screeching halt. By 1994, our benchmark $500,000 Daytona was now a $125k car! By 1995 the Ferrari market had begun a slow but 1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona S steady climb, but stopped again in 2000, when the Dot Com Bubble burst and NASDAQ markets imploded. The market got another blow from the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Despite that, the financial markets slowly gained strength through the early 2000s, and by late 2007-2008, our benchmark Daytona had crossed well over the $300k barrier. The latest bust and boom The you-know-what again hit the fan in 2007, with ince 2008, the world's economic markets have been, at best, volatile, but how does that relate to the Ferrari market of today—and tomorrow? As aspiring Ferrari-socio-economists, we always look at the past to know the future, so let's start with the first fuel crisis of October 1973. As a gallon of gas went from 33 cents to $1 a gallon, exotic cars went from being desirable to dumb. Nearnew Daytonas, Dinos and Miuras cluttered Southern California used car lots with Daytonas priced at $15k and Dinos at half that. Ferraris boom, bust—and boom again All cycles end. Consumers painfully accepted $1-per-gallon gas, and from 1975 to 1979, America's economy and real estate markets boomed and inflation soared. The Ferrari market had its first boom. In only five years, from 1975 to 1979, the $15k Daytona became a $75k Daytona, a 400% run-up over five years. In August, 1979, party-crasher Paul Volker became the Fed Chairman. Volker cranked interest rates to 21%, which killed inflation, the economy, the real estate market and the Ferrari market. By 1984, Daytonas were back to $50k. As interest rates dropped in the early 1980s, the money markets stabilized, liquid- ity returned, the economy again took off in 1985, and Baby Boomers began celebrating their big “Four-O” with a buying binge. When the Japanese came to the party in 1986, Ferrari prices spiraled onward and upward. By the end of 1989, a nice Daytona had reached $500,000, a 900% run-up over five years! But the 1985–89 boom was built on voodoo economics. The Bank of Japan's inter- est rates were at a (then) ridiculously low 2% to 3% and massive liquidity flooded the Japanese market. The Japanese banks were offering an unbelievable 100%-plus financing against the appraised value of real estate! As the yen doubled from about 300 to the dollar in 1985 to about 150 to the dollar by 1989, anything outside Japan was half-price. Back in the United States, on what is now known as Black Monday, October 19, 1987, the Dow Jones Industrial Average started down and by the end of October had lost almost 23% of its value, following the lead of Hong Kong, which fell 45%, Australia fell 41%, the U.K. fell 26%, and Canada fell 22%. While most would guess the Ferrari market would be hard hit by the dip in the Dow, investors pulled money from the stock market into collectibles, such as art, real 60 the crash of the sub-prime market, and the economy hit the proverbial wall in 2008 with the demise of Lehman Brothers and the freezing of the financial markets. The world entered the worst financial downturn since the Great Depression started in 1929. If one had to sell, our benchmark Daytona was a low $200k car. Recovery began in late 2009, and in August 2010, the Monterey auctions paid proof to a market revival with a whopping $172m in sales, up by $52m from 2009. These impressive results were reinforced at Scottsdale this past January with a very impressive $159m in sales. The boom was back, and as of this writing, excellent Daytonas are now back over the $300k mark. I predict that the Monterey auctions will be a booming success and the market momentum will carry the boom into next year's Scottsdale auctions. Beyond that, my crystal ball goes frustratingly murky. Looking at the much bigger picture of collector cars as a part of the overall economy, these strong sale numbers defy the general overall economic climate. Hopefully, Ferraris are early-market indicators signaling an economic recovery is coming. Or is there a move of capital to collectibles against possible coming inflation? What most would agree on is that there is no lack of bucks or buyers in the collector car market today, and the greatest upward movement is in the top end. We see aging Baby Boomers looking at their last chance to buy and enjoy top-notch cars. As was obvious at Monterey in 2010, a lot of buy- ers just don't worry about the relationship between the financial markets and the collector car market. I've long opined that $1m car buyers have a net worth of more than $10m, and $5m car buyers are worth far more than Sports Car Market


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$100m. With that level of wealth, Ferraris are merely another line item on a financial statement. You don't see bidders on vintage Ferraris waving books of foodstamps in the air in the auction arenas. High-end boom and bottom-end mud Another factor to consider when analyzing the Ferrari value game is that there are multiple market segments in the Ferrari world. The deep-pocket players are shifting some of their assets into high quality collectibles, such as the best-of-the-best Enzo-era Ferraris, which are steadily moving up. The middle market—the $500k to $1m Enzo-era cars and the 288s, F40s, F50s and Enzos—are strong with modest upside. Enzo-era cars under $500k are doing fine. The market bottom, which is flat to down, includes the lower-tier Ferraris, such as 308s, 328s and Fiat-era Ferraris. These cars go to players with fewer assets who are also focused on preserving their limited cash. As for the Montezemolo-era cars, their value will only go down— especially when routine, required maintenance, like belt changes, can easily cost $8k on a $40k 348 or a $50k 355. A rising market does not lift all Ferraris. However, as demonstrated by the Monterey results of 2010, the car market has again got that loving feeling. Collector cars are concrete assets that can be easily transported and instantly converted into other currencies—and should beat the specter of looming inflation or the possibility of further deflation. Today's buyers are not hesitant to step up to buy the right car and while they are not as liquid as stocks or bonds, the right car has far greater bragging rights. 1999 Ferrari F50 The developing world enters the party While the Japanese have long since left the Ferrari party, a whole new group of buyers from Russia, Eastern Europe—and much of Asia and the Middle East—are becoming Ferrari market-makers. These new players will buy more cars as the planet's supply of multi-millionaires and billionaires grows. The cutoff for the Ferrari class at Pebble Beach has long been 1972, and with good reason. The Ferraris of the early Enzo era set the standard for both race and GT cars. That means the most exclusive—and the most-collectible, best-appreciating Ferraris have always been, and will always be, the early Enzo-era cars. They have certainly been a better investment in your garage than a stack of Lehman Brothers stock certificates or a strip mall in Florida, Nevada or Arizona. It's a simple equation: more wealth is chasing a fixed number of Enzo-era cars. However, let me end on a cautionary note. Despite all of the good things I've noted above, our subject Daytona, currently at $300,000, has yet to reach the $500,000 of its 1989 heyday. Which means some Ferraris are a better investment today than they were 22 years ago. ♦ September 2011 61


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English Profile 1958 AC Ace Roadster These cars are very suitable for historic motorsport, especially the high-end events, such as Tour Auto, that Europeans love so by Paul Hardiman Details Years produced: 1954–1960 Number produced: 220 Original list price: $3,200 Tune-up cost: $300 SCM Valuation: $140,000–$230,000 Chassis #: Plate on right side of firewall (and stamped in various other places on chassis) Engine #: Plate on cam cover Club: AC Owners' Club More: www.acownersclub.co.uk Alternatives: 1954 Swallow Doretti 1955 Arnolt-Bristol 1956 Austin-Healey 100/6 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1962 AC Ace Lot 64, s/n RS5013 Condition: 3 Sold at $241,935 H&H Auctions, Warwickshire, U.K., 2/26/11 Chassis number: AEX416 Engine number: CL2347WT with the later Shelby Cobra derivative, which resulted when the Ace received Ford V8 power and a Carroll Shelby performance makeover in 1962. The original Ace was itself a derivative. It all began O with a one-off sports racer designed by John Tojeiro for driver Cliff Davis in 1952. From the very first, everyone seemed taken with the styling of the Tojeiro Special, which was overtly patterned after the era's Ferrari 166 Barchetta. By 1953, rights to the Tojeiro design had been ac- quired by AC Cars Ltd. of Thames Ditton, near London. Within a year, a new AC Ace based on the car appeared. The 1954 Ace evidenced some differences from the Tojeiro Special—most notably in the placement of its headlamps. Built on a twin-tube ladder-frame chassis featuring transverse leaf springs and 4-wheel independent suspension, the Ace was a competitive sports racer in the late 1950s. Annual Le Mans efforts between 1957 and 1959 cumulated in a 7th overall showing, and a first-inclass win for the marque in 1959. 62 ne of the most influential and widely imitated classic sports car designs ever is that of the AC Ace roadster—although, of course, much of the world associates its appearance AC Ace Registrar Tim Isles has kindly confirmed that this Ace left the factory on February 20, 1958, and was originally finished with red paintwork. It left the U.K. bound for the East Coast of the United States, and its first ownership was in Maryland. Its interior was in black leather, which quite possibly remains in the car, as it appears to never have been fully restored. The car retains its original 6-cylinder engine, backed by a 4-speed manual gearbox. The vendor recently discovered the Ace in Philadelphia, PA, where it had languished in storage for 35 years. Its now-deceased prior owner is believed to have obtained the car in Ohio in 1972. The Ace was treated to a complete mechanical going-over in 2010, documented by copies of receipts totaling more than $37,000. Work completed includes an overhaul of the original engine, complete renewal of the brakes, and a new exhaust system. New radial tires were also installed. The vendor states the Ace “drives and runs superbly,” and notes that it is eligible for vintage racing. A design classic in its purity of purpose and simplic- ity of line, this rarely offered AC Ace represents a great opportunity for the discerning collector. SCM# 176136 1955 AC Ace Lot 161, s/n AE70 Condition: 1 Sold at $203,839 RM, London, U.K., 10/27/10 SCM# 167957 1963 AC Ace Bristol Lot 19, s/n BEX1210 Condition 3 Sold at $280,500 Gooding & Co., Amelia Island, FL, 3/12/10 SCM# 159987 Sports Car Market


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SCM Digital Bonus SCM Analysis This car, lot 326, sold for $188,500, including buyer's premium, at Bonhams' Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia in Greenwich, CT, on June 5, 2011. It's lovely to see a car “lost” for so long be disinterred for all to enjoy. A plus for stateside enthusiasts is the “AEX” on the chassis number, which means it's an original left-hand-drive car (“AE” is the designation for right-handers). Although it's been mechanically gone through, there appear to be a few cosmetic issues—a case of not quite done yet. Certainly the motor is clean and tidy with no leaks, but the body doesn't appear to be fully finished. Remember, though, these cars were hand-built—like a proper pair of shoes—so none of them are quite identical. The doors appear to fit well, but in some lights the right side of the body seems to bulge out to meet at the bottom. Aside from that, even though it looks a little rough in some areas, it does at least appear mostly symmetrical. The bumpers were off the car, leaving holes in the body, but the car's stance is pleasing on black wires with correct tall tires. And, given that it's been stored all those years, the interior is almost certainly original and worth preserving. Rising along with Shelby Cobras AC Ace prices have enjoyed a massive hike in their homeland over the past three years, to the point that the best cars (almost invariably Bristol-engined) routinely approach $300,000. That's partly because they have been dragged behind the rise of the Cobra, which currently costs around twice the price of a middling Ace. These cars are also eminently suitable for historic motorsport, especially the high-end events, such as Tour Auto, that Europeans love so. These are a mixture of race and rally, with comfortable hotel stops every night, where everyone can feel jolly important and pretend they're real race drivers (even though there are usually some real retired race jokers in the pack). But these, and other race events, do not usually feature AC-powered cars, which are the weediest of the bunch in terms of performance. This takes us back to our subject car's engine, however clean, dry and tidy. The Weller-designed AC 2-liter straight six, with its cam chain at the rear of the block, was launched in 1919. Even in its ultimate 90-horsepower form in the Ace, this engine is a bit asthmatic and hard to make go. The Bristol “Six” replacement engine, with its push- rods ingeniously arranged to allow hemi chambers, affords the Ace much more performance—even in basic 125-horsepower form (though some were only 105) and is much more tunable. However, these motors are prone to cracking their castings, and it costs at least $15k for a rebuilt replacement. The best performers—and cheapest to tune (because it's a Dagenham pushrod engine) with up to 170 horsepower—are the 2.5-liter Ford-engined cars, which also have a Cobra-like nose and grille, but only 37 of those were built. Low horsepower, great handling Although the horsepower numbers look small, remember these cars weigh 840 kg (1,851 pounds), and offer sublime, driftable handling when equipped with the right, narrow tires. This is why quite a few folk prefer them to the Shelby Cobra, which is a meatier beast in every respect. Also, if you turn up at the pumps in an Ace, there's only a slim chance that people will ask if it's a replica. Although the AC-engined Ace is at the pack, the bottom of it's a pedigree pack. With limited supplies, even these early cars passed the £100k ($160k) mark around 2009, and they have continued to rise. So, in today's market, this price looked about right for a decent, usable car, which this example surely is—or will be soon. This one looked as if it had some cosmetic needs, meaning it'll probably cost nearer $220k by the time it is ready to go. Notwithstanding that, I'd call this slightly well sold, though to an astute buyer with an eye on the future the sums must have surely stacked up in the right direction. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images, and more... September 2011 63


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1938 Talbot-Lago T150C SS Teardrop Coupe This rare car is the ultimate expression of rolling Art Deco design, so why is it such a relative bargain? by Toby Ross Details Years produced:1937–1938 Number produced: 11 Original list price: $57,000, which is equivalent to about $900,000 today SCM Valuation: $3.5m to $5.5m Tune-up cost: $1,000 Chassis number: Plate on firewall and on other hidden locations Engine number: Front of engine Club: Club Talbot 440 Rue Henri Millez Louvil 59830 France Alternatives: 1938 Talbot-Lago T150C Teardrop, 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante, 1935 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 90112 T he Talbot-Lago T150C SS chassis is arguably one of Anthony Lago's greatest achievements. The “C” stood for competition, a reference to the marque's racing success, while “SS” signified “Super Sports,” the short, 8.7-foot wheelbase version of the competition chassis. Its race-bred 6-cylinder engine featured an overhead valve train, hemispherical combustion chambers, high compression, triple carburetors and a large-capacity oil pan. Other competition items included a punched handbrake lever and a dual braking system. Intended for sporting two- or three-place coachwork, it was also the lightest chassis and offered exceptional road holding by virtue of its advanced independent front suspension, plus excellent braking. Racing success certainly enhanced the appeal; it was this demand, combined with Lago's collaboration with the Figoni et Falaschi coachbuilding firm, which resulted in the creation of what many believe to be the most beautiful automobiles ever conceived. In the world of French cars, chassis 90112 stands as one of the best Teardrops, having a continuous history from new and no history of fire, accident or deterioration. All of its major components remain intact and together, including its chassis, engine and coachwork. It was ordered new by M. Troussaint, Director of the Casino at Namur, Belgium, and delivered to him in May 1938. Notably, it was shown at the 1939 Brussels Concours d'Elegance, and it was presented at the 1939 Concours d'Elegance in Deauville, France. With the onset of war and the fall of Belgium in the face of the German Blitzkrieg in May 1940, 90112 disappeared from view. The car eventually resurfaced in storage during the 1950s. 64 At some point in time, 90112 was partially disas- sembled, in preparation for restoration, but the work was never undertaken, making 90112 one of the most original unrestored examples of its kind when the present owners acquired it during the mid-2000s. In testament to the authenticity and quality of its res- toration, 90112 earned several awards at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, including the J.B. and Dorothy Nethercutt Most Elegant Closed Car Trophy; First in Class J-2: European Classic Closed; and the Art Center College of Design Award. In 2010, 90112 continued its winning ways by earning the Breitling Watch Award for the Car of Timeless Beauty at Amelia Island in March, followed by Best in Class: European and Best of Show at the Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance in July. Any surviving Talbot-Lago is a rare and delightful thing, particularly when it has been restored to such a high level. 90112 is exceptionally rare and attractive and is sure to garner invitations to the world's most exclusive concours events, where its combination of performance and breath-taking “teardrop” coachwork is sure to impress. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 127, sold for $4,475,072, including buyer's pre- mium, at RM's Villa d'Este auction on May 21, 2011. A total of 16 Talbot-Lago Teardrops were made in 1937 and 1938. There were two distinct body styles; the first was a streamlined notchback, now known at the “Jeancart” after the name of its first owner. The second, more flowing design, the “New York,” was named for the car shown at the New York motor show. Eleven 1937 Talbot-Lago T150C SS Teardrop Lot 85, s/n 90105 Condition 3- Sold at $3,535,000 Christie's, Monterey, CA, 8/18/05 SCM# 38879 1938 Talbot-Lago T150C Speciale Teardrop Lot 359, s/n 90034 Condition 1 Sold at $4,620,000 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/13/10 SCM# 165601 1938 Talbot-Lago T150C SS Teardrop Lot 29, s/n 90117 Condition 1- Sold at $3,905,000 Gooding, Palm Beach, FL, 1/22/06 SCM# 40544 Sports Car Market Photos: Shooterz.biz ©2010 Courtesy of RM Auctions


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SCM Digital Bonus Teardrops were made in the New York style, and all of these were built on virtually identical chassis to the successful race cars, albeit with a de-tuned engine producing 140 horsepower. Our subject car, chassis 90112, is a New York Teardrop coupe. The New York Teardrop coupe was—and is—an icon. Stunning in its beauty, combined with a race-bred chassis, the car is quite simply the ultimate expression of rolling Art Deco design. The price of the chassis as it left the Talbot factory en route for the Figoni workshop made it available purely to the elite class of aristocrats and industrialists. Strangely, the cost of the Figoni & Falaschi masterpiece that was subsequently grafted on was only about a third of the cost of the chassis. The cars snapped up almost every Best of Show in any Concours d'Elegance in which they were entered. But they were not simply all show and no go. A Teardrop entered in the Le Mans 24 Hour race in 1938 came home in 3rd place, quite amazing for what was essentially a luxury car. Lost and found The car was delivered in 1938 to its first owner, Monsieur Toussaint, who was known as the director of the casino in Namur, Belgium, but was more likely the owner. He showed the car at concours in Brussels and Deauville, and that was the last most people knew about it until 2005, when it came to light again in Brussels. It belonged to Stephane Falise, who had bought it when he was a young man, sometime in the late 1950s or early 1960s—he couldn't remember exactly when. The car had led a hard life, and it was tired. It had been repainted twice, once in silver, and once in French racing blue. Falise decided to restore the car, partly dismantling it. He believed, misguidedly, that it would be a good idea to get back to the original coat of paint. So he embarked on a 40-year crusade to gradually chip away the two top coats of paint, hopefully exposing the original coat for posterity. Nearly half a century after starting, he realized that he would probably never get the job finished. A deal was struck with an American collector to purchase the car. The sleeping beauty was stored at the back of a maze of semi-abandoned garages in a seedy part of Brussels. It was stabled with a clutch of fairly uninteresting Delahayes, most of them also partly disassembled. Falise insisted that all the parts for the Talbot were present somewhere in the hundreds of boxes stacked on the rows of steel shelving, mixed, of course, with various Delahaye bits. As the car was going to be restored by RM, Don McLellan came over to find the parts, and bolt it back together before shipment. Much to everyone's surprise—except Falise—everything was there, apart from one gauge. Restoration was begun, but the car changed hands halfway through, being sold to a collector in Michigan. In 2009, 70 years after the car's last showing in a concours, it won best in class at Pebble Beach, and went on to take Best of Show at Meadow Brook in 2010. Stagnant prices—for now Teardrops have been in the doldrums for a while. Prices seem to have stagnated. Chassis 90105, a great original, non-restored car with race history, sold at Christie's 2005 Monterey auction for $3,535,000. Add around $600,000 for a class-winning restoration, plus time hassle and interest, and you're on a loser when it comes to investment. If you were to ask a cross section of semi-sophisti- cated car collectors what the most recognizable preand post-war cars are, chances are they would say the Talbot Teardrop and the Ferrari 250 GTO. A Ferrari GTO—39 were built—is common in comparison with the Teardrop. And 250 GTOs are worth upwards of $20m these days. Why the difference in price between a Teardrop and a GTO? Most people who buy a Teardrop will do the concours circuit, but Pebble Beach is the big prize. And Teardrops have already been there, done that and won. So, despite their rarity, we're not going to see one taking the ultimate prize for another few years. Our subject car has already picked up the best tro- phies available to it in the United States, which takes away from the potential pleasure of a future owner. So perhaps the best sale venue for this car was Europe, where the new owner has new events for the car to debut at. However, the sale price, in line with the current market, was no barn-burner. Teardrops are cracking value for money at the mo- ment. Their time will come again, and when it does, the new owner of this car will see that he has made a fabulous investment. Therefore I have to call this car well bought indeed, for the long run. ♦ (Vehicle description courtesy of RM Auctions.) SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images and more... September 2011 65


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German Profile 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Rising costs for parts and subcontractors have made restoration prices skyrocket. And it takes about 12 to 14 months to restore a car by Alex Finigan Details Years produced: 1957–1963 Number produced: 1,858 Original list price: $11,000 SCM Valuation: $500,000–$625,000 Tune-up cost: $5,000 Distributor cap: $810 Chassis #: Tag on firewall and stamped into front crossmember Engine #: Riveted tag and stamped number on front right side of block, below the head. Club: 300SL Gullwing Group More: www.gullwinggroup.org Alternatives: 1958–63 Aston Martin DB4 1956–59 BMW 507 1962–64 Ferrari 250 GTL Lusso SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 1980427500443 Engine number: 1989807500463 I n 1954, at the New York Motor Show, Max Hoffman unveiled two new Mercedes sports cars: the 190SL and the 300SL touring car. This car was adapted from the 300SL racing car for road use and its dis- tinguishable feature was its “gullwing” doors. Although slightly more down to earth than the fac- tory cars, the 300SL remained a car for racing enthusiasts craving acceleration. Mercedes-Benz still managed to sell 1,400 units in four years, but faced with a slump in demand in 1956, the carmaker bowed to pressure from America and brought out a convertible, the Roadster, which was unveiled in March 1957. Its most distinguishable feature is the addition of conventional doors as a result of a modification to the chassis, which was also strengthened to compensate for the loss of the roof. This splendid roadster is as alluring as the Gullwing coupe and it was aimed at a clientele more interested in touring than performance, but the already refined engineering was further improved. The engine was still fitted with direct fuel injection, capable of delivering 250 horsepower, and the last roadster models from 1962–63 were fitted with aluminum blocks and disc brakes. The variations to the rear bodywork were limited, and road holding when cornering became less… unpredictable. Owing to its suitability for driving on the road, its high level of driving comfort and its timeless rare elegance, the popularity rating of the 300SL Roadster improved constantly. The car presented here was delivered new in San Diego, CA, where it remained in the hands of the Hanes 66 family, from 1957 to 2004, until it was bought directly from them by Mr. Van Amelsfoort. A demanding collector, Mr. Van Amelsfoort wanted a car with a known history and in good original condition, with no trace of rust or accidents. As shown in the photographs included in the file, in 2004 the car was in good condition. The owner called for a full restoration of the automobile (invoices and photos are included in the car's file). It was restored by Star Classics, a well-known Mercedes restorer in Den Bosch, Holland. The photographic record of restoration shows that the car was completely stripped bare from the tubular chassis. The engine and transmission were reviewed (in- voices), while the interior, the hood, and the hard top were redone. The car is delivered in black with red interior, which was the original color combination, and it stands today in beautiful condition. It is still equipped with a number of interesting features, including its two original suitcases, the completely restored hard top, and its original radio. Also accompanying the car are the American registration cards in the name of the Hanes family, its five original manuals, including its rare service book, its tool kit, the original user manual, and its Dutch title. This great classic, which still has its original engine, is in superb condition after its quality restoration. It is an exceptional automobile, with welldocumented history, and highly desirable extra features. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 252, sold for $752,130, including buyer's premium, at the 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Lot 152, s/n 19804210002869 Condition 3+ Sold at $627,000 RM, Amelia Island, FL, 3/12/11 SCM# 176345 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Lot 48, s/n 198042107500383 Condition 2 Sold at $561,000 Gooding, Amelia Island, FL, 3/11/11 SCM#176312 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Lot 126, s/n 19804210003020 Condition 3Sold at $951,500 Gooding, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/21/11 SCM#168704 Sports Car Market


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SCM Digital Bonus Artcurial Automobiles Sur Les Champs auction in Paris on June 13, 2011. I've done a number of SCM auction profiles on Mercedes-Benz cars over the years. When I accepted this assignment, I decided to go back to the SCM December 2006 issue, where I did the profile of another 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster that sold at RM's 2006 auction in Monterey, CA. The headline on the cover read, “We say $400,000—The market speaks at $605k.” That was a watershed moment for Mercedes-Benz 300SLs. I don't think I'd ever received as many calls and comments about anything I'd ever written before. The calls ranged from people who were looking for a 300SL to owners stating that they too had always wondered why their cars seemed so undervalued in comparison to its contemporaries, particularly Ferraris. A fun, reliable classic At our shop, I have the unique opportunity to test drive any number of iconic European sports cars on an almost-daily basis. I've driven the Ferrari GTO, Ferrari 275, Aston Martin DB4, Jaguar XKSS, BMW 507 and so on. All of them are fantastic cars, and ones that any one of us “true believers” would want in our garage. But if someone said, “Okay, pick one, and let's drive it to San Diego today,” that one would be a 300SL—without a doubt. Why? For one reason alone: I know I'd make it there! In the interest of full disclosure, I want to state right up front that I'm a German car guy, first and foremost. I was weaned on early VWs, and I progressed to 356s, 300SLs, and early 911s, and they are my love. In their day, there was absolutely no equal in engineering, fit, or finish. This is my humble opinion, of course. But, because of my unique perspective, I get to see these other icons on the operating table, so to speak. You'd be appalled at some of the things you see when you get down to the core of many cars. Most small European manufacturers farmed out a lot of their subcontract work. The chassis was built one place, the coachwork in another, and there were wildly different levels of quality. Not so with Mercedes-Benz, as everything was done in house to exacting measures. Enough of my drum beating for 300SLs, but you get the point. I can guarantee you that any major car collection in the world would have a 300SL Gullwing or Roadster—or maybe both. Look at any of the über-popular 1,000-mile tours around the world, and I bet that the 300SL would be the most prolific car there. Why? Because they look great, sound great, and are dead reliable. Expensive even 50 years ago Of the 1,858 Roadsters built, 618 were built in 1957. Production numbers progressed downwards from there, until only three were built in late 1963 and delivered in 1964. Remember, these were $11,000 cars, when a comparable 1957 Corvette listed at $3,176, and a fully optioned Corvette Fuelie would be hard pressed to make it over $4,000. These 300SLs were seriously expensive cars in their day, and that is one of the reasons you still see so many low-mileage examples. They weren't daily drivers or second cars—but an expensive toy that got driven infrequently at best. The pecking order for 300SL Roadsters is as follows: Disc brake/alloy engine cars are the most desired, while disc brake/cast iron engine cars trail behind. In terms of model year, 1957 Roadsters are tops, with 1958 to 1960s cars bringing up the rear. 1957 through 1960s Roadsters are essentially the same car—with minor mechanical differences—but the ‘57 brings more because it was the first year. Soaring values—and restoration costs In preparing for this article, I went back to the December 2006 SCM to compare figures. The $300k to $350k, 3,000-hour restoration is now closer to $400k to $450k. The hard top at $7k to $10k is now $15k to $20k, and the factory luggage that was $7k to $10k is now over $20k. Rising costs for parts and subcontractors have made restoration prices skyrocket. And it takes about 12 to 14 months to restore a car—once you get it in the shop. We are now on an 18-month lead time for a body-off restoration. Auction results can be very difficult way to compare values. All you need are two people who want the same thing, on the same night, to throw common sense out the window. Think of the steel-bodied Gullwing that sold at RM's 2011 Arizona sale for $1.3m. That sale could not have been re-created the very next day in the real world. That one sale did not make steel-bodied Gullwings million-dollar cars—although I believe they will be. Having said that, I believe this Roadster—on this night, in these colors, at this level of quality—was well bought. When you do the math of what it would cost to buy the donor car, do the restoration with these options—and in what time frame—the buyer just saved at least a year. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) SCM Digital Bonus. Additional, images, Seat Time and more... September 2011 67


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American Car Collector Profile 1959 Chevrolet Impala Fuelie Convertible Fuel-injected Impalas are a rare breed, and they're hot items in the classic American car market today—especially if properly documented by Jim Pickering Details Year produced: 1959 Number produced: 72,765 convertibles. Fuelie production estimates range from 20 to 140 Original list price: $3,467 SCM Valuation: $100,000–$120,000 (For a fuel-injected car) Tune-up cost: $150 Distributor cap: $19.99 Chassis #: On plate inside driver's door jamb Engine #: Stamped on pad on left front of engine block Club: National Impala Association, 5400 43rd Ave. So. Minneapolis, MN 55417 More: www.nationalimpala.com Alternatives: 1958 DeSoto Adventurer (with Bendix Electrojector) 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz 1959 Chrysler 300E convertible SCM Investment Grade: Documented Fuelie: B. Well-done clone: C Chassis number: F59L189294 T he 1959 Chevrolets competed with the hugely finned Cadillacs for the most outrageous design of the 1950s. In truth, it was a close call. Once again, Chevrolet ditched every element of the pre- vious year's styling to emerge with cat's eye taillights hidden beneath canted batwing fins, whose twelve-inch scalloped sides were the deepest curve ever pressed into a car's steel panel. Chevrolet sold an amazing 72,765 Impala con- vertibles that year. While the big motor was still the 315-horsepower Tri-Power 348, the durable small-block 283 could be had in many tuning stages, from 185 horsepower with a 2-barrel carburetor to 290 horsepower when equipped with the Corvette motor and fuel injection. This car was built in Los Angeles, CA, and joined the Lewis collection in 2005. It's finished in Frost Blue metallic and is clearly the recipient of a restoration in the not-too-distant past. It's fitted with the 290-horsepower, 283-ci, solid-lifter engine and Rochester Ram-Jet fuel injection, power steering and power brakes. The car has a four-speed transmission and dual exhaust. The odometer indicates 80,019 miles. While no original documents exist to prove the car was delivered in this remarkable configuration, a fuelinjected Impala convertible must be considered the holy grail of 1959 Chevys. SCM Analysis This car sold for $81,900, including buyer's premium, at Bonhams & Butterfields' sale of the Wally Lewis Collection in Portland, OR, on June 11, 2011. Harley Earl's design studio gave Chevrolet's fullsize line a complete revision for 1959. Several junior 68 stylists (who worked hard to convince Earl that a change was needed) dropped the old, rounded body in favor of a lower, wider, and longer profile—and overstated fins—to help it compete with Chrysler's Exner designs. Buyers had their choice of nine engines, five trans- missions, two suspension systems, and a multitude of other options, which allowed them to build pretty much whatever they wanted. 1959 was the only year a 4-speed and fuel injection were both offered on an Impala, and our subject car had both of these highly desired options. Chevrolet advertised the Fuelie Impala in the March 1959 issue of Motor Trend as a “Chevy that handles like a sports car…for five!” Although that sports car claim may seem a little far-fetched, given the Impala's bargelike handling, it's hard to argue with the notion that a fuel-injected Impala was basically the CTS-V sedan of its era—using Corvette-proven technology to make a “sports” car with room for the whole family. I use the term “sports” loosely… but what other American car of the era offered better performance, style, and comfort as well as room for the kids? A rare breed Fuel-injected Impalas are a rare breed. GM histo- rians disagree on just how many were built, with some claiming numbers as high as 140, and others quoting figures in the double digits. Regardless, of the 1.4 million cars of the Bel Air, Biscayne, and Impala line in 1959, only a small fraction came from the factory with Fuelie engines. That makes them hot commodities in the classic American car market today—especially if the car is properly documented. So if injected Impalas were the hot ticket, why were so few built? The simplest answer is economics. The 1959 Chevrolet Impala convertible Lot S172, s/n F59A188236 Condition 1 Not sold at $230,000 Mecum, Kissimmee, FL, 1/26/11 SCM# 168863 Comps 1959 Chevrolet Impala Fuelie 2-dr hard top Lot 967.2, s/n F59S25480 Condition 2 Sold at $82,500 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/10 SCM# 155022 1959 Chevrolet Impala Fuelie convertible Lot S174, s/n F59T190664 Condition 3+ Sold at $137,800 Mecum, Indianapolis, IN, 5/13/09 SCM# 120636 Sports Car Market Photos: Bob Pengraph. Courtesy of Bonhams


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SCM Digital Bonus fuel-injection system was expensive—about $500 compared to $269 for the 348-ci engine. What did buyers get for the money? The Fuelie engine offered both low-end grunt and high-rpm power, and when set up correctly, it also provided a stable idle, easy starting, and quicker warm ups. Theoretically, it was the better mousetrap. But although the Rochester unit was reliable when set up correctly, it did have its share of issues. It took special knowledge to tune the Rochester fuel injection system, and even when the unit was running its best, there were drivability issues in hot weather. The 348 could be had with similar horsepower and torque to the Fuelie's output, but it wasn't as well balanced throughout the rpm range. All else being equal, the 348 offered a better overall driving experience, so in the real world, it was the better buy—and more of them sold. As we see with so many Fuelie Corvettes, quite a few of these Impalas probably lost their injection systems over the years in favor of a simple Holley or Carter AFB 4-bbl carburetor, and that adds to the rarity of an alloriginal example. Building a correct replica requires finding all the rare Impala-only pieces. Even in the Internet age, this is no easy task. And if you're looking to do it, you'd better have your checkbook ready—rumor has it that N.O.S. fuel injection emblems, which were unique to the '59 and which this car had, bring a four-figure price—IF you can find them. A real-deal Fuelie? This car was in great overall condition, with smooth paint, excellent chrome, nice top, and a tight, original-style interior. The underhood was clean as well, although several onlookers pointed out that the fuel filter setup was the earlier 1957-1958 style, rather than the later 1959 piece, which was mounted near the firewall. GM was famous for making running changes on the assembly line, so it's tough to say whether or not that was correct for this car. Sharp-eyed onlookers noticed a flaw in the hood paint, which suggested that there may have been an engine fire at one point in the car's past. The flaw was one large, subsurface imperfection square in the middle of the hood, with a repaint showing metal flake in a striped pattern. The injection unit had been removed and rebuilt during Lewis' ownership, but it's hard to say if it was related to the hood paint issues. If I had to guess, I'd say it was. Bonhams was careful to point out that this car had no documentation proving it to be an original Fuelie, and GM records are notoriously tough when it comes to tracking engine options. A really good 348-ci Impala convertible without the injected engine is a $65k–$70k car, depending on its condition. A completely documented Fuelie convertible, how- ever, should be worth well over six figures in today's market. So for this car, something in the middle was about right, considering that building a replica requires extremely rare one-year-only Impala-specific Fuelie parts and trim. If the new owner can prove that his new car is the real deal, then at this price, the car was a screaming deal. Otherwise, consider this well bought and sold as a hard-to-duplicate replica of one of the rarest full-size Chevrolets ever built. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams & Butterfields.) Seat Time Duane Sorensen, Corvallis, OR: I am the current owner and the restorer of a 1959 Chevrolet Impala hard top with a 283-ci, fuel-injected 250 horsepower engine. The car also is equipped with Turboglide, power brakes and steering. The car has a black and red interior, with starlight headliner. The car came from Pennsylvania. Ownership history has been traced to the second owner. Pictures of the car on a For Sale ad in a car magazine have been obtained. The car was purchased some 15 years ago as a project, as I have restored several Fuelie Corvettes, and I'm interested in the fuel-injection option on these cars. It became a much bigger project, as there was considerable rust in the body. It has been through a complete, body-off restoration—with all the nuts and bolts as original—as is the drivetrain. The owner before me had accumulated N.O.S. parts, such as insignias, grille and bumpers to replace as original. All the aluminum has been re-anodized. All the stainless and chrome was refinished. Interesting story is the EC code for Turboglide and fuel injection was found painted on the side of the engine block. It was probably a way for the assembly plant to keep track of Fuelie motor builds. My research says there were 25 built in 1959. Very few—if any—had other than 3-speed, Powerglide or Turboglide transmissions. The fuel injection units were 1957 units refurbished by the factory. SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images and more... September 2011 69


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Race Car Profile 1964 Alfa Romeo TZ Coupe It's tempting to speculate what this car might have brought if it had retired after the 1964 season instead of being raced for years by Thor Thorson Details Years built: 1963–1965 Number built: 112 Original list price: 3,700,000 Lira (about $6,000) SCM Valuation: $650,000–$800,000 Cost per hour to race: $700 Chassis #: Tube on left side of engine bay Engine #: Right side of block Club: Alfa Romeo Owners Club More: www.aroc-usa.org/ Alternatives: 1963–64 Porsche 904 1965 Abarth OT 1600 1963–65 Shelby 289 Cobra roadster SCM investment grade: A Comps very best sports cars, only about 112 were built between 1963 and 1967. TZs raced in the most important races, were driven by some of the best drivers at the time and competed against the likes of Ferrari 250 GTOs, Shelby Cobras, and Porsche 904s. According to research, as well as the Zagato TZ O Registry, chassis 750006 was completed and raceprepared by Autodelta for the Alfa Romeo DIPRE ESPE (Experimental Department). This was to be one of the few Autodelta-prepared TZ chassis that were built. The later competition cars were derived from the standard homologation cars and are therefore not as rare or desirable. As such, chassis 750006 was fitted with special outboard front shock mounts, a close-ratio gearbox and a larger radiator header tank Barely three weeks after acquisition on April 24, 1964, 750006 was assigned race number 58 in preparation for entry into the Targa Florio. While the historic Targa Florio archives are not accessible, there is photographic evidence that corroborates the car and driver's participation in the various stages of the race. In June 1964, chassis 750006 contested the Le Mans 24 Hour race, where it battled against a squadron of Porsche 904s, Ferrari 250 GTOs and Shelby Cobras. Although the car faced a horsepower disadvantage, 750006, with Giampiero Biscaldi and Giancarlo Sala driving, managed 15th overall and 10th in GT. 70 ne of the most desirable of all of the postwar Alfas, TZs were—and continue to be—considered as Alfa Romeo's version of Ferrari's GTO. Ranking in rarity with the In March 1965, Giancarlo Sala bought the car. Sala continued to race 750006 in Italy during 1966, 1967 and 1968, finally entering the 1969 Targa Florio that May, where it failed to finish. In an effort to remain competitive through weight reduction, Sala removed all paint from the inner and outer bodywork of 750006 at some point in 1967. Sala retained the TZ for another 13 years, finally selling it in June 1982. Restoration work was eventually begun. Due to the condition of the bare aluminum body, much of the skin had to be replaced. The roof and most inner components of the body, however, remain original, and it should be noted that the original aluminum skin of the body will be included with the sale of the car. In order to definitively confirm the car's authenticity and identity, 750006 was taken to Italy in February 2011 and submitted to the rigorous scrutiny of a homologation and authentication session at the factory-supported Registro Italiano Alfa Romeo. The current owners have applied for, and have been granted, the most elaborate certification, the “Certificazione di Autenticita.” SCM Analysis This car, Lot 126, sold for $895,014, including buyer's premium, at the RM Villa d'Este auction on May 21, 2011. The Alfa Romeo Tubolare Zagato has always been the stuff of lust and legend, one of those particular designs that has remained iconic from the day it was introduced to the present. They were formidable competitors on the track, giving serious competition to 3-liter Ferraris and 2-liter Porsche 904s, particularly on short, twisty tracks 1965 Alfa Romeo TZ Lot 325, s/n 750080 Condition: 2 Sold at $465,735 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 9/19/08 SCM# 117833 1964 Porsche 904 GTS Lot 23, s/n 904017 Condition: 3+ Sold at $1,045,000 Gooding & Co, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/21/11 SCM# 168585 1964 Ferrari 250 GTL Lusso Competition Lot 216, s/n 5367GT Condition 3+ Not sold at $790,625 RM Auctions, Maranello, ITA 5/17/09 SCM# 120561 Sports Car Market Photos: Dirk De Jager ©2011 Courtesy of RM Auctions


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SCM Digital Bonus and events. Although they came along a bit after the Ferrari GTO's time, they were considered by many to be in the same league—albeit on a much smaller scale. Alain de Cadenet famously bought his first Ferrari GTO (admittedly old and very used) because he couldn't afford to buy a TZ. The TZ was first raced in 1963, but it had spent a very long time getting to production. The original idea goes all the way back to a collaboration between Abarth, Boano, and Alfa Romeo in 1955, when the three parties tried to develop a 1500cc pure racing coupe using the then-new Giulietta mechanical package. The idea faded then resurfaced through the late 1950s, evolving from a folded steel chassis to a tubular one but remaining in the background as the Zagato-bodied SZ successfully carried Alfa's racing hopes—if not dreams—to the outside world. Although Alfa proudly carried one of the most storied racing heritages in the industry, they had reluctantly been forced to accept that they were a production car company that couldn't afford to get deeply into the racing side. The type 158/159 Alfetta Grand Prix cars of the late 1940s had been spectacularly successful but had almost bankrupted the company. The lesson was not lost on anyone: racing was great, even as a core passion, but it couldn't be allowed to divert the company from production cars. The SZ had shown up literally by accident when a customer wrecked his Sprint Veloce in the 1956 Mille Miglia and asked Zagato to build aluminum body to replace the wrecked stock one. The resulting car, called the SVZ, was sufficiently lighter and slipperier that it caught the factory's attention and soon evolved into the Sprint Zagato (SZ), which ended up carrying the Alfa racing banner into the early 1960s. The SZ was basically a light body on a production Sprint chassis, and Alfa had decided that it was time to pursue the dream and build a proper purpose-built racing car. The sketches and ideas that had been simmering in the background for years finally took shape about the time that the new 1600cc Giulia model line was developed, so the Giulia would be the source of the mechanical package. Zagato was right across town from the Alfa factory, and the relationship devel- oped with the SZs was excellent, so the body would clearly be both Zagato and an evolution of the current SZ design. The tubular chassis design was finalized in 1960, and in early 1961, the first chassis was delivered to Zagato. It took a long time to work out the details, and the prototype was first displayed in Turin in October 1962, with the final design not finalized until mid-1963, and the car didn't reach serious production until 1964. A beautiful, collectible, big-time racer The Alfa TZ basically ticks all of the collectable racing car boxes: It is beautiful, exotic, and fast, with a lightweight aluminum designer body and huge competition success. It is also an extremely dependable and useable racing car, easy to maintain, with fundamentally production mechanicals, and easy to drive quickly and well. Alfa Romeos always take care of their driver. The relatively large production also helps keep the market liquid and defined; there are always a few available and plenty of buyers looking. The downside is that they are notoriously easy to replicate: between many cars being wrecked and lost and others being wrecked and found, there is a huge range in correctness and authenticity in the cars available. Bulletproof provenance is crucial and accounts for at least a third of the value of the best cars. Almost the best of the best So what about this particular TZ? In short, it is almost but not quite the best of the best. On the good side, it is one of the early pre-production racing cars with visibly defining differences from the “production” chassis. It also has an extensive quasi-factory racing history, including Le Mans and Targa Florio. The car has a short, completely known—and unquestioned— ownership history, and it has full Alfa certification. On the downside, the TZ lived a very long and hard competition life as “just an old race car” after its glory years. So, some of the patina and originality has been lost. It has been re-bodied in large part, and although the livery is authentic 1964 Le Mans, it's not quite the real thing. Whether the engine is original is unknown (this is not as important for Alfas as some other cars). The car certainly does not have its original single-plug cylinder head (twin plug heads, as this car is currently fitted with, were very unusual on TZs and then only on the very late ones, as they weren't even legal to use until April 1965). There is a huge range in TZ market values as dis- cussed above. The best have been selling privately in the low $800k range, so this car's purchase price was a little high, but not irrational. It's tempting to speculate as to what it might have brought if it had been hidden away at the end of the 1964 season instead of raced for years, but the greater the racer, the less likely for that to happen. I'd say the car was well sold and fairly bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images and more... September 2011 71


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Race Car Profile The Cumberford Perspective Zagatissimo! A pure design for a pure competitor By Robert Cumberford I 1 n its long distinguished history, what Carrozzeria Zagato has always done best is pure sports cars—two seaters intended for competition. Part of their appeal is the palpable sense that they have been pared right to the bone, all superfluous weight banished in the build process. Zagato bodies are never quite as classical or elegant as Pininfarina designs, never quite as imaginative as Bertone's, never built to the quality and finish standards of Vignale or Stabilimenti Farina, but they are always exciting, powerful statements of focused intent. And they're always highly desirable, particularly when they're on Alfa Romeo chassis. This Giulia Tubolare Zagato was meant to be a racing car right from its beginning, and that purposeful intent shows in the detailing of the car, such as in the row of rivet heads visible around the fuel filler opening. It is unfortunate that the paint scheme, chosen for easy identification at night, obscures the lovely form of the car, one of the best from the period when Hercules Sword (well, really Ercole Spada, but isn't that direct translation the perfect Hollywood name for a racing car designer?) was Zagato's principal stylist. The combination of simple, almost naïve, surfacing along the sides and t body and the volupt of the entire front with an artful upper compelling and conv Even though the o egg-like Giulietta S mains my favorite Za I would have de loved to drive aw from the Villa d'Este this superb TZ. ♦ 2 6 3 5 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 Sliding transparencies were light, simple and foolproof. The vent windows in front were a useful touch of luxury. 2 Extra large fairings over the headlamps enhance the graphic composition of the entire front end. 3 Particularly small openings in front are good for aerodynamic penetration, and the chin scoop below the painted area assures that there is adequate cooling. Artful and elegant. 4 The add-on lamps, on the other hand, do disrupt airflow—in the case of the add-on driving lights, a lot. 5 Notice how simple the body side contours are, almost a single- 8 curvature sheet wrapped around the car, with the rear fender bulging out from the door cut. 6 Hardly any 1950s or 1960s design was complete without a huge external filler cap, suitably equipped for scrutineer's seals. REAR 3/4 & SIDE VIEW 7 In this view, the coda tronca looks enormous, but it was in fact a nice Kamm-style ending to the inward-tapering rear body form. 8 The three-part backlight is a very nice touch, esthetically and structurally. The painted pillar carries the form visually, although the giant number circle disguises it badly. 9 The billowing surface behind the door nicely covers the rear 9 10 11 4 wheels without artifice, yet another characteristic Zagato design feature. 10 Typically doors are heavy, but Zagato always managed to simplify their structure, so they just direct the airflow, protect the driver, and help keep Zagato bodies lighter than others. 11 This sharp little lip around the wheel opening was there to provide the statutory amount of tire coverage demanded by the FIA, but it is not ideal for aerodynamics. 12 Plain steel wheels underline the simplicity and directness of the overall design. And they were a lot lighter than wire wheels used by many contemporary racers. 7 12 72 Sports Car Market


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Market Reports Overview Seven Summer Sales Gross $38m Interest was up and bidding solid at nearly every auction location from May through June By Jim Pickering T he late spring and summer months tend to be some of the busiest for collector car auctions. This May and June were no exception, with a number of inaugural events and one-time collection sales joining an already busy seasonal calendar. The results achieved again demonstrated the current market's overall stability, especially for high-quality consignments. Here, in the order in which they occurred, is a rundown of May and June's auction events. In early May, Bonhams & Butterfields returned to The Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Carmel for their annual all-motorcycle sale, where this year, 40 of 69 bikes sold for $590k. Auction Analyst Tod Rafferty noted quite a few high-dollar bikes sold, led by the Ex-Steve McQueen Husqvarna 400 Cross at $144,500. Late May saw Bonhams return to Newport Pagnell for the 12th annual Works Service sale of Aston Martins. Senior Auction Analyst Paul Hardiman was there to record a boost in totals to $9.5m from last year's $6.6m, led by a 1963 DB4 Series V Vantage convertible at $823,815. The big news here was the sale of a barnfind 1963 DB4 convertible at an astounding $502,405, showing that the market for Astons continues its upward trend (see the August issue profile, p. 58). On June 5, Bonhams' east coast branch returned to Connecticut for its annual sale alongside the Greenwich Concours, which also saw a boost in final totals to $3.3m from 2010's $2.8m. Auction Analyst Don Schoeny noted heavy phone bidding against bidders seated in the room, and at the end of the day, more than half of the lots sold were to overseas buyers. A 1956 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk II coupe was the high sale of the event at $249,000, followed by a 1958 Aston Martin DB Mk II at $191,800. The Wally Lewis Collection of American muscle and classics was presented by Bonhams & Butterfields in Portland on June 11, with 97 no-reserve lots crossing SCM 1-6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/ perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts 76 Sales Totals $13,421,895 Barrett-Jackson, Orange County, CA Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, UK RM Auctions, Syon Park, UK Bonhams & Butterfields, Greenwich, CT Bonhams & Butterfields, Portland, OR Vanderbrink, Adams, ND Bonhams & Butterfields, Carmel, CA $589,540 $9,474,923 $8,222,322 $3,353,727 $3,010,714 $230,540 the block to a final total of $3m. Chad Tyson and I were there for Sports Car Market, along with what seemed like most of the local car community—it was standing room only throughout the event. A 1957 Corvette Fuelie was the high sale at $99,450. Senior Auction Analyst B. Mitchell Carlson traveled to Adams, North Dakota for VanDerBrink's sale of the Cliff Nelson Collection on June 11, which consisted of mostly parts cars, along with a few decent drivers. By the time the last car was hammered sold, VanDerBrink had tallied a $230,540 total, and as Carlson reports, it was a great indication that even the parts side of the market remains solid. RM's first annual Salon Privé sale took place in late June, with 44 of 57 lots trad- ing hands for $8.2m. As was the case at Bonhams Greenwich, phone bidding was prevalent here, and Hardiman noted several strong prices, including $755,745 for a 1929 Bentley Speed Six Le Mans-style tourer and $323,891 for a 1959 Jaguar XK 150 3.8S OTS. Barrett-Jackson returned to Orange County for its second southern California sale from June 24–26, where this year, 330 cars sold for $13.4m. Senior Auction Analyst Carl Bomstead noted overall totals to be down from last year's $15.7m, but the average price per car was up $1,000, and several records were broken, including the record for a Volkswagen bus—the high seller of this event was a 1963 23-window example, which made an impressive $217,800. Finally, if you're looking for a way to stand out on 17-Mile Drive during this year's Monterey car week, Geoff Archer and Chad Tyson have just what you're looking for in this month's eBay Motors column. ♦ Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage convertible, $823,815—Bon-NP, p. 96 2. 1929 Bentley Speed Six Le Mans replica tourer, $755,745—RM, p. 104 3. 1965 Aston Martin DB5 shooting brake, $698,822—Bon-NP, p. 96 4. 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Vantage convertible, $692,766—RM, p. 108 5. 1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom Experimental Sports Tourer, $629,787—RM, p. 104 6. 1955 Bentley R-type Continental coupe, $575,805—RM, p. 106 7. 1939 Aston Martin 2-liter Brooklands Speed Model roadster, $512,827—RM, p. 104 8. 1963 Aston Martin DB4 convertible, $502,405—Bon-NP, p. 96 9. 1964 Aston Martin DB5 coupe, $457,765—Bon-NP, p. 96 10. 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV Vantage coupe, $440,851—RM, p. 108 1. 1956 Ford Thunderbird “E code” convertible, $60,500—B-J, p. 84 2. 1964 Aston Martin DB5 coupe, $422,857—RM, p. 110 3. 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT replica coupe, $359,557—Bon-NP, p. 96 4. 1965 Checker Marathon Park Avenue Cab, $25,740—B&B-GRN, p. 122 5. 1978 Chevrolet Malibu custom wagon, $26,910—B&B-PDX, p. 132 Sports Car Market Best Buys


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Barrett-Jackson Orange County, CA Orange County 2011 Barrett-Jackson has done a good job of bringing its brand of collector car auction to Southern California Company Barrett-Jackson Date June 24–26, 2011 Location Costa Mesa, CA Auctioneers Assiter & Associates. Tom “Spanky”Assiter, lead auctioneer Automotive lots sold / offered 330/338 Sales rate 98% Sales total $13,421,895 High sale 1963 Volkswagen 23-Window Samba bus, sold at $217,800 Buyer's premium 1963 Volkswagen 23-Window Samba bus—$217,800 Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics I n late June, Barrett-Jackson rolled into Orange County on the third stop of their 40th Anniversary Tour. It was their second appear- ance at the Orange County Fair and Event Center, which is the perfect venue for an event such as this—it's spacious with adequate parking and all the necessary facilities. This year, Barrett-Jackson brought their big Scottsdale tent with them, and that extra space was sure needed, as over the course of the sale, 60,000 people went through the turnstiles to view the cars and displays, and to buy various offered products. In the words of the PR folks, it was a lifestyle experience. And mixed in with all this, there was a collector car auction. Looking at the numbers, the final total of $13.4m was down from the inaugural event last year by a touch over $2m, but 67 fewer cars were offered. On the other hand, the average selling price increased by $1,000 per car, so it seems that the message is clear: Additional higher-end cars are needed. To that end, Barrett-Jackson recently revised their no-reserve policy to allow a select number of consignments with reserves, and this was the second event where that was in effect. In a discussion with Craig Jackson, he mentioned that the policy change was helping with the acquisition of higher-end consignments, and that it will be noticeable at Scottsdale, where several million-dollar 78 cars are already on board. He also mentioned that the reserves needed to be realistic for it to be mutually beneficial. One aspect of Barrett-Jackson that does not receive enough attention is the number of charitable offerings that cross the block at each of the company's events. Close to a million dollars was raised at OC this year for various causes, and the winning bidders wrote their checks directly to the benefiting organizations with no fees or commissions to Barrett-Jackson. For that, all are to be commended. Highlighting this year's auction were the offerings from Dave Parker's Orange County, CA “Dave's Garage.” He brought 29 stellar cars, many of which he had acquired at prior Barrett-Jackson auctions, and they were the cream of the crop. As such, they sold for strong money. For example, a 1962 Ford Thunderbird “M code” Sport Roadster realized $99,000, and a spectacular 1957 Cadillac Series 62 convertible hammered sold at $172,700. Volkswagens, however, stole the show. Twenty- one were offered in various shades of cuteness, but two Samba buses were the talk of the event. The first to cross the block was a 1965 21-window walkthrough that realized $82,500—not the magic six figures from a few years back, but close. A few lots later, a 1963 23-window that was restored to perfection crossed the stage, and the crowd was on their feet when it sold for an unheard of $217,800—a new high-water mark for classic VWs. All in all, Barrett-Jackson has done a good job of bringing its brand of collector car auction to Southern California, and judging by the company's other successful satellite sales in Vegas and Palm Beach, I expect we'll be seeing lots of growth here in the future. ♦ Sales Totals $10m $15m $20m $5m 0 Sports Car Market 2011 2010 10% (included in sold prices)


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Barrett-Jackson Orange County, CA ENGLISH #337.1-1955 NASH METROPOLITAN convertible. S/N E8280. Frost White & Berkshire Green/white vinyl/white vinyl & fabric. Odo: 66,047 miles. Exceptional restoration. Factory radio and wire wheels. Optional hood ornament, which is huge. Pinin Farina design, sold with both Nash and Hudson back roof. Engine bay is hospital-room clean. Interior finished to perfection. Striking restoration. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $82,500. The seller must have been ecstatic with this result. Well, at least until lot 363.2, the 23-window, crossed the block a few lots later and set a world record for a VW bus at $217,800. ITALIAN #352-1973 FERRARI GTB/4 Daytona gets with new mohair headliner. Fully documented. A sensational VW bus. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $217,800. The buyer that paid $100 grand a few years back for a VW bus and had everyone shaking their heads is now vindicated. Consignor was on stage jumping and screaming like a school girl, and I don't blame him. This Samba bus was amazing, but the price paid was beyond explanation. badges, and powered by an Austin A40 engine. Capable of 0–60 in almost 30 seconds, but that's about as fast as it goes. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $27,500. Price paid was a bit ahead of the market, but minicars have been on a roll. Buyer did not pay too much, just bought a bit early. There is an active group of little car people who are fun as can be, so join in and share your new treasure. #373.2-1964 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III 4-dr sedan. S/N 5FU513. Black/ black leather. Odo: 3,458 miles. One of 21 aluminum-bodied James Young sedans produced. A wonderful restoration stated to have taken 18 years. Sunroof-equipped. Exceptional wood on dash and window trim. With a/c and power windows. The definition of elegance. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $159,500. A stunning car at a strong but not unreasonable price. These have an excellent reputation in Rolls-Royce circles, and to find one in this exceptional condition is rather unusual. Thus, price is not an issue if you have to have it in your carriage house. GERMAN #363.2-1963 VOLKSWAGEN 23-WINDOW “Samba” bus. S/N 1049669. Mouse Gray & Pearl White/Balsamic Gray. Odo: 52 miles. Over-the-top restoration recently completed. Won “Best Bus” award at VW Nationals. Paint close to flawless with no issues noted. Panel fit and gaps far better than anything factory offered. Interior as good as it 80 compartment. Trunk racks and headlight eyebrows add to cute factor. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,150. Last seen at Silver's January 2011 Arizona sale, where it sold for $6,480 (SCM# 168738). Someone commented that it was a decent buy, but considering that the seller netted somewhere close to ten large for his efforts, well sold indeed. #355-1965 VOLKSWAGEN 21-WINDOW “Samba” bus. S/N 255087772. Sealing Wax Red & cream/tan vinyl. Odo: 1,394 miles. Restored to the nines. Unique walk-thru Samba with bucket seats. Excellent paint with a very minor blemish. Cloth roll- with modern gauges and electric rumble seat. Titled as a 1933 Packard. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $55,000. To many, this could pass as the real thing at first glance, with its exterior finished to factory specifications. I hate to think what this cost to create, but what the heck do you do with it? Not welcome at CCCA or PCA events, so the new owner will need to be content just impressing onlookers at the local cruise-in show. Sports Car Market #100.2-1963 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE sedan. S/N 5076054. Aqua/black vinyl. Odo: 82,458 miles. Stated to have been restored but just looks like a respray. Seats are original and showing age, trim dented and pitted, window rubbers a bit ratty. Grit and dirt around engine finish at 1967 Daytona 24 hours race. The Barrett-Jackson cover car. An exceptional example. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $325,000. Price bid was off by at least $25,000 considering the awards and low mileage. These have a well deserved reputation as wonderful road cars and are a treat on events such as the Copperstate 1000. AMERICAN #363-1933 PACKARD EIGHT replica roadster. S/N NRBR008776. Brown & tan/tan canvas/brown leather. Odo: 4,912 miles. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A faithful re-creation of a classic Packard. Minimal use since completed. Built on correct 136-inch wheelbase. Modern creature comforts include a/c, cruise, and automatic transmission. Equipped with oak dash coupe. S/N 16889. Eng. # 251NONT. Rosso Corsa/black leather. Odo: 31,626 Long list of awards from Cavallino Classic and Ferrari Club annual meetings, 2003–2007. Professionally resprayed in 2002. Low miles documented. Second owner was GM designer Bunkie Knudsen. Unofficial name from 1-2-3


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Barrett-Jackson Orange County, CA #639-1939 FORD DELUXE Custom 4-dr sedan. S/N 185090704. Black/tan fabric. Odo: 48,135 miles. Modified with flathead motor and transmission from a 1946 Mercury. Acceptable paint, but right door off a bit at bottom. Trunk shaved. Properly fitted interior. charged 350 small-block V8 and automatic. Mustang front end. Headlights frenched. Aftermarket mags with Radio Flyer graphics. Equipped with a/c and power steering. Rhino liner on undercarriage. A unique custom creation. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $41,800. As is the case with most customs, the cost to create is more than what it realizes when it's time to sell. This was a well thought-out project, but won't get a lot of attention beyond the new owner's neighborhood. #337.2-1954 CADILLAC DE VILLE coupe. S/N 546238301. Red/white/red & white vinyl. Odo: 1,812 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A stunning example of Cadillac's first pillarless hard top. Stated to have been frame-off restored some years ago and still in exceptional condition. Uneven hood gaps. Interior trim loose. Columbia rear end. Was used as a tow car for a 1932 roadster at El Mirage. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $30,800. Don't know where you go from here with this. Finish the customizing, take it back to stock, or leave as-is and just drive it. I'd be inclined to vote for the third option. #360-1950 MERCURY EIGHT woodie wagon. S/N 50LA36212M. Regency Red/ black leather. Odo: 1,043 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Mild custom with GM 350 V8 and leather bucket seats. Power steering, power brakes, tilt wheel. Headlights frenched, nose shaved. 1957 Cadillac Sombrero hupcaps. eye, power windows and visor. Fully documented with all receipts. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $47,300. An aggressive price for a ‘55 Bel Air coupe that was not a “power pack” V8. A very nice restoration, but they made over 185,000 of these, so buyers can pick and choose. Well sold. #338-1955 FORD CROWN VICTORIA Skyliner coupe. S/N U5GF165121. Tropical Rose & Snowshoe White/white & pink vinyl. Odo: 11,920 miles. 272-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Spectacular restoration of a rare plexiglas-roof Skyliner, only 1,999 produced. Flawless paint, interior as-new, engine compartment sparkles. Undercarriage properly maintained. Loaded with 20 options, including rocker trim, Autronic Equipped with all goodies including power steering, power brakes, and Autronic eye. On chrome Sabre wheels. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $44,000. An attention-getter that will be a fun take-the-gang-to-dinner car, and sure to get a front row spot at your favorite hangout. Price paid was near the top of the chart, but this was a quality example and worth the premium. #334.2-1954 CHEVROLET BEL AIR Wood appears to be original and in need of attention. One of 1,746 Mercury woodies produced in 1950. An attractive package. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $60,500. This would have been worth more as an original Mercury woodie. It's a double whammy when you start fooling with desirable cars: the up-front cost of the mods, and then the money lost when it's time to sell. #382-1952 NASH RAMBLER custom wagon. S/N D111413. Red/gray fabric. Odo: 3,891 miles. 350-ci supercharged V8, auto. Customized Nash wagon with B&M super- dition. Radio delete, Powerglide transmission, fender skirts. About as clean as it gets. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $38,500. Boy, a bunch of money for a '54 Bel Air whose top does not come off. Original low miles are a unique find but came at a steep price. Certainly well sold and then some. #371.2-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N C55N156832. Turquoise & India White/aqua & tan fabric & vinyl. Odo: 3,635 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Recent body-off restoration. Paint acceptable and interior properly fitted. Engine clean and tidy. 82 door can be removed. Engine “upgraded” with 272-ci OHV V8. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $28,600. Light blue is not the most manly truck color, but price was in line with recent sales of quality Sports Car Market 2-dr hard top. S/N C54O028811. Brown & cream/brown vinyl & tan fabric. Odo: 9,660 miles. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Same owner for 56 years. Recent respray and some brightwork redone. Original interior is in remarkable con- Equipped with Magic Aire heater, wire wheels, and skirts. Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission. Lacks zip-in liner. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $85,800. Even considering the $8k premium for the 272-ci engine, price paid here was at the top of the chart. A quality example and as such, the guides go out the window. Price paid sets a new benchmark for quality Skyliners. #44.1-1955 FORD F-1 pickup. S/N F1OV5N22307. Light blue/white vinyl & blue fabric. Odo: 75,537 miles. Over-restored to high standard. Orange peel noted throughout, paint blemish on hood. Lots of chrome. Interior done to level exceeding factory spec. Decals on


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Barrett-Jackson Orange County, CA 1/2-ton Ford pickups. Hard to call it a work truck when done this nice. #333.2-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N P6FH326654. White/white & red vinyl. Odo: 54,824 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Frame-off restoration 1,000 miles back. New soft top, glass, rubber, and windshield frame. Right door gaps in the middle. Paint a bit lumpy on nose. Modern CD changer added, Trunk fit a bit high, window trim pitted and buffer-marked. Loaded with power options, including seats, brakes, windows, and steering. Town & Country radio. Continental kit. 22 feet, stem-to-stern, so where the heck do you park it? Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $29,700. Last seen at the 2010 B-J Orange County event, where it sold for $25,300 (SCM# 165406). I stated at the time that it was well sold. Price paid here was for a strong #2 car, and I did not think this one fit that bill, especially lacking a/c. It would be interesting to watch the new owner attempt to squeeze it into a tight parking spot on Main Street. #345.2-1957 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. S/N 5762119624. vinyl/red leather. Odo: 7,027 miles. 365-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Frame-off restoration along with mechanical upgrades such as modern fuel pump and distributor. Thunderbird Special “P code” engine. No hard top in sight. Original build sheet included. Cruise-O-Matic. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $40,700. Price paid was market-correct for a 3+ car. A couple of these show up at most every sale, so pick the one you want and no reason to overpay. No harm done here. BEST BUY #346-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD “E code” convertible. S/N E7FH240203. Inca Gold/white/ivory vinyl. Odo: 36,449 miles. 312-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Cosmetic restoration with body left on frame. Paint has a few minor touch-ups and scratches. With fender skirts, soft top, and port- red leather interior. An exceptional example of a very desirable Caddy convertible. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $172,700. Winning bid went about double where I would have pegged it. Price was up there, but so was the car, which makes me think a few price guide revisions might be in order. Well sold, but considering the condition, well bought too. #344.3-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N VC57S176150. Onyx black/ black vinyl/red & silver vinyl & fabric. Odo: 82,303 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Body-off restoration in 2005 and properly maintained since. Numbers-matching drivetrain. Paint hole hard top. Interior in good order. Power steering and brakes, along with Town & Country radio. Very desirable “E code” engine. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $60,500. Boy, price paid here was light by about $20k. In this condition a dual 4-barrel Thunderbird should bring $75$80k, so a smokin' hot deal for the buyer. #56.1-1956 LINCOLN PREMIERE 2-dr hard top. S/N 56LA11268L. Red/white/red & white vinyl. Odo: 27,605 miles. 368-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Body straight with no door dings. EZ Tint glass, spinner hubcaps, and dual rear aerials. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $88,000. It usually takes a couple of carburetors under the hood to garner this kind of money on a '57 Bel Air convertible. They've been off their high of a few years back, but when one of this quality comes along, throw the guides and trends out 84 Sports Car Market does not show the imperfections that are present in most black cars. Wonderful interior. Equipped with power steering, brakes, and top, Black/black received AACA recognition in 2002, and still shows exceptionally well. Only issue is slightly awkward trunk fit. Modified with Vintage Air, hidden stereo, and electric fuel pump. Stunning ibles produced in 1957. Power seats, windows, steering, and brakes came standard, and 300-hp V8 was promoted as a safety feature. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $105,000. Proceeds were to benefit the Loma Linda University Children's Hospital, and the crowd dug deep. Price paid looked market-correct with a 25% premium added on for the good cause, so kudos to B-J, seller, and buyer. #367.2-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J58S103345. Signet Red/ white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 22,368 miles. 283ci 270-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Respray in the right color, but large blemish on trunk. Steering wheel hub pitted. 4-speed manual was ordered on a third of the cars. First year for factory in- the window. A stunning car at a market-correct price. Model 76B convertible. S/N 57WA2006L. Starmist white/white #60.3-1957 LINCOLN PREMIERE vinyl/black & white leather. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent restoration shows well with minor touch-up on hood. Paint to high standard, leather interior luxurious and plush. One of 3,676 Premiere convert- stalled seat belts. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $99,000. The ‘58 Corvette was redesigned with new interior, body panels, and instrumentation. Production was a third again as much as prior year. For a non-fuelie ‘58, this was strong money. I'd feel better about the amount paid if there was a hard top included with the package. #334-1958 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N H8YJ127357. Colonial White/ white vinyl/red & white vinyl. Odo: 21,619 miles. V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of 2,134


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Barrett-Jackson Orange County, CA “Squarebirds” built in 1958. Has touch-up on hood along with a few blemishes from top. Number of desirable options include power windows, power driver's seat, and a/c. Continental kit. Factory Magic Aire heater, Master Guide power windows, and Swift Sure power brakes. Engine and exterior dress-up option. Interior well fitted. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $45,100. Sold in April at Barrett-Jackson's 2011 Palm Beach sale for $37,400 (SCM# 178203). After fees, transportation, and commission, the seller perhaps eeked out a couple of bucks, but he certainly rolled the dice in the process. Price paid here was in line with today's market. #374.3-1959 CHEVROLET APACHE pickup. S/N 3A59J118797. Red & cream/tan vinyl & fabric. Body-off restoration of an Apache shortbed pickup with photo documention. Excellent paint with new oak in bed. Striking color combination. Interior flawless. Few minor issues with trim and other brightwork. Cameo trim and interior. $80,000 good order. Found with 1961 DC plates in trunk. Custom Continental kit. A true JFK car? Who knows. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $25,300. Pay your money and take your chances. If it can be proven that this is in fact a JFK car, then the buyer stole it. If not, a big lumpy Lincoln at a slight premium. #339.2-1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD Sport Roadster convertible. S/N 2Y89M153372. Black/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 12,797 miles. 390-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. If all checks out, one of only 39 “M code” Sport Roadsters with a/c. VIN verifies the car but without the “out-the-door” sheet, you can't be positive. Restored to perfection. Black paint in restoration receipts. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $36,300. Considering the documented cost of restoration, this is the best way to acquire a classic car or truck—let someone else take the financial hit and all the aggravation of the restoration. That said, price paid here was on the high side for a pickup with the anemic 235 I6. #330.1-1959 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL Mark IV convertible. S/N H9YC402523. Pink/black fabric/pink & black vinyl. Odo: 11,240 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. An older restoration with custom pink respray, a la Mary Kay. Showing age but still a decent driver if you can get past the color. Numerous touchups, trunk trim damaged. Trim button missing without usual swirls and scratches. Unusual snaps on door for some sort of cover. Engine dress-up not complete. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $99,000. A stunning example with all the right stuff. These have languished in the marketplace for years, and this may signal the breakout. The highest price seen at public sale and—with a '63 in the garage—I'm pleased at the positive trend. #638-1963 AMERICAN MOTORS RAMBLER 220 2-dr sedan. S/N B584177. Salmon & white/black, white & red fabric & vinyl. Odo: 6,235 miles. 195-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. From estate of surfing legend Mike Marshall. Hand-painted by Jimmy C. Equipped with on seats, steering wheel pitted. Only 2,195 produced. Equipped with parade boot. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $20,900. Even in this condition, it could have been a $50,000 car if only it had been in an acceptable livery. Another example of the high cost of indulging your weird taste on an automobile. On the other hand, get a respray and new interior, and the new owner may still be on the right side of the ledger. 86 headlights. Maintained in excellent condition. Featured in Lowrider Magazine and has own Hot Wheels model. Has rebuilt salvage title. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $44,000. I doubt if you could build this for the price paid, even if you owned the shop. The wild paint had to cost a bundle. If orange was your favorite color, then you were in hog heaven with this one. #373.1-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S115636. Mosport Green/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 90,021 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A 26-year-old respray that is showing its age. Paint checking on hood, scar on right rear fender. Big-block hood added. Original black vinyl interior in acceptable condition. Lacking Sports Car Market clean and tidy. Only 3,138 1963 Continental convertibles produced. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $46,200. Aggressive price paid for a Continental convertible with a few needs. Fixing the trim is not inexpensive and most likely the reason it was not done during restoration. Have to call this one well sold. #372.1-1964 BUICK RIVIERA “Flare Up” 2-dr hard top. S/N 7K1209549. Orange metal flake/orange leather buckets. Odo: 37,689 miles. 425-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Built and once owned by Jesse James of West Coast Choppers fame. Highly customized with hydros in trunk and wild paint, 1965 Riviera #60.2-1961 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 4-dr sedan. S/N 1Y82H407265. Sultan White/ black leather. Odo: 20,059 miles. 430-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Restored to JFK parade-car specs. Complete with sirens, parade lights, and flags up front. Paint well applied and shows well. A couple minor dings in trim. Leather interior in Aloha surf rack and a couple of vintage boards. Lake pipe exhaust. Showing signs of age and use. At home at the beach. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $60,000. Proceeds were to benefit the Surfing Heritage Foundation, so price paid does not indicate true market value. Buyer was most generous indeed. #53-1963 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. S/N 3Y86N420186. Black/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 28,637 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Stated to be recent restoration, but trim neglected, as grille and window trim pitted with buffer marks. Window rubbers worn and appear original. Gap at bottom of right door. Black interior in nice condition with minimal evidence of use. Engine compartment


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Barrett-Jackson Orange County, CA 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent restoration to high standard. Respray with no issues noted. Panel fit to fac- ruary 2010 McCormick sale in Palm Springs when the bidding stalled at $25,750 (SCM# 160553). Let's see, sells for $100 more here but minus 10% commission, fees, travel, etc. Makes the McCormick bid look a little better now, doesn't it? #369.1-1969 OLDSMOBILE 442 Hurst many of the desirable options but does have power windows and brakes. Wears reproduction knockoffs and sidepipes. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $41,800. Middle-of-the-road money for a middle-of-the-road L79 convertible. At the price paid, use and enjoy, and at some point opt for a respray. No harm done here. #344.1-1966 DODGE CORONET 500 Hemi 2-dr hard top. S/N WP23H67215489. Red/ivory vinyl. Odo: 41,891 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Attractive paint but a few minor dents and buffer marks in grille and window trim. No issues with interior. One of 204 Coronet 500 Hemis with Bone Crusher 4-speed, tory spec. Well fitted interior. Factory a/c with side exhaust. Big-block hood added with painted stinger. On repop alloy wheels. From Dave's Garage Collection. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $52,800. Described as well bought by SPEED Channel on-air announcers, and I would have to agree, as a decent L79 coupe should be closer to $65k. The NCRS boys would have an issue with that hood, however. #344.5-1968 SHELBY GT350 H fastback. S/N 8T02J14934501144. Candy Apple Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 114 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A barn find and subsequent total restoration, now sparkling. One of 312 Shelby Hertz cars for 1968, ownership documented by Marti Report, but car lacks “H” in VIN. Delivered with C4 automatic but converted to 4-speed documented with Broadcast sheet, factory trim tags, and Chrysler Registry. Factory Dana rear end. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $85,800. Documentation is the key when looking at muscle cars, and this one had it all. No questions, so a justified top price paid. #346.2-1966 SHELBY GT350 H fastback. S/N SFM6S1930. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 8,254 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of 1,003 Shelby GT350 rent-a-racers sold to Hertz. Recent frame-on restoration with original paint. Over $150k in receipts for work performed. Miles stated to be original and must manual along the way. Engine also rebuilt. Unusual history. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $110,000. The Hertz connection was not reflected in the price paid here. The missing black-and-gold livery and H negated the 10% bump that Hertz cars usually get. Still, a well restored Shelby with an interesting story. #79-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO con- have been acquired a quarter mile at a time to require that extensive a restoration. Magnum 500 wheels standard. A stunning example. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $181,500. An huge price paid for a well presented Hertz GT350. The Hertz package can add another 15% or so. Two bidders had to have it, but there's only one “winner.” #338.2-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194377S104318. Ermine White/ red vinyl. Odo: 35,072 327-ci 350-hp V8, 88 solid driver. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,850. I watched this Camaro fail to sell at the Feb- vertible. S/N 123679N628912. Dover White/ white vinyl/medium blue metallic. Odo: 14,216 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. An attractive color combination. Top dirty. Interior well presented, but some pitting on center console. Fitted with an aftermarket 350 crate motor with less than 10,000 miles since replacement. Looks like a well presented Plymouth Roadrunner with the “beep-beep” horn. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $121,000. The 4-speed was a big plus here and may have added as much as $12,000 to the total package. These were a mid-year introduction, and the performance was underrated. The non-matching-numbers engine was overlooked by the bidders, and it sold for a market-correct amount. #69.1-1969 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. S/N 242379Z103469. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 53,296 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored on Discovery Channel by Desert Auto Kings. The closer you look the more evident it Sports Car Market 2-dr hard top. S/N 344879M350668. Cameo White & Hurst Gold/gold vinyl. Odo: 18,351 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A joint venture between Oldsmobile and Hurst Performance Research. #211 of 912 built in 1969. Proper panel fit and very presentable paint. Force Air Induction with wicked hood scoops. Spoiler design lifted from a Cessna airplane. Hurst dual gate shifter. Tic Toc Tach with power steering and brakes. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $58,300. In exceptional condition, these can push six figures, so I have to call this one well bought. A gnarly muscle car that will light up the tires with ease. Money saved should be put in a fund to cover future driving certificates that will be presented by local authorities. #356.2-1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr hard top. RM34M9A294942. Performance S/N Red/black vinyl. Odo: 5,611 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Rotisserie restoration of an “M code” 440 6-pack Road Runner. 4-speed was ordered on only 422 cars. Correct, but not numbers-matching block, internally upgraded to 505-ci stroker. Has original steel air cleaner. Has correct fiberglass lift-off hood and black steel wheels. A


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Glovebox Notes 2011 BMW 335i Coupe Barrett-Jackson Orange County, CA A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM stable. HHHHH is best. is that this was done with serious time constraints. Paint needs attention with a wet sand tape treatment. Standard with 4-speed manual, but 3-speed automatic with Slap Stick here. 2,724 produced. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $71,500. Price paid here was for a middle-of-the-road AAR ‘Cuda, and this was a better car than that. It was even signed in the trunk by Gurney. The edge goes to the buyer here, but sure wish it had the standard equipment 4-speed. #72-1972 BUICK GS 455 Stage 1 con- Price as tested: $51,575, 300-horsepower 3.0L DOHC twin-turbo, 6-speed manual gearbox, 19” wheels. Space gray metallic with Coral red / black Dakota leather. EPA Mileage: 19/28 Likes: Alex and I had a chance to drive this car at Button Willow Raceway (more on this in the next issue of SCM) and the harder you pushed it, the more comfortable it became. The gearbox was delightful, and despite running eight sessions a day in 105 degree heat (with the a/c on) the car never overheated, nor did the brakes or suspension ever fail to deliver. Striking in this gray/red color combination. Dislikes: Why beat a dead German horse and complain about the user-cruel iDrive interface. My iPhone nav system, at $3/month, is 500 times better than the $2,100 BMW factory option. Fun to drive: HHHHH Fun to look at: HHHHH Overall experience: HHHHH Verdict: The 335i is a cut above, offering style and performance at a reasonable price. The race-track experience was transformational, as it revealed the high-performance beast as the heart of the stylish machine.—KM and buff in order. Several touch-ups on hood, trim scratched. Engine and transmission said to have been rebuilt in the process. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $22,000. Average price for an average car, so no harm done. Now if this was a Ram Air III or IV, we would be talking about something. #357-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS LS5 convertible. S/N 136670B182157. Classic White & black/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 60,917 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of three ordered as Canadian COPO cars for display at Can Am race in Edmonton. One of 22 with M40 transmission and one of three in red, white, and black livery. Ordered with 34 vertible. S/N 4G67V2H101965. Flame Orange/white vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 41,682 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The “V” in the VIN confirms that it's a real GS 455. Paint issues include blemish on trunk, numerous cracks, and scratches on both spoilers. Top dirty. Original interior in good order. Equipped with a/c, Rally sport wheels, and hood tach. Stage 1 option provided Rochester Quadrajet and hotter cam. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $23,100. These can push $60k in excellent condition and $75k with a/c. Even considering the paint issues, this one fell through the cracks. Add a new top and a respray for $20,000 and the new owner will be well ahead of the game. Has potential! ible. options including Cowl Induction hood. Suspension finished in gloss black, which is questionable. Incorrect master cylinder. In the LS5 Registry. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $137,500. A very strong, well optioned, well documented LS5 that was well presented. The seller worked the car hard and was rewarded for his efforts. Price paid was up there by almost a factor of two. #364-1970 PLYMOUTH AAR ‘CUDA 2- dr hard top. S/N BS23JOB280881. Sassy Grass Green/black vinyl. Odo: 3,830 miles. 340-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Govier-verified, plus two build sheets and fender tags. Bow in hood normal due to spring used. Engine not detailed. AAR ‘Cuda was a mid-year introduction and stood for Dan Gurney's All American Racing #41.2-1972 OLDSMOBILE 442 convertS/N 3J67U2M125946. Sassy Grass Green/black vinyl/black buckets. Odo: 87,602 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. By 1972, the 442 was just an appearance option. Repainted for the Antonio Banderas film “Play It To The Bone,” which was on everyone's Top Ten list. Numerous paint issues. Interior tired, which was stated to be in character with the movie. Air conditioning not working, but equipped with power windows, brakes, and sport steering. Non-original Toronado 455 V8, dual gate Hurst shifter. One of two altered for filming. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $9,900. I guess if you were one of the few who saw the movie, then this might mean something to you. Otherwise, just a tired 442 that someone painted green. Sometimes a bargain is not what it appears. team. Featured unique side exhaust and flat black paint on hood, spoiler, and 23-piece side 90 #39.2-1973 MERCURY COUGAR XR-7 convertible. S/N 3F94H522920. Black/black vinyl/Ginger leather. Odo: 80 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Recent restoration to high standard. Stated to have been driven only 2,500 miles in Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson Orange County, CA the last 25 years. Excellent paint does not show normal issues associated with black. Very nice brightwork. Includes a/c, which was a $364 option. Documented with Marti Report. Strong presentation. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $31,900. A solid XR-7 that sold for a strong but well deserved price. The a/c adds about $2,500, and the Marti Report ties it all together. Buyer paid a slight but appropriate premium. Fair deal all around. #365-1974 FORD MUSTANG 429 SCJ fastback. S/N 1FO2J146828. Bright Red/vermillion red vinyl. Odo: 22,484 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Restored to perfection and verified with Marti Report. The SCJ included the Drag Pack with Detriot Locker rear. Ram Air high-performance V8 was a $436 option. One of 38 with 4-speed manual and the only one with Vermillion Red buckets. N.O.S. seat Clock in tach and original T-top covers. Documented with build sheet, window sticker, and all books and records. Driven less than 1,000 miles a year. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $47,300. Price paid would have bought the coveted SE, but value here was the originality. Documented and untouched are big pluses, but price was still up there. Call this one well sold. #345.1-2005 FORD GT coupe. S/N 1FAFP90S25Y401561. Red/black leather. covers. Has rare Barnum Bros. radiator shroud. Power steering and front disc brakes. A stunning, fully documented Mustang muscle car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $63,800. The “S” Drag Pack option adds about $15,000 to the package, so verification is a must. Both had engine code “J” in the VIN. With the Marti Report to document, this was well under the money. Another ten large would not have been unreasonable. #1-1974 MERCURY MONTEGO wagon. S/N 4Z76A573453. Orange & brown/tan leather. Odo: 46,737 miles. 460-ci V8, 4-bbl, One of 2,027 Ford GTs produced in 2005. 0–60 in 3.3 seconds. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $165,000. MSRP was $140,000, but gas guzzler tax and options pushed it up a bunch. Price paid was close to retail in 2005, so no depreciation here. These are getting harder to find in this condition. One of few supercars that have held any value. © Odo: 1,976 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Once owned by Parnelli Jones; the four options on this example cost an additional $13,500. Reached 205 mph at Italy's Nardo test track. Equipped with Eaton twin-screw supercharger. 3-sp. Special-order orange paint, painted hubcaps an unusual touch. One of one according to Marti Report for the carpet on cargo load floor. Factory a/c. Bumpers scratched and dented. Paint edgy. Some sort of gel has been used to cover fading wood grain and dents, apparently applied with a worn out brush. I could go on and on. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $1,980. There are times when cheap can be very expensive in the long run. Could be the case here if new owner wants to bring this up a bit. My advice: Use it as a weekend hauler, and don't worry about it. #43.1-1978 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. S/N 2W87Z8N185078. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 29,173 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. An original, unmolested example of the end of the high performance era. Not the Special Edition version. Has big hood decal, paint properly maintained but shows age. September 2011 91


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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, UK The Aston Martin Sale A barn-find DB5 was fought over by eleven telephone bidders, five absentee bidders and seven people in the room, finally selling for $458k Company Bonhams Date May 21, 2011 Location Newport Pagnell, UK Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold / offered 44/45 Sales rate 98% Sales total $9,474,923 High sale 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage convertible, sold at $823,815 Buyer's premium 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage convertible—$823,815 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics A ided by a couple of post-auction sales, Bonhams failed to shift only one of the cars offered at its 12th annual Works Service sale of Aston Martins, which took place the day after holding its 25th sale in Monaco. Forty-four of the 45 lots offered sold, leaving only a slightly tired DB2/4 drophead coupe still looking for a new home. At the end of the day, some of the prices achieved defied all expectations. A sale price of $698,822 for a DB5 shooting brake by Harold Radford was very healthy—that's convertible money—but the biggest news of the event was the $502,405 paid by a bidder in the Middle East for a “barn-find” 1963 DB4 convertible, which had been off the road for 31 years. Originally owned by an Oxford don, and still with a 1970 St. John's College parking permit in the window, this completely original car was very straight and solid. It should be a straightforward restoration, or it could go back on the road quite easily with just some mechanical and interior freshening. Interestingly, a pristinely restored example of a similar model, a 4.2 Vantage just four chassis numbers later, sold for $823,815, which means that there is enough margin for the new owner to cover a restoration, assuming that is the route he intends to take. Another barn discovery, a DB5, was fought over by eleven telephone bidders, five absentee bidders and seven people in the room, finally selling for $457,765 92 15% on the first $48,698, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00=£0.62) against an estimate of $80,000–$97,000. And a Works Service restored DBS, replicating the car driven by George Lazenby's James Bond in “On Her Majesty's Secret Service,” fetched $172,068, which was well over its estimate. Although that price was not a record for a DBS, it is one of the highest prices I can remember seeing for the model. The ex-Chris Eubank 6.3-liter Vantage Volante was $95,287, and one of five V8 Zagato Vantage Volantes fetched $180,966, while a standard car formerly owned by Simon Le Bon made $141,712. The ex-Viscount Downe/Richard Williams/Mike Salmon DB4 Lightweight racer looked tidy, and it was a good value at $207,780. On the minor celebrity list, Viscount Linley was spotted taking a keen interest in a tidy DB6 at the pre-sale viewing: it later sold for $188,138. Aston Martin CEO Ulrich Bez donated the Rapide he has been using as a company car to raise money for victims of the Japanese earthquake disaster, and the 2009, 13,000-mile car raised $180,966 when Linley put his hand up. Compared to last year's event, which saw 35 cars bring $6.6m in sales, this year's $9.5m event should certainly be considered a success. James Knight, auctioneer and Global Head of Collectors Motor Cars, said: “It is a testament not only to the Bonhams Motoring Group's ability, but also to our corporate infrastructure, that we were able to conduct two sales in Europe over one weekend. More than 100 motor cars were offered in 24 hours, realizing over $14.3m.” ♦ Sales Totals $2m $4m $6m $8m $10m 0 Sports Car Market 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007


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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, UK ENGLISH #310-1953 ASTON MARTIN DB2 coupe. S/N LML50X5. Eng. # LB6B50648. Metallic green/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 45,570 miles. Very nice. Excellent panel fit, as it should be after a huge $100k-plus restoration by The Aston Workshop in 1998. Although as one of the last DB2s, it has a 2/4-like front profile. leather. Wide hood, door, and sill gaps. Sits just right on tall old crossplies, although they'd want changing if you were going to use it. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $118,499. Sold right, but for about 20% less than was hoped for. They either have to be faultless or undisturbed barn finds to get the top money, and this fell slightly short of the former. #327-1955 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 drophead coupe. S/N AM3001104. White/ blue leather. RHD. Odo: 2,367 miles. The first customer DB2/4 drophead, with factory-fit “L1” performance cylinder head. Following restoration in late '90s, body fit about as good as these get, with leather and carpets still in for a DB4 coupe. Left-handers are easier to sell at the moment, with their wider market appeal, so that no doubt helped its value. #331-1960 ASTON MARTIN DB4 racer. S/N DB4315R. Eng. # RSW11. Metallic green. Well known former racer of Viscount Downe/ RS Williams and Mike Salmon. Panel fits and general tidiness pretty good for a racer. Not Chassis still clean and tidy, and there's a newish stainless exhaust; paint, leather, carpets, and veneers still excellent. With original tools. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $170,282. Belgian registered. If not actually “the best DB2 in the world,” it was close enough, and sold right. Well bought and sold. #312-1954 LAGONDA 3.0-LITER Sports Saloon 2-dr sedan. S/N LAG50533. Blue & silver. RHD. A grand old barge that's had plenty spent on it. Mildly variable panel gaps and slightly orange peeled paint, but interior is super order. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $368,485. Last sold for pretty much the same money, $358,680, at this sale in September, 2008 (SCM# 116819), where the reporter described it as “perfect in every respect.” Sold before that at Bonhams' Works Service in May 2003 for $93,920. #301-1957 ASTON MARTIN DB Mk III coupe. S/N AM3003B1401. Red/red leather. RHD. The first disc-braked production chassis, also with overdrive transmission. In this ownership since 1970 and stored for last 40 years. Now with front held on by gravity and partly paint-stripped. Interior all there, red leather might come back. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $88,144. registered. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $207,780. As ever, bought for a lot less than it cost to build, develop, and run, at about the level of a fair-topoor standard road coupe. You pays your money... #324-1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series II coupe. S/N DB4527R. Silver/black leather. RHD. Older restoration probably done in Japan. Straight, good door fit, nice paint, though some corrosion noted underneath. Lightly creased black leather shows a few holes where previously sewn-on panels on headrests were removed. Still with original engine but color changed from dark red. Blockley tires. magnificent, with very nice leather and good veneers. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $73,859. A “what do you do with it?” car all around, but fun to behold; one buyer cheerily stumped up well over the odds for this. Well sold. #320-1955 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 coupe. S/N LML888. Green/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 75,193 miles. Chassis solid and repainted, new exhaust and shiny new paint, plus newish Although it was unlikely to achieve the $140k or so made a couple of years ago by one of the first of the current crop of resto projects, the ex-Dickie Attwood DB2/4, this soared almost four times over the low estimate. But there's a long way to go, I'd say sold right. #326-1959 ASTON MARTIN DB4 coupe. S/N DB4144L. Eng. # 370150. Gunmetal/ black leather. Very nice body, chrome, and paint. Windshield slightly lightly cloudy/delaminating. On Avon ZZs, which is always a sign of an enthusiast owner. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $413,125. Has been in the U.S. Sold well north of where expected, achieving top money 94 Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $189,924. After Japan, this was in the U.S., and returned to U.K. in early 2011. Appears three times in the SCM database: sold for $128,000 at Bonhams' 2006 Carmel sale (SCM# 42576); not sold for $175,000 at Bonhams' 2010 Carmel sale (SCM# 165575); and then not sold for $140,000 at RM's Phoenix sale in January 2011 (SCM# 170604). Sold averagely this time, although the price was inflated due to VAT. #339-1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series II coupe. S/N DB4529R. Silver/black leather. RHD. Odo: 2,186 miles. Very nice, tidy, and Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, UK appealing, with good paint and chrome. Factory replacement motor in 1972. Clean and dry underneath. Stainless steel exhaust added. 4.2 liters and unleaded-compatible, plus other detail improvements. Stainless steel exhaust. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $305,988. Near top money for a coupe, and well sold for more than expected. Bidding was buoyed by the car's proven drivability—and the fantastic atmosphere of the sale. TOP 10 No. 8 #309-1963 ASTON MARTIN DB4 convertible. S/N DB4C1104R. Eng. # 370472. Green/tan leather. RHD. Odo: Cond: 2. SOLD AT $252,420. Last seen at RM in London, October 29, 2008, where it sold for $158,796 (SCM# 118518). The reporter then called it “priced right” and “well bought and sold.” With nearly $100k of appreciation in less than three years, he was right, and I'll call it slightly well bought this time, too. BEST BUY #336-1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4 GT replica coupe. S/N DB4683R. Eng. # 370675. Gunmetal/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 4,974 miles. Expensively replicated, including real GT cylinder head and five inches authentically chopped out of wheelbase, so it won't be going back to standard any time soon. You've got to be very committed to 60,060 miles. Looks like a rough restoration project—which it is—but under the dust it's dead straight with no structural rust, so should be relatively straightforward. Needs new interior, or just change the fluids and rubbers, wipe it over with an oily rag and use as-is. Motor (a replacement) and transmission not actually bolted in, exhaust original and still in good pretty car, and looks today like a new pin. An AMOC concours-winner, although it has a big motor, which should have put the judges off (even if it looks outwardly standard). Cond: 1. SOLD AT $823,815. What made this interesting is that if this is the new yardstick for a pristine DB4 convertible (and the only rarer Aston is the DB4 GT Zagato), then it justifies the price of lot 309, the “barn-find” standard car, earlier in the sale and only four chassis numbers away. TOP 10 No. 9 #316-1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB51482R. Eng. # 4001461. Red/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 4,232 miles. A resto project, chrome rusty, dings in front and on fender tops; otherwise pretty straight. Chassis good, car looks almost usable. “ACE” registration number too. shape, on display behind it. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $502,405. Was the property of two Oxford dons (and still on Oxford reg), the last of whom put it away in 1980. Expected to fetch $125k– $210k, and it just kept going to the price of a good DB5 coupe. Incredibly, the sums do add up if you look at the price achieved by a similar but pristine car four chassis numbers away in the same sale. #311-1963 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series take a gas-axe to one of these, but with the real thing costing $1.5m, perhaps it fleetingly made sense. Creased brown leather with beautiful patina adds to period appeal. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $359,557. Sold for around the going price of a decent stock DB4 coupe, proving that modified cars never get their money back. It'll be a blast to drive, though. Well bought. #319-1962 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series IV Vantage 4.2 coupe. S/N DB4940R. Metallic blue/black leather. RHD. Odo: 5,230 miles. Straight, tidy, leather somewhat creased, chassis rails lightly jacked in places. Fitted with “Special Series” (Vantage) engine from new, although always with “flat front.” Now out to V Vantage coupe. S/N DB41124R. Eng. # 3701094SS. Red/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 39,435 miles. Usable rather than concours. Shows a couple of tiny ripples in left rear flank and a tiny notch in front of hood. Leather and carpets almost new. Last stop before the DB5. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $457,765. Stored since 1976, last driven in 1980. A proper restoration for one of these is on the order of $300k, but perhaps the bidder didn't realize that, as it sold for five times the expected money. Price achieved was equivalent to what decent DB5s were fetching last year. Well sold. TOP 10 No. 3 #345-1965 ASTON MARTIN DB5 shooting brake. S/N DB5847R. Dark blue. RHD. One of twelve DB5 sports saloons converted to shooting brake configuration by coachbuilder Harold Radford. In generally good order, although paint microblistered. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $270,276. Half the price of a DB5, although I'd still call it well sold. The increase in motor size from 3.7, DB5 brake calipers, and slightly out-of-fashion full-length Webasto sunroof didn't seem to affect its value either way. TOP 10 No. 1 96 #333-1963 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series V Vantage convertible. S/N DB4C1108R. Eng. # 3701151SS. Metallic blue/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 1,885 miles. Pristine Works Service restoration of a SOLD AT $698,822. Owned by the seller since 1972, the records included were meticulously Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, UK kept. Not something you'd do to a DB5 today, but for a factory-authorized period conversion, this managed to fetch decent convertible money. #321-1967 ASTON MARTIN DB6 coupe. S/N DB63206R. Eng. # 4003248. Silver/black leather. RHD. Odo: 3,701 miles. Sharp body and nice paint, good chrome. Lightly creased leather, excellent dash. OK underneath, though chassis rails lightly jacked in places, rear brake Astons, you have to wonder what lies beneath the skin. #305-1968 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Volante Mk I convertible. S/N DBVC3693R. Eng. # 4003487. Black/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 77,612 miles. Fair overall condition with very blistered paint (put on in 1979 by the factory). Polish marks in earlier bumper rechrome, one front now dinged. Lightly creased leather. calipers new or rebuilt. Was an automatic, converted to 5-speed ZF, presumably during earlier Works Service restoration in 1991. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $188,138. Viscount Linley (a minor Royal) was spotted checking this out before the sale, but in the end he put his hand up for the Rapide. Sold for middling-to-good DB6 money. #335-1968 ASTON MARTIN DB6 coupe. S/N DB63232R. Dubonnet Rosso/tan leather. Odo: 89,950 miles. Tidy and usable looking DB6, refurbished in the U.S. in recent years. Straight body and good door fit, newish leather, motor very tidy. Subject to 5% import tax if it stays in the U.K. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT #304-1972 ASTON MARTIN V8 Series 2 coupe. S/N V810633RCA. Black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 56,883 miles. Good body and paint, solid underneath. Door skins and rockers replaced in not-too-distant past. Underneath the silly rocket-launchers, there's a decent Aston V8 trying to climb out. Last MOT ex- pired March 2009. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $34,535. This was being sold from a large Aston collection that's been spread over two, and now three, sales. Those rockets might have helped after all, because this sold for only fairly rough V8 money, while they were attached to quite a sound car. coupe. S/N SCFV81S6GTR12509. Eng. # V5862509S. Metallic blue/magnolia RHD. Odo: 47,048 Tidy V8. Body straight, paint nice, rockers and undercarriage good. Leather only slightly baggy. Lowish mileage, appears to have been well looked after. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $59,574. Even though this was Chassis solid, oily underneath. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $377,413. In storage since 1996 and sold where expected—at least $150k under where good ones sit, so there's margin to fix the paint, plus some other surprises. Looked like a fair deal both ways. #317-1968 ASTON MARTIN DBS Vantage 007 replica coupe. S/N DBS5148R. Eng. # 4003864S. Metallic green/black leather. RHD. Like a new car underneath and up top, following $300k-plus Works Service restoration in 2008, to replicate the “On Her Majesty's Secret Service” DBS. Only worry is a little rust $154,212. Recently sold in January 2011 at RM's Phoenix auction for $145,750 (SCM# 168593). Here, VAT (now at 20%) payable on the whole hammer price not just the premium, artificially keeps the price up. Otherwise, price would be slightly lower, due to the market's preference for silver Astons over ‘80s red ones with Webasto sunroofs. #325-1968 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Mk I Volante convertible. S/N DBVC3685R. Eng. # 4003550. Silver/black leather. RHD. Odo: 56,479 miles. Nice and usable. Good paint. Doors fit a bit tight at back, rear bumper a bit cloudy. Very creased and cracked black leather may be original. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $377,413. Not horrendous money, considering a pristine DB4 convertible went for more than twice this, but as always with “cheap” old 98 washing out of rear sill seams. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $172,068. Previously sold at this sale in 2005 for $31,223 (SCM# 38691). Today's price showed where the model is going and that they are worth restoring. Top retail hasn't caught up yet, but someone decided to take a deep breath and get there early to ensure a seat in the future market. Well bought and sold. Sports Car Market #328-1986 ASTON MARTIN V8 Series V leather. one of the seven cars parked outside—always an indicator of lower auction expectations, relatively speaking—it wasn't junk. Sold postauction for the right money. Interest is up in these, especially from the U.S. as they just hit 25 years old and can now be imported. #330-1986 ASTON MARTIN V8 Volante convertible. S/N SCFCV81C9GTL15413. Eng. # V5805413LFA. Sable/black leather.


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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, UK RHD. Odo: 61,532 miles. Converted by Works Service to “Prince of Wales” specification—essentially a Vantage without the body kit, or more specifically a replica of the car used in the Bond film “The Living Daylights.” Just about faultless, still like new and sharp underneath. Leather looks almost un-sat in. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $279,204. Last sold at this sale in 2005 for $63,350 in British Racing Green (SCM# 38695), this time it was about $75k above regular V8 Volante money. Volante convertible. S/N 15779. Eng. # V5805779X. Metallic #341-1989 ASTON MARTIN V8 Vantage green/cream leather. Odo: 12,270 miles. With such low mileage, it looks practically like a new one. Unscuffed, veneers perfect, cream leather looks painted stoneblasted lower rear wheelarch lips. Engine converted to unleaded. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $180,996. Most striking were the red-striped Sniper wheels with Pirelli P Zero tires, which complimented the car's bold styling in a way that no doubt infuriated purists. But the originals were included, and it all sold bang in the middle of the estimate band. Vantage #322-1998 ASTON MARTIN VIRAGE V600 coupe. S/N but is actually original. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $189,924. These might look a bit comical with their '80s bodykits, but they do have a following among men of a certain age, and this one sold today for a market price. The seller may have hoped for a little more, as the car went for $207,760 at this sale in May 2008 (SCM# 116822). Volante #318-1989 ASTON MARTIN V8 Zagato convertible. S/N SCFCV81Z4JTR30044. Eng. # V5850044. Javelin Gray/black mohair/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 3,105 miles. Clean, tidy, and unscuffed, commensurate with low mileage. Big bill from Works Service in 2009. Said to be one of 37 convertibles built (out of a planned run of 25). SCFDAM252XBL70211. Eng. # 590R70211M. Cosmic Blue/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 14,130 miles. Mighty twin-supercharged coupe takes Virage concept possibly further than it ought to go. One of two touted for this sale, but the other (needing repairs) didn't show up. Converted to RHD V600 from LHD Vantage $180,996. The proceeds from this sale went to charities providing relief following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Viscount Linley took it for the right money. #315-2010 ASTON MARTIN DBR2 rep- lica racer. S/N DBS5631R. Metallic green/ check cloth. RHD. Good-looking DBR re-creation with DBS identity and Aston straight-6 power. Tremec 5-speed. Convincing from the RHD. Odo: 11,754 miles. One of the five made, and appears much svelter than standard car. Clean, tidy and unscuffed, save for lightly leather. Odo: 98 km. Another collaboration between Aston and Zagato, based on DB7 V12 Vantage, and only 99 built. Driver's seat has been sat in, but not much. Hardly used. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $180,996. Supplied new to Germany, then into U.K. in September 2007. Price was market-correct today for a one-of-99 with less than 99 km on the odo (barely). #340-2009 ASTON MARTIN RAPIDE 4-dr sedan. S/N F00039. Silver. RHD. Odo: 13,000 miles. Company car for Aston Martin CEO Ulrich Bez. Low mileage and practically new. Not the normal fare at this sale, but was sold for a good cause. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT by Works Service at a cost of about $125k in 2006, and clean, tidy and unscuffed following another $60k spent there in 2007. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $154,212. Originally supplied as a left-hander to Norway, and despite radical rebuilding value has survived well here, selling for a little more than expected—although the money spent on conversion and refurbishment will never return. #314-2004 ASTON MARTIN DB AR1 convertible. S/N AM200384. Tungsten/brown Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $141,712. Formerly the property of Simon Le Bon, but not sure if that counts for or against. Bought by the seller at this sale in May 2007 for $100,000 (SCM# 45581). Celebrity ownership or not, this was bang on the money, so a fair deal both ways. #344-1990 ASTON MARTIN V8 Zagato Vantage Volante convertible. S/N SCFCV81Z0KTR30042. Black/black leather. 100 Sports Car Market outside, even has Works-like “EMU” reg. Interior less so. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $163,140. Project completed in 2010. Still in front of a DBS on value, but not for much longer, so the practice of chopping them might soon cease. Well sold. ©


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RM Auctions London, UK Salon Privé This inaugural sale saw strong phone bidding, especially for the top seller: a 1929 Bentley Speed Six Le Mans-style Tourer at $756k Company RM Auctions Date June 23, 2011 Location Syon Park, Middlesex, U.K. Auctioneer Max Girardo Automotive lots sold / offered 44/57 Sales rate 77% Sales total $8,222,322 High sale 1929 Bentley Speed Six Le Mans-style Tourer, sold at $755,745 Buyer's premium 1937 Jaguar 2 1/2-Liter Sports Saloon—$44,985 and 1966 Jaguar XKE Fixed-Head Coupe—$98,967 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics Club to the spacious grounds of Syon House under the Heathrow flightpath west of London. Syon House dates back to the mid-1400s, R and is currently the London home of the Duke of Northumberland. It was a natural choice for Salon Privé, providing a serene outdoor setting for both the concours event and the auction. Bravely, all but two of the cars were displayed out- side, prompting a frantic rush to cover over the roadster cockpits when the heavens opened late in the afternoon. But the onset of inclement weather at least spurred the crowds into the marquee to get the auction underway. This inaugural sale saw strong phone bidding, espe- cially for what eventually became the top seller: a 1929 Bentley Speed Six Le Mans-style Tourer built up some years ago. After much interest on the block, it hammered sold at $755,745—just over low estimate money after the premiums were added in. Also drawing a lot of interest was a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Vantage convertible, originally the property 102 M Auctions raised over $8m at its first sale held alongside Salon Privé concours, taking advantage of the concours' move from the confines of the Hurlingham Middlesex, UK of actor and diplomat Sir Peter Ustinov. It spurred a lively bidding war to realize $692,766—more than $150,000 over its pre-sale high estimate. This spearheaded a raft of Aston Martins, mostly in restored condition, which included a DB4 Series IV Vantage at $440,851 and a 1939 “Brooklands” 2-litre Speed Model at $512,827. The top DB2, a 1952 drophead coupe, fetched $233,921. A 1959 Jaguar XK 150 3.8S Open Two Seater made $323,891, which was all the money, and according to the SCM Platinum database of auction sales, was a new record for the model. Soon thereafter, a coupe 3.8S looked like something of a bargain at $85,471. The best E-type, a 1966 4.2 coupe from Swiss ownership, made $98,967, but the glitzy SS 100 2½-liter was one of the notable no-sales, bidding to only $273,122—about $50k too light. From the Royce and Bentley stable, the 1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Experimental Sports Tourer was $629,787, and a 1955 Bentley R-type Continental that has been knocking around in the trade for a while was sold at $575,805, showing how far these desirable fastbacks have come in the past few years. Seven motorcycles were offered and all sold, the most valuable being a 1939 Brough Superior 11.50 V-Twin for $59,380, followed by a 1960 BSA Gold Star at $34,188. RM Auctions has done good business in Europe and the U.K. over the past year, with its most recent Villa d'Este event bringing in a healthy $32m in one day. The company already confirmed that it will return to Syon Park in 2012, and it will also be back in London on October 26 for the annual sale at Battersea Evolution. But before that comes the highly-anticipated Monterey sale in California this August, held during the famous Pebble Beach Motoring Week. And if the company's recent results are any indication, I expect we'll see some record-breaking numbers there, too. ♦ Sports Car Market 12%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.62)


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RM Auctions London, UK ENGLISH #113-1924 ROLLS-ROYCE 20HP 4-dr tourer. S/N GMK2. Red/black mohair/black vinyl. RHD. Older restoration, but good, shiny paint over straight body. Chassis painted over several times, recent new top still perfect. Seat vinyl (makes sense in an open-sided car) shows no splits. Decent brass sidelamps and rear SOLD AT $755,745. U.S. title, though only 5% duty to stay in the U.K., due to historical importance. The $640k mark was reached on the phone, at which point it was on sale, and of course much cheaper than the original. Very convincing and well bought. #116-1932 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM windshield frame, plus nice King of the Road lamp set. Not on the road for some time, having been in an Austrian collection, but now with U.K. registration. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $98,967. After a lengthy battle between a phone and the room, it sold at last to the remote bidder. This was as far as it would go, and the price paid looked slightly low, so well bought. TOP 10 No. 5 #135-1926 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM Experimental Sports Tourer. S/N 10EX. Eng. # TJ65. Blue & cream/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 69,522 miles. The “CJ Sports Car,” a well-known experimental New Phantom with minimalist bodywork. An older resto, still straight, rocker lent and also looks recent. Buttoned leather interior looks older. Motor very clean but not over-polished. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $269,909. Was in Kenya in the ‘50s, and sold with Danish registration, but what made this Phantom notable was that the bidder on the phone obviously had a plane to catch, or just got bored, and raised the stakes from $161k to $242k in one fell swoop—enough to demoralize the opposition in the room, and he deservedly got the car. Sold at the right money, just with less beating around the bush. Full marks. with cut-out, repaired in several places. Shiny leather. No leaks from non-original motor, but then it no doubt used many. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $629,787. Just about scraped up to acceptable money here, although more was expected. As Max said: “We sold 17EX for much more than this.” TOP 10 No. 2 #130-1929 BENTLEY SPEED SIX Le Mans replica tourer. S/N FA2518. Eng. # HM2856. Green/green leather. RHD. Nice and straight. Le Mans style replicated 45 years ago on Big Six chassis. Proper Speed Six engine is later. Paint has a few light cracks in places; newish carpets, leather wearing in well. Carl Zeiss lights, but modern oil filter, prop-driven alternator, and electric fans plus more modern Hella spots, so it's a user, and ran the Colorado Grand in 2003. Cond: 2-. 104 in good mechanical order. New seat leather. With spare 2-liter engine block. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $512,827. Appeared at Algarve historic races in 2009, finished second in its race at the 2006 Goodwood Revival. Sold slightly low, but fair. Sports Car Market #119-1933 LAGONDA 3-LITER tourer. S/N Z10710. Eng. # 2459. Black/black mohair/ red leather. RHD. Odo: 39,454 miles. In storage from 1949 to 1982, when it was rebodied from a saloon before tramping the U.S. concours circuit (earning second place at Palos Car Centre license plate surround points to first ownership by Czech actor Oldrich Novy, and presumably in the Republic since. Offered without reserve and let go for a number in dollars that RM hoped it would fetch in pounds, but still probably a wise move to let it go, even though $81,000 was offered for it and turned down at Bonhams' Monaco sale in May 2009 (SCM# 120583). TOP 10 No. 7 #136-1939 ASTON MARTIN 2-LITER Brooklands Speed Model roadster. S/N 727U. Eng. # H6711U. Red/black leather. RHD. A racer all its life, originally a single-seater, rebuilt into twoseater form in '70s. Well oiled and burnished, II Continental boattail tourer. S/N 100MS. White & wood/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 52,867 miles. Many remarks on “orange wheels” from casual observers in pointy shoes wandering over from Salon Privé concours. In really nice order. Originally a Thrupp & Maberly saloon, it was rebodied in the ‘70s, although the timber looks recently redone, with one hairline crack between planks. Paint excel- Verde in 2009). Very sharp following latest 2008 restoration, but overdone with bronze/ purple wheels and triple coachlines. Excellent chrome and Lucas lights, in keeping with generally flawless appearance and presentation. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $224,924. Bid not far short of what might have bought it, but the owner obviously believed in more. Appears four times through the decades in SCM database: not sold at $80,000 at The Auction, Inc., Las Vegas, 1996 (SCM# 9209); sold for $79,200 at Christie's 1991 Pebble Beach sale (SCM# 17285); sold again for $117,500 at the same sale in 2002 (SCM# 29033); and, most recently, sold for $253,000 at Gooding's 2008 Scottsdale sale (SCM# 48759). #110-1937 JAGUAR 2-1/2 LITER Sports saloon. S/N 1083250699. Red/tan leather. RHD. Decent restoration of the first “proper” Jag completed in 2005 and holding up well, though color, chrome wheels and whitewalls rather conspire against it and look more than six years old. Nice Bosch lamps. Good interior with restored instruments. Tidy engine bay. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $44,985. Prague Classic


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RM Auctions London, UK #129-1939 LAGONDA LG6 drophead coupe. S/N 12368. Green/black/black mohair/ beige leather. RHD. Odo: 99,362 miles. Really appealing. Nice older repaint, leather ret- rimmed in 2005, now showing only slight use on driver's side, timber just right and not too restoration. One of about 100 dropheads built. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $233,921. In this (Dutchregistered) ownership for 36 years and top DB2-series car of five offered, most of them restored not quite as nicely as this one. A wide estimate was given here, but this is what to expect now for a sharp DB2 or 2/4 drophead. #147-1952 TOJEIRO MG BARCHETTA roadster. S/N RMS1. Eng. # J76622. Silver/ brown leather. RHD. One of Toj's famous Ferrari 166-inspired Barchettas that were prototypes for the AC Ace, with MG XPAG power. Looks recently restored with good door fit, probably better than new, and recent leather. Sits on el cheapo radials, but straight 185s are difficult to get. Offered on bill of sale but with shiny. Motor rebuilt. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $232,957. Has been in an Austrian collection, but not enough here by about $60k. Last appears in the SCM database as a $69,498 nosale at Coys in London, 1991 (SCM# 9297). #151-1948 JAGUAR MK IV 4-dr sedan. S/N 611638. Eng. # S1668. Midnight Blue/red leather. RHD. Odo: 6,497 miles. Really nice older restoration, with straight sunroof body and excellent door fits. Good plating and paint. Plump leather seats, shiny dash, new carpets. U.K. V5. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $148,611. Previous ownership has included Augie Pabst, who drove it on the Colorado Grand and Copperstate 1000. Last sold by RM's Phoenix sale on January 20, 2011, for $143,000 (SCM# 168565), from the Bill Jacobs Collection. Someone was trying to flip it, but the top bid here didn't include enough margin to cover the shipping and commission costs. TOP 10 No. 6 Swiss title helps explain why dual spare tires are knobbies. Fitted with P100 lights. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $62,979. The first post-WWII Jaguar model, and sold right for around the cost of its restoration almost 25 years ago. It's been enjoyed, so I'd say both parties should be happy. #143-1952 ASTON MARTIN DB2 Vantage drophead coupe. S/N LML50937. Blue/beige canvas/maroon leather. RHD. Odo: 6,424 miles. A barn find superbly restored from 1998 to 2005, after which it completed Winter Trial, a tough European historic rally. With new leather and new top, all a bit bright and shiny but will settle down. Mileage shown is since 106 nator. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $575,805. R-type Continentals have made some big leaps recently, although this one has taken a long time to sell, having been rattling around the trade for the past couple of years. Just about on the money, and only $75k more than a kit-of-parts restoration that sold the following week, so well bought. Last sold at auction by Sotheby's in London on December 1, 1986 for $96,095 (SCM# 7031). these, and the Bristol motor is the one to have. Sold for $48,400 at RM's Amelia Island auction in 2003 (SCM# 30611) and before that for $57,500 at Christie's 1999 Pebble Beach sale (SCM# 1471). These have picked up behind Aces, but still go for half the price of the ragtop version. #138-1960 ASTON MARTIN DB4 coupe. S/N DB4245L. Eng. # 370243. Red/beige leather. Odo: 6,484 miles. Straight body following earlier restoration, though door fit is a bit tight. Windshield slightly delaminating. Leather basically in good order with one section of piping worn through, dashboard nice. Engine clean and tidy but not overdone. Sits right on tall crossplies. Handbook and full Sports Car Market #139-1955 BENTLEY R-TYPE Continental coupe. S/N BC7E. Midnight Blue/red leather. RHD. Odo: 62,572 miles. The penultimate Mulliner R-type Conti built, never with rear spats. Straight and proper old thing with newish leather, following restoration in 2008. Nice plating, although chrome polished through on over-rider tops. All adds to the patina, though. Now with alter- With Heritage Certificate and Operating, Maintenance and Service Book signed by its creator, William Lyons. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $323,891. Did the Classic Adelaide rally in Australia in 2000. This was simply staggering money, considering good examples usually fetch around $160k, and the 150S coupe in the same sale went for a quarter of this price. But it sold right where RM predicted. #134-1960 AC ACECA Bristol coupe. S/N BEX739. Black/red leather. Odo: 76,422 miles. Good and straight with a few small cracks in paint on doors. Nice leather just beginning to mature, dash is all good. Engine tidy. On wide rims with 185/70 XWXs, extra km/h speedo fitted. Overdrive fitted in 2009. Swiss registration. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $139,453. This car has done three Tour Autos. Black looks good on #117-1959 JAGUAR XK 150S roadster. S/N T820063DN. White/red leather. RHD. Said to be one of 36 3.8S roadsters and one of 24 “Special Equipment” cars. All straight, but repaint (said to be from 1970s but looks much more recent) is disappointing, with a few cracks, and front bumper is lightly scratched. Interior looks newer and in good order. Motor tidy but not overdone, last out in 2010. Fettled and rebuilt over the years by various marque specialists but said never to have been restored.


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RM Auctions London, UK owner, bidding from the room, should be very happy, and expect to see it valued for significantly more soon. TOP 10 No. 4 #126-1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Vantage convertible. S/N 1068L. Eng. # 3701081SS. Royal Claret/red leather. tool kit are with car, which helps at retail time. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $341,884. U.S. titled, like many of the Astons at this sale, and offered without reserve. Sold at the right money for a tidy but not concours DB4. #148-1960 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk I racer. S/N HBN7L5629. White/black vinyl. VDCA U.S. racer with good though complex history. Pretty straight but yawning gaps where windshield pillars used to be. May be on a new chassis—rails are straight but have been jacked in a couple places. Triple SUs on rare Ruddspeed manifold, but would make more Odo: 32,126 miles. In very good order all round, with little use in past quarter-decade. Restored and repainted 1979 (was originally Desert White), with new top in 1984. Lightly creased leather may be original. Cond: 2+. One of the stars of the show. Sharp on first appearance, although closer up paint is lightly orange peeled, metallic flakes are a bit large, one or two touched-in stone chips in nose. Right door fit slightly out. Avon ZZs and stainless exhaust a good sign that it's been a user SOLD AT $692,766. Originally owned by actor, diplomat and petrolhead Peter Ustinov, and sold with title from Switzerland, where it's been in a collection since 1984. Previously for sale at $483k, but went far beyond that after a protracted battle between phones and the room. Over estimate, but probably well bought, and the sale room noticeably thinned out afterward. power on Webers, and now with five-speed gearbox. Still with very American roll hoop and 125 kg of ballast bolted to passenger's floor. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $58,480. Offered at no reserve and looked like a good value, as U.K.-built racers don't come any cheaper than this number in pounds and cost more to build. Shouldn't take too much to make it U.K. racelegal, so a relative steal. #115-1960 JAGUAR XK 150S fixed-head coupe. S/N T825251DN. Eng. # VAS11959. Green/green leather. RHD. Straight and tidy, chrome all good, leather and carpets new at restoration in 2002. Motor tidy but not concours, rebuilt to run on unleaded, with electric fan and electronic ignition breaker, so very usable. Original logbooks and handbook a nice touch. One of only 150 built. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $85,471. With the best cars hitting over $150k, this looked almost a bargain and in fact sold a fair bit lower than estimate. The new 108 entry for the 1961 Le Mans, where it won the Index of Thermal Efficiency, then made back into a road car and disappeared. Later discovered with original engine by Harrington's son and restored to period spec. The car ran at the Goodwood Revival 2000 and 2003. A lot of money for an Alpine at twice the price of a good Tiger, but it was reckoned to be the real thing, and it's one of the cheapest rides you'll get for Goodwood. TOP 10 No. 10 #133-1962 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series IV Vantage coupe. S/N DB4982R. Eng. # 3791035SS. Metallic green/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 70,127 miles. original too, as low mileage appears genuine. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $431,854. One of 107 Mulliner drophead coupes, and the best combination of motor and styling. Compare this with the lot 140, the 1963 Bentley S3 coupe (that wasn't as nice) and you can see why this sold at four times the money the coupe didn't get. Well bought and sold. #127-1962 TRIUMPH TR4 convertible. S/N CT161110L. Eng. # CT16169E. Green. Odo: 88,158 miles. Restored with new floor pans, new chrome, supple new leather—the full Monty. Good door fit for a Michelotti/ Karmann TR. Shiny paint up top and underneath. New stainless exhaust. Altogether beautifully presented. As the catalog said, better than new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $53,982. This was being sold by a fastidious dealer who normally offers top collectible U.S. fare. He reported there were “400 hours” in the resto and Sports Car Market #154-1961 SUNBEAM ALPINE Harrington coupe. S/N B9102730ODHRO. Green/black velour. RHD. Odo: 54,967 miles. Good and shiny but a bit bulgy in places, door fit a little off at bottoms. Perspex windows, only one seat fitted, on Dunlop racers. Now with Holbay engine lump, but original block and head come with car. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $104,365. Previously seen at Bonhams' Goodwood sale in 1995, where it was a $98,283 no-sale (SCM# 39690). Built as the Works (and hopefully will stay that way). More power added with motor hogged out from 3670 cc to 4.2 liters, so horsepower estimated at 340 rather than standard 266 and can sip unleaded. Tremec five-speed, electric power steering, and more brakes added. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $440,851. One of 31 RHD DB4 Vantages built, and although it's been lightly hot-rodded, the mods were invisible and shouldn't hurt the value. Only downside was the Webasto, when the market prefers hard roofs (although we didn't all have a/c in the ‘60s). Sold right. #142-1962 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD II drophead coupe. S/N LSAE89. Gold & brown/red leather. Odo: 22,000 miles. Quite magnificant, with straight body and rich interior. Shiny, creased leather is the original, dash and other timbers including picnic tables are glossy. Good, even two-tone paint may be


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RM Auctions London, UK hammer at $371k. Looked cheap at that for a near top-level 5, so very well bought. #114-1966 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Vantage coupe. S/N DB62522R. Eng. # 4002534V. Silver/black leather. RHD. Odo: 17,800 miles. Straight body still with original Webasto sliding/folding sunroof and good paint. Excellent floors and rockers. Mileage is since restoration in 1988, motor overhauled and made unleaded-compatible in 2000 at prep. Just about scraped over his minimum, to a phone bidder overseas. I recently drove a similar car offered at a tad less that would easily pull full retail, so let's say this is where sharp TR4s are now. Correctly bought and sold. coupe. S/N BC98LXA. Eng. # 49ABC. Pistachio #140-1963 BENTLEY S3 Continental green/green/gray leather. Odo: 80,466 miles. Nice and straight, although paint lightly orange peeled on C-pillars, grille and plating all good. Has had some rocker work but pretty sharp and solid down there. Original 14,910 miles. Respray back to original color from previous red is more recent. Leather looks newish, probably done at the same time. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $197,933. Sold to Germany on the phone, and not greedy money for such a low-mileage car in good, usable order. Only Webasto sunroof might have dented value slightly, as they're currently out of fashion. #112-1966 JAGUAR XKE coupe. S/N 1E33576. Black/red leather. Odo: 53,508 miles. A shiny recent resto. Thick paint in original color, door shuts OK, though they drop a little when you open them. All chrome fine. Floors and exhausts in good shape. Interior correct. Nice to see it sitting right on tall crossplies, too. leather lightly creased. With a/c and modern stereo. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $104,429. One of only 30 Park Ward Continental Coupes produced, originally sold into America, then was in France, now on Italian plates and title. Bid was about $15k light to buy it here. BEST BUY #122-1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB51493R. Eng. # 4001468. Silver/black leather. RHD. Odo: 19,988 miles. Really nice and proper, very straight and with good panel fit. Lightly creased leather, modern stereo, very low mileage confirmed. Underside excellent, perfect With JDHT certificate confirming matching numbers. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $98,967. Originally supplied to Vermont, this had been in a Swiss collection, so there was an extra 5% to pay if it stayed in the U.K. Left-hand drive being an advantage in today's market, this got all the money RM was expecting, even without a reserve. #121-1967 JAGUAR XKE Series 1 2+2 coupe. S/N 1E50834BW. Red/black leather. One of the last of 512 convertibles thought produced. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $76,474. Originally supplied to California, then eventually made its way back to England via Holland and Majorca. You can buy a restored and reengineered (with alloy, fuel-injected SBC) Interceptor in the U.K. now for around $170,000, but this looked a better bet. Sold where expected. #124-1987 ASTON MARTIN V8 Vantage Volante X-Pack convertible. S/N V8CHL15565. Eng. # D389UG. Metallic green/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 19,700 miles. Straight, tidy, and low miles. Repainted in 2010 with new carpets. Cheesy X-Pack body kit, but desirable 5.3-liter 4-cam V8 tweaked RHD. Odo: 22,471 miles. Advertised as a “comprehensive restoration,” but that was twenty years ago, and today it looks no better than average. Misshapen snout looks to have been hit and not completely repaired. Doors have dropped. But the chrome and trim are good and at least it's a manual now, rather than an auto. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $40,486. Offered without reserve, and the price was right for a 2+2 driver. In its 50th anniversary year, someone is tooling around in an XKE for $40k with room for the kids—they don't come a lot cheaper than this. Mk III convertible. S/N 23111984. Metallic blue/blue #111-1976 JENSEN INTERCEPTOR mohair/cream leather. miles. An older restoration but still very pretty—although not everyone will agree on the wheels—with well detailed engine bay (equipped with “SP” six-pack), and as-new top. Decent leather and veneers inside, fitted with Moto-Lita wheel. (not too shiny) engine bay. Sitting on correct tall Avon rubber, chrome wires from new. U.S.titled, but only 5% import duty for it to stay in the U.K. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $422,857. Being sold at no reserve, a last-second $380k phone bid just secured it as Max was about to drop the 110 up to 432-hp. One of about 166 ragtops equipped with this motor. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $161,945. One of a raft of Astons at this sale, many of them from the U.S. This was sold to a telephone bidder for a market price, confirming that a couple of recent, unusually high sales were just anomalous spikes on the graph. © Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT The Greenwich Concours Perhaps it is a reflection on the relative strengths of various currencies, but of the 56 lots that sold, 30 of them are going overseas Company Bonhams & Butterfields Date June 5, 2011 Location Greenwich, CT Auctioneer Rupert Banner Automotive lots sold / offered 56/81 Sales rate 69% Sales total $3,353,727 High sale 1956 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk II coupe, sold at $249,000 1936 Rolls-Royce 25/30HP drophead coupe—$117,000 Report and photos by Don Schoeny Market opinions in italics held on the shore of Long Island Sound in Connecticut, was treated to great weather over two days. The Concours itself is an unusual two-day event, with the first day reserved for U.S.-built vehicles and Sunday set aside for foreign cars. Bonhams' Sunday automobilia and collector car sale B was well attended, and there were some very interesting lots on offer. Auctioneer duties fell to the very capable Rupert Banner, while the ever-charming Malcolm Barber worked the phone banks. Bidding in the auction tent was spirited, but at times was overshadowed by phone bidders, who called in from all over the U.S. and Europe. Perhaps it is a reflection on the relative strengths (or weakness) of various currencies, but of the 56 lots that sold, I understand that 30 of them (54%) are going overseas. The honor of high sale went to a beautifully restored 1956 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk II 2+2 coupe at $249,000. The next highest sale was also an Aston Martin, a 1958 DB Mk II in flashy red livery, which sold for $191,800. Both of these vehicles were won by European phone bidders, and are shipping out. The catalog cover car, a one-off race car fashioned after a Ferrari 212 and constructed in Argentina by 112 onhams' tradition of holding a motorcar auction in conjunction with the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance continued this June. And this year's event, Buyer's premium 17% on the first $100k, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices Bautista Lazzarino, achieved $130,200. Originally powered by a Ford flathead, it is still capable of placing well in vintage races with its current Chrysler slant six. A minor disappointment in the “no sale” column was the 1919 Locomobile 48. As it had left the factory right up the road in Bridgeport, CT, some 92 years ago, there was a lot of interest in this well-known time capsule. The engine has never been apart, and with just 21,000 miles on the odometer, it purrs and glides down the road like new. The bidding stopped at $105,000 and the car went home with its seller. With a wide variety of cars on offer, there was something for everyone. A perky Fiat Abarth 750, a mildly souped-up Porsche 914, a restored Ferrari 308 GTSi, a nostalgic Checker cab, or a herd of vintage and modern Rolls-Royces—take your pick. Adding to the variety was a quartet of truly ratty, rusty “barn finds” that would challenge anyone's imagination to ever think they will run again. One of these included a 1964 Porsche 356SC coupe in very rough condition, which was bid to $18,000 and not sold. In terms of results, this year's event saw Sales Totals growth in nearly every area. Last year's sale saw 52 cars sell for $2.8m, while this year, 56 cars brought a total of $3.3m. The sell-through rate jumped from 67% to 69%, and the average price per car rose as well, from $54k to nearly $60k. All in all, I'd call it a very successful day for Bonhams, which again showed that the market for mid-level classics is alive and well on the east coast. ♦ $1m $2m $3m $4m $5m 0 Sports Car Market 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT ARGENTINIAN #361-1952 LAZZARINO SPORTS RACER roadster. S/N 004. Eng. # M17144. Red/red leather. Interesting one-off race car, copied from a Ferrari 212. Started life in Argentina with a Ford V8 flathead, now runs a Chrysler slant six with twin carbs. Good paint red leather. RHD. Odo: 88,854 miles. Paint quite poor with acne all over, chips on door edges. All brightwork pitted. Front seat tired, steering wheel is cracked, chipped, and corroded. Engine compartment looks rough. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $56,160. This car had lots of needs. The picture in the catalog looked quite nice, but the closer you got, the worse things looked. Very well sold way over the high estimate to a phone bidder in the U.K. #369-1952 MG TD roadster. S/N TD5255. Eng. # XPAGTDLHX5440. British Racing Green/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 4,720 miles. Numerous flaws in BRG paint. Pitting on radiator shell, headlights, door handles. Spare wheel rusted. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT for a race car. Pitting on headlight surrounds. Interior tired/soiled. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $130,200. An interesting Italian-inspired Detroit-powered Argentinian racer. Has put in a lot of miles in the U.S. recently, at races and tours. Sales price fair to all. ENGLISH #344-1936 ROLLS-ROYCE 25/30HP drophead coupe. S/N GXM61. Eng. # B25C. Ascot Gray & Oxford Blue/blue cloth/gray leather. RHD. Beautiful restoration by Perfect Reflections of CA, and many show awards in the 1990s. Still holding up very well. Excellent paint and trim. Attractive wire wheels with painted wires and rim, chrome hub. Working trafficators. Excellent running boards and wood $23,400. Although there was mention in the catalog of $17k being spent on restoration in 2007, I could find no evidence of anything done to the car. This was just a good, honest driver that I thought sold well. #312-1954 MG TF 1250 roadster. S/N HDP461141. Eng. # XPAGTF31294. British Racing Green/tan cloth/tan leather. Very nice restoration dates from 2008. Good leather interior and Haartz cloth top. Chrome wire wheels seem too wide for the car and look out of place. dash. Full tool kit, single sidemount spare. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $117,000. Previously sold for $86,250 at Bonhams' 2004 Carmel sale (SCM# 35054), where our reporter wrote, “Price seems in line with what similar open small-hp cars are bringing.” A few years later, and that 2004 purchase is confirmed as a good deal, but today I'll consider this handsome car well bought by the new owner. #334-1937 ALVIS SB 13/22 tourer. S/N 15172. Eng. # 15655. Ivory & red/black cloth/ and both are hard and dry. Wheels chipped, knockoffs rusty. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $188,500. A pretty tired, used-up Ace that had a ton of needs. Several really nice examples have brought prices in the $200k–$215k range recently, so considering all that was needed here, I must call this one very well sold. See profile on p. 62. #346-1958 ASTON MARTIN DB MK III Engine compartment flawless. Drivetrain and mechanical bits rebuilt at restoration. Earned Special Commendation at Cincinnati's Ault Park Concours in 2009. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $38,610. This car had a great look in British Racing Green over tan, and the restoration work done here stood up quite well. As nice a TF as you will find, and with that in mind, the mid-estimate sale price was fair to all parties involved. #315-1956 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 Mk II 2+2 coupe. S/N AM3001206. Two-tone gray/burgundy leather. Odo: 2,977 miles. Excellent paint and chrome, panel gaps OK aside from driver's door, which is slightly out at rear. Lucas driving lights fitted. Complete 114 Sports Car Market coupe. S/N AM30031352. Eng. # DBA978. Fiesta Red/black leather. Odo: 25,175 miles. Very good paint and chrome. Driver's door slightly out at bottom rear. Slight scuffing to front seat bolsters, otherwise perfect interior. Engine compartment excellent. Complete tool kit. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $191,800. This was a very honest looking Mk III with just three own- very well. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $249,000. Last seen at Gooding's Scottsdale sale in January 2010, where it sold for $170,500 (SCM# 156865). DB-era Astons are very hot right now, and this was a market-correct price, going to a phone bidder in the U.K. Well sold for a tidy profit over its last appearance. #326-1958 AC ACE roadster. S/N AEX416. Eng. # CL2347WT. White/black leather. Odo: 11 miles. Brightwork tarnished and corroded. Major dent in left front fender. Poor trunk fit, taillights crazed. Dash and gauges are filthy, and oil pressure gauge is filled with oil. Seats could possibly be original, tool kit in armrest. Very nice, correct engine compartment. Restored in 1996 and holding up


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT ers from new. One of the last Mk IIIs before the switch to front disc brakes, still fitted with proper drums all around. A good bargain at the purchase price, and will only appreciate from here. #371-1960 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD II 4-dr sedan. S/N SWC350. Blue & Fawn/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 10,499 miles. Minor scuffing on bumpers. Rust bubble at right rear wheelwell. Hubcaps corroded. Front Driver's seat bolster is torn, upholstery weak overall. Wood on dash and door caps needs refinishing. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $64,350. brown vinyl. A barn-find Rover pickup that needs everything. Said to be in running order when put away several years ago. Stated to come with a number of spares in unopened boxes. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $5,148. A Series IIA pickup with a removable hard top is very rare. Even though the sales price was over two times the $2k high estimate, I'd say it was still a good buy. Should be straightforward to recommission, as long as Pebble Beach is not the goal. Going overseas. #367-1967 JAGUAR XKE 4.2 Series I coupe. S/N 1E34131. Metallic blue/tan leather. Odo: 6,428 miles. Nice paint and bumper chrome. Driver's door gap wide at top, passenger's door must be slammed closed, rear window hatch hard to open and close. Good carpets must have been in a barn with no roof. Although “numbers matching” means something, when the rusted sheetmetal gets repaired/replaced, there won't be much “matching” left. This doesn't look like a very good parts car, much less a restoration project. The auction estimates of $30k–$40k seemed very high to me. The high bid should have been enough to buy it. Originally sold in London to Prince Chula of Thailand, but there was not much more documented about the history of this car. It is unknown how long it has been in the U.S. Bought at the low estimate, and if the mechanicals are OK, it will be a nice way to motor about town. But you could get way underwater if you attempted a restoration of any scope. #350-1961 NASH METROPOLITAN convertible. S/N E92569. Aqua & white/white vinyl/black cloth & white vinyl. Odo: 1,267 miles. New paint, new top, refurbished chrome and interior during full restoration some years back. Minor pitting on grille-surround, trunk handle, door handles today. Windshield wipers #338-1969 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE convertible. S/N 159242766. Eng. # H5544313. Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 28,051 miles. Very nice paint, interior, and top. Both doors too tight, difficult to close, bottom rear of both doors out. New rubber gaskets. Engine compartment very good, de- and interior. Engine compartment nice except for bad chipping on exhaust manifold. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $104,130. A nicely presented car; the bidding blew right through the high estimate, approaching roadster money. Very well sold. GERMAN #336-1952 MERCEDES-BENZ 300 Adenauer 4-dr sedan. S/N 0258252. Blue/ gray cloth & vinyl. Odo: 76,356 miles. Rusty barn find with typical oxidized paint and chrome, corrosion everywhere. Looks pretty complete, but still needs everything. Spare tire gree wheel pulley on crank. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $16,380. Not perfect, but detailed top to bottom, far better than when it left Wolfsburg. Late June is not typically the time of year to score deals on convertibles, but this was well bought under the bottom estimate of $17,500. #370-1972 PORSCHE 914. stuck in up position. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $12,870. A later “Series IV” car with vent windows and upgraded 1.5-liter 4-cylinder. This one has some things that need fixing, but for credit card money, a good deal for both seller and buyer. A fun little about-town cruiser. #301-1965 LAND ROVER SERIES IIA 88 pickup. S/N 24119807B. Camoflage/steel/ fell through rusted trunk floor onto ground! Cond: 5. SOLD AT $11,115. Great Freudian slip in the auction catalog, where the car was described as an “excellent parts downer.” Two phone bidders went up in $500 increments until they had made a joke of the $3k high estimate. Well sold, indeed. #306-1964 PORSCHE 356SC coupe. S/N 130399. Eng. # 812420. Yellow/black leatherette. Odo: 24,857 miles. Filthy, rusty, and crusty inside and out. Dented bumpers, frightful amounts of Bondo visible. No heater boxes. Comes with original paperwork and is said to 116 A very nice looking 914, with a number of performance enhancements added not long ago. But modifications do little for a 914's value, so the seller would have been lucky to get that money back. A market price for a decent driver. Sports Car Market interior. Clean engine S/N 4722919938. Tangerine/black vinyl/brown vinyl. Odo: 69,665 miles. Restored with lots of performance upgrades in 2006. Good paint and clean Includes original bill of sale, sales brochure, handbook, etc. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $12,285. compartment. be a matching-numbers example. Cond: 5-. NOT SOLD AT $18,000. A “barn find” that


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT #357-1973 VOLKSWAGEN THING 4-dr convertible. S/N 1833024130E. Eng. # H5501981. Yellow/gray vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 88,149 miles. Resprayed yellow does not match door jambs, windshield hinges and front bumper mounts show a third shade of yellow in rattle-can finish. Small rust spots on rear door was holding up very well. Sammy Davis Jr. history and a first place award at the Greenwich Concours 10 years ago didn't bump the price up very much. Well bought at the low estimate by a bidder in the room. #360-1981 FERRARI 308 GTSI targa. and quarter panel. Rust around door hinges. Nice engine compartment and interior. Top nicely fitted. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,700. This looked great at ten feet, but didn't hold up to close scrutiny. No harm done as long as the new owner doesn't have show-car ambitions. For the money paid, should be a fun beach cruiser. ITALIAN #365-1963 FIAT ABARTH 750 BERLINA 2-dr sedan. S/N 1537289. Eng. # 1687224. Eggshell blue/powder blue & white vinyl. Odo: 1,411 miles. Good paint and interior. Door fit abnormally good. 8-inch Abarth stickers fitted to rear side glass. Nice engine compartment. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $19,305. Previously sold S/N ZFFAA02AXBOO36077. Silver/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 6,339 miles. Low miles, recent paint, excellent trim. Extensive mechanical work on virtually all systems to make it “like new.” All tools, manuals and books are included. Seats hard and dry, front trunk not clean. Good engine compartment. Must be one of the nicest 308s in existence. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $35,100. With only 6,300 miles, one wonders why it needed a respray, but it did come out very nice. A bit expensive for a 308, but worth it for one this fresh. AMERICAN #379-1916 OLDSMOBILE 44 roadster. S/N 57414. Eng. # 57414. Maroon & black/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 17,600 miles. In Bill Harrah's collection for 40 years, then sold to a California Olds dealer. Restored over the course of five years, over 20 years ago. Good paint. Corroded fuel filler and gauge, instru- for $17,600 at RM's 2005 Monterey sale (SCM# 39085). The Abarth magic turns a cute car into a potent thing on the twisty roads. If it runs like it looks, it will surprise a lot of posers in the hills. Offered with no reserve, it quickly went over the $16k high estimate to a bidder in the room. Well sold. #319-1968 MASERATI GHIBLI coupe. S/N AM115578. Yellow/black leather. Odo: 47,689 miles. Very nice paint and chrome, minor chips on driver's door edge. Excellent engine compartment. Interior shows normal use, but is still servicable. Said to be originally owned by Sammy Davis Jr. Won Best Italian Sports Car at the Greenwich Concours in 2001. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $78,390. These are very difficult to restore, and the 12-year-old project 118 ments tired, steering wheel corroded. Wonderful hickory Artillery wheels and Circassian walnut on steering wheel. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $36,270. The car still looked wonderful and was a great piece of history with its early V8. Well bought by a phone bidder at mid-estimate money. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT #374-1927 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I Towncar. S/N S154PM. Maroon & black/ black vinyl/blue leather & tan mohair. Odo: 127,054 miles. Good paint and brightwork. Dual sidemounts with mirrors, leather travel trunk on back. Original mohair upholstery soiled in back. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $172,000. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $63,180. 1937 was the first year for Ford to do in-house station wagon wood at their Iron Mountain facility. This was an interesting time capsule that had been preserved, rather than restored. A lot of charm and patina, well purchased for just below low estimate. #310-1951 CADILLAC SERIES 62 con- Delivered new from Springfield, MA, to a woman in Newton, MA, it seems to have spent most of its life in New England and upstate New York. Rebodied at some point from its Lonsdale limousine body to its current Towncar configuration, it was a handsome, elegant Rolls-Royce. Sold for over two times the low estimate, but still well bought. #364-1928 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I ASCOT 40/50hp Dual Cowl sport phaeton. S/N S304KP. Yellow & orange/tan cloth/black leather. Odo: 72,779 miles. Front windshield missing, rear window scratched. Leather in front seat sagging and stretched. Orange trim paint crazed, chipped. Top and tire covers dirty. Pitting on all brightwork. Running boards weathered, wheel nuts rusted. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $185,200. Last purchased for $238,000 at original but correct V12 engine fitted. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $117,000. Very attractive Model K with Tom Barrett (of Barrett-Jackson) history. A very good deal for the buyer, at about $18k under the $135k low estimate. Well bought. #345-1937 FORD MODEL 78 woodie Bonhams' 2009 Greenwich, CT sale (SCM# 120876), where our reporter called it “wonderfully mellow and nicely used.” This car was not bought for its condition, but for its history. Originally built in Springfield, MA, it achieved acclaim beside Robert Redford and Mia Farrow in the 1974 film “The Great Gatsby.” It will always be known for that, so this is the current market value for the only car with those credentials. It would seem that the seller took quite a haircut. #342-1931 CORD L-29 brougham. S/N 2929340. Two-tone green/white vinyl hard top/ brown & gray cloth. Odo: 35,620 miles. Good paint and bumpers, front brightwork corroded, stains on white vinyl top. Door panels and carpet soiled. Fitted with twin sidemounts with 120 dented hubcap. Window felting needs to be replaced. Nice interior, with clock that is ticking. wagon. S/N 7903413. Autumn Brown/black vinyl/brown vinyl. Odo: 59,299 miles. Original wood matches inside and out, with some minor rot at bottom of doors. Paint very presentable with minimal flaws. Gas stains at filler. Windshield rubber and brightwork poor. One high on driver's side and middle. Attractive engine compartment, but improper Optima battery. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $38,610. Beautifully finished in a not-so-subtle color, the true beauty of this ‘Bird is the 3-speed manual tranny. Very well bought, under the low estimate by a phone bidder. #316-1955 MERCURY MONTCLAIR Sun Valley 2-dr hard top. S/N 55SL118310M. Aqua & white/tinted glass/aqua & white vinyl & cloth. Odo: 94,430 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent paint in a period color combination. Fitted with dual spotlights and Continental Sports Car Market mirrors and covers, matching travel trunk. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $63,180. L-29 Cords were brilliantly engineered and ahead of their time with front-wheel drive, but unlucky with the timing of the Great Depression. The 20-year-old restoration on this car retained much of the original interior, including considerable patina and loads of charm. Well bought $12k below low estimate. #353-1935 LINCOLN MODEL K road- ster. S/N K3722. Eng. # K3786. Silver/tan cloth/gray leather. Odo: 466 miles. Restored to a very high level. Excellent paint, chrome, door fit, and gaps. Dual sidemounts with covers and mirror. Very nice engine compartment. Non- Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $87,750. Very interesting, documented history. The original owner only used this car to visit his mother's grave, and then in 1953, it was put up on blocks. Ownership passed to his nephew in 1979, with 3,429 miles showing. Fully restored in 2005, and in the same family until 2010. This was a true time capsule, and it was well bought below the $90k low estimate. #376-1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N P5FH104939. Goldenrod Yellow/ black & yellow leather. Odo: 64,415 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Beautiful paint. Small paint chips on right front headlight trim and fender skirt edge. Very good chrome. Trunk fit vertible. S/N 516213867. Chester Green/tan cloth/green leather. Odo: 9,970 miles. 331-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Very good paint, chrome shows slight pitting on front bumper and rear emblems, while rear bumper has considerable pitting. Panel gaps decent, aside from passenger's door leading edge gap, which is too wide. Mileage claimed to be original from new.


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT kit. Pitting on door handles, window surrounds, bumpers and emblems. Passenger's door sags Yellow & green/gray cloth & vinyl. Odo: 26,559 miles. 327-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Hood gaps off, door gaps OK. Rust bubbles visible on deck near trunk. Nice interior, paint and brightwork. Fitted with disc brakes on all four corners, as well as aftermarket a/c. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,740. This restoration was based on a Midwest car that was never a taxi, so it's probably mechanically sound. The added disc brakes and air conditioner made it a viable driver, and with such huge eye appeal, it'll be noticed everywhere. Well bought for what must have been much less than the restoration costs. #302-1965 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA and is high at rear when shut. Steering wheel chipped, right spotlight lens cracked. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $45,045. An attractive and seldom seen car that has seen its older restoration go off. Fitted with rare a/c option, which will be a lifesaver thanks to the heat from that large glass roof. Getting replacement parts for some of the trim items is going to be a challenge, as none of this stuff is reproduced. Bought fairly at low estimate money by a determined female bidder in the tent. #363-1957 CHRYSLER 300C 2-dr hard top. S/N 3N573518. Red/tan leather. Odo: 26,057 miles. 392-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Waviness (or perhaps rock hits?) on top of right front fender. Taillights crazed, pitting on brightwork, door handle, wind wing-surround, “300” trunk emblem poor. Driver's door out at bottom rear. fastback. S/N 52512918. Ruby/black vinyl. Odo: 24,989 miles. 273-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Many flaws in paint, brightwork corroded. Taillights crazed and pitted, windshield rubber dry and cracking. Steering wheel cracked and pitted. Engine compartment filthy. Overall, looks like just a used car. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $15,210. An interesting, fun driver sold to a phone bidder at the $15k low estimate. No harm done here, as long as the new owner doesn't try to make it into a show car. #332-1971 CHEVROLET MONTE Upholstery tired. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $111,150. A 26,000-mile surviving example that's only had a respray. Super original condition throughout, bought for well over the high estimate, but where are you going to find another so unmolested? Good for seller and buyer. BEST BUY #304-1965 CHECKER MARATHON Park Avenue Cab 4-dr sedan. S/N A12373727290. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. Have you ever seen a 4-speed Monte Carlo? Supposedly only 296 were so equipped between 1970 and 1971, making this option one of the rarest Chevy offered. Nice black paint, big engine, 4-speed. A great package, but the bidders didn't respond like I did. © CARLO 2-dr hard top. S/N 1385711523730. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 1,593 miles. 402-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good paint and brightwork. Door gaps slightly large. Nice engine compartment with tar-top replica battery. Optional 402ci 300-hp engine with rare 4-speed. Cond: 2+. 122 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams & Butterfields Portland, OR The Wally Lewis Collection This sale showed, once again, that collectors will pay for original, fuel-injected Chevrolet Corvettes and muscle cars Company Bonhams & Butterfields Date June 11, 2011 Location Portland, OR Auctioneer Malcolm Barber Automotive lots sold / offered 97/97 Sales rate 100% Sales total $3,040,714 High sale 1959 Chevrolet Corvette 283/283 Fuelie convertible, sold at $99,450 Buyer's premium Standing room only at the Lewis sale 17% on the first $100,000, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices Report and photos by Chad Tyson and Jim Pickering; additional photos by Tony Piff Market opinions in italics Short Collection sale in Port Townsend, WA, on May 21, 2011, Bonhams rolled south on Interstate 5 to Portland, OR, for the sale of the Wallace “Wally” Lewis Collection on June 11, 2011. While Lewis was noted for his business B acumen—he was founder of Northwest Trailer Parts— he was a car guy first. Wally sold his 1959 Chevrolet Corvette in 1962 to fund the start of his business. Years later, as his collection grew, he replaced it with a nearly identical car. That Corvette didn't make it into the auction, as Wally's grandson pulled it from the sale to keep as a memento of all the Saturdays he went to the warehouse to start cars with his grandfather. Lewis' collection of American muscle, Corvettes and trucks was stored in an unassuming warehouse in an industrial section of Portland. The decision was made to not move the cars anywhere, and auction them off in the same warehouse where Lewis enjoyed them. The large crowd at both preview days was a surprise to the SCM staff—and some at Bonhams as well. 124 onhams & Butterfields has become a major player in the Pacific Northwest collector car landscape. Following the Don and Lynette Portland has a bustling collector car scene, but rumor had it that Portland, OR plenty of buyers were flying in for the sale. On June 11, the auction area was standing room only, and bidders came to buy some very nice examples of American muscle—with an emphasis on Chevrolet cars from the 1950s through the early 1970s. Mechanical fuel-injection can be temperamental, but this sale showed, once again, that collectors will pay for original, fuelinjected Chevrolet Corvettes and muscle cars. The high sale was expected to be a 1959 Chevrolet Corvette 283/283 Fuelie convertible, and it came through with a $99,450 winning bid. The second highest hammer price went to a 1959 Chevrolet Impala Fuelie convertible at $81,900 (see the profile, p. 68). Other notable sales included a custom 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS hard top that made $38,025 and a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible with 37 factory-installed options that brought $76,050. There were also some bargains for the savvy and bold. A very clean 1972 GMC Sierra ¾-ton Custom Camper pickup was hammered sold at $4,095—Executive Editor Chester Allen had his eye on it throughout the event, but this price was just beyond where the cheapskate wanted to go. A 1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409 finished in Corona Cream—but lacking documentation—still hammered sold at $62,010. Single-collection sales can be risky for the selling party, especially at no reserve. What if the money isn't in the room, or what if the cars don't attract the right crowd that day? Bonhams & Butterfields seem to have worked out most, if not all, of the kinks in this respect, as many lots reached and blew by estimates at this sale. Here's looking forward to their next visit to the Pacific Northwest. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Bonhams & Butterfields Portland, OR pickup. S/N AA351295. Brown & cream/ black/black AMERICAN #101-1930 FORD MODEL AA stake bed vinyl. Odo: 8,249 miles. Affectionately referred to as “Old Joe” on a wrinkled set of complex starting instructions. Older restoration has apparently seen a lot of use. Upper stakes of stake bed new, bed itself old and worn. Body shows areas of bubbling subsurface rust throughout, especially at lower cowl and door bottoms. Chassis painted gloss black. Equipped with original cable brakes and hand-powered single windshield wiper. No himself out of it over the course of two days, thanks to all the work he was going to have to redo. If you could live with the paint issues, it would make a great reliable cruiser, but any significant paint work would put you underwater quickly. An expensive price considering the needs noted. #125-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR con- vertible. S/N VC55J112495. Regal Turqoise/ white vinyl/turquoise & white vinyl. Odo: 390 miles. 265-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restoration either recent or older and very well preserved. Reportedly came with 37 options from the factory. Paint near flawless, rear cowl has small ding, fender skirts clean, trim barely shows a scratch. Front bumper guard is wavy. Top clean and unwrinkled. Equipped with Wonderbar 272-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older paint shows a severe reaction on passenger's side behind back glass. Hood paint scratched, hood fits tight on passenger's side. Nearly all trim either pitted, scratched, or dull, suggesting it's probably original. Glass has some light scratching, inte- spare. Needs some attention at areas of rust, but otherwise solid. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $8,190. With only about 40 horsepower on tap, this stake bed would probably have trouble keeping up with modern traffic, and those cable brakes would make you think twice about driving it to work anyway. So it's probably destined for use as a parade truck, or maybe it'll be put in a display somewhere. Price paid was over the estimate range of $4,500 to $5,500—I'd call it slightly generous money, considering the work required to bring it back to show level. #105-1936 FORD DELUXE Model 68 3-window coupe. S/N 182389898. Turquoise/ gray cloth. 350-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Paint looks good from a distance, but up close, it's two very different colors, with hood and front fender paint considerably lighter than rest of car. Two colors coming through in roof paint above rear window, some waves in rear roof area. License plate covers up several holes in body. Car has the right rake and looks good on painted steel wheels. Interior has custom touches, with aftermarket gauges, a modern rior appears clean and well-fitted. Fitted with Continental kit. Ancient whitewalls need to be replaced. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $22,230. A classic '50s Ford in the right color combination. This car looked like an old restoration that had since been used, but I think even that use was some time ago. Like many of the Lewis cars, this one clearly spent most of its time idle. Not a bad buy for an end user, but any restoration work will likely be expensive, considering all that chrome and trim. Well sold. radio, tissue dispenser, traffic light view, and power windows. Seat stitching is immaculate. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $76,050. Getting a decent picture of the car proved a little difficult initially, as there was a constant crowd around it. Very few nits to pick upon close examination. The car was placed next to the audience during the auction, and someone got a steal at a little above the $70k low estimate. #124-1955 CHEVROLET NOMAD wagon. S/N VC55K080223. Blue & white/ blue & white vinyl. Odo: 37,446 miles. 265-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Was clearly immaculate at some point, before being used as a driver. Some rust at top of tailgate. Shows some orange peel and signs of poor prep. Gaps are great. Interior clean and presumably stock. Seats show little wear. Equipped with traffic light viewer. Tires not all holding air, right rear supported by jack #128-1956 BUICK CENTURY “Purple Passion” 2-dr hard top. S/N 6C202930. Purple/purple leather. Odo: 833 miles. 322-ci, 2x4-bbl, auto. Total custom that's been well documented. Sectioned four inches along beltline. Canted Impala headlamps, frenhched and stacked Packard taillamps. Paint has no issues, trim nearly as clean. Equipped with air suspen- sion, power steering, power brakes, and cruise control. Tuck-and-roll leather upholstery in tritone. CD player. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $58,500. Customs can be hard to sell at auction, and this one didn't even make the $60k low estimate. Still, it was a well-documented car through both of its builds, and the work could not be duplicated at this price, so well bought. #132-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR con- stand. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $59,670. This was a three-time national show car in the 1970s and then used as a daily driver by the restorer for 28 years. Ms. Blue is what she likes to be called, according to the sign with the car. History like this can't be bought cheaply. The buyer got a good deal here. stereo, and a/c added. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $40,950. A street rodder friend of mine was initially interested in this car, but he talked 126 #122-1955 FORD FAIRLANE Crown Victoria 2-dr sedan. S/N U5RC136797. Red & white/red & white vinyl. Odo: 52,993 miles. vertible. S/N VC56L020258. Red & white/ white vinyl/red & white vinyl. Odo: 2,595 miles. 265-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent paint shows no issues, panel gaps generally consistent, save for hood gap, which is tight at driver's front corner. Top well fitted but stained in places, interior features all stock components. Claimed to have been restored in 2002, with a DVD documenting the process. Fitted with Continental kit. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $64,350. Bought new in Illinois, this car was later sold to a teenager who only owned it for a few years before being killed in action in Vietnam. 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Bonhams & Butterfields Portland, OR history, like this car has, tends to boost value, and it didn't hurt that it was full of desirable options and was in very nice overall condition. Correctly bought and sold at a mid-estimate price. #130-1956 CHEVROLET CAMEO Carrier pickup. S/N V3A56K018655. White & orange/red & white vinyl. Odo: 49,341 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Paint shows orange peel and some sagging, especially down low on body. Some dings and scrapes in paint, mismatched paint between grille-surround and front fenders. Fuel filler neck has leaked, discoloring white paint. Engine black with red valve covers, Vintage Air a/c and modern GM 3-wire alternator fitted. Bed wood immaculate, interior really clean and correct-looking. looks good. Engine finished in correct oneyear-only red. Transmission fluid noted beneath vehicle. Power brakes. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $52,650. I thought this was a flat-out ugly exterior color combination, but it was period-correct. One redeeming feature was that it hid swirl marks quite well. Other than that, this was a lovely Nomad. It fell mid-estimate, but that's not the only reason to call it even money. Perfect Nomads can be pricey and spendy, and this one still needed some work before approaching that point. #139-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E57S103196. Black/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 76,524 miles. 283-ci 283hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Nicely and thoroughly restored. Light swirl marks evident in paint. Whitewalls have yellowed. Clean interior. Has GM part number on radiator hoses. Finish on hood latches typical of original factory production. Fluid down both sides of the auction company was a bit optimistic about its value, placing the high end of the estimate at $65k. This final price was a deal, as the issues noted were all small and will be pretty easy to correct. #141-1958 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. S/N F58L155356. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 59,260 miles. 348-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent black paint highlighted with really rough chrome—dents and dings still visible under plating throughout. Stainless trim OK, some scratches in glass and one large repaired chip in windshield. Nice panel fit, interior really baggy, driver's seat stained and has a rip. Lots of play in steering box. Cataloged as a master cylinder, fuel staining on bottom of injection unit and manifold. No power steering, no power Whitewalls old and discolored. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $20,475. Cameo pickups represent a monumental change in the way trucks were marketed and sold—rather than just being tools to perform a task, these trucks were designed to be both stylish and comfortable (hence the automatic transmission equipped here). This one was basically a good driver example, but it attracted lots of interest throughout the preview, and I think it was well bought at just over the $18k low estimate. #131-1956 CHEVROLET NOMAD wagon. S/N VC56L074035. Yellow & black/ yellow & black vinyl. Odo: 59,886 miles. 265ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Bumpers and chrome bright and shiny. Glass has light swirl marks, as does black sections of body. Light orange peel all over. Interior clean. Radio and clock intact. Pattern in upholstery is factory-correct and brakes. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $99,450. The high sale of the auction, this was given prime real estate next to the auctioneer's podium, and it had constant traffic around it. Fuelies rightfully get the majority of attention among ‘57 ‘Vettes, and this was a prime example. Bought fairly well, considering its rarity. #137-1957 CHEVROLET NOMAD wagon. S/N VC570101661. Red/white/red & black vinyl. Odo: 99,918 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Newer paint with few issues, chrome and trim generally quite good aside from a few dings in door drip rail trim. Front bumper and grille both very nice. Straight sides, good glass, clean interior with excellent headliner. Door sits in on driver's side, gaps quite tight on passenger's side. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $49,140. This car was claimed to be Tri-Power car, but actually has a 4-bbl. Looks like a quickie restoration by a shade-tree mechanic. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $50,895. This car had a boatload of needs, starting with the chrome, which won't be cheap to fix. The interior looked like it might have been a do-ityourselfer's first-time project, and while it was in the correct pattern, it'll need to be redone to tighten it up. This was a driver at best, and at this price, very well sold. #143-1959 CHEVROLET IMPALA con- vertible. S/N F59L189294. Blue/white vinyl/ blue vinyl. Odo: 80,019 miles. 283-ci 290-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Well-done throughout, with shiny paint over a straight body. Good panel gaps, chrome nice with only light polish scratching. Hood paint shows issues right in the from Oregon's high desert, and if that was the case, it probably never suffered any rust issues. The '57 Nomad is as good as it gets for some collectors—there's no denying that it's an icon of the 1950s—and considering its condition, 128 center, suggesting repairs stemming from a possible underhood fire—repaint shows stripes in metalflake from application. Interior and top both well-fitted. Features the correct underhood Fuelie bits, including the Parking Meter air hat, but does not have documentation as an original 290-hp Fuelie Impala. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $81,900. Chevrolet didn't keep good records on how many of these were built, but some claim the number is as low as 20. Regardless, as 1959 was the first year for the 4-speed in the Impala and the last year for Fuel Injection as an option, this was a rare car, even if it's proven to be a replica—the correct parts and badging are really hard to find. A documented original with these options should be over six figures in this Sports Car Market


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Bonhams & Butterfields Portland, OR market, but for the lack of paperwork here, price was appropriate. See the profile p. 68. #145-1959 FORD FAIRLANE 500 Skyliner retractable hard top. S/N B9KW102902. Turquoise/Pearl White/green vinyl. Odo: 45,420 miles. 332-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Chrome decent, all paint pearly. Some dings in decklid, emblems missing from fender toppers. Gaps consistent. Vent glass beginning to delaminate. Aftermarket triple gauge cluster under dash. Equipped with power steering and power brakes. Continental kit filler panel on passenger's side rattly. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $37,440. The more I looked, the less I liked about this example. Retractable hard tops have a cult following, so some people tend to be anxious when one is on the block. Even so, I was a little surprised the car sped past the low estimate and beyond the $35k high estimate. Well sold. #151-1960 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. S/N 01737L180264. Black/black & white houndstooth. Odo: 38 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Paint shows washing scratches and a few cracks at trunk seams, but is otherwise excellent. Great chrome and trim, interior shows very well in white and black houndstooth vinyl. Engine compartment immaculate, with a small-diameter power brake booster and dual master cylinder the only visible changes $50,310. An important car, as 1961 was the first year for both the SS package and the 409ci version of the W engine, which had been around in passenger cars since 1958. But the lack of documentation no doubt explains the lack of a bidding frenzy. Well, that and perhaps one of the oddest color combinations ever. I overheard a pair of registered bidders trying to decide if the interior was blue or gray. One of the nicest cars in the collection, but without the docs you don't get the dough. #153-1961 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 409 2-dr hard top. S/N 11837L161030. Sand Metallic/tan vinyl. Odo: 76,214 miles. 409-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Immaculate paint shows no issues whatsoever, aside from being slightly more shiny than stock. One chip in quarter panel on passenger's side. Some pitting in rear window trim vents has been painted over. Both quarter panel SS emblems are crooked. power steering and brakes. Cond: 2. SOLD AT lid. Excellent top and interior, some wear to SS grab bar on dash. Totally disassembled for restoration, tags expired in 1997. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $62,010. A clean example of the ultimate 409 Impala SS convertible, here done in redover-red. It was very well done throughout, aside from the crooked trunk emblem, and looked to need nothing aside from a new set of tags. The price paid was at the lower end of the $60k-to-$70k estimate range, but as with with other seemingly rare examples from this collection, it may have done better with some documentation to prove the equipment. #156-1963 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS Custom 2-dr hard top. S/N 21847L139412. Black/red vinyl. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Black paint surprisingly light on swirl marks and showing only slight orange peel, chrome very decent. Gaps tight and consistent. Custom bits include digital dash, billet steering wheel, and chrome engine bits. Dash paint clean, with only one visible ding. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $38,025. It sat at what the SCM crew affectionately, if uncreatively, dubbed the “Wall of Impalas.” But it was the meanest looking one there. Black and red is a wonderfully menacing color combo, and the car had the stance to match its attitude. One of the few cars that prompted me to pine for a bidder's pass and bank account to make it mine. Good luck replicating the work done at this price. Well bought. from stock. Lowered and fitted with polished Torq-Thrust II rims. 38 miles on a frame-off restoration. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $37,440. A custom Impala with both style and attitude, and one of my favorites of the sale. The 1960 model's fins are just a bit more understated and squared-off than the 1959's, and that, along with the other mods made here, came together into a really tight package. A great cruiser sold right at a mid-estimate price. #152-1961 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 409 2-dr hard top. S/N 11837L170677. Red/ gray vinyl. Odo: 26,219 miles. 409-ci V8, 2x4bbl, 4-sp. Well done restoration. Paint has light swirl marks, trim in decent condition. No documentation presented, but has SS trim, as well as column-mounted tach, clock, and radio. Clean glass. Engine bay well detailed. Equipped with 130 Beautiful stock engine compartment and interior. Said to be one of 142 built in 1961, but like lot 152, it does not have documentation as a factory SS 409. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $62,010. As was the case with the Fuelie ‘59 and the other ‘61 SS 409 in the Lewis Collection, documentation was lacking on this well-done Impala, and that's really the key to value when it comes to vintage GM muscle. If this was real, it was a good deal. Otherwise, I'd call it well bought and sold at a mid-estimate price. #155-1962 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 409 convertible. S/N 21867S312832. Red/ white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 52,334 miles. 409ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Typo in the catalog and the car card lists this as a 404/409. Excellent paint shows some issues around rear antennae, which were torqued down too tight. Nice chrome and trim, SS emblem crooked on trunk #164-1966 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 396 convertible. S/N 16876L215032. Marina Blue/white vinyl/two-tone blue vinyl. Odo: 1,594 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Shiny paint with few flaws. Quarter panels show some cracking at upper seams, which were filled in with body filler. Straight sides, nice top, fac- tory-correct panel gaps aside from hood, which sits too high in the rear (a common adjustment problem on these cars). Original-style interior missing door panel buttons, but they're present on seats. Fitted with buckets and console, but no console gauges. Factory tachometer, optional wood wheel, aftermarket temp gauge, original a/c, Caprice taillights. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $23,400. There wasn't much to fault with this car, either in terms of its condition or Sports Car Market


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Fresh Meat Bonhams & Butterfields Portland, OR Online sales of contemporary cars. 2009 Mosler MT900S its equipment. The 396 is a great engine, and when coupled with a Turbo 400 transmission and a 12-bolt rear end, like this car was, you have a basically bulletproof combination. The car had obviously been taken completely apart for its restoration, and everything had been done quite well. But what was with those Caprice taillights? Very well bought, as you'd never be able to build one of this quality for the money. Date sold: 07/07/2011 eBay auction ID: 190550528044 Seller Type: Bentley Dealer Seller: St. Louis Motorsports, MO, 636.449.0000, www.bentleystl.com Sale Type: Used car with 740 miles. VIN: 1M94136B69C682031 Details: Lamborghini Pearl Orange over Black Alcantara. 600 bhp. Competitive with the fastest production sports cars today.” Sale result: $249,900, 3 bids, sf 28. MSRP: $341,000 Other current offering: Private party in Pembroke Pines, FL, http://www.dupontregistry.com/autos/ Search/DRauSearchDetails.aspx?itemid=877132 asking $275,000 for a red/white 2004 with 4,100 miles. 2011 Mercedes Benz S63 AMG Date sold: 06/27/2011 eBay auction ID: 170659011918 Seller Type: Mercedes Dealer Seller: Mercedes-Benz of Houston North, TX, 800.566.8313, www.mercedesbenzhoustonnorth.com Sale Type: Used car with 1,326 miles. VIN: WDDNG7EB4BA396733 Details: Black over Black leather w/Alcantara headliner. Bang & Olufsen. Night view. Panorama roof. Sale result: $132,994, 4 bids, sf 293. MSRP: $150,555. Other current offering: Hendrick Motors of Charlotte, NC, asking $162,105 for similar, new black/gray one. 1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello listed this Impala as a 1968 model. It was one of the few cars in the collection that had actual documentation as a big-block SS car. I knew beforehand the estimate was too low, and the bidders proved me right and then some. Big price for a big engine and a 4-speed, but go find a better one for less. Super pickup. S/N CCE142S161735. Okra & white/black vinyl. Odo: 51,332 miles. #176-1972 CHEVROLET C10 Cheyenne 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Orange peel in paint, hole in driver's side rocker panel filled with brass. Doors shut nicely. Trim paint peeling. Steel bed scuffed from use. Well-optioned truck: AM/FM radio, shoulder harnesses, factory a/c, buddy buckets, spotlight, and factory 8-track. Late- #168-1967 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 427 2-dr hard top. S/N 168877J195096. Blue/ blue vinyl. Odo: 9,842 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint shinier than stock. Window drip moldings have been off, with scratches present. Trim and chrome have been redone. Some grille paint coming off. Interior is immaculate. All proper SS trim and pieces. Optional a/c and tilt column. Rare hood intact. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $56,160. The auction catalog incorrectly here was extensive for a pickup. Fair price paid. #177-1972 GMC SIERRA 2500 Custom Camper pickup. S/N TCE242F710902. Blue & white/blue vinyl. Odo: 63,112 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Dull paint chipped on front of hood, scuffing elsewhere. Straight body with no rust evident anywhere. Tailgate in bed under camper canopy. Overspray on body. Running boards are from 1980s. Barden bumper on rear. Duct tape covering tears in bench seat vinyl. Last tagged in 2008. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,095. A very significant model for the adolescent romantic endeavors of SCM Executive Editor Chester Allen, reportedly, and he even registered to bid on it. A solid driver of a pickup—I wouldn't be too worried about getting a scratch or two on it. Maybe even pull a stump with that stout bumper. Well bought, even if it was priced just past what Mr. Allen was willing to spend today. BEST BUY #179-1978 CHEVROLET MALIBU custom wagon. S/N 1W35U8B436766. Black & faux wood/tan leather. Odo: 1 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Faux wood paneling redone to highest standards, chrome trim bright and clean. Only very light swirl marks in paint. Stance has been lowered. Tan leather appears and smells fantastic. Plenty of power add-ons under the hood. Edelbrock carburetor, headers, Date sold: 07/06/2011 eBay auction ID: 150624855224 Seller Type: Independent Dealer Seller: San Francisco Sports Cars, San Carlos, CA, 650.585.2240, www.sanfranciscosportscars.com Sale Type: Used car with 25k miles. VIN: ZFFZR49A6W0110089 Details: Argento Nurburgring (Silver) over Navy Blue full leather. 6 Speed. Daytona seats. “All services up to date she is ready to enjoy now.” Sale result: $58,200, 6 bids, sf 126. MSRP: $196,300 base (1998) Other current offering: Naples Motorsports, FL, asking $79,995 for a red/tan ‘98 with 17k miles. ♦ 132 model GM alternator. Disc brake sticker on tailgate appears to be from ‘71. Cargo light is offset to passenger's side and missing one screw. Plastic reproduction tailgate panel. Nice restoration on solid start. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $11,700. I'm not sure any of the trucks at auction hit their estimates. A balance seemed to be struck between what the trucks were going to need and what each came with. The options list and the all-important go-fast chrome pieces. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $26,910. The nicest and cleanest 1978 Malibu wagon ever. Absolutely my favorite car at the auction. Maybe because it was presented in such an unassuming package, but I found the interior absolutely exquisite. It almost would be a shame to put miles on it. It went for well over the high estimate, but with the quality of workmanship and that very expensive interior, it was well bought. © Sports Car Market


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VanDerBrink Auctions Adams, ND The Cliff Nelson Collection Since the previous day's quote for junk cars across the scale was $210/ton, one needed to beat the $200 scrap bid to buy a car Company VanDerBrink Auctions Date June 11, 2011 Location Adams, ND Auctioneer Yvette VanDerBrink, Dale Pavala, & Aaron Williamson Automotive lots sold / offered 135/135 Sales rate 100% Sales total $230,540 High sale 1969 Plymouth Road Runner 2-door coupe, sold at $75,000 Buyer's premium No buyers premium charged Rust never sleeps, especially with the deceased Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics I n mid-June, I took a trip out to the vast wind-swept prairies of north central North Dakota for one of the annual car collection auc- tions hosted by Yvette VanDerBrink. Although quite a few of these auctions tend to be estate liquidation sales, in this instance, the owner, Mr. Cliff Nelson, is alive and well. He's moving down to Bismarck, and he needed to clean out his car collection before hitching up the wagon. While he's a pretty hardcore Mopar guy, he also had representative examples from the other major domestic makes. The majority of the vehicles on offer here were basically dead cars rotting, but there were also some good drivers as well. Yvette also gathered up ten other local consignments, most of which turned out to be the highest quality cars of the day. Yvette is also undeniably the best auctioneer of all the national collector car auction companies for selling dead cars. Having been raised in the salvage industry and thanks to the fact that she's a car nut, she knows both facets of wanting to keep an old hulk for parts versus getting money for it across the scale. At all of her auctions where there's any quantity of dead cars, she Adams, ND sets an opening bid for buying a car based on what the local salvage yard has bid in advance as part of the setup for the sale. Today, since the previous day's quote for unprepared cars across the scale was $210/ton, one needed to beat the $200 scrap bid to buy a car. This way, the seller gets fair market value for their commodity while the enthusiasts get a chance to “save” a car if they need it. In addition, she also offers “stripping rights,” where you can pull off the parts you want and leave the rest for the crusher. The top sale of the day was the 1969 Plymouth Road Runner, fetching $75,000. This was one of the lots from an outside consignor—seeing that this auction was heavy on Mopars, it was the best auction around the area for the car. It was also the only car to have a reserve. When it went up for bids, the top bidder was on site, at $48,000—far below the $88,000 reserve. Yvette brought both parties together, and in short order, she got both of them to shake hands at $75,000. Proof once again that it's the post-block sales that can make the difference between average and great auctions on several levels—especially since it represented about a third of the gross total sales for all of the cars sold here. Without the Road Runner changing hands, it would've been a $155,540 day for the vehicles. I always enjoy an Yvette VanDerBrink auction, dead cars and all. She and her crew are quite professional, and they do know their market quite well. Besides, how can you dislike an auction company that doesn't usually charge a buyer's fee? At the end of the day, million-dollar deals may steal the spotlight, but it's nice to know that even at the low end of the market, prices remain stable—in this case at $210/ton. ♦ 136 Sports Car Market


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VanDerBrink Auctions Adams, ND AMERICAN #12N-1928 DODGE MODEL J Standard coupe. S/N J28984. Cream, tan & black/brown cloth. Odo: 55,551 miles. Less-thanprofessional old repaint, fenders somewhat better. Driver's door has original faded nickel handle while passenger's side has ‘70s-era locking camper type handle. Older rechrome on radiator shell and headlights, rattle-can silver front bumper. “Reupholstered” with some mohair cloth stretched over seats and tacking down. Rusty gauge faces, homemade plain spoke wheels all heavily weathered, but seem sound, plus all four tires hold air. Rough, rusty, bare metal seat frames are nonetheless intact. Gauges and dash fittings look highly restorable and are actually in pretty decent condition. Roof vinyl gone, some chicken wire supports remain. Body surface-rusted but not rotted through. Floorboards, however, are gone. Same with wood steering wheel. Cylinder head propped up inside car, rusty motor otherwise complete. No radiator or headlights. No title or discernible serial number. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $400. Lucky lot 13 managed to convince two people that it had some redeeming value—even if it just ends up as a $400 yard sculpture. vinyl door panels and headliner. Dirty undercarriage and older repainted engine bay. With revarnished wood spoke wheels and five good older tires. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,500. I refer to these as “farmer restorations” because some farmer probably did the whole thing several decades ago in his shop over a long hard winter. Still, this one fared well enough to survive 83 years, and new spark plugs were all that it took to get it running. More than enough bid on it, but was still not enough for the seller, since his wife bought it back. #20N-1928 DODGE VICTORY SIX 4-dr sedan. S/N N/A. Beige & rust. Fitted with wire wheels and dual sidemount spares, with five of six hubcaps still attached. To say there is some rust in the body is a general understatement, as it is collapsing into itself and mostly held together with fence wire. Roof has been cut off, possibly an earlier attempt at a homemade phaeton. Interior is there, but seats only consist #93N-1946 DODGE CUSTOM coupe. S/N 30706018. Light green/tan & gray cloth. Odo: 1,390 miles. Appears to have been a resident of the tree line for several years or decades. No front clip. Last repaint was in black, now more than half has peeled off. Hit in right rear corner. Engine stuck but most components in place. Cracked right side windshield, most of other glass starting to delaminate. Traces of the dealer-installed seat covers remain, but the in- ers. Most paint worn off engine, but has new ignition wiring and electric wiper motor. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $3,500. 1953 was the first year of the new model nomenclature that carried through the Tri-Five years into the end of 1957. As such, this 210 was the middle series car. Ditch the seat covers, give it a repaint and new chrome, and you could turn this into a pretty decent car. Value-wise, however, even just the repaint would put you underwater. #4N-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 4-dr sedan. S/N C56J147677. Cream & copper/copper nylon & white vinyl. Odo: 81,374 miles. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Generally original car, with original paint and interior, but that's not good news. Hood buffed through, door tops crazed, although paint not so bad from 25-plus feet away. Pitted right rear quarter-panel script reads “Bela.” Interior pinchweld molding is in terior is overall dirty, soiled, and mouse damaged. Equipped with two tanks—one for gas and another for, perhaps, moonshine. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $200. The online description called it a 1946 Chevrolet, but someone must have neglected to read the glovebox door, labelled “Dodge.” Then again, most Chevy people tend to forget that anything existed before the V8 of 1955. As the first car sold, this was also the only $200 bid that wasn't placed by the scrapper. of frames. No title, radiator, hood, headlights, gauges, tires, or hope. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $200. The powertrain and an additional set of fenders were sold separate from the car for $90. That way, at least some of the car will possibly be parts so that others can live—even with the rest of it being turned into Chinese fence posts by the time you read this. Too bad, as this was the high end Dodge in 1928. #13N-1929 DODGE SERIES DA 4-dr sedan. S/N N/A. Dark blue/rusty steel. Wood 138 #5N-1953 CHEVROLET 210 4-dr sedan. S/N B53J042890. Black/black & white. Odo: 99,530 miles. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Old repaint with tons of stone chips on front of hood and the lower fenders from gravel debris on dirt roads. Tired chrome. Delaminating glass and dried-up vent window seals. Cloth door panels are actually in pretty good shape, and from what I can tell through the rips in the ugly vinyl dealer-installed seat covers, the original seat upholstery should be just as nice. On ancient radials with 1970s painted Caprice wheel cov- shreds, driver's seat bottom not too far behind, unpleasant dead-car smell throughout. Drab under the hood, undercarriage heavily surfacerusted. Fitted with older weather-checked radials. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $4,200. While there were several active on-site bidders, the guy waving his bidder's paddle was Mr. Nelson. For this kind of money, he can keep his stinky car—regardless of originality. #502T-1956 DESOTO FIREFLITE SPORTSMAN 2-dr hard top. S/N 50368759. Two-tone green/two-tone green leather. Odo: 61,256 miles. 331-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Generally original, dealer tag still on rear fascia. Body damage on driver's quarter-panel and lighter dent on right front fender. Rust in lower fenders and rockers. 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VanDerBrink Auctions Adams, ND if redone. Right rear corner sitting low due to broken spring. Optional backup lights and power steering, brakes, and windows. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $650. If someone wanted a firstgeneration Hemi on the cheap, this was a good deal. Even if it will end up as a restoration project, and not an easy one, this would be actually doable without getting upside-down. Still, not one for the weak of body, wallet, or skill. #47N-1957 FORD FAIRLANE 500 4-dr sedan. S/N D7PT134099. Silver Mocha & Inca Gold/brown cloth. Odo: 66,453 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Not registered since 1973. Intact original dealer sticker from Bateman Motors of Park River, ND, paint heavily weathered and growing moss on several panels. Rusty floors and rocker panels, but upper body very solid. Most glass either lightly cracked or starting to delaminate. A ‘70s-era front seat was swapped in at some point, now heavily soiled thick rattle-can undercoating. Stock wheel covers and older radials on stock rims. Glasspack dual exhaust. Optional 300-hp small block, 4-speed, Posi, and in-dash tach. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,000. While very presentable, don't confuse looking pretty with being correctly restored. This was a cruise-night special any day of the week, but still a better car than the maroon drop-top that was also at this venue. Like that other car, this also sold for all the money in the world. and deteriorating. Nothing of value inside car, aside from overdrive cabling and dashboard trim. Originally fitted with optional 312-ci V8, overdrive, push-button AM radio, and clock. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $200. The front fender headlight peaks were solid—surprisingly, as ‘57 and ‘58 Fords are notorious for those rusting out, thanks to no fender shields or rustproofing. If it still had the popular and valuable overdrive unit in it, someone would've likely saved it. As just an average dead car, it's off to be recycled. #1N-1963 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS convertible. S/N 31867J273448. Maroon/ white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 76,949 miles. 283ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Front panels patched up a quarter-century ago, now starting to bulge out under similar vintage repaint. Said repaint in generally good shape, but has a lot of chipping along rear valance. Good older bumper rechrome; trim all original with several light dings and scuffs. Older replacement seats, #24N-1964 PLYMOUTH SAVOY 4-dr sedan. S/N 2L47166763. Light blue/blue plaid vinyl. 225-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Chalky original paint could probably be buffed back to life, but not worth it with all the quarter-panel scratches and fade-through on door tops. Light rocker panel and floorboard rust. Rear window busted, interior very dusty and weathered to shreds, gauge faces yellowed beyond readability, trim and molding stored in the car and hanging out headliner and a bare dashboard. Sections of transmission tunnel cut out—one of the few rust-free areas of the floor. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $200. If there had even been so much as a complete floor left, I could've imagined someone buying this shell to build a fake Hemi drag car. As all we can discern from the engine mountings and the VIN is that it was a V8 car—anything from a 361 to possibly even a Max Wedge or Hemi (although I highly doubt the latter ones). That said, as a rusty stripped and cut-up shell without a title, perhaps the crusher was doing everyone a favor. #55N-1966 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. S/N 168376G103590. Black/ red vinyl. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally a 4-bbl 327 car with floor-shift automatic. Motor, transmission, and rear axle all gone today. Rusty floor and rocker panels, but left side and right rear panel very straight. Right front fender and replacement trunk (in blue metallic) both have good-sized dents. Missing front fascia and radiator. All glass in place and—with req- #507T-1963 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. S/N 31847J157653. Azure Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 42,734 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good trim-off repaint over a wavy body. Said trim was buffed out while removed, with some chrome showing light pitting. Newer bumper replating. Hood sits high at cowl, driver's door low. Reproduction interior soft trim, with heavier soiling on carpets. Nothing on top of block, heads stock. Newer hood, trunk, both doors, bumpers, all trim, and front fascia. Interior retains a few shreds of window. Powertrain still in car and complete, motor said to be loose. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $200. It couldn't be done for a profit, but if you really wanted to restore a ‘64 Plymouth slant six with automatic, you could have actually done it to this car. It was one of nearly a dozen 1963–1965 Plymouth 4-dr sedans here, with not one making it past the crush bid. This example was arguably the nicest of the bunch, “nicest” being a relative term. driver's bolster heavily worn. Faded and incorrect carpet and mats. Optional power steering, push-button AM radio, power top—inoperative due to a dead pump. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $18,500. With a 283, dead power top pump, and past rust issues (“The little rust has been the same in the last 25 years that I've had it”), this was more than enough paid. Bought over the phone by a buyer in New Jersey. 140 #29N-1964 PLYMOUTH SPORT FURY 2-dr hard top. S/N 3441244781. White/white vinyl/red vinyl. Originally equipped with a V8 and manual transmission. Was also originally painted red, but wears an old, weak repaint from later in its existence; no attention paid to door jambs, hood gutters, or trunk gutters. Sideswiped on driver's side post-repaint. Missing entire powertrain, steering column, uisite moss removal—could be reused. Most brightwork is gone, what's left not worth saving. Interior pretty much gutted a long time ago. No title. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $250. Not much was left, but for someone with some gumption, this real SS could still be put back together. Or simply serve as a blank canvas—a builder could make it into whatever he wanted. Just get the title sorted out before turning a wrench on it. #8N-1966 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE II 2-dr hard top. S/N RH23B67100879. Maroon/ black vinyl. 360-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Sold on bill of sale, as there is no title, although VIN still attached. Set up as dedicated drag racer on the cheap; claimed to run in the 12.50 range. Originally a slant six car with column shift automatic, now has built 360 V8 and 727 TorqueFlite. Cheap repaint, pop rivets in holes where side trim used to be. Gutted doors and interior, thin Plexiglas side windows replete with decals, blanking plate welded over dashboard. Roll cage, race seat, ratchet shifter, triple gauge, shift light-equipped dashtop tach. Sports Car Market


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VanDerBrink Auctions Adams, ND SOLD AT $200. Assuming someone bucked up and outbid the crusher, one wonders if he wanted it for parts or as the basis of a fullblown restoration/rebuild. While the 273 is a rev-happy motor, we rarely see them in Auctionland, as these cars seem to end up used for fakey-doo Hemis instead. #504T-1968 PLYMOUTH SATELLITE Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $5,000. I suppose one could go to the effort of chasing down a title for this, but in my opinion, one would be best off restoring one of the $250 dead shells out back rather than investing anything else in this ragbag drag rat. Trailer it to your local eighthmile strip, hope it passes tech inspection, run it until it pukes the motor, and part it out. 2-dr hard top. S/N 168877J103498. Grenada Gold/black #56N-1967 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 7,833 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally a 4-bbl 327 car with column shift automatic and bench seat. Motor and transmission gone. Sunbaked original paint. Most of vinyl top has been peeled off, most trim still in place. Rusty floors and rocker panels, with a hit on left front. Busted, moss-covered windshield, rest of glass 2-dr hard top. S/N RH23F8G265384. Fly Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 47,687 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Ready to race, with full cage interior, racing seats with harnesses, B&M ratchet shifter, narrowed rear axle, and tubbed rear wheelwells for slicks. Older repaint, lots of chipping where removable front end contacts cowl. Lower windshield trim and wipers missing, bumper painted body color. Originally a 318 V8, now a built 383. Fender tag long gone. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent frame-off restoration but not state-of-the-art; miles claimed actual since new. Reproduction interior soft trim lightly soiled. Undercoated undercarriage, aside from newer exhaust system and fuel tank. Minimal factory options. On repro Magnum 500 wheels shod with older ra- useable. Period Superior multi-piece alloy wheel sitting on trunk lid. Most of interior still in place, but very dirty and weathered. Driver's door will barely open, passenger's door won't budge. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $200. It might have been rough as a cob, but it was still a real-deal SS hard top. Hello, anyone awake? Someone should've tossed a bid at it, as you won't get another chance at one of these this cheap— even as a dead parts donor. #77N-1967 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE 2-dr hard top. S/N RH23D67224523. White/ black vinyl. Odo: 71,413 miles. 273-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. No title. Missing hood, grille, fender tag, trunk lid, rear axle, steering column, and all side trim. Older right rear quarter-panel repaint hard to spot compared to the weathered remaining original paint. Rust-out in bottoms of rear quarters and in smaller sections of the floorboards. Good complete glass and stainless Carpet and door panels removed, but most door inner hardware still in place. ‘Cuda steering wheel. Triple gauge pack beneath forward post of roll cage, but no tach. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $6,400. Unlike lot 8N, the ‘66 Belvie, this was a proper dedicated drag car—an off-highway racer by choice rather than a collection of parts in a body without a title. Yet, like the Belvie, once you go the racer route, the value instantly becomes the sum of the parts. #503T-1969 DODGE SUPER BEE 2-dr hard top. S/N WM23H9G270874. Bright red/ black vinyl. Odo: 94,115 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Presentable repaint, weak prep and masking, overspray on undercarriage. Heavy primer overspray on vent window frames. Passenger's door won't shut properly. Splicedtogether weatherstripping. Older seat and door panel restoration kits, moderately well fitted dials. Purchased by seller in 1992 from estate of original owner, who was a street racer from Moline, IL. Retains original build sheet and all receipts, including replacement engine from Chrysler when car was a couple years old. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $75,000. Bid to $47,000, but as the only car with a reserve on it (since it was not from the Nelson Collection), it initially failed to sell. However, Yvette got together with the high bidder and consignor to hash things out while the rest of the crew moved on to the next car. Before that one was anywhere near selling, she got both parties to shake hands on a price of $75k. Rightly sold with some give and take on each side. #7N-1970 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr hard top. S/N RM23N0E136062. Light blue metallic/black vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 2,605 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original “Sub Lime” color easily discerned beneath dull, peeling old repaint in door jambs and in mostly gutted interior. Rust blisters in rear wheelwells. Original white top now black, with bubbling underneath. Aftermarket ratchet shifter and tach in dash, aftermarket steering wheel, plus ratty original wheel and two more in box between seats. Retains original (tired) 383 with 727 window trim. Complete motor and ancillaries, but heavily surface rusted. Upholstery is complete, but a mess of dirt and tears. Back seat filled with discarded aluminum cans. Cond: 5-. 142 and showing average wear. Loose headliner. CD player mounted beneath dash with original AM radio still intact. Older engine repaint, with moderate dust and soiling. American Racing wheels on radials. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,500. This was more of an older redo rather than a proper restoration, and three bidders chased it to a retail-plus price. It looked nice in the sun and won't be bad to drive. #500T-1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER coupe. S/N RM21J9G226460. Alpine White/black vinyl. Odo: 65,333 miles. TorqueFlite automatic, Air Grabber hood, and Magnum 500 wheels. Runs out, but I wouldn't trust it farther than Grand Forks. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $10,750. It seems like project cars often go for big money at a VanDerBrink auction. Why, I'm not certain, as this will need at least $30k spent to be even a mediocre redo— and that's a car worth $25k in today's market. It looked a lot better at 25 feet with the doors closed than it really was—maybe 20 if you sprayed it down with a fire hose. #21N-1971 DODGE D-100 pickup. S/N D14AE1U323543. Light green metallic/green Sports Car Market


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VanDerBrink Auctions Adams, ND turns over and seems to want to light off, but no serious attempt made to start it. Seat has some light tearing on contour peaks at rear, but overall very serviceable. Heavier yellowing of gas gauge plastic crystal. Equipped with optional 1Z87L8S408790. Two-tone silver/Oyster leather. Odo: 28,266 miles. 350-ci 185-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed essentially original and with actual indicated mileage. Freshly rebuilt carb, brake fluid flush, new stock-style exhaust. vinyl. Odo: 61,952 miles. No title—bill of sale only. Missing motor and tranny. Also missing front seat and floormat, not that one could tell from all the crap piled inside. Mostly original paint is borderline presentable beneath beltline, faded to surface rust above. Paint minty on replacement hood with custom pin-striping and on doors where side-view mirrors were recently removed. Mix-and-match tires and wheels. Complete set of replacement doors and hood in bed but not included with sale. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $200. This wasn't complete, but what was there was rather solid and would actually make a fair basis for a restoration. First introduced in 1960, this example is from the last year of that generation of D-series trucks. Most Mopar fans refer to this as the Ugly Truck era. But today at least one person here saw the value and paid enough to save it from the scrapper. #506T-1972 CHEVROLET C10 Custom Deluxe pickup. S/N CCE142J146752. Forest green/dark gray cloth. Odo: 89,225 miles. Heavier rust on doors and rocker panels. Patchwork paint colors. Wood box floor planks generally solid and serviceable. Missing side trim and rear bumper are lying in truck bed. Dusty, scabby engine compartment. Motor runs, but has an audible rod knock. Non-stock older front seat redo. Newer non-stock bench seat reupholstery kit. Small aftermarket steer- trail map bag beneath windshield. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $175. Made in Crosby, MN, from 1964 to 1978, Scorpion snowmobiles were a product of the RV boom of the mid-1960s into the 1970s. Cliff was a Scorpion dealer in Adams then, and this was one of several at the auction. In the upper Midwest, snowmobile collecting is just as serious as tractor collecting, and while they weren't the biggest player in the market when new, Scorpions are now very desirable. As replacement fiberglass hoods and trim are now all but impossible to find, this could have gone for at least double this price. Well bought. #3N-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Indy Pace Car Edition coupe. S/N LZ87L8S904975. Silver & black/silver leather. Odo: 19,103 miles. 350-ci 185-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed essentially original and showing actual miles. Equipped with optional tinted roof panels, and pace car decals applied. Claimed to have all-original paint, but old overspray on body tag. Several deep scrapes on right rear quarter-panel. Reproduction seat up- Very original paint flaking in door panels and chipping on edges and front fascia. Presentable original interior, carpet loosening around console. Various engine service components tossed behind seat, including belt for a/c compressor. Aftermarket three-prong spinner center caps on three wheels. Bone-stock engine bay—more ignored than maintained. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $11,250. While lot 3N, the '78 Pace Car, went far and beyond what should have been realistic, the price achieved for this Silver Anniversary car was somewhat in line with reality. One could almost make the argument that this was bought well. Almost. #6N-1978 CHEVROLET K20 CHEYENNE pickup. S/N CKL248F479906. Yellow & white/tan vinyl. Odo: 79,153 miles. Lift-O-Boom wrecker boom mounted in bed and fitted with locally fabricated push bumper. Faded original paint, which could perhaps be buffed back into shape, but with all the rust in wheelwells and rockers, not worth the effort. Several cracks in original windshield and heavily scuffed trim. Repowered with a Goodwrench 350 V8 not that long ago, piped through a ing wheel and column-mount tachometer. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $850. Not the worst example of a popular 1967–1972 GM pickup that I've seen, but a better prospect for restoration than for continued use as a runner. The wounded small block means it's at that point where it would almost be better just gutting the whole truck and redoing it rather than doing a motor swap on the cheap and waiting for the next thing to break. Either way, plenty was paid here. #73N-1975 SCORPION WHIP 400 snow- mobile. S/N 575519. Blue metallic/black vinyl. MHD. Odo: 3,360 miles. Wears 1993 North Dakota registration. Fiberglass hood and Plexiglas windshield in excellent condition, both needing only a good polish. Trim on base of hood coming loose in a few places. Engine 144 holstery, serviceable original door panels and carpeting. Aftermarket 8-track in glove box. All-original engine bay looks more neglected than maintained. Freshly rebuilt carburetor, coolant flush, transmission service. On new OEM tires. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $24,000. After the auction, I asked Yvette what her secret was for selling ‘78 Pace Cars over the money, and she told me if I figure it out to let her know. The price didn't make sense to her or me, except perhaps that the car was sold to a phone bidder in New Jersey. #2N-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Silver Anniversary Edition coupe. S/N Sports Car Market minimal dual exhaust system. Interior not terrible except for duct tape seat repair job. Factory-optional a/c, power steering and brakes, tilt column, AM/FM, and dual fuel tanks. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $2,100. This wasn't too bad of a buy if you needed a wrecker to shuffle the inoperable cars around your estate. Price paid was worth it just for the boom, even if something else expensive should break on the truck. 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Bonhams & Butterfields Carmel, CA The Quail Motorcycle Gathering A run-of-the-mill Husky would likely sell on Craigslist for $3k. McQueen's made $144k Company Bonhams & Butterfields Date May 14, 2011 Location Carmel, CA Auctioneer Malcolm Barber Motorcycle lots sold / offered 40/69 Sales rate 58% Sales total $589,843 High sale 1971 Husqvarna 400 Cross, ex-Steve McQueen, sold at $144,500 Buyer's premium 1962 Harley “Billy Bike” replica—$24,750 Report and photographs by Tod Rafferty Market opinions in italics T he annual Spring motorcycle show at the Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, CA, is not the biggest ticket event on Bonhams' annual auction calendar. Although the scale of both the event and sale may be modest, both the pleasant venue and limited size make it a user/ viewer-friendly gathering on the green. At the bidding's upper end, for quite different reasons, were the ex-Steve McQueen 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross, and a 1925 BMW R32. An equivalent Husky, without the celebrity provenance, would likely sell on Craigslist for $2,500–$3,000. McQueen's bike, sold originally at the estate auction in 1984, was listed at an estimated value of $50,000–$70,000, but sold for $144,500. The BMW was posted as a good runner and is one of 60 known. It was finely restored and came from an Arizona collector. It was estimated at $140,000–$160,000 and sold for $139,000. The five-figure realm featured a 1963 Harley-Davidson Panhead, built as a Captain America replica for the Otis Chandler Collection. The “Easy Rider” clone sold for $52,650, and its filmic sidekick, a replica of Dennis Hopper's Billy Bike, went for $24,570. Values on the venerable Triumph twins, Bonnevilles in particular, peaked a few years ago. But a nicely restored TT Special sold here for $19,890. At the same price was a tasty 1952 BMW R51/3 with a fresh engine and complete restoration by the reputable Ozzie's BMW. Among the older restorations (“needs minor work”) was a 1923 Harley Model F V-twin that found a new home at $12,870. The only contemporary machine was a custom 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 signed Rossi Replica, on the block to benefit the Riders for Health program, which provides medical supply deliveries to remote villages in Africa. The tricked-out race replica sold for $10,530. The next big sale at the Quail coincides with the Pebble Beach festivities in August. Bonhams will offer up a handful of bikes there too, including a 1954 AJS V-4 Porcupine race bike. It'll be interesting to see if it can meet the $750k expectation—but if it can, Monterey in August is the place to do it. ♦ 146 started since restoration. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $19,890. A clean example of the limited production TT Special—basically a Bonneville stripped for racing duty. Thirty pounds lighter, with high-compression pistons, hot ignition, and chubby cams, the TT served American racers well in all forms of dirt racing. This one was pristine, but a complete mechanical unknown. Still, probably bought for less than the cost of restoration. #123-1972 NORTON COMMANDO café racer motorcycle. S/N 204727. Eng. # 204727. Aluminum. Custom refurbished example of the definitive late '60s/early '70s street racer. $4,000 hand-formed aluminum tank and tail section elaborates on factory's racing heritage. Contemporary engine. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $17,550. Until the Ducati 750 Sport and Supersport arrived, the Norton Commando was the reigning king of backroad cafe racers in the early '70s. The enhancements provided Sports Car Market 17% up to $100k, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices sixth in 1964 U.S. Grand Prix, the first American to collect World Championship points. An excellent example, two owners from new. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $44,460. The Manx remains the definitive '50s/'60s road racing single, still campaigned in vintage meets around the world. This one was well bought, $5k under the $50k low estimate. torcycle. S/N T120TTDU54226. Eng. # T12055DU54226. #127-1967 TRIUMPH TT SPECIAL moAubergine & white. Complete rebuild and restoration. Fresh engine, powder-coated frame, stainless steel spokes. Original pipes and rear fender replaced with aftermarket parts. All new rubber and plastic grommets, hoses, seals, etc. Never ENGLISH #125-1959 NORTON MANX motorcycle. S/N 11M97253. Eng. # 11M97253. Silver & black. Ex-Buddy Parriot, rebuilt by fellow racer Tony Murphy, so has proper provenance. The Norton Manx is likely the most successful factory racer ever built and a genuine icon among road racing fans. This Parriot came


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Bonhams & Butterfields Carmel, CA own challenge. But by the time his project was completed, the era of street racing had ended. So no real racing heritage, but one heck of an interesting story. SWEDEN #101-1971 HUSQVARNA 400 Cross mo- by Kenny Dreer and Evan Wilcox effectively doubled the price here. GERMAN #120-1925 BMW R32 motorcycle. S/N 33645. Eng. # 33645. Black. Exacting restoration of an original boxer twin. About 3,000 produced from 1923–1926; this is thought to be one of 60 examples remaining. Matching numbers, equipped with optional high-output magneto. “Runs well,” according to catalog, and $40k, then $70k, then $90k; pace slowed at $100k; down to two bidders, it crept to $120k, then $130k, finally ending here. Husqvarnas were featured in McQueen's film “On Any Sunday,” and this one was owned and used by McQueen personally. For a blue-chip artifact with documented ties to the King of Cool, not an outrageous price. occasionally driven for meets and rallies. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $139,000. Engine by aircraft engineer Max Friz, who was unhappy about designing a motorcycle engine. The auction started at the $50k mark and proceeded steadily to $139k (including buyer's premium), finishing a hair under $140k low estimate. Fairly bought and sold. MEXICO #121-1957 MOTO ISLO CARRERA mo- torcycle. S/N 00356. Eng. # N/A. Maroon & white. One of four Moto Islo race bikes ever built, two known to exist today. Completely restored, presents as unridden. Shiny, polished, detailed, down to the paint-matched suspension springs. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $18,720. The AMERICAN #113-1923 HARLEY-DAVIDSON MODEL F motorcycle. S/N N/A. Eng. # 23F11407. Gray. Older restoration in gray primer, good condition overall but bodywork and wheels in need of attention. The F model had magneto ignition, no lights. Engine has compression, condition of internals unknown. high-rise flat handlebar, front brake, and fender. Exact reproduction, also from Chandler Collection. Would be rideable after recommissioning. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $24,750. The less famous but more practical machine. Bidding began at $15k and went slowly to $21k. Total to buyer: $24,570. Seeing as it's just a re-creation, no reason not to get it running and hit the road. #107-1963 HARLEY-DAVIDSON “CAPTAIN AMERICA” replica motorcycle. S/N N/A. Eng. # 62FL6966. Red, white & blue. Replica of Peter Fonda's ride, Captain America, in the film “Easy Rider.” Built by Glenn Bator for the Otis Chandler Collection, purchased from his estate by the Guggenheim Foundation and traveled as part of “The Art of the torcycle. S/N M13845. Eng. # M13845. Red. Still owned by McQueen at his death, with complete documentation. Three owners since, with this seller for past seven years. A static museum piece in condition as “last ridden by McQueen.” Cond: 4. SOLD AT $144,500. Bidding started at $15k, jumped quickly to placed by the Panhead in 1948. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $29,250. The Knucklehead's strong performance and Art Deco engine covers made it the everlasting icon of '30s and '40s Harleys. This bike was the least shabby of a 20-item collection of Harleys, British twins and singles, and various Japanese bikes, and easily the most valued. Fairly sold for a restoration project that's pretty much all there. #108-1962 HARLEY-DAVIDSON “BILLY BIKE” replica motorcycle. S/N N/A. Eng. # 62FL6743. Red & yellow. Second of the “Easy Rider” replicas, the Dennis Hopper mount called the “Billy Bike.” The less radical bobber features a minimal sissy bar, Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $12,870. The F was Harley's economy model compared to the 74inch J, introduced in 1920. Nonetheless it was valued for its utility and reliability. Interest from the crowd was minimal today, with bidding starting at $10k and sputtering out well under the $15k low estimate. Well bought. Moto Islo was a Mexican project inspired by Italian designs. In the '40s and '50s, Italian road races like the Milan-Taranto and Motogiro d'Italia were hugely popular, and Mexican entrepreneur Isidoro Lopez hoped to mount his September 2011 #153-1947 HARLEY-DAVIDSON “KNUCKLEHEAD” motorcycle. S/N N/A. Eng. # 47365969. Blue/white. Filthy, dusty, lightly corroding in places, but straight, complete, and apparently all original. Seat bound together with electrical tape. Penultimate year for the Knucklehead, first made in 1936, re- Motorcycle” exhibition in 1998. A faithful recreation in all details. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $52,650. For a replica of what is arguably the most recognizable chopper in the world, Bonhams set a pre-sale estimate range of $20k–$30k with no reserve. Starting at $20k, bidding promptly went to $40k, then $45k. Total to buyer: $52,650. © 147


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eBay Motors Online Sales Monterey Head-Turners While many an SCM reader steeped in Porsche lore will take offense at this creation, even the R Gruppe insiders have to admit that it was a bargain Report by Geoff Archer & Chad Tyson Market opinions in italics romped through thousands of eBay Motors listings on the hunt for cars that would impress on 17-Mile Drive, or some that would just shine in driveways. G 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) CHAD'S PICKS #150624432725-1952 ALLARD J2X racer. S/N 3037. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 38,000 miles. 24 Photos. Los Angeles, CA. “Fully restored to vintage race/rally specs in the mid 90's, with attention to keeping it as original as possible.” Original dual side-mount spares and original Alifin drum brakes front and rear. De Dion rear end, 1952 Cadillac motor with 4 Stromberg carbs on original Edelbrock manifold. Borg Warner T-10 close- #140570260327-1972 FERRARI 365 GTC/4 coupe. S/N 15323. Red/tan leather. Odo: 16,860 miles. 23 Photos. Dartmouth, MA. “When the Ferraris went crazy in value in the late '80s this C/4 was painted red and the seats were touched up and dyed. Top notch work since the cars were bringing the big bucks back then. 15323 was then sold for around eoff and Chad are SCM's version of Click and Clack. This month, they for the past 10 years... Has its original 349 cubic inch V8 engine. 3 speed transmission hydraulic brakes. Dual spotlight with rearview mirrors, sunvisor, full hubcaps with wide white wall tires.” Paint appears very shiny and without major blemishes, only a few chips according to the listing. Engine bay could use thorough detailing. 12 bids. sf 154. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $12,600. If indeed the car was restored 20 years ago, I can't imagine why they would park it for the last 10. Maybe they were tired of the attention the car brought. The appearance of the exterior and interior say it was stored indoors and in a climate-controlled area. If all it takes is bringing the brakes up to snuff, this was very well bought. #220803047216-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/SS L78/L89 convertible. S/N 124678N327XXX. Eng. # 3916323. Grotto Blue/white vinyl/parchment vinyl. Odo: 31,726 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. 25 Photos. New Jersey. Complete restoration several years ago. “One of only six produced and one of only two known to exist. And the only RS/SS... Do your homework and see this is the lowest production big-block camaro ever produced according to ratio racing tranny, modified John Harden racing differential. Lucas generator, Vertex racing magneto. “Original alloy body was perfect before the restoration and is gorgeous today.” 21 bids. sf 316. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $275,100. When we're talking about '50s British race cars, we're talking potentially big money. 83 examples of the same model was actually about par for a three-year run on a racer; Jaguar made 77 D-types around the same time. But since the car is claimed to be owned by the same family since 1967, there was probably a sentimentality premium added to the car. The BIN price was $350k, $75k beyond the final bid. Go find another one, though. 148 280k to the guy i bought it from. I have put 4 or 5 thousand miles on the car after buying it from Stan and it has been kept in a humidity controlled garage since I bought it in 1997. One of the brake ducts has rust.” Speaker grilles on back side of seats are cracked. 1 bid. sf 249. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $75,000. The seller mentioned getting the car ready for the Monterey auctions, though he was holding off major service on the car if it didn't meet $80k. Presuming the seller means adjusting the valves, I think it would have been wise to bump up the bid to just over $80k and not worry about the trouble or expense. But, as-is, this was a great price for arguably one of the best sounding Ferraris ever. #250847661460-1942 CADILLAC SERIES 62 4-dr sedan. S/N 8382415. Maroon/tan cloth. Odo: 92,347 miles. 17 Photos. Oklahoma City, OK. “This car was redone about 20 years ago, it has been in storage Super Chevy magazine, who did a full 5 page spread on the car. Its a true american muscle icon with bulletproof documentation to back it up.” Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $105,100. One of, one of, one of, all the way down until it is a one-of-one car. And probably the only one with a piece of lint placed just so on the passenger's side carpet. But bulletproof history on a unique car is a good find. Maybe it was the radio-delete option that was the difference between bidders and sellers. Whatever it was, the seller was probably correct to hold out for more money another time. Sports Car Market


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eBay Motors Online Sales #330578483832-1968 SHELBY GT500 fastback. S/N 8T02S13089500804. Lime Gold/black vinyl. Odo: 97,556 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. 70 Photos. Concord, CA. “Exterior paint is very good. The only rust visible is a small pencil eraser-sized spot on the passenger's side front edge of the door... There is a slight crack on the fiberglass hood, very common for Shelbys... The interior is in great condition with no rips, tears or cracks. The Pop-Away steering wheel is not working. Photos. Simi Valley, CA. “I have just finished building this car and have spent well over $100,000 on this project but I must sell it. Almost every part on the car is new or rebuilt. Widened to RSR specs using all metal factory parts, and to shave off a few pounds I replaced some panels with fiberglass. Weighs only 1,986lbs with full tank of gas. Fitted with late yellow canvas/wicker. Odo: 14,905 miles. 54 Photos. Monterey, CA. 14k mi. “The Jolly Hot Rod. Restored in 1993. Painted with Lacquer and shows very well. Paint shows some minor cracks. Small dent on the right rear fender. Original wicker seats. Abarth 750 Motor rebuilt by Chris Opert of Fiat Plus in Santa Cruz. Special crank, cam, pistons, cylinder head, carb and exhaust. Magnesium Abarth oil pan with the correct Jaeger tachometer and water temp gauges. Sound gearbox with good syncros. Solid suspenion. A very good driving car. I have never looked into it. Mechanically, this GT500 runs excellent. The clutch has a slight chatter.” 32 bids. sf 2684. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $75,101. The car was verified through a Marti Report, as well as unmentioned inclusion in the Shelby Registry. Last seen on the auction circuit on October 21, 2005 at RM's Toronto, Canada sale. It was a no sale then at $92k (SCM# 39824), which makes this sale, only 585 miles later, a steal of a deal. Some of the models are approaching double what this one went for, so it can't be considered anything but very well bought. GEOFF'S PICKS #160591131241-1948 HEALEY WOODIE wagon. S/N N/A. Green/gray leather. RHD. 24 Photos. Bedfordshire, UK. Entire description reads, “one of only 2 surviving examples of 17 built. Commisioned by Hector Dobbs (a pre- model suspension, Koni Greens adjustable shocks, slotted race rotors and pads. 3.4 liter (built from a 3.2L). Makes a respectable 350hp. Fresh 915 trans.” 33 bids. sf 1. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $45,600. For less than the price of any new two-seater Porsche, the high bidder took home what the seller the described as a “perfect Track/Street Car” with gobs of eyeball. While many an SCM reader steeped in Porsche lore will take offense at this creation, even the R Gruppe insiders have to admit that it was a bargain. #330558932523-1972 BMW 3.0 CSL coupe. S/N 2211372. Golf Yellow/black. Odo: 7,061 miles. 5 Photos. Austin, TX. “Only about 170 early non-injected CSLs were produced. The aluminum hood on this car was replaced with a steel hood prior to our ownership. Bat wing currently not installed, but in storage... Alpina staggered wheels. Car came to us with an incorrect engine, which we removed & replaced with a twin cam 4 valve Motorsport 3.5l S38 & close ratio 5spd from a Euro M635CSi. Starts & drives with no issues, & would be fine to take on a cross country road trip.” Repainted Original manuals and tool kit.” 26 bids. sf 154. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $47,069. Over the last decade, many nice Jollys have sold in the $4050k range. First off, congratulations to the selling dealer for netting that without paying significant auction fees. Secondly, I am very curious to see if this car reappears at a physical auction during Monterey week. Every few years a Jolly breaks $80k when well-heeled, land-lubbing bidders compete to accessorize. Will the winner of this eBay auction flip, flop, or just cruise around in Tommy Bahama and flip flops? #180574753753-1971 ALFA ROMEO A12 pickup. S/N N/A. Pale blue/black leather. 12 photos. Manchester, UK. “Completely restored to very high standards—spent way too much money. Interior has been recovered in black leather, new headlining & carpet. Full brakes overhaul with new master cylinder, rebuilt brake calipers, flexys, pipes, linings & rebuilt servo. Engine is original & is a 1300cc twin cam Alfa Romeo unit mated to a unique 4 war Riley Racer) body built by Dibbens of Southampton England. The car has just completed a 3 year restoration to concours condition.” 24 bids. sf 410. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $115,378. Halfway through the auction, the seller attempted to pull the bidders up with, “Free Delivery to any home address In The USA or Europe.” This was too little, too late and somewhat amateurish. The collectors who would be interested in this beautiful shooting brake likely have their own trusted shipping connections and, of course, the dollar value of this bonus is only a drop in the bucket relative to the likely cost of the car. What this listing actually needed was a lot more verbiage about the provenance and the restoration. #110614275770-1971 PORSCHE 911 RSR replica 2+2 coupe. S/N 9111120912. Viper green/black vinyl. Odo: 579 miles. 24 September 2011 in mid-80s to original color. 26 bids. sf 394. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $60,000. Given the rarity and coolness of the CSL in general, I find it interesting that homologation cars do not regularly achieve six figures. That said, it was surprising that this particular car sold so well with a later-model engine swap, incorrect steel hood, and so very few photos. This was a very good result that I believe will only be improved by spending big bucks on unobtanium OEM bits to restore it to original specs. In the meantime, enjoy smoking the tires in your garish restomod. #220789968182-1959 FIAT JOLLY Abarth Tribute roadster. S/N 642102. Blue/ speed front wheel drive gearbox—luckily for the next owner the gearbox has been fully reconditioned by an Alfa Romeo specialist—cloverleaf transmissions.” 34 bids. sf 207. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $24,962. Cargo capacity was not described, but obviously that is of little relevance. It would be awesome to roll with a Formula Jr. in the bed or a couple of old Vespas to complete the nostalgia. This truck was both well bought (considering the restoration cost saved) and well sold, because it is basically a heavy equipment coffee table book of interest only to a limited number of hardcore Alfisti. © 149


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Mystery Photo Answers Comments With Your Renewal Never more than six hours from The Mars Rover, last seen going over the horizon on Mars, mysteriously appeared as a parts hauler at the Portland Swap Meet.—Lance Lambert, Seattle, WA receipt of the magazine to reading it all. Happy subscriber since 1996.— Bruce H., Weston, MA Terrific mix of features and auction coverage. Especially like the addition of the Cumberford perspective.—S.C. Krueger, Seattle, WA. Thanks S.C., we really like having Robert Cumberford aboard as well.—KM Don't change a thing!—Tery Bagley, Midlothian, VA The best of all the mags I get. More affordable sports cars and fright pigs. Only down side is eWatch, as it means I've reached the end.—Norman Horowitz, Ardsley, NY How about a new mag: “Motorcycle Market.” Harleys, Indians, Beezers and Triumphs?— Thomas Luft, East Sound, WA Expand your 1:18 die cast section, since this is the only way most of us will ever touch the great ones!— Robert Breitenstein, Woodbridge, CT More funny little French cars please. You guys get better every month.—Donald Greco, Bedford, NH And thanks to all of you for your thoughtful comments and your renewals.—Keith Martin As a boy, even Roger Penske RUNNER-UP: After viewing the family photo album, Dr. Fausbaum surmised that Mike's need to compensate for “certain perceived shortcomings” began quite early.—Pat Hamlin, Thousand Oaks, CA Radio Flyer's solution to America's child obesity epidemic.—Chris Racelis, LaGrange, IL They say the mud at Hershey will be bad this year.—Will Crook, New Ross, IN The STAR of the 2008 New York Toy Fair, the RADIO FLYER “OFF ROAD AWD” wasn't a sales success and now does duty as Bubba's parts carrier.—Phil Schroeder, Platte City, MO had to find an edge racing against the neighbor kids.—David Libby, West Des Moines, IA After viewing the family photo album, Dr. Fausbaum surmised that Mike's need to compensate for “certain perceived shortcomings” began quite early.—Pat Hamlin, Thousand Oaks, CA While at the swap meet, Keith discovered the perfect trailer to tow around extra parts for his MGBs.—Mike Buettell, Friday Harbor, WA As soon as Bob saw the high- rise rear suspension, he realized that this red wagon had been raced.—Norman Vogel, San Francisco, CA A Harvard study finds that “Big Truck, Little Pecker” syndrome may begin during childhood.—Noah Alexander, St. Louis, MO A perfect heavy parts mover for the hot rodder who doesn't want to grow up.—Dan Faustman, Elk Grove, CA This Month's Mystery Photo Response Deadline: August 25, 2011 Our Photo, Your Caption Be the author of the most accurate, creative, or provocative response and receive a Sports Car Market cap. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Fax your response to 503.253.2234; email: mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com; snail mail: Mystery, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797. Please include your name and contact information. Send us your mystery photo. If we use it, you'll also get an official SCM cap. Email photos at 300 dpi in JPEG format. 150 It may look a little odd, but it sure makes it easier on the back.—Dan Faustman, Elk Grove, CA Lance Lambert wins a Sports Car Market hat for discovering the black hole route from Mars to Portland, OR. It explains a lot. © Sports Car Market


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SCM Weekly May 31st (952 total votes) Well, the 100th Indianapolis 500 is now history. Which of these race veterans would look best in your collection? A. The 1931 Miller V16 Indy car that was bid to $600k—but not sold—at Mecum's 2010 Monterey auction: 36.2% B. The 1966 Gurney Eagle Indy car that sold for $528k at RM Auctions' Joe's Garage sale in 2008: 44.8% C. The 1951 Offenhauser Blue Crown Special Indy car that sold for $110k at Gooding &Company's 2009 Pebble Beach auction: 3.5% D. The 1964 Offenhauser Dean Van Lines Indy car that sold for $231k at Gooding & Company's 2009 Pebble Beach auction: 15.5% May 24th (1,085 total votes) This weekend saw over $100m in cars change hands. What was the best buy? A. 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage convertible, $824k, Bonhams Newport Pagnell: 6.9% B. 1955 Ferrari 375 MM Berlinetta, $4.8m, RM Villa d'Este: 8.6% C. 1920 Stutz Bearcat, $260k, Bonhams Port Townsend: 25.9% D. 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster—The Shelby Demonstrator—$519k, Mecum Indy: 50% E. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing coupe, $840k, Bonhams Monaco: 8.6% May 17th (984 total votes) What's the best Italian-American hybrid collectible? A. 1973 De Tomaso Pantera at $45k: 77.3% B. 1957 Dual-Ghia convertible at $190k: 3% C. 1965 Iso Grifo coupe at $220k: 13.6% D. 1970 Intermeccanica Italia convertible at $55k: 6.1% May 10th (1,282 total votes) What will the Ferrari 250 GTO be worth in 20 years? A. $60m. The GTO is the unicorn of Ferraris: 13.4% B. $50m. They're still undervalued: 29.3% C.$20m. Anything more is speculators' pricing: 37.8% D. $15m. The current market is inflated and will adjust itself: 19.5% Vote on the latest poll at www.sportscarmarket.com or in your SCM Weekly Insider e-newsletter. Poll Results Each Tuesday morning in our free SCM Weekly Insider e-newsletter, we conduct a poll. Here's how you responded: September 2011 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 classifieds@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 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Torpedo tourer 1935 Bentley 3 1/2 Litre Ex-Sheffield England Constabulary, Fully restored in Police trim, road ready. Provenance & numbers matching verified by Brough registrar. Includes police equipment; handcuffs, whistle, siren, more. The ultimate Police Motorcycle. $325,000. email: brough@fiteng.com. Website: www.fiteng.com/ policebrough. (CT) 1955 Frazer-Nash Le Mans coupe One owner from new, 60,000 original miles. 100% original and beautifully maintained. All documents back to new, original manuals and tools. Finished in dark blue w/incredible original red leather. Call for complete details. Matthew deGarmo Ltd. $21,500. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@ deGarmoLtd.com. Website: www.deGarmoLtd. com. (CT) 1964 Lotus 7 1939 Brough Superior SS-100 1964 Jaguar Mk X Tiger hunting car. Maharaja of India. To be sold at Bonhams & Butterfields at The Quail August 19, 2011. Search 1925 Rolls-Royce Tiger Hunting Car on Youtube. Follow Forrest Faulknor Enterprises on Facebook. Contact James- email: jim@ffsons.com. 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Ascot Dual Cowl Phaeton Elegant one-off body by Kellner of Paris. Original tools, tea service and fitted luggage. Payne electric overdrive. $375,000. Contact Fantasy- 510.653.7555, email: sales@fantasyjunction.com. Website: www. fantasyjunction.com. (CA) 1936 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Tourer Le Mans history and exclusivity without Ferrari pricing. Recent suspension, shock, and brake work. Some spares. $650,000. Contact Fantasy510.653.7556, email: sales@fantasyjunction.com. Website: www.fantasyjunction.com. (CA) 1960 Jaguar XK 150 S The real deal. 948cc. Full ownership history, current VSCCA logbook. Completely rebuilt 2008-09. Maintianed by KTR. Excellent condition and beautiful interior. $27,900. Contact Michael617.680.2783, email: mmkk1947@yahoo.com. 1965 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 Phase II A rare opportunity to own one of the most exciting Rolls-Royce motorcars with a unique history. Epitomizing the motorcar luxury and style of the Roaring '20s, it was featured in the film “The Great Gatsby” with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. Charles S. Crail Automobiles Contact Charles- 805.568.1934, email: eenberg@msn.com. Website: www.charlescrail.com. 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Ascot Dual Windscreen Tourer Original chassis and matching engine with lovely touring body built in the U.K. in the 1950s. A superb car that's a rally/tour veteran. Drives flawlessly, cosmetically gorgeous. Turn key and ready to enjoy. Please call for complete details. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@deGarmoLtd.com. Website: www. deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Close-coupled Sports coupe Beautiful condition. Among the last truly coach-built Bentleys. $7,256 in fresh service receipts. New boot and tires. Green. $158,500. Contact Fantasy510.653.7555, email: sales@fantasyjunction.com. Website: www.fantasyjunction.com. (CA) One-off body by Brewster. Sea Blue w/ red leather. Three owners since new. Splendid condition and believed by experts to be one of the best original chassis in existence. Charles S. Crail Automobiles Contact Charles- 805.568.1934, email: eenberg@ msn.com. Website: www.charlescrail.com. Black with burgundy inset / Beige Bedford Cord interior. Complete ownership history. Handbook and most tools. The last owner spent over $25,000 on mechanics. A unique opportunity to purchase a 12 cylinder Rolls-Royce with a remarkably styled coachwork. OFFERED AT GOODING's PEBBLE BEACH SALE AUG 20–21, 2011. Contact Charles805.568.1934, email: eenberg@msn.com. Website: www.charlescrail.com. 1963 BMC Factory Technical Support Vehicle Superb driving, matching-numbers S model. 5-spd gearbox with other upgrades w/$26k in receipts. Includes original 4-spd. $185,000. Contact Fantasy510.653.7555, email: sales@fantasyjunction.com. Website: www.fantasyjunction.com. (CA) 1963 Bentley S3 Continental Mulliner Park Ward 4-spd with OD. 2500 miles since restoration. Won Best of Show and Best British Open at 2010 Renaissance Euro Fest in Jackson, MS. Leather seats, alloy oil pan, high output oil pump, Mallory dual point distributor, heat insulation, oversized radiator, Texas cooling fan, Dayton chrome wire wheels, SS exhaust, wood Moto Lita steering wheel, factory tools, shoulder restraints, lumbar adjust support, spin-on oil filter adapter, framed and matted heritage certificate. $75,000. Contact Bob901.246.9926, email: bobsbj8@comcast.net. 1965 Lotus Elan S2 This Elan S2 is a good survivor car that has never been raced. It has Weber carbs and knockoff steel wheels. Contact Tracy- 480.483.4682, email: tracyk@brightonmotorsports.com. Website: www. brightonmotorsports.com. 1966 Sunbeam Tiger Mk IA Historically significant part of British racing heritage. Coachbuilt in alloy. English equivalent of GM Futurliner. One of 33 built—only 2 in USA. Fantastic for vintage race team. Unrestored. Contact Mark- 805.331.1001, email: motorama@cox.net. 152 260-ci V8, aluminum manifold, 4V carb. Proxes RA1 on Panasport 14” wheels. Fulcrum pin upgrade. Koni Shocks Autopower roll bar. Fun car to drive. $31,500. Contact Brady- 513.943.2139, email: brady.pack@l-3com.com. (OH) Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery 1967 Jaguar E-Type Roadster 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster built. $17k in recent refurbishments. Contact Mark858.459.3500, Website: www.grandprixclassics. com. (CA) 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300SE 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 Beautiful red paint and excellent interior. Excellent mechanicals and ready to be enjoyed. Contact Tracy480.483.4682, email: sales@brightonmotorsports. com. Website: www.brightonmotorsports.com. 1967 MG B Stunning California from new. Beautifully restored. Silver, red leather, luggage, tools, books. Fully sorted for real driving and show quality for hoarding trophies. Call for complete details. Matthew L deGarmo Ltd. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@deGarmoLtd.com. Website: www. deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1964 Porsche 356C coupe Corrado Patella in Italy some years ago. Little use since. Asking price 350,000 euros ($501,130). Offers invited. Contact Andreas- email: abi@ andreasbirner.de. Website: www.andreasbirner.de. Excellent condition inside and out. This is the S Class to have if you are looking for a W126. 162k miles, dealer service stamps thru 130k miles. $10,000. Contact Jason- 843.298.5738, email: jasonsd11@ yahoo.com. 2006 Audi S4 cabriolet Black with a new red top. Chrome, knock-off wheels and new red interior. Nice driver, desirable year. Free delivery in PA or NJ. $11,500. Contact Gary- 570.994.4964, email: greinhardt90@gmail. com. (PA) 1984 Land Rover Series III 109 Complete restoration in late '90s. Still sharp and crisp. Fully sorted, registered, inspected and ready to tour or show. Webers, books, and photo history of restoration. $28,500. Contact Zach- 914.282.4625, (NY) 1982 Ferrari 512 BBi Red/Tan. 26k miles. Recent belt service and clutch. One repaint, original interior. A great driver. $87,500. Contact Zach- 914.282.4625, (NY) All original, fully-documented from new including original bill of sale and all service receipts. Matching-numbers, all original books and tools. Cardex in hand. Perfect body, all original panels and floors, perfect gaps. Just finished running the NE1000 Rally without a single sputter. A spectacular example. Inquire. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@ deGarmoLtd.com. Website: www.deGarmoLtd. com. (CT) Interior/exterior just painted. Much new/rebuilt. Runs/steers/brakes well. All controls & gauges work correctly. Tires nearly new. $9,500. 360.273.8334, email: bh-farm@juno.com. 2006 Jaguar XJ8 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SE coupe 1986 Ferrari 328 GTS 11,500 Miles. Silver/Black Leather. Auto. Exceptional, no dings, garaged, dealer serviced, records, and warranty eligible. $33,500. Contact Walter- 205.836.8080, email: nbailey925@aol. com. (AL) Italian 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Normale Black/Tan. Original car. Ferrari dealer serviced w/ history. All books and tools. Tubi exhaust, new tires, looks new. 41k miles. $39,900. Contact Dave516.946.7771, (NY) American 1935 Ford Woodie Wagon BRG w/Champagne interior. 53k miles. Close to perfect. Fantastic ride, surprising power. Clean CarFax. New 18” Michelins. $21,900. Contact Martin314.540.2281, email: martin-logan@hotmail.com. German 1932 SS1 Coupe One owner from new until one year ago. Factory special ordered with electric sunroof, 4 speed transmission and special color combination of gray beige with dark green leather. Fully documented service history. All original books and tools, original Becker radio. A superb car that drives as new. Matthew L deGarmo Ltd. $35,000. Contact Matthew203.852.1670, email: Matt@deGarmoLtd.com. Website: www.deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1969 Mercedes-Benz 1113 Race Car Hauler Two owners from new, 70,000 original miles and mint throughout. Same owner/enthusiast last 35 years has kept this car immaculate and running beautifully. Resprayed about 20 years ago, otherwise all original. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. $49,500. Contact Matt- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@deGarmoLtd.com. Website: www. deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1959 Fiat Abarth Zagato First of the Jaguar line. 500 built, only 8 exist. Shown at Pebble Beach 2003. Restored to original specification. Runs and drives superbly. $250,000. Contact Richard- 909.949.2556, (CA) 1960 Mercedes-Benz 220SE convertible Needs full restoration. Was used by Team Valor during the Formula 3 campaign of Eddie Cheever. Was set up to haul 4 Formula cars on two tiers. 6-cylinder diesel. 358” overall, 26 cargo area, 5 crew cabin w/stove and sink. Has usual rust in corners. Chassis is straight. Single rear axle with dual wheels. Engine runs fine. Great vintage car hauler. Trades considered. $6,800. Contact Ed- 717.576.1155, email: ed@anspachauto.com. (PA) 1970 Porsche 911S Targa Great mechanical and cosmetic condition with full roll cage, new biscuit leather interior, restored instruments, upgraded 2nd generation tweaked Fiat Abarth 850 engine. 24,684 miles. Car participated in 2010 California Mille with gusto. Can be seen at RM Auction August 19-20 in Monterey. Contact Burtemail: burt@fitzrich.com. 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Engine Very original example showing 43,445 miles. Mechanically sound, runs and drives well. Shows nicely, ready for stylish touring. $105,000. F40 Motorsports. $105,000. Contact Mike- 860.342.5705, email: mike@40.com. Website: www.f40.com. (CT) Pontoon Fender version. Frame-up restoration in 1999; trophy winner many times. $155,000. Contact Michael- 310.753.9004, email: lederman@ sbcglobal.net. 154 Silver w/black leather interior. Under 60k miles. Three owners. Certificate of Authenticity. One of 718 The original motor of 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione S/N 2209GT. The latter will be auctioned at RM Auctions 2011 Monterey sale. Engine is complete. Fully restored by Sports Car Market Over $150,000 spend on fully documented bodyoff restoration by Woodie specialist. Beautifully cared for since and still in superb condition. Runs and drives beautifully. A fantastic car and an incredible value. Matthew L deGarmo Ltd. $85,000. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@ deGarmoLtd.com. Website: www.deGarmoLtd. com. (CT) 1941 Lincoln Continental convertible


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SCM Showcase Gallery 1949 Cadillac Series 61 Club coupe 1961 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 convertible 2001 Qvale Mangusta Original engine with fuel injection setup with appearance of original carburetor. Excellent paint and chrome, XM radio, air conditioning. F40 Motorsports. $85,000. Contact Mike- 860.342.5705, email: mike@40.com. Website: www.f40.com. (CT) 1959 Ford Thunderbird 283/270 HP Red/White, 4 speed, dual fours, Posi, power windows, Wonder bar radio, very clean, Restored, numbers matching car. Body, paint, plating and dash very good $57,500. Contact Daveemail: dmemount@aol.com. 1963 Buick Riviera Fresh frame-off restoration on car showing 82,099 miles. Gold over Gold, TurboJet 350hp engine, automatic transmission, power brakes. F40 Motorsports. $65,000. Contact Mike- 860.342.5705, email: mike@40.com. Website: www.f40.com. (CT) 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Yellow w/black leather. Only 285 made. U.S. car, Ford Cobra drivetrain and electronics. 5-spd. 18” wheels, loaded. Like brand new, 13k miles. $42,900. Contact Dave- 516.946.7771, (NY) 2004 Cadillac XLR California rust-free example, meticulously restored by a well-known Thunderbird expert. PS, PB, PW, rare factory a/c. $44,900. Contact Robert818.992.7219, 1959 Lister Chevy Rare Silver/Silver. California - no rust ever - car. One repaint. Excellent condition. A/C, PS, PB, PW. $18,500. Contact Zach- 914.282.4625, (NY) 1964 Ford Ranchero Body-off, rotisserie restoration, done to a very high standard. Numbers matching (except color change). Original 5,300 miles. The nicest Z28 on the market today. $65,000. Contact Jeff- 419.344.0319, email: jsnook@wcnet.org. (OH) 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS5 convertible Perfect vintage hauler. FI 289-ci, 5-spd, 9” limited slip diff, vented discs, heavy duty sway bar, Flowmasters. Bare metal respray, w/all new rubber, windshield, and interior. Tight and quick. More! $12,500. Contact Ron- 502.431.6584, (CA) The Lister-Chevy is one of the most feared and awesome late '50s racing cars ever made. It is fast, loud and not for the timid. Built by the famed Brian Lister at his small workshops in the U.K., most of these cars were built to use Jaguar engines originally; a smaller number of them were converted to small-block Chevy engines in period. This car, Chassis #BHL110, being one of those cars. $875,000. Contact Dominic- 206.660.0399, email: dominic@dobsonmotorsport.com. Website: www. dobsonmotorsport.com. (WA) 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu convertible SS 454, Frame-off restoration, numbers matching, 4-speed Muncie gearbox, cowl induction, tachometer, very well optioned with A/C, power brakes, power top, power windows. F40 Motorsports. $120,000. Contact Mike- 860.342.5705, email: mike@40.com. Website: www.f40.com. (CT) Perfect summer driver. 283-ci V8. All original Scottsdale, AZ car. Mechanicals, body, top, upholstery- all in great condition. 82,120 miles. $25,900. Contact Michael- 860.429.8891, email: tmcorp@tmcorp.info. (CT) 1971 Chevrolet Corvette LT-1 Warbonnet/Saddle. Total restoration to NCRS specs, all numbers-matching, fully sorted, original wheels with wide ovals. Also driving wheels and tires. Ready to show. Must see. $38,500. Contact Zach914.282.4625, (NY) 1977 Chevrolet Corvette L82 coupe Blue w/white stripes. Special order build, full Semi Competition specs, aluminum body, 900 miles. Best of the Cobra continuation cars. Contact Mark858.459.3500, Website: www.grandprixclassics. com. (CA) Race 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Racer Raven Black/Beige, only 21500 miles, Navigation, Books, very, very,clean. $32,500. Contact Kevin319.337.4140, email: kartwig@hartek.org. Website: www.hartek.org. 2010 Dodge Viper Last year, White/Black, Silver Stripes, Protection Pkg.,Navigation,Graphite Bezels, one of one, under 50 miles. $95,000. Contact Kevin- 319.337.4140, email: kartwig@hartek.org. Website: www.hartek.org. Kirkham Cobra 427SC Corvette Orange/tan int. Very clean. 23k miles, alloy wheels, 8-track, auto, cruise, power steering/brakes/ windows, A/C, t-top covers, tilt/telescopic, owner history documentation, numbers matching. The last Corvette with a vertically positioned rear window. $25,000. Contact Mike- 503.550.1403, One of only 2,157 Corvettes produced with the 396/425 L78 engine. Documented matching numbers including its original starter and coil. Included are original “Black and Gold” plates, original radio, original jack, registrations, Bonneville decal, Bonneville Brass Dash Plaque, and timing sheets. Considered to be one of the most striking and beautiful Corvettes ever! Few automobiles carry such a rich history as this “Big-Block” Corvette. In 1965, the car set a class record of 155.17 at the Bonneville Speed Trials. See site for more details. $160,000. Contact John619.742.2003, email: john@revvonline.com. Website: www.corvettevintageracer.com. © 156 Sports Car Market


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Auction Companies Artcurial-Briest-Poulain-Le Fur. 33.1.42992056, 33.1.42991639. 7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France. artcurial@auction.fr www.artcurial.com. (FR) Gooding & Company. Auctions America. 877.906.2437, Formed in July 2010 as a subsidiary of RM Auctions, the Auctions America by RM team led by collector car expert Donnie Gould, specializes in American classics, Detroit muscle, hot rods, customs, and vintage motorcycles. Consign With Confidence. www.auctionsamerica.com. (PA) 310.899.1960, 310.899.0930. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, award-winning examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues. Our team of well-qualified experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the official auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August, the recordsetting Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) H&H Classic Auctions. +44 8458 334455, +44 8458 334433. The Motor House Lyncastle Road Warrington England. WA4 4BSN www.handh. co.uk. (UK) RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694, 480.421.6697. For nearly four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service, and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watch unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www. barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Bonhams. +44.207.228.8000, +44.207.585.0830. Montpelier St., Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH. www.bonhams.com. (UK) Bonhams & Butterfields. 415.391.4000, 415.391.4040. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103 www.butterfields.com. (CA) Branson Collector Car Auction. 800.335.3063, 417.336.5616. 1316 W. Hwy. 76, Suite 199, Branson, MO 65616. www.bransonauction.com. (MO) Mecum Collector Car AuctionCarlisle 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. eers. 815.568.8888, 815.568.6615. The Mecum Auction Company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for over 23 years, offering an industryleading 5,000 collector cars per year. Watch Mecum Auctions live on Discovery's HD Theater. Consignment, bidder and event information is available online. 950 Greenlee ST, Marengo, IL 60015 www.mecumauction.com. (IL) MotoeXotica Classic Cars & Auc- tions. 866.543.9393, After 24 years of selling classic cars, MotoeXotica has branched out with classic & exotic car auctions. MotoeXotica currently has auctions in St. Louis, Missouri, Springfield, Missouri, and Phoenix, Arizona. 158 Specialty Auto Auctions and Sales. 800.901.0022, Established by Bruce and Helen Douglas in 1987. Based in Colorado and doing auctions in Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485, Silver Auctions isn't successful because we auction the most expensive cars, we're successful because we auction the cars that you love. Silver Auction's staff, bidders and consignor are everyday people with a passion for Nostalgic and Collector cars. Come see the difference at Silver Auctions. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@ silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Auto Appraisal Group. 800.848.2886, Offices located nationwide. Pre-purchase inspection service, insurance matters, charitable donations, resale vales, estates, expert witness testimony. On-site inspection. Certified, confidential, prompt, professional. “Not just one man's opinion of value.” See web site for locations and service descriptions. www.autoappraisal.com. Hollywood Wheels Auctions & Shows 800-237-8954, Hosting two auctions a year in beautiful Palm Beach FL, March & November. Offering quality collector cars and personalized service, all in a climate controlled, state of the art facility. Come be a part of the excitement! Check us out at www.hollywoodcarauctions.com... Where Collectors Collect! See You On The Block! 519.351.1337. With over three decades of experience in the collector car industry, RM's vertically integrated range of services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) Combining some of the industry's lowest entry fees and commissions MotoeXotica is poised to keep expanding while maintaining superior customer service. Contact MotoeXotica today at 866-543-9393 or online at www.motoexotica.com. Worth the trip! Colorado, Nevada and South Dakota. This year we will join forces with Hot August Nights and B & T Custom Rods for two sales in Nevada. We will also be working with Automania for sales in South Dakota. For personalized service contact us. www.saaasinc.com. (CO) The Worldwide Group. Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290, 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262 www. classic-carauction.com. (CA) 866.273.6394, Established by John Kruse and Rod C. Egan, The Worldwide Group—Auctioneers, Appraisers and Brokers—is one of the world's premier auction houses, specializing in the procurement and sale of the world's finest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www.wwgauctions.com. (IN) 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 Russo and Steele Collector AuLeake Auctions. 800.722.9942, Es- tablished in 1964, Leake Auction Company was one of the first collector car auctions in the country. Unsurpassed customer service has led the company to 40 successful years, selling more than 32,000 vehicles. Leake currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Visit them online at www.leakecar.com or call 800.722.9942. Dallas—November 18-20, Dallas Market Hall. tomobile Auctions. 602.252.2697, 602.252.6260. Specializing in the finest European sports, American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles; Russo and Steele hosts two record breaking ALL RESERVE auctions per year; Monterey, CA every August and Scottsdale, AZ every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Santiago Collector Car Auctions. 405.475.5079, 501 E. Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Rocky: rockydb5@sbcglobal.net. (OK) Centerline Products. 888.750.ALFA, Exclusively Alfa Romeo for over 30 years - rely on our experience to build and maintain your dream Alfa. Restoration, maintenance, and performance parts in stock for Giulietta through 164. Newly developed products introduced regularly. Check our web site for online store, new arrivals, tech tips, and special offers. www.centerlinealfa. com. (CO) Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. 800.890.2532, 510.525.9519. 1221 Fourth Street, Berkley, CA 94710. Large selection of parts from Giulietta to 164. Efficient, personal service. www.alfapartscatalog.com. (CA) Appraisals Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, Gooding & Company's experts are well-qualified to individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. 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International Auto Appraisers Re- source. Use IAAA Appraisers' to perform insurance and legal appraisals and pre-purchase inspections; It is IAAA the largest association that certifies auto appraisers, who follow ethics, participate in ongoing training for IAAA/ Uniform Standards for Automotive Appraisal Procedures™. Certifications include Master Automotive Appraiser™ and Automotive Arbitration/Mediation Umpire™. The apprentice program was used by Mitchell International and other qualified applicants from the automotive industry. Locate IAAA members and get association info. www.autoappraisersassociation.com. 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) Woodies USA. 949.412.8812, We buy and sell great woodies - hundreds to date. If you are buying or selling give us a call. We can help. Woodies are fun! Every car collection should have at least one. Located in Laguna Niguel, California (new location). www.woodiesusa.com. (CA) 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) West Coast Auto Appraisals. 310.827.8400, Pre purchase, diminished value, total loss settlements, expert witness. Let us be your eyes and ears, friendly and very knowledgeable car experts, muscle cars, street rods, Europeans, full classics, modern day and more. Servicing all of California, nationwide for larger car collections. Member of IAAA and AMA. Check out our website for a full list of services. www.thecarappraiser.com. (CA) 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. indiGO Classic Cars. Vintage Auto Posters, Since 1980, Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters. com. Buy/Sell/General 888.588.7634, was founded in 2006 by collectors to serve collectors. indiGO Classic Cars has a passion and a focus for vintage cars from the late 1930s to the early 1970s. With access to large lines of credit, indiGO purchases individual cars as well as entire collections. indiGO Classic Cars consults with, consigns for and represents the interest of sellers who need assistance in the building, or disposition, of their (or their family members') collections. indiGO offers shipping worldwide. indiGO Classic Cars is an indiGO Auto Group dealership. www.indigoclassiccars.com. (TX) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, 760.758.0600. sales 760.758.6100.Fullservice restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase. com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173, We Passport Transport. 800.325.4267, Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a classic, a '60s muscle car, or a modern exotic you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles and it shows. www.PassportTransport. com. Collector Car Insurance understand the passion and needs of the classic car owner; agreed value, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and paying by credit card. We provide classic car insurance at rates people can afford! Instant quotes at www.heacockclassic.com. (FL) Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. 800.922.4050, is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com. (MI) J.C. Taylor Insurance. Chubb Collector Car Insurance. 1 (866) CAR-9648, The Chubb Collector Car Insurance program provides flexibility by allowing you to choose the agreed value and restoration shop. Broad coverage includes no mileage restrictions and special pricing for large schedules. For more information contact us at 1(866)CAR-9648 or www. chubbcollectorcar.com. 800.345.8290, Antique, classic, muscle or modified - J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. 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 specific events. Please contact Mark Cooke and or Kevin Way. Grundy Worldwide. 800.338.4005, 2shores International. 920-945- 0450, International marketing services for collector cars. New Showroom in the U.S! Take advantage of our experience in the global collector market. Based in Wisconsin, working worldwide. Connecting buyers and sellers of collectible automobiles in a global marketplace since 1990. We put our market knowledge to work for you. Call Jurgen today! www.2-shores-classics. com. (WI) Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6092, www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the Preservation and Sales of European Classics, pre-war through the 1970s, since 1978. You can rely on our decades of experience with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine collectibles. Repeat customers are the lifeblood of our business. Contact us today to join them. Car Sales Manager, Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell.com. (MA) With 60 years of experience in servicing and preserving the collector vehicle hobby, Grundy provides “The Gold Standard” of insurance, offering the most options to you: Agreed Value, No Model Year Limitation, Unlimited Mileage, and coverage options for Spare Parts, Trip Interruption, Towing and Labor Costs, Inflation Guard, and Auto Show Medical Reimbursement. Fast, immediate quotes. www.grundy. com. (PA) English AC Owner's Club Limited. 503.643.3225, 503.646.4009. US Registrar: Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. The world's largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership not required. Monthly magazine. (OR) Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959, 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer September 2011 159


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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) rati, Aston Martin, Bentley and other exotic brands. Lamborghini Houston is Houston's only factory authorized Lamborghini dealership. Nationwide Shipping. Lamborghini Houston is an indiGO Auto Group dealership. www. lamborghinihouston.com. (TX) Randy Simon. 310.274.7440, ^ AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC.. 631.425.1555, All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servcing-complete mechanical restorations/ rebuilds - Cosmetic repair/paintwork to complete frame off restoration - Large inventory of parts. All services as well as our current unventory of automobiles for sale can be seen at www.autosportdesigns.com. (NY) 310.274.9809. I constantly collect and sell all Ferraris, Maseratis, and Lamborghinis. If I don't have what you seek, I can usually find it for you (at low prices). Please call anytime for straight advice on the market. Finder's fee gladly paid. simonrandy@aol.com (CA) Italian Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1-866-MB-CLASSIC, The center of competence for classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts – for vintage car sales, meticulous restorations by manufacturertrained technicians and the widest selection of Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts, we are the source. www. mbclassiccenter.com. (CA) Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300, with more than 30 years in the industry and world wide clientele in dealing in European race and sports cars, specializes in classic Ferrari of the '50s & '60s. www.ferrari4you.com Literature Porsche of North Houston. RPM Classic Sports Cars. 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) Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini 802.877.2645, With over 25 years of experience in Classic Italian Sports cars, we know how to make your car perform as new. Please visit our website showing numerous cars for sale and a frequently updated BLOG to see what is going on in our busy shop including video links of engines being run on a test stand and on a chassis dynamometer. Our two car enclosed transporter makes getting your car to our shop within the northeast a breeze. www. rpmvt.com. German 888.588.7634, creates experiential Porsche ownership for its clients and visitors. Sales and service team members are inspired to prioritize everything Porsche. Porsche of North Houston maintains a huge selection of new and pre-owned Porsches as well as other previously owned designdriven, performance and luxury motorcars with low miles. Nationwide Shipping. Porsche of North Houston is an indiGO Auto Group dealership. www.porscheofnorthhouston.com. (TX) Import/Export Via Corsa Car Lover's Guide- books. Travel the world with guidebooks written for car enthusiasts! We cover car museums, factory tours, race tracks, auctions, and major events. Exclusive interviews with Alice Cooper, Hans-Joachim Stuck, Derek Bell, Mario Andretti, and more! Our guidebooks are available at motorbooks.com and amazon.com. Museums LeMay—America's Car Museum, Carobu Engineering. 949.722.9307, Ferrari specialist. Engine rebuilding/ development, dyno-testing, parts and service. Your source for high performance brakes, suspension, gaskets, engine parts, wheels and exhaust. Dealer for Tubi, Brembo, Koni, Razzo Rosso, Sangalli, Zanzi, Novitech Rosso and X-Ost. WWW.CAROBU.COM. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, 760.758.0600. sales 760.758.6100. Fullservice restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase. com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) FerrariChat.com. The largest on- line Ferrari community in the world with over 80,000 registered users. 3,000 new posts a day from Ferrari owners, historians, and enthusiasts along with 5 Million in our archives. Over 1,000 ads in our Classifieds www.ferrarichat.com. Cosdel International Transporta- tion. 415.777.2000, 415.543.5112. Since 1960 Cosdel International Transportation has been handling international shipments by air, ocean and truck. Honest service, competitive pricing and product expertise have made Cosdel the natural shipping choice for the world's best-known collectors, dealers, and auction houses. If you are moving a car, racing or rallying, or attending a concours event overseas, we are the comprehensive, worldwide resource for all of your international shipping needs. We are your automobile Export Import Experts. www.cosdel.com. (CA) Inspections European Collectibles, Inc. 949Lamborghini Houston. 888.588.7634, provides customers with the most unique mix of exotic inventory in the United States. The importance of guest experience starts with Lamborghini Houston's web presence and is executed by a professional sales team of hand-picked and extremely knowledgeable automobile aficionados. Lamborghini Houston not only services Lamborghini models but also has comprehensive experience and diagnostic equipment to service Ferrari, Mase- 160 650-4718, European Collectibles has been buying, consigning, selling and restoring classic European Sports Cars since 1986. We specialize in Porsche (356 and 911) 1950s to early 1970s along with other marks including Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari, MG, Austin Healey & Jaguar with 40 vehicle in stock to chose from. European Collectibles also offers complete mechanical and cosmetic restorations to Concours level along with routine service. Located in Orange County, California between Los Angeles and San Diego. Sales@europeancollectibles.com or visit our website www. europeancollectibles.com. (CA) 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) set for a fall 2011 opening in Tacoma, WA., explores how the automobile has fulfilled a distinctive role at the core of the American experience and shaped our society. The spacious Museum with rotating exhibits is designed to be the centerpiece for automotive history as well as an educational center and library. The campus also contains a 3.5acre show field, theatre, café, banquet hall and meeting facilities. To become an ACM member, volunteer or make a donation, visit www.lemaymuseum. org. (WA) Parts and Accessories AutoBahn Power. 877.683.3001, Performance + Looks + Durability + Comfort = Autobahn Power! We are a veteran of vehicle modifications, parts and accessories. Our specialty has been to carry products that are better than original equipment in performance, safety and quality. Our warehouse, service shop and retail store are located in the Midwest for good access to all parts of the USA. We have completed literally hundreds of project cars. These performance vehicles are in enthusiast's hands across the USA. Many of the cars are in daily use proving the durability of our workmanship and products. Check us out at www.autobahnpower. com. Griot's Garage. 800.345.5789, The ultimate online store for car care products and automotive accessories. www.griotsgarage.com. (WA) Sports Car Market


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MMRsite.com. The on-line infor- mation and entertainment resource for enthusiasts of European cars and motorcycles. Interactive database features include 1300 selected suppliers of goods and services. Interesting Classified Ads, Book and DVD Reviews, Blog, Forum and MMR Store. Subscribe today to receive our MMR Community Newsletter and help us build this site. www.MMRsite.com. perform as new. Please visit our website showing numerous cars for sale and a frequently updated BLOG to see what is going on in our busy shop including video links of engines being run on a test stand and on a chassis dynamometer. Our two-car, enclosed transporter makes getting your car to our shop within the northeast a breeze. www. rpmvt.com. Sports and Competition RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, WeatherTech® Automotive Acces- sories. 800.441.8527, MacNeil Automotive Products Limited providing Automotive Accessories for your vehicles for over 20 years. MacNeil has defined high quality vehicle protection with the WeatherTech® line of Automotive Accessories. Choose from All-Weather Floor Mats, Extreme-Duty Floor Liners, Cargo/Trunk Liners, Side Window Deflectors, No-Drill MudFlaps, many different options of License Plate Frames and more. We have products available for virtually every make and model. To see and buy everything, go to WeatherTech.com. Restoration - General 519.351.1337. Celebrating 30 years in the collector car industry, RM Auctions and its associated companies are responsible for acquisitions, restorations and sales of the world's rarest and most valuable vintage automobiles, including record-breaking sales in Maranello, Italy and London, UK. RM's restoration division achieved unprecedented accolades in 2006, when the Company earned “Best of Show” honors at the world's top three collector car events in a single year. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) Vintage Events Muscle Car 1000. 949.838.7076, Classic Restoration. 303.761.1245, Classic Restoration by Country Club Auto, located in Colorado, is a large facility that offers world-class restoration, repair and fabrication services. Highly organized, fiscally responsible and providing bi-weekly detailed billing, we keep you abreast of the rapid progress of your project in every way. Check out our excellent website for details. Email doug@classicrestodenver.com. www.classicrestodenver.com. (CO) October, 2010. This six-day luxury tour of Southern California includes exceptional muscle cars, exclusive activities, exquisite dinners, premium hotels, great friends, and fine wine. We're covering Orange County, San Diego, Palm Desert, Lake Arrowhead, Beverly Hills, and a great deal in between. Reserved for 1964-73 American muscle cars, 1962–68 Cobras, 1955–73 Corvettes. Apply early, as space is limited. www. musclecar1000.com. (CA) © FOLLOW SCM Performance Restoration. 440.968.3655, High-quality paint, body, mechanical service. Discreet installation of a/c, cruise control, superchargers. Stock restorations done to exacting standards. Clean, wellequipped shop. Near I-90 since '96. We finish your projects. supercharged@ alltel.net. (OH) RPM Classic Sports Cars. 802.877.2645, With over 25 years of experience in Classic Italian Sports cars, we know how to make your car September 2011 161


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Carl Bomstead eWatch Porcelain Rest Room Signs and Weed Tire Chains A Morford auction attracts big money to odd bits of automobilia, such as 1915 Federal Tires calendar Thought Carl's Bill Morford has been conducting several Investment Grade Collectibles auctions a year for as long as we can recall. They usually include about 300 lots, and for the most part, include high-end, country store type items. But a handful of very desirable automobilia pieces work their way into each event. Morford is very particular about what he accepts, and with his solid background, he accepts only the best of the best. A week prior to the close of the e-mail auction, he accepts phone bids, and on the final night the phone bidding is fast and furious. He recently added a new twist with call-back bidding on items valued over $300, and those that request the service enter Round Two of the bidding. Those bidders are called the following day and the bidding continues—and often results in startling final numbers. Here are a few that caught our eye from his most recent auction, which was number 71. The prices include the 10% buyer's premium. LOT MORFORD AUCTIONS. 10—SUNOCO PORCELAIN REST ROOM SIGN. SOLD AT: $1,430. Date: 6/10/2011. This early doublesided hanging porcelain sign was about 20 inches in length and six inches high. The Colonial-era figures identified the rest rooms and individual signs were on the doors. It was complete with the hanging bracket and appeared to be in excellent condition. Rest room signs are very desirable, and this one sold for strong—but not silly—money. One.” Quality reproductions are frequently offered, but the background is not as fine on the reproductions as it is on the originals. Price paid here was about three times anything we have seen, so a bidding war took place, and the “winner” paid serious green for a cool piece. was stamped “Property of Ford Motor Company” and was found some years ago in a New England dealership. Due to its minty condition it sold for a well-justified premium. CABINET. SOLD AT: $3,410. Date: 6/10/2011. This tin store display cabinet was about 17 inches tall and had wooden shelves and a bulb tester in back. The attractive period lady was striking, and the cabinet had a great look. It was in very acceptable condition and the only problem was that it was missing the marquee on top. As such, the price paid was rather aggressive. MORFORD AUCTIONS. LOT 96—DETROITER AUTO PENNANT. SOLD AT: $770. Date: 6/11/2011. The Detroiter was manufactured by the BriggsDetroiter Auto Company from 1912 until 1917. The five-seat touring car depicted on the pennant was introduced in 1915 and had a 3.3-liter V8 engine. This wonderful pennant was in good condition considering its age, and it is rare as can be. Fair price for such an unusual piece. MORFORD AUCTIONS. LOT 92—WEED TIRE CHAINS POSTER. SOLD AT: $3,960. Date: 6/10/2011. This Weed Tire Chain poster featured a wonderful graphic of a couple getting into an early roadster. The advertising was rather subtle, as you had to look closely at the sign in the store window to even see it. This is a far cry from today's inyour-face approach. An unusual and expensive piece that was in its original wood frame. MORFORD AUCTIONS. LOT 12—EARLY BRASS PACKARD PAPERWEIGHT. SOLD AT: $4,400. Date: 6/10/2011. This highly detailed brass paperweight was a pre-1920 piece, based on the open Packard depicted on the embossed image. It included the famed Packard slogan “Ask the Man Who Owns MORFORD AUCTIONS. LOT 232—FORD GENUINE PARTS PORCELAIN SIGN. SOLD AT: $1,925. Date: 6/10/2011. This early, doublesided oval porcelain Ford sign was in exceptional condition. It MORFORD AUCTIONS. LOT 67—MATCHLESS AUTO LAMPS DISPLAY SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $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 877.219.2605, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 162 MORFORD AUCTIONS. LOT 73—1915 FEDERAL TIRES CALENDAR. SOLD AT: $2,310. Date: 6/10/2011. This paper lithographed calendar had a wonderful graphic of a couple, in period attire, sitting on an early roadster with the scenery unfolding in the background. The majority of the tear sheet calendar was missing but that did not affect the value. It was framed and was a touch over 30 inches in height. An impressive piece with an equally impressive price. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market