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Sports Car Market PROFILES Keith Martin’s JOIN US The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Subscribe! September 2014 . Volume 26 . Number 9 FERRARI This Month’s Market Movers Up Close by Steve Ahlgrim 74 ENGLISH AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why by Paul Hardiman 76 211 Vehicles Rated at Eight Sales BONHAMS 94 106 1973 Ferrari 246 GT Dino Barn Find $222,718 / Silverstone A wreck in danger of sliding underwater ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne 78 1964 Aston Martin DB5 project $435,522 / Bonhams A nightmare for non-Aston experts GERMAN by Jeff Zurschmeide 82 118 132 144 1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 “Periscopios” $1,624,044 / $1,210,000 / Bonhams Similar cars, but $414k apart. What gives? AMERICAN 158 1974 BMW 2002 Turbo Sports Saloon $77,397 / Bonhams Finally, serious money for a very rare 2002 by Colin Comer 84 RACE by Thor Thorson 88 Newport Pagnell, U.K.: At the allAston auction, 45 of 48 cars ring the bell, and sales total $14.6m — Paul Hardiman RM AUCTIONS Monte Carlo, MCO: RM has its most successful European sale ever, with sales totalling nearly $57m and 79 of 85 cars sold — Paul Hardiman BONHAMS Greenwich, CT: At their best Greenwich sale to date, Bonhams sells 93% of 104 cars for $7.9m — Adam Blumenthal RUSSO AND STEELE Newport Beach, CA: 133 of 401 cars find new owners, and sales total $4.2m — Michael Leven VANDERBRINK West Fargo, ND: The Lowell Lundberg Estate Collection of 40 needy cars totals $335k — B. Mitchell Carlson ROUNDUP Highlights from Lucky in Tacoma, WA, Silverstone in Northamptonshire, U.K., and Dan Kruse in Odessa, TX — Jack Tockston, Paul Hardiman, Phil Skinner 1971 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda Convertible $3,780,000 / Mecum Huge money for an infrequent opportunity 20 1954 Ferrari 375 Plus Competizione $18,315,845 / Bonhams A great car, but not great enough for $20m Cover photo: 1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 “Periscopio”; courtesy of Bonhams Sports Car Market


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68 Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance COLUMNS 24 Shifting Gears One big Ferrari 250 GTO surprise in London — and then exploring RM’s digs in Canada Keith Martin 52 Affordable Classic Rants and raves about five $50k-or-less cars Stephen Serio 56 Collecting Thoughts A 540k with a Third Reich past Miles Collier 58 Legal Files The long, twisted tale of the 1954 Ferrari 375 Plus takes a few more twists and turns John Draneas 64 Simon Says What will happen when Bonhams’ Ferrari 250 GTO crosses the block without reserve? Simon Kidston 86 The Cumberford Perspective This 1971 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda lost some elegance when executives called for fake louvers, a different grille and quad headlamps Robert Cumberford 194 eWatch Norman Rockwell, Ted Williams, “The Rookie” and $22,565,000 Carl Bomstead FEATURES 66 BMW’s New i8: Green is good 68 Pinehurst Concours: An event on the rise DEPARTMENTS 30 Auction Calendar 30 Crossing the Block 36 The Inside Line: ACD Festival, St. Michaels Concours and the Dana Point Concours 40 Contributors: Get to know our writers 42 You Write: Alpine M64 poster, Porsche 928 kudos, Ferrari 360 values and Keith’s Kollection 44 Display Advertisers Index 46 Time Pieces: The Frederique Constant Slimline Classics Automatic 46 Neat Stuff: One-off artwork and a race-car bed for big boys 48 In Miniature: Do your homework before you buy a model car 48 Speaking Volumes: Art of the Classic Car 100 Glovebox Notes: 2014 Fiat 500L 104 Fresh Meat: 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia, 2012 Aston Martin DBS Volante, 2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur 128 NEW! Quick Take: 1973 Volvo 1800ES Sport Wagon 140 Rising Sun: Recent sales of Japanese cars 180 Mystery Photo: “The “Beverly Hillbillies” truck after a full, body-off restoration” 180 Comments with Your Renewal: “Get a couple of shots of the ultra-rare, special-body cars when they appear” 182 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 188 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs 22 Sports Car Market Bill Rothermel


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin From GTO to Mercer in 72 Hours To London for dinner at Bonhams — and then off to Canada to drive some of RM Auctions’ Monterey cars just 39 built, they represent the pinnacle of Ferrari’s achievements in the great age of race tourers, when you could drive a car to the track, race it and drive home. Some say the last one to change hands privately sold near $50m. The numbers bandied about the room went from a low of $35m to a high of $75m. Come August, we’ll all be there when the market speaks. The Mercer Raceabout Alex and I took in the Tower of London the next day and saw a spec- tacular performance of “The Commitments” at the Palace Theatre that night. Then it was a 5:30 a.m. wakeup call, and off to Heathrow. She headed back to Portland, and soon enough I was landing in Detroit. A car was waiting, and 45 minutes later I was at RM’s world headquarters in Chatham. While I’ve known Rob Myers for more than 20 years, I’ve never been Quality time with two star cars from Bonhams and RM I t was late on a Wednesday afternoon, and I was hoisting the Coleman tent and sleeping bags onto the roof rack of our Defender 90 in preparation for the weekend’s vintage Land Rover tour. Then the phone rang. It was Jamie Knight, Group Director of the Bonhams Motoring de- partment. “Hello Keith,” he said. “It’s Bonhams’ 25th anniversary, and we’re having a little dinner to celebrate it at our London headquarters. I hoped you and your daughter would be able to attend.” “Terrific,” I replied. “When?” “Monday.” I thought about it for a second. I was leaving for the Rover trip on Thursday at noon, and planned on camping out for two days, and coming home on Sunday. I had already scheduled a trip the following Wednesday to RM Auctions’ headquarters in Chatham, Canada, to meet with Rob Myers. But my curiosity was piqued, and my reporter’s sixth sense told me that Bonhams wouldn’t bring me and Alex all the way to London from Portland just for a “dinner.” There had to be more going on, and the only way I was going to find out was to shuck my muddy REI outback clothes on Sunday, slip on my Canali sport coat and board the plane. I made a quick call to Alex to see if she was available to go to dinner. “London for dinner on Monday?” she replied. “My bags are already packed.” So that’s how we found ourselves checking into the Royal Automobile Club on Monday afternoon, freshening up and heading to 101 New Bond Street for the 7 p.m. dinner. The GTO Bonhams founder Robert Brooks was waiting for us when we arrived. “Do you have a way to get important news out quickly?” he asked. I told him about our “Breaking News” emails that go out to thousands of subscribers, plus our Facebook posts that reach another 10,000 people. “Then I’ve got a little surprise for you in about 20 minutes,” he said. As we stood in the dining room, the curtains began to go up. Revealed in a spotlight in the room we overlooked was a Ferrari GTO. “Here’s why we’re here,” said Robert. “The ex-Violati Ferrari, s/n 3851GT, in the same ownership for 40 years, and never before offered at auction, is going to be sold at our Quail Lodge auction in August. At no reserve.” For sports-car guys, the GTO is the Holy Grail of automobiles. With 24 to his offices before. There was quite a contrast to Bonhams’ London offices in the midst of Mayfair. RM’s buildings are spread out in the rolling hills of the Canadian countryside. RM is celebrating its 35th anniversary, and in the two days I spent there, I achieved a much better understanding of the comprehensive approach that the company and Myers take to the car community. Specialist Gord Duff picked me up in Chatham in his 1966 GT350, and he gave me the chance to drive it through the countryside to RM. I had barely set down my briefcase when Myers asked if I wanted to drive the 1922 Mercer Type 35R Raceabout they will be offering at Monterey. With an estimate of $2.5m to $3.5m, you can imagine I was quite careful when I shifted the non-synchro gearbox up and down. In the process, I discovered the massive amount of torque available from the 301-ci 4-cylinder engine. I was encouraged to poke around and discover for myself what RM was all about. Unlike any other high-end automobile auction company, RM also operates a first-rate restoration and service facility, and four of their restorations have won our hobby’s highest accolade: Best of Show at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Myers got his start when he opened an auto-repair shop after his sophomore year of high school in 1976. He said, “Once you’ve done paint and bodywork yourself, it becomes much easier to really tell what you’re looking at when someone brings you a car.” RM’s growth has been meteoric. They held their first auction in Toronto in 1992, purchased the Monterey Auction in 1998, had their first Amelia Island auction in 1998 and inaugural Scottsdale sale in 2000. RM held its first European auction, in association with Sotheby’s, in 2007. In 2010, the former Kruse Auction company and Auburn facility was acquired, and a second company, Auctions America, was created. All told, in 2013 RM and Auctions America had 16 auctions and $442 million in gross revenue. The big two The collector car community is a young one, compared to the well-established markets for art and antiquities. These two companies, Bonhams and RM, are just 25 and 35 years old, respectively. Both of these companies have had dramatic growth during their brief tenure. They both have key players who have been with each company from the very beginning. They also both have a continued emphasis on ensuring that their bidders see thoroughly researched and properly represented cars. For both companies, this has been a recipe for success. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Tony Piff Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Star Car: 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk I at RM London Barons — Annual British Heritage Auction Where: Surrey, U.K. When: September 2 Featured cars: • 1965 BMC Mini Moke • 1974 Triumph Stag • 1956 Triumph TR3 More: www.barons-auctions.com Mecum — Dallas 2014 Where: Dallas, TX When: September 3–6 Last year: 986/1,385 cars sold / $37.7m More: www.mecum.com Silverstone — Salon Privé Where: London, U.K. When: September 4 Featured cars: • Star Car: 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso. Right-hand drive. Silverstone estimate: $2.9m–$3.4m • 1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Sedanca by Knibbs & Parkyn. Estimate: $137k– $171k • 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Series II coupe. Estimate: $642k–$728k More: www.silverstoneauctions. com 30 Auction Calendar Email auction info to: chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com. AUGUST JULY 31–AUG 2— BARRETT-JACKSON Reno, NV JULY 31–AUG 2— AUCTIONS AMERICA Burbank, CA 8–9—SILVER Shelton, WA 9—COYS Nürburgring, DEU 14–16—MECUM Monterey, CA 14–16—RUSSO AND STEELE Monterey, CA 15—BONHAMS Carmel, CA 15–16—RM Monterey, CA 16—VANDERBRINK Cleveland, OK 16–17—GOODING & CO. Pebble Beach, CA 22–23—ELECTRIC GARAGE Calgary, AB, CAN 23—SILVER Bozeman, MT 25—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 27–31—AUCTIONS AMERICA Auburn, IN 30—WORLDWIDE Auburn, IN 30–31—SILVER Sun Valley, ID 30–31—LUCKY Tacoma, WA SEPTEMBER 2—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 3–6—MECUM Dallas, TX 4—SILVERSTONE London, U.K. 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. 6—BONHAMS Beaulieu, U.K. 6—VANDERBRINK Grant, NE 6—SILVER Loveland, CO 8—RM London, U.K. 13—BONHAMS Chichester, U.K. 19–20—ELECTRIC GARAGE Red Deer, AB, CAN 19–20—SILVER Portland, OR 20—VANDERBRINK Vining, MN 20—PETERSEN Salem, OR 24—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, U.K. 25–27—BARRETTJACKSON Las Vegas, NV 25–27—RUSSO AND STEELE Las Vegas, NV 26–27—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Austin, TX 29—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS OCTOBER 4—VANDERBRINK Minden, NE 6—BONHAMS Philadelphia, PA 8—H&H Duxford, U.K. 9–10—RM Hershey, PA 9–11—MECUM Chicago, IL 9–11—VICARI Biloxi, MS 10–12—J.WOOD & CO. Birmingham, AL 11—COYS Ascot, U.K. 17–18—BRANSON Branson, MO 18—SPECIALTY AUTO Loveland, CO 19—BONHAMS Stafford, U.K. 24–25—G. POTTER KING Atlantic City, NJ 25—THEODORE BRUCE Melbourne, AUS 28—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 31—BONHAMS London, U.K. 31—MOTOSTALGIA Austin, TX 31–NOV 2—COLLECTOR CAR PRODUCTIONS Toronto, ON, CAN Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Tony Piff Images courtesy of the respective auction companies Brightwells Where: Herefordshire, U.K. When: September 24 More: www.brightwells.com Barrett-Jackson — Las Vegas 2014 Where: Las Vegas, NV When: Sept 25–27 Last year: 656/659 cars sold / $32m Featured cars: • Star Car: 1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow LWB with division. Ordered and purchased by ABC as a gift to Johnny Cash. Documented, original and still bears Cash’s initials on the rear doors from the Rolls-Royce factory Star Car: 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso at Silverstone London Bonhams — Beaulieu Autojumble Where: Beaulieu, U.K. When: September 6 Last year: 112/134 cars sold / $4.4m More: www.bonhams.com VanDerBrink Auctions — The Bullock Family Collection Where: Grant, NE When: September 6 More: www.vanderbrinkauctions. com RM — Automobiles of London Where: London, U.K. When: September 8 Last year: 121/134 cars sold / $33.8m Featured cars: • 1984 Peugeot 205 Turbo 16. Low miles and one of only 200 produced. Homologation special for the Turbo 16 Group B rally car • Star Car: 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk I. Finished in polished aluminum with an olive interior • 1967 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 by Pininfarina. Recently serviced and fully optioned. Complete with power windows, power steering and air conditioning, and presented in the desirable colors of Grigio Fumo with a Pelle Rossa leather interior More: www.rmauctions.com Bonhams — Goodwood Revival Where: Chichester, U.K. When: September 13 Last year: 63/75 cars sold / $21.9m More: www.bonhams.com Electric Garage — Red Deer Fall Finale Where: Red Deer, AB, CAN When: September 19–20 Featured cars: • 2003 Lamborghini Murcielago • 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/ SS • 1968 Plymouth Road Runner convertible More: www.theelectricgarage.com Silver — Portland 2013 Where: Portland, OR When: September 19–20 Last year: 58/150 cars sold / $842k More: www.silverauctions.com VanDerBrink Auctions — The Twin Oaks Collection Where: Vining, MN When: September 20 More: www.vanderbrinkauctions. com Petersen Collector Cars Where: Salem, OR When: September 20 More: www.petersencollectorcars. com • 1968 Shelby GT500. Equipped with automatic transmission, power/tilt steering, power brakes and factory AM radio. Still original California black plate. Documentation since new More: www.barrett-jackson.com Russo and Steele — Las Vegas 2013 Where: Las Vegas, NV When: September 25–27 Last year: 102/237 cars sold / $3.5m More: www.russoandsteele.com Dan Kruse Classics — Hill Country Classic Where: Austin, TX When: September 26–27 Last year: 119/177 cars sold / $2.5m More: www.dankruseclassics.com Shannons — Melbourne Spring Classic Auction Where: Melbourne, AUS When: September 29 More: www.shannons.com.au ♦ Star Car: Ex-Johnny Cash 1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow LWB at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 32 Sports Car Market


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Inside Line SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com. Pacific Northwest Concours d’Elegance Events ■ The Auburn Cord Duesen- berg Festival kicks off on August 24 and continues through the Labor Day holiday weekend with events including a swapmeet, mini beer tents, car shows and a historic tour. There is something for everyone at this automotive event for the entire family. For a full list of events, visit www.acdfestival.org (IN) ■ The Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille is your ticket to an elegant Sunday in the French countryside. Opening at 9:30 a.m. on September 7, the concours consists of three different judging events: Most Beautiful Cars in the World, Concours d’Elegance for the manufacturers’ modern concept cars, and the Grand Prix des Clubs. Publisher Keith Martin will be in attendance as a judge. peterauto.peter. fr (FR) ■ The Pacific Northwest Concours d’Elegance, formerly known as the Kirkland Concours d’Elegance, will roll onto the display areas at the LeMay — America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, WA, on September 7. BMW and 36 the Ford Mustang are the star cars. The Tour d’Jour, a classic-car tour, takes drivers on great western Washington roads on September 5. SCM is a sponsor. Admission is $35 for adults and $25 for America’s Car Museum members. www.lemaymuseum.org (WA) ■ The Colorado Grand will celebrate 26 years of fun this year, and organizers promise 1,000 miles of beautiful Colorado roads, great cars and interesting people. This fun, relaxed event is limited to 85 vintage cars built in 1960 or earlier, and each car has a two-driver team. This year’s Grand runs from September 8 to 13. For registration information, visit www.co1000.com (CO) ■ The Oregon Festival of Cars returns to the Broken Top Club in Bend, OR, from September 12 to 14. This casual, fun event will celebrate 100 years of Maserati, as well as Ferrari cars ■ The green lawns of the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort will host more than 250 classic cars and motorcycles for the 32nd annual Dana Point Concours d’Elegance on September 21. Model Ts, hot rods, customs and motorcycles will come together at Sea Terrace Park on September 20 for a free gathering that includes food booths, seminars and music. www.danapointconcours.org (CA) ■ The Eighth Annual St. St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance Michaels Concours d’Elegance takes place on Sunday, September 28, at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, MD. This year’s star cars are Pre-War Grand Classics with European Coachwork, Wood-Bodied Cars and Significant Sports Cars to 1964. General admission is $35. www.smcde.org (MD) ♦ Sports Car Market and Northwest car collector and dealer Ron Tonkin during Saturday’s Car Show. Sunday brings the famous Sunday Dash — a two-hour dash through Central Oregon’s lightly traveled two-lane roads. www.oregonfestivalofcars. com (OR) Marc Emerson


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Sports Car Market EDITORIAL 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 221 Auctions Editor / Photographer Tony Piff tony.piff@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Associate Editor Chad Tyson chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Editors at Large Colin Comer , Simon Kidston, Donald Osborne Copy Editors Yael Abel, David Tomaro Intern Alec Ebert Senior Auction Analysts B. Mitchell Carlson, Carl Bomstead, Dale Novak Paul Hardiman (Europe), Jack Tockston Auction Analysts John Clucas (Australia), Daniel Grunwald, Jérôme Hardy (Europe), Norm Mort (Canada), Phil Skinner, Michael Leven, John Lyons, Cody Tayloe, Kevin Coakley Contributing Editors Steve Ahlgrim (Ferrari), Gary Anderson (English), Robert Cumberford (Design), John Draneas (Legal), Prescott Kelly (Porsche), Thor Thorson (Race Cars) Contributors John Apen, Diane Brandon, Marshall Buck, Dale Novak Miles Collier, Martin Emmison, Jay Harden, Paul Hardiman, Alex Hofberg, Ed Milich, Stephen Serio, John L. Stein CORRESPONDENCE Email service@sportscarmarket.com Customer Support www.sportscarmarket.com/helpdesk Fax 503.253.2234 General P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 FedEx/DHL/UPS 401 NE 19th Ave., Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232 The information in Sports Car Market magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. 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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 Alpine M64s running strong To the Editor: I just finished reading your August 2014 Race Car profile (p. 72) for the 1964 Alpine M64. Seeing the pictures of the subject car reminded me of a poster I’ve had since my childhood. Dutifully chasing the GT40 (although certainly some laps down!) are two Alpine M64s. I really dig the 1960s graphic design of this poster — the telephoto composition and saturated colors. This poster was some kind of promo for the Cibié lighting company, but Google doesn’t give me any insight as to whether this was part of an ad series, or who the artist was (I also have a mounted 12-inch by 12-inch sticker of a Porsche 917 — bright red body, psychedelic green wheels, Cibié logo on top, in similar long, cropped telephoto view like above). If any of the SCM team has any info, I’d be happy to hear it; otherwise, enjoy the cool image! Notice the lead Alpine has three small lights on its roof, similar to what an 18-wheeler might have on top of its cab. Any idea what those are for? Very best regards from a longtime SCM subscriber. — Gregory McKim, San Diego, CA Porsche 928 kudos To the Editor: A few additions to your nice piece on the Porsche 928 (August 2014, “Affordable Classic,” p. 44). The 928 is indeed the polar opposite of the 911. Comfortable, quiet, spacious, versatile, fast, durable, reliable and well-appointed, it was called “perhaps the best GT ever” (by Road & Track) when it appeared. The 1978 version is (and remains, I believe) the one and only GT to have been awarded European (International) Car of the Year. Often overlooked are the technical innovations that appeared with the 928. To mention just two, there is “rear-wheel countersteering” to enhance corner carving. Second, there is the moveable instrument binnacle that keeps all important gauges in perfect, centered, full view. This latter innovation was highly (and expensively) adver42 I really dig the 1960s graphic design of this poster — the telephoto composition and saturated colors tised by Infiniti, some 25 years later. While your featured car is the 1985 S model, perhaps the 1989 GT is the pinnacle of the 928 line. The GT is a factorymodified stealth S-4, known only as Option Code 639 within Porsche. Brakes, suspension, exhaust, pistons and intake manifold were among its unique features. The external cues are forged (versus cast) rims and dual matte-black exhaust tips. The engine tweaks gave the GT an extra 10 horsepower (326) over a stock S-4, which then held flying-mile and kilometer records at Bonneville (171 mph). Only about 100 GTs made it to the United States. If you did a poll, I bet you’d find that their owners absolutely love these luxury GT cars. — Ed Trottier, Aiken, SC Why can’t the Ferrari 360 keep up? To the Editor: I very much enjoyed reading the profiles on the BMW Z8 (p. 60) and the Ford GT (p. 62) in the July 2014 issue of SCM. As the owner of a Ferrari 360 Modena (a contemporary to these two cars), I noted that you made reference in both profiles that these two cars had managed to retain (or increase) their values better than the contemporary offerings from Ferrari, and I must agree with such assessment. However, as an engineer, my question is why? After all, Ferraris are the cars that have seemed to historically retain and increase in value more than those of most other manufacturers. Some thought indicated the following two reasons for this anomaly: First, Ferrari built a top-of- the-line performance car with the 360 Modena, and then topped it with the next model (the F430). And then Ferrari topped that car with the next model (the 458 Italia). Ferrari has been doing this since day one. These newer, faster, better models rendered the 360 Modena (and its predecessors, the 308, 328, 348, 355…) inconsequential and made it less desirable (and less valuable). Those who could afford it sold their 360s to buy 430s, and then sold their 430s to buy 458s. On the other hand, neither BMW nor Ford has built new models that surpass the Z8 and GT. So, those cars are not competing with the newest and greatest from their own manufacturer — and their owners are not selling them to buy the new BMW Z8.1 or the Ford GT Mark 2. They remain at the top of the BMW/ Ford heap, and their resale values benefit correspondingly. Second, when new, both the BMW Z8 and the Ford GT were recognized as halo or vanity cars from large manufacturers. It is certain that they were not built (given their miniscule production numbers by BMW/ Ford standards) to earn a profit, but to bring status to the marque. Therefore, these cars were probably worth more than their original MSRPs would indicate. On the other hand, the 360 Modena was Ferrari’s bread-andbutter offering, and each sale had to generate profit to the company. Therefore, the comparison of the current market values of the Z8 Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read Ad Index 2shores International .....................................................97 356 Registry ................................................................191 Adamson Industries ....................................................123 AIG Insurance ...............................................................27 Amalgam- Fine Model Cars ........................................105 American Car Collector ..............................................156 Antique Auto Restoration ...........................................177 Aston Martin of New England ......................................57 Aston Martin Select Dealers .........................................95 Auctions America ..........................................................37 Auto Kennel ........................................................165, 185 Automobilia Monterey ...................................................... Automotive Restorations Inc. .............................125, 187 Autosport Designs Inc .................................................159 Barrett-Jackson .................................................27, 31, 33 Bennett Law Office .....................................................130 Beverly Hills Car Club ................................................177 Blackhawk/Auto Collections Inc ..................................62 BMW Car Club of America, Inc. ..................................67 Bonhams / SF ..................................................4–5, 6–7, 9 Branson Collector Car Auction .....................................51 Canepa .........................................................................153 Carlisle Events ............................................................143 Carriage House Motor Cars ....................................16–17 Centerline Alfa Parts ...................................................138 Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille .....................50 Chequered Flag International ......................................167 Chubb Personal Insurance .............................................41 Classic Assets Motorsports Center ..............................117 Classic Investments .....................................................169 Classic Restoration ......................................................139 Classic Showcase ....................................................72–73 CMC Classic Model Cars ...........................................163 Coker Tire .....................................................................12 Collector Car Price Tracker ........................................157 Collector Studio ..........................................................156 Concours d’Elegance at Stan Hywet ...........................141 Copley Motorcars ........................................................157 Cosdel ...........................................................................28 Credit Suisse .................................................................47 D.L.George....................................................................99 Dealer Accelerate ........................................................151 deGarmo Ltd., Classic Motorcars ...............................171 Dragone Classic Motorcars Inc. ..........................129, 170 Driversource Houston LLC .................................101, 161 E-Types USA...............................................................109 Exotic Classics ............................................................178 Fantasy Junction ............................................................69 Ferrari Financial Services ...........................................173 Ferrari North America ...................................................61 Fourintune Garage Inc ................................................191 French Lick Resort Concours .......................................70 Gabriel & Co. ................................................................91 Galerie Rue Toulouse ....................................................60 Gooding & Company ..................................................2–3 Grundy Worldwide ......................................................175 GTO Engineering LTD ...........................................18–19 Guild of Automotive Restorers ...................................149 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. ..........................................171 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. ..................................119 Hahn and Vorbach .......................................................174 Hamann Classic Cars ..................................................107 Heacock Classic .........................................................155 Heritage Classics ...........................................................65 High Mountain Classics ..............................................113 Hyman, LTD .................................................................34 Intercity Lines ...............................................................59 Jayne E. 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Prep .....................................................................172 Leake Auction Company ...............................................87 Legendary Motorcar Company ...................................137 Lime Rock Park Historic Festival ...................................8 Lucky Collector Car Auctions ......................................90 Luxury Brokers International ......................................173 Mac Neil Automotive Products Ltd ..............................14 Maserati North America ..............................................196 Mathews Historic Racing ..............................................49 Mercedes Classic Center ...............................................43 Mershon’s World Of Cars ...........................................115 Morphy Auctions ........................................................116 Morris & Welford, LLC ................................................81 Motor Classic & Competition Corp. ...........................185 Motorcar Gallery .........................................................153 Newco Products Inc. ...................................................185 Octane .........................................................................172 P21S ............................................................................161 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions ..............................135 Park Place LTD .............................................................71 Passport Transport .......................................182, 184, 186 Paul C. Cain ................................................................167 Paul Russell And Company ..........................................53 porsport.com ...............................................................165 Premier Financial Services .........................................195 Putnam Leasing .............................................................23 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd. ............................................63 RB Collection..............................................................155 Reliable Carriers ...........................................................93 RM Auctions ...............................................10–11, 13, 15 Road Scholars .............................................................111 Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo ..........................................175 Russo & Steele LLC .....................................................45 SCM’s Monterey Insiders Seminar .............................181 Scuderia Parts ..............................................................169 Silver Collector Car Auctions ................................. 38-39 Sports Car Market .......................................................104 Steve Anderson Illustrations .......................................187 Swissvax USA, LLC .....................................................55 Symbolic Motor Car Co ................................................25 T.D.C. Risk Management ..............................................27 The Auto Collections ..................................................147 The FJ Company .........................................................133 The Flying Dutchman Co. ...........................................179 The Stable, Ltd. ...........................................................121 Tom Vail’s All Ferrari Parts Inc. ..................................26 Velocity Channel .........................................................142 Vicari Auctions ............................................................131 Vintage Car Research ..................................................191 Vintage Rallies ............................................................159 VintageAutoPosters.com .............................................186 Watchworks .................................................................191 West Coast Classics, LLC ...........................................179 Worldwide Group ..........................................................35 Zohar Marketing ...........................................................29 44 You Write We Read and GT to their original prices benefits from the fact that the original prices of these two cars were artificially low. I wonder if these arguments make sense and welcome any comments/critique. Meanwhile, keep up the good work. — John Ratto, Las Vegas, NV Fast Times with Simon To the Editor: In my almost 52 years on this planet (tomorrow will mark 52) — plus nine months give or take in utero — I have never wanted to be anyone else but me. And then I read “Fast Times in Monaco” (July 2014, “Simon Says” p. 44). It doesn’t suck to be Simon Kidston. — Randy Zelin, New York, NY Executive Editor Chester Allen replies: Mr. Zelin, we’re sure that Simon has a bad day every now and then, but we’re not sure why. Carburetor confusion To the Editor: I love your magazine and I can’t wait to receive it every month. I rely on you for the truth in what is happening in the market and also for accuracy. To that point, I would like to offer this information: In your article about the 1958 Devin Special (SCM June 2014, American Profile p. 78), the second paragraph states that the engine is a Chevy 283 with dual Carter AFB carburetors on a Bill Devin-produced manifold. The picture included illustrates dual Carter WCFB carburetors, which makes more sense. Looks like Bill Devin took this a step further by casting what he thought was a better manifold than Chevy made for these carburetors. WCFBs were available on Corvettes from 1956 to 1961. WCFBs were 450 cfm each and were a great package for a small-block Chevy around 300 horsepower. AFBs, on the other hand, were 650 cfm and a pair of them would have been too much carburetion for a 283-ci engine back in the day. Further on in the article, it states that the current engine is a date-coded 1962 Corvette 283 with the aforementioned Devin intake manifold. Everyone who reads Sports Car Market and knows Corvettes knows that 1962 Corvettes were only produced with 327-ci engines in four horsepower ratings, none of them with dual 4-barrel carburetors. I am sure that you printed the information that was given to you by Auctions America. Just wanted you to know someone is paying attention to the details! — Bob Feldman, Brick, NJ Executive Editor Chester Allen responds: Bob, thanks for reading — and for your keen eye. Keith’s Kollection To the Editor: I just read your column entitled “The Perfect Pairing” (August 2014 “Shifting Gears,” p. 18), and felt compelled to write to you, not just to introduce you to someone who has very similar taste in cars, but also to thank you for validating my choices. In your “Up to $500k” category, you chose a 1960–63 Ferrari 250 GTE and a 1962–64 Jaguar E-type Series I 3.8 OTS. And guess what? I have a 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE (the yellow one that is scheduled to appear in the Reader’s Mailbag segment of the July 31 episode of “What’s My Car Worth”) and a 1964 Jaguar E-type Series I 3.8 OTS (chassis 88144 — one of the last 500 made)! Both are solid and very presentable drivers. And both see quite a bit of action — yearround. But I have one other car that I know you like — and that you would probably add to your “Up to $500k” group if your column’s subject was instead “Three’s The Charm” — a 1971 Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV. Another great looker and driver. (By the way, based on pur- chase price alone and not FMV, the three combined would be in the “Up to $125k” heading.) So, that is my entire collec- tion. Three cars. Three cars the two of us truly appreciate. Maybe I should refer to them as Martin’s Minions. Or Keith’s Kollection. Well, maybe not. (Editor’s Note: Sorry Mr. Klion, it’s too late to take that gem back.) Anyway, if you are ever in or near the Hudson Valley in New York and would like to go for a drive in any one or more of your “Under $500k” dream cars, feel free to get in touch. The only joy with my cars I find greater than bringing a smile to passers-by when I drive them is bringing a smile to good friends when they drive them! Keep up the great work. Love your magazine. — Scott Klion, via email. ♦ Sports Car Market …that is my entire collection. Three cars…. Maybe I should refer to them as Martin’s Minions, or Keith’s Kollection


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg Watch collectors always discuss whether t The Sophisticated Watch With the 350 V8 bigger bucks on a watch that has a unique m and is made “in-house” — or to just buy a t that employs — in the world of cars — wh be a standard 350-ci V8 GM engine. The in ing part of this debate is that every watch b will face this choice and make a decision co sciously — or not — during every transac tion. Both sides of this argument are perfectly valid, and there is a ready market for either level of watch with customers, some of whom are aware of the trends, and some of whom are simply buying a watch. So, here is a candidate for the perfect steel dress-strap watch under $2,500. In other words, this is the perfect reason to choose the 350 V8... The small firm of Frederique Constant h once again achieved a remarkably tasteful de to add to their existing Slimline Collection to use their words, “unites style, elegance a quality at sensible prices.” To my eye, they a as the exquisite dial treatment and case con allow this watch to compare favorably with w that are far more expensive. Many consumers are unaware of F Constant. Founders Aletta Bax and Peter Stas introduced a value-based brand in 1992 that has, over the years, successfully offered simple, sophisticated dress watches — some with quartz movements, some automatic — and quite a few manufacture models. The first element that draws the Details Production date: Introduced in 2014 Best place for one: A meeting in the boardroom — where you are not sitting at the head of the table. This watch demonstrates sophistication without outdoing your boss. is best): Ratings ( Rarity: Durability: Parts/service availability: Cool factor: Web: www.frederique-constant.com eye to Frederique Constant’s most recent offering is the exquisite silvered guilloche dial (the machining process that compounds finely engraved lines to create complex patterns much like the old Spirograph we played with as kids). The silvered surface employs four concentric circles of both patterned and smooth Neat Stuff by Tony Piff Document Your Unique Car With Unique Artwork Automotive designer Steve Anderson creates photorealistic illustrations for car-collecting clients on a bespoke basis. Each piece is hand-finished on archival paper using ink, airbrush, markers, colored pencils and gouache paints. Anderson takes pains to nail those all-important personal details, down to the bumper stickers and personalized plates. Prices start at $395 for a standard single-car profile. www. saillustrations.com 46 hlight the center and give it depth — feature the legibility of the Roman d minute marks around the perimeter. e dial are mounted a pair of moon ued to resist corrosion in the clase. No seconds indication is shown. y, the designers did not want to clutter e dial with some form of seconds hand. tered below the hands is a calendar perture, which is positioned and scaled to be unobtrusive. Executed in a stainless steel 39-mm case featuring a brilliantly coined edge that has a graceful dome o its surface, the new Slimline Ultra t has a modern size and heft without g oversized. The crystal is low and has of a dome. The case back is secured ircle of fine screws to ensure water re. The center of the case back is mounted itional sapphire crystal to allow view- echanism. winding mechanical movement found h is an FC-306, featuring 25 jewels, r hour and a 42-hour power reserve. s in fact a Sellita 300.8 caliber, which is an industry standard used by countless companies, and more importantly, is quite supportable by any properly trained watch technician. The simple advantages are a relatively low-cost movement, international parts availability from any watch material supplier, and longevity that is enhanced by the rather long production run for this caliber. The new Frederique Constant Slimline has an MSRP of $2,295. Given all of the subtle treatments and overall aesthetics, it compares favorably with watches from other prestigious brands — and even among Frederique Constant’s own manufacture movements, which start at $2,795. The movement choices available from the Swiss watch industry are increasing, with ever more companies vying for customers who will buy their unique movements. However, the real battle is won or lost at the hands of the salespeople and bloggers who recommend and tout these watches — or steer customers into lower-priced, easier-tosell time pieces. Sweet Dreams Bedtime readers and TV watchers will appreciate the automotive-inspired Consolatio platform bed from Morgann Paull. An armrest with cup holders folds up into the contoured leather “headboard,” and there are built-in shelves on either side. Available in black or tan. $3,999 from www.morgannpaull.com © Sports Car Market


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck Avoiding the Pitfalls of High-End Model Collecting It’s a good time for an overview of the collector model market. Most of us enjoy the car hobby on many levels. I’m sure we can agree that none of us likes to throw caution to the wind with every single purchase we make — just a few here and there! Numerous high-end models — old and new —have sold very well at auctions and private sales for quite a while now. As with real cars — and any collectible — there is a great deal of misinformation coming from almost all areas. There are many pitfalls to avoid. You can make good, bad and stupid purchases. First, do your homework. If you want to seriously collect, then you need to know and understand the market. Right now, as is often the case, there are many “armchair experts” dispensing opinions, advice and bad information. I have seen some fantastic models slip away at bargain-basement prices due to lack of knowledge or attention. On the flip side, in the heat of the moment, I have seen some terrible and very common models sell for ludicrously high prices. Why? I suspect the buyer’s lack of knowledge, overactive ego, and a very active bidder’s bar. Second, know model values. If you are starting out and unsure about values and collectibility, contact more than one (real) expert. Note that eBay is not always a good barometer for true values of many items. Most top-end models don’t sell on eBay. As with real cars, there are variables to consider and no simple pat answers. There are genuinely good buys out there, and some fly under the radar — until it is too late. Third, know the true definition of “rare.” Although I do correctly use the word “rare” in my descriptions, it has become so abused that maybe it should Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Art of the Classic Car By Peter Bodensteiner, photos by Peter Harholdt, Motorbooks, 224 pages, $33.80, Amazon Some readers of our humble little car rag are the same people spending teensy, tiny portions of their wealth to set astounding new multi-million-dollar records at auction for high-quality cars, while the rest of us can only dream about owning them. One reason people keep buying books dedicated, essentially, to high-quality automotive porn is they are the best way to add to our fantasy car collections. We all have them — that huge museum/garage that we fill with cars we must (but can never) own. Art of the Classic Car is a lavish shopping list of a book. It treads familiar ground, with beautiful studio images of beautiful collector cars, but the selection of cars makes this book an especially useful tool for fantasy shopping. Focused on classics of the vaguely pre-war era, from 1910 to the 1940s, Art of the Classic Car brings into focus a drool-worthy collection that includes some of the most beautiful and important cars of that time period. Stutz Bearcat, Duesenberg SJ Mormon Meteor I, Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster, Delage D8-120S Cabriolet, Bentley Speed Six Blue Train Special and the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B are just a few of the 25 marques and models featured. Photographer Peter Harholdt is familiar as the man behind the lens of Motorbooks’ previous effort, Art of the Hot Rod. His beautiful studio work is complemented by text from Peter Bodensteiner, a well-respected writer, editor and publisher. 48 only be applied to cooking food. If a model is one that hardly ever comes up for sale, then it is rare. If fewer than 100 have been made, it is rare. Fourth: The term “limited edition” is overused and abused. Most model manufacturers now use those two words to imply something is better or more worthy than it truly is. If more than 250 are being made, then in reality it is not so limited, and if multiple versions of the same item are being made, then it may add up to being less than a good value. On this subject, there have been a number of standard and limited editions that manufacturers cut short. This often turns those models into real collectibles. Hand-built, pro-built and custom-built models are far bet- ter and command much higher prices. Most often these pieces are truly very rare, and are built or produced by enthusiasts and artisans in Europe and North America. Finally, “scratch built” means the model has been built completely from the ground up. It was built from raw materials — not based on a kit or any other model — and often can take thousands of hours to create. Many models labeled as “scratch built” are not. Yes, some are truly scratch built. Even my own CMA Ltd. edition models have occasionally been improperly listed in catalogs as scratch built. In conclusion, buy with your eyes open and buy what you like. Each car is treated to an eight- to 10-page spread, with engine and interior details, as well as full body shots that leave you breathless with desire (see “automotive porn” above), while the text fills in the history and the significance as well as the mechanical details. Art of the Classic Car is the perfect way to fill those slots in the personal museum of the mind we all seem to create, that collection of “must-have” automobiles. Provenance: Bodensteiner and Harholdt are both pros of high caliber, and having direct access to the cars for photography gave them full run of the intimate details of some of the most important automobiles in existence. Fit and finish: Design and reproduction are top notch, with lovingly printed color images and a simple layout without typographical gimmicks or fussy details. Drivability: I don’t know what things are like in your house, but She Who Must Be Obeyed doesn’t necessarily share my passion for all things automotive. So the addition of another large-format photo book, even one as nice as this, is usually tolerated for a bit, and then banished to the Auto Cave. But sometimes, a book gets to be around longer because of the sheer beauty of the cars and the way they are presented. Art of the Classic Car is a coffee-table book that, thanks to the cars involved, might actually get to spend significant time on the coffee table, and that sets it apart. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Affordable Classic Five Great $50k Cars Serio’s Gang of Five $50k Buy-Nows Jump into the past and find five great cars that won’t bust your wallet or live in the repair shop by Stephen Serio It should be stated that my dream garage consisted of an Aston Martin DB5, Ferrari 246 GT and a Porsche 356A Speedster. In 1981, old sports cars were just that and nothing more. I wouldn’t even say “cool” old sports cars because that fairy-dust moniker simply didn’t apply yet to the general population. Somehow, our slightly bent collective DNA insisted that we cared for junk that 99.99% of the population was ready to discard. Freaks indeed and proud of it, we had each other, but sadly, nary a classic ride to swan around in and drive on road trips. The first buys Apropos of nothing outside of this blather- 1973 BMW 2002 tii A llow me to fire up Mr. Peabody’s Wayback Machine for some personal perspective on a chronic, serious car-collecting habit. Maintaining such a habit for 35 years is certainly (albeit marginally) better than being a fall-down alcoholic, a street-punk heroin addict or a perpetual gambler-loser. The aforementioned addictions are generally shunned by society — and wreak a terrible impact on those who are involved in their terrible wake. Hold on... they leave you chronically broke, looking for the next high and always chasing a powerful adrenaline rush? Draw your own conclusions about the tie-ins with old cars — and how we’ve somehow justified the “just one more, I promise” statement to those who perhaps love us. When asked to write something for this issue that wasn’t an insult to Lagonda owners, third-tier auction companies and their phony barn finds or Donald Osborne, I was immediately flummoxed and thought I was being pranked. The edict from SCM was clear: “List five cars you can buy for under $50k whose upkeep won’t make your wife leave you.” SCM has me led to a melancholy place. Ultimately staggered by my own introspec- tion, I’ve sadly realized I’ve become “that guy” who could pointlessly wax on about the good old days.... Say it isn’t so! Blasting into the past Let me set the Wayback Machine to Rochester, NY, in 1981, where a room of fellow collegiate car geeks are mindlessly pontificating on which three dream cars we would buy with a total budget of $25k. We were already attempting to have “something” fun to drive, so we did have our priorities straight. Alas, we were nothing more than lemmings with budgets, and we were all drinking the used VW Rabbit GTI/Audi Fox Kool-Aid. I’m not sure any of those will be ranked as highly desirable collectibles any century soon. As we were all soon to be starving photographers or engineers, this concept of spending $25k on a dream collection was, at best, foolish and grandiose. The dream of “driving and enjoying” these old cars was great fuel for the fire — well, that and an empty case of Rolling Rock ponies. 52 ing, in 1986 my first Aston Martin DB4 was acquired for $8k (split with a buddy because of my already cumbersome debt on the next car listed), first Dino 246 GT for $24k in 1986, ($20k borrowed) and first Porsche 356B Notchback for $6k (which I briefly considered making into a Cabriolet). I had very little true car servicing knowledge and monetary horsepower to keep these things running, so all of these cars were the start of a never-ending learning curve. The Aston didn’t like winter and New England snow, the Dino was, at best, awfully temperamental, and the Porsche was in many ways just a dull old 60-hp car. The Aston was upgraded to a better DB4 18 months later, the Dino was sent packing for an Aston V8 Vantage in 24 months, and the 356 was upgraded to a 356B Super Roadster 30 months later. Which brings us to today’s challenge and the bow that wraps it all together: I’ve personally owned roughly 75 “Classic” cars. All were purchased to drive and enjoy. I don’t understand the joy in just admiring something with an engine and four wheels. Let me explain how you can successfully obtain a great-driving Classic for far less than $50k. The criteria Each of these cars can and should be a five-star ex- ample, which means the car won’t leave you penniless and divorced because of the maintenance and running costs. These five cars all have different driving virtues and possess great visual panache. They also have fantastic parts availability, are not high-strung maintenance ogres, were made in decent volume and appeal to lots of folks, so they should maintain their value if purchased wisely and cared for with their use. I have also owned all of them (sometimes to an un- healthy degree) at one time or another. I guess you write about what you know. My criteria were to keep marital bliss and not drain your wallet because, let’s face it, $50k is a luxury that Sports Car Market


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should not be taken likely. Faster, rarer and much more exotic cars exist in this price range, but they carry bigger risks in terms of maintenance costs and domestic happiness. My choices may seem pedestrian compared with a modern Bentley Turbo R, Aston Martin DB7, BMW 850, Porsche 928 or Ferrari 400i, but none of them will cost you more to maintain than to buy. Yesterday’s exotic car on a budget is a different primer. Serio’s Gang of Five So, finally, in no particular order, I present to you the simple/stupid/ fun old-car list: 1972–74 BMW 2002 tii. A total of 7,449 were produced for the USA. I prefer the 1972–73 round-taillight version, but a very clean 1974 square-taillight/big-bumper car should not be overlooked if it is überclean with super history. Along with the original Mini Cooper, this has to be the most sig- nificant shoebox-looking sports coupe ever produced. There would be no BMW today without the success of this car. We are now just seeing these cars get over-restored, which is where asking prices can be found above $50k. A very rare European 2002 ti was just advertised for 85k euro — a rather eye-watering price. Drive a well-cared-for, slightly tweaked example on a two-lane road and you’ll fall in love. I drove one across the country in 1991, and it was effortless. I own two of them today. They are the single-best fun, usable daily drivers ever. Find the Car and Driver review written by David E. Davis Jr. from April 1968. Finer words have never been written about a car — let alone a BMW. 1965–67 Porsche 912. A total of 20,263 were produced worldwide. I like the proportion of the early short-chassis cars. The 1965 threegauge dash is cooler looking, but the 1966–67 five-gauge dash is more helpful. This car was maligned for years and largely ignored by the true Porsche lover/snob. Four cylinders versus six? Why bother? I’ll tell you 1966 Porsche 912 why: I’ve always considered the 912 the smart man’s 356 instead of the poor man’s 911. If a 356 is appealing to you, but the price isn’t, consider the 912 as a 356 with a better back seat. Most examples have suffered because they were truly worthless for decades, but great ones exist and can be found with a few weeks of digging. Porsche enthusiast Jerry Seinfeld summed it up recently in five words: “Lighter, more agile, cooler image.” I’m not the only one singing praises here, it seems. If you’re wringing out a 912, you are having a great interactive auto moment hustling through the exit ramps. You can actually drive this car at eight- or nine-tenths of its ability on daily roads. Do that in any modern Porsche, and you’ll beg the officer not to lock you up. There’s something rather satisfying about driving something near its limit — even if that limit has just under 100 horsepower. P.S.: Please remember the 912 outsold the 911 when introduced. September 2014 53


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Affordable Classic Five Great $50k Cars 1964 Buick Riviera 1963–65 Buick Riviera, which is one of Bill Mitchell’s favorite de- signs and rightfully so. Okay, calling it “a cross between a Ferrari and a Rolls-Royce” might seem like a stretch, but if you took a Ferrari 250 GTE, a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II and a Super Wildcat Riviera on a tear around the mountains, you may feel that Buick was onto something. There are few things as spectacular as a well-turned-out black Riv with a red leather interior. If you like style and power, this is your ride. With 340 to 360 horsepower offered, it gets going, and it’s full of 1960s American bravado and opulence. You can buy two great Rivieras for under $50k. Beware of eight mpg mileage and the over-complicated “power everything.” There are about 150,000 original units to pick from, so choose one that still might be with its careful original owner and you’re properly road-tripping with family and friends. Big pimpin’, if you will. Fake knock-offs have never been cooler, and the 1965 clamshell lights are a one-of-a-kind thing. 1961–73 Volvo 1800/1800ES. Volvo churned out 39,407 coupes and 8,077 ES sport wagons. For 50 large you buy the pair! Squint at the early coupe, and you will see styling cues from the Fiat 8V Supersonic. The coolest car to ever come out of Sweden was this steed used by Roger Moore as Simon Templar in “The Saint.” Focus on the early “long-horn” split-bumper early coupe and the 1972–73 P1800ES “sport wagon,” and you’ll possess the coolest dualcar garage this side of Stockholm. Your friends might think you’ve lost the plot, but who cares? A fellow by the name of Irv Gordon has driven one over 3 million miles, and that in itself makes the car for me. Get a manual transmission for both, and avoid the ES automatic — but do get a/c in the later car. The egg-crate grille, the mod dash, and the chrome strip down the side have this car reeking of style. (As an aside, the brain-damageauction-result award of the year so far involved a $92k 1800ES at Greenwich/Bonhams. Hopefully the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse were out in Cancun on holiday because that was certainly an opportu- 1967 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT Veloce nity for them to start setting things on fire.) Europeans have a better appreciation for these and tend to use these cars on the track and rallying more than we do here. I like their style, and that tells you something about how they drive. 1965–68 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT/GT Veloce, with a heavy preference given to the step-nose cars. Worldwide production of approximately 14,240 units would prove this to be a very successful coupe for Alfa Romeo. Lots of focus has been paid recently to the rise in value of the same-era Alfa Spider, but I actually prefer the closed car. Non-red exterior and black-dash examples are my favorite, but they are somewhat difficult to find fully restored. You’ll have to live with fake wood-grain dash. With 110-ish horsepower, the car measures well against the 2002tii, but sex appeal goes to the Alfa. You have to love any car that is as comfortable on the highway as it is on the twisty bits. Slight GTA improvements are always a plus, whether they are just wheels or brake and suspension upgrades. Throw your wallet at this one and buy the best of the best. Thank me with a bottle of Vermentino. An honorable mention has to go to the 2005–11 Lotus Elise/Exige — if you don’t like oil spots on your garage floor and the occasional dead battery. Email me for details. Buy it and drive it When that college-aged group of “American Graffiti”/“Animal House” car geeks were pondering cars and lusting after them like they were Playboy centerfolds — and I’m talking the proper, three-pagefoldout version — we never imagined our fantasy cars would one day become a tradable currency and an asset class. The true sadness for me within that new reality is that those cheap old rides of yesterday will rarely be measured on how they drive today with their new owners. Go drive one of my “affordable” choices, bring friends and go somewhere that involves a multi-day trip. Oh damn.... I just waxed on, didn’t I? ♦ Separated at birth? The 1962 Volvo P1800 at left bears a remarkable resemblance to the 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic, although the Fiat is substantially less affordable 54 Sports Car Market Pawel Litwinski, courtesy of Gooding & Company


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Collecting Thoughts Mercedes-Benz 540K with a Third Reich Past A Troubling, Important Artifact This car bears testimony to a murderous regime, so it is an important document of its time by Miles Collier tant or celebrated person. Consider the station wagon that Ansel Adams used to take his Yosemite photographs — or one of Elvis Presley’s beloved Cadillacs. Fourth and last, consider automobiles that have become personalities through film: the Batmobile, or James Bond’s Aston Martin DB4. By these criteria, our subject Mercedes hits the trifecta of historic importance, association, and notoriety. Any Mercedes 540K is a noteworthy car by virtue of being the ultimate expression of Mercedes’ art. Its association with the KDF 1938/1943 Mercedes-Benz 540K Spezial Aktion Panzer Saloon — important, if unsavory, history A 1938/1943 Mercedes-Benz 540K Spezial Aktion Panzer Saloon, an armored VIP transport for high-ranking members of the Third Reich, sold for $765,609, including buyer’s premium, on June 27, 2014, at Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed sale in Chichester, England. For this observer, this lot was extraordinary because it raises issues that extend beyond the nicely closeted arena that normally encompasses our meditations. On one hand, I am captivated by the historic significance of this car. Here is an object that was employed at the center of the Nazi prosecution of World War II. It is marinated in drama. We can only speculate at the “political personalities” it transported, and at their errands and destinations. Yet simultaneously, we recognize that this important artifact is a tangible expres- sion of an irredeemably evil empire; one that conspired at the murder of tens of millions of innocents — and that came frighteningly close to overwhelming civil society with the howling dark of barbarism. Traits of important cars Before we continue, let’s consider the things that make an automobile “important.” A number of factors are key: First is the automobile’s influence on world history. We would ask if the particular car was a societal change agent like the Ford Model T, arguably the most important car ever built. Then we would ask whether it incorporated some novel technology that forever transformed the design art of the automobile, as did the 1912 Peugeot Charlatan Grand Prix car, which introduced four-valve, double-overhead-cam architecture. We would ask whether the automobile was present at the time history was made. Consider the Gräf and Stift double phaeton in which Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, were assassinated on June 28, 1914, the proximate cause of World War I. Second, we would ask whether our subject was used to accomplish an important or celebrated feat: Consider the two-time Le Mans-winning Ford GT40. We could ask whether the car was generally notorious, say the 1933 Duesenberg “Twenty Grand” Rollston Torpedo sedan noted in the day for both style and astronomical cost. Third, we would ask whether the automobile was closely associated with an impor- 56 Peoples’ Car venture that turned into hugely important Volkswagen after the war makes our subject historically important. It is also associated with the KDF’s designer, Ferdinand Porsche, so we add famous personage connections to its role in history. The subsequent modifications into VIP transport for the Reich Chancellery in Berlin during World War II transform our subject car into a very rare artifact intimately associated with the power structure of Nazi Germany in a way that ordinary war materiel, say a Kübelwagen — or even a Tiger tank — are not. This machine occupied the heart of darkness in the same manner a desk from that same Reich Chancellery would have done. It gives us a frisson. An important artifact Now here’s the tension: Today this automobile is a ca- thartic artifact of a murderous regime. Simultaneously, today’s popular culture has yet to find better villains than Nazis, which explains the continuing popularity of the theme in thrillers, war epics, spy novels and adventure movies 70 years after the fall of the Third Reich — even when few people with direct experience are still alive. Now consider the adventure epic “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” with its kitschy Nazi bad guys. Our 540K Spezial Aktion Panzer (just get a load of the name) could easily have had a starring part. Popular culture can’t help but conflate those two roles — catharsis and kitsch — in this 540K. Consequently, this automobile is culturally am- biguous. We approach it with trepidation. Ultimately the issue doesn’t lie with the object itself, which is unquestionably authentic and important, but with our approach to it. For in the end, history just is. What does that mean for the future disposition of this artifact? I certainly would hope that the buyer proves to be a person of judgment. I would be distressed to see this important artifact restored to “Pebble Beach” standards and festooned in swastikas. Sports Car Market


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Caring for symbols of a troubling past Recall that complete restorations divorce the historic object from its artifactual reality — its very history. When we visit a Holocaust museum, or any memorial to an enormous, tragic crime, say the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City, we go to engage with the common clay of the physical remains. We go to receive witness. Much debate has taken place concerning the appropriate conser- vation state for the Nazi death camps. They are so important that the testimony inherent in their fabric must never be allowed to disappear. To that end, they require continuing conservation; yet the spirit revolts at making them pristine “Disney Worlds” of Nazi brutality. This is the problem that the buyer of the Mercedes Spezial Aktion P limousine faces. A historic document in the form of a car I would be inclined to restore the car in the spirit of the camps. I have written in the past that old automobiles are historic documents. Their natural state testifies to their epoch and to their subsequent journey to the present. Consequently, restoration is indicated only when the documentary value of the restored vehicle exceeds the documentary value of the unrestored vehicle. As the restoration process itself unavoidably destroys much of that value, the degree of deterioration that justifies a restoration must be considerable. Accordingly, our subject automobile would give better witness without a major restoration. Even so, an appropriate restoration will be a very expensive undertaking given the amount of work that is required (the engine is wrong and the gearbox is missing). Unquestionably, our subject car deserves to be brought back. This vehicle cries out for us to allow it to speak. As a parting note, let’s visit the Bonhams catalog for a moment. In the text, the writer avers that the new buyer would have a choice of either restoring the car as a 540K Spezial Aktion P saloon or of taking it back in time to its original 540K Cabriolet B incarnation. Such an option does not exist. Aside from being a financial disaster, the value of a 540K Cabriolet B with replica body being substantially less than cost of the work, the historic nature of this important artifact would be completely destroyed. In essence, such a misguided strategy would replace original historic fabric with modern replica components. The outcome would only be vandalism. Finally, the catalog notes that the engine supplied with the car is from a 500K. The text seems to say that the original 540K engine is now installed in that original 500K donor car. If true, we hope that the parties could exchange engines, as both would benefit. What is a piece of history like our subject 540K worth? Priceless. Monetarily, given the extraordinary conservation costs, and the controversial nature of the object, this was a fair transaction for both parties. ♦ September 2014 57


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Legal Files John Draneas Litigation Breeds More Litigation Regarding Ferrari 375 Plus The car sold for a whopping $18m at Bonhams’ 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, but the lawyers are still working court reversed the ruling on the basis that the HOA’s terms required resolution of all disputes in London, so Ohio courts lacked jurisdiction to enforce it. Although the Ferrari and all parts and records held by Lawson had already been sent to Bonhams, the confusion delayed matters, and the Ferrari was not included in the Goodwood Revival auction. Let’s try again Bonhams later announced that the Ferrari would be sold at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed auction. Lawson and Ford cried foul, asserting that the HOA specifically provided for the sale at the 2013 Revival auction. As that didn’t happen, the deal was off. They also expressed concern that the Goodwood Festival of Speed auction would be a much smaller affair, and the sales price might well suffer. Consequently, they formally withdrew any authority granted to Bonhams to sell the car, and their attorneys insisted that Bonhams not proceed. Surprisingly, Bonhams proceeded with the auc- Is it really a done deal? S everal years ago, “Legal Files” reported about the litigation surrounding 1954 Ferrari 375 Plus, s/n 0384AM (October 2010, p. 30). The 375 Plus, one of six made, was well-known in the hands of Jack Swaters, the Belgian former race driver and Ferrari im- porter. Karl Kleve, an atomic scientist who worked on the Manhattan Project, claimed that the 375 was stolen from him. Both men have since died. Kleve’s position passed to his daughter, Kristine Kleve Lawson in 2003, and Swaters’ position passed to his daughter, Florence Swaters, in 2010. Lawson sold part of her interest in the 375 Plus to Joe Ford, who has shouldered the bulk of the litigation burden. Ford, in turn, financed part of that effort through Christopher Gardner in exchange for a share of Ford’s ultimate recovery — the amount of which is in dispute between them. A settlement or not? It appeared that the intense dispute waged in Ohio state court had been settled in 2013. The parties and Bonhams entered into an agreement under British law titled a “Heads of Agreement.” An HOA is generally understood to be a non-binding agreement similar to a letter of intent in the United States, which sets out the expected terms of a deal. A binding agreement is expected to follow later. However, this particular HOA does not specifically state whether it is binding or not, and the parties disagree as to its meaning and effect. Under the HOA, the parties appeared to agree to resolve their claims by consigning the Ferrari to Bonhams for sale at no reserve at the 2013 Goodwood Revival Auction. Bonhams agreed to bear all of the marketing, photography and transport costs associated with the auction, take only a 10% buyer’s premium and remit 50% of the hammer price to the Swaters interests and 50% of the hammer price to the Lawson interests. Immediately after the HOA was signed, the parties returned to Ohio state court. After a trial court ruling enforcing the HOA, the appeals 58 tion. The Ferrari was hammered sold at $18,315,845, including buyer’s premium. This was reported to be the second-highest sales price ever at a British auction. Ford has identified the winning bidder as a trust created by the CEO of a major U.S. corporation for the purpose of assembling a major car collection. The buyer’s attorneys have reportedly told Ford’s attorneys that the bidder has not paid the purchase price because Bonhams is unable to convey clear title to the Ferrari. They proposed to pay the purchase price on the condition that all parties assign their interests in the Ferrari to the buyer, with all of the funds held in escrow until the parties are able to sort out who is entitled to how much. Ford said that their proposal was acceptable to everyone except Florence Swaters. More legal gears grind As of this writing, Bonhams has just filed an action in London claiming that it has been paid the full sales price for the car, although it does not state from whom. Bonhams has asked for leave to pay the net sales proceeds to the court, to be divided among the warring parties as they are determined to be entitled. But Bonhams threw a major monkey wrench into the works. It claims that: 1. Less than 72 hours before the auction, unspecified allegations were made by a Mr. Zanotti that impugned the Ferrari’s title and authenticity. 2. Less than 24 hours before the auction, Zanotti filed suit in London. Finally, based upon direction from Swaters and Gardner “as vendors of the car,” Bonhams settled the claim by agreeing to pay Zanotti £2 million ($3.4 million). Bonhams seeks to deduct that amount from the proceeds to be paid into court. As we go to press, this is where this intriguing battle stands. What’s next The answers will come in due time, but let’s consider what the ques- tions are likely to be: 1. Who bought the Ferrari? Bonhams claims that it has been paid the full purchase price. The apparent high bidder claims he hasn’t paid Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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anything, and the amount reported received by Bonhams matches the high bid. Does Bonhams have the money, and from whom did they get it? If they don’t have the money, this is going to go nowhere fast. 2. Did Bonhams have the legal authority to sell the Ferrari? The HOA seems quite clear that Bonhams was appointed as the agent of the various parties to sell the Ferrari at the 2013 Goodwood Revival auction, which did not occur. It would seem that any authority that Bonhams had to sell the car lapsed at that point. Did Bonhams get authorization from another source? If so, from whom, and did they have the power to grant that authority? It seems unlikely that the clear reference to the 2013 Revival auction was not controlling, and Bonhams could just enter the Ferrari at any upcoming auction. However, Bonhams has been in the auction business since 1793, they’ve seen most everything, and it would be amazing if they proceeded without clear authority. 3. Will the Zanotti settlement be upheld? Lawson and Ford have no idea what claims were made by Zanotti or who he is. They also insist that they signed nothing that would have given Swaters and Gardner the authority to authorize Bonhams to make any sort of settlement with Zanotti. Ford states that the filings in the Ohio litigation have been clear that Gardner’s involvement has been limited to having a lien on Ford’s sales proceeds. Lien status would mean he remains a creditor and is not a principal. If he is not a principal, it would seem doubtful that he would have any authority to direct Bonhams in any manner unless the parties signed other documents that gave him that authorization. Ford states that neither he nor Lawson were named in the Zanotti lawsuit, and Bonhams has not suggested that anyone other than Bonhams was named. If that is correct, it would seem doubtful that Zanotti could have prevented the sale at the auction. If the Zanotti settlement was not properly authorized, the outcome could be that the funds paid to him would be charged against Swaters and Gardner. That would protect Lawson and Ford — so long as the Swaters and Gardner interests are sufficient to cover the payments to Zanotti. 4. What will happen with the 375 Plus? If Bonhams had the author- ity to sell the Ferrari, and if the buyer sticks with the purchase, it would seem that the buyer would get the Ferrari, and everyone else will be fighting over the sales proceeds. If the sale fails, the car will return to limbo and the parties will continue with litigation that seems to have no end. The sale of the Ferrari will have to wait until the litigation is resolved, which could take many more years. A suggested solution It’s easy for “Legal Files” to point to obvious solutions when it isn’t directly involved in the battle. Nonetheless, objectivity often creates clarity of thought. Ford describes the sale result as “weak” because the Ferrari was sold at the wrong auction. On the other hand, the Ferrari may have been sold at the right time. When this story first appeared in “Legal Files” in 2010, the closest comparable was a $5 million sale. The parties are now some $13 million above that. If the 375 Plus is re-auctioned late this year, next year, or the year after, is it likely to bring more? The answer depends on whether your crystal ball says we are at the top or the middle of the collector car market. It appears to “Legal Files” that the parties are not seasoned car collectors who are in this for the long haul. This is likely their one and only big-ticket collector car. It would appear that they would be ill-advised to take the market risk, and they should find a way to keep this sale in place and argue about the money later. The Zanotti deal may be something that needs to be litigated, but it is a $3.4 million known quantity. The Gardner deal is also a claim that may have to be litigated, but it would seem to involve only Ford and Gardner, making it a smaller battle. Time will tell. ♦ JohN DrANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. He can be reached through www.draneaslaw.com. September 2014 59


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Simon Says Simon Kidston From $4,000 to Infinity and Beyond The first public sale of a 250 GTO in years: The bell at the top of the market or the beginning of a new era? Everyone wondered what would become of his Maranello Rosso car collection, and it wasn’t long before emails began circulating offering them for sale as a job lot, usually from the most unlikely sources outside of the classic-car world — often with bewildering profit-sharing schemes with schoolproject-style valuations attached. Bonhams’ Carmel bombshell This saga went on for years until finally, and probably to the relief of overburdened email inboxes around the world, the entire collection recently changed hands. And now, in a further twist, it’s been Born to run A well-known SCMer — and long-term Ferrari 250 GTO owner and racer — has often speculated how many real bidders there would be, ready to pay hard cash right here, right now, if a GTO was offered at auction without reserve and had to be sold. What, we debated, is the real price of the classic car market’s most hyped and gossiped star? For years it’s been a provocative but entirely theoretical argument, as nobody thought it would ever happen. Until now. The late Dottor Fabrizio Violati, whom I knew well and acted for on many occasions, was a character from another era. Relaxed, tanned, with hooded eyes, beard stubble and the ubiquitous cheroot in the corner of his mouth, he resembled a laconic Spaghetti Western character from a Sergio Leone movie, but he could tame an old racing car like few others. Born into a wealthy mineral-water-producing family outside Rome, his comfortable background allowed him to indulge a passion for speed and competition from an early age, cutting his teeth as a Works Vespa demonstration rider in the 1950s before graduating to four wheels. Most aspiring Ferrari owners take their first step on the ladder with perhaps a 308 GTB or its modern-day equivalent. Violati instead came across a well-used track hack that he saved from being cannibalized for its engine, earmarked for a hydroplane. At first, he drove it only at night to avoid explaining the purchase of a Ferrari to his parents. They needn’t have worried — it was a 250 GTO. Fabrizio Violati A good life with a rescued GTO Many other Maranello products followed, some of which he campaigned in the GT class at Le Mans, others in historic racing, where he was virtually unbeatable, especially with the GTO. Rumors abounded of oversized engines and even complete clones — given the dizzying rise in value of the originals — but ultimately these came to nothing. Violati just knew his cars and how to use them, and wasn’t fazed by what they had become worth. Admittedly, his attitude to originality wasn’t that of your 21st century collector. I doubt he ever used the words “matching numbers.” I never met him at a concours or auction, unless I was selling something for him (he was firm, but fair). He did have one of his cars certified by Ferrari Classiche, but that probably had more to do with another collector claiming the same chassis number than any need to have the factory tell him what he already knew better than them. He wasn’t bothered by accidents or changed components. Once, with a straight face, he told me that as one of his prototypes had been burned to a crisp after a testing crash, the steel of its frame was probably now stronger, having been tempered by the fire. And then, with the same speed and dignity which had characterized his life, early in 2010 he was gone, aged 74. 64 announced that Violati’s most prized possession, his well-raced 250 GTO, will be auctioned without reserve. There aren’t many cars that can knock a Gulf- liveried Porsche 917K or yet another incumbent of Steve McQueen’s motoring stable into a cocked hat, but this certainly does. Bonhams had better rent a very big tent on August 14, 2014, in Carmel, as not only the car-collecting world will be watching closely to see whether this is the bell the market has been waiting to hear ring — or confirmation that we’ve entered a new era. I doubt many of the other 35 GTO owners will be grateful for such a high-profile gamble. So how does this 250 GTO rank among its peers, and what’s it worth? The popular press has gone mad with wild speculation, so let’s cut to the facts: It’s a Series One GTO with the classic, swoopy body style, so it’s the one most zillionaire collectors aspire to own. Chassis 3851 was originally silver and delivered new to moustachioed French GT ace Jo Schlesser, who brought it home 2nd overall on the 1962 Tour de France with Olympic ski champion Henri Oreiller (“The Downhill Madman”) as co-driver. Taking the wheel himself for the Coupes du Salon race at Montlhéry the following month, Oreiller allegedly didn’t buckle his seat belt at the start to save time and was killed by the gear lever when he crashed into a trackside building after a tire exploded. The very bent GTO was rebuilt and raced hard for two more seasons (including at least one inversion) before Violati saved it. A buyer will want to do homework into what was rebuilt or replaced in-period, but allowing for the otherwise clear provenance and racing history, this is a good mid-field 250 GTO. It’s not Ferrari Classichecertified, and they’ll have the new owner’s trousers down for that, but enlightened collectors should be more impressed by its original Modena road registration. I’d venture that, in light of recent private sales, 30-something million dollars represents value, 40-something is fair, and anything above that sets a credible record. 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Feature 2015 BMW i8 Three Kinds of BMW Green You’ll pay a lot of green to go BMW green, but your friends will be green with envy by Jeff Zurschmeide wheels to rise up into the car as it takes off through the air. That is entirely the point. The i8 looks like nothing else on the road. The car’s structure is similarly advanced, with a carbon-fiber passenger compartment riding on a central backbone aluminum frame with front and rear cradles for the engines (see how easily that plural rolls off the tongue?) and the batteries are mounted where the driveshaft would usually go. The doors open up and out from tall sills, because the i8 is a high-tech masterpiece and what else would they do? Putting it delicately, larger-framed individuals will The 2015 BMW i8, with matching Louis Vuitton luggage “G reen” can mean many things in this world. Most obviously in the modern parlance, it means being environmentally friendly — sometimes ostentatiously so. But it’s also the color of money (at least in the United States) and of jealousy. Rarely are all three meanings combined in such harmony as in the new 2015 BMW i8. The i8 is technically a green hybrid vehicle, and BMW classed it in the “i” sub- brand with the very green i3 electric car. The i8 also features a starting price of $135,700 (not including destination fees of $900), so you’ll trade plenty of green cash to go environmentally green. Finally, there’s the delightful shade of envious green that every other BMW aficionado and supercar-tifosi will sport as you roll up in this gleaming example of science fiction made real. I know all this because I drew the enviable assignment of driving the i8 on a BMW- sponsored media launch in Los Angeles, CA, during the last week of May. Yes, the other gearheads at SCM were green. The i8 is unlike BMW’s current range of diesels and conventional hybrid vehicles. The thing that sets the i8 apart is that it has two engines — or more accurately, a 3-cylinder 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine in the back to drive the rear wheels and an electric motor in the front to drive the front wheels. Combined, they deliver 362 horsepower. The two drive units are not connected by anything but wires, and the i8 seamlessly shifts from front- to rear- to all-wheel drive based on what you’re doing at the moment. If you’re inching through stop-and-go traffic or noodling along at the speed limit in town, it’s a front-wheel-drive electric car. If you’re blasting up a mountain road, it’s a fast rear-wheel-drive sports car, or maybe all-wheel drive, more or less, depending on the state of battery charge. The i8 is substantially smarter than you, so it makes these decisions on its own. Of course, you can request more or less electric drive by selecting EV mode or Sport mode, but in general it’s best to let the i8 handle the details because honestly, you’re going to be too busy enjoying the driving experience and mugging for the admirers who will be taking your picture at every stoplight. Side note: Chick. Magnet. At least on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Oh, and the guy in the Tesla Model S will want to race you from the light. You will win. A carbon-fiber spaceship The designers at BMW are not stupid, so they made the i8 look every bit as ad- vanced and dashing as it is under the skin. The bodywork is ridiculously complex, and the product managers from BMW insisted that it was all done to improve performance on the rolling wind tunnel in Bavaria right down to special air-curtain vents around the wheels and blah blah blah. Really, the i8 looks like a spaceship, and you half-expect the 66 be challenged to enter and exit the i8 gracefully. But once you’ve installed yourself in the driver compartment, why would you want to leave? Your luggage space is the vestigial back seat and a daypack-sized compartment behind the rear engine — and that space gets quite hot, so no perishable groceries in there, okay? Fun note: Louis Vuitton has partnered with BMW to create a set of luggage made to fit the available space in the i8. A set of four bags costs about $26,000. Yes, seriously. Fast, fun — and on the record In spirited driving, the i8 performs as expected. It’s not quite an Ariel Atom, but you’ll get your money’s worth of excellent lively handling, breathtaking acceleration (0–60 in 4.5 seconds), unfadable brakes, and spectacular engine sounds. In fact, the engine sounds are a little too spectacular, which led to some inquiries that turned up the fact that the sounds are recorded and played back for your enjoyment through the car stereo because the engine is actually very quiet. I’m not sure what I think about that, but we’ll let it slide. The thing is, you can’t turn off the sound, and the engine does have a bit of a drone at normal highway cruising speeds. BMW should fix that. The i8 has been rated at up to 94 mpg in Europe, but BMW qualifies that claim by noting that the EPA has not yet released any numbers for the U.S. By that measure, the car is substantially greener than most hybrids on the market. However, it’s worth noting that we got 25.4 mpg in a day-long test drive, so if you drive it like a supercar, you should expect supercar fuel economy. So what’s the bottom line on the BMW i8? Part of this review assignment was to place the i8 in context with the rest of BMW’s product line. That’s easy — the i8 has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of BMW’s line except the i3, and only because that one’s electric as well. The i8 is a whole new animal with a whole new market segment. Not since the M1 has BMW come up with something as revolutionary as this. The BMW spokesman insisted that the i8 has no competition at this time, but really, if you’re shopping the Tesla Model S, the Audi R8, or the Lamborghini Gallardo, you’re in the right neighborhood, and the i8 will be a serious competitor. ♦ Sports Car Market Courtesy of BMW


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Feature 2014 Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance Great Golf and a Rising Concours Pinehurst has everything in place to become a major part of the annual calendar Story and photos by Bill Rothermel High-Performance 1960–74 for his meticulously restored 1960 Chevrolet Corvette painted a rare, one-year color of Cascade Green. Special classes celebrating the Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary and Porsche Turbo 40th Anniversary were featured. The former-Steve McQueen 1956 Jaguar XK SS from the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles and Rick Hendrick’s recently acquired Snake and Mongoose Funny Cars were other highlights of the 119-car showfield. Concours Chairman and collector Bob Ingram Porsche SCMer Charles Gillet’s 1931 Cadillac V16 452A all-weather sedan won Best in Show I t’s pretty remarkable that a car with a near 40-year-old restoration took Best in Show honors at the Pinehurst Concours on May 4, 2014. It’s even more remarkable that its owner, SCMer Charles Gillet of Lutherville, MD, is still immersed in the car hobby — at age 90. Mr. Gillet’s Midnight Blue 1931 Cadillac V16 452A all-weather sedan by Fleetwood was chosen by the judges as top dog from the 12 Best in Class winners at the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance. Gillet bought the Cadillac in 1986, and he sent it off for restoration at Al Prueitt & Sons of Glen Rock, PA. This same company still maintains the elegant automobile – a testament to the quality of the restoration and the care that the car continues to receive many years later. Tying Gillet for Best in Class honors among Grand Classics 1925–48 was the spec- tacular 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster from the collection of Dr. Rick Workman of Windermere, FL. The field was filled with notable and unusual vehicles including the 1903 Marr Auto Carr of W. Barton Close of Signal Mountain, TN. The car won Best in Class Brass Era Cars. Barton’s great-grandfather Walter Marr designed and built the 111-year-old car. Winning Best in Class among the Production Post-War 1946–82 category was SCMer Brad Jones from Greensboro, NC, and his flamboyant 1958 DeSoto Firedome convertible. The Production Pre-War 1916–42 top honors went to the jaunty 1933 MG J-type from the collection of Roy Crowninshield of Asheville, NC. The FIVA Award was presented to the 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900SS Zagato owned by SCMer Corrado Lopresto of Milan, Italy. Brad Beam of Miramar Beach, FL, was given the top award in American Details Plan ahead: The Third Annual Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for May 1–3, 2015 Where: Pinehurst Resort, 80 Carolina View Drive, Pinehurst, NC, 28374 Cost: $50 for adults, $40 for those ages 13 to 18 Soldiers’ favorite — 1934 Packard 1104 sport phaeton 68 More: www.pinehurstconcours.com 1960 Chevrolet Corvette in rare Cascade Green livery Sports Car Market presented his Chairman’s Award to the 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350 H owned by Tom and Pat Cotter from Davidson, NC. The weekend’s activities began with Friday’s 60-mile Iron Mike road rally from Pinehurst to Fort Bragg and back in honor of the Wounded Warriors program. Fittingly, several soldiers participated as passengers. While at the base, a chorus of U.S. Army Airborne and Special Operations Forces soldiers sang for the crowd. Everyone on hand got to visit with Fort Bragg soldiers. The soldiers voted for their favorite cars, and the Soldiers Award went to David and Patty Peeler of Weddington, NC, and their 1934 Packard 1104 sport phaeton. A cocktail party followed at the grounds of the resort Friday night. Saturday morning featured a “Porsche versus Mustang” Cars and Coffee on the concours showfield. The town of Pinehurst celebrated with a British Invasion outdoor concert and car show Saturday late afternoon and evening. Weather, always a factor in car events, was Chamber of Commerce perfect Saturday and Sunday, much to the happiness of everyone involved. Now in its second year, the Pinehurst Concours has everything in place to become a major part of the annual concours calendar. And if you not only like cars but golf, too, this place is heaven. ♦


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Ferrari Profile 1973 Ferrari 246 GT Dino Barn Find A friend at a top restoration shop told me he wouldn’t start the job unless there was a $400,000 budget by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 246 GT, 1969–74; 246 GTS, 1972–74 Number produced: 246 GT, 2,609; 246 GTS, 1,274 Original list price: 246 GTS, $15,225 (1974) Current SCM Valuation: $250,000– $500,000 Major service cost: $3,500 Distributor cap: $350 Chassis # location: Stamped on the driver’s side upper frame rail next to the engine Engine # location: Side of block before oil filter Club: Ferrari Club of America More: www: FerrariClubofAmerica.org Alternatives: 1971–80 Maserati Bora, 1972–73 Porsche 911S, 1992–95 Bugatti EB110 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 05596 T he car on Pininfarina’s stand at the 1965 Paris Auto Salon was the forecast of Ferraris to come. Called the “Dino 206 S Speciale,” it was a sleek, competition-inspired coupe to be powered by the Ferrari-designed, mid-mounted V6. A “research prototype” built on a racing chassis, it was merely eye candy, as it had no engine. One year later, the real car appeared, called the Dino Berlinetta GT. It was a masterful blending of sensuous curves, outstanding surface development and stunning proportions. Presented from a deceased person’s estate, Silverstone Auctions is pleased to offer a truly unique chance to acquire a garage-find 1973 Ferrari Dino that has been hidden away since 1975 and shows just 13,932 miles. The owner was a well-known motorcycle racer who used to drive like he was racing on a track everywhere he went. Allegedly he was driving home in the Ferrari at his usual breakneck pace when the police spotted him. He outran the police, raced straight home, parked the Dino in the garage and feared using the car for some time. It would be 39 years until it saw the daylight once again. Unfortunately, a leaky garage roof has meant the car is now rotten as a pear and in need of a total restoration. The prices of Ferrari Dinos continue to rise in leaps and bounds, so it is surely a worthwhile project for someone who wants a unique Dino that is a genuine barn find. 74 SCM Analysis This car, Lot 316, sold for $222,718 including buyer’s premium, at Silverstone Auctions’ sale in Northamptonshire, U.K., on May 24, 2014. Silverstone Auctions set out their shingle in 2011, which makes them a newcomer to the vintage-car auction scene. Their claim to fame is being the official auctioneer for the Silverstone motor-racing circuit. They specialize in collector cars, but they also sell automobilia, motorcycles, watches — and dabble in aviation items. Among the offerings at this sale was a fully restored Dino 246 GT. That car brought around $430,000. The differential between it and the barn find was roughly $200,000. Could that be enough to make 05596 a good buy? Years ago, a Dino was dragged out of the Florida Keys, where the salt air had savaged the body and the sun had baked anything left to well done. This was back before Dinos were valuable, and the mechanicals went to a Lancia Stratos collector in Georgia, while the balance just went to the crusher. That car was a hot mess, but it may have been in better condition than 05596. A horrible hulk Examining pictures of 05596, it looks to be a pretty wretched hulk. There’s severe rust damage to the body, and the undercarriage appears to have suffered the same fate. Every plated or painted surface in the engine 1971 Ferrari 246 GT Dino Lot 21, s/n 02572 Condition 3- Not sold at $227,577 RM Auctions, Paris, FRA, 2/5/14 SCM# 232222 1973 Ferrari 246 GT Dino Lot 25, s/n 04946 Condition 2Sold at $473,000 Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/17/14 SCM# 232102 1972 Ferrari 246 GT Dino Lot 13, s/n 03716 Condition 3+ Sold at $342,498 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 10/20/13 SCM# 228581 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Silverstone Auctions


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compartment has surface corrosion. There is glass missing from at least two windows. The interior does not show obvious damage, but the missing windows would have allowed the moisture that devoured the rest of the car to breed mold throughout the interior. The engine and transaxle have probably survived with less damage than the body. however, I can’t imagine a scenario where every part doesn’t have to be disassembled, cleaned, refinished and reassembled. This won’t stop with the major components — it will continue down to the small assemblies like the cooling and heating fan motors. Ferrari restorations are usually done without removing the body from the frame, but I don’t see restoring this gem without stripping it to its core. Start your checkbook! Restoring a Dino is not as easy as restoring an old 250 Ferrari. The main reason is that the modern cars have more content. They have features such as electric windows and air conditioning, all of which have switches, motors and related components that can require attention. These items are manufactured rather than fabricated and are difficult to replicate. A window-lift assembly for a 250 was fabricated in small quanti- ties — often by hand. They were made on low-tech equipment and can be duplicated in a good restoration shop. On the other hand, an air conditioning system is made of many mass-produced parts that are often built on high-tech machinery. A restoration shop can’t build an a/c compressor from scratch. The goal of a proper restoration is to return the car to as close to its original condition as possible. There are many benchmark-quality Dinos, so incorrect parts — or even incorrectly restored parts — quickly stand out when compared with an original. A couple of incorrect items are acceptable, but too many errors put the car in a different class. Chassis 05596 can be restored. Dino specialists Superformance in the U.K. offer everything from frame tubes to body skin to interior trim, so the parts are available. Many of the parts may be pattern — a British term for aftermarket — and not necessarily exactly like original, but I suspect the new owner won’t be going for concours level. The front clip alone will run close to $20,000. The cost of other needed parts might top that number. Labor is impossible to estimate, but it will be an especially laborious job. Just sourcing parts will take tens of hours spread over months. A friend at a top restoration shop told me he wouldn’t start the job unless there was a $400,000 budget. Using local talent would significantly drop the number, but it will still take over $100,000 to put 05596 back on the road. A possible art display Of course, the new owner may have something else in mind for the Dino. He could be considering exhibiting it just as it sits — like the Type 22 Bugatti that lived over 70 years on the bottom of Lake Maggiore on the border of Italy and Switzerland. The Bugatti has been preserved as it was found, and it now resides in the Mullin Automotive Museum in California. Another trashed Ferrari recently made headlines after selling at an art auction. French artist Bertrand Lavier is known for turning found objects into art. In 1993, he took a horribly wrecked Ferrari 308 GT4 that might have brought $10,000 as a parts car and mounted it on a $1,000 plywood base. Lavier later became an art-world darling, and everything he touched turned to gold. A wealthy Turkish collector became enamored with the Ferrari piece and coughed up $250,000 to take it home from a Paris exhibit this spring. Another barn find? Silverstone did a great job of working the barn-find angle. The catalog pictures showed the obligatory shots of the car in and in front of its tomb. The write-up spun the tale of why the car was neglected for all the years. They got every pound that the car was worth. The seller should be thrilled with the result. On paper, the buyer looks potentially okay. With luck, the car can be restored and resold for a profit. But it will be a huge project. Based on today’s market, the return will hardly be worth the risk. The buyer is probably betting that the market will have advanced before the project is finished. I’m betting that 25 years from now, a garage will be unsealed to find an unfinished Dino project bearing chassis number 05596. ♦ (Introductory descriptions Silverstone Auctions.) September 2014 75 courtesy of


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English Profile 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon Project The chances of messing this car up — rendering it worthless or needing another full-cost restoration — are huge by Paul Hardiman Details Years produced 1963–65 Number produced: 886 Original list price: $12,500 Current SCM Valuation: $415,000– $725,000 Tune-up: $1,000 Distributor cap: $114 (from Aston Workshop Parts). Genuine NOS: £150 ($256) Chassis # location: Engine compartment on right side of scuttle Engine # location: Stamped on right side of block Club: Aston Martin Owners’ Club More: www.amoc.org Alternatives 1959–63 Ferrari 250 GTE, 1963–66 Alvis TE21, 1963–70 Maserati Mistral SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: DB51497R U ndoubtedly one of the “must-have” cars as well as James Bond’s iconic vehicle, the DB5 continues to generate immense interest among car collectors, owners and users. Understandably so, as the total production of all DB5s over a two-year period was only a little over 1,000 cars. Born of the frustration that Harold Beach had en- countered with the DB4, which he claimed was rushed into production ahead of proper development, the DB5 remains the pinnacle of his achievements as a designer. Styled by Carrozzeria Touring of Italy, it used their patented Superleggera body construction and an engine reworked by Tadek Marek, which had been increased in capacity to 4 liters and now produced 282 horsepower on triple SU carburetors. Beach had already had some practice for his magnum opus with the DB4GT and Series V DB4s, using faired-in headlamps to further enhance the appearance. The extra engine power attracted attention like never before despite the “half the price” competition from the E-type Jaguar. Later cars, this one included, were fitted with a ZF 5-speed gearbox. There had not been, and would not be for some years, a car, let alone an Aston, quite as good as the DB5. Many of the DB5s surviving today have undergone complete restorations, often two or three; it is hard to believe that the older examples are now in their 51st year. Consequently, it has become harder to find cars with matching numbers and a continuous record of activity; or inactivity, as is the case with DB51497R. 76 Registered as EAF 2, this DB5 was delivered to its first owner on April 9, 1964, via Brooklands of Bond Street. The car is said to have been subject to frontal collision damage in the early 1970s and was bought as a rebuild project. It was almost completely dismantled and the parts dry-stored. Work has been carried out on it since, but there is no accurate record of what has been done and when. However, a record of the original purchase and many other documents related to the car come with it, together with a Works manual, V5 registration document and a series of photographs which may be of early repair work. There is evidence of repair to the nose and nearside area of the chassis. The cockpit and boot floors appear sound. The car is rolling, with the suspension and brakes in place front and rear. It is not known if the brakes, suspension and Selectaride mechanisms have been refurbished, but the brake pipes appear to have been renewed recently. The wheels appear to be original but are in need of renovation. The tires appear to be 1970s in origin. There are two front-end body assemblies. One, for a DB5, appears to be new and made relatively recently. The other, for a DB6, is old with some poor repair work. The rear coachwork and sills have been cut away as an assembly. There is no roof. A bonnet, said to be from another DB5, is included but has not been measured against the new nose. The boot lid is included together with both doors complete with winder mechanisms, motors, handles and chromed 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Lot 340, s/n DB52043L Condition 3 Sold at $1,058,649 Bonhams, Paris, FRA, 2/6/14 SCM# 232439 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Lot 637, s/n DB51938R Condition 2 Sold at $582,056 Silverstone Auctions, Birmingham, U.K., 11/16/13 SCM# 231928 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Lot 210, s/n DB51760R Condition 3Sold at $487,459 Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, U.K., 5/8/13 SCM# 222585 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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window surrounds. The correct engine (according to the AMOC Register and the accompanying British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate) has been refitted but is said not to have been looked at since the car’s acquisition in 1974. The manifolds, starter motor, dynamo, carburetors and other ancillaries have been removed. The ZF gearbox is installed and the prop shaft turns when the car is pushed. The dashboard is in place and appears complete, while the handbrake lever and control pedals are present also. The original green front seats and rear squab were treated with hide food recently. The rest of the original trim, including door liners, is present together with the original black carpets (marked for use as templates). There is no headlining. There is a box of what are almost certainly new trims and door/window seals — possibly a complete set. The wiring loom has been replaced with a period- correct item. The headlamps and nacelles appear to be missing, but the taillamps are present. Several ancillaries remain in place on the bulkhead. Sold strictly as-viewed, this is a challenging project but nevertheless one that, once completed, will give immense satisfaction to the car’s new owner. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 232, sold for $435,422 at Bonhams’ annual sale of Aston Martins at Aston Martin Works, Newport Pagnell, U.K., on May 17, 2014. This car was very much billed as a “project,” as we can see from the very candid catalog description above with its caveat about “strictly as-viewed.” Nobody was really quite sure exactly what was included and what was missing for DB51497R — and that’s always a problem when someone disassembles a car for restoration, leaving someone else to piece together the jigsaw to put it all back together again. For anyone who doesn’t know Superleggera Astons intimately, this project is going to be a frustrating nightmare. These cars were hand-built — and subject to constant, ongoing development — so no two are truly exactly alike, which further clouds the issue about what goes where. The chances of messing this car up, and rendering it either worthless or needing another full-cost restoration, are huge, and there are few people in the world who can properly do the job. So offering the car for sale in the place it was built, next door to the people who can still make them like they did in 1964, was a major hint. Seeing a DB5 unpeeled to skeleton form was a rare and fascinating treat. With the chassis built up and wired and various body sections included, it looked fairly straightforward to complete — if you can weld aluminum and call replicating (or is that wrassling with?) Aston’s Superleggera body construction straightforward. Although the restoration had been started and the bulk of the heavy lifting looked to have been done, that won’t mean much to the men who’ll have to pick up the pieces. They will have no idea of the integrity of the chassis, or the work done, what’s inside the motor (which was already corroded on the outside), what fits, what belongs to the car and what’s missing. Why not the prototype DB5 Vantage? It is going to cost almost as much to restore this DB5 as it would a barn-find basket case. The small posse of Aston Martin Works craftsmen, taking a tour of the auction fare, told me that they’d have to start from scratch if they got the job. “I’d rather start with this,” one said, indicating Lot 216. Lot 216? Ah yes, on the other side of the workshop stood the prototype DB5 Vantage — or rather three quarters of it, because a front wing had been cut off to start accident repair to the chassis, and the motor was out. Earlier in the day, it had rather ignominiously made its way into the hall under human power on two back wheels and a trolley under the front, but it had a much more interesting story to tell. Being a prototype, it bore an Aston Martin experimental DP chassis number, in this case 217, and had been gifted to the Aston Martin owners’ Club, which had decided that restoration work was beyond it. And although it looked like a scrapper, it was much less messed-about with than Lot 232. I was there when the AM Works boys got quite excited when they discovered 217 stampings on the filler necks, proving it was what it purported to be — the 1963 Works DB5 Vantage prototype — which is why it sold for big money, as much as would get you a nice, finished car, and $226k more than our main subject here. September 2014 One giant check Both cars looked absolutely terrifying, and both will need a full restoration likely to cost about the same. Restoration on a DB Aston has never been cheap, but now it’s big business at Aston Martin Works (the new name for the poshly revamped Works Service: It looks like a modern F1 pit in there now, although they’ve kept the stuffed owl on one of the rafters). “The cost for a ‘back to bare metal’ restoration on a heritage sports car is in the order of £330,000, plus local taxes where applicable,” said spokesman Scott Fisher. “This is a fixed-price figure and ensures the client has certainty around costs as they embark on the exciting process of Aston Martin restoration.” So that’s around $650,000 in dollars, taking the tab to complete these cars to $1m–$1.3m. Are they there yet? No. Extrapolating the rise of the last few years, which in the DB5’s case has already had a couple of quiet periods, you might expect them to hit that price reliably around 2016–18, but by then the crash — “realignment” or “slowdown,” call it what you will — in values will surely have come and shaken some of the inflation out of the market. Time was when a DB5 looked a safe bet, and that’s partly what drove the rise in values. Both these projects were bravely bought at these prices. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) The prototype DB5 Vantage, Lot 216 77


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Etceterini & Friends Profile Two Record-Setting 1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 “Periscopios” There is little doubt that the LP400 is an important car, one which shook the automotive world when it first appeared in 1971 by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1974–76 Number produced: 110 Original List Price: $52,000 Current SCM Valuation: $350,000– $525,000 Tune-up: $2,000–$3,000 Distributor caps: $500 (two required) Chassis # location: Stamped on trailing edge frame in the engine bay and on an ID plate next to the coils Engine # location: Between cylinder heads Club: Lamborghini Club America, Lamborghini Owners Club More: www.lamborghiniclubamerica.com, www.lamborghiniownersclub.com Alternatives: 1968 Ford GT40 Mk III, 1973–76 Ferrari 365 GT4 BB, 1978–1980 BMW M1 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis 1120066 (Bonhams, Greenwich, CT) 1976 Lamborghini Countach LP400 “Periscopio” Lamborghini Countach LP400 “Periscopio” chassis 1120066 Engine number: 1120070 T he exceptional example of Lamborghini’s original LP400 “Periscopio” Countach offered here, chassis 1120066, was produced in the model’s second production year, 1975. The car was finished by the factory as seen today, in Blu Tahiti over a Naturale (light tan) leather. As with all LP400s, 1120066 was fitted with a kilometers-per-hour speedometer and Celsius temperature gauges. Interestingly, the car is fitted with engine 1120070 (engine 1120066 resides in chassis 1120062). According to Lamborghini authority Valentino Balboni, it was not uncommon that technical issues, such as delays on the dynamometer or, most often, delivery urgencies, would result in the first available engine being selected and installed — but no corresponding correction would be made to the already installed serial-number plate. As such, according to Balboni, there are “known reasons to consider engine number 1120070 [as] originally fitted by the manufacturer in chassis 1120066.” The fact that the car has never been separated from its engine in the 36 years that it has been in the care of the present owner further corroborates this. Delivered new to Zurich, Switzerland, in March of 1975, 1120066 was acquired by the current owner from the Auto Palace in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1978. For decades, two Countaches resided in the owner’s garage with minimal 78 use, first in Ohio and later in Florida. Between the limited practicality of the machine and the busy work schedule of its keeper, fewer than 16,500 original kilometers (10,252 miles) have been enjoyed in 1120066 over the past nearly four decades. Never shown publicly and rarely seen since being acquired, 1120066 appears today as a veritable time capsule — a beautifully original Periscopio. Inside, its seats and console show minimal wear. All of its original fixtures, such as its Phillips stereo and factory climate controls, are still in place looking virtually new. The gauges and Christmas-tree warning lights are similarly untouched. Outside, the original Campagnolo wheels were fitted with a new set of Michelin XWX tires about a year ago. In the front trunk, the never-used spare sits under the original tool set. Most recently, a full repaint of the exterior in the original Blu Tahiti was completed to alleviate the deleterious effects of the past 40 years. The original paint was retained in the doorjambs and under the trunk and engine lids. With its fewer than 11,000 original miles and its long- term owner’s meticulous maintenance, 1120066 must be one of the most original LP400s around today. The car presents as a low-mileage, correct example — surely the best way to buy one of these delicate thoroughbreds. With 1976 Lamborghini Countach LP400 “Periscopio” Lot 23, s/n 1120154 Condition 2 Sold at $330,000 Gooding & Co., Amelia Island, FL, 3/12/10 SCM# 160003 Lot 257, s/n 11200204 Condition 2+ Sold at $262,824 Bonhams, Sussex, U.K., 9/16/11 SCM# 186146 1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 “Periscopio” Lot 160213052626, s/n 1120088 Condition 2 Sold at $440,799 eBay, 4/16/08 SCM# 116438 Sports Car Market All images courtesy of Bonhams


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Chassis 1120070 (Bonhams, Goodwood, U.K.) its original engine intact and its original color combination preserved, 1120066 has been spared alterations or later-model spoiler and wing upgrades. An iconic car for its era, the Countach ushered in the era of the modern supercar, and here is an exceptional example of the original Countach. Lamborghini Countach LP400 “Periscopio” chassis 1120070 Engine number: 1120068 A rare, right-hand-drive example, chassis 1120070 was delivered new to Malta, its first owner being one Alfred John Gaul. The car was first registered in the U.K. in 1990, and it was first owned in this country by a well-known collector, the late John “Jack” Tattershall. In the current ownership since 1993, the Countach has been driven on the road every year since its acquisition, albeit sparingly, and currently displays a believed-genuine total of only 12,500 kilometers (approximately 7,800 miles) on the odometer. The reading at time of acquisition in 1993 was 10,500 kilometers. As one would expect of a car that has seen relatively little use, this Countach remains in remarkably original condition; indeed, the engine has never been apart. Repainted in the 1990s, it is finished in one of the nicest color combinations of Blue with Ice interior, the latter original and nicely patinated. Over the years, 1120070 has been carefully maintained by recognized specialists (Lorenzini Motorsport, Motorapide, Bob Houghton). The car also comes with its original service book, stamped initially by the Lamborghini factory, the instruction manual and a U.K. V5 registration document. SCM Analysis 1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 Periscopio chassis 1120066 sold for $1,210,000, including buy- er’s premium, at Bonhams’ Greenwich, CT, sale June 1, 2014. 1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 Periscopio chassis 1120070 sold for $1,624,044 (£953,500, £1=$1.74), including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Goodwood, U.K., sale on June 27, 2014. There’s nothing quite so disappointing as when a long-held record or a greatly anticipated achievement is made — only to have it overtaken and shaded by a new high point in an embarrassingly short time frame. Think of Ferrari Formula One driver Felipe Massa in the 2008 Brazilian GP. he crosses the finish line in 1st place and has earned enough points to be World Drivers’ Champion. General celebration in the pits! A few seconds later, however, his closest challenger, Lewis Hamilton, passes another car for 5th, on the final corner of the final lap of the final race and earns a single point more than Massa, and with it the Championship. Easy come, easy go. Chassis 1120066 September 2014 Chassis 1120070 79


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Etceterini & Friends Profile never been laid up, but rather regularly driven throughout its life and maintained all the way. This is a circumstance much preferable to a car that has been locked away unused for a decade or, heaven forbid, left to rot in the corner of a barn for two decades. Although it has become the rage to rescue “sleeping beauties,” it’s a better bet for all concerned that a wakeful existence of care and feeding had been experienced instead. Combined with being a rhD example of a car that is famous for being difficult to see out of, it’s small wonder it made a record price in the U.K. Prices for the Countach, as noted in the SCM Platinum Auction Database from 2002 until the present, tell an interesting story. When new, the competition for dollars in showrooms was between the Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer and the Countach LP400. Back in 2002, the Testarossa sold for 21.5% more than an LP400. By 2008, the tables had turned and the $400k necessary to buy a Countach was now 39% more than the cash needed to buy a Berlinetta Boxer. Prices stayed steady in this range for a few years when another major move upward occurred in 2012. Prices at auction doubled as the market began to embrace the pure aesthetic appeal of the early Countach. At that point many began to tie LP400 values to that of the Miura, and Chassis 1120066 Auction companies, although they will not say it’s their aim, do enjoy setting records. It’s great for publicity and attracts new consignors who want the maximum return possible for their cars while congratulating the seller on his or her good judgment in choosing the right company with which to sell. Curiously, it also feeds the ego of the buyer, who can claim to have the “most valuable” example of a particular model — even if it may not be the best or most important. A new world record for the Lamborghini Countach at auction was set in Greenwich, CT, on June 1, 2014, when Lot 388, an early LP400 “Periscopio” model finished in blue sold for $1.2m. Incredibly, Bonhams blasted through their own just-set record a few weeks later when they sold Lot 337 at their Goodwood, U.K., sale on June 27. This other 1975 Countach LP400 Periscopio cost its new owner $1,624,044 to take home. One of a few right-hand-drive examples built, it was also blue and had covered an indicated 12,500 km (7,767 miles). Million-dollar-plus Countaches! The Lambosphere was abuzz over the result, with many comments after the Greenwich sale. Some centered on the fact that the price achieved was impressive indeed, considering it was for an example neither freshly restored nor totally original, as it had been resprayed. A colleague of mine had inspected the car a while back, prior to the freshening, and thought it to be very much “of a piece,” consistent with light use, storage and appropriate aging. The fresh paint certainly helped the auction presentation, and combined with the low mileage, seemed to offer an unbeatable combination. A sale-room notice in Connecticut stated that the speedometer and odometer were inoperative and came along with a statement from the seller that the car had indeed been in long-term storage prior to his reanimation of it and that he had covered no more than 2,000 km (1,242 miles) while owning it. The bidding obviously was not held back by that disclosure — or that of an engine number which didn’t match that on the chassis plate. Potential buyers obviously considered the car itself over questions about the mileage and engine. Clearly it had not covered many kilometers, and whether it was 16,500 km or a bit more made little difference. The statement from retired Lamborghini test driver Balboni obviously was seen as a comforting factor. The Goodwood car The second record breaker at Goodwood was a car with a remark- ably similar history to that of the one in Connecticut — but with one very important difference. Also blue, it had a known ownership history, covered low mileage and been resprayed in the original color. The difference was that this car had 80 Chassis 1120070 Sports Car Market indeed now they have almost achieved parity with the past few transactions. There is little doubt that the LP400 is an important car, one that shook the automotive world when it first appeared in 1971 and very much set the tone for the Lamborghini brand that can still be seen today in the latest models. Are all Countach LP400s $1m cars now? We have seen major market upshifts in other cars that usually follow a pattern in which the best examples have not been seen at public sale for a while. One comes up for auction and makes an anomalous high sale. Often this is followed by another sale closer to, but higher than, the previous market high but lower than the record. In this case, we have seen records set back to back for very similar cars — both being low mileage and largely original but repainted. The auction sale of a totally original and preserved — not barn find! — or freshly and correctly restored example has not yet happened. Based on history, it is likely that the sale of either of those two types of cars would fall squarely in the middle of these sales. We shall see. In any event, the market has clearly demonstrated a trend favoring the LP400, which began in 2012 and has proceeded in a linear — if accelerated — path since. Both of these sales will be considered market-right in the coming year. However, it is unlikely we will see a new record set with a doubling in prices as quickly as in these two sales. ♦ (Introductory descriptions courtesy of Bonhams.)


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German Profile Column Author 1974 BMW 2002 Turbo Sports Saloon Revamp the SCM Pocket Price Guide. A rare, fast 2002 hits high gear on the collector car market by Jeff Zurschmeide Details Years produced: 1973–74 Number produced: 1,672 Original list price: $6,600 Current SCM Valuation: $15,000–$24,000 Tune-up cost: $100 Distributor cap: $14 Chassis # location: Engine compartment, right side Engine # location: N/A Club: BMW Car Club of America More: www.bmwcca.org Alternatives: 1970–74 Alfa Romeo GTV, 1971–73 Datsun 240Z, 1969–71 Porsche 911S SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 4291057 “T he 2002 Turbo upped the game again. Engine designer Alex von Falkenhausen eschewed the option of a larger engine shoehorned into the lightweight 2002 and instead developed the successful Group Five turbocharging idea for a fast road car. By using a KKK turbo coupled to the tii Kugelfischer fuel injection, he created a 170-hp engine that offered Porsche 911-beating performance: 0–60 mph in 7 seconds, with a top speed of 131 mph.” — Octane magazine Produced for the 1973/74 season only, the legend- ary BMW 2002 Turbo was Europe’s first turbocharged production car. Demands for increased power for its medium-sized saloon had prompted BMW to introduce the original 2002 in 1968, and it was the fuel-injected 2002 tii that provided the basis for the model’s ultimate expression — the Turbo — which was readily distinguishable by its deep front air dam, wheelarch extensions and boot-mounted spoiler. This top-of-the-range model had been introduced following a successful racing program that saw a Works-entered, turbocharger-equipped 2002 win the 1969 European Touring Car Championship in the hands of Dieter Quester. Faced with having to compete against the Porsche 911 (subsequently banned from touring car racing), BMW had opted for bolt-on horsepower courtesy of a turbocharger, the result being a hike from 210 horsepower to around 270 horsepower in race 82 trim. The road version made do with 170 hp, which in a compact package resulted in outstanding performance; the Turbo’s top speed was 130 mph, making it the fastest and most exciting medium-sized sports saloon of its day. Today, this rare model (only 1,672 were made, all lefthand drive) is rightly regarded as a modern classic and much sought after. Currently Italian registered, chassis 4291057 was delivered new in Germany, residing initially for many years in Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, and has been meticulously maintained. The recent Italian owner has passed on paperwork showing the car left Germany for Italy in 1994. With just over 75,000 miles on the clock and a very original interior, its most recent Italian owner believes it has been in two or three big collections and barely used at all. Finished in Chamonix White and described by the current private vendor as in generally very good condition, this iconic BMW is offered with Italian registration papers, an original manual, and a Certificate of Authenticity from the BMW Archive in Munich. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 192, sold for $77,397, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia sale in oxford, U.K., on June 7, 2014. As if we needed any more proof that the collector market is on its way to the hottest summer since the start Sports Car Market 1974 BMW 2002 Turbo Lot 280505755368 (eBay) Condition 3+ Sold at $30,100 eBay, 9/10/10 SCM# 165088 1974 BMW 2002 Turbo Lot 108, s/n 4290002 Condition 1Sold at $25,657 Bonhams, Nürburgring, DEU, 8/10/2002 SCM# 29318 1975 BMW 2002 Turbo Lot 266, s/n 4291454 Condition 3 Sold at $6,460 Brooks, Nürburgring, DEU, 8/7/98 SCM# 13620 Courtesy of Bonhams


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of the Great Recession, you can add this 2002 Turbo sale to the long list of new high-water marks this year. With this sale commanding more than twice the price of the previous best sale, it would be tempting to say that a case of “gotta have it” took place here. Except that in the same week, a similar 1974 2002 Turbo with 130,000 miles on the clock pulled over $66,000 in bids on eBay. That auction failed to meet reserve, so we don’t know exactly what price would have tipped the scales. There’s also another white 1974 example for sale this summer in London at £39,995 (about $68,000), so it’s fair to assume that the new going rate for a nice 2002 Turbo is at least that much. One of 1,672 So, what do you get for that kind of money? The easy answer is: You can have one of just 1,672 turbocharged 2002s ever made. The cars came with special custom wheelarch flares, a little kick-up rear spoiler, and a chin-spoiler kit. You didn’t get a front bumper, however. That was dropped for weight and sex-appeal reasons. Every 2002 Turbo seems to have been painted white or silver, with a sexy BMW red/blue stripe design. Inside, you got Recaro seats, a special steering wheel and red facing around the gauges. A 4-speed manual gearbox was standard in the 2002 Turbo, but you could also order the car with a 5-speed. The car also received larger brakes than a conventional 2002. Blowing away Porsche and Alfa Of course, the real reason to buy the 2002 Turbo was the engine. Adding a turbo to the mechanically fuel-injected engine from the 2002 tii boosted output from 125 horsepower up to 170 horsepower. For comparison, the base 2002 delivered 100 horsepower. That 70% increase over the base model was a big deal back then, especially when compared with the 129 horsepower of the 1974 Alfa GTV or the 143 horsepower of the base 1974 Porsche 911. To get a Porsche with an equivalent engine to the 2002 Turbo, you had to move up to the 911S at 167 hp. Pricing in the day was equally instructive. The 1974 BMW 2002 Turbo retailed for around $6,600 and the Alfa GTV was priced at $6,450. Compare that with $9,950 for the base 911 or a whopping $11,875 for the 911S. Of course, the European marques also had to contend with the new Datsun 260Z at 162 horsepower and just $5,289. A rising star Coming back to the present day, this particular 2002 Turbo appears to be in very good condition, with some wear showing in the engine bay and interior that indicates a driven car rather than an extensive restoration. The paint appears in much better shape than the engine bay or interior, which may indicate a respray, but there are enough dings and scrapes on the body trim that this could just be a very nicely kept example. BMW enthusiasts and sports car racers have long prized the 2002 line, but these cars are only now really coming into serious money in collector circles. With so few 2002 Turbo cars on the market, comparable sales are few and far between, but it seems obvious that a new price floor has been set this year. At $77,397, we can certainly call this car well sold. Time will tell if it was also well bought, but that seems the likeliest scenario. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) September 2014 83


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American Profile 1971 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda Convertible Huge money for the king of muscle cars, but another kick at this can might not happen anytime soon by Colin Comer Details Years produced: 1970–71 Number produced: 760 (total Hemi ’Cuda production) Original list price: $4,348 Current SCM Valuation: $1,100,000– $1,400,000 Tune-up cost: $1,000 Distributor cap: $20 Chassis # location: On dash VIN tag, driver’s door jamb decal, fender tag on left inner fender Engine # location: Passenger’s side of engine block, on machined pad above oil pan rail, front of motor mount. Club: Plymouth Barracuda ’Cuda Owners Club More: www.pbcoc.com Alternatives: 1970–71 Dodge Hemi Challenger convertibles, 1969 Pontiac Trans-Am convertibles, 1968 Camaro Z/28 convertible SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: BS27R1B315367 T his 1971 Hemi ’Cuda convertible, one of just two 4-speed versions delivered in the U.S., has been hailed as the Holy Grail of muscle cars. Documented as the only matching-numbers 4-speed convertible in existence, its factory broadcast sheet confirms that it was equipped at the Hamtramck, MI, assembly plant with the New Process 4-speed, Dana 60 rear end with 4.10 Super Track Pak, 26-inch radiator and power brakes. Finished in code B5 Bright Blue, with black power top and blue high-back-bucket-seat interior. Driver appointments include the Rallye Instrument Cluster, 3-speed wiper switch and Hurst pistol-grip shifter. Perhaps most importantly, in addition to retaining most of its original sheet metal, it is the only remaining example with its original factory-installed drivetrain. This 1971 Hemi Cuda convertible could be considered by any measure as the crown jewel of muscle cars. SCM Analysis This car, Lot S95, sold for $3,780,000, including buyer’s premium, at Mecum Auctions’ Seattle auction on June 14, 2014. 1971 hemi ’Cuda convertibles are the undisputed kings of the two-comma muscle car club. But what most forget is that when these cars were new, nobody wanted one. Well, almost nobody. To be more precise, 12 people did in 1971. Worldwide. That’s damn close to nobody wanting one in my book. 84 Why? First, by 1971 the street Hemi had a bad repu- tation. What worked on the high banks of NASCAr at 7,000 rpm didn’t work too well when dumbed down for street use. Hemis were tough to get tuned right, and once there, usually needed to be tuned again in short order. Chrysler tried to make them more user-friendly by fitting hydraulic lifters to eliminate valve adjustments, but that created valve float at the rpm these engines were designed to turn. Second, anybody really in the market for the toughest street-racing muscle car they could buy didn’t want a convertible. Third, the E-body cars were, umm, kinda crappy. They were rushed into production and, while beautifully styled, they were not exactly well engineered. Witness the doors that sound like a hardware store exploding when you shut them. The whole car had the typical Mopar costcutting feel about it. Add to this that cutting the roof off of a ’Cuda made it into a 425-hp Flexible Flyer. But now, what were once all great reasons not to want a car that you would have to live with on a daily basis really don’t matter when it becomes a collector car. These cars no longer street race, and they are rarely driven. Their value today comes from the double-digit production numbers, the legendary 426 Hemi — and the fact they were the best mobile tanning bed to ever leave Chrysler. 1971 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda Lot S725, s/n BS23R1B347550 Condition 2+ Sold at $401,500 Russo and Steel, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/20/11 SCM# 168646 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda convertible Lot S723, s/n BS27R0B363502 Condition 1- Sold at $1,705,000 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/20/11 SCM# 168636 1970 Dodge Challenger Hemi R/T Lot S107, s/n JS27R0B171715 Condition 1 Not sold at $700,000 Mecum, Indianapolis, IN, 5/13/09 SCM# 120619 Sports Car Market David Newhardt, courtesy of Mecum Auctions


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Riding the roller coaster By the 1980s, a good hemi ’Cuda convertible sold just into six-figure territory. Ten years later, they were around $250k. In December 1999, our subject car made headline news when police seized it during a Washington state drug bust — and it then sold at police auction for $405,000. By 2002, a few 1971 ’Cuda convertibles changed hands in the $500,000–$750,000 range. Then, in late 2002, a 1971 hemi ’Cuda 4-speed convertible (the other U.S.-spec B5 Blue one) was advertised for $1,000,000. Which wouldn’t have meant much if it didn’t sell quickly — to a broker who reportedly soon sold it on eBay for $1,300,000. Wild reports of multi-million-dollar sales became the norm. Just 12 months after their last million-dollar headline, the December 2004 Mopar Action featured a white 1971 hemi ’Cuda convertible on the cover with the headline: “WorLD’S MoST VALUABLE MUSCLECAr! $2 MILLIoN hEMICUDA.” This particular car made headlines again in September of 2005, when its owner reportedly turned down a $4.1 million bid for it at auction. Another sale of a 1971 hemi ’Cuda convertible was reported in 2005 at $3m. In January of 2006, Barrett-Jackson sold a 1970 hemi ’Cuda convertible for $2,160,000. In 2007, the “Million Dollar” blue 1971 hemi ’Cuda convertible traded hands again at rM’s 2007 Scottsdale auction for $2,420,000. And then 2008 hit. Muscle car values — especially Mopar muscle car values across the board — took a huge hit, with their poster child Hemi E-body convertibles leading the way. While a handful traded privately, they were no longer the auction headliners they once were. The next public sales were an automatic 1970 hemi ‘Cuda at russo and Steele’s 2011 Scottsdale auction for $1,705,000, followed by an automatic 1971 Hemi ’Cuda convertible that sold at Barrett-Jackson’s 2013 Scottsdale event for $1,320,000. However, the B-J car was known (and properly disclosed) as having been rescued from a junkyard and rebuilt around its hemi ’Cuda serial number and not much else. Reaching a new summit The Mecum car is a known exceptional car, with its original drive- train and engine, and one of three 4-speeds (two U.S. spec and one export spec). It was owned by russ Meyer, a famous cartoonist from the Southwest, who later sold it to a buyer in Oregon for $250,000, and from whom it was eventually seized in a drug investigation by the authorities, who auctioned it in 1999 for $405,000. That purchaser was a well-known collector who promptly had it restored. He later traded it to the Mecum consignor in 2001 at a reported value of $800,000. Prior to this recent auction sale, nobody, including Mecum, knew what this car would bring — only what the owner wanted for it. Preauction, Mecum sources said they had multiple customers willing to buy the car in the $2,400,000–$2,800,000 range, which was far less than its consignor’s reserve price. An interesting fact is that none of the “big” buyers of Hemi E-body convertibles from 2002 to 2007 have bought any since, and most are out of the hobby completely. Today, while there are a few new post-2007 buyers who have pur- chased multiple Hemi E-body convertibles, none of them were in the hunt for this one. As Dana Mecum explained, once the car was on the block, they had multiple bidders under $3,000,000 — and a very reluctant consignor who did not mind bringing the car home if his price was not met. In instances like these, with a reserved car and bidding that falls short, it is the auction company’s job to simply tell the high bidder what it takes to own the car and let them decide. On this day, at this auction, the buyer and the auction company worked hard to put a deal together on the block that set a new record price for a hemi ’Cuda convertible. Was it well sold? Absolutely. No question. But if you wanted a numbersmatching, 4-speed, 1971 hemi ’Cuda convertible, this is what it took to own this car. So the buyer, who was presented all the facts and wasn’t going to leave without this car, did what he had to do to own it. Because, after all, another kick at this can might not happen anytime soon. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) September 2014 85


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American Profile The Cumberford Perspective Great specs, wrong year By Robert Cumberford 1 De thi O is t inc in d en American American merican Profile Th erican Profile The Cumberford Perspective Great specs, wrong year By Robert Cumberford 1 De thi O is t inc in d en de de ibl po sha ne Ba we car retains them verbatim. But the grille texture, the dumb fake louvers on the front fender and the quad headlamps detract from the elegant simplicity of the first John Herlitzdesigned model. It was ever thus in Detroit, alas, as good original designs turned junky as production evolved and unnecessary chrome bits were added. The stance of this car is a bit odd, as the body sits high off the ground and up at the back, and the undercut sheet metal beneath the slim bumper bars front and rear emphasizes the look. No wonder hot-rodders like to drop cars c parallel to t plane. In th the car looks g which is not r idea for some sleek as the b form. No mat This version o the Barracu was not me to be glamor at the curb. It meant to acc furiously in a s line, and the w brought the ta all right. ♦ 86 4 6 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 The perimeter of the upper opening did not change from the 1970 model, but the content is truly messy and complicated when the cars are compared. 2 A scoop directly mounted to the engine was a cool idea in the 1970s, but it just looks quaint today. An aesthetically nicer fixed-scoop hood was also available. 3 The windshield frame executed in bright metal is far more attractive than the painted surrounds that are common now. 4 Dog-dish hubcaps, big blackwall tires and deep- offset wheels look really tough, making clear the brute performance intention of the machine. 5 Elegantly slim bumpers are gone now, displaced by the equally fragile plastic shrouds that are actually heavier and harder to repair. 6 The chin-scoop open- ing below the bumper is well-shaped and presents no problem for steep ramp angles, unlike most modern performance cars. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 The high, flat deck, braced with subtle, sharp fins, presaged today’s tall, 5 optimized-for-low-drag tails — and they add visual width to the graphic composition. 8 The sharply kicked-up rear fender profile, starting in the door itself, stresses the long-hood, short-deck pony-car proportions of this bigger-than-Mustang rival. 9 Visual facelift garbage. No more, no less. 10 From this angle, the front fenders look rather feeble, much too far above the ground. 11 This one crease, running full length just above both front and rear wheel openings, is a lovely way to show 8 7 9 the simplicity and elegance of the body cross section. 12 One is inordinately conscious of hanging mechanical parts, front and rear, a function of the body panels being reduced in height to increase visual length. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) Apart from the ridicu- lously garish color, this is a surprising and pleasingly restrained cockpit. The seats look reasonable in profile, but have no side restraints. The fake wood steering wheel is excellently simple, and the instrument cluster clean. Very nice for the time. American American merican Profile merican Profile The Cumberford Perspective Great specs, wrong year By Robert Cumberford 1 De thi O is t inc in d en de ibl po sha ne Ba we car retains them verbatim. But the grille texture, the dumb fake louvers on the front fender and the quad headlamps detract from the elegant simplicity of the first John Herlitz- designed model. It was ever thus in Detroit, alas, as good original designs turned junky as produc- tion evolved and unnec- essary chrome bits were added. The stance of this car is a bit odd, as the body sits high off the ground and up at the back, and the undercut sheet metal beneath the slim bum- per bars front and rear emphasizes the look. No wonder hot-rodders like to drop cars c parallel to t plane. In th the car looks g which is not r idea for some sleek as the b form. No mat This version o the Barracu was not me to be glamor at the curb. It meant to acc furiously in a s line, and the w brought the ta all right. ♦ 86 4 6 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 The perimeter of the upper opening did not change from the 1970 model, but the content is truly messy and complicated when the cars are compared. 2 A scoop directly mounted to the engine was a cool idea in the 1970s, but it just looks quaint today. An aestheti- cally nicer fixed-scoop hood was also available. 3 The windshield frame executed in bright metal is far more attractive than the painted surrounds that are common now. 4 Dog-dish hubcaps, big blackwall tires and deep- offset wheels look really tough, making clear the brute performance intention of the machine. 5 Elegantly slim bumpers are gone now, displaced by the equally fragile plastic shrouds that are actually heavier and harder to repair. 6 The chin-scoop open- ing below the bumper is well-shaped and presents no problem for steep ramp angles, unlike most modern performance cars. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 The high, flat deck, braced with subtle, sharp fins, presaged today’s tall, 5 optimized-for-low-drag tails — and they add visual width to the graphic composition. 8 The sharply kicked-up rear fender profile, starting in the door itself, stresses the long-hood, short-deck pony-car proportions of this bigger-than-Mustang rival. 9 Visual facelift garbage. No more, no less. 10 From this angle, the front fenders look rather feeble, much too far above the ground. 11 This one crease, running full length just above both front and rear wheel open- ings, is a lovely way to show 8 7 9 the simplicity and elegance of the body cross section. 12 One is inordinately con- scious of hanging mechanical parts, front and rear, a func- tion of the body panels being reduced in height to increase visual length. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) Apart from the ridicu- lously garish color, this is a surprising and pleasingly restrained cockpit. 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Race Car Profile 1954 Ferrari 375 Plus Competizione This is an important, great car, but it’s not a Testa Rossa. It doesn’t have the extra strengths and desirability for the magic $20 million by Thor Thorson Details Year produced: 1954 Number produced: Five (four remain) Original list price: N/A Current SCM Valuation: $8m–$11m Engine # location: Right rear of block Chassis # location: Front left frame tube Club: Ferrari Owners Club More: www.ferrariownersclub.com Alternatives: 1953–54 Ferrari 375 MM, 1953–55 Jaguar D-type, 1953–56 Aston Martin DB3S SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 0384 Engine number: 0384 I n the winter of 1953–54, Enzo Ferrari concentrated his engineers’ attention upon perfecting a line of large-capacity sports-racing cars for customer sale, backed by a secondary line of smaller variants. To promote and publicize the new sports cars, he approved development of a muscle-bound, outsized “big bazooka” for his Works team. Mr. Ferrari authorized construction of a handful of very special, even larger-capacity Works team competition spiders, which were intended as his main defense of the World Sportscar Championship title. The result would become known by the French rac- ing community as “Le Monstre” and by the British as “The Fearsome Four-Nine.” The Works car chassis to accept this outsized V12 featured two crucial differences from the 375 MM production model: an F1-style rear-mounted gearbox in unit with the final-drive, plus De Dion rear suspension in place of a live axle. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 320, sold for $18,315,845, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Bonhams’ Goodwood auction on June 27, 2014. Wow! $18.3 million for a V12 factory-team Ferrari. That’s — well that’s either a whole lot of money, or maybe a lot less than it should be (or maybe about right) depending on a whole lot of factors that swirl around the very crazy business of collectible Ferraris these days. I’ll admit right out front that I was figuring $14 mil- lion to $16 million. Ferrari market guru Mike Sheehan told me that the sale price “would start with a 20,” and I know the car was offered to several serious collectors 88 pre-Bonhams for a $25 million ask. So, there was no shortage of differing opinions before the sale. Bonhams talked the consignors into a no-reserve sale and did a great job of promoting the car, so the price realized is pretty much by definition “fair market” for that car that day (although the dust may not be settled on the sale — see “Legal Files,” p. 58). My task here is not to pass judgment on what the market said — but to try to make sense out of why. The ultimate temptation Ferraris have become the ultimate collectible automo- bile because they are seen as possessing all of the desirable qualities that are possible to have in a performance or racing car: grace, beauty, mechanical complexity combined with reliability, reflected glory, speed, brakes, handling, an incredible and accessible driving experience, fantastic noises from the exhaust, and a voluptuous sexiness that affects guys in ways that make odysseus’ struggle with the sirens seem tame. Originality and purity of history can count for a lot as well. The point, of course, is that not all Ferraris have all of these qualities, and certainly not all of them in excess. The few truly great ones, particularly the Testa Rossas and GTos, do, and they now define the absolute top of the market, but these are the crown jewels, not the jeweler’s inventory. Their value certainly drives the expectation for anything Enzo-era with a prancing horse on it (how much for a 250 GTE?) but nothing is worth more than a percentage of the ultimate. The question is how big the share is. 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Lot 140, s/n 0364AM Condition 2+ Sold at $9,075,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/17/13 SCM# 227319 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Competizione Lot 130, s/n 0320AM Condition 1- Sold at $12,812,800 RM Auctions, Lake Como, ITA, 5/25/13 SCM# 216620 1955 Ferrari 410S Lot 117, s/n 0594CM Condition 1- Sold at $8,250,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/17/12 SCM# 209503 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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The first of the big dogs It’s time to introduce our subject: the 375 Plus. Ferrari was a racer from the beginning, but in the early days the primary focus was on Grand Prix racing, which had a defined championship, while the Mille Miglia, Le Mans, and others were stand-alone events. For 1953, the FIA established the World Sportscar Championship, which tied seven long-distance races into a single championship, to be won by a marque, not a driver. This was right down Enzo Ferrari’s alley, and he jumped in immediately, winning the inaugural season with cars that were fundamentally the same as the cars he sold to privateer racers — engine-mounted transmissions with live-axle rear suspension. There were various displacement classes, but until 1957 there was no upper limit on the size of the engines used for the fast class, so Ferrari chose horsepower over subtlety in the Team 375 MMs that won easily over Jaguar’s C-types. As 1954 loomed, it became obvious that it wasn’t going to be so easy. Jaguar had the new and extremely sophisticated D-type, Lancia had its D 24, and Aston Martin’s DB3S was a serious contender. In response, Ferrari upped the ante and created a new line of team racers — the 375 Plus — that were fundamentally different than the street and privateer cars. Not only was the engine even bigger at 4.9 liters, but the 4.5 Formula one transaxle and De Dion rear suspension were incorporated to achieve better balance and handling. The car also got the larger F1 brakes. From this point until 1958, the factoryteam V12 racers (which were, then and now, the big dogs) would be a technically distinct line from the cars available to privateers. The 375 Plus was the first of these, and as such, is historically important. A steep learning curve Unfortunately the “fearsome four-nine” was also the car that taught Ferrari that more horsepower (and the weight that went with it) was not always the answer to winning races. Entered in the Giro di Sicilia, a very twisty race around Sicily, as a practice for the Mille Miglia, driver Umberto Maglioli found himself running out of brakes, steering, and luck in his 375 Plus, putting it off a curve upside down. Giuseppe Farina had the same experience in the Mille Miglia a month later, destroying his car and badly hurting both himself and his co-driver. Maglioli, having learned his lesson in Sicily, was extremely careful to not overdrive his beast (today’s subject chassis) and was doing very well at about two-thirds distance when a minor part failed, putting him out. Although brutally powerful, the 375 Plus was just too big, heavy and clumsy for any course that required much stopping and turning. Fortunately, the rest of the season only had one unfavorable race left, Ireland’s Tourist Trophy (in which Ferrari entered the 750 Monza). The rest of the venues were notoriously fast. Froilan Gonzalez won the non-Championship GP support race at Silverstone circuit in our subject chassis, and then came Le Mans. With its 2.5-mile Mulsanne Straight and generally open layout, Le Mans favored either the 375 Plus’ horsepower or the Jaguar D-type’s aerodynamics. As it turned out, it was a very wet race, which reduced wear on the 375 Plus’ tires and kept the brakes cool, giving advantage to Ferrari. Even so, victory was only by one lap after 24 hours of racing. The final event of the year was the Carrera Panamericana. Ferrari and Porsche (1,500 cc) were the only factory team entrants, so the outcome was hardly in doubt. It was also a perfect venue for a powerful car, with Maglioli’s 375 Plus averaging 122 mph for the last thousand miles as he barely edged out Phil hill’s year-old 375 MM for the win. After the season, the four remaining cars were sold off, as Ferrari concentrated on 4- and 6-cylinder cars for the 1955 season. The first of the Ferrari team cars So, the big question: how does this 375 Plus fit into the pantheon of collectible Ferraris? Grace and beauty are a matter of taste; the car was cool in 1954, but it is pretty heavy by later standards. It is wonderfully complicated, with all the cylinders and mechanical whirring of a Lampredi V12 — and the very specific exhaust note they have. As the first of the true Ferrari “team cars,” the historical value is unquestionable. It is scary-fast, with brakes and handling that con- tribute to the former more than the latter. In today’s world of shows and tours, it’s unlikely that anyone will pretend to be Maglioli or Farina, so it may not be that important. This does speak to the driving experience, though, which is nowhere close to that offered by the Tr we’d all love to have. I have extensive experience driving a 375 MM, and I can assure you that these are not particularly fun things to drive. This gets us down to voluptuous sexiness and origi- nality/purity issues. There is an old line about it being difficult to imagine a seduction in a Mercedes, and I think it applies here too. Although it is pretty enough, the 375 Plus is more brutal than sexy. On the originality side, this car has a very long story that goes with it, but virtually all racers of this era do, so I don’t think it had a major impact on value. So this is what I think the market said: This 375 Plus was an excellent car, an important car, even a great car, but it didn’t have the particular extra strengths and desirability to push it past the magic $20 million figure. Mostly, it’s not a Testa rossa, and never will be. Owning it makes you a member of an exclusive club, certainly, but not The Club — that one is limited to owners of the glory-years cars: 1956–62 for the open cars. The market may well move, but for now I suggest that no open Ferrari earlier than the 1956 290 MM is worth more than the magic $20 million. The market has spoken: fairly bought and sold. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) September 2014 89


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Market Reports Overview How Much is an Identity Worth? Huge price for a huge project Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Series II coupe, $7,859,998—RM-MCO, p. 112 2. 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 cabriolet, $6,472,939—RMMCO, p. 112 3. 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS Spyder, $2,928,234—RM-MCO, p. 114 4. 1966 Ferrari 206 S Dino racer, $2,851,176—RM-MCO, p. 112 5. 1968 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/2 Daytona racer, $1,733,823— RM-MCO, p. 114 6. 1958 Lister-Jaguar “Knobbly” prototype sports racer, $1,618,235—RM-MCO, p. 108 7. 1967 Brabham-Repco BT20 racer, $1,502,647—RM-MCO, p. 108 8. 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk II Volante convertible, $1,273,284—Bon-UK, p. 102 9. 1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 “Periscopio” coupe, $1,210,000—Bon-CT, p. 126 10. 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400S coupe, $1,155,882—RMMCO, p. 114 Best Buys 2001 Lotus Esprit coupe, $35,750—R&S, p. 134 92 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL convertible, $101,200—Bon-CT, p. 124 1947 MG TC roadster, $28,600— Bon-CT, p. 120 1951 Ford Custom 2-dr sedan, $7,344—DKC, p. 172 1964 Hillman Minx 4-dr sedan, $2,100—VDB, p. 146 Sports Car Market D 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage prototype at Bonhams Newport Pagnell — $661k is just the price of admission By Tony Piff eep-pocketed Aston Martin collectors certainly aren’t afraid of a car with needs. At Bonhams’ annual Aston Martin sale in Newport Pagnell, U.K., the selection always includes a good number of barn finds and projects alongside show-winning trailer queens, and prices for the shabby stuff can be truly staggering. A certain 1964 DB5 Vantage coupe at this year’s auction was one of the least drivable cars I’ve seen at auction in some time: The interior had been disassembled, the drivetrain was out, and the right front corner was completely chopped off. A thick layer of barn-find grime coated everything. The car had a pre-sale estimate of $85k–$137k, which seems kind of reasonable when you consider that a nice #2 example can bring $490k–$775k. But that’s almost beside the point, because this was a prototype car, bearing Aston “Development Project” number DP217. The winning bidder paid a whopping $661k, and our reporter Paul Hardiman estimates the cost of an AM Works restoration at $650k. Will the finished car be worth more than the projected $1.3m total investment? Well, since it’s “one of one,” maybe. Either way, today’s buyer gets the honored privilege of nursing a piece of Aston Martin history back to life. ♦ Sales Totals RM Monte Carlo, MCO May 10 Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. May 17 Silverstone Northamptonshire, U.K. May 24 Lucky Tacoma, WA May 30–31 Dan Kruse Classics Odessa, TX May 31 Bonhams Greenwich, CT May 17 VanDerBrink West Fargo, SD June 14 Russo and Steele Newport Beach, CA June 20–21 $0 $2.9m $732k $3.1m $7.9m $335k $4.2m $10m 1: National concours standard/perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition $20m SCM 1-6 Scale Condition Rating: 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts $30m $40m $14.6m $35.5m Courtesy of Bonhams


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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. Bonhams — The Aston Martin Sale Show queens and barn finds total nearly $15m Company Bonhams Date May 17, 2014 Location Newport Pagnell, U.K. Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold/offered 45/48 Sales rate 94% Sales total $14,637,118 High sale 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk II Volante, sold at $1,273,284 Celebrity status helped this 1970 Aston Martin DBS coupe sell at $896,762 — about seven times the value of a nicely restored DBS Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics A nd here we are again, at the annual gathering of Aston Martin enthusiasts and buyers for the 15th Bonhams Aston sale, held at the site of original production for more than 50 years. It’s a huge coming-together of Aston owners, fanciers, enthusiasts, experts and buyers, and as a jazz band plays among the smoke of an outdoor barbecue, the auction can almost feel incidental. Formerly known as Works Service, the facility earlier this year after 38 years of service with the company. Highlight of the day was the 1970 DBS from the TV show “The Persuaders!” Newport Pagnell, U.K. was renamed Aston Martin Works two years ago. The workshops were spruced to F1 pit level, and the outfit now has a new chief exec in the shape of Paul Spires. Former boss Kingsley Riding-Felce departed which starred Tony Curtis and a pre-James Bond Roger Moore between 1971 and 1972. The DBS took a model world record of $897k, around seven times what a decently-restored “civilian” example is worth. The “six” had been faked to look like a V8 for filming, which it still did. Under the trunk lid were the signatures of both leads. Two DB6 Volantes reflected their relative conditions in their prices, with an original Mk I at $906k and a recently restored Mk II at $1.3m. But bargain of the sale had to be the 1955 DB2/4 at $181k, not far above the recent prices of restoration projects. The only significant non-seller was the absolutely correct and beautifully done DB4GT Zagato replica. Rather than a “re-creation,” this was a perfect copy, and it failed to reach the £800k (about $1.4m) needed to buy it. Most amazing was a 1963 DB5 restoration The top seller, a 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk II Volante convertible, hammered for $1,273,284 94 project — or three-fourths of one, as the right front corner was AWOL, and it arrived as a basket-case on a trolley — sold for a massive $661k. That’s more than four times its estimate, and the same price as a finished, restored and driving car. This car needed a lot, but it was probably a good buy, considering that a full AM Works bare-metal restoration, in the very place where they were created — if not in fact at the hands of the men who made them originally — currently runs around $650k including local taxes. Why? Because this was the Vantage prototype, and it bore an AM “DP” Works experimental number, which makes all the difference. ♦ Sales Totals $18m $15m $12m $9m $6m $3m 0 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 Buyer’s premium 15% on first $84,045; 12% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00=£0.59) Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. ENGLISH #243-1952 ASTON MARTIN DB2 coupe. S/N LML50264. White/brown leather. Odo: 20,302 km. Almost completed restoration project with body and paint done. Floors are solid. Chassis brush-painted. Doors shut well but have rusty handles. Only one seat fitted; various bits missing, such as nose badge and hood catches, but may be inside. Yellow- painted brake drums a bit odd, although since catalog was shot they have been replaced with discs and red-painted calipers in front. Side exhaust looks rather homemade. Tall, cracked old taxi-type crossplies are a clue as to when it was last used. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $219,022. Delivered new in Mexico. Well sold, $50k over top estimate, although there’s slightly less heavy work to do than on the black DB2/4, Lot 234, which sold at $181k. #210-1952 ASTON MARTIN DB2 drop- head coupe. S/N LML50203. Eng. # VB6B501080. Blue/beige cloth/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 47,138 miles. Renovated rather than fully restored. Older (1983) paint now slightly dull and blooming. Very creased leather dates from same period but looks original. Dash nicely patinated. Solid chassis as usual (these are built like trucks underneath), newish stain- been driving it for a while. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $444,935. Later owned by King hussein of Jordan and last seen at russo and Steele’s 2009 Monterey sale, where it was not sold at an undisclosed high bid (SCM# 141279); before that, bid to $490k but not sold at Worldside Auburn 2008 (SCM# 117886), which makes this price look fine. In 1978, it sold for $15k at a Christie’s auction in Beaulieu, U.K. (SCM# 4285). #201-1954 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 Mk I coupe. S/N LML731. Eng. # VB6J161. Red/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 30,370 miles. Drystored since 1998 (and said to have been painted in the 1990s) but all there and doesn’t look too rotten in the chassis, although more rust had fallen out of the rockers every time I scanned the floor. Leather retrimmed 1990s, creased but not worn, headlining falling down, the deal. Bought at U.K. auction by the consignor in 1995; has resided in Finland, here sold about $20k behind the $200k lower estimate, which bucks the trend of Astons at auction. Really nice examples cost twice this, and resto cases are only $40k less, so as a usable car you’ve got to call it a bit of a deal. #225-1958 ASTON MARTIN DB MK III drophead coupe. S/N AM30031430. Eng. # DBA1068. Red. RHD. Odo: 81,858 miles. Worse than it appears in the pictures—so rusty it crumbles as you look at it, with rockers holed through. I couldn’t bring myself to look at the chassis. Very patchy history after mid1970s, when it was taken off the road (and left in an open barn, by the looks of it). Top has as a test bed for various features and upgrades. Newish-looking leather, but then no one’s less-steel exhaust. Converted early in its life from column- to floor-shift. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $284,913. Sold new to owner in Belgium, and here it sold cheap for a DB2 or 2/4 drophead, when the best cars command almost twice this. Hammer price was almost $50k behind the low estimate, which is usually near the reserve, so the owner must have had a quick and realistic rethink. Fair both ways. #208-1953 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 notchback coupe. S/N LML515. Black/cream leather. Odo: 5,564 miles. Unusual-bodied 2/4 in almost perfect order. Used by Aston boss David Brown for two years before the factory race team pulled it back for use by team driver Peter Collins. During his tenure with the car, it was fitted with the current bodywork and used 96 engine corroded. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $134,304. In current ownership since 1972, this was presented as a true barn find with lots of dust, even though its history perhaps wasn’t quite that romantic. Bonhams manages to market at least one of these neglected old 2/4s at every Newport Pagnell sale. Where do they keep coming from? Sold well over the $85k high estimate but in line with previous project cars. #234-1955 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 Mk I coupe. S/N LML866. Eng. # VB6J323. Black/red leather. RHD. Odo: 16,701 miles. Looks okay from 20 paces, but tired old paint is blistering around wheelarches. Very good leather, carpets are newer. Chassis good and solid, exhaust patched and gummed up, sits right on tall crossplies. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $181,369. Used as a test bed when new for disc-brake development by Girling; discs have been replaced with drums but are included in Sports Car Market rotted away. Leather was apparently beige, but you can’t really tell. No V5 registration document but it does have a workshop manual, which will be invaluable. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $243,496. One of 85 DB Mk III dropheads built, according to the catalog. Ordered with overdrive. Incredibly, sold for three times its estimate, half the price of a restored example. There’s no upside here, even if you squint through rose-colored glasses. #240-1958 ASTON MARTIN DB MK III coupe. S/N AM30031690. Eng. # DBA1319. Green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 51,137 miles. The real “Goldfinger” car and for the last two years the property of Orlando Bloom. In excellent restored order, with some of the best panel gaps you’ll see on one of these. Leather nicely wearing in. Sits on correct tall cross


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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. plies. Highly polished rear brake drums a little strange, but hey—this is Hollywood. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $256,674. Bloom is reportedly about to start restoring a DB4—who knew he liked Astons? Sold near top estimate, but that’s fair for a Mk III in this condition. #218-1960 ASTON MARTIN DB4 coupe. S/N DB4331R. White/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 51,880 miles. Has been green and probably red—but structure and floors appear good, body relatively straight and savable. Several layers of older paint cracking at the edges, most of interior piling up inside it. Chrome wires flaking and rusty. Leather very creased and cracked, carpets all but gone. Motor all there and lightly corroded. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $275,500. Bought by the vendor at Bonhams’ Beaulieu sale in September 2010 for $133k, which I thought was strong money at the time (SCM# 166063). restoration has not progressed, but our man still doubled his money in four years. Nice work... #246-1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series III coupe. S/N DB4666. Eng. # 692. White/ black leather. RHD. Floors rusty, main chassis rails look solid, carbs off, motor and wheels well corroded, instruments and most of interior out, but leather doesn’t look too bad, as it was the only part of this stalled project to be completed (some time in the ’80s). No regis- to chop up a real DB4, but as we have seen from this sale, there are plenty of project cars still out there. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $1,152,542. originally sold to New York, then in Tokyo. Not sold today, which was a surprise given that Bonhams sold a Sanction II car here for $1.9m in 2012 (SCM# 201974), and a Sanction II “re-creation” sold for $529k at rM London 2008 (SCM# 118528). Given the ex-Aston Martin names behind the build and the parts that went into it, though, it’s no wonder the seller had grander ambitions. About another $150k might have bought it. #224-1962 LAGONDA RAPIDE saloon. S/N LR108R. Eng. # 400108. Silver/red leather. RHD. Odo: 35,935 miles. Rare 4-speed manual version. Good repaint, original chrome bumpers replicated in stainless steel. Leather hardly worn, excellent veneers. new block, twin-plug head supplied by Aston Martin, aluminum work by Bodylines. Carpets instead of quilted covers inside. Sits on polished Borranis and tall radials. Seems a shame development. Shiny late ’80s repaint still good, very nice chrome. Lightly creased and worn leather may be original. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $492,000. With this owner (mostly) since 1976. This was a lovely old thing and sold at the top end of its estimate range at very nearly DB5 money—which is quite right as there’s little to choose between them. I rather like the inverted snobbery going on here. Imaginatively bought, and full marks for style. #239-1964 ASTON MARTIN DB4/5 coupe. S/N DB51950R. White. RHD. Empty and engineless, disconnected steering. No instruments. Body fairly straight with decent panel gaps. DB5 chassis number but #1209 on filler neck “leads us to believe the chassis is that of a DB4 Series V Saloon,” says the catalog. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $171,956. Originally bought like this in the ’70s as a potential donor for Lot 216, as presumably using this chassis would have been simpler than repairing the other, and you can see why the project stalled it if was the wrong one. Obvious reason for cheapness is chassis number confusion, which is going to make registration, however it’s restored, rather tricky and protracted. #216-1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5 Van- With extra electric fan. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $294,326. Sold $90k over the other Rapide in the sale (Lot 205), almost all down to its sharper condition; I doubt the 4-speed would make much difference here. Both these cars sold for twice what was expected, so we need to shift our perception of the “4-door DB4.” #231-1963 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series tration documents, but there is a workshop manual. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $219,022. Another one artfully photographed in a barn, but it looks too shiny. In reality, it was dry-stored. It’s probably possible to get this one back on the road within its market value of around $430k–$450k in nice nick, so the new owner’s just got to keep plugging away. #249-1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4GT Zagato replica coupe. S/N DB4404R. Eng. # 370432. Green/black leather. RHD. Odo: 11,276 miles. Nicely done and very faithful GTZ repro, like new and running all the right bits. Engine by Crosthwaite & Gardiner on a 98 V Vantage coupe. S/N DB41207R. Blue/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 71,716 miles. Last stop before the DB5 and easily confused with one, as DB Astons were in a state of constant car. Worse-than-basket-case condition, with one corner cut off for accident repair—but it will be rebuilt. Some of the door cards and other interior parts stored loose inside are from a different car, maybe Lot 239, but at this level it’s really a minor detail. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $661,435. Offered by the Aston Martin Owners Club, which was gifted the car after its restoration stalled. Sold seven times over Sports Car Market tage prototype coupe. S/N DB51451R. Eng. # 4001738. Blue/red leather. RHD. Odo: 46,019 miles. The prototype DB5 Vantage, with DP217 experimental number stampings on the filler necks, much to the delight of the Aston Martin Works mechanics who recognized it as “one of ours.” “GT engine” was replaced with a standard one before Aston eventually sold it, after service as a press test


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Glovebox Notes 2014 Fiat 500L wagon Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM garage. HHHHH is best. the $85k low estimate for the same money that would give you a decent, restored car, for two reasons: one, it’s got extra historical value bearing a Works “DP” experimental number; and two, although rough as old nails, what’s there mostly hasn’t been messed with—unlike some of its sisters that are on their second and third restorations. Price as tested: $26,845 Equipment: 1.4-liter MultiAir turbocharged I4 engine, 6-speed Euro twin-clutch automatic transmission, Premier Package 6.5-inch touchscreen sound system, GPS system, back-up camera and rear park assist EPA mileage: 24/33 Likes: The 500L has a very smooth ride, especially when considering the compact size of the vehicle, and it also features fantastic visibility from its many windows. The sound system (from Beats Audio) is absolutely fantastic. The half-leather, half-cloth combination on the seats gives it a unique factor that other cars of this size don’t have. At night, when the driver takes a sharp corner, a light on the sides of the vehicle shines to help the driver see all the way around the corner. The infotainment system stops you from monkeying around with the controls while driving. While in motion, the entire thing can only be controlled through the steering-wheel controls. The idea is to keep the driver’s eyes on the road. Dislikes: The turbocharged engine is too small to handle the weight of the car. The turbo lag is so atrocious that you need to build up the revs to 3,000 to get anywhere. At the same time, the transmission is too slow to figure out you need to be in second gear to achieve this. The design of the car is a little quirky and looks almost unfinished. There are body lines flowing everywhere, with almost no sense of direction. The steering is electronic assist, which makes it very numb and unresponsive. Fun to drive: HHH½ Fun to look at: HHH Overall experience: HHHH Verdict: The car feels almost unfinished. The engine and transmission combo on this small crossover wagon needs some refinement, as does the styling of the car itself. However, the interior is very impressive, with lots of available options and a high-quality build. This is a whole new vibe from Fiat. Overall, the car is pretty good, but not great, but with a few crucial refinements it has potential to give off the fun, buzzy feeling of the smaller and lighter Fiat 500. With a $26,845 price tag, the car is too expensive. A fully loaded comparable Scion Xb is about $22k and has a lot more interior space and much more put-together styling — and almost all of the options available on the Fiat. All in all, the Fiat 500L has lots of potential to be great. It’s a terrific platform for buzzing around the city, and it has plenty of interior room for people, dogs, groceries and sports equipment. It just needs a few styling changes, powertrain refinement and a more modest price tag. — Alec Ebert 100 #205-1964 LAGONDA RAPIDE saloon. S/N LR155R. Eng. # 400155. Green/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 64,607 miles. Four-door DB4, and the last one built. Painted three years ago, good chrome. Interior looks very original with lightly cracked leather, carpets worn through. Ancient Avon Turbospeeds indicate very little recent use but nice to see it you a decent running car). I’d call them both extremely well sold. (See the profile, p. 76.) #209-1965 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB51772R. Eng. # 4001750. Pearl black/red leather. RHD. Odo: 7,305 miles. Very good older resto (1990). Originally California Sage, now with a couple of tiny bubbles in rockers. Exhaust held together with Jubilee clips, but otherwise very nicely kept. Nice on the right tires. With original jack and tools plus handbook. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $209,609. Last one of the 55, in this family ownership since 1968, just repatriated from Australia. Sold twice over the lower estimate, but unrepeatable, and with this history and books it’ll no doubt pop up for retail soon. #232-1965 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB51497R. Eng. # 4001492. Bare alloy/green leather. RHD. Partly done restoration started after accident damage a while ago. Off the road since 1973. Rolling chassis built up and wired, sitting on rusty chrome wires. Motor is corroded on outside. Most parts are with car. Various body sections include new front, DB6 front, hood from another car, new door skin but no roof. Leather might be reusable. But... as the AM Works mechanics pointed out, they’d still have to start from dash with Motorola radio. 25-year-old leather now lightly creased. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $755,566. Sold at top estimate just $80k over the price of Lot 216, the full-restoration car. As one of these sold recently for over $1m in cosmetically challenged condition (Bonhams Paris, February 2014, SCM# 232439), you’d have to call even this strong price a reasonable deal. #204-1965 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Van- tage coupe. S/N DB62353R. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 82,102 miles. Former factory demonstrator and press road-test car, third production DB6 and the first with a Vantage engine. In good order for such an original car. Tired paint, okay chrome, leather well creased, dash and instruments lovely. However, it’s no longer Vantage spec, as the Webers have been replaced with SUs. Catalog notes that the mo- scratch, as the integrity of chassis and repairs so far are an unknown quantity. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $435,522. Fascinating to see one unpicked and unwrapped. Sold for twice its pre-sale estimate but $225k less than the even-more-terrifying DB5 Vantage prototype project, Lot 216. But that was much less messed-about-with, with a higher intrinsic value, so it was a better starting point (even though the price of either was enough to get tor has not run for five years and the chassis needs some welding. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $275,500. Off the road for the past 34 years, which helps explain the low mileage. Very low $135k–$200k reserve was always going to be smashed, and here this sold for middling DB6 money, in line with auction prices of the past 12 months. historical significance canceled out the obvious needs, so call it a fair deal both ways—unless it turns out to need a full resto, in which case our brave buyer will quickly find himself deep underwater. #237-1966 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Van- tage coupe. S/N DB62516L. Red/black leather. Odo: 28,998 km. Very original. Older windows-in repaint; left front fender has been hit, which has cracked off a large area of paint; Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. some other blisters starting to form. Lightly speckled chrome, wheel spokes going rusty. Original leather has worn through at outer time the motor was taken out to 4.2 (though that’s only a 5% increase). New carpets, hardly any wear on leather. Now with LSD and electric power steering. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $397,870. Sold $180k over lower estimate at around $70k more than the best DB6s have been getting in the past few months, but justified due to its fine condition. #220-1969 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Mk I edge of driver’s seat. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $454,348. Last sold at Bonhams’ 2011 Monte Carlo sale for $144k (SCM# 180060). This time sold for twice the $200k–$250k estimate, at $100k more than the current going rate for the best DB6s. Sold on its originality, but I didn’t think it was sufficiently original or good to warrant this price tag. #248-1966 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Van- tage coupe. S/N DB62709R. Eng. # 4002706V. Metallic green/black leather. RHD. Odo: 78,670 miles. Good, restored, shiny, nice paint and chrome, sits right on tall radials. Original leather nicely creased, new carpets. apparently unloved 15 years ago but impressively titivated to current nice order by its steering and triple-eared spinners from new. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $906,175. Third-fromlast of 140 Mk 1 Volantes. First 37 are shortwheelbase and perceived to be worth much more. It sold just over mid-estimate, and $300k behind Lot 242, the much sharper Mk II Volante, so I’d call them both market-correct. #233-1969 ASTON MARTIN LAG- ONDA prototype saloon. S/N MP2301. Eng. # V540008EE. Blue/black vinyl/black leather. RHD. Odo: 14,285 miles. Prototype of the eight four-door Lagondas built (the seven production cars have only one pair of headlights), and originally used by Sir David Brown. Originally Roman Purple (with seats and door owner. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $322,565. In slightly nicer condition than the white sunroof car, but that had one-owner history and a 5-speed manual on its side. This was about market-correct for a tidy restored DB6 Mk1, with or without the auto. Rather encouraging catalog estimate of £35–£45k was a misprint... Bonhams meant £170–£200k, and the sale price neatly split the difference. #226-1967 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Van- tage spec coupe. S/N DB62877R. Eng. # 4003035. Silver/black leather. RHD. Odo: 9,989 miles. Excellent restored condition. Sitting on wide rims. Decent rechrome, new exhaust. Upgunned to Vantage spec, at which cards in crimson velour...) but refinished more somberly after Brown had finished with it, now restored and very shiny, decent rechrome, leather only slightly creased with use, new carpets. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $435,000. Perfectly restored and updated examples have fetched huge money at previous AM Works sales, but this couldn’t make the nut of around $530k. #212-1970 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Mk II coupe. S/N DB6MK24290R. Eng. # 4004686. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 90,227 miles. In this family ownership since 1976 and well looked-after. Described as “highly original” but very shiny repaint over an owner renovation in the ’80s, lightly creased leather, September 2014 101 Volante convertible. S/N DBVC3737R. Eng. # 4004189. Roman Purple/red leather. RHD. Odo: 50,643 miles. Shiny older (1994) paint with some sub-surface prep marks and polished through at edges. Perhaps original leather lightly creased; has rear belts. Power


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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. fold, although not quite to “x10” Bond levels. Here this one sold for around seven times the value of a nicely restored DBS. (Profiled in August SCM, p. 62.) ugly speaker pods on rear shelf. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $284,913. Only being sold due to passing of owner. Shame it’s an auto, but it’s unblighted by a sliding sunroof, and you could lose those spotlights easily enough. Sold midestimate, which would be market-correct for a Mk I, but looks cheap for a Mk II, which the trade prefers. Blame the auto. #242-1970 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Mk II Volante convertible. S/N DB6MK2VC3783R. Eng. # 4004682. Silver/ blue vinyl/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 90,155 miles. One of 38 Mk II Volantes. Very good paint (redone 1987). Nice chrome but some light polish marks under plating. Lightly used leather. Good dash and instruments. Original TOP 10 No. 8 brakes. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $119,243. Sold mid-estimate at less than the sum of its parts and labor—par for the course for a racer. The real thing did some mad stuff in its time, such as taking the caravan-towing and roof-skiing speed records, you know, and those exploits plus better history probably make it worth more than this very worthy pretender. Making this look good value at roughly the price of a decent Mustang FIA racer. #241-1971 ASTON MARTIN DB6 tools and sales brochure. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,273,284. One owner since it was a year old, and sold mid-estimate. When you get to the “cruiser” end of the spectrum, as here, auto doesn’t affect the value as much. Price premium over the other DB6 Volante a) because of superior, sharper condition and b) it was a Mk II, which the trade prefers. #222-1970 ASTON MARTIN DBS coupe. S/N DBS5636R. Bahama Yellow/black leather. RHD. Odo: 31,304 miles. DBS dressed up with wheels and badging to look like a V8. Famously appeared in “The Persuaders!” driven by a pre-James Bond Roger Moore. Perfect older (1997) AM Works Service-renovated condition with excellent paint, coupe. S/N DB64294R. White/black vinyl/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 70,752 miles. No apparent rot in structure; body straight. Older paint, one or two small touched-in chips. Sliding sunroof, original Radiomobile, leather may be original as it’s well creased. With original tools, jack and logbook, though the num- effect. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $134,304. Huge price for one of these, as buyers quite rightly worry about those electronics, but this looked like a decent example. Almost worth it for the sheer ’80s nostalgia. Well sold, at a number very close to its original price of £85,000. ber’s not included. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $379,044. One owner from new, and replaced a Vauxhall 30-98! Sold immediately post-sale for £200k ($339k) all in, but later published results show it at this number. Color and sunroof conspire slightly against it, but manual transmission and great history are in its favor, meaning it comes out about even. #207-1979 ASTON MARTIN V8 Series chrome and unworn original leather. Just serviced again by AM Works, as it’s now called. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $896,762. As predicted, celebrity status multiplies the value several- 102 IV Vantage spec coupe. S/N V8SOR12200. Eng. # V5402200S. Pearlescent white/red leather. RHD. Odo: 43,131 miles. Nice paint, redone 1996, good chrome. Good veneers with only a few small cracks and lightly creased leather. Solid underneath. Converted in 1990 from auto to manual and motor upgunned to Sports Car Market #235-1986 ASTON MARTIN V8 coupe. S/N SCFCV8155HTL12534. Metallic brown/ magnolia leather. Odo: 14,589 km. Good original car with excellent understructure. Largely unscuffed but has a few small dings in hood and front wing tops, suggesting something has fallen on it, couple of cracks and dings in driv- #214-1970 ASTON MARTIN V8 racer. S/N DBSV810071R. White & blue/black leather. RHD. Replica of the well-known Robin Hamilton “Muncher.” Rebuilt in 1991 for Marsh Plant as V8R003 and in good condition for racer. Recently rebuilt and upgraded with lots of expensive nice race bits such as 4-speed NASCAR-type gearbox and big warranty card. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $138,069. “Well, they really do do 155,” said the gentlemen who delivered the bug-spattered coupe the 100-odd miles to the sale and left it sweltering in the sale room. (These V8s give off a lot of heat when well exercised.) First owned by Sir Peter Cadbury of the chocolate dynasty, with six owners since, and sold over top estimate of $100k, but a neat way to get a V8 with as much oomph as a Vantage for less money. #230-1984 ASTON MARTIN LAG- ONDA Tickford saloon. S/N LOOR13193. Eng. # V5803193. Black/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 5,300 miles. Tickford has extra side skirts and body moldings on William Towns’ original origami style. One owner and 5,300 miles from new, although you can’t read the black dash with the ignition turned off. 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Fresh Meat by Chad Tyson Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. Online sales of contemporary cars 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia Date sold: 06/28/14 eBay auction ID: 191220392707 Seller’s eBay ID: formulaonemiami Sale type: Used car with 7,943 miles VIN: ZFF67NFZXC0183447 Details: Bianco Avus over Crema leather; 4.5-L V8 rated at 570 hp; 7-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $234,800, 1 bid, sf 366 MSRP: $229,825 (base) Other current offering: Wide World Ferrari-Maserati in Spring Valley, NY, offering a Corsa Red over beige leather 2012 Italia, with 2,686 miles, for $265,900. 2012 Aston Martin DBS Volante er’s door. Inside, veneers are excellent, leather is lightly baggy but not worn. Front brakes noted to need a bit of help, but has an MoT. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $162,543. Wealthy Brazilian owner left it forgotten in France 1987– 2013, which helps explain the low mileage. Those low miles and the solid structure pushed it well over the fairly low $120k high estimate, despite the less-than-flawless finish. Painting it is going to cost a lot less than rebuilding a rotten one. A fair deal both ways. #244-1987 ASTON MARTIN V8 Van- tage Zagato coupe. S/N 20039. Metallic blue/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 30,068 miles. When Aston Martin got back into bed with Zagato (following the ’60s collaboration on the DB4GTZ), they made 52 of these. Clean, straight and tidy for age and mileage. Could 30010. Eng. # V5850010. Metallic blue/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 22,150 miles. Injected car, so it avoids the big hood hump of the Vantage. Good and unscuffed with new paint and okay veneers. Headlight slats line up well. Wheels are rather scruffily hand-detailed, but easy enough to sort out. Lightly creased leather. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $228,435. Rare in RHD—only 12 of the 37 built, according to the catalog—and rarer still with manual rather than auto. Sold at top estimate, although a standard “Oscar India”-bodied Volante (convertible) is inexplicably worth more. Perhaps it’s all about the number of seats. #221-1994 ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE Date sold: 06/25/14 eBay auction ID: 171368570167 Seller’s eBay ID: lamborghinihouston Sale type: Used car with 213 miles VIN: SCFFDCCD4CGE13036 Details: Fire Red 2 over Obsidian Black leather; 5.9L V12 rated at 510 hp; 6-sp manual; RWD Sale result: $199,984, 1 bid, sf 52 MSRP: $290,461 (base) Other current offering: Marshall Goldman Motor Sales in Warrensville, OH, asking $209,900 for a 2012 DBS Volante in Silver Fox with 2,234 miles. 2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur still be original paint. Leather hardly worn, six stamps in the service book. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $331,978. Every ’80s schoolboy’s fantasy. Sold well over the $275k high estimate at much more than the Volante version (Lot 206, $228k)—although this has the stonking motor. #245-1988 ASTON MARTIN V8 Van- tage Volante X-Pack convertible. S/N 15689. Eng. # V5805689XA. White/black cloth/white leather. Odo: 14,480 km. Carburetor car with low mileage. Delivered new in Paris, later resident in Monaco before returning home. Tidy and unscuffed, leather barely used. Ronal wheels as usual for a Vantage. Newish exhausts. Top was burgundy, changed to black. coupe. S/N SCFDAM2S9RBR70033. Metalllic green/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 41,956 miles. Pretty much what Aston fanciers reckon the Virage should have been at launch, with mighty twin-supercharged V8 and more muscular styling. Good and unscuffed following 2012 repaint, wheels not curbed, good veneers and green leather dash top, leather unworn. Full service history to 41,000 miles. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $153,130. Sold for $113k here at the Works Sale one year ago (SCM# 226026) and sold here $30k over mid-estimate, so after sundry repairs and replacing the diff plus commission fees and expenses, the owner has probably just about broken even, plus a bit. Selling because his wife doesn’t like it! © Date sold: 06/20/14 eBay auction ID: 331229642826 Seller’s eBay ID: jsnake1980 Sale type: Used car with 1,260 miles VIN: SCBEC9ZA9EC089394 Details: Black over tan leather; 6.0-L turbocharged W12 rated at 616 hp; 8-sp auto; AWD Sale result: $178,000, 33 bids, sf 170 MSRP: $200,500 (base) Other current offering: Bespoke Motor Group of Jericho, NY, offering a White Sand over Magnolia and Burnt Oak leather 2014 Flying Spur, with 199 miles, for $214,500. ♦ 104 Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $337,626. The top of the V8 family tree in terms of worth, consistently hitting this kind of money at auction. Wealth can’t buy taste, and Astons were certainly not immune from the big-shoulder-pads 1980s, so low mileage might be due to the owner’s embarrassment at being seen out in it. Anyway, sold where expected at the going rate for a Volante X-Pack, so color and plastics don’t appear to have hurt the value at all. #206-1988 ASTON MARTIN V8 Zagato Volante convertible. S/N SCFCV8Z0JTR- Subscribe to SCM today and become a collector car insider www.sportscarmarket.com Sports Car Market ™


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RM Auctions Monte Carlo, MCO RM Auctions — Monaco The most valuable fixed-head Ferrari 275 ever sold at auction made a record-breaking $7.9m Company RM Auctions Date May 10, 2014 Location Monte Carlo, MCO Auctioneer Max Girardo Automotive lots sold/offered 79/85 Sales rate 93% Sales total $56,765,461 High sale 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C, sold at $7,859,998 Buyer’s premium 12%, included in sold prices ($1.00=€0.73) New venue, new records — 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Series II coupe, sold for a record-breaking $7,859,998 (center-stage) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics A t RM’s new Monaco venue, Le Sporting resort and club, the swing-open James Bond-style roof exposed the star lots to the Mediterranean skies and was a fitting setting for RM to hit its biggest sales total ever at a European auction. In a five-hour sale into the night, Max Girardo chivvied, cajoled and finally pounced on bids in three languages — often all at the same time. The sale takes place alongside the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique and has become RM’s highestgrossing European sale, setting multiple world records and drawing bids from 37 countries across the globe. The big cars, all Ferraris, made the right money and set records. A 275 GTB/C, the ninth of 12 produced and without much in the way of period competition history, remained one of the most original examples of its kind — and its record-breaking $7.9m makes it the most valuable fixed-head Ferrari 275 ever sold at auction. In second, the 1959 250 GT Pininfarina Series I Cabriolet was Monte Carlo, MCO also the most valuable of its kind ever sold at auction, at $6.5m. A 1967 330 GTS, one of 100 built, completed the top three at $2.9m. In fourth place, a 1966 Dino 206 S Spider with extensive period hillclimb history (now modified with later bodywork) achieved $2.9m. Outside the Ferrari realm, a 1968 Toyota 2000GT on Borranis hit just over $1m — strong money for condition, even it if seems marketcorrect. And the unloved Porsche 964 appears to have woken up, with $370k paid for an original, low-mileage 1992 Carrera RS 3.6. Girardo, Managing Director of RM Auctions, 1968 Toyota 2000GT coupe, sold at $1,001,764 106 Europe, said after the sale, “It’s not often I’m lost for words, but I am simply stunned by what we have achieved tonight in Monaco. From a results perspective, this has been our biggest ever European sale.” ♦ $60m $50m $40m $30m $20m $10m 0 Sales Totals 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 Sports Car Market NO AUCTION NO AUCTION


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RM Auctions Monte Carlo, MCO AUSTRALIAN #179-1967 BRABHAM-REPCO BT20 racer. S/N F1266. Eng. # RB620E8A. Green/black vinyl. MHD. Still about the only car raced to victory in F1 by its designer and builder—in this case, the incomparable “Black Jack” Brabham. Excellent restored order with some modern filters, as it’s raced recently. Repco motor is based on Olds F85 block. Mildly spooky standing next to such greatness. You know the old saying: “If it TOP 10 No. 7 looks right, it is right...” Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,502,647. This car won here in Monaco in 1967 and took Denny Hulme to his 1967 Driver’s Championship. It raced here in the first Monaco Historics in 1997. Bid to strong money here, and all the more poignant that Brabham died the week after the sale. Last sold for $534k at Christie’s in Paris 2007 (SCM# 44298), so the numbers have tripled in seven years. Compare it with that other old Formula car here, the ex-James Hunt Hesketh (Lot 162), which was bid to only a quarter of this price. ENGLISH #155-1949 JAGUAR XK 120 alloy road- ster. S/N 670015. Old English White/black cloth/brown leather. Odo: 5,994 miles. Said to be the 15th LHD XK 120 built; first 240 cars were aluminum-bodied. Restored with excellent panel fit, and complete with tools. French title. Recently restored. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $371,534. I do take issue with the term “alloy” in this context, as steel is an alloy too, so I’d personally rather term these early cars “aluminum.” Anyway, not sold with high declared bid just under the $385k lower estimate. This close, and you’d think the owner would have let it go. #150-1954 BENTLEY R-TYPE Conti- nental fastback. S/N BC51LC. Black. Odo: 25,404 km. Said to be one of only five R-types bodied by Franay and the only one remaining with this design. Older paint, rechrome has a few scratches, good door fit, excellent dash, 108 tion with a few scrapes and cracks in the body. Modified in period to short-nose spec. Nonoriginal engine and transmission. U.S. title. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $1,618,235. When it nosaled at $760k at Bonhams’ September 2011 Goodwood sale, I wrote, “The money should have been sufficient” (SCM# 186147), but two years later I was proven wrong when it sold at RM Monterey in August 2013 for $1.98m (SCM# 227322). This time it went a bit lower, $400k under lower estimate. Perhaps it’s finding its true level. #122-1971 LOLA T260 Can-Am spyder. S/N T260HU2. White/black vinyl. Restored and in original livery, as not driven for Carl Haas Racing in period by Jackie Stewart. (It was his backup car, but he only needed HU1, and this remained unraced in 1971—although it had quite a history with other drivers in the next three seasons.) Swiss bill of sale. At one time in the Rosso Bianco museum, for which it was restored in Stewart livery. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $308,235. Sold for $222k at Bonhams’ 2006 Carmel sale (SCM# 42609) and sold to vendor in 2006 and raced since. Appears to be in running order complete with Cosworth DFV V8. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $385,294. Obviously great things were hoped for, riding on the back of the recent Hunt vs. Lauda film “rush.” Both hunt’s son Freddie and his patron Lord Alexander Hesketh were in attendance, as well as Hunt portrayed large on the catalog cover and posters outside the sale venue. But it was bought on what appeared to be the sole bid. Max hung this one out for as long as was decently possible, but no more bids were forthcoming, and it had apparently met its reserve. Well bought. FRENCH #163-1926 BUGATTI TYPE 35B road- ster. S/N 4761. Eng. # 16. Red/brown leather. lightly creased leather and a few marks in carpets. Modified head with bigger carbs; original parts come with car. U.S. title. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $963,235. Last offered at Tokyo auction 1992, not sold at $262k (SCM# 5725). This time it sold about $100k under the very strong $1m–$1.4m estimate. The very best R-type Contis are around a million bucks, and this was a notch under. As ever, MPWs are the safe bet, and I’d call this slightly “soft” version fairly sold. TOP 10 No. 6 #135-1958 LISTER-JAGUAR “KNOBBLY” prototype sports racer. S/N BHLEE101. White/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 11,791 miles. Looking a bit tidier than last time I saw it. Lister-Jaguar was Brian Lister’s idea of a better D-type, and “Knobbly” development had closer-fitting bodywork. This one was built with a 3-liter engine for Briggs Cunningham, fielding Walt Hansgen to win the 1958 SCCA C Modified Championship. Presented in well-used condi- then for $304k at Bonhams Carmel 2009 (SCM# 142095), both of which confirm that this is about right. Offered without reserve today and sold about $50k under lower estimate. Now, if it had been hU1... #162-1974 HESKETH 308 racer. S/N 3081. White/black racing bucket. MHD. Anyone who was a schoolboy in England in the ’70s will want this—the car that catapulted “Hunt the Shunt” and the independent, unsponsored and party-loving Hesketh team to stardom. The first of three 308/308Bs built. Hunt put it on pole first time out, at the 1974 Silverstone Race of Champions. Its designer Dr. Harvey Postlethwaite went on to great things, too. Restored back to original spec, Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Monte Carlo, MCO RHD. Originally the first Type 35T built, rebuilt around frame 214 in 1960s using a collection of original Bugatti bits plus repro body. Radiator and wheels appear to have taken on this identity by default. Splendidly patinated. French title. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $1,001,764. Offered at no reserve and again sold 10% under the $1m lower estimate. Fair money for a “bitsa” with uncertain history. If this had been a real original, you could easily have doubled the price. #134-1956 FACEL VEGA FV2B coupe. S/N FV2B56114. Black/gray leather. Odo: 46,699 miles. Nicely “used,” even slightly crusty-looking, à la instant outlaw hot rod. Paint is okay, and all brightwork and jewelry present and correct. European buyers might prefer the Pont-à-Mousson 4-speed rather than coupes. Excellent paint, chrome, dash and instruments, new leather. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $524,000. Sold at top estimate but felt fairly cheap for one of these—although the open variants will always fetch more. #137-1954 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL AMG Gullwing. S/N 1980404500125. Silver/ red leather. Ha ha, look—a plastic Gullwing! You can tell it’s a replica because they couldn’t even get the wheels right. No, wait, it’s got a real chassis number... No, they can’t have... They have... I need to have a lie-down. Deep breath: This is a real Gullwing that has been re-engineered with modern bits but retaining the Becker Europa. One of five AMG the 2-speed slusher. U.K. title. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $146,412. Offered at no reserve, sold over estimate. Offered but not sold by Bonhams here at Monaco in 2012, high bid not disclosed (SCM# 206547). Sold at little more than the past couple of resto projects, making it look something of a bargain in F-V terms. #156-1964 ALPINE M64 coupe. S/N 1711. Blue/black vinyl. Featherweight racer from Jean Rédélé, third of three built. At one time had pneumatic suspension and was used by the factory for testing with tail fins, which it retains. Good restored order. Body feels like an eggshell. Wobbly web wheels have lost did between 1996 and 2009. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,117,353. It’s one thing to make a Kevlar-bodied replica full of modern bits, but this is just an exercise in demonstrating the sliding scale between wealth and taste. Putting it back to original would probably cost half as much again, so it’s not going to happen until these reach a million quid ($1.6m). Which they will. Let’s hope that day comes soon so we can be rid of this travesty. Interestingly, this “re-creation” using an original body fetched the same as Lot 115, the re-created “1955” Lancia D50 copy. #158-1992 PORSCHE CARRERA RS their original aero trims. One seat. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $431,529. Class winner in 1964 Le Mans 24 hours. The French couldn’t win overall, but using tiny engines and lightweight, slippery construction generally took the Index of Thermal Efficiency. In this ownership 37 years, offered at no reserve, sold twice over estimate. The Le Mans Classic is coming up soon... (Profiled in August SCM, p. 72.) GERMAN #153-1952 MERCEDES-BENZ 300S coupe. S/N 1880110006052. Blue/mushroom leather. Odo: 78,642 miles. One of 216 300S 110 Sports Car Market coupe. S/N WPOZZZ96ZNS490656. Black/ gray & black leather. Odo: 11,408 km. Said to be one of 290. Tidy and unscuffed, only work noted is a resprayed rear bumper. Airbag-de- chrome. Period Lucas high-energy coil. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $508,588. Originally supplied to South Africa, hence the mph speedo. Displayed out front of the auction viewing, sold where predicted. #145-1950 MASERATI A61500 Turismo coupe. S/N 0101. Eng. # 0101. Maroon/ maroon leather & velour. Odo: 13,676 km. Good, straight, restored. Excellent paint and plating, although hubcaps are held on with tape. Newish leather and cloth inside. Most of its life in lete option, bucket seats, LSD, magnesium wheels. Full service history, Dutch title. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $369,882. Originally supplied to Italy, then to Germany. The so-far unloved 964 gets its day, as this was sold hugely over market price, at least $100k beyond rM’s expected $200k–$260k. ITALIAN #142-1949 ALFA ROMEO 6C 2500 SS cabriolet. S/N 915979. Blue/red leather. RHD. Odo: 265 miles. Older restoration and still shiny. Converted to floor shift. New red leather and new brown cloth top. Art Deco knobs intact and matching on dash. Decent the U.S., where it was restored, but currently with Japanese title. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $423,823. Better proportioned than some of the other examples. Offered at no reserve and just as well, as even Maserati’s recent centenary wouldn’t have gotten it to the $525k low estimate. #171-1952 SIATA DAINA 1400 coupe.


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RM Auctions Monte Carlo, MCO S/N SL0319B. Red/white leather. Odo: 26,481 miles. First Bertone-bodied example, originally two-tone green. Restored, now with a few small paint chips in the front. Newish leather looks hardly sat on, carpets unsoiled. Motor has been painted. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $231,176. Delivered new to Stanley H. “Wacky” Arnolt. A restoration-quality Farina coupe was recently asking $50k, making this restored car look a good buy at the price. #141-1955 LANCIA AURELIA B24 S Spider America. S/N B24S1110. White/red leather. Odo: 89 km. Super clean and tidy resto. Excellent paint, new leather. With desirable Nardi kit of twin carbs and hot cam. With tool- kit. U.K. registered. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,078,823. Offered at no reserve, which makes the crowd think it’s a bargain in waiting but usually ups the final price. Which is what happened here. Adopting my teary-eyed wistful voice, “I remember when these were $250k...” #115-1955 LANCIA D50 replica racer. S/N D50A0007R. Red/tan racing bucket. MHD. What to do when you want a D50, the Mercedes W-196 rival of its time, and none is available? You make one! One of a small series of perfect copies by Guido Rosani and Jim Stokes Workshops, some using said-to-be-gen- Corvette engine and Ferrari transaxle. Anyway... Restored in 1987 as the 450S prototype with a correct-type engine (bored-out from a hydroplane) and copy transaxle. Tidy but not concours-level. Straight body and shiny paint. Older red vinyl on seats. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $4,816,175. That the provenance might be “inconclusive” was enough to torpedo the bidding, which stopped $675k under what was needed, at which point Max moved swiftly on. #164-1959 FERRARI 250 GT Series 1 cabriolet. S/N 1181GT. Blue/buff leather. Odo: 50,648 miles. Superstraight and tidy with new leather, redone flocked dash top, new leather. Rechromed bumpers are slightly wavy. Polished Borranis. TOP 10 No. 2 ment 450S, based on a 350 chassis—hence, a multitude of chassis numbers. Supposedly the car Moss and Jenks crashed on the 1956 Mille Miglia, although Maserati used number 4501 three times between 1956 and 1958, none of which appear on the chassis, and it once ran a title. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $786,000. One of the huge success stories of the sale, fetching 50% over a $450k–$555k estimate that was inflated to allow for the Monaco factor. #111-1962 FERRARI 250 GTE Series II coupe. S/N 3777GT. Grigio Notte/black leather. Odo: 92,791 km. Excellent recently restored condition with even paint. Motor in correct finishes with new plumbing. Polished Borranis. Leather fairly fresh. Danish registered. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $423,823. Offered at no reserve, and there were 11 phone bidders on this, resulting in hammer price $100k over top estimate. Nearly a record price for a GTE, not quite matching the $453k paid for one at Artcurial Paris in February (SCM# 241528)— but still cheaper than a DB4. #169-1966 FERRARI 275 GTB/C Series II coupe. S/N 09067. Eng. # 09067. Red/black leather. Odo: 83,288 km. Ninth of 12 produced. Good but not exceptional restored condition. Couple of pings from the inside in left rear quarter. Weird mesh airbox. Retrimmed, rear roll bar, roundels and “tow” stickers, but only period competition TOP 10 No. 1 Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $6,472,939. Previous owners include respected former Pebble Beach co-chairman Glenn Mounger, among others. Last sold for $2.15m at Gooding’s 2010 Scottsdale auction (SCM# 156864). Sold about in the middle of the $5.5m–$6.95m presale estimate. #146-1959 LANCIA FLAMINIA Sport uine motors and transmissions. There were five original motors, Stokes says six cars were built, and this one’s numbered 0007. It’s been run at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and has a Historic Technical Passport, so it can race. Constructed in 2000. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $1,117,353. Built for arch F1 collector and owner of Donington Park, the late Tom Wheatcroft, and has an invite to appear at the Silverstone Historic Festival in July. Sold where expected, which is, correctly, about the same cost as making another. #147-1956 MASERATI 450S prototype racer. S/N 35014501350SI10. Eng. # 4519. Red/red vinyl. RHD. Apparently the develop- 112 coupe. S/N 824001022. Blue/blue leather. Odo: 491 km. Said to be one of 99 first-series cars with covered headlamps. Freshly restored. Door fit, paint and plating excellent, new leather, sits on correct tall Michelins. Italian history was a couple of hillclimbs. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $7,859,998. First owned in Italy, then Holland, now with English registration. One of the other 11, with Le Mans history, failed to sell at rM’s London auction last September at a high bid of $3.2m (SCM# 227696), but it found a buyer afterward for not much more. Estimate here was $6m–$7m, so I think you could call this a success story for RM. #143-1966 FERRARI 206 S DINO racer. S/N 028. Red/red & black velour. RHD. One of 18 built out of 50 planned for homologation. Updated in period with 246 Tasman engine and 312 (F1) transmission and suspension, plus 312P-style body designed by Francesco Guglielminetti. Subsequently sold to and raced in U.S. Now in excellent overall order for a racer looking for a home. Wears replica body, but original Guglielminetti fiberglass is included. Sold on U.S. bill of sale. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $2,851,176. TOP 10 No. 4 Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Monte Carlo, MCO 3. SOLD AT $1,733,823. The holy grail. Perfect race car, not knocked about and with period history (if it had been mostly raced instead of hillclimbed, it might have been a different story), eligible for all the best road/race events today. Sold in the room at mid-estimate, which, given the slightly inflated expectations for Monaco, translates to the right money. #144-1968 BIZZARRINI 5300 GT First owned by privateer and serial Ferrari buyer/racer Edoardo Lualdi Gabardi, and sold back to the factory after a year, where it was modified. one of the stars of the show and warranted a whole catalog 12 pages; many archive b&w pictures show it in original bodywork. In this ownership since 1977, so lots of serious interest in this, and sold slightly well given its slightly oddball specification. TOP 10 No. 3 #167-1967 FERRARI 330 GTS Spyder. S/N 10719. Dark blue/red leather. Odo: 75,575 miles. Restored, new red leather, amazingly deep paint, excellent chrome, polished Borranis. Has a/c. With tools. U.S. title. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $2,928,234. originally sold to the U.S. Best of registration. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $755,176. Apparently the first owner bought it because he’d had a Corvette before, and it hadn’t caused him any problems, and he kept this for 30 years. Rarer than a Lambo or Ferrari but a tad less practical. Bought by the vendor at rM’s Cernobbio auction May 21, 2011, for $571k (SCM# 177924) and this time sold where RM hoped, at Daytona money, for a significant profit. #152-1968 LAMBORGHINI 400GT 2+2 Show at 2011 Concorso Italiano. Last sold at rM’s April 2013 Davis Collection sale in Fort Worth, TX, for $1.9m (SCM# 216111), then a record for a 330 GTS. A barn find with low miles and fire damage found $2.1m at Gooding Scottsdale in January (SCM# 232425), helping this one beat its $2.2m–$2.6m estimate. Well sold. TOP 10 No. 5 #161-1968 ALFA ROMEO TIPO 33/2 Daytona racer. S/N AR75033026. Eng. # 0035. Red/black vinyl & gray velour. This is where Alfa would have you believe the Montreal V8 originated. Good overall restored condition, with a few cracks in the fiberglass, modern belts, 8,200 rpm on the tell-tale. Mostly hillclimb history in period and originally road-registered in Germany. coupe. S/N 1210. Eng. # 1301. Silver/brown leather. Odo: 2,108 km. Excellent order, recently restored by Kremez in Germany. Lightly orange-peeled paint, good chrome, Strada alloy coupe. S/N 1A30314. Green/tan leather. Odo: 3,583 km. Corvette-engined “GT” (you wish—they get rather hot inside) from the 250 GTO engineer. Restored with excellent paint and newish leather, sits nicely on polished Borranis. Added a/c (let’s hope it can keep up) and restyled rear grille. U.K. Bonhams’ first London sale for $333k (SCM# 231862), putting this one in the ballpark, factoring in a little extra for the Monaco madness glitz factor. #139-1969 LAMBORGHINI MIURA P400S coupe. S/N 4155. Eng. # 30409. Red/black suede & leather. Odo: 2,109 km. Repainted but very original, with lightly worn-in leather. Wears wider rear wheels from an SV. All original trunking and covers appear in place on motor. Carbs are 4x3-bbl. In this TOP 10 No. 10 ownership 31 years and older set of P600s do rather confirm it’s been little used. Italian registration. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $1,155,882. Sold spectacularly over its estimate of $765k– $970k, rich for its condition, except that originality is all the rage. Really puts the SVJ replica (Lot 149) in its context. #149-1969 LAMBORGHINI MIURA S SVJ replica coupe. S/N 4280. Eng. # 30633. Orange/black vinyl & velour. Odo: 35,231 km. Jota copy, built from an S in 2013 with authentic freehand riveting on aluminum body panels. Fitted with the original SV engine— carbs are 4x3-bbl. Excellent all around, looks leather is shiny, seat piping cracked. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $631,882. One of 244 produced, sold 50% over Lot 121, the chopped version that was in slightly nicer condition. There’s a moral there... #166-1969 DETOMASO MANGUSTA With its original German ONS Wagenpass for racing and sold on Japanese bill of sale. Cond: 114 coupe. S/N 8MA890. Green/black leather. Odo: 60,181 km. Freshly restored, excellent paint, has been red. U.K. registered. With original jack and tools; spare tire may be original. Newish leather on seats. Dash top lightly creased. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $369,882. A stunningly original and identical car (apart from the side repeaters) sold in December at naughty just standing still. Japanese registration. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $616,470. Correctly sold a little under lower estimate at about half the price of the slightly tired “real” 400S (Lot 139). Exciting for sure, but if you want your money back, it’s best not to modify cars. #175-1969 LANCIA FULVIA 1.6 HF Fanalone coupe. S/N 818540001290. Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 1,210 km. One of first 300 Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Monte Carlo, MCO “Fanalone” (big headlight) cars produced. Real Jolly Club car with Rallye Monte Carlo history (2nd in class in the ’73 event with Serena Pittoni and Juliette Kieffer). Nice and where fog lights presumably used to be. Originally an auto, now with a 5-speed DIY-er. Only 34 were built with Clevelands (like this one), where earlier cars had Corvette 327s. Now with a/c. Romanian title. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $277,412. It’s a configuration that most Europeans won’t get, but then romania’s only just joined the EU. Seriously folks, it did well to get here, $50k over an estimate of $170k–$225k, which probably doesn’t cover what’s been spent on it. As ever, though, an unchopped car would be worth more. JAPANESE straight, no rot, mileage is since restoration. Italian title. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $115,588. Offered at no reserve and sold right in the middle of the estimate range, meaning Jolly Club/real Monte history just about doubles the price over a similar no-pedigree example. #117-1972 FIAT GIANNINI 650NP 2-dr sedan. S/N 5086902. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 7,860 km. Ex-racer. Restored, good paint, solid underneath with wavy rocker joints. One nick on original vinyl on driver’s seat. Still running a dynamo. French registra- and veneers. Japanese title. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,001,764. Sold in the room against a Scandinavian phone bidder. With just 351 built, these suddenly hit a million dollars a year ago, so we’ll call this one priced right some ways north of the $850k pre-sale high estimate. AMERICAN tion. Recorded mileage is since restoration. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $46,235. Displayed in the center of Le Sporting’s foyer alongside the McQueen 275 and an Enzo, and offered at no reserve. Sold where expected at two-thirds the price of the real Abarth SS695. #187-1972 ISO GRIFO coupe. S/N 230381. Gold/cream leather. Odo: 76,192 km. Most unusual conversion to a T-top, chopped some time during its early life in France. Excellent resto on the way, new leather, refinished alloys. Couple of holes in front bumper #112-1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 00867S105903. Blue & white/blue hard top/blue vinyl. Odo: 37,722 miles. 283-ci 270-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Former Top Flight Award winner in near-perfect restored condition, with Wonderbar radio and hard top. U.K. registered but residing in Spain #133-1968 TOYOTA 2000GT coupe. S/N MF1010174. Red/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 71,566 km. Very good older resto, originally white. Paint slightly orange-peeled in places. Sitting on new crossplies. Good original vinyl and now with electronic ignition and radials. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $184,941. Hmm. Touted in the catalog as “an ideal Monaco car.” Oh well, at least you wouldn’t have to ship it home. Sold about 20% over estimate, making it look pricey, but try repeating it for the money. Last seen at auction in 2007 at Mecum St. Charles, not sold at $83k (SCM# 45518). © September 2014 115


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT Bonhams — Greenwich Concours d’Elegance A preservation-class 1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 “Periscopio” earns top honors at a world-record $1.2m Company Bonhams Date June 1, 2014 Location Greenwich, CT Auctioneers Rupert Banner, Patrick Meade Automotive lots sold/offered 97/104 Sales rate 93% Sales total $7,862,310 High sale 1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 “Periscopio,” sold at $1,210,000 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices More than double over the pre-sale high estimate — 1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 “Periscopio” coupe, sold at $1,210,000 Report and photos by Adam Blumenthal Market opinions in italics F or the past 19 years, locals, out-oftowners, and a seemingly neverending stream of classic cars have descended on Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in southwestern Connecticut for the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance. Set on 6.3 acres of mostly green space, the waterfront park boasts some of the best views of Greenwich Harbor and Long Island Sound — an ideal setting for this very special concours. The event is the only two-day event of its kind in the area. Saturday’s “Concours Americana” showcases American makes, while Sunday’s “Concours International” focuses on imported marques. Bonhams began the day’s auction action with 251 automobilia lots and 104 motor vehicles. That narrowly topped the 99 cars at last year’s sale and represented the largest field of automobiles that Bonhams has offered in its seven years at Greenwich. The sales rate was a respectable 93%, and sales volume totaled $7.8m, besting last year’s $5.3m by over 45% — a strong and record-breaking result at this venue. The average price per car increased to $84k from $72k. Once again, Rupert Banner handled the auctioneering duties with professionalism and aplomb, on occasion throwing humor into the mix to keep things light. One such moment occurred when an impatient bidder kept imploring Banner to sell the car the man wanted. “Sorry, sir, but I’m just doing my job,” deadpanned Banner, to hilarious effect. The standing-room-only crowd became Record price — 1927 Amilcar CGSS racer, sold at $191,400 118 nearly silent when the catalog cover car, a 1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 Periscopio, sold for $1.2m. A wonderfully preserved, unrestored car finished in crisp Blu Tahiti and tan interior, it more than doubled its pre-sale high estimate and set a new world record for a Countach. To secure the car, the bidder in the room beat out more than a dozen phone bidders from all over the world. ♦ Sales Totals $10m $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 Sports Car Market 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT ENGLISH BEST BUY #314-1947 MG TC roadster. S/N TC3043. Eng. # XPAG3624. Black/ tan tonneau/red leather. RHD. Odo: 3,115 miles. Single owner for 25 years. Restored in mid-1990s with a new tub and Tompkins steering kit. Paint scuffed, bubbling, bumpy on underside of right front fender. Headlamps hazy. Fog light missing. Grille painted red. Considerable scuffing on right rear fender. Hood latches loose. Painted wire wheels, tires could use a shine. Leather seats some needs, but sold at a reasonable price below the $40k low estimate. #322-1952 MORGAN PLUS 4 roadster. S/N P2616. Black/black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 34,067 miles. Few blisters on otherwise straight paint. Very good chrome all around. Fisheyes on windshield. Wind wings lightly scratched. Dual rear-mounted spares. Dual side-view mirrors. Interior clean as a whistle. Lovely leather seats soft, supple and show right amount of aging. Excellent wood trim. White Bluemels Brooklands four-spoke steering wheel. Vinyl side between the two main auction tents and got decent traffic as a result. It appeared to sag on its chassis, even factoring in the uneven terrain. hopefully it’s not a big headache for the new owner, who bought this car at a fair price at the low estimate. #392-1954 JAGUAR XK 120 SE road- ster. S/N S672695. Eng. # W55938S. British Racing Green/tan leather. Odo: 84,673 miles. With current owner for 47 years. Restored in late 1980s. BRG over tan color scheme replaces gray over red. Very good repaint with blistering at passenger’s door. Localized scratches, smudges. Passenger’s door out. Lovely chrome. Wire wheels look like they’ve been polished. Interior shows a few decades’ show minimal wear. Excellent wood trim. Gauges clear. Clean engine bay. AACA First Junior Award, New England MG T Register Award. Has service and restoration records. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $28,600. Values are creeping up and now hovering in $40k territory. While most of the cosmetic needs were fixable without sweating too much, the package apparently didn’t impress enough to keep the paddles raised. Sold right at the low estimate in a transaction that favored the buyer. Well bought. #353-1952 LAGONDA 2½-LITER drop- head coupe. S/N LAG50476. Eng. # BCA50554. Green/tan canvas/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 75,655 km. Full restoration in early 2000s hints of aging. Nice paint, cracking at driver’s door gap. Loose decorative chrome strips on sides. Hood fit off. Good glass. Shiny wheels in body-matching green. Dual mirrors atop front fenders. Lagonda Club and AA badges on front bumper. Top lightly soiled, fits snugly. Lovely interior. Newer brown leather buckets offer very good support. Classy wood top has spots, tears. Underhood clean, no surprises. Upgraded with Koni shocks up front and new exhaust. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $45,100. An older restoration that showed careful maintenance over the years. Very little to quibble about for this rare “Flat rad” Plus 4 that’ll no doubt have the neighbors congregating in your driveway. I doubt this could be restored for less than the price paid here, and the low miles were an added bonus. Well bought squarely at midestimate. #384-1953 AC 2-LITER tourer. S/N EHX2034. Eng. # UMB2041H71. Ivory/red vinyl/red leather. Odo: 8,890 miles. A highly original, well-preserved AC in rare LHD. Moss 4-sp. Decent paint mostly unblemished. Scratches, scuffing on bumpers, grille. Lucas fog light; other one looks generic. Driver’s outside handle doesn’t open door. Door and hood alignment off. Original red top heavily soiled but fits well. Top supports are flaking big-time. Skinny Michelins look new, as do front buckets. Carpets clean. Center mirror use. Seats show wear, deep creases, a little dirty. Clear gauges. Tidy engine bay. JDHT certificate, toolkit, jack, handbooks. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $103,400. The 120 SE, or Special Equipment model, included wire wheels, upgraded suspension, dual exhaust, and a C-type cylinder head. This car looked classy and sexy under the auction tent. The price looked market-correct for condition and the appealing color combo. #337-1955 JAGUAR XK 140 3.4 road- ster. S/N S811237. Eng. # G28708S. Red/ black canvas/tan leather. Odo: 34,162 miles. Restored in mid-1990s to a highly authentic standard, save for the synchronized Ford T5 transmission and Abarth quad pipes. Original transmission comes with car. In current ownership for past 16 years. Paint, chrome, trim, glass all spectacular. Lovely interior. Still has the original shift knob showing shift pattern of the replaced Moss 4-sp. Clean trunk. Tidy en- dash shows peeling. Dirt in glovebox. Stains on underside of soft top. Trunk locked. Dull underhood. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $35,200. An appealing car that I initially mistook for a Jaguar. In fact, the first Lagonda model under David Brown’s ownership and one of 477 coupes and dropheads built 1948–52. Had 120 atop dash. No radio. Clean trunk with new black liner. Tidy engine reflects low miles. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $35,200. Launched in 1949, the tourer was intended to be a more sporting version of the drophead coupe. Among other design cues, this model dispensed with the full-frame windscreen in favor of a racier flat folding unit. Also, the top disappeared into the bodywork. This car sat out- gine bay shows detailing, but not to concours level. Docs include service manual and a file of all work the current owner has done. A stunning car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $121,000. This car was reportedly stored in a climatecontrolled environment when not being driven, Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT and I didn’t doubt it for a second. It looked that good. Big money here—and the extensive service file certainly helped send the bidding north of the $100k high estimate—but not crazy money, either. Well bought and sold. #358-1958 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD I standard steel LWB saloon. S/N LBLC4. Eng. # C4B. Black/tan leather. Odo: 71,889 miles. With division window. Coachwork by Park Ward. One of 122 LWB Clouds, of which less than a third are believed LHD. Paint and interior refurbished in late 1990s. Both show very well 15 years later but not quite concours-quality. Right rear door scratched. Not much wear on leather seats. Glass division down, unable to evaluate. Shown numerous times at RROC and other events. Class Award winner at RROC Annual Class trophies. JDHT certificate. Owner’s manual, maintenance chart and tool roll included. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $203,500. The consignor, an obvious Jaguar aficionado, also owned Lot 337, the 1955 XK 140 3.4 roadster. That car, like this one, was in impeccable condition and sold north of the high estimate. This was an exquisite car, and the price paid was in line with other strong recent sales at auction. Well bought and sold. #320-1960 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk I BN7 roadster. S/N HBN7L5919. Eng. # 29DRUH7178. White/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 99,669 miles. Five-owner Canadian car all its life. Full restoration done in 2007 and still looks immaculate today. Shimmering white paint with a few light scratches. Spotless interior is a nice place to spend a sunny day. Tidy trunk. Concours Bronze at an A-H meet prior to recent work. A-H Concours Registry Gold-level certification 2009 (badges on grille). All docs including service records, photos, original dealer invoice and warranty Comfy black leather seats with white piping. Scratches on anodized aluminum door trim. Wood trim is scuffed but has character. Wood wheel scraped, has Moto-Lita drilled spokes. Trunk locked. Numbers-matching engine bay shows light use. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $57,200. Reported to have driven 1,500 miles since restoration and it certainly looked it. I usually don’t get too enthusiastic about British roadsters in red, but this one was a beauty. Not quite concours, but won’t take much to get it closer. Sold right for condition. #328-1961 JAGUAR XKE Series I 3.8 “Flat Floor” convertible. S/N 875091. Eng. # R10739. Opalescent Dark Green/gunmetal gray canvas/suede green leather. Odo: 92 miles. Said to be one of six ’61 roadsters in this color scheme, one of 300 E-types with external hood lock and among the first 100 LHD E-types built. Restored in 2011 and looks sublime. Matching-numbers. Rare, original color combo. Brightwork, trim, interior detailed to perfection. JDHT certificate, tool roll, jack, owner’s manual, service receipts and resto pics. Raced in period by Jim Ladd, Meet in 2009. Flying Lady cover car in May/ June 2000 issue. Available docs detail build, Jeffords ownership, and coachwork design. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $42,900. Three owners from new, the first being Sarah Jeffords, whose husband, Walter, reportedly co-owned the famous racehorse Man o’ War. This Cloud was hardly a thoroughbred, but it at least had a stately presence. Sale price failed to meet the $50k low estimate by a good margin, which seemed undeserved given the good condition. Moreover, LHD should make this appeal to a bigger market. A nod to the savvy buyer. Well bought. #355-1959 JAGUAR XK 150 S 3.4 road- ster. S/N T831532DN. Eng. # VS14869. Black & silver/black canvas/gray leather. Odo: 17,958 miles. Three owners from new. Miles stated to be original. Three-year, body-off restoration completed in early 2000s. Done to a concours standard. Top-notch paint, trim, chrome, glass. Clean soft top. Very good panel fit. Like-new interior, seats show light creasing. Clear gauges. Trunk locked. Engine bay meticulously prepared. 100-point JCNA North card. Has original tool roll, jack, side screens and black vinyl tonneau. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $68,200. An absolutely beautiful BN7 that got a lot of eyeballs. The husband-and-wife owners made a point of displaying the awards and trophies this car has received over the years. If its super condition didn’t get you talking, then the photo of Nico rosberg waving to fans from the car in the driver’s parade prior to a Montreal Formula One race a few years ago certainly did. Selling price was at the lower end of the $65k–$85k estimate and a very good buy considering condition and owners’ TLC. #402-1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 MK II BT7 roadster. S/N HBT7L15960. Eng. # 29EH2325. Colorado Red/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 29,900 miles. Triple SU carbs. 4-speed manual with overdrive. Ten-year-old restoration holding up very well. Straight repaint, has a very smooth, deep quality. Shiny chrome. Good panel fit. Soft top is unsoiled, taut fit, plastic window lightly scratched. who achieved several hillclimb victories; later raced for and perished while part of the Austin-Healey Works Team. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $335,500. A PA car all its life. “Rare color scheme” doesn’t always mean “good,” but this car was a resounding exception, even if the written description of it evokes a frown. You had to see it to appreciate its visual magic. Values for these are on the rise, with flat-floors leading the climb. Still, this was a staggering number. Not the new norm, but a textbook case of just how high a desirable model will soar when rarity and perfection are staring bidders right in the eye. Very well sold in a packed tent filled with loud applause. #352-1967 ASTON MARTIN DB6 coupe. S/N DB62415L. Eng. # 4002334. Fiesta Red/black leather. Odo: 46,586 miles. A highly original example with heaps of character. Paint looks good, shows some scratches, but smooth and straight. 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Bonhams Greenwich, CT scratches galore. Passenger’s door fit a touch off. Good glass. Nice chrome wires. Original interior has terrific patina, with cracked Connolly hides offering excellent cushioning. Optional a/c. Factory AM/FM radio. Clean trunk. Numbers-matching original engine reflects low miles. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $313,500. This car came off the line with a Borg-Warner automatic but was fitted with a factory-correct ZF 5-speed early in its life. Handsome, yes, but not concours-level. Red is a polarizing color choice for an Aston in my view, and bidders may have felt the same, as the car missed its $325k low estimate by $10k and change. Let’s call this one well bought. #341-1967 AUSTIN MINI Cooper S Mk I 2-dr sedan. S/N CAZS7L101Z522A. Gold/ black vinyl. Odo: 270 miles. Repaint in gold nice, but showing its age. Scratches, scrapes, pitting in front. Flaking at hood’s rear edge. Inconsistent chrome from front to back. Small dents on left side of hood. Driver’s door off. Interior functional but dingy, modified for the “track day” enthusiast. Bolstered vinyl seats have creases but offer good support. Thickly padded wheel has cracks. Spare in messy, un- Red/tan tonneau/red leather. RHD. Converted from a two-seater tonneau to a four-seater soon after WWII. Restored in 1990s. Decent, if not slightly dull, paint. Brass just okay, could use buffing. Tan tonneau soiled, provides a taut fit. Deep red leather seats are rich, inviting and supple. Recent research on behalf of Bonhams conclusively points to it having been built in 1905. Awarded the Charles A. Chayne Trophy at 2001 Pebble Beach Concours. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $93,500. Sold below the $100k low estimate. Probably would’ve fetched more if it had been a London-to-Brighton-eligible 1904 model. #356-1927 AMILCAR CGSS racer. S/N CGSS41239. Blue/black leather. RHD. Odo: 60,635 km. Once owned by William Harrah and Otto Zipper. Older restoration of what appears to be a largely original car. Blue paint shines. Good plating. No doors. Dual air horns. Red-painted wire wheels. Chassis clean. Interior sparse with a hint of patina. Sports a classy aluminum dash in need of a polish. Jaeger tach, Le Nivex fuel gauge. Engine bay not inspected, but catalog image have been up and down and are on the rise again, with several sales breaking the $40k barrier, according to the SCM Platinum Auction Database. Despite the cheap bits that are seen in these cars, this one looked upscale. That it sold this low probably has to do with the color, but the new owner jumped in and got a great deal. Very well bought. BEST BUY #344-1960 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 12104210014520. Eng. # 12192110014637. Ivory White/black canvas top & leather boot/black leather. Odo: 63,036 miles. Two owners from new. Cosmetic restoration in 2006 by previous owner. Very good repaint in original color. Minor rippling on trunk lid. Chrome variable. Scratches on front bumper, windshield. Wavy grille, windshield-surround has sparkles. New German canvas top with chrome strip and black leather boot recently lined trunk. No mention of restoration, but engine rebuilt; shows light use that doesn’t jibe with low miles. Performance mods. Larger twin SU carbs. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,500. I’m figuring the engine rebuild was done recently and the odo reset at that time. Reported to be one of the factory homologation cars with the larger, more powerful 1,275cc motor. It had needs but was in respectable shape overall. A great buy for a real-deal Cooper S well below the $25k–$40k SCM Pocket Price Guide valuation. Well bought. FRENCH #393-1905 DE DION-BOUTON MODEL Z 8-HP tonneau. S/N 1040. Eng. # 17040. shows use and some detailing. Mille Migliaeligible. An eye-catching octogenarian that won’t empty the coffers. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $191,400. Grand Prix-style two-seater with the bigger engine, lowered chassis and long frame rail projections in front of the radiator. Dubbed “The Poor Man’s Bugatti,” a CGSS offered similar styling at a fraction of the cost. A canny move by Bonhams to make this the showpiece car on auction day, as it lent an aura of exclusivity and elevated expectation to the sale. Heady provenance helped here, producing heated bidding that set a new world record for the model. Well bought and sold. GERMAN #399-1955 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 Kabrio microcar. S/N 55126. Mary Kay Pink/black canvas/black vinyl. MHD. Odo: 139 miles. Three-wheeled three-seater. Very nice cosmetic restoration done eight years ago. Mechanicals restored in 2009. Straight paint free of imperfections. Top looks in good shape. Large protruding steel front bumper unscathed. Aircraft heritage reflected in yoketype steering wheel and tandem seating that allows body to taper like a fuselage. With clock and radio. Converted from an enclosed canopy bodystyle to open Kabrio at some point. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $27,500. Prices 124 fitted. Tasteful interior. Seats are supportive and indicate mostly solo driving, as driver’s seat is mushier than passenger’s. Trunk locked. Engine rebuilt in 2006, bay shows use. Original books, service receipts. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $101,200. A quick look at a 190SL sales graph over the past few years and you’d think it was a rendering of Everest. The “poor man’s 300SL” has made the big time and continues to garner great interest from collectors in search of classic M-B status without the steep 300SL price tag. A little light given the hot market, and so a nod to the buyer. #338-1960 MERCEDES-BENZ 220SE cabriolet. S/N 12803010003295. Green/green cloth/red leather. Odo: 550 miles. Some chips, nicks, waves in gorgeous paint. Brightwork is mostly good. Smudges, microscratches on front bumper. Front turn-signal housings are scratched, as is passenger’s window. Springs don’t hold hood up. Soft top shows discoloration, plastic window is clear. Whitewalls dirty. Elegant interior with great seats. 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Bonhams Greenwich, CT FM cassette radio. Non-original a/c. Trunk locked. Clean engine bay, belts missing. Comes with books, manual, original tool roll, and jack. Titled as a 1961. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $126,500. A very nice older restoration done by the previous owner at an unspecified date. With only 550 miles on the odo, just about no use since. A fantastic color scheme that attracted a lot of attention. Sold a tick over the $125k low estimate, but a marketcorrect price. #387-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE 3.5 coupe. S/N 11102612004496. Bronzebrown/Cognac leather. Odo: 102,227 miles. Two-owner TX car. Terrific repaint in original color. Chrome strip on left side coming undone. Front bumper looks out of kilter. Good glass. Left front wheel scratched. Original interior with sumptuous Cognac leather seats that are a tad dirty. Door liners slightly faded. Driver’s chrome seat rail loose. Factory a/c. Spare tire, M-B car brush and sealed box labeled “Valve Covers” in trunk. Recent comprehensive service. Has owner’s manual, SOLD AT $58,300. With current owner for just over a decade. These “Pagodas” had their own cult following long before serious collectors caught on. A nifty detachable hard top and promises of all-day cruising comfort are but two of its acknowledged virtues. Escalating prices testify to the trend, and good examples are scraping the $80k mark, with exceptional cars going for much higher. This one looked great in silver but suffered from a few red flags condition-wise. Fell short of the $65k low estimate. So a good buy if the bodywork holds no surprises. #366-1984 BMW M635 CSI coupe. S/N WBAEE310201050039. Delphin Metallic/ beige leather. Odo: 27,366 miles. Original car with original paint and trim. Purchased new by crown prince of Abu Dhabi. Consignor is second owner, an American who worked in the UAE in the ’80s. In U.S. for past 30 years, much of that time in South Florida. Classy paint scheme has a few nicks, chips. Pinstriping intact. Clear glass. Factory alloys unblemished. Stock Michelin TRX rubber. Interior tools, and a box of original parts. “Part of modest Mercedes and Jaguar collection.” Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $92,400. As one would expect, not as valuable as its top-down counterpart, but prices are on the rise for all variants, and this was no slouch. It leapfrogged the $80k high estimate, further confirming the trend. Well sold today, but the buyer stands to make out handsomely in the long run. #332-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304412023054. Silver/silver hard top/black MB-Tex. Odo: 17,427 miles. Four-owner car. Optional 4-speed auto. Nice repaint in original silver. Major crack in passenger’s door. Dents on both sides at B-pillar. Absence of rear license plate bracket exposes scuffed chrome. Chrome strip on driver’s side scratched. Good gaps. Dual rear-view mirrors. Hard top has heated rear window. Seats cracking in original interior. New carpeting on driver’s side. Driver’s visor stained. Clean trunk has spare tire, mats, and bag filled with automotive fluids and cleaners. Engine bay well-sorted. Cond: 3+. September 2014 shows gentle use. Becker Mexico cassette radio. Clean trunk has full liner and spare. Tidy engine. Books, jack, factory-installed fire extinguisher. Clean CARFAX. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $38,500. I loved the look of this car. Its design is timeless and still has the power to grab attention amid the proliferation of new BMW models. Soared past the $28k high estimate to sell for what seemed a reasonable price, given its royal provenance and excellent condition. Well bought and sold. #378-1987 PORSCHE 911 Turbo 3.3 coupe. S/N WPOJB0930HS051462. Black/ black leather. Odo: 77,901 miles. Nice, deep paint mostly straight with some minor touchups. Blistering at base of whale tail. Right side rocker panel scuffed. Aftermarket Oz Racing wheels. New Dunlops. Wiper on rear window. Impressive interior is all-business and faultless. Non-original steering wheel. Newer Blaupunkt radio with cassette player. JL Audio hardware in clean trunk. With a/c, power windows, power sunroof. Comes with service 125


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT retained in doorjambs and under the trunk and engine lids. Original Campagnolo wheels shod with newer Michelins. Excellent gaps. Under- records. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $48,400. Incredibly fast in its day, this all-black example looked ready to romp just standing still. Final bid was a little light for condition, but within the $45k–$55k estimate. Well bought. ITALIAN #310-1958 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA spider. S/N AR149504505. Eng. # AR131543835. Red/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 52,239 miles. A highly original “barn find” not for the faint of heart—or stomach. Glaring holes in bodywork. Red paint significantly faded, covered with caked dirt. Chrome rusted, pitted. Soft top ripped, plastic window yellowed. Driver’s door way off, doesn’t open. Wheels rusted, as is undercarriage. Interior a grisly scene: detritus, cobwebs abound. Seats hardened, tears patched with duct tape. Carpets need the heave-ho. Wood wheel intact. fully routed. Engine believed original. Eligible for VSCCA racing. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $203,500. I loved the looks of this diminutive racer and could easily picture it on the vintage racing circuit. The catalog described the fastidious research to verify this car as a realdeal Abarth Bialbero (translation: twin-cam) and its association with Team Roosevelt that raced at Sebring in 1959. It was believed to be the #62 car driven by Remo Cattini/Lanzo Cussino. Sold for nearly mid-estimate. A fair deal for both buyer and seller. #323-1963 MASERATI 3500 GTI Super- leggera coupe. S/N AM1012638. Eng. # AM1012638. Amaranth Copper/tan leather. Odo: 31,378 miles. A very original, unrestored car. Lucas fuel injection. Dull paint shows blisters, orange peel, cracking in front, flaking. Same with the front bumper. Good gaps, although fuel-filler door is off and doesn’t lock. Dingy factory wheels have rust. Pirellis appear to be new. Aside from cracks in the leather seats, interior is well preserved and shows nothing missing. Clear gauges. Carpets dirty. Nice Nardi wheel. Sills scuffed. Trunk locked, side clean. Leather seats and dash are noticeably dirty. Headliner sagging. Gauges like-new. Original Philips AM/FM radio. Spare, tools in clean trunk. Same owner since 1978. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,210,000. The catalog cover car, with six pages dedicated to it. More than doubled its $450k–$550k presale estimate, setting a new world record for a Countach. Sold to a bidder seated in the front of the room, who beat more than a dozen phone bidders from all over the world. A fantastic example, but still an astonishing price. Very well sold. (See the profile, p. 78.) #354-1991 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N ZFFSG17A1M0086824. Eng. # 23997. Rosso Corsa/tan leather. Odo: 21,999 miles. Highly original and carefully maintained correct car. Four owners. Terrific original “Racing Red” paint with no major flaws. Signature dual door mirrors and five-bolt wheels. Immaculate interior is at showroom level. A/C, electrical seats and tilt steering wheel all standard. Tidy and fully sorted original engine bay. Top speed nearly 180 mph. Rare Motorola radio. Trunk locked. Fossilized engine bay. Alfa Romeo Centro Documentazione documented. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $24,200. Taken off the road in 1976 and remained in storage for nearly 35 years, when it was sold to the consignor. Looked scary from a distance and it got worse as I closed in. Needed everything, and I guess I was too traumatized to confirm it even ran. As bad as it was, a lot remained intact, and so a perfect project car for the truly ambitious. At this price, however, the new owner may not find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. A tip of my SCM cap to the seller here. #368-1959 FIAT-ABARTH 750 RE- CORD MONZA BIALBERO coupe. S/N 550486. Eng. # 600319. Red/tan vinyl. Odo: 25,376 miles. In present ownership for 30 years. Comprehensive restoration begun in the mid-’90s. Nice, deep paint evenly applied. Several white circles, sans any racing number. “Team Roosevelt” on both fenders. Clear headlight covers. Stock wheels shod with used Continentals. Race-prepped interior in very good order. Roll bar, fire extinguisher. Vinyl seats offer excellent support. Nardi wheel. Clean Wilton Wool carpets. Driver-grade engine bay in back, looks complete, hoses care- 126 lots of marks on lid. Original engine bay grimy in places, but all hoses and lines are there. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $176,000. In CA for 40 years, although it wasn’t clear if the car was still with that owner. In its current unrestored state, this 3500 embodied the character that many collectors prize. Preservation cars are all the rage right now, and notable models from storied marques are trading hands at strong premiums. This was no exception, and it sold very close to the $180k high estimate. A fair deal for both buyer and seller. Now let’s hope we don’t see this parked at the restoration shop tomorrow. TOP 10 No. 9 #388-1975 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP400 Periscopio coupe. S/N 1120 066. Eng. # 1120070. Blu Tahiti/ tan leather. Odo: 16,483 km. A beautifully preserved, unrestored car. Low miles claimed to be original. Believed that the non-numbersmatching engine is original. Flawless repaint in correct color. Original, factory-applied paint Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $92,400. At the time, Ferrari’s supercar for the masses. Ferraris can be money pits if neglected, but this car benefited from meticulous attention, as demonstrated by the 30k-mile service done 200 miles ago. Buyers took note of this and its low miles. Last seen at rM’s Amelia Island sale in March 2012, where it sold for $77k (SCM #197823). Two years and only 50 miles later, the seller was rewarded with a handsome profit. A market-correct sale. SWEDISH #334-1973 VOLVO 1800ES wagon. S/N 1836353004700. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 12,570 miles. A well-preserved car. 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Quick Take Bonhams Greenwich, CT A slightly more in-depth look at cars that caught our attention at auction 1973 Volvo 1800ES Sport Wagon mirrors. Bosch auxiliary lights with yellow lenses. Carello rectangular fog lights. Great crisp today. Body, paint, wood trim in great shape. Fenders, splash aprons and hood in contrasting black color are all nick-free. Clear folding windshield. Dual outside mirrors. Black storage box fitted to running board. Rear-mounted spare. Open-air interior shows minimal wear. Leather seats in correct pattern. Auction: Bonhams, Greenwich, CT; June 1, 2014; Lot 334 Sale price: $92,400 Our take: Like the hockey player who retaliates after taking a cheap shot from his opponent, the second punter to chase a big sale is the one at risk of paying the penalty. Sure, the second 21-window VW bus sold above $100k, but as it rolled onto the stage, there was a certain seller pucker factor — as there was no guarantee that the first one wasn’t just the result of alcohol-infused testosterone rather than a true market value. I’m sure there are several Datsun 1600s being restored as we speak — and each owner is hoping to duplicate the $50,600 Amelia Island sale on March 8, 2014. Which brings us to the 1973 Volvo 1800ES Sport Wagon that motored off the dais at $92,400. The charming little Volvo model has always had its fans. Winner of the intramural Volvo beauty pageant, the model line started in 1960, became the daily driver of Roger Moore in “The Saint” on the telly, and slowly got larger, faster motors. This example, near the end of production, features a 2-liter, fuel-injected, 4-cylinder engine that puts 125 horsepower through a 4-speed box (plus OD). The car also has 4-wheel discs for stopping power. This example may be the most perfect, low-mileage 1800ES in existence. With less than 13,000 miles on the odometer and light patina — with a few tiny flaws just a memory — the backstory alone raised the estimate to an aggressive $40,000. Remember, before this sale you could buy them all day long for $12,000–$15,000. To get more than twice that at the hammer sets off alarm bells for some, salivary glands for others. Is it the right price? Markets, after all, are never wrong. The car reportedly is headed back to Sweden, and there have been plenty of in-theknow folks making regular profits finding, fixing and selling reasonably priced Sport Wagons back to the homeland, as few were sold there and fewer survived. But it’s the second big sale that really sets the market. — Mark Wigginton leaking. Horseless Carriage Club of America badge on grille. Leather seats look new. Oil and gas gauges only, no odo. CA registered. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $170,500. I loved this car, and its sporty profile was mesmerizing. Gobs of patina only enhanced the presentation. Didn’t appear to resonate with the crowd at large, however. Sold well below the $195k low estimate, the happy new owner no doubt smiling long after the tent lights were turned off. #351-1913 RAMBLER MODEL 83 Cross Country tourer. S/N 32374. Brewster Green/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Odo: 6,265 miles. Restored in early 2000s, looks 128 interior. Seats provide good support and are nicely worn-in. All instruments there. Clear gauges. Blaupunkt radio. Factory a/c. Gently used engine bay. Consignor present and fielding questions. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $92,400. Rare to see any Volvo at auction. Even rarer to see one in this condition. Perhaps not too surprising, since it looked as sharp as the Mercedes and two Jaguars the consignor also brought. A sporty Volvo is usually an oxymoron, but this looked like it’d be a hoot to drive. Price set a new world record for a Volvo car and was simply jaw-dropping. Not the new norm, but collectors might want to take note. Very well sold. AMERICAN #398-1910 STODDARD-DAYTON MODEL 10K baby tonneau. S/N 10K114. Eng. # F168. Blue/brown leather. Imposing Brass Era beauty. Older restoration now showing the right amount of aging. Paint is in a well-worn light shade of blue. Shows some chips, rust, blisters. Fitted with matching blue storage box and fire extinguisher. Brass good, a bit faded, scratched in places. Used engine bay, but everything seems to be there. Nothing Newer wood steering wheel. Clean underhood. Water-cooled motor. ME registration. Electric start and lighting makes it an easier Brass Era car to live with. Three-speed manual with overdrive. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $66,000. Last year before company name was changed to Jeffery in honor of founder Thomas Jeffery, who died three years earlier. Charles Nash bought the company in 1916. Brass Era cars are seeing renewed interest, and this car was a credible example of the age. It was certainly nice enough for any concours, and although this specific model rarely comes to auction, the price paid seemed perfectly reasonable, a notch above the $65k low estimate. Well bought and sold. #374-1925 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER GHOST Piccadilly roadster. S/N S169MK. Eng. # 20694. White/tan canvas/red leather. miles. Springfield Rolls, coachwork by Merrimac. Paint yellowing in places. Cracks in door jambs, flaking on front bumper. Chrome so-so, better in some places than others. Floorboards dirty. Newer Lester whitewalls. Fitted luggage at rear. Dual wind wings clear. Dualmounted spares. Gaps, panels very good. Sumptuous interior. Seats show some wear. Nice wood trim. Clean, massive engine. Leaks not detected. ’84 AACA National First Prize, ’83 RROC National Award badges. Once owned by Alton Walker, founding chairman of the Pebble Beach Concours. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $250,000. 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Bonhams Greenwich, CT the revolving-door history of ownership kept bidders’ enthusiasm in check. Maybe not, in which case I’m left to continue speculating. Sold spot-on at the low estimate. Well bought. #375-1927 ESSEX SUPER SIX Boattail Speedabout. S/N 548825. Eng. # 612768. Milori Green/tan canvas/black leather. Odo: 36,005 miles. Single-family ownership from 1929 to 2013. Said to be one of about 12 surviving Speedabouts. Restored in early 2000s to an exceptional standard. Beautiful paint. Brightwork variable. Only one fog lamp. Loose hood latch. Both door gaps off. Pristine, toration with little to fault. Has been meticulously maintained. Paint, chrome, trim, glass exceptional. Trippe Speedlights flank auxiliary horns. Said that headlights and driving lights were sourced from a 1005/6 Packard Twelve, front and back bumpers from a 1933 Packard Twelve, and the car still looks right. Dual sidemount spares topped with optional side mirrors. Pristine interior. Jump seats in back. Highly detailed, correct engine bay. Tool roll. 2013 AACA First Place Senior Award. CCCA Full Classic. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $151,800. Striking color scheme won’t appeal to everybody, but it was especially attractive on the longer 142-inch wheelbase. I thought Bonhams’ pre-sale estimate of $150k–$170k was conservative, so imagine my surprise when it sold just at the $150k low estimate. Obviously, they got it right, and I must’ve been in a stupor from the glorious condition. Well bought, all ready for that cross-country trip. basic interior. No-frills dash houses three instruments. Wood wheel. Rear-mounted spare. AACA awards include First Junior in 2003, First Senior in 2004 and First Preservation in 2005. 80 mph top speed, according to catalog. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $55,000. I loved the style and design of this car. Sleek and sporty when new, it drew looks from appreciative auctiongoers today. A super Super Six. Sold right at the high estimate and deservedly so. Well bought and sold. #342-1933 PACKARD SUPER EIGHT MODEL 1004 7-passenger sedan. S/N 654I63. Eng. # 751263. Thistle Green Dark/ tan cloth. Odo: 5 miles. Concours-quality res- side bed rails. Mobil Pegasus “Drive Safely” pendant affixed in back. Custom exhaust. Interior probably looks better than it did when new. Detailed engine bay. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $55,000. This humble pickup seemed a little out of place with all the foreign cars at this sale. Yet its condition couldn’t be ignored. It last sold at Mecum Kissimmee in January 2012 for $40k in freshly restored condition #385-1949 CHEVROLET 3100 pickup. S/N 1GPJ16423. Green & black/black vinyl. Odo: 51 miles. 216-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. A handsdown fantastic truck restored to the nines in eye-catching green and black. Only nitpicks are some isolated crazing and driver’s door is off, but that’s it. Glass is clear. Trim is worldclass. Bed is unscathed, spare stored underneath. Chevy advertising graphics painted on (SCM #200204). Even today, it looked like it was driven here straight from the restoration shop. Well bought and sold, squarely mid-estimate. #357-1966 FITCH PHOENIX coupe. S/N 107375W224558. Eng. # T0930RB. Gray/gray & white vinyl. Odo: 23,696 miles. 140-ci H6, 4x1-bbl, 4-sp. One-of-one prototype. Intermeccanica body on modified Corvair underpinnings. Completely original. Above-average paint shows scuff marks, blisters on driver’s door. Brightwork good. All lamps, housings intact. Good glass. Spares mounted in front fender walls. Chrome luggage rack. Nicely lived-in interior has great patina. Tears in roof lining. Wood wheel. Gen- tly used engine bay. 0–60 in 7.5 seconds. Top speed of 130 mph. Titled as a 1965 Corvair. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $253,000. Rare indeed. The late John Fitch intended to produce 500 of these grand tourers, but government regs and Nader’s high-profile criticism of the Corvair killed the project. What remained was this single prototype that Fitch himself showed at Greenwich Concours many times. A favorite feature: the raised front fender walls housing the spares. Tough to place a value on, but as there was only one, the winning bid seemed entirely reasonable. #312-1970 LEGRAND MK10 Formula Ford racer. S/N N/A. Red/black vinyl. MHD. Fresh from long-term storage. Dusty all over. Missing its drivetrain. Dull, original paint. White stripe on bodywork unscathed. Fitted with later steel wheels and suspension uprights (changes in Formula Ford rules forced the switch from magnesium). Retains lightweight adjustable Heim-joint suspension of the bigger Mk6 used in Formula B racing. Original steer- ing wheel and gauge cluster. Padded black seat looks new. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $7,150. It wasn’t specified exactly how long this racer was in storage, but I can state with confidence that it wasn’t in a climate-controlled environment. The last time a LeGrand came to auction was in the 1990s, according to the SCM Platinum Auction Database, and none was a Mk10. But at this sale price, there’s minimal downside risk for a racer that, once fully sorted, represents an affordable entry into the world of vintage racing. © 130 Sports Car Market


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Russo and Steele Newport Beach, CA Russo and Steele — Newport Beach 2014 A 1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal went for $74k — one more data point confirming that this is no longer a sub-$40k car Company Russo and Steele Date June 19–21, 2014 Location Newport Beach, CA Auctioneers Jeff Stokes, Dan Schorno, Frank Bizzarro Automotive lots sold/offered 133/401 Sales rate 33% Sales total $4,234,945 High sale 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS GT convertible, sold at $198,000 1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal coupe, sold at $73,700 Report and photos by Michael Leven Market opinions in italics and 133 found new homes, for a total of $4.2m in sales. Several sales came together post-block, including a handful featured in this report. Unlike last year, when a Bugatti Veyron sold for R $1m and an Aston Martin DB6 went for over $450k, there were no true “holy grail” cars at this event. There were, however, many very collectible lots. Nine cars pulled over $100k. Many more cars worthy of six-digit prices found strong bidding but failed to sell. usso and Steele returned to Newport Beach in June for their second annual auction at the Newport Dunes Resort. There were a total of 401 cars on offer, Four of the top sellers wore the silver Mercedes-Benz star. Top seller of the auc- tion was an über-low-mile 2013 SLS GT roadster, which sold for $198k, around $90k under MSRP. Next up was a very well-restored 1958 190SL painted in the unusual-but-correct shade of Strawberry Red. A beige interior complemented the fuschia-like hue beautifully, and the car traded hands for a whopping $187k. Another 190SL and a lavishly restored ’71 280SL found new garages at $120k and $109k, respectively. Another highlight was the striking, Swiss-delivered 1968 Porsche Newport Beach, CA 911 in Polo Red. It was very nicely done and sported the handsome, Europe-only red, white and black houndstooth seat inserts between its black leather bolsters. It was a $235k no-sale. Holding up British honor were a pair of 2009 Bentleys: a Brooklands at $130k, and a Continental GTC at $101k. A 1970 Jaguar E-type roadster in 2+ condition and SCMer-owned sold at no reserve for $80k and was a most opportune buy for someone. The top 10 cars accounted for $1.3m in rev- enue and made up 30% of the total automotive sales. Other notable sales included a 1972 Alfa 1967 Chevrolet Impala 2-door hard top in the arena 132 Romeo Montreal that went for $74k — one more data point confirming that this is no longer a sub-$40k car — and a couple of early ’60s GM convertibles that I rather liked and which looked very much at home in Southern California: a show-quality 1962 Olds Starfire that went for a market-correct $41k, and a driver-quality 1963 Buick Electra 225 in white with a red interior that hammered for a very attractive $19k. ♦ Sales Totals $6m $5m $4m $3m $2m $1m 0 Sports Car Market 2014 2013 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices


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Russo and Steele Newport Beach, CA ENGLISH #TH332-1956 NASH METROPOLITAN coupe. S/N E21093. White & turquoise/black cloth & vinyl. Odo: 59,160 miles. Claimed all original except for one very old respray. Paint cracked and crazed throughout. Variable gaps, pitted chrome and trim. Cloth and vinyl interior in freakishly good shape, comparatively. One large Smiths speedo the only gauge. Engine bay greasy but would detail out nicely; modern clamps and plug wires the only devia- raged and covered from day one. Never driven out of Southern California. Paint could be original but shows micro-scratching throughout and some sanding marks on left of rear hatch and quarter panel. Rear door vent slightly rusty, but other brightwork very nice. tions from stock. California blue plate reads “QT PI.” Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $6,000. A one-owner car until very recently. Interior almost too good to be original, but who knows the last time this car was on the road? Its lack of pace and size would make it a dangerous proposition on the highway but a hell of a lot cooler than a Smart car for in-city tooling. Unfortunately it’s tired and will need a thorough vetting, so high bid was generous. Reserve reported to be $10k. #S649-1967 SUNBEAM TIGER convert- ible. S/N 382002123LRXFE. Black/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 2,000 miles. Stockappearing black-plate car with numerous useful and practical upgrades. Rack-and-pinion steering, five-row brass radiator, electric cooling fan with custom shroud, Edelbrock manifold, a giant Holley 4-bbl, modern 5-speed gearbox with Hurst shifter, Moto-Lita wood Dash nice and seat leather with just-broken-in look; one small black stain on passenger’s side. Unable to open hood for engine inspection. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $40,000. Not sure if the odo was on the first or second turn, but this car looked very, very nice—if the trifecta of a Series III, taupe-colored, bloated 2+2 was your bag. Certainly the least-collectible-spec E-type ever, but a solid grand tourer nonetheless. Even with 103,202 miles on it, the car was well bought and sold. #TH230-1998 JAGUAR XK8 coupe. S/N SAJGX5244WC021109. Gold/beige leather. Odo: 82,375 miles. All paint, gaps, brightwork to factory standards; minimal chips or marks. Interior lightly worn, soiled. Will respond well to thorough cleaning and conditioning. Chromed 17-inch factory alloys and mirror covers. Right-side headlight cover leaks. Otherwise looks to be a very sound car. Sold for $65k when new and and now offered with a clean CARFAX. A classy-looking ride. Cond: regular use and care. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $27,000. The sheepskin floor mats may indicate that the owner focused more on this car’s posh side than performance. Gentle use is reassuring when buying a car that commands a king’s ransom to fix. Continental coupes of this era (with fewer miles) trade around the high bid, so the car could have sold. #F427-2001 LOTUS ESPRIT coupe. S/N SCCDC082X1HA10229. Burgundy metallic/tan leather. Odo: 48,396 miles. Iconic Giugiaro-based design. Paint very nice but showing some polishing swirls. Gaps wide but straight, likely to factory standards. Removable/ventable smoked moonroof. HRE wheels. Interior broken in and very nice but some smudging on carpet. Twin- BEST BUY turbo V8 under bonnet. Clean CARFAX. Presents as nearly new. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $35,750. There was no mention or evidence of service records, but this car looked like it’s had a good life. Lotuses are not known as the most bulletproof of cars, however, so due diligence is essential when buying one. Reserve came off at $32k and the car sold with one more bid. If all is well, this looks like a very good buy at a low market price. steering wheel, roll bar and goodness knows what else. Rolling on Panasport alloys. Very nice build quality. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $42,900. My purist leanings aside, there’s no denying that all the improvements made this livable for longer jaunts and tours. Possibly because of its non-stock configuration, bidding was tepid, as this car could have sold for over $50k without note. Maybe not as a collectible, but as a rip-snorting bucket of fun, this was extremely well bought, well under the build cost. #S641-1971 JAGUAR XKE Series III 2+2 V12 coupe. S/N 1S70270. Taupe/tan leather. Odo: 3,202 miles. One-owner car, ga- 134 2. NOT SOLD AT $11,000. These cats have some claws and are far from tame. And now they are a downright cheap entry into a refined grand tourer and represent great value. This one’s age, mileage and coupe spec will limit its price for some time to come. Not sure where and when the owner thinks he’s going to get more than the high bid, as decent convertibles can be had for a little more. Car could easily have sold. #F552-1999 BENTLEY ARNAGE sedan. S/N SCBLB51E2XCX01942. Black/tan leather. Odo: 61,847 miles. Big, impressive and in very good nick. Panels still laserstraight and paint with few signs of wear; light scratching on the nose, hood and at left Cpillar are the only demerits. Leather a touch dry with slight soiling, but still very sound and inviting. Not exactly a high-miler, but has had Sports Car Market GERMAN #F522-1965 PORSCHE 356SC coupe. S/N 221638. Champagne Yellow/black leather. Odo: 17,938 miles. Very old paint perhaps original; checking throughout, with some blistering and lots of chips around the edges; bubbling in spots. Headlight rings deeply pitted, some rust on overriders, other brightwork


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Russo and Steele Newport Beach, CA sound. Slight delamination in rear, newish rubber all around windows. Hood high at left front, passenger’s door a hard shut. Newish interior leather, nice carpets, good headliner. Steering wheel restored. Light undercoating may be hiding new floors. Engine number matches Kardex. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $65,000. Highly prized black-plate SC in a great 356 color; only missing a sunroof. Still, it’s time for a bare-metal respray, which most importantly will reveal any rust. Cosmetics are a bit rough, but car is complete and looks like it gets out. Barring major mechanical issues, the high bid plus the cost of an appropriate refurbishment will take this car to near retail value. Close call, but car could have sold. #F489-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE coupe. S/N 11102412004630. Leaf Green Metallic/Cognac leather. Odo: 75,825 miles. Rust-free 6-cyl “low-grille” coupe. Clearcoat looks to have been applied long after basecoat, which is micro-blistered throughout with several runs. Chrome once very nice, now worn from use; most trim very good, with some pitting, scratching, crazing. Trunk sits high. Some windshield delamination. Leather with nice patina but worn in spots, and colors rather Chrome “Twist” alloys. Chip guards on leading edge of rear fenders. Blue leather dry, cracking and desperately in need of conditioning—totally out of keeping with rest of car. Engine bay extremely clean. An odd mix of fastidious maintenance and neglect. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $42,000. I drove a 911SC in this exact livery back in the day (with blackedout Fuchs) and at age 25 thought I was king of the world. It would take a similarly strong sentiment on the consignor’s behalf to justify turning down the high bid. #S674-2000 PORSCHE GT3 Cup coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ99ZYS698010. White/black racing bucket. A race car from birth, said to be the 10th of 60 produced at Weissach for 2000; serial number aligns with other known factory-built GT3 Cup cars. Bodywork and paint to better-than-race-car standard. Lightweight glass and plexi rear window. Three-piece alloys with yellow centers. Interior stripped. Sold on a bill of sale. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD believable given overall condition of car. It wears AMG badges and rims but is not listed or marked as a CL55. A good example of the kind of car you think about buying at a Southern California auction. I reckon this car is good for another 80k–100k miles of stylish motoring, so call it a good buy at a belowmarket price. ITALIAN #F422-1969 FIAT 500F 2-dr sedan. S/N 2164592. Gray/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 124 km. A later example nicely restored to driver-plus quality. Only 120 km since work was done in Italy a couple of years ago. Paint with some thick spots, some thin spots, some micro-blisters and debris, but better than it sounds and very servicable overall. Newish vinyl retracting sunroof, new rubber throughout. Upholstery redone well, rubber mats mottled from re-dye. Dash wood serviceable. Headliner shows signs of being reglued. Windlace all worn. Behr a/c. Engine compartment dirty but dry, trunk smells of fuel. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $40,700. The V8 W111s have been strong for several years, but now the 6-cylinder cars are coming on, too. There was a lot to like about this car, especially its unique and attractive color scheme, but there was plenty of spendy work ahead. Even with the market on the move, the final price looked expensive for a car with something to do everywhere you looked. #F476-1998 PORSCHE 993 CARRERA cabriolet. S/N WP0CA2993WS340361. Alpine White/navy blue canvas/Nautical Blue leather. Odo: 51,746 miles. Highly optioned and very straight and clean. New, taut canvas top over extremely well-maintained paint. AT $61,600. These “Cup” variants are very serious race cars, pretty unforgiving, and a challenge to drive quickly; more so than the rSrs of old, according to my highly qualified insider, who has driven both in anger. As a true Porsche-built “Rennwagen,” this nowobsolete weapon will someday turn into more than just a used race car and become quite collectible. high bid would’ve been a bargain. #S609-2001 MERCEDES-BENZ CL500 coupe. S/N WDBPJ75J31A017181. Brilliant Silver/black leather. Odo: 117,971 miles. Highly optioned three-owner car, all miles claimed as highway. Recently serviced and with good records, all books. Clean CARFAX. Some paint chipping on nose and exterior mirrors, otherwise as-new. Heavily tinted windows. Interior nice with high wear on throughout a bit older. With very large, white “Campari” on both flanks. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $18,000. Two words come to mind when I see a Cinquecento at auction: “cute” and “ubiquitous.” The apéritif livery helped set this one apart from many of the others, but the presentation still looked a bit unfinished. Perhaps it would have been more convincing on a red car or if someone had been serving the product with soda and an orange twist. Anyway, this was an above-average car that should have sold for this above-average price. #S672-1972 ALFA ROMEO MON- TREAL coupe. S/N AR1425752. White/black vinyl & blue velour. Odo: 55,059 km. Originally in Italy and restored there by ex-President of AR Club of Tuscany. Starts right up and settles into idle with a most un-Alfa-like burble. No smoke evident. Ten-year-old paint holding up well; small crack around passenger’s B-pillar the only significant flaw. Gaps, trim and rest of cosmetics done to driver standard. Wood steering wheel marked. Newish gray carpets and black vinyl seats with blue velour inserts in good nick. Cond: 2+. SOLD cruise-control button. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $11,000. Previously consigned at McCormick’s Palm Springs on November 24, 2013; no sale at $9.5k (SCM# 243001). Nicely presented and highway miles 136 Sports Car Market


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Russo and Steele Newport Beach, CA AT $73,700. I couldn’t help but compare this car with the white Montreal that I inspected at Gooding Pebble Beach last August. That car sold for nearly $100,000 (SCM# 227455), but in most respects this was a nicer car, yet the seller was going to be very pleased with anything over $50k. Spirited bidding and final hammer price were clearly based on the Gooding result. If this is the new market, these cars would have more than doubled over the past couple of years. More data points are needed to affirm. For now, for me, well sold. #F487-1972 DETOMASO PANTERA coupe. S/N THPNLE01435. Red/black leather & suede. Odo: 79,743 miles. Red repaint shiny and well applied over good prep. Significant water spotting has been almost entirely buffed out. Brightwork mostly very good, but with some pitted spots. Factory Campagnolo wheels painted very incorrect satin black; marker-light housings also black. Side window vents badly redone in incorrect glossy glossy leather. Exterior grating over warmed Cleveland is MIA. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $65,000. Straight and mostly stock in appearance. Overall a pretty decent Pantera that still has most of its dignity intact; the sins can be easily, if not cheaply, rectified. Can you tell how I feel about people monkeying with Tom Tjaarda’s masterpiece? Alas, the high bid should have been enough, considering the remedial work required. #S651-1973 ALFA ROMEO GTV 2000 coupe. S/N AR3021807. Red/black leather. Odo: 9,103 miles. Interesting mix of a ’73 shell with ’69 front and rear clips. Very good workmanship. Paint excellent, but brightwork tired and marked. Full roll cage, racing buckets with four-point harnesses, and curiously, new carpets. Suspension completely reworked with track days solely in mind; modifications maybe simply as lightweight noise insulation. Never destined to be a collectible with all the mods, but very nice as a weapon. High bid did not even come close to the build cost, so not surprised the consignor took it home. #F542-1987 FERRARI 328 GTS Spider. S/N ZFFXA20A5H0073507. Silver/black fiberglass/red leather. Odo: 65,280 miles. Very attractive silver over red. Paint well cared for. Gaps, panel alignment, glass and brightwork all very good. Scuderia badges on front fenders are a nice complement but may not be correct. Roof spoiler. Dash and interior clean and paint. Three-inch drop in floor pan for extra head room. Dash redone well in incorrect too numerous to list. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. Paint and mechanicals were the focus of this potent little Alfa. The carpet is a bit of a head-scratcher; perhaps it’s to make the car a little more civilized for road duty, or blemish-free. Freshly serviced. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $41,000. The recent service and well-kept appearance inspired confidence. This car has covered a lot of miles, and it looks like everyone cared along the way. High bid was perhaps a little generous given the mileage but light if you look at the car’s condition and care. I’m inclined toward the latter. #S627-1988 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N ZFFAA17B000073873. Rosso Corsa/cream leather. Odo: 33,667 miles. Paint quality still very good. All lines to factory standard. Aftermarket three-piece wheels too wide for rear fenders. Driver’s seat bolster worn but interior otherwise sound; would benefit from a good cleaning. Engine compartment a bit scruffy and dirty. Recently completed 30k-mile engine-out service. Actual vehicle mileage stated includes miles since odometer replaced 500 miles ago. Consignor totally transparent and upfront with written declaration and a small tag riveted in door jamb. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $48,950. Don’t get too excited about this sale; Testarossa prices are not plummeting (that I know of). The casual presentation and especially the odometer disclosure drove this sale. I was surprised at how reassured the knowledge of the true miles and documentation made me feel, but few bidders appeared to share my enthusiasm. Full marks to the consignor for his candor, honesty and recognizing their effect on the car’s value. Well bought? 138 Sports Car Market


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Rising Sun Recent sales of Japanese cars by Tony Piff (All text within quotes minimally edited from online descriptions) # 221429071733-1984 ISUZU I-MARK sedan. S/N JABAT69B6E0803683. 110,268 miles. “Oneowner car from Virginia. Paint looks original with absolutely no rust. Interior in great shape. Engine nice and quiet, does not smoke or leak. Transmission feels perfect. No evidence of electrical problems.” Condition: 3+. Russo and Steele Newport Beach, CA #F497-1995 FERRARI F355 Spyder. S/N ZFFPR48A0S0104338. British Racing Green/ tan canvas/saddle leather. Odo: 7,039 miles. Car locked and not detailed. Tree sap makes paint look dull and lifeless. Does not look like a car with only 7k miles. Top in very good shape; tan canvas may have matched interior could have been driven to the auction. At the sale price, a modest refurbishment could be done without going underwater, and this little charmer deserves it. Well bought. SOLD AT $4,500. As if the name “I-Mark” wasn’t strange enough already, you’ll be fascinated to know that this opel Kadett-based subcompact was also sold here as the “Opel by Isuzu” and the “Buick opel.” This one looked pretty clean, but I’m not sure you could achieve this price again, even with 100k fewer miles and a color that wasn’t brown. Crazy-well sold. eBay Motors, 4/30/2014. # 291171147390-1979 Subaru 1600 4WD wagon. S/N A67L054111. “We are a Subaru dealer and restored it for our showroom. Complete paint job, all rust repaired. Nice interior is original other than carpet and restored dash. Motor rebuilt with new gaskets and seals. Runs and operates great. 4-sp manual.” Condition 2+. SWEDISH color at one point but now clashes—badly. Tubi exhaust. Maintenance history unknown. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. When this one left the factory, I have no doubt that Il Commendatore was rolling in his grave while Colin Chapman snickered. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Ferrari in British Racing Green, and now that I have, I am convinced that certain things should never be allowed in Maranello. High bid was under the money, but this will be a hard sell. JAPANESE SOLD AT $8,700. You might be able to buy and restore an old Subaru wagon for a little less than this, but first you’d have to find one solid and complete enough to work with. I say this was well bought and sold. eBay Motors, 6/24/2014. # 281368370585-1974 MAZDA RX4 coupe. 177,700 miles. “True unrestored survivor. Always adult-owned since bought off the lot in 1974. Two owners. Obsessively well maintained at Mazda dealership with service records. New 13b engine installed in mid-’80s under warranty; less than 20k miles since. Very tired paint. Hole in driver’s seat bolster, dash cracked, interior otherwise good. Rustthrough in trunk. I wouldn’t hesitate to drive this car anywhere.” Condition: 3-. #S610-1967 DATSUN 1600 convertible. S/N SPL31109905. Red/black canvas/tan vinyl. Odo: 71,580 miles. Solid and rust-free, service records to 2002. Gaps variable, panels slightly out of alignment with some rippling and small dents. Trim and chrome all there and in good shape. Newish seals. Paint with nicks and chips. Soft top sound. Interior weathered but without damage. Steering wheel with leather wrap. An honest, driver-condition car, offered at no reserve. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $8,525. While cosmetically challenged, this little roadster oozed character. It positively screamed “Drive me!” and looked like it #S613-1970 VOLVO 1800E coupe. S/N 18445132160. Blue/white vinyl. Odo: 43,463 miles. Later-model car with fuel injection. Looks solid. Good body panels and decent paint; some chips, cracking around trunk, with clearcoat beginning to peel in spots. Interior broken in; seat covers have a slightly dingy caste, but the rest is in good shape. Engine bay clean but not detailed. Another honest driver offered at no reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,400. Incorrect color scheme was nonetheless striking and attractive. Classic Minilitestyle wheels completed the simple-but-fitting aesthetic. Purists might not agree, but it all worked. Purchased at a fair market price and ready to go. Kudos all around. © SOLD AT $7,200. The first owner must have been meticulous indeed to get 150k miles out of that original rotary. Invest in a shiny paint job, and I think the buyer could double his money. Well bought. eBay Motors, 6/29/2014. ♦ 140 Sports Car Market


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VanDerBrink Auctions West Fargo, ND VanDerBrink — The Lowell Lundberg Estate Collection Lundberg was an attorney in the Fargo area, and when it came to cars, he bought whatever he took a fancy to Company VanDerBrink Auctions Date June 14, 2014 Location West Fargo, ND Auctioneers Yvette VanDerBrink, Dale Pavlis, Aaron Williamson Automotive lots sold/offered 40/40 Sales rate 100% Sales total $335,328 High sale 1955 Pontiac Star Chief Custom Safari wagon, sold at $41,420 Buyer’s premium High seller of the auction — 1955 Pontiac Star Chief Custom Safari 2-door wagon, sold at $41,420 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics collector’s estate auction. This time around, Y 144 it was for the estate of Mr. Lowell Lundberg. Lundberg was an attorney in the Fargo area, and when it came to cars, he bought whatever he took a fancy to. The recurring favorites were Chryslers and Chevys, especially wood-bodied Town & Countrys. He brought some of his cars to local events and was well known in local collector car circles, although quite a few cars remained in prolonged storage. Overall, none were really show queens, some were good cruisers and all had an issue or two — even if it was just from sitting since last fall, when he passed away. There were also a couple of consignments from other local collectors, making an even 40 cars. For once — breaking tradition in a way — this VanDerBrink auction did not involve a dirt road or parking in a field. The sale took place at the Veterans vette VanDerBrink and her auction crew found themselves in the Flickertail State this June, facilitating another car West Fargo, ND Memorial Arena in suburban West Fargo, and all but the roughest parts and project cars were parked indoors. Spectator parking on asphalt was abundant as well. Next thing you know, every VanDerBrink sale will include a bidder’s bar and fashion show. Nearly half of the cars found new homes via online bidders, with online activity on nearly as many of the rest. The top sale was a 1955 Pontiac Star Chief Custom Safari wagon (Pontiac’s version of a Nomad, if you didn’t know). The $41k it realized was pretty much market-correct for a car that looked all right but wasn’t a show queen. One-hundred percent of the 40 vehicles sold, realizing $335k in total, with no premium charged to those with boots on the ground. Overall, the cars did well enough, considering their condition. Unlike mainline collector car auctions, where the best-condition cars tend to bring relatively bigger money, here these middling cars bested the SCM Pocket Price Guide. Even a number of the dead parts cars did that — such as the ’52 Merc for $4k and ’46 Ford COE cab and chassis for $3,250. There was also a selection of larger tools and parts from the estate that were offered right after the cars. Since this was an auction where everyone came to buy cars, and these items weren’t online, prices were between reasonable and dirt cheap. Even after last September’s Ray Lambrecht Chevrolet collection in Nebraska, Yvette remains well grounded. While that sale put her on the map, sales like this are the meat and potatoes of her business — and the hobby. ♦ Sports Car Market No on-site buyer’s premium; 9% for online bidders, included in sold prices


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VanDerBrink Auctions West Fargo, ND ENGLISH #6L-1964 HILLMAN MINX 4-dr sedan. S/N B0316486. Pastel blue/red vinyl. Odo: 18,640 miles. Radio delete. Pretty decent older repaint. Just as decent all-original brightwork with light scuffing on most pieces. Has two dog-dish hubcaps and two full wheel covers, with one in the trunk. Pinchweld moldings are starting to come loose around the door thresholds. Excellent seat and door panel upholstery work. Modern seatbelts. BEST BUY here at the arena. Otherwise, he is going to be a rather unhappy camper. #33L-1926 FORD MODEL T tourer. S/N 13065598. Blue metallic & black/black leatherette/black leatherette. Non-stock repaint done a few years ago in a heavy enough metallic that the body almost comes off as a color-shift paint. Running boards not done nearly as well as the body. Reproduction top and seats starting to show light wear. Heavily modified powertrain: pressurized oil system with Datsun oil pump, balanced Model A crank, Model A rods, modern pistons, tube car any favors—although it beats rotting away on the end of a fence row. Not so horrid that it needs to be taken apart right now, but a bit rough to even tootle around with much, it’s either destined to sit another 31 years or have at least the amount paid for it put back into it. #22L-1931 CHEVROLET INDEPEN- DENCE 4-dr sedan. S/N 21AE63928. Dark blue & black/dark blue broadcloth. Odo: 60,710 miles. Dual sidemounts. Older very average repaint flaking off doors, window frames and cowl. Presentable older bumper replate; rest of brightwork isn’t so bright. Good repaint on the wire wheels. Taillamps faded nearly white. Interior redone well and in good condition. Heavier paint chipping on the Older, serviceable bias-ply tires, but not a matching set. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $2,100. hillmans sold in limited numbers in the U.S. but were a bit more popular in Canada, so this one more likely made its way south of the border. Sold at roughly half market price here, where the F-150, Silverado and Cumminspowered Ram are king—and where few equate “foreign car” with “collectible.” Also well bought for no other reason than you will likely have the only one down in Monterey this year. Or most any year. AMERICAN #36L-1921 FORD MODEL T center- door coupe. S/N 4842944. Black/black leatherette/gray cloth. Between the time it was photographed in storage and its arrival at auction, the wood-frame body has started to split from front to back at the door. Most of the damage is in the roof and center window frame on the driver’s side. Very dusty from long-term indoor storage. Period-accessory expandable running-board luggage rack on the intake with Stromberg 97 carburetor, tube headers and electronic ignition. Hydraulic rear disc brakes with Brembo caliper rotors that look like they were liberated from a Viper. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,500. This was one of the most ambitious modifications of a Model T that I’ve seen outside of a flat-out street rod. A bit odd in some of the execution (especially the brakes—next time try a more balanced fourwheel system), but give ’em an A for effort. All I can say to the new owner is good luck when it comes time to service it. #4000L-1928 CHEVROLET NA- TIONAL 4-dr sedan. S/N 21AB94806. Green & black/tan cloth. Odo: 58,570 miles. Restored locally in 1983, per engraved tag on seat frame; 56,429 miles on it at that time. More of a good skin-deep cosmetic amateur restoration than anything else. One could argue that the repaint was no worse than the factory did originally. Dull plating but minimal pitting. Interior upholstery work is pretty steering wheel. New paint on the floorboards. So difficult to start that they gave up. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $6,268. One can see why Chevy outsold Ford in 1931: more power, better accoutrements, and just as much style—if not more. A year later, the V8 Ford would make the first point moot, but Chevy would still outsell Ford for quite some time. Too nice to street-rod, but it will take a serious money infusion to sort this one back out, so it sold well enough. #3000L-1931 FORD MODEL A wood- bodied 4-dr wagon. S/N A4379236. Tan & natural maple/black leatherette/black leatherette. Odo: 74,756 miles. Concise restoration in recent years. Wears Pennsylvania Antique Class license plate. Appears to originally have been a wagon, with all correct body hardware, but the wood certainly isn’t original—nor are the side curtains or interior upholstery. Good metal prep and paint application. Mostly reproduction brightwork. Generally tidy engine left side. Perhaps enough seat upholstery remaining for reference, if you are ambitious enough to to try and match it. Run? Nobody seemed to notice. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $3,270. Although it’s only bound for South Dakota, at this rate, it might be toothpicks by the time it arrives. I certainly hope the online buyer saw the photos posted while the car was displayed 146 good, although the bottoms of the seats are starting to come loose from the body-mounted frames. Brush-painted black chassis 31 years ago, now dusty and greasy. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $4,000. The last year for a 4-cylinder engine from Chevrolet until the Chevy II in 1962. With only 2k miles in 31 years, the prolonged sitting in less-than-ideal storage didn’t do the bay with some fuel staining on the cowl where the gas line comes through. Period aftermarket Auto-Lite hot-air manifold cabin heater. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $21,000. The nice thing about this wagon was that it wasn’t loaded up with every single aftermarket trinket or chrome doo-dad on the market today. Just the grille shell and a Moto-Meter, and that’s about it. 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VanDerBrink Auctions West Fargo, ND #4L-1936 CHEVROLET MODEL FB pickup. S/N 21PB013009. Green & black/ brown vinyl. Odo: 75,856 miles. Decent older repaint. Brightwork is a mix of not-so-decent originals, nice originals, older replatings, and a few period aftermarket hubcaps. Doors fit well. Cracked headlight lens and driver’s door glass. Good older reupholstered seat. Original paint on dashboard shows heavier soiling. Repainted inside door panels. Utilitarian engine light blistering on most surfaces. Original greasy motor, without anything cosmetically done to it. Serviceable original brightwork. Light crazing on the optional hood ornament’s plastic insert. C400 member decal on the windshield. Fleck Chevrolet Buick of Fargo “Slow down at sundown” license plate attach- compartment. Motor lights right off; exhaustnote burble suggests budgeting for a new muffler. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,260. 1936 was the last year for spoke wire wheels for Chevy cars and half-ton pickups. Even considering how well trucks have been doing in the market, this was still enough paid. #38C-1938 CHEVROLET MASTER DELUXE 2-dr sedan. S/N HB11224. Copper & light blue/tan cloth. Odo: 26,286 miles. “Historical Preservation of Original Chevrolet Features” award from the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America with certificate and licenseplate plaque. Originally light blue, repainted copper early on, now inconsistently buffed off on several panels. Moderate pitting on all plat- ment sign. Period-accessory seat covers front and back. Door panels show moderate soiling but should clean up decently. Starts easily, seems to run out well. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $6,750. Mr. Lundberg graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, across the red river of the North from Fargo. The C400 group is an important Alumni Association, and maroon is the dominant school color, so he likely used this car for a few alumni events over the years. Sold about right for a pre-war Chevy sedan that’s not as minty original as some would think. #19L-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 61 4-dr fastback. S/N 5361446. Gunmetal metallic/ gray cloth. Odo: 53,279 miles. 346-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optional HydraMatic transmission. Poor prep work on the old repaint, with degassing blisters throughout, matching most of the pitted pot-metal trim. Dull original bumpers have lots of scuffing. Glued-on rubber wheelwell stone deflectors are coming loose. Door window glass starting to delaminate at the edges. Older authentic upholstery work, with period-style seat covers. No carpet body—is from another car, originally blue. Rust-out in rocker panels and lower rear quarter-panel mounting areas. Shadow of grime and moss on trunk reveals location of missing Dodge emblem. Powertrain is intact. Parts tossed inside hither and thither. Odometer illegible. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $4,400. A rare project, as indicated by a very healthy final bid, but not one that will just fall back together again with catalog pieces filling the gaps. #24L-1946 FORD 698W 1½-ton cab-over cab & chassis. S/N N/A. Red & rust/tan vinyl. Odo: 45,922 miles. 221-ci V8, 2-bbl. No discernible serial number, nor does it have a title. Cab has heavier surface rust. Single piece of chrome—the nose emblem—is very dull. All glass is actually pretty good. Doors function but not well. Only the driver’s seat bottom remains inside. The dog-house cover is missing, revealing no engine or transmission. The former is sitting on a pallet on the frame, generally disassembled. The latter is M.I.A. Does not have a cargo body, but there’s a newer era ing. Flaking running-board rubber. Original headliner, door panels and seat base, all heavily water-stained and soiled. Steering wheel rim has been recast with a thick, softer plastic. Unkempt engine compartment, with various off-the-shelf repair components. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $15,000. One of few cars on offer not from the estate. One wonders if street rodders really have so decimated the surviving fleet of ’38 Chevys that this is as good as they can find for an example with “original features.” I supposed I’ll be more convinced once someone carefully wet-sands off the ancient repaint. Very well sold. #8L-1939 CHEVROLET MASTER DE- LUXE 4-dr sedan. S/N 21JA054214. Maroon/ tan mohair. Odo: 69,900 miles. Older repaint with weak prep work manifesting as 148 up front. Heavier cracking of steering wheel rim; rest of the dash plastic is good. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $7,000. 1941 was the first year for the revolutionary HydraMatic transmission in a Cadillac after Oldsmobile introduced it the year before. While there were several reasons Cadillac became the dominant domestic luxury brand in the post-war era, the HydraMatic is one of the strongest factors. The condition of this non-CCCA Classic wasn’t too strong, however, so it sold well enough. #30L-1941 DODGE D19 Luxury Liner convertible. S/N DR96484. Eng. # DR96484. Light tan/rusty steel springs. A collection of parts tempting fate to be restored. The front clip—splayed out in front of the chassis and sleeper set on the frame. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $3,250. It took some research to conclude that this was a 1946. Yvette was able to deduce by auction time that it was either a 1942 or a 1946, but the painted-rather-than-plated cowlvent nameplates give it away as a ’46—the first year the cab-overs returned to production after the war. For what little was left of a ’46 Ford COE, it certainly brought strong enough money. As for its future, expect to see the cab reincarnated on a late-model truck chassis. #25L-1947 CHEVROLET FLEETLINE Aero 2-dr fastback. S/N N/A. Black/tan cloth. 216-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Field find, then stored in a shed for several years. Serial-number tag has been removed, but a title is claimed to be available. Heavier surface rust. Rusted-out trunk floor, with heavy rust scale on undercarriage. Trim all badly deteriorated. Hood is draped over the front fenders, covering a mostly disassembled motor. Radiator is Sports Car Market


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VanDerBrink Auctions West Fargo, ND missing. Heavily soiled, stained and moused interior. Door panels and headliner are in shreds. Odometer digits have all but flaked off. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $2,453. It’s not quite dead yet, but is coughing up oil and mouse poop. A decade ago, this was a desirable street-rod body style, and there’s enough left to know what you’ll need to repair or replace to restore it. But even if it were given away, it wouldn’t be cost-effective to restore. or rod. Sold for enough to an online bidder. #28L-1948 CHEVROLET STYLEMAS- TER sedan delivery. S/N N/A. Black. Odo: 69,443 miles. 216-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Unfinished project car. Some body and engine components removed and in the back, such as rear fenders and radiator. Has at least two sets of grilles. True “bucket seat” is a 5-gallon pail rear door glass. Optional Highlander interior package; superb seat and door-panel restoration. Original carpeting rather soiled and worn. Modern shag carpet cut to fit. Dingy engine bay with heater hoses bypassed. Fitted with period-accessory spotlight. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,750. While I’ve seen some nonHighlander Chryslers of this era restored with plaid upholstery, real cars have a few unique chrome trim pieces that set them apart—which this car has. It needs better detailing and mechanical sorting out, but this was still fairly well bought. #1L-1948 PACKARD STANDARD EIGHT 4-dr wagon. S/N 229302719. Light yellow & natural wood/tan cloth & leather. Odo: 83,889 miles. 288-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Older, mostly cosmetic restoration. Presentable repaint. Good wood, possibly with a few replacement sections. Newer door seals. Door fit leaves a little to be desired, but most do on these Packard woodies. Good seat reupholstery work. Heater blower motor is dangling by one wire, lying on the floor under the dash. Engine bay is function over form, with only a recent hose-down. Starts right up, and runs out car. Good door fit. Period-accessory front seat covers (likely dealer-installed). Rest of interior soft trim in good condition but could use an expert cleaning. Modern aftermarket voltmeter mounted beneath the dash. Modern shag carpeting cut to fit. Dingy engine bay in need of a good sorting and cleaning even before thinking about detailing. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $6,500. It was stated that Mr. Lundberg was the second owner of this mostly original Roadblaster. With some careful cleaning and detailing, this could well make the new owner a few bucks, but not enough to quit the day job and start refurbishing original cars for a living. #16L-1949 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD Series 60 4-dr sedan. S/N 49603490. Twotone blue/blue leather. Odo: 78,822 miles. 331-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Trim-off repaint 10 or 20 years ago with decent prep and application but no effort to mask off the wheelwells or undercarriage. Brightwork not refreshed before reinstallation. Bumpers heavily scuffed and almost look like bare steel. Rear doors bind. Seats from a 1977–79 Lincoln Continental Town Car, steering column from an early turned upside down. Driver’s door tied in place, so unable to inspect the serial number tag, although the auction company claims there’s a title. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $3,300. What we have here is a rolling parts locker. Maybe there’s enough to make a sedan delivery, maybe not. Final bid will make folks start to look closer in junkyards for post-war Chevy sedan deliveries. #7L-1948 CHRYSLER WINDSOR 4-dr sedan. S/N 70649522. Seafoam green/maroon & green plaid cloth. Odo: 20,348 miles. 251-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Older restoration presents quite well. Good trim-off repaint. Major trim pieces have a very dull finish, but the smaller pieces present well. Aftermarket spring-base radio antenna. Excellent door fit. Cracks in right nice and smooth. Factory-optional overdrive and inoperative Electromatic clutch. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $34,226. The Electromatic was Packard’s answer to the myriad semi-automatic shifting concepts so prevalent in the industry from the late 1930s until GM’s hydraMatic made them all seem rather silly by the early 1950s. You would select your next gear, and based on load and speed, it would automatically depress the clutch and make the change. It proved problematic and if anything helped solidify Cadillac as America’s premier automaker with their bulletproof fully automatic transmission. Not too bad of a deal on not all that great of a car. #13L-1949 BUICK ROADMASTER 4-dr sedan. S/N 15132033. Black/gray broadcloth. Odo: 76,626 miles. 320-ci I8, 2-bbl, auto. Original paint with some buff-through. Dull finish on bumpers, but rest of the brightwork presents well and matches rest of ’70s Cadillac, door handles keep falling off inside driver’s door, wiring harness dangling beneath dash, no carpet up front. Shift linkage hard to get into reverse. Power windows. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $6,813. on first review of the outside, this doesn’t look too bad. But the more you examine it—or as soon as you peer inside—it’s just a rube Goldberg special that needs to be taken apart and started over again, with some parts hunting on the horizon. Not stock, not really modified, not really worth what was paid here. #15L-1949 CADILLAC SERIES 75 Fleetwood Imperial 4-dr limousine. S/N 497516227. Dark blue/black leather & gray broadcloth. Odo: 57,628 miles. 331-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. All hydraulic power windows, including center divider. Fairly decent repaint applied at least a decade ago. Some trim was replated, but over pitting. Original and highly scuffed-up bumpers. Cork plugs antenna hole. Original driver’s leather seat in need of some care but will come out all right. Passenger’s compartment cloth seating and fitments are in 150 Sports Car Market


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VanDerBrink Auctions West Fargo, ND superb condition and reportedly original. Hood is very fussy to open, hinges tired, wood prop rod fastened to radiator support. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,000. 184th out of 626 7-passenger Imperial limousines, this car truly represents the end of an era. This was a one-year-only blend of the new overheadvalve V8 with the last year of the pre-war Series 75 body. As such, it is the last Full Classic Cadillac. Mark this well bought—albeit cosmetically needy. #9L-1949 CHEVROLET STYLELINE DELUXE 2-dr sedan. S/N 21GKD18741. Black/tan mohair. Odo: 86,452 miles. 216-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Original paint has heavier surface rust and scratches. Structurally very sound. Serviceable original brightwork, but will need replating or replacement if anything is done to improve the car, like an oil change. Speaking of oil change, it’s pretty easy to do since the valve-cover breather/oil fill cap is missing. Original dealer-installed green vinyl AT $39,240. This was the first year of Chrysler’s all-new post-war models. They were more squared off, and in the case of the Town & Country, contained less wood. Still, that doesn’t get them off easy for aging structural wood issues, as this one has a few. Along with a few other issues. As such, owner number three paid enough. #20L-1949 PACKARD STANDARD EIGHT Deluxe 4-dr sedan. S/N 2262948494. Silver/gray & maroon houndstooth cloth. Odo: 84,053 miles. 288-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Optional overdrive unit. Old repaint is close match to the original but not perfect compared with door jambs. Not that it’s easy to tell, since the whole exterior is coated in dust. Serviceable original brightwork. Dealer tag from Bearson Motor Co. of Fargo, ND—the then-local new Packard purveyor. Well reupholstered seats in different fabric than the original water-stained door panels. Modern windshield-wiper reser- with duct tape. Runs smoothly but needs a squirt of fuel down the carb due to a “weak” fuel pump. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $17,500. 1950 was Chrysler’s first year for a two-door hard top, offered in both the standard steelbodied Windsor and the wood-paneled New Yorker, using the sub-series name “Newport” on both models. This being in the era when all the first hard tops had their own names, such as Buick’s first use of riviera, the oldsmobile holiday, and Ford’s Victoria. This one might seem cheap until you start to fix those annoying issues. The Mopar woodie devotees here gave it a wide berth. #14L-1955 PONTIAC STAR CHIEF Custom Safari 2-dr wagon. S/N 0P755H106419. Green & white/green & white vinyl. Odo: 68,045 miles. 287-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optional power steering. Driver-grade restoration in recent years. Repaint with light orange peel on roof pillars and overspray on undercarriage. Major trim pieces have been replated; most stainless buffed out. Fitted with stainless-steel fender skirts and period-accessory spotlight. Good door and panel fit. Minimal engine compartment detailing. After- seat covers. Bare painted steel floor pans. Radio and heater/defroster panels have been removed, but dealer-accessory clock is still in place. Not started. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $2,550. Peeling off those seat covers may very well reveal good upholstery. Or a mouse house. Way too far gone to be seriously considered a “preservation” candidate, although a good base for a competent restoration. Enough paid any way you look at it. #3L-1949 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER Town & Country convertible. S/N 7410790. Brown metallic & wood/white vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 69,754 miles. 323-ci I8, 2-bbl, auto. Stated that Mr. Lundberg was the second owner. Old repaint. Ding in left front fender. Doors bind somewhat at the latch. Wood is generally solid but could use a strip and revarnish. Older bumper replate; presentable original trim. Original mirror head missing on driver’s side, modern fisheye mirror stuck to voir bungee-corded to air cleaner as a bottlebomb temporary gas tank to get the motor running. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $4,400. 1949 was a transition year for Packard, with the 22nd Series giving way to the slightly changed 23rd Series mid-year. Packard was also one of those manufacturers who didn’t always play the new-model-year games in September or October, usually updating models when they saw fit. (By 1954, of course, they had to, just to try and stay competitive.) Not all that bad of a purchase, and apparently someone local bought it, so it should stay in the area. #2L-1950 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER Town & Country Newport 2-dr hard top. S/N 7412139. Green metallic, tan & wood/ green leather & tan cloth. Odo: 75,109 miles. 323-ci I8, 2-bbl, auto. Appealing older repaint. Newer varnish on wood, but putty repair on several joints. Door-fit issues. Light pitting on most of the cast trim; replated bumpers. Appears to be original interior with moderate wear and soiling. Rusty engine, with haphazard ignition wire routing. Heater hoses removed and blocked off, with the heater core removed and opening in the cowl covered market ignition wiring and battery cables. Shod with period Sears Allstate wide whitewalls. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $41,420. I don’t know about you, but unless the body shop gave me a very significant discount, I’d razorblade their decals off the windows as soon as I got home. But for that matter, was the shop proud of the overspray and orange peel? Top money for the car and top seller here, to an online bidder who may be ready with razor blade, buffing compound and a rattle can of undercoating. #11L-1965 CHEVROLET IMPALA convertible. S/N 164675J197392. Dark aqua metallic/white vinyl/turquoise vinyl. Odo: 55,824 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good older repaint in darker hue than original Tahitian Turquoise. Good panel fit. Replated bumpers, with mostly good original brightwork. Four mismatched headlights. Reproduction seat upholstery, with a somewhat loose fit. Original door panels sun-baked and cracking. Interior chrome heavily worn. Washed-off engine bay, motor crudely maintained. Runs out okay, but spotlight. Interior worn. Driver’s door pillar is wallpapered with a half-century of oil-change stickers, almost no two from the same place. Starts easily and runs well. Cond: 3-. SOLD 152 Sports Car Market


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VanDerBrink Auctions West Fargo, ND it’s a belt-squeaker at startup. With power steering, tinted glass and wire wheel covers. Periodaccessory spotlight, trailer hitch and a/c. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,625. While the bones are pretty good here, all the fix-it-on-the-cheap work makes it a buy-it-on-the-cheap cruiser. And with an entry-level 283 under the hood, it’s not cost-effective to do much more than just run it as-is. Bidding started strong at $10k from Proxibid, and when all was said and done a couple of bids later, that’s where it sold—heading to Nevada. #27L-1966 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Corsa 2-dr hard top. S/N 107376W182229. Medium blue metallic/blue vinyl. Odo: 52,517 miles. 164-ci H6, 4x1-bbl, 4-sp. Non-runner, but complete engine and powertrain. Appears to be all original paint. Not that it’s been taken care of since the 1969–70 Moorhead State College faculty parking permit was valid. Good full tinted glass. Only the right front tire will hold air for any length of time. Complete interior is completely shot, but you’ll know how to reinstall a new one. While the seats able, but the automatic rear windows sometimes drop when the driver’s door is opened or closed. Pretty decent original interior worth trying to refurbish before gutting and starting over again. Grungy engine bay. Starts, runs and smokes. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $9,538. The rust issues on this unibody were about the only thing that really scared me about this car. The rest can be cleaned up, tweaked, fixed and redone—but not inexpensively. Scary thing is, with increased values in recent years, the $30k to skim the surface on this and make it presentable is almost cost-effective. Almost. More than enough paid here, and not surprisingly by someone online in IL, who didn’t actually see the car in person. #18L-1968 DODGE POLARA 500 con- vertible. S/N DM27G8D299510. Green metallic/green vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 29,366 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. VIN codes out to a 2-bbl 383. 318 in its place looks all stock and skanky enough that it’s probably been there for four decades or more. Some paint fade, but appears mostly original and otherwise in good condition. Heavily faded bumpers and rear fascia trim, but the lenses are Factory-optional cruise control, auto-dimming headlights, rear window defogger, 8-track. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $4,360. This is the first sub-$5k III that I’ve seen in a long time, as they finally became established collector cars over a decade ago. But it will need a lot of spit, polish, and rouge to bring the shine back. #12L-1969 OLDSMOBILE 98 convert- ible. S/N 384679M438069. Dark green metallic/white vinyl/green vinyl. Odo: 43,096 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very old repaint, with enough buffing compound residue in the gaps to polish the car again. Cracked and delaminating windshield. Scuffed right wheelwell. Original brightwork doesn’t look bad compared with the old paint job. Pretty decent original interior. Has a/c. Untouched engine bay really needs to be cleaned up. Barely run- don’t look that bad, they are very brittle. Carpet is just plain skanky. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $1,000. It’s never a good sign when a Corvair is wearing snow tires. Then again, any collector car wearing snows should be viewed with guarded suspicion at best. Since ’Vairs made good winter beaters, late-model examples tended to get driven until the base of the Apillars broke apart from rust. We aren’t there yet with this one, but anyone thinking he has an easy project may well guess again. Still, bought well enough for the 4-carb 140-hp engine—always a hot commodity in Corvairland, alive or dead. #10L-1967 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 4-dr convertible. S/N 7Y86G841674. Light yellow/black vinyl/lime green leather. Odo: 25,563 miles. 462-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally Lime Gold Metallic, with a rather lame repaint attempt some years ago. Door jambs poorly masked. Paint flaking off rear wheelwells and rear-quarter rocker panels due to rust-out. Acceptable original brightwork. Old Uniroyal wide whitewalls. Door fit is accept- pretty decent. Faded, badly restitched top. Good original seat vinyl. Aftermarket speakers cut into, and then ripped out of, door panels. Period Magnum 500 wheels shod with old bias-ply tires. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,500. replacing any convertible top that isn’t black or white is a spendy proposition these days (not that redoing a black or white one is a cheap date), so the new owner will be better off finding a shop that’s willing to fix this one. #17L-1969 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK III 2-dr hard top. S/N 9Y89A882804. Light Aurora Copper Metallic/black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 26,111 miles. 460-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Mostly original paint and in good condition. Trunk lid color slightly off, emblem missing. Rust-out starting at rear bumper tips (notorious moisture traps on these cars). Blistering under vinyl roof around base of rear window. Seats discolored but worth a ning from bad gas (sort of like this auction reporter, thanks to stopping at the local taco joint after the auction preview last night). Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $5,723. Up here in prairie farmland country, cars in earth-tone browns and greens were popular. It’s not out of line to imagine that if 1968 was a good year for wheat or sugar beets, a farmer would’ve popped for this top-of-the-line Olds drop-top. Today, it is needy enough to make this high bid about right. #5L-1992 CHEVROLET CAPRICE 4-dr wagon. S/N 1G1BL83E0NW100618. Dark blue metallic & silver/blue velour. Odo: 124,802 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Has not been regularly driven recently but has been stored inside. Plates expired in 2010. Original paint with fade and light peeling on bumper cladding only. National Woodie Club and Chrysler Town & Country Registry decals on lift-gate window. Aftermarket mud flaps. rescue attempt. Very dirty and greasy engine bay. Starts and runs with gas force-fed down the carb, but fuel system will need servicing. 154 Replacement windshield. Less wear than expected on the seats. Used-car engine bay. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $950. With 124k miles on it, that 5-liter V8 has plenty of life left in it. It easily should spin past 200k—if not touch 300k—although the 700R4 will die before then (if not next week). Still, one of the few mainstream 1990s cars that has any sort of following, and not a bad buy if you work your own wrenches. © Sports Car Market


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Roundup Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report Global Auction Highlights ENGLISH #345-1954 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N 674685. Eng. # F16128. Odo: 79,859 miles. Restoration project with most of the paint rubbed off, revealing many color changes over the years. Some shiny bits such as windscreen frame completed and in place. (But shouldn’t it be a cast alloy finish?) Chassis and outriggers surface-rusted but look solid 1971 Ferrari 246 GT Dino coupe, sold at $422,196 SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS Location: Northamptonshire, U.K. Date: May 24, 2014 Auctioneer: Jonathan Humbert Automotive lots sold/offered: 44/62 Sales rate: 71% Sales total: $2,881,245 High sale: 1971 Ferrari 246 GT Dino, sold at $422,196 Buyer’s premium: 12.5%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.59) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman enough, body mostly uncorroded under the paint, aluminum doors okay, seats eaten away, no top or fuel tank. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $57,132. This attracted fairly strong money, along the lines of what Silverstone was expecting for a basket case—even though it wasn’t. Despite the looks, there’s a relatively straightforward resto project under here that should finish within its top market value of around $150k. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/14. #253-1954 NASH-HEALEY LE MANS coupe. S/N 3082. Ivory/red leather. Odo: 91,539 miles. One of 150 built. Appears to have been restored at least a decade ago. Underhood complete, original, but not concours-level. Same goes for exterior. Paint a little hazy in places. Chrome good but has a light patina of age. Interior is the high-spot, comfy seats tight and clean. Spare in trunk has blue wheel—where did that come from? Feel lucky today? LUCKY COLLECTOR CAR AUCTIONS Location: Tacoma, WA Date: May 30–31, 2014 Auctioneers: Jeff Stokes, Don Jones Automotive lots sold/offered: 85/120 Sales rate: 41% Sales total: $1,031,980 High sale: 2008 Rolls-Royce, sold at $175,450 Buyer’s premium: 10% included in sold prices Report and photos by Jack Tockston 158 1924 Nash Series 690 tourer, sold at $15,390 DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Location: Odessa, TX Date: May 31, 2014 Auctioneers: Daniel Kruse, Brian Marshall Automotive lots sold/offered: 113/193 Sales rate: 59% Sales total: $3,032,370 High sale: 1967 Ford Mustang resto-mod fastback at $108,000 Buyer’s premium: 8% Report and photos by Phil Skinner Cond: 2. SOLD AT $61,560. Very recently no-saled at $62k at Mecum Indy in May (SCM# 243843); sold at Motostalgia Seabrook a few weeks before that for the exact same $62k (SCM# 243501); $70k no-sale at Mecum Kissimmee in January (SCM# 232399); nosale at Hollywood Wheels in West Palm Beach, March 2013, undisclosed high bid (SCM# 215842). All of which confirm the correctness of this price, sort of. Well sold. Dan Kruse Classics, Odessa, TX, 05/14. #322-1963 FORD LOTUS CORTINA racer. S/N Z85C66003. White/black velour. RHD. Pre-Aeroflow car. Good and tidy, sin- Sports Car Market


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Roundup gle-leaf rear springs, spare set of wheels with CR65s. Motor is by modern touring car engine builder Neil Brown and described as the “ultimate FIA-legal Twin Cam.” Z85 is a real LoCort chassis number, where you’d expect to find BA74: according to various websites, these started life registered to Ford, perhaps through. Original seat vinyl split but might restitch. Extra rev counter. Mileage claimed genuine, some service history partly backs it as cars for senior managers. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $77,467. Silverstone Auctions boss Nick Whale’s own car (as was Lot 319, the unsold Porsche 911 rSr replica), being sold because he has found his old M3 Group A Touring Car, which is going to swallow a lot of money. Sold at the right money for a tidy racer, and less than it would cost to build again. The seller’s had his fun at events such as the Silverstone Classic, and the buyer got a bit of a deal, so both should be happy. (And I doubt the boss pays commission fees.) Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/14. #350-1965 TRIUMPH TR4A convert- ible. S/N CTC59501. Eng. # CT59671. Red/ black vinyl/black vinyl & leather. RHD. Odo: 88,508 miles. Shiny in the pictures, but it wasn’t quite as nice in real life. Restored and repainted in 1990s with just 5,000 miles claimed since. Nicely detailed engine bay, up. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $15,493. One-owner car stored for 32 years, offered at no reserve and sold at a fair price. Although there’s a fair bit of fabrication, welding and painting to do, it’s an original car, and it’s all there. But since it’ll never be worth the $40k or so that a real Cooper S commands, the sums only stack up for a home restorer who can do all the work but the painting himself. Good luck! Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/14. #309-1968 JAGUAR XKE convertible. S/N 1E1995. Eng. # 7E153589. Metallic blue/black leather. RHD. Odo: 91,111 miles. Very late Series I, so a “1½” but still with the more elegant closed headlights (but these might be retrofits with fitment of an earlier front clamshell). Looks really sharp, but if you inspect it more closely there’s evidence of repairs to lower hood side on right, and paint doesn’t quite match, although it’s been re- has been in its time a demonstrator for Eagle—the company that made its name updating and improving Es. At one time owned by Silverstone boss Nick Whale, in this ownership from 2010. It sold today at strong money for an SII, but fair in this case. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/14. okay door fit, good interior with seats redone in leather. But there was something I couldn’t quite put my finger on that I mistrusted about this car. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $32,924. Offered at no reserve, sold at fair money for condition. If it pops up for sale again soon we’ll know my hunch was right. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/14. #362-1967 MORRIS MINI Cooper 2-dr sedan. S/N KA2S41006229A. Eng. # 9FDSAM26102. Red/red & gray vinyl. RHD. Odo: 21,516 miles. Slightly weird one, this, as if someone began to restore it but couldn’t decide where to start. Very original, body rotten in places, but sitting on a new set of Yokos, plus new hydraulic reservoirs and lots of new nuts, bolts and hose clips liberally scattered throughout. One rocker’s been replaced, the other’s hanging off. Black roof paint polished 160 cently repainted underneath, too. Good in the door shuts. Leather only lightly creased and could be original. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $129,757. This is around midway in a 320-car series of very late 4.2 RHD open S1s which started at 1E1864 in September 1967 and finished at 1E2183 in July 1968. Sold for top money for an average S 1½ roadster, even through values slipped back a little after its big birthday of 2011—but it has the better mechanicals and earlier SI looks on its side. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/14. #336-1970 FORD CAPRI 3000GT XLR coupe. S/N BBECKT38044. Metallic blue/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 19,555 miles. Beautifully kept Mk I, hardly restored. Repainted hood and scuttle, decent bumper rechrome. No rot, rocker seams and spot welds well defined, inner fenders good. Interior vinyl very good and dash plastic hardly worn, suggesting mileage could be genuine. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $41,058. Has been in storage 20 #365-1970 LAND ROVER SERIES IIA utility. S/N 24138167G. Green/khaki canvas/ black vinyl. Odo: 14,536 miles. Late IIA with outboard SIII-type headlamps that arrived before the rest of the SIII did in September 1971. Moss-covered and windows smashed, it still looks like a worthwhile and straightforward restoration project... until you crawl under- years, which helps explain the mileage, condition and price. Very good going for one of these and sold $15k higher than a similar model and condition car at H&H Duxford a few weeks before (SCM# 243468). (That one was an auto, though.) Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/14. #334-1970 JAGUAR XKE convertible. S/N 1R1490. Eng. # 7R95049. Yellow/black leather. RHD. Odo: 185 miles. Late Series II. Older restoration holding up well. With power steering plus upgrades to seats, suspension and brakes. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $124,916. This neath and find the chassis is rotten. No, I don’t mean it’ll respond to plating; a new frame is Sports Car Market


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Roundup the only answer. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $1,743. Offered at no reserve and no point bringing it to the sale otherwise. IIAs aren’t yet hitting the heights enjoyed by short SIs, so we’ll assume the buyer just wanted it for spares or its identity. Catalog bravely predicted “this could be the bargain of the sale,” but then it was one lot from the end, and the cataloger was presumably running out of steam and superlatives. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/14. #312-1971 JAGUAR XKE Series III V12 convertible. S/N 1S1515. Eng. # 7S8154SA. Black/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Tidy repainted (1993) condition, with newish leather. Motor very clean and tidy, new top. Very tidy engine bay with various bits pol- S/N XC252441508A. Metallic blue/blue velour. RHD. Odo: 26,765 miles. BMC-era Mini. Clean, tidy, repainted. Rockers in good shape. Floor jig brackets present (unusual) but flattened (usual when present). Lowish mileage. Seat velour just starting to go baggy. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,909. Offered at no reserve, and sold for the price of an average Rover Mini Cooper. Quite a result for the owner. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/14. #351-1981 MGB Limited Edition con- vertible. S/N GVADJ1AG522839. Eng. # 40176. Bronze/black vinyl/orange velour. RHD. Odo: 5,700 miles. LE is the run-out series of Bs (420 built) and BGTs. This one’s well preserved, with very low mileage, Ziebart rust-proofed from new, nine dealer service stamps, and still with both tonneau covers and bags. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $13,944. Like many, did his homework and it all checks out, he got something of a deal for a fast Ford that surely will appreciate in time like its predecessors. The much tamer looking (and even more stolen) Sapphire replacement is half the price, and it’ll never be as cool or collectible. Therefore slightly well bought. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/14. #358-1992 NOBLE P4 replica racer. S/N 053. Red/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 4,639 miles. Says Noble, which built these on its Ultima chassis and then went on to greater things, but catalog mentions Neil Foreman of NF Auto Development, responsible for most of the P4 reps in the U.K. Shape looks right, mechanicals and interior are more approxi- ished. Owned by Hollywood actor Gerard Butler. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $101,676. As well as the minor celebrity factor, this was a manual car in overall good order, which pushed it to a mildly strong price for a V12. Well sold. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/14. #325-1973 JAGUAR XKE V12 convert- ible. S/N 7514404LA. Silver/red leather. Odo: 64,000 miles. Unremarkable. Recently repainted over usual not-quite-dead-straight body. Factory a/c. Red leather in nice shape. this was salted away from new as a future investment. The man who bought it 33 years ago was the one who brought it to the auction today. But sadly, rubber bumpers always blighted values, and the cars never became what their owners hoped for. Even good LEs are worth only around the same money as a half-decent steel-bumper roadster. Let’s face it—which would you rather have? Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/14. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $108,454. And so unremarkable its price was in line with the other “celebrity” owned V12 roadster (Lot 312, $102k). originally supplied to New York, back in the U.K. in 2011 for refettling. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/14. #331-1977 MINI CLUBMAN 2-dr sedan. mechanically similar Escort Cosworth. You can never tell the entire provenance of these, as so many were stolen and/or crashed in period, which gives the market jitters. But if the buyer 162 ticular delight. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $106,517. The real 1959 Le Mans-winning Aston Martin DBR1 that this car was replicated from, or at least inspired by, was reputedly sold in 2013 for £20m (about $35m), so given that this might fool at least some of the people some of the time, a bargain. Either way, a fun thing to have and a good alternative at a similar price to a middling C-type Jaguar replica. As you can tell, I rather liked it. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/14. Sports Car Market #359-1987 FORD SIERRA Cosworth hatchback. S/N WFOEXXGBBEGR93268. White/red & gray velour. RHD. Odo: 61,627 miles. First-gen three-door model with the insane big wing. Well kept, all good and unscuffed. Seat velour unworn but slightly baggy as usual, and side bolsters restuffed. Big-bore tailpipe the only noticeable deviation from standard. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,726. Not huge money compared with the price of the later, mate with PRV power. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $48,417. Said to have been stored in Germany for the past 10 years, and speedo read the same 4,639 in 1997. Silverstone has offered this before, but this time they got it away at mid-estimate. These vary so much in authenticity and quality that there’s little directly to compare it with, although it cost far more to do than the price here and was bought for much less than a decent GT40 replica. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/14. #317-2013 ASTON MARTIN DBR1 Evanta replica racer. S/N 2013DBR1018. Eng. # 7J30088. Green/striped cord. RHD. Odo: 270 miles. Well made (doors fit and shut well), well proportioned and uses Jag XK twin-cam, which is at least in keeping with period, plus custom De Dion rear end instead of expected Jag IRS. Almost fresh out of the box and in excellent condition, with nicely replicated seats and crackle-finish dash a par


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Roundup FRENCH #164-1964 FACEL VEGA FACEL III coupe. S/N C397. Dark silver/red vinyl. Odo: 76,038 miles. A tiny French car with Volvo drivetrain. Barn-find tinworm buffet. Surface rust on every panel, bottoms of doors perished, chrome heavily pitted. Headlight glass reminds me of a Euro Mercedes-Benz. Red vinyl interior in tatters, rear-view mirror glass AWOL. New gas filter in otherwise filthy engine compartment. No reserve. Cond: 4-. on clean VW pan. Chrome Porsche wheels and caps, lowered stance, “1600 Super” emblem on back lid. Minor paint blemishes, both doors out at bottom. Spartan interior clean, folding underneath. New repro seats. 1967-dated motor not original, but dry underneath with decent exhausts. Original motor needing rebuild is included in the deal. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $51,903. Imported from the U.S. Silverstone has had a small glut of these over recent sales, and at this money, who can blame them? Sold right where expected at more money than a nice 911 Carrera 3.2, which makes the market look a bit skewed. Still cost less than its reputed restoration costs. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/14. #315-1968 PORSCHE 911S coupe. S/N SOLD AT $17,160. When Facel Vega was financially near bottom circa 1960, they thought a small version of their large American V8-powered sporty car might save the company. Launched in spring of 1963, the tiny Facel III look-alike had a tube chassis with steel bodywork, and major Volvo bits including engine, gearbox and wheels. Featuring 2+1 seating, some 1,500 were produced before the curtain fell. Few bidders knew what to make of it, but one took the challenge home for a well-sold result. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 05/14. GERMAN #306-1957 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 microcar. S/N 65687. Red/red vinyl. MHD. Odo: 29,442 miles. Restored and still clean. Straight and tidy. Fiberglass dome top, clear Perspex windows and decent interior vinyl— basically, above average for a Kabinenroller at auction. Clear plastic gearknob is only devia- ster-type seats. Motor concours. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $120,074. Imported to the U.K. in 2010 for restoration and only just put back together. Stone-stock (and it’s not far off), it would probably have gotten a bit more. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/14. #352-1965 PORSCHE 912 coupe. S/N 454179. Black/white & black houndstooth. Odo: 11,556 miles. Restored in 2009 as soon as it landed in the U.K. Straight and shiny, not hit in the front, but lots of sticky black paint tion from standard. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $23,240. From South Africa. Not aspiring to the dizzy heights achieved by more garishlyhued Krs recently, this looked like a decentvalue buy at all the money the vendor was looking for. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/14. #122-1957 PORSCHE 356 replica Speedster. S/N WA948837. White/black vinyl/ burgundy vinyl. Odo: 8,296 miles. Washington state-assigned VIN. Fiberglass replica 164 top and side curtains behind seats, Nardi wood wheel, alloy pedals. Pioneer tunes, Porschescript floor mats, electric heater under dash. Chromed engine with dual Webers said to be 1,600 cc, horsepower not given. License plate reads “59HOTTUB.” Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $24,725. After replica Cobras, these are probably the next most popular kit cars. They are easy-to-build minimalist posers that give much the same experience as an expensive original. And tinworms don’t eat fiberglass. Well sold to an Internet bidder. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 05/14. #354-1958 PORSCHE 356A 1600 Re- utter coupe. S/N 103518. Eng. # 69541. Green/gray leather. Odo: 50,381 miles. Superb restored order. Lightly outlawed with nice paint. Door fit good, carpets rather approximately fitted. New textured leather on Speed- underneath, and exhausts and exchangers are in good shape. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $68,603. Build year means it’s eligible for Category 1 historic rallying, but at this price no one’s chopping them up any more. In fact, some cars are being converted back for road use, like DB4s. But it wasn’t nice or original enough to make the £55k ($93k) nut and went home again. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/14. #324-1973 PORSCHE 911S 2.4 Targa. S/N 9113310586. Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 35,685 miles. Nut-and-bolt restored 2009–10 in original “Hellgelb” by Moto-Technique, better known for its total Ferrari rebuilds, so almost perfect and with little use since. Odo is plus 100k. Cond: 2+. 11800077. Eng. # 902678. Black/black vinyl & velour. Odo: 60,883 km. Short-wheelbase model, cosmetically tired. Older paint has some scratches, rear valance and engine lid dinged and rusty. Interior vinyl okay, but later seats fitted. Motor is a 1965 2-liter overbored to unspecified size with 3-bbl Solexes, dry SOLD AT $178,174. In this ownership 30 years, sold over estimate, but not mad money for a small-bumper 911 in one of the most desirable specs, with values seeming to rise every week. Next week it’ll be more, and stigma of the Targa-top in Europe now appears to have completely disappeared. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/14. Sports Car Market


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Roundup #105-1977 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SL convertible. S/N 10704412040873. Silver/ silver hard top/red MB-Tex. Odo: 53,251 miles. Windows-in repaint with minor dust. Factory alloys dull. Hard top fitted, ragtop unseen. Brightwork and glass good. Power antenna stuck. Kenwood head in dash. Underhood stock, all aluminum engine surfaces heavily corroded. No books or records. Starts, runs, moves. Odometer might be on second lap, but with nice paint, none of the usual rust spots. Oil pipes and ARB mounts good, motor dry underneath. Front fender bolts undisturbed, space-saver spare unused. Original paint-code sticker still in place underhood. Basically, all underhood, coolant and washer reservoirs empty. Oil level okay, but cam covers leaking; hood insulation coolant-stained. Very loud exhaust, tailpipes read rich. Sinister stance. miles claimed original. No reserve. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $6,490. A staple at all auctions, but this example raised too many questions with no answers. The engine corrosion raised concerns of rust in the bodywork. With no maintenance or history documentation, this purchase could require expensive remedies. With so many better ones on the market from which to choose, I’d pass on this one, but buyer thought otherwise. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 05/14. #353-1988 PORSCHE 911 Turbo coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ93ZJS000163. Eng. # 67J00 206. Silver/maroon leather. RHD. Odo: 115,041 miles. Not the sharpest example; speckled with stone chips across the nose, but no obvious accident damage. Still has paint-code sticker under front lid, front fender bolts undisturbed, unused space-saver spare. Oil pipes okay, exhaust pipes and heat exchangers lightly rusted. Leather only lightly creased. the things you want to see on a used 911. Momo Corse wheel and extra high-level brake light are only deviations from standard. Leather only lightly settling in. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $154,934. Huge money for a Turbo, hitherto only reached by 911 Speedsters. Even Silverstone was expecting only around 60% of the money bid. Can’t believe it would retail for more, but must be the best one left in the U.K. Big price driven partially by low miles and the fact that 1989 is the only year for the originalbody Turbos to have a factory equipped 5-speed transmission which is very useful given the Turbo lag, that is a part of the car’s charm. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/14. #326-1990 BMW Z1 convertible. S/N WBABA91010AL06057. Red/black cloth/ camo leather. Odo: 198 miles. One of 105 estimated in the U.K. Well above the now-tired average because it’s almost new, still with original Euro-spec single-outlet exhaust. Body unscuffed, dash plastic perfect, original camo Cond: 4. SOLD AT $4,600. This BMW halo car came off as just a used car needing spendy paintwork and a deep clean, with no sign of maintenance history or pride of ownership. The body design is iconic, but they usually sell for what seems like bargain prices because anticipated V12 maintenance costs hold them back. At this price, there’s money available to address lesser needs, but not major ones. Well bought and sold to an Internet bidder. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 05/14. #346-1993 VAUXHALL LOTUS CARL- TON sedan. S/N SCC000019N1286136. Pearlescent Imperial Green/black leather. RHD. Odo: 73,662 miles. Also known as Lotus Type 104: amazing 177-mph twin-turbo sedan that needed a Corvette transmission to get it all to the ground. Much better than the usual tired and loose auction fare. Straight and unscuffed following 2010 repaint, all trim and veneers good, Almost full service history; motor rebuilt 16,000 miles ago—and it’s got a nice number too. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $67,784. Although it sold over estimate, this was less than half the money of the other Turbo in the sale (Lot 330, $155k). That’s due to mileage and condition, and to the fact that buyers will pay over top dollar for the very best. Looks cheap at not a lot more than the money now being realized for the best Carrera 3.2s. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/14. #330-1989 PORSCHE 911 Turbo coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ932K5000781. Red/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 24,874 miles. Really nicely kept 166 seats unworn. Yes, the doors roll up and down perfectly. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $84,203. Biggest money seen so far at auction for a Z1, but find another like this. okay, the money doubles its original list price, but it’s taken almost 25 years to get there and therefore doesn’t feel too far out of order. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/14. #109-1991 BMW 850I coupe. S/N WBAEG2313MCB74070. Black/black leather. Odo: 155,060 miles. Ugly peeling clearcoat indicates shoddy bodywork. Shallow dings, scratches and swirls troughout. Limo-tint glass, sunroof, 18-inch BBS alloys. Interior not detailed, driver’s bolster worn through, Kenwood head in dash. Driver-quality leather lightly cracked on driver’s side, rear seat looks unused. Good service history, essential with these. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $28,082. One of 320 in right-hand drive; the rest (630) were LHD Opels. Sold on the money, which is looking like a helluva deal compared with a good original M5 or M6. Silverstone sold a 14,000mile example last year for almost twice this ($52k, SCM# 237500). Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/14. IRISH #125-1981 DELOREAN DMC-12 coupe. S/N SCEDT260004592T4B. Stainless/black leather. Odo: 72,148 miles. Higher miles than usual. Excellent stainless bodywork. Plastic nose cap sun-faded, factory alloys dull. Gullwing doors raise and hold. Driver’s seatback off and on floor, leather seating and steering wheel dry and splitting. A-pillar trims falling off, most weather seals perished, headliner Sports Car Market


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Roundup panels shrinking, smells musty. Rubber seals missing on thresholds; metal clips tore my pants, dagnabbit. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $18,150. Michael J. Fox made them famous, good but thickly painted. Decent repro vinyl on seats and slide/fold-back roof. Modern stereo. Runs a 652-cc 126 motor, which is com- against it. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $422,196. This is the right money in the current market for a restored Dino—much better to buy this than to try to resurrect the basket case within the asking price (Lot 316). Fairly bought and sold, even though the actual numbers look frightening to those of us who remember them at $25k in the mid-’80s. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/14. #355-1971 FIAT 500F 2-dr sedan. S/N 2925854. Black/red vinyl. Odo: 84,421 km. Restored about 2009. Floors and sills good. Catalog says red leather, but my notes have it as maroon vinyl. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT John D. made them infamous. (If you read this magazine, you know the story of John DeLorean and the car that bore his name. A “Things go better with Coke” sticker would be appropriate.) This example was a neglected mutt hoping to find an owner familiar with Volvo-based B28F engines, Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, and Scotch-Brite pads. (Bonus points for correct pronunciation of designer “Giugiaro.”) result seems a bit generous for condition. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 05/14. ITALIAN #163-1949 FIAT TOPOLINO wagon. S/N 500B165365. Green & wood/tan cloth. Odo: 1 km. Needs total restoration, will be welcome at any microcar gathering. Rust-free Oregon car, looks complete. Old green paint, tatty wood, Italian plates. Single badge on front fender reads “Corronenie Speciale.” Right door won’t close, glass serviceable, steel wheels. Inside ultra-basic, outer door panel made of raw masonite with wood affixed, no mon. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $35,248. Huge money for a 500, but being a suicide-door with full-length roll-top makes the difference. Sold for only $8k more than it cost to restore, which means the vendor might—just might— have gotten his money back, but there are easier ways to make a living. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/14. #339-1967 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA SS coupe. S/N AR381030. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 80,898 miles. Restored twice, the first time after frontal damage. Still with shiny paint, straight body, good chrome. Floors and structure all good, just feels a little tired when you handle it. Red-piped leather just settling $12,631. Recent import from Belgium, gone through by Fiat/Abarth specialist Middle Barton Garage. Sold under the $15k low estimate, but price looks market-correct. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/14. #316-1973 FERRARI 246 GT Dino in, now with a few creases. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $85,214. U.K.-supplied but in the U.S. 1974–89. Believed one of 14 right-handers made. Sold just below lower estimate at probably $15k under “really nice car” money. It was in fact so nearly one of those that it looked a good deal at the selling price. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/14. inner panel. “Barn find” presence. Shoeboxsize engine, rare Weber 22DRS carb, not detailed. No reserve. Includes a factory shop manual in English and owner’s manual in German. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $13,200. Even as Sales Manager of a Pennsylvania Fiat/FiatAbarth dealership in the late ’60s, I never saw a Fiat this elderly. It will need a total restoration, but bidders saw the potential, and one took it home for a well-bought and -sold result. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 05/14. #310-1963 FIAT 500D roll-top 2-dr se- dan. S/N 110D523264. Eng. # 9771375. Red/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 77,428 miles. Suicide-door bambino, shinily restored. Floors 168 #337-1971 FERRARI 246 GT Dino coupe. S/N 02524. Eng. # 02524. White/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 51,527 miles. Sharp restoration with good door and panel fit; trunk lid fit slightly off at left rear corner, as normal. Bumper rechrome is good, and motor castings have been buffed up, but we won’t hold that fans... Cond: 6. SOLD AT $222,718. Offered at no reserve; Silverstone decided to let the market decide what it was worth, and that turned out to be rather a lot. What you’re essentially buying here is the identity, motor and a few other savable widgets. Seems a huge price when just over twice this much bought you a near-concours-level Dino at the same sale (Lot 337, $422k). You couldn’t begin to restore this for the difference between them. Attracted a huge amount of interest (and press), though, which can’t have done Silverstone any harm. (See the profile, p. 74.) Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/14. Sports Car Market coupe. S/N 05596. Eng. # 05596. Verdi Pino/tan leather. RHD. Total basket case, unbelievably rusty with one front corner missing, wiring hanging out of non-existent rockers, corroded motor, and mice have eaten the 8-track cassette. Just to show how little anyone cared about used Ferraris when this last ran in 1975, and the kind of life it might have lived before before being retired at just two years old, there’s overspray on the cooling


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Roundup #123-1974 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER con- vertible. S/N AR3045784. White/black cloth/ black vinyl. Odo: 128,934 miles. White paint masks shallow dings and prep issues, bumpers lightly scratched. Speaker wires hang loosely in door jambs. Newer black cloth convertible top with tape residue on clear backlight. Nice black vinyl buckets, wood wheel chipped. Black rubber flooring, pitted chrome bits, Pioneer tunes, baggy door cards. Driver quality underhood, stock including Spica fuel injection. Aluminum cam cover corroded, most paint off radiator. Emerging rust bubbles chance for a well-bought and -sold result. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 05/14. AMERICAN #214-1924 NASH SERIES 690 tourer. S/N 279634. Blue & black/tan canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 552 miles. Older amateur restoration. Paint on fenders showing age, rest of sheet metal in relatively good condition. Not sure if ivory is the authentic color for the disc wheels. Nickel plating shows some aging. Cute accessories include vintage spotlight/ mirrors on windshield post, vintage trunk, and not recognized as a CCCA Full Classic. With limited appeal, only a true enthusiast will invest in the restoration that this example deserves. Price paid represents the limit of the market. Dan Kruse Classics, Odessa, TX, 05/14. #165-1934 CHEVROLET MASTER sedan. S/N CA02629. Magenta metallic/rust velour. Odo: 16,385 miles. All steel except for fiberglass fenders. Beautiful metallic magenta paint. Padded roof insert with darker hue of paint. American five-spoke mags. Excellent chrome. Front turn signals mounted behind bumper. Custom interior in rust-colored velour, VDO gauges with gold rims, Grant wood wheel, doors click shut. Partially dressed Chevy 350, Holley 4-bbl, 12-bolt rear. Califor- suggest tinworm in residence. Driver-quality Alfa. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,700. This Italian roadster had a “well enjoyed” vibe, and looked good at 10 feet. Minor detailing prior to podium visit included gluing Alfa emblems into decent factory alloys. No smoke on startup, and steady idle proved it’s a runner. This could be a cost-effective entry for chasing pasta and summer tours if the drivetrain is up to it. Buyer was comfortable with taking a Hall-Solar taillight and genuine Nash MotoMeter. Combination clock-odometer gauge is pretty nice, too. Tired but complete, old but not gold. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $15,390. Too new to be considered a “horseless carriage” nia-assigned VIN. Sweet ride, well built. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,730. This was a beautifully done street rod, but the bright paint is an acquired taste. It’s nice to see a street-rod 170 Sports Car Market


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Roundup Chevy in the sea of Fords. Presentation was first rate, and post-build miles indicate it’s a reliable runner. Bidders saw the value, action was lively, and the last one standing obtained a nice custom well under build cost. Buyer scored on this one. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 05/14. #212-1951 FORD CUSTOM 2-dr sedan. S/N H1KC113202. Sheridan Blue/gray & blue fabric. Odo: 59,258 miles. 226-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Nicely presented, not promoted as “all original” but looks authentic. Factory radio, heater, interior fabrics not original but complement the car. Underhood clean but not spotless, stock down to 6-volt battery. Outside of car features goodquality paint, excellent chrome and a very spiffy aftermarket hood ornament. Doors and BEST BUY among rodders and builders, but aren’t as popular with collectors of stock machines—especially with that flathead six. A real enthusiast would be pleased especially with fit and finish. Investment in correct soft trim and freshening under the hood would do wonders for this car’s overall appearance. rather well bought. Dan Kruse Classics, Odessa, TX, 05/14. #128-1951 PONTIAC STREAMLINER wagon. S/N P8UH37107. Palmetto Green/ brown vinyl. Odo: 12,759 miles. 268-ci I8, 2-bbl, auto. Straight panels, excellent paint, factory gaps, brightwork near-mint. Steel wheels, whitewall tires and full hubcaps. Fresh blonde “wood” trim is contact paper. Interior clean, original dash sun-bleached, factory AM tube radio, ash wood door trim very nice. Headliner trimmed with wood bows reminds of Old Town canoes. Clean and stock under- hood well gapped, smooth panels. Worst part overall is the non-detailed engine bay and tired interior. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $7,344. The “shoebox” Fords have a strong following hood. Thankfully, no surfboard included. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $20,125. This was a nice 172 Sports Car Market


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Roundup tin woodie that attracted admirers both days. Touted as “a true survivor, only seat facings replaced,” with caveat addendum citing new U-joints, shocks, generator, exhaust, re-cored radiator, rebuilt carb and alignment. Harley Earl design, final-model-year production and sheer hauling capacity helped this crowd magnet achieve a market-correct number. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 05/14. #146-1952 LINCOLN CAPRI convert- ible. S/N 52LPJ5127H. Pink Pearl/gray vinyl/ gray vinyl & cloth. Odo: 99,997 miles. 317-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. No rust or evidence of crash damage. Attractive paint color is economy version of original hue with embedded dust. Convertible top very good with clear plastic back window. Large taillights cracked and crazed. Brightwork fair to good, front bumper deeply buffer-scratched, rear unharmed. Interior has hot-rod vibe in gray vinyl and cloth. Dash and instruments original, push-button erable. Factory dash, basic instruments, AM radio. Vibe is economy splash-and-dash flip. Could be fun commuter car with no parkinglot paranoia. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $6,325. Flat black paint is an acquired taste, but it eliminated the “fluff and buff” vibe, and the car had good bones. I expected this to go cheap and was surprised bidding went this far only to be rejected. The seller later accepted the money. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 05/14. #173-1958 CHEVROLET BROOK- WOOD wagon. S/N WA89146589. Silverblue & white/blue & gray cloth & vinyl. Odo: 99,197 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Oneyear-only body style. Decent windows-in respray in original colors. Jambs done at same time, new weather seals installed. Lightly pitted door and body hardware, bumpers are new replacements. Dropped front spindles and Cragar five-spoke chromies give it a nice stance. Interior updated in blue and gray cloth/ start. Battery missing from passenger’s footwell, no start. Hood will not open. Fairly rare, needs work. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $20,900. This was the top-of-the-line Lincoln for ’52, supplanting the Cosmopolitan. For auto-trivia junkies, the engineering team included Earle S. McPherson of suspension fame. 1,191 of these convertibles rolled off the assembly line this year, and SCM’s Pocket Price Guide values them between $43k and $67k with an Investment Grade of C. At this sale price, there’s money available to address shortfalls and, with prudence, avoid going underwater. Well bought. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 05/14. #142-1953 FORD CUSTOMLINE 2-dr sedan. S/N B3RG103181. Flat black/blue cloth. Odo: 10,017 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Flat black paint on panels, bumpers, grille. Red steel wheels, poverty caps, remaining chrome heavily pitted. Seating and door cards have black and blue velour, fresh aluminum threshold plates, newer weather seals, chrome pitted throughout, original clock inop- vinyl combination, door cards and side panels match. Three-gauge panel mounted below dash center, interior chrome bits pitted, Pioneer head unit inside glovebox. Engine compartment stock, not detailed. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $29,900. The car sat straight with no evidence of crash damage, but with its Washington state-assigned VIN, hopefully the buyer was able to check the car’s history before bidding. This was a Chevy crowd, but an online bidder took it home for a well-sold result. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 05/14. #169-1961 RAMBLER AMERICAN convertible. S/N B294568. Briarcliff Red/ white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 73,252 miles. 195.6-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. I’ve seen this one before, lurking in the LeMay Family Collection. Older economy respray in red, wavy panels, shallow dents. Driver’s door stop missing, right door has rust bubbling at bottom. Newer 174 Sports Car Market


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Roundup white vinyl top, clear back window. Bumpers scratched, windshield wiper-scored. Nice black vinyl seating and side panels, steeringwheel paint worn through. Clean dash. Driverquality underhood; no master cylinder, air cleaner or battery hold-down. Undrivable future beach car with character. No reserve. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $4,290. AMC’s entrylevel offering. A fun commuter or weekend toy at credit-card money. Parts are still available, and two weekends of fettling would get this one back on the street. Let’s call this well sold for condition. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 05/14. #363-1964 FORD GALAXIE 500 Sun- liner convertible. S/N 4E65X100472. Red/ white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 94,940 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Appears okay, paint fair, brightwork all there and good, rear of sills a bit wavy, older weld repairs to underbody reinforcement. Nothing broken in interior, but original seat vinyl lightly worn and soiled. this went to a real Corvette enthusiast who at this price can afford to go through and make this car pretty. Fill in those scratches, clean up the engine bay and interior, and make this the type of lust-object these cars have been since new. Dan Kruse Classics, Odessa, TX, 05/14. #290-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194378S424824. Silverstone Silver/dark gray leather. Odo: 24,830 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent repaint in original color. Claimed 500 miles on recent engine rebuild; also claimed to have the tank sticker, build sheet, owner’s manual and radio operation book, even though it was fitted with an aftermarket system. No a/c. Pitting on and sold, with a nod to the buyer. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 05/14. #240-1969 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N 9F02M482891. Burgundy/black vinyl. Odo: 1,776 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Decent restoration with verified heritage from Deluxe Marti Report. As authentic as can be. Odo rolled back at restoration, and it appears that the miles since have been gentle. Proper alloy wheels, factory AM/FM, only upgrade is an aftermarket temperature gauge attached to bottom of the dash. Body-panel alignment at or above factory standards, paint application smooth. Some very minor micro-scratches. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $16,462. Imported to the U.K. 2008, said to have won “Best 1960s Car” at the 2013 Rally of the Giants at Blenheim Palace—must have been a pretty thin field. offered at no reserve, it sold for the price of a middling XL500 hard top, of which there is a small but gathering crowd in the U.K. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/14. #239-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194375S121404. Rally Red/black vinyl. Odo: 40,843 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Non-original engine, but datecoded block, no word on the transmission authenticity. Retains original AM/FM, clock, tach, heater-defroster. Looks like original alloy knockoff wheels. Headlight area properly aligned. Some odd stress around right side of backlight. No attempt at underhood detailing, chrome, but glass is good all around. Headlight pods off to the left. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $30,000. Color combo was unusual. It started up and ran out well, and the shifting appeared to be effortless. No worries on electrics, brakes or cooling. This would be a decent driver, but with lack of cold air coming from the dashboard, one might want to wait until the autumn for a long drive. High bid was fair. Dan Kruse Classics, Odessa, TX, 05/14. #204-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS coupe. S/N 121379L531068. Yellow/gray cloth. Odo: 41 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Spendy bright yellow paint, arrow-straight panels, gaps per GM, hood slightly high. New bumpers, 16-inch polished Centerlines. Gray cloth interior, late-model door panels. Custom dash has Auto Meter gauges. Zoops pulley set, Demon 4-bbl, R134 a/c, custom fan shroud, everything plated or powder-coated. Built SBC dynoed at 241 hp, says owner-builder. Biggest issue is several pits in the windshield and some scuffing on bright trim. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $81,000. Shelby Mustang prices, for the most part, have remained relatively flat for the past couple years even after the 2012 passing of Carroll Shelby. It is a story of supply and demand, with plenty of these cars on the market. Having a Marti Report was good, considering it was also wearing a re-issued data plate on the driver’s door. While we have seen a couple of prime examples touch the six-figure level, the sale of this car shows where the realistic market really is. Well bought. Dan Kruse Classics, Odessa, TX, 05/14. #337-1970 BUICK GS 455 Stage I 2-dr hard top. S/N 446370H264513. Burnished Saddle/brown vinyl/brown vinyl. Odo: 70,407 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Not the prettiest colors, but someone loved it 44 years ago. Straight panels well aligned; paint laid down evenly. Interior pure stock, full gauge package, proper materials. Window sticker spells out all corrosion around temperature sending unit, aftermarket hoses and clamps. A decent driver but not NCRS front-line material. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $25,380. Last sold in January at Russo and Steele Scottsdale for $45k (SCM# 242289). According to my notes from that sale, it’s been driven just 40 miles since. hopefully 176 (Seems low, but I asked twice.) Power steering, 4-wheel discs, 12-bolt Posi, dual 2-inch Borla exhausts blow through Flowmasters. Claimed $70k spent and believable. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $34,650. This was a near #1 build with issues that would be invisible to most. The overall effect was spectacular, and the owner-builder should be applauded. This showpiece got a lot of attention out on the grass and in front of the podium. Well bought the extras this car left the factory with, including the hi-po big-block V8, gauge package including tach, and the vinyl roof. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $31,000. This car has been shopped around quite a bit, with hopes for a price in the $40k region. The seller had a meeting with reality and still chose to keep it. Dan Kruse Classics, Odessa, TX, 05/14. #378-1972 DODGE DEMON replica 2-dr hard top. S/N LL29C2B210787. Hemi Orange/black cloth. Odo: 59,699 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Looks like a real Demon 340, but VIN codes out to an inline six. Big-block Sports Car Market


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Roundup 440 probably wasn’t available in one of these when new, but it’s installed nicely with proper supports. Some sanding and rough spots noted around rear quarters. Interior has special bucket seats, Grant steering wheel. Other lead seams on rear quarter, micro-scratches in the paint. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $28,620. Previously sold for $36k at Mecum Dallas in September 2012 (SCM# 213159) and for $31k at Mecum Indy in May 2013 (SCM# 223986), so this price is in line with the trajectory. Seller was motivated and got a fair market price; buyer got a fairly decent car. Well bought and sold. Dan Kruse Classics, Odessa, TX, 05/14. #191-1975 CHEVROLET COSWORTH performance touches include trunk-mounted battery, aluminum radiator, fuel cell and a set of Weld alloy wheels. Overall trained but amateur workmanship. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,580. When the seller lifted reserve at $10k, the bids started to roll in. These economy performance cars appear to be the thing in West Texas, and while this might not have been a bargain, the seller was pleased it went to a new home. I saw the buyer driving the car off the auction property, and he was smiling when he lit up those rear tires! Dan Kruse Classics, Odessa, TX, 05/14. #228-1972 OLDSMOBILE 442 replica convertible. S/N 3J67K2M155345. Matador Red/white Colortex/pearl white vinyl. Odo: 47,665 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Wellappointed replica with W25 hood, Super-Sport wheels, original AM/FM radio. Proper materials used in the most of the restoration; quite roadable with upgraded halogen headlights, new B.F. Goodrich tires and trio of aftermar- VEGA fastback. S/N 1V77E5U222344. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 60,389 miles. 122-ci fuel-injected I4, 4-sp. Original paint shabby, with surface rust on most panels, factory gold stripes and lettering intact. White paint on upper nose panel. Wipers missing, poor panel fit, uneven gaps. Bumpers and trim heavily scratched and dinged, glass good. Driver’s seat split, door cards holed for missing speakers, radio space vacant, tach stuck at 3,800. Dash plaque proclaims “Twin cam serial num- ket gauges mounted under the dash. Sand marks visible in paint, some reaction to the ber 0748.” Underhood shabby, stock, paint peeling off Cosworth head. Ridden hard, put away to rot. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $3,080. Produced 1975–76, these made us visit Chevy dealers in droves. Five thousand of the British-U.S. engines were built, but only 3,508 cars were sold. Unused powerplants went to the crusher. MSRP was a spendy $5,916 in bell-bottomed ’70s dollars, approaching the same money as a Corvette, to which the Cosworth Vega didn’t compare. This example was very tired, but a friend of mine rescued an engine out of one of these to replace the Renault-sourced unit in his S1 Lotus Europa. Let’s call this well bought and sold for condition. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 05/14. © 178 Sports Car Market


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Mystery Photo Answers Pardon me, would you have any French’s mustard? — James S. Eubanks, Marietta, GA RUNNER-UP: The number on the grille says it all. — Steve Schefbauer, Monroe, CT The theme for the big “Oklahoma!” auction: “When I take you out in the surrey with the fringe on top...” OK! — Peter Zimmermann, Bakersfield, CA The driver’s lifelong goal: A 250 Tour de France. Reality: 250 Tours of France. — Erik Olson, Dublin, CA “Pimp My Ride” — Ozark- style! — Leslie Dreist, Troy, MI If the 10-year-old driver used the crank pedals, it would be a safer ride. — Thomas Tate, via email SCM’s Guest Shuttle #2, known to staff as the “Not So Jolly.” — Norman Vogel, San Francisco, CA A motorized semi-cable car with a pseudo Rolls radiator and cap is just the thing for a county fair concours. — Dan Faustman, Elk Grove, CA The “Beverly Hillbillies” truck after a full, body-off restoration. — Cassidy Flynn, Northridge, CA James S. Eubanks wins an SCM hat for finding the secret pop culture reference that we love to hide in each copy of the magazine. © Comments With Your Renewals Been catching some technical mistakes lately, especially Mercedes-Benz. Let me know if I can help. Forty-two years Euro car tech. — Craig Wehde, Plainfield, NH We appreciate the eagle eyes of our subscribers, and things that you teach us help make the magazine better. — KM When I was publishing Autoweek, I tried unsuccessfully to get Keith Crain to implement many of the procedures you now have in place. Excellent job! — Richard Hinson, Bingham Farms, MI Great magazine! Watch the ad density. Get a couple of shots of the ultra-rare, special-body cars when they appear. — Doug Clauder, Portland, OR More BMW coverage, please! — Lance White, Cincinnati, OH I really prefer four price This Month’s Mystery Photo Response Deadline: August 25, 2014 guides a year, not just two. — Dennis Murray, West Palm Beach, FL Dennis, the obvious solution here is to transition to an online price guide that could be updated every week. But here’s the question — would you be willing to use it, especially if it were mobile-friendly, or would you miss your printed price guide? Let me know. — KM I miss your collectible- motorcycle articles. — Jeff Smith, Milwaukee, WI There are more coming. Our Photo, Your Caption Email your caption to us at mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com, or fax to 503.253.2234. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Do you have a mystery photo? Email it to mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com at 300 dpi in JPEG format. Please include your name and contact information. If we use your photo, you’ll get an official SCM cap. 180 — KM Thank you all for your continued renewals and thoughtful comments. — Keith Martin Sports Car Market


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GOODING & COMPANY, CHUBB COLLECTOR CAR INSURANCE AND SPORTS CAR MARKET PRESENT THE 13th ANNUAL SCM MONTEREY INSIDER’S SEMINAR Preserve or Restore? The Three Tipping Points to Making the Decision by Miles Collier, founder and president of The Revs Institute of Naples, FL SATURDAY, AUGUST 16, 2014 Gooding & Company Auction Pavilion, Pebble Beach, CA • 9–11 a.m. The Insider’s Seminar will feature a panel discussion by the SCM experts, led by Keith Martin. The topic will be the panelists’ choices for “A Value-Driven Road Map of the Market — Which Turns to Take, and Which to Avoid.” Afterward, the panelists will offer detailed examinations of select cars to be offered at auction. Panelists include: Carl Bomstead American Sports & Muscle Miles Collier Collier’s Choice Simon Kidston The European Perspective 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/ monterey2014 or call 503.261.0555 Ext. 217 Steve Serio Ferraris & Late-Model European Exotics


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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 www.sportscarmarket.com/classifieds/place-ad 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 1925 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Pall Mall tourer LHD S/N S161MK. Sold new in 1925 to actor Harold Lloyd, who owned it until 1975. The second owner kept the car until 2014. 51,522 documented miles. Totally original (except leather) and in superb condition. This is a fabulous opportunity to own a two-owner California car, and possibly the finest example of a Pall Mall Silver Ghost! $300,000. Contact Charles, Charles Crail Automobiles, 805.568.1934, Email: charlescrail@mac.com Web: www.charlescrail.com (CA) 1934 Bentley 3½ Litre Fixed-Head Sedanca coupe by Barker S/N B19BN. London Show Car. Unusual Frenchstyled interior w/ chrome-plated dash, door fillets and window surrounds. Fully documented. Excellent mechanics. $135,000. Contact Charles, Charles Crail Automobiles, 805.568.1934, Email: charlescrail@ mac.com (CA) 1955 Austin-Healey 100 roadster S/N YD3754. Red/black w/red piping. 300 miles. I4, 4-spd manual. Fresh concours rotisserie-restoration by Jim Alcorn in 2013. Collector-owned. 300 miles since restoration. Heritage Certificate. Wood steering wheel, deluxe seats, tonneau, perfect side curtains. $73,000. Contact Ron, 480.678.5000, Email: dry@ dryaz.com (AZ) 1961 Alvis TD21 convertible by Park Ward Beautifully restored, immaculate throughout and fully sorted for real driving. Recent, documented comprehensive service. Turn-key fun. $32,500. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670, Email: mattcars@aol.com Web: www.deGarmoLtd.com (CT) 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish coupe British Racing Green/V4, 4-spd manual. One owner from new until mid-1990s, then flawlessly restored. Connolly leather, stainless exhaust, oil cooler. Triumph powered with twin Webers. The best-driving Morgan on the planet. $49,500 OBO. Contact Matt, Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670, Email: mattcars@aol.com (CT) 1959 MGA Twin Cam roadster S/N 1E31482. Opalescent Blue/dark blue. I6, 4-spd automatic. This beautiful matching-numbers E-type is a California black-plate car with low, original miles. It has been professionally restored to a show/ driver level and comes in its spectacular original color combination. A Heritage Certificate and DVD of the restoration process is included. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: webmaster@classicshowcase. com Web: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/ detail/377 (CA) 1966 Triumph TR4A roadster MId Blue/blue leather interior in beautiful condition throughout. A rare opportunity to own one of only 65 examples ever produced. POA Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, 310.657.9699, Email: sales@ heritageclassics.com Web: www.heritageclassics. com/inventory/detail/1146-mercedes-benz-300-dcabriolet.html (CA) 1964 Porsche 356 SC sunroof coupe 1957 Morgan Plus Four S/N RA6925-9. Black/tan. 30,217 miles. I6, 4-spd manual. Spectacular restoration with matching numbers. Excellent running and driving car. $110,000 OBO. Contact Steve, RPM, 802.877.2645, Email: rpm@rpmvt.com Web: www.rpmvt.com/ (VT) 1966 Jaguar E-type coupe 1964 Jaguar XKE 3.8 coupe French 1980 Renault Alpine A310 Fleischmann Gruppe IV coupe S/N 31027000VA46874. Red/black. 61,000 miles. V6, 5-spd manual. A very rare car, one of 30 in the U.S., and one of very few with the Fleischmann racing additions. The fiberglass body is very firmly attached to the tube steel frame with no splintering or fraying. It is not perfect, but runs great and is FUN to drive. Fiberglass work, paint and interior work needed. $42,500. Contact Edward, 484.560.3316, Email: epdawe83@gmail.com Web: https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=jJb--g3VoBA (PA) German 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300D cabriolet S/N 128987. Champagne Yellow/black. 38,680 miles. h6, 4-spd manual. Matching numbers and a very well-optioned and rust-free longtime California car. The car is a pleasure to drive, and includes 4-speed factory locking trans, chrome wheels, Golde electric sunroof, fog lights, Blaupunkt radio, two loudspeakers and antenna. A spectacular example. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com Web: classicshowcase.com/index. php/inventory/detail/402 (CA) S/N 1B220856M. Red/black. 68,470 miles. I4, 4-spd manual. Restored to the factory build sheet. Excellent car made even better with original handbook, body production card and records from new, including the original bill of sale. $88,000 OBO. Contact Steve, RPM, 802.877.2645, Email: rpm@rpmvt.com Web: www.rpmvt.com/ (VT) S/N 26552. Green/biscuit. I6, 3-spd automatic. Extremely rare, left-hand-drive. 3-liter, 6-cylinder engine. Extensive restoration. California owner since 1975. Full history, handbook and tools. $75,000. Contact Charles, Charles Crail Automobiles, 805.568.1934, Email: charlescrail@mac.com Web: www.charlescrail.com (CA) S/N SCFAC23312B500447. Almond Green/Truffle Creame. 17,700 miles. V12, pristine condition, recent full service, one of only six produced in AM Almond (racing) Green. Leather interior with rare optional back seat, upgraded paddle shift transmission and S model clutch, exercised regularly, full records, new tires, always garaged. $79,900. Contact Richard, Email: richardsolomonnyc@yahoo.com (NY) 1965 Porsche 356 C sunroof coupe S/N 221560. Dolphin Gray/red leather. 46,000 miles. H4, 4-spd manual. Original sunroof car. Stunning 182 Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery full-restoration completed four years ago by reputable SoCal restorer. Numbers matching. Certificate of Authenticity. Active PCA Owner. SoCal car from new. One owner for 30 years. Wood steering wheel per COA. Electric sunroof. Compete with tool and travel kit. Tons of pics/details on website. $114,990 OBO. Contact Paul, AutoKennel, 714.335.4911, Email: paul@ autokennel.com Web: www.autokennel.com (CA) 1968 Porsche 911 coupe 1968 Porsche 911 S soft-window Targa gauge cluster with VDO clock & Turbo boost gauge, ’74 2002 dash & center console, MOMO MaraAuthentic Ronal Turbo wheels. $20,000. Contact Henry, 415.551.4297, Email: omadrigal@bmwsf.com (CA) 1972 BMW 2002 coupe S/N 11850261. Bahama Yellow/53,149 miles. H6, Rescued from Alabama garage, where it was parked since 1983. Very original, unaltered early 911S. The original color of Bahama Yellow was painted once prior to 1983. Recaro sport seats, tinted glass, a/c. Runs and drives. Great opportunity to acquire a very rare, early 911 S. Visit our site for additional images and info. $149,500. Contact Don, Porsport.com, 631.786.6511, Email: dahearn67@gmail.com Web: porsport.com/1968_911_s_swt (NY) S/N 11830401. Tangerine/black. 78,555 miles. H6, Original, unrestored short-wheel-base survivor. The body is exceptionally straight, with great panel fit and great gaps. No evidence of rust or crash repairs. The Tangerine paint is in outstanding condition and is about half original. The original matching engine has been fully rebuilt and detailed. Visit our site for additional images and info. $145,000. Contact Don, Porsport.com, 631.786.6511, Email: dahearn67@ gmail.com Web: porsport.com/1968_911_coupe_ tangerine (NY) 1968 Porsche 912 Rally Car coupe 1968 Porsche 912 coupe Italian 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Red/black. 37,800 miles. No rust, ever. Body straight. Recent engine and suspension rebuild by Alfa of Tacoma, including new Konis. Very nice and tight. Contact Newell, 206.300.5404, Email: newelldsmith@msn.com (WA) 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Spider Verona Red/black and white. 29,179 miles. Limited-slip differential. Alpina Getrag close-ratio 5-speed, steering box, struts, flared fenders and wheels (15x7x12). Bilstein shocks. Schnitzer Group 2 specs. Dual 45-DCOE side-draft Webers. Cylinder head ported, polished to match larger intake valves (2000Ti). Schrick 316-degree cam. Stahl header and front 7 rear spoilers. Fuel cell. $40,000 OBO. 415.551.4201, Email: omadrigal@bmwsf.com (CA) 1989 BMW 325is coupe White/black. 22,622 miles. Black canvas soft top, red carpeting and black Alfa Romeo floor mats, Pinin Farina radio delete plate. Gorgeous low-mileage example in very well-preserved condition. $59,500. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, 310.657.9699, Email: sales@heritageclassics.com Web: www. heritageclassics.com/inventory/detail/1153-alfaromeo-giulia-1600-spider.html (CA) S/N 12803764. White & light ivory/black. 127,000 miles. H4, 5-spd manual. Front-to-back, metal-up paint. New 1750 Npr on 65k case, new heads, stage II cam. Reman transmission, new clutch, reman heads. Recaro seats with updated belts. Second owner for 29 years. New pan, outer rockers and floors. Never hit, factory-straight. New turn signals, reflectors, trim. Built as a driver; new brakes, tires. $32,000. Contact Gary, 541.334.6362, Email: gweck@efn.org (OR) 1969 BMW 2002 replica turbo coupe S/N 12801307. Red/black. 50 miles. H4, 5-spd manual. One of just a few 912s that were used in competition in period. This 912 has since been restored back to how it originally rallied in 1968. Very straight body with great paint and interior. Perfect period livery. Lots of cool little details. Great opportunity to own a piece of Porsche Rally History. Contact Don, 631.786.6511, Email: dahearn67@ gmail.com Web: porsport.com/1968_swedish_rallye_912 (NY) S/N WBAAA1307K4206055. Black/black. 137,000 miles. I6, 5-spd manual. BMW E30; Taken apart, rebuilt, glass-out repaint. Suspension and driveline gone through, H&R race springs, Bilsteins, camber plates, etc. Four-point bolt-in cage, Momo seats with five-point harness. Setup for autocross and track days, but can be used for a daily driver. Passes CA smog. Email, call or text. $7,500 OBO. Contact Ray, 360.951.2333, Email: rak321ck@gmail.com (CA) 1990 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC coupe 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 coupe S/N 330GT6561. Red/black. 90,000 miles. This beautiful numbers-matching 330 GT has benefited from recent restoration services, and stands in excellent running and driving condition. Features newly upholstered leather seats, 12-cylinder engine with Weber carbs, 4-speed manual trans, new exhaust system and a fully restored set of Borrani wire wheels, ready to roll. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com Web: classicshowcase.com/ index.php/inventory/detail/403 (CA) S/N 1664296. Chamonix White/black. 13,665 miles. I4, 5-spd manual. 1.8-L, 2-valve BMW fuel-injected motor, 5-speed w/ OD, LTW chassis, 195/50 R15 Sumitomos, H4 headlights, alarm system, Eclipse AM/FM stereo with pre-amp and speakers, VDO White/beige. 65,000 miles. One California owner since new. All options including sunroof and heated seats. All books and tools, CARFAX, always garaged and regularly serviced. Looks like it only has 10k miles. A wonderful opportunity to own a future classic. $25,000. Contact Charles, Charles Crail Autombiles, 805.568.1934, Email: charlescrail@ mac.com Web: www.charlescrail.com (CA) 2008 Porsche Cayman S Tiptronic coupe 1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 Duetto spider S/N AR1411662. Silver/black. 21,000 miles. I4, 5-spd manual. Recent repaint in the original color, excellent original brightwork. This is the desirable European-spec Duetto with Weber carburetors instead of the SPICA fuel-injection. I have driven this car all over the place and it is just delightful; even a few women around the shop love driving this car. $47,000 OBO. Contact Steve, RPM, 802.877.2645, Email: rpm@rpmvt.com Web: www.rpmvt.com/ (VT) H6, CA car. 18k miles. Like-new condition. Specialorder paint and leather: Carmona Burgundy & saddle, a/c, aero wing. MSRP $86k. $45,000 OBO. Contact Gordon, 310.379.2529, Email: gordon.j.louttit@gmail.com (CA) 184 Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery 1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal coupe American 1905 REO Model A 5-Passenger convertible Navy blue/gray. 93,000 miles. V12, manual. #K6616, fabulous original California survivor preservation car, factory body, history known since 1936. High-speed gears, fully-sorted dependable touring car. Perfect mechanically; you could drive this car cross-country! $29,500. Contact Walter, Email: info@autolit.com (NY) 1953 Packard woodie wagon Red/black. V8, 5-spd manual. 69,675 kilometers. A very solid and good-looking car; few in the U.S., appreciating in value. Owned since 1995. $72,500. Contact Bill, 970.216.7095, Email: stixinc@qwestoffice.net (CO) 1983 Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole convertible S/N 339. Red/black. This spectacular, very-rare brass-era REO is a recent show winner that has benefited from a proper restoration. It stands in excellent running and driving condition, and has resided in California since the 1950s. Features correct/authentic brass, Gray & Davis headlights, clock, speedometer and bulb horn. Highly collectible! Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com Web: classicshowcase.com/index. php/inventory/detail/404 (CA) S/N ZFFMA13AXD0045325. Dark blue metallic/blue. 17,516 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Rare and unique color combination, with all books and tools. Low miles, flawless interior. $48,000 OBO. Contact Steve, RPM, 802.877.2645, Email: rpm@rpmvt.com Web: www.rpmvt.com/ (VT) 1936 Lincoln Model K V12 sedan divider Daytona Blue/blue. 56,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. 327/300, 4-speed, matching numbers, white top, original fiberglass with bonding strips, accident-free, GoldLine tires, repro knockoffs, PS, NCRS-judged, indicated 56k miles. Nice interior, chrome and older paint. Interesting ’Vette trades considered. $49,500 OBO. Contact K. A., 248.626.5500, Email: kal@ thepdmgroup.com (MI) Black/red. 39 miles. I8, 3-spd manual. One-off woodie built from styling proposal by Packard. Special prototype that was displayed at the Packard Museum in Dayton, OH, until several years ago. It has recently undergone a complete powertrain restoration and is in outstanding overall condition. Financing available on approved credit. $54,995 OBO. Contact Andy, Laguna Classic Cars, 949.715.4555, Email: andyc@lagunaclassiccars.com Web: www.lagunaclassiccars.com (CA) 1960 Ford Galaxie Sunliner convertible 1964 Plymouth Valiant Signet 200 2-dr hard top 1964 Chevrolet Corvette convertible S/N 0A55X149740. Red/red, black & white. 0 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. 352 4-bbl, Cruis-o-matic, PS, new power top and new cylinders and motor, new WWW tires, new glass including windshield, new LeBarron Bonney interior, detailed engine and underside. Frame-on restoration and needs nothing for show or driving. Everything works, including the radio and clock. $39,950. Contact Louis, 828.612.0415, Email: lou.wetmore@gmail.com (NC) 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California replica Spyder S/N 1445130219. Red/black. 125,000 miles. I6, 3-spd automatic. Original paint, never hit, no rust. Oregon car from new. Complete documentation includes original window sticker. Two-owner car, seller’s had it since 1986. Last year for push-button trans. All stock aside from Cragar 5-spoke wheels and glasspack dual exhaust. Starts and runs well. A really nice original driver. $8,000 OBO. Contact Sue, 503.396.2649, Email: bobsueballenger@comcast. net (OR) 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe S/N 194375S110019. Silver/black. 149,307 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. 4,700 miles on rebuilt engine and 4-speed. Numbers matching. Second owner (bought in 1969). Price NADA average retail. Wellmaintained (Dick Guldstrand) original (except for 396 hood and Griffin radiator). $61,195. Contact Philip, 818.981.9738, Email: angelaphil423@ dslextreme.com (CA) 1966 Chevrolet Corvette coupe S/N C5AE6015E. Red/tan. 9,800 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Factory replica of the Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder by Modena Motor Car Company as seen in film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Low, original miles. Original owner. All service records. Ford 302-ci w/ manual trans. All original Ferrari badges and shields. Red with tan Connolly leather, Wilton carpets, black top. Excellent condition. Car in Honolulu. $110,000. Contact Steve, Steve Lane Associates, 808.523.3794, Email: stevewlane@aol.com (HI) Milano Maroon/black. V8, 4-spd manual. Matching numbers, 327/350 with 4-speed and leather interior, power steering, Delco AM/FM, Vintage Air, factory tinted glass, NCRS awarded in 1997. $66,000. Contact Trent, 708.447.2442, (IL) 186 Sports Car Market


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1966 Mercury Park Lane convertible V8, 4-spd manual. One respray in Tiffany blue about 10 years ago. This is one of three known factory 4-speed cars. Original, even the convertible top. Marauder 410 engine. Zone override for maroon & white interior. Under 75K original miles. Drive anywhere. $29,500. Contact Wellington, 904.230.4448, Email: slickcar@bellsouth.net (FL) 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396 coupe Lemans Blue/black. V8, 4-spd manual. Documented, numbers matching, Protect-o-Plate. Cowl Induction hood, Endura front bumper, rear bumper guards, console gauges, Rosewood steering wheel. $56,900 OBO. Contact Andrew, 941.320.9033, Email: acohen@swflgovlaw.com (FL) 1970 Chevrolet Corvette T-top Monza Red/black. 24,390 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. 300-hp,Bloomington Gold ’91, ’92, NCRS Top Flight ’91,Protect-O-Plate, bill of sale, original wheels, tires, etc. Massive documentation including judging sheets. Includes new wheels, tires, trim rings, cover. Interior is perfect. They are only original once. This car has been pampered and loved. $34,000 OBO. Contact James, Email: james.menego@gmail. com (OH) 1996 Chevrolet Corvette coupe S/N 1G1YY22P3T5106038. Torch Red/light gray. 32,300 miles. V8, automatic. Torch Red exterior, gray leather interior. LT1, 5.7-L V8, 300-hp, automatic. Sport seats, Goodyear GS-C tires. All-original, low-mileage, very nice driver. Always garaged, never driven in rain, snow or ice. Car cover included. $16,500 OBO. Contact Stan, 309.287.5400, Email: src1915@gmail.com (IL) 2005 Ford GT coupe S/N 1FAFP90S35Y400516. Red/black. 1,350 miles. V8, 6-spd manual. Low miles on this very collectible Ford GT. 100% factory original. $300,000 OBO. Contact Steve, RPM, 802.877.2645, Email: rpm@ rpmvt.com Web: www.rpmvt.com/ (VT) © September 2014 187


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. 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@artcurial.com. www.artcurial.com/motorcars. (FR) Dan Kruse Classics is a familyAuctions 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) owned collector car auction company located in San Antonio, Texas. DKC has been responsible for successful collector car sales since 1972 with annual sales in Austin, Houston and San Antonio. Dan has personally has over $1,000,000,000 in sales in his storied career. Dan, and daughters Tiffany, Tedra and Tara, manage the company. 866.495.8111 Dankruseclassics.com (TX) tique, collector, and special-interest cars, trucks and motorcycles. Real Cars. Real Prices. www.carlisleauctions.com. (PA) Auctions is aptly named after Harold “Lucky” Lemay. Based in the majestic, pastoral ground of Marymount, home to the Lemay Family Collection Foundation near Tacoma, WA, the collection, formerly the biggest in the world according to Guinness, now hosts an unrivaled event center, art collection and charitable foundation, which features two exceptional collector car auctions a year. www.luckyoldcar.com (WA) RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371. Mecum Auction Company. Gooding & Company. Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694. 480.421.6697. For over 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) 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) 262.275.5050. The Mecum Auction Company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 25 years, now offering more than 12,000 vehicles per year. Mecum Auctions is the world leader of collector car, exotics, vintage motorcycles and road art sales. Auctions are held throughout the United States and broadcast live on Velocity, Discovery Network. For further information, visit www.Mecum.com. 445 South Main Street Walworth, WI 53184. 262.275.5050 (WI) With offices and auctions throughout North America and Europe, RM is the largest auction house globally that caters to collectors of high-end vintage automobiles. The RM team of car specialists is the largest in the world, offering services in a numbers of languages and decades of experience in buying, selling, racing, and restoring collector cars. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) Russo and Steele Collector Auto- mobile Auctions. 602.252.2697. Fax: 602.252.6260. Specializing in the finest European sports, American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles; Russo and Steele now hosts four record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in June; Monterey, CA, every August; Las Vegas in September, 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) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Hollywood Wheels Auctions & Bonhams is the largest auction house to hold scheduled sales of classic and vintage motorcars, motorcycles and car memorabilia, with auctions held globally in conjunction with internationally renowned motoring events. Bonhams holds the world-record price for any motorcar sold at auction, as well as for many premier marques. San Francisco: (415) 391-4000 New York: (212) 644-9001 Los Angeles: (323) 850-7500 London: +44 20 7447-7447 Paris: +33 1 42 61 10 10 www.bonhams.com/motors 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-the-art facility. Come be a part of the excitement! Check us out at www.hollywoodcarauctions.com. Where Collectors Collect! See You On The Block! 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) 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 consignors are everyday people with a passion for Nostalgic and Collector cars. Come see the difference at Silver Auctions. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. Email: silver@silverauctions.com, www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Petersen Auction Group of Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942. Join Leake Auction Company as they celebrate 40 years in the collector car 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. 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, an- Lucky Collector Car Auctions. 888.672.0020. Lucky Collector Car 188 Oregon. 541.689.6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February-Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July--Douglas Co. Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September--Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. On the I-5 Corridor. We offer knowledgeable, fast, friendly “hassle free” transactions. Oregon’s #1 Collector Car Auction www.petersencollectorcars.com The Vicari Auction Company hosts fast-paced, high energy auctions along the Gulf Coast, offering an entertaining destination to car collectors, enthusiasts and travelers. The company prides itself on personal service, providing cars for everyone from the avid collector to the first-time buyer. For more information, contact Vicari Auction at 1900 Destrehan Ave., Harvey, LA 70058; call 504.875.3563; or visit www.vicariauction.com. (LA) Rick Cole Auctions . Rick Cole conducted the first auction ever held in Monterey. His dozen successive annual events forever changed the landscape of the historic weekend. Next August, Rick Cole and Terry Price combine seventy-plus years of professional client care to present an entirely new type of Monterey Auction experience, conducted at The Marriott Hotel. Limited consignment. Email: rickcole@rickcole. com Web: www.rickcole.com (CA) Worldwide Auctioneers. 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. 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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.) We also offer specialist-appraisal, estate-management and collectionconsultancy 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) Alfa Romeo you seek. “We covet the rare and unusual whether pedigreed or proletarian”. www.cosmopolitanmotors.com (WA) Buy/Sell/General Automotive Restorations. 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) Automobilia 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) Coachbuilt Press. 215.925.4233. Coachbuilt Press creates limited edition automotive titles for the discriminating motoring enthusiast. We present exceptional material on the most significant collections, museums and marques with a balance of authoritative writing, precise research, unique historical documents and the modern photography of Michael Furman. Please visit our website to view our latest titles and order. www.CoachbuiltPress.com (PA). 203.377.6745. Collector car sales, both road and race, have been a key activity for over 35 years. Our sales professionals actively seek consignments on a global basis. We also offer vehicle “search and find” for rare models. We undertake pre-purchase inspections worldwide. We provide auction support, including in person or telephone bidding for absentee buyers. Restoration management and special event assistance are also included in our services. Our aim is to make sure that your collector car passion is as enjoyable and worry free as possible. www.automotiverestorations.com Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. 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. Email: sales@classicshowcase.com, www.classicshowcase.com (CA) Cosmopolitan Motors, LLC. Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the 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 Celebrate your ownership experi- ence! Automotive designer & illustrator, Steve Anderson is a specialist in the creation of owner-specified, fine art illustrations. Each original piece is hand crafted to portray the exact specification of individual automobiles & collections. All marques, eras, driven, concours and race. Ferrari & Porsche licensed Illustrator. For image samples, additional information or to discuss your project, please call us at 818.822.3063 or visit www.saillustrations.com (CA) 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. 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. Classic Assets Motor Sports CenCosmopolitan Motors, LLC. 206.467.6531. For over a quarter century Cosmopolitan Motors has been at the center of the world for collector cars changing hands. Their unparalleled experience in tracking valuations makes them uniquely capable of valuating the rare and unusual. Estates, settlements, collections, insurance. Let their billion dollars worth of experience supply the results September 2014 Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters.com. ter. 760-452-6609 or 858-554-0331. A first-rate used car dealership specializing in vintage rally-eligible vehicles as well as an eclectic private collection of investment-grade automobiles including classic cars, vintage rally cars and super cars. Our business is buying and selling classic, collectable motorcars. We are considered to be the go-to resource for collector cars in San Diego. We are constantly seeking new additions. Top quality, collectable trades always considered. We are available to assist buyers and sellers with all aspects regarding classic cars including import and export. www.ca-motorsportscenter. com. (CA) Gullwing Motor Cars stocks more LETTING GO! 847.774.4857. Use Joe’s 50+ years of experience for professional assistance in marketing your collector cars to get top dollar out of the marketplace. Joe Bortz, 10:00– 10:00 CST. BortzCars@gmail.com (IL) than 100 cars at our warehouse location, 27 years of experience; visited by customers across the country and overseas. We specialize in European and American cars and we are always looking to buy classic cars in any condition. We pick up from anywhere in the U.S. Quick payment & pick up. 718.545.0500. www.gullwingmotorcars.com 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.hartek.org (IA) largest European classic car dealerships in the nation with an extensive inventory spanning over 50,000 sf. We can meet all your classic car needs with our unprecedented selection; from top of the line models to projects cars. We buy classic cars in any shape or condition & provide the quickest payment & pickup anywhere in the U.S. 310.975.0272 www.beverlyhillscarclub.com (CA) 206.467.6531. Experts in worldwide acquisition, collection management, disposition and appraisal. For more than a quarter century, Cosmopolitan Motors has lived by its motto, “We covet the rare and unusual, whether pedigreed or proletarian.” Absurdly eclectic and proud of it. Find your treasure here, or pass it along to the next generation. www.cosmopolitanmotors.com (WA) 189


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. GT40, Cobras and all European sports and vintage racing cars. www.motorclassiccorp.com Heritage Classics Motorcar Com- pany. 310.657.9699. www.heritageclassics.com. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, the premier West Coast classic car dealership established in 1985. Offering one of the largest indoor showrooms in Southern California with an exceptional inventory of the very finest American and European classic cars available. We buy, sell and consign collectible automobiles, offering the best consignment terms available, contact us at sales@heritageclassics.com When in Southern California visit our beautiful showroom and specialty automotive bookstore, Heritage Classics Motorbooks, open Monday–Saturday. For current inventory and to visit our virtual bookstore visit www.heritageclassics.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 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) ed States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event, or shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com Collector Car Insurance Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173. We Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse Woodies USA. 949.922.7707, Hyman Ltd Classic Cars. 314.524.6000. One of the largest inventories of vintage cars in the world. Please visit our website often, www.hymnaltd.com to see our current stock. Hyman Ltd Classic Cars, 2310 Chaffee Drive, St. Louis, MO. 63146 314-524-6000 sales@hymnaltd.com 949.412.8812. We buy and sell great woodies — hundreds to date. If you are buying or selling give us a call. We can help. Woodies are fun! Every car collection should have at least one. Located in Laguna Niguel, California. www.woodiesusa.com. (CA) Classic Car Transport Kastner & Partners Garage. From our spectacular Santa Monica location, Kastner & Partners Garage strives to offer some of the finest collector vehicles available, combined with unparalleled service. If we do not currently have that which you are looking for or, if you have a classic that you’re looking to sell, please let us know. 150 Pico Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90405 310.593.2080 www.kastnerandpartnersgarage.com Chubb Collector Car Insurance. Passport Transport. 800.736.0575. Luxury Brokers International. 215.459.1606. specializing in the sales, purchase and brokerage of classic automobiles for the astute collector with a new-age, contemporary approach. Focusing on original, high-quality examples as enjoyable, tangible investments. Classic car storage, classic car consignment, brokerage, and other consulting services are available as well. We actively pursue the purchase and sales of any investment grade classic car. Since 2009 we have offered a unique opportunity for collectors, enthusiasts, and other industry professionals. www.lbilimited.com, sales@ lbilimited.com (PA) 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. 1.866.CAR.9648. With Chubb you’ll have flexibility and control with worldclass coverage and claim service. There are no mileage restrictions, “Agreed Value” is included and you’re free to use the restoration shop of your choice for covered repairs. Special pricing is also available for large collections. For more information, call 1-866-227-9648 or visit www.chubbcollectorcar.com. Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959. 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) 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 of 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. In the unfortunate aftermath of damage to your vehicle, learning that your insurance won’t restore your prized possession to its former glory, or appropriately compensate you for your loss, is the last thing you want to hear. To get a quote by phone, call 877.545.2522. 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) commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com. (MI) 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 Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. English Grundy Worldwide. 888.647.8639. L.A. Prep. 562.997.0170. L.A. Prep brings its 30 years of experience transporting vehicles for the automotive industry’s top manufacturers to discriminating luxury and exotic car owners and collectors across the United States. Its highly-skilled and experienced staff delivers an unsurpassed level of service and takes care of your car with the highest quality equipment available in trucks and trailers that are as clean and well maintained as the valuable assets that they carry. www.LAPrepTransport.com Motor Classic & Competition. 914.997.9133. Since 1979 we have been racing, restoring, servicing, buying and selling high-quality sports, racing and GT cars. Motor Classic & Competition is where enthusiasts find their dream. We specialize in Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Lotus, Aston Martin, Ford 190 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) 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) Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. Reliable Carriers, Inc. 877.744.7889. As the country’s largest enclosed auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous Unit- 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, 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 Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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quality. Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) www.wirewheel.com. 772.299.9788. Fourintune Garages Inc. 262.375.0876. www.fourintune.com. Complete ground-up restoration on British Marques — specializing in Austin-Healeys since 1976. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process which includes a complete quotation on Healeys. Located in historic Cedarburg — just minutes north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (WI) British Sports and Race Cars BoughtSold-Traded. Located in Beautiful Vero Beach, Florida. In business for over 25 years, specializing in Lotus, TVR, Griffith, Jaguar, Austin Healey, MG, Marcos, Panoz, Lola, and more. Over 50 sports and race cars always in stock. Please check our website for our latest inventory offerings: www.wirewheel.com. (FL) Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini T. Rutlands & T. Rutlands West Carobu Engineering. 949.722.9307. 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 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. Radcliffe Motor Company. 410.517.1681. The Mid-Atlantic’s premier facility for the maintenance, repair, and light restoration of exotic provides international service from one of the world’s largest Ferrari parts inventories coast to coast. We have more Ferrari parts, more Ferrari parts experience and better Ferrari parts prices than most anyone. Since 1981 T. Rutlands has been building valuable partnerships with the Ferrari industry’s most respected repair shops, professionals and car owners seeking to provide a one-stop shopping experience for Ferrari parts, tools and accessories. Ferrari parts are our only business and we are true product and service specialists in every sense of the word. When you need a comprehensive parts selection for both vintage and contemporary Ferraris, you can count on a single-source leader in the Ferrari parts business… T. Rutlands. Italian and fine European automobiles. Having gained the trust of the exotic car community we are known for our proficiency and workmanship. Host of the annual Vintage Ferrari All Italian Car Event each May, you are cordially invited to attend. Visit our website for more information about our shop, and see photos of past events. www.RMCCAR.com. Call us Toll Free 800.638.1444, Internationally 770.493.8852. Email: Sales@ trutlands.com. www.trutlands.com Finance J. J. BEST BANC & CO. provides financing on classic cars ranging from 1900 to today. Visit our website at www.jjbest.com or call 1.800.USA.1965 and get a loan approval in as little as 5 minutes! Ferrari Financial Services. 201.510.2500. As the world’s only Ferrari-owned finance company, no one understands a Ferrari customer’s unique perspective better than the company that designed these iconic sports cars. Whether it’s a line of credit for owners interested in utilizing the equity in their collection, or a simple interest loan, we stand committed to help our clients enhance their collection — without origination or early termination fees. “FFS” offers a level of expertise that cannot be matched by other lenders. September 2014 June 2014 191


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German Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Import/Export Cosdel International Transportation. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. 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) 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) Italian European Collectibles, Inc. 949.650.4718. European Collectibles has been buying, consigning, selling and restoring classic European sports cars since 1986. We specialize in Porsche (356 and 911) 1950s to early 1970s along with other marks including Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari, MG, Austin Healey & Jaguar with 40 vehicles in stock to choose from. European Collectibles also offers complete mechanical and cosmetic restorations to concours level along with routine service. Located in Orange County, CA, between Los Angeles and San Diego. Sales@europeancollectibles.com or visit our website www.europeancollectibles.com. (CA) The SL Market Letter. Ferrari & Maserati of Seattle. 206.329.7070. Family owned and operated, Ferrari of Seattle is Washington State’s only Official Ferrari dealer. Named “Ferrari Top Dealer-World Champion 2013,” our customer service and knowledge of the Ferrari brand is second to none. 1401 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 www.ferrariofseattle.com 612.567.0234. NOT just SLs but all rare and collectible Mercedes! A key resource on Mercedes since 1982. 100s of Mercedes for sale, market news, price analysis & special reports in every issue & website. 1 & 2 yr. subscriptions open the door to one-on-one SLML help finding & selling specific models. Ask about our private sales program. www.slmarket.com (MN) Museums 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 Porsche of Bend. 800.842.1584. Located in Central Oregon since 1982, Porsche of Bend is the Northwest’s destination dealership for New and Pre-Owned Porsches. Formerly Carrera Motors, Porsche of Bend continues to proudly sell and service one of the most desired brand names in North America. www.bend.porschedealer.com (OR) Leasing and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. Its Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than one million dollars, with terms extending up to 84 months contact the oldest and most experienced leasing company in the country by calling 1.866.90.LEASE. Or just visit www.putnamleasing.com. Legal Law Offices of Bruce Shaw Collector Car Fraud Specialists, www.shawlaws.com. A motorhead law firm with real practical knowledge and experience in the Collector Car Field. Experience: Chain of speed shops, Body Shops, Car Dealerships, former NCRS judge as well as licensed attorneys. Estate planning and divorce settlements concerning Collector Cars. 50 State Representation. 215.657.2377 Mercedes-Benz Parts, Accessories & Car Care Apex Detail. 201.308.3839. Apex Detail provides bespoke paint correction and detail services to discerning individuals wishing to restore, preserve, protect and maintain their fine automotive, aerospace and marine investments. From a single automobile to large collections Apex Detail has the experience to make a difference. Specializing in ultra-exotic, luxury and classic cars Apex Detail offers a wide range of products and services. www.theapexdetail.com Baldhead Cabinets. 877.966.2253. The garage is no longer a place to cast off items unwanted. It is a destination in itself. We are a full-service, family owned company that designs and manufactures custom metal cabinets in Bend, OR. Choose from meticulously crafted storage cabinets, TV cabinets, sink cabinets, or our ever popular pull out fastener bin cabinet, just to name a few. www.baldheadcabinets.com California Car Cover Company. More than just custom-fit car covers, California Car Cover is the home of complete car care and automotive lifestyle products. Offering the best in car accessories, garage items, detailing products, nostalgic collectibles, apparel and more! Call 1-800-423-5525 or visit Calcarcover.com for a free catalog. LeMay—America’s Car Museum Premier Financial Services is the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1.866.MB.CLASSIC. The center of competence for classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts — for vintage car sales, meticulous restorations by manufacturer-trained technicians and the widest selection of Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts, we are the source. www.mbclassiccenter.com. (CA) nation’s leading lessor of vintage and exotic motorcars. Our Simple Lease Program is ideal for those who wish to own their vehicle at the end of the term, as well as for those who like to change cars frequently. Our Simple Interest Early Termination Program allows you the flexibility of financing with the tax advantages of leasing. Contact Premier at 877.973.7700 or info@pfsllc.com. www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) spotlights America’s love affair with the automobile. The museum rests on a nine-acre campus featuring rotating galleries, a 3.5-acre show field, theatre, café, banquet halls, racing simulators and slot car racing. ACM hosts annual events, concerts and even drive-in movies. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors/students/military and $8 for youth. ACM is free for members and kids five and under. www.lemaymuseum.org. (WA) Griot’s Garage —Car Care for the Perfectionist! Griot’s Garage celebrates over 22 years as your best source for a full line of quality car care products. We Make It. We Teach It. We Guarantee It. Call today for your free catalog or enjoy the easy-to-use website for fast, fun and easy ordering. Our number one goal is to ensure that you always...Have fun in your garage! 800.345.5789 • www.griotsgarage.com www.inmygarage.com. (WA) LeMay Family Collection FoundaPutnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. For over 30 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, 192 tion at Marymount Events Center near Tacoma, WA, hosts an epic backdrop for your next event. Home to 500 fabulous collector cars, world class art exhibits, and assorted ephemera, consider your next event here. Weddings, swap meets, conventions, auctions. The facility can likely exceed your expectations. Visit during the 37th annual open house along with 13,000 other enthusiasts. 253.272.2336 www.lemaymarymount. org (WA) QuickSilver Exhaust Systems. 305.219.8882. Our customers are sophisticated enthusiasts who choose our exhaust system for various reasons —durability, weight reduction and enhanced sound. QuickSilver are the default choice for many of the most important classics. Originality is essential but there’s no reason why subtle improvements cannot be introduced. QuickSilver use superior materials Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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and modern manufacturing techniques unavailable when the cars were new. www.quicksilverexhausts.com Paint Shop and Pattern Making & Castings. Providing these services in-house has proved to be highly efficient and has enabled us to provide our clients with the highest level of old-fashioned quality workmanship, professionalism and client services. www.alantaylorcompany.com Auto, located in Colorado, is a large facility that offers world-class restoration, repair and fabrication services. Highly organized, fiscally responsible and providing biweekly detailed billing, we keep you abreast of the rapid progress of your project in every way. Check out our excellent web site for details. Email doug@classicrestodenver.com. www.classicrestodenver.com. (CO) Swissvax. 305.219.8882. Since 1930 the Swiss family company creates magnificent wax formulations. The non abrasive system consists of a pre-wax fluid and a high-content Carnauba wax. Unlike ordinary polishes, Swissvax restores the valuable oils of the paint finish that become starved over time and is safe for all paint finishes. Swissvax is also world wide OEM supplier to Rolls-Royce Motorcars, Bugatti, Lamborghini. www.swissvax.com www. swissvax.us 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. Choose from allweather floor mats, extreme-duty floor liners, cargo/trunk liners, side window deflectors, no-drill mudflaps, many different options of license plate frames and more. We have products available for virtually every make and model. To see and buy everything, go to www.WeatherTech.com. Restoration — General Bob Smith Coachworks Inc. Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Founded in 1978, we are well established practitioners of the art and craft of vehicle restoration, preservation and service. Nearly 40 experienced craftspeople focused on the art and entertainment to be enjoyed with great cars describes our culture. Our staff and expertise encompasses a broad range of skills and specific vehicle experience. Proper project management and control produce the quality & attention to detail we have come to be known for in all we produce. See much more on the web at www.automotiverestorations.com 940.668.8622. 960.665.4657 (fax). Complete exotic and vintage automobile restoration performed by master craftsmen to the highest standards of excellence. Bob Smith Coachworks Inc., 1600 Floral Dr., Gainesville, TX 76240. Email: bsmith@bobsmithcoachworks.com. (TX) Hahn - Vorbach & Associates Bright Motorsports. 480.483.4682. Alan Taylor Company Inc. 760.489.0657, is a full-service automotive restoration and repair facility that specializes in Pre and Post-War European and American Automobiles. With an emphasis on French Marques including Bugatti & Delahaye and over 50 years of experience in the automotive field, we have proven to be a leader in the automotive industry. Our facility provides a full-array of services including Fabrication, Metal-Shaping, Engine & Transmission Rebuilding, Machine Shop, Award-Winning Upholstery, September 2014 Authorized Morgan 3-Wheeler Dealer and repair, and expert service facility for your collector car. Privately owned, we are located in the heart of the Arizona Auction Arena in Scottsdale. We offer a unique collection of European and American special interest cars and motorcycles and host the Brighton Classic Car Rally each November. BrightonMotorsports.com, 480-483-4682 or info@brightonmotorsports.com. LLC. 724.452.4329. Specializes in the investment-grade restoration and preservation of European and American Collectible antique and classic cars, muscle cars, sports cars, hot rods and vintage race cars. Our services include full and partial restorations, bespoke builds, repairs, show prep, sales and procurement assistance as well as a full array of do-it-yourself assistance services. Recognized experts in the restoration of Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwings and Roadsters. Concours-level, national award-winning quality. Find examples of our craftsmanship and the wide range of past projects on our website. We would be happy to discuss your project. www.hahnvorbach.com D. L. George Historic Motorcars. Black Horse Garage. 203.330.9604. Established in 1991 by Frank Buonanno, who has spent two decades of his 49-year career specializing in Ferraris, Black Horse Garage is known primarily as a world-class restoration and engine rebuilding shop for V12 Ferraris. Services include routine maintenance, engine building, coach trim, coachwork, woodwork repair, full restoration, Storage, detailing and concourse preparation. Email: Info@ blackhorsegarage.com 610.593.7423, We stand at the crossroads between you and historic European motorcars of the pre-war and early post-war era. We provide full-service restoration, maintenance, and support of the finest cars driven extensively by the most refined collectors. Find us at concours from Amelia Island to Pebble Beach, venues from Lime Rock to Goodwood, and events including the Mille Miglia, Peking to Paris, and The Colorado Grand. www.DLGEORGE.com (PA) Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555. For 35 years, Owner/Enthusiast Bruce Trenery has operated Fantasy Junction from the San Francisco Bay Area. The dealership enjoys an outstanding worldwide reputation for integrity and knowledge in the collector car field. Many of the world’s greatest sports cars have passed through the doors with both buyers and sellers enjoying expert representation. Email Sales@FantasyJunction.com, www.FantasyJunction. com. (CA) other investment-grade cars, and provide vintage race track support. We have particular excellence with Bugatti and other pre-war marques. www.HighMountainClassics.com JWF Restorations Inc. Special- izing in AC restoration from street to concours, U.S. Registrar AC Owners Club (U.K.). Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St. Portland, OR 97225 503-706-8250 Fax 503-646-4009 The world’s largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership is not required. Monthly magazine. Email: jim@jwfrestoration.com (OR) RPM Classic Sports Cars. 802.877.2645. With over 25 years of experience in Classic Italian Sports cars, we know how to make your car 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. The Guild of Automotive Restor- ers. 905.775.0499. No matter whether your car is bound to the concours or for the road we are the sensible choice. We are expert in our craft and we combine this with unimpeachable integrity doing something that we enjoy as much as our clients enjoy the fruits of our labors. Share our passion for your passion. Give us a call, we look forward to hearing from you. David Grainger and Janice Stone Proprietors. www.guildclassiccars.com (CAN) Vintage Motor Group F. Roxas Inc. 708.598.1000. Brid- geview, IL. The Only Thing Better Than New is a Fran Roxas Restoration. Recent restorations include Duesenberg, Packard 12, 8-liter Bentley, Cadillac V16, Delahaye, Stutz DV32, Ferrari, 1950s & 60s Concept Cars. We take pride in enhancing our clients’ investments by bringing these truly one-ofa-kind cars back to life, maybe an even better life. The quality of our work has been nationally recognized since 1970 with consistent 1st place winners at concours around the world. (IL) © High Mountain Classics. Classic Restoration. 303.761.1245, Classic Restoration by Country Club 970.532.2339. World-class restoration, repair, and maintenance. Many Pebble Beach Class wins and Best of Show evidence our pursuit of restoration excellence. We service and maintain blue-chip collectibles, race cars, and 193 FOLLOW SCM


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Carl Bomstead eWatch Norman Rockwell’s “The Rookie” Sells for V12 Ferrari Money The seller bought the painting for $600k in 1986, so a very tidy profit was made Thought Carl’s Christie’s, at their May 22, 2014, American Art Sale in New York City, sold Norman Rockwell’s famed painting Evening Post on March 2, 1957. The painting hung in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 2005 and 2008 after the Red Sox won the World Series. It was acquired in 1986 for $600,000, so the seller made a tidy profit while enjoying the painting. Here are a few cool pieces that we found in the recent Morford Auction, but it is doubtful if they will have the same ROI as the Rockwell painting. “Sold at” prices include a 15% buyers premium. book was filled with 100 pages of illustrations, technical information, fabric samples and paint chips. Several pages were, of course, dedicated to the Corvette. Not as desirable as showroom books for the Tri-Five Chevys, but a must-have if the car is in your garage. Sold for the going rate. MORFORD AUCTION LOT 11—ZINGO SWEETS CANDY TIN. SOLD AT: $374. Date: 6/20/2014. This large, 20-pound store display for Zingo Sweets measured 12.25 inches in diameter and dated to the early 1920s. The colors on the early race car were bright and vibrant, and there was only some minor scratching on the surface of the can. The smaller, black-and-gold 10-pound Zingo Sweets can is more common. Considering the condition and rarity of this colorful can, the price was not out of line. MORFORD AUCTION MORFORD AUCTION MORFORD AUCTION LOT 132—1958 CHEVROLET DEALER SHOWROOM BOOK. SOLD AT: $1,150. Date: 6/20/2014. This large, hardbound dealer showroom LOT 69—SOONER QUEEN ONE-QUART MOTOR OIL CAN. SOLD AT: $1,150. Date: 6/20/2014. This was a very desirable early crimped-seam “picture” can for the Sooner Queen brand of motor oil that was produced at the Salyer Refining Co. in Oklahoma City. The can was unopened and full, which is not always a plus for can collectors. The wonderful image of a cowgirl by the campfire makes the can highly collectible, although the condition was off a touch. Hard to find in any condition, so price paid was fair. LOT 278—PACKARD MOTOR CAR COMPANY PRESENTATION POCKET WATCH. SOLD AT: $748. Date: 6/21/2014. This early 14k gold-filled Hamilton pocket watch had the famed Packard logo on the dial. It was engraved on the back and was awarded in 1939 in appreciation of 15 years of loyal service. A quality time piece, and with the Packard connection, worth every penny. the cold. It was in wonderful condition and appeared to have never been used. The graphics featured three early race cars, and Richfield items are usually very sought after. “The Rookie” for $22,565,000, including the vig. The painting, which features a high school rookie entering the Boston Red Sox’s locker room and encountering the legendary Ted Williams, was on the cover of The Saturday MORFORD AUCTION MORFORD AUCTION LOT 193—RICHFIELD GASOLINE SIGN. SOLD AT: $431. Date: 6/21/2014. This was stated to be a sign, but it is actually a wax-impregnated cardboard winter front that was used to protect car radiators from 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. 194 LOT 34—1917 FIRESTONE MOTORCYCLE TIRE CALENDAR. SOLD AT: $891. Date: 6/20/2014. The bold and impressive image on this 1917 calendar features a motorcycle and sidecar with the riders fishing in a stream. The condition was stated to be close to mint, although a black light revealed some professional restoration. The calendar was missing the pages for the first two quarters of the year, but that was not a serious distraction. A wonderful addition for the tire or motorcycle advertising collector. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market