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“Like” us on Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends September 2015 . Volume 27 . Number 9 FERRARI PROFILES This Month’s Market Movers Up Close ENGLISH by Paul Hardiman 86 2002 Ferrari Enzo $1,411,200 / RM Sotheby’s High miles equals low price ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne 88 134 1938 Jaguar SS 100 2½-Liter Roadster $215,000 / Bonhams Project car is another $150k from the road GERMAN by Prescott Kelly 90 1953 Fiat 8V Cabriolet by Vignale $1,254,400 / RM Sotheby’s A big price for the only Vignale 8V cabriolet AMERICAN by Carl Bomstead 92 164 1968 Porsche 911 Coupe $70,286 / Silverstone Base-model long-hood a great buy RACE by Thor Thorson 94 1927 Falcon-Knight Model 10 Speedster $28,600 / Bonhams A rare car, but alas, not special NEXT GEN by Jeff Zurschmeide 98 184 146 by Steve Ahlgrim 84 AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why 211 Vehicles Rated at Six Sales 104 120 RM SOTHEBY’S Cernobbio, ITA: Sales total nearly $30m at this boutique sale, and 33 of 38 cars find new ownership — Stratford Godfrey BONHAMS Newport Pagnell, U.K.: The strongest Aston Martin Works sale ever sells 39 of 52 cars for $16.6m — Paul Hardiman RUSSO AND STEELE Newport Beach, CA: 173 out of 343 cars find new homes, sales total $7.4m, and a 2005 Porsche GT makes $840k — Wally Marx BONHAMS Francorchamps, BEL: Sales grow 50% to $6.1m, 29 out of 43 cars sell, and a 1990 Porsche Type 962 with Le Mans history finds nearly $1.7m — Leo Van Hoorick BONHAMS Greenwich, CT: A 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio becomes the most expensive car in Greenwich history at $1.6m, sales total $7.5m, and 82 of 94 cars hammer sold — Adam Blumenthal VANDERBRINK Hustisford, WI: Ford V8 collector Alan Egelseer thins his collection to the jingle of $338k, selling 31 lots without reserve — B. Mitchell Carlson acebook and look for updates and offers! 1959 Lister-Chevrolet $412,500 / RM Sotheby’s Weapons-grade car — and price 26 2012 Lexus LFA $335,000 / Russo and Steele NOS Japanese supercar sells below MSRP Cover photo: 2002 Ferrari Enzo, Remi Dargegen ©2015, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Sports Car Market


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78 Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance COLUMNS 30 Shifting Gears Five heart-pounding — and heart-stopping — days in a McLaren 650S Spider Keith Martin 64 Affordable Classic The BMW Z3 is an affordable little bucket of handsome fun, easy on the pocketbook and eyes — but still a driver Mark Wigginton 66 Collecting Thoughts The goals of car restorers and fine-art conservators are getting closer and closer Miles Collier 70 Legal Files After months of legal battles, the #1 Briggs Cunningham Le Mans Corvette case is settled John Draneas 72 Simon Says It is always better to sell too early than too late Simon Kidston 96 The Cumberford Perspective This “Knobbly” Lister is not beautiful, but it is very, very cool Robert Cumberford 218 eWatch What car-funding riches lurk in spousal handbag collections? Carl Bomstead FEATURES 76 2015 Keels & Wheels: “Best of the Best” cars return to Seabrook — Cody Tayloe 28 78 2015 Pinehurst Concours: Changes keep things fresh — Bill Rothermel 80 The Packard Experience: Rare Packards grace the CCCA Museum — Carl Bomstead DEPARTMENTS ultra-exclusive event — Bob White 36 Auction Calendar 36 Crossing the Block 44 Concours and Events: Comer’s new Shelby book, ACD Festival, Chantilly Concours, Oregon Festival of Cars 48 Contributors: Get to know our writers 50 You Write, We Read: 2015 Mille Miglia, Mercedes-Benz 300SL backstory, clapped-out Alfas and Keith Martin 52 Display Advertisers Index 58 Time Pieces: Giuliano Mazzuoli’s simple automotive watches 58 Neat Stuff: New oil for old cars, and a pen that grabs its own cap 60 In Miniature: Aston Martin DB5 Shooting Brake 60 Speaking Volumes: Tyler Alexander: A Life and Times with McLaren 108 Glovebox Notes: 2015 BMW X5 M SUV 142 Fresh Meat: 2016 Nissan GT-R Nismo, 2014 Lotus Evora S 2+2, 2014 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 coupe 190 Glovebox Notes: 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTi S hatchback 194 Rising Sun: Selected sales of Japanese collector cars 200 Mystery Photo: “More heart than horsepower or looks, but this car is far from a lemon” 200 Comments with Your Renewals: “I know you hear it all the time, but us bottom feeders really appreciate those ‘Affordable Classics’ articles” 204 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 210 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs Sports Car Market Bill Rothermel


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin A Supercar for the Ages When you select beast mode with your foot, the Godzilla within is unleashed had seen the car, they could recite its specs. “Five-hundred foot-pounds of torque” was their mantra. Aside from the switches on the dash to choose between Normal, Sport and Track mode, your right foot also acts as a reality selector. At partial throttle, your grandmother could use the car to get groceries. The plentiful torque and smooth-shifting 7-speed automatic (“Seamless Shift Gearbox” in McLaren-speak) allows it to move easily away from a stop. It always seems to be in the right gear whether shifting up or down. When you select beast mode with your foot, the Godzilla within is unleashed. An entirely different granny would be behind the wheel at this point, one with body piercings, tattoos and an orange mohawk. The 650S at full chat is a video game come to life. According to published specs, the car gets to 100 mph in 5.8 seconds, and through the quarter mile in 10.6 seconds at 138 mph. Top speed is said to be 204 mph. I found no reason to disbelieve these numbers. Our car, in Volcano Undoubtedly the first McLaren 650S to ever visit Chuck’s Gas Station D uring the 900 miles I drove a McLaren 650S Spider, my heart only stopped twice. Once was at a gas station at Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde near the Oregon coast. When you come to a halt in the McLaren, it takes the transmission a couple of seconds to realize you really are stopped, and then it shifts into neutral. But for a brief moment, the car continues to edge forward. I had taken my eyes off the road, and looked up and braked just be- fore the very expensive nose of the English supercar nearly plowed into the rear of a Jeep Wrangler being towed behind a motorhome. Disaster avoided. Reporting an impact to the gods in McLaren Land would have been a sad phone call indeed. The other heart-stoppage occurred on the Northwest Passage, a tour by the Oregon Region of the Porsche Club of America. Fifty cars were entered, mostly late-model 911s, Boxsters and Caymans. Compared to the 4-cylinder cars we see on many vintage rallies, these cars could hustle. The McLaren fit in perfectly, as the twin-turbo belle of the ball. Team SCM hits the road Team SCM — consisting of me and friend Doug Hartman in the 650S, SCM contributor Paul Hardiman and Ailsa Barber in our Porsche 996 Twin Turbo, and SCM writer B. Mitchell Carlson in the Dodge Viper GTS ACR — were driving down a quiet street in Silverton, OR, in the early morning, looking for a place to gas up. I was sandwiched between the Porsche Turbo and the Viper, when suddenly, a Silverton police car swooped in between us, lights flashing. “Crap,” I thought. “I’ve gotten a ticket while driving the McLaren, and I haven’t done anything really fun to deserve it.” The officer, very polite, came up to the car and explained. “You were going a little above the 25 mph speed limit, but really I just wanted to see the car. Carbon-fiber chassis, 650 horse, right?” How fast do you want to go? The 650S is featured in several video games, including “Driveclub,” “Forza Horizon” and “Need for Speed Rivals.” Consequently, wherever we stopped we were immediately surrounded by groups of teen McLaren enthusiasts. Even though this was clearly the first time they 30 Red, was outfitted with the optional sport exhaust ($6,650). With the top down, at full throttle the sound from the alloy V8 seemed to move forward like a reverse surround-sound. You were instantly enveloped in a mechanical interpretation of Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries.” When passing on long, straight sections of two-lane roads, the scenery started to rush past like the scene in “Star Wars” when the Millennium Falcon goes into hyperspace. I was no stranger to 140 mph. At the same time… At first I tried playing with the paddle-shifters to select gears, but unless I was rushing down a hill at speed and wanted engine braking, the gearbox made better decisions than I would have — and executed them more quickly as well. This also allowed me to keep both hands on the nicely padded steering wheel. The active suspension offered a combination of roadholding and comfort. The massive 19-inch front and 20-inch rear Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires have a minimal sidewall, yet the suspension felt compliant in a turn, as if the car had 60-series tires. Consequently, you drove quickly through the turns without needing a mouth guard to keep your upper and lower jaws from slamming together. The bar is high You might think that the $330k MSRP is a lot of money. But it’s chump change in the land of $850k Porsche 918s and $1.5m LaFerraris. Over in the affordable section of the “Big Boy” sales room, the $400,000 Lamborghini Aventador, the $320,000 Ferrari F12 berlinetta and the $230,000 Mercedes SLS AMG sit next to the 650S. There are three requirements a contemporary supercar has to meet: First, it needs to offer a complete performance package; docile as a cat basking in the sun or as spitting mad as a wolverine squared off with a grizzly bear. Second, it must have a compelling visual presence — distinctive, elegant and powerful without being a caricature of itself. Finally, it must offer swagger. Kids of all ages, from 6 to 60, must immediately know what it is, and want their picture taken next to it. The 650S has all three. You can order up as much or as little of the as- tounding performance as you wish, it has svelte, sophisticated and timeless appearance, and everyone who sees it knows you have just driven it — at 204 mph — off the screen of a video game. If I were selecting one supercar, to drive daily, to race an F-16 from coast-to-coast now and then, and to draw large crowds wherever I stopped, it would have to be this McLaren. Yes, it is that good. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Tony Piff Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Auctions America — Auburn Fall Where: Auburn, IN When: September 2–6 Last year: 715/1,047 cars sold / $25.4m Featured cars: • 1924 Ahrens-Fox fire truck (Auctions America estimate: $180k–$200k) • 1935 Auburn 851 Supercharged cabriolet ($140k–$172k) • Star Car: 1929 Duesenberg Model J convertible coupe by Murphy ($1.5m– $1.75m) More: www.auctionsamerica.com Silverstone — Salon Privé Where: London, U.K. When: September 4 Last year: 34/56 cars sold / $16.3m More: www.silverstoneauctions.com Bonhams — The Chantilly Sale Where: Chantilly, FRA When: September 5 Featured cars: • 1938 Bugatti Type 57 drophead coupe. In nice restored condition with coachwork by D’Ieteren (Bonhams estimate: $1.4m– $1.8m) Auction Calendar All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm dates and locations before attending any event. Email auction info to: chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com. AUGUST 6–8—BARRETTJACKSON Reno, NV 8—COYS Nürburgring, DEU 8—VANDERBRINK Tea, SD 10—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 12–15—JR AUCTIONS Monterey, CA 13–15—RICK COLE Monterey, CA 13–15—RUSSO AND STEELE Monterey, CA 13–15—MECUM Monterey, CA 36 13–15—RM SOTHEBY’S Monterey, CA 14—BONHAMS Carmel, CA 15—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Jeffersonville, IN 15—VANDERBRINK Beresford, SD 15–16—GOODING & CO. Pebble Beach, CA 21–22—SILVER Shelton, WA 29—CCA Laverstoke, U.K. 29—VANDERBRINK Minot, ND 29–30—LUCKY Tacoma, WA SEPTEMBER 2–6—AUCTIONS AMERICA Auburn, IN 4—SILVERSTONE London, U.K. 5—BONHAMS Chantilly, FRA 5—BONHAMS Beaulieu, U.K. 5—WORLDWIDE Auburn, IN 5–6—SILVER Sun Valley, ID 6—COYS Castle Hedingham, U.K. 6—VANDERBRINK Greenfield, IA 7—RM SOTHEBY’S London, U.K. Star Car: 1972 Maserati Boomerang concept car by Giugiaro at Bonhams — The Chantilly Sale • 1968 Maserati Mexico prototype. Oneoff by Frua, restored 2013 ($610k–$830k) • Star Car: 1972 Maserati Boomerang concept car by Giugiaro. Contact Bonhams for estimate More: www.bonhams.com Bonhams — Beaulieu Autojumble Where: Beaulieu, U.K. When: September 5 Last year: 100/123 cars sold / $5.3m Featured cars: • Star Car: 1929 Bentley 4½ Litre saloon (Bonhams estimate: $230k–$390k) • 1926 OM 665 S3 Superba ($190k–$230k) More: www.bonhams.com Worldwide — The Auburn Auction Where: Auburn, IN When: September 5 Last year: 73/84 cars sold / $6m More: www.worldwide-auctioneers.com Silver Where: Sun Valley, ID When: September 5–6 More: www.silverauctions.com Coys — The Excellence of Porsche Where: Castle Hedingham, U.K. 11–12—ELECTRIC GARAGE Red Deer, AB, CAN 12—BONHAMS Chichester, U.K. 12—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Austin, TX 15—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 16–19—MECUM Dallas, TX 21—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 23—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, U.K. 24—TOM MACK Charlotte, NC 24–26— BARRETTJACKSON Las Vegas, NV 25–26—G. POTTER KING Atlantic City, NJ 25–26—SILVER Portland, OR 26—BONHAMS Ebeltoft, DNK 26—COYS Frankfurt, DEU 26—VANDERBRINK Boone, IA OCTOBER 2–3—SMITHS Cape Girardeau, MO 5—BONHAMS Philadelphia, PA 8–9—RM SOTHEBY’S Hershey, PA 8–10—VICARI Biloxi, MS 8–10—MECUM Schaumburg, IL 9—BONHAMS Knokke-Heist, BEL 10—COYS Ascot, U.K. 10—PETERSEN Salem, OR 14—H&H Duxford, U.K. 16–17—BRANSON Branson, MO 17—DRAGONE Westport, CT 17—VANDERBRINK Aurora, NE 17—SPECIALTY AUTO Loveland, CO 18—BONHAMS Stafford, U.K. 24—THEODORE BRUCE Melbourne, AUS 25—SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, U.K. 27—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 30—BONHAMS London, U.K. 30–NOV 1—COLLECTOR CAR PRODUCTIONS Mississauga, ON, CAN 31—CCA Leamington Spa, U.K. 31—AUCTIONS AMERICA Hilton Head Island, SC Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Tony Piff Images courtesy of the respective auction companies Star Car: 1929 Bentley 4½ Litre saloon at Bonhams’ Beaulieu Autojumble in Beaulieu, U.K. When: September 6 More: www.coys.co.uk VanDerBrink — The Greenfield Honda Collection Where: Greenfield, IA When: September 6 More: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com RM Sotheby’s — Automobiles of London Where: London, U.K. When: September 7 Last year: 69/80 cars sold / $36.3m Featured cars: • 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso coupe. Matching numbers, retaining its original color combination. Recent complete engine rebuild (RM Sotheby’s estimate: $1.9m–$2.3m) • 1992 Ferrari F40. Late specification car with adjustable suspension and catalytic converter, complete with its original books and tools ($1.2m–$1.4m) • Star Car: 1950 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage coupe. The very first Aston Martin Vantage, sold new to renowned amateur racer Bill Spear; eligible for the Mille Miglia and Le Mans Classic ($450k–$500k) More: www.rmsothebys.com Electric Garage — Red Deer Fall Finale Where: Red Deer, AB, CAN When: September 11–12 More: www.theelectricgarage.com Bonhams — Goodwood Revival Where: Chichester, U.K. When: September 12 Last year: 77/105 cars sold / $24.6m • Star Car: 1959 Scarab Formula One racer ($1.1m–$1.5m) More: www.bonhams.com Dan Kruse Classics — Hill Country Classic Where: Austin, TX When: September 12 Last year: 81/192 cars sold / $1.3m More: www.dankruseclassics.com Barons — Annual British Heritage Auction Where: Surrey, U.K. 38 Star Car: 1933 Maybach DS8 Zeppelin roadster at Bonhams’ The Frederiksen Auction in Ebeltoft, DNK Sports Car Market Barrett-Jackson Where: Las Vegas, NV When: Sept 24–26 Last year: 704/706 cars sold / $33.3m More: www.barrett-jackson.com G. Potter King Where: Atlantic City, NJ When: September 25–26 Star Car: 1950 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage, the first Vantage, at RM Sotheby’s sale in London When: September 15 More: www.barons-auctions.com Mecum Where: Dallas, TX When: September 16–19 Last year: 767/1,135 cars sold / $31.4m Featured cars: • 1941 Graham Hollywood. With supercharged 6-cylinder engine. Believed one of only 1,380 produced • 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 coupe. With factory sidepipes • 1955 Buick Roadmaster convertible. Earned First in Class at the 2014 Concours d’Elegance of Texas More: www.mecum.com Shannons — Melbourne Spring Classic Auction Where: Melbourne, AUS When: September 21 More: www.shannons.com.au Brightwells Where: Herefordshire, U.K. When: September 23 Last year: 129/161 cars sold / $3m More: www.brightwells.com More: www.acclassiccars.com Silver Where: Portland, OR When: September 25–26 Last year: 55/102 cars sold / $605k More: www.silverauctions.com Bonhams — The Frederiksen Auction Where: Ebeltoft, DNK When: September 26 Featured cars: • 1931 Duesenberg Model J “Disappearing Top” convertible coupe • 1939 Lagonda LG6 Rapide drophead coupe • Star Car: 1933 Maybach DS8 Zeppelin roadster More: www.bonhams.com Coys — IAA Frankfurt Motor Show Where: Frankfurt, DEU When: September 26 More: www.coys.co.uk VanDerBrink — The Grant Quam Collection Where: Boone, IA When: September 26 Featured cars: • 1925 Kissel Gold Bug Speedster. Documented back to original owner • 1913 Studebaker Model 25A tourer. A national award winner • 1920 Peerless Model 56 roadster. Highly optioned preservation-class original, formerly in the Harrah Collection More: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com ♦


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Concours and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com SEPTEMBER CALENDAR 14–19 27th Annual Colorado Grand, Vail, CO; www.co1000.com 20 22nd Annual Palos Verdes Concours A Concours at the LeMay Museum The Pacific Northwest Concours d’Elegance rolls onto the display areas at the LeMay—America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, WA, on September 11–13. Rolls-Royce, Cord and Customs and Lead Sleds are three of the 13 classes. Publisher Martin returns as emcee. The Tour d’Jour, a classic-car tour, takes drivers on great western Washington roads on September 11. SCM is a sponsor. Admission is $35 for adults and $25 for America’s Car Museum members. www.americascarmuseum.org (WA) Experience the Need for Speed The Oregon Festival of Cars returns to the Broken Top Club in Bend, OR, from September 18 to 20. This casual, fun event will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a simple theme: “The Need for Speed.” Expect to see supercars, sports cars and cars that don’t look that fast but are speed-demon sleepers. September 18 features a car run from Wilsonville to Bend. September 19 brings the festival cars to Broken Top’s Driving Range, and September 20 is the famous Sunday Morning Tour — a two-hour dash through Central Oregon’s lightly traveled two-lane roads. www. oregonfestivalofcars.com (OR) Fun in the French Countryside The Second Annual Chan- tilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille is your ticket to an elegant Sunday in the French countryside. Opening at 9 a.m. on September 6, the Concours will feature 10 classes including Tribute to Bugatti: The Racing Cars, European Chassis & American Engine, and Grand Touring Cars: From the City to the Track. Publisher Martin returns as a judge. For more information, visit peterauto.peter.fr (FRA) 44 A Duesie of a Week The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival kicks off on August 30 and runs through September 7, 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 acdfestival.org (IN) d’Elegance, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; www.pvconcours.org 20 9th Annual Dayton Concours d’Elegance, Dayton, OH; www.daytonconcours.com Comer Conquers the Car-Book World Colin Comer, SCM Editor at Wood-Bodied Cars and Boats by the Bay The 9th Annual St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance brings Pre- War Grand Classics with European Coachwork, Wood-Bodied Cars and Significant Sports Cars to 1964 to the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, MD, on September 27. This year’s event also features Classic Wooden Speed Boats. General admission is $40. www.smcde. org (MD) Large and Columnist for American Car Collector, has published another great book. Shelby Cobra: The Snake that Conquered the World is now in bookstores. Comer, one of the world’s authorities on all things Shelby, has written a complete history of Shelby Cobras — including street, race and continuation cars. The book also covers the people behind the car — and features Carroll Shelby tributes from Chuck Cantwell, John Morton, Henry Ford III and others. The 272-page book is stuffed with 246 color and 142 black-and-white photos. Comer is also the author of The Complete Book of Shelby Automobiles: Cobras, Mustangs and Super Snakes; Shelby Cobra Fifty Years; Shelby Mustang Fifty Years; MillionDollar Muscle Cars and Shelby: Cobra Mustang GT40. Sports Car Market


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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 / Art 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 Senior 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 Senior Auction Analysts B. 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Despite owning a long, leaky series of 1960s English cars, his wife still loves him. He regularly reviews motorsports books for SCM, and he is always in search of the elusive pony in the pile. Turn to p. 64 for his BMW Z3 Affordable Classic and to p. 60 for his regular column, “Speaking Volumes.” 48 BILL ROTHERMEL, SCM Contributor, has had a lifelong interest in cars, both small and large. While a toddler, he would amaze an audience with his ability to identify the make and model of passing automobiles. An automotive historian and avid collector of miniature automobiles and automobilia, his interests encompass automobiles of all kinds. He currently serves as the Master of Ceremonies at the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, Cars Under the Stars, the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance, 100 Motorcars of Radnor Hunt, the St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance and the Milwaukee Masterpiece. His writing has appeared in multiple automotive publications. He resides part time in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Turn to p. 78 for his report on the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance. CARL BOMSTEAD, SCM Senior Auction Analyst, spent his lawn-mowing money on a 1948 Plymouth when he was 14, and since then an unknown number of unique cars have passed through his garage. He’s partial to Full Classics but can’t ignore an interesting sports car, ’50s car or hot rod. His vintage automobilia collection includes hundreds of porcelain signs, mascots, license plates, oil cans and a dozen or so display cases full of other related memorabilia. He has judged at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for the past 17 years. He has written for Sports Car Market for decades. Turn to p. 92 for his American Profile on a 1927 Falcon-Knight Model 10 Speedster. His regular column, eWatch, is on p. 218.


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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 Ordeals and bliss on the Mille Miglia To the Editor: Here’s another story behind the story (August 2015, “An SCM-Saturated Mille Miglia,” p. 52): started, one of our support crew was inspecting the Two days before the rally right under our Jaguar C-type to try to determine what was causing a persistent noise. He noticed what appeared to be a hairline crack in a rear hollow strut. Because of lack of adequate tools and a lift, we drove it to Colpani Motori. They disassembled much of the right rear to get the strut off. It is hollow. We discovered the strut had been dented at some point and a prior owner had filled the dent with body filler and painted over it. To be safe, he welded a piece of steel over the dent to strengthen it. We drove back to the hotel, noticing the original noise had disappeared. I guess the disassembling and reassembling took care of the noise. The next day, on the way back from Brescia scrutineering, the engine started making a racket as we got close to the hotel. We had recently installed an oil temperature gauge, and despite the oil pressure and water temp being okay, the oil had heated off the gauge. We were then afraid to drive it. So we had it trucked over to Colpani. They pulled the oil pan and found metal flakes in the oil — and discovered that one of the rod bearings was deteriorating. All the bearings were changed and the car was driven for about 25 miles. The car was running well, there was still but some noise between 2,500 and 3,000 rpms. Colpani said we might be able to drive the rally with it. We decided to start the rally the next afternoon and keep an eye on the gauges and see if we could do it. By the time we got to Sirmione, where we had been staying, about 18 miles, I was about sure I should pull the car because of the engine noise. But we kept going because the performance was good, and the engine was running great. So we kept 50 rear Doing a rally like the Mille Miglia in the United States is impossible — they would throw us in jail in the first five minutes an eye on the gauges and ran the whole rally. But that was not the end of our problems. We started losing water part- way through the second day. The beginning of the second day after starting the first stage, we met our support crew and discovered that the top seam between the header and the core was splitting. The radiator had just been recored. We put some epoxy along where the weld was failing, and it held the rest of the rally. On the afternoon of the sec- ond day, the car became locked in third gear. We were able to get it out and continue on, but I tried it a few more times in third gear and had trouble getting it out, so we ran the rest of the rally in first, second, and fourth gear. That was okay, except I would have liked to have third going through the mountains and in tight spots. The last problem we had was the morning of the third day, when our electronic fan stopped working. This made it almost impossible to get through all the small towns without overheating. We met the support crew after a time check. They discovered that it was a blown fuse that didn’t look blown out. So after that we made the rest of the rally and finished despite wondering several times whether we would make it. I think many other participants have similar stories. But we all push on. Thanks to David George, Val, and Dom and Colpani Motori, we finished the rally and had a great time. We were not hindered performancewise at any time. The car ran like a champ. It will be interesting to see what is going on in the engine when it gets back to the States. I loved every minute. It was a real high — and hard to come down from. You could only do a rally like this in Italy, where they let us run, not obeying traffic controls. The police help us to do that. Doing a rally like the Mille Miglia in the United States is impossible — they would throw us in jail in the first five minutes. — Jim Taylor, via email The backstory of July’s 300SL To the Editor: First, I want to compliment you on a publication that in the last 10 or more years has gotten better with every issue. I am glad I am a subscriber. I think you have done a splendid job in increasing the automobile-lover’s intellect with enjoyable, well-written, relevant information. I would like to call your at- tention to your July 2015 cover article featuring the Mercedes 300SL by Alex Finigan, whom I know (German Profile, p. 64). I think it is a lovely piece, but there are some spots that might be interesting to fill in. I purchased that very SL from my dear friend Jan Mathias sometime in the mid-1970s and collected it from him in Wiesbaden, Germany. I kept it stored in London for the better part of 20-plus years. I then enlisted the talents of Bill and Dave Cooke at Wildae Restorations, Braunton, Devon, U.K. They painstakingly redid the car piece-by-piece over five years — even sourcing the rare set of belly pans. They deserve a great deal of credit. The 300SL was in my collection for the better part of 30 or more years. Sports Car Market Bill Warner


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Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille ..........................12 Charles Prince Classic Cars................................................10 CHATEL - La Passion Horlogere ....................................132 Chequered Flag International ...........................................197 Chubb Personal Insurance ..................................................73 Classic Assets Motor Sports Center .................................161 Classic Investments ......................................................42–43 Classic Restoration ...........................................................157 Classic Showcase.......................................................... 74-75 CMC Classic Model Cars.................................................187 Collector Car Price Tracker ..............................................216 Collector Studio ................................................................201 Cooper Classic Cars .........................................................191 Cooper Technica, Inc. .......................................................216 Copley Motorcars .....................................................111, 208 Cosdel .................................................................................14 Credit Suisse .......................................................................77 D. 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Luehn .....................................................................131 JC Taylor ...........................................................................155 Jeff Brynan........................................................................206 Jerry Werden .....................................................................202 JJ Best Banc & Co ............................................................201 John R. Olson Inc.-SL Market Letter ...............................173 JR-Auctions ........................................................................61 Kevin Kay Restorations ...............................................94–95 Kidston ..........................................................................24–25 Kinekt ...............................................................................206 Legendary Classic Center...................................................51 Legendary Motorcar Company ..........................................82 Leland West ......................................................................185 LeMay - America’s Car Museum .......................................20 Lime Rock Park Historic Festival ....................................139 Lory Lockwood ..................................................................79 Lucky Collector Car Auctions ..........................................167 Luxury Brokers International ...........................................203 MacNeil Automotive Products Ltd ....................................68 Mercedes-Benz Classic Center ..........................................53 Mershon’s World Of Cars.................................................171 Miller’s Mercedes Parts, Inc ............................................195 Monterey Auto Luxe ........................................................181 Motorcar Gallery ..............................................................185 Motostalgia .........................................................................29 National Corvette Museum ..............................................196 National Humane Society ................................................209 Niello Concours At Serrano .............................................177 P21S ..................................................................................183 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions .....................................63 Park Place LTD .................................................................141 Passport Transport ............................................................127 Paul Russell And Company ................................................65 Porsche Club of America..................................................151 PORsport.com ..................................................................201 Pro-Team Corvette Sales, Inc ...........................................143 Putnam Leasing ................................................................220 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd.................................................117 Raymond James & Associates .........................................103 Reliable Carriers ...............................................................101 Rick Cole Auctions .............................................................47 RM Sotheby’s ............................................ 16–17, 19, 21, 23 Robert Glover LTD...........................................................187 Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo................................................193 Russo & Steele LLC .........................................................145 Schultz Auctioneers ..........................................................101 SCM Monterey Insiders Seminar .....................................182 Silverstone Auctions .........................................................163 Sloancars .......................................................................49, 69 Steve Anderson Illustrations.............................................179 Steve Austin’s Great Vacations ................................152, 157 Stoddard NLA LLC .........................................................175 Suixtil USA .......................................................................198 Swissvax USA, LLC ........................................................109 Symbolic International .......................................................31 T.D.C. Risk Management ...................................................81 The Club Carmel ..............................................................129 The Creative Workshop ....................................................168 The Stable, Ltd. ................................................................135 The Werk Shop .................................................................176 Tom Miller Sports Cars ....................................................196 Tom Vail’s All Ferrari Parts Inc. ......................................165 Tony Labella Classic Cars ................................................216 Velocity Channel ................................................................22 Vintage Car Research .......................................................208 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ..............................................170 Vintage Rallies ..................................................................193 VintageAutoPosters.com ..................................................197 VintageDrivingMachines.com .........................................121 Watchworks ......................................................................206 Waterfront Automobili Inc. ..............................................208 Welsh Enterprises, Inc. .....................................................169 West Coast Classics, LLC ................................................207 Winter Park Concours d’ Elegance ..................................162 Woodside Credit ...............................................................219 Worldwide Group .........................................................32–33 356 Registry ......................................................................206 AIG PC Global Services, Inc .............................................81 Alfa Romeo For Sale ........................................................179 Alfa9 Supply .....................................................................178 Art With Cars ....................................................................198 Aston Martin of New England ...........................................67 Auctions America .............................................................133 Authentic Classics ............................................................209 Auto Kennel ......................................................................207 Automobilia Monterey .....................................................208 Automotive Restorations Inc............................................160 Autosport Designs Inc ......................................................181 Barrett-Jackson .......................................................37, 39, 81 Bennett Law Office ..........................................................180 Beverly Hills Car Club .....................................................199 Beverly Hills Motoring ....................................................217 Blackhawk Museum .........................................................149 Blackhawk/Auto Collections Inc .....................................137 Bobileff Motorcar Company ............................................123 Boca Raton Concours .........................................................46 Bonhams / SF ...................................................... 8–9, 13, 15 Bonhams / UK ................................................................7, 11 Branson Collector Car Auction ..........................................83 Brown’s Classic Auto .......................................................144 Canepa ........................................................................97, 179 Carnut Images ...................................................................196 Carriage House Motor Cars .............................................4–5 Cars, Inc. .............................................................................59 Centerline Alfa Parts.........................................................110 Central Classic Cars Ad Index ......................................216 52 You Write We Read In fact, the external color was inspired by Alex and Paul Russell. The blue leather was unique and a personal choice of my wife. Finally, very reluctantly, I was forced by a gentleman who had acquired my Frazer Nash #124 Mille Miglia as a barn find to surrender the 300SL. This Frazer Nash was the car I ordered and had built to my design and specification in 1950–51 by the Aldingtons. I subsequently raced the car. This gentleman knew I had to have my Frazer Nash back. He would only let me have it back if I gave him the 300SL. We did the exchange through Coys in London some 10 years ago. Hence, my original Mille Miglia is back with me. Thanks to you, now I know where the SL went. We do not give good restorers enough credit and praise. It is their patience and dedica- tion that makes preserving automotive history possible. They often become your best friends. Collecting is a major passion. Your magazine fills it well. — Robert Yung, Honolulu, HI From clapped-out to incredibly valuable To the Editor: The world has certainly changed since Keith Martin and I were pups running clapped-out Alfas. They were our daily drivers, and we competed with them on weekends. I did that with Astons as well, since a used, usable Aston DB4 was cheaper than a new 1972 GTV coupe — by $2,500! I ran a Giulietta and then a Giulia for 40 years, and the Astons for 20, until they became too dear. But the hobby is no more, kidnapped by wealthy investors, many of whom apparently have moved from stamp collecting. Just two examples: First, my 1959 Kellison spider was invited to this year’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Toly Arutunoff provided an introduction to Bill Warner, and then Bill and I were stuck next to each other trying to enter the Circuit of the Americas track a couple of years ago. The Kellison is a one-of-a- kind car. My son and I originally prepped it for street use The world has certainly changed since Keith Martin and I were pups running clapped-out Alfas. They were our daily drivers, and we competed with them on weekends (1997) and then converted it for vintage racing (2010). It’s a middle-of-the-pack car but has a great history. At the end of the concours, I was trying to get off the field and got stuck behind a D-type Jag that wasn’t moving. The Kellison doesn’t do well at extended idle, so I got out and asked the Jag driver what was wrong. The driver was a very pleasant 30-something who said he was the owner of the car, but never drove it. He was waiting for his mechanic to come because he had stalled it and didn’t know the starting procedure! Second, a couple of weeks ago I was at Russo and Steele’s Newport Beach auction. A very original Ferrari 308 (strong #2) went in the mid-$70k range. I was astounded at that price because I remember them at $20k. But my astonishment was compounded when the guy next to me, who had been actively bidding on the car (but wasn’t the high bidder) said it was too bad the Ferrari wasn’t restored, because restored cars are worth so much more than originals. For once, I was speechless. I guess us old f--ts need to keep our heads down, and try not to get run over (both literally and on the track) by these newcomers. Hope to see you at the Alfa convention. Look for me in my original-paint Callaway GTV-6 with almost 80,000 miles on the clock. — Les Neidell, Tulsa, OK Keith Martin responds: Thanks for the note, Les. What we are watching is a natural evolution as cars move from being “just things we use to get somewhere” to “collectibles.” The new owners will find their own ways to appreciate these vehicles that they pay five, six and seven figures for, just as we did when we bought them clappedout for $2,500. Les Neidell responds: I don’t think it’s a natural evolution. IMHO, while there are some car guys, a larger percentage of buyers are speculators. And it’s more fun than playing the slots! We built the Kellison to run in the 1956–59 class, and for the first couple of years we had loads of fun beating up on the Ferraris and Maseratis (and Astons). But new owners have “retired” these cars, and that class cannot be filled. So the class now goes 1956 to 1964 or even 1967 in order to fill the grid, and the Kellison is hopelessly overmatched. Sure, we could fix this — bigger engine, disc brakes (in several events last year, we were the ONLY drum-braked competitor) — but this would create other issues. Another consequence is that the cars in class are much faster. And quite frankly, at age 76, I’m not equipped to compete at 140 mph. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg Steve Jobs once said, “Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” Italian watch designer Giuliano Mazzuoli agrees. He also is a devotee of all things automotive, as all of the styling cues in his line of watches are taken straight from the automotive world. Mazzuoli was a native of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, a vil- lage near Florence, Italy, and a descendant of clockmakers and inventors. His first offering is known as “Manometro,” which is Italian for “air meter” or what we would call a tirepressure gauge. Mazzuoli’s design choices capture the device most drivers are quite familiar with. The case is perfectly round, without t protrusions of lugs that would secure the strap on a more typical watch; rather, the strap fits into notches. The dial with its clear als and tick marks is stark and utilitarian, and the case is thicke and flat on the back as a gauge would be. This model is als made as a modern pocket-watch version, where the attachment to the belt loop cleverly emulates a pressure gauge’s hose rather than appearing like a chain. A particularly fascinating series within the Mazzuoli line is Trasmissione Meccanica, in which the watch dial, case and crown emulate the pressure plates, gears and spline shaft of an automotive gearbox. The effect of the design is quite extraordi nary — it is masculine, aggressive and machined. This is quite possibly the quintessential watch for the gearhead. Within th Trasmissione group are time-only models, chronographs an handsome black PVD models that even further heighten th technical aspect of the watch. Possibly the most innovative design in Mazzuoli’s timecollection is the “Contagiri,” or tachymeter watch. The first Contag offering was coordinated with th launch of the Alfa Romeo 8C supercar in 2008, with the font of the numerals, coloring and layout closely matching the instrumentation or the car. Later models Details Production date: Introduced in 2008 Best place to wear one: Behind the wheel of your supercar as it carves the hills of Tuscany Ratings ( Rarity: Durability: Parts/service availability: Cool factor: is best): had similar design ideals without the direct correlation to the Alfa Romeo dash configuration. Like all of the Neat Stuff by Tony Piff High-Tech Lube for Low-Tech Cars Millers Oils applies modern advances in lubrication technology to the specific needs of vintage cars. Their Classic Millerol suits the unsophisticated oil filtration systems of cars built pre-1930; Classic Pistoneeze is designed for cars built early 1930s through 1960. For cars built 1960–80, Millers offers a line of Multigrades. Their Classic Preservation Oil is formulated for classic cars that are infrequently driven. Visit www. millersoil.co.uk to learn about the full Millers line. Prices start at $9.95 per liter from www. performanceracingoils.com. 58 Magnets and Titanium The Ti2 Techliner is machined from solid titan and neodymium magnets secure the lift-off cap. Un most metal pens, there’s nothing “tactical” about the styling — just an elegant minimalism. You get the hefty, satisfying feeling of a metal in your hand, but it’s light enough for extended use, and the needle-point design gives an unobstructed view of the writing tip. Available in basic tumbled finish for $70. Current limited-edition finishes include Urban Camo ($105 flage Gold ($85) ti2de Contagiri, designed to mimic the gauges of the Alfa Romeo 8C Manometro Mazzuoli’s Simple and Rugged Automotive W other Mazzuoli watches, the Contagiri has no case lugs — again making the case unapologetically round. The technical features of this watch are what set it apart. Unusually, this two-hand watch shows only hours on the long white hand and seconds on the shorter red-tipped hand; minutes must be based on the position of the tip of the hour hand between the 15 minute tick marks. The hour hand is designed to fly back to zero after passing 12. The lever on the side of the case when actiated engages the winding system, which operates by rotating the bezel until fully wound, and xtended further, engages the setting system just the time in a similar manner. Each posin of the lever is indicated like a gear-shift ndicator by supplanting the logo on the dial with either a “1” or “2” shown where the logo was, depending on the lever’s position. It may be said that Giuliano Mazzuoli’s watches are a niche brand positioned parcularly to appeal to a rather small audience f automotive enthusiasts who have a passion Trasmissione Meccanica r watches — or watch enthusiasts who have ssion for automobiles. Either way, the pashat Mazzuoli brings is quite evident, and se of straightforward design is wonderfully . If his work revs your internal tachymeter, ared to spend $3,500 for simple models, while the Contagiri models begin at $15,000. approximated Sports Car Market


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck Aston Martin DB5 Shooting Brake One could classify this vehicle, along with any one of the other DB5 Shooting Brakes, as being multi-purpose, extravagant and practical. Just 12 were coach-built at Harold Radford Ltd. In my skewed world view, a great argument could be made for this being your one and only car if need be. The very first one was created for David Brown, who needed one to carry polo equipment, hunting items and dogs. This model is a fairly new, 1:43-scale, numbered edition from Matrix Scale Models, and it follows their previous release of another DB5 Shooting Brake in British Racing Green with a solid roof. The model shown here is supposed to replicate chassis DB52014R, in its restored state. Just a few details are missing, wrong or added from a different car. In the case of the nifty Aston Martin Owners Club emblem mounted to the grille — that detail belongs to a different, solid-roof DB5 Shooting Brake. For the most part, this is a great little model, but as usual, it should also be a bit better. At about $100 a pop these days for any of the 1:43 mid-volume produced models, such as the Matrix line, which flows out of China, collectors should demand more. Numerous collectors I know would be quite happy to pay a little more for models with more accuracy and fewer flaws. The metallic Sierra Blue paint has a nice gloss, but also has a little too much orange peel in it, which is only noticeable at some angles. As mentioned earlier, this model mostly replicates DB52014R as restored, Model Details Production date: 2015 Quantity: 400 SCM five-star rating: Overall quality: Authenticity: Overall value: ½ ½ ½ Web: www.acmediecast.com, www.matrixscalemodels.com Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Tyler Alexander: A Life and Times with McLaren by Tyler Alexander, David Bull, 456 pages, $42.47, Amazon Tyler Alexander is a mechanic, engineer and team manager. Musician Glen Campbell comes to mind when I think of Alexander — a total pro who just shows up, does the work in a way that blows away his collaborators, while remaining humble and pleasant, strong-minded but not egotistical. Alexander, who helped cre- ate McLaren Racing, wrenched for or managed an all-star cast of drivers over the years, from Bruce McLaren to Denny Hulme, Peter Revson to Mario Andretti, Niki Lauda to Ayrton Senna. He closed his career with a guy named Lewis Hamilton. That’s four decades of work- ing at the pointy end of the grid, with championships galore and too many wins to remember, from the earliest days of SCCA through Can-Am, Champ Car and a long career in Formula One. Along the way, Alexander impressed everyone he knew with his skills, engineering knowledge and the simple ability to get along with anyone in the paddock, from pauper to prince. A Life and Times with McLaren is a straightforward look back and stylis- tically terse tour of his career, from early days in John Mecom’s sports car team to helping found McLaren to decades with the F1 team. 60 Tyler is a simple, declarative writer, with little time for introspection. He approaches writing the way I imagine he built early race cars, with no muss and fuss, just determined hard work. Put your head down and build it, test it, then move on because there is lots more to do. That matter-of-fact approach leaves the reader to tease out the kind of man he is from the stories he tells — unadorned, factual, often funny and ultimately kind. Full of great images (many shot by Alexander), it’s a long and eventful tale of a life well lived in the fast lane. Provenance: Autobiography, by its nature, is the author’s version of truth. This one is by a man who has been successful at the top levels of motorsports for nearly half a century. Fit and finish: A Life and Times with McLaren is an impressive, in- depth book, full of wonderful photos, straightforward design and good printing. Drivability: Tyler Alexander is little known to plenty of racing fans, since he never bothered to seek the limelight (I’m looking at you, Christian Horner) while helping some of the best drivers in the world achieve greatness and fame. This is an informative, easy-to-read walk through his career, and almost every page brings another fact, another story, that you hadn’t heard. The book is just another successful outing for Alexander, and it is clearly born from his work ethic and built from decades of experience. ♦ Sports Car Market with added Talbot-type mirrors on its front fenders and the rear window wiper deleted. But Matrix missed the radio antenna that has been there since new — and the fog lights now on the car in its restored state. There are other misses in the well-made, easy-to-view tan interior. Unfortunately, they painted tan over the door-kick panels and the pedals, but did not paint the gear-shift boot (leaving it all chrome). However, they correctly painted the fly-off handbrake boot buried on the floor to the right of the driver’s seat. The steering wheel rim is just an odd production choice, as it is made of one flat piece of silver-colored, photo-etched metal, but it does have great black spokes and a DB5 emblem in its center. Issues aside, I am impressed by the accurate and wonder- ful dashboard detailing with lots of chrome bits, and all is quite easy to see by peering through the open sunroof, with its nicely replicated folded-back soft top. The crystal-clear windows with thin, expertly fitted metal window trim all around are excellent. Even the windshield and rear window have simulated black rubber gaskets. Looking at the model as a whole, even though it is somewhat of a mixed bag, it is still a beauty, and it sits so well on some of the best delicate wire wheels I have seen in a long time. Priced at $99.97. ACME Trading Co. is the exclusive distributor for North America.


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Affordable Classic BMW Z3 Easy on the Eyes and the Checkbook The BMW Z3 is a great, affordable driver, but, with more than 250,000 made, don’t expect skyrocketing value by Mark Wigginton Bond, BMW and Neiman Marcus Being the first non-British car for Bond to drive put plenty of Brit knickers in a twist in the run up to the film. The good news is the controversy generated millions of dollars of free advertising for the car. The original first-year production run of 15,000 cars (the Z3 was the first new model produced in BMW’s South Carolina plant) was sold out before the car was in showrooms. There was also a special Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog Bond 007 1999 BMW Z3 convertible, sold for $9,460 by Auctions America in 2013 T here’s nothing like a little wind in the old scalp, but if you were a BMW fan last century, there wasn’t much to choose from except a truly vintage two-seat roadster or the “rare-and-should-be” Z1 from 1989. That is, until the introduction of the Z3, way back in 1995. The Z3 was a response to the wildly popular Mazda Miata — and recognition of the reappearing two-seater market niche. The successful introduction of the Miata in 1989 represented a sea change in the industry, proving — once again — that top-down motoring sells, and BMW wanted into the game. The Z3 emerged from the design studio in a tidy package, based on the successful 3 Series E36 platform, with a 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder engine driving a 5-speed gearbox (or a problematic automatic). BMW tracked the early Miata customer feedback, and responded with a car that was slightly larger (seven inches longer), slightly heavier (400 pounds) and slightly more upscale. Motor Trend called it the equivalent of relaxed-fit jeans compared to the Miata. Looks faster than it actually is Based on lots of bits from the 3-Series parts bin, the Z3 was all about shape, and the early car was round and handsome, looking a lot faster parked than it was on the road, with 0–60 mph times around 10 seconds. The original body was restyled in 2000, getting a bit rounder, with a better soft top and much nicer interior touches, which was a corporate response to the early cars’ more utilitarian, not-quite-up-to-BMW-standard interiors. The rather anemic early 1.8 4-cylinder engine Details was standard, but there was also an optional 2.8liter, 6-cylinder producing 189 horsepower. Later models included a 3-liter engine producing 228 horses, with the boy-racer M version putting out 320 horsepower. It wasn’t the look or the feel of the Z3 that launched it, though — it was brilliant marketing that established the success of the Z3. A productplacement deal made the Z3 the James Bond car in “GoldenEye,” the first Bond film to star Pierce Brosnan. 64 Years produced: 1995–2002 Current price range: $4,000–$30,000 Pros: Great-looking boulevardier, guaranteed to look like it is worth more than you paid Cons: Slow-ish, with little appreciation expected Best place to drive one: That great little brewpub on the beach A typical owner: Someone who wanted a Miata — but wouldn’t be caught dead in a Miata Tight interior space earns the model a demerit Sports Car Market Edition Z3, and all 100 examples sold. The Bond edition came only in Bond Blue Gray, and featured a few 007 touches, from dash plaque to leather interior, with a $35,000 sticker (not much of a premium over the base car price, which was slightly under $29,000). Sadly, they lacked the Stinger missiles behind the headlights that were found on the movie car. More elegant, and heavier, vs. the Miata The Z3 is undeniably handsome. Sitting next to a Miata of the same vintage, the Z3 just screams class and elegance in a way the Miata doesn’t. But sometimes the wrapping is better than the present. The interior space is tight, especially the footwells, despite the extra length. Should you have the top up, the view through the small plastic rear window is restricted, and that’s before it starts to fade and scratch (about two days after purchase). But roadsters are all about driving — not looking good — and this is where the Z3 starts to fall down. First and foremost, they feel heavy with the 1.8, and they ARE heavy compared with the Miata. The early Z3s are also noisy, and annoying rattles are often your traveling buddy on even the smoothest road. At least the six-speaker sound system is there to cover the rattles. The gearshift throws are nice and short — but notchy. Brakes are disc all around and work well, Courtesy of Auctions America


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Bonhams sold this 1996 BMW Z3 James Bond Edition for $24,200 in May although the semi trailing-arm rear suspension (off the E30) can give you 911-like moments when you lift the throttle in a corner. But none of that matters; you have to have one, don’t you? The good news is, they are out there and affordable. Lots of inexpensive cars There were more than 250,000 Z3s of various configurations produced over the six- year run. The rarest version is the Z3 M coupe, but that’s really a different discussion for us ragtop fans. Early 4-cylinder cars are plentiful at under $8,000, 6-cylinders for under $10,000, and a few Bond cars have achieved more than $20,000 sales at auction. Any Z3 M version is about a $4,000 premium. The most recent sale was a pristine 1996 Z3 Bond Edition, with less than 6,000 miles on the odo, and it hammered for $24,200 (with commissions) at the Bonhams Greenwich Concours auction in May 2015. For the collector, the Bond cars are auction outliers, with many more Z3s going for below $8,000 than $20,000 or more. So, at the end of the day, it’s an affordable little bucket of handsome fun, easy on the pocketbook and eyes. But unless you are looking at a Bond car, or an M version, you are buying a lovely driver, without expectation of appreciation any time soon. ♦ September 2015 65 Pawel Litwinski, courtesy of Bonhams


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Collecting Thoughts Fine-Art Restoration Preserving Transcendent Cars and Conserving Art We collect historic automobiles because they are, in fact, old. The custodian must preserve all evidence of their historical reality by Miles Collier I lecting Thoughts Fine-Art Restoration Preserving Transcendent Cars and Conserving Art We collect historic automobiles because they are, in fact, old. The custodian must preserve all evidence of their historical reality by Miles Collier I the the restoration and conservation of cultural ob She is in the art history doctoral program at E University. Naturally, the discussion widened to include a mobiles, and thence to the criteria that should b plied to the ongoing preservation of important l examples. Transcendent objects First, let’s acknowledge that the finest autom are worthy objects. By that I mean that automobiles embody all that i great in the human mind and spirit. Practical objec that have been touched by the spirit rise above com mon utility to become something more. That “mo is not that they become art, for surely they are not, b they become transcendent — surpassing mundane f They serve as inspiration, rewarding study in and of themselves. They show us the outer reaches of human creativity and genius. Such objects, through their quality, inform, reward and inspire students and connoisseurs. The automobile is arguably the single most important technologic object of the 20th century, and given its infinitely transformative role in the development of modernity, is also one of the most important legacy objects of developed Western culture. Without the automobile, our lives would be unrecognizably different. For good or for ill, the automobile has transformed our physical world as permanently as did the great glaciers of the last ice age. Protection and celebration As central legacy objects, worthy objects, supreme artifacts of “Man the Maker,” great automobiles are a central part of the world’s cultural heritage. They deserve to be recognized as such and treated accordingly. My conversation with my niece found common ground in the agreement that great and important expressions of human genius need to be recognized, collected, protected and celebrated. Between high art on one hand, and great automobiles on the other, what can we learn? Art is human expression that inhabits both the arena of conception, the idea that informs the physical making of the work, as well as that very physical expression of that idea in the artist’s manipulation of paint, stone, metal and so on. 66 ting Thoughts Fine-Art Restoration Preserving Transcendent Cars and Conserving Art We collect historic automobiles because th ollecting Thoughts Fine-Art Restoration Preserving Transcendent Cars and Conserving Art We collect historic automobiles because they are, in fact, old. The custodian must preserve all evidence of their historical reality by Miles Collier I the restoration and conservation of cultural ob She is in the art history doctoral program at E University. Naturally, the discussion widened to include a mobiles, and thence to the criteria that should b plied to the ongoing preservation of important l examples. Transcendent objects First, let’s acknowledge that the finest autom are worthy objects. By that I mean that automobiles embody all that i great in the human mind and spirit. Practical objec that have been touched by the spirit rise above com mon utility to become something more. That “mo is not that they become art, for surely they are not, b they become transcendent — surpassing mundane f They serve as inspiration, rewarding study in and of themselves. They show us the outer reaches of human creativity and genius. Such objects, through their quality, inform, reward and inspire students and connoisseurs. The automobile is arguably the single most important technologic object of the 20th century, and given its infinitely transformative role in the development of moder- nity, is also one of the most important legacy objects of developed Western culture. Without the automobile, our lives would be unrecognizably different. For good or for ill, the automobile has transformed our physical world as perma- nently as did the great glaciers of the last ice age. Protection and celebration As central legacy objects, worthy objects, supreme artifacts of “Man the Maker,” great automobiles are a central part of the world’s cultural heritage. They deserve to be recognized as such and treated accordingly. My conversation with my niece found common ground in the agreement that great and important expressions of human ge- nius need to be recognized, collected, protected and celebrated. Between high art on one hand, and great automobiles on the other, what can we learn? Art is human expression that inhabits both the arena of conception, the idea that informs the physical making of the work, as well as that very physical expression of that idea in the artist’s manipulation of paint, stone, metal and so on. 66 e e physical manipulation of materials. Conceptual k, or work that is independent of physical state, h as literature and music, presents a different case ch we will ignore. Object-based art has a physical form that shows, art of its full expression, the imprint, the facture, e hand of the artist himself. Being physical, such s subject to the entropic forces that degrade and mately destroy all tangible objects. The job of the curator, conservator and custo- dian, whether public museum or private collector, s to hold, protect and preserve the artist’s expresion in a condition as close as possible to that when t was finished by the artist. pending on the fate of any particular object, or ding on the artist’s craftsmanship or the materials used, works of art experience deterioration to greater or lesser degrees. As custodians of art, we are concerned with preserving the artist’s work in the face of that inevitable degradation. To that end, enormous effort and expense may be warranted in attempting to preserve a work down to the maker’s very brush strokes or marks. Hence, we have the image of conservators hunched over a panel equipped with magnifying glasses and tiny cotton swabs. Unlike the practice of hundreds of years ago, it is no longer acceptable to change the artist’s statement by altering the size or shape of the canvas, adding or removing unpleasing elements, changing tones, textures and so forth. It is also a tenet of modern intervention that any restoration work performed be reversible. By that we mean that interventions must be completely removable in such a way that the object can be returned to its preintervention state. Finally, traditional art, as opposed to kinetic, conceptual or digital art, functions passively. It hangs on a wall or stands on a plinth, subject only to visual appreciation. Sports Car Market


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Preservation vs. operation Compare the passive function of art to the function of a great and important his- toric automobile. The automobile exists as a machine to move people, either in their daily course or for recreation or competition. Without the aspect of functionality, the historic automobile is compromised, for without the ability to operate, it can’t fulfill its purpose. Indeed, automobile collectors normally use operability as a surrogate for the object’s integrity. What complicates life for historic-automobile collectors, however, is the tension created between maintaining historic originality, with its emphasis on the physical integrity of the automobile as used in the day, and the sometimes opposing requirement to operate as its manufacturer originally intended. Given the complexity of the automobile, ensuring operation often requires replace- ment components be substituted for the non-serviceable originals. Such a practice, involving the serial replacement of original components with new, ultimately ensures that, given enough time and use, much of the automobile’s original structure will be lost and replaced by historically worthless modern artifact. Finally, unlike most collectibles, cars are required to operate at or beyond the physical limits that governed when they were new. The demands of modern traffic or vintage racing often stress old cars to the limit or beyond. Consider also that cars are one of the few important objects that, if used in accordance to the original manufacturer’s directions, will wear out and become unserviceable in a short period of time. Clearly, one can use a chair for two hundred years (I have some in my dining room), but one cannot drive an automobile in the ordinary course for a fraction of that time. The patina of time and use Second, similar to fine art, historic automobiles are also creations of their time. In both cases, the object is expected to show the effects of elapsed time in the form of patina, normal wear and tear, and possibly even damage. In part, we collect historic automobiles because they are, in fact, old. It follows that it is incumbent on the custodian to preserve to the extent possible all evidence of that historical reality. As with important automobiles, this reality with respect to fine art is a big deal and yet is often downplayed. Heavily restored paintings or sculpture are problem- atic at best. Now here’s an important difference: The “non-art” part of the work, the support, the canvas or panel upon which the work was made, may be restored or even replaced, literally removing the paint layers from one support and transferring them to another, without penalty. In light of the differing issues mentioned above, the best automobile restorers today have attained a level of skill that compares to the skill levels of the best fineart conservators, but it is necessarily a different suite of skills. The fine-art restorer is focused on preservation of the work of the artist’s hand. That focus necessarily takes an obsessive degree of resolution. Every tiny particle of the visible piece is precious; the “behind the scenes” supporting structure, analogous to internal engine parts in automobile collecting, not so much. Ultimately, art conservation has had such a long history that the practice recognizes that in time other professionals may have to re-do work performed today. By contrast, automobile restorers still operate on the basis that their work is permanent. Consequently, aggressive alterations to the original object through sanding, grinding, welding and so forth are part of the repertoire. Indeed, given the operating imperative, permanent interventions are unavoidable. Compared to art conservators, the materials and engineering understanding that the finest automotive restorers have is breathtaking. Ultimately, the conservation goals of the fine-art restorer and the goals of the historic automobile restorer will come into closer and closer agreement. ♦ September 2015 67


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Legal Files John Draneas Judge Prompts Settlement in Cunningham Corvette Case Everyone gets a chunk of the car, and a sale will happen soon Sr., and that he was the rightful owner. Mathis had entered into a partnership with Idoni, a Corvette historian, who was acting on behalf of his partnership with Burelli. Mathis Jr. lost his interest in the claim when he filed bankruptcy and the trustee sold it to Idoni and Burelli. The chain of title went through Jerry Moore to Mathis Sr. before it got foggy. Mackay’s version was that Mathis Sr. traded it to John Lehmkuhle, who sold it to Carr. The Mathis/ Idoni/Burelli version is that the car was stolen from Mathis Sr. — perhaps by Lehmkuhle — before it went to Carr. Reconciling or just deciding between those stories was what the lawsuit was all about. Why would Mackay settle? “Legal Files” reasoned that, based upon what was known at the time, things looked pretty good for Mackay. Mackay is a very savvy guy, and he was well represented by the very capable Bryan Shook. Why would he take $750,000 to just walk away? Mackay told “Legal Files” he was ready to do battle that day and was blindsided by the judge’s settlement recommendation. The judge told them, “This is a fascinating T and very complicated case with lots of twists and turns. It’s a legal jump ball that can go he long legal battle over ownership of the #1 Briggs Cunningham 1960 Le Mans Corvette is over. When we last wrote about this fascinating case (January 2014, p. 42), the parties were about to argue a motion to dismiss the lawsuit entirely, which was not granted. A few weeks ago, they went to court to argue another motion about storage of the Corvette. The judge, in a surprise move, took them into his chambers and told them they should find a way to settle the case. Just 4½ hours later, they reached a final settlement under which the Corvette is owned 30% by Kevin Mackay and 70% by the Domenico Idoni and Gino Burelli partnership, with Domenico and Idoni having 90 days to buy Mackay’s interest for $750,000. This result is a stunner. To refresh your memory, the Corvette we are talking about is the #1 car out of the group of three Corvettes the Briggs Cunningham team took to Le Mans in 1960. The car’s 8th overall and first-in-class finish made quite an impression for Chevrolet and the American automobile industry. A long, twisty road The #2 and #3 Le Mans cars had been located and recovered, but the #1 car was missing until 2012. It was located and acquired by Chip Miller as a favor for Kevin Mackay, who had restored #2 for him. It was purchased from the estate of Richard Carr, a Florida judge and car collector who had stored the car in his warehouse until his death. As soon as the discovery was made public, Dan Mathis Jr. popped up and claimed that the Corvette was stolen from his father, Dan Mathis 70 either way. You really should try to settle it.” Whether it was the words, the tone of voice, the body language or the combination, Mackay says, “It put the fear in me. I was already invested over $200,000 in this. How much more would I be in it before it got resolved? And who knows which way it would turn out?” Shook echoed that sentiment, having grown quite concerned about not being able to predict the outcome. He thought that the judge had made some rulings on preliminary motions that made it impossible to predict which way he was going to decide the case. It had become quite clear to Shook that the case was going to go all the way to trial — and perhaps even an appeal afterward. There was most likely not going to be a quick resolution. Huge relief Mackay is happy to have this behind him. The time and attention he had to give to the lawsuit had grown detrimental to his Corvette restoration business and was causing strain on his marriage. The settlement money wasn’t as much as it could have been, but it was a lot more than the $75,000 he paid to buy the Corvette and, after paying his attorney fees, it would leave him enough to do a couple of project Corvettes he wants to buy. Most important, Mackay is ecstatic that all the Cunningham Corvettes are going to be back in the public eye, and he is pleased to be a part of history. He modestly notes that all the research work he has done on this car, as well as his restoration of #2, should make him the logical choice to restore #1, and he is hopeful that opportunity will come his way. Sports Car Market


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Vindication for Idoni Idoni told “Legal Files” that he had been searching for this Corvette for 30 years. He traced it to Jerry Moore, who had purchased it from a used car dealer in Tampa, FL. Moore was a foreman in Mathis Sr.’s pool-installation company. Mathis liked the car and unexpectedly offered him $700 for it. Moore accepted it and gave Mathis the signed-off title. Neither of them knew anything about the history of the Corvette, but they knew it was fast and had a very stiff suspension, so it had to be something special. For some reason, Mathis never titled the car in his name, but he carried the title in the glove box in case he was stopped by police. The title disappeared with the Corvette when it was stolen. Idoni states that Mathis’s oldest daughter, then about 21, was living with Mathis when the car was stolen. She recalls the police coming to investigate the theft. Idoni also states that Mathis was quite successful in his business and had owned a number of race cars. He didn’t sell any of them, but had all of them in his possession when he died, except, of course, for the stolen Corvette. Additional corroboration comes from Carr’s failure to title the Corvette in his name. As a judge, Idoni figures he would have found a way to do that if it had been possible, and speculates that Carr may have known there was a problem. Idoni believes the case would have boiled down to Lehmkuhle’s credibility, as he was supposed to have sold the car to Carr. Idoni points to Lehmkuhle’s lengthy rap sheet for car theft and says that Lehmkuhle testified on deposition, “I’ve been stealing Corvettes for 40 years, but I didn’t steal that one.” Idoni suggests that Mackay knew he was going to lose, which ex- plains why he settled for so little — the 30% is illusory, as the car is going to sell for much more than the $2.5 million bandied about. The $750,000 Mackay will get will be an even smaller percentage of the final value. But, to be fair, $750,000 is still a lot of money. If Mackay had so little chance of winning, why pay him that much? Litigation realities “Legal Files” has said many times that litigation is no picnic. This case is a great example of that. No matter how good your case seems to be, the judge or jury is always a bit of a wild card. As Mackay said about the judge, “He didn’t seem to be a car guy. Maybe he’s a golfer.” Odds are, not many judges are car guys, and trying to get across all the little twists and turns we all know so well about the car hobby can be a challenge. Experienced litigators will tell you that if you have a rock-solid, slam-dunk case, that means you have an 80% chance of winning. You stand to invest a lot of money in litigation expenses before that final — and often unpredictable — decision is made. Then you have to consider the human toll. Your attorney can’t do everything without you. Litigation takes a lot of your personal time and attention, all of which is time away from your hobbies, business and family. You never get that time back. Those reasons are why “Legal Files” previously suggested the par- ties should find a way to settle this, and they are likely the same reasons why the judge did the same. They are also the reasons why it is hard, even with 20-20 hindsight, to know whether a settlement was a good one or a bad one. Looking to the future For the rest of us, this is pretty exciting news. The last of the Cunningham Corvettes is soon going to find a new home. Hopefully, the new owner will restore it to its former glory and park it somewhere we can all see it. And, with a little luck, we’ll see all the Cunningham Le Mans Corvettes together one day. ♦ 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 2015 71


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Simon Says Simon Kidston Lord Rothschild’s Timely Advice Look for a steady market instead of a skyrocketing one That’s over half a billion dollars of cars sold at up- scale auctions in just six months. And yet, looking at the 500 collector cars upon which we’ve based the index (which started at a value of 100 in the summer of 1994), in January 2014 their average value stood at 424, rising to 440 in July last year, remaining almost static at 441 this January, and now standing at 448 as we reach mid-2015. So whilst the volume of cars offered has rocketed, their collective values haven’t, and higher turnover won’t have helped. Try to look beyond the headlines after the Monterey bonanza: Sure, there will be some fliers (and the pros can already pick them), but overall I’d forecast “steady as she goes” rather than a sea of new money blowing up a storm. “Farewell” — and “welcome home” Perhaps subconsciously following the Rothschild McLaren F1 — a hot car, but a no-sale can cool its market for months W hen asked how he had accumulated such great wealth, the original Lord Rothschild famously replied: “Because I always sold too early.” If there’s one thing which seems to terrify a new breed of speculators — sorry, collectors — it’s the fear of leaving money on the table for future owners. Anyone who owns a classic car, especially a valuable one, has had a roller-coaster ride over the past decade, reaching a recent crescendo. When to buy? When to sell? Each passing auction brings excitement and uncertainty — and for good reason. The afterglow of a record result sees fellow owners chattering like excited schoolgirls — witness how many “Periscopica” Countaches suddenly appeared on the market after one car took off at Pebble Beach last summer — whilst a high-profile no-sale can kill the market just as quickly. When, hours after the Countach, a well-known McLaren F1 was hammered unsold with the words “pass that lot,” on the other side of the world — at McLaren HQ — the telephone that had been ringing daily with prospective buyers suddenly went silent. It took months to reawaken. The weather forecast A year later and here we are again, with all eyes on the ramps of the glitzy sale rooms which in just a few days will be alive with revved-up bidders, expectant sellers, journalists hoping they can understand what’s going on, restorers eager to pick up another year’s worth of projects to pay their kids’ college fees and, most importantly, one man with a strong voice, a good command of numbers and the wooden gavel whose authoritative rap will either send sellers home wealthier or cars home unsold. In my time on the rostrum we’d hum the tune to an Elvis song: “Return to Sender.” It’s been especially tough this year for the auction houses to fill their catalogs with the gems which make a sale truly memorable. Either all the barns are now empty — or not many owners are heeding Lord Rothschild’s words, as they’re jealously guarding their best cars and packing the rest off to market if the price is so tempting they’d be mad to say no. And is the market flattering them? The K500 index I’ve developed with colleagues far cleverer than me says yes and no: the average percentage of cars sold (vs. offered) at “premier cru” auctions is identical for the year to date compared with the first six months of 2014 (84%), but the volume of cars sold at those auctions during the same period has exploded from $368 million last year to $515 million in 2015. 72 Is the collector car roller coaster ride primed to continue? Sports Car Market mantra, I recently parted with a motorcar I loved, trading it for one I’ve coveted for years but which is certainly less fashionable — and probably has lesser prospects — than the previous incumbent in my modest garage. And yet the swap lets me take some money off the table — not to be underestimated if, like me, it allows you the freedom to fulfill other ambitions — and finally brings home a family car six decades after it left. In that time, do you know how much it’s appreciated? I just worked it out: 1,800-fold. Ironically, I had to decide last week whether to sell the modern AMG Mercedes with which I crossed Europe at high speed on business for years. What a machine — but now almost worthless. Should I keep it for future generations? A resounding “no” from them. Lay it up here in Geneva? Parking, insurance and servicing will cost its value every year. I could hardly watch it leave, and in its place is just an envelope — a very thin one — from an Eastern European car dealer who’s driving it home with his family. I hope he enjoys it as much as I did, and makes a good profit. Rothschild was right because as long as we’re mortal, the cars we once owned will still earn money for their future custodians, and whilst selling too soon may cause some people regrets, selling too late makes for a greedy fool. ♦ David Tomaro


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Feature 2015 Keels & Wheels Casual Excellence by Land or Sea SCMers Peter and Merle Mullin of Oxnard, CA, and their 1939 Bugatti Aravis won “Best of the Best” European car Story and Photos by Cody Tayloe Whatever floats your boat, you can find it at Keels & Wheels L ocated on 38 waterfront acres, the Lakewood Yacht Club has played host to the Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance for 20 years. The unique event in Seabrook, TX, combines a display of fine boats — mostly wood — with top-quality cars along a beautiful waterfront setting. Attendees are immediately drawn into the event as they meander around magnificent cars nestled under a canopy of old-growth oak trees. The boats are docked at the rear of the yacht club. Here, palm trees replace oaks as the best of both worlds collide in a display of cars and boats. The delightful thing about Keels and Wheels is the casual vibe. Owners of boats and cars are gracious and friendly — offering up an approachable casualness devoid of some of the stuffiness you might find at other concours. Bowties and red-soled shoes are replaced with Hawaiian shirts and flip-flops. It is a family-friendly atmosphere with proceeds raised benefiting the Boys and Girls Harbor, a local charity that provides a safe living environment and residential care for abused and neglected children. Publisher Keith Martin, who returned for his sixth year to emcee the event, joined Dennis Gage of television’s “My Classic Car” and Pringles fame, who served as Grand Marshal. This year’s event was on May 2–3. Marques featured were Packard and Mustang for cars and Garwood and Hacker-Craft for boats. Awards for the car classes took place on Sunday afternoon, while the boats were recognized on Saturday. Concours founders Bob Fuller, Chairman, and Paul Merriman, Co-Chairman, have served Keels & Wheels for two decades. Fuller handles the “Wheels” side of the event, while Merriman takes care of the “Keels.” Together, they have raised over $1.4 million for charities over the years. In addition to many traditional concours categories, this year’s Keels & Wheels included a special category as former Best of Show winners were invited back to compete once again in a new class dubbed “Best of the Best.” Naturally, this included some heavy hitters from some of the most prestigious collections in the world. Top honors for Best of the Best were awarded to SCMers Richard and Irina Mitchell of Montgomery, TX, and their 1930 Stutz Lancefield Supercharged in the American category. SCMers Peter and Merle Mullin of Oxnard, CA, and their 1939 Bugatti Aravis won Best of 76 Details Plan ahead: The 2016 Keels & Wheels is scheduled for April 30–May 1 Where: Lakewood Yacht Club, Seabrook, TX Cost: $25 if purchased in advance; $35 at the gate More: www.keels-wheels.com Best of the Best: 1930 Stutz Lancefield Supercharged owned by SCMers Richard and Irina Mitchell of Montgomery, TX Sports Car Market the Best in the European category. Neither couple is a stranger to concours awards with these and other awardwinning vehicles in their collections. 2015 Best of Show American went to SCMer Joseph A. Scott of Houston and his 1930 Cadillac 452. 2015 Best of Show European went to SCMer Frank Rubio of Pinecrest, FL, and his 1950 Aston Martin DB2. If you have never been and don’t want to spend $300 for advance purchase tickets to Pebble Beach, make plans to attend next year’s Keels & Wheels. There is no shortage of great cars and boats, and if the glorious weather is a repeat of this year’s event, this is a concours that is tough to beat. ♦


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Feature 2015 Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance A High-Octane, High-Caffeine Gathering Combining the concours with a cars-and-coffee event gave spectators plenty to see and do Story and Photos by Bill Rothermel lowing the concours in surprise fashion at a high-school awards ceremony. Classy winners In addition to more typical classes, this year’s event featured Mercedes-Benz, Microcars and Orphan automobiles along with special classes for Air-Cooled Porsches, Corvettes until 1972, and Ferrari through 1975. Dr. Rick Workman’s 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spyder took Best-in-Class honors among Ferraris, while the 1967 911 Trans Am Race Car of Jeff and Marge Lewis took similar honors in the Porsche class. Among Orphan Cars, Mark James’ spectacular 1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk (one of 878 built) was Best in Class, and Kim Barnes’ equally fine 1967 Sunbeam Tiger Mk II received a Pinehurst Award. Ken Swanstrom’s stunning 1962 Facel Vega Facel Best in Show — 1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 66 A-4 Tourer W ith the proliferation of concours on the circuit these days, it’s getting more and more difficult for each and every event to be unique. The masterminds at the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance, now having completed their third season, have figured that out. For this year’s event on May 1–2, Pinehurst moved their Sunday concours on Course #3 to Saturday and combined it with a successful “Fairway Club” cars-and-coffee on parallel Course #5. Spectators got a two-for-the-price-of-one admission ticket. The day ended with a “cars and concert” on the showfield with the band Three Dog Night performing for both concours participants and village locals. Best of Show cars on display This year began another concours tradition by featuring the two previous year’s Best in Show winners along with the 2015 winner on the lawn in front of the Pinehurst Resort’s Carolina Hotel for a Sunday morning send-off champagne toast with judges and concours officials. 2015’s Best in Show (and also the Best in Class Pre-War American Award) was the 1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 66 A-4 Tourer with custom coachwork by Don Lee Coach & Bodyworks of Los Angeles, CA. Now owned by Robert Jepson Jr. of Savannah, GA, the flamboyant purple car with white rubber tires was built for famous silent movie actor Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. It sports what was at the time the largest engine made in a production automobile — 6 cylinders and an 825-ci displacement. Saturday’s concours featured 118 invited cars and motorcycles. Student judges Pinehurst’s unique judging system remains in place. Each of the 12 judging teams is paired with a local high school student who is encouraged to participate in the judging process. The student documents the scoring of each automobile within the designated class on a computer tablet, another Pinehurst exclusive. Ultimately, one student is chosen to receive a two-year scholarship to North Carolina’s Sandhills Community College in the automotive trades and technology program. The award is announced fol- 78 Details Plan ahead: The 2016 Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for April 29–30 Where: Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst, NC Admission: $25 advance-purchase admission for adults; $40 at the gate More: www.pinehurstconcours.com Post-War American Best in Class: 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Sports Car Market Ferrari Best in Class: 1967 275 GTB/4 NART Spyder II won the Post-War European class. Donald Ghareeb’s flawless 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham in unforgiving black deservedly was awarded Best in Class in the Post-War American lineup. NASCAR legends Ray Evernham and Rick Hendrick also received honors. Evernham’s 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona took Best in Class among American Performance cars, and Hendrick’s 1969 Chevrolet Camaro 427 COPO was presented with the Chairman’s Award. The USO of North Carolina served as the event’s main charity. Actor Dennis Haysbert, who is very active with the USO, served as the 2015 Grand Marshal. ♦


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Feature 2015 Packard Experience An Experience with Rare and Special Packards One car, a 1931 Packard 840 by Rollston, was once used as a tow vehicle Story and Photos by Carl Bomstead What is known is that in the early 1940s, it was used as a tow vehicle at a Lansing auto repair shop. What is truly amazing is that Tom pulled the rare Packard out of a barn three years ago. It had been stored there for years as the owner had intentions of having a museum. Goes to show that they are still out there! The 1930 734 Packard Speed- A 1930 734 Speedster Roadster leads a row of classic Packards T he Gilmore Car Museum is located in Hickory Corners, MI, about 20 miles from Kalamazoo. It was founded 48 years ago on a remote farm with a distinctive red barn to house the collection of founder Donald Gilmore, who was the president of Upjohn Pharmaceuticals. In 1987, the Classic Car Club of America opened their museum in a relocated red barn, and there are now seven partner museums on the 90-acre site. It houses over 300 cars and motorcycles, a re-created period Shell station, two extensive mascot collections, an extensive library and interactive displays that explain the history of the various marques. This year, the Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum was completed, joining Cadillac, Ford and Franklin on dealership row. The Gilmore Museum is one of the best museums in the country. It is also one of the best-kept car museum secrets. The Experience Each year, the CCCA Museum, a separate entity from the CCCA, sponsors The Experience, and this year the featured marque was Packard. With the theme “All Packards 1899 to 1958,” about 130 were presented on the field on June 7. The oldest was a 1901 Model C Dos-á-Dos Runabout from the Off Brothers Collection, and several examples from 1957 represented the final year of production. Two of the remaining three 1910 Model 30 Packards were on display, and they were not static pieces, as they were busy throughout the morning providing rides around the field. Over 100 years old and still going strong certainly serves as a testament to Packard’s durability. A tower during the early 1940s Cars all have their own story, and the 1931 Packard 840 by Rollston that was pre- sented by Tom and Donna Tuls had a fascinating one. It is the only one known, and it has the distinctive split windshield with factory-provided mid-year updates that gave it a ’32 front end among other changes. It is thought that the car was destined for the New York Auto Show at the Commodore Hotel, but that can’t be verified. 80 Oldest on display — 1901 Packard Model C Dos-á-Dos Sports Car Market ster was offered in five body styles, and with the modified 145hp engine, it was capable of speeds over 100 mph. Packard did not heavily promote the car, and only 113 were produced in all configurations. A stunning roadster was presented by Robert Valprery and with the rear-mounted spare, the 134.5-inch-wheelbase Speedster appeared much longer. A 1934 Custom Dietrich Packard with the distinctive split windshield is the epitome of Packard styling, and three were presented at the Packard Experience. The 1108 Convertible Victoria that won the Best of Show at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance added the Best of Show trophy at the Packard Experience to the Cassini family trophy case. These stunning and rare cars are infrequently seen, and three on the field was truly an experience. The Packard Experience presented some of the finest examples from the company’s 59-year history. Displayed on the grounds of one of the finest museums in the country, the exhibit truly was an experience and one that won’t soon be forgotten. ♦


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Ferrari Profile 2002 Ferrari Enzo This car sold at a less-than-market price, but that was not a surprise, as there were 15k miles on the clock by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 2003–05 Number produced: 400 Original list price: $643,330 Current SCM Valuation: $1,250,000– $1,900,000 Tune-up cost: Starts at $3,000 and can go up dramatically Chassis # location: Interior dash near windshield Engine # location: In V between heads Clubs: Ferrari Club of America, Ferrari Owners Club More: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 2006 Bugatti Veyron, 1991–98 McLaren F1, 1987–88 Porsche 959 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: ZFFCZ56B000129581 L uca di Montezemolo dedicated the Ferrari Enzo to the founder of the company, “who always thought racing should lay the foundations for our road car designs,” at the Paris Auto Show in September 2002. He described the car as “the best of which our technology is capable.” The Enzo Ferrari would be the successor to the F50. The world was waiting with bated breath, as the F50’s successor had very big shoes to fill. At the Enzo’s heart is its 660-horsepower, naturally aspirated V12 engine. This is an all-new unit that has been developed specifically for use in this car, and when it is coupled with a 6-speed, sequential F1-style gearbox, it is capable of launching the Enzo from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, thanks also in part to its lightningquick 150-millisecond gearshifts. If the pilot is offered a stretch of road long enough, the Enzo can accelerate to an astonishing 218 mph, making it the fastest road car Ferrari had ever produced at the time. As owners would expect of a car of this caliber, the carbon-ceramic brakes are on par with its incredible performance, and the Ferrari can grind to a halt from 80 mph in a scarcely believable 188 feet. The Enzo presented here, chassis 129581, was pro- duced in July 2002, and it is one of just a handful of Enzos finished in striking Giallo Modena with a Nero leather interior. This car was displayed at the Paris Motor Show on the Pininfarina stand in October 2002, where the Enzo was first publicly unveiled to the world. Following the show, the car was sold through Ch. Pozzi S.A. to a client 84 in Monaco. In January of 2013, the car was serviced by Ch. Pozzi, with 26,339 kilometers (16,366 miles) showing on its odometer. Recently, the car received its 30,000-kilometer (18,641 miles) service in Modena. The Enzo was an instant success when new, and it has become even more desirable to collectors over time. It is undoubtedly the most collectible of the Montezemoloera Ferraris, and although production of the Enzo ended a decade ago, its performance is still considered worldclass. The Enzo is a product of a time when Ferrari was operating at its peak both on the road and track, and this example would be the centerpiece of any collection of modern supercars. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 107, sold for $1,411,200, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba auction in Cernobbio, Italy, on May 23, 2015. The team behind the Ferrari Enzo faced a real chal- lenge. They had to best the F50 and defend an onslaught from Lamborghini, Porsche, and the specialty manufacturers. Sheer horsepower wasn’t going to make the Enzo special. The team needed something else to make the Enzo a worthy successor to the throne. A beautiful body The F50’s development was done at a time when mechanical design and construction techniques were already quite advanced. Composite components, push- Sports Car Market 2004 Ferrari Enzo Lot 167, s/n ZFFCZ568000135890 Condition 1- Not sold at $920,000 Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/17/12 SCM# 214630 2004 Ferrari Enzo Lot 118, s/n ZFFCZ56B000138347 Condition 1- Sold at $1,390,480 RM Auctions, Villa Erba, ITA, 5/25/13 SCM# 216610 2003 Ferrari Enzo Lot 45, s/n ZFFCW56A230131882 Condition 2 Sold at $1,485,000 Gooding & Company, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/19/13 SCM# 214781 Remi Dargegen ©2015, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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pull suspension and sophisticated engine management were standard supercar fare. Even with the help of Ferrari’s Formula One engineers, there would be few breakthroughs to showcase on the Enzo. Any performance improvements would be incremental and mostly accomplished with lighter-weight construction rather than whiz-bang technology. The Enzo would be an impressive performer but only modestly newsworthy. The breakthrough that made the Enzo a hit would come from an unlikely source: a young designer who would create a body that challenged Ferrari convention. On April 26, 2002, some five months before the Ferrari Enzo would be shown to the public, a life-size mock-up was unveiled at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. The mock-up was part of an exhibition titled “Ferrari and Maserati Artedinamica.” The mock-up was called the Ferrari FX at the time, and it shared space with drawings of a concept Maserati Quattroporte — along with assorted Ferrari/Maserati design material. The fact that Ferrari was previewing the Enzo in Japan was not incidental. A life in design Growing up in Japan, Ken Okuyama could have had no idea that he would be responsible for one of the most important projects to come out of the world’s top automotive design house. Okuyama was an ambitious youth who did everything he could to make his own luck. he knew talent alone would not get him to the top of the industrial-design world, so he learned several languages and studied at the world’s best design schools. his career path included designing the Acura NSX, a stint at GM under Chuck Jordan, and through a chance meeting with Sergio Pininfarina, the opportunity to design a new Ferrari supercar. Designing Ferrari’s newest supercars ranks among the most impor- tant positions in the design world. The project is not just important because the client is Ferrari — it is important because the car will receive more exposure than any car on the planet. A new Ferrari supercar will make the cover of most every automobile publication in the world. The proliferation of automobile websites, automobile-themed television shows and automobile chat sites ampliflied everything in the press to an unprecedented level. The fate of the Enzo was cast before the first car was delivered. Ferraris are always a form-follows-function proposition, and the influence of a wind tunnel is in evidence in both the design and the aerodynamic numbers of the Enzo. It is the designer who must make the technical necessities aesthetically pleasing, and Okuyama broke the mold. The Enzo’s sharp lines are a major departure from Pininfarina’s normally understated compound curves, and while polarizing, the design made the car a hit. The Japaneese designer shook up the Italian design world. he got people talking and brought miles of free press to Ferrari and Pininfarina. By all measures, the Enzo was a success. From Pininfarina’s Paris stand Our subject car was the exact car shown on Pininfarina’s stand at the Paris introduction. The owner certainly enjoyed the car, as it shows nearly 15,000 miles on the clock. It has been well maintained and looks quite striking in its yellow livery. It was offered complete with books, tools, optional luggage and Ferrari Classiche certification. This car brought a less-than-market price, but that wasn’t unex- pected. Million-dollar buyers are understandably picky. It takes lowmileage virgins to pull top dollar, and this car was in a different class. however, on June 26, 2015, Bonhams sold an Enzo famously damaged and accompanied by a rebuilt title for $1,300,000, confirming this car was well bought. At the other end of the spectrum, RM Sotheby’s will offer the Pope John Paul II Enzo at Monterey in August. No estimate is available at this time, but I won’t be surprised if it’s double this result. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) September 2015 85


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English Profile 1938 Jaguar SS 100 2½-Liter Roadster There’s around $150k of leeway to complete this project within its probable market value by Paul Hardiman Details 1938 Jaguar SS 100 2½ Liter Years produced 1936–38 Number 198 (314 SS 100s) Original price £395 ($1,833.75) Current SCM Valuation: $185,000– $230,000 Tune-up cost $250 Distributor cap $49 Chassis # location: Right side chassis rail, behind leaf spring mount and in line with starter motor Engine # location: Top rear right side of block on raised boss Club: Jaguar Drivers’ Club Ltd., Jaguar Clubs of North America More: www.jaguardriver.co.uk, www. jcna.com Alternatives: 1934 Triumph Dolomite, 1936–40 BMW 328 roadster, 1948–49 Jaguar XK 120 aluminum roadster SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 49049 Engine number: T9528 L aunched in 1936 alongside the 2½-liter saloon, the SS 100 Jaguar sports car marked the company’s first use of the Jaguar name. Beautifully styled in the manner of its SS 90 predecessor, the new- comer employed a shorter, 102-inch wheelbase chassis and a revised version of the 2,663-cc Standard Six which produced 104 bhp. In 1938, a 3½-liter version producing 125 bhp was added to the range, making the SS 100 a genuine 100-mph car. Although a fine touring car, the SS 100 was marketed primarily for competition work. Its first major success came when Tommy Wisdom, crewed by his wife, won the arduous International Alpine Trial in 1936, beating Bugatti and bringing the fledgling marque to the attention of the Continental public. This would be the first of many successful rallying forays, including class wins in the RAC events of 1937 and 1938, and the Alpine (outright) again in 1948. 49049 would have been one of the later 2½-liter SS 100s to be delivered, and was supplied through Henley’s in London on July 27, 1938, in Gunmetal Gray with red leather interior. The car has been in the United States for at least 50 years, as its previous custodian, John Freeman of Baldwin, NY, is known to have had it in the 1960s. Indeed, Freeman wrote a report in the Vintage Sports Car Club of America publication in the late 1960s of how he’d used the car at an event at Bridgehampton. In August 1971, Geoffrey Howard was able to pry the 86 car away from Mr. Freeman. He would keep the car until his passing last year. As with other cars in the collection, first it went up to Montreal, but latterly in his retirement Mr. Howard brought the car back to his Vermont house. At some juncture a restoration was begun and, to judge from its condition today, this appears to have included repair and refurbishment of the wood frame of the body and some paintwork preparation — although not much else. It is not known when the car received the replacement engine it carries today, which is a post-war 3½-liter unit. As offered today, the car appears to represent the basis for a straightforward reassembly returning it to a driver-quality example, or perhaps a concours restoration. Either way, it will be sure to reward its new owner with an eminently usable pre-war sports car from this legendary era of Jaguar production. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 293, sold for $215,000, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Greenwich Concours auction in Connecticut on May 31, 2015. This was a very tempting project. If you asked anyone to sketch the definition of the traditional English sports car, they’d come up with something like the SS 100 (the marque was rebranded SS Jaguar in 1935 and then just Jaguar from 1945, as “SS” had become rather unpopular in much of Europe during that period). Thanks to founder William Lyons’ vision, Jaguars 1938 Jaguar SS 100 3½-liter Lot 318, s/n 39065 Condition 2+ Sold at $402,177 Bonhams, Brooklands, U.K., 12/3/12 SCM# 214511 Sports Car Market 1938 Jaguar SS 100 2½-liter Lot 239, s/n 49028 Condition 2Sold at $392,575 RM Auctions, London, U.K., 9/8/13 SCM# 227689 1937 Jaguar SS 100 2½-liter Lot 321, s/n 18064 Condition 3 Sold at $355,467 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 6/27/14 SCM# 244588 Courtesy of Bonhams


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were always great-looking cars, even if the oily, whirry bits within could be a bit prosaic — but that at least kept the cost down. Jags were always great value. A footnote to Bonhams’ description said: “When collected from Mr. howard’s garage, all evident boxes and parts annotated as being for this car were removed and every effort has been made by Bonhams to ensure that they accompany it. however, ultimately beyond the fact that the SS 100 was acquired as a complete car and then dismantled for restoration and remained in his ownership continuously, it is up to prospective purchasers to assess the completeness of the car as offered.” These were slightly muddy waters because three SS Jaguars from the estate of the late Geoffrey howard were being sold at this auction as consecutive lots. Along with a partly dismantled XK 150 restoration project, one was a complete and intact SS 90, which sold for almost the same figure as this project. The third car was an SS 100 “tribute” that Mr. howard had started around 1975, so it may be that as he dismantled the original he decided to use the dimensions to help him make a replica — but as this was Pinto-powered on a newly drafted chassis wearing a fiberglass body tub, and was completely undressed of any chrome, trim, instruments or windscreen parts, it’s unlikely any parts would have cross-pollinated between the three cars. Rupert Banner of Bonhams consigned the car and helped haul it out of storage, and he reckons everything is there. But, as the description says, you just can’t tell. Luckily, if anything’s missing, there are a lot of repro widgets out there to help finish the project from the likes of Suffolk Sports Cars — at quite reasonable prices. The original engine is long gone Like so many SS 100s, this car has lost its original engine. This was because back in the day when they were just old cars of no huge value, no thought was given to preserving their originality. In the face of engine wear or trouble, a complete replacement unit was often the most cost-effective solution. So, given that the 2½- and 3½-liter engines share external dimen- sions, why not up-gun to 3½ liters while you’re at it? Especially as a 1938 car like this could have been either, although the chassis number will always peg it as a mid-1938 2½. These were Standard-based motors, by the way, originally side valve but in the SSs fitted with overhead-valve heads devised by harry Weslake and Willam heynes, who was later responsible for the driveshaft-as-upper-link IRS first seen on the Mk 10 and which later went under the E-type, S-type and XJ6. These replacement motors were often sourced from Mk IV and Mk V sedans, which means they lack the SS logo cast on the side of the block. I didn’t see this car personally, so have no way of telling if this was a genuine SS engine, but since it was post-war it seems highly unlikely. Either way, it’s not the original. Only the very best cars with their original engines make top money, but a decent example is in the $340k–$400k range (which feels quite cheap given the tiny numbers — only 198 of the 2½-liter and 116 of the 3½-liter were made). $150k of leeway before submerging That means there’s around $150k of leeway to complete this project within its probable market value, beyond which the owner will find himself underwater. These cars, like the later Mk 2s, have only appreciated gently in the past five years, so don’t count on stratospheric Ferrari-, Aston- or Porsche-style rises in value to keep the project afloat. SS Jaguars are fairly simple cars, and the difficult stuff, such as repairing the body frame and refitting panel work, is done. It’s the kind of project that an enthusiast (like Mr. howard) could complete at home and, provided not too much of the work is farmed out, I reckon it could be completed on budget, although Roger Williams of Suffolk Sports Cars warned that for around $150k, the difference between the price paid here and its likely finished value, “it will be hard to do a good job.” It’s marginal, but in my book that makes it a fair deal both ways. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) September 2015 87


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1953 Fiat 8V Cabriolet by Vignale The sale price was the entry fee for the restoration this car so rightly deserves by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1952–54 Number produced: 114 (all Fiat-branded 8Vs) Current SCM Valuation: $550,000– $1,200,000 (custom coachwork) Tune-up cost: $400–$600 Distributor cap: $800 Chassis # location: On firewall and on chassis plate Engine # location: On cylinder block, distributor side on boss Alternatives: 1953 Maserati A6G/2000 Spyder, 1953 Lancia B52 PF200 cabriolet, 1953–55 Aston Martin DB2/4 Bertone Spyder SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1953 Fiat 8V Ghia Lot 103, s/n 106000042 Condition 2 Sold at $946,000 Chassis number: 000050 V ignale bodied 10 8V chassis, all to Michelotti designs, of which the car offered here, number 000050, is the only cabriolet and one of very few open bodies produced for the 8V by any coachbuilder. The drawing for the cabriolet notes that it was an exclusive design created for a Sig. Leone. It bears a remarkable resemblance to a similar coupe built by Vignale on another 8V chassis, but it has the breezy nonchalance that only a convertible top can offer. Whatever became of the mysterious Sig. Leone is unknown, but the car is believed to have actually been delivered new in the United States, where photographs were taken of it in Florida in late 1954. It is believed that its original owner was John Harrigan, who took delivery of it in September of that year. Photographs show that the car was originally fitted with larger, heavier bumpers, a different dashboard arrangement, and painted wire wheels. In the early 1990s, the attractive 8V was discov- ered in the Utah desert by well-known enthusiast Don Williams. He did not hesitate to purchase the car and have it restored in its present livery: a classic Italian racing red with a tan leather interior and chrome wire wheels. He noted that the car, as-purchased, had no engine, which was typical of 8Vs sold in America, where service for the complex V8s was not readily available. He acquired another engine, number 000184, which is believed to have been a factory replacement engine from another chassis, and he installed it in the car. 88 It is important to note that, according to Mr. Williams, when found, the car had its present delicate competition-style “bumperettes” and redesigned dashboard arrangement, indicating that these modifications were performed by an early American owner. A 5-speed Alfa Romeo manual transmission was also fitted, and it is still installed today, as it is a desirable and suitable replacement for the fragile and finicky original Fiat 4-speed unit. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 132, sold for $1,254,400 (€1,120,000), including buyer’s pre- mium, at the RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba, Cernobbio, Italy, sale on May 23, 2015. Reviewing this car presents a bit of a challenge for me. I love the Fiat 8V. For me every variation — the factory-bodied coupe designed by Luigi Rapi, the Zagato coupes, Ghia Supersonics, Vignale one-offs, Siata roadsters and coupes — has its particular charms. Yet the work I do, whether writing this column, per- forming an appraisal or consulting for a client, requires me to categorize and rate a car in all the attributes that contribute to value. Those include design, originality, condition and provenance. I live with the objective results of that analysis — no matter how I might feel emotionally. On that point, emotion, this car scored an immedi- ate knockout. I was completely taken by it the moment I caught a glimpse of it sitting beside Lake Como at the Sports Car Market 1954 Fiat 8V cabriolet by Vignale Lot 143, s/n 106000050 Condition 1- Not sold at $637,500 Sportscar, Geneva, CH, 10/6/07 SCM# 48150 RM Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 1/16/14 SCM# 232121 1953 Fiat 8V Lot 395, s/n 106000046 Condition 1- Not sold at $802,440 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 2/8/13 SCM# 215496 Tim Scott ©2015, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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Villa Erba. Everyone else I saw and spoke with there loved the car as well. But this didn’t mean that wanted to list my loved ones for sale on eBay to raise the funds to buy it right away. Why? Not what it once was Any restoration involves making decisions about the moment in a vehicle’s history that the restorer and the owner will re-create. Many choices can be justified, but they all must have a point of origin, a consistent point of view and defensible credibility. The catalog stated that at some point in its life the car lost its Fiat V8, something not uncommon for many that ended up in the United States. It most likely picked up a new small-block American engine and also along the way lost its distinctive front bumper, which wrapped across the top of the grille opening. The original dashboard and instrument cluster were changed as well. While the Yankee lump was undoubtedly easier to maintain and almost certainly more reliable given the local service options, the loss of the bumper and the addition of the “California Custom” dashboard, with its random assortment of anonymous gauges, were not improvements. Of course, all you bumper-haters out there can compose your angry emails to SCM hQ now — I promise to answer each one individually. The wrong paint job When rescued and restored, the rather dull and predictable red- over-tan color scheme that was chosen seems to have done this wonderfully detailed shape no favors either. I was standing next to the car during the preview with an SCMer who owns and has owned quite a few 8Vs. We agreed at once that the subtle rear fins should be picked out in a contrasting or complementary color. Sure enough, Tony Adriaensens’ essential book Otto Vu shows a period photo of this car when new, taken at the Parco Valentino in Turin, in a two-tone paint finish. There it sits in its original creamy white with the delicate fins painted either green or blue — a tonal variation of the interior color. As it sat on sale day, the paint, bright trim and upholstery appeared to have been done to a very good level — not international concours level, but more than presentable for every other occasion. This is another shame, as it seems senseless to have to re-do such recently done work. Nevertheless, the car deserves to be brought to a much more correct level because it is a very special vehicle — one of very few Fiat-badged 8Vs originally built as an open car. A mixed report card So how would I rate this 8V rate on the attributes listed at the top of this article? On design, full marks can’t be given because I think the original front end is key to the integrity of the look, and a further deduction is taken for the Cal Custom dashboard. Those two aspects also factor into the September 2015 89 originality score. If the car still had an American V8 engine — preferably the one that had been fitted immediately after the Fiat engine — an argument could be made that the frontal and interior alterations were a consistent match with the history and life of the car. But reinstalling a Fiat 8V engine renders that argument moot. Condition is an area in which the car scores higher, as I’ve men- tioned before. The car is well — if not superbly — restored. Finally, it has numerous gaps in the provenance, which help me lean towards a restoration of the car in its as-delivered state over celebrating its lost years. The right restoration away from world class At the price sold, it would seem as if the new owner considers the car done — as it brought a full retail number. Its rarity and beauty overcame the challenges of the replacement engine and cosmetic alterations. however, I hope that the new custodian simply decided that if he or she wanted the one and only Vignale 8V cabriolet, any price was the right one — and that it was simply the entry fee for the restoration this car so rightly deserves. I will jump out onto a limb here and declare that it is not impossible that the new owner might not actually be very far — if at all — underwater after spending what it will take to bring this car back to its original look and taking a few major concours prizes. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.)


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German Profile Column Author 1968 Porsche 911 Coupe 911 prices soared during the past five years, and this base 911 was one smoking deal by Prescott Kelly Details Years produced: 1963–68 SWB generation one 911s Number produced: 19,137 gen ones; 81,895 all long-hoods through 1973 Original list price: $4,725 plus delivery Current SCM Valuation: $105,000– $115,000 Tune-up cost: $1,400–$1,500 Chassis # location: On plate at front lip of trunk panel; chassis stamping above gas tank on passenger’s side Engine # location: On engine case boss under the fan Clubs: Porsche Club of America More information: www.pca.org Alternatives: 1968 Corvette 427/435 L89, 1965–68 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2, 1968–71 Jaguar XKE Series II 4.2 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 11835303 F irst presented to the public at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1963, the Porsche 911 replaced the 356 and was styled by Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche and Erwin Komenda, who was then head of the Porsche design department. The 911 retained the air-cooled, rear-engine layout and independent rear suspension and would not only see a continuous production run right up to the present day, but it would also become the most successful roadderived race car in history. None of the top motorsport events in the world — from Le Mans, Daytona, the Targa Florio, and International rallies to national grassroots events — were complete without a Porsche 911 in one guise or another. In World Endurance events, the Porsche 911, with its production underpinnings, became a nemesis even to purpose-built prototypes. As a sports car, it has endeared itself to the world’s motoring fraternity and continues to feature as one of the top three cars of all time. This highly original 1967-built (1968-registered) Porsche 911 is a left-hand-drive example that was supplied new to a Mr. L.C. George in sunny California. The car remained in his possession until 1977, when it was sold to a Mr. Pate of Ridgecrest, CA, who, according to invoices in the file, owned the car until 2010. Finished in metallic blue with its original black vinyl interior and carpets, the car has never been restored and has been the subject of an older repaint. The original handbook, service record book and Blaupunkt radio are 90 also included in the sale of this vehicle. One of only 473 built for the United States market in 1967, the car has been U.K. registered and has an MoT test certificate until October 2015. These early 911s rarely come onto the market in this condition, and it represents an exciting opportunity for a truly iconic Porsche. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 158, sold for $70,286, including buyer’s premium, at Silverstone Auctions’ Restoration Showcase Sale in Birmingham, England, on March 28, 2015. This 911 gives us an opportunity to evaluate long-hood — aka low-bumper — early 911s in the marketplace after an amazing price run-up over the past five years. Observers have been divided into two camps: fans who applaud the market’s recognition of these fine sports cars, and naysayers who can’t believe the rapid appreciation for a car built in relatively large numbers. Lots of cars, lots of demand There were almost 82,000 long-hood 911s built over 11 years, from 1963 to 1973. The fact that the model has continued through to today, however, means that several generations of car-loving teenagers have grown up lusting after 911s of various vintages. While supply is large, demand is larger. It certainly helps that a well-turned-out early 911 is a rewarding driving experience. They are soundly engineered and built, instantly recognizable, spritely and agile, have 1968 Porsche 911 Lot 1150, s/n 11810570 Condition 2Sold at $17,825 Bonhams, Goodwood Festival of Speed, U.K., 7/12/2002 SCM# 28767 Sports Car Market 1968 Porsche 911 Lot 102, s/n 1181027 Condition 3Sold at $34,104 Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 7/23/11 SCM# 182982 1968 Porsche 911S Lot S728, s/n 11801062 Condition 1- Not sold at $225,000 Russo and Steele, Newport Beach, CA, 6/20/14 SCM# 244387 Courtesy of Silverstone Auctions


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enough horsepower (barely, sometimes), are comfortable, and they make glorious noises. It all adds up to iconic stature. A little 911 history The early 911s range from 1963 prototypes, through 1964 901s and then into production 911s from 1964 up. Of the 13 original prototypes, only one is widely known to have survived. Don Meluzio’s superb and idiosyncratic example is probably not buyable at any price — and he has turned down some astonishing offers. The 1964 901s number about 82 and are differentiated predominantly by their Porsche factory production 901 nomenclature. This happened before Porsche decided to acquiesce to Peugeot’s copyright claim for middle-zero three-digit numbers. Thus did Porsche design project number 901 become the 911 model. Starting in 1965, production numbers mounted into the thousands. At first, there was just the 911. In 1966–67, the line grew with the intro- duction of 911S, featuring an uprated engine, fancier trim and the Fuchs alloy wheels that are now a signature. Because of emissions issues in 1968, the S was dropped from the U.S. model lineup and the one-year-only L inserted, essentially a base 911 with S trim features. The S continued in the rest of the world. For 1969, Porsche introduced mechanical fuel injection, which satis- fied the smog requirements, and the S returned to the U.S. With other improvements, including a longer wheelbase, the line went to three models, the T, the E, and the S – increasingly more powerful with other appearance and comfort changes that could be optioned onto the lowerpriced models. The three-model lineup lasted through the end of the low-bumper era in 1973. Bigger and deeper The first displacement increase occurred in 1970 with the move from 1,991-cc engines to 2,195-cc engines, which was impactful but not astounding. The 2.2 engines kept the high-pitched exhaust wail. In 1972, the engine was enlarged to 2,341 cc, and the exhaust note went baritone — and the 1972s have the one-year-only right rear fender oil-filler inlet. The 1973 model added some unsightly black rubber bumper bombs in U.S.-market cars. Throughout it all, the T was the base model, which if not optioned out, was the lightest weight and always the least powerful. As expected, the E was a tweener, but a sleeper in that it was an excellent driver, absent the hydra-pneumatic front suspension in the 1969 cars only — happily easily replaced. The S was the rarest model in numbers, the most powerful, and now the most desirable. There is some debate about the models. The T and the E are easier to drive around town, and fine on the highway. The S is an Autobahn burner, built for high speeds, but it is a tad raw in town use because of its peaky cams. Among the years and models, all 911S cars, especially the 1967 model and the last-of-the-line 1972–73 cars, have the best market acceptance. 1968 ROW-only S cars are sleepers, basically identical to 1967s except for more black paint outlining the fans on the Fuchs alloys. I think 2.2s are relatively underappreciated, as are all E cars. What model year is it? So where does this 1968 coupe fit in? It appears to be a base-model 911 with chromed steel wheels, not Fuchs alloys, and obviously absent the S engine and many options. There may be confusion about the model year of this 911. I believe that it is a 1968 model based on the serial number, not a 1967 registered as a 1968, which is suggested in Silverstone Auctions’ write-up. The difference in value between 1967 and 1968 base 911s is minimal, with a slight edge to the 1967, so we’ll assign no foul. This 911 had two documented owners in California through 2010, when it went to the U.K., where it was sold. It also had all the correct trim pieces and looked solid and straight as befits its California heritage. It was painted desirable Metallic Blue, with one older repaint, and otherwise looked quite original. Some light modifications existed in the engine compartment, and the much-disliked smog pump was missing. It was estimated presale at £45,000–£55,000 ($66,939–$81,814), and sold at the bottom end of that range, £47,250 ($70,286). While the mileage was not disclosed, and the structural soundness could not be directly assessed, we’d assume reasonably moderate mileage based on the interior condition, and no or little rust based on the 42 years in California. If all that were true, and despite not being an S, this 911 was one smoking deal. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Silverstone Auctions.) September 2015 91


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American Profile 1927 Falcon-Knight Model 10 Speedster This car’s lasting value is a combination of fun at Fourth of July parades and showing off the novel “Silent Knight” engine by Carl Bomstead Details Years produced: 1927–28 Number produced: 11,041 Original list price: $1,250 Current SCM Valuation: $30,000–$65,000 Tune-up cost: $1,500 Chassis # location: Left frame rail Engine # location: Left side of block Club: Antique Automobile Club of America More: www.aaca.org Alternatives: 1924 Panhard et Levassor X47, 1925–33 Willys-Knight, 1911–24 Mercedes-Knight 16/40 hp SCM Investment Grade: C Comps 1925 Panhard et Levassor X45 Lot 51, s/n 61339 Condition 3 Sold at $28,211 Chassis number: 1914 T his 1927 Falcon-Knight Model 10 has a one-off 2-seat speedster body believed to have been commissioned by James Harvey Howe III, grandson of the inventor of Tums. He donated it to the St. Louis Museum of Transportation in the 1970s. The car was later part of the John O’Quinn Collection before being acquired by the Evergreen Collection. The body is as elemental as a good speedster should be, light in weight and burdened with only essential features, such as electric head- and taillights, a stylish monocle windshield, cylindrical bolster fuel tank behind the pair of bucket seats, rear-mounted spare, red artillery wheels and blackwall tires. The color is a jaunty yellow with black mudguards, running boards and upholstery on a bright red frame and running gear. It recently has had important work to keep it in good operating condition, including new intake and exhaust manifold and water-chamber gaskets, a cylinder block and radiator cleanout and some new period-correct fabric-covered headlight wiring. A Falcon-Knight is a rare automobile under any cir- cumstances; this may very well be the only one blessed with lightweight speedster coachwork that maximizes its performance and sporting appearance. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 239, sold for $28,600, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Greenwich, CT, Concours d’Elegance auc92 tion on May 31, 2015. Since the early 1900s, countless automotive marques have been born in the United States. Many lasted less than a few short years, while a relative few left their mark and have stood the test of time. Even fewer of those marques are still with us to this day. Many car builders were merely assemblers rather than manufacturers, buying the components and bolting together the various pieces and parts, placing a distinctive identifying badge on the radiator. Others advanced the evolution of the automobile with inventions from the fertile minds of innovators who often had little — if any — formal training. A better idea One such individual was Charles Yale Knight. his first automobiles, a 1903 Searchmont and an earlier Knox, were plagued with noisy valves, and the springs frequently broke. Knight had a better idea, and he conceived a double-sliding-sleeve engine that had two sleeves per cylinder, one sliding within the other. The ports were slots in the upper end of both sleeves, and when aligned, exhaust was released — eliminating the traditional poppet valves. The advantages to this system were many, as the engine was almost completely silent, valves were eliminated and fewer parts were used. The engine was so quiet it quickly gained the nickname of “Silent Knight.” 1924 Panhard et Levassor X47 Weymann Lot 30, s/n 47739 Condition 2Sold at $33,747 Artcurial, Monte Carlo, MCO, 7/26/12 SCM# 209375 H&H Auctions, Duxford, U.K., 4/24/14 SCM# 243495 1926 Voisin C4 Boattail Lot 106, s/n 18533 Condition 3 Sold at $58,363 Bonhams, Rétromobile, Paris, FRA, 2/9/08 SCM# 51918 Sports Car Market Pawel Litwinski, courtesy of Bonhams


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On the other hand, these engines consumed a great deal of oil — two quarts every 70 miles — and greater precision was required in the manufacturing process. In addition, Knight required a $100 royalty for each engine produced. The engine was initially not well received in the United States, partially due to a Knight car failing on the Glidden Tour. In addition, the novel engine arrived during a period of unprecedented prosperity — with manufacturers barely meeting demand for their conventional poppet-valve cars. Europe and Willys Knight found acceptance for his “Silent Knight” in Europe, with Daimler using the engine in all their 1909 automobiles. Others soon followed. In 1913, John North Willys, one of the wealthiest men in the United States, met Knight during a trip to Europe. Knight convinced Willys of the merits of the sleeve-valve engine. When Willys reached England, he hired a Knight sleeve-valve-powered Daimler and was quickly won over by the advantages over the traditional poppet-valve motor. Willys obtained a license for the Knight motor by acquiring floundering car maker EdwardsKnight, and a Willys-Knight was introduced in 1914, with the slogan “The Day of the Knight is here” announcing the new car. In 1927, Willys introduced a new Knight sleeve-valve car — the Falcon-Knight, which had a price point between the Willys Whippet and the higher-priced Willys-Knight. Priced at $1,250, 10,000 were sold in the first 10 months, but only 1,041 were sold in the next year, and the Falcon-Knight became a trivia question for automotive historians. Rare but not especially special The 1927 Falcon-Knight Model 10 was offered with six body styles, but a speedster was not one of them. The Bonhams catalog description suggested it was a special body commissioned by the grandson of the founder of Tums, but no documentation was presented. Without it, one must assume the car was a rebody done at some undetermined later date. Those of us who have spent most of our adult life playing with cars are frequently asked, “What car should I buy?” Well, the answer to that question depends on what your plans are for the car. If investment enters the equation, this is not the one, as the body is of questionable origin, and I doubt if there is any upside here. Touring? It does not look very inviting, and it is not eligible for many car club events. That leaves us with having fun at local shows, attracting a lot of attention driving in the Fourth of July Parade, and explaining to friends and visitors the benefits of the “Silent Knight” motor. If that works for the new owner, then he bought an unusual car that is a fit for him. he bought it at a fair price, and unless something drastic happens down the line, he should be able to recover the majority of the price paid. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) September 2015 93


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Race Car Profile 1959 Lister-Chevrolet This has to be the mother of all asterisks; it is unlikely that there is one ounce of 1959 metal in the entire car by Thor Thorson Details Years produced: 1958–59 Number produced: 1958: seven Chevy, 10 Jaguar; 1959: nine Chevy, two Jaguar Original list price: N/A Current SCM Valuation: $1,200,000– $1,600,000 Cost per hour to race: $1,000 Chassis # location: Tab on front shock tower Engine # location: Left rear of block Club: Sportscar Vintage Racing Association More: www.svra.com Alternatives: 1953–55 Jaguar D-type, 1958 Devin SS, 1956–58 Maserati 450S SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: BhL127 N umerous privateer racing drivers got it in their mind to build their own car in the 1950s, with each experiencing varying degrees of luck on the track. Brian Lister had the money and the engineering know-how, so his first racing car, which was built in the mid-1950s with the able assistance of Don Moore and Archie Scott-Brown, was an incredible success, collecting a 1st- or 2nd-place finish wherever it roamed. Its success with MG and Bristol was such that Lister soon had the financial backing of Shell/BP, as well as a deal with Jaguar to supply engines for a car that would be capable of winning the World Sports Car Championship. The result, the Lister-Jaguar, was also a world-beater, and it was eventually developed into the now-legendary “Knobbly,” nicknamed for its curvaceous but rather bumpy bodywork. Nothing performed like a Knobbly Lister — and nothing quite looked like one either. Eventually, as often happened in the 1960s, a U.S.-built engine was dropped into a British-built sports car. The result was the Lister-Chevrolet. It boasted hairy performance and was more than competitive, as it became “the car to beat.” The Listers swept the SCCA Championships in 1958 and 1959. Unfortunately, with the success of the Lister-Chevrolet, the “ultimate” Lister came at the end of the company’s life, as production wound down in 1959, after fewer than 50 cars had been produced, only 16 of which were Chevrolet-powered. The Lister-Chevrolet offered here is chassis number BHL127. In 1959, this example was finished as a Frank Costin-bodied car, and it came with a Chevrolet engine. 94 It was reportedly owned in its early years by Chuck Howard and Tracy Bird, who raced it at such tracks as Road America and Elkhart Lake. Definitive records on Listers are in short supply for various reasons, and there is no factory documentation available for any car, but this car’s identity as chassis number BHL127 is fortunately supported by the lettering stamped into the chassis, which is in Brian Lister’s unique and instantly identifiable font. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 249, sold for $412,500, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Andrews Collection sale on May 2, 2015. Lister-Chevys aren’t subtle. They are really about three things: adrenaline, winning and cojones. It’s the “Long Tall Texan” thing: “I ride a big white horse / (he rides from Texas on a big white horse / people look at me and say / Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh! is that your horse?).” The high-status guys in the pre-1960, big-bore sports racing grid can bring out their Ferraris, Maseratis, Astons and Jaguars, but if you just want to stomp on them and finish in front, a Lister-Chevy is your weapon. Note that I didn’t say that they are particularly easy — or even much fun — to drive (though I know several very good drivers who truly enjoy them), but they are very pretty and damned impressive beasts. The hierarchy of speed and status Regular readers know that I often hold forth on the balance between collector value and “weapons” value in vintage racing cars, and today’s subject is an interesting Sports Car Market 1958 Lister-Jaguar Knobbly prototype Lot 135, s/n BHLEE101 Condition 3 Sold for $1,618,235 RM Auctions, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/10/14 SCM# 243737 1959 Lister-Chevrolet (subject car) Lot 178, s/n BHL 127 Condition 3 Sold at $528,000 RM Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 1/18/13 SCM# 222352 1958 Lister-Chevrolet Knobbly Lot 163, s/n BHL115 Condition 4+ Sold for $1,430,000 Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 8/16/13 SCM# 227367 Darin Schnabel ©2015, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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history has established that he was wrong: The Knobblies have less drag than the Costins (but the new designs had less high-speed lift). Virtually everybody agrees that the Knobbly is a more attractive and desirable design than the 1959 Costin. Of the 11 1959 cars built, only two were Jaguar-powered; the rest were Chevys for the United States. A sharp weapon It’s time to get back to our subject car. As discussed earlier, Lister- Chevys have a very high weapons-grade value because they are damned impressive beasts — and are the weapon to have if you want to finish in front. Any collector value is then added on top of the underlying weapons one to establish a market value for a particular example. The major components of collector value are history and originality with a side order of aesthetics, with the result that the most valuable Listers are the few Jaguar-powered ones that competed on the European stage and have survived more or less unscathed over the years. The Chevys, being by definition American club racers, just don’t have the panache of the FIA racers. The 1958 Knobblies are more desirable than the later Costins as well. object lesson in exactly that. Across the entire spectrum, but particularly in the highly prestigious 1955–61 big-bore sports racing group, there is a clear status hierarchy. At the top are the international championship-oriented racers from major manufacturers such as Ferrari, Jaguar, etc. All of the major components of these cars — engines, drivetrains and suspensions —were built specifically for the cars, and the bodywork was invariably aluminum. In the middle are the professional English specialist builders, such as Lister, Lotus and Tojeiro, who built frames, suspensions, and utilized aluminum bodywork — but used power and drivetrains from somebody else. At the bottom are American fiberglass-bodied specials like Devin and various home-built cars. At the top, collector value far outstrips the weapons side, in the middle the two parts more or less balance, and at the bottom it is all about how fast you can go, with little — if any — interest in status or collectibility. Sitting in the middle of the spectrum, the values of Listers can and do vary widely depending on the history and provenance of any particular car. Lister’s fast history Let’s do a little background. Brian Lister was a trained engineer who built a ladder-framed racer with an MG engine. As seems to be traditional, the car went very well, and other people wanted copies, so he found himself in the specialist racing car business. Lister quickly went to larger engines with evolving chassis design, and in 1957 built a Jaguar-powered special for Archie Scott-Brown to drive in international competition. he did extremely well, so for 1958 Lister decided to build a run of production racers using 3-liter D-type Jaguar engines and drivetrains. To keep frontal area down, the aluminum bodywork was stretched as tightly as possible around the engine and wheels at the front of the car, resulting in a very aggressive and bumpy, or “knobbly,” appearance, which is how the 1958 cars came to be identified. At the time, the U.S. market for these sorts of racers was very strong, and the SCCA didn’t have a displacement limit, so Lister put the 3.8-liter Jaguar engine in the first ones for export. They quickly realized, though, that the small-block Chevrolet engine made far more horsepower and weighed a bit less than the Jaguar, so arrangements were made to ship cars without engines or transmissions to Jim hall and Carroll Shelby for completion in the United States. Seven cars thus became Lister-Chevrolets in 1958 and proved very effective in American racing. For 1959, the chassis remained effectively unchanged, but Lister hired Frank Costin to design a body with better aerodynamics. Costin believed that smooth shapes were more important than frontal area, so the new bodywork was much smoother, and the 1959 cars became known as “Costin” Listers as opposed to the Knobbly. September 2015 95 Risen from the ashes and reborn BhL127 came to the United States in 1959 as a Costin-bodied Lister- Chevy and had moderate if not great success in the hands of little-known drivers. The fact that it lost its original body and came to be a Knobbly may pique your curiosity, but the rest of the story is where it gets interesting. According to Doug Nye’s history of the various chassis, this car was campaigned into the early 1960s with a Buick engine, at which point it was sold to an inexperienced owner who installed a very strong Chevrolet powerplant. he took it to Lime Rock for a test where, at high load and high speed, the driveshaft failed, shredding the fuel tank and sending the flaming wreckage into the woods. The driver was killed, and the car was destroyed. The driver’s family took the engine and asked Lime Rock to bury the remains of the car at the track, which they did. It was never exhumed. Roughly 15 years later, after vintage racing had become a serious business, BhL127 reappeared as a Knobbly-bodied Lister, after which it resumed a normal racing life in European vintage racing. In terms of provenance and originality, this has to be the mother of all asterisks; it is unlikely that there is one ounce of 1959 metal in the entire car. The car does make claim to a real chassis number, though, however tenuous. It has appropriate FIA racing papers, and it is apparently a very well-developed and fast racer, so it can enter and win (assuming the driver is good enough) at virtually any event in the world. The car just has no collector value — only weapons-grade value — and as such is instructive. It sold for between a third to a quarter of what a storied and original “real” one would bring, so there you have it: I would say it was honestly and fairly bought as a weapon for battle without the complications or values of history. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.)


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Race Car Profile The Cumberford Perspective All Listers are cool. This is the coolest By Robert Cumberford 2 I n the late 1950s, FIA’s new full-widthwindshield rule flummoxed sports car designers who loved the single-seater cockpits of Jaguar’s D-type and the Lotus Eleven. Remember those gawky, tall fullwidth screens on Phil Hill’s Le Mans-winning TR 250s? Brian Lister thought differently. Metaphorically, instead of raising the drawbridge, he lowered the water. Or, more accurately, the cowl from which statutory windshield heights were measured. Lofty engines lived in an appended doghouse on the hood. Those cars were “kinda-sorta” aerodynamic — but also lumpy. Or, to the Brits, “Knobbly.” Frank Costin was engaged to clean up the shape of the last few Listers (including this one), so they were beautiful as well as slippery. But Lister’s one-finger salute to the FIA in Paris was washed away by the improved airflow, which perhaps justifies this car’s fake Knobbly replacement bodywork, but it also might explain its sale at a third of what Briggs Cunningham’s prototype Knobbly realized a while back. While we were still in high school, now-retired Art Center Transportation Chairman Ron Hill and I fantasized about roaring around Los Angeles on Halloween night in a pair of contemporary, really fast ugly cars: a twin-fin Bristol 450 and the Cunningham C4-R. This Lister would have been a great companion for them on Fright Night. ♦ 96 4 3 5 6 1 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 The upswept tail, as on the Jaguar D-type, reduced the aerodynamic lift created by airfoil-shaped forms like those on the ill-fated 1952 Le Mans C-types. 2 Even today these tail- lights would be road-legal because they can be seen ahead from a 45-degree angle. 3 The windshield was so low that an additional aero screen deflector had to be riveted onto the plastic fullwidth section. 4 The front fender profile is very much like that of late-1930s cars such as the Jaguar SS 100. 5 The headlamps are prop- erly faired, but the plastic is almost as vertical and blunt as today’s Audi and Porsche racers. 6 The air intake is small and low, but the bodywork rises sharply to cover the tall engines used, which were massive Jaguar sixes, or air-cleaner-topped V8s. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 Look at all the louvres required to extract engine heat: six full rows, on the sides, the catwalk leading to 8 7 the cowl, and directly on top of the engine. 8 Lister’s brilliant trick: The engine cover ends in a vertical wall well ahead of the windscreen base. 9 Knobbly indeed, with these abrupt rear fender forms and the graceless head fairing. 10 This horizontal section of bodywork did nothing positive for airflow or aesthetics. 11 They didn’t know about diffusers for downforce in the 1950s, but they did know that the inboard rear brakes had a lot of heat to evacuate. 9 10 12 Ted Halibrand’s Magnesium hot rod/ Indy car wheels were an unlikely choice for a British manufacturer, but they were definitely the proper choice for light, powerful racers. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) It would be hard to be more direct, brutal and austere. There are no proper seats, just flat cushions on the floor and some side backrest bolsters. The shifter — designed for lefthand-drive Corvettes — is badly placed, as are all other controls. Ergonomics: Zero. Seriousness: 10. 12 11 Sports Car Market


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Next Gen Profile 2012 Lexus LFA This ultra-rare supercar is a legendary ghost, as there were never enough to create buzz and demand by Jeff Zurschmeide Details Years produced: 2010–12 Number produced: 500 Original list price: $375,000 Current SCM Valuation: $300,000– $325,000 Tune-up cost: A major three-year service calls for completely disassembling the bodywork to tighten all the nuts and bolts. So, ultra-expensive Distributor cap: N/A Chassis # location: Driver’s side firewall Engine # location: Front of engine, left cylinder bank Club: Lexus Owner’s Club More: www.clublexus.com, www.us.lexusownersclub.com Alternatives: 2007–15 Audi R8, 2002–04 Ferrari Enzo, 2012–15 Lamborghini Aventador SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 2004 Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge Stradale Chassis number: JThhX8Bh6C1000484 • Number 487 of 500 built • One of last imported into the United States and one of two remaining White Pearl (code 77) new cars in country • This is an MSO car with no prior registration, with less than 140 miles. The car is fully exportable • The car has Starfire Pearl paint with black leather interior/red accents, red brake-caliper package (optional), speed-sensing rear spoiler with side spoilers (optional), polished factory alloy wheels (optional), head-lamp washers (optional), Mark Levinson sound system, navigation, XM with weather and traffic, LFA badges • This very collectible car has been in storage and on display only. No track time or unauthorized use. The V10 engine provides great sound and 552 horsepower takes you to 202 mph top speed. The visual styling is unlike any other. A must-have for serious car collectors • Fully serviced by certified LFA technician Mike Dunfee (one of five in California). Complete with all accessories and manuals/keys, including white gloves that came with car 98 SCM Analysis This car, Lot 3418, sold for $335,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Russo and Steele’s Newport Beach, CA, auction on June 5–7, 2015. The Lexus LFA was a highly anticipated halo car that would combine the Lexus/Toyota reputation for quality and reliability with performance and technology to match any supercar on the planet. Just 500 examples were to be made at a rate of about 20 per month in 2011 and 2012. Each LFA was to be sold at an initial purchase price of $375,000 — except for 50 cars made with a special Nürburgring performance package. Those retailed at $445,000. The LFA is a state-of-the-art technological master- piece, with a chassis made of dry carbon fiber woven into three-dimensional shapes and bonded with an advanced polymer. Aluminum front and rear cradles attach to the central chassis structure to support the front-mounted engine and rear-mounted transaxle. The engine is a 4.8-liter V10 capable of revving from idle to its 9,000 RPM redline in 0.6 seconds, delivering 552 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. The driveline uses a torque-balancing counter-gear and 2012 Lexus LFA Lot S151.1, s/n JTHHX8BH8C1000017 Condition 1 Not sold at $325,000 Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 10/6/11 SCM# 187722 Lot 34, s/n ZFFDU57A140134718 Condition 1Sold at $286,000 Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/17/15 SCM# 256774 2006 Koenigsegg CCR Lot 150186388902, s/n YT9M1G0V815007021 Condition 1 Sold at $500,000 eBay, April 18, 2008 SCM# 116423 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Russo and Steele


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then a carbon-fiber torque tube to connect to a paddle-shifted electrohydraulic sequential 6-speed transaxle. Even without using the built-in launch control, the combination is potent enough to propel the LFA from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. Top speed is governed to 202 mph. The rest of the car is similarly sci-fi, with braking-by-wire featuring huge carbon ceramic rotors, a three-mode electronic stability control system, Mark Levinson stereo and a special set of luggage created in carbon fiber and aluminum. There are more bespoke options for the LFA interior than you could find on Savile Row. Everything about the car was crafted with meticulous attention to detail, as you would expect from Lexus. The incredible disappearing supercar The 2010 launch of the LFA was met with critical acclaim verging on ballyhoo. The LFA won several head-to-head comparisons with a variety of supercars — and even bested a jet airplane in a gimmicky acceleration contest. Magazines and television shows ran out of superlatives to bestow on the car. Even Jeremy Clarkson of “Top Gear” was impressed. U.S. customers were encouraged to apply to purchase one of the 150 cars allocated to North America. Initially, the LFA was offered on a two-year lease designed to prevent any resale market. That was later modified to a sale contract giving right of first refusal back to the original dealer for two years. Then something unexpected happened. The LFA all but disappeared from view. Purchased cars went into collections and stayed there — or were exported and never heard of again. Lexus did get some press on their concierge level of service for the LFA — if you don’t live near one of the few authorized service centers, they’ll send a qualified mechanic to your local Lexus dealer to perform the arcane maintenance rites. But apart from a number of unsold cars sexing up dealer showrooms, the world moved on and the LFA was all but forgotten. Where did they go? Fast forward to the present, and there are still several LFAs sitting in dealer showrooms around the country — like so many maiden aunts. This brings us to this unusual sale, where a dealer took his chances to auction off a never-sold 2012 LFA with less than 140 miles on the clock. This wasn’t just an as-new car — it was still a new car. however, bidding went to just $335,000 before the gavel dropped. It’s worth noting that the only other LFA offering recorded by SCM was a dealer trying his luck at an auction in 2011. At that time, bidding went only to $325,000, and the car was not sold. A cool unicorn is still a unicorn The LFA has the rarity, the technology and the performance, so how do we account for its lackluster sales history and diminishing market price? The real answer is that for all its glory, the LFA is still a Lexus, and it’s also a unicorn. It really doesn’t matter how good the LFA may be, because there were never enough of them around to create demand. Ferrari can get away with producing just 400 copies of the Enzo or 499 of the LaFerrari because there are tens of thousands of Ferraris running around, which created a customer base that doesn’t mind exotic headaches. Lexus has a huge customer base, but it’s made up of suburban fami- lies in SUVs and middle managers looking for a reliable luxury sedan. Those people will never buy an LFA, and probably wouldn’t even if they could afford it. The glow from the LFA halo has a very limited reach. The future for the LFA probably looks a lot like the present. Eventually, the last unsold LFA will cross the block or quietly pass into the hands of a collector. We may see them turn up from time to time at auction, but unless Lexus follows up with a more serious commitment to sports cars, the LFA will remain an elusive unicorn. Well bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Russo and Steele.) September 2015 99


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Market Reports Overview From Ferraris to Doodlebugs The frothy market burbles on from Newport Pagnell to Hustisford Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1952 Ferrari 212 Export Touring barchetta, $7,526,400—RM Sotheby’s, p. 110 2. 1966 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage-spec drophead coupe, $2,350,090—Bonhams, p. 126 3. 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV Vantage drophead coupe, $2,332,827—Bonhams, p. 124 4. 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso coupe, $2,257,920—RM Sotheby’s, p. 112 5. 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO coupe, $2,132,480—RM Sotheby’s, p. 114 6. 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Series II cabriolet, $1,756,160—RM Sotheby’s, p. 112 7. 1990 Porsche 962C racer, $1,669,018—Bonhams, BEL, p. 154 8. 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio convertible, $1,595,000— Bonhams, CT, p. 171 9. 2002 Ferrari Enzo coupe, $1,411,200—RM Sotheby’s, p. 116 10. 1996 Ferrari F50 Spider, $1,379,840—RM Sotheby’s, p. 116 Best Buys 1938 Fiat 1500 B coupe, $181,888—RM Sotheby’s, p. 108 102 By Tony Piff T he auctions in this issue span the length and breadth of the collector car hobby, from million-dollar European exotics at RM Sotheby’s uber-exclusive Villa Erba sale in Italy to “doodlebug” tractors built from Model A Fords at VanDerBrink’s sale of the Alan Egelseer Collection in Hustisford, WI. The most expensive car in this issue was a 1952 Ferrari 212 Export, sold for $7.5m at RM Sotheby’s biennial Villa Erba Sale. The auction house sold 33 cars out of 38 (87%) for a combined $29.8m, down from $35.5m in 2013. Bonhams sold a 1966 Aston Martin DB5 drophead coupe in Vantage spec for $2.3m at their annual allAston sale in Newport Pagnell, U.K. That pushed totals to $16.6m, with 39 of 52 cars sold, up from $14.6m last year. At Bonhams Greenwich, a 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio convertible took the high-sale spot at $1.6m. Bonhams sold 82 of 94 cars for $7.5m total — down from $7.9m a year ago. Russo and Steele rocketed their Newport Beach sale to $7.4m total from $4.2m last year, selling 173 of 343 consignments. Top lot was a 2005 Porsche GT coupe at $840k. Bonhams’ Spa sale in Belgium jumped to $6.1m from 2014’s $4m. A 1990 Porsche 962C endurance racer went for $1.7m, and 29 of 43 cars changed hands. VanDerBrink helped Alan Egelseer pare down his collection in Hustisford, WI. Out of 31 no-reserve cars, a 1940 Ford Deluxe coupe found the biggest money at $59k. Combined sales totaled $340k. Tony’s Market Moment: While it feels like the market 1929 Ford Model A doodlebug home-built tractor, sold for $475 at VanDerBrink Auctions’ hustisford, WI, sale Sales Totals of Auctions in This Issue VanDerBrink Hustisford, WI May 2, 2015 Newport Pagnell, U.K. May 9, 2015 Cernobbio, ITA May 23, 2015 Franchorchamps, BEL May 24, 2015 Greenwich, CT May 31, 2015 Newport Beach, CA June 5–7, 2015 $0 Russo and Steele Bonhams Bonhams $6.1m $7.5m $7.4m $10m SCM 1–6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts exuberance of recent years might be tapering off, bidders are still filling seats and raising their paddles. Two of the recurring auctions featured in this issue saw their totals decline, but three increased overall sales. One determined bidder at Bonhams Greenwich paid $54k for a 1975 Jensen Interceptor convertible. It wasn’t a record price, but it was the most expensive Jensen I’ve seen since 2012, despite its #2- condition. I doubt that sale represents a movement in Interceptor prices, but it’s a good data point on the spectrum of doodlebugs to Ferraris, showing just how frothy the market continues to be. ♦ $20m $30m RM Sotheby’s Bonhams $340k $16.6m $29.8m 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Works Turbo Look coupe, $70,612— Bonhams, BEL, p. 152 1916 Elgin Six tourer, $17,600— Bonhams, CT, p. 180 1956 VELAM Isetta microcar, $13,200—Bonhams, CT, p. 171 1988 Ford Mustang ASC McLaren convertible, $8,400—VanDerBrink, p. 195 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Cernobbio, ITA RM Sotheby’s — Villa Erba A $7.5m 1952 Ferrari 212 Export barchetta with Targa Florio and Mille Miglia provenance leads totals to nearly $30m Company RM Sotheby’s Date May 23, 2015 Location Cernobbio, ITA Auctioneer Max Girardo Automotive lots sold/offered 33/38 Sales rate 87% Sales total $29,848,202 High sale 1952 Ferrari 212 Export barchetta, sold at $7,526,400 Buyer’s premium A 63-year-old Italian with lots of period race history — 1952 Ferrari 212 Export Touring Barchetta, sold at $7,526,400 12%, included in sold prices ($1.00=€0.89) Report and photos by Stratford Godfrey Market opinions in italics F erraris classic and modern dominated what amounted to a $29.8m evening at RM Sotheby’s biennial Villa Erba sal Cernobbio, ITA m and $10.2m) at such a high-profile event was statistically depressing for s total, there were buyers nonetheless for 87% of the exotica driven past the and in the grounds of Villa Erba. 963 250 GT/L “Lusso” in refreshingly different Pino Verde motored strongly in late May. The last 212 Export bodied Touring in 1952, which had been campa in the Targa Florio in 1952 and 1953 a vived the 1956 Mille Miglia, fetched a estimate $7.5m. The 63-year-old Italian provide the new jockey a ticket to ride do historic bashes on the track and off. Although the non-sale of both 250 GT SWBs (bid new keyholder hands with a more-than-forecast $2.25m performance, and a 960 250 GT Series II cabrio that once decorated the many driveways of French billionaire art collector Pierre Schlumberger found $1.8m, within the estimate band. The later Ferraris all flew off the shelf. A 1985 288 GTO led the charge at a op-estimate $2.1m, the 2002 Paris Salon-exhibited Enzo in look-at-me Giallo Modena realized $1.4m, a 1996 F50 with luggage secured $1.38m, and a 1991 F40 earned $1.1m. Beside Lake Como, where Mussolini and guests once certainly promenaded, the only Fiat 8V bodied by Vignale in 1953 successfully raised the $1.25m predicted, and a within-estimate $1.1m was paid for one of the final examples of the Lamborghini Miura P400S. Most appropriately, a 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS “Villa d’Este” sold above estimate at $878k. On the German front, a must-have 1973 Porsche 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight coupe, sold at $1,128,960 104 911 Carrera RS 2.7 “Lightweight” achieved the necessary $1.1m, and a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster with a 1958 list price of $11k went for $1m — 57 years later, admittedly, but a striking reminder nonetheless of the extraordinary hike in prices in our overheated sector. ♦ $35m $30m $25m $20m $15m $10m $5m 0 Sales Totals 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 Sports Car Market NO AUCTION NO AUCTION


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RM Sotheby’s Cernobbio, ITA ENGLISH #116-1939 LAGONDA V12 drophead coupe. S/N 14062. Eng. # V12109. Kingfisher Blue Metallic & silver/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Odo: 28,784 miles. W.O. Bentley-engineered masterpiece, first owned in Dundee, Scotland, and then Illinois, Colorado and Sweden, where a 6,000-hour restoration was completed 2008. Since then, mainly fit, paint and chrome mainly unmarked, interior neat, but underhood and bulkhead presentation only fair. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $250,880. Rare and historically significant, so top estimate valuation is fully justified. The SCM Platinum Auction Database shows it sold at a Sotheby’s auction in 1993 for $61k (SCM# 20681). #135-1962 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER stored. External and internal condition better than engine presentation. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $313,600. One might have imagined that the paint job would be rather too flashy for most Lagonda conservatives, but it went down just fine with the Villa d’Este Concours crowd, selling a fair ways above the $265k top estimate. #121-1955 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100S roadster. S/N AHS3707. Eng. # 1B222731. Old English White & Lobelia Blue/blue & white leather. RHD. Odo: 40,622 miles. One of 39 surviving examples of 50 built. Much U.S.-raced in period. $200k spent on Hill & Vaughn restoration in mid-1980s, whole car now most acceptably patinated. Chassis and body panels reportedly largely original, body number stampings visible on hood and trunk presenting very well indeed, externally and internally. Mechanically freshened in U.K. by R-R specialists. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $420,000. Last sold in 2002 for $124k (SCM# 27148). Correctly valued today by all concerned. Beware, however, that old-school cars of this type and size may become even less fashionable than they used to be and could depreciate more than younger stock. lid. Original engine and correct-spec 100S gearbox retained. Eligible for all the major retro events. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $952,000. In view of the strong performances of historically significant healeys at auction in the U.K. in recent years, it was surprising that this genuine 100S missed its $965k low estimate. Maybe the period race provenance was not what this crowd was looking for on a Saturday evening beside Lake Como. #139-1959 BENTLEY S1 Continental Flying Spur saloon. S/N BC41LFM. Eng. # BC40F. Blue/beige leather. Odo: 13,021 miles. Said to be one of three alloy-bodied Flying Spurs in LHD. 1959 New York Auto Show car. Original engine, gearbox and coachwork. Recent cosmetic and mechanical freshening by Padgett Motor Engineers. Excellent panel 106 #138-1964 JAGUAR XKE Series I 3.8 convertible. S/N 81188. Eng. # RA58629. Carmen Red/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 66,830 km. Covered-headlamp model, larger wheels and Getrag 5-speed box fitted, presumably during restoration in U.S. in 2006. About 3,000 km driven since. Some marks on paintwork; front end presentation, including engine, ancillaries and suspension, is only fair. Cond: CLOUD II “Adaptation” drophead coupe. S/N LSAE639. Eng. # 319ES. Golden Sand Metallic/Magnolia mohair/Magnolia leather. Odo: 44,424 miles. Last of 107 former saloons that were “adapted” into drophead coupes by H.J. Mulliner. Supplied fully loaded with posh goodies to first owner in South Carolina. Fully restored during previous ownership and still SOLD AT $71,429. No Bug collection should be without a “talking point” piece of weighty nonsense like this. Unlike the real deal, a patinated sculpture facsimile is unlikely to appreciate beyond inflation. #113-1939 TALBOT-LAGO T23 LWB cabriolet. S/N 93615. Eng. # 23440. Black/ red/red leather. RHD. Odo: 93,807 km. From original and then long-term ownership in Switzerland, where it was restored down to the wood frame with kiln-dried ash bits replaced as necessary. Cosmetically still very good to excellent, including engine presentation. 2-. SOLD AT $137,984. An apparently sound example which would respond well to a cosmetic makeover with detailing. Maybe it might actually be enjoyed just as it is. Winning bidder clearly thought it was worth the $125k lower estimate and then some. Well bought and sold. FRENCH #101-BUGATTI TYPE 35 bronze cast- ing. Faded French Racing Blue. RHD. One of the marque’s most iconic models, faithfully reproduced as a deliberately battle-hardened warrior cast in bronze to 1:1 scale. Cond: 3. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $282,240. Although within the correctly pitched estimate ($265k– $375k), there are fewer and fewer owner-drivers in the market for pre-war old-timers like these. Fairly bought and sold. Both parties should be happy. GERMAN #126-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N 1980428500091. Eng. # 1989807500716. Anthracite Metallic/black leather. Odo: 39,900 km. Spent early life in U.S., hence U.S.-spec instrumentation and taillights; then into the U.K., where it was repainted in recent past and gained high-capacity aluminum radiator. Paint and brightwork Sports Car Market


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Glovebox Notes 2015 BMW X5 M SUV RM Sotheby’s Cernobbio, ITA A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM garage. HHHHH is best. #112-1973 PORSCHE 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight coupe. S/N 9113600649. Eng. # 6630635. Light Ivory/black racing buckets. Odo: 67,212 km. One of 200 Lightweights for 1973. Factory supplied with 40% limited-slip differential, no clock or radio, but Touring-spec glovebox door and standard Price as tested: $106,550 Equipment: 567-hp, 553-lb-ft, 4.4-liter M TwinPower Turbo V8, 8-speed M Sport automatic, Executive Package, Driver Assistance Plus EPA mileage: 14/19 Likes: This M-series SUV has many features to like: its sharp exterior styling, throaty V8, smooth shifting 8-speed transmission, excellent brakes and superb, sporty handling. The wonderfully comfortable, stylish interior includes a booming Harman Kardon audio system as well as heated and cooling seats that were used frequently as I took this vehicle camping — or “glamping” as I was told it’s called if you take a luxury SUV camping. Dislikes: The price-to-play with this BMW beast is steep, but some might say well worth it. It’s easy to be entranced by the V8’s song, encouraged to find that just-right, grunty V8 note synched with the twin turbos. Be sure to get a radar detector as purchase number two, because if you drive this vehicle regularly, you may be meeting Officer Friendly to discuss speed limits more often than you’d like. Fun to drive: HHHH½ Eye appeal: HHHH Overall experience: HHHH Verdict: BMW calls their exterior styling for the X5 M as “aggressively elegant design”, and I agree with that phrase. It performed well on back roads, both paved and gravel, hauling camping gear and four people comfortably. The taut suspension made dodging pot holes fun with the natural slalom course on gravel roads we encountered. You can camp in style with assurance that the all-wheel drive will keep you moving forward, then I’d suggest a track day the following weekend capped by fine dining and an evening out on the town. All the while doing it in style and comfort. still very good, only light cracking to likely original seat leather. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,066,240. Mid-estimate valuation at public auction. Another example of the less-claustrophobic 300SL overtaking most Gullwings. The market has spoken. #125-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 12104010015333. Eng. # 12192110015449. Ivory/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 12,273 km. In first German ownership for 21 years, then second owner kept it in a dehumidified garage for 21 years. Third owner commissioned thorough-but-careful refurb without destroying originality. Panel Porsche hood badge. Duck-tailed engine lid secured with rubber hold-downs. Italian and Swiss ownerships, recently restored by Tirelli of Turin. Presents well enough outside and in, engine spotless. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,128,960. Before premium, it just cleared the $1m lower estimate. Call it well bought and sold. #103-1973 PORSCHE 911S 2.4 Targa. S/N 9113310464. Eng. # 6337765. Light Ivory/black leather. Odo: 68,030 km. Last year for long-bonneted 911. This is the 464th of 925 such F Series Targas produced in model year ’73. With original Bosch fuel injection, too. Resided in Verona area for first 37 years, condition and fit very good. Paint and brightwork unmarked, and interior wear only modest. Engine and bay are super clean and tidy. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $225,792. Genuine low mileage, preserved originality, well prepped for market—hence the top price. Market-correct, all things considered. #137-1967 BMW-GLAS 3000 V8 coupe. S/N V1471. Eng. # 1471. Silver/tan leather. Odo: 64,966 km. One-off by Frua for BMW, who displayed it at Frankfurt and Paris motor shows in 1967, Geneva in 1968 and Barcelona in 1969. Never went into production (BMW made the 3.0 CS instead). This prototype with disc brakes all around privately owned in Andalucía for over 20 years. Recent mechanical — Jeff Stites during which time the car was repainted; interior was renewed and alloys refreshed. Acceptable cosmetic wear from some use, original-looking brightwork acceptably faded. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $213,248. Big price paid near the $210k top estimate for an only okay example. Such is the pulling power of most early 911s at auction in 2015 (so far). ITALIAN #117-1938 FIAT 1500 B coupe. S/N 1500B026981. Eng. # 1500B037908. Green/tan leather. Odo: 4,041 km. Known ownership from new in Turin, Milan, Ravenna, Faenza and Dorzano. Non-original BEST BUY restoration included a color change and new upholstery. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $280,000. An interesting curio, but a curio nonetheless with a very limited future outside a museum with geographical or economic interest in BMW or Glas. $280k seems rather a lot for a one-off like this. 108 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Cernobbio, ITA though model-correct engine fitted. Previously restored and still presenting well, especially the many strips of external brightwork. Said to be one of fewer than a dozen examples left. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $181,888. Sort of a mini Alfa 6C. Even with buyer’s premium included, it sold for less than the $190k lower estimate. Well bought. #123-1949 ALFA ROMEO 6C 2500 SS Villa d’Este coupe. S/N 915882. Eng. # 928190. Dark blue/two-tone gray leather. RHD. Odo: 99,358 km. One of last 6C 2500 Super Sport chassis and one of only 25 Villa d’Estes, which were the final hand-built Alfas. Early Homer Tsakis ownership in U.S., where it was partly restored. Fully rebuilt in Japan prior to ownership with baseball star Masayuki Kakefu bring back to perfection. Sold $118k above top estimate and fully justified. Sold at RM London 2008 for $397k, when we called it “one of the nicest 2500 SSs you’ll find” (SCM# 118545). #122-1950 FERRARI 195 INTER coupe. S/N 0089S. Eng. # 0089S. Dark red & black/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 1,040 km. One of 37 195 Inters, exhibited at the 1951 European Motor Show in Brussels. First owner in Brussels, second managed Spa race circuit. Car took part in 1957 Liège-Rome-Liège. Much later, acquired in Zimbabwe and flown to U.K. for Hall & Hall full rebuild in 2003. Did 2006 Mille Miglia Storica before two German changes of ownership, during which it was displayed by the Ferrari Museum in 2011. for $1m-plus in today’s money. It last sold at RM’s 2008 Leggenda e Passione sale for $557k (SCM# 116729). Too expensive, clearly, at the predicted $1.3m–$1.8m today. TOP 10 No. 1 #110-1952 FERRARI 212 Export Touring Barchetta. S/N 0158ED. Eng. # 0158ED. Rosso Rubino/dark red leather. RHD. Odo: 19,305 km. Last Touringbodied 212 Export. Did the Targa Florio 1952 and ’53, Mille Miglia 1956. On retirement from racing in period, Beverly Hills and Pebble Beach residencies. Griswold restored in Berkeley in early 1970s. Further U.S., Spanish and U.K. ownership followed, latterly in Illinois and then Alfa race driver Toine Hezemans ownership in Netherlands. Still in exemplary previously restored condition, though some very minor marks to paintwork. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $878,080. Fabulous looker and a proven winner that would require little to Looking good after 12-year-old restoration of highest quality. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $1,288,000. A well-restored car with European Motor Show, period Liège and retrospective Mille Miglia provenance deserves to sell and Southern California. All numbers still matching. Ferrari Classiche application in process when cataloged and eligible for world’s top car events. Generally and acceptably cosmetically patinated from earlier restoration. Ready to enjoy as-is. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $7,526,400. With the failure of both 250 GT SWBs (Lot 124 and 130) to hook new owners, it was left to this 63-year-old Italian with lots of period race history and much retro potential to achieve a top estimate result and lead the 2015 Villa Erba price list. Well bought and sold. #132-1953 FIAT 8V cabriolet. S/N 10600005. Eng. # 104000000184. Red/tan leather. Odo: 190 miles. Believed sent new to U.S. in late 1954, when larger, heavier bumpers and painted wires were fitted. Lost original engine, gained current factory-replacement V8, tougher 5-speed Alfa box, different dash layout and bumperettes while Stateside. Previous restoration holding up well. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,254,400. A mid-estimate result of this size ($1,180,000—$1,500,000) for what is a non-standard car is remarkable, though everything could be returned to its condition when the car left the factory... (See the profile, p. 88.) #104-1958 LANCIA AURELIA B24 S convertible. S/N B24S1602. Eng. # B204467. Silver/silver hard top/white & gray leather. Odo: 87,475 km. One of only 521 Aurelia B24 S convertibles, this later-series car with both headlamps and driving lights. Metallic-fin- 110 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Cernobbio, ITA ished dash. Earlier 4th-series B20 motor of 1955 vintage fitted. Externally and internally anese and Roman ownership, color changed before being garaged in Zurich for over 20 years, then with U.K. and German owners. Stunningly restored by Ferrari Classiche in Maranello in 2007. All numbers matching, fully restored in recent past, though trunk does not open fully and factory hard top is scratched. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $351,232. Selling price just over the $340k top estimate valuation confirms continued growth for marque and open model in particular. Well bought and sold. #102-1959 RIVA FLORIDA “Nounours” boat. S/N 341. Mahogany/red. Imported new from Italian factory to sole French Riva distributor, Monaco Boat Service, for their discreet buyer Roger Vadim, film director husband of Brigitte Bardot, for whom Nounours (teddy bear) became a pose-mobile in $1,756,160. Mid-estimate price paid for one of the most desirable of all Ferrari models—especially with disc brakes on all four wheels and an overdrive box, which LWB California does not offer. #124-1960 FERRARI 250 GT SWB Competizione coupe. S/N 1953GT. Eng. # 2025GT. Giallo Fly/black leather. Odo: 52,766 km. One of 45 bodied in aluminum for competition work in 1960. Never raced in period; in Italy until 1972; then shipped to U.S., damaged on road and lost original engine. Later color-change during Motion Products restoration. Tipo 168U engine (number 5221GT) sourced from U.K. Car spent 10 years in Japan, where it was museum-displayed; then confirmed by Classiche certification, shown at major concours and even Ferrari Museum displayed. Low mileage since rebuild and still absolutely perfect. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $11,480,000. Amazingly, this desirable asset did not sell. having been extensively promoted pre-sale and with potential investors either present in person lakeside or tuned in via the Internet, one must conclude that the circa $12m being floated was not realistic for this particular motor car. TOP 10 No. 4 #120-1963 FERRARI 250 GT/L Lusso coupe. S/N 4735GT. Eng. # 4735GT. Pino Verdi Metallizzato/beige Saint-Tropez. Hercules Chris Craft engine. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $163,800. Superbly restored by Riva magicians Sportmer in 2007. has only been dunked in depreciating water a couple of times. Monaco-harbor-ready. Well sold above the $85k–$125k estimate range. #133-1960 FERRARI 250 GT Series II cabriolet. S/N 2125GT. Eng. # 2125GT. Blue Sera/tan leather. The 89th of 200 Series II cabrios built. Belonged to Schumberger family in Paris, Houston, New York, Paris again and Estoril. Remained in Portugal into the 21st century; sold to buyer in France in 2008. No longer all that cosmetically sharp in close-up, marks to paintwork at back of cockpit, but minimal wear to interior and engine bay clean. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT TOP 10 No. 6 leather. Odo: 6,863 km. One of the final 250 Series models, equipped with the Colombodesigned 3-liter V12. The 84th of 350 Lussos produced. Displayed at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. Swiss, Californian, New York and Belgian residencies. Previously into the U.K. and extensively historic event raced, with wins at most of the top meetings. Low-back buckets with half-cage. Raceprepped engine in reserve. In previously restored, event-worn condition. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $10,192,000. Despite headlining at one the most prestigious and well-promoted buying opportunities on the European mainland, 1953GT failed to take off. The hoped-for $11m or more will be tough to achieve with no significant history in period. #130-1961 FERRARI 250 GT SWB Cali- fornia Spyder. S/N 2505GT. Eng. # 2505GT. Blu Scuro/tan leather. Odo: 2,624 km. The 18th of 51 SWB California Spyders built and said to be one of 16 with open headlights. Mil- restored and engine rebuilt. Chassis and engine numbers still match, leather likely original, presents well. Full set of tools present. Ferrari Classiche certification process under way. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $2,257,920. Certainly much traveled and shown over the years, during which time Lussos have steadily appreciated. With premium, this one ended up close to the top estimate. Well bought and sold. #111-1963 LANCIA FLAMINIA Sport 3C 2.8 coupe. S/N 8261321013. Eng. # 8261001174. Silver/red leather. Odo: 26,369 km. The 13th of 33 with open and vertical headlamps and more potent triple-carb 2.8 motor, according to catalog. Originally Swiss owned, much mechanical and cosmetic work, including color-change in Italy. Further restoration 1990–95; only minor deterioration since. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $313,600. Still externally and internally good overall, engine and bay clean, though driver’s door shut needed sorting and door handle chrome pitted. Fairly 112 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Cernobbio, ITA derdale in March of 2014 at $605k (SCM# 239093); since then, the seller turned down a high bid of $580k at Bonhams Amelia Island in March (SCM# 257494). That was the right decision, clearly. Overall condition justified today’s above-estimate price. #131-1974 LANCIA STRATOS HF Stra- bought in the middle of the $265k–$340k estimate. #128-1965 FERRARI 330 GT Series I 2+2 coupe. S/N 7467. Eng. # 7467. Argento Metallizzato/tan leather. Odo: 45,128 miles. One of 625 Series I cars, this one first supplied to U.S. with power windows. Connecticut, New York and North Carolina owned. Acquired in 2011 by European buyer who re- the RM Sotheby’s sun-shade beside the lake. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $275,968. Mid-estimate price ($235k–$300k) has to be spot-on for what is an under-appreciated grand touring Ferrari for an owner-driver and up to three friends. Well bought and sold. #129-1971 LAMBORGHINI MIURA P400S coupe. S/N 4827. Eng. # 30604. Yellow/black leather. Odo: 26,085 km. Said to be one of final 15 P400S cars with reinforced chassis and ventilated brakes. Two Belgian owners, one keeping the car for 22 years, the latest repainting it and refreshing the interior. All numbers, including those on the body pan- moved quad-headlamp nose, replacing it with more desirable Series II twin-headlamp setup during full rebuild. Restoration still cosmetically fresh. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $275,968. The nose job may have counted against this car in the market. And yet, including premium, it still realized the $275k lower estimate. Well sold. #119-1968 DETOMASO MANGUSTA coupe. S/N 8MA608. Eng. # 6W502233. Giallo Fly/black leather. Odo: 65,337 km. Made in and always owned in Italy. Still good overall outside and in from previous restoration. Coarse finish on the wheels. Cond: 2. els, still match. Panel fit and finish good, paint unmarked, seats much sat-in, carpets apparently original. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,141,504. Neither wholly unmolested nor an untouched trailer queen. An in-between car that looked sound and well cared for, but would one dare to put any more kilometers on it? Fairly bought and sold, some ways under the $1.5m high estimate. #115-1973 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Day- SOLD AT $263,424. With a Ford U.S. V8 amidships, a DeTomaso supercar is always going to be considerably cheaper than a Lambo Miura. This muscular Mangusta was correctly valued by all concerned, selling within the $225k–$275k pre-sale estimate. #140-1969 FERRARI 365 GT 2+2 coupe. S/N 12333. Eng. # 12333. Nero/tan leather. Odo: 82,030 miles. Originally delivered in Argento Metallizzato with Rosso leather to William Harrah’s Ferrari distributorship in Reno. Acquired by TV game-show host John Davidson in 1970s. Later damaged in an accident near Pebble Beach, where it was acquired, repaired, well restored and colorchanged. Looks cosmetically excellent under 114 tona coupe. S/N 16393. Eng. # B2140. Rosso Chiaro/beige leather. Odo: 6,353 km. 1,000th Daytona produced, first supplied to Italy in Euro spec with a/c. After U.S. ownership, repatriated in 1987 for full-body resto by Brandoli and mechanical rebuild by Franco Toni. Stints in U.K., Italy and Canada, where most recent cosmetic refreshment took place. Shod with knockoff Campagnolos, though a set of period-correct Borrani wires included. Panel look crudely made close-up, particularly the strictly functional bits in the back, which are only in fair cosmetic condition on this example. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $482,944. Desirability of this iconic model and rarity of an original attracted top-estimate money. Roadgoing Stratos will likely continue to appreciate with each change of ownership. #136-1984 FERRARI 512 BBI coupe. S/N FFJA09B000049535Z. Eng. # 827. Black/ cream leather. Odo: 9,980 km. Always resident in Italy, numbers still matching, major service in 2014, when cam belts, hoses and clutch dale coupe. S/N 829AR0001571. Eng. # 829A000001231. Pistachio Green/beige suede. Odo: 11,543 km. Stradale version of Lancia’s WRC weapon, only initially retained by factory for possible employment as race Stratos. Largely unrestored, apart from repaint at some time. Interior almost certainly original, seats worn, wide-belt full harnesses. Stratos always renewed and paint also refreshed. Presents very well overall, though minor marks on driver’s seat. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $363,776. One of 1,007 produced 1982–84. Close to top estimate money handed over for fuel-injected predecessor to the Testarossa. #105-1985 FERRARI 288 GTO coupe. S/N ZFFPA16B000052475. Eng. # 90. Red/black leather. Odo: 50,033 km. Born out of banned Group B, early European-spec (body no. 6). Power windows, a/c. After several residencies, shipped to U.S., where it was made EPA compliant. Only TOP 10 No. 5 fit, paint finish, brightwork, interior and engine all presenting very well indeed and should be in need of no further expenditure in near future. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $815,360. Recently sold at Auctions America Fort Lau- Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Cernobbio, ITA driven 300 miles in a decade. Recent service in U.K., so mechanically checked through after sleep. Cosmetically mint. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $2,132,480. Sold not that long ago for $1.4m at Gooding’s 2014 Scottsdale sale (SCM# 232064). Well sold today at top estimate, fully justified by 272-example rarity and fine condition. All factory booklets present, along with license-losing 189-mph potential. #106-1991 FERRARI F40 coupe. S/N ZFFGJ34B000089693. Eng. # 27175. Red/red fabric. Odo: 49,299 km. Directly derived from 288 GTO Evo. When new, 201.4-mph supercar was world’s fastest. Italian and German exercised, then French serviced. In Ferrari Classiche certification pipeline when cata- naco-based first owner. Most recent service at Modena in March. An apparently unmarked original. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,411,200. Like preceding Lot 106, the F40, this cost new investor 25% more than forecast—and capable of plenty more growth. Zero to 60 in 3.7 seconds and up to 218 mph for those who have the time. (See the profile, p. 84.) #118-2006 FERRARI 575 Superamerica convertible. S/N ZFFGT1B000145391. Eng. # 100739. Grigio Silverstone/tan leather. Odo: 666 km. One of 559, from single ownership and hardly exposed to real-world flying stones. loged, freshly full-serviced in Modena. Very well presented in as-new cosmetic condition. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,128,960. One of the coolest of investment-grade Ferraris. Current demand outstrips the limited supply; hence, successful player had to pay nearly 25% more than the forecasted $750k–$910k. #108-1996 FERRARI F50 Spider. S/N ZFFTA46B00010570. Eng. # 44114. Rosso Corsa/Nero leather. Odo: 36,000 km. 215th of 349 built. Torino supplied and European driven, two most recent services at U.K. specialists. Original booklets and toolkit, fitted luggage and roof panel transport case, retrofitted sports exhaust. Appears still to TOP 10 No. 10 Super mint in all departments. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $464,128. Although nine years old, effectively brand new. Second owner agreed with the $395k–$480k pre-sale estimate. #109-2015 FERRARI 458 Speciale Ap- erta Spider. S/N ZFF78VHB000207419. Eng. # ZFF78VHB000207419. Nero Daytona/Nero suede with white stitching. Odo: 50 km. Fully optioned with 20-inch Sport alloys in Grigio Corsa, blue calipers, carbon-fiber front spoiler, hydraulic nose lifter, adjustable race seats, be very original with seat inserts lightly soiled, though wheels refurbished. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,379,840. Model appeals more to new money than old. Would most likely have cost more ($1.1m–$1.5m estimate) if cosmetically sharper, factory certified and had only been serviced in authorized workshops. #107-2002 FERRARI ENZO coupe. S/N ZFFCZ56B000129581. Eng. # 111836. Giallo Modena/Nero leather. Odo: 30,000 km. One of only 399 (400 if you include one gifted to Pope John Paul II). Chassis #129581 was exhibited on Pininfarina stand at 2002 Paris Motor Show, where model was unveiled. In most desirable and rare color combo. Sold with fitted-luggage option to Mo- TOP 10 No. 9 116 engine stop-start, rear-view camera, park-sensors—a thoroughly modern car. Only test and transport mileage from new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $577,024. Instant gratification without a factory waiting list ensured a better-than-forecast performance under the RM Sotheby’s gavel. Whether this is the top of the market for a nearly brand-new, limited-edition Ferrari remains to be seen. © Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. Bonhams — The Aston Martin Works Sale Road cars are worth more than racers, and the $624k 1959 DB4 wasn’t the first one that’s retired back to the road from the circuits Company Bonhams Date May 23, 2015 Location Newport Pagnell, U.K. Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold/offered 39/52 Sales rate 75% Sales total $16,561,416 High sale 1966 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage-spec convertible, sold at $2,350,090 Buyer’s premium DB4 with a successful racing career now lives life as a street-going 1959 Aston Martin DB4GT replica coupe, sold at $623,783 15% on first $77,067; 12% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00=£0.65) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics A cross the road from Bonhams’ 16th annual Aston Martin sale, 13,000 cars were hand-built from 1954 to 2007. The former Works is now Aston’s heritage center, offering sales as well as restorations. This was Bonhams’ highestgrossing Aston sale so far. High spot went to the perfectly restored (to Vantage spec) 1966 DB5 convertible at $2.35m. The 1962 DB4 Vantage convertible originally belonging to Peter Ustinov wasn’t far behind it at $2.33m. As ever at this sale, DB2/4s and their derivatives sold strongly in project form. A brace of 1958 DB Mk IIIs at opposite ends of their journeys both did well: A Newport Pagnell, U.K. rough, rusty and flaky car in storage since 1977 sold for a twice-estimate $161k, and a partly restored car with the heavy lifting and trim already done changed hands for $178k. There were a couple of oddities you couldn’t use on the road — a DB7 prototype body shell, for example, that went for $4,400. The DB7 V12 Vantage prototype was more complete than last time I saw it, but $35k looked like a fair starting point for a project whose future can only be as an AMOC racer. Of the five racers and race car projects, most didn’t sell, including the ultimate evolution of a 1971 DBS V8 into a scary-looking “silhouette” racer, but a 2010 Vantage GT2 racer fetched $192k. A 1959 DB4 that many years ago had been chopped five inches into a GT-spec car and which then served its time on the tracks was presented here in fast road trim and sold for $623k. Road cars are worth more than racers, and this isn’t the first one that’s retired back to the road from the circuits. The cutest and second-cheapest lot was a Top seller — 1966 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage-spec drophead coupe, sold at $2,350,090 120 1970 David Brown 780 Selectamatic tractor — more rare than the ubiquitous “little grey Fergie” and three times the price. You just wanted to tuck it under your arm and take it home, and someone did, for $16k. ♦ Sales Totals $18m $15m $12m $9m $6m $3m 0 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. ENGLISH #219-219 1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series II coupe. S/N DB4568L. Eng. # 370590. Green/beige leather. Odo: 844 km. Very tidy, restored condition (by Works Service, so very shiny and incredibly straight), especially engine bay, which is in factory finishes and near concours. Leather newish, still smells new inside, chrome all good. Originally delivered with an engine-block heater and a Two owners from new. On the money for a 2/4 resto project, be it a barn find or a respectable-looking runner. The owner expected a little more but sensibly let it go. #252-1956 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 Mk fender mirror on driver’s side. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $892,000. Another U.S.-supplied car (though had a period in Norway) with very little history, leaving us only with “as seen” condition to go on. But... because that’s a) perfect and b) done by the men who built it and c) well documented, I expected this to sell. Punters obviously felt the same when it was offered but not sold at Gooding & Company’s January sale in Arizona against a $1m–$1.2m estimate (SCM# 256775). #209-1952 ASTON MARTIN DB 2/4 drophead coupe. S/N LML50117. Blue/ cream leather. RHD. Odo: 21,057 miles. Restored, with a shiny chassis, new exhaust, new leather and carpets, excellent dash and instruments. Curious satin paint in two shades of metallic blue—or maybe it’s a wrap. Now has a Lagonda-spec LB6A engine instead of previous 2.6 Vantage, replacing a 3-liter unit fitted Bonhams sold at New Bond Street last year ($249k, SCM# 256401); must be a design flaw. French title. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $209,469. Previously offered but not sold at this sale in 2011 (SCM# 180063). Last year it apparently sold here for $266k, but the new owner never collected it from Newport Pagnell (SCM# 250642). Considering that everyone already had a chance at it, this price makes sense. #221-1956 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 Mk earlier. Chrome “Majestic Auto” script on trunk lid. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $347,574. ExPrince Bertil of Sweden, delivered new to his residence in France. Sold cheapish for a drophead, and under the low etimate of £250k ($390k), but slightly bitsa spec and look is always going to keep the price down. Well bought for a decent driver, though. #248-1954 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 Vantage coupe. S/N LML705. Dark green/ cream leather. RHD. Odo: 79,729 miles. Looks straight and shiny from a distance, but paint is very bubbly, especially over the rear arches. Otherwise, with a nicely preserved interior and very tidy motor, it’s very original and charming. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $149,048. 122 II coupe. S/N AM3001111. Eng. # VB6J647. Metallic green/red leather. RHD. Odo: 9,745 miles. Dusty, rusty and ratty, but the metalwork (originally gray) is all straight. Seat leather falling apart at the seams, probably due to at least 20 years of storage; ancillaries missing from motor; all the outer trim and brightwork is off... though various parts are stacked in the back. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $140,417. Ran in the 1956 Alpine Rally, II coupe. S/N AM3001241. Two-tone blue/ gray leather. RHD. Odo: 2,197 miles. One of 199 fixed-head coupes made and only 34 Mk IIs. Older restoration presenting well except for a paint chip under the left rear trunk lid corner. Weirdly, same thing happened to the Mk II coupe in exactly the same color that placed 11th overall. Sold on the phone for about $20k less than a typical barn-find DB 2/4 gets, and that might have been down to the unknown number of missing parts. #201-1958 ASTON MARTIN DB MK III coupe. S/N AM30031547. Eng. # DBA1201. Dark blue/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 55,109 miles. Rotten resto project. Front spring towers split 40 years ago and were re-welded, but catalog remarks they aren’t to be trusted. Rear chassis most likely bent. Interior grubby, motor and engine bay corroded. Originally a twin-pipe car, therefore 178 hp instead of 162. With overdrive from new. Mk II cylinder head fitted, according to catalog. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $161,132. Offered at no reserve, this fetched a little more than the usual £90k ($142k) or so for rotten resto DB2/4s and derivatives that Bonhams always manages to offer at this sale. It sold for three times the lower estimate, but that low number was likely just a plot to get the ball rolling, as this was the first car of the sale. Given the amount of work to do, well sold, nonetheless. has gone to CMC, better known for its Jaguar work, for restoration; expected completion date is sometime in 2017. #253-1959 ASTON MARTIN DB MK III coupe. S/N AM30031766. White/red leather. RHD. An “exciting restoration project,” according to the catalog; last MoT expired February of ’89. The heavy lifting’s been done (about five years ago), so chassis is sound and painted. Body pretty straight and in primer, seats retrimmed and ready to go in. But still needs floor before you do that, and, as ever, who knows if all the little widgets you need are actually in the box? Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $178,395. Sold to a well-known Aston expert, so it will likely become a complete car again, as opposed to turning up here next year in exactly the same state, as it did at Bonhams Oxford in December before primer at $141k (SCM# 256640). Though the price looked high for a project, it’s only $40k north of what a Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. rotten barn-find with all the needs gets these days, so I reckon it can be finished within a retail price and still show a small profit. The buyer’s not stupid, but the flipper’s made a small profit too. #206-1959 ASTON MARTIN DB4GT replica coupe. S/N DB4122R. Green/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 42,591 miles. DB4 all got up as a racer, basically to DB4GT spec, including the five-inch wheelbase chop. Finished in 1995. Bumpers deleted, big roll cage was near faultless. Vantage version with celeb ownership (Lot 247, there we go again...) got a million dollars more. TOP 10 No. 3 #247-1962 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series IV Vantage drophead coupe. S/N DB4C10 68L. Metallic red/red money — one left- and one right-hand drive (Lot 214). Series IIs appear to be where it’s at... #218-1962 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series fitted, but strangely, has original seats with no headrests fitted. Motor now a 4.2 on triple Webers. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $623,783. Despite appearances, this did actually have a successful race career in the ’90s. Sold where expected, but as it stands as a fast road car, it’s really neither fish nor fowl. #214-1960 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series I coupe. S/N DB4245L. Eng. # 370243. Red/ tan leather. Odo: 6,487 miles. First-series car, restored at some time in the past, now with shiny repaint, nice chrome, lightly used leather presumably all done in the U.S., where it was first supplied. Gearbox said to be balky. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $761,887. This was slightly cars now around the £500k mark ($785k), you might just get this finished without going underwater, given that the chassis work has been done. But there’s a long way to go, and I think the buyer’s assuming that further price inflation is going to save him. And that’s what we all thought in 1989... #237-1962 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series confusing because the pictures were mixed up in the catalog with a similar car that didn’t make it to the sale... Anyway, sold for almost £500k, slap in the middle of the expected range of £450k–£550k ($700k–$870k). Remember when DB5s were steady at $550k and 4s were just edging over $350k? #233-1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series II coupe. S/N DB4571R. Metallic green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 30,449 miles. Recently restored in the Netherlands and still near perfect, though slightly orange-peeled paint could do with another mop. Wheels are body color... just a bit odd. Door fit excellent, good chrome, leather hardly used, motor near concours with original air filters. Dutch title. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $761,887. This represents the highwater mark for a DB4 coupe (so far), with two at this sale changing hands for identical 124 IV drophead coupe. S/N DB4C1061R. Eng. # 370948. Gold/red cloth/red leather. RHD. Odo: 36,793 miles. One of 70 DB4 convertibles, but now with 4-liter engine, power-assisted steering (from a DB6) and other upgrades including footwells modified to fit speakers, plus a V8-type passenger’s footrest. Restored like a new pin, one small dimple in driver’s door and one behind, newish leather doesn’t look sat on in rear, new top, new car- Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $862,000. Supplied new to the U.S. Seems like the high bid should have been enough to buy it, but bear in mind that a similar-condition car went for more than a million at Artcurial Paris late last year (SCM# 256306), so owners are no doubt determined to hold out for more. I don’t think my nerves could stand it. pets, period Radiomobile. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,279,317. Top bid was £30k ($50k) under the lower estimate, which usually corresponds to the reserve, so the owner must have had a quick rethink. I just wonder if those mods knocked its value a tad, as its condition #211-1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB51560R. Silver/black leather. RHD. Odo: 66,865 miles. Straight, with an older repaint that’s going a bit at the edges; a little surface rust underneath. Looks nicely stock but basically a little used. Lightly blemished Sports Car Market III coupe. S/N DB4691R. Eng. # 370718. White & primer/red leather. RHD. Stalled project... started 32 years ago! Missing bits of body skin reveal extensive work to steel frame and floors within. Leather original, rear seats savable, fronts only if you like a lot of patina. Said to have nothing missing, but after all this time it’s hard to be sure. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $468,415. With the prices of good, restored vinyl/red leather. Odo: 321,320 km. DB4 ragtop is rarer even than the DB4GT, with only 70 built, and only nine were Series IV. Very original-looking car, apart from the repaint from white which is older (1979) and holding up well. Leather lightly creased, original radio. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $2,332,827. Star of the show, originally supplied to actor, diplomat and raconteur Peter Ustinov. That and its originality partly account for the price difference of almost $1m over the brighter but modified similar car earlier in the sale (Lot 237), but it sold 50% over estimate after the man who wanted it just kept going. Exceedingly well sold. #244-1963 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB51335L. Eng. # 4001294. Red/tan leather. Odo: 35,578 miles. Okay older paint with a couple of star chips, polish marks and some microblistering. Leather creased and worn, still has original Motorola 818. Originally blue with fawn leather, but like several of the other cars offered here from the U.S., there’s little other history with it.


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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. bumpers. Creased and baggy leather, original Radiomobile. New MWS wire wheels. Motor good chrome, newish red leather. Replacement motor built to Vantage spec. Just gorgeous. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $2,350,090. Originally supplied to the U.S. in black. One of 39 LhD DB5 convertibles made (out of 123 total). It was the undoubted star of the show and needed to make big money — which it did, the winning bid $245k over top estimate. #204-1967 ASTON MARTIN DB6 now a 4.2. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $917,255. With the best cars at £700k-plus ($1m-plus), I’d call this one market-correct, though it still sold for more than Bonhams expected. If you didn’t want the last word in concours quality but wanted a nicely settled-in driver, this was for you, as restoration isn’t viable at this price. #229-1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB51430R. Green/beige leather. Odo: 51,845 miles. Left-hand-drive converted, straight body, but older paint getting edgy. Small scratches in rear bumper chrome. Looks a bit used underneath, with surface rust on jacking points and wavy sill joints. Lightly creased leather. German title. Odd how all the U.K.-owned cars at this sale have original or coupe. S/N DB63040R. Bronze/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 53,357 miles. Straight car. Repaint now with a few tiny blemishes, slightly wavy rechrome. Well-cracked original blue leather, original Motorola. Sits nicely on tall old radials. Speedo changed in 1972; actual mileage it was replaced with a km/h instrument. Belgian title. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $865,466. has been olive, red and silver, exported to Belgium in 2005. Winning bid of £500k ($785k) matched the lower estimate and must have been just enough to secure it. In 2002, it was bought at or just after this sale for $88k (SCM# 28314). It’s a lot of money, but in this rarefied market it doesn’t look expensive against a DB4 convertible or even a stock DB5 coupe. So dare I say it, slightly well bought. #232-1968 ASTON MARTIN DBS from new estimated at around 85,000. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $399,363. This was on the money for a driver-condition DB6 Mk I, though it sold higher than even the top £180k ($280k) estimate. I suspect those figures were deliberately a little low to whip up interest, and here the market spoke with its wallet. #210-1967 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Vo- original-type radios, even if they don’t work, while all the Continentals have modern stereos. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $744,624. Strange why an originally right-handed car would wear federal side-marker lamps on the rear. Just one of the weird anomalies (like: why you’d move the steering wheel in the first place?) that keep the price down here to less than the better DB4s in the sale. Bought on the phone, so may be going back abroad. #254-1966 ASTON MARTIN DB5 Vantage-spec drophead coupe. S/N DB5C2114L. Eng. # 4006863. Silver/ silver hard top/red leather. Odo: 17,190 miles. It’s got it all, including the hard top. Beautifully restored using new body made in early ’90s, excellent paint (last done end of ’90s), TOP 10 No. 2 three-ear spinners. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $940,000. Not sold at £70k ($110k) under the lower estimate. Entered by a dealer not noted for being backward when coming forward with his prices, so he probably figured it could wait another day and attract top dollar. he’s probably right. #236-1968 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Vo- lante convertible. S/N DBVC3668R. Eng. # 4003357. Metallic green/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 3,415 km. Converted to left-hand drive during restoration in 2003, paint still excellent and now with only lightly used leather. Modern stereo. A few blemishes under the chrome. Speedo read 106,300 miles before 126 Sports Car Market lante Mk I convertible. S/N DBVC3662R. Metallic blue/blue cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 58,940 miles. Restored 2009–11, originally Dubonnet Rosso with natural hide. Excellent panel and door fit, newish leather, some small scratch marks in chrome. Wears fitted. But it’s a manual shift! Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $97,259. Two or three AM Works sales ago, this price got you a decently, recently restored car. Now it’s the money for a patched and painted driver, and on a level with V8-engined cars. This wasn’t an amazing price for a DBS, just what is now becoming market-correct. #255-1969 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Mk II coupe. S/N DB6MK24117R. Silver Birch/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 70,241 miles. Good appearance with a nice original feel to it. Good older repaint in a slightly unusual color— looks slightly gold, not like Silver Birch, but could be the lighting. Leather probably original and nicely settled in but not overly worn. Like most of the British-owned cars here, still coupe. S/N DBS5069R. Metallic blue/black leather. RHD. Odo: 46,905 miles. Said to have been extensively restored, but that was 20 years ago. Looks more like an older repaint. Lots of silicone plop around the windows. Doors have dropped a bit, but rockers are solid. Original interior. Dulled dash timber, a/c


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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. has original or original-type Motorola radio. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $433,889. Last lot of the sale, and last of the proper DB Astons—only 249 Mk IIs were made. Sold on the phone at a bid £10k ($15k) over the lower estimate. But the trade does like a Mk II auto, especially in silver, so it should be easy to retail it for more. #217-1969 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Van- tage Mk I coupe. S/N DB64012R. Dark oyster/red leather. RHD. Odo: 15,258 miles. Tidy old thing with a few small blemishes in paint, but a really lovely interior, probably the original leather, that glows with richness, supporting the claimed original low mileage. Motor now unleaded-tolerant, suspension times restored “little grey Fergie” TE20 money and twice the price of a nice MF135, which is the 780’s broad equivalent, so the “cut above” comment holds true. #242-1971 ASTON MARTIN DBS coupe. S/N DBS5753R. Red/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 55,578 miles. Shiny and well restored, newish or reconditioned leather, redone dash and new carpets, Moto-Lita wheel. Clean and tidy motor; replacement motor is un- into account, a financial loss for our hopeful flipper. #234-1978 ASTON MARTIN V8 “Stage 1” coupe. S/N V811891RCAS. Pewter/fawn leather. Odo: 48,825 km. First of the carb-fed V8s, in Stage 1 tune which means basically fiercer cams and exhausts. Pleasingly sharp appearance following 2008 respray. On Ronal wheels. Original leather now getting a bit leaded-compatible. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $114,522. In line with current DBS prices... Who’da thunk it five years ago? Still, all the heavy lifting needed for a while is behind it here, so given that it’s pretty much marketcorrect, looks like a safe buy. #250-1971 ASTON MARTIN DBS upgraded. LSD and three-ear spinners from new, and good registration number too. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $575,446. This is where DB5s were three years ago. But low mileage helping to maintain that originality is doing the work here—and is worth paying a premium for, if you compare it with the cost of restoring a rough car. Profiled last month (August 2015, p. 64). #171-1970 DAVID BROWN 780 Selecta- matic tractor. S/N 607231. White/red vinyl. MHD. Beautifully restored and with only 7.1 hours on the clock. As the catalog says, “A cut above the average Fergie and guaranteed to excite the more knowledgeable enthusiasts at your local agricultural show.” This has the Livedrive 6 transmission, but there was a 12-speed option (and four reverse), too. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $15,953. Before David Brown bought Aston Martin (being just one of the coupe. S/N DBS5452R. Silver/black leather. RHD. Odo: 83,408 miles. “Good, original, needs paint” is all I can decipher from my notes. Catalog says, “Older restoration, recently recommissioned.” You can probably work out the grim reality. Still, at least it’s got a stir-it-yourself box instead of the slusher. creased. Dutch title. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $200,837. Delivered to Switzerland, then to the Netherlands in 2003, where it was the property of “a well known Dutch television personality.” I’m none the wiser either, but it reminds you of happier times when we had “personalities” and not “celebs.” Strong money for a V8, sold $60k over top estimate and closing in on the territory formerly occupied by Volantes. Well sold. #212-1980 ASTON MARTIN V8 Van- Modern autos are great, but the old BorgWarner 35 with which so many of these are afflicted kills the sporting appeal of just about anything. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $105,890. Another unremarkable DBS at an average market price. Five years ago, this would have been worth shouting about as only the very best, recently and sharply restored cars got this much. For driver-quality, it’s now the norm. #246-1973 ASTON MARTIN V8 Series many owners of this oft-failing vanity project), he ran the family gearmaking company and then made tractors. In 1972 the tractor division sold to Tenneco, which rebranded its products as Case. Sold here for around three 128 II coupe. S/N V810720RCA. Silver/red leather. RHD. Odo: 99,088 miles. Fair order all round and no obvious rot in structure underneath, though there are a few bubbles at the bases of the windshield pillars. More worryingly, there’s a rather home-made looking rear skirt, presumably intended to “modernize” the appearance. Okay leather and veneers, brakes replaced in past year. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $88,627. “It’d have to be cheap,” observed one hands-on Aston specialist as I viewed the car. Bought at this sale last year for $81,188 (SCM# 250647), it sold for almost $90k. Not cheap enough, and after premiums are taken tage Series II coupe. S/N V8VOL12241. Eng. # V5402241V. Metallic blue/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 5,831 miles. Quite a history with this one. Was built LHD for a Kuwaiti sheik, never exported, then RHD-converted by the factory when new. Motor rebuilt by factory to X-pack spec in 1989. Repainted, very shiny, excellent chrome. Lightly creased leather, okay veneers, unscuffed Ronal alloys. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $230,185. Less money than a real X-pack car. Given the money that’s been spent and that it has no immediate needs, this represents a fairly reasonable way to go stonkingly fast in Aston V8 style—though this money would have got you an X-pack Volante Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Newport Pagnell, U.K. only a couple of years ago. I’d say well bought and sold. #205-1984 ASTON MARTIN LAG- ONDA sedan. S/N SCFDL01S8ETL13328. Metallic blue/brown leather. Odo: 1,672 miles. Very low mileage (though you can’t tell because of that black dash that’s like a 1980s stereo). Good and straight, no rot, and inside since being bought at Bonhams’ Goodwood auction in July 2011 for $39k (SCM# 183175). #241-1988 ASTON MARTIN V8 Series II Volante convertible. S/N SCFCV81V9JTL15663. Red/white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 27,723 miles. U.S. car, which means Vantage body kit but fuel injection instead of four Webers. Converted to steel bumpers during restoration in 2010, but leaving in place the side repeaters and gap in profile on the rear panel where a U.S. number plate would go. Odd. Deep and shiny paint, good veneers, Bought 50% over the top estimate by a London Aston dealer who obviously felt he could move it on for a bit more, as it was soon advertised “POA.” #231-1999 ASTON MARTIN DB7 decent veneers. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $152,501. Delivered new to the U.S. Went through the hands of Autosport Designs before arriving here, and AD’s boss was on hand to watch the sale. Well sold, for almost twice the lower estimate at more money than a V8 saloon. #228-1984 ASTON MARTIN LAG- ONDA sedan. S/N SCFDL01S1ETR13379. Metallic blue/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 29,400 miles. Well kept and fairly low mileage, refurbished and with a gently titivated interior and freshly powder-coated wheels, new exhausts. Still has the dreaded “black dash” that can revert to just that at any time while driving, so no way of telling how much of it works. Cond: lightly used leather. Dutch title. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $254,000. Not sold at $254k, about $23k less than seller was looking for. Same went for the other U.S.-spec 1988 Vantage Volante (Lot 215), bid at least $30k short of the $245k or so needed to buy it. That one was originally sold by Ron Tonkin of Portland, OR. I wonder if our publisher had anything to do with it?.. Offered again at Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed sale six weeks later (Lot 359), at a much reduced estimate of £120k–£160k ($185k–$246k), where it failed to sell again. Should have taken the money the first time. #220-1990 ASTON MARTIN VIRAGE 3+. SOLD AT $77,992. Still, if you’re going to have an origami Aston, you might as well have one of the crisply folded originals rather than the slightly softened S4s. At 50% over the lower estimate, this managed to look like quite a good value against Lot 205, the lower-mileage example—partly because V8 saloons have become so expensive. But it’s come a long way coupe. S/N SCFCAM1S1MBR50168. Black/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 6,229 miles. Good order and massively, expensively rebuilt (back to bare metal) and upgraded by Aston Martin 100 miles into its life. Now with 17-inch wheels, later instruments, retrimmed, repainted again in 2014 following body repairs (quite possibly for rust, as these can be shockers). No one said owning an Aston was cheap. Pictured in the catalog wearing left-dipping headlights “converted” with tape. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $114,522. Virage is the unloved one, but they’re starting to move—though this very upgraded car is a very different animal. coupe. S/N AMWSR7DP001. Green/beige leather. RHD. DB7s are 10-a-penny, but this has a “DP” chassis number, as it was the factory prototype and one of the test mules for the V12 engine. Straight and tidy, though not a runner, with various parts missing and—as it can’t be registered for the road—its future is as a display piece or a racer. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $35,451. Bought at this sale in 2013 for $34,959 (SCM# 222609); seats, windows and rear crossmember added since. Sold for about the price of a nice DB7 straight-six coupe, and therefore the owner’s gained nothing, but it’s still quite an expensive starting point for a racer. #230-2004 ASTON MARTIN VAN- QUISH coupe. S/N 501316. Grigio Titanio/ Parchment leather. RHD. Odo: 18,444 miles. Clean, tidy and unscuffed with unworn leather, red calipers. Nothing more to say about this one except that I’ve included it to flag up what a used, low-mileage, 10-year-old Vanquish with full service history is worth. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $123,154. It’s a modern car with 1,492 made and therefore a known quantity, so no surprises that it split the lower and upper estimates. Worth noting that it cost more than twice as much as this new, though, and it may not have done all its depreciating. Second-gen year-old examples start at $195k. © 130 Sports Car Market


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Russo and Steele Newport Beach, CA Russo and Steele — Newport Beach 2015 Off the beaten path, a 1958 Fiat-Abarth 750GT “Double Bubble” sold for $137k, and a 1961 Jensen 541S found $74k Company Russo and Steele Date June 5–7, 2015 Location Newport Beach, CA Auctioneers Rob Row, Dan Schorno, Frank Bizzarro Automotive lots sold/offered 173/343 Sales rate 50% Sales total $7,371,443 High sale 2005 Porsche Carrera GT coupe, sold at $840,000 1958 Fiat-Abarth 750 GT “Double Bubble” coupe, sold at $136,640 Report and photos by Wally Marx Market opinions in italics cording to Russo. Russo and Steele auctions are fun, inclu- S sive affairs. Bidders are encouraged to leave their seats, approach the open auction block and get up close and personal with the vehicles. The mostly local crowd was not shy about giving cars full inspections, and this translated into decent sales at ales jumped up 71% at Russo and Steele’s best Newport Beach auction yet. Total dollars came in at $7.3m, up $3m from last year, ac- buyers and sellers together and upping the final numbers. The offerings included a healthy assortment of American muscle, but the top five Newport Beach, CA the auction block. After the auction, Russo worked hard to close dozens of post-sale deals, bringing sales were all modern supercars and Italian classics: a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT at $840k, a 1973 Ferrari 246 GTS Dino at $340k, a 2006 Ford GT at $338k, a 2012 Lexus LFA at $335k and a 1971 Maserati Ghibli at $227k. A little farther off the beaten path, a 1958 Fiat-Abarth 750GT “Double Bubble” sold for a market-correct $137k, and a very rare 1961 Jensen 541S found a strong $74k. The 1956 Avia Streamliner and 1959 Peerless GT were apparently a little too obscure for Newport Beach and failed to sell at $187k and $34k, respectively. Perhaps Russo’s Monterey venue would be a better fit for these exotic, little-known sports cars. Bidding for a fully restored but not-quite-perfect 1959 Volkswagen Transporter 23-window Samba bus stopped at a marketcorrect $176k, but the seller stuck to his rumored $200k reserve. A 1964 Volkswagen Transporter double-cab pickup from Porsche shop Liberty Motorsports, however, had no trouble selling for a top-of-the-market $89k. Down below $50k there were some really 1961 Jensen 541S coupe, sold at $74,000 134 nice, drivable classics, such as a 1958 Chevrolet Nomad wagon, very well bought at $31k, and a 1963 Dodge 330 Max Wedge replica, well bought and sold at $41k. A 2007 Ford Mustang with scissor doors, metallic purple paint and supercharged V8 sold for just $29k. In terms of sheer swagger for the money, it was the deal of the weekend. ♦ Sales Totals $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 Sports Car Market 2015 2014 2013 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices


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Russo and Steele Newport Beach, CA CZECH #S745-1956 AVIA STREAMLINER racer. S/N N/A. Silver/black vinyl. MHD. Interesting car with an interesting history. One of a dozen or so cars built by racer and designer Miroslav Jurca. At one time thought to be a BMW product, still badged as such. Very nice silver paint and good bodywork, but cracks around hood locks. Sorted interior with original gauges. Race-ready. Has been shown #S645-1959 PEERLESS GT coupe. S/N GT200172. Red/tan cloth. Odo: 87,374 miles. Fiberglass body in remarkable shape, considering age, with one vertical crack on top of passenger’s front wheel. Red paint shows swirls and nicks but overall good. Trim only fair, with a mixture of plated and painted parts. Interior features a fuzzy tan carpet and tan velour covered seats. Unable to inspect engine bay. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $34,100. grades. Overall very good condition. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $165,000. Well-done replica with quality builders involved. Said to run well and has been successfully raced. The tribute market is tricky: Those who would be interested in XK-SS ownership may only be interested in the real thing. While it attracted a lot of attention, this vehicle did not drive serious bidding. at Pebble Beach, The Quail, and Hillsborough Concours, as well as racing in a number of historic events. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $187,000. This presented well and was one of the feature cars of the auction, but Newport Beach may not have been the right setting for an obscure vintage racer. Maybe Russo’s Monterey sale? Bidding started at $100k. This car had been offered recently at a dealer for $325k, so final high bid was far short of someone’s perception of market value. ENGLISH #S609-1950 MG Y-TYPE 2-dr sedan. S/N GSCLHX12469. Maroon/tan leather. Full resto in 1979 holding up surprisingly well. Handsome car. Dozens of rock chips up front. Paint cracked in driver A-pillar. Chrome very good. Lucas head- and fog lamps. Crank-open windshield, trafficators. Dash in good condition, as is rest of interior. Connolly leather, wool headliner, sunroof. Tidy engine bay. Same owner for past 39 years. Former show Peerless were built in Slough, England, for three years. This is car number 90, which puts it toward the end of the run. Triumph running gear and a 4-speed with electronic overdrive could make this car a fun runner. Fairly attractive car that received decent attention in the lot but was virtually ignored on the block. Last seen at Branson, October 2011, where it was a no-sale at $30k (SCM# 189921). Similar money offered here, which probably represents market value. #S701-1961 JENSEN 541S coupe. S/N JMEXP102. Burgundy/black leather. Odo: 34,000 miles. Restored as needed in the past 10 years including new paint, upholstery, carpet, electrical and brakes. Good paint on straight fiberglass body with good panel fit. Excellent chrome. Said to be one of two LHD and hood fit are off, as are headlight covers. Interior looking clean and original. Engine bay in surprisingly good order. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $48,400. At 1,340 pounds and 105 horsepower, the Elan is a lightweight screamer. This is the car that inspired the Miata, and yet it is so much more exotic and exciting. The Elan has a loyal fan base, and while prices have dipped in the past couple of years, I would expect these little racers to increase. cars. Fitted with manual gearbox. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $74,000. For the true buffs, this car was one of the more interesting vehicles of the auction. It looked good and dripped vintage. Said to run well, this would make a fine weekend vehicle, although parts and maintenance may prove a hassle. car now in need of some TLC. Car locked; unable to check odo. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,325. This car conjured dreams of driving a single-lane road through the British countryside at sensible speeds. Could be a fun car here, especially with the left-hand drive, but will need work to be a show car again. Price was under market, however, so well bought. 136 #S725-1969 JAGUAR XK-SS replica convertible. S/N 1L2200BW. Green/black vinyl/black leather. RHD. Odo: 1,342 miles. One of 12 tributes built by a well-known Jag shop. 1969 XKE frame. Kevlar and resin composite panels. Good coat of British Racing Green showing very few flaws. Chrome in varying shades, a mix of old and new. Windshield frame has a dent in the top middle. Side exhaust. Engine bay clean. 1969 4.2-liter block with newer Webers, among other up- Sports Car Market GERMAN #S748-1957 PORSCHE 356A cabriolet. S/N 61560. Signal Red/black canvas/tan leather. Odo: 55,932 miles. Early-production 356A cabriolet. Flawless red paint. Chrome, #F474-1969 LOTUS ELAN convertible. S/N 4518583. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 50,297 miles. Extensive, knowledgeable restoration of a two-owner, lifelong California car, with over $30k invested. Red paint has numerous nicks and ripples. Side badging missing. No outside rear-view mirrors. 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Russo and Steele Newport Beach, CA wheels and trim immaculate. New top. Beehive taillights, single rear bumper over-rider. Interior clean, presents as-new. No access to engine bay, but said to have “matching-numbers powertrain and body.” Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $181,500. The owner was not present at the auction, and the car was locked up tight. The catalog mentioned “copious documentation,” however. If anything, the car bordered on over-restored, which was a turnoff for me, but it excited the bidders. Well sold. #S728-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 190SL9501337. Silver/silver hard top/red leather. Odo: 80,901 miles. Newer silver paint shows well but has dings and some clouding of the metal flakes on hood. Good condition chrome and trim. Rubber drying in multiple places, especially gasfiller surround. The interior is basically new and very pleasant, with rich red leather and thick wool carpeting. Dash wood in good con- Word circulated that owner was looking for north of $200k, but that’s really only for concours-perfect examples on lucky days. #S654-1963 PORSCHE 356B Super 90 coupe. S/N 212336. Signal Red/black leather. Odo: 69,846 miles. Older red paint with many chips and swirls. Chrome faded and some pitting. Some missing trim. Rear glass cloudy. Mostly original interior. Steering wheel very worn. Clean engine bay. With Porsche certifi- tion. An excellent example and hard to find one better. Yet, while beautiful, the car was not tremendously exciting and failed to draw much attention. Would be a phenomenal touring car. A 1974 280SE sold at RM Phoenix in January for $473k (SCM# 256874). high bid here was in line with market. #S685-1971 PORSCHE 911T coupe. S/N cate of authenticity. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $55,000. Good driver in unrestored condition, which is becoming less easy to find. I would rather have this than an over-restored car. The bidding got to the point where it started to eat into any potential upside you’d get by investing in the car. Seller would not lift reserve. #S716-1964 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- dition, gauges look correct with clear lenses. California car since delivery with complete owner history and documentation. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $104,500. This car attracted a ton of attention. It seems that to most people, a 190 is at least as exotic as a 300 and maybe more attractive. So the cars represent bang for the buck in terms of styling. The wonderful interior balances out the anemic 4-cylinder, making for a wonderful car to take up the coast. high bid here was toward the bottom of the wide price range for these. #S714-1959 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- PORTER 23-window Samba bus. S/N 428915. Red & white/tan canvas/gray vinyl. Odo: 94,162 miles. Full resto of the Big Kahuna 23-window. Clean paint, trim and glass. Some bubbles and cracks, especially at rear louvers. Some rust at door hinges. Interior redone but showing some scuffs. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $176,000. Not a perfect ex- Porsche 356. GPS and backup camera. Upgraded 2.6-L Type IV motor with Webers and Hurst shifter. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $89,100. Not sure how you can go wrong with a shop truck from a high-end Porsche shop. This vehicle had all the add-ons and upgrades, plus way-cool looks. A lot of money for a regular Transporter, but not this one. Well bought. #S753-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE ample, but very attractive if this is your thing. This bus attracted a great deal of attention. 138 3.5 convertible. S/N 11102712003317. Blue/blue canvas/blue leather. Odo: 69,950 miles. Rare triple-blue convertible. Nearly flawless paint and chrome. Trim, plastic, headlights, rubber all excellent. Blue leather interior lightly used. Copious amounts of gorgeous wood trim. Gauges and controls all looking new. Engine bay clean but not immaculate. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $418,000. One of the featured cars of this auc- Sports Car Market PORTER double-cab pickup. S/N 1165051. Black & maroon/red & black leather. Odo: 1,625 miles. Ex-Liberty Motorsports shop truck with graphics and Porsche logos. Clean black over maroon paint with excellent chrome, trim and glass. Clean leather interior featuring seats, dash and gauges from a this model. Original Fuchs wheels, newer tires and Bilstein shocks all around. Missing are deco strips on rockers and front bumper, front bumper guards, and original front bumper. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $78,700. Super-clean resto of what is currently a very popular car. Minor upgrades make you wonder why they didn’t either take it further, to really up the performance or stick with 100% original. The color is a little hard to take, but original. 911s are white-hot right now and this one brought all the money with brisk bidding. #S613-1972 VOLKSWAGEN KAR- MANN GHIA convertible. S/N 1422245899. Light blue/tan canvas/tan vinyl. Odo: 1,896 miles. Recent full resto. Paint very good, new chrome and trim. New top, wheel covers and tires. Interior looking new. Rubber around 9111100047. Light Green/black vinyl. Odo: 750 miles. Seven-year, bare-metal resto. Repaint in original color to very high quality with no discernible flaws. Chrome, trim, and rubber in near-new condition. Clean interior, with dash and gauges showing very well. Seats from a ’77 911. Updated stereo with large speakers in the doors. Engine bay in good order. Motor includes Weber carbs and Dansk muffler, neither of which are correct for


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Russo and Steele Newport Beach, CA taillights dry and cracked. Very clean engine bay with mix of new and old parts. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $28,600. Basically a new Karmann Ghia boasting an upgraded “freeway flyer” transmission. This was a good car that would make a nice in-town driver. The current Volkswagen bus craze is not bleeding over into Karmanns, as this car barely registered a blip on the block. Compared with recent sales, high bid was generous. #S608-1975 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SL convertible. S/N 10704412027973. Red/red hard top/black soft top/black leather. Odo: 106,612 miles. Red paint said to be factory; shows well with only minimal dings. Finish coming off door handles. Original interior in good shape, with seats and carpets very pre- engine bay. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $70,000. Despite the high miles, this car was a looker, assuming you can get with the white motif. Price seemed on the high side. Well sold. ITALIAN #S734-1958 FIAT-ABARTH 750 GT “Double Bubble” coupe. S/N 639039. Blue/ black leather. Odo: 1,635 Aluminum body with double-hump roofline. Fair repaint with some bubbling, trim very worn. Steel wheels and caps worn. Interior decent with mix of old and new parts. Seats look re-covered. Engine bay okay, but not show-quality. Said to be a sentable. Engine bay dirty. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,625. This was a fairly clean car from a local seller. Not really a collectible—more of a used car with classic charm—but you can’t help but wonder if these will get hot at some point. Call it fairly bought. #S763-1988 PORSCHE 911 Turbo coupe. S/N WP0JBO93XJS050180. White/ black leather. Odo: 100,000 miles. Second-tolast year of production for the 930, so certainly last of the breed. White paint in decent condition, possibly original, with dings up front and hairline crack behind driver’s headlamp. Trim and rubber in good condition. No access to garaged driver, brought to the U.S. in 2013. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $136,640. The fact that these diminutive Italians have become sixfigure cars still shocks the populace. Gasps went up in the crowd as the car broke $100k and kept going. This vehicle was a solid #3 car with plenty of room to make money, assuming the market holds. #S607-1971 FIAT 500 2-dr sedan. S/N 5133589. Red/black vinyl. New red paint over numerous body flaws. Cute newer interior. Some motor upgrades, including sump oil pan, Weber carb, Abarth valve covers. Recently overhauled with many new parts. Car locked; unable to read odo. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $9,900. It seemed mechanically sound and attracted enough attention, but big, fat drips in the paint kind of blot out the other positives. Worth more, but needs better presentation to get it. #S744-1971 MASERATI GHIBLI coupe. S/N AM1152414. Blue/black leather. Odo: 60,000 miles. An impressive Italian motorcar. Recent repaint in Celeste Chiaro with no discernible flaws. Interior very good, with Connolly leather on the seats and an impressive number of gauges on the dash. Comprehensive mechanical resto in late 2000s. Rebuilt DOHC V8 sits in a clean, correct engine bay. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $226,600. In my opinion, the Ghibli stands with the Ferrari Daytona as one of the pinnacles of late 1960s/early 1970s Italian automotive styling. This example represented the very top of drivable examples; any nicer and you wouldn’t want to street it. Market-correct price. #S746-1973 FERARRI 246 GTS DINO Spyder. S/N 04870. Red/tan/leather. Odo: 49,103 miles. Red exterior in good condition but has dings, bubbles and various addressable issues. Chrome and trim very good. Nonoriginal interior in nice condition. Driver’s side window has two deep vertical scratches etched in by years of up and down. Alignment off on hood and driver’s door. Unable to inspect engine bay. SOLD AT $340,000. This car was offered at the Russo and Steele Monterey auction on August 15, 2013, and 140 Sports Car Market


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Fresh Meat by Chad Tyson Russo and Steele Newport Beach, CA Online sales of contemporary cars 2016 Nissan GT-R Nismo coupe 68,332 miles. Recent repaint and rechrome. Good trim and rubber. Original black leather interior, dash and gauges. Original engine bay in driver condition. Said to be decent driver. Date sold: 06/18/2015 eBay auction ID: 361318799679 Seller’s eBay ID: bennettnissan Sale type: New car with six miles VIN: JN1AR5EF4GM290401 Details: Pearl White over black and red leather; 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 rated at 600 hp and 481 lb-ft, 6-sp auto-shift Sale result: $152,980, 2 bids, sf 242 MSRP: $149,000 (base) Other current offering: Bill Seidle’s Nissan in Miami, FL, asking $165,780 for a Pearl White-overblack Nismo GT-R. 2014 Lotus Evora S 2+2 coupe came up again at Bonhams Scottsdale on January 15, 2015. The fact that an egregious flaw like the window scratches has not been addressed does not instill buyer confidence in the rest of the vehicle. Presentable-condition Dino that failed to light up the bidding. Left the block unsold at a high bid of $325,000, but sold after auction for $340,000. #S710-1974 ALFA ROMEO MON- TREAL coupe. S/N AR1428702. White/black leather. Odo: 54,130 miles. Decent white paint without major issues. Interesting louver motif in headlamp shades carried to rear C-pillar. Trim and chrome mostly original and showing age. Factory alloys in good condition with newer tires. Interior looks original, with seats Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $22,000. high-original-mileage car that received light cosmetic resto. This car received some attention but not a lot of bidding. Motor has not been rebuilt, which will likely need to be dealt with soon. The high bid was very much in the acceptable range. AMERICAN #S624-1954 STUDEBAKER 2-E custom Date sold: 07/04/2015 eBay auction ID: 301671821730 Seller’s eBay ID: garageman2005 Sale type: Used car with 129 miles VIN: SCCLMDSU6EHA10664 Details: Solar Yellow over Ebony leather; 3.5-liter, supercharged V6 rated at 345 hp and 295 lb-ft, 6-sp auto Sale result: $74,900, Buy It Now, sf 190 MSRP: $79,980 (base) Other current offering: Prestige Imports in North Miami Beach, FL, is offering a 2014 S 2+2 in black over black, with 104 miles, for $96,760. 2014 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 coupe pickup. S/N E71153. Gray & purple/gray & purple leather. Odo: 264 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice little custom truck. Excellent paint but with a few nicks up front. Lowered, channelled, trim removed. Excellent chrome bumpers. Cadillac wires. Very nice custom leather interior. Power windows, steering, in decent shape. Shift console sits unusually high. Dashboard in fair condition. Unmodified engine bay, stuffed to the gills with V8, looks to have had a recent wipe-down. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $88,000. Unusual vehicle that drew mostly blank stares. Fascinating styling still looks modern, but exotic mechanicals require an expert’s inspection. high bid represents top of the market, and seller probably should have accepted. SWEDISH #S618-1973 VOLVO 1800ES wagon. S/N 1836363005214. Gold/black leather. Odo: Date sold: 07/05/2015 eBay auction ID: 121695780822 Seller’s eBay ID: lamborghinidallas Sale type: Used car with 2,290 miles VIN: ZHWUC1ZDXELA02472 Details: Nero Aldebaran over Nero Ade leather; 6.5-liter V12 rated at 691 hp and 508 lb-ft, 7-sp auto Sale result: $405,999, Buy It Now, sf 188 MSRP: $397,500 (base) Other current offering: Lamborghini Newport Beach in Costa Mesa, CA, asking $428,800 for a 2,342mile LP700-4 2014 Aventador in Arancio Argos. ♦ locks and a/c. Wood and metal bed. Huge Cadillac 429 pushing a Turbo 400 transmission. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $26,675. Trucks are hot, even Studebakers. This wasn’t the coolest ride ever, but the build was solid and featured some interesting parts. Since the sale price was far less than the build cost, I call this well bought. © 142 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Francorchamps, BEL Bonhams — The Spa Classic Sale A 1990 Porsche Type 962C with Le Mans history was the top sale at nearly $1.7m and the most valuable Bonhams lot ever sold to an online bidder Company Bonhams Date May 24, 2015 Location Francorchamps, BEL Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold/offered 29/43 Sales rate 67% Sales total $6,125,743 High sale 1990 Porsche Type 962C racer, sold at $1,669,018 Buyer’s premium It may never have won a major race, but it is now the most valuable lot ever sold at a Bonhams auction to an online bidder — 1990 Porsche 962C racer, sold at $1,669,018 Report and photos by Leo Van Hoorick Market opinions in italics number of race cars on offer at the nearby Bo auction was no coincidence. A 1990 Porsche Type 962C with Le Mans history was O the top lot of the sale at nearly $1.7m. It was also the most valuable lot ever sold to an online bidder at a Bonhams auction. rganizers at this year’s Spa Classic historic racing event counted a record 1,500 classic cars on and around the circuit. The impress Next down the line was another Porsche — a 1988 959 coupe, selling for $781k Francorchamps, BEL o a telephone bidder from the U.K. Close behind was a 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe at $745k, and a 1976 Ferrari 308 GT “Vetroresina” finished in ourth at an excellent $282k. There were two 1962 Jaguar Series I XKE roadsters on offer. The first sold to Belgian bidder in the room for $193k, while the second, boasting a concours class win, sold for $190k. A slightly later 1965 4.2-liter Series I roadster sold for $154k. Two standout deals of the day were for 1980s Porsches. A well-preserved 1984 911 Carrera Works Turbo Look coupe sold at $71k, just over high estimate, but these cars are just beginning to catch on with collectors, and I think the purchase leaves room for future profit. A 1980 Porsche 924 Carrera GT — the hottest, rarest version of the unloved 924 — achieved an excellent figure for the model at $90k. A Belgian-built 1950 Renault 4CV did well Sales Totals here on home turf and sold for a strong $39k. It also happened to be the oldest car on offer. The newest was a 2009 Ferrari F430 Scuderia coupe, sold at $160k — which seems cheap until you factor in the additional 21% Belgian VAT still left to pay. Total sales at Spa came to $6.1m, up more than 1962 Jaguar XKE Series I 3.8 convertible, sold at $192,579 146 50% over last year’s $4m. “We’ve had an excellent year at Spa,” said Philip Kantor, Bonhams’ Head of European Motorcars, “attracting bidders from all across the globe, and far exceeding all previous years’ totals.” © $6m $5m $4m $3m $2m $1m 0 Sports Car Market 2015 2014 2013 15%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = €0.90)


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Bonhams Francorchamps, BEL BELGIAN #142-1950 RENAULT 4CV roadster. S/N 1464508. Eng. # 1498114. Blue/gray vinyl. Odo: 38,403 km. Unusual two-seater with coachwork by a Belgian Renault agent named Legros. Body is recently restored, with good paint on body and wheels. No bumpers, but has period Marchal lights. Engine clean and freshly repainted. Seats in gray vinyl look fairly new. Original white plastic steering per uneven, and paint shows some light orange peel in places. Period Lucas driving lights, ugly indicators. Tape around left front indicator. Interior new in the right shade of red leather, but modern red-and-yellow Sparco and fitted with twin Webers. Steel Dunlop center-lock rims. Finnish registration. Cond: 3-. wheel and original tiny dials in the middle of dash. Underneath, the wiring is hanging loose. Offered with Italian registration documents. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $38,516. Legros is not a well-known name, but these were somewhat common in Belgium back then. This cute little roadster is more of a hobby project, probably built using the remains of a damaged 4CV with good mechanicals. Lots of smiles per mile guaranteed, but a lot of money in my opinion. ENGLISH #122-1951 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N 671084. Eng. # W23458. Silver metallic/ black canvas/red leather. Odo: 15,681 miles. An ex-California matching-numbers car; restoration was completed earlier this year. The front screen surrounding is slightly pitted, the aluminum front bumper is not in line with the rest of the restoration. Rear spats. Interior is new and well executed. Unfortunately, the carpets and shifter are not correct. Engine bay harness is disturbing. Little back seats. Nice wood-rimmed steering wheel. Well-cared-for engine bay. Desirable C-type cylinder head. Problem with the exhaust manifold. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $115,547. This desirable SE was offered at the Bonhams Zoute sale in Knokke six months ago and failed to sell at $120k (SCM# 255953). Subsequently, the estimate was lowered $50k! Seller should have sold then. Now I’ll call this well bought. #128-1958 ASTON MARTIN DB MK III coupe. S/N AM30031577. Eng. # DBA1189. Light blue metallic/black leather. Odo: 39,489 km. Matching-numbers left-hander, originally delivered in France. For a long period part of a well-known Aston collection. Older restoration, but still in good condition, although paint shows some bubbling on the hood. Good gaps and very straight. Engine bay looking well cared for. Original leather interior smells NOT SOLD AT $31,248. The stock MGA was rather weak against its competitors, so MG developed a more powerful Twin-Cam version. They built 2,111 of these little sports cars in both open and closed form, and they are the most sought-after post-war MGs. The SCM Pocket Price Guide values the roadster between $55k and $73,500. This car had some small issues, but price offered was way low, and seller was right not to let go. Sold less than a a year ago in September of 2014 at Bonhams Beaulieu for $49k (SCM# 252321). #114-1962 JAGUAR XKE Series I 3.8 convertible. S/N E877746. Eng. # R67158. Cream/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 2,925 km. Original Italian delivery car and restored there to the highest standards. Desirable Series I in lovely color combination. Engine was found to be in good condition and only required minor work. New upholstery, aftermar- is well detailed. New exhaust system fitted. Comes with U.S. certificate of title. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $121,967. This car looked sharp and ready for any concours. Surely there are more striking color combinations, but this one is risk-free. An almost identical car sold here last year for $134k (SCM# 243891). With that in mind, advantage to the buyer. #144-1955 JAGUAR XK 140 SE drop- head coupe. S/N S817976. Eng. # G55658S. Blue/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 56,060 miles. Recently restored in its original pastel blue. Covered only a few km since then. Not all of the brightwork was redone. Front bum- 148 great. Old cracked Dunlop tires are due for replacement. Has a little dial indicating when the next oil change is due. Never saw that before. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $276,030. A Feltham-built Aston illustrating the transition from the more agricultural influences to the more refined Aston way, which is visible in the dashboard, echoing later DBs. Beautifully maintained, with prize-winning potential. Sold for more than the $268k high estimate, and rightfully so. #143-1959 MGA Twin-Cam roadster. S/N YD12456. Red/black/canvas/black leather. Odo: 48,120 miles. Partly resprayed not so long ago, which is very visible. Hood not straight, with corrosion marks all around. The rest of the car is wavy, too. Big gaps possibly standard. Gray plastic joints between fenders and body. Converted from RHD to LHD. The interior is much newer than the rest. Red piping. Desirable Twin-Cam engine recently rebuilt with new pistons, valves, etc., Sports Car Market ket Blaupunkt radio. Offered with Italian Libretto and ASI certification. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $192,579. Series Is are considered the most pure of the E-types. This one was hard to fault in all respects. It didn’t sell at the Paris sale earlier this year, where it was bid to about the same amount. But now the reserve was lowered by $5,600, which did the trick. Fair both ways. #130-1962 JAGUAR XKE Series I 3.8 convertible. S/N 878722. Eng. # R91199. Red/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 13,509 miles. Total body-off professional restoration completed in 2010; included body, engine, gearbox, rear axle, brakes (upgraded), elec


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Bonhams Francorchamps, BEL trics, instruments, seats, top, exhaust, etc. It also included new chrome wire wheels and large tires of the wrong size. Related invoices and photographic record on file. German registration. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $190,011. Award-winning car (“Best Restoration” at the German Schwetzingen Concours in 2010), but in my opinion slightly overdone. Many people were after it, resulting in spirited bidding. An online bidder bought it $10k short of high estimate, but considering the work done, rightfully so. #123-1965 JAGUAR XKE Series I 4.2 convertible. S/N 1E10156. Midnight Blue/ blue hard top/blue canvas soft top/blue leather. Odo: 7,320 miles. An early Series I 4.2 with covered headlamps is a desirable car. Especially a perfectly restored example like this. Very straight, with excellent chrome. Little dent in front of right door, though. Charming color combo and factory hard top. Chrome wires with new Vredestein Sprint Classic rubber. Mechanicals in line with rest of the car. Little to fault here. German papers. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $154,063. The E-type is on a steady climb with no end in sight, especially the Series I. This Italian restoration was superbly executed. Mid-estimate price paid here is in line with current market. Well bought. #126-1969 MCLAREN M6GT coupe. S/N M6GT2R. Orange/black cloth. RHD. Based on the very successful Can-Am McLaren M6. There were only three of these GTs built, two of which were converted M6s; only one was built from the ground up as a coupe by Trojan and shipped to the U.S. This is not the car, but a very well-executed copy, with the right engine and correct specification. The car is very straight and looks original. The the planned 20 before it requires further attention. Said to be competitive and eligible for all the major historic meetings. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $184,140. Museum quality, with one of the best competition records of any Lola sports-racing prototype. That didn’t help, though, and bidding stopped well below low estimate of $223k. cockpit is Spartan and offers minimal space. Right plexi cover of the headlight broken. Clean engine bay with correct small block installed. Goodyear slicks. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $172,980. This is actually a roadgoing vehicle, but you need to be a contortionist to get in and out, and visibility is probably a major issue in traffic. historic racing seems more obvious, but there were no takers. 150 GERMAN #112-1971 PORSCHE 911S 2.4 Targa. S/N 9112310558. Eng. # 6329090. Sepia Brown/black leather. Odo: 80,483 km. 1972 “oil flap” model with external filler. Originally delivered with Sportomatic transmission in Germany, now replaced by 5-speed. Repainted in 2011 in original color scheme. Little grilles Sports Car Market car contains many facts “believed to be” and “said to have been.” It was built up from the remains of a B16 and upgraded to approximately B21 spec. Looks fast enough and is probably fun to drive in historic racing events. Not many comps, however. And as the car has no real history, price offered seemed more than reasonable. Last seen pre-restoration in 2006 at Bonhams’ International historic Motorsport Show auction, where it sold for $54k (SCM# 41119). #134-1973 LOLA T292/6 sports proto- type racer. S/N N/A. White & red/black. RHD. Started life as a Lola T292 and raced at Le Mans in 1978, finishing but not classified. Has been used in recent years for historic racing. Completely overhauled, with an engine that has seen only four hours of action out of #139-1970 CHEVRON B16/B21 sports prototype racer. S/N B217216. Red, black & white/gray. RHD. Completely restored since 2006 and brought back to B21 specification by specialists in the U.K. Looks better than new with striking graphics and no signs of sponsors. Engine bay clean; engine is said to be new and looks like it. Race-ready. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $178,560. The history of this in front badly corroded. All brightwork is original and not in top shape. The very dirty Fuchs alloys were also overlooked in the restoration. Optional Recaro-style full black leather interior excellent. Engine bay fairly clean. Belgian paperwork. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $106,020. There were many things going for this matching-numbers car, but the fact that it was only repainted and not really restored, and that all the chrome bits could do with some extra attention, made it less desirable. Seller was right not to let go, but I advise him to look after some detailing before bringing it back to the block. #120-1971 PORSCHE 914/6 custom con- vertible. S/N 9141430071. Blue metallic/ black vinyl. Odo: 37,453 km. A special version of the mid-engined Porsche 914, as a previous owner installed a 2.7 engine in it. Restored in 2008 with no less than $77k in invoices. Equipped with blue Fuchs wheels, sport suspension and black leather interior in good shape. Radio cassette of unknown origin. Much rust around front windshield is not a good sign. Right headlight sitting too low. Yokohama tires half worn. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $69,192. As a youngster I drove a 914/4 with Volkswagen air-cooled 1.6 and remember it being slow. It was the Porsche for the common man. Not the most brilliant idea. Then came the 2.0-liter six. I can only imagine what it must be like keeping one with 215 hp on the road. As this is not a 914/6 GT but a modified 914/6, the $83k–$140k estimate was high, and the high bid should have clinched the deal. #137-1972 PORSCHE 911T 2.4 Targa. S/N 9112511329. Eng. # 911576522766. White/black vinyl. Odo: 74,973 km. Delivered


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Bonhams Francorchamps, BEL new to the South of Italy, where it received its recent respray, but looks like it’s due for a complete restoration. Polished Targa roll bar scratched and faded. Boot lid off at right side. Engine compartment fairly clean. Non-original Fuchs-like wheels too shiny. Seats without headrests redone in cheap vinyl. Sun visors badly aged. Radio sticks out of dash. Comes with Italian registration documents and Porsche declaration of origin confirming matching numbers, for what it’s worth. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $64,728. One-year-only “oilflap” 911 with external oil filler. Porsche changed it right away, due to bad press over some people mistakenly filling it with gas, apparently. This Targa didn’t have much going for it. high bid was way below optimistic low estimation of $78k. Seller should have taken the money. #136-1980 PORSCHE 924 Carrera GT coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ93ZBN700071. Red/ red/black velvet. Odo: 73,803 km. A desirable 924 in very good condition. Number 20 of about 400 built. Good paint, good gaps. Correct Fuchs wheels with aluminum trim rings. Engine bay clean and in accordance with mileage. Very well-preserved interior with black velvet seats and red pinstriping. Has a/c and electric windows. No service book, but state of interior suggests low mileage is real. Comes with Italian Libretto and ASI certificate. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $89,870. A future classic and without a doubt the 924 with the most potential. A very well-preserved and original example that sold just over its low estimate of $84k. Like most special Porsches, prices for these Carreras are on the rise. Still some room for further appreciation. Fair both ways. #125-1981 BMW 530I competition racer. S/N JUMA1025. Red & white/black racing bucket. This BMW was raced by the famous Belgian team JUMA, which won the Spa 24 hours once in 1977 and was close to a second victory with this very car in 1981 when a rocker arm broke with one hour to go. The car finished 2nd. It underwent a nut-and-bolt restoration in 2010, with a roll cage and fuel cell, meeting actual FIA regulations. The original fuel injection is replaced by three Webers. The car is on the button and ready to compete in historic touring races. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $117,180. This was the right venue, with most of the participants in European historic racing around the Spa circuit. This car is surely competitive, as it was in its heyday. Surprisingly, there was not much bidding in the room, and it failed to reach its reserve. But where else can one sell a car like this? #132-1984 PORSCHE 911 Carrera Works Turbo Look coupe. S/N WP0ABO913ES120963. Eng. # 64E02417. Cream/brown leather. Odo: 51,873 miles. A Nebraska car imported into Europe last year. Unusual color for a Porsche, combining well with brown leather interior. Very well preserved, in accordance with low mileage. Power sunroof. Momo sports steering wheel, Pioneer radio and very clean interior. BEST BUY Clean engine bay and chrome-rimmed Fuchs wheels. Sundry invoices, proof of paid EU taxes and U.S. Certificate of title. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $70,612. Desirable Works Turbo Look with large wings and impressive spoiler at the back. In comparison with most Porsches of this era, these are still competitively priced. For that reason it was one of my favorites at this sale. Sold for marginally more than the high estimate of $67k, but I call this fair to both buyer and seller. #119-1986 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 3.2 Targa police car. S/N WP0ZZZ91Z6S141619. Eng. # 63G05831. White/black leather. Odo: 127,927 km. One of 20 Carrera 3.2 Targas delivered to the Dutch highway police in 1986. In generally original condition, but refurbished and resprayed. The engine is said to be original, which is highly unusual as most were replaced. Mileage is also low—most of these fast-intervention vehicles did 400k km and more. The interior is original and in fairly good condition. Car comes with original sirens and other police equipment, including an original police uniform and Cromwell-like helmet. Dutch registration and valid technical inspec- 152 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Francorchamps, BEL tion. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $134,805. Carrera 3.2s are popular among Porsche people. They are fast, reliable, comfortable and air-cooled. Not everyone will be charmed by the white and fluorescent orange livery, but this one sold for more than most of its civil counterparts. Not usable everywhere, but surely fun to have. Fair both ways. #140-1987 MAURER C87 Group C pro- totype racer. S/N 01. Black/black. RHD. A one-off commissioned by German artist and designer Walter Maurer to compete in the C2 class. Lotec chassis, BMW M12 2-L I4 power, body by Dornier Aerospace. Said to be raceready and in good condition. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $647,280. Walter Maurer was in- parts, which include a front section, rear wing, several sets of wheels, carbon brakes and specific carbon-fiber brake accessories. Different furbished and shod with new Michelin Pilot Sports. Original paint in perfect condition. Two-tone leather seats with the right amount of patina, red seat belts. Engine bay recently detailed. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $250,353. Not very unusual, but the condition and low-mileage make up for it. This came fairly close to its $260k high estimation, but in today’s Porsche-mad market, I’ll call it well bought. ITALIAN #138-1963 LANCIA FLAMINIA GT BBS wheels. Present engine has only 11 hours on the clock, so okay for another 50 hours or so of racing. Well-preserved condition and ready to race in historic events. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $1,669,018. One of 91 Type 962 racing coupes produced, of which only 16 were campaigned by the factory. Carefully maintained by the same private owner for the past 25 years. It may never have won a major race, but it is now the most valuable lot ever sold at a Bonhams auction to an online bidder. #133-1991 LECHNER LSC1 sports pro- volved in the “Art Cars” project of BMW collaborating with famous artists such as Warhol and Lichtenstein. The unique livery of this racer was of course also his work, incorporating his signature and “1/1” designation. But it seems nobody at this sale was interested in art. Stalled $350k under low estimate. #124-1988 PORSCHE 959 coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ95ZJS900191. White/black leather. Odo: 25,423 km. Delivered new to a Porsche dealership in Switzerland. One registered owner from new. Covered less than 26k km from new and in as-new condition. Bridgestone tires probably original. Beautiful interior with Kenwood radio cassette. Pity about the personalized blue/red striping on the fenders. totype racer. S/N LSC1. Yellow/black. MHD. This sports prototype was built by Reynard Motorsport for Austrian Walter Lechner to race in the Division I class of the Interserie in 1991. It originally had a V10 Judd 3.5-L similar to that used in F1. The car was campaigned under different names until the end of 1999. It now is fitted with a BMW 4.0-L V8. It is said Touring coupe. S/N 824103818. Eng. # 8231014060. White/black leather. Odo: 61,666 km. This Flaminia got the respray treatment like a few other cars coming from Italy (same seller?) at this sale. Said to be largely unrestored. Body not straight. Chrome pitted and wavy. Gaps are good, per Lancia tradition. Engine bay fairly clean, with relatively new servo. The seats are very badly re-covered in black leather; seams are already loose on driv- er’s seat. Carpets soiled, rubber mats seem original but baggy. Period Voxson radio. Oldstyle Italian Libretto. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $64,728. These Touring-bodied coupes are elegant, comfortable cruisers. This one needs some attention to bring it back to the high level it deserves. Very nice examples can be found at less than $100k. Price offered here was all the money for a car with many needs and should have clinched the deal. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $781,480. This very rare Porsche was one of the top lots of the sale. Strangely enough, the auctioneer announced just before the sale that probably another 20% taxes are due on this car, due to its fairly young age and Swiss provenance. With premium, the car sold right at the low estimate. If you add 20%, you are very close to the $1m high estimate. A bargain if taxes are not due; market-correct in the other case. #131-1990 PORSCHE 962C racer. S/N 962155. White/black cloth. RHD. One owner from new. Competed at Le Mans in 1993; came home 1st Porsche and 1st privateer in 7th position after Works Peugeots and Toyotas. Porsche factory bill of sale, substantial factory invoices and several spare TOP 10 No. 7 154 to be very competitive and ready to take the track. Comes with history file and OSK Wagenpass. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $121,967. Again, an ideal subject for the venue, looking very much like a formula car with covered wheels. It lacked appeal in its simple yellow livery, and it didn’t generate much enthusiasm. It sold well under low estimate, but at least one person will be very happy with it. #121-1992 PORSCHE 911 Carrera RS coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ96NS491086. Eng. # 62N81685. Silver metallic/black & gray leather. Odo: 67,400 miles. A beautiful example of the desirable 964. Looks good from every angle. Magnesium wheels recently re- #117-1965 ALFA ROMEO 2600 Sprint Zagato coupe. S/N 10612AR856015. White/ black vinyl. Odo: 57,399 km. A rare car but with many flaws. Bumpers are not right, the hood is not closing well, the grille is rusty. Body is not straight, color not flattering. Chrome pitted. The car sits unnaturally high on its wheels due to aftermarket Borranis of the wrong size. Scruffy interior with vinyl upholstery and cheap Audiosonic radio. En- gine rather clean, but with leaking water pump. Said to be unrestored, but probably cheaply restored at some time in its life. Belgian papers. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $186,160. A rare variant of the Alfa 2600 (only 105 built, Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Francorchamps, BEL steel-bodied), looking like a cheaper version of the Lancia Flaminia Zagato. This one has been on the market for some time with an asking price of around $190k. In that respect, the hammer price could look market-correct, but in my opinion rather expensive, considering the work needed. #129-1965 LANCIA FLAMINIA Super Sport 2.8 3C coupe. S/N 826232002066. Blue/red leather. Odo: 1,220 km. Older restoration with little history. Shiny, but paint is cracked in many places; looks as if it had a respray with minimal prep work. Chrome looks very good, but all rubber is cracked and old. Chopped tail. Engine is a V6 Flaminia with three carbs, but not the correct engine for this model. Wheels are matte and of incorrect color. Interior redone with beige carpets in- are still on the rise, with good examples selling in the region of $400k and more. This was not the finest example I have seen lately. Price was reasonable, but still very well sold. #107-1966 ABARTH 2000 SPORT SE014 Targa Florio racer. S/N SE014003. Red/black cloth. Bodywork of later era than chassis, probably early 1970s. Appears to be substantially complete, with fuel-injected Abarth 2-liter and transmission in place. Minimalistic body not straight, but no real battle scars visible. Long-term museum display. Will need thorough recommissioning and investiga- #135-1968 FIAT DINO Spider. S/N 0000809. Eng. # 0003296. Red/black canvas/ black vinyl. Odo: 69,036 km. A shiny layer of paint cannot conceal that the body of this Spider is in bad shape. Rust is visibly lurking underneath. Chrome is pitted. Engine bay is relatively clean in comparison. 2.0-L engine. The seats are re-covered with cheap-looking vinyl of wrong grain. Red carpets are new, too, stead of rubber. Seats have new leather covers that are hanging too loose. Swiss carte grise and invoices totaling more than 80k CHF ($86k). Cond: 3. SOLD AT $243,933. These are the next big thing in Lancia Land after the Aurelia B24 Spiders and convertibles. Prices tion before returning to the track. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $83,700. This one seemed fairly complete—an exception to most of the other Maranello Rosso items on sale at Spa. There was no history with the car. There are few comps for racers like these. The estimated $140k–$200k was high, especially as it will probably be quite costly to bring this one back to life. The price offered was more than reasonable in my opinion. but not of the correct material. Aftermarket Pioneer radio cassette. The fright pig of the sale. Cond: 4-. NOT SOLD AT $89,280. Fiat Dinos were a well-kept secret until just recently, with the Spiders are now doing very well, although the 2.4-L is preferred. This car’s optimistic estimate of $100k–$134k would be right for a top example, which it was most definitely not. Seller should have taken the money with a big smile. #103-1968 FIAT SHELLETTE beach car. S/N 0975928. Red/brown wood. Odo: 22,320 km. Originally with DAF running gear, later based on more practical Fiat 850 mechanicals. Used by a hotel on the Italian Riviera for VIP guests. Looks unrestored and shows some corrosion, evidence of the salty environment. The wicker seats were rather crudely replaced by wooden planks; only the dashboard sports the original wicker. Acceptable original condition. Steel rims repainted without much preparation. Some issues with the brakes. Engine bay not clean. Fabric sunshade roof included. Comes with copy of Italian Libretto. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $19,258. It is estimated that around 80 of these Michelotti-designed beach cars were produced, with some 10 believed to survive. The wooden benches are this example’s biggest drawback. I don’t think it will be easy to find someone to fabricate the correct wicker seats. Looking at prices of other beach cars, fairly bought. #116-1970 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Day- tona coupe. S/N 13315. Rosso Rubino/black leather. Odo: 80,774 km. Early example with plexi grille panel covering the headlamps. Matching numbers, although the engine has no number! Stunning but absolutely correct: The first 20 Daytonas had an unnumbered engine. The current vendor and friend, a well-known architect of Turin, kept the car for almost 30 156 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Francorchamps, BEL years and repainted it in its original Rosso Rubino. The car is otherwise absolutely original with genuine odo reading and nicely other entry from the Maranello Rosso Collection. Much interest on the telephone and online. Osellas seem to be in demand, as this one sold on the telephone for almost double the $29k high estimate. #106-1975 AUTOBIANCHI A112 Abarth patinated leather interior. Offered with its handbook, tool roll and Italian Libretto. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $744,639. An original car in somewhat unusual but nice and correct color and in excellent condition. All positives in today’s market. Prices of Daytonas were doing well in recent years, and the $890k high estimate seemed possible to me for such a fine example. The relatively low hammer price came as a surprise. I expected something in the region of $800k. Again an indication that prices for exceptional cars like this are leveling off a bit. #127-1973 FERRARI 365 GT4 2+2 coupe. S/N 17293. Bronze metallic/two-tone brown leather. Odo: 83,014 km. Very nice example of this ’70s grand tourer. The documentation only states an extensive mechanical restoration with invoices totaling more than $55k, with plenty of evidence in the engine bay. It is almost certain that it was also repainted at one stage. The car is very well preserved, with good gaps and excellent paint. The wheels were repainted with less care. course an important name, and someone clearly believed in the value of this chassis, bidding it beyond the $39k–$61k estimate. Very well sold. #105-1974 LANCIA FULVIA 1.6 HF replica coupe. S/N 056826. Eng. # 2264689. White/black cloth. Odo: 24,223 km. This nicely prepared Fulvia started life as a 1300S. It was restored and transformed into a Group 4 rally car by my favorite Belgian Lancia specialist Epoca Ricambi. To top it off, a 1600 HF engine, prepared by Bourin in France, was installed. In all, more than $45k spent on the preparation. Sits on Minilites with Yokohama semi-slicks and comes with two more sets of wheels. Four-point roll bar, bucket seats, inter- ing passport and lots of work to get it running again. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $10,913. Was on display in the Maranello Rosso Collection, which Bonhams is in the process of selling. Show quality was not the prime concern of keeper Fabrizio Violati; he preferred originality. ...Though that’d be overselling it with this badly looked-after little car. Seller can be very happy. #115-1976 FERRARI 308 GT Vetrore- Two-tone leather interior with just the right amount of patina. Fairly low mileage believed original. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $94,860. A rare Ferrari (521 produced) with a D Investment Grade in the SCM Pocket Price Guide and a $45k–$95k value range—though I thought the low estimate of $112k was realistic for this very nice example. Still, high bid should have been enough. Previously sold for $23k at a Bonhams auction in 2005 (SCM# 40212). #109-1973 OSELLA PA2 2000 prototype racer. S/N 015. RHD. Another lot of the Maranello Rosso Collection. Not-so-rolling chassis with BMW 4-cylinder engine missing valve parts and probably some other bits, too. No real seat, just a piece of cloth. There is a body, but it is not with the car. “It could be collected in Holland or brought to the U.K. for collection,” according to Bonhams. Although, according to the catalog, “the body panels do not fit this particular chassis.” Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $64,193. This was more of a leftover than a real museum exhibit. Osella is of 158 com, trip master, OMP steering wheel, four extra Cibiés, even mud flap. Looks ready to go. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $51,996. Although much effort was put into the preparation of this car, it will never be a genuine 1600 hF, which are no longer moderately priced, especially the first series “Fanalone” cars. Bidding in the room was spirited but stopped well above high estimate, nowhere near covering costs put in it. It will surely provide lots of fun if/when raced in classic rally events. In that respect, well bought. #111-1974 OSELLA PA3-5 2000 racer. S/N 028. Red/black cloth. RHD. Rolling chassis and matching body in quite good shape. Its original BMW M12 4-cylinder is missing. According to the auctioneer, most gears are missing from the Hewland FT400 transaxle gearbox. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $56,490. An- sina coupe. S/N F106AB19699. Eng. # F106A02100327. Red/beige leather. Odo: 9,602 km. The early 308 GTBs (712 built 1975–77) had fiberglass bodywork, hence the name “Vetroresina.” They were lighter and less prone to corrosion. Well-kept car with good gaps and clean engine bay. Full mechanical restoration carried out last year by Brussels racer. S/N 421667. Red/blue velvet. When Fiat fully absorbed Abarth back in 1971, the A112 was one of the first models introduced. This example was race prepared, and seems to have been put away after its last race a long time ago. Not straight, rusty, with some marks of poor respray. Racing slicks, two bucket seats and roll bar. Comes with an Italian rac- specialists Gipimotor. Stone chips at the front clumsily repainted. Delicate cream interior with some marks of usage. Original a/c and cassette player. New correct Michelin XWX rubbers. Maintenance history. ASI registration, Ferrari Classiche application and Belgian papers. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $282,449. 308s have long been the affordable way into Ferrari ownership, but prices are on the rise now, as expected. But this was a stunning result even for plastic GTBs, which have recently entered $150k range. This was a bulletproof Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Francorchamps, BEL example, but it went gallantly almost $30k over the very high estimate. Very well sold. #108-1977 ABARTH SE025FL experi- mental racer. S/N 025018. Red/black cloth. MHD. Believed to be an experimental prototype. Large nose wings on each side and rear wing on medium-height struts. Robust suspension components and larger wheels than the basic Formula Italia it was derived from. Fiat engine coupled to Lancia Fulvia 5-speed gear- some serious work first. Comes with certificate of origin. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $16,690. Sold to one courageous telephone bidder at mid-estimate. #118-1986 FERRARI TESTAROSSA box. Seems to have been well used before it ended in the museum. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $43,651. Quite some interest in this single-seater, with five telephone bidders pushing the price to almost double the high estimate, although the car is certainly not race-ready after spending years in the Maranello Rosso Collection. Seller wins. #104-1979 ALFA ROMEO SEI safety car. S/N ZAR119A0000001340. White/beige velvet. Odo: 43,116 km. One of the two Francorchamps safety cars that served 1983–88. Originally blue, still visible around the doors and in the engine bay, but painted white for the occasion. Extra equipment includes Bilstein shocks, Cibié Oscar driving lights, flashing lights, CB and tow bar. Most graphics are painted and slightly faded in places. Car is still coupe. S/N 62173. Red/beige leather. Odo: 65,073 miles. Desirable early single-mirror example. Exported to the U.S. with European specifications. Well cared for with original low mileage. Paint in good condition. Appears to have been used and driven with great care. Glass and rubber in original but good condi- tion. Driver’s seat slightly baggy. Early ’90s automatic seat belts. Carpets look new. Clean engine with recently changed cam belts. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $106,020. Testarossas are quite hot recently, after prices lingered behind other Ferraris for quite some years. Price offered looked a tad low, although this is almost twice what they were worth less than a decade ago. Bid came close, but no cigar. #141-2009 FERRARI F430 Scuderia completely original with well-kept interior and low mileage. Original tires still fitted. Manuals, toolkit, service book and bill of sale included. Never road registered. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $17,974. A fairly rare saloon, as most have rotted away, but the greater appeal is the history and decoration. It should be preserved the way it is. It was sold at the right venue for quite some money. But why is it not in the nearby museum of the circuit? #110-1980 FIAT-ABARTH SE033 racer. S/N SE033041. Red/black cloth. MHD. Reportedly the last model with contributions from Carlo Abarth. Again, not much history on this car, except that it was part of the Maranello Rosso Collection. Transverse-mounted 1,955-cc Lancia Monte Carlo engine and transmission. Looks complete. Said to be a cheap entry in vintage racing, but requires 160 coupe. S/N ZFFLZ64B000169790. Red/black leather. Odo: 33,855 km. Presents as-new, in nearly showroom condition. Rosso Corsa paintwork with hand-applied stripes and full black leather interior, most unusual on 430 Scuderias. Special carbon-fiber specifications such as engine cover, rear diffuser, steering wheel, front spoiler and headlights. Red brake calipers and yellow instrument panel. Signed by Michael Schumacher, who reportedly gave this car to a friend as a present. Comes with service book and user guide. Warranty until May 2016, which may be extended until it is 12 years old. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $160,483. This low-mileage, full-option car sold for a decent price. But make no mistake: For reason of its young age, there is 21% Belgian VAT due on it if it remains in Europe, which it does. Adding this to the hammer price gives a final price close to the $200k high estimate. Market-correct, with a Schumacher signature as a bonus. © Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT Bonhams — Greenwich Concours d’Elegance Two committed bidders duked it out for the 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio with Gangloff coachwork, sending the final price to nearly $1.6m Company Bonhams Date May 31, 2015 Location Greenwich, CT Auctioneers Rupert Banner, Patrick Meade Automotive lots sold/offered 82/94 Sales rate 87% Sales total $7,503,650 High sale 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio convertible, sold at $1,595,000 Buyer’s premium The star of the auction and the top sale of the day — 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio convertible, sold at $1,595,00 Report and photos by Adam Blumenthal Market opinions in italics A 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio convertible once owned by marque connoisseur Miles Coverdale became the most expensive car ever sold at Bonhams’ annual Greenwich sale on May 31. Two committed bidders duked it out for the exceptional Bugatti with Gangloff coachwork, sending the final price to nearly $1.6m. Well sold. Porsche had the most cars on offer of any marque, with examples representing every decade from the 1950s to the late 1990s. A nearly pristine 1959 356A convertible D deserved more than the $95k that was bid and went home unsold. A 1969 Carrera RS replica in great condition sold at a very reasonable $94k, while a 1973 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring hammered sold at $594k. A desirable 1971 911T Targa went to a new owner for $71.5k, while a 1975 911S Targa fetched $66k — proof that it’s not always about performance. While Ferrari and Maserati were absent from the proceedings, there was one Lamborghini and one Alfa Romeo under the tent. The 1988 Jalpa in very good condition (but wearing garish gold wheels) sold for a strong $95k. The 1967 Duetto, a bit tired and ready for a reawakening, realized $25k. In the Etceterini department, a sleek, rarely seen 1955 Siata 300BC no-saled on the block, but Bonhams later reported it sold at an undisclosed price. There was also a very attractive red 1958 Fiat-Abarth 750 GT coupe in the room. This “Double Bubble” had an uprated motor fitted and looked the racing part, but it was a no-sale at a high bid of $90k. Two Lancias were on the scene: a 1964 Flavia convertible fetched $66k, and an earlier 1960 Appia Series II cabriolet went for $53k. Greenwich always holds the possibility of a Sales Totals $10m car you’ve never seen before. This year it was a 1956 VELAM Isetta. Built under license from BMW, the microcar is known as the “yogurt pot” in its native France, and it was a buy at $13k. This long-running sale continues to impress 1973 Porsche 911 RS 2.7 Touring coupe, sold at $594,000 164 with the quality and variety of consignments. Bonhams’ strong sales are a testament to their knowledge of the collector car scene, and in a larger sense, to the continued health of the market. ♦ $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 Sports Car Market 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 10%, included in sold prices


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT ENGLISH #291-1935 JAGUAR SS 90 roadster. S/N 249485. Eng. # 252444. Bare metal/blue canvas/blue leather. RHD. In an embryonic state of assembly. Body’s been stripped to bare metal, is not terrible. Shiny headlamps. Hood ornament is missing. Chrome wire wheels. Dull, dusty windshield. Stated that seats are Royal Blue leather (they’re wrapped in plastic) with matching carpets. A stack of assorted floor mats and a canvas top occupy the cockpit. The three-spoke wheel is in place, and tion, however, which likely trumped the magic of the model’s legacy. A realistic outcome equivalent to the price of the SS 90. (See the profile, p. 86.) #288-1950 MG Y-TYPE supercharged saloon. S/N Y5241. Eng. # XEG2248. Twotone gray/red leather. RHD. Odo: 39,930 miles. A “hotted up” Y-type. Coil-over shocks, disc brakes. Very good paint, bubbles on driver’s door, cracks at cowl, scuffing at rear. Nice chrome. Several club badges on fog-light support. Dual mirrors on wheelarches. Rubber coming undone at driver’s door. Manual sunroof. Clean trunk. Seats show little use. Durite tach, water gauge, and Stewart-Warner boost gauge under lovely wood-trimmed dash. straight, good-looking BN1. Will fit right in at club events, where it might spark lively chitchat. “That’s not healey Blue, is it?” “Why no, it isn’t ...” Kudos to the wise buyer, who got a good deal. Well bought. #242-1954 ALLARD K3 roadster. S/N K33261. Eng. # 526208987. Powder Blue/ black cloth/red leather. Odo: 2,187 miles. 331ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice paint. Dent ahead of driver’s door where it hits body (no doorstop). Red coachlines. Bumpers rechromed. Front bumper scuffed. Original windshield uprights. Spare in clean trunk. Trunk supports missing. Proper location of center shifter is to driver’s left. Shift pattern diagram is an add-on. Chrome wires. New interior with comfy leather seats. Loose old wires under dash. Had a heater, but is no longer there. Clean engine bay with newer components. Correct drum another is resting on the front seat. The rest of the cockpit is not assembled. All instruments, gauges and controls are missing. Jag engine will require work. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $214,500. From the estate of Geoffrey howard. The SS name was changed in the early 1940s due to nefarious connotations. A rare car, one of 22 built and 16 known to survive. A lot of work to bring it back, yes, but not as daunting a project as it seemed. Let go way below the $250k low estimate, which should give the buyer some consolation in light of the work that lies ahead. #293-1938 JAGUAR SS 100 2.5-liter roadster. S/N 49049. Eng. # T9528. Red/black leather. RHD. Similar condition-wise to Lot 291, the ’35 SS 90 roadster, also from the Geoffrey Howard estate. In a basic state of assembly. Repaint in red went unfinished, exposing large swaths of bare metal. Bodywork is salvageable. Headlamps dusty. Hood ornament missing. Grimy chrome wires. Steeply raked windshield cloudy. Black leather seats with red piping hard to the touch. Boxes filled with parts, wood is in the cockpit. All instruments, gauges and controls are missing. Has a replacement Jag 3.5-liter engine. Four-speed Newer three-spoke leather wheel. Cruise control. Motor reportedly rebuilt three times in the course of 100k miles. No reserve. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $20,900. Another British lot that won my heart over—this one a 4-seater. A supercharged 1.5-liter 4-cyl paired with a Datsun 5-speed. Proven tourer, too. It’ll provide more thrills than your everyday Y-type and won’t cause sweaty knuckles either (if that’s your preference) in spite of the supercharger. Compared to what you’d pay for a normally aspirated Y-type, I’d call this a very good buy. #267-1953 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-4 BN1 roadster. S/N BN1L140217. Eng. # 1B139055. Healey Grey/blue fabric/blue leather. Odo: 28,950 miles. Two-year frameoff restoration recently completed, and the car looks spiffy. Three owners from new. Unusual Healey Grey paint awesome. Chips in areas, scratches at the edge of both doors. Chrome is better up front than in back. Soft top has a snug fit, plastic window has smudges. Spare and what looks like another windscreen in trunk. The blue dash clashes with the body color. Newer leather seats with white piping show little use. Clean carpets. Has books, tool roll, jack, service manual. BMIHT certificate. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $57,200. A solid, brakes. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $88,000. One of only 62. In the Evergreen Collection. It’s a challenge finding an Allard that hasn’t been tampered with by owners who want to individualize them, and this one was no exception. I had the good fortune of an informal “tour” of this K3 with a marque aficionado. he predicted $90k—proof that it pays to listen to others in the know. Well bought at no reserve. Last crossed the block at RM’s Scottsdale sale in January 2012, where it sold for $57,750 (SCM# 194283). So our story has a happy ending for the seller too. #222-1954 JAGUAR XK 120 drophead coupe. S/N 678344. Eng. # F30048. Black/ gray/biscuit leather. Odo: 62,517 miles. Very good, but not concours-quality. Paint has scratches, some chips. Crack in edge of hood. Scratches, cracks on wheel spats. Brightwork also scratched in places. Good glass. Soft top fits well, a bit dirty, has tears. Newer Firestone whitewalls. Very nice patina inside. Seats feel just right, shows minimal wear considering the mileage. Wood trim in great shape. All gauges there and legible. Clean carpets. No radio. Engine bay not inspected, though pics indicate manual with overdrive. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $215,000. Originally delivered to Canada. Bonhams set an aggressive $280k low-end estimate, hoping the SS 100 moniker entices bidders. This one needed a complete restora- 166 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT condition matches overall presentation. JHTC certificate. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $70,950. A very good buy for a car I thought was in better condition than the auction catalog described. I circled the car a couple of times, wondering what I missed. Bonhams nailed the estimate, though, as it went to a new buyer very close to the low estimate. Kudos to the lucky buyer, who’s got enough cushion to do some sorting and still come out ahead. Last sold at eBay/ Kruse in January 2002 for $34k (SCM #25495). My, have times changed. #289-1957 JAGUAR XK 140 MC coupe. S/N S815888. Eng. # G93889S. White/red leather. Odo: 63,356 miles. Originally black body over red leather, then white over tan. Now with all-new red leather interior. Nice paint shows some discoloration. Chrome has fisheyes, scratches. Nice grille. Good lamps, glass. Dual mirrors on front fenders, driver’s is hazy and mottled. Chrome wire wheels. Gaps okay. Newer stainless-steel exhaust. Mint dash and wood wheel. Fitted with a Guy Broad power steering conversion kit. Tremec 5-speed gearbox replaces Moss 4-speed unit. Aluminum radiator. Radio not original. Rebuilt motor clean. JHTC certificate. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $90,200. Looked great from a distance and up close. The MC package and various upgrades upped the desirability quotient. Sold north of the $80k high estimate. A fair deal for the seller and buyer. engine fitted with twin Webers. Oil cooler and a stainless-steel exhaust added. Has period SCCA racing history. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $46,200. This lovely and desirable Morgan had an attractive mix of gentle aging and subtle modernity—other than the added-on roll bar, which I hope the buyer will remove on non-track days. Sold just north of the $45k high estimate, in line with the current market. Well bought and sold. #266-1958 JAGUAR XK 150 3.4 road- ster. S/N S830174DN. Eng. # V26558. Pearl gray/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 65,507 miles. Decade-old restoration work still shines, though the vintage feel’s been lost. Reported to have its original transmission and chassis. Stunning paint job, but color is bland. Nice chrome all around. Passenger’s door is out. Trunk doesn’t close right. Top unsoiled. #208-1957 MORGAN PLUS 4 2+2 road- ster. S/N 3506. British Racing Green/green leather. Odo: 39,256 miles. A few chips at hood’s leading edge, paint otherwise excellent. Chrome, glass and lamps all very good. Grille intact. Fitted with black roll bar and Brooklands aeroscreens. Driver’s windshield is marked up a bit. Black boot in good shape. Clean interior. Very nice wood trim. Newer Connolly leather seats supple. Driver’s seat has scuff marks. Clean Wilton wool carpets. Excellent wood trim. Rebuilt original Triumph Chrome wires. Dual exhaust. New interior is ready for a museum, and I don’t mean that in a good way. Carpets are immaculate. Original engine block in tidy bay. Has extensive restoration receipts plus a photo book of the work performed. JDHTC certificate. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $115,500. Where’s the love? Not beating in this reporter’s heart, sorry to say. Too new to woo; character lost to gloss. XK 150s continue to march upward, but I think Bonhams’ $120k low estimate was a tad aggressive. I’d call this a market-correct transaction. #243-1963 DAIMLER DART SP250 con- vertible. S/N 104112. Eng. # 97156. Royal Red/gray cloth/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 12,010 miles. Home-market RHD car. B-spec with stiffer fiberglass body and bumpers. Paint exposes some small areas of underlying fiberglass. Variable chrome. Good glass. Driver’s door is sticky when opening. Chrome wires shod with newer Cooper Cobra tires. Cloth boot in great condition. Trunk locked. Very clean interior. Excellent leather seats gently used. Clear Smiths gauges. Three-spoke steer- ing wheel in good shape. No radio. Carpets clean. Underhood looks used and original. Comes with optional factory hard top. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $35,200. These have crept up the past few years to the sub-$50k range, with a few outliers beyond. This result took a step back to normalcy. Blame the RhD configuration and less-thanstellar presentation for the discount. Still, I thought it was better than what it fetched. Let’s call it slightly well bought. #207-1966 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III BJ8 convertible. S/N HBJ8L32079. Eng. # 29KRUH6808. Healey Blue/blue/blue leather. Odo: 60,639 miles. A highly original Big Healey in single-family ownership for nearly four decades. Paint chip on hood; otherwise, very straight. Great glass, chrome. Front bumper scuffed, scratched. Dual mirrors atop fenders. Original interior with supple leather seats and yellow braided piping. Lustrous 168 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT wood trim. Instruments clear. Blue boot shows fading. Engine bay dirty, appears to be original. Four-speed manual with overdrive. BMIHT certificate. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $57,200. Last of the Big healeys. These have been bringing strong money for some years now, and the trend line continues up. The winning bid was at the lower end of the $55k– $70k estimate range, which looked like a great deal for a car out of long-term ownership and with terrific originality. Well bought. #268-1967 TRIUMPH GT6 Mk I custom coupe. S/N 1KC1075L. Eng. # K073325. Red & gray/black fabric. Odo: 533 miles. Rare Belgian-built Triumph. Restored and transformed in the early ’90s as a raceable street car, but never competed. The paint shows no evidence of it. Good glass. Dual outside mirrors. Fuel cell. Roll cage. Nomex upholstered racing seats. M&R seat belts. Custom door panels. Carbon-fiber dash with modern gauges. Astrali three-spoke steering wheel. Power windows. JVC sound system with Pioneer speakers. Tidy underhood. Longflo air cleaners. Some original parts come with car. power windows and steering, disc brakes. Air cleaner painted red in lightly used engine bay. No reserve. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $53,900. One of 263 Interceptor III convertibles built. With a reliable Chrysler power and drivetrain, sleek British coachwork and amenities galore, there were no real “cons,” save the so-so paint. A solid driver—or so it seemed. Sold at mid-estimate. Well bought and sold. #287-1981 ROLLS-ROYCE COR- NICHE convertible. S/N SCAYD42A8CCX04154. White/tan leather. Odo: 37,641 miles. Overall a wonderful Corniche. Very good paint has some chips, bubbles. Subtle coachlining a nice accent. Tan boot with red piping (soft top covered, not inspected). Chrome is good save for some blemishes on the bumpers. Very good glass. Doors open and close to factory spec. Very little to quibble about inside. Seats have a fantastic feel, though they’re yellowing. Trim excellent save for tear in driver’s door lining. All instruments there. Gauges legible. Nardi wood wheel. Pio- BMIHT certificate. No major issues noted. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $19,250. Less than 1,000 miles since restoration, and I didn’t doubt it for a second. Everything looked very clean and unmolested. It was parked outside next to the Bentley Azure. If it weren’t for the sporty red paint, this could’ve easily been overlooked. hands down, one of my favorite cars at the auction. Sold at no reserve above the $15k high estimate and worth every penny. Let’s hope the new owner enjoys it for all it’s worth. Well bought and sold. #244-1975 JENSEN INTERCEPTOR III convertible. S/N 23111623. Red/tan leatherette/ tan leather. Odo: 23,987 miles. Older repaint with overspray. Driver’s door sill has chips. Blistering on door handles. Front bumper dented on left side. Inviting interior shows light wear throughout. Clear gauges. Exceptional wood trim. Moto-Lita wood-rim wheel. Amenities include Pioneer CD stereo, a/c, 170 neer radio. Has CARFAX. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $37,400. With no shortage of these on the market, collectors can be choosy. This was a very good example that I thought would fetch more, but the finicky factor must’ve prevailed. Bidding topped out far short of the $50k low estimate. Assuming the mechanicals were properly sorted, the new owner should be ecstatic. Very well bought for condition and colors. No reserve. Lot 221, the ’72 Corniche coupe, was a no-sale at $32k, reinforcing that this was a good deal. #277-2001 BENTLEY AZURE Turbo convertible. S/N SCBZK22E22CX01021. Royal Blue/blue/tan leather. Big (tips the scales over 5,000 pounds), brash and beautiful. Deep Royal Blue paint nearly faultless. Glass good. Trunk locked. Interior looks rarely used. Sumptuous Connolly leather seats with blue piping. Impressive walnut wood trim. Rich carpets. Turbocharged V8 pumping out 400 hp. Has CARFAX report. Miles not recorded, as I didn’t have the keys to start the car, but the catalog notes less than 15k miles Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT significant wear; upholstery is cracked, discolored. Wires are dangling under dash. Chipped logged from new. No reserve. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $81,950. Essentially a used car. Not a classic and nowhere near sporting enough for that rarefied world of late-model “collectibles” (Z8s, Ford GTs, etc.). Sold midestimate at a market-correct price for condition. FRENCH #284-1938 BUGATTI TYPE 57C Stelvio convertible. S/N 57748. Eng. # C51. Royal Blue/blue/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 65,840 km. Really nice Royal Blue paint. Very good brightwork includes iconic Bugatti grille, chrome wire wheels. Lower hood-panel vents assist cooling and enhance exterior appearance. Crystal-clear glass. Spare in clean trunk. Exquisite interior. Mint gauges. Wood wheel has four thin chromed spokes. Bugatti Owners Club badge. At one time in Miles Coverdale’s ownership for over 40 years. Featured in this month’s TOP 10 No. 8 4-spoke steering wheel. Dirty floor mats. No radio. Dirty engine bay, but no signs of leaking fluids. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $297,000. Stated to run, but will need sprucing up. Still, a great opportunity to turn this into a concours winner. Winning bid was held back by the cosmetic and mechanical needs. Just missed the $300k low estimate. Last sold at Branson’s Spring auction in April 2012 for $205.2k (SCM# 201386). The consignor made out nicely. BEST BUY #285-1956 VELAM ISETTA microcar. S/N 103372. White/black vinyl/ black & white vinyl. Odo: 20,995 miles. VELAM, a French company, licensed the Isetta from Iso of Italy for the home market. A rounder and more egg-like design than Iso’s Isetta. Driver-quality paint with random touch-ups, buffing noted. Some pitting. Art Deco bumpers. Driver’s mirror only. Marchal lamps. Pushbutton mechanism opens the door. Spartan inside. Bench seat is hardly worn. issue of Octane magazine. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,595,000. The star of the auction and the top sale of the day. Catalog cover car with six pages of photos and history, researched by marque expert Pierre-Yves Laugier. Came down to two phone bidders; the bidding inched up in small increments until reaching this lofty plateau. Far surpassed the $1.1m high estimate, Bonhams auctioneer Rupert Banner proclaiming it the most expensive car ever sold at Greenwich. Today somebody had to have it. Well sold. #236-1939 DELAHAYE 135M Competi- tion convertible coupe. S/N 48700. Eng. # 48700. Green/beige cloth/green leather. RHD. Odo: 28,900 km. An unrestored Delahaye with Chapron coachwork. Paint faded, with chips, peels. Dull chrome. Windshield is hazy. “Competition” emblem on trunk lid. Chrome wires painted black. Rear-hinged doors. Rearmounted spare. Firestone whitewalls look newer. Cloth top is very dirty, has tears. All original, but musty, inside. Leather seats show September 2015 Speedometer is in the center of the steering wheel. Powered by twin-piston “twingle” twostroke motor. An unusual, and welcome, alternative to the more ubiquitous BMW version. No reserve. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $13,200. Known to the French as the “yogurt pot.” My guess is that bidders scratched their heads with this one—what’s a VELAM? had this worn a BMW badge, it would have been more enthusiastically received. Sold at nearly half of the $25k low estimate, and a heck of a good buy. GERMAN #235-1938 MERCEDES-BENZ 320 LWB Kombination roadster. S/N 408153. Eng. # 408153. Burgundy & red/tan soft 171


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT top/tan leather. Odo: 82,925 miles. Coachwork by Sindelfingen. In long-term storage until 2012, and kept in its raggedy state. Aged paint “estimated to be 65% original” with chips, cracks, bubbles and discolored blotches. Much of the chrome is mottled. The tan top fits okay but is torn and tatty. Windshield is cracked. Wipers rusty. Bosch lamps are in decent condition. Backup light. Steel rims with blackwalls. Rear spare. Shabby inside. Wood trim peeling. Mother-of-pearl instrument panel #281-1959 PORSCHE 356A convertible D. S/N 85588. Eng. # P704654. Signal Red/ black leather. Odo: 72,187 miles. Restoration reportedly completed in the late ’90s, then put away for a decade in a warehouse. Originally Silver Metallic over red leatherette. Excellent repaint nearly faultless. Bumpers may have been necessary, but they’re an eyesore. Driver’s mirror mottled. Shiny ventilated chrome wheels. All-new interior. Leather seats unworn. Replacement steering wheel is a threespoke Stirling Moss edition. Looks like aftermarket Blaupunkt radio. Very good glass. Soft top in great shape. Has a replacement Mercedes hated them as much as I do. But this obviously didn’t weigh on bidders’ minds, and they sent it to a market-correct price. Slightly well bought, but very well sold. #220-1964 PORSCHE 356C coupe. S/N 130625. Eng. # 714437. Light Ivory/black leatherette. Odo: 70,507 miles. The body is very nice and straight. Very nice, even paint— no sign of any touch-ups. Chrome is a bit dull. Good gaps. Spare in trunk. Leather seats look new, driver’s is a tad springy. Spartan interior presents very well. Door linings, jambs, trim in good shape. Roll-up windows work. Carpets slightly dirty in back. Clock. No radio. 356 Registry sticker. Excellent glass. Has a yellowing. Banjo spoke steering wheel. Radio in dash. CCCA Full Classic. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $775,000. A star of the sale. “Possibly unique Kombination Roadster coachwork,” per the auction catalog. Pre-war information unknown, but the catalog description implied it was tucked away for nearly 60 years. Went to new ownership at the lower end of the estimate range, which I’d call fair given condition and the question mark surrounding its chassis/ coachwork combination. A no-sale at $650k, this deal was apparently struck afterwards. #270-1946 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2-dr sedan. S/N 1061937. Green/green vinyl. Odo: 5,304 miles. Repainted in an army/military green shade at some point in its life. The catalog states that “it may have well been red as new for there are various signs of this.” Paint has peels, chips and scratches. Bumpers are a bit blemished. Good lamps, glass. Split rear window. Semaphore turn signals. Interior’s been refurbished in body-matching green. 1600 Super motor. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $95,000. hard to understand how this stayed in such great condition after coming out of storage in 2008 or thereabouts, but it made sense after reading the catalog’s description that it’s been “used as a Sunday driver since then.” Not much to fault here, except that (and this could have easily swayed bidders) it was perhaps too nice for its own good, with much of the originality that collectors prize lost. high bid was nowhere near the $140k low estimate, and it deserved more. Seller was right to wait another day. #274-1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 12104010025037. Eng. # 12192110002980. Black/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 51,237 miles. Recently restored to a high standard. Excellent paint, chrome and glass. Minor pitting on driver’s door. New soft top fitted; original hard top comes with car. Steel wheels with generic whitewalls. Original leather interior features nicely patinated leather seats. Passenger’s visor is 1964 MA plate, but can’t tell if it’s real or repro. Engine not inspected. Disc brakes all around. Matching numbers. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $77,000. The final version of the 356. The cosmetics were reportedly attended to over the years, but it came across as a very original, complete 356C. This sold at a price that might have raised some eyebrows, but 356s are riding a wave of popularity that shows no sign of abating. Plus, how often do you find a car in this state that’s reportedly never been taken apart? Let’s call this one a fair deal for both parties. #210-1967 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SE cabriolet. S/N 11202312009508. Eng. # 18998712001298. White/brown canvas/brown leather. Odo: 10,313 miles. Said to have been restored over a four-year period and only recently finished. A sharp presentation. There are a few chips on the right front fender and passenger’s door handle. Variable chrome. Excellent lamps. Driver-side outside mirror only. The soft top fits well, plastic window is clear. Trunk locked. Spotless interior. The wood trim is beautiful. Clean carpets. Becker Grand Prix AM/FM radio. Power windows. Bakelite instrument cluster. Three-spoke steering wheel. Buckets are comfortable. Fitted with original cable-operated—not hydraulic— brake system. Title in transit. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $60,000. A lofty $75k–$125k estimate range, but this early “split window” is not just another Super Beetle. I noted in the auction tent that it sold for $60k, but Bonhams listed it as a no-sale in final results. Marketcorrect offer, but the seller’s patience could pay off. 172 cracked, exposing foam. Can’t see anything in the yellowed rear-view mirror. Clean carpets. Modern Custom Autosound radio at odds with the interior’s vintage vibe. Restored engine bay shows light use. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $155,100. A very nice 190SL with a few faults that would be easily fixable. My only gripe was the whitewalls. They didn’t leave the factory with them, so I can only conclude that Kuhlmeister air. All instrument gauges clear. Clean underhood. North Carolina car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $99,000. Were I in the market for a touring car, I would’ve considered this. The restoration clearly did wonders. After limping along in the sub-$100k range for years, these have seen a sudden increase in Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT values. As such, I thought Bonhams was conservative in its $100k–$140k estimate. Imagine my surprise when it sold just shy of the $100k mark. #216-1969 PORSCHE 911 Carrera RS replica coupe. S/N 129023001. Eng. # 6130603. Grand Prix White/black fabric. Odo: 43,707 miles. Created by PAR Porsche in 2005 in true spirit of the RS. 1973 911T engine was the starting point for the heavy modifications. The paint dazzles, although there’s a crack in the door jamb. Bosch fog lights in entirely wrong location.. Blue RS graphics. Yokohama rubber. Lots of exposed wires under dash. New carpets with floor mats, RS door panels, headliner, Sparco competition #271-1971 PORSCHE 911T Targa. S/N 9111113033. Eng. # 6117592. Sepia Brown/ tan leatherette. Odo: 34,605 miles. Two-owner car. Claimed never restored or fully apart. Noticeable peeling in paint on underside up front. Chipping, some pitting at driver’s door. Passenger’s door out. Lamps in good shape. Tinted glass. Manual antenna. Fuchs 14-inch light metal wheels. Tidy interior. Driver’s seat is a little baggy. Door lining intact. Original twin-speaker AM/FM stereo. Clean carpets with “911” inscription. Engine reflects low buckets, Momo wheel, and roll bar. G-Force seat belts. Hurst 5-speed shifter. Alpine sound with Boston Acoustic speakers. Engine clean, but not concours. FL car. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $93,500. A striking re-creation that any nonPosrchefile could have taken for an original but which does not stand up when viewed by those with even casual knowledge of what an RS is supposed to look like. Consider yourself a candidate for one of these if you meet the following criteria: (1) You don’t have a million dollars for a real one; (2) You itch to have one in your garage. A lot of bang for the buck here, as it sold at a tenth of the cost of a real RS. Seller wise to let this one go. miles. Has Comfort Package. Original tool roll, manual. A well-kept beauty, minor imperfections notwithstanding. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $71,500. Fun to drive and capable to boot, even though it lacks the power of its more expensive S and E brethren. Shot past Bonhams’ $55k high estimate and the $65k upper limit of the SCM Pocket Price Guide. Worth every penny, bank account be damned. Well bought, but a nod to the seller. #251-1973 PORSCHE 911 RS 2.7 Tour- ing coupe. S/N 9113600463. Eng. # 6630393. Light Ivory/black leatherette. Odo: 1,822 km. Overall the car presents very well. M472 Touring package. Originally delivered to Brazil, imported here in the mid-2000s. Straight paint. Chip on passenger’s side front fender. Driver’s outside mirror only. Spoiler unblemished. Both doors “thunk.” Black Carrera graphics. Pirelli P6000s. Gold-tip exhaust. Purposeful interior very nice and well maintained. Leather seats offer great support. Smudges in driver’s door jamb. All gauges and controls intact. Becker Mexico radio. Headliner has traces of glue-like residue. All’s good underhood. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $594,000. Loaded with options that greatly enhance the Touring DNA. Its Lightweight sibling will fetch more than double, but this more “affordable” alternative still provides plenty of punch—and in greater comfort. Not much to do to bring this to a truly spectacular level. A fair deal for both parties at mid-estimate. #283-1974 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 2.7 Targa. S/N 9114410108. Eng. # 6341265. Aubergine/red leather. Odo: 81,555 miles. Three owners from new. Very nice paint. Some bubbling on the hood. Scratch on left rear fender. Good glass, gaps. Driver’s side mirror only. Fuchs alloy rims with Yokohama rubber. Newer seats have minimal wear. Passenger’s door lining torn, visor doesn’t stay up, rubber molding around window cracked. Momo three-spoke wheel. Clock not working. Alpine stereo with Hertz speakers. Engine reportedly rebuilt three years ago, has logged less than 2k miles since. Engine bay a bit scruffy. Florida plate. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $85,250. At the end of the day, just another RS lookalike, and the market is flooded with them. But great execution, and the price paid at the upper end of the estimate seemed reasonable. As the prices of these rise in the wake of escalating RS values, the new owner may net a healthy return on his money. Well bought, but a tip of the hat to the seller. #219-1975 PORSCHE 911S Silver Anni- versary Edition Targa. S/N 9115210050. Eng. # 6450094. Diamond Silver/silver & black tweed. Odo: 31,511 miles. Silver Anniversary Edition #100. In single ownership until 2012. Straight paint, only a chip at driver’s door. Rubber weatherstripping cracked around driver’s door. There are buffing streaks on the rear bumper. Passenger’s door alignment is better than driver’s. Slight scrunching of Targa top. Fisheyes in driver’s exterior mirror. Crisp interior with new front seats with blue inserts. Clear gauges and controls. Alpine sound 174 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT system. Porsche logo on wood shift knob. Driver-grade engine bay. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $66,000. This car showed really well. Only a few imperfections held it back, but it garnered a lot of eyeballs. Shot past the $45k high estimate—no doubt due in part to the Silver Anniversary factor; collectors are giving long overdue notice to desirable 911s of this era. Very well sold, but buyer is poised to get his money back. ITALIAN #282-1955 SIATA 300BC spider. S/N ST449BC. Eng. # 639658. Red/white leather. Odo: 75,931 miles. Stated to be the penultimate 300BC produced. Two-seater. Comprehensively restored several years ago. Nice, deep paint. Microscratches visible on closer inspection. Scuffing on hood edge. Grille could use a polish. Windshield has smudges, scratches. Chrome wires. Tires fill out wheel- wells and then some. Spare at rear. Dash has a nice layout of all the necessary instruments. Clear gauges. Rear-view mirror on dash. Hard leather seats are yellowing. Three-spoke wood wheel tarnished. Fitted with a period-correct Fiat 1,200-cc motor. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $135,000. Formerly owned by Etceterini historian John de Boer. Viewed from afar, you’d be forgiven for mistaking it for a Ferrari 166 Barchetta. While sleek and certainly rare, not much history behind it. You can race it, as it was in period, but don’t expect to set any speed records with the small-displacement Fiat lump. Bid to $135k at auction, but not sold. A deal was apparently struck post-sale, as the Bonhams website now lists it as sold. No dollar amount given, however. #223-1958 FIAT-ABARTH 750 GT “Double Bubble” coupe. S/N 100586161. Eng. # 100000594421. Red/black fabric. Odo: 1,279 miles. Hand-built body by Zagato. Red paint not original and not perfect—chips, bubbles, uneven application especially around windshield. Front bumper chrome is dull. Clear headlight covers. Driver’s mirror only. Glass date-codes to 1955. Steel rims have scuff marks, as do the two exhaust pipes. Quarter-windows are scratched. Minimal, racy interior with new thinly-padded seats. Rearview mirror cloudy, rusty. Rebuilt, uprated motor resting in tidy compartment. Original California black plate remains with car. Stated to be a strong runner. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $90,000. Always exciting to see an Abarth at auction, as they add an element of serendipity. “Double Bubbles” have trended upward the past few years for good reason: They’re hand-built and offer performance-to-affordability ratio rarely possible in an Italian car with brand cachet. This was a good-looking example in its red livery. high bid seemed perfectly justifiable. #252-1959 AUTOBIANCHI BIANCHINA Trasformabile microcar. S/N 110B017116. Eng. # 110000084377. Red/ black vinyl/red & white vinyl. Odo: 28,604 km. Based on the Fiat 500 platform. Driverquality paint, as you might expect. Chip at hood’s edge and at rear trunk latch. Scratch on front bumper, dents on rear. Scratches at base of windshield. Driver’s side mirror only. Rearhinged doors. New full-length folding sunroof. Clear plastic window. Utilitarian to the extreme inside. New vinyl interior. No radio. Circular rear-view mirror. Roll-up windows a little rough going, but they work. Didn’t inspect engine. No reserve. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $18,700. Autobianchi was a business venture between Bianchi (an Italian bicycle manufacturer), Fiat and Pirelli. This spent most of its life in California, went to France a few years ago, but retained its U.S. title. A tiny, appealing thing. Sold south of the $25k low estimate. Last seen at Artcurial’s November 2014 Paris sale for $30k (SCM# 256309). Well bought and sold today. #269-1960 LANCIA APPIA Series II convertible. S/N 812014479. Eng. # 814004646. White/tan leather. Odo: 14,692 miles. Vignale coachwork. Straight paint with very little to fault. Nice brightwork. Good, even gaps. Very good glass. Chrome wires. Goodyear rubber looks new. Single mirror on top of 176 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT left fender. Clean carpeted trunk. Function is the prevailing theme inside, with very little to distract from pure driving enjoyment. Clear gauges. Wind-up windows. Blaupunkt radio. No glovebox. A 2+2, but the joke’s on anyone who tries to fit back there. Engine compartment looks original and presents well. No sign of leaking fluids. European plate. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $52,800. One of 1,600, according to catalog. Zagato-bodied Appias in GTZ, GTE and Sport spec bring more money (relative rarity is a big reason), but this Michelottipenned design holds its own in the aesthetics department. I thought it stood out under the tent lights. Low miles not believed correct. Sold a notch above mid-estimate, which seemed perfectly reasonable to me. Well bought and sold. #203-1964 LANCIA FLAVIA Vignale convertible. S/N 8153342093. Eng. # 8158006196. White/white hard top/black soft top/red leatherette. Odo: 69,520 miles. Said to have been restored for over $100k after being stripped to bare metal. Looks like work was recent, too, as it shines under the tent lights. Crisp repaint marred by brown goop spots on passenger’s door sill. Scuff marks on driver’s rocker panel. Very good chrome, no major issues. Wiper scratches. Inviting interior with comfy and supportive seats. Exposed wires under dash. Nice wood trim. Lancia three- leather. Odo: 64,987 miles. The auction catalog states: “Best described as an older restoration, the car is showing signs of age and use with star cracking to the paint, wear to the interior, and the dash top original and much aged.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. Paint peeling at grille, chips on trunk lid. Cloudy headlight covers. Door handles mottled. Unknown hardened adhesive material at right rear taillight. Excellent wood in dash. Factory radio. Miscellaneous hardware bits (screws, etc.) in glovebox. Dirty engine bay looks mostly stock. No reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $25,300. A cute but tired Duetto in a pleasing color scheme. Surpassed the high estimate, but not an unreasonable price. New owner should be smiling, as it won’t take a whole lot to take this one up several notches. Well bought and sold. #247-1988 LAMBORGHINI JALPA P350 convertible. S/N ZA9JB00A4JLA12376. Black/black leather. Odo: 466 km. Very good paint, glass. Torn rubber molding on passenger’s door. Clean undercarriage. All lamps intact and unbroken. Targa roof. Interior reflects low miles. Seats are cracked. Driver’s visor is loose. Equipped with a/c, power windows, Alpine sound system. Clarion speakers in both doors. Clean engine bay, no issues. Looks and feels like an all-original, very well maintained example that only drove around the block a few times. Replacement hideous spoke wood wheel. Factory AM/FM radio. Reported to be a running example. With soft and hard tops. No reserve. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $66,000. From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection. The Flavia convertible is relatively rare, with just over 600 produced 1962–67. Not as good-looking as its Appia Series II cabriolet stablemate that was also at this sale (Lot 269, $53k), but sold for stronger money. Blew past its $45k high estimate, earning a worldrecord price. Well sold, but time will tell if properly bought. Previously no-saled at $42k at a Bonhams sale in 2011 (SCM# 185893). #204-1967 ALFA ROMEO 1600 DU- ETTO Spider. S/N 10503664804. Eng. # AR0053614416. Red/black canvas/black gold rims are my only major quibble. No reserve. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $94,600. A failure at a time when the marque was on the brink of financial collapse. Still, somewhat rare with just 410 built over six years. Last seen at Motostalgia’s Seabrook sale in May of 2014, where it sold for $66k (SCM# 243465). Prior to that, it sold at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale auction in March of 2013 for $47k (SCM# 215719). The SCM reporter at the Seabrook sale prophetically stated that $66k “could be a bargain in the future.” One year and 47 miles later, that day had arrived. JAPANESE #273-1968 MAZDA COSMO Sport coupe. S/N L10A10419. Eng. # 10A1581. Orange/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 3,869 km. Originally white, reportedly repainted this past January in current color. Fairly straight paint, some buffing marks in front. Rechromed front bumper scuffed. Dual mirrors on fenders. Good overall glass, some smudges on windshield. Clear glass covering headlight lenses. Doors open and shut well. Good panel fit. Trunk locked, therefore not inspected. Mazda 178 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Greenwich, CT AACA “Brass and Gas Touring Region” and Horseless Carriage Club of America badges. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $69,300. A terrific example of a solid, lesser known, Brass Era car. It was restored to a high standard. The cosmetics were there, and the mechanicals appear to have been maintained. If a little fluid was all it needed to run, then enjoy the tours available to it. A reasonable sale that should’ve satisfied both parties. rims shiny. Terrific interior. Seats are a little soft. Clean carpets. Clarion AM radio. Generally clean engine bay. Twin-rotor Wankel engine (982 cc, 110 hp). Titled as a 1970. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $110,000. Rare in the U.S., with none officially imported here. A design that appeared to draw inspiration from others, and yet Mazda made it their own. had jet-age cues that I found attractive. high bid could’ve been enough, but with the mounting interest in Japanese cars, this has the potential to be even more coveted down the road. We’ll have to see if the seller is right. AMERICAN #290-1910 CHALMERS-DETROIT MODEL K 30 tourer. S/N 15980. Black/ black vinyl/black leather. RHD. Odo: 43 miles. A sharp restoration that looks recent. Lots of brass, most of it shiny with some random dullness. Pretty even paint, some blemishes. Side-mounted spare tire. Yellow-painted spoke wheels with brass hubs. Wicker luggage. Fire extinguisher. Exterior horn. Newer interior well executed. Modern upgrades include an oil filter, changing the steering to a BEST BUY #228-1916 ELGIN SIX tourer. S/N 174093. Eng. # M3075. Blue & black/ black/black vinyl. Odo: 15,346 miles. A great Brass Era car said to be one of only eight 1916 Elgins known to exist. Older repaint is showing its age, with dents, chips and rust evident. Windshield delaminating. Newer soft top. Has adjustable luggage fence on right running board, Old Sol spotlight, rearmounted spare, kerosene hand warmer, coal foot warmer and an old canvas water bag attached to the front bumper. Big wood wheels. Newer upholstery. Clean carpet in back, floor older restoration that still presents well. Very good paint and intact red coachlines. Bright chrome trim. Accessorized with large headlights, Pilot-Ray driving lights, and a radiator stoneguard. Has a golf bag door in the body side, rumble seat, dual wipers, heron radiator cap mascot and luggage rack. Dual-mounted spares. Lester whitewalls. Spartan interior for such a luxurious car. Scuffs in driver’s side door jamb. Seats look hardly used. Engine bay better than the 92k miles on the odo. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $101,200. A stunning Depressionera Caddy that needed that extra bit of TLC to bring to concours level. Sold significantly below the $130k low estimate. Close to the right money, but left some on the table for a quick profit. Well bought at no reserve. #233-1932 DUESENBERG MODEL J mats up front. Engine bay not inspected. AACA Historic Preservation Award. No reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,600. I liked this Elgin a lot, although I got the sense bidders didn’t know what to make of it. Not so easy to value, as Elgins rarely, if ever, come to auction. (The SCM Platinum Auction Database doesn’t contain a single Elgin record). Assuming everything functions the way it should, it should make a unique driver that’ll get people honking their horns. For these reasons and the relative pocket change it took to get this deal done, I’d call it a very good buy. #231-1931 CADILLAC 355A convertible gear ratio, an electric starter and generator, halogen bulbs in gas lights and turn indicators. coupe. S/N 801187. Burgundy & black/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 92,383 miles. An jigsaw puzzle of sorts. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $550,000. A bitsa Duesey, plain and simple. Last seen at Motostalgia’s Seabrook sale in May 2014, where it no-saled at $675k (SCM# 243461). The SCM reporter stated: “The coach is a Derham Tourster which is said to have been put together from original Model J parts taken from several bodies saved from destruction.” high bid was far below the $625 low estimate. The consignor held out, perhaps hoping against hope for a repeat of Worldwide’s Auburn Fall sale in 2011, where it sold for $880k (SCM# 185772). I’d say the market spoke today. © 180 Sports Car Market Tourster phaeton. S/N 2571. Eng. # J356. Olive green/heather cloth/olive leather. Odo: 61,382 miles. Billings coachwork in the Derham Tourster style. Per the auction catalog: “J-356/chassis 2534 has been meticulously reconstructed from an original Model J frame (2332) restamped with its current number.” Lustrous paint, chrome, top and interior in very good condition, but not quite mint. Dualmounted spares. 1975 AACA National First Prize winner. A stunning car—even if it is a


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GOODING & COMPANY, CHUBB COLLECTOR CAR INSURANCE, VELOCITY CHANNEL AND SPORTS CAR MARKET PRESENT THE 14th ANNUAL SCM MONTEREY INSIDER’S SEMINAR What’s Collectible Now? Moderated by Keith Martin, Publisher, Sports Car Market SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 2015 Gooding & Company Auction Pavilion, Pebble Beach, CA • 9:30–11:30 a.m. This seminar brings together market experts from around the world to discuss the changes and predict what’s ahead in the collector car market. Topics will include: • Why Countach Prices Have Exploded • Why You Should Put a ’60s Chevy C-10 Pickup Next to Your Gullwing • Is the Miata the New Bugeye? • Duesenbergs — Big-Buck Bargains? • Have Air-Cooled 911s Finally Hit the Ceiling? • Panelists’ Picks for Best Buys for 2016 After the discussion, panelists will offer detailed examinations of select cars to be offered at auction. Panelists include: Carl Bomstead American Sports & Muscle Donald Osborne European Sports & Racing (excluding Ferraris) Miles Collier Collier’s Choice Jim Pickering Editor, American Car Collector Space is Limited — Sign Up Today Complimentary admission for SCM Platinum members; subscribers, $35 for two; non-subscribers, $70 for two To enroll, and for the latest information, go to www.sportscarmarket.com/ monterey2015 or call 503.261.0555 Ext. 217 Simon Kidston The European Perspective Stephen Serio Ferraris & Late-Model European Exotics


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VanDerBrink Auctions Hustisford, WI VanDerBrink — The Egelseer Collection “’32 Fords are where my heart’s at, but I knew I’d never finish them all” Company VanDerBrink Auctions Date May 2, 2015 Location Hustisford, WI Auctioneers Yvette VanDerBrink, Dale Pavlis, Aaron Williamson Automotive lots sold/offered 31/31 Sales rate 100% Sales total $337,768 High sale 1940 Ford Deluxe coupe, sold at $59,000 Buyer’s premium having all of the Unobtanium 1932 parts for restoration, this 1932 Ford Model 18 Deluxe cabriolet sold at $29,000 No on-site buyer’s premium, 8% for online bidders, included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics I n recent years, car collector Alan Egelseer took to buying up entire estates just to get specific cars. “I’d end up buying lesser cars to get to the good cars that I really wanted,” he said. “I like ’32 Fords, so when I had a chance to get all or none from the owner’s estate, I got them. And all the ’32 parts. [’32 Fords are] where my heart’s at, but I knew I’d never finish them all.” Hustisford, WI In May, Yvette VanDerBrink and her auction crew found themselves in Cheesehead country, helping Egelseer reduce his inventory down to a handful of favorite cars. Egelseer also sold a large collection of automobilia and petroliana and a stockpile of used and NOS parts — amassed over years of running an automotive salvage business. VanDerBrink and her crew set up the better cars under a tent, the auto- mobilia in one building and the parts in another building at Egelseer’s facility. The auction started promptly at 9 a.m. with three hours of automobilia; the cars ran from noon until 1:15, and then it was on to parts for the last couple of hours. Topping out all sales was a slick 1940 Ford Deluxe coupe. A performance shop in Denver with flathead Ford experience at Bonneville reportedly modified the car in period. This recently freshened-up cruiser saw intense bidding until it hammered sold at $59k. On the automobilia end of things, a pair of large early 1950s Ford dealership coats-of-arms were the top sales, fetching $1,700 and $1,900. Most who made the trek were from the early-Ford-V8 camp. The parking lot was a venerable All Ford Show, with many vintage examples driven to the sale. Sales were strong but not into “stupid money” territory. One thing that helped — I heard it mentioned on several occasions — was the lack Top seller — 1940 Ford Deluxe custom coupe, sold at $59,000 184 of an on-site buyer’s fee. We all know that auctions can’t take place for free, but when a 24% buyers’ fee, loading fee, transfer fee, shipping coordination fee, and whatever else is dreamed up make bidders feel fleeced, there’s going to be some push-back. VanDerBrink is doing their part to rein in some of that, and it’s been paying off with strong final sales. ♦ Sports Car Market


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VanDerBrink Auctions Hustisford, WI AMERICAN #3E-1927 FORD MODEL T tourer. S/N 14406144. Dark green & black/black cloth/ black vinyl. Equipped with period aftermarket Watford auxiliary transmission and “Rocky Mountain” brakes. Retrofitted with an alternator, starter (hand crank is up front in a leather sling) and modern coil ignition. Very old repaint with scratches on most surfaces. However, it does still polish up pretty well. Headlights not aligned. Newer chrome plating on wheel hubs. Better paint on the wheel spokes than the body. Good workmanship on years ago, and it likely wasn’t running at that time either. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $475. “Doodlebug” is regional slang for a car converted into a farm tractor—generally a Ford Model A or T, and done during either the Great Depression (when money was too tight to buy a tractor) or WWII (when sales of new tractors were rationed). This one looks like one of the former, as it comes off as a collection of parts, and the Ford model TT rears were pretty much out of the food chain by WWII. Selling price is easily justified by the Ruckstell auxiliary tranny, even if the rest is lawn ornament material or goes across the scale. #4E-1930 FORD MODEL A roadster pickup. S/N A2605356. Dark green & black/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 86,540 miles. Non-original 1932 model B engine, 1934 wheels, 1933 B hubcaps, and hydraulic brake conversion. Last time it saw a paint gun was over three decades ago. Today it presents decently from 10 feet. Typical light scrapes from decades of use. Reproduction seat and top within the past decade. 1960s triple pack of Stewart Warner gauges below dashboard. 1960s National Street Rod Association decal the mods under the hood. Older seat redo, showing moderate wear. Ornery to start, floods easily. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,000. The previous owner (who had it since 1952) made this one up to go on tours, including a Model T club tour of Europe. The seller told me that he sort of got roped into buying it because his Model T club pals would dog him for driving a Model A. having known the owner of this car for some time, he bought it from the estate about a decade ago. But he really doesn’t like driving a T, so he went back to As and early V8 Fords. No bargain here, as this sold well enough. #2E-1929 FORD MODEL A doodlebug home-built tractor. S/N A858363. Faded blue & surface rust. Fabricated around a shortened Model A, with a Ruckstell auxiliary transmission and Model TT worm-drive rear axle. Originally had closed bodywork, likely a sedan, but now only the cowl and hood remain, with all exposed metal heavily surface rusted. Gauge cluster missing. Appears to have a 1932 Ford front end, including the wire wheels. Motor appears complete, but no attempt made to start it or even see if it was loose. Stated that it was purchased from estate about 20 array welded to it; reinforcements for the rear axle (now solidly bolted to the frame) and for a mechanical lift on the front. Remains of a rudimentary hydraulic system, plumbed front and rear. Out back, two V8 cylinder heads are welded to the drawbar for ballast. Steel rock box behind seat. Was running on inspection day, but not started during the auction. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $400. Doodlebug tractors were somewhat popular during the Great Depression, when farmers were hard-pressed to afford a new anything, let alone a tractor. There were even companies that made conversion kits, but most were the product of a creative farmer working in the shop on cold winter days with a pile of parts and a welder. In this case, a large pile of parts. Today, an offshoot of tractor collectors specializes in doodlebugs. Since it’s a runner, this was bought well. It will likely turn up at a threshing show without too many changes. #7E-1932 FORD MODEL 18 chassis. S/N N/A. Black. No title, sold on bill of sale. Frame serial number is indiscernible or removed in the two standard locations. Bare chassis set from a car, with V8 engine mounting holes, front suspension, rear suspension, rear axle, torque tube, correct wheels, tires and front hubcaps only. Still set up for mechanical brakes, but the rods from the pedal to the wheels are missing. Most metal components in the windshield. Pops right off and runs well. VIN on title reflects the original Model A engine. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $14,750. The seller actually had this truck 30 years ago (importing it from California), and at that time it had a Rajo head on it. he pulled the head and sold the rest to a buddy, and then bought it back out of the estate a couple of years ago. Model A roadster cars are a dime a dozen; roadster pickups, not so much. If you want a decent tourer that’s not like everyone else’s, this wasn’t a bad deal. Not a bargain, but not silly money. #2020E-1930 FORD MODEL AA doo- dlebug home-built tractor. S/N A4153962. Faded red & surface rust/red steel. Shortened Model AA truck with the cab removed. Speedometer long gone. Has an elaborate sub-frame have an older black repaint. Gray primer on the rear wheels. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $6,250. Fords at this time were serialized by the engine, with that number stamped into the frame after the motor was installed as part of the assembly process. I could understand this price if there was a title that came with it. Still, you’ve got to start somewhere, and this is as good a place as any. The final bid just shows that they aren’t out there in scrap piles on the cheap any more. #5E-1932 FORD MODEL 18 Deluxe cabriolet. S/N 181101166. Black. Mostly assembled restoration project with some ad-hoc assembly to show the level of completeness. Sheet metal has black base coat; will need further work, especially the hood and fender that have a flat finish. Most chrome is attached and either replated or reproduction. Complete engine under the hood with all 1932-unique components, but battery and most of the wiring not in place. Raw seat springs for the main cabin seats, none for the rumble seat. Highquality reproduced 186 Sports Car Market


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VanDerBrink Auctions Hustisford, WI pers. Good original leatherette roof insert. Appears to have a 1960s import front bench seat. Good Bakelite on steering wheel and shift knob. Heavier surface rust on motor with a remanufactured generator, but lights right off and runs well despite old, stinky gas. Surface- #8E-1940 FORD DELUXE custom woodgraining inside. Bare top bows. Transferable title. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $29,000. The consignor purchased all three 1932 Fords here a couple of years ago from the estate of a fellow V8 club member, but he hadn’t done much with them and was now cutting them loose. As the only one with a title and all of the Unobtanium 1932 parts, this was easily the one to chase down for a correct restoration. For building a hot rod, shop elsewhere or check Lots 6E and 7E. #6E-1932 FORD MODEL 18 Deluxe cabriolet. S/N N/A. Primer gray. Started project, with only the rolling chassis and body with all panels from the cowl forward. No powertrain forward of the torque tube. All chassis components given a basic repaint a few years ago. Stated that all the unique body components for a Deluxe cabriolet are on it. Loose parts in rumble-seat compartment. Good, mismatched tires, wheels and hubcaps; mounted spindles and backing plates set up for hydraulic brakes. Sold on bill of sale without a coupe. S/N 5677179. Acadia Green/light beige broadcloth. Odo: 42,224 miles. Excellent older restoration, faithful to when it was modified by a speed shop in Denver during the 1950s. Period exterior tweaks are minimal: 1941 Studebaker taillights, 1940 Mercury bumpers. Older repaint has some minor cracks. Chassis mods include four-inch suspension drop with modern tubular shocks. Engine is a 1948 Mercury 59A flathead with four-inch Mercury crank, mild cam, Edelbrock aluminum heads, Evans aluminum intake with dual Stromberg 97s, and Stellings & Hellings rusted undercarriage. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $19,500. Too bad about the seat being swapped out; otherwise it would be an easy cosmetic restoration. It’s a bit too complete to contemplate an engine-swap street rod, but built up with period speed parts it would be interesting. hey, just leave it as-is and enjoy the rat rod thing. Opened up online at $9,800, with a few more on-site bids, but by and large the serious players had boots on the ground. Seems a bit high, but then again, with no onsite buyer’s fee, some bidders were probably feeling a bit emboldened. #9E-1939 FORD DELUXE custom se- dan. S/N 185084883. Folkstone Gray/light beige broadcloth. Odo: 80,872 miles. Stated that in 1953, the original owner installed a stock, low-mile 1950 Olds V8. 1965 SCCA Denver Sports Car Club concours badge on cowl. Good repaint in recent years. Fitted with dealer-accessory vent wing windows, 1937 DeSoto bumpers, 1940 Ford fender skirts and period-accessory spotlights. 1950s decals in air cleaners—all clean and tidy. Newer repro interior. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $59,000. There was nothing about this coupe that I didn’t like. Tastefully tweaked trim, especially forsaking the stock Chevron taillights (which I always thought looked awkward compared with the rest of the car) but has a stock look, and with a built flathead under the hood. Even the paint worked for me—a pleasing stock color, presentable but not concours sanitary. Bidding opened online at $35k, and it was a three-way on-site race from there on out. Sold well enough that I wished I had $60k burning a hole in my pocket. title, and I was unable to locate the frame serial number in the standard locations. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $12,500. Unlike Lot 5E, this would be the ticket for building your fantasy ’32 rod, especially since it’s started down the path for juice brakes. No matter what path you take, it essentially sold for the price of the body with a complimentary correct chassis to wheel it around with—actually cheaper than an allsteel repop body—so call it a good buy if you know where you want to go with it. Just get the title sorted out before you put so much as masking tape on it. #11E-1936 FORD MODEL 67-820 De- luxe panel truck. S/N 2939676. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 83,818 miles. Originally Washington Blue; repainted many decades ago, now faded with patches of primer. No sign of structural rust, just surface rust on the tops of the front fenders. Good door and panel fit. Nonstock chromed grille shell; older replated bum- 188 #1771E-1940 FORD STANDARD sedan. S/N 5879319. Faded blue & red/beige mohair. Odo: 35,184 miles. Older field car. No drivetrain. Red primer on the front clip and some unfinished slathered-on Bondo. Good passenger’s side headlight bezel, heavily pitted on the driver’s side and missing the parking light lens. Missing the passenger’s half of the windshield; driver’s half is cracked and delaminated. All four tires holding air. Some rust-out on door bottoms and rear fenders, but not beyond repair. Shabby original interior. No door the delaminating rear quarter-windows. Original interior is presentable; some light tearing and seam splitting. On 15-inch Mercury wheels with older bias-ply tires and aftermarket chrome wheel covers. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $17,500. The seller stated that he bought it a few years back from the original owner, from Denver, CO. Interesting that he chose to “make a date with a Rocket 8” rather than build up a flathead. however, it was one of the most popular engines to swap at the time. While nice in some aspects, it’s also getting shabby in others, so it sold right. panels or floor coverings. Cracked and chipped steering wheel, restorable gauges. Does have a title. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $1,000. 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Glovebox Notes 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTi S hatchback VanDerBrink Auctions Hustisford, WI A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM garage. HHHHH is best. should feel free to make it into darn near anything that tickles his fancy. And not make a dime on it. #19E-1949 CADILLAC SERIES 62 se- dan. S/N 496265015. Black/gray cloth. Odo: 31,530 miles. 331-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Has a title. Missing most of front clip. Most of the engine is intact, with plastic covering the air cleaner, but is very heavily surface rusted. #2EE-1950 ALLIS CHALMERS WD tractor. S/N WD44546. Persian Orange. MHD. Narrow front end configuration, PTO and belt-pulley auxiliary drives. Aftermarket hydraulic system and front-loader bucket frame added. Converted to 12V electrical system. Heavily faded and peeling original paint with ghosting of the original decals. Serviceable old tires. Engine appears to be complete; stated to be a runner with a newer battery, but no attempt made to start it during the auction. Price as tested: $25,605 Equipment: 220-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged 16-valve I4 with direct injection, 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive EPA mileage: 25/34 Likes: Sporty looks get even sportier with the Toronado Red paint. 18-inch “Austin” alloy wheels add to the good looks. Comfortable interior. I like the look of the black “Clark” plaid cloth seats, which even include heat up front. Dash and controls are well laid out, so no fumbling to find what’s needed or having to pull over to figure out how to turn on the rear defroster. Spunky S version with 220-hp turbo engine provides brisk acceleration when from freeway onramp in time to slow for the 20mph freeway crawl on the way home. Dislikes: Typical torque steer, which is standard in most front-wheel-drive cars I’ve driven. Wide doors require a long reach to close after getting in. Fun to drive: HHHH Eye appeal: HHH½ Overall experience: HHHH Verdict: For fun, easy maneuverability in city traffic and tight parking, the GTi remains a winner. This new model had me reminiscing about a ’92 GTi that I once owned. The feel of that car still lives in this new offering, only with refinements and improved technology added. — Jeff Stites Heavier dent in right front door. Heaviest surface rust on tail fins and trunk lid. All chrome is heavily frosted. Most glass is salvageable. Water-stained interior door panels are pulled off and lying on the rear seat. Front seat is heavily worn and soiled. Carpeting is shot. Heavier surface rust on the dashboard and pitted interior chrome. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $600. First year for the revolutionary overhead-valve V8, and that is likely all that will be reused here. Not very cost-effective to do much else with it, even with a title. ...Unless there’s a Series 62 convertible project out there without a title. But that sort of thing never happens, does it? #12E-1949 FORD F-2 ¾-ton pickup. S/N 98RY168414. Meadow Green/brown vinyl. Odo: 45,427 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed actual miles and unrestored apart from a repaint. Moderate orange peel in compound curves. Cargo box has correctly painted-over original wood flooring. Good door and panel fit. Hubcaps are likely reproductions, since they are in excellent condition. Class III trailer hitch added. Undercarriage Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $200. Built about 100 miles northeast of where it was sitting, Allis Chalmers have always been very popular in Wisconsin. It’s also common in this part of the country to see a WD of this era still working for a living. Even among the devotees of Persian Orange, that’s the value here: a cheap worker-bee project, rather than the basis of a restoration. Worst-case scenario, part it out and you’ll be money ahead weighing it up for scrap. #1770E-1950 CHEVROLET FLEET- LINE Deluxe fastback. S/N 5HKJ83527. Bright blue metallic/tan cloth. Odo: 14,569 miles. 216-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Presentable older economy paint job in a non-stock hue (originally Grecian Gray). Wheelwell on right front is worn to bare metal from scraping against something. Newer bumpers and some bits of trim. Decent door and panel fit. Aftermarket seat covers hide scruffy seats; water-stained door panels and worn-out flooring rubber shows newer brake lines. Surface rust on cylinder heads with flaking paint on rest of motor. Untouched interior, seat showing light wear. Runs out well. Optional heater/defroster and integrated turn signals. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,250. Usually, a three-quarter-ton is a tough sell. As such, you can almost forgive the driver-grade repaint. It was the low-mile claim and commensurate interior that sent this into half-ton money. 190 show that it wasn’t babied. Recent brake job and new gas tank. Radials with good tread. Runs out pretty well. Entrance sticker for last year’s Symco Shakedown hot rod show on windshield. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $7,000. Interesting that this 4-door had the old hot-rodder’s trick of a split manifold. Stated that it was a recent “barn find,” but not elaborated much from there—if there was actually much to learn from that. A done-on-the-cheap cruise-night special that sold very well. Sports Car Market


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VanDerBrink Auctions Hustisford, WI #1E-1950 FORD 8N tractor. S/N 345410. Gray & red/red vinyl. MHD. Odo: 49 miles. Professionally restored in recent years, with excellent prep and paint application overall. Reproduction decals, including vinyl lettering for the Ford script on the hood sides. Reproduction steering wheel, shift knob and shift boot. Modern Ford logo on removable seat cover. All four tires replaced during restoration. Lights right off and runs out well, but a bit rich. Optional power take-off, tachometer/ hour meter and Ferguson-style two-point hitch #10E-1951 MERCURY EIGHT custom 2-dr sedan. S/N 51SL20633M. Sheffield Green/green & gray broadcloth. Odo: 88,787 miles. 255-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Period modified by the Kennedy Brothers of Pomona, CA. Still on original California black plates. Lead sled tweaks include shaved door handles, hood, trunk; Frenched headlights; re-contoured front fascia; removing the bumper guards and extending the front grille; and modifying the rear bumper with a 1955 Pontiac bumper guard. Excellent repaint in recent years. Hood-tofender gaps wide. Vent windows delaminating. Retains original unmodified powertrain. inal sales invoice. Good trim-off repaint in recent years with some overspray. Claimed original Di-Noc wood panels are in superb condition. Simulated-wood border trim also quite good. Hood alignment not the best. Reupholstered seat inserts with good original bolsters and tops. Good older detailing in the engine bay, with a T-bird engine dress-up kit. Originally equipped with the 2-barrel 272 system. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $3,900. The 9N/8N/2N Ford tractors from 1939 through 1952 have been popular for decades with Ford car fans and “gentleman farmer” tractor collectors. Working farmers don’t really have time for them. The Ferguson System was one of several proprietary equipment systems competing with what became the industry standard three-point hitch system. N-series prices were around this level a dozen years ago but got very soft. Since then, they’ve started to move back up, so while this could be considered fully priced, it wasn’t silly money. #21E-1950 OLDSMOBILE 88 sedan. S/N 508M100389. Maroon/tan cloth. Odo: 72,580 miles. 304-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Sold on bill of sale. Heavily faded original paint. Minimal surface rust, but the structural rust makes up for it. Left front fender buckled. Trunk lid removed and lying by the car. Front and rear glass gone. Has most trim, but only the stainless is salvageable. Complete underhood ex- Authentic redone interior with minimal wear. Runs out well. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $26,000. While this was essentially unmodified under the hood, it’s still an iconic James Dean-style Merc by a noted builder. Bidding opened with $10k online; all bidders had boots on the ground from there on. Bought well enough to put some period speed parts on that flathead with the savings, or to flip as-is with more intensive and selective marketing. #13E-1953 FORD COUNTRY SQUIRE wagon. S/N B3LY144791. Glacial Blue/ brown & tan vinyl. Odo: 35,674 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Titled in California on its original 1953 black plates, last renewed in 2012. Retains original invoice from when it was sold new in San Francisco. Claimed generally original with actual miles. Repainted in recent years with simulated “woodgrain” brushstrokes. Well-refinished real wood trim. Chrome too nice for 62 years old. Excellent V8. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $30,000. Of the two Country Squires, this was the one I preferred, if for no other reason than the nice, original Di-Noc faux-wood panels. Then again, I’m just old enough to remember seeing ’55 Fords at the end of the used-car food chain when I was a kid, but not ’53s. Bidding started online at $21k, but the folks on-site easily outran the Web past $25k. Another example of a ’50s wagon pricing neck-in-neck with drop-tops. #20E-1956 FORD CUSTOMLINE se- dan. S/N U6GG101550. Red & white/gray & white vinyl. 272-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. No title, sold on bill of sale. Dead-sled parts donor. Original 272 V8 still in place. Generally solid body with structural rust in rockers and wheelwells. Heavily faded paint with spotty surface rust. Grille, radiator, left headlight assembly, hood trim, right rear door handle and dashboard have been pillaged. Front door panels tossed in the back seat. Front seat trashed. cept battery, but very rusty and weathered. Seats are intact, but heavily weathered. None of the tires match. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $700. Like the ’49 Caddy (Lot 19E), the only draw here is the early 1950s hot-ticket OhV V8, in this case the Rocket Eight. Not that great, but bidders did not hesitate to bid on this crate that will need lots of cash to resuscitate. 192 original interior showing light wear. Showquality detailing under the hood, very tidy undercarriage. Optional overdrive and power steering. Wouldn’t start due to old bad gas. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $37,500. Everyone else was drooling over this one, but the lame attempt at replicating the wood left me cold—especially since the repop Di-Noc is out there. Still, as a final-year flathead with low miles and California paperwork, it was going to do pretty good, and it did. #14E-1955 FORD COUNTRY SQUIRE wagon. S/N U5PY190689. Mountain Green & simulated wood/green vinyl. Odo: 91,600 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Retains the orig- Body tag is attached with bolts instead of rivets. Salvageable stainless trim, bumpers could be used as cores. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $600. Being a mid-level 4-door sedan, this is not cost-effective to restore. If it were a Fairlane convertible, it still would be difficult to get ahead on it. Best bet here is as a parts donor, and even at that, it sold strong enough. #15E-1956 MERCURY CUSTOM pha- eton 4-dr hard top. S/N 56ME66284. Light yellow & black/black & gray vinyl. Odo: 35,998 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed all original with actual miles. Excellent original paint with just enough light dings to be believable. Minimal pitting on the chrome. Good door fit. Door and glass seals just starting to show light cracking. Good interior; light Sports Car Market


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Rising Sun Three rarely seen Toyotas by Tony Piff (All text within quotes minimally edited from online descriptions) #221793744062. 1968 TOYOTA SPORTS 800 convertible. S/N 05178. 26,230 km. RHD. Flaking paint. Bumpers missing rubber overriders. Interior shabby, but seats are good. Looks rust-free. Manual transmission. Covered headlights. “Mechanically sound.” One of 3,131 built. Condition: 3. Three rarely seen Toyotas by Tony Piff (All text within quotes minimally edited from online descriptions) #221793744062. 1968 TOYOTA SPORTS 800 convertible. S/N 05178. 26,230 km. RHD. Flaking paint. Bumpers missing rubber overriders. Interior shabby, but seats are good. Looks rust-free. Manual transmission. Covered headlights. “Mechanically sound.” One of 3,131 built. Condition: 3. VanDerBrink VanDerBrink Auctions Hustisford, WI yellowing of seat piping and clock bezel. Despite a cleanup, the engine bay still has something of a grimy look to it from staining and light surface rust. Newer gas tank. Cond: them, ready to split in half. Interior vinyl mostly intact but heavily weathered due to the top not doing its job. Heavily weathered en- SOLD AT $59,500. Toyota’s first sports car, rival to the honda S-cars. These icons of Japanese nostalgia are rarely seen outside their homeland. Big price considering the lack of info, so I’m guessing the bidder went to the California showroom, did an inspection and was happy to pay. Seems like a smart long-term investment and would look great parked next to your 2000GT. eBay Motors, June 26, 2015. #261875360595. 1971 TOYOTA CROWN 2-dr hard top. S/N MS750001312. 47,101 miles. “Solid car, drives nice. One repaint in 1986. Interior very well preserved. Has the bigger 2.6-L engine. Located in British Columbia.” Condition: 3+. 3+. SOLD AT $17,000. Ah, the 1950s—when not only did cars with hard-top roofs have unique names, but different body styles with hard tops had their own unique names. “Phaeton” was only used on the 4-door hard tops introduced mid-1956—a direct salvo fired back at the Buick-Olds-Pontiac 4-door hard tops premiering a year before. A pretty nice preservation car, but still fully priced due to the four doors—lack of door posts and halfyear production notwithstanding. #300E-1960 FORD MODEL T child’s car. S/N N/A. Black/white vinyl/red vinyl. MHD. 1-cyl, 1-bbl. Wisconsin title, but s/n not found on car or disclosed. Powered by a rearmounted 3-horse Briggs & Stratton singlecylinder engine, which was not started over the course of the preview and auction—but it runs. Looks to have spent the past few decades in a shed and not used. Paint is dulling and has some light surface rust. Heavier paint chipping on the outboard edges of the fenders. Dull gine compartment with lots of leaf residue. Flattened-out Coors can used as an ad-hoc heat-riser block. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $518. Bought by a Proxybidder from North Carolina who I predict will be pissed once it arrives. however, it should be cheap enough to ship: hold it over a 55-gallon drum and shake. Even being a Corvair loony from the Rust Belt (or maybe because of it), I turned tail and ran as soon as I got the body tag info from CORSA’s database. #22E-1973 FORD BRONCO SUV. S/N U15GLS84559. Red/Parchment vinyl. Odo: 90,212 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Called a 1966, but the side-marker lights are a dead giveaway. So rusty that the old repaint is now the soundest structural component. Kludged old pop-riveted patch on the bottom of the tailgate now floating in air and jagged rust. Most glass broken out. Doors are tied shut; a good thing, since it would likely split in half if you opened them. Aftermarket hood pins are doing too good of a job, but the hood is so SOLD AT $17,990. The whale-esque “kujira” Crown was not well received, and the Crown moniker vanished from American roads and consciousness after 1971. With increasing interest Japanese classics, the kujira’s bold styling and hen’s-teeth rarity make it a true collectible — if you can find one. I was shocked to see this clean, running example sell under $30k. eBay Motors, May 10, 2015. #161734769482. 1980 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER EX5 turbo-diesel SUV. S/N LJ780006725. 106,110 km. LHD. “I would not hesitate to drive it anywhere. Zero leaks. $3,400 in recent work. Legally imported. I guarantee a clear Oregon title.” Condition: 3. brass (or brass tone) fittings. Painted wood spoke wheels. It would have to be a pretty small tyke to run this with the top up. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $1,200. Egelseer also had one that was a little rougher without a top or title. Sold within the price range for typical older pedal cars. Actually, could be a harder sell than a pedal car, since this one is a bit heavy to hang on a man-cave wall—where most end up. heaven forbid some kid actually rides or drives one in the 21st century... #25E-1966 CHEVROLET CORVAIR SOLD AT $8,622. Turbo-diesel Land Cruiser? Sign me up! Well bought, compared to a gray-market Land Rover, and maybe even more reliable… but that doesn’t mean you’ll find any parts for it. eBay Motors, June 21, 2015. ♦ 194 Monza convertible. S/N 105676W156986. Maroon/tan vinyl/maroon vinyl. Odo: 83,244 miles. 164-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Bill of sale, no title. Repaint doesn’t look all that bad. It’s even mostly shiny. Too bad that it covers up severe structural rust. The base of the windshield crunches when you push on it. Unable to open the doors, as the body is wedged into rusted you can see that the motor is generally complete. Sold on bill of sale. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $375. Egelseer told me that when he had the salvage yard, if one of these came in with power steering, it was pulled out and sold in less than a week. Seems that the setup is unique to the first-gen Bronco due to space under the hood. After I noted that Broncos are essentially “credit card restorations”—provided that you have a title and serial number, the rest can be bought—he stated, “Well, that’s another reason I won’t let it go with the title.” It was in such rough shape, he wanted it sold for parts only and kept off the road. #17E-1978 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL conversion. S/N 8Y81A806489. Diamond Fire Blue Metallic/blue vinyl/light blue leather. Odo: 35,388 miles. 460-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Modified from a stock Town Coupe by an authorized aftermarket converter. Has most Sports Car Market


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VanDerBrink Auctions Hustisford, WI documentation from when it was sold new in Aurora, IL, to the owner’s late husband (a friend of Mr. Egelseer). Original paint refinished as part of the conversion, now showing nicks on the door edges. Original interior with owner’s name engraved on a plaque. Headlight doors open up after the car shuts off, so it’s time to buy a fistful of brass vacuum Tfittings to replace the original cracked nylon 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Build# 1550. Claimed actual miles, and that this was an ASC demo car. Retains original repaint applied by ASC as part of the conversion process, complete with the mix code label. Has a few light scuffs and paint chips. Door fit is about as good as you’ll ever get on a Fox Body. Light interior wear and soiling. Regularly maintained under the hood, with a recent cleanup. Decals indicate a K&N air filter. ones (been there, done that). Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $16,500. Although this one doesn’t have any ID plates to confirm it, it seems in line with the build processes of Andy hotton’s Dearborn Steel Tubing. however, all of them used the 1971–72 Ford LTD top components, including the rear quarter-windows. The only car here to have a serious telephone bidder, trumping all of the multiple bidders here on site to get it. The unwound beaters trade for far less on eBay, and the nice ones usually quietly trade among LCOC members. This result doesn’t really surprise me, and if anything seems a touch light. #26E-1984 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS Ciera conversion. S/N 1G3AM27E1ED438919. Champagne metallic/black/maroon leather. Odo: 4,496 miles. 3-L fuel-injected V6, auto. Runs, drives, titled. Three round emblems stating “G.M.O. Limited Edition” are the main clue to the conversion shop that cut the top. The style of the top is almost like the contemporary Cadillac Eldo or Buick Riviera. Unibody reinforced with triangular tubular channel irons running from wheelwell to wheelwell, disguised as black rocker moldings. Faded original paint might buff out. Shod with 1993 Mustang GT wheels, but the original alloys with worn tires are included. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,400. When ASC did the conversions on these, they started with an LX coupe, not a convertible. Unlike today’s “V8s only in GTs” production edict, the LX package could be optioned with the GT’s 5.0 V8 with two or three pedals on the floor. Everyone here was asleep at the switch or didn’t have a clue about these, so some forwardthinking individual got a heckuva deal on one of the few cars from the ’80s with real investment potential. #28E-1992 CHRIS-CRAFT CONCEPT 187 fiberglass boat. White & aqua/aqua cloth/white & aqua vinyl. RHD. Powered by an OMC-prepped 4-bbl Ford H.O. 5.0 V8 with stern drive. 306 hours since new. Motor not started during the course of the auction or inspection time. Looks like a complete runner. Hull shows no cracks or damage; some sun fade and scuffing. Vinyl upholstery starting to show light sun fading and the odd seam split. Plastic deck carpet is serviceable. Wisconsin registration numbers and title, but VIN not disclosed. Comes with a weathered but func- Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ™ Baked-out plastic back window. Car starts right up and runs okay. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $1,100. I don’t know why anyone would want to make a drop top out of the front-drive Cutlass Ciera. A rear-drive Cutlass Supreme—especially a hurst/Olds or 442—would seem to be the one to do. At least it didn’t have a fake Continental kit hanging off the back. Double the price of one of these as a winter beater; call this one a summer beater. BEST BUY #16E-1988 FORD MUSTANG ASC McLaren convertible. S/N 1FABP40E7JF279491. Bright blue metal- lic/ blue cloth/gray leather. Odo: 25,622 miles. September 2015 tional EZ Loader boat trailer with hand-crank winch. No mention of seaworthiness. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $2,592. Every once in a while a Corvette-styled boat will turn up at auction. A boat for the Mustang set is far less common. This one seemed to have spent whole summers unattended and tied to a dock, but then again, I’m not a boat person. (I was in the Air Force, not the Navy.) I don’t even use a boat when I fish, since I prefer ice fishing. What I do know is boats are almost always a hole that floats that you shovel money into. Stated that the Egelseers “upgraded” boats, so this may not be as cheap as it seems. © Subscribe to SCM today and become a collector car insider www.sportscarmarket.com 195


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English 1963 Jaguar Mark 2 4-dr sedan canvas soft top and black Ever-Flex tonneau boot. Rust-free West Coast example, 4-speed, CWW, AM/ FM CD player, showing 14,933 miles, original example wtih mostly original paint, original leather interior and new canvas soft top. $79,500. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, 310.657.9699, Email: sales@heritageclassics.com Web: www.heritageclassics.com (CA) 1973 Jaguar E-type convertible S/N P220371. British Racing Green/Biscuit. 60,567 miles. I6, 4-spd manual. Overdrive-equipped example that looks, runs and drives very nicely. An excellent choice for those seeking an entry-level classic Jaguar. Featuring an attractive color combo, this Mark II would make a fantastic daily driver. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com Web: www.classicshowcase.com/ index.php/inventory/detail/479 (CA) 1965 Jaguar E-type 4.2 convertible Red/57 miles. 57 honest miles! 95% restored. (image shown not actual vehicle. For reference only.) $30,000. Contact Jerry, 239.293.8191, Email: pkite@me.com (FL) S/N 1S 22121. Teal Green/black leather. 53,000 miles. V12, 4-spd manual. Totally outrageous one-owner, low-mileage roadster. Special ordered in beautiful color combination with black soft top. Originally delivered to Leyland Motor Sales in New Orleans, LA. Purchased new at Baker Motor Co. on Peachtree Road in Atlanta, GA. $99,500 OBO. Contact Craig, C. Brody Investment Motorcars, 954.646.8819, Email: craigbrody@investmentmotorcars.net (FL) 1976 Aston Martin V8 coupe Red/black. Great driver. All matching-numbers car. Runs like a dream. Incredibly preserved, retaining its original charm and elegance. Rust-free, solid body panels and above-average paint job. Call for more pictures. $135,000 OBO. Contact Candice, 412.520.5323, Email: kittykamody@gmail.com (PA) 1967 Jaguar E-type convertible S/N 1E15193. Opalescent Maroon/black. 62,069 miles. I6, 4-spd manual. Highly original, numbersmatching, California black-plate XKE that was properly and professionally restored, along with a recent servicing by Jaguar professionals. Featuring a striking color combination, this roadster is complete and ready to be shown, driven and enjoyed today. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com Web: classicshowcase.com/ index.php/inventory/detail/483 (CA) 1969 Jaguar E-type Series II convertible Light blue w/ navy blue leather interior, navy blue 204 S/N SAJNX2749SC197498. Sea Green Metallic/magnolia. 61,000 miles. V6, 4-spd automatic. 4.0-L. Leather interior with wood accents, stunning color combination, black power soft top. Always garaged, excellent condition, fog lamps, cruise control, front air bags, electric seats. $10,500. Contact Coleman, 804.380.9028, Email: tinkerhorse14@gmail.com (VA) V8, automatic. Black with black leather interior and gray headliner, gorgeous fully European specified model with only 54,691 original kilometers. Equipped with automatic transmission, a/c, driving lights, factory alloy wheels, AM/FM cassette player, very nicely detailed engine bay, tools, jack, original handbook and sales brochure. In excellent condition throughout. $118,500. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, 310.657.9699, Email: sales@heritageclassics.com Web: www.heritageclassics.com (CA) 1995 Jaguar XJS convertible 1957 Porsche 356 replica speedster S/N 10704412015437. Silver metallic/black. 130,468 miles. V8, 4-spd automatic. Every option, rare black hard top, black wheel covers, fitted with indestructible M-B 117 V8 4,520-cc/190-hp, Bosch fuel-injected engine. Second owner since 1978, meticulously maintained, with service records. Outstanding condition: body, interior and mechanicals. Hero car from the film “True Colors.” $18,500. Contact Annie, 804.380.9028, Email: tinkerhorse14@gmail.com (VA) White/blue. 6,500 miles. I4, 4-spd manual. Pristine condition, 1957 speedster re-creation built by Beck, 1,915-cc CB Performance engine, dual Weber 44 IDFs, 120 hp, beautiful exterior and leather interior. Built from the ground up with all new parts, 3-inch tubular chassis. Love the iconic speedster design but don’t have $300k to spend? Then buy this great replica that you can drive and enjoy. $29,950 OBO. Contact Robert, 918.504.7381, Email: rreardon44@ att.net (OK) 1966 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia coupe 1981 BMW M1 German Collector Car Restoration Services coupe Silver & black/gray. 32,000 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Looks stock on the outside. All custom inside. 350 motor/350 trans. TCI front end, TCI power rack, 10-bolt rear, Edelbrock carb and intake, a/c, custom interior, custom paint, Alpine stereo, custom wheels, Evans coolant, electric fan, battery in trunk and more. Very fast and handles like a dream. $39,000. Contact Frank, 760.464.6728, Email: ftonne@live. ca (CA) German 1957 Messerschmitt KR200 bubbletop French 1950 Citroën 11B custom 4-dr sedan blue interior and top. Floor shift automatic, a/c. 86k original miles. Very rare. Runs as good as it looks. Mint. $79,900. Contact Alvin, 201.567.7224, (NJ) 1974 BMW 2002tii coupe S/N 2736578. Atlantik Blue/Heilgrau. 150,000 miles. I4, 5-spd manual. Euro-market model with chrome bumpers. Rare Atlantik Blue/Heilgrau vinyl interior. Recaros. Recent cosmetic and mechanical refresh with new paint, trim and seals. Major mechanical service including pump and HVAC. All work done by knowledgeable marque specialists. Handsome example, excellent car. Many pics available. $43,500 OBO. Contact Peter, 310.849.8696, Email: coupeking@ aol.com Web: www.coupeking.com (CA) 1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SL convertible This beautiful BMW M1 is just one of the restorations The Werk Shop has completed throughout the years. Our restorations are considered to be some of the finest in the world, garnering many best-in-class/ show trophies. Please contact us if you’d like help finding your next project car. BMW - Porsche - Mercedes The Werk Shop, 847.295.3200, Email: mike@ thewerkshop.com Web: www.thewerkshop.com S/N 146164144. Sea Blue & two-tone Cumulus White top/Platinum leatherette. 54,300 miles. H4, 4-spd manual. Mostly one-owner Southwest survivor with only 54k original miles. Recent sympathetic restoration on body, removing rust. Never hit. Incredibly straight body. Original panels. Original glass. Original interior. Numbers-matching 1,300-cc engine. Mechanicals completely sorted. Ready for show or touring. Video available. Contact Paul, AutoKennel, 714.335.4911, Email: paul@autokennel.com Web: www.autokennel.com (CA) 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SE convertible 1983 Porsche 930 Turbo coupe S/N 11102312088130. 86,000 miles. White with S/N WPOZZZ93ZDS000814. Guards Red/black. 33,400 miles. H6, 4-spd manual. One of only 1,015 built to German spec, with a mere 33,454 original miles. Striking color combo of Guards Red with black interior, also includes a host of desirable options such as factory sport seats, a/c and a power sunroof. Includes a Porsche COA. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: webmaster@classicshowcase. com Web: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/ detail/457 (CA) Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery 1988 Porsche 911 cabriolet Japanese 1994 Acura Integra coupe American 1954 Chevrolet Corvette roadster 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Export Fuel-Injected Tanker coupe S/N WPOEB0914JS170539. Black/black Leather. 77,000 miles. V6, 5-spd automatic. A gorgeous car, delivered new to its first owner in California. Its window sticker has a list of $56,172. 3.2-liter motor w/214 hp, power windows, power door locks, cold factory a/c and fantastic G-50 5-speed transmission. It is all original including its paintwork, top and interior. $49,995 OBO. Contact Craig, C. Brody Investment Motorcars, 954.646.8819, Email: craigbrody@investmentmotorcars.net Web: www. investmentmotorcars.net (FL) 5-speed, a/c. 31k actual miles. 100% original, virtually a new car. Always garaged, never damaged. Two careful, mature owners. Looks, runs, drives and smells like new, interior spotless. $7900. Ron in California 831-336-2128 $7,900. Contact Ron, 831.336.2128, Email: randb1006@gmail.com (CA) S/N E54S001147. Polo White/red vinyl. 2,335 miles. I6, 2-spd automatic. Known as the “Entombed” Corvette removed from a brick vault in Maine after 28 years. It is 100% original, untouched with only 2,335 miles on it from new. Voted The “oldest, lowest-mile and most original Corvette in the world” at the 1997 Bloomington Gold event. $119,500 OBO. Contact Craig, C. Brody Investment Motorcars, 954.646.8819, Email: craigbrody@investmentmotorcars.net Web: www.investmentmotorcars.net (FL) 1959 Chevrolet Corvette convertible S/N 194375S110192. Tuxedo Black/black. 4-spd manual. Bloomington Gold Special Collection and NCRS Duntov award. $450,000. Contact Terry, ProTeam Classic Corvettes, Email: terry@proteamcorvette.com Web: https://www.proteamcorvette. com/Corvette-1965-1021E/1021E.html (OH) 1967 Chevrolet Corvette coupe S/N J59S104983. Classic Cream (1 of 223)/black. Other, 4-spd automatic. Impeccable! NCRS Top Flight. $160,000. Contact Terry, ProTeam Classic Corvettes, Email: terry@proteamcorvette.com Web: https://www.proteamcorvette.com/Corvette1957-1004G/1004G.html (OH) 1960 Chevrolet Corvette convertible S/N 194377S119262. Goodwood Green/Saddle Tan. 14,870 miles. 4-spd manual. 435hp. 14,870 actual miles. Bloomington Gold and NCRS Duntov award. $200,000. Contact Terry, ProTeam Classic Corvettes, Email: terry@proteamcorvette.com Web: https://www.proteamcorvette.com/Corvette1967-1007G/1007G.html (OH) 1972 Chevrolet Cheyenne pickup S/N 00867S101940. Tasco Turquoise/Turquoise. 4spd manual. 270 hp. Impeccable. $160,000. Contact Terry, ProTeam Classic Corvettes, Email: terry@ proteamcorvette.com Web: https://www.proteamcorvette.com/Corvette-1960-1002G/1002G.html (OH) 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/340-hp Split-Window coupe Time capsule, all-original. Meticulously maintained, fully documented from new. All options including a/c. 60k miles. Expensive. Contact Matt, deGarmo Ltd. Classic Motorcars, 203.852.1670, Email: matt@ deGarmoLtd.com Web: deGarmoLtd.com (CT) 1973 Chevrolet Corvette coupe S/N 30837S102047. Saddle Tan/Saddle Tan. 4-spd manual. Body-off restored. Jewelry! $169,000. Contact Terry, ProTeam Classic Corvettes, Email: terry@proteamcorvette.com Web: https://www. proteamcorvette.com/Corvette-1963-1056F/1056F. html (OH) S/N 1Z37Z3S405849. White/tan. 95,773 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. T-top, matching numbers, build sheet, records, invoices, owner’s manual, 454-ci. Power options: p/s, p/b, a/c, p/w. Other options: tilt-tele steering column, alarm. Excellent overall condition, runs and drives well. $24,900. Contact Chuck, Central Classic Cars, 419.618.3855, Email: chuckputsch@ hotmail.com Web: centralclassiccars.com (OH) © 206 Sports Car Market


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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) Auctions America. 877.906.2437. Auctions America specializes in the sale of American classics, European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods and customs. The company boasts an expert team of specialists, who offer 180 years combined experience buying, selling, racing and restoring collector vehicles, making them uniquely qualified to advise on all aspects of the hobby. www.auctionsamerica.com. (IN) JR-Auctions. A Wyoming-based company, founded by Robert A. Tybor, entrepreneur/businessman and Jeff Davi, Entrepreneur/ Real-Estate Broker. JR-Auctions will be hosting its first live/virtual Monterey Plaza Hotel classic Auto/Yacht Auction in Aug, 2015 overlooking the beautiful Monterey Bay. For more information please visit our website jr-auctions.com or call to 844-572-8867. Accepting Consignments-please register online. You don’t want to miss it. 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! 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) Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942. Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later Leake has sold over 34,000 cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Recently they have been featured on several episodes of three different reality TV series — Fast N Loud on Discovery, Dallas Car Sharks on Velocity and The Car Chasers on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com (OK) Carlisle Collector Car Auctions. 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) 717.243.7855. 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle, PA 17013. Spring and Fall Auctions. High-line cars cross the block. Hundreds of muscle cars, antique, collector, and special-interest cars, trucks and motorcycles. Real Cars. Real Prices. www.carlisleauctions.com. (PA) Petersen Auction Group of 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 Lucky Collector Car Auctions. Dan Kruse Classics is a family- 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) 888.672.0020. Lucky Collector Car 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) 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 70-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) RM Sotheby’s. 800.211.4371. RM Motostalgia. 512.813.0636. 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 FOLLOW SCM Hollywood Wheels Auctions & Shows 800.237.8954. Hosting two auctions a year in beautiful Palm Beach, FL, March & December. Offering quality collector cars and personalized service, all in a climate-controlled, 210 Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290. 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Sports Car Market Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960. 310.899.0930. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, award-winning examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues. Our team of well-qualified experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the official auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, the recordsetting Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) A premier international collector car auction house offering the rarest and finest automobiles on the world market. Motostalgia publishes a full photographic catalog presenting and documenting professional descriptions and provenance. Motostalgia’s diverse automotive experts offer bidders and consigners alike an accurate understanding of the global automotive market. With venues that parallel the most exciting automotive events like the U.S. Grand Prix and Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance, Motostalgia offers an upscale experience that not only showcases the most collectable cars, but also provides a unique and exciting social environment that is befitting of the rarest and finest automobiles. www.motostalgia.com email: info@motostalgia.com facebook.com/Motostalgia Twitter: @Motostalgia Sotheby’s is the world’s largest collector car auction house for investmentquality automobiles. With 35 years’ experience, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private treaty sales and auctions, coupled with the industry’s largest expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. www.rmsothebys.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 three record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in June; Monterey, CA, every August, and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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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) 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 CAR ART, INC. www.CarArt.us Silverstone Auctions is a world- class, specialist auction house for the sale of classic cars, modern supercars, all types of competition cars, modern and historic motorcycles as well as automotive memorabilia. If you are a buyer or seller Silverstone is the classic vehicle auction house for you. www.silverstoneauctions.com (U.K.) 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 website for locations and service descriptions. www.autoappraisal.com. 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. Worldwide is unique in having owners who are also our chief auctioneers, so you deal directly with the auctioneer, and we are wholly invested in achieving the best result for you. Our auctions are catalogue-based, offering a limited number of higher-end consignments, with an emphasis on quality rather than volume. (We don’t limit ourselves to only selling the most expensive cars in the world, but do ensure that every car we consign is the very best of its type.) 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 Cosmopolitan 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 you seek. “We covet the rare and unusual, whether pedigreed or proletarian”. www.cosmopolitanmotors.com (WA) We are your one-stop shop for the World’s Finest Automotive Art. Choose from 1,300 artworks of 130 marques by 80 renowned fine artists, car designers and photographers. “Whether your preference is European sports and racing cars, American muscle or pre-war classics, you’ll find what you’re looking for.” — SCM. Founded in 2002 by Peter Aylett after 25 years in car design with Ford, GM, Lotus, Mercedes, Mazda and Nissan. Contact Peter at info@carart.us or call 949-433-0500 (CA) 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). Auto Kennel. 714.335.4911. Imag- ine if you had the best of the best market your car for sale. Jesse Alexander taking all the photographs. Lee Iacocca working with buyers. Keith Martin introducing you to the right car clubs. Well, the father and son team of AutoKennel do just that for all their clients. Paul and Ed Kramer, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. www.autokennel.com (CA) collection valuations. www.motostalgia.com email: info@motostalgia.com facebook.com/Motostalgia Twitter: @Motostalgia Automobilia inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters.com. Buy/Sell/General Automotive Restorations. 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 Celebrate your ownership experiGooding & 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) 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 website for online store, new arrivals, tech tips, and special offers. www.centerlinealfa.com. (CO) Motostalgia. 512.813.0636. A premier international collector car auction house and professional appraisal company. Motostalgia’s diverse and multilingual automotive experts offer collectors and investors alike an accurate understanding of the global and domestic automotive market. Motostalgia’s international offices have the capability of appraising collector cars around the globe. With decades of global collector car market knowledge our experts can accurately value your most prized automobiles, ranging from a single pre-purchase appraisal to full September 2015 ence! Automotive designer & illustrator, Steve Anderson is a specialist in the creation of owner-specified, fineart illustrations. Each original piece is hand crafted to portray the exact specification of individual automobiles and 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) 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. Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the 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-ofthe-line models to project 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) Charles Prince Classic Cars. Based in London, we are specialists in the finest historic motorcars and in contact with dealers and collectors from around the world. We offer the best advice and service in the collector car field. Int T: (0)798 5988070 or email: sales@ charlesprinceclassiccars.com www.charlesprinceclassiccars.com. 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 Checker Motor Cars. At Checker Motor Cars we have a passion for cars, not only CHECKERS, but all cars. We are fanatic about automobile history 211


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. and that drives our passion to restore history and art. Sales, Parts, Service and Restorations for Checker Automobiles. www.checkermotorcars.com (MA) DeLorean Motor Company. Classic Assets Motor Sports Cen- 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 supercars. Our business is buying and selling classic, collectible motorcars. We are considered to be the go-to resource for collector cars in San Diego. We are constantly seeking new additions. Top quality, collectible 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) 239.495.8550. The first franchise of the new DeLorean Motor Company. Celebrating our 10th year in business we are the South Eastern United States exclusive source for DeLorean Sales, Service, Restoration and Parts. We have the largest selection of DeLoreans for sale in the world numbering 20 or more at any time and stock a full parts inventory. www.dmcflorida.com 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) Mohr Imports, Classic and Sports Car Brokers. 831.373.3131. Mohr Imports Inc., of Monterey, California, pleased to be serving the collector car community for the past 30 years. Our goal is to present and represent your car in the very best way possible. We specialize in European classics, visit us at www.MohrImports.com. (CA) The Stables Automotive Group. 480.699.3095. Arizona’s finest facility for automotive management and concierge services offers show car preparation, auction representation, storage and transportation. Single or multi-car collections are welcome in our climatecontrolled 20,000 sq. ft. facility located in Scottsdale’s Airpark, near January’s auction scene. Stop by and meet the owners, Steve and Chris, they’re on site every day. www.stablesgroup.com Gullwing Motor Cars stocks more 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 and pickup. 718.545.0500. www.gullwingmotorcars.com Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history and helping collectors obtain, restore and sell classic vehicles. Our world class facility houses 3 showrooms of cars and department specialty areas to perform all facets of restoration under one roof. Let our team, of professional craftsmen and specialists make your classic car vision a reality. www.classicshowcase. com. (CA) Motorcar Portfolio, LLC. 330.453.8900. Motorcar Portfolio, LLC. 330.453.8900. Buy, sell, trade, auction of affordable antique, classic, collector vehicles. Bob Lichty offers over 40 years experience in the classic car industry. Motorcar Portfolio, LLC. has been serving NE Ohio and the world since 2004. Let us help with your needs. See our current inventory at our web site. www.motorcarportfolio.com (OH) Heritage Classics Motorcar ComCopley Motorcars. 781.444.4646. Specializing in unique and hard-to-find classics and sports cars. We only sell cars we love ourselves, and deal in a limited number of models. Before delivery to you, all of our classics, including Defenders, are fully inspected and serviced by one of two expert shops. We are located in Needham, MA. copleycars@gmail.com, www.copleymotorcars.com (MA) Passport Transport. 800.736.0575. Hyman Ltd Classic Cars. Cosmopolitan Motors, LLC. 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) 314.524.6000. One of the largest inventories of vintage cars in the world. Please visit our website often, www.hymanltd.com to see our current stock. Hyman Ltd Classic Cars, 2310 Chaffee Drive, St. Louis, MO. 63146 314-524-6000 sales@hymanltd.com ProTeamCorvette.com. Corvettes: 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 212 1953–1982. Over 10,000 sold since 1971! Money-back guarantee. Worldwide transportation. Z06s, L88s, L89s, LS6s, ZR2s, ZR1s, LT1s, COPOs, Fuelies, Special 425s/435s/RPOs. Call toll free 888.592.5086 or call 419.592.5086. Fax 419.592.4242, email: terry@proteamcorvette.com or visit our website: www.ProTeamCorvette.com. ProTeam Corvette Sales, 1410 N. Scott St., Napoleon, OH 43545. Special Corvettes wanted at CorvettesWanted.com! NCRS Member #136. 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. 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 Vintage Motors of Sarasota. 941.355.6500. Established in 1989, offering high-quality collector cars to the most discerning collectors. Vintage’s specialized services include sales, acquisitions and consignment of high-quality European and American collector and sports cars. Always buying individual cars or entire collections. Visit our large showroom with 75+ examples in the beautiful museum district of tropical Sarasota, FL. www.vintagemotorssarasota.com (FL) 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) Woodies USA. 949.922.7707, 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. 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English Chubb Collector Car Insurance. Reliable Carriers, Inc. 877.744.7889. As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United 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 Collection Management Grundy Worldwide. 888.647.8639. Carficionado Collection Manage- ment GmbH. Florian Seidl of Carficionado has been discreetly consulting to car collectors worldwide since 2002. We specialize in: • Collection Building • Collection Management • Investment Guidance • Restoration Supervision • Researching your car’s pedigree • Event Organization • Insurance • Experienced in coordination with trusts, family offices and institutional investors • Exceptional global market KnowHow • Proven track record including world record sales & Pebble Beach class wins for our clients Carficionado manages your valuable classic car collection with German precision. Contact us +49 89 82030682 pr@carficionado.com www.carficionado.com Collector Car Insurance 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) 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) 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) 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) Welsh Enterprises, Inc. 800.875.5247. Jaguar parts for models 1949–presen. www.welshent.com (OH) Events—Concours, Car Shows Hilton Head Island Motoring FesHagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. 800.922.4050. is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com. (MI) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. Classic Showcase has been an industry leader in the restoration, service and sale of classic Jaguars, and most other fine British automobiles. From sports cars to luxury sedans, our world-class restoration facility and highly skilled team are ready to assist your needs with acquiring the perfect British classic today! 760.758.6100. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) tival. The South; a place where tea is sweet, people are darlin’, moss is Spanish and, come autumn, cars are plentiful. This fall, HHI Motoring Festival returns to the towns of Savannah, GA and Hilton Head Island, SC. Join us this fall - October 23rd to November 1st - in the land of southern hospitality. To purchase tickets or for more information visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com. Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini Carobu Engineering. 949.722.9307. Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse 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. E-Type UK USA. An international Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173. We understand the passion and needs of the classic-car owner; agreed value, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and paying by credit card. We provide classic car insurance at rates people can afford! Instant quotes at www.heacockclassic.com. (FL) specialist Jaguar E-type restoration and sales organisation with offices in both the U.K. and USA. E-Type UK USA are proud to announce the impending opening of their newly refurbished purpose built E-type showrooms and workshops designed to provide their USA clients with a real test of this famous English sports car. USA +1 805.267.6795 harry@etypeukusa.com www.etypeukusa.com 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. Fourintune Garages Inc. 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. September 2015 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) 410.517.1681. The Mid-Atlantic’s premier facility for the maintenance, repair, and light restoration of exotic Italian and fine European automobiles. Having gained the trust of the exoticcar community, we are known for our proficiency and workmanship. We host the annual Vintage Ferrari All Italian Car Event each May, and you are cordially invited to attend. Visit our website for more information about our shop, and see photos of past events. www.RMCCAR.com. FOLLOW SCM 213


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Finance 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 Porsche of Bend. 800.842.1584. 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 five minutes! 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) 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 dC Automotive. 800-549-2410. We 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. have the largest indoor Recycling Facility for Porsches in the U.S. We specialize in used rebuilt and new parts for Porsche cars. Including all models of the 911, 912, Carrera and Turbo, 944 16 valve S, 924S, 951, 944 Turbo, 914-4, 914-6 Boxster, 968, Cayenne,928, 928S, 928 S4 Vintage parts a specialty. We have an extensive inventory including used Porsche engines, transmissions, fuchs wheels, seats, brake upgrades, interior trim and suspension. No part is too small. We are a God-owned family business serving the Porsche community for over 25 years. www.dcauto.com 252-955-0110 (text) 252-977-1430 int’l Leasing LeMay—America’s Car Museum Premier Financial Services is the 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) celebrates America’s love affair with the automobile. Named the Best Museum in Western Washington, the four-level, 165,000 sq. ft. museum features 12 rotating exhibits and 300 cars, trucks and motorcycles on display. ACM includes a 3.5-acre show field, State Farm Theatre, Classics Café, banquet hall and meeting facilities and offers a majestic view above Commencement Bay. For more information, visit www.lemaymuseum.org. LeMay – America’s Car Museum 2702 E D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421 877.902.8490 (toll free) info@lemaymuseum.org www.lemaymuseum.org. (WA) Parts, Accessories & Car Care Baldhead Cabinets. 877.966.2253. Woodside Credit. When financing your classic or collector car, Woodside Credit is all about performance. We offer THE LOWEST PAYMENTS IN AMERICA! and provide our clients with fast, friendly and professional service. For over a decade, Woodside has been recognized as the leading lender in the classic and collector car market and is exclusively endorsed by Barrett-Jackson. Apply online at woodsidecredit.com or call 888-354-3982. German 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) Import/Export Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. Cosdel International Transportation. 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 and 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) 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 SpeedFurniture.com. The SL Market Letter. Ferrari & Maserati of Seattle. 206.329.7070. Family owned and operated, Ferrari of Seattle is Washington 214 612.567.0234. 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 844-GO-SPEED. Racing-Inspired Furniture, Ergonomic Racing Office Chairs, Streamlined Automotive Desks, Bar sets, Lounge Chairs, Bookcases, Tables & Accessories! Experience the highest quality custom furniture Sports Car Market For over 30 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, 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 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. 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. 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available. Designed by award-winning Designer Henri Lenterman. Using cutting-edge European design and style. Offering Affordable Automotive Furniture backed by a Lifetime Guarantee. Manufactured using the highest-quality materials & components. Now available with custom embroidery! Email: SpeedFurniture@yahoo.com Website: www.SpeedFurniture.com pert 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. using the best harness leather from tanneries located in the USA. www.DRESSERLEATHERS.com The world’s largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership is not required. Monthly magazine. Email: jim@jwfrestoration.com (OR) Exoticars USA. 908.996.4889, Wil Classic Restoration. 303.761.1245, 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 worldwide 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 Classic Restoration by Country Club Auto, located in Colorado, is a large facility that offers world-class restoration, repair and fabrication services. Highly organized, fiscally responsible and providing 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) de Groot’s Exoticars USA has serviced and restored Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini in the NJ, PA, NY region since 1979. We’re passionate about keeping your car fast, reliable, beautiful and authentic. Our mechanical, paint/ body, electronic, machining and fabricating work is unsurpassed and awardwinning. We have specialized equipment and knowledge to service newer and vintage models and everything in between. www.exoticars-usa.com. (NJ) 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) 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) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history by creating driver, show/driver, show, and preservation level restorations for collectors worldwide. Our world-class facilities consist of a team of passionate and dedicated craftsman who are ready to perform either factory standards or performance/ modified upgrades. Visit our website or call us to discuss your project today. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) Hahn - Vorbach & Associates 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 and attention to detail we have come to be known for in all we produce. See much more on the Web at www.automotiverestorations.com D. L. George Historic Motorcars. 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) 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 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) Suixtil USA. 855.784.9845. Suixtil- USA is the premier retailer for fine menswear inspired by auto racing heritage. The Suixtil racing uniforms have been worn by many Formula One racing heroes including Juan Manuel Fangio. Built for Speed, Styled for Passion, Made for Gentlemen. For more information, shop online at www.suixtil-usa. com, call 1-855-SUIXTIL (784-9845), or email sales@suixtil-usa.com. Volante Classics. 978.447.1669. At High Mountain Classics. Dresser Leathers. 201.889.7168. Brighton Motorsports. 480.483.4682. Authorized Morgan 3-Wheeler Dealer and repair, and ex- September 2015 Your source for vintage leather reproductions. Specializing in accurate reproduction of leather mirror/tire straps, luggage tie-downs and handles as well as custom leather accessories for the collector car investor. Service includes full buckle inspection, hand and machine polishing, dimensions measured to 1/32nd inch of original 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 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. Volante Classics we rebuild notable European classic cars. What sets us apart is our master craftsman, Roberto Donati, who learned to reshape contours, reconstruct panels, and recreate beauty while he was a young man in Italy. Under his father’s and grandfather’s mindful tutelage, Roberto dedicated his life to coachwork. More than the craft itself, Roberto saw and felt the passion with which his father toiled. He came to America to perfect his art, working at one of the most prestigious firms for more than a decade. Only those who live and feel that same passion, and possess the highest degree of skill, can reach his level of excellence. Only they can restore the essence of a classic machine. www.volanteclassics.com © 215


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Carl Bomstead eWatch Flipping Valuable Handbags for Car Cash A Hermés Birkin bag with a diamond-encrusted clasp was sold for $222,942 — serious Packard money Thought Carl’s Christie’s, at their June Hong Kong sale, sold the most expensive handbag ever sold at auction. The Hermés Birkin bag with a diamond-encrusted clasp, which was made just last year, was sold to a phone bidder for $222,942. Now, I’m not really not into handbags, but I live with someone who is, so I just might sneak a peek into that section of her closet to see if there’s a nice one in the corner that can be turned into a Packard — or at least a cool sign. Here are a few we found as we wandered around in cyberspace: STRAWSER AUCTIONS, LOT 318A—RACINE TIRES DIE-CUT TIN FLANGE SIGN. Number of Bids: 18. SOLD AT: $3,480 including 15% premium. Date: 5/20/2015. This very desirable sign was not in the best of condition, but it is one of the few cases where buying a marginal example until a better one comes along makes sense. The back side of the sign was a few grades worse, and signs with a blue background never seem to age well. Was all the money considering the condition. THE WORLD PORCELAIN NEON SIGN. Number of Bids: 21. NOT SOLD AT: $45,655. Date: 6/5/2015. This six-foot, double-sided porcelain and neon sign was in exceptional condition, with no noticeable dings on the body of the sign. It is one of the most desirable automotive signs, and a single-sided version sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Ron Pratte January sale for $25,300. Based on that sale, a case can be made that this one was worth another five grand or so, but something like “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” comes to mind. globe swiveled on the base, and there were four Fords on a ring around the globe. An attractive piece, but it is hard to believe the seller would pass on the memory of his relative for a few bucks. EBAY #151607420290—1929 KETCHIKAN, ALASKA, LICENSE PLATE. Number of Bids: 26. SOLD AT: $1,944.29. Date: 3/9/2015. The Territory of Alaska first issued license plates in 1921, but the major cities also required their own plates that were displayed on the front bumper. This plate, from the city of Ketchikan, was in exceptional condition with only a minor rub on the numbers. Early Alaska plates are rather scarce. In decent condition, they bring the money — as was the case here. 1928 MITCHELIN BIBENDUM AIR COMPRESSOR. Number of Bids: 24. SOLD AT: $1,125. Date: 4/11/2015. Bibendum was introduced in 1894, and he continues to be one of the world’s best-known logos. He appears on a couple of different compressors, and this smaller version is rather common. Problem here is the condition. These items lose a lot of character when repainted, but there is not much choice here. Another, in much better condition, sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Ron Pratte sale in January for $2,300, and it was well worth the premium. EBAY #121623954269— EBAY #151713310792— EBAY #141677735582— CADILLAC STANDARD OF 1937 FORD WORLD GLOBE SALES AWARD. Number of Bids: 6. SOLD AT: $2,425. Date: 6/23/2015. This very attractive Art Deco sales award was presented to the seller’s great-uncle for his achievements in Ford’s Buffalo District sales contest in 1938. The 10-pound EBAY #381216103802— 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 $75 for 12 monthly issues in the U.S., $105 Canada/Mexico, Europe $135, Asia/Africa/Middle East $135. 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. 218 FOUR VINTAGE ALFA ROMEO WRENCHES WITH PATCH. Number of Bids:16. SOLD AT: $293. Date: 4/20/2015. These wrenches all had “Alfa Romeo” embossed on the surface, so there was no question as to their origin. The patch was a throw-in. Can’t help but think they would be cool framed and displayed with a collection of period Alfa Romeos. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market