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$254k 1973 Carrera RS: A Racer for the Road Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Low Nose, High Price $196k ’59 Alfa Romeo Sprint Speciale September 2012 SCMers Remember Martin Swig Affordable Classic: Three Monterey Drivers For Less Than $50k www.sportscarmarket.com Legal Files: Montana Tax Havens Stir Moral Outrage ™ CLASSIC CAR MAGAZINE IN THE VOTED THE BEST 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 72 1957 Pontiac Bonneville convertible September 2012 . Volume 24 . Number 9 74 1966 Ferrari Dino 206 S Spyder IN-DEPTH PROFILES What You Need To Know FERRARI 58 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina — $69,962/Bonhams The sale was probably a record for a 308 GTB at auction, but it is not out of line. If a fiberglass 308 can break $100,000, the floodgates will open, and every one on the planet will be for sale Steve Ahlgrim ENGLISH 62 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Vantage convertible — $967,916/ Bonhams Almost a million bucks seems a lot for an old convertible. But remember, with the exception of the Zagato, the DB4 is the rarest Aston Martin road car of the David Brown era Paul Hardiman ETCETERINI 64 1959 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale “Low Nose” — $195,804/RM With prices of the best standard production Sprint Speciales well over $100k, this Low Nose still sold at a premium to the steel cars Donald Osborne GERMAN 68 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring — $253,820/RM For about 10 years, RS Porsches remained off-limits to Americans. That changed when the federal government decided to allow a once-in-a-lifetime exemption Prescott Kelly AMERICAN 72 1957 Pontiac Bonneville convertible — $99,000/Mecum This car was a 30-year-old restoration that appeared to be on the verge of unwinding. Spending $40,000 or so to bring this up a notch or two will be a wise investment Carl Bomstead RACE 74 1966 Ferrari Dino 206 S Spyder — $3,263,400/RM We have stepped into the realm of museum-grade collectibility here: As long as the car was complete and certified (it was), whether it will ever again be used as a racer is academic Thor Thorson 16 Sports Car Market GLOBAL AUCTION COVERAGE 208 Cars Examined and Rated at Eight Sales BONHAMS 80 Newport Pagnell, U.K.: An 87% sell-through rate sees 41 of 47 cars sold for a total of $10.2m at Bonhams’ annual Aston Martin sale Paul Hardiman RM AUCTIONS 92 Hampton, NH: In the glow of hundreds of neon signs, the 48-car Dingman Collection brings $6.8m, and the 1936 Ford Cabriolet by Gläser leads the way at $396,000 Carl Bomstead BONHAMS 110 Greenwich, CT: A 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C sets a record at $1.2m, and a barn-find 1965 Aston Martin DB5 brings $392k, leading the way to $5.2m in total sales William C.W. “Chip” Lamb AUCTIONS AMERICA BY RM 124 Auburn, IN: 194 cars total $4.4m, including a $484k 1930 Duesenberg Model J replica Boattail Speedster Kevin Coakley VANDERBRINK 134 Bismarck, ND: A total of 253 of 260 cars sell on the North Dakota prairie, bringing $523k B. Mitchell Carlson ROUNDUP 146 Highlights from Silver Coeur d’Alene, MidAmerica St. Paul and H&H Buxton Jack Tockston, B. Mitchell Carlson, Paul Hardiman EBAY MOTORS 164 Going in the Gray on eBay Motors Chad Tyson Cover photo: Tim Scott © 2012, courtesy of RM Auctions Another great way to enjoy SCM! Download our new free app on iTunes, and read SCM on your iPad anytime, anywhere!

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52 Keels & Wheels COLUMNS 20 Shifting Gears What set Martin Swig apart was his lack of pretension, his love of cars of all types and his passion for getting behind the wheel and just going anywhere. He had the resources to drive Ferraris and Astons, but was more at home with his diminutive-but-expressive Alfas, Lancias and Fiats Keith Martin 44 Affordable Classic: Three Monterey Rides When new, the Alfa Romeo Montreal, Jaguar XJ-S and BMW 3.0 CS were the conveyances of wealthy playboy types. This fashionable trio gave near-supercar performance in a more practical package Donald Osborne 46 Legal Files Tim Durham is convicted after only eight hours of jury deliberation; plus, why lawyers help clients lessen their tax bills John Draneas 60 Sheehan Speaks The scammer offered a great car with heavy options at $170k, which was low enough to attract buyers — yet not so low as to scare off potential buyers Michael Sheehan 178 eWatch Dating Texaco signs, fuse box displays, restroom signs and other treasures from the latest Morford auction Carl Bomstead FEATURES 28 Memories of Martin Swig: SCMers recall times with one of the great car guys 48 Como to Goodwood: Publisher Martin drives BMWs and Rolls-Royces through Europe 52 2012 Keels & Wheels: Little Deuce Coupe, Bobby Unser and Chris Craft Capris 54 2012 Classy Chassis: Hot cars in a cool stadium 56 Murray Smith — From the Paddock: If you have managed to enter the competitor paddock at Le Mans or Sebring or Spa, you will have noticed a white tent — bustling with activity — with a sign that reads “Vanessa’s Hospitality” DEPARTMENTS 22 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 26 The Inside Line: Glenmoor Gathering, ACD Festival, Kirkland Concours and Oregon Festival of Cars 32 Contributors: Get to know our writers 34 You Write, We Read: Cobras, Triumphs and Buicks, oh my! 36 Display Advertisers Index 40 Time Pieces: B.R.M. Concorso Italiano watch 40 Neat Stuff: No-Spark Jumper Cables, Ultimate Travel Jacket 42 In Miniature: 1949 Delahaye 135MS Cabriolet 42 Book Review: Joakim Bonnier: My Own Story 108 Fresh Meat: 2007 Bentley Continental GTC, 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, 2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster 118 Glovebox Notes: 2012 Mercedes-Benz C350 coupe 166 Mystery Photo: “Uh oh — wife meets girlfriend, and they’re both driving my cars.” SCM Digital 18 To sign up for your Digital Issue, go to www.sportscarmarket.com/digital or call 503.261.0555 Ext. 1 166 Comments with Your Renewal: “Use every issue to talk smack about what a terrible, lousy investment old cars are, so prices will go back to where they were when only gearheads liked old cars.” 168 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 174 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs Sports Car Market

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Shifting Gears Keith Martin Martin Swig, 1934–2012 out the racing windscreen for a windshield, and putting a rudimentary exhaust on the car with a 12-inch glass pack muffler. Martin thought it was perfect, although he mentioned that the windshield was really for “softies.” I recall how my Giulietta — with its gumball racing tires, ultra- close-ratio 5-speed and limited-slip 5:12 rear end — was able to harry the larger-but-much-less-nimble Ferraris, Maseratis and Jaguars on the curvy back roads. “These are Giulietta roads,” Martin would say with a smile. And it was so very “Swigian” of him to create an event that allowed his favorite little jewels to have the best of the big motor cars. My path crossed Martin’s numerous times over the next 20 years. In addition to the many times I drove in the Mille, he gave me my first opportunity to host a television show, “San Francisco Car News,” which was shown on cable television in the Bay Area. I also hosted several shows about the California Mille — as well as another of Martin’s madhare schemes, the Carrera Nevada. That tour was a 1,000-mile jaunt across Nevada, mostly over dirt He lived life on his own terms — read SCMers’ memories of him on p. 28 I only saw Martin Swig two or three times a year. So the fact that he is now gone, forever, doesn’t create an immediate void. Instead, there’s a small, dull ache that will become a little more apparent each August when I think about his traditional Sunday night party on the last night of Monterey Car Week — and there will be no Martin to swap tales with. Or in April, as our thoughts turn to the California Mille, there will be no Martin with his infectious grin and rapier-like wit to welcome us to his beloved Fairmont Hotel. We’ll miss him at the SCM reception at Retromobile. Martin was always the sauce at an event that caused your senses to perk up — and to realize that fooling around with old cars was profoundly irrelevant and profoundly important. I first met Martin in Brescia, Italy, at the partenza for the 1991 Mille Miglia Storica — where I drove a 1947 Zagato-bodied 1100 Siata courtesy of collector Barry Russinoff. Martin was already a fan of the nascent Alfa Romeo Market Letter (which evolved into Sports Car Market) and invited me to attend the next California Mille. I did, and the event was magic — especially as my previous old-car-rally experiences had all involved some element of timing and control. You left at a certain time in the morning, and arrived at different stages at precise moments — and points were awarded and taken away for any deviation from the ideal. Martin scoffed at that concept. I remember him saying, “We’re big boys and girls, these are our cars, this is my event, and you can get up and leave when you want! If you miss lunch or dinner, well, that’s your problem, isn’t it?” Consequently, as early as 6 a.m., we’d hear the cowboys firing up their V12 Ferraris with their straight exhausts, and listen to them pull to redline as they sped off into the early morning Northern California mists. It was hard to adjust to at first. Just drive and enjoy the roads, the people and the machinery? No awards? No competition — aside from keeping up with the high-speed packs as we raced through the open countryside? Why, this could be fun. It’s all about the cars In that California Mille, I drove my 1958 Giulietta Spider Veloce, which I trailered to San Francisco from Portland, OR. A car I vintageraced at the time, it had no top, heater or wipers, but it did have Zagatoinspired bucket seats from Italy. Mille prep was limited to swapping 20 roads, in 1950s American cars of nearly every stripe. As with everything Martin touched, the event was all about the driving. The Carrera Nevada was just an excuse for a bunch of gearheads to get together and pound dirt during the day in cars for which handling and braking were mostly theoretical, and hang out at the bar and tell stories at night. It was a celebration of American motoring. Let’s go Martin’s wife, Esta, once told me a story about Martin and his love for driving. “His friend Lou Sellyei has a Ferrari 250 TR and lives in Reno. Martin would get up at 5 a.m. in San Francisco, take one of his Alfas and drive to Reno (about 200 miles), and sit in Lou’s driveway until he woke up. Then he’d say, ‘Lou, it’s a great day — let’s go for a drive.’ And off they would go, to nowhere in particular. And Martin would be back that night.” His oldest son, David, demonstrated that he was cut from the same gearhead cloth. The November 1995 issue of SCM featured its first fullcolor cover. Martin invited me to his home in Sausalito for dinner, and I proudly showed his family the magazine. “Wow, that’s an Enzo Naso painting of a Ferrari 250 TdF in the Mille Miglia. Cool!” was David’s reaction. He’s now a specialist with Bonhams, and his younger brother, Howard Swig, has Swig-octane gasoline in his veins as well, having been a blogger for Car and Driver. The magic of Martin In the end, what set Martin apart was his lack of pretension, his love of cars of all types and his passion for getting behind the wheel and just going anywhere. He had the resources to drive Ferraris and Astons, but was more at home with his diminutive-but-expressive Alfas, Lancias, Fiats and the like. I learned a lot from Martin. I learned that it was okay to like cars for the qualities they possessed rather than just their monetary value. I learned that it was okay to drive a way-cool four-door Italian sedan on a road rally sprinkled with exotics — and to enjoy waving at the bigmotor guys if you passed them going downhill into a curve. That it was okay to have a New Year’s Day tour that was simply about providing a gearhead alternative to gathering, zombie-like, around big screens to watch football. And it was equally okay to have a rally where the only requirement was that your car had to cost less than $500. Martin, thank you for these lessons. Thank you for being my pal and encouraging me to continue growing SCM into a career. Thank you for making it okay to have a passion for any type of car, so long as it exhibits an element of passion in its soul. My promise to you is that I will live these things to their fullest, and pass them on to my children. ♦ Sports Car Market

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Crossing the Block Tony Piff Mecum—Dallas 2012 Where: Dallas, TX When: September 6–8 More: www.mecum.com Last year: 519/760 cars sold / $20.7m 1,000 vehicles are expected at Mecum’s Dallas auction. The headliners are a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air hard top, equipped with Power Pack 283/220 V8 and 3-speed on the column with overdrive; a 1941 Lincoln Continental cabriolet, restored over five years to concours quality; a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro convertible resto-mod with LS3 engine, 6-speed, disc brakes, a/c, power windows, modified suspension and custom interior; and a multiple award-winning 1937 Ford street rod. Bonhams—Beaulieu Autojumble Where: Beaulieu, U.K. When: September 8 More: www.bonhams.com Last year: 142/151 cars sold / $4.2m This annual sale takes place at the Beaulieu National Motor Museum, alongside the Beaulieu Autojumble — Europe’s largest outdoor sale of the year. Early consignments include a 1959 Jaguar XK 150 S, a 1934 RollsRoyce 20/25 and a 1935 Austin Newbury Tourer. Classic Motorcar Auctions—Glenmoor Gathering Where: Canton, OH When: September 14–15 More: www.classicmotorcarauctions.com Last year: 48/119 cars sold / $996k Vehicles crossing the auction block at the third annual Grande Salon Auction will range in price from $15k to $150k. The star car is a 1912 Ford Model T prototype 6-cylinder Speedster, once owned by Edsel Ford. Other early highlights include a 1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan convertible, thought to be one of 1,230 built, with 3-speed manual transmission and 336-ci V8, and a restored 1930 Indian Scout 101 motorcycle from the John Addams estate. Dan Kruse Classics—Hill Country Classic Where: Austin, TX When: September 15 More: www.dankruseclassics.com The annual Hill Country Classic Car Auction is moving to Austin, TX, at the Palmer Events Center. Significant early lots include a 1948 Oldsmobile 88 custom convertible in Metallic Black Cherry Red; a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible with power brakes, steering and top; a 1964 Plymouth Fury convertible; and a Boyd Coddington 1940 Ford Deluxe street rod with nothing missing, chopped or shaved. VanDerBrink—“The Schuchardts’ Last Car Show” Where: Spearfish, SD When: September 15 More: www.vanderbrink.com Noted Brass Era collectors Les and Delores Schuchardt will hold their last car show and auction off their prized collection at no reserve on September 15. Concours-quality 1941 Lincoln Continental cabriolet at Mecum Dallas 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 3–4—MECUM Walworth, WI 4—SPECIALTY AUTO South Lake Tahoe, NV 4–5—VANDERBRINK Mabel, MN 8—H&H Donnington, U.K. 9–12—SILVER Carson City, NV 9–12—SPECIALTY AUTO Reno, NV 12—RM Nysted, DEN 16–17—BONHAMS Carmel, CA 16–18—MECUM Monterey, CA 16–18—RUSSO AND STEELE Monterey, CA 17–18—RM Monterey, CA 17–19—MIDAMERICA Pebble Beach, CA 18—CHEFFINS Harrogate, U.K. 18–19—GOODING & CO. Pebble Beach, CA 25–26—SILVERSTONE Hampshire, U.K. 26—H&H Warwickshire, U.K. 27—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 30–SEPT 2—AUCTIONS AMERICA BY RM Auburn, IN 1912 Model T prototype 6-cylinder Speedster at the Glenmoor Gathering 22 Sports Car Market 31–SEPT. 1— WORLDWIDE Auburn, IN SEPTEMBER 1–2—SILVER Sun Valley, ID 6–8—MECUM Dallas, TX 8—BONHAMS Beaulieu, U.K. 8–9—SILVERSTONE Cheshire, U.K. 15—BONHAMS Chichester, U.K. 15—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Austin, TX 15—VANDERBRINK Spearfish, SD 15–16—CLASSIC MOTORCAR AUCTIONS Canton, OH 18—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 19—H&H Newbury, U.K. 20—TOM MACK Charlotte, NC 20–22—MECUM St. Charles, IL 20–22—BARRETT– JACKSON Las Vegas, NV 21–22—MOTOEXOTICA St. Louis, MO 21–22—ELECTRIC GARAGE Red Deer, AB, CAN 21–22—SILVER Portland, OR 26—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, U.K. 29—VANDERBRINK Echo, MN OCTOBER 4—H&H Duxford, U.K. 4–5—AUCTIONS AMERICA BY RM Carlisle, PA 6—VANDERBRINK Cologne, MN 6—SPECIALTY AUTO Loveland, CO 8—BONHAMS New York, NY 11–12—RM Hershey, PA 12–13—VICARI Biloxi, MS 12–13—BRANSON Branson, MO 13—COYS Ascot, U.K. 17—H&H Buxton, U.K. 19–20—CROWN Tampa, FL 20—CHEFFINS Cambridge, U.K. 20—VANDERBRINK Stockton, KS 20—RM Grapevine, TX 20—Dragone Westport, CT 28—Motorclassica Melbourne, AUS

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Crossing the Block Tony Piff 1948 Oldsmobile 88 custom convertible at Dan Kruse Classics’ Hill Country auction The collection includes many Fords from the 1900s through the 1930s, plus a 1908 Anderson Model B high-wheeler, a 1905 Cadillac Model E runabout, a 1909 International high-wheeler, a 1907 Schacht Model H runabout high-wheeler, a 1903 Rambler Model F runabout, a 1909 Maxwell Model A runabout, a 1910 Maxwell Model AA runabout, a 1904 REO roadster, a 1908 Columbia Mark LXX electric Victoria Phaeton, a 1900 Mobile Model 3 Steamer runabout and more. Bonhams—Goodwood Revival Where: Chichester, U.K. When: September 15 More: www.bonhams.com Last year: 83/94 cars sold / $11.5m Bonhams is a founding spon- sor of the Goodwood Revival, one of the most significant vintage motoring events in the world. Headlining the 2012 sale is the “Lost Mercedes,” a recently discovered 1928 Mercedes-Benz 26/120/180 S Type Sports Tourer that has been in the same family ownership since new. It is expected to sell for more than $2.3m. Mecum—St. Charles Auction Where: St. Charles, IL When: September 20–22 More: www.mecum.com Last year: 522/1001 cars sold / $12.5m 1,250 vehicles are expected at this annual mega-sale of muscle cars, Corvettes and more. The event takes place at the Pheasant Run Resort and will be broadcast live on Discovery’s Velocity network. Barrett-Jackson—Last Vegas Where: Las Vegas, NV When: Sept 20–22 More: www.barrett-jackson.com Last year: 576/581 cars sold / $24.2m Important cars at Barrett- Jackson’s final sale of the year include a 1958 Chevrolet Corvette resto-mod, a 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird, a 1961 Cadillac Series 62 convertible, a 1969 Oldsmobile 442 hard top, a 1970 Chevrolet Nova SS custom and a 1949 Citroën Traction Avant. Brightwells—Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles Where: Leominster, U.K. When: September 26 More: www.brightwells.com Brightwells has consigned a 1932 Bugatti Type 51 for their September vintage sale. The Bugatti, which had been languishing in a barn in Worcestershire for many years since the last owner died, is reputed to contain at least some parts of the Type 51 in which Count Stanislas Czaykowski won the 1931 Casablanca Grand Prix. Brightwells estimate: $235k– $310k. ♦ 1928 Mercedes-Benz 26/120/180 S Type Sports Tourer at Bonhams Goodwood 24 Barn-find 1932 Bugatti Type 51 at Brightwells in Leominster, U.K. Sports Car Market

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Inside Line Chester Allen Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com. and the U.K. fitted with engines from the United States. All of this is just a small part of what’s planned for the September 14–16 event, which will also include the Passport Transport Road Tour, a gala dinner and an automotive design seminar. Classic Motorcar Auctions will put on the Third Annual Grande Salon Antique and Classic Car Auction on September 15. www.glenmoorgathering.com. (OH) ■ SCM is a presenting sponRM’s new West Coast office includes a showroom for upcoming auction cars Industry news ■ RM Auctions has opened a branch office in Culver City, CA — right in the heart of Southern California’s collector-car hotbed. Shelby Myers, managing direc- tor of RM’s West Coast Division, and Beverly Hills car specialist Vinnie Mandzak will lead the California team. RM’s West Coast office is at 9510 West Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232. The office has a showroom for upcoming auction cars. For more information, visit www.rmauctions.com or call 310.559.4575. Events ■ There is no better way to enjoy the Labor Day weekend than immersing yourself in the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival from August 30 through September 2. This massive celebration of sweeping expanses of costly American Iron calls itself “The World’s Greatest Classic Car Show & Festival,” and who are we to argue with thousands of happy gearheads who motor into Auburn, IN, each year? Dozens of events are scheduled, and just about all of them celebrate Auburn, Cord or Duesenberg cars. Auctions America by RM plans four days of collector-car auctions from August 30 through September 2. www.acdfestival.org (IN) ■ After nine years of suc- cess on the shores of Lake Washington, the Kirkland Concours d’Elegance is moving south on Interstate 5 to the spacious, grassy showfield at the brand-new LeMay — America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, WA. This year’s concours, on September 9, honors the Best of Show Cars from the 2003–2011 events. Other classes include Post-War British Cars, Lamborghini, American PostWar Designs, Antiques, and Classic Car Club of America cars. SCM remains a sponsor and Publisher Martin returns as emcee. The day includes admission to the spectacular LeMay Museum. www.kirklandconcours.com. (WA) ■ The 18th Annual Glenmoor Gathering will feature Allards, the famous 1935 Duesenberg SJ “Mormon Meteor” Speedster, Tuckers and The Trans Atlantics Class, which will showcase cars from Europe sor of the Oregon Festival of Cars — which used to be known as the Sunriver Festival of Cars — in Bend, OR, on September 14–16. This very popular event moves from Sunriver to the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend. SCM’s own John Draneas is one of the masterminds of this annual celebration of cars. This year’s Center Field Display will feature British cars, but all cars are welcome to the very relaxed show, which will take place in one of the most scenic parts of the Northwest. Publisher Keith Martin will emcee the show on September 15. The weekend ends with a Sunday Dash — a noway-to-get-lost tour over some of Central Oregon’s most scenic roads. Proceeds from this year’s Festival benefit The Center Foundation. www.oregonfestivalofCars.com. (OR) ■ The Sixth Annual St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance will bring coachbuilt and awardwinning automobiles from 1900 to 1943 to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on September 30. The concours also will highlight sports and race cars from 1948 through 1962 — along with a display of classic wooden speedboats from the same era. www.smcde.org. (MD) ♦ A 1948 Tucker at the Glenmoor Gathering 26 The Kirkland concours will move to the LeMay Museum this year Sports Car Market

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In Memoriam Martin Swig One of the Great Car Guys The sudden death of Martin Swig sparked some SCMers to share their memories of the man who lived for cars and created the California Mille Martin Swig’s California Mille — one of the premier car events in the world Chester Allen, SCM Executive Editor: The recent death of Martin Swig hit us at SCM very hard. I met Martin a few days after I started at SCM in May of 2010. I was in my office, and an energetic man sauntered in the door. “I’m Martin Swig,” he said as he extended his hand. “And you’re a new guy.” At that moment, I didn’t feel like a new guy anymore. We talked cars and Northern California for a bit. Swig got up to leave my office, but he paused at the door. “You know, modern cars are so comfortable and efficient these days, so why do we still get into those little, old cars and go on long drives in the cold?” Swig asked. I shrugged. “Because it’s fun,” Swig said. Bill Biggs, via email: I was saddened at the passing of Martin Swig. He was a true car aficionado and added so much to events he participated in and later organized. I first met Martin at about the third Monterey Historic Race. Martin had the 1900 Zagato, and his friend Michele drove Martin’s Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Zagato. I drove my SZ, which was originally a Zagato family race car. We were pitted next to each other. Martin was just fun to talk to, and he was always glad to see you. He always had interesting pit cars, usually very different from the race car. We participated together for many years. We also had a Giulietta Spider, and Martin organized a three-day 50th Anniversary of the Giulietta run in Northern California. My wife, Carol, and I thoroughly enjoyed the spirited drive and the time with Martin and the approximately 50 cars participating. He added so much to the enjoyment of our cars. We will all miss him. Scott Gulley, via email: I actually met Martin several times, in fact, every month for about two years, when I was a factory rep for Saab, and Martin was the Saab (among many other interesting lines) dealer in downtown San Francisco. We also got a tour on every visit, making this my favorite dealer visit every month! He was a gasoline-in-the-blood car guy. 28 Martin Swig with his wife, Esta Philip J. Gioia, via email: Very, very sad to learn of Martin’s passing. He was a gentleman in every sense of the word, with a lovely sense of humor. His arrival at our little coffee group each morning at Poggio was that of a ray of sunshine. He will be missed. Kevin Fitzgerald, via email: I had a Talbot Lago America I needed parts for. Someone suggested I contact Martin. We never met, but exchanged email for two years on and off. We shared a passion for cars that created a bond and a friendship even though we were 3,000 miles apart. A gentleman and friend who will be missed. ♦ Sports Car Market

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SCM Contributors RICH COPARANIS, SCM subscriptions manager, has a B.S. in business administration/ marketing from Portland State University, and has been an SCMer since 2003 — his paid subscription even extended through his first year of employment at SCM. He acquired his current ride, a ’78 Ferrari 308 GTS, in a straight trade for the first car he ever owned, a muscle car that was (by then) badly in need of restoration. No, he won’t reveal what that muscle car was here (that is being saved for a future “Our Cars” column). He is eagerly anticipating the day when the plummeting depreciation curve of a Ferrari 458 Italia intersects the skyrocketing curve of the number of pennies in his SCM-funded piggy bank. THOR THORSON, SCM contributing editor, grew up in northern Iowa. His father bought a red Jag XK 150 in the late 1950s, and that was all it took; he has been in love with sports cars , racing cars and the associated adrenaline rush ever since. He has vintage raced for more than 20 years, the bulk of them spent behind the wheel of a blue Elva 7. When he’s not racing, he is president of Vintage Racing Motors Inc., a collector-car dealer and vintage-racing support company based in Redmond, WA. His knowledge runs the full spectrum of vintage racing, and he has put that expertise to good use for SCM since 2003. On p. 58 of this issue, he takes us on an exploration of a 1966 Ferrari 206 S Dino Spyder. CARL BOMSTEAD, SCM senior auction analyst, spent his lawn-mowing money on a 1948 Plymouth when he was 14, and since then an unknown number of unique cars have passed through his garage. He’s partial to Full Classics but can’t ignore an interesting sports car, ‘50s car or a hot rod. His vintage automobilia collection includes hundreds of porcelain signs, mascots, license plates, oil cans and a dozen or so display cases full of other related memorabilia. He has judged at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for the past 16 years and was recently appointed as the Head Judge for the Desert Concours d’Elegance in La Quinta, CA. As usual, he is very busy in this issue of SCM, as he profiles a 1957 Pontiac Bonneville convertible on p. 72. His coverage of RM’s Dingman Collection Auction is on p. 92, and you’ll find his regular column, eWatch, on p. 178. DAVID TOMARO, SCM art director, has a dark secret. He’s not, strictly speaking, a car guy. Although he has always appreciated old cars as works of functional art, he was not regularly exposed to the growl of finely tuned engines during his modest Midwest upbringing, and the family Nova didn’t exactly fill him with a sense of awe. As an avid photographer, however, he does know a good picture when he sees one, and this unremarkable skill has allowed him to effectively fake his way through his first year on the job at SCM. He attended Purdue University with the intent of becoming an engineer, but his ongoing confusion about what, exactly, an engineer does on a daily basis found him exiting the halls of higher learning with an English degree instead. Twenty-odd (very odd) years in the newspaper business taught him a thing or two about layout, but even after two decades as a copy editor, he’s still trying to remember if there’s a space between “300” and “SL” when he’s proofreading stories about Gullwings. 32 Sports Car Market Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director David Tomaro david.tomaro@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Managing Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Digital Media Director Jeff Stites jeff.stites@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Auctions 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, David Tomaro Senior Auction Analysts B. Mitchell Carlson, Carl Bomstead, Paul Hardiman (Europe) Auction Analysts John Clucas (Australia), Daniel Grunwald, Jérôme Hardy (Europe), Chip Lamb, Norm Mort (Canada), Dale Novak, Phil Skinner Contributing Editors Steve Ahlgrim (Ferrari), Gary Anderson (English), Colin Comer (Muscle Cars), John Draneas (Legal), Donald Osborne (Etceterini), Prescott Kelly (Porsche), Michael Sheehan (Ferrari), Thor Thorson (Race Cars) Contributors John Apen, Diane Brandon, Marshall Buck, Miles Collier, Martin Emmison, Paul Hardiman, Jay Harden, Alex Hofberg, Simon Kidston, Ed Milich, Stephen Serio, John L. 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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 As I am the gentleman who restored this car, I also appreciate your “Concours Quibbles” — great information — and the more I learn, the better I get! Not all Cobras are equal To the Editor: In reference to Keith Martin’s “Shifting Gears” editorial in the August SCM on the GTOs and Cobras (p. 18), a mistake was made in comparing the GTOs to all Cobras. The GTO was produced in very limited numbers by Ferrari as a race car. It was not available to the general public and was not sold to them. Only a very few qualified race drivers were allowed access to them. To my knowledge, not one was ever sold as a road car, although some may have, on occasion, been driven on the road for various reasons. Those wishing to purchase a Ferrari for road use were given a choice of 250 GT 2+2, Lusso, California, Cabriolet or Berlinetta but not the GTO. The GTO Ferraris won the FIA Manufacturer’s World Championship for GT cars in 34 1962, 1963 and 1964. Carroll Shelby had a some- what similar idea to that of Enzo Ferrari and was partially backed by Ford Motor Cars. The idea was to sell motor cars to the general public to finance racing. The racing fabricators at Shelby American produced 45 Cobra small-block race cars. At first, a couple of street cars were simply picked from a small inventory and modified. From early in 1963 on, however, AC cars and Shelby designated chassis as race cars from initial to final construction. These cars were built as race cars in Shelby’s race shop in batches of from three to six, and each new batch mirrored the evolution of racing progress that was occurring as the races were run. The mistake that many people make is to believe that all 655 small-block Cobras produced were race cars. That is not so. Like the GTOs, Cobra race cars were not sold to the general public and were only made available to qualified racers, or their backers, at considerably higher cost to the road cars, or they were used exclusively by Shelby team drivers. From the Sebring series cars on, these race cars shared little if anything other than general looks with the road units. Cobra race cars were raced at the Daytona Continental, Sebring 12 Hours, in SCCA races across America in A production class and eventually across Europe as well. It’s these 45 cars that made the name Cobra and in 1965 won the FIA World Manufacturer’s Championship, and it is these 45 small-block Cobra race cars that rightly should be compared to the 36 GTOs and valued accordingly. Keep up the fine work that is Sports Car Market. It’s a mustread. — Jim McNeil, via email A restorer’s July Triumph To the Editor: Regarding your article on the TR3A convertible in your July issue (p. 54), I would like to say thank you for your interest in the car. As I am the gentleman who restored this car, I also appreciate your “Concours Quibbles” — great information — and the more I learn, the better I get! This project came to me in boxes. I took great pride in bringing this car back to life, and it was a joy to see it in your magazine. Thank you again. — Mark S. Putnam, Albuquerque, NM Ahlgrim’s crystal ball To the Editor: I enjoy reading Steve Ahlgrim’s Ferrari Profile each month, and I especially enjoyed reading it in July’s issue (p. 50). It’s interesting to read the behind-the-scenes info on cars he features, along with his thoughts Sports Car Market

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You Write We Read Ad Index 109 Cheese & Wine ................................... 165 2shores International .................................. 163 7-Eight Marketing ...................................... 130 Advanced Retirement Income Solutions ... 139 Alan Taylor Company, Inc ................. 157, 158 American Car Collector ............................. 167 Angie’s List .................................................. 35 Aston Martin of New England ................... 157 Auctions America ..................................8-9, 19 Autobooks-Aerobooks ............................... 173 Automotive Restorations Inc. .................... 173 Autosport Designs Inc .................................. 83 B R M North America .................................. 49 Barrett-Jackson ............................................ 27 Bennett Law Office .................................... 172 Beverly Hills Car Club ............................... 149 Blackhawk/Auto Collections Inc ............... 141 Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance ............... 97 Bonhams / SF ............................................... 21 Bonhams / UK .............................................. 23 Branson Collector Car Auction .................... 93 P21S ........................................................... 162 Canepa .......................................................... 95 Carlisle Events ........................................... 123 Carrera Motors ............................................. 87 Century 1031 Exchange, Inc. ..................... 156 Charles Prince Classic Cars ....................... 119 Charles S Crail Automobiles ...................... 107 Chubb Personal Insurance ............................ 33 Classic Motorcar Auctions ......................... 109 Classic Restoration ....................................... 67 Classic Showcase ....................................... 127 CMC Classic Model Cars .......................... 165 Cobalt Automotive LLC 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Cars ............................. 133 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions ............. 101 Paramount Classic Cars ............................. 131 Park Place LTD .......................................10-11 Paul Russell And Company ....................... 155 Photos By Teej ........................................... 155 Putnam Leasing ............................................ 61 Reliable Carriers .......................................... 79 Richard Morrison ....................................... 106 RM Auctions .........................................6-7, 17 Road Ready Certified ................................. 125 Road Scholars .............................................. 71 Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo ......................... 161 RPM Auto Books ....................................... 173 Russo & Steele LLC ...............................12-13 Silver Collector Car Auctions ...................... 43 Specialty Auto Auctions, Inc ...................... 116 Sports & Specialist Cars 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Rutlands ..................................................111 The Last Detail ........................................... 144 The Schulman Group ................................. 153 The Stable, Ltd. .......................................... 115 Vicari Auctions ........................................... 129 Vintage Rallies ........................................... 153 VintageAutoPosters.com ............................ 152 Worldwide Group ....................................14-15 36 You Write We Read Not one journey goes by without this car capturing admiring comments. Comments, such as ‘Sweet!’ or ‘Just love it!’ are typical on valuations of the past, present and future. His opinion in the last paragraph summarizes either well-bought or well-sold — and where the market’s going. More often than not, he’s spot-on. I do, however, get a chuckle when I go back and read his closing paragraph in the May 2011 issue (Ferrari Profile, p. 42), also featuring a Dino that sold for $225k “..someone really stretched for this one. In the U.S., I doubt this car would break $150k”. I guess the Marelli batteries in the old crystal ball weren’t up to par (could be worse, could have been Lucas batteries). But in the end I do agree. Whether this sale was a fluke or a bellwether has yet to be seen. As always, I appreciate his work along with all the other contributors to make a great publication. — S.R. Anderson, via email Buick bliss for $7,500 To the Editor: With all your writings on multimillion-dollar cars, I thought I would tell you about my “Affordable Classic.” A little preamble: In my life, I’ve owned Ferrari TdFs and SWB Berlinettas, numerous 250 GTs, 365 GTs, a 330 GTC — and then switched to Porsche 911s. Lost count after 20. Raced Lola T70s (three), Porsche RSRs, 935s, forgotten more cars than I can remember. However, I now own and run a car that brings more compliments than any of the above ever have. Not one journey goes by without this car capturing admiring comments. Comments such as: “Sweet!” or “Just love it!” are typical. What is it? Why, a 1963 Buick Riviera, which I use as my daily driver, having sold the Mercedes SL500 that used to be my daily driver, as what was the point of keeping such a lovely car and hardly using it? The best bit is the price...I swapped this for a very dull 1979 Mercedes 450SLC that cost me $7,500. Sometimes, life does work out well. — John Starkey, St. Petersburg, FL Errata Two photos in last issue’s report on the May 16 Silverstone auction (pp. 130 and 136) were incorrectly identified as Lot 150, a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring. The car pictured was actually Lot 150 from Silverstone’s November 2011 sale — a 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Club Sport. The correct picture is shown here. The table of contents also mistakenly credited the report to Jonathan Humbert. The reporter was Paul Hardiman. Humbert was the auctioneer. SCM regrets the errors. Sports Car Market It used to be silver… To the Editor: Seeing your August issue cover car and feature (Ferrari 1957 625 TRC Spider, p. 48) brought back many good memories of it racing in Southern California in 1957 and 1958, but there is no reference to its driver, my good friend Richie Ginther. He and his employer, Johnny von Neumann, certainly had success. Johnny has said the 625 was his favorite Ferrari. To the best of my knowledge, these two 625s always raced in silver livery. Johnny had earlier painted his Porsche racers red and his Ferrari silver — he was an odd bird. Enjoy your magazine tremendously. — Jim Sitz, Grants Pass, OR ♦

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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg This year marks the 27th year of Concor a gathering of the world’s most exotic mod vintage Italian automobiles during Montere Week in Monterey, CA. Owners, drivers and e thusiasts attend — not only to view the cars b to celebrate the whole culture, style and tradition that comes along with Italian automotive design. A major sponsor of the event is B.R.M., a watch manufacturer that has built a reputation for designing fine time pieces that emulate the elements of automotive racing. Established in 2003 — a relative newcomer to the world of haute horology — B.R.M. was founded by Bernard Richards, a French watch expert who merged his passion for motorsports and his expertise in time pieces into a brand that exemplifies the idea that if you add creativity and quality to passion and sincerity, the outco is sure to be spectacular. To celebrate the 2012 Concorso Italiano, unveiled and offered a watch made in an unusually small production run of only 10 pieces. Although it is similar to the B.R.M. V14 series of watches, the new model features the bold livery of the tricolor Italian flag and a unique black checkerboard pattern emblazoned on the sides of the Grade 5 titanium case. Every aspect of the Concorso Details Production Date: 2012 Best Place to Wear One: At a VIP tour of the Ferrari factory and museum — or at Concorso Italiano, of course! Ratings ( Rarity: Durability: Parts/Service Availability: Cool Factor: Web: www.brm-manufacture.com is best): watch was carefully designed to evoke an element of a racer’s equipment. From the piston-like shape of the case, to the hands that are intended to bring to mind a pair of lightened alloy pedals, to the case lugs that are like gear shifts, the Neat Stuff by Tony Piff Closed-Hood Jump Starter Dead battery? Use this clever setup to connect two cars via the electric cigarette lighters, and be fully charged in about 15 minutes. One light shows that it’s charging, another glows when it’s ready to crank. Sure, old-fashioned jumper cables may work faster, but for that special someone in your life who gets stressed out at the thought of sparks and engine grime, this is a no-brainer. $29.99 from www. thinkgeek.com. 40 B.R.M. Limited-Edition Concorso Italiano Watch h celebrates motorsports. The chronograph ls suggest gauges, and the bold circles denotng the hours are the race number meatballs found on the hoods and sides of the cars. Under the hood of the Concorso Italiano watch is a self-winding, mechanical 7753 chronograph movement that features both a three-register, 12-hour chronograph recording system and a calendar function. The movement is visible through a sapphire case back that is engraved with the Concorso Italiano logo and the individual limited serial number. Like all B.R.M. watches, the case is fashioned from a single billet of metal (in this case titanium) that undergoes an exhaustive milling process at their manufacory in Magny en Vexin in northern France. e lugs of the watch, which are machined indually as well, are applied afterwards. Even uckle that secures the natural rubber strap is specially milled and crafted in-house through a complex process that is made up of 12 individual components. Many brands align themselves in niche markets to attempt to gain prestige and market share, but none have done this more actively and successfully than B.R.M. The company’s numerous sponsorships and partnerships include official timekeeper of the Monticello Motor Club, official watch of the Catherham F1 team, sponsorship of two drivers in the IndyCar series, Simon Pagenaud and Simona de Silvestro, and a partnership with Oak Racing to run the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The B.R.M. limited-edition watch made for the 2012 Concorso Italiano has a retail price of $7,850, which, compared with other prestige chronographs in the marketplace, is a relative bargain — given the incredible level of design attributes as well as a production run of a mere 10 pieces. All Your Traveling Gear Without Looking Like a Tourist Instead of emptying each and every pocket at the airport security line, just take off your jacket and send . A whopping 26 em hidden — inside T SeV Revolution e everything from ed water to an iPad ssue of SCM, all s and minimal bulk. e in your earbuds with concealed cordmanagement system, nd control your touch-screen elec- onics through the ransparent “Clear Touch” material. Remove the sleeves, and you’ve got a warm-weather vest. Styling is smart and understated, so you t attract the wrong tion. t.com. © Sports Car Market

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In Miniature by Marshall Buck 1949 Delahaye 135MS Cabriolet Faget Varnet clothed this striking one-off Delahaye for display at the 1949 Salon de Paris. The design could easily be mistaken for the work of any of the more well-known coachbuilders of the day. Rarely did Henri Varnet’s Parisian coachworks body a car, as they typically created commercial vehicles, mainly trucks. For the past few years now, Ilario of France has been producing (in 1:43 scale) a great selection of some of the most delectable classic automobiles, with a strong focus on those with breathtaking Art Deco coachwork. In his “Chromes” line, he has modeled this 2008 Pebble Beach class winner just as restored, in its original eye-catching, two-tone blue. I have to hand it to Ilario for often choosing the right cars and delivering great display pieces, all of which are limited editions, and each is always supplied in an attractive wood-andacrylic display case. Ilario has done a great job of capturing the overall shape, and the fit and finish on my sample is superb. The high-gloss, two-tone paint finish is excellent, even with slight waviness on one side. The separation between each color is razor-sharp because of thin, cast-in channels that aid factory workers in masking off exact sections. My only slight criticism here is that these channels are a little too deep, hence they make the bodywork look as though more panels are separate pieces than actually exist. Speaking of panels, the panel lines for doors, hood and trunk are perfectly narrow and crisp, as are the stepped louvers on the hood. This one is not dripping in chrome, but what is there, including delicate trim around the interior, has been very well done and cleanly applied, and there is not a trace of glue anywhere. The one-piece, photo-etched windshield frame Model Details Production Date: 2012 Quantity: Limited edition of 170 SCM Five-Star Rating: Overal Quality: Authenticity: ½ Overall Value: Web: www.ilario.com Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Joakim Bonnier: My Own Story By Joakim Bonnier, translated by Allan Mutén, Albert Bonniers Forlag, 192 pages (Amazon) Jo Bonnier won only one Grand Prix, taking the 1959 Dutch GP in a BRM. But his trim goatee and skills behind the wheel, especially in sports car endurance racing, made his career larger than his results. Sweden’s first F1 star tells how it happened in this 1961 autobiography. In his 15 years of on-again, off-again F1 appearances, he drove only a couple of complete seasons for a team, with Rob Walker in 1963 and 1965, with little success. The rest of the time, he rarely made all of the races — and even then often driving for a mixture of teams. Throughout his Grand Prix career, he finished in the top 10 in season points only once, in 1959. All too often, he was running his own privateer Joakim Bonnier Racing Team, first in a Maserati through 1958, then in and out of Porsches, Coopers, Brabhams — even a one-off in a Honda, getting to 5th place at the season-ending 1968 Mexico City race. Like many of his era, he wanted to drive anything and everything, and sports cars created more success than F1. He won the Targa Florio in 1960, and two years later won Sebring. His retelling of preparations for the Targa is one of the highlights of the book. But 1964 was his year, with sports-car wins at Montlhéry and Reims, plus the 1000 Km at Nürburgring with Phil Hill in a Chaparral. As Bonnier tells it, he came to racing almost as a lark, while his wealthy parents expected him to join the family publishing business. He supported racing with car sales, leading him to a few early successes and a partnership with Maserati, which in turn opened the door to the Grand Prix circuit. Far from the hothouse world of F1 today, where teams are nurturing 10-year-old kids at karts in hopes of locking them into contracts at the top level, Bonnier came at a time when talent and availability led to drives. This biography was first published in Swedish in 1961, well before his biggest successes in sports cars — and before he became a driving 42 force, with Jackie Stewart, for raising safety standards at tracks through the Grand Prix Driver’s Association. Unfortunately, he lost his life at Le Mans in 1972. Provenance: Autobiography is just that, one’s own version of reality, and while it’s unassailably correct from the author’s point of view, it’s a bit like looking at the world through his windshield, not seeing or talking to the other drivers, gathering the other perspectives that complete the full image of a man, a life. Fit and finish: Simply printed and containing a handful of black and white images. Drivability: Reading Bonnier’s autobiography feels like such an incomplete tale, although it is a great start. Thanks to the folks who did the translation and brought out an English version, a 50-year-old book is now on the shelf to enjoy. But we never get to write our own endings, and much of what made Bonnier such an interesting character happened in the last decade of his career. Call this volume a charming prologue to the book still to be written. ♦ Sports Car Market is a beauty, but it is only an okay interpretation of the more substantial, sculpted frame that should be there. The fitting of the massive chrome headlight and taillight housings that flow into the fenders is impressive in execution and fit. Although interior features a healthy amount of detail, it is a hit-and-miss affair, which is a little disappointing if you’re familiar with the car. The floor color is more blue than the gray it should be. However, the color of the 60/40 split bench seat and detailed door panels is very good, as are the light blue edging and belts on the fitted luggage. Sadly, the blue piping is missing from the seats and door panels. In front of the driver is an interpretation of the steering wheel — close but not quite right. The real car features a fabulous one-piece, carved burl walnut dash, which on the model is the most egregious interior flaw. The model’s dash is simply a flat and angled piece with a decal for the wood, gauges and switches. Why do I quibble so about assorted details on this model? Well, even though it is quite limited, when you’re in this price range of approximately $365 for a 1:43 scale hand-built model, one should be picky. Still, she’s a beauty, and I say just enjoy the overall view. the

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Affordable Classic Three Monterey Rides GT Sleepers for Monterey Week Any of our three international GTs fit in at any setting, and the valet guys just might leave you parked in front by Donald Osborne the Alfa clubs. Directly developed from the Marcello Gandini-designed, 4-cylinder twin-cam Giulia-powered model shown at Expo 67 in Montreal, it was a rare case in which the specification of the production car was more impressive than the show car. When the production model debuted at Geneva in March 1970, motive power was now a detuned version of the 4-cam V8 engine found in Alfa’s potent and successful Tipo 33 road-racing cars. Production lasted until 1977 — although sales collapsed in 1973 due to the oil crisis and never recovered. Alfa stopped advertising the car after 1975, and only 44 were built in the last two years of production. Driving the Montreal is a delight — 1974 Alfa Romeo Montreal T he Monterey Week seems to symbolize all that’s grand, glorious, remarkable and somewhat unattainable in the collector car universe. I won’t repeat Jay Leno’s endlessly quoted line concerning millionaires and billionaires, but you can still cut quite a dash on the roads around the Monterey Peninsula — if not on the lawn at Pebble or in victory lane at Laguna Seca — for quite a reasonable cash outlay. How? The answer lies with any of these three glamorous interna- tional GT cars. When new, the Alfa Romeo Montreal, Jaguar XJ-S and BMW 3.0 CS were the conveyances of wealthy playboy types, who spent as much time on the tennis court, ski slopes and in the casino as they might have in the office. This fashionable trio gave near-supercar performance in a more practical package, usable for cross-country dashes with luggage. Driving one of these cars takes you back to the twilight of truly grand touring in the 1960s, before the miserly hand of government bureaucrats and oil cartels had fully wrung most enjoyment out of the pure pleasure of driving by the late 1970s. The Alfa Romeo Montreal is Details sliding slowly out of our $50k or less price limit, so now’s the time to find a good one. Long stuck in the mid-to-upper $20k range, most of the cars on the market had been abused and/or neglected. Owners with very good ones didn’t bother to put them out 44 for sale, or they hand-sold them to close friends in Alfa Romeo Montreal Years produced: 1971–77 Number produced: 3,737 Original list price: $8,050 Tune-up cost: $500 Distributor: $450 Chassis #: Engine compartment bulkhead Engine #: Intake side of engine near front Club: Alfa Romeo Owners Club More: www.aroc-usa.org Alternatives: Jaguar XJ-S, BMW 3.0 CS SCM Investment Grade: C with a terrific rich sound from the engine and handling that, despite the weight of the V8 engine, is nevertheless very Alfalike. However, when you push hard in tightly twisty bits, it can become clear that the Giulia platform on which it was based was really not up to the full performance potential of that potent engine — or the size of the tires fitted. Some owners have revised the springs and installed adjustable sport shocks. But in any event, exceeding the chassis’ limits requires the diligent application of extra-legal speeds in what are most often inappropriate situations. For most of the time, the Montreal is just fine, thank you very much, and it would be grand for a blast down the Pacific Coast Highway. In buying one, the key points are to find one that has been regu- larly — and recently — driven and maintained. The engines are not particularly troublesome, but repairing or rebuilding a neglected V8 can quickly become quite expensive. Another important point is the interior hard trim and controls. The cloth trim can become saggy and worn, so the Texalfa (vinyl) seats are best. Very few came new with optional leather seats, but many have been restored with them since. Make sure all the instruments are present and working and that interior hard trim pieces are present and in good condition. The body is complex, with lots of compound curves, louvers, slots and spots for mud and dirt to collect, encouraging corrosion. You can still find a Montreal that has been mechanically loved and is somewhat cosmetically challenged. Contrary to usual practice, that is the direction in which I would go, provided there are no parts missing. Bottom line, pay as much as you can for the best-maintained example you can find. I’d like to say that $40k will find you that car, but I have my doubts. An underrated Jag Jaguar’s XJ-S was much maligned as a disappointing follow-up to the XKE. The XJ-S (with a hyphen from launch in 1975, simply XJS from 1991), was actually a superb successor to the XK 150 FHC as a fast, comfortable GT. The production lasted a very long time, until 1996, with more than 115,000 coupes and open cars of various types built. While conventional wisdom would dictate the choice of one of the Sports Car Market

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1976 Jaguar XJ-S final-series cars, either the 6-liter V12 or the excellent AJ6 4-liter 6-cylinder, here I say go — with the heart and gut — for an early car. Although you’ll give up the sumptuous wood trim of the later production runs, there is for me a wonderful period glamour to all that pebbled black vinyl and brushed aluminum bright trim — not to mention the neat drum instruments. The XJ-S was capable of 0–60 Details Jaguar XJ-S Years produced: 1976–80 (First Series) Number produced: 14,643 Original list price: $19,000 Tune-up cost: $500 Distributor cost: $65 Chassis #: Inside the windshield, driver’s side Engine #: Passenger side of block Club: Jaguar Clubs of North America More: www.jcna.com mph in 7.6 seconds with automatic transmission — and of reaching a top speed of 143 mph. All this happened while the car held you in a beautifully shaped, delightfully aromatic leather bucket seat — and delivered a smooth, quiet ride of which the Italian V12 cars could only dream. Of course, the fact that the XJ-S was launched into great fear that another oil shock was looming didn’t help sales much. But looking forward, a new HE, or “High Efficiency” V12 with greater fuel economy was launched in 1981 to help save the car, and it even came with increased horsepower. Of course, with an early XJ-S you’re also giving up the uprated Alternatives: Alfa Romeo Montreal, BMW 3.0 CS SCM Investment Grade: C transmissions and improved brakes of the 1991–96 run as well, but let’s not get practical here — this is “Affordable Classic,” not “Practical Classic.” The 1976–80 cars are unrepentant high-performance fast cruisers, with instant throttle response, quick — if somewhat anesthetized — steering and powerful brakes. The looks of the XJ-S also manage to be both sleek and beefy at the same time — they are actually more aerodynamically efficient than the E-type, and being long, low and wide, they have great presence on the road. Watch out for cars that have had overheating problems. The V12 is a masterful heat generator, and underhood temperatures could probably melt diamonds. A well-maintained cooling system is key to its health, and not shutting it off immediately after a long, hard run helps as well. From 1977 onwards, the GM Turbo Hydramatic 400 transmission replaced the Borg Warner unit, and it might be something to look for, but frankly it’s more important to find a well-maintained example with records rather than a specific gearbox. Once properly set up, these cars are no more expensive to run than either of our other choices, but they will almost certainly get you the least distance on each gallon of fuel you pour into the 25-gallon tank. Expect to pay in the low $20k range for the absolute-best-in-the-world early car; the $9k listing in the SCM Pocket Price Guide for a driver won’t get you one like that. A bargain BMW investment From Germany, I’ve chosen the gorgeous BMW 3.0 CS. Born in September 2012 1972 BMW 3.0 CS 1968 from the base of the 2000 CS, the E9 coupe, to use its internal designation, was stretched to accommodate BMW’s new 2,788-cc, inline 6-cylinder engine. This power plant is arguably one of the most loved of all the engines made by the company, and it provided even, smooth, flexible power to the more-than-capable chassis. These very elegant and stylish Details BMW 3.0 CS Years produced: 1972–74 Number produced: 11,063 Original list price: $8,712 Tune-up cost: $400 Distributor cost: Chassis #: Plate on right side of engine compartment BMWs are, as the Montreal had been and the XJ-S continues to be, shockingly ignored by the market. Things have improved recently, with the best now scratching on the door of $40k, but good ones are still available in the mid $20k area. The “cooking” CS is not to be confused with the CSL, which is the Engine #: Left side of block behind filter Club: BMW Car Club of America More: www.bmwcca.org Alternatives: Alfa Romeo Montreal, Jaguar XJ-S SCM Investment Grade: C road-going version of the lightweight competition E9 coupe that found fame and glory and the nickname “Batmobile” for its high rear wing, rooftop spoiler and fender top fins. Those cars are certainly above our threshold, but the CS delivers just about all the style of the CSL and more-than-entertaining performance. In fact, during Monterey Week, there’s an added fillip to piloting a 3.0 CS. Behind the wheel of our coupe, we could bask in the reflected glory from the scheduled run at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion of BMW North America chairman Ludwig Willisch in a 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL, one of a group of vintage racers being showcased at the races by the factory. While the 3.0 is not rare, with more than 11,000 built, good ones can be hard to find as the survival rate is relatively low. The Karmannbuilt bodies are known to be prone to rust, which sidelined a number of these cars — especially those delivered in the Northeast and upper Midwest. But, if properly looked after, they are no more problematic than most limited-production cars from the 1970s. In terms of mechanical reliability, just look at the story of Murray Fowler from Costa Mesa, CA, whose 1969 2800 CS has covered something in excess of 413,000 miles so far. You may not have his good fortune, but if a rebuilt engine, beefed-up cooling system, new a/c and a five-speed gearbox could get him that far, chances are you won’t have too much trouble. Any of our three international GTs would fit in beautifully at any setting during the Monterey Week. Whether pulling up to valet at the Inn at Spanish Bay, into VIP parking at Laguna Seca or dashing down to Big Sur for lunch at the Ventana Inn, they’ll deliver the style and panache to effortlessly set you apart from the hoi polloi in their common new Ferrari FFs, Aston Martin Vantages and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMGs. The valet guys might even leave you out front. ♦ 45

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Legal Files John Draneas Durham Found Guilty of Financial Fraud In other matters, an SCMer calls foul on Montana tax havens to pay certificates that came due. It is estimated that more than 5,400 parties, many of them small, mom-andpop investors, lost more than $200 million. All this kind of makes you wonder why — if he had so little defense, the jury didn’t have to even think much — he went through the effort of a trial. And so much for popular wisdom that a good lawyer can get anybody off on anything. n n n Montana LLCs hit hot spot In the July 2012 “Legal Files” (p. 36), guest authors Dale Spradling and John Bennett joined me to report on recent challenges to the use of Montana LLCs to avoid sales taxes. That prompted a very provocative letter from an SCM reader: To the Editor: Although I’ve enjoyed the “Legal Files” section of Tim Durham (right) arrives at court in Indianapolis in June to hear the verdict in his trial T im Durham started out as an attorney, then left practice for far greener pastures. Highly ambitious, he reportedly made millions through leveraged buyouts. He was a well-known fixture at collector car auctions. Arriving on his private jet — and spending freely — he rapidly amassed a significant collection that included Duesenbergs, Ferraris and a Bugatti Veyron. Durham also owned 75% of Car Collector magazine, and his financial problems were certainly one of the reasons that Car Collector recently folded. This June, it took only eight hours for an Indianapolis, IN, jury to convict him on all 12 felony counts that were charged — 10 of wire fraud, one of securities fraud and one of conspiracy. Apparently, much of the jury’s eight hours of delib- erations were devoted to the fate of Durham’s two codefendants, who were convicted of the conspiracy and securities fraud counts but only some of the wire fraud counts. Sentencing is expected in late September, but at age 49, this could be a life sentence for Durham. The conspiracy conviction carries a maximum prison sentence of five years, but the other 11 convictions carry a maximum of 20 years each, and prosecutors are expected to seek maximum penalties. The charges arose from his acquisition and opera- tion of Fair Financial Services. Fair had been a factoring company that purchased accounts receivable from businesses at a discount, and profited when the accounts were paid in full. But Durham’s group changed the business after ac- quiring it. Rather than using the $200 million they raised from investors to purchase receivables, they instead loaned the funds to themselves and their various business entities. When the loans went unpaid, Fair turned into a Ponzi scheme, taking money from new investors 46 your fine magazine for years, the most recent article was dismaying, to say the least. One of the reasons people have such a low opinion of attorneys is not that they don’t take into consideration the morally right thing to do, but that they never pause to even consider such a concept. How are the sales taxes collected on vehicles collected by state governments allocated? Primarily to infrastructure needs. Here you have a Mr. Nabob with his Bazilliona V12. He is quite happy to have me admire his exotic car — a work of art far beyond anything that I will ever own — but that is not enough. No indeed. Mr. Nabob thinks it is right and just — as does the law firm which profits from work on his behalf — that I pay for my share of schools, roads, bridges, and other societal needs that Mr. Nabob uses, but also that I pay for his share as well. The saying used to be, “I got mine, Jack,” but this philosophy adds “I got mine, Jack, and I want yours as well.” It takes a rare article to make me a fan of big government, but this piece of moral excrescence does the trick. Far beyond merely catching these amoral scofflaws and fining them for their gross egotism, I would favor a law allowing the confiscation of their Bazilliona V12s and offering them at public auction to help rebuild the crumbling infrastructure of our society. There would be an auction report that would make captivating reading. In the meantime, I am stunned by such a blatant example of the sheer greed in the world, and at your own culpability in promoting such an immoral way to look at the privilege of fine car ownership. Shame on all of you. — David Preston, Bothell, WA This is a wonderful —and obviously heartfelt — letter. I’m glad Mr. Preston wrote to give us an opportunity to explore the roles played in our society by both taxes and lawyers. Taxes and duty The courts have said mixed things about our duties to pay taxes. One of the most famous statements was made by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, when he wrote, “Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.” This observation probably summarizes Mr. Preston’s sentiments quite well. In an equally famous statement, Judge Learned Hand, writing for the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in a landmark tax case that was affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court, wrote, “Anyone may arrange his affairs so that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which best pays the treasury. There is not even a patriotic duty to increase one’s taxes. Over and over again the courts have said that Sports Car Market Joe Vitti, The Indianapolis Star

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there is nothing sinister in so arranging affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everyone does it, rich and poor alike, and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands.” That may seem to contradict Holmes’ statement, but Holmes also wrote, “The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions,” as well as, “This is a court of law, young man, not a court of justice.” It isn’t clear which portion of “Legal Files” caused Mr. Preston to smell “moral excrescence,” but closer reading of the article suggests the thoughts expressed are not all that outlandish. Sales tax rules Sales taxes are imposed only upon sales made within the state. States’ residents are totally free to make out-of-state purchases in states that do not have sales taxes. But if they do so — and then bring the purchased item into their home state — they become subject to a mirror-image use tax. However, use taxes are imposed only on a state’s residents, and only on property actually brought into the state. “Legal Files” was correct to explain that, if someone were to purchase a car in a non-sales-tax-state and then use it only outside his home state, he would not owe any sales or use tax to his home state. No one should find that very remarkable. Some states go a step further. Their laws provide that if their residents do just that for a specified minimum time (for example, 12 months in the case of California), they can then bring the car into their home state and not owe use tax. A resident who chooses to do that does not violate either the letter or the spirit of the law. His home state has intentionally chosen to exempt such situations from tax. States typically allow, but do not require, their residents to license their cars in their home state when their cars are located elsewhere. The unusual fact is that Montana’s legislature purposely adopted a law that allows LLCs formed in Montana to license their cars there — even if the LLCs do not actually carry on any business in Montana. A collector breaks no laws by taking advantage of that alternative. It is allowed under Montana law, and the collector’s home state never requires the car to be registered there unless actually brought into the state. “Legal Files” also correctly pointed out that the collector who titles a car in a Montana LLC and then drives it in his home state is either out on or over the edge. We cautioned readers that doing this could expose them to criminal charges. The co- authors disagreed about whether such charges would actually stick, but “Legal Files” also pointed out the expense of having to prove the point. That should be recognized as a fair discussion. Legal and journalistic ethics Finally, to the role of lawyers. The lawyer’s ethical job is to advise the client about what the law requires. It is up to the client to decide upon his or her individual moral and political beliefs, and it is inappropriate for the lawyer to impose his on the client. Even Justice Holmes would agree that people are free to take every available opportunity to legally avoid paying taxes. Lawyers are not required to stop them from doing so because it serves some “higher good.” If legal conduct is perceived to be abusive, the states’ legislatures are free to change their laws. But no one is legally, or even morally, required to do what the legislatures “should have” required but didn’t. Perhaps the concern is that even if all of this is tech- nically legal, we shouldn’t be telling readers about it, since they wouldn’t do it if they didn’t know they could, and it’s better for the rest of us if they don’t. While I can understand and accept someone feel- ing that way, that just isn’t ethically required of lawyers or journalists. If collectors are legally free to do certain things, we shouldn’t be prohibited from telling them. It’s what they expect us to do, and it’s our job to do it. ♦ 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 2012 47

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Feature BMWs in Europe Como to Goodwood, in Style Vintage BMW 7s to modern Phantoms, with an elegant concours in the middle by Keith Martin its era, it shared a 3.2-liter V8 engine with the fabled 507. The difference between the V8 and the straight six of the 335 was dramatic — the 3.2 pulled strongly, although overall performance was still hampered by the chassis and braking architecture of the era. Then came a 14-year leap, to the 1973 3.0 S. Known in America as the Bavaria, this car marked BMW’s return to the performance-luxury segment. With its tall greenhouse and good road manners, you could almost feel the DNA of the current 7-series in its approach to motoring. My favorite was the 1977 3.3Li, a A 7 in its natural habitat S ay “BMW 7-series,” and the image that comes to mind is a high-tech rocket ship, a four-wheeled magician’s carriage capable of cruising effortlessly, silently and safely down the autobahn at more than 150 mph. But the current generation of 7-series is built on a foundation of all the 7-series that came before, beginning, at least in the eyes of the BMW Classic Center, with the 1939 BMW 335. As part of a group of journalists, I recently had the opportunity to drive a group of 7-series cars, from the 335 to the 1998 750iL. Our route took us from Aying, outside Munich, over the Swiss Alps to Italy’s Lake Como, where the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este was being held. On the road Driving any car in Germany, Switzerland and Italy — on tantalizing back roads — is appealing, and being behind the wheel of classic cars that are in top form is even better. All the cars were from the BMW Classic Center collection, most had extremely low miles, and all had suspension, brakes, gearboxes and engines that were in top shape. In fact, when behind the wheel of each BMW, you were transported back to the year in which it was built — it was as if you had just picked up a new, say, 1973 BMW 3.0 S from the factory and decided to take it for a holiday trip. Today, it’s increasingly difficult to find four-door sedans, even performance-oriented ones like these, in top shape, and having this selection available was the equivalent of tasting a flight of fine wines. Same manufacturer, just different years. In chronological order, the oldest car we drove was the 1939 335 four-door cabrio- let. Just 40 were built, and they were powered by a 3.5-liter straight six that produced 90 horsepower. Top speed was 90 mph. As you would expect from a car of this vintage, the steering was heavy, and the column-mounted gear change had to be operated deliberately. The drum brakes took their time in slowing the 335, which simply emphasized the need, as with all old cars, to drive as if you were in a small sailboat — look far ahead and anticipate. Next up was the 1959 3.2 Super. Said by BMW to be the fastest German saloon of 48 car not imported to the U.S. Despite our example having a 3-speed automatic transmission, its performance brought a smile to my face as we climbed and dived through the Alps. In fact, if I could have put one of these cars in my knapsack and brought it home as checked luggage, this would have been the one. It had a mix of light curb weight at 3,344 pounds, enough power (200 horsepower) from the 3.2-liter straight six, and a crisp feel from the steering and brakes. This was a BMW to put in your garage. The later cars, the 1977 728i, 1983 733i and the 1998 750iL, were each better cars than the last, and yet somehow not as interesting to a vintage-car fanatic. We pay a price for increasing complexity and competence in our machines, and that price is a continued removal from the driving experience itself. I don’t quarrel with it, and in fact my wife’s daily driver is a 2010 5-series — a delightful car that will never let you down, will do what you ask and more, provides safety features not even dreamed of 20 years ago — but also rarely brings a smile to your face as you hurtle around a corner, or causes you to pause and admire just how good it is — at everything. You don’t have to appreciate its competence because it comes so effortlessly. Como As our caravan pulled into Lake Como, I was left to reflect on what progress BMW had made over a 73year period, and how the continued improvements in the 7-series mirrored the progress of the automotive world at large. My favorite car, the 1977 3.3Li, unfettered with U.S. safety and smog regulations, represented the zenith of BMW before they, and all car companies, had to obey the increasingly stringent governmental regulations that continue to be implemented. Crisp, light and just powerful enough, the 3.3Li was by no means the best car that we drove. But it was the most satisfying of the cars that we sampled. I’d never been to the Villa d’Este concours before, and I was not disappointed. Everything about Lake Como and the grounds of the concours represented very Sports Car Market

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Feature BMWs in Europe BMW bought Rolls-Royce in 1998, and what was once just a badge-engineered set of mechanical twins — Rolls and Bentley — evolved into two completely different approaches to motoring. VW-owned Bentley has gone the route of high-style performance, while Rolls-Royce has created a new generation of what can arguably be called the world’s most luxurious motorcars. I reviewed the Phantom and the Mercedes Maybach for the New York Times in 2003, and found that while the Maybach might have possessed superior handling and acceleration characteristics, the Rolls was the hands-down winner in the high-five and “I’m getting one of those when I win the lottery” category. With a list price of more than $400,000, you might ask what makes a car worth Rolls-Royce is back to glory under BMW’s oversight old (and very tastefully displayed) wealth. The concours, sponsored by BMW, is perhaps the polar opposite of the U.S. car shows we attend that sometimes attract more than 10,000 entries. With just 51 cars, and a showing closed to the public on Saturday, Villa d’Este epitomizes the excellence and exclusivity of the upper strata of European car aficionados. The concours emcee was good friend and SCM contributor Simon Kidston. SCMers were numerous at the event. Leave it to the Canadian SCMers to enter my two favorite cars — the 1933 Talbot AV105 Sports Tourer with James Young coachwork entered by Robert Follows, and the 1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Figoni coupe entered by David Cohen. The stately but stylish lines of the Talbot nicely offset the Italian architecture around it, while the Alfa, unseen on any showfield since 1933, won all three of the Best of Show awards — one decided by a jury, one by the fellow entrants, and one by the public at large during Sunday’s open-to-everyone display. A high point was the unveiling of the new BMW Zagato-bodied concept car, built on the Z4 chassis. While not groundbreaking, it was attractive and simple — another example that BMW has completely abandoned its baroque era of “flame styling” and “big butts.” I can only imagine that buyers will support this trend with their wallets. Rolling along through France My original itinerary called for Fort Wayne, IN, as my next destination, where I would have a couple of days to get ready to shoot episodes of “What’s My Car Worth” at the Auctions America Auburn Spring Event. But when a representative from Rolls-Royce called and asked if I would like to drive the new Phantom across France to Goodwood in the U.K., it didn’t take me long to decide. After all, I could study my script on the plane. The concours at Villa d’Este on Lake Como did not disappoint disappeared. The interior continues to look yacht-like in its use of leather and wood. When you are testing a Phantom, you first make the assumption that the car could fit within your budget (does “budget” apply to a $400,000 car?). So when financial considerations are removed, where is the value in the purchase? Simply put, the value is in the statement the Phantom makes, and the message it sends. When you drive by, the world knows you are rich (or at least highly leveraged), and when you are driving one, you know the same. Simultaneously, the machine comports itself well. It is easy to get in and out of (especially the coupe with its massive rear-hinged doors), the view of the road is commanding, the power is effortless (under six seconds to 60 mph from the combination of the 453 horsepower V12 and eight-speed transmission, according to the buff books) and the controls are all intuitive. Except, of course, for the annoying location of the power seat controls, which are under the center armrests. I commented nearly a decade ago that I found it odd that I had to ask my passenger to move his arm so I could adjust my seatback, and I still find it strange today — not that it should keep you from buying a Phantom. BMW has done well with Rolls. Although they go on at great lengths about inde- Robert and Niki Follows and their 1933 Talbot 50 pendence of Rolls from BMW, it is an inescapable fact that a Rolls-Royce is a completely different motorcar than it was in 1998, and that is due solely to the corporate leadership and vision of BMW. For decades, a Rolls-Royce was an “okay” car with a glorious past. It is now a great car — albeit fully priced by any measure — that fits comfortably in a milieu alongside the great Ghosts and Phantoms of years past. ♦ Sports Car Market $100,000 a seat. In an interview with CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös, he emphasized that the competition to a Phantom purchase wasn’t a different car, but often jewelry, a summer home or a helicopter. “It’s not like a Phantom is going to be their only car,” he said. I drove both the standard-wheelbase Phantom and the two-door coupe. The restyl- ing has been subtle; most noticeable are the headlights now being high-mounted where you might expect them, rather than having the goofy-looking turn-signals where the headlights should be. Whether going 50 mph or 150 mph, the Phantom was silent and rock-steady. The surprising and discomfiting road noise from the run-flat tires of the earlier cars has

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Feature 17th Annual Keels & Wheels Floating on Air Little Deuce Coupe, Bobby Unser and Chris Craft Capris by Keith Martin won Pike’s Peak 13 times. Who had broken the 170, 190 and 200 mph barriers at Indy. In short, the real deal. “It all comes down to desire,” said Unser. “You have to want to win so bad that it is the only thing in your life. And you have to be fast. There aren’t many job openings for slow race drivers.” A few cars at the show caught my eye. A beautifully restored Alfa Montreal, in a dark red, sat next to a 1989 Graduate. I sold Graduates when they were new, and I was working at Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo. Now they’re old enough to be at concours. The Little Deuce coupe made famous by the Beach Boys was there, and watching car guy — and SCMer — Frank Campanale drive it across the stage was a treat. Margaret Dunning, at 102 years young, Cars or boats? Why not the best of both worlds? ness of some concours, and there is an air of mutual admiration between boat and car aficionados. This was my fourth year as emcee of the boat awards on Saturday K and the car awards on Sunday. Chairman Bob Fuller and co-chairman Paul Merryman have been instrumental in helping me learn a bit about boats — and my involvement with Keels & Wheels has surely contributed to our family now having two boats in the garage. The featured marque this year in boats was Chris Craft Capris, and the class was won by Patsy Snell’s 1959 Capri. The boats in the concours were, as always, beautifully presented and a delightful representation of an era long gone. The honorary grand marshal this year was three-time Indy 500 winner Bobby Unser, and he and his gracious wife, Lisa, charmed the crowd with stories, insights, observations and advice. I had the chance to interview him three times during the weekend, and found him thoughtful — as well as delightfully opinionated. “I’d make the drivers of today drive everything, not just be special- ists,” Unser said. “They should know how to drive dirt cars, ovals, road courses, everything.” Talking with him, I was struck by the fact that here, next to me, was someone who had won the bestknown race in the United States (if not the world) three times. Who had 52 Details Plan ahead: The 18th Annual Keels & Wheels will be on May 4–5, 2013 Where: Lakewood Yacht Club, Seabrook, TX Cost: $20 in advance and $30 at the gate More: www.keels-wheels.com SCMer Richard Mitchell (left) and Bobby Unser with Mitchell’s Best of Show American winner, a 1930 Springfield Rolls-Royce Phantom Sports Car Market eels & Wheels is unique among shows, as the setting at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, TX, near Houston, allows for equally compelling displays of vintage cars and vintage wooden boats. The atmosphere is casual, without the stuffi- drove her 1930 Packard — she has owned it 70 years, and neither she nor the car show any signs of slowing down. Best of Show European went to SCMers Peter and Merle Mullin’s 1931 Bugatti Type 54, and Best of Show American to SCMers Richard and Irina Mitchell’s 1930 Springfield Rolls-Royce Phantom, once owned by Marlene Dietrich. The Mitchells took home an award on Saturday as well, as their 1894 Bath Iron Works steam-powered launch took the Historic Runabout trophy. Keels & Wheels has raised more than $1m for Boys and Girls Harbor, an organization that provides guidance and counseling to atrisk youths. It’s a relaxed event, with plenty of eye candy, and activities for every age including classes in boat building for kids. I’m spoiled now — at each car event I go to, I can’t help but look around to see if there are any Garwoods or Centuries bobbing nearby. ♦

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Feature 2012 Classy Chassis Hot Cars in a Cool Venue Thousands of people enjoyed the spectacular cars, swapped stories with the owners and cheered the concours winners by SCM Staff “Spirit of Rett” landspeed racer — an Award of Excellence for Engineering winner for SCMer Charles Nearburg T here wasn’t a cooler place to be than in Houston, TX — on the air-conditioned floor of Reliant Stadium — on June 9–10, 2012. More than 135 of the world’s finest automobiles were on display at the Ninth Annual Classy Chassis Concours d’Elegance. Bonneville Race Cars and Aston Martin were featured marques, and numerous examples were on display. In addition to rare vintage cars, the show also featured some of today’s finest supercars, hot rods, and muscle and pony cars. Celebrating the two-day event in grand style, event founders Clay and Lolly Becker and their team hosted a private reception for exhibitors and sponsors on the suite club level of Reliant Stadium on Saturday night. Guests received a private viewing of the amazing field of cars with great music and spirits abounding. On Sunday, the crowd was roaring at Reliant Stadium for the many concours winners, including SCMers Robert and Janette Blair, who took home 1st Place in American Pre-War with their 1930 Willys Knight 66B Sport Phaeton. The Clay Becker Chairman’s Award went to Bill Lindig’s amazing 1927 Ford “Indy Speedster.” Also on display was a world-class array of competition auto- Details Plan ahead: The 2013 Classy Chassis is scheduled for June 1–2 Where: Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX Cost: $28 for adults, $8 for children age 6 and older More: www.classychassis.org mobiles including SCMer Jeff Moore’s amazing Porsche 906E coupe, which won 1st Place in the European Competition car class and, in the featured Aston Martin class, his 1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III convertible took home 1st Place honors. SCMer Stephen Plaster took home several awards, including class winner in Brass and Vintage Era with his 1903 Marble-Swift Model C Runabout. Dwayne Peace took home the Lolly Becker Chairman’s Award with his stunning 1955 Ford Thunderbird Roadster. In the special “Forgotten Fiberglass” class, Jim Jard went home with 1st place with a truly one-of-a-kind 1954 Victress S5 Roadster. Making a rarely seen appearance and winning the Award of Excellence for Engineering was SCMer Charles Nearburg’s record-setting Bonneville sensation, “Spirit of Rett.” SCMer John Ridings Lee took the coveted Best in Show award with an amazing 1934 Triumph Dolomite 8C 2400 Grand Sport Roadster — one of only two in the world. Thousands of people attended the event, and they enjoyed the spec- tacular cars, swapped stories with the owners and listened to great live music throughout the weekend. Emcee Kenny Hand conducted interviews with car owners while they revved their engines during the show. At the end of the weekend, the cars were still buffed and polished, and everyone was talking about getting ready for next year — the 10year anniversary of Classy Chassis. ♦ Bill Lindig’s 1927 Ford “Indy Speedster” — Clay Becker Chairman’s Award 54 Best in Show: 1934 Triumph Dolomite 8C 2400 Grand Sport Roadster Sports Car Market

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From the Paddock Murray Smith An Enduring Tradition If you are not part of endurance racing’s inner circle, you may never have heard of Vanessa Weikart, but she is famous in that world have noticed a white tent — bustling with activity — with a sign that reads “Vanessa’s Hospitality.” This is one place where the teams go to escape the frenzy of the pit lane, where drivers know they will be discreetly protected from unwanted attention by fans or press. This is also where the food that fuels a good proportion of the team members who actually make up the field in the World Endurance Championship is prepared and served. Whether it’s a local cialty, such as rillettes at Le Mans with wonderful spelocal bread or the ever-popular varieties of fresh pasta, the food and all the ancillaries are hot and tasty. The enterprising lady be- Vanessa Weikart’s tent offers a welcome respite from the trials of endurance racing I have always been intrigued by the prominent — if relatively rare — roles of women involved in motorsport. Kay Petre, in the splendid little supercharged Austin 7 Monoposto; Gwenda Hawkes of Brooklands fame; Maria Teresa de Filippis and Denise McCluggage of the immediate post-war road racing era; Lella Lombardi and Marie-Claude Beaumont from Le Mans and Formula 1; Danica Patrick and Janet Guthrie at Indianapolis; the legendary Helle Nice, a flower of the Cote d’Azur; and Desiré Wilson and Lyn St James, both of whom could give most men a run for their money. One must not forget the rallying ladies, who were absolutely first- class competitors and well able to win major international events. Pat Moss, sister of Sir Stirling, comes to mind, and, of course, the splendid Michelle Mouton, who bowed to nobody, male or female. Annie Soisbault, who was given a Ferrari GTO by her husband, regularly prowled the streets of Paris with a cheetah on a leash. Very impressive! I saw her try to take it into a café one day — the Cheetah, not the GTO — but the management regretfully explained that perhaps a Pekingese or even a Labrador would be fine, but they had to draw the line at the big cat family. Meet Vanessa Weikart I would like to add a name to the list of important lady players on the current race scene. Someone who is not a household name — but who nevertheless plays a really key role behind the scenes and who fulfills it with talent, energy, flexibility and taste. Particularly the latter. If you are not part of the inner circle of sports car endurance racing, you may never have heard of Vanessa Weikart, but if you have managed to enter the competitor paddock at Le Mans or Sebring or Spa, you will 56 hind this universally praised oasis is Vanessa Weikart. She is half German and half Scot, which explains both her powers of organization and her canny approach to business. Growing up, Vanessa lived in Indonesia and Greece before finally settling down at the familyowned hotel at the Nürburgring, so she developed an interest in international cuisine and motor racing at a relatively early age. Vanessa commenced her career running logistics and support — and driving a truck for a German race team in Formula One. As time went by, she worked for prominent teams such as Osella, Zakspeed, Rial, Fondmetal and Williams. She then started her own business that provides hospitality and other services for many wellknown teams. Food — and so much more During the past 15 years, Vanessa has provided hospitality and sup- port services to Indy Car and Indy Light teams. Her operation — and perhaps one other — are the go-to service providers for teams at major sports-car races these days. And by the way, it’s not just food that’s available at Vanessa’s. Teams can also avail themselves of transportation services; lodg- ing; translation services; physio for cramped, tired drivers; and in some circumstances, efforts way beyond the normal call of duty. Vanessa even sourced a last-minute fuel rig on one occasion, which allowed a client team to start — and finish — an important international race. Based on her long experience of the international scene, she can also provide damn good advice to a relatively novice team operating abroad for the first time. The big endurance races these days are tremendously demanding on teams. The infrastructure of hospitality — at Vanessa’s tent and also throughout the race, with deliveries of sustenance to tired mechanics, engineers and drivers — is essential if one is to succeed. ♦ Sports Car Market

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Ferrari Profile 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina A fiberglass GTB sits at the top of the 308 collector’s list. Is there a $100k car in the future? by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 1976–77 (fiberglass 308s) Number produced: 712 Original list price: $26,500 Current SCM Valuation: Fiberglass $37,500–$60,000, add $5,000 for dry sump Major service cost: $4,000 Distributor cap: $350 Chassis #: Stamped in the upper frame on passenger’s side next to the motor Engine #: Center of V on passenger’s side Club: Ferrari Club of America More: www.FerrariClubofAmerica.org Alternatives: 1973 Porsche Carrera RS 1999 Ferrari 360 Modena 1970 DeTomaso Pantera 1977 Maserati Merak SCM Investment Grade: C Comps Chassis number: 19755 T he 308 GTB offered here has the lighter fiberglass (Vetroresina) bodywork and dry-sump lubrication of the very first 308 GTBs produced. Introduced at the Paris Salon in 1975, the stunningly beauti- ful 308 GTB marked a welcome return to Pininfarina styling following the Bertone-designed Dino 308 GT4. Produced initially with dry-sump lubrication and fiberglass bodywork — the first time this material had been used for a production Ferrari — the Scaglietti-built 308 GTB was built in steel after April 1977. The change brought with it a considerable weight penalty and reduction in performance. Naturally, anyone wanting to race a 308 GTB started out with the Vetroresina version if they could. One of only 712 Vetroresina 308 GTBs produced, chassis number 19755 was restored in 2005. The car has been expertly maintained by a renowned Italian Ferrari specialist. It was repainted four years ago. The car is described by the vendor as being in generally excellent condition and offered with sundry restoration invoices. This is a wonderful opportunity to acquire a restored example of this most desirable version of the iconic 308 GTB. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 229, sold for $69,962, including buyer’s premium, on May 11, 2012, at Bonhams’ Monaco Motorcar auction. Bonhams’ print catalog originally described Ferrari 308 GTB s/n 19755 as a fiberglass dry-sump version, but it is not. This is actually a much rarer car — a wet- 58 sump, fiberglass U.S.-spec car. The dry-sump fiberglass 308 GTB is the holy grail of 308s. They are also quite elusive. I’ve seen all six of the Bugatti Royales, many of the Ferrari 250 GTOs and most of the 275 GTB NART spiders. I’ve judged V8 Ferraris at scores of Ferrari concours, but I don’t remember ever seeing a dry-sump, fiberglass 308 in the flesh. The basic 308 configurations are the 308 GT4 (a 2+2) and the GTB and GTS versions. GTB stands for Grand Touring Berlinetta, “Berlinetta” being an Italian word for a small light coupe. GTS stands for Grand Touring Spider. Italians call two-seat convertibles spiders. The term is thought to be a reference to the top bows looking like spider legs. In the case of a 308 GTS, the top is actually a removable panel that would be called a Targa in Porsche-speak. The first 712 308 GTB bodies were made out of fiberglass; all other 308 models were built out of steel. 308 is Ferrari code for 3 liters and 8 cylinders. All 308s have a four-cam, 3-liter V8 engine. There are different configurations of the basic block, depending on the model, market and year of the car. The first 308 GTB and GTS models and all 308 GT4s have two-valves-percylinder engines, with four 2-barrel Weber carburetors. Carbureted motors can have a single distributor or dual distributors, with either dry-sump or wet-sump lubrication. The carbureted 308s were followed by a two-valveper-cylinder version with Bosch fuel injection. These 1979 Ferrari 308 GTB Lot 354, s/n 27489 Condition 3 Sold at $48,843 Bonhams, Hendon, U.K., 4/11/11 SCM# 177856 1979 Ferrari 308 GTS Lot 385, s/n 29115 Condition 2- Not sold at $32,000 Auctions America by RM, Carlisle, PA, 9/29/11 SCM# 186035 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina Lot 127, s/n 19223 Condition 2+ Not sold at $62,500 Bonhams, Monte Carlo, 4/30/10 SCM# 162471 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams

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models were called GTBi and GTSi. The “i” indicates the fuel-injected engine. The final 308 model featured a four-valve-per-cylinder engine with upgraded Bosch fuel injection. This version was given the name 308 GTB Quattrovalvole and GTS Quattrovalvole to acknowledge the four-valve engine. Fiberglass cars rule the 308 roost Escalating emissions standards ruled the 308 era. The race for cleaner exhaust drained horsepower faster than Ferrari’s technology could replace it. The 308 may be the only Ferrari model that had a higher horsepower engine at the beginning of its production than at its end. Ferrari was reluctant to admit their new models had less horsepower than the older ones, so inflated or misleading ratings got thrown around. The truth is, no other 308 engine ever matched the power of the 255-hp, dry-sump engine. It is the early 308 models that make a collector’s heart flutter. The fiberglass, drysump GTBs sit at the top of the 308 collector’s wish list. Collectors like cars that no one else has. The generally accepted production figure for fiberglass 308s is only 712 cars. There are twice as many F40s as fiberglass, dry-sump 308s. Approximately 100 of the 712 were U.S. versions with wet-sump engines. Collectors like the highest-performance version of a model. The European dry- sump engine offered the highest performance of the all the 308 engines. The fiberglass 308 cars were the lightest of all the 308s. The combination produced the fastest 308 of the series. Collectors also like something to brag about, and having one of the only produc- tion Ferrari models ever built with a fiberglass body is pretty cool. Score one with a dry-sump engine, and you really have something special. There weren’t a lot of fiberglass 308s built, and few hit the resale market. There also aren’t a lot of collectors looking for them, but that may soon change. For example, 246 Dinos have moved from the $100,000 range to the $200,000 and $300,000 range. There’s room for a collectible V8 Ferrari in the $100,000 range. Some Porsche 911s are already past that range. A 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RSL will now sell in the $200,000 market. Porsche built twice as many RSLs as Ferrari built drysump fiberglass 308s. Like the RSL, the fiberglass 308s were a lightweight version, and like the RSL, the drysump cars were the performance cars of the line. The RSL was the Porsche to have if you wanted to go racing, and so were the fiberglass dry-sump 308s. But it’s a wet-sump car… Bonhams first sold 308 s/n 19755 at their 2004 Monaco auction. The auction catalog at that time described the car as a fiberglass dry-sump version. It is not. It is a much rarer — but less desirable — wet-sump U.S. model. The incorrect text was copied almost in entirety from the 2004 catalog and reused in the 2012 catalog, and it again called 19755 a dry-sump car. Before the auction, the mistake was caught, and an addendum that correctly identified the car was added to the online catalog. The seller claimed to have restored the car in 2005, which is a bit of an exaggeration. The interior appears to be original, and SCM’s auction analyst described the chassis as driver-quality. The incorrect valve-cover finish and worn paint on the air cleaner adds little confidence to the restoration quality. Our subject car sold in 2004 for about $39,500. This time around, it pulled just shy of $70,000, breaking the $65,000 high estimate. The sale was probably a record for a 308 GTB at auction, but it is not out of line. Recently, an ultra-low-mile U.S. example reportedly sold in the $80,000 range. If a fiberglass 308 can break $100,000, the floodgates will open. The seller made a tidy profit on 19755 and should be very happy with the sale. The buyer got a great car that may turn out to be a good investment, but, at the moment, let’s chalk this one up for the seller. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) September 2012 59

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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan An Evil, Clever 599 Sting Run away if the seller doesn’t have an established reputation and will not allow a pre-purchase inspection The 2007 Ferrari 599 at the Cavallino Classic concours that year, before it later became the object of an elaborate scam attempt O ur story begins with 2007 Ferrari 599 s/n 150098, the 26th U.S. model 599 built, in Grigio Silverstone with Bordeaux leather and heavily optioned with carbon ceramic brakes, luggage, carbon upper and lower interior, steering wheel with carbon and LEDs, electric Recaro seats and more. As one of the first 599s in the United States, this car was shown at the Cavallino Classic Concours d’Elegance, in Palm Beach, FL, in January 2007. The window sticker was a hefty $338k, but the economy and the Ferrari market were booming. The car was sold to a Silicon Valley CEO for far over list at $565k. Alas, the Silicon Valley CEO was indicted soon afterward for financial malfeasance. Two trials later, he became the first U.S. CEO convicted of concealing back-dated stock options. The miracle of depreciation — over 50% off In 2008, this 599 was offered on eBay at well over $300k but did not sell. In 2010, after the first owner’s retrial and conviction, it was again advertised on eBay by Taormina Imports, then based in San Jose, CA, with an asking price of $225,000 plus $5k for the luggage. The current owner of the 599 contacted Taormina Imports by email and phone and was able to confirm they were a real business with valid contact info. An offer of $220k plus $5k for the luggage was made, the car was put through a pre-purchase inspection by a neutral shop and the 599 was soon with its second owner in Utah. The pride (and price) of ownership In April 2011, the second owner had his 599 serviced by the Ferrari dealer for Utah. It received an annual service, plus the HGTE handling package kit with stiffer springs and rear sway bar was installed. A new shock ECU was fitted, used HGTE five-spoke 20-inch modular wheels were located, the car was lowered and a skid plate was installed. Secondary cats were replaced with Fabspeed straight pipes to enhance the sound of the 60 V12. Mirrors, exterior door handles and interior vent rings were treated to a carbon fiber overlay by MAcarbon. The total invoice was over $30k. Only five months later, the thrill was gone, and the second owner offered the car on eBay with 2,100 miles. The owner included dozens of photos, the window sticker and a detailed list of the work done. One “buyer” asked for a scanned copy of the title. The car did not sell from the eBay ad. Setting the trap That “buyer” who wanted a scanned copy of the title turned out to be a very clever scam artist. On May 13, 2012, someone claiming to be the Ferrari 599’s owner offered the car on Craigslist. The scammer used a credible email address that included the real owner’s name. No phone number was given, as the bogus seller was on an extended business trip and only available by email. One of our long-term clients — a financial manager, sophisticated Ferrari buyer and former regional director of the Ferrari Club of America — inquired by email and received a knowledgeable reply. The scammer knew the auto jargon, and he had studied the eBay listings, collected photos and info. He offered a great car with heavy options at $170k, which was low enough to attract buyers — yet not so low as to scare off potential buyers. Sports Car Market

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The scammer also stated that any deal had to be done by email as he was in Tokyo for six weeks. Very clever. The “Google Checkout Vehicle Purchase Plan” On May 15, the scammer said the car had been left with a shipping company in Salt Lake City, UT. The guy set the trap and stated, “If you are interested, I want to use Google Checkout vehicle purchase protection program for payment and shipping process because they act like an escrow company and by using them we are both protected. In this way you will be able to inspect and test drive the car before I get paid and I’m sure you have the funds for the purchase.” The scammer provided copies of the title and photos taken at his address listed on the title. He invited the buyer to contact the Ferrari dealer directly for info. Why did he do this? Well, the dealer would not have known about the sting! The scammer also said that the shipper, where the car supposedly was, did not have a showroom, so no inspection was possible. This provided excellent cover for the claim that the Google Checkout plan would act as an escrow. “The money will be sent by wire transfer to a Google trust account managed by them. After the payment is confirmed and secured by Google, the car will be shipped to you. From the moment you receive it you will have 7 days to inspect and test drive it. After these 7 days you have to decide if you want to keep the car or not. If you’ll keep it, you will have to confirm with Google and the payment will be released to me. In case the car is not suitable for you for any reason and decide not to keep it, it will be shipped back on my cost and you will be fully refunded.” The scammer asked for the buyer’s “full name, complete shipping address and phone number in order to register the transaction.” On May 16, the buyer agreed and wrote back: “You are the kind of straight forward and honest person I would enjoy doing business with. Let’s go ahead with the purchase at $170,000.” The buyer asked for info on the Google Checkout terms and conditions, as it did not come up on an Internet search. The trap was set and ready to close. Faked forms with five easy steps One day later, the would-be buyer received an email form from “Google Checkout” on convincing Google letterhead with a transaction overview, a case ID number and an explanation on how “Google Checkout reduces the potential risk of fraud by acting as a trusted third party that collects, holds and disburses funds according to Buyer instructions.” The email showed a photo and described the car, the terms, the price and five easy steps on how to proceed, and an explanation on how the buyer would be fully protected. Another fraudulent part of the clever trap was being set. Fortunately, the buyer had gone to Google to search for info on the supposed Google protection plans — where he found out that the alleged seller’s claims of a “Google Protection Plan” was a fantasy. The real Google Checkout only handles credit cards — not wire transfers and not cars. Further searches found examples from $2,500 Hondas to this $170k Ferrari 599 that had been offered with enough documentation to convince a few unfortunate buyers. The bank account on the faked Google form belonged to a detail shop that had been offered a fee on any transaction. Because there had not been a payment, there was no fraud, and the banks would do nothing. Over the next week, the scammer made multiple inquiries in the hope that the buyer would wire the $170,000, but his mark luckily escaped the nightmare. After 35 years of selling Ferraris, I’ve seen countless well-thought-out scams. I’m continually amazed at how hard the crooks work at not working. There are two lessons to this story: First, if it’s too good to be true, it’s probably too good to be true. Second, if the seller doesn’t have an established repu- tation, can’t be found on a quick Internet search and will not allow a pre-purchase inspection by a (hopefully) neutral shop that can physically inspect the car, run away. ♦ September 2012 61

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English Profile 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Vantage Convertible A clean-and-feed would be preferable to renewal, which would be akin to dressing the Duchess of Cornwall in a pink boob tube by Paul Hardiman Details Years produced: 1961–63 Number produced: 70 Original list price: $11,250 Current SCM Valuation: $700,000– $950,000 Tune-up cost: $900 Distributor caps: $83 Chassis #: Engine compartment on right of firewall Engine #: Stamped on right side of engine block Club: Aston Martin Owners Club More: www.amoc.org Alternatives: 1960–64 Maserati 3500GT Spider, 1957–64 Lancia Flaminia Touring Spider, 1957–63 Ferrari 250 GT Cal Spider SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: DB4C1072R with only minor revisions, until 1970. Designed by Tadek Marek and already proven in C racing, the DB4’s new twin-cam, 6-cylinder engine displaced 3,670 cc, and the gearbox was a new David Brown 4-speed, all-synchromesh unit. An immensely strong platform-type chassis, de- signed by Harold Beach, replaced the preceding DB2/4’s multi-tubular space frame, the latter being considered incompatible with Touring’s Superleggera body construction. The DB2/4’s trailing-link independent front suspension gave way to unequal-length wishbones, while at the rear, the DB4 sported a live axle located by a Watt linkage instead of its predecessor’s Panhard rod. Boasting disc brakes all round and with 240 horse- power on tap, the DB4 was the first production car capable of accelerating from a standing start to 100 mph and back to rest again in under 30 seconds. At a time when few family saloons were capable of exceeding 70 mph and took an age to get there, this staggering performance made the DB4 just about the fastest thing on the road, easily the equal of its Italian rivals. It was manufactured between October 1958 and June 1963, and one of the most notable developments arrived 62 lassically proportioned and instantly recognizable from the moment of its introduction in 1958, the Touring-styled Aston Martin DB4 established a look that would survive, with the introduction of the Series IV in September 1961, when a Special Series (SS) or Vantage engine became available as an option. The SS incorporated a 9:1 compression ratio, larger valves and triple SU HD8 carburetors, producing 266 horsepower at 5,750 rpm, a gain of 26 horsepower over the standard unit. Coincidentally with the Series IV’s introduction, the DB4 became available in convertible form. Passenger space was little changed, although there was more headroom than the saloon could offer. Combining Aston Martin’s traditional virtues of style and performance with the joys of open-air motoring, the DB4 convertible is most sought after and highly prized today. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 222, sold for $967,916, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ annual Aston Martin sale at Newport Pagnell, U.K., on May 24, 2012. Almost a million bucks seems an awful lot for an old convertible, doesn’t it? But remember, with the exception of the Zagato, the DB4 is the rarest Aston Martin road car of the David Brown era, with a total of only 70 built — six fewer than the legendary DB4 GT. With the market now craving originality at almost any price, the choices are limited, and if there’s one lesson history has taught us, demand, it’s that supply and the amount or lack of it dictate the market. 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Vantage-spec convertible Lot 339, s/n DB4C1075R Condition 1Sold at $364,323 Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, U.K., 5/9/09 SCM# 120445 Sports Car Market 1963 Aston Martin DB4 convertible Lot 309, s/n DB4C1106R Condition 4 Sold at $502,405 Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, U.K., 5/21/11 SCM# 179397 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Vantage convertible Lot 333, s/n DB4C1108R Condition 1 Sold at $823,815 Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, U.K., 5/21/11 SCM# 179421 Courtesy of Bonhams

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A jewel of a car The DB4 developed through five series, the last being the heaviest, and the one that would metamorphose into the DB5. However, the cars were not thus designated by the factory, this nomenclature having been suggested subsequently by the Aston Martin Owners Club to aid identification as the model evolved. Chassis DB4C1072R is one of the few DB4 convertibles manufactured with the Special Series (Vantage) engine. It was first registered on October 15, 1962, to the vendor’s grandfather, R.T. Gwynn, then the managing director of the well-known British high street store chain, FW Woolworth, recently defunct and fondly remembered as either Woolworth’s or Woollies. His grandson Peter Gwynn made his fortune in the advertising world, and obvi- ously, as well as being a connoisseur of fine motor cars, knew how to treat them. Bonhams offered the rest of his collection at its subsequent Festival of Speed sale on June 29, 2012. The cars sold included a 1925 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model for £223,600 ($348,925), a 1938 Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupe for £130,300 ($203,331) and a 1933 Talbot 75 sports saloon for £18,400 ($28,713), and all were clearly well-loved, used and still eminently usable. The DB4 was the jewel of the collection, however, and had obviously been cherished as well as enjoyed. The paint was receding beautifully after 50 years to a slightly dulled sheen, and the chassis was solid underneath, with repainted splash guards and a recent exhaust service, testament to its ongoing care. The interior was original and only slightly worn, al- though the leather was tired and faded. A clean-and-feed would be adequate — and preferable to renewal, which would be akin to dressing the Duchess of Cornwall in a pink boob tube. Irreplaceable patina and preservation This was a lived-in — but beautifully preserved — car with impeccable, irreplaceable patina, and a fantastic history file, the paper trail starting with the original order form from the original supplier, Brooklands of 103 Bond St. (coincidentally, just doors from Bonhams’ current London base) and finishing with an MoT expiring April 2012, which confirms the mileage of 70,089 at sale. And that’s what the buyer paid for, with new money coming in at £465k ($729,008) after a £200k ($313,552) start (which not many years ago would have been enough to buy a ragtop DB4). Last year, Bonhams sold a “barn- find” but almost as unmolested 1963 DB4 convertible, chassis 1104R, for £309,500 ($502,405). A proper Aston Martin Works restora- tion would have added probably £250k ($392,000) to Chassis 1104R, so the price of our subject car, although terrifying, could be said to look correct at approximately those two sums for Chassis 1104R — plus a bit of inflation, which may have been how the successful bidder justified his top offer. Reference-standard cars are few and far between, so I hope the new owner doesn’t restore or even paint it. The price paid would seem to preclude that, but in the old-car world, where collectors paint their precious Ferraris all-white, you can never say never. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) September 2012 63

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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1959 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale “Low Nose” How many aluminum body panels were created in the restoration shop and how many came from Bertone in 1959? by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1957–58 Number produced: 101 (an estimated 10 alloy Low Noses) Original list price: $5,663 Current SCM Valuation: $145,000– $295,000 (Low Nose) Tune-up cost: $400 Distributor caps: $200 Chassis #: Engine bulkhead Engine #: Intake side of engine, near front Club: Alfa Romeo Owners Club More: www.aroc-usa.org Alternatives: 1956–57 Alfa Romeo 750 Sprint (lightweight), 1958–61 Abarth Zagato 750 Double Bubble, 1955–57 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk II coupe SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: AR0012000061 Engine number: AR0012001034 W ith the introduction of the new aerodynamic, Bertone-bodied Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale at the Turin Auto Show in 1957, the Milanese manufacturer offered a true alternative to the Type 750 Competizione. Lower floor pans allowed a lower roof line, and the radiator was also lowered to allow a sleeker bonnet line, which resulted in the “Low Nose” moniker. Of only 101 “Low Nose” Giulietta SSs produced, Chassis 0061 is one of the rare aluminum versions, of which only 10 were thought to have been produced. Chassis 0061 was delivered new to Ingeniere Rolando Boni in Bergamo on June 23, 1959, and was finished in Bianco Gardenia with cream and blue cloth interior. In 1960, the car was sold to driver Gianfranco Rovetta, who used it in some hill climbs, notably the Trofeo Lumezzane, in 1960. After several Italian owners, it found a home in Brescia in 1987, where it received its ASI homologation. Chassis 0061 was then sold to a collector in Torino and passed on to its current owner in 1994. In 2007, the owner commissioned a full photo-documented restoration by an Italian Giulietta specialist. During the owner’s research on these cars, he managed to find only 18 of the original 101 “Low Nose” examples still in existence. An RM specialist has had the pleasure of inspecting this car and can attest to the quality of its restoration. Every detail has been given attention: The body and paint are virtually perfect, and the engine has been beautifully detailed; it even retains the original air filter. The interior is excellent and has a beautiful Jaeger mechanical rev counter. Chassis 0061 has seen little use 64 since restoration and has rarely been seen at concours events. It is an exceptionally rare car offered by a most fastidious owner. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 329, sold for $195,804, including buyer’s premium, at the RM Auctions Monaco sale on May 11, 2012. I had a chance to see this car in October 2011 at the Auto e Moto d’Epoca show in Padua, Italy. It was being offered by a restorer/dealer and immediately caught my eye. For those of us who have long loved the Sprint Speciale, the earliest examples have a certain magnetic appeal. A large part of that appeal comes from the somewhat extreme styling. I say “somewhat extreme” because those who have never stood next to one of the Berlina Aerodynamica Tecnica, or B.A.T., Alfa Romeo 1900 show cars — of which the Sprint Speciale is a direct descendant — would call it “very extreme.” But to know from where the shape comes is to realize how compromised the concept actually was in production. The Low Nose cars earned their obvious nickname from a long front end that slopes downward between the headlights and ends in an oval grille opening, smaller than that seen on the later cars. The prototype Sprint Speciale was much closer to the B.A.T. cars in style, with not only a long, drooping nose, but a long drooping tail as well, which was chopped off for a Kamm effect in the production model. In addition, the prototype’s grille opening lacked the traditional Alfa shield grille. Further distinguishing the Low Nose is the trunk lid, which is a hatch on the rear 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale Lot 28, s/n 1012000533 Condition 3 Sold at $209,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/21/11 SCM# 183105 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale Lot 118, s/n 17251 Condition 2+ Sold at $138,600 Dragone, Westport, CT, 5/19/12 SCM# 201678 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale Lot 32, s/n 1012000388 Condition 2Sold at $154,000 Gooding & Co., Amelia Island, FL, 3/11/11 SCM# 176302 Sports Car Market Tim Scott ©2012, courtesy of RM Auctions

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deck rather than the larger opening that comes over the edge down to the bumper as seen on later production models. Finally, the rear bumperettes of the early cars lack a reflector finial. Among the 101 Low Nose cars there is a smaller subset of all-alloy cars, said to number 10, but there is no agreement on the number. This is a reminder that the original purpose of the Sprint Speciale was to be a factory-endorsed competition alternative to the Zagato-rebodied Giulietta SVZ, which was blowing away the standard Bertone-bodied Giulietta Sprint Veloces on tracks all over Italy. Even with the alloy body, apparently the weight penalty of the structural reinforcements in the Speciale rendered it less than sylph-like. While some hardy souls did indeed compete in the Speciale, it failed to cover itself with glory, and Alfa turned rather quickly to Zagato to solve the problem with the SZ. An impressive car When I inspected this car at Padua for a client, the condition impressed me. It had clearly been very well restored — and had been a very good original to start with. The compound curves on these cars are notoriously difficult to get right on a car that has been tweaked in any way, and the level of hand-finishing these had when built must be replicated in restoration. Unlike some contemporary Zagato-bodied cars, the panel gaps should be pencil-thin and absolutely even from top to bottom, left to right. The interior was beautifully finished with lightweight racing bucket seats. In the RM catalog photos, the fabric on the door panels appears to have begun to sag a bit since I saw the car, but not too badly. The modern side door racing mirror is a bit jarring, and a non-stock SZ-style Jaeger tach sits in the center of the instrument cluster. The underhood presentation is superb, with finishes exactly as they should appear, and there is no sign of random polishing and shiny painting for appearances’ sake. I was very impressed — but my client and I had a few nagging doubts, no doubt reinforced by what was then a very high asking price. The principal question revolved around the restoration and gaps in the early history. After the documented minor competition history early on, the story picks up again in the 1980s. I examined photographs of the car in restoration, showing bare metal panels that looked quite shiny and impressive, with clean and neat welding lines. Original or rebodied? However, there were no images of the car as it came into the shop and none of the body being stripped. Therefore, a question mark — how much of the shiny aluminum panels had been created by the restoration shop and what quantity came from Bertone in 1959? It would be simple to reclothe a steel-bodied car in alloy during a total rebuild, and there are no consistent records that detail which of the early cars were lightweight examples. The two prototypes, 00001 and 00002 — as well as 00004, 00005, 00007 and 00009 — are known to have been all-alloy cars. Any others that may have been built have not been documented. Some sources do specifically mention this car, 00061, but it would be most comforting to have seen the old paint come off to reveal the original panels underneath. The selling price of, €151,200, or $195,804 calcu- lated on the day’s rate at $1.295 to the euro, was less than the 2010 asking price. At the time, there had not been a public sale of an SS over $100k, with the landmark $154,000 March 2011 and $209,000 August 2011 transactions at Gooding & Company well in the future. Anecdotal information had indicated sales of Low Nose cars at twice what standard cars were bringing, but the rarity with which they came to market made any meaningful tracking almost impossible. So, with the prices of the best standard production Sprint Speciales well over $100k, and putting aside the $200k sale of the ex-Briggs Cunningham “special” Speciale, this Low Nose still sold at a premium to the steel cars. That it wasn’t the premium expected may well have been down to a lack of vital information. In this case it must be considered well sold. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) September 2012 65

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Etceterini & Friends Profile The Cumberford Perspective Son of a B.A.T. By Robert Cumberford 2 T he Giulietta SS was long being born — shown in 1957, produced in small numbers starting in 1959 — and it never quite achieved expectations, but ultimately, more than 2,500 of these sleek bodies were built for both the 1,300-cc Giulietta and the later 1,600-cc Giulia platforms. The prototype was spectacular, with sills about three inches lower than on this early “Low Nose” pre-series SS, but practicality required more ground clearance. Mounted on the chassis of the Pininfarina Giulietta Spider, the SS body is longer overall than the longerwheelbase Sprint coupe’s. The goal was to reach a top speed of 125 mph with the smaller engine, although most of the road cars couldn’t quite make it. This is one of the 100-odd hand-built, pre-series cars. The biggest SS shortcoming was inadequate headroom, which was sacrificed for low drag. Better suited for touring than racing, the SS was overshadowed by Zagato’s SZ, itself very close in appearance to Scaglione’s brilliant Alfa Abarth 1000, a design scuttled by — what? Politics, Fiat, Alfa Romeo themselves? Whatever motivated those longago decisions, we are left with one of the most beautiful Alfa Romeos, the purest successor to Bertone’s fantastic Berlina Aerodinamica Tecnica series that inflamed imaginations of young designers the world over during the 1950s. I know; I was one of them. ♦ 7 1 3 6 5 4 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 Protuberant headlamps leading the way are a signal feature of the SS coupe. Here the trim rings are longer than on later cars. 2 A central chrome strip on the hood was a feature of most Bertone bodies in the 1950s; here it shows the extreme drop of the centerline profile. 3 One sees very clearly in this view how close to an idealized water droplet the entire upper structure is, as it tapers toward a theoretical point. 4 Scaglione’s unusual straight line (in profile) for the rear of the front wheel opening was further developed by Marcello Gandini for Bertone cars decades later. 5 For maximum penetration, the body was fully skinned on the underside back to the wheel opening. 6 On this very early production car, the Alfa “shield” grille is tapered back toward the bottom, so the entire air inlet is on the bottom side of the forward body. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 The tail starts to flatten later- ally as the top flows into the lower body, then abruptly ends in a tiny, Kamm-style cutoff just about where there would be turbulent separation. 8 The almost-spherical domed top was good for aerodynamics but miserable for headroom. 8 9 Wheels are inset quite far from the outer envelope, and today they seem very, very skinny. 10 Understated hubcaps seem almost naïve today, but they are aesthetically very satisfying with this svelte body shape. 11 These vestigial bumper extensions all the way to the wheel opening were present even on the very first, ultra-simplified 1957 Sprint Speciale prototype. 12 The vertical tail panel is just barely big enough for a statutory Italian license plate, showing the length was stretched as much as possible. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) The oval sweep of the instru- ment surround recapitulates the ovality of the transverse body section. Two sharp creases in the fascia are elegant — and cheap decoration in the spare cockpit. Seats and door panels are simple, straightforward and rather matter-of-fact, but for all their simplicity are terrific in this early SS. 9 12 66 11 10 Sports Car Market

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German Profile 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring During the 1970s and 1980s, nothing but a pure Porsche race car or a well-built Porsche hot rod could outrun an RS on the track by Prescott Kelly Details Year produced: 1973 Number produced: 1,525 in three series Original list price: $11,100 Current SCM Valuation: $250,000– $275,000 Tune-up cost: $800 with valve adjustment Distributor cap: $30 Chassis #: Riveted alloy plate in front trunk; stamped into bodywork above spare tire; both toward passenger side Engine #: Vertical stamping under 5 o’clock point of the fan Club: Porsche Club of America More: www.pca.org Alternatives: 1971 BMW 3.0 CSL 1968–73 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 1968 Chevrolet Corvette 427/430 L88 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 9113600038 T his LHD example is the 38th 2.7 RS produced, and therefore, one of the first 500s built to “RSH” specification to meet FIA homologation requirements. After having been driven to Stuttgart for weighing, it was driven back to the factory for completion as a “Touring” (Porsche Code 472) version. It was highly equipped from new, with such factory options as front and rear bumpers with impact absorbers, leathertrimmed Recaro sport seats and a rear luggage compartment in place of rear seats. Formerly owned by a historic-racing driver and acquired in 2007 by the current owner/collector, who commissioned an engine-out restoration, this 2.7 RS was also refinished in its original color scheme and retains its matching-numbers engine. Listed in John Starkey’s From R to GT3R: The Racing Porsches 911 & 930 and complete with restoration invoices, this is one of Porsche’s finest competition-bred road cars. SCM Analysis This 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS, Lot 320, sold for $253,820, includ- ing buyer’s premium, at RM’s Monaco auction on May 12, 2012. This car was the latest in a series of Touring RSs sold at auction for good, if nonetheless substantially south of record-setting, money. The 1973 RS is well known among automobile aficio- nados as a fine touring and track car that combines reasonable comfort with gratifying performance. Porsche 68 designed the RS to homologate its Group 4 race car, the Carrera RSR, of which Porsche eventually built 55 in the same VIN series as the RSs. To satisfy the FIA, 500 production RSs were required, a number that Porsche’s marketing management felt was unreasonable to expect to sell, given that the car would not be federalized for the United States. In the end, 1,525 RSs (plus prototypes) were built in three series, a testament to how quickly buyers realized that the RS was an exemplary automobile. That it was not soon replicated in volume in Porsche’s product lineup also made it quickly collectible. Along the way, at 1,000 built, the RS itself was homologated for Group 3 racing. Porsche AG President Ernst Fuhrmann also wanted a 911 model that would refresh what he viewed as an aging design, one that he planned to eventually replace with the nascent 928 project. That wrong bet would eventually cost Fuhrmann his job. But he was very correct in wanting to develop racing models from the 911. The dominant RSRs, 934s and 935s followed. A once-in-a-lifetime exemption For about 10 years, RS Porsches remained off-limits to Americans. That changed when the federal government decided to allow a once-in-a-lifetime exemption for non-federalized cars. RSs suddenly became the Porsche to own, and by the mid-1980s were almost as common here as in Europe. The Northeast was an early 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Lot 4, s/n 9113901317 Condition 3 Sold at $275,000 Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, FL, 3/9/12 SCM# 196889 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Lot S652, s/n 9113600901 Condition 3+ Sold at $286,000 Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/21/11 SCM# 183930 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Lot S659, s/n 9113600858 Condition 1Sold at $302,500 Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/14/08 SCM# 117476 Sports Car Market Bruno Adolf ©2012, courtesy of RM Auctions

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hotbed because the Porsche Club regions there had more prolific “driver’s education” — aka track day — schedules. There was a Lime Rock event in May 1986 where the instructor-run group was over 50% RSs — your speed-happy columnist included. Around a road course in the 1970s and 1980s, nothing but a purebred Porsche race car or a really wellbuilt Porsche hot rod could outrun an RS. Turbos were overweight sitting ducks; normally aspirated SCs and 3.2-liter Carreras just moving chicanes. A blast to drive The engine had a much wider torque range than a 911S, was good for five-second 0–60 times, and could pull to 150 mph, all on regular gas — thanks to an 8.5:1 compression ratio. Aside from their track prowess, RSs were simply a blast to drive. While certainly not a “supercar” at 210 horsepower, the RS was an overachiever because of its balance, which is a harmonious blend of performance and exhilaration. Alas, lots of people became fans. While supply was high at 1,525 examples, demand was stronger, and the car appreciated steadily through the 1980s and 1990s. By the early 1990s, almost all were collector cars. Many were retired from track and everyday duty, preserved or restored and certainly coddled. Little has changed now, 20 years later, except that the prices have been rising steadily. That steepening price curve has in turn given rise to counterfeits and a lot of hurried and incorrect restorations. Buyers need to be very careful. Your reporter has been playing with RSs since 1982 and still prefers to have an expert vet them out. Aside from the unique RS pieces, metal thickness, glass thickness — even the patterns of welds — are all important to assess, and rust can lurk in hard-to-find crannies. Lightweight or Touring? There are some important variables in determining values on RS Porsches. The Group 4 homologation cars to serial number 528 are the most desired. They are worth perhaps a 10% premium. The Second Series cars — to serial number 1036 — are valued at par, and most Third Series cars lag by 10%. Many Third Series cars lack salient features of early RSs: lighter-weight steel in the doors, hood, and fenders; thinner side glass; the aluminum-framed fiberglass ducktail; the alloy front cross-member; and no undercoating. The factory order code M471 “Lightweight” performance version, built 195 strong, sells at about a 50% premium over an M472 “Touring” version, given equal condition and originality. While the touring had a full 911S interior, the lightweight had a stripped interior, with lightweight interior door panels, spartan shell seats, no window winder mechanisms, and even thinner Glaverbel glass all around the car. These windshields all broke when the car was jarred hard at speed. The lightweights also had full fiberglass rear bumpers vs. steel with chrome uprights on touring cars. They are also recognizable by their black headliners vs. typical white (black was an option) on touring cars. Pretty in brown? With wrong graphics? Our subject car auctioned in Monte Carlo was a touring M472 version of very early production. It was also heavily optioned by RS standards with a sunroof, leather sports seats, twin shoulder belts, fog lamps, radio/antenna/speaker set, tinted glass all around, an engine compartment light and rubber-padded chrome bumper uprights — which were required in France and perhaps also in the Canary Islands, where this car was delivered new. Unfortunately this RS was sepia brown, a color that reminds many people of serious indigestion. The paint shop looks to perhaps have cheated away from true sepia brown to a darker and more attractive tone, perhaps Mercedes Tobacco Brown or the almost-acceptable 356 color Togo Brown. Regrettably, it also had black Carrera side graph- ics with wheels painted to match and with silver — not black — lug nuts. Almost everyone restoring an RS adds the Carrera side graphics and color-matched wheels, but they are dead wrong on almost all RSs that are not Grand Prix White. The GPW cars came with a choice of black, red, green or blue graphics, while “colored” cars were predominantly delivered without Carrera side graphics (on the engine lid, yes) and always had silver-spoke Fuchs forged alloys. Even PCA concours judges missed this salient point on an admittedly otherwise very nice 1973 RS, black with red Carrera graphics and red wheels, that won a major group prize at the 2011 Porsche Parade in Savannah. September 2012 69

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German Profile Value histories Prices on RS Porsches are all over the low six-figure spectrum. SCM’s Platinum Database reports the $286,000 sale of a Grand Prix White/blue (born light yellow) s/n 901 at the Russo and Steele Monterey 2011 sale, but the auction analyst warned that the engine serial number might have been a restamp. A driver-quality light yellow car, s/n 1317, sold for $275k at Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island auction in March 2012. Recently, two Tourings each reportedly sold for just over $400,000 in private transactions. Our subject RS sold at Coys’ Nürburgring auction in August 2007 for $218k. At that time, it was in Grand Prix White with red Carrera graphics and wheels. So, what was the refreshed brown version sold at RM in Monaco worth? It’s all in the details. In addition to the side graphics and wheels, the car is missing its fog lights, and the wheel-rim finishes are incorrectly polished, not frosted — but there is nothing too serious about any of that. If the body panels were all original, if the rare RS bits were all there, if the numbers were all authentic, if the body welds were original, then this car was very well bought, despite being brown. If it lacked many elements of originality, then it was a nice hot-rod Porsche in a challenging color. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) What beats an RS? So if these RSs are “the almost-best Porsche street car ever,” what’s better? This entertaining debate subject tends to hone in on the next year’s 1974 RS 3.0, with only 54 examples built, and the 2011 GT3 RS 4.0. One accomplished collector sees it this way: “While the 1973 RS is 80% street 911S and 20% race car RSR, the 1974 RS 3.0 is 20% 911S and 80% RSR.” Or, it’s a race car you can street. And if you read Porsche road tests, you’ve seen the raves for the new 4.0 – “OMG, Porsche bettered the 1973 RS,” confirmed by knowledgeable owners who have both. Between 1974 and 2011, there were many wonderful Porsches, but these two stand a head taller. — Prescott Kelly 70 Sports Car Market

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American Car Collector Profile 1957 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible At first glance, this car was a screaming deal, but after poking under the covers, we need to step back a bit by Carl Bomstead Details Year produced: 1957 Number produced: 630 Original list price: $5,782 Current SCM Valuation: $120,000– $160,000 Tune-up cost: $150 Distributor cost: $20 Engine #: Pad on front of right-hand cylinder bank Chassis #: Left front door hinge pillar Club: Pontiac-Oakland Owners Club More: www.poci.org Alternatives: 1957 fuel-injected Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, 1957 fuel-injected Chevrolet Corvette, 1957 Cadillac Series 62 convertible SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: P857H32589 1957 Bonneville shows a believed-actual 53,032 miles. It was in careful storage from 1961 to 1980, when its Kenya Ivory paint and red interior were refinished to asoriginal condition. Like all Bonnevilles, it is powered by Pontiac’s fuel-injected 347-ci, 310-hp engine and offers leather upholstery, power steering and brakes, StrataFlight Hydra-Matic, eight-way power seats, power windows, Wonderbar radio with power antenna, electric clock, padded dash, deluxe carpeting, whitewall tires and a Continental kit. P SCM Analysis This 1957 Pontiac Bonneville convertible, Lot S73, sold for $99,000, including buyer’s premium, at Mecum Auctions’ Salmon Brothers sale on June 16, 2012, in North Little Rock, AR. The Salmon brothers, twins Tom and Don, offered their 50-year collection of 140 cars, motors and other automotive memorabilia at their single-seller auc- tion. The collection was heavily slanted toward 1957 Chevrolets, but any concern that the market would be flooded was summarily dismissed when they all sold for market-correct or above figures. 72 atterned after other GM luxury specials, Pontiac’s Bonneville convertible was a lowproduction luxury liner with power to spare. One of just 630 built, this mostly original Jazzing up Pontiac If Zora Arkus-Duntov is the father of the Corvette, then Semon “Bunkie” Knudsen holds the same distinction for the Pontiac Bonneville. In the early 1950s, Pontiac was respected as a producer of reliable automobiles with rather stodgy styling and unremarkable performance. Definitely your father’s Pontiac. In July 1956, Knudsen, at age 44, became the young- est general manager in the history of General Motors. His statement “You can sell a young car to old people, but you can’t sell an old car to young people,” set the tone for Pontiac, and with the addition of Pete Estes and John Z. DeLorean, the transformation began. Implementing styling changes took time, but in six months, the fuel-injected Bonneville convertible was generating showroom traffic. Production was limited, with one allocated to each Pontiac dealer. It was available just one way: fully loaded. Nearly everything on the Pontiac order sheet was standard, with air conditioning and a rear-mounted spare offered as the only options. Its lofty base price of $5,782 placed it several hundred dollars above the Series 62 Cadillac convertible. The Bonneville for 1957 used its own version of the Rochester-produced fuel-injection system. It differed slightly from the one used on Chevrolets and Corvettes, and if the units proved troublesome on the Chevys, they 1957 Pontiac Bonneville convertible Lot 290, s/n P857H31574 Condition 2+ Sold at $121,000 RM Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 1/20/11 SCM# 168740 1957 Pontiac Bonneville convertible Lot 127, s/n P857H35445 Condition 2+ Not sold at $120,000 Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/20/12 SCM# 191595 1957 Pontiac Bonneville convertible Lot S124, s/n P857H24652 Condition 1 Sold at $159,000 Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL, 9/15/11 SCM# 184128 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Mecum Auctions

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were even more so on the Bonnevilles. However, when properly sorted, they offer solid, exhilarating performance. Pontiac rated the fuel-injected V8 “in excess of 300 horsepower,” and contempo- rary figures peg it closer to 310. Motor Trend tests found the 0–60 mph time of 8.1 was just one-tenth of a second quicker than the Tri-Power Pontiac, but it was a second slower in the quarter mile. Weighing in at 4,285 pounds — mostly because of all the goodies tacked on — the car’s performance was still very respectable. A good buy, but work is needed The Salmon Brothers 1957 Pontiac Bonneville convertible was “visually main- tained,” and one on-site analyst rated it a 3+ in condition. At first glance, this car was a screaming deal, but after poking under the covers, we need to step back a bit. There is no shortage of 1957 Pontiac Bonnevilles listed in the SCM Platinum data- base. Earlier this year, Mecum offered a very presentable example at their Kissimmee, FL, sale, and it failed to sell at $120,000. Another example, rated a 2+, was bid to the same amount at Gooding’s January 2012 sale in Scottsdale, AZ, and it met the same fate. Mecum did sell an exceptional example that was rated a solid 1 at their 2011 auction in St. Charles, IL, for $159,000, and RM Auctions sold a 1957 Bonneville convertible, rated 2+, at their January 2011 Phoenix, AZ, auction for $121,000. If we connect the dots, it looks like solid 2+ and above 1957 Pontiac Bonneville con- vertibles will find new homes in the $120,000–$160,000 range, depending on how the sun and stars align on that particular day. Our subject Bonneville was a 30-year-old restoration that appeared to be on the verge of unwinding. It you look at the glass as being half full rather that half empty — and anticipate that the market will soon appreciate the uniqueness of the fuel-injected Bonneville — then spending $40,000 or so to bring this up a notch or two will be a wise investment. That’s how I see it, anyway. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) September 2012 73

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Race Car Profile 1966 Ferrari Dino 206 S Spyder When Ferrari decided to take on Porsche, the 2-liter variant was obviously the option to use by Thor Thorson Details Year produced: 1966 Number produced:18 Original list price: Unknown Current SCM Valuation: $1,450,000– $1,850,000 Cost per hour to race: $2,500 Chassis #: Chassis tube in engine bay Engine #: Center of V at back of engine Club: Ferrari Club of America More: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org/ Alternatives: 1966 Porsche 906, 1967–68 Porsche 910, 1967–69 Alfa Romeo T 33/2 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 006 I n February 1966, Ferrari debuted a new sportsracing car formulated for the FIA’s 2-Liter Group 4 class, with hopes of winning over the numerous privateer teams that campaigned in Porsches. Dubbed the Dino 206 S, the car was powered by the development of the 65-degree V6 engine that had been conceived by Dino Ferrari before his death in 1956. Introduced for the 1966 racing season, the Dino 206 S appeared to be a scaled-down version of the revered 330P, even wearing similarly ravishing coachwork from Piero Drogo’s Carrozzeria Sports Cars in Modena. The visual appeal of Drogo’s aerodynamic body shell, which featured a combination of stressed alloy panels and fiberglass over a welded tubular semi-monocoque, was beautifully complemented by the Dino V6’s fierce performance. By the end of the 1966 race season, the 206 S had proved its mettle, earning a 2nd-place finish at the Targa Florio, 2nd and 3rd at the Nürburgring and a 6th place finish at Spa. Although the 206 S was originally slated for a homologation of 50 examples, labor problems prematurely interrupted production after only 18 cars had been assembled, and the model, therefore, remains a rare and important milestone in the arc of the Dino race car’s development, as well as a cornerstone of the Ferrari road cars that followed. Aside from this fabulous restoration, 006 benefits from a thorough file of documentation, including a full correspondence record through the past 40 years, as well as a Ferrari Classiche certification. The most remarkable thing is that the car has been in single ownership since 1970, with only four owners from new. 74 SCM Analysis This car, Lot 357, sold for $3,263,400, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Auctions’ Monaco sale on May 12, 2012. In all of automotive racing history, there have been few rivalries as epic or enthralling — both at the time and in retrospect — as the Ford/Ferrari “wars” of the mid-1960s: snarling 4-liter Ferraris standing off against bellowing 5- and 7-liter Fords with huge crowds in frenzied anticipation of the duel. Less known is that at the same time, Ferrari chose to take on Porsche in the middleweight (2-liter) championship. An obvious reason that it is less known is that Ferrari was notably unsuccessful in the attempt. The car they built for this challenge was our subject car, the Ferrari Dino 206 S. Since Ferraris have historically been all about the engines, this story starts in late 1955. Enzo Ferrari’s son Dino was in very poor health, suffering from complications of muscular dystrophy, and Ferrari needed to come up with a new 1.5-liter race engine for the upcoming Formula 2. Dino was put in charge of the project, and he worked with Vittorio Jano, the legendary designer from pre-war Alfa days who had recently been recruited back from Lancia. The stories that Dino had created the engine are overblown, as his input was mostly to decide that a twin-cam, 60-degree V6 configuration was the best combination of compact size and mechanical efficiency. Dino Ferrari died in 1956 at the age of 23, and Jano effectively created the engine in his honor. A fragile beauty Though with modern computing capacity and ex- Sports Car Market 1967 Porsche 906E Lot 69, s/n 906159 Condition 2+ Sold at $1,001,000 Gooding & Co., Amelia Island, FL, 5/09/12 SCM# 196885 1967 Porsche 910 Lot 234, s/n 910026 Condition 2Sold at $799,000 Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 8/12/10 SCM# 165660 1968 Alfa Romeo T 33/2 “Daytona” Lot 333, s/n 75033.029 Condition 2+ Sold at $1,008,000 RM, Monte Carlo, Monaco 5/12/12 SCM# 206347 Hardy Mutschler ©2012, courtesy of RM Auctions

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perience, the V6 is ubiquitous and taken for granted, in fact it is a fiendishly tricky concept to make work. Without getting too technical, it has to do with getting the six cylinders to fire at exactly 120-degree intervals, which is simple with either straight or flat sixes, but a huge problem with a V configuration. The solution has to do with offset rod journals in weird locations, but with those come serious balancing and vibration issues. Lancia figured out the world’s first production V6 in 1950, so Jano had experience in how to make them work. The immediate problem for a serious race engine, in Jano’s view, was that the 60-degree angle and twin cams didn’t allow enough room for proper intake porting, so he spread the angle by another five degrees. It wasn’t much, but it was enough, and the resulting 65-degree V6 Dino design continued from 1956 through to the 246 Dino — a 20-year run, although with substantial differences between the early racing versions and the later production ones. When Ferrari decided to take on Porsche, the 2-liter variant was the obvious engine to use. The car itself was basically a scaled-down version of the 330 P3 that was giving Ford fits in the big leagues. The body was a tube frame with stressed fiberglass and aluminum body panels riveted to it for stiffness. The basic body design, arguably one of the most beautiful automotive shapes in the history of racing, was transferred as well, but the smaller size gave it a delicacy that the larger car seems to lack. The result was the Dino 206 S (they didn’t even badge it as a Ferrari at the time), one of the most fabulously attractive racing cars of our time. Unfortunately, for all its beauty, it was at best a mediocre racing car, particularly in comparison with the Porsche 906s that it had to race. The 206 handled very well, but the engine made its horsepower in a narrow band way up the RPM scale (218 horsepower at 9,000 RPM versus 215 horsepower at 8,000 RPM for the Porsche), so it was difficult to keep “on song,” and the transaxle and half shafts were notoriously fragile. The high RPM and V6 balance problems made the engines unreliable as well. There were a few heroic drives in which the magic worked, but generally, the 206 S was swamped beneath a wave of Porsches and quickly disappeared from the scene. Originally slated for a 50-car “production” run, labor problems and its lack of competitiveness killed the plan, and only 18 were produced. More than a racer It seems appropriate to spend some time on how cars like this get valued by the market. As I have frequently held forth, value in a racing car is a combination of weapons-grade utilities (let’s go race) and collector utilities (the museum and lust factors). If you strip the hype away, the 206 S is really just a mid-1960s 2-liter sports racer, which leaves a wonderful set of comparables available. At the purely weapons end of the scale are the Elva Mk 7 and 8/BMW and the Brabham BT 8, any of which will drive away from the Dino on any track for about $175,000 to $250,000, but that is all they’ll do — they’re just racers. Step up the collectibility scale and you run into Porsches and the Alfa Romeo T33/2. A Porsche 904 has a fiberglass body and isn’t as fast, but you can take your wife on a weekend drive and expect to enjoy it. The Porsche 906 isn’t really streetable, but they’re pretty, have great international history and are as close to unbreakable as a 2-liter racing car can get. The downside of the 904 and 906 is that they are relatively common. The Porsche 910 is basically an upgraded 906, faster and more rare — thus more collectible — but fundamentally an evolution. The Alfas are far more exotic — Italian factory racers, alloy-bodied, screamer V8 engines (9,600 RPM!) and designer bodies — but they are really not very usable (and God help you when — not if — it breaks). Interestingly, considering their differences, all of these cars fit in the same general price niche; $1 million to $1.5 million. It appears that the various positives and negatives for the different cars balance each other out in market value. And then you have the Ferrari Dino 206 S, valued at about two-and-a-half times its direct counterparts and well over 10 times above an equivalent English sports racer. Obviously we have stepped into the realm of museum- grade collectibility here: As long as the car was complete and certified (it was), whether it will ever again be used as a racer is academic. That’s not why it has value. Within the realm of purpose-built racing Ferraris, our 206 S is in the lower middle of the range; more than most 4-cylinder cars but well below anything V12 and newer than 1955. It fits on the fine-art side of this continuum — more beautiful than usable — but unquestionably a real Ferrari racer with examples treasured by the most sophisticated of collectors. It’s a rare piece of sculpture as much as a racing car, and I suggest rationally bought by an astute collector. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) September 2012 75

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GOODING & COMPANY, CHUBB COLLECTOR CAR INSURANCE AND SPORTS CAR MARKET PRESENT THE 11th ANNUAL SCM MONTEREY INSIDER’S SEMINAR by Donald Osborne “10 Reasons NOT to Buy and 10 Reasons You MUST Buy in Today’s Market” SATURDAY, AUGUST 18 Gooding & Company Auction Pavilion, Pebble Beach, CA • 9–11 a.m. The Insider’s Seminar will feature a panel discussion with SCM experts, led by Keith Martin. They will offer detailed examinations of select cars to be offered at auction. Panelists include: Carl Bomstead American Sports & Muscle Miles Collier Collier’s Choice Donald Osborne European Sports & Racing (excluding Ferraris) Space is limited — sign up today Complimentary admission for SCM Platinum members; subscribers, $25; non-subscribers, $50 To enroll, and for the latest information, go to www.sportscarmarket.com/monterey2012 or call 503.261.0555 x 217 Steve Serio Ferraris & Late-model European Exotics

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Market Reports Overview Eight Auctions, 767 Cars, $29m Astons and Ferraris fetch seven-figure prices, while North Dakota collectors rescue rotting American classics from the crusher By Tony Piff T he eight auctions covered in this issue span the full breadth of the collector car world, from million-dollar Astons and Ferraris to resto-project Studebakers and DeSotos. At the top end of the spectrum was Bonhams’ annual Works Service sale in Newport Pagnell, U.K., where 41 out of 47 Aston Martins found new owners. The event was a roaring success by any measure, with sales topping $10m — a record for the sale — and an average price per car of $249k — the highest figure since 2008. On the west side of the Atlantic, Bonhams returned to Greenwich, CT, for the long-running Greenwich Concours d’Elegance sale. This auction also saw growth, jumping to a $5.2m total with 62 cars sold, from $3.4m among 56 cars in 2011. Average price per car increased to $84k from $60k. One car broke the milliondollar mark: a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C coupe, sold at $1.2m. In distant second was a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 coupe, sold at $392k, followed by several more cars above $100k. At Auburn Spring, held by Auctions America by RM, sales figures took a dip, possibly due to competition from Mecum’s Indianapolis sale just two weeks prior. Still, the AA team managed to sell 194 cars for a combined $4.4m. This sale, known for its variety, had among its top five cars a 1930 Duesenberg Model J replica Boattail Speedster, sold at $484k, a 1969 Dodge Charger 500 at $130k, and a 1959 Jaguar XK 150 S convertible at $107k. Two sales were of private collections. In Hampton, NH, RM auctioned off the highly anticipated Michael Dingman Collection. Dingman’s lofty standards of personal excellence were reflected in his collection of $10,199,694 Sales Totals Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, U.K. RM Auctions, Hampton, NH Bonhams, Greenwich, CT Auctions America by RM, Auburn, IN Vanderbrink, Bismarck, ND $523,075 $4,379,070 $6,830,450 $5,230,136 vintage signs and cars, many of which were concours-ready restorations preserved in undriven condition. 48 cars sold without reserve at an average price of $142k, for a total of $6.8m. Collector Art Mariner did not take the same approach to collecting. Out on the North Dakota prairie, VanDerBrink auctioned off Mariner’s 253-car collection, which included dozens of rusting American classics literally sold at scrap-metal prices. It was a good place to score a cheap project, and a handful of lots stood out as solid, nicely preserved drivers. The collection totaled just over $500k, with a $2k average price per car. We conclude the market reports with highlights from Silver’s Coeur d’Alene sale, H&H Buxton and MidAmerica St. Paul in the Global Roundup, and Chad Tyson’s eBay picks. This month, Chad looks at automobiles for sale in the U.S. that were never officially imported here. That’s right — we’re talking about gray-market cars. ♦ 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 78 Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1991 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Sanction II coupe, $1,898,184—BonUK, p. 90 2. 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C coupe, $1,244,500— BonCT, p. 120 3. 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Vantage convertible, $967,916—BonUK, p. 84 4. 1963 Aston Martin DB5 convertible, $733,035— BonUK, p. 84 5. 1971 Aston Martin DBS wagon, $533,864— BonUK, p. 86 5. 1975 Aston Martin Lagonda Series I sedan, $533,864—BonUK, p. 88 7. 1930 Duesenberg Model J replica Boattail Speedster, $484,000—AA by RM, p. 128 8. 1952 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage convertible, $427,566—BonUK, p. 82 8. 1964 Aston Martin DB5 coupe, $427,566—BonUK, p. 86 10. 1936 Ford Model 68 Gläser convertible, $396,000—RM, p. 94 1. 1946 Ford Super Deluxe woodie wagon, $132,000— RM, p. 100 2. 1987 Aston Martin V8 coupe, $152,962—BonUK, p. 88 3. 1970 Ford Torino Cobra 2-dr hard top, $21,000—AA by RM, p. 132 4. 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster, $77,000—RM, p. 94 5. 1940 Ford Deluxe 01A woodie wagon, $203,500—RM, p. 98 Sports Car Market Best Buys

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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. Aston Martin Works Bonhams set a $1.9m world record for one of the four DB4GT Sanction II Zagatos — a small batch of cars built 30 years after the originals Company Bonhams Date May 19, 2012 Location Newport Pagnell, U.K. Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold/offered 41/47 Sales rate 87% Sales total $10,199,694 High sale 1991 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Sanction II coupe, sold at $1,898,184 Buyer’s premium 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Vantage convertible — $967,916 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics I n a month where the rest of the U.K. auction world suffered a little wobble, Bonhams’ annual Aston sale — its 13th — was a predictable triumph. It was hosted in the newly revamped Works facility, but you’d be forgiven for not knowing you were in a workshop: all the ramps telescope into the floor, tools are stored away F1 pit-style in fitted cabinets, and the “Service” part of the name has been quietly dropped. To find actual oily bits, you now have to go next door to Aston Martin Heritage, where you still get the sense of real craftsmen practicing their skills. This is more than simply a sale. It’s an event, draw- ing the great and the good of the Aston world together for a unique social gathering, which included various straight-6s and -8s burning up Tickford Street — somehow discreetly under the local bobbies’ radar. Two of our finest were inside, watching with interest as Jamie Knight racked up sale after sale in front of a crowd of 2,000, setting a $1.9m world record for one of the four Sanction II DB4GT Zagatos — a small batch of subtly updated cars built 30 years after the originals, using “spare” chassis numbers. This one had been in the hands of historic racer (and former Phil Collins manager) Tony Smith, and it had just 4,748 miles recorded. Other huge prices included the $534k raised on the 80 unique 1971 DBS shooting brake that had been estimated at $80k–$112k. Ordered by a Scottish laird for fishing expeditions on his estate, it came fitted with a timbered roof rack for rods and salmon. A fantastically original 1962 DB4 Vantage convertible made an astonishing $968k — that’s more than the $750k that DB5 convertibles usually achieve at auction — and a nice 1963 example found $733k. Another world record came in the shape of the $396k raised on a DB6 Mk II, just topping the couple of huge prices that H&H has set this year on the model and splitting the two DB5s out of three offered. Both sold for relatively low money — $428k and $304k — although the cheaper car was almost a resto project. DBS cars are on the up, encouraging more owners to restore them — in this case a really sharp 1971 car made $131,702. Soon they may become worth as much as they cost to make beauti- ful again. Unusually for this sale, where one typically encounters a few “old friends” each year, all of the cars were new to the auction. But déjà vu sounded when Bonhams presented yet another barn find, this time a 1955 DB2/4 drophead coupe by Mulliners (of Birmingham) that looked like a straightforward restoration, and the car found a buyer with time and $180k on his hands. Some may have wanted nothing to do with the recent Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations; but in one little corner of Northamptonshire, this sale, as ever, made one feel proud to be British. ♦ Sales Totals $2m $4m $6m $8m $10m 0 Sports Car Market 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 15% up to $47,455, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00=£0.63) Simon Clay/Bonhams

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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. ENGLISH #242-1952 ASTON MARTIN DB2 coupe. S/N LML50126. Eng. # VB6B50377. Metallic blue/black leather. RHD. Odo: 78,138 miles. Always a competition car, raced in period by George Abecassis, co-founder of HWM, the world’s “longest-serving Aston Martin agent.” Vantage-spec engine has been there since at least 1962. Sports various extra “It’s going to leave the country, sir,” and that did it, changing hands at the expected money. #219-1952 ASTON MARTIN DB2 Vantage convertible. S/N LML5097. Green/black cloth/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 16,788 miles. Really nicely restored from late ’80s to early ’90s. Still presents as pretty much perfect, with shiny paint and deep chrome, newish leather, excellent dash and instruments. Fitted with discreet under-dash radio. Motor, with all correct parts and fin- TOP 10 No. 8 stainless steel exhaust and sits right on tall crossplies. Only downside is that it has a 2.6-liter replacement motor (as fitted to earlier cars), which must struggle a bit to move this much bulk. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $122,844. Sold twice over bottom estimate, and even that was likely not to have covered the costs. These have so far been worth relatively little, and restoring one is a labor of love; the buyer got the upside here. vents and scoops, side exhaust, bucket seats, harnesses and roll cage. Good order for a competition car, although panels have the usual yawning gaps. Took 11th place at the Le Mans Classic in 2004. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $198,413. The $235k–$315k estimate was a bit high here for a competition car, but as the catalog says, it “would be a welcome entrant in historic events anywhere in the world.” Try again for a bit less. #249-1952 ASTON MARTIN DB2 Vantage coupe. S/N LML50155. Eng. # VB6B501052. Green/red leather. RHD. Odo: 32,714 km. Very original but now tatty old rally car. Poor windows-in repaint. Dash timber cracked, old leather is a bit too far gone to revive. Smells musty inside. More appealing than it sounds, as it’s still a runner with great history and very usable as-is. Sold new in France with RHD and km speedo. Original owner Michel Poberesjky took first place at #206-1955 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 ishes, now sensitively modernized and making a little more power than an original 125-hp Vantage unit. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $427,566. One of three bodied by Gräber in Switzerland and the only known survivor, found dilapidated, and expensively restored. Sold right on the money with perhaps a little upside for the seller. #236-1953 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 coupe. S/N LML538. Eng. # VB6E501200. Red/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 59,979 miles. Fair condition. Looks straight with usual huge panel gaps, some paint bubbling off body. Wheels going a little rusty, chassis sound. Leather doesn’t look very old, although it was drophead coupe. S/N LML1009. Eng. # VB6J543. Metallic blue/blue vinyl/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 36,389 miles. Yet another 2/4 barn find. Straight body, cracked leather and dusty interior (it’s been stored with the roof down), but looks like a straightforward restoration. Engine hasn’t turned in 20 years, but it’s all there apart from the bumpers, which Montlhéry in 1952 under the name “Mike Sparken,” so as not to scare his mother. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $175,993. History includes 1953 Tour de France and various other rallies, and only three owners in 60 years. Bidding ended in a protracted battle between a bidder on the phone from France and another in the room. As the bidding got down to £1,000 increments, Knight cheekily suggested 82 actually renewed in the early ’90s. Engine replaced in 1961 and said to have healthy oil pressure. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $135,246. Last on the road in 1999 and will need “recommissioning,” although a new dash wiring loom is supplied. Even former owner Richard HudsonEvans was surprised it did this much, nearly doubling the $70k low estimate. #202-1953 LAGONDA 3-LITER drophead coupe. S/N LAG50461. Eng. # LB6A50483. Silver/green canvas/green leather. RHD. Odo: 25,234 miles. Very sharp 10-year restoration completed in 2007 with new leather and new top. Excellent veneers, new were removed for replating in 1976 before the chroming company went into receivership. Sits on charming old Cinturatos that would probably be lethal to drive on. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $179,537. As values increase, these will keep coming out of the woodwork. Unused since 1976, this sold for far more than expected, but in line with prices of both recent 2/4 coupe resto projects and restored dropheads. #245-1956 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 Mk II drophead coupe. S/N AM3001220. Eng. # VB6J826. Metallic green/beige Everflex/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 18,142 miles. Pristine car that was originally a coupe until restoration in 1986. Chassis and body excellent, new paint in 2011 presents as perfect, nice redone chrome. Seat leather hardly used, carpets new. Underhood near concours level with rebuilt engine, new double-ended SU fuel pump, newish exhaust. Irish-registered. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $152,962. Jamie commented “so close” when he could not drop the Sports Car Market

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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. rear arches to clear fatter rubber; buckets, cage and harnesses inside; now with DB6-based 4.2-liter motor and limited-slip differential. All original parts removed are offered with the car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $214,969. Not expensive for the spec, and a little behind where decent DB4s start. A stonking car for relatively little money, though the upside isn’t there to put it back to completely original condition. So it’s mostly a matter of deciding in which strength you like them. hammer, but a deal came together shortly, after the seller obviously had a change of heart. It shows that buyers are nervous of “chops,” but on a coachbuilt car with a nonstructural body it must hardly matter and sometimes can even confer value. Compared with the $175k–$205k (before premium) estimate, the buyer got a deal here, when top original examples have been hitting $250k at the past two Bonhams Aston sales. #228-1959 ASTON MARTIN DB MK III drophead coupe. S/N AM30031842. Eng. # DBA1481. Silver gray/red cloth/red leather. RHD. Odo: 7,489 miles. Has a couple of sink and prep marks under shiny paint; uneven prep in rear wheelarches. Excellent dash and instruments, shiny red leather and new carpets. star chips, and left door doesn’t quite match in some light. Original leather well-creased and cracked. Sold with several old parts and spares, plus handbook and workshop manual. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $303,551. This was reasonable money for a good up-and-running car, and, given that Bonhams expected at least $100k less, very well sold. Originality and good history are the factors here. TOP 10 No. 3 Mechanically looked after with new fuel pump. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $365,559. Convertible versions of the 2/4 and its derivative the Mk III have shot up in the past three years, and although this car had slight cosmetic issues under the attractive paint, this price can be considered market-correct. #218-1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4 coupe. S/N DB4775R. Eng. # 4003195. Green/black velour. RHD. Odo: 13,275 miles. An expensively built yet very civilized racer, basically to DB4GT spec. With lightly pulled #222-1962 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Vantage convertible. S/N DB4C1072R. Eng. # 3701030SS. Dark gray/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 70,089 miles. Highly original and in single family ownership from new. Straight and tidy under tired origi- character. Sound underneath with some new exhaust sections. Last taxed and used in 1995. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $90,955. A top DB5 is $450k, while the four-door version is under $100k. This sold for double what was expected, as it will need a little love before it’s back on the road. Well sold. #215-1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB51629R. Red/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 64,504 miles. Very original-looking car. Slightly lived-in, with well-creased leather. Overspray on master cylinder suggests nal paint, with original interior. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $967,916. This brought almost twice the $500k low estimate, as cars this untouched are highly prized in today’s market and just don’t come along very often. More than the going rate for a DB5 convertible, but this is a rarer car. See the profile on p. 62. TOP 10 No. 4 84 #209-1963 ASTON MARTIN DB5 convertible. S/N DB5C1269R. Eng. # 4001341. Metallic red/beige mohair/ Sports Car Market #210-1962 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series IV coupe. S/N DB4925R. Eng. # 370922. Metallic green/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 79,752 miles. In this ownership since 1972; unused since 1981, although engine does run. Straight but some surface rust under wheelarches. Slightly cloudy paint with a couple of biscuit leather. RHD. Odo: 21,100 miles. Company owned, therefore little history, but very original and nice. Straight with paint slightly dulled in places, chrome all good, some brightwork has been replaced. Leather lightly creased. Solid underneath. Sits on nice and correct tall crossplies. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $733,035. Though estimated at less ($475k–$550k), a car this delightfully original will always bring top money. Fairly bought and sold in today’s market. #226-1963 ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA Rapide sedan. S/N LR132R. Eng. # 400132. Dark blue/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 63,323 miles. Mostly straight except for a crease in the left front fender; faded and blooming older paint is microblistered, like the chrome. Original beige leather has nice

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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. recent paint. As the catalog said, “A worthy candidate for either a sympathetic makeover or total renovation.” Cond: 3. SOLD AT $303,551. Not much money for a 5. In fact, all three went cheapish at this sale, but who knows how much it will take to make it perfect again? Sold about where expected, although not enough margin here for a full restoration. #229-1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB51696R. Silver/black leather. RHD. Odo: 36,394 miles. Restored mid-’90s, now has a few small bubbles in paint; rechrome nice, although wires are a little rusty. Good dash, leather lightly TOP 10 No. 8 with lots of documentation. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $533,864. This just kept going and going, well beyond the $100k or so needed to buy it. Well sold. creased, smells like petrol inside. Sits nice on tall Avons, sound underneath. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $427,566. Sold where expected for a slightly mellowed driver, and as Jamie Knight said, “Good value for a ’5,” about $150k behind the very best. Correctly bought and sold, and some ways off from needing another expensive resto. #244-1965 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB52234R. Eng. # 4002228. Sage Green/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 85,389 miles. Very straight body with shiny repaint in original color. Lightly microblistered rechrome. Good dash and instruments, leather with heavy patina. Solid underneath, chassis painted with the rage in the past few months since the DB5 went stratospheric (although the three DB5s in this sale did go cheaper). This looked like a good value compared with recent $300k-plus sales, and is likely very usable, although those bubbles in the sills mean there will be bills to come before too long. I’d call it only slightly expensively bought for condition, perhaps by a buyer who wasn’t too obsessive about originality—which will matter more as prices rise. #220-1970 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Mk II Vantage coupe. S/N DB6MK24242R. Eng. # 4004568VC. Oyster Shell Grey/red leather. RHD. Odo: 33,722 miles. Straight, tidy and in original condition, having only recently been recommissioned for the road after 10 years. Some light shows the doors don’t quite match in color. Leather hardly worn and probably original. Maintenance records and old MoTs #216-1971 ASTON MARTIN DBS Vantage coupe. S/N DBS5739R. Eng. # 4004826VC. Gunmetal/black leather. RHD. Odo: 27,901 miles. Really sharp restoration. Presents as perfect up top and underneath, with all new fasteneners, and new leather hardly sat in. New stainless bumpers, rest of with some imperfections in paint and a few bubbles in the rockers, plus one rear bumper is creased. Nice patina on original leather. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $241,544. DB6s have been all chrome redone. Hardly used. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $131,702. A few of these fantastic DBS restorations have come through in recent years, but even though values are climbing, the numbers so far don’t stack up. Bravely but correctly bought at the top end of the $95k– $125k expected, but retail values, I am sure, will soon catch up. #247-1971 ASTON MARTIN DBS V8 red oxide primer. Sits right on tall crossplies. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $325,000. Of the three DB5s on offer at this sale this was the only one not to sell, and it was no more or less appealing than the others except perhaps for color. The seller was right to keep it, with last bid well short of the $380k low estimate. #233-1968 ASTON MARTIN DB6 coupe. S/N DB63372R. Eng. # 4004565VC. Silver/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 1,281 miles. Originally a Dubonnet Rosso automatic, converted to manual in 1980s, and has a Mk II Vantage engine block, but in standard tripleSU carb spec. Very presentable and straight, 86 suggest mileage is genuine. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $395,676. Topping the world record $336,319 paid for the model recently at H&H’s February 2012 Buxton auction (SCM# 192963), this sale shows that originality and history are prized over all else right now. You could have had a slightly less nice, older-restored DB5 in the same sale for less money. Well sold, but a few more years may well prove the buyer right. TOP 10 No. 5 #205-1971 ASTON MARTIN DBS shooting brake. S/N DBS5730R. Eng. # 4004 868S. Metallic blue/tan leather. RHD. miles. The only DBS made, and frankly a bit hearse-like. Originally green, then red, then in this blue by 1980. Well maintained, fluids. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $50,935. This was offered at no reserve and could only command a little more than Lot 248, the rough and bent Sports Car Market coupe. S/N DBSV810285R. Eng. # V540522. Metallic red/buff leather. RHD. Odo: 68,441 miles. Nicely faded old thing with creased original leather, older windows-in repaint and chrome coming off front bumper. Solid underneath. Now with a/c. But it’s been off the road for 12 years, and “recommissioning” will require more than just changing the battery and

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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. Vantage that came just after it. Bought from Bonhams at its Beaulieu sale September 10, 2005, for $12,696 when we called it “an inexpensive Aston” and said, “It would make little sense to fully restore this one, but a bit of preventive maintenance could go a long way here” (SCM# 40103). The same holds now; just not such a bargain this time around. #232-1972 ASTON MARTIN V8 Series II coupe. S/N V811084RCA. Eng. # V5401084. Blue/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 55,141 miles. Straight and tidy, having been repainted and recommisssioned 20 years ago and hardly used since. Solid underneath, some lacquer coming off refinished alloys. Deep chin spoiler and lipped Vantage-style trunk lid fitted. Leather is original and hardly worn, just tak- liters by marque guru RS Williams. In perfect restored condition. New black leather unused. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $533,864. Sold massively but where expected. Only seven of these were built, and this is probably the best in the world. Purchase price here probably doesn’t come near to what’s been spent on it. ing on a little character. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $65,487. This car spent most of its life on Guernsey, a tiny island in the English Channel, which helps explain the lowish mileage. Though all V8s have hardened slightly in the past two years—helped by more of them becoming eligible for export to the U.S. under the 25-year rule—there were no surprises here. Sold on the money for a usable, average car. #248-1972 ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE coupe. S/N AM6005RA. Eng. # 400492SVC. Blue/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 84,333 miles. The fifth Vantage built. Originally an auto, now manual. Paint is coming off the hood, although that’s hardly the biggest problem, as it’s been hit in the left rear corner, the owner says the engine seized, and it apparently needs Leather unmarked but going slightly baggy, veneers all good. “S” motor suffix may mean a replacement, although MoTs appear to prove the mileage genuine. Only 849 built. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $67,306. Of the three Volantes here, this was the most average, but it was honest and unmodified. If not a screaming deal, then a very nice buy for the man in the room. #230-1985 ASTON MARTIN V8 chassis work. That all said, the structure doesn’t look bad, and leather is hardly worn. On French registration with Carte Grise. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $47,296. This doubled its $23k high estimate, I can only think due to end-of-sale desperation. Well sold, with no 88 Vantage coupe. S/N SCFCV815 9FTR12454. Eng. # V5802454S. Cumberland Grey/black leather. RHD. Odo: 65,667 miles. Expensively ($215k) restored in 2004 by Works Service (for the second time; it was originally silver, then blue) into a “Living Daylights” lookalike (but without the skis and rocket motor). Originally 3-sp auto, now manual. Immaculate all around and possibly better than new; veneers positively glow. Actual registration number used in the film not included. Cond: 1-. Sports Car Market and of the three strengths available, this is the most potent. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $152,962. Sold right on the required money, which is approaching what nice Vantage Volantes go for; but still far less than what’s been spent on it over the years. With no nasty surprises on the horizon, this looked like a great buy and was unrepeatable for the money. #231-1987 ASTON MARTIN V8 Vantage Volante Zagato prototype convertible. S/N SFCV8124HTR20042. Silver/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 2,575 miles. #234-1980 ASTON MARTIN V8 Volante convertible. S/N V8COR15151. Eng. # V5405151S. Blue/black mohair/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 69,956 miles. An average-to-nice car, not flashy but honestly presented, and in this ownership since 1984. Looks straight and tidy, good chassis, rockers done in 2001. NOT SOLD AT $119,000. This sold before its restoration/conversion at this sale in 2003 for $42,320 (SCM# 31111). Works Service restos are not cheap, but you get the very best job, sometimes by the men who made them in the first place. Although this was a commendable concept, it was only bid to Vantage Volante money, well under the $175k low estimate. Hold on five years and try again, I reckon. BEST BUY #217-1987 ASTON MARTIN V8 coupe. S/N HTR12565. Eng. # V5852565. Metallic bronze/black leather. RHD. Odo: 41,775 miles. Very straight, clean and tidy. Rockers, wheelarches and paint redone in 2005. Interior superb, with nice Nardi wood-rim wheel. Sits on Vantage Volante-style Ronal wheels. It’s been punched out to 7 liters by marque guru RS Williams— room for financial upside, but still a good basis for restoration. TOP 10 No. 5 #246-1975 ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA Series I sedan. S/N L1200 6RCAC. Eng. # V5402006. Gunmetal/black leather. RHD. Odo: 932 miles. The Earl’s Court Motor Show car, massively rebuilt, upgraded and punched out to 7

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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. Aston and Zagato occupied neighboring stands at the 1984 Geneva Salon and begat the oddlooking Vantage Zagato on a shortened V8 chassis. Three years later, this prototype convertible was chopped from a saloon. Still with only about 2,500 miles from new, so body and trims are unscuffed. Leather hardly sat-in and like new, veneers excellent, suede dash top is still black. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $130,000. The first of 37, photographed in period with then-Aston CEO Victor Gauntlett and first owned by Prince Sufri of Brunei. Bonhams only wanted $160k–$190k for this— Vantage Volante X-pack money, really—and you would have thought that such a historic piece would attract more. At this offer, correctly retained by the seller. #203-1990 ASTON MARTIN VIRAGE coupe. S/N SCFCAM1SXLBR50023. Eng. # 8950023M. Metallic green/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 35,000 miles. A rather unloved Aston model, but its defenders will tell you it was developed on a tiny budget to save the company. Straight and tidy, and no tell-tale rust its worst crime. Mesh grille the only deviation from standard. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $35,472. A lovely way to close the sale as, against an overseas buyer slowly batting off the competition via the Internet, the sole bidder in the room managed to get in his final £500 offer just as Jamie’s hammer was mid-swing—and Knight caught it to applause, as the car stayed in the U.K. Slightly well bought, at that. #215A-2005 ASTON MARTIN bubbles in bases of windshield pillars or front fenders—since these usual rot spots were cut out and replaced in 2004. The 23rd built. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $24,558. Offered from a deceased’s estate, and the old boy clearly looked after it. Fair price paid for an example that’s bound to appreciate in future. TOP 10 No. 1 #239-1991 ASTON MARTIN DB4GT Zagato Sanction II coupe. S/N DB4GT 0198R. Eng. # 4200- 198GT. Green/black leather. RHD. Odo: 4,798 miles. Almost like new, driven less than 5k miles in 20 years, with the leather just showing a little give. One of four true DB4GT Zagatos constructed as “Sanction IIs” 30 years after the original 19, using the remaining chas- leather barely touched; regularly started but hardly used since 2005. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $70,945. Sold from the same estate as Lot 203, the Virage, and evidently looked after just as well. That said, and even with the low mileage, this was big money for one of these. Well sold. modern fare, but this was being sold hurriedly from Greece which is, any way you slice it, in deep trouble. Perhaps the owner thought that he could offload it into England before the economic crisis once again worsened, as at the time of the sale Greece had been expected to withdraw from the Euro currency, provoking jitters all around. It didn’t happen (yet) but we didn’t know that at the time. Dealer ads start from £85k ($135k) for these, with more miles, so the buyer got a deal. © 90 Sports Car Market narrow body (a bit like HRH’s “PoW”-spec V8s, which were Vantages without the body kit). Good and unscuffed all around, dash veneer and leather top perfect, driver’s leather lightly creased. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $188,395. Sold about 50% beyond the expected $80k–$110k, but it’s a unique car, and having been driven by HRH will matter to some. #235-1997 ASTON MARTIN V8 coupe. S/N SCFDAM256VBR79024. Eng. # 9579024A. Dark blue/parchment leather. RHD. Odo: 11,912 miles. The V8 coupe is an updated Virage, using Vantage looks while retaining the 5.3-liter V8. Produced only 1996–99. Straight, clean and unscuffed, VANQUISH S coupe. Midnight Blue/ blue leather. RHD. Odo: 10,000 miles. First of the really high-tech Astons on alloy/carbon tub, developed with Ford money and launched with 460 hp in 2001. Vanquish S appearing at the Paris Auto Show in 2004 with even more power, good for 200 mph. This is the 2+2, in good order all around, having only covered low mileage; on Greek temporary plates but to be U.K. registered. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $117,529. We wouldn’t usually include such sis numbers and based on real DB4s, but with bigger motors and subtle suspension upgrades. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,898,184. First owned by Tony Smith, manager of Phil Collins and a successful historic racer, this time being sold from German ownership. Many bidders here in the room, on the phone and via the Internet, and no surprises when it eventually climbed up to this market-correct price. See English Profile, August 2012, p. 52. #223-1994 ASTON MARTIN VIRAGE Volante 6.3-liter convertible. S/N SCFDAM2C9PBR60107. Eng. # 8960107M. Metallic green/green Everflex/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 34,021 miles. Always owned by AML, but formerly used by HRH The Prince of Wales, a serial Aston owner. Has 6.3 conversion but #251-1999 ASTON MARTIN DB7 V12 Vantage coupe. S/N SCFAB1239YK300102. Eng. # AM200030. Solent Silver/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 69,402 miles. Tidy, straight and unscuffed with full service history. Wheelarch paint lightly sandblasted and trunk lid repainted. Excellent veneers, lightly creased and worn leather. Slightly wavy door rubbers are

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RM Auctions Hampton, NH The Dingman Collection The array of neon was dazzling — with the flick of a switch Dingman could alter the Hampton, NH, power grid Company RM Auctions Date June 9–10, 2012 Location Hampton, NH Auctioneer Brent Earlywine Automotive lots sold/offered 48/48 Sales rate 100% Sales total $6,830,450 High sale 1936 Ford Cabriolet by Gläser, sold at $396,000 Buyer’s premium The soft glow of neon outlines a pristine collection of vintage Fords Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics M ichael Dingman’s first collector car was a 1947 Ford five-window coupe, and his commitment to the Blue Oval continued with more than two gen- erations of service as a director of the Ford Motor Company. His collection of Ford V8s was defined by perfection, and the impeccable restorations were maintained to the highest level. Dingman expected the same level of perfec- dition when acquired, but Dingman wasted no time in sending many of them to Westmoreland Performance Restoration Company for full, extensive treatment. The fleet of factory-fresh woodies had seen limited — if any — use since completion. About 1,400 signs were on display, with 850 offered for sale. The array of neon Hampton, NH tion from his auction, and with RM Auction Manager Nico Leenders holding his team to exacting standards, he must have certainly been pleased with the results. Many of Dingman’s woodies came from the Nick Alexander Collection that RM offered at their August 2009 Monterey sale. The cars were in very good con- was dazzling, and with the flick of a switch Dingman could alter the Hampton, NH, power grid. A 1950s Ford multi-colored “Jubilee” porcelain neon sign, eight feet tall with an animated outer ring, sold for $39k. It was the high sale, but a striking Lincoln-Mercury neon sign with a Lincoln V8 shield and a Mercury head was close behind at $38k. The non-neon porcelain and tin automotive signs did not fare as well, as many noted sign collectors were not in at- tendance. Ford collectors, however, certainly were, and they showed no reluctance to part with their funds. The exceptional quality of the majority of the Dingman cars brought record results. Four outstanding Lincoln-Zephyrs were offered, and the flawless 1938 coupe realized an impressive $330,000. Kevin Westmoreland, who restored the car, mentioned that when he first offered it, Dingman was not interested, as he only wanted open cars or station wagons in his collection. Upon seeing the striking Zephyr, he changed his tune. Not every car was a trailer queen. Dingman frequently participated in the grueling Great American Race, and several cars featured 12 volt electrical systems and other creature comforts for touring. He also established a relationship with Jack Roush in the 1990s (when he campaigned Roush-prepared Mustangs in the SCCA Trans-Am Series), and many Ford V8s in the collection had received Roush’s touch, which added 35–40 horsepower while maintaining the stock appearance and the authentic single two-barrel carburetor. The crown jewel of the collection was the 1936 Ford Cabriolet that was bodied 1938 Lincoln Zephyr Model 86H-720 coupe — $330,000 92 by the German coachbuilder Gläser. After Dingman bought the car, Westmoreland restored it, and the Ford was accepted for the lawn at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where it won its class. The restoration reportedly cost $340k, so the selling price of $396k did not net a profit. But I doubt that was ever the motivation. ♦ Sports Car Market Automobiles 10%, all others 15%, included in sold prices

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RM Auctions Hampton, NH CANADIAN #807-1937 FORD DELUXE woodie wagon. S/N A14523. Eng. # 7879063. Black/black leatherette/brown. Odo: 77,959 miles. Canadian-built Ford with Murray-built wood body. Restored to highest standard in 2002 at a reported cost of over $200,000. to Turbo spec, with $38k reportedly invested in the engine alone. Maintained in as-new condition. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $77,000. Price paid was about what an unmodified example would bring, with the modifications thrown in for free. It sold for a fraction of the $225k– $275k estimate, but yesterday’s supercars can be a tough sell. Market price. Originality equals value. Excellent wood and paint. Interior and roof restored with correct materials. Showroomfresh, except for whitewalls starting to yellow. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $143,000. A quality example that sold well, with complete known history; the new owner will be only the fifth in 75 years. GERMAN TOP 10 No. 10 #826-1936 FORD MODEL 68 Gläser cabriolet. S/N 182640496. Black/ black canvas/red leather. Odo: 157 miles. Unusual Gläser-bodied German Ford. Cosmetic restoration in 1980s. More recent expensive restoration recognized with Best in Class at 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Wonderful paint and brightwork. cooled engine, front and rear brake cooling ducts. Kenwood AM/FM stereo. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $140,250. Since the SCM Pocket Price Guide puts these at $40k–$50k in #2 condition, we have to call this well sold, even considering the substantial modifications and $225k–$275k predicted. Equipped with “trafficators” required on British roadways. Interior to perfection. Known history from new. Completed the Tour d’Elegance. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $396,000. The restoration reportedly approached $340,000, and based on the quality of the car, that was absolutely believable. The price paid certainly turned a few heads, exceeding RM’s predicted $225k–$275k by $100k or so—but even so, the best custom-bodied Ford V8 comes at a price. BEST BUY #840-1989 PORSCHE 911 Speedster. S/N WPOEBO12KS173103. Black/black fabric/black leather. Odo: 4,208 miles. Readily recognizable as a Speedster, due to its tonneau cover and low-cut, steeply raked windshield. Rare U.S.-delivery car with extensive modification to Turbo-specification. Professionally built up 94 AMERICAN #801-1934 FORD MODEL 40 Deluxe phaeton. S/N 18617646. Dearborn Blue & black/beige canvas/brown leather. Odo: 1,835 miles. An older restoration that has been well maintained, now presented as a quality driver. Paint cracked here and there, brightwork dull in places. Converted to 12 volt with modern condition. Rumble seat and rear-mounted spare with metal cover. Engine compartment spotless. With accessory radio. A high-point example. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $132,000. Only 4,896 Deluxe roadsters were built for 1935, and this has to be one of the best. Price paid was up there, but the quality speaks for itself. New owner need not make any excuses. #804-1936 FORD MODEL 68 custom convertible. S/N 18316177. Washington Blue/tan canvas/red leather. Odo: 817 miles. Modified with custom chassis with indepen- Sports Car Market edge. Wind wings and trunk rack. Engine bay sparkles with aluminum heads and manifold. Zero miles on odo. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $88,000. A rather rare body style, with fewer than 6,000 built in 1935. Price paid was obviously less than the cost of restoration. A strong example at a reasonable price. #803-1935 FORD MODEL 48 Deluxe roadster. S/N 181938785. Vineyard Green/ gray & brown canvas/brown leather. Odo: 10,200 miles. Restored by Jim Lowrey Restorations at a cost of $120,000. Attractive Vineyard Green livery is flawless. Last year for external horns. Proper-fitting top in as-new #843-1992 PORSCHE 911 America con- vertible. S/N WPOCB 2967NS460777. Black/black fabric/black leather. Odo: 3,379 miles. One of about 207 American Roadsters. Maintained in exceptional condition with limited use. Modified with turbocharger and inter- stereo and XM. Engine rebuilt by Roush Performance Products with electronic ignition. Rear-mounted trunk rack. Tacoma Cream wire wheels. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $60,500. If the new owner was looking for a quality tour car with creature comforts to keep the passengers happy, this was the ticket. It would not take much to upgrade this a bit, or just enjoy it as-is with pride. A nice buy. #802-1935 FORD MODEL 48 Deluxe phaeton. S/N 181850241. Eng. # 487501241. Black/gray & brown canvas/brown leather. 0 miles. Decade-old restoration stated to have cost $160,000. Brightwork and leather interior in excellent conditon. Wire wheels painted Apple Green. Driver’s door out at bottom

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RM Auctions Hampton, NH dent front suspension and coil-over shocks, powered by Roush-built 302 with Tremec 5-speed. Converted to 12 volt to accommodate Converted to 12 volt with hidden modern stereo. Sliding windows in rear were a standard option for the year. Interior shows minor signs of use, as does engine compartment, which has more-modern hoses and clamps. A wellexecuted tour car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $209,000. If touring is your thing, then this was the one; very stock in appearance, but ready for the road. Considering the price paid, at least two bidders were willing to pay to travel in style. a/c, power windows, XM stereo. Has the right look. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $118,250. For the price paid, I doubt you could build this traditional hot rod with all the creature comforts. The premium paid will be forgotten after the first run. #805-1936 FORD MODEL 68 Deluxe roadster. S/N 183223752. Apple Green/gray & brown canvas/brown leather. Odo: 212 miles. Older restoration reportedly cost $121,000. Still looks fresh. Attractive paint and excellent brightwork. Top fits like a glove trademarks. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $330,000. I think this must be some sort of a record for a ’38 Zephyr coupe. Not many years ago, a decent example could be found for 10% of what was paid here, but, boy, have times changed. The cars have come into their own and, as we see here, sell for serious money when restored to sufficient levels. and interior as-new. Roush-built 221-ci engine produces estimated 130 hp but appears stock with aluminum heads and intake manifold. Only 212 miles since restoration. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $181,500. All the money for a ’36 Ford roadster, but the quality of the restoration takes a bit of the sting away. Considering the cost creating it, I doubt there was any money left on the table. #810-1938 FORD MODEL 81A Deluxe woodie wagon. S/N 184266903. Washington Blue/brown leatherette/brown leather. Odo: 73,567 miles. Restored by Roush Performance with rebuilt and upgraded 24-stud V8. leather interior is showning minor signs of use. Engine compartment spotless. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $132,000. Only 461 convertible sedans produced, so they’re rare, but still not as popular or valuable as the convertible coupe. Price paid was as expected with no surprise, just over RM’s low pre-sale estimate of $125k. #813-1939 FORD DELUXE 91A convertible sedan. S/N 185058638. Jefferson Blue/tan canvas/brown leather. A wonderful tour car, participted in 2000 Great American 96 Sports Car Market #811-1938 LINCOLN ZEPHYR Model 86H-740 convertible sedan. S/N H53942. Black/tan canvas/brown leather. Odo: 79 miles. An older restoration that still shows well. Unusual styling for convertible sedan, in that the rear tail contour is retained. Cycloptic dash with optional radio. Attractive optional #812-1938 LINCOLN ZEPHYR Model 86H-720 coupe. S/N H46290. Black/beige cord cloth. Odo: 21,840 miles. Restored for another customer by Kevin Westmoreland in 2007, earned 1,000 points and Best in Show at LLOC nationals, still looks factory-fresh. Mileage thought to be original. Swoopy rear deck-lines and cycloptic dash are ’38 Zephyr Race and has a few expected scratches and chips as a result. Appears 100% authentic, but engine rebuilt by Roush Racing; electricals converted to 12 volt for rally equipment and modern stereo with mp3; authentic-looking Beede Instruments; digital gauges preclude odo reading. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $129,250. The perfect car for the Ford guy who likes to drive ’em rather than look at ’em. Road tested on the Great American Race with all the comforts to keep the passengers happy. Perhaps a slight premium paid, but so what? It’s ready to go. #814-1939 FORD DELUXE 91A woodie wagon. S/N 184795231. Black/red leather. Highly modified with 302 small block but retains stock appearance. Restored in 2006 with new body using birdseye maple. Modern conveniences including a/c, stereo and electronic Beede gauges. Full-width front seats. Chassis modifed for independent front suspension and coil-over shocks. Has 9-inch Ford rear end. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $247,500. At least two bidders acknowledged the exceptional quality of this custom rod, pushing the price well beyond the predicted $120k–$150k. I can’t call it silly money, but this was darn close. #815-1939 LINCOLN ZEPHYR Model 96H-76 convertible. S/N H84412. Black/ black canvas/red leather. Odo: 119 miles. Older body-off restoration with V12 engine rebuilt and tweaked by Roush. Limited use since. Properly maintained and no flaws noted. Participated in Ford 100-year celebration in

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RM Auctions Hampton, NH Dearborn in 2003. One of only 640 convertible coupes built. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $269,500. All the money, but worth every penny. Price paid reflects the quality of the restoration, the rarity of the body style and the growing appreciation of these swoopy lines. #817-1940 FORD DELUXE 01A con- vertible. S/N 185881169. Lyon Blue/tan canvas/brown leather. Odo: 1,570 miles. Quality restoration with Roush-prepared engine that produces and extra 40 or so horsepower. Converted to 12 volt with modern stereo and electric radiator fans. Participated Monterey auction, where it was in original condition except for new wood and sold for $110,000 (SCM# 141219). Throw in the cost of a $175,000 restoration, and Mr. Dingman was upside-down here. The new owner paid all the money, but he still has a superb Ford woodie. in Great American Race. Properly maintained with minor signs of use. A wonderful tour car. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $165,000. Correct factory appearance, but good to go for the most exacting of tours. All at a price, of course, but probably could not be replicated for the money. BEST BUY #818-1940 FORD DELUXE 01A woodie wagon. S/N 99A211735. Maroon/brown leatherette/brown leather. Odo: 2 miles. Recent restoration with wood body refinished with birdseye maple. Paint to highest standard. Double whitewalls as-new leather interior. Not as swoopy as the 1938/39, but the larger engine is a plus. Gear shift moved to steering column. Gold trim on interior gauges and handles. A very desirable package. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $187,000. An attractive offering with more subdued styling than on the earlier models. Price paid included a slight premium, but the quality of restoration justified it. with Ford script tires. One of only 354 Deluxe wagons powered by Mercury 95-hp V8 (which is painted Mercury Blue). Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $203,500. The stated cost of restoration far exceeded the price paid here. The birdseye maple was stunning and put this Deluxe wagon at the head of the class. Expensive but well worth it. #819-1940 FORD STANDARD 01A woodie wagon. S/N 185306427. Black/black leatherette/brown leatherette. Odo: 1,532 miles. Extensive restoration after being acquired from the Nick Alexander Collection. Engine compartment properly restored with correct hoses and braided wires. The Standard was only $75 less than the Deluxe, so not that 98 #820-1940 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL Model 06H-76 convertible. S/N H98517. Powder Blue/dark blue canvas/blue leather. Odo: 440 miles. An older restoration, little used but showing signs of age. Restored as a tribute to the Continental built for bandleader Paul Whiteman. Bright work slightly pitted and #821-1940 LINCOLN ZEPHYR Model 06H-76 convertible. S/N H87846. Black/ black canvas/red leather. Odo: 45,000 miles. Barn-found in 2003 and restored by Kevin Westmoreland shortly thereafter. Restoration reported to have cost $180,000 and still presents well after nine years. Stunning paint with many sold. Lacks brightwork on windshield or grille. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $192,500. About as good as it gets. Last seen at RM’s 2009 paint no longer fresh. Known as “Rhapsody in Blue.” Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $93,500. The color here is an acquired taste and did not help the value of this otherwise-desirable CCCA Full Classic. New owner will have fun explaining the tribute-to-a-bandleader story. One of the few Dingman cars that did not sell at a substantial premium, so the buyer should feel good. #822-1941 FORD SUPER DELUXE 11A wagon. S/N 186574498. Lockhaven Green/ black leatherette/brown leather. Odo: 49,940 miles. Restored by Nick Alexander in 1999. When found, paneling was painted white, which protected the original wood. Earned Dearborn Award in 2001 with score of 981 points. Wind wing now delaminating. Very nice reproduction dash plastic. Engine restored and is very clean and highly detailed. Equipped with Columbia rear axle. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $145,750. We watched this 1941 Super Deluxe wagon sell for $126,500 at RM’s 2009 sale of Nick Alexander’s woodie collection in Monterey (SCM# 147399). It has been properly maintained with little use since. Price paid was strong, but nothing that won’t be forgotten when presented at the next “Woodies on the Wharf.” #824-1942 MERCURY EIGHT 29A woodie wagon. S/N 99A466720. Black/ black leatherette/brown leather. Odo: 2,404 miles. Restored in 2000 by Nick Alexander. Earned 2001 Dearborn Award with 997 points and class award at 2003 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Still shows extremely well. Interior as-new. No discoloration in wood. Dash restored with burl walnut. Equipped with Columbia two-speed rear end. Only 783 produced. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $187,000. A rare woodie wagon with a strong history. Last seen at RM’s August 2009 Monterey sale, where it sold for $209,000 (SCM# 141193). It commanded a premium today, but I’d say it was well justified. Sports Car Market

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RM Auctions Hampton, NH #825-1946 FORD SUPER DELUXE 69A convertible. S/N 99A1224379. Black/black canvas/red leather & brown cloth. Odo: 65,025 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Recent comprehensive restoration to high standard. Beautiful paint, excellent tan wood grain on metal surfaces. Excellent brightwork. Door fit a bit off at bottom edge. Canvas top fits excep- the money, but also probably the best in the world. If that’s where you want to play, then these were the right cars, but this did seem like a bunch for a faux woodie wagon. tionally well. Minor scuffs on leather interior. New dash plastic. Black livery with red accent a striking combination. V8 with Columbia overdrive. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $93,500. Price paid was well above the $55k–$75k estimated by RM and exceeded price guide values. But the car was stunning and could not have been restored for the money, so if you want the best you’ll have to step up. BEST BUY #806-1946 FORD SUPER DELUXE woodie wagon. S/N 99A1172184. Black & wood/black artificial leather/brown leather. Odo: 84,180 miles. 239ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Recent restoration to highest standard reportedly cost $225,000. Restored with new wood. Interior showroomfresh. Engine compartment clean and properly serious. Columbia 2-speed rear end. A quality presentation. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $253,000. This was last seen at RM’s 2008 Monterey auction of the Nick Alexander Collection, where it realized $220,000 (SCM# 147397). Throw in the cost of the restoration, and Dingman was upside-down on this one. The ’47 Sportsmans for some reason do not do as well as the ’48s, but this stunning example will certainly receive special recognition. #829-1949 FORD CUSTOM 98BA con- vertible. S/N 98BA156903. Black/beige canvas/tan & brown leather. miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Restored in 2007 to high standard and driven less than a mile since. Exceptional paint and brightwork. Interior to late ’49 specifications in tan and brown leather. Clock, push-button AM radio, heater and power top. Simply the best. A stunning and flawless resto- and tight. Equipped with power windows, AM radio, electric clock and fender skirts. Engine bay sparkles. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $176,000. The high-water mark for a sale of a 1950 Mercury convertible. No one would question the quality of the restoration, but the price paid quite nearly doubled the $90k high estimate. Throw away the price guides here, as there is no equal. #834-1952 MERCURY CUSTOM woodie wagon. S/N 52LA33972M. Hillcrest Green & wood/tan & brown vinyl. Odo: 84,567 miles. 255-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Overthe-top restoration in 2008 for former owner at a stated cost of $200,000. All-steel body with maple side trim and Di-Noc wood grain. Paint ration. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $99,000. A very nice ’49 Ford Custom convertible could be acquired for a whole lot less than this, but it could not be restored to this level for $100k. Well sold, but the price paid will soon be forgotten as the trunk fills with awards. detailed. Equipped with radio and windshield header-mounted antenna. Due to the war, all ’46 Fords were actually warmed-over ’42s. A strong presentation. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $132,000. A quality woodie wagon at reasonable price, and a bargain compared with the other woodie wagons presented here. The cost of acquisition and restoration was about twice what was paid here. Well bought. #827-1947 FORD SUPER DELUXE Sportsman 79A woodie convertible. S/N 799A1691621. Monsoon Maroon & wood/ black canvas/red leather. Odo: 1,561 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Dearborn Award in 2004. Recent restoration to high standard since acquisition by Dingman from the Nick Alexander Collection. Wears its original 65-year-old top, which has been restored to perfection. Trunk sits a bit high, but nothing 100 #831-1950 FORD CUSTOM DELUXE Country Squire woodie wagon. S/N BOCS154018. Black & wood/red leather. Odo: 1 mile. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. An expensive and extensive restoration, showing barely a mile driven since. In flawless, as-new condition. Equipped with AM radio, Magic-Air #832-1950 MERCURY EIGHT 0CM convertible. S/N 50ME71776M. Roanoke Green/tan canvas/brown leather. Odo: 45,052 miles. 255-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Recent flawless body-off restoration at stated cost of $150,000. Car escaped the customizer’s touch due to single ownership for four decades. Paint and brightwork to highest standard. Top fit snug is deep and luxurious. Glass with correct “bug.” Excellent interior and brightwork. Three-speed manual with optional overdrive. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $110,000. We watched this sell at RM’s 2010 Amelia Island sale for $104,500 (SCM# 159967). We commented that the price paid was silly money for a “faux” woodie wagon. A few years later we eat those comments as the quality of the car trumps all. #835-1962 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL heater and clock. Steel body with Di-Noc imitation wood grain. 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RM Auctions Hampton, NH miles thought to be original. Equipped with a/c, headlight dimmer and AM/FM radio. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $121,000. RM reported an exceptional amount of pre-sale interest, and that carried over to the spirited bidding. Price paid was more than double the $60k high estimate. But the quality was evident, so it you wanted the best without the hassle of a restoration, here you go. original and not restored. Equipped with power steering and brakes, a/c, power seats and AM radio. Massive top is power-operated as well. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $88,000. As with most all the Dingman cars, this one sold at a premium, but it’s hard to fault the quality or condition. Slab-sided Lincolns have been gaining in popularity so this may, in time, prove a good buy. #836-1965 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 4-dr convertible. S/N 5Y86N422445. Black/ white fabric/white leather. Odo: 44,203 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored by previous owner and not driven since, but has been properly maintained and still appears fresh. No flaws noted on doors or side panels. Low #837-1986 AC COBRA Autokraft Mk IV replica roadster. S/N SA9AK3028GA017164. Eng. # AK1164. British Racing Green/black leather. Odo: 402 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Built on same body bucks, jigs and tooling as the original AC and Cobra bodies. Similar wide body as used on the 427s, but extended two inches. Extensive $150,000 overhaul in 1999, well maintained with limited use since. Fitted with Roush-prepared Ford 351 Windsor rather than original 302. Said to with Ford. Most continuation cars are not considered collectible, but this AC has interesting lineage and Roush performance enhancements. It must be wicked quick, so I hope the new owner has the wherewithal to keep it between the lines. Well bought and sold. #845-2005 FORD GT coupe. S/N 1FAFP90S55Y400002. Mark II Black/black leather. Odo: 82 miles. The second Ford GT, with chassis #1 believed held by Ford. Only 4,000 produced. Essentially new and undriven, maintained in exceptional condition. With all available options. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $242,000. The low chassis number and be one of only about 480 built. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $170,500. Autokraft obtained legal use of the AC name as part of a joint venture “internal use” designation were expected to bring a substantial premium. Chassis #10, the first available to the public, sold for $557,500 at Christie’s 2003 Pebble Beach auction (SCM# 36241). The number for a properly maintained customer example is around $150k, so this went with an upcharge, but not as much as the $325k–$375k expected. Well bought. 102 Sports Car Market

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RM Auctions Hampton, NH some minor edge wear and scratches. The colors were bright and vibrant, and it displayed extremely well. Regardless of the estimates, this pump plate was expected to sell in the low five-figures, so this was one of the better buys of the auction. that used this logo on their service stations from 1931 until 1947. This six-foot sign would have hung outside a station. It would not have had neon. It had been heavily restored with the neon added and the outer ring not functioning. A striking and colorful sign, but at a price. LOT 256—JENNEY AERO SOLVENIZED PORCELAIN PUMP PLATE. ESTIMATE: $3,500–$5,000. SOLD AT: $6,900. The Jenney Manufacturing Co. was founded in Boston in 1891 and merged with Cities Services in 1965. They had very limited distribution, and their signs and gas globes are very collectible. This 12-inch pump plate was in excellent condition with only 104 LOT 340—SIGNAL GASOLINE NEON SIGN. ESTIMATE: $6,000–$9,000. SOLD AT: $9,200. Signal was a California company LOT 406—DRINK COCA-COLA PORCELAIN SIGN. ESTIMATE: $18,000– $24,000. SOLD AT: $14,375. This striking Coca-Cola sign was six feet long and four feet tall, so you’d need a good-sized room to do it justice. The sign was in decent condition, with some surface scratching and expected chips along the edge. It sold for well under the estimates, and I would have to think the large size held it back. Sports Car Market

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RM Auctions Hampton, NH if you can get past the restoration, and obviously at least two bidders did. LOT 437—GARAGE PORCELAIN SIGN. ESTIMATE: $3,500–$5,000. SOLD AT: $9,775. Each letter of this porcelain sign was an individual panel, mounted on a backing piece with a patterned border. Light bulbs provided the illumination and would date this to the pre-neon era. There was some rust and mild chipping around the edges, but that’s to be expected, considering the age. A similar sign with individual panels for the letters spelling “Gasoline” sold for $6,900, so we have to say the price paid for this “Garage” sign was all the money. LOT 533—ALFA ROMEO PORCELAIN NEON SIGN. ESTIMATE: $3,500–$5,000. SOLD AT: $2,300. The body of this sign was not in the best of shape, but with the neon on, no one would notice. An Alfa sign at a Ford auction does not necessarily work, and that was the case here. As such, an Alfa guy got a very nice wall hanger at a bargain price. LOT 453—FORD OVAL V8 DIE CUT METAL/NEON SIGN. ESTIMATE: $15,000–$20,000. SOLD AT: $29,900. This huge metal sign measured 80 inches by 86 inches and was outlined with blue and white neon. It had been restored with new neon and in-painting on the surface of the sign. Price paid was over the top, and that does not include the cost of transportation and hanging it in the new owner’s facility. I just might be able to understand the price if the sign were at least porcelain. LOT 709—YATES FORD USED CARS PORCELAIN NEON SIGN. ESTIMATE: $8,000–$12,000. SOLD AT: $16,100. This large sign was about nine feet tall and more than eight feet wide, so it would need to quite a lot of space for proper display. It had a flashing arrow that added a bit of eyeball to the sign. It was in decent shape with a little noticeable touch-up, but the graphics were not all that exciting. I think you would need to be a real Ford guy to pay this much. LOT 457—FORD, MERCURY, LINCOLN-ZEPHYR PORCELAIN NEON SIGN. ESTIMATE: $14,000–$18,000. SOLD AT: $33,350. Classic Ford dealership sign that included their multiple marques. The LincolnZephyr , of course, dated the sign to the late ’30s. The large 71-inch-by-71-inch sign had been heavily restored to as-new condition, but that did not deter the bidding. A stunning sign 106 LOT 775—CHEVROLET PORCELAIN NEON CLOCK SIGN. ESTIMATE: Sports Car Market

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RM Auctions Hampton, NH Fresh Meat by Chad Tyson Online sales of contemporary cars 2007 Bentley Continental GTC $25,000–$30,000. SOLD AT: $41,400. This Art Deco sign was once double-sided. The other half, Lot 780, sold for $23,000. The clock had been added at a later date, which obviously added a bunch to this half. I wonder how long it will take the owner of the back half to add a clock to his? Date sold: 07/05/2012 eBay auction ID: 261056927147 Seller: Boulevard Auto Sales Sale Type: Used car with 24,000 miles VIN: 261056927147 Details: Silver Lake Blue over Magnolia leather; 6.0-liter, twin-turbo W12 rated at 552 hp, 6-sp auto, RWD Sale Result: $97,950, 33 bids, sf 507 MSRP: $189,990 Other current offering: Eurocar Inc., in Costa Mesa, CA, asking $106,888 for Cypress Gray Metallic example with 33,892 miles. 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 LOT 779—CHRYSLER PLYMOUTH NEON VERTICAL PORCELAIN SIGN. ESTIMATE: $15,000–$20,000. SOLD AT: $16,100. This double-sided sign was almost 15 feet tall and was in very acceptable condition. It would be dramatic as the focal point of a MOPAR collection. Based on the prices for the other neon signs, this was very reasonable indeed. Date sold: 07/05/2012 eBay auction ID: 170869192790 Seller: Dwayne-ngs2012 (eBay ID) Sale Type: Used car with 8,272 miles VIN: 1C4RJFDJ1CC199136 Details: Brilliant Black over black leather; 6.4-liter V8 rated at 470 hp, 5-sp auto, AWD, 8,272 miles Sale Result: $51,600, 10 bids, sf 0 MSRP: $54,670 Other current offering: Bob Moore Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Oklahoma City, OK, asking $63,975 for 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8 in Deep Cherry. 2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster LOT 458—PONTIAC VERTICAL PORCELAIN NEON SIGN. ESTIMATE: $20,000–$25,000. SOLD AT: $25,875. This classic double-sided Pontiac chieftain sign was 12 feet tall with a stylized bull-nosed bottom. The body of the sign was a bit faded and had been touched up. Certainly a much better buy than the less exciting Chevrolet vertical sign that sold at the Milhous auction for $82,800. Date sold: 07/03/2012 eBay auction ID: 190697481359 Seller: SWT-Auto Sale Type: Used car with 2,997 miles VIN: SCFBF04B58GD08985 Details: Berwick Bronze over Sahara Tan leather; 4.3-liter V8 rated at 380 hp, 6-sp manual, RWD Sale Result: $75,000, Best Offer, sf 7 MSRP: $124,300 Other current offering: Marhsall Goldman Motor Sales in Warrensville, OH, asking $88,900 for black over tan Vantage with 7,912 miles. ♦ 108 LOT 792—LINCOLN MERCURY PORCELAIN NEON SIGN. ESTIMATE: $15,000–$20,000. SOLD AT: $37,900. This classic double-sided Lincoln Mercury porcelain sign was about 10 feet in length and featured the Lincoln shield and a reproduced Mercury man. There were a few touch-ups on one side, but it was otherwise in very acceptable condition. A lesser example, Lot 790, sold for $8,050, so condition comes with a price tag. LOT 793—FORD “JUBILEE” PORCELAIN NEON SIGN. ESTIMATE: $20,000–$25,000. SOLD AT: $39,100. An iconic double-sided Ford dealership sign from the late ’40s and ’50s. Lots of flash with animated border and multiple colors. A stunning example that was in excellent condition with no flaws in the porcelain noted. An aggressive price, but considering the condition, not over the top. © Sports Car Market

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Bonhams Greenwich, CT Greenwich Concours d’Elegance Offsite interest in the catalog cover car, a 1965 Ferrari 265 GTB/6C, pushed bidding to record heights, but a front-row attendee got the job done for $1.2m Company Bonhams Date June 3, 2012 Location Greenwich, CT Auctioneers Rupert Banner, Malcolm Barber Automotive lots sold / offered 62/90 Sales rate 69% Sales total $5,230,136 High sale 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C coupe, sold at $1,244,500 Buyer’s premium 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C coupe — $1,244,500 17% on the first $100k, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices Report and photos by Chip Lamb Market opinions in italics I n early June, Bonhams once again took over the eastern point of Roger Sherman Baldwin Park overlooking Long Island Sound. The well-established auction, held alongside the very popular Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, drew an eclectic selection of cars for all budgets and collector interests — and a great crowd of enthusiastic bidders. The fickle Greenwich weather made for a few unpleasant surprises, but neither cloudburst had much of an effect on the concours or Bonhams’ sale, to the credit of all organizers and participants. As has been pointed out before, New England often proves a struggle for collector car auctions, despite the region’s general affluence. Whether due to conservative Yankee thrift or some other local auction phobia, the trend has driven Bonhams to engage more bidders by phone and Internet. Offsite bidders were active during the Sunday morn- ing memorabilia sale, when Bonhams offered the bulk of the late John Webb de Campi’s collection of RollsRoyce and Bentley literature and ephemera without reserve. The phones stayed red-hot for cars well into the afternoon. Offsite interest in the catalog cover car, a 1965 110 Ferrari 265 GTB/6C, pushed bidding to record heights, but a front-row attendee got the job done for $1.2m — the high sale of the event. The runner-up, a barn-find 1965 Aston Martin DB5, likewise garnered much attention from bidders not present in the room, but a live bidder managed to outspend the competition. He got the car for $392k. A converted 1973 Ferrari Daytona Spider once owned by Rod Stewart took the third-place slot, selling for $330k — a bit of a discount relative to pre-sale estimates. Notable six-figure no-sales included a 1953 Aston Martin DB2 saloon with a good amount of competition preparation and a fresh restoration at a high bid of $135k. A 1963 Porsche 356B 1600 Super 90 cabriolet also was a no-sale at $130k. These, along with the other cars that went home with their consignors, still left Bonhams with an impressive $5m-plus final result and nearly 70% of all lots sold. Additionally, nearly 90% of the 324 memorabilia lots found new homes before the first car crossed the block. With the departure of the Fairfield County Sales Totals Concours d’Elegance from the fall calendar, Bonhams is down to just one Connecticut sale. But this showing of quality cars, excellent automobilia and strong prices makes clear that the auction house has found a formula that works for this niche market. ♦ $1m $2m $3m $4m $5m 0 Sports Car Market 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008

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Bonhams Greenwich, CT ENGLISH #430-1924 BENTLEY 3 LITRE sport tourer. S/N 792. Eng. # 801. Burgundy & black fenders/tan cloth/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 5,300 miles. Older restoration in fantastic uniform condition throughout; finish quality very well preserved. Nickel throughout likely original. Tan top newer and well-preserved, as are light wood bows. Tan leather has perfect pa- Shut lines without fault. Bumpers and trim understated. Interior faultless. Engine compartment shows a few painted-over bolts from the time of restoration; no other faults merit tina with no apparent damage. Engine compartment clean and exhibits recent servicing. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $254,500. Previously sold for $30,739 at Sotheby’s in June 1981 (SCM# 21863). Originally sporting a Freestone and Webb body; this Park Ward coachwork was apparently put on this chassis in 1949 and suits it wonderfully. This was likely the buy of the auction, even in line with Bonhams’ estimates. #484-1926 MORGAN GN Salote Roger Richmond Special monoposto. S/N LTOWS39283. Eng. # 2A31312H6. Dark green/black vinyl. MHD. Older repaint quite appealing for racing car, numerous small flaws as one would expect. Brass radiator shell weathered, later Harley Shovelhead engine replaces Blackburne mill in original Trike. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $29,250. A well-known Morgan special that started out life as a Trike, the Richmond special has run hillclimbs in the U.K. and the U.S. Freshly inspected by the sanctioning body for 2012, it’s ready to go racing right out of the auction tent—if you feel comfortable about racing something this unconventional. Still, slightly well bought. #432-1952 JAGUAR XK 120 open two- seater. S/N 671555. Eng. # W36568. Silver/black cloth/maroon leather. Odo: 1,638 miles. Stunning 15-year-old restoration shows only light aging. Paint remains even and sharp. 112 hancements as mentioned in catalog. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $135,000. Previously sold for $73,569 at Beaulieu in September 2008 (SCM# 117685). Restored from a barn find not long ago in the U.K., this DB2 was done to taste and proven at the Lime Rock historics last year. However, this same car restored to original specifications rather than to taste might have commanded a few more bids from this crowd. #455-1954 NASH-HEALEY LE MANS coupe. S/N 3025. Eng. # NHA1248. Silver/red leather. Odo: 44,750 miles. Light flaws throughout to older comprehensive respray more due to age of finish than damage. Chrome bumpers and grille appear redone, smaller brightwork original. Interior very presentable with nice leather seating surfaces. Engine compartment inaccessible due to faulty hood latch. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $52,000. Previously unsold at $60,000 in Sports Car Market cations of use. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $73,710. The catalog was vague as to how many miles the car actually had. Owned from new by the great grandson of Civil War General George Gordon Meade, who was also a prolific collector of American antiquities; his eccentricity may indicate that this car might have just been a collectible during his ownership. Whatever the case, this was still well bought. #474-1955 JAGUAR XK 140 SE drophead coupe. S/N S817336 DN. Eng. # G29988S. Claret/tan cloth/biscuit leather. Odo: 65,089 miles. High-quality finish applied during late ’80s, professional restoration still discussion. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $139,000. A JCNA award-winner in ’97, this car has done only 1,638 miles since that time, racking up numerous awards since. Done just at the time when Jaguar restoration standards went from slightly overdone to beyond the way the cars were built when new. This fell into the former category. Striking in silver and reminiscent of the early alloy cars in the sexy silver hue, who can argue with this price? #413-1953 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 Mk II coupe. S/N LML50285. Eng. # LB6B50640. Midnight Blue/plaid fabric & vinyl. RHD. Odo: 20,001 miles. High-quality restoration appears smooth and solid. Interior nice but not original (original seats mentioned as going with car). Engine compartment well restored, shows numerous performance en- Greenwich in June 2010 (SCM# 162863). A believable low-mileage example. These Le Mans coupes have fallen in value along with their drophead brothers. The estimate was strong for this car for its condition and the high bid was nearly enough to have gotten it done. #453-1954 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH Special Touring limousine. S/N LWVH114. Eng. # W113H. Blue & silver/tan leather. Odo: 6,987 miles. Older comprehensive restoration sports recent finish free of flaws throughout and not particularly shrunken from age. Chrome, brightwork and trim inside and out have nice patina. Interior also shows patina but was likely redone during the ’80s. Engine compartment very original with indi

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Bonhams Greenwich, CT uniform with minor shrinkage and light flaws. Chrome redone at this time, much brightwork original with minor pitting. Interior likewise restored and in need of cleaning, along with tan cloth top. Engine compartment remains nicely detailed. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $105,300. Sold new in Los Angeles and with a known ownership history from new, this nicely accessorized example was redone well enough to completely hide evidence that it once was finished in another color. The perfect driver as it sits, or with some light detailing, a show-worthy example. #486-1957 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 Mk II coupe. S/N AM3001268. Eng. # VB6J895. Bronze/red leather. Odo: 66,451 miles. Rough older repaint in non-original color, filthy, numerous large and small dents, dings, and creases from long storage. Hood fits poorly. Chrome rusty, brightwork appears to have 20 years ago and treated to much work both from cosmetic and mechanical standpoints, this Dart has been fitted with long-distance touring comforts—and the catalog mentions many performance and durability modifications. It seemed the small crowd of suitors for the ultimate SP250 was in the room at the same time, as the price realized was a bit optimistic. Well sold. been underwater. Interior in tatters and requires comprehensive restoration. Engine compartment not dissimilar to rest of car athough appears largely complete. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $94,770. Reported sold at Bonhams’ Quail auction last summer but apparently never paid for. An ambitious project car for the right person—apparently the new owner. #427-1957 JAGUAR MK I 4-dr sedan. S/N S986121BW. Eng. # KE25618. Old English White/red leather. Odo: 10,023 miles. 10-year-old restoration uniform throughout, with light age-related cracking along seams. Sumptuous interior well preserved following restoration; woodwork, leather, carpets, and trim unmarked. Engine compartment detailed ment highly detailed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $52,650. Owned twice by Barry Flynn, from whose estate the car was presented, this Dart was expertly restored nearly two decades ago. Flynn was a serious Daimler enthusiast of many years, so if one desired one of the best SP250s in existence, Bonhams’ Greenwich auction was the place to be. to concours specifications. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $38,610. Built as the ultimate Mark I by a passionate enthusiast, this 4-speed converted example checked all the boxes for look and feel. Later disc brakes were added, as were many other subtle upgrades and add-ons. This still seemed a little cheap, particularly given the $100,000 reportedly spent on the restoration. Slightly well bought. 114 #485-1962 MORGAN PLUS 4 race car. S/N 5409. Eng. # TS2002E. White/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 1,399 miles. Older respray of long-term competition car exhibits usual flaws associated with race cars. SS-style hood bulge for sidedraft carburetors has right look. Interior spartan, with largely original instrumentation and all safety gear. Engine compartment sports Lawrence Tune Triumph engine and appears to be ready for track. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $19,000. I believe I’ve been Sports Car Market #424-1961 DAIMLER SP250 Dart Sports convertible. S/N 100531. Black/tan vinyl/gray leather. Odo: 55,570 miles. Finish well executed, with normal appearance of waviness down both sides more authentic than not. Panel fit excellent, doors shut a little bit tight. Nice top, beautifully restored OSJI interior complement the exterior. Engine compart- crisp. Engine compartment dreary with minor indications of recent work. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $392,000. Originally sold by Inskip in New York; the reason for the non-complementary color change is unknown, but documentary evidence suggests the car was not yet 10 years old when it was done. Claimed to run and drive well, with believable original mileage, this could still be seen as a slightly good deal at this price. #454-1964 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III BJ8 convertible. S/N HBJ8L27395. Eng. # 29KRUH1990. Ivory White/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 42,047 miles. Older repaint of largely original car exhibits numerous buffthroughs, particularly along front clip. #425-1960 DAIMLER SP250 Dart Sports convertible. S/N 100320. Light gray metallic/tan vinyl/red leather. Odo: 99,507 miles. Paintwork even with excellent panel fit. Top fits well. OSJI leather interior nicely done; interior further sports modern stereo, shortened shifter, wood sport steering wheel, and other amenities. Engine compartment appears very freshly serviced. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $44,460. Acquired by Barry Flynn nearly on track or at least at the same event as this ex-Peter Ecury FIA European Overall Historic GT Champion Morgan—albeit on this side of the pond. This is a car that is ready to go, and while race cars never return the value invested in them, there was clearly nobody here for this car at this late stage of the auction. #476-1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB51322L. Eng. # 4001277. Green/red leather. Odo: 37,236 miles. Ancient green paint over original silver gray applied not long after purchased new, now heavy with multiple cracks and peels. Original chrome and brightwork throughout. Original red leather has wonderful patina, would benefit from careful cleaning. Instrument panel very

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Bonhams Greenwich, CT Chrome, brightwork, and trim are comprehensively original throughout with light age. Interior quite possibly original and in remarkably well-preserved condition. Engine bay clean but not detailed. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $33,000. A nice driver example; some paintwork would bring it up a notch since the buff-through spots were not in original paintwork. The estimate was quite reasonable, as likely was the reserve price. Close, but not close enough to be sold. #416-1964 JAGUAR XKE Series I con- vertible. S/N 878841. Eng. # R96049. Signal Red/tan cloth/biscuit leather. Odo: 31,486 miles. Comprehensive restoration shows well inside and out. Brightwork shows very slight pitting. Convertible top lightly soiled. Interior brilliant, nothing apparent needed. Engine compartment likewise restored, correct if not Convertible top in tatters. Interior leather torn, cracked, and generally fatigued along with carpets and dash. Engine compartment exhibits signs of recent top-end work. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $46,800. Riding on newer wire wheels and tires, it’s clear that this barn find has been made at least somewhat operational. It’s complete, but there’s no escaping a comprehensive body-off restoration here, as there’s little original left that’s worth preserving. Well sold. slightly overdone. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $128,000. A fantastic presentation inside and out, this car further benefits by having a later Series I 4.2 braking system. Likely a fantastic driver as well as a JCNA or other concours contender, it’s the best of both worlds that likely could not be duplicated for the price paid. Well bought and sold. #445-1964 JAGUAR XKE Series I con- vertible. S/N 880249. Eng. # RA37229. Brown metallic/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 28,571 miles. Rough brown paint appears can- #452-1965 JAGUAR XKE coupe. S/N IE30723. Eng. # 7E28609. Light blue metallic/black leather. Odo: 74,581 miles. Older repaint presentable but quite aged; lots of older touch-ups and chips, particularly around panel edges. Chrome and brightwork original, largely presentable, and without applied. Original color appears to have been green, though Jaguar Heritage shows Opalescent Sand. Chrome and brightwork completely original and require restoration. major defect. Interior very dry and in need of TLC. Engine compartment not detailed and very honest. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $39,195. Claimed to have last been on the road in ’81 and wearing a Colorado inspection sticker to that effect, this FHC was not a strong runner in the preview. Hopefully it was just something along the lines of old gas, since anything major in the mechanicals might put the next owner underwater in a hurry. #448-1979 KOUGAR SPORTS open- wheel roadster. S/N P1B52479DN. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 15,005 miles. Light stress cracks and dimples not worrisome, finish uniformly smooth and sound. Grille and filler cap are dull, minor brightwork has good shine. Spartan interior tidy; mysterious switches on instrument panel give pause. Engine compartment tidy with evidence of recent mainte- nance. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $42,120. Owned by Road & Track editor Tony Hogg until his death in ’83, and from the mid ’80s until the ’90s by Automobile founder David E. Davis Jr. This Kougar was unusual mostly in that it was based more on an early E-type instead of the usual old dead XJ6 donor. The knockoff painted wires and 3.8 certainly confirmed this. Nicely bought but also well sold. #409-1987 JAGUAR XJ6 sedan. S/N SAJAV1349HC475393. Silver/maroon leather. Odo: 67,277 miles. Older respray marred by small flaws as well as larger dents—one in hood and one in left front fender will prove difficult to remove. Interior leather and wood have suffered from age and sun. Clear lacquer on instrument panel, and console is crazed. Engine compartment just average without many recent signs of maintenance. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $3,042. These cars are becoming hard to find in this sort of condition or better, although the best one of these is still not a particularly valuable commodity, nor is it the right machine for everyone. However, these cars are no less stylish today than when they were last sold here 25 years ago. For a driver, a good buy. 116 Sports Car Market

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Bonhams Greenwich, CT #449-1989 ASTON MARTIN V8 Vantage Volante convertible. S/N SCFCV81V4KTL15829. Eng. # V5855829LFA. Maroon/magnolia Everflex vinyl/magnolia leather. Odo: 10,795 miles. Evidence of partial refinishing, if not comprehensive repaint, particularly obvious in front clip. Finish quality uniform without major defects. Color-matched wheels with polished lips unmarked. Nice hibits slight sags, fisheye, and small scratches throughout. Chrome very presentable apart original top, interior sports light patina. Engine compartment clean with light detailing and sticker from recent service by marque specialist. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $90,000. A lovely GT from the final year of production of this model; the two major letdowns were the paintwork and the automatic transmission. With such low mileage, one wonders what this Aston had been through to merit refinishing. High bid was light but not by much. FRENCH #410-1956 FACEL VEGA FV2B coupe. S/N FV2B56106. Silver/gray steel/red leather. Odo: 79,439 miles. Slight aging to finish dates restoration but without major flaws. Chrome heavily buffed and shows marks on bumpers; brightwork presentable. Weatherstripping dry with some cracking. Interior shows fantastic, even patina; matching luggage in trunk makes from front hood spear and bumper overriders front and back. Top and interior both look fantastic and fit perfectly. Engine compartment very nicely detailed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $194,000. A big surprise—a Speedster with a non-numbers-correct engine and some blemishes to be addressed under the comprehensive restoration. Well sold. #470-1957 BMW ISETTA 300 Deluxe microcar. S/N 501617. Lime green/gray vinyl soft sunroof/gray vinyl. Odo: 32,099 miles. Comprehensive respray generally uniform, though rear body beneath luggage rack has heavier orange peel and could be wet-sanded further. Chrome and brightwork without issue. Gray soft sliding sunroof could fit better. Interior Spartan but clean and nicely detailed. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $31,590. I don’t recall having seen an Isetta in this color before, but this did not look inauthentic, and the quality of the restoration was generally without major fault. A fair price for a great piece whose restoration is only a couple of years old. for rare set of accessories. Engine compartment clean. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $110,000. A fantastic businessman’s GT from the golden age of European-American muscle, this Pont-à-Mousson 4-speed-equipped FV2B checked all the boxes. However, there were none in Bonhams’ tent who wanted to step up to its consignor’s reserve amount, so it returned home for now. GERMAN #407-1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A Speedster. S/N 80745. Eng. # 35201. Black/ black cloth/black leather. Odo: 46,786 miles. Comprehensive, just-completed restoration seems to have been done over time; finish ex- September 2012 117 #414-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 1210428500787. White/dark blue cloth/blue leather. Odo: 6,984 miles. Older restoration shows sub-surface flaws and light indications of use. Hood fits unevenly but could be adjusted. Newer convertible top fits well. Interior surprisingly original; seats have

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Bonhams Greenwich, CT Glovebox Notes 2012 Mercedes-Benz C350 coupe A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM garage. HHHHH is best. very even patina. Engine compartment tidy but not detailed, recent maintenance evident. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $54,990. Fitted with twin Weber DCOEs instead of the smaller choke Solexes, this 190SL is a much more appealing driver than most, if not a readily show-worthy car, and the catalog stated it had won some small Mercedes Club and regional events in recent memory. For this price, both buyer and seller should be pleased. #461-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 220S Price as tested: $51,485; 3.5-liter 302-hp V6 engine; rear-wheel drive; 7-speed automatic transmission; options included Sport Body Styling, Advanced Agility Package and Lighting Package. Likes: Exterior styling, including 17-inch AMG twin 5-spoke wheels. Sport-mode suspension was taut enough to inspire spirited accelerating and cornering, but not too bone-jarring that I reached to shut it off. Excellent feel and feedback both in braking and steering. Interior well laid out with controls and functions easy to use and configure. The 7-speed automatic transmission worked seamlessly, both in the regular and Sport mode. Dislikes: Fuel economy numbers of 19/28 could be better in today’s world. Fun to drive: HHHH Fun to look at: HHHH Overall experience: HHHHH Verdict: This vehicle ticked all the right boxes for me. The exterior styling might blend with certain car crowds, but there are enough touches — such as the Mars Red paint — to differentiate it from the majority. Engine performance was up to snuff as a daily driver, with enough horsepower to get you out of trouble. Definitely a car to test drive if you’re looking at BMW 3-Series or an Acura TL. — Jeff Stites WHAT’S YOUR CAR WORTH? FIND OUT AT coupe. S/N 180037. Eng. # N8506416. Black/ red leather. Odo: 89,979 km. Older black respray in poor condition, heavy with chips and touch-ups. Chrome no less impressive, brightwork generally original and pitted. Interior wood appears redone and quite nice, ample of a 911, this first-year car was a European version fully documented by a Zertifikat from Porsche also showing that it was equipped from new with a Webasto auxiliary heater, headrests, Blaupunkt Köln radio and more. Market-priced today but no doubt an astute buy for the future. although leather may be original apart from redying. Engine compartment marginal with painted aluminum cam cover and other touches. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $35,100. The catalog photos of this car were beautiful, but it showed a few needs in person. compared with how it appeared in person. Well sold for condition. #465-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 220S cabriolet. S/N 180030N8509371. Reed Green/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 85,161 miles. High-quality uniform finish, comprehensive color change from original medium blue nearly undetectable. Chrome and brightwork show light age but are uniform, without major defect. Tan top tidy. Interior highly polished cam cover and other accessories. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $52,650. Few 113s seem to escape polishing or chroming of the aluminum parts under their hoods these days, something the factory never did—although apparently that’s the ticket with collectors. The dealer- or port-installed air conditioning was period and no doubt also helped to achieve the high bid here. Right in line with values, so well bought and well sold. NOW FREE! The world’s largest collector car price guide based on over 500,000 sold transactions from . Updated weekly. www.collectorcarpricetracker.com 118 leather redyed, rear seat quite dry, wood restored, carpeting may be original. Engine compartment reflects recent mechanical attention. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $99,450. The color change has its pluses and minuses but the uniform presentation here backed up the quality of both cosmetic and mechanical work performed since the 1980 restoration. Still very presentable today; the price achieved was market-correct for a unique and desirable cabriolet. ITALIAN #402-1959 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA 101 Spider. S/N AR149510298. Light blue/dark blue hard top/blue vinyl. Odo: 75,987 miles. Rough paint with brushed-on touch-ups hides little of poor panel fit and damaged or rusted-out rocker panels. Hard top similar. Chrome and brightwork appear to have been underwater. Interior very weathered Sports Car Market #411-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304412020610. Dark green/tan cloth & green hard top/parchment leather. Odo: 97,889 miles. Recent quality restoration. Interior also redone, athough crack repair to instrument binnacle coming undone. Frigiking air conditioning tacked on but correct to vintage. Convertible top could fit better at bottom edge. Engine compartment sports #421-1965 PORSCHE 911 coupe. S/N 301763. Eng. # 901857. Light ivory/black leather. Odo: 40,859 km. Outstanding restoration without flaws inside or out. Uniform paintwork executed without defects noted. Correct black leather nicely trimmed out without being overdone. Engine compartment clean and correct. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $105,300. Without argument the purest ex

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Bonhams Greenwich, CT but generally complete. Engine compartment tatty and absent original engine, but with “period-correct” mill. Cond: 5+. NOT SOLD AT $3,000. Although offered without a reserve, the auctioneer exercised his discretion when a suitable opening bid was not offered by anyone in the room. There was some fascination with this Giulietta in the preview, but most onlookers predicted a number of long winters for this project. #423-1960 FIAT MULTIPLA 600 Taxi sedan. S/N 100108074075. Dark green & black/dark green vinyl. Odo: 19,166 km. High-quality exterior refinishing of solid example without notable defects. Chrome, brightwork and trim, including taxi items, appear original. Interior appears largely original, aging to dashboard and steering wheel make for nice patina. Engine compartment clean and exhibits recent servicing. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $39,780. Previously sold for $46,750 at RM’s out requiring comprehensive strip and refinish. Driver’s door fits poorly. Chrome appears newer, much original brightwork very presentable. Black vinyl upholstery not original. Dashboard painted unprofessionally. Engine compartment exhibits servicing but not detailed. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $55,000. Last owned by the late, prolific car broker and SCMer “Uncle Raymond” Milo. Fellow SCMer Steve Serio put a sizeable amount of work into this rare Italian GT, including new Borranis and tires, instrument restoration and other mechanical work. No doubt drives superbly, but will require much more to bring the cosmetics up to the same standard as the car’s running gear. #422-1965 FERRARI 275 GTB/6C coupe. S/N 07871. Eng. # 07871. Rosso Chiaro/chestnut leather. Odo: 64,926 miles. Older comprehensive restoration exhibits few sags to otherwise-uniform finish. Shutlines and panel fit beyond reproach. Light patina to leather and other interior trimmings, carpeting soiled. Engine compartment clean TOP 10 No. 2 partment tidy and recently serviced. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $330,000. Previously unsold at $165,000 at World Classic in Monterey in August 1993 (SCM# 15763). Imported to the U.S. in ’77 and converted not long after, this conversion was part of Rod Stewart’s collection by ’98. After, it was in a Florida collection and restored. The car was done more to taste than as a correct car, so the price realized seems to be somewhat more appropriate than at first blush. #478-1986 FERRARI TESTAROSSA and reflects recent servicing. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,244,500. Previously sold for $1,012,000 at RM’s auction in Monterey in August 2008 (SCM# 117474). Setting the record for a car sold at auction in New England, bidding rapidly exceeded the $1m mark, then settled into smaller increments from there until the hammer dropped. Well bought and sold. 2010 Monterey sale (SCM# 165631). The story behind this one helped to sell it: In 1967, a Chicago couple honeymooning in Rome needed a car when the railway shut down due to labor strikes. They bought this taxi cab and used it to complete their holiday, then brought it home, as they could not bear to discard it. Its survival owes to these unusual circumstances, as does its collector appeal. A fair deal. #466-1962 MORETTI 2500 SS coupe. S/N 114BS 112935. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 96,219 km. Heavy older finish, flaws through- #408-1971 FIAT 850 Spider. S/N 100GBS10102501. Grigio Ferro/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 79,797 miles. Decadeor-so-old restoration done to high standard relative to subject car. Reportedly not rusty save for one spot behind passenger’s door. Chrome and brightwork nice, custom Dayton ion. Engine compartment tidy, not detailed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $43,290. A time capsule with a major service less than 700 miles ago, this Testarossa was offered by its original Long Island, NY, owner, who brought it into the country when new. Books and tools were complete, and if the lifetime service history also came with the car, this was a fantastic buy at this low number. Well bought. chrome wire wheels. Top and seat covers could fit better. Engine compartment clean and remains well detailed. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $12,285. This car’s restorer happened upon it this weekend, and I was fortunate enough to meet and speak with him. Apparently, red vinyl and wire wheels were not available for the 120 AMERICAN #483-1907 STANLEY EX runabout. S/N 3595. Dark green/black vinyl/black leather. RHD. Odo: 15 miles. Gorgeous ’90s restoration stands the test of time. Light issues to brass around boiler. Paint, leather and wood Sports Car Market coupe. S/N ZFFTA17B000064545. Eng. # 00651. Rosso Corsa/black leather. Odo: 16,551 km. Stunning original Europeanspecification car—paint and body beyond reproach aside from a few light chips. Trim unmarked, original TRX tires. Interior nearperfect, though driver’s seat exhibits entry wear and overly wrinkly on the center cush- U.S. market but were in other markets, so he chose to go the extra mile on redoing this example. I expect he spoke with a few other interested parties, as this was a well-sold Spider. #451-1973 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Daytona conversion Spyder. S/N 16639. Eng. # 16639. Rosso/black cloth/red & black leather. Odo: 6,613 miles. Older restoration by marque expert shows light stress cracks around hood opening and headlamp doors. Finish otherwise uniform and generally unmarked. Chrome bumpers redone, brightwork possibly original. Interior exhibits light wear but is complete and undamaged. Engine com

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Bonhams Greenwich, CT all beyond reproach. Light wear to leather. Boiler and small fittings around have dulled for $15,210 at Westport in September 2011. (SCM# 184409). Claimed to have been given to the original owner by Henry Ford II, this base-model ’56 only came with an original non-porthole hard top. In addition to freshening up under the hood, the car received some brake, steering, suspension and exhaust work. However, a full restoration is in order, making this T-bird seem a bit expensive. #418-1965 SHELBY GT350 replica fast- look to it. Slightly well bought given the difficulty in duplicating one to this standard. #415-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- slightly. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $128,000. Shown at Pebble Beach in ’97, this fantastic Stanley EX was owned by the same family from ’24 until this year. Since that time, it has been on display in the Browning Car Museum in Ogden, UT. A great buy, and great fun should the new owner choose to use it. #467-1942 FORD GPW jeep. S/N 37594. Matte green/green cloth. Odo: 791 miles. High-quality older restoration exhibits spot touch-ups around hinges. Body not overly pitted under finish, matte quality authentic. Top older, lightly soiled and faded. Interior nice and well-accessorized. Has radio, gun mount, tools and more. Engine compartment tidy. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $37,440. Very likeable and not overdone, this had just the right vertible. S/N P6FH190753. Black/black hard top/black & white vinyl. Odo: 75,855 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Old repaint exhibits general wear. Unrestored body straight but with rust in doors, rocker panels and trunk. Interior needy, seats possibly original, carpet requires replacement. Engine compartment reflects some recent maintenance and work. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $16,380. Previously sold back. S/N 5F09C385213. Wimbledon White & blue stripes/black vinyl. Odo: 2,280 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Comprehensive restoration well preserved and presented, slight mismatch to both front fenders does not overly detract. Talbot racing mirrors a nice touch. Interior clean and well presented. Engine com- partment shows quality of work performed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $35,100. With a balanced and blueprinted 289, 4-speed and a Detroit Locker rear end with performance gearing, this would be a fine machine to take vintage racing. With a claimed cost to build this exceeding $50,000, this was quite a good deal for a nicely sorted example. © 122 Sports Car Market

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Auctions America by RM Auburn, IN Auburn Spring The specialist and I chit-chatted about the Corvette, the auction and life, but I frankly remember little of it — my attention was on that awesome car Company Auctions America by RM Date June 1–3, 2012 Location Auburn, IN Auctioneers Brent Earlywine and Mike Shackelton Automotive lots sold/offered 194/408 Sales rate 48% Sales total $4,379,070 High sale 1930 Duesenberg Model J replica Boattail Speedster, sold at $484,000 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible sold at $107,250 Report and photos by Kevin Coakley Market opinions in italics T he selection at Auburn Spring ranged from an absolutely ridiculous 1979 Cadillac Excalibur, which failed to sell at a high bid of $2,100, to the star of the show, a very well done 1930 Duesenberg Boattail Speedster re-creation, which hammered sold at $484k. In between were many solid, affordable offerings and some real bargains, such as a 1970 Ford Torino 429 Cobra, sold at $21k, and a 1969 Mercedes 280SL at just a tad over $25k. This was Auction America by RM’s second annual spring auction, and in an attempt weather seen last year, the event was pushed back by two weeks. Auburn, IN Auctions America struggled to hit the 50% mark among 408 total lots, but they continue to build their momentum in the region for this time of year. The atmosphere, professionalism and quality of consignments certainly left nothing to be desired. The highlight of my weekend was getting to drive a 1957 to avoid the nasty spin. The 283 snorted to life and purred like a kitten. 1930 Duesenberg Model J replica Boattail Speedster — $484,000 124 We left the auction park under the close scrutiny of the Indiana State Police and headed north on I-69, where the car ran out very well, then exited into downtown Auburn and made our way back south on secondary roads. Koscak and I chit-chatted about the Corvette, the auction and life, but I frankly remember little of it — all my attention was focused on driving that awesome car. ♦ Corvette with dual 4-barrels and 4-speed, thanks to AA’s new Ride & Drive program. I made my pick from a selection of five very nice, desirable cars, assuring them that I knew how to drive a stick. Bright and early Saturday morning, with the sun coming up and a damp chill in the air, I met up with car specialist Keith Koscak and took the Corvette for a top-down $2 $4 $6 $8 Sales Totals 2012 2011 2007 2006 2005 Sports Car Market Kruse Kruse Kruse AA AA

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Auctions America by RM Auburn, IN ENGLISH #746-1934 MG PA roadster. S/N PA0441. Black/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 19,340 miles. Nice black paint in need of a good wash. Very good brightwork. Jaeger gauges mounted in delaminating dashboard wood. Clean, well- $102,300. Said to be one of only 888 S models produced with the three SU carburetors, dual exhausts, wire wheels and 4-wheel discs with servo assist. The buyer got one heck of a deal on this one. Well bought. GERMAN #201-1963 PORSCHE 356B coupe. S/N 214201. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 10,550 miles. Fresh paint, nice chrome and glass. Interior shows very well with deluxe horn ring. Driver’s door closes hard. Light rust noted in rocker-panel drain hole. Engine nicely detailed, reportedly with recent tune, valve adjustment and rebuilt carb and transmission. Registered with the Porsche Club of miles. Fresh paint shows very well. New window rubbers, new interior, new wiring harness. Well-detailed engine compartment. Only thing I can knock is the canvas sunroof insert, which looks a little tired. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $12,000. A no-sale on the block at $11k and listed for $13k in the still-for-sale afterward; this deal came together later. It looked to me like a fair deal both ways, if not a bit well bought. presented engine bay. One of 1,973 examples produced, this one for police duty. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $34,100. This nice, well-presented PA sold for TC money. I’d have to call it a fair deal, slightly well bought. #564-1956 JAGUAR XK 140 roadster. S/N S812251DN. Arbor Green/biscuit leather. Odo: 169 miles. Said to be one of eight produced in this striking color. Beautiful paint and brightwork. Fresh leather interior. Well- America. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $29,700. Lack of rocker decos a worrysome sign. Inconsistent hood gaps, the door that won’t close right, and the lack of front bumper guards suggest there may be more body filler here than meets the eye. It all adds up to a car that may have troubles lurking under the shiny paint. Good enough for a low-end driver, but the cost to bring this to the next level outweighs the potential increase in value. Market correct for condition. detailed engine bay. Includes Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. The high bid was light by about $30k, considering the presentation. Seller was wise to hang on. #531-1959 JAGUAR XK 150 S roadster. S/N S831399DN. Red/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 31,468 miles. Brilliant paint and brightwork, even under the lights. Good gaps, although the driver’s door won’t close. Some water stains showing on boot cover. Beauti- Nardi wood steering wheel. Clarion stereo with speakers cut into the storage tray. Comes with two tops Cond: 3. SOLD AT $25,300. Even with the above-mentioned flaws, this was a great deal; I’ve seen these cars in much worse shape pull an equal result. At the price paid, the needs can be addressed without going upside-down. Well bought. ITALIAN fully detailed engine compartment. Equipped with 4-wheel disc brakes. Cond: 2. SOLD AT 126 #422-1971 FIAT 500L 2-dr sedan. S/N 2476400. Blue/red & white vinyl. Odo: 1,002 Sports Car Market #747-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 1304410005198. Red/black cloth soft top/red hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 91,458 miles. Paint and brightwork showing their age. Chrome wheelarch trim recently added, and one wonders what lies beneath. Rough driver-quality engine compartment. AMERICAN #513-1929 FORD MODEL A woodie wagon. S/N AA838461. Dark blue/blue cloth/blue leather. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Lots of orange peel on headlight pods; chip in grille-surround; chips and touch-ups on driver’s-side A-pillar. Wood finish starting to peel, joints loose. Sloppy fender welting. Left rear door won’t latch, messy rear side-window seals touched up with silicone. With Chevy V8, Vintage Air, tilt wheel, digital dash. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $24,000. An attractive combination of colors and materials. This should have drawn a better result, even factoring in the needs. Seller probably has at least this much invested and was wise to hang on. #773-1930 AUBURN 125 cabriolet. S/N GR27820. Pale olive green & black/dark green canvas/dark brown vinyl. Odo: 23,011 miles. Multiple award-winner including Concours Overall prize at 1978 Australian International

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Auctions America by RM Auburn, IN Veteran and Vintage Car Motor Rally. Coming off long-term ownership from the estate of Tom Lester. Older paint coming undone in spots, driver-quality brightwork. Cheesy brown 1970s vinyl naugahyde interior. Glycol leak evident at gooseneck in OK engine bay. Upgraded with a 5-speed manual transmission; no mention if the original trans is available. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $58,000. Last seen at RM’s New York sale in 2000, where it failed to sell at a high bid of $66,000 (SCM# 10664). At this result, a new interior and paint job could be had with meat left on the bone. Well bought. TOP 10 No. 7 #545-1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J replica Boattail Speedster. S/N J249. Red & black/tan cloth/ivory leather. Odo: 75 miles. Paint shows well with attractive color combination. Brightwork looks good, but micro-scratching visible in artificial light. Engine bay looks good except for evidence of coolant leak. Flawless interior with engine-turned dash and inlaid wood in the doors. Equipped with Leo Gephart/Brian Joseph-manufactured dual-carb supercharger, fault with this one. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $95,000. A very nice presentation playing in front of the wrong audience. Last seen at Mecum’s 2011 Monterey sale, where it sold for $106,000 (SCM# 184725). The quick flip didn’t work out here, but no doubt a better result is coming. The seller was wise to hang on. #469-1941 CHRYSLER ROYAL coupe. S/N 7716936. Light blue/taupe cloth. Odo: 28,582 miles. 240-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Paint looks good except for crack in fender. Brightwork is a mixed bag: chrome peeling off front marker light, minor pitting of pot-metal bits, loose fender skirts. Cracked steering wheel and glovebox, floor mat worn and torn. #591-1952 CROSLEY FIRE TRUCK hook & ladder. S/N CD402596. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 1,417 miles. 44-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. A real period creation, nicely presented today. Fresh paint presents very well, as do painted pinstripes and graphics. Spartan interior in very good shape. Nice, tidy engine bay. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $28,000. This was a nosale two weeks earlier at Mecum Indy, bid to $30,000 (SCM# 205387), which seems about right. But another one of these failed to sell at a high offer of $47,000 at the Branson auction in October 2011 (SCM# 189918), so perhaps that’s what the seller is expecting. #539-1953 BUICK SKYLARK convert- ible. S/N 17069423. Carlsbad Black/burgundy Haartz cloth/burgundy leather. Odo: 260 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good paint and panel fit. Chrome and bright bits show brilliantly. Super-clean, well-presented interior. Window rubber dried out in places and sealed with silicone around rear window. Driverquality engine detail. Wiper on driver’s seat. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $25,000. A rare car, and yes, I think it’s worth more money than this. The challenge will be to finding a room containing two people who want it. #757-1948 FORD DELUXE woodie Marshall Merkes external exhaust system, enclosed sidemount spares with mirrors, dual trumpet horns, wing windows and dual Pilot Ray driving lights that turn with steering input. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $484,000. The star of our show. Described as a “re-creation” built around an original J-249 engine. When it was created isn’t really clear, and I guess doesn’t matter when the work is this well executed. Price seems fair for the package or a bit on the well-sold side. #546-1935 CADILLAC 355D Series 10 convertible. S/N 3107456. Washington Beige/ tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 9 miles. Beautiful paint and brightwork show some minor microscratching under the lights. Interior leather and wood in equally nice condition. Not much to gaps, although right-side doors a bit loose when closed. Clean engine bay looks good except for a badly pitted chrome alternator. Exterior brightwork good and straight. Wide whitewalls could use a good scrubbing. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. A very nicely presented resto-mod, although I’d personally rather see a Ford product under the hood. I don’t blame the seller for keeping it, as it deserved a better result. 128 wagon. S/N 2038013. Dark green & wood/tan cloth/tan vinyl. Odo: 4,483 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nicely presented resto-mod, with ZZ4 Chevy V8, 700R4 automatic overdrive transmission, Mustang II front suspension by Chassis Engineering, front discs, Vintage Air and more. Nice paint. Decent wood finish and Nicely detailed engine bay. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $78,000. Bid to a no-sale $117,500 at RM’s recent Amelia Island sale in March (SCM# 197103). These are a little soft right now, but the high bid here was certainly not enough, and the owner was right to hold on. #798-1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL coupe. S/N C5601524. Black/gray & white leather. Odo: 23,775 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint looks good, except rust developing on right C-pillar. Looks like someone started to work out some orange peel and didn’t finish. Brightwork looks good. Vent glass delaminating. Grungy engine bay insulation coming undone. Interior worn beyond “pa- tina.” Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $19,000. These cars were on the leading edge of style in their day, and I believe still hold up very well. It seems they’ve taken a dip price-wise of late, and I don’t know what it would have taken to buy this car, but I agree with the owner for holding on. The price will come up; it just may take some time. Sports Car Market

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Auctions America by RM Auburn, IN #486-1957 CADILLAC ELDORADO Brougham 4-dr hard top. S/N 5770072617. Black/brushed stainless steel/black leather. Odo: 79,800 miles. 365-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Paint shows scratches and chips, brightwork pitted and scratched, stainless top needs a good brushing. Driver-quality engine compartment. With power steering, brakes, six-way front seat, antenna and windows, plus a/c, automatic trunk release, signal-seeking twinspeaker radio, Autronic Eye, Air Spring current brown brocade), but the market has turned. Price paid was below market but fair for the presentation, if not a bit of a bargain. #552-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E57S105115. White/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 43,857 miles. 283-ci 245-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. NCRS Top Flight car. Excellent paint, immaculate brightwork, good panel fit. Interior fresh with no issues except for black seatbelts. Factory tach. Rides on reproduction radials with period look. #571-1957 CHRYSLER 300C 2-dr hard top. S/N 3N571071. White/buckskin leather. Odo: 42,800 miles. 392-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Wonky panel fit all around, claimed just one repaint, shows OK. Tired brightwork has dings, dent and pits. Windshield delaminating on the bottom edge. Amateur armrest covers, cracked steering wheel. Driver-quality engine suspension, leather interior, polarized sun visors, and cruise control. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $41,800. Last seen at Kruse Auctions in 2007, where it was a no-sale at $75k in condition 4- (SCM# 43916). The seller made some improvements since then (our reporter that time overheard comments suggesting that a leather interior would suit the car better than its then- Nicely detailed engine compartment. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $73,000. I was invited by the good folks at Auctions America by RM to take this car for a drive—an offer I couldn’t refuse—and the car performed every bit as well as it looked. I don’t blame the owner for holding out, but the vanilla mono paint scheme might be holding it back. compartment. With power steering, brakes and windows. A very desirable car with many needs. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $34,000. The really good ones pull strong money, but the price offered here looked fair for condition. That said, the current owner could bring it up a few notches without much additional investment. #541-1958 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. S/N 58E008323. Blue metallic/blue cloth/blue leather. Odo: 37,080 miles. 365-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice fresh paint, although the metal flake looks too big to be original. Pitted pot metal. Driver’s door closes hard, loose-fitting convertible top. Driver- quality interior and engine detail. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $107,250. Reported a no-sale at Mecum’s St. Charles sale in September 2011, bid to $85k. The owner was wise to hang on, and nine months later his price improved by $20k. Well sold. #466-1959 DESOTO FIRESWEEP con- vertible. S/N M412110715. White/blue vinyl & cloth. Odo: 98,938 miles. 361-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. OK paint shows a chip on hood edge and some overspray on undercarriage. Decent gaps, although hood is tight (causing the 130 Sports Car Market

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Auctions America by RM Auburn, IN aforementioned chip). Brightwork OK but thinning chrome on front bumper. Engine bay looks nice and tidy. Original interior holding up well, with some yellowing from age. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $36,300. Previously a no-sale at Mecum’s Kansas City sale in December 2011, bid to $50k (SCM# 190188), and then again at Mecum Indy just two weeks ago at a $42k high bid (SCM# 205396). Well bought today. #188-1959 FORD F-100 pickup. S/N F10D6G17287. Light green & simulated patina/mexican blanket. Odo: 3,500 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Light green paint with faux surface rust and rub-through on a solid body. Hood fits poorly. Chrome peeling on rear bumper; front looks good. New windshield and side glass with fresh rubber and felt seals, Halibrand-style American Racing alloy wheels. Updated with front disc brakes, IFS #616-1962 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. S/N 21847S249859. Black/red vinyl & cloth. Odo: 14,034 miles. 409-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Very good black paint. Nice brightwork looks like a mix of old and new. Decent panel fit, but hood high in rear. Nice interior. Engine sports a chrome air cleaner and shows well except for evidence of coolant leak at intake manifold. No power brakes or Pocket Price Guide. Better presentation here will help immensely. BEST BUY steering. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $27,500. This car was a $42,000 no-sale in January at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction (SCM# 200030), a $42,500 no-sale at Mecum Indy in May (SCM# 200030) and was listed for $50k in the post-block lot when it failed to sell today. I agree this high bid wasn’t enough, but $50k seems pretty optimistic considering the needs and the emerging pattern. and new wiring harness. Cooler in bed contains fuel cell. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,050. Initially a no-sale on Friday, but a deal came together post-block. The vague claim of being built by a mechanic of NASCAR racer Carl Edwards may not have moved bidders, but this truck had the right look, stance and updates. Trucks are on the upswing, and the buyer got a nice piece for not a lot of money. #171-1959 NASH METROPOLITAN convertible. S/N E62333. Yellow & white/white cloth/yellow & white vinyl. Odo: 45,343 miles. 91-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Four-yearold restoration holding up well in appealing colors. Paint shows some minor bubbles and a crack on right front fender. Tweety Bird good. Carpet coming apart on driver’s side. Clean engine bay with some paint peeling on the firewall. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $30,000. With the wheelbase cut down by 22 inches, this had a bit of a “clown car” look. That said, it is a rare and desirable car, and I don’t blame the owner for holding out. Even the $40k it was listed for in the still-for-sale lot seemed a very reasonable price. #461-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE painted on Continental kit. Brightwork looks good. Good panel fit. Small rip in convertible top. Driver-quality engine bay with chrome alternator. Exhaust tip sticks out way too far. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,950. I could do without the Tweety Bird Continental kit, but this was otherwise a nice presentation. Market-correct result. 132 coupe. S/N 194378S426717. Blue/blue leather. Odo: 45,000 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint looks fresh, but it’s hard to tell because it really needs a bath. Rear bumper missing a bolt. Antenna is missing. Equipped with power brakes, power windows, T-tops, Rally wheels with fresh tires, and factory AM/FM radio with four speakers. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $22,000. These C3 Corvettes are on a bit of an upward trend, valued at $25k–$50k in the most recent SCM wheel and Stewart Warner guages. Powered by an unidentified Ford lump residing in a grubby engine compartment. Includes fiberglass parade boot. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $23,500. Not a kit car but a factory-built replica. Put a $5k paint job and engine compartment detail on it, and there might be an opportunity to turn a couple bucks on it. © Sports Car Market #524-1962 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL Derham prototype coupe. S/N 2Y82H4011304. Champagne/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 57,577 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Lone known surviving example of two prototypes built by Derham. Nice paint except for some cracking on right rear quarter-panel. Good panel fit. Bright bits and glass look #449-1970 FORD TORINO Cobra 2-dr hard top. S/N OA38N108941. Gold & black/brown vinyl. Odo: 62,509 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint looks good, with some minor scratches, chips and touch-ups. Wears matte-black shaker hood and laser stripe. Hood and driver’s door fit off a bit. Pitted window trim, glass shows some sand-blast rash. Tidy interior. Clean engine bay. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $21,000. Offered at no reserve, and I wonder if the seller had any regrets. This car could have sold for $10k more and I still would have thought it an extremely good deal. Very well bought. #452-1980 AUBURN 851 replica Boattail Speedster. S/N DMV77287CA. Pink, blue & white/black cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 11,527 miles. Unappealing tri-tone paint in bad shape, showing overspray and touch-ups. Flame pinstripe sticker running down the beltline. Chrome coming off the headlight pods. Interior looks OK, sporting Nardi steering

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VanDerBrink Auctions Bismarck, ND The Mariner Collection Today, one needed to beat the $275 scrap bid to buy a car; $300 for a truck Company VanDerBrink Auctions Date June 16, 2012 Location Bismarck, ND Auctioneers Yvette VanDerBrink, Dale Pavlis, Aaron Williamson Automotive lots sold/offered 253/260 Sales rate 97% Sales total $523,075 High sale 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 coupe, sold at $40,000 Buyer’s premium No buyers’ premium charged Oh, yeah, there are a few projects in there Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics L 134 ongtime collector Art Mariner is alive and well, but when he decided to clean house, he called Yvette VanDerBrink. It was the perfect day for a VanDerBrink auction out on the vast, wind-swept North Dakota prairie. Finding something of interest was easily done, with most post-war domestic manufacturers represented. While the majority of the vehicles were projects, there was also a selection of better cars ranging from daily drivers to low-mileage originals. More than one-third of the collection was trucks— most of them ton-and-a-half and larger. Not that it’s difficult to locate one around these parts, as come September, pretty much every field, farmyard and section road will have a massive old rig helping to haul home the harvest. Considering the number of old farm trucks per capita, I think a more appropriate nickname for the “Peace Garden State” would be the “Grain Truck State.” Yvette is undeniably the best auctioneer of all the Bismarck, ND national collector-car auction companies for selling dead cars. A car nut raised in the salvage industry, she appreciates the timeless conflict of keeping an old hulk for parts versus getting money for it across the salvage scale. For dead cars at auction, she sets an opening bid based on what the local salvage yard has offered in advance: Today, one needed to beat the $275 scrap bid to buy a car; $300 for a truck. The seller is guaranteed a fair-market minimum, while enthusiasts get the chance to “save” a car or truck. Starting at 10 a.m. with collectible signs and 20 engines on pallets, the team moved along smartly through the cars and was all done by 3:40 p.m. My only complaint would be as an advocate for the online bidders. While the cars were listed in a logical order online, they were not parked in the same sequence. As the auction proceeded up and down the rows, online buyers had no way to know when a given car would be crossing the block. This was especially true of the higher-end cars, as they were the last lots on the run sheet — but they were the first ones to be sold. The top sale of the day was a 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 coupe, declared sold when it reached the $40,000 reserve. I always enjoy a Yvette VanDerBrink auction, dead cars and all. She and her crew put on an enjoyable event that moves right along — and brings home strong selling prices to boot. Besides, how can you not like an auction company that usually doesn’t charge a buyer’s fee? While this sale may not be typical SCM fare, we think it’s important for our readers to stay abreast of all facets of the collector car market — including project cars in the Grain Truck State. ♦ Sports Car Market

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VanDerBrink Auctions Bismarck, ND ENGLISH #654-1958 FORD ANGLIA 2-dr sedan. S/N N/A. White/red, white & brown vinyl. Odo: 4,527 miles. Hood stuck closed, unable to note visible serial number. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Coated in gray primer, with bodywork in places. All trim dinged in one way or another. Front turn signals both gone, rears heavily Generally stock-looking motor. No door panels, no carpet, most seat upholstery and stuffing is gone, rear seating was used as a trash receptacle. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $425. If you wonder where all those fakey-doo MG TDs and wannabe Bugattis start from, here is your answer. Not much else good could come from this. faded. Heavily fogged and delaminating windshield. Multiple apparent half-hearted attempts at seat upholstery, with materials piled in backseat. Nylon rope door pulls. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $1,050. I must have spent 20 minutes trying to get the hood jimmied open, to no avail. I can all but guarantee that this will become some sort of Pro-Street gasser. #9000-1979 TRIUMPH TR7 convertible. S/N TCT110619UCF. Brown/black vinyl/red & black plaid cloth. Odo: 22,407 miles. Moderately faded original paint, showing sticker residue from at least two past dealers. Old non-stock pinstriping. Fading and shrinking top, with a couple of small tears on C-pillars. Older seat redo in plain red with AMERICAN #721-1937 GMC T-16B grain truck. S/N 26374. Green & black/brown vinyl. Odo: 44,706 miles. 213-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Older topical restoration, left out for some time. Decent exterior repaint, including original wood-grain box; lots of overspray on cab floor. Ding on hood and fender is rusty. Speedometer needle broken off and lying at bottom of gauge. Heavily delaminating wind- side. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $1,600. About a decade ago, this was the the street rod crowd’s body du jour. Today, they are more soughtafter by stock purists, as pre-1950 fastbacks of all stripes—especially ones with chrome on the fenders—are finally getting some respect in the market. Either way, a car worthy of a second chance and worth the money spent. black bolsters rather than the original plaid on door panels. Very dirty carpeting. Period Audiovox tape deck. Glasspack muffler, secured with baling wire. Reportedly turns over but “will need a little carb work” to run. Cond: 5+. NOT SOLD AT $475. Very much out of place among all this dead Detroit iron, and online bidders likely didn’t get a chance at it, with it running so far out of order. GERMAN #559-1960 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2-dr sedan. S/N 115823046. Light blue/gray vinyl. Odo: 23,108 miles. Old desert car, with cut fenders and no rear valance. Rusty rear quarter-panels. Improvised front bumperettes. Rusted, crudely mounted fog lamp on hood. 136 over the years. All tires holding air. With optional overdrive transmission and Cormorant hood ornament. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $1,000. This one was actually very restorable, but as a four-door sedan, the work could not be done Sports Car Market shield. Reupholstered seats holding up well. Engine looks OK. Old, balding mix-and-match tires. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $2,100. Pre-war Chevy trucks are getting harder to find, and Jimmys are nearly extinct—especially the tonand-a-half and larger variety. Not as nice as some folks suggested, but still should easily revive. Well bought. #512-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 62 coupe. S/N 8364983. Green, primer gray & blue/gray cloth. Odo: 5,394 miles. 346-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Originally green, long ago re- #507-1951 PACKARD 300 sedan. S/N 247212407. Green metallic/gray cloth. Odo: 66,023 miles. 327-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Last licensed in 1972. Much original paint still there, but with heavy fading and surface rust on the roof and hood. All chrome lightly rusted, but good cores could be replated. Minimal tears on original interior, but heavily water-stained and will likely have to be replaced, rather than cleaned. Various aftermarket gauges added painted blue over gray primer. All three colors visible on most panels due to weather. All trim in place but will need replating. All interior plastic is shot, especially steering wheel. There’s enough of the seat and door panels left to use as a guide for reupholstery. Complete under the hood except for the air cleaner. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $3,000. The only AACA Full Classic of the sale and would actually be worth resurrecting—even for what was paid here. However, if you wanted to build one very cool street rod, you couldn’t be blamed at all. Either would be better than letting it become crusher fodder. #544-1947 CHEVROLET FLEETLINE Aero 2-dr sedan. S/N J9922. Light blue/beige cloth. Odo: 5,774 miles. 216-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Paint mostly peeled off with heavy surface rust. Taillights sun-baked almost white. Several chrome fender stripes missing. Heavy driver’s door sag. Most glass delaminating. Interior complete but trashed from being out

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VanDerBrink Auctions Bismarck, ND without going underwater. For a labor of love, however, price seemed fair. #769-1954 FORD CUSTOMLINE 4-dr sedan. S/N A4PG138297. Blue metallic & white/blue & gray vinyl. Odo: 77,026 miles. 223-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Older repaint comes off as original until you see overspray on the door jamb fixtures. Heavier paint chipping on headlight rings. Mostly good original brightwork. Fender bottoms are getting a little soft, which have been $600 worth of parts here. Although certainly not $600 worth of truck. #518-1958 PACKARD 58L 2-dr hard top. S/N 58L8081. Light peach/gray cloth & beige vinyl. Odo: 79,624 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Last registered 1966. Very dull sunbaked paint, but most of it is there. Rusty rocker panels and door pillars. All trim intact and mostly salvageable. Crusty interior, carpet also happens to describe the brakes. Westernmotif burlap seat cover on front bench covers duct-taped seam splits, but rear seat and all door panels look pristine. Runs out well. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $3,800. Not worth restoring, but with functional brakes and new tires, it’ll be turn-key ready to toodle around in and enjoy 58 years of patina and 24 mpg economy. #736-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR con- vertible. S/N N/A. White & aqua. Odo: 1,999 miles. Body mounted on an ad-hoc chassis to make it mobile, with temporary bracing tackwelded to the interior. No front clip, glass, or top mechanism. No powertrain. All trim removed except door handles. Rust-out in lower missing. Dusty rag in place of air cleaner. Factory fiberglass hood. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $2,300. As the polar opposite to the only other one I’ve seen at auction (sold for $60,480 at Silver’s Ft. McDowell sale in in 2011, SCM# 168696), this would be quite a challenge to restore. A donor car, more likely. #519-1958 STUDEBAKER COMMANDER 2-dr hard top. S/N 8477986. Copper & white/beige cloth & vinyl. Odo: 40,648 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Original paint weathered to flat finish with plenty of surface rust. Structural rust noted where tailfins join body, but fender-bottoms are solid. Left rocker rotted out and dented. Retains all of original brightwork, still good as fenders and floorboards, but will be repairable with commonly available panels. Has original dashboard with speedometer pod. Cond: 6. NOT SOLD AT $8,750. This pile of parts didn’t have a VIN, but it did have wheels, so it could at least be winched onto a trailer without too much inconvenience. High bid should have been enough to buy it. #702-1955 FORD F-100 Custom Cab pickup. S/N F10V5P19866. Blue/no interior. Odo: 99,999 miles. 460-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Rather solid cab and fenders, with light dents in the latter. Driver’s door in cab where bench seat used to be; most floor access panels are gone. Cargo box sitting on frame (not mounted); frame sitting on rear axle (not mounted). Ford 460-ci V8 with C6 automatic transmission sitting there (not mounted). Cond: 6. SOLD AT $625. Essentially a pile of truck pieces and a title. There may very well 138 replating cores. Tattered interior with 1970s Pabst Bock beer can on front seat. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $550. Leave it to Studebaker to even rust out in a manner unlike anyone else— it’s not often you see tailfins rust out. Pretty much $550 worth of trim that you know is destined for somebody’s project car. #766-1959 FORD GALAXIE 500 Skyliner retractable hard top. S/N B9KW127042. Black & red/red retractable hard Speed Minder and Tri-Power, with just the center carburetor installed, and blanking plates over the ports. Other two carbs are in the trunk. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $9,250. Back in the day, it was not uncommon to see this trick used on gas hogs like Pontiac Tri-Power or Olds J2 cars. The best bet with this one is a complete restoration, but that won’t be costeffective at the price paid. #754-1959 RAMBLER REBEL Custom Cross Country wagon. S/N W132919. Aqua metallic & white/aqua & white vinyl. Odo: 86,778 miles. 231-ci V6, 2-bbl, auto. Repowered by a Buick V6 with TH250 automatic transmission. Older average color-change repaint (from red) peeling in door jambs. Light overspray on Ford floor-mounted shifter quadrant (part of the powertrain swap). Plain but good workmanship on the seat reskin. Sports Car Market exterior brightwork mounted is the bumpers and headlight trim. New repro seat upholstery, but bare doors. Dash is installed, but most electrical switches are dangling. Runs out well, and the top goes up and down. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $18,000. Most of the heavy lifting was already done, but projects often stall when they get to this “fit and fiddle” stage. (Believe me, I know all too well.) Hopefully this strong sale means the new owner will get it finished right away. #757-1959 PONTIAC CATALINA 2-dr hard top. S/N 159K17611. Fawn metallic/ gray & beige cloth & vinyl. Odo: 12,025 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Faded and baked repaint over a patch-and-fill job on the lower quarters. Bondo coming off in slabs around wheelwell. Serviceable original brightwork. Water damage on door panels and carpeting. Factory power steering and brakes, top/black, white & red vinyl & nylon. Odo: 12,974 miles. 352-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Originally solid Raven Black with a 332-ci V8. Restoration in progress, with most mechanical and paint work done. Trunk well not yet painted, showing that rather a lot of an aqua-colored car was used to resurrect the top mechanism here. Glass not installed. Only

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VanDerBrink Auctions Bismarck, ND Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $4,400. This reportedly got its powertrain from a 1984 Malibu, but there was no Malibu in 1984. The rest of the car seemed about as well thought-out. Find another AMC inline-6, or just sell it to someone who doesn’t care. #741-1961 INTERNATIONAL R-190 fire truck. S/N FA73983G. Red/brown vinyl. Odo: 17,600 miles. 450-ci I6, 2-bbl, 5-sp. Combination pumper with on-board 750-gallon water tank, retired from service three years ago. Repainted at least twice since new to better-than-a-tractor standard. Complete except for fender-mounted siren and radio transmitter. Runs out quite well. Seats appear to either be excellent originals or, more likely, older reskins. Greasy but well maintained underhood. Good tread on likely original tires. Equipped with one of the rarest options on a period seats, broken door armrests, dirty carpet. Optional 102-hp motor, 4-speed, tinted glass, push-button radio. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $375. It actually wouldn’t take much to get this running again. My garage has a spare 102, several transmissions, and enough N.O.S. and modern brake components to do the whole thing, but I’ve taken in enough as strays over the years. Now it’s someone else’s turn. Cheap starting price. #534-1963 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. S/N 31847J264203. Azure Blue/aqua vinyl. Odo: 53,638 miles. No powertrain, originally a 230-ci six with 3-sp manual trans. While heavily surface rusted, very little is structural. Dark blue replacement drivers’ door from a long time ago. Maroon vinyl seats and console, a/c, power windows, tilt steering column, and AM/FM radio. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $6,750. The fact that this needed a major cleanup didn’t stop at least two people from appreciating the rarity of a 98 with bucket seats and a console. They chased it a long ways—big bucks for the shape it was in. #599-1965 PONTIAC CATALINA 2+2 bench seat from donor car totally deteriorated. Non-stock steering wheel wired in place to steer while towing, with stock wheel on the ground. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $2,400. Nobody— and I mean nobody—is going to put a 6-banger back into this solid body. Can you say “numbers-matching 409 car in the making”? #557-1963 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- heavy-duty IH: power steering. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $1,500. On one hand, I was keen on this as a dirt-cheap car hauler, and I wouldn’t even need a C.D.L. On the other hand, the preservationist in me would have a hard time tearing off the functional fire apparatus. Finally realizing what a long, slow 450-mile trip home it would be, with a very thirsty Red Diamond gas engine and nowhere to park it anyway, was all that kept me from bidding. #563-1963 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza coupe. S/N 30927W296316. White/black vinyl. Odo: 82,321 miles. 145-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Chalky original paint, rust starting in usual spots over the headlights, base of roof, bottom of fenders and rear wheelwells. Good front bumper, banged-up rear, mostly serviceable trim. Baked and torn vertible. S/N 3Y832143027. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 67,372 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older color-change repaint from Champagne. Stored outside with the top down. No powertrain. Some patching and mud filler evident in rear quarters, dents on most body panels. Missing rear quarter-panel trim and mirror, but rest of brightwork otherwise still in place. need a full re-do. Parts bin backseat. Optional 4-speed, eight-lug wheels, power steering and brakes, automatic headlight dimmer, and tach. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $2,300. One of two ’65 2+2s here. Whatever premium the 4-speed and eight-lug wheels might once have commanded was nullified by the car’s “Frankenstein” state (as the buyer of the other car put it). Probably most valuable as a parts source. #533-1966 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. S/N 168376J141100. Aqua metallic/aqua vinyl. Odo: 38,185 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Resprayed multiple times. Rusty rockers and rear quarter-panels. Silicon reseal of front and rear window trim. Missing grille. Both bumpers pushed in. Very dirty Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $1,000. If this had been a hard top, it would’ve become Chinese rebar years ago. It could be saved, but with the retracting top, this project is best suited for those who know the system well and have the deep pockets to make it all work. #742-1964 OLDSMOBILE 98 2-dr hard top. S/N 894M005803. White/black nylon & vinyl. Odo: 936 miles. 394-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older presentable repaint and bumper rechrome. Good original trim. Dry-rotted seals make the doors rattle a bit. Musty interior, 140 engine bay and interior, as car has been sitting outside for quite some time. Wears newer ND Sports Car Market 2-dr hard top. S/N 252375X146827. Dark blue metallic/parchment vinyl. Odo: 5,080 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Later-era 400-ci V8 under the hood, lots of swapped parts. Well baked paint has mostly weathered to surface rust. Spotlight bolted onto front fender. Mangled bumpers. Crusty quarter- and rockerpanels, bad floors. Weathered interior will with heavy wear on seating surfaces. Black duct tape on arm rests. Very dingy under the hood, but runs out OK. With optional bucket

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VanDerBrink Auctions Bismarck, ND collector license plates. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $1,300. A little more realistic than the $3,700 paid for Lot 526, a ’65 Impala SS—but then again, this wasn’t a 4-speed convertible like that one. At least the patch panels are readily available and it’s got a recent title. #520-1967 AMC MARLIN fastback. S/N W018498. Gold/green vinyl. Odo: 87,157 miles. 232-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Very solid body under faded original paint. Hood pins made of bungee-cord hooks. Usable original brightwork. Older low-buck interior redo; peeling out seat bottoms, crusty carpet, horn button missing. Rest of interior salvageable. No air cleaner or belt on a/c compressor. Optional power brakes and steering, Tic-Toc-Tach. Crud in gas tank, but runs, thanks to fendermounted auxiliary gas tank. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $13,250. In the real world, this running restoration project wouldn’t cross into fivedigit pricing, but Yvette worked her magic out on the Bakken Oil Patch, and the bids kept coming. Very well sold. #541-1970 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS Supreme XS 2-dr hard top. S/N 342570Z164949. Dark green metallic/black vinyl/green vinyl. Odo: 10,690 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Minimal body rust, mostly in bottoms of fenders. Dull, heavily weathered original paint and roof vinyl. Round hole cut into the hood to accommodate tall aftermarket air cleaner, with pinch-weld molding along the shag carpet stuck onto door panels, blue replacement seats splitting. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $800. Not the easiest or most profitable choice for a restoration, but possible. Can’t complain about the price, although it’s only the first check of many. #767-1969 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. S/N 164479J195967. Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 43,209 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Miles claimed actual. Betterquality repaint, with original dealer’s tag reattached with sheet-metal screws. Mostly good edge. Broken grille segments, and very difficult to open hood. Several non-stock liberties taken under it. Chewed-up seat upholstery, but rest of interior is worth salvaging. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $1,900. If you thought Olds muscle cars were sleepers, the XS was even deeper under cover: a 442 hiding in Granny’s Cutlass Supreme. This one was definitely worth resurrecting and shouldn’t be all that difficult. Well bought. #577-1971 CHEVROLET C-10 Custom original brightwork, bumpers replated. Redyed dashboard, newer repro seats and carpet. Lots of aftermarket chrome bits under the hood. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $6,400. I believed the original-miles claim, but even if you didn’t, this was still well bought. It wouldn’t take a whole lot to make $2k–$3k on this. #509-1970 DODGE CHARGER SE 2-dr hard top. S/N XP29N0G135521. Dark green metallic/black vinyl/green vinyl. Odo: 937 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Well-baked original paint and vinyl roof. Replacement hood in red, but rest of paint and bodywork is original. Gaping hole where radio used to be, blown- pickup. S/N CE141J611391. Aqua/aqua vinyl. Odo: 18,686 miles. 307-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Last licensed in 2005. Faded original paint worn though on fender tops. Pushed in on left front; grille missing. Cargo box floor is not rotted out. Amateur seat re-covering is presentable and functional, albeit dusty. Set of original wheelcovers sitting in passenger’s footwell. Heavily cracked steering wheel and dashpad. Very basic equipment, including ra- could part it out and make your money back quick, but I think this truck deserves to live. It could be a worker bee for under $2k if the engine isn’t shot, or a good base for a restoration or resto-mod creation. #508-1972 DODGE CHARGER SE 2-dr hard top. S/N WP29G82A133234. Red/white vinyl/blue & orange cloth. Odo: 58,187 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Old, sloppy, poorly prepped repaint (originally gold), now peeling heavily. Has sat for quite some time, with moss growing on roof vinyl. Dusty motor, and with a fresh battery, will light off on ether shots. Dusty old fuzzy cloth reupholstery (instead of original gold vinyl) clashes with the moldy and cracked dashboard and center console. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $3,900. Even with minimal rust, this was at best the basis for someone’s Hemi clone project. It looks like the price of admission for project muscle cars is moving up. #728-1975 CHEVROLET CAPRICE Classic convertible. S/N 1N67U5S143010. Black/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 25,600 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed generally original with actual miles showing. Original dealer’s decal still on trunk lid. Several light dings on the front fenders. 2009 Route 66 Tour decal on windshield. Top nice. Light seat and carpet wear. Aftermarket compass on dash. Topical engine bay cleanup. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $12,750. 1975 was supposed to be the last year for Chevy drop-tops, until the 1986 Corvette was released. Many were bought and preserved as instant collectibles, so finding a low-miler like this isn’t difficult, but at the price paid, this was bought well enough. dio-delete plate. Hasn’t run in at least a year, and no attempt made to start it. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $500. Worst-case scenario, you 142 #753-1975 GMC SIERRA CLASSIC 15 Gentleman Jim edition pickup. S/N TCY145S505043. Black & gold/brown vinyl. Odo: 64,542 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Cosmetically redone in past year or two. Decent trim-off repaint and repainted gold accents. Box side graphics were redone, original hood stripes were not. New reproduction seats, carpet, dashpad; re-dyed door panels Sports Car Market

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VanDerBrink Auctions Bismarck, ND and console. Components for a tonneau cover are sitting on the brush-painted bedliner box floor. With optional 350 V8, a/c, power steering and brakes. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $4,500. The Gentleman Jim was a regional trim package available in the Midwest, which gilded the lily of the top-of-the-line Sierra Classic with gold accent grille and wheels, bucket seats with center console, plus unique box side graphics and floor mats. While somewhat rare in the 21st century, there were two of them here, this one in far better condition. Not a professional restoration, but considering the surging demand for vintage pickups, it was well bought at the price. #749-1977 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO Classic pickup. S/N 1D80L7Z485918. White & blue metallic/light blue vinyl. Odo: 68,481 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good repaint, including the virtually ding-free cargo box floor. Good brightwork. Wider-than-stock wheels and 1980s GM tape deck. Tidy original upholstery. Originally had a 350 under the hood, now a Mr. Goodwrench 454, with bigblock radiator support. New big-bore exhaust system still shiny. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,500. Somewhere not far from Bismarck, a late-model 2-ton Chevy grain truck is missing its big-block engine. I think this had at least one part from every year of production of this bodystyle, dating from 1973 through 1977. Rather strong price. #756-1978 MERCURY MARQUIS 4-dr hard top. S/N 8Z62S519788. Light yellow/ light yellow vinyl/brown nylon. Odo: 1,153 miles. 400-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Block heater cord poking out from grille. Well-cared-for original paint and brightwork. Parking guide rod attached to end of the right front bumper. Heavier discoloration on driver’s door armrest and edge of seat. Moderate carpet wear, mis- ing anywhere. No dust on undercarriage. Tires barely dirty. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $40,000. The reserve was met at $40k, for the top sale of the day. With no buyer’s premium (as the winning bidder was on site), selling price looks about right. © matched floor mats. Headlight doors will pop open within a half-hour of the car running, so there’s a vacuum leak to hunt for. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $950. Some folks speculated that the miles could be actual, but I’ve been around enough of these late ’70s FoMoCo sleds to know that well-cared-for grandpamobiles can easily hide one trip around the odo, as here. Still, damn cheap transportation on a per-pound basis, with room to double your money. I was tempted. #726-2011 DODGE CHALLENGER SRT8 coupe. S/N 2B3CJ7DJ2BH596296. SubLime Metallic/black leather. Odo: 65 miles. 6.4-L fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Limitededition paint with rally stripes. Purchased new by the seller and never used. As such, in showroom condition—if not better. No wear or soil- 144 Sports Car Market

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Roundup Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report Highlights from H&H Buxton, MidAmerica Twin Cities and Silver Coeur d’Alene The Pavilion Gardens ENGLISH #45-1929 ROVER 10/25 Riviera Saloon Weymann sedan. S/N 60944. Black/red leather & tartan cloth. RHD. Odo: 18,878 miles. Body excellent with very good Weymann-style vinyl skin, rollback top still operational, very bright new leather, and red tartan trim. Hood and fenders are shiny. Charming period Shell petrol can. Engine 1968 Aston Martin DB6 coupe — $108,960 Company: H&H Location: Buxton, U.K. Date: May 24, 2012 Auctioneer: Richard Madeley Automotive lots sold/offered: 44/79 Sales rate: 56% 26th Annual Twin Cities Spring Classic Auction Sales total: $930,513 High sale: 1937 Alvis Speed 25 SB tourer, sold at $147,495 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices $1=£0.64 Report and photographs by Paul Hardiman Coeur d’Alene 2012 clean and tidy, no leaks, said to run slightly later 4-speed transmission instead of original 3-speed. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $14,925. Sold slightly under lower estimate, as were many of the cars at this sale. Vintage eligibility keeps the price up here, but there’s not a great deal you can do with it except enjoy it slowly. H&H Auctions, Buxton, U.K., 05/12. #21-1937 ALVIS SPEED 25 SB tourer. S/N 13677. Silver/blue cloth/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 7,792 miles. Star of the show. Very attractive and in nice order, having been bodied in Vanden Plas style in mid ’90s. Originally a Charlesworth Speed Saloon, then chopped into open four-seater style for racing 1962 Chevrolet Corvette convertible — $43,603 Company: MidAmerica Auctions Location: St. Paul, MN Date: April 28, 2012 Auctioneers: Dave Talberg, Todd Fiskness Automotive lots sold/offered: 81/167 Sales rate: 49% Sale total: $597,381 High sale: 1962 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, sold at $43,195 Buyer’s premium: 7%, included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson 146 1951 Willys Jeepster convertible — $8,640 Company: Silver Auctions Location: Coeur d’Alene, ID Date: June 16, 2012 Auctioneers: Mitch Silver, Matt Backs, Bob Graham Automotive lots sold/offered: 44/98 Sales rate: 45% Sales total: $440,046 High sale: 1991 Jeep Wrangler custom, sold at $32,400 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Jack Tockston in mid ’60s. Good paint, lightly creased leather, nice dash and instruments; leak-free motor tidy rather than concours. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $147,495. Sold within estimate range and about right considering that an almost-finished Speed 25 restoration sold for $100k in the weeks afterwards. H&H Auctions, Buxton, U.K., 05/12. #27-1939 BSA SCOUT Series 6 roadster. S/N E2118. Green/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 1,151 miles. Scout looks traditional Brit but front-wheel-drive, with transmission in front of motor and unorthodox gear linkage that works. Good all-around condition following restoration in 2000 and fewer than 1,100 miles since. Dash has proper dull finish. Kenlowe electric fan points to fact that it’s actually Sports Car Market

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Roundup used. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $15,803. Are there any of these in the U.S.? There have been a few at U.K. auctions in the past months, probably all from the same source. Provisional bid accepted before end of sale, probably wisely as it wasn’t far under bottom estimate. H&H Auctions, Buxton, U.K., 05/12. #28-1939 DAIMLER DB18 sedan. S/N 46911. Maroon & black/red leather. RHD. Odo: 20,004 miles. Nicely restored with straight body, good paint, save for a few small cracks, and excellent chrome with modern headlights inside originals. Very supple original red leather, though some timber thickly relaquered. Shiny and polished motor not orig- chrome door handles and external trunk hinges. Interior looks recently redone, now with Datsun steering wheel and custom aluminum gauge panel in dash center that looks homemade and functional. Datsun 4-cylinder engine of unknown origin and displacement with automatic assumed to be from same donor vehicle. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,616. This was a cute little sedan with a roomy engine bay that I thought was just begging for a Chevy Small-Block conversion. As found, the Datsun drivetrain was functional, and probably offered good gas mileage. It sold for just under average market value to satisfy both buyer and seller. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/12. #39-1951 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER DAWN sedan. S/N SFC92. Gray/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 61,211 miles. Good straight body and good panel fit, front fenders recently repainted. Most brightwork good, though door handles are a little microblistered. Lovely finish to timber—not too shiny, and leather stack up for restoration, even though only 18 are believed to exist worldwide and it sold more than twice over its top estimate. H&H Auctions, Buxton, U.K., 05/12. #122-1954 MG TF roadster. S/N 3842. Red/black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 16,369 miles. Restored a few years ago, still very presentable. Light polishing scratches on paint, but has a good sheen. Heavily worn leather. Rear main seal is marking its territory. Wears period luggage rack, headlight screens, and light bar with fog and driving lamps, plus modern plexiglass vent window wings. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $18,000. This looked reliable enough for running to and from your local show-and-shine, but I’d seek a second opinion before attempting, say, the Colorado Grand. Seller was reportedly looking for $22k, which seemed a little ambitious. MidAmerica, St. Paul, MN, 04/12. inal but right type (just one number away), with engine it left factory with available on separate deal. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $16,242. Sold well under estimate, maybe because these aren’t quite as fashionable as some others. Like a P3 Rover of the period, charming transport for pottering to car shows and the like while you figure out the preselector gearbox. Well bought for condition. H&H Auctions, Buxton, U.K., 05/12. #11-1950 HILLMAN MINX sedan. S/N 080559. Red/tan vinyl. Odo: 75 miles. Economy red paint shines. New chrome bumpers, good glass and panel fit, original steel wheels in body color. Rust-free. Pitting on nicely burnished. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $36,874. First 20 years in Africa help explain rust-free condition, by which time it had become a cherished item and not just an old banger, as was the fate of so many of these badge-engineered Bentley Mk VIs. Given its super condition, well bought. H&H Auctions, Buxton, U.K., 05/12. #65-1953 HUMBER PULLMAN Mk IV limousine. S/N A9200224HLO. Black/beige & black leather. RHD. Odo: 5,294 miles. Reasonably straight but paint flaking, chrome bubbling off bumpers, surface rust on chassis (but not going to hurt). Very distressed leather in front, all timber inside is savable, modern seat belts fitted. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $16,154. Originally supplied to Jersey, where it lived #142-1954 MG TF roadster. S/N HDA464090. Eng. # XPAGTF33761. Black/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 4,495 miles. Driven just 500 miles since restoration 12 years ago. Excellent black paint on perfectly prepared panels. Deep show-chrome on bumpers, wire wheels and trim. Tan leather-trimmed interior immaculate, shows no use, perfectly fitted with mint steering wheel. Underhood clean, chrome side panel on engine block, dual SUs. Chassis tidy, no leaks noted. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $25,000. This was probably the best-prepared car here, despite the fact it was restored more than a decade ago. The flawless black finish with tan leather was glorious, and it was wonderful to see an original drivetrain, rather than the oft-found MGB “upgrade.” High bid approached the market price for a lesser example, but seller was right to wait for more—perhaps from a museum, where it belongs. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/12. #36-1956 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-6 until 1991, and used for stately progress since. What will it be next? The numbers don’t quite 148 roadster. S/N BN4S29458. Ice Blue & white/blue vinyl/blue vinyl. RHD. Odo: 2,216 Sports Car Market

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Roundup miles. Following restoration in 2004/5 (recorded mileage is since then), straight body with good panel fit, though door fit a little out on right. Clean and tidy underneath with not gained steering rack as many SPs have. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $26,574. These have been hardening slightly, and very good examples have been getting $54k. This wasn’t there yet but, with all the fundamentals there and lots of massively thick glass fiber to work with, there’s plenty of margin for improvement. H&H Auctions, Buxton, U.K., 05/12. repainted chassis, interior all as-original with decent vinyl and carpets. Motor very clean and tidy, now with electric fan. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $39,069. Sold at fair money, as the 100/6 is often the least desirable model, falling between the early 4-cylinder cars and the morerefined last BJ8s. Fair deal both ways. H&H Auctions, Buxton, U.K., 05/12. #69-1958 JAGUAR XK 150 coupe. S/N S835731. Eng. # V69048. Gray primer/red leather. Restoration project. Needs everything, but all major bits there. “S” chassis number prefix says it’s SE model, though V engine prefix says standard 3.4 with 8:1 compression, now said to be fitted with 3.8. Originally Old #42-1962 JAGUAR XKE 3.8 coupe. S/N 887257. Maroon/black leather. RHD. Odo: 90,401 miles. Repaint lightly orange peeled with some dust marks and pimples in places. Frame body color altered (should be black) and wears header tank, possibly from new radiator fitted with 4.2-liter motor 20 years ago instead of 3.8. Rear-facing K&N air filters look odd. Sits on wider 6½-inch wheels with #34-1966 DAIMLER MAJESTIC MAJOR sedan. S/N 137758. Gray & silver/ red leather. RHD. Odo: 59,111 miles. Magnificent old Daimler—and with Hemihead 4.5 V8, deceptively fast—a little faded since earlier respray. Paint and chrome lightly microblistered, beautifully creased with handsome patina leather, in original interior, newish woolen headlining, motor tidy but not vented discs and four-pot calipers up front, plus Getrag 5-speed. Chrome and interior not bad. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $42,460. Most of the market doesn’t want hot-rodded cars, so it was surprising to see this one go so far, although these days a 5-speed doesn’t hurt the value and the original Moss 4-speed comes with the car. No mention of when it was converted from left-hand drive but presumably soon after it came back from California in the ’90s. Well sold. H&H Auctions, Buxton, U.K., 05/12. #50-1964 TRIUMPH T100SC TIGER English White. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $10,096. Sold for as much as anyone could have hoped, and one for the skilled home restorer, as there’s not enough upside here for a pro restoration. One for those long winter evenings. H&H Auctions, Buxton, U.K., 05/12. #58-1960 DAIMLER SP250 roadster. S/N 100629. Green/red vinyl/maroon leather. RHD. Odo: 4,199 miles. Poor door fit, paint bubbled and cracked and some chrome blistering on grille and front bumper; still a driver. Dash redone and seat leather good, but carpets faded. Rolling restoration, though mechanicals gone through. Early A-spec car with no mention of chassis stiffening or improvements, has Good original saddle. Newer period-correct tires. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,992. While the 2-cylinder Bonnevilles tend to get all the attention, the single-cylinder Tigers were a competent enough bike also. This was one of the nicer, generally original British bikes offered here, and a fair deal. MidAmerica, St. Paul, MN, 04/12. 150 motorcycle. S/N T100SCH34759. Maroon/ black vinyl. MHD. Odo: 15,234 miles. Stated to be unrestored and generally original, but paint on the tank looks a bit too nice. Motor has been taken apart sometime in last few years, as silicone sealant has slightly oozed out between crankcase and cylinder barrel. Dull chrome and aluminum components. concours. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $8,750. Originally chauffeur-driven for a whiskey distiller. Hard to know what these are really worth, but appeared to sell mid-estimate. Later the sale fell through at $8,750, but see what happened at Rockingham three weeks later (sorry, folks, you’ll have to wait for the next issue). Last sold May 2006 (SCM# 42241) by H&H in London at $11,646, with apparently 65,767 miles. H&H Auctions, Buxton, U.K., 05/12. #61-1968 ASTON MARTIN DB6 coupe. S/N DB63351R. White & silver/red leather. RHD. Odo: 60,354 miles. Partly done resto, bodywork left until last. Mechanical work done, new exhausts, interior retrimmed, and good history: factory delivery card and every MoT. Surface rust on floors and rocker panels; white repaint watermarked. Left front corner blown over in silver. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $108,960. Following the recent tranche of DB6s fetching big money (in which H&H and Bonhams have swapped world records), it obviously made sense to try again. This car had plenty of needs, and did well to get this far. A good project for the buyer. H&H Auctions, Buxton, U.K., 05/12. #25-1972 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. S/N CR4230. Maroon/beige vinyl. RHD. Odo: 33,961 miles. Very nice and straight rebuild with no rot and good door fit. Excellent inner fenders. Carpets and vinyl in good shape, wood-rim wheel fitted though handbrake noted not to work, and hood release is a bit of string. Hard top fitted; car now with triple Webers instead of fuel injection. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $19,754. Not huge money for a straight, Sports Car Market

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Roundup unrusty TR and, though all the original bugs have been ironed out of the original Lucas injection system, if the Webers have been jetted right, it’ll be a fine driver. Although bought over estimate, fair for condition. H&H Auctions, Buxton, U.K., 05/12. #11-1973 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SHADOW sedan. S/N SRH15888. Seychelles Blue/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 39,443 miles. Nice-appearing early steel-bumper/narrow arch example, mileage, supported by old bills and MoTs, could be genuine. Few bubbles in body and laquer delaminating in places, al- Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $49,165. Despite the purists’ penchant for early cars, these do have have a following, with very good cars getting $80k–$100k, and this one was correctly estimated and sold right. H&H Auctions, Buxton, U.K., 05/12. #3-1977 AUSTIN ALLEGRO 1500 Special sedan. S/N AF4SJN328781A. Olive green/black vinyl/brown velour. RHD. Odo: 6,751 miles. Museum exhibited since 1993, so generally well preserved. Catalog describes engine as “believed good (not running)” and gearbox as “believed good (not tested).” Martin sale at Newport Pagnell the week before, but the vendor wasn’t looking for a huge amount and was obviously prepared to drop 25% from the original number to move it on. This was fair or even slightly well bought for the car. H&H Auctions, Buxton, U.K., 05/12. #17-1982 FORD GRANADA Ghia wagon. S/N WFONXXGAGGNCB83533. Red/gray velour. RHD. Odo: 26,684 miles. Concours, low mileage and meticulously looked-after. Straight body, shiny paint, unworn gray velour, many Ghia X-type extras though rear arches fairly smooth and rot-free. Retrimmed in front with bathroom carpet, various oil drips underneath. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,970. An interesting buy, as it was relatively affordable. Definitely drivable. Refinishing the timber would be a nice touch on this Rolls. That hydraulic ride system should be a real joy, too. H&H Auctions, Buxton, U.K., 05/12. #51-1974 JAGUAR XKE V12 Series III convertible. S/N 1S2722. White/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 44,563 miles. Really straight and clean with no rot following earlier restoration, although with some stars and blisters in chrome. Recent new top and carpets, newish leather and dash all good. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $7,024. These were not reliable or desirable cars even when new, so the joke was on the naysayers as it fetched more than it cost to buy new, without adjusting for inflation, anyway. Very well sold. H&H Auctions, Buxton, U.K., 05/12. #44-1979 ASTON MARTIN V8 Volante convertible. S/N V8COR15096. Blue/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 71,150 miles. Recent repaint with strange stain under left screen pillar, good chrome, and solid underneath with a little surface rust in places. Some cracking to veneers, and a few creases and small cracks in leather. Alloys unscuffed. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $47,409. A fairly low price compared with what cars were getting at the annual Aston added, such as chrome grille trim and extra lights. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $5,268. These have a small but dedicated following, and perhaps the “Lady in Red” legend on the bottom of the plates adds to its allure. Only the 2.8 Ghia X is more desirable in these circles. H&H Auctions, Buxton, U.K., 05/12. #89-1985 JAGUAR XJ6 sedan. S/N SAJAY1345FC421982. Green metallic/tan leather. Odo: 186,426 miles. Appealing Vanden Plas sedan with 2002 Corvette drivetrain (with 55k miles) professionally installed. Excellent green metallic paint, perfect bumpers (including rubber inserts), and no sign of rust or crash damage. Aftermarket alloys and side trim, excellent glass and seals. Doors click shut, interior original and in excellent condition. Sunroof works. Alpine stereo. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $8,640. This 2002 restoration and re-engining by Glenn Vaughn Restorations in Post Falls, ID, was incredible. Aside from aftermarket mags, this Jag sedan looked totally stock. Impressive paint, chrome and interior were enough to satisfy then the 152 Sports Car Market

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Roundup underhood surprise. With the properly executed drivetrain swap, this gorgeous sleeper sold for a ridiculously low price, and the missed opportunity crossed my mind several times during the 361 miles home. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/12. #7-1985 TVR 280I Turbo convertible. S/N DH6027F1. Red/black cloth/beige vinyl & cloth. Odo: 42,460 miles. Largely free of scrapes, chips and scratches; chassis good. Interior survived well for wedge TVR, although nap has worn off cord seat inserts. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $3,248. For rough Miata money you could have had this much more exciting device...exciting meant in every sense, although basic chassis handled up to 350 hp in SEAC form. Short of a secondhand Kawasaki, probably the performance bargain of the year, although insuring it might be a different story. H&H Auctions, Buxton, U.K., 05/12. #47-1986 JAGUAR XJS coupe. S/N SAJNV5843GC133681. Red/tan leather. Odo: 58,140 miles. Repaint in original color over unclean surfaces on no-hit body. Chrome lightly pitted, stainless perfect, aftermarket side trim. Major windshield chip in driver’s line of vision, other glass good. Engine dirty, aluminum engine surfaces corroded, hoses dry. fenders, wheels, leather, plus BMW differential. Perfect unscuffed condition all around. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $27,216. This was originally slated to be sold at no reserve, but there was a bit of a rethink immediately before the sale and at least $24k was required. Well bought and sold. H&H Auctions, Buxton, U.K., 05/12. Interior very nice and original, with ancient corded cell phone on accessory pedestal. Low miles. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $3,348. A noreserve car consigned by a 91-year-old gentleman who no longer drives—and evidently averaged around 2,200 miles a year. The buyer noticed that all it needed was a thorough safety check and some weekend detailing. Well bought, at a final price well under wholesale value. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/12. #94-1987 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SPUR sedan. S/N SCAZN02A9HCX20963. Beige & brown/tan vinyl/brown leather. Odo: 45,287 miles. Original paint, straight panels 154 Sports Car Market FRENCH #127-1947 CITROËN TRACTION AVANT 11 Legere sedan. S/N AM06100. including wood trimmings. Shows just 45k miles, but odometer is reportedly broken. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $16,000. A stately tourer that would impress the neighbors, and the picnic tables are handy for tea time. The seller didn’t take the $16,000 high bid, and that was a good call. Market value for condition should be at least twice that amount, if not more. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/12. #1-2010 CATERHAM SEVEN 1.6 Roadsport roadster. S/N SDKRDS5S101051078. Green & yellow/black vinyl/ red leather. RHD. Odo: 5,500 miles. Like-new, very low mileage, but modified early in life to resemble “The Prisoner” limited-editions inspired by car used in ’60s TV series: new front and gaps, except driver’s door slightly out. Chipped windshield. Steel wheels, WSW tires, full hubcaps. Very good chrome and stainless. Black engine dusty, looks stock and locomotive-like. Interior original and in good order, Eng. # AM06100. Black/gray cloth. Odo: 74,058 km. Wisconsin title issued with engine number; no chassis number found. Cosmetically restored and mechanically refurbished within past decade. Rebuilt motor runs out well and looks presentable. New weatherseals. Most plating original and serviceable, with bumpers and a few pieces redone. Authentically reupholstered interior. Discoloring Bakelite steering wheel, light rust staining on gauge faces. Brush-painted undercarriage. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $14,000. Worth more. Spring for the $2k to ship it to Monterey—any auction there will do—and it’ll be worth the expense. MidAmerica, St. Paul, MN, 04/12. GERMAN #23-1961 BMW R26 motorcycle. S/N 368042. Cream/black vinyl. MHD. Odo: 11,155 miles. Originally a funeral escort in St. Louis. Last licensed in 1984, last ridden in 1985, in storage since. Good original paint with minimal chipping. Heavier wear and fading on seat. Motor does turn over. No reserve. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $5,457. This was somewhat rare for its color, as most are just black. My hopes of picking it up on the cheap evaporated with the first bid. MidAmerica, St. Paul, MN, 04/12. #2-1972 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2-dr sedan. S/N 1332177114. Green/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 93,152 miles. Nice Beetle, having received a fenders-off repaint (and new rubber beading) in recent past. Floors good, although new underseal may hide rust repairs. Good and original inside, with one tear in driver’s seat. Motor stock with recent items, so looked after by four owners from two families. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $2,634. Sold for top estimate

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Roundup and, as they say, a nice starter classic for someone, since being pre-’73, it also qualifies for zero road tax, and at this end of the market these things matter. Early cars are where the rodding scene is at, leaving the tall-screen MacPherson cars a relative bargain. Good buy. H&H Auctions, Buxton, U.K., 05/12. #69-1977 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SL convertible. S/N 1070441204028. Pale yellow/bamboo MB-Tex. Odo: 109,319 miles. Good-quality respray on front end in original pale yellow. Aftermarket stainless-steel fender lips, dull alloy wheels, front and rear bumpers have shallow dents. Paint thin at front of driver’s door, crazing on left rear fender. Weatherseals dry and failing, doors “thunk” on closing. Original interior in good order, piping Arctic White/black/black. Odo: 130,509 miles. Looks new from top to bottom. Nearly perfect paint, chrome and stainless. Wears later-model Mercedes chrome factory wheels. Interior looks brand new, with zero evidence of use. Matching hard top with rack included. Single rock bottom for an R107. What kept up the price of this car here is that it was the soughtafter 500SL. Hard to get a nicer 500 for the money, so it’s a case of paying your money and taking your choice. I’d say fairly to slightly well sold here. H&H Auctions, Buxton, U.K., 05/12. #36-1985 PORSCHE 944 coupe. S/N WPOAA0945FN457034. Gold/tan fabric. Odo: 175,963 miles. Resprayed in original gold metallic paint with sloppy masking and numerous fisheyes. Left front hood-to-fender panel fit wide, indicating probable repair. Windshield has many chips, passenger’s outside door handle non-functional, door stop missing. Hood release flaccidly lying on floor. on left headrest failing from sun damage, glass good. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $6,696. Seemingly every auction has one of these, with 45,097 made between 1974 and 1979. The paint reminded me of Britain’s “Primrose Yellow,” but the unappealing interior was more like a German copy of a Wilson basketball. Still, it was honest with low mileage, and could be enjoyed without paranoia over more bumper dings. Well bought, about $4,000 under the SCM Pocket Price Guide low estimate. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/12. #19-1984 MERCEDES-BENZ 500SL convertible. S/N 1070462A012252. Red/beige vinyl & cloth. RHD. Odo: 102,105 miles. Going a bit frilly around front wheelarches and not very clean underneath. Interior holding up well, as most will do. Hard top fitted in sale room. Soft top not inspected, though they last well, as do motors. Catalog states engine, auto transmission and mechanicals are “strong.” Cond: 3. SOLD AT $10,535. Sold a little behind estimate but not Interior original, dash heavily cracked across entire width. Repainted “phone dial” alloys in good condition. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $4,500. It looked good at 20 feet, the masking was shaky, the rubber seals were painted over, including the black sunroof-surround, and there wasn’t a single straight line around black trimmings. High offer was all the money. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/12. #6-1986 MERCEDES-BENZ 560SL convertible. S/N WDBBA48D2GA050938. Interior has usual dash cracks (six on this one), split driver’s seat casually sewn, hood release broken (like Lot 36, another 944). Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,644. No reserve, minimal needs, and one of the few sporty ragtops that looks good with roof up or down. Assuming no major issues, this was a steal. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/12. #53-1995 PORSCHE 928 GTS coupe. S/N WPOZZZ9ZZSS800127. Black/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 96,100 miles. Straight and tidy, no rot and good paint, lightly creased leather in clean interior. Alloys have been refurbished, good service history showing cam belts have been changed recently. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $20,193. Pretty strong money 156 Sports Car Market wiper scratch earns one demerit. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $13,000. Even with my sales and appraisal experience in a Mercedes dealership, I never saw a 560SL with 130k miles that looked like this. Just fix the scratch on the windshield, and you’re talking first-place trophy time, every time. Despite its perfection, there was not much bidding interest toward ownership, which is just as amazing as the condition of this gem. Seller’s subsequent windshield note said, “$15,000/offer” — a steal based on condition and well below $19k low estimate in the SCM Pocket Price Guide. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/12. #48-1990 PORSCHE 944 convertible. S/N WPOCB2940LN480895. White/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 76,453 miles. Factory paint, front valance resprayed over stone chips. Hood skewed to right, shallow dent upward from something left underhood. Original alloys have no curb rash, recent tires. Very good convertible top fits well, rubber window-surround rotting on driver’s side.

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Roundup when old smokers can be had for $2,500, but it is a nice example of one of the most desirable 928s. Fair deal both ways. H&H Auctions, Buxton, U.K., 05/12. ITALIAN #68-1969 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER con- vertible. S/N AR1470092. Red/black fabric/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 92,046 miles. Bright and tidy, no rot underneath, though floors have had little welding, presumably during ’90s restoration. Left seat holed, right has split, as does left rubber floor mat. No air filters in tidy engine bay. Fundamentally good, could be made nicer with little effort or money. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $21,071. Originally a South African car, bought in 2008 from a charity auction. Sold for twice what was expected, but fair money for a solid, rotfree base (and that’s the important bit) upon which to improve. Seller might have thought he had a deal, but buyer must be happy too. We like these sorts of stories. H&H Auctions, Buxton, U.K., 05/12. #18-1971 FIAT 850 coupe. S/N 0375363. Positano Yellow/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 71,700 miles. Restored in 1998 and holding up so well it looks original. Very straight and rotfree, good inside front trunk and inner fenders, rocker panels sharp with no rot. Good original dash and instruments, plus original seat vinyl and rubber mats. Brightwork all in good order. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $8,779. Not expensive for a rare coupe in delightful condition and less money than a contemporary Mini Cooper in similar condition. Its real rival would be the Simca 1000/1200, which would cost a shade more. Well bought and realistically sold. H&H Auctions, Buxton, U.K., 05/12. #16-1985 LANCIA GAMMA coupe. S/N 9402. Gold/beige velour. RHD. Odo: 45,831 miles. Very stylish Pininfarina coupe. Appears rot-free and doors fit well. No bubbles in windshield pillars, though a bit frilly where front fenders wrap under. Interior including seat velour survived well, inlay veneer panels on doors not original. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $2,835. It’s an auto, but as these are so rare, it’s not going to put off the dedicated Gamma enthusiast. Offered at no reserve and well sold 158 Sports Car Market

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Roundup at this price. H&H Auctions, Buxton, U.K., 05/12. JAPANESE #105-1971 DATSUN 240Z coupe. S/N HLS3015605. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 63,627 miles. Newer average repaint, with the easy trim pieces removed. Gaps somewhat inconsistent. Faded original “Datsun 240Z 1970 AARC Champ” decal in back window. Moderate interior wear. Aftermarket mud chrome alloys. Excellent black convertible top, plastic rear window lightly rubbed from folding. Flawless white leather interior. Original 1992 Dunlop BSW tires nearly bald, but no age cracking. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $5,250. Not a collector car today, but might be in the future. Have you ever seen one? This was a fairly rare drop-top in exceptional condition, with low miles and a real aura of class. Bidding crept to one-third of the low market estimate, so the seller was right to wait for a more appreciative audience. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/12. AMERICAN #56-1950 WILLYS JEEPSTER convert- guards, Grant steering wheel, center console armrest pod, and older AM/FM/cassette deck, and speakers in door panels. On modern Panasports. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,490. Consigned by a local new-car dealership; I expected better prep than this, but that didn’t hurt when it came time to sell. Market-correct. MidAmerica, St. Paul, MN, 04/12. #10-1992 INFINITI M30 convertible. S/N JNXHF16CINT0768. White/black cloth/white leather. Odo: 25,362 miles. Pearlwhite paint with a few tiny stone chips on front, with gold grille insert and mint factory ible. S/N 13055. Red/white cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 66,880 miles. 134-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Older economy respray in original red over chips, dents, and dings, with black contrast above high beltline. Hood rubs on cowl when moved, rust remains. Windshield wiperscratched, glass delaminating. Underhood grimy, but all there including original Carter 1-bbl carb. Thin chrome on bumpers and mini- down. Unknown make of alloys. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,024. The beat-up, rusted, ratrod look is the thing in the U.K. now, but this still didn’t quite get to where the vendor had hoped. But the $7k bid was enough to make a deal, and both parties should be happy. And if odo is accurate, lots of miles in ’er yet. H&H Auctions, Buxton, U.K., 05/12. #77-1982 FORD F-250 XLT Lariat mal jewelry. Steel wheels and hubcaps. “Willys Overland Jeepster Club” decal attached. With a low compression ratio of just 6.48:1, these can almost run on anything. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $8,640. Female spectators lingered, calling it “cute,” so possibly a pickup. S/N 2FTHF25Z1CCA08366. Silver/ black & white houndstooth cloth. Odo: 58,378 miles. Original miles on a generally original truck. Good original paint has a few light scratches. Camper mounting brackets on box with electrical connector inside. Good original trim shows few dings. Like-new interior, with only light carpet wear. Dingy but maintained crumpet-catcher. Most of these became casualties of neglect or tin worm, so finding one today in one piece is a find. Just above low market value, let’s consider this well sold for condition. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/12. #49-1964 FORD F-100 pickup. S/N F10JK544771. Red primer/gray. Odo: 58,429 miles. 223-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Resident of California until 2000, according to plates. In primer, straight apart from artfully dinged and tapped-out left front corner. Has worked, but load bed not rotten; trim all there and straight. Seat ripped through and headlining coming under the hood. With CB antenna, under-dash CB radio, bug deflector, fog lights and chrome wheels. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,664. The 351M-based 400 was the largest engine fitted to a light-duty pickup in 1982. Either as a well-cared-for original or just as an occasional put-it-to-work truck, this was well bought—and I’ve been seeing more of these 1980–86 F-series both at auctions and car shows, so interest is picking up. MidAmerica, St. Paul, MN, 04/12. © 160 Sports Car Market

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eBay Motors Online Sales Gray-Market Cars The challenges and rewards of going into The Gray The best bet is also the easiest (and cheapest) way; just buy a car that has already been through the process and is here legally. This month’s drive through eBay Motors showcases a few of those cars that have already cleared customs — and one that hasn’t. 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) by Chad Tyson Market opinions in italics #160828813418-1974 AUSTIN MINI 2-dr sedan. S/N XK2S1000725811. Blue/ black cloth. RHD. Odo: 56,574 km. 19 photos. Pampa, TX. “Imported directly from England. Paint job is decent enough quality for a driver. Starts and drives well. Converted the fuse block from the English block to American blade. JVC CD player has been added to it, with speakers installed under the rear seat. Minor rust in the floor pans; small and easy to placed with 4-sp from a ’72 DS21. New fuel pump and filter, main accumulator and head gasket. It runs cool and the brakes are excellent. The hydraulic system is excellent. Original “green fluid” car. Only a few small blemishes. No rust. Interior is original and in very good condition. All accessories work.” 20 bids. sf 283. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $12,100. One of 4,000 built strictly for Europe, but more than a few found their way stateside. In this condition, I say fairly bought. I’d just make sure that I knew of a Citroën specialist nearby. #300729859472-1982 MERCEDESBENZ 500SEL Lorinser 4-dr sedan. S/N WDB12603712020508. White/tan leather. Odo: 81,612 miles. 42 photos. Las Vegas, NV. “European Model. Lorinser upgrades. Beautiful and elegant car, runs and drives great. Newer Michelin tires. Heated front seats, leveling suspension (just checked and patch. Small dings here and there. All the chrome trim and grille looks nearly perfect and all lights and electrical are currently working. 850-cc engine and has a 4-sp.” 2 bids. sf 43. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $4,550. At this price, there is some room to fix the minor cosmetic issues without spilling too much ink on the checkbook. Well bought. Add that the car is already legally imported, I’d say double win for the buyer. #160826397607-1973 CITROËN DS23 Pallas 4-dr sedan. S/N 00FG4665. Bronze metallic/gold cloth. Odo: 66,000 miles. 23 photos. Lake Oswego, OR. “Original owner was a woman in the south of France. Runs great. Plenty of power, quick acceleration, no smoke or other issues. Transmission was re- serviced, have receipts), moonroof and adjusting rear seats.” 40 bids. sf 55. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $2,785. In decent condition, and as such, sold market-correct. The price paid here will probably be cheaper than the repair bills. Maybe in another decade or two, this car will be collectible enough to appreciate in value. #300730438358-1985 BMW 745I Executive 4-dr sedan. S/N WBAFJ910608750267. White/tan leather. Odo: 133,123 miles. 44 photos. Oklahoma City, OK. “Rarely driven, but maintained. New fuel pump, fluid flush and service. The interior is in excellent shape. Paint seems to be mostly original. Original Euro-delivery car. Spent most of life in California. Rare options such as all four heated seats, rear seat power switches, memory seats, and an additional Becker Mexico 164 regulator, a Nismo coil-over suspension, and 18” BBS LM wheels. Visually, both the interior and the paint are in exceptional condition and it appears to be a very well maintained vehicle.” Best Offer. sf 1. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $64,990. Not really sure how many states this could get registered in, but the new owner will have the only one in the neighborhood. Big money for garage decoration, unless the new owner has track access and a class to race in. © Sports Car Market ray-market cars usually come with several caveats and concerns: The service and parts books are usually written in a language other than English. Many of the cars carry jury-rigged modifications, and you’ll find yourself searching for parts almost exclusively online. But these day those obstacles are easily overcome. And who can resist a car that was illegal to import into the United States just a few years ago? stereo in the rear seat console. Six-disc CD changer with remote control. How it drives: FAST. It handles very well, rides comfortably and stops just like it should.” 15 bids. sf 63. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $3,900. One of the more common (if there is such a thing) gray-market cars, you can find one for sale just about any time you’re looking for one. This middle-ofthe-road car sold for middle-of-the-road money. #170861033936-1999 NISSAN SKYLINE R34 GT-R Nismo coupe. S/N Black/black cloth. RHD. Odo: 56,000 km. 49 photos. Pleasanton, CA. “This vehicle is being sold exclusively for OFF ROAD USE. It is a re-manufactured black Skyline body from Nissan Motorsports with black racing seats and Hydra Nemesis standalone on-board computer. Other factory upgrades include an Apexi exhaust and downpipes, an HKS fuel pressure

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Mystery Photo Answers Uh oh — wife meets girlfriend, and they’re both driving my cars — Mike Miller, Arnold, CA RUNNER-UP: Suddenly, she turns around, and he sees her beauty for the first time. Magnetically, they are drawn together as their hoods open. — Norman Vogel, San Francisco, CA Oh, yeah? I’ll punch your lights out. — R.P. “Skip” Ritner, Spokane, WA Male rutting season ends badly for two F Bodies. — Walter Babiuk, San Clemente, CA Just like the Hatfields and McCoys, Camaro and Firebird duke it out over generations. — Jeff Kim, Port Orange, FL July SCM Legal Files: Former Toyota techs took over the design of the braking and acceleration systems for Chevrolet. They were fired after the driver of one car reported his brakes failing and the other driver reported his gas pedal sticking — which resulted in this collision. Who is legally responsible? — Rick Worm, Traverse City, MI We’ve got to stop meeting like this. — Linda Harris, Orcas Island, WA NEVER mess with the Tattoo. — Marc Bixen, Pacific Palisades, CA The new definition of kissing cousins. — Bruce Corwin, Hingham, MA Move along now, nothing here to see…. — Peter Zimmerman, Bakersfield, CA Don’t park in Bubba’s parking spot until he completes his angermanagement course. He gets very angry! — Phil Schroeder, Platte City, MO It appears to be a rocky start for Darrell and Roger Lee’s Hazzard County School of Stunt Driving. — Robert Slotnicki, Pawleys Island, SC As a new spectator sport, “Collector Car Chicken” is not expected to catch on. —Mike Buettell, San Juan Island, WA Have you no shame? Get a room! — Ed Pasini, Las Vegas, NV Scene from the new reality TV show “Extreme Parking.” — Jim Graham, New Canaan, CT What happens when an irresistible Firebird meets an immovable Trans Am. — Joe Amft, Evanston, IL Divorce settlement gone This Month’s Mystery Photo Response Deadline: August 25, 2012 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: myste- ryphoto@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. 166 wrong! He got the car she wanted. — Walter Meyer, Eagle, ID Get a room, you two! — Nick Leidenfrost, via email Oops coupes! — Dennis Elwell, via email OK, so maybe there was just a little too much testosterone floating around. — Al Nelson, via email The wild Camaro has a very violent mating ritual. — Rick Morris, via email In the game of “chicken,” one car usually moves. — Jeff Todd, Milwaukee, WI And thus ended the Speedy Brew franchise concept — Alabama’s first two-way, drivethrough liquor store. — Eric Meyer, San Luis Obispo, CA Mike Miller wins a crumpled SCM hat that he can use to shield his eyes when he’s forced to sleep on the couch. © Comments With Your Renewals Stay on track: Focus on high- end sports and race cars. — Paul Wilson, Fairfield, VA I very much enjoyed your semi- nar at the Gooding tent at Pebble Beach last year. Hope to attend again this year. — William Ruth Do more with Automobilia! E-Watch (Bomstead) is great but NOT enough. Contact me for an article on my 50-year collection! — Robert C. English, Marshfield, MA Keep it going! Love it! — Terry Sullivan, Los Angeles, CA Two years, please! — James Roberto, Wakefield, MA Cumberford profile of afford- able cars, i.e. Alfas, MGs, etc…. — Jonathan Hoffnagle, Canton, CT Good job, Keith. — Ron Pinto, Long Beach, CA More cowbell! — Kimball McCloud, Las Vegas, NV Great magazine! Keep up the good work! — David E. Amette, Laguna Beach, CA This is the best $65 I spend each year! Keep up the great work! — Leonardo Sabino, Township of Washington, NJ Owned the great stuff “back in the days” (’55–’65) — who knew! — can’t afford them anymore — so keep the model (1:18) reviews coming — Thanks! — Robert Breitenstein, Woodbridge, CT More motorcycles, please, or start another magazine just for bikes. — Dan Richardson, Las Vegas, NV My favorite subscription. — Wayne B. Miles MD, Springfield, MO Use every issue to talk smack about what a terrible, lousy investment old cars are so prices will go back to where they were when only gearheads liked old cars. — Brian Bonneau, Pine Grove, CA Keep up the good work! — S. Vandendyk, Tongeren, Belgium More profiles on vehicles under $100k. — William Hockett, Spokane, WA And thanks to all of you for your thoughtful comments and your renewals. — Keith Martin Sports Car Market

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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit sportscarmarket.com/classifieds-post.php to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snail mail: Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. English 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Torpedo Tourer by Hooper tires. Current owner for 30 years. Concours quality and beautiful. Contact William, 313.913.5755, Email: willhoustn@aol.com (CO) 1957 Morgan Plus Four S/N 57EF. Built for the Maharaja of Pithapuram, no expense spared, every option included. Grebel headlights, aluminum dash, gun case, exquisite cabinetry and woodwork. Recent full-cosmetic restoration. Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auctions, August 18 & 19. 310.899.1960, 1935 Aston Martin 1½ Liter Mk II Third Series One owner from new until the 1990s. Restored to beyond new standards with some wonderful performance mods, making it the best-driving Morgan on the planet. Finished in British racing green, green Connolly leather; Triumph powered with twin Webers, oil cooler, full belly pans, Brooklands windscreens, stainless steel exhaust. $55,000. 203.852.1670, Email: matt@deGarmoLtd.com Web: www.deGarmoLtd.com 1959 Jaguar XK 150S 3.4 OTS S/N A5/541/L. Owned by one Texas family 1955 to 2010. Runs extremely well. Solid, complete and correct. $185,000. 510.653.7555, Email: sales@ fantasyjunction.com Web: www.fantasyjunction. com (CA) 1937 Jaguar SS 100 2.5-liter The color combination is an awesome Cornish/ French Gray, a first-place concours champion and a beautiful example. An impeccably restored Jaguar, ready for delivery. 760.758.6100, Email: sales@ classicshowcase.com Web: www.classicshowcase. com (CA) 1959 AC Ace Bristol Completely restored with only 850 test miles. Spectacular sand/tan color combo, 4-sp, Sony stereo. A beautiful matching-numbers XKE for the discerning Jaguar collector. 760.758.6100, Email: sales@ classicshowcase.com Web: www.classicshowcase. com (CA) 1966 MGB roadster S/N 393195. Black/Beige. 15,500 miles. 2-liter 4-cylinder, 3-sp. Car in France until recent complete correct professional restoration in USA. Magnificent condition, perfect mechanically, many options, very rare, needs nothing. Drive and show. Art Deco. $34,000 OBO. Contact Walter, 315.247.2388, Email: walteremiller@yahoo.com (NE) German 1962 Porsche 356B T6 coupe Fully restored by Classic Showcase; only 850 miles since restoration to a show-driver level. Features 5-sp and spectacular stereo system. Remarkable condition, great investment. 760.758.6100, Email: sales@classicshowcase.com Web: www.classicshowcase.com (CA) 1964 Jaguar XKE 3.8-liter Series I OTS Enthusiast-owned and lovingly maintained. Rustfree, razor-straight body. Not a trailer queen, rather a great driver that needs nothing to drive and enjoy right now. Has all-weather equipment, recent new brakes. Finished in British Racing Green, black interior and top. $42,500 OBO. 203.852.1670, Email: matt@deGarmoLtd.com Web: www.deGarmoLtd.com (CT) French 1938 Citroën Traction Avant 11BL Berline 31,000 miles. Open headlights, repainted, red/black, aluminum radiator. 31k original miles, no rust. Receipts, books, tools, well maintained. $52,500. Contact Tom, 203.536.8230, Email: champtlcgt@ aol.com Spectacular dark red/biscuit color combination with a no-expense-spared restoration by Jaguar professionals. This XK 150 DHC is ready to be campaigned in your favorite concours. 760.758.6100, Email: sales@classicshowcase.com Web: www.classicshowcase.com (CA) 1963 Jaguar XKE Series I OTS 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 convertible metal and repainted black basecoat/clearcoat. New tires. $35,000. Contact Mike, 678.429.4231, Email: msutton@centurylink.net (SC) 1961 Jaguar XK 150 drophead coupe 1967 Jaguar XKE Series I S/N 18124. Total body-off restoration last five years. See SS 100 registry. $295,000 OBO. Contact James, Email: james@floridale.com 1953 Jaguar XK 120 coupe Converted in 1964 to Cobra V8 engine and gearbox. Full restoration by second owner in 2004–06. Brown met. Interior brown leather. 16-inch chrome wheels. Beautiful car. $225,000. 0032475976288, Email: racingbox@skynet.be (BE) 1960 Triumph TR3A roadster Very desirable early model with small chrome bumpers, pull-style door handles and overdrive. A superb driver that is 100% fully sorted for touring with complete confidence. Finished in red with a black interior. Immaculate rust-free body, Has new top and proper tonneau cover, and comes with an incredibly rare factory hard top. $16,500 OBO. 203.852.1670, Email: matt@deGarmoLtd.com Web: www.deGarmoLtd.com (CT) 1966 Sunbeam Tiger convertible All original, never-restored, museum-quality car. Champagne yellow/ black interior with 66k original miles. Complete history and documentation. All books and tools. Remarkable. POA. Contact Marc, 973.715.4779, Email: taubercars@yahoo.com 1967 Porsche 911S Targa Forest Green over black Connolly leather seats, walnut interior and stock steering wheel. Completely rebuilt XK 120 6-cylinder engine. Original wheels, fender skirts and new Firestone vintage W/W radial 168 S/N TS68007L. Black/saddle. 20,000 miles. 4-cyl, 4-speed. All mechanical work done. Electronic ignition, new high-torque starter. All work done at Charleston Automotive. Car taken down to bare 46,450 miles. With factory hard top. Original interior. Mechanically OK. Very rare and nice Tiger. Contact Richard, 269.416.0020. Fully restored show-quality example. Bahama Yellow with black interior. Matching numbers, original colors, everything as per Porsche COA. Rare and desirable car. $135,000. Contact Marc, 973.715.4779, Email: taubercars@yahoo.com Sports Car Market

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SCM Showcase Gallery 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE cabriolet 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso 1974 DeTomaso Pantera GTS Original 111 cabriolet restored and modernized by noted marque specialist Bernd Fiebig. 560SL engine and transmission. Ideal blend of classic style and modern performance. $280,000. 510.653.7555, Email: sales@fantasyjunction.com Web: www. fantasyjunction.com (CA) 1974 BMW 2002 Touring Edition hatchback Very rare in Grand Prix White with red leather and matching white wheels, this stunning Speedster has only 16,000 original miles. As-new condition. Details and photos at website. Contact Craig, 516.885.9356, Email: craig@exoticclassics.com Web: www.exoticclassics.com 1995 BMW 840ci Red over black. 42k km. Euro instruments, very original. Will be shown by appointment August 10–20 concurrent with the Monterey festivities. Possibly the most original Lusso in existence. Contact Gail, 650.954.8320, Email: rjmxr750@aol.com 1966 Alfa Romeo Guila GTC convertible Show-quality, two-owner car. Stunning condition in every way. Rare factory GTS, professionally rebuilt motor to 450+ horsepower. Finished in red, black leather. Fitted with GT5 seats for comfort, original seats come with car. Runs and drives without fault. $75,000. 203.852.1670, Email: matt@deGarmoLtd. com Web: www.deGarmoLtd.com (CT) 1995 Ferrari F355 Fjord Blue/blue. 98,160 miles. Imported from the Netherlands to the U.S. Original Fjord Blue, 4-speed. 98,160 km/60,993 mi original mileage. 4-cylinder, 2-liter engine, hatchback. Original interior. Original matching numbers. Extremely rare. Best example of a concours-condition car. No rust or accidents. Designed by Giovanni Michelotti; one of the most prolific sports car designers of the 20th century. Visit our website for more pictures and inventories. Contact Roberto, 978.835.1691, Email: rdonati@volanteclassics.com Web: www.volanteclassics.com (MA) 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe One-owner car in Orient Blue Metallic over silver gray leather with gray trim. Service history. Low miles. Superb example. Details and photos at website. Contact Brian, 631.687.0224, Email: brian@ exoticclassics.com Web: www.exoticclassics.com (CA) 2002 Mercedes-Benz SLK32 AMG Bianco Spino White/Burgundy. 97,515 miles. 1.6 Liter 4-cylinder, 5-speed. Imported from Switzerland. Original Bianco Spino White. Original mileage. 4-cylinder, 1.6-liter engine. 5-speed manual transmission. Spectacular nut-and-bolt restoration. Exceptionally unique car. One of only 1,000 made. One of the last models built by Touring in Milan. Truly a collectors car in concours condition. Visit our website for more pictures and inventories. Contact Roberto, 978.835.1691, Email: rfsalter@volanteclassics.com Web: www.volanteclassics.com (MA) 1968 Lancia Fulvia Zagato Sport coupe 73,000 miles. U.S. version. All original and virtually as-new. Cover car for Panorama. Peru Red with matching interior. Two-owner car with full history. $69,500. Contact Marc, 973.715.4779, Email: taubercars@yahoo.com 1979 Porsche 930 Turbo S/N WDBKK66F32F251546. Firemist Red/Charcoal AMG Leather. 33,700 miles. Supercharged/Intercooled 3.2 liter, 18-valve aluminum V6, 5-spd. AMG Speedshift Driver Adaptive automatic. Xenon headlamps with washing system. $20,500. Contact John, 503.449.3044, Email: jlstrange@comcast.net Web: www.flickr.com/photos/mbslk32amg (OR) 2004 Porsche Carrera GT Bianco Saratoga White/black. 5,248 miles. manual. Crowning and eleoquent collectors car. 5,248 mi on rebuilt engine. 4-cylinder, 1.3-liter. Original Italian documents. Aluminum doors and lids. Exceptional driving condition. Very desirable Zagato body design. An entrancing car for anyone’s collection. Visit our website for more pictures and inventories. Contact Roberto, 978.835.1691, Email: rdonati@ volanteclassics.com Web: www.volanteclassics. com (MA) 1970 Alfa Romeo GT1300 Junior Scalino Exceptional example with 19,400 miles. U.S.delivery car. Silver over red leather. Original and mechanically superb. Books and tools, complete with Porsche COA. $59,500. Contact Marc, 973.715.4779, Email: taubercars@yahoo.com 1986 Porsche 930 Italian 1958 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Very rare 930 Turbo in White Gold with special order Palomino full leather interior. This car is totally original and pristine with complete history. Details and photos at website. Contact Steve, 917.887.4608, Email: steve@exoticclassics.com Web: www.exoticclassics.com 170 Highly original example showing only 53,325 miles. One owner until 2008. Successful 2010 California Mille participant. Unbelievably cool and fun. $82,500. 510.653.7555, Email: sales@fantasyjunction.com Web: www.fantasyjunction.com (CA) S/N AR1248736. Pine Green/Wild Boar Skai. 41,000 miles. Original 1300cc, twin Webers, 5-speed. A well-sorted, original, unrestored, low-mileage step-nose GT1300 Junior does not come to market often. Known history from day one with original service book, owner’s handbook, tools and jack. Just completed fitting new seat covers using original materials and seat pattern. Serviced by one of the top Italian car specialists in the Northeast with over $10k invested in repairs both mechnical and cosmetic with the goal to keep it as original as possible. One of the best driving Alfas anywhere. $23,000. Contact Michael, 203.417.6856, Email: mmaddalena@charter.net Web: img.gg/SNNH2pc (CO) As-new Carrera GT with only 2,250 miles. Classic Silver Metallic over gray leather with CF trim. 10-cyl, 5.7 liter, 605 hp. Original MSRP $460K. Details and photos at website. Contact Steve, 917.887.4608, Email: steve@exoticclassics.com Web: www.exoticclassics.com S/N JM1NA3512L0141467. Sunkist Orange/black. 39,063 miles. 1.6-liter DOHC 4-cylinder, Unique Mazda Miata “Sunkist” color car: One of the six different Miatas used by Mazda in 1990 to evaluate paint colors for production. The only bright orange Miata ever made. Documented history. Original paperwork. Restored condition. Runs and drives excellent. $35,000. Contact Doug, 805.927.5044, Email: gdz54@att.net (CA) American 1930 American Austin Coupe Featured in Verde Mugello Metallic over tan leather interior. Drives great, only 25k miles. Tubi, shields, red calipers, Challenge grille. Details and photos at website. Contact Brian, 631.687.0224, Email: brian@exoticclassics.com Web: www.exoticclassics. com Japanese 1990 Mazda Miata Factory Color Test Car convertible Original, solid, no rust, older restoration. Correct drivetrain, runs well, great interior. Have the cutest American car at the show. $11,900. Contact Maury, 614.325.9743, 1949 Dodge DeLuxe 2-dr sedan Green/81,000 miles. 6-cylinder flathead, 3-sp. Rare 1st series 1949 Dodge DeLuxe. Over $13k spent just in the last year. Rebuilt flathead 6 with dual carbs and exhaust. Drives nice. $14,000. Contact Shawn, 503.796.0858, Email: pdxjeep@live.com (OR) Sports Car Market

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SCM Showcase Gallery 1957 Ford Thunderbird Orion Engineering with direct consultation from Bill Devin. Known ownership history. Well equipped for tours and rallies. $285,000. 510.653.7555, Email: sales@fantasyjunction.com Web: www.fantasyjunction.com (CA) 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Very rare E-Bird featured in Bronze over white leather interior with both hard top and white soft top. Dual 4-bbl 312 ci, 270 hp. Fresh rotisserie restoration. Details and photos at website. Contact Craig, 516.885.9356, Email: craig@exoticclassics. com Web: www.exoticclassics.com 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible Blue with the original blue vinyl interior. 327 with 4-sp manual. This rare Split-Window coupe is an excellent driver. Details and photos at website. Contact Steve, 917.887.4608, Email: steve@exoticclassics.com Web: www.exoticclassics.com 1964 Chevrolet Corvette convertible S/N D7FH3949271065. Seaspray Green/White. 12,100 miles. 312, Automatic. Senior Gold Medallion CTCI car. Frame-off restoration, fully documented. E-Bird carburetion, a/c, ps, pb, pw. $69,995 OBO. Contact Alan, 425.361.2225, Email: alanbasile@ gmail.com (WA) 1959 Devin SS Fully-restored car featured in red over black vinyl with a white convertible top. 327 ci, 300 hp, 4-sp manual, matching numbers. Superb high-level driver. Details and photos at website. Contact Craig, 516.885.9356, Email: craig@exoticclassics.com Web: www.exoticclassics.com S/N SR4-5. Restored to original specification by S/N 344679M419491. White/Blue. 35,850 miles. 400, automatic. Replacement 400-ci V8, auto. Runs strong. Clean, reliable fun. $22,000 OBO. Contact Andy, 603.770.3344, Email: ajames@shrinkpackaging.com (NH) 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A Pro-touring Incredible original car. Two-owner history from new, low original mileage, immaculate, rust-free, razor-straight body. Never damaged, raced or abused in any way. Matching-number engine and transmission (automatic).Finished in white with gold stripes, black interior. Fitted with period-correct air conditioning. A rare opportunity to own a blue-chip car that’s original. $135,000. 203.852.1670, Email: matt@deGarmoLtd.com Web: www.deGarmoLtd. com (CT) 1969 Oldsmobile 442 convertible Recent customization. Stock driveline, hood stretched, tonneau welded in. Ready to show. Stunning. $42,500 OBO. Contact Bill, 609.980.1300, (MA) 1966 Shelby GT350 H Comprehensive restoration to a show/driver level. Upgraded 440 Six Pack, shaker hood, factory a/c, auto, power top. Original color combination. High performance, head-turning style sure to please you. Contact Jeff, 760.758.6100, Email: sales@classicshowcase.com Web: www.classicshowcase.com (CA) 1971 Chevrolet Corvette LS5 454 convertible 1965 Ford Thunderbird custom 1970 Plymouth ’Cuda convertible 39,112 miles, 4-speed, both tops. This car is mint original. Same owner last 39 years. $69,500. Contact Greg, 815.233.9948, (IL) 1983 Buick Riviera convertible 307-ci V8, over $20k in receipts spent on restoration. 5,600 miles on new Jasper engine, transmission, rear end, a/c, top/motor, ps, pw, pb, seats, paint, brakes, shocks, cd. $20,000. Contact Bob, 407.647.1940, Email: therelic@theraders.net Web: www.radersrelics.com (FL) 2004 CAV GT40 Near completion: 6000-plus hours on build (400+/- hours left to finish). Old school/high tech street/strip/track and show. Contact Thomas, 715.458.2277, Email: bob@lcars.com Web: www. lcars.com (WI) 302-ci V8, 365 hp, 5-spd, a/c and heat. 12-qt sump, oil cooler, Aeroquip lines, MSD. Full tan leather/ black alcantera interior. Smiths gauges, powdercoated exhaust, fire supression, clear bra and car cover. $73,500. Contact Warren, 973.214.1364, Email: wseifer@seifer.com (NJ) 2010 Tesla Roadster With only 1,105 miles this Tesla is virtually new. Incredible performance, 0–60 in 3.7 seconds. Stunning in orange with orange and black leather. Details and photos at website. Contact Brian, 631.687.0224, Email: brian@exoticclassics.com Web: www.exoticclassics.com © 172 Sports Car Market

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Auction Companies Artcurial-Briest-Poulain-Le Fur. 33 (0)1 42 99 2056, 33 (0)1 42 99 1639. 7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France. Email: motorcars@auction.fr. www.artcurial.com/motorcars. (FR) Exoticars USA. 908.996.4889, Wil 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. (IN) de Groot’s Exoticars USA has serviced and restored Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini in the NJ, PA, NY region since 1979. We’re passionate about keeping your car fast, reliable, beautiful and authentic. Our mechanical, paint/ body, electronic, machining and fabricating work is unsurpassed and awardwinning. We have specialized equipment and knowledge to service newer and vintage models and everything in between. www.exoticars-usa.com. (NJ) Mecum Collector Car Auction- 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 & AucBarrett-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 watches 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. +, +44.207.585.0830. Montpelier St., Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH. www.bonhams.com. (UK) Bonhams. 415.391.4000, 415.391.4040. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103 www.bonhams.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) Hollywood Wheels Auctions & Shows 800.237.8954, Hosting two auctions a year in beautiful Palm Beach FL, March & December. Offering quality collector cars and personalized service, all in a climate-controlled, state-of-theart facility. Come be a part of the excitement! Check us out at www.hollywoodcarauctions.com... Where Collectors Collect! See You On The Block! Gooding & Company. 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) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290, 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 A family-run auction house producing two large classic cars auctions per year. McCormick’s Palm Springs Auctions has been in business for over 25 years, and each auction features over 500 classics & exotics. www.classic-carauction.com. (CA) Worldwide Auctioneers. RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, Carlisle Collector Car Auctions. 717.243.7855, 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle, PA 17013. Spring and Fall Auctions. High-line cars cross the block. Hundreds of muscle cars, antique, collector, and special-interest cars, trucks and motorcycles. Real Cars. Real Prices. www.carlisleauctions.com. (PA) 174 519.351.1337. 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) 800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789, Worldwide Auctioneers was formed over a decade ago by vintage motorcar specialists Rod Egan and John Kruse. The sale and acquisition of classic automobiles is our core business, and no one is better qualified. Worldwide is unique in having owners who are also our chief auctioneers, so you deal directly with the auctioneer, and we are wholly invested in achieving the best result for you. Our auctions are catalogue-based, offering a limited number of higher-end consignments, with an emphasis on quality rather than volume. (We don’t limit ourselves to only selling the most expensive cars in the world, but do ensure that every car we consign is the very best of its type.) In addition to helping collectors buy and sell cars at auction, we offer specialist-appraisal, estate-management and collection-consultancy services. Our dedicated private sales division serves the needs of individual collectors who seek privacy or to acquire vehicles that may not be available on the open market. www.worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) Russo and Steele Collector AutoLeake Auctions. 800.722.9942, Join Leake Auction Company as they celebrate 40 years in the collector car mobile Auctions. 602.252.2697, Fax: 602.252.6260. Specializing in the finest European sports, American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles; Tom Mack Classics. 888.TOM. MACK, PO Box 1766, Indian Trail, NC 28079. Three annual auctions in Charlotte, NC: April, September, and Janu- Sports Car Market 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, MO; Springfield, MO; and Phoenix, AZ. 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 866-5439393 or online at www.motoexotica.com. Worth the trip! 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) eBay Motors. List your car for sale. $0 insertion fee. $60 listing fee if vehicle sells for under or at $2,000, $125 if it sells for over $2,000. Visit the “Services” section on www.ebaymotors.com for more details. auction industry. Their unsurpassed customer service and fast-paced twolane auction ring makes them a leader in the business. Leake currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Dallas and San Antonio. Visit them online at www.leakecar.com or call 800.722.9942. Dallas — November 16–18, 2012 at Dallas Market Hall Russo and Steele hosts two recordbreaking 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) Specialty Auto Auctions and Sales. 800.901.0022, Established by Bruce and Helen Douglas in 1987. Based in Colorado and doing auctions in 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)

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ary. 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 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) 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. 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) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100, 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 web site for a full list of services. www.thecarappraiser.com. (CA) 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 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. restoration 760.758.6119. Always buying: Offering top dollar for your European classics. Always selling: 3 showrooms with an excellent selection to choose from. Always Restoring: We feature an award-winning, world-class restoration facility, with the expertise to restore you car to any level, including modifications. Super craftsmanship; attention to detail; knowledgeable staff; servicing all of the collector’s needs. Located in San Diego County. sales@ classicshowcase.com www.classicshowcase.comm. (CA) Hartek Automotive, 319.337.4140, Hartek Automotive is a division of Hartwig Motors Inc., one of the oldest automotive retailers in the Midwest since 1912. Hartek Automotive specializes in the maintenance and sale of sports and prestige automobiles. Their reputation for service continues with a very personalized approach to maintenance of an individual’s daily driver, to the restoration of that special automobile. Hartek Automotive also offers pre-sale or post-sale inspections. Located in Iowa, we are equally accessible for the enthusiast from anywhere. Drive in or fly in...you will find us most accommodating. www.hartekautomotive.org (IA) The Last Detail. 847.689.8822 North Chicago / Kenilworth, IL, As “Trusted Advisors” for over 35 years, we have been helping enthusiasts make critical decisions before creating costly mistakes. Whether servicing, buying or selling, your one stop destination for all of your automotive needs, Down to.... The Last Detail! www.thelastdetail.com. (IL) 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) Passport Transport. 800.736.0575, Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, 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. 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 indiGO Classic Cars. 888.255.5546, indiGO Classic Cars buys individual cars and collections specializing in the purchase of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, Porsche and Mercedes. indiGO will pay for shipping, handle paperwork and will gladly pay finder’s fees. indiGO has capital and large lines of credit to pay the highest prices. indiGO Classic Cars is an indiGO Auto Group dealership. www.indigoclassiccars.com. (TX) 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 Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse Luxury Brokers International. Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, Gooding & Company’s experts are well-qualified to appraise individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to assist you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) Brighton Motorsports. 480.483.4682, Brighton Motorsports, Scottsdale, AZ, 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) International Auto Appraisers Resource. Use IAAA Appraisers’ to September 2012 Specializing in the Purchase, Sales, and Brokerage of Fine Automobiles and Alternative Investments. Adolfo Massari 610.716.2331 or Andrew Mastin 215.459.1606. Email: Sales@lbilimited. com. Web: www.LBILimited.com. Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6092, www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the Preservation and Sales of European Classics, pre-war through the 1970s, since 1978. You a new breed of insurance for classic, antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary classic and limited-edition cars. To get a quote is even easier with our new online improvements. Go to www. barrett-jackson.com/insurance/, select Get a Quote, enter in a couple key pieces of information about your vehicle and get an estimated quote within seconds! It’s that easy. Don’t be caught without the right insurance for your vehicle. 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Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. 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. 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. English AC Owner’s Club Limited. Grundy Worldwide. 888.647.8639, Grundy Worldwide offers agreed value insurance with no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, and high liability limits. Our coverages are specifically designed for collectible-car owners. From classic cars to muscle cars, Grundy Worldwide has you covered. (*Zero deductible available in most states.) 888.6GRUNDY (888.647.8639). www.grundyworldwide.com. (PA) 503.643.3225, 503.646.4009. U.S. 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. Email: jim@jwfrestoration.com. (OR) Healeys for 35 years. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our web site for details on our restoration process. Located in historic Cedarburg since 1976 — just minutes north of Milwaukee. (WI) experience in Classic Italian Sports cars, we know how to make your car perform as new. Please visit our web site 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. 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 German Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100, Aston Martin of New England. 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) 781.547.5959, 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) 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. restoration 760.758.6119. World class full-service restoration facility. Creating show/show drivers, and driver restorations. Specializing in German, British, and Italian classics. Superb fit, attention to detail, great craftsmanship, knowledgeable staff, passionate on quality. Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) European Collectibles, Inc. AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC. 631.425.1555, All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servicingcomplete mechanical restorations/rebuilds — cosmetic repair/paintwork to complete frame-off restoration. Large inventory of parts. All services as well as our current unventory of automobiles for sale can be seen at www.autosportdesigns.com. (NY) 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. Lamborghini Houston. Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173, We 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) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100, restoration 760.758.6119. World class full service restoration facility. Creating show/show drivers, and driver restorations. Specializing in British, German and Italian classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship; knowledgeable staff; passionate on quality. Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290, Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With 176 Fourintune Garages Inc. 262.375.0876, www.fourintune.com. With over 25 years of experience in complete ground-up restoration on British marques — specializing in Austin- RPM Classic Sports Cars. 802.877.2645, With over 25 years of Porsche of North Houston. 888.588.7634, Porsche of North Houston is a factory authorized Porsche dealership committed to all things Porsche. Porsche of North Houston acti- Sports Car Market 888.588.7634, Lamborghini Houston is a factory authorized Lamborghini dealership offering customers new and pre-owned Lamborghinis in addition to one of the largest selections of exotic cars in the United States. 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vates experiential Porsche ownership for customers offering a large selection of new, pre-owned and vintage Porsches. We offer nationwide shipping. Porsche of North Houston is an indiGO Auto Group dealership. www.porscheofnorthhouston.com.(TX) Import/Export Museums LeMay—America’s Car Museum, Cosdel International Transportation. Since 1960 Cosdel International Transportation has been handling international shipments by air, ocean and truck. Honest service, competitive pricing and product expertise have made Cosdel the natural shipping choice for the world’s best-known collectors, dealers and auction houses. If you are moving a car, racing or rallying, or attending a concours event overseas, Cosdel is your comprehensive, worldwide resource for all of your nationwide and international shipping needs. We are your automobile Export Import Experts. 415.777.2000 carquotes@cosdel.com. www.cosdel.com. (CA) Inspections opened in June 2012 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 3.5-acre show field, theater, 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 We specialize in complete Performance and Modification Projects for all types of vehicles. Spanning decades, we have completed literally hundreds of project cars. Many are used for daily drivers that can aggressively ramp it up for performance venues. Located in the heart of the Midwest, we’re easily accessible. 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Email doug@classicrestodenver.com. www.classicrestodenver.com. (CO) North Chicago / Kenilworth, Il., As “Trusted Advisors” for over 35 years, we have been assisting enthusiasts make critical decisions before creating costly mistakes. Whether servicing, buying or selling, TLD is your one stop destination providing the highest quality services from basic maintenance to full frame-off restorations. www.thelastdetail.com. (IL) Performance Restoration. 440.635.0053, Exciting new location in Northeast Ohio, close to major highways. As always, an open, clean, well-equipped, busy facility. Several projects from antique to sports cars in the works. Always time to help fellow enthusiasts with advice. What can we help you with? supercharged@windstream.net. (OH) The Guild of Automotive RestorGriot’s Garage. 800.345.5789, Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300, with more than 30 years in the industry and worldwide clientele in dealing in European race and sports cars, specializes in classic Ferraris of the ’50s & ’60s. www.ferrari4you.com Literature 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. WeatherTech® Automotive Ac- cessories. 800.441.8527, MacNeil Automotive Products Limited providing Automotive Accessories for your vehicles for over 20 years. MacNeil has defined high quality vehicle protection with the WeatherTech® line of Automotive Accessories. 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The Guild is one of the most recognizable names in the business of restoring antique and classic cars, and with good reason. We are a multi service facility, which means that your car is fully restored under one roof and the process is under full control at all times. Projects are carefully managed through all tasks, and owners are kept informed with weekly email reports, phone calls and photographs. We are skilled in all aspects of the craft of restoration and are as comfortable coach building a car from scratch as we are doing light maintenance on rare and valuable cars or tune-ups on the family’s original heirloom Model T. If you want your car worked on by a company that still maintains their passion of the hobby and provides you with the accountability of good friends, give us a call, we look forward to hearing from you. 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Carl Bomstead eWatch Taking a Close Look at the Texaco T Later Texaco porcelain advertising had a white border around the T, so that is one method of dating when Texaco signs were made Thought Carl’s Bill Morford has been conducting a phone and email auction of “Investment Grade” collectibles for 20 years (www.morfauction. company calls and the bidding goes head-to-head until someone cries uncle. The recent auction included the anticipated selection of country-store items, but there was some interesting car stuff that attracted our attention. The Chrysler Imperial became a separate marque in 1954, and as Chrysler is not noted on the sign, we have to assume it dates to that era. Considering its condition, this sign was a “must” if an Imperial lives in the garage. service stations. These small door signs were in very nice condition, with a couple of minor flea bites noted. These are very popular with gas and oil collectors, but they are also rather plentiful, so the price never gets too crazy. Sold at market-correct money. LOT 150—ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATION FOR A DODGE BROS. MAGAZINE ADVERTISEMENT. SOLD AT: $935. This oil on canvas was dated and signed by the artist, William Meade Prince, and measured 31 inches by 24 inches in the frame. It dated to 1931 and promoted the Dodge Type B sedan. The golf motif was an added plus. The Dodge was lacking in elegance, but I still think the painting should have sold for a bit more. LOT 93—FORD SERVICE TIN FINGER SIGN. SOLD AT: $2,750. Finger signs pointed the way to any number of services and attractions in the era. This one, for Ford Service, appeared to have never been used. There was a time when finger signs were $300 — not a buck less and not a buck more. Obviously not the case here, as the mint condition and the fact that it was automotive-related pushed it to a lofty level. PORCELAIN SIGN. SOLD AT: $1,870. This 1930s heavy porcelain “Black T” Texaco sign was in very acceptable condition, with only one noticeable chip in the left logo. It was dated 3-31 in the corner. Later Texaco advertising had a white border around the T, so that is one method of dating Texaco signs. Another example in comparable condition recently sold at an auction in Dublin, OH, for $800, so someone got a little carried away on this one. com), and on June 22 of this year, he concluded his 75th event. His forte is country store, and he includes only the “best of the best.” However, the fur flies when the auction is over. On the higher-ticket items, call-backs can be requested. So, the next day the auction LOT 2—BUSS FUSE BOX LOT 8—IMPERIAL SERVICE PORCELAIN SIGN. SOLD AT: $1,705. This large, double-sided porcelain sign measured 42 inches by 24 inches, and it was in crisp, as-new condition. One small edge chip was the only imperfection noted. LOT 37—SUNOCO SERVICE SATION RESTROOM PORCELAIN SIGNS. SOLD AT: $633. The colonial figures were used on any number of restroom signs for Sonoco LOT 117—TEXACO CERTIFIED LUBRICATION SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $65 for 12 monthly issues in the U.S., $95 Canada/Mexico, Europe $105, Asia/Africa/Middle East $115. Subscriptions are payable in advance in U.S. currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 877.219.2605, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 178 POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market COUNTERTOP DISPLAY. SOLD AT: $688. This tin litho countertop display had great graphics with a couple of early cars that date to the mid-1930s. Various sized fuses were shown on the sides of the display. The back had storage compartments for the fuses, and it was complete — with several full containers. Vintage display pieces such as this are very collectible, and the price paid here was spot-on considering the excellent condition. LOT 92—TIN HOOD TIRE SIGN. SOLD AT: $2,310. The Hood Tire man appeared in several iterations. In the earlier version, he wore a bow tie, and the flag appeared in a different position. This early tin litho sign was in exceptional unused condition, and a bunch of these must have been found, as they appear from time to time, and they are all promoting the same hardware store. If anything, the price was a bit light considering the as-new condition. ♦