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Sports Car Market PROFILES Keith Martin’s JOIN US The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Subscribe! December 2014 . Volume 26 . Number 12 FERRARI This Month’s Market Movers Up Close by Steve Ahlgrim 56 ENGLISH AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why by Stephen Serio 58 198 Vehicles Rated at Eight Sales RM AUCTIONS 74 84 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi Berlinetta Boxer $317,294 / RM Pricey, but this was the BBi to stretch for ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne 60 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Coupe $205,308 / RM A bedraggled orphan finds a home GERMAN by Thor Thorson 64 106 114 1954 Pegaso Z-102 Cabriolet $990,000 / Gooding & Company A rare intro to grand touring that’s less expensive than a Gullwing or BMW 507 AMERICAN 1993 Porsche 911 Type 964 Carrera RSR 3.8-Liter Competition Coupe $729,662 / Bonhams The last of the great air-cooled Porsches by Carl Bomstead 66 RACE by Paul Hardiman 68 128 94 London, U.K.: 69 lots out of 80 change hands for $36m total, including a 1956 Ferrari 250 GT TdF at $8.1m — Paul Hardiman AUCTIONS AMERICA Auburn, IN: 1,046 cars cross the block at Auburn Fall, 715 sell, and sales total $25.5m — Kevin Coakley BONHAMS Beaulieu, U.K.: The quirky and the historic reign together at the Beaulieu Autojumble, with 100 of 123 cars making $5.2m — Paul Hardiman RM AUCTIONS Plymouth, MI: 60 of 78 cars bring $7.4m in “Motor City” — Kevin Coakley WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS Auburn, IN: Big Classics make $6m, with 73 of 84 lots sold — Bob DeKorne ROUNDUP Highlights from Auctions America in Burbank, CA; Silver in Shelton, WA; and Lucky in Tacoma, WA — Victor Van Tress, Jack Tockston 1911 Mercer Type 35R Raceabout $2,530,000 / RM The oldest one known, and a valuable car for more than a century 8 1936 Lagonda LG45R Rapide Sports-Racing Two-Seater $2,547,729 / Bonhams A 50% price gain in six years for historic racer Cover photo: 1993 Porsche 911 Type 964 Carrera RSR 3.8-liter competition coupe; Simon Clay, courtesy of Bonhams Sports Car Market


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52 Pacific Northwest Concours d’Elegance COLUMNS 12 Shifting Gears How a 1964 Volvo 1800S joined the SCM collection — when I was not really looking to buy a car at all Keith Martin 32 Affordable Classic The Ferrari 246 Dino and 1967–70 Toyota 2000GT were once Affordable Classics — but no longer Jeff Zurschmeide 36 Collecting Thoughts Abarth’s remarkable, “Nickel Rocket” cars won — or self-destructed — in races Miles Collier 38 Legal Files Are you buying and selling lots of cars? There are big pros and big cons to becoming a dealer John Draneas 40 Simon Says Great Britain’s September is packed with amazing car shows, concours, auctions — and serious history Simon Kidston 62 The Cumberford Perspective The Pegaso Z-102 is beautiful to drive — but a disaster to the eyes Robert Cumberford 158 eWatch Belka and Strelka’s cosmo-dog spacesuit brings an out-of-thisworld $18k Carl Bomstead FEATURES 44 Beaulieu Autojumble: The U.K.’s biggest swapmeet 46 2014 Elegance at Hershey: Upscale-but-casual fun under sunny skies 10 Sports Car Market 50 Chantilly Concours: The inaugural Chantilly Arts & Elegance: First time is the charm at this French concours d’elegance 52 2014 Pacific Northwest Concours: 50 Years of Mustangs on the LeMay-America’s Car Museum show field DEPARTMENTS 16 Auction Calendar 16 Crossing the Block 20 Concours and Events: The Essen Motor Show, Le Jog, and Auto Retro 22 Contributors: Get to know our writers 24 You Write, We Read: “Tanks but no tanks” 26 Display Advertisers Index 28 Time Pieces: Grand Seiko Spring Drive Watches 28 Neat Stuff: The ultimate pocket flashlight and a Prancing Horse “magazine bag” 30 In Miniature: 1966/1967 Ferrari 365 California Spyder 30 Speaking Volumes: MotorBinder: Classic Photographs from the Golden Age of Motor Racing 88 Rising Sun: Recent sales of Japanese cars — at land auctions! 102 Glovebox Notes: 2015 Audi A3 2.0T Quattro S-tronic sedan 120 Fresh Meat: 2014 Maserati Ghibli S Q4, 2014 Bentley Continental GTC V8, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Hennessey HPE 700 convertible 121 Driven: 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C 144 Mystery Photo: “Damn, he sprung for the towel-bar option!” 144 Comments with Your Renewal: “As a longtime sports car owner, driver and collector, I view your magazine as essential reading” 148 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 152 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs Jack Tockston


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin I’m Not Really Looking, But… In April of this year, I very publicly declared that I had stopped buying cars The Swedish moment Our having a vintage Volvo is not completely unexpected. I’ve had a variety of Volvos over the years — for reasons that remain unknown even to me. The Volvos include a 544, an 1800ES estate wagon and a 122S that used to belong to a sex therapist in Portland. After I sold the ES, I put out the word that I wasn’t really looking for a 122S, but if a good one came along… Soon enough, I got an email from Jim Perry, who races an 1800S and is the retired dean and campus executive officer of the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley. He had built a 122S for himself, and he said it was in top-notch condition all the way around. What particularly attracted me was that it had been sold new with dealer-installed a/c, which still blew cold. I bought it, had Perry install a D-type overdrive unit I sourced from Horn, and had the car shipped to Portland from Wisconsin. It already had Bilsteins and an IPD front bar. I sourced a set of used IPD sport springs at the local Volvo swapmeet, and got a rear bar from Koehler. I took the car on a summer event organized by One stands out from the crowd T here are many stock phrases in the vocabularies of car collectors. They range from “that’s one of one” to “wonderful patina” to “I never should have sold it.” The one that seems to get me in the most trouble is, “Well, I’m not really looking, but…” You know the drill. You have a vague interest in a certain car. In my case, it was a Volvo P1800, the sports coupe Roger Moore drove in the television show “The Saint.” Not yet admitting that I was sliding down the slippery slope towards ownership, I started asking a few gurus what the best year and colors were. My Round-Fendered Gang of Four in Portland — Dean Koehler, Peter Eulau, Chris Horn and Cameron Lovre — cumulatively possesses a formidable amount of Volvo information. The Gang agreed that 1964 was the best year, as it was the last year of the “bullhorn” split front bumpers. It still had Art Deco gauges with striking turquoise-colored centers, and the engine wasn’t strangled by any emissions equipment. It also was the first year the car was built in Sweden. It had been assembled by Jensen in England before that. From 1965 to the last year, 1973, the now-named 1800S and the later 1800E models had a one-piece, straight front bumper. Black is a very rare and sexy color, they decreed. Coupling it with a red interior made for the most striking color combination. I still hadn’t admitted that I was really looking for an 1800S. After all, with the purchase of our 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto in April of this year, I had very publicly — and not very convincingly — declared that I had stopped buying cars. I was an Alfa boy, and I had acquired the five Alfas I had always wanted that were within my budget. Maturity had finally arrived. A wag asked about the 1967 Volvo 122S in our garage, and how that fit in with an all-Alfa collection. I explained that that car was “purchased by accident.” Also, since I bought it before my Declaration of Alfapendence, it was grandfathered in. 12 the Alfa Romeo Owners of Oregon. The three-day tour covered more than 600 miles, and went from Portland to Pendleton, OR, and back. I had Bradley in the back seat as navigator, and good friend and Alfa owner Doug Hartman as riding mechanic. Over the three days, the 122S never missed a beat. It was quiet on the road, and the a/c kept us remarkably comfortable — even with 100-degree temperatures outside. After this positive experience, I decided to indulge in a wine-style “Swedish pairing.” A 122S along with a bull-horn 1800S would make a nice Volvo set. Falling into the trap I was ordering some brake parts for the 122S from Mike Dudek, owner of iRoll Motors (www.irollmotors.com) and said the magic and fatal words. “Mike, I’m not really looking for an 1800, but if you ever come across a black ’64, I could be interested.” Note the “could.” Like all gearheads, I was still in denial that I was seriously in the hunt. Mike set the hook. “I’ve a got a black ’64 in the shop right now, and I’m looking at it. It’s a two-owner car, has a nice but incorrect red interior, has a sport suspension and rare period black mags.” You can imagine what happened next. The SCM 1800S, 1964 bull- horn, black with red interior, is now at iRoll Motors in San Martin, CA, just south of San Jose. Mike’s doing a little work to the car, and when it is ready, I’ll fly down and drive it home. Have I gone back on my word? Why do the images of Richard Nixon proclaiming, “I am not a crook!” go through my head? As the 1800S is the fifth Volvo I have owned, it’s time for me to admit that I have an affinity for vintage Volvos. I understand what they are — comfortable grand touring cars. Their engines don’t like to be pushed like an aluminum overhead-cam Alfa does, but they have enough power to motor along. The black 1800S was a rifle shot for me — the exact year, in the exact color combo I was looking for. Wouldn’t you have pulled the trigger too? ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Tony Piff Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted 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. NOVEMBER 1—VANDERBRINK Atlantic, IA 2—ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA 6–8—GAA Greensboro, NC 8—SMITHS Paducah, KY 12—BONHAMS Harrogate, U.K. 12—H&H Buxton, U.K. 13–15—MECUM Anaheim, CA 14–15—RM Farmers Branch, TX 15–16— SILVERSTONE Birmingham, U.K. 17—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 21—AUCTIONS AMERICA Bid Anywhere, AuctionsAmerica.com 21–23—LEAKE Dallas, TX 21–23— MCCORMICK’S Palm Springs, CA 26—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, U.K. 28–29—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Houston, TX Featured cars at H&H Droitwich, U.K.: (Top to bottom) 1960 Austin-Healey “Frogeye” Sprite, 1962 Ford Anglia 105E Deluxe, 1956 Morris Minor Traveller Coys — True Greats Where: London, U.K. When: December 2 More: www.coys.co.uk H&H — Chateau Impney Where: Droitwich, U.K. When: December 3 Last year: 69/90 cars sold / $2.2m 16 Featured cars: • 1960 Austin-Healey “Frogeye” Sprite • 1962 Ford Anglia 105E Deluxe • A “split-screen” 1956 Morris Minor Traveller More: www.handh.co.uk Bonhams — The Transportation History Sale Featuring motoring ephemera from 1900 to the present Sports Car Market 28–29—SILVER Fort McDowell, AZ 30—BONHAMS London, U.K. DECEMBER 2—COYS London, U.K. 3—H&H Droitwich, U.K. 4—BONHAMS New York, NY 4–6—MECUM Kansas City, MO 5–6—RALEIGH CLASSIC Raleigh, NC 7—BONHAMS Oxford, U.K. 8—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 12–13—MECUM Austin, TX 16—BARONS Surrey, U.K. JANUARY 8—BONHAMS Las Vegas, NV 8–10—MECUM Las Vegas, NV 9–11—DAVE RUPP Fort Lauderdale, FL 10—COYS Maastricht, NLD 10—COYS Birmingham, U.K. 10–18—BARRETTJACKSON Scottsdale, AZ 14–16—RM Phoenix, AZ 14–18—RUSSO AND STEELE Scottsdale, AZ 15—BONHAMS Scottsdale, AZ 15–17—SILVER Fort McDowell, AZ 16–17—GOODING & CO. Scottsdale, AZ 16–25—MECUM Kissimmee, FL


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Crossing the Block Tony Piff Images courtesy of the respective auction companies Featured lot: Motorized “Oilzum” advertising diorama at Bonhams New York Where: New York, NY When: December 4 Featured lot: Motorized “Oilzum” advertising diorama (Bonhams estimate: $25k–$30k) More: www.bonhams.com Mecum — Kansas City 2014 Where: Kansas City, MO When: December 4–6 Last year: 505/794 cars sold / $11.3m Featured cars: • 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS • Star Car: 1967 Shelby GT500 fastback, an AACA Senior Award Winner More: www.mecum.com Raleigh Classic Where: Raleigh, NC When: December 5–6 More: www.raleighclassic.com Star Car: 1967 Shelby GT500 fastback at Mecum Kansas City Bonhams — Oxford Where: Oxford, U.K. When: December 7 Last year: 41/58 cars sold / $1.7m Featured car: 1922 Sunbeam 24/60 More: www.bonhams.com Shannons — Melbourne Summer Classic Auction Where: Melbourne, AUS When: December 8 More: www.shannons.com.au Mecum — Austin Where: Austin, TX When: December 12–13, 2014 Featured cars: • 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 coupe • 1953 DeSoto Firedome convertible • “Eleanor,” one of three hero cars from the film “Gone in 60 Seconds” • Star Car: 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda More: www.mecum.com Barons — Annual Yuletide Classic Where: Surrey, U.K. When: December 16 More: www.barons-auctions.com ♦ Featured Car: 1922 Sunbeam 24/60 at Bonhams Oxford, U.K. 18 Sports Car Market


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Concours and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com. Thirty years of car love, Spanish-style While most collector car own- ers are tucking their rides into winter storage, sunny Barcelona is calling for anything with wheels, wings, or sails to join the Auto Retro from December 5 to 8. Auto Retro celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and this huge show will be crammed full of vintage automobiles, motorcycles, airplanes and classic boats. New models from leading car brands also will be on display for the 60,000 international gearheads who migrate to Spain for a bit of winter warmth. www. autoretro.es (ESP) INDUSTRY NEWS The Essen Motor Show The Essen-ce of the motoring experience This huge celebration of cars begins on November 29 and doesn’t stop for gas until December 7. From drifting competitions to historics to hot rods, there is always something for everyone at the Essen Motor Show. This year brings a special exhibit of one-off concept cars, design studies and prototypes. There are a variety of ticket options available. www.essen-motorshow.de (DEU) A 1,500-mile jog through the U.K. The holiday season is the perfect time to go on a wildand-crazy 1,500-mile rally. From December 6 to 9, immerse yourself in the rough, tough world of Le Jog. Drivers will wrestle their cars 1,500 miles — through all kinds of extreme weather and road conditions — from Land’s End in England to John O’Groats in the far northeast corner of Scotland. As long as your car was built before 1985 — and is prepared for the unpredictable — then you are qualified for the rally. Now 20 years old, Le Jog is one of the most demanding and challenging events in Europe. Spots are still available and the entry fee is £3,454 ($5,555). www. heroevents.eu (U.K.) 20 Another top-shelf item from Comer SCM Editor at Large Colin Comer has just published a terrific new book: Shelby Mustang Fifty Years. Comer, who is also the author of The Complete Book of Shelby Automobiles and Shelby Cobra Fifty Years, is an expert on all things Shelby. This new book is a must-buy for Comer all gearheads. Comer, who also is a columnist and Editor at Large for our sister magazine, American Car Collector, is a noted collector, restorer and vintage racer. Comer also wrote Million-Dollar Muscle Cars. Motorbooks (www. motorbooks.com) is the publisher. The book is available at www. colincomerbooks.com. ♦ 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 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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However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy, and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2014 by Sports Car Market, Inc., Automotive Investor Media Group and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by Sports Car Market magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. Canada Post Publication Agreement #41578525 PRINTED IN USA SCM Contributors JACK TOCKSTON, SCM Senior Auction Analyst, started writing a column at age 15 about cars for a monthly youthcenter newsletter. Now he is a retired Air Force officer who has held managerial positions in Fiat, Ford, and MercedesBenz dealerships. For over 20 years, he’s been associated with the Society of Vintage Race Enthusiasts as a racer and volunteer. He’s also hands-on experienced in restorations, appraisals, and participated in collector car auctions for four decades. His wife, Judi, has endured his encyclopedic car comments for 49 years. Turn to p. 52 for his report on the Pacific Northwest Concours d’Elegance, and to the Auction Roundup on p. 128 for his take on cars from the Silver Auction in Shelton, WA, and the Lucky Auction in Tacoma, WA. 22 PAUL HARDIMAN, SCM Senior Auction Analyst, still has the old-car madness, reinforced by his claim that he is never happier than when checking out the heat exchangers under a 911. After half a lifetime in a staff job, he now writes for all the leading U.K. classic car magazines, a feat he puts down to “being cheaper, and anonymous.” When he’s not working as SCM’s European correspondent, he lives quietly near Oxford, England, with an old race car, most often spotted on the school run. As usual, he is all over this month’s magazine, with reports on the Beaulieu Autojumble on p. 44, a profile of a 1936 Lagonda LG45R Rapide Sports-Racing Two-Seater from Bonhams’ Goodwood sale on p. 68, an auction report on Bonhams’ Beaulieu sale on p. 94 and, finally, an auction report on RM Auctions’ London Auction on p. 74. DONALD OSBORNE, SCM Editor at Large, is an Accredited Senior Appraiser member of the American Society of Appraisers. He also provides vehicle ac- quisition and sale consulting as owner of Automotive Valuation Services. He has appeared as co-host of the nationally broadcast TV show “What’s My Car Worth” on Discovery’s Velocity network, and as judge and/or emcee at several leading concours events. A long-term Contributing Editor and Auction Analyst, now Editor at Large for Sports Car Market magazine, his writing on classic cars has also been published in The New York Times, BusinessWeek Online and the Wall Street Journal, among others. The former Metropolitan Opera baritone makes his home in Palm Springs, CA. You’ll find his profile of a 1954 Pegaso Z-102 Cabriolet on p. 60.


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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 Tanks, but no tanks Tanking on tanks To the Editor: Re: The Littlefield Collection (October 2014, p. 100). Yes it was interesting, but did it deserve five pages in Sports Car Market? Tanks a lot. — Steve Schefbauer, Monroe, CT Don’t tread on me To the Editor: Read the October 2014 issue; tanks, but no tanks. — Rodney Kemerer, Beverly Hills, CA Executive Editor Chester Allen responds: Steve and Rodney: You two might not be interested in tanks or other hulking military vehicles, but do you 24 really expect us to hang fire on a huge Auctions America auction that featured a SCUD missile launcher, Sherman tanks and a halftrack with four .50-caliber machine guns mounted in the bed? Seriously, we saw this as a chance to put something new and different in the magazine. These kinds of sales are rare — which is why we covered it in the first place — so don’t expect to see heavy artillery in SCM again for a while. Besides, this gave both of you a chance to deploy some heavy-duty punning. Timely appraisal advice To the Editor: Thanks so much for the timely article (October 2014 “Legal Files,” p. 32). While I am in the insurance business, I find this article (as I have so many) very interesting and clarifying. I am sending the article on to 10 of my insured clients who will benefit by the knowledge. Thank you once more for the timeliness, especially with the recent burning of that Sacramento Porsche repair facility (where several historic and valuable Porsches were destroyed). What a loss! — Dan Fenley, via email Matching-numbers accountability To the Editor: Okay, I confess: I am behind in my reading. Last night I read “Legal Files” from July 2014 (“Matching-Numbers Blues,” p. 40) wherein appraisers are quoted as saying they are “appraisers, not authenticators.” I haven’t had the need to look at an appraisal on a collector car for quite some time, so maybe their practice has changed, but I do not recall ever seeing a “conditional” appraisal that states the car is worth X assuming a list of conditions that are then detailed. How can you accurately appraise a car without knowing if it is numbers-matching or not? Numbers matching virtually always makes a substantial difference in the value of the car (Bentleys seeming to be the exception). Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read Ad Index Adamson Industries .......................................151 Amalgam-Fine Model Cars ..............................81 Arizona Concours D’ Elegance ........................95 Aston Martin of New England .........................37 Auctions America .............................................47 Authentic Classics ..........................................151 Auto Kennel ...................................................143 Automotive Restorations Inc. ..........................87 Autosport Designs Inc ....................................101 Barrett-Jackson ..........................................23, 25 Bennett Law Office ........................................124 Beverly Hills Car Club ...................................122 Boca Raton Concours ......................................92 Bonhams / SF .............................................29, 31 Canepa ............................................................137 Carlisle Events ...............................................107 CarPoolTables.com ........................................111 Cars, Inc. ..........................................................41 Centerline Alfa Parts ......................................111 Chequered Flag International .........................142 Chubb Personal Insurance ................................33 Classic Assets Motorsports Center ...................77 Classic Showcase ...........................................104 CMC Classic Model Cars ..............................143 Cooper Classic Cars .......................................142 Copley Motorcars ...........................................136 COYS .......................................................4–5, 21 DC Automotive ..............................................139 Don Mackey .....................................................99 Dragone Classic Motorcars Inc. .....................117 Driversource Houston LLC ......................81, 141 E-Type UK USA ............................................131 European Collectibles ....................................138 Exotic Classics ...............................................103 Fantasy Junction ...............................................63 Fourintune Garage Inc ...................................150 Galerie Mecanica .............................................45 Going To The Sun Rally ..................................48 Gooding & Company .....................................2, 3 Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance .....115 Grundy Worldwide .........................................141 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. .............................145 Hamann Classic Cars .....................................135 Heritage Classics ..............................................35 Hollywood Wheels Inc...............................70–71 Houston Auto Appraisers .................................91 Hyman, LTD ....................................................97 Intercity Lines ..................................................39 J Chadwick Co Engraving .............................139 JC Taylor ..........................................................85 Jeff Brynan .....................................................150 JJ Best Banc & Co .........................................149 John R. Olson Inc. ..........................................150 Kendall Bend Porsche ....................................127 Kevin Kay Restorations .................................126 Kidston ...............................................................9 Kinekt .............................................................155 L.A. Prep ........................................................140 Leake Auction Company ..................................79 Legendary Motorcar Company ........................93 Luxury Brokers International .........................143 Mac Neil Automotive Products Ltd ...............125 Mark Robbins.................................................119 Maserati North America .................................148 Mercedes Classic Center ..................................25 Mershon’s World Of Cars ................................90 Motor Classic & Competition Corp. ..............151 Motorcar Studio .............................................137 Octane ............................................................142 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions ...................42 Park Place LTD ..........................................43, 49 Paul Russell And Company .............................51 Planet Cobra ...................................................113 porsport.com ..................................................146 Premier Financial Services ............................147 Putnam Leasing ................................................11 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd. .............................133 Reliable Carriers ..............................................71 RM Auctions ........................................15, 17, 19 Road Scholars ..................................................87 Robert Glover LTD ........................................145 Russo & Steele LLC ...................................... 6-7 SCM Scottsdale Insider’s Seminar ................126 Scott Grundfor Company ...............................140 Silver Collector Car Auctions ..........................53 Sports Car Market ..........................................140 Swissvax USA, LLC ........................................55 Symbolic Motor Car Co ...................................13 The Auto Collections .....................................123 The Flying Dutchman Co. ..............................112 The Palm Event ................................................14 The Stable, Ltd. ..............................................109 Tom Miller Sports Cars ..................................151 Tony Labella Classic Cars..............................139 TYCTA .............................................................51 Velocity Channel ..............................................54 Vintage Car Research .....................................150 Vintage Rallies ...............................................143 VintageDrivingMachines.com .........................75 Volante Classics .............................................118 Watchworks ....................................................155 West Coast Classics, LLC ..............................124 ZClip ..............................................................105 26 You Write We Read The Brabham, however, was the actual 1967 F1 championship-winning car driven by Denny Hulme, and furthermore was being sold in Monaco, scene of its 1967 win and 1997 return If the appraisal states the car is worth X and attaches the condition of it being numbersmatching and states the appraiser did not verify them, I have no issue. Otherwise, since the value of the car is dependent upon the numbers matching, if I get an appraisal of the car and rely on that information to make the purchase and later find out the car is worth substantially less because the numbers are not matching (or any other material difference), I would think the appraiser would be held liable and accountable for his erroneous appraisal. Appraisers hold themselves out to be experts in the field of valuing cars. Establishing and verifying certain material facts are a necessary part of that process. If not, then appraising cars would be just a matter of looking up recent results in the SCM Platinum Database, which doesn’t cost several hundred dollars. — Tim Wright, Glendale, AZ Hardiman weighs in on Brabham vs. Lotus To the Editor: The answer for the discrep- ancy on price is pretty simple (October 2014, “Race Profile,” p. 58). It’s partly provenance but mostly how hard these old warriors tug on the heartstrings. Although the 49 is undoubt- edly the superior car, this was probably the most “minor” of the nine, having started as a 2.5-liter Tasman car which retired in its first two races, and only later pressed (briefly) into F1 service following severe damage to three of the team’s other 49s, two in the high-wing fiasco. As an F1 car, it was only driven once by Hill (7th, 1969 British GP, in 49B spec), and it’s not been out and active in recent years. The Brabham, however, was the actual 1967 F1 championship-winning car driven by Denny Hulme, and furthermore was being sold in Monaco, scene of its 1967 win and 1997 return, while real DFVs and their like echoed in the streets during the Monaco Historics — an evocative setting to sell any car with form here — even though it was displayed in a basement car park. You might agree that the Monaco “fairy dust” effect adds 10% to prices, so there’s some romance at work here. Cynically, one has to wonder how much more the BT20 would have fetched had “Black Jack,” its creator, died the week before, not after its sale. — Paul Hardiman, Oxford, England Datsun vs. MGB rolls on To the Editor: When it comes to comparing the Datsun 1600 to the MGB, Victor Van Tress (October 2014, “You Write,” p. 22) is certainly entitled to his own opinions — but not his own facts. And the well-known fact is that the Datsun 1600 Roadster made its debut months before the MGB — at the Tokyo Auto Show in 1961. In addition, the 1967–70 Solex-equipped Roadster 2000 is a certified 150-BHP race-winner, despite only being offered with vinyl trim. And now here’s my opinion: For Mr. Van Tress to suggest that a 1970 MGB is the better car than the Datsun 1600 Roadster just because it is “British” is the kind of wishful thinking that helped bring the bulk of the British auto industry to an end soon after. Some define “quality” by looks and amenities, others by performance and reliability. 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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg There is no doubt that the words “Made In Japan” and “fine Grand Seiko Spring Drive Watches watch” are not often found in the same sentence. The Japanese watch industry has typically been one of lower-cost production that employs electronic mechanisms. It is not necessarily known for prestige production. Collectors and connoisseurs have largely ignored the Asian watch market — even though the time pieces are accurate, reliable and account for a huge percentage of the market by units sold. In fact, I may be guilty of this same form of snobbery, as I have largely ignored the Japanese watch industry and its innovations. Until now. Although I have been aware of the Seiko Spring Drive watch and its completely novel technology since its launch in 2005, it was not until one of the biggest collectors of exotic watches in the U.S. showed one to me that I realized it had significance and relevance to true watch enthusiasts. The watch was originally designed by a Seiko engineer who was trying to re-conceive the typical escapement systems commonly employed by mechanical watches. Yoshikazu Akahane developed a system in which a traditional mainspring barrel and self-winding oscillating weight power a gear train that both drives the hands and spins a small wheel known as the glide wheel. The turning of the glide wheel generates a current sufficient to power a quartz oscillator as well as an IC that monitors the pulsations of the circuit and the spinning of the glide wheel. It employs a magnetic braking system to match the two speeds perfectly. Seiko named the escapement the “Tri-synchro Regulator,” as the system employs three forms of energy: mechanical, magnetic and electronic. The practical upshot of this design is that the watch is highly ac- curate (advertised by Seiko at deviation of one second per day but reported to be more like one second per week). The watch has a unique sweeping motion of the hands, as they are continuously in motion rather than ticking like a mechanical watch or pulsing like a quartz watch. Further, as the glide wheel simply spins freely, there is very little drag or friction generated, which allows the watch to have a long power reserve of 72 hours. Seiko has released a variety of Details Production date: 1998 to present Best place to wear one: Quietly under a monogrammed cuff, as this watch is assuredly a personal pleasure is best): Ratings ( Rarity: Durability: Parts/service availability: Cool factor: Neat Stuff by Tony Piff Don’t call it a purse The Ferrari Magazine Bag by Puma features a metal Ferrari shield, “Scuderia Ferra zipper pull, and a padded compar lined in polyest twill, assuring protection for y smartphone, iPa and current issu of SCM. Availa in black, white, r or green. $65 fr www.store.ferra com © Spring Drive models, and all employ the hybrid technology. The most basic versions have either a center sweep or subsidiary second hand and power reserve indicator. More elaborate Chronographs, GMTs and Moon Phase models are also available, although some were released as limited editions. Seiko also installed the Spring Drive technology into their Grand Seiko line of watches. Grand Seiko watches feature Seiko’s finest movement finish work and the best quality control of all of their production lines. Seiko spring-drive watches are not cheap. The Grand Seiko pic- tured retails for $6,300. The Grand Seiko pictured is an all-titanium model that features a calendar window to display the date and a fourth hand which indicates how much power is stored in the mainspring. The movement is brilliantly finished with Cotes de Geneve and employs 276 individual parts, including 30 jewels. The movement is visible through the sapphire crystal mounted on the rear case back. Making this particular watch more unusual and slightly more ex- pensive is the “Snowflake” dial, which has a very subtle texture and color that emulates the dry snow of Suwa, Japan, where the watch was made. Yoshikazu Akahane first conceived of what is now known as the Spring Drive in 1977. Twenty-one years, 230 patents and numerous prototypes later, the watch was introduced at Baselworld (the world’s largest watch show, in Switzerland) in 1998. Given Seiko’s continued commitment to the development technology — and their of Spring Drive employment of it through ever-wider product choices — one has to assume they believe it to be eventually profitable and viable. Time will tell. Your introduction to flashlight collecting Flashlight collectors — yes, that’s a real thing (I am one of them) — consider the Peak Eiger perhaps the single best “EDC” torch on the market under $200. The twisty head is one-hand-friendly, ramping smoothly from 0.5 lumens to over 200. That’s impressive output from a single AAA battery — and perfect for lighting up the recesses of a shuttered Portuguese barn. But the low end is where the magic happens, as it preserves night vision when your eyes are dilated or discreetly illuminates a menu in a dark restaurant. Waterproof, shockproof and machined from solid stainless ($64), aluminum or brass ($74), or limited-edition copper ($98). Choose warm or cool LED emitter, wide or narrow throw, keychain tail or flat lug (for lantern-like tail standing). The rabbit hole gets nerdier from there, but I’ll stop. This light may make an enthusiast out of you. www.overready.com © 28 Sports Car Market


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck 1966/1967 Ferrari 365 California Spyder One of my all-time favorite GT cars is this one. Don’t ask me why, but it just ticks off all the boxes for me. This sleek, open Italian, able to carry four passengers, was the direct successor to the 500 Superfast. It is ultra-exclusive and rare. Including one prototype, only 14 in total were built, making it the shortest production run of any road-going Ferrari. They were costly; at that time, 50% more expensive than contemporary Ferraris, as well as being far too complex and time-consuming to build, which may have led to their demise. These were the last of the Pininfarina limited-production, top-of-the line Ferrari grand touring cars — the end of an era. The 1:18-scale Ferrari shown is a new, hand-built, limited-edition release from BBR of Italy. As usual, BBR takes great liberty with the words “limited edition.” There are 300 red ones, plus at least two more other color editions to come. Not so limited. The body shape and general proportions of all parts inside and out are superb, along with sharp-edged panel lines that will make you believe everything opens — although nothing does. This is a well-detailed “curbside” model with a little bit of underside detail thrown in. I would gladly sacrifice the unnecessary underside work for more accuracy up top. The overall fit and finish of the entire model is excellent. The paint is a high-gloss job, but it is not polished, hence some light orange peel. It should be a bit better. Overall I love the model but find it difficult to accept any of the numerous little Model Details Production date: 2014 Quantity: 300 red, an estimated 300 blue, plus others SCM five-star rating: Overall quality: Authenticity: Overall value: Web: www.bbrmodels.com at best mistakes, which add up and really contradict what BBR proclaim as quoted here: “Each model BBR born from the passion of wanting to replica (sic) the maximum perfection. After 30 years we are still not happy, our DNA for research and innovation of new materials always pushes us forward.” They have focused too Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton MotorBinder: Classic Photographs From the Golden Age of Motor Racing By Roy Spencer, Jim Sitz and Robert Devlin, publisher Roy Spencer, 322 pages, $69 (Amazon) When making my way into the lair of the editor, I’m always wary. What books await? Wha single-marque porn or lavishly illustrated guide to rebuilding a car best described as “rare and should be,” what undeserved ration of pain and suffering must I endure this time? The high priest of SCM eyed me warily, push- ing a thick tome across his scarred and battered desk with one gnarled, fishhook-scarred talon. “Right up your alley, I think,” he wheezed, then turned and squished a too bold but nonetoo-bright rodent with an out-of-date SCM Pocket Price Guide. “Black and white. ’50s. Your cup of tea.” He waved me away, quietly re- turning to slowly sucking the life from text that failed to amuse. I snatched up the thick, white book. MotorBinder? Hmmm. “Thanks, boss.” Turns out he was right. MotorBinder is a not-so-little gem, just full of im- ages of the right cars at the right time as the first wave of European road racing washed over the West Coast. Think of it as the time machine you could never afford. For author/publisher Roy Spencer and his crew, it was obviously a labor of love, a thick, informative homage to the salad days of his father, Bev Spencer, who, as an early player in West Coast racing, gave his son the sports-car virus. Full of carefully massaged images from 1955 to ’65, MotorBinder uses 30 extensive, well-researched captions to illuminate races from Riverside to Kent, from Paramount Ranch to Laguna Seca, Torrey Pines to Santa Barbara. Along the way, you see amazing thoroughbreds from Europe and clumsy, powerful special-builts from West Coast designers and fabricators, driven by names that became legends. It’s part cars in action, part high-school yearbook for the class of Way Back Then. It’s all wonderful. Provenance: Images from the family archive — many never in publication before — create the soul of the book, while meticulous research makes the ong captions a new resource for fans of the era. Fit and finish: With a design as simple and clean as a van der Rohe building, MotorBinder is truly mini- malist, with stripped-down, elegant form following emotional function. The images are well printed, the text elegant. Drivability: Many books fall into the category of product, as soulless as a package of disposable razors, as exciting as toothpaste. But MotorBinder is a personal statement of love, for a time, a sport and, at its core, for the author’s father. Pore over the wonderful photos, delight in the little gems of knowledge you find in the expansive captions, and lose yourself in the best time and the best places in American racing history. But also open your heart and enjoy this love letter to a father. ♦ Sports Car Market much on innovation and materials, and not enough on research and accuracy. I really do like curbside mod- els, and have collected and built many, but for the price of $500 to $700 and quantity produced, you should expect no cut corners and no omissions. With only 14 real cars produced, they should have been able to very accurately nail one car at one point in time of its life, but they didn’t. I discovered all of the many mistakes within only a couple of hours, and BBR certainly has the resources to have done all of their homework, not just most of it. BBR came close to winning with this one, but unfortu- nately missed on numerous details, and as they say, “the devil is in the details.” BBR claim the model to be of s/n 09127, which was the second car built. However, some items specific to 09127 are wrong and some are altogether missing. From what I have pieced together, with the help of Marcel Massini, BBR seems to think 09127 is the prototype, which it definitely is not. They have mixed in and left out various details, making this more of a combination of a few of these big Californias. The model does not completely or accurately replicate any one car. The list of mistakes is too long for this column, but here are several: The rear of the car, taillights, bumpers, license-plate frame with lights and Ferrari script are all wrong for 09127, but are correct for the prototype car 08347; however, this isn’t a model of 08347, and it is not all correct for that car, either. 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Affordable Classic Five No-Longer-Affordable Classics Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda Some of us are enjoying a big run-up in value — or watching a car we’ve always wanted slip out of reach by Jeff Zurschmeide 1973 Ferrari 246 GTS Dino, sold this year for $440k. A decade ago, one in good condition could be had for $70k–$80k H ere at SCM, we take some space in every issue to look at affordable classics — great cars that you can get into without emptying your wallet. Affordable classics are great because they’re far more engaging than the average new grocery-get- ter, and you can drive them without worrying yourself to death about miles, damage and insane repair bills. But here’s one true fact: Affordable classics don’t always stay af- fordable. Whether this is a good or bad thing mainly depends on if and when you bought that classic. For most of us, it either means we are enjoying a big run-up in value — or we’re watching a model we’ve always wanted to own slip out of reach. At a minimum, that car you’ve been dreaming about has gotten a lot more expensive. We decided to take a closer look at five models that have had big gains in value over the past decade. Each comes from a different manufacturer and each appeals to different sensibilities. What these cars all Even this basket-case barn-find ’73 246 GT Dino sold for $222k this year share is the fact that the collector market has woken up to their value. Meritocracy sometimes works. 1969–74 Ferrari 246 GT Dino Just 10 years ago, a very good Ferrari Dino 246 GT went for about $70,000 to $80,000. During the heady years of 2006–07, prices spiked to about $150,000, and then held steady through the Great Recession. Typical prices soared starting in 2013, going from $148,000 in 2012 straight up to $318,000 in 2013 and to $440,000 for 2014 (SCM# 245132). Perhaps the best example of the current craze for the 6-cylinder Ferraris is the basket case that sold for $222,718 at the Silverstone auction in Britain in May of this year. (SCM# 244266) The car looks like it was fished out of a river, and it still brought more than a solid #2 car in 2012. 1956 Austin-Healey 100-4 BN2, sold this year at $66k. In 2004, you could land one for about $28k 32 1960 Porsche 356B, sold this year for $110k. Until as recently as 2011, they averaged $35k–$40k Sports Car Market


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Affordable Classic Five No-Longer-Affordable Classics The reason for the run-up is not hard to spot — the Dinos are among the last of the pre-308 era Ferraris, and with many 365 models of the same age heading for the million-dollar mark — and some going well past that amount — it’s only natural that the Dinos would follow. 1953–56 Austin Healey 100-4 Austin-Healey built 14,634 cars in the BN1 and BN2 100-4 line, including 640 factory 100M models that offered bigger carbs, high-compression pistons, a lumpy cam and a factory cold-air intake. Buyers of more prosaic Healeys could order the parts in a special kit, but a real factory-built 100M is a rare bird. In 2004, you could lay hands on a basic 100-4 for an average of $28,000, or you could get one of those 100M cars for an average of about $70,000, but those days have disappeared like Stirling Moss down the Mulsanne Straight. Today, a bona fide Austin-Healey 100M will run you about $220,000 (SCM# 244881), and the basic 100-4 sells for about $70,000 at auction (SCM# 244887). The reasons why are simple — Aston Martin prices are in low Earth orbit, and the big Healeys (and Jaguars) are just a step below those on the ladder of exclusivity. For the near future, look to similar-sized cars such as the MGA and Triumph TR3 to follow the big Healeys and Jags upward. 1960–63 Porsche 356B coupe While the 356 Speedster has commanded high prices for well over a generation, and the cabriolet versions were not far behind, the price of a basic 356 coupe has risen dramatically in recent years. The 356B years of 1960–63 were an era of transition for Porsche in body style and running gear, and these cars have generally not been as well regarded as the earlier 356A or the later 356C. If we strip out the Carreras and the ragtops, the 356B coupe sold for an average of about $27,000 in 2004, and the average price was still about $35,000–$40,000 as late as 2011. But since that year, prices have floated steadily up to a new average of about $84,000 this year. Some cars have exceeded $100,000, while some bargains have still been found at around $50,000 (SCM# 243196). The least-loved of the 356 line have always been the notchback coupes, and they continue to lag slightly, but they are the same under the skin. Yet many notchbacks were converted to ersatz cabriolets courtesy of the chop saw, and the best estimate is fewer than 100 of these cars have survived intact. It’s possible that novelty and scarcity could soon turn the tide in favor of the notchback (SCM# 213742). 1957–58 Studebaker Golden Hawk If you want a sporty Studebaker — filled to the brim with style and sporting a supercharged 289-ci V8 at 275 horsepower, you are looking for a Golden Hawk. Produced for only two years, slightly more than 5,000 of these were built. Out in the market, you have to discount the outli- ers on this model. Barrett-Jackson has a penchant for getting well over $100,000 for these cars as far back as 2011, when most good examples were trading in the mid-$30k range. There are also several Golden Hawks that have crossed the block in unrestored condition, and those drag down average prices drastically. Yet, if you track the #2-or-better cars since 2010, average prices have moved from about $40,000 up to $80,000 or more, with the top cars now selling well over $100,000. One Golden Hawk (SCM# 232170) sold for $88,000 in late 34 1967 Mazda Cosmo: $264k 1972 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R: $242k 2013, and then again for $107,000 in early 2014, offering an idea of the price trajectory of these cars. In a domestic market dominated by the Tri-Five Chevys and the rest of the usual suspects, the Golden Hawk is truly special. Buyers seeking something unusual are coming around to this model, and time has been kind to the Raymond Loewy design. 1967–70 Toyota 2000GT First made famous in the United States by James Bond, the Toyota 2000GT has the distinction of being by far the highest-priced Japanese car on the market. The 2000GT features a 150-hp DOHC engine, styling to rival the E-type Jaguar, and the most precious commodity of extreme scarcity, with just 354 built. In the late 1990s, these cars sold in the range of $60,000 to $80,000 — already an eyebrow-raising sum for the day. The first auction sale to break $100,000 was in 2000. By 2010, the few that sold were trading around $300,000, and that’s when the lightning struck. In 2012, prices shot up to $600,000, and prices have ranged from $968,000 to over $1,000,000 in the past two years (SCM# 245055). Unless you’re ready to spend truly astonishing amounts of cash, you’re better off admiring the 2000GT in the capable hands of Agent 007. But the heads-up in the market comes from the recent chart-topping sales of the 1967 Mazda Cosmo (SCM# 245010) and 1972 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R (SCM# 247736) this summer. Both sold in the mid-$200,000 range, setting new high-water marks. It seems likely that other rare Japanese models will shortly follow. ♦ 1967 Toyota 2000GT — once $60k–$80k, now a member of the Million-Dollar Club 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk Supercharged, sold for $107k this year, after selling for $88k in 2013 Sports Car Market


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Collecting Thoughts Small-Displacement Wonders Abarth’s Nickel Rockets These esoteric cars ran like the wind — and either won or blew up by Miles Collier 1962 Abarth 1000 Tipo 131-MC Spider Tubolare T hey were an obsession in my teens and beyond. I have always been a great admirer of Abarth cars. They struck me as Italian race engineering at its most beguiling: miniature cars (preferably GT coupes) you could park in a doghouse but possessed of improbable horsepower from tiny engines built by a mad clockmaker. They ran like the hammers of Hades and either won as they pleased or blew up with the violence of a tactical nuke. One of these special cars — a 1962 Abarth 1000 Tipo 131-MC Spider Tubolare from the late Fabrizio Violati’s Maranello Rosso Collection — recently sold at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival Auction in Sussex, England, on September 13 for $198k. We’ll talk more about this car — and the amazing Abarth race his- tory — in a moment, but let’s first delve into a bit of fun. Those of you who read Road and Track in the 1960s and 1970s no doubt recall the articles of cartoonist Stan Mott, and humorist Robert Cumberford (now an SCM columnist), whose fictional cars from Piero Martini’s Automobili Cyclops SpA appeared from time to time. These hilarious machines sold in the United States for $14.32, and they featured various engine designs — including the world’s only 30-cc V1 engine running on olive oil. These cars were made from used Cinzano signs (the GT Cyclops cars from magnesium signs) and won Le Mans, the East African Safari, the Monaco Grand Prix, Indianapolis, the Nürburgring and so on. Mott and Cumberford were sending up the whole Italian tradition of “Etceterini” automobiles, but I knew that they were celebrating the work of Austrian expatriate Carlo Abarth of Torino. A small-displacement powerhouse One source consulted says Abarth cars won more than 7,000 vic- tories during the independent life of the company from its takeover of Cisitalia in 1949 to its purchase by Fiat in 1971. Certainly, race reports of the day describe Abarth cars placing in “nine out of the top 10 spots,” or “victories in six different classes” at a single race at the Nürburgring 500 Km. Despite Abarth’s habit of recording wins from every impromptu autocross in parking lots behind Hoboken pizzerias, it remains incontrovertible that Abarth cars — and especially the Works team, Abarth Corse — were a force to be reckoned with in small-displacement racing. Toward the later years of the racing program, Carlo Abarth, like 36 Porsche before him, moved up classes in his competition efforts. Thus we see 2-liter engines by the middle 1960s, and ultimately 3-liter V8s and even a 6-liter V12 that died stillborn when the F.I.A. capped sports prototype displacement at 3 liters for 1968. Winning or blowing up Outside of Europe, where small-displacement racing was popular and the factory team held sway, Abarth results were more mixed. Indeed, it was here in America that I think the Abarth “Nickel Rocket” reputation was established. The 1950s in the U.S. was a time of prosperity and thinking big. The market for small, European cars, whether for road or track, was limited to the fringe elements of the pocket-protector crowd. The Etceterinis that were imported to the States, being themselves boutique products, were likewise distributed by enthusiasts and small businessmen who never had the resources (or the market over here, for that matter) to grow a substantial business. One only has to think of the Jay Chamberlain distribution imbro- glio with Lotus Cars’ attempt to sell their Elite. Like Lotus, Abarths, though based on Fiat platforms, were largely hand-built, incorporating proprietary components. They ultimately sold at the same price point as better-known, higher-performance cars from mainline manufacturers. An Abarth Record Monza with a 750-cc bialbero (twin cam) engine was just too costly to justify the possible finishes in SCCA club racing and the few available F.I.A.-sanctioned events. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Team Roosevelt made a brave at- tempt as importer, while Cunningham recorded some excellent results including a 1962 Sebring 3 Hour race 1st and 2nd in 1000 Bialberos, while Abarth Corse itself took an incredible 10th overall in the 12 Hour with a 850S Fiat-Abarth coupe. Unfortunately, meager U.S. demand meant Abarths were never well supported with service and parts. Lack of support led to the vicious circle of poor reliability, which led in turn to less support and so on. And so was born Abarth’s “Nickel Rocket” reputation of winning or “grenading.” A self-made car builder A successful motorcycle racer before the war, Carlo Abarth became a talented entrepreneur, shade-tree designer, and team manager. He was a constructor who hot-rodded Fiats and made speed equipment — Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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especially exhaust systems — for the aftermarket. Not a trained engineer, Abarth developed unique prejudices, hence his preference for “fuoribordo,” or overhung rear engine architecture. Abarth claimed that in his controlled experiments this configuration yielded faster lap times due to better traction than mid-engine designs. Enzo Ferrari, another Italian engineering layman, was able to develop critical marketing mass by concentrating from inception on proprietary designs that garnered newsworthy overall race victories — or yielded fabulous custom boulevardiers for elite markets. In contrast, Porsche and Abarth, by founding their efforts on Volkswagen and Fiat platforms respectively, could only gradually grow away from the limitations of such dependency. In the early 1950s, Porsche made the leap to de- sign independence by creating cars that appealed to Americans — who lived in the world’s largest sports-car market. With their fast-growing revenues, both Porsche and Ferrari were able to build extensive professional organizations to realize their different visions. Yet they were mostly successful thanks to their ex- traordinary American agents, Max Hoffman and Luigi Chinetti respectively, the likes of which Abarth could never attract. Porsche and Ferrari became big-league international manufacturers thanks to the American market. Sadly, that market remained adamantine towards Abarth until the window of opportunity for new marques created after World War II closed. Abarth’s only lasting success in the U.S. was building dream cars for impressionable teens. In 1960, Abarth hired Mario Colucci to oversee his engineering office. Coming to Abarth from Alfa Romeo, where the Giulia TZ “Tubolare” chassis was being developed, he brought real engineering sophistication to Abarth’s cars. The 1962 Abarth 1000 Tipo 131-MC Spider Tubolare Our subject car is one of the earliest Colucci designs and represents a significant departure from the earlier machines from Turin. This sports racer uses Abarth’s proven and exquisite Fiat 600-based 1,000-cc twin- cam engine and 5-speed transmission. The chassis is quintessentially Italian multitube construction. Proprietary Abarth cast-magnesium wheels round out the hardware. Our subject’s alloy coachwork is a bit of an aesthetic challenge, especially when seen in light of the succeeding 1967 Fiat Abarth 1000SP based on the same elements. Restored when Violati bought it, our subject car has been sitting inactive for most of its 37-year ownership. It is remarkably preserved, although its long inactive storage means that many mechanical systems have self-destructed and will need to be rebuilt — if not remanufactured. Alas, as a vintage racer, the originality of this car makes it incapable of even mid- pack performance; yet it would be a sad day that saw this car updated to make it more competitive. It is a wonderful time capsule from the 1960s and should be viewed with that in mind. Aside from being a wonderful contemplative object, I’m not sure what the buyer will do with it. But try to find another. I’d call it fairly sold. ♦ December 2014 37


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Legal Files John Draneas When Your Hobby Becomes a Business You can’t claim to be a dealer to avoid sales tax, and at the same time claim to be an investor to get favorable income tax treatment register as dealers simply for that purpose, and it works — sort of. Dealer status also offers the ability to deduct all of your dealer business expenses on your income tax returns. These can be substantial — travel to check out possible purchases, travel to and registration at collector car auctions, your SCM subscription, and so on. Those savings can certainly add up. However, there are many reasons why crossed the line from a collector to a dealer, which would carry some significant tax and legal consequences. O Dealer licensing All states require car dealers to be licensed. The most obvious con- sequence of dealer licensing is the cost. Not only do you have to file an application and pay a licensing fee, but you need to carry appropriate insurance, post a bond and meet a host of other requirements. A friend recently went through the process and, while trying to keep it as cheap as possible, ended up spending about $8,000. Plus, he will incur significant annual expenses for insurance and license renewals. But the licensing costs are probably not your most significant legal exposure. As a dealer, you are now subject to all sorts of legal regulation. You must collect sales tax on all your sales. You are subject to any mandatory disclosures about the condition of the cars you sell, and any mandatory warranty provisions that your state may require dealers to extend. You are exposed to lemon-law liability. You are exposed to liability under your state’s consumer-protection laws, as each of your sales is now a commercial sale to a consumer. Remember, in the eyes of the law, judges and juries, used-car dealers are right down there on the popularity scale a rung or two below lawyers. Favorable tax consequences The most immediate tax benefit is that your cars don’t have to be registered, but they can be driven with dealer plates. That means you don’t have to pay sales or use tax when you buy them. Many collectors 38 dealer status is a short-sighted approach that can cost you even more in the long run. One reason is that claiming to be a dealer when you really aren’t can land you in legal hot water. You can be fined or charged criminally for failing to properly license your personal cars and for filing false licensing applications. Another reason is that the income tax deductions aren’t automatic. Dealer licensing is a matter of state regulatory law. To be able to deduct your “dealer” expenses, you have to actually be engaged in the business of being a car dealer. If you aren’t, but deduct your expenses, you can be subject to substantial tax penalties — and even criminal tax charges in egregious cases. ne unexpected consequence of today’s hot collector car market has been that many SCMers have been buying and selling more cars more quickly than ever before. They — and their accountants — have wondered if they have You can also say goodbye to the low insurance rates you’ve been getting from your collector car specialty insurance company, as they don’t insure dealer cars. For the other reasons why it’s a bad idea, keep reading. Unfavorable tax consequences As a dealer, your collector cars are now inventory — not investments. As such, all of your profits on sales are now taxed as ordinary income, with federal rates running as high as 39.6% today. If you were not a dealer, the profit would be taxed as a capital gain — at a maximum federal rate of 20% if the car was held at least a year. That’s a pretty big spread, and your state’s income tax rules will affect the spread in either direction. As a dealer, you are not eligible to use like-kind exchanges to defer your gain on a sale. Collectors commonly use that technique these days. By using an exchange accommodator to reinvest sale proceeds in other collector cars, the collector can avoid paying tax until ultimately cashing in. And, if the cars are retained until death, your heirs will avoid the income taxes altogether. Dealers, on the other hand, are required to pay income taxes on their gains every time they sell a car — even if they reinvest in other cars. That erodes their invested principal and their rates of return. Crossing the line So the question arises — when do you cross the line and become a dealer even when you don’t want to be one? Unfortunately, the answer is not clear-cut. Many states’ licensing statutes look at the number of sales within a single year — most often five. But the number of sales is not determinative — it is just a legal presumption. Think of that as a burden-of-proof principle. Once you exceed the stated number of sales in any given year, Sports Car Market


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the law assumes that you are a dealer unless you can establish that you are not. Below that number, you are assumed not to be a dealer unless the government can establish that you are. Thus, you can be a dealer with fewer sales in a year, and still be a collector even with a higher number of sales. Character, not number To be a dealer, you must be selling cars in the ordinary course of business. That is a bit of a self-defining term. A car is sold in the course of business when you are in the business. You are in the business when you routinely buy cars for the purpose of immediately finding someone to buy them. An investor buys them to hold until something happens that makes it worth selling. If that something just happens to happen quickly, then it’s still an investment. The question is completely subjective — did you buy the car with the intent of selling it in the ordinary course of business? Since only you know your true intent, the inquiry necessarily focuses on your actions and other circumstantial evidence. The more cars you sell in a year, the more it looks like you are a dealer, that’s all. That is a pretty big factor for an auditor because it is easy to under- stand. However, the number of sales is not as important as the way in which you go about selling the cars. Here are some factors that would point to you being considered a dealer: For example, if you have a showroom or car lot, that’s an easy one. Being licensed as a dealer is a bad fact. How you advertise is a factor. Slick magazine ads and multiple cars listed in the same ad are detrimental. An eBay store would be bad. Using a business name or a business entity, rather than your own name, would be a negative. How long you own a car before you start trying to sell it is another factor. Looking for a buyer as soon as you buy a car, or perhaps even before buying it, makes you look like a dealer. Still, numbers can matter. In isolation, every one of your car sales can be defended as an investment, but the market moved so quickly, and offers started coming so fast, that you had little practical choice but to take the money. However, when they accumulate into a fairly large number over a fairly short period of time, it starts to establish a pattern. Plus, it draws attention to your tax return. We don’t have a Tax Court case dealing with collector cars, but we do have a recent one dealing with real estate that is illustrative. In Garrison v. Comm., a mortgage banker and his wife bought distressed properties, renovated them and then resold them in relatively short periods of time. The taxpayers made at least 15 sales over three years, with most of them occurring within four months of purchase. None of properties were rented out, and only one was held for more than one year before being sold. The real estate activities had become more substantial than the husband’s mortgage brokerage activities. The Tax Court found that the overall purpose of acquiring the prop- erties was to benefit from the immediate financial gains in selling them as quickly as possible. The conclusion was that the real estate was held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of the taxpayers’ real estate renovation and resale business, and not for investment. Preserving investor status If you’re going to be selling a lot of cars, you need to be holding a lot of cars for an extended time. You have to avoid the buy-fix-flip cycle. Exceptions are no problem, but patterns make a lot of difference. You also have to be consistent. You can’t claim to be a dealer to avoid sales tax, and at the same time claim to be an investor to get favorable income-tax treatment. Your licensing status will be used against you as an admission. After all, you wouldn’t have lied to your state government to defraud them out of their sales tax, would you? And if you lied to them, we’re supposed to believe you’re telling us the truth now? ♦ 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. December 2014 39


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Simon Says Simon Kidston Around the Realm in 20 Days If you thought Monterey was busy, try visiting England in the weeks following for some high-octane action Gallic shrug in response. Arturo and Deborah Keller’s iconic white Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Flying Star took Best of Show, uniquely voted at this event by fellow owners. I was awed by John McCaw’s historic, fire-breathing Ferrari 335S. This 170-mph beast took veteran Italian ace Piero Taruffi to outright victory in the last-ever Mille Miglia, and I couldn’t suppress a smile when it was jump-started by a SEFAC Hot Rod Ferrari 250 GT SWB competition berlinetta after the event. Even zillion-dollar automobiles rely on $200 batteries. RM Auctions is now partner with the concours, which has meant bringing their autumn London fixture forward by a month to coincide. The headline French blue Ferrari 250 Tour de France took top honors, snapped up by the same newcomer who took home the white 250 MM at Bonhams’ Quail Lodge sale. I’ve already asked to see his shopping list. Goodwood Revival If one man has done more for the classic car scene than There’s nothing like a jump start from a fellow Ferrari at Hampton Court D oubtlessly to the relief of frustrated Californian golfers, no sooner had the classic car circus vacated the 18th fairway at Pebble Beach than the motoring action shifted across the Atlantic for a frenzied September of events. It all started with the Salon Privé show at Syon Park — a 16th century stately home on the outskirts of London — and then shifted to the Royal Concours of Elegance at nearby Hampton Court, King Henry VIII’s favorite palace (and he had a few). Then came RM’s Automobiles of London auction and, last but by no means least, the glorious Goodwood Revival meeting. It was hard to pick, so I signed up for them all. Salon Privé Salon Privé is an interesting one. Still relatively young, it began as a central London supercar show heavy on corporate sponsorship and hospitality, but it has morphed into something altogether more sophisticated and enjoyable, helped by the move to an historic and more spacious venue. The juxtaposition between old and new is still amusing, as the pointy shoes of the supercar brigade mix with the leather elbow patches of the tweedy old-car set, but everyone gets on. Enough lobsters are consumed during three days of lunches to keep a small fishing village busy for a month, and presumably the stallholders sell enough of their wares to justify it all until next year. I was reminded of the apocryphal story of an American lady visitor who is said to have remarked upon touring the grounds: “Lovely place, but why did they build it so close to the airport?” If you’re in England at the time, it’s worth a visit — especially if you’re shopping for yachts, penthouses or, yes, even a car. Oh, and Derek Bell emcees the concours — he’s as smooth at the mike as the wheel. The Royal Concours The Royal Concours held just a few days later, now in its third year from an impres- sive standing start at Windsor Castle, attracts the crème de la crème from around the collecting world, although this year’s date clash with the new Chantilly Concours outside Paris led to a few last-minute defections, leaving the organizers to sweat out finding replacements. This explained the occasional oddball entry and warranted a few private asides from selection committee members who felt that heavy lobbying from across the Channel was inappropriate given the Royal Concours’ charity fundraising cause. I can imagine the 40 Kidston’s D-type leading the pack at Goodwood Sports Car Market Lord March, I’d like to meet him. It’s easy to forget how barely two decades ago, an af- fection for cranky old motors was regarded by many as a slightly eccentric male pastime. While most of us are still male — and often eccentric (I’ll accept cranky, too) — barely a dinner party goes by without a new acquaintance asking: “Do you ‘do’ Goodwood?” Don’t think for one minute that this wider public acceptance of our passion hasn’t helped the market and the value of the cars in your garage, and it’s also doing its part to forge a new generation of enthusiasts. This year’s Revival honored the 60th birthday of the Jaguar D-type with a grid exclusively composed of more than two dozen of Coventry’s finest, and I owe my friend Gregor Fisken a big thank-you for bringing the Kidston entry home third behind two longnose Works cars. The sight of a World War II Lancaster bomber lumber- ing across the skies overhead flanked by a pair of escorting Spitfires — their whining V12 Rolls-Royce Merlin engines signifying the sound of freedom for a generation — can’t have failed to stir the emotions of many. We all got to dress up and feel that we somehow played a part, relive history and remind ourselves what these cars were built for. To admire their beauty is rewarding, but to see them in action is understanding. Nowhere does it better. ♦ Simon Kidston Tim Scott


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Feature 2014 Beaulieu Autojumble 2014 Beaulieu Autojumble If you can’t find it at England’s giant swapmeet, it doesn’t exist Story and photos by Paul Hardiman suitability — as did complete Coventry Climax engines, ranging in price from £100 ($162) to £5,000 ($8,121) depending on how complete and genuine, FWEs or fire-pump fare. Oily rags, warm ale and grilling meat This is all before you get to the tool sellers, car dealers, corral of cars for sale running from Scootacar to T-bird lowrider, A 7/8-scale Hawker Hunter biplane for shoppers with their head in the clouds I t might not be as big as Hershey, but for sheer variety it knocks spots off any other autojumble on the planet, and the term was coined here. Where else could you find — as well as those obscure lighting parts you need to complete your Bébé Peugeot rebuild — a replica 1927 Malcolm Campbell Bluebird, a 7/8-scale Hawker Hunter biplane, or enough parts to assemble an Austin Seven from scratch — and drive it away at the end of the weekend? (It’s been done...). If you can’t find it here, it doesn’t exist. Beaulieu, held on the grounds of England’s National Motor Museum in the sleepy, 40-mph-speed-limit New Forest, is an institution. It has run the first weekend in September every year since 1967. Here is where the great, good and downright eccentric of the European old-car world meet to trade, barter and generally have a damn good and grungy weekend among 2,000 stands groaning under the weight of what some view as treasure and others might term tat. The wise bring trolleys to carry off their purchases, although there’s a “leave and collect later” service. The pragmatic hang a “wanted” sign around their necks. Not always a bargain basement Everywhere, folk are carrying off treasure. That we’ll see much of it on sale again same time, same place next year just keeps the market rolling. The French and Dutch are mad keen on vintage petrol pumps; by Sunday most of them had all gone, but you could still have had a complete new Bugatti Type 35 body, or the front and rear sections of an S1 Elan crashed in racing. The Bluebird replica — already splendidly patinated — is a new build, recently finished by a man from Northolt who prefers not to give his name, but who’ll race it in Vintage events if he still owns it the day after the jumble; his best offer, received at 5 a.m. Sunday, was £750k: Yes, $1.2 million — but try finding another 24-liter Napier Lion W12. On Peugeots, there was a complete Details Plan ahead: September 5–6, 2015 Where: Beaulieu, Hampshire, U.K. Cost: Entry tickets are $20.30 per day; two-day tickets are $38.98 Web: www.beaulieu.co.uk 44 single-cylinder rolling chassis with motor available, pre-dating the Bugatti-designed Bébé. Lotus Twin Cam cylinder heads abounded, in both Stromberg and Weber Well, they call it a jumble, after all Sports Car Market specialist repair outfits featuring everything from semaphore indicators to Laycock overdrives, and a more recent addition to Beaulieu’s repertoire: vintage clothing. The Goodwood Revival was due the following week just along the coast, after all. There’s also the long-running Bonhams auction on Saturday, which always includes a few restoration projects. This year they sold 97 out of 124 cars and one coach offered for a 78% sale rate — including £78,000 ($126,685) for a completely rotten early S1 E-type roadster. Although there’s some overlap, this event attracts a more deeply rooted strain of enthusiast than the dressup Goodwood crowd. Oily rags, barbecues and pints of traditionally British warm, foaming ale are the norm — even in the middle of the day. Perhaps most stylish was a bunch from Ireland who’d arrived in a converted single-decker bus — the “Rusty Nuts on Tour” — and had enterprisingly parked it just outside the gate of the yellow field, their nearby crash pad for the weekend, ensuring that everyone was adequately fed and watered at all times. Nothing like doing it in style. ♦


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Feature 2014 Elegance at Hershey Sweet Retreat The small field proved that quality — not quantity — is king, as The Elegance has quickly grown in stature among national concours Story and photos by Bill Rothermel Rear-Entry Light Tonneau. Among other unusual entries was Anson Loose’s 1931 Jordan G-90 Speedboy dual-cowl phaeton, which won the American Spirit Award for the Best American Open Car 1920–31. Loose has personally restored the magnificent vehicle two times during his ownership tenure. The winner of the Governor’s Cup for Best in Show and The Most Elegant Open Pre-War Car went to SCMer Harry Yeaggy and his rarely shown 1935 Duesenberg Special Roadster — aka the “Mormon Meteor.” The 2007 Pebble Beach Best in Show-winning Duesie dazzled spectators with its spectacular presence and history. It is arguably one of the most important cars of the 20th century. Weekend festivities included Pat Swigart’s 1952 Verrill Wolfwagen Roadster T he fourth time was the charm for The Elegance at Hershey. After two rainouts and a day of oppressive 90-plus degrees heat and humidity, the weather gods got it perfect for the fourth year of this upscale-but-casual celebration of the automobile. Held June 13–15 in Hershey, PA — a town famous for chocolate and automobiles (it is home to the Antique Automobile Club of America) — The Elegance brought 65 great automobiles to the lovely gardens of the grand Hotel Hershey. The small field proved that quality — not quantity — is king, as The Elegance has quickly grown in stature among national concours. This year, many original cars made appearances — as did some cars that one might consider a bit more unusual and unique. David Pickard showed his 1910 Pickard Model H Touring — one of 52 produced and the only one known to exist. This car is very original — the bands of its brakes are lined with camel hair. Well-known collector Patricia Swigart showed her one-off 1952 Verrill Wolfwagen roadster conceived by Thomas Verrill. It was Verrill’s goal to surpass the famed Bugatti Royale as the longest car in the world. Too bad the car didn’t fit in the typical American garage. Winner of the FIVA/HVA Award was a time-warp 1925 Packard 236 sport coupe, with coachwork by Merrimac, from the collection of SCMers Susan and Steve Babinsky. Amazingly, the car has just 15,000 miles on the clock. SCMers Paul and Linda Gould shared their fabulous 1954 DeSoto Adventurer II coupe by Ghia, which drove away with the People’s Choice Award. The Board of Directors Award was presented to SCMers Ralph and Adeline Marano, owners of the one-off concept car 1948 Packard convertible Victoria by Vignale. The Elegance of Competition Award went to SCMer Robert J. Mirabile for his just-restored 1932 Aston Martin Le Mans prototype with coachwork by E. Bertelli Ltd. The car made its concours debut that day. SCMer Roger Willbanks received both the Jack Rich Details Plan ahead: The next Elegance at Hershey is scheduled for June 12–14, 2015 Where: The Hotel Hershey, Hershey, PA Cost: $25 for a concours ticket More: www.theeleganceathershey. com 46 Award (honoring the concours’ founder) and the Best Italian Pre-War Car for his largely original 1934 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Third Series Speedster. SCMer Ken Swanstrom’s 1962 Facel Vega Facel II was bestowed with the French Curve Award for the Best French Closed Car. Noted Brass collector Bill Alley received the Motoring Pioneer’s Award for his superbly restored 1904 Oldsmobile “French Front” 4-Passenger Anson Loose’s 1931 Jordan G-90 Speedboy dual-cowl phaeton Sports Car Market Saturday’s The Grand Ascent — a reprisal of the Hershey Hill Climb. Race cars participating arrived at the AACA Museum for Friday night’s opening cocktail party behind a police escort — the AACA Museum’s 1966 Plymouth Fury patrol car. Saturday’s events also included a 5k race for runners on the hillclimb course and the evening’s gala dinner for the benefit for juvenile diabetes, the AACA Library and Research Center, and the AACA Museum. SCMer Robert A. Lutz served as Honorary Chairman for the event. What a weekend — and what weather! ♦ Harry Yeaggy’s 1935 Duesenberg Special “Mormon Meteor”


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Feature 2014 Chantilly Concours The Chantilly Arts & Elegance — Already a Winner Peter Mullin’s stunning 1935 Delahaye 135M phaeton grand sport, with coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi, went home with top honors by Keith Martin Our class included three Bentleys, a 1928 4 Litre, a 1930 4½ Litre supercharged and a 1930 Speed Six (“Old Number 2,” one of two Le Mans team cars). There also was a 1932 Alfa Romeo Monza once used as an ice-racer in Sweden, a 1931 Alfa Pininfarina-bodied 8C 2300 Spider just out of restoration, a oneoff Mercedes 1933 380 roadster with a body by Erdmann and Rossi that was also freshly restored, and a quite cute 1934 Riley Imp with Le Mans history. Rounding out the class were three French cars: a 1936 TalbotLago T150 C Competition, a 1938 Delahaye 135 Special Competition with a body by Pourtout and a 1937 Peugeot Darl’Mat Special Sport Roadster, also bodied by Pourtout. Our judging involved some Peter and Merle Mullin (from left) in the winner’s circle with judges Patrick Peter and Christophe Pund F or a first-time event, the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille Concours d’Elegance ticked all the boxes. The organizers, Patrick and Sylviane Peter, are no strangers to doing things at a very high level. They are the founders of the Tour Auto and the Le Mans Classic, two events that are highly regarded in the collector car world. When they set out to have a concours d’elegance, they knew what they wanted to achieve. Participants began arriving at the Chantilly Chateau, about 35 miles north of Paris, on Friday, September 5. Cars were unloaded the morning of the 6th, with many of them participating in a 100-km (62 miles) tour. The welcome dinner was that evening, and the concours itself was held on Sunday. For three days, the participants’ world was a succes- Details Tour: 100 km, day before concours, entrants only Gala: Black tie, night before concours Number of cars on field: 100 Best of Show 2014: 1935 Delahaye 135M phaeton grand sport, coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi, owned by Peter Mullin Plan Ahead Concours Weekend dates: September 5–6, 2015 General admission: €35 ($45), younger than 12 free; parking, €10 ($13) Website: www.peterauto.peter.fr 50 sion of Bugattis and Alfa Romeos, dinners prepared by three-star Michelin chefs, viewing paintings by Poussin and Botticelli on display in the castle on the grounds of the Domaine de Chantilly, and a show horse trotting down the aisle during Sunday lunch. In short, it was a celebration of Arts and Elegance, done on a grand European scale. I was honored to be invited to be a judge; of the 40 in attendence, just three were from America. I joined SCM contributor Murray Smith and noted collector (and SCMer, of course) Bruce Meyer. Head judges were Patrick Peter and good friend — and emcee extraordinaire — Alain de Cadenet. The class I judged was Sports and Race Cars from the Interwar Period, 1919–39. My fellow judges were German journalist and racer Nicola von Dönhoff and French classic-car authority and dealer Christophe Pund. heated discussions, revolving around a common European opinion that fully restored cars, such as the PF Cabriolet and the Mercedes 380, were really “over-done” and that pre- served cars, like “Old Number 2,” were much preferred. However, I pointed out that both the Delahaye and the Talbot had lost their original bodies, worn other coachwork, and then had their original bodies recreated. Then, these new bodies had an application of “instant patina” to give them an attractive, well-worn appearance. A completely false look, of course. Even the Bentley Speed Six carried a completely repainted front section, while having the original — and quite weathered — fabric coachwork in the rear. There’s no one right answer to what is the “correct” level of restoration, and how “instant patina” should be judged at a concours. I found the discussion invigorating, and in the end we agreed that the Speed Six was Best of Class, and the Mercedes 380 and the Alfa Monza would receive Special Prizes. Best of Show was appropriately enough a French car, and emphasizing the international nature of this event, came from an American collection. Peter Mullin’s stunning 1935 Delahaye 135M phaeton grand sport, with coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi, went home with top honors. The Chantilly Concours d’Elegance was an impres- sive first effort, with a stunning location on the grounds of the Chantilly Chateau, top-flight cars from Europe and America and a very full agenda. We can expect more of the same in the years ahead from Patrick and Sylviane. ♦ Sports Car Market Keith Martin


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SCMers at Chantilly Concours Lawrence Auriana 1932 Maserati Tipo V4 Sport The Racing Cars Cristian Bertschi 1956 Maserati A6 G 2000 Zagato The Great Bodyworks André Binda 1972 Maserati Boomerang by Giugiaro The Great Bodyworks Miles Collier 1933 Bugatti Type 55 Tribute to Bugatti William E. Connor 1936 Hispano-Suiza J12 Cabriolet Saoutchik The Great French Bodyworks the ’20s & ’30s Daimler/Mercedes-Benz 1970 Mercedes-Benz C111-2 The Design Years: The ’60s & ’70s Concept Cars Manuel Eliçable 1955 Maserati A6 GCS The Racing Cars U. Daniel Ghose 1904 Delaugère et Clayette 24/40 HP The Ancestors: Cars Built Up to 31st December 1910 Christian Hartmann 1959 Fiat 600 The Untouched Cars William Ellwood Heinecke 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Bertone The Design Years: The ’60s & ’70s Concept Cars Nicolas Hollander 1968 Maserati Mexico Frua The Great Bodyworks Sir Michael Kadoorie 1903 Cadillac Model A The Ancestors: Cars Built Up to 31st December 1909 1939 Talbot-Lago T150 C-SS Pourtout The Great French Bodyworks the ’20s & ’30s Jean-Marc Krief 1962 Alfa Romeo SZ 2 The Untouched Cars Lucas Laureys 1962 Jaguar D-type coupe by Michelotti British Chassis & Italian Bodyworks 1958 Maserati 3500 GT Spyder Touring The Great Bodyworks Peter & Merle Mullin 1937 Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet Figoni et Falaschi The Great French Bodyworks the ’20s & ’30s Ernest Nagamatsu 1959 Buick Old Yeller II The Untouched Cars Matteo Panini 1953 Maserati A6 GCS Pininfarina The Great Bodyworks 1967 Maserati Simoun The Great Bodyworks 1973 Maserati 124 Coupé The Great Bodyworks 1958 Maserati 420/M/Eldorado The Racing Cars 1963 Maserati Tipo 63 The Racing Cars David Sydorick 1956 Maserati A6G 2000 “Double Bubble” Zagato The Great Bodyworks Erich Traber 1952 Jaguar XK 120 Supersonic Ghia British Chassis & Italian Bodyworks December 2014 51


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Feature 2014 Pacific Northwest Concours 2014 Pacific Northwest Concours A perfect, sunny day to celebrate the Ford Mustang — and the contributions of some younger gearheads Story and photos by Jack Tockston featured marque, with many preserved or restored versions ready for judging on the show field. More Mustangs were in a featured anniversary display inside the museum’s main hall. Winner of the Shelby Mustang class was Gary McKay’s 1967 GT500 fastback. The Boss 302 fastback owned by Bob Bornemeier earned top honors in the Ford Mustang Class. Fords also won under Muscle Cars 1964–72, with Greg Prince taking first with his 1970 Ford Torino. Tom Beffa’s gorgeous 1932 Ford roadster took home the “Modified Flathead Hot Rods” trophy. A special award for “This Car Matters” went to Mark Hovander, who brought the very first Shelby Mustang GT350 produced. One special Best of Show — Peter Boyle’s 1928 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A SS Custom LeBaron T he perfect day for a concours is sunny and warm, with a light breeze to keep things comfortable. That’s exactly what greeted the Pacific Northwest Concours d’Elegance at the LeMay—America’s Car Museum on September 7, 2014. The day was ideal for a gathering of rolling art on the museum’s grassy showfield. Formerly called the “Kirkland Concours,” The Pacific Northwest Concours d’Elegance’s new name reflects the 2012 move from a Seattle suburb to the new worldclass LeMay—America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, WA. A group of 30 marque experts judged this “competition of elegance.” The judges selected vehicles from 13 classes for recognition and trophies — plus the “Best of Show Award.” For car owners and spectators, it’s a family gathering of the clan, with enthusiastic conversations among the like-minded. Co-emcees Paul Ianuario from Duncan, SC, Details Tour: The Tour d’Jour takes concours participants on a 100-mile drive on scenic western Washington back roads Gala: The Dinner d’Elegance brings more than 250 guests to the museum the night before the concours Winners: Best of Show: Peter Boyle’s 1928 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A SS Custom LeBaron Founder’s Award: Peter and Jennifer Gleeson’s 1979 BMW M1 Pro Car People’s Choice: Jim and Jan Sullivan’s 1948 MG TC Participants’ Choice: Ron and Julie Printz’s 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350 H Plan Ahead Concours Weekend dates: The next Pacific Northwest Concours d’Elegance weekend is September 11–13, 2015 Where: The LeMay-America’s Car Museum, Tacoma, WA Cost: Admission to the concours is $35 Number of entries: 150 Web: www.lemaymuseum.org 52 and SCMer Bill Rothermel of Lancaster, PA, kept everything flowing and provided relevant commentary from their encyclopedic car knowledge throughout the day. One-hundred-fifty extraordinary entries came from as far away as the East Coast. One gentleman, Peter Boyle of Oil City, PA, brought two cars to sweep up four top prizes. His sporty Steyr 220 roadster took the Most Elegant Award (Open) class, and first in Classics Late. Boyle’s elegant 1928 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A SS Custom LeBaron garnered first in Classics Early and took Best of Show. An Internet search of Mr. Boyle’s entries finds both cars achieved highest honors at similar prestigious concours events across the continent, including Best of Show the previous weekend at a concours in British Columbia, Canada. The Ford Mustang, now 50 years old, was the Celebrating 50 years, Mustang was the featured marque selection I always look forward to is the “Junior Judges Award.” It’s presented by high-school and community-college students who apply to the museum’s Education Department to receive instruction in operating a concours and the intricacies of judging. Their choice this year was the 1969 DeTomaso Mangusta owned by Alan Granberg. Last year’s group selected a Lamborghini, so we may be seeing an Italian-car trend. For those of us concerned about the future of the collector car hobby, this is one way to spark youngsters into carrying forward our automotive passions. ♦ 1938 Steyr 220 roadster, another Peter Boyle entry Sports Car Market


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Ferrari Profile 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi Berlinetta Boxer After years of low demand and stagnant values, Boxers are on a run by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 1982–84 Number produced: 1,007 Original list price: $62,500, plus an additional $10,000 for DOT/EPA compliance for cars imported into the United States Current SCM Valuation: $110,000– $225,000 Major service cost: $8,000 and up for an engine-out service with belts Distributor caps: $500 Chassis # location: On frame tube in engine bay Engine # location: On top of block Club: Ferrari Club of America Web: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: Lamborghini Countach, Maserati Bora, DeTomaso Pantera SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: ZFFJA09B000049533 W hen introduced at the 1981 Frankfurt Salon, the 512 BBi brought about only minor changes from the outgoing 512 BB, with the chief among those being the addition of a Bosch K-Jetronic fuel-injection system. The BBi retained all of the 512 BB’s looks and character — but added exposed driving lights on the nose and rectangular parking lights adjacent to the exhausts at the rear. For many clients, the addition of the fuel injection was a welcome change, and the 512 BBi is often considered to be the most livable of Ferrari’s Berlinetta Boxer models. Naturally, performance remained incredible over the outgoing carbureted 512. The fuel-injected engine of the 512 BBi brought about an additional 20 foot-pounds of torque over its carbureted predecessor, and the powerplant proved to be much more tractable overall. A sprint from 0 to 60 mph would take just 5.4 seconds, and the 512 BBi topped out at 174 mph. By 1984, the 512 BBi’s final year of production before it was replaced by the Testarossa, 1,007 examples had been produced. This 512 BBi is being offered from a Swiss collec- tion, and it is in absolutely impeccable condition, as it has traveled less than 11,500 miles from new. The paintwork is truly brilliant, and stepping inside shows that the interior is also in exceptional condition. It is important to note that the car is also accompanied by a full set of books and manuals, a tool roll, and a spare wheel and tire. This particular BBi was produced in the final year of 56 production for the 512 BBi, and it is undoubtedly one of the finest examples in existence. It would surely stand out in any collection. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 168, sold for $317,294, including buyer’s premium, at RM Auctions’ London sale on September 8, 2014. Enzo Ferrari was well aware of the dangers of putting high-performance cars in the hands of low-performance drivers. Some of the most talented drivers to get behind a steering wheel lost their lives in Ferrari race cars, and the thought of selling his automobiles to just anyone who could write a big check was a source of personal conflict. In the case of race cars, Enzo Ferrari was known to pick and choose who bought his cars, but with street cars the chore was not so easy. The dilemma was particularly vexing as race cars evolved from a front- engine configuration to more nimble mid-engine designs. Road-car customers were requesting production versions of the exotic, potent designs, and Ferrari’s competitors were starting to offer them. In an episode that seems almost unbelievable in light of the performance of Ferrari’s current production, Enzo Ferrari protested that mid-engine cars were too fast and too dangerous to sell to the general public, so he initially refused to build a mid-engine street car. His manufacturing partners and marketing department finally convinced him that such an offering was needed. Enzo relented under the condition that the mid-engine offering be powered by 1982 Ferrari 512 BBi Lot 120, s/n 43029 Condition 2 Sold at $147,455 Artcurial, Le Mans, FRA, 7/7/12 SCM# 209334 Sports Car Market 1982 Ferrari 512 BBi Lot 645, s/n ZFFJA09B000038625 Condition 2Sold at $177,389 Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/16/13 SCM# 231933 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi Lot 144.1, s/n ZFFJA09B000045273 Condition 3+ Sold at $264,000 Motostalgia, Seabrook, TX, 5/2/14 SCM# 243460 Tom Wood ©2014, courtesy of RM Auctions


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a 6-cylinder Dino engine rather than a traditional Ferrari 12-cylinder engine. The Dino series turned out to be wildly successful, and it opened the door for the 12-cylinder Berlinetta Boxer series. The Berlinetta Boxer represented three firsts for Ferrari: 1. It was the first time Enzo Ferrari allowed the use of a 12-cylinder engine in a mid-engine production car. 2. It was the first time Ferrari used a Flat-12-cylinder engine in a production car. 3. And it was the first time Ferrari used rubber timing belts on a production engine. A flat-out amazing engine History will have to evolve past our current infatuation with Ferrari’s V12 engines before the importance of their Flat 12-cylinder engine is fully appreciated. The Flat 12 is also known as a 180-degree V, and is nicknamed “Boxer” for the way its pistons box against each other. It is not a unique design, as Porsche has built a dynasty on the concept, but it represents a period in Ferrari’s competition history that rivals — if not surpasses — the 250 period, which is popularly regarded as Ferrari’s Golden Age. The 3-liter Flat 12 was introduced during the 1970 Formula One sea- son in Ferrari’s 312 B. To call the engine dominant would be an understatement. Variations would power Niki Lauda to 1975 and 1977 World Championships. Jody Scheckter extended the glory with a 1979 World Championship. On the sports-car side, Ferrari put a de-tuned version of their Flat 12 in a 312 chassis and won every race they entered in 1972 — and clinched the 1972 World Sports Car Championship. Gilles Villeneuve, Carlos Pace, Brian Redman, Mario Andretti, Jacky Ickx and Niki Lauda are just a few of the Ferrari drivers who drove a Flat-12 Ferrari. The Boxer street engine was introduced in a 344-hp, 4.4-liter configuration for use in the 365 GTB4 Berlinetta Boxer. It was substantially different from the famous race engine — but quite exotic and sufficiently powerful. The 365 quickly morphed into the 360-hp carbureted 5-liter engine found in the 512 BB. Next, fuel injection was added for a 340-hp, 5-liter unit to power the 512 BBi. The concept was later updated with four valve heads and 390 horsepower for use in the Testarossa before evolving into the 428-hp 512TR powerplant. The final version was the 440-hp F512 M unit. Boxers finally on the rise The last time I wrote about Boxers, an online posting requested Boxer fans to send me dead fish. A feeling persisted among Boxer enthusiasts that Boxer values are too low, and they will be the next to take off. I wasn’t in line with their views, so revenge was proposed. As just about everything else wearing a Prancing Horse has exploded in value, the faithful are finally being rewarded for their devotion. After years of low demand and stagnant values, Boxers are on a run. Fuel-injected Boxers languished in the $100,000 range before one sold for $170,000 at a 2013 Monterey auction. This year at Monterey, a 715-kilometer BBi brought an astounding $473,000, and an average example remarkably sold at just over $300,000. A $300,000 sale nets the owner in the mid-$200,000s, which is about what a private sale of a premium example netted last month. RM’s Boxer 49533 was a well-documented, low-mileage example. It was reported to be in perfect condition with all the accessories. Nothing was mentioned about the very expensive major service or the condition of the elusive TRX tires, but at this purchase price they are incidental expenses. Spending $317,000 is a reach for an 11,000-mile BBi, but this was the car to stretch for. It was a good result for both sides. The vendor got more that he could have expected six months ago, and the buyer has a great car at a price that may seem cheap in a few months. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) December 2014 57


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English Profile 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Coupe I view this once-glorious, once-graceful road car as Picasso’s version of an Aston Martin Mk I by Stephen Serio Details Years produced: 1953–55 Number produced: 565, including 102 drophead coupes Original list price: 2,728 U.K. pounds, including tax Current SCM Valuation: $130,000– $215,000 Tune-up cost: $1,200 to $2,400 Distributor cap: $75 Chassis # location: Brass plaque in engine compartment and on top of right side chassis rail Engine # location: Stamped on topside of timing cover Club: www.amocna.org Alternatives: 1951–54 Jaguar XK 120 coupe, 1951–58 Lancia Aurelia B20 coupe, 1951–58 Alfa Romeo 1900 SCM Investment Grade: C Comps Chassis number: LML664 T he BMIHT Certificate states that this DB2/4 was completed on February 2, 1954, and it was originally sold to a Scottish customer. While its early history is unknown, its build sheet documents an early factory engine replacement. According to Anthony Forshaw, it is believed that its current engine is that period replacement unit. Aston Service Dorset has issued an amended build sheet and new chassis plate to cement the connection. The Aston was discovered in Virginia in 2008 by the current owner, who then promptly delivered it to Francis Warwick of Lea Francis Automotive Archaeologist in West Palm Beach, FL, a specialist in British marques, for restoration. The car was disassembled, and its alloy body was repaired where necessary. Any panels showing signs of oxidation were replaced with new metal, with the work being performed by a collector-class craftsman who was an expert in English wheels. The underside was cleaned and undercoated, and the consignor states that the electrical system was redone, including the installation of a correct new wiring harness, a fuse block, NOS trafficators, and a rebuilt wiper motor. All instruments were rebuilt, and a new speedometer cable was installed. The fuel tank and lines were flushed, and a new fuel pump was installed. The drum brakes and carburetion were properly rebuilt, the radiator was re-cored, and a new period-correct exhaust system was fitted. The transmission was serviced, and the engine was gone through, with the technician reporting excellent compression on all cylinders. The suspension was ser- 58 viced, the engine bay was repainted a textured black, the firewall was insulated, and the heater box was stripped and powder-coated. And finally, the shimmering body was hand-polished. Inside, all new olive leather, matching cut-pile wool carpeting, and a beige wool headliner and side panels were cut, sewn, and installed. The interior wood was replaced with new burl mahogany pieces. All of the interior fasteners were replaced with stainless or chrome bits. There are new period-correct seat belts, and a new Triplex windscreen was installed, along with all-new rubber seals and weatherstripping. The window regulators were refurbished for proper operation, and all exterior brightwork was rechromed, with a new cloisonné restoration added to the badges. The car has five new 600x16-inch Firestone bias-ply tyres and tubes, and the wire wheels and grille were powder-coated black. The rear luggage area is protected by a set of leather-edged over-carpets. Receipts for the extensive work performed are available in the car’s history file. The car is presented in stunning polished alloy, and it will be supplied with its correct bumpers and bumperirons, front overriders, mounting hardware, and its original Scottish number plate, MUS 194. Also included will be all of the books, invoices, and records from the consignor’s ownership, a display board that includes its BMIHT Certificate, a technical data sheet, its factory record, a modified factory record, and all of its factory tools, including those fitted into the interior armrest. An Aston Martin DB2/4 of this vintage is Mille Miglia- 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk I Lot 201, s/n LML731 Condition 4+ Sold at $134,304 Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, U.K., 5/17/14 SCM# 244181 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk I Lot 234, s/n LML866 Condition 3 Sold at $181,369 Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, U.K., 5/17/14 SCM# 244179 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Lot 247, s/n LML1016 Condition 3 Sold at $172,518 Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, U.K., 5/18/13 SCM# 222614 Sports Car Market Ryan Merill ©2014, courtesy of RM Auctions


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eligible, and this wonderful example has indeed been prepared for rally events. Recent concours outings have produced Best in Class and Exceptional in Class awards. The connoisseur searching for a sorted and strikingly beautiful DB2/4 need look no further, and whether the car remains unpainted or is returned to its original color scheme, the next owner will have an extraordinary Aston Martin that is certain to turn heads anywhere and everywhere it is seen. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 148, sold for $205,308, including buyer’s premium, at RM Auctions’ London Auction on September 8, 2014. On the 10th anniversary of my waxing philosophic about another “challenged” Aston Martin DB2/4 (see September 2004 “English Profile,” p. 64), the powers that be in the editorial office decided to throw me another fine bone, er, customized example. My mood has not swayed one iota about such things. I’m not a fan. Sometimes an online catalog is all you need. My eyes still hurt from staring at Lot 148, but let’s get to the good news early. RM deserves their buyer’s and seller’s commission here. Kudos to Max Girardo and the staff, honestly, for this is what auction companies sometimes do better in an auction environment than any specialist in a boring old garage (with inspection equipment and technicians) on any given day. This Aston was well sold indeed. An orphan has found a home. Let’s hope that this new home heals and saves our poor victim from any more abuse heaped on it by past caretakers and unkind parents. Little Orphan Aston has to yearn for “Tomorrow” no more… I hope. Picasso’s vision of an Aston? I wasn’t at the London sale to view this car, nor did I need to be to form an opinion about this Aston bitsa. Rarely does the word “bitsa” get thrown about in the 1950s Aston Martin World, but this car is an excellent example of just that. “I never sell any perfect cars, but that’s all I’m ever offered,” is an often-used phrase in my office. This lot was the consignor’s opinion of what should be a perfect Aston in his or her world. I view this once-glorious, once-graceful road car as Picasso’s version of an Aston Martin MK I, a Surrealist Aston, if you will. Everything is bit “cattywampus,” as they say in Maine. Least important is the non-matching-numbers aspect of this unit. With some simple digging around, the original engine VBE501398 was listed with past multiple owners in the AMOC club registries throughout 1970s. Re-stamping an available body-tag so that it cor- the responds to a replacement motor seems a bit dubious in my view, but it wasn’t done under any veil of darkness — so no harm, no foul, I suppose. It’s just bad form. Underdone and overdone at the same time More importantly, who, other than hot-rodders or replica builders, polishes an aluminum car? With it strangely unpainted, you can see the warts and imperfections, I suppose, but this reeks of an unfinished project. Items that should have been chromed (the grille, for one) were powder-coated, smooth surfaces under the hood were finished textured black, blingy chrome bits were added all throughout the interior — along with some very shiny wood. The olive leather seemed a bit too “unusual” in shade and texture to me. This car is an odd combination of cheating some things and overworking others. The tipping point for the Picasso “cubist” Aston was the “about to shatter at any second” steering wheel that was pictured online in all of its busted glory. I would have preferred a little less mahogany personal touch and a little more unbroken steering wheel, so I could feel a tad more confident driving this jaunty beast down to the pub — or at speed. Can this car be saved? The good news? The catalog claims the car has fine compression, many new me- chanical parts — and I personally like the black wires. The wheels are the touch that should be the first direction of how to now finish this car and get it back the elegant state in which it once lived. Or I suppose you could just replace the steering wheel and try and drive the stink out of it on every rally, road race and track that you’d like. Either way, please save this car from any more customizing. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) December 2014 59


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1954 Pegaso Z-102 Cabriolet Much cheaper than a Gullwing, BMW 507 or Lancia Aurelia Spider America — and much harder to find by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1951–58 Number produced: 28 Original List Price: $29,500 Current SCM Valuation: $500,000– $970,000 Tune-up cost: $1,050 Chassis # location: Engine bulkhead, stamped into metal Engine # location: Intake side of block Club: None Alternatives: 1954 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT, 1953 Maserati A6G/2000, 1953 Fiat 8V SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1954 Pegaso Z-102 Series II (subject car) Lot 389, s/n 01021530136 Condition 1Sold at $970,812 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 2/7/14 SCM# 238910 Chassis number: 01021530136 T hat Spanish truck manufacturer ENASA should have built one of the most exotic sports grand touring cars of the early 1950s seems rather improbable. However, it becomes somewhat more understand- able when you learn that the company’s chief technical manager’s last position was Chief Engineer, Special Projects, for Alfa Romeo from 1936 to 1944. Wifredo Ricart was often criticized for the complexity of the vehicles he designed, but in the case of the Pegaso sports car, that attribute was very much the aim. To showcase the skills of the company’s engineers and workers and to establish a level of credibility for the heavy-truck products, the sophistication of the Pegaso Z-102 would demonstrate to the world that Spain could produce a high-performance car with advanced features to match any other such vehicles in the world — and surpass most, especially the cars from up-and-coming manufacturer Ferrari. The engine was an alloy 4-cam, dry sump, desmo- dromic-valve V8 — connected to a 5-speed transaxle — so it was clear that this was no ordinary car of the time. The chassis were wrapped in hand-built coachwork from leading Italian and French firms, including Carrozzeria Touring and Saoutchik, as well as some designed and built in-house by ENASA. Beginning at a displacement of 2.5 liters, the engine 60 was developed into 2.8- and 3.2-liter versions during the production life of the Z-102. The most powerful of these was a supercharged 3.2-liter unit which produced a prodigious 360 horsepower. Top speeds ranging from 120 to 160 mph were possible — depending on the engine. The Pegaso Z-102 handily outperformed almost any other road-going GT car of the early to mid-1950s. The car we offer, chassis 0136, is a very dramatic Z-102 cabriolet bodied by Saoutchik of Paris. It is thought to be the only Series II cabriolet built; however, in the preparation of the newly released exhaustive history of Saoutchik by historians Peter M. Larsen and Ben Erikson, it is suggested that this vehicle is actually one of the somewhat more attractive Series III cars due to various details of the body shape and trim. In any event, it would also be the sole Series III cabriolet as well. It is said that the original owner of chassis 0136 felt the open car was a bit too flexible for the type of driving he enjoyed on the less-than-perfect roads of 1950s Spain. He therefore had his Pegaso made into a coupe in 1958. The bodywork remained in this style until the early 1990s, when it was restored as the cabriolet it had been at creation. It appeared at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, CA, as part of the 2011 “Supercars — When Too Much is Almost Enough” exhibition and was purchased by Sports Car Market 1954 Pegaso Z-102 Series II Saoutchik Lot 130, s/n 01021500148 Condition 1Sold at $797,500 RM Auctions, New York, NY, 11/21/13 SCM# 231701 1954 Pegaso Z-102 Series II (subject car) Lot 176, s/n 01021530136 Condition 2- Not sold at $700,000 RM Auctions, Amelia Island, FL, 3/9/13 SCM# 215648 Chip Riegel, courtesy of Gooding & Company


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the vendor in 2013. While the Pegaso was still very attractively presented, the vendor felt the need to give the car a thorough new restoration to meet his particular high standards. The exacting work was carried out by noted Automotive Restorations Inc. of Stamford, CT, overseen by Kent Bain and Charlie Weber with historian Peter Larsen providing consultation as well. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 28, sold for $990,000, including buyer’s premium, at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance sale on August 16, 2014. The Pegaso is arguably the most exotic car of the 1950s. It had an alloy, dry-sump, 4-cam V8 engine with desmodromic valves that produced a healthy 240 horsepower. This car is also fitted with rack-and-pinion steering, dual-circuit brake system, torsion-bar front, De Dion rear suspension and a limited-slip rear axle underneath bodywork from Carrozzeria Touring and Saoutchik. Dodging war and designing cars These were certainly not everyday cars. Wifredo Ricart’s departure from newly demo- cratic Italy for the more-familiar comforts of fascist Spain at the end of World War II could have meant that one of the greatest and most creative minds in technical design might not have been able to continue to work in the automotive business. Ricart originally fled Spain for Italy during the late 1930s because of the Spanish Civil War. He found a welcome home at Alfa Romeo, where the full-on push for armaments construction had created the need for a sure, firm hand over the aeronautical, truck and auto engineering staffs. At Alfa, he soon indulged his passion for complex, high-performance engines with the development of the 16-cylinder supercharged Alfa Tipo 162 grand prix car — his answer to the all-conquering Silver Arrows from Germany. Ricart also oversaw the creation of the heroic Tipo 1101 radial aircraft engine. This 28-cylinder, 50-liter beast developed over 2,000 horsepower and came just in time for the Alfa factory at Portello to be bombed during World War II. At the same time, he was busy developing what was hoped to be Alfa’s first new post-war car, the 6C 2000, a very modern small car with a new twin-cam, 6-cylinder engine and a 4-speed transaxle like the one that would be seen in Lancia’s Aurelia in 1950, but with a pre-selector control. After Ricart’s departure from Alfa at the end of World War II, time and money were in short supply for tooling up for a completely new car, so the Alfa 6C 2000 sank without a trace. A welcoming return The opportunity to realize his creative fantasies with the deep pockets of the Spanish government-owned ENASA truck firm must have seemed like a gift from heaven to Ricart. That he also got the opportunity to create the world’s most sophisticated and capable GT and race car — and to show the Italians exactly how it should be done — was doubtlessly very pleasant as well. In any event, the Pegaso Z-102 was a bit too complex, too heavy and too expensive to be the world beater it might have been. But Pegaso spurred Lancia, Ferrari and Maserati to advance their products a bit faster than at least the latter two were inclined to do. From cabriolet to coupe to cabriolet Turning to our lovely Pegaso Z-102, it’s often said that you should never buy a car with stories. That’s not strictly true, as it depends on the tale being told, when and by whom. Our subject car started life as a cabriolet, became a coupe, then a cabriolet again. And I do love the story of why it was converted. Chassis flex? The idea of driving this car at any speed over undeveloped roads is a bizarre one indeed. However, if you want to be practical and have a Pegaso as well, compromises must be made. Nevertheless, this car has never been abandoned, crashed, burned or otherwise maltreated during its life. That counts for a great deal in my book. The sum of its parts equals magic I find all Pegaso cars fascinating. Any car that has an example named “Thrill” has got to be pretty special. “Thrill’ is the moniker for a swoopy coupe bodied by Carrozzeria Touring in 1954, which, like many Pegasos, features styling that has many awkward details that somehow still combine to create something truly magical — even if not conventionally beautiful. And I think every one of the 86 or so built, even those with the ugly-duckling in-house design, have an aura and feel that sets them apart from their very stellar competition. Well-traveled and well sold When this car appeared at the 2013 RM Auctions Amelia Island sale, it carried an estimate of $1.25m– $1.75m. It failed to sell at a high bid of $700k. It then appeared in Paris at Artcurial’s Rétromobile sale on February 7, 2014, where it was reported sold at $970,812. In between Amelia Island and Paris, the Pegaso had been treated to another cosmetic restoration which brought it back to the correct original light-blue shade it carried when first delivered. It seemed as if this most flamboyant of road cars had found its place not far from where it was first bodied. But that Paris sale apparently unwound, and here it was at Pebble Beach on offer again for the third time in 2½ years. Okay, I will have to admit that this car is much more a park-and-shine than drive-and-thrash, but nevertheless it’s pretty neat to imagine blasting with your very significant other through the roads in the Bois de Boulogne on an otherwise quiet Sunday morning before driving up the Champs-Élysées for breakfast at the Ledoyen restaurant in the shadow of the Grand Palais. Why worry about the dirt and stone chips inside the open fenders — that’s what your chauffeur and an open account at Saoutchik was for. Given that BMW 507s, Mercedes-Benz Gullwings and Lancia Aurelia Spider Americas sell for many hundreds of thousands more than this car, you could be pretty sure you’d never run into another Saoutchik Pegaso cabriolet on your drive. Well sold, yes, but also appropriately bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.) December 2014 61


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Etceterini & Friends Profile The Cumberford Perspective Gisele Bündchen in a Ma Joad dress By Robert Cumberford 2 “T he Pegaso had an exquisite specification and was beautifully made, even if some of the bodies crafted for it by fashionable European coachbuild- ers did it a disservice.” So said the irreplaceable L.J.K. Setright in his unfinished personal memoir. Disservice? This abomination by Saoutchik is an absolute disgrace, and — despite my admiration for Miles Collier’s devotion to originality and preservation — if this Pegaso were mine, I’d remove the grotesque body and replace it with a replica of one of the decent ones mounted on the “exquisite” chassis in period. I had the same im- pression of completely misguided coachwork in the 1970s, when I visited the Schlumpf Museum, then held hostage by outraged textile workers whose livelihood had been sacrificed for the Bugattis. Apart from the few coupes created by Jean Bugatti, most of the closed cars had really ugly bodywork hiding really lovely chassis. Saoutchik’s stumpy shape with lamps submerged in awkward grottos makes a Daimler Dart, another case of a worthy (but definitely not exquisite) chassis betrayed by a badly planned and poorly executed outer skin, look positively elegant. It’s that poor. At least the vaguely Italianate cockpit has a certain charm. Perhaps I’d keep some of it in a re-do of the envelope. Everything else would have to go. Sorry, it’s just not fit to preserve. ♦ 62 8 7 9 6 5 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 The rear fender profile is actually slightly concave, as you can also see in the rear view. 2 This tall fence above the fender profile relates to nothing else on the body, betraying the fender profile as well. 3 Sawed-off-looking pillars could have been sculpted works of art, as was often the case in the 1930s. Here they look like clumsy mistakes. 4 Overhanging “eyebrows” were all the rage in the 1950s, but are in fact terrible air brakes, knocking off a lot of speed due to excess drag. 5 Absence of any sense of graphical composition puts these rectangular lamps where round ones would have at least suited the elliptical surround. 6 The rear fender lower edge is too long, too low — and too ugly. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 Why this? Why here, touching the crease line artfully hammered into the sheet metal? And why not an ellipse, like the lamp surrounds fore and aft? 8 The door handle, rigor- ously parallel to the ground, clashes with the descending crease line just below it. Again, a total lack of compositional sense. 9 More awkwardness in form and volume. The deck lid is too high, too rounded in cross-section behind the cockpit, and completely unrelated to the fairly flat windshield base. 10 Midget-racer “nerf bars” are formally related to nothing else on the car and look woefully homemade. 11 This little crease is actually a very nice line, but it is not in harmony with the fender profile’s inverse curve. 12 The left side door bottom appears to rise with respect to the sill, while the right is parallel to it. Not only bad design in conception, bad execution to boot. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) The instrument cluster is elegant in and of itself, but the left side of the panel is dull. We can admire the steering wheel and sculpted shift knob — and note the little indent in the seat to accommodate the shift lever — but there is again little sense of artful graphical composition. Nothing about the cockpit seems to entice one to drive this car. 1 3 4 12 11 Sports Car Market 10


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German Profile Column Author 1993 Porsche 911 Type 964 Carrera RSR 3.8-Liter Competition Coupe Bruce Canepa recently said every good air-cooled Porsche — 356 to 993 — has more or less doubled in value in the past year by Thor Thorson Details Year produced: 1993 Number produced: 55 Original list price: $160,500 Current SCM Valuation: $550,000– $600,000 Chassis # location: Bulkhead aft of gas tank Engine # location: Fan housing support, right side Club: Porsche Club of America More: www.pca.org Alternatives: 1988–91 Ferrari F40, 1989 Nissan 240SX (GTU), 1989–90 Mazda RX7 (GTU) SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1993 Ferrari F40 LM Chassis number: WPOZZZ96ZPS496067 major step forward in the development of Porsche’s longrunning sports car. Two versions were offered — the Carrera 4 and B Carrera 2 — the former marking the first time that fourwheel drive had been seen on a series-production model. Porsche had experimented with four-wheel drive on the 959 supercar, and many of the lessons learned from the latter influenced the design of the new Carreras’ chassis and suspension. Face-lifted but retaining that familiar shape, the newcomers had been given a more extensive work-over mechanically, 87% of parts being claimed as entirely new. The pair shared the same 3.6-liter, flat-six engine, and power-assisted steering (another 911 “first”). Anti-lock brakes and a 5-speed manual transmission were standard on both, with the Tiptronic auto gearbox a Carrera 2-only option. Its new engine enabled the 964 to out-perform the old 3.2-liter yet still meet the latest emissions regulations. Evoking memories of the legendary 2.7- and 3.0-liter RS and RSR “homologation specials” of the 1970s, in 1992 Porsche introduced a Type 964 Carrera RS, which was a lightweight variant like its illustrious forebears. It was based on the Carrera Cup competition car and sold exclusively in the European market. The Carrera RS retained the 3.6-liter engine, albeit boosted in maximum 64 uilt for privateers to go international GT racing, the phenomenally successful RSR was one of the final developments of the Porsche 911 Type 964, which on its launch in 1989 had represented a output to 260 horsepower, but for the following Carrera RS 3.8, the bore size was increased by 2 mm for a capacity of 3,746 cc. Maximum power went up to 300 hp, and this M64/04 engine was installed in a wider, Turbo-style body, also used for the RSR competition version. It is estimated that only 55 of these 3.8-liter cars were made. This particular RSR was delivered from the factory in May 1993 to Joest Racing, the famous Porsche exponents and many-times Le Mans winners. Joest Racing’s letter on file states that the RSR had been purchased for use in the newly conceived Warsteiner-ADAC GT Cup series. Offered with the aforementioned documentation and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, this car represents a possibly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for collectors to acquire one of these ultra-rare and highly sought-after RSR racers. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 272, sold for $729,662, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction on September 13, 2014. In the early 1990s, Porsche had an interesting prob- lem on their hands. As a company it was doing well and its cars were actively raced all over the world, but only in regional and national series like IMSA in the United States and ADAC in Germany, and in club Carrera Cup events virtually everywhere. With the end of FIA Group C (prototypes like the 962) and having somewhat ignominiously exited both U.S./ 1994 Porsche Carrera RS (European) Lot 40, s/n WPOZZZ967PS497129 Condition 2+ Sold at $366,486 Bonhams, Knokke-Heist, BEL 10/11/13 SCM# 228350 Lot 244, s/n ZFFGX34X000097893 Condition 2 Sold at $2,200,000 Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 8/15/14 SCM# 244856 1991 Ferrari F40 Lot 358, s/n ZFFGJ34B000089889 Condition 2+ Sold at $875,349 Artcurial, Briest-Poulain, Paris, FRA 2/7/14 SCM# 238917 Sports Car Market Simon Clay, courtesy of Bonhams


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Indy Car racing and Formula One, Porsche found itself with a 40-year tradition of international dominance in motor racing suddenly at risk. They had chosen not to participate in the successor series to the FIA Group C, so the only viable approach was to make a stand in GT racing. The problem with this was that international GT racing had more or less disappeared from the scene. This was a very tough period for sports-car racing in general, with even Le Mans in serious financial difficulty and no clear international promotion available. The FIA had a GT class, but it was not an international series. Jürgen Barth observed that there were eight different sets of GT regulations in place at the end of 1992, so trying to build a suitable car and create an appropriate series to run it in presented a challenge. Porsche solved this by getting together with a small group of European promoters to establish a single set of rules — and then talking Le Mans into going along with them. Making the 964 into a race car The next challenge had to do with coming up with a suitable car for the series. The shortcomings of the 964 series of cars were not lost on Porsche (heavy and not very agile by their standards, particularly as applied to the flagship Carrera 4 series) and the successor 993 was well into the planning stages, but they needed a car for the 1993 season. So the 964 Carrera 2 was chosen as the place to start. The result was the 1993 Carrera RS 3.8. It received a substantial — if subtle — re- working of the pistons and intake system for more horsepower and torque, front brakes from the 3.6-liter turbo, wider wheels, aluminum doors and front deck, fiberglass rear deck and spoilers, and suspension settings learned from the Carrera Cup cars. There are several important things to mention here: The RS 3.8 was a strictly European-specification car that was never imported into the U.S. — the RS America that was sold in the States was a completely different car, and the RS 3.8 was in fact just a homologation special to meet production rules for the new series. A German magazine opined that anyone who bought one for use on the road “had too much money and too little sense.” The car was expensive, noisy and uncomfortable — but served its purpose. Out-of-the-box racer The purpose, of course, was to serve as the basis for a very serious Porsche factory racing car, the 3.8 RSR. The engine from the RS was further modified with more compression, more aggressive mapping of the engine-management electronics, and a freer exhaust, giving officially 325 hp at 6,900 rpm, but it was really more like 350 hp at 7,400 rpm. The chassis got a racing clutch and bigger brakes, along with a fully rose-jointed suspension and even wider wheels with appropriate bodywork, and an even more aggressive rear wing/spoiler assembly. Its running weight was just over 2,500 lbs. — about 350 lbs. lighter than the base car. The entire package was offered complete from the factory for $160,500, with the only options being center lock wheels, on-board jacking, and a passenger’s seat if you wanted one. Although it seems like a lot of money, the car as delivered was absolutely complete and ready to race out of the box, no additional preparation required. And it proved to be an extremely competitive car. In 1993, RSRs won outright at the 24 hours at Interlagos, and Spa, and took class honors at Le Mans. They remained very competitive through 1994 and were getting class wins into 1995. Too new and too old I will step back at this point and mention that this is a far newer car than I would normally write about. When it was introduced new, I was well over five years into the vintage-racing-car business, so it is comfortably outside the realm of cars that I am accustomed to or understand. So I have spent substantial time trying to understand what it is that makes the 3.8 RSR special — and presumably collectible. It is simultaneously too new to race in vintage events and far too old to race as a contemporary racer, so whether it can run at the front is not a serious consideration. My discussions with Porsche anoraks suggest that the era of the “air-cooled” Porsche more or less peaks with the 3.8 RSR. As the original 911 evolved and got ever better, there were variations, and in general I get the impression that the 964 was less than the greatest of the series: They tended to be heavy and a bit clumsy — more fast tourers than true sporting/racing cars. With the 3.8 RSR, however, Porsche went back, ad- dressed the problems, and created pretty much the ultimate air-cooled Porsche. Although it is strictly a track car, I’m told the RSR is a joy to drive, light and precise in the steering, a wonderfully balanced combination of stick, handling, and power, and with absolutely phenomenal brakes. It also still pretty much looks like an original 911 — much swoopier than the 993s that came along next and marked the official end of the air-cooled Porsche. Air-cooled Porsches skyrocket As arguably the last of the great air-cooled Porsches and certainly one of the most iconic of the newer ones, it is also heir to the market value they carry. Bruce Canepa observed recently that every really good air-cooled Porsche — 356 to 993 — has more or less doubled in value in the past year. Nobody knows (I certainly don’t) whether this is a spike or a trend, but in either circumstance it makes spending lots of money on a car like this one seem like a rational decision. I would say fairly bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) December 2014 65


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American Profile 1911 Mercer Type 35R Raceabout The oldest known 35R Raceabout carries the patina of a century, and the price paid was a fair deal by Carl Bomstead Details Years produced: 1911–14 Number produced: 1,700 Original list price: $2,250 Current SCM Valuation: $1,700,000– $2,000,000 Tune-up cost: $2,500 Chassis # location: Brass tag on frame Club: Antique Automobile Club of America More: aaca.org Alternatives: 1911 Locomobile Model 30, 1911 Chalmers Forty, 1912 Stutz Bearcat SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1912 Mercer Raceabout Lot S148, s/n 350456 Condition 3 Sold at $656,250 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/21/11 SCM# 183998 Chassis number: 35R354 T he Mercer Automobile Company was established in 1909 by the Roebling family, creators of tensioned wire-rope suspension bridges — embodied by the Roebling-built Brooklyn Bridge. The com- pany was crippled early on by the deaths of its Roebling family leaders, but it survived until 1925, when it was renamed the Mercer Motors Company, signaling its acquisition by Hare’s Motors, a joint venture with Simplex and Locomobile. During that short early period, however, it was re- sponsible for one supremely important, successful and significant automobile. The Mercer Type 35R Raceabout defined the concept of “sports car” long before it became a common description. The T-head-powered Type 35R was recognized from its introduction for elemental appearance, ample power, and most importantly, the hard-to-define-buteasy-to-recognize attribute of “balance.” It won races and the hearts and admiration of sporting drivers from its inception. Few automobiles can claim the distinction of hav- ing remained valuable throughout their histories. The Mercer Type 35R is one of them, as they have always had appreciative long-term owners, in whose hands their combination of style and performance have been carefully preserved, and they have been frequently and enthusiastically exercised. 66 SCM Analysis This car, Lot 235, sold for $2,530,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Auctions’ Monterey, CA, sale on August 16, 2014. Seldom have man and machine been as inexorably linked as is Henry Austin Clark Jr. to this 1911 Mercer Raceabout. Clark acquired the car in 1949 from well-known early collector William C. Spear Jr. for all of $3,500, and it remained with his family until RM Auctions offered the car in Monterey last August. “Austie” Clark, who stated that he received his last real paycheck when he was mustered out of the U.S. Navy after World War II, was one of the foremost early collectors and automotive historians. His extensive automotive collection was the basis for the Long Island Auto Museum, which also included a large parts inventory and a massive literature collection. Unfortunately, the paper was improperly stored and much of it became virtually useless. The 1911 Mercer was a prominent fixture in the mu- seum along with the Thomas Flyer that won the 1908 New York-to-Paris race. Clark rescued the Thomas Flyer from a local junk- yard, and it now resides in the National Automobile Museum in Reno, NV. Clark was often photographed in the Mercer. A photo in the RM catalog showed him Sports Car Market 1915 Mercer Raceabout Model 22-70 Lot 256, s/n 2408 Condition 2 Sold at $220,000 RM Auctions, Rochester, MI, 8/1/09 SCM# 130750 1911 Mercer 35R Lot 62, s/n 478 Condition 2 Sold at $1,595,000 Gooding & Company, Oxnard, CA, 10/21/06 SCM# 43483 Darin Schnabel ©2014, courtesy of RM Auctions


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behind the wheel, in a cloud of dust with an impish grin, oversized scuba goggles and outlandish cap. That shot certainly captured his personality. A precise, powerful engine The T-head Mercer Raceabout was produced from 1911 through 1914, and our subject car is the earliest known one. The “T-head” refers to the 300-ci, 4-cylinder engine that was cre- ated by self-taught engineer Finley Robertson Porter. The engine’s success was due to the precise balance between power and overall weight. It is thought that 1,700 T-heads were produced between 1911 and 1914, with a third being Raceabouts and a little over 400 being Runabouts. Our subject car started life as a Runabout with a starter, generator, soft top and doors. It was converted during the war years with amenities removed including the windshield and cowl; the seats were lowered and the steering column rake adjusted. The car was essentially a chassis with an engine, fuel tank, seats and a 5-gallon oil reserve. As noted author Ralph Stein stated, “One did not sit in a Raceabout, one sat on it.” It was a factory race car sold to the public. The number of known period drivers who filled the record books with victories driving a Mercer included Barney Oldfield and Ralph DePalma, who were vicious rivals — especially after Mercer fired DePalma in favor of Oldfield. In 1911, the Raceabout won five of the six major events it entered, and it won the 300-inch class at Santa Monica in 1912. The following day, it set eight new speedway records at Playa del Ray. Henry Austin Clark Jr. stated that the Mercer Type 35R Raceabout was “without a doubt, the greatest pre-war car built in the United States.” High praise indeed. Patina, history and long-term ownership In October 2006, while on assignment for SCM at the Otis Chandler auction in Oxnard, CA, I watched Chandler’s 1911 Mercer 35R Raceabout sell for $1,595,000, which was a record price by about $500,000. Is the “Austie” Clark Mercer worth another million over that? You bet it is and here’s why: First off, it has the long-term ownership by one of the early stalwarts of the car collecting community. Add in the fact that it is the oldest 1911 35R Raceabout known — and that it has a period patina that can’t be duplicated. At 2.5 million bucks, we can’t call it well bought — but it was certainly fairly bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) Driving the Mercer by Keith Martin “T ake it for a drive.” That’s what RM Auctions CEO Rob Myers said to me as I slid behind the wheel of the Mercer. I’ve driven old cars before, but nothing that was built 103 years ago — and that was expected to sell for over $2m. The roads around RM’s headquarters in Chatham, Ontario, CAN, are straight and empty, which is good when you’re driving something that has no front brakes. The 301-ci, 4-cylinder T-head engine in the Mercer fired at first crank, and the car settled into a guttural idle, the chassis vibrating every time a piston fired. I found first gear, let the clutch out and was moving. I discovered that driving is driving, whether you’re in a 1911 December 2014 Mercer or a 2014 Ferrari. You still have to accelerate, steer and come to a halt. Situational awareness is key with an old car. You can’t really stop, and can barely turn, so you have to anticipate your maneuvers. The non-synchro 3-speed gearbox responded well to being double-clutched both up and down. Soon enough I was at 50 mph in top gear, which seemed faster than 150 mph in a Lamborghini Aventador. After a few miles of the full-massage treatment as I went down the road, I turned around, which was a three-, fouror five-point process, and headed back. As I motored through the countryside, it was easy to imagine this very vehicle, over a century ago, providing the supercar performance of its era. Is that worth $2.5m? If it fits your budget, no question. Nothing else will get you the same experience. ♦ 67


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Race Car Profile 1936 Lagonda LG45R Rapide Sports-Racing Two-Seater This great car is eligible for many prestigious events — and competed in them in period by Paul Hardiman Details Years produced: 1936–37 Number produced: 25 Original list price: £1,050 ($5,250) Current SCM Valuation: $1,500,000– $2,000,000 Tune-up cost: $1,000 Distributor cap: Uses twin magnetos Chassis # location: Brass plate on scuttle; rear of right spring shackle Engine # location: Right front of crankcase on engine mount Club: Lagonda Club, U.K. More: www.lagondaclub.com Alternatives 1926–30 Bentley 4½ Litre, 1928–34 Invicta S-type, 1928–32 Mercedes SSK SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 12111 Engine number: 12111 T his is the most famous Lagonda of all. Special competition variants of the LG45 were tailor-made at Staines Bridge for the Lagonda company’s experienced and battle-hardened quasi- Works racing team: Fox & Nicholl Limited of Tolworth, Surrey. Just as Enzo Ferrari’s private Scuderia ran the quasi-Works Alfa Romeo team cars from 1932 to ’37, so Fox & Nicholl represented Lagonda’s vital interests in International motor racing. For 1936, the production department at Staines Bridge built four competition cars specifically for Fox and Nicholl. This quartet comprised two 4-seaters, bodied to comply with Le Mans 24-Hour regulation requirements, and two 2-seaters, this superb surviving example offered here being one of the latter. It was completed in May 1936 and entered by the team for that year’s 24 Hour race at Le Mans, which was unfortunately canceled due to strikes in France. It was first U.K.-registered EPE 97 that August. Fox & Nicholl’s as yet officially unregistered new car, chassis 12111, made its racing debut painted French Blue instead of Fox & Nicholl’s normal racing red livery, and it was raced by Algerian-born French driver Marcel Lehoux in the sports car Grand Prix de l’ACF at Montlhéry, outside Paris, FRA, on June 28, 1936. By Chassis 12111’s next appearance, it was registered as EPE97 — and finished in Fox & Nicholl’s dark shade of red — for the RAC Tourist Trophy race over the fabulous Ards public-road circuit outside Belfast, Ulster, in August 1936. The car carried race number 1 and was running in 68 a strong 2nd place after two hours before sliding off the road and striking a bank. Lewis rejoined and recovered to run a close 3rd behind Eddie Hall’s famous Derby Bentley before finishing 14th due to an oil leak. Fox & Nicholl then entered the car in its third major race, the British Racing Drivers’ Club 500-Miles classic on the high-speed Outer Circuit of the legendary Brooklands Motor Course near Weybridge, Surrey. This time, BRDC President and former Le Mans winner Earl Howe partnered with Lewis for the arduous race. Howe and Lewis achieved EPE’s greatest overall result, finishing 3rd at an average speed of 113.02 mph. Fox & Nicholl retained EPE97 for 1937, and in June it competed in the Le Mans 24-Hour race, co-driven by Charles Brackenbury and by Fox & Nicholl’s 1935 Le Mans-winning star, Hawker Aircraft test pilot-cumracing driver John Hindmarsh. The car retired at 10 p.m. on Saturday, due to mechanical trouble. In 1952 it was acquired by Joe Goodhew. He low- ered the body 10 inches and fitted the car with an ENV pre-selector gearbox. He and Bob Freeman-Wright, the Managing Director of Kodak, then co-drove the 16-yearold car in that year’s major international British endurance race — the inaugural Goodwood Nine Hours. It finished 14th among the 18 finishers and averaged 72 mph around the 2.4-mile Sussex circuit — in comparison with the victorious Works C-type Jaguar’s 81 mph. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 240, sold for £1,569,500 ($2,547,729), including buyer’s pre- mium, at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival sale on September 13, 2014. 1939 Lagonda V12 Le Mans team car Lot 152, s/n 14090 Condition 3+ Sold at $2,091,275 Bonhams, Goodwood, U.K., 9/15/12 SCM# 213431 1936 Lagonda LG45 Rapide Lot 325, s/n 12171R Condition 2 Sold at $929,213 Bonhams, Goodwood, U.K., 7/12/13 SCM# 226952 1937 Lagonda LG45 Rapide Lot 259, s/n 12172R Condition 1 Sold at $759,920 RM Auctions, Monte Carlo, MCO 5/1/10 SCM# 162410 Sports Car Market Chip Riegel, courtesy of Bonhams


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I put my hands up to overusing the phrase “dripping with patina,” but here for once it’s correctly applied. Six years after it was last sold, this great old warrior has survived with no further restoration, just some gentle fettling, which is an achievement in itself. EPE97, one of those great cars universally known by the registration number it’s worn all its life, is not only eligible by model for many of the world’s most prestigious events, but it also competed in them in period. No wonder it warranted 10 pages in Bonhams’ inch-thick, 3¼-pound catalog. And here it is, back at Goodwood, where it ran in 1948. The green marble-block Fox & Nicholl Trophy first won by Lewis and Howe at Brooklands still exists too, by the way — and is awarded annually by the Vintage SportsCar Club for its annual Fox & Nicholl road-equipped sports car race at Silverstone. A long, cared-for life After 1959, the car lay fallow until 1974, when it was acquired by David Dunn, who rebuilt it to its original Fox & Nicholl specification. He restored the body to its original height by fitting new bonnet side panels and welding 10 inches of aluminum sheet back along the bottom where Goodhew had cut away the original. Fur trader and car dealer Terry Cohn bought it in 1987, the catalog says, but the transaction may have been when SCM’s database shows it as having been sold, by Christie’s in 1983, for $95,000, a not inconsiderable sum 31 years ago. At this point the original engine was removed, as Terry wanted to race the car, and the original block was crated and remains with the lot, though as of 2008 it still wore the original crankcase and cylinder head. With a new crank and flywheel and big carburetors, it now makes about 200 horse- power rather than the original 130. Terry used the car for racing and road trips, with himself or his future son-in-law Martin Stretton at the wheel. I remember running in convoy with it on one of Ray Wiltshire’s Classic Cavalcades to Le Mans in the early ’90s — until an engine fire prevented our Delahaye 135MS from actually circulating the famous course. Terry had a snorkel and goggles strapped across the spare wheel, presumably in case it rained. Never a trailer queen After Cohn’s untimely death in 1999 (Bonhams handled the dispersal sale of the rest of his collection in 2002), the Lagonda was sold to Dr. Richard Lisman of New York City, in whose ownership the original seats were removed, sent to a leather-conservation expert, copied and stored and come with the car. It ran in seven Mille Miglia retrospectives between 2002 and 2008, with mechanicals carried out by Meadows engine experts Cedar Classics in England before every event. The Bonhams team (then Bonhams & Butterfields) handled its sale for the sec- ond time, during Monterey Classic Car Week in Carmel, CA, on August 14 2008, for $1,382,000 (SCM# 117432). The car passed to the vendor, another long-term enthusiast and racer. I profiled it for SCM in the November 2008 issue (“English Profile,” p. 42). Since then, it has raced at the Monterey Historics, Lime Rock Park meetings, Lagonda Club and Vintage Sports Car Club of America meetings and the Mount Equinox and Hunnewell, where it took fastest time of the day. So it’s still been hard-used, enjoyed and more importantly, looked after, most re- cently by RPM of Vergennes, VT. In this ownership, it’s presented as it ran at Le Mans in 1937, carrying the number 3 — and it was found that the rear tube taillights remain of the same pattern that once sat atop its tail at Le Mans to illuminate its rear race number, albeit now mounted on the chassis. That it has a different engine block, a replacement gearbox and extensive bodywork repairs all seems lost in the mists of continuous history. And though it’s more recently had various renovation works — Derek Green of Cedar Classics confirmed to me in 2008 that it had had the wings straightened and the tail sharpened up and painted, as well as those replacement seats — it remains beautifully patinated and not overly messed with for the past four decades. Now, on to the small print, and another question of numbers. American ownership, U.K. registration A sale-room notice pointed out that if it were to remain in the EU, there would be a further 5% duty to pay — a reduced levy for works of art that is usually applicable to important cars. But it appeared to sell on the phone to a U.S. bidder. Certainly Bonhams’ man in the U.S., Rupert Banner, was present at Goodwood and made the winning bid from the bank of phones to one side of the rostrum, which rather implies that on the other end of the wire was an American client. If it does remain in American hands, that brings up the question of its registration number. U.K. registrations stay with the car for life, unless transferred, and the number by which famous cars become known becomes an integral part of their makeup. However, as the car has been out of the U.K. and not registered there for the past five years, if a subsequent owner wishes to keep the number when the car is re-registered in the U.K., they will need to apply for it. Success is no certainty. The catalog pointed out that the number, or “index mark,” as officialdom calls it, remains available with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority and, luckily, it’s not likely to be applied to another car in the meantime. Paul Brown of registrations specialist Regtransfers said: “DVLA has not, so far, sold on any numbers that have already been issued to cars. But who knows what will happen when they run out of numbers to sell.” The smart thing would be to ring-fence this important number by putting it on retention with DVLA, which costs £105, plus a £25 annual fee. The only snag, as Brown reminded us, is that to do that the vehicle must have a U.K. registration document, known as a V5C. Tricky if it’s in the United States. Anyway, at a 50% gain in six years, well sold. Let’s check back in another six and hope it still looks as original. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) December 2014 69


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Market Reports Overview Above-Average Averages An upward trend emerges post-Monterey, and what’s up with Jalpas? Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France coupe, $8,118,993—RMLon, p. 80 2. 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB aluminum coupe, $3,266,262—RM-Lon, p. 80 3. 1964 Shelby Cobra competition roadster, $1,959,757—RM-Lon, p. 83 4. 1989 Ferrari F40 coupe, $1,269,176—RM-Lon, p. 83 5. 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, $1,155,000—AA-CA, p. 132 6. 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 coupe, $1,082,532—RM-Lon, p. 82 7. 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, $1,026,539—RM-Lon, p. 78 8. 1937 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio cabriolet, $989,234—RM-Lon, p. 78 9. 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider America, $933,218—RM-Lon, p. 80 10. 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe, $905,221—RMLon, p. 82 Best Buys 1968 Ferrari 330 GTC coupe, $653,252—RM-Lon, p. 82 72 Market Moment focus — 1985 Lamborghini Jalpa P350, sold for $47,300 at Auctions America’s 2013 Fort Lauderdale, FL, auction By Tony Piff A t the five post-Monterey auctions featured in this issue, bigger average sold prices were the dominant trend. RM London sold 69 cars for $36m, up from $33m last year, boosting average price to $526k from $280k. A 1956 Ferrari 250 GT TdF Competizione coupe was the top sale at $8.1m. At RM Plymouth, sales dipped slightly to $7.4m from $7.7m last year. With 60 cars sold, average price increased to $124k from $108k. High-sale honors went to a 1911 Mercedes 38/70-hp tourer at $495k. Bonhams’ auction at the Beaulieu Autojumble saw 100 cars sell for a sales total of $5.3m — a record for this sale, up from $4.4m. Average price hit an all-time high as well: $53k, up from $39k. A 1920 Vauxhall 30-98 E-type led the day at $395k. Worldwide’s Auburn sale grew to $6m from $4.1m with 75 cars changing hands and average price jumping to $80k from $61k. The top lot was a 1934 Packard Twelve 1108 convertible sedan, sold at $1.4m. At Auburn Fall, Auctions America sold 715 cars for $25.4m, down from $27.5m in 2013. Average price here held flat at $36k. A 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ dual-cowl phaeton sold for $1.3m and took the high-sale spot. Tony’s Market Moment: The SCM Platinum Auction Database lists high bids for eight Lamborghini Jalpas at auction since 2010. That’s not a lot of data points, but connecting the dots paints a picture that’s crystal-clear. Average Jalpa price from 2010 to 2012 was a rocksolid $29k. Then values began climbing, and at Auctions Sales Totals of Auctions in This Issue RM Plymouth, MI July 26 Auctions America Burbank, CA July 31–August 2 Silver Auctions America Auburn, IN August 27–31 Lucky Tacoma, WA August 30 Worldwide Auburn, IN August 30 Beaulieu, U.K. September 6 London, U.K. September 8 RM $0 $10m $20m 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 America’s Auburn Fall sale, one hammered sold for $52k, bringing the average Jalpa price in 2014 to a surprising $63k. This could be a function of affluent gen-Xers seeking out the exotics of their youth, or maybe it’s just the wider market’s growth making everything more expensive. ♦ Bonhams $810k $6m $5.3m $36.3m $30m $40m $7.4m $17.2m Shelton, WA August 8 $363k $25.4m 1948 Djinn monoposto special racer, $56,221—Bon-Beau, p. 98 1981 Lancia Beta Zagato Spider, $4,730—AA-IN, p. 86 1961 Alvis TD21 2-dr sedan, $48,725—Bon-Beau, p. 100 1987 BMW M6 coupe, $24,750— WWA-IN, p. 118 Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions London, U.K. RM London The Russian-American missile once managed 4,925 mph and, although now deactivated, got the show off with a bang, selling for $61k Company RM Auctions Date September 9, 2014 Location London, U.K. Auctioneer Max Girardo Automotive lots sold/offered 69/80 Sales rate 86% Sales total $36,285,367 High sale 1956 Ferrari 250GT TdF, sold at $8,118,993 Buyer’s premium Just add wheels and a seat — joint Russian-American CIAM-NASA Hypersonic Flying Laboratory “Kholod” missile, sold at $61,358 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics F our years ago, it was Pussy Galore’s helicopter from “Goldfinger.” This year, RM managed to conjure up the fastest series-production projectile in the world to flag up the entrance to its eighth annual sale in the heart of Battersea Park. The joint Russian-American (CIAM-NASA) “Kholod” missile managed 4,925 mph in 1991 and, although now deactivated, got the show off with a bang, selling for $61k. Inside the sales venue, which resembles a huge nightclub and is just as dark inside, top dollar was for the 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Competizione “Tour de France.” RM had sold this car (chassis 0563GT) once before at Maranello in 2009. That time it cost $3.2m; five years later and looking sharper than ever, its price more than doubled to over $8m. Second-highest of the three-hour evening sale went to another rare Maranello car, a 1966 275 GTB, one of the 60 aluminum-bodied cars, at $3.3m. This was RM’s first drive-through in London, and the sharp-as-a-new-pin 1964 Shelby 289 Competition Cobra shook the seats as it rumbled onto the block before selling for $2m. A 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS looked unremarkable until you realized it had London, U.K. less than 200 km on the clock from new. It achieved $261k against a presale estimate of $110k–$160k. And a pair of Ferrari Boxers illustrated the desirability of the older carbureted models. A mint and low-mileage 1984 512 BBi from the same Swiss 12-car collection as the alloy 275 GTB (all offered at no reserve) sold for $317k (see the profile, p. 56), while a much rougher 365 GT/4 BB fetched $355k — and a Koenigmodded 512 could only reach $215k. Eighties supercars remain very much in de- mand — it’s an age/demographics thing. A stunning Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary model with just 2,600 km recorded made $373k against a pre-sale estimate of $235k–$305k, and a 1984 Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 more than doubled its pre-sale estimate at a final $261k. F40s are up again. RM’s previously stolen/recovered example sold for $1.3m, while the going rate for an Enzo appears to be $1.6m. Price paid for the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Top seller — 1956 Ferrari 250 GT TdF, sold at $8,118,993 74 Roadster, which sold for $185k under its $1.1m lower estimate, rather suggested that the market had slipped back a bit. But it was a slightly less than condition #1 example, and at this level, perfection — or even perfection plus — is all. ♦ Sales Totals $30m $40m $25m $20m $15m $10m $5m 0 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 12%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.60) Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions London, U.K. ENGLISH #106-1947 BENTLEY MK VI Figoni et Falaschi coupe. S/N B9AJ. Eng. # B65A. Black/tan leather. Odo: 720 miles. Incredibly straight and impossibly shiny, with eye-popping chrome. Looks just cracked out of the mold. Perfect timber on dash and door cappings, lightly creased leather. U.S. title. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $877,225. According to the catalog, one-fifth of the 5,368 Mk VIs built were special-bodied, and this is one of the most spectacular—the only one bodied by “Phony and Flashy,” although fairly restrained by their standards. This was almost Continental money, but an R-type it ain’t. Well sold. #154-1960 AC ACE “Ruddspeed” road- ster. S/N AEX1174. Blue/blue leather. Odo: 12,994 miles. Forerunner to the Cobra and nicer to drive. Originally AC-engined, but Ruddspeed-converted Ford motor makes the quickest Ace. (Tony Rudd was the brains behind BRM during the glory years, and he also masterminded the 4-cam conversion on the Corvette LT5 motor, at a time when GM owned Lotus). Very straight and shiny, al- 3. SOLD AT $345,291. With the news that Jaguar is building six more Lightweights at huge price tags (that can’t even go on the road), it was interesting to see what one of the first copies brought at sale. It’s exquisitely built, and I think it looks a better value and has the advantage of a nice sheen of patina that the new cars will almost certainly never be allowed to acquire. #107-1964 JAGUAR XKE coupe. S/N 890455. Eng. # RA85069. Silver blue/black leather. Odo: 16,911 miles. Originally a darker blue. Fair-to-good shutlines, nice paint and chrome. New leather, although gray piping is a bit fussy. Rear pan spot-welds obliterated by Cortina-Lotus in a rare (catalog says unique) color. Most were white, with a few in red. Rot-free, repainted, interior all good. Chrome lightly speckled and aluminum hood edge trim chewed. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $37,329. Said to have been gifted to Lotus founder Colin Chapman, and bought from the factory museum in 1998, in the U.S. since. But even with that added kudos, this no-reserve lot went for significantly less than the $65k–$100k pre-sale estimate—which was ambitious, as it’s the Mk Is that are valuable. #123-1993 JAGUAR XJ 220 coupe. S/N SAJJAEXBAX220871. Metallic blue/gray leather. Odo: 6,199 km. Good, little-used condition commensurate with lowish mileage. Italian title. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $275,299. Originally supplied to Rome. These have been thick stone-chip coating. Sundym glass a rare option. Owner claims mileage is genuine. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $181,977. Big money for a coupe, even a recent restoration, so I’ll call this very well sold. Perhaps the mileage really was genuine. #112-1964 MORGAN PLUS 4 coupe. S/N A5558. Red & black/red leather. Odo: 48,800 miles. Fifth of 26 of these fiberglass Plus 4 coupes built. Originally black. Hugely restored in the U.S., and far too straight and shiny to be a Morgan. Christened “Eggbert” in though sitting on oversized rims, and it didn’t get its tuned motor until the ’80s. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $298,630. Originally supplied to New York. Sold slap in the middle of the estimate range. Ford Aces, which look more like a Cobra and aren’t far behind a 260 in performance, cost more than the Bristols, which cost more than the AC-engined cars, so this should sit somewhere in the middle. A fair price in today’s money, even though not original. #159-1962 JAGUAR XKE replica low- drag coupe. S/N 860416. Eng. # 51579. Silver/black leather. RHD. Odo: 5,711 miles. Faithful replica of the Lindner/Nocker Lightweight (which has just been restored). The first of a small series built by Lynx in the mid ’90s using a real early E-type as a basis and identity. Built to race, this one ridden hard and put away wet, refreshed since 2008. One small ding in nose, smells of petrol. Lovely. Cond: 76 2007. U.S. title. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $214,640. Last offered at Bonhams’ 2013 Carmel sale a year ago but not sold at a high bid of $130k (SCM # 227099). I can’t think why a Morgan this shiny would sell for any more in its home country. #113-1969 FORD CORTINA LOTUS Mk II 2-dr sedan. S/N BA91JJ14893. Gold/ brown vinyl. RHD. Odo: 24,745 miles. Mk II Sports Car Market incredibly slow to come back to anything like their new price, with lots of low-mileage cars lingering around the market practically all their lives. Now things finally look to be moving... slowly. This sold a little over estimate, but I bet all the owners wish they’d put their money in Ferraris. FRENCH #108-1920 BUGATTI TYPE 23 roadster. S/N 981. Eng. # 538. Matte black/black leather. RHD. Chopped chassis, new body with nice “instant patina” of brush-painted finish, but it’s trying a bit hard with big number 13s on the side—especially as it’s a 23, which would have started out longer. Austrian title. Seat leather newish—but France would


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RM Auctions London, U.K. have had to send away for elk in the ’20s. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $458,277. Sold two years ago at Gooding’s Pebble Beach sale for $380k (SCM# 209449), and declared top bid here was $8k over the lower estimate, so it should have sold, especially for such a nonoriginal car. Plenty of Bugatti specialists can make you a new one if you want a modified car. TOP 10 No. 8 #157-1937 BUGATTI TYPE 57C Stelvio cabriolet. S/N 57467. Eng. # 2C. Black & cream/black leather. RHD. The first Type 57C sold, originally green. Believed to retain all original coachwork and major mechanic components. Freshly restored, although door bottom fit is a little off. Leather only lightly used, motor Peugeot’s homologation special looks wild but falls a bit short of expectations on the road. Nevermind, Group B refugees will always have supporters of a certain age, and this sold $100k over top estimate. That looked a bit low, given that the going rate for private sales has been nearer £125k ($210k). So allowing for inflation, I’d say priced about right to slightly well sold. clean and tidy. Nice and complete history. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $989,234. Sold a smidge under estimate, and the eighth-most-expensive car of the night. Last sold for $992k at RM London in October 2012 (SCM# 214202), which I called “expensive.” Nearly the same money today, but the market has risen, so probably market-correct. #179-1973 ALPINE-RENAULT A110 V85 1300 coupe. S/N 13615. Yellow/black vinyl & velour. Odo: 53,441 km. V85 is the boggo entry-level customer version of Alpine’s all-conquering rally car, but no less worthy for that. Recently refreshed, but presents as a little tatty, a bit used and sandblasted around the front. Interior, now with battery cut-off, extinguisher and thick-rimmed steer- rubbers a bit wavy. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $485,273. Previously in Mexico. Let go $100k under lower estimate and presumably the reserve. Well bought and sold. #126-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N 1980428500289. Red/beige leather. Odo: 90,264 km. Incredibly straight and shiny body. Good chrome lightly dulled in places, cam cover slightly overpolished. Lightly used leather. TOP 10 No. 7 ing wheel, is better. Italian title. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $55,993. French-market car. Offered without reserve and let go slightly under lower estimate, but still strong money for the U.K.—at retail, low about $40k would have been more like it. As the catalog says, ideal for events such as the Monte Carlo Historique (especially if it’s snowing, which levels the playing field a bit) or upgunning to more serious spec. 78 bumpers simply are a game-changer. It’s ironic, because those “in the know” who realize this is the same engine as the iconic ’73 Carrera RS, also know that the desirability of the earlier car will always be well ahead of the newer models. The 74/75 Euro Carreras are “continuation cars” for the earlier RS, but if you don’t want the real thing, a better way to spend your money may be to buy a very good RS clone, on a 73 911T body shell, with a custom-built RS 2.7 MFI engine. You’ll get the great looks and all the power of the original, and at far less money when compared with the big-bumper continuation cars.) Sports Car Market GERMAN #114-1952 MERCEDES-BENZ 300S cabriolet. S/N 188010001852. Eng. # 1889200001852. Maroon/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 4,126 km. Very restored: Dash and door timber looks like chocolate. New leather. Side #173-1984 PEUGEOT 205 T16 hatch- back. S/N VF3741R76E5100117. Anthracite/ gray velour & leather. Odo: 1,701 km. Almost mint and hardly used. Unscuffed in and out, including vulnerable leather seat bolsters. A note warns not to start it due to an oil leak. Dutch title. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $261,301. Romanian title. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,026,539. French-delivered car, originally Ivory, later in Spain. Sold slightly under the lower estimate, but that’s because the estimates were a little ambitious at this sale. Given that it’s slightly less than perfect, let’s call it market-correct. #105-1965 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- PORTER 21-Window Samba bus. S/N 245121087. Red & white/red & white vinyl. Odo: 28,542 km. Perfectly restored 21-window bus with Italian title. New vinyl, new carpets. Supplied new to Rome. No reserve. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $88,656. This sold under estimate but was still much stronger money than we have seen in the U.K. Previous top price has been about $55k. #104-1974 PORSCHE 911 Carrera coupe. S/N 9114600485. Eng. # 6640651. Brown/tan vinyl. Odo: 6,537 miles. Restored in California in 2013. Good, clean and unscuffed, with books and tools. With electric windows, electric sunroof, M446 chrome trim. Added oil-fed chain tensioners. U.K.-supplied car with Australian title. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $223,972. It’s no mystery why the 74/75 European Carreras sell at maybe two-thirds of the price of the 1973 models. The huge crash


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RM Auctions London, U.K. ITALIAN #121-1955 LANCIA AURELIA B24 Spider America. S/N B241049. Maroon/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 3,392 km. Perfect paint, good chrome, headlight rims polished through, lightly worn and creased leather. Nardi carb and manifold kit, B20-style dash, heavily side-bolstered seats, although originals come with car. Italian title. TOP 10 No. 9 TdFs under its belt, best 5th overall in ’57. In the U.S. from ’59, restored 1990. Clean and tidy mechanically, with new leather and carpets. Overall perfect condition, beautifully presented sitting on highly polished Borranis and better than new—although as I’ve observed before, the “mouth” isn’t quite the same shape as in 1956 archive photos. U.S. title. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $8,118,993. Last sold at RM Maranello in 2009 for $3.2m (after it ran into a field days before and was hurriedly straightened out, SCM# 120486). Before that, offered but not sold at RM Monterey ’08 at $3.9m (SCM# 117468). Here it sold mid-estimate, with the first bid at £2m ($3.4m) and the second at £3m ($5m). That’s more than doubled its price in five years, in line with the stratospheric rise of the top collectible Ferraris and Porsches. And the car gets less and less usable... Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $933,218. In the most desirable spec, and apparently restored by Giancarlo Kappa for his personal use. In line with current prices, but we should have all bought these 10 years ago.... #155-1956 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA Sprint Veloce Alleggerita coupe. S/N AR1493E02508. Eng. # AR1315324444. White/ cream & blue leather. Odo: 22,001 km. Beautifully restored (2012), and said to be one of fewer than 200 lightweight “Alleggeritas” built, with aluminum opening panels and slid- #109-1958 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA Spider Veloce. S/N AR1495F05313. Powder blue/blue leather. Odo: 1,350 km. First-series 750F SV. Lovely resto in a lovely color, hardly worn leather, recorded mileage is since restoration. Now with 5-speed gearbox. Still has cade ago. Sits on highly polished Borranis. Motor a thing of beauty. Leather lightly baggy. With tools. Swiss title. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $494,605. First from the Swiss-owned “ultimate stable of roadgoing Ferraris,” a dozen in all, near the end of the sale. Offered at no reserve and sold nicely over estimate, but then it was quite a bit nicer than Lot 149, the 330 America earlier in the same sale that went for $373k. #124-1965 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA Sprint GTA coupe. S/N AR10502A613345. Red/black velour. Race-prepped in ’90s and recent competition use. Good overall, lightly chipped around the nose. One seat, roll cage, Lambda sensor. Lots of spares included—cyl- original airbox. French title. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $102,654. Originally supplied to New York. Sold at fair money, neatly splitting the difference between the prices of two similar cars on sale at U.K. dealers the same month. ing side windows. Original engine lost, but correct period replacement fitted. Swedish title. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $326,626. Driven in period by Jo Bonnier, whose family were the Swedish Alfa importers. Sold mid-estimate. Find another, especially this nice... #156-1956 FERRARI 250 GT Tour de France coupe. S/N 0563GT. Eng. # 0563GT. Blue/tan leather. Odo: 72,226 km. Said to be the eighth of nine Berlinetta Competiziones, always in these colors. Several TOP 10 No. 1 sold with a bunch of spares and new wheels in a flight case. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $354,623. Sold twice over the lower estimate. Not what you’d call a “cheap” entry to Formula Junior (which you can get into for $40k), but a real piece of history. #162-1961 FERRARI 250 GTE 2+2 coupe. S/N 2877GT. Eng. # 2877GT. Red/ black leather. Odo: 82,221 km. Straight and shiny. Originally white, refinished again a de- 80 and once owned by Don Orosco. Restored in U.S. in mid-’80s and recently again in Switzerland. Offered without reserve and sold at Sports Car Market #158-1959 OSCA TIPO J racer. S/N 002. Red/black racing seat. MHD. Baby Maserati by another name, second of 15 built, of which six remain, and driven in period by Ricardo Rodríguez. Well raced, well looked after and inder head, gearbox and rear axle among them. Swiss title. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $205,308. Delivered new as a road car to Switzerland. Raced from ’90s. Sold under estimate for similar money to a top Works Escort, but priced about right for a “real” GTA racer. TOP 10 No. 2 #163-1966 FERRARI 275 GTB aluminum coupe. S/N 08199. Eng. # 08199. Red/tan leather. Odo: 42 miles. Steel is an alloy, right? So let’s call aluminum cars “ally.” I promise to stop ranting about this soon. Anyway, beautifully restored (originally blue) and impossibly straight, even under lights. Swiss title. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $3,266,262. Originally supplied to the U.S.


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RM Auctions London, U.K. the lower end of the ambitious estimate range. I remember when these sold for less than a million quid. #132-1967 FERRARI 330 GT 2+2 coupe. S/N 9177. Eng. # 9177. Silver/red leather. Odo: 61,714 km. Very original, repainted once. Distressed original leather. Optional a/c, power windows and power steering. Ferrari Classiche Certification plus books, bills and tools. U.S. title, although more recently has km. Recent (2005) paint and leather in original colors. SVJ rear. With first owner until 1989 —Sheikh Ahmed S.S. Al Sabah, a member of the Kuwaiti royal family. Four owners from new, with seller since 2005. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,082,532. Last sold for $343k at Bonhams Goodwood in September 2009 (SCM# 142917). Market-correct in these heady times. #117-1970 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe. S/N 13775. Red/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 1,970 miles. Early plexi Daytona, restored in Germany 2009–12 (and it needed it). Paint still excellent, newish leather, decent dash top. German title. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $905,221. Briefly owned by Eng- TOP 10 No. 10 commensurately lower than the recently titivated “Bolan” car—Lot 117, sold at $905k. #135-1974 FERRARI 365 GT/4 BB coupe. S/N 17909. Eng. # 126. Red/red leather. RHD. Odo: 52,410 km. The classic Boxer on carbs, originally gray (Grigio Ferro), color changed early in life. Probably original seats, with black Daytona inserts, holding up well. Gearbox replaced, casing comes with been resident in Italy. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $317,294. Nice story attached to this one, as well as its nice history. The owner was on hand to answer questions, remaining enthusiastic about the car for two solid days. Given that it was a driver-quality car and sold right at mid-estimate, that extra input must have helped. Well sold. #164-1968 FERRARI 330 GTC coupe. S/N 11427. Eng. # 11427. Red/black leather. Odo: 35,220 km. Restored, smooth in the air vents, dash top is good, exhausts in good shape, leather lightly worn and creased. With factory a/c and Swiss title. Chromed balance weights always make me worry whether the owner has properly en- BEST BUY lish singer-songwriter Marc Bolan, who bought it for his girlfriend; then in Japan through the ’80s. Last sold at RM London 2009 with 1,086 miles recorded for $219k (SCM# 152483) and before that offered showing 13 miles but not sold at Bonhams London 2008, where it was bid up to $233k (SCM# 118695). Market-priced now. #128-1972 FERRARI 246 GT Dino coupe. S/N 03292. Red/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 52,825 miles. Looks very shiny (although so does everything under the lights at Battersea Evolution). Body lines okay; door fit only fair. Trunk lid fit off to right rear corner car. With tools and handbook. Nothing fundamentally wrong, but basically driver-quality. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $354,631. Carb Boxers have always commanded the most, and so it was that this one did $50k more than Lot 168, the immaculate injected 512 BBi (and $150k more than Lot 166, the modified one), a tad over the high estimate. Still half the price of a Daytona, though. #168-1984 FERRARI 512 BBI coupe. S/N ZFFJA09B000049533. Eng. # 00825. Red/tan leather. Odo: 11,500 miles. From the final year of Boxer production. Clean and unscuffed, low mileage, tan leather unworn, with books and tools. Originally supplied to the U.S., now with Swiss title. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $317,294. Three years ago we were wait- joyed a car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $653,252. From the “Ultimate Collection,” whose owner appears to have had a knack for picking up cars that have never in their lives gone through an auction. Offered without reserve, this hammered sold more than $100k under lower estimate, likely due to everyone getting tired by this time of night. TOP 10 No. 6 #130-1968 LAMBORGHINI MIURA P400 coupe. S/N 3640. Eng. # 2145. Pistachio/ black leather. Odo: 27,613 instead of usual left. Okay rechrome. One split in driver’s seat. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $335,958. Sold just on top estimate, slightly lower than top Dino prices in the U.K., so I’d call this a fair deal both ways. #165-1972 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Day- tona coupe. S/N 15749. Eng. # B2082. Red/ tan & black leather. Odo: 40,191 km. Not as sharp as the other Daytona in the sale, with lightly orange-peeled paint and lightly scraped window trims, but that rare thing—still with its eight-inch rears. Originally Verde Scuro and supplied with a/c. With tools and Swiss title. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $783,903. Originally supplied to the U.S., in Switzerland by the late ’90s. Offered at no reserve, sold 82 ing for these finally to climb back over the £100k ($160k) mark, while they’d been doing a Daytona and sitting in the doldrums at £80k–£90k (under $150k). Now, offered without reserve, this has doubled that benchmark, but the boy-racered carb 512 from the same Swiss collection two lots before did $103k less. You mess with motors at your peril... (See the profile, p. 56.) #145-1989 FERRARI 328 GTS Spider. S/N ZFFWA20B000080644. Eng. # 16947. Red/black targa/cream leather. Odo: 199 km. Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions London, U.K. Completely unremarkable except for having less than 200 km on the clock. Yes, someone put this away from new instead of driving it. So it looks perfect, but I wouldn’t want to risk starting it without a good going-through. Italian title. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $261,301. a couple of minor interior trim pieces are already coming adrift. Italian title. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $373,287. Every ’80s schoolboy’s dream. But we’ve all grown up a bit now. How many of these (of a fairly massive 657 built) were put away, hardly used? Anyway, five years ago they were £75k ($125k) all day long, so who’s laughing now? AMERICAN #103-1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD M- Offered without reserve and predictably sold well over all estimates. The trouble with these ultra-low mileage cars is that a) using them wipes out the very thing that adds value and b) standing does them no good at all—so even if you want to drive it, you’re into a big recommissioning job first. File under “time-warp curiosity.” #151-1989 FERRARI F40 coupe. S/N ZFFGJ34B000080747. Red/red velour. Odo: 18,301 km. Lightly used. Replacement locks after it was previously stolen and recovered. Has a/c and wind-up windows. Inside looks well used with baggy seat covers. Recent big service but no mention of the fuel TOP 10 No. 4 Cond: 2. SOLD AT $74,657. Offered at no reserve, sold for about half the higher estimate. As I keep saying, anything other than a “Bullitt” lookalike Mustang just isn’t on the radar of most U.K. buyers, and M-code just means it burns more fuel. Last sold for $69k at Mecum Monterey 2012 (SCM# 213171), so after shipping and adding 127 miles, the buyer has almost broken even. tanks. Ferrari Classiche certification pending. Italian title. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,269,176. Lots of things right about this car, including single-family ownership from new, but considering the blip in its history, I should probably call it well sold. #119-1990 LAMBORGHINI COUN- TACH 25th Anniversary coupe. S/N ZA9C005A0KLA12923. Red/black leather. Odo: 2,639 km. Like new outside, just lightly creased leather inside. A bit soulless, although #139-1964 SHELBY COBRA competition roadster. S/N CSX2430. Red/ black leather. Odo: 1,678 miles. Like a new pin and better than it left either Thames Ditton or Venice, ridiculously straight and shiny for even a roadgoing Cobra, let alone a racer, and leather only lightly used. Ordered new by Ford as a Shelby American team car TOP 10 No. 3 code Sports Roadster. S/N 2Y89M154999. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 12,527 miles. 390-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Originally black. All lines up nicely and very shiny, with a couple of small paint chips in the nose. Some chrome beginning to polish through. Vinyl interior all excellent. With factory a/c. Romanian title. for driver “Gentleman” Tom Payne, then raced successfully before being restored. U.S. title. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,959,757. Shame to have restored the life out of it, but that’s what the market often appears to want, although it was let go for less than the low estimate. Last offered but not sold for $1.3m at Mecum Indy 2009 (SCM# 120607), when we said “anything over a million bucks should have got the job done.” © December 2014 83


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Auctions America Auburn, IN Auctions America — Fall Auburn A beautifully turned-out 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ dual-cowl phaeton made $1.3m Company Auctions America Date August 27–31, 2014 Location Auburn, IN Auctioneers Brent Earlywine, Mike Shackelton Automotive lots sold/offered 715/1,047 Sales rate 68% Sales total $25,436,595 High sale 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ dual-cowl phaeton, sold at $1,265,000 Buyer’s premium 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ dual-cowl phaeton, sold at $1,265,000 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Kevin Coakley Market opinions in italics Auburn, IN L abor Day weekend in Auburn, IN, is about as good as it gets for old-car enthusiasts. The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival is huge, and Auctions America and Worldwide both hold great classic-car sales. This year at Auctions America, celebrity ap- pearances included Frank Fritz of the History Channel’s “American Pickers,” Courtney Hansen of “PowerNation” and Rick and Kelly Dale of History Channel’s “American Restoration.” Worthwhile distractions for those not interested in car shopping or celebrity-spotting included helicopter rides, monster-truck rides, and ATV and dirt bike exhibitions. The swapmeet area and car corral were bustling with activity at a level I’d never seen before. Auctions America did not disappoint on the auction block, either. There was something rolling across for everyone, with much of the activity broadcast live on NBCSN. Top-sale honors went to a beautifully turnedout 1935 Duesenberg dual-cowl phaeton, selling strong at $1,265,000. Other notable sales included a 1935 Auburn 851 Supercharged Speedster changing hands at $424k, and a pair of Ford GTs, one from 2005 and a Heritage model from 2006, selling at $330k and $360k, respectively. These results are continued good news for those shrewd buyers who bought new GTs and socked Sales Totals them away 10 years ago. It wasn’t all high-end offerings, though. There were plenty of great buys to choose from for the common collector as well. For instance, a very nice 1960 Pontiac Bonneville convertible sold for $44k, and a well-done-but-needing-minor-attention 1956 Nomad changed owners for a little over $41k. For the European devotee, there was a 1972 DeTomaso Pantera selling strong with no reserve at $73k, but I still think it was a bit of a bargain. And Donald Osborne would certainly approve 1981 Lancia Beta Zagato Spider, sold at $4,730 84 of the 1981 Lancia Beta Zagato Spider that was a “best buy” at $4,730. ♦ $30m $25m $20m $15m $10m $5m 0 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 Sports Car Market Teddy Pieper © 2014, courtesy of Auctions America


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Auctions America Auburn, IN ENGLISH #7009-1965 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III BJ8 convertible. S/N HBJL28136. Red/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 80,837 miles. There doesn’t seem to be any part of this car that doesn’t need to be restored. You name it, not instill confidence for potential buyers. This car would have benefited from a good cleaning and detail. Assuming all the mechanicals are simply leaking, this was a good buy, although the fact that the seller let it go so cheap could be telling. GERMAN #4115-1958 VOLKSWAGEN KAR- MANN GHIA convertible. S/N 1962975. Blue/blue Haartz cloth/dark blue leather. Odo: 47,544 miles. Paint and brightwork are exceptional. Top and interior are fresh and well done. Engine compartment shows some rust one with a happy seller. I just don’t get it. This was all the money and then some, and yet I think these cars deserve more respect. Well bought and sold. #4080-1978 FERRARI 308 GTS coupe. S/N F106AS25541. Red/tan leather. Odo: 41,965 miles. Paint and exterior black trim holding up well. Presentable engine compartment. Interior a little grungy. Could use a good it needs it. Cond: 5. NOT SOLD AT $10,500. If you want to drive a Big Healey, the Mk III BJ8 is the top of the heap. Bringing this one back from the dead, however, will be a costly undertaking. $10k seems like a good offer when the restoration coasts are factored in. #5128-1967 SUNBEAM TIGER Series II convertible. S/N B382100166. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 33,309 miles. Red paint looks good. Exterior trim showing its age. Decent engine detail. Panasport Minilite- and peeling paint from a battery leak. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $66,000. Yeah, this car was very nice, and the apparent high bid was twice the average price. Seller should’ve taken the money, although maybe he could get more if he consigned with a catalog auction in Monterey. ITALIAN #4152-1959 FIAT JOLLY beach car. S/N style wheels. Interior looks good except for the dash wood, which is coming apart on the edges. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $143,000. Throw away your price guides on this one. Wow, well sold at twice the market price. #4089-1974 JAGUAR XKE Series III convertible. S/N UE15243748W. White/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 61,428 miles. Paint shows many chips. Body panel fit poor all around. Top looks over-stretched. Grungy interior with quarts of oil and transmission fluid 110074209. Salmon/striped canvas/wicker. Odo: 350 km. Excellent paint and chrome. Wicker, wide whites, and top all very well done. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. When this sold at RM Monterey in 1998 for a tick over $23k, the reporter commented, “Even cleaning. Comes with maintenance records. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $47,300. Who wouldn’t love to drive this car? It seemed well cared for. Someone paid a bit of a premium, but not outrageously so. Well sold. #7036-1981 LANCIA BETA Zagato Spider. S/N ZLAFS00C9B0202190. Red/black vinyl/black velour. Odo: 32,969 miles. Paint looks original and in good shape. Targa top has the wear you’d expect for BEST BUY well-restored real Jollys shouldn’t expect consistently to bring this much money” (SCM# 2578). My, how times do change, as these are now occasionally cracking the $100k mark. Assuming the consignor now was the buyer then, high bid would not have been a bad ROI, but I can’t blame him for wanting more. #5109-1972 DETOMASO PANTERA stashed behind the seat. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $38,500. Here’s a tip: Things like oil and trans-fluid bottles stashed behind the seats do 86 coupe. S/N THPNMC03541. Bronze/black vinyl. Odo: 12,534 miles. Bronze paint shows some pitting and cracking on the engine cover. Tires and wheels looks exceptionally fresh. Engine compartment needs some cleanup. Interior shows well. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $72,600. Offered with no reserve, and here’s age, but not bad. Driver-quality engine detail. Original interior still looks good with no excessive wear. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,730. Another spot-on market result and not a bad buy for a little bit of Italian flair, albeit FWD. #5122-1989 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N ZFFSC17A8K0082752. Blu Chiaro/cream leather. Odo: 2,100 miles. Paint looks like it could use a good buffing, otherwise okay. Actually, the car need a good cleaning all around. How much wear and tear can there be on a car with 2,000 miles on it? Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $162,250. Rare color + Sports Car Market


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Rising Sun Recent sales of Japanese cars by Tony Piff (All English within quotes minimally edited from online descriptions) #376-1993 TOYOTA CELICA GT-Four ST185 Turbo 4wd Group A rally car. S/N JT164STJ500014894. Works rally car driven to 3rd overall in 1993 FIA Kenya Safari Rally. European restoration completed 2010; now “on the button,” exercised regularly but not “used in anger.” Condition: 2. low miles = way too much paid. Decent drivers can be had for half as much. SOLD AT $130,283. Toyota’s Celica GT-Four was a potent rally weapon, snatching up WRC victories throughout the early ’90s and clearing the rally path for Subaru and Mitsubishi. For a real car with some real history, this was well bought and sold. Bringing it to Goodwood was the right choice, clearly. Bonhams Chichester, July 27, 2014. #13-1981 TOYOTA PICKUP. S/N JT4RN44D0B0009300. 60,720 miles. “In all original condition with 5-speed and a/c. Tinted windows, aftermarket rear bumper. Interior looks good.” Condition: 2-. JAPANESE #2121-1969 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ40 SUV. S/N FJ4070470. White/black vinyl. Odo: 7,468 miles. Fresh paint shows poor prep and fisheyes. Rusty hubcaps. Drivergrade engine detail. Plain interior in decent shape. Has the look of being done quick on the cheap. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $25,000. sentable condition. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,950. A nice, honest truck in great colors. Trucks continue to build steam, and this one was very well bought. #7037-1941 CHEVROLET DELUXE 2-dr sedan. S/N A61115. Black/brown broadcloth. Odo: 5,596 miles. Paint looks pretty fresh and well done. Exterior brightwork finished nicely. Dog-dish caps and wide whites pop nicely. Driver-quality engine detail. Spotless interior with under-dash gauges added. Auctions America Auburn, IN #2167-1934 CHEVROLET DB pickup. S/N 632464. Green & black/black vinyl. Odo: 61,020 miles. Nice paint, minimal exterior brightwork is good, decent engine-bay prep, interior looks, well, like a truck and is in pre- SOLD AT $7,700. It’s funny that 60k miles is “low” on a Hilux, but that’s the truth. Demerits here: 2wd, long bed, no SR5 trim, bleh paint color. Well sold today, but huge prices in the vintage American pickup market make it look not so crazy. We’ll be seeing more sales like this at real-life auctions — not just eBay any more. Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas, September 25–27, 2014. #315-1978 DATSUN 620 King Cab pickup. S/N KHL620317719. 67,000 miles. “Two-owner, original-mile California show truck. Restored in original color. All-new weatherstripping and rubber, correct original interior, uncut dash, factory tach, power windows, rear window louvers. Updated with 280ZX 5-speed manual for highway cruising. Front sway bar, detailed chassis, coated bed with tonneau cover. Lowered on 18-inch wheels.” Condition: 2+. This one was hard to call. The very best examples have seen some huge prices at auction, but I think this one might have hit its ceiling with this bid. The only cure for the paint issues is expensive, although other items are easily dealt with. Probably should have sold at this price. AMERICAN #5078-1932 FORD DELUXE roadster. S/N 18135508. Blue & black/tan canvas/olive green leather. Odo: 30,000 miles. Flawless paint and brightwork, excellent top, etched glass wind wings, dual sidemounts, spotless Chrome grille guard sporting turn-signal lights that look like something out of a JC Whitney catalog. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $15,400. From Chevrolet’s last full year of production before WWII put everything on hold. Offered with no reserve and a win for the buyer. (Those turnsignal lights gotta go, though.) #5066-1941 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL coupe. S/N H120051. Black/maroon leather & beige cloth. Odo: 71,476 miles. 292-ci V12, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Paint shows some scratches and chips. Decent exterior brightwork with added oversized Trippe driving lights, caps, rings and wide whites. Decent engine detail. Interior SOLD AT $8,800. The mods don’t add value, but they’re mostly reversible, and anyway, these trucks really do look great when lowered. Actually, I’d like to see this truck dropped another couple inches on some less gaudy wheels. Well bought and sold. Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas, September 25–27, 2014. ♦ 88 engine, beautiful interior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $68,750. Great color combination, restored to a very high standard with a spot-on market result; both parties should be pleased. looks fresh and well done with woodgrainpainted dash and gold-plated trim. Cond: 2-. Sports Car Market


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Auctions America Auburn, IN SOLD AT $45,100. Recent no-sale at Mecum Indy in May, bid to $35k (SCM# 243724). The reporter said the high bid “was a tad short,” and it looks like a “tad” equals about $10k. Both buyer and seller should be happy with this result. #7105-1956 CHEVROLET NOMAD wagon. S/N VC56A033176. Roman Red & Ermine White/red vinyl & white cloth. Odo: 82,295 miles. 265-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Aboveaverage paint finish, above-average exterior brightwork with added bling, like front wheelwell trim and front grille guard. Driver’s door engine bay with aftermarket battery and gas leak evident on front carburetor. Interior looks fresh. Front kick panels are a little wonky. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $57,500. Based on the package, I’m surprised this car didn’t get more attention. The high bid was halfway there. No doubt we’ll see it down the road some time with a better result. #4068-1959 DESOTO FIRESWEEP Se- handle is not present. Wire wheel covers with wide whites look great. Engine compartment is presentable. Interior looks new and well done, although the carpet is dirty. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $41,250. I graded this car as a #3, and moving it to a #2 wouldn’t be too difficult or expensive. This was a great buy. #5168-1957 FORD FAIRLANE Skyliner custom retractable hardtop. S/N C7RW194979. Canyon Yellow w/Silver Pearl/tan leather. Odo: 8,031 miles. 460-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Heavily customized. Paint looks great with the pearl finish very well done. Lots of exterior trim bits—some custom and some sourced from donors. Etching on the glass. Wide whites could use a good scrubbing. Custom leather interior looks great. Old-school ville 2-dr hard top. S/N M410101950. Red & white/red & white vinyl & cloth. Odo: 82,432 miles. 361-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Paint looks as if a local bird were using the car for target practice. Decent exterior brightwork. Engine bay shows the following aftermarket offerings: battery, aluminum intake, electronic ignition and cheap air cleaner. Decent interior with swivel bucket seats. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $31,000. The consignor missed an opportunity here; should have taken the money and run. #3139-1959 EDSEL CORSAIR convert- ible. S/N WTVR736870. Caribbean Turquoise & white/white vinyl/turquoise & white vinyl. Odo: 21,950 miles. 410-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint and exterior brightwork look presentable, glass showing some scratches, driverquality engine detail, interior looks good lake sidepipes built into the rocker panels. Air-ride suspension, Continental kit, a/c, stereo. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. While the workmanship was good, finding another owner with the same custom taste might be a challenge. No doubt it cost way more than bid to build it, but $50k seemed like a fair offer to me. The SCM Platinum Auction Database shows that was a no-sale in 2012 at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach with a high bid of $79k (SCM# 202402). #4122-1958 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE convertible. S/N P558H6588. Rangoon Red & Greystone White/white vinyl/red & white leather. Odo: 29 miles. 370-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Decent paint shows some minor chips. Excellent brightwork and loads of it. Convertible top looks fresh and well done. Not great December 2014 except for the carpet, which is showing its age, sporting a Continental kit. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $34,100. Offered with no reserve from a private collection; the catalog description speculated that fewer than 100 of the original 1,300-ish produced have survived. With its attractive colors, condition and a top that goes down, this looked like a good buy. #4099-1960 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE convertible. S/N 860P23186. White/white 89


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Auctions America Auburn, IN vinyl/tri-tone copper vinyl. Odo: 57,323 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint looks decent, as does the exterior bright stuff. Eight-lug wheels. Decent glass, top and engine compartment. Interior in good condition. Cond: 3. white vinyl. Odo: 6,091 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Rotisserie restoration completed in 2001; paint looks great, brightwork sparkles. Glass showing some scratches. Spotless engine compartment with all the build marks in place. Spotless interior. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $175,000. This one rolled across the block during NBCSN prime time on Saturday afternoon. You couldn’t get a better time slot for this venue. But the interest just wasn’t there, so neither was the money. These regularly sell north of $200k, so I can’t blame the consignor for taking it home. #2173-1971 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUN- SOLD AT $44,000. Last recorded sale was in 2003 at Mecum in Rockford, IL, for $32k, which we called a “strong price on a really good car” (SCM# 31174). At that time, it sported steel wheels with wheel covers and fender skirts and about 8,000 fewer miles. Maybe the mileage was a typo, as I’d guess that if anyone were going to go to the trouble of rolling it back, he would have shaved off a few more. All that said, 10 years later and it’s still a good buy. #4149-1965 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL limousine. S/N 5Y80N437095. Black/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 27,291 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Coachbuilt Lehmann-Peterson limo. Black paint looks okay under the hall lights, exterior brightwork showing its age, padded vinyl top seems to be holding up well. Hood seems to be stuck; can’t get a look at the engine bay, and I assume there’s nothing spec- NER 2-dr hard top. S/N RM23N1G24072. Silver blue/black vinyl/black & gray vinyl. Odo: 49,333 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Five-year-old paint looks acceptable. Decent brightwork. Magnum 500 wheels shod with Mickey Thompsons. Driver-grade engine detail, radiator taken down to brass. Interior wear commensurate with age but looking good. Grabber hood and a few period goodies like yellow high beams, metal-foot gas pedal and a velour pillow in the back seat for, um, comfort. Manual brakes, power steering. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $23,650. With the least desirable of the three engine offerings of the time and the period enhancements, this was a bit of a drugstore cowboy. But it still sold for a decent price. Slightly well bought. #5108-1987 BUICK GNX coupe. S/N tacular in there. Interior looks like it’s all original, with appropriate wear for its age. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $42,500. The catalog description went through a who’s-who list of celebs, politicians and dignitaries who owned Lehmann-Peterson limos, but no mention of this car’s history. Without any documented provenance, it’s just a used limo with a limited market. The high bid seems like enough to get this deal done. #5142-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. S/N OF022Z112807. Grabber Blue/ 1G4GJ1174HP447992. Black/black & silver velour. Odo: 90 miles. 231-ci V6, turbocharged, auto. Paint shows micro-scratches under the hall lights. Interior a little grungy for not having 100 miles. What else can be said? It’s a new car. Coming out of the Lingenfelter Collection. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $85,000. Was this a test, or was Mr. Lingenfelter really interested in parting with it? High bid seemed reasonable, although four out of the last six GNXs offered at auction have sold at $99k or above, according to the SCM Platinum Auction Database. © 90 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Beaulieu, U.K. Bonhams — Beaulieu Autojumble A 1920 Vauxhall 30-98 two-seat tourer boasted one-family ownership since 1952 and sold for nearly $400k Company Bonhams Date September 6, 2014 Location Beaulieu, U.K. Auctioneers Sholto Gilbertson, Rob Hubbard, James Knight, Malcolm Barber Automotive lots sold/offered 100/123 Sales rate 81% Sales total $5,293,378 High sale 1920 Vauxhall 30-98 E-type, sold at $394,853 1920 Vauxhall 30-98 two-seater, sold at $394,853 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics such a big sale that the auctioneers handled the 174 lots of automobilia, 124 cars, 35 motorcycles and one bus in relays, with CEO Malcolm Barber, who loves all things Brass and Edwardian, getting up on the rostrum for the final stint to show solidarity with the troops. The star lot and high sale was a 1920 Vauxhall 30-98 B onhams achieved another record sale at its annual fixture at the Beaulieu International Autojumble (For more on this event, which draws men from their sheds the world over, see p. 44). This was Buyer’s premium 15% up to $81,480; 12% thereafter, included in auction prices ($1.00 = £0.60) two-seat tourer. It boasted one-family ownership since 1952, looked beautifully cherished and exceeded its estimate by $100k. By contrast, a completely rotten flat-floor Jaguar E-type roadster cost its successful bidder $127k. This basket-case fetched as much as a decent-running car, reconfirming that value is sometimes all in the chassis number. There’s always a pile of bits worth investigating in the back Beaulieu, U.K. corner of the tent at Beaulieu, and this time it was the partdismantled and very bent Austin-Healey Sprite Mk IV that started life in 1967 as a Donald Healey Motor Company team car and ran at the Sebring 12 Hours, the Targa Florio and the Nürburgring 1000 Km, before becoming a rally car, which eventually dealt it the final blow. It went to a man with the means (and spares) to restore it for $52k, but a similar 1959 Frogeye rally car project from the same deceased owner of more than 50 years (and without the other car’s history) came in under $6k. If you liked the original “EPE 97” Lagonda 1936 Lagonda LG45 Fox & Nicholl team car replica roadster, sold at $294,469 94 LG45 Rapide Fox & Nicholl team car profiled on p. 68 but found its $2.5m price slightly out of reach, then there was a perfectly usable replica here for just $294k. It was the second-mostexpensive car here, but at one-eighth the price of the real thing, it may have been the best deal of the event. ♦ Sales Totals $6m $5m $4m $3m $2m $1m 0 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Beaulieu, U.K. ENGLISH #323-1920 VAUXHALL 30-98 two- seater. S/N E269. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 7,997 km. Nice original old thing. Frontwheel brakes added in the ’20s. Dulled nickel plating on lamps and radiator shell. The lightweight two-seater body was only painted in the ’70s, having been bare aluminum most of its life; now with some paint flaking off the hood. Lovingly kept, and even the clock still paint, ravaged leather and torn top, but it’s all there, including unusual metal rear tonneau with Auster screen. Engine block is cracked. works, as its owner was keen to demonstrate. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $394,853. Star of the show and center stage, in one-family ownership since 1952 (bought for £115 [about $300], with invoice on file). Sold well over estimate for the price of a decent Bentley 3 Litre (although much less than a 4½), but probably the better drive, so I’m calling this well to fairly bought. #347-1922 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50-HP Silver Ghost tourer. S/N 58YG. Black/red leather. RHD. Odo: 919 miles. Known in R-R circles as “The Maharajah,” this fantasy is somewhere between the Addams Family car and the Munster Koach. All in good order, with timber mudguards and decent leather. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $121,079. Body was paint and chrome, new leather. Still with center throttle, and now with spin-on oil-filter conversion. No speedo or odo. HTP papers. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $294,469. Meanwhile, the real thing sold for $2m at Bonhams’ Goodwood sale the following week (see Race Profile, p. 68). For much the same experience, this looked like a remarkable value. #372-1936 MORGAN 4/4 Series I road- charger. Now with electric fan. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $104,653. Sold slightly low of estimate but I’d say about right for condition— and with a little left in it for retail; no surprise that it popped up at a dealer of such things asking £98k—or about $57k over the purchase price. made in Australia in the ’80s and bought at a Sotheby’s Hendon sale in 1995, fitted to this chassis and on the road by 2002, bought by this owner in 2009. Sold at half the top estimate. Not sure whether the owner got a deal here or not, but you could probably rebody it more soberly for what a 40/50 hp is really “worth.” #344-1923 VAUXHALL OD 23-60-HP Kington Tourer. S/N OD481. Black/black cloth/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 5,863 miles. A kind of baby 30-98 (this is the later OHV version), obviously unused and neglected for some decades, or as the catalog says, “very original.” Needs everything, with flaking 96 looks out of whack because it was allocated by DVLA (actually, a local licensing office by the looks of it) after restoration, rather than being factory sequence. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT Sports Car Market #320-1935 JAGUAR SS1 3½-liter 2-dr sedan. S/N 248824. Eng. # Z2460. Red & black/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 37,841 miles. A Jaguar before they were called Jaguar (the ster. S/N LVLO399CV1396. Red/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 71,400 miles. Older restoration, still shiny but with some microblistering in paint. Leather is newer and now only lightly creased. Nice Bluemels wheel. Runs a Triumph Herald engine (with alternator) instead of original Climax. Chassis number Wears slightly younger-than-period CAV lamps, plus Hartford shocks. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $89,954. Christened “Alice,” last used 1967 and put in dry storage. Described as “a wonderful opportunity for the dedicated enthusiast,” that’s only the case if the enthusiast is dedicated enough to be able to self-restore it, as a professional job would quickly put you upside of its £150k ($240k) or so value; but it sold for twice its estimate, so someone thought it worth taking it on. #381-1931 LAGONDA 2-LITER T3 low- chassis tourer. S/N OH10067. Eng. # 2B1068. Blue/red leather. RHD. Odo: 68,613 miles. Paint shiny, fabric parts of body in good order, plating slightly dulling on radiator shell and lights, well-creased leather. Once ran a super- name “SS” being a little non-PC around WWII). Slightly edgy outside, but within is a spectacularly lovely Deco interior that’s wearing in nicely but getting a bit tired around the edges, like the rest of the car. Now with 3½-liter engine, presumably from a Mk IV, but original 2.7 block comes with the car. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $88,080. Sold at mid-estimate. Given that SS 100s are fetching well over $300k at the moment, an eminently sensible way to get into one of William Lyons’ earliest and most elegant offerings at much less than Derby Bentley money. Non-standard engine should affect the value here, but extra performance from almost doubling the standard 68 hp probably cancels that out. #376-1936 LAGONDA LG45 Fox & Nicholl team car replica roadster. S/N 12084. Eng. # LG6486S4. Maroon/red leather. RHD. Started life as a saloon, recently reconstructed as a replica loosely resembling the famous Fox & Nicholl racer “EPE 97.” Original engine lost. Shiny and like new with new


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Bonhams Beaulieu, U.K. $29,985. Sold at the expected money, and got more than the 1938 example that still had its original-type Climax engine and a real Morgan chassis number (Lot 377, $25,300). It could be that buyers were put off by the color of the other car, or it could be that the buyer was charmed by the dashboard plaque on this one inscribed “Geoffrey.” #377-1938 MORGAN 4/4 roadster. S/N RN6805. Eng. # MA456. Purple/tan vinyl. RHD. Restored in the U.K. (2004–05) before being sold to new owner in Greece. Body straight and sharp, paint shiny, excellent plating, interior good with nice dash timber, though contrasting piping to rather orange seats is wearing through. IoE Coventry Climax engine all clean and tidy, twin spares. But, oh, RHD. Odo: 1,445 miles. Large and imposing MG tourer. Shiny new paint, new chrome; new leather is a bit sudden and needs to settle in. Mileage is since restoration. Built-in hydraulic jacks still on the front axle, and pump looks to have had recent attention, so they cial—but there are a lot of better-looking cars out there. #416-1952 LAND ROVER SERIES I might still work. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $72,925. Of 90 SA Tourers built 1936–39, 18 reportedly survive; seven with this body style, of which five are left on the road (according to the catalog). Not hammered on the day but sold post-sale, relatively cheap. As the catalog mentions, at its estimate this would have been half the price of a Derby Bentley, but there’s a reason for that—frankly, they’re just not as nice to drive. It previously sold at Bonhams’ December 2012 sale at Mercedes-Benz World for $70k, making this price look quite realistic. that color! It’s a bit sudden... Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,300. In Greece post-restoration until recent repatriation. As offered but not sold at Bonhams’ last Oxford sale; this time got away at a bargain price. Well bought, especially considering that a similar car (Lot 372, a 1936 4/4 Series I) sold for $30k, about the expected money for both cars. It could be that this one’s cheap because it’s a bit bright for traditional Morgan types. #317-1939 ALVIS SPEED 25 SC sedan. S/N 14667. Eng. # 20205. Black. RHD. Dusty restoration project, but it’s not too corroded and it’s all there. Rebuilt motor isn’t the original. Off the road since 1970. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $27,174. Last lot from the six-Alvis Malcolm Davey Collection of restoration projects diff; Morris Eight-derived front suspension. Raced all its life, replacement wheels fitted 1980, clean and tidy and in recent use. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $56,221. Sold under estimate and looks cheap considering its provenance and history—although if that most famous Shelsley special, the ex-Basil Davenport “Spider” came up for sale, it would be a lot more. #387-1950 BENTLEY MK IV 4¼ Mal- offered here. Aside from the Vanden Plas dropheads, this is the one to have, and, offered at no reserve, it sold at the high end of estimate. Worth about £75k in restored order ($120k); it’s hard to see any upside here unless the buyer can do most of the work himself. #348-1939 MG SA tourer. S/N CHSA2721. Eng. # 447. Black/red leather. 98 lalieu special roadster. S/N B315GT. Maroon/ red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 41,308 miles. The original Derry Mallalieu prototype—the proportions got better as production went on, although this car was subsequently modified by its second owner. Fabric body holding up well, as is red vinyl interior. Last taxed 2009. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $65,591. Sold near top end of estimate at not huge money for a Mk VI spe- 3+. SOLD AT $33,949. Not sold on the day, later declared sold £2k ($3k) under the lower estimate, and marked up for sale at $10k more (i.e., a price nearer to what Bonhams and the vendor had originally intended) on a wellknown dealer’s stand opposite the sale marquee the following day. Quick work. #389-1957 ASTON MARTIN DB MK III coupe. S/N AM3003B1401. Eng. # DBD1099. Sports Car Market #388-1948 DJINN monoposto special racer. S/N N/A. Aluminum/black. MHD. From the land of Men In Sheds —typical racer built by impecunious enthusiasts, in this case two Land Rover engineers. Supercharged methanol Vincent V-twin makes 120 hp; chain drive, fixed rear axle with no BEST BUY age-related plate: was HNV 804 until 1985. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,055. Back to reality: This is the right price for a decent early Landie in usable condition, as opposed to the shiny show queens that have auctioned in the past two years. Just slightly well bought. #363-1954 SUNBEAM ALPINE Mk III convertible. S/N A30140035HRO. Old English White/red leather. RHD. Restoration presents well. Floor-mounted gear change is an original factory upgrade, and overdrive is standard by this time. Recent overhaul of braking system, new wheel bearings. Cond: 80-in utility. S/N 36100346. Eng. # 36100732. Green/green canvas/green vinyl. RHD. First of the 2-liter Landies. Just out of restoration, with new bulkhead on existing chassis. Body is straight, paint and interior just right, new tires and tilt, freewheel front hubs. On an


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Bonhams Beaulieu, U.K. Red/red leather. RHD. Odo: 91,941 miles. The first production chassis with discs as standard rather than optional. Stripped hood, rear door bent, handle loose. But still solid. Gearbox is out (has had an auto, 4-speed offered with the rockers, floors and subframes. Windshield smashed, original seat vinyl unsavable. “Ripe for sympathetic restoration” is going some... Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $3,373. Everything’s restorable if you throw enough money at it. But remember, early Minis have to be very early if they’re to be worth significant money, and this wasn’t even a 1959. Don’t be surprised if you see this back here next year in exactly the same state. BEST BUY car). Leather well creased and cracked. Last on the road 1971. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $152,107. Bought at Bonhams’ 2011 Aston Martin sale, offered at Bonhams’ Oxford sale in June and bid to a $168k no-sale (SCM # 244433). Re-offered, here it got pretty much the same, against the same $85k–$100k estimate. So the market appears to agree on value. #357-1959 MGA Twin Cam roadster. S/N YD12456. Red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 18,104 miles. Restored and converted to left-hand drive (which is unusual—normally the swap is the other way). Motor rebuilt at same time with low-compression piston, but twin Webers might make up some of the short- #393-1961 ALVIS TD 21 2-dr sedan. S/N 26536. Eng. # 26536. Dark blue/ magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 60,468 miles. Very nice following restoration in 2010, and, unusually, displays no bubbles in the paint. (Keeping on top of one of these is a bit like painting the Forth Bridge.) Decent chrome, lightly creased leather. Rear belts #405-1963 JAGUAR XKE convertible. S/N 861413. Eng. # RA46749. Silver/red leather. RHD. Odo: 939,453 miles. Various holes and plop in rough body, but floors appear fairly solid. Weirdly, someone’s repainted the fuel-filler flap. Cracked and worn leather probably just past savable. Heritage Certificate confirms matching numbers. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $71,214. Not quite as strong as Lot 306, the very rotten roadster in the same sale, because a) it’s not so early and b) it’s a coupe. Still, a good basis for the restoration by a farsighted buyer. fitted, and now with power steering—both nice to have. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $48,725. A good deal on a gentleman’s cruiser, and in better condition than its price would suggest. Slightly cheekily well bought, as there’s no way the vendor’s got anything like his restoration money back. Looks like a solid investment, and I would have done it at this money. fall. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $48,725. Has been in Finland, hence the LHD. Twin Cams are now looking cheap compared with former asking prices, and in many cases are lagging behind the pushrod cars. Okay, it’s all down to condition, but also maybe because, frankly, 30 hp more doesn’t make a huge difference on today’s roads. #424-1960 MORRIS MINI MINOR 2-dr sedan. S/N MA2S413341. Eng. # 13356. Maroon/red & gray vinyl. RHD. Odo: 28,080 miles. Rotten old Mini with “magic wand” gearshift. Rusty bodysides but not too bad in Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $126,555. But being a flat-floor car means that it’s always going to sell. Lest we forget, the money paid for this chassis plate would get you a recent running S1 roadster, if not quite a flat-floor car, so here you’re paying twice. Based on previous sales though, the numbers just—but only just—hold water. Interestingly, an even earlier car, s/n 107, in similar basket-case condition, sold at Brightwells later in the month for £55k ($89k). 100 #306-1961 JAGUAR XKE convertible. S/N 850221. Eng. # R22139. White/black leather. RHD. Odo: 84,473 miles. Unbelievably rotten and horrible, having by the look of it been stored outside since last used in 1992, with essentially only the chassis plate savable. Entire lower front end disappeared through rust; everything else fossilized with oxidation. Even the header tank has rusted out. Nothing worth having inside either. No documents. #375-1964 DIVA GT coupe. S/N C23. Eng. # 639827. Blue/black racing seat. RHD. Good condition for a racer; body feels typically fragile. Ford pre-crossflow motor. One cracked headlight cover. Belts went out of date in 2012, the year it last raced (at Zolder). With FIA papers, although they’ll also want renewing with change of owner. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $84,332. Hammered a little under low esti- mate. $84k might look a lot for a minimalist plastic rollerskate, but you have to remember the popularity of FIA pre-’66 racing in Europe. Given that it will be a front-runner in the period F (1962–66) 1300–1600 class (as the catalog shows, it happily mixes with 2002 tiis and 911s too), and that you’d likely not build anything faster for less, this doesn’t look expensive. #399-1967 AUSTIN-HEALEY SPRITE Mk IV roadster. S/N HAN9R157. Red/black fiberglass/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 51,392 miles. Smashed-up and rusty wreck. With hard top, roll bar, Halda Twinmaster, real knock-off Minilites. But it’s “LNX 629E,” a real Worksbuilt and run car with lots of special features (1,293-cc dry-sump motor, 5-speed ’box) that ran in the Sebring 12 Hours (the second time badged as a Midget), Targa Florio (as a Sprite) and Nürburgring 1,000 Km. Campaigned privately as a rally car after that and crashed sometime in ’80s, laid up since. Cond: 4. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Beaulieu, U.K. RHD. Odo: 37,558 miles. Good, straight restored order. No rot, motor rebuilt and tidy, with extra ancillary instruments next to big central speedo. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $14,992. Purchased by the vendor in May 1989, but dry-stored since then until recently recommissioned with various new parts. Sold right. SOLD AT $52,473. And, because of its history, it sold for six times its no-reserve lower estimate, which was about the asking price of a very average steel-bumper Midget. You’re essentially buying the identity of a not-wellknown Works car here, so I’d call this imaginatively bought. #310-1968 MORRIS MINI MOKE beach car. S/N MAB111389900A. Eng. # 8ACUH7709. Green/red vinyl/red vinyl. leather only lightly used. Cloth top in good shape. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $111,954. This is strong money for a Series III, although the manual gearbox was part of it. Well sold, but the vendor’s still losing money. #404-1978 FORD FIESTA Healey proto- type hatchback. S/N GCFBGS86469. Green/ black velour. Odo: 7,000 miles. As well as playing with a Mk I RS2000, Donald and #391-1973 JAGUAR XKE Series III V12 convertible. S/N 1S2152. Eng. # 7S13214SA. Blue/blue cloth/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 3,670 miles. Restored in ’90s to expensive standards, lots spent since, still presents very well. Repaint still shiny and unblemished, gine. Good overall, some cracks in paint in hood, roll bar fitted. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $11,568. Starting from a U.S.-market car explains the federal bumpers. Ford disposed of it in the ’80s, and it’s recently been in the Healey Museum in The Netherlands. Not sold against an asking price of £10k–£15k ($16k– $24k). Just too much of an oddity, as well as an extra 5% duty to pay if it remains in the EU. #418-1986 INTERSTYL HUSTLER Huntsman 6 SUV. S/N SABLVL036 06115 033. Eng. # 12H996AA156459. Ivory/brown velour. RHD. Odo: 2,028 miles. Mini-based kit car by William Towns (of Aston Martin fame). Looks like it’s built out of DIY shower cubicles. But this Metro-based six-wheeler is the rare one. In very good order with recently Geoff Healey developed this version of the first-generation Fiesta at the behest of Ford U.S.A., with usual boy-racer touches of the period, including Ralph Broad-tweaked en- December 2014 101


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Glovebox Notes Bonhams Beaulieu, U.K. A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM garage. HHHHH is best. 2015 Audi A3 2.0T Quattro S-tronic sedan some of the D-type rep horrors on the market recently, and much cheaper than a Proteus aluminum C-type rep, or indeed one of the plastic Cobras that AC marketed latterly under the name CRS. FRENCH #341-1906 TALBOT CT4-0B 20/24-hp Price as tested: $37,195 Equipment: 2.0-liter turbocharged I4, 220-hp, 258 lb-ft, Audi MMI Navigation Plus, Cold Weather package, Aluminum Style Package EPA mileage: 24/33 Likes: It’s all new. The new sedan replaces the hatchback, with several forms due out later this year and early next year. It’s more attractive, too, with a body line running from tip of headlight to tip of taillamp, giving a solid connection from the front to the back, while the rising sill line adds interest and visually reduces the height of the car’s side and rear. It’s well-equipped considering its starting price of $32,900. Many luxury-minded entry-level German cars are often chock-full of upgrades and options — the base-level cars would be terribly unappealing without them. Those options don’t tend to be cheap, but Audi includes many of them (sunroof, leather, etc.) in their base model A3. The options for this car weren’t expensive, either. Biggest tick of the box here was $1,900 for Audi MMI Navigation plus. Eventually we’ll get to the point where nav isn’t even an option. (Fear not, expensive-option shoppers, the Prestige package goes for $8,450.) The 2.0T is about as tried and true as modern engines come. Plenty of power and remarkably effiecient on the highway. Driving in “D” is as mundane as the morning commute could be, but shifting to “S” makes a world of difference. Dislikes: The rear seat and trunk don’t hold a lot of cargo, but that can happen when a VW Golf is the starting point for your design. Meh on materials and color. Yes, silver and black are safe, but they’re also boring. The $450 Aluminum Style package is money better spent elsewhere. Reflective tape and a little time will give the same effect, but much cheaper. Fun to drive: HHHH Eye appeal: HHH½ Overall experience: HHH½ Verdict: This A3 was my ride from Monterey back to Portland after Car Week in mid-August. And I have to say that 12 hours in the A3’s driver’s seat was more fun than I anticipated. Audi is hoping its new platform will carve out a bigger market share, and I think it’s a winner. It’s more fun than Mercedes’ CLA and better looking than any 3-Series BMW without the “M” badge. Test drive a new A3 if you’re considering any car near $30k — especially if you’re looking at ones over that price point. — Chad Tyson 102 redone carpets and a proper fusebox. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $18,740. Offered at no reserve and sold at three times its estimated price. No, I didn’t know there were Towns completists out there, either... But I think if were going to have a special based on a couple of Metros, I’d rather make it an MGF. #428-1989 JAGUAR XJS V12 convert- ible. S/N SAJJNADW3DB157017. Metallic blue/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 24,265 miles. Good and straight, rear arches okay, just showing the first signs of superficial bubbles, and it hasn’t got to the rockers yet. Light wear on the brasswork, including serpent horn. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $84,332. From the same estate collection as the Rauch et Lang electric car and the Stanley Steamer. Not used since 2008 but MoT tested until last year. Hammered at midestimate. gently creased leather commensurate with low mileage. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $33,733. Very big money for an XJS, but it is a convertible and it is low mileage. The remaining stock of cars is cherished, and it shows in the prices, with this one selling 30% over mid-estimate. #427-1990 SHELBY COBRA 427 replica roadster. S/N 1B52622DN. Eng. # E90722ARBG. Black/blue leather. Odo: 11,108 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Gravetti-built replica. We don’t usually include pondliners here, but this scrapes in because it has vaguely the right shape and stance, and at least has a 1964 registration (from the donor Jag S-type that also gave up its suspension) and a Ford 289, unlike most Cobra reps that use an SBC and often reside under an age-indeterminate Q plate. delic interior in good order. Motor clean, leakfree and tidy. Nice plating on lights and radiator shell. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $166,708. This had a pre-sale estimate of $160k–$240k. As bidding just squeezed up over the lower end, I’ll call it well bought. GERMAN #366-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL Interior looks vaguely period too, with lightly creased leather, although the unbraced roll bar will be next to useless. Gearbox said to be Hurst. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $35,607. But why replicate a 427 using a 289? Oh well, at the expected money just scraping up to the lower reserve, it looks like a good value against California Coupe. S/N 1130442011204. Red/ red hard top/black leather. RHD. Odo: 79,670 miles. California Coupe has rear bench seat and no convertible roof, but this one has an aftermarket top as well as the hard top. Restored, and it’s lost its inner-headlight flutes as usual, but rear chassis legs haven’t been Sports Car Market #369-1925 VOISIN C5 faux cabriolet. S/N 2770. Eng. # 2968. Green/cream cloth/ green brocade. RHD. Odo: 68,546 km. Relatively restrained Voisin, nicely restored in Switzerland (finished 2006) from a barn-find discovered in France in 1974. Usual psyche- open two-seater. S/N 2018. Eng. # 124. Maroon/black leather. RHD. Essentially an English-marketed Clément-Bayard. Splendid older-restored condition with acres of fine


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Bonhams Beaulieu, U.K. welded. Shiny paint, good chrome, okay dash and heater controls, redone textured leather, motor in factory finishes. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $69,340. Offered at no reserve, this was the running for sure in 2002. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $64,265. Ex-Harrah Collection, sold in 1986, and from the same estate collection as the Rauch et Lang electric car (Lot 334, $62k). This time not sold against a £50k–£60k ($80k–$100k) estimate. Perhaps if it had been a runner, but you don’t fire up a long-dormant steamer unless you really know what you’re doing. #334-1916 RAUCH et LANG BX6 elec- usual shiny but slightly heavy-handed restoration we are used to seeing at auction. Price reflected that, but it’s a perfectly usable car for those who aren’t too fussed about perfection. Sold here at Beaulieu one year ago for $63k (SCM# 233390); no-saled at Bonhams Oxford in March at an undisclosed high bid (SCM# 247033). ITALIAN #395-1978 MASERATI KHAMSIN coupe. S/N AM120US1218. Eng. # 21224. Black/black leather. Odo: 35,515 miles. Very good appearance, shiny recent (2013) paint, just a few shallow ripples in doors. Lightly creased leather, new on center console. With been on the road. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $61,843. Bought by the vendor at this sale a year ago for $34k (SCM# 233416); before that, it sold in October 2008 at Bonhams’ sale in Brookline, MA, for $70k (SCM# 118251). This time returning to something like its 2008 price and sold at top estimate, perhaps reflecting the growing interest in zero-tailpipe-emission vehicles. #397-1995 DODGE VIPER Venom con- manuals and tools. Car idles sweetly. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $128,380. First supplied to the U.S., into the U.K. in 2012. And it is a manual, which confers more value in the U.K., especially in perceived sporty cars. The same month, Mark Hyman was advertising s/n 1246, a federal-bumpered auto, for $87,500. AMERICAN #339-1909 STANLEY MODEL E2 10-hp runabout. S/N 4852. Green/black leather. RHD. Older restoration holding up nicely. Brush-applied paint slightly bubbling on boiler, nice brass, lightly worn leather. Last NOT SOLD AT $64,265. Last sold in April 2013 at Bonhams Hendon for $26k (SCM # 224760). Not sold here on the day but displayed after with a £22,500 ($36,400) price. That was $4k under its lower estimate and about the selling price of Lot 427, the plastic 427 Cobra replica, also black, so the vendor dropped his sights a little for a second bite of the cherry. © December 2014 103 vertible. S/N 1B3BR65E2SV200181. Black/ black fiberglass/yellow leather. 8-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. Tidy and unscuffed, having recently been repainted from last year’s yellow to its original black. Has Hennessey’s Venom performance pack, carbon-style dash, Koni shocks and a Le Mans-style wing, although mercifully not present here. Cond: 3+. tric brougham. S/N 60441. Blue & black/tan cloth. Odo: 34,350 miles. Sounds German, but it’s actually from Cleveland. Good restored order outside, with built-in charger and Lehman Bros. Foot warmer in a fairly worn and tatty interior. Said to drive but has not


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RM Auctions Plymouth, MI RM Auctions — Motor City Sometimes it just makes sense to buy and sell in the place where it all started Company RM Auctions Date July 26, 2014 Location Plymouth, MI Auctioneer Max Girardo Automotive lots sold/offered 60/78 Sales rate 77% Sales total $7,421,150 High sale 1911 Mercedes 38/70-hp tourer, sold at $495,000 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices Top seller — 1911 Mercedes 38/70-hp tourer, sold at $495,000 Report and photos by Kevin Coakley Market opinions in italics W hile the glitterati of the automotive collector world were gearing up for big times in Monterey, a busy summer of car events hummed along right here where it all began in the Motor City. RM once again showed their commitment to keeping Detroit relevant in the face of other forces that are liter- Plymouth, MI ally tearing the city down. Their longstanding Plymouth sale took place in late July in conjunction with the Concours d’Elegance of America. SCM Publisher Keith Martin emceed the concours, now in its fourth year at the Inn at St. John’s. Top-sale honors went to Lot 158, a beautiful former AACA Cup and Pebble Beach award-winning 1911 Mercedes 7-Passenger Touring car trimmed in brass. That car sold for $495k. High bid of the day was a brilliant 1929 RollsRoyce Phantom II Torpedo Tourer that resulted in a no-sale high bid of $625k. As usual, there were deals to be had, such as Lot 130, a striking 1964 Mercury Park Lane convertible coupe with dual-quad 390 power, selling at $52k. One memorable moment occurred when Lot 110 crossed the block. The very nice 1978 RollsRoyce Corniche drophead coupe had a pre-sale high estimate of $55k. Suddenly, auction house owner Rob Myers remembered a client who was interested in the car and scrambled to connect via cell phone. Auctioneer Max Girardo kept the crowd engaged during the process, and Myers’ connection eventually came out on top with a hammer price about $30k over high estimate. Final totals dipped slightly from last year’s 1906 Studebaker Model G tourer, sold at $275,000 106 $7.7m, and 12 fewer cars sold. On the upside, the average dollars-per-car was up 15%, hitting nearly $125k. Sometimes it just makes sense to buy and sell here where it all started. ♦ $10m $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 Sports Car Market 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 Sales Totals


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RM Auctions Plymouth, MI ENGLISH #119-1952 NASH-HEALEY ROAD- STER. S/N 2279. White/tan canvas/red & white leather. Odo: 25,363 miles. 235-ci I6, 2x1-bbl, 3-sp. Paint looks fresh and well done. Excellent body gaps. Brightwork shows very well. Nice custom top, except it’s a little baggy on the sides. Driver-quality engine These cars are currently on an upward turn on the value scale. This one sold smack-dab in the middle of the pre-sale estimate, but I believe there’s a lot of meat left on the bone. Tip of the tweed cap to the new owner. Well done. FRENCH compartment detail; gaskets weeping a bit of oil. Interior shows nice patina. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $85,250. The first true post-war American sports car, boasting Pininfarina bodywork and preceding the Corvette. When you compare the relatively low production numbers of the Nash-Healey Roadster (357 in three years) to that of the Corvette from 1953 to 1955 (4,640), you’d think this car’s rarity would give its value more of a boost. This one sold pretty well below the low estimate and looked to me like a buyer win. #133-1955 JAGUAR XK 140 MC drop- head coupe. S/N S87818S. Red/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 41,994 miles. Paint looks brilliant in the sunlight. Panel gaps are spot-on. Chrome wires sparkle. Spotless engine bay. Interior looks new and well done. Equipped with upgraded aluminum radiator, road lights tion documentation, sales brochure, owner’s manual and certification from Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust that all is correct. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $90,750. One of the finest automotive designs ever, looking sharp without those horrible rubber blocks later imposed by the U.S. government. Here we have another Etype on the way up the value scale. Just exceeding the high estimate, it looked like a market-correct result today. #111-1973 JAGUAR XKE V12 convert- and electric overdrive. Comes with Heritage Certificate from the Jaguar-Daimler Heritage Trust, confirming it has matching numbers. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $104,500. I often see these at auction; I don’t often see them done this well. This one was beautiful and well bought just a bit above the $100k low estimate. #108-1958 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-6 roadster. S/N BN6L3732. Old English White/ black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 37,224 miles. Paint looks fresh and exceptional, body gaps are spot-on. Spotless engine compartment. All new leather interior. Reported to have fresh, high-quality rebuilds on the engine, carbura- 108 ible. S/N UD1S21377. British Racing Green/ tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 25,813 miles. Paint shows some micro-scratching, nothing a good buffing wouldn’t take care of. Excellent panel gaps. Decent engine compartment detail. Tidy interior. Chrome wires and blackwall tires look sharp. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $71,500. as having done 200 miles since coming off a two-year concours-quality restoration, this example spent the majority of its life in the Southwest. Considering most were ridden hard and put away wet, I don’t know that you could find a better example. Price looks strong, but considering that these nudged the six-figure mark in Monterey and Scottsdale this year, maybe not so unreasonable. Sports Car Market tors, overdrive transmission, generator and starter. Comes with full documentation of the restoration, original service manual, jack and toolkit. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $57,500. Values on these have been pretty flat for the past few years; there’s a pretty significant value gap between a #3 and a #1 example. This car is a strong #2, deserving a better result than proposed here. #115-1970 JAGUAR XKE convertible. S/N 1R112177. Regency Red/black vinyl/ black leather. Odo: 33,880 miles. Two-yearold paint looks fantastic. Excellent panel fit all around. Brilliant exterior brightwork, chrome wires with Redlines look great. Decent engine detail. Interior neat and well done. Equipped with a/c. Seller providing volumes of restora- leather and wood work is exceptional. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $264,000. It’s pretty rare; in fact, the only sales record I could find was for this very car selling at an unspecified Gooding & Co. auction with no reserve in 2010 for $374k. Someone else paying too much doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good buy; in fact, if the seller was the one who bought it at Gooding, you’ve got to wonder what is the motivation to subject yourself to such a loss. I’ll leave that one up to the accountants to debate. JAPANESE #105-1976 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ40 SUV. S/N FJ40212619. Yellow & white/ gray vinyl & cloth. Odo: 67,526 miles. Looking better than new. Perfect paint, minimal exterior trim in excellent condition, glass shows crystal-clear, new window and door seals. Spotless engine compartment and interior. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $68,750. Advertised #128-1925 RENAULT MODEL 45 convertible sedan. S/N 139416. Ivory/tan canvas/tan leather. RHD. 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RM Auctions Plymouth, MI AMERICAN #129-1906 STUDEBAKER MODEL G tourer. S/N 841. Maroon/black cloth/maroon leather. RHD. Class winner at Meadow Brook and Amelia Island. Beautiful paint, exceptional brass shine and condition, top is in good condition. Engine compartment well detailed. Interior leather and carpets show no wear. Fitted with electric starter. Provided with remov- miles. Paint is brilliant, nickel and brass trim in excellent condtion, top looks fresh and well fitted. Spotless engine compartment; interior looks as good as the exterior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $264,000. Provided with history traced back to five previous owners and exceeding the high estimate by a fair bit, this car needed nothing and is ready to show. The new owner paid a premium, but it shouldn’t take long for the market to catch up. #124-1925 LINCOLN MODEL L Police Flyer convertible. S/N 26004. Green & black/tan canvas/black leather. Odo: 8,409 miles. Thirty-year-old paint shows cracks around the top of the body. Nickel plating wearing thin on exterior brightwork. Top looks good, leather upholstery worn beyond patina, dull nickel plating on instrument gauge cluster. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $68,750. Said to be is sharp and well fitted. Show-quality engine compartment. Interior wood trim is exceptional, as is the leather and instrument cluster. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $198,000. An older restoration still holding up well, but the bubbling paint won’t get better on its own. A CCCA Full Classic selling at the low end of the pre-sale estimate looks like a fair deal both ways. able side curtains and sporting a leather NY license plate that looks as though it was just issued. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $275,000. Another Brass Era car you won’t see around too often. The catalog traced ownership pretty much back to day one. Coming in $50k below the $325k low estimate, it looks very well bought. #123-1923 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER GHOST Oxford tourer. S/N 107JH. Twotone blue/blue canvas/dark blue leather. RHD. Odo: 38,021 miles. Twenty-year-old paint looks remarkably fresh. Catalog reported it was last painted in the early 1990s. Nickelplated brightwork is dull, but that’s expected. Yellowed whitewalls. Top looks new, but it’s one of three Lincoln dual-windshield “Police Flyers” produced in 1925, believed originally owned by the city of New York. One wonders where this could go from here—is it worth another go at the paint? Which, of course, would lead to replating all of the bright bits, and, well, if you’re going to do that, you’d have to get the seats re-skinned... I’d suggest leaving it as-is—an honest, custom-bodied CCCA Full Classic and looking like a good deal today. #117-1934 CHRYSLER AIRFLOW se- likely as old as the paint and was well done. Ditto for the interior. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $190,000. Tag the buyer’s premium on the high bid, and you’re pretty well into the low estimate. The fresh appearance on such an old restoration indicated a lack of use and did not elicit buyer confidence. This one should have sold. #126-1925 DUESENBERG MODEL A tourer. S/N 989. Eng. # 1372. Maroon & black/tan canvas/black leather. Odo: 21,075 looks as good as the rest. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $67,500. The restoration was done to a very high standard. I don’t blame the owner for hanging on to this one. The challenge might be getting two people who want it in the same room at the same time. #121-1934 PACKARD SUPER EIGHT convertible Victoria. S/N 752338. Gray- 110 dan. S/N 6597265. Willow Green/light brown broadcloth. Odo: 33,802 miles. Paint looks fresh and well done. Exterior brightwork including the “waterfall” grille looks great. Well-presented engine compartment. Interior #118-1935 PACKARD SUPER EIGHT convertible. S/N 755850. Maroon/tan canvas/ tan leather. Odo: 9,172 miles. Beautiful paint, excellent body gaps, minimal exterior brightwork shows well. Engine bay is a notch below show grade. Nice top, spotless interior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $181,500. After this one crossed Blush & burgundy/burgundy canvas/tan leather. Odo: 48,989 miles. Paint shows some bubbling on the driver’s door. Otherwise very nice. Exterior brightwork in good shape. Top the block, I ran into the very excited winning bidder in the parking lot looking over his new pride and joy. He seemed very pleased with his purchase, and who could blame him? A great car that will no doubt appreciate in value, and a fair deal both ways here. #127-1937 CORD 812 cabriolet. S/N 8122214F. Black/burgundy leather. Odo: 58,525 miles. Paint shows varying ages and degrees of poorly prepped gloss and color, brightwork finish worn through in spots. Top? Body carries visible dings and dents. Driver- quality engine compartment. Leather interior dried out and cracking. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $143,000. This car even looked rough in the catalog. Hammering at about 20% over the high estimate, it seems like a lot of money for a project. Well sold. Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Plymouth, MI #131-1946 CADILLAC SERIES 62 con- vertible. S/N 8408786. Madeira Maroon/tan canvas/red leather. Odo: 2,120 miles. 346-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Seven-year-old paint holding up well. Excellent exterior brightwork. Tan canvas top well fitted and in great condition. Well-detailed engine compartment. Interior leather in excellent condition. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $66,000. A multiple past CCCA award winner offered from the Kughn Collection. This sold at a bargain. Well bought indeed. #114-1948 PONTIAC TORPEDO De- luxe convertible. S/N C8PA1338. Red/ khaki cloth/red vinyl & cloth. Odo: 1,649 miles. 249-ci I8, 2-bbl, auto. Older paint holding up well, door fit off a bit, acceptable brightwork, decent engine compartment. Top looks fresh and well done, interior just fine. Equipped with dual spotlights, fog lamps and Deluxe model chrome fender moldings and gravel guards. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $46,750. One of the first-generation post-war cars, this was a nice, solid driver. It’s not going to win any concours awards, but you wouldn’t be embarrassed parked on the same lawn. Coming in a bit under an optimistic pre-sale estimate, I’d call it well sold at this price. #112-1955 PACKARD CARIBBEAN convertible. S/N 55881220. White Jade, Turquoise & Gray Pearl/white vinyl/tri-tone leather. Odo: 62,426 miles. 352-ci V8, 2x4bbl, auto. Ten-year-old paint holding up well. Right door fit off a bit. Exterior brightwork showing some dings and fit issues. Except for a small coolant leak at the manifold gooseneck, the engine compartment looks tidy. Interior looks fresh and well done. Chrome wires and wide whites really pop. Cond: 3+. SOLD December 2014 111


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RM Auctions Plymouth, MI AT $66,000. The catalog write-up indicated the first owner took delivery in July of 1986 after the car had sat on the showroom floor for 25 years. Let’s see: 1986 minus 25 equals 1961... Not sure what happened between 1955 and 1961, but lets not quibble—it’s a great story. From the Kughn Collection and coming in well under the very reasonable low estimate of $75k. This was a much nicer example than Lot 170, which sold for $47k; Mr. Kughn must be looking to clear some space in the garage, ’cause he let this one go cheap. Well bought. Last sold in 2007 at RM Amelia Island for $88k (SCM# 44623). #113-1957 PONTIAC STAR CHIEF convertible. S/N W855H7811. Bolero Red & Raven Black/black acrylic/red & white vinyl. Odo: 77,983 miles. 287-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint showing its age a bit with some touching up, chrome exterior trim wearing thin in spots, stainless trim not horrible—actually, not bad for original. Windshield chipped and cracked, but a 347 was probably stock for 1957). Interior presentable except for pitting in chrome trim and wide whites taking on that shade of yellow that comes with time. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. This car had great colors and a top that goes down but not much else. Put the buyer’s premium on the high bid, and you’re spot-on for market value. This one should have sold. #130-1964 MERCURY PARK LANE Marauder convertible. S/N 4Z65Z513651. Anniversary Silver/blue cloth/white vinyl. Odo: 90,786 miles. 390-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. No-expense-spared restoration completed 2008. Paint still looking fresh after, good panel fit all around, all brightwork looks just as good as the paint. Engine compartment is today. Both seller and buyer should be happy with the outcome. #109-1967 CADILLAC DEVILLE con- vertible. S/N F7277284. Grecian White/white vinyl/maroon leather. Odo: 3,308 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint is fresh and well done; exceptional panel fit; outstanding exterior brightwork. Convertible top could stand a good cleaning. Spotless, well-done engine compartment. No complaints with the interior. Said to have done 300 miles since engine and transmission rebuild. Equipped with speed driver-quality engine detail (said to be a 287, well detailed. No gripes with the interior. Engine “up-rated” with headers and dual 500cfm Edlbrock carbs. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $52,250. So it didn’t roll out of the factory in its current mechanical state. Who cares? This was the car I would have liked to drive home control, automatic headlight dimmer and a/c. Said to have been a past Cadillac-LaSalle Club Senior award winner. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $44,000. Coming in on the low end of the estimate; current price guide would indicate this result was all the money. Nice drivers of this model can be had in the mid-to-high-$20k range. This result looks like a win for the seller, but I don’t doubt he had more money into it to get it this nice. The new owner should be pleased with his acquisition. © 112 Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Auburn, IN Worldwide Auctioneers — The Auburn Auction A lovely 1938 Talbot-Lago T-23 Sport cabriolet with Figoni et Falaschi coachwork was right on the money at $660k Company Worldwide Auctioneers Date August 30, 2014 Location Auburn, IN Auctioneers John Kruse, Rod Egan Automotive lots sold/offered 73/84 Sales rate 87% Sales total $6,027,856 High sale 1934 Packard Twelve 1108 convertible sedan, sold at $1,350,000 1938 Talbot-Lago T23 Sport cabriolet, sold at $660,000 Report and photos by Bob DeKorne Market opinions in italics T he Auburn Cord Duesenberg festival is a “bucket list” experience for any fan of big American Classic vehicles. It’s an entire weekend where the finest examples of the storied marques are driven on the streets where they were test driven when new, and now, even sold in the very buildings where they were designed and built. The ACD Club does a wonderful job all weekend for their members and spectators alike, with dinners, parades, a great car show, and special exhibits that are all free. Worldwide’s annual catalog sale on Saturday evening has earned a place on the weekend’s calendar. This year, it was once again held in the historic L-29 Building, which houses Auburn, IN the National Auto and Truck Museum Collection the rest of the year. Worldwide’s motorcar specialists did their jobs and assembled an impressive group of cars that was fun to watch sell. The sale commenced with a group of interesting driver-quality Packards from the ’30s to the ’50s, all selling at no reserve. A highlight of the sale came next: the “Honeymoon Auburn,” a 1935 851 SC Boattail Speedster. The well-known car had a single owner for six decades and was ACD Category 1-certified in 1983, and it sold for a very fair $446k. A lovely 1938 Talbot-Lago T23 Sport cabriolet with Figoni et Falaschi coachwork was right on the money at $660k, and a very early one-owner 1964½ K-code Mustang found a new garage at an impressive $124k. A lovely 1929 Packard 645 roadster took a left turn into the personal garage of Richard Rawlings, star of the Discovery Channel’s hit series “Fast N’ Loud,” for $243k. Rawlings called it his entry into the world of serious collecting, and it was a great choice. Rawlings also picked up a record-setting 1965 Chevelle drag car with some very ’70s custom paint for $15k. High sale of the evening was an impeccable 1934 Packard Twelve 1108 convertible sedan, sold at $1,350,000 114 1934 Packard Twelve convertible sedan with Dietrich coachwork, which sold post-block for $1,350,000, thanks to some hard work from the Worldwide crew. It was an undeniably impressive car that ended up being the high-dollar sale of the entire ACD weekend, and the price should make all parties very happy. ♦ $15m $12m $9m $6m $3m 0 Sports Car Market 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 Sales Totals Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices


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Worldwide Auctioneers Auburn, IN ENGLISH #36-1958 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-6 roadster. S/N BN6L714. Red & black/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 15,643 miles. A nice car in pleasing colors, with good-but-not-great paint over decent bodywork. Sits on nice chrome wires and modern radials, and the red interior is clean, with just a slight hint of wear. One nice feature is the overdrive transmission for highway driving. Good brightwork, clean dash, and quite serviceable but not highly detailed underneath. Good top and side curtains. Same story under the hood, where the engine looks correct for a nice driver. BMIHT Certifi- #70-1972 JAGUAR XKE SERIES III convertible. S/N WC1520774. Black/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 43,336 miles. Very nice throughout and exquisite under the hood. Out of 25-year single-family ownership, and it shows. Nothing is brand new, but everything was tended to during the 1991 restoration and the 2013 mechanical freshening by The Antique Auto Shop. Good paintwork, very nice chrome and a wonderful interior set the tone, GERMAN #32-1958 BMW ISETTA 600 microcar. S/N BMW124479. Blue & white/white vinyl. Odo: 21,175 miles. Microcars are fun, and here’s one you can share with your friends. Or at least your shorter friends. Done about as well as possible on an Isetta. There isn’t a lot of steel to play with. Good bodywork, fresh paint in a nice color combination, nice badging and brightwork. Clean but used interior and very tidy engine bay. All options work because there are none. Appears ready to use and will attract as much attention per pound as anything else in the automotive world. Cond: cate displayed with the car. Some good life left in this one. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $39,600. The “Big Healey” market hasn’t rebounded from the lows of ’08, or maybe the cars were a bit overvalued before the crash. In any case, the days of six-figure Healeys seem to be over. This car will make a fun driver, and it looks good enough to be respectable at any local show. If the mechanicals prove to be reliable, I’d call this a bit of a buy for the new owner. Looks like a lot of fun for the money to me. #34-1967 JAGUAR XKE Series I 4.2 convertible. S/N 1E13650. Primrose/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 30,407 miles. A nice car from a great year. These later Series I cars are a little more comfortable but are not so late as to lose the covered headlamps and stylish bumpers. This one sure looks like a car that was cared for for 40 years as described in the catalog. Very nice panel fit, fresh paint, with excellent chrome and chrome wire wheels. Clean interior with only minor wear apparent. and the gorgeous V12 is exceptional. A very nice driver that shows the care it received. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $66,000. Never worth as much as a Series I car, but nonetheless a finelooking E-type that is ready to enjoy. A little extra power, easy entry, power steering and brakes, and more substantial seats make these later cars a blast to drive. The last year before the ugly U.S. bumpers showed up. A marketcorrect price, according to recent results, and a good value both ways. So even though the price was strong, so was the condition, making both parties feel good about the transaction. FRENCH #38-1938 TALBOT-LAGO T23 Sport cabriolet. S/N 93017. Blue/tan cloth/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 887 miles. A lovely Figoni et Falaschi example that is almost understated. Competition chassis and heavy-duty brakes. Drove 120 mph back in 1938. Looks to be the original chassis, engine and coachwork. Very nice paintwork, excellent chrome, with a nice tan top and a spectacular interior that isn’t new but is very elegant. The dash is spectacular. 2-. SOLD AT $39,600. An unusual microcar, and perhaps the smallest ever to be called a limo. An overall nice example, although I do wish they had done a bit more work on prepaint prep, but the impression overall is quite nice. The market is volatile for the entire microcar category, and bidding was sluggish in the room but ended up squarely mid-estimate after some effort from the auction staff. A fair buy on a ready-to-use microcar with a lot of eyeball, so both parties can sleep well tonight. #51-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 9500085. Light blue/white hard top/light gray vinyl. Odo: 11,420 miles. Single-owner car showing actual miles from new. Repainted a long time ago with some repairs since and a few soon to be needed. Original interior could be saved but needs a good cleaning. Comes with two tops, hard top in place, soft top not visible. Some delaminating glass and only fair chrome. Quite nice The lovely 4.2 is clean and correct. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $110,000. A strong car in a weak color, it nonetheless got strong bidding both in the room and on the phone. Not perfect anywhere, but very nice throughout; the slight wear is in all the right places for an honest feel. Sold mid-estimate and right on the money. As long as all is well under the bonnet, the new owner should be very happy. A desirable car and a square deal for both parties. 116 Well-known history. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $660,000. A gentleman’s touring car in its day with styling that epitomizes the very best of the era. Lots of signature Figoni touches, but tastefully executed. An experience to even just sit in, and downright fun to drive. The Wilson pre-selector gearbox can take a little getting used to, but for a collector, it’s a plus. Sold below the estimate, but a fair price for condition. It’s a significant European car that the new owner should drive and enjoy. underhood and highly original. It’s all there, but you’d guess everything will need attention. Almost too nice to restore, but not quite, in my book. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $110,000. 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Worldwide Auctioneers Auburn, IN play, but where else will you find one so untouched? Obviously sat a long time, but did run. A unique opportunity, for sure, but I’ve got to call this well sold. #52-1965 PORSCHE 911 coupe. S/N 302474. Polo Red/black vinyl. Odo: 42,042 miles. Three-owner Porsche with the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and original Kardex. Clean throughout with great paintwork, good body gaps and very nice trim items. Nicely detailed interior and engine bay are no surprise, as it’s being sold by a noted Porsche aficionado who bought it out of 30-year ownership. Clean underneath and seemingly quite ready to be driven hard and enjoyed. Cond: 2. was a repaint onsite. Nicely finished and well prepped; the details are well tended to. Clean older interior and both tops, including the pagoda-style hard top. Desirable ZF 5-speed SOLD AT $170,500. The early 911s have enduring value because they are the beginning of what has become a long procession of wonderful cars. When nicely restored and shaken out like this one, the good 911s walk the line of performance, collectibility, and appreciating asset as well as anything out there today. The documentation and provenance push this one into the slightly well-bought category, selling at the lower end of the estimate. I guess this is the new correct market price—for this week, anyway. #66-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304410014176. Blue/blue hard top/blue leather. Odo: 12,925 miles. Presented in the catalog as a low-mileage car with mostly original paint, Worldwide confirmed it manual. Nice but not highly detailed under the hood. Both Euro and U.S. headlamps supplied with the car. A really nice specimen. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $110,000. Lots of interest in this one, both in the room and over the phone. Bidding started at $30k and launched to six figures quickly. The auction staff did a nice job getting the last few bids in. While this might represent the new market for a nice 280SL, I’m still calling this transaction in the seller’s favor. If it runs as nice as it looks, the new owner will be just fine in the long run. BEST BUY #72-1987 BMW M6 coupe. S/N WBAEE1400H2560556. Cinnabar Red/shale leather. Odo: 52,968 miles. Two-owner Texas car with actual miles, well known as a fine driver. No track rash or signs of street abuse. Nice older paint with a good shine, just a few minor blems. Good older interior, and even with the unattractive bumpers, still a nice package. Tidy but not highly detailed underhood. Has sunroof and front and rear a/c. Nicely documented, and includes the factory tools. Full extra set of wheels and tires included. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $24,750. A car that escaped the “boy racer” fate. These cars hold their value even in far worse shape than this one. At the price paid, it’s a great deal and a lot of car for the money. Should be a lot of fun for a long time, so I’d say the deal was fair to all. ITALIAN #50-1966 FIAT 600 MULTIPLA micro- van. S/N 128230. White & teal/white vinyl. Odo: 25,915 km. Decent repaint with average body prep. Glass and trim show a few laps around the Alps. Nice original interior but not an option in sight. Slightly uninspiring engine bay, at least if size matters. Period window stickers appear to be original. Looks like fun and seems ready for more. A sure hit on the grandpa and parade circuits. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $24,750. Sort of a mini-minivan. Load up three large friends, and I doubt it can outrun its own shadow, but it is undeniably cute, and this one seems to run well. These were inexpensive cars when new, so it’s tough to be picky about bodywork that is likely better than factory—there’s only so much metal to work with. Sold right at mid-market to an excited buyer in the room. Slightly well bought, if anything. JAPANESE #67-1969 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ40 SUV. S/N FJ4065694. Red & white/ black vinyl. Odo: 88,182 miles. Good bodywork and nice paint start the presentation, with a newer interior kit finishing the job. Diamond-plate trim and running boards look appropriate. Very nice glass and emblems. Three-way tailgate. New wheels and tires, and obviously newly serviced running gear. Clean underhood, with dual-range transmission. This one hasn’t been chopped or rock-climbed, and is refreshingly not lifted. Nicely finished. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $30,800. A very nice truck that received some quality workmanship during restoration. Fresh mechanicals and close enough to stock to command attention. 118 Sports Car Market


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Fresh Meat by Chad Tyson Worldwide Auctioneers Auburn, IN Online sales of contemporary cars 2014 Maserati Ghibli S Q4 Nothing to pick at here—just an exciting custom body style by a renowned coach builder. Date sold: 09/30/14 eBay auction ID: 171474832783 Seller’s eBay ID: criswellmaserati Sale type: New car with 22 miles VIN: ZAM57RTAXE1097716 Details: Blue Emozione Mica over black leather; 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 rated at 404 hp, 8-sp auto, AWD Sale result: $67,500, 2 bids, sf 0 MSRP: $83,090 (as equipped) Other current offering: Ferrari Maserati of Long Island in Plainview, NY, offering a Blue Emozione Mica, 39-mile Ghibli for $92,320. 2014 Bentley Continental GTC V8 They have been all over the market recently, with a few outstanding results earlier this year, and this one deserved a market-correct bid. Offered without reserve, the market in Auburn came in 20% below the expected money, so kudos to the eventual buyer. This one could have brought more based on condition, leaving the new owner a little wiggle room. AMERICAN #43-1929 CORD L-29 town car. S/N 292- Date sold: 09/19/14 eBay auction ID: 181520863331 Seller’s eBay ID: britishmotorexotics Sale type: New car with 10 miles VIN: SCBGT3ZA8EC091711 Details: Beluga over Linen leather; 4.0-liter, twinturbocharged V8 rated at 500 hp, 8-sp auto, AWD Sale result: $198,500, Buy It Now, sf 7 MSRP: $220,645 (as equipped) Other current offering: Exotic Motor Cars of Michigan in Troy, MI, offering a gray over saddle leather interior Continental GTC for $238,760. 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Hennessey HPE 700 convertible 6758. Tan & black/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 25,203 miles. First owner loved his Minerva so much that he had it converted to LHD and installed on a blank L-29 chassis. Has some needs. Very old but original paint, a quite tattered interior, and plenty of delaminating glass need attention, but if you start, where do you stop? A rough driver and a time capsule, all in one. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $150,000. With all the interest in unrestored Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $462,000. With a CCCA National First and an AACA Senior Award under its belt, this is a secure buy for any collector. The 1929 Auto Salon display car, and it’s easy to see why—very sporty styling for such a big car. It ticks all the boxes for luxury, coachwork, and presentation, and is a fine ticket into just about any classic auto event. Sold in the room to Richard Rawlings for his personal collection, it’s his first major classic, and I’d call it slightly well bought due to the solid provenance. A blue-chip investmentgrade car. #29-1932 FORD MODEL B roadster. S/N B511626. Black & apple green/brown cloth/black leather. Odo: 29,900 miles. An outstanding example of the humble Model B roadster. Kudos to Gerald and Sons Restorations for the kind of result only available from a marque specialist. Lovely bodywork and paint finish with crisp chrome and all the details attended to. Great interior extends to the rumble seat out back. Mahogany dash and clean gauges are surprisingly elegant. Clean as you’d hope for both underneath and in the Date sold: 09/26/14 eBay auction ID: 251656726811 Seller’s eBay ID: hendrickcars-charlotte Sale type: Used car with 8,892 miles VIN: 2G1FZ3DP5D9801231 Details: Black over black leather; 6.2-liter, supercharged V8 rated at 707 hp, 6-sp manual, RWD Sale result: $57,900, Buy It Now, sf 9 MSRP: $59,545 (base) plus $20,261 (Hennessey package) Other current offering: Chicago Motor Cars asking $49,800 for a 2013 ZL1 coupe with 2,899 miles in Blue Ray Metallic. ♦ 120 original cars recently, it’s brought out some cars that were mostly forgotten a decade ago. Now, folks consider preserving cars that were obvious restoration candidates a few years back. This one could go either way, but definitely needs attention to the glass and upholstery. It no-saled a year ago at $130k at Bonhams Philadelpia (SCM# 228157) after selling for $154k at RM Amelia Island six months earlier (SCM# 215649), so this high bid should have been enough. #61-1929 PACKARD 645 roadster. S/N 173233. Green & black/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 30,646 miles. Beautifully presented car with very high-end custom coachwork by Rollston. Sharp livery with exceptional paint and bodywork. Great chrome and trim bits. Outstanding interior, spectacular dash, supple leather seats. Fine woodwork throughout, and just as clean underneath as it is under the hood. Woodlite lamps and PilotRays, too, that turn with the steering wheel. Dual side-mounted spares and rear trunk rack. engine compartment. Dual sidemounts finish the look. A fine addition to any Ford collection. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $74,250. At first glance, I couldn’t believe how much this sold for, but when you look at the whole package here, it makes sense. On the surface it seems like a lot of money for a low-end Ford that certainly isn’t fast, but on the other hand... just look at this thing! It’s a beautiful example of accurate restoration, and a car any collector would be thrilled to own. Brought enough money in the room that I have to call it well sold, but maybe even Fords are riding the rising tide. Certainly a fine car. #18-1935 FORD DELUXE convertible sedan. S/N 181892074. Cordoba Gray/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 62,343 miles. An Sports Car Market


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expensive body style that allows true open-air touring but also weather-tight protection from the elements. Very nice older paint, good chrome, an excellent top and very clean interior. Nice option list includes banjo wheel, glovebox clock, boot cover, and trunkmounted spare. Original drivetrain looks excellent, with an outstanding engine compartment. Lots of documents with full Driven 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C he last Alfa Romeos to be imported to the United States in significant numbers came to our shores 20 years ago in 1994. Apart from a few examples of the 8C Competizione brought in a few years ago, Alfa aficionados have been forced to wait, impatiently, for the return of the cross and serpent. Now that moment has arrived — and Alfa has returned in style. T The 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C is a complement of tools and manuals. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $49,500. This well-cared-for droptop looked just as good with top up as down. Owned by a single gentleman for 40 years; he owned a Ford dealership, and commenced a 1,700-hour restoration upon his retirement. He added discreet turn signals and hydraulic brakes, but visually left it bone-stock. I loved this car and was happy to see it go to an excited owner who paid a good price but got a very good car. There’s plenty of fun left in this one, and while I wouldn’t call it cheap, I would call it a smart buy. #4-1941 PACKARD 110 sedan. S/N DE14823654. Blue/gray cloth. Odo: 94,608 miles. An attractive car, but like an aging actress, a few things are starting to show their age. Appears to have been stored for a while, and has that familiar “old-car smell.” That said, the panel fit is good, the colors are attractive and the paint nice enough to be proud of. Slight rust issues underneath. Lots of nicely polished trim everywhere, good bumpers and decent glass throughout. There is a ton of chrome on this car, and it has an elegant pres- near-exotic, and its chief virtue is that it rebrands Alfa as a serious performance-car manufacturer. Whatever models may follow the 4C to dealers in America, the 4C has staked out a market position in direct competition to Lotus, Porsche, and Audi for the discerning sports car buyer. The 4C is a state-of-the-art technological marvel, with a mid-mounted turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that delivers 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque across a broad power band. The decision makers at Alfa are aware of the brand’s legacy, as the 4C engine displaces 1,750 cc — a number with deep roots in Alfa’s history dating back to the 6C 1750 Grand Prix racer of 1929–33. The 1750 engine is mated to a 6-speed, twin-clutch, sequential paddle-shift transmission, and delivers power to the rear wheels. In most cases, it’s best to leave the car to its own wisdom when it comes to shifting. Unless you’re a Formula One driver, the 4C is substantially smarter and faster than you are. The paddles still work in automatic mode, so you can always use them to drop a gear when you want to leave someone behind very quickly. It carries a curb weight of just 2,465 pounds ready to drive. The engine and transmission combo gives the 4C plenty of power, but in classic Alfa style, not too much. Even with a 0–62 mph time of 4.5 seconds, the 4C is still a momentum car with a focus on handling. The suspension is stiff enough to let you know you’re in a committed sports car, but the 4C simply does everything well. Over a week of sometimes quite spirited driving, the 4C never even hinted at oversteer or understeer. It just goes where you point it. The brakes are similarly excellent, as expected. Fixed 4-pot front calipers allow delicate modulation with more than enough stopping power. The sight of floating calipers on the rear discs is disappointing, but forgivable. One of the technology features that integrates all the intelligence in the engine, transmission, and suspension is the Alfa DNA system. That’s a clever name for the driving-mode selector. The default selection is N for Natural, and the car adjusts engine response, transmission behavior, and suspension stiffness to a good usable medium. For inclement weather, you can move down to A for All-weather, and this setting makes the 4C a bit more tame and soft in the name of traction. When you’re ready to hit the track, you can select D for Dynamic. Predictably, this tightens up everything and gives you a racing-derived demeanor. ence. Driver-quality engine bay fits the rest of the car. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $16,500. These 6-cylinder Packards are known to be a little slow, but they are beautiful cars. A good interior scrubbing would have done wonders here. The unusual fender-mounted turn signals gave it kind of a parade-car look, and as long as the new owner just wants to enjoy it around town, he’ll be fine. It’s beginning to unravel in a few spots, with a bit more underside rust than you’d like to see, but hey—it’s a pre-war Packard that looks good for $16,500. I’m calling it a pretty good buy. December 2014 For the true experts, holding the selector to the Dynamic position for several seconds delivers a fourth mode: R for Racing. In this mode, the stability control, active differential, and other driver assistance features are substantially decremented, and will intervene to save you only when you have well and truly proven that you’re not a Formula One driver. The driving experience in the 4C is just what you would expect from looking at the car. The Alfa gives you breathtaking but not frightening acceleration, crisp and nimble handling, and the full exotic sound of the turbo. The 4C is responsive, confidence-inspiring, and just plain fun to drive. The interior is refreshingly Spartan, without any unnecessary bling. You don’t get GPS navigation or a CD player in the Alfa 4C. You get an aux port on a sound system that would not be out of place on a Toyota Corolla. In a week of driving, I turned it on only to check that it works. There are two downsides to the 4C that I would ask Alfa to change. The first and easiest to fix is if you turn the key to the on position before affixing your seat belt, the complaint buzzer is too long and too loud. The car could deliver that message in a less strident way and still make the point. The other downside is the near-total lack of rearward visibility and huge blind spots. That’s a function of the car’s sexy bodywork, but it would have been trivial to add integral blind-spot angles to the side mirrors, or even the automatic blind-spot warning system that’s now commonly available on economy cars. The Alfa 4C carries a base price of $53,900, plus a $1,295 destination fee. However, most 4C models will be optioned up to about $65,000 by the time you see them at the dealer. Most 4C options cost about $1,000 or $1,500 each. The metallic Rosso Competizione paint, for example, is $1,500. Leather interior will run you a total of about $3,750. The 4C is competitive with the Lotus Evora, Audi TTS, and Porsche Cayman. Of the three, only the Lotus is a true apples-to-apples comparison. The Audi and the Porsche are street cars you can drive on the track, whereas the Lotus and the 4C are track cars you can drive on the street. The bottom line on the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C is that Alfa knows how to make an entrance. Just 850 cars will be imported this model year, and it’s a fair bet that at least 850 deposits have already been placed. You might have to wait for 2016, but the 4C is nothing short of stunning, and it is priced well within the bounds of middle-class buyers. 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Worldwide Auctioneers Auburn, IN #10-1942 PACKARD CLIPPER touring sedan. S/N E307239. Tan & brown/brown cloth. Odo: 82,846 miles. Kind of a rare car— among the last of the pre-war cars produced before converting for the war effort. Nice older paint and very good panel fit throughout. Looks like a car with one repaint and not a lot else done to it. The chocolate-brown roof kind of grows on you. Good original chrome, but needs a few windows replaced. Just a speedometer and a clock in the dash. Some large tears in the original upholstery, and a bit rough tion staff worked hard and got it sold right on the money. #16-1947 PACKARD CLIPPER taxi. S/N 221865561. Silver/red leather. Odo: 161 miles. 245-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Factory built for fleet use with the rugged inline 6. The paint looks quite fresh, with excellent taxi graphics and a cool maroon stripe treatment to attract attention. The body gaps are very good, and the stance is excellent. Inside, the maroon leather interior is attractive, showing just the right amount of wear, with nice carpets and a #25-1949 MERCURY EIGHT woodie wagon. S/N 9CM63227. Maroon/brown leather. Odo: 390,891 miles. 255-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. A nice Mercury with a lot going for it. Well restored, with mostly original woodwork, good older paint, nice chrome and trim. Incredible craftsmanship on the bent mahogany. The inside is gorgeous, with new leather seats and carpeting. The flathead sits ahead on an overdrive transmission, and both are original to the car. Nice-but-subtle upgrades include 12V starting and an auxiliary fan for parade throughout. Engine bay is average for a longstored vehicle, but nicely original, without any apparent leaks. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,600. Packard managed to squeeze out 33,776 cars in 1942 before building munitions and Merlin V12s for the duration of WWII. Many consider the new 1942 styling a love-it-or-leave-it proposition, but this car kind of grew on me. The exterior was definitely a lot crisper than the interior, with average chrome and that cool split windshield. Bidding stalled where I was even twitching to bid just a little, but the auc- clean dash with woodgrain appliqué. A notch above driver-quality under the hood. No reserve. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $22,000. The junior Clipper was the economy car of the Packard line. I wasn’t sure if the taxi livery would help or hurt the price, but the overall nice presentation garnered a lot of attention. The car may have been worked hard early in its life, but it’s been well cared for ever since. They say never buy a used rental car or taxi, but this car brought good money and still falls solidly into the well-bought category. driving, and trust me, you’ll get asked. A beautiful presentation. Mileage is taken from check-in card. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $77,000. Lovely woodie wagon that is visually bonestock. Traditional flathead Merc under the hood, with overdrive and room for seven— sounds like a road trip, and just the ticket into the National Woodie Club. I could not find a reason to not like this car, so I’m giving a slight nod to the new owner because it ticks so many boxes and was certainly not overpriced. 122 Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Auburn, IN Nice enough to show but ready to drive; I hope he enjoys all the attention it deserves. #14-1951 PACKARD 250 convertible. S/N 7704150233. Maroon/tan cloth/maroon leather. Odo: 94,762 miles. 327-ci I8, 2-bbl, auto. This maroon beauty was restored quite a while ago. The paint has a nice deep shine; the chrome is a bit better, with an overall respectable panel fit. New convertible top still clean and taut. Good original leather interior, nice dash and cool two-tone door panels make this a desirable weekend cruiser. Seatbelts installed for safety. The venerable inline 8 looks well tended to, with an overall clean engine compartment. A very nice driver. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $33,000. A brawny Boulevard cruiser right out of a ’50s movie, and Packard’s only convertible model for 1951. A lot to like here, and if the sliding-gear automatic transmission is solid, the new owner is well on his way to enjoying a very unusual motorcar. Bidding was brisk right up to $30k, with the auctioneer working hard for the last 10%. Seems like both sides should be satisfied with that result, so let’s call it a draw. A car I’d love to own. #2-1953 PACKARD CLIPPER ambulance. S/N 26332150. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 10,433 miles. 288.6-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Said to be one of 380 built in 1953. Nice door gaps, recent paint, nice crisp repro graphics. Heavy rear door closes with a satisfying “thunk.” Interior appears original—rough but usable. The patient bay has seen some action. Remember, this is a real military ambulance complete with gurney and built-ins. A couple of windows are delaminating. Chrome is mixed, with the front bumper showing some pitting. No options except an oxygen tank on this one, but a nice honest driver. No reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,500. Reportedly used by the Air Force in Massachusetts, this one will certainly attract attention for the new owner. It ran quietly like a Packard should. It will make an outstanding parade vehicle and will be a sure hit at the Packard meets. With a couple of panes of glass, a little chrome, and an interior, it could be really sharp. Bidding started at $10k, and the new owner was very happy at the end. If it runs as good as it looks, he’ll be smiling for a long time. Square deal for both sides. © 124 Sports Car Market


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Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Present the Second Annual SCOTTSDALE INSIDER’S SEMINAR “Are You Covered?” ™ TOPICS INCLUDE: • Classic Car Insurance for Underage Drivers • Tours and Rallies • Letting Someone Else Drive Your Car • Floods and Natural Disasters Keynote Speaker: Jim Fiske Vice President, Marketing, Chubb Personal Insurance THURSDAY, JANUARY 15 Gooding & Company Auction Tent, Scottsdale Fashion Square, AZ • 9:30–11:30 a.m. PANEL DISCUSSION Keith Martin will lead a discussion with a panel of SCM experts on the topic of “The Perfect Pair.” The experts will share their picks for a two-car collection at three different price points. The panelist whose choices resonate the most with the attendees will win the “People’s Choice” award. Following the discussion, the panelists will offer detailed examination of select cars to be offered at the Gooding auction. PANELISTS INCLUDE: Carl Bomstead, American Sports & Muscle; Donald Osborne, European Sports & Racing (excluding Ferraris); Steve Serio, Ferraris and Late-Model Exotics; Simon Kidston, The European Perspective; and Colin Comer, Post-War Sports and Muscle SPACE IS LIMITED — SIGN UP TODAY! The 2014 Pebble Beach seminar was completely sold out, with standing-room only. Complimentary admission for SCM Platinum members and registered Gooding bidders; SCM subscribers, $35 for two; non-subscribers, $70 for two; Not a subscriber? Sign up today and save on admission, or upgrade to Platinum and your admission is free! To secure your space, and for the latest information, go to www.sportscarmarket.com/scottsdale2015 or call 503.261.0555 Ext. 217 126 Sports Car Market


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Roundup Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report Global Auction Highlights BRAZILIAN #659-1981 PUMA GT coupe. S/N GT1BSP10213463. Red/black leather. Odo: 42,591 miles. Older windows-in repaint, fiberglass body has multi-cracked nose, scratches and dings throughout. Flaccid rubber radio antenna, right door out, factory Mercedes-style rear lenses good. Bumpers mimic Porsche 911, door handles sourced from Alfa. Interior shabby, radio-cassette knobs missing, leather seats savable. Engine area driver-quality with 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, sold at $1,155,000 AUCTIONS AMERICA Location: Burbank, CA When: July 31–August 2, 2014 Auctioneers: Brent Earlywine, Mike Shackelton Automotive lots sold/offered: 252/399 Sales rate: 63% Sales total: $17,218,025 High sale: 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, sold at $1,155,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Victor Van Tress dual Solex 40s; unsecured plastic gas can feeds fuel. Easy project if fire extinguisher kept handy. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $2,584. I’ve seen a few of these VW Brasilia-based oddities at auction, and this one was among the neediest. The consignor brought this from Hedley, British Columbia, and the plastic gas can must have been sliding around the roomy engine compartment all the way down. Selling price reflected bidder interest in potential firebombs, so I’m calling this one both cheap and very well sold. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 08/14. ENGLISH #474-1947 MG TC roadster. S/N TC3365. Sequoia Cream/tan vinyl/green leather. Odo: 5,650 miles. Older restoration holding up well. Very good Sequoia Cream finish with minor touch-ups, nice panels and gaps. Newish tan convertible top with clear backlight. Correct gray-painted wire wheels and blackwall tires, excellent chrome bumpers and jewelry, full badge bar, single driving light. Minty interior, dash has clear lenses, green leather seating barely stretched. Sterile underhood, 1,250-cc four (54 hp) shows no leaks, drips or stains. More rat than rod—1947 Plymouth coupe, sold at $4,320 SILVER AUCTIONS Location: Shelton, WA When: August 8, 2014 Auctioneer: Mitch Silver Automotive lots sold/offered: 38/99 Sales rate: 38% Sales total: $363,150 High sale: 1957 Oldsmobile 98 Starfire Holiday coupe, sold at $35,000 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Jack Tockston 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV coupe, sold at $27,355 LUCKY AUCTIONS Location: Tacoma, WA When: August 30–31, 2014 Auctioneers: Jeff Stokes, Dan Schorno, Don Jones, Ryan Massey, Evan McMullen Automotive lots sold/offered: 94/105 Sales rate: 90% Sales total: $775,235 High sale: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Fuelie convertible, sold at $73,778 Buyer’s premium: 13% (minimum $200), included in sold prices Report and photos by Jack Tockston 128 Choice example. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $32,924. MG produced some 10,000 TCs 1945–49, many purchased by returning GIs. The sweeping fender lines of a TC and Jag SS in side view are textbook examples of the de- Sports Car Market


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Roundup signer’s concept of “line.” Their individual parts combine into a sweeping whole never matched by subsequent “improved” models. Red, BRG, and Primrose are commonly spotted at British car meets, making an off-white one comparatively rare. Bidders liked it all the way to a hair under low estimate, where it sold for a well-bought result. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 08/14. #458-1950 LAGONDA 2.6-LITER drop- head coupe. S/N LAG50112. Maroon/tan cloth/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 51,147 miles. Older restoration of RHD Tickford four-seater with suicide doors. Striking burgundy hue, tan cloth hood, landau bars. Some finish checking, minor chips and scratches, driver’s door rubs scuttle. Jaguar-esque grille, most brightwork very good. Single paint bubble right side of boot lid. Interior panels and seats lightly creased and re-dyed, wool carpet, burl dash near mint. Engine bay clean, original, with 1949. Twin-cam 4-cylinder engine with hemispherical combustion chambers and a pillarless drop top made for advanced styling and lively performance. Fair deal both ways. Auctions America, Burbank, CA, 08/14. #2124-1953 JAGUAR XK 120 drophead coupe. S/N S677639. Black/black canvas/ black leather. Odo: 417 miles. Older restoration, recently refurbished leather. The interior is beautiful and has Smiths MA instrumentation and a Wilton wool headliner. Rides on steel wheels that have wide whitewall tires with black center caps. Fender skirts and results show this was a moot point, as it was sold 40 bucks under low estimate for a wellbought and -sold result. Silver Auctions, Shelton, WA, 08/14. #422-1967 MGB convertible. S/N GHN3L6024. British Racing Green/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 21,307 miles. Very good BRG paint, straight panels, excellent gaps. Top looks new with unblemished plastic panels. Correct and uncurbed gray-painted wire wheels have blackwall Avon rubber. Bumpers and all brightwork look fresh. Black vinyl interior has buckets barely creased, with polished valve covers, dual 6V batteries, semigloss black surfaces. Jack and tool roll in boot. Reeks of class. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $80,000. The patina and signs of light use were just right for enjoying tours without fresh restoration paranoia. I remembered Fantasy Junction advertising this car in the August issue of SCM with a $95k asking price (p. 61). Their website confirmed the VIN, listed it as “sold,” and there it was before me in the rain. But the right buyer wasn’t here. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 08/14. #2140-1951 RILEY RMD drophead coupe. S/N 7196. Olde English White/black canvas/dark red leather. Odo: 60,757 miles. Reportedly out of long-term ownership in a prominent Detroit collection, where it was restored and maintained. Restoration in near show-quality condition. Good body panels and even gaps. Interior has been fully restored; door panels and carpet in like-new condition. fender-mounted mirrors. Included with the car are a spare tire jack, top boot cover, and modern radio as well as the original. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $73,150. This appeared to have been driven and enjoyed a lot. It may have sold a bit above market but didn’t look crazy. Auctions America, Burbank, CA, 08/14. #244-1959 AUSTIN-HEALEY BUGEYE SPRITE roadster. S/N AN5L15027. Maroon/ black vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 25,248 miles. Straight body, four shades of maroon paint well-applied, minimal brightwork and emblems fresh. All new rubber seals, windshield new, as are smiling grille and headlight rings. New reproduction tan vinyl seating and side panels, minty dash with clear original instruments. Note says “Front disc brakes, 1st gear synchro, new top, tach inoperative.” No engine specs provided, and hood will not open white piping. Clean boot and chassis. Showroom engine compartment is stock-appearing and oil-cooler-equipped. Choice example. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $20,422. A pro restoration completed in 2005 and driven some 7k miles since. A note said, “Just received a $1,000 tuneup,” but I wonder what that spendy total might have included. Arguably the most collectible year for the B-series with traditional BRG/black as eye-candy for purists. On the block, two bidders were especially keen, and one took it home at mid-estimate for a wellbought and -sold result. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 08/14. #33-1972 MGB convertible. S/N WN769156. Silver/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 1,481 miles. No reserve. Custom MGB based on straight silver-painted 1964 shell. Two flimsy black plastic vents on hood are a hint of the added 289-ci Ford V8 heat below. New Cosmic-style knockoff alloys, plus bumpers, top, weatherseals, windshield, cracked air dam. New repro black vinyl interior. AutoMeter gauges replace original Smiths. “Sirius” tunes. T-5 manual with overdrive. Hard top New top with matching boot. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $41,800. The RMD was the last Riley convertible, built at MG works in Abingdon after December 2014 (three of us tried). Cute with unanswered questions. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $11,960. Here’s why consignors should provide a complete placard or be available to answer basic inquiries such as: What size is the engine? (948 cc or perhaps a wild 5.0?) Why are there four shades of well-applied maroon? (Perhaps a long-term project with panels painted separately?) I kept an eye on this one for two days, and the seller never showed. Many other potential buyers were similarly cautious. But included. Washington-assigned VIN. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $7,668. If you wanted to chase Sunbeam Tigers on a budget, here’s your ride. Titled as a ’72 with body from ’64 and Ford V8 power makes an interesting bitsa. The quality build looked fresh throughout and 129


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Roundup generated enough fantasy thoughts that I considered bidding myself. (An early experience with such a “sleeper” involved helping a high-school buddy drop a Chevy 283 into his MG TD. The results still make me grin.) Very well bought. Silver Auctions, Shelton, WA, 08/14. #455-1973 LOTUS EUROPA coupe. S/N 742678R. Eng. # S27612. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 23,439 miles. Very good respray in orange over well-prepared fiberglass with variable gaps. Driver’s door has three holes for missing mirror. New chrome bumpers, lights and lenses. Aluminum windshield-surround dull, corroded factory alloys with unused radials. Both doors drop on opening, interior clean and stock, Mustang-brand cassette radio, Panasonic speakers in doors. Dash and instruments sharp. Under rear deck is a disassembled 1,600-cc “Big Valve” DOHC gine bay and actually weighs less than the cast-iron 4-cylinder it replaced. Minilite fitted with fresh tires. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $30,250. A highly prized car in England and rare on these shores. MG should have brought this to the U.S. Now all you have to do is get used to left turns at intersections and awkward drivethrough transactions. Twice as much as a regular BGT, but twice as many pistons. Probably expensive, but find another in this shape (and then import it). Auctions America, Burbank, CA, 08/14. #3117-1985 LISTER-JAGUAR KNOB- BLY replica roadster. S/N S993177BW. British Racing Green/black racing bucket. RHD. Odo: 73,316 miles. Built by Tempero Coachworks in New Zealand around 1985. Has a race-prepped Jaguar DOHC 4.2-L with triple Dell’Orto carburetors, a 5-speed manual transmission that is all-syncro in an aluminum case with Tilton triple-plate clutch, coil-over suspension, independent rear suspension, disc and cream-painted steel wheels good. Interior clean, with mostly green-painted metal panels. Seating is bent tubes with single-sheet vinyl rectangles suspended by dozens of rubber Orings. Tiny speedometer, no odometer. Underhood dusty, heater duct tubing and hood prop missing. Unfinished project. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $7,700. Everyone loves croissants, but early Citroëns are an acquired taste. The Deux Chevaux (“two horses”) and its many variants filled a need for cheap transportation from 1949 into the 1970s. Something of a cult car today, and a utility version is fairly rare here. This one’s half-inch door gaps put both footwells awash from Saturday’s monsoon. But, for trampoline enthusiasts, the seats are works of art. Most bidders didn’t know what to make of this odd little hauler, so it went unsold. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 08/14. #1018-1967 CITROËN 2CV delivery truck. S/N 125763. French Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 72,115 km. Blue vinyl bag covering the front bench seat. Under the bag are rubber bands that are not likely to hold anyone up for very long. Exterior condition is good; so-so fit and finish is probably to factory spec. Cargo area has apparently transported rocks at some with missing parts. Non-runner, easy project. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $12,555. I was all over this until I lifted the flimsy bonnet over a partially disassembled twin-cam with missing bits. A project reportedly stalled by divorce; made me wonder if this mistress from Hethel was to blame. Europas came with mid-engines, El Camino-like styling, wonky shifters, “go-kart” handling,” and Chapman’s obsession with “lightness.” (Looking up at SUV tires is an experience long remembered!) The project earned a well-bought and -sold result near half of low estimate for a whole one. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 08/14. #2030-1973 MGB GT V8 coupe. S/N GD2D1952G. Tartan Red/black cloth. RHD. Odo: 14,571 miles. Clean and straight with good factory paint. Side exhaust is out of place, but I’m sure it sounds nice. (Webasto sliding top would allow even more of the engine sound in.) Seats appear to have been refitted with black cloth yet may be factory, as few of these are seen in the U.S. The old Buick aluminum 215 V8 sits comfortably in the en- brakes, knockoff Dunlop wheels and roll bar. Around 2002, Barrie Angliss of Tempero Coachworks repurchased the car, tidied it up and repainted it in Works colors. Race-ready. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. The sold price for an original 1958 Knobbly prototype last year was just short of $2m at RM Monterey (SCM# 227322). This copy certainly deserves another digit in its price. Underbid by at least half. Auctions America, Burbank, CA, 08/14. FRENCH #434-1956 CITROËN 2CV delivery truck. S/N 60171530. Green/black vinyl “lawn chairs.” Windows-out repaint over wavy flat panels, horrible fit and gaps. Too many large paint bubbles to count across roof above windshield. Paint lifting along both tubular door hinges. Dull grille slats; glass, tires, point in its life. Not horrible, but not done up to the level of the exterior. The chassis is original, but that’s not a bad thing either. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,975. Just the thing for delivering fresh baguettes to the local coffee shop. Usable, cuter than a new puppy and cheap. Well bought and sold. Auctions America, Burbank, CA, 08/14. GERMAN #2044-1957 VOLKSWAGEN KAR- MANN GHIA “low light” coupe. S/N 1472693. Eng. # 1304869. Gray-blue/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 71,797 miles. Early KG noted for the lower headlights and different grille. Excellent restoration for one of these. 130 Sports Car Market


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Roundup Very nice paint and interior. Radio-equipped. Rides on wide whitewalls. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $42,350. The price paid here may be expensive for a Karmann Ghia, but we always say, “Buy the best you can afford,” and this had everything going for it. Auctions America, Burbank, CA, 08/14. #3096-1958 PORSCHE 356A Speedster. S/N 83821. Signal Red/black canvas/ black leather. Odo: 79,081 miles. Exceptionally clean, correct car. Metal and bodywork by Porsche body expert Angelo Pino. Paint by Joe George. Interior and top by upholsterer Thomas Tops of Hollywood. Ex- TOP 10 No. 5 dent. Should be a nice-driving car. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,700. Amazing how well these cars were built, and yet most turned to rust long ago. This one showed no evidence of current or past rust issues. Not a spectacular example or a cheap price, but I know of worse cars that have sold for more. Auctions America, Burbank, CA, 08/14. #3147-1967 MERCEDES-BENZ 600 SWB limousine. S/N 100012120000645. Black/black leather. Odo: 49,230 miles. A cosmetic restoration including new paint, interior, wood and chrome. However, the wood on the binnacle is cracked, and oil is leaking all over the place (like under the glove box). Lacks the air-conditioned center console where the wine and glasses would be stored. Not for the weak tensive records document the restoration work. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $302,500. A huge price, but this is how the market advances. Speedsters always command a premium, and this car was done right. Auctions America, Burbank, CA, 08/14. #3065-1960 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N 98042100002613. Red/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 44,220 miles. In excellent condition following restoration. All chrome has been replated and shows no sign of pitting or damage. Car has its original 3-li- of funds. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $60,500. As with all Mercedes-Benz 600s, the suspension, power steering, windows, sunroof, cowl vent, front seats, and even the rear seats are all hydraulically powered and operate in total silence. But all that is now 47 years old. These are like $200k cars that always need $150k worth of work. That said, they are fantastic. The value is where you are in the TBOs (time between overhauls). Auctions America, Burbank, CA, 08/14. #3083-1968 PORSCHE 911L coupe. S/N ter straight 6-cylinder engine and transmission. Owner’s manual, workshop manual, tool roll and jack are included. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,155,000. High sale of the auction. Well bought and sold, just under the $1.2m–$2m estimate. Auctions America, Burbank, CA, 08/14. #1028-1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 220S sedan. S/N 11101212134986. Burgundy/tan leather. Odo: 90,517 miles. Trim-on repaint with abundant overspray. Trim should have been polished. On the hood a large stain is evident. Possibly some spilled chemical? Options include power steering, power brakes and dual carburetors from the factory. The underside looks original, and no rust is evi- 132 11805014. Ossi Blue/red leatherette. Odo: 1,660 miles. Many options, including the “Golde” electric sunroof, Blaupunkt radio, headrests and Dunlop tires. Brakes, trim and suspension are upgraded to 911S specifications. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $85,800. These are now averaging around $100k, and this one was in very fine shape. Well bought. Sophisti- cated color combo and rare sunroof tend to attract big money Porsche buyers looking for something special. Auctions America, Burbank, CA, 08/14. #35-1973 VOLKSWAGEN KARMANN GHIA coupe. S/N 1432720609. Red/black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 25,908 miles. Windows-in repaint on straight panels with light orange peel, minor surface rust traces painted over. Vulnerable nose looks virgin, bumpers microscratched, remaining minimal brightwork generally good. New Toyo tires, stock steel wheels. Stock black vinyl interior, seats deviate with black velour inserts, passenger’s seat split at bolster. Engine fairly clean, no leaks, heater tubes disconnected, clipped-off wires hanging. Presentable driver with easy fixes. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $6,156. This was a goodlooking KG that earned relatively few demerits considering its age. Ladies in attendance were particularly drawn to it, with more than one overheard remarking “It’s a Volkswagen!” This was a better-than-average driver-quality ride; and for fussbudgets, its cherry-it-out needs were fairly minor. The Resale Red paint and “cute factor” were pluses, and initial bidding was strong, only to fade at a selling price well under low estimate. An astute buyer will enjoy the upside on this investment. Silver Auctions, Shelton, WA, 08/14. #656-1974 BMW 2002 tii 2-dr sedan. S/N 2781822. Granatrot Metallic/beige vinyl. Odo: 63,653 miles. Average respray in original color. Good panels, right door out, no evidence of major bodywork. Sunroof, good glass and glitter. Refinished BBS alloys, slightly lowered stance. Interior fresh-looking with no-crack dash; 320is Sport Seats, steering wheel, and 5-speed manual. Tii clock, new carpet, headliner, visors. No-name radio, Infinity speakers in doors and rear shelf. Under- hood finds engine alloy bits highly polished, rebuilt FI unit, MSD sparks all framed in dull original paint. Nice looker, though. Cond: 3+. Sports Car Market


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Roundup SOLD AT $8,131. The box-on-box architecture with tall greenhouse is still attractive to daily drivers and marque enthusiasts today. This example was tidy in the cabin and outside with contributions from a later car. Mention of books, records and when the work was done might have helped the bottom line. Amount paid was mid-estimate for a well-bought result. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 08/14. #449-1974 BMW 3.0 CS coupe. S/N 4335104. Brown metallic/saddle leather. Odo: 59,892 miles. Old economy windows-in repaint several shades darker than original brown. Paint runs under windshield over crunchy metal, heavy bubbling on fender-top. Windshield cracked top to bottom, rear bumper scratched, all weatherseals cracked with chunks missing. Interior original, smells musty, Blaupunkt radio, driver’s door hard to close. Odometer on second lap as tinworms nice paint job except for the trim-on part, as everything was pitted, faded and/or dry-rotted. All that said, these have a large following, and the new owner (should he put more money into it) will have an enjoyable (if slow and thirsty) camper. Auctions America, Burbank, CA, 08/14. ITALIAN #3102-1966 FERRARI 330 GTC coupe. S/N 09125. Eng. # 09125. Burgundy/tan leather. Odo: 57,795 miles. Restored in 1990s; mechanical restoration in 2009. Excellent panel fit. Paint is also excellent, except for one or two tiny touched-in chips. Very good chrome. Very good seats show some soiling. Excellent dashboard and instruments. Becker made it a good candidate for a home restoration. SCM’s Pocket Price Guide gives a range of $10.5k–$14k for a #2 example, so this was a strong sale, but try to find another that’s rust-free. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 08/14. #1016-1967 MASERATI MEXICO coupe. S/N AM1121242. Black/tan leather. Odo: 20,063 miles. Claimed to have rebuilt carburetors, gas tank, master cylinder, water pump, front and rear calipers, new brakes, lines, hoses and radiator flushed. However, every bit of trim has perished. You would think most of the heavy lifting was done, but no. Not much is reusable, and the floor has dine. Underhood driver-quality, recent battery. Starts, moves, stops. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $19,999. These were smart-looking rides when new, with nice proportions and excellent greenhouse visibility. However, this example was a restoration candidate for someone who didn’t care about being financially upsidedown in perpetuity. A couple of bidders didn’t check the SCM Pocket Price Guide, and one took this project home at high estimate for a very well-sold result. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 08/14. #1020-1987 VOLKSWAGEN VANA- GON Westfalia van. S/N WV2ZB025XHH015937. Blue/blue camper top/blue cloth. Odo: 88,274 miles. Fresh trim-on repaint looks great from a distance. Original interior is in excellent condition. Weatherseals around the windshield and side vents should have been replaced long ago. Camper package includes refrigerator, stove and a sink with onboard water supply. While it’s ready to head to Mexico cassette radio. The undercarriage looks original but serviceable. Includes tool roll, jack, books and Classiche Certificate. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $759,000. Just about where I’d want one of these to be: usable. This car sold for $520k a year ago at Bonhams’ Carmel sale, which we said was “a good deal for both seller and buyer” (SCM# 227263). Well sold today. Auctions America, Burbank, CA, 08/14. #641-1966 FIAT 1500 Spider. S/N 118K045681. Red/black hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 99,762 miles. Old single repaint in original red now dull with uncountable chips, dings and dents on otherwise rust-free Idaho metal. Driver’s door out at rear, black hard top fitted, ragtop stowed, but visible edge is crunchy. Newer black vinyl seating, remainder original, dash complete and serviceable. Engine area driver-quality, with newer radiator and hoses. No evidence of crash damage or body filler; rockers and panels solid. Excellent restoration rust holes. Seats, dash, console, grille, headlight bezels, etc. are all perished. A rolling project. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $37,400. Delivered new to Beverly Hills in 1967. That is the upside. The downside is how much has already been spent, how much still needs to be spent, and how much was paid today. Auctions America, Burbank, CA, 08/14. #3149-1969 DETOMASO MANGUSTA coupe. S/N 8MA1264. Blue/black leather. Odo: 44,768 km. Euro-market car. One California owner since 1985. Was white, now original factory blue again. Paint was applied over some really bad body work, all of which will have to be redone. Otherwise generally origi- nal, down to the tires. Freshly rebuilt engine. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $214,500. A website addendum read, “Please note this car was overdescribed in the catalogue and its cosmetic condition warrants closer inspection.” Hopefully the buyer bid accordingly. Auctions America, Burbank, CA, 08/14. #405-1974 ALFA ROMEO GTV coupe. the great outdoors with the family aboard, these were only EPA rated at 15/17 mpg and 95 hp, so don’t be in a big hurry. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $11,500. This Westfalia had a very 134 potential. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $11,279. Ah, memories. While in graduate school, I worked as sales manager of a Fiat/Abarth dealership and sold the last Fiat 1500 imported here by Fiat-Roosevelt. Buyer was a pretty female Penn State student, and her dad wrote the check. The example here had good bones that S/N AR3023627. Maroon/tan vinyl. Odo: 637 miles. Quality maroon respray on straight, well-prepared panels, factory gaps. Minor paint run right of rear license plate barely noticeable. Brightwork, glass and Panasport alloys excellent. 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Roundup Spica fuel injection retained in showroom environment. Sounds right on smokeless startup. Nice overall presentation. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $27,355. This was a striking Alfa in an attractive color with contrasting interior, and the aftermarket alloys, polished engine and intact Spica injection gave it an enthusiast vibe. Base MSRP in large 1974 dollars was $6,450, on par with a $6,372 Corvette coupe. Well bought and sold today. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 08/14. #52-1981 LANCIA BETA coupe. S/N ZLAEC00C1B0612569. Black/black & ivory vinyl. Odo: 37,234 miles. Decent windows-in repaint in original black with Z/28ish silver stripes with red pinstripe edge. Aftermarket side trim has done its job. Both original leftside alloys lightly curbed with all four repainted light gray. Interior stock save Kenwood CD. Nice black vinyl seats look like Recaros, door and side panels nice. No sign of rust or crash damage. California plates. Engine area superficially cleaned, appears all original. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,292. While some may call a Lancia Beta an upgraded Fiat, the com- pany has a hundred-year history of in-house auto manufacturing and a cult following in North America. (Even the Vatican Bank owned shares at one time.) Selling for well under low estimate, this seemed a good streetable buy for condition, with boy-racer stripes thrown in for free. The back window sticker read “World Champion for Makes 1980,” which begs the question, “What have they done lately?” You’d have to visit Europe to answer that one. Silver Auctions, Shelton, WA, 08/14. #3091-1990 LAMBORGHINI LM002 SUV. S/N ZA9LU45A7LLA12216. Black/ black & red leather. Odo: 29,167 miles. American market rig. First owner was reportedly Bobby Unser. Sinister looking in black with blacked-out windows. Interior shows very little wear. A complete engine overhaul was performed at the cost of $30k within the last 1,000 miles, with receipts included for the extensive work done. Car was reportedly invited to be shown at The Quail in 2012. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $214,500. These have hovered between $50k and $100k forever, but perhaps their time has finally come... maybe. Very well sold. Auctions America, Burbank, CA, 08/14. JAPANESE #1010-1965 NISSAN PATROL SUV. S/N KL6027934. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 46,811 miles. Paint has left most of the top surfaces, yet adds a rugged look; fit and finish was never really that remarkable anyway. Aftermarket alloy wheels and tires are far larger 136 Sports Car Market


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Roundup than original and look good but probably play havoc with its ability to accelerate. Basic seats covered in black vinyl of a more recent vintage. The optional hard top is a nice bonus. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $17,000. Something different from the common Broncos, Toyota FJs, Jeeps, etc. If these had been officially imported into the U.S., they would have been “Datsuns” at the time. The dry-rotted tires say that it has not really been driving around much. That said, it is a simple vehicle that can go places where no replacement parts can ever be found. Auctions America, Burbank, CA, 08/14. #2010-1972 HONDA Z600 hatchback. S/N AZ6001007154. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 71,460 miles. Mostly original and rust-free. What has perished somewhat is the chrome trim inside the windshield molding, which is available anywhere. However, maybe the molding is too hard to actually replace. Play in the steering wheel. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,250. You don’t see these often, and this one was in really nice shape. It sold in the typical $5k–$10k values range, although exceptional examples have sold above $15k. Auctions America, Burbank, CA, 08/14. SWEDISH #1024-1972 VOLVO 1800ES wagon. S/N 1836353. Blue/black leather. Odo: 54,377 miles. Trim-off repaint shows very well. All trim pieces and rubber seals are in good shape. Undercarriage appears original and is in very good condition. Decent interior. Four-speed manual with overdrive. $11k in recent mechanical work. Includes original owner’s man- vember of 2013 at Mecum Anaheim, which seems just as crazy (SCM# 238765). Extremely well sold today. Auctions America, Burbank, CA, 08/14. AMERICAN #210-1933 FRANKLIN OLYMPIC se- dan. S/N 6398. Black/tan mohair. Odo: 92,061 miles. Older black paint, micro-blisters on hood, light storage rash throughout. Paint peeling on scuttle below driver’s door, no rust found. Cream color used on pinstripes to frame beltline and six wire wheels (two in fender wells). Windshield frame pitted. Chrome good on bumpers, large headlights, hubcaps, radiator. Luggage rack holds metal trunk with leather straps. Good interior probably redone years ago in tan mohair. Iconic air-cooled engine not detailed, minor oil leak ual and window sticker. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $29,700. An 1800 made headlines in June when it sold at Bonhams Greenwich for $92k (SCM# 244085), and another one was reported sold for $81k at Rick Cole’s recent Monterey sale (SCM# 244976). Those are crazy outlier prices by about a factor of 10. This car previously no-saled at $28k in No- 138 Sports Car Market


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Roundup found, starts and runs well. Older restoration unwinding. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $18,900. Franklin was a luxury brand that failed in 1934. From 1902 to 1934, they sold some 150,000 cars with air-cooled engines famous for reliability in all weather conditions. To offer a more affordable car in 1932, Franklin bought REO Flying Cloud cars sans running gear and installed their own hoods, grille shells and Airman engines. This is one of those hybrids. (Today, the Franklin name is more remembered for its WWII aircraft engines.) The oldest original present, it sold just above low estimate. Silver Auctions, Shelton, WA, 08/14. #258-1938 OLDSMOBILE F-38 2-dr sedan. S/N CF506752. Black/tan vinyl & cloth. Odo: 34,886 miles. “Unrestored original, everything works.” Mostly factory paint in good condition over straight, rust-free panels, save for right rear quarter with minor waves. Glass good, pot-metal bits pitted, chrome and stainless bright. Dual foglights, working spotlight on driver’s side. Steel wheels, original caps with trim rings, recent wide whitewalls. Well-preserved tan mohair throughout, seat covers may hide good fabric, windlacing mint. Deco dash clean. 230-ci I6 (95 hp) dusted, oil leak under intake, radiator leaks at top. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $11,880. Not often seen at auction. It was laid up for 20 years and recently recommissioned with new master cylinder, brake work, flushed gas tank and rebuilt carb. Smokeless starts and smooth idle prove it’s a runner. Mileage shown is believably original. MSRP then was $919, with high retail currently $17,200 for a cherry one. Signatures were traded for a deserved midestimate sale and mutually satisfying result for buyer and seller. Silver Auctions, Shelton, WA, 08/14. #222-1947 PLYMOUTH coupe. S/N 26009636. Rusty/rags. Odo: 105 miles. Rat rod with rusty “patina.” No wipers, non-functional Mercedes-like Brass Era radiator held up by chains. Mismatched headlights, Model A spoke wheels up front, fat steelies with slicks on back. Speed-limit-sign metal replaces quarter-window glass. Bench seat is shredding foam covered with old dirty sheet. Ventilation via large holes in floor, 12V electric fan screwed to driver’s door, tach on cannibalized dash. Naked Chevy 350-ci V8 (origin and hp not stated), 2-4-bbl carbs, auto trans, Posi rear end. Not with my December 2014 139


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Roundup on repaint on panels with variable gaps. Aftermarket windshield, original interior has splitting door panels, scuffed sills, aftermarket cassette radio. Driver-quality underhood, recent water pump, Edelbrock intake and valve covers, aftermarket air cleaner (possibly Ford Mustang), Accel HEI sparks, new sparkplug daughter! Cond: 4. SOLD AT $4,320. Rat rods are generally minimalist conveyances, but this example offered more rat than rod. It demonstrated creativity with the rear-mounted radiator with dual electric fans, and rumble from the V8 with dual quads shook the venue as it approached the block. But parking it in my driveway would no doubt elicit a covenant violation from the Homeowner’s Association. Some bidders didn’t live in developments with rules; two battled it out, and one took it home. Silver Auctions, Shelton, WA, 08/14. #224-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N VC57F192843. Green & pearl white/green & pearl white vinyl. Odo: 11,995 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Stock-looking Tri-Five with stock-looking big block underhood (450 hp claimed, origin not stated). All factory brightwork present, bearing microscratches; very good glass all around, later Rally wheels and trim rings. Interior looks recent in green vinyl with pearl white inserts on seating, repro door panels. Sunpro tach on column, Wonderbar radio, dingy Hurst shifter on floor. New car cover included. Clean and conservative offering with stealthy power. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $28,350. On the outside, this car looked bone-stock. Gradually, you noticed the mild custom touches including pearl white on the roof, fat rubber on later wide Rally rims, and mildly lowered stance. Inside and underhood, the conservative theme continued, with nothing wild or irreversible that might alienate a wider buyer audience. This crowd liked the presentation, and bidding was enthusiastic. Last man standing bought a street machine well under build cost that’s sure to attract respect and admiration. Silver Auctions, Shelton, WA, 08/14. #615-1976 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1Z37X6S433163. Bright yellow/ brown leather. Odo: 5,587 miles. 350-ci 210hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent glass-in and trim- Keith Martin’s wires, underdrive pulley system, a/c compressor missing. Odo on lap two. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,135. Fiberglass doesn’t rust, of course, but chassis do. This one looked decent as far as I could determine while kneeling in soggy grass. With panel gaps worse than factory (which wasn’t that good when new), this example has had a hard life. SCM’s Pocket Price Guide shows market value in the $10,500– $19,500 range, which seems generous for this one with needs. Based on experience owning ’Vettes since 1962, I’d pass on this one, but someone bought it for credit-card money under half of low estimate. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 08/14. © Sports Car Market The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends SUBSCRIBE TO SCM 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 SportsCarMarket.com/subscribe ™ 140 Sports Car Market


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Mystery Photo Answers I love how the owners of these exotics park sooooo far away from the entrance to the store so nobody dings their baby — Mitchell A. Josephs, Palm Beach, FL This Month’s Mystery Photo Response Deadline: November 25, 2014 RUNNER-UP: Before I got the tonneau cover, that thing was an aerodynamic pig. — Robert Skotnicki, Pawleys Island, SC El Camryno! — S.J. Hotze, St. Louis, MO Ford Ranchero redux. — Jim Graham, Mt. Pleasant, SC Ten out of 10 jewelers agree: This Topaz is seriously flawed. — Erik Olson, Dublin, CA I was going to send in a picture of my own car with a bathtub rail spoiler, modified pool tarp and Tupperware lid fender skirts. Snooze, you lose, I guess. — Leslie Dreist, Troy, MI Publisher Martin’s cheap attempt to add a car pool table to the SCM Garage. — Mike Buettell, Friday Harbor, WA Bubba’s new prototype “Auto to Truck” conversion kit. Only $495 with fender skirts and snapdown tarp included. Spoiler/ grab-bar optional. Place your order now! — Phil Schroeder, Platte City, MO Somebody needs to tell this guy that POS does not mean Comments With Your Renewals As a longtime sports car owner, driver and collector, I view your magazine as essential reading. — Barry Hammond, Meilen, Switzerland The best auto magazine of them all! Expensive — but worth it! Hi to Keith! — Ed Schoenthaler, Oak Brook, IL I read and re-read every page of every issue. Need more on “affordable” sports cars. — Scott Zieske, Rapid City, SD Great reading each month! Keep it up! — David Amette, 144 “Pickup on Steroids.” — Steve Schefbauer, Monroe, CT The driver told me it was built for hauling moon, whatever that means. — Dennis D’Andrea, Wainscott, NY Damn, he sprung for the towel-bar option! — Gary West, St. Petersburg, FL Mitchell A. Josephs is the proud winner of a new SCM hat for catching the spirit of a truly remarkable car/spectacle/wading pool. © Our Photo, Your Caption Email your caption to us at mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com, or fax to 503.253.2234. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Do you have a mystery photo? Email it to mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket. com at 300 dpi in JPEG format. Please include your name and contact information. If we use your photo, you’ll get an official SCM cap. Laguna Beach, CA My favorite magazine, hands- down! Just ordered American Car Collector and can’t wait to read that too. — Andrew Cohen, Lakewood Ranch, FL Sports Car Market magazine is the only publication I consistently read from cover to cover every month. Absolutely the best. — Robert Bent, Palmdale, CA Would like to see more motor- cycle auction results. — James Truitt, Carmel, CA I LOVED Keith’s article on two cars to buy at different bud- gets! Just great! I suggest a series of such articles with different experts — Peter Devereaux, Los Angeles, CA Great magazine! I can’t af- ford the cars profiled, but I can afford the subscription. — Eric Evenson, Annandale, VA More articles on reasonably priced cars. — Robert Wrenn, Mequon, WI Wife says better have sex before you read it, because you won’t after! — John Mulvey, Long Beach, CA My favorite magazine. Thanks for the continued coverage of the Vegas motorcycle auctions. Somer Hooker does a fine job covering these! — Daniel Reichel, Oceanside, CA Love the articles and auction notes on the vehicles under $100k. — William Hockett, Spokane, WA I enjoy every issue. I would like more auction results. More Simon Kidston! — Howard Wilson, Sioux Center, IA Thank you all for your con- tinued renewals and thoughtful comments. — Keith Martin Sports Car Market James S. Eubanks Gary McKillips


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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit www.sportscarmarket.com/classifieds/place-ad to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snail mail: Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. English 1952 Riley SP6 Denis Ramsay roadster Heritage build sheet as shipped to U.S. in December 1959. Selected for the Triumph stand at the Canadian International Auto show in 2012 (image shown). A true matching-numbers collector vehicle. $44,900. Contact Chris, Email: chrisjbarnett@ rogers.com (CAN) 1961 Bentley S-2 Continental Park Ward drophead coupe Cream/red. I4, 4-sp manual. The post-war sports car that Riley should have built, engineered by famed coachbuilder Denis Ramsay. Torsion-bar IFS and underslung rear with full belly pan. Aluminum bodywork for lightness, and great pace from twincam Riley 2.5-liter four. Immaculate and ready for race or road. $39,950. Contact Karl, 44.1284.789246, Email: kel@ludvigsen.com Web: www.karlludvigsen.com (UNITED KINGDOM) 1959 Jaguar XK 150 drophead coupe S/N GHN5UD327299G. Damask Red/tan. I4, 4-sp manual. Two owners from new. 4-sp with overdrive. New tires, stainless exhaust, starter, bushings, tan Robbin cloth top. Southwest car, with no rust ever. A beautiful MG in great shape. $9,200. Contact Michael, 505.466.4941, Email: dmtrusty@aol. com (NM) S/N BC53LBY. Shell Grey/black. 98,045 miles. V8, automatic. Bentley Continentals are revered for their extra performance and premium coachwork. The S series Bentley Park Ward DHCs are a definitive demonstration of the concept. Left-hand-drive example with air conditioning. Quality cosmetic restoration with recent mechanical freshening. $224,500. Motorcar Gallery, 954.522.9900, Email: Contact@MotorcarGallery.com Web: MotorcarGallery.com (FL) 1961 Jaguar E-type roadster Olde English White/red. 50,959 miles. I6, 4-sp manual. Red leather interior, black canvas soft top with matching tonneau boot, beautiful matching-number example equipped with chrome wire wheels. Complete with Heritage Certificate and handbook. This gorgeous XK 150 runs and drives great. $89,500. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, 310.657.9699, Email: sales@heritageclassics.com Web: www. heritageclassics.com/inventory/detail/1173-jaguarxk-150-drop-head-coupe.html (CA) 1959 Triumph TR3A roadster French 1936 Delahaye 135 Competition disappearing-top convertible S/N 11304412002948. Signal Red/Parchment MB Tex. 55,300 miles. I6, 3-sp automatic. Miles are original, and fully documented, full service history from new with original service receipts and delivery documents. This car has not undergone restoration. Two tops. Multiple-judged concours winner. Check it out. $129,800. Contact Bill, 503.203.6240, Email: wgl0@comcast.net (OR) 1968 Porsche 911 coupe S/N 1E14293. Dark Blue/red. 4,590 miles. I6, 5-spd manual. This unique XKE comes in a striking color combo, and has been sparingly driven since restoration. Features numerous performance upgrades including a 5-speed trans, gear reduction starter, Weber carbs, aluminum radiator, headers with stainless exhaust, lightened flywheel, spin-on oil filter, and electronic ignition. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: webmaster@classicshowcase. com Web: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/ detail/376 (CA) 1973 MGB convertible 1966 Jaguar E-type roadster drew@scottgrundfor.com Web: www.scottgrundfor. com (CA) 1967 Porsche 911 coupe S/N 308299. Sand Beige/36,000 miles. H6, 5-sp manual. Factory Rally/Race car. This is an original “Sports Purpose” 911 ordered with the Competition 9552 Rally kit as the only option. The 911 retains the original engine and gearbox. It has not been rusted or crashed and still retains all of its original sheet metal. Restored to as-raced condition. Contact Don, www.porsport.com, 631.786.6511, Email: dahearn67@gmail.com Web: www.Porsport.com (NY) 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL convertible S/N 875206. White/red. 73,432 miles. I6, 4-sp manual. Rare early production model; outside bonnet latch with welded louvers and flat floors. Spectacular original color combo, matching numbers, comprehensive show-level restoration by Jaguar professionals. This highly collectible XKE is the quintessential model for the discerning Jaguar collector. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com Web: classicshowcase.com/index. php/inventory/detail/400 (CA) 1966 Austin Mini Cooper LightSpeed roadster Signal Red/black leather. Chrome wires, white top and full tonneau. Body-off restoration, frame powder-coated, mechanical rebuild. Was SW U.S. car, original rust-free body panels. Restored to British I4, 4-sp manual. ”LightSpeed” Mini Cooper. One of four built. 1,275-cc. Ex-London-to-Sydney Marathon Rally car, show, magazine history. Comprehensive restoration. Drives perfect, very fast. $19,500. Contact Robert, Email: 353199@gmail.com (CA) White (DB 050)/Roser Red (1079). 63,880 miles. Chassis #5500109, Body #5500108 and Engine #5500121. All numbers correct/original for this vehicle. Completed by the factory on February 25, 1955, and shipped to the U.S. on March 2, 1955. Full belly pans, fitted luggage, Rudge knockoff wheels, tools, jack, wheel hammer, “Zertifikat.” Contact Scott, Scott Grundfor Company, 805.474.6477, Email: S/N WBAEE310601052229. Lapis Blue/navy blue. I6, 5-sp manual. Rare one of nine in this combination. Original paint & sport interior, show condition. Always garaged, has never seen rain. Two meticulous owners, numbers match, BMW-tech-rebuilt 24-valve motor, detailed throughout, always maintained, records. Toolkit. Most options, Alpina wheels, Euro car w/ all import docs. Mostly original, one of the best you’ll find in the U.S. $28,500 OBO. Contact Mark, 858.401.3960, Email: mark635csieuro@aol. com (CA) S/N 46864. Bleu Foncé/light gray Ostrich leather (piped in dark blue). I6, 4-sp manual. Multiple award-winning show car built by Figoni et Falaschi Coachbuilders of Paris. Very elegant and unique model, exquisite color combo with dark blue top, restored by Delahaye experts. Numbers-matching, one-of-kind, blue-chip, investment-grade example for the discerning collector. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: webmaster@classicshowcase. com Web: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/ detail/271 (CA) German 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing coupe Primer/black. 0 miles. Several project early SWB 911 cars, some are cars, some are just chassis; $27,500. Contact Robert, dC Automotive, 800.579.2410, Email: sales@dcautomotive.com Web: www.dcauto. com (NC) 1985 BMW 635CSi M coupe 148 Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery 1989 Porsche 930 M505 Slantnose Turbo coupe leather, Porsche COA (8-1-97), 17-inch Turbo Twist wheels w/crest, fully optioned, every book, service record, manuals and showroom literature. Tools, jack, spare, airpump, windscreen (all unused). Excellent original paint, interior, glass and trim. 25-Year PCA member owner. $61,000. Contact Gary, 913.915.6789, Email: garylsimmons@gmail. com (KS) Italian 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 coupe S/N WP0JB0938KS050471. Black/black. 22,000 miles. H6, 5-sp manual. One of only 60 factory 1989 930 M505-optioned Turbo Flachbau coupes. G50/50 gearbox. Numbers matching, Porsche COA, incredible documentation, original paint, highly optioned, original window sticker. Featured in top Porsche magazine. Very complete. Over 100 photos on our website. Contact Paul, AutoKennel, 714.335.4911, Email: paul@autokennel.com Web: www.autokennel.com (CA) 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera cabriolet 1973 DeTomaso Pantera L coupe Gypsy Red/beige. Light beige interior and beige canvas soft top, driven only 54 miles since a recent frame-off restoration. Equipped with a 265-ci V8, Powerglide automatic transmission, wide white wall tires, original AM radio. First year that Chevrolet offered the V8 engine, the scarcest-model Corvette manufactured. $124,500. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, 310.657.9699, Email: sales@ heritageclassics.com Web: www.heritageclassics.com/ inventory/detail/1176-chevrolet-corvette-roadster. html (CA) S/N 330GT6561. Red/black. 90,000 miles. This beautiful numbers-matching 330 GT has benefited from recent restoration services, and stands in excellent running and driving condition. Features newly upholstered leather seats, 12-cylinder engine with Weber carbs, 4-sp manual trans, new exhaust system, and a fully restored set of Borrani wire wheels, ready to roll. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com Web: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/403 (CA) S/N 05955. Blue/black. 19,556 miles. V8, 5-sp manual. If a hybrid is used to denote a car with Italian coachwork and America engine, then the Pantera is probably the most well-known hybrid. This example features a beautiful Ghia body with a powerful Ford 351-ci V8 engine. Second series L model. Low mileage and in excellent condition throughout. $76,500. Motorcar Gallery, 954.522.9900, Email: Contact@MotorcarGallery.com Web: www.MotorcarGallery.com (FL) American 1955 Chevrolet Corvette roadster 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 coupe S/N 124378N415226. Green w/white stripes/black. V8, 4-sp manual. 302 engine with cross-ram manifold, M21 4-sp trans., 4.10 Posi rear axle, clean interior with console and Tic-Toc-Tach. Great real Z/28. $47,500 OBO. Contact David, Email: chevy68z28@ gmail.com (FL) © Artic Silver/44,668 miles. H6, 6-sp manual. Black 150 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) Dan Kruse Classics is a familyAuctions America. 877.906.2437. Formed in July 2010 as a subsidiary of RM Auctions, the Auctions America by RM team, led by collector car expert Donnie Gould, specializes in American classics, Detroit muscle, hot rods, customs and vintage motorcycles. Consign With Confidence. www.auctionsamerica.com. (IN) owned collector car auction company located in San Antonio, Texas. DKC has been responsible for successful collector car sales since 1972, with annual sales in Austin, Houston and San Antonio. Dan has personally has over $1,000,000,000 in sales in his storied career. Dan and daughters Tiffany, Tedra and Tara, manage the company. 866.495.8111 Dankruseclassics.com (TX) “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) 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 Rick Cole Auctions . Rick Cole Mecum Auction Company. Gooding & Company. Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694. 480.421.6697. For over four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) 310.899.1960. 310.899.0930. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, award-winning examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues. Our team of well-qualified experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the official auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, the recordsetting Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) 262.275.5050. The Mecum Auction Company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 25 years, now offering more than 12,000 vehicles per year. Mecum Auctions is the world leader of collector car, exotics, vintage motorcycles and road art sales. Auctions are held throughout the United States and broadcast live on Velocity, Discovery Network. For further information, visit www.Mecum.com. 445 South Main Street Walworth, WI 53184. 262.275.5050 (WI) 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 Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371. Motostalgia. 512.813.0636. Hollywood Wheels Auctions & Shows 800.237.8954. Hosting two auctions a year in beautiful Palm Beach, FL, March & December. Offering quality collector cars and personalized service, all in a climate-controlled, state-of-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! 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 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 With offices and auctions throughout North America and Europe, RM is the largest auction house globally that caters to collectors of high-end vintage automobiles. The RM team of car specialists is the largest in the world, offering services in a numbers of languages and decades of experience in buying, selling, racing, and restoring collector cars. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) Russo and Steele Collector AutoLeake Auctions. 800.722.9942. Carlisle Collector Car Auctions. 717.243.7855. 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle, PA 17013. Spring and Fall Auctions. High-line cars cross the block. Hundreds of muscle cars, antique, collector, and special-interest cars, trucks and motorcycles. Real Cars. Real Prices. www.carlisleauctions.com. (PA) 152 Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. Forty-two years later, the auction company has sold over 35,000 cars and currently holds auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Their unsurpassed customer service and fast-paced two-lane auction ring makes them a leader in the business. Recently they have been featured on several episodes of two reality TV series — “Fast N’ Loud” on Discovery and The Car Chasers on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com (OK) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290. 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 A family-run auction house producing two large classic cars auctions per year. McCormick’s Palm Springs Auctions has been in business for over 25 years, and each auction features over 500 classics & exotics. www.classic-carauction.com. (CA) 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) Lucky Collector Car Auctions. 888.672.0020. Lucky Collector Car Auctions is aptly named after Harold Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541.689.6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February, Sports Car Market mobile Auctions. 602.252.2697. Fax: 602.252.6260. Specializing in the finest European sports, American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles; Russo and Steele now hosts four record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in June; Monterey, CA, every August; Las Vegas in September, and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. www.russoandsteele. com. (AZ) RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Appraisals The Vicari Auction Company hosts fast-paced, high-energy auctions along the Gulf Coast, offering an entertaining destination to car collectors, enthusiasts and travelers. The company prides itself on personal service, providing cars for everyone from the avid collector to the first-time buyer. For more information, contact Vicari Auction at 1900 Destrehan Ave., Harvey, LA 70058; call 504.875.3563; or visit www.vicariauction.com. (LA) 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) www.motostalgia.com email: info@motostalgia.com facebook.com/Motostalgia Twitter: @Motostalgia Automobilia vintage automotive posters. The vast inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters.com. Buy/Sell/General CAR ART, INC. www.CarArt.us 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). Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960. Gooding & Company’s experts are well-qualified to appraise individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to assist you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) HoustonAutoAppraisers.com 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) 877.845.2368 We provide certified auto appraisals and property damage estimates on new/used cars & trucks, classic, collectible & special-interest autos, commercial vehicles and other vehicles. We specialize in diminishedvalue appraisals, total-loss appraisals, presumptive-value appraisals, prepurchase inspections, auto loan appraisals, mechanics lien/documentation support,and much more. (TX) Celebrate your ownership experi- 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 & Motostalgia. 512.813.0636. 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) 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 collection valuations. December 2014 Great Vacations. 800.452.8434. European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. Classic Assets Motor Sports CenVintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic 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) 153 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 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) LETTING GO! 847.774.4857. Use Joe’s 50+ years of experience for professional assistance in marketing your collector cars to get top dollar out of the marketplace. 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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Chaffee Drive, St. Louis, MO. 63146 314-524-6000 sales@hymanltd.com Copley 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) Luxury Brokers International. 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) 215.459.1606. Specializing in the sales, purchase and brokerage of classic automobiles for the astute collector, with a new-age, contemporary approach. Focusing on original, high-quality examples as enjoyable, tangible investments. Classic car storage, classic car consignment, brokerage, and other consulting services are available as well. We actively pursue the purchase and sales of any investment-grade classic car. Since 2009, we have offered a unique opportunity for collectors, enthusiasts and other industry professionals. www.lbilimited.com, sales@ lbilimited.com (PA) tage 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. more information, call 1-866-227-9648 or visit www.chubbcollectorcar.com. Grundy Worldwide. 888.647.8639. L.A. Prep. 562.997.0170. L.A. Prep brings its 30 years of experience transporting vehicles for the automotive industry’s top manufacturers to discriminating luxury and exotic-car owners and collectors across the United States. Its highly skilled and experienced staff delivers an unsurpassed level of service and takes care of your car with the highest-quality equipment available in trucks and trailers that are as clean and well maintained as the valuable assets that they carry. www.LAPrepTransport.com Motor Classic & Competition. 914.997.9133. Since 1979, we have been racing, restoring, servicing, buying and selling high-quality sports, racing and GT cars. Motor Classic & Competition is where enthusiasts find their dream. We specialize in Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Lotus, Aston Martin, Ford GT40, Cobras and all European sports and vintage racing cars. www.motorclassiccorp.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 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 Collector Car Insurance Paul Russell and Company. Heritage Classics Motorcar Com- pany. 310.657.9699. www.heritageclassics.com. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, the premier West Coast classic car dealership established in 1985. Offering one of the largest indoor showrooms in Southern California, with an exceptional inventory of the very finest American and European classic cars available. We buy, sell and consign collectible automobiles, offering the best consignment terms available, contact us at sales@heritageclassics.com When in Southern California visit our beautiful showroom and specialty automotive bookstore, Heritage Classics Motorbooks, open Monday–Saturday. For current inventory and to visit our virtual bookstore visit www.heritageclassics.com 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) Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173. We Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse 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. Located in Laguna Niguel, California. www.woodiesusa.com. (CA) Classic Car Transport English Chubb Collector Car Insurance. Hyman Ltd Classic Cars. 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 154 Passport Transport. 800.736.0575. 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 vin- 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 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 con- Sports Car Market a new breed of insurance for classic, antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary classic and limited-edition cars. To get a quote is even easier with our new online improvements. Go to www.barrett-jackson.com/insurance/, select Get a quote, enter in a couple of key pieces of information about your vehicle, and get an estimated quote within seconds! It’s that easy. Don’t be caught without the right insurance for your vehicle. In the unfortunate aftermath of damage to your vehicle, learning that your insurance won’t restore your prized possession to its former glory, or appropriately compensate you for your loss, is the last thing you want to hear. To get a quote by phone, call 877.545.2522. understand the passion and needs of the classic-car owner; agreed value, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and paying by credit card. We provide classic car insurance at rates people can afford! Instant quotes at www.heacockclassic.com. (FL) 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) Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. 800.922.4050. is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com. (MI) J.C. Taylor Insurance. 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. RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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tact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) 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) E-Type UK USA. An international 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 Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337. 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations.net. (CA) Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini Fourintune Garages Inc. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. restoration 760.758.6119. World class full service restoration facility. Creating show/show drivers, and driver restorations. Specializing in British, German and Italian classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship; knowledgeable staff; passionate on quality. Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) 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) Carobu Engineering. 949.722.9307. Ferrari specialist. Engine rebuilding/ development, dyno-testing, parts and service. Your source for high-performance brakes, suspension, gaskets, engine parts, wheels and exhaust. Dealer for Tubi, Brembo, Koni, Razzo Rosso, Sangalli, Zanzi, Novitech Rosso and X-Ost. www.CAROBU.com. Radcliffe Motor Company. 410.517.1681. The Mid-Atlantic’s premier facility for the maintenance, repair, and light restoration of exotic Italian and fine European automobiles. 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. 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. Finance J. J. BEST BANC & CO. provides financing on classic cars ranging from 1900 to today. Visit our website at www.jjbest.com or call 1.800.USA.1965 and get a loan approval in as little as five minutes! US Postal Service Statement of Ownership and Circulation (Required by USC). 1. A. Title of Publication: Sports Car Market 2. Publication number: 011-578 3. Date of Filing: 10/1/14 4. Issue of Frequency: Monthly 5. Number of Issues Published Annually: 12 6. Annual Subscription Price: $65 U.S. 7. Complete Address of Known Office of General Business Office of Publisher: 401 NE 19th Ave, Ste 100, Portland, OR 97232-4801 8. P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797 9. Publisher: V. Keith Martin, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Editor: Chester Allen, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Managing Editor: James Pickering, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 10. Owner: Automotive Investor Media Group, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR. V. Keith Martin, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 11. Known Beholders, Mortgages and Other Security Holdings Owning or Holding 1 Percent or More of Total Amount of Bonds, Mortgages or Other Securities: None 12. N/A 13. Publication Title: Sports Car Market 14. December 2014 15. Extent and Nature of Circulation. Average Number of Copies Each Issue During Preceding 12 Months/ Actual Number of Copies of Single Published Nearest to Filing Date. A. Total Number of Copies (Net Press Run): 20,047/20,133. B1. Paid and/or Requested Circulation: 11,434/11,307; B3. Sales Through Dealers and Carriers, Street Vendors and Counter Sales: 5,551/5,097. B4. By Other Classes of Mail through USPS: 0/0. C. Total Paid and/or Requested Circulation: 16,985/16,404. D1. Free or Nominal Rate Outside-County Copies included on PS Form 3541: 0/0; D2. Free or Nominal Rate In-County Copies Included on PS Form 3541: 0/0; D3. Free or Nominal Rate Copies Mailed at Other Classes Through the USPS: 716/709; D4. Free or Nominal Rate Distribution Outside the Mail (Carriers or other means): 1,801/2,350. E. Total Free or Nominal Rate Distribution: 2,517/3,059. F. Total Distribution: 19,502/19,463. G. Copies not Distributed: 545/670. H. Total: 20,047/20,133. I. Percent Paid: 87/84. 16. December 2014 17. 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German Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Import/Export 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) Cosdel International Transportation. Since 1960 Cosdel International Transportation has been handling international shipments by air, ocean and truck. Honest service, competitive pricing and product expertise have made Cosdel the natural shipping choice for the world’s best-known collectors, dealers and auction houses. If you are moving a car, racing or rallying, or attending a concours event overseas, Cosdel is your comprehensive, worldwide resource for all of your nationwide and international shipping needs. We are your automobile Export Import Experts. 415.777.2000 carquotes@cosdel.com. www.cosdel. com. (CA) Italian Porsche of Bend. 800.842.1584. Located in Central Oregon since 1982, Porsche of Bend is the Northwest’s destination dealership for new and pre-owned Porsches. Formerly Carrera Motors, Porsche of Bend continues to proudly sell and service one of the most desired brand names in North America. www.bend.porschedealer.com (OR) Ferrari & Maserati of Seattle. 206.329.7070. Family owned and operated, Ferrari of Seattle is Washington State’s only Official Ferrari dealer. Named “Ferrari Top Dealer-World Champion 2013,” our customer service and knowledge of the Ferrari brand is second to none. 1401 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 www.ferrariofseattle.com dC Automotive. 800-549-2410. We 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 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 Leasing LeMay—America’s Car Museum Premier Financial Services is the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1.866.MB.CLASSIC. The center of competence for classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts — for vintage car sales, meticulous restorations by manufacturer-trained technicians and the widest selection of Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts, we are the source. www.mbclassiccenter.com. (CA) FOLLOW SCM Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. 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 156 nation’s leading lessor of vintage and exotic motorcars. Our Simple Lease Program is ideal for those who wish to own their vehicle at the end of the term, as well as for those who like to change cars frequently. Our Simple Interest Early Termination Program allows you the flexibility of financing with the tax advantages of leasing. Contact Premier at 877.973.7700 or info@pfsllc.com. www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) spotlights America’s love affair with the automobile. The museum rests on a nine-acre campus featuring rotating galleries, a 3.5-acre show field, theater, café, banquet halls, racing simulators and slot car racing. ACM hosts annual events, concerts and even drive-in movies. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors/students/military and $8 for youth. ACM is free for members and kids 5 and younger. www.lemaymuseum.org. (WA) 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 SL Market Letter. 612.567.0234. NOT just SLs but all rare and collectible Mercedes! A key resource on Mercedes since 1982. 100s of Mercedes for sale, market news, price analysis & special reports in every issue & website. 1 & 2 yr. subscriptions open the door to one-on-one SLML help finding & selling specific models. Ask about our private sales program. www.slmarket.com (MN) Museums Parts, Accessories & Car Care Apex Detail. 201.308.3839. Apex Detail provides bespoke paint correction and detail services to discerning individuals wishing to restore, preserve, protect and maintain their fine automotive, aerospace and marine investments. From a single automobile to large collections Apex Detail has the experience to make a difference. Specializing in ultra-exotic, luxury and classic cars Apex Detail offers a wide range of products and services. www.theapexdetail.com Baldhead Cabinets. 877.966.2253. The garage is no longer a place to cast off items unwanted. It is a destination in itself. We are a full-service, family owned company that designs and manufactures custom metal cabinets in Bend, OR. Choose from meticulously crafted storage cabinets, TV cabinets, sink cabinets, or our ever-popular pull-out fastener bin cabinet, just to name a few. www.baldheadcabinets.com California Car Cover Company. More than just custom-fit car covers, California Car Cover is the home of complete car care and automotive lifestyle products. Offering the best in car accessories, garage items, detailing products, nostalgic collectibles, apparel and more! Call 1-800-423-5525 or visit Calcarcover.com for a free catalog. Griot’s Garage —Car Care for the Perfectionist! Griot’s Garage celebrates over 22 years as your best source for a full line of quality car care products. We Make It. We Teach It. We Guarantee It. Call today for your free catalog or enjoy the easy-to-use website for fast, fun and easy ordering. Our number one goal is to ensure that you always...Have fun in your garage! 800.345.5789 • www.griotsgarage.com www.inmygarage.com. (WA) LeMay Family Collection Founda- tion at Marymount Events Center near Tacoma, WA, hosts an epic backdrop for your next event. Home to 500 fabulous collector cars, world-class art exhibits, and assorted ephemera, consider your next event here. Weddings, swap meets, conventions, auctions. The facility can likely exceed your expectations. Visit during the 37th annual open house along with 13,000 other enthusiasts. 253.272.2336 www.lemaymarymount. org (WA) QuickSilver Exhaust Systems. 305.219.8882. Our customers are sophisticated enthusiasts who choose our exhaust system for various reasons —durability, weight reduction and enhanced sound. QuickSilver are the default choice for many of the most important classics. Originality is essential, but there’s no reason why subtle improvements cannot be introduced. QuickSilver use superior materials and modern manufacturing techniques unavailable when the cars were new. www.quicksilverexhausts.com Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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is not required. Monthly magazine. Email: jim@jwfrestoration.com (OR) SpeedFurniture.com. 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 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 D. L. George Historic Motorcars. Black Horse Garage. 203.330.9604. Established in 1991 by Frank Buonanno, who has spent two decades of his 49-year career specializing in Ferraris, Black Horse Garage is known primarily as a world-class restoration and engine rebuilding shop for V12 Ferraris. Services include routine maintenance, engine building, coach trim, coachwork, woodwork repair, full restoration, Storage, detailing and concourse preparation. Email: Info@ blackhorsegarage.com 610.593.7423, We stand at the crossroads between you and historic European motorcars of the pre-war and early post-war era. We provide full-service restoration, maintenance, and support of the finest cars driven extensively by the most refined collectors. Find us at concours from Amelia Island to Pebble Beach, venues from Lime Rock to Goodwood, and events including the Mille Miglia, Peking to Paris, and The Colorado Grand. www.DLGEORGE.com (PA) Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555. 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 Bob Smith Coachworks Inc. 940.668.8622. 960.665.4657 (fax). Complete exotic and vintage automobile restoration performed by master craftsmen to the highest standards of excellence. Bob Smith Coachworks Inc., 1600 Floral Dr., Gainesville, TX 76240. Email: bsmith@bobsmithcoachworks.com. (TX) 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) RPM Classic Sports Cars. 802.877.2645. With over 25 years of experience in Classic Italian Sports cars, we know how to make your car perform as new. Please visit our website showing numerous cars for sale and a frequently updated blog to see what is going on in our busy shop, including video links of engines being run on a test stand and on a chassis dynamometer. Our two-car, enclosed transporter makes getting your car to our shop within the Northeast a breeze. www.rpmvt.com. The Guild of Automotive RestorHahn - Vorbach & Associates Bright Motorsports. 480.483.4682. Authorized Morgan 3-Wheeler Dealer and repair, and expert service facility for your collector car. Privately owned, we are located in the heart of the Arizona Auction Arena in Scottsdale. We offer a unique collection of European and American special interest cars and motorcycles and host the Brighton Classic Car Rally each November. BrightonMotorsports.com, 480-483-4682 or info@brightonmotorsports.com. LLC. 724.452.4329. Specializes in the investment-grade restoration and preservation of European and American collectible antique and classic cars, muscle cars, sports cars, hot rods and vintage race cars. Our services include full and partial restorations, bespoke builds, repairs, show prep, sales and procurement assistance, as well as a full array of do-it-yourself assistance services. Recognized experts in the restoration of Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwings and Roadsters. Concours-level, national award-winning quality. Find examples of our craftsmanship and the wide range of past projects on our website. We would be happy to discuss your project. www.hahnvorbach.com ers. 905.775.0499. No matter whether your car is bound to the concours or for the road, we are the sensible choice. We are expert in our craft and we combine this with unimpeachable integrity doing something that we enjoy as much as our clients enjoy the fruits of our labors. Share our passion for your passion. Give us a call, we look forward to hearing from you. David Grainger and Janice Stone Proprietors. www.guildclassiccars.com (CAN) Vintage Motor Group F. Roxas Inc. 708.598.1000. Brid- geview, IL. The Only Thing Better Than New is a Fran Roxas Restoration. Recent restorations include Duesenberg, Packard 12, 8-liter Bentley, Cadillac V16, Delahaye, Stutz DV32, Ferrari, 1950s & 60s Concept Cars. We take pride in enhancing our clients’ investments by bringing these truly one-ofa-kind cars back to life, maybe an even better life. The quality of our work has been nationally recognized since 1970 with consistent 1st place winners at concours around the world. (IL) 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 Classic Restoration. 303.761.1245, Classic Restoration by Country Club Auto, located in Colorado, is a large facility that offers world-class restoration, repair and fabrication services. Highly organized, fiscally responsible and providing 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) High Mountain Classics. 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 The world’s largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership December 2014 Volante Classics. 978.447.1669. At 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. 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Carl Bomstead eWatch Space Trinket: Canine Spacesuit Soars to $18k A beat-up Japanese tin toy Ford Fairlane brings $3,150, which can buy a lot of dog biscuits — but not a dog spacesuit Thought Carl’s Auctionata, at their September 13 auction in Berlin, sold the ultimate in doggie space collectibles. In 1960, the Soviets sent Sputnik 5 aloft with Belka and Strelka as the first Earth-born creatures to go into orbit and return. They were preceded by Laika, a stray mongrel, who was sent up in 1957 with no thought of re-entry — which prompted an outcry from dog lovers the world over. This dog spacesuit from Belka and Stelka’s trip into orbit sold for $18,000 and was part of an extensive collection of Soviet space memorabilia accumulated by German pop artist Andora, who decorated “Proton,” a space-bound booster. Here are a few more items that have nothing to do with space travel or cute little dogs but are cool nonetheless: Number of Bids: 5. SOLD AT: $3,150. Date Sold: 9/3/2014. The seller stated that he found this very desirable Japanese tin toy at an estate sale. He said it was in need of some attention, which was an understatement. The battery-operated toy was about 12 inches in length and was missing the battery box, both windows were out and the trim was tarnished. The little Ford had all kinds of scratches but was otherwise complete. It is rare enough that the new owner can send it out for some professional care and still be on the right side of the ledger. Cool toy. POSTERS AUCTIONS INTERNATIONAL LOT 40— 1929 GENERAL MOTORS EXHIBIT POSTER. Estimate: $8,000–$10,000. SOLD AT: $8,610, including 23% buyer’s premium. Date Sold: 9/21/2014. This very Art Deco poster was from a General Motors auto exhibit at New York’s Hotel Astor from January 7 to 11, 1929. It was signed Miller and measured 29 inches by 45 inches. The only example known, it was in exceptional condition, and as such, sold for a most reasonable price. POSTERS AUCTIONS INEBAY #321509022580— MARUSAN KOSUGE 1956 FORD FAIRLANE SEDAN. TERNATIONAL LOT 7—1934 LOS ANGELES AIRPORT NATIONAL AUTO RACE CHAMPIONSHIP POSTER. SOLD AT: $5,412, including 23% buyer’s premium. Date: 9/21/2014. This dramatic poster, by an unknown artist, was huge, as it measured 83 inches by 108 inches. It was in excellent condi- EBAY #121395282527— 1955 HUDSON RAMBLER DEALER BANNER WITH PROMOTIONAL KIT. Number of Bids: 1. SOLD AT: $500. Date: 8/2/2014. This dealer promotional kit was found unused in an attic and was acquired by an paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $65 for 12 monthly issues in the U.S., $95 Canada/Mexico, Europe $105, Asia/Africa/Middle East $115. Subscriptions are payable in advance in U.S. currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 877.219.2605, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 158 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 tion, with only a minor tear at the seam. This was the first year for the race, and it was held annually until 1936. Posters have been a bit soft of late, but if you had the space for this one, it was a musthave. SCMer for all of $20. The large banner was about 20 feet long and announced the new Rambler. It also included all kinds of other small promotional pieces. Now, we are sure that the fortunate seller, who found it for 20 bucks and turned it into a tidy profit, paid the proper authorities their just due. EBAY #271587344872— DUESENBERG STRAIGHT EIGHT PORCELAIN SIGN. Number of Bids: 28. SOLD AT: $1,155.66. Date: 8/28/2014. This colorful and attractive sign is a fantasy piece that has been artificially aged to give it the look of a vintage sign. Seller stated he bought it at an antique mall and had no idea as to the age. I just hope the buyer knew what he was buying and does not try to pass it off as the real thing down the line. POSTERS AUCTIONS INTERNATIONAL LOT 39— 1922 CIRCUIT DE MILAN POSTER. Estimate: $45,000– $50,000. SOLD AT: $49,200, including 23% buyer’s premium. Date: 9/21/2014. This colorful and vibrant poster measured 55 inches by 77 inches and was by Aldo Mazza. It celebrated the second Italian Grand Prix, which was won by Pietro Bordino piloting a Fiat. It was the inaugural race at the new track at Monza. A strong price for a very strong poster. No signs of a declining market here. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market